YORK, PA (July 31, 2009) On Friday afternoon boxing fans and local media met with Central Pennsylvania fighters Carney Bowman, Eric Nemo and Stevie Weimer just one day ahead of “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”. The press conference took place at the site of the event, the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution. “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”, presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, is set for Saturday night, August 1st. Doors open at 4pm with the first bell at 5pm. Seven professional bouts will be preceded by five amateur fights. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - The Miguel Cotto – Manny Pacquiao fight has hit a bit of a snag. A major snag actually! We were led to believe by Bob Arum that this showdown was a done deal and that November 14th was all systems “go”. I think most of us just assumed it would be for Cotto’s WBO title so to find out that the title wasn’t even part of the initial discussion is a bit puzzling. My question is why would Manny Pacquiao fight Miguel Cotto if the title wasn’t on the line? I thought the whole point of him moving up in weight was to make history so I’m a little surprised that this is even being discussed at this juncture. It should have been ironed out right when these talks began. Bob Arum is acting puzzled about all this in the press but he must have known that the lack of a title belt had the potential to upset Pacquiao. AND, from Team Pacquiao’s perspective why wasn’t this addressed earlier? Arum and Pacquiao’s advisors were going back and forth for weeks on the terms of this deal before Manny accepted it on principal so how could this have been overlooked? Isn’t that why you guys came to the table in the first place? continue
by James Slater - According to a couple of sources (Frank Warren's website and British Boxing News magazine), unbeaten super-featherweight contender Kevin Mitchell will take a leaf out of Amir Khan's book and start working with ace trainer Freddie Roach soon.
Reportedly, Mitchell - the British 130-pound champion - met with Roach at the recent Khan-Kotelnik fight in Manchester, and the two will begin working together at Freddie's famous Wild Card gym in LA soon. continue
All four fighters in Saturday’s SHOWTIME world championship doubleheader made the 140-pound weight limit during Friday’s weigh-in at the Cahuilla Ballroom at the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound champion and hometown hero Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley tipped the scales at 139 pounds and former unified lightweight champ Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell measured 138 ½ pounds. Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), of Jacksonville, Fla., square off in the main event of the world championship doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
Note: TIMOTHY BRADLEY and NATE CAMPBELL weighed 139 and 138.5 pounds, respectively, for their WBO junior welterweight title rumble. JUNIOR WITTER and DEVON ALEXANDER weighed 139 and 138.5 pounds, respectively, for their battle for the vacant WBC super lightweight title
by Nick Powers - With the lineal champion of the Junior Welterweight division seeking out “almost” Welterweight match-ups meant to enhance his bank statements by several figures, the rest of the division have turned to each other, looking to engage in meaningful contests in order to both stay busy, and in the spotlight.
Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell moves up and fights for the first time in the 140-pound division, looking to claim the WBO Jr. Welterweight title from Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, who is coming off a big win against Kendall Holt. The two men have remained cordial throughout the pre-fight proceedings, with a bit of back and forth vocal jabbing helping to enhance the promotion, though both are determined to shell out an eye-catching performance that will cement themselves atop the list of champions at Jr. Welterweight not named Pacquiao. continue
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Sam Sexton reckons he has already won the first battle against Martin Rogan before he steps into the ring with him on October 9th at Belfast's Odyssey Arena. Sexton met head-to-head with Rogan yesterday for the first time since their fight in May to promote the rematch, and the Belfast brawler was still fuming about the controversial ending that saw the fight halted by the referee in the eighth round just after Sexton had spat out his gumshield. At yesterday's volatile press conference Rogan repeatedly smashed his fists on the table and launched into a verbal tirade against the Norwich man. continue
By John Clifford - Over the years in boxing there have been fighters who have been criticised and had their achievements discredited no matter how great they were, fighters such as Roy Jones Jnr, Larry Holmes, Joe Calzaghe and Floyd Mayweather to name but a few in my short lifetime, no doubt there are countless more from earlier periods. Fighters who apart from their faithful fans have had their careers dissected and pulled apart by both fans and critics around the world of boxing.
Fighters like this can possess all the skills, hold all the belts and beat almost if not everyone put in front of them and yet they will never gain the admiration or recognition their talent deserves. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'C.E.O. Fridays' segment shines the spotlight on two men who find themselves firmly planted in a very odd predicament. Odd in the following sense....If one were to say that the Campbell/Bradley showdown pairs one man who stands at the doorstep of greatness, against the other who is one bad performance from being exposed, many would interpret that the first example was referring to Timothy Bradley, while the second was a tip to Nate Campbell. Oddly enough, what makes this fight intriguing is the fact that it could conceivably be the exact opposite. Confused? Allow me to explain...Thought you'd never ask....In Timothy Bradley, we have a young man who has been highly touted for quite some time. Physique of a miniature Mr. Universe, determination of troop in combat who's clip is down to three bullets, and the attitude of warrior. Of all the things he does possess, it's the one thing he doesn't which may ultimately come back to haunt him. And the trouble is, that one thing (experience) will come at a high premium because the man he'll stand across from has it in heavy abundance. continue
On August 1st, undefeated middleweight contender, "Marvelous" Tarvis Simms (24-0-1, 11KO) will look to take one step closer to a world title opportunity, when he takes on Marcus Upshaw (11-3-1, 5KO) on the undercard of the Delvin Rodriguez vs. Isaac Hlatswhayo battle for the IBF vacant welterweight championship of the world. The card is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and is being held at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. continue
Roy “Big Roy” Jones Sr. is spending his second consecutive camp with Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. in California, PA. Alton “Coach” Merkerson, Jones Jr’s long time trainer is still in camp, but Bog Roy is there to remind “Little Roy” of the skills he learned as a kid that made him the pound-for-pound best for a decade. Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. faces Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy in “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi, MS. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. continue
By Andrew Harrison, safesideoftheropes.com: Shane Mosley must be feeling slightly insecure right now.
After powering through the monstrous obstacle that was Tony Margarito in January, Sugar Shane naturally assumed that in rekindling his old magic, he’d once again earned himself a seat at the fight game’s top table.
‘I wanna fight the big welterweight mega fights’ Mosley said at the post fight press conference ‘these are the type of fights I like to fight’.
Licking his lips in anticipation Mosley continued, ‘Right now I guess I’m the king of the welterweight division, I’m the man to beat so I guess everybody is gonna be gunning for me. continue
Detroit based heavyweight contender Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KO’s) is still recovering from his shooting on June 14th. In an incident eerily similar to the recent shooting death of former world champion Vernon Forrest, Nolan was exiting his car in front of a friend’s house, when a young male ran up and attempted to rob him. During this attempt, the male appeared to get very nervous and shot at Nolan, hitting him just above the left collarbone. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (July 30, 2009) – Talented, once-beaten prospect Marvin Quintero weighed in at the contracted weight of 131 pounds and hard-hitting veteran Tyrone Harris tipped the scales at 132 ¼ pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. Harris will be allowed to fight, but will be fined by the California State Athletic Commission for failing to make the contracted weight. continue
by James Slater - Early yesterday evening (UK time) I had the pleasure of speaking over the phone with former WBC super-featherweight champion Gabriel Ruelas. Now aged 39, the Mexican hero is in great shape physically and mentally, and he continues to train and do road-work out of the sheer love of it.
It's true enough to say Gabriel is in great mental shape, and he certainly has all his faculties and his speech is fine, but one thing that the former champion is suffering from is a deep regret at what happened to his world title challenger Jimmy Garcia - who, as older fans will know, tragically passed away after fighting Ruelas in May of 1995.
Today, some 14 years on from Garcia's sad death, Ruelas is unable to forget. He is also still full of regret at how the tragedy all but ended his own fighting ambitions. Lacking the necessary killer instinct ever after, Gabriel, as he put it, "lost his life in that ring, too." His boxing life, that is. continue
Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing says he was "shocked" to read that representatives of his undefeated welterweight prospect, James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs), are proclaiming the young fighter's promotional free agency. "It is news to me that he's a free agent," revealed Duva. "I read his press release with disbelief. Duva Boxing and Cavazos Boxing have an exclusive promotional agreement with James De La Rosa and I don't understand how they can claim to be a free agent. In fact, it's my understanding that Cavazos Boxing have James scheduled for a fight in Texas in September or October.. continue
Delvin Rodriguez, his opponent Isaac Hlatshwayo and the rest of the participants of the Star Boxing promoted card will weigh-in today at 5:00 PM at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The weigh-in will take place in front of the event arena's box office and is open to the public. Rodriguez vs. Hlatshwayo is for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World, and is a much anticipated rematch of their highly entertaining bout that took place back in November of last year which resulted in a draw. The entire card will be broadcast live on GoFightLive.tv Below is the scheduled bout sheet for Saturday night's show. continue
30.07.09 - Paul McCreath - Before we go any further let us clarify one thing. The number 141 is not universally accepted as the total number of KOs in Archie's career. In the 1940's, 50's and 60's when Archie Moore did most of his fighting record keeping was not nearly as accurate as today when we have the benefit of computers to help us keep track .For this article I consulted 4 different respected sources of boxing records,namely Boxrec, Fight Fax, Wikipedia and The Ring Record Book and Boxing Encyclopaedia. None of these agree on the same numbers regarding wins, losses or KOs. Two of them agree he had 11 draws. It is safe to say that it is possible that none of the records is 100% accurate. In those days some fights just never were recorded, especially when a fighter fought all over the world like Archie did. One thing is clear whether you accept 129 or 141 or some other number in that range, the Old Mongoose as Archie was called scored more KOs than any other fighter in the history of the sport.For the sake of argument let us use the Fight Fax numbers, 194 wins, 23 losses, 11 draws and 141 KOs. Nobody can prove otherwise one way or the other. continue
The World Boxing Council has already obtained the approval of the insurance company to pay the WBC life insurance (approximately $ 325,000 pesos), amount that will be given to the family of Marco Nazareth. The WBC has a life and hospitalization insurance for $ 200,000 USD for all its world title fights (covering champion and challenger) also covering all the boxers who take part in such a card. Despite the fact that the bout between Omar Chavez and Marco Nazareth did not correspond to the WBC sanctioning, it was part of the card in which Tomas “The Worm” Rojas won the WBC Superflyweight interim world championship by defeating Everardo Morales, and consequently Marco Nazareth and all the fighters who took part in the card were entitled to such life insurance. continue
30.07.09 - By Thomas Newman: Former Commonwealth Welterweight Champion Craig Watson takes his first step back into the ring in towards the end of August. The man who famously made Amir Khan do the chicken dance takes time out to talk Tyson, Matthew Hatton and how he wants his title back. Watson talks to Thomas Newman from www.boxingcommunity.tv. continue
by James Slater - On October 17th, the eagerly anticipated Super-Six tournament that has been thought up by Showtime TV network gets underway in England and Germany. In the UK, WBC super-middleweight champ Carl Froch faces unbeaten contender and former Olympian Andre Dirrell, and in Germany former IBF middleweight ruler Arthur Abraham faces former world middleweight boss Jermain Taylor.
Two great fights, then, kick-start what should be a great tournament. And while both initiating bouts on October 17th are good ones, the Abraham-Taylor fight looks the more intriguing contest. A tough fight to pick a winner from, Taylor Vs. Abraham has a number of fascination questions attached to it. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 30, 2009) – World Boxing Association light heavyweight champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo is a true road warrior who defends his title belt for the first time August 15th against undefeated light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov at Palace of Sports “Kazakhstan” in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Aug. 15th show will be presented by KZ Event Productions, owned and operated by the Shumenov brothers, Beibut and Chingis, in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez, Photos: Courtesy of Eleider Álvarez - During this 2009 the Colombian amateur boxing team has lost five of its best athletes. The first boxers leaving were 23-year-old bantamweight William Urina and lightweight Darley Pérez, 25. Urina, currently 6-0-0 with 4 KO´s and Pérez 7-0-0 with 6 KO´s were inked in January by Barranquilla-based boxing promoter Billy Chams and debuted on February 14. Two months later another 2008 Olympian, Jhonatan “Momo” Romero, 23, accepted Cham’s offer and turned pro in May with a first-round knockout victory over John Meriño in Puerto Colombia at Prado Mar Hotel.
Now it is Óscar Rivas and Eleider Álvarez’s turn to make money out of boxing. Signed by Canadian promoter Yvon Michel and training under the umbrella of Mark Ramsay, both guys will initiate in less than a month their boxing pilgrimage against opponents still to be announced. continue
Star Boxing's IBF# 2 rated welterweight, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) and his team left their camp today in the Catskill Mountains and are headed to the Mohegan Sun, where Rodriguez will take on South Africa's IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) on Saturday night for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World. The card is being promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. Below are quotes from Rodriguez and his camp, as well as some photos from his last sparring session with middleweight Ossie Duran.
Delvin Rodriguez: I have had tremendous sparring and a tremendous training camp all together. I am as ready as I will ever be. This is the best work I have had in a long time, if not ever. I am very anxious and very excited. continue
Ricky Hatton is backing British Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin to conquer Europe and the World over the next 12 months. The Birmingham man is the latest addition to Hatton’s new promotional outfit and “The Hitman” has moved quickly to secure a European title shot for his newest signing. Macklin will contest the vacant European Middleweight title with World ranked Finn, Amin Asikainen at the Manchester Velodrome on September 25th as he looks to move within touching distance of a World title fight. Having won 5 World titles himself Hatton knows exactly what it takes to get to the very top and he believes that Macklin has all the right ingredients. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 29, 2009)—Undefeated cruiserweight contender, B.J. Flores will take on Mauro Adrian Ordiales of Bahia Bahia, Argentina as part of the August 15th “Hook City” Pay-Per-View that will feature the legendary Roy Jones Jr.-Jeff Lacy tussle in Biloxi, Mississippi. Flores of Las Vegas sports an undefeated mark of 23-0-1 with fourteen knockouts is currently ranked #11 by the WBC, #6 by the WBA, #11 by the IBF and #3 by the WBO is looking forward to the challenge of the tough fighter from South America. continue
by James Slater - According to a number of reliable sources, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has reached a deal to defend his belt against unbeaten contender Chris Arreola at The Staples Centre in Los Angeles on September 26th. According to Ring on line (Ring on line in turn having been advised by a "reliable source") Arreola said no to a September 12th fight with the WBC champ, but said yes to the September 26th date.
The bout has yet to be announced officially, but things are looking good for this fight happening. As fans know, "Dr Iron Fist" was all set to attempt to close the big mouth of the colourful and exciting David Haye on September 12th in Germany; only for "The Hayemaker" to anger Klitschko by taking a fight with WBA champ Nikolai Valuev instead. Enter "The Nightmare," a fighter who has been awaiting his shot at a world title for some months. continue
Current OPBF Cruiserweight title-holder Dominic Vea (11-1, 9KO) will headline boxing action on Friday August 14 at Blacktown RSL in a unification bout against Moyoyo Mensah (18-7, 9KO) of Ghana. A win guarantees Vea, currently Australia’s No. 1 cruiserweight, a top-ten world ranking and a shot at a Commonwealth title. continue
By Benjie Varella – Floyd Mayweather Jr. who wanted to be called the “Money” still talks trash on the current pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Floyd believes that he still is the king in boxing and that Manny Pacquiao is no match for him. The former pound-for-pound king also stressed that he needs to be called the Money since he brings the highest ticket and pay-per-view sales each time he is on the canvass. continue
On Friday, September 11, 2009 Frank Maloney Promotions return to kick off the new boxing season with a bang at The Brentwood Centre in Essex, England. Topping the bill is a massive heavyweight collision between English champion John McDermott and headline grabbing giant Tyson Fury. In what could turn out to be the fight of the year, seasoned vet McDermott, 25-5 (16), puts his belt at risk against surging goliath Fury, 7-0 (7), who has laid waste to all put before him during a young yet very explosive career.
The clash pits the experience of McDermott, who is coming off two narrow and very debatable losses to British champ Danny Williams over the past year, against the brash youthfulness of 21 year old Fury, who has fired up the boxing community with his confident boasts and attention-grabbing knockouts.
Hometown Essex hero "Big Bad" John has laughed off Fury's pre-fight verbal salvos and relishes the chance to put the first holes in the record of the 6'9 tall power punching prospect. continue
by James Slater - Boxing great Floyd Mayweather Junior has an opinion on most everything with regards to pro fighting, be it boxing, MMA or UFC, and some of "Money's" recent remarks about MMA have annoyed one of that discipline's top practitioners. MMA weekly has an internet article in which Miguel Torres, the current WEC bantamweight champion, expresses his anger at Mayweather's derogatory remarks about MMA, and Torres also calls Mayweather out in the article. continue
RENO, NV (July 29, 2009) Super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert returns to the ring on Saturday, August 29th in the main event at “RURAL RUMBLE/FALLON FIGHTS 2009” an action packed evening of professional boxing at the Churchill County Fairgrounds presented by Reno’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions and the City of Fallon, Nevada. Tickets for “RURAL RUMBLE/FALLON FIGHTS 2009”, starting at $15 for adults and $10 for kids 17 and under, are available now through the Fallon Convention Center by calling 866-232-5566 or 775-423-4556. continue
by James Slater - It's a fight that makes sense on a number of levels. Middleweight king Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams, a man who has won titles at both welterweight and light-middleweight, are reportedly still in talks for a meeting to take place this year. Agreeing money terms has been the biggest obstacle to overcome, but hopefully this massively intriguing fight will actually find a way to go ahead.
Not only are Pavlik and Williams two fighters who have struggled and are struggling to find another more exciting foe to square up with, but the clash of styles of the two would likely make the fight an extremely fan-friendly affair. So, it's the biggest available super-fight for both men, it's a fight that both warriors have expressed a serious interest in and Pavlik-Williams is a fight the fans would definitely pay to see. continue
by James Slater - 25-year-old former Commonwealth light-middleweight champion Matthew Hall has announced how he has left long-time trainer Brian Hughes. Considering retiring from the sport altogether after his recent 8th-round stoppage loss at the hands of Anthony Small in their British and Commonwealth showdown, Hall instead decided he will carry on but with a new trainer. continue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, home of “Smokin” Joe Frazier and “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, will soon have a new heavyweight champion, Joey “Polish Thunder” Dawejko. After having a much heralded amateur career, Dawejko has elected to turn professional by signing an exclusive managerial contract with the new management team of Hasim Rahman and Steve Nelson. continue
Veteran promoter Don King believes that Devon Alexander will become his latest World Champion at the expense of Junior Witter this weekend. Witter will attempt to regain his old title at the Agua Caliente Casino in California on Saturday night with the vacant WBC Light Welterweight title on the line against the undefeated Alexander. King has overseen the 22-year-old St. Louis native’s impressive rise up the Light Welterweight rankings and he believes that Alexander has the potential to become a major star.
"I saw something special in Devon from the beginning,” revealed King. “He doesn't drink, smoke or take drugs. He takes care of his body. His smile lights up a room. He's also a great role model for young people. I can't say enough good things about this talented young man. Now he has received an opportunity in the land of opportunity and he plans to make the most of it. Those in attendance at Agua Caliente and watching across America on Showtime are going to see a very special young fighter win his first world title.. continue
On behalf of Team Sauerland, General Manager Chris Meyer has successfully obtained a Danish promoter license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). It will enable the Berlin-based promoters to stage events in Denmark. Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory defence against Gusmyl Perdomo in Herning on September 12 will kick off the cooperation. “We are looking forward to working with Team Sauerland,” DPBF chairman Jesper D. Jensen said. “Together we want to further increase the popularity of boxing in Denmark.. continue
Golden Boy Promotions, the leading U.S.-based boxing promotional company and Germany's top boxing promotional firm, Universum Box Promotions, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two promoters. The newly formed relationship has three major goals including to capitalize on the global impact of the sport of boxing; give the fighters within the promotional stables of Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box Promotions the opportunity to display their talents on a global platform rather than just a national platform; and focus on the joint development of venue, sponsorship and network relationships on an international level. continue
By Thomas Newman: Spencer Fearon is a man who should not need an introduction, but the former fighter, trainer and now promoter deserves one. Fearon is beginning to make big waves in the UK boxing scene and has already been formally recognised as the youngest black boxing promoter on these shores. Fearon who is the self styled "loudest mouth and most stylish dresser" in boxing took time out of is busy schedule to speak with Thomas Newman from boxingcommunity.tv :
(TN) Who is your boxing hero?
(SF) Very hard one my hero is boxing in it's self. That wonderful body of the pugilistic art. It unifies all and transends colour and Religion. There's a family in boxing that i'm a part of so I love my brothers in the game as they love me. Hate people who are not the family who try to muscle in as family only to get exposed for having no blood link to the game. continue
Junior “The Hitter” Witter believes he can embarrass Amir Khan into a major World title unification bout should he return from the U.S. this weekend with his old WBC belt. Witter will try to regain his Junior Welterweight World crown in California on Saturday night when he goes up against unbeaten American Devon Alexander. The Bradford native is confident that he can emerge victorious and line up a unification clash with recently crowned WBA champ Khan. continue
The Welterweight Division is the most star-studded, evenly matched weight class, from top to bottom, in “The World’s Greatest Ever Boxer” promotion. Eight Americans, one Mexican and an Irishman who grew-up in Canada comprise the welterweight candidates list of “The World’s Greatest Ever Boxers,” which includes eight International Hall of Famers and the remaining two, Thomas Hearns and Oscar de la Hoya, are certainly headed there, too, when eligible. continue
28.07.09 - by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with “The Real Million Dollar Baby”, Maureen Shea. Here’s what she had to say:
Q: Hi Maureen. How are preparations going for your August 1 fight?
A: Oh, they’ve been great. I’ve been getting some great sparring in. I have two sparring partners who I have been sparring with. One of them is Eilon Kedem, who is a teammate and stable mate of mine who actually fought on a recent card in Rye Brook, and I also have Alicia Ashley who is a teammate of mine managed by the same manager, Luigi Olcese. Eilon fought almost two weeks ago, so last week I had three sparring sessions with Alicia and then today was my last sparring session with her, and I feel wonderful. I work with nutritionist Robert Ferguson, and he has been a key component to my team. Also my strength coach who works on my speed agility and power is Vincent Sullivan. Nobody really knows Vinny because he’s not in the boxing world, but I have been with him doing strength training for seven years. This is the most consistent we have ever been together. They are two huge components to my team along with Hector Roca. continue
by James Slater - Though both men are way past their once formidable best, all-time great Roy Jones Junior especially, Jones and Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy are talking a great fight ahead of their August 15th showdown in Biloxi, Mississippi. Lacy, the younger man by eight years at age 32, has gone as far as to all but promise he will knock Jones out when they meet. This despite the fact that the former IBF super-middleweight champion has looked a virtual shell of himself since taking the 12-round beating Joe Calzaghe laid on him in 2006, and despite the fact that he has not stopped an opponent since. continue
Unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley(24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell(33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in an open workout on Tuesday, just days before their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140-pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. continue
by James Slater - Talk about an overall waste of talent.
Michael "Second To" Nunn, who captured the IBF middleweight title by stopping former Olympic gold medallist Frank Tate exactly twenty-one years ago today, was once a fighter who seemingly had it all. The Davenport, Iowa southpaw was a tall, athletic, naturally gifted and hardworking boxer; one who was being referred to at the time of his 9th-round stoppage of Tate as a future great. Back in the late-1980s it was rumoured how even the legendary "Sugar" Ray Leonard was reluctant to face the peaking star.
