By: Orgil B. Martin - Floyd Mayweather Jr. might have made the biggest mistake of his career when he hand picked Marquez to fight as a comeback opponent.
Being the same old, risk-free, intelligent, business-oriented fighter that he is, he sought to find the easiest fight for himself after he was done with his retirement. However, he might have taken the wrong pill to swallow by signing to fight Marquez. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Fighters fight! They spend their time thinking about fighting and they live their lives preparing for their next challenge. The technical rudiments are incredibly difficult to master and its a constant challenge to just maintain your technique. Time robs you of your reflexes just when your mind has finally started to make the connection between what youve been taught and the execution of those principals. Its a painful reality for most fighters and one that they attempt to deny at every turn. The message trainers drill into your head is that time is NOT on your side and that you must get it together NOW not next month or at a later date. Tomorrow is too late. When a fighter reaches the age of 30 you can look at your watch and predict just how much longer hell be around. Now, this is different for everybody. No two men are the same. Some guys can extend their careers because they take care of themselves by not drinking or smoking or indulging in drug use. They get their rest and maintain an appropriate diet and exercise regimen. But, a boxers life also gets more complicated after the age of 30 for personal reasons. Hes an adult now and the chances are that hes already started his family so theres an emotional component that weighs heavily on his mind. Physically you dont get the same results from training that you once did. Dropping pounds gets harder, getting up in the morning to run gets harder, recovering from soreness takes longer and if youve reached a certain level of success and financial comfort it becomes more and more difficult to leave your family to spend 6-8 weeks with a bunch of guys who are bossing you around all the time. Freddie Roach knows this all too well. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans know, former world champions Randall Bailey and Clinton Woods fought on the same card this past Friday night in Hollywood, Florida, and they both lost. Very much at the veteran stage of their careers, the question now is, should both warriors call it a career and get out? "Knockout King" Bailey, fell to 39-7(35) in is IBF light-welterweight title challenge of "Iron Twin" Juan Urango. A thriller of a battle, the lethal-punching 34-year-old became the first man to deck the iron-jawed champion, yet the former WBO and WBA 140-pound champ took heavy punishment in return; before finally being stopped (by his corner) in the 11th-round. The latest in a number of wars in a long and hard career, the loss Bailey suffered at the dangerous hands of the Colombian may well hurt more than any other. continue
by Ryan McArthur- As much as it sounds barbaric, there is nothing excites fight fans more than a good old knockout. The anticipation throughout a bout that at any minute a fighter could be rendered unconcious from a single blow, appeals to part of the audience just as much as the purists that enjoy the finer points of the sweet science.
So who are the hardest punchers in boxing at the minute? Of course there is no diffinitive answer, just something for fans to argue over. continue
31.08.09 - By Ron Scarfone at ringside - At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Seminole Warriors Boxing presented a world championship doubleheader. Both title fights were a matchup of youth versus experience. In the main event, Juan Iron Twin Urango of Cooper City, Florida successfully defended his IBF junior welterweight title against Randall The Knockout King Bailey of Miami, Florida. Urango won the IBF title for the second time by defeating Herman Ngoudjo of Canada by unanimous decision in January 2009. Prior to this fight against Urango, Bailey was 11-1 with his only loss being a controversial split decision loss to Ngoudjo in Canada. Bailey won the right to fight Urango by defeating Francisco El Gato Figueroa by knockout in an eliminator. In the co-main event, Tavoris Cloud of Tallahassee, Florida won the vacant IBF light heavyweight title by unanimous decision over Clinton Woods of Sheffield, England. Both Cloud and Woods had to win eliminators to fight for this title. Cloud defeated Julio Cesar Gonzalez by TKO and Woods won by unanimous decision over Elvir Muriqi.
Bailey was the WBO junior welterweight champion, but that was about a decade ago. Although not an old man at age 34, Bailey faced a 28-year-old champion in the prime of his life in Urango. continue
by James Slater - Back in July, 29-year-old Joseph King Kong Agbeko made a name for himself in the U.S by defeating the murderous-punching Vic Darchinyan, a man who was a big favourite to win going in. In defending his IBF bantamweight belt for a second time with his points win over "The Raging Bull," the man from Accra, Ghana proved a lot of people wrong, whilst also forcing Darchinyan to step back down a weight class. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (August 31, 2009) WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Iron Boy Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs), also The Ring magazines titlist, defends both belts September 12 against No. 1 contender Rodel Kid Rapido Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in the 12-round main event headlining the Undefeated Champions pay per view event, airing live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. WBO super featherweight title-holder Roman Rocky Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) makes his first title defense in the 12-round co-feature WBO No. 9 rated Vincente Martin El Mono Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs. continue
Michael S. (Brooklyn, NY): With a loss to Miguel Cotto, what do you think would be next for Manny Pacquiao?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think at this point it's tough to say. Being age 30 and having over 50 fights under his belt, there's no question that the wars have taken a huge toll on Pacquiao already. I think a humbling loss (particularly via early KO) would force many around him to push him to pack it in, as there would be little else to prove and the lust of a Mayweather showdown would be not only reduced, but somewhat stripped away, replaced instead by a mounting interest in a Mayweather/Cotto showdown. Considering Pacquiao's mega-man status in the sport, I think it would be hard to see him jumping back in line to face the current 140lb champs, but on the flipside, his ability to win at the negotiations table against marquee names would be greatly compromised as well, so it greatly distorts his options. I think there's only one other place he could look if he decides to stick around, and this option would inevitably place him right back in contention with a solid performance. That option is none other than JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) While experience and age is often viewed as an advantage on the international amateur boxing scene, it was a young American teenager enjoying success on the second day of World Championships action at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan, Italy. Seventeen-year-old Jesus Magdaleno (Las Vegas, Nev.) has already enjoyed an outstanding 2009, winning both the 2009 National Golden Gloves and USA Boxing National Championships as well as defeating two-time Olympian and reigning world champion Raushee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio). continue
Paul Smith says moving to super-middleweight has been the best decision he's ever made - and is promising the best performance of his career on October 30. Smith will challenge Tony Quigley at the Liverpool Echo Arena for the British title in a mouth-watering all-Merseyside affair. Joint top of the bill will see Kell Brook defend his British welterweight title against Michael Jennings in a another cracking domestic showdown. Smith, 26, has built up a 27-1 (15) record as a professional, and believes a victory against Quigley will show more of the potential which swept him to a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. continue
By Michael Herron: Finally, the autumn has arrived and the two most highly anticipated fights of the year are at hand, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto. Fight fans have long discussed and debated the outcome of these fights but it is the making of these contests that has shook up the boxing world. Typically, boxing promotions revolve around fighters and their promoters arguing why their fighter and/or company is the best, why you should tune in, buy tickets, order the pay-per-view, etc True boxing fans, casual and diehards, generally care less about sales and marketing and more about in the ring action but ironically when it comes to these two fights, boxing fans seemingly are less concerned about the actual fight as they are with final pay-per-view sales. continue
PITTSBURGH (August 31, 2009) -- Former IBF lightweight champion PAUL The Pittsburgh Kid SPADAFORA will return to the ring for the second time in three months in a 10-round junior welterweight bout at Heinz Field-VIP Tent in Pittsburgh (100 Art Rooney Drive), the home of the Steelers. Spadafora (42-0-1, 17 KOs), of nearby McKees Rocks, will headline an all-action card, Wednesday, September 30. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Promoted by Michael Acri Boxing Promotions, and sponsored by Eric Jackson Lurie Law Offices, tickets, priced at $100 (ringside), $50 (reserved) and $25 (general admission), will go on sale This Thursday! September 3. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton has made it perfectly clear that he will not be rushed into making a decision as to whether or not he will fight again. The 30-year-old "Hitman," in a exclusive interview yesterday with Mirror.co.uk, did say, though, that he has a "sneaking feeling" he will indeed box on. It has been almost four months since Hatton was brutally knocked out by pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, yet Hatton said yesterday that it could be as much as a further five months before he makes up his mind completely about what he will do. continue
Marco Captain Huck is the new WBO Cruiserweight Champion following a spectacular victory over Victor Emilio Ramirez. In a hard-fought battle, Huck stuck to his coach´s game plan and was ahead 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112 after an action-packed contest. This is an unbelievable feeling, the 24-year-old enthused. Ramirez was an incredibly tough opponent. I have never been in the ring with someone punching that hard. But I did what my coach told me. I can´t describe what I feel. I am so happy to be world champion.
Backed by a ferocious home sell-out crowd at the famous Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle (Westphalia), Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) cleverly blocked Ramirez´ aggressive assaults. The Argentinean was on the front foot throughout, trying to push Huck against the ropes and punish him with strong combinations. Just as coach Ulli Wegner had instructed him, Huck avoided toe-to-toe exchanges. Instead, he patiently waited for his chance and landed explosive combinations to body and head. I am incredibly proud of Marco, said Wegner. We have been through quite a lot. He really showed that he learned from the loss against Cunningham 20 months ago. We knew that Marco needed to avoid open exchanges with his opponent. Ramirez is physically very strong and would not have been impressed. Instead, Marco had to wear him down and outbox him throughout the entire 12 rounds.. continue
Jamie Savin - In recent times there has been a slight but worrying shift away from Boxing to the fast rising world of the UFC. The shift gathers paces more and more when incidents such as bad judges in Texas in the Diaz/Malignaggi fight and fights falling through due to crazy demands such as Haye and the Klitschko's. True boxing fans accept this sometimes as just the way boxing is but the casual fan doesn't understand why it happens and when weeks later they see the big fights in the MMA/UFC world are being announced. The casual fan begins to question why is this happening there but not in Boxing, even Ricky Hatton has questioned it in reference to his brothers fight falling through with Zab Judah, Hatton even said how UFC was appealing to him. So perhaps to make boxing great lessons must be learned and whilst it is not a quick process change must happen to keep boxing on top of the sporting world. continue
(August 31, 2009) In one of the best title fights in recent memory, Randall Bailey fell just short in his bid to wrangle the IBF junior welterweight title from Juan Urango on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights season finale last Friday. However, after putting Urango on his back with a pulverizing straight right hand in the sixth round, he left little doubt that even at 34 years old, he remains one of boxings premiere punchers. Now, after over a decade of fighting at the 140-lb. limit and recently struggling to make weight, Bailey is ready for a change and a move up the welterweight division. continue
by James Slater - Paul "The Punisher" Williams' trainer George Peterson is as anxious as the rest of us when it comes to the fight between Williams and middleweight king Kelly Pavlik happening. As frustrated as everyone else that the fight - originally announced as taking place in October - has been postponed due to a finger injury that is bothering "The Ghost," Peterson is still hoping the fight will go ahead this year.
Hoping to maybe get some more news about what is happening, and to ask if the Pavlik camp have been in touch with the Williams team, I called George up earlier today. Unfortunately there is no solid news to report, but George was happy to give me his opinion on what will happen when the fight does eventually go ahead - as he is pretty sure it will.
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. August 30, 2009 - Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Arena in Hollywood Florida, IBF Jr. Welterweight titlist, Juan The Iron Twin Urango (22-1-1, 17 KOs) of Colombia took on a former two time titlist, Randall The KO King Bailey (39-7, 35 KOs). This was a fight that came down to two things, chin and stamina. You can just about always tell whos going to win fights by looking at the records. You see a guy with one loss going against a guy with 6 losses and its pretty obvious. This fight was no exception. continue
by James Slater - Naseem Hamed, now aged 35 and well into his retirement, says if he hadn't suffered with bad hands back when he was doing his thing he would not have retired when he did in 2002. Hamed, who never actually officially announced he was quitting the ring, has also gone on record as saying how he misses boxing and how he believes boxing misses him.
Speaking yesterday with BBC radio, the fighter formally known as "The Prince" said he wanted to clear things up with regards to why he never fought again after he'd got himself just one win after suffering his sole career defeat against Marco Antonio Barrera. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez. Photo: Courtesy of Marco Pérez boxeodecolombia.com. After a poor start of the year when most Colombian contenders were unable to get important victories, finally three kids, two debutants and a world champion, rescued the countrys reputation by brutally knocking out their opponents. To their credit, all of them fought outside Colombia and against US/Canadian rivals. And the reason I mention this is because there is a tendency among writers and commentators to criticize those Colombian boxers coming out of nowhere due to what they love to call inflated records. Lets examine these three bombers.
Juan Urango - On Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, IBF light welterweight champion Juan Iron Twins Urango (22-2-1, KOs 17) proved to be a walking piece of iron as he got up in the 6th round after being floored by Randall Bailey. During the following rounds Urango landed so many powerful shoots that clearly hurt the tough challenger, but it was not until the 9th round when Urango found his way to victory. continue
PHILADELPHIA (August 31, 2009)through the years, boxing has been built on fans getting behind fighters of a particular ethnic group. Over the past few years, a rabid fan base of Filipino boxing fans has emerged with the success of Manny Pacquiao. On Friday September 11th, another Pinoy will try to emerge as the next great fighter of Filipino heritage as Jason Sia will make his pro debut as he takes on Deroy Beaton in a four round Jr. Welterweight bout at the Legendary Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia. continue
by Paul Magno - It was hard to believe, but I actually had butterflies in my stomach as the familiar Friday Night Fights intro kicked in. I was anticipating the Cloud-Woods, Urango-Bailey championship double header all week and had even finished up my work a bit earlier to make sure I could be front and center with nothing on my mind other than boxing. Friday Night Fights is always on my viewing schedule, but I can't remember one of their shows being this highly anticipated, at least by me.
The fights themselves were solid encounters with the young banger, Tavoris Cloud taking a Unanimous Decision for the vacant IBF Light Heavyweight title over the veteran ex-champ, Clinton Woods and the tank-like Juan Urango coming back from a hard knockdown to force veteran Randall Bailey's corner to throw in the towel 11 rounds into Urango's IBF 140-lb. defense. continue
CHICAGO , IL (August 28, 2009) Former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz is busy preparing for his Chicago showdown with two-time world champion Jesus Chavez at JABB Boxing Gym on the near Northwest Side of Chicago. The Diaz/Chavez ten round lightweight bout, presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, headlines WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6, a spectacular evening of world class professional boxing on Saturday, September 26th at Chicagos UIC Pavilion. Said Diaz after his workout with trainer Mike Garcia, I feel fantastic and am thrilled to be fighting in my hometown of Chicago . The fans in Chicago are in for a great night of action on September 26th
Tickets are priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, and are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine , just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway. For further information, please visit their website at www.uicpavilion.com. ). The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events. continue
FALLON, NV (August 30, 2009) Super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert got back in the win column on Saturday night with an outstanding performance against Pomona, Californias Ivan Stovall, earning a fifth round stoppage in front of a crowd of over 2,000 Northern Nevada fight fans at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon. Controlling the action from the opening bell, Gilbert was able to drop Stovall in the fourth, before referee Vic Drakulich called a halt to the action at the 1:05 mark of the fifth round of the scheduled eight rounder. continue
Juan Urango stopped Randall Bailey in the 11th round Friday night and retained his IBF junior welterweight title. Bailey floored Urango in the sixth round but Urango turned the fight around as he dropped Bailey twice in the 9th and again in the 10th round. Baileys trainer then stepped up onto the ring apron and called for the referee to stop the fight with 1:51 left in the 11th. In the co-feature, Tavoris Cloud won the vacant IBF light-heavyweight belt with a unanimous decision over former champion Clinton Woods. Cloud dominated Woods throughout the fight and had him in trouble in the 8th. Woods survived the rest of the bout but lost the fight by 116-112 scores on all three scorecards. continue
Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain: I would like to send a special hello and best wishes to everybody. All the boxing fans around the world--not just California, not just Nevada, but everywhere because this is a fight that the whole world's been waiting for. So I'd like to send all the best to everybody.
Oscar de la Hoya: I would now like to introduce to you - he's the number two pound-for-pound on the list. He's the number one Mexican fighter in the world. People would even consider him the number one fighter pound-for-pound in the world. He has a record of 54 with 37 KOs, he is trained and managed by Nacho Beristain he has had a great 15-year career. Former WBA/WBO Featherweight World Champion, he also had a great tremendous amateur career with Golden Glove win under his belt. His first fight against Manny Pacquiao on May 8, 2004 ended in a draw and the second fight against Manny Pacquiao on March 15, 2008, he lost in a highly controversial split decision. He was the first to stop Casamayor in September 2008. And most recently, he stopped Juan Diaz in the ninth round for the WBO/WBA 135 pound title fight in February of 2009. Without any further ado I would love to introduce to you the champ from Mexico City, Mexico, Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez. continue
By Vladimir S. - WBO cruiserweight contender Marco Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) will be taking on World Boxing Organization cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (15-1, 12 KOs) for the title on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium, in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. For Huck, 24, this is the perfect opponent for him to show off offensive skills against. Ramirez is a pure slugger and will be coming right at Huck trying to match him punch for punch with bombs. Traditionally, these are the type of fighters that Huck does really well against. Huck wont have to deal with movement or a pesky jab from Ramirez, because the Argentinean is a straight ahead type fighter who likes to load up with shots and try to take his opponents head off. continue
Here are the weights from Halle (Westphalia):
- WBO Cruiserweight Title: Victor Emilio Ramirez (Argentina): 90,2 kg vs Marco Huck (Germany): 90 kg
- WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title: Sergey Demchenko (Ukraine): 78,4 kg vs Karo Murat (Germany): 78,2 kg
- Heavyweight: Gbenga Oloukun (Nigeria): 105,7 kg vsLamon Brewster (USA): 106 kg
- Heavyweight: Serdar Uysal (Germany): 99,7 kg vs Robert Helenius (Sweden): 113,2 kg. continue
By Amir Peay, Photo by Abe Peay - Hagerstown, MD - Ballroom Boxing Promotions, known for arguably the best club show in the Washington, DC and Baltimore region, along with TKO Promotions out of Houston, teamed up with matchmaker Chris Middendorf to put on a night of boxing at the Hager Hall in Hagerstown, Maryland. The evening showcased five prospects in five fights, and although none of the prospects were put in particularly tough, and all five won, one fighter stood out above the rest as a fighter that fans will want to keep their eyes on.
Lightweight Francisco Contreras (10-0-0, 10 KOs), originally from the Dominican Republic, now fighting out of Irvington, New Jersey, scored a TKO win at 1:35 in the 2nd round, over Juarez, Mexicos Julian Rodriguez (15-17-4, 9 KOs). The first round began a little slow as both fighters felt each other out, but as they began to exchange it was obvious that Rodriguez was clearly out of his class. Contreras, with his lead left down below his waist and right glued to his chin, looked very comfortable and was able to pick his shots, feet planted, landing clean and hard, while Rodriguez would try and respond to the clean shots by throwing a pitter patter flurry of shots that did not land clean nor affect Contreras. continue
Olympic champion James DeGale has completed his first week of training in Las Vegas with Floyd Mayweather Jnr. and says he knows what he needs to do to become world champion. The Londoner is in America for two weeks along with his trainer Jim McDonnell as he prepares for his fourth professional fight on the big Echo Arena show in Liverpool on October 30. DeGale, 23, who had an explosive first round win over Ciaran Healy in Manchester last month, will feature in a four-round middleweight contest. continue
MANCHESTER, N.H. (August 28, 2009) Professional boxing returns September 23, showcasing some of New Englands top prospects at the 8th annual Fight To Educate charity event, live at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The 8th annual Fight To Educate, presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, in association with Cedric Kushners Gotham Boxing, will benefit the SEE Science Center, Bobby Stephen Fund for Education, and The Veterans Count Club. continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Naoki Fukuda: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines light on one of the sports more interesting figures. A fighter who has unquestionably made his mark in the minds of hardcore fight aficionado's, yet failed to cement that legacy by decisively winning those ring moments which many viewed as career defining. When you take a look at the ledger of historical Mexican fighters in the sport over the years, an intriguing contingent would actually argue that he is possibly one of the most fundamentally blessed of them all. How has that translated during his 50 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw, and 37KO's, spanning over a long 16 year tenure? Apparently not enough to remove questions from the equation. At 36 years old and having 3/4 of his career already in the rear-view mirror, oddly enough, the biggest question surrounding him relates to his peak. Critics feel as though he has passed it, supporters feel as though he hasn't reached it, radicals feel as though he has yet to even truly define it. The interesting thing is that depending on which fights you take into consideration, each of those answers hold a certain amount of weight.
For those that take into account the second Pacquaio fight, where he performed well enough to make it interesting, yet not well enough to seal the deal, left many feeling that perhaps his better days are truly behind him. continue
TONY JEFFRIES broke off from his holiday last week to spend a day under the watchful eyes of boxing's most famous family, the Mayweathers. The Sunderland super-middleweight has spent the last three weeks backpacking around Brazil and North America with fiancée Sara Kneeshaw. But when the pair reached Las Vegas, 'Jaffa' couldn't resist an invite to team up with the controversial clan at their gym last Thursday (Aug 20). Jeffries, 24, who bids for his fourth consecutive win at Seaburn Centre on October 16 explained: "I have a friend who knows one of the coaches and he invited me down. "I got down there and was introduced to Floyd Jnr and his dad and spent a bit of time with them. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (Thursday, August 27th, 2009) - Pound 4 Pound Promotions continued it's tradition of exciting, crowd-pleasing boxing events Thursday night with a six-bout show at North Bergen, NJ's Schuetzen Park. The original main event, featuring former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis against Troy Browning was scrapped when Browning withdrew due to illness. Last minute replacement Ilido Julio was deemed ineligible due to a weight discrepancy. Seeking the spotlight left by the hole in the card, the remaining bouts stepped up to impress and made the company's ninth event one of it's most memorable. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani & Jenna J - (The following interview transcript with Wladimir Klitschko aired on episode 36 of On The Ropes Boxing Radio, August 24, 2009)
Jenna J: Alright! Wladimir Klitschko welcome to the On the Ropes radio show. Im the host Jenna J with my co-host Rummy, how is it going today?
Wladimir Klitschko: Thank you. Everything is going very well. I cant complain I just finished my golf game and I had a great, great, great golf day.
JJ: Well were very happy that you took time out to join us for this interview today. And first of all I would like to congratulate you for becoming the Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion with your win over Ruslan Chagaev.
WK: Thank you very much. I was looking forward to get this belt and I believe thats right round about three to four years I have been waiting to get this belt. And now fortunately I have got it. It was actually accidentally because I was supposed to fight David Haye and then two weeks before the fight my opponent was switched so I got the chance to fight #3 of Ring Magazine rating list so thats why and thats how I got the belt. Which makes me feel happy. continue
(August 27, 2009) It was 80 degrees in New York City on Wednesday, but the real heat was at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, where a sold out crowd watched DiBella Entertainment showcase some of the best young talent in boxing. In the main event, 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian Argenis Mendez scored a fifth round knockout over hardnosed veteran Anthony Napunyi in a super featherweight contest. Mendez (14-1, 9 KOs) systematically broke down Napunyi (14-7, 7 KOs) with impressive hand speed and impeccable accuracy until referee Michael Ortega was forced to step in and halt the proceedings. It was a wildly successful first outing under the DiBella Entertainment promotional banner for Mendez. continue
Former Junior Welterweight champion Vicious Vivian Harris has been medically cleared to fight after collapsing from an accidental head butt in his last outing. On August 14, in Tucson, AZ, Harris collapsed about 90 seconds into the 2nd-round after clashing heads with Noe Balanos in a bout that was shown live on ESPN. After taking a knee, Harris got to his feet, but then collapsed after walking to his corner. The 31-year-old Harris was taken to a nearby hospital for observation and was given a precautionary CAT scan that came back negative. continue
Geoffrey Ciani - Who are the ten best light heavyweights of all-time?
