By Coach Tim Walker In the midst of the excitement that is proving to be Manny Pacquiao/Ricky Hatton and Freddie Roach/Floyd Mayweather Senior one of the main characters in this soap opera-esk mega-fight has been ominously absent. Sure there have been UFO-like sightings of Sir Pretty-ness but not nearly as much as might expect given the grandiose stage set before us. Of course you all know of whom I speak. Some call him Pretty Boy others call him Money but we all know him as Floyd Mayweather Junior aka Pound 4 Pound King. How can he be the king? you ask. Traditionally a king remains king until he is dethroned or dead. In the sense of him being neither dead nor having ever lost a professional fight it is safe, for me at least, to still consider him King of the Pound 4 Pounds. continue
By Neil Thompson (01-05-09) - Regarded by many to be the pound-4-pound number one fighter today; Manny Pacquaio has won world titles at Flyweight, Super Bantamweight, Featherweight and Lightweight. He also turned in a spotless performance at welterweight against a legend in Oscar De La Hoya. He has also faced elite fighters such as Barrera (twice); Morales (x3) and Juan Manuel Marquez (x2). Now before I go on I would like to point out that I think Pacquaio is a true world class performer and as a 4 weight champion will be regarded in the future as an all-time great. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This Saturday night will go down as quite a spectacle. Once upon a time it was the sports heavyweight division that would regularly command the attention of the nation. With today's crop of big men lacking the type of punch required to knock fans off of their feet, the honors in recent years have gone to the little guys. In May of '07 it was a catch-weight fight between jr. middleweight Oscar De la Hoya and welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. Later that year we had a chance to see jr. welterweight Ricky Hatton square off against welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. This time around, the spotlight shifts even further south as former 106lb'er, Manny Pacquiao, will finally square up and square off against the other reigning little-big-man of the sport, 'British Bulldog', Ricky Hatton. Like each of my other 'C.E.O. Fridays' segments, today we take a look at multiple angles involved, and in the end, leave each reader with a few things to strongly consider. With less than 36 hours and counting on the clock, we begin our final descent to the highly fluorescent runway strip of Las Vegas where the scrolling marquees and billboards only read two names...... continue
01.05.09 - By Robert Jackson: One day before the superfight of 2009 and one just has to wonder about this fight, so lets talk about how this fight will play out. Ricky Hatton pride of Manchester, England, U.K. 45-1 comes into this fight as the recognized best 140lb fighter. Prior to this fight Hatton released long time trainer Billy Graham then retained Floyd Mayweather Sr. to train him for his fight against Paulie Malignaggi. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton's former trainer, Billy Graham - the man who was with "The Hitman" from his early days right up until his loss to Floyd Mayweather and the "comeback" win over Juan Lazcano, was an over-the-phone guest on today's episode of The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta T.V. Known for his honesty, Hatton's former coach and "father figure" gave his prediction for the huge and massively intriguing battle that is now a mere two days away - Pacquiao-Hatton, of course. continue
By Ziggy Shah: The weigh-in for the featured Saturday nights boxing from Sunderland was a dazzling affair, even more dazzling then the pink suede shoes that Frank Maloney was wearing. The star of the show however was local home favourite and Olympic Bronze Medallist, Tony Jeffries. Jeffries, who will make his second appearance as a pro at the Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland, weighed in at 12st 7lbs. He seemed confident and looked relaxed as he mingled with the small crowd who attended. His German opponent, Roy Meissner arrived late.
Meissner, was not the only boxer to arrive late, it seemed as though Danny Williams also had traffic trouble, as he arrived 10 minutes late. It was an anxious wait but when he arrived he looked in great shape as he scaled 18st 10lbs. His opponent John McDermott was six pounds lighter at 18st 4lbs, expect fireworks! continue
By Jorge Antonio Vallejos - I didnt want to be a boxer in the beginning. I wanted to be a hockey player but I wasnt big enough, says NABA Super Featherweight champion Benoit Gaudet (20-1-0, 7 Kos). My friend took me to a boxing gym and I fell in love with the place. Ranked number nine by the WBC, the Quebecois from Drummondville, Quebec, Canada, started boxing at the age of ten. Training in a small basement measuring 12 x 16 feet for seven years after his boxing club was shut down, Gaudet made it to the world championships in 1999 and earned a bronze medal. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - If Manny Pacquiao loses Saturday night will Freddie Roach admit that the distractions at the Wild Card Gym played a role? One of the curious things about Mannys training camp leading into the Hatton fight are all the apparent distractions at the Wild Card Gym. Historically, fighters went away to train for big fights and essentially lived a Spartan life style. No wives, no girlfriends and no hanger-ons. The distractions were purposely kept to a minimum and the only Press allowed in was for promotional purposes only. The Wild Card Gym is a hot bed of activity from movie actors hanging out to Pacquiaos fan base coming in to be near their idol to HBOs camera crew trying to put together a show. continue
By Coach Tim Walker In two days, Saturday, May 2, fans of pugilism will witness one of the biggest boxing spectacles that we have seen in recent years when Ricky The Hitman Hatton takes on Manny Pac Man Pacquiao for the fringe IBO light welterweight title. But this bout is about more than any title. Forget titles! Forget belts! Forget about their losses (only 4 combined)! This fight is as big in general interest as Ali/Frazier was. It is as big as Tyson/Holyfield was. It is as big as, dare I say it, Mayweather/Dela Hoya was!
You still dont think this fight is big? Mix in the dynamic personalities of their trainers Floyd Mayweather Senior and Freddie Roach who by the way both feel theyre at least respectively the best trainers on the planet. One even feels he is the best trainer EVER on the planet! Ill leave that up to you to determine who that is. continue
By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: Earlier this week, my colleague, Norman Lucas, and I made a prediction with regards to this weekend's blockbuster rumble between current Pound for Pound champion of multiple weight classes, Manny Pacquaio(48-3-2-36KO's) and his new assignment, IBO junior welterweight king Ricky Hatton(45-1-32KO's).
Their clash will take place this Saturday on HBO PPV live from Las Vegas, NV's MGM Grand Garden Arena. continue
By Jason Sardelis: As history and Rocky always reminds us, never count out the underdog and Mosley/ Margarito is our latest reminder. As prestigious as Pacquiaos career is keep that in mind he has three losses mixed in his 53 fights. Two of those fights ended by knockout. Margarito had four, three of those early on in his career. Did any of those show a weakness? Ask Shane! continue
MANNY PACQUIAO: "I am ready for the fight on Saturday. I know Ricky Hatton has trained hard for this fight. I have seen it on 24/7. I respect Ricky Hatton. He is a good person. He is a nice guy and I would like to remind everyone that there is nothing personal for this fight and we are just doing our job to give a good fight to the people and make them happy. Specifically to the Filipino people who are looking for a victory on Saturday, I will do my best to bring honor to our country. I would like to especially like to thank my wife Jinkee and my Mom, who is here for the first time watching one of my fights live. My last fight was impressive, I won money."
RICKY HATTON - "I think you have all made your mind up already. I have been reading what you have been saying and what everyone has been saying. That doesn't scare me. I have been here before. I have been the underdog before. I hear what you say. 'He is an over-hyped, over-protected, fat beer drinking Englishman. Guess what...that "he" is going to shock the world again. It doesn't scare me being in this position. This is my weight division, but I understand that I am the underdog. I understand why people are picking on me especially since Manny Pacquiao is the number one pound for pound fighter in the world who just had an exceptional win over Oscar. They call this the Battle of East and West. And our worlds will collide in the ring on Saturday night.. continue
30.04.09 - by James Slater - 22-year-old southpaw welterweight Jamie Cox of Swindon, UK, has been called one of the best and most exciting prospects in British boxing today. A fine amateur who won a gold medal at the 2006 Commonwealth games, Jamie is now 11-0(7) as a pro. Winning his share of fans over due to his incredible work-rate and his all-action style, Cox is closing in on the British title. Last time out, on April 24th, Jamie suffered a cut eye in his winning fight with Mark Lloyd. The fight got a little bad tempered at times, and the winner was warned on a number of occasions by the referee. continue
by James Slater - Currently one of the most talked about fighters in the world, reigning WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has a number of attractive options when it comes to who he should fight either next or in the near future. In taking a huge gamble by going across to Connecticut to defend against former middleweight king Jermain Taylor, "The Cobra" proved he is willing to take a risk so as to fight the best. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Saturday night, activity around the boxing world will come to a screeching halt as fans, media, and general spectators watch as two of its biggest stars collide. For both Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, the years leading up to this point have been filled with rich memories, yet it's the one they now prepare to create which may very well go down as perhaps the most illustrious of them all. There's no way to accurately see the future, but in an effort to rekindle the past, today we take a quick trip down memory lane. There were a countless amount of epic battles along the separate journeys, but this time we'll revisit the two stops along the way for both men that can probably be best credited for placing them on the global stage where they stand today:
Manny Pacquiao vs Rustico Torrecampo - Nahkon Si Thammarat, Philippines (02/09/96)
From the very beginning, Manny Pacquiao was considered a hot prospect on the rise with an undeniable talent that few felt they had ever seen the likes of in Filipino boxing history. Fast hands, swift delivery, a cyclist work pace, and an unrelenting will to win. continue
By Doveed Linder: This Saturday, pound-for-pound king Manny Pac-Man Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 KOs) will face Ricky The Hitman Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) for Hattons IBO junior welterweight title at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas in what is the most anticipated bout of the year. Theyre calling this fight East Meets West as Manny Pacquiao represents his native land of the Philippines and Ricky Hatton comes from Manchester, England. Pacquiao was last seen in December of last year when he scored an 8th round TKO over Oscar De La Hoya. Hattons most recent fight was last November when he faced Paul Malignaggi and won via 11th round TKO. continue
Edison Miranda sent a personal invitation to Carl Froch, the WBC super middleweight champion, to sit ringside at his upcoming fight against Andre Ward. "Carl - congratulations on a great win last weekend. You showed that you are a warrior and a true champion. With your win on Showtime, you have gained much respect from the fans in the America. Now, I invite you to revisit the US and sit ringside as I take on Andre Ward, the highest ranked fighter in the WBC. I will fly you over here and arrange for your hotel and ringside seat. I hope you accept my offer, and please dont make any excuses!. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: In the lead-up to his December bout with Oscar De La Hoya, I was convinced Manny Pacquiao was in way over his head. After all, he simply had too many obstacles to overcome, chief amongst them, the gargantuan size advantage enjoyed by De La Hoya. Oscar was four inches taller, had a six inch reach advantage, and also spent the better part of the previous decade campaigning in either the 154 or 160 pound weight class. Pacquiao, on the other hand, had just one fight north of the 130 pound division in his entire career, which began when he weighed just 106 pounds.
De La Hoya had been in against some big strong fighters, and with the exception of a perfectly timed left hook to his body compliments of Bernard Hopkins, he was always able to absorb the best shots these bigger foes could muster. On the flip side, Pacquiao had been rocked by smaller fighters Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez, and had never stopped anyone bigger than 135 pound David Diaz. continue
TELECAST NOTE: 2008 Olympian Gary Russell, Jr., takes on Alvaro Muro in a four-round featherweight bout Friday night before the SHOWTIME telecast begins. Between the two featured fights, highlights will be shown of Russells fight and he will be interviewed about his transition from the amateur to professional ranks and what is next for the Washington D.C., resident. Russell is 2-0 since turning pro in January. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Russell never got to enter the ring as he missed the Olympic weigh-in hours after losing consciousness in his Olympic Village dorm room. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Truly great fights nourish fans and make it possible for us to survive the long and sometimes unforgiving seasons between great match ups. The last fight that had us transfixed for all the right reasons was Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito. The anticipation of two excellent fighters at or near their peaks both with significant followings and all the intangibles you can imagine is always in high demand for boxing fans and its also somewhat rare. continue
By Vivek Wallace: From the very beginning of its relevance the British sector has given the world of boxing some of its most amazing talent. As recent as Joe Calzaghe and Lennox Lewis, to yesterdays 'Prince' Naseem Hamed and beyond; some of the best talent in the sport continues to arrive from this very key destination. As intriguing figures like Amir Khan, Carl Froch, and David Haye attempt to brighten the horizon, there's another notable source that currently cast a major shadow, in a parallel to the patented 'Blue Moon' that he has become affectionately known for. That source is none other than Manchester's favorite son, Ricky Hatton.
Someone once said "the average man may encounter more than 15 to 20 odd jobs throughout his teen through adulthood years before he finds that true niche and ultimate success". For Ricky Hatton, the evolution wasn't quite as elaborate, but after nearly cutting his fingers off as an employee in the family carpet business and failing to find the same level of success in football that his Father and Grandfather found, the oddest direction of sorts would be the very one to attract his attention. continue
PROVIDENCE (April 31, 2009) Legendary boxers James Buddy McGirt, Sr. and Irish Micky Ward began a friendship in 1986 that continues today. They will reunite May 22nd at Rage At The River, promoted Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment, Inc. (CES), as head trainers of fighters on that show. McGirt, 2-time world champion in two different weight classes and former Trainer of the Year, will be training his son, middleweight James McGirt, Jr. (19-2-1, 9 KOs), wholl be making his CES debut in a 6-round bout versus an opponent to be named. Ward, a participant in three Fights of the Year, will handle his nephew, lightweight Sean Eklund (6-3, 1 KO), against Jose Guzman (3-4-1) in a 4-round match. continue
WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has told talkSPORT, the UKs only national commercial speech radio station, that the recently retired Joe Calzaghe should STAY retired as the Nottingham fighter feels he has nothing to prove following his stunning 12th round defeat of Jermain Taylor on Saturday evening. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In a sport consisting of 17 separate weight classes and hundreds of contenders contained within each, earning the most coveted status in the game comes with far more pressure than contentment. What has made the rise to pound-for-pound supremacy even more intriguing in the case of Manny Pacquiao is the fact that his journey to where he now stands today required him to categorically bypass 10 of those 17 weight divisions - (flyweight through welterweight) - earning four straps along the way and becoming the first Asian fighter in the history of the sport to do so. The early days in the life of Manny Pacquiao were far from the Hollywood script we see today, and would eventually take a toll on the young Filipino. Not having a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of wasn't the way Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao would have liked to spend those days, but it wasn't until the untimely death of close friend Mark Penaflorida in 1994 that he decided to pursue the sport, which would change his life forever. Some know him as the "Filipino's finest", his native country men and women know him as "Pambansang Kamao", but to those fans around the sport which he has helped save, he's affectionately known as 'Pacman'; a stark parallel to the way we've witnessed him gobble up competitor after competitor. continue
YERINGTON, NV (April 30, 2009) Super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley has added former world champion Jermain Taylor to his hit list for a showdown this year. Taylor is coming off a very hard fought battle against WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch this past Saturday, a fight he was winning on the scorecards before being stopped with just seconds left to go in the final round. continue
iBN Sports announced that its Al Bernstein Boxing Channel (ABBC) will provide up to the minute weigh-in along with pre and post fight coverage of the May 2nd event, Manny Pacquiao vs Ricky Hatton, which will be broadcast from the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. iBN Sports will be on hand for weigh-ins, interviews, and Post Fight Coverage as two of boxings biggest sluggers collide in what could be one of the years biggest events. Five-division World Champion Manny Pac Man Pacquiao and Ring Magazine and IBO World Junior Welterweight champion Ricky The Hitman Hatton, the consensus fighters of the year three of the last four years, rumble for Hattons World Junior Welterweight Championships. continue
By Coach Tim Walker It was only a short time ago that I contributed an article to Eastsideboxing.com titled Jermain Taylor: World Class, Sure, All-Time Great, Not Quite. The purpose of the piece was not to bash Taylor but to point out that though he is one of the worlds best boxers there seems to be something missing from his arsenal. He maintains a sensational amateur pedigree, a charismatic personality and appears to be an excellent representative of the sport and his family. Still something is not there.
I am never one to kick a man when he is down. I thought highly of Taylor before his fight with Froch and still think highly of him. However, my focal point of the previous article was the glaring problem that Taylor failed to make us really care about his success or failure as a fighter. This is even more evident now being shortly on the heels of his twelfth round TKO loss to Carl Froch. Dont misunderstand, Taylor fought excellently as did Froch. continue
After months of back and forth trash talking, Star Boxing's WBA#5, WBC #10, and IBF #13 world rated heavyweight contender Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO) will face off against two-time world title challenger Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett (34-7, 20KO) on May 15th in the main event of ESPN2'S "Friday Night Fights" at The Concert Venue at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. continue
30.04.09 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Almost ten months have passed since knockout artist Ricardo Mochuelo Torres lost his WBO light welterweight title against Kendall Holt in Las Vegas. As everybody recalls, Torres was easily out powering the rival, having Holt down twice within the first thirty-two seconds of the first stanza, until Holt ended matters with a vicious head butt that knocked Torres out. The referee in charge, Jay Nady, who apparently did not see the fault, halted the contest and Holt claimed the belt.
Today, 29-year-old Ricardo Torres is aware of the fact that he is a much better boxer than Kendall Holt, but with nothing at stake, Torres-Holt III is virtually meaningless. continue
By Derek Kelley - Antonio Tarver has been on top of the world more than just a couple times in the ring. Tarver was able to play Mason Dixon, the world heavyweight champion, in the critically acclaimed film Rocky Balboa. Tarver had the honor of being in a Rocky film and the fame and recognition that came with it. But what he did in the ring is what impressed us boxing fans the most. The stunning 2nd round KO of Roy Jones Jr. in their rematch that won him the World Light Heavyweight Title was Tarvers career-defining moment.. But it was more than just winning the World Light Heavyweight Title, it was dethroning a legend and a pound for pound king.
And Roy Jones Jr.s career has never been the same since then. Roy has gone on to lose fights more often than most fans would ever expect. Even before Antonio Tarvers first fight with Roy Jones Jr., which he lost by a close majority decision, Tarver had notable wins over Reggie Johnson, Montell Griffin(Tarver won WBC Light Heavyweight title in this fight), and Eric Harding(avenging a past loss). continue
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (April 30, 2009) With six pro fights under his belt since turning pro last September for Seminole Warriors Boxing, unbeaten prospect Danny OConnor is now ready to move up to 6-round bouts and preparing to go down to the lightweight division. 2004 U.S. Olympic Team alternate OConnor (6-0, 2 KOs) is coming off an impressive win by 4-round decision against 22-fight veteran Travis Hartman (9-12-1, 7 KOs) last Saturday night on the Froch-Taylor undercard on Showtime at MGM Grand Foxwoods in Ledyard, Connecticut. continue
April 29, 2009 - With Allan Sweetness Greens dazzling second-round knockout over Carlos De Leon Jr. on Saturday, he sent a message to the boxing world that he is back. Now, he has a message for the big names in the super middleweight division: Any time, any place. First on Greens mind is Carl Froch, the WBC champion who successfully defended his title with a dramatic 12th-round knockout over Jermain Taylor in Saturday nights main event.
And since Froch traveled to America to fight Taylor, Green has no qualms about going to Frochs homeland of Great Britain for a shot at the championship. continue
by James Slater - Though it is not one of the most obvious fights that springs to mind whenever fight fans are recalling great wins achieved by a British boxer while doing his stuff on foreign soil - or American soil, to be more precise - Nigel Benn's up-from-the-floor TKO win over the iron-jawed Doug DeWitt was indeed a fine "away" win.
The all-action middleweight's victory took place exactly nineteen years ago today, and leading up to the WBO 160 pound title bout the fans and experts were split right down the middle as to who would win. This coming Saturday, albeit in a much bigger fight and one that most see as a bout that is more of a 60-40 or 70-30-percent winnable one in favour of Manny Pacquiao, another Brit gets the chance to pull off a truly important win in the U.S. Can Ricky Hatton do to "Pac-Man" in Las Vegas what Benn did to DeWitt in Atlantic City? continue
29.04.09 - Exclusive Interview by James Slater - 39-year-old Cedric "The Bos" Boswell wants a big fight. 8-0(7) since making a return to the ring after his sole career loss - the October, 2003 10th round TKO at the hands of Jameel McCline - the 29-1(23) contender is hoping to land a world title shot before he's through.
Last August, Atlanta's Boswell made short work of the then unbeaten and touted Roman Greenberg, stopping the 26-year-old inside two rounds. Since then "The Bos" has seen off Harold Sconiers in a single round, and now he is waiting for the call for a big fight. continue
By Tony Pill: British and world No.1 super middleweight boxer Carl Froch silenced his critics last saturday night, with a sensational stoppage win over former undisputed champion, Jermain Taylor. Taylor, the American favourite, dominated proceedings, seemingly hitting the Brit with ease at times.
With the edge on speed and timing, he beat his man to the punch, wobbling the Cobra on several occasions. The right hand lead was without question causing the most problems. But it was a sweeping uppercut in the third that floored Froch for the first time in his 25 fight career. continue
by James Slater - One thing 56-year-old Floyd Mayweather Senior does incredibly well is talk. He is also a pretty good boxing trainer. However, if anyone were to tell the father of the soon-to-return "Money" Mayweather that he is a pretty good boxing trainer, he would not be receiving the plaudits he feels he deserves. Floyd Senior is not merely a good trainer, neither is he merely one of the greats - the way Floyd tells it, he is THE greatest boxing trainer of all-time!
With modesty not being something that runs in the Mayweather genes, the 56-year-old, who is now working his second fight with Ricky Hatton, has once again been proclaiming his untouchable talents as a trainer of fighters. Apparently, "The Hitman" knew next to nothing about the sweet science and how to practice it before he hired Mayweather Senior as his coach. continue
John McDermott, 25-4 (16), will look to improve upon his his July, 2008 performance against British heavyweight champion Danny Williams, 40-7 (31), in which McDermott lost a highly controversial majority decision at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham. In that contest, Williams lost two points for low blows in the 11th and one more in the 12th for intentionally spitting out his gumshield, yet still won a 114-111, 114-113 and 113-113 majority decision victory. McDermott had hurt Williams badly with a massive right uppercut in the fifth round and this time the powerful Exton man has vowed not to let Williams off the hook. continue
CANASTOTA, NY APRIL 29, 2009 The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today actors Burt Young and Federico Castelluccio have been named Grand Marshals of the 20th Annual Boxing Hall of Fame Parade of Champions scheduled for Sunday, June 14th at 1 p.m. The Hall of Fame is extremely excited about welcoming these two great actors to Canastota to celebrate the sport of boxing,' said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. It is a thrill to have them as the 2009 Parade of Champions Grand Marshals.. continue
April 29, 2009 By Scott Kraus: On Saturday, boxing hopes to captivate fans far beyond the core audience of fight freaks when Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao battle for Hattons 140 lb. world championship in Las Vegas. The stakes are high and the promotional machine is running at full speed, fueled by Pacquiaos star-making performance in his last fight against Oscar de la Hoya and the boiling feud between trainers Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Freddie Roach, captured on the brilliant HBO series, 24/7.
Perhaps a fight between the boisterous, bizarre Mayweather Sr. and the mild but outspoken Roach should be signed at the last minute to add some juice to the underwhelming undercard. As it stands, casual fans and newcomers to the sport encouraged to order the event on pay-per-view will be fed a steady diet of appetizers designed to showcase fighters rather than challenge them. continue
by James Slater - Undefeated heavyweight contender Martin Rogan of Northern Ireland is now a big player in the weight class. Barely even heard of a year ago, the 37-year-old burst onto the U.K scene with his against the odds triumph in promoter Barry Hearn's "Prize Fighter" tournament. Then, in seeing off former Olympian Audley Harrison AND Matt Skelton - even managing to become the first man to stop "The Bedford Bear" - Rogan made something of a name for himself among U.S fight fans. continue
After his very successful US show on April 17th with Yuriorkis Gamboa winning the first world title for ARENA Box-Promotion promoter Ahmet Öner is preparing his next event in Germany for June 26th at the Hermann-Neuberger-Halle in Völklingen (near Saarbrücken, close to the French border). The show will be headlined by former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, promising German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann and rising middleweight star Mahir Oral. continue
by David Sauvage, photo by Jen Carpenter - Hoganphotos/GBP - Heres what makes a fight special: two superb fighters, each assuming the upper hand, neither succumbing to the other, throwing their whole beings into combat, because winning depends on it.
If Vegas is too far away, invite your friends over and cover the pay-per-view. Because on May 2, Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao may achieve just that.
Their styles couldnt be more dangerous together. Pacquios awesomeness is his whirling-dervishness, his eight-armed attack of preternatural speed. Hatton works through pressure: grinding, unyielding, unbearable pressure. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 29, 2009) Unbeaten Irish light welterweight prospect Dean Irish Lightning Byrne explodes in Las Vegas against Mexican southpaw Jose Reynoso (10-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled 8-round bout Friday night at South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The boxing world will be focused on Las Vegas this weekend for Saturday nights mega-fight Saturday evening between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, but that shows appetizer is the Sin City debut of the 24-year-old Byrne, wholl also have Mannys trainer, Freddie Roach, in his corner. continue
On Tuesday Night Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, presented its first installment of "VIP Boxing" at the elegant Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. The card was made up of five entertaining fights, headlined by Star Boxing's heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone taking on Benji "Boom Boom" Baker. Maddalone, who is known for his all-action come forward style, didn't disappoint his hometown fans, going straight at Baker from the opening bell, landing huge left hooks and thunderous overhand rights. A big overhand right as the bell sounded to end the first sent Baker down hard. continue
18.04.09 - By Andrew Harrison: So went the advice, passed from Fight Doctor Ferdie Pacheco to a fight fan rather fond of a gamble and looking for the inside scoop on a white hot prospect smoking his way out of Puerto Rico.
The prospect in question was a certain Felix Trinidad and he would prove to be a shrewd tip; it would be forty one fights before said fan was forced to rip up their first betting slip in anger.
It was rather fitting then on Saturday evening in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to see Trinidad standing alongside the man who punters the world over can quite confidently make a similar investment in.