But Nunn, who turned pro in December of 1984 and who would eventually be trained by Leonard's former trainer, the great Angelo Dundee (having acrimoniously split from Joe Goossen in '91) , never lived up to his promise; despite capturing an eventual total of two world titles at different weights and challenging for a third. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 28 - Perhaps the greatest boxer to ever come out of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo's Joan Guzman has already compiled a spectacular resume that includes a 1996 Olympic berth, 29 professional wins without a defeat and world titles in two weight classes. The 33-year-old Guzman, however, is far from done and has now enlisted Golden Boy Promotions to help lead him to a third world championship. "This is a special day for me in my career," said Guzman. "I've always admired Oscar de la Hoya in the ring as a boxer and outside of it for what he's done with his promotional company. This is the team that will take me to the top of the lightweight division again and I couldn't be happier.. continue
Talented World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler of Copenhagen, Denmark, will make his eagerly awaited debut on SHOWTIME earlier than expected. One of the early favorites in the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic™, Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against No. 1 ranked Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). The 12-round matchup, announced Monday, will be Kessler’s second WBA 168-pound title defense and his first start since Oct. 25, 2008. Sauerland Event will promote Kessler vs. Perdomo from MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark, Kessler’s home turf. This is the first fight for Kessler since signing a new contract with Team Sauerland. continue
By James Slater: Fight fans who are lucky enough to have access to Showtime are in for a potentially engrossing night of world class boxing this coming Saturday. Two world title fights will take place, both in the same weight class, and the top of the bill clash between defending WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and former world lightweight king Nate Campbell is one of this year's best match-ups. The supporting feature that sees former WBC 140-pound ruler Junior Witter going up against the unbeaten Devon Alexander is a good pairing, too.
If it's slugfest you want, you may be a little disappointed on Saturday, for both fights appear to have a good chance of being chess match-type distance affairs. But those fans who enjoy seeing classy operators of the Sweet Science doing their thing will be in the right place tuning in on August 1st. To my way of thinking, both 140-pound encounters will be decided by the official judges, but then again, both Campbell and Bradley and Alexander and Witter can punch some, so you never know for sure. continue
PHILADELPHIA (July 28, 2009)—This Friday night, the number-one ranked Heavyweight in the world, “Fast” Eddie Chambers will be the special in-studio guest analyst for ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights. Chambers, 35-1 with eighteen knockouts will join Brian Kenny in the studio to give his thoughts on the goings on in the boxing world as well as the fights that will include a terrific Lightweight main event between former world champion Julio Diaz and Victor Cayo. continue
By Per Ake Persson: 26-year old Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev have signed with Universum. Chakhkiev won Olympic gold medal 2008 at heavyweight and will make his prodebut at cruiser. He will be trained by Michael Timm. Chakhkiev also won bronze in the 2007 world championships and gold in the world military championships in 2006. continue
According to www.boxingnews.pl, on October 10th Tomasz Adamek ( 38-1) and the best Polish heavyweight Andrew Golota (41-7-1) will be fighting against eachother. Yesterday, there was a telephone conversation between the managers of both fighters, Ziggy Rozalski and the President of Polsat ( TV Station ) Zygmunt Solorz. Both gentleman agreed on financial terms for this great show and the fight will 100% be taking place.
"Today, Mr. Bigg Boss. Solorz gave us a deal in which we are very happy. Tom and Andrew are very grateful to him for what he proposed. The money is more then good and the fight will be on for sure! I thank once again Mr. Solorz as well as Mr. Kmicie. The fight will surely take place in October this year." Said in an interview with Boxingnews.pl the manager of the fighters Ziggy Rozalski. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 28 – Before former world champion Julio Diaz faces unbeaten Victor Manuel Cayo, and heavyweight bombers Carl Davis Drumond and Derric Rossy collide at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida this Friday night, July 31st, some of boxing’s hottest prospects will take to the ring for perhaps the most explosive night of boxing this summer. continue
This past weekend the sport of boxing and the entire World lost a great man in Former World Champion, Vernon Forrest. Vernon was the victim of the gutless act of being shot to death while putting air in his tires at a gas station in Atlanta. continue
With profound sorrow, on behalf of the World Boxing Council I am declaring today a day of world mourning for the tragic passing away of our dear and loyal friend, many times a world champion and WBC Peace and Concord Ambassador Vernon Forrest, who loved the green and gold belt loyally and was an active financial sponsor of the mentally handicapped, as well as a sponsor of other associations that benefit those in need.
He was a truly exemplary man from the United States.
Vernon was an Olympic fighter in Barcelona, World Boxing Council Continental Americas champion and NABF champion. After personally asking me for a title shot, he amazed the world when he won the WBC welterweight world title by defeating then-champion, Shane Mosley, and later amazed everybody again when he defeated Mosley in the rematch. Vernon also won the WBC super welterweight world title, which he had to leave due to an injury, and he was preparing to challenge for the WBC world title once again when he was murdered. continue
On August 1st, Star Boxing's welterweight prospect Raymond "Tito" Serrano (9-0, 5KO) will look to stay undefeated when he takes on Jessie Davis (11-13, 8KO) on the undercard of the Delvin Rodriguez vs. Issac Hlatswahyo matchup for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World. Rodriguez vs. Hlatshwayo will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of last year. The Star Boxing promoted card will be held at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. continue
On August 1st, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing brings world championship boxing back to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT when Star Boxing's Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) takes on Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) for the vacant IBF Welterweight championship of the world. The bout between Rodriguez (IBF #2) and Hlatswhayo (IBF #3) will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of 2008. continue
By Benjie Varella: Finally, the rematch between WBO light flyweight champion of Puerto Rico, Ivan Calderon (32-0-1, 6Ko’s) and tough Filipino challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19Ko’s) has been set on September 21 in the champ’s homeland.
It can be recalled that the battle of these two little-but-toughie men resulted to a controversial technical draw at the famed Madison Square Garden during the recent Puerto Rico festival.
Judges scored it 58-56 for Mayol, 58-56 for Calderon while the third saw it dead even at 57-57 on the scorecard.
The match between the two was eventually stopped in the 6th round due to an accidental headbutt by the Filipino which resulted to an excessive bleeding from Calderon’s forehead. But that was not the first headbutt of the match. The two boxers clashed heads in the 3rd, 4th and 5th round of the match without any points deducted from either of the two. continue
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. (July 27, 2009) -- Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" Bradley of Palm Springs, Calif., is ready for a little home cooking when he makes his first homecoming title defense, against former World Lightweight Champion NATE "The Galaxxy Warrior" CAMPBELL, at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort * Casino * Spa in nearby Rancho Mirage, This Saturday! August 1. The fight will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) continue
(July 27, 2009) WBC Junior Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez was hit extremely hard by the news that the man who preceded him as champion, Vernon Forrest, had passed away over the weekend. The following is his statement, paying final respects to the great champion: continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- by Geoffrey Ciani -This week's edition of On the Ropes will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6pm ET. You can listen live by clicking the “play” on the player or click the link to chat in the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646) 716-5404.
On the Ropes is back in action with our exuberant host, the exquisite Miss Jenna J, along with her co-host Nick Powers and her special weekly guest, yours truly (aka-Rumsfeld). This week’s episode will be highlighted by a very extensive interview with former heavyweight champion, the great Larry Holmes. The pre-recorded interview touches on virtually every aspect of The Easton Assassin’s extraordinary legacy, as the champ provides tremendous insight into his sensational career both inside and outside the ring. Mr. Holmes also discusses his life after boxing and gives opinions on the current boxing landscape. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 27, 2009) Former world title challenger “KING DAVID” Estrada returns to his hometown of Chicago for the first time in nine years to headline “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5” on Friday, August 21st at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
By Bobby Breen: July 27, 2009. A team of amateur boxer’s from Ireland recently came to the NY/NJ Metro area to compete against our amateur boxers. Arranged and coordinated by the Dover Boxing Club of Dover, NJ the Ireland team boxed in New Jersey Friday night July 17th and Saturday July 18th in Long Island, NY. The Friday night show was held at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. continue
By Damian andyZOR Markut: After a series of title shots and EBU title defenses, Thomas Ulrich of Germany has decided to hang em up for good. "Is not much sense to continue" said Ulrichs manager. Thomas Ulrich is known for fighting for the WBO and WBC Lightheavyweight titles.
Ulrich's first shot at the title came for the WBC when he faced Poland's, Tomasz Adamek in Dusseldorf, Germany. After five action packed rounds, Tomasz Adamek went on to KO Ulrich butrally in the 6th round. Ulrich did not beat the 10 count due to the Poles powerfull right hand that was thrown and which finished the fight.
Thomas Ulrich later went on to challenge the WBO Light Heavyweight champ Zsolt Erdei. The fight was dominated by the Hungarian, Zsolt Erdei, and Ulrich lost a clear UD. continue
By Damian "andyZOR" Markut: Russian prospect, Denis Lebedev (18-0(13 KOs), turned contender after his dismantling of former WBO World Champion, Enzo Maccarinelli (29-4(22KOs) from Wales, via a third round brutal TKO stoppage. The fight was for the WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight Title.
The fight was on the undercard of Khan-Kotelnik, but un-televised live. The fight started going in Enzo's favor with Enzo landing some nice jabs and trying to stop the pressure from the powerful Russian thug. After 2 rounds, Enzo has appeared to have enough. continue
On July 31, 2009, Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions will host an ESPN Friday Night Fights boxing event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The main event will feature undefeated Dominican banger, Victor Manuel Cayo taking on veteran Julio "The Kidd" Diaz. continue
By James Slater: With David Haye having walked away from a reported verbal agreement to fight him, WBC heavyweight ruler Vitali Klitschko is in search of a new and high profile challenger to face next. The September 12th date now out, Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente has told ESPN.com that his fighter will probably now fight in either October or November, and that they are currently attempting to find the right man for "Dr. Iron Fist" to fight.
It's not 100-percent clear why the original date cannot be used but against a replacement for Haye, but the probable reason the date has been lost is because seven weeks is not quite enough time for a suitable contender to be found. Certainly, Chris Arreola, one of the main men in Klitschko's sights, has made it clear he wants a full and proper training camp to be at his very best for the potential fight. continue
“I was very saddened by the news of Vernon Forrest’s tragic death. I viewed Vernon as a great competitor in the ring and an even greater man outside of the ring. His philanthropic efforts in his community and his drive to help others were deeply admired. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time.”
Baltimore, MD - With a slew of raucous supporters on hand at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, hometown favorite James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson kept his perfect record in tact with an impressive third round stoppage of Ken “Superman” Dunham. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Jose O. (Los Angeles, CA): I read your article last Friday about the "determining factors" for the Pacquiao/Cotto fight. What do you think about their respective resume's, in terms of how it could affect the outcome of the fight?
Vivek W. (ESB): This is a very intriguing question from the standpoint that it opens a can of worms few have talked about thus far. Think about this.....Despite Pacquiao being such a well conditioned fighter, he now enters the ring for the first time in his post super-featherweight career as the older man against a fighter in the peak of his prime - (30 as opposed to Cotto who is 28). Granted, guys like Mosley and Hopkins challenge the conventional train of thought daily, but in reality, they are more extreme than this occurrence is normal. Yeah, Pacquiao brings a great wealth of experience into the ring which will serve as a benefit, but show me another fighter in the sport today who has had 54 fights by age 30 and I'll show you a needle in the haystack. It just doesn't happen in this era anymore. continue
NEW YORK (July 27, 2009) – Crafty former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver will join ShoBox: The New Generation announcers Nick Charles and Steve Farhood as a guest commentator on the telecast live Friday, July 31, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
BILOXI, Miss. (July 27, 2009) – In “Hook City,” two of boxing’s dominating left hookers, 8-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and 2-time world champion Jeff Lacy, go to battle on Saturday, August 15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi to determine the most powerful hooker and the NABO Light Heavyweight Champion. “Hook City,” will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. continue
Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory title defence against Gusmyl Perdomo will be staged at the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark on September 12. It will be the WBA Super-Middleweight Champion´s final fight before participating in SHOWTIME´s hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Denmark again,” Kessler stated. “It is always something special to fight in front of my home fans. I am extremely grateful for their support and I want to pay back with an exciting performance.”
Kessler will take on Andre Ward in the first round of the Super Six Tournament on November 21, but the 30-year-old champion stressed he will take one step at a time. “Right now, I am not thinking about the Super Six Tournament. All that matters now is a victory over Perdomo. He is a tough challenger but I am sure I will leave the ring as the winner. Of course I want to take my World Boxing Association belt into the Super Six tournament.” continue
"I am deeply, deeply saddened by this senseless horrible tragedy and my heart goes out to his mother and family. Vernon was a great fighter but much more importantly, he was a very special person outside the ring. His charitable efforts are all well-known and documented but that was only the tip of the iceberg. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 27, 2009) – Unbeaten Kazak light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov is on the verge of boxing history as he prepares for his August 15th title challenge against World Boxing Association champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo, making his first title defense, at Palace of Sports “Kazakhstan” in Astana, Kazakhstan. continue
By James Slater: There is a chance the number could increase to three this coming Saturday night when Junior Witter takes on the unbeaten Devon Alexander for the WBC light-welterweight title, but at the moment Great Britain has just two reigning world champions - WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and WBA light-welterweight ruler Amir Khan.
It's a pretty poor showing compared to times gone by, when the UK had many more world champions atop the boxing world, but Khan and Froch are two talented and exciting fighters all the same. Both big fans of the other, there is no rivalry or sense of jealousy aimed at one another, but who is the better fighter, Froch or Khan? And more importantly, which of the two men has the better chance of keeping their world title in the coming months, if not years? continue
Promoter Frank Warren has won £35,000 in libel damages against former heavyweight world champion Herbie Hide at London's High Court. The award follows comments made by Mr Hide on Steve Bunce's Boxing Hour which was broadcast on Setanta Sports News in July last year. continue
For as long as he can remember, Delvin Rodriguez has had one thing and one thing only on his mind, becoming the welterweight champion of the world. On August 1st the IBF #2 rated and current USBA welterweight champion Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) will finally get that opportunity when he takes on IBF #3, Isaac Hlatswhayo (28-1-1, 10KO) for the IBF Vacant Welterweight championship at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place this past November in Hlatshwayo's home country of South Africa. continue
The latest WBA Ratings published on www.wbanews.com have confirmed Nikolai Valuev as the undisputed WBA Heavyweight Champion. The Russian Giant is listed as the sole heavyweight champion, with Ruslan Chagaev having been moved to the number one spot of the rankings. Furthermore, Chagaev is not considered “champion in recess” any more. “We welcome the WBA´s decision,” said Chris Meyer, General Manager of Team Sauerland. “It confirms what we have been saying for a long time – that Nikolai Valuev is the undisputed WBA Heavyweight Champion.”
Chagaev had twice pulled out of fights with Valuev in May and July 2008. The third attempt – a fight in Helsinki – fell through in May 2009 when Chagaev was unable to fulfil the Finnish boxing federation´s medical requirements. “Since the new ratings clearly state who the true champion is, we can now submit the applications for official approval of Niko´s next fight – the voluntary defence against David Haye,” Meyer added. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Legend says Leprechauns hide their gold. Teasing all who seek their bounty. Revealing just enough of the rainbow to build hopes of discovering that fabled jackpot. The more the rainbow is sought the farther away it seems. That's only a fable but isn't it ironic how wealth and opportunity has a way of being illusive to those who seem to need it the most. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Former OPBF middleweight champion Pradeep Singh (15-1-1, 8 KOs) has returned to professional boxing in Victoria with a six round unanimous points decision victory over Thai Dechapon Suwannalert (3-16, 2 KOs) at Malvern Town Hall, Victoria on Friday night. continue
The welterweight war that the whole country wants to see is officially on after Kell Brook and Michael Jennings agreed to a mouth-watering British title clash. Rising star Brook will defend his belt against classy former British champion Jennings later this year in a classic War of the Roses match up. The date and venue will be confirmed shortly.
Last week Brook, who has won a Lonsdale belt outright in just nine rounds of completed boxing, identified Jennings as the only man who could challenge his claim to be the best in the country.
And Special K demanded a showdown with a fighter who recently challenged Miguel Cotto for the WBO World Welterweight title in New York.
His wish has now been granted, and with the fight on, both men are promising an all action thriller. continue
Deer Lake, PA - Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA is looking to evoke boxing greatness as he prepares for his August 7 bout at the Star of the Desert Arena at Terrible's Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, Nevada against Victor Barragan of Oxnard, CA. continue
By James Slater: Vernon Forrest was one of boxing's good guys. Down to earth, willing to fight the best and unable to boast about it when he defeated such, the former Olympian was a notable giver to good charitable causes. A fine human being and a fine boxer, the 38-year-old, as most fans will be aware now, was senselessly shot down and killed last night in Atlanta, Georgia.
Almost too much to take on the back of the tragic deaths of both Alexis Arguello and Arturo Gatti, Vernon's passing has equally stunned fight fans. Murdered, by thugs who attempted to steal the world champion's car, Vernon is yet another fallen warrior. continue
By Leo Ashworth: After the deaths in recent weeks of former World Champions Alexis Arguello and Arturo Gatti reports of yet another former champion’s passing are coming to us out of Atlanta, Georgia.
WBC World Light Middleweight Champ Vernon Forest was apparently putting air in the tyres of his Jaguar at a filling station when two assailants attempted to steal his car. Forest , allegedly armed with a handgun, gave chase to the assailants and at some point shots were exchanged resulting in Forest being shot several times, at least once in the head.
The news is a further blow to fight fans who in recent weeks have seen the “Explosive Thin Man”, Nicaragua’s Alexis Arguello, commit suicide and Italian-born Canadian tough guy Arturo “Thunder” Gatti die in suspicious circumstances in Brazil with his wife implicated by local Police. continue
ATLANTA, GA (July 26, 2009) -- Former two-division world champion VERNON FORREST was shot and killed last night in Northwest Atlanta.
"This is a tragedy beyond belief," said Gary Shaw, who had promoted Forrest's recent fights. "The life of a decent caring man and a loving father has ended; a victim of senseless violence. Speaking on behalf of myself and Al Haymon, we are in a state of shock. We thank the media in advance for respecting our privacy and will have no further comment until we have the complete story."
By James Slater: 36-year-old "Fast" Fres Oquendo, who KO'd former WBA heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon in the 9th-round last night in Chicago, is a fighter who seems to have been around forever. Back in the 1990s (he turned pro in May of '97) the Puerto Rican-born boxer was busily building up an unbeaten record with decent points wins over the likes of Bert Cooper and Phil Jackson, while in the early 2000s he tangled with Obed Sullivan, David Izon and David Tua - coming up short against the latter. continue
By Matthew Paras: Friday night, Fres Oquendo (31-5, 20 KOs) knocked Bruce Seldon (40-8, 36 KOs) out in nine rounds to gain the NABA Heavyweight title. What’s more important than the NABA belt is Oquendo’s win streak stays alive, and it sets him up for upcoming fights against heavyweight contenders.
The fight started off with both fighters jabbing and feeling each other out. It wasn’t long until Oquendo landed an overhand right, which sent Seldon’s mouthpiece flying. They fought the majority of the first round with Seldon’s mouthpiece out until the referee, Pete Podgoriski, halted the action with about ten seconds left in the round.
The fight continued as round two had more of a feel out round then the first as both fighters were missing their shots and jabbing their way to set things up. They ended up fighting in the clinch for a good chunk of the round, which Oquendo seemed to get the better of. He threw chopping rights and short left hooks on the inside that gave him the round. continue
By Benjie Varella I wrote an article several months ago on who will be the next boxing champion of General Santos City, Philippines.
I highlighted the boxing champions General Santos city have produced in the past. There's Rolando Navarette whose life became controversial after retiring because of different crimes he got involved with, the current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and I remember stressing in that article that I am very certain that the city will have a boxing champion in the future and that will come from the fists of "Marvellous" Marvin Sonsona who is compared with the likes of Pacquiao, Edwin Valero and Juan Manuel Lopez due to his supreme punching power. continue
By Jonny Stapleton: The WBA claimed a dispute between the challenger to Bernard Dunne’s world title, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym management team, Galaxy Promotions and Irish Promoter Pat McGee was the reason why the rights to promote one the biggest ever fights involving an Irish fighter was bought for the lowest possible sum. continue
By James Slater: As most fight fans will be aware, Ricky Hatton recently spent a short amount of time in hospital, after he was admitted with a stomach ailment. "The Hitman" has since been released and he is feeling fine, but during tests the doctors noticed an irregular heartbeat, it has been reported on Mirror.co.uk.
The discovery of this heart irregularity (Hatton has a heart murmur, as has already been revealed in his autobiography) has concerned medical experts to the point where they have ordered the 30-year-old British boxing legend to either drastically alter his infamous binge drinking and fast food eating lifestyle, or quit the ring. Hatton, who will undergo more tests shortly, has been ordered to rest up for a month, and that his health could be at risk by over-exercising and training. continue
Cestus Management’s 140pound destroyer Robert "NIGHTHAWK" Luna Jr. thrilled the live crowed at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas, by brutally stopping the game and vastly experience Tomondre King in the forth round. continue
George Foreman III, son of the former heavyweight world champion, has his second pro bout when he fights in Las Cruces, N.M., July 31. Foreman III, known as “Monk,” is in a four-round heavyweight bout against George Burrage in one of 10 boxing and mixed martial arts contests on the card co-promoted by Real Fights Inc. in the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State University campus. continue
By James Slater: What does a once prominent and formidable fighter (or in this case a two-time alphabet heavyweight ruler) do once his reputation and marquee value has faded badly in America? Why, he takes some time off and then looks to box on on foreign soil, that's what. "The Nigerian Nightmare" himself, Samuel Peter, once one of the hottest names on the lips of US heavyweight fights fans, looks to resume his own faltering career tonight in Mexico, and now, on October 3rd, it looks like Hasim Rahman will do likewise, in New Zealand.
"The Rock," now aged 36 and winless in his last two outings, put on a disappointing (albeit short notice) performance against IBF and WBO heavyweight boss Wladimir Klitscho last December, and a number of fans felt the former champ would, and should, call it a career as a result. But Rahman, still best known for his stunning 5th-round KO of all-time great Lennox Lewis way back in 2001, is to fight on. continue
Following the highly controversial ending of their first encounter, Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton had to meet again to settle their unfinished business once and for all. And promoter Frank Warren has done just that. The rematch between the two feuding heavyweights will take place on Friday 9th October at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and it could eclipse the unbelievable drama of their first fight. continue
By James Slater: By the time he climbs into the ring with defending WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev (if he actually does, more on that later) heavyweight contender and former cruiserweight champion David Haye will have been out of action for just under a full year. Since overcoming the "Two Gunz" of Monte Barrett at The O2 Arena in his native London, Haye has been the sufferer of, and the cause of, much frustration.
First of all, "The Hayemaker" talked his way into a huge fight with reigning IBF and WBO heavyweight boss Wladimir Klitschko (with a certain little T-short stunt helping Haye land the fight). Then, as we all know, a back injury suffered by Haye in training led to the fight being first postponed and then scrapped for good. Even now, some six or so weeks on from the date of the fight being announced as postponed, many fans are sceptical of the legitimacy of Haye's injury. continue
On August 1st, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing brings world championship boxing back to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT when Star Boxing's Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) takes on Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) for the vacant IBF Welterweight championship of the world. The bout between Rodriguez (IBF #2) and Hlatswhayo (IBF #3) will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of 2008. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 24, 2009)—Undefeated Cruiserweight contender, B.J. “El Peligroso” Flores is looking for a dance partner for his ten round co-feature spot on the Roy Jones-Jeff Lacy Pay-Per-View contest that will take place on August 15th in Biloxi, Mississippi. continue
By James Slater: While top class super-middleweights, Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward, Jermain Taylor and the moving-up Arthur Abraham are all excited, pumped and looking forward to the upcoming Super-Six tournament created by the Showtime network, one man is feeling badly disappointed at not being asked to participate.
Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika, the Cameroon-born Australian is the fighter in question, and the 30-year-old has been unable to hide his anger and dismay at not being asked to fight in the tourney that begins in October. Bika, 27-3-2(18) is used to boxing in top class tournaments, having won 2007's series of The Contender. Looking good in his last fight, when he made pretty short work of fellow Contender star Peter Mandredo Junior in November of last year, Bika feels he would have had a great shot at winning the eagerly awaited Super-Six competition. continue
By Matthew Paras: Fres Oquendo was oh so ever “fres” looking as he weighed in at a comfortable 216 pounds, dropping four more from his last fight from last month. He was more than willing to share his views on his upcoming opponent, Bruce Seldon and him jumping back into the ring after only a month.
“Bruce Seldon is a very experienced fighter, a very cagey veteran. He’s fought a lot of names and like I’ve said, there’s not a heavyweight you can take lightly and I prepare myself 100% physically and mentally to overcome all obstacles in boxing” Oquendo said. “It’s another day in the office. It’s what I’ve been doing all my life, in my boxing career for twenty years, and I’m just happy I’m back in the ring back that quick.”