This is the second in a series of surveys I will be conducting in the coming months. In the first survey, we peered into the opinions of long-time boxing fans to make a definitive list of the top ten heavyweights of all time. 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. While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a 'true' top 10 list should look like.
In this survey, which included many of the same individuals from the previous one, I polled 47 long-time boxing fans (myself included). My question was simple. I had each person in the survey provide me with a chronological list of who he or she (there was one she in the surveymy esteemed colleague from On the Ropes, the lovely Miss Jenna J) considered to be the ten best light heavyweights in boxing history. continue
Temecula, CA (August 27, 2009) Three-Time World Heavyweight Champion, James Lights Out Toney (71-6-3, 43 KOs) will once again step into the ring at Pechanga to do battle with Matthew Greer (12-5, 11KOs) in a special 10-round heavyweight attraction on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME. Having scored some of his most legendary bouts at Pechanga, fight fans are looking for another classic match-up from Toney, one of the sports most colorful characters and talented fighters. continue
By Samuel Rivera - Last Saturday Paulie Malignaggi (26-3-5 KOs) entered the ring against Juan Diaz (35-2-17 KOs) as an underdog. Many labeled him that way because of his recent lackluster performances, namely his embarrassing loss to Ricky Hatton.
Against Diaz he would be up against a pressure fighter much like Hatton but with better technique, and a more varied arsenal. Yet Malignaggi to the surprise of many out boxed Diaz for the majority of the rounds and in end in the eyes of most observers came away as the winner of the bout. continue
JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ- I would love to develop the following here in New York that I have in Puerto Rico.
Regarding a future Gamboa fight and fighting on the same card I think its important for people to get to know both of us and we both get bigger. We sparred in France before the Olympics. It wasnt friendly sparring, we went at it pretty good. I got to watch him in a lot of amateur tournaments also. We never fought each other in those but we got to see each other often. I know there are other fights that people talk about but I only concentrate on my next opponent in my next fight.
Gaining experience? You can always learn something new in boxing but I am a professional and will fight anyone in the world.. continue
LODZ, PolandInternational Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek has made a bold move up to heavyweight to face the best Polish heavyweight ever, Andrew Golota, on Saturday, Oct. 24 in the new Lodz Arena in Lodz, Poland. Golota and Adamek appeared at a media-packed press conference on Tuesday at the Warsaw Marriott to announce what the Polish media have dubbed as, The Polish Fight of the Century. Interest for this fight is so great in Poland that three national television outlets carried the press conference live. continue
WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) welcomed some special visitors to the Max-Schmeling-Gym today. With local football club Hertha Berlin hosting Brondby IF for the return leg of their Europa League qualification clash, Kessler invited the Danish journalists to show them his new training camp base. The facilities at the Max-Schmeling-Gym are great, Kessler said. I really like Berlin. It is a great city. Training has been going well, too. I will be in perfect shape for the fight against Perdomo.. continue
By Bong Paredes - If you are a young and aspiring Filipino boxer, chances are, you pattern your fight game after Manny Pacquiao and to a lesser extent some might say they look at guys like Gerry Penalosa, Nonito Donaire and Brian Viloria for inspiration. But about ninety nine percent of them will almost always look at Pacquiao as the fighter they will try to emulate. After all, who wouldnt want to be like Pacquiao? The guy is the best pound for pound boxer in the world today. These days, if a fighter is in the 135-147 lb. neighborhood, and they just got off a big win, they call out Pacquiao because not only is he the best boxer but one of the top draws as well. So its completely understandable for an aspiring Filipino boxer to look up to him, look at what hes accomplished and think that if he can do it, I can as well. continue
BIG BEAR, CALIF. Super middleweight Andre Dirrell (Flint, Mich.) has officially settled in to his temporary home in Big Bear, Calif., to prepare for his first world title fight and the beginning of Showtimes Super Six World Boxing Classic. Dirrell will take on WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch on October 17 in Nottingham, England in his 19th professional fight.
With one week of training under his belt, Dirrell is pleased with his progress. The opening week is the toughest week of training camp, Dirrell said. In the first couple of weeks, Im always the most sore. We are doing a lot of new things and Im working a lot of different muscles. So its been the hardest week, but Im feeling good. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - The moment of truth has arrived for Cristobal The Nightmare Arreola. In one fight he can make a special kind of history that no other fighter of his ethnic background has ever come close to making. It may not mean much to the world at large but it means a great deal to many Mexican-Americans like my self. (Burbridge? Mexican? Half Mexican on my Mothers side.) You see over the years fight fans from Mexico and Chicanos here in the U.S. have kind of resigned ourselves to the fact that we simply werent big enough to compete with the real big men of the sport. Weve had heavyweights in the past but theyve always been too short, too fat and it was clear that they were masquerading in a division in which they simply didnt belong. continue
By Robert Jackson - The NFL has T.O., Major League Baseball has Barry Bonds, Allen Iverson has stepped up in the NBA to be the bad guy of the day, then there's that kid in the NHL who beat up a cab driver over a $2 fare, and boxing...well there's one guy we can all agree plays upon the emotions of many boxing fans and aficionados alike, Floyd 'Money' Mayweather.
Before discussing the merit of the man called "Money May", let's talk about the history of boxing and it's 'not so loved' heroes. In the early 1900's there was a heavyweight who defied the status quo, refusing to be denied his shot at the worlds most coveted trophy, boxing's Heavyweight Championship. When he got his chance 'The Galveston Giant' wrested the Championship away from Canadian Tommy Burns and further cemented his hold on the title by defeating former undefeated champion Jim Jeffries in 'The fight of the Century' on July 4th 1910. African Americans rejoiced Johnson's victory even while race riots were going on all around the country sparked by Johnson's victory. continue
HBO Sports Emmy®-winning 24/7 reality franchise returns with MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7, a four-episode, all-access series debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 29 (10:15-10:45 p.m. ET/PT). Episodes two and three debut on subsequent Saturdays SEPT. 5 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) and 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) while the finale debuts FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 (9:30-10:00 p.m.), just one night before the Sept. 19 pay-per-view showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand. continue
ESPN Friday Night Fights will close out its 12th season with two marquee title fights on Friday, Aug. 28. The ESPN2 coverage of the fights will begin at 10 p.m. ET and the star-studded card will feature IBF Jr. Welterweight champion Juan Urango against #1 challenger Randall Bailey. Also, IBF #1 Tavoris Cloud will face #2 Clinton Woods in a fight for the vacant IBF light heavyweight championship. The defending champion Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) was born in Columbia but currently resides in Hollywood, Fla. Bailey (39-6, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., will bring a wealth of experience to the title fight including four consecutive victories. continue
By Ted Sares - Hes a very, very complete fighter. I dont think Ive ever seen a fighter more ready for the pros --Dan Birmingham singing the praises of Matt Korobov
Wilder needs someone that can stay in there with him long enough for him to develop his skills, and frankly a D class opponent that folds in the first minute of action isnt going to get the job done --Jim Dower (Boxing News)
As an amateur on the vaunted Cuban national team, Rigondeaux was one of the greatest of all time. --Dan Rafael (ESPN.com) continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 26, 2009) Current WBO junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley has signed an exclusive managerial agreement with award winning manager Cameron Dunkin, it was announced today. Bradley joins Dunkins long list of outstanding fighters including world champions Kelly Pavlik, Nonito Donaire, Steven Luevano and sensational middleweight prospect Matvey Korobov. continue
Well-known MMA promoter Roland Sarria of Rage in the Cage, California-based Neworld Promotions, and boxing power manager Ivaylo Gotzev of Elite Boxing Management, have partnered up to produce Phoenix Rising, a much-anticipated revival of world-class professional boxing, on October 17 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The main event will feature former cruiserweight champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vassiliy The Tiger Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) returning to the ring for the first time in two years to take on Kansas veteran Dominique Alexander (18-7-1, 9 KOs). continue
Touring the UK and Ireland, BunceLive brings the format of Steve Bunces enormously popular boxing show to a live audience for the first time, allowing fight fans to get up close and personal with one of boxings most outspoken personalities. The show is designed to be an entertaining and interactive experience for every boxing fan with anecdotes, surprise special guests, an epic boxing quiz tournament and no shortage of rants.
For those unfamiliar with the man affectionately known as "Big Daddy", Buncey has been writing about boxing since 1985.
He has been at five Olympic games and at fights in Las Vegas 52 times. He has been in the Yemen with Naseem Hamed, in Louisville with Muhammad Ali and in Philly with Bernard Hopkins. He wrote Michael Watsons autobiography. continue
Olympic silver medallist and new WBA Light Welterweight World Champion, Amir Khan has formed an exclusive partnership with Salford City College. Amir Khan's Gloves Community Centre, a boxing gym set up by Khan, located in Bolton, is to provide opportunities for 16-19 year old students at the college to improve fitness, gain coaching qualifications and acquire media skills. This is the first partnership of its kind in the country and the college is delighted to have been selected for such a prestigious association. continue
by James Slater - Despite his ailing physical condition, Muhammad Ali is still capable of thrilling a crowd, no matter how large. This was once again proven earlier today in Manchester, when The Greatest turned up to British boxing hero Ricky Hatton's gym. Despite looking as frail and as ravaged by Parkinson's as he ever has, Ali still found time to wave to the cheering crowd that had gathered outside Hatton's gym.
Wearing dark sunglasses (which he briefly removed), and accompanied, as always, by his wife Lonnie, the 67-year-old living legend - an understatement if ever there was one - needed assistance in walking even a few steps, but he still had the people lucky enough to have been in attendance in awe - such is the sheer love, adulation and respect people everywhere have for the man many call the finest heavyweight boxer who ever lived. continue
By Ron Scarfone - Stacey stayLo Reile had to pull out of the Womens International Boxing Association (WIBA) featherweight title fight scheduled for September 4 in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to her trainer Jorge Rubio having an expired passport. Rubio decided to let Reile know of this when she came to the gym for training on August 25. Rubio has travelled outside the United States before, such as when he went to England to train Amir Khan last year. Apparently, Rubios passport expired this year, but he made no attempt to renew it. Reile was actually not the first opponent of WIBA featherweight champion Irma Baligajic-Adler to pull out of this title fight. Sandy Tsagouris also pulled out of this fight because her trainer Billy Martin had other commitments to boxers fighting during the weekend as this WIBA title fight. Martin did not want Tsagouris to use a substitute trainer.
Reile took this fight on short notice in mid August against Baligajic-Adler and was happy to have another opportunity to become a world champion. However, Reile did not want to make the same mistake twice by fighting in a European country without her usual trainer. Reile already did this in May 2008 when she fought Ina Menzer in a featherweight championship bout in Germany and the fight was prematurely stopped by her substitute trainer. Reile did not want to be at a disadvantage like that again in the home country of a world champion. Baligajic-Adler became the new WIBA featherweight champion after winning a controversial split decision over Jeannine Garside in December 2008. The bout occurred in Baligajic-Adlers home country of Bosnia and Herzegovina. One judge had Garside winning the bout 98-92 while the two other judges scored it in favor of Baligajic-Adler by slim margins of 97-96 and 96-95. Garside felt that she was robbed of victory by the judges. continue
Photo: Courtesy of German Alegria/LA Galaxy - Vitali Klitschko, who defends his WBC heavyweight title against Cristobal Arreola on Sept. 26 at STAPLES Center, participated in the opening coin toss at a recent LA Galaxy-FC Barcelona game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., before a sold out crowd of 91,000. Klitschko is flanked by the captains of both teams, Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Landon Donovan of the LA Galaxy. continue
German promoter Ahmet Öner has been shot down in Hamburg at 10.15pm local time on Tuesday night. The CEO of ARENA Box-Promotion was leaving the office of a business partner in Hamburg when two men fired at him three times. The assassins had waited for Öner behind his car when a security light exposed them in the dark and they started the fire. One bullet hit Öner in his left leg before he and his two companions could get back into the building to call the police. The shooters ran away. Öner had to undergo surgery only two hours after the assault. The projectile was successfully removed from his thigh. continue
by James Slater - David Haye and his team can rest easy with regards to his upcoming fight with Nikolai Valuev. At one point, due to the intended actions of former WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz, it looked as though there would be a good chance Haye would see his third fight in a row fall apart, and have to sit and watch "The Quiet Man" face the current WBA belt holder instead of him.
Ruiz, who has a position as the WBA's mandatory challenger at heavyweight, made it clear he would not sit idle and allow "The Hayemaker" to fight the 7-foot Russian giant ahead of him. However, according to BBC news, the Valuev-Haye fight is to go ahead as originally planned because Ruiz has agreed to step aside. So Haye, who pulled out of two fights with the Klitschko brothers, firstly Wladimir and then Vitali, will at last get to fight for a world heavyweight belt this year.
"There's no problem with the Valuev-Haye bout, everything has been sorted," Valuev's manager, Chris Meyer said. "We have struck a deal with Team Ruiz to step aside. Our attorneys are just putting it in writing. Once this contract has been signed, we will submit the necessary papers to the WBA by the end of this week.. continue
Southern California's hottest new boxing series is back with the third installment of Golden Boy Promotions' "Fight Night Club" as California locals pack an exciting undercard at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 27th. "Fight Night Club" is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and AEG and is sponsored by Quaker State, EA Sports' Fight Night Round 4 and Vitamin Water. The series will return to Club Nokia on September 24th. Televised bouts will air live on VERSUS and will be streamed live on RingTV.com and Yahoo! Boxing beginning at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET. Doors open at 5:00pm PT and the first bell rings at 5:30pm PT. continue
by James Slater - Exciting middleweights from Ireland John Duddy and Andy Lee may wind up squaring off in an all-Irish showdown later this year, reports Irish Ropes.com. Both guys, though perhaps not quite as good as they were thought to be when they boasted unbeaten records, are extremely popular with the fans, and if the match-up does go ahead it's likely the ensuing fight would be a great one in terms of action.
Limerick southpaw Lee, 19-1(14) last fought just this past Friday night, when he hammered out an 8th round TKO win over Anthony Shuler. continue
MATCHROOM Sport's Prizefighter Heavyweights III was officially launched today. A press conference was held at Londons Waldorf Hotel with all eight competitors present for what promises to be the most exciting event of the Prizefighter Series so far. The eight-man, one-night knockout tournament features some of the biggest names in the division with £32,000 going to the winner. Among those taking part will be current British Champion Danny Williams, former Olympic Games gold medalist Audley Harrison and ex British Champions Michael Sprott, Scott Gammer and Michael Holden.
Harrison, who won gold in Sydney in 2000, admitted he had a lot to prove after four defeats in his last eight fights but vowed to prove he was not finished. "A lot of people have thought I've retired but I've been telling people that I've just been ticking over waiting for a door to open," said Harrison. "It's snakes and ladders and after my loss to Martin Rogan (in December) a lot of people wanted me to fall all the way back down but I feel I've got a lot left. continue
On August 15 in Biloxi, in a bout featured on the "Hook City" Jones vs. Lacy pay-per-view broadcast, undefeated and world-ranked cruiserweight Danger Boy BJ Flores stopped former world-title challenger Epifanio Mendoza in four rounds to successfully defend his NABO cruiserweight title. The win brings Flores ever closer to a coveted world title opportunity and the two men responsible for putting Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) in that position are echoing those same sentiments. "We were extremely pleased with his performance", said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring Promotions, promoter of Flores. "He went out there and did what was expected of him and he did it impressively. Now we put him in position for a defining fight that will get him a title shot.. continue
The August 21 Crown Boxing card provided surprises and some near surprises in an exciting 7 fight card, and all the matches can still be seen on the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel at www.ibnsports.com. Al Bernstein, who called the matches at ringside said, "The hallmark of a really good evening of boxing is competitive action and results that are very much in doubt. That's exactly what this Crown boxing show provided." He added, "There were knockdowns, comebacks, and even some controversy to spice things up.. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater- Almost everyone who saw Paulie Malignaggi's catch-weight fight with Juan Diaz this past Saturday felt "The Magic Man" was unfairly treated by the judges. Malignaggi had spoken BEFORE the fight about his concerns regarding his getting robbed, and now the 28-year-old cannot help but say "I told you so!"
All are agreed that the 12-round unanimous decision awarded to Diaz was a debatable verdict at best, and another black eye for boxing at worst - the quite ludicrous score of 118-110 that was turned in by judge Gale Van Hoy particularly annoyed both the experts and Malignaggi himself. Yesterday evening (UK time) I had the opportunity to speak with Paulie as he was driving in his car. Still fuming about that happened to him this past Saturday in Texas, the former IBF light-welterweight champion was kind enough to take the time to give me the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: I really appreciate your time, Paulie. Obviously everyone is still talking about last Saturday's controversial decision. What is you immediate plan - do you plan to appeal, do you want a rematch or are you so mad you've even thought about hanging up the gloves?
Paulie Malignaggi: The best case scenario for me would be a rematch. I'm sure the fans would demand it, and I'm sure the TV networks would be interested in a second fight - I'm sure HBO would want it. It was a good fight, it was an exciting fight and I'm sure everyone would like to se it again. But you have to ask Juan Diaz; would a rematch be a worthwhile option for him? I don't feel like I have to avenge a loss, because I know I never lost that fight. I think Diaz has to avenge his loss. continue
Four years ago, Ian Napa lost a trio of high profile bouts in England and many thought his career was all but finished at age 27. But the pint-sized dynamo lost those contests by slim, and in some cases controversial, margins and by 2007, "Dappa" found himself in a European bantamweight title challenge. Napa pushed reigning champion Simone Maludrottu hard, but, despite promoter Frank Maloney securing home advantage in Essex, it wasn't enough and the Hackney wizard again went home empty-handed. Four losses out of five bouts at such a crucial career stage would have finished the confidence of most fighters and that of their promoter's too, but Napa and Maloney were just getting started. continue
LOS ANGELES, California (August 25, 2009) - In anticipation of the upcoming showdown between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Juan Manual "Dinamita" Marquez on September 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, fans will have an unprecedented 'first look' opportunity to watch "Countdown to Mayweather vs. Marquez" a special behind the scenes 'making of' fight preview show that will begin airing nationally on Fox Sports Net (FSN) affiliates (check your local listings) starting Wednesday, August 26 and running through Friday, September 11. continue
By Paul Strauss: Leading up to September 19th, most boxing fans and experts cringe when thinking about the very real possibility of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. walking away with a victory over Juan Manuel Marquez. Most experts and fans begrudgingly realize if the heavily favored "Mouth that Never Shuts" wins, he will grow even more obnoxious, if that's possible. When fans think of the advantages this Lost Wages, IRS loving Snurge enjoys, their skin crawls. They know the noble warrior Marquez has to overcome many gifts on the Money side.
Conjure up some and you begin to wonder why Marquez would even risk taking the fight. At first glance, everything seems to line up on the side of the Counterfeit Currency Champ. He's naturally bigger and stronger. He will enjoy a slight height advantage, but big reach advantage. He is faster, both with his footwork and hand speed. continue
Commonwealth Welterweight champ John ODonnell is relishing the opportunity to showcase his skills at the Watford Colosseum on September 5th. The Shepherds Bush southpaw will meet upset specialist Tom Glover in the main event of a Hennessy Sports event live on ITV4. Despite Glovers impressive recent form ODonnell is adamant that there will be no surprise result this time round. continue
By Mark Monroe - The action really started to heat up in round 9 of unbeaten Daniel Jacobs bout vs. Ishe Smith on Diaz/Malignaggi undercard: thats when a brawl erupted in the north side of the Toyota Center, demanding the attention of the arenas spectators. For many of Space Citys fight fans, the prospect of watching two men conditioned to cause each other bodily harm proved less visually attractive than the spectacle unfolding in their midst. And it was indeed a spectacle: a group of eight or nine people (including at least one woman) relentlessly pummeling their enemy into the Stone Age. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, 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 radiant hostess, the endearing Miss Jenna J, along with her co-host Nick Powers and her special weekly guest, yours truly (aka-Rummy). This weeks episode will begin with a discussion about Saturday nights fights. First up, we will discuss the controversial decision in the Juan Diaz versus Paulie Malignaggi fight. It was a close fight which could have gone either way, and yet, one judge inexplicably scored the bout 118-110 for Diaz. We will also be discussing Robert Guerreros impressive victory against IBF junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen which earned him the title. Finally, we will also break down undefeated middleweight prospect Daniel Jacobs noteworthy effort against the very difficult Ishe Smith. continue
Former Cruiserweight Champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vassiliy The Tiger Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) is returning to boxing with the intention of regaining his cruiserweight world championship. The popular former champion moved to Phoenix after the 1996 Olympics and has remained a resident since. Currently training in downtown Phoenix at both Central Gym and Joe Diaz Gym, Jirov has not fought in his adopted home town since his spectacular 12 round IBF Cruiserweight Title Defense against Jorge Castro in February of 2002 to a sold out crowd at the very same theatre. continue
25.08.09 - Nate Campbell has told On The Ropes Boxing Radio that his third round technical knockout loss to Timothy Bradley was overturned and the result has been changed to a no contest. The fight was stopped in the third round after Campbell was unable to see due to a serious cut above his eye. The original decision was a third-round TKO win for Bradley when Referee David Mendoza incorrectly ruled that a cut over the eye had come from a punch. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - August 24, 2009 - Last February, Juan Manual Marquez managed to beat the young strong Diaz in Houston the only way you can win there by KO. But how did Rocky Juarez score a Draw against Chris John there? Anyone who knows boxing knows Chris John out boxed Juarez most of the night. Rockys a scrappy fighter, but theres no way that fight was a Draw. Saturday night, Malignaggi out boxed and out scored Diaz in most of the rounds but didnt score a knockout, so he lost the decision.
Last Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston Texas, Light Welterweight, Juan Diaz (35-2, 17 KOs) faced Paulie Malignaggi (26-3, 5 KOs) of Brooklyn NY, in a fight that featured two guys who lost their last two fights to top level opposition. This was a crossroads fight for both men. Youd think in the interest of fairness that a fight of this importance would at least happen at a neutral venue; but no, it was in Diaz backyard, where visiting fighters can only win by knockout, because you cant win by points in a fight against a local name brand fighter in Houston. continue
From WBC President José Sulaimán: The World Boxing Council confirms the mandatory title defense of WBC light heavyweight champion of the world Jean Pascal, of Montreal, against official challenger Silvio Branco of Italy, to be held in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, on September 25. Pascal is becoming one of the most outstanding champions of today, a boxing hero in Canada and a pride of the WBC. continue
Aug. 24, 2009 - NCM Fathom, in association with Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, will bring live world championship boxing to the big screen in high definition for the first time ever with the showing of the highly anticipated 12-round welterweight fight between six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd "Money" Mayweather and five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez and televised undercard on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT in select movie theaters nationwide. continue
24.08.09 - By Andrew Harrison, safe sideoftheropes.com - With merely a handful of important encounters left on the heavyweight horizon before the sun sets on another decade of prizefighting, the time seems right to offer an opinion on the top ten big men of the noughties.
