Danny Green Sees Himself Knocking Out Roy Jones Junior

by James Slater - The December 2nd cruiserweight clash between all-time great Roy Jones Junior and Aussie hard man Danny Green was an interesting enough fight before, but now that 40-year-old Jones knows he must win if he's to secure the long awaited return fight with Bernard Hopkins, the IBO title fight has even more intrigue to it. continue

Vitali Klitschko Outworks Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 30, 2009) – Who would have thought that a six-foot-seven, 252 pound heavyweight champ would outwork and be more aggressive than boxing’s pound-for-pound king? That’s what happened on Saturday night at STAPLES Center, when World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko threw more punches in 10 rounds in his dominating title defense over Cris Arreola than pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather, Jr. threw in 12 rounds in his defeat of Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19. continue

Juan Diaz Turns Down Agreed Upon Deal for Rematch with Malignaggi - News

Juan Diaz(September 29, 2009) In 1980 Roberto Duran became famous for uttering the words “no mas” in the eighth round of his rematch with “Sugar” Ray Leonard. Almost thirty years later, Juan Diaz is refusing to even entertain the thought of a rematch by saying “no gracias” to the deal his promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, had already agreed to for a second meeting with Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi.

On August 22, Malignaggi and Diaz battled back and forth in what has been widely acclaimed as one of the best fights of 2009. Despite the close nature of the fight, and most observers believing Malignaggi had done enough to win, Diaz was awarded an astonishingly lopsided unanimous decision.

The verdict, which was particularly jaw-dropping given Judge Gale Van Hoy’s 118-110 scorecard in favor of Diaz, has had boxing fans far and wide clamoring for a rematch. continue

Boxing Promoter's Association Praises Mayweather/Marquez

It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Boxing Promoter's Association (BPA), to congratulate our sport in once again showing that BOXING is truly desired by fans. In as much the recent Mayweather-Marquez boxing event on HBO/PPV produced over a million buys and generated over $52 million dollars, it is clear that those that underestimate the appeal of BOXING are mistaken. continue

UK Boxing: Murray vs Thaxton; David Price; Carl Baker

John Murray has been warned not to underestimate Jon Thaxton ahead of their British Lightweight title clash this weekend. The advice comes from Scott Lawton, the current English Lightweight Champ and a man in a good position to air his views on the fight given that he has shared the ring with both men in previous British title fights. Murray and Thaxton headline at the Altrincham Leisure Centre on Saturday night with the Hennessy Sports event live on ITV4 and Lawton believes that Murray will have to be wary of the former British and European Champ’s power. continue

Pavlik vs. Williams Press Conference Video and Quotes

Kelly PavlikBelow are quotes from today’s Pavlik vs. Williams press conference at the New York Giants team facility. Giants running back Brandon Jacobs presented Pavlik & Williams with team jerseys. Mauro from “Carlo’s Bakery,” the No. 1 food show on cable TV, delivered a cake celebrating Pavlik’s 2-year anniversary of winning the Middleweight championship (September 29, 2007, KO Taylor). Numerous other Giants players stopped by to watch the festivities and quarterback Eli Manning poked his head in the door on his way for some treatment on the team’s off day. Bob papa, the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Giants and blow-by-blow announcer on HBO’s Boxing After Dark opened the press conference. The release follows the quotes.

PAUL WILLIAMS - This fight is finally going to happen. Now we are really going to fight. I know that this is going to be a real big fight for me. It is going to be a hard test. I bring too much action to the fight for him. I know Pavlik is going to hit me with some big shots. His game plan is to try to hit me with a power shot and hurt me to get some respect. I am going to weather that storm and come back and hit him with some big shots. continue

“The Homecoming III” Friday October 16 at Miccosukee

Miami, FL: On Friday, October 16, 2009 the popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO returns to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL with the event being billed “The Homecoming III”. In the main event former WBA World and current WBO Latin Welterweight Champion Diosbelys “Black Money” Hurtado faces WBC Latin Jr.Welter Champion Antonio Pitalua in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with Hurtado’s title at stake. continue

UK Boxing: Jennings vows to beat Brook; Fry Out To Upset Cleverly

Michael Jennings has congratulated welterweight rival Kell Brook on winning the Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year Award - but says he'll leave the scribes open-mouthed next month. Jennings challenges Brook for the British title in Liverpool on October 30. And it's a classic clash of youth versus experience, with young gun Brook and old hand Jennings both confident of victory. Brook was given a boost last week when it was confirmed that he had won the Boxing Writers' award after a highly successful 12 months, during which he won a Lonsdale belt outright. continue

On the Ropes Boxing Radio ep. 41—with Special Guest John ‘The Quiet Man’ Ruiz

boxing -- Click here to listen to the show -- by Jenna J - As always, this week's edition of On the Ropes will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking the “play” on the player or enter the chat room in the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.

On the Ropes is back in action, so join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Co-Host Nick Powers and my delightful Weekly Guest/Producer, the ever insightful Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rumsfeld). This week’s episode will kick off with an in-depth discussion of Saturday’s heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and challenger Chris Arreola. We will analyze the performance of both fighters and talk about where they go from here. We will also discuss the emotional post-fight interview with Chris Arreola and discuss whether or not we believe he has what it takes to become champion some day. continue

News: Rodriguez vs Boone; Simon vs Ayala; Guerrero vs Duran

Unbeaten prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez steps up in class this weekend to headline “Saturday Afternoon Special” against veteran Darnell Boone in an 8-round super middleweight bout at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. The power-packed “Saturday Afternoon Special” card is a rare matinee show (2 PM/ET start), promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River, Banner Promotions, Star Boxing and DiBella Entertainment. continue

It's Almost Certain They'll Never Fight, But Who'd Win If They Did - Mayweather Or Mosley?

by James Slater - It looks almost certain that we will never get to see welterweight marvels Floyd Mayweather Junior and "Sugar" Shane Mosley square off in what would be a genuine super-fight. Mayweather has again said he offered Mosley a chance to face him before - in fact he claims two chances, one in 1999, another in 2006 - but that "Sugar" turned him down back then and only wants to fight him now to garner himself one last monster pay day. Whatever. We fight fans are sick of the who's-avoiding-who argument; we would just love to see the match-up take place. continue

Shane Mosley: What Next?

Mosley vs Mayweatherby Yero Moody - As one of the million plus viewers who tuned in to watch the Floyd Mayweather, Jr. v. Juan Marquez fight I was elated to see Shane Mosley approach Mayweather about a showdown. At the end of the fight I was very surprised to see Shane Mosley in the ring with Mayweather during his post-fight interview. If you've followed the career of Mosley, you know that he doesn't usually do things like that.

Both Mayweather and Max Kellerman, the HBO analyst who was interviewing Mayweather at the time, have been hearing their share of criticism for the way the post-fight interview turned out. I for one, am happy. continue

Looks like the IRS is gonna get Paid, 6 things Floyd Mayweather DID Right!

By Robert Jackson: With the fallout from the Mayweather/ Marquez bout behind us a final rendering regarding this event need be served up. Mayweather returning to the ring after a 21 month layoff magnificently outboxed and seemingly outclassed the Lightweight Champion Marquez. To Marquez’ credit he survived the late rounds barrage of Mayweather, weathered the storm and finished the fight on his feet, with ‘dignity’. What’s next for the Mayweather who was confronted by Shane Mosley (egged on by Golden Boy colleague Bernard Hopkins) who challenged him to a fight during the in-ring post fight interview?? Before discussing what’s next let’s put the Mayweather/Marquez affair under the microscope, so to speak. continue

Special Edition - Left-Hook Lounge': Vitali Klitschko/Mayweather Size Debate...

By Vivek Wallace: In yesterday's 'Left-Hook Lounge', there was considerable attention given to the Arreola/Klitschko fight. Of the many questions addressed in the mailbag, the one that seemed to yield the most attention was the initial one where the topic of size in today's heavyweight division was addressed. Never one to ignore the thoughts or critiques of my readers, I clearly heard them out, and based on many strong arguments posted, I felt a need to re-address this topic in a more dissected fashion. Before I address those critical elements forwarded to me, I would like to drop a quick disclosure:

It's my opinion now, and has been for quite some time that Vitali Klitschko is by far the best (and arguably most talented) heavyweight in the division today, bar none, to include his brother, Wladimir. continue

David Tua, One Last Wave

tuaBy Coach Tim Walker – Just when you thought you had heard everything you would ever hear from David Tua (49-3-1 KOs 42) he comes rushing back at you like the perfect wave coming in off the Pacific Ocean. If there has ever been another fighter who people around the world generally hope experiences success then I haven’t seen him. He is the quintessential underdog. A substantially undersized heavyweight in a world of giants. A virtual peewee at 5’10” and 235 pounds.

When he faced Cerrone Fox in 2007 I thought to myself, “Okay that’s it. I think he’s done.” In case you missed it Cerrone is no world beater and certainly not on Tua’s level. Thus when a 50 plus bout title challenger such as Tua is greeted in the ring by a fighter of Cerrone’s caliber you are forced to think about whether he is significant in the sport. After a while writers stopped writing about him, people stopped talking about him and before you knew it Tua was relegated to being a YouTube highlight with the distinction of being one of those fighters who was good enough to contend but never quite good enough to win a world title. continue

Zab Judah To Fight Ramon Montano November 6th?

by James Slater - Fight fans were at a loss as to why Zab "Super" Judah pulled out of his September 19th fight with Mexico's Antonio Diaz. Set to face Diaz on the under-card of the hugely watched Floyd Mayweather Junior-Juan Manuel Marquez clash, the Brooklyn southpaw would have got himself some great publicity and he would have had a chance to shine before a T.V audience of one million. But no, Zab, for no given reason, said he would not be fighting. continue

Video: James Toney and Chris Arreola Interview

Video 1: Goossen Tutor Promotions exclusive interview with the champ, James "Lights Out" Toney after Chris Arreola's heavy weight title fight at Staples Center vs Vitali Klitschko.

Video 2: Goossen Tutor exclusive interview with Chris Arreola immediately after his heavyweight title fight at staples center vs Vitali Klitschko. continue

Super Six: Arthur Abraham Training Camp Notes

boxingZINNOWITZ (September 28, 2009)—King Arthur Abraham believes the solitude of Zinnowitz will help him to be in top shape for his clash with Jermain Taylor on October 17. The undefeated German takes on the former undisputed middleweight champion in the first Group Stage of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. A sell-out crowd of 14,000 fans is expected to attend the clash in Berlin´s famous o2 World Arena. Abraham moved his training from the German capital to Zinnowitz, a small island in the Baltic Sea, ten days ago. caught up with the 29-year-old (30-0, 24 KOs). King Arthur on:

“This is the perfect place to get in shape. I have been here countless times. The fresh air, the beach, the sea – it is perfect. We have great facilities and everything we need to prepare.”

“It is good to get out of Berlin. There are too many distractions in the weeks before a fight. Here in Zinnowitz, all we do is eat, sleep and train. To be honest, there is nothing else we could do here anyway.. continue

Huck vs Afolabi on December 5 in Ludwigsburg

Marco “Captain” Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) will make the first defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 5 when he takes on interim champion Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs) in Ludwigsburg. The 24-year-old clinched the belt on August 29 following an exciting victory over Victor Emilio Ramirez. Less than three months later, he already faces the next difficult challenge. “We are delighted to bring the Huck-Afolabi fight to Germany,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “The new arena in Ludwigsburg will be a great place to stage Marco´s first defence. I am sure it will be an entertaining evening.. continue

Tua vs Cameron this Saturday

Eugene Carnachan - Shane Cameron v David Tua is without a doubt the most anticipated fight in New Zealand boxing history.

