by James Slater - Big-hitting Vic Darchinyan, the Armenian-born 33-year-old who lives in Australia, is set to make the move up to bantamweight in July. Scheduled to challenge current IBF 118-pound champion Joseph Agbeko, the 29-year-old from Ghana (now living in New York), "The Raging Bull" will be aiming to become a world champion in a third weight class. The southpaw who was able to flatten almost every fighter he met at both flyweight and super-flyweight will be hoping he can carry his power up with him. continue
NEW YORK (March 31, 2009) – The overwhelming fan underdog in his last fight in Montreal, Canada--a controversial loss to Lucian Bute--30-year-old Librado Andrade is looking forward to the cheers that will undoubtedly rain down on him Saturday night from the boxing-crazed Bell Centre crowd. Andrade (27-2, 21 KOs) is ranked No. 3 in the International Boxing Federation super middleweight division and figures to be a favorite when he meets Ukriane’s Vitali Tsypko (22-2, 12 KOs), who is ranked a notch above him at No. 2. The winner becomes the No. 1 contender and Bute’s mandatory challenger.
Saturday’s elimination bout will air on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live at a special time 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) to accommodate fans watching the conclusion of the 2009 NCAA® Men’s Final Four®. The fight will take place before Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt unify their respective World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound titles. continue
02.04.09 - David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko have agreed to terms and finally signed the contract to fight each other on June 20. No venue has as yet been confirmed. Klitschko-Haye will be broadcast live on Setanta Sports in the UK and live on RTL Television in Germany. continue
photos by Rick Pineda - On April 17th Yuriorkis Gamboa has the big chance to become the first world champion for ARENA Box-Promotion. “El Ciclon” (14-0, 12 kos) faces WBA #1 Jose “Cheo” Rojas (15-6-1, 17 kos) for the WBA interim featherweight title at the “Star of the Desert Arena” at Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada featured live on “ShoBox: The Next Generation” (8pm PT; 11pm ET). “I am very proud and honoured to fight for my first world title”, says Gamboa. “This is what I turned professional for: to fight big fights and collect championship belts. I thank everybody for this opportunity. I will not underestimate Rojas – but I will beat him.. continue
By Paul McCreath: We will not have any world heavyweight title matches in April this year. The one big fight we were all hoping for that should have happened in April will not take place until at least June if at all. David Haye and Wlad Klitschko have been negotiating for what seems like forever. One has to wonder why it takes these many months to decide that they either can or cannot reach agreement.
Fortunately there will still be several scheduled fights that are sure to interest heavyweight fans. The one that will catch the most attention is the April 11 match between America's most exciting prospect Chris Arreola and the veteran challenger Jameel McCline for the NABF title.
This will be Chris' first test against a well known name fighter. McCline for all his faults has fought 4 times for various world title belts. continue
31.03.09 - by James Slater - It's likely Ricky Hatton will have more than a few fight people agreeing with him, but Manny Pacquiao is not one who shares the view of his upcoming opponent when he says "Pac-Man's" win over Oscar De La Hoya last December was something of a fluke. Both Hatton and Pacquiao were in Los Angeles yesterday, attending a promotional event to further sell tickets to their May 2nd super-fight, and Hatton spoke out about his 140-pound rival's huge win. continue
Tyson Fury has offered David Price a chance to settle their differences in a professional ring. Undefeated heavyweight sensation Fury is set for his fifth pro fight at London’s York Hall on April 11th and he wants Price to be in the opposite corner. Fury has already racked up four stoppage wins from his first four outings having only turned professional last December. The Hennessy Sports promoted fighter will be looking to make it five next month on ITV4 on the undercard to the Craig Watson – John O’Donnell Commonwealth title fight. continue
30.03.09 - Exclusive interview by James Slater - Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster is hoping to get back in the ring this coming May and he hopes also that after two more "rust-removing" bouts he will be once again challenging for a world title. Brewster is anxious to get a third fight with Wladimir Klitschko, yet he also continues to mention Irish tough guy Martin Rogan as a possible opponent for this year. Very kindly taking time out to speak with this writer for a second time in the month of March, "Relentless" had the following things to say.
James Slater: It's great to speak with you again, champ. Is there any word yet on your next fight?
Lamon Brewster: I'm looking at May 30th. That's the date I hoping to be fighting on. I want to say, I'd really like a fight with Martin Rogan. He's getting a big name right now, he's from Ireland and I think that would be a humongous fight. I'm with Sauerland [promotions] now and I hope that fight can be made. It would be great to do it in the U.K. continue
Manuel "El Toro" Quezada (26-4, 16 KO's) is back in action April 23, 2009 when the Tachi Place Casino hosts the "Best of Both Worlds PFC/Boxing" fight card. Quezada, who currently holds the WBC CABOFE heavyweight title, battles Chad Van Sickel in a scheduled ten round bout. "I'm excited that I'm able to get back in the ring and stay busy," Quezada said continue
by James Slater, Estrada workout photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman/ESB -- This coming Saturday night in Germany, an intriguing and highly risky heavyweight bout takes place. Unbeaten Russian hope Alexander Povetkin will meet the man he was expected to box as an amateur in the 2004 Olympic games, in once-beaten Rhode Island man Jason Estrada, and there is a lot on the line for both men - the 16-0(12) 29-year-old in particular. continue
By Dean Parr - I was disappointed to see what happened to Michael Gomez last weekend. While he has had his more than shady moments, in my opinion, he has done enough to earn the respect of boxing fans, and for someone who has been through what he has gone through, his achievements are truly phenomenal.
He had a truly tumultuous childhood, and the remarkable story of his birth is an example of this, as his mother went into labour during the journey to the hospital, crashed the car and delivered Gomez in the back seat. Michael lived in Ireland for 9 years, firstly in Longford and then in Dublin, before moving to Manchester, England. Soon after the move, his younger sister died of sudden infant death syndrome, and his mother left the family and lived with another woman, meaning Michael spent a lot of his time growing up in children’s homes. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: This Friday marks the first fight night of 2009 from Peter Maniatis Promotions, the Bob Rose Cup - being held at Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia. Headlining the six-fight card is Pierre Karam (17-3-1, 5 KOs), who is returning from a five year absence from the ring in his final campaign to make a lasting impact on the world boxing scene.
Karam, 31, a former three time Australian amateur champion, who spent a number of years training at legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward’s Kronk Gym in Detroit, Michigan, takes on Kiwi Sam Leuii over 8 rounds (13-23-1, 9 KOs) for the Bob Rose Cup. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Spanish alltime great Javier Castillejo, 40, comes back April 4 in the big indoor bullfighting arena in Leganes against compatriot Pablo Navascues. Castillejo, 62-8-0-1 and world champ at both jr middle and middle, comes off a bad ko loss to Sebastian Sylvester last year and is at the crossroads of a long and glorious career that began back in 88. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag comes sizzlin' with some very hot topics around the world of boxing. Hot on the tip of everyones tongue is the recent findings in the Antonio Margarito 'wrapgate' scandal. Also making the tab is the odds of a potential Pacquiao/Chavez showdown, as well as a look at hopeful Mayweather/Cotto Fall fight, and many other topics. So, with no further ado, we jump right into the mix with a question coming to us from the 'City of Angels', my adopted hometown, Los Angeles, California.....
Richard S. (Los Angeles, CA): Do you think there should be more to Antonio Margarito's 1 year suspension now that it has been confirmed that his gloves were in fact loaded?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think the integrity of many surrounding this issue has come under scrutiny with great reason. In my most humble opinion, Javier Capetillo should be removed from the sport immediately with no shot at redemption in any remote corner of the planet. continue
30.03.09 - By Doveed Linder - On April 24, former two-division world champion and St. Louis native Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks (36-5) will be stepping into the ring for the first time in 13 months. Cory has made a name for himself in the boxing world with respectable wins over Ricardo Mayorga, Zab Judah, and Roman Karmazin. But before Cory ever became a world champion or beat a top level opponent, he was best known for being the son of former heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks, and the nephew of former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion, Michael Spinks. continue
31.03.09 - by James Slater - There is little doubt the great Muhammad Ali touched the lives of millions and also inspired and deeply affected many more. Far more than just a boxer who called himself The Greatest, Ali was regularly featured on the front page of newspapers as often as he was on the back, sports pages. Causing almost global outrage when he took a stand (or The Nation of Islam told him to, depending on your view) and refused to fight for his country in the Vietnam war, Ali, then still known, of course, as Cassius Clay, was stripped of his title and his right to make a living. He was now a folk hero not only to his fellow black man, but also to people of all races who equally protested the unjust war. continue
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By Michael Klimes: Have you heard any news of Mikkel Kessler recently? I have not and I worry about the Dane since he seems to have been keeping a low profile or has been forced to due to a legal dispute with his promoter, Mogens Palle. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be much information about the contractual wrangling that is occurring behind closed doors and, even more importantly, any news about when and where Kessler’s next fight will be and against whom is shortcoming. continue
By Per Ake Persson: German tabloid Bild Zeitung wrote Sunday that IBF middle champ Arthur Abraham will fight mandatory challenger Giovanni Lorenzo June 27 in Germany. Bild wrote that Abraham will then take on WBC and WBO king Kelly Pavlik November 17 at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Manager Wilfried Sauerland is quoted as saying that "we are in intense, good negotiations". Trainer Uli Wegner points out that "King" Arthur needs to watch his diet a lot closer than last time out when he struggled against Lajuan Simon, which was written down to losing eight kilos in the last two weeks leading up to the fight. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Tijuana, Mexico, unbeaten 23-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez kept his undefeated record with a very exciting and tough ten-round UD over a game and determined Luciano Cuello of Argentina. Prevailing by scores of 96-95, 96-94 and a way too wide 98-92, the son of a legend improved to 39-0-1(29). 24-year-old Cuello, having only his second fight outside of Argentina, made a name for himself in losing for the first time, falling to 23-1(9).
Both men gave it everything they had last night, and as a result the action was great to watch. Chavez landed his usual hard shots to the body, his left hook going there frequently. Cuello, who bled badly from the nose in the 3rd to last round, stood and fought with Chavez on the inside for long periods and also pressed the fight by coming forward. Jabbing well in the fight, the little known Argentine really made the star attraction work hard. continue
30.03.09 - by Karl E. H. Seigfried – A little while ago, I was talking to a friend of mine about the fighters I thought were currently the best and the most exciting to watch. After I went on about fighters like Pacquiao and Margarito (this was before Plastergate), he said, “All these little dudes! I love the heavyweights. I wanna see dudes who can knock somebody out!” I asked him when, exactly, he had last seen a heavyweight fight. When he started talking about Tyson, I mumbled something polite and went back to reading The Ring. continue
March 29,2009 (Los Angeles, CA) -- WBC light welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley weighed in for the mandatory WBC 7-day weigh in hours before his departure to Montreal Canada, where he will clash against Kendall “R-Rated” Holt as the main event of the evening in front of thousands of fight fans The Bell Centre and many more on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, April 4, 2009. continue
MIAMI, Okla. (March 29, 2009) – Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Undefeated super middleweight Andre Dirrell outclassed Derrick Findley and Harry Joe Yorgey outfought Ronald Hearns in a battle of unbeaten junior middleweights en route to impressive victories on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. Dirrell, of Flint, Mich., who is ranked No. 1 in the World Boxing Organization (WBO), No. 3 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 7 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF), won by sixth-round TKO to improve to 18-0 with 13 knockouts. Findley, of Gary, Ind., who couldn’t answer the bell for the seventh, fell to 13-3 with 8 KOs.
Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs), of Bridgeport, Pa., triumphed by ninth-round knockout. In a terrific action fight, he registered three knockdowns, the last coming at 2:59 of the ninth. Hearns, of Detroit, scored one knockdown but suffered his first defeat. He is 21-1 with 17 KOs. continue
Open Letter from Irish Ropes: After reading some derogatory stories unfairly criticizing Irish Ropes Promotions for canceling its March 16th scheduled “Erin Go Brawl II” pro boxing show at WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden, I am compelled to set the record straight about why we pulled the plug 10 days out and to explain what really happened leading up to the final decision. First, though, I’d like to offer my condolences to Liam Neeson, and his family, for the loss of his wife. He attended several of the shows we promoted and I met him at many Irish benefits. Liam is a great man. continue
29.03.09 - by James Slater - Last night, in Liverpool, on the under-card of the British super-middleweight title fight between local rivals Tony Quigley and Tony Dodson (which Quigley won, in thrilling fashion, by TKO in the 12th and final round) 25-year-old former Olympian David Price fought as a pro for the first time. The team captain of the British squad in Beijing, Price picked up a bronze at super-heavyweight and now the huge 6'8" 250-pounder is on his way to a good paid career. continue
By Ted Sares, Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - In a battle of Detroit vs. Philadelphia (but fought in Miami, Oklahoma), undefeated Blue Horizon favorite Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-10) finally caught up with unbeaten Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns (21-0 coming in). The end came at the 2.59 mark of the ninth round as Yorgey finished matters with a strong right hand that sent Hearns to the canvas in a dangerous way as his head bounced off the canvas in a whip saw manner.
In the fourth stanza, both fighters hit the deck, but Hearn’s cage was rattled more than Yorgey’s. Then in the fifth, Harry Joe, not known as a heavy puncher, landed a big right that sent Hearns to the canvas face first. However, showing lots of heart, he managed to get up and finish the round--but barely. However, it was clear Yorgey was the hungrier fighter with more at stake. At 31 years of age and four kids, it was do or die and he was determined to do. continue
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (March 30, 2009) – Tecate, cerveza con carácter, announces its sponsorship of one of the most anticipated boxing events of the year. Facing Ring magazine’s No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) will be IBO World Junior Welterweight champion Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs). They will fight for the World Junior Welterweight Championship on Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a match that will be televised via HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 28, 2009) Sensational junior featherweight prospect Ronny Rios continues to impress Southern California fight fans as he won a four round unanimous decision over Frank Gutierrez on Thursday night at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego. Fighting in front of a huge crowd, many of whom had made the trip down from Santa Ana to watch their native son, Rios displayed his outstanding array of skills from the opening bell. Peppering Gutierrez with stunning left hooks to the body, Rios showed his ability to punch with powerful, fast hands and use his terrific defense to slip punches. continue
By Adeyinka Makinde - The attraction of the sport of boxing to men and a good fewer women involved in the vocation of constructing words is well documented. Charles Dickens, Ernest Hemingway and Norman Mailer but to name a few had a great affinity to it and featured the game in their novels and in other writings. This attraction is not too hard to fathom. For in boxing lies an aggregate of the dramas of life. From the politics of matchmaking to the rituals associated with the dressing room. From the protocols within the training gymnasium to the drama of the action in the ring, it is a sport which consistently fascinates. In the ring, two beings set at each other with flailing fists to put each one’s skill and stamina to the test. Within the confines of the ropes is played out an uneasy accommodation between the use of specially designed rules and a resort back to the barbaric origins of humanity: the raison d’etre of two well-conditioned specimens is to hurt the other, and, if possible, to knock the opponent into a state of unconsciousness. It serves as a spectacle which is at once compelling and disconcerting. Two moder n gladiators, exhibiting a supremely taxing form of athleticism, tread on a canvas partly as artists and partly as adrenaline-fuelled agents of destruction. In the background, a crowd, or at least, a significant portion of the crowd will bay for human blood. continue
28.03.09 - by James Slater - Heavyweights going in different directions, Eddie Chambers and Sam Peter, put on a show last night that, truth be told, fans expected to be a whole lot more entertaining than it was. Ted Sares has already given us a rundown on how the action unfolded, and it's safe to say there could have been more fireworks in the ten-rounder. Still, "Fast" Eddie, now 34-1(18) won, and in doing so he keeps alive his hopes of becoming a world champion. The question is, what's next for him. Also, what's next for the loser, Sam Peter? continue
by James Slater - Last night, at The Altrincham Lesuire Centre, UK, Matthew Hatton scored a career-best win as he stopped former European light-welterweight champion Ted Bami in the 6th round. Sending the experienced Bami down with a left hook to the body, the less famous Hatton saw his man fail to beat the count. In fact, Bami, who fell to 26-5(13) was down for some time. 27-year-old Hatton, who advanced to 36-4-1-2(14) was walked into the ring by bother Ricky, and it was "The Hitman" who suggested he should go to the 31-year-old's midsection. continue
By Ted Sares - This crossroads battle was held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles and it appeared that Sam’s hunger for a win was left at the lunch table, while “Fast Eddie” Chambers was hungrier in the ring. Chambers, 33 -1 and ranked fifth by the IBF and number ten by ESB was just busy enough to win a slow-paced ten rounder against Peter who was ranked number five by the IBF, but who showed little resemblance to the Sam Peter who fought James Toney (in their second match).
If this bout promised to be the slick boxer versus the big puncher, it did not materialize that way. The first three rounds involved an exchange of jabs and little more. Chambers was able to use decent movement and jabs from both hands to hold off the lumbering and out of shape Peter who never connected with his celebrated overhand right. It appeared to this observer that Chambers dictated the action throughout, but could have been busier. continue
by James Slater - Just when we thought former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, who has been quiet for a number of months now, was retired, does he wind up having a fight scheduled. According to The Australian Daily Telegraph, "The Atomic Bull" will face former Rugby League player-turned pro boxer John Hopoate in Las Vegas on May 22nd. continue
28.03.09 - by Thomas McNamara: The world of boxing and its competitors (in the “central” weight classes of the 140-147lb) has been taunted, scared, thrilled, disappointed, shocked and hurt by one man. We may not all love him or wish that he comes back into realms of the sweet science, but Floyd Mayweather Jr has been spotted back in training in L.A.
If you’ve been under a rock or in space for the past decade then I’ll give you a brief update; “The Pretty Boy” Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr, to give him his full title, is the 6 time world champion at 5 different weight divisions. continue
28.03.09 - By Andrew Harrison: ‘Remember that scene from Raging Bull when Jake Lamotta is lamenting the fact that his size will forever preclude him from fighting Joe Louis? Don‘t you get the same feeling of frustration when you realize Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton can never happen?’ -Jeff Ryan, June 2006.
What a difference a few years can make. When the above statement was written, Manny Pacquiao was blazing his way through the super featherweight division after recently despatching Erik Morales in blistering fashion. Hatton meanwhile was busy making noise himself at light welter, following up his title winning triumph over Kostya Tszyu with a blood and thunder knockout victory over the awkward Carlos Maussa.
Although the gap between them was a mere 10 lbs, the idea of the duo facing off against each other at this point would have seemed absurd. continue
By Ted Sares: One more round and you’ll become the champ. --- Tsuji’s corner
Fall seven times, stand up eight —Japanese proverb
Tsuji recently upset ex-world challenger and ex-OPBF title holder Akira Yaegashi by majority decision last July to become a top contender. continue
by James Slater - Back when Oscar De La Hoya fought Floyd Mayweather Junior, Floyd Senior did not work his fighter, De La Hoya's corner. "I will not train a fighter to beat my son," Mayweather Snr said, understandably. The two had already had their differences back then in 2007 and long before, but Senior would not go as far as working with a rival fighter who was planning to beat up on "Little Floyd." This is not the case anymore, though. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Glasgow, UK, 25-year-old Commonwealth super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns of Coatsbridge, Scotland successfully defended his belt with an impressive 7th round stoppage of tough old war horse Michael Gomez of Manchester. Suddenly unleashing with both hands as the 31-year-old had his back to the ropes, Burns sent Gomez to the floor, prompting referee Howard Foster to immediately wave the fight over.
The official time was just 47 seconds of the 7th round, and the champ improved to 26-2(7). Gomez, who looked a faded force it must be said, fell to 38-10(24) and retirement is surely his only option now. continue
If it's a fight night at Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona, you can almost guarantee that David "The Destroyer" Lopez will be on hand to thrill his legion of loyal fans. On Friday, April 10th, Lopez will fight at his home away from home for the 12th time when he takes on veteran Ossie Duran in the main event of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". Making a special appearance to take in the action at this big night of boxing in Tucson will be none other than the Golden Boy himself, Oscar de la Hoya. continue
As part of the “I AM A MAN” weekend commemorating the 41st anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's untimely death in Memphis TN, on April 4, 1968, Prize Fight Boxing and DiBella Entertainment will be on the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis this Friday (April 3rd) live on ESPN2 Friday Night fights. Prize Fight is honoring the Memphis Sanitation workers who stood firm in their fight for civil rights during the 1968 sanitation strike, some of the actual men and women from that time will be in attendance as Prize Fight salutes them. continue
by James Slater - As surely all fans know, former Mexican boxing hero Antonio Margarito and his trainer got into some deep, deep water shortly after his KO loss to "Sugar" Shane Mosley back in January. To cut a long story short (a story that everyone with an interest in boxing should know anyway), "Tony's" hand wraps were seen as suspicious by Mosley's trainer Nazeem Richardson, they were thus removed before the Jan. 24th fight, and a big investigation followed.
Weeks of speculation and accusations and denials followed, but today, in an article that has been published in The Los Angeles Times and has been reported on a number of boxing web sites, it has been revealed that the fighter's confiscated wraps did indeed have traces of two of the ingredients needed to make plaster of Paris on them.
This from ESPN.com's reporting of the newspaper's article: The hand wraps confiscated from former welterweight champ Antonio Margarito shortly before his defence against Shane Mosley contained two primary elements of plaster of Paris, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing documents obtained from California's top law enforcement agency. continue
28.03.09 - Photos: Tom Casino/For SHOWTIME -- Undefeated super middleweight Andre “The Matrix’’ Dirrell faces Derrick “Superman’’ Findley and Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns meets “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey in a battle of unbeaten junior middleweights in the 10-round co-features tomorrow/Saturday, March 28, on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
Newly crowned WBA Super Bantamweight champ will celebrate the one week anniversary of his sensational World title triumph on “Tubridy Tonight” on RTÉ One this Saturday night (9:35pm). Dunne was a guest on the popular chat show last month and he promised to return with the WBA belt so he will fulfil that promise tomorrow night. Host Ryan Tubridy said, "We were all so delighted with Bernard's big win on Saturday night so I can't wait to get him back on the couch to talk about the match and what it's like to be a World Champion.. continue
27.03.09 - By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'C.E.O. Fridays' segment attempts to close the gap in one mans career that appears to be well on the brink of coming full circle. With chatter of a potential ring return lit ablaze throughout the boxing world, the spotlight once again shines brightly on a fighter who needs little introduction. Like each of my other 'C.E.O. Fridays' segments, we'll uncover all pertinent perspectives by viewing the angle of his supporters, the many angles of his critics, and in the end, a truthful spin with a more neutral take to even up the rough edges and smooth things out a bit. So, with no further ado, we hone in on the man formerly known as the 'pretty boy', Floyd Mayweather jr.....
Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Supportive Perspective): In Floyd Mayweather jr. we have one of the sports most gifted figures of all time. Rarely in the history of any sport have we seen perfection, and despite his failure to grab that claim to fame as well, his staunch supporters would argue his talent to be within a hair of that very word. For proof, one need not look any further than his past victories to date, where four major components were continuously on display. continue
27.03.09 - All photos by Gene Blevins - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions - Three-Time World Champion Winky Wright hits the heavy bag on March 26, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his April 11, 2009 middleweight bout against Two-Division World Champion Paul Williams at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas which will be televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing. continue
Gillett Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce the complete card for the international Boxing Gala on April 4th at the Bell Centre. The event will be headlined by two great bouts: WBC light welterweight champion Tim "Desert Storm" Bradley will face WBO light welterweight champion Kendall "Rated R" Holt. And the evening’s co-main event will feature the return of Montreal's adopted son Librado Andrade (27W-2L)! One man stands between Andrade and his due rematch against Lucian Bute: VITALI TSYPKO (22W-2L). The winner of this fight will get a shot at Lucian Bute’s IBF Super middleweight belt in the fall. continue
26.03.09 - by James Slater - Former cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender David Haye was a live guest on Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour today on Setanta T.V. Guess what "The Hayemaker" spoke about!? As tired as everyone else when it has come to the seemingly endless delay in getting the big fight he wants with IBF and WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko made official, Haye said today that the fight is, at last, on.
Asked point-blank on today's news show if the fight will be announced officially next week and that he will be in intense training next week, Haye replied, "Yes." So, at last, the fans can get ready to look forward to what is potentially one of the most exciting heavyweight title fights in some years. Haye said today he will have approx twelve to thirteen weeks to train, sure is he that the much talked about June 20th date is the one that will host the anticipated rumble. continue
Dan Rafael: Hey guys. How are you guys today? Hey Winky, I wanted to ask you a question to start off with. Are you just very happy at this point that when everybody that you see in the boxing world talks to you and says, "When are you fighting and who are you fighting?"
Winky Wright: Yes. I mean, I'm definitely playing it like Paul said. You know what I mean? It's tough when nobody wants to fight you and, you know, you see all these other fighters getting fights. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (March 26, 2009) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound for fighter MANNY PACQUIAO and No. 1 pound for pound trainer WORLD-FAMOUS FREDDIE ROACH, were named 2008 Fighter of the Year and Trainer of the Year, respectively, by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Pacquiao and Roach, boxing’s dynamic duo, were honored for a year that can only be described as Henry Armstronesque. The Pinoy powerhouse captured the WBC super featherweight title by defeating Juan Manual Marquez and the WBC lightweight title by knocking out defending champion David Diaz. continue
By Paul McCreath – Photo by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions - Now that Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez have had their title bout the next important heavyweight match will be Friday March 27 when Eddie Chambers and Sam Peter collide in a 12 rounder to be televised on ESPN. While this is neither a title bout nor an eliminator it seems fairly certain that the winner can look forward to something big in the near future. They have both had chances before and were turned aside but neither one is old and they both came close or won at the top level. With the multitude of champions we have today title fights are not hard to come by and there is always another eliminator just around the corner.
Chambers lost out a year ago to Alex Povetkin in a final eliminator where he started well then faded in mid bout. Whether this was due to Eddie backing off or Povetkin adjusting his tactics and coming on strong is open to debate but at least Chambers got a taste of a big fight. continue
Weigh-In Results: Sam Peter 265 - Eddie Chambers 223; John Molina Jr. 132 - Carlos Vinan 134.5
Shawn Estrada 165 - Ray Craig 161; Javier Molina 144.5 - Jaime Cabrera 142; Francisco Santana 153 - Antonio Johnson 154
26.03.09 - By J. Molina - Samuel Okon Peter is not a man of many words, but inside the ring his fists have done the talking. Also known as “The Nigerian Nightmare” his one-punch k.o power has earned him the respect of the heavyweight division. continue
by James Slater - Ever since their Commonwealth super-featherweight title fight was announced some weeks back, rivals Ricky Burns, the defending champion, and Michael Gomez, the challenger, have been at each others throats. Making sure the security personnel in attendance at press conferences, photo-shoots, public appearances, etc have worked hard for their money in keeping a watchful eye out in case things got too nasty, the pair of 130-pounders have shown real dislike for one another - Gomez especially appearing to have something against his opponent. continue
Promoter Don King has filed a protest with the British Boxing Board of Control, World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association on behalf of Marco Antonio Barrera claiming his accidental clash of heads with Amir Khan during the first round of their match should have resulted in the fight being ruled no contest. The five-time world champion Barrera and rising 22-year-old British star Khan—who had been knocked out in 54 seconds six months earlier and badly needed a win—had barely begun to fight in front of a sold-out crowd of 20,000 at M.E.N Arena on March 14 in Manchester, England, when the two boxers’ heads inadvertently slammed together while trying to land punches.
The accidental meeting of heads occurred during the second minute of the fight, opening a huge gash on the left side of Barrera’s head. The deep scalp cut began to bleed profusely and immediately caused a virtual blood waterfall to spill into Barrera’s left eye. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 26, 2009) Israel “EL MAGNIFICO” Vazquez’s third epic junior featherweight battle with Rafael Marquez has been named the 2008 “FIGHT OF THE YEAR” by the Boxing Writers Association of American. The third Vazquez/Marquez fight, which took place on March 1st, culminated an outstanding trilogy thought by many to be the best in the history of boxing. continue
NEW YORK (March 26, 2009) – Ronald Hearns loves March and all the madness that goes with it. The son of legendary eight-time world champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, Ronald earned his college degree in criminal justice from American University in Washington D.C. While in college, Hearns played for the basketball team. This year American University’s basketball team won the Patriot League and advanced to the exclusive tournament field of 64 for the 2009 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship for the first time. continue
(left to right: 'Macho' Miguel Hernandez, Angel 'Torrito' Hernandez, and Miguel's son, Joshuah Hernandez at ringside)
26.03.09 - CHICAGO – By Juan C. Ayllon: Like many, Miguel Hernandez is a family man, working two jobs trying to make ends meet and, in this recession, it’s not been easy.
Hernandez works full-time as a car inspector/ car man-mechanic eight hours a day at Beltway Railway come rain or shine. He inspects the trains and tags the cars if anything’s wrong with them. This involves working outside three days a week and two or three days fixing the problems in the garage or outdoors. His works his second job as an auxiliary policeman two nights a week, usually Fridays and Saturdays.
Until recently, that is. continue
NEW YORK (March 25, 2009) – Undefeated Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor participated in a press conference on Wednesday in London – Froch was joined by a host of U.K. journalists and television crews, while Taylor took part via satellite from his training camp in Miami, Fla. In a highly anticipated world title fight on Saturday, April 25, Froch will look to make a major statement -- and enhance his reputation in America -- when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. continue
by James Slater - In sad news, it has been reported that Italian boxing great Giovanni Parisi died yesterday when he was involved in a car crash in his homeland. Apparently, the car the 41-year-old was driving hit a truck on Wednesday evening, and Parisi died instantly. A genuine hero in Italy, Giovanni captured a gold medal for his country at the 1998 Seoul Olympics when he boxed as a featherweight. A superbly talented operator, Parisi would go on to capture world titles at two different weights as a pro. continue
Photo Pavel Eagle eye Terekhov - By P.H. Burbridge: In reviewing the current heavyweight landscape it’s not hard to understand why so many fight fans around the world feel that the Klitschko brothers pretty much have the division locked down. Even with two relatively exciting contenders looming large in the background, David Haye and Chris Arreola it still seems that all the smart money would go on either one of the Kilts in future match up’s against either. The overall sense from hardcore fight fans is that both guys are simply the best out there. End of story! In my opinion Wladimir Klitschko alone has emerged as the true heavyweight champion.
No other heavyweight fighting today has the athletic gifts of Wlad and the fact that a man his size fights with the fluidity of a light heavyweight puts him in a class all by himself. The only other big man and I’m talking about a fighter who’s over 6’ 5” that even comes close to Wlad in that regard is a prime Lennox Lewis. In studying his style and career I reviewed 55 of his fights including his Olympic gold medal performance. It was near impossible not to marvel at his transformation from a young Olympic champion to the #1 heavyweight in the world. continue
Tyson Fury believes that heavyweight newcomer David Price should heed his own advice and issue a restraining order against him if he is to have any chance of making it in the pro ranks. Price has yet to step between the ropes as a pro but the Beijing bronze medallist has accused unbeaten sensation Fury of stalking him. The Liverpool man holds a win over Fury from the amateur ranks and he says he’s keen to continue that rivalry now that he’s about to have his first pro fight under boxer turned promoter, David Haye. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 25 – Three opponents have tried and three opponents have failed to make it out of the first round against Moscow power hitter Magomed Abdusalamov. On Friday, March 27th, Dothan, Alabama’s Larry White will attempt to be the first fighter to test the unbeaten heavyweight prospect when they clash on the undercard of Star Fight Production’s Fight Night at the Pavilion at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. continue
25.02.09 - By Paul Gillette, photo by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor - 29 years to the day after the launch of the ill-fated Apollo 13, former Junior Middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-4, 25 KO) attempts a comeback against two-weight titlist Paul Williams (36-1, 27 KO) in a non-title 160 pound fight.
Will this be an aborted comeback for Wright or will the veteran be able to overcome his age and inactivity to pull out the victory against the lanky up-and-comer from Aiken, SC?
The momentum clearly favors the more active Williams, who, counting his bout with Antonio Margarito, which occurred a week prior to Wright-Hopkins, has fought 5 times since Winky fought last. continue
Promoter Brian Peters believes that Wayne McCullough is still some way from a crack at newly crowned WBA World Super Bantamweight champion, Bernard Dunne. McCullough sent an open letter to Dunne yesterday challenging him to put his new title on the line against him in an all Irish World title fight. However with McCullough just months away from his 39th birthday and coming off 3 straight defeats Peters thinks it’s a match that’s a long way from reality. continue
24.03.09 - by James Slater - Ever since the fight was announced, was then in doubt and was then back on for good, the fans have been talking about the May 2nd battle between 140-pound stars Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao as being just that, a battle. The paying public, the majority of them anyway, are expecting a real, hard war in Las Vegas, and judging by what Ring magazine light-welterweight champ Hatton had to say to Sky Sports recently, the fight will indeed be fought in a way that will make it an affair to carry an adults-only certificate. continue
Exclusive interview by James Slater - Seen by many as the biggest and most dangerous opponent yet in the career of the promising Chris Arreola, 38-year-old Jameel McCline is busy getting ready to win on April 11th. A huge, solid guy at approx 260-pounds, "Big Time" has a huge edge in experience over his decade-younger rival. Also, as he told me as we spoke over the phone at the tail-end of last week, Jameel remains a fast heavyweight - especially for one so big.
A pleasure to talk to, the former four-time world heavyweight title challenger had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Jameel. Obviously, this is a big fight you have coming up with Chris Arreola. continue
Tickets are now on sale for the big Belfast show on Friday, May 15, at the fabulous Odyssey Arena. Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Martin Rogan headlines a massive fight card that also features The Olympians: James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders, plus an action packed undercard. This will be Rogan's homecoming party following his sensational win against Matt Skelton last month and his win over the 2000 Olympic Champion Audley Harrison last year. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 26, 2009) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, will induct three new members into it’s Hall of Fame this Friday night, March 27th, at their inaugural “WINDY CITY FIGHT CARD” professional boxing at the UIC Pavilion. Joining last year’s inductees, Rocky Martinez and Mike “FLY” Garcia, will be native Chicagoans Luke Capuano, Freddie Cuevas and Luis “KO” Mateo. continue
by James Slater - Ultra-exciting blood and guts warrior Michael Katsidis of Queensland, Australia is back in action this coming April 4th, when he takes on the equally tough Jesus Chavez of Mexico. The Katsidis-Chavez bout will be part of the action making up the "Lightweight Lightening" card being promoted by Golden Boy and also featuring Edwin Valero-Antonio Pitalua (for the WBC title), Carlos Hernandez-Vicente Escobedo and Julio Diaz-Rolando Reyes. The Katsidis-Chavez fight may be the best action fight of the lot, however. Indeed, almost any fight involving the 28-year-old former WBO interim lightweight champion is something to see.
Not only may his next fight be the contest of the evening, but Katsidis' trainer and manager Brendon Smith has told WWOS.com.au that the WBO have told him the winner of the April 4th bout would be entitled to a mandatory shot at their 135-pound world title - currently held, of course, buy Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
By Taj K. Eubanks - March 22, 2009 - Oscar de la Hoya’s tune-up bout with Steve Forbes was designed to be a showcase bout between a world-class superstar and a light-touch Contender alumnus (who actually previously held a super featherweight strap in 2005). Oscar was supposed so shine in this match, as he was bigger (Forbes is listed as 5’7 1/2”), faster, more experienced, and possessed a heavier punch. Despite these advantages, and in spite of winning the bout via unanimous decision, the match didn’t become the showcase it was intended to be. continue
By Juan C. Ayllon - CHICAGO – Doctor James Stoxen, DC is a chiropractor that enjoys notoriety working with athletes and show business people. He owns a clinic called Team Doctors on the Southwest side of Chicago and, as an expert on the foot, he’s given lectures around the world to medical doctors on his techniques for strengthening the client quite literally from the ground up. continue
MIAMI, Tuesday, March 24 - This time, Jermain Taylor is training for one thing, and one thing only. He wants his championship belt back. Taylor, who held the Mddleweight Championship from 2005 through 2007, will get his shot at the WBC Super Middleweight belt when he faces current WBC titleholder Carl Froch on Saturday, April 25, on Showtime Championship Boxing from MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The telecast will air live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The fight card is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Tickets are on sale now and priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50. Tickets are available at www.mgmatfoxwoods.com your local Ticket Master and MGM Grand Box Office 866-646-0649.
Taylor (28-2-1, 17KO"s) said the knowledge that he could be champion again is the only incentive he needs to train like he never has before for this fight. He has a new perspective and appreciation for boxing after more than nine years as a professional fighter. continue
NEW YORK (March 24, 2009) – Over a span of 28 days SHOWTIME Sports will feature a frenzied fight schedule, with late March and April filled with championship fights and meaningful matchups. With two highly anticipated SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecasts, two installments of ShoBox: The New Generation and the debut telecast from leading MMA promoter Strikeforce, almost every weekend features a can’t-miss event. continue
New York, March 24–The Vitali Klitschko WBC heavyweight championship title defense contested in Stuttgart on Saturday, was a big hit in Germany and throughout Europe. Vitali’s ninth round knockout victory over challenger Juan Carlos Gomez was watched by a sold out crowd of 12.500 spectators. An amazing total of 11.5 million television viewers watched the championship on German TV channel RTL, which was a market share of 55 percent. The Klitschko-Gomez world title tilt was broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide, including ESPN Classic live, and replayed on ESPN2 in the United States. continue
24.03.09 - by James Slater - After his impressive win (on paper at the very least) over ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera on March 14th, 22-year-old Amir Khan is in a very good position. With his powerful promoter Frank Warren and his big fan base, a world title shot is almost certainly on the cards for the former Olympian soon, perhaps even this year. Yet there is one thing, and one man, Khan says he must take care of before any of that. Knocked out in just fifty-four seconds by Colombian banger Breidis Prescott last September, Khan has said ever since that he wants to avenge himself before his career is over.
In a recent interview with The Bolton News, Khan has said that the time is now and that he wants Prescott next, adding that he has asked Warren for the return match. As such, it appears as though Khan is a man of his word. In asking for such a risky fight, when instead he could likely have walked into some kind of world title bout, Khan has shown he has a real fighter's pride. continue
24.03.09 - Former World Champion Julio Diaz will now square off against Oxnard, California's Rolando Reyes, who agreed to fight Diaz on the April 4th "Lightweight Lightning" card at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas after Joel Casamayor was forced to withdraw from the bout last week due to an acute lumbar spine sprain that will keep him out of action for six weeks. continue
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr said “….I am going to prove on Saturday night that I belong in big fights” at a Top Rank press conference in Los Angeles. He added “…I never chase after any fighter, even De La Hoya. I fight for the people. In Mexico the people want to see De La Hoya and myself in the ring.” Chavez Jr., the Son of the Legend, of Culiacan, Mexico takes on undefeated Luciano Cuello of Argentina on Top Rank’s “Latin Fury 8 - Tijuana Thunder’ on Saturday night. continue
By Michael Herron - Though we haven't gotten a quote from Floyd Mayweather, Jr. himself, commendable sources from around the web have announced July 11, 2009 as a potential return date. If this is in fact true, then for a guy who claimed to be retired and done with boxing, what is this really all about anyway? Mayweather’s desire to retire from the sport was first mentioned following his win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007. That was cut short after Ricky Hatton called him out and he fought again in December of the same year. Following that victory Mayweather stated to HBO’s Larry Merchant that he was taking all of 08 off and probably 09 as well.
Fast forward a few months and after a World Wrestling Entertainment spectacle with BIG SHOW, it was announced that Mayweather had agreed to face Oscar De La Hoya in a September 08 rematch. The date was set, everything was ready to go, and that is when Mayweather pulled out of the fight and announced his official retirement. continue
By Kelsey McCarson: If rumors of Floyd Mayweather’s return to the ring this summer are true, it is a true shot in the arm to the boxing world. Love him or hate him, Mayweather is the best, flashiest and most intriguing fighter in the sport today. His return will immediately garner mainstream interest and appeal.
Boxing needs more Floyd Mayweathers. continue
24.03.09 - By P.H. Burbridge, photo by Pavel Terekhov - Well, Saturday has come and gone and we’ve had a chance to digest Vitali’s performance against a game but woefully out gunned Juan Carlos Gomez. The fight itself was somewhat interesting for about three rounds and then settled into the kind of aesthetically displeasing affair we’ve come to expect from Vitali. Sometimes he looks great and other times he looks pretty darn average. continue
by James Slater - The fight has not been signed as of yet, but strong indications from various sources on the internet say IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek of Poland will meet Philly legend Bernard Hopkins this summer. The date being talked about is July 11th, and the fight may take place at Madison Square Garden, N.Y. Once again showing he is a real legend, one who is willing, even at the age of 44, to meet the best, "B-Hop" will take yet another risky challenge. Can he win?
Adamek, as we know, is not a pure boxer, but he is incredibly tough, can hit hard and he has great stamina and desire to win. And he has yet to lose a fight as a cruiserweight. continue
by James Slater - A few months back the very idea of Ireland's Bernard Dunne fighting, much less defeating, the great Israel Vazquez would have been shot down with scorn, but not any longer. As fight fans know, the Dubliner shocked the odds and defending WBA super-bantamweight champion Ricardo Cordoba this past Saturday night, stopping the Panamanian in the 11th round of a truly great fight. Now, according to a news feature that has appeared in The Irish Examiner, Dunne and his team are looking to really cement the 29-year-old's claims to being the best 122-pounder in the world with his first few defences. continue
24.03.09 - By Dean Parr - I’m not going to lie - the three matches between tough Mexicans Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez are my favourite boxing matches ever. The two boxers exchange crushing blows, the fights are fought at a blistering pace and tremendous heart is shown by both men in all of them. In my opinion, a fourth bout is absolutely necessary. continue
23.03.09 - This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' takes us well across the globe as we hone in on some very key topics in the world of boxing. The heavyweight division has long been in need of a spark, and the solid performance by Vitaly Klitschko (Photo by Pavel Terekhov) apparently wasn't enough to stop one fight fan from pondering the dominance of he and his brother, Wladimir.
Two other heavy topics to make the mailbag was the return of two men who many would rather see back continue their exit from the sport. Those men being Floyd Mayweather and Roy Jones. Tying up the loose ends is a look ahead at the potential Cintron/Angulo fight being pondered, and how it all breaks down when the two men hit the ring. So with no further ado, we kick things off in Miami Lakes, Florida, where a fight fan wanted to know the following: continue
by James Slater - 31-year-old Carl Froch is certainly thinking big. Not only has he shown the willingness to travel to America to make the first defence of his WBC 168-pound title, he has also made it clear he wants very much to unify his weight class once he wins his April 25th US debut against Jermain Taylor. Froch, in speaking to BBC Sport, has talked about who he wants to fight after he has met "Bad Intentions," who, he of course feels he will defeat. "The Cobra" wants Canadian Lucian Bute, or more importantly he wants "Le Tombeur's" IBF super-middleweight championship. continue
by James Slater - Unless he needs the money, there really is no need for all-time great Marco Antonio Barrera to fight again. It's been just over a week since his technical decision loss to the much younger Amir Khan, and though the nasty cut he suffered high on his forehead will not in any way have healed yet it's likely Barrera has made up his mind as to whether or not he'll fight on. continue
By Timothy Seaver, photo by Pavel Terekhov: In Stuttgart Germany, on Saturday night, Vitali Klitschko retained his status as one of the heavyweight division’s best fighters, as well as his WBC title, with a win over the tough Cuban fighter Juan Carlos Gomez. A general calm seemed to hang about the German audience. Due perhaps to their faith in Dr. Iron Fist and his pugilistic abilities, or maybe there is a reluctance from the German people to embrace the Ukrainian Klitschko as one of their own. Perhaps still, they were given little cause to celebrate a fight that was decidedly uneven.
