CHICAGO, IL (June 1, 2009) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced details of “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 3”, their next action packed evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, June 26th at the UIC Pavilion. Tickets for “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 3”, starting at $31, are on sale now through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800 and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
By: Benjie Varella – Veteran Filipino boxer Eric Barcelona (47-15-4, 17 knockouts,) the Philippine Federation Champion and South African Simpewe Vetyeka (20-1, 12 knockouts) will slug it out on July 11 for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) bantamweight world title at Emperors Palace, South Africa. continue
by Alden Chodash - Current WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto retained his title by outboxing his dangerous challenger, Juan Urango over the course of twelve rounds and walked off with a unanimous decision victory. After a few interesting exchanges between the two in the early rounds, Berto felt content with keeping the hard hitting Urango at long range thus avoiding the risk of such a renowned puncher. Berto scored frequently with his money punch, the right uppercut and kept Urango turning and unable to get off. Scores were 117-111, and 118-110 (Twice).
Former WBO Welterweight Champion, Kermit Cintron ressurected his career with a scintilating, hard fought unanimous decision victory against previously unbeaten, Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo. After a slow start to the highly-anticipated Junior-Middleweight title eliminator over the first two rounds, Cintron got on track starting in round three with crisp combinations that Angulo had no defense for whatsoever. Angulo started to respond in round five by closing the gap on Cintron and landing effective punches out of his natural orthodox stance as well as his southpaw stance. Just when it seemed that Cintron would fold under Angulo’s steady pressure, the former champion kicked it into another gear in the late rounds before surviving one last charge from Angulo in the twelfth. However, it was too late for “El Perro” to shift the fight in his momentum and Cintron walked off with a unanimous decision victor y. Scores were 116-112 across the board. continue
Reading, PA- The first event to feature boxing and mixed martial arts on the same card in Pennsylvania was a resounding success for King's Promotions Saturday night. Nearly 2000 paying customers were on hand at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA to watch local heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman raise his record to 17-0 (14 KO) against dangerous trial horse Livin Castillo of Ecuador, now 14-7 (9 KO). continue
Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves, and Fernando Beltran’s Promociones Zanfer will present a sensational world championship fight card on June 27, 2009, at the El Palenque in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. A press conference will be held at El Hotel Real Polanco in Mexico City on Wednesday, June 3. continue
by James Slater - Former world super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion Joe Calzaghe knew the time was right for him to quit the sport he loves, and he hung up the gloves earlier this year. Sporting a superb 46-0 record, "The Pride of Wales" managed to do what few fighters ever have, and retire without a single loss or a draw on their record. It's too late for that now when it comes to Ricky Hatton, but Calzaghe says "The Hitman" should get out now and thereby retain that which is far more important than a perfect record; namely his health.
While Hatton - who has yet to make up his mind about fighting on or not after the disaster that felled him against Manny Pacquiao on May 2nd - has been urged by some people to give it another go in the ring, Calzaghe is not one of them. Speaking to today's Sunday Daily Star, the 37-year-old urged 30-year-old Hatton to retire. continue
Baltimore, MD – Baltimore native Cory “Black Ice” Cummings upped his record to 17-4 (13 KO’s) with an emphatic 9th round stoppage of Washington DC’s Demetrius Davis 19-15-5 (7 KO’s) in the main event Friday night at the Du Burns Arena. The opening round was a rough one for Cummings, who had to deal with a gash over his right eye following a clash of heads less than a minute in. With his opponent at a disadvantage, the slick Davis outboxed Cummings while frequently switching between orthodox and southpaw stances. Cummings was cut once again following a clash in the eighth, this time over the left eye. continue
by James Slater - Ronald Hearns, son of the legendary Tommy Hearns, wanted to try and follow in his dad's footsteps, so too did Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, Hector Camacho Junior and a number of other young men who happened to have brilliant fighters as fathers. Now, on June 6th in Louisiana, 26-year-old George Foreman III, AKA "Monk," takes his first step in attempting to emulate his all-time great boxing dad. continue
By Andrew Harrison, Safesideoftheropes.com - On the second Sunday in June, Lennox Lewis will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, headlining the 20th annual ceremony held in Canastota, New York. In doing so, he will become only the fourth* British fighter to receive the honour in the modern fighter’s category (last bout no earlier than 1943).
I remember vividly the feeling I had as a twelve year old boxing fan in the spring of 1989, having to watch Frank Bruno put on a brave face and josh with Harry Carpenter moments after being pulverised by Mike Tyson. I was absolutely crushed. Once again the pitiful reputation of the British heavyweight boxer had been underlined, reaffirmed and rubber stamped and as my family carried on with daily life, I could only sit in silence biting my lip. I’d somehow taken the whole thing quite personally, my mood worsening by the minute. Belittled in front of the Americans again, brave to the end but ultimately not good enough, a familiar story ever since Bob Fitzsimmons had held the crown, won by crippling Jim Corbett with a body punch what seemed like a million years ago. continue
By Dean Parr - On June 13th, John Murray defends his British lightweight title against the current English lightweight champion Scott Lawton in Wigan, England. While Murray is the favourite and is widely expected to retain his crown, I do feel that people are overlooking the ring savvy Lawton and see him as an easy fight for the champion. continue
by James Slater - The big news yesterday, as surely most fans are aware now, was the statement made by Shane Mosley regarding his acceptance of a catch-weight fight with Manny Pacquiao. "Sugar" said he was willing to meet "Pac-Man" at a catch-weight, and that he "knows this is what Freddy Roach (Manny's trainer, of course) wants." We now have to wait to find out two things: will the bout take place on October 17th (the date pencilled in for Pacquiao's next fight), and just how low will Mosley agree to drop down to so as to make the bout a go? continue
Cecilia Braekhus (12-0, 2 KOs) made a successful first defence of her WBA/WBC female welterweight titles as she clinched a unanimous points victory over Amy Yuratovac (6-3, 6 KOs) in Helsinki. The “First Lady” was ahead 98-92 on all three scorecards. “I am pleased with my performance,” she said. “Amy was an unorthodox fighter, she tried to fight and I tried to box, but I am happy I defeated her clearly.”
Braekhus made good use of her size advantage, cleverly keeping the American challenger at bay with her long left jab. In almost every round she connected with hard left-right combinations to the head, while Yuratovac tried to threaten with series of hooks to the body. continue
By Per Ake Persson: May 30, Helsinki, Finland: Italian Giuseppe Lauri defended the EU jr welter title with a controversial tenth round disqualification win over Finn Juhu Tolppola after a hard-fought, foul-filled, messy fight. Tolppola was "up" for this fight but partly blew it already at the end of the first when he headbutted Lauri. continue
By Benjie Varella – First there was Rolando Navarette, the former WBC Super Featherweight champion of the world who became the most fearsome boxer in his division almost 3 decades ago. As record shows, he stole the championship belt by knocking out then super featherweight champ Cornelius Boza Edwards in Italy. Navarette proved too strong when he knocked out the champion in round five of that championship bout. continue
Los Angeles, CA, May, 29 2009—WBA Welterweight Champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley announced today that he is ready to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring and is willing to meet at a catch-weight to make the fight happen.
In a statement, Mosley said:
“There are conflicting reports from the Pacquiao camp on an upcoming fight between me and Manny Pacquiao. I want it to be known that I want to fight Pacquiao and I want to fight him now. I’m willing to meet at a catch weight to make that happen.I know this is what Freddie Roach wants as well, as he has previously stated this to press. I am the best fighter in boxing and I am ready to reclaim the title of number one pound-for-pound fighter.”
Mosley last faced Antonio Margartio in January 2009 and delivered a ninth-round knockout. Pacquiao is coming off a second-round knock-out victory over Ricky Hatton in May. continue
by James Slater - It was announced this week by the fighter himself and his team that warrior Israel Vazquez has been given a clean bill of health and that the former super-bantamweight king will be resuming his career, up at featherweight, later this year; possibly as soon as September. continue
Johannesburg, South Africa (May 29, 2009) - Behind on all scorecards at the beginning of the 12th round, Perez landed a huge left hand jab that sent Mabuza to the canvas. Buzzed and on uneasy legs Mabuza beat the count. Perez proceeded to apply pressure and landed huge shots leaving no option for referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the fight with 1:06 left in the last stanza. With the victory, Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) becomes the mandatory challenger for Joseph Abgeko who fights Vic Darchinyan on July 11 for the IBF bantamweight title. continue
by Mike Casey - Watch your friends. You never know when they might turn on you. Thirty-four years after their final titanic fight, Joe Frazier clearly still wonders what he ever did to earn the bitterness and ingratitude of Muhammad Ali. Sixty five years old and looking much older, walking with a cane and rattling around his little Philadelphia gym with his bitter sweet memories, Frazier must also wonder how the tables have been turned so cleverly on him again. Once again he is the villain of the piece for not forgiving and forgetting, the resentful second fiddle in one of heavyweight boxing’s greatest sagas, the dumb gorilla of Ali’s spiteful invention. Couldn’t speak lucidly then, certainly can’t speak lucidly now. Serves him right.
Life certainly has a way of kicking you in the privates when you are a thoroughly decent man who plays it straight. And if you happen to be a thoroughly decent black man who plays it straight, mind old Uncle Tom doesn’t steal your identity while you’re doing a friend a few kindly favours.
So why is your writer dragging all this up again when it would seem that nothing more of great importance can be said about the still enduring rivalry between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali? A bit like trying to find a new angle on Jack the Ripper, isn’t it? Well, so I thought. continue
By Andrew Walker: You could easily be forgiven for not being too excited about tonight’s headline event from Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke, Staffordshire, for the British and Commonwealth flyweight titles after seeing the records of the two fighters involved. Chris Edwards 13 (4) - 13 (3) – 3 and Usman Ahmed 5 - 2 – 1 will never reach the bright lights of Vegas or battle for a real world title but tonight they both put on a performance worthy of a world champions payday. continue
VICTOR ORTIZ, Top Super Lightweight Contender - "I hope everyone is up for a great show, because we are both in great condition and this is going to be a good fight. We're going to have some fun in the ring; we're going to dance with the devil a little."
MARCOS MAIDANA, Top Super Lightweight Contender
"I know my opponent is good and people are going to enjoy this fight. But, in the end I know I will win.. continue
30.05.09 - By Vivek Wallace: Tonight, the world of boxing gets a double dose on live TV as HBO presents action between four men with much to prove. In the first showdown, we get the opportunity to see young Mexican warrior Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12KO's) square off against the biggest challenge of his career thus far, powerful, yet unproven, Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27KO's). After that showdown is settled, fight fans get the opportunity to watch another highly-talented-yet-highly-questioned figure attempt to prove himself, as Haitian welterweight phenom Andre Berto (24-0, 19KO's) defends his WBC strap against Colombian power puncher Juan Urango (21-1, 16KO's). With little time before the first bell sounds, we take a glimpse at "Keys to Victory", "Four" critical angles to explore in each fight, and Official Predictions:
Juan Urango: (Keys To Victory
For Juan Urango, this fight will come down to three things. Two in which he has shown much of in the past (power and chin), and one element in which he has shown zero (defense). continue
By Andrew Walker - If you are a UK resident and follow the sport of boxing you will be familiar with the name Steve Bunce. More recently known for his association with Setanta Sports and his boxing hour show (Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour, 14.00, Thursday, Setanta Sports News) but also for his work with the BBC on shows, inside sport and BBC radios fighting talk.
It was on the BBC late night show inside sport that I first came across Buncey a few years back and my initial impression of him was of a loud mouth oaf who could not put his point of view across very well. continue
By Bryant Maxwell - Manny Pacquiao is considered Pound for Pound the greatest boxer in the world today. Juan Manuel Marquez is widely considered the second best fighter in the world today according to Ring Magazine. During their two fights, Manny has won one and they have drawn one. The first fight being a draw with scores of Judge John Stewart 110-115 for Manny, Judge Burt Clements 113-113 and Judge Guy Jutras 115-110 for Marquez. Marquez being knocked down three times early in the first fight came back to force a draw. With the second fight being scored by Judge Duane Ford 112-115 for Manny, Judge Jerry Roth 115-112 for Marquez and Judge Tom Miller 113-114 for Manny; clearly the knockdown early in this fight was the difference. continue
29.05.09 - Despite only being a pro since last December heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury graces the cover of this week’s Boxing News. The vastly respected magazine is the only weekly boxing magazine in the World and is this year celebrating it’s centenary having been first published back in 1909. The magazine normally reserves their front cover for established World stars so Fury’s appearance is a testament to the impact he has had on the sport during his short career to date.
The cover story relates to Fury’s second round destruction of Scott Belshaw at the Watford Colosseum last Saturday night with editor Claude Abrams suggesting that former world Heavyweight Champ Oliver McCall may be an interesting matchup for the 6 foot 9 inch 20-year-old. McCall who famously won the title with a stunning second round KO of Lennox Lewis enjoyed another second round win in Las Vegas at the weekend to press his claims for another shot at the heavyweight title.
Fury who has now won all 6 of his pro fights by stoppage will return to the ring at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan on Saturday, June 13th when he features as the chief support to the British Lightweight title fight between John Murray and Scott Lawton. continue
by James Slater - On the same July night that IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek has his awful mismatch of a fight with the undeserving Bobby Gunn, two former world champions at 200-pounds square off in a fight that will see the winner earn a shot at Adamek. Steve "USS" Cunningham and Wayne "Big Truck" Braithwaite collide, on the big July 11th show in Florida that is topped by the Joseph Agbeko-Vic Darchinyan bantamweight title fight. continue
Amir Khan will not have to give a rematch to Marco Antonio Barrera following the World Boxing Organisation's enquiry into the March 14 bout at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Khan beat the Mexican great to win the WBO Intercontinental Lightweight title on a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped in the fifth round because of an accidental clash of heads that occurred in the opening round. After the bout, Barrera's promoter Don King filed a protest to the WBO asking for an immediate rematch and this has been denied by the WBO. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' we take an in-depth look at one of the sports rising stars. Many have taken close to a decade to reach a level in which title shots, wealth, and accolades come into the fold, yet for the young Angulo, that equation appears to be well within grasp after a short four year stint in the ring as a professional. To some that's a question that leaves much to ponder, while to others it's a statement which speaks loud and clear about the trust, confidence, and plans bestowed upon Angulo by the brass in his promotional company.
Despite the brute strength, the warrior-like mentality, and the keep-pressing-forward mentality, some find much to question about the young contender, and many of those questions are sound enough to command answers. In October of 2008 I can remember identifying the number of rounds fought to that point in the career of Kelly Pavlik - as opposed to his pending opponent, Bernard Hopkins. continue
by James Slater - Though Amir Khan, Andriy Kotelnik and Enzo Maccarinelli will doubtless get most of the headlines and attention on June 27th, the fight on the bill between Matthew Hall and Anthony Small may well turn out to be the fight of the night at The O2 Arena in London. Puncher Hall of Manchester will be defending his Commonwealth light-middleweight for the first time, and the vacant British 154-pound belt will also be on the line. Who will win? Both men are talented fighters who have differing styles that should mesh well to make a great fight. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – All of the local and regional qualifiers for the 2009 USA Boxing National Championships have been completed and the rosters are set for the event, which will be contested, June 8-13 at the Denver Coliseum. Over 450 boxers will compete in the premier amateur boxing national championship event, which is moving north to Denver after six straight years in Colorado Springs. continue
Undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham will return to the ring on June 27 when he takes on Mahir Oral in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Berlin again,” King Arthur (29-0, 23 KOs) said. “It is always something special to step into the ring in front of my home fans. I only have the best of memories of the Max-Schmeling-Halle.” In August 2007, he brutally knocked out Khoren Gevor in the 11th round. Now Oral (25-1, 10 KOs), who fights under the promotional banner of Arena Box Promotion, is the next in line to get a taste of the champion´s punching power. “He is a tough guy, especially physically,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “In his first world title fight, he is sure to bring his A-game. This voluntary defence will be a tough one for King Arthur.”
The three-time German boxer of the year was originally scheduled to face mandatory challenger Giovanni Lorenzo. Since no contractual agreement could be reached, the IBF sanctioned the voluntary defence during its convention in Panama City. The mandatory defence will take place in September. continue
Andreas Kotelnik says he will be fighting for his fellow countrymen when he takes on Amir Khan on June 27 at London's O2 Arena. The Ukrainian drew inspiration from a visit to his nation's embassy in Holland Park, London, during a whistle-stop tour of the capital yesterday. After meeting the ambassador and signing autographs for star-struck embassy staff who posed with his WBA world title, the 31-year-old warned Khan that he would retain his light-welterweight crown in a month's time. "There is pressure on me because so many people back home want me to win, but it's an inspiration as well," said former Olympic silver medallist Kotelnik. continue
Totowa, New Jersey—The “Main Event Boxing Series” brings world championship boxing back to Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, July 11th as World IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek of Jersey City puts his title on the line against popular Hackensack Cruiserweight Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn, promoters Main Events and Ziggy Promotions announced today. continue
May 28, 2009 – By Scott Kraus -- When Chad Dawson soundly beat Antonio Tarver in their rematch in Dawson’s HBO debut earlier this month there was immediate speculation about whom Dawson would fight next. The light heavyweight division is far from the deepest in boxing and the only man ranked ahead of Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, repeatedly rejects the notion of fighting Dawson.
In analyzing Dawson’s options after his win over Tarver, I must admit that I rather shortsightedly dismissed the man whom Dawson is now likely to face in his second consecutive rematch, Glen Johnson. Although I explored the possibility of a rematch between Dawson and Johnson since their first fight was close and fan-friendly, I ultimately concluded that the risk would not be worth it to Dawson. continue
Matthew Hall says he'll make his childhood dreams come true by winning a Lonsdale belt against Anthony Small on June 27. And the hard-hitting Mancunian says he'll keep up his run of recent KO wins by halting his London rival inside 10 rounds. Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Hall will put his title on line against Hall at the O2 Arena, with the British title up for grabs as well. The mouth-watering fight is part of the supporting card to Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title challenge against Andreas Kotelnik. continue
Hollywood, FL - May 30 - Welterweight champion Andre Berto and IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango both made weight yesterday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL and are now ready to collide for the WBC World Title in tonight's explosive double header on HBO's Boxing After Dark. continue
Interview and photos by Ricardo Conde - Rolando “El Pochito” Reyes (31-4-2, 20KOs) of Oxnard, CA resuscitated his career after a stunning knockout of former lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz this past April in Austin, TX. Prior to the fight Reyes stated “My time is now” and was determined to have his hands raised in victory after the fight. Reyes had stunned Diaz in the fourth round with a right hand to the chin and in the fifth round Diaz was dropped twice by a barrage of power punches that prompted referee Gregorio Alvarez to stop the bout in the final minute of the round.
We recently caught up with Reyes and here’s what he had to say:
Q: We’re here at the gym, are you preparing for your next fight, if so, who will you be fighting next, when and where? continue
By Edgar Macabasa - In the aftermath of Manny Pacquiao’s two-round annihilation of Ricky Hatton last May 2, and the “unretirement” of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on that very same date, several tantalizing matchups have been tossed around as a possibility for the Pacman in the later part of this year. The four most anticipated of these are the possible superfights Pacquiao-Marquez III, Pacquiao-Mayweather, Pacquiao-Mosley and Pacquiao-Cotto.
If Juan Manuel Marquez manages to defeat Mayweather this July, there is no doubt that Pacquiao’s next opponent would be the proud Mexican in a fight that would rightfully be billed NUMERO UNO: No. 1 POUND FOR POUND for all the marbles. continue
by James Slater - How timely! Having just read on Boxing News Magazine's official website that unbeaten British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury wants and is in search of a new trainer - An American-based one if possible - do I submit this article in which Harold "The Shadow" Knight talks about his desire to work with the 20-year-old. Read on, and that includes you, too, Tyson! (should he be an ESB reader, that is).
The name Harold "The Shadow" Knight will almost certainly be familiar to fight fans; most likely due to his long working relationship with former world heavyweight king Lennox Lewis. Knight. continue
28.05.09 - by Andrew Walker - Tyson Fury the latest in a long line of heavyweight prospects is now 6 – 0 – (6) just six months into his professional career. Those of us that reside in the UK have been able to witness his career to date, live on the free to air digital channel ITV4. In each of his fights he has improved technically and his fitness level seems to be improving also. Tyson Fury has only fought a “low” standard of opposition so far in his first six fights (and wins) and therefore it is meaningless to judge him fairly right now. But that opposition which he has so effortlessly dispatched with is of the level that his domestic rivals would not be facing until maybe their eighth of tenth fight?
No one can honestly argue that Tyson Fury and his promoter Mick Hennessy are not taking each fight with a view to stepping up the level of competition every time so that Fury is improving as he is faced with stiffer opposition. This is a risky but more professional strategy in my opinion, rather then look to pad out his record with “stiffs” and then take a big step up in class in a sink or swim fight (easiest route to a title fight for the least amount of expenditure) a route that is favoured by Britain’s more famous boxing promoter. continue
by James Slater - Former WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter was a phone-in guest today on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports, and "The Hitter" spoke about his upcoming clash with the unbeaten Devon Alexander. The 35-year-old former champ also gave his opinion of what would happen if he were to meet Amir Khan in an all-British showdown in the future. Such a fight is a possibility; if Witter can beat Alexander to reclaim the currently vacant WBC 140-pound crown, and if Khan can beat Andriy Kotelnik to take the WBA strap. Witter says he thinks Kotelnik will beat Khan in June, and that the fight isn't all that likely. However, if Khan beats Kotelnik he would certainly take the fight. continue
28.05.09 - IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham (29-0, 23 KOs) will fight 29 year old Mahir Oral (25-1-2) on June 27 at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Oral is promoted by Arena Box Promotion. ARD will broadcast the fight live in Germany. Abraham was originally scheduled to face mandatory challenger Giovanni Lorenzo. Since no contractual agreement could be reached, the IBF sanctioned the voluntary defence during its convention in Panama City. The mandatory defence will take place in September. continue
By Errol Hyppolite - Last week ESPN’s Brian Kenny conducted a ten-minute interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr. The tense and entertaining interview focused on Floyd’s return to the ring and his boxing future. After interview Brian posted his thoughts on ESPN radio in which he stated his dissatisfaction of Floyds answers to his questions. This article seeks to answer B.K.’s questions and dispel many of the boxing myths the media uses to criticize Floyd.
Let’s start by analyzing and answering the questions asked by Brian Kenny.
Question 1. Floyd, why are you returning to the ring after you retired?
Answers: 1.Money - Floyd has been out of work for a while and is in need of cash. What better way for him to fix his financial troubles than a return to the ring? The good news is that Floyd will be back for five fights. The financial benefit to the sport will be tremendous. continue
by James Slater - The phrase living legend is often one that is overused in boxing, but it applies 100-percent to this man. Joe Frazier is the all-time great prize-fighter in question, and he has attached to his name one of the most apt and well known nicknames the sport has ever produced. Known universally as "Smokin'" Joe, the 65-year-old is over in Wales at the moment, and tonight he speaks at a special dinner in Cardiff.
Earlier today, though, Wales On-Line.com caught up with the great man who is loved and respected the word over for having done things the hard way in an amateur and pro career that began in the early 1960s. continue
Here are the weights from Helsinki: WBA Heavyweight Title: Ruslan Chagaev (Uzbekistan, “champion in recess“): 102,3 kg vs Nikolai Valuev (Russia, champion): 143,1 kg
WBA/WBC Female Welterweight Title: Amy Yuratovac (USA): 66,2 kg vs Cecilia Braekhus (Norway, champion): 65,6 kg. continue
by James Slater - Last week, whilst being interviewed on Setanta Sports, former IBF light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods said he would be having a "juicy" fight in the coming months, but he was not allowed to officially announce the bout he was talking about for a week or two. Now, in light of IBF 175-pound king "Bad" Chad Dawson opting to vacate the crown, we know what juicy fight Woods was referring to.