When mentioning other opponents after Seldon, it was inventible that Kevin Johnson and Odlanider Solis were to come up. The two fight on August 15th in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. Oquendo had this to say about them continue
(July 24, 2009) DiBella Entertainment is bringing its signature series, Broadway Boxing, back to the place it was meant to be: under the bright lights of New York City. The popular series will return August 26th and BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square. The main event will feature unbeaten junior welterweight Joel Torres (10-0-1, 6 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. continue
By D.C. Winters: HBO’s attempt to promote a new generation of boxing stars has been derailed by a series of poor performances and disappointments. The subjects of the campaign (Victor Ortiz, Alfredo Angulo, Juan Diaz, David Haye, Cristobal Arreola, and Chad Dawson) have done little thus far to justify the hype. continue
“Sit down, son. No one will ever forget what you did here today” – Eddie Futch
By Aaron Screen: It is without question that a trainer can have a tremendous impact on the way his fighter performs. A great trainer can be the difference between his fighter winning and losing. Whilst it is without doubt the fighter giving and taking the punches, the trainer is there throwing every single punch along with his fighter. It is the fighter’s responsibility to get the job done but he would not be able to get this job done without his trainers guidance each step of the way. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 22, 2009) World rated cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey has relinquished his Sovereign Nations Boxing Council (SNBC) belt so that worthy contenders may fight for it as he prepares for a major world title shot. continue
By Benjie Varella – Hard hitting Filipino prospect Michael Farenas (25-2-2-22Kos), a protégé of former two-time world champion Gerry Penalosa is all set for a battle against Arturo Gomez (15-12-3-6Kos) this Saturday to serve as the main undercard for the Latin Fury 10’s main bout between Filipino challenger Juanito Rubillar versus tough Mexican WBA light Flyweight champion Giovanni “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura in Grand Mayan, Nueva Vallarta, Mexico. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This week's 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines the spotlight on two men who need little more attention than they've already received in wake of the recent buzz around the world of boxing. The old adage has it that "anything worth having is worth waiting for", and in this case, it took weeks upon weeks of grueling negotiations, but despite no ink touching the contracts just yet, the fight that fans around the globe highly anticipate is finally said to be sealed, and simply waiting for delivery.
In one corner, you have a warrior has hails from a small island that has arguably produced some of the biggest talent to ever land in the sport. To his opposite, you have an opponent - small in stature, but huge in effort - who enters the ring with the weight of a country whose fierce spirit burns eternally within forever. It's very common to decipher certain aspects of a fight, but perhaps it's the odd angles that stand out the most, as they will ultimately dictate the final terms in the end. In an effort to analyze those determining factors, we take a close look at a very key four: continue
NEW YORK (July 23, 2009) – Talented, once-beaten prospect Marvin Quintero (16-1, 12 KOs) hopes to continue his ascension through the ranks with a win over hard-hitting veteran Tyrone Harris (23-5, 15 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout on Friday, July 31, live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
BILOXI, Miss. (July 23, 2009) -- “Hook City” has gone green, using Australian import and 2-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green, that is, and environmental issues aside, rest assured, Al Gore will not be working his corner August 15th in Biloxi. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - I am from a small town called Belle Glade (South Bay) located in south Florida where high school football is king and the Glades Central Raiders (GC) sit a top the mountain. Not even 10 miles away is our arch rival, the Pahokee Blue Devils (PK). It is one of those areas where if you have testosterone flowing in your body then you have football pads strapped to your chest. Tackle pick up games are played in fields, vacant lots and if necessary, in the middle of the street with strong emphasis on the word tackle.
One of the features of GC's football stadium, that sells out every home game, is a reserve section for college scouts. Those same scouts have handpicked dozens and dozens of division one football stars as well as quite a few NFL players. Fred Taylor, Jessie Hester, Ricky Jackson, Reidel Anthony, James Jackson, Jimmy Spencer, Louis Oliver, Johnny Rutledge, Roosevelt Blackmon, Santonio Holmes, Santonio Thomas, Anquan Boldin, and on and on and on. continue
Unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) 140-pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in a spirited confereCampbelle call on Thursday to discuss their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
LAS VEGAS (July 23, 2009) – Team Ruiz believes a potential World Boxing Association title fight title between champion Nicolai Valuev and David Haye is nothing more than a matter of wishful arrogance. continue
By James Slater: The first time they met the action was as exciting as it was controversial. Unbeaten Martin Rogan of Northern Ireland - the 38-year-old being one of the most enjoyable-to-watch overachievers of the last few years - lost his Commonwealth heavyweight belt in a thriller with 25-year-old Sam Sexton.
As soon as the fight was stopped in the 8th-round (due to an enormous swelling that had closed "Rogie's" left eye) the debate started. Should the fight have been stopped? Was Sexton (who had spat out his mouth-piece to buy time in the fateful 8th-round) an undeserving winner? Why didn't Rogan go in for the kill when Sexton dropped his hands in the 8th? And so on and so forth. continue
By Paul McCreath: Now that David Haye has pulled out of his proposed bout with Vitali Klitschko, the question arises as to who will Vitali fight now. He was supposed to meet Haye on Sept 12. One can assume that he would want to find another opponent for that same date and place but who will it be? continue
(WINTER HAVEN, FLA.) – Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) enjoyed a return to his childhood Boys & Girls Club in Winter Haven, Fla., today. He made a check presentation to Chief Professional Officer Walt Hall of the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Club as well as speaking to the over 100 kids in attendance. continue
On August 1st, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing brings world championship boxing back to the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT when Star Boxing's Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) takes on Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) for the vacant International Boxing Federation Welterweight championship of the world. The bout between Rodriguez (IBF #2) and Hlatswhayo (IBF #3) will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of 2008.
DEMETRIUS "BOO BOO" ANDRADE
In the co-feature bout of the evening, 2007 amateur world champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (5-0, 4KO), looks to continue on his path to stardom when he meets veteran Chad Greenleaf (11-12-1, 5KO) in his first scheduled six round middleweight contest. continue
by James Slater: Finally set to meet on October 3rd, in what will be one of the biggest fights in New Zealand's history, are on-off-on again heavyweight rivals David Tua and Shane Cameron. The showdown is being hyped up quite a bit in the homeland of the two sluggers, and today at a press conference to further hype the intriguing fight "The Tuaman" and "The Mountain Warrior" let it be known how there is no love lost between them - and according to a news article in TV New Zealand, the dislike is real, and not a mere ploy to shift tickets. continue
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions - Mexico City, Mex. (July 23) -Reports out of Mexico City, where five-time World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez is back in training for his scheduled September 19 bout (at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®) against Floyd Mayweather (Mayweather vs. Marquez "Number One/Numero Uno"), confirm that Marquez is bigger, stronger and punching "to the body" harder than ever as he pushes his training regime to new heights in preparation for his ultimate challenge against Mayweather.
Eyewitnesses sayit is evident that not only is Marquez bigger, but his training includes a special focus on body work and technique as he looks to defeat the undefeated Mayweather, a six-time World Champion in five weight divisions. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (July 22, 2009)-This Friday night, former World Boxing Association Heavyweight champion of the world Bruce "The Atlantic City Express" Seldon will take on former two-time world-title challenger Fres Oquendo,in Chicago, and Seldon just wrapped up what he calls the most complete camp he has ever had. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: The KO Boxing program hosted by leading Victorian promoter Peter Maniatis will reach it’s 300th episode next Tuesday when it is broadcast at 10:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time on Channel 31 across Victoria. continue
This question has resulted in a long running debate amongst fans and boxing historians alike for some time. Ranking different athletes from different eras is always a difficult endeavor. Was Babe Ruth really a better hitter than Ted Williams? Is Joe Montana the greatest quarterback in NFL history? Could Kobe Bryant hold Michael Jordan's jock strap? Was Muhammad Ali truly The Greatest? I will try to address that last question in the article.
Although this is a very subjective topic that is skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, and the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria to judge past fighters, we can still establish some degree of consensus. continue
‘SuperBoxer’, the ground-breaking series returning championship boxing to ‘free-to-air’ TV in Australia returns next Thursday – 30thJuly, 2009 on its multi-state journey which has covered Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Following last night’s massive third installment of SuperBoxer in Canberra featuring the much-anticipated re-match between John ‘Hoppa’ Hopoate and ‘Big Bob’ Mirovic and resulting in a well-earned, to the final bell victory to by John Hopoate, The ‘Orion’ Entertainment Centre in Campsie, Sydney will mark the final stop to the initial series and witnesses the return to the ring for 2009 of the IBO World-Champion and former US‘ Contender’ series winner – Sakio ‘The Scorpion’ Bika! continue
The Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev will defend his WBA Heavyweight Title against David Haye on November 7. “It is a done deal,” Kalle Sauerland confirmed. “The contracts have been signed. The fight will fascinate boxing fans all over the world.” Up-and-coming Haye has left his mark with a staggering record of 22-1 (21 KOs) and confident statements. “It is about time that someone teaches him a lesson,” Sauerland added. “I am sure Niko will be more than happy to do that.” continue
By Paul McCreath: We can debate forever the real reasons why David Haye pulled out of the fights first with Wladimir Klitschko and then with brother Vitali. The Klitschko fans will argue that Haye chickened out. The Haye fans will say it was an injury with Wlad and a poor contract with Vitali. Whatever the truth is, we will probably never know. The facts are that David has now signed to meet Nicolai Valuev for the WBA title instead of meeting either of the brothers. The question is was this a good move on Haye's part?
First let us examine where Haye stood before he pulled out. He was not the mandatory challenger for either of the Klitschkos.He had not only not won an eliminator but he had never defeated a single ranked heavyweight. He was matched with the brothers for only one reason.He created a demand for the fight by doing a lot of talking and grandstanding. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 23, 2009) Amidst a flurry of fight week media activities, two-time heavyweight world title challenger “FAST” Fres Oquendo has wrapped up training in his hometown of Chicago just days away from his showdown against former world champion Bruce “THE ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESS” Seldon set for this Friday night, July 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. continue
(July 23, 2009) World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion Andre Berto has always relied on his heart to give him an extra edge over opponents inside the boxing ring. Now he’s using his heart to make a difference outside the ring. On Friday, July 24th, Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) will appear at the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Club in his hometown of Winter Haven, Florida with a check for $10,000 and a special message for the youngsters who use the club as a way to keep themselves off the streets, much the way he did growing up. continue
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch has laughed off any suggestions that unbeaten American star Andre Dirrell has got under his skin ahead of their opening round Super Six clash in Nottingham on October 17th.
Dirrell boasted yesterday that Froch would be his “easiest fight” in the groundbreaking new series which also includes WBA champ Mikkel Kessler, IBF Middleweight champ Arthur Abraham, former Undisputed Middleweight title holder Jermain Taylor and Olympic Gold medallist Andre Ward.
Froch will enjoy home advantage for the bout at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham with tickets for the event going on sale next week and he says all the pressure will be on Dirrell to back up his words when he arrives in the U.K. continue
By Per Ake Persson: David Haye have indeed signed to fight WBA Nikolai Valuev for a showdown at a place to be announced November 7. The WBA have yet to say ok though and there could be problems as mandatory challenger John Ruiz was supposed to get the winner of Valuev vs Chagaev II that was canceled. On the other hand Valuev had the right to do another voluntary defence but choose to fight Chagaev. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—Undefeated middleweight Patrick Majewski, of Somers Point, NJ, and Willis Lockett, of Takoma Park, MD, meet in a scheduled eight-round contest Saturday evening, Aug. 8, 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. Majewski, 29, is originally from Radom, Poland. He has a pro record of 11-0, 7 K0s, including an impressive eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Latif Mundy, of Philadelphia, PA, in his last fight June 6 in the same ring. continue
Former undisputed world cruiserweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has signed a contract to meet current World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev on November 7, at a location yet to be decided.
Expected to take place in Germany, ‘The Hayemaker’s scheduled 12-rounder with ‘The Beast From The East’ will pair the world’s most exciting heavyweight commodity with the world’s largest.
“I am thrilled to announce that my dream of becoming world heavyweight champion will be realized on November 7, when I challenge the tallest and heaviest champion of all time, Nikolai Valuev,” said Haye. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 22, 2009) – In only his ninth professional fight, unbeaten light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov will challenge current champion Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo, making the first defense of his newly won World Boxing Association title belt, August 15 in Kazakhstan. continue
by James Slater - After his fine victory over Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday, new WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan gave pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao a fair amount of credit for his win. Not only had the 22-year-old sparred with "Pac-Man" ahead of his big fight, Khan was also given much encouragement by the Filipino legend. Now, wanting to make a first defence of his newly acquired world title, Khan may appear on the same card as Pacquiao when Manny fights Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas on November 14th. Khan will definitely be sparring with Pacquiao once again, as the southpaw dynamo gets ready for a tough night's work against the Puerto Rican favourite. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Noel Thornberry, the trainer of WBO number 14 Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai, told Eastside that his Samoan born slugger is six months away from facing one of the top big men in the game – and wants it known that David Haye heads the list.
“If Alex hit David Haye on the chin, it will shatter. It’ll take them three weeks to pick up the broken glass” said Thornberry yesterday.
“Haye has very good speed and no doubt he is a tremendous fighter but he is suspect to big punchers. Monte Barrett had him hurt and Barrett fought scared. He was more worried what was coming in than he was in giving back. “
Leapai (16-3-2, 12 KO’s) entered the top 15 dismantling warhorse Col Wilson in June. He is a former OPBF champ, winning that strap by knocking out Nathan Briggs in ‘07 before losing to Wilson in 2008. continue
July 22 - Kermit Cintron has caught wind of Shane Mosley’s struggles to make a fight, and like the rest of the boxing world, he doesn’t want to see “Sugar” Shane sit on the shelf for the rest of the year. So, Kermit wants Shane and the rest of the world to know he is ready to step up and make a fight between two of the world’s best welterweights. With Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) and Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) both coming off wins considered amongst the biggest of their respective careers – for Cintron, a 12-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Alfredo Angulo, and for Mosley, a 9th round knockout over consensus welterweight champion Antonio Margarito – there is no time like the present for the two combatants to get it on. continue
by James Slater - Former WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter had better hope he has more luck landing a fight with Amir Khan, British boxing's new star, than he did in getting a big fight with Ricky Hatton. Witter, who meets unbeaten Devon Alexander on August 1st in an attempt to regain the belt he lost to Timothy Bradley last year, has been talking about Khan's recent win over Andreas Kotelnik. Also having beaten Kotelnik on points, Witter was not too impressed with Khan's WBA title-winning performance. continue
Unbeaten American star Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell has come out all guns blazing ahead of his Super Six showdown with WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch on October 17th. Froch will have home advantage for the clash with promoter Mick Hennessy confirming that the fight will take place at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham with tickets for the event going on sale next week. The bout takes place on the opening night of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, a groundbreaking new tournament which will ultimately crown the World’s best Super Middleweight and produce a strong candidate for the best pound for pound fighter on the planet. Dirrell, an Olympic medallist from the Athens Games in 2004 has racked up 18 straight wins in the paid ranks and he’s dismissed Froch as the weakest in the Super Six line-up which also includes WBA champ, Mikkel Kessler, IBF Middleweight title holder Arthur Abraham, former Undisputed Middleweight champ Jermain Taylor and 2004 Olympic Gold medallist Andrew Ward.
“I begged to get Froch in my first fight,” revealed Dirrell. “He’s the guy I wanted. This is going to be my easiest fight. This is the fight where I’ll show off and look my best and that’s a guarantee. I’ll look my best there because he’s just that easy to hit and he’s slow.. continue
Cruiserweight sensation Denis Lebedev is gunning for a world title following his stoppage win over Enzo Maccarinelli at the M.E.N Arena on Saturday night. The Russian needed less than three rounds to beat former world champion Big Mac - and has thrown out a challenge to current world champs Tomasz Adamek, Guillermo Jones, Victor Ramirez and Giacobbe Fragomeni. "I am the best cruiserweight in the world and I am going to prove it over the next 12 months," said the undefeated 29-year-old known as the Red Express. continue
YORK , PA. (July 22, 2009) Sensational amateur boxer Naziyr Bell will move to the professional ranks on Saturday, August 1st as he makes his pro debut at “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”, an evening of world class boxing, at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution. “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4” is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” professional boxing series. A native of nearby Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Bell finished his amateur career with a record of 93-7. The 27 year old father of three was a five time Pennsylvania State Champion, most recently winning the 2009 Pennsylvania Golden Gloves. continue
By Kelsey McCarson, theboxingstop.com - Say what you want about Manny Pacquiao, but you have to give him his due for being the ballsiest fighter on the planet. When his November 14th bout against Miguel Cotto was announced by Bob Arum this week, I’ll admit it: I almost couldn’t believe it.
Almost. But Manny Pacquiao defies logic and reason. After all, he’s the man that, though beginning his career at a paltry 106 pounds, has moved all the way up to welterweight to become the number one pound for pound boxer in the world. He’s the guy that has consistently sought out, fought and beaten the best fighters of his era (Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera, Juan Manuel Marquez, etc.). He’s the phenomenal athlete that makes the best and biggest fights he can make as fast as he can make them. continue
JOHN McDERMOTT will defend his English heavyweight title against unbeaten hope Tyson Fury when the ring giants clash at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Friday September 11. In the chief support a battle of little big men sees St Helens Gary Davies risk his British bantamweight title against Ian Napa. It kicks of a new season of boxing for FTM Promotions who will showcase the best fights and the cream of British talent on their Sky televised shows. FTM won the purse bids for McDermott's much anticipated fight against the Manchester knockout artist who has won all seven professional contests by KO. McDermott (25-5) won the English crown with a sensational two round blast out of Pele Reid in April 2008 and will be making his first defence. continue
Friends and fans of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti are invited to attend a memorial Mass that will be held in his honor on Thursday evening, July 30th at 7 p.m. St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic in Jersey City. “Since it was not possible for so many of Arturo’s friends and fans in the US to attend his funeral this past weekend in Montreal, we think that it is only right to give them the opportunity to celebrate Arturo’s life and pay their respects next Thursday at St. John’s,” said Gatti’s boxing manager and mentor, Pat Lynch.
“Arturo was much more to me than a business associate or even a friend,” said Lynch, who handled Gatti throughout his 17-year professional boxing career. “I am humbled and honored by the fact that he considered me to be his second father. I don’t know if I will ever get over losing him.. continue
NEW YORK (July 21, 2009) –- It is not easy trying to stay cool this time of year when you reside in the desert community of North Palm Springs, Calif., where temperatures hover around or top 100 degrees nearly every day and night. Factor in the heat former undisputed lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell is expected to bring on Saturday, Aug. 1, and one might expect unbeaten world junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley to be a tad on edge these days. But less than two weeks away from the biggest and perhaps toughest fight of his career, “Desert Storm’’ not only is coping with the elements in and out of the ring, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove once again he is the No. 1 140-pounder in the world.
“There is a lot of excitement as we get closer,’’ said Bradley, who will defend his World Boxing Organization title against the always-dangerous Campbell at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The classy venue is located less than 10 miles from where Bradley grew up. continue
Winky Promotions and Knockout Entertainment Inc. announced the launch of a series of events entitled "Knockout Fight Club." The series mixes professional bouts with musical performances and stages the events in some of the trendiest clubs and cities in the Country. Each event will boast professionally sanctioned boxing followed by performances from successful musical entertainers. Spectators will be treated to unprecedented ring-side action. It is the closest unfettered access an enthusiast can get to the ring without donning gloves themselves. There are six events scheduled in New York City, six in South Beach, and twelve in San Juan. continue
By Jonny Stapleton - WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Bernard Dunne looks set to make the first defense of his title against Thai fighter Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym in Dublin on September 26. After neither camp could strike and deal or come to a comprise, with Kratingdaenggym’s (38-01) team pushing for the fight to be in Thailand and camp Dunne reluctant to travel away from the O2, the bout went to purse bids in Spain yesterday evening. Dunnes manager Brian Peters won the right to promote the fight with a bid of just 120,000 USD, the minimum bid required, meaning another big fight night in Dublin for Dunne’s partisan and vocal support. continue
by James Slater - We've already heard about the possibility of heavyweights Chris Arreola and Oleg Maskaev getting it on in the fall, but according to ESPN.com, this fight may actually be one part of an exciting-looking doubleheader that will also feature Paul Williams going up against Ukrainian danger-man Sergei Dzindziruk. According to ESPN, the doubleheader is being worked on now by promoter Dan Goossen, with the target date being October 3rd. The action would most likely take place in southern California and HBO would televise the bill. Let's hope this card actually happens.
While the Arreola-Maskaev clash - which, interestingly and according to ESPN, would likely be an elimination bout with the winner being Vitali Klistchko's mandatory challenger - is a pretty good match-up, Williams-Dzindziruk is a real attraction. In the past, some fans have even accused "The Punisher" (himself a fighter having a tough time landing the fights he really wants) of avoiding the 33-year-old southpaw known as "Razor.. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 21, 2009) – The Lightweight Division of the “The World’s Greatest Ever Boxer” reads like a “Who’s Who” of boxing, featuring seven Americans and eight Hall of Famers, ranging from Joe “The Old Master” Gans who fought in the late 19th century all the way up to contemporary great Floyd Mayweather, Jr., whose mega-fight against Juan Manuel Marquez is scheduled for September 19. continue
by James Slater - A chubby and out of shape Naseem Hamed was at ringside this past Saturday to see Amir Khan - the fighter many have compared with the once royal "Prince" - beat Andreas Kotelnik to take the WBA 140-pound belt. And though the now long retired former featherweight champion has since given the 22-year-old star much credit for his win, Hamed in talking to The Mirror, insists neither Khan nor any other fighter out there today is as good or as special as he was when he was in his prime. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - In a brief but highly anticipated statement Bob Arum (Top Rank Promotions) told the media "Both sides have agreed to the terms," referring to the super fight between pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao and current WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. According to Arum all that is left is sending out formal contracts to both sides for signatures. The November 14 showdown was proceeded by much speculation from boxing writers, columnist and fans all over the world since it was hinted at back in June by Pacquiao. The match up, now known to be contracted at 145 pounds, will be broadcast by HBO pay per view and held at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV.
Top Rank would not disclose terms but did confirm a catch weight of 145 pounds, two pounds below the limit for welterweights. Pacquiao wanted Cotto to get down to 143 pounds and recently hinted at fighting Shane Mosley if Cotto did not agree to go down to his preferred weight limits. Cotto held his ground and would not budge on the weight issue. Many, including this writer, felt that the two pounds positioned the two fighters well away from being close to an agreement but ultimately Pacquiao conceded the poundage after what is being reported as a very lucrative phone call from Arum. continue
NEW YORK (July 21, 2009)—SHOWTIME Sports® Super Six World Boxing Classic, the groundbreaking six-man super middleweight tournament announced last week, will debut with two Group Stage 1 matchups on Saturday, Oct. 17, with the third Group Stage 1 bout taking place on Saturday, Nov. 21. All three world-class matches will air on SHOWTIME®. The initial dates in the unprecedented, celebrated tournament were formally announced Tuesday by Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. Venues will be announced soon. The Super Six World Boxing Classic will be contested on both American and European continents. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 21 - Hailing from the same Southern California fight scene that launched the career of boxing superstar Oscar de la Hoya, former amateur standouts Luis Ramos Jr., Carlos Molina and Ronny Rios have started on their own roads to glory, already combining for a 23-0 professional record. Now they're teaming up with De La Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions to take on the world, as this standout trio has signed exclusive promotional agreements with Golden Boy Promotions. continue
At a Press conference today at Celtic Manor in Newport, Wales a joint venture was announced between Joe Calzaghe Enterprises Ltd. and Triple S Sports and Entertainment Group, as both companies entered the boxing promotions arena. Calzaghe Promotions, which aims to become a heavyweight promotions company not just in the UK but throughout Europe, will hold its first fight bill at Newport Leisure Centre on 21 August 2009 with its 'The Boys are Back in Town' promotion featuring three of Calzaghe Promotions' contracted fighters, Gavin Rees, Bradley Pryce and Tony Docherty.