It was clear from the pre-fight dialogue that Gomez was not afraid of the massive Klitschko. In the moments before the fist bell, the face of the Cuban fighter, shaded beneath the wide rim of a showy white hat, appeared cool and unbothered by the close presence of his opponent. Across the ring Vitali stood, his wide shoulders and tall frame seemed like an artist’s rendition of calm stoicism. Neither man’s countenance foretold a tale of dread, but instead, showed the confidence inherent in fighting men. continue
WBC CABOFE Heavyweight Champion, Manuel "El Toro" Quezada, is calling out James "Lights Out" Toney. Quezada, who's been working with Joe Goossen, is riding a 15-fight winning streak and is currently ranked # 17 by the WBC. "When I heard the news that James Toney wanted to start his own promotional company and headline his first show my eyes lit up," said Quezada. "I'm willing to fight him anywhere at anytime. James, this message is for you, LETS GET IT ON.. continue
NEW YORK (March 23, 2009) – “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey puts his undefeated record on the line March 28, when he faces fellow unbeaten junior middleweight Ronald Hearns in a 10-round bout on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Yorgey is proud to have the opportunity to compete on national television. “If I’m a boxing fan and I don’t have SHOWTIME then I’m going to run out and get it,” the outgoing, well-spoken Bridgeport, Pa., resident said. “You’ve got two guys that are undefeated trying to make it to the top. It’s going to be great.. continue
23.03.09 - By Trish Kilcullen - Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Boxing returned to Worcester, Massachusetts’ Mechanics Hall, after a hiatus since 1967, and came back in style, as the undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, made a statement in his home town debut, with a resounding second round technical knockout of veteran Patrick Thompson. Before a packed and partisan Worcester crowd, Rodriguez, improved his perfect record to 10-0-0, 7 KO’s, in his debut under the banner of his new promoter, Lou DiBella, of DiBella Entertainment, of New York.
Despite the brevity of the fight, Rodriguez took control from the very beginning with aggressive ring generalship, landing his patented La Bomba‘s to the body and head of his opponent, which ganged up to cause the stoppage at 2:11 seconds of the second stanza. continue
23.03.09 - By James Lovett: If reports on Boxrec are to be believed, Juan Urango is set to step up in weight to face WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto at 147lbs on the 30th May at a location to be decided in the United States. On paper, you would favour Berto. Fighting at home, comfortable at the weight, fast and a tidy boxer. Victory you would assume, would be Berto's any day of any week. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 23, 2009) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has planned an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing set for this Friday, March 27th at the UIC Pavilion for it’s inaugural WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT event..“As we start our 12th year, the most important thing for 8 Count has always been the loyal support we’ve maintained from boxing fans in the Chicagoland area. continue
PENSACOLA, Fla. (March 21, 2009) -- Fighting at home for the first time in a decade, 8-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) fought before a packed house of loyal fans and gave them exactly what they came for with a dazzling display of superior quickness and athleticism en route to a fifth-round stoppage of 4-time world title challenger Omar Sheika for the vacant NABO championship last night in Pensacola, Florida.
Jones-Sheika (27-8) headlined tonight’s hybrid pro boxing/mixed-martial-arts show, presented by Jones’ Square Ring Promotions in association with Hirsch Borao Boxing, on pay-per-view live from the Pensacola Civic Center.
The rejuvenated Jones put on another boxing clinic, firing a wide assortment of head and body punches that consistently landed from every conceivable angle from start to finish on the rugged but overmatched Sheika, who simply had no answers for the test given by the future Hall of Fame-bound Jones. continue
Frank Warren's show at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, will now take place on Friday, May 15. The card, which will feature the second professional fights of the 2008 Olympic trio, James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders, will be topped by Commonwealth heavyweight champion Martin Rogan. It has been pushed back a week because of television scheduling. "Belfast is a great fight city, and I am delighted to be staging another show there," said Warren. continue
By James Lovett - Following Juan Urango's potential move to 147lbs (see my other article), another possible comeback opponent for Junior Witter fades away. Witter has been inactive since November 2008, beating Victor Hugo Castro by 3rd round KO after a demoralising points loss to Timothy Bradley in May 2008. continue
by James Slater, photo by Pavel Terekhov -- click here to view huge Klitschko-Gomez photo gallery -- WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko got rid of one of his mandatory title challengers last night in Germany, as he battered a by all accounts disappointing Juan Carlos Gomez in an even more disappointing fight. Yet the WBC want "Dr. Iron Fist" to meet another mandatory contender next. Former champ Oleg Maskaev is the fighter, and the WBC want Klitschko to defend against him before he even thinks about boxing anyone else.
As has been reported, the 37-year-old champ and his team have already protested the organisation's demand, and Vitali has spoken frequently about how a fight against Maskaev does absolutely nothing for him or the paying fans. The question is, what will happen now? Will the WBC dig their heels in and threaten to strip Klitschko if he does not play ball? Or will Vitali get the fight he says he really wants next, one against Nikolai Valuev?
In truth, neither fight is that attractive. continue
Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2009) – It’s been nearly 10 years since any professional boxing promoter signed more than one member of a U.S. Olympic Boxing squad – but that drought is over with the recent signings by Goossen Tutor Promotions of 2008 Beijing Olympic teammates Shawn Estrada and Javier Molina. continue
All photos by Pavel Terekhov -- click here to view huge Klitschko-Gomez photo gallery --Former world cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez failed to fulfil his great dream of becoming heavyweight champion of the world in his first shot at the crown against WBC titlist Vitali Klitschko Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany. continue
22.03.09 - Jorge Antonio Vallejos: Arthur “The Whooping Crane” Cook might not have won the Canadian Heavyweight Championship on Friday, March 20, 2009, but he certainly won the crowd’s respect by bringing the rumble to Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada. “Arthur won the crowd over,” said Jason Ableson of Orion Sports Management, Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa’s Canadian promoters.
Cook danced to the ring with traditional dancers of the Rama First Nation reserve, the site of Casino Rama’s “Rumble at Rama” series. Dressed in traditional regalia—tanned leather with yellow trim, and a white robe sporting the colours of the Native American medicine wheel: white, yellow, red, and black—the drum heard throughout the entertainment centre announced Cook’s entrance and the bombs to come. continue
Olympic bronze medallist David Price has warned trash-talking rival Tyson Fury that his taunts may land him in trouble with the lanky Liverpudlian – for a second time. Professor Price dealt Fury a one side-sided amateur defeat in 2006, and now, with both men gunning for glory as professionals, a second meeting between the pair appears a natural. Price welcomes the challenge. “He’s (Fury) had three professional fights and is already talking as if he’s won three world titles,” says Price, who beat Fury 22-8 in the unpaid ranks. "He gave me some stick the other day and I haven’t even had a pro fight yet. To be honest, I’ve heard it all before from this guy, and if he hasn’t learnt his lesson from the last time he shouted his mouth off to me he never will. continue
March 23, 2009 — WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KO's) continued his winning ways by stopping former light middleweight champion Alex “Terra” Garcia in an impressive fashion this past Saturday night at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California. In front of a packed celebrity crowd and TV sets all over the nation, Espino and Garcia traded shots for the first three rounds when Espino then dropped Garcia twice at the end of rounds’ four and five. After the sixth round, Garcia failed to come out for the seventh round which then led to a KO for Espino while retaining his WBC CABOFE title. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr., March 22, 2009: On Saturday evening, ESPN 2 aired the Heavyweight Championship fight between WBC titlist Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KO’s) against Juan Carlos Gomez (44-2, 35 KO’s). The fight took place in a 'no where to run to,' tiny ring at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart Germany.
Klitschko has sparred with Gomez and they know each other a bit. After being away from boxing for almost four years and then coming back and administering a beating to former titlist Sam Peter, Vitali Klitschko looked great. He made easy work of Peter, who’s usually a very tough fight for anyone. Vitali didn’t expect the southpaw Gomez to be an easy fight.
For a HW fight, this one was fairly entertaining. The first round was almost comical since it was little more than a pawing contest that looked funny since Klitschko is orthodox and Gomez fights southpaw. From way up in the cheap seats, it must’ve looked like a two dimensional sword fight with jabs. continue
23.03.09 - By James Lovett: As WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Kilitschko recorded a 9th round stoppage win over brave challenger Juan Carlos Gomez this Saturday evening in Germany, the same story unfolded, repeated on forums and boxing websites throughout the world time and time again: "he was too heavy". As an Englishman watching myself, I couldn't disagree.
I am not referring to Vitali Klitschko here, or critisizing Juan Carlos Gomez for his belief that increased weight would increase his chances of victory on Saturday, rather reviewing the trainers of these fighters, their motivational skills and who fail to learn from predeseccors mistakes. continue
March 22nd 2009 - By Irish Paddy Cronan, OnTheGrindBoxing.com: 7:40 PM in Dublin’s new O2. I’m sitting ringside talking to Irish Light Heayweight Jamie Power when my phone goes off. This was nothing unusual as my phone had been hopping all day leading up to the fight. I opened the text to see it was from Dean Byrne. I read it: Freddie (Roach) has predicted that Ben Dunne will win his title by knock out. I had been nervous all day long this was the biggest moment in Irish boxing this millennium. I felt comforted by the news. The stage was set and the battle lines were drawn.
Round 1 and 2 - Cordoba used his jab well to keep Dunne off. Bernard had some success with the left hook. Coming towards the end of the second round Dunne put the foot down and was landing punches in two’s and three’s. continue
By Ted Sares, photo courtesy of CyberBoxingZone - What makes it more shocking is the fact that Bobby prepared very hard for this fight and the other guy came in here on one day's notice…It's just a freak accident, a one in a million thing that. --Gabe Mari, trainer at the Somerville Boxing Club
I remember him saying before the fight that he'd rather die than lose this fight. -- Bob Benson Sr.
He was in the fight of his life and then he fought for his life…It's an awful, awful tragedy to all involved. His father was in the corner with me. His trainer, Bobby Covino, is beside himself. You start wondering, should I have done this, should I have done that? It's too late. It's too late. The fight went on and I thought he was winning the fight. Even in the 10th round... --Norman Stone, Bobby’s manager. continue
March 22, 2009 - by Suge Green: As the rumors increase in frequency, and in the reputability of the respective sources reporting them, many have already accepted that Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather is returning to the boxing ring later this year. While it isn't exactly confirmed yet, many fans and pundits of the sport alike have began to speculate as to who Floyd's next opponent might be. Though it's pretty much a given that he will be looking to reaffirm his pound for pound ranking...specifically it is thought that he desires either a bout with the winner of Pacquiao-Hatton scheduled for later this year, or possibly a contest versus Juan Manuel Marquez in the not too distant future. However on his way there, it is all but a given that he will be fighting the traditional "tuneup" fight first. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida, former pound-for-pound king and multi-weight world champ Roy Jones Junior proved he can still look like a million dollars against the right opponent. Outclassing and eventually stopping the rugged yet hittable Omar Sheika, the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer opened a nasty cut over the 32-year-old's right eye, prompting referee Tommy Kimmons to call a halt to the bout at 1-minute and 45-seconds of the 5th round. Improving to 53-5(39), Jones picked up the vacant NABO 175-pound strap. Paterson, New Jersey's Sheika, who must retire, surely, fell to 27-9(18). continue
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Scheduled to join the team & take calls will be the last American Heavyweight Champion, Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs. Shannon will be addressing some of the many rumors in circulation which he happens to be the subject of, in addition to helping the team review last night's WBC Heavyweight Championship defense by Vitali Klitschko in which he retained his title by defeating Juan Carlos Gomez. Also find out why Nottingham's own WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch (photo by Chris Royle), failed to win over the American hosts of OnTheGrind Boxing Radio, when Ireland Correspondent Paddy Cronan lined him up for a weekend interview to discuss his upcoming bout against Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor stateside next month. continue
By Taj K. Eubanks - March 22, 2009 - Fresh off the heels of his unexpected (to all except Freddie Roach) shellacking of Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao found himself finally atop the P4P heap, a spot he had competed for neck-and-neck with Joe Calzaghe for some time. Yet this win, and the emphatic nature in which it was realized, made most people in the know admit that, despite Calzaghe’s unbeaten resume and win over the ageless Bernard Hopkins, we were witnessing a an unequivocal top dog emerge in the Filipino bomber. It followed then that, having shown he could acquit himself in superlative fashion at 147 pounds, Pacquiao’s next scalp should be none other than that of the preceding #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, the “retired” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. continue
by James Slater - Tyson Fury is not the only UK heavyweight currently making waves as an exciting prospect. Last night, on the under-card of the Ian Nappa-Malik Bouziane European bantamweight title fight (which defending champ Nappa lost on points), 30-year-old man-mountain Larry Olubamiwo made it 4-0(4) as he scored a brutal KO. Destroying 31-year-old Pole Michal Skierniewski mere seconds into the opening round, "The War Machine" looked devastating - limited opponent or not. continue
21.03.09 - By Paul Strauss: Dr Ironfist sedated the Black Panther in Hanns-Martin Schleyer Halle, Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. The official time was 1:48 of the 9th round, but from the seventh round on it was a foregone conclusion. In fact, Vitali Klitschko probably took every round, but the first.
The fight was definitely not a thing of beauty. But, the Klitschko brothers have a way of continuing to win. In this particular contest, the so called better boxer, Juan Carlos Gomez, is the one who looked sloppy. He (and Vitali) pawed with his jab. He tried to use it as a range finder and shade for his straight left.
Initially, it appeared Vitali might cooperate with the big cat, because he moved to his right, which was into Gomez' power. However, Gomez was unable to land the left because Vitali would either block it with his right, or slip it to his right continue
By Per Ake Persson: March 21, Stuttgart, Germany: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko retained the title with a hard fought ninth round stoppage of the brave Cuban Black Panther, Juan Carlos Gomez. The fight was stopped at 1.49 with Gomez taking a beating along the ropes. He had been down earler in the round as well and was also hurt by a clash of heads that led to a point deduction from Klitschko. After eight rounds the big Ukrainian was ahead on scores of 80-71 and 79-72 twice. Gomez was fast out at the first bell while Klitschko looked rusty and clumsy. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 21 – It doesn’t matter if it’s Colombia, Florida, or London, England – super middleweight standout Edison “Pantera” Miranda is a hit wherever he goes. That was certainly the case Friday night at York Hall in the Bethnal Green section of London, as Miranda made a spectacular UK debut with a fifth round stoppage of Joey Vegas. continue
By Jim Slattengren: In one of the worse fights I've ever seen in my life, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) stopped challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-2, 35 KOs) in the 9th round tonight in Stuttgart, Germany. Vitali, 37, knocked Gomez down twice in the fight, once in the 7th and another time in the 9th. Shortly after the second knock down, Vitali caught Gomez against the ropes and hammered him with two left hooks to the head that caused Gomez to bend over as if he wanted to quit. The referee Daniel van de Wiele then stepped in and halted the fight at 1:49 of the round.
Vitali looked exhausted by the 2nd round, his mouth wide open and gasping for breath. He clinched often throughout the fight and banged heads with Gomez repeatedly and was warned by the referee. Gomez was cut over his eye from one of the clash of heads in the 5th, whereas Vitali was cut on his scalp. The action was sloppy for the most part, with Vitali jabbing, pawing, backing up and clinching frequently. Gomez looked even worse, pushing his right hand out in front of him to try and block shots but not throwing anything at all. He looked slow and lethargic. Actually, both fighters looked old and tired out there tonight. continue
2007 amateur world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade made his second consecutive appearance on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" this Friday at the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, TX and improved his record to 4-0, 4KO. Andrade who opened the March 6th FFN telecast with a first round annihilation of Tom Joseph, once again showed why many consider him to be the top amateur prospect to come out of the 2008 Olympics, by dismantling Arnulfo Javier Romero (3-4, 1KO), scoring a TKO at 2:53 of the second round. The bout was promoted by Andrade's co-promoters, Art Pelullo's Banner Promotions, and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. continue
March 21, 2009 - Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (9-0, 4 KO’s) made the first defense of his Canadian Heavyweight title a memorable one, bombing out Winnipeg’s Arthur Cook (14-5-2, 5 KO’s) via devastating 8th round TKO Friday night at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. Cook came out aggressively in the first half of the fight pressing the pace, but never landing any damaging shots, all the while walking into stiff Kielsa counters. continue
Interview by Peter Mark Heintzelman & Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Bad Intentions focus on April 25th, as the WBC super middleweight title is at stake, at the brand spanking new MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, in Mashantucket, CT. And what better way to kick off the new theater, than with the world wide interest in the sensational match up between the crown holder and Brit, Carl “The Cobra” Froch, and the mandatory challenger, the USA’s Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor.
In Carl Froch’s EastSideBoxing release entitled, “Carl Froch Flys the Flag for Great Britain,” the sole British world champion, and holder . . at least currently . . of the WBC Super Middleweight Title, is coming across the Pond next month to defend his belt. The 31 year old Froch is undefeated, with a record of 24-0-0, 19 KO’s, and claims “I’m the best super middleweight on the planet! continue
by James Slater - Years ago it would have been unheard of. Tonight, as all big boxing fans are only too aware, there are two most interesting and competitively matched world title fights taking place in Europe - as WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko meets his number-one contender Juan Carlos Gomez in Germany, and WBA super-bantamweight boss Ricardo Cordoba meets Ireland's Bernard Dunne in Dunne's home country. Big fights to be sure, but, staggeringly, upsettingly and disappointingly, neither fight can be watched live on UK television. As I've said already, years ago this would have been unheard of. continue
By Per Ake Persson: March 21, Hamburg, Germany: Susianna Kentikian retained the WIBF and WBA female flyweight titles with a ten round unanimous decision over outclassed American challenger Elena Reid. The judges scored the fight 100-90 twice and 100-91. Reid had her day back in 2004 when she looked very unlucky to only get a draw with Regina Halmich, who was commentator for Pro Sieben on this show. Off this showing it looks time for "Baby Doll" to do something else than boxing as the agressive Kentikian dominated every round. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, at the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, 28-year-old Edison "Pantera" Miranda made a successful UK debut, as he hammered the useful Ugandan Joey Vegas to a 5th round defeat. Boxing slightly above the light-heavyweight limit, the big-hitting Colombian put Vegas down twice in the 3rd round, and in the 5th round he pounded on his man sufficiently for referee Ken Curtis to decide to dive in and save the 27-year-old from taking further punishment. The official time was 2-minutes and 35-seconds of the 5th, and with the win Miranda improved to 32-3(28). Vegas, who gave it a go, fell to 11-5-1(4).
Miranda, in front of an interested audience of fans who were thrilled to see the big name boxing in London for the very first time, started slowly, throwing only jabs in the opening three minutes. Vegas, who has some cute moves and is experienced, got through with the punch of the round, a sneaky right to the head. It was a very quiet opener, though. continue
PENSACOLA, FL (March 21, 2009) Declaring himself “Primed and Pumped” for his cruiserweight showdown tonight, Las Vegas based BJ “EL PELIGROSO” Flores is in Pensacola, Florida for his NABO cruiserweight title against Columbian banger Jose Luis Herrera. “I’m thrilled to be here and most thankful to John Wirt and the entire Square Ring team and Mark Reels from the NABO along with Paco Valcarcel and the WBO for sanctioning this fight. I have trained very hard and will be coming in well prepared. This fight WILL not go the distance". continue
Carl Froch stands alone as Britain’s sole World boxing champion and the WBC Super Middleweight title holder doesn’t plan on giving up that status any time soon. The Cobra makes the first defence of his title next month when he travels to the U.S. for a mega fight with former undisputed middleweight champ, Jermain Taylor. Froch's April 25th date at The Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut is seen as a risky assignment by many but Froch says he’s in the business of taking calculated risks. continue
20.03.09 - by James Slater - As soon as Floyd "Money" Mayweather Junior announced he would be retiring, right after he'd beaten Ricky Hatton in December of 2007, the sceptics came out in force. Sure the then 30-year-old's talk was just that, talk, the experts felt it was only a matter of time before the pound-for-pound king boxed again. Well, it looks like this line of thinking was correct after all.
Making headlines on various web sites now is the story ESPN.com broke yesterday, in which unidentified sources contacted the site's writer Dan Rafael and told him that "Money" will definitely be coming back, and that we could see the 32-year-old great back in the ring doing his stuff as early as July 11th.
Rumours about Mayweather having been seen training in his Las Vegas gym have been circulating for a while now, and according to the two faceless guys in the know who spoke to ESPN, Floyd has indeed been working out, and he has been looking sharp in doing so. continue
21.03.09 - by James Slater - Former WBA featherweight king Barry "The Clones Cyclone" McGuigan is one of the most popular and respected Irish fighters in history. Becoming world champ back in June of 1985, when he out-pointed great Panamanian Eusebio Pedroza over fifteen rounds in a fine battle, Barry endeared himself to his countrymen. Tonight, 29-year-old Bernard Dunne gets his chance to do the same thing, as he will climb into the ring with Panama's current WBA super-bantamweight ruler Ricardo Cordoba. continue
“The fight is on!” states ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner after a long meeting with members of the Klitschko management group and K2 promotions regarding the ring size for tomorrow’s WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and Juan Carlos Gomez. Less than 24 hours before the big fight a measurement of the ring showed that it was almost 4 feet shorter than allowed by the WBC rules. “I have been at the venue personally”, says Öner. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (March 19, 2009) – photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Undefeated middleweight/super middleweight sensation Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez had a very successful “Homecoming,” stopping 30-fight veteran Patrick Thompson for only the second time in his career in Thursday night’s main event at historic Mechanics Hall. “Homecoming,” promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Manfredo’s Gym, was taped live as part of DiBella’s “Broadway Boxing Series,” which shot in New England for the first time.
The 23-year-old Dominican Republic-born Rodriguez, living in Worcester, improved his perfect pro record to 10-0 (7 KOs) with a second-round technical knockout of Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs), who went the distance with notables such as present IBF mandatory middleweight title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo, John Duddy, Joe Greene, Vanes Martirosyan, Sechew Powell, and Ishe Smith. Thompson had been stopped only once, 5-½ years ago, by Alfonso Gomez. continue
A hotly-contested 140-pound world title unification fight between confident, talented world champions Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Kendall “Rated R” Holt will take place on Saturday, April 4, live on SHOWTIME at 10:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).In an eagerly awaited main event in what is being called the biggest international boxing event in Montreal, Canada, since Roberto Duran defeated Sugar Ray Leonard nearly 30 years ago, Bradley and Holt will meet at the historic Bell Centre to unify their respective World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles. continue
KENDALL HOLT: “It’s going to be a great night in boxing for Team Holt. We’re in good shape for this fight. We have a game plan for this fight and a backup game plan. The thing is to follow the game plan precise. I have a plan B just in case that doesn’t work. But I’ve been training for two months for this fight and I have to execute the game plan as planned. I can’t really compare Bradley to anyone I have fought before because he has natural ability. He is a different kind of boxer, a boxer with a jab and decent speed, so I can’t compare him to anyone I’ve fought before. continue
20.03.09 - all photos by Pavel Terekhov -- click here to view Klitschko-Gomez weigh-in gallery -- At today’s weigh-in Stuttgart, Germany, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 35 KOs) weighed in at 249.1. His challenger, Juan Carlos Gomez (44-1, 35 KOs) weighed in at a bulky 230.4.