Juanma Lopez put in such a breathtaking shift against the equally fantastic Gerry Penalosa, it was the only phrase I could think of as he was hoisted atop his handlers shoulders in celebration of the win. continue
Michael Sweeney will hope its a case of third time lucky after a third date for his eagerly anticipated Banner Promotions Tommy Egan Promotions debut was confirmed this week. The Mayo puncher (6-0-1) was set to make his premier appearance with Banner Promotions and on American television in the country of love France on Valentines Day but was pulled of the card by manager Tommy Egan due to last minute concerns over his opponents weight. continue
Both Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev claimed to be the true WBA heavyweight champion when they met at a press conference in Helsinki today. Their May 30 showdown will be more than just the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Finnish soil. It will also be the chance for the Russian Giant to avenge the only loss of his career, which came in April 2007 when Chagaev shocked the boxing world by clinching a close majority decision. I am coming to Helsinki to show that I am the real champion, Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) said. I have made a lot of key changes since the defeat two years ago. I have appointed a new head coach, Alexander Zimin. He has changed my training routine completely and has made me a much better fighter. I have improved a lot. I have no doubts that I will leave the ring victorious this time out.. continue
Sometimes when you win, you really lose, and sometimes when you lose, you really win, and sometimes when you win or lose, you actually tie, and sometimes when you tie, you actually win or lose. Winning or losing is all one organic mechanism, from which one extracts what one needs. Rosie Perez, White Men Cant Jump
April 27, 2009 By Scott Kraus: The fighter, crumpled in the corner of the ring, blood streaming from his mouth, limbs splayed, eyes cloudy, seemingly down for the count, somehow rises to face a further barrage of blows he no longer has the strength to defend, willing himself to make the final bell, until the referee mercifully waves his arms to signal the end of the fight.
By definition, Jermain Taylor was a loser following his title fight against Carl Froch. However, more than any other sport, results in boxing tell a very incomplete story in this case, one man won the fight and one man lost, but both men left the ring having gained something. continue
April 28, 2009 - By John Martinez, IronBoxing.com: On May 2, 2009, the best pound-for-pound prime filipino sensation Welterweight Champ "Manny Pacquaio" will defend his title against, a British Brawler turn "Boxer" or in the words of Floyd Mayweather, Sr. (the Italian Stallion) "Ricky Hatton" at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on HBO's PPV. Ricky will win. The success of Ricky will be depending on how effective he utilize the jab to the head & body of Manny, disrupting speed and timing. Manny has had a lot of distractions during training camp and hasn't looked as focused and hungry as in the past. continue
A fearless rising star puts his crown on the line against a two-time titleholder when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ANDRE BERTO VS. JUAN URANGO AND ALFRED ANGULO VS. KERMIT CINTRON is presented SATURDAY, MAY 30 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Ft. Lauderdale, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports® team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis 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
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 29, 2009) Back in Las Vegas following his junior middleweight showdown with Cory Spinks this past Saturday night, Deandre THE BULL Latimore has had a couple of days to review tapes of the battle and has one conclusion. Of course I won the fight, I wanted to see the tape and judge it for myself. I think Cory won five rounds, Ill give him those, but I knocked him down in the first and won the other six rounds said the 23 year old Latimore. Official scores were 115-112, 114-113 for Spinks and 115-112 for Latimore.
Taking 12 stitches to close a cut over his left eye, the St. Louis native Latimore is looking more towards his next fight than his last.
There is some upside to the Spinks fight, although I hated waiting ten months to fight and I disagree with the decision. Corys a four time world champion and I know that Im on his level so that gives me added confidence. The Showtime folks told me theyll have me back when Im ready and the folks in St. Louis got a chance to see a great fight. continue
by James Slater There is no doubt about it, a fight between WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch and former champ, the retired Joe Calzaghe, would be a huge event for British boxing. And no sooner had he roared back into the fight he was losing against Jermain Taylor this past Saturday - sensationally TKO'ing his challenger with just seconds left on the clock in the final round - did Froch call out his predecessor.
Claiming the fight has to happen for the fans, Froch challenged "The Pride of Wales" to make a return to the ring and fight him. Though Joe said he'd done all he'd wanted in boxing and that was happy to walk away just a few months back, Froch is still hoping to get the chance to beat the 46-0 Welshman. continue
Alex The Brick City Bullet Perez, 10-0, 6 KOs captured the WBCs CABOFE (Caribbean Boxing Federation) Welterweight title on March 14th In Puerto Rico. He came off of a 15 month layoff before that fight, not by any fault of his own, but because every time he was scheduled to fight there were problems with opponents falling out and promoters not making sure there was an opponent for him ready to go come fight night. Perez was in the gym training for fights that werent to be the entire 15 months, and the time has made him more and more eager to fight as often as possible. continue
By Mike Casey - Great fights are never truly forgotten. The unique strength and tapestry of boxings jungle wire, coiling down through the decades like a great python, is too rich and enduring to ever permit oblivion.
A young man who sees a great fight will continue to talk about it for the rest of his days, which can be an awfully long time if he leads a balanced life and doesnt have a thing about practising his footwork against the mid-town traffic.
His stories are passed down the generations, embellished by the natural human tendency to exaggerate, but still serving as an invaluable and fascinating reference tool to the fans of the future. continue
by James Slater - Less than a month ago, 25-year-old Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley scored his biggest win to date, when he defended his WBC light-welterweight title and won the WBO version in his up-from-the-floor points win over Kendal Holt. Now, however, the good work has been undone, because The World Boxing Council has reportedly stripped Bradley of its title. continue
Carl Froch, the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion from Nottingham, England, came to America determined to make a lasting impression on U.S. fight fans. And that, to say the least, he did last Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when he rallied in the later rounds to register a dramatic, come-from-behind 12th-round knockout over the universally known and respected challenger Jermain Taylor. Froch, after getting decked in the third round and being outboxed for much of the match, entered the last round trailing Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight titleholder, by four points on two of the judges scorecards. continue
By Michael Herron: Throughout his boxing career 5-time champion Cory The Next Generation Spinks has been called many things, feather-fisted, a runner, fragile, boring, but after Friday nights victory over fellow St. Louis native Deandre The Bull Latimore perhaps its time to call him what he really is, a great fighter. Standing at the crossroads of his fighting career, Spinks found himself in a win or retire situation, not only did he desperately need a victory after losing the IBF junior middleweight title to Verno Phillips a year ago, but he also needed to fend off a daunting challenge from a young gun who coveted not only the world title but also the St. Louis fan base that Spinks has worked diligently to build.
Though Latimore (19-2,16K0) is young and lacking in experience, he has proven to be a very aggressive and dangerous adversary. Knockout victories of 16 opponents including perennial contender Sechew Powell gained him quite a following amongst local fans and media. It was only a matter of time before hed be given a shot against a top opponent. In essence, Latimore is exactly the kind of warrior that many established fighters choose to avoid; match-ups were the risk is much greater than the reward. continue
Less than two months after winning the European title, English light middleweight Jamie Moore will be back in action this Saturday, May 2, headlining the biggest show this year in Britain. The 30 year old southpaw, 31-3 (22), makes the first defense of his crown against challenger Roman Dzuman, 23-6-1 (10), at Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland, England. The bill also includes a British heavyweight title clash between Danny Willams and John McDermott, a Commonwealth bantam title bout between Rendall Munroe and Isaac Nettey as well as the second pro bout of sensational Olympic Bronze Medallist Tony Jeffries. continue
By Paul McCreath - After a fairly quiet month of April things are promising to get a little more lively during May. The most important bout will not take place until nearly the end of the month, May 30 when Nicolay Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev finally get together to settle the mess of having two WBA champions. Originally Chagaev was their lone champion at heavyweight after he defeated Valuev by decision in April of 2007. What followed was a series of health problems that left Ruslan unable to fight for a number of months. He did eventually make a voluntary defense the following January against Matt Skelton and after Valuev outpointed former WBO champ Sergei Liakhovich in an eliminator in February he was named to fight a rematch with Chagaev. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2009) Rising middleweight star and one of boxings hottest prospects, Daniel The Golden Child Jacobs, has been added to the much anticipated May 2nd pay-per-view undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton: The Battle of East and West at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The highly touted prospect will be featured in the third of four pay-per-view undercard bouts against former two-time world amateur champion Mike Walker.
After an impressive second round knockout victory over Jose Varela this past weekend on ESPNs Friday Night Fights, which garnered a Sports Center Top Ten (#6) for all of Fridays sports action, Jacobs quickly accepted the opportunity to fight on back-to-back weekends and showcase his talents for the soldout May 2nd crowd while also appearing on live television around the world. continue
by James Slater - Great trainer Freddie Roach, who handles pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan (among others) says that after "Pac-Man" KO's Ricky Hatton this coming Saturday in Las Vegas, "The Hitman" will go on to fight Khan in what would be a British super fight. The notion of a Hatton-Khan showdown has been brought up before now, but some people in the know have said it will never happen. But Freddie, who works with both Manny and Amir at his famous Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, says the fight will happen within twelve months of his man from The Philippines dismantling and ultimately stopping Hatton in the eagerly anticipated rumble that finally arrives in less that five days time. continue
28.04.09 - When Star Boxings fan favorite heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (31-5, 22KO) steps into the ring this Tuesday, April 28th against Benji Boom Boom Baker (18-6, 9KO) at Russos On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY it will mark his ten year anniversary boxing in the professional ranks. Maddalone successfully turned pro on April 23, 1999, stopping Kinard Thomas at one minute twenty four seconds of the very first round. continue
27.04.09 - by James Slater - Well, undefeated Carl "The Cobra" Froch did it last night in Connecticut. Stopping former world middleweight king Jermain Taylor with just 14 seconds left on the clock in the 12th and final round, the defending WBC super-middleweight champion surely silenced his critics. Going into last night's fight, an overwhelming majority of experts picked "Bad Intentions" to take the 31-year-old's belt and send him back to the UK with his tail very much between his legs. This was not how things transpired, however, and in all possibility Froch ended the career of the 30-year-old from Arkansas.
Nottingham's Froch, now 25-0(20), did as he did when winning the world title in last December's thriller with Jean Pascal - he gave the paying fans something truly dramatic. Taylor, who fought a fine fight, even putting his man on the mat in the 3rd round, must have thought he had the fight in the bag going into the last three minutes. Ahead on two of the judge's scorecards, the former conqueror of the great Bernard Hopkins needed only to make it to the bell. Froch, though, gave us something special last night - pulling out one of the most dramatic comeback wins of recent years. continue
by James Slater - In sad news, it has today been reported that Greg Page, once a claimant of a portion of the world heavyweight title, has passed away at the age of just 50. Page suffered serious brain injuries in his ill-fated March 2001 fight with the much younger Dale Crowe, and it was due to complications brought on by these ghastly injuries that the former champ died.
Apparently, the former champ's wife found him in his bed early Monday morning. According to The Associated Press, Mrs. Page said her husband was, "in a better place now.. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' mailbag kicks off a week long countdown to Saturdays long anticipated showdown between the U.K.'s Ricky Hatton and the sports pound for pound king, Filipino Manny Pacquiao. With so many angles and perspectives to cover during this weeks countdown to the big fight, today, we start by taking it to the streets, where we cover key questions posed by some of the biggest fight fans on the planet. From trainers Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather sr., to the fighters themselves, this weeks lounge leaves no holes barred. With the world awaiting and the respective teams geared up for battle, we initiate the festivities in Los Angeles, California, where a fellow fight fan wanted to know the following: continue
27.04.09 - By Brian McDonald - When Jermain Taylor climbed through the ropes to fight Carl Froch on April 25th it was for more than just the WBC belt. That night it was his reputation, future, and legacy that would be decided within the square circle. This was Jermain's chance to eradicate all of the skepticism about his lack of stamina, weak chin, and controversial wins.
By the end of the bout, in the 12th round, Jermain Taylor was exactly 14 seconds away from being "back." Instead, as you've undoubtedly read by now, Jermain Taylor left the ring with a shadow of doubt that will reach back to his greatest accomplishments as a professional fighter.
If it wasn't before, it's clear now, that Taylor has ring stamina that's only befitting of fighter with knockout power. Unfortunately, Jermain just doesn't possess the one-punch knock out power and never has - at any weight. continue
27.04.09 - By Ziggy Shah: Over the years countless notions have been gathered by boxing experts about the ingredients required to become a world champion.
Speed, accuracy, technicality and stamina are vital; some will mention heart and courage aided by an iron chin, while others swear by power mixed with raw aggression. continue
Mia St. John is a world-famous womens boxing champion who has fought professionally for more than a decade and recently won the WBC Lightweight Championship. Now, in her new book The Knockout Workout: 3 Winning Steps to Improve Your Body and Your Life (Wiley, May 2009, ISBN: 979-0-470-26750-9, $24.95 / Cloth), she shows you how to work your body into knockout shape using the boxing and martial arts techniques that have worked so well for her. continue
27.04.09 - By Srithar Visuasam: Former WBA light heavyweight champion Australian Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) made a successful return to professional boxing last night in an impressive second round stoppage victory over South African Anthony Van Niekerk (21-7-2, 13 KOs) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. Green, 36, weighing in at a shade over 81 kgs, looked the considerably stronger than the South African who certainly didnt appear on the same level of fitness.
Though from the outset, it was Van Niekerk who was trying to set the pace of the bout, throwing a number of combinations at the Australian
to no effect. Green in contrast adopted a patient approach and was sizing up the South African. About a minute into the round, Green started his assault and immediately had an impact, wobbling Van Niekerk with a right hand.
Round two began with Green lifting his intensity. Van Niekerk continued to move in, throw a few blows and quickly move out, though still being unable to land anything meaningful on the Aussie. continue
After Juan Carlos Gomez WBC heavyweight championship clash with Vitali Klitschko on March 21st and WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis El Ciclon Gamboa winning his first world title on April 17th the next ARENA-star might get the chance to fight for gold pretty soon. Rising middleweight star Mahir Oral might be a possible opponent for WBA champion Felix Sturm who defended his belt against chanceless Koji Sato last Saturday. continue
Tommy Egan has hit back after being on the wrong end of a Buncey Rant and called for a head to head with the boxing pundit. The Irish promoter has defended his decision to offer the winner of Saturday nights brilliant British Featherweight Title Fight between Martin Lindsay and Paul Appleby a possible shot at IBF Featherweight World Champion Cristobal Cruz. continue
By Vikram Sangar: If American boxing fans didn't know his name before Saturday night, chances are they'll know him now.
Carl Froch's stunning 12th round knockout victory over Jermain Taylor will live long in the memory bank as one of the most sensational comeback victories ever by a British Fighter.
Froch (24-0, 19KO's) making his first ever defence of his WBC Super-Middleweight title, was 4 rounds behind on two judges scorecards going into the twelfth and final round.
His performance up to this point had been largely lethargic and not at all like the 'usual' Carl Froch British fans have grown to love. From the opening bell the man known as "The Cobra" looked very nervous, his arms and legs stiff with a defense that at times seemed almost non-existant. continue
By Ziggy Shah: It seems as though the trend to take fights to the wire is becoming more and more frequent in the sport of boxing. Seven months ago Shane Mosley produced a thrilling 12th round flurry to stop Ricardo Mayorga after being behind on the scorecards. And on Saturday night, Carl Froch also came from behind to spectacularly TKO Jermaine Taylor with only 14 seconds remaining in the final round. The late finish is always dramatic and adds an extra dimension to viewing pleasure. For those old enough to remember, who could forget the late rally by J.C Chavez against Taylor in 1990 and more recently, the late Corrales KO of Castillio in the 2005 fight of the year. continue
Tickets are now available on line at www.frankwarren.tv/store/ for Kell Brook's bid to win a Lonsdale belt outright against Young Mutley on May 22. The British welterweight title fight - Brook's third defence of his title - takes place at historic York Hall, in London's Bethnal Green. continue
By Juan C. Ayllon at ringside - HAMMOND, Ind. Ali needed Frazier. Zale needed Graziano. And tonight at the Hammond Civic Center, Mary McGee needed Kristy Follmar to turn in a masterful performance in winning the vacant World Boxing Councils International Female Light Welterweight title.
McGees trainer, Carlos Jones, said, I told her you aint nobody until you fight somebody. Well, if there were any doubts, tonight, McGee erased them.
Some 2,500 thundered for Follmar, 26, (133 lbs., 16-1, 9 KOs) and boos mixed with raucous cheers, greeted Gary, Indianas Mary McGee, 22, (133 lbs., 18-0, 10 KOs) in their introductions. They were stoked for tonights battle. continue
Rafael El Torito Concepcion will return to the country of his biggest victory to take on the undefeated Drian Francisco in Manila, Philippines on July 19th. Concepcion won the WBA Interim Super Flyweight world title last September in Cebu city, Philippines by upsetting the highly favored AJ Bazooka Banal by spectacular 10th round knockout over the previous undefeated Banal. continue
HOUSTON, TX (April 27, 2009) Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerners TKO BOXING Promotions, home of the nationally acclaimed HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS professional boxing series, presents the THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN, on Thursday, May 28th at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas. Tickets, starting at $20, are now on sale and can be purchased through the Arena Theatre Box Office; 713-772-5900 or www.arenahouston.com. The Arena Theatre is located at 7326 S.W. Freeway in Houston . Doors will open on the evening of the event at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm. continue
By Ted Sares - Im on top of the world right now and I intend on staying there. Theres some really big fights out there for me now and Im ready for any of them be it Kelly Pavlik or even Joe Calzaghe if he can be bothered getting out of his armchair. --Carl Froch
Before the fight Taylor and the American media were asking who I was, well they all know now -- Froch
Based on Carl Frochs sensational and ultra-dramatic knockout of Jermain Bad Intentions Taylor last night (April 26), he now has to be seen as someone who backs up his words with his talent. His strength, steely determination, and traditional British grit, make him someone who is not only fan-friendly, but also someone who may just be the very best in a division chock full of talent. continue
By Dean Parr - After his scintillating performance on Saturday night, I dont think that Jermain Taylors friends will have much trouble identifying Carl Froch anymore. Froch showed the heart of a champion to come back after a horrific start, and achieved his goal of making himself known in the United States. Whether you love or hate Froch, what cannot be denied is that every fight of his brings real excitement and drama. While he possesses knock out power, particularly in his huge right hand, his defence is very sketchy, which makes for intrigue as his fights can always go either way. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (April 26, 2009) Boxings No. 1 attraction and pound-for-pound fighter, MANNY Pacman PACQUIAO, and his opponent, World Junior Welterweight Champion RICKY Hitman HATTON, will kick-off Fight Week This Tuesday! April 28, with their official red carpet Grand Arrivals! Both events are open to the public and fans are encouraged to come out and support their favorite fighter! continue
By Ted Sares: - I will surprise Juan Manuel Lopez! --Penalosa - I will become the first to KO Penalosa! --Lopez
After watching Allan Sweetness Green throw a picture perfect left hook which put Carlos De Leon Jr. on Queer Street and set him up for a stoppage three knockdowns later, I thought I may have seen my quota of great stuff for the night. But then undefeated Carl The Cobra Froch made a huge statement by pulling out a thriller with 14 seconds to go in the twelfth round of his great fight with Jermain Taylor and that one boxing drama at its very best (including a great call by referee Michael Ortega). However, watching a game Gary Fearless Penalosa hang in for nine rounds against a highly skilled young punching machine called Juan Manuel Juanma Lopez was simply astonishing.
This was the drama of a rising star vs. a battle-tested veteran who has never been stopped let alone decked. He has been called a "Master Tactician," but tonight that moniker belonged to the rising star. If Penalosas only chance was to get Lopez into the late rounds to test his stamina and mettle, Lopez passed the test with an A. continue
Sports fans get will an opportunity to watch Carl Frochs sensational knockout of Jermain Bad Intentions Taylor on ITV tonight (Sunday, April 26th) and witness one of British Boxings greatest ever victories. The Nottingham stars dramatic final round win over Taylor at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut will be shown on a delayed basis on ITV4 at 8.30pm and repeated on ITV1 at 11.15pm tonight. The Cobra underlined his status as one of the most exciting fighters in World boxing as he got up off the canvas to deliver a sensational KO win with just 14 seconds left in the twelfth and final round. continue
by James Slater - Last night, inside the beautiful Ulster Hall in Belfast, local man and challenger Martin Lindsay stopped defending British featherweight champion Paul Appleby of Edinburgh, Scotland at 2 minutes and 36 seconds of the 6th round. A good action fight throughout, both the 26-year-old challenger and the 21-year-old champion - who was making the second defence of his title - gave their all, spurred on as they were by an amazingly noisy crowd. continue
By Paul Strauss: Carl Froch is one tough hombre. Jermain Taylor definitely had "Bad Intentions" as he worked over The Cobra for the first few rounds. He had the Foxwood Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut crowd on their feet in expectation of a early knockout when he dropped Froch in the third round. Froch fans were stunned, because they had never seen their fighter off his feet.
Taylor appeared the faster of the two. From the outset, Taylor landed hard jabs, and long straight rights hands, which seemed readily available to him because Froch carries his left unusually low and moves it in a circular motion. In fact, Froch carries both hands low, and fights with a wide awkward looking stance. continue
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico (April 25, 2009) -- Undefeated two-time world champion IVAN Iron Boy CALDERON of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico will make his Madison Square Garden debut on Saturday, June 13, headlining the undercard of the big world championship welterweight clash between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs), making the fourth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior flyweight belt, will be facing steel-fisted No. 4 contender RODEL MAYOL (25-3, 19 KOs), from Manadue City, Cebu, Philippines. continue
Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) defended his WBA belt with a seventh round technical knockout win against Japan's Koji Sato (14-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday. Sturm was rarely tested by the previously unbeaten Sato. Unbeaten he may have been, but Sato certainly didnt belong in the same ring with Sturm. The 28-year-old from Tokyo was completely outclassed and absorbed punishment from the opening round. Sturm still failed to put down the horribly slow Japanese fighter. Referee Pabon finally stepped in to end the fight in the seventh round as the white towel was thrown in from the Japanese corner. Karoly Balzsay (21-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his title with an eleventh round knockout over former middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (29-6, 27 KOs) on the undercard.
By Juan C. Ayllon at ringside - CHICAGO Prior to his heavyweight title defense against slick and fast punching Billy Conn in June of 1941, Joe Louis uttered that famous line, he can run, but he cant hide.
NABO Junior Featherweight champion Antonio Escalante could have said the same thing tonight, and hed have been right.
On Friday, April 24, 2009 at the UIC Pavilion, Staten Island, New Yorks Gary Stark, Jr. (121.5 lbs., 22-2-0, 8 KOs) was fast. He was fleet-footed. And he had great footwork.
However, his opponent, Juarez, Mexicos Antonio Escalante (18-2, 12 KOs) was also fast. He also had good footwork. And he hit hard. continue
by James Slater - One of the most promising and exciting up-and-coming contenders in the sport today, unbeaten light-middleweight contender James Kirkland of Austin, Texas may be looking at the end of his career. Currently being held in prison due to a federal gun charge, the 25-year-old is definitely not now fighting on the big May 2nd Manny Pacquaiao Vs. Ricky Hatton bill in Las Vegas. continue
By Seth Green: WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) successfully defended his title tonight with a 12th round stoppage over former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut. An exhausted Taylor was caught on the ropes in the 12th and taken out by a storm of punches from Froch, who was behind in the fight at the time of the stoppage. Referee Mike Ortega stopped the bout at 2:46 of the 12th. At the time of the stoppage, Taylor was ahead in the fight on two of the scorecards by the scores of 106-102 and 106-102. If the referee had let Taylor finish the last 14 seconds of the fight, Taylor would have won. Froch fought poorly in the first half of the fight, getting dropped in the third and needed a knockout to win in the 12th. Although he got the win, Froch was far from impressive.
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (April 26, 2009) photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) remained undefeated Saturday evening after a stellar comeback performance that had a near sell-out crowd of 3,726 on their feet when he knocked out former undisputed middleweight Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) to retain the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight world title on SHOWTIME®.
In the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-feature scheduled for 10-rounds, Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) impressed the crowd with his astonishing power after when he knocked down Carlos De Leon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) three times in the second round before scoring a fourth and night-ending knock down. The evening of fights, presented DiBella Entertainment and Hennessy Sports, emanated from MGM Grand Theater at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn.
Froch, of Nottingham, England, had something to prove Saturday night, not only to the American audience, but to the naysayers who hadnt given him credit as a world class champion. Taylor, of Little Rock, Ark., wanted to show the boxing world that he still had the heart, the skills and composition of the champion he once was. continue
By Paul Strauss: ESPN2 commentator Teddy Atlas made reference to one of boxings most historic moments.......i.e. the "long count" that occurred in the 1927 rematch between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney at Soldier's Field, Chicago. Well, despite the build up, there was no history made tonight at the UIC Pavilion, but there were a lot of knockouts, which meant more time for interesting studio commentating offered by Brian Kenny and Dan Rafael.
The lights out night started with Deontay "The Bronze Bomber" Wilder. He rivals the Klitschko boys in height at 6'7", but is on the light side for modern heavies at 215. However, he does have knockout power, especially in his big right hand. After tonight's bombardment of Joseph Rabotte at 2:33 of the first round, he boasts a 4W (KO4) record with no losses. continue
25.04.09 - By Ted Sares - Cory "The Next Generation Spinks (36-5) beat DeAndre The Bull Latimore (19-1) in a fan-friendly St. Louis showdown with the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship at stake. While his reflexes were not what they used to be, Spinks nevertheless fought more aggressivly than usual and won over a crowd that had booed him early on.