It seems a number of people in the know fully expected Dawson to drop his IBF strap - Woods and his manager among those who were in the know - and Clinton was aware he would step in against the next highest IBF light-heavyweight contender to himself, to fight to decide the title. What we have now then (although it has yet to be 100-percent officially announced) is Woods Vs. Tavoris Cloud for the vacant belt. continue
(Tucson, Arizona) – Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions announce the return of boxing to Southern Arizona. World-class pugilism will be showcased at the Diamond Center on June 26, 2009. Select fights will be televised on ESPN. The main event of the evening features Brooklyn, New York’s Daniel Jacobs (16-0, 14 KOs), a prized prospect that is on the verge of becoming a legitimate contender. He recently won a wide decision over Michael Walker on the undercard of the Pacquiao/Hatton mega-fight. continue
Amir Khan loves Tinseltown so much that he says he may move there permanently after his boxing career has ended - to become an actor. Khan is spending his third stint at Freddie Roach's Wild Card gym in LA, preparing for a WBA light-welterweight title fight against Andreas Kotelnik on June 27 at London's O2 Arena. And he admits that even though he's training harder than ever, there's no escaping the allure of Hollywood. That's because Roach is good pals with Mickey Rourke after training him for years, and film stars are familiar faces at the Wild Card. continue
by James Slater - As special as Manny Pacquiao's awesome KO of Ricky Hatton was back on May 2nd, the short and sweet - not to mention brutal - win left us all wanting more. It wasn't "Pac-Man's" fault he dispatched "The Hitman" with such ease, but with the fans watching while hoping for a fight that would bring out the best in the superb Filipino southpaw, some inevitably went home with a feeling of dissatisfaction. This is in no way a complaint about Pacquiao; who could complain about such a superb and all-conquering warrior? Nevertheless, we fans are still hungry for more and as such we cannot wait to see the pound-for-pound king back in the ring.
The good news is Pacquiao's next fight is currently pencilled in for October 17th, most likely in Las Vegas. And hopefully this time, as much as we enjoy seeing spectacular knockouts, the action will last a little longer! continue
NEW YORK (May 21, 2009) – It’s hard to tell who this fight means more to. Is it bigger for Antonio DeMarco to impress his growing legion of followers as he climbs up the lightweight rankings ladder? Or will Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho make a name for himself in his SHOWTIME debut and prove he’s a legitimate top-10 contender in the 135-pound weight class? continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—Unbeaten world-ranked welterweight Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, suffered a strained muscle in his left bicep over the weekend, forcing cancellation of his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title defense against Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA, which was set for Saturday evening, June 6, at Bally’s Atlantic City. continue
By Fernando Jose - He used to be called “The Destroyer”, and rightfully so. ‘Cause as a dynamic 23 year old fighting in the super bantamweight division, destroying the opposition was the only thing running through Pacquiao’s mind whenever he was in the ring. At that time, the skinny southpaw from the Philippines had very little regard for defense and never seemed to care about winning or losing rounds. He was focused on one single goal which was to annihilate the opposition. Though always wild and reckless, he was just too powerful and too aggressive that no one could completely capitalize on his flaws. Manny “The Destroyer” was indeed a very exciting fighter. With sheer violence, he managed to become a two-time world champion. But he wasn’t really what you would call a “great” fighter. Well at least, not yet.
When he decided to move up to 126 and fight Ring featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera, Pacquiao was a 4-1 underdog. He defied the odds and beat who was then the third best pound for pound fighter in the world—and that he did in a dominant fashion. Pacquiao threw rapid punches from so many different angles that even Barrera, the great defensive fighter that he was, couldn’t do anything to protect himself. continue
PANAMA CITY, PANAMA (May 27, 2009) – Undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON informed the International Boxing Federation (IBF) that he has vacated its title, effective immediately. Promoter Gary Shaw personally delivered the letter to the IBF at its annual convention which is being held in Panama City, Panama. “The IBF rejected our request for an exception to making an immediate title defense against mandatory challenger Tavoris Cloud and inasmuch as no major television network was willing to buy the fight, the IBF left us little choice,” said Shaw. continue
By Ted Sares - These days, boxing fans seemed focused on Danny Jacobs, the Cuban invasion of Lara, Rigondeaux, and Gamboa, and also the rise of Olympian heavyweight Deontay Wilder. But there are other names out there to keep in mind. Whether they achieve the stature of the aforementioned remains to be seen, but I’m betting that at least one will. Here are five; there are many more.
Sueng Kue Park (South Korean)
Sueng-Kue Park, a South Korean, resides and fights in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That in and of itself is an anomaly, but what really makes Park stand out is his 10-0 record with all wins coming by way of knockout. continue
WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has dubbed Saturday´s rematch against “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev the “most important fight” of his life. The Russian Giant (50-1, 34 KOs) is eager to avenge the only loss of his career. “I am glad I will finally get the chance to set the record straight,” he said at today´s press conference at Hartwall Arena. “I am very confident of success. I have improved a lot since the first meeting. This is certainly the most important fight of my career.”
Valuev stated he did not care about Chagaev´s strange behaviour during the last couple of days. Yesterday, the Universum fighter boycotted the official media work-out. continue
by James Slater - Tentatively scheduled for August 22nd in San Francisco, California (date and venue to be confirmed), is a fight that will see one of boxing's brightest lower-weight stars moving up a few pounds in attempting to capture his second world title. Hero of The Philippines Nonito Donaire (second only to Manny Pacquiao when it comes to popularity in the country) is the fighter, and it looks like he will challenge Puerto Rico's Jose Lopez, as he tries to take the 37-year-old's WBO super-flyweight title. continue
By Ted Sares - I was 6 feet tall and wrong-handed, just what all the other fighters fear,'' Seales said. ''When I was young, I was all arms and legs. They told me that's the way Sugar Ray Robinson was when he started out; that's how I got the nickname. --Sugar Ray Seales
We’d [Marvin Johnson] love to find a good young lefthander and teach him what we know…Watching a young fighter develop…….man, that would be something. --Sugar Ray Seales. continue
by James Slater - It's fair to say it's a rematch that hasn't exactly got the fans running around with anticipation, but this coming Saturday night, in the unlikely setting of Finland, Ruslan Chagaev and Nikolai Valuev meet to decide the WBA version of the heavyweight crown. Years ago, a heavyweight world title fight that grabbed only the attention of a small percentage of fight fans would have been all but unheard of, yet this is what we are getting in a few days time. On paper, though, the rematch is not a bad fight. And the first fight between the two big men, back in April of 2007, was not a bad fight either.
Who will win the second instalment? Will it be a case of repeat or revenge on Saturday night? For those that care, here is my opinion on the bout between the two heavyweights with a combined record of 75-1-1(51). continue
WBO#9 Minto earns WBO NABO Title Shot! WBO#9, WBA#15 heavyweight contender Brian "The Beast" Minto (33-2 21kos) will meet former WBA heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon (40-7) for the interim WBO NABO heavyweight title on Friday August 14th at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. A winner of six straight and 15 of his last 16, Minto will also put his WBA Fedecentro heavyweight title up for stake. Seldon, a winner of two straight and five of his last six, has claimed 36 knockout victims in his 40 professional wins. continue
27.05.09 - Anthony Mundine won his third world title after beating Daniel Geale by split decision after 12 rounds in Brisbane on Wednesday night. Mundine (36-3) knocked Geale down in the second round. It was the first loss in Geale's 22-fight professional career. 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..Other HBO playdates: May 31 (10:00 a.m.) and June 1 (11:30 p.m.)- HBO2 playdates: May 31 (4:45 p.m.) and June 2 (11:00 p.m.)
Undefeated welterweight titleholder Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) delivers devastating knockout power with exceptional boxing skills and electrifying charisma. The 25-year-old native of Winter Haven, Fla. defeated veteran Steve Forbes in late 2008, following with a significant victory over former welterweight champ Luis Collazo in a grueling battle last January. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Aleksander Dimitrenko vs Eddie Chambers July 4 in Hamburg is now officially a WBO final eliminator with the winner to fight the winner of Wlad Klitschko vs David Haye. Dimitrenko has also relinquished the position as mandatory challenger for the vacant EBU title. That spot is now taken by Italian veteran Paolo Vidoz who thus gets the chance for a rematch against Sinan Samil Sam after the controversy last time out where the fight was first announced as a draw but then one judge changed his scoring for the final round and Sam got the nod. continue
British middleweight champion Matt Macklin says he'll be ready to take on the best in the world by the end of 2009. "The Mack" underlined his potential earlier this year with a stunning stoppage win over former world title challenger Wayne Elcock. And he'll be looking to make another major statement when he defends his title as part of the undercard to Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title challenge against Andreas Kotelnik on June 27 at London's O2 Arena. continue
Interview and photo by Ricardo Conde - Having served several times as sparring partner for pound for pound king Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao, "Dangerous" David Rodela (12-1-2, 6KOs) of Oxnard, CA, looks to make his own statement as he headlines the series debut of Golden Boy Promotions "Fight Night Club" at the new Club Nokia at LA Live (across the street from the STAPLES Center) in downtown Los Angeles, CA on June 11th. "Fight Night Club", which will be a monthly boxing series and will feature some of Golden Boy's best up and coming boxers, will be televised on VERSUS at 9pm ET / 6pm PT and streamed live on RingTV.com and Yahoo! Boxing.
We recently caught up with David Rodela and here's what he had to say:
Q: How young were you when you started fighting and can you tell us about your amateur career and some of your accomplishments as an amateur?
A: Well I started when I was ten years old; my dad got me into it. As an amateur I had about 110 fights and about a good dozen loses. I won seven national tournaments, the USA, the P.A.L., Ringside under 19 and I made it all the way to the Olympic Box-offs. continue
Tyson Fury believes that it’s a case of, once bitten twice shy for Derek “Del Boy” Chisora in the wake of Fury’s second round destruction of touted prospect Scott Belshaw on Saturday night. Following on from victories for both men over the weekend Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy has already tabled an offer to Chisora’s promoter for the two to clash in Wigan on June 13th live on ITV4 in a final eliminator for the British Heavyweight title (subject to Board approval). continue
26.05.09 - By Coach Tim Walker – The Cubans are coming! The CUBANS are coming!! Well first I hope you laughed at that and second they aren’t really coming, they’re actually here and looking good. If you didn’t know that before you read my opener then the May 22nd airing of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights should have painted a clearer picture.
This showcase version of Friday Night Fights planted it roots in the historic and elegant Fountainbleau Hotel, Miami and featured hot Cuban prospects Erislandy Lara and Guillermo Rigondeaux (yes it seems he is really a serious prospect after one pro fight) as well as pro debuts of Yordanis Despaigne (successful amateur, lost to Andre Dirrell in 2004 Olympics by one point) and Yudel Johnson (gold medalist 1999 Pan American Game, gold medalist 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games). continue
by James Slater - Returning to the ring for the first time since he was sensationally stopped in the 9th round by the previously little-known Ola Afolabi, Enzo Maccarinelli faces unbeaten Russian cruiserweight Denis Lebedov on June 27th. 28-year-old Maccarinelli, the former WBO 200-pound champion, has to win this one or his career will almost certainly be over.
Now 29-3(22), Enzo will meet the 17-0(12) 29-year-old on the big Frank Warren promoted show at London's O2 Arena topped by Amir Khan's challenge of WBA light-welterweight champ Andriy Kotelnik. so, can the big punching yet vulnerable Welshman do a job on southpaw Lebedev - who, like Afolabi before him, enters the fight with not too much known about him - or will the Warren promoted Russian bring down the curtain on Enzo's career? continue
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – May 25, 2009) IBF Bantamweight contender Yonnhy Perez approaches his last days of preparation as he readies himself to face South African Silence Mabuza on his home turf. Having arrived to Johannesburg 10-days ago, Yonnhy can’t wait to lace them up and get home soon. “I feel fine, they have treated us great during our whole stay,” said Perez of the host city and its people. “Everybody is friendly and are making my time here enjoyable. But I did not come all the way here to be a tourist, I came here to win and to take away a mandatory position to challenge the IBF champion soon,” said the undefeated Colombian that resides in Santa Fe Springs, CA. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 25, 2009) World ranked contender Abner Mares has joined forces with The Espinoza Boxing Club, it was announced today by award winning manager Frank Espinoza. The 23 year old Mares, promoted throughout his career by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, is currently world ranked #4 by the IBF and WBO. He has compiled an undefeated record of 18-0 with 11 knockouts since turning professional four years ago after an illustrious amateur career which culminated in being a member of the 2004 Mexican Olympic Team. continue
With no major boxing cards on the slate this past weekend, it seems that most of the national attention shifted to the same few names that always seem to grab headlines. This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' centers solely and squarely around three individuals....Pacquiao, Mayweather, and Mosley. Dawson and Johnson managed to squeeze in for a brief cameo, but other than that, there seems to be only three names on the minds and tongues of fight fans and today we take a detailed look at each of them. With no time to spare, we jump right into the mix with a question from the U.K., where a huge fight fan wanted to know the following:
Drake Ward (Bristol, UK): I happened to see the recent interviews between an ESPN personality and Floyd Mayweather jr., as well as the followup interview with Brian Kenny and Shane Mosley. I noticed that when he spoke to Mayweather, he addressed the fact that he [Mayweather] isn't facing Mosley, yet when he spoke to Mosley, he didn't bring up the fact that Mosley rejected offers to face Mayweather twice - (back in approx. 98/99 as well as '06). I'm interested in hearing your views on this topic.. continue
By Benjie Varella – Two young Filipino boxing prospects proved too strong against their Tanzanian opponents as both registered convincing victories last Saturday at the Medina Gymnasium, Ozamis City, Philippines.
Tagged as War In Ozamiz: Asia Vs Africa, both matches did not last long as Jundy “Pretty Boy” Maraon knocks out Tanzanian opponent Anthony Mathias in the 6th round defending and retaining his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific Bantamweight title. continue
by James Slater - Next in line for WBO super-bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez is Cameroon-born Olivier Lontchi, an unbeaten 25-year-old who now lives in Canada. Currently 18-0-2(8) as a pro, Lontchi says he will shock the odds and upset Lopez next month.
Indeed, the 5'5" Lontchi told me - as we spoke over the phone from his trainer Howard Grant's gym in Canada last week - that he can't wait for the bout that will pit two unbeaten fighters going at it; and that he is sure he will avoid "Juanma's" awesome punching power and win on points. continue
by Kelsey McCarson, theboxingstop.com - After Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 Kos) demolished Antonio “El Cheato” Margarito” last January, the 37 year old star was seemingly on top of the world. Mosley, unmistakably one of the best fighters of his era, had not only upset the heavily favored Margarito, but he had also put himself in line for another big fight payday.
Or had he?
While everybody and their mom these days seems ready to jump in the ring with any other welterweight in the world, somehow one the division’s biggest stars (and champions) has been left out. How’d it happen?
Fellow welterweights Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey square off next weekend in a much anticipated bout on HBO. continue
by James Slater - Both guys are past their best by quite a long way, yet the possible heavyweight pairing that is James "Lights Out" Toney and "The White Wolf," Sergei Liakhovich is still one that would likely garner some fan attention. According to ESPN.com's Dan Rafael, the heavyweight bout is in the works for either early or late August, in Primm, Nevada. According to Rafael's short news bit, Liakhovich's manager, Ivaylo Gotzev, informed ESPN that the fight's original date of July 4th has been put back and that the fight will now happen on either August 1st or August 29th. In addition, Sam Peter (also managed by Gotzev) will box on the under-card against an as yet unannounced opponent. So, a card of faded names is in store, but a decent enough card all the same. continue
CHICAGO, IL (May 25, 2009) Surrounded by the hustle of White Sox fans headed to see their favorites at Cellular Field late on Friday afternoon, Jaime “SUPERFLY” Sandoval trained in the eerily quiet at the Windy City Boxing Gym for his rematch against Juan Carlos “EL PEZ” Martinez this Friday night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The Sandoval/Martinez ten round rematch for WBF Americas Lightweight Title headlines “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 2”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, “HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
By Ted Sares - It’s that time again, mates. Get comfortable near your key pad and monitor and torch up a nice Nub, the new cigar sensation that is short, stout and well-filled smoke blended to capture the perfect essence of a cigar. These great cigars burn slowly and give a nice midway kick. For scotch this month, I am featuring the world's best selling Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich. Need I say more?
In the background, I have Tommy Castro, Jimmy Thackeray, Chris Vachon (Room Full of Blues), and Rod Piazza (The Mighty Flyers) doing their upbeat thing, but any reasonable request will be entertained. I am partial to jump blues, West Coast Blues, Chicago Blues and particularly boogie because they seem to go well with boxing and cigars. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: IBO Middleweight Champion Daniel Geale takes on fellow Australian Anthony Mundine this Wednesday night at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in what is his fourth scheduled defense of his title.
At 21-0 with 13 knockouts to date, Geale has had the perfect start to his boxing career. Anthony Mundine, former two-time WBA super middleweight champion and current WBA #1 middleweight contender, shapes up as clearly his biggest challenge to date in his professional career. continue
24.05.09 - by James Slater - It was a most eventful and somewhat surprising night of boxing action in Monterrey, Mexico yesterday, as WBC super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan got off the floor to KO Mexican hero and former WBO champion Jhonny Gonzalez in the 3rd round, and former bantamweight and super-bantamweight king Rafael Marquez returned to the ring after an absence of fourteen months to stop Colombia's Jose Francisco Mendoza up at featherweight, also in the 3rd round. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Watford, U.K, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury looked very impressive as he blew away his 23-year-old opponent, Scott Belshaw of Northern Ireland. Body work with the left hand was the key to the 20-year-old giant's win, and he stopped Belshaw with a left hand to the midsection in the 2nd round. The previously once-beaten Belshaw, who took the fight on less than a week's notice, dipped after the left hand hit his belly, prompting Fury to back off and referee Richie Davies to signal the end. The official time was 52-seconds of the round, and Fury is now 6-0(6) as a pro. Belshaw, two inches shorter than Fury at 6.7," fell to 10-2(7).
On paper a risky fight for Fury, in reality it turned out to be yet another showcase for the former ABA champion. Coming out firing fast and accurate left jabs, the 20-year-old was way too fast for the slightly older man. A nice right hand to the head scored for Tyson, but Belshaw took it well. Another right hand crashed into the Irishman's shaven skull and there was also blood pouring from Scott's nose now. continue
By Paul Strauss: Did you catch the self-described Cash Cow's interview with Brian Kenny? Did Floyd Mayweather out do himself in the "jerk dept"? You make the call. With his first words, he managed to insult Brian, claiming Brian never laced on a pair of gloves, and therefore knew nothing about the sport. In fact, he told Brian that he wasn't good at anything.
Let's be objective now. Maybe Floyd isn't a jerk, but he certainly behaves like one. He once again exhibited behavior that can only be described as annoyingly stupid and foolish. continue
Enzo Maccarinelli and Denis Lebedev will clash in a mouth-watering crossroads fight for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title on June 27 at the O2 Arena. Both boxers are hoping that victory will lead to a world title opportunity - while neither man wants to contemplate the consequences of defeat. The fight will be part of a huge undercard to Amir Khan's WBA World Light-Welterweight title challenge against Andreas Kotelnik. continue
By Michael Amakor - Suitland Md, May 23, 2009 - On Saturday June 13, 2009, there will be a fistic clash of monumental proportions when hard hitting Miguel Cotto the WBO Welterweight (147) champion defends his title against the technically sound and equally tenacious one time IBF titlist Joshua Clottey at Madison Square Gardens in New York.
Puerto Rican born Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27ko’s) best known for his bone crunching body shots and victories over Shane Mosley and Zab Judah is one victorious title fight removed from his shocking and lone defeat to Antonio Margarito last year and eager to reclaim supremacy of the 147 pound division against the vastly underrated Joshua Clottey (35-2, 20ko’s) from Ghana coming off his 9th round title winning destruction of Zab Judah last year in his best performance to date.
Determining the outcome of this fight is as difficult and as tenacious a proceeding as the fight itself is expected to be when taking several factors into consideration, one of them being that both fighters lost to the brutal Antonio Margarito in respective bouts and won awe inspiring victories over former unified welterweight champion Zab Judah. continue
23.05.09 - by James Slater - Last night in London, on the Nathan Cleverly-Billy Boyle under-card, 25-year-old heavyweight prospect Derek Chisora of London met old foe Paul Butlin in a rematch scheduled for 8 rounds. The last time "Del Boy" and 33-year-old Leicester man Butlin met, Chisora won on points over four rounds in a bad tempered affair. Last night things really got out of hand.
Winning the fight well enough in the early rounds - with a good body attack, a nice right hand to the head and overall superior work-rate being his key weapons - Chisora, for some unknown reason, took it upon himself to sink his teeth into Butlin's left ear in the 5th round! continue
by James Slater - Last night, at the historic York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, 22-year-old Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly made impressively short work of a game but outclassed Billy Boyle. Marking Boyle up beneath the left eye and raking him with shots from both hands to body and head, Welshman Cleverly persuaded 32-year-old Boyle's trainer, Glyn Rhodes, to throw in the towel. The time was just two minutes and 27-seconds of the round, and the ambitious and genuinely talented Cleverly improved to 16-0(6). Sheffield man Boyle, who has only been boxing at pro level since 2007, fell to 12-2(7). This was the first time Billy had been stopped. continue
By Leon de Juda: Last night Friday May 22 2009, the boxing World finally had a glimpse and saw in action the former two time Cuban Olympic Gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz. For the slick Cuban Rigondeaux, it was more than just a debut but a beginning of what can be something very special for him, a future World Championship and a spot in Glory in professional boxing as well. While it's very hard to top the other Cuban team mate Erislandy Lara's performance, who clearly outgunned his opponent, Rigondeaux to some extent proved and showcased his exceptional talent exhibiting blazing handspeed and awesome accuracy as he looked very calmed and relaxed in his professional debut.
Rigondeaux dominated amateur boxing ever since he became Olympic Champion at the very early age of 18 and was known as the best Pound for Pound amateur in the World. Since then he captured Gold again at age 22 and Olympic Glory as well. He was probably one of the most decorated amateur boxers in the very strong Cuban team for the last decade along with team mate 3 time Olympic Champion Felix Savon and many others. continue
Oliver McCall (52-9, 37 KOs) scored a second round KO over John Hopoate (11-3, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. McCall's son Elijah McCall (3-0) also won by a second round KO, beating Chad Davis.
On Firday Night Fights, Antwone Smith (16-1-1, 8 KOs) outpointed Richard Gutierrez (24-2-1, 14 KOs). The judges scored the fight 97-93, 96-94, 100-88 in favor of Smith. In other fights, Guillermo Rigondiaux stopped Juan Noriega (3-4) in three making his pro debut. Erislandy Lara (6-0) scored a fourth round TKO over Edwin Vasquez (22-14-2). continue
Over 12,000 tickets have been sold for the upcoming Miguel Cotto vs Joshua Clottey showdown at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, June 13. "Fight fans know how great of a fight this really is," said Bob Arum. "We are expecting to sell out the Garden." Cotto, at his Media Day in Tampa yesterday, described the hard-punching Clottey as "...a real warrior." Clottey has been training in Fernwood, Pa. which is in the Poconos. Cotto will arrive into New York on Friday, June 5 to begin his final preparations for the fight. "There is talk of a Pacquiao fight for me," said Cotto. "That is talk. Right now, my focus is on Clottey.. continue
by James Slater - The Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez hype show rolled into London yesterday, and as usual 32-year-old "Money" Mayweather had plenty to say. Speaking primarily about two fighters, in Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton - the former being a potential rival for the future, the latter being a conquered foe - Mayweather had some interesting stuff to say.