The fight is being shown live at 6 p.m. EDT on ESPN CLASSIC in the United States and live on RTL Television in Germany.
Gomez Trainer Cuellar: Klitschko has no chance to win:
This man stands for a history of upsets: trainer Orlando Cuellar lead “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson to numerous spectacular wins including Johnson’s sensational 9th round ko over former pound-for-pound-king Roy Jones jr. “I remember that Glen was the 7:1 underdog at that fight”, states Cuellar. “I didn’t care and we kicked Roy’s ass. The odds may be similar this time – and again I couldn’t care less. Let the fans and so called experts say and think whatever they want. We will give our answer in the ring. And Klitschko doesn’t stand a chance.. continue
NEW YORK (March 19, 2009) – The number of fighters who have become world champions after appearing on ShoBox The New Generation since its inception in July 2001 stands at 30. That means viewers likely will be witnessing a future world titleholder approximately every fourth telecast. continue
Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter (32-2, 23 KOs) is a man of his word. After losing his title to Vitali Klitschko last October in Germany, the powerful slugger vowed to redeem himself by taking on the best the division has to offer on his road back to the top. And to prove he means what he says, Peter will jump right back into the thick of it against once-beaten and IBF #3 rated "Fast" Eddie Chambers (33-1, 18 KOs) on March 27 at the Nokia Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and televised live on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights". continue
20.03.09 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'C.E.O. Fridays' we shine the spotlight on arguably the most talented figure in the sport over the last few decades. His speed, reflexes, and overall talent once made him impossible to hit, let alone defeat. As we often learn in life, "what goes up must soon come down"; and when reviewing the story line of the great Roy Jones jr., some may say that adage could never be more pronounced. As he prepares for a homecoming bout in Pensacola, Florida this weekend, many around the world of boxing openly question whether or not this is in fact the end? Despite his humbling defeat to Joe Calzaghe, his supporters parallel that question with one of their own which boldly ask "why should it be"? As we pick those arguments apart, like each of my other 'C.E.O. Fridays', we'll spin the topic full circle by viewing the 'supporters' perspective, the 'critics' perspective, and in the end, the truth in a more 'neutral' perspective. So with no further ado, we now hone in on the legendary Roy Jones jr...... continue
Olympic champion James DeGale faced his toughest opponent yet today - The Queen. DeGale picked up an MBE from Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace, along with other British stars of the 2008 Games. "I was pretty nervous, it's much more frightening than boxing!" said DeGale, who was honoured after landing the middleweight title in China. "But the Queen was fantastic and I actually had quite a long chat with her. She was asking me about my boxing and how I started out - hopefully she'll now become a fan. continue
Marco “Captain” Huck will make the third defence of his European Cruiserweight Title in Bamberg on May 9 when he takes on former world champion Firat Arslan. “I have great memories of Bamberg,” Huck said. “In May 2007, I defeated Vadim Tokarev in a title eliminator. It was a great fight – the crowd support really was superb. I look forward to returning.. continue
The bell has already rung for the April 4 "Lightweight Lightning" main event between undefeated KO artist Edwin Valero and the hard-hitting Antonio Pitaula when the two pugilist joined each other on an international conference call this week and exchanged heated blows. The call also featured Jesus Chavez, who is excited to be fighting in his hometown of Austin, Texas and is seriously training for a bout against the extremely talented Michael Katsidis, a fight he needs to win.
"Lightweight Lightning," an unprecedented four-bout pay-per-view card features Valero vs. Pitalua in a 12 round bout for the vacant WBC Interim World Lightweight Crown, Casamayor vs. Diaz in a 10 round lightweight bout, Katsidis vs. Chavez in a 10 round lightweight bout and Hernandez vs. Escobedo in a 10 round bout. The four-bout lightweight extravaganza will take place on Saturday, April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. continue
by James Slater - Five days on from his shocking 9th round TKO loss to the previously largely unknown Ola Afolabi, and former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli is still at a loss as to what happened. Showing great character, the Welshman who lost in his interim title fight in Manchester was a telephone guest on today's Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta TV. While it would have been understandable for Maccarinelli to have preferred to have kept himself hidden away after suffering the kind of shattering loss he was subjected to against Afolabi, Enzo instead wanted to talk about the third defeat of his career. continue
By Jorge Antonio Vallejos - Friday March 20, 2009 will mark the first time a Native American fights for a major North American title—the Canadian Heavyweight Championship. Arthur “The Whooping Crane” Cook (14-4-2, 5 KOs), an Oji-Cree fighter hailing from Peguis First Nation Reserve, Manitoba, Canada, will face off against undefeated Canadian Heavyweight Champion Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (8-0-0, 3 KOs) at “Rumble at Rama 7”, Casino Rama, Rama, Ontario, Canada. continue
by James Slater - With around six weeks to go until fight night, Manny Pacquiao has begun sparring for his May 2nd meeting with Ring magazine light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton. And, according to reports coming out of The Wild Card Gym in LA, the Filipino southpaw looked nothing short of sensational in day one of his sparring.
Conditioning coach Alex Ariza told Inside Sports that day-one of sparring was "very exciting." Working with the pound-for-pound king was unbeaten pro Art Hovhannesyan, a 7-0-1(2) lightweight Ariza describes as "a very tough, rugged Armenian."
When the two fighters got down to work, however, Pacquiao wasted no time in coming out in an aggressive manner, letting both hands go. "Pac-Man" dropped the 27-year-old in the 2nd round of the spar session, and then cut him over the left eye in the 4th round - forcing the session to be stopped. continue
Roy Jones Jr.: To have people come out and support me like this is a great feeling. And all this trash talking that is going on it what it’s all about. People are wondering why I have picked a big puncher like Omar Sheika to bring to my hometown. You know I don’t do anything easy. All these people are paying good money to come see the fights and we have to put on a good show. They don’t want to see easy fights. He’s 32 and this is an opportunity of a lifetime for him. I owe my fans a tough fight, that’s why I brought in a guy like this. You know he is going to be hungry. continue
18.03.09 - by James Slater - Like him or loathe him, and whether you feel he deserves to be or not, former light-welterweight and welterweight champ Zab "Super" Judah is still one of the biggest names in the 140-pound division. He may have lost a number of his most recent hi-profile bouts, but the southpaw from Brooklyn is still in the hunt for fights against the top men in his weight class - most of all Ricky Hatton. continue
Photo by TKO BOXING Promotions -- CINCINNATI, OH, (March 19, 2009) Thursday was media day in Cincinnati as the featured local fighters on “3 THE HARD WAY”, held a public workout and hit the television and radio stations with thoughts on this Saturday night’s world class boxing event at the U.S. BANK ARENA. Ricardo Williams Jr., Rashad Holloway and amateur phenom Rau'Shee Warren were on hand in the afternoon as media and fans turned out at the Mt. Auburn Community Center to see the trio make their final preparations.
Welterweight Prospect and 2000 Silver Olympic Silver Medalist, Ricardo Williams Jr.: “I’m thrilled to be fighting back at home. This is my fifth fight back since last June, maybe one or two more after this and I’m ready for a top ten fight. You can’t dwell on the past or you’ll never move forward.. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: The Massachusetts’ Boxing Commission was all business today, registering and weighing in the fighters scheduled to fight this Thursday, March 19, 2009, at Mechanics’ Hall, in Worcester, MA.Dana Morey, General Manager of the Irish Times Restaurant, on Main Street in the city, opened his doors today to the press corp and general public who packed the restaurant to view the weigh in event, featuring middleweights, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, of Worcester and Patrick Thompson, of Lincoln, Nebraska. continue
By Ron Scarfone - Stacey “stayLo” Reile (8-1, 3 KOs) and Crystal “Choo Choo” Delgado (8-0, 1 KO) are two female contenders from different weight classes. Both are ranked by the computerized ratings on BoxRec.com: Reile at No. 7 in the featherweight division and Delgado at No. 14 in the junior lightweight division. On March 26, 2009, they will meet in the boxing ring at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Houston, Texas. The bout will be at a catch weight of 128 pounds which is in the middle of the featherweight limit of 126 pounds and the junior lightweight limit of 130 pounds. Reile has campaigned as a junior featherweight for most of her career, but moved to the featherweight division last year. continue
Bernard Dunne: This is the big one but I'm the underdog so there's no real pressure on me. I have everything to gain and he has everything to lose. The atomsphere in The O2 is going to be fantastic. My training camp has been the hardest of my career but I've really enjoyed it and the times flown. I just can't wait to get in there now on Saturday night and do the business and make it a great day for Irish sport.
Ricardo Cordoba: The title is coming back to Panama with me becuase I am not gong to give up this belt. I have worked too hard to become World Champion to just throw it all away. I'm very confident and I feel in great shape. In fact this last time I felt as good before a fight was when I beat Celestino Caballero back in 2004 so if that's anything to go by Dunne is in a lot of trouble. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (March 18, 2009) – The NEW Joint will be jumpin’! Undefeated IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON and three-time world champion ANTONIO TARVER will meet in a rematch of their world title fight, Saturday, May 9, in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:30 p.m. EDT / 7:30 p.m. PDT. continue
Exclusive interview by James Slater - Warrior Ray Mercer, the former Olympic gold medallist and former WBO heavyweight champion, takes part in a most fascinating fight this coming May 30th in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Facing "Merciless" will be MMA star Tim Sylvia, and the bout will be fought under boxing rules. Sylvia has always wanted to give the noble art a try, and he embarks on his debut against the still teak-tough 47-year-old in just over two month's time. continue
18.03.09 - Welcome to the no-holds barred epic portrayal of the life of heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tyson: The Movie will take you on an incredible journey into the legendary boxer’s life, from his days as a teenage drug dealer and thief in New York to his meteoric rise to fame as the champion of the world and through to his shocking, outrageous decline.
For the first time in history, and in his own words, this unparalleled extremist takes you deep into his gritty world of crime, drug addiction and violence. Witness the “monster” fighting for his reputation and his very life while imprisoned for rape, tearing Evander Holyfield’s ear off with his teeth and tasting defeat at the hands of Britain’s Lennox Lewis... all before finally declaring bankruptcy and revealing the loss of a $400 million fortune.
The top of the world or the bottom of the ocean... there is no in-between. For more details check out http://www.tysonmovie.co.uk. continue
Two of the most promising heavyweight prospects in Britain will be in action this Friday, March 20 on the undercard of the Ian Napa vs. Malik Bouzaine European bantamweight title fight show at Newham Leisure Centre in London. Larry Olubamiwo and Tom Dallas both turned professional last year with promoter Frank Maloney and have each hammered their way to perfect records after three bouts. continue
PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. (March 19, 2009) – Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY is all business as he prepares for his world title unification rumble with World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion KENDALL “Rated R” HOLT. The winner will surely see his stock rise and emerge as the 140-pound division’s only unified champion. continue
by James Slater - Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster picked up his second comeback win this past Saturday, as he clearly out-pointed useful Brit Michael Sprott in Germany. Now a member of the Sauerland Event stable, the 35-year-old warrior is looking to get back to the top of the tree in his division.
Now sporting a record of 35-4(30), "Relentless" is planning to have one or two more tune-up type bouts, before getting what he hopes will be a title shot - hopefully one against the man he has both defeated and lost to, in Wladimir Klitschko. Now healthy again after having undergone retinal surgery, Brewster is feeling better than ever - as he told me earlier today in a telephone interview. continue
18.03.09 - by James Slater - British big men Danny Williams and John McDermott meet in an intriguing rematch this coming May 2nd. When the two met last July, "Big Bad John" succeeded in giving the defending British champion all he could handle in a very eventful fight - eventually losing via a points margin that some saw as a lucky and undeserved result for Williams. continue
Photo: Universum Box-Promotion / André Boge - The "Fantastic Four" of spotlight boxing, Susi Kenitkian, Sebastian Zbik, Sebastian Köber and Vitali Tajbert will headline the „ProSieben Fight Night“ on March 20th in Hamburg. Female WBA / WIBF world flyweight champion Susi Kentikian returns to action in front of her hometown crowd. In a very attractive matchup on March 20th at the „ProSieben Fight Night“ at the famous Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany the “Killer Queen” will defend her WIBF and WBA belts against Elena Reid. The experienced American is best known for her two grueling bouts with female ring legend Regina Halmich. ProSieben will broadcast the fight live from 10:15 pm. continue
by James Slater - If the fight card comes off as Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer hopes it will, boxing fans are in for a great, great night on June 27th. According to a news article on Ring magazine's website, Schaefer is right now working on getting the much sought after Chris John Vs. Rocky Juarez rematch, along with world title fights James Kirkland Vs. Sergei Dzindziruk and Victor Ortiz Vs. Andreas Kotelnik, to take place on a mega-card at The Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
The second, and necessary instalment of John and Juarez going at it with the WBA featherweight belt on the line is some fight by itself, but the chance to also see two of the sport's best up-and-coming fighters getting their first chance at a world title - in 154-pounder Kirkland and 140-pounder Ortiz - will make the card a must-see event. All three bouts would be relatively tough ones to pick at the very least.
Most fans felt Indonesia's John did enough to have been given a win instead of the draw he got against Juarez last month, yet the unbeaten champ will have to be at his best in a rematch. continue
With one whistling right hand, the "Best Kept Secret in Boxing" got out and newly crowned WBO Interim Cruiserweight Champion Ola "Kryptonite" Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) couldn't be happier. "I told you!" shouted the 28-year-old transplanted Californian. "I said this would be my coming out party and that's exactly what it was!" Although he was considered an underdog going in to his fight against former champion Enzo Maccarinelli at the M.E.N. Arena, in Manchester on Saturday night, Afolabi tore into his Welsh opponent and had him hurt a few times before a picture-perfect overhand right sent him crashing to the deck in round nine. continue
Female WBA World flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (23-0, 16 KOs) returns to action in front of her hometown crowd. In a very attractive matchup on March 20th at the 'ProSieben Fight Night' at the famous Sporthalle in Hamburg, the 'Killer Queen' will defend her WBA belt against Elena Reid. The experienced American is best known for her two grueling bouts with female ring legend Regina Halmich. ProSieben will broadcast the fight live from 10:15 pm. Elena "Baby Doll" Reid (19-4-6, 5 KOs) is well known to the German boxing fans when she battled Regina Halmich twice. In their first bout in november 2004 Reid claimed a controversial draw. continue
17.03.09 - By Vivek Wallace: "The experience of working closely with the veterans and hearing their stories about going to war and the things they dealt with is enough to drive a man to tears." --- Francisco Palacios (WBA Fedelatin Cruiserweight Champion)
Often in life we learn that many of the things which stand before us are never quite what they appear. Be it the blonde sitting solo in the corner at closing time or the multi-millionaire driving the '83 Oldsmobile; when you take a little time to investigate, sure enough, there's far more to the story than typically meets the eye. Similarly, to catch a glimpse of an extremely vocal specimen standing 6'2", weighing in at a near 200lbs from a southpaw stance, the first inclination would be that this is a guy who doesn't have a compassionate bone in his body. Fortunately for those who have crossed his path, a very contrasting perspective fell into place. continue
New York, NY – Everlast, home to the greatest boxing champions of all time, recently announced a worldwide licensing agreement with Muhammad Ali Enterprises LLC, timed to Everlast's centennial anniversary in 2010 and the 50th anniversary of Muhammad Ali's Olympic gold medal performance. The licensing agreement will center on the introduction of "The Muhammad Ali(TM) Collection," a dedicated boxing equipment product line honoring the life and times of the iconic boxer. continue
ATLANTA, GA, MARCH 18, 2009: VMG Worldwide, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Vexiom Corporation, is among the world’s premier sports, entertainment, and media companies, announced today that Haitian WBA Fedelatin Champion Daniel Edouard has signed with the company for exclusive worldwide marketing representation. The Haitian native’s decision to add VMG to his marketing team demonstrates his commitment to making every effort to remain fully engaged with his U.S. and International fans, media and community groups across the globe. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Last Saturday, March 14, was held in Mexicali, BC, the championship battle between WBA Light Flyweight interim champion César Canchila and rude challenger Giovanni Segura, who after four intense rounds captured the scepter that was on Canchila hands since July 26, 2008, when he defeated Segura by unanimous decision. This second match lasted only four episodes, but they were intense since the bell rang in the first round until the incredible nine times it sounded at the end of the fourth. It was a controversial end, not by the way Giovanni Segura controlled the actions, but by the unfortunate arbitration of Panamanian Julio Cesar Alvarado, who stopped the fight confused, after the timekeeper rang the bell almost ten times before he could hear it!
Giovanni Segura started the fight according to the plan, which was to press the champion from the very beginning. The challenger did it so impeccable that Canchila was floored in the first and second rounds. continue
WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion and former Contender alum Miguel Espino (19-2-1, 8 KO's) is eager to get back in the ring after almost a year off since his last fight and is ready to show the Middleweight division that he is no longer a prospect and should be considered a legitimate contender. Ranked #6 by the WBC, Espino has won his last ten fights dating back to 2004 when he lost a decision to Peter Manfredo Jr. in the semi-finals on the initial Contender TV Series. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman and Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - It’s been a long time (1967 actually) since the Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts has heard the sounds of leather and boxing bells. But that will all end this Thursday, when the first bell strikes on a DiBella Entertainment and Manfredo’s Gym, LLC card, featuring Worcester’s middleweight hope, 23 year old, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez. continue
by James Slater - German-based Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez, the talented southpaw who held the WBC cruiserweight title for a number of years, has been talking a great fight ahead of this coming Saturday's rumble with WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko. Convinced he will both give "Dr. Iron Fist" the toughest fight of his life AND beat him, the 35-year-old has bristled with confidence.
There was nothing different in the way the challenger acted at today's press conference held in the country that will stage the intriguing fight - as Gomez told all in attendance that he would "beat his [Vitali's] face in," and that "I am the better boxer." The press conference was a joint affair, USA Today reports, and the reigning heavyweight champ also spoke to those members of the media who had gathered.
Klitschko, like his younger brother Wladimir, is not one who takes to being spoken to in such disrespectful tones at all well. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Cecilia “First Lady” Braekhus, 27, who last Saturday night won in Kiel, Germany, the vacant WBA/WBC female welterweight titles, became Colombia’s first-ever female champion as she out boxed Vinni Skovgaard of Denmark. Braekhus, who was born in Cartagena de Indias on September 28, 1981, grew up in Norway and started her athletic career as a kick boxer at the age of 14. continue
By Jason Sardelis: According to Golden Boy’s Richard Schaefer, “Sugar” Shane Mosley will disregard some writers implications he should call it quits. Some even insinuated that after Mosley’s second beating of the Golden Boy Oscar DeLaHoya it was down hill noting two loses each to Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright. It was his very close unanimous decision loss to undefeated WBA welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto that forced some to give the five time world champions another glance. continue
By Ted Sares - Puerto Rico has produced a most compelling tapestry of sports in general and boxing in particular. --The Author
Felix “Tito” Trinidad (1990-2008) -- “Tito” is the last of his generation. There is little doubt that this three time champion will become a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame. This great KO artist now looks to be retired with a fine slate of 42-3. Before losing to Bernard Hopkins in 2001, he was 40-0. He also made fifteen successful defenses of his welterweight title. With a suspect chin and bricks in his glove, he brought great excitement into the square circle, and in that regard, he was not unlike another great bomber, Edwin “El Chapo“Rosario. continue
DiBella Entertainment has furthered bolstered its light heavyweight roster with yesterday’s signing WBC #6/WBA #7/IBF #11 rated 175 lbs. contender Yusaf Mack. With Mack now on board, DBE boasts a ultra-talented trio of light heavyweight contenders that also includes WBC #8/IBF #9/WBA #13 contender Shaun George and legendary “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson (co-promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing and DBE). All three DBE fighters are ready and willing to challenge the top reigning American light heavyweight world champion, Chad Dawson (WBC). continue
by James Slater - 22-year-old Amir Khan is feeling on top of the world right now, after his career-best win over the great (if faded) Marco Antonio Barrera. So much confidence has the 5th round TD win given the lightweight star, Khan is now convinced the KO loss he suffered against Breidis Prescott last year was nothing but a blip on his way towards becoming a world champion. continue
By Tony Nobbs: The fight game in Australia was hit hard with the March 9 shooting death of former National and OPBF havyweight champion outside the house he owned in Preston, Melbourne, following a tenancy dispute.
He was officially 41. Vinnie debuted as a pro light heavyweight on August 23, 1985 knocking out Glenn Irvine in one round at the Italian Club in Geelong. In his second fight he knocked out veteran Paul Donnelly in one. He fought on the under card of the March 1, 1992 Nelson - Fenech rematch at Princess Park in front of 38,000 live fans and a nation wide PPV audience in 1992, drawing with Steve Hudson - who he’d previously beaten. He won the Australian crown by knocking out Melbourne rival James Grima in 3 rounds in March 1995. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 16 - Golden Boy Promotions' prospect and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo has agreed to step in and face Carlos Hernandez on the April 4th "Lightweight Lightning" pay-per-view event after former World Champion Jorge Barrios was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a right temporal bone fracture above the temple he suffered while training. The fight is part of a quadruple header at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas and rounds out the highly anticipated pay-per-view event. continue
By Tony Nobbs: In a non title ten rounder, IBO middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale had a qick night in the oiffice, scoring a knockkout at 1.58 of the first stanza over Canada’s late replacement Ian Mac Killiop – headlining a Pay Per View card at The Cube in Campbelltown, Sydney West on Wednesday night. Mac Killop was shaken by a right hand in the opening minute and was soon puring blood from his nose after a clash of heads. A left hook dropped the veteran from Montreal and he was counted out. continue
16.03.09 - By John Wight, photo by David Martin Warr - DKP -- One of the most exciting and compelling aspects to the sport of boxing is the manner in which one fight can completely change a fighter’s fortunes, turning a journeyman into a contender and vice versa.
