CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 31, 2009 -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson. He passed away yesterday in Sweden. He was 76. continue
By Leo Ashworth -Sheffield’s latest rising star Ezekiel ‘Kell’ Brook last night stopped overmatched challenger Stuart Elwell in two one-sided rounds in the second defence of his British Welterweight title at the York Hall, Bethnall Green. Having stopped Paisley’s Kevin McIntyre in one last time out it’s no wonder the weight of expectation on Brook’s shoulders continues to grow.
The Dominic Ingle trained Brook is remarkably reminiscent of the Ingle’s former charge Naseem Hamed in everything from attitude, voice, and mannerisms to, it seems, talent and Promoter Frank Warren clearly has very high hopes for the 22 year old, undefeated fighter talking of a European Title fight before year end. Brook was even speaking after the fight of the winner of Cotto and Jennings who square off in February for the vacant WBA belt. It would appear ambition is another trait shared with Hamed then.
Unfortunately there isn’t much of a fight to report here folks. At the first bell Brook immediately took centre ring and looked to establish command against a cagey looking Elwell, a former Marine Commando from Walsall. continue
31.01.09 - by James Slater - In sad news, it has been reported that former Olympian and world heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson of Sweden passed away late last night at the age of 76. Johansson, whose lethal right hand became universally known as "Ingo's Bingo," or "The Hammer of Thor," had been suffering from Alzheimer's decease and he spent his last few years in a Swedish nursing home. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Former two-time WBA super-middleweight champion Byron Mitchell, 26-4-1(19) returns to action this coming Feb. 20th, when he takes on the 23-3(18) Zach Walters in Buffalo, New York. Now a light-heavyweight, the 35-year-old who has given us memorable fights against the likes of Joe Calzaghe, Julio Cesar Green, Manny Siaca (twice) and "Fabulous" Frankie Lyles, plans to become world champion for a third time.
Very kindly taking time out from training for the Walters fight to speak with this writer earlier today, Mitchell spoke about his most famous fights and his hopes for the future. continue
30.01.09 - By Jason Peck - Normally I agree with Ring Magazine’s end-of-year awards. More often than not the previous year’s highlights are so obvious that there’s little room for questioning when the winners are picked. Except this year. Vitali Klitschko was recently awarded the magazine Comeback of the Year award for brutally beating Sam Peter after injuries forced the Ukrainian’s retirement in 2005. As a consolation, current undisputed super flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan was named a runner up. But review both their cases and one conclusion presents itself: Darchinyan’s 2008 comeback is runner-up to no one. And here’s why.
First off, let’s establish some guidelines. For a fighter to make a miracle comeback he needs a serious setback to “come back” from, and an unexpected victory that once more puts him in the driver’s seat. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Colombia’s powerhouse Juan “Iron Twin” Urango claimed IBF’s vacant light welterweight crown tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, as he hammered at will Herman Ngoudjo of Cameroon. The bout started with Urango pressing the action and continued in round two in the same way. Ngoudjo, who backed up during most of the fight, was caught in round three with a solid left upper cut to the chin to visit the ants for the first time. Few seconds later, we visited the canvas for a second time. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Sugar Shane Mosley has always wanted to prove himself against the best. This is admirable, especially considering that we live in a day and age where everything is about maintaining a winning aura. All too often, would-be mega-bouts are never made because one party is unwilling to risk a loss. Too much emphasis is placed on not losing, especially in cases involving undefeated fighters where maintaining the almighty zero in the “L” column takes priority over proving one’s worth. Of course, there are exceptions, Mosley being one of them, but far too many fighters refuse to take risks without the promise of overcompensation. continue
by James Slater - The word is ultra-exciting and lethal punching WBO super-bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will face 36-year-old Filipino veteran Gerry Penalosa on April 24th in the defending champion's home country. This promises to be one very interesting fight, as are all bouts involving the thrilling young fighter known as "Juanma."
Both men are southpaws, but there the similarity ends. Penalosa, who turned pro way back in May of 1989, has already ruled as a world champion - in fact he has done so twice. The WBC super-flyweight king from 1997 to 1998, the Filipino became champion all over again in 1997, when he captured the WBO bantamweight belt he has not lost in the ring. Moving up yet again to face Lopez at 122-pounds, the 36-year-old with the impressive 53-6-2(36) pro record will be hoping his vast edge in experience will come into play in April, and allow him to beat the man many see as boxing's next lower-weight superstar - if not superstar period. continue
by Suge Green / OnTheGrind Boxing Radio - Tommy Morrison was victorious over his opponent, local Wyoming journeyman Corey Williams ending the bout 1:57 seconds into the 1st round. One ringside observer thought that the spectacular KO may have required a coroner rather than a ringside physician. Morrison told OnTheGrind Radio that he plans to be consistent in 2009, fighting more often, and positioning himself for a run at the heavyweight championship. He believes all you have to do in order to beat a Klitschko is "Fight them.. continue
With his promotional ties to Don King Productions severed and his shoulder injury now fully healed, former WBO Champion Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich says he is ready to return to heavyweight glory in 2009. "I want to make a statement in the heavyweight division this year and have some great fights. I'm a free man and I'm 100% healthy. I did my shoulder rehab with one of the best in the States and now everything is great," asserts the eager Belarusian slugger. continue
30.01.09 - By Vivek Wallace: This weeks ‘Call Em Out Fridays’ segment takes a look at an individual whose recent actions have placed him under high scrutiny. For years he was viewed as one of the sports perennial figures, but suddenly, everything that made him famous is widely questioned, leading most to believe the end could be near. As we analyze this fighter, like any of my other ’Call Em Out Fridays’ segments, we take a look at all angles involved. A ‘supportive’ perspective, the ‘critics’ perspective, and in the end, to keep things fair and balanced we review a more ‘neutral’ perspective. So with no further ado, we now shift the focus of the spotlight to the Tijuana ‘tornado’, better known as Antonio Margarito.
Antonio Margarito - (Supportive perspective): For over 15 years now, the sport of boxing has been a safe haven which has served as a home away from the reality of life a poverty stricken life which practically molded Antonio Margarito Montiel. continue
ARENA’s fast rising featherweight superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa (13-0, 11 kos) will be back in action again on February 20th at the University Center Arena in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Only six weeks after stopping Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez in round 10 at his last ESPN appearance “El Ciclon” is ready to shine again on the next “Friday Night Fights” show presented by ARENA Box-Promotion US, LLC. continue
By Jorge Antonio Vallejos - It’s the line of the year: “I’m an old, broken down piece of meat.”
In “The Wrestler”, 2009 Golden Globe Winner for Best Actor, Mickey Rourke plays an over the hill, down and out wrestler looking for one more break in the sport he loves, the sport he lives, the sport that is him—professional wrestling. Twenty years ago, Rourke wrote and starred in “Homeboy”, another film about an old, broken down piece of meat, this time a boxer named Johnny Walker, a tobacco-chewing, whiskey-drinking journeyman that knows nothing in life except how to fight. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 30, 2009) – Outside the ring, Andre Ward is one of the most pleasant, personable, thoughtful and unselfish young men you’ll ever want to meet. Inside, he is widely recognized as one of the most talented young fighters in the world, a “can’t miss” world champion in the eyes of many. Others take it a step further and refer to him as the “future of boxing.”
So, there is little doubt that the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, will one day become a world champion. The question is: when?
Ward is confident 2009 will be a magic number, the year he finally fights for and wins a world title. If it doesn’t transpire, however, do not look for the classy boxer-puncher to push the panic button. continue
Breaking your leg might be a strange way to start your boxing carer but for unbeaten welterweight Steve O’Meara it was just the ‘break’ he was looking for. At 17, the West Drayton native was earning rave reviews for his displays on the football field with semi pro outfit Uxbridge until a broken leg sent his sporting career in an entirely different direction. continue
Darien, Connecticut – January 29, 2009 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) is strongly recommending that that proposed contest between Mr. Tommy Morrison and Mr. Corey Williams (scheduled for this Saturday at the Albany Fair Grounds, Laramie, Wyoming) be postponed. continue
by James Slater - Poland's 32-year-old Tomasz Adamek only won the IBF cruiserweight title he now holds back in December of last year; yet he is set to make his first defence on Feb. 27th - a mere two-and-a-half months on. Making this move even more surprising, is the fact that in winning his prize, against Steve "USS" Cunningham, Adamek was hurt plenty throughout the 12-rounder (both men were) and really had to dig deep so as to win. If ever a newly crowned champion had a right to take a few months off before stepping back into the ring, it is the Pole.
Instead, however, "Goral" goes in with the unbeaten Kronk fighter Jonathon Banks, in Newark, New Jersey, late next month. Will Adamek's desire to rumble again so quickly after the Cunningham war prove to go against him? continue
29.01.09 - by James Slater - Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy "The Duke" Morrison, who returns to action this Saturday night in Laramie, Wyoming, when he takes on Corey Williams, was a phone-in guest on today's Steve Bunce Boxing Hour. Now aged 40, Morrison has been through a long road over the last decade or so. Ever since he was diagnosed - or misdiagnosed in the fighter's opinion - with having HIV in 1996, Tommy has been the subject of controversy - especially since he has fought twice since the shocking news broke (in Feb. of 2007 and Feb. of 2008, winning both bouts by KO). continue
by James Slater - Today, on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour, former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank was a special guest. Joining the Setanta team in the studio, Eubank had quite a lot to say. Beginning by giving viewers his memories of the late, great British commentator Reg Gutteridge - a man Chris had enormous respect for - Eubank then gave young fighters such as David Haye advice. continue
By Leo Ashworth: Many readers were no doubt surprised by the recent announcement that Olympic Silver Medallist and darling of the British press, Amir Khan, is set to face multi-weight World champion and future hall-of-famer Marco Antonio Barrera in a none title fight at Manchester’s MEN Arena on 14th March.
The reason the announcement was met with such surprise amongst the UK boxing community stems from the widely held belief that Frank Warren likes to develop his fighters, well… slowly! He is a shrewd business man first and foremost who didn’t rise to his position as the UK’s, and arguably Europe’s, premier promoter by taking huge risks. And on the face of it this fight presents a huge risk for Warren’s primary cash cow in the post Calzaghe / Hatton era for Sports Network, Warren’s promotional Empire. continue
By James Forster - 'The Fight' is the late writer Norman Mailer's classic account of the 1974 World Heavyweight Championship bout between champion George Foreman and challenger Muhammad Ali in Kinshasa, Zaire. The contest, the personalities, the preparation, the mental games, the entourages, the intrigue, 'Bantu' philosophy, and the extraordinary experience of being in Africa for such a spectacular and unique event. continue
29.01.09 - Following is a statement by Tim Noonan, Chairman of the California Athletic Commission, regarding Antonio Margarito: “The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has temporarily suspended the licenses of Antonio Margarito and his chief corner man, Javier Capetillo. The temporary suspension will remain in effect until CSAC has fully investigated the circumstances surrounding events at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 24, 2009. A foreign substance was found by California State Athletic Commission staff in the hand wraps of Antonio Margarito before his bout against Shane Mosley at Staples Center in Los Angeles. continue
by James Slater - Today, on Setanta Sports, footage was shown from today's official UK press conference to announce the May 2nd Ricky Hatton Vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. During the short clip, Hatton, the perceived underdog in the eyes of many, spoke about the fight and what he feels his chances of winning are.
Yet to begin training for the on, off, back on again clash, the 30-year-old looked somewhat hefty - as is often the case with Ricky between fights. Speaking with utmost assurance, "The Hitman" sounded as confident and as focused as can be, however. continue
The Time has Come…Now the World Awaits as Bernard Dunne goes in search of the ultimate prize at The O2, Dublin on Saturday, March 21st at the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night. Dunne takes on World champion, Ricardo “El Maestrito” Cordoba for the WBA Super Bantamweight title as world championship boxing returns to Ireland for the first time in 13 years. The Dubliner turns 29 next month and he feels the timing is perfect for a shot at the WBA belt which once adorned the waist of Barry McGuigan over two decades ago. continue
Former WBO middleweight and super middleweight Chris Eubank has predicted that Olympic boxer James DeGale will fail as a professional boxer. Eubank said that DeGale would struggle to fend off the outside pressures that continue to accompany his career. Speaking during Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News Eubank said: "Stay away from sin, stay away from guests. You have to fight, you have to spar. Gifts kill your hunger. Fame kills your hunger. Girls will destroy you. continue
29.01.09 - By Rob Pilger - I've never jumped on the band wagon that has Wladimir Klitschko the best heavyweight in the world. I don't believe he is truly as dominant as he has been appearing. Great match making makes a fighter appear greater than he is. So which heavyweight can unseat this seemingly dominant heavyweight? And how can he do it? I'm going to tell you who and how now.
The Blue Print.
Excluding his fight with Ross Puritty, that was due inexperience, all you need to do to see what it takes to knock Wladimir into oblivion is his fights with Corrie Sanders, Lamon Brewster (1st fight), Sam Peter, and even Davarryl Williamson. continue
A must-see matchup that fans, media and the fighters themselves have been clamoring for will take place when two of boxing’s biggest little men and hardest punchers, Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce, clash on Saturday, Feb. 7, live on (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Darchinyan’s 115-pound International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) world titles will be on the line. continue
Opening comments from Arce’s promoter, Top Rank’s Bob Arum: “We are eagerly looking forward to when these two fighting tigers take center ring. Arce has been looking forward to facing Vic Darchinyan for a long time and he will get his opportunity on Feb. 7. Everybody who follows boxing, particularly those following the fighters in this weight category, has been talking about this fight for years and they are talking like this is a fight of the year. Finally, a week from Saturday, it will happen. continue
by James Slater - Fight fans the world over went through a nail-biting time just recently, what with the much looked forward to Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight looking like it might not happen after all due to the much publicised purse arguments. But now, thankfully, it seems we can all rest easy and look ahead to the potential super-fight, back on as it is for its original May 2nd date.
Perceived favourite in the bout and reigning pound-for-pound king Pacquiao has wasted no time whatsoever in launching his first pre-fight verbal attack - referring in a Manila Bulletin article to Hatton as being a "one-dimensional" fighter, and one "who comes right straight at you.". continue
Welterweight hot-shot Kell Brook is backing Michael Jennings to beat Miguel Cotto on February 21 - so he set up a huge all-British showdown with his rival. Jennings will face Cotto in Madison Square Garden in New York on February 21 for the vacant WBO World title, and Brook will be keeping a close eye on the outcome. The 22-year-old, one of boxing's brightest prospects, makes the second defence of his British welterweight title at York Hall tomorrow night (Friday 30 January) against Stuart Elwell live on Sky Sports, following his first round blow out of Kevin McIntyre last year. continue
LAS VEGAS, (January 28, 2009) – Two of boxing’s biggest stars will meet in the ring for what could be the year’s biggest pay-per-view event. Five-division world champion MANNY “Pac Man” PACQUIAO and Ring Magazine and IBO World Junior Welterweight champion RICKY “The Hitman” HATTON, will rumble for Hatton’s World Junior Welterweight Championships Saturday, May 2 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. These two boxing artists will have a 20 x 20 foot canvas to paint a black and blue masterpiece that the world has been waiting to watch. Pacquiao and Hatton boast a combined record of 93-4-2 (68 KOs), a winning percentage of 94% and a victory by knockout ratio of 73%. continue
By Zachary Q. Daniels: The recent controversy over potentially illegal substances in Antonio Margarito’s hand wraps prior to his fight with Shane Mosley has pointed out a disturbing tendency among boxing fans - the rush to judgment. While this phenomenon is not exclusive to boxing - unproven accusations of steroid use for example have harmed the reputations of several major baseball players - it is disturbing wherever it occurs. At least in the United States, people are supposed to be entitled to the presumption of innocence. That is, that until concrete proof is discovered, those accused of misconduct should be assumed to be innocent of such wrongdoing.
That has not been the case, unfortunately, in this recent incident with Margarito’s hand-wraps. As articles on this and other websites demonstrate, not only is an assumption of guilt without evidence been made regarding foreign substances in the hand-wraps in this fight - wild and unfounded accusations are made regarding illegal substances being in his hand-wraps in previous fights - something for which there is no evidence whatsoever. continue
James DeGale will be fighting fit for his professional debut - and so will health conscious members of the public he is working with. The Olympic gold medallist will have his first fight under promoter Frank Warren on February 28 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham. He's been training hard under taskmaster Jim McDonnell, ensuring that he is in the best shape possible for his big night. continue
28.01.09 - by James Slater - British super-featherweights Michael Gomez and Ricky Burns will meet in an eagerly anticipated match on March 27th, in Glasgow, Scotland. Scottish boxer Burns will be defending his Commonwealth 130-pound title against the always colourful Gomez, who hails from Manchester (born in Ireland). Yesterday, in Glasgow, after the official press conference to announce the fight, the two men almost came to blows early. continue
By Mike Casey - In that charmingly twisted language that only fighters can make sound sensible, Carmen Basilio once said of Gene Fullmer, “He did everything wrong, but he did it right.”
Carmen knew what he meant and so did the rest of us. Even though cold logic so often takes a battering in the crazy world of boxing, we tend to stick with it as a measuring tool when confronted by those fighters who puzzle us. We assimilate the facts and figures and try to reach a logical conclusion. Heck, it worked OK for Mr Spock.
But prize fighters constitute a very special group of men. They cannot be number crunched, packaged and neatly filed. They take pleasure, God bless them, in turning the natural order upside down and twisting it inside out. continue
Unified lightweight world champion Nate "Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KOs) gave a stern warning to International Boxing Federation No. 1-Ranked lightweight mandatory challenger Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka (30-1, 25 KOs) at a Don King-hosted press conference at BankAtlantic Center today promoting their Valentine's Day meeting in South Florida. continue
Newly-crowned IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz "Goral" Adamek of Jersey City and Golwice, Poland returns to Newark's Prudential Center on Friday, February 27th to make the first defense of his world title against Detroit's undefeated Johnathon Banks when Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, in association with K2 Promotions, bring boxing back to "The Rock." The inaugural event of Main Events' "Brick City Boxing Series" at the Prudential Center also will be aired on Showtime as part of its ShoBox boxing series. continue
By Samuel Rivera: I predicted a Margarito UD win in a competitive match against Sugar Shane Mosley (chucks I am 0-1 for the year so far), while at the same time I stated that Mosley had to hit and hold in order to have a chance to win, and Mosley did just that.
Mosley came into the fight with a perfect gameplan. He had studied the Cotto fight, and had seen what had worked and what hadn’t. Cotto didn’t hold after hitting and didn’t establish a body attack throughout the fight; Mosley implemented those two things with great measures of success.
Perhaps most telling of all was that Mosley was the stronger of the two, and you could see that from the moment they first clinched. Mosley stayed off the ropes, all night, and when he held, he pushed Margarito back, rendering Margarito’s shots ineffective for the most part. Simply put Margarito got hit and before he could muster any kind offensive reply Mosley was in his chest, negating anything the Mexican was trying to do. continue
by James Slater - Say what you want about March 14th's Amir Khan Vs. Marco Antonio Barrera clash - be it either an ultra-risky fight for Khan, nothing more than a match-up between a young prospect and a sufficiently faded force, or something in between - but the match-up has got people talking and the fans running for tickets. With still well over a month to go before fight time, the fight has managed to shift two-thirds of the 20,000 available tickets at The M.E.N Arena, Manchester. continue
Los Angeles, CA (January 27, 2009) – On Friday, February 6, Goossen Tutor Promotions will kick off its 2009 Tachi Palace pro boxing series with a nationally televised show featuring undefeated Andre “SOG” Ward the Oakland, California native whose gold medal victory in the 2004 Olympics in Athens is the last since David Reid in the 1996 Atlanta Games. continue
Reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is confident that a fight between his brother Wladimir and British heavyweight contender David Haye will happen in the next 12 months. Vitali told Setanta Sports News that talks were underway and he was certain the fight would happen. He said: “I’m more than sure the fight will be this year, in 2009. And there’s a big chance it will be in England because the interest in this fight is very big.”