Floyd knows only too well the majority of fans worldwide want him to meet up with the man who took over his spot at the top of the pound-for-pound pile, and the 39-0(25) master said yesterday that if and when he and the Filipino superstar do meet he will beat him.
"If the Pacquiao fight presents itself after this one [Vs. Marquez], then I'll lay the blueprint on how to beat him," Mayweather said yesterday. continue
By: Benjie Varella – The long awaited battle between Asia and Africa for the WBO regional title bouts are all set today (May23, 5pm-Manila time) at the Medina Gymnasium, Ozamis City, Philippines. One of the country’s boxing prospect hard-hitting Jundy “Pretty Boy”Maraon (13-0-1, 10KO’s) will defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific Bantamweight against Tanzanian Anthony Mathias (23-11-1, 11KO’s). continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA’s success at the 2009 World Championships in Yerevan, Armenia continued into the third day of competition with a trio of U.S. boxers claiming wins at the event. Ray Ximenez, Jr. (Dallas, Texas) and Carlos Chavez (North Hollywood, Calif.) both recorded their second victory of the tournament, defeating Georgia’s Velodi Tkebvchava and Germany’s Marcel Orsinger respectively. Ximenez won a second round retirement over Tkebvchava and Chavez claimed a 3-2 decision over Orsinger. continue
By Michael Klimes: Recently I have been unable to write about boxing as I was an exile in my own bedroom where I revised copious amounts of notes in preparation for my exams. Nonetheless, I could not help but think about boxing and I was particularly animated by the thought that the current generation of European fighters are doing rather well with Britain contributing its own contingent. By far the most accomplished of the British boxers has been Joe Calzaghe, who finally received a degree of recognition in the winter of his career that he had never experienced before. To partially gain this recognition, he had to defeat a very good fighter in Mikkel Kessler who had established his own little empire over the previous few years.
Now Calzaghe’s presence has been replaced by Carl Froch who won his title from a fighter with a French name in Jean Pascal. Another title holder in this very cosmopolitan division is Lucien Bute who is a Romanian. continue
by James Slater - It seems as though the much talked about cruiserweight clash between IBF king Tomasz Adamek and legend Bernard Hopkins may not be dead after all. Thought to be a no-go due to money issues between the two camps, the intriguing fight looked like one that got away. But now, according to top writer Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, HBO are once again interested in hosting the bout - but not this year, early next year instead. continue
by James Slater - The end looks to have come for one of the most colourful and exciting lower-weight fighters of the past 15 or so years. Last night, in Sacramento, 2004 Olympian Vicento Escobedo stopped former WBC and featherweight champion Kevin Kelley inside just two rounds at lightweight. The opening round was competitive enough, and despite his age of 41 "The Flushing Flash" looked in very good physical condition. It was the 27-year-old's speed and power that proved to be his undoing. continue
By Allan Williams, all photos by A. Williams - At a sweltering gym in east London, it seemed the world was waiting for the return of Floyd Mayweather, in his first public workout since announcing his return to the ring. Allan Williams was ringside for the action.
Floyd Mayweather may be skilled at boxing, but as far as timekeeping goes, he leaves a lot to be desired. The two hour session that was originally due to begin at 3pm instead became a shorter session starting at 4.45pm. The crowd was packed to the rafters, good natured yet boisterous, and this led to delays by the Mayweather camp as the fans tried to rush to the ring to get a glimpse of their idol. continue
By Andrew Harrison: In 2002 and in a bid to restore credibility back to the sport, Ring magazine launched its current championship policy. Hoping to cut a swathe through the veritable quagmire created by the various alphabet organisations and give credence back to idea of what it means to be a world champion, Ring titles are only awarded under the following criteria: ‘Championship vacancies can be filled by winning a box-off between The Ring's number-one and number-two contenders, or, in certain instances, a box-off between our number-one and number-three contenders. The only three occasions when a fighter will lose his championship status are when he retires, moves to another weight division, or is defeated in a championship bout’. continue
May 22, 2009 – By Scott Kraus- Imagine you are a movie director and, for some reason, you cast a group of boxing writers and hardcore boxing fans in your movie. You are about to film a scene in which you need this group to communicate impassioned rage, the kind of venomous vitriol usually reserved for mass murderers and banking executives. How do you inspire this ragtag group to deliver a powerful performance, to make the audience really believe their anger? You ask them the following question: How do you feel about sanctioning organizations in boxing? Then you yell “action” and start writing your Oscar acceptance speech.
Boxing aficionados address the sanctioning organizations the way conservatives address socialism and liberals address Dick Cheney – with blunt, bitter disdain. continue
22.05.09 - By Vivek Wallace: On the evening of May 30th, in Hollywood, Florida in front of a live HBO telecast, one of the welterweight divisions often forgotten son's will lace up a pair of gloves and set out to do something that he has failed to accomplish in roughly 33 attempts. That feat?.....Remove all questions in the back of the minds of fight fans around the globe who continue to provide a benefit of the doubt, yet remain firmly aware that his window of opportunity is only held open at this point by a stiff wind that is apparently no longer at his back in support. As a man, away from the ring, it's hard not to like Cintron. Very humble, very reserved, very simple. His life story from the very beginning is comprised of elements that accomplish the impossible task of both making a typical poker-face smile, yet immediately prompting a giddy guy to tears. Somewhere beyond the turmoil suffered as a child, the finished product delivered for the world to see was a man whose raw ability once set him apart from most of his contemporaries.
Despite those natural gifts and attributes, the career of Kermit Cintron has failed to spark the pizazz that most envisioned. Critics have gone on record in saying that he lacks everything from fundamentals, to stamina, to heart. continue
22.05.09 - Don King Productions, Inc. and Hennessy Sports informed the WBC that they have reached an agreement to stage the Devon Alexander vs. Junior Witter fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight world championship on July 11, 2009. The WBC wishes the best of luck to both fighters and are very proud that the promoters reached an amicable agreement. continue
By Benjie Varella - THREE years ago, Filipino fight fans were hopeful that another Manny Pacquiao would emerge from the man known in the Philippines as the “Magnum Force”.
With all the media hypes given to the minimum weight contender Rodel Mayol, the fans were shattered and disappointed when he lost to Japan-based Thai Eagle Kyowa for a 12-round unanimous decision, May 2006. He staggered Kyowa several times in the first half of the battle only to come short on points. continue
by James Slater - Today, on Setanta Sports, footage was shown of heavyweight title challenger David Haye being put through his paces in his Cyprus training camp as he gets himself in top shape for his June date with IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko. Looking fantastic, Haye was seen slamming a hammer into a huge tractor tyre and he was also seen preparing himself on how to deal with "Dr Steel Hammer's" long left jab.
Smiling as he did do, Haye worked out with the aid of a long poll with a glove on the end - slipping and blocking the over the top replica of Klitschko's telephone poll of a left hand. Haye may have been having some fun as the cameras rolled, but he has been going about his training in a deadly serious manner.
Speaking to Setanta Sports News, "The Hayemaker" acknowledged that he must be at his absolute best on June 20th, better than he's ever been in fact. continue
LOS ANGELES, MAY 22 - On March 8, 1971, Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali engaged in the "Fight of The Century", a 15 round war that will forever be remembered in the annals of boxing history. On July 18th, Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez will do their best to create their own "Fight of The Century" for the new millennium. While the talent, determination and high stakes are all in place, there are even more parallels, as we can trace Mayweather and Marquez to Frazier and Ali. continue
22.05.09 - By Coach Tim Walker – This Friday, May 22, Friday Night Fights will showcase an excellent main event bout in boxing cliché style as seasoned veteran heavy hitter Richard Gutierrez (24-2-1 KOs 14) is challenged by upstart slickster Antwone Smith (15-1-1 KOs 8). Folks this is what boxing is all about. Two distinct styles from two very distinct fighters at distinctly different stages of their careers tossed into a 10 round pressure cooker in front of a nationally televised audience where only one can be the victor. All of this highlighted by the cityscape of Miami Beach’s alluring Fountainbleau Hotel. If you’re ever in Miami the Fountainbleau is a great place to take in the nightlife and spend the night. This is a dangerous fight for both fighters albeit for vastly different reasons. continue
Boxing superstar Amir Khan has hit out at claims by Michael Jackson that he has postponed his opening dates at the O2 due to a “lack of time to rehearse due to other shows taking place there”. Khan who is also preparing in LA for his own O2 extravaganza, promoted by Frank Warren, said that Jackson cannot hide behind his fight as an excuse for letting his fans down, as he has been rehearsing far harder before returning to the O2 Arena for the biggest night of his life. “My business is all about preparation too and I’m over here working much, much harder than Michael is and I’m certainly not postponing my fight. Tell my fans that I am prepared and am ready to put on a show far more spectacular than his anyway!
I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Jackson but I was annoyed to read his comments on the internet. I’m annoyed that he has used my fight as the reason for letting his fans down and now it’s up to me to light up the O2 myself on 27th June with my own version of ‘Thriller!’ In common with Michael Jackson my night will also end with my glove raised up high too but that’s where the similarity will end, I’ll be crowned Champion of the World. continue
21.05.09 - By Kelsey McCarson, theboxingtstop.com: So Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has returned. Finally. With all the hubbub of the last few weeks, you’d think Manny Pacquiao was the next coming of Henry Armstrong, Ray Robinson and Jack Dempsey combined. Look, Manny is a great fighter and a certain hall of famer, but let’s take a step back for a minute and be real. Pacquiao isn’t even the best fighter of his generation. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 21 - There is no rest for the Golden Boy Promotions team in or out of the ring this week, and the Floyd Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel Marquez international press tour is only the tip of the iceberg for the hardest working promotional team in the boxing business. In addition to the press tour, which has already hit Los Angeles, New York and London, six of Golden Boy's finest will step into the ring this week for pivotal battles on their road to world championships. continue
by James Slater - It is now official. Former two-weight world champion Zab "Super" Judah will fight Matthew "Magic" Hatton on the under-card of the big Floyd Mayweather Junior Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez bout in Las Vegas on July 18th. There has been talk of the less famous of the Hatton brothers taking a big step up in class and boxing the Brooklyn southpaw for a while now, and the intriguing contest is sure to provide good supporting action to the big one in July.
Nowhere near as famous as big brother Ricky, 28-year-old Matthew Hatton is a good enough fighter in his own right. Make no mistake though, this fight is a risky one for the man with the 37-4-1(14) pro record. 31-year-old Judah, a former light-welterweight and welterweight world champion, will be the betting favourite to win on July 18th. Holding a huge edge in experience, Zab will also feel confident due to the fact that Hatton is no big puncher. continue
Promoter Michael Acri announced today that Wednesday, June 24 would be the new date for the ring return of former IBF Lightweight Champion "The Pittsburgh Kid" PAUL SPADAFORA. A sprained ankle postponed Spadafora's 2009 debut, originally scheduled for March 31. Spadafora (41-0-1, 16 KOs), will headline an all-action card at Pittsburgh's Amphitheatre at Station Square (125 West Station Square Drive, Pittsburgh, Penn. 15129.) The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. continue
21.05.09 - Joey Spina: “Everybody says the same thing. They call me ‘KO Kid’ because I almost always knockout my opponent. Check my resume; I’ve fought a lot of good guys. I’m going to knock him (Taylor) out. I just bite down on my mouthpiece – bite and fight. Boxing’s boxing; I’m a fighter….bite down and swing!” continue
21.05.09 - By Tony Nobbs: When John Hopoate was iced in 89 seconds by debutant Ben Edwards in April , ’07 , his critic thought that the former rugy league Test representative’s fledging boxing career was like last weeks pay.
But you can’t keep a goood man down and on Saturday afternoon (Australian time) the Tongan born 34 year old father of eight from Manly makes his international debut at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, almost three years to the day he exploded on to the scene on the Mundine-Green bill, a man very much on a mission.
While the IBA Intercontinental Heavyweight bauble and a buck fifty’ll get ya a cup of coffee, it’s the name opponent, albeit a 44 year old, that victory will get the ex Kangaroo one step closer to the “big league”.
Former WBC heavyweight boss Oliver “The Atomic Bull” Mc Call (51-9, 36 whacks) can punch and as any old timer will tell you, power is the last thing that leaves a fighter , long after the legs, money and hangers on are gone. continue
By Benjie Varella - Manila, Philippines- FILIPINO boxing prospect Drian “The Man” Francisco, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia-Pacific Flyweight Champion is set to slug it out with Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion of Panama for the World Boxing Association (WBA) International Superflyweight Championship scheduled on July 26 at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Philippines.
Tagged as “Banal na Paghihiganti” (“Holy Revenge” as translated in English), the Cuneta Astrodome is expected to be jammed-packed come fight day by Filipino boxing fans who are hoping that Francisco would avenge the only loss suffered by hard hitting compatriot, world rated AJ “Bazooka” Banal. continue
May 20, 2009 - From the office of Jose Sulaiman - The World Boxing Council wishes to recognize the career of a great boxer from the USA, Vernon Forrest. Vernon Forrest has been associated with the WBC since 1997 when he became the WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion then conquered the WBC affiliated federation (NABF) championship, which he defended several times to eventually become the WBC world champion by beating in a dramatic fashion Shane Mosley and ratifying such victory beating again in a rematch the same Shane Mosley. continue
by James Slater - There are at present a number of Cuban fighters, who were all standouts at amateur level, busily garnering lots of attention and ink. Now invading the pro game, we have the incredibly fast KO artist that is Yuriorkis Gamboa, unbeaten heavyweight Odlanier Solis, the Glen McCrory-trained trio that comprises of heavyweight Mike Perez, super-middleweight Luis Garcia and super-bantamweight Alexei Acosta - and a 26-year-old light-middleweight named Erislandy Lara who just might be the best of the bunch.
As with fellow Cuban defector Gamboa - himself one of the most exciting featherweight prospects in the world right now - 26-year-old 154-pounder Lara is a lightening-fast, big-punching wannabe star who is catching the eye of fight fans the world over.
A southpaw who is unbeaten in 5 bouts as a pro, Lara had over 300 amateur fights and he won a gold medal down at welterweight at the 2005 World Amateur Championships. Shortly afterwards, Lara chose the option so many other Cuban boxers were forced to take if they wanted to make it in their chosen sport, and fled - leaving behind his family in the process. continue
Unbeaten heavyweight sensation, Tyson Fury is hoping that a win over Scott Belshaw this weekend will leave him just one step away from a shot at the British title. Fury takes on Belshaw at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday night in a “Battle of the Big Prospects". The scheduled 8 round bout is part of the undercard to the Darren Barker – Darren McDermott Commonwealth Middleweight title fight with the Hennessy Sports event live on ITV4’s Big Fight Live from 7.30pm. Fury is hopeful that a win over Belshaw will lead to a final eliminator for Danny Williams British Heavyweight title. “I’ve only been a pro since last December and this is just my sixth fight but I believe that by taking on somebody like Belshaw I’ll prove I’m almost ready for a British title fight. continue
FLOYD MAYWEATHER - "July 18th you are going to see the best Floyd Mayweather, because I am truly back."
"My uncle Roger and I, we have a tremendous game plan, and I'm going to be more than ready for this fight. Training camp is going amazingly well. I am weighing in around 146 or 147 and I know I will be ready on July 18th."
"Marquez is a great Mexican warrior who is going to be in tremendous shape. He is a hell of a guy and he is a hell of a fighter.. continue
By Michael Herron - In anticipation of the July 18th clash between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez, many boxing fans and sports writers have become transfixed with the number 147. Of course 147 refers to boxing’s welterweight division where Mayweather reigned as lineal champion before retiring unexpectedly in 2008. Considered the best pound-for-pound fighter when active, Mayweather returns to face #2 ranked Juan Manuel Marquez; at stake is not simply a win or loss but a claim for the pound-for-pound title and perhaps a chance to face the current best fighter in the world, Manny Pacquiao.
Though the boxing world is energized for Mayweather’s return the agreed upon weight of 143-144 has dominated the headlines. Throughout many online boxing communities which include websites, forums, and message boards, Marquez supporters have made their displeasure with the weight agreement heard. They argue that Marquez is too small for 144, he is too short, never fought above lightweight, unproven at welter, or that his power would be diminished at the higher weight. continue
Two of Britain’s exciting young Boxers share the bill at York Hall, Bethnal Green tomorrow night and both are locked in a race to land a World title shot before the end of 2009. Undefeated, 22 Year Old, Nathan Cleverly (15-0), currently studying for a Maths Degree at Cardiff University, makes the third defence of his Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title against Sheffield’s Billy Boyle (12-1) knowing that another victory will move him closer to his dream of a World title. Cleverly said; “Now Joe Calzaghe has retired, I am enjoying the prestige of being Wales’ only reigning Boxing champion and I am looking at remaining Commonwealth champion, until I perhaps become Wales’ only World Champion!. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (May 20, 2009) – WORLD-FAMOUS FREDDIE ROACH, star of ring, gym and weight loss supplements (www.FightingFit.com), will join ESPN’s Brian Kenny in the studio for “ESPN Friday Night Fights,” This Friday! May 22, on ESPN2, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Roach will recount boxing’s Pound for Pound Kingpin Manny Pacquiao’s total Mannyslaughter of world junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton, as well as discussing the worldwide spread of Pacmania. continue
Exclusive Inteview by Waldon "The Boxing Don" White - Current WBC #1 ranked contender Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (27-0, 24KO) took a few minutes to speak about his upcoming plans and feelings about the Heavyweight title shot he is presently pursuing. Arreola is looking to make boxing history by becoming the first Mexican Heavyweight World Champion. This is a path that may lead him through one of the two reigning Klitschko Brother's Vladimir (52-3, 46KO IBF, WBO) and Vitali (37-2, 36KO WBC) who in many eyes can only be beat possibly by one another.
Although the WBA is currently sorting out it's title situation matching up current title holder Nikolai Valuev (50-1, 34KO) against WBA "Champion in Recess" Ruslan Chagaev (25-0, 17KO) at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki May 30th, many including myself feel that any Heavyweight making claim for the title should fight one of the Klitschko brothers to be really recognized legitimately. continue
The pride of Gilroy, California, former two-time world featherweight champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, returns to HP Pavilion at San Jose on June 12th to fight in front of his Northern California fans in the main event of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" against Johnnie Edwards. "We are excited to bring Robert back to his loyal hometown fans," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "He has a huge fan base there and I know they're going to come out in force to cheer him on." "It's always nice to fight close to home and when I hear those fans roar, it feels like I can knock out anyone," said Guerrero. "I'm looking to make a statement and I expect to put on a great show for my fans on June 12th.. continue
by James Slater - Earlier this month, top British promoter Frank Warren threw out a challenge to British heavyweight champion Danny Williams, in which he called out "The Brixton Bomber" on behalf of his unbeaten prospect Derek Chisora. Though he has only had nine pro fights, Warren felt Chisora, nicknamed "Del Boy," was capable of taking the 35-year-old. Mere days after hearing the challenge thrown his way, Williams accepted the fight and it was on for the big June 27th O2 bill headlined by Andriy Kotelnik's WBA light-welterweight title defence against Amir Khan. Now, however, the fight is off. continue
by James Slater - It seems Juan Manuel Marquez's chances of winning on July 18th are even slimmer. Forget all you've heard and read about the Mexican great's bout against Floyd Mayweather Junior being a catch-weight affair being fought at 143 or 144 pounds. According to Ring Online, in a news piece that went up late last night, the fight in Las Vegas will actually be fought at welterweight, with the limit, of course, being 147 pounds. Talk about an even taller order for the future Hall of Famer who goes by the nickname of "Dinamita!"
According to Ring, the returning Mayweather Junior is better than a three-and-a-half to one betting favourite. For although it remains to be seen if the 39-0(25) master will be affected by his months of inactivity when he steps into the ring at The MGM Grand in less than two month's time, the sheer size advantage "Money" will hold has swayed the bookmakers, and they think he will certainly emerge the victor. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 20 - On Saturday, June 27th, Golden Boy Promotions returns to Los Angeles' STAPLES Center with two World Championship bouts that will kick off the summer fight season in explosive fashion. In the main event, Oxnard's "Vicious" Victor Ortiz faces Marcos Maidana for the interim WBA World Super Lightweight Title and in the co-feature, Chris John and Rocky Juarez meet in an explosive rematch for the WBA World Featherweight Championship after their first bout on February 28th was scored a draw and left fans wanting more.
"The fight fans of Southern California are some of the best in the world and when we put a show on in LA, it's got to be top-notch," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. continue
By Robert Jackson: As with 'new-school' boxing training, 'old-school' training is based on the notion or idea of reps! Repetition, the amount or quantity of motions, punches, sparring rounds and techniques that a fighter performs is the best way to train muscle memory and prepare a fighter to fight. The difference being that old-school training employed different types of reps than it's modern cousin. Fighters from days gone by ran long runs outside in the 'fresh air' to prepare the cardiovascular system for battle, these long runs were used to train the combatant to breathe normally and not hold ones breath or gasp for air under stress. Walking and hiking also played a part in the old-schoolers conditioning routines. continue
By Ted Sares - The gringos have always beaten us in everything else, but not in boxing… ---Cesar Bazan Perez
….being Mexican is a privilege, but being from Tepito is a gift of God. - Motto used by Tepito neighbors
Tepito has learned to recycle stigmas, like the label of criminality, and make them over into a kind of collective charisma. But it goes beyond that: the so-called barrio bravo has grown resistant to anti-barrio viruses by maintaining its own ways of organizing work, its own daily rhythms, and even its own urban dialect ii Alfonso Hernández
Many consider Tepito a dangerous place to visit. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—A pair of undefeated middleweights, Patrick Majewski, of Atlantic City, and Latif Mundy, of North Philadelphia, meet in a scheduled eight-round contest Saturday evening, June 6, at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight 7.30 p.m. Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round contest for the North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title between champion Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, and Larry Mosley, of Los Angeles, CA. Super bantamweights Teon Kennedy, of North Philadelphia, and Lucian Gonzalez, of Reading, PA, square off in the eight-round co-feature. continue
New York (May 19, 2009) – After learning of IBF and IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson's interest in moving down to 168 pounds, Allan Green's mouth began to water. Now that Dawson has taken care of business by winning a second unanimous decision over Antonio Tarver, Allan Green has his napkin on his lap, eating utensils in hand, and is ready for supper. “If he's coming down to 168, let’s make this happen. I respect Chad's skills as one of the best in the game, but I'm feeling so focused right now that I don't see anybody, including Chad Dawson, doing much more than six rounds with me,” said Green. continue
By Mike Casey - Max Baer is wished back to the present day by a rich and eager young psychiatrist who has been dying to ask him the big question. Max is his old self when he appears. Not the prematurely grey and wrinkled man who succumbed to a heart attack at the premature age of fifty.
He stands tall and broad and young again, the big shoulders and slim waist encased in the finest clothes, the big familiar grin creasing the rugged and handsome face.
The psychiatrist pumps Maxie’s hand, sweeps him into the consulting room and sits him down. How the young ace of the mind-bending fraternity has been looking forward to this moment!