Last Saturday night’s ‘Coming Of Age’ Frank Warren extravaganza was one of the most eagerly anticipated promotions in this country for a long time. At last, after his crushing defeat by Breidis Prescott, and after having spent the time since based in LA under the tutelage of renowned trainer, Freddie Roach, we were about to see once and for all if Amir had made the considerable improvements required if he was to be taken seriously as championship contender. Standing in his way was Marco Antonio Barrera, a ring legend deserving of every inch of the miles of column inches that have been devoted to his praise in a career stretching back 20 years – years in which he has crowned world champion a stupendous 7 times at three different weights over 72 professional fights. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Palenque del FEX. Mexicali, BC. Mexico’s Giovanni Segura (20-1-1, KO´s 16) captured last night in this city the WBA Light Flyweight title as he defeated César Canchila of Cereté, Colombia. The first round started with a hungry Segura, who attacked the champion from all angles and eventually dropped him down with a vicious right hand. The second round was pretty much a replica of the first one, with Segura trying to finish the job he started earlier. continue
World ranked super middleweight Jesse Brinkley has returned to the gym, one month after his blood filled destruction of Northern Nevada rival Joey Gilbert, and is looking to taking on the very best in his division. “I know all the big names and they know me, but it seems like they’re more than a little reluctant to share a ring. Maybe all of Gilbert’s blood scared them” said lifelong Yerington, NV native. Describing the activity of the musical chairs being played by others in his division leaves Brinkley more than frustrated. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag takes aim at some very intriguing topics in the world of boxing. In what was initially viewed as a rare thing, yet after Saturday will probably become the norm, Amir Khan made the mailbag. Following his footsteps is a man who has now made the last three mailbags after barely surfacing prior to that. That man is none other than Mr. James Kirkland whose fan base is growing by the day. Closing up the gaps and closing the show is a look at Kelly Pavlik's potential opponent, and the future of Enzo Maccarinelli. So with no further ado, we jump right into the mix with a fight fan from H-Town who wanted to know the following....
Ricardo S. (Houston, TX): I read your 'call-out' article about Marco Antonio Barrera last Friday and wanted to know do you think Khan's victory was because he was truly the better man or because Barrera is washed up? continue
Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Current IBO Super Middleweight Champ & Contender Gold Medalist Sakio Bika spoke out this week about his frustration at the lack of challengers. Speaking from his home in Sydney Australia Bika had this to say. “I read about Bernard calling out to Joe Calzaghe who has retired – I say that Joe summed it up nicely in telling me & the media that I am the hardest hitting oppnent he had faced. This has obviously spooked him as he doesn’t want to know nothing about me. I gave Joe more troubles than B-Hop so why not fight me ? Are you scared ? . continue
By Irish Paddy Cronan, OnTheGrindBoxing.com: “There are two types of people in the world, the ones that talk about it and the ones that do it. If you want to do it you gotta stuck it up and you gotta get your ass back in that next round and hold out.”- Eddie Futch
Your either a fighter or your not. Its as simple as that. You see it every day. From my childhood I remember climbing trees. continue
Photos by Sauerland Event - Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham outclassed Lajuan Simon in Kiel on Saturday night to clinch the 29th victory in as many fights (23 KOs). Abraham connected with his trademark power punches throughout the entire 12 rounds and also knocked the brave challenger down in the third following a hard series. But Simon proved his great heart and chin as he refused to give up. “I was surprised that he could take so many punches,” King Arthur said. “He really is a tough guy. I would have preferred to win by KO, but every victory is nice. It was a pleasure to fight in front of the great fans here in Kiel.”
The sell-out crowd of 7,000 spectators roared every time King Arthur launched one his trademark assaults. He gave a first taste in the second round before putting Simon in serious trouble in the third. After a calm fourth, King Arthur again turned it on in the fifth, landing strong punches to body and head. continue
16 March 2009 - Sports Network Limited has always paid every fighter what he was due, but in this case Joe Calzaghe demanded $4.6million (at a conversion rate equivalent to around £3.25million) which Sports Network regarded as exaggerated and fanciful. continue
By Kenny Rushby: It's nothing that the excellent writer James Slater hasn't already said really, but I thought I'd put my own views forward on the recent UK bouts involving Tyson Fury, Amir Khan and Enzo Maccarinelli. Now I've seen all of Tyson Fury's fights so far, and it's clear to me he is a marketable guy. His name, for example, is one that sticks in the memory, stands out from the crowd, also he is just 20yrs old and 6'9" tall. A dream for any promoter worth his salt, right?
He does have some good boxing attributes for such a young, strapping lad too - good handspeed compliments a good variety of punches, he seems confident and aggressive and is fast gaining an interested fan base. continue
15.03.09 - by James Slater , Photo by David Martin Warr/DKP -- Last night's fight between young star Amir Khan and ageing lion Marco Antonio Barrera was reminiscent of the fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez, held back in 1996.
Back then the young star (De La Hoya) ripped his one-time idol to shreds and stopped him on cuts; last night the young star in Khan did likewise to his former idol, albeit with an accidental head-butt opening the cut on Marco's forehead (and, it must be said, Julio entered his fight with Oscar already having been injured over his eye, the cut he'd picked up a week before the fight being concealed so as not to postpone the big event). Also bringing back memories of the '96 bout is the way Barrera has been speaking after suffering defeat. continue
"Comanche Boy" George Tahdooahnippah improves to 18-0 with a sixth round stoppage of Jerry Perez Friday, March 13 at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, OK. "He was durable," Tahdooahnippah said after the fight, "but I knew I had to take care of business. I train hard and I hit hard. The first round I had to let him know that I have the power and that I would dictate the pace of the fight. I dropped him at the end of the round and knew I could hurt him. To my surprise, he came on strong rounds 2-4 -- he was giving it his all. continue
When an Olympic bronze medallist assures you that he’ll be even better as a professional, it’s time to sit up and take note. Those are the very sentiments of 2008 Beijing medallist David Price, the talented heavyweight from Liverpool set to turn pro on March 28 at the Echo Arena. Though claiming an Olympic bronze, Commonwealth gold, three Senior ABA titles and numerous multi-nation titles to his name, Price believes the best is still yet to come. “I’m a much better fighter now than I was in the Olympics,” states Price, who faces David Ingleby on March 28. “I think if I’d have boxed with my pro style in the amateurs I’d have been even more successful. continue
KIEL, GERMANY (March 14, 2009) - Photo by Sauerland Event - Former heavyweight champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster cruised his way to an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Michael Sprott at Ostseehalle in Kiel, Germany. Judges Ingo Barrabas and Norbert Duernberger scored the fight 78-73, while Wilhelm Vogl saw the fight 79-73.
Brewster, now 35-4 (30 knockouts), boxed effectively throughout, backing up Sprott with his sheer aggressive nature and powerful left jab. At the end of the third round Brewster landed the most significant punch of the fight, a hard left hook following a grazing right hand that resulted in the only knockdown of the match. Sprott was hurt by the punch but the bell saved him from further damage. continue
By Jason Sardelis: March 14th, M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom: The “Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, a veteran twenty eight title fights and 72 professional bouts total could have taken a page from fellow Mexican American fighter Robert “The Ghost Guerrero.” Just last week March 7th fighting on HBO’s Boxing After Dark from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Guerrero 23-1-1, 16 Ko’s took on Daud "Chino Latino" Yordan, 23-0, 17Ko’s for the NABO junior lightweight title. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 16, 2009) Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions have signed former amateur standouts Cortez and Mickey Bey Jr.; it was announced today by their President, Chet Koerner. “We’re thrilled to welcome these two world class prospects onto our team. Both of them have terrific skills and we have huge expectations for them” said Koerner. “With our growing roster of outstanding prospects and future world champions, they both fit in perfectly for us.. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Manchester, Ola Afolabi, a fighter Dino Duva recently called "The best kept secret in boxing," had a night that will now make him no such thing, as he sensationally KO'd former WBO cruiserweight champ Enzo Maccarinelli at 1-minute and 50-seconds of the 9th round. Landing a stunning right hand to the head in the 9th, "Kryptonite" saw his man fall, not to get back up in any shape to fight on.
With the great win, the 28-year-old who was born in London but now lives in California set himself up for some big 200-pound paydays. Now 14-1-3(6), the Freddie Roach-trained Afolabi made good on his pre-fight boast of having a coming out party. Maccarinelli, also 28, fell to 29-3(22) and he will have a hard road back if he's to avoid becoming a yesterday's man. continue
By Suge Green - Onthegrindboxing. com - As Vitali Klitschko begins his final week of preparations to defend his World Boxing Conspiracy Heavyweight Championship against former sparring partner, WBC #1 ranked Juan Carlos Gomez, let's just briefly assess the two prevailing and opposing schools of thought on this match up. The majority of those who predict a Gomez victory are looking for the challenger to use his technical boxing ability to outpoint the aging elder KLiTschko. continue
HBO Plus' Next Boxing Generation series will make its maiden voyage to Argentina on Saturday, March 21st and its bringing two of the country's heaviest hitters to the Estadio Cubierto Newell's Old Boys in Rosario, as knockout artists Sebastian Lujan and Lucas Matthysse will try to leave their fans on their feet and cheering in separate co-featured bouts. In the 12 round main event, former world title challenger Sebastian Lujan returns home to Rosario to square off against Venezuela's Charlie Navarro in a pivotal welterweight war. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Birmingham, UK, 20-year-old heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury made it four out of four with a stoppage over tough veteran Lee Swaby. Forcing the 32-year-old's corner to pull their man out at the end of a punishing 4th round, Fury won his first meaningful pro bout. Now 4-0(4), the towering 6'9" giant can look ahead to his US debut, planned as it is for April 25th on the under-card of the Froch-Taylor clash. Swaby, as game as they come, fell to 23-23-2(11).
Coming into the ring wearing a robe, as opposed to his usual Mike Tyson-esque no-robe entrance, the 20-year-old drew much applause. This continued as the action got underway. Holding his hands higher than he did in his last fight last month, Fury met an aggressive Swaby as soon as the bell rang. The 32-year-old said he'd test Fury's chin and he did try to do so. Fury jabbed well, although Swaby did get through with a grazing left hand to the head. Fury worked the older man's body well, winning a high paced, pleasing round of action. continue
by James Slater - They say tough backgrounds make tough fighters. Well, current pound-for-pound king Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao is living proof that this is indeed true. We all know the Philippines, Manny's homeland, is a poor country, and in a recent interview with the UK's News Of The World paper, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach has been talking about some of the incredible hardships his fighter had to endure as he was growing up in General Santos City. continue
Saturday night, March 14th, in front of a star packed overflowing, sold out crowd, Oleg Maskaev scored a stunning 1st round stoppage of Rich Boruff, with a thunderous right hand. This was the first time in several years that Maskaev was 100% healthy. The presentation, at the Ice Palace in Saransk Mordovia, was a spectacular extravaganza, filled with local culture and customs, mesmerizing special effects, phenomenal entertainment with beautiful costumed dancers, a glamorous fashion show and so much more. It was a thrilling captivating evening, culminated by Maskaev’s TKO. continue
by James Slater -- Tonight, in Manchester, 22-year-old Amir Khan scored the finest and most important win of his pro career as he stopped Mexican ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera towards the end of the 5th round on cuts. Barrera came off far worse when the two accidentally clashed heads in the opening round, and he was absolutely pouring blood from the wound that was opened on the top of his head. Twice the ringside doctor inspected the wound during a time-out, and eventually - inevitably considering the severity of the damage - the fight was stopped. Officially, in improving to 20-1(15) Khan won by a 5th round Technical Decision. 35-year-old Barrera fell to 65-7(43).
From the outset, Khan looked the superior fighter, it must be said. Noticeably bigger, faster and with a much longer reach, Barrera could not get near him. With an improved defence, the man who was shattered by Breidis Prescott last September showed no nerves at all. Picking Barrera off and unloading big combos on him frequently, the former Olympian looked sheer class. continue
Junior middleweight prospect Rashad Holloway returns to action in his hometown against Puerto Rican banger Doel Carrasquillo on Saturday, March 21st at the U.S. BANK ARENA in Cincinnati . Holloway will face Carrasquillo in the co-main event of “3 THE HARD WAY”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by TMAX EVENTS and TKO BOXING promotions, home of “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS.. continue
14.03.09 - by James Slater - Former heavyweight champ Chris Byrd told us he was looking at continuing his career after his disastrous fight against Shaun George. Losing at light-heavyweight, when George gave him a sustained beating before eventually stopping him in the 9th round of a fight that was a tough one to watch at times, Byrd was attempting to revitalise his career at the lower weight after having battled with much bigger heavyweights over the previous fifteen or so years. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, on the Abraham-Simon card in Germany, former WBO heavyweight champ Lamon Brewster won a commanding unanimous points verdict over a disappointing Michael Sprott. Looking in reasonable, if slightly soft condition, the 35-year-old scored a knockdown with a sweet left hook in the 3rd-round, but had to settle for a distance win. Picking up a good workout victory, "Relentless" won by scores of 79-73 and 78-73 twice. Brewster improved to 35-4(30). Britain's Sprott, who fought a largely negative fight he is sure to be unhappy with, fell to 31-13(16).
Brewster came out on the front foot right from the start and pretty much remained there throughout the eight-rounder. Stalking Sprott, the former champ was facing an opponent who, though looking in better physical condition, appeared nervous. Some good body work scored for Brewster, while Sprott threw only jabs. A Brewster round. continue
By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing.com - Lucian Bute is wildly popular in his hometown of Montreal, and his sparkling record has him ranked as the number one super middleweight in the Boxrec compilations. According to Boxrec, Bute is ranked ahead of Jermain Taylor, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. Despite the high praise, many casual boxing fans have never seen Bute fight, and after he was nearly flattened in the twelfth round against Liberado Andrade back in October, mainstream observers questioned whether Bute was worthy of the accolades he receives. continue
by James Slater - Not too long ago a number of boxing writers (this one included) were suggesting it may be time for the once sublime "Sugar" Shane Mosley to think about retiring. Never again, we thought, will the 37-year-old be able to recapture his former brilliance. However, as he proved to us all in stunning fashion against the hitherto unstoppable "Tijuana Tornado," Antonio Margarito, Mosley is some special kind of fighter. continue
MONTREAL (Mar. 13, 2009) – Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion Lucian Bute made his third successful title defense with a devastating fourth round TKO victory over Fulgencio Zuniga Friday night on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
The adopted hometown hero dominated from start to brutal finish, landing a powerful left hook to the body that sent the Colombian Zuniga (22-4-1, 19 KOs) to the canvas early in the fourth. Zuniga barely got up to beat the referee’s “10 count,” and once he did he was met with an onslaught of punches from the naturally bigger Bute (24-0, 19 KOs). Against the ropes and defenseless to Bute’s repeated combinations, the referee ended the championship bout at 2:25 of the fourth round. continue
Mandalay Bay will host closed circuit viewing in conjunction with the upcoming "The Battle of East and West" between MANNY "Pac Man" PACQUIAOand RICKY "The Hitman" HATTON. The championship bout, scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, will be produced and distributed by HBO-Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. The Mirage, TI, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus, Luxor and New York-New York also will host a limited number of closed circuit seats. continue
14.03.09 - By Mark Pickering: Former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli has admitted he would have accepted an offer from the UFC had it been made in the aftermath of his loss to David Haye. Speaking on Setanta News the Welshman said: "Everyone knows I'm interested in the sport. I think people saw me talking to Dana White in Birmingham a few months ago and I said a couple of things.” "I do a lot of the ground game, I'm not brilliant but I'm picking my level up on the ground and jiu-jitsu. I'm trained by Simon Davies who’s trained by Pedro Bessa who is number three in the world. continue
By Mike Casey -- We all have great ideas. The perfect excuse to pinch a day off work that loses its credibility the second we get on the phone to the boss. The get-rich-quick scheme that melts into reality as soon as we’ve mailed the letter and sobered up.
Billy Conn had a far grander notion. He got it into his head that he could knock out Joe Louis. And as ace announcer Don Dunphy famously said, “He was a cocky young kid from Pittsburgh who very nearly did.”
Now we see Billy Conn trotting down a staircase in a rare old photograph, looking handsome and dapper in one of the snazzy, snappy outfits of the day. The striking face beams contentedly, the lean and muscular body tapers down into an almost womanly waist, the great and wide shoulders bust out east and west like Jimmy Caan as Sonny Corleone. continue
KIEL, GERMANY - Former heavyweight champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster is promising his best performance of the decade when he steps into the ring tomorrow night against Michael Sprott in Kiel, Germany. Both fighters tipped the scale at 234 and looked in prime physical condition. The fight, which is scheduled for eight rounds, will be Brewster's first as a member of the Sauerland Event stable. The main event will be the IBF middleweight title defense of Arthur Abraham against Lajuan Simon. continue
by James Slater, photo courtesy of Frank Warren - British fight fans are naturally thrilled and abuzz right now, what with one of the greatest lower-weight fighters in recent boxing history in the country preparing to do battle. I am talking, of course, about Marco Antonio Barrera who, for the purposes of anyone who has just landed back on the planet, is fighting Amir Khan in Manchester tomorrow night. continue
By Trish Kilcullen and Pete Heintzelman, Photos by Pete Heintzelman - On the undercard of middleweight sensation, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez’ hometown fight against Patrick Thompson, at Mechanics’ Hall, in Worcester, Massachusetts, on March 19th, is a hidden jewel of a fight, pitting New England fan favorite, Dat Nguyen, against durable fighter, Alex Baba, which itself is worth the price of admission. The fight is scheduled for eight rounds at super bantamweight, and this fight is at 122 pounds, give or take a pound.
Nguyen, 14-1, 6 KO’s, born in Bien, Vietnam, now of Vero Beach, Florida, is a hungry 26 year old, looking for limelight in the bantamweight division, and on is on the hunt for a title shot. Co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Cappiello Promotions, the likeable young man has quickly gained a fan base in New England, with his tremendous performances, fighting in Boston at The Castle, and three times at The Roxy, in Boston, and four times already, at Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue
Integrated Sports is distributing three 12-round championship bouts featured on the “Khan-Barrera” pay-per-view card, presented by Frank Warren, in North America for live viewing at 4 PM/ET – 1 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network in the United States, as well as Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Veteran blow-by-blow announcer Ian Darke and color analyst, former WBC lightweight champion Jim Watt, will be calling the action from ringside for Sky Box Office and Integrated Sports PPV. continue
How does Boxing compare to MMA? ROY JONES JR: Not only do we have to learn the respect for the game, but we have to have respect for hand-to-hand combat because that is very similar to going to war to me. We have soldiers over there now that are fighting for our freedom and their lives are on the line. Every time a fighter goes into the ring to fight another fighter, his life is on the line whether it is MMA or boxing. Even though he is just boxing, his life is still on the line. To me, I just want to close that bridge that the two sports need to be against each other, because they don’t. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 13, 2009) - All photos courtesy of 8 Count Productions/Tom Barnes --- Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions held an open house for fan’s and media on Thursday night at their new home, the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago. Starting their 12th year as the “HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING”, Pesoli was thrilled to announce the long term agreement with the UIC Pavilion to present “world class boxing in a world class venue in a world class city”.
Fans and media were treated to a viewing of the outstanding preview video for the main event, a terrific middleweight Chicago showdown between “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez and Luciano “EL MICHOACANO” Perez. Along with the main eventers, undercard fighters Rita Figueroa, Henry Coyle and Andrzej Fonfara were also present. continue
13.03.09 - All photos by Sauerland Event -- Weights from Kiel:
IBF Middleweight Title: Lajuan Simon: 71,3 kg vs King Arthur Abraham: 72,4 kg
WBA/WBC Female Welterweight Titles: Vinni Skovgaard: 66,6 kg vs Cecilia Braekhus: 64,9 kg
IBF Youth Middleweight Title: Daniel Urbanski: 72,5 kg vs Dominik Britsch: 72,5 kg
Heavyweight: Michael Sprott: 106,3 kg vs Lamon Brewster: 106,3 kg . continue
Matthew Macklin is adamant that class will prevail in “The Battle of Brum” at the Aston Arena on Saturday night. Macklin challenges city rival Wayne Elcock for his British Middleweight title in the headline bout on a Hennessy Sports show, which is live on ITV4 from 7:45pm. While both men are avid Birmingham City fans Macklin believes he’ll prove to be a league above the defending champion. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'C.E.O. Fridays' we take a look at a man who some would argue to be this generations best offering from a country known to produce nothing but ultimate warriors, as it relates to the world of boxing. With legendary greats in his rear view mirror such as Sanchez, Chavez, Olivares, and others, this Mexican phenom found a way to squeeze into a group deep enough to be aptly named 'standing room only'. With so many epic battles under his belt and facing the proverbial westside of his career, the world of boxing now shifts the focus to him again for what could be the final time. As we prepare for this showdown, we look at Mr. Barrera full circle. The 'Supportive' perspective, the 'Critics' perspective, and to tie all loose ends, a more 'Neutral' perspective. So with no further ado, we now hone in on a man known to most as "The Baby Faced Assassin"....
Marco Antonio Barrera (Supportive Perspective): Few in the history of the sport have walked the brave path of Marco Antonio Barrera. Like so many other Mexican greats, the poverty stricken streets of Mexico offered very little in terms of a bright future, so at the tender age of 15, Barrera took a very solid amateur background which included five Mexican National Championships and turned pro. continue
Andy Lee will face a familiar foe at The O2, Dublin on March 21st when he takes on former European title challenger, Alex Sipos on the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night. Lee was a late addition to an already packed O2 line-up after a scheduled headline appearance at Madison Square Garden fell through last week. Now the Limerick southpaw will look to continue his rise to the top of the middleweight division with a win over Sipos who has a enjoyed successful career both in the amateur and pro ranks courtesy of a World Military Gold medal and a challenge for the European Middleweight title as a pro. continue
13.03.09 - By Mark Pickering: British light middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes has withdrawn from his eagerly awaited March 28th title defence against Anthony Small after picking up a cold. The bout was due to be the co-main event at Hayemaker Promotions’ ‘Mersey Beatdown’ bill at the Liverpool Arena. And the challenger, Anthony Small, had some choice words for the stricken Rhodes. continue
By P.H. Burbridge: Redemption time for Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. When he first hit the scene I wondered why he chose a nickname that was already made famous by Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns. But, over the years I’ve forgiven him for that because if anyone deserves to be called the Hitman its Hatton. He’s earned it.