Vitali revealed that he stepped aside so his brother could face David Haye. He added:
“I would be happy to fight Haye, but my brother wants to fight him also.
“So, we have decided that the youngest brother will fight David Haye.” continue
New York (January 27, 2009) – DiBella Entertainment serves up a Valentine’s Day treat with the addition of a potentially explosive 154 pound title fight between interim WBC champion Sergio Martinez and former IBF welterweight kingpin Kermit Cintron, to HBO’s Boxing After Dark on Saturday, February 14, at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. continue
Light heavyweight standouts Glen Johnson and Daniel Judah have unfinished business with each other after their disputed draw in 2003. On Friday, February 27th, they finally get their chance to get it on again at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and tickets are now on sale for what promises to be an explosive rematch. continue
27.01.09 - After roughly two weeks, the sting from a very controversial decision in the Luis Collazo/Andre Berto fight apparently still hasn't worn off. P.R. guru Ed Rosa recently spoke with Luis Collazo to gauge his thoughts. Directly from the mouth of Mr. Collazo comes this big statement which openly ponders an even bigger question........A question that only Andre Berto and Mr. Lou DiBella can answer.....
Luis Collazo (thoughts in the aftermath of the controversial decision):
It's been Déjà vu all over again, just like the Ricky Hatton fight. I was brought in as an opponent to face Andre Berto on HBO, I fought my heart out and I did enough to win the fight, but once again, the judges took the victory away from me. I never thought in my wildest dreams that this injustice would happen to me again, but unfortunately, I got three more blind mice to judge my fight. continue
By Tony Nobbs: On Wednesday night February 11, Shannan Taylor faces Anthony Mundine over ten rounds for the vacant WBA International middleweight title at the Wollongong Entertainment Center. 33 year old Mundine is rated number one in the world by the WBA at middleweight – 36 year old Taylor number 11. Here’s what the Bulli Blaster had to say when I caught up to him recently. continue
27.01.09 - by James Slater - Enzo Maccarinelli is a determined man. Ever since his quick, 2-round blow-out loss at the powerful hands of David Haye, the Welshman, who carries formidable power in his own hands, has sought to prove he is way better than he looked in March of 2008. Now that "The Hayemaker" has departed the cruiserweight ranks in search of heavyweight glory, the division is more or less wide open. The 28-year-old former WBO 200-pound champion intends to fill the gap and rule over the weight class as soon as possible. continue
By Michael Herron - For those who have followed my writings it is well known that I am a huge Floyd Mayweather Jr. fan, (a.k.a. defender, supporter, “#@#” hugger if you prefer) but there is one aspect of his recent career that has left me disappointed. I feel he has abandoned the sport and has turned away from his calling. I have felt since 1998 when he defeated junior lightweight champion Genaro Hernandez that Mayweather would become the next legend of the sport; and I don't just mean legend in the generic sense, but the rightful inheritor of the pound for pound throne and premier fighter of this era. Though he’s more than half way there, Mayweather to the detriment of the boxing world, insists he’s already accomplished this goal.
As a boxing enthusiast I can agree that in terms of talent and skill Floyd is the man, but in terms of legacy Mayweather is seriously slipping. I know he thinks he has accomplished a lot and his merits speak for themselves but what made past legends Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pernell Whitaker, and even Roy Jones and Bernard Hopkins great was their willingness to risk it all in an impossible challenge; a contest that can truly test their claim to being the best. continue
27.01.09 - By Paul McCreath - If you were to look at page 1056 of The Ring Record Book and Boxing Encyclopaedia of 1986-87 you would find there a listing of the fighters with the most consecutive KOs in the history of boxing. All those with 20 or more in a row are listed. You would naturally expect to find many famous names there and you would indeed find them. Carlos Zarate, Aaron Pryor, Jesus Pimentel, Wilfredo Gomez and Tom Sharkey are all on the list. Unless you are over 60 years of age you would probably never guess who tops that list. It is Lamar Clark with 44 KOs in succession. continue
Fresh off the back of Shane Mosley's surprise KO win over Antonio Margarito at the weekend, Michael Jennings has promised to deliver another welterweight shock when he fights Miguel Cotto next month. Chorley based Jennings will challenge Cotto for the WBO World Welterweight crown at New York's Madison Square Garden on February 21. And the 31-year-old says that Mosley's ninth round stoppage in LA on Saturday night has been an inspiration. continue
By “Old Yank” Schneider: Unclean hands are that middle ground between guilt and innocence; a middle ground that leans toward guilt.
“My God, what have we done?” was the official pilot log entry of Captain Robert A. Lewis, the co-piolot of the Enola Gay. He, the normal comander of the plane, along with his crew had just dropped a bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. Nearly 70% of the buildings were flattened; 80,000 people were killed “instantly” and, by the time the death toll from radiation sickness was in, nearly 140,000 people were dead within a year.
Boxing has just had a bomb dropped on the sport and Antonio Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo are sitting in the pilot and co-pilot seat in this version of the Enola Gay. At the very least, at this stage of the game these two sports personalities appear to have unclean hands.
But the California State Athletic Commission may very well have unclean hands in this bombshell as well. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - There is a very strong chance that unbeaten Alexander Povetkin of Russia will risk his high ranking, and potentially, his guaranteed shot at IBF and WBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko in his very next fight. The word is fellow 2004 Olympian Jason "Big-Six" Estrada, 15-1(3) will be Povetkin's next opponent - with an April 4th date in Germany all but signed. continue
by James Slater - The extremely popular John Duddy of Ireland gets back in the ring on the under-card of February 21st's Miguel Cotto-Michael Jennings clash at Madison Square Garden, New York. Taking on the man who gave Julio Cesar Chavez Junior such a tough fight last year, in Matt Vanda, 29-year-old Duddy will be boxing back up at middleweight. continue
By Evan Young - Boxingforecast.com - The boxing world was thrown for a loop yet again when 37 year old Shane Mosley dominated World welterweight champion Antonio Margarito, scoring a stunning 9th round KO over the iron chinned Mexican Saturday night at the staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
Mosley proved to be the faster guy, although every one already knew that, but not many expected Mosley to be able to escape the punishing Margarito. But Mosley had a brilliant strategy and had the physical strength to pull it off. Mosley simply beat Margarito to the punch, went to his body and clinched hard and walked Margarito to ropes. And this plan worked like a charm because Mosley has become amazingly strong in the upper body over the past few years. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 26, 2009 -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of boxing broadcaster and journalist Reg Gutteridge. He passed away yesterday. He was 84. Regarded as Britain's "Voice of Boxing," he was born into a fighting family in Islington, London. His grandfather (Arthur) was a renowned boxer, while his father (Dick) and uncle (Jack) were skilled trainers during the golden era of British boxing. continue
by James Slater - Older fight fans will certainly remember heavyweight contender Scott LeDoux of Minnesota. Back in the 1970s the technically limited but extremely courageous warrior met a who's who of top class heavyweights. Men like Larry Holmes (in LeDoux's sole world title fight), George Foreman, Ken Norton, Duane Bobick (twice), Mike Weaver, Leon Spinks, Ron Lyle, Gerrie Coetzee and Frank Bruno faced the gutsy 220-pounder, and against each guy LeDoux gave his best. continue
By Robert Jackson: In the aftermath of a 8+ round destruction of the the 'most feared' Antonio Margarito by a past his prime Sugar Shane Mosley one has to ponder what happened, how Mosley accomplished this feat and whether Margarito has been exposed, whether his Aura of Invincibility is now gone. This writer in pre-fight conversations with fans and fellow boxing scribes suggested a tougher battle against Mosley for the Tijuana Tornado than most thought, but not this tough. I gave Mosley a chance of winning albeit a slim one.
Mosley a 16 year veteran of Pro-Boxing and the California boxing scene proclaimed an intimate knowledge of the Mexican fight style honed by many rounds of sparring and several Pro bouts against Mexican pugilists. Many took this proclamation lightly and granted it minimal merit. That knowledge and experience was corroborated by the fights events and outcome. Mosley also brought in Bouie Fisher understudy Nasim Richardson, who recently guided Bernard Hopkins to a similar dismantling of Kelly Pavlik, another wise move on Sugar Shane's behalf. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: The main reason I picked Shane Mosley to beat Antonio Margarito was because I did not believe Margarito would be able to break Mosley’s will in the same fashion he broke Miguel Cotto’s. I was certain Mosley’s superior durability and stamina would help see him to the final bell. Moreover, I thought Mosley’s stronger punching power and faster hand speed would give Margarito a lot to think about, and I figured Mosley would have better success in attacking Margarito’s body than Cotto. What I never envisioned, however, was a scenario which saw Mosley break Margarito’s will, and that is exactly what happened. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 25, 2009) World ranked cruiserweight BJ Flores returned to action at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this past Friday night stopping Las Vegas native Matt Hicks at 2:50 of the third round. Fighting for the first time since winning a unanimous decision over Darnell Wilson last February, the well conditioned Flores used his steady jab, relentless body shots and sharp three punch combinations to dominate the fight over the heavier Hicks who weighed in at 256. The stoppage from referee Kenny Bayless came after a barrage of power shots left Hicks unable to defend himself in a neutral corner. continue
by James Slater - Now well over a year into what he always did say was a genuine retirement from the sport, Floyd "Money" Mayweather remains one of the most talked about boxers on the planet. Everywhere you go, and whatever boxing website you read, the fans and, to a degree, the experts, are asking when is Floyd gonna come back? Well, in a recent radio interview he conducted with the show Sports Rage, the man himself spoke about the chances of him making a much sought after return to the ring, his pound-for-pound successor Manny Pacquiao, and his former KO victim Ricky Hatton.
As usual, Mayweather Junior, now almost 32-years-of age, was full of himself and not shy to criticise both "Pac-Man" and the "Hitman."
Mayweather began by speaking about the Filipino many want to see him come back and fight in what would be a mega-match. Though "Money" believes Pacquiao is a "good" fighter, he does not agree with those who say the southpaw dynamo is the pound-for-pound best in the world. continue
WBA heavyweight “Champion in Recess” Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev has all of his boxing ducks, so to speak, lined up in a row but first he has to get past unbeaten No. 10 rated Carl Davis Drumond in the 12-round main event February 7, headlining “The Champion Returns” in Rostock, Germany. “The Champion Returns” card, presented by Universum Boxing-Promotion, will broadcast three 12-round bouts. Integrated Sports is distributing it in the United States for live viewing at 2 PM/ET – 11 AM/PT on cable pay-per-view via iN Demand and TVN for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. continue
By - P.H. Burbridge - The fight game is full of people creating buzz and perpetrating myths. To be honest that’s how many fighters develop their name or their “brand” if you will. Everything is about PR and if you spend too much time listening to it you might just overlook the obvious truth right before your eyes. There are many who labor under the illusion that “their guy” will win and continue to win because he has the “superior” technique or physique. continue
By Nefarious Nick Fremont - After three rounds at the Staples Center, we'd already been well convinced that this was Shane's night, much like it had been Bernard's a few months earlier. It sure looked like it was going to be another one-sided fight between a one-dimensional come-forward fighter and a technically brilliant and physically superior boxer. But there is a difference between Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley. Sure, Bernard may be "The Executioner" but it is Shane who is the real killer. Beyond the fassade of his open smile and the glitz and glamour of being King of LA, Shane has within his fists the seeds of cold-blooded murder.
With little more than a half minute left in the eighth stanza, the fight turned on a dime from the boxing lesson that so closely evoked Hopkins-Pavlik to a relentless and savage beating that spoke to something much more dark and primeval within us, a remnant of our caveman past. From the 2:27 mark of the eighth round, Mosley turned into an absolutely vicious monster, uncoiling and delivering each punch with so much torque that you were afraid he was going to kill Margarito. The final shots landed in the ultimate round were administered with such fury that it seemed like Shane was hitting him with a bat instead of gloves. continue
By John Ternenyi - There are many great trainers in the sport of boxing. Legendary trainers such as Freddie Roach and Emmanuel Steward have led many great fighters to World Championships and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions. Currently there is a trainer who does not have the fame, or recognition of some of these esteemed trainers, but after January 24, 2009, he will undoubtedly have the same reputation as a Freddie Roach or Emmanuel Steward. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 26, 2009) – World Super Flyweight Champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN is hoping his opponent World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight champion JORGE “Travieso” ARCE watched Saturday’s Antonio Margarito-Sugar Shane Mosley WBA welterweight title fight at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In wake of the stunning events that took place this weekend in Los Angeles, needless to say, this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag will shine the spotlight almost squarely on the Mosley/Margarito showdown, as well as the unfortunate circumstances which ow surround it. With the unexpected results taking center stage, many of the questions today also take a glimpse into the future of the fighters, as well as the future of the sports deepest division, the welterweight class. Other fighters to make this weeks mailbag are the dangerous Nate Campbell, as well as Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao. So with no further ado, we jump right into the mix, starting with a question from Los Angeles, California where a fight fan wanted to know the following.....
Clarence T. (Los Angeles, CA): What do you think of Shane Mosley's performance and where do you think it puts him as it relates to the welterweight division? continue
Unbeaten heavyweight phenomenon Tyson Fury has already set his sights on the man he hopes will be his next opponent. The 6 feet 8 ½ inch 20 year old is scheduled for his third pro fight in Norwich on February 28th when he appears on the undercard of local hero, Jon Thaxton’s first defence of his European Lightweight title. continue
by James Slater - Australia's Michael Katsidis, one of the sport's most reliably thrilling warriors, gets back in the ring this coming Saturday in Cebu City, The Philippines. The blood-and-guts 28-year-old lightweight will be hoping to get himself a victory after having lost his last two fights - to Joel Casamayor and then Juan Diaz, both highly entertaining battles. Opposing "The Great" will be Argentina's Angel Hugo Ramirez, a 31-year-old with a good 19-4-2(8) pro record. continue
by James Slater - A number of articles have already been written in dedication to Sugar Shane Mosley and the superb, the awesome, the magnificent (add any further words of praise you feel are necessary to describe the 37-year-old's odds shattering triumph) and the unexpected showing he put on last night in L.A against the hitherto unstoppable Antonio Margarito - but this writer could not resist adding another one to ESB. What this incredible fighter with the blue eyes and the charming smile was able to pull off a few hours ago simply staggers belief. As such, keep the tributes coming in, I say!
However, as much as all boxing fans such as myself want to treasure last night's glorious moment from a sport that once again was proven to be THE single most thrilling and hard to predict game on the planet, there is also the matter of where the magnificent Mosley goes from here. Now beyond any doubt one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in the world - if not the past thirty years or so - the sky is the limit for the former lightweight, light-middleweight and now two-time welterweight king. Many of us, this writer included, owe Shane one helluva huge apology. continue
Chris Edwards set the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, England ablaze with a torrid effort that reduced opponent Wayne Bloy to a shattered shell after three rounds of spirited combat to capture the vacant British and Commonwealth flyweight titles on Friday night on a Frank Maloney promotion. The Stoke powerhouse was a two-fisted torrent of leather, battering the taller Bloy to both the head and body until there was simply no place for the big-hearted Grimsby boxer to hide. The 32 year old Edwards was a study in perpetual motion, sinking in hard shots to both the head and body as he propelled forward in a shockwave that unhinged his opponent. continue
by James Slater - Showtime boxing commentator Al Bernstein is one of the most popular and widely respected callers of the sport currently operating. A long time commentator at ESPN, former newspaper man Bernstein is also blessed with a fine singing voice. But it is as the voice of boxing he is most well known and admired.
Very kindly affording this writer an interview earlier today, Al spoke about his career, his favourite fighters to interview, the best fights he has called, his singing career, and other things. Here are Al's answers to my questions. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Saturday night in Los Angeles, 30 year old, former WBA Welterweight titlist Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KO’s) saw his iron chin turned to tin, as he was beaten in every round by 37 year old “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-5, 38 KO’s), who peppered Margarito with his jab and hammered him with his right hand, silencing the pro-Margarito crowd at the Staples Center as he broke Margarito down, culminating in a knockout in the ninth round.
If this fight reminded anyone of Hopkins’ performance against Kelly Pavlik a few months ago, the common denominator is Mosley’s new trainer, Nasim Richardson, the same guy who trained Bernard Hopkins for his fight against Pavlik, which produced a similar result, minus the knockout. Seems that Richardson is big on being aggressive and fighting the full three minutes of every round. It worked like a charm for Mosley against the slower Margarito, who was unable to land many clean shots and whenever he did, Mosley answered with double the trouble. continue
26.01.09 - By Adrian Lane - Having moved over to the US in January 2007 British boxing trainer John Tandy spent a year in New York but now has relocated out to a high altitude camp in Lake Arrowhead, California. We managed to catch up with him recently to see how things are going and see how one of his fighters Yusaf Mack’s preparations are for his big fight with Chris Henry on ESPN2 on the 6th February. continue
By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com - The “Sugar” Shane Mosley vs. Antonio Margarito battle proved two things: 1) If tickets are priced reasonably, fans will pack the house and 2) Speed usually kills. In front of a record crowd at Staples Center, Mosley picked apart a gutsy Margarito, on his way to stopping the Mexican warrior in round nine. Despite Mosley’s being a 4-1 underdog, should we be that shocked? continue
By Yero Moody: As is my custom, I always do a follow up article after I give a fight prediction, win or lose. This is no exception. In my previous article entitled " Mosley v. Margarito: The Analysis & Prediction" I took quite a bit of flack for predicting a possible TKO victory for "Sugar" Shane Mosley against Antonio Margarito. My critics stated that I must be crazy for making such a prediction. Margarito has never been knocked out. Mosley got beat by Miguel Cotto and Margarito demolished Cotto how is Mosley going to beat him?
The answer came in the ninth round of a one-sided demolition of the "Tijuana Tornado". Margarito didn't win a single round. He was outboxed from pillar to post just as I predicted. I admire the heart, the iron chin and most of all the warrior spirit of Margarito. Which is why I was thoroughly surprised to hear at the beginning and end of the fight that Margarito's gloves had to be changed three times because he attempted to use an illegal substance that hardens like a piece of plastic when wet. This was confirmed by the state athletic commissioner. Yes, he attempted to cheat! continue
By Michael Herron: I find it ironic that the past three fights for the Golden Boys: Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, and Oscar De La Hoya, ended the way they did. Two of the Golden Boys shined most impressively while the other suffered an epic failure. Hopkins was picked to lose to the younger stronger Kelly Pavlik but put a beating on the kid. Mosley was supposed to lose to the bigger, stronger, nothing can hurt him Antonio Margarito and beat the illegal hand wrapping out of him. De La Hoya on the other hand was the only veteran favored to win; he had all the advantages in the world against little Manny Pacquiao and gets punched around the ring like a photo shopped drag queen. continue
Steve 'USS' Cunningham's hopes of facing Enzo Maccarinelli in Manchester, England on the 14th March were dashed when promoter, Frank Warren, wrote in his weekly column in the British newspaper, The Sun, that Maccarinelli will now face interim-champion, Victor Ramirez, for the vacant WBO title. continue
By Paul Strauss: Tornadic Winds dissipated under a Sweet Cool Front at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. A capacity crowd found out Antonio Margarito is human after all. Nazim Richardson said it best between rounds when he told Sugar Shane, "Knock the grease off of this dude!"