This was a far more daunting task than I first imagined, such has been the inconsistency within the division throughout this tumultuous period.
There is a trivia game Im sure many of you will be aware of named six degrees of Kevin Bacon, which assumes that any actor can be linked back to the ubiquitous Hollywood star in six simple steps. Heavyweight boxing had many Kevin Bacons over the last ten years, the number of times Jameel McCline, Andrew Golota, John Ruiz and Fres Oquendo popped up when scrolling through career records was simply mind boggling. continue
By BENJIE VARELLA - General Santos, Philippines - Philippine flyweight contender Fernando Lumacad will return to the ring this Sept 3rd in front of what is expected to be a large skeptical crowd in his hometown of General Santos City. Lumacad is returning to the ring for the first time since his disappointing performance against former 3 time world champion Jorge "Travieso" Arce. continue
Bally's Atlantic City in association with Main Events and Pat Lynch Boxing presents Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti. Teon Kennedy, 13-0, 5 KOs of Philadelphia, PA, takes on Lante Addy, 6-4, 4 KOs of Accra, Ghana, in the main event of what promises to be a great evening of local boxing talent, Saturday, Sept. 19th. continue
Sebastian L. (Chicago, IL): I thought Malignaggi fought well, but I wasn't quite sure that he won the fight either (in my opinion). What were your thoughts on the outcome of the Malignaggi/Diaz showdown?
Vivek W. (ESB): In the beginning of this year I can remember telling a fight fan that "despite a few minor wrinkles, 2007 and 2008 were such great years for boxing that I expect the sport to ride that wave, and the only thing I see that could steal that momentum would be a harsh string of robberies and integrity lacking results". Less than three weeks later, I quickly learned the power of words as the very first marquee televised card of the new year (Berto/Collazo) kicked that 'string' off, and unfortunately, it hasn't stopped yet. When you look at recent months in the sport...(Cotto/Clottey, Campbell/Bradley, Malignaggi/Diaz, and the list goes on)...it's just a very painful thing to see. continue
by James Slater - Boxing fans the world over are still in awe due to the quite sensational three-fight series Mexican duo Isreal Vazquez and Rafael Marquez treated them to in 2007 to 2008. Unfortunately, the super-bantamweight series was so brutal its overall winner paid a heavy price. Vazquez had to undergo serious retinal surgery shortly after the incredible rubber-match last March, and he has not fought since (34-year-old Marquez, up at featherweight, made a successful return this past May). continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Team USA has completed their long journey to Milan, Italy for the 2009 AIBA World Championships, September 1-12, at the Mediolanum Forum. The boxers took part in a week-long training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, August 17-24, prior to departing for Italy, where they are currently completing their preparations. The official event weigh-ins and draw will take place on Monday, August 31 with preliminary competition running from September 1-6, and quarterfinal action being contested September 7-9 prior to a rest day on September 10. Semifinal boxing will take place in two sessions and two rings on September 11, and the event will conclude with two sessions of championship round action on September 12. continue
By Neil Dennis - Last nights Juan Diaz-Paulie Malignaggi fight served as great reminder as to why there are plenty of people out there turned off by The Sweet Science. The sad thing isnt even an isolated incident this year.
Even if you only think of televised fights, you need only rewind to June when a controversial split decision favored Miguel Cotto over Joshua Clottey to know that. In that fight, Cotto unraveled in the middle rounds to lose what looked like a close decision for Clottey. Instead, the decision went to fighter the crowd wanted to win. It was, to use Max Keller mans chilling words, a marketplace decision. continue
By Dave Cacciatore - When the bell rang to end the 12th round of the Paulie Malignaggi versus Juan Diaz fight the whole world thought the fight was close with the exception of the three officials ringside charged with scoring the fight. Gale Van Hoy 118-110, Raul Caiz 115-113, and David Sutherland 116-112 all scored the fight for the hometown fighter Juan Diaz. Teddy Atlas is always quick to remark that officials need to sit down and be able to explain how they scored each individual round. I think that we should go one better. continue
by James Slater - It looks like the remainder of 2009's heavyweight world title action will come from WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and WBA ruler Nikolia Valuev. According to his manager, Bernd Boente, in speaking to ESPN.com yesterday, IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko will probably be out of action until spring of next year.
According to Boente, who spoke with Dan Rafael, "Dr Steel Hammer" injured his left shoulder during his dominant, one-sided stoppage win of Ruslan Chagaev back in June. Minor tendon surgery was necessary and Wladimir is now in rehabilitation. continue
by James Slater - Originally, the plan was to have Mexico's Humberto Soto and Venezuela's Edwin Valero both fight on the upcoming Pacquiao-Cotto card in November, but against selected opponents. However, promoter Bob Arum is now working hard on getting the two exciting fighters to face each other in Las Vegas. Even more exciting than this potential classic is the possibility that the winner could then face Manny Pacquiao (if, of course, Pac-Man beats Cotto). The man with all the news, Dan Rafael, has spoken to Arum, and he has written how the Top Rank boss is extremely keen on making the Soto-Valero fight. continue
By Seth Green: In a fight that is almost surely to cause controversy, former lightweight champion Juan Diaz defeated Paulie Malignaggi by a 12-round unanimous decision tonight at the Toyota Center, in Houston, Texas. Diaz, a fighter from Houston, was out-boxed by Malignaggi from the 6th round on. Diaz looked awful in the second half of the fight, and took a beating from Malignaggi. This decision is another black eye for boxing, I hate to say it.
However, the judges saw Diaz winning, rewarding him by the scores of 118-110, 115-113 and 116-112. continue
By Paul Strauss: Paulie Malignaggi warned fans that the deck was stacked against him going into tonights fight against Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz at the Toyota Center, Houston, TX. It appears he was right. The unofficial score card of Harold Lederman read 115-113 for Paulie, and although commentators Lennox Lewis and Max Kellerman did not complete scorecards, they both felt Paulie won the fight. Announcer Bob Papa felt it was a one or two point fight either way, or possibly a draw. The fans of course felt Diaz, their hometown hero, deserved the win.
Malignaggi clearly controlled most of the fight. He was too fast afoot and with his hands as well. Diaz' trainer Ronnie Shields was getting frustrated with Juan, because he was not cutting off the ring. He was not stepping around, and wasn't moving his head enough. Shields wanted Juan to slide to his right and throw right hands. Although he would occasionally do it, he couldn't consistently maintain it, and as a result Paulie continued to land solid jabs, along with some good lead rights. During those infrequent occasions when Juan would get inside, he often times would get clipped with a right uppercut, one of which caused a cut to Juan's left eye. That occurred in the second round. Juan also suffered another cut later in the fifth round to the same eye. This time it was to the eyebrow area, and was deemed to have been caused by an accidental head butt. That could have become a factor if the fight was stopped because of the second cut. Instead of a TKO, the fight would go to the scorecards. However, that did not prove necessary, as Diaz' cut man kept both cuts under control. continue
By Bill Ethan (SBB) - Following the controversial Diaz / Malignaggi decision HBO boxing analyst Max Kellerman was first spotted by Juan Diaz before slickly sided stepping Paulie Malignaggis direct question on the scoring of the fight. The interview started with Kellerman questioning Diaz. Juan, lets start with you. That was a lot of fun to watch. How was it to fight? Isnt it always fun to watch Max.. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Robert Stieglitz won the WBO supermiddle title when champ Karoly Balzsay was retired by trainer and chief cornerman Fritz Sdunek and didn´t come out for the eleventh round. It was Balzsay´s fight until a bad cut opened on the forehead early in the ninth. Stieglitz, behind on points, went to all out war and Balszay, hampered by the cut, lost his timing and had problems seeing the punches coming his way and fell apart probably completely exhausted as well. Stieglitz continued the assault in the tenth and was now the much stronger man. The Hungarian tried to trade with his opponent but was now dead tired. It still came as a surprise that Sdunek threw in the towel as Balzsay wanted to continue but was overruled by his trainer. Karoly left the ring on a stretcher but is said to be ok. He was probably more exhausted than hurt. continue
By Per Ake Persson: August 22, Budapest, Hungary: German lightheavy Jurgen Brahmer won the WBO interim title with an eleventh round stoppage of previously unbeaten stablemate Aleksyi Kuziemski. Kuziemski started the fight well, got off first and pressed the action but late in the second - almost at the bell - Brahmer nailed him with a counter left and Aleksyi suffered a flash knockdown. He was also floored in the third and fifth. But after that Brahmer seemed to wait for the right moment and Kuziemski outworked his opponent in those middle rounds.
Brahmer´s trainer, Michael Timm, instructed his fighter to pick up the pace and Brahmer was back in control in the ninth and tenth. In the eleventh Jurgen scored with a right uppercut from his southpaw stance and a hard left. Kuziemsi went down again, was up fast looking wobbly and the towel came in from trainer Artur Grigorian at 0.39. The stoppage looked a bit premature but Kuziemski must have been far behind on points. continue
By Bryan Brennan, bryguyboxing.blogspot.com: Last night I got home after a normal day of working, cracked a beer and chilled on my couch, as most normal people do. I then decided to check my Facebook, again, as most normal people do. I saw an update from a boxer I had "friended" about a year ago;
Emanuel Augustus: "Well yesterday I had a bad dream. I dreamt I had got KO'd in the ninth round....ooh yea it wasn't a dream, it really happened. BOOO-HOO-HOO looks like it is either time for me to stop boxing and start training fighters!!!" continue
Andy Lee, Irish middleweight boxer chalked up the 19th win of his career yesterday evening in a thrilling bout against a game Anthony Shuler (20W, 6L, 1D) at the Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana. Lee put on a class performance using his superior technical boxing ability and punching power to dispose of Shuler by KO in the eighth round. In the last twelve months, the Limerick southpaw has been quietly working under the radar picking up valuable experience in the gym and his four outings in Germany, Ireland and the United States. Lee is presently ranked 3rd in European Boxing Association (EBA) and 14th in the World Boxing Association (WBA) ratings. continue
by James Slater - Last night, whilst fighting at different venues, veteran heavyweights Oliver McCall and Lance Whitaker both collected victories in their latest comebacks. 44-year-old McCall, the former WBC heavyweight champion, hard the toughest night's work of the two big men, as he had to go all ten rounds to defeat Franklin Lawrence in Las Vegas. Winning a dull fight by scores of 96-94, 96-94 and an over the top margin of 97-93, "The Atomic Bull" improved to 53-9(37). 33-year-old Lawrence, nicknamed "Yah-Yah," fell to 12-2-2(7).
In truth, very little happened in the fight that was staged at The Orleans in Vegas, and both men fought somewhat negatively. McCall hurt his man at the end of the 7th round, as he connected with a big right hand to the head at the bell. Boxing at a measured pace, McCall did not look as impressive as he did back in May, when he flattened Australian wannabe boxer John Hopoate inside a couple of rounds. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in his native Manchester, 35-year-old Michael Brodie, a former four-time world title challenger, made a successful and highly entertaining return to the ring after an absence of more than four years. The former British, Commonwealth and European super-bantamweight champion who also fought for the WBC super-bantamweight title, the WBC featherweight title (twice) and the WBO featherweight crown, had to twice get up off the floor to stop London's 33-year-old Mark Alexander in a super-feathrweight bout. continue
Paul McCreath - Back in April 2008 Barry Hearn and Matchroom Sport presented the first of what would become a series of popular Prizefighter tournaments in the UK. There have now been several of these and they have all been successful and very popular with the British fans. One has to wonder why this format is not tried in America but on October 2 there will be still another tournament in Britain, this time back with the heavyweights for the third time. Unlike the first two heavyweight shows that featured mostly novice prospects and a few journeymen who normally fight down on the card this time we will see a group of names better known at least in the UK as well as 3 young guns. On the card this time is the current British champion Danny Williams along with 3 other former national champs and the 2000 Olympic gold medal winner Audley Harrison as well as the three young guns, one of whom was hyped just a few months ago as the next George Foreman. The winner will walk away with 32,000 British pounds. continue
Photos/Interview by Ricardo Conde - Two time world champion The Hawaiian Punch Brian Viloria (25-2, 15KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii will step back into the ring on August 29th at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii to defend his IBF title for the first time against Jesus Iribe (15-5, 9KOs).
Viloria resuscitated his career after a stunning knockout in the 11th round of then IBF light flyweight champion Ulises Archie Solis (28-2-2, 20KOs) this past April at the Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines, site of Thrila in Manila.
We had a moment to sit down and talk to Viloria as he prepares for his upcoming bout, heres what he had to say: continue
by James Slater - One of, if not THE hardest hitting boxers in the sport pound-for-pound, 34-year-old former WBA and WBO light-welterweight champion Randall Bailey is close to his fight with IBF 140-pound champ Juan Urango. "The Knockout King" will meet "The Iron Twin" on August 28th, and fans and experts want to see which will prevail - Bailey's withering power or Urango's rock chin.
Bailey is sure he will win in Hollywood, Florida, and that he will become a three-time world champion as a result.Very kindly taking time out to speak with me about next Friday night's fight, the 39-6(35) warrior had the following answers to my questions. continue
WBC#32 light heavy contender, Tommy Karpency (18-1-1 11kos) successfully defended his WBA Fedecentro Title Friday night in Morgantown, West Virginia via a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Chuck Mussachio (13-1-2 5kos). Karpency, 22 years old, controlled the pace early by landing more punches and kept his opponent off balance with several harder shots. No knockdowns were recorded as Karpency prevailed comfortably on the cards, 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94. In the co-feature, former WBC#1 lightweight contender, Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (39-5-1 18kos) looked impressive as he posted a six round shutout over durable vet Dezi Ford (24-27 9kos). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Former WBO and linear heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs is planning to make a return to the ring sometime in the very near future. Briggs was last seen inside the ring back in June 2007 when he lost his WBO title against Sultan Ibragimov. I was afforded the opportunity to have a brief chat with the former champion and here is what he had to say:
Q: Hi Shannon, good to speak with you. How long after your fight with Sultan Ibragimov did you decide you wanted to continue on with boxing?
Well its great talking to you, too, as well. I appreciate the interview. Let me see, wow! It was maybe like eight or nine months out that I was already missing the ring. I missed the regiment of getting up every day and training and all of that. It wasnt immediately after, but it was a couple of months. After the fight I started hanging out, partying a little bit, and spending time with the family and that kind of stuff. Then I thought, What am I going to do? A lot of people said I should go into acting full time, but I have been doing it (boxing) for so long that Im kind of used to it. You do what you know. I missed it, and then I finally decided about six months ago that I wanted to rededicate myself and start fighting again. continue
by James Slater - A solid under-card bout has been added to the eagerly awaited November 14th clash between superstars Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, as WBA light-middleweight champion Daniel Santos defends against the unbeaten Yuri Foreman. For Foreman the fight will allow him to make history - as the first ever Israeli fighter to box for a world title - and for Puerto Rico's Santos it will be his chance to make the first defence of the belt he won back in July of last year. continue
by James Slater - A top quality British title fight match-up takes place in Liverpool on October 30th, as reigning British welterweight champion Kell Brook takes on former champion Michael Jennings. 23-year-old Brook, unbeaten in 20 pro bouts (13 wins coming by stoppage) is an exciting young fighter seen by many as a possible big name of the future beyond just the domestic scene. But against the older and more seasoned Jennings, the fighter who calls himself "Special K" could be in for his toughest fight yet. continue
Pensacola, FL (August 21, 2009) -- click here to listen to the interview -- Roy Captain Hook Jones Jr., fresh off Saturday nights dismantling of Jeff Left Hook Lacy in Biloxi, MS, is sending notice to all boxing pundits. I showed on Saturday night against Jeff Lacy that I have the best hook in the business, said Jones. And I am the only one that can throw either one of those hooks 5 or 6 at a time. No one can match that. I would like for someone to show me who can throw those combinations, OR who has quicker hands. I dont see it. Anything a great boxer needs, I have it. Skill for skill, I am the best.
As far as the pound-for-pound best goes, theyve got it all messed up. Its not supposed to be a fashion show, but it has turned into that. Pound-for-pound is about being the best boxer effective speed, combinations and power. I can show them anything they need to see at any time.. continue
James DeGale will fly to Las Vegas today to spend two weeks sparring with Floyd Mayweather Junior. The 2008 Olympic champion, who has a perfect 3-0 record since turning professional with Frank Warren, will work extensively with the world's P4P number one over the next fortnight. Chunky will also find himself in the ring with Andre Dirrell, who challenges WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch in October. "It's an unbelievable opportunity for me," said DeGale, who will be accompanied on the trip by his parents and trainer Jim McDonnell. continue
Tickets are now on sale for the massive Merseyside derby between Paul Smith and Tony Quigley at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Friday 30th October. Smith will challenge British Super-Middleweight Champion Quigley for the prestigious belt and for the 'bragging rights' of the city. In a blockbuster show, promoter Frank Warren has also added the mouthwatering War of the Roses clash between British Welterweight champion Kell Brook and former champion Michael Jennings. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This Saturday evening on HBO's Boxing After Dark series, fight fans will get a chance to see what on paper appears to be a rather loaded card from top to bottom as three intriguing matchups take place. First up on the undercard is the young Danny Jacobs (17-0, 15KO's) who takes on the battle tested Ishe Smith (21-3, 9KO's), followed by Robert Guerrero (24-1, 17KO's) versus Malcolm Klassen (24-4-2, 15KO's). The evenings main event is a rare occasion in the sport that pairs two fighters with unquestionable talent, yet very questionable futures. For Paul "Magic Man" Malignaggi (26-2, 5KO's), there's no doubt that his skill level stands amongst the elite in the sport, but limited power, injuries, and a failure to seize many moments of the past has seen him scratch the surface, yet fail to ever truly make a dent in the sport. With Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz (34-2, 17KO's), you have similar parallel which displays a fighter who was once on his way to the top, suddenly finding himself on the decline in a 1-2 streak that has yielded more questions than answers. In the back of the mind of both men, there's a major need for urgency, and in that statement lies the total intrigue in this fight. Or at least on paper...but as we all know and continue to learn in this sport, paper burns! continue
Fairfax, VA (August 21, 2009) One of the Washington, D.C. areas all-time great boxers will return to the local scene for the first time in nearly five years when DeMarcus Chop Chop Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) battles Detroits Damian Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) in an explosive, eight-round Co-Main Event on the Jimmy Lange vs. Jonathan Reid-headlining card on Saturday, September 26 at Patriot Center. The Northeast D.C. native and former WBO light welterweight champion has traveled the globe and competed against the worlds best lightweights such as Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah, Junior Witter, Randal Bailey and Devon Alexandria during his professional career that began in 1996. continue
By Michael R. Cumberbatch - Increasingly over the past year in interviews, articles and various references the word great and the phrase all time great and Manny Pacquiao have become synonymous. Speaking to many avid fight fans there seems to be a debate brewing whether the monikers of great and all- time great belongs alongside the Pac Mans name. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - 40-year-old future Hall of Famer James Toney is the first to admit his showing against Fres Oquendo in his last fight back in December was in no way his best. The critics jumped all over "Lights Out" after the split decision was awarded him, and with good reason. However, back in the gym immediately after scoring what was his 71st win (with 6 losses and 3 draws), Toney says he is in great shape right now and ready to get to the top of the heavyweight division.
Set to take on the 12-5(11) Matthew Greer on September 12th, Toney is aiming for an eventual shot at one of the two Klitschko brothers - or the Klitschko sisters, as James refers to Wladimir and Vitali!
Very kindly taking the time to grant me the following interview earlier today, the all-time great had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: It's a pleasure to speak with you, Champ. First of all, this fight you have coming up on September 12th, what do you know about Matthew Greer?
James Toney: How you doing, sir? I don't know too much about Matthew Greer. I know he's a game fighter, who'll come to fight and try his best, but it don't matter - on his best day he'll never have enough to live with me. continue
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. (Aug. 20, 2009) It isnt always easy to find an opponent when youre a 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound son of a living legend. But, when Southern California promoter Roy Englebrecht tried to find an opponent for the undefeated George Foreman III (2-0, 2 KOs) for his Thursday, Sept. 10 professional boxing event at San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, Calif., he was floored by what an opponent demanded before taking the fight. When I approached Jesus Hernandez (0-1) about taking the four round heavyweight bout, Hernandez agreed to the purse amount, Englebrecht said. But, then he told me that the only way he would sign the contract would be if I also threw in a new George Foreman Grill and an autographed photo of the former heavyweight champion. continue
Banner Promotions President Art Pelullo and Golden Gloves President Rodney Berman have signed featherweight contender Ricardo Piolo Castillo, 38-7 with 25 knockouts, of Mexicali, B.C., Mexico, to a promotional contract. Now 30 years old, Ricardo won the Mexican featherweight title in his last fight in July, 2009, and is a former North American Boxing Federation featherweight champion, as well. He is the younger brother, by five years of two-time WBC lightweight world champion Jose Luis Castillo, and is managed and trained by Pedro Moran. continue
To be honest, a few months before I started training for the marathon, I could hardly walk across my bedroom without falling over.
He was an inspiration to me throughout it, as he has been to all those who have met him. He is a noble man who, unbowed by a burden which even now would extinguish most of us, took his long walk not for himself but for others less fortunate.
by James Slater - A few days ago, when the hugely intriguing Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams fight was announced as happening on October 3rd, fans everywhere rejoiced. A great fight on paper, Pavlik-Williams is just the kind of fight boxing needs today. However, in announcing the fight and the subsequent press conference that would make the fight a go, the promoters jumped the gun. Depressingly, as fans now know, Pavlik and his team said they would not be attending any press conference because the middleweight king would not be in any shape to fight Williams on October 3rd due to a serious problem with the middle finger of his left hand. continue
WBA Super Bantamweight Champ Bernard Dunne will make the first defence of his World title at The O2, Dublin on Saturday, September 26th when he faces number one rated contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym on the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night. Dunne will return to the scene of his sensational World title win in March when he took the title from Ricardo Cordoba after a six knockdown thriller at the Liffeyside venue. The 29-year-old will face another demanding night next month as he looks to repel the challenge of Poonsawat, the man referred to as Thailands Manny Pacquiao courtesy of an impressive career that has seen him win all but one of his 39 professional fights with 27 of those wins coming via KO. continue
(FLINT, MICH.) Andre The Matrix Dirrell (Flint, Mich.) (18-0, 13 KOs) and his grandfather, Leon Bumper Lawson have dreamt of his first World Title Fight since Dirrell was a young child, and the duo have finally gotten their wish. He will face WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl The Cobra Froch in Frochs hometown of Nottingham, England, on October 17, on the opening day of Showtimes World Boxing Classic. Dirrell and his team opened training camp today in Big Bear, Calif., in preparation for the October 17 match-up.