The fight promoted by Duco has taken professional boxing promotions in New Zealand to another level. Duco have enlisted the services of all time great Sugar Ray Leonard to help promote the fight and hall of fame commentator Colonel Bob Sheridan to call the fight. continue

Audley Harrison: "I'm going to inflict more punishment on Danny Williams"

AUDLEY Harrison has threatened to inflict ‘a lot more punishment’ on Danny Williams in Friday’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III event. Harrison, 37, thinks victory in the eight-man, one-night tournament will see ‘the rebirth’ of his career and lead to him becoming World Champion inside two years. However, Williams, the current British Champion, potentially stands between Harrison and Prizefighter glory at London’s ExCel Arena. The pair, who have fought twice with one win apiece, are in separate halves of the draw and could only fight in a mouth-watering final. “Me and Danny are 1-1 and he keeps on saying we don’t like each other but I’ve got nothing against him,” added Harrison.

“He beat me with a split decision and I destroyed him second time out and he probably doesn’t like me because of that. Danny spends a long time talking, thinking and probably dreaming about me. But he really needs to think how much punishment he is taking in his career. If he meets me in the final then he will take a lot more punishment. I’m confident that if we meet in the final then I’ve got Danny’s number. He’s my main rival and on the other side of the draw so it would be a real grudge match and a big fight.”

Harrison, who fights Northern Ireland’s Scott Belshaw in his quarter-final, won Olympic gold in 2000 but his professional career has faltered with four defeats in his last eight contests. However, he believes outside influences and ‘the boxing system’ have conspired to ‘sabotage’ his career. continue

Oscar de la Hoya to recieve Hispanic Heritage Award

LOS ANGELES (September 29, 2009) - Ten-Time World Champion in six weight divisions Oscar de la Hoya will be recognized for his impact not only in the boxing community, but the Hispanic community as a whole, when he receives the prestigious Hispanic Heritage Award for Achievement in Sports this evening. "I feel truly privileged to be receiving this award," said De La Hoya. "To be recognized along with such influential members of the Hispanic community, is a great honor.. continue

Joe Calzaghe: 'Undefeated' DVD release

Available on DVD from the 19th October 2009, “UNDEFEATED” is a two disc DVD special, documenting the inside story of a true sporting legend making boxing history. “UNDEFEATED” features an access all areas documentary following Joe Calzaghe, Britain’s only undefeated boxing world champion, leading up to his last ever fight before retirement.

This essential collector’s item for Joe Calzaghe and boxing fans alike, contains the full twelve rounds of Joe Calzaghe’s infamous last fight with Roy Jones Jnr in Madison Square, New York. continue

'Left-Hook Lounge': Vivek Wallace's mailbag feat. Klitschko/Arreola, Hopkins/Jones, Taylor/Abraham, and more!

KlitschkoBrett W. (Los Angeles, CA): I thought the fight between Vitali Klitschko and Chris Arreola was unimpressive and didn't see either man as being truly talented heavyweights like we've seen in the past. What did you take from the fight in general?

Vivek W. (ESB): I don't think you saw that old-school heavyweight talent because at the heavyweight level these days it really isn't about talent, it's about size. Last week, I touched on the Marquez/Mayweather controversy and said that size shouldn't matter. I supported that theory in stating that the only reason fighters take part in catch-weight fights is to prove pound-for-pound greatness, entering the ring with common knowledge that they're giving up size for the opportunity to test themselves at an accomplishment on a bigger level. continue

Khan Leaning Towards Pacquiao Over Mayweather

by James Slater - Amir Khan, the reigning WBA light-welterweight champion, has gone on record as saying he feels his friend and spar mate Manny Pacquiao will be able to defeat Floyd Mayweather Junior when the two greats meet in a super-fight next year. Khan, as he all but admitted in the interview he gave to STV, may be biased in favour of the man he knows pretty well and shares trainers with in Freddie Roach, but he says "Pac-Man's" incredible speed will see him to victory over the also amazingly fast "Money.. continue

Oliver McCall To Face Lance Whitaker In October

by James Slater - A reasonably intriguing heavyweight match-up pairing two heavyweight veterans is set to take place on October 23rd, in Las Vegas, according to Former WBC heavyweight champion and current holder of the IBA bauble Oliver McCall will meet Lance "Mount" Whitaker in a clash of punchers.

McCall, now aged 44, has won his last two bouts, in a comeback that followed a nineteen month layoff after "The Atomic Bull's" points loss to Juan Carlos Gomez. continue

David Diaz pulls out Majority Decision win against Jesus Chavez!

boxingBy Matthew Paras - In what was a great, competitive fight throughout, David Diaz (35-2-1, 17KOs) took the last three rounds he needed to beat Jesus Chavez (44-6, 30KOs) by scores of 95-95, 97-93, and 96-94. East Side Boxing had the fight 96-94 for David Diaz. The fight started off with Jesus Chavez taking advantage of David Diaz’s typical slow starts and his rust. Chavez did a good job of consistently throwing the right hand in the round, which David Diaz had no problem eating.

The next rounds faired better for Diaz as he was able to back Chavez up and land straight left hand leads plus uppercuts on the inside. The combination of these punches not only gave Diaz the advantage in rounds two through four, but it provided the fans with great action. Diaz and Chavez stood toe to toe, slugging it out and both trying to back each other into the ropes, looking to make a point.

Rounds five and six allowed Chavez to get back in the fight. In round five, Chavez had success with his bodywork and a right hand. He also continued his success in round six, when he stole the round after a bad accidental headbutt that cut Diaz over his right eye. Inspired by the sight of blood, Chavez jumped on Diaz. continue

News: Team America Set To Invade London; Vladine Biosse Continues His Journey

An All-Star fighting force, code name ‘Team America’, comprising of Lightweight sensation, and the new UNBC World Light Welterweight Champion, Hammerin’ Hank Lundy, UNBC Super Middleweight Intercontinental Champion, Daphir ‘No Fear’ Smith, WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight Champion, Brian ‘Bionic Bull’ Cohen, Heavyweight contender, Gerald ‘The Jedi’ Nobles, Eric ‘The Outlaw’ Hunter, Tim Witherspoon Jnr, Nathalie Brown and Christina Leadbeater, are set to invade London in the coming weeks. continue

Devin Vargas Interview

On Wednesday September 30th Star Boxing's heavyweight contender, "Devastatin" Devin Vargas (17-1, 7KO) will look to get back into the win column when he takes on Terrell "Baby Bull" Nelson (8-8, 5KO) at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the heavyweight division. Vargas recently took time out of his training schedule to talk about his upcoming fight, what he thinks of the heavyweight division as a whole, and what fighters in particular are on his immediate hitlist. continue

Vitali Klitschko - Can Anyone Beat Him?

Vitali Klitschkoby James Slater - Even though he is 38, it seems, amazingly, as though WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko is getting even better. "Dr. Iron Fist's" defensive skills, his clever and astonishingly agile use of his legs, combined with his overall reflexes were quite stunning to see last night as he dominated a brave Chris Arreola on the way to a 10th-round retirement win.

Looking almost as hard to hit as Floyd Mayweather Junior, the 6'7.5" giant once again proved he is the best big man in the sport - even better, in my opinion, than his younger, but somewhat less reliably-chinned brother. Some people will perhaps come out with some negativity and claim that 28-year-old Arreola was so overmatched that, sure, of course Vitali was gonna look good. But that would be to pay a major disservice to both fighters.

While Klitschko's skill level was something to behold, the sheer heart and determination - to say nothing about the incredible chin - of Arreola also left one open-mouthed. continue

Bert Cooper To Return To The Ring Next Month?

by James Slater - "Smokin'" Bert Cooper, onetime protégé of the legendary Joe Frazier (hence the "Smokin'" nickname) thrilled fight fans on numerous occasions back in the 1990s. Going up against big names like Ray Mercer, Evander Holyfield (in Bert's one and only challenge for the legitimate world heavyweight title), and Michael Moorer (for the WBO belt), Cooper sent the fans home happy. Cooper may have lost all his big fights, but he warred with Mercer for the full 12-rounds, and he decked Holyfield and Moorer. continue

Bernard Dunne’s Pride wounded following loss of World Title

Bernard Dunne’s pride was the only thing hurting this morning following the loss of his WBA World Super Bantamweight title to Thai whirlwind Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym at the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2 in Dublin. As a precautionary measure Dunne was taken to Beaumont Hospital following the third round defeat but was released with a clean bill of health less than an hour later.

Promoter Brian Peters believes that the popular Dubliner will bounce back from the defeat. “Thankfully Bernard is fine,” revealed Peters. “His pride is wounded because he was so desperate to give the country a lift. We want to thank everyone for their support again last night. continue

Vitali Klitschko - Fee-fi-fo-fum, The Giant Wins Another One!

Vitali KlitschkoBy Paul Strauss: This time he smelled the blood of a Mexican (not Englishman), and he ground his bones to make some bread at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. This was no fairy tale, and Chris' wife couldn't save him. He just couldn't climb the beanstalk.

As is so often the case fighters, prior to the actual fight, think things will go a certain way. In this case, Christobal Arreola thought that he could muster up enough pressure that he would present Vitali with something (a fast pace) that he hadn't yet experienced. Well, it turned out that the only fairy tale was the Nightmare's fight plan. There was no way he could sustain any kind of serious pressure on the giant.

Chris would attempt to walk down the giant, but the giant Dr. Ironfist didn't cooperate or move in straight lines. He also didn't throw punches in straight lines. continue

News: Billy Lyell; Roberto Benitez; Hank Lundy

IBF#13, WBC#17 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (20-7 4kos) will defend his NABC Inter-Continental Middleweight crown on October 17th in his hometown of Niles, Ohio. A winner of four of his last five including an upset over previously unbeaten contender, John Duddy (26-1), Lyell will headline the event beginning at 8pm at the Expo Center in Niles versus an opponent to be determined in the ten rounder. continue

Vitali Klitschko - Chris Arreola Fight Night Photos and Videos

28.09.09 - In an excellent, crowd-pleasing, one-sided battle, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko impressively retained his title with a 10th-round TKO over game but outclassed No. 1 contender Cristobal Arreola Saturday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. It was a successful return for Klitschko to the Staples Center, where he made a name for himself in a loss to Lennox Lewis in 2003 and won the WBC title the next year. Ringside punch statistics showed Klitschko threw 802 punches, a huge amount for a heavyweight, and landed 301 of them. Arreola was credited with landing 86 of 331 punches. continue

Sharkie's Machine: Skill Tames Will in Vitali Klitschko vs. Cristobal Arreola

KlitschkoBy Frank Gonzalez Jr. Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, WBC Heavyweight Titlist Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KO’s) took on the most exciting prospect I can think of in the American HW division, Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KO’s). Vitali is a big man, at six foot seven plus, he’s got great boxing skills, uses his height masterfully, he’s tall enough to keep both arms low as he keeps opponents at the exact distance he wants them to be. Watching him work is something I’m sure any boxing purist would agree is great entertainment! Vitali is not just a good big man but a total tactician. He almost makes it look easy.