He fires away. “Maxie, I’ve got to know. How come you blew the Braddock fight?. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at Earl's Court in London, promoter Barry Hearn's "Prizerfighter" tournament hit town and it was the turn of the cruiserweights. It's fair to say, last night's instalment of the series was the best yet, as the action flowed thick and fast for the better part of the three hours the fighting lasted. continue
The World Boxing Council wishes to extend a heartfelt recognition to Mr. Tom Molloy of the Florida State Boxing Commission, as well as to Mr. Richard Renaud of the the Boxing Commission of Montreal, Quebec, for the exemplary agreement of reciprocity that has been reached regarding the appointment of ring officials for two very important fights: Andre Berto vs. Juan Urango on May 30 for the WBC welterweight world championship in Hollywood, Florida, and Adrian Diaconu vs. Jean Pascal for the WBC light heavyweight world championship on June 19 in Montreal. continue
By Bong Paredes, photo by Naoki Fukuda - Since Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his return to the sport of boxing on the eve of the Pacquiao and Hatton super fight, all of a sudden everybody that follows the sport that pundits refer to as “The Sweet Science” have some soap opera type scenarios that we hope will unfold within a year. If there was one thing that needed to happen to boost the public’s interest in the sport, this is it. Given that all the protagonists are minorities, no one can deny that all three of them will bring a lot of intrigued fans to the fore. The possibilities are endless it excites the hell out of me.
First, let’s talk about Marquez. Yes, most people consider Manny Pacquiao the best pound for pound boxer, and after seeing him bulldoze through Ricky Hatton a few weeks back it’s hard to argue why he shouldn’t be. continue
Scott Belshaw is planning on gate crashing the heavyweight title picture by ending the unbeaten run of Tyson Fury in their “battle of the big prospects” at the Watford Colosseum on Saturday night. Both men’s statistics stack up well ahead of the weekend’s showdown which is a special attraction on the undercard of the Darren Barker – Darren McDermott Commonwealth Middleweight title clash. continue
by James Slater - Though things have been pretty quiet on the Evander Holyfield front since his closer than expected loss to WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev last December, don't anyone go thinking that "The Real Deal" has decided to hang up the gloves. The legendary 46-year-old is currently in Addis Ababa, preparing for a July 26th exhibition bout he will box against Ethiopian-born American Sammy Retta. continue
by James Slater - Yesterday, at a press conference in Los Angeles, the come-backing Floyd Mayweather Junior was in fine form at the microphone as he talked up his July 18th fight against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez. "Money" also managed to drop in a few lines that referred to how great he is in all-time terms. Though some see the catch-weight 144-pound fight as being nothing more than a very clever bit of "cherry picking" on the part of the 39-0(25) former pound-for-pound king, Mayweather did his best yesterday to convince us all he is coming back against one of the best possible opponents out there.
"Marquez is a hell of a guy," Floyd said. "They say to be the best you have to beat the best. So we are the two best fighters in the sport right now, so when I come back I don't want to fight a has-been. I want to fight one of the best in the sport. Marquez is one of the best in the sport."
Few would disagree with Mayweather's final line - the man known as "Dinamita" is indeed a truly great fighter. continue
By Shaun Murphy - Back in the 1970's, there were a large number of fighters who couldn't get licensed by the British Boxing Board of Control. The reasons varied: criminal records were strictly forbidden; plus some boxers were judged too unskilled, undisciplined or ''temperamental'' to fight in the professional ranks. However, from this plethora of ''outcaste boxers'' grew the ''unlicensed'' boxing circuit [''unlicensed boxing'' simply means bouts that aren't sanctioned by the BBBofC. It's completely legal and still continues in a less extreme form today!. continue
NEW YORK – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured seven Sports Emmy® Awards, will return with MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, JUNE 27 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), the series spotlights a host of intriguing storylines, with Floyd Mayweather, the sport’s most irrepressible superstar, returning after a year-and-a-half absence to face Juan Manuel Marquez, one of boxing’s most accomplished performers, as they prepare for their July 18 welterweight pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas. continue
19.05.09 - By Paul Strauss: The Super Middleweight division is quickly becoming one of the most exciting divisions in boxing. It's sprinkled with quality fighters and portends some interesting matchups. Notable names such as Bute, Froch, Kessler, Dirrell, Miranda, Bika, Pascal make up this weight class, along with some sleepers as well. The recent showings of Allan Green and Andre S.O.G. Ward certainly put them near the top, and frankly it's hard to imagine who might beat them, other than an inevitable winner between the two should they meet. An interesting possibility to contemplate is a Marquez vs. Vasquez type trilogy. Okay, maybe that's asking for too much. First, let's look at a few of the other candidates for division supremacy.
Bute could probably outbox everyone in the division, but the question is....Does he have the punching power and stamina to fend off some of the top challengers for the distance? The answer is probably not. Froch has the power and stamina, but he is very hittable. He was able to weather Jermain Taylor's sharp, but less than knockout power type punches. Could he do that against big hitters like Kessler and Green? The answer is probably not. continue
OVILL McKENZIE has won the Prizefighter Cruiserweights title after an exciting night of knockdowns and shocks. Former Commonwealth Champion McKenzie defeated John Keeton on points in a thrilling final in front of a capacity crowd at the Earl’s Court in London to scoop the £25,000 top prize. Every one of the eight fighters in the line-up had fought or held either a European, Commonwealth or British belt and it promised to be the best Prizefighter event so far. The Sky Sports-televised show did not disappoint as there were six knockdowns before the final, the most in any of the seven Prizefighter events, with three contests not going the distance. continue
by James Slater - It's likely both guys should have called it a day by now and retired from the ring, yet both all-time great Roy Jones Junior and former world champion Jeff Lacy continue in the search for glory. Now, according to a news article in The Tampa Tribune, the two men are very close to facing one another in the late summer of this year.
Lacy, from St. Petersburg, Florida and Jones, from Pensacola in The Sunshine State are, according to the news piece, "90-percent close to a done deal" with regards to fighting each other in August. continue
18.05.09 - Hundreds of fans showed up to show their support for Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez this past Sunday May 17th at the historical “Placita Olvera” (Olvera Street) in downtown Los Angeles, CA. This event kicked off the two continent six day press tour to announce the mega fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez, which takes place on July 18th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV and will be showed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Some of the guests in attendance included “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, “Dangerous” David Rodela, “El Magnifico” Israel Vasquez and Frank Espinoza.
Floyd Mayweather faces the dangerous and highly touted five-time world champion in three divisions Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez in MAYWEATHER vs. MARQUEZ "Number One/Numero Uno" on Saturday, July 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. continue
LAS VEGAS - Floyd "Money" Mayweather has returned to the sport of boxing and will put his undefeated record on the line when he faces the dangerous and highly touted five-time world champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez in MAYWEATHER vs. MARQUEZ "Number One/Numero Uno" Saturday, July 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets priced at $1,000, $750, $600, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Friday, May 22 at 10 a.m. PT. Ticket sales at $1,000, $750, $600 and $300 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person, with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800)745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
“My time is now” is how Oquendo answered back to Odlanier Solis and his response to the Cuban Gold Medallist's claim that Oquendo is not in his league. “I'm happy to be judged by my last performance. I beat the c*** out of one of the best fighters in the sport on a weeks notice. He (Solis) barely stopped one of my sparring partners. I fight at 217 to 223 he is 260 lbs after fighting at 200. He was a great amateur, and a bust as a pro. I was willing to fight him in mini Cuba for peanuts, he chickened out. I trained my ass off, he ate tostones” fired Oquendo. “I fought the best fighters of my time as early as last December and never ducked anybody” continued the former NABF champ and 2 time title contender who has been in there with the likes of, Duncan Dokiwari, Bert Cooper, David Tua, John Ruiz, Black Rhino, Evander Holyfield and James Toney.” Oquendo?s decision losses all have been controversial as was his stoppage to Ruiz. continue
18.05.09 - By Chris Acosta - I decided to give the guy who calls himself “Kingpin” one more chance this past Friday on ESPN. His original opponent (the hot and cold Monte Barrett) pulled out because of an injury and fellow undefeated prospect Devin Vargas stepped in. Suddenly, another ho-hum fight which would have told us very little about Kevin Johnson became interesting to say the most. I know, I know, Vargas, a 2004 Olympian is no terror, but he’s a young guy and ambitious and from the clips I’ve seen of him on You Tube, reasonably talented. And he came in to the fight in good shape and wanting to make a splash. Most of all, he sounded desperately sincere that he was coming to win and compared to the list of Johnson’s past opposition; that was saying a lot.
Still, my prediction was understandably reserved: Johnson would cruise to another decision win. He’d tease us with that booming jab and then put it away while he played defense; opening up whenever he felt like it was time to steal the round. And after boring us into a nice nap (those good ones where you kick every few minutes), he’d wake us up by screaming into the television monitor that he was the best heavyweight boxer out there and that no one wanted to fight him. continue
Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has been suffering sleepless nights ahead of his Friday night clash with Billy Boyle. At the 22-year-old champion admits that he may have bitten off more than he can chew as far as his latest assignment is concerned. However its not his showdown with Boyle that's worrying him, but a date with the university examiners on Wednesday. continue
Nikolai Valuev believes the solitude of East German village Kienbaum will help him to win the rematch with Ruslan Chagaev on May 30. The WBA heavyweight champion, who battles it out with the “champion in recess” at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, is shaping up in Team Sauerland´s training camp base 20 miles east of Berlin. In the middle of nowhere, there is nothing that could take the Russian Giant´s focus away from the fight. “In St. Petersburg the phone would ring every two minutes,” he said. “Then there would be a family duties. And I could not walk on the streets without being recognised and asked for a signature. There would be no chance to work out efficiently. That is why I like Kienbaum. I can really focus here.. continue
17.05.09 - by Pavel Yakovlev - As a teenager in Uzbekistan, Timur Ibragimov established himself as one of the best amateur boxers in the former Soviet Union. Given that Ibragimov was a product of the vaunted Soviet boxing program, which produced many legendary amateurs over several decades, one would expect that his boyhood heroes would be the likes of Victor Ageev, Igor Vysotsky, or Rufat Riskiev. The young Ibragimov, however, had other boxers in mind.
“The ones I was really looking up to were Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson, even from the beginning,” reports Ibragimov. Even from an early age, his attention was fixed on the world that lay beyond the Soviet Union. For Ibragimov, boxing satisfied his need to meet the world. “When the USSR collapsed, I was able to visit a lot of places in Europe and Asia,” he explains. “I was impressed by almost everything I saw because everything was so different and every new place was an adventure. I was discovering the world one fight at a time.”
Ibragimov’s enthusiasm for the world was such that he even wore a shirt with an American flag on it during a 1997 boxing tournament in Karachi, Pakistan. “I was so proud of having participated in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta that I wore that shirt. Times are different now,” he says, “I don’t think I could walk around Karachi today with that same shirt on.. continue
Detroit heavyweight contender Leo “Paco” Nolan, 27-1 (10 KO’s), is tired of American fighters being overlooked in the heavyweight division. Nolan was slated to take on Russian Denis Boytsov on June 6th, but was bumped out of the fight in favor of Ukrainian Taras Bidenko, with no explanation. Nolan, who is frequently flown overseas to spar heavyweights like Ruslan Chagaev, Nikolay Valuev, Alexander Povetkin and Vitali Klitschko, has had enough of the European fighters refusing to fight American heavyweights. continue
O’Shea Brothers Boxing Promotions debuted Friday night May 15th at the Yonkers PAL (formerly the National Guard Armory) with a seven bout professional boxing card. Not bad for a first time out. O’Shea Brothers Promotions had everything covered from parking, to food, to t-shirts, round card girls, and a set of good well matched bouts. Some tickets included a buffet. The buffet food was from Casa Rina’s of Thornwood. The PAL committee ran the hotdog and soda stand. Good choices for every budget. But the matchmaking was really good for a first time promotion. continue
By Waldon "The Boxing Don" White: The Oakland Arena was the sight of the "Beat Down in Oak Town" as I witnessed Andre "SOG" Ward (19-0,12 KO) breakdown Edison "Pantera" Miranda (32-4, 28 KO) over the course of twelve exciting rounds Saturday May 16th.
The way in which Andre Ward dispatched Edison Miranda from the immediate Super Middleweight Title picture was uniquely different than Miranda's past losses to two current belt holders. In those fights we saw a desperate and hurt Arthur Abraham swing for the top seats stopping Miranda with a dramatic knockout, and a worn Kelly Pavlik's Heavy hands put the Panther down with a combination of perfectly placed shots. Andre Ward however took another route to victory against Miranda, as he was out prove the critics who question his chin, heart and choice of opponents wrong and prove to himself that he could stand in the trenches with a dangerous opponent. He moved to control the tempo with his jab and just as Miranda was about to get into rhythm Ward began to step directly in front, and side to side with Miranda.. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' digs deep to the core of a few very key questions around the world of boxing. Everything from Mayweather jr.'s next move if he does defeat Marquez but doesn't get Pacquiao, to Hatton's future, to a hypothetical Miranda/Lacy showdown comes into the fold. Before I end the segment we'll also take a look at rumors surrounding a potential Campbell/Judah showdown, as well as Andre Ward's emergence in the sport. With no further ado, we jump right into the mix by selecting a question from the west coast from a fight fan who wanted to know the following: continue
May 17, 2009 – By Scott Kraus - Television and the Internet are essential for fight fans to keep track of the boxing action around the world, but nothing compares to the thrill of going to a fight in person. Whenever the stars align, I will attend fights in the New Jersey area and relay my experiences in the Jersey Fight Journal.
On Friday, May 15, I trekked down to the gambling capital of the East Coast, Atlantic City, NJ, to take in the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card at Harrah’s Resort featuring unbeaten heavyweights Kevin Johnson and Devin Vargas in the main event, presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. The following is a chronological report of my night at the fights. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (May 17, 2009) – Tuesday was Andre Ward Day in Oakland. Saturday on SHOWTIME, it was Andre Ward’s night. In a sterling performance in which he answered many questions about himself as a world-class fighter, Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) impressively pounded out a unanimous 12-round decision over Edison Miranda (32-4, 28 KOs) of Colombia in the main event of a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. In the ShoBox co-feature, unbeaten, up-and-coming junior lightweight John Molina Jr. (17-0, 13 KOs) of Covina, Calif., scored a second-round knockout over veteran Frankie Archuleta (25-7-1, 14 KOs) of Bernalillo, N.M. The doubleheader at the Oracle Arena aired on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). It was promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Leonard Productions. The Ward-Miranda bout was presented in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing.
Ward, a 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist, triumphed by the scores of 119-109 twice and 116-112, but the fight was not indicative of the 10-point spreads on the two scorecards: It was a rough, tough, hard-fought and competitive from start to finish. With the victory, Ward retained his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight titles, but more importantly moved into the No. 1 spot in the World Boxing Council (WBC) 168-pound rankings, thus becoming the mandatory challenger to fellow unbeaten WBC champion Carl Froch. continue
PALA, CALIF (May 17, 2009) — World-class championship boxing returns to North San Diego County as TKO BOXING Promotions and Pala Casino Spa and Resort present “TKO World Championship Boxing at Pala Casino” Sat., Aug 22, in the Events Center. Tickets start at $25 and will be available starting Sat., May 22 at 10:00 AM through Star Tickets at www.startickets.com or charge by phone by calling 1-800-585-3737 Monday – Saturday between 5:00 AM and 9:00 PM PST and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM PST. Tickets are also available at the Pala Privileges Booth with no service charges. Call 1-877-WIN-PALA for more information. continue
by James Slater - In shocking news, it has been revealed by BBC 5 Live Sport that former world lightweight champion Ken Buchanan of Scotland is planning to make a return to the ring at the advanced age of 63. It gets worse; the man most fans know for his losing fight against the great Roberto Duran turns 64 next month! continue
By Ted Sares - Everybody, Miranda included, may be surprised how much I am going to be front of him. I think everybody thinks I am going to box and move. But I am not going to fight passively. --Andre Ward
Move over, there is a new kid on the block and his name is Andre “S.O.G. “Ward and he is now 19-0 as he easily took the measure of Edison ‘Pantera” Miranda in Oakland tonight. And in so doing, he answered a lot of questions about whether he has been moved too slowly and against relatively poor competition.
Ward fought smart all night long mixing great body work with nice stuff upstairs, though he did not throw all that many combinations. He even bullied the bully in the late rounds as he reduced Pantera to a macho chest pounding foe and not much more, though to his credit, the Panther did push forward to the end. continue
by James Slater - Though he saw his Commonwealth title and his unbeaten record vanish this past Friday night in his native Belfast when he was somewhat controversially TKO'd in the 8th round by underdog challenger Sam Sexton, Martin Rogan won himself even more fans. Stopped on a terribly swollen left eye near the end of the 8th round, after almost having his 24-year-old opponent out for the count, Rogan made the mistake of holding back on his onslaught when Sexton indicated to him that his mouth-piece had come out. continue
by James Slater -Two fighters, due to their respective performances over the weekend, seem to be headed in the same direction: downhill. Both exciting fighters, super-middleweight Edison Miranda and light-welterweight/welterweight Ricardo Torres fought on Friday and Saturday night, and both men put on showings that were far from impressive ones. At least one Colombian, in Torres, managed a win. continue
16.05.09 - By Paul Strauss: Kevin Johnson exposed the unbeaten heavyweight prospect Devin Vargas. Vargas’ long and successful amateur career failed to translate into a good showing against a tough opponent like Johnson. Specifically, he failed to throw punches with authority. It was obvious to everyone in attendance at Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, in Atlantic City, NJ who was in charge.
It was fun to watch Johnson initially give his best impression of the great Jack Johnson with his left low, and right held high with palm forward to parry. Also, ala The Galveston Giant, Kevin points his left foot straight ahead, squares his shoulders, and keeps his weight back on his right foot.
When punches are thrown, Johnson parries, pulls back, or uses a shoulder roll. In the meantime, on offense he uses a fast hard jab, which is hard for his opponent to pick up when launched from its lower position. He also hooks well off of the jab, and managed to land several hard hooks to Vargas' right ear, which had him complaining that he couldn't hear out of that ear. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 16, 2009) – World championship boxing monopolizes Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, June 27 with “Latin Fury 9!” The pay-per-view extravaganza will be headlined by two world championship fights -- World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion JUAN MANUEL “Juanma” LOPEZ defending his title against undefeated North America Boxing Association (NABA) super bantamweight champion OLIVIER LONTCHI and WBO bantamweight champion FERNANDO "Cochulito" MONTIEL defending his crown against former world champion ERIC "Little Hands of Steel" MOREL. continue
By Diosman Carmenate - On this May 22 on Friday night fights, the boxing World will finally get a glimpse at probably one of the most skilled and spectacular fighters that has ever competed in the Amateur program. Guillermo Rigondeaux Ortiz, (Born: September 30, 1980 in La Prueba, Cuba) is a former Cuban amateur star boxer, who captured the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, in the Bantamweight (54 kg) class. Rigondeaux is a seven-time (2000-06) Cuban national champion at bantamweight. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, the amazing run of success for 38-year-old Martin Rogan came to and end, as he was stopped on an horrific eye injury by underdog Sam Sexton. Northern Ireland's Rogan, who was making the first defence of his commonwealth heavyweight crown, had trouble all night with the speed of the 24-year-old from Norwich. The action was great to watch, and the 8th and final round must surely go down as something very special indeed.
Knowing he had to do something big and in quick time due to his left eye swelling completely shut from the 6th round on, Rogan came on strong and almost had Sexton out. The champion amazingly let Sexton off the hook, however, as he stopped throwing punches when the challenger, in dire trouble and ready to go, signalled that he had lost his mouth-piece. continue
16.05.09 - by James Slater - Last night, on the under-card of the exciting heavyweight clash between Sam Sexton and Martin Rogan in Belfast, three unbeaten prospects remained unbeaten as they all made it to 2-0 in the pro ranks. Showcasing two 2008 Olympians - one of them a gold medallist - as well as a world amateur champion, promoter Frank Warren made sure the fans in attendance at The Odyssey Arena had a good night of boxing for their money. First up was the youngest of the three potential stars (all of whom are southpaws), in 19-year-old middleweight Billy Joe Saunders. Going up against 24-year-old Ronny Gabel of Germany, Saunders did dome superb work to the body with his blurring hands. continue
By Coach “K” - May 16th, Oracle Arena, Oakland, California: 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist NABF and NABO Super Middleweight Title holder Andre S.O.G. Ward remained undefeated and put to rest any questions doubters held with a boxing, punching sometimes brawling unanimous decision over top ten ranked Edison “Pantera” Miranda, 32-4, 28Ko’s.
Fighting before his Oakland hometown fans Ward opened up moving measuring the ring jabbing to Miranda’s body who assumed the role of the aggressor. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – Challenger Sam Sexton (12-1-0) put the brakes onhard hitting Martin Rogan’s (12-1-0) rise to the boxing heavens scoring an eighth round stoppage due to an excessively damaged left eye to win the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship and shock the entire crowd in attendance at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
The bout did not end without controversy as Rogan expressed his feelings, “No sour grapes. But, uh, I think the British Boxing Board of Controls here needs to seriously look into refereeing because that, that’s what I call (pause). continue
Pound For Pound Promotions returns on Thursday, June 25th with “SUMMER RUMBLE”, an evening of action packed professional boxing at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. Tickets, starting at $35, can be purchased in advance by calling the Pound For Pound Promotions office at 201-864-9566 or 866-924-2050. Special VIP stage seats are available for $150. Schuetzen Park is located at 3167 Kennedy Boulevard in North Bergen , New Jersey . Doors on the evening of the event will open at 6:30pm, with the first bell at 7:15. continue
John Rooney Jnr. head coach and owner of the World Famous Gleason’s Gym London near Tower Bridge, spoke out on the upcoming Prizefighter 7 - The Cruiserweights, which takes place at Earl’s Court on Tuesday May 19th, and the chances of his charge, former British, Commonwealth and WBU International Champion Bruce ‘Lionheart’ Scott, being victorious and pocketing the top prize of £25,000. Rooney, who as a manager and/or trainer, guided many well known fighters, such as fellow Prizefighter 7 competitor Micky Steeds, British Featherweight Champion Martin Lindsay and British, Commonwealth and European Middleweight Champion Howard Eastman, to national and International glory, was chosen by ‘Lionheart’ to prepare him for his return to big time boxing, following a three year sabbatical from the sport, because as the big Jamaican simply puts it. “John’s the best in the business and Gleason’s is the best gym in the World. continue
On May 15th Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented a thrilling five bout card at The Concert Venue at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The card was broadcast live on the always exciting ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights". The main event bout of the evening carried heavy implications for boxing, especially heavyweight boxing, as two of America's best heavyweight prospects Kevin "Kingpin Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO) and "Devastatin" Devin Vargas (17-0, 7KO) put their undefeated records on the line to stake their claim as the number one American heavyweight in the world.
Round one started out with Vargas looking to get inside and land combinations against Johnson as Johnson looked to measure Vargas from the outside with his jab. Early on it was clear Johnson had the quicker hands but the smaller Vargas was outworking the bigger Johnson.
Round two began with both fighters trading heavy shots. Johnson began unleashing a lethal left hook but Vargas would respond well as he continued to press forward and land shots to both the body and head while on the inside. continue
by James Slater - More bad news for Ricky Hatton. Not only does the British boxing superstar lose by a brutal 2nd round knockout to Manny Pacquiao - very possibly suffering a career-ending loss in doing so - but now his former trainer, Billy Graham is reportedly suing "The Hitman" for a whopping £1 million! According to Mirror Sport, 53-year-old Graham, once a father figure to Hatton, is suing over payment he is still owed from both the Juan Lazcano and Floyd Mayweather Junior fights. Reportedly, Graham was paid £530,000 for the Mayweather Junior fight, but he claims that this amount is considerably less than the ten percent he should have been paid for that fight. Graham says he has not been paid anything at all for the Lazcano fight. continue
By Per Ake Persson: May 15, Magdeburg, Germany: The White Buffalo, Francois Botha, retained the WBF heavyweight title with a split decision over twelve messy, mauling and exciting rounds of boxing on this SES show at the Boerdeland Hall in Magdeburg, Germany. The judges scored the fight 117-110 and 114-113 for Botha and 114-113 for Hoffmann. continue
by James Slater - Though he will be eligible for being voted into The Hall of Fame in November of next year, it's unlikely Britain's Carl "The Cat" Thompson will get the call. He should, though. Next November, the Manchester-born warrior who held the WBO, the European and the British titles at cruiserweight will have been retired for the necessary five years to be valid for inclusion in that most prestigious of clubs, and though Carl is no all-time great, he deserves to be in.