The Bull started fast decking Spinks in the first round and serving early notice that his TKO over win over Sechew Powell some 11 months ago was no fluke. Though ignoring Spinks body, he was able to land head shots with his left and eventually drew blood from Spinks left eye. But he could not keep sustain the pressure. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Newark, New Jersey, little-known Billy Lyell of Youngstown, Ohio scored a career-best win as he took away the unbeaten record of Ireland's John Duddy. Winning a split decision after ten good action rounds, the 24-year-old prevailed by scores of 98-92 and 97-93, with Duddy getting a 96-94 nod on the card of the third judge. Improving to 19-7(3), the Jack Loew-trainer Lyell can now look ahead to a big fight and a big payday well earned. As for 29-year-old Duddy, who fell to 26-1(17), it may be a long road back.
Going into what was supposed to be nothing more than a tune-up fight for crowd-pleaser Duddy, Lyell's trainer Jack Loew - who, of course, also trains the world middleweight king Duddy was aiming for a shot at, in Kelly Pavlik - said the favourite was taking the fight too lightly. He was proven to be correct. Landing right hands throughout the ten-rounder, Lyell found Duddy to be lethargic and somewhat easy to hit as he out-worked the would-be world title challenger. Both men suffered cuts in the pleasing affair - Duddy around his left eye and Lyell over his nose. continue
ST. LOUIS (April 24, 2009) Former four-time world champion Cory The Next Generation Spinks walked into the ring Friday night sensing that he had something left to prove to his hometown fans. He walked out a five-time world champion with a close split-decision victory over fellow St. Louis native DeAndre The Bull Latimore Friday night on SHOWTIME. Spinks fought back diligently after a suffering a first round knockdown to capture the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight world championship by the scores of 115-112 Spinks, 115-112 Latimore and 114-113 Spinks. continue
Jose Sulaiman Ch.: On behalf of the World Boxing Council, I wish to congratulate our great former world champion - but a world champion his entire life - Roberto Duran on the occasion of these festivities as a homage that is paid due to the greatness of his history in the ring. April 25 has been unanimously designated by the WBC Board of Governors as Roberto Duran World Day, and is being celebrated in the 164 countries affiliated with our organization. continue
by James Slater - Heavyweight crowd-pleaser Vinny Maddalone, 31-5(22) is in action this coming Tuesday (April 28th). Taking on the 18-6(9) Benji Baker in New York, the 35-year-old warrior is excited to be back in action. Last time out, Vinny took unbeaten 23-year-old Russian hope Denis Boytsov the distance - in the process boxing in Europe for the first time in his career.
Now hoping to get some more wins under his belt and then another big fight, Maddalone needs to take care of the 33-year-old Baker.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me over the phone yesterday afternoon, Vinny was, as always, cordial and fun to talk with. continue
by James Slater - British-born Ola Afolabi, the man who made a big name for himself by sensationally stopping big-punching Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli in the 9th round back in March, is currently working on his next fight with his promoter Dino Duva. According to top scribe Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, there are presently two options being worked on for the man who may well become the new star and dominant force of the 200 pound division. continue
Kendall Holt has pleaded guilty to a money laundering charge in New Jersey. According to NorthJersey.com, Holt brought money derived from drug dealing to his former manager, Henry Cortes, who plead guilty to drug dealing in February. Holt told the judge he never used drugs or dealt them, but admitted knowing the money was the proceeds from drug transactions. Holt on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Champholt continue
Freddie Roach: Training camp is going really well. Manny is in great shape. We took a little trip to San Francisco last night. It was a great turnout and Manny's really excited about the fight and we're ready to go.
Floyd Mayweather: Yeah, we are ready. We will be ready. We appreciate, we're looking to win this fight and it will be like to make the fight go real fast. And I think that Freddie is too hyped over this thing about Manny knocking out Ricky in three rounds. If that's going to happen, it's going to be the other way around.
Q: Floyd, I have a question for you. I've been hearing your remarks about Freddie, not just before this fight but some other events that you guys have both been involved in, and you seem to go out of your way to insult Freddie and to take away from his accomplishments as a trainer. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (April 24, 2009) Three-time BWAA Trainer of the Year, World-Famous Freddie Roach was all smiles on Thursday after five-division world champion and two-time BWAA Fighter of the Year MANNY Pacman PACQUIAO had finished his multi-hour training session at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif. Pacquiaos workout included six rounds of sparring and his usual iron man conditioning with former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer and conditioning guru Alex Ariza. continue
by James Slater - Much like Cuban hotshot and new WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, Kazakhstan's unbeaten 25-year-old Beibut Shumenov is a fighter that is being moved, and wants to be moved, fast. Also like Gamboa, the talented light-heavyweight contender represented his country at the 2004 Olympic games (unfortunately he was unable to win a medal). continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment takes aim at two of the sports most iconic figures in recent times. With Goldenboy Promotions and Top Rank both holding loaded decks, Don King has potentially positioned himself to land the proverbial trump card as he attempts to sign the one man whose very name sparks a brush fire amidst a once dry sport. ESPN's Dan Rafael broke the story last Tuesday evening that Floyd Mayweather jr. has been doing more than splashin' in the sands of South Beach lately. With his return to the sport imminent and the presence of the only man powerful enough to orchestrate such a celebrated return already on deck, the only element missing is the one in which we bring today....the media and those who follow it.
With the world of boxing in the midst of a strong resurgence, the duo of a Don King led Floyd Mayweather jr. could be that one boost to really place boxing back squarely in the thick of things around the sports world. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 24, 2009) - Golden Boy Promotions is proud to present an action packed weekend of world class professional boxing made up of exciting cards beginning on Friday, April 24th and featuring three explosive events, in two different countries and on three different television networks in what promises to be a series of pivotal matchups including world title bouts and exhibitions of some of boxing's finest up and coming talent. continue
by Alan J Kindred: Saturday starts with Sturm-Sato in Germany and although I won't be able to view this one live I have a feeling it is going to be a good fight. For the WBO Super Middleweight title Karoly Balzsay 20-0 (14) defends against former middleweight titlist Maselino Masoe 29-5 (27). The line here says Balzsay should win a decision or perhaps a late stoppage although you can never count out a puncher like Masoe in a fight that could provide some thrills. In the main event from Germany we have WBA middleweight titlist Felix Sturm 31-2 (13) defending his title against the young Oceanic Pacific title holder Koji Sato 14-0 (13). You could say that Sato's opposition is a bit limited and that he has a long shot punchers chance. continue
By Ziggy Shah: After finding some spare time in my hectic lifestyle, I decided to flick through some old boxing magazines I had been collecting since I was a kid. One in particular caught my eye. It was the May edition of the K.O magazine, 1988. In it there was a special feature written by Jeff Ryan about Frank Bruno, entitled, Why Does England Love This Man?
Talk had begun of a possible match-up between Bruno and Tyson, and Mr Ryan was discussing the Englishmans chances, if and when it happened. He asked questions such as, how can the British public ignore reality and support him so enthusiastically?
The writer also seemed baffled by the fact that 32,000 British fans had packed out White Hart Lane, Tottenham, in 1987 to see him fight Joe Bugner, and that the event attracted a gate of $5million. continue
A rising star and battle-tested veteran turn up the heat when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ VS. GERRY PENALOSA AND LAMONT PETERSON VS. WILLY BLAIN is presented SATURDAY, APRIL 25 (10:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of blow-by-blow announcer Bob Papa, commentator Max Kellerman and expert analyst Lennox Lewis 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
Interview by Josh Ringle (County Gazette) - It wasn't too long ago that Daniel "The Haitian Sensation" Edouard (21-2-2 with 12 KOs ranked WBA #9, WBC #15) was considered the first real middleweight test for Jermain Taylor. Needless to say he didn't fare well against Taylor losing via the TKO by third round referee stoppage. Some believed it was premature others felt the stop was timely. The bottom line is Edouard lost. Whether it was nerves, atmosphere or that he just got out-boxed, the one thing you can't deny is that his fight style is pleasing to fight fans. continue
by James Slater - Top trainer Emauel Steward has certainly been round the block and he knows plenty about how fighters use hype and trash talk to sell tickets. A experienced as he is, it takes quite a bit to get Emanuel excited these days - especially when it comes to the heavyweight division.
But, though the Hall of Fame trainer of current IBF and WBO heavyweight boss Wladimir Klitschko feels his man will take care of the brash and somewhat arrogant David Haye when he meets him in June, Steward has gone on record as saying he is very excited right now due to "The Hayemaker." Emanuel, who spoke to SKY Sports, went as far as to call Haye a genius for the manner in which he has brought back some sparkle to the heavyweight division. continue
NEW YORK (April 24, 2009)- Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Carl Froch is a supremely confident, unbeaten fighter who opted to come to America to defend his WBC 168-pound title against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor this Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) for one sole reason to make a name for himself in the United States. So, did Froch, of Nottingham, England, make the correct decision and will he defeat Taylor, of Little Rock, Ark., in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.? Youll have to tune in to find out. Those who participated in a SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll gave a clear edge to Taylor, who was tabbed to triumph on 29 of the 44 predictions. continue
24.04.09 - By Tony Pill - Ricky Hatton is arguably facing his toughest test on May 2nd when he squares off with Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is coming fresh off his victory over Mexican legend Oscar De la Hoya up at 147 pounds. The fight was for the ever prestigious pound for pound title, something that Hatton desperately craves for. continue
Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME - Carl Froch (left) and Jermain Taylor face off after the weigh-in. The four world-class boxers who will fight tomorrow /Saturday, April 25, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) made weight Friday at Mashantucket, Conn.
In what will be a close, competitive, hotly contested match, Froch defends his WBC super middleweight title against former undisputed middleweight champion Taylor in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
The undefeated Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), of Nottingham, England, weighed 167 pounds Friday.
Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark. weighed 166 pounds. continue
LAS VEGAS, Nev.--Former world champion Clarence Bones Adams and title contender Almazbek Kid Diamond Raiymkulov headline a Sterling Night of Fights presented by Sterling Promotions of Las Vegas Friday, June 12, in The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort. Adams, from Las Vegas, meets Anthony Napunyi, from Pahokee, Fla., in a 10-round super featherweight co-main event and Raiymkulov, also from Las Vegas, faces Joshua Allotey from Washington, D.C. in the other co-main, a 10-round lightweight bout. Also on the six-bout card will be four other Las Vegans: heavyweight Charles Shufford, undefeated super lightweight Sharif Bogere, super lightweight Renell Griffin and super middleweight Thomas Rittenbaugh. continue
Photos by David Martin Warr/DKP - Cory The Next Generation Spinks weighed in at 152 ¾ pounds and DeAndre The Bull Latimore tipped the scales at 153 ½ pounds Thursday at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis. The former four-time world champion Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) will take on IBF No. 6-ranked contender Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs) Friday from the Scottrade Center for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship live on SHOWTIME. continue
By Juan C. Ayllon - CHICAGO Its a far cry from his day job, where theres little regard for personal space. There, he can smell the breath and body odor of his opponent, who sweats and sometimes bleeds on him as they batter, parry and manhandle each other in close.
At 19 years of age, Cicero, Illinois super featherweight boxing prospect Adrian Granados (2-0, 1 KO) apparently relishes one facet of American pop culture. Its the one where the intimacy of face-to-face or telephone conversations are nixed in favor of text messages and Facebook and Twitter updates. A case in point: our interview was conducted via email.
Be that as it may, so far, Granados has proved a crowd pleaser, attacking with a savagery generally reserved for a shark in the throes of a feeding frenzy. continue
WBC CABOFE heavyweight champion, Manuel "El Toro" Quezada (27-4, 17 KO's), continued his march toward a world title with a first round TKO over late replacement, Jeff Brownfield. When the bell rang, Quezada went straight to the body and slowly broke down Brownfield who was coming forward throwing wild punches. Entering the final seconds of the round, Quezada battered Brownfield's body for the last time, knocking him out of the ring. continue
23.04.089 - by Shawn O'Donnell - On May 3rd Ricky Hatton will be searching for something very valuable : a chance at redemption. It wasn't long ago when Hatton unceremoniously unseated the great Kostya Tszyu in spectacular fashion. Since that night Hatton has had trouble living up to that moment in the sun. His performances have been anything but definitive, oscillating between wrestling matches and mediocre boxing exhibitions. All of the weaknesses he displayed in those fights came to the surface when he eventually fought Floyd Mayweather Junior. Floyd proved that being more willful than your opponent does not necessarily guarantee a victory. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater , photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB -- Fans are still buzzing about former "Contender" star Peter Manfredo Junior's superb, all-action stoppage win over Walid Smitchet. KO'ing the Canada-based Smitchet in devastating fashion in the 7th round last Saturday, the 28-year-old "Pride of Providence" well and truly got his career back on track.
Improving his record to 32-6(17), the former super-middleweight world title challenger is now campaigning as a middleweight, and after April 18th's impressive win Manfredo called out Ireland's John Duddy.
Knowing, like the rest of us, that such a fight would guarantee great action, Manfredo is hoping the fight can be made, maybe next year some time. continue
Richard Schaefer: Welcome everyone to today's conference call. We are only 10 days to fight night, which is certainly the most anticipated showdown of the year. You have two very aggressive fighters, two guys who just know how to go forward. It's going to be a total battle in the ring and it's really shaping up based on the early indications to be one of the biggest boxing events we have seen in many, many years. I have some breaking news as well. continue
By Leon De Juda: Eligio Sardiñas Montalvo (January 6, 1910 August 8, 1988), better known as Kid Chocolate, was a Cuban boxer who enjoyed wild success both in the boxing ring and in society life during a span of the 1930s. Chocolate, nicknamed The Cuban Bon Bon, learned how to fight by watching old fight films in Cuba. He later sparred with boxers such as Benny Leonard and Jack Johnson, all world champions, before beginning an amateur boxing career. As an amateur, he won all 100 of his fights, 86 by knockout. continue
by James Slater - Though he was a well respected world champion and was known among hardcore fight fans for years before the fight, it was the legendary Bernard Hopkins' stoppage win over the then unbeaten Felix Trinidad that transformed him into a real boxing star. B-Hop, aged a mere 36-years-old when entering the ring as an underdog against "Tito" in September of 2001, was expected by most to be yet another fighter to fall to the power and sheer class of the Puerto Rican great.
Things didn't turn out that way, as we all know. Hopkins, now the best middleweight in the world courtesy of his 12th round TKO, all but retired Trinidad, and went on to earn millions of dollars and win himself a handful of further big victories. Now aged 44 and 36 respectively, Hopkins and Trinidad are both locks for The Hall of Fame, but it appears neither guy is ready to retire just yet. continue
David Haye will face world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of an expected 63,000 sell out crowd at the Veltins Arena, the home of FC Schalke, in Germany. Thomas Spiegel, a spokesman for the stadium, told the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News that demand had been amazingly big. He said: Weve sold 50,000 tickets in the first week since the official sale of the tickets began. Its been quite a success; were expecting a sell-out crowd of over 60,000 people in our stadium. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Few in life understand the principles behind the laws of attraction. Even fewer believe it exist. Every now and then examples surface in life that give us bona fide proof that everything happens for a reason, and in the case of light heavyweight Will Rosinsky (6-0, 6KO's) and his trainer Felipe Gomez, this effect could be no closer to the truth. Two men, born in two separate era's, from two totally contrasting backgrounds, yet somehow the stars aligned at precisely the right time and place. continue
By Michael Klimes: T.S. Eliot hit on something when he wrote in his magnificent poem The Hollow Men, This is the way the world ends. / Not with a bang but a whimper. Like so much of the best poetry, these lines reveal a profound truth about the collapse of great forces. The British Empire, the Soviet Union and Apartheid in South Africa all dissolved far more peacefully than they could of. Now Oscar de la Hoya, who was once the best fighter in the world or at the very least among them, has announced his retirement. It is an open secret that de la Hoya wanted one final victory against a prominent fighter so he could end on a high but the little dynamo Manny Pacquiao terminated any chance of that last December. Unfortunately for de la Hoya, Freddie Roachs brutal observation that he could not pull the trigger anymore was devastatingly accurate as he could not handle Pacquiaos mesmerising speed. Although de la Hoya will never fight again, we all know there will be a fight among the boxing historians and journalists to define his legacy. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Australian former world light heavyweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 22 KOs), will return from a 12 month hiatus from boxing this Sunday night against South African Anthony Van Niekerk (21-6-2, 13 KOs) at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia.
Green, 36, who defeated Croatian Stipe Drews for the WBA light heavyweight title in December 2007, announced his retirement in April 2008 just a couple of weeks before his first scheduled defense against Argentine Hugo Garay, citing a view for his future health and the height of his career. continue
23.04.09 - Helsinki´s Hartwall-Arena will host the first-ever heavyweight title fight on Finnish soil when WBA champion Nikolai Valuev takes on Ruslan Chagaev in an eagerly anticipated rematch on May 30. The Russian Giant (50-1, 34 KOs) is determined to avenge the only loss of his career. The day has come to settle the score, Valuev said. continue
April 24, 2009 (Las Vegas, NV) - Image Copyright 2009 Richard T. Slone | Sloneart.com - Multi-award winning artist Richard T. Slone has been selected as the official artist of the Ricky Hatton vs. Manny Pacquiao super fight, which takes place May 2nd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Slone, an internationally renowned artist, will exhibit his artwork at the MGM Grand during the weekend of the fight. The artist was commissioned to paint his view of the two boxing superstars doing battle and has created a spectacular painting that will serve as the official artwork of the fight.
The two fistic warriors emerge from Slones golden yellow hues. The artist has masterfully captured their likenesses and all the action of a super fight. The superb, powerful colors and painterly lines capture all the intensity and kinetic energy that has become Slones trademark earning him international acclaim and a 2009 Sports Artist of the Year nomination. The artwork is now released in a limited fine art edition and posters. Slones Hatton vs. Pacquiao painting also graces the cover of Ring magazines current issue. In addition to exhibiting at the MGM Grand during fight weekend, fight fans and art collectors can catch Slones art year round at the Memorabilia Museum at the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort were Slone has a permanent exhibit at the Museum where many of his originals and prints are sold. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 23, 2009) Light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov, arguably the most ambitious fighter in the world, has targeted WBO champion Zsolt Firebird Erdei after his May 9th IBA World title fight against former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro Naco Berrio, outdoors at Khadjimukan Stadium in Shumenovs hometown of Chimkent, Kazakhstan. The star-studded May 9 show is being presented by KZ Event Productions, owned by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis, and headlined by Shumenov-Berrio in the 12-round main event. continue
Martin Lindsey and Paul Appleby wont be just be fighting for the British featherweight championship in the Ulster Hall Belfast on Saturday night, as victory in the much anticipated clash could guarantee either emerging talent a coveted world title shot. Art Pelullo Banner Promotions and Tommy Egan Promotions have confirmed that the victor from the mouth watering clash between the two undefeated punchers, which will be aired live on Setanta Sports on Saturday night, would be offered a shot at current IBF World Featherweight Champion, Cristobal Cruz (38-11-1). continue
Photo by Tom Barnes, Hogan Photos: Antonio Escalante and Gary "KID" Stark Jr. at a press conference on Wednesday night in Downtown Chicago.
The Escalante/Stark ten round bout headlines ESPN2'S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS live from the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago. The undercard feature sensational super middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs, 2008 US Olympian Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder and Chicago based junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca.
Presented by Golden Boy Promotions and 8 Count Productions, tickets, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster and at the doors. Doors open at 7:30pm, first bell is 8:15pm, TV bouts start at 9:30pm on ESPN2. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine in the West Loop area of Downtown Chicago. continue
By John Jackson - In the next two months four of British Boxings biggest names take part in high profile bouts. This Saturday Carl Froch makes the first defense of his WBC Super Middleweight Title against Jermain Taylor, on May 2nd Ricky Hatton squares off against P4P King Manny Pacquioa, on June 20th David Haye attempts to dethrone heavyweight giant Wladmir Klitscho and finally on June 27th Amir Khan has his first World Championship bout against WBA Welterweight Champion Andriy Kotelnik. continue
CANASTOTA, NY APRIL 23, 2009 - Former world heavyweight champions Ken Norton and Leon Spinks will attend festivities planned for the 20th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scheduled for June 11-14th in Canastota, NY. Ken Norton and Leon Spinks were two key players in the heavyweight division of the 1970s, said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. They took part in some truly memorable heavyweight fights.. continue
23.04.09 - Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - the principals for Saturday nights highly anticipated world title fight on SHOWTIME participated in a final press conference on Wednesday at Gallaghers Steak House in Manhattan.
CARL FROCH - It is my pleasure to be here in America. I was in Canada for three weeks and now have been here for the last week training. Weve had a good camp. Sparring has been very intense with guys who are hitting me like Jermain will. Jermain seems very confident, talking about being back and No. 1 but make no mistake. This is my belt. I am the champion. I am undefeated. Only a few warriors have gone the distance with me. Everyone else hasnt been able to stay in there.
(Joe) Calzaghe didnt want to fight me. When I became the champion it was vacant and you dont get as much respect that way for some reason. But I am the WBC super middleweight champion and come Sunday morning Jermain Taylor will be disappointed that he doesnt have the belt. Im showing the Americans what The Cobra is made of.. continue
British heavyweight Michael Sprott will venture to Las Vegas on Friday, May 1st in the hope of kicking off a boxing weekend to remember for UK fight fans. Set to appear one night before national hero Ricky Hattons mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao, Sprott has been handed a wonderful shop window for his exciting skills. He will box over 10-rounds at the South Point Hotel Casino. continue
By Craig Hardie - This past Tuesday US Light-Heavyweight contender Jameson Bostic went 1-0 in his 'comeback' downunder. The Otara Recreation Centre, South Auckland, New Zealand was the venue for Bostics comeback, whilst a far cry from the likes of Madison Square Garden where Bostic has applied his trade in the past, it was a happy hunting ground. After exactly 13 months of inactivity Bostic stepped between the ropes to face the always game, and durable Mose Ioelu 2-4-0. continue
22.04.09 - by Nino Celic - This Saturday at 10pm CET Felix Sturm is going to make his sixth straight defense of the WBA middleweight title since recapturing it from Javier Castillejo in 2007. In choosing the very inexperienced Japanese Koji Sato, Sturm continues his walk on the safe way: fighting relatively unknown opposition in sold out arenas, the recognition will maybe come afterwards - if not, at least the paydays were decent. This approach follows the footsteps of other German long-term champs, like Sven Ottke or Markus Beyer, who never had real international recognition.
Although the middleweight division is pretty poor at the moment (with the exception of Pavlik, Abraham and Sturm), Universum could probably have picked a more deserving challenger than Koji Sato. He is ranked #14 in the WBA, in his only 14 pro fights he has fought opposition with a combined record of 138-60-5 (all fights but one have taken place in Japan). These stats alone dont suggest that this fight will be remotely competitive. continue
By Ziggy Shaw: On May 2nd 1929, a devastating tornado swept through Morgantown, West Virginia. Its path was a quarter mile wide and it ran through the Riverside, Seneca and Walnut Hill areas leaving destruction in its wake.
Exactly eight decades later, the world is about to witness another hurricane, as Pound For Pound Philippino king, Manny Pacquiao, fights Englands Ricky The Hitman Hatton for the IBO Light welterweight title at the MGM Grand in Nevada. continue
by James Slater - Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik, the reigning WBA light-welterweight champion, is in a pretty bad mood right about now. Scheduled to fly into the UK for a press conference today to hype his upcoming June 27th title defence against 22-year-old Amir Khan, the 31-year-old was not allowed into the country due to a problem with his visa. continue
By Doveed Linder, photo by Wray Edwards /ESB - This Friday, St. Louis natives Cory The Next Generation Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) and Deandre The Bull Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs) will fight for the vacant IBF junior middleweight championship at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO. This should prove to be an exciting night for fight fans in St. Louis and its a meaningful fight for the boxing world, as the winner of this fight will be considered a major player in the 154-pound weight class.
Cory Spinks hasnt fought since he lost his IBF super middleweight title via split decision to Verno Philips in March of last year. Deandre Latimore was last seen in the ring almost 11 months ago when he scored a 7th round TKO over Sechew Powell, who was the IBF #1 ranked contender. continue
NEW YORK, April 22, 2009 HBO Sports will present ASSAULT IN THE RING, a documentary about the ill-fated bout between Billy Collins Jr. and Luis Resto and its subsequent effect on both boxers, it was announced today by Rick Bernstein, executive producer, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 1 on HBO, the special will explore the events that profoundly impacted the New York sports landscape and the world of boxing, and changed the lives of two athletes. continue
22.04.09 - by Dan Eastman - On April 25th, in the Nutmeg State of Conneticut, newly crowned WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl 'The Cobra' Froch will face the toughest test of his career so far when he makes his first defence against former middleweight champ Jermain 'Bad Intentions' Taylor.
But for most fight fans, far more is known about Froch's upcoming opponent than the champion himself. The Pride of Little Rock, Arkansas has been a regular on the big stage for the last few years. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton believes he is one win away from becoming ranked as the best boxer in the sport, pound-for-pound. A win over Manny Pacquiao, the man who currently holds the mythical title, will do it for him, "The Hitman" believes. Not everyone agrees, though. Indeed, when it comes to ranking the best P-4-P boxer in the sport there are a lot of factors to be dealt with and, at the end of the day, such lists are down to an individual's opinion and nothing more.