Chris Arreola is a young prospect with good size and mindset for a heavyweight and a huge warrior spirit. His measured skills are ever improving his fighting spirit and dedication in the ring is a joy to watch—sloppy as it may be. Even when he was getting his ass kicked by the best HW in boxing, there was always a faint feeling that something dramatic might happen in Arreola’s favor at any moment. Unfortunately for Arreola, that moment didn’t come. continue

Mexico Still Awaits Its First Heavyweight Titlist

by Scott Wesley Clifford - Vitali Klitschko shows ‘no mercy’ in executing a systematic destruction of 28-year-old Mexican-American title contender Cristobal Arreola in front of a silenced crowd at the Staples Center.

Fresh off an unsuccessful run for the mayor of Kiev and for the Ukrainian parliament, the 38 year-old Vitali Klitschko utilised lateral movement, a piston-like jab, and the odd right hand to see off WBC Heavyweight champion Samuel Peter last October. continue

Team Kauffman Files Protest with CSAC

Reading, PA - Team Kauffman and Gary Shaw Productions have formally filed a protest with the California State Athletic Commission seeking to overturn the verdict of last Friday's fight between Travis Kauffman and Tony Grano at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA. In the last 1:50 of the fourth round, six critical errors in judgments by referee Wayne Hedgepeth of New Jersey compromised the integrity of what had been a terrific heavyweight boxing match. Kauffman had rallied over the first minute of the fourth round trying to finish off a fading Grano before Grano reverted to an illegal low blow at the 1:50 mark to buy some time. The referee never warned Grano for the blatant infraction. continue

Klitschko vs. Arreola: The Prediction and the Outcome

KlitschkoBy Ted Sares - The Prediction: The Nightmare’s best opportunity will be in the first three rounds when he will try to mug the giant Ukrainian in the same manner Andy Ganigan mugged Sean O’Grady many years ago. Perhaps a more recent example might be Lennox Lewis’s second round ambush of Razor Ruddock in 1992. In this attempted assault, look for Arreola to use hooks, uppercuts and overhand lefts and rights to do most of his damage. And in this regard, his brawling offense is more varied than Klitchko’s.

But if Klitschko can lean back, maintain his balance and withstand the explosive assault, he will move the fight into the 4rth stanza where Arreola could well begin to run out of gas. Taking down a monster like Vitali expends a lot of energy and that’s something Cristobal may lack going into the late rounds. My guess is that he will start to wane in the fifth or sixth and be ripe for the taking around the eighth.. The end could come by a mercy stoppage as Arreola does not appear to be the type to quit between rounds. continue

UK Boxing: Enzo Calzaghe series on BBC; Kell Brook; Coleman Barrett

Joe Calzaghe was Britain's most successful world champion boxer and remained undefeated over a glittering 16 year professional career. Over all those years there was one constant - his father and trainer Enzo Calzaghe. And a new four part series for BBC ONE Wales, Calzaghe Clan (Monday, October 5, 10.35pm), will tell Enzo's story. Programme makers had unprecedented access to Enzo, his family and friends over the past year to find out just what it's like to be part of the Calzaghe Clan. "In 1990 this crazy musician took over as my coach! Everybody was telling me to move on, get a professional, but I stuck with him because he taught me the basics and taught me how to box in the first place," says Joe. continue

NFL Studio Host Curt Menefee To Join ShoBox: The New Generation Announce Team

NEW YORK (Sept. 27, 2009)–Veteran sportscaster Curt Menefee will join the ShoBox: The New Generation announce team, substituting for Nick Charles, the perennial host and play-by-play announcer who is currently battling bladder cancer. Menefee will anchor the remaining ShoBox telecasts in 2009, joining color analyst Steve Farhood, beginning Friday, Oct. 2, when top-ranked super middleweight contender Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) takes on late replacement Tarvis Simms (25-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-round bout. continue

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym Stops Bernard Dunne In 3rd-Round To Claim WBA Super-Bantamweight Belt

boxingby James Slater - Tonight, at The O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, Thailand's Poonsawat Kratndaenggym shocked local man and defending WBA 122-pound champion Bernard Dunne with a sensational 3rd-round TKO. Winning for the very first time whilst fighting outside of his home country, the once-beaten 28-year-old simply ripped the title from the brave Irishman. Decking the 29-year-old three times in the 3rd-round, each time with left hooks, the visiting fighter prompted the referee, Jean-Louis Legland, to stop the fight at 2-minutes and 57-seconds of the round.

Dazed and bleeding, from his ear and nose, Dunne suffered a quite brutal defeat - one that will really take some coming back from. The new champ is now 39-1(27). Dunne is now 28-2(15).

Always a very dangerous fight for the popular Irishman who upset the odds himself when winning the WBA title with a superb action-filled 11th-round stoppage victory over the respected Ricardo Cordoba back in March, tonight's bout turned into a nightmare. Dunne started the contest well, but the 5'3" challenger (who, confusingly, won the interim version of the WBA 122-pound belt back in April - Celestino Caballero being the WBA's "Super" champion) would not be denied. continue

Jones Jr vs Hopkins II Signed, Say Richard Schaefer And John Wirt

by James Slater - No doubt fight fans everywhere, some of them at least, have heard the rumours going around that say modern day legends Roy Jones Junior and Bernard Hopkins will meet in a long (very long!) awaited rematch some time next year. Well, according to top scribe Dan Rafael over at, the talk is very much correct and the two fighters signed a deal yesterday to fight again in early 2010. continue

Team USA to Compete in the 2009 Women’s Continental Championships in Ecuador

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States’ top female boxers will compete in their first international event of the year at the 2009 Women’s Continental Championships, October 5-8 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The competition will be the first women’s tournament for the United States since the August IOC announcement of inclusion of women’s boxing in the 2012 Olympic Games. continue

Macklin Shocks Asikainen With 1st-Round KO!

boxingby James Slater - Tonight, at The Velodrome in Manchester, Birmingham's 27-year-old Matthew Macklin made shockingly short work of the experienced and respected Amin Asikainen of Finland. Fighting for the vacant European middleweight title on the Ricky Hatton-promoted show, Macklin and 33-year-old Asikainen were expected by most good judges to put on a close, nip and tuck type affair, with the fight likely to go into the later rounds.

Instead, in scoring the finest win of his pro career thus far, Macklin uncorked a perfect left hook to the head in the very first round, putting Asikainen down and all but ending the fight. The Fin bravely beat the count, on sheer instinct more than anything else, but he was in bad shape and on unsteady legs. Put down a few seconds later by a series of right hands to the head, the visiting fighter again beat the count but was clearly dazed upon doing so. The Italian referee, seeing how splayed Asikainen's legs were, and how badly hurt he still was, waved the fight off at two minutes and 34-seconds of the round. continue

News: TKO Boxing Signs Edner Cherry; Dibella Partners with Spongetech for Oct. 2 ShoBox Event

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 26, 2009) Former world title challenger Edner Cherry has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO BOXING Promotions, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President. Said Koerner, “TKO BOXING Promotions is thrilled to add Edner to our growing team of outstanding international fighters. Edner’s toughness and world class skills have made him a fan favorite not only in Florida but to boxing fans across the country who have watched his numerous televised bouts.. continue

Fight Night at Club Nokia - Another Good Show for Boxing

25.09.09 - By Paul Strauss - Thursday night at Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA went the way everyone expected. There were no big surprises or upsets, but the matchups were competitive and provided competitive action throughout the night with the possible exception of the first bout that ended abruptly only 38 seconds into the first round.

That one showcased undefeated Ronny Rios against veteran Manuel Sarabia. The expectation was for Rios to get yet another win added to his 5-0 record, but in the process to get some work, and further hone his skills. continue

Dmitriy Salita - "I Am More Than Ready For Amir Khan"

Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Unbeaten Ukrainian-born Dmitriy Salita, who has lived in New York since the age of nine, has been the WBA light-welterweight mandatory challenger for quite some time. Made to wait until now to get his shot at the title, the 27-year-old with the 30-0-1(16) record is set to meet Britain's Amir Khan, in what will be Khan's first defence, in December of this year. Looking forward to the fight in a big way, Salita is also very confident of victory. Very kindly taking the time to give me the following interview earlier today, Dmitriy had these answers to my questions:

James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Dmitriy, thank you for your time. You have waited so long for your shot at the WBA light-welterweight title, are you happy to be facing Amir Khan at last?

Dmitriy Salita: It's been a very long time coming. I was at one time supposed to fight Gavin Rees (when the Welshman was the WBA champ). That's how long it's been. But I'm excited to have the opportunity now, and I will make the most of it. I knew this day would come. I've had the best possible boxing education you can have living here in New York, working alongside world championship calibre fighters from such a young age. I am more than ready. continue

Can Glen Johnson Defeat Chad Dawson This Time? By KO?

by James Slater - There are no shortage of people out there who felt/feel as though "Road Warrior" Glen Johnson did enough to have been awarded the points win over Chad Dawson in their light-heavyweight title fight last Spring. When the exciting and hard fought 12 rounds were up, however, "Bad" Chad was declared the winner via a unanimous decision that was to deeply annoy Johnson. Now, in preparing for the anticipated November 7th rematch, Johnson, as reported by, is intent on scoring a KO the second time around. continue

Results: Poonsawat Upsets Dunne In Dublin; Pascal Beats Branco In Montreal; More

Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (39-1), in his his first professional victory outside Thailand, floored Bernard Dunne (28-2) three times in the third round to end the Dubliner's reign as WBA super-bantamweight Champion after just six months. On the undercard, Tyson Fury (9-0, 7 KOs) won a six round decision over Tomas Mrazek (4-23) just 15 days after his controversial win over John McDermott. continue

Marvin Hagler Interview Transcript

Marvin Hagler by Geoffrey Ciani & Jenna J - (The following interview transcript with Marvelous Marvin Hagler aired on episode 38 of On the Ropes, September 10, 2009)

Geoffrey Ciani: Okay! We have Marvelous Marvin Hagler “On the Ropes”. How are you doing today, Marvin?

Marvin Hagler: Very good, simply marvelous. (laughs)

GC: Very glad to hear, and for me it’s actually an honor to speak with you because when I was nine years old, the first fight I had ever seen was actually your fight with Tommy Hearns.

MH: Trying to make me feel old now, right? (laughs) I’m sorry. continue

Mayweather vs Marquez Registers One Million Buys!

Sept. 25, 2009 – NEW YORK -- HBO Sports reported today that one million pay-per-view buys were generated from last Saturday’s welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The one million buy total represents the highest performing boxing pay-per-view event in 2009 and generated $52 million in pay-per-view revenue. The million buys include 525,000 from cable homes and 475,000 from satellite homes. It is only the fifth time in boxing pay-per-view history that a non-heavyweight event has attained the one million buy mark. Mayweather, a bona fide superstar, returned to the ring after a 21-month absence and showed no signs of rust in scoring a dominating victory. He has now participated in two events that have reached the one million buy mark. continue

Eight Hours And Counting: Will The Klitschko Reign Continue? Or Will Arreola Shock The World?

by James Slater - Not long to go now - in fact around eight hours or so as I write this - until unbeaten 28-year-old Mexican/American heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola steps into the ring with the mighty Vitali Klitschko. In challenging "Dr Iron Fist" for the WBC heavyweight title, "The Nightmare" will face the same problems every other big man has encountered when fighting the giant with the iron jaw and the brutal punching power. continue

Vitali Klitschko is going to obliterate Chris Arreola

Klitschko - Arreolaby Geoffrey Ciani - When David Haye pulled out of negotiations for a proposed title fight with WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in favor of a much easier route to the championship in the form of WBA champion Nicolay Valuev, Klitschko was left without an opponent. Luckily for him, he was able to settle for the next best thing, which in this case, was undefeated heavyweight contender Chris Arreola. Klitschko and Arreola both deserve credit for making this fight happen so seamlessly, especially in light of the Klitschko-Haye debacle.