Never a household name, even in his homeland, Thompson nevertheless gave boxing fans some of the most breathtaking, thrilling and even gut wrenching fights of modern times. He didn't always win them, but never - never - did the man born on the 26th of this month in the year 1964 fail to give his best whenever he stepped through the ropes. continue
by James Slater - This coming June 19th in Canada, unbeaten WBC interim light-heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu meets fellow local man and former WBC super-middleweight title challenger Jean Pascal in a fight that will decide the WBC 175-pound crown for real. A top quality match-up that on paper should give us a great fight, the June clash is also a tough one to pick a winner from.
Romania's Diaconu, a decorated amateur who represented his country as a middleweight in the 2000 Olympic games (he failed to capture a medal), is a dangerous and determined fighter to be sure. continue
2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward and Colombian KO artist Edison Miranda both weighed in at 167.5 pounds during Friday’s weigh in at the Oakland City Center.
Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) and Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) collide this Saturday, May 16, in the main event on a special primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. continue
In the last couple of weeks it has been quiet around heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis. After dominating and stopping “Big Man” Kevin Burnett in his US and ESPN debut on January 9th (Solis’ 13th win in as many pro-fights) “La Sombra” suffered a hand injury while preparing for a fight against “Fast” Fres Oquendo. Now the three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medallist is back in training. According to his promoter Ahmet Öner Solis will be back soon and better than ever before in his pro career because the 29-year-old is finally reunited with his former amateur coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez.
“I always said that Solis will be the next big thing in the heavyweight division”, says Öner. “He started off his pro career impressively. He knocked out high quality opponents in his first couple of fights. And he did all that without even working with a real own trainer. continue
Further to the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Scandinavian fight fans will get a first-hand look at the impressive boxing skills of “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs). The former WBO heavyweight champion, who even knocked out Wladimir Klitschko, has been added to May 30´s star-studded undercard at Hartwall Arena. “I look forward to fighting in Helsinki,” Brewster said. “I want to give the Scandinavian fans a taste of my class.. continue
Tongight, Rome will be back as the Italian capital of boxing. At the prestigious Gran Teatro (3,040 seats), WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26,1 with 10 kos), will make his first defense of his title against 'El Diablo' Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. (41-2 with 31 kos). The most important fights on the show will be broadcast live on the internet by Streamit.it-tv rewwwolution starting 10 p.m. Italian time (4 p.m. U.S. Eastern time). The fight card will be pay-per-view at the price of 5 euro. The payment can be done via credit card; you will get all the infos clicking on www.opi2000.com continue
By Vivek Wallace: In little more than two weeks from now fight fans will get a chance to spectate as one of the sports rising stars attempts yet again to solidify his place in one of the games most deepest divisions. In today's welterweight landscape, it's typically names like Mayweather, Mosley, Cotto, and Margarito that get most of the attention, but if the evolution of Andre Berto pans out the way many think it can, that may all change. The name Andre Berto hasn't quite met that same global appeal as those others to date, but for those who do know of him, there's no denying that the opinions which follow the young stud typically contrast more than probably desired.
To take a peak at the best examples of these contrasting views one has to look no further than the very details that outline his existence in the sport. Many fight fans will quickly take note of the fact that he's the current owner of perhaps the most coveted strap in the game, the WBC title, which is the same 'green belt' that former pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather once donned. continue
14.05.09 - Former world boxing champ Duke McKenzie today told talkSPORT, the UK’s only national commercial speech radio station, that Ricky Hatton should not turn his back on boxing despite his second round defeat to Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas earlier this month. Speaking to Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs on the Hawksbee and Jacobs Show about Hatton’s future, McKenzie said: “I’m probably in a minority where I think he should carry on. It’s very easy to pass judgment and say he should retire. Obviously he’s made a lot of money. But it’s not just about money where Ricky Hatton is concerned. It’s about being one of the best fighters in the world. continue
NEW YORK (May 15, 2009) — Shawn Estrada is seeking a sixth knockout in as many fights when he takes on Cory Jones in a super middleweight bout on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Edison Miranda main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME in Oakland, Calif. Highlights of Estrada’s fight will be shown between the televised John Molina, Jr.-Frankie Archuleta and Ward-Miranda bouts. Also, SHOWTIME boxing historian and commentator Steve Farhood will interview the undefeated Estrada about his fight and his upcoming future plans. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 14, 2009) - The "press tour" to official announce the mega-fight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez which will take place July 18th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and live on HBO Pay-Per-View, kicks off this Sunday, May 17 and will span two continents in six days with stops in Los Angeles, New York and London.
"Now that Floyd is back, we need to let the world know it," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "The fight against Marquez will be one to remember and I am looking forward to getting on the road so the media and the fans can really get a sense of how great July 18th will be for the sport of boxing."
"Mayweather and Marquez are two of the best, therefore it is fitting that they will be making appearances in three of the best cities in the world," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. continue
by James Slater - 23-year-old light-welterweight prospect Frankie "Fun Time" Gavin has his second pro fight tonight, on the under-card of the Martin Rogan-Sam Sexton clash in Belfast. Highly touted, Gavin says he has been watching over and over the May 2nd Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton fight, and that he is going to try and emulate the great man from The Philippines as he continues to make his own name in the paid ranks. continue
ANDRE WARD: “(Edison Miranda) is an opponent that is trying to intimidate me. I’ve done my part and prepared for this fight, specifically for Miranda. I’ve been training since I was 9-years-old ... I have been preparing for nights like Saturday. What you see with me is what you get. I’m not going to pick up chairs and throw them out of anger. I’m a God-fearing man. The message I want to pass on to kids is that you don’t have to live like that in order to be successful. Don’t get my intensity wrong, I won’t be intimidated by this man. I have seen a lot of blood sweat and tears to get to this point. Professionally, this is the biggest stage in my career and I won’t shy away from it. This is the biggest fight for me to date and it has the pressure that is needed for me. He tried to stare me down right now and anyone who knows boxing knows that that was the first round.. continue
by James Slater - Carl Froch, the unbeaten WBC super-middleweight champion, was a studio guest on today's edition of The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports. Speaking about a number of potential fights for the near future, "The Cobra" gave his opinion on the men that have been or - are being mentioned as challengers for his 168-pound crown.
Making it clear he wants big fights and nothing less, the 31-year-old Nottingham man said he would be willing to travel to a rival's backyard once more (as he did against Jermain Taylor last time out, of course), but that he would really like to put on a big fight in Nottingham for his fans.
Froch was asked who he thinks he may be fighting next, possibly in September. continue
Dazzling” Darren Barker will aim to improve his already impressive CV at the Watford Colosseum on May 23rd when he makes the third defence of his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Darren McDermott. The Hennessy Sports event will be live on ITV4 providing fight fans with another opportunity to track the progress of one of British boxing’s most exciting talents. continue
Weigh-in results: Kevin Johnson - 246 Vs. Devin Vargas - 225 3/4 l Jorge Teron - 136 Vs. Aldo Valtierra - 135 l Bruce Seldon - 226 Vs. Gabe Brown - 359 l Chuch Mussachio - 177 1/2 Vs. Carl Daniels - 177 1/2
The card is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, in association with Harrah's Resort. Tickets are priced at $90 and $60 and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1(800) 745-3000 or going online to ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the Harrah's Resort box office. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 14 - As most boxing fans know, when Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz wasn't hitting opponents in the boxing ring, he was hitting the books at the University of Houston - Downtown (UHD). The former Three-Time World Champion will close the college chapter of his life on Sunday, May 17th, when he will receive the academic equivalent of a world championship title as he accepts a bachelor's degree in Political Science during the University's commencement ceremonies at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
"I'm very proud of Juan for what he's accomplished and he remains a shining example of everything that's right in this sport," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "He's a champion in and out of the ring and a role model for every young person out there. On behalf of everyone at Golden Boy Promotions, we congratulate Juan on this outstanding accomplishment.. continue
by James Slater - Remember when the possibility of a Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao fight was first put forth? The reaction, almost universally, was one of derision. Yet, as was mentioned on today's Boxing Hour show on Setanta Sports, an even more bizarre fight has been mentioned as a possibility - David Haye Vs. Bernard Hopkins up at heavyweight! continue
By Paul McCreath - When Chad Dawson won the WBC lightheavyweight title from Thomasz Adamek in February of 2007 there were great expectations especially among American fans that a new superstar was on the rise. When Adamek went on from there to win a title at cruiserweight Chad's stock went even higher. Unfortunately we have not seen much since his title winning effort to suggest that Dawson is anything more than a fairly average belt holder. While he has proven to be capable enough in the ring he has failed to capture the adoration of the general public the way a true star would. continue
By Ted Sares - Tell everybody this fights not going more than 10 rounds. --Miranda
Everybody, Miranda included, may be surprised how much I am going to be front of him. I think everybody thinks I am going to box and move. But I am not going to fight passively. --Ward
I'm fired up, don't take the humility or the meekness for weakness!.. Ward
…I’ve fought a lot tougher fighters, all with different styles… --Miranda
When Andre “S.O.G.” Ward meets Edison “Pantera” Miranda (32 -3) on Saturday, May 16, 2009, look for a possible preview of the Urango-Berto fight with another “Beauty and the Beast Scenario” on tap.
In typical Colombian bomber style, Pantera (the beast) started his career with five KOs in a total of six rounds and all in or around Barranquilla. continue
By Coach “K” - Former Long Island boxer Joe Winters is following his father Jimmy’s footsteps returning to boxing, this time as a promoter. Winters a popular heavyweight fought from 1986 to 1992 compiling a record of 13-2-1, 6Ko’s. Winters, recently selling a large successful Long Island business is returning to his true love boxing and is joining forces with long time New York promotional heavy Lou DiBella to bring boxing big to Long Island and the Westbury Music Fair now The Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury. continue
NEW YORK (May 13, 2009) — Edison Miranda has not been shy about how he feels about Andre Ward, his opponent in Saturday’s colossal super middleweight battle in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, Calif. “I can’t wait to get in the ring and to get into his face because I have no respect for Ward,” said Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs). “No, I wasn’t surprised when he called and wanted to fight me. I’ll fight anybody. I can’t wait for Saturday night to show the world who Edison Miranda is and that I’m going to be the champion.. continue
13.05.09 - By B. Smith - To all of us true fans of the sport, this could be the most anticipated fight of the decade. We have Floyd Mayweather, who in many eyes is the best fighter of our time. We also have Manny Pacquiao, who cleaned house in six weight divisions and fought the best opposition placed in front of him. If these two collide, it would settle once and for all who the true pound for pound king really is. But will it happen?
Mayweather signed on to fight Juan Manuel Marquez this July. During the official press conference, Leonard Ellerbe said that Mayweather was back and had a hit list. But just who is on this hit list? Obviously Marquez is the first. A future hall of famer, Marquez is a test for anyone, but having only fought above 125 pounds once and signing to fight at a catch weight around 143, the legitimacy of this fight is in question. continue
By Alfie Wilkinson - A birthday is a celebration of life – and never has a life been more worthy of celebrating. But for his passing in 1981, today, May 13th, would have been the 95th birthday of Joseph Louis Barrow one of the greatest pugilists ever to ply the trade of the sweet science of boxing and I feel it my duty to inform the world of this great man’s life.
Barrow, known to the world simply as Joe Louis, was more than a boxer, he transcended the sport and brought hope and joy to those who needed it most. His superhuman skills in the ring were only surpassed by his fame out of it. continue
Reading, PA - Heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman will lead the Reading Express professional indoor football team out onto the field for their home game against rivals Harrisburg Stampede this Sunday, May 17. The Reading Express play their home games at the Sovereign Center, where King's Promotions will feature Kauffman in the main event against former Ecuadorian Olympian Livin Castillo and cruiserweight Julio Cesar Matthews against Kamarah Paisley in the co-main event. Kauffman, (16-0, 13 KOs), is on the fast track up the heavyweight ranks at only 23 years old. Kauffman will be competing in his hometown for the first time since his smashing national TV debut in December when he knocked out Malachy Farrell on Showtime. continue
by James Slater - Yesterday, in Hyde, Manchester, Ricky "Hitman" Hatton opened the doors to his new gym, "Ricky Hatton's Health and Fitness Centre." Upon doing so, the 30-year-old also spoke to the members of the media that were in attendance. Needless to say, the hottest topic of conversation was the May 2nd loss Hatton suffered at the hands of Manny Pacquiao and whether or not Ricky will fight again.
Brutally honest as always, Hatton admitted he has been crying since the 2nd round KO loss, and that he has had the urge to hide himself away since the loss, only the second of his career.
Speaking to The Star newspaper, Britain's most popular fighter of all-time said he needs a lot more time yet before he can make up his mind about his fighting future. continue
CROWN BOXING INC. Las Vegas, NV, heads into the final week before their IBA Heavyweight Championship match between three time World Champion Olive McCall against the current Australian Champion John Hopoate from Sydney, Australia. The fighters are in training camps respectfully, Olive McCall in Las Vegas, and John Hopoate in California. Both contestants will arrive in Las Vegas this Sunday at The Orleans Hotel and Casino and will resume training in Las Vegas. The press conference will be held Wednesday, May 20, at The Orleans Hotel and Casino when both men will finally meet each other face to face. continue
13.06.09 - By Shaun Murphy: Boxing is a cruel sport. The very fine line that exists between success and failure creates two very different reality's for the "champion and the chump". Unlike the team sports, were world-class athletes are simply respected for their talents. One loss in the ring and all your sacrifice and ability mean nothing, people may even call you a "bum." It's the tragedy and appeal of the squared circle, one fighter becomes a living icon and the next guy who didn't make it, is pumping gas and getting racially abused by drunks.....However, some guys transcend the need for greatness through mere results in the ring. Although they will never be mentioned in the same tone of voice as the people who beat them; a small-class of pugilists are remembered as "greats" for just the way they fought. Dave "Boy' Green, a working-class farmer's son, born in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire-England, June the 2nd 1953, is one of those special few. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - Anyone commenting on boxing or more specifically the fledging heavyweight division over the past few years will have inevitably grappled the fresh supremacy of the Klitschko brothers: Vitali the current WBC champion and his younger brother Wladimir the IBF and WBO champion. The brothers, referred to amicably by Larry Merchant as ‘the two headed Klitschko monster’ are by quite a distance the premium heavyweights of the era. Their success even more surprising when it appeared at one point as though both would fade into obscurity. This with Vitali’s disappointing relinquishing of the WBC and probably the last remnant of a world recognised championship in 2005 as opposed to facing mandatory challenger Hasim ‘The Rock’ Rahman a most recent victim of Wladimir. Vitali’s retirement had nothing to do with fear of his opponent but rather his unfortunate inability to make it safely through a training camp, perhaps sensing little to achieve in an era with a non too deep talent pool and with a freshly retired nemesis in Lennox Lewis he walked away. His little brother once a formidable contender and WBO champion had suffered his own string of disastrous knockout defeats to lesser opponents and seen his hopes of stardom dashed. continue
by James Slater - The promoter of Clinton Woods, Dennis Hobson, has been working hard to get the former IBF light-heavyweight champion a big fight for his next outing. According to a news article that has appeared in the Sheffield Star, Hobson has been trying to iron out a deal for Woods to face former conqueror Roy Jones Junior in a rematch that would take place at The Sheffield Arena. continue
WBC World Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch will join legends from the world of boxing and icons of stage, screen and sport at the star studded Butterfly Ball which takes place at ‘Battersea Evolution’ in the heart of London's Battersea Park this Thursday night. The annual Caudwell Children Charity Ball raises vital funds for sick and disabled children across the U.K. and this year music legend Rod Stewart CBE will headline the event with a live performance. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - No sooner do I write up a preview piece on the upcoming July 4th (now officially announced) Eddie Chambers-Alexander Dimitrenko WBO heavyweight title fight eliminator, do I get the opportunity to speak with "Fast" Eddie himself.
The 27-year-old with the 34-1(18) record - who was in the gym as we spoke earlier today - was kind enough to give me the following answers on the upcoming fight in Germany. Here is what Eddie had to say:
James Slater: Thanks very much for your time, Eddie. The fight with Alexander Dimitrenko has just been made official. Firstly, are you happy to be fighting in Germany again?
Eddie Chambers: No, sir! (laughs). Just kidding. This time I'll be more experienced. Last time it was a tough experience but I'll be so much better prepared this time. It'll be a whole different story this time. continue
By John Brady - Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Mora, scheduled for June 27th in Atlantic City, has been cancelled due to an infection in Pavlik’s hand. According to his promoter Jeff Wald, Mora who just might take a “stay busy” fight in the summer, had already been training for two weeks when he heard the announcement. Now boxing fans everywhere can take the 44.95 they were going to spend on this fight and just transfer it to Floyd vs. Marquez exactly three weeks later and in the meantime Bob Arum can start looking in the direction of fighters such as Arthur Abraham to fight Kelly Pavlik instead of putting together nonsense PPV events like this one would have been. continue
Undefeated bantamweight Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez finished 10 weeks of preparation for his IBF Eliminator against Silence Mabuza. Perez will make the long trip across the globe to face the South African in his hometown of Johannesburg on Friday, May 29. “The only thing on my mind is victory,” said Perez after his workout. “I know I’m going to his backyard and I have to be aggressive, I need to be able to win the crowd, the judges and beat Mabuza, all at the same time.” Perez leaves Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon and arrives in Johannesburg, via Dubai, on Friday morning. “We are taking all the necessary steps to adapt to the time difference and altitude of Johannesburg,” said trainer Danny Zamora. “We have two more weeks of preparation and we will close training camp in South Africa.. continue
2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) and Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs), who collide this Saturday, May 16, in the main event on a special primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., participated in a free open public workout attended by several hundred fans and media Tuesday at The Plaza in Oakland. The 12-rounder between the unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Ward and the hard-hitting Miranda highlight the biggest fight card in the Bay Area in years.
In the ShoBox co-feature, unbeaten, up-and-coming junior lightweight John Molina Jr. (16-0, 12 KOs) of Covina, Calif., meets veteran Frankie Archuleta (25-6-1, 14 KOs) of Bernalillo, N.M. in an eight-round match. 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada (5-0, 5 KOs), of East Los Angeles, Calif., and Brooklyn’s Cory Jones (5-5, 1 KO) will clash in another top undercard attraction. continue
World rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina has had an overall attitude adjustment but he still possess the same devastating power punching ability as always as he gets set to headline the May 22nd “Rage At The River” show at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Spina (24-1-1, 17 KOs), 31, is rated among the top 15 in all four major boxing organizations – No. 12 by the WBC and WBA, No. 13 by the WBO, and No. 15 by the IBF. continue
By Stuart Woollard: I writing this article is response to a recent article on ESB suggesting that Amir Khan was unpopular in Britain in part due to his race. Whilst I accept there is a minority of narrow minded racists in all walks of life including boxing fans I did not agree with the author in what he claimed to be one of the fundamental reasons behind Khan's unpopularity. continue
by James Slater - Trainer of the hour (and almost certainly the year; maybe even the decade!) Freddy Roach has gone on record as saying the upcoming July 18th Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez fight "stinks," and that it will pit two counter-punchers against one another, each one waiting for his opponent to make the first move. Roach says the fight will be boring and that it "proves nothing."
Right now, due to the manner in which he has made anyone who has disagreed with his predictions look foolish, it's tough to disagree with Roach. However, is he right on this one? Will the catch-weight fight being fought at 143 or 144 pounds really be a boring fight?
Though there are other people who somewhat share Roach's opinion - or are at least a little unsure as to whether or not the fight will be a 100-percent competitive one due to the big jump up in weight the Mexican great will have to make - there are other fans still who are looking forward to the fight a lot. Hopefully the pairing of pound-for-pound standouts will result in a fascinating and fan-friendly affair. continue
ARENA’s stars Herbie Hide, Steffen Kretschmann and Mahir Oral have been received very kindly Monday afternoon in Völklingen (Germany) for the first press conference for the big ARENA show on June 26th at Hermann-Neuberger-Halle. Even the mayor of Völklingen Klaus Lorig welcomed the fighters and expressed his excitement for the big show to come. It will be the first professional boxing event in the Saarland region (close to the French border) in 30 years. continue
Light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov, fresh off of his impressive fourth-round stoppage of former two-time world champion Byron “Slama from Bama” Mitchell last Saturday night in Kazakhstan, has set his sights on a major world title fight against WBO champion Zsolt Erdei or WBA title-holder Hugo Garay. Saturday’s show (May 9) in Shumenov’s hometown of Chimkent, Kazakhstan, presented by the Shumenov brothers (Beibut and Chingis) was taped live for airings (schedule soon to be announced) in North America and Internationally. continue
By Robert Jackson: Re-watching the replay of the Pacquiao/Hatton fight this past Saturday night I began to wonder what went wrong for 'The Hitman' from Manchester, England. If I was Billy Graham I probably would, no I definitely would blame my replacement for the outcome of the fight. Having previously worked with Hatton for close to 20 years, Could Graham have done a better job preparing Hatton for his fight against Pacquiao? Was Mayweather's old-school, fundamental boxing training not suited for Hatton abilities or makeup?
To get a better indication of Mayweather's effectiveness as a trainer for Hatton during this fight I paid close attention to the basic boxing technique that Hatton employed during the fight, head movement, footwork and positioning. continue
Ricky Burns and Steve Foster Jnr will meet for the Commonwealth super-featherweight title at the Bellahouston Sports Centre, Glasgow, on June 19. The fight pitches two of the country's hottest talents at 9'4 against each other, with the winner looking to press on and tackle British champion Kevin Mitchell. continue
by James Slater - Alexander Dimitrenko and "Fast" Eddie Chambers will meet in Germany on July 4th in Hamburg, Germany. 26-year-old approx 255-pound Dimitrenko will almost certainly start favourite. Boxing at home, "Sascha" will also have a big size and weight advantage over the once-beaten Chambers, and he is also the bigger puncher of the two. Also, the last time 27-year-old Chambers fought in Germany, against the highly rated Alexander Povetkin, he lost. Will bad memories of the country serve to haunt the 34-1(18) Philly fighter in July? continue
By Walt White: Oakland's Oracle Arena was the site for the public workout before the Super Middleweight fight between Edison Miranda( 32-3, 28 KO) vs Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward(18-0,12 KO) Saturday, May 16th. The Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Leonard Productions and Seminole Warriors Boxing fight will be broadcast on a prime time edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 9PM ET/PT and will be the highlight of a big night of fights. Andre Ward will be fighting in his backyard and had some stern words for the press and opposition Both fighters showed up to sign autographs and answer a few brief questions from the press and public.
"Tell everybody this fights not going more than 10 rounds" said Miranda as he arrived for the open workout Tuesday May 12th. continue
Former two-time world champion Byron "Gator" Mitchell says his comeback won't be derailed by one setback. Mitchell took a short-notice chance at a quick bump in the world ratings and paid for it over the weekend by suffering his fifth career loss to undefeated Kazakhstan native Beibut Shumenov at the Stadium Khadjimukan in Chimkent, Kazakhstan, via TKO 4. continue
By Bryan Brennan: Not too long ago it seemed like after every fight I watched the winning fighter would call out Floyd Mayweather Jr. Experts and fans alike had differing opinions on who should get a crack at the reigning pound-for-pound champ. A little over a year after Floyd Mayweather Jr's retirement and it seems as if everyone agrees Manny Pacquiao is the guy who deserves the shot (or at this point Mayweather deserves the shot at Pacquiao). Did "Pretty Boy" actually help himself out by disappearing for a little while?
