31.12.08 - Coach Tim Walker - Sport stars are liken to shooting stars. Heavenly bodies that streak light across our athletic universe. Ironically the greatest evidence of a shooting star is when it explodes into oblivion leaving behind a trail of what it used to be. Like shooting stars, a boxer’s mortality is most prevalent when they have mustered their remaining strength and with a bang zoom into the distant sky, demonstrating the ultimate end of their boxing life. In no other sport does an athlete’s maturity so vividly validate itself as it does in combat sports. Simply said, either you’re a star shining as bright as our noon day sun or you’re exploding into the great void. There is no middle ground for boxers. continue
By Anthony Coleman - 2008 is nearly hitting its sunset and now it is time to really look back at what we’ve seen this year. Well this year we’ve seen the retirement (read: short hiatus) of Floyd Mayweather Jr., and early this month we saw the end of the “Golden Boy” era when Oscar De La Hoya was defeated in a most brutal fashion by the great Manny Pacquiao. In March we saw the greatest act of arguably Professional Boxing’s greatest trilogy. In July, Antonio Margarito finally made the jump to superstardom and the near unanimous respect of all of his critics when he came back to stop Miguel Cotto in the 11th round of their thriller.
Most impressive was the major subplot of this whole year: the number of fighters who made comebacks after defeat. From Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Margarito, Paul Williams, Juan Manuel Marquez, and most impressively, Vic Darchinyan this was the year to prove once and for all that a loss doesn’t necessarily mean the end of your career. With that being said it is time for me to start handing out my imaginary trophies to the best of this year in Boxing. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 31, 2008) – In a battle between Oscar De La Hoya, boxing’s top attraction, and MANNY PACQUIAO, the sport’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter, Pacquiao, a 2 -1 underdog, emerged victorious on December 6, stopping De La Hoya at the end of round eight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on a pay-per-view broadcast seen by over 1.25 million viewers. Since that triumphant year-end finale, accolades from media around the world have been heaping praise on both Pacquiao and his trainer, WORLD-FAMOUS FREDDIE ROACH continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 31 – On January 11, 2008, Edison Miranda blasted David Banks out of the ring in the third round, a knockout recently named 2008 Knockout of the Year by ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael. On January 14th, 2009, “Pantera” hopes to make spectacular January knockouts an annual tradition when he takes on Manuel Esparza on the latest edition of “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: 2009 is set to be an exciting year in Australian boxing with a number of fighters reaching defining stages in their careers and some hot prospects to be tested against the world’s best. The fights outlined below present some ideal bouts that would really heat up Aussie boxing on both a local and global scale.
Vic Darchinyan v Nonito Donaire II
Vic Darchinyan is clearly the biggest Australian name in world boxing, claiming the WBC, WBA & IBF super flyweight crowns in 2008 and was one of the fighters of the year. 2009 can potentially springboard the Armenian born Aussie to become one of the biggest names in the sport pound for pound. continue
BY SAMSON ATEKA - After losing the green belt (WBC International super-bantamweight title) against unbeaten Pilipino prospect Balweg Bangoyan, Kenyan Sande Otieno is at pains to redeem his boxing career at a new weight-class. continue
by James Slater - According to an article in today's Manchester Evening News - the local paper of Ricky Hatton - "The Hitman's" mega-fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is a done deal, and all that has still to be determined is the location and venue of the May fight. Ray Hatton, Ricky's father and manager, told the paper his son is still extremely hopeful the fight will take place in London, at Wembley. Pacquiao and his team want the fight to be staged in Las Vegas. continue
by James Slater - For quite a while now, there have been rumours saying Paul "The Punisher" Williams will fight Winky Wright. Talks have apparently been underway on both sides, but nothing has been officially announced. Adding to the plot concerning whether the fight will take place is the fact that the match-up has recently gone up on BoxRec as happening on March 14th, on the same bill as the Chad Dawson-Antonio Tarver rematch.
Okay, sometimes a fight going up on BoxRec does not 100-percent mean the bout will actually take place, but the site is usually as reliable as it is excellent. Let's suppose the fight is going to come off next March.
Either at 154 or 160-pounds, a Williams-Wright clash is a most intriguing encounter (BoxRec have it at 154, for the interim WBO belt "The Punisher" currently holds). continue
CINCINNATI, OH (December 28, 2008) 2000 US Olympian Ricardo Williams will make his first local appearance in five years on Saturday, January 31st in the main event of “HOMECOMING”, an evening of world class professional boxing at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, presented by TMAX Events and TKO Boxing Promotions. continue
31.12.08 - By Tony Nobbs: Shannan Taylor will have the man who guided the worlds current Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquaio to his first world title in his corner on February 11 when he takes on Anthony Mundine in a ten round middleweight “title eliminator”. The Bulli Blaster” has got away from ahead of the big fight at the Woollongong Entetainment Center, spending two weeks training at Angeles City in December under American trainer Rick Staheli. continue
31.12.08 - by James Slater - Henry Ramirez, trainer of unbeaten heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, is hopeful his charge will be getting a world title shot against Wladimir Klitschko next year. Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer about this prospect and other things - including answering the critics who claim 27-year-old Arreola lacks dedication to the sport - Henry gave the following answers to my questions earlier today.
James Slater: I appreciate you talking to me, Henry. Firstly, what's the latest on the Wladimir Klitschko fight, is it signed yet?
Henry Ramirez: It's my understanding that the fight will happen. Chris is really excited about it, and he's hugely motivated. It's not signed yet, but I'm pretty sure it will happen. continue
By Evan Young, BoxingForecast.com: Some of these guys are the best in their respective divisions while others are exciting young contenders on the precipice of great things. Be that as it may, these are my favorite guys based on fighting style, unique abilities and personality. I expect all of these fighters to engage in important and exciting fights in 2009. These guys are all good for the sport and have what it takes to make 2009 an excellent year in boxing. And if each guy can have 2 or 3 outings in the new year it will be a good year indeed. Anyway, here is the list in no particular order. continue
After bagging the African Boxing Union and WBC International Bantamweight title in November 2008, Kenyan boxer Nick 'Kanyankole' Otieno has set his sights on a mission he has long desired to acomplish, the commonwealth title. He says 'As an amateur it was great pride to fight for my country, however in the professional ranks its not really that way. In my opinion, in professional boxing the nearest to lifting my country's flag is fighting for a commonwealth title. continue
31.12.08 - The 2008 final installment of the 'Left-Hook Lounge' couldn't come on a more fitting day as the questions presented this week will surely set the fireworks blazin'! I figured with today being my 33rd birthday a few of the fight fans out there would cut me some slack but it appears that heavy artillery in this weeks mailbag is being lobbed in one direction and I'm afraid I'm the unlucky recipient! (Smiles). At any rate, like the brave fighters we're here to discuss, I don't back down, I stand up! So with no further ado, we jump into our first question from a fellow fight fan in Indianapolis who wanted to know the following:
Calvin Straughter (Indianapolis, IN): When Floyd Mayweather jr. was the welterweight champion there was tons of pressure from the media and fans for him to unify the titles and face the best in his division, yet there was no pressure for Manny as a lightweight, or any of the welterweight champions to unify. Would you argue with the notion that this could be a matter of race?continue
Top promoter Frank Warren is lining up an action packed 2009 with Britain's best young boxers out in recession-busting force. Despite the tough economic times, Warren will be showcasing exciting young talent like Kell Brook, Amir Khan and The Olympians: James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders, in what could be the sports best year yet. Sheffield hot shot Brook kick starts the new year when he makes the second defence of his British Welterweight title against Stuart Elwell at London's York Hall on Friday 30 January. continue
by James Slater - Though there have been a few chinks discovered in his armour - most notably his tendency to be a touch reckless and drop his hands when under return fire - unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa remains one of the very best boxing prospects to have come along in years. Blessed with an abundance of talent, including speed and withering punching power, the 27-year-old (Gamboa turned 27 just this past December 23rd) Cuban defector who now lives in Florida is also sensationally exciting to watch - each and every single time out. continue
By Michael Montero: All in all, 2008 was a positive year for boxing. We finally got some partial unification in the heavyweight division (although Klitschko’s win over Ibragimov in February was painful to watch), anointed a new undisputed pound for pound king (Manny Pacquiao, who continues to amaze us), saw great action fights at the championship level (Cotto-Margarito, Mijares-Darchinyan, Cunningham-Adamek, etc) and watched the rise of exciting new stars (Juan Manuel Lopez, James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo and Yuriorkis Gamboa, just to name a few). Below are my rankings to wrap up the year – here’s hoping for great things in ’09!
by James Slater - Back in the early part of this year, this writer had the pleasure of interviewing 90's heavyweight contender Joe Hipp, a member of the Blackfoot Indian tribe (hence his "Indian" nickname.) Hipp, who got as far as challenging for a version of the heavyweight title in 1995, and who had a great and memorable losing battle with Tommy "The Duke" Morrison in 1992, told me how he was planning to fight again in April or May of 2008. Now aged 46 and inactive since August of 2005, the 6'1" southpaw will apparently get his ring return, almost a year later than he had originally planned. continue
By Derek Kelley: Wladimir Klitschko has been a fighter with his struggles like any other fighter. Despite the criticism Wladimir has faced, he has a better resume than anyone in the HW division. No one comes close to what he's done in the past 5 years barring Lennox Lewis. I believe Wladimir's career is looking a lot like Lennox Lewis's once did in the 1990's. continue
by James Slater - According to an extremely interesting news bit on FightNews.com, unbeaten heavyweight contender Chris Arreola may be the next man to face IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. 27-year-old Arreola, nicknamed, of course, "The Nightmare," is the #2 contender with the IBF and apparently talks are currently underway for the Californian slugger to challenge "Dr. Steel Hammer" in April or May next year, most likely at The Staples Centre, Los Angeles. Klitscho, should he emerge victorious, would then have until September 13th to face another unbeaten contender in IBF #1 Alexander Povetkin.
This is interesting news, and the question that arises is, is Arreola, 26-0(23) ready for such a huge task at this stage of his career? Seen by many as the best unbeaten American heavyweight contender, Arreola has captured the imagination of the fans with his rugged style, his fighting heart and his likeable, everyday-guy-quality. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - A few weeks ago in an article entitled ”Is Cristobal Arreola the next great American heavyweight” I wrote that I was reserving judgment of his trainer, Henry Ramirez until after I saw what he looked like against Travis “Freight Train” Walker on Nov 29th. Well, I’m ready to damn Ramirez now! Yes, Arreola got rid of Walker in dramatic fashion and he again reminded us of why he’s considered “THE MAN” on this side of the pond. But I can’t ignore this sense that Arreola is fighting on borrowed time and if he doesn’t get some key things in order soon then American fight fans like my self hoping for representation at the highest level of the heavyweight division can go right back to sleep! continue
Heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman will attempt to raise his record to 15 straight wins without a defeat on January 16, 2009 at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, OK. Kauffman's bout is scheduled for 6 rounds on the untelevised portion of the Gary Shaw Productions/Holden Productions-promoted edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. His opponent will be named shortly. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Photo: Carlos Capella/El Tiempo - This isn’t 2008´s greatest boxing news, but certainly we shouldn’t ignore the fact that after two decades a 37-year-old retired pugil, instead of turning trainer, promoter or something like that, decides to go back to school to complete the education he was supposed to get twenty years ago.
Irene “Mambaco” Pacheco was born in San Juan de Urabá (Colombia) on March 26, 1971. He captured the IBF Flyweight title in 1999, after dispatching Luis Cox in nine rounds. He successfully defended the crown six times against rivals such as Masibulele Makepula, Mike Trejo and Damaen Kelly, and lost it to Vic Darchinyan in December 2004. continue
On December 11th 2008 one of the fights of the decade took place in Newark, New Jersey between the then reigning International Boxing Federation cruiserweight king, Steve 'USS' Cunningham from Philadelphia, PA and Polish born expat, Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, from Jersey City, NJ. continue
by James Slater - It's crystal ball time again. With 2009 almost upon us, this writer thought it would be fun to attempt a few predictions for the sport of boxing in the coming 12 months. A number of hugely intriguing fights have already been signed, or at the very least are all but signed, and as such there are plenty of results to look ahead to - Here I try and call the results before they actually happen. continue
By James Curl: Having gotten into boxing in the early 80’s, I followed many fighters’ careers including Evander Holyfield. I witnessed most of Evander’s fights at some kind of gathering that usually included a lot of my friends, a BBQ, and alcohol. Although all of my friends are what I would call casual fans, I consider myself a serious fan, possibly a fanatic, and have been since I was 16. Having watched the rise and fall of Holyfield, now that his career is over (or is it), I can take a look back at his accomplishments and compare him with the other great champions. For this evaluation, I am only looking at Holyfield’s heavyweight career.
In my opinion, a fighter deserving of a top ten rating must prove his heart, desire, and character (even in defeat). They must also face the best available contenders and champions. Evander did this several times. His fights with Bert Copper and Riddick Bowe come to mind. Evander pulled out a win against Bert Cooper from the brink of defeat proving his heart and toughness. Now some may argue that if Evander was a truly great fighter, he would not have had a hard time with Cooper in the first place. I don’t agree. continue
27.12.08 - by James Slater - Sharing the bill with the Nate Campbell-Ali Funeka lightweight title clash on February 14th, is a light-middleweight bout that may well be the fight of the evening. Unbeaten 154-pound contender Alfredo Angulo of Mexico will meet Nicaraguan wild man Ricardo Mayorga over 12 scheduled rounds. Simply put, there is no way this fight will be anything other than fan-friendly and exciting. continue
ANAHEIM, CALIF. (December 28, 2008) – Gary Shaw Productions and Top Rank announced today that the championship doubleheader featuring the rumble between World Super Flyweight Champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN and World Boxing Association interim super flyweight champion JORGE “Travieso” ARCE, and the North American Boxing Organization lightweight championship battle between top contenders ANTONIO DeMARCO and ALMAZBEK “Kid Diamond” RAIYMKULOV, will take place Saturday, February 7 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. continue
By Vivek Wallace: After a long year of stellar action in the world of boxing, we've now reached the end of the road. The year of 2008 was filled with many thrillers; some predictable, many that weren't, but all in all it was a year that saw many unprecedented moments that will go down in the history books forever. Along the journey there were many individuals that made the quest a highly entertaining one. Today, we take a reflective look back and honor those individuals:
Fighter of the Year: I'll prefix this section by stating that this choice was no easy pick, but when comparing his efforts to those of his contemporaries, I think a few things set him apart. Manny Pacquiao did what some felt to be impossible, but when the year-to-date chapter was sealed, his 'legend killing' status equaled only one. continue
by James Slater - Neither Oscar De La Hoya nor Evander Holyfield had anything approaching a glory-filled year in 2008, and neither guy was able to exit the year as a winner. "The Golden Boy" did manage a win, a points win over Stevie "2 Pounds" Forbes back in May, a performance for which he generally got good reviews - but this was massively overshadowed by what another little guy, Manny Pacquiao, did to him in December. continue
by James Slater - 30-year-old Ricky Hatton is proud of the year he has had in 2008. Coming back as he did from his first pro loss, a KO loss at that, Hatton feels a sense of satisfaction from the way he has been able to bounce back from the 10th round stoppage loss to Floyd Mayweather Junior that befell him in December of 2007. continue
By Ted Spoon, www.tedspoon.co.uk -- It was a surreal experience upon first viewing footage of the dark behemoth. With a Mr. Olympia exterior and optimistic grin he looked to have no problem in making the world his own. This was worse than Mike Tyson; the insinuation of defeat as the 80’s menace stared his man into crippling fear had nothing on this gloating figure of authority. Tyson was merely a right hand man, to this kingpin of the ring; a leg breaker to the head of the mafia.
That unshakable swagger seemed to take grip of all around him; once inevitably taking control of his opponent physically did he take care of the thousands verbally who came to aid in the repression of an unwanted presence in Boxing…unwanted in America. What nobody ever learnt was that the more you try and cage the beast, the harder it will bite back. continue
26.12.08 - By Tony Nobbs: It is a film documentary simply titled “Lionel” but it’s far from a simple story. The latest piece on the former bantamweight champion of the world Lionel Rose was released last week for sale and it would be a special Christmas gift for any fight enthusiast.
Tracing back to Rose’s early days on Jacksons Track, an Aboriginal settlement outside the small town of Drouin in the Gippslands area of country Victoria where he was born in June 1948, it tells of his rise to top amateur and then professional fighter, who became the first Aboriginal world champion in any sport, the ticker tape parade on his triumphant return, the defenses, the music career, it then shows the fall, his battles in the ring as an ex champion, his arrests, alcoholism and later heart attack, it was being filmed when the great man suffered a stroke in 2007. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: 2008 saw some great boxing action from Australian fighters, both on a local and international level. It was not a year in which household names Anthony Mundine and Danny Green created the most exciting action, the latter announcing his retirement. Instead, there were a number of other talented boxers capturing the limelight and giving fight fans many a memorable night. continue
By Andrew Harrison: Heavyweight boxing is in the doldrums, dovetailing with a society in the midst of economic doom and gloom, the worst crop of big men in history many proclaim. Ever since the heavyweight champion hung them up whilst still on top, the division has toiled amid uncertainty, with nobody able to seize sole command of the division. How the public miss that guy now. Admittedly the fans took a while to warm to him due to his often scientific approach and the emphasis he placed on turning his bouts into chess matches, however he eventually earned universal acceptance when he put a whipping on one of the most vicious, aggressive and hard hitting fighters ever to hold the heavyweight championship.