Looking at this on paper, it appears we should have a balanced match-up on our hands. Klitschko’s record currently stands at 37-2 with 36 wins coming by way of knockout. Arreola’s record remains unblemished after 27 fights with 24 knockouts to his credit. continue

News: Demetrius Andrade; Solomon Haumono; Eugene Hill

One of the top boxing prospects in the world, 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “The Extinguisher” Andrade, returns home October 3 to fight for the third time as a professional on the stacked “Saturday Afternoon Special” card at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. “Saturday Afternoon Special” is a rare matinee show (2 PM/ET start), promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River, Banner Promotions, Star Boxing and DiBella Entertainment. continue

Nicolay Valuev vs. David Haye: Why Valuev will win

By Damian "andyZOR" Markut - With upcoming heavyweight fights featuring Denis Boytsov vs. Jason Gaven, Tomasz Adamek vs. Andrzej Golota, and Martin Rogan vs. Sam Sexton, the fight with Nicolay Valuev vs. David Haye seems to be the most interesting and most intriguing fight. Well, on paper at least right?

But i sure find it interesting. continue

Edwin Rodriguez To Face Boone Oct 3!

boxingBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Middleweight, Edwin Rodriguez, Worcester, MA’s pugilistic pride and joy, has his head on straight, and is focused on improving his game. The mild mannered 24 year old, friend to all, has a major goal in mind: A shot at a world title bout in the next year and a half. Plan your work; work your plan.

Under the seasoned eye of trainer, Peter Manfredo, Sr, and managed by Attorney Larry Army, Jr., promoter, Lou DiBella, has a great prospect brewing. With a professional record of 11-0, 8 KO’s, Rodriguez has even been recognized by Ring Magazine, and featured on page 24 of November’s “New Faces” column. It would be tempting to repeat the accolades in the “Bible of Boxing,” but better for you to buy it yourself; it’s worth the read.

Rodriguez had been slated to fight Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), former NABC Latino title-holder, in Manchester, NH this month, but Tovar bowed out, reportedly feeling dizzy after last minute sparring – or was it nervousness after scoping out his opposition? continue

A New Look At Prizefighter III

By Paul McCreath - Since my previous article about Prizefighter III things have changed and we now need to take another look. My first article suggested that my pick as the likely winner on October 2 would be the veteran Michael Sprott. Now Michael is out of the tournament following the sudden death of his sister. Another former British champ Michael Holden is also out. He was dropped after an unimpressive 4 round draw in his qualifier fight which was his first bout in several years. In addition to these developments we now know the results of the first round draw so that it is now a bit easier to predict who will come out on top.

Bout #1 in round one will see former British champ Scott Gammer (18-4-1-9) meet unbeaten Coleman Barrett (8-0-0-2). Gammer may have slipped some since his days as prospect/domestic belt holder but he has been in with much better competition. continue

McLean Steals the Show at the Verizon by Stopping Saleem

By Ted Sares - It is only through a fighter’s will that he makes losses impossible. –Ted Knutson

Faruq “The Dream” Saleem - When Faruq “The Dream” Saleem entered the ring at the Verizon Wireless Arena against Shawn McLean on September 23, 2009, I immediately noticed he was as dry as toast and there was little muscle tone to be seen. He looked like a guy who might just be in the wrong place at the wrong time, notwithstanding his 38 wins in a row with 32 KO´s. But that record is terribly deceptive. continue

All Time Middleweight Survey: Who are the ten best middleweights of all-time?

monzonby Geoffrey Ciani - This is the third 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. In the second, we explored the history of the light heavyweight division. 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 two, I polled 45 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 survey—my esteemed colleague from On the Ropes, the exquisite Miss Jenna J) considered to be the ten best middleweights in boxing history.

Ties were not allowed, just a straight-forward list from one to ten. I then used a weighted scoring system to assign points to fighters based on where they appeared on each individual's list. First place votes received 25 points. Second place votes were worth 15 points, third place votes were worth 12, and fourth and fifth place votes were worth 10 and 8 points respectively. After that, the point differential was constant, with sixth place votes getting 5 points, seventh place votes getting 4, eighth getting 3, ninth place 2, and tenth place 1. continue

Vitali Klitschko - Chris Arreola Undercard Weigh-In Photos

All 10 fighters who'll be competing on the excellent undercard of the Vitali Klitschko-Cristobal Arreola WBC heavyweight championship fight tomorrow/Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles made weight easily Friday at the Wilshire Grand. In what will be one of the best, most exciting heavyweight title fights in years, the popular Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Los Angeles, will defend his WBC title against undefeated, No. 1-ranked contender Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of East L.A. Tickets can be purchased at STAPLES Center, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone (800) 745-3000 and online at continue

Countdown to Dunne – Poonsawat almost complete

- Bernard Dunne (121.5 lbs) V Poonsawt Kratingdaenggym (122 lbs)
12 Rounds for the WBA World Super Bantamweight Title
- Tyson Fury (261 pounds) V Tomas Mrazek (222.5 pounds) – 6 Rounds
- Jamie Power (177.5 lbs) V Michael Sweeney (178.8 lbs) – 8 Rounds
- Patrick Hyland (126 lbs) V Manuel Sequera (130 lbs) – 8 Rounds . continue

'Call Em Out Fridays': Arreola/Klitschko - No Light Action For These Heavyweights

By Vivek Wallace - Tomorrow night, the world of boxing will attempt to breath life into a division that many presumed to be dead a long time ago. Once a main staple of the sport, the rich culture of the heavyweight division to most is now a faded picture from a broken past. With no attention grabber of the Ali, Tyson fabric on deck, the only buzzworthy headlines in recent times have had more to do with what isn't happening in the division, (the recent David Haye debacle), as opposed to what is. Anxious to change that trend stands a heavy-fisted Mex-Am contender who has the right amount of personality, combined with drive, to turn a few heads. At yesterday's weigh-in, knowing that everyone thought he would come in out of shape, the oreo-eating heavyweight even made a joke of himself by tipping the scales at 272lbs, only to remove his shirt and reveal a weighted jacket at the humorous surprise of on-lookers. No doubt, looking the part isn't quite his strong-suit, but as most has learned, that's nothing an aggressive demeanor and a dominant personality can't cure when the first bell rings.

Unproven, untested, and practically unknown, the road that lies ahead for the evolving Chris Arreola (27-0, 24KO's)contains a trail of questions. The path that this trail has carried him down will stop in Los Angeles at the famed Staples Center Saturday night when Arreola moves beyond the simple sands and effectively enters a far more challenging mountainous terrain. Looking at his resume is perhaps the best way to assess how truly untested Arreola really his. Granted, he does boast victories over Mosley, Taylor, and Johnson, but after further review, a detailed investigation reveals that it wasn't Shane, Jermaine, and Glen, it was Ed (Mosley), Curtis (Taylor), and David (Johnson). Three men that few of us know of, let alone sat and watched. continue

The Nightmare Diary: Blood In Blood Out!

By P.H. Burbridge - For the much maligned and often misunderstood #1 ranked heavyweight in the world, Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola the time has come. Time for a new beginning. All the preparation has been completed and now he’s simply managing his mental focus leading into what most people believe is a suicide mission. His critics have been out in full force pointing out every perceived flaw while dismissing all the positive reports that came out of his training camp and playing up rumors of his continued lack of commitment. “He doesn’t have enough world class experience!” “If Walker knocked him down what do you think Vitali will do to him?” “He still looks overweight!. continue

When Good Men Do Nuthin'

Christopher B Cruz - Floyd Mayweather Jr. took on a great fighter and put on a master class last Saturday. Juan Manuel Marquez was by far the best fighter on Mayweather's résumé, and the way he completely took everything away from him in the ring was simply scary. Nothing the Mexican Marquez did could ever make the fight even close to competitive.

Being the slower fighter with a pronounced reach disadvantage, Marquez decided to be the aggressor in a battle of natural counterpunchers. continue

Video: Vitali Klitschko 252, Chris Arreola 251

Klitschko vs ArreolaUnbeaten WBC No. 1-ranked Cristobal Arreola pulled a fast one on those watching Thursday's well-attended free open weigh-in at STAPLES Center, initially stepping on the scale wearing a shirt and weighing 272 pounds! Quickly, however, he pulled off his shirt to reveal a weighted vest. Everyone got a good laugh.

Officially, Arreola weighed in at 251 pounds.

After the challenger, Cristobal Arreola, got on the scale, Vitali Klitschko weighed in at 252 pounds, faced off and posed with Arreola and checked the gloves during a well-attended free open weigh-in at STAPLES Center Thursday.

In what will be one of the best, most exciting heavyweight title fights in years, the popular Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Los Angeles, will defend his WBC title against undefeated, No. 1-ranked contender Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of East L.A., this Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center. continue

Shane Mosley Says Mayweather Jr. Should Be Ashamed Of Himself For Beating Up The Much Smaller Juan Manuel Marquez

by James Slater - Sugar Shane Mosley, who helped create some excitement at The MGM Grand last Saturday night as he got involved in a minor tussle with a victorious Floyd Mayweather Junior, has answered back to those people who claim he was being disrespectful to Mayweather by attempting to steal his thunder after his dominant points win over Juan Manuel Marquez. continue

Diaz – Chavez weigh in, ready for battle!

By Matt Paras - With the sounds of Mariachis playing in the background, David Diaz, 136, and Jesus Chavez, 134.5, both weighed in Friday night at Marsicos El Veneo in downtown Chicago. Fight time is almost here and both are excited for it.

“My training camp was great, we did what we had to do to keep the weight down,” Diaz explained. “There was probably a little [rust] at the beginning of training, but now we feel good and we’re going to see what happens.. continue

BJ Flores sets sights on Fragomeni and Huck - News

BJ FloresLAS VEGAS (SEPTEMBER 23, 2009)—Undefeated and world ranked Cruiserweight contender, BJ Flores wants a title opportunity and he wants it now as he has pinpointed WBC champ Giacobbe Fragomeni and potential World Boxing Organization champ Marco Huck as the men whose belts Flores wants to take. Flores, 24-0-1 with fifteen knockouts has been on a roll since signing with promoter Square Ring. Flores opened eyes with a stoppage victory over former world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza on August 15th as part of the big Roy Jones Jr. – Jeff Lacy card in Biloxi, Mississippi. That was Flores third victory in 2009. The Las Vegas native is willing to face Huck or Fragomeni anywhere, anyplace anytime.