Calzaghe Promotions has also reached an agreement with Enzo Calzaghe and Newbridge Boxing Club for Enzo Calzaghe to train and manage its contracted boxers. Joe Calzaghe said of his new venture: "Calzaghe Promotions is dedicated to providing boxers with the right opportunities, to be managed professionally and caringly and to provide training that allows them to reach their full potential.. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - It happens when a puncher's maximum force connects at an exact point of breathing. You can't prepare for it. You can't teach it. It just happens when it happens, and when it happens we are all caught unexpectedly. Possibly even the thrower of that precise punch is off guard. That rare knockout by body shot. It is a thing of power, beauty and is as debilitating as any head shot. When a fighter goes down by body shot he seldom gets up by the count of 10. Guillermo Rigondeaux (2-0, 2 KO), one of the most prolific amateur boxers in history, successfully dismantled challenger Robert Guillin with one of the aforementioned body shots. continue
MANCHESTER, Conn. (July 21, 2009) – WBC Youth and USNBC featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard is learning first-hand how the risk-and-reward theory in boxing can work against a fighter. For the second time in a row, veteran Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (32-22-4, 23 KOs) pulled out of a scheduled bout against Remillard. Ruiz had done the same thing two months earlier in Maryland. The 23-year-old Remillard (18-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Manchester, Connecticut, put late replacement Tyler Ziolkowski (11-7) to sleep at the midway point of the opening round in their July 10th fight in Reno. continue
By Ted Sares - I’m getting ready to head south for a spell but before I go, I want to have one more club session. Now then, get comfortable and light up a nice Nub Maduro (Size: Ring: 60, Length: 4.00). The pre-light draw is free with just a hint of resistance. The initial flavor on the cold draw is mildly sweet, and the body hits the ground running, while the finish is smooth and creamy and lasts about a minute before fading. There is a bitter chocolate flavor that gradually gets overshadowed by a woody flavor. If you are a fan of the Nub Line, I manifestly recommend giving these babies a shot.
Our Scotch this session is Springbank Marsala Wood Single Malt. It is thick and rich on the palate with hints of fruit and nut chocolate, Hell, forget dessert, just have this instead!
In the background, I have John Lee Hooker doing “Boogie Chillun ,“ and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. continue
Rising star Kell Brook may now be the proud owner of a Lonsdale belt outright - but he says he's still got work to do on the domestic scene. And the 23-year-old British welterweight champion is demanding a showdown with former world title challenger Michael Jennings before the year is out. Brook continued his stunning run of KO wins on Saturday night at the M.E.N Arena when he blasted out Michael Lomax inside three rounds. It meant the Sheffield sensation - who is living up to his Special K nickname - got a Lonsdale belt for keeps after completing just nine rounds in British title fights. Now Brook is targeting a clash with Jennings, who unsuccessfully challenged Miguel Cotto in New York earlier this year for the WBO world title and is a former British and WBU champion. continue
by Matthew Paras - Boxing blows through the Windy City again as Fres Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) makes his second return in two months to the UIC Pavilion in Chicago against fellow heavyweight Bruce Seldon (40-7, 36 KOs) for the NABA title on July 24th. Oquendo, fresh off a third round TKO of Mark Brown just last month on June 26th, looks to beat Seldon and continue his career. Seldon is also on a two fight win streak and a win over Oquendo would help propel him back into the heavyweight scene.
This is a must win situation for both men. Oquendo winning could propel him to many different heavyweight opponents such as the winner of various fights like Kevin Johnson-Odlanier Solis, Tony Thompson vs. Lamon Brewster, and rising British sensation Tyson Fury. continue
by James Slater - Yesterday, in Montreal, Canada, thousands of mourners came out to pay their respects to the great Arturo Gatti, who shockingly died at the young age of 37 last Saturday in Brazil. Today, friends and family of the warrior known as "Thunder" gathered and also paid their respects.
Those people who were close to Arturo also refused to accept the latest released news that suggest Gatti may have committed suicide. Police have accused Gatti's wife, Amanda Rodrigues, of strangling her husband, but formal charges have yet to be made.
Two people who say there is no way Gatti would ever have committed suicide are his brother-in-law, Rocco Crispoe, who asked, "Why would he want to commit suicide? Multimillionaire, have everything to live for, nephews, brothers, sisters, just retired," Crispoe is quoted as saying by CBC News. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Reality shows haven't been kind to boxing. The Contender Champion series, which completed its fourth season earlier this year, began on NBC, found its way to ESPN, then moved to Versus. I guess it is fortunate that the series gets picked up so often. Typically shows that lose network support quickly find themselves dismantled. Still, four seasons, three networks, not great.
With all the adversity that the series has faced, including lack of fighter support, it has managed to bolster the careers of many of its participants. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (July 20, 2009) – BOB ARUM, CEO of Top Rank, announced today that the mega-fight between boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Boxing Writers Association of America’s (BWAA) Fighter of the Year, MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO is official. “Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto have reached an agreement to fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 14,” said Arum. The fight will be seen live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Top Rank is working on a major media tour to start right after Labor Day. Further details will be announced as we get closer to kicking off the tour.. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- by Geoffrey Ciani - As always, this week's episode of On the Ropes will start at 6pm ET. You can listen live by clicking the “play” on the player or click the link to chat in the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646) 716-5404.
On the Ropes is back in action with our blissful host, the stunning Miss Jenna J, along with her co-hosts, Mark Messer and Nick Powers, and her special weekly guest, none other than yours truly (aka-Rumsfeld). Tune in as we discuss the latest news in boxing, including recaps of last weekend's fights underscored by Amir Khan's impressive victory against Andriy Kotelnik and Enzo Maccarinelli's crushing defeat at the hands of undefeated Denis Lebedev. continue
WINTER HAVEN, FLA. – Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the boxing ranks in his five years as a professional, but the 2004 Olympian hasn’t forgotten his roots. He will return to the Citrus Center Boys and Girls Club on Friday, July 24 to make a $10,000 donation, and give a pride talk to the youngsters in attendance. “The Boys and Girls Club was like a second home for me as a kid. I want these kids to see that if they work hard enough, they can make their own dreams come true, just like I have,” Berto said. “I have been blessed through boxing and I want to share some of my blessings with the Boys and Girls Club and Polk County.. continue
by James Slater - After Amir Khan's sensational and impressive points win over Andreas Kotelenik at the weekend there was much talk at the post-fight press conference about the new WBA 140-pound champion making a defence down the road against fellow Brit, Ricky Hatton. Khan himself was somewhat interested in the fight, as was his trainer Freddie Roach. Promoter Frank Warren was dead against it, claiming the fight would be nothing more than a risk to Hatton's health. But what does the man himself think about the prospective UK super-fight?
Now out of hospital (Hatton was hospitalised due to a reported stomach bug), Ricky has been speaking to his local newspaper, The Manchester Evening News. And guess what, he's not in the slightest bit interested in a fight with Khan, nor has he even thought about fighting again at all. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' touches on some pretty intricate topics around the world of boxing. Making appearances this week is of course the usual suspects, (Pacquiao, Cotto), as well as a few questions surrounding rising star Amir Khan, a still-in-waiting Kelly Pavlik, and a soon-to-be-sentenced James Kirkland. With such little activity around the sport this summer, one would think the buzz would be short. Well, think again, as questions posed this week continue to highlight why this sport is far from dying. Kicking off the mailbag this week is a question from across the pond, posed by an avid fight fan who wanted to know the following:
Alex Z. (W. Sussex): How would you rate Amir Khan's performance and where do you see him amongst the current jr. welterweight contenders?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think fight fans around the globe are finally getting a chance to see the evolution of a young man whose talent we've always heard about, yet hadn't quite seen. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 20, 2009) Chicagoans Gadiel Andaluz and Oscar De La Cruz will battle in a lightweight cross town showdown this Friday night, July 24th, in the co-main event at the UIC Pavilion as part of an outstanding six bout undercard at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4” “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4”, headlined by a ten round heavyweight battle between Chicago’s Fres Oquendo and former world champion Bruce Seldon, is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
Team Sauerland today won the purse bid for WBA Super-Middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory defence against Gusmyl Perdomo with an offer of $2,114,000 (USD). General Manager Chris Meyer was pleased about the outcome. “We really wanted to promote Mikkel´s first fight as a member of our team,” he said. “We will announce the date and the venue soon.. continue
by James Slater - It is high praise indeed to even suggest it, but a number of boxing experts are saying unbeaten 22-year-old Nathan Cleverly will very likely be the British fighter who takes over at the top of the 175-pound division now that his fellow Welshman Joe Calzaghe has retired.
Cleverly, 17-0(7) added the British light-heavyweight title to his Commonwealth crown this past Saturday, as he proved to be way too good in all areas for a brave Danny McIntosh (also unbeaten going in). And it's fair to say two things: number-one, "Clev" put on the best performance yet in his now four-year pro career, and number-two, he is a fighter who has improved, and will continue to improve, in every fight.
Once trained by Joe Calzaghe's father, Enzo, the rock-solid, 6'3" natural 175-pounder learnt his trade well. Now, still friends with the Calzaghes, Cleverly is being looked at by good judges as the next man from Wales to dominate the light-heavyweight division. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Manchester, on the (annoyingly) non-televised portion of the show at The M.E.N Arena, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales lost yet again. Coming back after a shock 9th-round TKO defeat at the hands of Ola Afolabi in March (this loss being just one fight removed from Enzo's quick KO loss at the hands of David Haye), Maccarinelli wanted to get his career back on track against unbeaten Russian contender Denis Lebedev. He failed.
Coming in once again as the favourite according to most experts, 28-year-old Maccarinelli, with new trainer Karl Ince working with him (Ince having replaced Enzo Calzaghe) was battered to defeat for a fourth time in total. Okay, we can pretty much forget the 2000 loss to Lee Swaby, but the big-hitting Welshman, in being hammered to a 3rd-round TKO defeat by the 29-year-old Russian southpaw, has now lost three of his last four fights. The writing is surely on the wall. continue
PHILADELPHIA (JULY 20, 2009)—This past Friday, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack had one of the most fulfilling days of his career and he did not even have to step in the ring to accomplish that. Mack (28-2-2, 17 KO’s and is currently ranked #6 by The WBC, #7 by the WBA, and #6 by the IBF) spent this past Friday morning and afternoon giving back to his hometown community of Philadelphia. Mack started the morning out by visiting the Education Works Program at 44th and Girard that is located in Mack’s hometown neighborhood of West Philadelphia. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, at The M.E.N Arena in Manchester, 22-year-old Amir Khan of Bolton saw his dream come true as he was crowned WBA 140-pound champion with a comprehensive win over 31-year-old Andriy Kotelnik. Khan put on a superb exhibition of speedy boxing skill, and he prevailed by scores of 120-108 and 118-111 twice. Now 21-1(15) Khan is on the verge of true superstardom. Kotelnik, who really tried his best, fell to 31-3-1(13).
Coming out fast and with a nice, tight guard up by the chin that has been the subject of much ridicule, Khan used his hand speed, his foot speed and his improved boxing brain to fine effect. Moving in and out and letting both hands go with blurring speed to both head and body, Khan was just too fast and too sharp for the older man. Looking a much improved boxer under the now three-fight tutelage he has benefited from ace trainer Freddie Roach, Khan's smart defensive skills drew cheers from the sell out crowd at times. continue
by James Slater - Amir Khan has barely had time to celebrate his superb points victory over Andriy Kotelnik, but talk has already turned towards his next fight. The new WBA light-welterweight champion silenced a lot of critics with his excellent display of boxing skill last night, and now talks have restarted about his possibly facing another British hero in former ruler Ricky Hatton.
Speaking at last night's post-fight press conference, Khan, his trainer Freddie Roach and his promoter Frank Warren, all gave their opinion on the fight that has been in the pipeline for a number of months now. continue
Frank Warren's hot trio James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin have all vowed to win world titles after watching Amir Khan's victory on Saturday night. All three boxed on Khan's undercard at the M.E.N Arena with winning performances and then sat ringside to watch the him take the WBA World Light-Welterweight title from Andreas Kotelnik. The young stars are all aiming to be in the same position as Khan in three or four years time.
Olympic gold medallist DeGale, 23, who beat tough Irishman Ciaran Healy in the opening round of their contest, said, "Amir's performance was fantastic and he got his tactics absolutely spot on. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, at York Hall in London, underdog Tom Glover from Essex upset former British and European lightweight champion Jon Thaxton of Norwich with a desperately close points win. Winning by a single point on the card of referee and sole judge Ken Curtis, at 77-76, the 28-year-old scored the biggest win of his career. Improving to 9-5-3(0), Glover may well have ended the career of tough, long-time campaigner Thaxton, who fell to 34-10(19).
At age 34, and coming off his heartbreaking points loss to Frenchman Anthony Mezaache back in February when he lost his European belt, Thaxton moved up in weight to take on Glover. Boxing at light-welterweight, "Jono" was giving away a decent amount of weight. This may well have been a factor in his loss. Still, full credit must go to Glover, a big underdog going in. continue
By Paul Strauss: The most recent of the celebrity losses suffered by fans is the death of Arturo Gatti. The facts are still out concerning the cause of death, which Brazilian Police speculate could be murder, an accident or suicide! They have clearly demonstrated why it is necessary for police departments to offer "no comment" while a death is under investigation. But, that is another story. Another hugely publicized death is that of Michael Jackson. Before him, it was the strange demise of David Carradine. We are also forced to re-experience the deaths of some of those idolized individuals that occurred many years ago. They are kept current with conspiracy theories and fanaticism, such as with JFK, Marilyn Monroe, MLK, Elvis and James Dean. continue
(Sydney, Australia: 19th July 2009) – Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou once again proved he is competitive against any boxer in the world by winning the IBO welterweight boxing world title at the Emperor's Palace in Kempton Park, South Africa on July 11. 37 year-old Ndou 47-11-1 (31 KO's), a former IBF super lightweight world champion, beat fellow South African born boxer Phillip “Time Bomb” Ndou by unanimous twelve round points decision to win the vacant IBO belt. Born in Transvaal on August 16, 1971, it was Ndou’s first fight in South Africa since August 12, 1995. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, at The York Hall in London, unbeaten 21-year-old heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury kept his perfect record in advancing to 7-0(7) with a somewhat farcical 3rd-round stoppage win over an out-of-shape-looking Aleksandrs Selezens of Latvia. The Manchester big man was offered little if no resistance by the flabby 29-year-old who had never been stopped before, and cruised to his seventh KO victory. Selezens fell to 3-7(1). Coming into the ring with the late, great Michael Jackson's Thriller accompanying him, Fury was smiling as usual. He had no reason not to looking at his opponent's soft physique. Selezens, who had proven durable previously, seemed to want nothing to do with the fight as soon as the first bell rang. Crudely coming forward a little, the 29-year-old who was giving away around seven inches in height to the approx 6'9" giant barely threw a meaningful punch in the opening three minutes.
A clubbing right hand to the head scored for Fury in the round, and another right hand to the head landed also. Looking as though he was in no real rush, Fury scored with a tasty-looking left, right, left combo upstairs towards the end of the round he dominated. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 18, 2009) – Unbeaten Philadelphia light welterweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy firmly established himself as one of the top prospects on the East Coast in the main event on tonight’s “Braggin’ Rights” Pro-Am card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River Casino, last night at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. Lundy (14-0-1, 8 KOs) methodically broke down hometown favorite Josh “Bam Bam” Beeman (4-4-3, 2 KOs), an outstanding amateur who captured a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Trials, en route to an impressive victory by fifth-round knockout. continue
"I know in my heart that Marquez is going to be at his best. He always comes out and performs to the best of his ability. I'm back training and you're going to get one hell of a fight." - Floyd Mayweather
"I'm getting ready for the best Mayweather ever. I'm not thinking about his retirement. I'm getting ready for the best guy possible...the best fighter in the world." - Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, unheralded Mexican Miguel Vasquez shocked previously unbeaten Colombian puncher Breidis Prescott by beating him via a well deserved ten-round split decision points victory. The man from Guadalajaro won by scores of 96-93 and 95-94, while 26-year-old Prescott was given the nod by a score of 97-92 on the card of the third judge. Vasquez improved to 25-3(12). Prescott fell to 21-1(18).
In round number one it looked as though the long-armed Colombian - who, of course, shot to fame last September when he sensationally destroyed hot prospect Amir Khan inside a minute - would have things his own way. Flooring the underdog with a left jab to the head, Prescott looked to be the boss. But the tough Mexican who has never been stopped fought back and countered Prescott's wild and sometimes looping power punchers well. Looking classy at times, Vasquez then had the favourite bleeding and swollen. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 19, 2009) -- Undefeated Top-Five super welterweight contender and The Son of The Legend, JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ, Jr., has been forced off the card for the upcoming "Latin Fury 10" due to a training camp injury. “Latin Fury 10” will proceed as scheduled headlined by the two world championship fights featuring undefeated No. 1 super featherweight contender URBANO ANTILLON (26-0, 19 KOs) and Top-10 contender MIGUEL "Aguacerito" ACOSTA (25-9-2, 19 KOs), battling for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title and WBA light flyweight champion GIOVANI SEGURA defending his title against SONNY BOY JARO. continue
Jeffrey Scott Lacy was born on May 12, 1977 in St. Petersburg, Fla. to Hydra Lacy, Sr. and Sarah Hill. They were a large and close family unit, with six boys and three girls. In October of 2004, his mother passed away, just days before he became a world champion. When young Jeff was just in elementary school, his father sent him to the gym as punishment for fighting in school. It may have been the very best thing that Hydra could have done for him. “They put me in the ring with some guy that knew how to fight,” remembers Lacy. “I got beat up that day. I kept coming back every day to fight him again. I went to the trainer in the gym who was Dan Birmingham. He told me not to worry about that but to sign up and they would teach me, and that’s what I did.. continue
Roy Jones Jr. is a man who defies definition. He is an eight-time world champion boxer in four different weight classes; a world-class boxing promoter and expert television analyst; a superb athlete in all arenas including professional basketball; a hit-music performer and manager; and a television and motion picture actor. In short, Roy Jones, Jr. is a renaissance man for his era and a legend for eras to come.
His ring accomplishments are staggering: He won the vacant International Boxing Federation middleweight championship by defeating Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (22-1) in 1993; moved up to super middleweight and defeated the reigning, undefeated IBF super middleweight champion James “Lights Out” Toney (44-0-2) in 1994 continue
BILOXI, Miss. (July 18, 2009) – In “Hook City,” two of boxing’s dominating left hookers, 8-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and 2-time world champion Jeff Lacy, go to battle on Saturday, August 15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi to determine the most powerful hooker and the NABO Light Heavyweight Champion. “Hook City,” presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. “Hook City” tickets, priced at $150, $125, $100, $75, $50 & $25 are on sale and available at the MS Coast Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or on-line at Ticketmaster.com. continue
By Andrew Harrison, safesideoftheropes.com: Victor Ortiz became the latest rising star to hit the buffers recently, outlasted and outwilled by the game Argentine, Marcos Maidana. As boxing searches in vain for the next generation of star fighters to replace its old guard, the little acorns it badly needs to cultivate into mighty oak, are being felled before they pass the sapling stage.
Ortiz, the prospect of 2008 as voted for by Sports Illustrated joins Andy Lee, Amir Khan and Alfredo Angulo, highly touted apprentices all, whose seemingly assured surges towards the upper echelons of the sport were halted of late. continue
Los Angeles, CA July, 17 2009—WBA Welterweight Super Champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley announced today that he is ready to go after Manny Pacquiao’s IBO Junior Welterweight Championship belt and for the first time in his illustrious career , is prepared to fight at 140 pounds. In a statement, Mosley said: “There is unfinished business to take care of. I have never fought at t junior welterweight, but I’m ready to fight at 140 now. I am coming after Pacquiao’s belt.
This is the fight the fans want and I’m prepared to give it to them. It’s up to Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao to stop running from me and step up to the challenge. Let’s meet in the ring at 140.
I want to reclaim the title of best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. First Pacquiao, then Mayweather—I’m ready to put all of the naysayers to rest. . continue
by James Slater - Scheduled to go out live on ESPN 2 on August 28th, are two quality IBF world title fights. The double-header, from The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, will see former champion Clinton Woods and unbeaten contender Tavoris Cloud battling it out for the vacant IBF 175-pound championship, and also in action will be defending IBF light-welterweight ruler Juan Urango defending against hard-hitting Randall Bailey.
Two good fights, then, with both match-ups having a fair to good chance of ending up being decided by a KO. continue
By JOHN WIGHT - Freddie Roach is not a man to waste his own or anyone else’s time. His reputation for honesty is richly deserved, which is why if Amir Khan fails to show significant improvement on Saturday night in Manchester he may find himself in the market for a new trainer sooner rather than later. It is known, from sources within the Roach camp, that despite working on reshaping and remoulding the young British fighter’s style, specifically with regard to his defence and in varying the angles of his attack, concern remains over Khan’s propensity to rush in with wild flurries and leave himself open to being countered. His old habit of leaving his hand out after throwing a right hand has also resurfaced during sparring on odd occasions, which against a fighter of Kotelnik’s experience could prove fatal. continue
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO – The well known trainer and long time manager for the world boxing champion Miguel Cotto, Mr. Evangelista Cotto, filed a claim today against the boxer. The lawsuit is based on Miguel Cotto’s breach of the Management Contract signed by the parties in January of 2001. According to the Complaint, Miguel Cotto owes his uncle and former manager millions of dollars. Additionally, Evangelista Cotto has filed suit based on the tortious acts that occurred in Caguas, Puerto Rico on April 7, 2009, “the day in which Miguel Cotto unjustly and surprisingly punched his uncle and caused him serious physical and emotional damages”.
“This has been a very difficult situation for me and my family. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone. It is very painful to have to accept that a person that is so close to you for so many years could act like Miguel has acted”, said Evangelista Cotto. continue
By Leon De Juda: In recent times, there has been an incredible talent coming from the Island of Cuba. This may seem extrange for some who are not used to hearing the word " Cuban boxer or Cuban champion " mentioned in professional boxing. Ever since 1959, the Island of Cuba has been banned from professional sports, but that is changing little by little or maybe, " in a hurry ". Ever since the mid 1990's when only a few Cubans dared to defect and make it to the US, that has dramatically changed. In the 90's, a Cuban defector was something very rare, but now days they are coming in bunches and in groups. continue
Danny McIntosh is determined to upset the odds in London tomorrow night and capture the vacant British title by handing Welsh wizard Nathan Cleverly his first defeat. McIntosh, the reigning English Champion also holds an impressive undefeated record but he remains a 4/1 outsider ahead of the bout. The Norwich man has promised to make a mockery of those odds at the York Hall, Bethnal Green when he headlines the Hennessy Sports card. The event is live on ITV4’s Big Fight Live from 8pm and McIntosh is relishing the opportunity to shine in front of the cameras. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten WBC super-middleweight ruler Carl Froch has always wanted to become a man known as the best in his weight class, if not his entire sport, and he has always wanted to become a true superstar. Entering the very exciting "Super-Six" super-middleweight tournament that has been conceived by Showtime has now given "The Cobra" the opportunity he has wanted with regards to fulfilling the superstar part of his desires as a boxer.
The 32-year-old, who has already made a name for himself with thrilling victories over world class opponents Jean Pascal and Jermain Taylor, has gone on record as saying he is sure he will become a true star of his sport when he wins the tourney that is scheduled to begin in October.