From the rabble left over the hard hitting European fighter feted in Germany is probably the best of the lot but after already seeing him get his clock cleaned, doubts remain. Adding to the mess is the lumbering and carefully matched giant (also hailing from Europe) known predominately for being the largest heavyweight title holder of all time as opposed to having any discernible talent. Elsewhere we see the same list of somewhat talented but erratic contenders trying and failing miserably to fill the void........ continue
By Thomas Scherr: As we reach the holiday season, I figured it was a good time to put together my Christmas list for 2009:
Day 1: An undisputed lightweight champion. Golden Boy Promotions announced this week that Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz will meet to determine the best lightweight in the world. While that kind of rhetoric is expected, until the winner of this contest meets Nate Campbell we will still have splintered division. Hopefully we can clarity this year in at least one division. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (December 24, 2008) For the first time in over four years, world class professional boxing will return to the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on Friday, January 23rd, it was jointly announced today by TKO BOXING Promotions and Reno’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions. continue
24.12.08 - By Ted Spoon, www.tedspoon.co.uk - While the heavyweight division is still poorly with leprosy there remains a healthy roster of quality fighters for us to enjoy, and numero uno has gone onto gate crash the premier poundage of 135 and pummel the 'Golden Boy'.
With his faultless demolitions of David Diaz and Oscar De La Hoya, Philipino fireball, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao has once again done his nickname justice; something he has failed to do since chewing up Barrera 5 years ago. Following the destructive moves up in weight, Pacquiao now commands a wealth of pulling power as boxing buzzes around him, but as easily as Manny continues to impress he has dimmed the lasting image of his previous conqueror, the now retired, Erik ’El Terrible’ Morales.
Morales is far from forgotten; his first fight with Barrera shall for ever remain a byword for intensity, but in successfully running an old horse ragged, Pacquiao has overlapped the memory of a modern legend. continue
Team Sauerland will reconsider its plan to offer Evander Holyfield a rematch against WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev following Tommy Brooks´ outrageous remarks in the press. The coach of the 46-year-old boxing legend, who lost a close majority decision by the scores of 116-112, 115-114 and 114-114, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I think it was just some home cooking for a promoter’s fighter. I think somebody was just greasing somebody’s palms.. continue
by James Slater - Right about now, fans will be reading various people's choices for 2008's best of the year, boxing-wise. You know the stuff - this or that writer, or this or that publication, gives his or her, or its opinion of what made the boxing world tick, and what its loudest and brightest moments were over the past 12 months, and readers will take it upon themselves to either agree or disagree. Picking just one bout as fight of the year proves to be quite a tough job this year - for we had a number of classics to choose from. We had Israel Vazquez- Rafael Marquez III, Antonio Margarito-Miguel Cotto and, less publicised, Tomas Villa- Rogers Mtagwa, to name just three candidates. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' takes a look at a few highly intriguing questions and scenario's directly from the minds of some of the sports most avid fans. Weeks after the strong performance by Manny Pacquiao, one fight fan still decided to ponder his true worth as it relates to his perceived greatness. Other topics touched upon were the Holyfield/Valuev debacle which many question (for good reason), as well as the potential late '09 showdown between Mayweather and Pacquiao. With no more preliminaries necessary, we jump into the mix, starting with our first question which comes from a fight fan in Richmond, Virginia who wanted to know the following:
Doug Peterson, (Richmond, Va): Manny Pacquiao has already accomplished a ton in the sport but many don't seem to rate him in their all-time great category. How do you see his true worth from a greatness standpoint in the sport?
Vivek W. (ESB): I pride myself as a boxing scribe who likes to see not only my view, but the one that doesn't parallel mine as well. That being said, for starters, I don't think there's any way to discount the resume of Manny Pacquiao. continue
23.12.08 - By Paul McCreath: The World Boxing Council: The alphabet group that created such a mess a few months ago that they actually had three of their own world heavyweight champions all at the same time! It is a good thing there were no unification bouts with the belt holders of other organizations or we might have had four champs. As it is we had Oleg Maskaev as the regular belt holder after he took the title by KO from Hasim Rahman. They also had Vitali Klitschko as the champion emeritus (whatever that means) and later they added Sam Peter as their interim world champ. Sam of course had to win two eliminators over James Toney and then defeated Jameel McCline to become the interim belt holder. McCline had qualified for the title shot by losing in three rounds to Nicolay Valuev, the WBA champ. Does anyone see a lack of logic here? continue
WBC BOXER OF THE YEAR - Manny Pacquiao, Philippines: Manny won the World Boxing Council super featherweight world title by decision against defending champion Juan Manuel Marquez in March, then won the WBC lightweight world title by TKO against defending champion David Diaz three months later in June. Manny finished the year in December with a sensational TKO win against Oscar De La Hoya in the welterweight division. continue
by James Slater - There are a number of potentially thrilling fights already well on the way to being made for 2009. With Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao all but a done deal and Vitali Klitschko-David Haye also scheduled, along with other mouth-watering bouts such as Antonio Margarito-Miguel Cotto II and Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz also to look forward to, next year will have no shortage of big fights.
However, one fight, set for February 7th in California, is a fight that could possibly prove to be the best of the lot. Super-flyweights Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce clash in what could well be the new year's first great action fight. These two simply do not like each other, and due to the bad blood, the combination of the two men's exciting styles, and the stakes involved, Feb 7th's showdown cannot fail to produce a fan-friendly fight. continue
The World Boxing Council (WBC) has announced its year end awards. To no one’s surprise, it selected the third fight between Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez in March as its “Fight of the Year” for 2008. Vazquez showed tremendous courage and pride by rallying from a fourth round knockdown to come back and floor Marquez in the twelfth round. The knockdown, which happened just as the fight was coming to an end, helped tilt the fight in Vazquez’ favor. continue
by David Pambianchi - Super Bantamweight boxer Stacy Reile traded in her Macintosh apples and New York winters for Florida oranges and Miami sunshine. But this physical trainer and massage therapist plans to keep ties to the Big Apple and capture a few boxing titles by agreeing to sign on with 2008 “WIBA Manager of the Year” David Selwyn who handles women champions and top fighters such as Eileen Olszewski, Jill Emery and Ronica Jeffrey. continue
23.12.08 - By Ben Carey - David Haye’s announcement that he is set to challenge Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title next June may have been premature.
“I was out in Germany to watch Wladimir Klitschko bore everybody to sleep with his jab (in witnessing Wladimir’s seventh round stoppage win over Hasim Rahman). We agreed terms for myself and Vitali at a London venue to be decided. The fight is going to happen in June. It's all done and dusted, just need to dot the i's and cross the t's,” claimed Haye at the beginning of last week.
Dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s could be more problematic than Team Haye envisaged. The WBC’s mandatory contender, Juan Carlos Gomez, subsequently issued a statement warning Haye to “keep your hands off Vitali: continue
In 2008, Mexican icon Juan Manuel Marquez solidified his place among boxing's elite and became Mexico's number one fighter by knocking out Joel Casamayor and winning a championship in a third weight class. As 2009 opens, Marquez will not be resting on his laurels, as he accepted the challenge to face former three-time lightweight champion Juan "The Baby Bull" Diaz on Saturday, February 28th in what promises to be an early Fight of The Year candidate. continue
Red hot prospects Billy Joe Saunders and Kell Brook have joined the likes of England rugby ace Danny Cipriani and Bond girl Gemma Arterton in 2009's Red Pages: Hot 100. The influential list predicts tomorrow's movers, shakers and newsmakers in the worlds of fashion, music, film, TV, politics, sport and business. continue
Interview by John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: December 22, 2009 - Shane Mosley was given the nickname “Sugar” early in his career. A nickname that in boxing is usually designated for only the greatest of fighters to ever step into the squared circle. Prior to Mosley, Ray Robinson and Ray Leonard were two of those men that carried the moniker “Sugar”.
Mosley, recognized for his prowess in the boxing ring has proven to be a rare fighter that possesses a combination of lightning quick hands, catlike reflexes, and power in his punches that have enabled him to defeat many of his foes since early on his career.
It was those skills that allowed him to dominate the lightweight division and storm through a welterweight class before suffering his first loss of his career almost nine years after turning pro at the hands of Vernon Forrest in January of 2002. continue
Dear Santa, It’s that time of year again, when I know you’re getting tons and tons of letters from people around the world asking for gifts this Holiday season. I’ve got to be honest with you though; with the exception of a horrible injustice done to me in Florida on April 12th, I’ve had a great year. I knocked out Hugo Pineda and Aaron Norwood, was crowned people’s champion again after the robbery against Chad Dawson, and I’ve got good friends and a great team around me. continue
by James Slater - There's absolutely no chance of it happening, but for last Saturday's awful fight that was only surpassed in the awful stakes by its decision, this writer would never bring it up - but could "Big" George Foreman, all 59 years of him, come back now and be able to beat Russian behemoth Nikolay Valuev? continue
By Vivek Wallace: Ok, we all knew the day would come, and within the last 36 hours guess what? It has. To some, the return of Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a welcomed effect, but to others, his act has quickly become reminiscent of one of those little bugs that you rarely see outside at night until you turn the light on, and suddenly, they come from the woodworks, anxious to gloat in the glow. For Mayweather, the lights and glow that he now prepares to bask in are also very close to home as well; As in the very famed Las Vegas strip, where he now appears once again destined to perform. Some speculate it's the money, others feel he misses the attention and notoriety received from having his name overlook the city on huge scrolling marquee's; Whatever the case may be, apparently it will soon culminate into the return of the man many around the sport love to hate. With endless possibilities, we now examine the 3 most likely options pondered by the sports former pound-for-pound king. continue
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 21, 2008) Declaring and showing that he is “More Than Ready” for his February 14th grudge match with Joey Gilbert, Yerington’s Jesse Brinkley impressively took care of business on Saturday night with a third round stoppage of Shreveport’s James Johnson at the Burr Arena in Washington, D.C. continue
Bernard Dunne will hit Irish TV screens again over Christmas when RTÉ TWO broadcast “Big Time” at 9:30pm on Tuesday, December 30th. The documentary goes behind the scenes and features Dunne and his promoter Brian Peters as they travel the road to European title glory. The documentary covers Dunne’s return home to Ireland following a three year apprenticeship in the U.S. under boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and renowned trainer Freddie Roach. continue
By Ted Sares - Okay, mates, blokes, friends, amigos, and/or aficionados pull up a comfortable chair near your computer, pour some nice single malt Oban with its West Highland character, and torch up a nice Rocky Patel Renaissance Toro (Rocky describes the Renaissance as reminiscent of old style Cubans — rich and decadent. "It's the kind of cigar that your father's grandfather smoked," he says.)). It’s now time to discuss all things boxing, and this month’s topics are the following, but feel free to inject your own topic as long as (hopefully) it pertains to boxing:
1) Evander Holyfield, by most accounts, beat the “Russian Giant” in Switzerland, but neither fighter did anything to write home about. That said, what should “The Real Deal” do now? Should he continue what some are calling his quasi-delusional pursuit of becoming undisputed heavyweight champion of the world? Should he walk away? Just what should he do? continue
by James Slater - Though he was comprehensively beaten by the great Bernard Hopkins back in October, losing for the very first time as a pro, 26-year-old Kelly Pavlik still has something the amazing 43-year-old does not - a world title. Pavlik lost the catch-weight non-title bout on October 18th, and with it his unbeaten record, but he remains the WBC, WBO and, more importantly, Ring magazine middleweight champion. continue
by James Slater - According to today's edition of The Sunday Mirror, the eagerly awaited fight practically all of boxing wants to see, in Manny Pacquiao Vs. Ricky Hatton, is very much a done deal for May 2nd next year in Las Vegas. The paper states that "Pac-Man" will fight "The Hitman" on May 2nd at either The MGM Grand or The Thomas and Mack Centre, and that both boxers and their managements will finalise the details before Christmas. The news article also states how Hatton will begin training for the mega-fight on February the 1st, after he has enjoyed his traditional family cruise. continue
by James Slater - As expected, Evander Holyfield is still not ready to hang up the gloves; even after last night's "loss" to the huge Nikolay Valuev. We all thought this would be the case with Evander, and that even if he were soundly beaten the stubborn 46-year-old would let everyone know he was still in pursuit of his unlikely - if not damn delusional - goal of once again becoming undisputed heavyweight champion.
However, Holyfield was not anywhere close to clearly beaten last night in Switzerland - in fact he was out and out robbed. Holyfield did more work, threw and landed more punches and just plain won. As such, Evander perhaps has the right this time to insist on fighting on. Wanting a rematch, and justice, Holyfield and his team reportedly asked the WBA champion who retained his belt with one of the year's most debatable decisions, for a second fight. Team Valuev said this would be a possibility for 2009. continue
21.12.08 - by Suge Green - There was much criticism from the start at the prospect of a World Heavyweight Title bout between WBA Champion Nikolai Valeuv and all time great American heavyweight and former four time World Champion Evander Holyfield. From the outset, when the fight was merely a rumor, the idea created a unified voice in the boxing world...and the voice said "No," loud and clear. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- On The Grind Radio LIVE (Call-in Number: (347) 843-4293) is back on Sunday December 21st at 8pm est/5pm pst, and we've got a controversial weekend of boxing to wrap up. "Iceman" John Scully, "Big Time" Tim Kudgis, and the incomparable Suge Green will be giving you their take on the disgraceful decision given at the Holyfield-Valuev HW Title bout, and going over the latest news in the world of boxing. continue
By Ruth Lister - This was boxing at its most masochist - a 46 year old giving up 7 stone in weight, over a foot in height and being banned from the New York State Athletic Commission many moons ago, (and not to mention having not fought since losing 14 months ago), in arguably the worst heavyweight title fight in history with a result that was just plain ugly. Ironically, the fight between Evander Holyfield & Interim WBA champion Nikolai Valuev was staged in Switzerland - the only country in the world in which euthanasia is legal - and by the fifth round I wanted to be put out of my misery! At the end of 12 pitiful rounds so should Valuev, the judges and anyone else unfortunate to witness this disgrace.
An analysis of the fight can be summed up quite easily - it was a stinker, a real stinker. 12 rounds of Holyfield dancing around throwing the odd combination, and Valuev fighting like Baloo the bear after a heavy session on a bong with his right foot nailed to the centre of the ring, occasionally offered a pawing jab with all the venom of a care bear on valium. As for the result, if the feds investigated the Holyfield-Lewis fight they should have an easy time bringing people to justice over this debacle, not from Holyfield putting on a performance of the ages, but by the pure fact that Valuev simply looked that bad. continue
Press Release - photo by Sauerland Event --- Nikolai Valuev retained his WBA heavyweight title with a close majority decision against Evander Holyfield. In front of a boisterous sell-out crowd of 12,500 fans in Zurich, the Russian Giant was ahead 116-112 and 115-114 on two scorecards, while the third judge called the bout a 114-114 draw. “It was an honour for me to fight a legend like Evander Holyfield,” Valuev said. “He proved that he is a great boxer. It was a very close and a very fast fight.. continue
By William Mckay: World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) won a fight that few people felt he deserved tonight in Switzerland, defeating Evander Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs) by a controversial 12-round majority decision. Valuev, 35, looked bad, unable to pull the trigger, weak, slow and doing little other than plodding after Holyfield in most of the rounds. continue
20.12.08 - By Stuart Cornwell - The critics said he had “zero chance” of winning, and they were probably right about that. Because in hindsight it seems likely that if Evander Holyfield had knocked Nicolay Valuev out he would have only been awarded a draw. In a fight that was predictably slow-paced and uneventful, Holyfield was the better man by far. In almost every round Holyfield did the better work, and he really didn’t do much at all. But he did what he needed to do, fought a smart fight, controlled the fight, dictated the pace and scored with the better shots on those rare occasions when blows were exchanged. In reality, Valuev deserved to win 2 or 3 rounds at most with Holyfield deserving the remainder. It shouldn’t have even been close. But when the judges scores were announced we had two judges favouring Valuev, by scores of 116-112 and 115-114, and another sugar-coating this atrocity with an even 114-114. continue
by James Slater - Almost one week on, and Fres Oquendo and his team are still hopping mad at the split decision victory James Toney was awarded in Cabazon, California after 12 rounds on December 13th. Most, if not all, in attendance and watching on TV felt late replacement Oquendo had more than done enough to have had his hand raised. This was not the case, however, and "Fast" Fres and his team - headed by manager Tom Tsatas - are now looking at appealing the decision.
Talking to this writer over the phone today, Tsatas told me what is happening, or is going to happen about the given verdict, the future for his fighter, and other things. continue
By Miika Forsström: Super lightweight European titlefight between the defending champion Gianluca Branco (42-2-1, 22 KO´s) and Finnish challenger Juho Tolppola (21-5-1, 9 KOs) ended in a very controversial fashion. Tolppola dominated the early round and must had been ahead on the scorecards, when the fight was stopped in the 9th round due a swelling in the side of Tolppola´s head. Branco was ruled as the winner by technical knockout. The fight was stopped by an ITALIAN doctor and the referee Ian John-Lewis. continue
By Stuart Cornwell: Continuing on an odyssey that will end only when he reigns supreme once more as undisputed king of the heavyweights, Evander Holyfield will attempt to snatch the WBA title from the giant’s den Saturday night when he takes on Nicolay Valuev in Switzerland. The gargantuan Russian, who sports a professional record 49-1-1NC, will enter the ring an overwhelming betting favourite while American Holyfield will once again enter the ring installed as a target of protest and ridicule for a large section of the sports press and various respected voices in the boxing community. At 46 years of age, and having failed in his last three attempts to acquire one of the various world titles, Holyfield has attracted a legion of critics.