The names of Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Paul Williams, Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, and Manny Pacquiao were all being thrown out there. Not to mention some thought Hatton deserved a second shot at the undefeated fighter. If Floyd hadn't retired would we have gotten to this point? continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: On the 22nd of January 2005 Samuel Peter fought on HBO against Yanqui Diaz in the continuation of his ascent to the top of the heavyweight division. He came into the ring a strong 232 pounds, a fearful and determined puncher who needed to support the statement he had made against Jeremy Williams in his previous bout. In any other division a fight of this kind would not have seemingly generated so much interest but in a stale heavyweight era people were making noise. Bernard Hopkins had gone on record stating that Peter was his favourite heavyweight to watch and legend Roy Jones Jr was more than complimentary during the fight. Peter clobbered Diaz to submission in five one sided rounds and set himself for a title shot.
Samuel Peter is today largely seen as a joke by fans of the noble art, citing his lack of determination, poor training regime and almost baffling inability to lose some of his excess poundage. He was last seen waddling to an awful points defeat to Eddie Chambers, wandering helplessly around the ring in shape which classified him as morbidly obese. continue
by James Slater - I guess we always kind of knew the talented yet egocentric Floyd Mayweather Senior would not in any way accept that the disaster his fighter Ricky Hatton suffered at the hands of Manny Pacquiao was nothing to do with him and his ability as a trainer. No way would the man who calls himself the greatest trainer of all times come out and say he was the primary reason a fighter of his lost. And maybe Mayweather Senior is not the man to attach any blame to when it comes to the destructive 2nd round KO "The Hitman" fell to when he met "Pac-Man.. continue
By Doveed Linder: Last week, former two-time heavyweight champion John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) released a letter to America’s “top” heavyweight boxers, challenging them to get in the ring with him. The names he mentioned were Chris Arreola, Eddie Chambers, Kevin Johnson, and Brian Minto. Even though Ruiz is currently the WBA mandatory title challenger and is in line to face the winner of Chagaev-Valuev II, he is willing to risk that position if any of the above fighters cares to take him up on his challenge. Ruiz has apparently read a lot of press that he is not worthy of this title shot, so he is willing to step into the ring with any of these young up-and-comers to prove that he is one of the division’s best. continue
May 11, 2009 – By Scott Kraus - On Saturday night, Chad Dawson retained his IBF Light Heavyweight title by doing what no man had done before – he beat Antonio Tarver in a rematch. In a mostly one-sided performance, Dawson preserved his undefeated record and made a victorious debut on HBO.
On paper, it was as good a night as Dawson could have hoped for in a fight he did not really want and few in the boxing world wanted to see. In reality, Dawson failed to accomplish his one true goal for the evening, the goal of every championship-level boxer without a devoted local following or an Olympic pedigree: to generate excitement, develop buzz, and inspire fans to invest themselves in his career. continue
11.05.09 - By Michael Montero - Hardcore and mainstream boxing fans alike are buzzing about a possible super fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather (provided he gets past Juan Manuel Marquez this July). Now that “Money May” is back in the picture, many are arguing just who the real pound for pound king of the sport is, Mayweather or Pacquiao. I decided to do a head to head comparison of their resumes and accomplishments... continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (May 11, 2009) – Tuesday, May 12, has been declared Andre Ward Day in Oakland and the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist will spend part of it working. Ward and his opponent in Saturday’s huge 12-round super middleweight homecoming fight at the Oracle Arena--Edison Miranda—will both take part in a free open workout Tuesday at the Plaza between the Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Miranda will begin his workout at 4:30 p.m. PT, and Ward will follow at 5:30 p.m. Ward said he can’t wait to wake up and begin his monumental day on Tuesday. “Wow! It’s exciting to get this news especially because this is the week of my fight,” Ward said. “It really gives me strength and comfort that The City of Oakland is behind Andre Ward.. continue
By Tony A. Gaskins Jr.: Oftentimes, we wonder what it would be like to be the best in the world or hold that title. I know I’ve had that daydream many times. But few get the opportunity to be in the presence of someone we call “The Champ.” Well, I was privileged enough to have that opportunity. I spent the day with the WBC Champion of the World, Andre Berto, 24-0, Welterweight Rising Star!
What would you expect? I expected a very serious, intense demeanor, maybe arrogance or a haughty spirit. But instead I experienced a “gentle giant” metaphorically speaking. A young man who could easily feel on top of the world, but instead he resides with the humble and meek at heart.
We began at 8 A.M for an early morning swim. The Champ, his brother and two close friends dove in the pool to swim 20 consecutive laps. As for myself, I stood on the side and watched. I’m not ready to be a Champion of the World, so I closely observed what it would take to achieve that. continue
by James Slater - This Friday, in Puerto in his native Colombia, former WBO light-welterweight champion Ricardo Torres returns to the ring. The 29-year-old is scheduled to fight a ten rounder up at welterweight, and it will be the former champ's first fight since his exciting yet controversial one-round loss to Kendall Holt. continue
by James Slater - It may turn out to be a pity that the heavyweight bout taking place this coming Friday in Germany between the huge Timo Hoffman and the slightly less big Francois Botha is not going to be televised live anywhere other than in the country hosting the fight. Likely to be a fun-to-watch, if somewhat sloppy, slugfest, the clash would surely get a number of US and UK fans tuning in if it were available. Not one for the purists by any means, the clash of colossal veterans will probably entertain nonetheless. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' shines the spotlight on a set of very intriguing fighters, as well as the buzz surrounding them which lately have given many around the sport something to talk about. After last Saturday's showdown between Chad Dawson and Antonio Tarver, needless to say the two of them made the mailbag as we ponder what the road ahead may contain for each. After honing in on those two as well as Valero, Miranda and Ward, we take a stab at the big leagues, visiting a few topics surrounding today's pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, and a man walking a similar path, Paul Williams. So, with no further ado, we jump into the mix by taking it to the streets of the boogie down Bronx, where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Tavis H. (Bronx, NY): How would you grade Chad Dawson's performance against Antonio Tarver last Saturday night?
Vivek W. (ESB): When I watched the fight in real time I felt it wasn't his best performance. When I went back and watched it again (thank God for DVR) I was able to decipher more and really grasp what it was that he was doing. continue
Amir Khan has embarked on the toughest training camp of his career - but says it will lead to a KO victory on June 27. Khan takes on Andreas Kotelnik at the O2 Arena in a challenge for the WBA light-welterweight title, and will be based in the Wild Card Gym, LA, for the next six weeks. He'll be trained there by Freddie Roach - and is preparing to go through hell. "It's always tough with Freddie in charge, but I've been going through the ringer for the last week or so," said Khan. "And Freddie has told me that things are going to get much worse before they are going to get better. "The runs I have to go on and the physical work that I do are agony - and that's before the sparring starts! continue
“In my opinion what Frank Maloney knows about heavyweight boxing could be tattooed on the back of my big toe.” Unbeaten heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury has hit out at his British Heavyweight rivals and says he wants to bring the lustre back to the British Heavyweight title. Fury will have his sixth professional outing at the Watford Colosseum on May 23rd on the undercard of Darren Barker’s third defence of his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Darren McDermott. The Hennessy Sports event will be live on ITV4 and Fury is relishing an opportunity to show the British public that they have at least one heavyweight worth tuning into. Fury watched Danny Williams recent British title defence against John McDermott and he was distinctly unimpressed. continue
By Eric Edwards - Somewhere in Douglasville,GA at 3:15am an alarm clock rings. Kevin Johnson, the KINGPIN, as he is affectionately known stretches his massive 6'4" 225lbs. body on his kingsize bed. Still groggy, KINGPIN knows the early bird gets the worm.
Before KINGPIN the boxer's day starts, Kevin the dad's day begins. He sneaks into his 8 year old daughter Fatimah' room to check on her. 3:45am, right on time his babysitter and his promotional manager both arrive. The promotional manager drives his car behind KINGPIN as he begins his 7 mile run.
Back home at 5:30, KINGPIN takes a quick shower, then job #3. "It's my job to wake up the roosters" jokes the 29 year old undefeated heavyweight. After the roosters get rattled awake, Kevin begins breakfast for his daughter. On this morning, Kevin cooks her favorite waffles with maple syrup. great he thinks, now I'm a chef. continue
By John Brady - I would like to take this time to personally thank Dana White for not only saving the sport I love a great deal of public embarrassment, but possibly Roy Jones’ life in the process. As I’m sure you all have heard by now Roy has publicly challenged UFC phenomenon Anderson Silva to a cage match UNDER MMA RULES! UFC president Dana White refused to allow this event to occur calling it a “circus event” and I have to agree. Personally I feel Dana is trying to protect his investment because if the impossible happens and Roy beats Silva in the octagon his product will take a major hit. continue
On May 15th Star Boxing's undefeated heavyweight contender Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO) will look to take one step closer to fighting for a world title when he takes on highly regarded, undefeated 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Captain, Devin Vargas (17-0, 7KO). The bout will take place at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ and be shown live as that evenings ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" main event. Johnson, who is widely considered to be the top American heavyweight contender, was originally slated to face former world title challenge Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett. But with just a little over a week to go Barrett pulled out of the fight, claiming he suffered an eye injury while in training, something that does not sit well with Johnson at all. continue
10.05.09 - by James Slater - As was widely expected, IBF light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson widely out-pointed former champ Antonio Tarver once again in last night's return fight that no-one wanted to see in the first place. Not quite as dull as last October's clash between the two 175-pounder's, last night's bout in Las Vegas was no good fight either. So, what now for "Bad" Chad and "The Magic Man?"
For the 40-year-old Tarver, retirement seems the only logical option. In the past, Tarver was able to do things differently in a second fight with a guy who had topped him previously, and extract his revenge. But not any more. Well preserved he may be at age 40, and in no way a shot or damaged fighter either, Tarver must still know he has to walk away while - relatively speaking, at least - he remains an elite level fighter. The last thing Tarver wants is to carry on and become a stepping stone for up-and-comers. We all know it's happened to greater fighters than Tarver in the past. continue
11.05.09 - By Paul McCreath: The past few months have been pretty quiet on the American heavyweight front with few fights and even fewer success stories. Now at last we are about to see some action and perhaps some hope for the future. The first of these bouts will be seen on ESPN on Friday May 15 when unbeaten Kevin Johnson (21-0-1 with 8 KOs) meets another unbeaten fighter in Devin Vargas (17-0-0 and 7 KOs). Devin was a two time National Golden Gloves champ and won the National championship as well in 2003 at 201 pounds. He is filling in for the injured Monte Barrett who was originally set to meet Johnson. continue
by James Slater - Now that the Kelly Pavlik-Sergio Mora middleweight title fight is off for the June 27th date it was set for at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, sensational puncher Juan Manuel Lopez looks set to top the bill instead. Scheduled to make the fourth defence of his WBO super-bantamweight title against an as yet unknown opponent, "Juanma" will be fighting again barely two months on from his last fight - the severe beat down he gave to the incredibly brave Gerry Penalosa. continue
Marco “Captain” Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) made a successful third defence of his European cruiserweight title, stopping Vitaliy Rusal (23-1, 16 KOs) in the fifth round of their meeting in Bamberg. Much to the delight of the sell-out crowd of 4,000 fans, the 24-year-old used his trademark explosiveness and punching power to leave the challenger without a chance. Huck had little trouble to hold the Ukrainian at bay, rocking him with several hard combinations in almost every round. “I have never seen Marco landing so many big right hands,” coach Ulli Wegner praised. “He stuck to the game plan and fought very well.”
It was a flurry of punches that ended the one-sided encounter in the fifth, with Rusal losing his mouth piece following the onslaught. He beat the standing count – only for the referee to wave the bout off when he was in big trouble again a few moments later. continue
By: Damian “andyZOR” Markut - The bout between Krzysztof Wlodarczyk vs. Giacobbe Fragomeni for the WBC cruiserweight championship is less than a week away. May 16th in Rome, Italy, the two tough cruisers will battle it out for a scheduled 12 rounds. This will be Fragomeni’s first title defense since he won it last year vs. Rudolf Kraj. Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk in a recent for Polish newspaper, said “If by some chance he [Fragomeni] does not go down, it will be hard to win on points in Italy.. continue
Tampa, FL – Behind a vocally injected hometown crowd, Port Richey, FL Featherweight Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera took one step closer toward major recognition by earning a unanimous decision over Ali Baba Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion. Rivera was effective from both the outside and inside, making it difficult for his smaller, Doraville, GA based counterpart. Rivera’s thorough offensive arsenal enabled him to control most of the contest however, he was unable to hurt the granite chinned Baba, 26-15-1 (19 KO’s). Rivera raised his ledger to 16-3-2 (5 KO’s) and is unbeaten in his last eight trips to the squared circle. continue
Exclusiv interview by James Slater - This coming Friday night, unbeaten young heavyweights Devin Vargas and Kevin Johnson will collide in a fight that will go out live on ESPN2. Originally scheduled to fight Monte Barret and Bruce Seldon respectively, Johnson and Vargas now meet one another in a most intriguing bout.
Extremely confident the so called step up in class is a winnable fight for him, 27-year-old former Olympian Vargas, 17-0(7) feels the bout presents his opponent with his toughest fight yet - and one that "KingPin" will lose. Kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today, Devin had the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Devin. You were training for Bruce Seldon originally and then landed the Johnson fight?
Devin Vargas: Yes. I was originally training for Bruce and they asked me on Tuesday if I wanted to step up and take the fight with Johnson - I said sure. continue
Welsh prospect Gary Buckland will take a jump up tp the next level when he meets Scott Lawton in a British lightweight title eliminator on Friday, May 29. The pair will clash in support of the Chris Edwards vs. Usman Ahmed British flyweight championship bout serving as the main event at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Just 22 years of age, young Cardiff man Buckland, 15-1 (5), won a Celtic lightweight title by outpointing Martin Watson in 2007 and recaptured the belt in his most recent outing, a dominating ten round points verdict over former Commonwealth super feather boss Craig Docherty. continue
by James Slater - Once a rival always a rival. Junior Witter, the man who has well and truly been seeing out his own top level career while in the shadow of his light-welterweight countryman Ricky Hatton, is still talking about the man he has always wanted to meet in the ring. Though his even fighting again is in doubt after what the lethal Manny Pacquiao did to him one week ago, Hatton is still a fighter "The Hitter" is talking about facing. continue
By Ted Sares… I showed a lot of people my skills early in my career. But that fight [Collazo] I got to show my heart a little bit. Next fight after that I think I’ll probably just use my head a little bit more, and then try to be a bit smarter. Just try to become a complete fighter. --Andre Berto
The military is something where you need discipline. If you lack discipline, it's going to go bad for you, and that's something I learned. If you put the right amount of work in and stay disciplined, things come out right most of the time, and that applies to my boxing career now. --Juan Urango of his time the Colombian armed forces
Andre Berto is 24-0 with a very impressive 79.17 KO percentage which he demonstrated in frightening fashion against Miguel “Miki “ Rodriquez on June 21, 2008 in Memphis. continue
By John Brady - As Teddy Atlas constantly reminds us, you can’t compare today’s fighters to those of the twenties through fifties. This was considered the “Golden Era” of boxing. It was not unusual for fighters to have over two hundred fights under their belt, and most importantly the BEST FOUGHT THE BEST! If we were still living in this era I would have no reason to write this article because these two warriors would wind up fighting each other on their own. Unfortunately we do NOT live in the “Golden Era” of boxing anymore and today’s fighters occasionally need somewhat of a nudge in order for the best to fight the best. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Many boxers attempted it but it was Muhammad Ali who mastered it, it was mainly comical, however there were times when it offended. Moreover, it is becoming frequent, with Ricardo Mayorga and Floyd Mayweather Jnr becoming champions in it. What am I referring to? Trash Talking! continue
By Coach Tim Walker - I make an effort to learn who the fighters are, who they've fought and who the fighters they've fought have fought. I use all of this to assess the level of skill they have and how far it seems they can go in the sport. Most of the time, it's easy to assess a fighter's skill level. Other times it's not so easy.
In the case of Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton I must admit that I had only recently heard of Rogan and had never heard of Sexton until he was announced as Rogan's opponent. That is not to say that they aren't good fighters. I just didn't know much about them. Thus analyzing a fight and fighters I know little about will prove itself to be a bit arduous. Nevertheless it is the task that is set before me. continue
By Neil Dennis - Throughout the first half of Friday night’s fight, Teddy Atlas kept pointing out all the similiarities between rising Scottish prospect Craig McEwan and the once seemingly unstoppable Andy Lee. Both were British expatriates learning their craft on American soil. Both were tall, rangy, and undefeated prospects who had been weaned on a diet light opposition. And finally thanks to last night, both saw their ESPN Fright Night Fights’ debut in the ring against the always rugged Brian Vera. continue
by James Slater - There have been and always will be many fighters who go around saying they are the most avoided boxers in the sport, but Australia's Sakio Bika, the former "Contender" T.V show winner, thinks he must be given good odds of laying a legitimate claim to this unwanted title today. "The Scorpion," as has been revealed in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald, is to take to somewhat desperate measures to ensure he can get fights; Bika plans to take a fight a month for the next three months, starting against an as yet TBA in June. continue
21.04.09 - -By Charles C. White, photo by Wray Edwards / EastSideBoxing.com - CW: What’s up Elijah? How you been man?
EM: I’m doing good.
CW: You turned down a football scholarship to take up boxing. What drove you to do that, and does your father approve?
EM: It was my own decision you know, from the past that is what I always wanted to do. And I got the urge more as I got bigger and matured. And once I asked my father he didn’t approve much, he just wanted me to go my own way but then he saw that I was really serious about it.
CW: What was it like to see your father knock out Lennox Lewis?
EM: Oh it was a great experience. I remember my dad jumping up and down in the ring. And then seeing my mother and my grandmother up there. Everybody was real happy and I just dreamed of doing it myself one day. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (May 9, 2009) -- "So much for truth in advertising. We all know who the No. 1 pound for pound fighter is and his name is Manny Pacquiao. They can call Mayweather-Marquez "No. 1" but it smells like No. 2,” said three-time BWAA Trainer of the Year World-Famous Freddie Roach. “The fight stinks. Two counter-punchers waiting for the other one to make the first move is boring and proves nothing. If Mayweather wanted to prove he was the best all he had to do was wait one day to see who won Pacquiao-Hatton before signing to fight Marquez. You might as well rename him Fraud Mayweather, Jr.. continue
Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions and AEG announced today the launch of "Fight Night Club", a monthly boxing series at the new Club Nokia at LA LIVE across the street from STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles. "Fight Night Club" will feature some of Golden Boy's best up and coming professional boxing prospects in an upscale and intimate Club setting. The monthly series will kick off on June 11th and will be televised nationally on VERSUS at 9:00pm ET / 6:00pm PT and streamed live (and archived) on RingTV.com and Yahoo! Boxing. continue
May 8, 2009 – By Scott Kraus: Manny Pacquiao is the number-one boxer in the world under any criteria. He tops every prominent pound-for-pound list. His domination of Oscar de la Hoya and annihilation of Ricky Hatton made him the most popular fighter in the world and the biggest box-office draw in boxing. Those performances, and the dozen or more that preceded them, have long made him the most exciting fighter in the sport.
Manny Pacquiao is Filipino, an idol in his country and now a global icon. TIME magazine recently named him one of 100 most influential people in the world. On Monday, following his knockout of Hatton, Pacquiao was the second story featured on Pardon the Interruption, the popular (and not particularly boxing-friendly) ESPN sports talk show, behind only the announcement that LeBron James was named NBA MVP. Hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser raved about Pacquiao’s performance, with Kornheiser comparig it to Hagler-Hearns, “except for the fact that Ricky Hatton wasn’t Hearns.. continue
By Jason Peck - Five years ago Antonio Tarver stood over the fallen Roy Jones Jr., and doubtless imagined a brilliant career like Archie Moore or Dick Tiger. Four years later his career looks more Tommy Morrison, sans AIIDS – complete with a career-high victory over a Hall of Famer, sporadic title reigns and a Rocky film. Most retire with less.
His rematch with Chad Dawson fast approaches, although one must wonder what Tarver hopes for. Their first fight had no controversies, no close calls for the victor and no avenue through which Tarver can cry robbery. continue
Star Boxing has been informed by Monte Barrett that he has suffered an injury that has forced him to pull out of his May 15th heavyweight clash with world rated (WBA #5, WBC #10, IBF #14) Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO). Barrett reportedly suffered a cut while sparring that has left him ineligible to participate in next weeks ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" main event being held at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines the spotlight on one of the sports most enigmatic spectacles. With his most notable performances residing in the rear view of a very distant pass, this weekend he once again finds himself center stage with the chance to create a new opportunity to bridge that gap and bring himself back to the future. After his last performance in which he was totally dominated by the young Dawson, many have began to question Tarver's ability to perform at this stage in his career, but what few have stopped to realize is the fact that despite being 40 years of age, the talented southpaw has only been in the game for little over a decade - (12 years). What adds intrigue to this showdown is the fact that throughout his career, Tarver has been a king of the rematch, defeating everyone he has ever lost too, typically in a somewhat devastating fashion.
Glen Johnson and Eric Harding both found this out the hard way, but it was another opponent that he faced which gave him every ounce of credibility he now holds. Throughout his career, Tarver has done some pretty notable things in the ring, but perhaps the most notable of them all was his dominating performance against Roy Jones Jr. After a tough, gutsy performance in their first bout where Jones barely squeaked out a victory, Tarver would go back to the drawing board and set out to show the world exactly what makes him so dangerous. continue
08.05.09 - “Dazzling” Darren Barker believes he’ll prove his Gladiator status at the Watford Colosseum on May 23rd when he defends his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Darren McDermott. The unbeaten Barnet man will make the fourth defence of his title on what is practically home ground live on ITV4 on the next Hennessy Sports event. McDermott, the “Black Country Body snatcher” believes he’ll prove too strong for the champion but Barker has shrugged off that prediction. continue
By Robert Jackson: About a year ago this writer penned an ESB article "When will Floyd Mayweather return?". In that article I predicted he would return when both the money is large enough and the challenge large enough for his doubters and naysayers to believe that Floyd can be beaten. The money IS large enough and after a 16 month layoff an equal amount of fans believe that Marquez can beat Mayweather. Other fans particularly Mayweather critics are saying that Marquez is too small, I say why not Marquez? The only fighter with whom Pacquiao has struggled, with many believing he lost to Marquez at least once and some believe twice! continue
07.05.09 - Exclusive interview by James Slater - "The Atomic Bull," Oliver McCall, returns to the ring after a nineteen month absence this coming May 22nd, when he meets Australia's John Hopoate in Las Vegas. Still intent on becoming a two-time heavyweight king, the 44-year-old with the granite chin and the 51-9(36) record says he is feeling better than ever going into the fight with the former rugby player.
Also on the May show will be Oliver's up-and-coming son, Elijah McCall. Excited to be fighting with his son on the same card as he for the first time, Oliver is looking forward to putting on a good, fan-friendly performance against the 11-2(11) 34-year-old from Sydney. continue
Arena Box Promotions U.S., LLC in association with JAOLI Fight Promotions, Caribe Promotions, ESPN, and the newly renovated “Fabulous” Fontainebleau Resort, Miami Beach are proud to bring back world class boxing to this legendary venue for the first time in 30 years. In the Main event we have Richar Gutierrez. from Colombia 24-2-1 VS. Antwone Smith from Miami , FL 15-1 in a WBA Regional Championship Fight. This fight between two local Miami fighters will be a war! Smith is coming off of 3 straight wins on ESPN and Gutierrez has seen the “Big Time” with two fights on HBO. continue
Former two-time world champion Byron “Slama from Bama” Mitchell has replaced Alejandro “Naco” Berrio as light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov’s opponent, Saturday night in the main event on an all-star card, outdoors at Khadkimukan Stadium in Shumenov’s hometown of Chimkent, Kazakhstan. Berrio had visa issues in Colombia. Saturday’s show (May 9), presented by KZ Event Productions, owned by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis, will be taped live for later broadcasts in North America. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Throughout the 1990’s there was one British boxer who stood head and shoulders above them all, former WBO middle and super middleweight champion, Chris Eubank. He was without a doubt one of the greatest fighters the country has ever produced. However, despite his success, he was also perhaps the most hated boxer in British history, and for many years I have been puzzled as to why there was such hatred for a man who sacrificed so much for his sport and his country. Whether it was down to his cocky arrogant nature, or the fact that he was a poser who loved attention, one thing is sure, he was indeed ‘the man they loved to hate’.