With the biggest fight of his career just under two months away, Dirrell is fine- tuning his focus on Froch and Showtime tournament, and believes Big Bear will be the perfect location for the upcoming training camp. Dirrell is being joined by his longtime trainer and grandfather, Leon Lawson, Sr., and uncle Leon Lawson, Jr., in Big Bear. continue
The mouth-watering all-British Liverpool super-middleweight title clash between Paul Smith and Tony Quigley will take place on October 30 at the Liverpool Echo Arena - with another blockbuster domestic showdown sharing top billing. Kell Brook's eagerly anticipated British welterweight title defence against Michael Jennings will also go ahead on the same card. "These are two cracking fights that everyone has been talking about," said promoter Frank Warren. "I'm delighted to be putting them on. "Local pride will be at stake when Smith takes on Quigley, and I'm expecting a cracker, while Brook-Jennings is a War of the Roses that's also a potential classic.. continue
Nick Charles, the respected television journalist and veteran ShoBox: The New Generation play-by-play announcer, is taking a leave of absence from SHOWTIME, effective immediately, due to Stage IV urothelial carcinoma. Charles has been an integral part of SHOWTIME Sports and the highly acclaimed ShoBox series since its debut in July 2001. He has called hundreds of fights on SHOWTIME and other networks throughout his illustrious broadcasting career. All of us at Showtime are behind Nick and his family in this difficult fight, said Ken Hershman, Senior VP and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. We look forward to his full recovery and return to ShoBox telecasts.. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - Saturday night, undefeated cruiserweight contender BJ Flores scored an impressive stoppage victory against Epifanio Mendoza. Before the fight Flores had wanted to make a statement to the fansand make a statement he did, in what might well have been his most impressive performance to date. I was afforded the opportunity to have a brief chat with Flores to discuss his performance and his future. Here is what he had to say:
Q: First off BJ, congratulations on your impressive victory against Epifanio Mendoza. Going into that fight, a lot of people thought Mendoza would be able to give you some problems, but instead, you thoroughly dominated the action. What were you able to do that enabled you to dictate the terms of the fight?
I went out there and I had two healthy hands. A lot of people have this misconception that Im a passive fighter and that maybe Im not aggressive, but when Im healthy and Im in shape, Im going to be aggressive with any cruiserweight. This guy had 25 knockouts and 29 wins. We were going after him, our plan was to knock him out and not win by decision. continue
Karo Murat has vacated the European Super-Middleweight Title to move up to light heavyweight. He will make his first fight in the new limit on August 29 at the Gerry Weber Stadium when he clashes with Sergey Demchenko for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. We know the weight problems from Arthur Abraham, who vacated his IBF Middleweight Title to join the Super Six World Boxing Classic, coach Ulli Wegner said. All the diets really affect your performance in a negative way. I spoke to Karo about it. Since we have a very strong line-up at super-middleweight, we decided that he will challenge at light heavyweight in the future.. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 19 - The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced today the names of the referee and judges who will officiate the Floyd "Money" Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez super fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 19. The referee assigned to the 12-round bout is Tony Weeks from Nevada and judging the bout will be Burt Clements from Nevada, Dave Moretti from Nevada and William Lerch from Illinois. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - One of 2009's most anticipated fights comes on September 26th in Los Angeles, as WBC heavyweight ruler Vitali Klitschko squares up with unbeaten Mexican/American challenger Chris Arreola. Promising to be a great battle of big punching warriors, the title fight has sure got the fans (and the media) buzzing.
28-year-old Arreola, nicknamed, of course, "The Nightmare" is anticipating an "all out war" next month, and he is sure he will be the man left standing when all the smoke clears.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today from his San Fernando Valley training camp, the 27-0(24) big man had the following answers to my questions. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 19, 2009) Amidst the highly unprofessional pullout of Anthony Thompson of his I.B.O. Junior Middleweight World Title bout against Grady Brewer which was set for this Saturday night at the Pala Casino in Pala, California, TKO BOXING Promotions CEO Chris Middendorf has issued the following statement. In mid June, I contacted the manager for Anthony Thompson, Cameron Dunkin and offered him the fight for the IBO 154lb Title against Grady Brewer. The reaction was immediate that Anthony wanted the fight. He had suffered an early career loss to Brewer and had always wanted to revenge that loss. continue
The WBC has received with great joy the fantastic news that our dear former champion Genaro Chicanito Hernández is cancer free. We are extremely happy for this positive news. Chicanito was a formidable champion in boxing and has been an example to the world with an impeccable behavior outside the ring. Genaro won his battle against cancer showing his heart of a lion and his complete dedication and devotion to God. His wife and children, his parents, his brothers jointed him thru this difficult experience and now all can be happy, because life is beautiful. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (August 15, 2009) - WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan Iron Boy Calderon will defend his title in a rematch September 12 against dangerous Rodel Mayol on the Undefeated Champions card, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions, in the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, that will also feature the first defense of WBO junior lightweight champion Roman Rocky Martinez. Undefeated Champions is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET 6 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand and DirecTV for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
Unbeaten Calderon (32-0-1 6 KOs), from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, will face Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in a rematch of their June 13 fight, when after an accidental head-butt to the head of Calderon, the bout was stopped and ended in a technical draw after six rounds. continue
Newly minted British bantamweight champion Gary Davies gets the chance to prove his recent run of success is anything but luck when he defends his belt on Friday, September 11 at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, England. But the 26 year old slugger will be tested at the highest level when he is faced with the comeback of former European champion Ian Napa. Hackney wizard Napa, 18-7 (1), saw a five fight win streak, all for the British or European belts, dismantled by Frenchman Malik Bouzaine in March and the diminutive stylist knows his return to glory runs straight through Davies. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Roy Jones Junior looked absolutely sensational during his impressive victory over Jeff Lacy. Indeed, it was a turn-back-the-clock type of effort for the former pound-for-pound king. Jones was doing everything right, never allowing Lacy much of a chance to get into the fight. He showed tremendous hand speed and was able to put together multiple-punch combinations almost effortlessly. His left hook looked outstanding, and at times he was capable of throwing four, five, and even six consecutive hooks, all of which usually found the mark. Most devastating of all was the left hook to the body which landed frequently and visibly shook Lacy each time it landed. continue
by James Slater - The word is Bernard Hopkins wants one last fight on or around January 15th next year, the date on which he will turn 45-years young. Apparently, as fans may have read, "B-Hop" is looking at facing either IBF cruiserweight king Tomas Adamek, or the winner of the upcoming November rematch between light-heavies Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson (a fight which will now contest the vacant interim version of the WBC crown).
Which option would you, the fans, prefer "The Executioner" to take?
Looking to further cement his place as one of the smartest, most durable and flat out greatest fighters in boxing history, Hopkins would earn plaudits with a win in either of the two talked of bouts. And even though he will be even further into the early years of middle age by fight time, Hopkins would have to be given a superb shot at winning over whichever one of his three possible opponents he meets. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 19, 2009) Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), has responded to comments made in last Saturday nights post-fight conference in Biloxi (MS) by cruiserweight B. J. Flores and his promoter, 8-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. (Square Ring Promotions), about CES cruiserweight contender Matt Too Smooth Godfrey. continue
Bernard Hopkins, Former Two-Division World Champion and Golden Boy Promotions Partner - "If you think you're not going to see action unless you see the main event, you're doing yourself a disservice. When you come to the fight early (and see the undercard) you see the future of boxing."
Shane Mosley, Welterweight World Champion and Golden Boy Promotions Partner - "I'm happy to be here because it's going to be a great fight with two great fighters. Paulie, he's got charisma, and Juan is a warrior, he'll fight until the end. It's going to be a good fight.. continue
by James Slater - Confirmed for the under-card of the upcoming November 7th rematch between light-heavyweights Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson, is a match-up of promising talent at light-middleweight. Once-beaten Mexican powerhouse Alfredo Angulo will square off with the undefeated Harry Joe Yorgey of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania. A very good bout on paper, both prospects have a lot to gain and a lot to lose.
Though he was an overall disappointment in his last-but-one outing, when he lost his unbeaten record via a comprehensive points loss at the hands of Kermit Cintron, it's likely 27-year-old Angulo will start as a slight favourite. "El Perro" was being looked at by good judges as perhaps the next Mexican superstar before he lost to Cintron; and, boy, did Angulo make a statement in his return fight after the May setback that suggests he is still intent on achieving such a lofty standing!
Looking back to his lethal best against the always-dangerous Gabriel Rosado, Angulo tore through his man and got the job done in less than two-rounds. continue
By Matthew Paras - In the history of the Middleweight division, its brought some fantastic memories. From the epic three round brawl of Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns to Bernard Hopkins upsetting Felix Trinidad in Madison Square Garden, Middleweight has brought some great memories for boxing fans. However, ever since Kelly Pavlik has become champion, the division has turned into the worst it has ever been. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 19 The South Florida weather is hotter than ever, and on August 28th, Seminole Warriors Boxing will be bringing in its share of hurricanes as five Caribbean boxing standouts enter the ring for undercard bouts on the hard-hitting Friday Night Fights event at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. In action will be former Cuban amateur stars Luis Franco and Rances Barthelemy, and Puerto Rican up and comers Jesus Pabon, Jonathan Gonzalez, and Joel Morales. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - It is no secret that the heavyweight division has currently been receiving some of the most intense criticism ever levelled at professional boxing. It is fair to place the real origin of this criticism with the retirement of universally recognised and undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis and the subsequent failure to provide in his absence another seemingly worthy and dominant champion.
His vacated WBC belt fell into the hands of the respected but certainly only reasonably famous in America: Vitali Klitschko, whom Lewis had shared a titanic tussle with in his last defence. Though only one of four belt holders Klitschko was widely seen as the current heavyweight champion and his demolition of Britains overmatched Danny Williams in 8 rounds seemed to suggest something of a huge gap between himself and the rest of the division. continue
The Nordic Nightmare Robert Helenius (8-0, 4 KOs) will return to the ring on August 29 when he takes on Serdar Uysal (9-7, 4 KOs) on the undercard of the WBO Cruiserweight title fight between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Marco Captain Huck. The Scandinavian heavyweight hopeful comes off a spectacular win in Helsinki where he knocked out experienced Scott Gammer in May. Everything worked to perfection that night, Helenius said. Beating a strong opponent like Gammer at such an early stage of my career has given me an additional boost. On August 29 I will continue where I left it.. continue
By Jason Sardelis - Saturday, August 22nd, in a show promoted as Houston Heat one fighter who has shown he can stand it is Brooklyn, New Yorks" Golden Child" Daniel Jacobs 17-0,15Kos. Jacobs will be stepping up again facing The Contender Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith, 21-3, 9Ko in a ten round bout that should open the HBO telecast. Jacobs and his team have applied their own heat to Jacobs career fighting seventeen fights in twenty months recording an impressive if not red hot record of 17-0, 15Kos. A decisive victory over the crafty but light punching veteran Smith would put Jacobs right in the tight middleweight mix. continue
By Benjie Varella: The Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire, the newly crowned WBA Interim Superflyweight without a doubt outpointed his foe Rafael El Torito Concepcion of Panama last Saturday to capture the vacant title. Many boxing fans and analysts didnt expect though the match to last full twelve rounds. I personally believed that the Filipino Flash will finish El Torito somewhere in the mid-rounds of the match but that didnt happen. I was more than surprised when Donaires knees wobbled several times after wild barrage of punches from Concepcion between different rounds.
But the new champ still has to be given credits for winning the title because he was fighting a bigger-bloated Concepcion who weighed in 4 ½ pounds above the 115-pound limit. Donaire was originally fighting in the Flyweight division. continue
August 18 (Miami, FL)- With just 10 days to go before undefeated contender Tavoris Cloud (19-0, 18) of Tallahassee faces former champion Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24) of Sheffield, England for the IBF light heavyweight title, former champion and fight fan favorite, Glen Johnson, briefly commented on the bout. Ill be there ringside and I hope Cloud wins, Johnson said. On Friday, August 28, in the season ending broadcast of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights," Cloud faces Woods in the co-main event of what is certain to be an exciting, world championship double-header from Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. In the evenings main event, Columbias Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16) defends his IBF junior welterweight title against Miamis Randall Bailey (39-6, 35). continue
Boxing Press: LOS ANGELES, August 18 - It's the biggest and one of the most highly-anticipated boxing events of 2009, so there was no question that when it was time to compile the undercard of the Floyd "Money" Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez super fight at MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 19, it was decided to bring out the big guns with three spectacular televised undercard bouts on HBO Pay-Per-View®, including two world championship fights. continue
Aaron Screen - On Saturday 15th August the man they call Superman turned back the clock to put on a vintage performance that reminded us why he was once thought of as the finest fighter to enter the square ring. Jones who has recently turned a staggering 41 put on a master-class throwing combinations most fighters could only dream of, bedazzling Lacy with 8-9 and 10 punch combinations, all whilst clowning and playing up to the crowd in a way only Roy Jones can. The fight was stopped at the end of the tenth round, with Lacys corner finally showing mercy on their man. The ending was inevitable with Jones dominating from start to finish. It was hard to believe you were watching a 41 year old man who is supposedly shot throwing punches so fast that they still looked quick when shown during slow motion replays. Lacy had no answer for Jones speed, skill and overall talent and based on how good Jones looked it is hard to envisage many fighters with the capabilities to deal with such prowess. continue
HBO Sports hosts three sizzling showdowns in the Texas heat when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JUAN DIAZ VS. PAULIE MALIGNAGGI, MALCOLM KLASSEN VS. ROBERT GUERRERO AND DANNY JACOBS VS. ISHE SMITH is presented SATURDAY, AUG. 22 at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT) & 8:45 p.m. CT, from the Toyota Center in Houston, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Lennox Lewis and Max Kellerman will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Everlast Worldwide, Inc., has signed on as USA Boxings official equipment and apparel sponsor, extending their current agreement, which previously covered only USA Boxings equipment needs. The agreement will run through the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England with all USA Boxing teams showcasing Everlast apparel throughout the four-year deal. "Amateur boxing is at the very core of Everlast's authenticity, and we are fully dedicated to helping the sport grow at the grassroots level," stated Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Product for Everlast. continue
by James Slater - Carl "The Cobra" Froch, the unbeaten WBC super-middleweight champion has already proven he is a real fighter who can walk the walk as much as he can talk the talk. Having gone over to America to make the first defence of his belt and rallied while behind on points to KO former middleweight king Jermain Taylor in doing so, the Nottingham man has shown us what he is made of. And now, as he gets ready for what will be his first fight in the upcoming "Super-Six" tournament of super-middleweights that will be shown live on Showtime, Froch has been talking the talk again.
Set to meet unbeaten former Olympian Andre Dirrell in his first fight of the tourney, Froch has been nothing but supremely confident during his preparations. So too has Dirrell, even to the point of predicting a KO win on October 17th, and the fireworks are sure to come when the bell for round-one goes. continue
Boxing Press: The third edition of the hit new monthly live boxing series Fight Night Club is rapidly approaching, and headliners Abner Mares and Dangerous David Rodela will be in tough in their co-featured bouts when they battle Carlos Fulgencio and Gamalier Rodriguez respectively at L.A. LIVEs Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Thursday, August 27th. Mares vs. Fulgencio will be featured in the main event of the evening in an eight-round junior featherweight bout while Rodela vs. Rodriguez will be the co-featured six-round junior lightweight fight. continue
Undefeated Nigerian junior middleweight Albert THE PUNISHER Onolunose has stepped in to face Grady Brewer in the main event this Saturday night, August 22nd at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions. Brewer was originally scheduled to face Philadelphias Anthony Thompson who withdrew this past weekend from the fight. Said Koerner, Thompson just backed out, he left a message claiming that hes retiring from boxing and doesnt want to fight anymore. Luckily Onolunose has stepped in to face Brewer on short notice.. continue
By Caoch Tim Walker: BJ Flores (24-0-0 KOs 15) made a strong case for being considered the top cruiser-weight contender by earning a TKO victory over journeyman Epifanio Mendoza. The loss was Mendoza's fourth in his last five fights. Though Mendoza has a much higher knockout ratio than Flores it was obvious by the thudding sound of their gloves that Flores was the stronger puncher. The punching power difference was even more obvious when sweat would spray from Mendoza's head whenever Flores landed a shot.
The fight was an entertaining but was stalled when Mendoza suffered a left shoulder injury. Flores, desiring to win but not overtly injure his opponent, at that moment looked to the referee for instruction who quickly ushered them to fight on. Without delay Flores began to press the action. A few moments later Mendoza's corner accepting that he was in obvious pain and taking punishment mounted the apron and stopped the bout.
This was not the end. In the post fight press conference Flores admitted that he needed to be more impressive than he was in his last fight which drew a bit of criticism. When asked about the recent comments made by Matt Godfrey proclaiming himself the number one cruiser-weight contender and if his performance in the ring was a direct statement to that proclamation Flores responded, I'm not going to say that I am or I'm not (the number one cruiser-weight contender) but I am willing to prove whether I am or I'm not if I get that opportunity. So if Matt Godfrey stands in my way then so be it. He can get it.. continue
Los Angeles, CA (August 18, 2009) In the days when American television allowed cigarette commercials on its airwaves, there was one whose slogan was: Id walk a mile for a Camel. That trek pales in comparison to the air miles that #1-rated WBC super featherweight contender Sergey Gulyakevich traveled to take on #3-ranked Humberto Mauro Gutierrez for the interim WBC Super Featherweight Title this Saturday night, August 22nd at the Auditorio Unidad Deportiva in Los Cabos, California Big Sur, Mexico. continue
It was announced early this evening that the WBC and WBO World Middleweight Championship bout between Kelly Pavlik and challenger Paul Williams was rescheduled to a new date of Nov. 21 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions has said that is news to him and the Williams camp: "If a release was sent stating that Pavlik was fighting November 21, I would be very interested in finding out who he's fighting. As were all aware, we've just learned of Pavlik's decision to cancel the press conference and thus the fight, and we will evaluate where we go from here. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - In what would have certainly been a candidate for fight of the night had it not been for the masterful display that Roy Jones Junior displayed against Jeff Lacy, Jason The American Boy Litzau (25-2-0 KOs 21) battled fellow prospect/contender Verquan The Show Kimbrough (21-2-2 KOs 7) in a ten round fight for the NABF lightweight title. Hook City, a Square Ring Inc. and Left Hook Promotions par per view card, proved to be an excellent landscape for Litzau who has immediate aspirations for world title contention.
This fight, the first to be aired on the PPV card, did not disappoint the 6,000 plus attendees at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. It might have been scheduled for 10 rounds but we learned quickly that it was destined for much less. Litzau set a blistering pace with an active and accurate jab accompanied by strong right hands and short hooks that lead to a second round knockdown. Kimbrough's face showed the signs of the American Boy's power by the end of the second round as blood streamed down his face. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Salter vs. Foret (4 rounder) - The night started with a 4 round super middleweight bout between Isaac Salter, making his pro debut, and Paul Foret a veteran boxer of 16 fights. Foret entered the ring as though he was on a mission to prove that he has a significant place in the world of boxing. However, Salter dwarfed Foret in size, ability and virtually every other fighter attribute. This proved to be too much for Foret to handle as Salter made short work of the veteran by landing quick combinations. Midway thru the round Salter landed a flush straight right to the body that sent Foret to the canvas and. Foret, reeling on the floor in pain, was unable to beat the count. The win was Salters first and Forets fourteenth loss in fifteen fights. continue
by James Slater - It could be argued that time has already ran out on Audley Harrison, the once heavily hyped Olympic gold medallist. The disappointments of the man known as "A-Force" are well known, and at the age of 37 (38 in October) there are surely only a limited number of months left in which the big southpaw will be able to fight at anything approaching top level. But say what you want about Harrison, he keeps receiving opportunities to give his career one last kick-start. Audley simply refuses to go away. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- by Geoffrey Ciani - As always, 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 stupendous hostess, the charismatic Miss Jenna J, along with her co-host Nick Powers and her special weekly guest, yours truly (aka-Rummy). This weeks episode will begin with a discussion about Saturday nights fight between Roy Jones Junior and Jeff Left Hook Lacy. Although both fighters have seen better days, Roy Jones had a turn-back the clock performance and we will analyze his impressive efforts inside the ring. continue
AUSTIN, TX (August 17, 2009) Two-time world champion Jesus EL MATADOR Chavez will return to action on Saturday, September 26th against former lightweight world champion David Diaz in the ten round main event at WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6 at Chicagos UIC Pavilion. Im very happy for this opportunity that Dominic has given me, it means a great deal for me to finally fight in my hometown of Chicago said the Austin , Texas resident. I have a lot of friends and family back home and its going to be a special night for me to fight there.. continue
Go Fight Live. Tv Provides Secure On-line Stream to World-Wide Viewers and - Eliminates ALL Illegal Streams - This past Saturday night, history was made as one of the all-time greatest fighters, Roy Jones Jr. dominated former Super Middleweight champion, Jeff Lacy in a bout that capped a highly entertaining night of boxing and all the action was viewed by not only a domestic Pay-Per-View audience but on www.gofightlive.tv via a world-wide internet stream. It was a solid show from the top to the bottom and very entertaining for the true fight fans. They're getting to see some top talent at their best. continue
by James Slater - A done deal, the hugely exciting Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams middleweight title fight gets officially announced at a New York press conference tomorrow. Certain to be one of the highlights of the last third of 2009, if not the highlight, the pick 'em fight that will take place at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City has already got the fans debating the outcome.
A potential super-fight that has a chance to take us back to the glorious middleweight days of Marvellous Marvin Hagler, Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard, fans simply can't wait for this one! But who will emerge victorious? And will we see a KO?
Both men are proud of that fact that they are capable of throwing lots of punches per round, and for the full 12-rounds. continue
by James Slater - Since returning to the ring in late August of 2008, after having undergone serious and painful retinal surgery, 36-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster has won two fights in a row. "Relentless" is next out on August 29th, when he will fight on the under-card of the Victor Emilio Ramirez-Marco Huck WBO cruiserweight title bout.
Once again fighting in Germany (scene of three of Brewster's last five bouts), the 35-4(30) warrior will face possible danger man Gbenga Oloukun of Nigeria. continue
Lightning Harry Joe Yorgey, 22-0-1 with 10 knockouts, of Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, will battle Alfredo Perro Angulo, 16-1 with 13 knockouts, of Mexicali, B.C., Mexico, in a 10 round junior middleweight fight in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 7. HBO will televise the fight as the co-featured bout on its World Championship Boxing series. Banner Promotions will co-promote the Yorgey-Angulo bout with Gary Shaw Productions. Both fighters are coming off impressive knockout wins in their most recent fights. continue
MATCHROOM SPORTS hugely successful Prizefighter returns in October with a new look and arguably the most exciting crop of British heavyweights ever assembled under one roof. Taking place at Londons iconic boxing venue, the York Hall in Bethnal Green, on Friday, October 2, Prizefighter the Heavyweights III - features former British, Commonwealth and European champions going for glory in a night where careers are on the line. British Heavyweight Champion, Danny Williams, the man who effectively ended the career of Mike Tyson, steps up to the Prizefighter plate and will be joined by Olympic gold medallist, Audley Harrison, who will be looking to resurrect his career one more time.
I'm looking forward to competing in the next instalment of Prizefighter, said Harrison from his training base in California.