Critics who reckon he should have given up trying a long time ago and should now accept that the whole project has been proven impossible. Critics who say he has no business believing he can become top dog again. Critics who say Evander Holyfield, a credit to the sport if there ever was one, is now not only tarnishing his own legacy but is damaging the image of boxing. Holyfield for his part is polite enough to listen, polite enough to answer, respectfully disagree and get on with the job at hand. continue
European super bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe solidified his top ten world ranking with a sterling performance to stop Italian titlist Fabrizio Trotta at 1:27 of the fifth round last night at City University In Dublin, Ireland. Munroe overcame a slow start to hammer away at Trotta's body and take over the contest by the third frame before the Italian claimed he could not continued after injuring his right wrist in the fifth. continue
Two vacant titles will be up for grabs in the same fight tonight at the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California when former World Champions, Roman "Made in Hell" Karmazin and Bronco "Superman" McKart, step into the ring against each other. The winner of this important showdown will likely earn a top 5 ranking in the WBC and IBF and another world title opportunity. continue
19.12.08 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at one the sports most storied figures. With a pro career spanning an amazing 24 years, flanked by various straps and accolades, few have accomplished more in the sport. That being said, father-time waits for no man and right about now, many would agree that Holyfields operating on borrowed time. As we prepare to see what could be the final installment of his career, today, like all other 'Call Em Out Fridays', we'll dissect all angles involved. We'll take a look at the fan 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and to keep things fair and balanced we'll wrap up with a more 'Neutral' perspective. So, with no further ado, we shine the spotlight on the man known by most as 'The Real Deal'. continue
Two time world champion, Joan Guzman, proved to the world that he can make weight. On Friday, December 19th, Joan Guzman, weighed in below the 135lbs. weight limit for his fight against Ameth Diaz. The fight which will take place Saturday, December 20th at the Palacio de Deportes in Dominican Republic and is promoted by Jay Boxing Promotions, will be an elimination bout for the WBA 135lb. title. continue
By Donnell Holmes: Dear Chris Arreola & Kevin Johnson: Your promoters have done a good job making the public think you are good fighters. People on this site say I haven't fought anyone. I want to fight the best, so why don't one of you two be my step up fight. Arreola you were at my fight with Billy Zumbrum last year calling me out. So now why don't you "Put up or Shut up." Or did you see something in that fight that is a little over your head? I was mentioned for your Nov fight, but you or mother Goossen got scared and put in Robo-man, stiff mechanical Travis Walker. That wasn't a war, it was a JOKE. continue
By Max Lom: With just a week left until Christmas, I finally finished my boxing wish list for the next year, with five potential fights that would be fantastic for the sport if they could be put together. Some are closer to happening and more realistic than others, but each of these fights should happen and would make for a very exciting 2009.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton (Wembley): Before being destroyed over 8 embarrassing rounds, Oscar de la Hoya and the Golden Boy team were making noise about a super-fight with Hatton in the UK. There were even some suggestions that the fight could take place at a reasonable local time, which would translate to an afternoon bout in the States, an event that maybe even the free networks could find time for. Most people agreed that the fight had a chance to be a huge event for the sport, but these discussions proved worthless when Manny Pacquiao unexpectedly dismantled Oscar earlier this month. continue
by James Slater - Without a single doubt, unbeaten light-heavyweight up-and-comer Nathan Cleverly is one of the best, if not the best, world title prospects in Britain right now. Already having captured and defended the Commonwealth 175-pound title, after a mere 14 pro bouts, the 21-year-old Welshman has his sights set far higher. Not wanting to rush things, the level-headed fighter who is also an accomplished mathematics student, says he will be ready for the best in the world in around eighteen months. continue
PPV Main Event (12 round, WBA Heavyweight Championship): Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev (49-1, 34 KOs), 2-time and reigning WBA Heavyweight Champion, St. Petersburg, Russia vs. Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (47-9-2, 27 KOs), 4-time World Heavyweight Champion, Atlanta, Georgia. Also on PPV (8-rounds, super middleweights): Mads “Golden Boy” Larsen (50-2, 37 KOs), former IBO & WBF super middleweight champion vs. Roberto Cocco (9-2, 5 KOs) continue
By Jason Peck: We hear a lot of complaining about the sport nowadays. There’s no great match-ups, and no great fights like they used to have them back in the days of [insert bygone era here]. Recently we watched such a great fight. But it to seems to have been forgotten in record time.
Steve Cunnignham and Tomasz Adamek proved the Golden Boy theory of promotions wrong: You don’t need good looks, mainstream appeal or an HBO series to stage an amazing brawl. But a week later I’m baffled by the lukewarm reception this inspired scrap has received from the boxing public. You would think the haters would quit it about a “dying” sport after such a scuffle. Why haven’t they?
Maybe I’m wrong here. Maybe Cunningham-Adamek was so damned good that no discussion is needed. On the other hand, this is probably a depressing commentary on how susceptible people are to hype and name recognition over talent and meaning. continue
by James Slater - In just over 24 hour's time, former four-time holder of the heavyweight title, Evander Holyfield, will go up against the massive current WBA belt holder, Nikolay Valuev. Now aged 46, Holyfield has often referred to the amazing achievements of another legend in George Foreman, who was able to win back the title at the age of 45. "The Real Deal" has drawn inspiration from what "Big" George did, and aims to go one better and win back (at least a portion of) the title at 46. continue
LOS ANGELES – In a first for U.S. cable television networks, and in a huge boon for boxing fans, FSN announces that it will select the best fight from around the world each month and showcase it domestically. Telecast under the successful Best Damn Championship Fight Night banner, these monthly installments promise to deliver instant classics, top-notch title fights profiling great battles between the best fighters in the international community. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Reigning IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey is at a loss as to why the big fights continue to elude him. The 31-year-old with the excellent 35-2(20) record felt the big opportunities would come his way after finally becoming a world champion this past August, with his fine win over Zab Judah, but this has not been the case.
Calling Joshua up to ask him if the recent word that he would face Kermit Cintron next was true, as well as to ask him other questions, this writer had the pleasure of speaking with the African who lives in New York earlier today.
James Slater: Thank you for your time, champ. We hear it might be Kermit Cintron for you next, is that correct?continue
Los Angeles, CA (December 19, 2008) – On the heels of last month’s signing of East LA 2008 Olympian Shawn Estrada, Goossen Tutor Promotions’ President Dan Goossen has signed undefeated Covina, CA lightweight John Molina, Jr. to an exclusive promotional contract with the company. One of the hottest young lightweight prospects in boxing, Molina, who will turn 26 three days after Christmas, is 14-0 with 10 of those wins coming by way of knockout. continue
Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) is in his native Dominican Republic to take on World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin lightweight champion Ameth Diaz (25-7, 19 KOs) of Panama this Saturday, Dec. 20, from El Palacio de los Deportes in Guzman’s hometown of Santo Domingo. The 12-round fight is promoted by Jay Boxing Promotions and will be Guzman’s first since outpointing Soto last November. The bout also serves as a WBA lightweight title eliminator. continue
12. Ricardo Torres v. Kendall Holt (Showtime), July 5th, Las Vegas
In a spectacular sixty-one seconds, Torres had Holt down twice before an accidental headbutt sent the Colombian reeling into the ropes and his jaw directly into the arc of a vicious Holt right hand. Torres was unconscious upon impact and Jay Nady did not bother to finish his count before waving the fight off.
11. Lucian Bute v. Librado Andrade (Showtime), October 24th, Montreal
Bute was far ahead on the cards when he ran out of gas and finally succumbed to Andrade's relentless pressure, collapsing to the canvas in absolute exhaustion with less than twenty seconds left in the fight. continue
LOS ANGELES, December 18 - Golden Boy Promotions is proud to announce that former two-time world champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero has been added to its roster of fighters. Guerrero signed with Golden Boy Promotions today and is slated to make his Golden Boy Promotions debut in early 2009. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 18 – It takes a lot to get Glen Johnson angry, but when he heard that a March 14th rematch between Chad Dawson and Antonio Tarver had been finalized, he couldn’t hold back his feelings. “This is a disgrace to the sport,” said Johnson, the former light heavyweight champ who is currently the most avoided man in boxing. “Didn’t anyone watch the first fight? Do they think anything different will happen the second time around? HBO should have put this fight on a month earlier, so it could have been the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Part Two.. continue
By Conor Ward: Rumours surrounding the possible return of Floyd Mayweather Jr. to the ring have gathered further momentum today, with reports that Mayweather’s camp have approached Ricky’s Hatton’s advisers with a view to a rematch with the ‘Hitman.'
Hatton’s lawyer Gareth Williams and his father Ray Hatton have confirmed that they have been sounded out by Mayweather’s representatives. As every British boxing fan knows only too well, Ricky suffered the first and only defeat of his career to date against Mayweather in December 2007 via a brutal tenth round TKO. As they also know, Hatton has bounced back well from that defeat, his impressive and comprehensive victory over fellow light-welterweight Paulie Malignaggi last month putting him right back in the shake-up at the top end of the world scene. continue
New York (December 18, 2008) – DiBella Entertainment is starting 2009 in style with two great world championship matchups, featuring hard-charging WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto making his second title defense versus number-one rated challenger and former WBA world champion Luis Collazo, and budding 154 pound superstar Sergio Martinez taking on undefeated, world-rated contender Joe Greene, for the interim WBC belt, to be seen on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, on Saturday, January 17, from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. continue
By Andrew Harrison: Psychological warfare has long been part of the fight game to one extent or another; battles have been won before the boxers catch sight of the ring lights. The heavyweight division, traditionally a breeding ground for mentally fragile behemoths, coupled with being the sport’s grandest stage of all, has proven a fertile platform for the mind game. Jack Johnson’s opponents would whip themselves into a frenzy in an attempt to wipe the ubiquitous smirk from The Galveston Giant’s mug, Johnson laughing and taunting all the while. The end result was a loss of composure and ragged boxing, meat and drink for a master counter puncher like Jack. continue
By Mike Casey - Joe Gans was playing it straight and playing it beautifully. There was no ‘arrangement’ on this January day in Tonopah, Nevada, no grubby deals to bind the Old Master’s arms and choke his unparalleled talent. He was out of the cage, in full swing.
This was bad news for Kid Herman at the Casino Athletic Club. The gutsy Chicagoan had plenty of heart and most of the crowd on his side as he chased and hustled and swung punches in his futile quest to wrench the lightweight championship from Gans’ vice-like grip.
The poor Kid. He must have felt as though the gods had dropped an ebony angel of death into the ring for a bit of mischievous fun. From the clang of the opening gong, Herman’s artillery was hitting gloves and elbows and being deflected by dizzying feints and subtle shifts. continue
Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham celebrated another prestigious success this week when he was voted “Boxer of the Year” for the third straight time. The readers of Germany´s BoxSport magazine as well as a panel of established boxing experts elected the 28-year-old ahead of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. “That is a great honour for me,” King Arthur said. “I am very happy about the fans´ and the experts´ verdict. We have worked very hard to be successful and I want to thank my coach as well as my team for their great support. Without their help I would not have achieved anything.. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- On The Grind Radio is LIVE (Call-in Number: (347) 843-4293) on Thursday December 18th at 8pm est/5pm pst (1am UK Friday) and it's shaping up to be another great show. OTG Radio from it's infancy, has been committed to shining a light on up and coming prospects within the professional ranks, and this week we are privileged to have another opportunity to do so...when we get our first look at rising American heavyweight, Darrell Madison 12(3)-1-0. continue
By Michael Klimes, photo by Photo Wende -- Evander Holyfield was a member of that outstanding 1984 Olympic team which produced Tyrell Briggs, Meldrick Taylor and Pernell Whitaker. He is probably the most well known boxer of that group among the general public. He achieved this standing after his noteworthy days in the cruiserweight division by moving up to the heavyweights. He shattered the scepticism of his doubters by his exceptional toughness, courage and a considerable amount of skill as well.
Has there been any fighter of the last thirty years who has been perceived as the underdog so consistently and come out on top? I doubt it, even though Bernard Hopkins would probably regard himself as the greatest underdog alive and reminds us of it each time he steps up to a podium. One of the endearing qualities of Holyfield is that he never felt the urge to broadcast his brilliance. Perhaps it was part of his professed Christianity? continue
LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2008) – The Antonio Margarito vs. Sugar Shane Mosley World Welterweight Championship fight is just the ticket for a great holiday gift! There are TWO great Holiday Gift Packs available. The first package is only $295 and includes four tickets, regularly priced at $75 each, and four commemorative Margarito-Mosley fight T-shirts. For only $585, you can upgrade your Holiday Pack with four tickets, regularly priced at $150, four fight T-shirts and a boxing glove signed by both fighters. These packages are a great holiday gift for any boxing fan. continue
18.12.08 - by James Slater - A few days back, unbeaten great Joe Calzaghe made a remark that a number of people didn't like. Stating that boxing was on the way down and very much a dying sport, "The Pride of Wales" said the sport that had made him rich and famous was in unstoppable decline. Obviously, many people, both fans and experts, strongly disagreed. continue
By “Old Yank” Schneider - If a fan could complain about the quality of bouts in 2008 then it is only because they were spoiled by the bouts of 2007. But even in a great year for the square circle there will always be plenty of bouts that bring an air of controversy. And 2008 was no exception.
Somewhere between upset, controversy, robbery and kissing your sister lies the place where the art of the stolen bout can be found. These are the bouts where rabid fans of one fighter call it a robbery and rabid fans of his opponent call it “art”. And sometimes your fighter wins and you can’t help but grin over the shear serendipity of the moment – not even you can defend your fighter with a straight face. continue
OPEN LETTER FROM WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION MIKKEL KESSLER: "First, I would like to wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my fans, indeed to all boxing fans around the globe. Here’s to a great 2009 with peace and prosperity for one and all. My purpose is to let my fans and all boxing fans around the world know my past and curre nt boxing agenda. I went from Denmark to America THREE TIMES in 2008 trying to drum up a big fight. I atten ded the Kelly Pavlik-Jermain Taylor rematch, the Bernard Hopkins-Joe Calzaghe fight and the Roy Jones-Calzaghe bout. I enjoy both Las Vegas and New York but those were business trips. My dream is to fight big fights in the United States against the best of the best. continue
By Leo Ashworth: Following the recent announcement that David Haye will challenge WBC kingpin Vitali Klitschko in London next June I’m sure many of you have asked yourselves this question. Has Haye bitten off more than he can chew? On the surface David Haye is set to challenge the man widely considered to be his toughest challenge and arguably the best Heavyweight in the World, and of his era, although brother Wladimir would likely lay claim to those titles also. This in only Haye’s third fight at Heavyweight (KO1 Bonin, TKO5 Barrett). continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Seen by many as the best unbeaten young American heavyweight contender, Kevin "King Pin" Johnson already feels he is the best heavyweight in the world. His team at Star Boxing recently put out a press release saying the 29-year-old would risk a good friendship to land a fight with his biggest rival in terms of a heavyweight prospect from the US, in Chris Arreola.
To ask the 21-0-1(8) Johnson about this and other things, this writer called the contender with the superb left jab earlier today. However, though he kindly granted me the interview, Kevin was not his usual talkative self, often replying with one-word answers.
Here are "King Pin's" answers to my questions. continue
By James Slater: The Manny Pacquiao/Ricky Hatton/Floyd Mayweather Junior story has taken yet another twist. First Hatton said he wanted very much to face Pacquiao, only to then worry when rumours circulated that Floyd Mayweather Junior would make a return and jump the "Pac-Man" queue. Then, it was reported how promoter Bob Arum had contacted Hatton's people about a Pacquiao fight for next May, seeming to rule out a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight for the time being. continue
Evander Holyfield is convinced that neither size nor age will matter in Saturday´s showdown with Nikolai Valuev. The 46-year-old challenger is determined to become the oldest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing when he takes on the Russian Giant in front of a sell-out crowd of 12.500 fans in Zurich. In order to put his name in the record books, though, he needs to defeat the biggest and tallest champion of all time. “I will display a performance that will surprise many people,” Holyfield said at today´s official press conference. “I have been asked about my age so many times but that is fine. It is not about how old you are. It is about how old you feel and what you can do inside the ring. I am very experienced and I know what I have to do against Valuev. I am in great shape and I really look forward to Saturday night.. continue
By Michael Klimes: When you have a strong conviction about an issue and your opinion is undercut by events, it can be a frustrating experience. Bernard Hopkins achieved a coup d’état against my prediction as he mastered Kelly Pavlik gracefully over the course of twelve rounds. I might as well never gamble against the man again. Manny Pacquiao did the same as he slaughtered Oscar de la Hoya. Putting my hurt feelings aside is not easy but the second bout has a number of political implications.
Firstly, it is refreshing to think that the burden of de la Hoya retiring sooner or later has been lifted off his shoulders by the comprehensive beating he endured. It was becoming boring playing the guessing game of when this once great force would resign his post. De la Hoya’s possible departure could be extremely significant for boxing and invigorate the sport. It has been clear for many years that de la Hoya was boxing’s biggest star, even as a semi-retired one, and was only better than Sugar Ray Leonard in one sense: continue
17.12.08 - by James Slater - Ricky Hatton said recently he is worried a come-backing Floyd Mayweather will beat him to it when it comes to a big-fight showdown with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Well, according to the latest word from top promoter Bob Arum, who handles "Pac-Man," Hatton need not be too concerned, as it looks more and more likely that the 30-year-old from Manchester will be next for the Filipino. continue
By Dave Cacciatore: James Toney won a split decision victory over Fres Oquendo on Saturday night. As the years pass few will remember the details of this fight, and all that will remain is the tacit result Toney SD12 Oquendo. From an aesthetic standpoint, this was not a great fight, it was sloppy, ugly, and it was highlighted by Toney nearly slipping out of the ring. However, that tacit result will conceal something else…that the wrong man won! Fres Oquendo out-worked, out-hit, and even out-smarted the old, slow, fat, ex-middleweight champ consistently throughout the fight, and is left with nothing to show for it. Fighters are known by their records, it is the only true statistic we have to measure them by. continue
By Paul Strauss: Thankfully, the mercy execution of Hasim Rahman by Wlad is over (yawn). Another yawner was Yuri Foreman's best impression of a boxer with AD&D. He used his "I'll go this way, no that way", style to almost shut-out club fighter James Moore. Yuri's style is more like an ailment than it is a planned strategy. And even when he lands big, nothing big happens. The Belarus tapper just doesn't have the wallop to make him an exciting fighter. It's a shame, as he is likable. I But, thank goodness these two fight cards weren't pay-per-view, because they might have set a new record for fewest customers.