Talking to BBC Radio Nottingham, the 25-0(20) warrior expressed his excitement at the Showtime opportunity. continue
by James Slater - British big man Matt Skelton looked to many people like a fighter who, due to his amazing physical and mental strength, would never, ever suffer a stoppage defeat in his whole career. But back in February, against the incredible Martin Rogan of Northern Ireland, Skelton was stunned and so too were the fans, as "Rogie" managed to deck the "Bedford Bear" and stop him in the 11th-round of a great battle. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - What is a detail? Is it simply isolated facts under consideration or is it something more? A boxer can spend an entire lifetime working on detail and never quite get it. It's not for lack of effort that he creates these small adjustments to each individual strike. It is by pain that he likens them to the stroke of a master painter's brush. It is this same pain that causes him to relish over what he creates. It is all intended to make the bigger picture clearer. Isn't it? continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines light on perhaps the only topic in the sport able to effectively divert attention from last weeks sudden and tragic loss of warrior Arturo Gatti (RIP). Prior to Puerto Rican phenom Miguel Cotto's questionable victory over Ghanaian Joshua Clottey, it was said to be practically etched in stone that a victory for Cotto would result in a Fall showdown between he and Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao. Fast forward a few weeks, and reality tells us that either that once cemented stone has been reduced to rubbish, or that it was simply cast into an ocean, swallowed by the politics of the sport in a way that rarely ever resurfaces. As we look at the ever-evolving details surrounding this topic, it brings to mind a few names of the past. The Oscar De La Hoya's and the Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s to be more precise; as both men most recently sat atop the highest seat in all the land, and during their time there, every potential opponent was forced to dance to their cadence, whether the final product was music to the hardcore fight aficionado's ears or not. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: The super boxer series moved to Melbourne last night for its second show, staged at the Melbourne Town Hall. After the first instalment, which caused a lot of controversy surrounding the main event between Billy Dib and Kenichi Yamaguchi of Japan, it was hoped that this week could showcase Australian boxing in a more positive manner.
For all parties concerned it did, with a thrilling main event between Victorian Tim Bell fighting in front of his hometown fans against Tongan Walter Pupu’a in a unification bout of their PABA, OBPF and WBO Oriental light heavyweight titles. The bout started with Bell being the aggressor, continually backing the Tongan against the ropes and throwing combinations, working the body and head. continue
When heavyweight contender Danny “Danny Boy” Batchelder (25-6-1, 10 KO’s) steps back into the ring tonight against perennial heavyweight contender Lance “Mount” Whitaker (32-5-1, 27 KO’s) in Redondo Beach California, he intends to chop down the big man, who has a 7 inch height advantage over him. continue
By Doveed Linder - The announcement of the Super Six tournament is the best news boxing fans have had all year. In recent months, several fights have been postponed due to injuries and the action has been slow. But something has finally come along that people can really look forward to. Boxing needs for the best to fight the best. The super middleweight division is loaded with talent and without a definite champion and this tournament will help to set the record straight.
While the fighters in this tournament are among the best at 168 pounds, most of them are not household names (at least in the United States). The winner of the Super Six will emerge as a superstar and some of the runners-up will almost certainly gain a lot of recognition. This is an event that will boost the careers for all of the fighters involved, except for perhaps Jermain Taylor. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 16 – In the boxing business, what’s here today may be gone tomorrow, and long term planning usually never pans out the way it’s supposed to. Such has been the case in the talent-rich super bantamweight division, and no one’s happier about recent developments than IBF / WBA champion Celestino Caballero. “Everyone who knows me is aware that I’m a man of great faith, and I believe in destiny,” he said. “And I’ve said for a while now that my destiny is to face Juan Manuel Lopez in a fight to determine once and for all who the best 122-pound fighter in the world is. I know the answer to that question, and I’m hoping that now we’re one step closer to letting the world know it as well.. continue
By Erik Schaffer - Andreas Kotelnik (31-2-1 with 13 ko's) takes on Amir Khan (20-1 with 15 ko's) at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England on Saturday. As always, I will talk about the betting line, give an analysis and a prediction.
Amir Khan will step into the ring this Saturday in his first major title fight as just under a 2-1 favorite. Surprised? Andreas Kotelnik does have the much better resume in this fight. continue
Securing his WBC CABOFE title and streaking up the heavyweight rankings, Manuel "El Toro" Quezada (28-4, 18 KO's) triumphed in spectacular fashion with a one-punch KO over Travis "Freight Train" Walker (31-3-1, 25 KO's). When the opening bell rang, both fighters felt each other out, with Walker trying to land the big blow as Quezada came forward. As the round continued, Quezada landed a vicious left hook to the body, which hurt Walker, forcing him to guard low. Quezada proceeded to work his way inside and took advantage of Walker's open holes up top. With 3 seconds left in the round, Quezada landed an amazing one-two combo that floored Walker, ending the bout instantly at the 2:57 mark.
The hometown crowd of Quezada rose to their feet in jubilee, as their fighter was crowned the victor. With the victory, Quezada's extends his winning streak, making it 17 in a row. The opportunity to land a big fight with one of the top heavyweights in the world is now in place.
"To get the knockout they way I did was an incredible feeling," said Quezada. continue
by Jeremy "NR" Ebert: I loved watching Arturo Gatti fight. I appreciate watching Bernard Hopkins fight.
I should love Hop the same way, but I don't - not because I can't recognize the brilliance of B-Hop... but because I can. It's like a history book, so literal and pronounced that it's hard to connect with on an emotional level. And make no mistake, I love boxing on an emotional level. Bernard Hopkins makes me think when I watch him fight. I have to notice how he works the ring and how he slips punches and how he makes the art of fighting through angles seem so simple. It's too academic and clean and clinical. continue
by James Slater - Though a large number of fans will have written him off after back-to-back losses, to Vitali Klitschko and Eddie Chambers, respectively, former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter is not about to fade away just yet. A few days ago, ESPN.com ran a story reporting how "The Nigerian Nightmare" was to split from long time promoter Dino Duva and look to sign up with Top Rank. ESPN wrote that if the deal was done the former champ would make his return in Mexico on July 25th. continue
Photo by Tom Casino / Square Ring Promotions - Two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), will square-off August 15th in the 12-round main event to determine whom the better “hooker” really is today, headlining the “Hook City” pay-per-view show live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. Jones defends his NABO light heavyweight title against Lacy in “Hook City,” presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions.
“We are very excited to be promoting “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi to settle the question, once and for all, of who is the best professional hooker in the sport of boxing,” said John S. Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions. “While Jeff claims to have the best left hook, come the morning of the 16th, I think he may well be in the market for a new ring name.”
The “Hook City” pay-per-view show is being distributed by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT in North America on cable and satellite via iNDemand, TVN, DirecTV and Dish Network for a suggested retail price of $34.95. continue
By Jonny Stapleton - Bernard Dunne will have to make the first defence of his WBA Super Bantamweight World Title against Thai fighter Poonsawat Kratingdaeng or forfeit the belt. Dubliner Dunne has been linked with a host of names since dramatically beating Ricardo Cordoba to claim the world crown, but his next fight will be against 28 year old Kratingdaeng (38-1-27KO). And furthermore the bout could be hosted in Thailand this September. continue
Sebastian Sylvester (31-3, 15 KOs) and Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) will clash for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title in Neubrandenburg on September 19. After ten successful defences, King Arthur Abraham had vacated the title to participate in SHOWTIME´s sensational Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. continue
by James Slater - While the September showdown between pound-for-pound entrants (either past or present) Floyd Mayweather Junior and Juan Manuel Marquez is intriguing enough by itself, the MGM Grand, Las Vegas card now looks even better; what with the postponed rematch between featherweights Chris John and Rocky Juarez being added to the show.
This potentially thrilling rematch, with the Zab Judah-Matthew Hatton fight thrown in for good measure, makes the September 19th Pay-Per-View bill all that much better value for money. Challenging for John's WBA featherweight crown back in February of this year, Juarez held the unbeaten Indonesian star to a draw that many saw as controversial. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 16, 2009) –The two greatest pound-for-pound boxers today, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., lead a group of six active champions in “The World’s Greatest Ever Boxers” (TWGEB) promotion. On-line voting at www.GreatestEver.com allows boxing fans from around the world to select the greatest boxer in each of the original eight weight classes, highlighted by the all-time pound-for-pound “Greatest Ever.. continue
Montreal, Wednesday July 15, 2009 - Golden Boy Promotions, InterBox, IBF World Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute (24-0-0, 19 KOs) and IBF number one ranked supper middleweight contender Librado Andrade (28-2-0, 21 KOs) could not be any prouder today. Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles and Jean Bedard, decision maker for Les Promotions Sportscene Inc./ InterBox reached an 11th hour deal last night for the benefit of boxing fans worldwide. Both companies have agreed co-promote the Lucian Bute vs.Librado Andrade mandatory IBF rematch in either Quebec City or Montreal on November 28th 2009. continue
All six superstars, their promoters and SHOWTIME Sports Senior VP & GM Ken Hershman were present in Berlin today as the Super Six World Boxing Classic PR Tour hit Germany. After an official press conference in the Grand Ballroom of the renowned Hotel Adlon, the six fighters posed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in the Berlin sun. It certainly was an event to remember, with six top athletes and their famous promoters sharing the same podium. Undefeated Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward came face-to-face with his rivals for the first time after missing the previous presentations due to the flu. “It is great to be here,” he said. “I really wanted to make the effort and come here after I could not attend the events in New York and Copenhagen. I am thrilled to participate and I am very confident I will win.. continue
Top 10 super welterweight contender Alfredo "Perro" Angulo will return to take on power-punching Gabriel "King" Rosado 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 in the Star of the Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill’s Resort Casino. The event will be broadcast live nationally on “ESPN Friday Night Fights.” “Alfredo was disappointed in his last performance against Kermit Cintron and despite his valiant effort in the latter rounds, he had let Cintron build up too much of a lead in the early rounds,” said Gary Shaw, promoter for Alfredo Angulo. “He didn't go home and lick his wounds and is ready to take on Gabriel. A lot of fight fans will be able to see Alfredo’s return thanks to ESPN Friday Night Fights.. continue
by James Slater - 22-year-old Amir Khan is just hours away from the biggest and most important fight of his life. In great physical shape as always, Khan is also very upbeat and positive ahead of his crack at Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik's WBA light-welterweight championship. Indeed, Khan, 20-1(15) is so confident and relaxed he has even taken the time to talk about the tactics he will likely adopt on Saturday night in Manchester.
Speaking to Sky Sports, who will show his fight on Pay-Per-View, Khan said he and new trainer Freddie Roach have sat and devised a game-plan - two in fact - that will prove effective against natural counter-puncher and clever boxer Kotelnik, 31-2-1(13). continue
by James Slater - Simply put, it's the fight all of boxing wants to see - reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao against the man who held the mythical title before him, Floyd Mayweather Junior. And, according to the 39-0(25) master who is currently getting ready to make his return against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez, the fight with "Pac-Man" can happen; just so long as Pacquiao, and more so his promoter Bob Arum, stop being greedy.
According to an article that has appeared today on The Mail on line, "Money" will never agree to a 50-50 split, insisting as he does that he doesn't have to chase any opponent, because they chase him. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - According to Franklin "Jeng" Gacal, Manny Pacquiao's lawyer, the pound for pound recognized best fighter in the world is now considering getting it on with Sugar Shane Mosley instead of Miguel Cotto. This news comes as a major shock to the boxing world given the relative ease putting the fight together was anticipated to be. Both fighters are promoted by Top Rank. Both fighters want to face each other. Easy right?
by James Slater - Late last week, I had the pleasure of speaking over the phone with former two-time heavyweight ruler, "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon. A great guy who was fun to talk with, the Philly fighter sounds in greats shape today, with his quick wit and clear voice showing no signs at all of fading.
Tim, now in his early fifties, is also a busy man these days. Currently training his son, lightweight prospect Tim Witherspoon Junior, amongst a few other fighters, 'Spoon is also out and about a lot (he was at an Eddie Chambers press conference when I called, and he told me to get back to him later).
Happy to talk, the former champ gave the following answers to the twelve questions I asked him. continue
WBO#8 heavyweight contender Brian "The Beast" Minto (33-2 21kos) will face undefeated WBC#13 contender Donnell "The Real Touch of Sleep" Holmes (31-0-2) 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 on the line. continue
by James Slater - One man who looks like he's going to lose out due to the Showtime Super-middleweight tournament that gets underway in October, is middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik. Not only has Pavlik refused or been refused entry into the tourney, but with the creation of the six-fighter series he has lost his biggest and most financially rewarding foe at 160-pounds - "King" Arthur Abraham.
Abraham, in agreeing to take part in the tournament along with Carl Froch, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward, gave up his IBF middleweight title and said goodbye to both his former weight class and a unification battle with "The Ghost.. continue
By Ted Sares - This [would] be the toughest test yet for Gamboa, though it could be argued he will present Rojas with his toughest test also. --James Slater
This past Saturday, Elio “ The Kid” Rojas (21-1) of Brooklyn by way of the Dominican Republic became the new WBC featherweight champion with a shocking and thrilling unanimous decision over Takahiro Aoh of Japan, shocking because it was a dominant performance in Tokyo and because there really was nothing in The Kid‘s past record to predict such an outcome. The three judges scored it 116-113, 117-111, 118-110 for Rojas. It was the 25-year-old Aoh's first defense of the title he won from Oscar Larios of Mexico in March.
I saw “The Kid fight back in 2004 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts against a super featherweight by the name of Angelo Luis Torres. He won a six-rounder going away, but many in the crowd (including me) were impressed with his technical ability, ring smarts, and educated right hand. He then won 8 more in a row to bring his record to 19-0 before “losing” a controversial SD to Gamaliel “El Plátano” Diaz in Durango, Mexico. continue
Former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel met with WBC super middleweight champ Carl “The Cobra” Froch today as the Super Six media tour hit Denmark. On Monday, the details of the groundbreaking new Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament were unveiled at a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York. Just 20 hours later, thousands of fans gathered at Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens to greet the stars who will battle it out for super middleweight supremacy over the course of the next 18 months. continue
by James Slater - Now that David Haye is in as Vitali Klitschko's next challenger (September 12th in Germany) unbeaten Mexican/American contender Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola must find another fight to keep him busy as he waits for his eventual shot at either Vitali or his younger brother Wladimir. The 28-year-old is coming off a good stoppage win over former four-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel "Big Time" McCline, and word is Arreola will fight again in the fall. continue
Former Cruiserweight King Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham took a huge leap towards regaining his coveted IBF championship belt when he convincingly outboxed former WBC Champ Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite to take a well deserved victory. By doing so ‘USS’ Cunningham returned to the top of the IBF rankings earning him the right, as mandatory challenger, for the long overdue rematch with current champion Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek, who took his crown by a close split decision victory last December in what has gone down in the annals of boxing history as the greatest Cruiserweight fight of all time.
The, surprisingly, off-TV battle between two of the Cruiserweight division’s finest former champions, fighting for the right to face the current champion, lived up to all expectations and, although not quite up to the standards of last year’s Cunningham-Adamek, could rightly be described as the the best Cruiserweight fight of 2009 so far. continue
Steve Bunce believes Spencer Fearon's Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions has a big future in the sport due to its old school values. Headliners Choi Tseveenpurev and Kreshnik Qato both recorded third-round victories at Kensington Town Hall on Saturday night over Lubos Priehradnik and Zoltan Surman respectively.
The passionate crowd was what left the greatest impression on Bunce though. continue
Berlin, Germany (July 14, 2009) -- Andre Ward arrived in Berlin, Germany Tuesday to participate in the announcement of the SHOWTIME Sports Super Six World Boxing Classic. While on vacation, Ward became ill and was unable to attend the initial New York and Copenhagen press conferences. Said Ward, "I am disappointed that I was unable to make the first portions of the announcement tour but as soon as I was physically able, I flew out to join my fellow competitors. I am not 100 percent recovered from the flu but I feel it's important to be here and I am excited about the tournament.. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- by Geoffrey Ciani - As always, this week's episode of On the Ropes will start at 6pm ET. You can listen live by clicking the “play” on the player or click the link to chat in the blogtalk message board, you also call into the show at (646) 716-5404. "On the Ropes” is back in action with our radiant host, the lovely Miss Jenna J, along with her co-hosts, Mark Messer and Nick Powers, and her special weekly guest, none other than yours truly (aka-Rumsfeld). Tune in as we discuss the latest news in boxing, which unfortunately this week, is highlighted by the tragic death of one of boxing's modern icons, Arturo Gatti.
The untimely death of Gatti has caused widespread sorrow and grief throughout the boxing community, and the OTR team is equally saddened by his apparent murder. We will talk about the mysterious details surrounding his death and pay tribute to one of the bravest and most exciting pugilists the sport has ever scene. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Russian Dmitryi Pirog is co-challenger along with Amin Asikainen for the vacant EBU middleweight title. Pirog enters as Sebastian Sylvester eyes the vacant IBF crown. Pirog is only 14-0 but has several good wins on his record and Asikainen, 26-2, needs to be at his best if he is to regain the title he won and also lost against Sylvester.
Gabriel Campillo´s step up to lightheavy and win over Hugo Hernan Garay has left the EU supermiddle title vacant. Co-challengers are now French champ Medhi Bouadla and Dane Lolenga Mock, whom Campillo beat to win the title. continue
Fresh off his scintillating victory over Alexander Dimitrenko, “Fast” Eddie Chambers will appear on the immensely popular “Daily News Live” sports program on Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia beginning at 5pm. Chambers, 35-1 with eighteen knockouts took care of Dimitrenko on July 4th to give American boxing fans a birthday present with the majority decision victory. continue
Britain’s only reigning World Champion Carl Froch believes he can cement his boxing legacy by winning the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic. The “Cobra” is one of six world renowned fighters that have been selected for a groundbreaking new series which will begin later this year and culminate in a final bout early in 2011. Froch got the opportunity to get up close and personal with his rivals at a press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York earlier today although in the case of Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor the Nottingham man needed no introductions.
Froch and Taylor waged war in the U.S. earlier this year in Froch’s first defence of his WBC super middleweight title. Froch eventually emerged victorious courtesy of a stunning final round KO of the former undisputed world middleweight champ.
Taylor has been included on the super six roster which also includes two other American stars in the shape of Olympic gold medallist and number one ranked contender Andre “S.O.G.’’ Ward and fellow 2004 Olympic medallist and top ranked contender Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 14, 2009) Two time world heavyweight title challenger “FAST” Fres Oquendo is busy in Chicago training for his upcoming showdown with former heavyweight world champion Bruce “THE ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESS” Seldon on July 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Training at JABB Boxing Gym, Oquendo gave his thoughts on his training, the upcoming fight with Seldon and fighting back in his hometown of Chicago. continue
After televising 21 of Arturo Gatti’s riveting portfolio of professional prizefights from 1995 to 2007, HBO Sports will commemorate the career of former two-time world champion Arturo Gatti, with a special presentation of his classic trilogy when ARTURO GATTI VS. MICKY WARD I, II & III is seen FRIDAY, JULY 17 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO2 and Saturday, July 18 (10:15 a.m. ET/PT) on the main HBO service. The three fights will air consecutively on both days. HBO On Demand availability: July 20 – Aug. 16.
Arturo Gatti, 37, was found dead Saturday in Brazil. continue
By Ron Scarfone at ringside - At the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, Don King Productions presented a fight card titled Summer Sizzler. The King of Promotion, Don King, paid tribute to Michael Jackson who is known as the King of Pop. Known mainly for being a boxing promoter, Don King also promoted the Jacksons’ Victory Tour in 1984 which was a reunion of the Jackson 5. During the time between the fights, Jackson’s songs were played in the BankAtlantic Center. Some of the boxers even had Jackson’s music playing during their walk to the ring. In the main event, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan of Australia was seeking to become a world champion in a third weight class as he moved up in weight to challenge IBF Bantamweight Champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko of Ghana, Africa. Bullies tend to pick on people who they perceive as weaker than them and Darchinyan thought that Agbeko would be an easy opponent for him. However, he was sorely mistaken as Agbeko was bigger, faster, and stronger. continue
Thousands of fans gathered today at Copenhagen´s famous Tivoli Gardens to give the Super Six World Boxing Classic fighters a warm welcome. Just 20 hours after the opening press conference at the Madison Square Garden, the international PR tour stopped in Denmark to present the ground-breaking tournament to the European public and the media. Former Danish international goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and Danish TV star Camilla Ottesen hosted the public presentation, which featured spectacular walk-ins as well as interviews. After an extensive autograph session, the protagonists and their promoters held a press conference in one of Tivoli´s renowned restaurants. continue
What the executives, fighters and promoters had to say on Monday: KEN HERSHMAN - “Throughout my career, I have been involved with some of the most major and historic events in the sport, including the legendary Corrales vs. Castillo fight which in my opinion is the best fight in history, the Tyson/Holyfield ear biting incident, and the Tyson-Lewis fight. But never have I been more proud then I am of this tournament or prouder of the work we have done. Getting five promoters together is a herculean task in itself -- plus six of the best fighters in the division. That is a staggering accomplishment. continue
Undefeated IBF Middleweight Champion King Arthur Abraham and WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler will participate in SHOWTIME´s ground-breaking Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament, it was revealed during a press conference in New York City today. The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a round-robin, six-fighter tournament featuring the class of the Super-Middleweight division from the USA and Europe.
“I am thrilled to be a part of this,” said King Arthur, who has just vacated his IBF Middleweight Title after ten successful defences. “It has always been my goal to fight against the world´s best fighters. This is like a dream coming true. Now I want to become the best fighter at super-middleweight.” His new stablemate Mikkel Kessler was equally delighted to participate in the impressive tournament. “It is an honour to participate and I look forward to making many big fights all over the world,” he said. continue
NEW YORK (July 13, 2009)—SHOWTIME Sports and six of the best super middleweight boxers in the world converged in New York City on Monday to announce an unprecedented new boxing tournament to be presented by SHOWTIME in the United States and throughout the world on various television networks. The inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic is a round-robin, six-fighter tournament featuring the class of the Super Middleweight division from home and abroad. The world renowned fighters have a staggering combined record of 161-4-1 with 117 knockouts. There are four undefeated fighters, two current world champions, two young, unbeaten, world-ranked contenders and one former undisputed world titleholder. continue
FORMAT - All bouts will be contested under the unified rules of boxing; All bouts scheduled for 12 rounds; Both the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the World Boxing Association (WBA) titles will be on the line at the outset of tournament competition; Each boxer will fight three bouts against different opponents in the Group Stage— round-robin, points-based competition. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' brings on a ton of emotions. Some good, some bad, some absolutely sad. The world of boxing has lost yet another warrior for reasons unknown, and there's no true way to explain the sheer disbelief that follows the story attached. After we attempt to move beyond this tragedy, a few other topics in the world of boxing surface as well. Among them, the usual suspects....(Pacquiao, Cotto, Haye and Klitschko). Also fighting for a little airspace this week is Agbeko, who put in a KING KONG sized effort, as well as his opponent who subsequently came up short (Darchinyan). With no further ado, we jump into the mix with a question about our latest fallen hero, which comes to us from Philly, where a fight fan wanted to know the following:
Terry L. (Philly, PA): What are your thoughts on the Arturo Gatti situation and him as a person?
Vivek W. (ESB): I remember Gatti as an absolute professional and a complete ham. The funny thing is that he had one of the greatest smiles you've ever seen, but you'd never know it because he was such a warrior that we only remember him with swollen eyes or a black and blue face. continue
by James Slater - UK fight fans are in for a real treat this coming Saturday night, as no less than five title fights take place, with a further five fights scheduled that are well worth watching. Top of the bill, worldwide significance-wise, is the Andriy Kotelnik-Amir Khan WBA light-welterweight title match taking place in Manchester, but the other bouts taking place either on the under-card at The M.E.N in Manchester or at York Hall in London could wind up giving fans more action. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 14, 2009) World ranked junior middleweight Anthony “THE MESSENGER” Thompson will now face Grady Brewer, winner of The Contender, Season Two, for the I.B.O. Junior Middleweight Title on Saturday August 22nd at “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino”. Presented by TKO BOXING Promotions and the Pala Casino Spa and Resort, tickets for “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino”, starting at $25, are available through Star Tickets (www.startickets.com, phone 1-800-585-3737). continue
By Geoffrey Ciani - News pertaining to the tragic death of Arturo Gatti loomed throughout the Prudential Center as crusierweight champion Tomasz Adamek prepared to defend his crown against challenger Bobby Gunn. Fans, fighters, members of the press, and promoters were all saddened by the shocking news of the untimely death of one of boxing's modern icons. Gatti was once a marquee fighter in the Main Events stable making this a difficult night for many members on the promotional team, several of whom were close personal friends of his. Despite the unfortunate circumstances and the widespread sense of grief and sorrow, Main Events managed to put together an entertaining fight card which was highlighted by the Adamek vs. Gunn championship bout.