It has been argued by fans, many of them on this very web site, that Hatton will NOT automatically be placed at #1 in the illustrious top-ten if he manages to upset "Pac-Man." And these fans have made many good points as to why Hatton shouldn't be put at the top of the pile. Shouldn't Juan Manuel Marquez, the man most experts have at #2 right now, go to the top if Pacquiao is beaten? The Mexican star is a better fighter than Hatton, right? At least pound-for-pound he is. Or how about Shane Mosley, or Paul Williams? Begging Hatton's pardon, but right now these fighters, and a few others, reside higher than he does in the P-4-P lists, and even if Hatton does manage to pull off one awesome win over the Filipino legend he will not have done enough to deserve to be ranked higher than these men. continue
WBA world light welterweight title contender Amir Khan will make his Setanta Sports News debut on the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour this Thursday from 2pm. Khan, who is stepping up a weight to take on Andriy Kotelnik on Saturday 27 June, is excited to be on the show. He said: Its going to be good fun. Steve Bunce is one of those guys who speak the truth. Its the only boxing show; its one of those shows that people like to watch because it discusses fighters from right around the world. continue
After capturing the world's attention, "The Battle of East and West", the mega-fight between Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao and Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton on May 2nd at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, has officially sold out. For those not as fortunate as the thousands of fans who will be in the arena that night, there is still a chance to experience the action in Las Vegas as closed circuit tickets are still available at Mandalay Bay, Mirage, TI, Monte Carlo, Circus Circus, Luxor and New York-New York. continue
Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - Jermain Bad Intentions Taylor believes that he can be the first man to deposit Carl Froch on the canvas and then keep him there. Taylor made his bold prediction in New York today as the two rivals came face to face for the first time ahead of their WBC World Super Middleweight title showdown at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut on Saturday night. Froch laughed off his mandatory challengers fight forecast but the former Undisputed Middleweight champ insists he has the power to end The Cobras reign. If I catch him he's going to sleep, blasted Taylor who is now campaigning at Super Middleweight having lost his Middleweight crown to Kelly Pavlik. I have found the hunger again and it took fighting Carl for the belt to get it back.
"At Super Middleweight I'm more focused on boxing, because I don't have to worry about making weight. This fight I want to show the doubters. I want to make a statement. This is a comeback fight for me and will probably be remembered by the outcome. It's the kind of fight I need.. continue
22.04.09 - Sports fans will get the opportunity to watch delayed coverage of Carl Frochs first defence of his WBC World Super Middleweight Title against Jermain Taylor on free-to-air television after ITV Sport secured the exclusive delayed rights to broadcast one of the biggest fights of the year less than 24 hours after it takes place. continue
by James Slater - A most intriguing and possibly important heavyweight meeting appears set to take place this coming May 15th in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as heavyweights Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett and Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson are down as rumbling in a fight to be televised by ESPN 2. The fight is up as happening on BoxRec, and the bout is also listed on ESPN.com's list of upcoming fights. Matching a promising though still unproven talent against a man who has fought at the very top level for years, as it does, Barrett-Johnson makes sense. continue
21.04.09 - By Ted Sares -- Back in 1982, a tough fighter out of Zambia named Charm Shuffle Chiteule, who did much of his work in Germany and the U.K., fought a Ghanaian by the name of Azumah Nelson. At stake were both the prestigious African Featherweight Title and the Commonwealth (British Empire) featherweight title the later of which Nelson had won in 1981 by knocking out Australian Brian Roberts in the fifth stanza in Accra, Ghana.
This fight was held at the Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia. Nelson was 11-0 while the slick Shuffle, who became the number one contender to the Commonwealth title, came in at 19-1. Chiteule had won the Zambian Featherweight Title in 1979 while Nelson had taken the Ghanaian featherweight title in 1980. Nelson knocked out Chiteule in the tenth round and in so doing was able to get a shot at the world title just five months later. Still, only aficionados knew who he was and that his amateur record (50-1) was an outstanding one. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - I think we have a legitimate P4P dilemma coming our way this summer. You have the old P4P king, UNDEFEATED Floyd Mayweather Jr coming out of retirement to fight again and youve got the VERY popular and well liked Manny Pacquiao who is the recognized current and ACTIVE P4P king. Should Floyd deliver a successful return bout he could potentially make the argument that hes still #1 and it would be hard to dispute his claim. Hes never lost and if he ends up fighting Juan Manuel Marquez and beats him in grander fashion than Manny did then I think you have to acknowledge him as #1. Lets say Manny beats Hatton, Floyd already knocked Ricky out. continue
The Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California will roll out the red carpet and welcome home one of their local young men who represented the 2008 United States Olympic Boxing team in China when on Thursday, April 23, Shawn Estrada (4-0, 4 KOs), a former resident of Hanford, just a few short miles from where he will be fighting on Thursday night, enters the ring at Tachi Palace seeking his 5th consecutive KO victory in front of his hometown friends and family. continue
Photos by Bob Barton - ST. LOUISThe Gateway Citys biggest boxing stars opened their workouts to the media today to promote Fridays Show Me in St. Louis card at Scottrade Center (SHOWTIME 11 p.m. ET/PT, 10 p.m. CT, delayed on the West Coast). The main event features a hometown showdown for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship when Cory Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) takes on hard-punching IBF No. 6-ranked contender Deandre The Bull Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs). The co-feature showcases undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander The Great (17-0, 10 KOs) meeting Jesus Chuy Rodriguez (19-3, 5 KOs), from Salinas, Calif., a winner in 11 of his last 12 outings.
Cory Spinks was my idol growing up in St. Louis, Latimore said, but its time for me to step up and for him to step aside. Cory can run, but he cannot hide from my power.
Spinks, a former four-time world champion, said he has much to teach his 23-year old cross-town rival. Im going to take Deandre to school and show him the ropes. Spinks said. Im going to prepare him for what he can expect in his next fight and every fight after that.. continue
By Tavoris Cloud: "To Chad Dawson: I just cant be silent any longer. As you well know, if you win your rematch with Antonio Tarver on May 9th, Im still your IBF mandatory.
After months of waiting, Im asking you publicly, to act like a champion and give me my shot. Give the fans what they want- an exciting light heavyweight championship bout between two young, hungry fighters. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2009) Unbeaten Irish light welterweight sensation Dean Irish Lightning Byrne fights for the first time in 2009 when he battles Mexican southpaw Jose Reynoso (10-2, 1 KO) in a scheduled 8-round bout May 1 at South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not only will Byrne be making his debut in the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas, the 24-year-old Irishman will be fighting the night before the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton showdown in the same city with Mannys trainer, Freddie Roach, also in his corner. continue
Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB - Jermain Taylors promoter, Lou DiBella admits that this weekends World title showdown with Nottinghams Carl Froch is a must win fight for the man known as Bad Intentions.
The former undisputed Middleweight champ will aim to become a two weight World title holder at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut as he bids to rip the WBC Super Middleweight title from Froch who is making his first defence of his title and looking to maintain his status as Britains only reigning World Champion.
The fight will be available live and exclusive to British and Irish fight fans via an online pay per view at frochvtaylor.com and DiBella says that Taylor cannot afford to contemplate defeat. continue
Exckusive interview by Charles C. White - How is Bobby Czyz doing these days?
Bobby Czyz: Well after the accident things were not easy, physically and otherwise. After being in a coma for 28 days plus a seven week hospital stay, my body was left in a bad way. Prior to this I got a divorce, had a bad run with the duis, which cost me my job, and then I got beat in a business deal for over $480,000 that kinda bankrupted me, put me in an ugly place. Stayed with a set of friends, and started getting back on my feet, and then low and behold, I get in a bad accident. Stayed with a different set of friends, and then met a wonderful girl, and Im living with her as Im starting to build my life back together and I have some incredible potential in front of me in some business deals that Im getting involved in, so its never a dull moment, but I think the future looks pretty bright. continue
by James Slater - Yesterday, in London, IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko and his challenger David Haye met for round-two of their pre-fight press conference tour. And, as was the case in Germany a few days back, things got somewhat ugly.
Once again turning up wearing his now infamous 'decapitated heads' T-Shirt, with images of both Klitschko brothers laid out, their heads ripped off, Haye really got under the normally reserved champion's skin. continue
by James Slater - Though reigning IBF light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson and his trainer, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad see nothing but another easy and clear win over Antonio Tarver when the two meet in their May 9th rematch, Dawson insists he has not slacked off in training in any way.
All but shutting-out "The Magic Man" when they first met back in November of last year, "Bad" Chad took the 39-year-old's IBF belt. The two southpaws, due to Tarver's holding of a rematch clause, do it again in less than a month's time, when in truth most fans would rather see 26-year-old Dawson in with a different foe.
The man the 27-0(17) Dawson ideally wants to fight after he has done away with Tarver again - as he is 100-percent sure he will do - is the great Bernard Hopkins. However, Dawson feels "The Executioner" is not too interested in facing him. continue
PENSACOLA, Fla. (April 21, 2009) One of the sports most highly respected executives, Bob Goodman, has agreed to join Square Ring Promotions as Chief Operating Officer, it was announced today by Chief Executive Officer John S. Wirt. continue
By Thomas McNamara, England - According to BoxRec.com, Floyd Mayweather Jr will be fighting Juan Manuel Marquez on July 18. This cannot come at a better time if true. This year will see an explosion of excitement for the sport of Boxing. With Haye getting his Klitschko deal, Froch fighting Taylor, Pacquiao against Hatton and Khan going for a world title, this year seems like it couldnt get better. But in the back of everybodys mind, no matter how faint, was the thought of another Mayweather masterful comeback from his retirement. continue
21.04.09 - photo by Wray Edwards / EastSideBoxing.com - From the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas, Nevada, Crown Boxing Inc., along with The Orleans Hotel & Casino, presents World Championship Boxing on May 22, 2009 in the Mardi Gras Ballroom. Watch boxing history with father and son appearing on the same card as former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall takes on Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate and Elijah McCall faces Chad Davis. Doors open at 6PM/First bout at 7PM.
Featuring IBA Heavyweight Championship (Continental Belt)
Former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oliver McCall (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) vs. Australian Heavyweight Champion John Hopoate (Sydney, Australia )
Elijah McCall (Chicago, IL) vs. Chad Davis (Phoenix, AZ) continue
Belfast featherweight Martin Lindsay hopes to one day emulate countryman and WBA super-bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne and scoop world title honours of his own. Gearing up for this Saturdays (April 25) British title dust-up with Paul Appleby, the talented Mac Man has been buoyed by the crowning of Irelands latest world champion. I didnt know what to expect before the fight, says Lindsay of Dunnes WBA title fight with Ricardo Cordoba in March. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 21, 2009) Boxing fans in Chicago are talking Fight of the Year candidate about this Friday nights battle between junior featherweights Antonio Escalante and Gary KID Stark in the ESPN2 FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS main event at the UIC Pavilion. An open to the public press conference will be held on Wednesday night at 7pm at the Union Park Lounge, 228 S. Racine Ave in Chicago, just three blocks north of the UIC Pavilion. Escalante and Stark along with the undercard fighters will attend. Presented by Oscar de la Hoyas Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, tickets for ESPN2S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, starting at $31, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Online: www.ticketmaster.com, Phone: 312-559-1212) and through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. continue
By Michael Herron: In the wake of Oscar De La Hoyas retirement perhaps it is time for another look at his career, but this look will be from the eyes of a cynic. Oscar De La Hoya, the Golden Boy, multi-division champion and founder of Golden Boy Promotions, yes his name and contributions are synonymous with boxing but is it possible that he may be significantly overrated as a fighter? The argument in support of De La Hoya's "greatness" is generally his resume; supporters and fans often say "look who he has fought" pay attention to the phrase however, "look who he has fought" not look who he has beat. In the sport of boxing greatness has historically been based on who a fighter has beaten not who has beaten him! It is important to note that fighters like Emmanuel Augustus has fought and loss to many great fighters as well, so has Jerry Quarry, Fernando Vargas, Ricardo Mayorga, Rocky Juarez, Ray Mercer, Ben Tackie, DeMarcus Corley etc...but no one is calling them future hall of famers. continue
Team Sauerland had to pull out of the EBU´s purse bid for the Povetkin-Dimitrenko bout due to a scheduling conflict. With no free TV slot available on Germany´s ARD network prior to the summer break, Sauerland decided not to bid for the heavyweight fight. European cruiserweight champion Marco Huck and WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will fight in May before IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham will return to the ring in June. The EBU rulebook dictates that a fight has to take place within 60 days following the purse bid, Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer stated. Unfortunately, our TV schedule is already full. That is why we had no opportunity to stage this bout. And to let Alexander fight on a Universum card was no option at all.. continue
Exciting super middleweight contender, Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (19-2, 14KO) will look to improve to a perfect 3-0 under the Star Boxing banner, when he takes on dangerous Don Mouton (9-3-1, 8KO) on April 28th in an eight round super middleweight contest. Stevens vs. Mouton will be the co-feature bout of the evening for Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing premier installment of its new series "VIP Boxing." The bout will take place at the elegant Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY, and is headlined by Queens own heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (31- 5, 22KO) taking on Benji "Boom Boom" Baker (18-6, 9KO), in a scheduled eight rounder. continue
From the days when he was a really skinny kid with little amateur experience to today where he is now a skinny young man that has unquestionably become the most feared boxer on the planet, the man behind Paul The Punisher Williams has been manager-trainer George Peterson. The well-respected Peterson, a Washington D.C.-native who now resides in Aiken, S.C., has been in Williams corner for 11 years. The classy and honorable Peterson is overdue in his worldwide recognition with the prestigious Trainer of the Year honors.
Peterson was a policeman in D.C. for more than 20 years before becoming involved in the toughest of all sports. I boxed as an amateur and did some amateur coaching with the Police Boys Club in D.C. for a few years, he said. Several guys, after their modest amateur careers, wanted to turn pro but they didn't want anybody else to work with them but me. That's basically how I got into boxing.. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater: In the opinion of most, former WBO light-welterweight champion DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley was badly done by in his last fight. Knocking down the unbeaten Hector Sanchez in the 3rd round back on April 10th, southpaw Corley appeared to have also done enough to have clinched the decision after 8 rounds. It was not to be and the much younger man was awarded a UD. But now, less than a month after the "loss," the 34-year-old has another fight scheduled.
Set to take on one Sidney Siqueira in Kazakhstan on May 9th, Corley is looking for a win and he is also looking ahead to a world title shot later this year. Very kindly taking time out to speak to me over the phone from his training camp earlier today, the 33-11-1(19) warrior from Washington D.C had the following answers to my questions. continue
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. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' takes us all across the world of boxing as we uncover the latest buzz to hit the airwaves once again. Making headlines this week is many of our usual suspects as Miguel Cotto notches a couple questions, while Jermain Taylor, Manny Pacquiao, and Gamboa also popped in for good measure. With much to cover and little time to do so, we jump right into the mix with a question from Hollywood, Florida where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Damien H. (Hollywood, FL): With so much going on in the life of Miguel Cotto, do you think this fight against Clottey could be a trap fight? continue
by James Slater - Boxing is red hot right now in The Philippines, and not just because of the great Manny Pacquiao. As all those fans who were privileged enough to have seen this past Saturday's terrific fight card from The Araneta Coliseum, in The Philippines will be aware, the country has some great and exciting world champions to go right alongside "Pac-Man." Nonito Donaire looked nothing short of sensational in dismantling the previously unbeaten Raul Martinez, and Hawaiian Brian Viloria - who the Filipino people have embraced as one of their own - won a great war against Ulises Solis. continue
Cruiserweight prospect Awesome Aaron Williams is in Las Vegas, sparring with unbeaten light heavyweight champion Bad Chad Dawson, in preparation for his potential career-changing fight May 9 against former Cuban amateur champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez at Jako-Arena in Bamberg, Bayern, Germany.Nine-time amateur champion Williams (19-1-1, 13 KOs), born in Cleveland and fighting out of Las Vegas, is trained by former light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who is also getting Dawson ready for his May 9th rematch against Antonio Tarver. continue
20.04.09 - By Doveed Linder: This Saturday, former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Bad Intentions Taylor (28-2-1, 17 KOs) will take on the WBC super middleweight champion Carl The Cobra Froch (24-0, 19 KOs) at the MGM Grand Theatre at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino arena in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Jermain Taylor was something of a superstar before he ever captured a major title. Having won a bronze medal at the 2000 Olympic Games, many considered him one of the best prospects out there. He was already posing in Everlast advertisements and getting a great deal of media attention. His professional career started out on a positive note, as he remained undefeated throughout his rise to the top with convincing wins over William Joppy and Raul Marquez. It wasnt until his career defining victory over Bernard Hopkins in July of 2005 that he became the subject of criticism.
Many will make the argument that when Jermain and Bernard fought the first time, Bernard shouldnt have lost his titles because Jermain didnt take them from him. continue
THE Mexico-based World Boxing Council (WBC) has appointed Filipino judge Rey Danseco again in the world class championship bout between a popular former Thai titlist and a highly rated Mexican. WBC president Jose Sulaiman appointed Danseco, a sports editor in Manila by profession, to perform as judge for the interim title of the WBC flyweight world championship between Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailand and Julio Cesar Miranda of Mexico to be held on April 24 in Bangkok, Thailand. continue
Sensational super middleweight prospect Daniel THE GOLDEN CHILD Jacobs will face Nicaraguan veteran Jose TERRIBLE Varela in the ESPN2S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS co-main on Friday, April 24th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Presented by Oscar de la Hoyas Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, tickets for ESPN2S FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS, starting at $31, can be purchased through Ticketmaster. continue
by James Slater - It was thrilling viewing watching "Filipino Flash" Nonito Donaire do his stuff yesterday on the site that played host to the greatest heavyweight title fight of all-time (The Thrilla in Manila). The way the once-beaten (on points in just his second pro fight, way back in March of 2001) IBF flyweight champion took care of the unbeaten and talented Raul Martinez of Texas showed how fine a fighter he is.
Wanting very much to put on a spectacular showing against "The Cobra," the 26-year-old champion did just that. Known for his power more than anything, Donaire pretty much abandoned the boxing skills he also possesses. Coming out and instantly letting his amazingly powerful and accurate hands go in the opening two rounds, Donaire put his man down three times and seemed to be on the verge of victory. He was, it just took a little longer than 2 rounds due to the bravery and sheer guts of his 27-year-old challenger. continue
20.04.09 - by James Slater - This coming Saturday evening, in his native Germany, 30-year-old Felix Sturm defends his portion of the world middleweight title. Taking on the little-known, but undefeated Japanese fighter, Koji Sato, Sturm will be looking to make a sixth successful defence in his second reign as WBA 160 pound king. Not too much is known about the 14-0(13) challenger, apart from the fact that he is younger than Sturm, he is a big puncher statistically, and he will be having only his second fight outside of Japan and his first in Europe. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - WIBA´s Light Welterweight Youth titlelist Chris Namús of Uruguay disappointed her fans last week when she decided not to fight Liliana Palmera (17-6-2) for the world championship this coming May 16 at Palacio Peñarol. Namús, better known as The Killing Bombshell, expressed in a press conference held in Montevideo absolute dissatisfaction with her promoters Sebastián Amaya and José María Vanrell. They lied to me 99.9% of the times, said the 21-year-old pugilist, who also took the opportunity to break the contract she had with Amaya & Vanrell Promotions. continue
18.04.09 - by James Slater - Unbeaten WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch, who meets Jermain Taylor in his first defence next Saturday in Connecticut, is still fuming over the fact that no TV station in his home country have bought the fight so as to show it live for his British fans. The fight will be seen live in America on Showtime, but fans in the UK - who already have to wait up until the early morning hours to watch most big fights that take place in the States - will have to make do with an internet broadcast of the fight. And though Froch and his promoter Mick Hennessey are grateful that at least the internet showing will prevent all of "The Cobra's" fans from missing out, they are still hugely disappointed that no UK TV network has paid for the big fight.
Speaking from his training camp in Canada, the WBC champ explained how angry his is to The Mail Online.
"I don't want to sound bitter and twisted," Froch said. "But there are TV companies out there who have plenty of funds but they are not showing any loyalty to boxing. continue
by James Slater - Former super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion of the world Joe Calzaghe has given his expert opinion on this Saturday's big WBC super-middleweight title fight between defending champ Carl Froch and challenger and former middleweight king Jermain Taylor. Unlike many fans out there, who seem sure, one way or the other, about who will win, Calzaghe is predicting an extremely close fight that could go either way. However, Joe did go as far as to say that if Taylor really shows his fighting heart, he can win. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - April 18, 2009 -- The Filipino Stars were rising Sunday morning in Metro Manila, where the Filipino fighters had their way big time in front of a crowded Araneta Coliseum. This action packed fight card should be the model for any future PPV boxing events. Five entertaining fights, each fight more exciting than the last, except for the next to last fighta potential fight of the year candidate in Viloria vs. Solis.
First up was Super Flyweight, Drian Francisco (16-0, 1, 12 KOs) vs. the embryo level, Sahril Fabanyo (2-2-1). Midway into the second round, Francisco landed a monster left hook to the solar plexus that ended it for Fabanyo. continue
By David Pambianchi , all photos by Christy Cappillino - Once again on April 18, 2009, Madison Square Garden became electrified with action as New Yorkers cheered fine boxing. Fighters slugged it out Friday night and into early Saturday to gain this years title and recieve the gold necklace.
A few notable finishers among many great matches:
(125-W) Melissa Roberts got the better of trading punches with Chala A. Yancy with Yancy taking multiple hits to the body and head, but fighting back round upon round with an exceptional display of valor and heart until the referee stopped the bout near the end of round 4 for a Melissa Roberts win. continue
by James Slater - As most fans, and certainly the odds makers and the experts felt he would, Cuban hotshot Yuriorkis Gamboa proved to be too much for veteran Jose Rojas last night, stopping the 36-year-old in the 10th round in Nevada. In so doing, the 2004 Olympic gold medallist who defected his country and came over to live in Miami, Florida won his first world title. continue
New York, April 18Waiting on a long line that was seemingly a mile long, according to Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group, German fight fans purchased 30,000 tickets for the Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye world heavyweight champ ionship fight on the first day of sales today.
Wladmir will put his IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line against the number two ranked Haye on June 20. The Schalke Stadium, a soccer venue, has a capacity of 60,000. We are absolutely sure that the fight will be sold out very soon, said Boente. continue
PRIMM, Nev. (April 18, 2009) Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - Talented but still learning Miami-based Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa improved to 15-0 with 13 knockouts with a one-sided 10th-round TKO over Jose Cheo Rojas (25-7-1, 17 KOs, 1 No Decision) Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation. In the co-feature at Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino at Primm, Nev., undefeated Selcuk Aydin (18-0, 14 KOs) of Turkey won his ShoBox and United States debuts with a hard-fought 12-round split decision over southpaw Said Ouali (25-32, 17 KOs) of Las Vegas via Morocco.
The doubleheader aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). It was presented by Roy Englebrecht Events in association with Arena-Box. Gamboa, the 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist and 2009 Prospect of the Year, had his way throughout. He cut Rojas over the right eye in the first and dropped him with a right hand in the fifth en route to capturing the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight title. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Russian heavy Alexander Povetkin has pulled out of the fight against Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko with the vacant EBU title at stake. The deadline for purse bids or agreement was tomorrow - according to Sauerland Event´s CEO the decision to pull Povetkin out was because they didn´t have any TV date before August 29. Dimitrenko will now face highest available challenger which could be Commonwealth champ Martin Rogan. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Butler, Pennsylvania, local heavyweight and top-ten world ranked contender Brian "The Beast" Minto scored another decent win. Still waiting for the big fight to come around, Minto has remained busy, taking on tough, yet largely unknown fighters in front of his rabid fans. Last night he won a shutout 8 round unanimous decision over Missouri's 32-year-old Matt Greer. 34-year-old Minto, who improved to 33-2(21) triumphed by identical scores of 80-72. continue
By Ted Sares - Okay fans, its that time again. Pull up a chair near your key pad and monitor and torch up a nice Ashton Churchill -7 1/2 x 52. From beginning to end, the draw of this classic cigar is never disappointing. For scotch this month, I am featuring a Talisker single malt (with above average strength and a smooth afterglow). It goes great with smoked salmon, grilled smoked mackerel, and/or oysters on the half shell.
In the background, I again have jazz and, like our choice of cigar and scotch, Im going classic with Miles and Bird--and some Clifford Brown, but I will entertain any reasonable request. Along other musical lines, Jeff Beck just might make an unannounced appearance.
Now then, its time to discuss boxing, and I have listed a few subjects that might spark your interest, but as always, feel free to inject your own topic. continue
MONTREAL (April 18, 2009) Former world title challenger Peter Manfredo, Jr. knocked out tough Tunisian veteran Walid Tempete de Sable Smichet in the seventh round of todays scheduled 10-round co-feature at Montreal Casino. The 28-year-old Manfredo (32-6, 16 KOs), star of The Contender, Season I, got his career back on the right track with a strong performance against Smichet (20-6-3, 14 KOs), who had been knocked out only once in 28 prior pro fights, by Renan St. Juste in 2006. continue
by Ville Niemonen - Popular Finnish middleweight banger Idi Amin Asikainen (25-2) is set to start his battle to get back to the top this Saturday, when he faces Argentinean journeyman Valentin Antonio Ochoa (20-12-1) in an eight-rounder in Helsinki, Finland.
Asikainen suffered a major setback last November, when he was stopped in seven rounds by tough Khoren Gevor in a see-saw battle for the vacant European middleweight title. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 17, 2009) A world championship battle between north and south will highlight the May 2 pay-per-view undercard for Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton: The Battle of East and West. World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Featherweight Champion HUMBERTO SOTO of Mexico will defend his title against Canadian contender BENOIT GAUDET. The pay-per-view broadcast will also feature undefeated top-rated junior middleweight contender JAMES KIRKLAND, risking his rating and record when he takes on MIKE WALKER, former two-time world amateur champion and Russian Olympian MATT KOROBOV facing RODRIGO AGUIAR and former world amateur champion, Cuban southpaw ERISLANDY LARA against CHRIS GRAY. Combined, these eight gladiators have a combined record of 135-20-4 (84 KOs), an 85% winning percentage.