Sugar followed orders and proceeded to do it with a variety of punches. Every time the Tijuana Tornado would try to build up any speed, the Cool Front would break him down. It started that way and continued from round one until the once thought invincible Tony wilted under the onslaught at 2:15 of the ninth round.
Boxing is great..............first Hopkins upsets Pavlik; then the Pac Man stops the Golden Boy, and now the granite jawed Margarito is stopped by a 37 yr old fighter, whom many thought had seen his better days. continue
by James Slater - It appears as though the fascinating car crash career of former heavyweight king Mike Tyson may not have ended after all. At least not if a recent bold statement on ArabianBusiness.com is to be believed. According to the news outlet, "Iron" Mike, now aged 42 and absent from the ring as a participant since June of 2005, will face old foe (old being the correct word!) Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield in a much delayed third instalment of a series the two former greats began way back in November of 1996. The two men will meet in the far away location that is the city of Abu Dhabi in The United Arab Emirates. continue
By Ted Sares - …our camp usually runs smooth with Bernard because of his lifestyle. He comes to camp in great shape, so there’s never really any concern about weight. It’s just about preparing him for the task that lies ahead…--Nazim Richardson
…he’s (Richardson) not trying to change me or trying to switch up, just recreating all the stuff that I already know…You know with Nazim, he trains fighters that are amateurs and professionals. So he has both backgrounds and sometimes when we turn pro we start forgetting different things about some of the things that got us to where we were at as the champions. --Sugar Shane Mosley (from Dave Sholler, January 23, 2009, caller.com) continue
By Suge Green: January 25th, 2009 - Another example of the more technically proficient fighter fighting the perfect fight, similar to Hopkins vs Pavlik. Many of us may have called the Sugar Shane (wait a minute wasn't he the underdog ?) victory Saturday night, but who expected it to be in such devastating fashion, and so quickly (9th rd stoppage) ? Sugar Shane Mosley is a major player again, holding a World belt now in the division that is the heart of boxing in this era. At this point the potential welterweight matchups seem endless, for Shane in particular. Whether or not Ricardo Mayorga makes it by Angulo when they clash, Mayorga vs Antonio Margarito anyone ? This will be a classic, but who knows ? Cotto got a title shot in his first bout back, Margarito as the victor in their bout may consider himself worthy of an immediate title shot as well.
Joe Calzaghe is still undecided about a return to the ring in 2009, but he states that he doesn't think the lofty goal of 50-0 is attainable. continue
By Per Ake Persson: January 24, Riesa, Germany: EBU cruiser champ Marco Huck stopped challenger Geoffrey Batello in the third of a wild brawl that headlined Sauerland Event´s show at the Erdgas Arena. Huck took some time to get started but once he got going he had Batello under pressure mixing good punches, wild misses and dirty moves. In the third Huck rocked Batello with a left hook and later in the round knocked down his opponent with a big right uppercut. Batello survived the count but as Huck reloaded again the fight was stopped at 2.57. continue
By Michael Amakor - January 25, 2009 - Despite, being the older 4 to1 underdog, replacing his dad as his trainer, finalizing his divorce from his wife just two weeks ago, and pending litigation that trailed his preparation for this fight, Shane Mosley now 46-5 (39 ko's) still comprehensively out-worked, brutalized and stopped the highly touted and over-hyped WBA (147lbs) Welterweight champion Antonio Margarito in the ninth round in front of 20,820 star dotted fans at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night. continue
Marco “Captain“ Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) retained his European Cruiserweight Title with a spectacular third-round TKO victory over previously unbeaten Geoffrey Battelo (18-1, 15 KOs). The 24-year-old dusted his opponent with a huge right uppercut in the third round. After the Belgian got back to his feet, Huck landed another powerful series of punches for the referee to wave the bout off. “Today I showed that I can box well against uncomfortable opponents,” Huck said. “I am very pleased to have ended the fight in such spectacular fashion. My goal has always been the world title and I will keep working hard to win it.”
Coach Ulli Wegner praised his fighter for a clever performance. “Marco did very well,” he stated. “That was one hell of an uppercut. He is so explosive. All the young guys like him really keep impressing me – they are making big fights without having a great deal of experience. That is
very astonishing.. continue
23.01.09 - Fedor Emelianenko defeated Andrei Arlovski by KO. Emelianenko improves his record to 29-1 (7 KO’s) while Arlovski became 14-6. Fedor Emelianenko: “I feel great. I feel really good about it. I want to thank God for my victory and thank everyone that was behind me. I knew that Arlovski was prone to making mistakes and at that moment I caught him. I really didn’t think I would knock him out but it happened. You don’t expect it to happen but it did.. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Tonight's showdown between welterweights Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27KO's) and 'Sugar' Shane Mosley (45-5, 38KO's) should go down as nothing short of an absolute war! This epic battle pairs the former king of the welterweight division and the man who currently owns the title. Fortunately for fight fans around the globe this one won't be a pay-per-view telecast because this fight embodies everything a fan of the sport would want to see, and everything those borderline fans need to see to make a final conversion. As we prepare to see this potential "fight of the year" candidate unfold, we take a last glimpse at "keys to victory" for each man, four potentially pivotal elements surrounding the fight in our "4 to explore" segment, and finally, an official prediction. continue
Photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank -- Before a jam-packed gathering, which included 12 television and internet cameras but NOT Jorge Arce, Vic Darchinyan had center stage to himself as he spoke with the national boxing media Saturday morning at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Arce, who had agreed to attend the press conference, spent Saturday instead in the mountains of Mexico, where he trains. His unexpected absence only helped fuel the fire to an intense, heated rivalry that goes back several years.
In what will be a slugfest from start to finish, Darchinyan will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight belts against Arce on Saturday, Feb. 7, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The once-beaten, hard-hitting Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, will be making his first defense since unifying the 115-pound division with a one-sided ninth-round knockout over Mexico’s Cristian Mijares Nov. 1, 2008, on SHOWTIME. continue
24.01.09 - Today on Sports Rage Uncensored with Gabriel Morency on Hardcore Sports Rage (Sirius 98), retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather appeared on the show for a no-holds-barred radio interview. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Las Vegas, at The Plaza Hotel and Casino, unbeaten 29-year-old cruiserweight contender B.J Flores fought for the first time in almost a year. In improving his pro record to 22-0-1(14) Flores displayed no ring rust to speak of in his contest with a naturally bigger guy in heavyweight journeyman Matt Hicks. continue
by James Slater - Most of us thought all hope was lost, and that exciting heavyweight powerhouse David Tua's career had come to an end with a whimper and not a bang. This is not the case, though, as news has broken of how "The Tuaman" will get back in the ring this coming June 6th. Taking on fellow New Zealander Shane Cameron, Tua, now aged 36, will have his first fight for almost two years.
The clash with the 31-year-old Cameron, 22-1(19) has been a fight that has been in the pipeline for some time, only to have failed to materialise until now due to money issues on both sides. Now, with a guaranteed purse of $500,000, Tua will take on the man known as "The Mountain Warrior" in one of the biggest fights in New Zealand's history. continue
By Gerard Wilson: On Saturday Jan. 24th, 2009 boxing fans will be treated to a non PPV world title bout, which will provide plenty of intrigue. Will Shane Mosley make a case that he is still relevant at age 37? Will Antonio Margarito continue his reign as one of the top 2 fighters (the other being Paul Williams in my opinion) at 147 lbs? We will definitely have our answers when Antonio Margarito defends his WBA Welterweight title against “Sugar” Shane Mosley, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. continue
Weights from Los Angeles - Antonio Margarito 145.8 - Shane Mosley 147
Some of boxing’s top young talent will enter the ring at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 24th before Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley battle in one of the most highly-anticipated welterweight bouts in recent years. continue
by James Slater - At the tail end of last year, Welshman Joe Calzaghe told his fans he would have a good think over the Christmas holidays about if he will fight again or retire at 46-0. We are now well into January, and "The Pride Of Wales" has still to make his mind up. However, in an interview with The Daily Star newspaper, the former super-middleweight and current light-heavyweight ruler gave the strongest indication yet that the choice he will make will be one of fighting on - for one final, "farewell" fight.
Clearly, Calzaghe, like many other fighters before him, is finding it hard to say goodbye to the sport he has lived and breathed for so many years. Joe admits he likes the idea of a final fight, especially if it were fought at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
"It has got to be the right fight for me," Joe told The Daily Star. continue
By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com - Tomorrow night, “Sugar” Shane Mosley will enter the ring playing the role of a fastly fading, former world champion to the current WBA welterweight king, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito in HBO’s World Championship Boxing telecast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mosley has been written off heading into the marquee match up by numerous boxing “experts” and fans alike largely based on his last outing against Ricardo Mayorga. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 23 – It’s taken two long years, three wins and three knockouts, but on Friday, January 30th, Juan Urango will finally get the opportunity to win back his IBF junior welterweight title when he takes on Herman Ngoudjo for the vacant crown at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Needless to say, Urango can’t wait for his chance to shine once again. “Every day since January 20, 2007, I’ve thought about winning my title back,” said Urango, who lost his belt via a hard-fought decision to Ricky Hatton that night. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at two fighters who many consider to be walking in two vastly different directions at this point in their careers. One coming off of the biggest fight in his career with an upside the size of Mexico; the other, presumably facing that proverbial 'westside' of his career in a fight that could very well serve as the curtain pulling culprit. As we examine this spectacle between these two brave warriors, like any other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, we'll decipher all angles. A 'Supportive' perspective on the fight, a 'Critics' perspective on the fight, and in the end, a more 'Neutral' perspective to tie all the loose ends. So with no further ado.....
Mosley/Margarito (Supportive Perspective): From the moment this fight was announced the buzz on the streets reached scintillating heights. Not too often in today's era of boxing do fight fans get a chance to see the best of the old school face the best of the new school while both are still close enough to their prime to create a true thriller when the bell finally sounds. continue
Promoter Mick Hennessy admits he has a real problem with Tyson Fury – just how does he hold the 6 feet 8 ½ inch heavyweight phenomenon back! In front of the ITV cameras last weekend Fury despatched German KO artist Marcel Zeller in the third round in only his second pro fight. The vastly experienced Zeller entered the ring with 21 wins from his 24 outings with all but one of those victories coming by knockout. continue
By Lucas Ehrbar, NikeBlog.com: A day after Ricky Hatton's team told Golden Boy Promotions to find another fight, PhilBoxing.com and the LA Times are reporting that the fight is back on, Manny Pacquiao having agreed to a $12 million guarantee and a 52-48 revenue split in his favor. The fight was in dire straights Wednesday, when Team Hatton gave Pacquiao the ultimatum to sign the contract by midnight or find himself another fight. Pacquiao did not sign and Hatton began to move on. However news out of Manila in the last hour indicates that the fight is signed. continue
23.01.09 - By Greg Wong: This coming Saturday, fight fans will be treated to another battle between an aging legend Shane Mosley, and the current welterweight WBA Champion, Antonio Margarito. Margarito has overwhelmed opponents so far with his power and his ability to apply steel melting pressure. Shane Mosley is no stranger to such pressure and has been on both ends, most recently against tough but limited Ricardo Mayorga. Will this fight show the 2nd coming of Julio Cesar Chavez or the return of a legend?
Antonio Margarito obviously is no Julio Cesar Chavez, at least not yet, but possesses a decent jab, which with his height, makes it harder for a shorter opponent to land an overhand right. He mostly uses the jab to force an opponent to move, into a position where he can force the mano-a-mano exchanges which Antonio thrives on. Being a taller fighter committed to body shots, he is susceptible to hooks as shown against Cotto but so far, Antonio’s chin has not shown any signs of weakness. continue
By James Curl: Joe Louis versus George Foreman a dream match for sure, all time great versus all time great. What would a fight between the Brown Bomber and Big George Foreman be like and who would win?
Over the years, I have debated many “what if” fights with many different boxing fans. Many of the people I talk to are from a generation that does not really remember Louis or they have not studied enough to realize how good he was. The general prediction with most boxing fans I talk to is that Foreman would crush Louis. continue
By Raymond Markarian - Ryan Fleck once wrote, “Change comes from opposite viewpoints. Change comes from a minority that struggles and fights, until it becomes the majority.” We watched Barack Obama be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on Tuesday morning. A sign of the change Obama has been professing during his Presidential campaign has come true.
January 20th, 2009, is a significant day that will stand as another battle won for all civil rights activities in the United States since the Declaration of Independence. In the boxing world, political battles with racism and segregation have played a vital role in the sport throughout the 20th century. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- TONIGHT- Call-in LIVE (347) 843-4293: On The Grind Radio is LIVE Thursday January 22nd at 8pm est/5pm pst (1am in the UK) and it's going to be another groundbreaking episode. On The Grind Radio welcomes the heavyweight making his return to the ring... Tommy "The Duke" Morrison. Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Morrison is going to tell the OTG Radio listeners why he can still be a threat in the division in this day and age, and update his fans on what he's been up to while he's been away.
The OTG Radio Team of Tim and Suge (Iceman John Scully is back on Sunday) will also be previewing the Margorito-Mosley bout scheduled for this weekend, as they continue to revolutionize boxing radio with the analysis, commentary, news, and predictions that have become a staple of OnTheGrind Boxing Radio. It's On The Grind in '09. Call-in number (347) 843-4293. continue
ANTONIO MARGARITO - Three-Time Welterweight Champion "I'm really prepared for this fight. We did our work in training camp and we know Mosley is a very experienced fighter.
"There are no secrets here, we know our styles and I'm very certain I will raise my hands in victory on Saturday night.. continue
22.01.09 - By Tim Leach: So, fight’s off then. After the media feeding frenzy and the genuine excitement amongst fight fans, it looks like Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao won’t be fighting on May 2nd. Manny wanted to split the purse (rumoured to be over $40 million) 60-40 his way, Hatton insisted on 50-50. This looks to be it. Of course, it could be grandstanding or aggressive negotiation, but the current buzz suggests the fight won't go ahead. continue
by James Slater - IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute of Canada will make the next defence of his world title against the hard-hitting and reliably-chinned Colombian Fulgencio Zuniga on March 13th. Once again, for the eleventh straight time, the 28-year-old southpaw who was born in Romania but now lives in Montreal, will box at The Bell Centre in his hometown.
Fans are still talking about the controversial way Bute's last fight, against the teak-tough Librado Andrade, ended. Enough has been written about the controversial officiating by referee Marlon Wright back in October of last year, but now Zuniga gets his chance to do what the Mexican came so close to doing - KO'ing or stopping the IBF champ. It remains to be seen who will be refereeing the March 13th fight, but it's safe to say the critics will have a field day if it is Wright; officiating as he has Bute's last five bouts. continue
By Tim Leach: Plenty of wild rumours flying around as the Ricky Hatton/Manny Pacquiao fight finally falls through, but one of the crazier ones is that Oscar De la Hoya might step up as Hatton's next opponent. It'd be an easy payday for Hatton, but if this rumour has any weight behind it, you have to wonder what De la Hoya is thinking. Perhaps Manny hit Oscar a little too hard when he took him to pieces a month ago, because there's just no way this sounds like a good idea. continue
Open letter by Dmitriy Salita: "I have learned that Ricky Hattons' fight with Manny Pacquio is off. I would like nothing more than the opportunity to fight Ricky. Ricky is considered by many the best Jr. Welterweight in the world. I have been to two of his fights against my friends and fellow NYC fighters. I guarantee that 3rd time will not be the charm. I see many mistakes in Ricky's game that I will capitalize on. It will be a holiday for my fans, and a day of rude awakening for my critics. And there is no Ricky wonderland in NYC.", Dmitriy Salita continue
By Yero Moody: On January 24, 2009 we will see a fight between Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito that if had taken place 3-4 years ago, Mosley would be the clear favorite and Margarito the underdog. My, how the tide has changed. Clearly, Mosley is on the decline and Margarito is on the rise. It took Mosley 12 Rd's. to dispatch of Ricardo Mayorga in a fight that Mayorga won way too many rounds against a fighter of Mosley's pedigree. A prime "Sugar" Shane would have made mince meat of the wild swinging, amateurish style of Mayorga. Although Mosley lost to Miguel Cotto in a very tough fight in which Mosley seemed to be coming on strong in the end, he gave his fans and Cotto a very clear image of why he is one of the greatest fighters of his generation. In a rematch, I give Mosley the edge against Cotto any day of the week.
While Margarito on the other hand, easily manhandled Cotto through 12 hard fought rd's. I thought Cotto would be able to outbox the stiffer, wilder punching Margarito but his grit, stamina and iron chin proved many wrong. For years, like many other fighters including the likes of Winky Wright and now Paul Williams, Margarito struggled to find top tier opponents who would give him a shot. He reached a pothole when he was outboxed by Joshua Clottey for the first 4-5 rd's. continue
European Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (23-1, 18 KOs) is determined to get the new year off to a winning start as he defends his title against Geoffrey Battelo (18-0, 15 KOs) on Saturday night. “If you want to reach the top, you have to defeat the best fighters out there,” Huck said. “It will be a tough fight but I know that I am better than him and that is why I will leave the ring as the winner.. continue
Lightweight boxer Jon Thaxton has described Amir Khan’s upcoming bout against seven time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera as “a fantastic bit of match making”. Khan takes on Barrera at Manchester’s MEN Arena on Saturday 14th March. But Thaxton questioned what Khan had done to get such a high profile opponent. Speaking to Steve Bunce on Setanta Sports News Thaxton said: “He didn’t fight John Murray for the British title; he hasn’t fought me for the European title. He’s leapfrogged us and he’s fighting Marco. continue
WBC Super Middleweight champ Carl Froch has issued a missing persons appeal on behalf of former World middleweight champ, and the current mandatory challenger for his title Jermain Taylor. Froch believes that Taylor has gone into hiding as he looks for a way out of fighting the Cobra who was crowned WBC champ after a fight of the year thriller with Jean Pascal in December. “Taylor calls himself “Bad Intentions” but if you ask me it should be “No Intentions” because I don’t think he has any intentions of fighting me,” said Froch.
“At this rate the only thing he’s going to win any time soon is the world hide and seek title. If anyone’s seen him lately I’d be very interested to hear about his whereabouts. I’m guessing that he’s probably at home in bed with his head under the covers waiting until an easier fight comes along. continue
22.01.09 - by James Slater - There had been talk of a super-middleweight match-up between Nottingham, UK's Carl Froch and Arkansas man Jermain Taylor even before "The Cobra" became the WBC 168-pound champion. This talk revved up again recently, as "Bad Intentions" is Froch's number-one contender. However, the fight - which is still being haggled with purse bids at the moment - remains to be been signed. continue
British welterweight Michael Jennings will give it “100%” when he takes on Miguel Cotto for the vacant WBO welterweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York on 21st February. Jennings has hit out at claims in the American and Puerto Rican press that it was “a done fight”. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Jennings said: “They were trying to say that he’d already beaten me. Some Puerto Rican press asked me what I thought about Cotto having already arranged his next fight with [Antonio] Margarito in June. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani, Antonio Margarito Work Out Video courtesy of John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: Merciless and relentless, Antonio Margarito shocked the boxing world when he emerged victorious in his clash against the previously unbeaten Miguel Cotto. It was a career-defining moment for the Tijuana pugilist who literally absorbed everything Cotto could dish out, before wearing him down for a late round stoppage. So thorough and complete was his victory that Margarito is now bestowed with an aura of invincibility. The question becomes, is his new status as an elite fighter entirely warranted? Or was this just a matter of a bad style match-up for Cotto? An answer should present itself this weekend.