“Fragomeni does not have an opponent for his November fight.” said Flores. "I am more than willing to go to Italy. A top rated American is just what he needs after a close and controversial draw over a Krzysztof Wlodarczyk. I would be more than happy to be on a plane the next day to the Dec. 5th fight to watch the Huck v Afolabi fight and challenge the winner. Afolabi is a very good fighter and there is a good chance he can beat Huck, so I want to fight him as much as Huck.. continue

UK Boxing News: Derek Chisora; Tyson Fury; Darren Barker

Derek Chisora says a rematch between Tyson Fury and John McDermott won't tell the public much - because he's the best domestic heavyweight out there. The British Boxing Board of Control has ordered a return between Fury and McDermott following their controversial English title fight earlier this month. Fury won a hotly-disputed decision. But confident Del Boy says whoever wins won't be holding on to the title for long. "Fury's been talking like the second coming of Muhammad Ali, but he got exposed for what he is against McDermott," said Chisora. continue

UK Boxing News: Smith vs Quigley; Nathan Cleverly; John Thaxton

British super-middleweight title challenger Paul Smith has given up a lucrative career as a club DJ - and will instead concentrate on sending opponents rather than discs spinning. The 26-year-old challenges rival Liverpudlian Tony Quigley on October 30 for the Lonsdale belt in the biggest boxing derby to hit the fight city in decades. The fight takes place at the Liverpool Echo Arena on a blockbuster card that also features Kell Brook's British welterweight title defence against Michael Jennings. And Smith says that boxing is now his only priority after sidelining his ambitions as a DJ. continue

Floyd Mayweather beats Dana White & UFC!

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Coach Tim Walker - While the official numbers have not yet come in the rumor mill is circulating surrounding pay per view buys for this past weekend’s head to head pay per view battle between boxing and the UFC. Officially there is no battle between the two sports but many enthusiasts were anxious to see what would happen when a major boxing card faced off with a major UFC card.

The UFC has generally done better pay per view numbers than boxing but the two sports have never gone head to head on the same day. Both sports have been cautious not to set major events on the same date but a rib injury to Floyd Mayweather Junior back in June pushed the re-emergence of “Money” to September 19. The same weekend, same day as UFC 103. The clash between the aforementioned Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez was originally scheduled for July 18. continue

Fernando Guerrero Continues Climb, Faces Tough Ossie Duran Next

by James Slater - 22-year-old Fernando Guerrero of Salisbury, Maryland (born in The Dominican Republic) has already earned himself one of the biggest fan bases in boxing when it comes to hot prospects. Every time the talented southpaw has fought in Salisbury, thousands of fans have been in attendance. Now, in moving up in class in his next fight, when he will meet tough guy Ossie Duran of Ghana, Guerrero will be looking to become a contender, as opposed to a prospect. continue

Sheika wins slugfest against Kruger

MANCHESTER , N.H. (Septe.ber 23, 2009) – Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika won an entertaining slugfest tonight against a game Theo Kruger in the main event on the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” card at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The 8th annual “Fight To Educate,” presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, in association with Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, benefited the SEE Science Center, Bobby Stephen Fund for Education, and The Veterans Count Club. Sheika (28-9, 19 KOs) wore-down Kruger (9-9-2, 3 KOs) and took a knee in the seventh round after Sheika unloaded a barrage of punches. The onslaught continued in the eighth as Kruger was decked again. He beat the 10-count on shaky legs, but the fight was wisely halted by the referee at that point. continue

Valuev vs Haye press conference in Nuremberg

Valuev vs HayeWBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev and David Haye today came face-to-face for the first time ahead of their title clash in Nuremberg on November 7. “I believe I can knock him out,” Haye told a packed press conference at the Arena Nurnberger Versicherung. “I will take the title home with me.” Haye admitted that the preparation for the biggest fight of his life will be a difficult one. “It is hard to find sparring partners that are as tall as him,” he said. “But we will find some. This will be a true David-versus-Goliath battle. I am much faster than him and I will win.”

The Russian Giant certainly holds a different view. “Even though I have not fought for quite a while, I did not sit back and relax,” he stated. “I only had to take this long break because Ruslan Chagaev could not fight me. I have started my preparations for the fight at the end of June. In the past weeks I have been preparing specially for David Haye. He is a strong challenger but he will not beat me.. continue

Boxing's New Fab Four Are Raring To Go In Liverpool

Liverpool might be most famous for The Beatles but today a second Fab Four promised to put together a string of hits - in the boxing ring. Olympic champion James DeGale, amateur world champion Frankie Gavin and former England representatives Stephen Smith and Tony Bellew will appear at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 30. It was a case of All You Need is Glove, A Hard Day's Fight and Glove Me Do as the quartet posed for photos in Beatles' costumes in front of the new Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool. The world champions in waiting promised that over the course of the next few years the only words on the lips of their opponents will be Help! continue

News: Daniel Edouard; Edwin Rodriguez; Danny O'Connor

Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (22-2-2 KOs 13) the current WBA Fedelatin Middleweight Champion adds a WBO #15 middleweight ranking to his growing list of accomplishments. Edouard, also ranked WBA #8 at middleweight and WBC #11 at super welterweight, was informed about the new ranking recently. “It is certainly an honor. You work hard every day in hopes of climbing up the ladder towards a title shot. I truly feel blessed. continue

Right On: Ingo’s Bingo Was A Thriller

Klitschko Arreola22.09.09 - By Mike Casey - When Joe Louis knocked out Johnny Paychek with a fast right to the jaw at Madison Square Garden in 1940, Johnny’s almost uniquely surreal and dreamy fall to the mat prompted one reporter to ask his readers, “Did you ever see a ghost walking? I did.”

Louis had proved conclusively, as if proof were needed, that he could knock out a man with a single shot. Joe’s famous quick-fire salvos always looked more spectacular and are probably best remembered, but Johnny Payckek and Jim Braddock were just two fellows who learned with shocking suddenness that Louis didn’t have to get too fancy in times of need.

Misconceptions are easily fashioned. Many younger fans see Rocky Marciano whaling away at Don Cockell and Archie Moore for what seems an eternity. The impression is gained that Rocky, probably past his prime at that juncture in his career, needed a thousand blows to drive an opponent into the floor, which wasn’t always the case. Jack Dempsey and many others in the know frequently praised the Brockton Blockbuster as one of the great one-punch finishers when the chance presented itself. The short, right hand blast that sent Jersey Joe Walcott to dreamland still stands up as one of the greatest ever thrown. continue

UK Boxing: David Price Signs With Maloney; Murray gearing up for war with Thaxton

OLYMPIC super-heavyweight bronze medallist David Price has signed a three-year promotional deal with Frank Maloney. Price, 26, will have his first fight under the Maloney banner at Sunderland's Seaburn Centre on October 16 and boxes again seven days later (Oct 23) at Bolton Arena. Maloney who famously steered Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight title tips the 6ft 8in Liverpool star to reach the very top. He said: "With the right handling and the right fights David Price can become a superstar and a household name. continue

So, What Do You Want - Mayweather-Mosley Or Mayweather-Pacquiao?

by James Slater - Judging solely by the remarks left by fight fans via the comments facility afforded this great boxing web site, the desire is for Floyd Mayweather Junior to face one of two opponents in his next outing. Though the man getting most of the votes is current pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, Sugar Shane Mosley is a fighter many thousands of fans clearly want to see "Money" test his quite sublime skills against.

In an ideal world, 32-year-old Mayweather (who, interestingly, has just been given the P-4-P #2 spot in the Ring on line ratings because of his points win over Juan Manuel Marquez this past Saturday) would take on both Mosley and Pacquiao, even more ideally, one after the other. continue

Sugar Ray Leonard joins On The Ropes Boxing Radio - ep. 40

leonard-- 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 Eastern Time. 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 insightful hostess, the amazing Miss Jenna J, along with her co-host Nick Powers and her special weekly guest, yours truly (aka-Rummy). This weeks episode will kick off with an exclusive interview with special guest Sugar Ray Leonard. Leonard is widely views as one of the greatest boxers to ever lace up the gloves. He was named Fighter of the Decade for the 1980s and won world titles at multiple weight classes. His most notable wins include victories over fellow Hall of Famers Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns, and Marvelous Marvin Hagler just to name a few. Be sure to tune in as we discuss various aspects of Sugar Rays careers. Find out what Ray has to say about his endeavors outside of boxing and get his views and opinions on the current boxing landscape. continue

Mayweather’s Blunder May Put an End to Catchweights

By Michael Herron: Immediately following Floyd Mayweather, Jr’s dominant victory over WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, HBO analyst Max Kellerman proceeded to ask the question that is on every boxing fan’s mind, “why didn’t Mayweather honor the catchweight agreement?” Before a suitable answer could be pried out of Mayweather the interview came to a screeching halt courtesy of an unexpected bumrush by Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins. Though Mayweather has received much criticism for weighing in at 146, two pounds above the 144 lb agreement, is it possible that his failure to make weight may have a positive impact on the sport?

Why are catchweights a part of boxing? In an era where boxing fans have become disillusioned with the high number of title belts, sanctioning bodies, and weight classes previously established, the sport adds yet another oddity called the catchweight. continue

Poonsawat plays down Dunnes win over Cordoba

Jonny Stapleton - Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym claims his advantage in the power stakes will ensure he dethrones WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Bernard Dunne this coming weekend. The fighter known in Thailand as ‘The Tank’, who insists he will bulldoze his way to a seven round victory, also belittled Dunne’s dramatic victory over former champion Cordoba. continue

Warriors Collide / Windy City Fight Night Press Conference Photos And Quotes

Diaz vs ChavezCHICAGO, IL (September 24, 2009) A large crowd of local media and fans turned out at the final press conference for “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” which was held in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon at Mariscos El Veneno Restaurant.

“WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” is headlined by a Chicago showdown between former world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez in the ten round main event.

David Diaz: “I want to thank Dominic and 8 Count Productions for this opportunity to fight in Chicago. I’m in great shape and very well conditioned for this fight with Jesus. The fans should expect an excellent, “Chicago style” fight on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion.”

Jesus Chavez: “It’s taken me 25 years but I’m finally fighting back here in Chicago. It means a great deal to me and I’m very exciting for this opportunity. I’m ready and I’m coming to win.. continue

News: WBC News; Cullmer-Wilson; Ran Nakash

From WBC President José Sulaimán: With our deepest sorrow, the WBC declares a day of world mourning for Charles Lomax, who recently passed away. Mr. Lomax was a gentleman, a professional, a loyal boxing lover and a great friend of mine. He worked for Don King Productions for more than a quarter century. From Don King Productions: Charles E. Lomax, the first African American to become a partner at the powerhouse law firm of Sidley & Austin and later general counsel for legendary promoter Don King where he helped negotiate some of the biggest contracts in boxing, televised-sports and entertainment history, died on Sunday at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton, Fla. continue

European Boxing Roundup: Sturm vs Universum; Campillo vs Shumenov; More

Per Ake Persson - Universum boss Klaus Peter Kohl fires back at WBA champ Felix Sturm in today´s Bild Zeitung. Kohl claims a perfectly valid contract and doesn´t understand why Sturm wants to leave. There appears to have been some tension for a long time but it seems as if the tickets - 800 of them - Sturm wanted for friends and relatives for the fight against Khoren Gevor was a deciding factor in the break. Sturm claimed he agreed to pay the tickets but apparently didn´t or was late with it and Universum sent him a letter threatening with legal action. continue

Heavyweight Healing: Can Chris Arreola Jumpstart The Heavyweight Division?

Klitschko vs arreolaBy Mike Samuels - This Saturday night Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (27-0, 24 KO’s) has a chance to revive the ever lagging heavyweight division if he can somehow walk-down Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KO’s) in front of what is expected to be a massive crowd from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

If successful Arreola will become the first Mexican-American to put the heavyweight championship around his mid section, assuming there are enough notches in the belt, of course.