As he rose through the ranks and his name entered the discussion in the U.S. there were plenty of detractors who labeled him a protected British fighter who built his name on soft opposition. But, not me. I immediately enjoyed his style and to a certain extent considered Ricky to be fighting in what is sometimes called “the Mexican style." continue
Weigh-in results: Oleg Maskaev 248 / Rich Boruff 231 - Due to Maskaev’s immense popularity in Russia, which is unparalleled, every ticket has been sold at the site of the bout. The Head of State for the Republic of Mordovia, Nikolay Merkushkin, said “Maskaev is idolized by the people of Mordovia, particularly our youth. Due to the huge demand to see Maskaev, we are setting up 5 large screens throughout the city of Saransk to give his fans an opportunity to see the fight. In the USA, the bout can be viewed on www.gofightlive.com at 11 am (est). The Maskaev bout will air at 1 pm (est). continue
by James Slater - Lincoln, UK heavyweight Lee Swaby is as tough and honest a pro as you could wish to find. A pro since April of 1997, the 32-year-old southpaw has been in with a veritable who's who of the cruiserweight and heavyweight division. Occasionally upsetting the favourite - as he famously did in his fight Vs. Enzo Maccarinelli in 2000 - Swaby will be looking to do the same again this Saturday when he takes on the highly touted and hyped Tyson Fury.
With his 23-22-2(11) record Swaby may not look too formidable, yet he is as game and as durable - and as dangerous - as they come. Always in the gym and therefore in fighting shape, the 6'2" warrior kindly took time out to speak with this writer today. continue
NEW YORK (March 12, 2009) – Even during these challenging economic times, there’s still nothing like a night out - complete with world championship boxing. On Saturday, April 25, DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports and MGM Grand at Foxwoods will scale the fantastic MGM Grand Theater with affordable-only ticket prices as fans will get to truly enjoy the highly anticipated WBC super middleweight world championship bout between Britain’s Carl Froch and former undisputed middleweight king Jermain Taylor.
“I love this sport and boxing fans in the live audience is what really makes the atmosphere exciting. We’re not going to let the bad economy take away from what promises to be a great championship fight between Carl Froch and Jermain Taylor. With ringside seats available for just $200, the MGM Grand Theater is the place to be on April 25,” said DBE president Lou DiBella. continue
By James Slater - Reigning WBC super-middleweight champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch was a studio guest on today's issue of The Boxing Hour on Setanta TV, and he spoke about his upcoming fight with former middleweight king Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor. Looking lean and fit as always, the 31-year-old was asked if he was relieved when the on, off, on again fight was finally signed, sealed and delivered - taking place as it is at Foxwoods, Connecticut on April 25th. continue
Photos: Herby Whyne for sportzframe -- NOTE: WEIGHTS – IBF 168-pound world champion and hometown favorite Lucian Bute weighed in at 167.4 pounds and challenger Fulgencio Zuniga tipped the scales at 167.7 pounds in front of a packed, standing-room-only crowd during Thursday’s weigh in at La Cage Aux Sports in Montreal, Canada. La Cage Aux Sports is adjacent to the Bell Centre, home of the NHL’s Montreal Canadians and site of Friday night’s world championship fight on ShoBox: The New Generation live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Bute is making his third defense of the 168-pound title he won with an 11th-round TKO over Alejandro Berrio on Oct. 19, 2007, in Montreal, where the defending champion’s last 11 fights have taken place. continue
With only 9 days to go team Gomez is just putting the finishing touches on the preparation for the great March 21st showdown against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Fitness and conditioning coach Mo Klatten sums up their work in training camp in the last three months. “We know that we’ve done our job very well”, says Klatten. “Juan didn’t miss one single session and has always been on time. He did everything I asked him to. I have never seen a fighter – especially a Cuben fighter – as disciplined and focused.” Klatten who also worked with former cruiserweight king David Haye in the past is confident that “The Black Panther” will strip the belt from “Dr. Ironfist”.
“Juan got what it takes and after all the work we’ve done he will be able to go 12 rounds at extremely high speed. For the Virchis fight we did a lot of strength training. This time we put more emphasis on conditioning and speed. Vitali will be surprised at what is coming towards him. When it comes to technique and speed Juan is the best heavyweight boxer in the world today. We know that Vitali is fast as well though he has lost some speed over the years. Also Vitali is definitely stronger than Juan and punches very hard. But Juan knows that and will be aware that Vitali doesn’t hit him. From what I’ve seen in training I call it a decision win for Gomez.. continue
The war of words ahead of the “Battle of Brum” is over…well almost over. Birmingham rivals Wayne Elcock and Matthew Macklin clash at the Aston Arena on Saturday night in one of the most eagerly awaited domestic dustups for years. At stake is Elcock’s British Middleweight title and the pride of Birmingham. The bout headlines a Hennessy Sports event which is live on ITV4 from 7.45pm and also features heavyweight sensation, Tyson Fury. continue
Liverpool’s Tony Quigley has been handed a dream opportunity to win the British super-middleweight title, following Brian Magee’s withdrawal from a scheduled defence against Tony Dodson on March 28. Belfast’s Magee was forced to cancel the defence of his belt due to a back injury suffered in training. However, Magee’s misfortune has now worked in Quigley’s favour, as he steps in to fill the void against fellow Liverpudlian Dodson at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The prestigious British title has been relinquished by the injured Magee and will remain on the line in Liverpool on March 28. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Undefeated Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola is now well into training for his upcoming April 11th showdown with Jameel "Big Time" McCline. Last week this writer was fortunate enough to speak with the 26-0(23) fighter's trainer, Henry Ramirez. Today, graciously taking time out from training camp, the 28-year-old crowd-pleaser himself spoke with me over the phone.
Great to chat with, as always, Chris gave the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: It's a pleasure to speak with you, Chris, as always. Firstly, how has camp been so far?
Chris Arreola: It's been good. I've been in camp three weeks already. My main sparring partner will be "Bolo," as usual (Damian Wills). But I've already sparred with Cisse Salif and Rod Willis - both big guys. continue
FIRST, on Saturday, March 14 at 11AM (EST) - from the Ice Palace in Sarunsk, Russia —This Saturday an historic webcast will take place as former WBC Heavyweight champion of the World, Oleg Maskaev in an important Heavyweight battle that has significant impact on the WBC's determination of future mandatory title fights. Maskaev, 35-6 with 26 knockouts will be making his second start since dropping the crown to Samuel Peter almost exactly one year ago. The native of Sacramento via Kazakhstan is coming off a ten round unanimous decision over the gritty Robert Hawkins back on September 6th. continue
by James Slater - Amir Khan and Enzo Maccarinelli aren't the only world class British fighters in action this coming Saturday night. Once-beaten super-featherweight contender and ruling WBO 130-pound champion Nicky Cook also takes to the stage at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester, when he takes on unbeaten Puerto Rican talent Roman Martinez. continue
12.03.09 - by James Slater - According to promoter Bob Arum in speaking to ESPN.com, middleweight king Kelly Pavlik will almost certainly face former WBC light-middleweight champ and "Contender" star Sergio Mora next. ESPN reports that Arum and Mora's promoter Jeff Wald reached a verbal agreement on Tuesday, and that Pavlik and Mora will meet in either late June or July, at The Boardwalk in Atlantic City.
The fight has not been announced as official yet, simply because Arum and Pavlik's manager and father have a few particulars to work out first, and that these small details cannot be addressed until Arum, who is away on vacation, returns home. However, Pavlik's manager Cameron Dunkin said he expects no issues whatsoever and that the fight will take place. Wald also stated that Mora has already agreed to the fight. continue
Amir Khan and Marco Antonio Barrera will weigh-in for their epic showdown on Friday 13 March in front of the public at the Triangle Shopping Centre in Manchester. Boltan star Khan meets the legendary Mexican Barrera the following night (Saturday 14 March) at the M.E.N Arena in front of 20,000 fans who are expecting an explosive encounter. Khan and Barrara, plus the rest of the action packed card, including Former WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli and WBO World Super-Featherweight Champion Nicky Cook, will be on the scales at 1pm. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - What can you say? Every morning you wake up to the news that the David Haye – Wladimir Klitschko fight is either on or off. This morning it’s off again. At least we know from Dan Goosen that Chris Arreola will NOT be Wladimir’s back up plan which I interpret as a good thing. I think the Arreola camp would be short changing themselves by altering their plans to fight Jameel McCline. continue
11.03.09 - In only 10 days WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and no. 1 contender Juan Carlos Gomez will finally meet at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. Gomez’ promoter Ahmet Öner thinks that this fight will help bringing heavyweight boxing back into the focus of public interest.
Mr. Öner, what do you think about the upcoming fight?
Öner: “It will be the best heavyweight fight in a long time. Finally one of the big champions, Vitali Klitschko, faces a real challenge in former cruiserweight titlist Juan Carlos Gomez. This will be no walk in the park for Vitali like his so called fight against Peter. I am pretty sure that all the fans at the venue will be delighted by an exciting showdown. And RTL (the TV station broadcasting the fight live in Germany) will most probably have one of their best ratings in the last years. Not long ago Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte said nobody would care about this fight. What a bulls**t. As things are heating up all Germany is waiting for Vitali and Juan to step into the ring. And I am convinced that this fight will have the quality to bring heavyweight boxing back onto the map. With this bout coming up and exciting fighters like Povetkin, Haye and Solis waiting in line the division will hopefully recover from years of boredom.. continue
By Alistair Donkin - For Amir Khan and Marco Antonio Barrera in the MEN arena in Manchester, England, Saturday 14th March it is crunch time. A whole lot is resting on the match up between this young superstar and willy, battle hardened warrior. Amir Khan gets a perfect opportunity to prove himself to be more than a china chinned British hype job. Barrera gets the chance to put himself in a perfect position for a title shot which would enable him to become the first Mexican to win world titles in 4 weight divisions. Defeat for either could spell either an unfortunate end to a great career for the Mexican legend or destroy young Amirs before it starts... continue
by James Slater - It's really starting to become tiresome now, yet we don't know who to get angry at - Wladmir Klitschko and his team, or David Haye and his. Much to the annoyance of fight fans who want to see one of the more appealing and potentially exciting heavyweight showdowns that has been available for quite some time, talks have once again broken down between the two big men and their managers/promoters. As such we seem to be facing the possibility of the best heavyweight match-up today not happening. continue
NEW YORK (March 10, 2009) – Montreal-based Romanian Lucian Bute took time out of his busy fight-week training schedule to answer a few questions from SHOWTIME. The 29-year-old undefeated Bute risks his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight crown against hard-hitting Fulgencio Zuniga on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, March 13 (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bute is making his third defense of the 168-pound title he won with an 11th-round TKO over Alejandro Berrio on Oct. 19, 2007, in Montreal, where the defending champion’s last 11 fights have taken place.
Last Oct. 24 in Montreal on ShoBox, Bute dominated the initial 11-plus rounds against Librado Andrade but fell apart late and was brutally knocked down in the final seconds. Visibly shaken and hurt, Bute barely made it to his feet, but he beat the referee’s “10-count” to retain his belt on a lopsided decision. continue
By Vivek Wallace: The state of New York has given the world of boxing everything one could possibly imagine. From the the superbly tremendous to the odd and contentious, few personalities escape the long list of templates offered from a state that gives no benefit to those who finish in second place. Carrying the torch and eager to step into the spotlight comes another son of the state who many consider to be driven, yet by a different nature. Absent is the typically found rough edges, while present is a more laid back demeanor. Absent is the over-hyped ego, while present is the hunger for more. Gone are the days of wanting center stage, because present is the rare opportunity to seize that very moment. For Long Island native, Tommy Rainone, that opportunity has never been more evident than it appears now, and with failure losing its battle to stay on the list of potential results, there can only be one conclusion. Victory...at all cost. continue
WBC world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is making his Steve Bunce Boxing Hour studio debut at 2pm on Setanta Sports News this Thursday. ‘The Cobra’ is the latest big name to join Buncey on the show. Froch, 31, is preparing for the first defence of his world title. The Nottingham-born star squares up to America’s Jermain Taylor on April 25 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket in Connecticut. Buncey said it was an absolute pleasure to welcome the big boy into the studio. He said: continue
By James Slater - Whether or not he answers the question posed in the headline of this article in the affirmative, James Kirkland is always going to be a sensational fighter to watch. Fast, hugely aggressive and in search of the KO every time he fights, the unbeaten 24-year-old offers don't-blink entertainment.
The light-middleweight did it again this past Saturday, when he scored what was arguably his best win to date. Kirkland thrilled the watching fans as he went right after the formidable and highly thought of Joel Julio, becoming the first man to stop the 24-year-old Colombian. Once again showing his incredible physical strength and his raw punching power, the southpaw from Austin, Texas forced Julio to remain on his stool after six pulsating rounds. However, in winning his biggest fight to date, Kirkland once again left himself open to the critics who say he does likewise whenever he fights. It's true: defence is not a part of the game that Kirkland pays too much attention to. continue
By Per Ake Persson: I was probably not the only one wondering why Sauerland Event signed up Lamon Brewster, who looked very poor against Wladimir Klitschko in 2007, and had only one fight since. The reason seems to be that Brewster came to the Sauerland camp as a sparring partner and looked so good that he got a promotional deal. Brewster will face Michael Sprott on Saturday in Kiel. Sprott was to have challenged EU champ Francesco Pianeta April 4 in Duesseldorf but that is off now. Pianeta will instead defend the title against Pole Albert Sosnowski, who beat Danny Williams in his last fight. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 10, 2009) World ranked cruiserweight BJ “EL PELIGROSO” Flores returns to action on Saturday, March 21st to face Columbian banger Jose Luis “EL PANTERA” Herrera in Pensacola, Florida in a twelve round bout for the NABO Cruiserweight Title. “I’m very excited for this opportunity, Herrera is a very hard hitting veteran, I saw what he did on ESPN with his great win over Aaron Williams last year and know that I’ll have to be at my very best to beat him” said Flores. ‘He’s a legitimate force in the division and has never gone the distance, either he knocks me out or I knock him out which should make for an action packed fight for the fans.. continue
By Ted Sares - If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story. --Orson Wells
“The Native Sensation” (1996-2009) -Last I heard, Jonathan “The Native Sensation” Corn, 47-21 (KO 15)-3, was still fighting. He stormed out of the professional gate fighting mostly in the unlikely locales of Iowa and Wisconsin. His level of opposition was as bad as bad can get, but he did manage to beat Harold Brazier in 1998 at the end of Brazier’s great career. Among The Sensation’s victims were Billy Pryor (0-18), Walter Cowans (24-92), Reggie Strickland (62-252-15), Gerald Shelton (8-44-3), Richard Wilson (12-57-10) and Donnie “The Spoiler” Penelton (12-123-4).
By the time he met tough Ray Domenge for the somewhat dubious WAA Middleweight Title, he was 26-0-1. However, he lost a 12 round UD to Domenge who had paid his dues by fighting top tier competition including Ray Close, Roberto Duran, Rob Calloway, Mads Larsen and Omar Sheika. continue
NEW YORK (March 10, 2009) – A household name in his native England, talented, undefeated Carl Froch will look to make a major statement -- and enhance his reputation in America -- when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against one of the most highly regarded and recognizable fighters of this generation, former undisputed middleweight belt-holder Jermain Taylor, Saturday, April 25, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. A formal announcement was made by Ken Hershman, Senior VP and General Manager of Sports and Event Programming for SHOWTIME. continue
Kiel played host to a star-studded media work-out on Tuesday afternoon as IBF Middleweight Champion King Arthur Abraham, WBA/WBC Welterweight Contender Cecilia Braekhus and “Relentless” Lamon Brewster gave the boxing fans a first impression of their talents. In Saturday´s main fight, King Arthur looks to further improve his stunning record of 28 victories (23 KOs) without defeat. He takes on unbeaten Lajuan Simon (21-0, 12 KOs). “I am highly motivated,” King Arthur said. “The fact that he has never tasted defeat before has further enhanced my motivation. After fighting me, he will know what it is like to leave the ring as the loser.. continue
10.03.09 - By Dean Parr - Amir Khan’s upcoming fight against modern day legend Marco Antonio Barrera is most definitely his toughest challenge yet, but one with equal amounts of rewards to risks. Sky Sports have labelled it his ‘coming of age’ and this undoubtedly is a make or break fight for the boy from Bolton.
First of all, lets take the worst case scenario. If Khan gets stopped early on, or Barrera rolls back the years and shuts out Khan on the scorecards, in my view, Khan has to take a few steps back and clean up on the domestic front. Here, there are three distinct possibilities. One is Jon Thaxton, the former European Champion who is coming off a points loss to tricky Frenchman Anthony Mezaache. He is the nearly man of British boxing, who has just missed out on getting to the top European/world class level several times. However, his record (34-9) belies the challenge he would be for Khan, and his power has been demonstrated in recent times with his first round knockdown of Mezaache and his devastating knockout of Juan Carlos Melero. Considering Khan’s chin has been doubted before, and the fact that for this fight to happen a deal would have to be struck between Frank Warren and Mick Hennessey, I can’t see this happening, as Thaxton would probably seen as a threat to derail Khan’s world title dreams for good. continue
by James Slater - Only a brave (or biased?) man would go out on a limb and predict a KO or stoppage victory for Amir Khan on Saturday night when he gets in there with the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera - after all, the Mexican great has only been stopped twice in over seventy fights. Well, one man brave enough to make such a prediction is Khan's conditioning coach, Alex Ariza. Speaking to Sky Sports recently, the Wild Card Gym staff member who has worked in the past with top names from the sport such as Diego Corrales and Erik Morales (when he fought against Barrera) said Khan will win at the weekend, and he will win by mid-rounds stoppage. continue
by James Slater - There is not long to go now until former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli climbs into the ring for his first meaningful fight since losing quickly and badly to David Haye. Reportedly looking in excellent shape in the gym, the big-punching Welshman says he can't wait to get it on with London-born Ola Afolabi in their interim WBO 200-pound title fight clash. continue
By Timothy Seaver -- “Don’t you know I’m God?” Muhammad Ali asked this of Joe Frazier on March 8th, 1971, while battling in a torrid maelstrom with his greatest foe. On this date, these two men fought in front of a jubilant, sellout crowd in Madison Square Garden, while an estimated 300 million people throughout the globe, suspended their daily rituals and sat in transfixed wonder as they watched the emotion fueled battle between two undefeated champions. There was irrepressible strife between the two men, declarations of war had been drafted, and Madison Square Garden was the scene of the battle.
Both men had a legitimate claim to the crown. Ali won the belt from Sonny Liston in 1964, and defeated the best fighters of the decade before being stripped of his title for his refusal to sign-up with the U.S military. It was the government, and not another fighter, that had removed his title. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 10, 2009) “I’m tired of this waiting, I’m a prize fighter not some dude working in a restaurant serving food” said Deandre "THE BULL" Latimore after a morning run in Las Vegas. “Every day I’m in the gym here in Vegas and when we finally get in the ring I’m going to take out all my anger over this waiting out on Cory Spinks, he’s going to pay for these delays” said the St. Louis native. continue
By Paul McCreath -- We all know that an undefeated record can mean many things. The casual fan might be inclined to think that a zero in the loss column means the boxer is an outstanding fighter. In the case of men like Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Mayweather or Rocky Marciano that is probably true. Sometimes it is a sign of a good prospect who is not yet a proven contender but who at least has passed all his tests so far. The third possibility, all too common these days is that the boxer is a fairly ordinary club fighter who has been very carefully protected. Today we will take a fresh look at the heavyweights from around the world with the longest undefeated records and try to assess what their records really mean. continue
by James Slater - Last week on Setanta TV, Richard Schaefer spoke on Bernard Hopkins' behalf, and said he was trying to tempt Joe Calzaghe to come out of his retirement and fight B-Hop, who he out-pointed last April, again. The Golden Boy promoter said he "hasn't given up hope" of a rematch taking place, and that he believes Hopkins, who is seemingly desperate to get it on again with the Welshman, has "unfinished business" with Calzaghe.
Well, over the weekend, in speaking to the BBC, 36-year-old Calzaghe said he will in no way be coming back to face "The Executioner", and that he is content where he is - in retirement.
"I don't know if anyone remembers, but I have retired," Joe said, feeling a little irritated due to the constant talk of who and when he will box again. "I am happy with my decision to retire and couldn't consider fighting Bernard as I don't have the motivation." continue
Andy Lee’s disappointment over a scheduled Madison Square Garden date falling through has proven to be short lived after he secured a place on the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on Saturday, March 21st. Lee was set to top the bill at the famous New York venue on March 16th but despite that show falling through the Limerick middleweight’s training won’t go to waste with promoter Brian Peters adding him to an already star studded line-up at The O2 on Saturday week. continue
NEW YORK, March 10, 2009 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking reality franchise “24/7,” which captured three Sports Emmy® Awards for its first season and produced two acclaimed editions in year two, will return with PACQUIAO/HATTON 24/7, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 11 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), the series spotlights two of boxing’s most intriguing superstars – Manny Pacquiao, the sport’s reigning pound-for-pound king, and Ricky Hatton, his fiery opponent from across the pond – as they prepare for their May 2 junior welterweight pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' delivers on yet another weekend of fairly interesting events in the world of boxing. With the emergence of a bright young star and news surrounding a few other familiar faces as well, there's definitely not a shortage of topics to chew on. After his victory Saturday night, James Kirkland has suddenly become a hot topic, and it appears that his stock could be in for a great rise, with just cause. Making the mailbag as well is Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto, as well as Antonio Margarito and a few others. So, with no further ado, we jump right into the mix with a question from H-Town.....
Terrance M. (Houston, TX): Do you think James Kirkland is ready for the big stage after Saturdays performance?