Antonio Margarito is a freakishly big welterweight who utilizes his size advantage to wear out opponents. He is a poor defensive fighter who is easy to hit and largely lacking when it comes to technical skills and tactical prowess. Take away his size advantage and he becomes a very ordinary fighter, as evidenced by his fights against taller foes Daniel Santos and Paul Williams. continue
"Yeah, bring it on. I definitely want to do it (fight Manny Pacquiao). As a champion, what are we doing in the fight game for?" —Ricky Hatton interview, right after beating Paulie Malignaggi, Nov. 22, 2008.
GENERAL SANTOS CITY—In the new age of Barack Obama and the post-Oscar Dela Hoya generation of boxing where equal opportunity and fair play are now the norm, Ricky Hatton's chief negotiator Richard Schafer apparently is still living in the past. continue
Art Pelullo, Banner Promotions and Tommy Egan Promotions have sensationally claimed they could guarantee Bernard Dunne a World Title shot in a matter of months if the former European Super Bantamweight Champion was free from all other promotional obligations. Neilstown native, Dunne (27-1) has bemoaned, in the press this week, the fact his career seems to have stalled somewhat and it appears his boxing dreams and goals maybe caught up in a complex web of boxing politics. continue
21.01.09 - By Ted Sares - photo courtesy of Frank Baltazar - The historic Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles was home to any number of great fights. Some were pure classics; others flew a bit under the radar. One such bout was when hard hitting LA area native Frankie Baltazar took on rugged Juan Escobar on June 17, 1983. Escobar was 26-8-2 while Frankie was 33-2-1. Baltazar had gone undefeated in 30 of his last 31 outings having lost to “Bazooka” Limon in a bid for the NABF super featherweight title. Escobar, who had fought some tough customers like “Chucho” Castillo, was best known for his draw with the legendary Salvador Sanchez in 1978 when he decked the great Sanchez in the fifth canto. He was not one to be taken lightly. The baby faced Juan was the underdog but insiders were saying “watch out.. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr., Antonio Margarito Video Interview courtesy of John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: This coming Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles California, 30 year old Welterweight titlist Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KO’s) will defend his WBA strap against 37 year old Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 KO’s). While this fight may have some draw power due to the big name thing, based on recent events, I can’t imagine Mosley has enough left in him to beat a big, strong fighter like Margarito. But anything CAN happen—just ask Kelly Pavlik. continue
by James Slater - Ask anyone who has seen him fight, and they will tell you British light-middleweight Jamie Moore is both a crowd-pleasing warrior each and every time out, and that if ever a warrior was long overdue a shot at a world title it is him. Thankfully, at long last, the future is looking as though it just might reward the 30-year-old southpaw with what he deserves. continue
21.01.09 - by James Slater - Exactly eight years ago yesterday, at the fabulous MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Floyd "Money" Mayweather Junior, then known as "Pretty Boy," fought and won what is generally regarded as his best pro performance. Facing the full of heart Diego "Chico" Corrales (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime ) down at super-featherweight, the 23-year-old Mayweather, entering the bout with a 24-0 record, exited the MGM with a 25-0 record.
Defending his WBC 130-pound world title for the sixth time, Mayweather was having what he later called his, "Thomas Hearns fight;" meaning this was his defining moment, against a fearsome puncher who many thought would bring out the very best of him. In hindsight, maybe the late Corrales did succeed in bringing the best out of the now "retired" Mayweather. At the time of the contest, however, most observers saw a fight that wound up being nothing but a veritable mismatch. continue
Don Broadhurst has urged promoter Frank Warren to put him in the same dressing room as close pal Frankie Gavin next month - so he can help him through any first-night nerves. Gavin will make his debut in his home city of Birmingham on February 28 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham alongside fellow Olympians James DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders. continue
HOUSTON, TX (January 21, 2009) Cincinnati native Ricardo Williams Jr. is diligently preparing for his return home in the heat of a Houston, Texas boxing gym as he readies to headline the Saturday, January 31st “HOMECOMING” world class professional boxing card at the U.S. Bank Arena. “It’s been a long time, almost five years since I’ve been home and I’m ‘more than ready’ to fight in Cincy” said the 2000 U.S. Olympian. “I’m really looking forward to fighting at home.. continue
By Samuel Rivera - If there were more fighters today as willing as Shane Mosley is to fight the best, boxing would be thriving as a sport. Mosley’s down to earth personality, and a never ‘back down from a challenge’ mentality is what has kept him as one of the likable guys of the sport.
Mosley A True Champion
Shane Mosley (45-5, 38 Ko’s), in the eyes of this observer was the greatest lightweight of my lifetime. He won the IBF version of the lightweight world champion in 1997, by defeating a then undefeated Phillip Holiday. His entire career as a lightweight culminated in a stellar 32-0 run with 30 knockouts.
After his stellar run as a lightweight decided to move up into the welterweight division, where he scored his career signature victory with a split decision over Oscar De La Hoya in the year 2000. continue
by James Slater - With the mega-fight that was Manny Pacquiao Vs. Ricky Hatton "all but dead," Team Hatton are looking at their other options. As has already been reported, the 30-year-old "Hitman" has had a "Plan B" in place for some time, just in case the bout against "Pac-Man" never came off. Now it hasn't (or as good as damn it won't happen) Hatton's lawyer, Gareth Williams, has revealed the other opponents his fighter will try to land for a summer date. continue
by James Slater - It seems as though all fans of good fights will be feeling mightily depressed/angry in the next 24-hours; as the match-up that has been in jeopardy for some time now - in Manny Pacquiao Vs. Ricky Hatton - looks like it is off. As we know, money issues have been being discussed for the past few days now, and it seems these issues will not now be settled. According to a news article that has appeared on today's Telegraph.co.uk, the fight will be off unless a deal can be reached within the two fighter's camps today (Wednesday the 21st). If a late-in-the-day agreement is not reached (and it doesn't look good), a UK press conference will be held on Thursday of this week so that Team-Hatton can officially announce the May 2nd fight as being off. continue
With the talk of a March bout on Showtime featuring former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor tearing through the boxing world, super middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda is making his case for a showdown between “Bad Intentions” and the self proclaimed baddest man at 168 pounds. “I don’t think there’s any more exciting fight for the fans right now than one between me and Jermain Taylor,” said Miranda. “We both come to fight, we’re both warriors, and I’ll get to keep my Knockout of The Year streak going when we step into the ring with each other.”
Fresh off a devastating knockout of Manuel Esparza on January 14th that upped his stellar record to 31-3 with 27 KOs, Miranda – whose knockout of David Banks a year ago was ESPN.com’s Knockout of The Year for 2008 and ESPN2’s Knockout of the Decade – wants nothing but big fights from here on out. continue
Michael Herron - In 2008 Boxing’s most popular fighter Oscar De La Hoya was dead set on a rematch with pound for pound champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Everything was set up and ready to go, he had passed his tougher than expected tune up against Steve Forbes, reenlisted Floyd Mayweather Sr. as his trainer, selected the venue, promotional dates, and there was an agreement with both camps. Then came a shocker, Mayweather delivers a blow no one saw coming, he retires from the sport. His rationale, “I don’t love boxing anymore.. continue
Full details of HAYEMAKER 6: ‘Mersey Beatdown’ will be announced at a Hayemaker Boxing press conference to be held on Tuesday, January 27 at the Jury’s Inn Hotel, Liverpool. The press conference will commence from 11.30 PM and is open to both members of the press and public. Already confirmed for the HAYEMAKER 6 show on March 28 at the Echo Arena, Liverpool is the intriguing British light-middleweight title showdown between flamboyant switch-hitters Ryan Rhodes and Anthony Small. continue
20.01.09 - By Vivek Wallace: Disclosure: Throughout the history of the sport, Mexico has produced what could be argued as perhaps the most durable fighters in the sport. The rugged disposition of the countries champions and challengers alike have been well chronicled and collectively enjoyed. This article is in no ways a slight to the nation, but should serve as challenge to a man who has somehow alluded the risk involved against such brave warriors.
The sports pound for pound king, Manny Pacquiao, has made a name for himself by defeating the best that the Mexican culture has had to offer in his era, as it relates to his respective weight divisions. This great resume which boast the likes of Morales, Barrera, Diaz, and more, paved the road to supremacy for Pacquiao, while earning him a reputation as the aptly dubbed 'Mexi-cutioner' of the sport. Despite Pacquiaoʼs success against the rugged warriors, earlier in his career he did fall to one of them when Erik Morales was able to get the nod over him back in 2005. continue
It’s official: Former world cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (44-1) will face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (36-2) on March 21st at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. “I have been waiting for this chance for a very long time”, states Gomez who has started his preparation in L.A. four weeks ago. Along with his coaches Orlando Cuellar and Bülent Baser “The Black Panther” is currently working on his fitness basics before starting his technical and tactical training next week in Hamburg, Germany. The team has also planned to go into a training camp in Spain for three or four weeks. continue
by James Slater - Just over six weeks after his humbling and quite unexpected 8th round retirement loss to the naturally smaller Manny Pacquiao, and the great Oscar De La Hoya is still unsure as to his future as a professional athlete. Though the battering he took in Las Vegas just before Christmas appeared to have been more than enough of an argument for hanging up the gloves, the 35-year-old former six-weight world champion has admitted he has been torn over just what decision to make. continue
On March 21st, 2009, WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against the Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. It will be Vitali Klitschko¡¯s first title defense after his convincing comeback in October 2008, when he won back the WBC belt. Gomez is number 1 in the WBC rating and the official challenger.
35 year old Gomez, a southpaw with a height of 1,92m (6¡Ç 3¨ö¡È), was born in Havanna and is a professional boxer since 1995. ¡°The Black Panther¡± started his career us a Cruiserweight, where he became WBC Champion in 1998. After successfully defending his title 10 times, he changed to Heavyweight in 2002. Having won the elimination bout against Vladimir Virchis in September 2008, Gomez became the mandatory challenger of WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko. Gomez has a professional record of 44 wins (35 KOs) and one defeat.
¡°I am sorry for Vitali that he has to give away his belt after such a short time, but I¡¯ve worked hard to get this fight and I will go home with the belt¡±, says Gomez. continue
European Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck has warned Geoffrey Battelo he will be in for a “hot dance” when the two former sparring partners clash on Saturday night. Today they showed their skills at the public work-out in Meißen, where Huck displayed his huge punching power during three rounds of padwork with coach Ulli Wegner. “The fists are already flying quite well,” he said. “It will be even better on Saturday. Battelo will be in for a hot dance. I have worked hard to become the European Champion and I will defend my title no matter what.” Battelo is not short of confidence either. “I have come here to win the title,” he stated. “Huck and I used to have very hard sparring sessions in the past. I know how to beat him.. continue
Their first meeting in 2003 ended in a controversial draw. On Friday, February 27, nearly six years later, light heavyweight standouts Glen Johnson and Daniel Judah finally get the opportunity to settle the score when they headline ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. continue
Tickets will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 21 January) at 9am for Amir Khan's epic showdown with Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera. Set for the Manchester Evening News Arena on Saturday 14 March, it's sure to be a smash hit at the box office with all 22,000 seats expected to fly out. Khan's super-fight against the seven time/three weight world champion follows previous classic fight nights at the M.E.N Arena including Joe Calzaghe's stunning win over Jeff Lacy and Ricky Hatton dethroning Kostya Tszyu.
From his training camp in Los Angeles, Khan said: "My phone has been red-hot since this fight was announced last week; everybody want a tickets to be there. Barrera is a living legend and one of the greatest fighters of all time. As a boxing fan, if I wasn't in the ring facing him, I would definitely be there just to say that 'I was there' to see him fight in person. At the end of the day the respect and admiration I have for Barrera will go to one side on March 14. I have a huge task in front of me but I know with the team I have around me I will be in the best shape possible. It's going to be a great night!. continue
20.01.09 - by James Slater - 31-year-old Joshua Clottey thought things would change once he got his hands on a genuine world title. He was wrong. For though the immensely strong welterweight who was born in Ghana, Africa and now lives in The Bronx, New York battered Zab "Super" Judah to defeat in 9 rounds back in August of last year, capturing the IBF 147-pound belt in the process, he has been unable to get a fight since. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 20, 2009) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has once again stacked the deck to present “NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION”, an evening of world class professional boxing set for this Friday night, January 23rd at Cicero Stadium. Thursday night, Lazo’s Tacos at 2009 N. Western, will host the public weigh-in for “NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION” at 7pm. Fight fans are encouraged to meet and greet their favorite fighters. continue
19.01.09 - by James Slater -- Word is the legend that is Roy Jones Junior will face tough battler Omar Sheika on March 21st, over 12 scheduled rounds at light-heavyweight. The fight will be staged in Roy's hometown of Pensacola, Florida and it will be promoted by Jones' own promotional company. A reasonable enough fight on paper - even though a number of fans wish the once sublime multi-weight champion would call it a day now that he's past his best and has turned 40 - the bout will, of course, be Jones' first since his clear points loss to Joe Calzaghe back in November. What can we expect?
We know what Jones has left; he is still quick, has maintained some useful punching power and he is capable of looking like the Jones of old for short periods of time in a fight. Easier to hit nowadays, and also, for the first time, being prone to cuts, the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer is roughly half the great fighter he once was. But what of Sheika, and can he be expected to defeat even a 50-percent Roy Jones? continue
By Paul McCreath - On February 7 in Rostock Germany Ruslan Chagaev will meet Carl Davis Drumond in a WBA heavyweight title match. This must be an attempt by the World Boxing Association to prove that they can be just as inept at administering the sport of boxing as their rivals at the WBC. I had thought that the WBC had taken the cake with their confusing set of mandatories and eliminators but this must come at least a close second. Some say these organizations are corrupt and others vote for just incompetence but you have to wonder how either alone would explain the strange decisions we get today from all the alphabet boys. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Russian heavy Dennis Boytsov will take on Israel "King Kong" Garcia for the apparently vacant WBA I/C title on the undercard to Chagaev vs Drumond February 7 in Rostock. Exactly what happenend to the previous champ, Taras Bidenko, is not known. Also on the Rostock bill is supermiddle Eduard Gutknecht who will face American Rubin Williams in what will be a good test for the 15-0 German champ. Featherweight Marcel Meyerdicks, from nearby Wismar, is also on the bill. continue
photo by Naoki Fukuda - By Coach Tim Walker - I rarely outright take the side of a fighter when it comes to public opinion but let's face it opinion is the driving force behind my beloved eastsideboxing.com. It is a forum where pugilistic enthusiasts can make their attitudes known in the form of comments and articles. For my part I make a concerted effort to be as factual and even-handed as possible when presenting an article to the public but admittedly this is that rare occasion where I feel urged to erect myself and speak up. Not in the sense of bashing critiques, or being overly anxious about a fighter, or even giving too much of my opinion. I'm speaking up because I think we are missing the boat and the boat that I am referring to is Andre Berto who I am somewhat sarcastically calling Andre "Iron Mike" Berto. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten 29-year-old Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin is scheduled, apparently, to take one final bout before his mandated crack at IBF and WBO ruler Wladmir Klitschko. Povetkin is due to face "Dr. Steel Hammer" no later than September, and it looks like he will box again on April 4th in Germany. According to a recent news article on The Boston Herald.com, Povetkin may wind up facing fellow upcoming big man Jason Estrada of Providence, Rhode Island. continue
Four days ahead of his second title defence against Geoffrey Battelo, European Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck showcased some special skills when he visited Riesa´s famous pasta factory “Teigwaren Riesa”. Together with two cooks, the 24-year-old prepared a special pasta dish. “I really love cooking,” Huck said. “A healthy living and the right food are very important for an athlete. During the hard training camps, I have to eat many, many noodles. My last meal before a fight is always pasta.. continue
Photo: Sumio Yamada - This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' puts a lot of key figures in the sport at center stage. On the tab for deep discussion this week is everything from the evolution of Andre Berto, to the ongoing money battle between Pacquiao and Hatton, to the effects of Nasim Richardson in the corner of Shane Mosley. If that isn't enough, we also take a glimpse into the Angulo/Mayorga showdown, followed by a rare moment where I break away from the sport and address a question from a long time reader who chose to use this platform to open dialogue on a more broad topic. With no further ado, we kick things off with a fight fan from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida who wanted to know the following:
Chris E. (Lauderdale Lakes, FL): I find Andre Berto very green, but still with a huge upside. What training emphasis do you think it will take for him to develop into an elite welterweight fighter? continue
by James Slater - It has been revealed that boxing legend Jose Torres, the former world light-heavyweight champion, passed away earlier today from a heart attack. He was 72-years-old. After capturing a silver medal as a junior-middleweight at the 1956 Olympics, Torres, of Puerto Rico, turned pro in May 1958, winning a 1st round KO over Gene Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York. Most of Torres' 45 pro fights took place in The US, with a handful of bouts held in his native Puerto Rico (and one bout held in Sydney Australia). Soon becoming a respected and popular middleweight, a 26-year-old Torres captured the Puerto Rican middleweight title. continue
by James Slater - Last night's main event at the Robin Park Arena, Wigan saw the undefeated John Murray of Manchester make a successful first defence of his British lightweight title, as he stopped a very game Lee McAllister of Edinburgh, Scotland in the 8th round. As the 26-year-old challenger was along the ropes, the two year younger champion landed a perfect left hand to the body, dropping the Scot instantly. Though McAllister beat the count, referee John Keane waved the fight off with exactly one minute of the 8th round gone. Murray improved to 26-0(14). The challenger, who will surely come again, fell to 27-2(5). Murray is the first man to have ever stopped McAllister. continue
By Paul Strauss, photo by Naoki Fukuda - Undoubtedly, fans at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Bilox, MS are still arguing about who won tonight's hard fought battle. The official decision had two judges giving the decision to Berto by one point, which meant Berto needed to win the last round to win the fight. The third judge was Bill Clancy, who must have forgotten his spectacles, because he scored the fight 116-111 for Berto.
The fireworks started with the first bell. Both fighters were throwing hard shots. Collazo appeared to be the bigger of the two fighters, and seemed more comfortable and better balanced. Berto seemed tight and over eager. His shots were wild. After a few wild swings that Collazo ducked under, Berto carelessly moved straight back just as Collazo fired a beautiful straight left. The southpaw's big punch appeared to have landed to the forehead area of Berto's head, but it was enough to send him staggering backward. By the time he reached the ropes, he had regained his balance, so there was no knockdown. But, he was hurt. continue
In a recent interview with Polish on-line boxing magazine Bokser.org, current IBF cruiserweight champion, Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek, confirmed that his next opponent is to be Johnathon Banks. This decision thwart the efforts of former cruiserweight king, Steve 'USS' Cunningham, whom he defeated by a close split decision to gain the title on December 11th 2008, and his team to secure the quick rematch they have been campaigning for. continue
“The Dancing Destroyer” will be back at the North Sea on March 6th. Herbie Hide will return to the Kugelbake-Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany, for his WBC Final Eliminator against Matt Godfrey. In his last fight on November 18th, 2008, Hide won an unexpected hard fought unanimous decision over Polish journeyman Lukasz Rusiewicz. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at The Robin Park Arena, Wigan, UK, unbeaten 20-year-old heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury won his second pro fight. Stopping the game German Marcel Zeller at 2 minutes and 50-seconds of the 3rd round, the 6'9" Fury gave referee Howard Foster no choice but to dive in and save the 35-year-old from taking further punishment. Zeller, who wore a Scottish kilt in tribute to his late father's Scottish ancestry, fell to 21-4(20).