Humberto Soto (47-7-2, 30 KOs), from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, is making his second title defense since capturing the vacant title last December, winning a dominating 12-round unanimous decision over Francisco Lorenzo. Soto successfully defended the title on March 28, stopping Antonio Davis in the fourth round. continue
by Artan Verbica - Pallati i Rinisë, Prishtina, Kosovo, 19.04.2009 - The TOP-15 world contender in the light heavyweight division, Elvir Muriqi 36-5-0 (22 KO) beat Oleksander Garaschenko 15-12 (7 KO) by UD 10. Muriqi dominanted the fight from the first round and won a clear unanimous decision over the Ukranian. continue
by James Slater - Former super-featherweight, lightweight and light-welterweight world champion Hector Camacho is not done fighting yet. At the age of 46, and after having outlasted all the other big name world champions from the 1980s, "Macho" remains active. Set to face fellow veteran Ramon "Yori Boy" Campas at The Taj Majal in Atlantic city on May the 9th, the once great southpaw will be having his first fight in almost a year, and only his second fight in almost four years. continue
17.04.09 - by James Slater - There is little doubt Manny Pacquiao's superb 9th round KO win over defending WBC lightweight champion David Diaz was one of "Pac-Man's" most flawless performances - even if the easy-to-hit Diaz was not one of his best opponents. The way Manny never lost a single minute of a single round and then sent his man face down for the count was immensely impressive. Well, according to promoter Bob Arum, who spoke to Philstar.com, Ricky Hatton will wind up suffering a similar fate when he meets the Filipino great on May 2nd.
Arum may be guilty of being a touch biased, as he promotes Pacquiao and obviously has a huge interest in seeing him winning - but the Top Rank boss says he is sure his man will leave "The Hitman" in a similar, flat on his face position to the one Diaz ended up in last June. One of the reasons Arum is so sure Pacquiao will win next month is because he truly believes Hatton cannot handle fighting southpaws one bit. continue
Carl Frochs promoter Mick Hennessy has moved to set the record straight regarding comments on Steve Bunces Boxing hour yesterday which appeared to suggest that Setanta had made an offer for the rights to screen Frochs upcoming World title showdown with Jermain Bad Intentions Taylor. The Cobra makes the first defence of his WBC World Super Middleweight title at the MGM Grand in Connecticut on April 25th against former undisputed middleweight champ Taylor and the fight will be available live and exclusive on frochvtaylor.com after Britains broadcasters turned down the opportunity to screen the clash. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Despite the rise in talent and the recent increase in high level competition, it seems the world of boxing can't get away from the type of headlines that often tear away at the very core of the sport itself. The news of Oscar De La Hoya's recent retirement set the airwaves ablaze only a few days ago, however, today, the hot topic at the tip of tongues all around the sport is the the fact that recently suspended Mexican ironman Antonio Margarito is in the process of appealing what most find to be a perfectly valid suspension, and efforts are underway to showcase him again regardless of the outcome of the appeal. The two contrasting sides of this debate leave little room for residents of the middle ground with one contingent appealing for leniency, while the other openly seek absolute banishment. At the center of the controversy is a man who was able to rise above a poverty stricken past, only to find that it's the present which haunts him as he faces the possibility of never taking part in a meaningful fight again. continue
Photos by Jen Carpenter - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions. IBO and Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight World Champion Ricky Hatton (Left) hits the mitts with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. (Right) on April 16, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 2, 2009 world title defense against Five Division World Champion and Ring Magazine Number One Ranked Pound For Pound Fighter Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View in the United States and Sky Box Office in the United Kingdom.
IBO and Ring Magazine Junior Welterweight World Champion Ricky Hatton shadowboxes on April 16, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada during a media workout in preparation for his May 2, 2009 world title defense against Five Division World Champion and Ring Magazine Number One Ranked Pound For Pound Fighter Manny Pacquiao at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - The trials and tribulations of the American Heavyweight! Lately, America has been on the ropes when it comes to heavyweight contenders. Weve taken a back seat to the Eastern Europeans who currently dominate the division. In America our best athletes are now opting for sports such as football and basketball. In those sports if you show some proficiency as a young man youll at least get to go to college. continue
By Doveed Linder: At the present moment, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, the two brothers from the Ukraine, are sitting on top of the heavyweight division. Wladamir is the IBF, WBO, and IBO champion and Vitali is the WBC champion. Nicolay Valuev has the WBA belt, but the Klitschkos are considered the divisions best.
The boxing world has been craving something fresh and exciting in the heavyweight division for some time. continue
Tampa, Florida After being notified that the highly regarded Anthony Peterson pulled out of their February 21 fight with an injury, Edner Cherry was left a disappointed and dejected fighter. Hungry to stop the unbeaten Peterson and at the peak of his training camp, Cherry was forced to go back to the drawing board.
It was a big let down because I trained so hard for the fight, said Cherry, who dropped a decision to unified Junior Welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in September. These type of opportunities dont come very often and it is unfortunate that the fight didnt go through. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 17, 2009) Sensational junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca will face Canadian veteran Sebastien Hamel on April 24th at Chicagos UIC Pavilion in a scheduled six round bout, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
Marco Captain Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) will make a third defence of his European Cruiserweight Title in Bamberg on May 9 when he takes on Vitaliy Rusal. The 28-year-old Ukrainian, ranked 12th by the WBA, is unbeaten in 23 fights (16 KOs). Rusal has never left the ring as the loser, coach Ulli Wegner warned. He is a strong boxer who knows how to fight. Marco needs to be on full alert. He must not underestimate him. I will make sure he will be well prepared.. continue
by James Slater - Fresh off his fighter's fine and much talked about win over Winky Wright at the weekend, Paul Williams' trainer George Peterson is rightfully feeling proud of his charge. Now hoping for even bigger fights for "The Punisher" to win, Peterson is looking ahead to their next bout.
Very kindly taking time out to speak to me earlier today from his home, George spoke about what the future may hold for pound-for-pound star Williams.
James Slater: It's a great pleasure to speak with you again, sir. First of all, do you think Paul's superb win over Winky Wright was his best performance so far in his career?
George Peterson: No. I think Paul won that fight too easy, to be honest with you. He didn't even break a sweat. He never got hit or hurt at all. I knew, as long as we stuck to the game-plan we'd worked on in the gym, that it would be like that. continue
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist, 2009 Prospect of the Year and World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 3-ranked contender, Yuriorkis Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs), of Miami by way of Cuba, will face second-ranked Jose Cheo Rojas (25-6-1, 17 KOs, 1 No Decision) of Caracas, Venezuela, for the interim WBA featherweight title tomorrow/ Friday, April 17, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
by James Slater - The fight is not signed, sealed and delivered yet, so let's not get too excited. However, the fight "The Bible of Boxing" itself, in Ring magazine, says is in the works for the summer is a fight sure worth getting excited about. According to Ring's website, promoter Bob Arum is close to ironing out a deal that will see huge punchers Edwin Valero and Breidis Prescott collide on July 25th in Mexico. Let's hope this one can and will be made official soon. continue
by James Slater - David Haye sure has some nerve. A few weeks back (or was it months?), "The Hayemaker" had the bravado necessary to walk into a German restaurant that was occupied by Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko and throw on the table a copy of the magazine that had a mock photo inside of Haye holding Wladimir's severed head in his hand. The whole thing so angered older brother Vitali, that he had to be restrained from going right at Haye.
Well, in a news article that has appeared on today's Telegraph.co.uk website, it has been revealed that Haye, in Germany to attend a press conference with reigning IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, wore a t-shirt with a picture of his likeness holding up decapitated heads of BOTH brothers. Needles to say, this did not amuse "Dr. Steel Hammer" in the slightest. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 16, 2009) Russian middleweight Roman Made In Hell Karmazin will fight at home in Asia for the first time in seven years, May 9 on a show presented by KZ Event Productions, Inc., outdoors at Khadjimukan Stadium in Chimkent, Kazakhstan. World-rated light heavyweight contender Beibut Shumenov headlines the star-studded show in his hometown against former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro Naco Berrio in the12-round main event for the vacant IBA World light heavyweight championship, as well as Shumenovs WBO Asia Pacific, WBC Asian Boxing Council and PABA Interim titles. continue
New York (April 16, 2009) - The name Willie Monroe evokes memories of great success inside a boxing ring and now DiBella Entertainment has signed the man who carries on that tradition. However, Willie Monroe Jr. is creating his own legacy of fistic achievement and fame. Monroe Jr.'s next step comes on May 7 as the undefeated southpaw prospect makes his DiBella Entertainment debut in his hometown of Rochester, New York. continue
MIRANDA QUOTES: The fight will only go up to the 10th round and thats because that is when I am going to knock Andre Ward out. Andre Ward has never been in the ring with a fighter like me he hasnt fought anyone talented. If there is one thing that you notice about Andres fights, hes always running. Andre doesnt have the heart of a champion. He is holding onto his one achievement, The Olympic Gold Medal, but that is all he will ever achieve.
I feel sorry for Dan Goossen to have invested so much money in such an untalented fighter. I have over 30 fights. If you compare the challenges that I have taken on throughout my career they are far more than what Ward has faced.
Im fighting in Andre Wards backyard. During the first two to three rounds, you will hear the crowd cheering for him, but as I dominate him and show the fans how a real boxer performs, I guarantee you...youre going to hear them chanting my name at the end of the night.. continue
The wait is over. Undefeated and No. 1 ranked 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward's long-desired dream of staging a professional fight in his hometown will become reality on Saturday, May 16, when he climbs into the ring and takes a big step up in class -- against Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda. The 12-rounder for Wards North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) Super Middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a Special Edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
By Ricardo Ibarra, Photo by Mike Blair - Chicagos Carlos King Molina took another step towards title contention last Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, adding yet another meaningful victory to his resurging career résumé. Turning in a workman-like performance, Molina easily defeated power punching Ed Paredes with a near-shutout ten round unanimous decision. The performance was an impressive one considering many at ringside expected Paredes to be a tough opponent, yet Molina handled the challenge with ease. continue
by James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda - The two men have met face-to-face at a press conference to officially announce the fight, and now IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey and his WBO counterpart Miguel Cotto will go away and push themselves to the limit in training for the June 13th unification bout. For the just-turned 32-year-old Clottey, 35-2(20) the fight represents the big chance he has been waiting for for a long time.
Confident of victory without being at all boastful or arrogant, the tough and dangerous "Grand Master" who was born in Accra, Ghana, but now lives in New York, was kind enough to give me some of his time for an interview earlier today.
Speaking to me over the phone, here is what Joshua had to say. continue
Richard Schaefer: Welcome everybody to today's conference call. I'm sure all of you have heard the decision. We actually just came from an amazing ceremony, a news conference, in front of Staples Center which was attended by thousands of people. We had over 30 cameras there. It was a very well-covered event. We had Tim Leiweke, the CEO and President from AEG there. We had the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonia Villaraigosa there. Oscar's father spoke. Oscar's wife spoke and so did the head of HBO pay-per-view Mark Taffet. continue
By Paul Strauss: Floyd Mayweather, Sr. is trying hard to steal the spotlight in the build up to May 2nd extravaganza between Manny Pac Man Pacquiao and Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. His latest is an Ali like rendition of simple rhyming passed off as poetry and prophecy. Meanwhile, Freddie and Manny continue to go about the business of preparing to win the fight. Floyd, Sr., alias Joy," has already taken credit for Ricky being a much improved fighter. He has the audacity to claim that before he came on board, Ricky didn't know how to hit the punch mitts! He describes Ricky as a fighter who had no defense. Amazing isn't it that Ricky can even get out of bed by himself, being so inept! continue
By Vivek Wallace: With 16 years, a countless amount of epic battles, and a trail of millions in his rear view, one of the biggest iconic figures in the history of the sport has decided to lay the gloves down and walk away, presumably for good. So often, athletes in the sport of boxing find themselves without a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of in the end, but fortunately for Oscar, the fruits of his labor will harvest for many more moons to come.
When the name Oscar De La Hoya is spoken, many thoughts come to mind. His critics fall on one side of the fence, his supporters another, but no matter who contributes to the conversation, everyone has some opinion of the 'Goldenboy'. That list would also include many that still take part in it. If nothing else, his departure from the sport paves the way for a new official king of the ring, in terms of earning prowess. continue
by James Slater - Former WBC light-welterweight champion Junior "The Hitter" Witter has an advantage over most people when it comes to picking a winner from the upcoming June 27th WBA 140-pound title clash between defending champion Andriy Kotelnik of Ukraine and challenger Amir Khan of Great Britain - as he has been in the ring with Kotelnik. continue
Jesus Chuy Rodriguez, a winner in 11 of his last 12 matches, signed a contract today to face undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander The Great on Friday, April 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis and on SHOWTIME®. Alexander (17-0, 10 KOs) is the Gateway Citys fastest-rising star, and Rodriguez (19-3, 5 KOs), from Salinas, Calif., will look to give him a stiff test in a match scheduled for 10 rounds. continue
NEW YORK (April 15, 2009) Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank -- New Yorks most popular fighter, three-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO, returns to the Big Apple, risking his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title, to take on International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion JOSHUA CLOTTEY in a rumble to determine the true world welterweight champion, Promoted by Top Rank, the Cotto vs. Clottey World Welterweight Championship will take place Saturday, June 13 at Madison Square Garden. The fight will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:35 p.m. ET/ 7:35 p.m. PT. This marks the fourth time in the past five years Cotto will headline a show at The Garden on the eve of New Yorks National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Tickets to Cotto vs. Clottey, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com . continue
With Tuesdays retirement announcement by fighter Oscar De La Hoya dominating the talk of the boxing world, ESPNs Teddy Atlas weighed on in the subject. For a while there, he was the face of boxing, said Atlas. He took boxing through some slow times. He fought all the top opponents and made more money in this sport than anyone else.. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten super-featherweight contender Kevin Mitchell of Dagenham is scheduled to return to the ring this coming May 22nd, after having been forced to stay out of action for ten months due to injury. The 24-year-old with the 27-0(20) record has suffered with hand trouble for some time, and after his last fight - a 5th round TKO win over Walter Estrada back in June of last year - he required surgery on his left hand. continue
15.04.09 - By Michael Klimes: How often do you see a fighter and feel like rushing to the telephone and calling up your mother to tell her the wonderful news even though you know your discovery will fall on deaf ears? I had that experience the past weekend as I saw Paul Williams outpoint Winky Wright in a victory that might come to be seen as one of his definitive performances although everyone will be glad to know I did not call my mother.
During the course of the fight, I am sure that I started to share a common feeling with those fans twenty four years ago that witnessed Mike Tysons exceptional punching power and were mesmerised by it. Williams did not exhibit concussive power but he did reveal an exceptional punch-rate, even by his standards, which would give the computers that measure his punch output migraines if they could contract them. continue
Title of Highly-Anticipated Documentary Chronicling the Collins-Resto Boxing Scandal Changed as Films Premiere Date Approaches - Cornered, A Life Caught In The Ring, the much talked about real-life documentary from Live Star Entertainment, which revisits the infamous Billy Collins Jr.-Luis Resto 1983 boxing scandal, will now be called Assault In The Ring, when the film makes its network premiere this summer. A major announcement by the network will be made this Thursday, April 16. continue
ORONTO, ON - April 14, 2009 - Super Channel, Hennessy Sports, and Showtime Championship Boxing are proud to bring Canadian fight fans one of the most compelling match-ups of the year, as undefeated WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl The Cobra Froch makes the first defence of his title taking on former undisputed Middleweight champion Jermain Bad Intentions Taylor, LIVE from the MGM Grand Foxwods, on Saturday April 25. It all gets underway at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively in Canada on Super Channel, in vibrant HD. continue
by Alan J Kindred - I remember watching De La Hoya struggle in the 1992 olympic gold medal match vs Marco Rudolph an opponent who had beaten him before. My friend and I watched and hoped Oscar could pull it out and get a gold for the United States because the rest of the team had fallen way short of expectations. In the third round of a tight match Oscar cracked a wicked punch of the side of Rudolph's head and he went down. I knew immediately he had it, that would be enough to clinch the decision and it was. Oscar De La Hoya at 19 was the only gold medalist for the United States in the 1992 olympics.
From the start it should of been obvious he was going to be a star. His loving mother dying from cancer wishing upon a star that her son return with a gold medal along with Oscar's striking good looks and striking left hook left the recipe for superstardom for the public to love. continue
Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Don Broadhurst is hoping a late change of opponent next Friday won't scupper his British title hopes. The 25-year-old was due to take on Juma Fundi at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre on April 24, but instead he will tackle tough Ghanaian Asamoah Wilson who has won 12 of his 17 bouts with six stoppages. If Broadhurst wins, he can look ahead to a showdown with southpaw Lee Haskins for the Lonsdale belt. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 14) -Famed boxing champion and future Hall of Fame fighter Oscar de la Hoya, one of the most decorated pugilist in the history of the sport, retired as a professional today during a noon press conference in Nokia Plaza LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.
"After heartfelt discussions with my family and my closest friends, it is with deep gratitude and appreciation that I announce my retirement from professional boxing," said De La Hoya, who retires from the ring with a 39-6, 30 KOs record. continue
By Trish Kilcullen & Peter Mark Heintzelman - Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Kathy Duva, principal of Main Events, brings professional boxing back to the Brick City, Newark, New Jersey, on April 24, 2009, featuring middleweight main eventers, Irish John Duddy and Billy Lyell. Matchmaker, J. Russell Peltz also has a card featuring Kassim Ouma and Patrick Majewski, and promises boxing fans yet another fantastic fight night jam packed with exciting bouts, from top to bottom.
Not to be ignored is a super undercard event featuring light welterweight, twenty four year old Philadelphian boxer, Hammerin Hank Lundy, 12-0-1, 6 KOs, who puts his neck and record on the line against 27 year old Jason Cintron, 10-0-0, 3 KOs, also from The Keystone State. Cintron is rated by boxrec as number 20 of 195 while Lundy is ranked 35 of 195. This is a jewel of an undercard.
Henry Lundy agreed to answer some questions for EastSideBoxing.com about his upcoming bout with Cintron: continue
British welterweight champion Kell Brook will attempt to win a Lonsdale belt outright inside 12 months on May 22 at Bethnal Green's York Hall. Brook returns to the home of boxing to tackle former title-holder Young Mutley in front of the Sky television cameras. The Sheffield sensation, who is being tipped as a future world champion, has completed just seven full rounds in winning three British title fights by stoppage. continue
15.04.09 - By Kirk Lang - The International Boxing Hall of Fame, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has given its Web site a complete facelift.
Longtime visitors to the annual Hall of Fame weekend - which always takes place the second weekend of June, starting on Thursday - surely remember the old site, which had the same design for years. continue
Doveed Linder: Its a time of transition in the sport of boxing. The young up-and-coming fighters will soon be taking over and the great fighters of the last ten years have just about reached the end of the line. Roy Jones, Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, and Vernon Forrest are still in the game, but its just a matter of time before they reach the inevitable destination of retirement and are forced to pass the torch along to the next generation. Oscar De La Hoya is among the first of his generation to officially announce his retirement.
When Oscar first came onto the scene, most everybody liked his personality and respected him as a fighter. He was, after all, the Golden Boy. He had just won the gold medal and he had a golden personality to go along with it. Even people outside of the boxing game knew who he was, which is unusual for a fighter who isnt a heavyweight. Oscar was something of an ambassador to the sport and he represented it well. continue
The San Francisco Giants will hold their annual Filipino American Heritage celebration to highlight the Filipino culture and community on Tuesday, April 21, when the Giants face the San Diego Padres at 7:15 p.m. Five-division boxing world champion and boxings No. 1 attraction and pound for pound fighter, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. continue
When speaking of celebrated Cuban prizefighters, some of the names that readily come to mind are Jose Mantequilla Napoles, Kid Chocolate, Kid Gavilan, Luis Manuel El Feo Rodriguez, Ultiminio Sugar Ramos and Joel Casamayor. It would be premature to suggest that Yuriorkis Gamboa is in that class yet but The Cyclone has certainly created a commotion and one would be hard-pressed to find anybody who doesnt think the Miami-based Cuban has the potential to become a definite world champion and perhaps an all-time great. continue
by James Slater - Today, as was widely expected as soon as Oscar De La Hoya made it known he would be making a big announcement at a Los Angeles press conference, the career of "The Golden Boy" came to an official end. Though many fans had already virtually retired the 36-year-old all-time great in the days that followed his hammering and then staying on the stool after the 8th round against Manny Pacquiao last December, it was Oscar himself who made it public today.
"It's over for me inside the ring," De La Hoya said moments ago in L.A. "I'm announcing my retirement. When I can't compete at my highest level, it's not fair to me or my fans."
And while, somewhat like "Sugar" Ray Leonard before him, De La Hoya's popularity among some fans diminished towards the end of his fighting days, there is no doubting the fact that Oscar will go down as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of the last quarter century. continue
14.04.09 - By Ted Spoon, tedspoon.co.uk: Watching Sugar Shane Mosley tentatively bounce on the spot, possibly waiting in the wings for a beating is a portrait that orders respect. The man is not after soft spots at an age (37) when a break from the rings demanding activities appears the rational decision.
Once decorated with the illustrious pound for pound accolade, once even predicted to echo Sugar Ray Robinsons radiance, Mosley was brought down to earth in punishing stages, but rank aside, here is a fighter of rare fortitude doing what every fighter should fight the best. continue
by James Slater - Ask a British fight fan or expert who the best and most promising would be star of the future is right now, and chances are high they will reply with the name Kell Brook. The unbeaten 22-year-old who has already been compared to the amazing Naseem Hamed is a fast and powerful talent who has streaked to an impressive nineteen straight wins as a pro, with 12 of these victories coming inside the distance. Brook, who is friends with "Naz" really came to prominence when he won the British welterweight title, stopping Barrie Jones in seven rounds back in June of last year. continue
by James Slater - Not long to go now until the hugely intriguing WBC super-middleweight title clash between champion Carl Froch and challenger and former WBC middleweight king Jermain Taylor. The hype for this one has been quite something, and during their pre-fight preparations neither boxer has been short of something to say about the April 25th outcome.
Of course both men are going to say they are expecting wholeheartedly to emerge victorious when they clash in Connecticut in just under two weeks time, but when "The Cobra" and "Bad Intentions" have made pre-fight predictions of victory both men have sounded utterly convincing. For his part, 30-year-old Taylor, 28-2-1(17) feels he is a class above Froch, 24-0(19), and that his overall skill and talent will be too much for the 31-year-old to cope with.
Froch, on the other hand, claims that by his taking the fight in America it shows how ultra-confident he is, and he says that a win will pave the way for true stardom. Both men have apparently left nothing to chance in the gym, with both guys pushing themselves to the limit. continue
The California State Athletic Commission lifted its suspension of USA Boxings authority and events in the state of California following a hearing on Monday at the Ronald Reagan State Building in Los Angeles. The decision in favor of USA Boxing ends a nearly three-week suspension imposed by the commission on March 23. continue
Content from The Al Bernstein Boxing (ABBC) is now available here on www.Eastsideboxing.com , by clicking on "Al Bernstein Boxing on ESB". Features from the ABBC include coverage of big matches, previews of upcoming fights, classic boxing pieces, and interviews that Al Bernstein does with top boxing personalities. "I am really delighted and honored to have my channels content on Eastsideboxing", Bernstein said. He added, "this website covers boxing in a thorough, entertaining and fair way, and its great to be associated with that kind of presentation. Im happy we can add our video features and shows to that mix." You can visit the ABBC at www.ibnsports.com. continue
14.04.09 - By Paul McCreath - Things are getting complicated again in the heavyweight division. Remember the mess with Vitali Klitschko, Sam Peter and Oleg Maskaev over the WBC belt?Well this might get even worse. A few weeks ago the European Boxing Union heavyweight champion Matt Skelton decided to make a defense of his British Commonwealth title against Martin Rogan. Rogan was not considered a valid challenger for the EBU crown so the situation was that in this fight Skelton could lose his Euro title but Rogan could only win the Commonwealth belt.
That is exactly what happened. Rogan stopped Skelton in the 11th round to win the Commonwealth belt and the Euro title became vacant. That left Alex Dimitrenko the nominated challenger for the title looking for a new opponent. He was to have met Skelton after the Rogan fight. continue
Former WBC World Super Middleweight champion Richie Woodhall believes Carl Froch can pull off a massive win for British boxing by defeating Jermain Taylor in the U.S. on April 25th. Froch is the current holder of Woodhalls old World title belt and the bookies currently have him as an 11/10 outsider to retain the title he won last December in his sensational fight of the year candidate with Jean Pascal. continue
Long regarded as one of boxing's most underrated champions, WBA featherweight champion Chris John showed the world just what he can do on the sport's biggest stage when he battled Rocky Juarez over 12 exciting rounds in his United States debut on HBO this past February. John, unbeaten at 42-0-2 with 22 KOs, thrilled fight fans with his exciting style, as well as his grace when the 12 round draw verdict was announced. Now preparing for his second stateside appearance against Juarez, which is expected to take place this June 27th in Los Angeles, John is about to receive the promotional push here that he has always deserved, courtesy of Golden Boy Promotions. continue
By Luis Orlando Ramírez, Ph.D. - While IBF Light Welterweight champion Juan Urango read two months ago La Canción de Robinson, [Robinsons Song] by EastSideBoxing contributor Jaime Castro-Núñez, I only had the opportunity to read it over the Easter weekend. Now, if there is a reading battle between the IBF champion and the PhD professor, I must confess Iron Twins threw another of his vicious left hooks directly to my chin. Who said boxers dont like to read?