Over a decade later we again face the same scenario, but this time the man is a boy, he is not cocky or arrogant, and most of all he does not thrive on the attention like his predecessor. Ladies and Gentlemen let me introduce you to, Amir Khan. Confused? Well don’t be. continue
by James Slater - Though the now infamous "T-Shirt stunt" heavyweight title challenger David Haye used to get under the skin of reigning IBF and WBO heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko almost certainly helped shift a number of the thousands of tickets that have gone for the June 20th fight, the jury is still out as to whether or not he overstepped the bounds of what is acceptable in hype or not. Haye got people talking about the upcoming fight and he got them paying money to see it live, and it was his press conference behaviour that had a lot to do with the interest he has created. continue
By Jamie Savin: On May 2nd 2009 history was made Manny Pacquiao stopped Ricky Hatton in a way which few will ever forget. The two round demolition of Hatton has shown how great Pacquiao has been going up the weights but still keeping his fantastic speed and ferocious punching power. On the same day the expected return of Floyd Mayweather Jr was announced against Juan Marquez, whilst this should be a great fight it is widely thought Mayweather will win and improve his record. continue
By Ted Sares - Benjamin Flores (1984-2009) - Benjamin Flores was a super bantamweight out of Morelia, Mexico and was making Houston his home. Since losing to tough Bernabe Concepcion (29-1-1) in April 2007, he had run up five wins in a row against stiff opposition and he accomplished this in four different states. His last win was a TD over Vernie Torres in July 2008 due to an accidental headbutt. It was on the Margarito-Cotto undercard in Las Vegas.
On April 4, 2009, he met Al Seeger in Dallas with the vacant NABF super bantamweight title at stake. Seeger (27-4 coming in) had lost three in a row to Yuriorkis Gamboa, Mike Oliver and Daniel Ponce de Leon and was no slouch despite the fact he had done much of his work in Georgia. Going into the de leon bout, he was 27-1.
Sometime prior to this fight, Benjamine’s father, Miguel, had expressed concerns about what his son did for a living by stating. continue
by James Slater - Today, on the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports, it was revealed how promoter Frank Warren has issued a challenge to reigning British heavyweight champion Danny Williams. Warren promotes the unbeaten, 9-0(5), Derek Chisora, and the plan is for the Zimbabwe-born Londoner to face the 35-year-old "Brixton Bomber" on the under-card of the June 27th Amir Khan-Andriy Kotelnik show at The O2 in London. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: Recently I wrote an article in which I defended Ricky Hatton’s trainer Floyd Mayweather sr, professing my belief that Ricky’s spectacular downfall was due to his reckless and naïve approach to the fight. I left that article with an ominous situation whereby Hatton was left with two options both containing potential danger. continue
07.05.09 -By Doveed Linder - This Saturday, light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) will defend his IBF and IBO titles against Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a rematch of a fight that took place in October of last year, where Dawson won via unanimous decision.
With all of the excitement from the Pacquiao/Hatton fight last weekend, Dawson/Tarver II has been given little attention by the media, plus there isn’t a great deal of anticipation in the first place. This is not a fight that the boxing world demands by any means, as Dawson won convincingly the first time leaving no questions unanswered. But Tarver is exercising his right to a rematch, so the fight is going forward. The most intriguing thing that can be said about this match-up is that Tarver has never lost a rematch before, though it’s very likely that he will lose THIS rematch. continue
By John Wight - Ricky Hatton should retire from the sport of boxing. In the aftermath of his crushing defeat at the considerable hands of Manny Pacquiao the issue of whether or not this popular and charismatic fighter should or should not retire has divided the boxing community to a degree not seen in many a year. Commenators and pundits in the sports pages of newspapers, in boxing journals, and on blogs have offered well considered and well meaning analyses as to why he either should or shouldn’t call it a day. continue
Miami-Wednesday, May 6, 2009-Odlanier Solis has backed out of his May 22nd fight against Heavyweight contender "Fast Fres" Oquendo. The fight was scheduled to take place at the world famous Fountain Bleu resort in Miami Beach Florida, "I've been down here training my butt off for this guy and he chickens out" said Oquendo. Im the "Cuban Assassin and he's the "Cuban Coward", "Ill fight him in Cuba if I have to, I just want to fight", Oquendo stated. Ahmet Öner, Solis promoter at Arena Boxing says Solis broke his finger sparring and that the fight will be postponed to a later date. continue
Miranda, the two talented fighters participated in a media conference call along with promoter Dan Goossen. In the featured bout, the undefeated and No. 2- ranked Ward will fulfill his dream of staging a pro fight in his hometown when he takes a big step up in class to face Miranda, a Colombian knockout artist who has fought top-notch competition throughout his career, on Saturday, May 16 in Oakland, Calif. The 12-round fight for Ward’s North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The event will originate from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, and will be promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Leonard Productions. The Ward-Miranda bout will be presented in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing. Tickets are on sale NOW, starting at just $25. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. PT. The first non-televised fight is 5 p.m. PT. Fight week (next week) activities in Oakland include an open workout on Tuesday, possibly at the City Center, a final press conference at the City Center and the weigh in at the Plaza at City Center. ALL FIGHT WEEK ACTIVITES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.. continue
By Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson: John Ruiz? You’ve got to be kidding me. The worst man to ever hold a world title has the nerve to call me out? You've got to be joking. First off, in your entire career, you’ve never ever beaten anyone. Evander Holyfield, Chris Byrd, Fres Oquendo? Please tell me who you beat and I will leave you alone. And when you did step up to face some half decent competition like Valuev, James Toney and David Tua, who knocked you out in 20 seconds, you got your butt kicked. But being the tall dark and handsome people’s champ that I am, I’ll tell you what.. why don’t you step in for Monte Barrett, who pulled out of his fight with me scheduled for next Friday on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, and I’ll kick your sorry butt all the way back to Puerto Rico. continue
by James Slater - It is testament to the quite phenomenal popularity of Manchester's Ricky Hatton that fighters continue to show real interest in fighting him in the future even after what happened to him in his bout with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand this past Saturday. Often when a top name is annihilated, would-be rival fights look at him as damaged goods and look for another big name to get it on with. This is not the case with Hatton, though. continue
By George Ulrich: There seems to be a very heavy question looming for Ricky “Hitman” Hatton. The question of whether to make his next fight his last seems to be what’s on everyone’s mind. Some people, such as his trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. are calling for his immediate retirement. My question to everyone of that opinion is why? Is it because he lost to a great fighter in stunning fashion? Is it because he’s suffered two KO losses in his last four fights? I’ll look at these questions and more as we delve deep into what could be, or should be next for this beloved fighter.
Ricky Hatton has accomplished so much in the sport of boxing. He’s had a career that most young fighters would only dare dream of. For all that has been said of his last few fights, all in all he’s had a great career to this point. Hatton only recently fell to two of the best in the world. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, May 6 – Some are expecting it to be a spectacular homecoming for 2004 US Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward when he fights for the first time as a pro in Oakland on May 16th at the Oracle Arena. But the man he will step into the ring against that night, Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda, has his own opinion regarding that topic. continue
06.05.09 - HBO Sports delivers an action-packed light heavyweight title fight when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: CHAD DAWSON VS. ANTONIO TARVER II is presented live SATURDAY, MAY 9 (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT) from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
Weights from Germany; Marco Huck 199.5 - Vitaliy Rusal 191.5 l Alexander Abraham 154 vs Magomed Abdurakhmanov 154 l Yoan Pablo Hernandez 199.5 vs Aaron Williams 197
European cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck has promised his fans to deliver another spectacular KO on Saturday night when he faces unbeaten Vitaliy Rusal. The 24-year-old (24-1, 19KO´s) has no doubts he will leave the ring victorious - even though his Ukrainian opponent (23-0, 16 KOs) has never tasted defeat before. “I will destroy him,” Huck predicted at today´s press conference. “He has a perfect record, which speaks for itself. He has never lost but that will change on Saturday. I will hand him the first defeat of his career. He cannot stop me.. continue
By John Ruiz: To America’s “Top” Heavyweight Boxers, I’ve been told I’m not the most fan-friendly fighter in the world, my style often criticized as being ugly, but I’m proud to say I’ve never ducked a worthy opponent. For the past month or two, though, I’ve read and heard a lot BS about how I shouldn’t be the WBA mandatory title challenger. A few totally unproven, so-called contenders have whined about them deserving a world title shot more than I do. continue
by James Slater - It looked too good to be true! Pure punchers Edwin Valero and Bredis Prescott - the pair of them being the most lethal-looking bangers in the lightweight division - were reportedly set to square off in a most intriguing fight that would contest the WBC 135-pound title held by Valero, but now the fight looks doubtful. continue
By Michael Herron: The highly anticipated return of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao’s dramatic knockout of Ricky Hatton has ignited the boxing world and sparked a great debate; fight fans are anxious to know which guy is the best, who is truly the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world? Pound-for-pound by definition was created to describe a fighter with great skill who can move up and down the scales, challenge fighters in multiple weight classes, and continue to perform and be just as successful as they would at their optimal weight. With this in mind, both fighters fit the description well, but in terms of acknowledging pound-for-pound greatness, there appears to be a double standard in favor of Manny Pacquiao.
Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has won titles in five weight classes, 130, 135, 140, 147, 154, yet none of his ring accomplishments are without criticism from the boxing media. During the Hatton-Pacquiao telecast for instance, Larry Merchant, in reference to Mayweather’s return to boxing, went on a tirade accusing Floyd of cherrypicking opponents, pricing himself out of fights, and flat out ducking fighters. continue
by James Slater - ESPN 2 viewers will be getting what will likely be a pretty interesting evening of heavyweight entertainment when they tune into the May 15th show that will be broadcast by the network. The unbeaten and ultra-confident Kevin "KingPin" Johnson headlines the card, when he takes on the always dangerous Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett, and now it looks like another unbeaten prospect, in former Olympian Devin Vargas, will fight former WBA heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon on the same show. continue
Robert Helenius will be eager to give his Scandinavian fans a first-hand look at his rising talents when he enters the ring in Helsinki on May 30. The “Nordic Nightmare”, as he is known in Germany, will be in action on the undercard of the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev. It will be the 25-year-old´s second professional fight at the Hartwall Arena where he clinched a unanimous points decision over Remigijus Ziausys back in November 2008. “I really look forward to fighting in Helsinki again,” Helenius said. “I want to show my fans why they call me the “Nordic Nightmare” in Germany. I have learned so many things during the one year with Team Sauerland and I am keen to prove that on May 30.. continue
By Jasper Hernandez: Dubai, UAE --- On Sunday morning, the Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao (48-3-2) delivered yet again an emphatic victory to take the IBO & Ring Magazine light welterweight crown from Britain’s Ricky Hatton (45-2). Although a 2-1 favorite, Pacman still shocked the boxing pundits by producing a scintillating and overwhelming performance over the Brit, who is regarded as one of the top pound-for-pounders and no. 1 light welterweight of the world. Pacquiao was so dominating and destructive that he made the Hitman looked like an amateur to finish him in the 2:59 mark in Round 2 after dropping him twice in the first round with his vaunted barrage of punches.
Not even the die-hard Pacquiao fans, including me, could have seen that the end will be as short and brutal as what we had expected to be an even match up between the two warriors. There was no doubt that Pacquiao will win in my mind but it surprised me on how he did it.
It was an anti-climactic ending to a build-up that started from the negotiating table as early as January 2009 up to the fight night. continue
by James Slater - No doubt Ricky Hatton, who fell in just two rounds against Manny Pacquiao this past Saturday (as if anyone didn't know), is receiving advice on his future from practically everyone he comes into contact with today. Should he fight on, or should he walk away from boxing after what he suffered inside The MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on May 2nd? It may well be an agonisingly tough decision for the 30-year-old to make. However, if he is to follow the advice of fellow Manny Pacquiao victim Oscar De La Hoya - who was forced to remain on his stool after eight rounds last December - Hatton will indeed fight again. continue
Sam Sexton is hoping to get the inside line on Martin Rogan - after drafting in Belfast's Darren Corbett as a sparring partner. Sexton will take on Rogan at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, in a challenge for the Commonwealth heavyweight title on May 15. Sky Sports televise live. And the Norwich banger has called up former Commonwealth cruiserweight champion Corbett in a bid to be in fighting form next Friday. continue
By Matthew Collin - As the dust settles from this weekend’s superfight between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao, a number of questions remain unanswered and a number of new ones have presented themselves. Many observers (myself included) are still reeling from the devastating nature of Manny’s victory, and more and more it seems we are in the presence of boxing greatness as we watch a career for the ages unfold before our eyes.
However, the inevitable criticism of Hatton has already begun, and if indeed it is the last time we see him inside the squared circle, I would hope that history will be a little kinder to him than the headlines we have seen over the last couple of days.
In a boxing world where fighters are continually lambasted for their money first, risk second attitude towards the fights they take, I believe Hatton and indeed for that matter Pacquiao, should be celebrated for continually testing themselves against the best. Right from his breakthrough win against Kostya Tszyu in 2005 on that momentous night in Manchester, Ricky has taken his 140 pound championship on the road, immediately stating his intention to travel to America and fight the best. continue
Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves and Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Saturday, July 11, 2009, at Emperors Palace, located at 64 Jones Street in Kempton Park, South Africa. Featured fights will be televised live on Supersport. The main event, scheduled for 12 rounds, will match Philip “Time Bomb” Ndou, 32-3 with 31 knockouts against former IBF jr. welterweight world champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou, 46-11-1 with 31 knockouts. continue
Light Heavyweight contender Yusaf Mack returns to action on May 30th in Tampa Florida. Mack appears on the undercard of the world title showdown of Andre Berto v Juan Urango. His opponent is former NABO and world title challenger DeAndrey Abron. Abron is currently on an unlucky run of form since pushing WBO champion Zsolt Erdei all the way in Germany. He has travelled over to Europe in order to stay busy and has felt the wrath of some poor refereeing along the way. continue
By Michael Klimes: Carl Froch and Ricky Hatton both fought in America the past week and betrayed the weaknesses of their styles by holding their hands low. Froch prevailed in his twelve round bout with Jermain Taylor but for a time it looked like his first title defence would end in a fairly wide points defeat. However, Froch, demonstrating his well known grit and power, broke through Taylor’s disciplined boxing and saved himself from an embarrassing loss. Froch must be commended for going to the US and avoiding the mistake that Calzaghe made during his career when he only crossed the Atlantic toward his career’s conclusion. Froch understandably defines himself in relation to and against his predecessor and wants to meet the ex-super middleweight king soon. He has even tried to goad the Welshman by telling him that he must get out of his arm chair. I have to be honest: Froch’s performance did not impress me that much. It is true this was an entertaining fight but what did Froch reveal to us that was different from his previous brawl with Jean Pascal last December? Nothing is the answer and he won the fight based on his conditioning, power, chin and determination. continue
5.05.09 - Adeyinka Makinde - Frankie DePaula’s match up with Bob Foster, the light heavyweight champion of the world was perhaps the most improbable match up between a club fighter and dominant world champion until, well, Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. (I will conveniently ignore ‘The Bayonne Bleeder’s’ bout with ‘The Louisville Lip’.) Just two years earlier, at the beginning of 1967, Frankie had been classified as a ‘Class D’ Band fighter by boxing’s ‘Bible’, The Ring, and appeared content and comfortable with his neighbourhood celebrity status. Fighting –in the ring that is- was something he did when he needed a few extra bucks. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton may have failed in quite spectacular fashion when it came to his quest to reach the upper echelon of boxing's pound-for-pound ratings, but another British boxer in Amir Khan now has his sights set on entering the illustrious rankings, and soon. Facing Andriy Kotelnik for the Ukrainian's WBA 140-pound title in June, Khan says the win he is sure he will get will lead him to bigger and better things. The former Olympian, 22, also says his new trainer, Freddie Roach, will turn him into a pound-for-pound fighter by the time he is 24 years of age. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – It’s less than three weeks away but the 12 round super middleweight bout, broadcast on Showbox: The Next Generation, between Andre Ward (18-0-0 12 KOs) and Edison Miranda (32-3-0 28 KOs) might as well be three months away because it seems to be caught in the midst of super fights and is being seriously overlooked. Andre Ward, the speedy handed 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, steps up against extra hard hitting Edison Miranda. If you doubt Miranda’s power ask David Banks or go to youtube.com and keyword Miranda Banks. If you doubt Ward’s speed ask any one of the 18 fighters he has dismantled since turning pro over 4 years ago.
Hands down Miranda is one of the hardest hitting fighters in boxing. His three loses come at the hands of only two fighters, Arthur Abraham, current IBF middleweight champion, and Kelly Pavlik, the reigning WBC and WBO middleweight champion. But Miranda is stepping up to super middleweight for this bout. continue
05.05.09 - by Damian "andyZOR" Markut - The Cruiserweight fight nobody is talking about. This bout is scheduled for 12 rounds on May 16 in Rome, Italy. Newly crowned WBC champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1, 10 KOs) from Milan, Italy is set to make his first mandatory defense against former IBF champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (41-2,31 KOs) from Warsaw, Poland. Fragomeni won the title in Italy when he defeated tough contender Rudolf Kraj from the Czech Republic. The fight went to the judges score cards when a clash of heads occurred in the fight. Fragomeni won the fight 77-74 on all judges score cards. Fragomeni, in my eyes, lost the first two rounds but bounced back and won all the following rounds. continue
NEW YORK (May 5, 2009) — Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) faces Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) in a highly anticipated main event, but the Saturday, May 16 fight card at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. will also feature an outstanding undercard that includes unbeaten 2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada, fast-rising junior lightweight prospect John Molina, Jr., and 2000 U.S. Olympic Games silver medalist Ricardo Williams. continue
By Anthony Coleman - Ricky Hatton never saw it coming.
Fans never saw it coming and neither did members of the sports media. The only one who envisioned it was winner’s trainer, Freddie Roach, and even he was off by a round. The fact that Pacquiao stopped Ricky Hatton last night to capture the legitimate 140 pound title wasn’t too shocking (he was the favorite coming in and most picked him to win by the mid to late rounds), but very few saw him nearly taking him out in the first round and then finishing the job with an amazing left cross with one second remaining in the second round. Again just amazing stuff and that is why he has ascended to the realm of becoming the most popular fighter in the sport. Yet this victory is far more significant than any in his career. Now, it no longer is a question of putting him as the pound for pound number one fighter in the sport, because he has a lock on that top spot. No, it is time that we start to include Manny Pacquiao in the discussions of the greatest fighters of all time. continue
By Per Ake Persson: WBA middle champ Felix Sturm takes on current EBU titleholder Khoren Gevor July 11 at the Nuerburgring Formula I Arena. Both men are promoted by Universum. On paper the stylish Sturm is a big favourite but Gevor showed that he´s an underestimated force when he lost to Arthur Abraham and in the win against Finn Amin Asikainen. I would say he´s in with a good chance. In the co-headliner Sebastian Zbik and Domenico Spada fight for the WBC interim middlweight title. continue
Miika Forsström - Finnish super lightweight boxer Juho “TNT” Tolppola (22-5-1, 9 KOs) challenges European Union super lightweight champion Giuseppe Lauri (47-6, 28 KOs) of Italy May 30 in Helsinki, Finland. The European Union (EBU-EU) titlefight is one of the most meaningful fights on the undercard of WBA world heavyweight titlefight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev. Juho “TNT” Tolppola, 27, is a former two time European title challenger and he has also once before unsuccessfully challenged for the European Union title. In December 2008 Tolppola fought very well against European champion Gianluca Branco in Italy, but was controversially stopped on a swelling in the side of Tolppola´s head in round nine. continue
By Doveed Linder: Before the Pacquiao / Hatton fight, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach declared that Pacquiao would score a knockout inside of 3 rounds. This was a bold prediction, as Hatton was supposedly the naturally bigger man and he’d only lost once before, which was a TKO in the 10th round that came against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. But Roach spent hours studying tapes of Hatton and was convinced that the plan he was devising for Manny Pacquiao would result in a knockout victory within 3 rounds. And on the night of the fight, his prediction did, in fact, come true, as Hatton wan knocked out in the 2nd round.
Before the fight with Hatton, Pacquiao took on Oscar De La Hoya. Again, Roach predicted exactly how the fight would play out. He maintained that Pacquiao’s speed would make De La Hoya look old and slow and that it would be a one-sided beating that would end inside the distance. And sure enough, Roach painted an accurate picture of what was to come. continue
By Tony Nobbs: This country has a boxing great tradition with eleven Aussie pugilists holding major world championships. I will count down my top 25 of Australian boxers in history (imports not included) over the coming weeks.
25/ Fred Henneberry (Middleweight champion of Australia): Born in Port Pirie, South Australia in 1911. Based out of Sydney. Turned pro in 1930, at 18, drawing his first bout before winning next twenty. continue
by James Slater - According to a number of online sources, Cuban sensation and new WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will likely make the first defence of his world title against Mexico's former WBC 126-pound champion Guty Espadas Junior. The fight is up as happening on BoxRec, on July 25th in Yucatan, Mexico. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – On Saturday, May 2, 2009 boxing fans were treated to an amazing show of speed, power, timing and ring generalship when Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2 with 37 KOs) took on Ricky Hatton (45-2-0 with 32 KOs). After considering every variable of this fight, going thru three or four scenarios per round, evaluating both fighter’s resumes and talking with other people I consider informed on the finer points of boxing I came to a prediction. I openly stated how I thought the fight would play out. Let me remind you:
I felt the fight would live up to all the hype. The feeling out period would be short if at all. I didn’t feel that Hatton could be taken out easily but wasn’t sure that he was ready for the aggressive southpaw style of Pacquiao. I felt that the Pac Man, on the other hand, was a wider puncher and would be more susceptible to getting caught trying to land his own punches. Thus my prediction was Hatton by mid round knock out! Man was I wrong! continue
by James Slater - Will he or won't he? That's the question fight fans the world over are currently asking themselves when it comes to whether or not Floyd Mayweather Junior will fight the quite awesome Manny Pacquiao. In training for his next fight - a "comeback" affair against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez - "Money" is under immense pressure to fight the lethal Filipino southpaw after that (assuming he beats Marquez, naturally).
Calling himself the greatest fighter of his era, if not of all-time, the unbeaten 32-year-old will not be able to go anywhere without someone or other asking him, 'when you gonna fight Pacquiao, Floyd?' This is almost certainly going to jar the multi-weight champ's pride, but will it jar it enough to make him take what could well be the most exciting and important fight of this decade. continue
05.05.09 - Universum Box Promotions today announced that Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) will fight Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs) on July 11 at the Nurburg Ring in Germany. Sebastian Zbik (26-0-0 (10)) will tsquare off with Domenico Spada (29-1-0 (14)) on the undercard. Both Sturm and Gevor fight out of the Universum stable. continue
03.05.09 - by James Slater - Without any doubt at all, Ricky Hatton would be entitled to walk away from the sport that made him rich and famous right now. After suffering the kind of devastating and comprehensive KO defeat he did last night at the hands of the awesome Manny Pacquiao, Hatton could be forgiven for feeling lower than he ever has before. It's possible the 30-year-old will fight again, perhaps engaging in a "Farewell" type affair some time next year (U.K bookmakers are already offering odds on a Hatton-Khan fight taking place and it's likely winner).