Big things are expected of the newest big man (approx 250-pounds) to emerge on the heavyweight scene, and the confidence he and his handlers have was show in taking last night's bout. In only his second paid bout, to have taken on a guy with 20 KO's to his name - regardless of the quality of the 20 men that Zeller stopped - says a lot. Fury, whose father "Gypsy" John Fury was also a pro heavyweight, wasted no time in attempting to get his more experienced foe out of there. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 19, 2009 -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of light heavyweight champion Jose Torres. He passed away this morning in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He was 72. Born May 3, 1936 in Playa Ponce, Puerto Rico, Torres won a silver medal at the 1956 Olympic Games. He turned pro in 1958 and under the guidance of Hall of Fame trainer Cus D'Amato, he won the world light heavyweight title from Willie Pastrano in 1965. During his career he posted a 41-3-1 (29 KOs) record that includes wins over Don Fullmer, Wilbert McClure, Tom McNeeley, Wayne Thornton, Eddie Cotton and Hall of Famer Carl (Bobo) Olson. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (January 19, 2009) – Undefeated Argentinean knockout artist Marcos Rene “El Chino” Maidana, the WBA No. 1 contender, challenges WBA light welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik for the title belt and worldwide respect February 7 on “The Champion Returns” card, featuring WBA heavyweight “Champion in Recess” Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev versus unbeaten challenger Carl David Drumond, live on pay-per-view in the United States from Rostock, Germany. continue
By Ted Sares - Okay aficionados, it’s that time again. Pull up a comfortable chair near your computer and torch up a nice Montecristo from the Classic selection. This month, we are going back to basics with our choice of scotch, so pour a Chivas Regal; my choice a 12 Year old blend from whiskies matured for at least 12 years. It’s smooth with a somewhat honeyed, mellow taste. In the background, we have jazz, rock and heavy metal to choose from and I’m going with Wolfmother first with AC/DC not far behind. Roy Hargrove is around for jazz fans. Judas Priest and Steeley Dan are lurking.
It’s time to discuss all things boxing, and this month’s topics follow, but as always, feel free to inject your own topic as long as it (hopefully) pertains to boxing: continue
by James Slater - There is no limit to Amir Khan's ambition, despite - or perhaps because of - what happened to him against puncher Bredis Prescott a fight-but-one ago. As we know, Khan will take a potentially career-ending fight next time out, when he faces the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera in March. But the 22-year-old's ambitions do not end there. Feeling he will one day soon make the move up to light-welterweight, Khan says in an interview with The Sunday Mirror, that he would love an all-British showdown with superstar Ricky Hatton. continue
By Ted Sares: It takes two to make a great fight and that’s just what Andre Berto and Luis Collazo did tonight in Biloxi. In a fight that had everything except knockdowns, Berto pulled out a UD by sucking it up in the eleventh and twelfth rounds and almost took out the tough but gassed Brooklynite. He needed that last round and responded like a champion. He did what he had to do to keep his crown and move to 24-0. But it was no cake walk as the momentum constantly shifted with each fighter taking turns throwing monster body shots. Berto’s were more effective, but Collazo’s came in bunches and took their toll as well. The thing was, when Berto hurt Luis with the body work, the New Yorker simply dropped his arms and became immobilized, and that catches a judge’s eye. Collazo, on the other hand, did his work in a straight away, seven and eight punch flurry that hurt the Floridian as well, but it almost resembled a shoe shine technique (though it clearly was not) and that might have impacted how the judges saw things. continue
January 18th, 2009 - By Suge Green , photo by Naoki Fukuda -- Winner of the seemingly coveted "BS Decision of the Week (after all, there always seems to be contenders)," goes to the HBO production of Andre Berto vs. Luis Collazo. With their beautiful prefight vignette on Berto history, and the presentation of what can politely be called a voice "sympathetic" to Berto, due in part to the contribution of at least one Hollywood Boxing Office analyst....who would expect a close fight like the one witnessed to go to Collazo (aka "the other guy")...??? It wasn't as bad as it could have been for Berto, who clearly was able to win rounds if not the fight, by the summaries of most impartial observers. Andre Berto was 2008's OTG Radio Breakthrough Fighter of the Year, scraping by Collazo ensures he has the opportunity to receive more accolades in 2009. After all he's already a name, he holds a belt in one of boxing's most stacked divisions, and perhaps most importantly, has the support of the sport's most powerful network. Not a bad start for a guy who is still considered by some a prospect. continue
HBO Sports rings in the new year with a red-hot welterweight championship showdown between two world-class performers on WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ANTONIO MARGARITO VS. SHANE MOSLEY, presented live SATURDAY, JAN. 24 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
Shane Mosley: I’m definitely excited for the fight; ready to go in great condition. My camp has been great. Nazim has been great. Everybody, the sparring partners are great, everything is running according to plan, according to schedule and the only thing left now is to get in the ring and fight. So I’m ready to go and I’m excited and let’s get it on. continue
SUNRISE, Fla.—One of the premier arenas in America, BankAtlantic Center of Sunrise, Fla., will host professional prizefighting for the first time when Don King Productions presents a star-studded world-championship boxing event at the South Florida venue on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Promoter Don King has dubbed the event “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” and already boasts World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell risking his crowns against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka; former three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga meeting undefeated World Boxing Council No. 3-ranked contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo to determine the WBC’s No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger at the 154-pound limit; and another important match at 154 pounds with interim WBC super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez taking on former IBF welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron. continue
Featherweight Orlando Cruz remained undefeated Friday night with a devastating fifth-round knockout over previously unbeaten Leonilo Miranda on ShoBox: The New Generation. Cruz improved to 16-0-1 while Miranda fell to 24-1. The tripleheader on SHOWTIME began with an impressive performance from 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. Making his professional debut, the talented 126-pounder defeated Antonio Reyes by TKO at 0:21 of the third round. In the second fight of the telecast, Marvin Quintero out-performed Nick Casal, who threw the towel in after the third round. continue
17.01.09 - By Paul Strauss: Strange goings on in the Keyes last night. Both James “Buddy” McGirt, Jr. and his father Buddy, Sr. were confidently awaiting the judges' decision in their corner, fully expecting a one sided decision to be announced in their favor. But, Papa Hemmingway must have been working behind the scenes, because the judges apparently were seeing things.
First, they came up with a MD decision in Angel Hernandez' favor? The McGirt's (especially Dad) vehemently protested. There must have been an error in tabulating the scores Buddy, Sr. argued. Check them again. So, they did. They agreed, there had been an error. It wasn't a MD, it actually was a UD in Hernandez's favor! Papa was undoubtedly happy. He always appreciated fighters who lead with their faces. continue
17.01.09 - By Srithar Visuasam: Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Tommy ‘The Duke’ Morrison (48-3, 42KOs) is set to return to the ring on 31 January 2009 to take on Wyoming based fighter Corey Williams (7-9-2, 4 KOs) in Ultimate Xplosion 12 - The Last Stand at the Albany Fair Grounds, Wyoming, US. This will be the third bout since Morrison’s comeback to the ring in February 2007 after being out of the sport for 11 years due to testing HIV positive in 1996. In his two previous bouts ‘The Duke’ recorded stoppage victories.
Morrison appears set for a busy year in 2009 and has just signed a promotional deal with Who’s Your Daddy Productions. In signing the new promotional contract, Morrison states “I am happy to have finally found a team that shares the same vision as me, regaining the world heavyweight title." continue
By Per Ake Persson: WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler has, according to sporten.dk, accepted to face Mads Larsen in an all-Danish fight. Larsen, who just turned down a fight against IBF ruler Lucian Bute, is said to have accepted through his agent to face Kessler with Team Palle promoting. However, Larsen is under promotional deal with Sauerland Event and CEO Chris Meyer says he´s heard nothing about a Kessler-Larsen fight. Meyer instead says the plan for Larsen was to have a tuneup March 14 in Kiel and then perhaps fight the winner of EBU titleholder Karo Murat and challenger Cristian Sanavia - a fight that goes ahead February 28 in Neubrandenburg. However, Meyer does leave the door open for an offer from Palle. continue
One day before Vic Darchinyan risks his IBF/WBC/WBA super flyweight belts against former world champion Jorge Arce on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, undefeated, world-ranked Andre Ward will defend his NABO super middleweight title against once-beaten Henry Buchanan on Friday, Feb. 6, on ShoBox The New Generation (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The ShoBox event, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will originate from The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino at Lemoore, Calif. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater , photo by Sumio Yamada - Fans are eagerly awaiting the ring return of middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik. Opposing "The Ghost" in his comeback fight on February 21st will be Mexico's 28-year-old Marco Antonio Rubio, 43-4-1(37). Pavlik's #1 contender, the Mexican has been waiting for his chance at Youngstown's finest for some time.
Rubio, who is unbeaten as a middleweight and who boxed a number of the world's top 154-pound fighters before making the move up, is confident of victory. Though he is seen as a fairly big underdog in the eyes of most, Rubio is sure he will prove the doubters wrong.
Very kindly taking time out recently to speak with this writer, direct from his training camp, Marco spoke (through his interpreter and manager Julio Gudino) in the calm, confident and sure manner associated with many fighters from his homeland. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This evening fight fans around the globe will be treated to a rare occasion in the sport where two fighters with amazing potential will put it all on the line in an effort to see which of the two truly belong amongst the sports elite. Both men stand at the doorstep of greatness, but lack career defining moments to solidify their position. With a future that hangs in the balance and a legacy that remains unfulfilled, tonight in Biloxi, Mississippi they have a chance to do something grand, and for once, remove all questions while dispelling all doubts. As we prepare for this battle between two of the divisions most talented up and comer's, we take a glimpse at a few keys to victory, four key things to look for in the fight, and in the end, a final prediction. continue
By Anthony Ivey - I recently sat down with 2008 Olympic Trials silver medalist Keith “One Time” Thurman (8-0, 8 KO’s) along with his trainer and manager Ben Getty for an exclusive one-on-one interview. Thurman is promoted by Starfight Productions, and his next fight will be on Feb. 13 at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Fla. Photo courtesy of Cory Wilcox. continue
By Ted Sares - You don’t go into the ring with Joe Louis unless you’re tough. --Bob Pastor
Known as the “Corn Belt’s Pride” by his rabid fans, a tough looking guy by the name of John J. Paychek was making some noise in Des Moines, Iowa back in the late-thirties. In fact, in 1938, he chalked up 15 wins without a loss, including a TKO over the well-traveled Harris Krakow (Alias King Levinsky and 75-32-7 at the time) and the well-worn Charley Belanger, 96-50-2 coming in.
Paychek was working as a bellboy at the Hotel Chamberlain and sports writers began to wonder how this stylish Polish lad could run up a 15 (KO 11)-0 mark in just one year. Hell, where did he come from? Where did he learn his trade? Their inquires soon paid off. It turned out that one Johnny J. Pacek had been a tough amateur fighter in Chicago in the ‘30s. Though the exact date he turned pro is somewhat in question, I make it 1933 shortly after he won the Chicago Golden Gloves tournament. In short, he had an excellent boxing background and was well schooled to make some noise in the heartland. continue
Tulsa, OK- Fighting for the second time in two months, Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA wasted little time in disposing of veteran Ken Murphy. Kauffman scored a second round knockout against the Chicago resident at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, OK, raising his unbeaten record to 15-0 (12 KO). Murphy, a one-time cruiserweight world title challenger and the brother of former IBF cruiserweight champion Lee Roy Murphy, falls to 22-24-2 (16 KO). The time was 1:26. continue
It was just like old times Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, as super middleweight contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda showed off his fearsome power once again as he knocked out Manuel Esparza in the third round on the “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” event. “Since my loss to Abraham, my economy has suffered like the US economy. I plan to fix my economy and the US economy starting with this knockout”. said Miranda, during the press conference. continue
16.01.09 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we shift the spotlight to one of Boxing's rising stars. Eager to make a splash in the sports deepest, most competitive division, the young Andre Berto finds himself on the cusp of what could be a career defining moment where he will either step into the realm of the elite, or prove unworthy to be amongst them. His next opponent, (Luis Collazo), stands at the doorstep awaiting entrance as well, but in the end, only one man will move on. As we gauge the potential of the young Berto, like all other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segments, we analyze all angles. A 'supportive' perspective, a more non-supportive 'critics' perspective, and in the end to tie all loose ends, we view a more 'neutral' perspective. So, with no further ado, we now shine the spotlight on a man known to some as a true Haitian sensation...Andre Berto...
Andre Berto - (Supportive Perspective): At only the tender age of 25, Andre Berto currently stands as one of the sports most promising talents. His amateur days were a sheer testament of things to come, as his many accolades - which include two-time PAL champion, three-time U.S. amateur championship medalist, etc - gave a deep glimpse into what was more to come. continue
Corpus Christi Promotions will present an historic world heavyweight championship fight card on February 6, 2009, in Secunda, South Africa, outside Johannesburg. The main event and co-featured bout will be televised in South Africa on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Network. continue
Tyson Fury, British boxing’s biggest new star, has taken on a risky second professional fight at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on Saturday, 17th January against an opponent who has won 20 of his 21 wins by stoppage with only three losses. Former ABA champion Fury (Manchester) made an excellent debut when he stopped Bela Gyongyosi with a body shot in the first round in Nottingham last month. continue
by James Slater - Just over 24 hours on from the announcement that 22-year-old Amir Khan will face the 35-year-old version of an all-time great that is Marco Antonio Barrera, and it still takes some believing that this fight will actually happen. Talk about one huge, perhaps even foolish, risk on Khan's part! Anyway, enough of that - can Khan win, and if so how?
Well, in a news article that is doing the rounds on the net today, Khan has spoken of how he will soon be enlisting the help of another British fighter who has shared a ring with "The Baby Faced Assassin" - Naseem Hamed. The only thing is, "The Prince" lost. Badly. Can Hamed, now long retired, really offer Khan any useful guidance for March 14th's fight? Had Hamed beaten or even given Barrera a tough fight back in April of 2001, his being asked for advice would be more understandable. continue
PHILADELPHIA (January 16, 2009)—On Friday night, February 6th, Ran Nakash will headline a big night of boxing at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Fighting so far way from home usually isn’t a big deal for Nakash—or fellow Israeli soldier Elad Shmouel who will also make the trip—as this will be his eighth fight at The Legendary Blue Horizon and Shmouel’s seventh, however the circumstances around this fight are a little different for both Nakash and Shmouel are in the Israel Defense Force. Nakash serves as Chief Commander of the IDF’s krav maga instructional division is the highest ranking professional authority in Krav Maga, while Shmouel is a First Sergeant in the Army. continue
Amir Khan's blockbuster showdown against Marco Antonio Barrera will take place at Britain's number one boxing venue The Manchester Evening News Arena on Saturday 14 March. Promoter Frank Warren yesterday announced that Khan would face the seven times, three weight, World champion, and today is delighted to confirm that the 20,000 seat venue will host the epic fight. continue
15.01.09 - by James Slater - The great Bernard Hopkins turns 44 today, safe in the knowledge he has a very special place in boxing history. Born in the fighting city that is Philadelphia in 1965, "B-Hop" has proven time and again what a clever and masterful boxing technician he is. A few years back, Hopkins made a promise to his late mother, saying he would never box past the age of 40. His continued ring success upon having changed his mind has proven to be a change of heart he has in no way lived to regret.
The question, on this day of his latest birthday, is will "The Executioner" fight again? Bernard certainly showed absolutely so signs of perhaps thinking he shouldn't do so in his last fight, when he shocked practically everyone with his excellent and commanding points win over the lethal hitting Kelly Pavlik. continue
Tickets for the intriguing March 7 British featherweight title showdown between Paul Appleby and Martin Lindsay are now available to buy from the Ulster Hall Box Office. Tickets priced at £30 and £70 can be purchased directly by calling 02890 334 455. Leading featherweights Appleby and Lindsay top the bill on March 7 at the Ulster Hall in Belfast with the coveted Lonsdale title at stake. continue
New year, new coach, new challenge: Sebastian Sylvester has big plans for 2009. After dropping a points decision against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in November, the Hurricane decided to make a change. In 2009 he will not continue to work with the Viking Box-Team of manager Winfried Spiering and coach Hartmut Schroder. From the end of January on, he will work out in Berlin-Marzahn under the guidance of Karsten Rower. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Unbeaten and very exciting light-middleweight contender James Kirkland takes what many say will be his biggest test on March 7th, when he clashes with the 34-2 (31) Joel Julio on HBO. Southpaw Kirkland, a year older than Colombian Julio at age 24, has electrified fans with his naturally heavy hands, scoring a number of eye-catching KO's. On March 7th, against a guy who has thus far never been stopped, the Austin, Texas warrior sees himself scoring another.
Very kindly taking time out of his training, James spoke with this writer earlier today.
James Slater: I really appreciate your time, James. This fight with Joel Julio - most people say he is your best opponent yet, do you agree?
James Kirkland: To be honest with you, I'd only heard the guy's name, as I don't really watch fight films of other fighters. I checked him out when I knew I was going to fight him. I looked at his record on the internet, and I don't think this is the big fight everybody thinks it is. I see how he moves, how he carries his hands, and I don't think this fight will be as big as people think as far as test-wise. continue
Tulsa, OK- Undefeated heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman is relaxed and ready to take care of business tomorrow night against Ken Murphy of Chicago, Illinois. Kauffman, 14-0 (11 KO), of Reading, PA will fight Murphy in a six-round bout on the undercard of the Gary Shaw Productions/Holden Productions-promoted show at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, OK. continue
From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: It is with great sadness that we express our sympathy for the passing away of one of the absolute best judges that I have met in my life of boxing, Tony Castellano. The World Boxing Council declares January 15 as a day of mourning. Tony was the judge in fights of some of the greatest fighters ever, including Floyd Patterson, Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Robinson, and all of the great ones of the last half century. Even in recent times, he was still appointed as a judge by the WBC without ever being criticized for a wrong scoring. continue
15.01.09 - By Mike Casey - In his new book, The Arc of Boxing, my fellow historian Mike Silver has produced a masterful study of the rise and decline of the great sport we once knew as the Noble Art. Mr Silver sets out by drawing a definitive line in the sand and argues his case from that boundary. He does so with eloquence and great truth. Very simply, he believes that boxing’s golden age ran from approximately 1925 to 1955 and that we have seen nothing but a steady and depressing dilution of quality and knowledge ever since. He is quite correct and I salute his courage for stating his case and fending off the ‘my way or the highway’ crowd who choose to shield their eyes and plug their ears for fear that their own fragile reasoning might be shot to pieces.
I have been saying for longer than I care to remember that the once great discipline of boxing has long been shed of its golden robe. Its priceless secrets have been forgotten, shunned or watered down into meaningless sound bites by too many trainers of dubious qualifications and too many fighters of pedestrian talent. It is of some consolation to me that I have a small band of brothers who are kind enough to remind me from time to time that I am not mad, deluded or old enough at 52 to be classed as prematurely senile. continue
PROVIDENCE PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES - Joey Spina: “This will be my first main event fight since 2005. I’m 31 years old and this is my year. I will fight for a world title before I leave boxing. I am now ready to give everything have. I’m putting together a good team, no hanger-ons anymore. All I have to do is hit you with one punch, either hand. I guarantee that I will knock out my opponent February 6th. I’ll show everybody why I’m called ‘The KO Kid.’ I knock people out.. continue
Former super-middleweight boxer Richie Woodhall claims he turned down the role of head boxing coach at the British Amateur Boxing Association. Woodhall would have replaced Terry Edwards, whose contract will not be renewed by BABA despite his success at the Beijing Olympics. Woodhall told Setanta Sports News he wasn’t prepared to make the commitment. He said: “It didn’t interest me. I know what a commitment that job is. It’s a full time post, probably more than full time. You’ve got to be there 24/7.. continue
15.01.09 - by James Slater - As has now been widely reported, lightweight talent Amir Khan will face the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera in his next fight, on March 14th, somewhere in the UK (venue and TV details still to be announced). This news will likely have surprised many. A quite audacious move on the part of the former Olympian and his promoter Frank Warren, the Barrera fight is without a doubt a gamble.