With that being said, lets talk about Castros new book. Written in the Spanish language, the 353-page book tells the inspiring (and sad) story of Colombian featherweight boxer Robinson Pitalúa, who positively impressed boxing experts during the 1984 Olympic Games held in Los Angeles. Pitalúa turned pro after the Olympics and a year later promoter Felix Tuto Zabala relocated him to Miami, where he drowned while swimming with a friend on September 22, 1985. continue
In what will be a brutal battle of pure power punchers, Vic Raging Bull Darchinyan will attempt to become a world champion in a third weight class when he challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko on Saturday, July 11, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The event is being co-promoted by Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. continue
"Date With Destiny" will have its share of world class talent on display at the Hammond Civic Center on Saturday, April 25th, but there will also be non-perishable food containers located at the main entrance as Octavius James' One In A Million Inc. and the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana have combined forces to knockout hunger in the region. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' is probably the most intriguing of the year so far, as each question posed by various fight fans ponder some very interesting topics. Everything from the future of Williams and Wright to the potential Mayweather/Marquez showdown falls under the microscope. As if that wasn't enough, the Pacquiao-Hatton 24/7 HBO series has seemed to open a new can of worms, and despite his not so small frame, heavyweight Chris Arreola has also found a small crack to slide into the mailbag as well. With no time to spare, we jump right into the mix as we head to Hollywood, Florida where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Adrian C. (Hollywood, FL): How would you grade Chris Arreola after his victory over McCline? continue
13.04.09 -By Robert Jackson: After witnessing the dominating performance that The Punisher put on Winky Wright I have to say WHOA. I've also read that Floyd Mayweather Jr and Juan Manuel Marquez are at a impasse regarding weight for their proposed fight. Here's the solution for both men, Floyd strive for greatness Paul Williams will accomodate your 147lb weight request, challenge him, Al Haymon can arrange this. Juan Manuel Marquez accept Edwin Valero's challenge, then you won't have to move up to 147lbs to fight Floyd plus Erik Morales isn't FIT to fight again. continue
Team Sauerland today won the purse bid for the eagerly-anticipated rematch between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev with an offer of $2.814.414. We are very happy to have won the bid and we are pleased to promote this fight for Nikolai, said Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer. We intend to stage the bout on May 30. We have targeted Helsinki, Finland as the location but will announce further details in the next days. The purse bid was held in Vitoria, Spain. continue
13.04.09 - By Doveed Linder: After his dominating performance against Winky Wright, Paul The Punisher Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) has proven that he is one of the best fighters in the world and he could very well dominate in the 147, 154, and 160 pound divisions. Paul is comfortable in any of those weight classes and its hard to see any of the top guys beating him. At 147 pounds, Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto are the dominant forces. At 154 pounds, Vernon Forrest and the winner of the Cory Spinks/Deandre Latimore fight would have to be considered the divisions best. And at 160 pounds, its a toss up between Kelly Pavlik and Arthur Abraham. Every boxing fan has their own opinion, but the majority of the boxing world would likely favor Paul Williams over any of those fighters.
For some time, people have been talking about Paul as if he is the next great thing to happen to the sport of boxing. But its not necessarily his resume that has everyone so impressed. Before last Saturday, Pauls greatest victory and only career defining fight was a decision over Antonio Margarito. continue
13.04.09 - by James Slater - This coming Friday, on a show to be televised by Showtime, Cuban hotshot Yuriorkis Gamboa - a fighter many see as a potential superstar due to his amazingly exciting style - challenges for what he hopes will be the first in a number of world titles. Going in with 36-year-old Venezuelan southpaw Jose Rojas, Gamboa will attempt to capture the interim version of the WBA featherweight crown (Chris John being the "real" WBA champ. continue
by James Slater - There is a chance he will change his mind in the future, but for the time being, 37-year-old Winky Wright, fresh off his 12-round pounding at the hands of the superb Paul Williams, says he will not retire. Coming back as he did after a near two year layoff to face the freakishly tall "Punisher" hurt Wright, and he says that now he will make sure he gets back in the ring and that he stays active. Judging by these comments by the veteran southpaw, Winky plans to have a few more fights before he's through. continue
by James Slater - 28-year-old Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola did it again last night; he won a fight and looked impressive doing it as he carried into the ring with him a poundage in excess of the 250 mark. Many critics have been on Arreola's case for his continual desire to weigh-in in excess of the weight he often says he will tip in at, at 240, but until there comes a time when the excess weight affects Arreola to the point of him running out of gas or slowing down to a crawl, the Mexican/American can ignore such criticism.
In blowing away the huge Jameel McCline inside four rounds last night, Arreola proved he is the best of the current young and hungry heavyweight title contenders. continue
13/04/09 - by Craig Hardie - April 21st Auckland, New Zealand will bring the resumption of Jameson Bostic's professional boxing career. Bostic a 25 year old Light-Heavyweight from Brooklyn, New York sports a 13-3-0 professional record with some handy wins over Marcus Upshaw, Toris Brewer and Juan Carlos Lamberti. Local Auckland promoter Craig Thomson has organised a series of "comeback" bouts for Bostic including one bout in Apia, Samoa against veteran banger Seiuate "The Hurricane" Mailata. Craig Thomson says "Jameson is as keen to fight as we are to promote him in this part of the world. This is just the beginning, Jameson has been inactive for 12 months so we are looking at getting him active again shaking the rust and then looking towards bigger and better things for him in the near future.. continue
TAMPA, FL (April 13, 2009) Friday night in Tampa, Florida, Jamaican born heavyweight prospect Lenroy Thomas thrilled the huge HOMECOMING crowd with a vicious second round knockout of Wes Taylor at the Sun Dome arena. The Thomas/Taylor bout was the co-main event to the Jeff Lacy/Otis Griffin headliner. continue
12.04.09 - by James Slater - In dominating and almost shutting out the returning Winky Wright at middleweight last night, Paul "The Punisher" Williams proved two things: number-one, he is definitely a fighter who belongs in today's pound-for-pound top-ten, and number-two, he can fight at the highest level anywhere from 147 to 160 pounds.
In punishing the gifted Wright the way he did over 12 rounds - throwing over a thousand punches while doing so - the 27-year-old southpaw who stands an amazing (for a welterweight) 6'1" scored what is arguably his best win yet. Though he was coming off a layoff, Wright figured to at the very least be competitive last night. He wasn't. No man has ever dominated Winky the way Williams just has, not even the much heavier Bernard Hopkins. Many people wondered if the former WBO welterweight and the former WBO interim light-middleweight champ could box truly effectively up at 160 pounds. Last night he proved he can. continue
British featherweight champion Paul Appleby believes his April 25 challenger Martin Lindsay represents the toughest test of his 14-bout pro career but is eager to test the Irishmans resolve with some well-placed body shots. The 21-year-old Appleby, 14-0 (9 KO), will venture to Belfast for HAYEMAKER 8 and is confident of retaining his belt, despite the threat of home hero Lindsay. Lindsays a very good opponent, admits Appleby, the 2008 Boxing Writers Young Boxer of the Year. continue
By Ted Sares - Despite a partisan crowd, and the fact referee Joe Cortez missed Winky Wrights constant holding tactics (blaming Paul Williams instead), it was crystal clear Wright had no answer whatsoever for the buzzsaw style of Williams. The Punishers constant onslaught made it virtually impossible for Winky to counter which is his stock in trade. The onslaught included constant jabs followed by uppercuts, savage body shots and atypically excellent right hooks (that is, atypically for a southpaw). continue
By Doveed Linder - Tonight at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Paul The Punisher Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) defeated Ronald Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) to win a unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 119-109 in their middleweight bout, while heavyweight Chris The Nightmare Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) scored a 4th round KO over Jameel Big Time McCline (39-10-3, 23 KOs).
Paul Williams vs Winky Wright: The first round was perhaps the closest round of the fight. Williams came out busy like he always does, throwing a high volume of punches. Wright did some counter punching, but Williams was out-landing him. Of the times that Wright did find his range and connect with a shot, his punches were much harder and more effective than Williams, which made it a tough round to score. continue
Philadelphia's Jr. Welterweight sensation, Danny "Swift" Garcia, remains undefeated as he improves to (12-0, 7 KO's) with a dominating performance over Humberto Tapia that took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the undercard of Williams vs Wright. In the early rounds, Garcia took charge showcasing great boxing skills as he worked his way to an early lead using a stiff jab. As the fight progressed, Garcia picked up the pace landing multiple power punches with both hands. Tapia went into survival mode and made it to the final bell. After eight lopsided rounds, Garcia's hands were raised in victory. Scorecards read 79-73 twice, 80-72. continue
Two respected veterans with more 20 wins each will square off as the co-feature and a hard-hitting female prospect will make her first area appearance on the Jimmy Lange-headlined boxing card set for May 2 at the Patriot Center. Washington, D.C.s Purcell Hard Rock Miller (22-5-1, 18 KOs) will face Tom Wilt (21-6, 4 KOs) of Altoona, PA in an eight-round middleweight contest while featherweight Jennifer Salinas (9-1, 3 KOs), a Bolivian/American fighting out of Manassas, VA, has been added as a special attraction bout, Ice Promotions officials announced. continue
By Ted Sares - Going in, I thought Jameel Big Time McClines best (and only) shot was to mug an overweight Chris Arreola early. One thing about McCline is that he is a reasonably fast starter while The Nightmare is not. With decent power and hand speed to go with his ring experience, he had the tools to get the job done. What he didnt have, however, was a killer instinct which has been his Achilles Heel, something Aerreola does not lack.
On this night, a focused and determined Chris Arreola was not to be denied. After dominating the first two rounds with solid aggression, superior punch volume, and excellent body work, he showed he had good whiskers by taking three crunching left counters from McCline in the third. Then in the fourth, he used a signature left uppercut followed by a straight right to keep McCline at risk. A series of rights then hurt and finally decked Big Time who likely could have gotten up but decided discretion was the better part of valor. continue
By Dean Parr - When it was announced in early April that David Haye would be taking on Wladimir Klitschko, there was a huge amount of media interest. While it had been known that negotiations had been progressing for a while, the fight seemed increasingly unlikely to happen as months passed with a deal still not finalised. However, Haye eventually got his man after accepting a contract that he called a joke; but while there was general excitement around this contest, I couldnt help feeling slightly disappointed upon hearing it had been signed. continue
They share the same last name and the same ambition to be the best junior welterweight in the world. But when Josesito Lopez and Patrick Lopez meet in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions latest action-packed card this Friday, April 17th at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, only one Lopez will move forward in one of boxing's most competitive divisions. Lopez vs Lopez, a five-bout card of hard-hitting professional boxing action presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Fox Sports Español, will take place at the Doubletree Hotel Ontario, which is located at 222 N. Vineyard Avenue. For tickets, priced at $75, $45, and $30, please call 714-935-0900. continue
12.04.09 - By Wray Edwards: Photos (C) Wray Edwards/ESB...ringside at the Tampa Superdome.
Knowing the numbers of Boxing fans and the locals who were in the show, it was a light crowd. The fans who were not there missed a really exciting fight card.
The first fight of the evening was between Danie VanStaden, 121.25 lbs and Henry Mitchell, 140.25 lbs.
Both fighters got right with it as fans were still drifting in. This was an unusual start as the round card girls worked the first and every fight...as you can see here: continue
Photos (c) Wray Edwards / ESB...ringside at the Sun Dome -- click here to view huge photo gallery
-- Well...i kinda thought that Griffin would be stopped. Alas, the Jeff Lacy who beat down Scotty Pemberton at Harra's in Lake Tahoe, Reid in Tampa and and Sheika in Las Vegas was not there last night. Instead, we had the Jeff Lacy who is still recovering from the cuff and eye problems. Each round of the fight was pretty much the same, punctuated by no less than fifteen round card girls from WingHouse (see gallery).
The photo gallery is a spread of the action through the entire fight. Otis was very focused and he and Lacy both were not averse to the Ruiz Tango much of the time keeping Ref Dennis DeBon "Cortez Busy" exercising his triceps to separate them. The fight played more like a rust preventer than a victory quest. Jeff's "punches" lacked the pop and sting of yesterear. Lacy was awarded an SD 94/96, 93/97 over Griffin's half-a-nod at 95/95. Seemed reasonable with little or no "hometown" involved. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons - After a disastrous 18 months of cuts over both eyes, law suits, lost opportunities for a middleweight belt, and a chance to appear on HBO against Thomas Hearns Jr., whom he probably would have KOd, John Duddys career has taken a turn for the better. The undefeated (26-0) Derry mans future is now looking brighter, and hes back in demand for some major bouts.
Kelly Pavlik has expressed interest in a fight with Duddy, and team Duddy has been talking to Sauerland regarding a match against Arthur Abraham. continue
By Vivek Wallace - photo by Jan Sanders/ Goossen Tutor - Tonight's showdown between Paul Williams and 'Winky' Wright features a battle between two very enigmatic sources. For years, 'Winky' Wright was viewed as the sports perennial "high risk/low reward" contender, which ultimately kept him on the side of the sport where the sun seldom shined. Created from the same mold is his opponent tonight, Paul Williams; A man whose freakish presence alone has been known to scare off a full cast of contenders. continue
by James Slater , photo by Chris Royle - Tonight, at the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, unbeaten 20-year-old heavyweight prospect made embarrassingly short work of 35-year-old Matthew Ellis of Blackpool. Fury, from Manchester, decked Ellis twice inside the opening minute of the opening round, and referee Dave Parris counted out the older man. The official time was just 48 seconds of round one, and the 6'9," approx 253-pound Fury improved to 5-0(5) as a pro. Ellis, who gave away plenty of height, reach and weight, fell to 20-7-1(9).
Before the fight, Fury - who says he has been having trouble getting good fighters to spar with him, let alone fight him for real - said he'd treat tonight's bout as a sparring session, hoping as he was to get some rounds in. However, due to the atmospheric crowd, Fury changed his mind and went out looking for the quick KO. Ellis, who for some reason chose to stand bang in front of the much bigger and taller man, allowing the giant to tee off on him as he did so, offered next to nothing in the way of a challenge. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Tampa, Florida, former IBF super-middleweight champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy of St. Petersburg returned to winning ways with a close, competitive 10 round points win over Sacramento's Otis Griffin. Lacy, the same age as his opponent at 31, prevailed by a majority verdict that was scored 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95. In coming back from his November, 2008 loss to Jermain Taylor, Lacy improved to 25-2(17). Griffin, who said after the fight he felt he'd done enough to have won and that he'd been the victim of a "home-town" verdict, fell to 19-5-2(7). continue
by James Slater - On June 27th, Amir Khan will challenge WBA 140-pound ruler Andriy Kotelnik, as we know. The man Kotelnik beat to become the WBA champion is Welshman Gavin Rees, who has not fought since being stopped in the 12th and final round by the Ukrainian in March of last year, and now the 28-year-old plans to drop down to lightweight. So, as Khan moves up to meet the man Rees lost to, the former WBA champ drops down. At approx just 5'4," the move looks a sensible one for Rees. continue
by James Slater - "Contender" star Sergio Mora has upset a number of fans by becoming middleweight king Kelly Pavlik's next challenger. Set to face "The Ghost" on June 27th at The Boardwalk Hall, AC, the 28-year-old former WBC light-middleweight champ will be a big underdog going into the fight. However, for all the complaints some have made about Mora and his credentials, three things should not be forgotten about the challenger; he will be able to pretty much match Pavlik when it comes to height, he is a mightily ambitious warrior, and he has a record that so far has a KO-by free statistic attached to it.
Indeed, planning as he is to engage in bigger and better fights later in 2009, the middleweight champion and his team cannot really be given too much stick for electing to meet the man from LA. By far the best and most accomplished boxer to have made his name on the popular reality TV show, Mora will give Pavlik a real fight. Having already shocked the gifted Vernon Forrest via majority decision (losing the rematch on points), Mora has proven his ability. continue
By Doveed Linder - Its a good time to be a fan of the sweet science. Tonight, Paul Williams vs Winky Wright and Chris Arreola vs Jameel McCline will air on HBO at 10pm ET/7pm PT in what should be an exciting night of boxing. In addition to tonights fights, theres a great deal of anticipation in whats coming up in the not too distant future.
Next week, on April 17th, Yuriorkis Gamboa will put his undefeated record on the line in his first bid for a world title against veteran Jose Rojas for the WBA Interim Featherweight Title. continue
TORONTO, ON April 10, 2009 - The last time they met it was a pitch battle that many felt was the fight of the year in 2008. Now Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel are pleased to announce that WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch (24-0, 19 KOs) and Montreals Jean Pascal (22-1, 15 KOs) are working together for Frochs title defense against former undisputed Middleweight champion of the world Jermain Taylor, set for April 25, at the MGM Theatre at The MGM Grand Foxwods. continue
By Jim Dorney: With the 20th June date for this highly anticipated heavyweight match-up between David Haye & Wladimir Klitschko quickly approaching; Ive been trying to consider what will be the key factors in determining how the fight will play out.
Ill outline then below & finish with my own (tentative) prediction of the result.
Boxing ability - Klitschko the younger is the more fluid of the two big brothers When hes on song he has rhythm, class & puts punches in bunches together with what appears to be consummate ease. Whats frustrating about Wladimir is that he has such fluency yet seems to choose not to use it often. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (April 10, 2009) - Renowned trainer FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR. who is training junior welterweight champion RICKY HATTON for his bout against pound-for-pound king MANNY PACQUIAO, had some choice words for Pacquiaofs trainer FREDDIE ROACH in response to claims that Pacquiao will part Hatton from his world title on May 2 in "The Battle of East and West," which will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to determine the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. continue
By Robert Jackson: 2 days and counting before Winky Wright returns to the ring, it's been 21 months since Wright has graced the squared ring. In that time Paul Williams has fought 4 times losing once and getting in 22 rounds of work. Paul Williams lone blemish on his fight resume, leaves an opening for the much more experienced Winky to have more than a chance of toppling the giant. For this matchup Winky returns to the Mandalay Bay Casino where his bout against Bernard Hopkins was fought, where he suffered a 12 round defeat in a 170lb catch-weight fight. This fight will be fought at Winky's more natural fighting weight of 160lbs. Working against Wright are several factors, including 21 months of inactivity, no southpaw adavantage, and a freakishly tall, long reaching, very active opponent who is a very good boxer. Working in Winky's favor are his boxing mind, solid shell defense and veteran craftyness. continue
10.04.09 - by James Slater - Unbeaten 27-year-old lightweight Edwin Valero has a quite amazing pro record. Perfect at 25-0, the reigning WBC 135-pound king also has a perfect percentage when it comes to his KO ratio. Not only have all 25 of his opponents failed to come close to beating him, no opponent has been able to make it to the final bell against "Dinamita" either. The question is, is there any lightweight out there today capable of taking the Venezuelan's awesome punching power?
The thing that is particularly impressive abut the murderous-punching southpaw is the fact that his power does not in any way fade in the later rounds of a fight. Valero, as he has proven by stopping guys as late as the 8th to 10th rounds, is as dangerous late as he is in the early rounds of a bout. Starting his pro career off in stunning fashion, in which he scored an amazing eighteen 1st round stoppages, Valero has since shown he has stamina and patience. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: IBO middleweight champion, Daniel Geale (21-0, 13 KOs) will defend his world title against fellow Australian Anthony Mundine (35-3, 23 KOs) at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia on May 27.
This will be the fourth scheduled defense of Geales IBO belt which he won in December 2007 via unanimous decision against compatriot Daniel Dawson for the vacant title. continue
Golden Boy Promotions hard hitting undefeated Jr. Welterweight prospect, Danny "Swift" Garcia (11-0, 7 KO's), was scheduled to fight Puerto Rico's Edwin Algarin, but will now face Humbero Tapia who hails from Tijuana Mexico. Both fighters made weight today as Garcia tipped the scales at 143lbs while Tapia weighed in at 143.5lbs. Garcia vs Tapia will take place at the Mandaly Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas NV, on the Winky Wright vs Paul Williams card set to take place this Saturday, televised live on HBO. continue
09.04.09 - By Andrew Harrison: Once upon a time there lived an exciting young fighter, whose only worry in life was when hed become a world champion.'
Word of the fighters ambition spread far and wide, whereupon promoter extraordinaire Frank Warren decided to take advantage of the situation.
I can offer you the WBA light welterweight title on a plate young man he said and the world will regard you as a world champion. Only those who are stupid and incompetent will dispute this
What fun to be had in adapting Hans Christian Andersens timeless fairytale, based on news suggesting that British lightweight prospect Amir Khan is to challenge Andreas Kotelnik for an alphabet title up at light welterweight. continue
By - P.H. Burbridge - A few weeks ago I wrote an article entitled Deal making and the Axis of evil! and in it I went over some of the issues that initially kept this fight from being finalized. The problems started when David Haye and Adam Booth lost confidence in their ability to deliver a sold out 40,000 seat Stamford Bridge. Things quickly spun out of control with both sides pointing the finger at the other. continue
10.04.09 - By Wray Edwards, all photos by W.Edwards / ESB - Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy (170.5 lbs) returns to the ring for some super middle/light heavy action against Otis Griffin (171.5 lbs). Jeff is hanging in there after being roughed up by Jermain Taylor and really scrambled by Joe Calzaghe. continue
by Vivek Wallace - In this weeks 'C.E.O. Fridays' we take a look at one of the sports most intriguing figures. Flying under the radar for 7 of his 9 years as a pro, Paul Williams has finally reached a point where many have began to take notice of a talent that those who knew him have boasted for quite some time now. Rarely in the history of the sport have we seen a fighter with the wingspan of an eagle and the work ethic of a beagle. Sounds comical in description, but the 36 defeated opponents of his past will quickly acknowledge that there's nothing funny at all about sharing air space with the man aptly known as "The Punisher". Despite the great promise he shows, there still seems to be a large contingent that hasn't quite seen the light. As we prepare to see him go to work once again, like each of my other 'C.E.O. Fridays', we'll take a look at all angles to learn the truth about Paul. A perspective that supports his ability, a critics perspective that doesn't, and in the end, a more neutral take to level the playing field. So, with no further ado, we once again redirect our spotlight. This time to a familiar face who to some still bares a somewhat unfamiliar name.......Paul "The Punisher" Williams... continue
Newly crowned WBA World Super Bantamweight Champion Bernard Dunne has been named the boxer of the month for March by the World Boxing Association. The Dubliner was awarded the accolade after his sensational title winning performance against Ricardo Cordoba at The O2 in Dublin last month. Their six knockdown back and forth battle is already being put forward as a candidate for fight of the year on both sides of the Atlantic with Dunne who was a heavy betting underdog, emerging victorious with an eleventh round stoppage of the defending champion. continue
World Boxing Organization welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO, from Puerto Rico , and International Boxing Federation welterweight champion JOSHUA CLOTTEY, from Ghana , will hold a news conference to announce their world championship rumble. Cotto vs. Clottey takes place Saturday, June 13, at Madison Square Garden and will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:35 P.M. ET / 7:35 P.M. PT. continue
By Michael R. Cumberbatch - Okay, lets first define dark horse. It as a term used to describe a little known person or thing that emerges to prominence. Perhaps he is not little known in boxing circles, but outside of boxing or to the mainstream sports fan he is. He does have a title but is never regarded in the same class as the elite three in his division. Who are we talking about? Joshua The Grandmaster Clottey.
He is certainly one of the most underrated fighters in the game today. He sports a career record of 35- 2 with 20 KOs. His only two losses a DQ to Carlos Baldomir for excessive head butting back in 1999 and a 2006 loss to Antonio Margarito in which Clottey was ahead but injured his hand in the fourth round.
Why hasnt he gained the accolades of his better known peers? The only well known names on his resume (not counting the late Diego Corrales who mistakenly moved up to the welterweight division and was totally in over his head against the bigger and stronger Clottey) are Zab Judah and Antonio Margarito. continue
ST. LOUISThe three best boxers in St. Louis will be showcased on the same Don King-promoted fight card at Scottrade Center on Friday, April 24. The main event will feature the long-awaited hometown showdown for the vacant International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship between former four-time world champion Cory The Next Generation Spinks (36-5, 11 KOs) taking on IBF No. 6-ranked contender Deandre The Bull Latimore (19-1, 16 KOs). The co-feature showcases the Gateway Citys fastest-rising star, undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander The Great (17-0, 10 KOs) meeting an opponent to be announced. continue
Winky Wright, Former Undisputed Junior Middleweight: "I want to fight the best, I've been out for 21 months and I'm ready to get back in the ring. There won't be any playing around. I won't be just blocking, I'll be throwing a lot of punches, a lot of hard punches on Saturday night. No one can win a fight by just blocking. I'm going to win this fight."
Paul Williams, Two Division World Champion: "I'm excited to be here fighting at the Mandalay Bay and to fight one the greatest fighters in boxing. Winky can block, he can jab, but I'm going to make him work on Saturday night. Its' going to be explosive. Old dogs can't run from new dogs and I'm gonna get him on Saturday night. continue
by James Slater - New interim WBO cruiserweight champion Ola "Kryptonite" Afolabi was a studio guest on today's Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta TV, and the man who sensationally made a big name for himself by stopping Enzo Maccarinelli back in March made it clear he is very much up for the big fights from here on in.
If Afolabi had been a guest on the Setanta show a month ago, it's likely no-one tuning in would have had much of a clue about who he was. Some fans in America knew how good the British-born 29-year-old was - due to seeing him knock off the promising and unbeaten Eric "Danger" Fields by TKO in the 10th round back in April of last year - but it's fair to say Afolabi's name would not have rang any bells with UK fight fans. This is not the case anymore, though. Due to the way he rang Maccarinelli's bell on March 14th, stopping him in the 9th round, Ola is a new star of the 200-pound weight class. continue
FRANK MALONEY is now willing to pay Bernard Dunne £200,000 (STERLING) if he has the bottle to defend his WBA super-bantamweight title against Rendall Munroe. Maloney originally offered the Irishman £150,000, but has upped the ante with the choice of a £200,000 purse or share of the promotion. And Munroe has told Maloney that Dunne can even have the fight that the world wants to see in his backyard, Dublin. The fight would earn Dunne the highest purse of his career and the latest offer is surely too good for him to refuse. continue
Middleweight great BERNARD "The Executioner" HOPKINS will visit the future campus site of Florida's first public residential boarding school on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 2:00 pm. The location is 22025 SW 87th Ave, Miami, Florida, 33190.The press is invited for private tours, one-one-one interviews, and photo opportunities. This groundbreaking NEW high school will provide boys facing troubled lives with an option of either a rigorous college-bound academic track or a job-ready track. continue
By Eddie Velez: Like every major blockbuster movie produce in Hollywood a squeal is to be expected. Unlike the Movies, the Cottos family drama is a never ending saga. According to several newspapers from Puerto Rico, today there was a major blow-up between Miguel Cotto and his uncle Evangelista Cotto. Apparently this morning Miguel showed up for training but decided to give his Uncle a new training plan for his schedule fight against Joshua Clottey. That didnt go over to well with the Uncle who began to argue with Miguel. After several heated minutes, Miguel does a Puerto Rican version of Donald Trump and yells Your Fired."