Vivek W. (ESB): Prior to the fight, I purposely planted a pen and notepad next to me so that I could write down key mental notes about Kirkland, solely centered around two things. continue
By “Kingpin” Kevin Johnson: This is really starting to get ridiculous. First off, Nikolai Valuev, aka Frankenstein, has no business with the WBA title in the first place. He has never beaten anyone in the top 10. Since winning the title, he has defended it against John Ruiz, Monte Barrett, and Evander Holyfield. I mean, this is becoming a joke. And Chagaev, he has never beaten anyone either other than Valuev, who as I pointed out earlier, should have never had the title in the first place. Both of these circus rejects, along with Ruiz and Holyfield are clogging up the WBA heavyweight division and keeping the real challengers like myself and Chris Arreola from getting our day. continue
It was with great surprise that Team Sauerland heard about Universum´s press release regarding the fight between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev. “Klaus-Peter Kohl´s remarks are untrue,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “While requesting so many special permits from the WBA, he must have lost his sense for reality. Universum are responsible for the heavyweight chaos. The WBA´s order was clear: Once Chagaev is fit again, he has to fight Valuev. However, Universum decided to take on Drumond instead. The fight was a farce. Drumond could have never become the official world champion because Valuev is the official champion!. continue
By Andrew Harrison: Marco Antonio Barrera arrived into England looking serene and business like, carrying with him reports from Mexico which suggest the old warhorse is in shape, glowing with health and plotting another big night in the headlines.
As feted songwriter Paul Simon once warbled, ‘one man’s ceiling is another man’s floor’. A poignant lyric when applied to next week’s intriguing cross roads clash between this Mexican fighting legend and a young man once tipped for superstardom, Britain’s Amir Khan.
Heralded as a natty piece of matchmaking on the part of much maligned promoter Frank Warren, the questions surrounding this contest follow thus: how far has Barrera fallen and has Khan come on sufficiently and learned enough since the Breidis Prescott disaster to surpass whichever level this subsequently reveals itself to be? continue
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is eager to fight "champion in recess" Ruslan Chagaev as soon as possible to finally clear the confusion surrounding the belts. After twice pulling out of a meeting with the Russian Giant, the Universum fighter had been named "champion in recess" last summer. Valuev went on to capture the vacant title by defeating John Ruiz in Berlin before making a successful defence against Evander Holyfield in December. continue
09.03.09 - by James Slater - When he made the shocking decision to return to the ring to face journeyman heavyweight Steve Zouski twenty-two years ago today, George Foreman was in no way the beloved and hugely popular figure he is today. What he was when he entered the ring at The Arco Arena in Sacramento, was a curiosity of a former champion who was returning, after a ten year absence, to the sport he once dominated. Typically, there was as much negativity as there was curiosity surrounding this bizarre comeback. continue
09.03.09 - By Conor Ward - Although it’s still almost two months until fight night at the MGM Grand, anticipation is already steadily building towards the mega-match of 2009, the pound-for-pound argument between quintessential British hero Ricky Hatton and Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. So allow me to be clear from the outset - and I hope I’m getting in before most of the pack – I’m convinced that Hatton has all he needs in his favour to get the job done. Detached from the frenzy of the final 48 or 72 hours before the fight, and putting aside any emotional leanings or loyalties, I believe there is solid and substantial reason to expect The Hitman’s hand to be raised aloft when the show reaches its conclusion.
Significantly, the fight will be at light welterweight, where Hatton has ruled the roost for several years. He has never been beaten at 140lbs, with major victories over top-notch operators Kostya Tszyu and Jose Luis Castillo, as well as Paulie Malignaggi, at the weight. continue
British light-middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes admits he gains little from beating Anthony Small on March 28, but remains eager to shut the mouth of his London-based challenger at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Since both agreeing to the bout over Christmas, a war of words has ensued, with Small accusing Rhodes of previously ducking him. Eager to prove a point on March 28, Rhodes’ fire has been ignited. continue
By Danny Serratelli: Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez is the consummate professional fighter. Fighting out of Newark, New Jersey since his child hood days both in the ring and on the street, “The Brick City Bullet” has acquired a reputation that has helped him on the street, but seems to have hindered him as a professional prizefighter. Despite the fact that Perez lives in the gym and never out of shape, he has not fought in over a year due to the fact that people do not want to fight him. It is easy to see why due to the facts…Perez is a crafty southpaw who hits hard with both hands, can box, has a big heart and is a big welterweight. continue
By Paul Strauss: The anticipation was high for a great night of boxing. How could it be anything else when you have Robert Guerrero, James Kirkland and Victor Ortiz fighting? Well, as the night unfolded, there was one disappointment after another. First, the HP Pavilion (The Tank) crowd got a blow to their enthusiasm when local hero Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero suffered a fight ending cut as the result of an accidental head butt.
The cut was over the right eye, and it was shaped like Angelina Jolie's lower lip and was about as inviting, but only to his opponent Daud Cino Yordan. After their clash of heads, blood immediately flowed into the eye and affected The Ghost's vision. When the fighters came out of the collision, Robert immediately rubbed his right glove by the eye, gesturing to referee John Shorle, who acknowledged that an accidental head butt caused the injury.
A few more seconds passed, and then the referee stopped the action, and walked Guerrero to a corner where the ringside physician could look at the wound. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 9, 2009) Sensational lightweight prospect Luis Ramos returned home on Sunday following an outstanding performance on Saturday night, winning a four round unanimous decision over Nicaraguan veteran Anthony Martinez at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. With the win, the 20 year old Santa Ana resident improved his record to 10-0 with five knockouts. continue
09.03.09 - by James Slater - Former light-heavyweight standout and former two-time heavyweight world champion Michael Moorer is already a well known and respected figure from his chosen sport. However, the man who made boxing history by becoming the first ever southpaw heavyweight champion of the world is now trying to reinvent himself as a trainer. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - March 8th, 2009 - Saturday at The Tank in San Jose California, Jr. Lightweight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (23-1-1 NC, 16 KO’s) faced a little known fighter from Indonesia, Daud Yordan (23-0-1 NC, 17 KO’s). Guerrero started fast, landing two lefts to the body in what started as a quick paced fight. Yordan proved a good boxer, landing a left, right combo flush into Guerrero’s face. Then, Yordan landed two straight lefts to the face. Guerrero’s aggression morphed into clinching. A Yordan combo cracked Guerrero again near the end of the first round.
The second round was equally intense, with Yordan finding Guerrero easy to hit. Yordan would throw a jab, follow up with a combination and then clinch before Guerrero could respond in kind. Early in the second round, Yordan and Guerrero banged heads. Guerrero suffered a fairly nasty cut over his right eye and told the referee that he “couldn’t see.” The ringside doc checked him out and after about one and a quarter rounds had passed, the fight was called off and both fighters got a No Decision added to their records. The fans in the stands were pissed off, as they chanted, “Bullshit, Bullshit, Bullshit!” Hey, they paid good money to see their boy Guerrero fight and they only got a round and a half of action? continue
If Tobias Webb needs a few words of advice before his debut next weekend he can call on his uncle - former WBO cruiserweight world champion Enzo Maccarinelli. The 19-year-old amateur star makes his professional bow at the M.E.N Arena on March 14, on the undercard of the Amir Khan-Marco Antonio Barrera showdown, with Uncle Enzo part of the headline attraction of the show when he takes on Ola Afolabi for the Interim WBO title. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- Call in LIVE: (347) 843-4293 --Call in LIVE: (347)843-4293 - OnTheGrind Boxing Radio is LIVE Sunday March 8th at 8pm est/5pm pst. Joining the OTG Team will be the 15(3)-1 heavyweight contender, "Big Six" Jason Estrada. The upcoming heavyweight will have a lot to talk about, and will definitely be touching on his big fight with Alexander Povetkin next month. Also OnTheGrind will be Grind2Def founder Macke Roberts, discussing the movement to name Juan Manuel Marquez the sport's pound for pound number 1 fighter. As always the commentary, analysis, news, and predictions that make OnTheGrind Boxing the Pound4Pound Kings of Boxing Broadcast Journalism, will be brought to you by BigTime Tim Kudgis and Suge Green. It's OnTheGrind in '09. Call in number (347)843-4293. continue
March 8th 2009 - by Suge Green: Was it just me, or did Joel Julio make James Kirkland look like Clubber Lang on HBO Saturday night...??? I enjoyed the 6 of 10 scheduled, before Julio retired on the stool, in what the ring announcer officially called a referee's stoppage. In any case Kirkland did a good job, and took too much heat from Lennox Lewis who kept saying that the junior middleweight wasn't jabbing. For every time Lennox said James wasn't jabbing he'd land 2 or 3 immediately. I guess Lewis wanted to see the next Larry Holmes in Kirkland. He improved over his last time out, and made for a good Saturday night of boxing...so far, it looks like he's on his way.
In light of Joe Calzaghe's apparent commitment to retirement, Bernard Hopkins has declared Tomasz Adamek his target. This writer would personally rather see Bernard go after WBA Champ Nicolay Valuev, in what would be no doubt be a bonafide superfight. The largest heavyweight champ in history against the former undisputed middleweight ruler, would capture the public's imagination in a way that a bout with the conventionally sized recent heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev could not, and Bernard actually campaigned a little for that one when Oleg had the WBC Title. continue
08.03.09 - By Alistair Donkin: Something happened in at the Toyota Centre in Houston last Saturday night, something that changes the standings of great Mexican warriors of the past, something so breath taking it will not be forgotten for a long time. Boxing can be a sport to behold and last Saturday it showed in explicit detail why. continue
By Ted Sares - He was 43 the last time he won a title and 60 at the time of his last fight –Anonymous
A streaking Derrell Coley, 19-0-1, stopped him at age 46 in 1993. He was 42-30-6 at the time and would finish with 84 fights and a record of 45-33-6. This was the only stoppage he ever suffered. continue
By Trish Kilcullen and Pete Heintzelman. Photos by Pete Heintzelman -- Twelve rounds at welterweight, is a long road to hoe, with the national spotlight on, and your fighting a local fighter. And when the USBA welterweight title is at stake, emotions run high.
And high they were, in Uncasville, Connecticut, where Star Boxing and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights turned into “Friday Night Frights,” for Shamone Alvarez, the visitor, who heard, after the twelfth and final bell, a most controversial, albeit unanimous decision, all in favor of the local guy, Delvin Rodriguez. continue
08.03.09 - By Trish Kilcullen and Pete Heintzelman - Photos by Pete Heintzelman
Andrade Punishes Joseph!
Local man, Demetrius Andrade, or Providence, Rhode Island, stayed true to his fight name, “The Punisher,” as he sent Youngstown, Ohio’s, Tom Joseph packing for home, in the first round of a scheduled four at super welterweight. continue
by James Slater - Yesterday, in his native Gisborne, New Zealand, "The Mountain Warrior," Shane Cameron won his tune-up fight ahead of his upcoming battle with rival David Tua by scoring an 11th round TKO stoppage over a game Robert "Desert Storm" Davis. According to TV NZ.com, the fight had plenty of hard trading by both heavyweights. continue
Jürgen Brähmer got back on track Saturday night in front of 3200 fight fans at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden with an exciting technical knock out victory over Frenchman Rachid Kanfouah. Brähmer, who lost a world title challenge against Argentinean Huge Hernan Garay last November, captured the vacant European light heavyweight title and is back in line for another crack at a world championship.
At age 30, Brähmer out boxed his foe in the opening round, using his ring generalship, reflexes and good hand speed. The second saw the first and only knockdown of the night, when Brähmer connected with a short right hook that send Kanfouah to the floor. Afterwards, however, Brähmer started brawling instead of boxing which led to a bleeding nose for the German contender. Round three was the best for the French guest, as he pressed the action and scored with inside hooks to the body and the head. His success lasted for only one round though. continue
By Ted Sares: This IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, really involved two welterweight fights in one. The first featured a clash in styles between Delvin Rodriguez and Shamone Alvarez that showcased their technical skills but did not provide much excitement. But then, around the seventh round, an ebb and flow thriller broke out as first the Atlantic City native (now 20-1) landed solid shots on the taller Rodriquez, and then the Dominican Republic native responded with sharp shots of his own. continue
By: Ethan Doutney -- March 6th, Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing “Mayflower Madness” main event welterweight Jason “School Boy” Pires, 22-3, 9 Ko’s scored his second victory since his 2003 loss to Rocky Juarez then undefeated 14-0. The “School Boy” looked impressive using his quickness and solid skill base tilting a unanimous decision 80-72, 80-72, 80-71 over rugged Louie Leija, 21-10-1, 15 KOs. continue
(photo M.A. Sayer)- Graciano Rocchigiani’s first show as trainer for ARENA Box-Promotion was a complete success. “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin and “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide scored wins in front of a sold-out crowd in Cuxhaven (Germany) Friday night.
WBC international welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin defended his title by an impressive first round annihilation of experienced contender Luis Hernandez from Ecuador. Hernandez who prepared for the fight at Miguel Cotto’s training camp in Puerto Rico began strong while Aydin waited for his chance. When he saw an opening ARENA’s “Mini-Tyson” chopped down “Morochito” Hernandez with some vicious hooks. Referee Guido Cavalleri stopped the fight after the second knockdown. Time was 2:32 minutes. continue
On Friday March 6th Star Boxing put together an exciting seven bout card at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The card, which was aired live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" featured Star Boxing's top welterweight contenders Delvin Rodriguez defending his USBA welterweight championship against Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez. At stake was not only the USBA welterweight title, but also the number two ranking in the IBF world ratings. continue
One of Britain's most popular fighters, Jamie Moore, mounted a supercharged performance this past Friday, taking the vacant European light middleweight title in riveting fashion with a third round knockout of former IBF welterweight champion Michele Piccirillo at Robin Park Arena in Wigan, England on a Frank Maloney promotion televised live by Sky Sports. Piccirillo bravely tried to keep the former British champion at bay but the Italian's powershots just bounced off the aggressive Manchester icon and Moore punished Piccirillo as world champions such as Ricardo Mayorga and Vernon Forrest could not. continue
By Seth Green: Light middleweight contender Jamie Moore (31-3, 22 KOs) defeated Michelle Piccirillo (50-5-1, 29 KOs) in a 3rd round stoppage in a scheduled 12-round bout for the vacant EBU light middleweight title tonight at the Robin Park Centre, Wigan, Lancashire.
Moore,30, dropped Piccirillo three times in the fight - two times in the 2nd and one more time in the 3rd with a left to the body, sending Piccirillo to the canvas for the final time. Piccirillo spit out his mouthpiece and grabbed the top ropes with both hands while on the canvas, trying to get oxygen and recover from the big left hand. The fight was then stopped by referee Robin Dolpierre at 2:15 of the round. continue
"WAR TIME” George Rivera, 156 lbs. Charlottesville, VA won a 6 round unanimous decision over the very game Ike ”THE PRESIDENT” Ezeji 153 lbs., Bronx, NY in front of Rivera’s hometown fans at The Fluvanna High School Gym. Official scores were 58-56 on all three judge’s scorecards. Ezeji came to fight and actually scored an official knockdown of Rivera in the first round. From the second to the 6th Rivera swept every round and almost stopped Ezeji at the end of the fight. continue
By Jim Slattengren: Still fighting against mostly soft competition, former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Herbie Hide(47-4, 42 KOs) defeated Georgian Sandro Siproshvili (15-5-1, 5 KOs) by an eight-round unanimous decision tonight at the Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Niedersachsen, Germany. The final judges' scores were 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73, all for the 37-year-old Hide. continue
by James Slater - Amir Khan believes, quire rightly, that a win over Marco Antonio Barrera next Saturday will open up massive doors for him at title level - either at European or even at world level. Indeed, in an interview with The Bolton News, the 22-year-old has spoken about what he may do if and when (he, of course, believes it will be when) he beats the Mexican legend in just over a week's time.
And what Khan had to say will not in any way, shape or form please fellow British lightweight Jon "Jono" Thaxton. In the interview, Khan said he may well go for the European 135-pound belt - now held by Frenchman Anthony Mezaache, who controversially took it from Thaxton last week - in his next fight after Barrera. continue
by James Slater - Reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has made it quite clear he has zero interest in a fight with 39-year-old Oleg Maskaev, the former WBC title holder - even going as far as filing an official complaint regarding the Maskaev fight, which the WBC want for the 37-year-old after he has hopefully won on March 21st against Cuban Juan Carlos Gomez. continue
By Per Ake Persson: March 6, Cuxhaven, Germany: WBC Int´l welter champ Selcuk Aydin retained the title in style stopping Luis Hernandez from Ecuador at 2.30 of the first round scoring two knockdowns. Hernandez, who had arrived to Germany only on the morning of the fight, never got untracked. Aydin, now trained by Graciano Rocchigiani, is now 17-0 with 14 early endings. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks ‘C.E.O. Fridays’ segment shines the spotlight on one of the sports most interesting figures in the history of the game itself. Some love to see his brilliant dismantling of opponents, others could care less for his at times far-less-than-entertaining style, but no matter what the opinion, everyone has one when his name is spoken. As we prepare to dissect this specimen, we hone in just a little bit closer. Like every other ‘C.E.O. Fridays’, we’ll examine things full circle. The ‘Supportive’ perspective, the ‘Critics’ perspective, and in the end, a more ‘Neutral’ perspective to keep things fair and balanced. So with no further ado, we now shine the spotlight on the man most know as ‘The Executioner’….
Bernard Hopkins - (Supportive Perspective): In the sport of boxing it often seems that every warrior who reigns supreme comes equipped with a story that in fact propelled them to greatness and beyond. continue
By P.H. Burbridge: Well, as I thought the David Haye – Wladimir Klitschko fight is back on and it looks like we can expect to see these two finally get each other out of their systems on June 20th most likely in Germany. Recent reports indicate a possible Berlin site. Although, we’re not privy to the terms of this newly agreed upon deal it’s safe to assume that David Haye is being treated more like a challenger than the “star” he thought he was when these talks began. One thing that isn’t discussed all that much is the shrewd business dealings of the Klitschko’s. Some might say “shrewd” doesn’t adequately describe their approach. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 6, 2009) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and 2008 Fighter of the Year MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO will be honored and celebrated by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the southern California Filipino community Tomorrow! Saturday, March 7 in Historic Filipino Town (3200 Temple Street, Los Angeles, Calif. 90026 – at Temple and Robinson Streets). Mayor Villaraigosa is scheduled to honor Pacquiao at 10 a.m. PT. continue
by James Slater - At one time it looked as though exciting heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, 26-0(23) was going to land a summer date with IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Now, however, due to "Dr. Steel Hammer's" fight with David Haye looking like it's back on (In Germany, we hear, on June 20th) Arreola has had to move on for the time being.
Wanting to stay active, the unbeaten 28-year-old crowd-pleaser takes on the huge Jameel McCline next, squaring off with 38-year-old "Big Time" on the April 11th Las Vegas bill that will also feature Paul Williams Vs. Winky Wright.
Very kindly affording this writer some of his time yesterday afternoon, Henry Ramirez, trainer, of course, of "The Nightmare" spoke about the upcoming heavyweight rumble his guy will have with the 39-9-3(23) former heavyweight title challenger. continue
Ricky Hatton: I don't think I can quite express how much I'm looking forward to this fight. I think everyone's dream as a boxer is to become the world champion. And in doing so four times and in three weight divisions, I think I've had a fantastic career so far, but I'm nowhere near finished with what I want to do. I think that with the title that is on the line, Manny Pacquiao, you can't get any higher accolades in boxing really. To be the best in the world is a fantastic achievement. continue
LAS VEGAS (March 6, 2009) – Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz has one final chapter to live before his boxing career is finished: to capture another world title, defend his belt back home in Massachusetts, and fight for the first time in Puerto Rico. The WBA Championship Committee recently declared No. 3 rated Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) as its mandatory challenger for the winner of this year’s Nicolai Valuev-Ruslan Chagaev WBA title fight. Valuev is the reigning WBA heavyweight champion, Chagaev its “Champion in Recess.. continue
Team Sauerland is pleased to announce a prominent new signing: Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon “Relentless” Brewster (34-4, 30 KOs) has inked a contract with the Berlin-based promoters. The 35-year-old American will return to the ring on March 14 in Kiel when he takes on former EU heavyweight champion Michael Sprott on the undercard of the IBF middleweight title fight between King Arthur Abraham and Lajuan Simon. “We are pleased to welcome Lamon Brewster to our team,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “He is one of the biggest names in the heavyweight scene. He has been in the ring with many big fighters and he has already made spectacular fights in Germany. Apart from King Arthur, the fans in Kiel will be thrilled to get a first-hand look at another strong puncher.. continue
by James Slater - It wasn't all that long ago that former world super-middleweight champion and touted future superstar Jeff Lacy was thinking seriously about retiring from boxing all together. Saying he had had enough of the business side of the sport, "Left Hook" was close to pulling out of his title elimination bout against fellow former world champion Jermain Taylor. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 5 – What do California cities of East Los Angeles, City of Commerce and Covina have in common? They hold the distinction of being home to three of the top young fighters in the World today, Shawn Estrada, Javier Molina and John Molina, Jr. (no relation) respectively. All three cities will be well represented when each of these young men step into the ring at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on Friday, March 27. continue
Manchester, England (March 4, 2009). During a national conference call held today for members of the media, Ricky Hatton's trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. all but ensured a Hatton victory over his next opponent Manny Pacquiao when the two meet in a world junior welterweight championship on Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Here is what Mayweather, who is currently training Hatton in Manchester, England, had to say: Why he thinks Hatton will beat and most likely knock-out Manny Pacquiao:
"Because first of all I've got the best fighter and I am the best trainer. That's the reason right there. I am the best and he is the best.
"Everything is mapped out. Ricky is trying to be nice, but it's a simple fact that we gonna bust his ass up. Simple as that. . . we gonna whup his ass. continue
by James Slater - On today's issue of The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports, Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer spoke about what the great Bernard Hopkins wants to do next. It's no secret Hopkins has craved a return fight with Joe Calzaghe ever since "The Pride of Wales" defeated him via close points verdict last April. And even though Joe has retired and is seemingly both happy and content in retirement, "The Executioner" refuses to give up hope of a second fight - B-Hop, Schaefer says, would even be willing to travel to Wales for the rematch. continue
Los Angeles, CA (March 4, 2009) – The number 3 World-ranked heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers arrived in Los Angeles at LAX to finish the final preparations of his training for his battle against #5 World-ranked and former WBC World Heavyweight Champion Sam Peter that will take place on March 27 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in what will be the inaugural boxing event for the centerpiece at L.A. LIVE. The fistic 12-round main event will be televised on a special ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” at 10:00 pm ET/7:00 pm PT. continue
by James Slater - Great trainer of champions Freddie Roach may be one of the most likeable and affable guys in the sport of boxing today, but this does not mean he will refuse to speak his mind just because it may upset someone. In the past, Floyd Mayweather Senior has questioned Roach's talents as a trainer, while at the same time singing the praises of his own ability as a coach. Not one to get into verbal matches with anyone, Freddie has, however, taken the time to question Mayweather Senior's own worth as a trainer.