One cannot find fault with Khan's ambition and self belief in taking this fight, and if the 22-year-old gets himself a win it's likely Amir's bad loss to Breidis Prescott will become something of a distant memory. But will Khan really be able to handle even a 34-year-old version of the all-time great and former three-weight world champion?
Without debate, Barrera is the best opponent Khan will have faced in his life - even if the Mexican star is past his best. Barrera is far from a shot fighter, and he will almost certainly be looking at Khan as an upstart he will be able to either take to school or knock out; or maybe both. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (January 15, 2009) – WBA No. 10 rated and undefeated heavyweight contender, Carl Davis Drumond, plans to shock the boxing world February 7th when he fights WBA “Champion in Recess” Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev, live on pay-per-view in the United States from Rostock, Germany. continue
15.01.09 - By Paul McCreath: All fans of boxing today are familiar with the present day big Russian Nicolay Valuev. This 7 foot 320 pound man is truly a giant. While many have criticised his skills and especially his lack of aggression he has nonetheless managed to win one of the alphabet world titles. He may have ordinary abilities but he is still a hard man to beat. He is not of course the first big man to hold a world title. continue
WBC Super Middleweight king Carl Froch seems to be ruffling a few feathers as he looks to put American boxing fans on notice about his intentions to clean up the super middleweight division starting with Jermain Taylor. A tabloid U.S. boxing website published a factually incorrect report on Saturday 10th January that the Cobra would be sidelined until June with a rib injury. Froch quickly moved to deny the story stating that he is ready, willing and able to meet mandatory challenger Jermain Taylor as soon as the fight can be signed and sealed.
Purse bids for the bout have been called for Friday week with the two to meet within 90 days of the bid. Now the same website that published the report is rowing back on their initial claims but still taking cheap shots at Froch.
“I seem to have upset this Mark Marley guy a bit,” said a bemused Froch. “He’s stuck another piece on his website calling me every name under the sun. Despite all his bluster he still hasn't managed to explain where he came up with the story that I would be out injured until June. continue
The 2009 season of "Next Boxing Generation" will get off to an explosive start on Saturday, January 31st, when HBO Plus's hit boxing series returns with a hard-hitting card that will take place at Palenque del FEX de Mexicali in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. In the 12 round main event, Mexicali's own Ricardo Castillo and Mexico City's Abraham Rodriguez will challenge for the vacant NABF featherweight championship. The co-feature will see junior lightweight prospect David Rodela in a ten rounder against Mexicali's Antonio Meza. continue
Heavyweights today don't wanna trade punches anymore. It's like they're afraid. If you knock me out, you knock me out, but atleast I know I went out on my shield in a war!" --- Travis Kauffman
By Vivek Wallace: Today's heavyweight division can be very deceptive. Most quickly take note of the fact that they're bigger and stronger, but rarely do fight fans get a bang that parallel the big bucks they're forced to shell out to watch them. continue
14.01.09 - by James Slater - WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko has revealed that Juan Carlos Gomez, who he fights next, was not his preferred choice of next opponent - far from it. But, in wanting very much to keep the world title he regained back in October with a easier than expected win over a disappointing Sam Peter, "Dr Iron Fist" met the obligation set by the organisation of which he is the world ruler. So, on March 21st, in Germany, the 37-year-old meets his mandatory contender from Cuba, as we know.
In a recent interview with Today, Klitschko spoke of who else was discussed as his possible next foe, and who he hopes will still be in line for future fights with him. Once again bringing up Lennox Lewis' name, Vitali, apparently, remains in hope for a second fight with the fighter he seems unable to go a day without mentioning as of late. continue
By Samuel Rivera - I respectfully write this article in response to a recent ESB article written by Mr. Ralph Rimpell, in which he called Cotto a “chump” and Margarito the “biggest thing”. What is the definition of a “chump” I ask? The opposite of a champion I assume a loser maybe? Then if that is the definition of a “chump” Miguel Cotto who only has one loss in his record is anything but a “chump”. continue
by James Slater - According to top boxing scribe Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, a very exciting doubleheader is in the works for March 7th, as big punchers James Kirkland and Joel Julio will meet at light-middleweight and on the same card light-welterweights Victor Ortiz and Vivian Harris will clash. Both fights promise fireworks and a KO or stoppage looks likely in both encounters. But in whose favour?
Lets look at Kirkland Vs. Julio first. continue
Kelly Pavlik - photo by Sumio Yamada - This is a great show and I'm excited to be a part of it. I've been a big fan of Cotto and he puts on a great show. He's a tough kid. He's got a lot of heart and he's determined. He is dangerous and has a lot of power. We both have a lot a stake here. This will probably be his last opportunity for a world title.
But this is a do-or-die fight for me and I will take nothing lightly.
It took about a week to get over the loss. I talked to my wife and my dad. Then we moved on. The fans have been very supportive as you can see by the ticket sales of this fight. (Pressure?) After being in the ring with the Taylors and Hopkins' you get used to the atmosphere, so I am used to fighting at that level.
I still feel like a champion but I feel as if I need to go in and shine on February 21. I need to dominate. continue
by Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Winter warms up quickly on February 6th, as Providence Rhode Islandʼs sensation, Joey "KO Kid" Spina chases his twenty-fourth win against stiff opposition from Steve "The Spoiler" Walker, of Missouri for eight rounds at super middleweight. Jimmy Burchfieldʼs Classic Entertainment and Sports presents "February Frenzy," at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 14 - On Saturday, January 24th, former two-time Featherweight World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero will travel south from his hometown of Gilroy, California to make his junior lightweight debut at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles against seasoned veteran Edel Ruiz. Guerrero's return to the ring against Ruiz is the featured undercard attraction on the first major boxing event of 2009, the World Welterweight Championship showdown between Antonio Margarito and Sugar Shane Mosley. continue
by James Slater - According to the view of a number of people, not least the fighter himself, unbeaten Ukraine southpaw Segiy Dzinziruk is the only man the feared Paul Williams does not want to fight. Fans have heard the comments from the 32-year-old WBO light-middleweight champion for a while now, with the 36-0(22) German-based fighter claiming that interim WBO 154-pound champion and former WBO welterweight champion Williams wants nothing to do with him.
This is open to debate, but the fact is the talented southpaw who was a very good amateur deserves a big fight, against a big name. So far having boxed his entire pro career in Europe, mostly in either Germany, Ukraine or Poland, the 6'0" champion has not had exposure to a US audience. This should change, however, because as good as he clearly is, and as good as he claims he can be, Dzinziruk is a fighter who needs to be seen by as many fans as possible. continue
New York (January 14, 2009) - Amateur sensation Sadam Ali is set to make his highly anticipated pro debut this Saturday night in Biloxi, Mississippi on the under card of the Berto-Collazo World Championship fight. Fans are in for an extra treat in Biloxi as the energetic and extremely talented fighter sets out to make his mark as a pro boxer. “We are happy to add Olympian Sadam Ali to our Saturday night show at the Beau Rivage,” said show promoter Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment. “It should be a great fight.. continue
BTK – aka’ Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib is back and proudly announcing his next fight against current WBC World Youth and IBF Pan-Pacific Youth champion Davey Browne to be held at ‘The Cube’, Campbelltown Catholic Club on March 11th, 2009. Billy, fresh from his spiritual journey ‘Hajj’ to Mecca at the end of 2008, is back, re-focused and reenergised on his way to the top of the Featherweight standings. continue
"The Nigerian Nightmare" Ready to Prove Klitschko bout was a Fluke; Issues Challenge to Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola Approximately, four years ago, Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter burst onto the scene and generated tremendous excitement and buzz in the heavyweight division. But since his disappointing loss to Vitali Klitschko in Berlin, Germany, last October, the division has once again gone flat.
Feeling rejuvenated and eager to electrify the division once again, the former WBC Heavyweight Champion is using the start of a new year to set goals for the future and let go of past mistakes. Peter (30-2, 23 KOs) has also begun speaking publicly about his ninth-round stoppage loss to Klitschko.
"I was very disappointed with my performance," he admits, "I know the fans weren't happy with it either. I vow I will make it up to them ten times over with my future fights.. continue
NEW YORK (January 13, 2009) – It will be a tale of two cities when two-division world champion MIGUEL COTTO returns to the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden and World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK makes his world title defense a real homecoming at the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. Cotto and Pavlik headline an exciting night of championship boxing fighting in winner-take-all world championship brawls. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2009) – Before fan favorite Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) puts his International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super flyweight titles on the line against the popular, crowd pleasing Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) on Feb. 7, 2009, boxing fans will feast on a spectacular co-feature that will no doubt whet their appetite for the main event later that evening. continue
13.01.09 - WBC World Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime ) has directed his venom at Jermain Taylor and his team after a boxing website suggested that Froch was sidelined until June with a rib injury. Froch believes it’s just another in a long line of tactics for Taylor and his promoter Lou DiBella to avoid facing the new King of the Super Middleweights.
“Some guy from a site I’d never heard about before has written that I’m injured until June and won’t be able to defend my title until then," fumed Froch. "This Marley guy said that there’s nothing wrong with my ‘flapping jaws’ but that I have a rib injury. In my opinion the only people flapping are Taylor and his team by trying to find another way to duck out of the fight. continue
From: Ralph Rimpell, Boxing Correspondent -- Dear Readers: This letter is to clear any misunderstanding there apparently is in regards to the latest article I had posted on ESB. According to a comment (in comments link) that was posted in response to the article by, “Fools Rush In Where Angels Fear To Tread”, the reader says, “Not one of you chumps read this article from start to finish, you are reading the title and taking the rest out of context, Did any of you clowns go to school?”. Thank you dear reader, but I don’t agree with you 100%. I do agree 99%. I agree with everything from that comment accept for calling other readers “chump” and “clowns”. continue
ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner adds former IBF super middleweight and WBC light heavyweight champion Graciano Rocchigiani to his trainer staff. 45-year-old “Rocky” is now responsible for the development of rising Turkish welterweight star Selcuk Aydin. “I am glad to have the chance to work with a rough diamond like Selcuk”, states Rocchigiani. “If he stays focused and keeps on working hard he will surely not only become world champion but a dominant force and an international superstar.. continue
by James Slater - Say what you want about former WBC light-welterweight champion Junior "The Hitter" Witter, but he remains hugely ambitious and motivated at age 34. Despite losing his world title to the unbeaten Timothy Bradley last summer, and having had just one fight since, Witter can foresee 2009 as being his biggest and best year in boxing.
The reason? Firstly, Witter will box young and talented Devon Alexander for the interim version of the WBC 140-pound belt in either late March or early April ("real" champ Bradley is set to face WBO champ Kendal Holt in April) and Witter will then be in line to face the winner of Bradley and Holt. Added to this, is the fact that Witter could also wind up facing the winner of January 30th's (vacant) IBF title match between Herman Ngoudjo and Juan Urango. It's possible, then, that Witter could find himself owning no less than THREE world titles this year! continue
An undefeated young titleholder looks to start the new year off with a bang versus a battled-tested veteran in the 2009 premiere of the network’s hit late-night boxing franchise when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ANDRE BERTO VS. LUIS COLLAZO is presented SATURDAY, JAN. 17 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
Ricky Hatton’s fight against Manny Pacquiao will go ahead as planned. Hatton’s lawyer Gareth Williams was dismayed to read reports of a purse dispute online. Hatton and Pacquiao had agreed to split the proceeds 50-50. Speaking to Setanta Sports News Willaims said that “as far as Ricky’s concerned he’s fighting Manny Pacquiao”. He said: “There’s been no suggestion that there wasn’t an agreement. Everything is geared up to confirming the fight on May 2nd. My own view is if a problem arises you pick up the phone and speak to the other parties. You don’t conduct business over the internet. The fight is on until such time we’re officially told there’s a problem. Then I’ll decide what we’re going to do about it." continue
by James Slater - Not long now until archrivals Vic Darchinyan of Australia (by way of Armenia) and Jorge Arce of Mexico get it on in their eagerly awaited, potential war. Meeting up on February 7th, the two exciting super-flyweights will settle their differences in front of what is sure to be a sell out crowd in Anaheim, California.
These two men quite simply cannot stand one another and there is plenty of what appears to be genuinely bad blood between them. An explosive, inside distance-ending fight can be expected as a result. "Raging Bull" Darchinyan, the unified IBF, WBA and WBC super-flyweight king, is known for his awesome punching power, while former world ruler Arce is a wicked body puncher himself. The Mexican is also a fearless warrior who loves to get in there and trade - add it all up and the fight can't fail to be memorable. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Hector "Macho" Camacho Junior is back in action this Saturday, when he takes on tough journeyman Sammy Sparkman. The 30-year-old son of a boxing legend is sure a win over Sparkman will be the start of some big things for him in 2009. Now refocused towards his training, Camacho jr. is especially hopeful of landing the much talked about Julio Cesar Chavez jr fight.
Though he feels Chavez is avoiding him, Camacho, 47-3-1(27) lives in hope that the fight will take place. Very kindly taking time out from training today to speak with this writer, Camacho had the following answers to my questions. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (January 12, 2009) – The new-look middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (19-1-1, 9 KOs) has developed an invaluable relationship, like a younger brother, with former world light heavyweight and current title challenger Glen Johnson as they’ve sparred together for their upcoming fights. continue
Paul McCreath: Now that Juan Carlos Gomez and Vitali Klitschko have reached agreement for their WBC mandatory heavyweight title match tentatively scheduled for sometime this spring it is probably a good time to start talking about this fight instead of the mythical match between Vitali and David Haye that now appears to be dead in the water. Some fans may need a little education before they get excited about this one since Gomez is not exactly a household name in America.
Juan Carlos is a former top Cuban amateur who defected from his home country and went to Germany where he has been fighting as a pro since 1995. You would wonder how he could be a world class fighter for many years and still be unknown in America but that is how it is with all boxers who do not campaign in USA. I am not suggesting anything with this statement, just repeating what many fans,lots of them Americans, have said on these threads. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Lightheavies Juergen Braehmer and Rachid Kanfouah clash for the vacant EBU title March 7 in Dresden. It will be Braehmer´s first fight since losing to WBA champ Hugo Hernan Garay. The legal problems that haunted Braehmer before are still around. continue
12.01.09 - by James Slater - Hopefully it will prove to become nothing but a forgotten issue in a few days' time, but according to news currently floating around the internet, the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight we all thought was a done deal for May 2nd is still nothing of the kind. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' hits on pretty much every intriguing topic in the world of boxing today. Everything from the forthcoming Berto/Collazo clash, to the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes, to Miguel Cotto's chances of defeating Antonio Margarito in the rematch, and beyond. With a host of young guns on the scene, one fight fan even decided to take a look at which one amongst the current crop has the best chance to shine the brightest. So many topics, so little time. So with no further ado, we jump right in, starting out in Reseda, California where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Martin J. (Reseda, CA): What individual edge do you give Andre Berto and Luis Collazo respectively in their fight?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think this fight will be a great gauge for both men. continue
Sony Pictures Classics confirmed the acquisition of North American rights to writer-director James Tobackʼs (FINGERS, BUGSY and TWO GIRLS AND A GUY) acclaimed documentary, TYSON (winner of the Un Certain Regardʼs Knockout Prize at the Cannes Film Festival). TYSON will have its North American premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released in theatres on April 24, 2009. In addition, NBA All- Star Carmelo Anthony comes onboard the film as an executive producer. continue
12.01.09 - by James Slater - Promoter Frank Maloney once guided the career of the great Lennox Lewis, and as such he spent a lot of time around Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who was brought in as the heavyweight's coach in 1995. During this time, Maloney discovered a few things about Steward that made him lose respect for Manny, and in an interview in yesterday's Sunday Independent newspaper, Maloney spoke both about Steward's flaws as he saw them and the real reason he believes he himself was ousted from the Lewis camp back in late 2001. continue
By Ted Spoon – www.tedspoon.co.uk, Assuming all this encouraging talk of David Haye going for a giant Ukrainian materializes then we genuinely have something to be pleased about in the heavyweight division.
Haye's exciting style and welcoming personality has done its work in pulling the strings for what would be considered, in normal circumstances, an undeserved title shot. But that’s trivial; the heavyweight division continues to age and Haye has the tools to give it a face lift.
The key point is depending on what fight comes off may have great consequences on the future of Haye. To put it simple, a fight with Wladimir is the better choice; the safer bet where there is a greater likelihood of victory. continue
Marco “Captain” Huck will make his second defence of the European Cruiserweight Title against Geoffrey Batello in Riesa on January 24 after challenger Vadim Safonov has been hindered by an injury. Unbeaten in 18 fights, Batello boasts an impressive record of 15 KOs. “Batello is an excellent challenger for Captain Huck,” Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer said. “The fight against him will be more difficult than the one against Safonov. We know Batello very well. He has been in full practice and is in top shape. And his fight record speaks for itself.. continue
By Rizwaan Zahid: There are many words to describe this past year in the sport of boxing. The word lackluster comes into mind for the heavyweights, (the same word as the last few years), but if there are two words that best describe the year 2008 for boxing, those two words are Manny Pacquaio. The Pac-man has improved more and more after each fight, not only this year, but in the past few years. He was once known as a one-dimensional ‘straight right straight left’ fighter. But if there was ever a year that proved that theory wrong and showed just how great the Filipino fighter is, it was 2008. continue
By Christopher Roche, Brickcity boxing .com - Bernard Hopkins wants a rematch with Joe Calzaghe, and he is willing to travel to Wales to get it. How do I know this? Well, Hopkins was recently hired as studio analyst for ESPN, and he said as much in his debut last night in the “Friday Night Fights” studio with Brian Kenny.
Hopkins also thinks that “Sugar” Shane Mosley is going to outpoint Antonio Margarito (not really an unbiased opinion), and the “Executioner” alluded to a possible third match with Jermain Taylor. Hopkins also said that he is done fighting young guys, because he wants boxing to have its next act. He is passing the torch to champions such as Chad Dawson. continue
By Per Ake Persson: January 10, Magdeburg, Germany: Karoly Balzsay won the WBO supermiddle title with a clear points win over Russian Denis Inkin. The judges scored the fight 115-113, 116-112 and 116-112 in favor of Balzsay. Balzsay, a southpaw, shook Inkin in the tenth but couldn´t follow up. Balzsay was the sharper of the two but showed a lot of respect for Inkin´s power. It was a tactical and tense bout with Balzsay´s sharper, cleaner punches making the difference. continue
by James Slater - Despite the fact that he was quite badly punished throughout the ten full rounds of last fight, against Sebastian Andres Lujan, 35-year-old Mexican warrior Jose Luis Castillo is set to fight again on January 17th. Unwilling or unable to give it up and walk into the sunset, the former two-time WBC lightweight champion and the man who is generally considered to have given the great Floyd Mayweather Junior his toughest fight, boxes 30-year-old James Wayka in Baja California, Mexico. continue
10.01.09 - by James Slater - The "miracle man" of boxing himself, George Foreman, turns the milestone age of 60 today - as incredible as that may be to believe. One of the most popular fighters in modern day boxing history, Texan Foreman originally made a name for himself as a brutish terror of a devastating heavyweight, then, in his improbable second boxing career, he made a name for himself as a man capable of doing the impossible.