It's not The Steel Hammer's fault, either, as he and his brother Dr.Iron Fist are fighting whoever is out there in the heavyweight division. Unfortunately, the pickings are pretty slim, including David Haye. If the Hayemaker gets his wish for a fight with Vitali, he might end up doing his best imitation of the original Golden Boy, Art Aragon. Art once said, "I hit him as hard as I could, right on the chin, and down I went." continue
Light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton will confirm his next fight by the end of the year according to his lawyer Gareth Williams. The comments come after Manny Pacquiao’s manager Bob Arum revealed talks with Hatton were already underway. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Williams insisted that Hatton had become a box office gold in America. “We’re hoping that something can be agreed in principle before the end of the year. What we want to agree in principle is the percentage split of any fight money, be it with [Floyd] Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Victorian based Peter Maniatis has taken out this year’s Australian Boxing Promoter of the Year award at a function held in Melbourne last Sunday. The founder of Peter Maniatis Promotions has now won the coveted prize for the third time in the past four years and has solidified himself as the foremost boxing promoter in Australia. continue
by James Slater - Ahead of his unlikely world title fight with the colossal Nikolay Valuev this weekend, I thought it would be fun to look back at the legendary Evander Holyfield's five greatest ring triumphs: the five nights when he was truly an exceptional warrior. Some, if not most, say the 46-year-old former four-time heavyweight champ should not be getting this fight with the ruling WBA champion, and almost everyone agrees it will be nothing short of a huge upset if "The Real Deal" manages to win.
But, as the following list proves, Holyfield has shocked the boxing world before; many times!
Here, in reverse order, taking into account both his career as a cruiserweight (without a doubt THE greatest in the division's history) and as a heavyweight, are this writer's choices for Holyfield's five best wins. continue
17.12.08 - By Andrew Walker: Most of us who following the sport of boxing would agree that there are too many “world title belts” on offer in each weight division today. A common thread of discussion is that the multitude of belts claiming to be legitimate governing bodies in the sport of boxing dilutes the interest from the casual fan who no longer knows or cares who the real champion of each division is. Each of these in turn have their own form of ranking and vary from almost credible to laughable in some cases. The thing is unless their go bankrupt none of these governing bodies are going to go away and leave just one to reap the rewards so what can the sport do to settle its house. continue
Paul McCreath: The heavyweight division has been in the doldrums for some time now and one of the biggest problems has been the lack of really big mega title bouts. Outside of the Klitschko brothers there is no truly oustanding contender to challenge any of the champions and of course we will not see any real unification as long as we have 4 major sanctioning bodies. The best of the challengers David Haye appears likely to fight Vitali Klitschko next year and while that will be a good fight it hardly reaches mega proportions. David while obviously a very good fighter is still pretty much unproven at heavyweight. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' installment touches on some pretty interesting topics. Consuming much of the space - similar to their larger than life size - are the three huge heavyweights in the two Klitschko brothers and Nikolay Valuev. Also finding a way back in the sportlight is the sports retired but still honorably mentioned Floyd Mayweather Jr. who now finds himself in the circle of Manny Pacquiao's pursuit. Closing the show is a take on a potential Chad Dawson/Bernard Hopkins showdown. So with no further ado, we jump into it.....
Ross K. (Ontario, CA): David Haye has recently stated that Vitali Klitschko will knock him out if he lands a flush shot first. What are your thoughts on that statement from him?
Vivek W. (ESB): I see that comment from two angles. For starters, I think it's a very intriguing thing to hear a boxer (of all athletes) come out and openly state that he believes another man could take him out. continue
By Loren Robinson: Joe Calzaghe said that he will announce whether or not he will retire in 2009. Joe Calzaghe is one of the best pound for pound the best fighters in the world. All the top boxers near his weight class have been calling him out to fight him. For example, the veteran boxer Glen Johnson personally wrote Joe Calzaghe a letter asking for him to fight him. The fighters that he could possibly face include Carl Froch, Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson and Jermain Taylor. continue
If you ask him, he would tell you he'd fight anyone that you put in front of him, and he wouldn't be lying. Since first turning pro on February 13, 2003, the self-proclaimed greatest heavyweight in the world, Star Boxing's Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson has been telling anyone who would listen he was destined to become the next great heavyweight champion. continue
Lewis, now a successful commentator, has been in the news himself lately, what with the persistent rumours going around saying he would make a shocking return to the ring. The 43-year-old has now quashed any such talk, but is definitely interested in helping his friend train for his own big fight. continue
It was officially announced at a press conference that WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) will face unbeaten Carl Davis Drumond on February 7th at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Chagaev will return from an Achilles tendon injury and he has proved his good fitness in order to challenge Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs) in a fight for the WBA heavyweight title. continue
By Ted Sares - It is my understanding that membership in your fine organization entitles members to the privilege of casting ballots for inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. In my view, this privilege should also carry with it a responsibility to ensure that fighters from all regions of the globe are represented, particularly since the word “International“ is set forth in the Hall‘s name.
Clearly, this year’s selections are excellent ones. Three-time heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis along with American bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales and South African junior lightweight champion Brian Mitchell are rock solid choices, and so are the posthumous honorees; namely middleweight champion William "Gorilla" Jones, welterweight champion "Mysterious" Billy Smith and middleweight champion Billy Soose. continue
15.12.08 - by Paul McCreath, photo by Photo Wende -- This coming Saturday in Zurich, Switzerland 46 year old Evander Holyfield will make one last attempt to regain a part of the world heavyweight boxing title when he challenges the WBA champ Nicolay Valuev in scheduled 12 round bout. The latest odds I have seen on this fight have Valuev listed as a -1000 favorite. Is it any wonder? Evander is not only 11 years older than the Russian giant but he is also almost a foot shorter and 100 pounds lighter. Have the odds ever been so stacked against one fighter?
If we were looking at a prime Holyfield one could see where Evander would be given an excellent chance of victory. At his peak few would argue that Holyfield was far more skilled than Valuev. Unfortunately Evander's peak was probably at least 8 years ago. The first signs of deterioration were apparent as far back as the first Ruiz fight in August of 2000. Holyfield won that bout but it was a disputed decision and he did not look good. continue
by James Slater - It seems Manny Pacquaio's days as a welterweight are over, for now at least, after just one bout at the weight. Hardly a shock, as the Filipino began his carer down at a mere 106 pounds, promoter Bob Arum, in an article on The Philippine Star, made this quite clear, stating that his fighter's future bouts would take place at 140 "for sure. continue
It’s a holiday treat for HBO Boxing fans. Over four consecutive nights, HBO Sports will present five of the year’s standout fights, showcasing the biggest names in the sport. Starting with a riveting doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT that revisits Cotto vs. Margarito and Marquez vs. Pacquiao II, HBO Sports will replay five of the most memorable, most significant, most compelling bouts of 2008 that were broadcast on the HBO service. continue
Arena Press Release: At the boring world heavyweight championship bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Hasim Rahman the only man who brought some excitement to the show was former undisputed world cruiserweight champion David Haye who showed up in Mannheim, Germany, to call out both Klitschko brothers. Now Haye claims that he came to an agreement with Vitali regarding a bout in June 2009. But before that the older Klitschko bro has to defend his WBC championship against no. 1 contender Juan Carlos Gomez.
Now the “Black Panther” addresses Haye: “I understand how this kid feels and what he thinks. In fact we have a lot in common. We both used to be the best cruiserweights in the world, now we both want to become world heavyweight champions and get rid of those annoying Ukrainians. But, David, I got one advice for you: Keep your hands off Vitali. He’s mine. You can go after Wladimir if you want. He will be easier to handle for you anyways. If you desperately want to fight Vitali you will have to wait until I stripped his belt from him. After we dethroned both Klitschko sisters we can go on and find out one on one who is the best heavyweight fighter in the world if you want. It will be my honour and pleasure to beat you up to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”
Olympic gold medallist James DeGale has vowed to retain the style that saw him reign supreme in China earlier this year. The middleweight champion will be shortly be confirming his professional trainer, but says there won't be too many changes style-wise when he makes his debut early next year. "Obviously I will need to do a few things differently," said DeGale. continue
15.12.08 - by James Slater, photo by Pavel "Eagle eye" Terehov - As has already been making the rounds on practically every single boxing site on the internet, there is a very good chance David Haye will get what he has been desperate for, and he will face WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Haye has been quoted as saying the fight is a "done deal," and that he and the elder Klitschko will clash in London next summer. As great and exciting as this new is, though, another news article has thrown up speculation that the fight, if it does indeed happen (and both sides definitely do want the bout), may not be for the WBC crown "Dr. Iron Fist" holds. continue
by James Slater - They say an unbeaten and largely unknown heavyweight can be a very dangerous thing, more so when the fighter has 20 KO's on his record. Well, in returning from yet another enforced layoff due to a serious illness/physical injury, WBA "champion in recess," Ruslan Chagaev faces such prospective danger in February of next year. Fighting for the first time since his January 2008 points win over British fighter Matt Skelton, Chagaev will face Costa Rica's 33-year-old Carl Davis Drumond, currently 26-0(20). continue
British heavyweight boxer David Haye will fight WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in London in June 2009, having agreed terms with the Ukrainian. The deal was struck on Saturday night following Wladimir Klitschko’s victory over Hasim Rahman in Mannheim in Germany. Vitali’s manager Bernd Boente told Setanta Sports News that the main issues had been agreed and that both parties were working through the finer details. He said: “We met with Adam Booth (his manager) and David Haye. We’ve verbally agreed to do a fight between Vitali Klitschko, the heavyweight champion and David Haye. continue
By Paul McCreath -- click here to view Klitschko-Rahman photo gallery -- This past Saturday Wladimir Klitschko took care of his mandatory with an easy win over Hasim Rahman. This leaves him in the enviable position of not only being the top rated heavyweight in the world but also free to more or less choose any opponent he wants for his next defense. He has an IBF mandatory due against Alexander Povetkin but this does not have to take place until next fall and his July win over Tony Thompson leaves him until next summer before the WBO mandatory is due. So who is he likely to meet?
Many would like to see Wladimir meet the WBA champ Nicolay Valuev next, but that is unlikely. Valuev meets Evander Holyfield next weekend and then must meet champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev after that. Chagaev has a tune-up scheduled for early February with Carl Davis Drummond, so he and Valuev won't be meeting until early summer at best. That pretty well rules out a Wladimir vs Valuev bout as the next one for Wladimir. The same would be true if Chagaev wins again. continue
By Anthony Tibbs - Connecticut featherweight prospect Matt "Sharp Shooter" Remillard is a 16-0 (8 KO's) up and comer with an extremely bright looking future as well as a pretty impressive past. Boxing out of the Manchester PAL in Manchester, Connecticut (ten minutes east of Hartford), the 22 year old is an articulate, hard working and driven young man who is armed with trainers, a manager, a promoter, and a growing fan base who are all expecting big things from him in 2009. continue
(December 16, 2008 – Toronto, Canada) – HBO Canada, the recently launched multiplex channel from Astral Media’s The Movie Network (eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central (western Canada), is kicking off the new year by delivering subscribers even more of HBO’s renowned and sought-after programming with the debut of two of HBO’s most popular, action-packed live sports series – World Championship Boxing (WCB) and Boxing After Dark (BAD). continue
by James Slater - Three heavyweights, ranging from a faded top name to an up-and-comer, were in action last night in California. And all three fighters won pretty much as the fans felt they would going in. Big name James "Lights Out" Toney, who topped the bill, won a decision over Fres Oquendo - the only mild surprise being that the result was a split verdict. While contender Eddie Chambers won a clear 6-round UD over Cisse Salif and slow-boiling prospect Malik Scott won a shut-out over 6 against Raphael Butler.
Not a classic show, by any means, last night's action was not only predictable, but also pretty dull. The Toney-Oquendo fight got all the attention, naturally. Coming in at a reasonable, but still too heavy 230-pounds, 40-year-old Toney was almost held to a draw. 35-year-old "Fast" Fres was deducted a point for a low blow in the 8th round; had it not been for the infringement Oquendo would have gotten the tie. continue
NEW YORK-Ring Magazine light-heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe recently issued a statement in which he called boxing "a dying sport." Light-heavyweight contender Shaun George took offense to those words, criticizing the undefeated Welshman for being part of the problem. continue
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has announced the signing of Phoenix, Arizona's 24-year-old light middleweight contender Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzalez (24-1, 13KO). The Mexican- American southpaw, whose nickname translates into "The Hammer" in English, was one of the most decorated amateurs to ever come out of Arizona, and was widely considered to be America's top medal contender for the 2004 Olympic Games before Gonzalez opted to bypass the games and turn pro. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ. (Dec. 14, 2008) –PHOTOS BY: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Kendall Holt successfully retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight world title against previously undefeated Demetrius Hopkins Saturday night by split decision on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Scores were 116-112, 117-111 for Holt and 115-113 for Hopkins. In the jr. middleweight co-feature, Yuri Foreman’s speed and footwork proved too much for his opponent. Foreman nearly shut out James Moore in the 10-round bout. Scores were 100-90, 99-90, 99-91. Saturday’s fight card was presented by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Holt of Paterson, N.J. improved his record to 25-2 (13 KOs) while Hopkins of Philadelphia, Pa. falls to 28-1-1 (11 KOs). Hopkins, who was initially scheduled to fight on the undercard against Germaine Sanders, stepped into the main event after Holt’s original opponent, Ricardo Torres, withdrew from the fight due to illness. continue
Cerveza Tecate presents the final edition of “Solo Boxeo Tecate” as the long-running series closes doors this Friday, December 19 with a last bout in Denver, Colo. Through more than 400 exhilarating encounters, the action-packed boxing program has given numerous Hispanic and non-Hispanic fighters national exposure as they launched their careers inside the ring. continue
On The Grind Radio, the boxing radio phenomenon known for bringing cutting edge analysis, guests, predictions, and commentary to the budding world of boxing radio, has just been hit with an Icy wind...courtesy of the Iceman. We are pleased to announce the welcome addition of former World Title challenger, current boxing trainer and commentator, Iceman John Scully into the OTG Radio family. Scully officially joined forces with Tim Kudgis and Suge Green to create the premiere boxing internet radio ensemble, during their recent 25th episode. John will be continuing with his many current commitments in the sport while simultaneously serving along side his new partners, on Sunday editions of On The Grind (OTG Radio is on Thursdays also). continue
By Joe Mills: When Hasim Rahman had his last throw of the championship dice tonight in Mannheim, Germany he didn’t roll a six, but instead got rolled over in seven. The WBO/IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion of the World Wladimir Klitschko was simply too much for “The Rock” on this night. The reigning titlist entered a controlled performance built brilliantly on his jab.
Round one began with Hasim fighting out of a crouch position to try and avoid the left of Klitschko that has been so domineering in recent years. He found little solace in this position as “Dr Steelhammer” rammed his head back with the abrasive punch. In the second Rahman adopted some roughhousing tactics on the inside, with a few punches winging past Wladimir’s ear and onto the back of his skull. continue
Middleweight prospect Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (21-2-2 (12) KOs) destroys Panama Champion Eduardo De La Cruz in stellar fashion by first round KO to win the WBA Fedelatin Middleweight Championship at Hotel Melia Panama Canal in Colon City, Panama. Edouard dictated the pace from the onset of the fight and showed improved boxing ability as he pounded Cruz with pinpoint shots until the fight came to a crashing halt at 2:08 of the first round. Edouard’s skill proved to be too much for Cruz sending referee Hector Montes in to waive the fight off. “The fight ended early but I want you to know that Eduardo (De La Cruz) is a tough fighter” said Edouard. “I landed a hard quick shot which he basically couldn’t recover from. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 14 - 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez is the latest world-class competitor to join the Seminole Warriors team with the announcement that the company has teamed up with Universal Promotions of Puerto Rico to promote the exciting junior welterweight prospect. continue
by James Slater- Tonight in Germany, on the under card of the Klitschko-Rahman heavyweight title fight, former champ Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe also made an appearance. Winning an 8-round UD over local trial horse Gene Pukall - a 33-year-old with an average at best pro record - 41-year-old Bowe looked both fleshy and slow. A sad shell of the once-great fighter who dominated the division in the early '90s, Bowe showed only glimpses of his former talent.