Speaking with The Sun newspaper, Freddie was discussing the upcoming May 2nd fight between his guy Manny Pacquaio and Mayweather's guy Ricky Hatton, when the interviewer got onto tactics and said, "Like him or not, you must respect Floyd Mayweather Senior's ability as a trainer." "Why?" replied Roach, before going into his reasoning for not giving Floyd Senior anywhere near the credit the poetry-spouting trainer believes he is entitled to. continue
Amir Khan has vowed to end the career of Marco Antonio Barrera on March 14 in Manchester. The legendary Mexican has claimed that Khan is nothing special - and has promised to school him like he did Naseem Hamed at the start of the Millennium. "I will beat Khan because I have more experience than him and I'm still a much better fighter than he is," said Barrera, a three weight world champion. "He is a good young fighter but there's nothing he can do between now and March 14 to surpass my skills and experience. continue
TAMPA, FL: Left Hook Promotions, the company founded by former IBF/IBO Super Middleweight Champion and St. Pete native Jeff Lacy is proud to present “Homecoming”, The Return of Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy at the USF Sun Dome on Friday April 10, 2009. Lacy (24-2, 17 KO’s), returns to fight in the bay area for the first time in nearly three years since a capacity crowd witnessed his thrilling knockout of Robin Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum on August 6, 2005. continue
04.03.09 - By Andrew Harrison: Perfection in sports; more difficult to find than Willie Pep in a 25ft ring, rarer than a Mexican heavyweight and as fragile as poor old Eric Crumble.
In 1976 a tiny Romanian gymnast’s routine on the uneven bars was deemed a flawless exhibition by her peers. Employing her genius with mesmeric verve, Nadia Comaneci’s sublime execution saw her rewarded with a perfect 10, a feat considered implausible at the time, the electronic scoreboard in fact simply unequipped to relay her mind boggling score to the world.
Perfection can’t always be gauged on a scoreboard however, indeed it would be difficult to describe those moments of inspiration which superior sporting beings grace us with in any other terms. continue
by James Slater - British fight fans are still talking about the excellent tear-up heavyweights Martin "The Entertainer" Rogan and Matt "The Bedford Bear" had this past Saturday in Birmingham -the fight was that good. At least it was if you like, as one poster on this web site called it, "good old-fashioned slugfests." Now, with the fans still chattering about the best heavyweight rumble seen in the UK for many a year, the loser of the 11th-round TKO brawl has spoken about the fight for the first time in any depth. continue
06.03.09 - All participants for Star Boxing's ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" show weighed-in today at 5:30 PM. Below is the scheduled bout sheet for Friday nights show which will take place at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The card is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing in association with Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort. Tickets are priced at $75.00, $45.00 and $30.00 and are on sale now through Ticketmaster. continue
by James Slater - It's fair to say, though the WBA featherweight title fight between defending champion Chris John of Indonesia and Rocky Juarez of Texas, US was close, most fans feel the visiting champion was hard done by in getting only a draw after the 12 rounds of action had come to an end.
No, the 114-114X3 verdict handed in by the three judges was not one of the worse in recent boxing history, but had the fight taken place anywhere other than Juarez' hometown of Houston there is a good chance "The Dragon" would have wound up with yet another W on his fine record. This seems to be the opinion of most, anyway. continue
LOS ANGELES - Former WBO heavyweight and current NABA heavyweight champion "Relentless" Lamon Brewster has signed a deal with German-based promotional outfit Sauerland Event. Brewster, 34-4 (30 knockouts) will fight in the co-featured slot of IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham's world title defense against Lajuan Simon on March 14 at the Ostseehalle in Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. continue
Junior Middleweight prospect Joel “The Love Child” Julio has been training furiously for his Saturday, March 7th encounter with James Kirkland on HBO Boxing After Dark. He is now focused, ready and intends to give fight fans something to talk about. During his training at the Miami Fight Gym in Doral, Florida, Julio gave his sparring partners all they could handle. Among Julio’s sparring partners for the 10-round HBO co-feature was former IBF Light Middleweight champion, Kassim Ouma. continue
Photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank- During a blistering two-day U.K. media tour, superstars Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Ricky “Hitman” Hatton set the tone for their world junior welterweight “The Battle of East and West” championship set for Saturday, May 2 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. The fighters started in Hatton’s hometown of Manchester and finished yesterday in London. They were joined by their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather, Sr, as well as US-based promoters Top Rank Chairman Bob Arum and Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer. Below is a sampling of quotes from the tour.
MANNY PACQUIAO - Note: This was a first time visit for Pacquiao to the U.K. and he was quite excited to be visiting the country. Thinking he was coming into the opponent’s territory, Pacquiao was very surprised to see his Filipino people every place he went during his stay. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - I would like to give props to boxing's biggest unsung hero.the UFC! I know that is a hard pill to swallow and it strokes most of us the wrong way but if we take a step back and evaluate it we owe a big thanks to loud mouth Dana White and the entire UFC organization. I say loud mouth in jest because he is such an outspoken individual.
Last weekend we had sensational matchups; Marquez vs. Diaz and John vs. Juarez. We witnessed Adamek walk thru Crunk Gym prodigy Johnathan Banks, an undefeated Norberto Gonzalez get spanked by Antwone Smith, and Glen Johnson present us with his blue collar style against Daniel Judah. continue
Big hearted bantamweight Matthew Edmonds has been added to the mouth-watering Wigan, England bill this Friday, March 6, headlined by Jamie Moore's long awaited European light middleweight title opportunity against Italy's former world champion Michele Piccirillo at Robin Park Arena. 25 year old Edmonds, 9-2 (2), has been on a tear since losing a valiant Commonwealth title clash against the far more experienced Jason Booth in December, 2007. continue
NEW YORK (March 2, 2009) – Coming off one of the most controversial victories in years, undefeated Lucian Bute will return to SHOWTIME® to risk his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight crown against hard-hitting Fulgencio Zuniga on a special World Championship edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, March 13 (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Last October in his hometown of Montreal and his first ShoBox appearance, Bute dominated the initial 11-plus rounds against Librado Andrade but fell apart late and was brutally knocked down in the final seconds. Visibly shaken and hurt, Bute barely made it to his feet as he beat the referee’s 10-count to retain his belt on a lopsided decision.
A battered Bute, however, escaped with a triumph that was questioned by many who feel the time elapsed during the 10-count was closer to 20 seconds or more and that the ref’s decision-making after the knockdown aided the exhausted hometown hero. continue
HBO Sports serves up a triple header of action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JAMES KIRKLAND VS. JOEL JULIO, VICTOR ORTIZ VS. MIKE ARNAOUTIS AND ROBERT GUERRERO VS. DAUD YORDAN is presented SATURDAY, MARCH 7 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Cal., 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
by James Slater - 30-year-old southpaw Jamie Moore says he cannot wait for his long overdue shot at the European light-middleweight title to arrive. After having had so much bad luck and so many fights for the title postponed - three times no less, was Moore set to face then EBU champ Zaurbek Baysangurov, only for the Russian to pull out on each occasion - Moore felt his big chance would never come. continue
By Ted Sares, Photo by Sumio Yamada - Okay aficionados, its Club time again. Pull up a comfortable chair near your computer and torch up a nice Cohiba Siglo III (Corona Grande). For scotch this month, we are featuring an 18 year old Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban, a velvety-textured single malt whisky, for confident, dynamic luxury spirit drinkers who enjoy a beautifully balanced taste, with just a hint of honeyed nuts coming through.
In the background, we have mostly jazz tonight and I’m going with John Coltrane and Stan Getz performing Rifftide live from Germany in 1960, a very rare tape. The late Clifford Brown and Max Roach are lurking and so are Gene “Jughead” Ammons, J.J. Johnson and Sonny Stitt. Miles is always here. continue
By Tony Nobbs: On December 5, in the main support to Daniel Geale-Daniel Mc Kinnon, rising star Leonardo “Lenny” Zappavigna (17-0, 13 whacks) stole the Foxsport televised show and looked something very special scoring a dominant sixth round stoppage victory over two time world title challenger Tommy Browne in an All Western Sydney showdown at The Cube in Campelltown. The win garnered him the IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight strap that now join his Australian and IBO Asia Pacific lightweight belts, trophy’s and medals, including a Commonwealth Games bronze in 2006, he accumalated in 90 amateur bouts (81 wins). continue
Enzo Maccarinelli has revealed his secret weapon ahead of his interim WBO World Cruiserweight title challenge - a dozen beer barrels. But unfortunately for opponent Ola Afolabi, the Welshman hasn't been downing them in training, merely using them to improve his strength and conditioning. Balancing the half-full kegs above his ahead has helped to increase his core muscle power, as has beating car tyres over and over again with a sledgehammer. It was a technique that Big Macc used before his last fight, a two-round demolition of heavyweight Matthew Ellis. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - There’s no easy way to win the heavyweight championship of the world. If you look at the entire history of the sport you’ll quickly realize that compared to the number of fighters who have set out to win the championship only a precious few have actually had their shot and even fewer have actually won it. Challenging for the title is an amazing honor. Just getting there is nothing short of a miracle. When Chris Arreola steps into the ring on April 11th on the Paul Williams – Winky Wright undercard he’ll be looking across the ring at a man who has been there.
A man who has fought the best the division has to offer and understands the stakes. Jameel “Big Time” McCline (39-9, 23 KO’s) is one the giants of the division literally and figuratively. Standing 6’ 6” and weighing in the 270 lb range, McCline is an imposing figure who proved in his fight against Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter that he’s still a dangerous man. He’s a late comer to the sport but his athleticism has enabled him to carve out a niche for himself. continue
Cruiserweight contender Ola "Kryptonite" Afolabi has reunited with elite trainer Freddie Roach for his March 14 showdown against Enzo Maccarinelli for the Interim WBO Cruiserweight Championship at the M.E.N. Arena, in Manchester, England. Afolabi (13-1-3, 5 KOs), who is already in the UK training hard and getting accustomed to the time and climate differences from his home in California, says the addition of Roach has given him a boost. continue
03.03.09 - by James Slater - Those fans that think 22-year-old and unreliably chinned Amir Khan can beat 35-year-old living legend Marco Antonio Barrera believe it will be the Olympian's advantages in speed that will see him to victory in the intriguing March 14th crossroads bout. If the vastly younger, fresher and quicker man can stay out of harm's way - or at least keep the chin Breidis Prescott shattered out of harm's way - in the fight and pick up points and box, he can win, they claim. continue
02.03.09 - by James Slater - This past Saturday night, three British amateur stars successfully made their pro debuts, as Olympians James DeGale and Billy Joe Saunders won and former world amateur champion Frankie Gavin did likewise. All three boxers won with no real trouble, although DeGale was booed by some in the crowd as he won on points over his scheduled four-rounder, and Gavin suffered a cut nose caused by a head butt.
Speaking about the boos he received, gold medallist DeGale said he will win over the type of fans that jeered him as he out-pointed Vepkhia Tchilaia - in time.
"It was a little disappointing, but it takes two to tangle and it's hard when he [Tchilaia] boxed that negatively," DeGale said. continue
GRAND RONDE, OR – Well known for his impressive 12-round bout with boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) super featherweight champion, Steve Forbes (33-7, 9 KOs), of Portland, takes on hard-charging Jason Davis (11-2-1, 3 KOs), of Vancouver, in a 10-round welterweight main event. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton, who faces what is arguably the toughest fight of his entire career when he meets the superb fighting machine that is Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd, is absolutely bursting with confidence. So much so that "The Hitman" is even looking past his next mega-fight and lining up potential opponents for his fight afterwards. Hatton has assured his fans that he will win on May 2nd, saying he will not let them down this time, and he has also told Sky Sports that the Pacquiao fight will in no way be his last. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' is absolute fire!!! After a weekend full of stirring events, it's time to do what we do every Monday morning, which is let the hardcore fight fans dissect and debate. Kicking off the mailbag this week is obviously none other than Juan Manuel Marquez.
With more than one question dedicated to him, we also take a few moments out to chew on the latest speculations to involve Bernard Hopkins, the future of Juan Diaz, and finding his way back to the chatterbox is a purist who only pops his head from the underground when there's money on the table...yep, you guessed it....Mr. Floyd 'Money' Mayweather jr. So with no further ado, we start things off by putting an ear to the streets of Dallas, Texas where a fight fan wanted to know the following: continue
by James Slater - Fight fans were spoilt for choice this past Saturday night, as there were excellent and ultra-meaningful bouts being fought on both sides of the Atlantic - with two big shows taking place in the UK alone. As such, it was almost impossible to catch all the action. For those fans who missed the European lightweight title fight between defending champ Jon Thaxton and his French challenger Anthony Mezaache, all that can be said is too bad. This fight, that went the full 12-rounds, was a sensational battle. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 2, 2009) – The 12-round main event March 14th between 22-year-old lightweight prospect Amir Khan and Hall of Fame bound multiple world champion, “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, shapes up as a potential classic at The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom. Khan (19-1, 15 KOs), 2004 Olympic silver medallist, defends his WBA International lightweight crown against Barrera (65-6, 43 KOs) in a 12-round bout. continue
James DeGale wants to fight on Martin Rogan's undercard after being blown away by the new Commonwealth heavyweight champion's defeat of Matt Skelton on Saturday. DeGale hailed Belfast hero Rogan as an inspiration following his KO win over the Bedford puncher in Birmingham. The 23-year-old received a mixed reception from some Irish supporters in the crowd, following his semi-final win over Darren Sutherland at the 2008 Olympics. But DeGale says he's looking forward to a possible fight at Kings Hall and converting the fans.
"The Irish love their boxing and to fight in Belfast would be an honour," said DeGale.
"The atmosphere for a Rogan fight would be absolutely amazing after what he did to Skelton on Saturday.
"He's a real warrior and it made me realise what I need to do to make it to the top in professional boxing. continue
NEW YORK (March 2, 2009) – Former WBC bantamweight champion and 1992 Olympic silver medalist, Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough, wants one more world title shot at that’s why he’s fighting St. Patrick’s Day Eve (Monday, March 16) “Erin Go Brawl II” card, presented by Irish Ropes Promotions, at WaMu Theater in the famed Madison Square Garden. continue
By Leon de Juda: The pound for pound status, recently held by Floyd Mayweather Jr is up for grabs. This great glory is only given to the best of the best and to the most gifted fighter of the sport. This is a status not achieved by many and many great boxers simply never make it. Even though Mayweather Jr retired prematurely at a very young age thus leaving doubts about his future Hall of fame status, he was our last p4p Champion. Not mainly because the opposition that he faced but because of his gifted physical talent. It seems that he could do everything better than anyone in the ring. Of course, he was carefully guided as to whom he fought but that does'nt take away his accomplishments. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Indonesian wonder Chris John (42-0-2) retained his WBA featherweight championship for the eleventh time with a twelve round draw against hometown hero Rocky Juarez (28-4-1) in Houston, Texas, on Saturday night.
The fight was exciting and the result constroversial, many knowledgable boxing peoople feeling that John deserved the “W”. John started the fight every bit looking a pound for pound fighter as he out boxed the shorter Texan and continually beat him to the punch. John’s jab worked well as did his vast kit of lead hooks, wide rights and straight one – two’s. When Juarez did get inside he was unable to take contol as John landed uppercuts and hooks and did a good job turning. After seven rounds, John was up 70-63 on cards of this writer and commentator Bob Sheridan. continue
by James Slater - While most, if not all, fight fans are expecting a furious war to take place in the ring when Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton collide in Las Vegas on May 2nd, Hatton himself says he just might surprise everyone and out-box "Pac-Man," much like he did fellow speedster Paulie Malignaggi when he met him last November. Hatton credits new trainer Floyd Mayweather Junior with the newfound patient version of "The Hitman" and said earlier today that had he met Maliganggi a few years earlier it would have been a totally different fight. continue
02.03.09 - By Eugene Carnachan - Promoters Duco Events after deliberating over which city to stage the highly anticipated fight between New Zealand heavyweights David Tua and Shane Cameron have chosen Hamilton City. Hamilton, a city smaller then New Zealand’s largest city – Auckland – is known for it’s willingness to lay on the big events for sportin fans and in this case has done exactly that. Ian Fraser a spokesman for Duco Events cited “respect” as the key determinant as to why Hamilton was chosen over other cities. The fight will take place on June 6th. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – Before you read further please understand that this is my personal boxing story. I have gotten a few emails from people wanting to know a little about me so I figured I’d let everyone know. As always feel at ease to voice your opinions whether affirmative or sundry points of view.
I started boxing when I was eight or nine years old in a small town called Belle Glade located in Florida. Our boxing gym was more a shed than a building. It was so rickety that we frequently trained outdoors. We had no heat or air conditioning so the temperature in the gym was in harmony with the elements outside. We had a floor ring, a few heavy bags, a couple of speed bags, weighted balls and jump ropes. My trainer was a former boxer and was as old-school as they come. continue
Just 19 years old, junior welterweight Javier Molina has already been picked by boxing insiders as a future star. World-renowned promoter Dan Goossen agrees with the experts when it comes to the 2008 United States Olympian, and he has shown his confidence by signing Molina to an exclusive promotional contract with his company, Goossen Tutor Promotions, that begins with the City of Commerce, California native’s professional debut on March 27th at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. continue
Dimitry Salita will return to the ring on April 2, 2009 at Aviator Complex in Brooklyn. Salita: "I am thrilled to get back in the ring and excited about getting a title shot soon, as I became WBA #1 rated Jr. Walterwight in the world and a mandatory challenger for the World Championship. I am focused on my next assignment on April 2nd. I have already begun my preparations at the training camp in the Poconos. I am in great shape and am working extremely hard to put on a great show on April 2. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at The Toyota Centre in Houston Texas, Indonesia's WBA featherweight king Chris "The Dragon" John managed to retain his title with a tough draw against a determined Rocky Juarez. In making his US debut, the 29-year-old also retained his unbeaten record and in truth the drawn verdict was not one anybody could really argue with. Now 44-0-2(22) John basically commanded the first half of the fight while local man Juarez, now 28-4-1(20) came on strong and took over in the second half of the engrossing bout. All three judges had it exactly the same at 114-114.
John was really putting on a showcase of his fine skills in the first six rounds. He was out-boxing a Juarez who, though aggressive, was being frustrated. Making the 11th defence of his world title, "The Dragon" used every punch in his arsenal as he dominated the 28-year-old challenger. Left jabs, right hands, left hooks, uppercuts and body shots, you name it and John was scoring with it. continue
March 2, 2009 by Suge Green, OnTheGrindBoxing.com: With some solid heavyweight action lined up for later this month, it seems an opportune time to put the heavyweight division into some much needed perspective....First of all, my rankings don't use a points system, it's purely subjective. A variety of criteria such as head to head, resume, recent opposition, streak, etc. were considered before compiling these rankings... continue
By Max Lom - Lineal lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez didn’t take long to call out one of the top names in the sport, Floyd Mayweather, following his phenomenal knockout victory over Juan Diaz in Houston on Saturday night. And while the Mexican warrior, who has been through countless wars leading up to his latest battle, may not quite be able to bring enough money to the table to entice the former pound-for-pound king out of retirement, another top welterweight and proven ticket-seller could provide a perfect match-up for Marquez if he is indeed looking to move up in weight after cementing his place as the world’s top lightweight. continue
By Paul Strauss: If you want to argue Juan Manuel Marquez is equally deserving of the best P4P designation as Manny Pacquiao, then go ahead, because you won't get any disagreement from tonight's crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, TXJ To give you an idea of how great the fight was, note up until the 9th round kayo of Juan Diaz, the judges had this fight scored a draw! Specifically, Max Deluca scored it 77-75 for Diaz. Duane Ford had the same score, but for Marquez, and Levi Martinez had it a draw.
The bottom line is you just can't say enough about Juan Manuel Marquez. He is an unbelievably great fighter. Early in the fight, it appeared Diaz fans might be right in their prediction of youth prevailing over experience. Diaz seemed to be controlling the pace and distance of the fight. He was driving Marquez into the ropes and unleashing his patented rapid punching style on the more seasoned little Dinamita. continue
Karo Murat (19-0, 12 KOs) retained his European super-middleweight title with a tenth-round TKO victory over Cristian Sanavia (40-5, 12 KOs) in Neubrandenburg on Saturday night. The 25-year-old German cleverly picked his experienced opponent apart with strong punches to body and head throughout the entire fight. After a strong barrage at the end of the ninth, brave Sanavia would not come out of his corner for the next round. “That was a superb performance by Karo,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “Athletes grow with their tasks, and Karo is making steady and strong progress.. continue
On March 7th Star Boxing's world rated light welterweight contender, The Pride of Greece, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (21-2- 2,10KO) will meet ESPN.com's 2008 prospect of the year "Vicious" Victor Ortiz (23-1- 1,18KO) in a 12 round light welterweight championship. The Arnaoutis vs. Ortiz battle will be part of that evening's live triple header on HBO and will take place at The Tank in San Jose, CA. At stake will be both the USBA light welterweight title, held by Arnaoutis and the NABO light welterweight title, which is held by Ortiz. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Birmingham, UK, 37-year-old Irish tough guy Martin Rogan sensationally became the first man to knock down and stop "Bedford Bear" Matt Skelton. Sending the defending Commonwealth heavyweight champion down in the 11th round with a series of right hands to the head, Rogan prompted referee John Keane to dive in and rescue the 42-year-old seconds later as he teed off on him in a corner. The official time of the stoppage was 1 minute and 21-seconds of the round. With the win the amazing story of the gutsy Rogan, now 12-0(6) continues. Skelton, who fell to 22-3(19) will have some tough time coming back from his only inside the distance loss.
There may not have been too much skill on display by either warrior tonight, but there was no shortage of heart and courage - especially from the shorter and lighter Rogan. A great battle of attrition ensued at The National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, and the action was great to watch. continue
The upcoming fight with Sandro Siproshvili in Cuxhaven on 6th March wasn’t the only thing on Herbie Hide’s mind at the press conference today. The former two-time heavyweight champion is also celebrating the release of his autobiography. The book, aptly titled “Nothing But Trouble” tells the story of his upbringing in Norwich and his time in boarding schools in Norfolk after arriving in England at the age of ten, before detailing his roller coaster boxing career and his numerous escapades outside of the ring. continue