I've been waiting for a solid opportunity to return to the ring and I intend to show my career is far from over. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The United States top boxers in all 11 weight divisions are currently in preparations for the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships, September 1-12 in Milan, Italy. All of the winners in the mens open division from the recent USA Boxing National Championships will enjoy the chance to test their skills against the best boxers in the world at the bi-annual event in Italy. continue
Since the convincing victory over former WBC champ Wayne Big Truck Braithwaite, at the IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator at Sunrise, Florida on the 11th July, there has been surprisingly little news coming out of Steve USS Cunninghams camp. This silence appears to have set the rumour mill spinning into overtime with many highly respected boxing publications and websites around the world publishing reports that former Cruiserweight King USS Cunningham had injured his hand during the fight against Guyanas Big Truck Braithwaite and would not be ready for the proposed International Boxing Federation title showdown with Adamek at the Prudential Center in Newark this coming October. continue
WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl Froch is expecting a full house at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham on October 17th when he kicks off his Super Six World Boxing Classic campaign against unbeaten American star Andre Dirrell. Tickets for the event promoted by Hennessy Sports and Gary Shaw Productions are on sale from 1pm today and Froch says hes delighted to be back in action in his hometown as he kicks off the Super Six tournament. Should Froch win the series outright the Dirrell bout will be the first of 5 fights that would see him eventually recognised as one of the best boxers in the World pound for pound.
Its a case of first things first for Froch though as he looks to make a second successful defence of his World title against the brash, switch hitting Dirrell who is unbeaten in 18 professional fights following an amateur career that saw him win bronze at the 2004 Olympic Games.
I cant wait to get back in that ring at the Trent FM Arena, revealed the unbeaten Froch who will be returning to the scene of his World title triumph over Jean Pascal last December. continue
Two former world title challengers, Angel Toro Hernandez and Antwun Echols, meet in a crossroads fight, Friday, August 21st, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. Both fighters have challenged for world titles and have a combined 84 fights with 43 knockouts. Echols, for his part, is promising a big win to launch himself back into title contention, The hard hitting Hernandez, (29-7, 16 KOs), upset hot prospect James McGirt Jr. earlier this year on ESPN 2. Hernandez looks to rack-up an impressive victory over Echols, in a fight that promises bell-to-bell action. continue
LAS VEGAS , NV, August 17, 2009 TKO BOXING Promotions has signed flyweight contender Rayonta STINGRAY Whitfield, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, their President. The 28 year Whitfield carries a record of record of 22-1-0 with eleven knockouts. The Augusta, Georgia, native is currently world ranked #7 by the IBF and #8 by the WBO. Said Koerner, Were thrilled to add Rayonta to our growing team of outstanding prospects and contenders. He has all the skills to become a world champion and we look forward to making his dream happen.. continue
Barry S. (Aventura, FL): I thought Roy Jones Jr.'s performance last Saturday against Jeff Lacy was impressive. How do you rate him at this stage in his career after seeing the fight?
Vivek W. (ESB): Prior to this fight, my position on Jones was that despite his humbling losses, he still has more PURE talent than 85% of what's out there today. After seeing this fight - (and I know many are gonna say Lacy is damaged goods.....however) - I think I may have to rethink that position and say it's more like he's still better than 95% of what's out there. Calzaghe throws a million punches per round and it's hard to adjust offensively when you're constantly on the defensive. Based on that, I can't take much out of that loss. I won't make any excuses for the others, but what I can say is that I don't think I've seen Jones this poised and focused in over a decade. Not even close. I don't know if it's the confidence of having his Father as the lead-man in his corner or what, but something paid major dividends. The guy looked amazing. In an effort to not pre-judge like many around the sport, my position going into this fight was that in order to be neutral, I needed to forget that Jones was Jones, simply make believe that he was a rising prospect in the sport, and ask myself when it was all said and done, what do I think his future in the sport would be? Well, no question in my mind, if that was a prospect on the rise that I was witnessing, I'd see him as a guaranteed champ and future hall-of-fame lock! The guy was brilliant. 9, 10 punch combinations...power in both hands...and despite the careful execution, he had enough clout to actually ask Lacy camp members "do [they] now see the difference between a rookie and an expert"? (All in the middle of a rapid fire combination as he paused for a brief moment to admire his work). Wicked! The guy turned back the hands of time and anyone that denies his still very evident talent is clearly basing that statement on factors that have little at all to do with what he displayed. You may not like him, but you have to respect that type of talent. PERIOD! continue
by James Slater - Both Roy Jones Junior and Danny Green got the job done in some style last night in Biloxi, with the 40-year-old all-time great becoming the first man to stop Jeff Lacy at light-heavyweight and Green taking out Julio Cesar Dominguez up at cruiserweight. It's no secret that the plan now is for the two to get it on before the end of the year, most likely in Green's homeland of Australia.
An interesting bout on paper, will Jones, 54-5(40) be able to win what would be his first ever fight at the 200-pound mark? Or would the 36-year-old former super-middleweight and light-heavyweight belt holder who has never been stopped as a pro prove to be too strong? continue
Note: There was a scoring error in last Saturday night's WBA light heavyweight title fight between defending champion Gabrial Campillo and challenger Beibut Shumenov in Astana, Kazakhstan. An error on the master scoresheet was discovered Sunday. Judge Glenn Feldman scored round four for Shumenov, 10-9, but it had been accidentally written in as 10-9 for Campillo. Feldmans final tally was revised from 114-112 for Campillo to 113-113. The cards for judges John Coyle (114-113) and Pasquale Procopio (115-111), both in favor of Campillo, remained the same. The mistake was discovered on Sunday. continue
by Izyaslav "Slava" Koza, Andrej "Reyes" Sokolov, and Gennadi "Komar" Komarnitzky - "I know many talented Soviet fighters, but the best among them is Vladimir Yengibaryan. He is the 'standard' for boxing talent. (Three-time Olympic Champion-László Papp)
INTRODUCTION: Some of you, bored by the endless drivel regarding every little syllable that exits the mouth of a boxing "superstar," may indeed find this quite amusing, and educational, despite the fact that it has nothing to do with Floyd, Manny, or Miguel (Go COTTO!!!).
It's not an article with a brash opinion and stupid insults, so much as an honest attempt to recreate, in the minds of the reader, the driving force that Vladimir Yengibaryan was to the world of 1950's amateur boxing.
Sad to say that in the eyes of modern boxing, while the man is still alive, and further still in the wake of the development of champions from the former Soviet republics,this "innovator" of the Soviet school, just does not exist.
Maybe just maybe, the article will help make it right. continue
Biloxi, Mississippi (August 15, 2009)Roy Jones Jr. stopped Jeff Lacy after the 10th round Saturday night to retain the NABO light heavyweight championship title. Jones cut Lacy's right eye in the third round and both of Lacy's eyes were swelling by the seventh round. Jones is now 54-5 with 40 KOs, Lacy drops to 25-3.
BJ Flores remained undefeated as he boxed well and Epifanio Mendoza retired at 1:19 of round FOUR retain his WBO NABO Cruiserweight title. Flores dominated the fight as he boxed well over the first two rounds and it seemed he hurt his shoulder in the first moments of the round. Mendoza tried to get through the round but Flores jumped on Mendoza with terrific body work. continue
Udpate from David Itskowitch of Golden Boy Promotions on Vivian Harris: Vivian is fine. From what I understand he was given a precautionary CAT scan at his request which came back clear and he was released from the hospital around midnight. He will see a neurologist this week as a further precaution
15.08.09 - by James Slater - There were dramatic scenes last night in Tucson, as former WBA light-welterweight champion "Vicious" Vivian Harris was carried from the ring at the conclusion of his fight with Mexico's Noe Bolanos. Badly hurt by an accidental head butt that came in the 2nd-round, Harris collapsed and was so hurt he had to be lifted from the ring by a stretcher. continue
16.08.09 - Paul Strauss: Roy Jones, Jr., at age forty, can still muster up some incredible skills. At the Gulf Coast Arena in Biloxi, MS on Saturday night he not only beat Jeff Lacy, he did it with the pugilistic version of reading Braille. Instead of feeling the raised dots on a piece of paper, Jones, Jr. would feel the raised lumps on Lacy's body and head as they erupted after his punches landed. It was an unbelievable demonstration. At first his tactic of looking away from Lacy to the crowd seemed cause for concern. One couldn't help but conjure up the kayo damages he suffered at the hands of Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver. But, those concerns proved unnecessary.
It was as announcer Barry Tompkins described, Roy was administering a good old fashioned whuppin on Lacy. continue
by James Slater - Last night's intriguing heavyweight clash between fringe contenders Brian Minto and the unbeaten Donnell Holmes ended in an unsatisfactory way, as Minto won a technical decision after four rounds. Suffering a cut above his eye in the 4th round, Minto saw the fight go to the score cards. Up on all three cards of the judges, "The Beast" was awarded victory by scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 39-37. continue
by Coach Tim Walker - The heavyweight boxing division is wide open for contenders. Somebody, please contend! Jamaican born boxer Lenroy Thomas feels that he is the fighter who can answer the call to contend in the heavyweight division much sooner than later. With a good amateur background that had him ranked as high #2 and a 6'-3" 240 pound gladiator-like frame that seemingly dwarfs most men Lenroy girds his 12-1 (8 KO) record around his loins like a man on mission. Recently I had the opportunity to talk with Lenroy. I asked him about his amateur background, the current state of the heavyweight division and that glaring loss on his record. Here is how our conversation went down. continue
By Ted Sares -- The latest is the greatest Anonymous
I am comfortably fixed, and I am not afraid of the future. No man can say what he will do in the future, but barring poverty, the ring has seen the last of me. - Rocky Marciano
I loved Rocky Marciano for any number of reasons not the least of which is that he was from my era and my generation. He did everything he had to do at the time he had to do it, and he did it with a winning percentage of 100 percent! That he was an Italian didnt hurt much either because back then, ethnicity was a big deal among boxing fans. I also thought he was a great fighter who did what he had to do against everyone they put in from of him. After all, 49-0 is a perfect record. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - Much has been made recently of the upcoming heavyweight title clash between reigning WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and Americas top ranked heavyweight Chris Arreola. In the immediate wake of the breakdown in negotiation between Vitali and David Haye (who now faces WBA champ Valuev) we have seen another big fight get signed very quickly. Most fans out there are already getting excited about this clash, sensing a possible test for Klitschko and an obvious big opportunity for Chris Arreola. continue
by James Slater - It seems it could be a case of enjoying the great Manny Pacquiao while we can. The pound-for-pound king and all-time great has said in the past that he may only have a few more fights before calling it quits on a quite sensational career, and now his trainer Freddie Roach, as quoted by ABS CBN News, has said his fighter has told him he will fight just two more times after November's battle with Miguel Cotto. continue
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 14, 2009) - World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Dr. Ironfist Klitschko and No. 1-ranked Cristobal The Nightmare Arreola met the media and faced-off on Thursday for the first time at a packed Staples Center press conference to promote their Saturday, Sept. 26, showdown. There wasnt much trash-talking as both fighters paid their respect to one another. Arreola was asked by one reporter about his chances. Any man is beatable, he said. If youve got two hands you can beat any man. He has a chin and I have a chin. It only takes one punch. Ive said it before: Were in the hurt game and one of us is going to get hurt. I just hope its not me.
Klitschko, of Los Angeles and Hamburg, Germany, brings a record of 37-2 with 36 knockouts into what will be an exciting, hotly contested 12-round showdown. The dangerous-punching Arreola, of Riverside, California, via East Los Angeles, is 27-0 with 24 KOs. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, Aug. 15 beginning at 10 a.m. PT at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available at the STAPLES Center Box Office Monday, August 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25. continue
by Ryan McArthur- Over the last decade, Manchester has become the Philadelphia of the 1970s and 80s. A hotbed of boxing activity regularly producing hard working, blue collar pugs from its vibrant inner-city gyms. One such pug is Jamie Moore.
"Mooresy" has become the British poster boy of the underrated, underpaid boxer, fighting for small purses in small arenas across the north of England. European light middleweight champion and an owner of the lonsdale belt, (presented to a fighter after three successful defences) Moore has spent a decade working towards a shot at the world title. continue
Fighting in front of his hometown fans, Brian Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) defeated Ivanhoe, North Carolinas Donnell Holmes (31-1-2, 27 KOs) via a four round technical decision after a ruled accidental headbutt cause a cut the ringside physician deemed serious enough to stop the fight. The fight was broadcast worldwide as a PPV on www.NESportsTV.com and is still available to view on demand. After opening up clearly winning the first three rounds, Minto began bleeding from over his left eye in round four and had blood streaming down his face. The 4th round was clearly Holmes best round as he regularly connected his left jab to Mintos face. continue
By John Brady - As January and February rolled by I had very high hopes for boxing in 2009. Roughly sixty days into the calendar year and we had already witnessed three potential fight of the year candidates in Marquez/Diaz, Mosley/Margarito, and Berto/Collazo. Oh how things change.
After the fast start this year, the boxing world is now getting over one of the most brutal stretches in recent memory. This summer has been plagued by the passing of ring legends, fight cancellations, postponements, and lets be honest dull fights. Fights were being cancelled left and right. Everyone from Floyd to Pavlik to David Haye. Injuries, contract issues you name it. There was a bright side though. The year wasnt over yet, and I love what I see when I look at this falls fight schedule. Although we cant bring back any of the ring legends that we lost this past July, we can continue to honor their memory while me make up for the lack of ring action throughout the summer. continue
Weights from Biloxi, MS for Saturday nights card on PPV:
Roy Jones Jr. (174) vs. Jeff Lacy (172)
Danny Green (179.5) vs. Julio Cesar Dominguez (181.5)
B.J. Flores (200) vs. Epifanio Mendoza (199)
Verquan Kimbrough (135) vs. Jason Litzau (135). continue
NEW YORK (August 13, 2009) -- The World Boxing Council (WBC) sanctioned the long-awaited and eagerly anticipated rematch between undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion CHAD DAWSON and former world champion GLEN JOHNSON for its interim light heavyweight title today. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, Dawson-Johnson II will be broadcast live, Saturday, November 7, on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue
Vitali Dr. Ironfist Klitschko will return to the famous site of two of his most memorable fights STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California when he defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title against unbeaten, WBC No. 1-ranked Cristobal The Nightmare Arreola on Saturday, September 26.
The exciting Klitschko, of Los Angeles and Hamburg, Germany, will bring a record of 37-2 with 36 knockouts into what will be an exciting, hotly contested 12-round showdown. The dangerous-punching Arreola, of Riverside, California, via East Los Angeles, is 27-0 with 24 KOs.
Tickets will go on sale Saturday, Aug. 15 beginning at 10 a.m. PT at all TicketMaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will be available at the STAPLES Center Box Office Monday, August 17 at 10 a.m. Tickets are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25. continue
Former Light Heavyweight world champion, Chad Dawson, from the United States, visited Mexico City and asked World Boxing Council President, Jose Sulaiman, the opening of the organization´s doors once again, in virtue of the fact that the only world champion belt he wants is the WBC green and gold belt. Chad Dawson was joined by his exclusive promoter, Gary Shaw, as well as by his lifelong manager, Mike Criscio, who addressed the organization expressing their loyalty and desire to have their champion come back to the World Boxing Council, his home. continue
SALEM, NJ (August 14, 2009)Unfortunately Tonights six fight boxing show at the John Campbell Fitness Center has been postponed due to a bonding paperwork issue. The card was set for tonight and the commission at yesterdays weigh-in made no mention of the oversight. A solution was drawn up but the New Jersey Boxing Commission would not budge in their stance. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This Saturday night, in Biloxi, Mississippi, former P4P great Roy Jones Jr. (53-5, 39KO's) will take on Jeff 'Left-Hook' Lacy (25-2, 17KO's) in a 12 round light heavyweight bout. In the minds of many around the sport, this is a battle that pairs two men whose better days are behind them, yet to the two men involved who'd rather look ahead, as the saying goes, "it ain't where you're from, it's where you're at"! Those words couldn't be any more fitting, as the symptoms relative to "where they're at" don't exactly bode too well - depending on who you ask. When you take the glimpse full circle, memories of the past for the two men are very intriguing. For Jeff Lacy, there was once a point where many saw him as a rising star in the sport whose power resembled that of a heavyweight, despite his super-middleweight frame. Trouble is, despite that power and its exuded youth, his inability to compete at the highest level has forced many to view his act as being quite old. In the case of Jones, there's a totally different set of issues to contend with, yet they place him in a similar status. Many of us remember his flash, attitude, speed, and power. Fast-forward a few years and the realization that those things have evaporated hits, leaving the aging contender a bit vulnerable in the eye of the public. continue
An open to the public press conference will be held on Friday, August 21st at 6pm at Chicagos UIC Pavilion for WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6 featuring the lightweight showdown between former Chicago world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez. WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6 is presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING since 1998. continue
by James Slater - On September 15th in Mexico (exact venue to be announced), Jorge Arce and Humberto Soto, two of today's more exciting fighters from Mexico, will appear on a world title doubleheader. 30-year-old Arce, one win removed from his tough but honourable stoppage loss to Vic Darchinyan, will fight unbeaten Simphiwe Nonqayi of South Africa for the IBF super-flyweight belt "The Raging Bull" chose to vacate. While 29-year-old Soto, the reigning WBC super-featherweight champion, will make defence number-four against another undefeated fighter, in Brazil's Josenilson Dos Santos. continue
by James Slater - Fifteen years ago today in Atlantic City, New Jersey, a heavyweight fight took place that is probably nothing more than a footnote in boxing history now. Yet when Riddick "Big Daddy" Bowe, the former undisputed heavyweight king, met Buster Mathis Junior in his first fight back after losing the title, a quite bizarre fight was witnessed.
Bowe, who had lost for the first time in his pro career in his previous outing, when he'd come in overweight and was out-pointed by the man he took the world title from in Evander Holyfield, met the son of 1960s heavyweight contender Buster Mathis. What followed added to the growing perception that "Big Daddy" was a "cheap shot" master. continue
Beibut Shumenov: Im not into saying too many words before a fight. Ive prepared well and Im very happy. Im proud to be representing my country and fighting for the WBA world title. In this case, I want to thank Gabriel for taking the fight and giving me this opportunity. I also want to thank him for coming here to fight in my country.
Chingis Shumenov (co-promoter): We are very proud that we are organizing this WBA World title fight in Kazakhstan to showcase our beautiful country to the world. We just started our company in 2007 and now we are promoting a World title fight. We hope to make history with our event on Saturday.. continue
NEW YORK, NY (August 13, 2009) World Middleweight Champion KELLY The Ghost PAVLIK and two-division world champion PAUL The Punisher WILLIAMS, along with their respective promoters, Bob Arum and Dan Goossen, will host a news conference luncheon in New York announcing their world middleweight title fight.
Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs), from Youngstown, Ohio, who has been middleweight champion for nearly two years, will be making his third title defense. continue
by James Slater - James "Lights Out" Toney is still not done yet. Not quite anyway. Though he turns 41 later this month (August 24th) and though he has looked poor in three of his last four fights (he looked okay in his rematch with Hasim Rahman back in July of last year) Toney is set to carry on punching for pay for a while longer yet. Next up for the former middleweight, super-middleweight and cruiserweight ruler is a fight with journeyman heavyweight Matthew Greer.
Set to face the 32-year-old known as "Gator" on the same September 12th show in Temecula, CA that will see unbeaten super-middleweight contender Andre Ward up against Shelby Pudwill, Toney will be having his first fight this year. continue
British and Irish Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin believes that the All-Ireland hurling semi final clash between Tipperary and Limerick could be replayed in the boxing ring in the not too distant future. The Munster rivals meet at Croke Park this Sunday in a crunch decider for the right to meet Kilkenny in this years All-Ireland final. Tipperary fan Macklin believes another major all Munster clash could be on the cards in the ring should he lift the European Middleweight title in Manchester next month. continue
John Murray will get an opportunity to win back the British Lightweight title he lost outside the ring when he meets Jon Thaxton in Altrincham, Greater Manchester on October 3rd. The mouth watering domestic dust up will hand Murray the chance to regain the title he surrendered on the weighing scales in June when he failed to make the 9 stone 9 pound lightweight limit by just 2 ounces ahead of a planned defence against English champ Scott Lawton. continue
by James Slater - At last, both Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams have a fight they themselves and we the fans can look forward to! According to Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, both teams came to an agreement yesterday evening and the fight, for the world middleweight championship, will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on October 3rd. TV giant HBO will televise.
Both sides have travelled a bumpy road on the way to finally getting the exciting fight signed, but thank goodness agreements were indeed made; this fight always was too good not to have gone ahead. Both men, Pavlik especially, have been in desperate need for a super-fight of this magnitude for a long time. Neither guy will have any trouble getting motivated for this one!
Reportedly, there will be an official press conference to announce the big fight next Tuesday in New York.
"Goossen and I have agreed to all terms and we are going to contract for the fight," Todd duBoef, Pavlik's promoter, said. "We look forward to a formal announcement.. continue
Jonny Stapleton - Poonsawat Kratingdaenggyms manager believes that Brian Peters is so afraid of the Thai fighter that the Irish promoter is trying to sabotage Bernard Dunnes WBA Super Bantamweight mandatory World Title defense against the interim champion- or at the very least ensure conditions that make it nigh on impossible for the challenger to win. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Universum will stage a big event in Rostock on October 10. Headlining is WIBF and WBC jr feather champ Ina Menzer who will take on Dutch girl Esther Schouten in a rematch. This is also a Universum-Spotlight eliminator. Menzer won the first fight on points after a good fight. At flyweight Susi Kentikian defends her WBA and WIBF titles against former stablemate Julia Sahin. In the third headliner WBA I/C heavyweight champ Dennis Boytsov defends the title. continue
By Ismail Lorgat - Both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko will defend their heavyweight titles against American foes in the coming months. Vitali has agreed to defend his WBC title against big punching Chris The Nightmare Arreola whilst Wladimir is in talks to defend his Ring Magazine, WBO and IBF belts against mandatory challenger Fast Eddie Chambers.
Both Arreola and Chambers will enter their fights as underdogs and rightly so.
Wladimir has not been seriously troubled in a fight since Sam Peter dropped him three times in their encounter back in 2005. Since then he has outclassed the likes of Chris Byrd, Sultan Ibragimov and Ruslan Chagaev in punch perfect performances. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The International Olympic Committee Executive Board announced today that the sport of womens boxing will be added to the schedule for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Boxing was previously the only summer sport on the Olympic docket without a female counterpart. We are thrilled that the IOC Executive Committee has voted to add womens boxing events to the 2012 Olympic Program. The yes vote means that female boxers will now be able to share in the dream of standing on the worlds most prestigious sporting podium, said USA Boxing Womens Task Force Chair and AIBA Womens Commission member Christy Halbert. continue
Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing says a grave injustice has been done to his promotional company involving a fighter and his people, a Buffalo-based agent and most shockingly of all -- his own business partner, Don King. And the New Jersey-based promoter says he fully intends to file a grievance with the newly formed Boxing Promoter's Association. continue
By John Brady - Its one of the most interesting debates in boxing. Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. Two old rivals, two COMPLETELY different styles who will both be inducted into the hall of fame the second they are each eligible. So who will go down as the better fighter?