Weighing a rotund 271-pounds, which, considering his inactivity and age, wasn't such a bad weight for Riddick, the former star won most of the 8 rounds tonight but was easy to hit and struggled pulling the trigger. Bowe was also breathing heavily by the 6th round. Pukall was having things tough himself, though, and he seemed happy to make it to the final bell. continue
By Earl Blaney As far as speed goes (Pacquiao’s biggest asset fighting as a welterweight) there is no one in the division to compare him with other than perhaps the undisciplined Zab Judah. Judah’s speed more than challenged Mayweather for a full 12 rounds but careless discipline problems in his technique and antics cost him the fight. continue
by James Slater - Soon after his far from thrilling points win over Demetrius Hopkins in Atlantic city, NJ last night, the word was that WBO light-welterweight champ Kendall Holt will next face WBC champ Timothy Bradley. A decent enough match-up, and a unification also, Holt-Bradley will not get the fans in an uproar of excitement. One fight involving "Rated R" would, though - a rubber-match with the man he should have met last night, in Ricardo Torres. continue
By Ted Sares -After a first round in which Dr, Steel Hammer gave a perfect demonstration of how to throw and land the four primary punches, (jab, hook, straight and uppercut), he proceeded to dismantle a hapless Hasim Rahman over the next several rounds. Indeed, after the third round, it became “when” and not “if” as Wladimir set Rahman up for the big right that everyone in the Hall knew would be on the way sooner or later
Finally, after decking an exhausted Rock with a triple left hook (which Jim Lampley inexplicitly called a combination), Referee Tony Weeks warned Rahman’s corner that he would not allow much more sustained punishment. But that’s just what Rahman received in the next round until Weeks halted matter in the seventh round in what was a complete shutout win for the Ukraine who retains his IBF, WBO, AND IBO title belts. He now moves to 52 (KO 46)-3 (KO 3) and sports a gaudy 83.6KO percentage. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Widnes, UK, gifted and unbeaten light-heavyweight Nathan Cleverly won for the fourteenth time, and scored his fourth KO, as he sensationally flattened Kenyan southpaw Douglas Otieno with a sweet right uppercut in the 4th round of his first Commonwealth title defence. continue
ATLANTA, GA (December 13, 2008) Middleweight Bastie “THE BEAST” Samir continued his march through the East Coast with a thundering first round TKO win over Antonio Fanning on Saturday night in Atlanta, GA. Starting with his trademark bazooka like jab, Samir found his target continuously throughout the first stanza. Breaking down his opponents' defense, Samir rained down with a barrage of punches on the battered Fanning before the bout was called to a halt at the 2:57 mark. continue
by James Slater - It seems just about every fighter currently operating anywhere from between the 135 to the 147-pound mark wants a piece of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Lightweight rival from a great two fight series, Juan Manuel Marquez wants very much to meet "Pac-Man" in a third and deciding fight, light-welterweight champ Ricky Hatton is craving a clash with the legendary Filipino, and even big welterweights like Antonio Margarito have expressed an interest in facing Manny. This is all down to the 29-year-old southpaw's stunning stoppage win over Oscar De La Hoya a week ago - quite simply, Manny is now the #1 star in the sport. continue
By Kieran Redmond, photo by Klitschko.com - This Saturday, on December the 13th in the SAP Arena in Germany Hasim Rahman will fight for three world titles. This will be the 4th time he has fought for a world title. He will be facing a man who many consider to be the top heavyweight of the post-Lennox Lewis era. If he wins he will hold three world titles and be given top status in the heavyweight division. Given the fact that Hasim Rahman – during most of his boxing career – has rarely performed well against top level opposition we have to ask two questions: (1) Does Rahman really deserve such an opportunity as this?, (2) Does Rahman stand any chance of winning? continue
13.12.08 - PHOTOS: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - WEIGHTS: Kendall Holt and challenger Demetrius Hopkins tipped the scales at 140 pounds even on Friday during the official fight weigh-in. Co-feature: Yuri Foreman weighed in at 154 pounds while junior middleweight opponent James Moore came in at 153.4. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Last night, Tomasz Adamek won a split decision victory over IBF cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. In addition to winning the IBF strap, Adamek also became recognized as the new Ring Magazine champ and he established a new lineage for the division. The victory also secured Adamek’s legacy as one of the greatest Polish fighters ever, putting him alongside Dariusz Michalczewski as the only two Polish fighters to ever win belts in multiple weight classes.
Adamek first burst onto the scene with his heroic effort against Paul Briggs back in May of 2005 on the Andrew Golota versus Lamon Brewster under card. In a sensational effort, Adamek won the vacant WBC light heavyweight title. He was an underdog going into that contest, and many observers were quite impressed by the heart and courage he exhibited in that bout. In addition to showing such determination, Adamek also proved to have some very good skills, including a fantastic jab and an ability to throw fluid combinations. continue
by James Slater , photo by klitschko.com - Legendary Hall of Fame trainer of IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Emanuel Steward, knows all about the danger Hasim Rahman carries in his right hand. Whilst working with Lennox Lewis as the Brit met "The Rock" in a title defence in South Africa back in 2001, Steward saw his fighter crumble under the challenger's best punch in the 5th round of a shocker. Now, as he and his new champion are mere hours away from a meeting with Rahman, now aged 36 and arguably a seriously faded fighter compared to the man who flattened Lewis, Steward has spoken of the danger his fighter faces. continue
Photos: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions - JAMES "LIGHTS OUT" TONEY (70-6-3, 43KOs) 3-Time World Champion WEIGHED IN AT: 230 POUNDS VS. FRES "BIG O" OQUENDO (29-4, 18KOs) Former World Title Challenger WEIGHED IN AT: 219 POUNDS . continue
By Vivek Wallace -- click here to view Klitschko-Rahman, Bowe gallery -- In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at one of the fight games most enigmatic figures. At first glimpse, many find themselves in awe...Huge biceps, firm build, solid appearance....One would think the mental edge would belong to him prior to the first bell no matter who the opponent, but in the heat of the battle, the tune often played has been far from sweet music.
As he prepares for what could be his 'last-chance-to-dance', today, we take the opportunity to see who this man really is. Like all of my other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segments, we'll take a look at all three angles to keep things fair and balanced. A 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and in the end, a more 'Neutral' perspective with a birds eye view straight down the middle. So with no further ado...... continue
by James Slater - As has already been widely reported, Tony Thompson has gone down with bronchitis and is now out of the December 13th bout against James Toney. Coming in as a replacement is Puerto Rico's 35-year-old "Fast" Fres Oquendo, currently 29-4(18). The question now is, what kind of fight can the fans expect in Cabazon, California?
In truth, a number of fans were far from thrilled at the prospect of Toney Vs. Thompson, fearful as they were of a dull points win, one way or the other. continue
ATLANTIC CITY (Dec. 12, 2008) – Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - World Boxing Organization 140-pound champion Kendall Holt (24-2, 13 KOs) meets undefeated junior welterweight challenger Demetrius Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs) in the main event of Saturday’s special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, (SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
12.12.08 - By James Forster: 'Prince' Naseem Hamed was born on the first of november, 1974, in the city of Sheffield, England to parents from the Yemen. A prodigy of Brendan Ingle's St Thomas Boxing gym, his talent and flashy southpaw style marked him out from an early age. He entered the pro ranks in 1992 as a flyweight and by 1994 had become the European bantamweight champion, beating the savvy and respected Italian Vincenzo Belcastro with astonishing ease. Hamed appeared to be the most frightening boxing talent to emerge from Britain in many years. His elaborate fight entrances to rap music, cocky assessments of his own talents and brilliant ring performances soon gathered attention. Hamed frequently mocked opponents as he took them apart with punches thrown from gravity defying angles and looked pratically unstoppable.
In 1995 he moved up to featherweight and challenged WBO featherweight champion Steve Robinson. Welshman Robinson was an unlikely 'world' champion and had stepped in at late notice to win the WBO belt with a decision over fellow Briton John Davison in April, 1993. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 12, 2008) -- HBO Sports will present Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, the exclusive replay of their welterweight showdown, Tomorrow! Saturday, December 13 (4:45 p.m. ET / 1:45 p.m. PT with a same night replay at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. Pacquiao, the WBC lightweight champion, moved up two weight classes and 12 pounds, to totally dominate De La Hoya, scoring an eighth-round knockout of the six-division world champion. continue
Tomasz Adamek: "I knew after the first round that he could not hurt me. I knew I could go forward always, like I did against Paul Briggs in the two fights I had with him. Even when his punches connected, I was okay. I also knew that every straight right would put him down and they did. I have faster hands and I could always hit him with one more shot than he could hit me with. continue
by James Slater - Almost always, when compiling a top-ten pound-for-pound list in boxing, it causes much debate. Though it is nothing more than one person, or one publication's opinion, a number of fans find plenty to get angry about when scanning most lists. Right now, though, most fight fans on the planet are surely in agreement as to who the # 1 fighter in the world is, pound-for-pound. Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao holds the distinction - just ask the next fellow boxing fan you come across for his or her view and chances are great you will hear the Filipino's name.
The remainder of today's top-ten isn't quite so clear-cut, however, and here one can only give his or her opinion. With that said, in this article this writer gives his own choices for the ten best boxers, pound-for-pound, currently doing their stuff. continue
By George Ulrich: We are fans of a great sport. We love to watch two people match physical, mental, and emotional ability. There is no greater test in any sport than the acceptance of a fight and lacing up the gloves. Inside the ring is where you lose yourself and you find yourself.
Most of us as fans have never been in a professional match, or even a sparring session. Sure we might have put on some gloves, hit the heavy bag and maybe even a speed bag or two. continue
Fresh on the heels of a dominating unanimous decision victory over Pennsylvanian hit-man Alphonso Williams, Daniel Edouard is getting back in the ring only 35 days later!His 8 round bash with Williams (rounds were 7-1„ 6-2„ 6-2) is being hailed by critiques as one of the more competitive and entertaining bouts on the Roy Jones/Joe Calzaghe HBO PPV card. Edouard is very appreciative of being chosen to fight on the card. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - You can’t help but be impressed when you list the accomplishments: Castillo, Judah, Hatton, Barrera, Morales, Marquez, Corrales and now Dela Hoya. If that doesn’t impress you then maybe the world titles will. Multiple titles in 9 combined weight classes. Maybe their records will do it for you: one is 39-0-0 and the other is 48-3-2. If you’re still not then maybe the fact that they are both elite boxers, fight in similar weight classes and in the peak of their primes. Let’s go even farther; one is the current pound for pound king, the other only relinquished that title a few weeks ago when he semi-retired.
If you’re clueless as to dynamic duo that I am referring to then you’ve probably lived under a rock, in a subterranean cave on some distant island of which man has never laid foot. If you’ve lived anywhere else on the planet for the last six or eight years then you know that I’m talking about Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. continue
Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis will face another tough test in former world title challenger Owen Beck on January 9th at the “Star of the Desert Arena” at Terrible’s Casino Resort in Primm, Nevada. The US debut for 2004 Olympic gold medallist Solis will be featured on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. “La Sombra” will put his WBC international champion title on the line when he is looking to score his 13th win in as many pro-fights. The three-time world amateur champion is already rated on #14 by the WBC an on the fast track to the top. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (December 11, 2008) – Integrated Sports will distribute the December 20th heavyweight showdown between 2-time and reigning World Boxing Association champion Nikolay “The Russian Giant” Valuev and future Hall of Famer Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, on pay-per-view in the United States and Canada, live from Zurich, Switzerland. Holyfield is attempting to make boxing history by defeating the largest man ever to hold a heavyweight championship. continue
British heavyweight boxer David Haye will be ringside “screaming some verbal” at Wladimir Klitschko when the hard hitting Ukrainian takes on Hasim Rahman in Mannheim in Germany this Saturday. Speaking during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News Haye warned Klitschko that Rahman would be no push over.
“I know he’s [Klitschko] going to go out there and look spectacular. I want him to look spectacular because his last few fights haven’t been the most dynamic.
“But Rahman’s going to bring it. Rahman’s going to try and land that right hand, that big right hand that KO’d the great Lennox Lewis.” continue
by James Slater - A very interesting and potentially explosive light-heavyweight bout takes place on St. Valentine's day next year. Originally scheduled to fight on January 31st in Jersey, The Channel Islands, U.K, Clinton Woods and Elvir Muriqi will now clash on the island two weeks later (so as to accommodate UK T.V demands). At stake is the IBF number two position and a possible world title shot for the winner. Both men realise this may be their last chance at top level, the 36-year-old Woods especially. continue
12.12.08 - Unbeaten WBA heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) will return on February 7th to face undefeated Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs) At the StadtHalle in Rostock, Germany. continue
By Paul McCreath -- In September of 2000 in the Olympic Games at Sydney Australia Audley Harrison won the gold medal in the superheavyweight division for his home country the United Kingdom. Throughout the boxing world and especially in the United Kingdom fans were excitedly looking forward to seeing Audley turn pro and win similar honors in the paid ranks. Many expected him to become another Lennox Lewis. After all this 6 foot 4 and 1/2 inch 250 pound giant who would turn 30 the next month seemed to have all the physical tools.
Today there would be very few fans who would not agree that Audley has been the biggest flop in the past 50 years. Just this past weekend he was outpointed by a 10 fight novice Martin Rogan who is much smaller than Harrison. It is surely over now but what went wrong?
As with most things that don't turn out as expected there are numerous reasons for the way things ended up. continue
David Haye and Hayemaker Boxing will arrive in Liverpool on Monday, December 15 for a press conference to announce details of the blockbuster HAYEMAKER 6 show to be held on March 28, 2009 in Europe’s Capital of Culture. Promoter Adam Booth and Head of Boxing Dave Coldwell will join former world cruiserweight champion Haye at the Jury’s Inn Hotel (30 feet from the entrance to the Echo Arena) on Monday, with proceedings getting underway at around 11 AM. continue
by James Slater - Whether he fights again or not, Welshman Joe Calzaghe is sure of one thing; he will not end his career the same way Oscar De La Hoya at least appears to have ended his - beaten up, broken and slumped on his stool. Speaking with Wales On Line recently, the former super-middleweight and current light-heavyweight king says he will not be a fighter who is unable to realise it when his time is up. This may be right now, and Calzaghe admits he may never set foot into a boxing ring to fight again. Still not having made up his mind 100-percent, however, there is also a small chance "The Pride of Wales" will have one more bout. continue
by James Slater - This past Saturday evening in Las Vegas, we all saw in graphic detail what can happen to a fighter, any fighter, if he risks sticking around too long in the sport of boxing. In getting badly and embarrassingly beaten by Manny Pacquiao, 35-year-old Oscar De La Hoya looked the epitome of an old man. Boxing, as was proven once again, can be a cruel sport and the sweet science is not something too many fighters are able to practice efficiently as they age. There have been, and are, exceptions, obviously (see Bernard Hopkins, George Foreman and, going farther back, Archie Moore) but in general boxing is no sport for old men.
Early next year, however, another fighter well into his mid-thirties (37 to be exact) will rise to the challenge of not only Father Time, but of the fearsome "Tijuana Tornado" himself, Antonio Maragrito - himself a mere kid at age 30. "Sugar" Shane Mosley is the fighter unable to accept that his best days have passed, and, commendably perhaps, depending on your outlook, the former lightweight, welterweight and light-middleweight world champion takes on the WBA 147-pound boss on January 24th. continue
by James Slater -- South Africa's 31-year-old Ali Funeka may not be a household name in the US yet, but the danger man is working on it - big time. Beaten only once in a pro career that began with a disappointing draw in September of 1995, the lightweight known as "Rush Hour" has proven to be something of a late bloomer. continue
By Andrew Harrison: “I’d rather be smart than get knocked down five times” -Oscar De la Hoya on Fernando Vargas’s effort in defeat to Felix Trinidad. So this is how it would end for Oscar De la Hoya; battered, bewildered and finally humbled, quitting on his stool against an opponent who had toiled for the majority of his career in weight divisions far south of welterweight. As Mexican hearts sank at ringside, none plunged as far or hung quite as melancholy as the one beating inside Mexican fighting legend ‘Rockin’ Ruben Olivares. continue
By Michael Klimes: When a young person is ambitious and is attempting to make their own way in the world, he will inevitably look back to those who have preceded him to find inspiration. If he is fortunate, he will not only locate inspiration but a model for success. The potential dilemma is that one ends up, whether one likes it or not competing with the inspirer. This can be very daunting...if you are a playwright and are influenced by Shakespeare the idea that you can live up to or surpass his literary achievements is just about impossible and even deluded.
It is a bizarre and amusing thought but it would probably be easier to beat Shakespeare in a boxing match rather than out write the fellow. Ironically for some boxers in certain cases it has been the other way around. Larry Holmes did not find it hard to beat the faded Muhammad Ali in 1980 but he never captured the public imagination or their affection in the same way Ali did. Lennox Lewis had a similar problem after vanquishing Mike Tyson. continue
HBO Sports reported today that 1.25 million pay-per-view buys were generated from last Saturday’s welterweight fight between Oscar de la Hoya, the sport’s top all-time attraction, and Manny Pacquiao, the sport’s pound-for-pound king, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, Inc. continue
By Jack Presscot: We all sat in our homes or at Sportsbars and watched, in shock, as Oscar De La Hoya finally got knocked out against an opponent in his prime, and Father Time as well. Oscar looked physically depleted inside the ring. He had the six pack abs, but other than that, he looked like a poster child for UNICEF. I had called "Into the Grind" the internet radio talk show on the Thursday before the fight, and laid out the reasons why Manny Pac was going to win a split decision. One of them was Freddy Roach. Who better to train Manny Pac about holes in Oscar's defense, than the man who had trained him for so many weeks to take on Money Mayweather. continue
BY Paul Strauss: Many experts, who by the way picked Oscar to beat Manny, are now saying he's all done physically. They claim he got old right in front of their eyes on Saturday night in the ring against the Pac Man As our friends across the pond would say, bollocks! My money was on The Pac Man, and I went out on a limb saying so, but that doesn't mean I now agree with them about Oscar. On the contrary, I once again think they're wrong. I'll even go so far as to say it's feasible that Oscar could beat Manny in a rematch. Same to you, mate!
Oscar is not chronologically, physically or ring old. He has never been beaten up badly, including Saturday night. Certainly, he lost every round, and was never able to mount any kind of sustained attack against the whirlwind called the Mexican Assassin. continue
December 10 (Los Angeles, CA) - James "Lights Out" Toney is fighting mad and determined to earn one last chance at achieving his goal of becoming one of the oldest fighters to ever win the World Heavyweight Championship. Big George Foreman started his career in 1969 and ended it nicely in 1997 after losing to Jimmy Young. Ten years later, he returned to the ring in 1987. And in a spectacular moment in boxing history, he knocked out Michael Moorer in 1994 when he was 45 years old becoming the oldest Heavyweight world champion in history. continue
LOS ANGELES (December 11, 2008) – The Antonio Margarito vs. Sugar Shane Mosley World Welterweight Championship fight is just the ticket for a great holiday gift! Priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, tickets go on sale Tomorrow! Friday, December 12, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 213-480-3232 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. STAPLES Center Box Office will begin selling tickets on This Saturday! December 13, at 10 a.m. PT. continue
by James Slater -As early as the Monday after the Pacquiao-De La Hoya fight, the rumours were going around that unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Junior was looking to return to the ring for the first time since December 8th, 2007, to face Pacquiao. These rumours became more believable when Floyd Mayweather Senior spoke about his son's plans to come back and put the man who now holds boxing's pound-for-pound title in his place.