Much has been written about George's incredible life already, but for the purposes of this birthday tribute article, this writer does his best to recap the most important moments from this amazing boxer's public life.
Born on January 10th, 1949, in Marshal, Texas, Foreman grew up in a place referred to as Houston's "bloody fifth," a neighbourhood known for its violence and social problems. Despite this poor start in life, George was to make something of himself. And how! continue
FRANK MALONEY is backing Heywood powerhouse Mark Thompson to settle the promoter's row with estranged fighter Craig Watson. KO artist Thompson (18-1) boxes Ghanaian Philip Kotey (19-4) in a final eliminator for Watson's Commonwealth welterweight championship at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke on Friday 23rd January. Watson who quit Maloney's successful stable last month will have to defend against the winner by June 30. continue
By James Slater: The underrated Matt Skelton is one of the nicest guys in today's heavyweight division - be that the world's scene or the British scene. As such, the 41-year-old is not a man to call out and criticise any fellow boxer in his weight class. However, the "Bedford Bear," who recently captured the European heavyweight title and is also the reigning Commonwealth boss, is somewhat puzzled when it comes to the attention, praise and opportunities that have come the way of fellow UK big man David Haye. continue
10.10.09 - By Paul Strauss: At Buffalo Bill's Star arena, in Primm, Nevada, Yuriorkis Gamboa showed once again that he has all of the necessary tools to quickly climb up the ladder to a title fight. He is extremely fast, and is very accurate and hits hard. However, in his matchup with Roger Gonzalez, he also employed some extracurricular activities. Referee Robert Byrd did him a favor by not taking away a point(s) for repeatedly pushing. It appeared he was doing his best impression of a young George Foreman.
But, he did come away with a TKO, although questionable, over Roger Gonzalez. It was questionable in the sense of a quick stoppage, as there were only 48 seconds left in the fight, and Referee Byrd could have legitimately given Gonzalez time to have his mouth piece replaced. That probably would have been enough for him to recover from Gamboa's latest onslaught and make it through the remaining few seconds of the one-sided fight. continue
ARENA Box-Promotion has won the purse bid for the WBC cruiserweight Final Eliminator between Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey. The fight will most probably take place in late March or early April. The winner of the elimination bout will face the winner of the WBC cruiserweight championship between Giacobe Fragomeni and Krystzof Wlodarczyk. If he can beat Godfrey Hide would not only opening up the door for earning big money at the end of his long and successful career. The “Dancing Destroyer” could also make history becoming the first former world heavyweight champion to go down to cruiserweight to win a world title. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (January 10, 2008) -- Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow could keep the Pavlik Nation from the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown this morning to purchase tickets to World Middleweight Champion KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK'S homecoming title defense against No. 1 contender Marco Antonio Rubio. According to Eric Ryan, the executive director of the Chevrolet Centre, 5,000 tickets were sold within 12 minutes of them going on sale this morning at 10 a.m. ET. Fans braving the cold, wind and snow began lining up at 11:30 p.m. Friday night. According to The Vindicator, Youngstown's daily newspaper, "Some 200 people were lined up outside the building by 9 a.m., and that number had doubled by the time tickets went on sale an hour later." The Chevrolet Centre can accommodate 7,000 seats. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Primm, Nevada, hot featherweight prospect Yuriorkis Gamboa advanced to 13-0(11) as a pro as he stopped veteran Roger Gonzalez in the 10th round of a fight that was one-sided in the later rounds. The time of the ending was 2 minutes and 12 seconds of the 10th round, and as the Cuban blasted away at will, referee Robert Byrd dived in to save Gonzalez from further punishment. 30-year-old Gonzalez fell to 27-3(18), and last night's loss was his second inside the distance defeat in a row.
Once again, however, even though he looked very impressive most of the time, 27-year-old Gamboa's recklessness and refusal to pay attention to the defensive side of the sport saw to it that he got knocked down. Running into a nice right hand from Gonzalez in the 2nd, the Miami-based Cuban hit the mat for the fourth time in his short pro career. Up quickly and seemingly unhurt, as was the case in each of the other counts he has received, Gamboa came back well, unloading on his man near the end of the session. continue
by James Slater - 37-year-old New York heavyweight Monte Barrett has said in the past how he will retire from boxing when the time comes, as opposed to letting boxing retire him. However, before his exciting but losing fight with former cruiserweight champ David Haye, Barrett told this writer how he wants to leave boxing content, with "all his bullets fired." Will Monte feel he is ready to walk away from the sport now that he has lost for a seventh time, or will he believe he has yet more ammo to, as in the case of Rocky Balboa in the sixth of his movie appearances, "get out of his system?. continue
ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner was very pleased with the spectacular performance of his rising Cuban stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara at the season premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” in front of 3,500 spectators at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada. “This was a great night of boxing”, stated Öner. “I think we presented high quality fights and we had a great crowd who turned the arena into a madhouse. I am pretty sure that everybody goes home very happy tonight. continue
10.01.09 - by James Slater - Unbeaten 29-year-old cruiserweight contender B.J Flores, 21-0-1(13) is looking ahead to a big and excitement-filled 2009. Thought by some to have an IBF world title shot against Tomasz Adamek lined up, B.J instead has other plans. However, the fighter nicknamed "El Peligroso" is sure he will become world champion in the next twelve months - an Adamek fight or not.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer earlier today, Flores gave the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: As always, I appreciate your time, B.J. The word is you may be fighting IBF champion Tomasz Adamek on February 27th. Is this true? continue
Chicago fan favorite Eric "EL LOCO" Estrada will battle Canadian prospect Steve Cannell in a six round super bantamweight bout on Friday, January 23rd at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The Estrada/Cannell bout is part of “NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION” , an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing. Advance tickets starting at $30, can be obtained in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie in Cicero . Doors on the evening of the event will open at=2 07pm with the first bell at 8pm.. continue
10.01.09 - Daniel Santos will make his first defense of the World Boxing Association super welterweight championship he won in July when he faces interim World Boxing Council super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on Feb. 14. The addition of the Santos-Martinez world championship to the previously announced HBO-televised card promoted by Don King Productions makes for a smashing tripleheader. continue
By Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson: A lot of so called boxing experts and writers are talking about the lack of excitement in the heavyweight division and how there are no American prospects and I say bullshit. There are plenty of young, exciting American heavyweights, none more impressive and accomplished than myself, the "Kingpin" Kevin Johnson. With a professional record of 21-0 and with names such as Bruce Seldon, Damian Willis and Terry Smith and Timor Ibragimov on my resume, you would think that I would have already had an opportunity to fight for the title.
Instead, I've been forced to sit back and watch as old, recycled out of shape fat bums such as Hasim Rahman, Evander Holyfield and Ray Austin and Chris Byrd get numerous title fights despite the fact that they haven't won meaningful fights in years, especially Evander Holyfield, with the same end result, boring and embarrassing fights. I'm undefeated and willing to fight anyone anywhere at any time and place; yet promoters continue to hide their fighters from me. continue
By Per Ake Persson: The dispute between WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler and Team Palle is a big story in Denmark. Kessler claims in one interview that the dual role of manager and promoter is to blame for the situation. Mogens Palle states to one paper that he feels the situation will be worked out and also - surprisingly - says that his goal was to make an all-Danish showdown between Kessler and Mads Larsen, a fight that could have been huge a few years ago but now appears to have lost much of its attraction given how much Larsen has slipped. continue
by James Slater - Legendary Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera remains in the hunt for "one more" world title fight, focusing at age 34 on the world lightweight crown. Coming back last November, after a year layoff, "The Baby Faced Assassin" stopped the over-matched, 25-19, Sammy Ventura in 4 rounds. The win proved little, really, as Ventura was a guy who has been beaten every time he's stepped up in quality. However, in looking for the second win in his latest comeback, the former super-bantamweight, featherweight and super-featherweight king is set to take on a tougher, more credible foe next time out. continue
By Ted Sares:
That shot he threw against Pegues, thank God his head didn't wind up in the third row…It was vicious, but that is what our sport is.
-- Promoter Dan Goossen.
Back when Ray Mercer was a major factor, he frequently lived up to his moniker of “Merciless.” These days, Ray needs more mercy than anything else having lost to Kimbo Slice in an exhibition affair he would have been better off skipping. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 8th, 2009- The day before super middleweight star Edison “Pantera” Miranda and junior middleweight contender Sechew “The Iron Horse” Powell step into the ring and begin their 2009 campaigns, these two fistic standouts will meet the press for the first time this year to discuss their pivotal bouts on January 14th’s “Hard Knocks at The Hard Rock” event. The final press conference for “Hard Knocks at The Hard Rock” will take place on Tuesday, January 13th at 1pm at Paradise Live, which is located in Seminole Paradise next to Hard Rock Live. continue
by James Slater - You have to go back a while to remember a time when 31-year-old WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch had anything nice to say about Welshman Joe Calzaghe. For months now, "The Cobra" has tried to get himself a fight with "The Pride of Wales," but Calzaghe has seemingly shown no interest. This is a shame, as a Calzaghe-Froch showdown at either 168 or 175-pounds, would be a huge occasion for British boxing - and a genuine grudge-match. Of course, no-one (but Froch) is criticising Calzaghe for thinking about retiring right now, as opposed to facing Froch or anyone else - after all, Joe, at 46-0 and after everything he's achieved, has nothing at all left to prove to anyone. continue
09.01.09 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at a fighter who many once saw as the ruler for many years to come in the sports most loaded division. After starting out with a blaze of glory, last year we saw Miguel Cotto run out of answers in an epic battle for the ages against stablemate Antonio Margarito. As he prepares for his return to the ring, roughly a month away, we take a look at the odds of him climbing back to the top. Like any other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, we take an in-depth look at all perspectives to bring things full circle. The 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and tying up the loose ends, a more 'Neutral' perspective....
Miguel Cotto - (Supportive Perspective): In a division that boast some of the biggest names in the sport, Miguel Cotto has continued to be seen as not only one of the most talented figures, but despite the recent misfortune, potentially the best available figure as well. continue
Recession Proof boxing: World renowned Banner Promotions and promoter Art Pelullo join forces with Tommy Egan Promotions on historic Irish boxing venture. Boxing promoter Tommy Egan believes he has agreed a deal that will solve a huge Irish boxing problem, thus revolutionising the sport in this country. For decades many fighters from The Emerald Isle have been faced with a dilemma when entering the paid ranks. They ponder whether or not to sign professional terms in the USA, in turn uprooting and taking all the boxing opportunities America can offer at the expense of massive exposure back home. continue
BRISTOL, CTm January 9 -- Future Hall of Fame middleweight and light heavyweight great Bernard Hopkins has been hired by ESPN as a "boxing analyst" for the 2009 season of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Hopkins, who will make a series of regular appearances on the show, will handle his first assignment tonight alongside ESPN longtime host Brian Kenny for the FNF season debut featuring Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara from Terrible's Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 8 -- It's the homecoming fight Rocky Juarez has dreamed of ever since he turned pro and on Saturday, February 28th at Houston's Toyota Center, the 2000 US Olympic Silver medalist will have an opportunity to face the premier featherweight in the world, unbeaten WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris John in a 12 round championship bout.
"Chris John has been one of boxing's most consistent world champions and we're excited to finally bring him to the United States so the fans here can see him in person," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "He's in for a tough night against Rocky Juarez, who is more determined than ever to capture a world championship. With John looking to impress U.S. fans and Juarez looking for his first world championship, this has all the makings of a great fight.. continue
(CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD.) – 2008 Olympian and decorated amateur Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) will make his professional debut on Showtime’s Shobox: The Next Generation on Friday, January 16. Russell will open his career in a battle with Antonio Reyes (Dallas, Texas) (3-2), at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Okla. The 20-year-old will debut at the featherweight division of 126 pounds, and his match-up with Reyes will be contested on the undercard of the featherweight contest between Leonilo Miranda and Orlando Cruz. continue
January 8, 2009 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Jose Sulaiman: World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman announced today that WBC heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko of Ukraine and official challenger Juan Carlos Gomez of Cuba/Germany have reached an agreement and signed for their mandatory fight. The purse offer, which was scheduled for tomorrow, has been cancelled. Shelly Finkel, representing Klitschko, and Ahmet Oner, representing Gomez, told President Sulaiman about the agreement. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons: Old time fight fans can smell a war brewing from miles away, and the match-up between Manny Pacquiao against Ricky Hatton fits that category. The image of Pacquiao and Hatton circling each other like hungry lions makes the mouth water. Throughout their careers, both have given their all in the ring to the delight of the fans. Manny and Ricky come to fight, and everyone knows it.
When their names are on a fight card, there’ll be action, blood, and someone going down. Now that they are on the same card, anticipation of an inevitable war is irresistible. What makes this contest even more exciting is that both fighters are in their prime at 30, and have forward moving, aggressive styles. Simply put, there’s going to be an explosion when they collide in what could be one of the best fights of 2009. continue
Wayne Elcock and Matthew Macklin will square off in the ‘Battle of Brum’ in the biggest Birmingham boxing derby in living memory at the Aston Arena on Saturday, 14th March. The fight Birmingham has been waiting for will become reality when Elcock makes the second defence of his British Middleweight Title against Mandatory Challenger Macklin, who has won his last six fights since he was stopped by Jamie Moore for the British Light-Middleweight Title in 2006. continue
by James Slater - The February 28th boxing card in Houston, Texas just got even more exciting. Now added to the hugely intriguing Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz lightweight clash, is featherweight champion Chris John defending his WBA belt against local man Rocky Juarez. This is according to news that has gone out on ESPN. The February bout will mark the first world title defence made in America by the Indonesian fighter known as "The Dragon," and for Texan Juarez the fight will offer another chance at world glory. continue
08.01.09 - by James Slater - In news that is sure to amaze many fight fans, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, a recent shock winner over welterweight Oscar De La Hoya, says he would like very much to face WBA 147-pound champion Antonio Margarito, convinced as he is that he can beat him. It's likely a number of readers, upon seeing this story, will be asking themselves whether or not "Pac-Man's" win over De La Hoya went to the southpaw's head!
Beating an ageing, weight-drained De La Hoya is one thing, but is Manny out of his mind in thinking he would be able to live with, let alone beat, the huge Mexican known as "The Tijuana Tornado?" Margarito, after all, steps into the ring above the middleweight limit, even though he somehow boils down to welterweight 24 hours previously. continue
Negotiations between British heavyweight David Haye and IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko are moving along swiftly according to Haye’s manager Adam Booth. Haye was set to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title, but Vitali will now face his mandatory opponent Juan Carlos Gomez. Booth told Steve Bunce on Setanta Sports News that he was relieved the brothers had finally come to a decision. He said: “The brothers have stopped flipping a coin and they’ve decided it’s going to be Wladimir. From the start it was all about Wladimir. But then the big brother stepped, but now it looks like big brother has stepped out again. If David does have any disappointment about not facing Vitali he’s going to take it out on Wladimir.. continue
Courtesy of www.boxing.de: Hello Denis, Firstly congratulations to your 31th birthday and also on winning the WBO Super Middleweight title in your last fight when you beat Fulgencio Zuniga back in September. Looking back how do you feel about winning the title now? Do you feel proud to succeed Joe Calzaghe?
Denis Inkin: Thanks for the congratulations. The fight was like I was promising. I did good and outboxed Zuniga. It’s something special and I am proud to be in a line with Calzaghe, but I want to fill his footsteps! continue
08.01.09 - By Conor Ward - As Joe Calzaghe contemplates whether to step away from the ring for good or take on one last challenge, the time would seem right to appraise his level of achievement during a fifteen- year pro career, and his overall legacy. In-keeping with the habits of most big name fighters who are nearing the end of their time, Calzaghe has been more than happy to publicly muse over his own boxing epitaph in recent times. And the bottom line, as he appears to see it, is that he is about to sail off into the sunset with his status as a modern day boxing legend etched in stone, his name destined to be remembered for as long as people continue to converse on matters of the sweet science.
That may yet materialise down the annals of time, people may marvel at the old crackling tapes which reveal to a fresh audience the Welshman’s flashing fists and his nights of triumph. continue
08.01.09 - by James Slater - A fight that could well turn into a crowd pleasing affair takes place in Birmingham, UK on February 28th, when big men Matt Skelton and Martin Rogan collide in a Commonwealth title clash. Set to fight at The National Indoor Arena on the 28th, European and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Skelton and the unbeaten Rogan will be expected to give the fans a good night. continue
January 8, 2009 (East Los Angeles, CA) - - Recently signed Goossen Tutor Promotions fighter Shawn “El Chamuko” Estrada (2-0, 2 KOs) is set to continue his knockout path in 2009 when he challenges Jeffrey Osborne Jr. of Davenport, Iowa, and a veteran of 21 professional bouts on Saturday, January 24 in Minnesota’s Grand Casino Mille Lacs Hinckley. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: “WBA Light Flyweight Interim Champion César Canchila is available to fight in Puerto Rico against WBO titleholder Iván Calderón.” The statement was made by Canchila’s promoter, Mr. Billy Chams, who also took the opportunity to answer publicly to PR Best Boxing’s vice president Peter Rivera. According to Rivera, who manages Iván Calderón, Chams hasn’t answered his phone calls for more than two weeks.
“Canchila is available to fight in Calderón’s backyard if it’s for the right money,” Chams said to Colombia’s newspaper El Tiempo. Chams declared that three weeks ago Rivera made an offer of U$75.000, which was immediately rejected for being too low. “I asked Rivera U$120.000, the same amount he paid to Mexican Hugo Cázares. And remember, Cázares wasn’t a champion like Canchila. Cázares was just a challenger! If Peter Rivera offers at least U$120.000 Canchila will go to Puerto Rico to defeat Calderón." continue
On January 17, 2009, the WBC Legends of Boxing Museum, located at the American Sports University in San Bernardino, California, will host a benefit dinner party in honor of former WBC super featherweight world champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez. A full evening of entertainment will be provided for your enjoyment, with a silent auction featuring rare autographed gloves, statues, and other prized items from the world of boxing not usually available for purchase. continue
Photo by Rick Pineda - Cuban rising stars Yuriorkis Gamboa, Odlanier Solis and Erislandy Lara looked focused but also relaxed at the press conference for their fights on Friday at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada. “We had a great preparation, everything went according to plans”, stated “El Ciclon” Gamboa. “Of course, it is hard to work over Christmas and New Year’s but I love what I’m doing and I know that I have to make certain sacrifices to become champion of the world.. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - How do you beat the best in the world when he’s stronger, bigger, possibly faster than you, and more than doubles you in professional experience. How do you accomplish this feat when he hits opponents like a steel-hammer or should I say hammers them like a pieces of steel.
How do you beat the best when he has a legendary trainer in his corner who boasts former champions with surnames such as Hearns, Leonard, Chavez, De La Hoya, Holyfield, Spinks, Lewis and the list goes on and on and perpetually on. How do you beat the best when he has an entire nation behind him from the smallest child to the oldest adult.