On May 22, 1993 Roy Jones outpointed Bernard Hopkins by three unanimous scores of 116-112. On this night however, Roy was LIGHT YEARS ahead of Bernard when it came to the experience factor. On fight night Jones had already experienced over a hundred and twenty amateur fights, numerous golden glove tournaments, and fighting overseas. Not to mention he also experienced painful defeat in the famous 1988 Olympics where he was flat out robbed of a gold medal at age 19. Roy also had the benefit of quality sparring partners in his amateur days including the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard. continue
Rafael Concepcion - "I know Las Vegas and I know there will be Latino fans in the arena rooting for me on Saturday night. There will be Mexican fans for sure on my side. I've trained hard and I will win. Panama fighters do not lose to Filipinos. We're 4-0 in title fights." (Note: Concepcion's chief trainer is Rigoberti Garibaldi of Panama. He used to work Ricardo Mayorgas corner)
Nonito Donaire "I've seen one video of Concepcion. He has a lot of heart which tells me he can be very dangerous inside the ring. I am going to rely on my speed and power to get through this one. Before I leave the 115 pound division, I want to fight Jorge Arce and Fernando Montiel. Those two are on my mind and it doesn't matter who is first.. continue
Butler, PA - 2008 Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach has been on quite a roll lately guiding fighters and predicting outcomes. While training pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao, Roach has correctly predicted the verdict in each of his last two fights. Now working with Butler, Pennsylvania heavyweight Brian Minto in preparation for his clash with the undefeated Donnell Holmes on August 14th (NESportsTV.com PPV, $10 USD, Conversion rates apply out of country), Roach is hoping that his premonition is right again. continue
by James Slater - It seems both Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, will be in action against top US talent before the year is out. WBC king Vitali's September fight with unbeaten Mexican/American Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola is signed and a definite go, and now, according to Philly.com, IBF and WBO ruler Wladimir will face another Goossen Tutor-promoted fight in Eddie Chambers in December.
The second fight involving a Klitschko is not a done deal yet, but according to Philly.com, "Fast" Eddie's promoter Dan Goossen said yesterday that if all negotiations are "nailed down" the two men will fight at the end of the year, most likely December 12th, and most likely in Germany and on HBO. This, naturally, is great news for Chambers. Coming off his most impressive win to date - when he travelled to Germany to totally outclass and outwork the huge and previously unbeaten Alexander Dimitrenko - the once-beaten 27-year-old is in the best condition of his entire life and his he chomping at the bit to get at Wladimir - or any recognised world heavyweight champion for that matter. continue
CHICAGO, IL (August 11, 2009) Amidst the sweltering heat in Chicago, welterweight contender KING DAVID Estrada trains diligently for his showdown with Chris Gray at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5, set for Friday, August 21st at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago. WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5 is presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING since 1998. Advance tickets for WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 5, starting at $31, can be purchased through the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800 and through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
The date is set for the mega-fight between boxings No. 1 pound-4-pound king and reigning Boxing Writers Association of Americas (BWAA) Fighter of the Year, Manny PacMan Pacquiao, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto. Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto, FirePower will take place Saturday, Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. PST/6 p.m. PST. Tickets priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300 and $150, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m. Ticket sales at $1,000, $750, $500 and $300 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person, with a total ticket limit of 12 per person. continue
By Mel Dixon - If I choose to fight again and he's still up there [as world champion] - which I certainly hope he is, - then it's a possibility." Ricky Hatton
The news this week that Ricky Hatton would consider a fight with Amir Khan is further validation of the Bolton fighters status as restored goods almost a year after his destruction at the hands of Breidis Prescott. It also signifies the contrasting fortunes of Ricky Hatton after his failed, though brave, quest to seek and destroy the world pound-for-pound kings. Nonetheless, Khans recovery under the guidance of Freddie Roach has been astonishingly swift to the extent that even his supporters couldnt have foreseen the speed of his recovery. continue
LOS ANGELES (August 10) - On November 28th American boxing fans and fans all over the world will have the chance to witness the anxiously awaited rematch of Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade as they battle for the IBF World Super Middleweight Title and the event will be aired live on HBO's Boxing After Dark. The fight marks the first time since 1977 that the famed American network will travel north of the border to broadcast a fight from Canada. continue
The Heavyweight Wisdom of Frank Maloney: On Larry Olubamiwo (prior to his defeat by Daniil Peret, a man stopped in two rounds by Tyson Fury): I believe in Larry Olubamiwo, I may have discovered another Earnie Shavers On Scott Belshaw, also stopped in 2 rounds by Tyson Fury: His commitment and dedication is the same as Lennox Lewis. He will be the richest sportsman ever.
On Lennox Lewis: Unfortunately, after what happened in South Africa, no matter whether he gets his revenge over Rahman, he will never go down in history as one of the greats. Lewis will never be up there in boxing's hall of fame.. continue
Note: Roy Jones Jr and Jeff Lacy will be on the sidelines at Wednesdays New Orleans Saints practice in Metairie, LA. Coach Payton has asked Roy Jones Jr. to address the team afterwards. Jones will.
Biloxi, MS (August 11, 2009) -- Jeff Left Hook Lacy worked out today in Biloxi preparing for Saturday nights showdown against eight-time world champion Roy Captain Hook Jones Jr. This is Lacys first time fighting at the 175-pound weight limit and one would think he may come in a little soft, but that is definitely not the case. Lacy still has the sculpted body, only now hes carrying seven more pounds of muscle (see attached photo).
And I never lifted a weight in my life, said Lacy. Its all natural, and that (ticks) some people off. If got most of it from my dad who is 64 240 (pounds). Funny thing is, Im the only one out of nine kids that is under 6-foot, except my one sister who is 511. I have another sister who is 63.
Two of Lacys brothers dabbled in boxing and one played baseball for a while but Im the last one standing. Right now I weigh 175 and I feel real good. I feel real strong, said Lacy about fighting at the new weight. I ran a little bit this morning and Im going to shake out right now.. continue
Sampson Boxing, LLC, Sampson Lewkowicz, nor Gabriel Campillo have never been given notice of any lawsuit or served with any Order from any court in Spain. Sampson Boxing, LLC is the exclusive sole promoter of WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Gabriel Campillo. What Universum is stating is completely false and Gabriel Campillo has nothing signed with Universum or anybody else. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 11, 2009) If unbeaten light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs) defeats World Boxing Association light heavyweight champion Gabriel Chico Guapo Campillo in Saturday nights main event, the Kazak star will become the light heavyweight champion with the fewest pro fights in history. 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, at the Sport Complex Daulet National Tennis Center in Astana, Kazakhstan. The show is being taped live and will air in countries, dates, and times to be determined. continue
by James Slater - In truth, this coming Saturday night's light-heavyweight bout, between a former multi-weight world champion and a former IBF super-middleweight champion, is not a bad match-up. However, the way the two pugilists involved, in Roy Jones Junior and Jeff Lacy, have been going about things in the hyping of the fight department you'd think a classic was on its way.
Maybe a few years back, when Lacy was an unbeaten would-be star, a fight between he and Jones would have been one to be sure not to miss tuning in for, but now? Sure, with Jones we are talking about an all-time great, and an all-time great figures to be worth watching even when he's aged 40 and has not won a truly meaningful fight for a number of years. But when one thinks back to how extra-special Jones Junior was it's kind of tough seeing him trying to do what he once did with ease, and struggling. continue
Pensacola, FL (August 11, 2009) -- Danny Green Machine and his camp took a two hour drive west from Biloxi to Pensacola on Monday to check out Roy Jones training facility on his 88 acre farm. Jones doesnt get very excited about entertaining guests on fight week, as you can imagine, but he was hospitable in returning a favor. Roy Captain Hook Jones Jr. will battle Jeff Left Hook Lacy on Saturday night in Biloxi and Green and Julio Cesar Dominguez will fight for the IBO Cruiserweight title line on pay-per-view. continue
The IBF Welterweight title bout between Delvin Rodriguez and Issac Hlatshwayo turned into one of the most compelling fights of the year. Now, boxing fans will be able to take in all the action when the fight, promoted by Joe DeGuardias Star Boxing, airs Saturday, August 15 at 8pm as a part of DiBella Entertainments Broadway Boxing series on SportsNet New York (SNY). continue
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will defend his title against US-American Chris Arreola at Staples Center, Los Angeles (CA) on September, 26.
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: I am glad that the negotiations are over and we are able to present the fight that boxing fans all over the world want to see. Both Vitali and Chris are known as superb punchers and a fight over 12 rounds will be very unlikely to happen. We can all look forward to a spectacular event.
For 38-year-old Vitali Klitschko it is the third fight at the famous Staples Center, home of NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. I am so happy to fight in LA again. The 2003 fight against Lennox Lewis was my international breakthrough and just one year later I became WBC Champion for the first time against Corrie Sanders in that arena. Chris Arreola is one the strongest opponents I can think of. He is young, unbeaten, very confident and has a hard punch on his side. I will not underestimate him but no doubt, I will leave California as the world champion again, says Klitschko. continue
According to German BILD-Zeitung WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm quits his contract. I will never fight for Universum again, states Sturm. Id rather retire. Apparently, the contract of the 30-year-old is running out on November 16th. Universum claims to have an option to extend the contract for another three years. Sturms manager Roland Bebak said he had three different law firms checking the clause independently and all agreed it was immoral and therefore invalid. Both sides benefited from our partnership said Sturm. Now I reached a point where I want to stand on my own feet.. continue
by James Slater - According to BoxRec, heavyweight contender Jason "Big Six" Estrada will fight for the first time since his admirable but losing effort against unbeaten Russian star Alexander Povetkin on September 2nd. Scheduled to take on the deceptively capable Zuri Lawrence over 8-rounds in Syracuse, New York, 28-year-old Estrada will be looking to get back on the winning track. continue
by James Slater - There is nothing worse than a super-fight, or a potential super-fight, that gets away from us by not taking place.
Be it a rematch that simply had to happen but never did, a title fight unification that was badly needed to clear up the issue of which champion was the better, or a plain old grudge fight between two guys who couldn't stand each other, it's tough for fight fans when a must-see fight never materialises.
Here, in no particular order, this writer lists a choice of fights that had the potential to have been great but sadly never took place. continue
by James Slater - 33-year-old Joachim Alcine of Canada is set to make his first ring appearance since losing his WBA light-middleweight title in stunning fashion last July. Stopped in highlight reel fashion in the 6th-round by Puerto Rican southpaw and former WBO welterweight and light-middleweight champ Daniel Santos, Alcine disappeared for the longest time afterwards. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2009) The Welterweight Division represents the most colorful, perhaps, best known fighters in the The Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer promotion. Nine of the 10 middleweight candidates are already in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the last, Bernard Hopkins, is headed to Canastota five years after he retires when he becomes eligible. There are eight Americans, including two from Pittsburgh (Harry Greb and Charlie Burley), one Argentinean and a Frenchman born in Algiers. continue
This week, On The Ropes radio returns with the Hostess with the most, Miss Jenna J, alongside her esteemed co-host Nick Powers and special weekly guest Geoffrey "Rumsfeld" Ciani. 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..
First and foremost, the OTR crew will be discussing the recent allegations brought forth against world class trainer Roger Mayweather involving a physical altercation between himself and one of his corner female fighters. continue
FRANK MALONEY has lashed out at rent-a-quote motormouth Tyson Fury. FTM promoted John McDermott defends his English heavyweight title against the unbeaten pretender at the Brentwood Centre on Friday September 11. Fury, unbeaten in seven fights has criticised the quality of heavyweight boxing on Maloney bills, but the promoter reckons the mouthy Mancunian must be suffering from amnesia. Maloney said: "Perhaps Fury had a hard spar that day when he made those comments, and I'll forgive him if he did. "I would say my track record with heavyweights is better than anybody in British boxing. "My work with Lennox Lewis is there for all to see and I helped discover Nikolai Valuev and John Ruiz - one great world champion and two decent ones. continue
Sinan Samil Sam has to postpone his comeback again. The two-time European heavyweight champion and former world amateur champion has been kept out of the ring for more than a year now by different illnesses and injuries. The Bull from Bosporus had planned to make his comeback in early October. Now Sam had to undergo surgery because of gall stones. The doctors said Sinan cannot train for another six weeks, says promoter Ahmet Öner. Its too bad because he desperately wanted to get back into the ring. But we cannot take any risks here. Sinan isnt a young man anymore. He needs his time for preparation; especially because we are looking for a world class opponent for his comeback.. continue
Ricardo L. (Miami Lakes, FL): Emanuel Steward recently spoke about his thoughts on Miguel Cotto and the fact that he thinks he could help Cotto againts Pacquiao. Do you think adding him is what Cotto really needs?
VW (ESB): Some have been pretty critical of Emanuel Steward lately because things went south with half of his former pupils (Cintron, Taylor, Lee, etc), but to put things in a proper perspective, it's no coincidence that the only fighter on his roster that had longevity as a champ is the one guy that is truly committed to his craft (Klitschko). Cintron, Lee, and Taylor all came close to doing big things and at least one of them did (Taylor), but they're all cut from the same cloth in the sense that that "S" word (sustain) has been their biggest issue, which once again points to their level of commitment. When you think about Steward joining Miguel, look at it like this.... continue
North Bergen, NJ - Junior-Welterweight contender "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis of Atlantic City, NJ will make his second straight appearance at North Bergen, NJ's Schuetzen Park when he faces off with Troy Browning on August 27. The 10-round main event will headline the show promoted by Pound4Pound Promotions. "I want to thank John and Pat Lynch for giving me the opportunity to fight in their main event once again," says Arnaoutis, 22-3-2 (10 KO). "Troy Browning is a very tough, rugged opponent who I will not underestimate. He will be coming to win, just as I am, and will be dangerous for the whole fight.. continue
by Ryan McArthur- With the two upcoming fights involving Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, "pound-for- pound" will be a term branded around the fight media for the next few months. I do agree with most that pound for pound the pacman is the best boxer on the planet. What I do strongly disagree with however is that he holds a pound- for- pound "title" as if its a belt to be worn around the waste.
Although the term pound for pound has been around since the great Sugar Ray Robinson, its only until recently that its been adopted into a "title" a fighter can actually win. continue
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch recently celebrated his 32nd birthday but the Cobra believes hes still improving and he has the evidence to back it up. Froch is part of the groundbreaking new Super Six concept which will ultimately crown the Worlds best Super Middleweight and produce a leading candidate for the best pound for pound fighter in the world. The Nottingham man kicks off his Super Six campaign against unbeaten American Andre Dirrell in front of his hometown fans at the Trent FM Arena on October 17th. Froch has already established himself as one of the worlds most exciting fighters following back to back thrillers with Jean Pascal and Jermain Taylor in WBC title fights but hes adamant that the best is yet to come.
The undefeated Froch explained, Im very methodical in my approach to my training and Ive kept a diary since I turned pro and it logs every run, every sit up, every sparring session Ive ever had and how Ive felt mentally after each session. Basically the diaries record every punch Ive thrown in my pro career. Every training session gets recorded and it means I can look back and see how Im progressing, not just through an individual training camp but through my entire career. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton has come out with a shocking outburst aimed at the sport that made him rich and famous. "The Hitman," now a promoter, is furious at how his brother Matthew's fight with former world champion Zab Judah has fallen apart. Ricky, in speaking exclusively with The Manchester Evening News, has come out and claimed that the action Judah took - when Zab made a demand of the younger Hatton to take the September 19th fight at light-welterweight instead of at welterweight - is another example of how politics and such like are ruining boxing. continue
BILOXI, Miss. (August 9, 2009) Two promising lightweight prospects, Jason American Boy Litzau (24-2, 20 KOs) and Verquan The Show Kimbrough (21-1-2, 7 KOs), open-up the Hook City pay per view this show Saturday night (August 15), headlined by 8-time world boxing champion Roy Captain Hook Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and 2-time super middleweight world title-holder Jeff Left Hook Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), in one of four title fights airing live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Can we boxing fans forget Miguel Happy Lora, the boxer who moved the hips like Shakira? I dont think so
Born Miguel Lora Escudero on April 12, 1961, he started to box at an early age, as he grew up following Colombian legends Cipriano Barbulito Zuluaga and Enrique Quique Higgins. His path to glory started in 1977, when he won the gold medal in the National Tournament of Boxing, held in his native Montería. Three years later he captured the WBC Fecarbox super flyweight title and in 1982 he won the Colombian super flyweight belt. In 1983 he defeated countryman Rubén Darío Palacios to win the vacant WBC Continental Americas bantamweight title. From 1983 to 1985 Lora kept his victorious career, which called the attention of Miami-based boxing promoter Félix Tuto Zabala, who promptly recognized Loras talent. Then he started to train under the tutelage of Amilcar Brusa. continue
by James Slater - A fight has been officially announced as taking place on the September 19th Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez bill, and it sure will go a long way towards making the Las Vegas show even better. Lightweights Michael Katsidis and Vicente Escobedo will battle it out at The MGM Grand as they try and win the interim version of the WBO 135-pound title. Fireworks are all but guaranteed.
The September card, though it has lost Zab Judah-Matthew Hatton and the talked of Allan Green-Sakio Bika fight (Zab will fight Antonio Diaz on the card, Green will fight Victor Oganoz on October 3rd) looks as though it will attract the fans. And the clash between the blood and guts warrior from Australian going up against the former Olympian from California will be part of the attraction. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez, Photo: Courtesy of Andy Espinoza/SINUBOX - Lely Luz Flórez, the Colombian female boxer who lost to featherweight queen Ina Menzer back in 2006 made history yesterday by defeating beautiful Uruguayan Chris Namús to become Colombias first female boxing champion ever! The fight took place at Montevideos Palacio Peñarol on Saturday, August 8th, and it took Lely only one single round to destroy previously unbeaten Namús, who came to the fight as the top dog. Another Colombia-born, Cecilia Braekhus, became champion of the world last March, but she grew up in Norway and many Colombian experts dispute if she actually represents the country. continue
We need to police our sport and show that as an industry we won't tolerate what has been business as usual anymore We will change this business There will be boxing reform --Dan Goosen.
Welcome to the boxings world of business. Or shall we say to the business of boxing? Im afraid that boxing these days has become a business more than a battle between two warriors. Boxing is no longer the traditional way of determining the best boxer on the earth but a mix of both business and boxing per se. --Rico Navarro, The Freeman) Updated July 05, 2009
Few activities, much less sports, have what is known as a sleazy underbelly. continue
By Andrew Walker - Since he burst into our consciousness by dramatically winning the inaugural Prize Fighter tournament early last year, boxing fans have taken Martin Rogan to their hearts in the UK. He was roared onto to his wins against Englishmen Audley Harrison (mind you Harrison would get booed by his own family such is his unpopularity) and Mat Skelton by the English fans who loved his attitude and style. Not the greatest boxer technically but Rogan has an exciting march forward style and plenty of heart. The Belfast man got 100% out of himself in both of those fights and the crowd and TV audiences appreciated it. continue
by James Slater - A world title fight unification is always a good thing for the sport, and according to top British promoter Frank Warren, one could soon be coming up in the 140-pound weight class, with the fighter he promotes in Amir Khan taking on rival light-welterweight ruler Timothy Bradley. Khan, who, according to his promoter "arrived on the world stage" with his points win over Adreas Kotelnik last month, would be attempting to add Bradley's WBO crown to the WBA strap he took from the Ukrainian. It's still very early days, and so far Warren has only spoken about the fight, but he did go as far as to say that the match-up is "on the horizon.. continue
By Christopher Cruz - Never say never, as they say. With the onagain offagain nature of negotiations of the Manny PacquiaoMiguel Cotto war tentatively set on November 14, 2009 (MGM Grand in Las Vegas), nearly everyone must be reeling from all the contradicting headlines of major boxing and news websites in the past few weeks.
This hellacious turn of events began innocently enough. After initial demands were laid out by both camps, lone promoter Top Rank head Bob Arum went on a holiday with the probable plan to let the camps stew a bit and make some of the blatantly unrealistic demands go away naturally. A major sticking point cropped up and both parties stuck to their guns: The Catch-Weight. Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach insisted on 142-143 lbs. citing his wards last fight where he weighed in at only 138lbs. while Cottos doctor declared 145 lbs. as the lowest Miguel could go without getting severely dehydrated beyond safe levels. continue
JONES JR: I do really feel the fight will not go the distance. Hes a strong puncher and his only chance to win the fight is to knock me out. So when you come to knock a guy out, chances are you are going to get knocked out. I cant see it going 12 rounds if he does what I think he will. I have prepared to go fifteen, so if he can survive 12 rounds OK, and hes a better man than I thought he was. I dont know how hes going to take it for 12 rounds myself. continue
Primm, NV - Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA scored an easy first round knockout of late replacement William Shahan at Buffalo Bills Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. The time was 1:20. Kauffman moves his record to 18-0 (15 KO) while Shahan drops to 8-2 (7 KO). The show was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and televised by ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. continue
Andrew Walker - On the 11th of September (venue undecided as of now but looking like Brentwood in Essex) British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury will face his toughest opponent to date (on paper at least) in his short professional career so far, for the English heavyweight title. The man in the opposite corner looking to end the Fury phenomenom will be John McDermott, who is coming off of two back to back British title decision losses to Danny Williams.
Arguably McDermott was unlucky to lose the first fight against Williams after Danny was docked several points late in the fight for various infringements. McDermott had Williams out on his feet in round five but just couldnt find the necessary punch to finish the Londoner off. But when the bell rang to end the fight it was McDermott and his camp celebrating as they thought they had the British heavyweight title in the bag. Danny Williams looked despondent and had the expression of a man who knew he had lost his belt.
Amazingly Williams was given the majority decision (I had scored the fight a draw) but in hindsight take the fifth round and the point deductions away and Williams out boxed the big Essex man comfortably throughout the fight. continue
By Paul Strauss - There seems to be a large contingency of people demanding Referee David Mendoza's head on a charger. They seem to think Mendoza is incompetent, and clearly missed what everyone else in the world saw, which was a head butt administered (accidently) by Timothy Bradley against Nate Campbell.
The accompanying outrage has resulted in a resurgent demand for instant replay. The reasoning seems to be that if Mendoza (and possibly ringside officials) was allowed to view the replay in slow-motion, as fans and Monday Morning Quarterbacks were allowed to do, then he would have made what they feel should have been the correct call, and classified the cut eye as the result of an accidental head-butt. continue
The use of the instant replay in boxing has been at the core of some conversations in the boxing community stemming from the official ruling of the Bradley vs. Campbell fight which took place Saturday, August 1, 2009. In a sport where the instant replay can easily be deferred to, either to support or overturn an official decision, such as in the aforementioned situation, it is rarely used. The International Boxing Federation is releasing this statement in support of the use of the instant replay for immediately correcting or sustaining official decisions that reasonably come into question in bouts sanctioned by the organization. continue
By Thomas Newman: Paulie Malignaggi throws himself back into the Jr Welterweight mix on the August 22nd in an exciting bout against former World Lightweight Champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz. The result of this match will no doubt catapult the winner towards a title shot against one of the crop of Junior Welterweight champions. Paulie Malignaggi takes time out of his training regime to talk to Thomas Newman from www.boxingcommunity.tv
(TN) Paulie you are next up against Juan Diaz on August 22nd. What would you say is the "Baby Bull's" biggest weakness?