It seems there is a very good chance of the fight happening, as long as money issues and an agreeable weight at which to stage the fight can be dealt with satisfactorily on both sides. The question is, will the 39-0(25) boxing master come right out of retirement and go immediately into a fight with "Pac-Man," or will he feel the need to box a tune-up first? And if so, who would Mayweather choose to face so as to shed any ring-rust he may have picked up? continue
Olympic gold medallist James DeGale today teamed up with other celebrities in an initiative against knife crime. "No to Knives" - which also has the backing of Prime Minister Gordon Brown - is aims to reduce knife crime across the UK. Today DeGale, who the Olympic middleweight champion, was on hand at Coin St Community Centre in south east London to help launch the campaign, with a number of other celebrities, including John Terry, Ashley Cole, Denise Lewis, Brooke Kinsella, Austin Healey and MC Bashy. continue
British boxing fans will get a first-hand look at the likes of Nikolai Valuev, Alexander Povetkin and Arthur Abraham in the future after Setanta Sports and Sauerland Event signed an exclusive two-year deal. From January onwards, Setanta will exclusively broadcast one live bout per month in the UK and in Ireland featuring Sauerland boxers. “We are delighted to have signed this deal with Setanta and look forward to working with them over the next two years,” Kalle Sauerland said. “We have an exciting stable of fighters, including WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham and heavyweight title contender Alexander Povetkin, amongst others. 2009 will be an exciting year for us.. continue
1) Pound for Pound Fighter of the Year: Manny Pacquiao
While Joe Calzaghi became a Legend Killer in 2008 and Tony Margorito was ultra compelling, Pacquiao brought to mind the great Henry Armstrong as he dismantled Oscar De La Hoya, slaughtered David Diaz and beat super tough Juan Manuel Marquez. And he did this in three different weight classes. Clearly, Pac Man is the MAN for 2008.
2) Fight of the Year: Mtagwa vs. Villa (November 7, 2008)
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 in Tucson. continue
10.12.08 - Mark Boyles: After a great performance against Jean Pascal on the weekend, one has to ask where does Froch go from here?
I suppose my curiosity comes from watching Joe Calzaghe’s career, and watching him flatten mandatory challenger after mandatory challenger in half empty halls, without ever getting that massive opportunity to get a huge money fight. continue
Red hot prospect Kell Brook will headline London's York Hall on Friday 30th January with the second defence of his British Welterweight title. The undefeated Sheffield star will take on Telford's Mark Lloyd and a win will put him within one fight of owning the most prized belt in boxing outright. Brook stunned the domestic scene in his last fight with an amazing first round stoppage of previous champion Kevin McIntyre in Glasgow last month. continue
Following last weekends showdown between Manny Pacquaio and Oscar De La Hoya, needless to say that this weeks mailbag questions deal primarily with those two fighters. One question takes it a step further by addressing a familiar name that could very well end up in the line of fire now that the damage has been assessed. Aside from Pacquiao and Oscar, Calzaghe's legacy comes into question by one fight fan, and another took a look to see which up and coming fighter has the best chance to deliver as the king of PPV now that Oscar's best days are arguably gone. Kicking off the mailbag is a fight fan from Miami, Florida who wanted to know the following:
Eric Turrel (Miami, Fl.): I think that Pacquiao's performance established him as the best in the sport. Do you agree with me that he would defeat Floyd Mayweather Jr.?continue
Irish fight fans could witness one of the domestic fights of 2009 when Belfast hero Martin ‘Mac Man’ Lindsay attempts to snatch the British featherweight title from reigning champion Paul Appleby on March 7 at the Ulster Hall, Belfast. The fascinating battle of unbeaten prospects will match Hayemaker star Lindsay against Scotsman Appleby, the current Boxing Writer’s ‘Young Boxer of the Year’. The intriguing 12-rounder will be screened live and exclusively on Setanta Sports. continue
SHOWTIME boxing analyst Steve Farhood caught up with Jr. Welterweight World Champion Kendall Holt at a light, private training session on Tuesday, Dec. 9 in Hackensack, N.J. - To catch the exclusive Showtime interview, please visit http://sports.sho.com. The interview will be available Wednesday, Dec. 10. Holt (24-2, 13 KOs) defends his WBO 140-pound title against undefeated, world-ranked challenger Demetrius Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs) in the main event of Saturday’s special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, (SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
LOS ANGELES (December 9, 2008) – The welterweight division’s two most exciting fighters, three-time welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO and three-division world champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY, plan to open 2009 with an explosive world championship fight. Margarito’s World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title defense against Mosley, one of the era’s top pound-for-pound fighters, will take place on Saturday, January 24 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
Margarito vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Tickets priced at $300, $150, $75 and $50, go on sale This Friday! December 12 at 10 a.m. PT at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 213-480-3232 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. STAPLES Center Box Office will begin selling tickets on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. PT. continue
10.12.08 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez - I am extremely aware of the fact that this week –if not the rest of the year and probably a good portion of this coming 2009- will be devoted to the catastrophic defeat of Oscar de la Hoya at the speedy gloves of Manny Pacquiao. Understandably, most boxing fans are eager to both read and express their opinions about a boxing era that ended on December 6th, 2008 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand. And yes, both De la Hoya and Pacquiao deserve a sonorous standing ovation. One is history, the other is present and future. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - DECEMBER 9, 2008 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include bantamweight champion Orlando Canizales (USA), heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis (UK), junior lightweight champion Brian Mitchell (South Africa), matchmaker / publicist / promoter Bob Goodman (USA), promoter Akihiko Honda (Japan), journalist Hugh McIlvaney (UK) and broadcaster Larry Merchant (USA). continue
by James Slater - There is little doubt David Haye has done what he wanted, and has got himself firmly on the radar of the Klitschko brothers. Again proving this is the fact that Wladimir Klitschko, the younger brother and current IBF and WBO heavyweight boss, has been talking about Haye once again. No longer dismissing the possibility of a fight with Haye, Wladimir has said he is pleased the former cruiserweight has "made a lot of noise" in moving up to heavyweight.
However, "Dr Steel Hammer" also believes "The Hayemaker" is likely too short to make it in the big guys' weight class. Going even further, the 32-year-old, who faces former champion Hasim Rahman on Saturday, compared Haye to Herbie Hide of all people. Vitali Klitschko, of course, crushed Hide in just 2-rounds back in 1999, and it seems Wladimir feels Haye will fall in a similar manner if and when he faces him. continue
PHILADELPHIA (December 9TH, 2008)—This Saturday night at The Morango Hotel & Resort in Cabazon, California, IBF number-six ranked Heavyweight in the world, “Fast” Eddie Chambers will look to get closer to his ultimate goal in bringing the Heavyweight championship of the world back to Philadelphia. Chambers, 32-1 with eighteen knockouts takes on veteran Cisse Salif on the undercard of James Toney- Fres Oquendo bout, which will be televised by Versus. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (December 9, 2008) – Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY will be in Atlantic City this weekend to scout out his next opponent. Bradley will be ringside watching World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt defend his title against undefeated contender Demetrius Hopkins this Saturday night. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. continue
By John Howard: A sophomore jinx is a term that refers to a second (sophomore) effort that fails to live up to the first effort. This can happen in ones sophomore year in college, a second year of playing professional sports, or a second attempt at writing a book. With his second book, “Reelin’ In The Years: Boxing And More,” Sares has landed a solid left hook to the body.
Sares has lived and breathed boxing his entire life. Therefore, it’s an impossible task to adequately review and do this collection the justice it deserves. Sares has a deep love for — and encyclopedic knowledge of — the fight game dating back some 60 years. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: When former cruiserweight champion David Haye decided to move up and test his luck at heavyweight, a void was left in one of the most frequently overlooked weight classes in boxing. On Thursday night, IBF champion Steve “USS” Cunningham and number one contender Tomasz Adamek will be looking to fill that void when they square off at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Currently ranked number one and two respectively, the winner of this contest will be recognized as the new Ring Magazine cruiserweight champion. continue
Eager to regain his former standing as the top bantamweight in Britain following a 13 month hiatus, Martin Power returns to the ring on the big boxing bill at The Helix at City University in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday, December 18, 2008. Power streaked to the top during the first phase of his career, making the most of a five year run by winning the British title and holding it through two defenses while turning back such difficult opposition as Ian Napa, Dale Robinson, Isaac Ward, Rocky Dean and Shinny Bayaar. continue
By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: Oscar De La Hoya. The moniker given to him throughout his career was “Golden Boy.” He was touted as a 10- time world champion spanning six weight classes. He was the only American boxer to bring home the gold in the ’92 Olympics. He set revenue records that may never be matched in the boxing world. HBO’s mouthpieces noted that athletes in major American sports don’t even make 100 million in “36 minutes” of fighting once a year.
Such is the power, or WAS the power of the Golden Boy that everyone will now possibly wonder aloud or privately, “was Oscar something great or was he just part of a well oiled, safely marketed product” that in the end now looks more like the bearer of pyrite instead of King Midas himself?
In an interview with Oscar’s former trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. I asked him to discuss Oscar’s meltdown at the hands of De La Hoya’s hand picked opponent, Manny Pacquaio. continue
BY Robert Jackson: According to several websites and the rumor mll, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is preparing to return to the ring to face P4P King Manny Pacquiao. It has been said that after watching Pacquiao dismantle Oscar De La Hoya Saturday nite, Floyd Jr., contacted family members and voiced his decision to return with Pacquiao in his sights. Also mentioned during the discussions was the possible return of Floyd Sr. to train PBF for the fight while also retaining Roger Mayweather as co- trainer, don't know how that will work out. continue
Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin was scheduled to take on heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in Mannheim on December 13. However, an unfortunate ankle injury forced him to pull out of the fight and postpone the eagerly-anticipated showdown. Boxen.com caught up with the Olympic gold medal winner in Moscow. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: On April 22, 2001, Hasim Rahman shocked the boxing world when he knocked out heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. The bout, which took place in South Africa, was supposed to be nothing more than a tune-up for the champ as he prepared for a long-awaited showdown with “Iron” Mike Tyson. Unfortunately for Lewis, Rahman had other plans. With the exception of Tyson’s stunning loss at the hands of one James “Buster” Douglas some eleven years earlier, Rahman’s victory was the biggest upset in heavyweight history.
Here we are, over seven years later, and Rahman is getting a crack against another dominant champion trained by Manny Steward. This time it will be against Wladimir Klitschko. Like Lewis before him, Klitschko has emerged as the best of the bunch in the heavyweight landscape. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten 31-year-old super-middleweight talent Carl "The Cobra" Froch is understandably feeling great right now. Having picked up his first world title - the WBC 168-pound crown - with a magnificent points win over previously unbeaten Canadian Jean Pascal in a fight-of-the-year candidate this past Saturday, the British fighter has more than enough to celebrate. continue
by Michal Koper, Tomasz S. Galazka / bokser.org - On December 11, in Newark, former WBC light heavyweight titlist Tomasz Adamek (photo by tomaszadamek.eu), 35-1, 24 KO, will step into the ring to face the IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (21-1, 11 KO). The Polish boxer has been preparing for this, the greatest challenge of his life so far, in the States – he moved there with his family in August and plans to remain in the US for a longer while. continue
By Anthony Coleman - Photo by Sumio Yamada - Well I’ve got to say it: whenever I say that Manny can’t do something, he continues to prove me wrong. In 2003 I thought that he wasn’t ready to defeat a fighter of Marco Antonio Barrera’s talent and skill, and he proceeded to give him one of the most one sided beatings in boxing history. Less than three years ago, before the rematch with Erik Morales, I thought that he couldn’t improve his boxing skills or retain enough of his power to stop the great Mexican fighter. He proved me wrong by adding a great right hook and uppercut to his awesome straight left hand and it helped him stop the iron jawed Morales in ten (and he won the rubber match in three rounds). This year, I thought that he couldn’t move up to Lightweight and dominate a crude, yet extremely strong David Diaz. Well he was able to beat down Diaz and then take him out in the ninth. Saturday night I gave him no chance whatsoever of stopping Oscar De La Hoya and if he won I didn’t think he’d look dominant. In fact I picked De La Hoya, who was extremely competitive with Floyd Mayweather last year, to stop the much smaller Manny Pacquiao. But instead, Manny put together another dominant one-sided victory in winning every round, with the seventh and eight rounds being 10-8s, and forced De La Hoya to quit on his stool. Well I probably should not doubt the might of the Pac-Man. He is really that damn good. But now the main question should be asked: should Manny stay at Welterweight or move back down to Lightweight? continue
09.12.08 - Paul McCreath: Until the last weekend in November there was fairly strong agreement among the fans that Chris Arreola was the best young hopeful among the American heavies.Matched with another good prospect Travis Walker, it figured that the winner would be a clear #1. Well Arreola came through as expected and scored a convincing 3rd round KO after being down himself in the second round. That certainly eliminated Walker from the picture but it did not give Chris the boost one would expect. Since the fight the many comments on various threads on ESB have clearly shown that there has been a mass exodus of supporters who think that Chris is the next big thing. continue
By Mike Cassell 12/8/08 - They called it the dream match. On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Manny Pacquiao 47-3-2 (30KO’s), who began his career at only 106lbs., and it was rumored that he had pockets full of coins just to make that weight, entered the ring at 147lbs. to face Mexican American boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya 39-6-2(30KO’s) . The question of the night was, could “PAC MAN” turn this dream match into a nightmare for the Golden Boy, and simultaneously bring an end of an era to the biggest box office draw in boxing history. continue
by James Slater, Photo by Naoki Fukuda - Whatever happens between the ropes in the remainder of the year, it's a cinch predicting who the fighter is who is going to be collecting 2008's fighter of the year award. Indeed, this year the votes are likely to be overwhelming. A 29-year-old southpaw from Manila in the Philippines is far more deserving of the award than any other pugilist this year, and if Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao does not win it, it will be an even bigger upset than the one we saw in Las Vegas on Saturday night; when the one-time flyweight world champion destroyed a one-time middleweight belt holder in Oscar De La Hoya.
In pulling off something truly remarkable with the 8th round retirement win over the former "Golden Boy," Pacquiao topped a great year of fighting. As such he is sure to win fighter of the year award, his achievements in the past twelve months having been so fine. Beginning his year with a close points win over fellow all-time great Juan Manuel Marquez in March, Pacquiao claimed not only a decision win in a great fight that elevated both men, but also the WBC super-featherweight title - his third alphabet world title. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, December 8, 2008 -- World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight Champion Kendall Holt (24-2, 13 KOs) will now defend his title against Philadelphia’s Demetrius Hopkins (28-0-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday, December 13 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Tickets for Holt-Hopkins, promoted by Top Rank and hosted by Caesars Atlantic City, are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-736-1420, or at any Ticketmaster outlet nationwide. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: When it comes to making boxing predictions, I have been wrong in the past, and surely I will be wrong again in the future. However, I am not sure it’s possible for me to be as wrong as I was in predicting an easy win for Oscar De La Hoya in his showdown against Manny Pacquiao this past weekend. Indeed, I was so wrong that several friends have advised me to refrain from making boxing predictions ever again. Rest assured, however, that I am not easily deterred, and despite this recent setback, I shall continue making bold predictions so long as my heart continues beating. continue
By Vivek Wallace, Photo by Naoki Fukuda -- The showdown last Saturday night between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao showed us exactly how unpredictable this sport really is. Many experts and fight fans predicted a victory for the bigger guy with the bigger name. Despite initially leaning in his favor myself, as indicated in my pre-fight article I abandoned those thoughts, instead opting to take the guidance of my three year old son whose streak was 6-0 going into the showdown. I guess adapting that child-like "go-with-the-guy-whose-name-sounds-cooler" philosophy is more deft than the ones us grown experts use because oddly enough, my decision to go with the little guys (Pacquiao and my son), was the right one in the end.
As that scenario and the fight itself would indicate, often in life it's the youthful inclination that outweighs the older methodical approach. Better said, when speed kills, maybe size really doesn't matter. Now that the damage is done we can accurately assess the future of both men involved: continue
Darren Barker has been left raring to go in his Commonwealth Middleweight Title defence on Saturday after sparring with new WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch. Undefeated Barker (Barnet, England) makes his second defence against Jason McKay (Banbridge, Northern Ireland) at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday 13thDecember 2008. continue
by James Slater - A nasty war of words has erupted between British cruiserweights Herbie Hide and Enzo Maccarinelli. The feud began late last week when Maccarinelli was in need of a replacement opponent for December 6th due to Jonathan Banks' withdrawal, and Hide, though declining to take the match on such short notice, began saying derogatory things about the Welshman. Amongst other things, "The Dancing Destroyer" said Maccarinelli "Looks like an ostrich and can't fight," and that he is "unfit to clean my toilet." Hide let his feeling known in a Welsh newspaper, and the quotes also made various sites on the internet - which Enzo read. continue
by James Slater - What can one say about the incredible Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao except good things? Last night, in beating up and surely retiring for good fellow all-time great Oscar De La Hoya in what can only be described as a huge upset, the 29-year-old Filipino did something incredible. Now having made his mark in weight divisions from flyweight up to welterweight (even though there was no title on the line last night) Pacquiao is without a doubt the finest fighter not only to have come out of his country, but in the world today.