Going into the contest, few observers were giving Gunn much of a chance against a world class champion like Adamek. As Adamek himself later mentioned during the post-fight press conference, “According to fans I should not even have prepared for my bout with Gunn, but that's not me. I trained hard for eight weeks preparing for this fight, and I train for every bout like I am preparing to fight the best in the world.” Like a true champion, Adamek was focused on the task at hand and did not fall victim to underestimating his opponent. It showed. continue
While back in his native Gary, IN last week, Octavius James visited Gary's City Hall to discuss upcoming plans between the city and "Merciless" Mary McGee. "There are big things coming up between the partnership of Mayor Rudy Clay, the City of Gary and One In A Million Inc.; these are definitely some exciting times for all involved," said James. continue
by James Slater - After he was widely out-pointed and beaten by Paul "The Punisher" Williams back in April of this year, Winky Wright attributed his long layoff and William's almost freakish advantage in reach as big factors in his defeat. And though he'd suffered the most comprehensive loss of his fine career, the 37-year-old said he was not done, and that he would make sure he kept himself active in the future so as to avoid further setbacks. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - The City of Brotherly Love could have used some intense dislike in the boxing ring last night. I grabbed a cold soda, a bag of chips and sat down in my favorite chair at 8:59pm central time. With television remote in my left hand, a cold glass in my right hand and children on standby to fill my glass and rub my feet if necessary I tuned into Friday Night Fights. I was ready for some action and certain that a fight card showcasing Matt Godfrey, Shaun George and Derek Ennis would surely deliver. For a while it delivered everything I wanted then it got weird, then it went flat.
Cold Glass, Full Bag of Chips!
The first televised fight, maybe it was tape delayed, was between Shaun George and Chris Henry. Shaun George (18-3-2, 9 KOs) had previously knocked out Chris Byrd via a dominating performance back in May 2008. continue
RENO, NV (July 13, 2009) Headlined by the sensational pro debuts of outstanding Russian amateurs stars Dmitry and Fedor Chudinov, TKO BOXING prospects shined on Friday night at the Reno Events on the undercard of “SUMMER SHOWDOWN” an outstanding evening of professional boxing which featured the ten round decision win by Yerington’s Jesse Brinkley over Mike Paschall of Baltimore, MD. continue
by James Slater - Less than three months on from his last fight, WBO super-bantamweight champion and possible megastar of the future Juan Manuel Lopez will be back in action. Back on June 27th, "Juanma" retained his world title and unbeaten record as he stopped the tricky Olivier Lontchi after 9 completed rounds, and on September 26th at Madison Square Garden, New York the 26-year-old southpaw will meet tough campaigner Rogers Mtagwa - the Tanzanian-born 30-year-old. continue
by James Slater - 2009 has been a pretty cruel year for fight fans. Only a few days ago we lost the great Alexis Arguello, then, yesterday, boxing lost two other very special practitioners of the noble art. Ireland's John Caldwell died of cancer at the age of 71 and on the same day, Arturo Gatti - far more world renowned than the Belfast man who once held the world bantamweight title - was found dead in Brazil.
News is still being gathered as to how the 37-year-old modern day legend passed, but suspicious circumstances look highly plausible. Gatti is gone, however, and fans everywhere are saddened and stunned at the news. As courageous inside the ropes as any fighter you care to mention, it's so unfair that Arturo has died now, when barely two years into his retirement from boxing.
Born in Italy on April 15th, 1972, Gatti was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and in June of 1991 the 19-year-old began a pro career that would see him become one of the sport's most beloved and respected warriors. continue
Billy Dib and Team BTK wish to respond to the media, supporters, boxing fans and the Australianpublic following his victory over Kenichi ‘MachineGun’ Yamaguchi of Japan for the WBO Asia-Pacific Featherweight Title bout on opening night of the ‘SuperBoxer’ series held at ‘The Big Top’, Luna Park, Sydney. Firstly, as a team, we thank everyone who has sent their wishes both pre, and following the bout and to the supporters who brought corporate packages and tickets to support Billy at the venue. Billy and Team BTK wish to express disappointment of the actions of those who trespassed into the ring post the bout. As a team we in no way, shape or form condone this form of behaviour. continue
Los Angeles (Monday, July 13th, 2009). Southbay Promotions presents heavyweight contender and former world title challenger Lance “Mount” Whitaker (32-5-1, 27 KOs) versus Danny Batchelder (25-6-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round heavyweight fight at the REDONDO BEACH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in Redondo Beach, CA., Friday July 17. Whitaker, a former WBC Continental Americas and NABA Heavyweight Champion, has fought tough with some of the division?s contenders such as Ray Austin, Jameel McCline, and Monte Barrett while also holding a career-best knockout win over former WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev in 2003. continue
SUNRISE, Fla. (July 11, 2009) – Joseph King Kong Agbeko retained his IBF bantamweight championship with a 12-round unanimous decision victory over two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan Saturday night on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In a controversial co-feature, Antonio DeMarco knocked out Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho at 2:59 of the ninth round to become the WBC’s No. 1 ranked lightweight and the mandatory challenger to current champion Edwin Valero.
While the Agbeko-Darchinyan fight, which was a matchup of two of the pound-for-pound hardest hitting boxers in the world, didn’t disappoint, it was quite shocking. Many experts predicted the experienced four-time world champ Darchinyan would knockout the defending champion with his sweeping hooks and stiff jabs. continue
by James Slater - 29-year-old Joseph Agbeko of Ghana upset the odds last night as he retained his IBF bantamweight crown with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over the man invading his weight class, Vic Darchinyan. Despite the vast majority of boxing experts asked on Showtime's poll picking "The Raging Bull" to win (only three writers picked Agbeko), the man with the real middle names of King Kong rose to the occasion and fought a career-best fight.
The question now is, what next for both men? continue
The Seaburn Centre in Sunderland, England was the site of British super flyweight champion Lee Haskins' dominating defense against challenger Ross Burkinshaw on a Frank Maloney promotion this past Friday. English title holder Burkinshaw's plan was to stay defensive in the early rounds in hopes that the awkward southpaw champion would tire but Haskins foiled the strategy with hard, accurate punching. Haskins was nearly perfect in his ability to split the guard of Burkinshaw with strafing combinations that ultimately caused the contest to be stopped at 1:09 of the fourth round. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Saturday night in Sunrise Florida, at the Bank Atlantic Center, Antonio DeMarco (22-1, 1, 16 KO’s) of Tijuana took on Anges Adjaho (25-2, 14 KO’s) of Benin Africa in a WBC Lightweight Eliminator bout. The winner would get a shot at the WBC titlist, Edwin Valero, who has knocked out all six of his last opponents since he, ‘stepped up.’ Valero has also knocked out every man he’s ever fought so far as a pro boxer.
The way this fight started didn’t sit too well with the fans, who booed the lack of action as DeMarco and Adjaho spent too much time looking at each other and not enough time throwing punches. When there was a punch thrown, it was usually Adjaho throwing it. DeMarco lit up in the final seconds of the first scoring a big straight left into the face of Adjaho. It was the most effective punch in the round. continue
Matt Godfrey took another step forward to gaining a shot at the Cruiserweight championship of the world with a ten round unanimous decision over Shawn Hawk that capped off a great night of boxing that was promoted by Blaine Garner’s Shalyte Promotions and Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing at The Arena in South Philadelphia this past Friday night.
In the co-feature, Chris Henry jumped right back into Light Heavyweight contention as he survived an early onslaught from Shaun George to comeback and stop George at 1:06 of round six of their ten round Light Heavyweight affair. continue
Tomasz Adamek successfully defended his IBF cruiserweight world championship Saturday night with a fourth-round TKO of Bobby Gunn. Adamek dominated the fight from the start and improved his career record to 38-1 with 26 knockouts. Gunn fell to 18-4-1.
Star Boxing's Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (21-2, 15) showed why he is one of the most feared super middleweights in the world, with a sensational third round TKO over previously unbeaten Piotr Wilczewski (22-1, 7KO). Stevens came out in the first round firing, eventually dropping Wilczewski hard with a right uppercut. Luckily for Wilczewski the end of the round was near and he was able to survive. continue
Aydin: “Now I want Andre Berto!” - In a true ring battle „Mini-Tyson“ Selcuk Aydin stopped “Sugar” Jackson Bonsu in the ninth to become the new EBU European welterweight champion and mandatory challenger for WBC world champion Andre Berto. WBC President Don José Sulaiman who had come all the way from Mexico for the first ever broadcast on his online platform Suljos.tv called it “the best fight of the year so far”.
Both men proved from the very first bell that they had come to Istanbul to win the bout. “Sugar” Jackson started strong using his strong jab while Aydin connected with uppercuts and other power punches. “Mini-Tyson” sent his opponent to the canvas with a vicious body hook in the fourth but Bonsu came back and impressed Aydin with some powerful shots and even broke the Turk’s nose. continue
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm (33-1, 14 KOs) beat Khoren Gevor (30-4, 16 KOs) by unanimous twelve round decision in Nürburg, Germany today. Gevor worked well on the inside and knocked Strum down in the third round but the referee ruled it a slip. Gevor was the busier fighter and outworked Sturm throughout the twelve rounds. The Judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113, 117-111 for Felix Sturm, East Side Boxing scored the fight 117-111 for Khoren Gevor.
By Vivek Wallace -- In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at perhaps the one thing about the sport of boxing that we all wish to eliminate. No matter which side of the fence you sit, or who you like, this is one thing that we can all agree on. The issue at hand, politics. Politics in the sport of boxing comes in various forms. There are the forms that we see (questionable decisions), there are the forms which many don't see (under-handed negotiating), and then there are the forms which we fight fans see that we simply wish we hadn't, like the political and money based decisions to maintain a slew of governing bodies rather than one uni-lateral group to stand as the preeminent and unequivocal source of judgment. continue
by James Slater - It's more than fair to say that Colombian slugger Breidis Prescott has not sufficiently built on his sensational 1-round KO of hot shot Amir Khan. Fighting only once since the September 2008 upset, the 26-year-old must now watch as the man he destroyed fights for a genuine world title later this month, on July 18th - such is the way things sometimes work in boxing.
However, the night before Khan challenges WBA 140-pound champ Andriy Kotlenik, the Barranquilla-born puncher returns to action himself in Las Vegas. Five months on from his DQ win over a Humberto Toledo who took it upon himself to bite him, Prescott faces Mexican journeyman Miguel Vazquez. The little known Mexican is 24-3(12) as a pro and he has never been stopped in any one of his losses. Also, Vazquez has fought up at light-welterweight throughout much of his career, and he has even boxed as high as full welterweight in the past. continue
Frank Warren's trio of 2008 Olympians are all looking for KO victories over domestic opposition on July 18. James DeGale, Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders are all in action at the MEN Arena, Manchester, as part of the undercard to Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title clash with Andreas Kotelnik. So far, the pair have scored five stoppage wins from six starts between them, and have proved too much for European opposition. Now though they are switching their attentions to the domestic scene to see if they can keep up their run of good form. continue
King Arthur Abraham has arrived in New York to return his IBF Middleweight belt. After making ten successful – and spectacular – title defences, the undefeated 29-year-old will move up to super-middleweight. He will meet with IBF President Marian Muhammad during Saturday´s clash between IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek and Bobby Gunn to personally inform her about his decision and bring back the belt. “It is about time for a new challenge,” King Arthur (30-0, 24 KOs) said. “It was a lot of fun to fight at middleweight but since neither Felix Sturm nor Kelly Pavlik wanted to get in the ring with me I had to move on. Now I want to become the best boxer in the super-middleweight division and I really look forward to making even bigger fights in the future.. continue
by James Slater - Now that it's clear his efforts at landing a mega-fight with reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao have led to nought (for now at least), WBA welterweight ruler and future Hall of Famer "Sugar" Shane Mosley is looking like facing his WBC counterpart in a currently star studded 147-pound division, Andre Berto.
Not having fought since his sensational stoppage of the teak-tough Antonio Margarito back in January (a win some have said is the best and most ruthless performance of "Sugar's" entire welterweight career), Mosley needs to get a fight on quickly if he's to avoid going off the boil. And though a fight with the Filipino superstar would have been great for all concerned, the paying fans especially, a Mosley-Berto partial unification of the welterweight titles isn't too bad at all as a plan-B. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Last night boxing returned to free-to-air television in Australia for the first time in over a decade with the debut of the Super Boxer series in Sydney, Australia at the Big Top in Luna Park. The first of four shows this month to be broadcast on Network Ten’s One HD, this card featured some terrific encounters and culminated with a wild main event that ended in mayhem.
The main event saw former IBO super featherweight champion and WBO featherweight title challenger Billy Dib (23-1, 12 KOs) take on the Japanese fighter Kenichi Yamaguchi (15-2-2, 4 KOs). continue
by James Slater - As many fans will have heard by now, Showtime TV network are to host a special and quite exciting-looking super-middleweight tournament that will feature six of the world's best fighters going at it at 168-pounds. So far, details have been kept under wraps, and the official press conference to announce the tournament, to be held at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden, will be most interesting. So far, all we know for sure is the line up of fighters - and what a line up it is! From the six man team, three are reigning world champions - Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler - two are unbeaten contenders - Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward - and the other fighters is a former world champion - Jermain Taylor. continue
by James Slater - It seems as though ring legend Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns is adamant about fighting again. As recently as this year, it had been reported in Detroit that the former multi-weight world champion (welter, light-middle, middle, super-middle and light-heavy, in case anyone's forgotten) has spoken of fighting again at the age of 50. And now, as has been revealed in The Detroit News, Hearns has again been talking about coming back "to get one more [world title]."
Hearns, who will turn 51 in October, has not fought since his last comeback in 2006, but he has never stopped training and the reason why is because Tommy wants to be ready should an opportunity arise. According to The Detroit News, the all-time great works out a few days a week with his son, Ronald Hearns (who is currently preparing to return to the ring after suffering his first loss as a pro).
Tommy says his health is fine and that people are wrong to call him old. continue
IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko weighed in at 116 ½ pounds and four-time world champion and challenger Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan tipped the scales at 117 ½ pounds, both within the 118-pound bantamweight limit. Agbeko and Darchinyan, two of the pound-for-pound hardest hitting boxers in the world, will face off for Agbeko’s title tomorrow, Saturday, July 11 LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. Darchinyan will be fighting to become a three-division world champion. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In recent years, the various divisional straps in the light heavyweight division have had homes that stretch across the seven seas. The WBC strap sits in Canada (Pascal), the WBA strap sits in the trails of Spain (Campillo), the WBO strap remains in Hungary (Erdei), and the IBF strap lies somewhere in the 'burbs of Connecticut. With no one in recent years dominant enough to unify the division, the straps have basically gone from pillar to post, traveling around the globe with no one destination to call home. Anxious to change the itinerary, yet again, is a fighter who plans to relocate them to a permanent place which he calls home, and he won't rest until he gets them there. That place called 'home'....None other than Brooklyn....Where this contender has remained below the radar, but above the rim. Staying under that radar was easy, but due to recent success, that task has become harder for the rising Shaun George (18-2, 9KO's), and that challenge could multiply once again with a solid performance tonight as he finds himself centerstage against the talented Chris Henry (23-2, 18KO's) on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater -- Unbeaten 31-year-old light-middleweight Harry Joe Yorgey of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, U.S made a big name for himself and a huge step towards getting a chance to fulfil his dream of becoming a world champion in his last fight, when he sensationally KO'd former Hot Prospect Ronald Hearns. Getting up off the floor in an earlier round from what he calls a flash knockdown to stop ring legend Tommy Hearn's son in the 9th round in March of this year, Yorgey had his biggest T.V fight to date.
Having picked up the boxing gloves with his father's encouragement when he was just 2-years-old, Yorgey, currently 22-0-1(10), feels he was always destined to be a fighter.
"My dad always was a real big fight fan, and I used to watch boxing on T.V with him," Yorgey told me over the phone as he very kindly granted me an interview recently. continue
By Tony Liang: Vic Darchinyan vs Joseph Agbeko - Odds: -210 Vic Darchinyan l +175 Joseph Agbeko l Round props -- 9.5 even money for the over and -140 for the under
Prediction: Ever since his one punch KO loss to Nonito Donaire, Darchinyan has continued to fight excellent opposition racking up big wins. However, his chin is still in question. Vic also had shown some vulnerability against Z Gorres and Arce (even though he dominated Arce) and the crazy thing is that he continues to move up in weight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Tomorrow night, curiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek defends his title against challenger Bobby Gunn at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The two combatants both looked focused and determined at today's weigh-in. The challenger, also known as The Celtic Warrior, weighed in at an even 194 pounds and the champion, Adamek, weighed in at an even 199. Both fighters looked fit and ready to do battle. continue
WBA light-welterweight champion Andreas Kotelnik says he's been inspired by fellow countrymen Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko - and will emulate their punching power against Amir Khan. Kotelnik, who is good friends with the Klitschkos through their ties to the Ukraine, puts his WBA light-welterweight title on the line against Khan on July 18 at the MEN Arena, Manchester. And he has vowed to finish the fight early in the manner of his country's most famous sportsmen. "Vitali and Wladimir are big boxing heroes of mine," said Kotelnik.
"The way they have made themselves the best in the heavyweight division by knocking out all their rivals is inspiring. But soon the Ukraine won't just have the best heavyweights in the world, but the best light-welterweight as well. Vitali and Wladimir's nicknames are Dr Ironfist and Dr Steelhammer, but when it comes to punching power I am The Professor. I've been studying tapes of their fights and I know why they punch so hard - and so will Amir Khan on July 18 once I have knocked him out. continue
The International Boxing Federation featherweight world championship fight in Tuxtla Gutierrez on Saturday, July 11, will be televised live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN360.com in a two-hour telecast at 11:00 P.M. Eastern time, 8:00 P.M. Pacific time. Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves, and Fernando Beltran’s Promociones Zanfer will promote the card at El Palenque in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. continue
By: Benjie Varella - Puerto Rican superstar WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez has one more fight left this year before moving up in weight to face Cuban sensation WBA Featherweight champion for a mega-fight early next year. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum strongly believes that Juanma should face a top calibre fighter before leaving his current division. Putting his title on the line on September, Arum is eyeing top Filipino prospect Rammie Laput who is ranked #4 by the WBO and is currently the WBO Intercontinental champion. continue
SUNRISE, Fla. (July 10, 2009) – Two of the pound-for-pound hardest hitting boxers in the world could barely contain themselves and had to be separated during Thursday’s press conference at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko will defend against four-time world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, but the two fighters seemed more interested in settling matters on Thursday rather than waiting for Saturday’s LIVE SHOWTIME telecast (9 p.m. ET/PT) from the BankAtlantic Center.
Thursday’s press conference started as a tribute to the late Michael Jackson, who Don King worked with promoting the historic Jacksons Victory Tour in 1984 that reunited the Jackson 5 and brokered a colossal endorsement deal between Jackson and Pepsi. King plans a traditional 10-count and a video tribute to honor the King of Pop. continue
The WBA has called a purse bid for the fight between WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler and mandatory challenger Gusmyl Perdomo. The bidding will take place on Monday, July 20th (18:00) at the European Boxing Association main office in Vitoria, Spain. “That is great news,” said Chris Meyer, General Manager of Team Sauerland. “Mikkel has been inactive for so many months so it is about time to get things moving.” Kessler was officially unveiled as a member of Team Sauerland during a press conference in Copenhagen on Thursday. continue
Weigh-in Results: Felix Sturm 159.1 - Khoren Gevor 159.6 l Sebastian Zbik 159.6 - Domenico Spada 159.6
Gennady Golovkin 159.6 - John Anderson Carvalho 158.5 l Christian Hammer 251.5 -Jevgenijs Stammburskis 208.3
Sports fans can expect a special weekend when "Boxing meets Formula 1" at the famous Nürburgring Speedway on July 11. continue
09.07.09 - Showtime Sports has announced that a press conference is scheduled for Monday, July 13, at New York's Madison Square Garden to officially announce a super middleweight tournament which wll include Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch, Jermain Taylor, Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward. The six fighters, who have a staggering, combined record of 161-4-1 with 117 knockouts, their respective promoters, and Hershman will all be on hand for this historic press conference.
Sauerland Inks Mikkel Kessler: Team Sauerland are delighted to announce a spectacular new addition: Danish superstar Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) has signed a promotional contract with the German boxing team. “We are thrilled to welcome one of the world´s most popular and most respected boxers to the Sauerland family,” General Manager Chris Meyer said at a press conference in Copenhagen. “We have big plans for Mikkel.. continue
Frank Warren's three Olympians are backing Amir Khan to begin a new era in British boxing on July 18. And James DeGale, Billy Joe Saunders and Frankie Gavin are planning to be hot on Khan's heels if he manages to capture Andreas Kotelnik's WBA light-welterweight world title at the MEN Arena. While Khan occupies top billing in the north west, he will be joined on the card by DeGale, Saunders and Gavin, all of whom are having their third professional fight. With Joe Calzaghe retired and Ricky Hatton coming to the end of his career, Khan has a fantastic chance to become the new poster boy for the sport in the UK - with the Olympic trio riding shotgun. continue
The European welterweight championship and WBC final elimination bout between WBC #2 “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin and #3 “Sugar” Jackson Bonsu will be streamed live on the internet! After a successful test of the technology at the official press conference on Friday the whole show from Besiktas Cola Turka Arena will be broadcasted on akororganizasyon.com - The show starts at 9:00pm local time (8:00pm Central European time; 2:00pm Eastern time in the US) with the pro debuts of Turkish amateur standouts Gökhan Acar (vs. Florians Strupits from Latvia, 4 rounds cruiserweight), Savas Kaya (vs. Christian Velea from Romania, 4 rounds super middleweight) and Kurban Günebakan (vs. Alexander Mileiko, 4 rounds heavyweight). continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 10, 2009)—World ranked Cruiserweight (#3-WBO, #6-WBA; #12-IBF, #9-WBC), BJ Flores returns to the airwaves on Friday Night as he will once again be the studio analyst for ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights that will be feature two intriguing matchups which will see a cruiserweight showdown between Matt Godfrey and Shawn Hawk for the NABF crown and a must win Light Heavyweight battle between Chris Henry and Shaun George.
“These are two terrific fights and I am looking forward to the Godfrey-Hawk matchup”, said Flores, who sports an undefeated ledger of 23-0-1 with fourteen knockouts. I talked to Godfrey this week in order to give the fans who will be watching an inside look into what Matt is thinking heading into this important bout.. continue
by James Slater - Following in the footsteps of your father when he happens to be an all-time great fighter can be extremely tough; as 30-year-old light-middleweight Ronald Hearns knows only too well. Wanting so much to attempt to emulate his legendary father, Thomas Hearns - to the point of constantly asking his dad to let him become a fighter - Ronald began his own professional quest in April of 2004. Turning pro relatively late at the age of 25, Hearns Junior showed genuine ability as he won his first 21 fights, 17 by KO. continue
By Paul McCreath - With Eddie Chamber's fine victory over Alex Dimitrenko in the WBO title eliminator last weekend fans are once again debating who is actually the best heavyweight in America. Let us take a look at the arguments for some of the leading contenders.
Eddie Chambers - 27 years old, 35-1-0 with 18 KOs. It is pretty difficult to argue against Eddie now. The fighter we saw last weekend was a much improved version over what we saw before and he wasn't even bad before. continue
By Ted Sares - Being backed by one of the best managers in the business and having Golden Boy behind me is great… --Jacobs
A lot of “famous” people come from a gritty section of Brooklyn known as Brownsville--from Aaron Copland to John Gotti and a whole lot of others in between. At one time, it was one of New York City’s most infamous slums. However, when it comes to boxers, there must be something in the water that inspires them. Many notable ex-fighters come from Brownsville including Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, Floyd Patterson, and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Also included are Zab and Daniel Judah, Shannon Briggs, Junior Jones, and Mark Breland. The latest is streaking Daniel Jacobs. As an amateur, he won his fourth New York Daily News Golden Gloves championship (one short of Mark Breland’s great record). In all, he recorded 137 wins and 7 losses and was an amatuer legend.
Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita keeps things ethnic as he too makes this area his home base by way of Odessa in the Ukraine. This light welterweight has streaked to a 30-0-1 mark. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 9, 2009) – Five-time world champion Vinny Paz will have a special book signing of his biography, “Fight Or Die: The Vinny Paz Story,” July 17th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, prior to the “Braggin’ Rights” Pro-Am boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES). Books will be available to purchase and have signed by “The Pazmanian Devil” between 5:30-7:30 PM in the entrance area of the Event Center. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 8 - There's nothing in the world like Texas heat in August. On Saturday, August 22nd, four of boxing's best will square off at Houston's Toyota Center in an event that will raise the temperature of a sweltering summer of boxing even higher. In the main event, former Undisputed Lightweight World Champion and hometown hero Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz takes on former 140-pound world titleholder Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi of Brooklyn, New York, while the co-featured bout sees heavy-handed Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero challenge for a world title in a second weight class when he takes on IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Malcolm Klassen. continue
By Jacob Mackberg - Everybody in boxing, from the writers, commentators, "experts", and fans, has an opinion, usually a very strong one, on Floyd Mayweather. If you want to get an intense debate going in boxing circles, just mention his name, and you are sure to find sentiments ranging from him being the best boxer alive, to him being an over-rated loud mouth who hand picks opponents and refuses to fight anyone worthy.
I'm always astonished by the intense reactions Floyd Mayweather brings out in people, but I think it's time to get away from biased opinion and time to focus on the facts, and look at what has actually happened in an objective light. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 8 - There's nothing in the world like Texas heat in August. On Saturday, August 22nd, four of boxing's best will square off at Houston's ToyotaCenter in an event that will raise the temperature of a sweltering summer of boxing even higher. In the main event, former Undisputed Lightweight World Champion and hometown hero Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz takes on former 140-pound world titleholder Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi of Brooklyn, New York, while the co-featured bout sees heavy-handed Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero challenge for a world title in a second weight class when he takes on IBF Junior Lightweight World Champion Malcolm Klassen. continue
by James Slater -A strange twist has been added to the upcoming Andriy Kotelnik-Amir Khan WBA light-welterweight title fight. On Promoter Frank Warren's own web site, it has been revealed that Warren believes unknown forces are deliberately attempting to ruin the fight scheduled for July 18th at The M.E.N arena in Manchester. continue
By Michael Herron - After a mediocre summer that saw several high profile fights cancelled and/or rescheduled as a result of injuries, boxing looks to get back on track in the autumn of 2009. As of this moment however, the only major fight currently scheduled is a September 19th clash of pound-for-pound staples Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez. Other match-ups being discussed are David Haye vs. Vitali Klitschko, which could hopefully bring excitement to the heavyweight division and most intriguing of all is a highly anticipated match between the current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto.
Negotiations involving Pacquiao-Cotto have been well documented and many boxing sites and sporting authorities have covered the story. Even as I write, the fight becoming a reality can be but a signature away. Though boxing fans are clamoring for this fight, it is my hope that patience and logic will intervene before any deal is reached. Pacquiao-Cotto looks great on paper and the thought of these two going at each other sounds like great fun, but it is this writer’s opinion that it is the right fight but at the wrong time. continue
by James Slater - Salisbury, Maryland middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero has already shown fine fighting ability, as well as an even more impressive ability to attract fans by the thousands. Despite only having been a pro since December of 2007, and despite only having had 14 pro fights (all but 2 won inside schedule) the 22-year-old has already shown he can bring fans to the arenas by the boatload when he fights. continue
Amir Khan says little brother Haroon is inspiring him ahead of his clash with Andreas Kotelnik - and wants the pair of them to hold world titles at the same time. Khan, 22, challenges for Kotelnik's WBA light-welterweight title at the MEN Arena, Manchester, on July 18. And Haroon, 18, has been hitting the headlines recently with a string of impressive amateur wins for England. "I've been getting updates in the States about Haroon's progression, and I've been doing some training with him since I've come back to the UK," said Khan. continue
by James Slater - It has been announced how an intriguing match-up of unbeaten and promising heavyweight contenders will take place on August 15th at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas. US heavyweight Kevin "King Pin" Johnson will take on Cuban big man Odlanier Solis on the under-card of the Nonio Donaire-Rafael Concepcion title fight, ESPN. com's Dan Rafael has written. A risky fight for both heavyweights who have aspirations of one day becoming world champion, Johnson, 22-0-1(9) and Solis, 14-0(10) must be applauded for proving they believe in themselves enough to take the fight. Rafael writes how Carl Moretti of Top Rank (co-promoter of the Cuban defector) and Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing (Johnson's promoter) came to an agreement this past Monday night, and that the fight is now a go.
"The paperwork is being drawn up but everything has been agreed to," Moretti told ESPN. "It's an important fight for both guys."
DeGuardia is confident his fighter will win the potentially exciting battle, even though he admits it could be tough. continue
NEW YORK (July 8, 2009) – If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan will walk out of the ring a five-time world champion with a victory over Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko. A triumph also would make Darchinyan a three-division world champ – at 112, 115 and 118 pounds. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 8, 2009) – Nine of the 10 Bantamweights nominated in “The World’s Greatest Ever Boxer” promotion are inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the one who isn’t enshrined yet, Hozumi Hasegawa, is still actively fighting. Seven different countries are represented in this group of fighters whose professional years range from 1909 to today. On-line voting at www.GreatestEver.com allows boxing fans from around the world to select the greatest boxer in each of the original eight weight classes, highlighted by the all-time pound-for-pound “Greatest Ever.. continue
by James Slater - Earlier this week, the word directly from Carl Froch was that he was looking at his next fight being a defence against the unbeaten Andre Dirrell, with "The Cobra's" second defence of his WBC super-middleweight title taking place in his home town of Nottingham. It seems the unbeaten 31-year-old is now more interested in, and hopeful of, a fight with once-beaten Dane and reigning WBA 168-pound champ Mikkel Kessler next.
Froch will still make his next defence as scheduled, but in an interview with The Sun, he has made it clear it is Kessler he really wants in either September or October.
"I keep hearing about Kessler so he's in my veins now, I want to go out there and decapitate him," Froch told The Sun. "I want to knock him out in style and then see what people have to say for themselves about me.. continue
On July 11th, Star Boxing's hard hitting super middleweight contender, Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (20-2, 14KO) will look to position himself amongst the elite of the super middleweight division when he takes on unbeaten Polish contender Piotr Wilczewski (22-0, 7KO) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The card is headlined by IBF cruiserweight champion, Tomaz Adamek. Stevens has been boxing almost his entire life. The 24-year-old Brownsville, NY native had a stellar amateur career, amassing over three hundred wins, and is credited with recording the third most knockouts in New York State amateur boxing history. continue
Rafael “el Torito” Concepcion approached the podium at the press conference for Pinoy Power 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and in broken English stated “No one knows who is Rafael “el Torito” Concepcion in Las Vegas but after August 15 everyone will know who I am”. This simple statement highlights the opportunity that Rafael Concepcion has before him, an opportunity to announce himself to the boxing world. Rafael Concepcion takes on the former IBF Flyweight Champion Nonito “ The Filipino Flash” Donaire in the Main Event of Top Ranks Pinoy Power 2 Promotion. continue
SUNRISE, FLA (July 8, 2009) – World super flyweight champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN (32-1, 26 KOs), arrived in Sunrise, Florida today where he will challenge International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (26-1, 22 KOs), on Saturday night. “King Kong will be playing second banana to the real star of Saturday night’s big event,” said Darchinyan, a native of Armenia who hails from Australia, already a two-division world champion. “Everyone knows I’m the top banana of this show. I’m the star because I’m the best. No matter how many times they remake “King Kong” the ending is always the same…it’s beauty that kills beast. And who’s more beautiful in the ring than I am?”
“Sunrise will be the site of Agbeko’s title reign sunset,” added Gary Shaw, Darchinyan’s promoter. “King Kong won’t be able to climb up the Empire State Building to escape Vic’s two-fisted attack on Saturday night.. continue
DARREN SUTHERLAND will have his next fight at George Carnall Centre Manchester M41 7FJ. The Irishman, 27, was due to box in Sunderland on Friday night, but suffered a slight cut on his right cheek in his stoppage win over Gennadiy Rasalev last week. Promoter Frank Maloney said: "It was touch and go whether Darren boxed on Friday, but we decided not to take the risk. "I have one other show this month and Darren can go on that before taking a well earned summer rest.. continue
by James Slater -Remember when it was first announced that Amir Kahn was going to fight Mexican great Marco Antonio Barrera? The fan reaction was huge and most fans were excited about the planned fight. Khan-Barrera certainly created a buzz, that's for sure. Well, according to an interview with Khan's trainer Freddie Roach on Boxing News Magazine's up-to-the-minute web site, another fight of a similar nature to the Barrera showdown may be next on the cards for Khan if he beats WBA light-welterweight champ Andriy Kotlenik on July 18th. continue
by James Slater - At one point it looked as though the great "Sugar" Shane Mosley would get the fight he craved with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Showing how much he wanted the fight, 37-year-old welterweight champ Mosley was willing to come in at a weight that suited "Pac-Man" and he was also willing to take the lesser share of the fight purse.
But now, with Pacquiao seemingly disinterested in facing Mosley - for the time being at least, with Manny looking all but sure to face Miguel Cotto next, in November - Shane has told Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer to stop attempting to make the fight. This news has been revealed by The Los Angeles Times, and the publication has reported how Mosley will now look to get a fight with either Paul Williams, Andre Berto, Kermit Cintron or Joshua Clottey. continue
By Aaron Screen - Ricky Hatton like an ever increasing number of fighters has recently established his own boxing promotional company, while Ricky is no doubt optimistic about the potential of his fledgling company, the success rate of boxers both former and current when venturing into the somewhat murky promotional game is surprisingly low. You would think that with the amount of times they have been involved in promotions as a fighter themselves that they would know exactly what is required to make their company a success. A lot of promotional companies set up by fighters usually result in a disappointing outcome for those involved. continue
By John Clifford - With the retirement of Joe Calzaghe and with questions still surrounding the future of Rick Hatton it may be time for a new superstar to emerge from the British Isles. Despite only having one world champion currently Carl Froch the talent within Britain's ranks is still rich, so I ask which of the current crop of prospects can push themselves to the front of the queue in the long line of would be superstars? continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - all photos by Joe Gallo - BOSTON (June 27, 2009) -- click here to view photo gallery -- Mike Oliver (21-2; 7 kayos) and Castullo Gonzalez (9-8; 3 kayos) fought to a no decision tonight at The Roxy Nightclub Boston in a junior featherweight match. The match was stopped at 1:43 of the second round because of a deep cut over Gonzalez’s right eye, judged to be the result of an accidental clash of heads. Until the sudden ending, the fight was fast paced and competitive, with the boxers trading blows at close quarters.
In a supporting bout, highly touted junior welterweight Danny O’Connor won an easy six round decision over Sebastian Hamel. O’Connor (7-0; two kayos) dominated the match with his fluid boxing skill, right jabs, and combination punching. Although Hamel (10-20-1; one kayo) fought competently – he exhibited fast hands and agile boxing ability -- he was barely able to land a blow against his nimble opponent. continue
Two of the top young boxers in the sport today--world-ranked and undefeated lightweight Breidis Prescott of Colombia and two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rignondeaux, a super bantamweight from Cuba--make their Las Vegas debut when they appear on a nationally televised card Friday, July 17, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Prescott, rated by all four major sanctioning bodies, is in the 10-round main event against world-ranked Miguel Vazquez of Guadalajara, Mexico, while Rigondeaux is in the six-round special attraction against Robert Guillen of Glendale, Ariz. Four other Cuban boxers, including unbeaten super welterweight Erislandy Lara, appear on the card dubbed “The Future of Boxing” and presented by Roy Englebrecht Events in association with Caribe Promotions, DeCubas Presents and Jaoli Fight Promotions. continue
07.07.09 - By Per Ake Persson: Mike Tyson to go to Belgrade in December? Well, yes, from what I understand it´s being discussed, but if I understand correctly it´s to be ringside guest for a show headlined by cruiserweight Nenad Stankovic and not for a comeback. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' shines light on the only few topics in a currently lifeless sport that still manage to have a little buzz. The sun is about the only thing hot this summer, as the world of boxing continues to deal with a rather cold timeline. Fortunately, there are a few hardcore fans around the world that had a few topics they wanted to discuss, so today, we put an ear to the streets and lay them on the table to dissect them like few in the industry would. Kicking off the mailbag this week is a question from the city of Angels...Los Angeles, CA:
Ronnie O. (Los Angeles, CA): With Chambers' victory and performance, how do you view him in the heavyweight landscape?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think Chambers' performance put him right in the thick of things, and for those of us who thought America was now a distant land - (as it relates to heavyweight relativity) - I think Chambers' victory quickly changed that perspective. continue
by James Slater - It seems it is David Haye's destiny to face one of the two Klitschko brothers in a heavyweight championship fight, even though "The Hayemaker" hasn't exactly earned the right to do so. One of the most adept ticket sellers in the heavyweight division, Haye pretty much talked himself into a shot at IBF and WBO king Wladimir, only to have to pull out of the signed fight due to injuring his back while shadow boxing in training camp. continue
by James Slater - It's almost as if the disastrous night against Colombian banger Breidis Prescott never happened for Amir Khan. Although the 22-year-old is only two wins removed from his 54-second nightmare, Khan is one victory away from becoming a legitimate world champion. Not only that, but Khan is sure he will go on to become the next big star of British boxing after he's beaten WBA 140-pound ruler Andriy Kotelnik. continue
by James Slater - Once-beaten super-middleweight contender Allan Green recently let it be known he was more than ready and willing to travel to the UK to take on reigning WBC 168-pound king Carl Froch in his home town. 29-year-old Green, currently 28-1(20) went further than demanding the fight; he promised he would KO "The Cobra" and take his title.
However, talking a good fight isn't always enough for a contender to get the opportunity he craves, and it looks like this will be the case with Green. Speaking to This Is Nottingham.com, Froch said he is in no way interested in a fight with Green, simply because Green is not a big enough name or draw. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 6, 2009) Fresh off a devastating third round knockout win on Friday, June 26th, two time world title challenger “FAST” Fres Oquendo will now face former heavyweight world champion, Bruce “THE ATLANTIC CITY EXPRESS” Seldon for the NABA Heavyweight Title in the ten round main event at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4” on Friday, July 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Oquendo was originally scheduled to face Argentinean Gonzalo Omar Basile last month at the upcoming “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 4”. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - On May 29, 2009 bantamweight hot contender Yonnhy Pérez took the biggest step of his career in Johannesburg, South Africa, when he faced tough Silence Mabuza for the IBF’s number one spot. Born in Cartagena, Colombia on January 18, 1979 and currently training in Santa Fé Springs, CA under the tutelage of Daniel Zamora, he claims to be ready to dethrone either titleholder Joseph Agbeko or Vic Darchinyan, who is moving up in weight to face Agbeko for the IBF bantamweight crown. Even though the Agbeko-Darchinyan match will be televised live on SHOWTIME, the Team Pérez will travel to Florida in order to watch it ringside. continue
By Aaron Screen - It is now well known that Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. will be making his much anticipated return to the ring against fellow pound for pound great, Juan Manual Marquez, regardless of the true reasons, for the original delay of his much publicized comeback, whether it may be the official line of a rib injury or due to the speculated lack of ticket sales, one thing we do know for sure is that it is not going to help Mayweathers cause in regards to getting his many critics off his back. The fact he is coming back against a man considered too small for him was bad enough, now that this supposed “mismatch” won’t be taking place earlier than expected, will just add more fuel to the fire. One of the reasons being is, it will almost certainly ensure the controversial Mayweather is not pitted against the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley or even a Miguel Cotto, fighters who Floyd’s critics believe will probably beat him or at the very least proves to be his toughest test to date. While it is disappointing that PBF will not be back in the ring earlier than expected, meaning it will be much longer before he faces up against the “big boys” in the division. I find it difficult to believe this should be used against Mayweather, a man that is arguably the most naturally gifted boxer of his generation, yet one that still faces continued criticism in every decision he makes, it may be going too far to feel sorry for the self-proclaimed “pretty boy” but he sure is up against it. Whether it’s the opponent, the weight, even the referee, any kind of ammunition that can be used against Mayweather Jr. has already been used. The supposed lack of tickets sales is an indication he is not getting the respect someone of his ability is usually accustomed to, only in the sport of boxing can an individual with so much ability be so little appreciated. continue
Bronx, NY - On August 1st, Star Boxing's IBF #2 rated, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) will fight for the Vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the world when he takes on IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) in a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place in November in Hlatshwayo's home country of South Africa. Rodriguez v Hlatshwayo is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and is set to take place at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. continue
By Shaun Murphy - Being a long-term boxing fan I’m always skeptical about any newcomers. Ian Millarvia? -- Have you heard of him? No, I didn’t think so. Well, when the giant Scotsman turned pro I was convinced he’d become Scotland’s first world heavyweight champion but years on, his inactivity suggests his ambitions don’t lie in the ring. Oh, I forgot, Sandy Robb [7-7 4 KOs], he’s a Scottish light-heavyweight I sparred when I lived in the Highlands. After making me even uglier [through punching my face in], I would’ve bet my eyesight on him doing something in the pros. Again, years on, Robb is known only to the most hardcore-of-hardcore boxing fans as he’s given the sport up. continue
by James Slater - 27-year-old Philly fighter "Fast" Eddie Chambers delivered big style last night in Germany. Putting on a career-best performance at a career-fittest weight of 208 or so pounds, the once-beaten contender put himself in line for a WBO shot at Wladimir Klitschko courtesy of his dominant beating over the previously undefeated and much bigger and heavier Alexander Dimitrenko.
Going into the fight, a fight Chambers just had to win, we knew he'd worked hard judging by the new and improved physique he sported at the weigh-in. Able to fight harder and more aggressively as a result of his greater fitness, Chambers showed us his real talent as never before. The question now is, can the 6'1" American - very possibly the best young heavy in the US - go on and beat another big man, in the WBO and IBF heavyweight ruler known as "Dr. Steel Hammer?. continue
(Orlando Florida July 6, 2009) - This past Friday at Club Destiny in Orlando, Florida heavyweight contender, Derric "El Leon" Rossy (21-2, 12 KO's) scored a third round TKO over Moises Droz (13-8, 10 KO's) to capture the WBC Fecarbox Heavyweight title. Rossy, a former Boston College football player took charge from the opening round, landing accurate punches to the head and body. As the fight continued, Rossy continued to apply pressure and mounted an all out assault in the beginning of the third round forcing the referee to halt the action. continue
By Paul McCreath - When Wlad Klitschko defeated Ruslan Chagaev a few weeks ago it was his 11th win in a row. The last 8 have been title fights of one kind or another.I n almost every case we hear from the critics immediately after how bad Wlad's opponent looked. The "haters" sometimes go so far as to suggest the challengers don't even try. More common is the suggestion that they were all bums and that the heavyweight division has declined badly in recent years. While there is some truth in the idea of a declining division the fact remains that four of the men Wlad defeated, namely Chagaev, Sultan Ibragimov, Calvin Brock and Sam Peter were all undefeated at the time they met Wlad. Two or them, Chagaev and Chris Byrd were reigning belt holders and two more, Lamon Brewster and Hasim Rahman were former belt holders but somewhat faded. That hardly sounds like a bunch of bums. continue
04.07.09 - "Fast" Eddie Chambers dominated and outclassed Alexander Dimitrenko over twelve rounds in Hamburg, Germany tonight. A left hook to the kidney made the Ukrainian turn his back and complain to the referee, who then ruled it a legal blow and started a standing eight count in the 7th. Chambers floored Dimitrenko in the 10th round for the second ruled knockdown of the fight.
In round 12, Dimitrenko seemed out on his feet, but managed to somehow survive to the end. The judges scored the fight 113-113 (!!), 116-111, 117-109 in favor of Chambers, who is now the mandatory challenger for WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and will likely get a chance against the 6’6” Klitschko sometime in early 2010.
Susi Kentikian W 10 Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite
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Andy Murray will be looking to record another win in London on July 18th when he takes to the ring at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. However tennis fans need not fear, because this Andy Murray is intent on making his name inside the ring and not on the tennis court. Unbeaten in 15 professional bouts Cavan’s Andy Murray is one of Irish boxing’s brightest hopes and currently holds the European Union Lightweight title. The 26-year-old will go in search of win number 16 at the York Hall with the British Light Heavyweight title clash between Danny McIntosh and Nathan Cleverly topping the bill. continue
Jonny Stapleton - The greatest boxing trainer in the world, Freddie Roach has backed little known Irish puncher, Dean Byrne to win a world title and to become as big as Irish superstar Bernard Dunne. So impressed is Roach with Byrne that the trainer, who mentors pound for pound ring King Manny Pac-Man" Pacquiao and British prospect Amir Khan, has decided to co-manage as well as train the Crumlin native. And if the boxing trainer of the year for 2003, 2006 and 2008 other furors into management are anything to go by Byrne looks set for the top. continue
by James Slater - On July 4th, Independence Day, in the year 1919, one of the most astonishing heavyweight title prize fights took place in Toledo, Ohio. Fighting on the day so important to all of America, Jack Dempsey, a man to soon become known the world over as "The Manassa Mauler," was a 24-year-old tough guy of a contender, and the much taller Jess Willard was the defending heavyweight king. Underneath the scorching hot sun on the day of celebration, a savage performance was witnessed by Dempsey, one that is still stunning to watch ninety years later.
Surely every fight fan with even a slight interest in the history of boxing has seen the grainy footage of this one-sided slaughter of a fight. And after having watched it, after having seen how the stalking, bended at the waist challenger smashed the surprisingly (shockingly at the time) hapless Willard to the mat no less than seven times in the fight's 1st-round, the viewer cannot fail but to recognise how splendid a fighter Dempsey was in his prime. continue
by James Slater - Though the fight has not been officially signed and sealed yet, the word over at ESPN.com is that the talked of Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto fight scheduled for November in Las Vegas is almost certainly going to happen. Promoter Bob Arum has said the fight will almost definitely be made and that an agreed upon weight for the fight has been all but reached, with a reported limit of 145-pounds being set.
So, now that we can pretty much go ahead and look forward to this most intriguing of fights, we can also start to think about who will win - "Pac-Man" or "Junito.. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 7, 2009) NABF and SNBC cruiserweight champion, Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey hopes the fourth time is the charm for him when he takes on unbeaten Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk in the main event on this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show from The Arena in Philadelphia. In a battle of full-blooded Native Americans, Godfrey (18-1, 10 KOs), rated No. 6 by the WBC and No. 7 by the IBF, is a Wampanoag fighting in the 10-round headliner against a Sioux, Hawk (18-0-1, 16 KOs). continue
By Ron Scarfone - At the Xtreme Boxing Club in Hialeah, Florida, 23-year-old John “Action” Jackson hones his skills as he prepares for his upcoming fight on July 11. With an impressive record of 14-1, 13 KOs in a four year pro career, Jackson is capable of becoming a contender in the near future. Jackson is currently ranked No. 106 by BoxRec.com in the lightweight division, although he intends to campaign as a super featherweight. Jackson will fight on the undercard of one of the most anticipated boxing events of the year. The event is titled “Summer Sizzler” and will take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on July 11. The main event will feature IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko against flyweight and super flyweight world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan. The co-main event will be a battle between elite lightweight contenders when Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho faces Antonio “Tony” DeMarco. Also on the card, former world cruiserweight champions Steve “USS” Cunningham and Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite fight in an IBF cruiserweight title eliminator. The event is being promoted by Don King Productions. continue
Horea “A. R.” Ursu - Montréal’s IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute is one of the few good guys in boxing. For many months, Bute has been carefully considering the tempting prospect of unifying against WBC strap-holder Carl Froch in England in his forthcoming fight, and serious negotiations were carried out between the two camps with this in mind. Ultimately, however, Bute decided to fulfil his mandatory title defence obligation first. continue
By Sasha Isakharov - On November 14, 2009 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena, it is reported that Cotto will take on the current Pound for Pound King Manny Pac-Man Pacquaio at a catch weight of 145lbs for Cottos' WBO welterweight title, which will be Cotto's toughest test of his career by far. A great trainer will be needed in order for Cotto to pull off what could be the greatest upset in boxing history since the 1990 bout of Tyson v. Douglas in Japan. continue
by James Slater - The question posed by the title of this article will be null and void if "Fast" Eddie Chambers loses emphatically to Alexander Dimitrenko tomorrow night in Germany. But after having seen how incredibly fit and in shape the 27-year-old has got himself for the WBO elimination bout against his unbeaten rival, the question must be asked: could this version of the 34-1(18) Chambers be the best bet the US has of regaining at least a portion of the heavyweight title?