However, if he listens to his trainer, Floyd Mayweather Senior, Ricky will call it a day and walk away. Twice now he has lost, and both defeats came in what were defining fights. Financially comfortable and rightfully proud of the fact that he won a number of word titles and became the single most popular British boxer in history (perhaps Hatton's real defining achievement), the Manchester warrior can hold his head up high today. continue
04.05.09 - by James Slater - The talked about fight between Tomasz Adamek and Bernard Hopkins would have been infinitely more interesting, but now that that fight has fallen through, Poland's IBF cruiserweight champion is set to meet Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey next instead. Scheduled to fight on July 10th at The Prudential Centre in Newark, New Jersey (the site of Adamek's last two bouts) the champion and the challenger will hopefully put on an exciting and fan-friendly fight. continue
05.05.09 - By Ryan Williamson - After watching Ricky Hatton's recent loss to Manny Pacquiao I started to think that maybe David Haye is being unfairly written off in some quarters (even I have my doubts),. Before the Pacquiao Hatton fight conventional wisdom and a bit of patriotism led me to believe that Hatton would be too big and strong for Manny. Although I considered the Pacman's speed I felt he was untested above 130 due to his destruction of David Diaz and his win over a weight drained Oscar De La Hoya. The one major flaw in my theory? Speed kills! continue
By David Monroe: People can’t change, the famous saying goes. That may be an unfair generalization, but it seems to be absolute truth for prizefighters.
The Ricky Hatton that dove headfirst into Manny Pacquiao’s right hooks last night was the same free-wheeling, cautionless pugilist that succumbed to an expertly timed left at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Jr., boxing’s other transcendent talent, in December of 2007. Seconds into his second megafight, Hatton reverted to his old brawling, clenching style, despite repeated statements from his training camp that we, the boxing-viewing public, would be seeing something different from the “Hitman” in his contest against the Filipino southpaw. continue
By Tony Pill: Danny Williams successfully defended and retained his British heavyweight title saturday night. The boxer challenging the Brixton heavyweight was Morden's John McDermott.
The fight wasn't the most exciting of spectacles but had slightly more action then their first meeting. Now, after sharing a ring for twenty four rounds of boxing we can at least conclude that these two certainly don't gel. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' comes in the aftermath of a fight that took little time to show the fight world big things. After watching the once highly anticipated showdown quickly brew and simmer, fight fans were left holding empty cups as there was definitely not enough hot action to go around a venue that was left rather cold. The return of Floyd Mayweather jnr. certainly added to the weekend, but oddly enough, it's other topics that grabbed the most attention in this weeks 'lounge'. So, with no further ado, we take it back to the streets and break down a few very key questions as they relate to the future of the sport. We kick things off in San Francisco, CA, where a huge Pacquiao fan chose to put me on the spot for all the Pacquiao-faithful: continue
by Yero Moody: Wow! What a wonderful day in boxing it was on May 2. A day many fans had been waiting for a long time. The formal announcement of the return of former pound for pound king, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the showdown between the now pound for pound king, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.
Most boxing insiders and fight fans that I've spoken to never really believed that Mayweather, Jr.'s retirement was permanent. He is a man who adores the spotlight and center stage too much to abandon it at the height of his career. My personal assessment would also include that deep down he knows he has not totally cemented his legacy in the fashion he stated many times that he wanted to. That being regarded as the "best fighter ever". continue
Tye “Big Sky” Fields returns to the ring for the first time in almost one year when he faces Nicolai Firtha in a 12-round bout for the World Boxing Council Native American vacant heavyweight championship Saturday, June 20, at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. continue
BROCKTON (May 4, 2009) – Former world title challenger Tony Petronelli will be honored for 40 years of dedication to boxing May 20 at Joe Angelo’s Café in Brockton. Petronelli was co-managed and co-trained by his father, Pat, and uncle, Goody, the same combination that handled world middleweight champion “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. Tony (42-4-1, 22 KOs) captured the NABF, United States and New England light welterweight titles during his seven-year pro career (1972-79). continue
By Errol Hyppolite: Round 1 – From the opening bell, Manny’s footwork and upper body movement frustrated Hatton. Hatton who was supposed to have an improved jab was not able to get it going. Hatton also quickly found out that he wasn’t quite able to exert his size on Manny as he thought he would. In clenches both fighters were giving as good as they were getting. As Hatton began to try and work his way inside he came in with his hands low and got timed on the way in with left hooks and left hands.
About two minutes into Round 1 Manny landed an excellent 3-4 punch combination followed by a left hook that put Ricky down for the 1st time in the fight. Hatton was certainly shocked but did the right thing in taking a knee to try and keep his composure. Unfortunately after knockdown, Ricky was not able to clench effectively and after Manny landed another combination that ended with a left hand Hatton was down for a second time. With five seconds left, Hatton was able to survive the round. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - Watching Ricky Hatton go down spectacularly in the two most brutal rounds of his entire career Saturday night was not a pleasant sight. A one sided beating in boxing never is, especially when the contest in question has been: promoted to death, hyped like few others and been showered with massive media attention. For all the talk, build up, pre fight analysis and colorful promotion: Ricky Hatton was ripped to pieces in a matter of minutes, the enormity of the task ahead of him becoming frighteningly apparent from the very beginning. continue
European light middleweight champion Jamie Moore made a successful first title defense to headline a tremendous bill by Frank Maloney Promotions at Crow Tree Leisure Centre in Sunderland, England on Saturday. The action served as the lead in to Sky Box Office's telecast of Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton. Manchester area hero Moore expertly took apart seasoned Continental challenger Roman Dzuman with cold, calculated efficiency. continue
By Doveed Linder - The Pacquiao / Hatton fight was something of a toss up going in. Pacquiao was the betting favorite, but a lot of respectable people in the boxing world were picking Hatton. Those who picked Pacquiao believed that he would win because of his speed and skill, while those who favored Hatton thought that his size and strength was enough to prevail. It was certainly a topic worthy of debate and the build up to this fight was tremendous.
But the action didn’t prove as competitive as most thought, as Pacquiao dominated from the get go, dropping Hatton twice in the 1st round and eventually knocking him out in the 2nd. This was one of the most explosive and sensational performances by a top fighter against another top fighter since Tyson/Spinks and it reinforced Manny Pacquiao’s position as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. continue
Superstar Manny Pacquiao is heading home for a hero’s welcome in the Philippines. He, wife Jinky, and Team Pacquiao will depart from Los Angeles on Wednesday. Pacquiao will return to the USA in June, first at the Boxing Writer Association of America awards dinner in New York City on Friday, June 12. Pacquiao will receive the 2008 ‘Fighter of the Year’ award and chief trainer Freddie Roach will be honored as the ‘Trainer of the Year.. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (May 4, 2009) – Six-division world champion, No. 1 pound for pound kingpin, boxing's top attraction, the best fighter of his era...call him what you want, but one thing is certain, boxing finally has a super hero and his name is spelled: M-A-N-N-Y P-A-C-Q-U-I-A-O ! continue
By Ted Sares - 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. -- Pacquiao
They call this the Battle of East and West. And our worlds will collide in the ring on Saturday night.. --Hatton
Manny Pacquaio wasted no time whatsoever as he landed hard straight shots early and then simply overwhelmed Ricky Hatton in the first round with two very punishing knock downs, the last coming at the end of the round (a dangerous time for a fighter to be hurt).
The second stanza started out with Ricky, his confidence badly shaken, resorting to roughhousing and manhandling. He was beginning to get back into the fight until Manny settled down and began landing hard lefts and rights from all angles until one backed up Ricky and served notice that the first round assault and battery would resume. continue
By Bong Paredes: There are many adages in boxing that a lot of sports journalists use like “Speed Kills”, “You can’t hit what you can’t see “, and the one that Mike Tyson made famous “Everybody’s got plans until they get hit”. After watching Pacquiao dismantle the former light welterweight king Ricky Hatton for two action packed rounds, the aforementioned adages seemed to fit perfectly in this situation.
I’m not going to try and sound like a genius by saying I knew all along that Pac will beat Hatton (though I really did) because even though that’s what eventually transpired, we all know that anything can happen in a prize fight. Even if Hatton is the clear underdog heading into the fight, he was a very live underdog as he was never beaten at 140 lbs. continue
03.05.09 - By John Wight - In two rounds of boxing on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, in an awesome display of devastating power, speed, and ferocity, Manny Pacquiao effectively ended the career of probably the most popular British boxer in the history of the sport, Manchester’s Ricky Hatton, just as he did that of Oscar De La Hoya six months previously.
In the weeks leading up to the fight, much was being made of the improvements that had been wrought in Hatton under the tutelage of his new trainer, Floyd Mayweather Sr. Indeed, the noises emanating from the Hatton camp were such that the world was anticipating a fighter known throughout his career for aggression and all-out attack to come to the ring a slick counterpuncher, utilising a hitherto long neglected jab, head movement and angles, confident that thereafter superior size and strength would prove the deciding factor. continue
by James Slater - First of all, let's all be thankful that Ricky Hatton is fine physically. Taken to hospital immediately after suffering the most brutal KO seen this year so as to be given a brain scan, Hatton was given an all-clear. Second of all, let's congratulate the man who just might be the finest lower-weight fighter of his era, in the sublime Manny Pacquiao, for doing such an amazing job.
Sure, some fans will be saying right now that they knew all along "Pac-Man" would do to "The Hitman" what he did last night at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas; and that the result is not worth getting all that excited about. And maybe some fans did predict the fight spot on. This writer, however, does not mind admitting he did not see Pacquiao annihilating Hatton so quickly. And what a brutal left hand shot to the chin that was! Has Manny ever scored a more chilling KO? continue
04.05.09 - By Chris Santos: It's beautiful isn't it? Not that Floyd Mayweather announced he is coming back to reclaim his throne as pound for pound the best fighter on the planet, but that in the public eye at least, he has a real obstacle, a real challenge for that crown, in the Monster that Manny Pacquiao has become.
But does he? Is Manny Pacquiao, or even Juan Manuel Marquez a threat? continue
By Ziggy Shah - Billy the Kid had it when he was causing chaos in the 1870’s; Usain Bolt used it to shatter world records, and in the run up to the May 2nd showdown, Freddy Roach had been talking about it - speed. It is an important element in any boxer’s armoury, as it can denote the difference between hitting and getting hit. However, in boxing there are two kinds of speed. There is the artistic, poetic type, like what Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard had when they graced the world in their ‘Floating Days.’ It was beautiful to watch, and audiences across the globe were transfixed.
And then, you have the furious form of speed like that of Manny Pacquiao. It is constant, aggressive and brutal in its existence, and like a typhoon it sweeps aside any object, moveable or unmovable. Every split movement connotes the notion, “That I am here, and all hell will freeze over before I leave.. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - May 2, 2009 Congratulations to Manny Pacquaio!
It all started with Tom Jones singing, “God Save the Queen” Saturday night in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand, the site of the big showdown between Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquaio. That song sounded exactly like our own, “My Country Tis of Thee.” Strange? Well, stranger things were on the menu.
It was strange that on the greatest stage of his career, Hatton’s entry music was some slow paced, comic song about Ricky Fatton, followed by an abbreviated, non-crescendo version of Blue Moon that ended right at the part where all the English fans in the stands get up and sing along. continue
By Jason Sardelis - On May 1st the day before the East meets West Mega fight Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Ricky “Hitman” Hatton took to the scales for their routine scheduled pre fight weigh-in. “Pacman” weighed in at 138lbs while the “140lbs King” Ricky Hatton weighed in at the class limit of 140lbs. That together with Pacquiao’s tight muscular appearance was only chapter one. continue
By Waldon "The Boxing Don" White - In my opinion and in all fairness to Ricky Hatton, the sweet science of boxing is just that... science. There is a formula to winning a fight which trainers instill in they're fighters over the course of training camp. Last night, what we the boxing public witnessed was the execution of a plan based upon study of an opponents vulnerabilities and flaws in his particular style of boxing. Many pundits and journalist have immediately made the calls for the retirement of Hatton (45 wins, 2 losses, 32 knockouts) who has only lost to the two pound for pound best fighters in the entire world. continue
FLOYD MAYWEATHER On his comeback: “Credentials don’t lie and my record speaks for itself. I was in the sport 11 years and I was a champion for 10 years. I left on top, and I am coming back on top. I am ready to reclaim what’s mine. I am the king and no one has taken my crown. I am back because the sport of boxing needs me and the fans want me to. Everywhere I go, they go crazy. Some day someone might shut my mouth, but right now I am going to talk. I am the top dog and I am back in the spotlight. I am Pay-Per-View king. Oscar has some great numbers. But since I won that fight, so I get to count those. People keep asking me, who do you think is going to win tonight? Pacquiao or Hatton? Tonight any man can win. It’s a gamble. If you want some ‘for sure money,’ just put it under your mattress until July 18th and bet on Money Mayweather.
“When I go to the gym and lace my gloves, I think about both of my sons, both of my daughters and my mother and I try to be the best that I can be. I go out there and focus on what I’ve got to do. I am in tremendous shape. I have been running seven to eight miles a day. I am ready physically and mentally. If you lost before you can lose again. If you have never lost, than fighters don’t have the anecdote to beat you. continue
By Ryan Williamson - A while ago I wrote the article, could Mayweather Jr return for Pacquiao? Well after last nights fight and with news of Mayweather Jr's return against Juan Manuel Marquez (providing Floyd wins) that is what he will be heading for. This is the legacy defining mega fight Floyd Jr has been waiting for (which will already be well enhanced if he gets past JMM). continue
By Coach “K” - May 2nd, MGM, Las Vegas Nevada: In the game of Pacman the way you kill the ghosts is you allow them to get close then you jump them, eating them and get stronger. That’s exactly what Manny Pacquaio (148lbs) did when the “East met the West” catching and dropping the bigger Ricky Hatton (152lbs) twice in the first round, then again closing the second round finishing the “Hitman” 45-2, 32Ko’s winning the IBO light welterweight championship and securing his title as the best pound for pound fighter today. continue
By Andrew Walker - Tonight at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Manny Pacquiao Bukidnon, Philippines 49 (37) - 3 (2) – 2 totally outclassed and destroyed Ricky Hatton Manchester, England 45 (32) - 2 (2) – 0 inside two rounds in their Ring magazine and IBO world light welterweight title clash. Ricky Hatton looked noticeably nervous as he entered the ring which was in stark contrast to Manny Pacquiao who looked cool and calm, even smiling as he made his way to the ring. As the fight got underway Ricky Hatton was never in it from the opening bell and spent the whole two rounds being comprehensively beaten by the pound for pound number one Manny Pacquiao.
Hatton was down twice in the opening round and just hung on to survive to make round two. The second round brought more of the same with Hatton still lunging in and being out speeded, out manoeuvred and more crucially out gunned by the allegedly smaller Pacquiao. In the very last second of the second round Pacquiao caught Hatton with a peach of a left hook and knocked the Hitman out cold leaving those watching stunned. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Sunderland, U.K, 30-year-old European light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore of Salford made very short work of his Ukrainian challenger Roman Dzuman. Stopping the 33-year-old in the 2nd round with a fine body attack, the southpaw looked sharp, powerful and incredibly hungry. Improving to 31-3(22), Moore now hopes for a long overdue shot at a major world title. Dzuman, who gave it a go in the opening round, fell to 23-6-1(10). continue
2008 Olympian Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) returned to the ring for his third professional fight on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Russell enjoyed a successful night, winning a unanimous four round decision over Alvaro Muro in front of a packed house in Santa Ynez. continue
Las Vegas, NV (May 2, 2009) - Sixteen months after one of the greatest fighters ever to grace the sport of boxing had his last fight and subsequently announced his retirement, the former six-time world champion and 2007 Boxing Writers Association of America Fighter of the Year, Floyd "Money" Mayweather announced his return to the sweet science at a press conference today in Las Vegas.
"When I made my decision to retire last year, I felt like it was time for me to go as I had been boxing my whole life and felt like I had done all that I could do," said Mayweather, whose success and popularity in and out of the ring made him a household name and one of the sport's biggest attractions. "But after I had time to rest, enjoy life with my family and friends, I started to miss the competition and my fans. I am ready to return to boxing and give people another dose of the Mayweather experience.. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 2, 2009) - The boxing world received two gifts this week, not only the announcement that six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd "Money" Mayweather has returned to the sport, but also that he was immediately putting his undefeated record on the line when he faces the dangerous and highly touted five-time world champion in three divisions Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez in MAYWEATHER vs. MARQUEZ "Number One/Numero Uno" on Saturday, July 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Mayweather's return and the fight were announced today at a press conference at MGM Grand. continue
By Andrew Harrison: The biggest fight in the brief history of women’s boxing took place in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2003 when Laila Ali picked the wings off Christy Martin. Ali was bigger, younger, stronger and infinitely more talented than ‘The Coal Miner’s Daughter’, so how did the fight wind up netting more moolah than any other battle between female fighters to date? Simple really, despite a mismatch on paper, they were the two most well known and therefore marketable female boxers in the world. continue
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (May 2, 2009) – Undefeated Carlos Abregu met the canvas twice Friday night before sending Irving Garcia there with just one second remaining in the fourth round for a TKO win in the welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation. It was an action-packed fight that had the Chumash Casino Resort crowd on its feet cheering for more.
Abregu (27-0, 22 KOs), of Salta, Argentina, overcame two knockdowns in the first and fourth rounds, finally connecting on a straight right followed by a right uppercut sending Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) to the ground before referee Jack Reiss stopped the fight to Garcia’s visible displeasure. continue
by James Slater - As he revealed yesterday whilst an over-the-phone guest on The Setanta Sports Boxing Hour, WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has recently been hearing Bernard Hopkins' name come up with regards to men who possibly want to fight him next. Froch, who is confident enough or arrogant enough (take your pick) to think he can beat any man within the 168 to 172 pound range (Carl says he could box no higher than 172), would likely take a fight with B-Hop if the money was right. But would "The Cobra" be making a big mistake if he took a fight against the masterful 44-year-old? . continue
By Ted Sares - Two great sportsmen, two great warriors; it makes it difficult to choose one over the other but choose I must and I’m going with Manny Pacquiao (48-3) over Ricky Hatton (45-1). Why?
Well, for one thing, Pacquiao seems to have moved up in weight comfortably and perhaps even naturally. Secondly, and more importantly, trainer Freddie Roach has managed to make a more complete fighter out of him. continue
02.05.09 - By Vivek Wallace: Well, ladies and gents...Brash Brits and fanatical Filipino's....The day of reckoning is upon us, and in only a few hours, this years most highly anticipated showdown will commence. It's been a while since this fight was first announced, and suddenly, we find ourselves only moments away. The most tone-setting and appropriate statement to be made came from a fight fan seen standing on the Las Vegas strip yesterday when asked about tonight's showdown. His response: "I haven't been this eager to hear a bell to ring since my last day of high school, 19 years ago"! There have been some great matches in recent times, but in comparison to the Mayweather/De la Hoya showdown, or the Mayweather/Hatton debacle, this showdown will actually feature two fighters who come forward with no intent to step back. The styles of Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton don't allow nerves to set in, as once the bell begins, the fight actually starts! As we prepare to see these two men entertain us in this epic showdown, we hone in on the two gladiators to analyze what they need to do individually to get the job done: continue
By Christopher Roche - Ricky Hatton and Manny Pacquiao take to the ring tonight in the aftermath of what could very well be the fight of the year. Last night’s Carlos Abregu vs. Irving Garcia Showbox main event was an absolute barnburner. I hope that that bout will serve as a harbinger of great things to come tonight.
Tonight’s Hatton vs. Pacquiao bout also takes place on a weekend where many odd storylines are shaping the news. continue
by James Slater - It has been reported that the "retired" Floyd Mayweather Junior will make a big announcement regarding his fighting future tonight. "Money" is set to hold a press conference just hours before the huge Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton super-fight in Las Vegas. With ESPN and The L.A Times reporting that Mayweather's anticipated return is planned for July, the 32-year-old great will in all likelihood confirm this tonight. Typical of the brash and unbeaten star, is the fact that he is holding his press conference on the very night his two possible rivals (once again rival in the case of Hatton) clash in a fight that is being billed as a pound-for-pound battle of supremacy. continue
By John Wight - The weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas has just taken place. The immediate thing to be said is that both fighters look in optimum shape, with Pacquiao weighing in at 138lbs and Hatton bang-on at 140. As to all the talk leading up to the fight about Hatton being significantly the bigger of the two men, I didn’t see much of a difference in height, though certainly Hatton has the larger frame of the two, which means he’ll undoubtedly come in heavier than Pacquiao on the night. Given that Pacman is moving up to a weight he’s never fought at before, I can’t see him putting on more than a few pounds between now and Saturday night, which will give Hatton both a physical and psychological edge going in with regard to strength.
Hatton looked impressive at the weigh-in. Unlike his fight against Mayweather Jnr, he looked calm, composed and steely determined. continue
by James Slater - Anyone who's anyone has had something to say about the super-fight that is now mere hours away. Leading up to the potential thriller that is Ricky Hatton Vs. Manny Pacquaio, we have heard and read a whole bunch of differing predictions from the fans and the so-called experts. Some say "Pac-Man" will win big, possibly inside a few rounds, while others claim "The Hitman" will win the biggest fight of his career. continue
By Yero Moody: We've heard the hype, read the clippings and seen the fighters in all their pre-fight glory. Now it's time to get it on! Before we chat with our buddies, down our favorite brews and heckle our rivals as we sit down to watch this fight. Let us take a moment and put everything into perspective.
We have Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton who is undefeated at 140 lbs. continue
By Errol Hyppolite - In this week’s edition of the Standing 8, I am breaking down the May 2nd 140-Pound Junior Welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton.
Strength / Power
While naturally smaller than Ricky, Manny should hold an edge in the power department (punch for punch). Ricky certainly is physically the bigger man and will likely be able to assert his size, but he lacks the one-shot knockout power that Manny possesses. Ricky’s power generally comes from accumulation of punches and the wearing down of his opponents down by brawling/wrestling his opponents. continue
By Ziggy Shah: After witnessing the weigh-in for the fight, I could not help but notice how relaxed Manny Pacquiao looked. The four weight world champion and pound-for-pound king seemed physically and mentally ready for his showdown with Ricky Hatton. He constantly smiled and waved at the thousands of British fans and seemed unnerved as the chants of, “There’s only one Ricky Hatton” reverberated around the arena. continue
Jason Sardelis - May 1st, MGM, Las Vegas, Nevada: Boxing’s pound for pound #1 fighter, Phillipines Manny “Pac Man “ Pacquiao 48-3-2, 26Ko’s and Britian’s Ricky “Hitman” Hatton 45-1, 32Ko’s finalized the tale of the tape for their IBO light welterweight championship fight tomorrow night. A strapping confident looking “Pac Man” pressed the scale to 138lbs. The brawny “Hitman” climbed the scale after acknowledging his large contingent of singing fans weighing in at the class limit 140lbs. Both fighters looked trim, well conditioned and “Ready to Rumble.. continue
By John Wight, Scotland - The first thing that hits you when you enter Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club is the sheer bedlam of the place - the noise of heavy bags being pummelled, speed bags rattling back and forth, the tap-tap of skipping ropes in the far corner, and in the ring the grunts and groans of men sparring to the accompaniment of their trainer’s instructions, all of which stops automatically every three minutes on the sound of the shrill beep-beeping noise of the timer as it reverberates above the general din to mark the beginning and end of each round. continue