Yet despite all his talents and despite being able to do what he did last night, Manny remains a humble and very likeable person. Never letting his greatness go to his head, the gifted southpaw prefers to let his countrymen and women take the glory his fast fists bring. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (December 9, 2008) – Even as boxing’s pound-for-pound superstar MANNY PACQUIAO and his wife Jinkee jet back to the Philippines to await the birth of their baby, media and fans alike are still applauding his eight-round destruction of “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, which took place Saturday night at the soldout MGM Grand Garden Arena. continue
Commonwealth bantamweight champion Jason Booth faces a tough test to his year old title reign when two-time British super bantam title challenger Sean "Short Fuse" Hughes drops down a division to challenge Booth on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at The Helix on the grounds of City University in Dublin, Ireland. continue
by James Slater - Go back a year, and any fight fan out there would tell you an undefeated welterweight hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan was the undisputed best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. This pugilist had beaten Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and any other top guy you could care to mention from the 130 to the 154-pound weight class. Well, as true as that was a year ago, this fighter, known as "Money," no longer holds the distinction today. There is a new star of the mythical pound ship, and his name is Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao.
In last night brutalizing Oscar De La Hoya like no-one ever has before, Pacquiao looked better than guys named Mayweather, Mosley, Trinidad - even Hopkins. No-one has ever done to "the Golden Boy" what "Pac-Man" did last night in Las Vegas, and the only question out there now is, is there anyone who can dispute the amazing Filipino's worldwide, pound-for-pound dominance? continue
By Vanessa McConnell, Photos by Naoki Fukuda - MGM Grand hosted, hands down, one of the most exciting fights of the year featuring Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36KOs) to a sell out crowd of 15,001 boxing fans. Manny Pacquiao gave one of his most impressive fights of his career against the Golden Boy; leaving most fans saying De La Hoya just fought his last fight. Pacquiao fought a near perfect boxer puncher’s fight, actually revealing the true capabilities of where being a boxer puncher can take you. Execution, staying on top of the fighter and proving how dangerous a boxer puncher could be was just the lesson that De La Hoya learned Dec 6. continue
World Boxing Association welterweight world champion ANTONIO MARGARITO and three-division world champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY will host a news conference announcing their world welterweight title fight promoted by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, Margarito vs. Mosley will take place on Saturday, January 24, at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The 12-round welterweight championship bout will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET /7 p.m. PT. continue
By Madra Uladh - Oscar Delahoya burst onto the boxing scene in 1992, winning Gold at the Barcelona Olympics. Later that fall, sixteen years and two weeks ago tonight, he turned professional and began a spectacular climb to the pinnacle of the sport.
He faced~more great fighters in more weight divisions than any boxer of the last quarter-century, and captured titles at six weight divisions from 130 lbs to 160lbs, reaching the coveted number one pound-for-pound spot.
Oscar became the highest earning non-heavyweight boxer in history, and one of the two highest paid in any weight division.
Along the way, he provided many great performances in the ring. He had some very decisive victories and some that were closer. These included a couple of bouts where he lost, but probably should have got the decision, and a couple where he was the beneficiary of questionable decisions in the other direction. continue
by James Slater - Oscar De La Hoya's career, at least at anything approaching elite level, was not the only one that came to an end this past Saturday evening. Over in London, in losing for the fourth time, on this occasion to the much smaller Martin Rogan, Audley "A-Force" Harrison saw his chances of ever amounting to anything as a pro come to an end. Warned beforehand by promoter frank Warren to not only win, but to look good doing so, Harrison failed to comply to either demand. continue
By Greg Double - As the dust settles on what some consider to be the fight of the year, it becomes clear that one man has some very important decisions ahead. On Saturday night, having spent most of his career in the imposing shadow of Joe Calzaghe, Carl Froch battled his way to a profile and potential superstardom.
Superlatives rapidly appear in short supply when describing the fight - put simply it was brutal and breathe-taking entertainment. continue
By Paul Strauss: Manny Pacquiao set the scene from round one, controlling the action and out-speeding and out hitting Oscar De La Hoya. By the third round Manny already knew he had Oscar beat, but he remained cautious, and continued to break him down. For Pacquiao fans, and boxing fans in general, it was a beautiful thing to watch. Manny took every round, and did it will style. He darted in and out, and side to side, always keeping Oscar off balance, and proving as Freddie Roach said, "He no longer can pull the trigger".
Before the action started there was a mini-controversy over the way Oscar wraps his hands. Freddie Roach, Manny’s trainer, protested about Oscar’s use of "strap tape", rather than the normal surgical tape. He explained the strap tape results in a harder wrap. He also objected to the use of rolled up tape placed between the knuckles. continue
By Dick Landis... Tommy Hill's Red Leather Sports finished a busy year of boxing staging nine bouts Saturday evening at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center in downtown Charlotte. Hill is the first homegrown promoter to bring a steady diet of boxing shows to the burgeoning southern city with even bigger fight plans for 2009. continue
Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly plans to become Elliot Ness for the day on Friday - so he can bring down Douglas "Al Capone" Otieno. Cleverly will defend his title for the first time at the Kingsway Sports Centre in Widnes on Friday 12 December, live on Sky Sports. It's his first fight since he sensationally defeated experienced Tony Oakey over 12 rounds in October to lift the title. continue
07.12.08 - By John Wight: It doesn’t get much better than Carl Froch’s epic victory over Quebec’s Jean Pascal at Nottingham’s Trent Arena last night. Both men came with impressive unbeaten records determined to win. Both were in the shape of their lives. Both climbed into the ring with the unshakeable belief they would be climbing back out again the WBC Super Middleweight World Champion. Both restored pride and dignity to the sport on the same night that on another bill at London’s Excel Arena boxing fans were expected to pay for the privilege of watching a card of mismatched, over-hyped fighters doing the opposite.
What drama, what excitement, what courage – and what a fighter Britain has in Carl Froch, who last night announced in devastating fashion his arrival as the genuine article with a performance that ranks as good and explosive as any we’ve seen over the years at super middleweight. continue
Philadelphia's hot prospect, Danny "Swift" Garcia, moves to (10-0, 7 KO's) with a dominating performance over a game Jose Alfredo Lugo of Mexico. Garcia pressed the action from the opening round using a mixture of exciting combinations as he used his swift feet to get in and out of engagement. In the middle rounds Garcia ripped the body with both hands followed by hooks to the head. In addition, Garcia was impressive landing an occasional uppercut. Garcia goes the distance for the third time in his career as he continues to shine. continue
SANTA YNEZ, California (Dec. 6, 2008) – Undefeated Argentine Luis Carlos Abregu passed his first major test as a pro, winning a controversial 10-round split decision over David Estrada of Chicago in the main event Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation. But it was anything but easy. After manufacturing a big early lead during the initial four rounds, Abregu (25-0, 21 KOs) struggled mightily down the stretch as Estrada (22-6, 13 KOs) came on strongly. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: As we’ve all heard a million and one times, a good big man beats a good small man. That cliché mean nothing when the bigger man isn’t all that good anymore and hasn’t been in a few years. Its time to get out the Kleenex if you’re a hard core DLH fan because Oscar’s time is up. He demonstrated Saturday night that he no longer possesses the agility, strength or ability to compete at the highest levels of boxing anymore.
The so called, “Dream Match” turned out to be a Nightmare In Las Vegas for the Jr. Middleweight turned Welterweight, Oscar De La Hoya (39-6, 30 KO’s) when he faced former Featherweight Star and current WBC Jr. Lightweight titlist, Manny Pacquaio (48-3-2, 36 KO’s) at a catch weight of 147-pounds. It turned out to be the worst beating Oscar would ever experience in his entire boxing career. continue
LOS ANGELES (December 5, 2008) – Goossen Tutor Promotions was informed today by Dr. Doug Frankel that Tony “The Tiger” Thompson is suffering from acute bronchitis and was given immediate orders to stay out of the gym and subsequently his plans to enter the ring next weekend (December 13) at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and broadcast on VERSUS to face 3-time World Champion, James “Lights Out” Toney, (70-6-3, 43 KOs) in a scheduled 12-Round NABO/IBA Heavyweight Championship Bout. continue
Hollywood FL, December 5 - Three of boxing’s top contenders will kick off their 2009 campaigns on Wednesday, January 14th, as Edison Miranda, Sechew Powell, and O’Neil Bell headline Seminole Warriors Boxing’s “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Tickets for this event, priced at $152, $102, $52, and $22, will go on sale Monday, December 8th at noon and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or TicketMaster.com. continue
By James Slater - Tonight, at The Excel Arena in London, lightweight talent Amir Khan came back from his nightmare loss to Breidis Prescott, with an impressive 2nd round stoppage of tough Irishman Oisin Fagan. Dropping the usually durable 34-year-old twice in the opening round, both times with head shots - a right hand the first time, a big combination the second - Khan ended matters at 1 minute and 27-seconds of the 2nd round.
The towel came fluttering in from Fagan's corner, and as referee Mickey Vann moved in to stop the fight the Irishman fell for a third and final time. Khan, 22 in a few day's time, improved to 19-1(15). Fagan fell to 22-6(13).
Anxious to get back in the ring ever since what happened to him back in September, Khan wasted no time looking for the man who had taken both Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and Paul Spadafora the distance. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Undefeated 37-year-old "Marvellous" Tarvis Simms, the middleweight brother of former 154-pound world champion Travis Simms, is determined to not only get a shot at a version of the middleweight title, but to win it. A pro since October 1997, the gifted southpaw has not yet had the big opportunities his brother received. Now with a record of 24-0-1(11) Tarvis has been very active this year - having three fights in the last three months. continue
by James Slater - A very interesting article appeared in Today's issue of The Sun newspaper, in which heavyweight contender David Haye responded quite angrily to a quote made by his former foe Enzo Maccarinelli. Apparently, Enzo said recently that he wouldn't mind going into MMA one day, and that he would "fancy knocking out" Michael Bisping, the UK's top UFC fighter. continue
By James Slater - Tonight, at The Excel Arena in London, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli made an impressive return to the ring following his loss to David Haye. Utterly destroying late sub Matthew Ellis at heavyweight - a debut in the weight class for the Welshman - the 28-year-old was lethal to the body. Decking the 34-year-old twice in the 1st round, and finishing him off at 1 minute and 28-seconds of the 2nd, all Maccarinelli's success came from body work. Enzo, who weighed just 195 pounds, improved to 29-2(22). Ellis, who tipped in at 204, fell to 20-6-1(9).
Macca came out fast, no doubt in an angry mood after what has happened to him in the last few days, what with opponent after opponent being forced to pull out of a fight with him, and immediately went to Ellis' midsection. Looking in absolutely magnificent physical condition (never has Enzo looked so ripped) the Welshman was also fast, accurate and bursting with power. Only a few seconds in Ellis, from Blackpool, was down from some wicked body work. Bravely beating the count, Ellis was soon sent reeling into the ropes, at which time a count may well have been deemed necessary by ref Dave Parris. continue
Eric R. Sloan: What is a "dream match"? It's a fantasy fight between two fighters in their prime who were never able to fight. Sugar Ray Robinson versus Roy Jones, Jr. comes to mind. How about Marciano versus Ali? Check. The list of impossible dream matchups is as expansive as our individual opinions as to how such fights would end. As boxing fans, this is what we do. We can't help ourselves. The fight tonight, however, does not qualify as such in the traditional sense, but it may be a dream of sorts to one man. Oscar De La Hoya has always dreamed of being loved by Mexico. continue
By Neil Goodman: MMA step aside my friend; there’s a new kid in town! Well, the ‘new’ kid is actually an old kid – but this weekend brings the world a fistic feast; to be savoured by all lovers of combat / contact related sports. For a while now boxing has creep around in the shadow of the UFC and its Octagon derivatives; but for hopefully more than one night and one night only, boxing will have its rightful status restored as the numero uno for mano-a-mano sports entertainment. continue
By Eric Wong: On December 13th, Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko and Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will square off in Germany for the IBF Heavyweight Title. The bout was scheduled on somewhat short notice. Klitschko was originally set to fight IBF mandatory contender Alexander Povetkin, but Povetkin pulled out with a partially torn ligament in his left foot. The choice of Rahman as an opponent disappointed some in the boxing community, as most do not feel Rahman is worthy of a title shot against the younger Klitschko.
Rahman’s last bout was a no-contest with James Toney, as Rahman elected to not continue due to a cut after a clash of heads. This had been originally ruled as a TKO win for the Michigan motormouth, however it was overruled to a no-contest. continue
Enzo Maccarinelli will make his heavyweight debut when he takes on Matthew Ellis over ten rounds at heavyweight on Saturday night at the ExCeL London. The big-punching Welshman has stepped up after his WBO cruiserweight title challenge against Francisco Alvarez was called off after the Puerto Rican failed a medical. Alvarez was ruled out with high blood pressure after making the 200-pound limit. continue
Enzo Maccarinelli [28-2, 21kos] will not fight for the WBO Cruiserweight Title tomorrow night after his Puerto Rican opponent Francisco Alvarez [11-1, 9kos] was ruled out due to high blood pressure. Alvarez had previously weighed in over the 200lb limit, and was clearly out of shape for a man who normally fights down at light-heavyweight. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Well, ladies and gents, the time has come......Tonight, the fight that has generated so much buzz across airwaves worldwide will finally materialize and play out in a way that only two men can decide. Throughout the week we've had a chance to view many different perspectives on this fight but today, we finally get a shot to see the only one that counts. Contrary to popular belief, both men have the ability to get the job done, but as we all know, in the end, there can only be one. To examine the chances of both men we take a look at keys to victory, four major effects to explore, and of course in the end, an official prediction:
OSCAR DE LA HOYA - (KEYS TO VICTORY): For Oscar De La Hoya, this fight is the proverbial 'loaded deck'. The glove size, the size of the ring, the size comparison between the two central figures continue
by James Slater - Anybody whose anybody has given his or her prediction on tomorrow night's super-fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. Say what you will about the "dream match" being a possible farce in the making, and/or an easily winnable fight for the much bigger "Golden Boy," but opinions are not all in agreement when it comes down to who will win - or how. continue
by James Slater - As has already been widely reported, Enzo Maccarinelli and his team were forced to search for an eleventh hour opponent after unbeaten Jonathon Banks pulled out of tomorrow night's vacant WBO cruiserweight title fight injured. A short list of fighters were offered the bout, including former WBO heavyweight champ Herbie Hide. Hide did not take the fight, insisting he needs at least two weeks to prepare for such a fight, and this has caused Maccarinelli's camp to claim Hide is hiding. continue
By Ryan Williamson: I feel that the upcoming Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao could produce the perfect opportunity for the Pretty Boy to return. That is as long as Manny Pacquiao wins. What fight out there would be as big in the boxing world as Mayweather v Pacquiao? I know Ricky Hatton might have something to say about that but as a Brit I would prefer to see him fight Juan Manuel Marquez.
And if he won that then the winner of this bout. What would be better for the sport than a previous pound for pound champion versus the current one? I also believe this would be the perfect temptation for Floyd to come out of retirement. The money would be unbelievable as well as the chance to absolutely cement his legacy against the best fighter (apart from him) in the world. continue
Undefeated, world-ranked but virtually untested welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu (24-0, 21 KOs) of Argentina faces what will be by far his sternest challenge in his career when he takes on the vastly more experienced David Estrada (22-5, 13 KOs) of Chicago in the 10-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Dec. 5, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. E/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
After Jonathon Banks had to pull out of his WBO cruiserweight championship bout against Enzo Maccarinelli in London tomorrow (December 6th) there have been a lot of rumours about Herbie Hide as potential replacement. Recently Maccarinelli and his promoter Frank Warren announced that Herbie firstly agreed to fight the Welshman and then suddenly ‘disappeared’. Now the “Dancing Destroyer” speaks. continue
05.12.08 - By Vivek Wallace: Saturday night in Las Vegas the fight that the world of boxing has been waiting for will finally commence....Well, sort of. It's no secret that this fight has struck a fire under everyone remotely close to the fight game, but the trouble is, that fire isn't exactly a passion to watch it unfold. For some there's a huge interest to see which man will actually emerge; To the contrary, many could care less, strongly troubled by the fact that such polar opposites will stand across from one another in the first place. Like each of my other 'Call Em Out Fridays' articles, in an effort to examine things closer, we'll take a look at all angles. Today we'll analyze the 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and to keep it fair and balanced, in the end, we'll look at the more 'Neutral' perspective. So, without a minute to spare, we summon the microscope in a birds-eye view position above this unprecedented mega event: continue
Amir Khan says he hasn't felt such pressure before a fight since he defeated Mario Kindelan shortly before turning professional in 2005. Khan will face Oisin Fagan at London's ExCel Arena tomorrow night live on Sky Box Office. The pair will fight for the Vacant WBA International lightweight title over 12 rounds, and it is Khan's first outing since he was stopped by Breidis Prescott in September. continue
Super-middleweight boxer Carl Froch will be counting on home advantage this weekend when he takes on Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC title at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham. Froch told Setanta Sports News he expected to see some familiar faces in the crowd. “Everyone I went to school with will be there; all my friends; all my family. They’re all going to be there. It’s a big boost for me. “I think it’s going to give me a lift. Whether it’s going to hinder Pascal I don’t know. I’ve toured all over the world and I’m glad it’s here. I’m going to relish and enjoy the fact that it’s in my back yard.. continue
By Jason Peck: I’ve made no secret of my distaste for super-fights – carefully orchestrated farces that rely more on past glory and name recognition than real talent. The boxing press ignores more meaningful fights, the real boxing fans get ignored in favor of the mainstream, and everyone pays $50 for a disappointment.
So what kind of fight do I like? To me, the upcoming battle between undisputed super flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan and WBA champ Jorge Arce so far represents everything that De La Hoya-Pacquiao isn’t. This is no media sham, but a real fight between two men who are hitting their stride.