Since the heavyweight title bout was announced some months ago, speculation had been that the Riverside native had failed to take yet another training camp seriously. Those rumors have since been silenced by Arreola’s camp in a series of press releases and interviews that were released earlier this week. continue

Matthew Macklin Goes For European Title Vs. Amin Asikainen Tomorrow

by James Slater - Birmingham's 27-year-old Matthew Macklin engages in a very important fight tomorrow night in Manchester, as he meets Finland's respected Amin Asikainen for the vacant European middleweight title. And if the 24-2(17) Brit can defeat the 33-year-old visiting fighter he, and his good friend Ricky Hatton, believe he will be able to move on to the world title stage soon afterwards. continue

News: Jones vs. Gutierrez; VIP Boxing II Undercard; Patrick Lopez

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ—Unbeaten Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, faces what could be the toughest test of his four-year career when he defends his North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight title against Richard Gutierrez, of Miami, FL, in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, Nov. 7, at Bally’s Atlantic City. The seven-bout card, which begins at 7.30 pm, will be televised live by The 26-year-old Jones returns to the same ring where he earned a 10-round decision Aug. 8 over Lenin Arroyo, also of Miami, FL. continue

Haye vs Valuev: David Haye Wants To Spar Tyson Fury To Get Ready For Nikolai Valuev

Valuev vs Hayeby James Slater - Heavyweight contender and former cruiserweight champion David Haye was an interested spectator at the recent Tyson Fury-John McDermott fight, and it appears as though "The Hayemaker" was giving the 6'8" Fury the once-over as a potential sparring partner. Haye, who will be swapping punches with the biggest world champion in boxing history, in Nikolai Valuev on November 7th, knows he needs to get some quality sparring in with as tall a man as the 7'0" Russian. A couple of inches shorter, 21-year-old Fury is about as close as it gets. And whilst speaking with Sky Sports, 28-year-old Haye said he's very keen on the idea of working with the heavily hyped prospect.

"If Tyson Fury is available, then yes," Haye said of the possibility of sparring with him. "I'm around at the moment and if he's got a fight coming up I am more than willing to spar with him. He doesn't have to pay me, that's for sure!."

And while Haye would benefit from such sparring by getting himself further prepared for Valuev's height and reach, the still-learning Fury would surely only gain from sparring with Haye, a former accomplished amateur and world champion. And, as all fans who saw his "winning" fight with John McDermott back on September 11th are aware, Fury sure has a lot to learn. continue

Cristobal Arreola Muscle Beach Open Workout Quotes

Undefeated, No. 1-ranked WBC world contender Cristobal Arreola jumped rope, posed and hit the mitts with trainer Henry Ramirez during a free open public workout Wednesday at Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif. In the best heavyweight world championship fight in years, the hard-hitting Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) will challenge defending champion Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) for the WBC heavyweight title this Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center. Tickets can be purchased at STAPLES Center, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone (800) 745-3000 and online at continue

Vitali Klitschko Muscle Beach Open Workout Quotes

As brother Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF/WBO/IBO/Ring heavyweight champion, describes the live action, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is shown getting his hands wrapped, hitting the mitts with trainer Fritz Sdunek, shadow boxing, addressing the media and fans and shaking hands and facing off with Cristobal Arreola during Wednesday's free open workout at Muscle Beach in Venice, Calif. continue

Diaz-Chavez Open Workout Photos

Diaz-ChavezCHICAGO, IL (September 23, 2009) Former world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez each held an open workout for the Chicago media and fight fans on Tuesday afternoon. While a large crowd watched at JABB Boxing Gym, Diaz and Chavez went through a vigorous workout routine as they made final preparations for their showdown on Saturday night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Both Diaz and Chavez looked in outstanding shape as they completed their training.

The Diaz/Chavez ten round main event headlines “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” a seven bout card of world class professional boxing, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. Tickets for “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” are priced at $151, $101, $76, $51 and $31, and are available through Ticketmaster (, 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 The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events. continue

News: Demetrius Andrade; Jennifer Salinas; Brawl In The Hall

U.S. Olympian Demetrius “The Cape Verdean Assassin” Andrade and former University of Rhode Island football player, Vladine Biosse, will be featured in separate bouts in a rare matinee pro boxing show, “Saturday Afternoon Special,” Oct. 3 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. “Saturday Afternoon Special” is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River. Andrade’s (7-0, 6 KOs) fight will be a 6-rounder, in association with Banner Promotions and Star Boxing. continue

Prediction for the Vitali Klitschko-Chris Arreola Fight

By Juan Carlos Castillo: On Saturday Night, the Best Heavyweight Champion in the last few years, Vitali Klitschko, will collide in the ring with one of the most promising young talents in the Heavyweight Division in Chris Arreola. Watching the KO Records for both Vitali Klitschko and Christobal Arreola one can wonder if actually this fight can get past 3 Rounds. Remember, this is Heavyweight Division, where a single punch can let his opponent in the canvas, and not like the Flyweight Division where there needs to be a bunch of combinations to get the job done in almost every case possible. continue

Vitali Klitschko Knows The Answer: He Will Triumph Against Arreola

Klitschko vs arreolaMichael Buffer served as master of ceremonies at Tuesday's final press conference for this Saturday's highly anticipated heavyweight showdown between knockout artists, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, and No. 1-ranked challenger Cristobal Arreola. The challenger, Arreola, and the champion, Klitschko, took their turns at the lecturn, Vitali directs a comment at Team Arreola, the two fighters face off and pose, and brothers Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko (with his new Ring belt) show off their heavyweight hardware. They are the only siblings in history to hold heavyweight world title belts simultaneously.

At the conclusion of the press conference, Wladimir, Vitali's younger brother, is presented the Ring Magazine heavyweight belt by Ring representative, Ivan Goldman. That makes four championship belts for Wladimir, who is also the IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion. World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko is confident he will be victorious and his experience will be the key factor when he defends against No. 1-ranked Cristobal “The Nightmare’’ Arreola in what will be the most exciting heavyweight title fight in years this Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES CENTER. continue

Chris Arreola Feels Slighted, Says Klitschko Will Pay

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 22, 2009) – As if he needed extra motivation, undefeated, No. 1-ranked world contender Cristobal Arreola is miffed by the fact he feels he is getting slighted by World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko heading into their eagerly awaited showdown this Sept. 26, at STAPLES CENTER. “One thing that kind of bugs me: I feel like I’ve been taken lightly,’’ the power-punching, popular, talented Arreola (27-0), who has had only one fight go the distance (24 by KO, two by DQ – on the way to a KO), said during Tuesday’s final press conference at Nokia Plaza L.A. Live in Los Angeles. I feel like they already think that it’s a cakewalk. Now they already have a date for December. They can still fight in December, but it isn’t going be for the world title, man. I’m gonna win it. I respect Mr. Klitschko. I respect him as a man and as a fighter, but inside the ring everything is outside the door and it’s time to fight.’. continue

Klitschko/Arreola Undercard: Q & A With Salvador Sanchez II

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 21, 2009) – There’s no better person to ask about the similarities in the fighting styles of former Mexican world champion Salvador Sanchez and his nephew of the same name than legendary trainer Jimmy Montoya. Montoya worked with the featherweight world champion Sanchez in the early 1980s before he was tragically killed in a 1982 car accident at the age of 23. Three years later Sanchez’s brother had a son and named him after the great champion. On Saturday night, boxing fans will get to see a glimpse of what made the champion so special when Salvador Sanchez II (15-3-2, 8 KOs) takes on dangerous veteran Trinidad Mendoza in a featherweight bout on the undercard of the main event world title showdown between World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali “Dr. Iron Fist” Klitschko and WBC No. 1 contender Cristobal “The Nightmare’’ Arreola at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. continue

Vitali Klitschko vs. Chris Arreola: The Comparisons

By: Orgil B. Martin - Arreola is a young, undefeated, fresh heavyweight who can pressure well, while packing decent punching power in both hands. He is untested, however, and he is stepping up to fight a top-tier opponent for the first time in Vitali Klitschko. Vitali Klitschko is arguably the most skilled and experienced heavyweight today, with his age and durability being the only questions surrounding him.

You cannot ask for fighters who are so different, so in analyzing the upcoming fight between them it is best to compare the strengths and weaknesses of the two, rather than trying to list every single difference one can find in the two heavyweights. So here it goes:

Arreola’s Strengths and Klitschko’s Weaknesses:

1) A combination of volume and power: It will be interesting to see how the pressuring style of Arreola plays out. Klitschko completely schooled and embarrassed the powerful Nigerian Sam Peter a year ago.. But the problem was that Sam Peter could not even put together a three punch combination in that fight. His attacks did not have any volume in punches whatsoever. Klitschko easily countered Peter with his stinging combinations off of his skillful defense. Can Arreola then, be different in trying to attack Klitschko? Can he attack in volume the Frazier way? He certainly has proven that he can effectively pressure with power and volume in his previous fights, even though the competition level was mediocre at best. continue

Divine Inspiration for Poonsawat ahead of Dunne Showdown; Unlucky Break for Murray

Thailand’s Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym is hopeful that a little divine inspiration will help him to rip the WBA World Super Bantamweight title from Bernard Dunne. Poonsawat arrived in Dublin at the weekend ahead of Saturday’s Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2 and the number one challenger is confident that he will be packing Dunne’s World title belt in to his suitcase for the return leg of his journey.

Poonsawat says he has left no stone unturned in preparation for the bout including changing his name on the advice of a Monk to bring him extra luck. continue

Chavez, Morales, Cuevas, Zarate Discuss Arreola-Klitschko bout

LOS ANGELES (Sept. 21, 2009) – Throughout history there have been scores of outstanding Mexican boxers who have held world titles in various weight classes, most notably, between 118 pounds to 135 pounds, while fighting their way to worldwide stardom. But amazingly, the storied history of Mexican warriors and the heavyweight division has never produced any boxer of Mexican descent who has won a world championship in the heaviest of divisions.

That could all change this Saturday, Sept. 26, as the WBC’s No. 1 contender, Chris Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) takes on WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KO) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Presented by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions, the scheduled 12-round title bout will be the main event of the HBO “World Championship Boxing” telecast. continue

Mayweather-Marquez Is History, Now Let's look Ahead To Klitschko-Arreola!

Klitschko vs arreolaby James Slater - Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the sweet display of boxing skill that was put on by Floyd Mayweather Junior on Saturday night as he dominated a brave Juan Manual Marquez, and I'd enjoyed the build-up and the hype leading up to the fight, too. But as superb as "Money" looked in Las Vegas, there was never any real drama in the one-sided fight and there certainly were no switching of momentums in the 12-rounder. This coming Saturday, however, in Los Angeles, we just might get a fight that has plenty of drama as well as a few switches and changes in momentum, as WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko meets undefeated Mexican/American Chris Arreola.