(PM) Thanks for having me. Well, Juan Diaz is a great fighter and is going to come to fight. We know that for a fact, but I will show the Baby Bull's weaknesses on August 22nd.
(TN) Without giving too much away...what is your game plan for the fight?
(PM) Well your going to see the old Paulie Malignaggi back in action. We have got a great game plan on August 22nd, and I am ready for anything baby bull has to offer. We have got a great team and I am going to put on a boxing clinic. continue
BILOXI, Miss. (August 7, 2009) Hook City, headlined by 8-time world champion Roy Captain Hook Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2-time super middleweight world title-holder Jeff Left Hook Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), will feature four, exciting title fights. In addition to being a well matched, entertainment valued promotion, Hook City has a slew of interesting storylines in each of its four PPV title fights on August 15th, which includes famous boxing hookers, wide-eyed dreamers, legitimate contenders and promising prospects. continue
by James Slater - Former WBO super-featherweight champion Jorge Barrios of Argentina is back in action this coming Saturday night, when he takes on Nicaraguan southpaw Moises Castro for something called the interim WBO Latino lightweight title. Now aged 33, the fighter known as "La Hiena" will be having his first fight since losing on an 11th-round TKO to Rocky Juarez last September.
The fight with the 27-11-4(13) Castro is a decent enough comeback match for Barrios, but, as FightNews have reported, the exciting, trash-talking Argentine wants a much bigger fight in the future. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'C.E.O. Fridays' segment we take a closer look at a man who needs very little introduction. When you take a look at his complete body of work, the results tell us one thing, yet the subsequent progress made has often portrayed another. In an era of the sport led by contempt, contrast, and controversy, let the record be clear that this is not a vain effort to uncover any new ground in the well documented doping scandal. Instead, today we set out to put into proper perspective the ring life of Mr. Mosley, placing all other eccentric matters that fail to play an active role in the four-rope-square to the side. Over the years, Mosley has been a solid pro. Similar to his namesakes, (Leonard and Robinson), Shane came to the sport with a bevy of attributes at his disposal. Speed and power atop the list, with everything from ring intellect and a granite chin tossed in between; there were few things that Mosley didn't display on his ascent to the top. After years of dominance, Mosley would finally make his mark with an inspiring performance in which he out-dueled previously undefeated Philip Holiday to obtain his first professional strap (IBF - lightweight). 3 years later, his rise would land him in front of arguably the biggest name in the sport, (Oscar De La Hoya), and with the pressure of the vegas-like scrolling marquees beaming, Shane wouldn't fail to deliver, as he put on a classic performance in the first ever boxing event staged at the Los Angeles Staples Center. This victory was just the start for Mosley, and for those who watched his megawatt smile and ring brilliance, it would appear that those shining moments could never go dim. Two years later, that would all change. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 7 As he prepares for the 10th defense of his world title against Francisco Leal on August 29th in Mexico, WBA / IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero has taken time out of his busy schedule to address recent comments made by the manager of WBO champion Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Pinero.
Orlando, I have been a fighter for over a decade, and unfortunately, I know how things work in this business when it comes to fighters who choose to avoid the real challenges in their careers, said Caballero. continue
Primm, NV - Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA tipped the scales at a trim and ready 224.5 for his eight-round fight with William Shahan of Glenville, WV. Shahan weighed in at 245. Kauffman-Shahan will appear underneath the Alfredo Angulo-Gabriel Rosado main event televised by ESPN2 Friday Night Fights and promoted by Gary Shaw Productions. The venue is the Star of the Desert Arena at Terrible's Primm Valley Casino Resorts in Primm, NV. continue
DONAIRE: I have been working with my strength trainer Michael Bazzle for the past two months and my weight is really good right now and my training has been impressive so I am very confident going into the fight.
How do you represent your people when you are training 5000 miles away?
DONAIRE: It is more of representing myself and being proud of who I am. Being a Philippino fighter and remembering to represent myself in the best possible way as a Philippino and with that I think the support is there.
You are going to make a tribute to the late Philippine leader Aquino? continue
By Jesse James Forbes - The glorious rise to the top of boxing is simply not easy. For every fighter we see promoted by HBO or Showtime from their early fights and almost handed championship glory, there are countless others with just as much talent and drive trying to fight their way unnoticed through the ranks of the worlds toughest sport. These athletes dont get the magazine articles. continue
by JOHN WIGHT - Weve all seen the movie, and were all familiar with the iconic scene when failed boxer Terry Malloy (Marlon Brandon) confronts his slick gangster brother, Charley (Rod Steiger) in the back of the cab on its way to delivering Terry to his death for deciding to cooperate with an investigation into racketeering on the waterfront. The line - I coulda had class! I coulda been a contender! remains one of the most celebrated and recognisable in movie history, as indeed does the movie itself.
On The Waterfront was written by Budd Schulberg, who died on August 5 at the age of 95. It was directed by Elia Kazan and garnered eight Academy Awards, including an Oscar for best screenplay. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - On August 22, Grady Brewer will square off in a rematch with Anthony Thompson, a foe who he already defeated via third round stoppage over five years ago. In many ways, their upcoming encounter this time represents a crossroads fight for each pugilist. Will Brewer reign triumphant again or will his opponent have something to say about that?
I had the opportunity to have a brief chat with Grady Brewer and here is what he had to say:
Q: Hi Grady. How are preparations coming along for your August 22 rematch with Anthony Thompson?
Its coming along pretty good right now. Im pretty excited about how training went and am looking forward to getting into the ring. continue
Tyson Fury has caused quite a stir since turning professional in December, as the Manchester based novice has benefited from an unprecedented amount of press releases showcasing his brash and ultra-confident viewpoints. The towering 21 year old has pointed to his string of victories over hand-picked opposition as proof that he is indeed the self-proclaimed savior of heavyweight boxing in Britain. Next month, Fury, 7-0 (7), will be given a reality check as he will meet one of the more experienced heavyweights on the domestic scene, "Big Bad" John McDermott, 25-5 (16). The pair face-off for McDermott's English title at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, England on Friday, September 11. continue
by James Slater - A good fight that makes sense is up as happening on BoxRec on September 17th in Primm, Nevada, between former world champions at welterweight and light-middleweight, respectively, Carlos Quintana and Verno Phillips.
This battle between two men who have both fought Paul "The Punisher" Williams recently - with mixed results - could well be a cracking encounter. continue
by James Slater - Two highly interesting heavyweight title fights are set to take place later this year, and one of them has the potential to be a real classic. WBC king Vitali Klitschko defends his title against Chris Arreola on September 26th in fight-one (the bout that has the potential to be a classic), and in fight-two WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev defends his claim to the throne against David Haye on November 7th.
Both fights will almost certainly be watched on TV by high numbers - the Klitschko-Arreola fight especially - and both fights figure to get a very good live audience (Valuev-Haye may come out on top here, with a big stadium in Germany likely to wind up being pretty full). But of the two exciting and unbeaten contenders (at heavyweight, at least, in Haye's case) who has the better shot at collecting a belt with a win - "The Nightmare" or "The Hayemaker?"
Though Haye, 22-1(21) is going up against a fighter who is looked at as the weakest of the three currently reigning world heavyweight champions, this does not necessarily make the Londoner a favourite over the man from Riverside, LA when it comes to launching a successful title challenge. continue
By Andrew Walker - Kevin Mitchell just a few years ago was one of the leading lights of our up and coming British boxing talent. But despite not losing a fight he has seen his star wane somewhat this last year (largely in part due to his injury and subsequent surgery) as his promoter Frank Warren has concentrated on the career of Amir Khan and as of late the three Olympians, Gavin, De Gale and Saunders.
Indeed Mitchell who has headlined small cards for Warren and has been chief support at some of the larger ones in the past faced the indignity of not even being televised on the most recent Warren promotion. A fate he shared with former cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli who has seen his gamble of taking the Haye fight derail his own career spectacularly these last eighteen months or so. continue
CANASTOTA, NY AUGUST 6, 2009 The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of Academy Award-winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg. He passed away yesterday in Long Island, NY. He was 95. Born in New York City on March 27, 1914, Schulberg was one of the most celebrated contemporary American authors. During his 60-plus year career Schulberg endeared himself to the fistic community through his writing, which often dealt with boxing. His passion for boxing was inherited from his father, motion picture pioneer and Paramount Studios production chief, B.P Schulberg, who took his 6-year old son to see Benny Leonard box at Madison Square Garden. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Fresh off his 3rd-round TKO win over Nate Campbell this past Saturday, WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley is looking ahead to his next fight. The 25-year-old who improved to 25-0(12) says he was just getting going when the fight was stopped due to a cut suffered by Campbell - a cut Campbell claims came from a butt (and is appealing the result).
The fighter known as "Desert Storm" says he'd fight Campbell again, but that he'd easily defeat him a second time. Very kindly taking time out to speak with me about the Campbell fight and other things, Tim gave me the following answers over the phone today.
James Slater: It's a pleasure to speak with you, Champ, as always. First of all, were you happy with your performance against Nate Campbell? You sure were on top in a big way
Timothy Bradley: Absolutely. It was a great performance. I prepared well, but I wasn't really focusing on Nate, I was concentrating more on what I was doing. continue
Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KO´s) will return to the ring on August 29 when he takes on Gbenga Oloukun (16-1, 10 KOs) on the undercard of the WBO Cruiserweight Title Fight between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Marco Captain Huck. It will be Brewster´s second bout for Team Sauerland following a successful debut in March 2009 in Kiel where he cruised to a clear points victory over Michael Sprott. I expect to put on a great performance and show how good I really am, the former WBO Heavyweight Champion said. I believe I am about two fights away from the world title.. continue
BILOXI, Miss. (August 6, 2009) Unbeaten NABO cruiserweight champion BJ El Peligroso Flores defends his title against former world title challenger Epifanio Diamente Mendoza in a 10-round bout to complete an entertaining, well matched Hook City 4-fight pay per view card, August 15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The Hook City pay-per-view show, headlined by two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy Captain Hook Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff Left Hook Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs), is presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. continue
Team Sauerland Statement regarding Palle claims: It was with great surprise that Team Sauerland found out about Mogens Palle´s latest remarks in the U.S. press. Contrary to what Palle claimed in an open letter, neither Team Sauerland nor Mikkel Kessler or SHOWTIME have violated any rights. The Viking Warrior has been in Court with Palle in Denmark for quite a while, and Team Sauerland has reviewed his attorney's contentions and concluded that no valid contract exists between Palle and Kessler. "Mogens Palle can sue whomever he wants," Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. "But it does not give him any options or any rights over Mikkel Kessler at all. He simply does not have a valid contract with Kessler."
Mogens Palle Lashes Out At Kessler, Sauerland and Showtime
By Mogens Palle: Mikkel Kessler is a great boxer, no doubt. I have promoted the sport in tiny Denmark for 52 years and Kessler may be the greatest Danish born fighter I have ever had. But what kind of a man is Kessler? Is he all attitude and no gratitude? Is he a world class athlete who makes contractual deals and lives up to them? Or is the so called Viking Warrior a man to whom a legal contract means nothing?
Ive been biting my tongue for too long and now I want to set the record straight about Kessler, about the pirate promoter Sauerland Event and the pirate cable TV network Showtime. I am sueing or will sue Kessler, Sauerland and Showtime. continue
Former Cruiserweight Champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vassiliy "The Tiger" Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) is returning to boxing with the intention of regaining his cruiserweight world championship. The popular former champion is currently in training for a proposed September 17 bout at the Woodland Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. A fan favorite worldwide for his relentless come-forward attack and intense body punching ability, Jirov first made history when he defeated American team captain Antonio Tarver to win the Olympic light heavyweight gold medal in Atlanta in 1996. continue
-- Click here to listen to the show -- by Geoffrey Ciani - As always, 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. continue
04.08.09 - by Geoffrey Ciani - I recently was afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward. Heres what he had to say:
Q: Under your tutelage, Wladimir Klitschko has made noticeable improvements inside the ring. However, in your first outing working together he lost to Lamon Brewster. What are some of the most important things you have been able to teach Wlad since that time?
Well, he lost that night, but physically he wasnt right. At the end of the first round, he couldnt even focus, so I will leave it at that. And that is why I have never doubted him from that loss. I did not take that loss seriously.
But basically, what I did with Wladimir was teach him basics, which is what I did with Lennox (Lewis) and most of my fighters. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 6, 2009) Former junior middleweight world champion Sergio THE LATIN SNAKE Mora is headed to TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino set for Saturday, August 22nd at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California. Mora, who most recently split a pair of world title bouts with Vernon Forrest in 2008, will serve as the special guest at the event in addition to handling broadcast duties on the tape delayed broadcast. He also was the winner of NBCs first season of the boxing reality show, The Contender in 2005. TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino is headlined by an I.B.O. Junior Middleweight World Championship bout between Philadelphias Anthony THE MESSENGER Thompson and Grady Brewer, winner of The Contender, Season Two. continue
by James Slater - Former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz, who makes his ring return this coming September 26th, wisely took a long time off after suffering the beating he did at the hands of the great Manny Pacquiao. Losing both his world title and his consciousness in the 9th-round of his brutally one-sided fight with "Pac-Man," the 33-year-old southpaw from Chicago took the kind of hammering that can end a fighter's career.
The beat-down that left the proud warrior face-down on the mat back in June of last year may have taken practically all of the fight out of Diaz, but we won't know, and more importantly, he won't know, until he steps back into the ring. continue
by James Slater - 37-year-old Lance "Mount" Whitaker, 33-5-1(27) launched a successful comeback last month, as he returned to the ring after a 15 month absence to pound out a ten-round unanimous decision win over Danny Batchelder. Set to fight again on the 21st of this month, the fighter once known, bizarrely, as "Goofi," has his sights set on challenging for a world title after he's fully ridded himself of ring-rust.
At a huge and imposing 6'8," Whitaker feels he has what it takes to beat either of the two Klitschko brothers who are currently atop the heavyweight ladder.
Very kindly taking time out to speak to me over the phone yesterday afternoon, Lance had the following answers to my questions. continue
By Andrew Walker - As I typed out that headline I thought that sounds a bit totalitarian? It sounds like the sort of headline the monopolies commission would be interested in. But it is actually a very positive thing if it were to ever happen to the sport of boxing. Whilst followers of boxing will debate who's who and what's what in the sport ad nauseam most if not all would agree that the current situation of a multitude of governing bodies fighting for prominence is a large factor in what has gone wrong with boxing today. continue
Hot prospect Tony Bellew believes a future showdown against British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly would be a barnstormer. Bellew, a former triple ABA champion, is confident that if he and Cleverly remain unbeaten then a fight between them would be as big as the Nigel Benn-Chris Eubank epics. And the 26-year-old scouser reckons the Welshman won't be able to handle the power which has seen him halt six of his nine victims. "A fight between me and Nathan will be huge in a few years time if we both keep undefeated and building it up" said Bellew. "I would seriously love that fight and it would be real scrap just like the Benn-Eubank days. continue
WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) has vowed not to underestimate mandatory challenger Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs). The duo came face-to-face for the first time today during the official press conference at the MCH Herning in Denmark. They will meet in the ring again on September 12, with SHOWTIME airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). I am thrilled to be fighting in my home country and I am glad the fans in the U.S. will have the chance to watch, Kessler said. I cannot wait to be back in the ring. Obviously, there is much more at stake than just the WBA Super-Middleweight Title.
Kessler is to face Andre Ward in their hotly-anticipated first-round meeting of SHOWTIME´s Super Six World Boxing Classic. I am not thinking about that right now, he stated. All my focus is on Perdomo. He is a tough challenger who wants to walk away with my title. I want to enter the Super Six with a victory and my belt, so I know how much there will be at stake on September 12.. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 4, 2009) Team KZ is much more than its undisputed leader, unbeaten light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov, who challenges World Boxing Association light heavyweight champion Gabriel Chico Guapo Campillo, August 15th at the Sport Complex Daulet National Tennis Center 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.
Two Team KZ members, 4-time Uzbekistan National amateur champion Gayrat Ahmedov and Uzbekistan light middleweight Ravshan Hudayaynazarov, will be showcased on the August 15th card. continue
CHICAGO, IL (August 4, 2009) Former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will face off against two time world champion Jesus Chavez in the ten round main event at WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6 at Chicagos UIC Pavilion on Saturday, September 26th, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Tickets, priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, will go on sale Monday, August 10th at 10am through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800). continue
By Nick Powers - Since it was announced that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. would be coming out of his short-lived retirement to challenge lineal Lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, media speculation and rumors surrounding the fight have been nothing short of abundant.
- How will Floyd perform after a year and a half away from the ring?
- At what weight will the contest take place?
- How will Marquez adjust to Floyds natural size advantage and defensive style?
- Has the fight been postponed due to lack of sufficient ticket sales?
Recently, however, Floyds uncle and head trainer Roger Mayweather has made headlines of a different sort. After a female fighter of Rogers ended their professional relationship in favor of another trainer, Roger supposedly began harassing the young woman repeatedly, culminating when he attacked the woman at her apartment and reportedly punched her several times in the ribs before attempting to choke her. Roger was later arrested on charges of coercion with force and battery-strangulation, seemingly sidelining him from his freedom and the gym for the time being. That being said, it is now apparent that the former Pound for Pound and Welterweight champion is left without a chief second for his comeback fight, prompting the boxing world with the biggest question of all: What now? continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 4, 2009) Sensational featherweight prospect Dat BE DAT Nguyen has been added to the TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino event, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, August 22nd at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California. 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 Andrew Walker - I recently wrote a small piece on the downturn in boxing promotions being shown on British terrestrial television. Although the feedback was on the whole very positive about the article (thank you) the recurring theme and it is also one that is proliferated on the boards of this very site was that what the sport needs is a dedicated subscription based boxing channel. This is the last thing the sport of boxing needs if it is to claw its way back onto the screens and minds of the mainstream public. It is also a pipe dream that could never succeed as a sustainable business. continue
by James Slater - Earlier today I had the pleasure of speaking over the phone with Henry Ramirez, trainer, of course, of unbeaten heavyweight contender Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola, 27-0(24). As has been announced, the 28-year-old Mexican/American who resides in Riverside, LA, will challenge WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko at The Staples Centre on September 26th. Very kindly taking time out to talk about this big opportunity his warrior has been given, Henry had the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: As always I really appreciate your time, Henry. You can guess the reason I'm calling - the fight with Vitali Klitschko's a go then! You and Chris must be thrilled?
Henry Ramirez: Oh, absolutely. Chris is very excited, and I'm very excited. continue
by James Slater - Originally they were to meet, at welterweight, on the under-card of the July 18th Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez bill, but, as we all know, "Money" suffered a somewhat mysterious rib injury and the card was postponed and that also postponed Zab Judah Vs. Matthew Hatton - the fight that is the subject of this article. Now, according to The Manchester Evening News, the fight, rescheduled for the new date of September 19th, is in danger of falling apart for good. And according to the Hattons - Matthew and big brother Ricky - it's Zab Judah's fault. continue
By Jordan Keller (SBB - )On Friday, July 31st two local heavys won their individual bouts on separate fight cards both keeping their winning ways rolling climbing one step closer to their goal a World Heavyweight Championship. One of those heavys is NYS Heavyweight Champion Darrell King David Madison, 13-1, 3Kos from Central Islip NY who defended his title taking on Newburgh, New Yorks Nagy Dominican Dynamite Aguilera, 13-1, 8Kos at the City Center in Saratoga, New York. Madison controlled most of the action using a sticking jab, some good counter punching mixed together with some god movement and some strategic clinches to keep Aguilera a tough boxer puncher off balance leaving him ineffective against the cagey mobile NYS champion. continue
By Ted Sares - I'm a Mancunian born and bred and I feel I'm no different to the man in the crowd and it's nice to reward them. I want to become a great champion. --Ricky Hatton
I have always been a big Ricky Hatton fan. I liked his sportsman spirit both inside and outside of the ring. Hell, he is the quintessential guy you would want to share a pint with at the pub. More importantly, he was an all-action, incoming kind of fighter who was willing to risk his well-being to put on a great performance. Whats not to like, unless you are one who prefers defensive cuties, slickters, and/or technique fighters. Me, I like the Benn, Thompson, Watson, Hatton type.
Now the Ricky I remember had an aura of invincibility as he marched across the ring and pressured his opponents with brutal body work until they were ready for the kill and then righteously marched back to his corner with another round in the bank. continue
(Boothwyn, PA) Rodney King, the man known throughout the world for pleading with a nation, Cant we all get along? is ready to lace up his boxing gloves and take on the challenge of fighting a former member of the Pennsylvania Police Department. King was the victim of police brutality, committed by Los Angeles police officers, and the L.A. Riots which followed brought him national attention. Last seen on VH1s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober Living, Rodney has been busy dedicating his life to sobriety and becoming a better father to his kids. Since signing up with the Celebrity Boxing Federation last month, King has been eager to step into the ring to face a determined opponent. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez, Photo: Courtesy of SINUBOX - Leli Luz Flórez, the Colombia-born female boxer who challenged WIBF featherweight queen Ina Menzer back in 2006, will have on Saturday, August 8th, her second opportunity to become a world champion. In that opportunity Menzer and Flórez produced a very interesting fight, with the champion landing several good punches and the challenger not only assimilating them, but also attacking throughout the ten rounds. Even though Flórez kept up the pace of the fight, it was Menzer who got the best part of it, thus winning by unanimous decision. continue
Mario W. (Mayaguez, PR): The Cotto/Pacquiao dilemma is getting old and there seems to be no progress. How do you think this will all play out in the end?
Vivek W. (ESB): You know, I don't claim to be the sharpest knife on the table, but I am sharp enough to cut through the fat and get down to the meat! I totally respect Arum and his contribution to the sport, but that being said......A week ago I spoke of a gut feeling I had that he announced the fight to the public well before either man's ink hit the contracts for a reason. Lets just say we're now learning what that reason was. Being the smart businessman that he is, it appears Arum thought all the hype and buzz around the sport would make Pacquiao and Cotto conform, but he's now learning the hard way that these guys aren't just fighters in the ring. It's hard to point the finger at either fighter because they have to go to war and they're looking out for their personal best interest. Cotto gave up (what's rumored to be) a near 65%-35% financial split, and wasn't willing to give up that much weight, and potentially a title too. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 4, 2009) The deep, talented Featherweight Division of The Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer promotion features todays Pound-for-Pound King, Manny Pacquaio, along with some all-time greats from the United States, Mexico, Cuba, Australia and Nicaragua. Legendary rivals -- Willie Pep vs. Sandy Saddler, Pacquaio vs. Marco Antonio Barrera, Jeff Fenech vs. Azumah Nelson -- are represented, in addition to other candidates such as Abe Attell, Alexis Arguello, Salvador Sanchez and Kid Chocolate. continue
by Paul Magno - Two weeks a month boxing fans have to withstand a barrage of attacks from fans and representatives of the UFC. The week before a UFC PPV and the week after, we'll hear: "Boxing is dead...Boxing is dying...Boxing is losing its ground to MMA...MMA is the combat sport of the future...etc, etc..."