Do you buy totally into your record and say to yourself I’m 22-1-0 with 21 knockouts and completely ignore the fact that your opponent’s record at 23 fights was 23-0-0 with 21 knockouts as well. continue
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by James Slater - Fight fans have been awaiting Colombian puncher Breidis Prescott's next fight ever since his one-round destruction of former Olympian Amir Khan back in September of last year. The unbeaten, but untested lightweight made a name for himself by smashing the previously unbeaten golden boy of British boxing in less than a single minute, yet surprisingly Prescott has not boxed since while the vanquished Khan has. continue
07.01.08 - By Ted Sares - Boxing has become America's tragic theater. --Joyce Carol Oates
Boxing was on the one hand barbaric, unconscionable, out of place in modern society. But then, so are war, racism, poverty, and pro football. Men died boxing, yet there was nobility in defending oneself. -- Ralph Wiley
Both Craftsmen and artists have produced memorable tapestries. So has a beautiful and verdant Caribbean Island sometimes referred to as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The island, almost rectangular in shape, is the smallest of the Greater Antilles. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 7, 2009) – For two, unproven, but talented prospects, the New Year brings a dangerous challenge that will test their ring smarts, skills, mental toughness and unbeaten records. Leonilo Miranda (24-0, 23 KOs), a featherweight from Mexico, will aim for another knockout victory when he faces fellow unbeaten Orlando Cruz (15-0-1, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in a 10-round featherweight bout on Friday, Jan. 16, 2009, live on ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. E/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
Paul McCreath: I have always liked heavyweights and back in the fifties when I started to really follow them closely one of my favorite fighters was the Argentine slugger Alex Miteff. In those days we were lucky enough to get boxing on national TV twice every week, usually Wednesdays and Fridays. One of the regulars that every fan got to know well was Alex. He appeared many times over about a 5 year period. continue
by James Slater - Now that a summer 2009 date with Vitali Klitschko has all but been ruled out due to the WBC champ opting to make good with his requirement to face mandatory contender Juan Carlos Gomez on March 21st, David Haye is hoping younger brother Wladmir will face him in his next bout. The chatter on many boxing web sites right now is all about who Wladimir, the IBF and WBO heavyweight champion, will choose to fight next.
The 32-year-old "Steel Hammer" has time to fit a voluntary defence in before his own mandatory - against unbeaten Russian Alexander Povetkin - has to be fought. Not until September does Klitschko have to meet Povetkin, therefore he has plenty of time to box a big name foe in the meantime. And Wladimir wants to keep active, very much so. Initially, it was assumed Wladimir would let his older brother take care of business with regards to closing "The Hayemaker's" big mouth, while he himself took on exciting US heavyweight hope Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola. continue
World Super Flyweight Champion VIC "Raging Bull" DARCHINYAN weighed in at 123.6 pounds for his World Boxing Council-mandated 30-day weigh-in, well below the maximum limit of 127 pounds. The weight was certified for the WBC by Gary Soo, M.D. Luis M. Escalona, Chairman of the WBC Safety Committee, informed promoters Gary Shaw Productions and Top Rank, that World Boxing Association interim super flyweight champion JORGE "Travieso" ARCE had yet to furnish his required 30-day weigh-in result. continue
LOS ANGELES (January 6, 2009) – As a result of extremely high demand, STAPLES Center, Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions have released upper concourse tickets, reasonably priced starting at $25, to the January 24th World Welterweight Championship showdown between three-time welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO and three-division world champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY. Remaining tickets, priced at $300, $150, $75, $50, and $25, are on sale now at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 213-480-3232 and online at www.ticketmaster.com, and at STAPLES Center Box Office. continue
by James Slater - Currently, and proudly, co-reigning as the first boxing brothers to simultaneously hold versions of the heavyweight title, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko are the undisputed kings of their weight class. Seen by practically everyone as the two best big men in the sport, the dominance is something the brothers are looking forward to continuing throughout the rest of 2009 and beyond.
Originally, it seemed as though WBC champion and elder brother Vitali would meet the fast-talking Londoner that is former cruiserweight boss David Haye. This was seen by most as a fight in which "Dr. Iron Fist" would collect a huge payday in a largely winnable fight. With IBF and WBO champ Wladimir also being made a pre-fight favourite over his probable next challenger in Chris Arreola, the Klitschko brother's party looked set to go on unspoilt. But now, with Cuban southpaw and WBC mandatory contender Juan Carlos Gomez looking like the next challenger for Vitali, the situation changes somewhat. continue
06.01.09 - by James Slater - 31-year-old Carl "The Cobra" Froch, who claimed the vacant WBC super-middleweight title with a stirring win over then unbeaten Jean Pascal back on December the 6th, has no shortage of potential big fights in 2009. Looking forward to getting the top names at 168 pounds in the ring with him this year, the successor to Joe Calzaghe at super-middleweight is also willing to travel to the States in order to get the match-ups he wants. continue
By Per Ake Persson: sporten.dk in Denmark reports of a possible conflict between WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler and Team Palle, who have promoted and managed Kessler since the beginning of his career. The exact details of the conflict aren´t known but there is to be a meeting between Kessler and his attorneys and Palle and their legal representation to discuss the contract. Kessler´s friend Simon Lundt Hansen has applied for a license as both promoter and manager. continue
By Andrew Harrison: Puerto Rican shooting star Juan Manual Lopez fought for a grand total of 699 seconds in 2008. In that short space of time he managed to blow clean through four fighters; Jonathan Oquendo, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Cesar Figueroa and Sergio Manuel Medina whilst annexing the WBO super bantamweight title en route (versus Ponce de Leon). It’s likely he’ll have to put in a longer and more arduous shift in 2009 as he takes aim at three fierce rivals standing between him and dominance at 122lbs.
Unfortunately for ‘Juanma’ two of those rivals are current pound for pound incumbents in (WBC and Ring champion) Israel Vazquez and his great adversary Rafael Marquez. The third, Celestino Caballero is no easier a proposition. Tall, awkward and powerful, the unified WBA/IBF champion Caballero has proven against the aforementioned Ponce de Leon and now Steve Molitor that he’s fully adept at putting the first dent in an unbeaten fighter’s record. continue
by James Slater - Exciting southpaw Jamie Moore of Salford, UK finally gets a crack at the European light-middleweight title in March. Last year, the 30-year-old had to twice suffer the annoying postponement tactics then European champ Zaurbek Baysanguro employed, and wound up getting nothing but a load of frustration in the end. Postponing once, okay - but twice? It seemed to many concerned, not least Moore, as though the 23-year-old Russian was playing games and was hell bent on avoiding the Brit. This view holds water when one considers how Baysanguro eventually decided to vacate his title and fight an international bout with Cornelius "K-9" Bundradge back in December of 2008 - a fight which the Russian was beaten via 5th round stoppage. continue
The world famous Ingle camp in Sheffield are backing welterweight hot shot Kell Brook to match the achievements of the gym's other world champions, Naseem Hamed, Johnny Nelson and Junior Witter. Brook, still only 22, makes the second defence of his British title on January 30 at Bethnal Green's York Hall against Stuart Elwell. continue
05.01.09 - by James Slater - The eagerly anticipated mega-fight is not set to take place until the summer, and Ricky Hatton will not begin serious training for the clash until February - after engaging on a family cruise - but already "The Hitman's" trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior has gone on record saying his man will not only win - but may well do so by stoppage.
Talking to The Manila Bulletin, Floyd Senior said he also has already worked out "A whole lot of strategy" for the May 2nd light-welterweight showdown that has got the fans salivation with excitement. continue
January 6, 2009 – Mexico City. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The World Boxing Council declares a day of mourning for the tragic passing away of our female super welterweight world champion, Jisselle Salandy of Siparia, Trinidad and Tobago. Jisselle will always live in our memory as a sweet young girl who represented boxing at the highest levels of integrity and honor inside and outside the ring. Only 21 years old, she passed away yesterday after being injured in a car accident near the city of Port of Spain. continue
On the 6th February 2009 at the Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland two light heavyweight contenders will meet, the winner is likely to go on and compete for one of the major titles and the loser will be left by the wayside with the prospect of rebuilding a career in tatters. The two light heavyweights in question are Yusaf Mack and Chris Henry. Mack has already been in this position twice before when falling short against former IBF champion Alejandro Berrio and title contender Librado Andrade, he knows this could be his last chance to really make his mark. continue
In the first installment of the 'Left-Hook Lounge' for the calendar year of 2009 we take a look at some very critical questions ranging through a number of topics around the sport. This weeks mailbag kicks off with a question surrounding two fighters in the sport who could serve as poster boys for the 'high-risk-low-reward' platform. With no one eager to face them, they apparently said "to hell with it" and just decided to face one another. As we move beyond that question, others to make the list delve into the Hatton/Pacman showdown, the Angulo/Mayorga showdown, welterweight stud Andre Berto, as well as the Margarito/Mosley showdown. So with no further ado, we kick it off right here in Sunny South Florida with a question from a fight fan who wanted to know the following:
Philip Martin (Sunny Isles, FL): What are your thoughts on the potential Paul Williams/'Winky' Wright fight being discussed? continue
06.01.09 - Miika Forsström: If the rumours are right Wladimir Klitschko faces in his next bout unbeaten American prospect Chris Arreola. In my opinion this would be a terrible mismatch. Arreola has no chance against Klitschko and he would get stopped early in the fight. So, why are they making this fight and why do people consider it as an interesting bout? The answers are similar to the answers to questions why and how Tyson vs. McNeeley and Lewis vs. Grant match-up´s were made. continue
05.01.09 - by James Slater - A gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics last year, 22-year-old James DeGale has, as we know, signed a professional deal with top British promoter Frank Warren. Set to make his debut later this year, DeGale has been angered by reported claims by Joe Calzaghe and David Haye that he may not have the stuff needed to make it at pro level. No slouch himself when it comes to the talking, the ultra-confident prospect has fired back at both men. continue
by James Slater - A potentially sensational lightweight bout takes place on February 28th in Houston, Texas - the hometown of one of the fighters involved in the match-up. Local man Juan Diaz will face Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez and much will be on the line for both men. For the younger man in Diaz - a mere 25 years of age, when Marquez is a veteran at 35 - the fight will present him with the chance to reclaim his status as the world's very best lightweight.
Before losing for the one and only time in his career, to underdog Nate Campbell back in March of 2008, via a hard fought split decision, "The Baby Bull" was widely recognised as the best 135-pound fighter out there. An all-action warrior who loves to rumble, Diaz was not expected to lose to "The Galaxxy Warrior." But he did, and he took his lumps like a man in doing so. Bouncing back to beat the always-tough Australian Michael Katsidis six months after losing his IBF, WBA and WBO belts, Diaz won clearly in most eyes, despite the September bout being scored as only a split decision in his favour. continue
By Jim Dorney: 1.The preparation – Vitali Klitschko typically comes into fights at around 250lbs, which is pretty trim in supporting his 6’8 frame. Haye last out weighed 215lbs, and has previously fought at heavyweight at 217lbs (vs. Tomasz Bonin in 2007 & 206lbs vs. Garry Delaney in 2005. It’s clear that Haye is the smaller man physically, but at 6’3 & broad-shouldered at that, he’s not a small heavyweight. continue
by James Slater - Often looked at as Frank Warren's biggest rival in the UK boxing promotional world, Londoner Frank Maloney - who celebrates 25 years in the business later this year - reckons he currently has enough future stars in his stable to be able to make it as Britain's number one promoter. Maloney also says his current crop of fighters are his best ever. The man who once guided the career of heavyweight champion and all-time great Lennox Lewis is especially excited about Darren Sutherland, the Irish super-middleweight who captured a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics last year. The promoter feels that Sutherland and other fighters under his wing, such as Jamie Moore and Rendall Munroe, can make it big in 2009. continue
By Paul Strauss: Many experts feel that on paper Sugar Shane Mosley will win in his battle against Antonio Margarito on Jan 24th at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. But, before you place your bet, read the following exchange.
Sugar is more skilled, faster, hits harder and is just as tough, his fans believe. So he should win, right? But, he's 37 yrs old, and has fought many more rounds than Margarito, plus he's had some tough losses, the opposition contends. That's wear and tear on the body. Antonio's fans point out. Sugar's fans argue that he's always taken good care of himself, and is in excellent shape. He also prepares well for his fights. So does Margarito his fans counter, as they further point out his endurance is legendary. continue
(MIAMI, FLA.) – Undefeated Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) (23-0, 19 Kos) is featured in the January 12 issue of ESPN the Magazine. The six-page article highlights Berto’s road from an accomplished amateur to his second title defense on January 17, 2009. Entitled “1,506 Days with Andre Berto”, the story follows the WBC Welterweight World Champion through several important dates, ranging from his professional debut to the purchase of his first house and concludes with his upcoming bout with Luis Collazo. continue
04.01.09 - by James Slater - According to The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the paper of the city most associated with the big fights these days, there may be some pretty lean times ahead for Las Vegas in 2009. After having had a great year financially in 2008 - a year that saw the state take only a fraction less revenue from boxing than it did in 2007 - 2009 looks set to be something of a letdown for Nevada, according to the news article. continue
By Ted Sares - Everybody breathing dirt, eating dirt---they call it 'pay dirt,' for Youngstown clean would be Youngstown out of work... --Frank Bohn, 1915
Like Brockton, MA, this is a gritty and hardscrabble place with a population of about 74,000, but instead of a Shoe Museum, it has a Steel Museum celebrating its major industry which has declined badly since the ‘70s. Located in a region often referred to as the Rust Belt, the city has seen better times as evidenced by the many boarded up shops, but strong efforts are now underway to revitalize the city’s post-steel image.
One constant has been a tradition of professional and semi-professional sports with the Youngstown State University Penguins being a major regional draw. The university is also a major employer. But when it comes to sports in this city, boxing takes center stage. continue
Reading, PA - Heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman will face his most experienced opponent to date on January 16, 2009 at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, OK. Ken Murphy, a veteran of 47 professional fights from Chicago, Illinois, will attempt to derail the unbeaten fighter in a six-round undercard matchup. Murphy once challenged for the WBA cruiserweight title and has consistently fought tough opposition throughout his career. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 4, 2009) World Boxing Council Junior Featherweight Champion and “Pound for Pound” Candidate Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez has been honored across the board by boxing writers as his epic third bout against Rafael Marquez has received numerous “2008 Fight of the Year” awards. The third bout which took place March 1, 2008 at the Home Depot Center in Carson , California was won by Vazquez punctuated by a brilliant final round which saw the champion score a knockdown in the waning moments of their unforgettable fight. continue
03.01.09 - By Ted Sares - I played it like a man but I enjoyed it like a boy. --Hagler
What could be better than walking down any street in any city and knowing you're the heavyweight champion of the world? --Marciano
Goody's a legend in this business. It's part of his passion. For me, as a young guy making this my dream and passion, he's lived it. I admire Goody big time. It's an honor to be doing things with Goody. --Rich Cappiello
Brockton, Massachusetts is a gritty, multi-ethnic, and densely populated city located in a working-class setting of about 94,000 people on the outskirts of Boston. It has a whole lot of soul and an interesting history. continue
03.01.09 - by James Slater - Still one of the most recognisable names from the 1990's heavyweight division, Tommy Morrison - "The Duke" or "The Great White Hope" - depending on your preference of nickname, is scheduled, it has been reported, to fight again this year. Set to box in Melbourne, Australia, the former WBO heavyweight champion whose career famously came to an end in 1996 due to his allegedly contracting the decease HIV, is in line to face local heavyweight John Hopoate in the spring. continue
by James Slater - The argument between the two camps about who won the fight goes on, but it looks extremely doubtful that heavyweights James Toney and Fres Oquendo will meet in a rematch. It was back on December 13th, in Cabazon, California, on a Dan Goossen promoted show, that "Lights Out" and "Fast Fres" met, of course, and the result was immediately referred to as a controversial one. The split decision awarded to Toney so angered Oquendo's manager, Tom Tsatas, he brought in his lawyer and sought to appeal the decision. continue
by James Slater - Neither match-up is set in stone as of yet, but the frontrunners to next face the two Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, appear to be young contenders Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola and David "The Hayemaker" Haye. Looking at taking over the heavyweight division in 2009, both the Riverside, Californian and the Cyprus-based Londoner are anxious for their shot. Former cruiserweight king Haye has his sites on a June showdown with elder brother and WBC champion Vitali, while unbeaten Arreola is looking ahead to a May clash with IBF and WBO boss Wladimir. Supposing both fights do come off (as we hope they do, in the name of real excitement) who will have the better chance of winning - Brit Haye or Mexican/American Arreola?
Most people agree Haye has the better, tougher-chinned brother to try taking out with his bombs. Though older at age 37 - Wladimir is a peaking 32, of course - Vitali is recognised as a harder, more confident fighter than his sibling, and a warrior who is also willing to take risks in the ring in an effort to stamp his authority on the bout. continue
By Per Ake Persson: IBF supermiddle champ Lucian Bute is almost on for a voluntatary defence against Dane Mads Larsen with date and site to be determined. No contracts are signed yet though and surprisingly the final hurdle to make the fight happening appears to be Larsen. Chris Meyer, Sauerland´s CEO, tells sporten.dk in Denmark that Bute has accepted to fight Mads but that Larsen is still asking for too much money. Meyer then says time is running out. continue
by James Slater - As was widely reported in the media, former two-time WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison of Scotland was released from prison on New Year's Eve, after having served ten months of a sentence given to him for various alcohol related charges. Now, at age 31, Harrison very much wants to both straighten out his life and reclaim his status as one of the UK's best active fighters. continue
Yuriorkis Gamboa and Odlanier Solis are ready to shine at the season premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” next week (January 9th) at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts. The 2004 Olympic gold medallists had no spare time over Christmas or New Year’s but have been working hard at their training camp in Primm, Nevada.
“They both did a great job and will be perfectly prepared for their fights”, states coach Ismael Salas. “Odlanier is fired up to show the US public what he is made of. And Yuri knows that this is his last step before going for his first world title. He knows that he has to be focused and concentrated to fulfil his great dream to become champion of the world.”
Fast rising featherweight superstar Gamboa (12-0, 10 kos) will face Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-2, 18 kos). If “El Ciclon” wins this fight he will be lined up next to fight for the WBC interim championship against Elio Rojas. continue
02.01.09 - by James Slater - Both Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins are definite future Hall of Famers, and as soon as they are eligible the two modern day greats will be getting the call - but the careers of both men may not be quite over yet. Calzaghe told his fans he would sit down and decide over Christmas whether or not he would fight again, and Hopkins' future is also as yet undetermined. At their respective ages of almost 37 and almost 44, both "The Pride of Wales" and "The Executioner" would be more than entitled to decide never to lace 'em up ever again, so much have they already achieved. But will this be the case? Just who will call it a day first? continue
02.01.09 - Light heavyweight contender Jürgen Brähmer’s January 17th clash with Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams in Dusseldorf has fallen through after Brähmer suffered a cut to his head in a New Year’s Eve accident. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this years first installment of 'Call Em Out Fridays' we take an in-depth look at one of the sports deepest divisions. In 2008 we saw much progress as Margarito, Cotto, Clottey, and a few others set out to mark their territory, but despite Margarito defeating the man previously viewed as the best in the division (Cotto), the victory did little more than earn him high acclaim without totality to solidify it. As it stands, Andre Berto (WBC/23-0, 19KO's), Antonio Margarito (WBA/37-5, 27KO's) and Joshua Clottey (IBF/35-2, 20KO's) are current strap holders, with Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26KO's) expected to claim the currently vacant WBO title by mid-February.
Forever lurking on the prowl is Paul Williams, the only fighter in the pack to establish a victory over the man (Margarito) who beat 'the man' (Cotto). continue
By Ted Sares - In 2006, Jimrex "The Executioner" Jaca from the Philippines gave Juan Manuel Marquez a reasonably competitive fight before he was iced in the 9th stanza. You may recall this was a televised fight in which the referee told the badly cut JMM that he was well ahead so he did not have to continue. For his indiscretion in plain sight, the referee in question was suspended for a period of time. continue