Evangelista then decides to start the sparring session ahead of schedule and punches Miguel in the nose. Miguel swings back and the two have to be separated by several of the local fighters at the gym. Miguel leaves but is followed by his uncle to an apartment. Thats when Round two begins and Evangelista throws a Cinder block at Miguel. Evangelista misses but the Cinder Block smashes the front windshield of Miguels car. continue
By P.H. Burbridge: Well, fight night is right around the corner and training camp for Chris The Nightmare Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) is pretty much over. He and his trainer, Henry Ramirez are just maintaining their mental focus leading into Saturday night. A trainer doesnt want to overwhelm his fighter by flooding his senses with a bunch of different scenarios leading into the final two days before a fight because that can add an element of stress but he does want his fighter to remember key things that are critical to their strategy. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Paul Williams is the betting favorite in his upcoming bout with Winky Wright, and rightfully so. After all, it has been almost two full years since Winky last fought and he did not look particularly good in that fight. In contrast, Williams has fought four times since we last saw Winky, including knockout victories in each of his last three contests. It is typically wise for a fighter to take a tune-up after a long layoff, especially when entering a fight of this magnitude, but Winky apparently did not get the memo. Most members of the boxing community expect Winky to lose, and they are in for a big surprise on Saturday because Winky is going to win. continue
by James Slater - It has already been widely reported that Ukraine's WBA light-welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik will defend his belt against Britain's Amir Khan in June, and this news, as was the case when it was thrust upon us that Khan would be fighting the legendary Marco Antonio Barrera, has come clean out of the blue. Promoter Frank Warren sure knows how to get a buzz going around his lightweight star, who will, of course, be adding up to five pounds of muscle to his frame for his first world title challenge.
Just what "Vicious" Victor Ortiz thinks about the news we can only guess - scheduled as he was to make his own challenge of Kotelnik on the June 27th date now set aside for the Olympic silver medallist. Still, Ortiz is out and Khan is in, and we fans are already debating whether or not Khan, 20-1(15), and coming off his biggest win to date, has the stuff needed to dethrone the 31-2-1(13) champion who has never yet been stopped as a pro. continue
09.04.09 - By Jason Peck - Poor Chris Arreola. If only he had come around five years ago, when the heavyweight division had hit its bottom. Back then, the fans would have ignored his lousy condition, questionable commitment and overall dearth of boxing skills. It wouldnt have mattered , his KO numbers would have been enough to crown him king. continue
By Geoffrey Ciani: Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola is slated to take a big step up in class when he squares off against perennial contender Jameel Big Time McCline. The bout is slated to take place Saturday night in Vegas on the undercard of the highly anticipated middleweight showdown between Winky Wright and Paul Williams. For Arreola, the fight with McCline is supposed to represent the next step towards an inevitable battle with one of the Klitschko brothers. If all goes according to plan, Arreola will get a title shot sometime this year. Unfortunately for Arreola, McCline might have something to say about that. continue
by James Slater - As has been reported by top scribe Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, 2004 gold medal winning Olympian Andre Ward, currently unbeaten as a 18-0(12) super-middleweight, will face the toughest test of his pro career when he will meet Edison "Pantera" Miranda on May 16th. The 25-year-old, who has not been as active as he'd have liked due to injuries, is really taking things up a notch by agreeing to take on the fearsome Colombian banger.
At 32-3(28), the 28-year-old who has been in with the likes of Kelly Pavlik and Arthur Abraham (twice) just might be too big a puncher for Ward. For though he has been exposed a little at world title level, Miranda remains ultra-dangerous due to the power he has in his fists.
Ward's promoter, Dan Goossen, spoke to ESPN about the upcoming crossroads fight. continue
by James Slater - This past Friday, on ESPN, former WBO and interim WBA light-welterweight champion Randall "The Knock-Out King" Bailey, 39-6(35) more than lived up to his nickname. Chilling the previously unstopped Frankie Figueroa with a bomb of a right hand in the 4th round of an IBF elimination bout, the 34-year-old Floridian set himself up for a shot at Juan Urango's world title.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today, Bailey had the following answers to my questions. continue
Magic Matthew Ellis believes that heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury is biting off more than he can chew by tackling the experienced Blackpool man in just his fifth pro fight in London this weekend. The two men clash at the York Hall on Saturday night live on ITV4 on a Hennessy Sports event as part of the undercard to the John ODonnell Craig Watson Commonwealth title fight. continue
by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - Fresh off his exciting unanimous decision win over Kendall Holt this past Saturday - in which he added the WBO 140-pound title to his WBC crown - 25-year-old Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley is deservedly feeling great. Wanting now to face the best possible names in a star-studded division, the 24-0(11) star in the making from Palm Springs, California wants to fight the top names so as to pave his way to greatness. Very kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today, Bradley had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: It's a real pleasure to speak with you, champ. Firstly, congratulations on the win over Kendall Holt on Saturday. Did it feel even sweeter becoming a unified champion, more than it did winning the first world title?
Timothy Bradley: Oh yeah, it felt great. It was awesome becoming a unified champion. That was a big dream of mine and it was another goal of mine achieved. continue
HBO Sports groundbreaking reality franchise 24/7, will return with PACQUIAO/HATTON 24/7, an all-new four-episode, all-access series debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 11 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT). The series spotlights two of boxings most intriguing superstars Manny Pacquiao, the sports 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
By Srithar Visuasam, Australia: Englands Steve Bunce is one of the most charismatic, entertaining and opinionated boxing analysts in the world today. His thought provoking comments on the sport keep many a fight fan enthused leading up to a big bout. Bunce is the leading boxing expert on British network Setanta Sports and hosts the program Steve Bunces Boxing Hour.
He took the time out to chat to Eastside Boxing about the state of Aussie boxing, the leading lights of Down Under along with his opinions and predictions for the biggest names on the world stage. continue
By Danny Jackman - Its almost Showtime as the unbeaten Carl Froch prepares to defend his WBC super middleweight crown in a highly-anticipated fight against former undisputed middleweight champion of the world Jermain Taylor on 4th April at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, in a fight that will surely prove pivotal to the future hopes of both men.
Time is ticking for the man known as The Cobra; at the age of 31, Froch needs to get a move on if he wants to establish himself amongst the best in todays sport, and doesnt he know it. He couldnt have been scheduled for more difficult first defence of the title he only claimed back in December, in a thrilling contest against the-then unbeaten Canadian Jean Pascal. Fans were treated to a fantastic spectacle that night, as both men went toe-to-toe and traded big punches in front of an ecstatic crowd in Frochs home city of Nottingham, with the Brit prevailing via the judges scorecards; continue
Amir Khan will step up a division to light-welterweight and challenge WBA World Champion Andreas Kotelnik promoter Frank Warren said today. Hot-shot Khan, fresh from his win against Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera - WBO #1 and WBA #3 ranked at the time - last month in Manchester, gets his dream opportunity on June 27 with a venue to be confirmed shortly. Warren said, "This is the moment that Amir has been waiting for and I'm delighted to deliver him the opportunity. Amir put in a sensational performance against a three time world champion and future Hall of Famer in Barrera in only his 21st fight and now he has to produce the same form against Kotelnik who is a good hard fighter.. continue
07.04.09 - By Mark Crowley: Paul Williams is ready to prove that he is the most feared fighter in boxing when he faces Ronald "Winky" Wright on April 11th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Most boxing experts believe Williams will have little trouble in the fight with Wright, who is now 37 years old and is entering the ring after a 21 month absence from the ring. While a brilliant defensively, Wright has little power and lacks aggression. Many believe that Williams has found the perfect choice for adding a marquee name to his resume and a nice payday without any risk. Or has he? continue
By Ted Sares, photo courtesy of BoxRec - It is somewhat of a shame when the question comes up , who was the greatest fighter to come out of Mexico? The answer is usually Julio Cesar Chavez. Some say Salvador Sanchez, while others may say Ruben Olivares. These three are truly legendary fighters, although to me, one other outstanding boxer from Mexico is Carlos Zarate.. --Jim Amato
The stage was set at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. The date was April 23, 1977 and the intensity and excitement was palpable. And to add to the drama, bad blood existed between the managers of the two fighters.
Here it was on this hot night in California; two undefeated Mexican bombers extraordinaire and two world champions. One of the combatants was Carlos Caña Zarate who was 46-0 at the time with an astounding 45 KO victories. continue
MIAMI, Wednesday, April 8th - Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is bigger and stronger than he ever has been in his boxing career and he wants Carl Froch to know it. Taylor, still in the middle of an intensive training camp in Miami, will fight as a super middleweight for the second time in his career when he tries to take Frochs WBC Super Middleweight belt from the Englishman on April 25. I will have a lot of power at 168 pounds," Taylor said. "Pound-for-pound hes not the fighter I am, and he knows it. He wont be able to hold up to the firepower Im bringing in the ring on April 25th.. continue
click here to watch the Weigh-in Coverage from The Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas -- iBN Sports, a premier Internet-based broadcast sports television network announced that its Al Bernstein Channel (ABBC) will provide up to the minute weigh-in along with pre and post fight coverage of the April 11th event, Winky Wright vs. Paul Williams, which will be broadcast from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. continue
08.04.09 - By Michael Herron: Upon the announcement that former cruiserweight champion David Haye and heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko have agreed to terms, I produced an article titled David Haye: He Actually Can Save Boxing. The argument considered whether or not Haye, with his charisma and aggressive fighting style, could breathe new life into the heavyweight boxing scene.
Though boxing is as popular as ever in Europe with several heavyweight champions being from the former Soviet Union, the sport, as a result of a poorly received heavyweight division, suffers in the United States. American boxing fans are desperate for a new heavyweight champion and even though a David Haye victory would shock the world, what difference will it make if Americans arent watching? continue
by James Slater -It looks like unbeaten 29-year-old Cuban heavyweight prospect Odlanier Soils will be facing proven contender and former world title challenger "Fast" Fres Oquendo on May 22nd in Miami, Florida. This is the word according to FightNews, who say the fight is likely to happen (the bout is also up as happening on BoxRec). This is an intriguing fight and it will also be the 2004 Olympic gold medallist's toughest test on paper thus far. continue
By Liridon Iberdemaj - Elvir "Kosova Kid" Muriqi (35-5-0, 22 KO's) will next fight April 18 in his homeland, Kosovo, in the "Kosova Fight Night" event. His opponent is Oleksandr Garashchenko (15-12-0, 7 KO's) from Ukraine. The 35-year old boxer from Kiev has won the first bout at "Madison Square Garden" in New York 4 years ago. Muriqi has waited since than for a revenge. "I know him very well and I think he also is conscious that I'm way out of his league. I'm glad that I will get my vengeance", Muriqi said for "boxalb.com". continue
07.04.09 - By Darnell Wilson: I was sorry to hear about Firat Arslan getting injured and pulling out of the card. He is a high pressure fighter from my experience with him and was looking forward to a good fight between Huck and Arslan. I also noticed that you have Enad Licina and Alexander Frenkel without an opponent for this event. I am highly interested in fighting anyone on this card including Marco Huck. My last fight in Germany was exciting and I won over many fans with my performance.
I am ready to give 110% of myself again to give the wonderful people of Germany another exciting fight. I hope you seriously consider my offer and let me make the card more exciting with my name recognition and explosive power. I think the fans deserve a good fight and I am ready, willing and able to perform at the best of my abilities.
Belfasts Martin Lindsay will look to take inspiration from the recent success of fellow Irish fighters, as he gears up for a shot at Paul Applebys British featherweight title. Lindsay and Appleby will clash on April 25 at Belfasts Ulster Hall and Irish favourite Lindsay is delighted to have home advantage. Boxings been going well in Ireland recently, says the 26-year-old Lindsay. continue
by James Slater - Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck, the former WBC and WBA cruiserweight champion, has announced how he plans to make the move up to heavyweight in the summer, and that he is doing so in order to get a rematch with David Haye. Haye travelled to Paris in November of 2007, and was put down in the 4th round of the fight, only to get up and stop Mormeck in the 7th round to become world champion.
As we know, "The Hayemaker" will now get his opportunity to challenge IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in his own campaign in the heavyweight division - and now the 36-year-old Frenchman is hoping to get a return with Haye afterwards. continue
Knockout in Schalke: The Veltins-Arena in Schalke, homefield of German Bundesliga team Schalke 04, is the venue for the highly expected fight of Wladimir Klitschko against David Haye. The IBF, WBO and IBO Champion will defend his titles against the Briton on June 20. The arena capacity will be at least 60.000 spectators. I always wanted to fight in a soccer stadium in front of such a big crowd. Now, this dream comes true. Once I attended a Schalke match myself and since then I have not forgotten these fantastic fans that supported their team constantly for 90 minutes. I am sure June 20 will be an unforgettable night for all of us, says reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: We are glad the fight takes place in Schalke. It is one of the greatest arenas in Europe. We had the choice between different offers, both Germany and Europe, and we chose Schalke because of the whole package. continue
PHILADELPHIA (April 6, 2009)World ranked Heavyweight contender, Fast Eddie Chambers believes he should be next in-line to face WBA Heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev. Chambers, 34-1 with eighteen knockouts is coming off a huge victory when he scored a majority decision victory over former WBC champion Samuel Peter on March 27th in Los Angeles. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Firat Arslan is sidelined with an injury but EBU cruiser champ Marco Huck will still defend the title May 9 in Bamberg and Sauerland Event will announce the challenger within a few days. Also on the bill is Alexander Abraham, who will defend the EE-EU title and cruiser Yoan Pablo Hernandez, who will face American Aaron Williams. Heavyweight Robert Helenius, cruiser Alexander Frenkel and jr middle Frank Shabani are also on the bill. continue
07.04.09 - Doveed Linder - photo by Jan Sanders/ Goossen Tutor -This Saturday at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Paul The Punisher Williams (36-1, 27 KOs) and Ronald Winky Wright (51-4-1, 25 KOs) will square off in a significant match up at 160 pounds. Paul is coming off a recent TKO victory over tough veteran Verno Phillips, while Winky hasnt fought since a decision loss to Bernard Hopkins in July of 2007.
On paper, this is a close, tough match up between two southpaws and should prove to be a competitive fight. Winky is by far the more experienced fighter. Hes been in there with some of boxings best and holds convincing victories over two legends in Shane Mosley and Felix Trinidad. But Paul is on a hot streak and has a great deal of momentum on his side. Hes been very active in recent years and has a respectable decision win over Antonio Margarito. continue
Main Events Boxing Series continues to uphold the benchmark of providing quality boxing matches and exciting entertainment for true fight fans at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on April 24th. In the words of matchmaker, Russell Peltz, This is going to be a terrific show! Fight fans will not be disappointed. continue
by James Slater - In separate interviews - one with Sky Sports, the other with The Sun newspaper - Amir Khan has been talking about the upcoming super-fight between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao, and the demands some have made for him to face Marco Antonio Barrera in a rematch. The 22-year-old wannabe world champion/mega-star is in two minds as to who will win in Las Vegas on May 2nd, but he is 100-percent sure about the Barrera situation - there will be no rematch.
Khan spoke first to Sky Sports News about the mouth-watering light-welterweight clash that takes place in less than a months time. continue
While preparing for his April 17th ShoBox WBC semi-final eliminator against Said Ouali ARENAs Mini-Tyson Selcuk Aydin was pleasantly surprised to meet Iron Mike Tyson who dropped by as visitor in Aydins training camp in Las Vegas.
This is only my second time in America and I already shook the hand of one of boxings biggest icons, states Aydin. Tyson got a very impressive presence. You can feel his charisma. Its a big motivation to meet people who have achieved that much in boxing. I hope that in twenty years from now I will be able to stop by in some gym to watch a Mini-Selcuk prepare for an important fight.
Aydin will give his US debut against strong southpaw Ouali. He is a tough opponent, says Aydin. And I will not underestimate him. But I want to fight for the world title and there are no easy opponents on the way to the top. continue
Martin Rogan has revealed the reason why it has taken him a while to reach the top - his mum banned him from boxing when he was a youngster! Despite his late entry into the sport and just 12 professional fights, Rogan has captured the Commonwealth heavyweight title and has become a household name in Ireland after wins over Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton. He will defend his belt against Sam Sexton at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, on May 15, with Sky Sports televising live. But Rogan - who was an outstanding hurler until he turned to boxing - didn't throw a punch until his 20s after following the wishes of his mum. continue
by James Slater - Fresh off his decent, if less than impressive points win over Jason "Big-Six" Estrada at the weekend, unbeaten 29-year-old heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin has spoken about how he now feels he is ready to take on IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, the fighter he won an IBF eliminator to earn the right to face. Coming back after a nine month layoff that was forced upon him due to a very serious ankle injury, the Russian star weighed-in at a career heaviest 230-pounds for the bout against Estrada. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' takes us back to the streets where we'll dig into the hottest buzz around the sport like we always do. Making the list this week after a solid performance is a man who's name is quickly becoming a hot topic, Timothy Bradley. Aside from Bradley, a couple other names in the industry that seem to be gaining steam in light of the recent news is that of the Klitschko brothers and current nemesis, David Haye, who will lock horns in only a few months. Closing the show will be a question on Nate Campbell, as well as a quick glimpse at the Williams/Wright showdown, and the future of Kendall Holt. So, with no further ado we jump into the mix with a question from Miami Lakes, Florida where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Peter B. (Miami Lakes, FL): I read your article last Friday about Timothy Bradley and find your opinion of him to be inflated. Do you still think he's ready for the best after watching him barely escape Kendall Holt? continue
06.04.09 - By Michael Klimes: Very few boxers can talk and fight these days and David Haye is a trash talker par excellence. When one reads this websites comment pages surrounding his latest statements or antics, the polarisation of opinion is highly amusing as the keyboard warriors feverishly tap away in a competition to find the finest ad hominem to apply to Haye and more significantly each other. It is difficult to decipher the demographic of this cyberspace shouting match compared, to say, the discourse that surrounds a Mexican versus Puerto Rican bout or an American versus British fight. continue
World renowned boxing management company Cestus Management is showcasing the States of Texas best young talent as on April 18, 2009 , the beautiful Gateway City of Laredo in Texas will host the IBC heavyweight world title fight between Hector Hurricane Ferreyro and Cessi COOL C Salif. The event is promoted by Recon Garza Promotions and the undercard is loaded with the Lone Star States most promising talent as Rodolfo LA COBRITA Gomez, James QUICK DRAW DuBois, Robert NIGHTHAWK Luna Jr., Jairo EL BARBARO Martinez , and Cestus's new signing the sensational Hector RAYO Ramos will be featured. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Santa Fe Springs, in Southern California, is well-known for its magic blend of inhabitants and shops. More than 3,000 businesses serve a population of 18,000 residents. Located 15 miles east to downtown Los Ángeles, the city is not only a commercial bunker for those who love trading, but also a relaxing place for those who enjoy nature. In fact, local authorities take pride of the citys 100 acres of recreation space, green zones and parks. Los Nietos Park, on 11143 Charlesworth Road, is the perfect place to discover a new author, compose a song, think about personal issues or heat the neurons trying to resolve a trigonometry problem. The park breathes peace and in a normal day the soft breeze that constantly hits the green trees is the only thing allowed to interrupt the silence that prevails in the neighborhood. At the southwest corner of the park there is a beige, two-story construction, the Santa Fe Springs Activity Center, where dozens of young men work out and play basketball. Upstairs there is a nicely-equipped boxing gym, whose punching bags have witnessed the rapid ascend of Colombian boxer Yonnhy Pérez. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Currently ranked #3 by the WBC, 5 by the WBO and #6 by the IBF, thirty-year-old Yonnhy Pérez of Cartagena, Colombia, now fighting out of Santa Fe Springs, California, was caught by East Side Boxing training for his upcoming fight against Silence Mabuza on May 29, 2009, in South Africa. Watch these three videos and get ready to see one of the hottest contenders in the bantamweight division. continue
ESPN and Tecate, the Mexican cerveza con carácter, announced today a ground-breaking sponsorship agreement that aligns Tecate with ESPNs Spanish and English-language boxing content on TV, online and on radio; highlighted by the title sponsorship of the Tecate Friday Night Fights Studio within weekly Friday Night Fights telecasts on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. With this agreement, Tecate, which for the first time will have presence on a general market network on a consistent basis to reach Hispanics boxing fans in both languages, will enhance its commitment to growing the sport among adults 21 and older with a passion for boxing. continue
by James Slater - On last night's "Lightweight Lightning" card in Austin, Texas, Australia's thrilling crowd-pleaser and former WBO interim 135-pound champ Michael Katsidis was in action. Winning yet another exciting fight, in forcing 36-year-old former two-time world champion Jesus Chavez to remain on his stool after the 7th round of an eventful bout, the 28-year-old from Queensland won his second fight since losing two in a row - being stopped in the 10th round by Cuban Joel Casamayor and then being out-pointed by Texan Juan Diaz, both last year.
Fresh off his TKO win over Mexico's Chavez, "The Great" spoke to The Sydney Morning Herald about who he wants to fight next. Mentioning two opponents, Katsidis can't wait to get back in the ring again.
Katsidis said he would love to get it on with 37-year-old Casamayor in an attempt to avenge his loss, and he also said a fight with Britain's Amir Khan would suit him. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Friday 3 April 2009 was Bob Rose Cup night at Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia. In front of a capacity crowd, there were six professional bouts in a revised fight card due to a number of last minute changes taking place.
The main event for the Bob Rose Cup was the heavyweight showdown between Pierre Karam (18-3-1, 6 KOs) and late replacement Mike Lloyd (2-5). Karam, making a return to professional ranks after close to five years out of the ring, made a cautious start to the bout against the bigger, though much slower Lloyd. continue
Hennessy Sports Press Release: If anyone else (aside from Frank Warren) needs convincing just how good Carl Froch is have a look at this! Its Jean Pascals return to action at the weekend against former World title challenger, Pablo Nievas. Pascal was involved in a 2008 Fight of the Year candidate with Carl Froch with the Nottingham man claiming the WBC Super Middleweight title after a sensational win over the then unbeaten Pascal. continue
Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) celebrated a successful return from injury on Saturday night as he outclassed Jason Estrada in a battle of Olympians. The White Lion turned it on in the later rounds when he was close to knocking his opponent out thanks to some heavy shots, but the American survived. The scores were 99-94, 98-92 and 97-93. Had this fight lasted only a little longer, Povetkin would have stopped Estrada, manager Wilfried Sauerland said. After his injury it took him a little time to find his rhythm, but we are pleased with his comeback. He has not fought for a long time, so this was a good test.
In his last real challenge, Povetkin had edged Eddie Chambers on points in January 2008 before stopping Taurus Sykes in July. He was expected to face Wladimir Klitschko in December but an ankle injury forced him to postpone the eagerly anticipated showdown. It was good to be fighting again, Povetkin said. I needed some time to get going. I want to thank Jason for giving me a hard and fair fight. I enjoyed being in the ring with him. I will draw the right conclusions from it.. continue
Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, Inc., boxings leading promotional company, announced today the hiring of boxing veteran Carl Moretti as Vice President, in charge of Boxing Operations. We are ecstatic about Carl joining the Top Rank family, said duBoef. Hes a great fit for the company. He understands Top Ranks goals and will be a huge asset in helping to achieve them. Most of all, Carl is just plain good and I can tell you right now, Top Rank is already the better for signing him.. continue
by James Slater - As fans know, getting the long awaited Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye fight signed, sealed and delivered has not been easy and it sure took some time. Was the fight going to happen, we asked ourselves, and what exactly was the problem with getting the bout signed. Well, according to challenger Haye, who will of course now meet Wladimir on June 20th, the reason the fight took so long to get made was because of the simply ridiculous terms the Klitschko people tried to get him to agree to three months back. continue
By Ted Sares - He's a good fighter, but I'm up for bigger and better things --Valero
Edwin Dinamita Valero lived up to the hype as the Venezuelan bomber made his prime-time debut in the U.S. an awesome one and won the vacant WBC Lightweight title. The last time he fought in this country was in 2003 when he knocked out Tomaz Zambrano in California, but medical issues have prevented him from returning until now.
The first round was a tentative one in which both fighters felt each other out but one in which Valero finished strong by landing a sharp combination signaling what was to come. Dinamita then quickly ended matters. He floored and badly hurt his imposing looking opponent, Antonio Pitalua, in an exchange and that, for all practical purposes, was the end. Pitalua got to his feet but was on Queer Street and was swarmed upon by Valero who atypically threw straight and extremely fast combos until Pitalua hit the deck again. continue
05.04.09 - by James Slater - Timothy Bradley, the man who got up from two knockdowns to out-point Kendal Holt in Canada last night- in so doing becoming the unified WBC and WBO 140-pound champ - wasted no time calling out his next opponent. Like many other fighters at or around the light-welterweight limit, "Desert Storm" wants very much to fight the winner of May 2nd's huge Ricky Hatton-Manny Pacquiao clash.