Most of the so-called legit media take the story and run with it, not really knowing or caring whether the story is true or not. It just makes for a good headlines and it justifies their own ignorance when it comes to the sport of boxing. continue
By Robert Jackson: While anticipating the matchup between WBO Champion Timothy Bradley and top contender Nate Campbell one had to wonder how this fight would play out. Many thought the plot would be similar to the Juan Diaz/Nate Campbell fight with Nate being too strong for the underrated Bradley. Others believe that Bradley is the real deal in the 140 lb weight class and that all roads to stardom and success in the division go through him.
On fight night Campbell was his usual confident talkative self while Bradley was a bit more low key and resolute. At the beginning of the fight Bradley came out to establish himself as the champion even while Campbell was talking to him attempting to psych him out. Bradley never allowed Campbell to bully him and displayed superior skills to those of his opponent by landing several body shots to the 37 year olds body, Bradley jabbed masterfully too. continue
Boxing sensation Frankie Gavin says he's got much more to offer following his best performance yet as a professional last month. The 2007 amateur world champion knocked out Graham Fearn at the M.E.N Arena, Manchester, with an impressive second round stoppage. It was his third early night in a row - and the 23-year-old has told fight fans to expect more excitement as his career progresses. continue
by James Slater - Two fighters who appeared headed towards retirement, in former WBO heavyweight champ Sultan Ibragimov and former WBC light-welterweight ruler Junior Witter, have both come out and announced how they will not be quitting the ring just yet. In the case of Russia's Ibragimov, reports last week lead us all to believe the 21-1-1(17) heavyweight HAD announced his retirement, after having been out of action since February of 2008, when he had that awful "fight" with Wladimir Klitschko. Instead, however, Ibragimov told FightNews.com that these reports were false and put out by his now former promoters. continue
By Ron Scarfone at ringside - At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Seminole Warriors Boxing in association with Bad Dog Productions presented a fight card featuring two championship bouts for minor belts. In the main event, Victor Mermelada Cayo of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic defended his WBA Fedecaribe junior welterweight title against former two-time IBF lightweight champion Julio The Kidd Diaz of Coachella, California. Diaz said that his body has outgrown the lightweight division, so he decided to move to the junior welterweight division. Although the undefeated Cayo was a risky choice for his first opponent in a new weight class, Diaz wanted to be in a meaningful fight to find out if he can still be competitive against good opposition. Diazs previous fight was a loss to Rolando Reyes, so it was important for Diaz to get back to winning. Unfortunately for Diaz, Cayo was not intimidated by facing the former world champion and had the utmost confidence that he would remain undefeated. Cayo also had to deal with the depressing news that his original trainer Rudy Pena had died of a heart attack recently. continue
IBF#13, WBC#19 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (20-7 4kos) made short work of late sub Chris Overbey (9-12) Friday night at the Appalacian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia. From the onset, Lyell pressed the action later dropping Overbey with a left hook at the end of the first stanza. Following another knockdown midway through the second, referee Steve Allred called a halt to the bout at 1:59 of round two. It marked Lyell's fourth win in his last five fights including a recent upset of previously unbeaten contender John Duddy (26-1). continue
By Ted Sares - I don't even have the words to describe how sick I feel about this. "Pancho" was my friend, and he just passed away at approximately 9PM Central time tonight. Pancho was one of the nicest, classiest, well mannered guys that you could ever meet. Pancho left this earth and is now with God in heaven. He will be missed. Please keep the Moncivais family in your prayers. --Posted by Brad Cooney
This is a shock to us all Were not talking about a mismatched bout. He was a ranked amateur with a national title. --Mississippi Boxing Commissioner Jon Lewis. continue
by James Slater - Will the 3rd-round TKO victory defending WBC light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley scored over challenger Nate Campbell stick? That's the question many people are asking right now, and it seems some feel there is a good chance the result could be changed to a No-Decision.
Referee David Mendoza ruled that the blood that caused Campbell to stay on his stool at the end of the 3rd-round was caused by a punch; Campbell and his promoter Don King disagree. As fans know, if a fight is stopped due to an accidental foul before four rounds are completed, the bout is ruled a No-decision. This is what "The Galaxxy Warrior" and his promoter King are now shooting for.
We've seen it happen before, too. Heavyweight James "Lights Out" Toney went home with a 3rd-round TKO win over Hasim Rahman in a rematch the two men fought quite recently, only for "The Rock" and his promoter to successfully appeal the result and get it changed to a No-decision. continue
by James Slater - Living legend Mike Tyson has appeared at a number of after dinner speaking engagements in the UK before, but, as fans who attended will be only too aware, the price of admission was up there in the £300.00 range if not higher. This will not be the case in November, however, as has been reported by Steve Bunce for Mirror Sport.com. continue
By Michael Herron: The Egyptians realized ages ago that the triangle was a powerful design; as a result many of the Pharonic pyramids still stand today as monuments to a great past and wonders of the ancient world. In boxing, the Mayweather family has constructed a pyramid of their own, the triple threat of father, son, and uncle have chiseled and carved their way to the pinnacle of the sport. But like a pyramid, you can not get to the highest peak and position that final stone unless a good foundation is laid. As any fighter knows, it all begins and ends with proper training and it is in this regard that the Mayweather family has excelled and positioned that final stone in the person of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. However, as the Egyptians often learned, sometimes pyramids buckle from the weight. continue
by James Slater - Junior Witter, even at the age of 35, talked a great fight and had many big plans for the future heading into last night's WBC title fight with the much younger Devon Alexander. Witter, who said before jetting off to the States that his power, having been on vacation, "was back now," failed to live up to any of the boasts he'd made before the fight that gave him a chance to regain the belt he lost to last night's headliner Timothy Bradley.
Quitting, for the first time in his entire career, with an injured hand (Junior is claiming a hairline fracture resurfaced), Witter's career is in genuine doubt. Say what you want about "The Hitter," but he was never a fighter we thought we'd see quit on his stool. His capitulation was even more surprising because southpaw Alexander, who improved to 19-0(12) didn't exactly hit him with any real bombs. Indeed, the fight was no war. continue
After a week of intense negotiations and speculation, the hottest topic of discussion in the professional fight world has come to a head as the worlds number one heavyweight and most sought after mixed martial arts (MMA) champion Fedor The Last Emperor Emelianenko has signed a historic, multi-fight agreement that will see him headline mega-events co-promoted by world championship promotions STRIKEFORCE and M-1 Global.
I am looking forward to going back to work and fighting at the highest level," said the 33-year-old Emelianenko. STRIKEFORCE is a top fight promotion that houses some of the greatest fighters in the world, continued Emelianenko. I am prepared to fight any of them. Read Full Story: MMA News And Views
BBU Light Heavyweight title: On Thursday night on the 2nd July, two time Russian promoter of the year German Titov staged his biggest tournament in 2009 so far, bringing world class professional boxing to Moscow for the first time in ten months. A world financial meltdown surely took its toll on the Russian boxing community, but Titov was able to arrange a well packed card with a number of title bouts, several nice looking young prospects, competitive opposition for them, and huge attention of the Russian media, both paper and electronic. Though there were empty seats at Dynamo sports arena in Krylatskoye district, the vast majority of those, who had come to see the action, were quite thrilled and touched by the fights.. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (ATLANTIC CITY 7/31/09) Timur Ibragimov stopped Willie Palms in the fifth round of a heavyweight contest at Resorts Hotel & Casino. Ibragimov was in full control of the action from the opening bell, scoring two knockdowns in the third and one in the fifth. Referee Ricky Vera waived the fight off at 2:00 of round five after Palms was driven into the ropes by a barrage of punches.
Ibragimov connected repeatedly with right hands throughout the fight. In the third round, a solid right to the head floored Palms for the first time. Another knockdown occurred later in the round after Ibragimov hurt Palms with a right hand followed by series of blows that had Palms in trouble on the ropes.
Palms mounted a brief counterattack in round four, as he connected with a few solid punches. continue
By Andrew Walker - There seems to be a lot of chatter on the net on various forums (this one also) about the demise of boxing in Britain. Last nights dire performance by Junior Hitter Witter will in no doubt help fuel this feeling. Boxing has gone from being a main stream sport to a marginalised one in recent years over here in Blighty. The main cause of this has to be the disinterest of the terrestrial TV broadcasters who for the most part have become disillusioned with the sport altogether.
Now like all businesses (with the exception of the BBC) TV companies are only there to make money. How they do this is by creating programmes that you the viewing public will find interesting and in-between those programmes they will sell advertising space to companies interested in buying those slots to market their products to you the viewer. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - As almost all boxing fans will now know, David Haye is scheduled to meet Nikolai Valuev for the now lightly regarded WBA heavyweight title in an undecided venue. This article is not concerning David Haye or his very controversial negotiations leading to this fight. I wish not to ponder once more on whether Haye feigned injury whilst in training for Wladimir Klitschko or whether he proved himself a coward when offered the contract against Vitali Klitschko only to turn it down.
The fact is our current reigning WBA champion will now face the love/hate figure of David Haye, former undisputed and unified cruiserweight champion of the world. continue
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (August 2, 2009) Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight title with a highly controversial third round TKO over Nate Campbell (33-6-1, 25 KOs) on Saturdays SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® telecast from the California desert.
Referee David Mendoza ruled that a Bradley punch, not an accidental head butt, in the third round caused a cut and damage to Campbells vision that forced the ringside physician to halt the contest on the advice of Campbells corner before the start of round four.
In the SHOWTIME® co-feature, young gun Devon Alexander (19-0, 11 KOs) outworked Junior Witter (37-3-2, 22 KOs) to win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight (140-pound) Championship by TKO after Witter quit on his stool after eight rounds. continue
By Jordan Keller (SBB) - Lindsay Garbatt a former weight lifter, basketball and soccer player now boxing as a professional while working as a security guard at the Pickering Nuclear Station Ontario Canada is known for keeping it old school in her training and in the gym.
Well last night August 1st. at the Mohegun Sun Casino in Uncasville Conneticut Lethal Lindsay gave Maureen Shea of Million Dollar Baby fame for her work as the main sparring partner for Hilary Swank in her preparation for the 2004 movie, Million Dollar Baby gave Shea an old fashion beat down. continue
By: D.C. Winters - In the months leading to his showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather is still denying reports from the AP and ESPN that he owes 6.4 million dollars to the I.R.S. and others. Money Mayweathers debt, if true, could lead to series of interesting matchups in the coming year.
Fans were introduced to Mayweathers lavish lifestyle during H.B.O.s 24/7 series. While promoting himself as the villain in fights with Oscar de la Hoya and Ricky Hatton, Mayweather flaunted his extravagance. continue
By Paul Strauss: What a night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA. Referees Dr. Lou Moret and David Mendoza earned their money tonight. In the bout featuring Junior Witter and Devon Alexander, Dr. Moret tried his darndest to keep from penalizing Junior Witter for holding, which is an understatement. It was more like grabbing, clinching and attempted tackles.
After the eighth round, Dr. Moret went to Witter's corner and warned the fighter that he could no longer let him get away with throwing one punch and then holding. At that time, Witter advised that he did not want to continue. The initial fear was that he was going to come up with some cockeyed excuse that Dr. Moret wasn't letting him fight his fight, but it turned out that he claimed injury to his right elbow. continue
YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, OHIO (August 3, 2009) The 910th Airlift Wing will unveil a C-130H Hercules cargo transport aircraft honoring Kelly The Ghost Pavlik, Youngstowns world champion boxer. The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for Tomorrow! Tuesday, August 4 at 1 P.M. in Hangar 302 here. 910th Airlift Wing commander Col. Karl McGregor, Kelly Pavlik, members of Team Pavlik and members of the base community are expected to attend the ceremony. The ceremony is one of the events being held in preparation for Thunder Over The Valley, the 2009 YARS Air Show and Open House, being held this weekend, August 8-9, here. continue
On August 14, 2009, Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions will partner up for the 24th time to offer Southern Arizona fans and ESPN2 viewers a lineup of supreme boxing entertainment. The action gets under way at 6:30 PM, with televised bouts on ESPN2s Friday Night Fights starting at 7:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now and range from $25 to $120 in advance. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location, by calling 1-800-745-3000, by contacting the Desert Diamond Casino Box Office, or by visiting www.desertdiamondcasino.com. Doors open at 5:30 PM. continue
On Saturday night, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing put together an exciting seven bout card before a packed house at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. In the main event Star Boxing's IBF #2 rated welterweight, Delvin Rodriguez battled IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World. The fight was a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of last year.
The fight started well for Rodriguez as he was the much busier fighter, landing clean shots to both the head and body of the South African Hlatshwayo. In the second, a right hand staggered Hlatshwayo, but he showed guts as he continued to press forward, taking some big shots from Rodriguez in the process.
There was good two way action in the middle rounds, with Rodriguez looking to box as Hlatshwayo pressed forward looking to fight on the inside. Rodriguez's right hand continued to connect from the outside and the effects began to show on Hlatshwayo's face as his left eye began closing. continue
By: Christopher Roche - Nate Campbells biggest win of his career came in large part because his opponent was viciously cut, but Juan Diaz did not quit in that memorable bout in Mexico. Diaz fought like a true warrior, and under the strain of his breakup with Don King, the Baby Bull left everything in the ring, including his title belts.
Tonight, on Showtime Championship Boxing, the tables were turned on Campbell, and he was the one faced with a bad cut. Campbell, unlike Diaz, quickly opted out, as he pleaded with his corner that he could not see. continue
HOUSTON Lou Savarese, local resident and former heavyweight boxing champion, presents the inaugural boxing event by Savarese Promotions. The event, Thursday Night Throw Down, will be held on Thursday, August 6 at the Hilton American Houston at 7:30 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the nights event will benefit Casa El Buen Samaritano, a local charity that has established a clinic in Southwest Houston to meet the basic medical needs of the underserved and underprivileged in the community. continue
By Ted Sares: Im ready. I come 110%. We work hard. We work hard. There aint nothing Junior Witter can do to stop me from being champion. --Devin Alexander
Im here. Im ready to go. Boxing is what I do, boxing is what I love. Lets get this done. --Junior Witter
Devon Alexander (19-0) sowed why he may be a force with which to be reckoned in the light welterweight division as he beat Junior Witter (37-3-2) to capture the vacant WBC light welterweight title in Rancho Mirage, California.
Road warrior Alexander the Great did what he had to do against a fighter who makes ugly fights his signature. Alexander, who has a superb amateur background, has fought in nine different states and even stopped South Korean Sun-Haeng Cobra Lee in China. He is a thinking mans fighter who can adapt depending on changing conditions.. continue
by James Slater - According to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, two intriguing fights are currently being worked on, and they may both take place on the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez bill on September 19th. The word is, Allan Green and Sakio Bika may meet on the under-card, in what would be a very good super-middleweight clash, and lightweights Vicente Escobedo and Michael Katsidis may also meet on the Las Vegas show. Let's hope both fights get made. continue
by James Slater - Armenian-born banger Vic Darchinyan, who failed in his bid to become the holder of a world title at bantamweight last time out in losing a decision to Joseph Agbeko, has dropped back down to super-flyweight. Still the holder of two major belts at 115-pounds - Vic has vacated his IBF 115-pound title, The Sydney Morning Herald reports - "The Raging Bull" is expected to be back in action in December.
In suffering what is only the second defeat of his career against Agbeko a few weeks back, Darchinyan also picked up a number of cuts on his eyebrows, and the reason the 33-year-old has dropped his IBF belt is because an IBF mandatory defence was expected around October. continue
By Christian Cruz - The recent news that Joan Guzman, (29-0, 17 KOs), from the Dominican Republic has just signed with Golden Boy Promotions should bring added excitement to a loaded division already filled up with promising upstarts, decent veterans, and an elite champion.
Boasting a perfect record of 29 wins out of 29 fights, and having won titles in the junior featherweight, featherweight, and junior lightweight divisions, Guzman is considered as one of the best fighters in the lower weight divisions. His athleticism, coupled with his fast hands and reflexes, makes him an elusive target for most of his opponents. His superior boxing skills allow him to dictate the pace of the fight and can box either from the outside or inside from time to time. Another strength is his chin, which so far, at this point, has proven it can take the best shots from any punchers Guzman has faced. Ironically, his vaunted power from either hand, which gave him the moniker Little Tyson during his stay at 122, seems to have left him since he moved up to higher divisions. continue
By Jonny Stapleton - British Boxing Promoter Frank Maloney has claimed WBA World super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne has been miss managed, as camp Dunne failed to negotiate a voluntary world title defense with European Champ Rendall Munroe. Maloney also suggested everyone in team Dunne wanted the fight bar the champions promoter and decision maker Brain Peters. The experienced promoter, who looks after the affairs of Irelands Olympic bronze medalist Darren Sutherland, publicly offered Dunne 200,000 to fight The Bin Man and was willing to do battle in front of the raucous Dunne support in Dublin. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 31 - Through 17 professional fights, Daniel "The Golden Child" Jacobs has passed all of his tests with flying colors, winning each bout impressively against increasingly tougher opposition. On Saturday, August 22nd, at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Jacobs will face his stiffest challenge to date when he battles veteran contender Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith in a ten round bout for the NABO Middleweight Championship that will open the highly anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark (BAD) telecast. continue
By Paul Strauss, photo by Ron Scarfone - Keep your hands up. Stay on the outside against the shorter-armed fighter. Keep moving and outbox him. All good advice and often said in ring corners by boxing sages. This advice is like playing the percentages in baseball........i.e. take all the way on 3-0 count, replace the starter when he reaches a certain number of pitches, and replace him in the last inning with your saver if you've got a lead.
Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL we saw an up and coming star Victor Manuel Cayo go against the percentages when he was showcased in his bout with former champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz.
The twenty year old (not a kid anymore) Diaz, who is a veteran with 42 fights behind him, came into the bout confident his 62 percent knockout power against tough opposition would be the story against the flashy Cayo. Sooner or later he felt he would get the kid to trade with him, and that would be that. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This evening at 9pm est on Showtime, the world of boxing will be treated to two showdowns that could go a long way in solidifying the future of the jr. welterweight division. Of the four men on the bill, each enter the equation with plans to rise to the top, but aspirations aside, we often learn in the sport of boxing that only a precious few truly represent the 'cream'. On the undercard, fight fans will get a chance to see the U.K.'s Junior Witter square off against the thoroughly vetted Devon Alexander. In the nights headliner, fight fans will see the latest phase in the evolution of Timothy Bradley, who faces salty veteran Nate Campbell, who will make his first appearance in the suddenly crowded jr. welterweight division. For a comprehensive breakdown in tonight's headliner, we take a look at keys to Victory, four critical points of emphasis to explore, and an official prediction: continue
By Kirk Lang - Assault In The Ring, a new documentary from HBO Sports dealing with the ill-fated junior middleweight bout between Billy Collins Jr. and Luis Resto, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. The Collins-Resto bout is famous for the tampered gloves Resto used over 10 rounds of action to mark up Collins face like it had never been marked up before. Much of the padding had been removed from the gloves in the locker room before the fight and Assault In The Ring sets out to get to the bottom of who did what and who knew what. continue
TEMECULA, Calif. (July 31, 2009) In a tremendous all-action fight, underdog Tyrone Harris shocked talented, once-beaten lightweight prospect Marvin Quintero with a eighth round TKO victory Friday on SHOWTIMEs ShoBox: The New Generation. In the co-feature, bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a second round TKO over Andre Wilson (11-3-1, 9 KOs). The fight originated from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. and was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC.
The main event featured non-stop, back-and-forth action throughout the eight rounds. Quintero and Harris continuously exchanged blows, but Harris, of Lansing Mich., took control of the fight in the middle rounds. Harris started landing the more damaging punches on the favored Quintero, who injured his right hand in the third round. continue
With all due respect to the Brazilian authorities, we knew Arturo Gatti and we do not believe that he took his own life. Members of Arturos family, along with his boxing manager Pat Lynch, are conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. We believe that once the results of that investigation are revealed, the truth will come to light and justice will be done. continue
Delvin Rodriguez, his opponent Isaac Hlatshwayo and the rest of the participants of the Star Boxing promoted card weighed-in today at the Mohegan Sun. 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 via Pay-Per-View ($9.95) on GoFightLive.tv Below is the scheduled bout sheet for Saturday night's show with the weights. continue
By Michael Klimes: You might disagree with the title of this article and ask, How is it that Ricky Hatton is strange? If anything this north Englander should be considered as one of the most grounded and sensible boxers on the planet, which is impressive considering the fact that there are many athletes who do not have the same following, adulation, money and celebrity that he does yet their real professions are breaking and gaining records in activities they should not be part of. The litany of sins includes arrests, prison sentences, affairs, divorces, rapes, assaults, public disorders, drug abuses, alcohol binges, and suicides and in exceptional cases the outright bizarre. The luminous sage in this section is former British sports presenter David Icke, who believes that the world has been conquered or is being taken over (I cannot remember which) one by giant lizards disguised as humans. continue
by Ryan McArthur - July has been a sad month for boxing fans the world over with the tragic passing of Alexis Arguello, Arturo Gatti and Vernon Forrest. Another former world champion laid to rest on the month of july was Belfast man John Caldwell after a long illness. Caldwells passing went unnoticed outside his native Belfast even though he was one of the greatest boxers ever to hail from the emerald isle.
The first step of his fistic journey came at the 1956 Melbourne olympics where at just eighteen years old he took home the bronze medal in the flyweight division. After compiling an extraordinary amateur record of 234-6, Caldwell embarked on what was to become a professional career that lasted over seven years and resulted in British, European, Commonwealth and world honours. The first of these honours came in front of a partisan Belfast crowd where Caldwell K.O.d Frankie Jones in the third round to lift the British flyweight title in 1960. continue
NEW YORK (July 31, 2009)Undefeated super middleweight Andre S.O.G. Ward will share the stage with his first Super Six World Boxing Classic opponent Mikkel Viking Warrior Kessler on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME. Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) will tangle with Shelby Pudwill (22-3-1, 9 KOs) of McGlauglin, S.D., in a 10-round super middleweight scrap live from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Unbeaten 27-year-old Tavoris Cloud meets Sheffield, England's Clinton Woods on August 28th at The Hard Rock casino in Hollywood, Florida. Fighting the Sheffield man for the IBF light-heavyweight title Chad Dawson relinquished, big puncher Cloud, 19-0(18) is looking forward to what will be his first fight in over a year. Former IBF champ Woods will have something to say about it, naturally, but the impressively muscled Cloud says he wants to not only become the next star of the weight class, but that he also wants to unify all the belts there.
Cloud first must get past Clinton - the more proven fighter of the two men at top level - but assuming he does so, the 5'10" contender says he will then pursue a fight with the aforementioned "Bad" Chad Dawson and all the other top man at 175. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 31 Another exciting season of ESPN2s Friday Night Fights will come to a close on Friday, August 28th, and Seminole Warriors Boxing has made sure that the best has been saved for last, as it presents a championship doubleheader at Hollywoods Hard Rock Live featuring the IBF junior welterweight title bout between champion Juan Urango and challenger Randall Bailey, and the vacant IBF light heavyweight title matchup pitting former champion Clinton Woods against unbeaten banger Tavoris Cloud. Tickets for this event, priced at $52, $102, $152, and $202, are now on sale, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or by going online at www.TicketMaster.com. continue