But why favor Darchinyan-Arce over a fight like De La Hoya-Pacquiao? I thought of five reasons: continue
Los Angeles, CA, December 3, 2008—EAG Sports Management announced today that World Champion Boxer “Sugar” Shane Mosley has signed with EAG to handle publicity and marketing. “Sugar” Shane Mosley has an overall record of 45-5-1 including an impressive 38 knockouts, never suffering a knockout over his 15 year career. Mosley is the only boxer to defeat fellow Golden Boy fighter Oscar De La Hoya, twice. His most recent victory came over Richard Mayorga September 27, 2008 in Carson, CA. His next fight is scheduled January 24, 2008 against current WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito in Las Vegas. continue
NEW YORK (Dec. 4, 2008) – World Boxing Council (WBC) 140-pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will get an up close and personal look at his next opponent when he attends the highly anticipated rubber match between World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion Kendall “Rated R’’ Holt (24-2, 13 KOs) and Ricardo “Mochuelo’’ Torres (32-2, 28 KOs) in the final chapter of a thrilling trilogy on Saturday, Dec. 13, live on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
04.12.08 - By Vivek Wallace, Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank - In an era where many spectators view boxing as a sport quickly losing ground to the MMA movement, few have stopped to grasp the effects of a mega fight like the one at center stage come Saturday night. As odd as it may seem to some, this once thought to be ridiculous mega fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao is actually good for boxing. Many fail to grasp the concept, but as former New Edition bad boy Bobby Brown once stated, "any press is good press". Some are for this fight, many against it, but no matter which side of the fence you fall on, no one can deny that we're all talking about it. We know what the prominent figures in the sport and the mass media have had to say, but today we're gonna take it directly to the men and women that pay these guys' salary. The Stevie's that wonder, the Joe the Plumbers, and the Dan's holding hands with their number one stunna's! Rarely does any of the media represent for the true fight aficionado's out there, so today we're gonna change that and take it directly to the streets by showcasing the thoughts of the hardcore fan. Each of these excerpts chosen were highly intriguing and some even challenged my own train of thought! After reading them I'm sure you may agree as well....Here's what they had to say: continue
04.12.08 - by James Slater - December 13th's fight card in Cabazon, California will, according to BoxRec, feature no less than three potentially exciting heavyweight bouts. Topping the Goossen Tutor promoted show that will air in the US on TV network Versus, will be the intriguing clash between James "Lights Out" Toney and Tony "The Tiger" Thompson. Additionally, up-and-coming young heavies "Fast" Eddie Chambers and the unbeaten Malik Scott will be in action. This could be some interesting night of heavyweight boxing. Also, to further add to the bill, unbeaten super-middleweight Andre Ward will be in action. continue
by James Slater - Earlier today, this writer had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. George Peterson, trainer, of course, of Paul "The Punisher" Williams. Talking about Paul's plans for the future, his boxer's frustrations at not being able to land the big fights he so badly wants, and other things, the easygoing and accommodating trainer had the following answers to my questions. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Colombia is a country not precisely known for its boxers. Other folks, such as Gabriel García-Márquez, Shakira, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama are more familiar to the people around the world. But Colombians take pride on boxing legends like Bernardo Caraballo, Hall-of-Famer Antonio Cervantes “Kid Pambelé”, Rodrigo “Rocky” Valdés, Miguel “Happy” Lora, Robinson Pitalúa and Fidel Bassa.
Soccer is the main sport practiced in “The Land of the Coffee” and most Colombian kids do not dream about becoming the next Oscar de la Hoya. If they want to be like any glorious sportsman, then David Beckham, René Higuita, Pele, and Diego Armando Maradona will be the guys to follow. The country is divided into five regions, but boxing has its best and stronger roots in the Caribbean zone, especially in the cities of Montería, Sincelejo, Cartagena and Barranquilla. A good ninety percent of all Colombian boxers are born in the Caribbean coast. Look at the following examples: continue
By Sean Ocampo - About a year ago, a fight between boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya and Pound for Pound King Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was for me an absurd fantasy. Never did I imagine at one point that this fight would ever take place in this lifetime. However, with the power of media, money and the personal angle that resulted to a legal battle between rival promotional companies this fight materialized. This is like a computer generated fight turning to reality. This is "The Dream Match", a fight with this magnitude wherein both superstar fighters of this generation collide. continue
The decision by Hamburg-based Arena Box-Promotion to pull out of a promotional agreement for a fight against Steffen Kretzschmann has done nothing but spur on a positive-minded Willi ‘The Ox’ Fischer as he prepares to continue his comeback on the Klitschko vs Rahman undercard, Dec. 13 in Mannheim, Germany. The 36-year-old Fischer, 35-6-1 (22 KO’s), will face off with Latvian champion Edgar Kalnars, 18-15 (9 KO’s), over eight scheduled rounds and seems primed for a TV slot on televising channel RTL, depending on how the ‘world’ heavyweight title fight is going. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag features a few interesting questions directly from the minds of some of the sports most avid fans. With only a few days remaining until the showdown between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao, needless to say, all the attention for this weeks mailbag shifts dramatically to their side of the room. Some plan to tune in to the fight, others don't, but based on some of the questions received it probably won't matter because one thing for sure, EVERYONE has an opinion one way or the other. Being the lucky recipient of these questions I'll try to answer them as neutral as possible, but hit or miss, come Saturday night only two men can decide and in the end, only one will remain standing. Our first questions this week comes from a fight fan on the west coast who wanted to know the following.... continue
By Mark Pickering: Enzo Maccarinelli is now expected to face unbeaten Puerto Rican Francisco Palacios (16-0, 9KO’s) in his bid to recapture the WBO cruiserweight title at London's ExCel Arena on Saturday. Palacios, 31, has come from a shortlist of potential opponents that included Herbie Hide to seal a shot at the Welshman and the WBO title on 2 days notice. continue
by James Slater - Without a doubt, Saturday night's big Oscar De La Hoya Vs. Manny Pacquaio "Dream Fight" has received its share of criticism. A number of fans, and indeed experts, have moaned out loud about how the match-up is nothing but a cynical money-maker of a fight, and that there is and was always only going to be one winner - the much bigger De La Hoya. And these people certainly have a point. continue
03.12.08 - By Paul Strauss: Many people say Oscar has led a fairy tale life. He is the Golden Boy. He is extremely handsome, with a winning smile. He is articulate and charismatic, and has been successful in every area of life. He's never been seriously hurt even though he has spent years participating in one of the most violent of sports.
He has a gold medal and oodles of title belts. He has more money and influence than just about anyone in the entertainment industry (Tiger and Oprah not withstanding). To use a cliche, it's not beyond the realm of possibility to believe he might some day become the world's first sports billionaire. He has a beautiful wife and family. He is universally admired and by some even adored. What more does he want? What more can the man do? Why is having more than enough still not enough? continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (December 3, 2008) World ranked cruiserweight BJ Flores got an offer this week that fighters work their whole lives for, a world title shot. The only problem was he was offered the fight on four days notice. continue
by James Slater - There is no doubting the main event, non-title clash between De La Hoya and Pacquiao is the fight (or mismatch if you prefer) that will be getting all the attention this coming Saturday night in fabulous Las Vegas, but fight fans are also excited about a young, up-and-coming star that will also be making an appearance. Puerto Rico's new sensation and WBO super-bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez, will be the only man defending a world title on December 6th, and there is a good chance the southpaw banger will steal the show from welterweights De La Hoya and "Pac-Man.. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In yesterdays 'Snapshot' we took an in-depth look at Oscar De La Hoya who's in and out of ring moments have given fight fans a ton of memories over the years. As we continue our countdown to the 'Dream Match', today we shift our focus to the man standing across from him, Mr. Manny Pacquiao. Oscar De La Hoya has been celebrated globally for his many endeavors, but for the first time in his professional career, he'll face a man who is also celebrated on the grand stage. Everything from singing, to acting, to politics and beyond, Pacquiao has created his own celebrity effect, and now has a nation of millions behind him. In an effort to view the man behind the legacy, we take a look back at Manny Pacquiao, in a 'Snapshot' of his legacy.....
By Erik Schaffer - Time for another installment of The Handicappers Thread as we take a look at the mega fight this Saturday night December 6 between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always I will discuss the betting line, analyze the fight and give a prediction.
Right now Oscar De La Hoya is the betting favorite at 2-1 to beat Manny Pacquiao. This line has dropped from -230 in the last week and should go under 2-1 by fight time. This is due to Pacquiao being the younger and faster of the 2 fighters. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: When Floyd Mayweather Junior ‘retired’ from professional boxing, Manny Pacquiao became the logical heir to the mythical pound-for-pound throne. Pacquiao later solidified this claim when he subsequently defeated WBC champion David Diaz in his 135 pound debut. Now, the reigning pound-for-pound King will try and follow the footsteps of his predecessor by moving up in weight to take on the Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya. When Mayweather made the jump up in weight class against De La Hoya, he emerged victorious. Unfortunately for Pacquiao, he will not be sharing the same success. continue
"I tried to do the impossible on paper -- beat the middleweight champ coming up from 130 pound."
--Oscar De La Hoya
You know, it’s going to be boxing history. You know, it will be boxing record if I beat De La Hoya….So that’s why I’m so focused on this fight.
Toward the end of Iron Mike Tyson’s career, I heard it said that he could still fill an arena even if he fought a Kangaroo. As I recall, when he fought “The Clones Colossus,” Kevin McBride, in his last fight on June 6, 2005 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., the arena was packed to the rafters. continue
NEW YORK (Dec. 2, 2008) – The initial two action-packed encounters between Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres were rife with controversy, questionable officiating, punches after the bell and head butts. They resolved little and spawned a nasty rivalry. SHOWTIME will present “Holt Torres – Unpredictable,” a 90-minute telecast that will replay in their entirety the two hotly contested fights and preview their impending third. continue
New York-December 2, 2008- Undefeated American (24-0, 11KOs) southpaw “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms, closed out his 2008 middleweight campaign, with his third win in four months two days before Thanksgiving against “The Punching Policeman” Sam Hill, leaving the near sold out crowd in awe of Simms' performance at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, NY. The card was promoted by Sal Musumeci's Final Forum. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In less than a week, fight fans will get the opportunity to watch as one of the sports most recognized athletes delivers the latest chapter of his famed career. For the last 16 years boxing fans around the globe have watched as Oscar De La Hoya entertained in a way that only he can, and despite the many setbacks encountered, his most recent mega-fight with the sports former pound for pound king (Floyd Mayweather Jr.) showed exactly how relevant he remains. In that event Oscar set the bar even higher, breaking records in several categories - ranging from PPV buys (2.4M), to purse money received ($52M), and many more. As the week moves along we'll get into fight strategy and hype, but serving as an appetizer, today we take our first look at a man who needs no introduction. None of us know exactly how much longer the Goldenboy will dwell between the ropes, so out of respect for this legendary figure, today we take a quick trip down memory lane to revisit his many milestones, accolades, and accomplishments in the first installment of our 'Snapshot', which highlights his existence in the sport. continue
LOS ANGELES (Dec. 2, 2008) – Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) continues to leave his sparring partners gassed and looking for the exits. On this occasion, from the Maywood Gym in Los Angeles, undefeated super featherweight Urbano Antillion (24-0, 17 KOs) got a taste of what it’s like to be in the ring with a two-division world champion. “Guzman’s hand speed and quickness is unlike anything I’ve seen before,” Antillion said. “He doesn’t let you develop any kind of rhythm. “After a while, you just get tired because of the pace he keeps. It was a good learning experience for me.. continue
Frankie Gavin today signed a professional contract with boxing promoter Frank Warren. The 23 year-old from Birmingham revealed he “always knew I would turn pro.” Gavin, who withdrew from the Beijing Olympics having failed to make the weight, told Steve Bunce on Setanta Sports News it was just “a matter of who to sign with.. continue
By James Slater: Oscar De La Hoya has already done easily enough to warrant a place in the boxing Hall of Fame. A world champion in six different weight classes, "The Golden Boy" has also met and defeated every type of opponent imaginable - be it a slugger, a clever boxer, a counter-puncher, you name it. And, in a pro career that began back in November of 1992, Oscar has been in with some truly great fighters. He may not have always won, but De La Hoya always gave his all.
But which of the fights he did win are his very best victories? In this article, ahead of De La Hoya's mega-fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, this writer gives his choices for Oscar's five finest wins.
In reverse order, here are the five greatest Oscar winning night's! continue
By Per Ake Persson: Universum will announce the opponents for the title defences by WBO lightheavy champ Zolt Erdei and WBO supermiddle ruler Denis Inkin on Wednesday December 3. The show will go ahead January 10 at the Boerdeland Hall in Magdeburg. Opponent for Erdei will most likely be Ukrainian Yuri Barashian while Inkin is likely to take on stablemate Karoly Balzsay. continue
James Degale, Billy Joe Saunders & Frankie Gavin to turn professional - Frank Warren today unveils the latest additions to his boxing stable with three of the British 2008 Olympic boxing team joining his promotions and management company. Gold medalist James DeGale along with Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin will make the leap from amateur to professional boxing at the turn of 2009. The announcement, to be made in Islington this morning, confirms weeks of media speculation about the future of these highly regarded British boxers. continue
By Mike Casey - When you got past the marriage problems, the managerial changes and the hard luck circumstances, you came upon the greatest problem of all with the talented Jerry Quarry: his head. What went on in Jerry’s mind was always the major factor, the greatest frustration, the toughest opponent.
In his straight talking way, boxing’s eternal Comeback Kid from the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower always acknowledged his biggest failing. After boxing with admirable prudence and restraint to score his greatest victory over the dangerous Ron Lyle in 1973, Quarry sat in his dressing room and jabbed a finger at the tough old melon atop his muscled shoulders and thick neck. “The big difference with me as a fighter now is right here,” he said. continue
Dec. 1, 2008 - Leading up to the welterweight super fight between Oscar de la Hoya and Manny Pacquiao -- set for Saturday, Dec. 6 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View -- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of a career-defining fight in each fighter’s portfolio. On Friday, Dec. 5 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8:30 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay De La Hoya vs. Quartey 1999 followed immediately by Diaz vs. Pacquiao 2008. Both fights took place under the bright lights of Las Vegas and were career-defining moments for the two winners. In 1999, De La Hoya held on to his welterweight title in a thrilling 12-round split decision victory over Ike Quartey, while earlier this year, Pacquiao added another title to his name by jumping up to the lightweight ranks and scoring a 9th round KO over David Diaz. continue
BY CARLOS ACEVEDO - Johnny Saxton, who died last October at 78, was one of the most controversial champions of the post-war era. Although Saxton won the welterweight championship twice, no one can be certain about his accomplishments in boxing. His connections to mob figures Frankie Carbo and Blinky Palermo resulted in several peculiar situations, and his career was later overshadowed by tragic circumstances beyond the ring.
Born in Newark, New Jersey on Independence Day, 1930, Johnny Saxton lived a life of nearly impossible symbolic significance. Saxton was orphaned as a child and sent to the Colored Orphan Asylum in the Bronx. This institution, founded in 1836 in Manhattan, was eventually torched to the ground during the Draft Riots of 1863; it then reappeared in Riverdale in the early 1900s. continue
by James Slater - As we head ever closer towards his "dream fight" with Oscar De La Hoya, this writer felt it appropriate to look at the five best ring performances put on by the great Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao. Currently recognised as the best fighter, pound-for-pound, on the planet, the Filipino icon has achieved plenty. Without doubt the greatest fighter to have ever come out of his country, the southpaw dynamo has a number of truly sensational victories and/or performances on his 47-3-2(35) record. But which were Pacquiao's best?
Here, in reverse order, are this writer's choices for Manny's five best showings - the five bouts that made him what he is today. Of course, should he pull off the upset on December 6th, the following results will no doubt be paled in comparison. Speaking today, however, here are "Pac-Man's" best nights. continue
By James Slater: Former heavyweight king Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe has had planned comeback fights fall through over the last year or so. Last seen in a ring back in April of 2005, when he was having the second bout of an ill-advised return, Bowe looked awful against journeyman Billy Zumbrun - being hit plenty before scraping a split decision win. continue
Enzo Maccarinelli is looking for a new challenger for this Saturday (6 December) at the ExCeL London after Johnathon Banks withdrew with an ankle injury. Banks, who was training in Spain with World Heavyweight Champion brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, damaged his ankle during a training session and was ruled out by his promoters K2. The hard-hitting Welshman still headlines the show and challenges for his previously held WBO World Cruiserweight title and a new opponent will be announced shortly. continue
By Ron Scarfone - The cruiserweight division had long been derided for a lack of talent ever since Evander Holyfield vacated his cruiserweight titles to seek fortune and glory in the heavyweight division. Holyfield became the first unified cruiserweight champion in 1988. In 2008, unified cruiserweight champion David Haye did the same thing as Holyfield by vacating his titles and is currently a heavyweight contender. Unlike when Holyfield left the cruiserweight division two decades ago, the division is still in good hands even with the departure of Haye. IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham has no plans of leaving the division and may be the best champion in this weight class since Holyfield. A marquee matchup between Cunningham and Tomasz Adamek will be televised on the Versus network on December 11. Cunningham and Adamek are considered to be the top two in the cruiserweight division. WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones lost by split decision to Cunningham in 2005.
The cruiserweight division was created in 1979. There have been Hall of Famer heavyweight champions who would actually have been classified as cruiserweights such as Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson, Ezzard Charles, Jack Dempsey, and Gene Tunney if their was such a division during their careers. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: After watching undefeated American heavyweight prospect Chris Arreola on Saturday night, one thing is certain—he is not ready for either Klitschko, and probably never will be. Despite getting off the canvas to comeback and win, I was left disappointed in his efforts. His chin looked questionable, his defense was shoddy, his offense appeared barbaric and reckless, and worst of all, he was in absolutely terrible shape for a prize fighter. Despite all of this, he did what he had to do and secured a victory against the unheralded Travis Walker. continue
GEORGI ILIEV has vowed to make it an Irish double when he faces Darren Sutherland at Dublin City University. The Bulgarian is the new opponent for the Olympic bronze medallist who makes his professional debut at Dublin City University on December 18. Iliev, might have a patchy record but caused a stunning upset when he travelled to Limerick in July and knocked out Castlebar's Keith Cresham inside round. continue