There doesn't figure to be anywhere near the skill on display we saw at The MGM Grand, by either heavyweight, but the action and drama both promise to be plentiful. And as much as fans can appreciate a fine display of the Sweet Science, they also love a good, old fashioned slug fest. There seems no way we will not be treated to one when the two huge men climb into the ring inside The Staples Centre. For unless we see a quick KO scored by either the champion or his challenger, there figures to be some memorable bombs away trading for around half a dozen rounds at least. continue

News: TKO Boxing And Dunkin Sign Fidel Maldonado Jr.; Diaz/Chavez Public Workout; More

LAS VEGAS, NV (September 21, 2009) Lightweight amateur standout Fidel Maldonado Jr. has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO BOXING Promotions, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President. Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico , the 18 year old Maldonado Jr., finished his stellar amateur career with a record of 118-12 and was ranked #2 in the United States last year, winning the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships. The southpaw has been amongst the top amateurs in the boxing rich state of New Mexico for the last few years. continue

What Now For Juan Manuel Marquez?

by James Slater - Now that his ill-fated welterweight adventure is over with, Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez must move on. Or, to put it more accurately, he must move down - back down in weight. Though he was utterly outclassed and out-speeded by the much bigger Floyd Mayweather Junior on Saturday, Marquez was not disgraced and he was not knocked out. "Dinamita" gave it his best shot, but his disadvantage in weight combined with Floyd's unequalled speed (that was not in the slightest affected by his 21 month layoff as some, myself included, felt it would be) saw to it that he lost big time. continue

Twenty-Four Years Ago Yesterday, Spinks Upsets Holmes!

larry holmesby James Slater - One year short of a quarter of a century ago yesterday, the end of one of heavyweight boxing's longest reigns as world champion came to a controversial end, as light-heavyweight ruler Michael Spinks moved up in weight and challenged heavyweight king Larry Holmes. Meeting at The Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, 35-year-old Holmes and 29-year-old Spinks put on a fight that Ring magazine later called the 1985 upset of the year.

Most experts felt the much bigger and harder-hitting heavyweight champion, who was making the twenty-first defence of his championship (alphabet-wise only the IBF belt was on the line, Holmes having fought for the new organisation since late 1984, but no-one doubted Homes status as the true heavyweight champion), would be able to see off Spinks, despite the 175-pound ruler being the younger, fresher and faster man. No fighter in history had been able to move up from being the light-heavyweight champion and grab the heavyweight championship, and the odds said Spinks would not change things. continue

Mayweather Marquez Post Fight Videos and Exclusive Replay

It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ, the exclusive replay of their 12-round showdown, this SATURDAY, SEPT. 26 (10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue

'Left-Hook Lounge': Vivek Wallace's Mailbag Feat. Mayweather, Mosley, Pacquiao, Cotto, and more!

Jazz F. (Houston, TX): I would like to know what were your thoughts on what happened in the ring with Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather jr. after the fight last Saturday?

Vivek W. (ESB): I think what transpired was good for the sport, but bad for the source. It produced a strong enough buzz to get people talking and anticipating, but ultimately, it won't change anything. I consider myself a fan of both Shane Mosley and Max Kellerman, but I have to be totally honest in saying that I have no question the whole thing was purposely orchestrated by HBO and Goldenboy Promotions, and it wasn't as much a shocking thing as it was an integrity thing. continue

Watch Diaz vs Chavez Live Online!

boxingCHICAGO, IL (September 20, 2009) The David Diaz/Jesus Chavez lightweight showdown from Chicago’s UIC Pavilion this Saturday night, September 26th will be broadcast live on GOFIGHTLIVE.TV, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The Diaz/Chavez bout headlines “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6”, a seven bout evening of world class professional boxing all of which will be broadcast.

Said Pesoli, “We’ve gotten a huge response from fight fans not only in the Chicagoland area but across the globe and this allows everyone to view this great matchup. In addition we’ve put together a terrific undercard which will make for an outstanding broadcast.” The broadcast fee to view “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” will be $9.99, available live at 9PM EST, 8PM CST, on September 26th and On Demand through GOFIGHTLIVE.TV.

The co-main event at “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” will feature Chicago fan favorites Jose Andres Hernandez, 22-4-0 (14KO’s), and Juan Carlos “EL PEZ” Martinez, 16-11-1 (7KO’s) in a ten round junior lightweight bout. continue

Prizefighter Heavyweights III - Neil Perkins Replaces Sprott

UNDEFEATED prospect Neil Perkins has been given a potential life-changing opportunity by being drafted into Prizefighter Heavyweights III. Perkins, 27, comes in to replace Michael Sprott, who has withdrawn from the eight-man, one-night boxing tournament after the recent death of his sister Ginette. The latest Prizefighter event, which will be staged at the ExCel in London on Friday, October 2, features some of the biggest names in British boxing. Current British Champion Danny Williams and former Olympic Games gold medalist Audley Harrison are among the other competitors, all vying for the £32,000 winner’s prize. continue

Photos: Wladimir Klitschko Presents 100 Free Tickets To Boys Club; Vitali Klitschko With Joe Torre

Swinging For The Fences: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (left) and Joe Torre, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, discuss strategy and share a laugh before a game against the San Francisco Giants this past weekend at Dodger Stadium. This Saturday, Sept. 26, Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Los Angeles, will be all business when he defends his WBC title against undefeated, No. 1-ranked WBC world contender Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside by way of East L.A., in an eagerly awaited showdown of heavy hitters at STAPLES Center. continue

Mayweather Dominates Marquez - Would He Do The Same Thing To Pacquiao?

manny pacquiao by James Slater - First, the positive. 32-year-old Floyd Mayweather Junior looked superb in all but shutting-out a brave Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas last night. Showing absolutely no ring-rust despite having his first fight in almost two years, "Money" looked as sharp as ever, perhaps even sharper. Sure, he was his usual defensive-minded self as well, but Mayweather's performance was highly impressive.

Now, the negative. I'm sure to be called a "Floyd Hater" by some fans for saying it, but can Mayweather pick on someone his own size next time please? As great as he looked last night, it has to be kept in mind how he was fighting a guy he seriously out-weighed and who was bravely attempting to fight when two divisions above his real weight class. Basically, Marquez's chances of winning were slim enough going into the fight, but when Mayweather had the effrontery to ignore the agreed upon 144-pound weight limit and choose to come in at 146 and accept a fine for doing so (when asked about this issue by Max Kellerman post-fight, Floyd refused to answer the question, saying he wasn't there to talk about money) "Dinamita's" chances of victory became even slimmer. continue

Travis Kauffman - "I Will Be Back Better Than Ever"

Reading, PA (Sept. 21, 2009) - Following the first defeat of his professional career, heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman is taking the experience in stride vowing to return a better fighter. The Reading, PA native swept the first three rounds of his scheduled ten-round bout against Tony Grano at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA, televised in the main event of the Showtime network's ShoBox: The New Generation series this past Friday night. Kauffman came out aggressively to try and finish a waning Grano in the fourth round before getting hit with a serious intentional low blow, stemming his momentum. Kauffman elected to continue without taking any of the allotted five minutes to recover. continue

Gammer Vows To get Revenge On Danny Williams

SCOTT GAMMER has vowed to get revenge on Danny Williams and then claim the Prizefighter Heavyweights III title. Gammer, 32, lost his British Heavyweight Championship to Williams in 2007 and the pair are on a collision course to meet again on October 2. If both men win their quarter-finals they will meet in the semi-finals of Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one-night tournament at the ExCel in London. “It would be lovely to fight and beat Danny Williams,” admitted Gammer. “It’s nothing personal against Danny, he is a nice fellow, but the point is he beat me and took my title off of me. continue

Petition for Shane Mosley

Mosley vs MayweatherBy Chris Acosta: Does anyone know how to create an online petition? I’m speaking, of course, in reference to “Sugar” Shane Mosley and his complete misfortune in getting the one fight that may make him the mainstream star he deserves to be. And we all know who that one fight is with. As I sat from the comfort of my sofa watching yet another post-victory Floyd Mayweather speech, I was suddenly brought to my feet by the most excitement of the night when boxing’s best pound for pound practitioner was approached by a Mosley who has clearly exhausted every fiber of patience left in him.

Now normally, such shows of bravado come across as rude and an act of shameless self-promotion, especially on such a grand stage. Couldn’t Mosley have just called out Floyd at the post-fight press conference? Couldn’t he have conducted himself as the gentleman he’s always been and taken the more dignified route. Sure he could have. But I’m glad he didn’t. At this point, Mosley was well within his rights to reach across the visibly uncomfortable Max Kellerman and shove Floyd to the floor and ignite a highlight reel riot. He’s 37 years old, not getting any younger and without the luxury of wasting a few more years building up his profile to earn the right to compete with Floyd. continue

Danny McDermott Added to Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rogers Mtagwa Card

JERSEY CITY, NJ (Sept. 21, 2009) - Lightweight prospect Danny "Little Mac" McDermott will face unbeaten prospect Hector Marengo on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rogers Mtagwa WBO super bantamweight title fight at the WaMu Theater at the historic Madison Square Garden. The show, entitled "Island Warriors: Latin Fury 12", will be promoted by Top Rank. McDermott, 8-1 (3 KO) of Jersey City, NJ, will be making his third ring appearance of the year. McDermott picked up the biggest win of his career in his last bout, knocking out 9-2 Floriano Pagliara in two rounds. McDermott's amateur career consisted of 50+ bouts but most of his experience came from sparring with champions Gatti, Bones Adams and Paul Malignaggi, among others. continue

Money Mayweather and the Triangle of Champions

By Orgil B. Martin - Floyd Money Mayweather dominated and outclassed the pound-for-pound frontrunner for twelve rounds on Saturday night. As I was one of the first to predict a Marquez victory I must admit that I made an erroneous analysis by underestimating the size difference of the fighters and the skill level of the victor.

Nevertheless, the fight showed that Floyd Mayweather is truly the Money in boxing. He still is the best fighter in the world. Manny Pacquiao might have stolen the pound-for-pound crown from Mayweather during his absence, but the victory last night showed that Mayweather is the rightful owner of the pound-for-pound throne. continue

Mayweather Defeats J. M. Marquez En Route to Mayweather vs. Pacquaio

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Last night in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand, former Welterweight titlist Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 KO’s) made his come back after his nearly two year separation from boxing. His opponent was a man of high esteem but smaller physical stature, Lightweight titlist, Juan Manual Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KO’s). Floyd nearly pitched a shut out in this one, rendering the smaller Marquez impotent on offense and off balance on defense. Floyd floored Marquez in the second round and it would be hard to argue that Marquez won a single round the whole fight.

Styles make fights but having a list of advantages in your favor going into a fight is also helpful. Floyd had all the advantages in this one, from coming in two pounds over the contracted weight, (a weight that forced Marquez to gain pounds to make weight), being bigger, stronger and faster than his brave Mexican warrior opponent, who win or lose, stood to earn his best payday ever. continue

Champions Forever: Ali - The Lost Interviews: Coming To DVD on Oct 20

DVD Features Heavyweight Champions Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes & Ken Norton Interviewed Together For the First and Only Time

LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2009 -- Experience Ali on Ali, for the final time, in the revealing new documentary, Champions Forever: Ali - The Lost Interviews. continue

News: Jimmy Lange; Marvin Hagler Jr, Cleveland Boxing

Local fan favorite Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA headlines his eighth professional boxing show at the Patriot Center this Saturday, September 26, in his first World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Council (USNBC) title defense by facing Jonathan Reid, a former teammate from The Contender boxing show, in a 12-Round contest. Tickets for “Saturday Night Fights,” an eight-bout card by Ice Promotions presented by Valcourt Building Services, start at only $30 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster locations or at the door. continue

Sylvester outpoints Lorenzo to clinch Abraham´s IBF Middleweight Title

SylvesterSebastian Sylvester is the new IBF Middleweight Champion! With a truly energetic performance, the man from Greifswald secured himself the vacant IBF Middleweight title on Saturday night. In front of a sell-out crowd of 5,000 packed inside the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, the 29-year-old defeated the IBF World Rankings number one Giovanni Lorenzo from the Dominican Republic on a points’ verdict.