Speaking post-fight last night to commentator Dave Bontempo, Bradley, now 24-0(11) made it clear he is ready for the mega fights from here on in. continue
Thell Torrence of Platinum Entertainment and Adam Fish of Big Fish Boxing Promotions present boxing at its finest when Filipino star, WBC International Super Bantamweight Champion Balweg The Davao Hitman Bangoyan (13-0-0 KO: 7) goes toe to toe with Alejandro El Alcaran Perez (13-1-1 KO: 8) for the WBC International Super Bantamweight Title at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. A previous bout featuring the former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Super Judah has been pulled from the card due to a hand injury he suffered while training. continue
Photos by Tom Casino / SHOWTIME -- MONTREAL, Canada (April 5, 2009) Fists were flying in Montreal as Timothy Bradley and Kendall Holt exchanged fierce blows for 12 electrifying rounds to unify the 140-pound World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) titles on Saturday evenings SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the end, Bradley won a close unanimous decision with two judges scoring the bout 115-111 and the third 114-112.
In the co-feature, an International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title eliminator, Librado Andrade continually beat Vitali Tsypko to the punch. Andrade earned a clear unanimous decision with two judges scoring the bout 117-109 and the third scoring a shutout, 120-106. continue
Before world champion Paul The Punisher Williams and Winky Wright enter the ring on Saturday, April 11th to battle it out at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, three of boxings up and comers will look to impress ringside observers as they continue their move up the boxing ranks. In a super middleweight bout scheduled for four rounds, 2008 United States Olympian Shawn Estrada (3-0, 3 KOs) will look to keep his knockout streak intact when he battles Las Vegas hometown favorite Thomas Rittenbaugh (3-2-2). continue
Manny Suavecito Roman (14-0, 5 KOs) started out his pro career at only sixteen years old against some of the toughest fighters in the Tijuana boxing circuit where he more than held his own. On Wednesday, April 8th, he gets his first title shot at The Battle in the Ballroom in Irvine, California against Anthony Villareal (8-2, 4 KOs) for the Super flyweight WBC Youth Intercontinental belt. Roman, ranked #7 by the World Boxing Council is a 21 year old former amateur standout who fights out of the well regarded Espinoza Boxing Club. He answered some questions for fans a few days before his big fight: continue
By Paul Strauss: The Knockout King didn't even give Elvis a chance to pick up his ticket at the Pepsi Pavilion in Memphis, Tennessee. He brought an abrupt halt to the festivities when he landed his patented big right hand. El Gato fell straight back, and hit the canvas hard. There was no need sto start a count. Everyone in the building knew Figueroa wasn't going to get up.
Surprisingly there was a little seesaw to the battle up to that dramatic finish. In the first round, it was obvious Bailey wanted to distract El Gato into making a mistake, so he could land his Sunday punch. Initially, he tried to draw him into range, so he could throw a straight counter right. He managed to execute it a couple of times but missed. However, only about forty-five seconds into the round, he got the timing down, and landed a glancing right hand that put El Gato down. Fortunately for Francisco, the punch didn't land flush. continue
04.04.09 - by James Slater - Last night, the SKY Sports cameras rolled some exclusive footage of the recent Hollywood press conference attended by Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton and the trainer of each man, in Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather Senior. Both fighters looked to be in lean and mean condition as they smiled for the cameras and the fans, answering the same questions they will be asked what will surely seem like a million times come the day of the May fight. continue
Having declared prior to the fight that My Time Is Now lightweight contender Rolando Reyes stepped up to the plate on Saturday night with a crushing fifth round knockout of former world champion Julio Diaz at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. Dropping Diaz twice in the fifth from a thunderous barrage of punches, the bout was stopped at the 2:17 mark by referee Gregorio Alvarez. continue
By Coach Tim Walker There is little doubt that Jermain Taylor is one of the best boxers in the world. Fact is you cant beat Bernard Hopkins twice and not be considered at least amongst the worlds best. Besides his boxing skill he is well spoken, fairly charismatic and seems to be a decent hard working family oriented guy. He is a decorated amateur having won both the US Amateur Championship and the National Golden Gloves in consecutive years.
Couple that with his 2000 Olympic Bronze medal sin and add a professional career that has earned him multiple versions of the middleweight championship and youve got to acknowledge that he is a solid fighter. Outside the boxing ring his charitable involvement is evident in the time he devotes and the checks he writes. But for all his achievements in and outside the ring he is still vastly neither appreciated nor esteemed. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Germany, 29-year-old undefeated heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin kept his perfect record with a clear UD win over 28-year-old Rhode Island man Jason Estrada. Winning by scores of 99-94, 98-92 and 97-93, Povetkin, weighing a career-heaviest 230-pounds, got rid of some ring rust and advanced to 17-0(12). Estrada, who definitely came to fight, fell to 15-2(3). continue
By Paul McCreath: Please note before you go any further that I am not asking if Oleg deserves this title shot. We all know how most fans feel about that. Maskaev lost his WBC title belt when he was KOd in 6 rounds about a year ago by Sam Peter. Since then Peter lost the belt when stopped in 8 rounds by Vitali last October then was further embarrassed when outpointed by Eddie Chambers a few days ago. In the meantime Oleg outpointed old trial horse Robert Hawkins in September and recently stopped midwest club fighter Ron Boruff in the first round. These developments hardly qualify Maskaev as a mandatory challenger yet that is what the WBC are calling him. continue
By Michael Herron: The phrase The Fight To Save Boxing is overused and often overstated. The most recent fight to save boxing for instance, Mayweather vs. De La Hoya, nearly killed it! Not financially but morally for true boxing fans were severely disappointed. Recent reports have indicated however that former cruiserweight champion David Haye and current heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko have agreed to a heavyweight title fight in June. While it may not be billed as the fight to save boxing it just may be the fight to instill new life in a sport whose glamour division has faded.
What exactly does it mean to save boxing? Does it mean big Pay-Per-View numbers; or a fight of the year candidate? Does it mean the two biggest names in the sport are going to battle? Is it a fight that will bring boxing back into the mainstream, live on network television? Or perhaps its a fight thats so momentous that it will have a trickle-down effect in the sport and will leave its mark for years to come? continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - April 4th 2009 - If Beale Street could talk
if Beale Street could talk
married men would have to take their beds and walk. Except one or two, who never drink booze
and the blind man on the corner who sings the Beale Street Blues. Thats a lyric composed by W.C. Handy, who helped make Beale Street, in downtown Memphis Tennessee, famous. And on a fair weather night, local fight fans were treated to a free show of boxing in an outdoor venue at Handy Park. continue
03.04.09 - By Doveed Linder: After his recent TKO victory over Omar Sheika, Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5) has made it clear that his intentions are to move forward with his career and go after some big fights. One might wonder why Roy wants to continue fighting at this point, given the fact that he has made a considerable amount of money and cemented his legacy as one of the best fighters of his era.
With the exception of a disqualification loss to Montell Griffin which was avenged via 1st round KO, Roy Jones' Hall of Fame career had not a single blemish until he faced Antonio Tarver for the first time in 2003. continue
04.03.09 - click here to watch Al Bernstein preview the Tim Bradley-Kendall Holt match
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - WBC champion Timothy Bradley weighed 138.6 pounds at Friday's weigh-in. In what will be an exciting, close, hard-fought fight, Bradley and WBO belt-holder Kendall Holt clash in a 140-pound world title unification bout tomorrow/Saturday, April 4, on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Holt weighed 139.9 pounds for the eagerly anticipated 12-round matchup at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Holt (left) and Bradley pose and square off after the weigh-in on Friday. Librado Andrade and Vitali Tsypko, who meet in a 12-round IBF super middleweight eliminator in Saturday's co-feature on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, weigh in today/Friday at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (April 3, 2009) Three-time BWAA Trainer of the Year World Famous Freddie Roach is playing maestro in training camp as he prepares five-division world champion, two-time BWAA Fighter of the Year and boxings No. 1 Pound for Pound Fighter MANNY Pacman PACQUIAO for his rumble with junior welterweight world champion Ricky Hitman Hatton. I told Manny I would be very disappointed in him if he didnt have Hatton stopped by the end of the third round, said Roach. continue
Light Heavyweight Otis Griffin is looking to bounce back into the big time with a win over the highly rated and former IBF champion Jeff Left Hook Lacy in Florida on the 10th April. Griffin has joined forces with newly formed Talon Boxing Management which consists of Keith Allen and John Tandy who is best known for resurrecting the career of other light heavyweight title contender Yusaf Mack. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'C.E.O. Fridays' we examine the talents of a rising star who continues to remind us that despite being under the radar, his skill level is in fact above the rim. With a little more than 4 years as a pro under his belt, some openly question his level of experience, but this coming Saturday night he'll be presented an opportunity to not only establish himself as a fighter on the brink of that top tier, but also remove doubt from the minds of those who still don't believe. In complete parallel with the city in which he hails from, (Palm Springs), this contender is rapidly becoming a hot commodity on the tip of the tongues of fight fans around the globe. In an effort to see things full circle, this week we call him out like the many greats before him. Like each of my other 'Call Em Out Fridays', we'll look at all perspective angles. The 'supportive' angle, his 'critics' angle, and in the end, a more 'neutral' angle to tie all the loose ends. So, with no further ado, we suit up in our beige colored camouflage utilities and brace ourselves for the man simply known as "Desert Storm"....Mr. Timothy Bradley.... continue
By Mark Pickering: Edwin Valero weighed in at 134.5 lbs. today for Saturday nights clash for the vacant WBC lightweight title. Antonio Pitalua weighed in at 135 lbs.
All it takes is one instalment of Edwin Valeros untapped talents and your hooked.
Yet the South American firecracker is still tap-dancing on the brink of anonymity. continue
by James Slater - Back in October, when IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute of Canada (Romanian-born) met Mexico's Librado Andrade, the fight's ending, controversial as it was, resulted in much anger among fans and a trainer so incensed he managed to get himself suspended from the sport for three months. We know, and much has been written about, what happened in the 12th and final round last October - when a seriously fading Bute was seemingly on his way to being KO'd, only to get some extra seconds awarded to him by referee Marlon Wright. continue
By Ted Sares - Antonio Pitalua, a Colombian who lives in and does his fighting out of Mexico City has a record of 46 (KO 40)-3 and an eye-popping KO percentage of 81.63. Twenty-nine of his stoppage wins have come in three rounds or less and he has stopped his last fourteen opponents in a row including the highly regarded Jose Armando Santa Cruz in September (winning the interim version of the WBC lightweight title). He is long in the tooth at 38 but he has only been stopped once (in 1995) and his body is in great shape.
He won his first thirteen fights by stoppage before losing to Jesus Kiri Rodriguez in Ciudad Obregon in 1995. He then won another sixteen in a row before losing to undefeated Artur Grigorian in a bid for the WBO Lightweight title in Germany in 2000. After dropping a SD to Arnulfo Castillo (33-1-3 coming in) the following year, he reeled of off fourteen in a row. Make no mistake, Pitalua can rumble. continue
Mark Moran is prepared to walk through a wall of fire to win the British title. The former amateur star will get that chance when he faces reigning British super bantam champ Matthew Marsh on Friday, April 17 at the Indoor Sports Centre in Leigh, England. 27 year old Moran, 11-0-1 (3), has been preparing for this moment since turning pro in 2003 and only the drive to one day compete for the British title sustained his ambition during his three year hiatus from the ring between 2004 and 2007. continue
by James Slater - In a recent on-line poll conducted by Showtime, in which around 40 boxing writers, commentators and other so-called "experts" were asked their opinion on tonight's light-welterweight unification clash between WBC 140-pound champ Tim Bradley and his WBO counterpart Kendal Holt, an overwhelming majority picked "Desert Storm" to win. Most picked Bradley to prevail in a close fight and get the points win over "Rated R.. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - In Colombia boxing is practiced since 1898, when Andrés Gómez-Hoyos opened a gym at prestigious University of Cartagena with implements brought from England. Intrigued by the novelty, young students started to train, but they quit since the emerging sport did not seem to be an option for life. From 1900 to 1921 the boxing fever disseminated throughout the country and most Colombians paid attention to big fights, like the one between The Manassa Mauler Jack Dempsey and Georges Carpentier in New Jersey.
Only four days after that encounter, light heavyweight Rafael Tanco fought in Bogotá Belgian Rene van Hoorde in front of 4,000 spectators. That was the first professional bout held in the country. From 1928 to 1970 people saw many good-quality boxers, such as lightweight Fernando Fiorillo, the first Colombian who fought in New York; bantamweight phenomenon Jhon Bill; hard-hitting Jerónimo Triviño; Cartagena-born Fortunato Grey; Eligio Mochila Herrera; Monterías Cipriano Barbulito Zuluaga; Mario Rossito, and Bernardo Caraballo, the first Colombian boxer who fought for a world title. continue
by James Slater - "The Magic Man," Paulie Malignaggi has been uncharacteristically quiet as of late. Not having heard a thing from the flashy New-Yorker since his 11th round retirement loss to Ricky Hatton back in November of last year, fans have been wondering what the slick 28-year-old's plans for the future are. Well, according to BoxRec.com, Malignaggi will make his return to the ring in a scheduled eight-rounder at light-welterweight on the under-card of the April 25th super-middleweight title clash between Carl Froch and Jermain Taylor. Set to face an opponent yet to be named, Paulie will be having his first fight in over five months. continue
by James Slater - At one time there was a possibility that former two-weight world champion Zab "Super" Judah would fight Ricky Hatton's less-famous brother Matthew in his next fight. However, as has been revealed on FightNews.com, the 31-year-old Brooklyn southpaw will now face the useful 29-year-old Jesus Rodriguez of California at the beginning of May in Las Vegas. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 3, 2009) - Oscar de la Hoyas Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions will team up once again up to present a spectacular evening of world class professional boxing as ESPNs FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS hits Chicagos UIC Pavilion on Friday, April 24th with advanced tickets on sale now.
Tickets, starting at $31, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (Online: www.ticketmaster.com, Phone: 312-559-1212) and through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7:30pm with the first bell at 8:30pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 N. Racine, at the corner of Harrison and Racine in the downtown West Loop area of Chicago.
Headlining the outstanding ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS live broadcast beginning at 10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com is a terrific junior featherweight matchup between El Pasos Antonio Escalante and Gary Kid Stark Jr. from Staten Island, NY. continue
Weights from Dusseldorf - Heavyweight: Jason Estrada: 109,3 kg vs Alexander Povetkin: 104,2 kg
EU Heavyweight Title: Albert Sosnowski: 103,2 kg vs Francesco Pianeta: 110,1 kg
WIBA Flyweight Title: Maria Rosa Tabbuso: 49,1 kg vs Nadia Raoui: 49,9 kg
Cruiserweight: Ruben Groenewald: 86,4 kg vs Alexander Frenkel: 90,0 kg
Jason Estrada is convinced he can spring a surprise and upset Alexander Povetkin in Dusseldorf on Saturday night. continue
WBO#10, WBA#15 heavyweight, Brian "The Beast" Minto (32-2 21kos), will face Matt Greer (12-4 11kos) in the eight round main event on April 17th at the Days Inn Convention Center in Butler, Pennsylvania. Promoted by Beatdown Promotions, the seven bout card will also include several local prospects from Pennsylvania facing challengers from Ohio. Minto states, "Greer is very durable a should provide a solid test. He has been the distance with several notable heavyweights including David Cadieux (17-3) and Mario Preskar (15-0).. continue
by James Slater - As you will have certainly read by now, not just on this website but on practically any other boxing site on the net, the hugely anticipated heavyweight title showdown between champ Wladimir Klitschko and former cruiserweight boss David Haye is on. What took so long! Finally, we fans can sit back and look forward to a heavyweight title fight that has a very real potential to be thrilling, violent, and in no way boring. Short and sweet is how many fans of the biggest weight class in boxing like their action to be, and short and sweet the collision between "Dr. Steel Hammer" and "The Hayemaker" may well be.
As we all know, Haye - who we now also know was never, ever remotely bluffing - has been calling out for this fight for some time. Now that he's got it, the question is, will he regret getting what he's been asking for? continue
by James Slater - Today, on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta T.V, a man former heavyweight king Mike Tyson once called "The toughest white man on the planet" was a studio guest. Ireland's "Big" Joe Egan, who sparred countless round with the peaking Tyson was present and he shared with the viewers his memories of working out with "The Baddest Man On The Planet," while also revealing the personal side of "Iron Mike.. continue
Photos by Tom Casino - In a must-see world title unification fight between two of the most talented and exciting 140-pounders in the world, Timothy Desert Storm Bradley and Kendall Rated R Holt will risk their WBC and WBO belts, respectively, in the main event Saturday on SHOWTIME 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® Mens Final Four®. continue
Months of negotiations have come to an end and the highly expected heavyweight fight is determined: IBF, WBO and IBO World Champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his titles against Briton David Haye on June 20. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: I am glad that these extremely difficult and long negotiations are over and we are able to present the fight that boxing fans all over the world want to see. Both Wladimir and David are known as superb punchers and a fight over 12 rounds will be very unlikely to happen. It is going to be an unforgettable spectacle. The venue of the fight will be announced soon. Both opponents met several times at public events before showing their rivalry. Especially the 28-year-old Haye used every possibility to attack Klitschko. Recently, he posed with Wladimirs cut off head in an English lifestyle magazine.
Wladimir Klitschko: I am used to being attacked by my opponents before a fight. But David is top of the list of crudity. He has to pay the bill for it and I promise it will be painful.
David Haye: Klitschkos last opponents were cowards. I will knock him out and take his belts to my hometown London. And that is not all: I will also go and get Vitalis belt! None of them can stop me. The new World Heavyweight Champion will soon be David Haye!. continue
02.04.09 - By Michael R. Cumberbatch - There is no doubt many are anticipating the return of Floyd Mayweather. His fans love to watch him and his detractors love to watch in hopes of seeing him lose. Like him or hate him many eyes are on him. Now that we know his return is imminent when he finally returns he will have many options. His temporary retirement has raised his stock and below lets look at some of his possible opponents. continue
By Robert Jackson: In about 3+ weeks Jermaine Taylor returns to the ring against English phenom and 168lb WBC Champion Carl Froch. Froch considers himself on the par of Joe Calzaghe, that remains to be seen. A great deal of the fanfare regarding Taylor has died down since his 2 losses to The Ghost Kelly Pavlik while Froch's own stardom and stock is rising. Froch seems to want to conquer the American market sooner rather than later and gets kudo's for wanting and making this fight with Taylor. continue
Photos by John Rivera - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions - Former Junior Lightweight World Champion Edwin Valero (Left) and Lightweight Contender Antonio Pitalua (Right) pose on April 1, 2009 in Austin, Texas at the final press conference to discuss "Lightweight Lightning", the four bout pay-per-view event featuring Valero vs. Pitalua for the Vacant WBC Lightweight Championship on April 4, 2009 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Former Junior Lightweight World Champion Edwin Valero (Left), Golden Boy Promotions Partner Bernard Hopkins (Center) and Lightweight Contender Antonio Pitalua (Right) pose on April 1, 2009 in Austin, Texas at the final press conference to discuss "Lightweight Lightning", the four bout pay-per-view event featuring Valero vs. Pitalua for the Vacant WBC Lightweight Championship on April 4, 2009 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. continue
Photo by Lewis Bleiman/Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions Inc.: Ran Nakash (Left) and Dave Brunelli pose in front of Famous 4th Street Delicatessen as they posed off in anticipation of Friday night's Cruiserweight showdown at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Ticket prices for this great night of boxing are $200 for Queen Seating, $125 for Presidential seats, $65 for VIP, $55 for Ringside, and $45 for General Admission and can be purchased by calling The Legendary Blue Horizon at 1-215-763-0500. Doors open at 6:30 PM / 1st bout begins at 7:30 PM. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- (347) 843-4293 Call-in LIVE. OnTheGrind Boxing Radio is LIVE Sunday April 5th 2009 at 8pm et/5pm pt (1am gmt Monday) with a HUGE weekend wrap up special edition. Scheduled to join the OTG Boxing Team is the undefeated World Light Heavyweight Champion, "Bad" Chad Dawson 27(17)-0.. Just one month out from his World Title rematch with former champ Antonio Tarver, Dawson will be getting the OnTheGrind Boxing Family listening worldwide, up to date on all that is going on direct from training camp. Also OnTheGrind, continuing his quest for another heavyweight title run will be former Heavyweight Champion of the World and one time Wladimir Klitschko conqueror..."Relentless" Lamon Brewster. continue
NEW YORK (March 31, 2009) Undefeated Carl Froch, a household name in his native England, looks to enhance his reputation in America when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title against Jermain Taylor, a former undisputed middleweight champ and one of the most highly regarded and recognizable fighters of this generation, in a world championship fight on Saturday, April 25, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Froch (24-0, 19 KOs), of Nottingham, England, will be making the first defense of the vacant 168-pound crown he gained in his last outing with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jean Pascal on Dec.6 2008. continue
02.04.09 - Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME Kendall Holt (left) hits the mitts. Holt's fists will be flying this Saturday, April 4, when the WBO champion faces WBC titleholder Timothy Bradley in a 140-pound world title unification fight on SHOWTIME (10:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Holt will bring a record of 25-2, 13 KOs into the important, highly anticipated 12-round showdown at the Bell Centre in Montreal. continue
Commonwealth heavyweight champion Martin Rogan is aiming to kick start a renaissance in boxing in Northern Ireland - among young and old alike. The 37-year-old makes the first defence of his title at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, on May 15 against Sam Sexton. It will be his first fight in his native Ulster since back-to-back wins over Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton. That latter victory has been hailed as one of the best heavyweight fights for years. continue
By Doveed Linder - Former super middleweight and light heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe (46-0) is now retired, undefeated, and a shoe-in for the Boxing Hall of Fame. He's proved himself as one of the top fighters of his generation with convincing wins over Mikkel Kessler, Bernard Hopkins, and Roy Jones, Jr. But one can make the argument that his career, while impressive, leaves question marks and uncertainties as to how he ranks among the all-time greats.
The fight that really put Joe on the map was his bout against Jeff Lacy. At the time, many felt that Joe was the underdog. Jeff was an undefeated Olympian with devastating power, while Joe was a relatively unknown European fighter who some considered "protected." This was a fight that really introduced Joe to the American public and he came out and put on an absolute clinic. continue
By P.H. Burbridge: To the casual observer 6 1, Fast Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) probably seems like another undersized American heavyweight who lacks power and conditioning. Another American with zero chance against the mighty Klitschko brothers and who probably isnt worthy of discussion. Right? Well, if youre one of those casual observers then stop reading this immediately and find another article that suits your negative outlook on the American heavyweight scene because this ones not for you! continue
MANCHESTER, Conn. (April 2, 2009) Unbeaten in 16 pro fights, 22-year-old Matt Sharp Shooter Remillard, the reigning WBC Youth and USNBC featherweight champion, is spreading his wings and expanding his base starting tonight (Thursday, April 2). Remillard (16-0, 8 KOs), representing Manchester, Connecticut, traveled outside of New England to fight for the first time as a pro for this evenings 8-round bout against Jesus Perez at Michaels Eight Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland. continue
By Mike Casey - You have to understand that Fritzie Zivic was always a polite and decent fellow in the ring who never forgot his manners. A dirty fighter? Not Fritzie. That was just the misguided impression of others. Within the tenuous framework of the tough playing field of his era, Zivic was simply protecting himself against the genuine roughs.
This he did most ably, with an inventive mix of jolting jabs, vicious uppercuts, superbly manoeuvred head butts, eye thumbing and skilfully executed shots to the testicles. And always, Fritzie would claim, he would say Pardon me to his opponents as he systematically chopped them up.
Nor was Zivic shy about giving eloquent dissertations on his preferred methods of self-defence against such nasty brutes. Id hit guys low, choke em or give em the head. My best punch was a left hook to you-know-where.. continue
Alexander Povetkin has vowed to take one step at a time as he prepares for Saturday´s showdown with Jason Estrada. The White Lion is eager to return to the ring following his ankle injury which forced him to postpone his hotly-anticipated clash with heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Today Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) gave the fans a first taste of his class during a public work-out session in Dusseldorf. When I twisted my ankle back in October, I didn´t think it was a big issue at first. But the doctor´s diagnosis then was a huge blow for me, he recalled. However, I have put the injury past me. I am back at 100 percent and dont have any problems with my left foot any more.. continue
By Ted Sares - Carlos Vinan was called an opponent by ESPN commentator Teddy Atlas as he prepared to do battle with home town hero and Teamster Union favorite John Molina (15-0) on the undercard of the Peter-Chambers match at the Nokia Center on March 28.
Maybe he was an opponent, but if so, this kid from New Jersey by way of Ecuador was a tough one who was not about to be Molinas walk over. continue
Photo: Luciano Perez (right) swarms Miguel Hernandez with a two-fisted attack
By Juan C. Ayllon - CHICAGO Media appeal, a decent skill set and heart only take you so far in boxing. Sure, you need these things in some measure in order to make money in the sport just ask Arturo Gatti or Oscar De La Hoya, for that matter. Dont be mistaken, though: Its a sport that rewards preparation, physical prowess and the ability to deliver come what may, while punishing shortfalls with the reptilian efficiency of a komodo dragon savaging a fawn.
And on Friday March 27th at the UIC Pavilion, hard-slugging brawler Luciano Perez came primed for battle while his opponent, the celebrated Macho Miguel Hernandez, did not. continue
NABF light welterweight champion Frankie El Gato Figueroa feels every fight is like a chess match and he plans to put former 2-time world champion Randall Bailey into a checkmate position Friday night on ESPN2 during their scheduled 12-round IBF title eliminator in Memphis. The winner between IBF No. 3 rated Bailey (38-6, 34 KOs) and No. 6 ranked Figueroa (20-2, 13 KOs) will earn a title shot against IBF champion Juan Urango. continue