We always knew how gifted and talented the sweet-boxing Philly man was, the moans and groans regarding Chambers were about his seeming lack of commitment to fighting at his optimum weight. "Fast" Eddie promised us after his recent points win over former WBC champ Sam Peter that the next time we saw him his body would look, "like you guys think it should." Chambers kept his word.
Looking magnificent at the 209-pound-mark, Eddie now has as good a chance as he will ever have to fulfil his vast potential. Sure, one other complaint aimed at Chambers has been his seeming reluctance to let his hands go for the full 10 or 12 rounds. But that may well have been a psychological thing on the part of the 6'1" fighter who has weighed-in at as much as 224-pounds in the past; with him being somewhat concerned that he would run out of gas in the later rounds if he overly exerted himself while carrying such a poundage - maybe this is what happened in the loss to Alexander Povetkin. continue
By Alfie Wilkinson - The fourth of July is a day of celebration. Barbecue flames are blazing, fireworks are lighting the sky and Americans all over the world are rejoicing in their special day. The anniversary of America’s independence. But there is another anniversary we should be celebrating: ninety nine years ago on this day Jack Johnson defended his heavyweight world title against the great white hope – James. J. Jeffries. continue
By Benjie Varella – Filipino Gerry Penalosa and Mexican Jorge Arce are both ring warriors and former champions who loves moving forward never backing down to attack their opponent. That’s the trademark of the two and a boxing match between them would surely be a hit and something boxing fans would love to see. To settle the bad blood among Penalosa and Arce, it would surely be sweet if their long awaited match-up occurs before reaching the end of their career. continue
By Ted Sares - Few who saw him in these early videos realize that "the kid from the Title videos" is now a well-regarded professional --Thomas Urville
…you know as well as I do that when you reach a certain level there will be fighters who will withstand that punishment, they will absorb it and come back for more, dishing out there own punishment. For sure he will at some point in his career step up to stiffer opposition, right now he’s just a young kid. Then you have 19-year-old fighters who are not even going to the Canadian senior amateur championships, yet David is a pro... --Russ Anber (from interview with Ivan 'LatinoPorVida' Montiel)
Anyone who follows Canadian boxing might have recognized his name when he turned pro at age 18 in 2007 (he planned to turn pro at 17, but the Quebec Boxing Comission made him wait a year). After all, he was a Canadian national amateur champion three times. But strangely enough, he was best known for assisting his highly capable trainer, Russ Anber, in producing a series of tutorial videos put out by Title Boxing. Since I know his trainer on a personal level, I have been closely following this middleweight who is fast becoming a fan favorite in Montreal. continue
Promoter Don King announced today he will pay tribute to Michael Jackson at a world championship boxing event King has slated for July 11 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. King plans to give Jackson boxing's traditional ringside10-bell count honoring those who have passed and to play Jackson's music and videos at King's previously announced fight card highlighted by an IBF bantamweight championship between titleholder Joseph King Kong Agbeko and world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan, who is moving up in weight to face Agbeko. continue
by James Slater - British fight fans are in for an emotional experience in August, as The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, will pay his final visit to The UK next month. The Mirror reports that Ali, his health sadly having been on a steady decline since the mid-1980s due to Parkinson's Syndrome, has been told by his doctors that flying abroad will not be recommended for too much longer. And the former Olympic gold medallist and former three time heavyweight champion of the world has insisted on one last visit to the country that is "so close" to his heart. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines the spotlight on a man who needs little introduction. Once a dweller along the avenue of anonymity, this warrior started his career by chopping down every opponent placed before him, forcing some to begin questioning his level of competition. In May of 2007 he would silence many of those critics by not only wearing down, but completely stopping a typically granite-chinned Edison Miranda. After proving many of his doubters wrong and moving on, his next act would serve as another tool to cement his response to those in question, as he overcame a moment of adversity that sent him to the canvass, only to seal what was arguably his most triumphant victory to date - a KO victory over the previously undefeated Jermain Taylor who was ahead on all cards at the time of the stoppage. Despite this watershed moment, he would return to face Taylor again, to prove to that same group of detractors that he was capable of getting the nod without needing to stop his opponent. It would appear that Pavlik was the sports newest freight train, running over every man in sight....that was until the 'Ghost' stumbled upon the 'Executioner', along with a few other demons with a quest to get out the closet - or atleast some would have us think that way. continue
Marco “Captain” Huck will challenge WBO Cruiserweight Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez at Halle´s Gerry Weber Stadium on August 29. Exactly 20 months after falling to Steve Cunningham, the European Champion looks to erase the darkest hour of his career. “I cannot wait to fight for the world title again,” Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) said. “I am thrilled that the fight will take place in Halle, which is just 10 miles from my hometown Bielefeld. The Gerry Weber Stadium is a fantastic venue and I will certainly please the fans on August 29. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show --Show starts at 6 pm ET - click "play" on the player to listen live. Call in # (646) 716-5404) - “On The Ropes” Radio returns with host Jenna J aka Boxing Girl and co-hosts Mark Messer, Nick Powers & weekly guest Rumsfeld in recapping a spectacular American victory overseas, and a showcase of some of the best male and female prospects in the sport today. In some cases, boxing is notorious for having fighters “returning to the scene of the crime” so to speak. This past weekend, one of America’s best Heavyweights “Fast” Eddie Chambers did just that, arriving at the site of his only professional loss in Germany to take on up-and-comer Alexander Dimitrenko for a mandatory shot at IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko. continue
pensacola , FL (July 2, 2009) -- Eight-Time World Champion Roy Jones, Jr. battles former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy in “Hook City,” on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. “Hook City” will be presented by Square Ring Promotions, Inc. and broadcast live on pay-per-view. Tickets, priced at $150, $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25, will go on sale Friday, July 3, at 10 AM CT, and will be available at MS Coast Coliseum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or on-line at Ticketmaster.com.
Roy Jones Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) from Pensacola, FL is the former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight world champion and was the pound-for-pound king for over a decade. On March 3, 2003, Jones stymied World Heavyweight Champion John Ruiz to become the first former middleweight champion in over 100 years to win the heavyweight world championship. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (July 2, 2009) Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) / International Boxing Organization (IBO) flyweight champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE, JR. and World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion STEVEN LUEVANO return to the top of the marquee to headline “Pinoy Power 2” -- the world championship extravaganza taking place Saturday, August 15, in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. “Pinoy Power 2,” Top Rank’s newest boxing series, will also feature undefeated Cuban heavyweight sensation ODLANIER SOLIS and Filipino junior welterweight contender MARK “MJM Grand” MELLIGUEN in separate exciting 10-round all-action brawls. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 2 – He owns half of the four recognized world championship belts in the super bantamweight division, is undefeated for over five years, with eight of his 13 wins coming by knockout, and with each of his nine successful title defenses, he has become more and more feared by his opposition at 122 pounds. So in a perfect world, the next logical fight for IBF / WBA champion Celestino Caballero would be a unification showdown with his WBO counterpart Juan Manuel Lopez, but we all know that boxing is far from perfect, and with Lopez’ team talking of fights with Yuriorkis Gamboa and a move up to the featherweight division, “Pelenchin” wonders if the fight fans’ dream fight will ever become a reality. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Joseph King Kong Agbeko (the King Kong is not a nickname, hence no speech marks - the name appears on Joseph's passport) faces the lethal punching Vic Darchinyan a week on Saturday in Florida, as he makes the second defence of his IBF bantamweight crown.
Massively confident the former flyweight and super-flyweight champion has made a mistake in moving up to face him, the Accra-born 29-year-old with the fine 26-1(22) record promises a beating for the man known as "The Raging Bull"
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today, the incredibly softly-spoken 118-pound champ had the following answers to my questions. continue
BROOKLYN - The second installment of Shaun George's Video Diary is now available on Youtube. Shaun George will face Chris Henry on July 10 at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA in a ten round light-heavyweight bout that will be aired on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights.The video can be viewed online at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbodAx4fzE0 or embedded with the following code. continue
By Damian andyZOR Markut - Update: Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) stopped Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KOs) via 11-round stoppage on Thursday night in Moscow, Russia - First off tonight we will have a fight between American contender Darnell "Ding-A-Ling Man" Wilson (23 (20KOs) - 8) , against one of Russias top Cruiserweights, Grigory Drozd (31 (23KOs) - 1)
The fight will take place in Drozd's hometown of Moscow. These two fighters are on the crossroads torwards a title shot vs one of the 4 titlists. continue
By Shaun Murphy - I think, in boxing, we’ve been extremely lucky over the course of the last few years as a continuum of highly-skilled tough guys have graced the middleweights and encapsulated the public with their glitz and heart. For example, Bernard Hopkins ruled the division with his knarred fists and jail-house manners for 21 defences. And like domestic fish before feeding time, bubbling under Hopkins’s middleweight waters, stalked a group of fiery-eyed pretenders itching to devour the division’s oldest ever champion. Eventually, the affable Jermaine Taylor defeated the 41-year-old ‘’Executioner’’ and a pressured flood gate opened to a new world and breed of contender…
I like Jermain Taylor, he’s got that hard working blue-collar style of thinking and fighting I admire. When ‘’Bad Intensions’’ enters the ring you know you’re getting an honest performance that’ll be driven by a need to put on a show. However [although Hopkins moved up to light heavyweight] the tall-lean Kelly Pavlik was one of those fish that needed feeding and he wanted Taylor's belt. Unfortunately, for Taylor, ''The Ghost'' had something to prove and when he met Taylor in the center of the ring in September, 2009, in New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall, his lazer-like punches won him the title in the 7th rd. continue
2008 Olympic alternate “Irish” Danny O’Connor’s latest fight vs. Montreal, Canada’s Sebastien Hamel is now available via an on demand PPV on www.NESportsTV.com. The bout was recorded this past Saturday at The Roxy in Boston. O’Connor, a native of Framingham, MA, is immensely skilled and especially popular in his hometown. In his six fights leading into the Hamel bout, he’s undefeated with two knockouts. He’s previously been featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. continue
by James Slater - Fight fans the world over are still getting over the shocking news that told them ring legend Alexis Arguello had passed away yesterday. Seemingly taking it even worse than the fans are fellow fighters themselves, either active or retired - with Nonito Donaire and Oscar De La Hoya, for two, having spoken of their grief and sadness at the Nicaraguan's death at the young age of 57.
One man who actually shared a ring with the great fighter known as "The Explosive Thin Man" is Scotland's Jim Watt, the former WBC lightweight champion. continue
by James Slater, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - As eagerly awaited as any rematch at light-heavyweight in the past few years, young talent Chad Dawson and tough old warrior Glen Johnson will be getting it on again before the year is out. According to ESPN.com, the fight, already signed, will likely take place on November 7th, at a venue still to be decided. As fans who saw the original fight between the two 175-pounders know, the styles of the two men gelled well and some great action came as a result. However, the debate still goes on in some quarters as to who really won back in April of 2008. "Bad" Chad was awarded a unanimous decision in Miami, Florida - with all three judges seeing him the victor by identical scores of 116-112 - but "The Road Warrior" cried robbery and some fans agreed with him.
Now, having given up the IBF title he subsequently won by beating Antonio Tarver after having given up his WBC strap, 26-year-old Dawson faces the teak-tough 40-year-old in a lucrative rematch. Who will win? continue
LAS VEGAS (July 1, 2009) – It didn’t take two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) very long to respond to comments made by unbeaten heavyweight contender Chris Arreola and his promoter, Dan Goossen, at a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles. Arreola was quoted as saying, “There are a lot of old guys and former champs sitting around there that we need to take care of. Their time is up. They need to go.” “This September,” Goossen added, “you’re going to see Chistobal fighting in California and you’re going to see him fighting a former world champion.. continue
By Per Ake Persson, photo by André Boge / Universum Box-Promotion - July 3, Hamburg, Germany: Neither Chambers, nor Dimitrenko had problems making weight and everybody in attendance shed at least a kilo or two at the weigh-in on this blistering hot day for tomorrow´s big show at the Color Line Arena. "Fast" Eddie Chambers came in at 94,5 kg / 208,25 lbs and gives away about ten cm / almost four inches in height to Aleksander Dimitrenko, 115 kg / 253 kg. All in all Dimitrenko is a big favourite but Chambers is the better boxer. If Eddie can pull off a "Chris Byrd"-like performance, he might upset Dimitrenko. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 2, 2009) - by Dan Hunter - Photo: Courtesy WBC - I learned last night of the death of boxing legend Alexis Arguello. Coming as it has in the wake of the equally tragic deaths of pop icon Micheal Jackson and TV and film star Farah Fawcett, it is an uneasy and sad time for anyone who lived through and enjoyed the amazing decade that was the Eighties.
I am in my forties, and these three people were a part of my life, for very different reasons.
I remember Farah Fawcett, not just for the iconic Charlies Angels poster that apparently sold 12 million copies, but mainly because she surprised everyone who had dismissed her as talentless by proving she was actually a hell of an actress, first in the TV movie The Burning Bed, and then in the film Extremities, the latter earning her a Golden Globe best actress nomination.
Micheal Jackson was simply THE music phenomenon of my lifetime. And I´m a hard rock fan! continue
On Tuesday at London's famed York Hall, Jason Booth led the way on a massive Frank Maloney fight card televised by Sky Sports.Now fully at the height of his powers, Nottingham's Booth was in the form of his career as he picked apart seasoned opponent Rocky Dean with a blistering array of offense that the Thetford man simply had no answer for. continue
02.07.09 - #5 WBC rated heavyweight Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs), who is set to square off against #1 WBO heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19KOs) as the main event this Saturday, July 4 in a WBO official eliminator at Color Line Arena participated in an open media workout today in Hamburg, Germany. Chambers stated, “I’m motivated and ready to take my position as the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko. “A win on Saturday night, will be especially significant, because it’s the 4th of July and I know that my fellow Americans will be celebrating their independence. This would make victory especially sweet – I am proud to be an American.. continue
By Ted Sares -- ESB July 2009 Rankings Update --Hey, it’s club time so get comfortable near your key pad and monitor and torch up a nice Punch - Black Prince (Size: Ring: 46, Length: 143). It's not easy to find it as this marvelous stick will no longer be produced. Great strength and wonderful flavor. I shall miss these guys; good-bye to good friend. For scotch this month, I am featuring the dark and intense Lagavulin. Pungent and potent (be careful), with a richly peaty, deep, smoky flavor, it has an intense, long, ambrosial finish. Damn, it’s good.
In the background, I have Ronnie Earle and Bryan Lee doing their upbeat guitar thing. . I also have John Lee Hooker doing “Boom Boom Boom,” Buddy Guy doing “Slippin' In,” and Hound Dog Taylor doing “Natural Boogie.” Of course, any reasonable request will be entertained, though I’m partial to jump blues, West Coast Blues, Chicago Blues and particularly boogie (I like Mitch Woods) because they go so well with boxing and cigars. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 2 - After an explosive night of boxing action on June 11th that thrilled fight fans in attendance at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE as well as those watching at home on VERSUS and RingTV.com and Yahoo! Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce that tickets for the second installment of the hit "Fight Night Club" series which will take place on Thursday, July 30th, are on sale now. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – JULY 1, 2009 –– The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of three-division world champion Alexis Arguello. He passed away today at his home in Managua, Nicaragua. He was 57. A native of Managua, Nicaragua, Arguello held the featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight titles. Known as “The Explosive Thin Man,” Arguello was a brilliant offensive fighter and a master tactician. He compiled an 82-8 (65KOs) record that includes wins over Jose Legra, Art Hafey, Alfredo Escalera, Rafael Limon, Ruben Castillo, Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Jim Watt, Ruben Olivares, Ray Mancini and Bobby Chacon. In 1982 and 1983, he engaged in two pitched battles for fellow Hall of Famer Aaron Pryor’s junior welterweight championship, with Pryor registering kayo wins in the 14th and 10th round respectively. He retired in 1986, but returned to the ring for two fights in 1994 and 1995 before hanging up the gloves. In 2008, Arguello was elected mayor of Managua. continue
by James Slater - As most fight fans will have no doubt read by now, the great Alexis Arguello, arguably the finest fighter to have ever come out of Nicaragua, died a few hours ago. Though autopsy reports have still to be made public, early reports suggest the 57-year-old committed suicide by shooting himself through the heart whilst at home. This is tragic news indeed, and tributes will doubtless be pouring in from all corners of the globe very soon.
Born in Managua, Nicaragua on April 19th, 1952, Arguello turned pro in 1968, and soon became known by the nickname of "El Flaco Explosivo" or "The Explosive Thin Man." Actually losing in his pro debut (via a 1st-round TKO at the hands of Cachorro Amaya), the teenager made his way up the featherweight ranks soon afterwards (although Arguello did also lose his fifth fight, on points). Eventually getting to 36-3, Arguello then challenged Panama's Ernesto Marcel for the WBA 126-pound crown. Fighting in the defending champion's home country in February of 1974, Arguello went home without the title due to losing a 15-round unanimous decision. It was Marcel's last fight. continue
by James Slater - As was always a possibility, it has been confirmed that the recent talk of an imminent return to the ring by Ricky Hatton was hugely premature at best. Recent newspaper and internet articles lead us to believe that Hatton had made up his mind about fighting on and that a comeback bout was being planned for his hometown of Manchester later this year, possibly against former IBF 130-pound champion Steve Forbes. continue
Six-time world champion Oscar de la Hoya mourns the tragic loss of the legendary Nicaraguan boxer, Alexis Arguello. The three-division former world champion and boxing icon was found dead Wednesday morning in his hometown of Managua, Nicaragua. De La Hoya shared several fond memories with the pride of Nicaragua, known as the "Explosive Thin Man" for his slim figure and powerful punch and was shocked to hear the tragic news about the man many considered to be a gentleman both in and out of the ring. continue
Andreas Kotelnik says he will beat Amir Khan - and dedicate the victory to his hero the Oscar winning actor Jack Palance. Kotelnik puts his WBA World Light-Welterweight title on the line against Khan at the M.E.N Arena, Manchester, on July 18. And he is predicting a spectacular KO in the fight, inspired by his idol Palance, whose family also came from the city of Lviv in the Ukraine.
Palance, who was born Volodymyr Palahniuk, died in 2006 and was the star of more than 100 movies, winning an Oscar for his role in 1990s smash City Slickers. In the early 1940s he was a heavyweight prospect, winning his first 15 fights before WWII cut short his career.
"He is a hero in Lviv and I remember thousands of people coming out to see him when he visited and I was a small child," said Kotelnik. continue
PAWTUCKET , RI (June 30, 2009) Amidst the sweltering summer heat and humidity in Pawtucket , Rhode Island , trains the Fighting Pride of Northern Nevada, Jesse Brinkley, in preparation for his light heavyweight showdown with Baltimore ’s Mike “THE PERSECUTOR” Paschall on Friday, July 10th at the Reno Events Center . The Brinkley/Gilbert main event headlines “SUMMER SHOWDOWN”, an outstanding evening of boxing presented by Reno ’s “Let’s Get It On” Promotions and Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions. continue
Undefeated No. 1 ranked World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight Cristobal Arreola, his promoter Dan Goossen and trainer Henry Ramirez hosted a press luncheon on Tuesday to discuss his future plan and quest on becoming the first Mexican fighter to become World Heavyweight Champion in the history of boxing. Arreola, whose parents were born in Mexico, lives in Riverside by way of East Los Angeles. Tuesday, he expressed his feelings with the current champions in the heavyweight division and their past and future challengers. He stated that he continues to get stronger and better as they continue to fight lesser opponents in Europe.
Goossen described his plans for Arreola to take his next fight in September in Los Angeles and how he’s willing to bide his time to land a world title shot against any of the world champions at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Ramirez described Arreola’s new training regimen and the hiring of a strength and conditioning coach to help prepare his fighter for the future. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at the historic York Hall in London, Jason Booth, one of Britain's hardest working fighters, successfully defended his British super-bantamweight title with a points win over fellow Brit Rocky Dean. Booth, nicknamed "2-Smooth" won unanimously on points in a tough affair, and now his promoter Frank Maloney is going to try his best to see that the 31-year-old servant of the sport is rewarded with a much deserved crack at a major world title. continue
BROOKLYN - The initial installment of Shaun George's Video Diary is now available on Youtube. Shaun George will face Chris Henry on July 11 at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA in a ten round light-heavyweight bout that will be aired on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. Brooklyn's George, 18-2-2 (9 KO), opened eyes with a punishing ninth round TKO of former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd last May. As an amateur George had a record of 51-7, which was highlighted by two New York Golden Gloves titles and on National Golden Gloves championship. continue
Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury wants to have both the English and Irish title belts wrapped around his waist in the coming months. The undefeated Manchester giant has been nominated by the British Boxing Board of Control as the mandatory challenger for John McDermott’s English heavyweight title with the bout ordered to take place by the end of November.
However Fury’s strong Irish roots mean that he’s also eligible for an Irish title and he has his sights firmly set on that belt as well. “It would be great to be the English and Irish Heavyweight Champ at the same time. That would be pretty unique and I’m very proud of my Irish roots. My Dad was born in Tuam in County Galway and my grandmother on my Mum’s side was a Tipperary woman so it would be great to fight for the Irish title.”
Fury returns to the ring at the York Hall, Bethnal Green on July 18th as he bids to stretch his perfect record to 7 straight wins. The bout is on the undercard of the Danny McIntosh – Nathan Cleverly British Light Heavyweight title fight with the Hennessy Sports event live on ITV4. continue
By Benjie Varella – Right after the fight of the Mexican warrior Jorge Arce and Fernando Lumacad of the Philippines last weekend at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic city, New Jersey, all boxing sites were swamped by harsh and negative comments due to the Filipino’s poor performance. lthough Lumacad showed top boxing skills during the first two rounds of the bout, he was decked on the third round by Arce due to an overhand right that landed to his jaw. continue
Giovanni Lorenzo of New York and the Dominican Republic has waited very patiently for his shot at the world title. The former Dominican Olympian has compiled an impressive 27-1, 19 KO record while quietly toiling under the tutelage of trainer Pastor Ralph Farriett of Yonkers for the past seven years. “I want to be the world champion,” the soft spoken Lorenzo says. “That is my goal and nothing will stop me.. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 30) - After Saturday's thrilling world title match, which ended in a sixth round technical knockout victory for Argentinean Marcos Maidana when the fight was stopped by the ringside physician due to a severe cut over Victor Ortiz' right eye and swelling under his left eye, Ortiz wants to clear the air with the media and public regarding his performance.
"I didn't fight the right fight and I didn't execute the correct game plan to beat Maidana," Ortiz said from his home in Oxnard. "I will learn from the mistakes I made on Saturday and not make the simple mistakes again, like trying to slug when I should box. I promise that next time, I will be more focused."
"I made some comments after the fight that were an emotional response to the loss," Ortiz continued. "I take full responsibility for my mistakes and actions, but I didn't mean what I said. I am young, have things to learn and I guarantee you, I will be a world champion, MARK MY WORDS...Just watch me!. continue
by James Slater - Originally, Butler, PA's 34-year-old Brian "The Beast" Minto was to have faced faded former WBA heavyweight champ Bruce Seldon in his next fight, instead, the exciting slugger takes on the far more dangerous and unbeaten Donnell "The Real Touch Of Sleep" Homes next. Set to clash in an intriguing and risky (for both men) fight, Minto and North Carolina's 36-year-old Holmes get it on on August 14th in Minto's hometown. The bout, arguably the biggest yet for either fighter, will contest the interim WBO NABO heavyweight strap. continue