Both fighters went straight at each other from the bell with Lorenzo making the better start, attacking his opponent with his jab. Rafael Farrait’s pupil increasingly showed the strength in his punch, but he was unable to land any telling blows since his opponent was very closed and secure in his defence. Sylvester, who picked up a cut to the head in the first round, tried to pick up points with punches to the body. continue

News: Spadafora vs White; Nakash vs Gomez; Lundy vs Sanchez

PITTSBURGH (September 21, 2009) -- Former IBF lightweight champion PAUL “The Pittsburgh Kid” SPADAFORA, who returns to the ring for the second time in three months, will face JERMAIN "Too Sweet" WHITE in a 10-round junior welterweight bout at Heinz Field-VIP Tent in Pittsburgh (100 Art Rooney Drive), the home of the Steelers. The Spadafora-White rumble will headline an all-action card, Wednesday, September 30. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. continue

Prizefighter Heavyweights III: Mike Tyson Predicts Williams vs Harrison Final

FORMER undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson admits he has turned into a softie. One-time hell-raiser Tyson, once known as the ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’, believes he is now a reformed, family man. "As far as my personal life goes, everything’s changed,” said Tyson. “I have an eight-month-old baby and a new wife - I'm like Mr Mom now. That's good for me and what I need. I used to be the kind of guy that would go out to get some milk and not come home for three days." Tyson, 43, recently performed the draw in Las Vegas for Prizefighter Heavyweights III, Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one-night tournament at London’s ExCel on October 2. continue

Speed (and Size) Kills Mayweather Shuts Marquez Out

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Samuel Rivera: As promised I will eat my crow, as I predicted a unanimous decision win for Marquez. I thought the skillful Marquez would counter the Mayweather effectively enough to gain his respect, but I was wrong.

Mayweather now 40-0 proved that he is PFP the best in the world today, by beating Marquez over twelve rounds. Marquez came into the fight with the better credentials having fought top notch fighters over the last few years, while Mayweather came in to the fight from a two year layoff and a questionable selection of opponents at welter.

It turns out none of that would matter as Mayweather would go on to beat Marquez decisively, and in my eyes at least remove Pacquiao out of the equation. If what happened last night is an indication of things to come, it doesn’t look good for the Filipino Icon when he enters the ring on November 14, to face Welterweight Champ Miguel Cotto. continue

Mayweather Now P4P #1?

20.09.09 - Pers McRead - We all saw what happened tonight at the MGM Grand. That was a blatant mismatch! Floyd Mayweather Jr. just totally outclassed Juan Manuel Marquez, the #2 P4P fighter in the world, the man who went to hell-and-back against Manny Pacquiao. Mayweather was just too fast and too skilled for Marquez. The current #1 pound-for-pound fighter couldn’t do that to Marquez. In fact, Marquez may have won more rounds against Pacquiao in their two classic matchups. continue

News: Daniel Edouard; Yathomas Riley; Atlanta Boxing Results

West Palm Beach Florida, (September 18th, 2009) VMG Worldwide, Inc., is the world’s most preeminent and diversified sports, entertainment, and media company, and is proud to announce that VMG Sports member “The Haitian Sensation” Daniel Edouard, will be defending his WBA Fedelatin Middleweight boxing title on October 9th, 2009 against Wilmer Gonzalez in Panama City, Panama. continue

Michael Katsidis Outworks Vicente Escobedo Over 12-Rounds To Win Interim WBO Lightweight Belt

Michael Katsidisby James Slater - On tonight's Mayweather-Marquez bill, Australia's Michael Katsidis won the interim WBO lightweight title with a split decision over former U.S Olympian Vicente Escobedo. After 12 pulsating rounds, 29-year-old Katsidis was awarded a surprisingly close points win. Though he appeared to have won overwhelmingly (this writer had Katsidis a clear four point winner) Katsidis was only given a split win - with one judge amazingly giving the win to Escobedo.

Ultimately prevailing by scores of 115-113 and 118-110, "The Great" saw Escobedo get a vote of 116-112! on the third card (really, something must be done about these terrible examples of scoring a prize fight that seem to be more and more common these days). Now the interim WBO 135-pound champ, the man some have called the new Arturo Gatti is now 26-2(21). 27-year-old Escobedo is now 21-2(13).

Known as a great crowd pleaser, Katsidis, a fighter with seemingly unlimited stamina, came out and gave his all as usual. The talented Escobedo jabbed and moved well at times, and he also stood his ground for periods, showing his heart. continue

Francesco Pianeta Stops Matt Skelton, Retains EBU-EU Heavyweight Crown

by James Slater - Tonight in Germany, 24-year-old 6'5" Italian southpaw Francesco Pianeta retained his European Union heavyweight title for the third time with an 8th-round retirement win over Britain's Matt Skelton. Ahead on points after the eight completed rounds, the unbeaten Italian saw his 42-year-old challenger fail to come out for the 9th; due officially to a hand injury. Pianeta is now 19-0-1(12). Former British, Commonwealth and European champion Skelton is now 22-4(19. continue

Guillermo Rigondeaux Takes Out Giovanni Andrade In 3rd-Round - Is The Cuban Sensation Ready For A Title Shot Now?

by James Slater - Two-time Olympic gold medallist Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba has already made a big name for himself, despite only having had three pro bouts. The 28-year-old junior-featherweight is so talented that talk has already turned towards a possible world title fight coming very, very soon. Now trained by Freddie Roach, the dynamic southpaw who had almost 250 amateur fights before defecting to the U.S may well be good enough to scale the heights of the 122-pound weight class already. continue

Mayweather Scores Lopsided Win Over Marquez

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Paul Strauss: Yes, humble pie is the special of the day. The limb was about to break when I called for a Marquez kayo of Mayweather. I knew it when I wrote it, but wanted it and wished for it. But, Floyd, Jr. broke the limb off right under me and the landing hurts. As the title of my article read, "Don't You Hate It When You're Wrong!" Yes, I hate it, but have to admit it was incredible watching the skill displayed by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in his one sided twelve round victory over Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Yes, it's true, I wanted Marquez to win and end the need to listen to and watch the circus atmosphere surrounding Floyd. I wanted Juan Manuel to win big.

However, the truth is Floyd was able to do just about anything he wanted to, which is usually the case in his fights. continue

Kretschmann, Oral and Airich victorious

ARENA’s rising middleweight star Mahir Oral and heavyweight prospects Steffen Kretschmann and Konstantin Airich scored easy wins at Gran Casino de Castellon in Spain on Friday night. Oral, the last opponent of “King” Arthur Abraham, beat Alexander Sipos by unanimous decision. It was the third time “the Lion” and Sipos met in the ring; Oral won all three fights but had to work hard for each victory. “Alex is a tough opponent”, states Oral. “We know each other very well which makes it very hard to surprise and dominate him.. continue

GBP Signs Jorge Linares

LOS ANGELES, September 19 - Nicknamed "El Nino de Oro" or "Golden Boy", two division world champion Jorge Linares is perhaps the most underrated world champion in boxing. That will change starting today, as the unbeaten Venezuelan phenom has inked a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions, who will co-promote Linares with Japanese based Teiken Promotions, the first step to making the 24-year-old a household name in the United States. continue

Mayweather Dominates Marquez!

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Ted Sares - In a virtuoso performance that blended superior size with speed and skill, Floyd Mayweather Junior (now 40-0) had his way with Juan Manuel Marquez over 12 rounds. As for any signs of ring rust, there were none. Indeed. Mayweather’s reflexes were never sharper.

A crunching knockdown in the second round compliments of a well leveraged left hook signaled what was to come and took the Mexican crowd totally out of the fight. From that point on, it was simply Mayweather throwing pin point rights and lefts with nice jabs in between. For his part, Marquez was tentative, unable to adapt, and virtually helpless against the larger, faster, and more skilled “Money.” He was never able to initiate the action because Mayweather controlled the action from the out set and put on an incredible display of ring generalship. continue

Odlanier Solis To Now Face Fres Oquendo On Oct. 10th?

by James Slater - As fans know, unbeaten Cuban heavyweight hope Odlanier Solis was supposed to have met unbeaten U.S contender Kevin "KingPin" Johnson in a highly intriguing showdown on October 10th, only for Johnson to pull out of the bout due to his looking like he might get a December fight with WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko instead (assuming Vitali, who is reportedly already looking ahead, gets past Chris Arreola on Sept. 26th). continue

Mayweather/Marquez: Keys to Victory, Four to Explore, Official Prediction

By Vivek Wallace: Tonight marks the return of Floyd Mayweather jr. to the sport of boxing. Nearly two years ago, he left the sport as the consensus P4P king, and as he returns, his sole mission is to regain that status. The end goal is to ultimately square off against the Filipino's finest, but if he were to fall short in a pending showdown with Miguel Cotto, that mission would become even bigger, as it would ultimately have to go through an even bigger challenger. With Pacquiao, Mosley, and Cotto each in contention, paths are many, but destination is one. As we await tonight's official return of Floyd Mayweather jr., we embark on a final countdown as these two men prepare for war. Quickly, we take a look at the angles that count: continue

Tony Grano KOs Travis Kauffman

boxingFor sustained two-way action and sheer excitement, it will be difficult to top what transpired Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. In a scheduled 10-round main event, once-beaten Tony Grano (16-1-1, 13 KOs) of Hartford, Conn., won a slugfest, rallying to knock out previously undefeated Travis Kauffman (18-1, 15 KOs) of Reading, Penn., at 2:56 of the fourth round. The telecast’s opening bout at Chumash Casino Resort was also an all-action thriller, Chris Avalos (12-0, 10 KOs) of Lancaster, Calif., overcoming a bad case of the flu and a determined Giovanni Caro (12-9-3, 11 KOs) of Mexico City to remain unbeaten with a fourth-round knockout at 2:15.

Two fights, four boxers giving their all in almost eight complete rounds of give-and-take punching. There was hardly a dull moment during a doubleheader presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. It was ShoBox at its best. Grano prevailed, but only after barely avoiding getting knocked out himself. Early in the fourth round, he was definitely stung by Kauffman and appeared ready to possibly go. continue

Mayweather vs Marquez, Just the Facts!

By Robert Jackson: Tonights battle between Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd 'Money' Mayweather will be the first time in 20 months that 'Dollar Bills' has entered the squared ring. Many questions surround both men regarding the matchup. Is 'Money' only coming back for money to satisfy an IRS tax debt?? Is Marquez carrying too much weight to be successful at a weight 2-weight classes higher than his last bout?? Keep reading, these and other questions will be answered with a fair and honest breakdown presented, followed by a prediction. continue

Future Stars: Chris Avalos 12-0 (10) Bantamweight Prospect

Alan Kindred: On Showtime tonite those of us who had a chance to witness a decent slugfest between Giovani Caro (13-7-4 (11) going in to the fight) vs Chris Avalos (11-0 (9) going in to the fight) without a doubt had to leave feeling impressed with Avalos one punch knockout power. Caro coming in was a tough matched veteran and held the Jr. Featherweight champion of Mexico as well as holding a FECARBOX title at Featherweight. It was a huge step up for Avalos who hadn't fought anyone on Caro's level tot hat point. continue

Errol’s Standing 8 for Mayweather / Marquez + Prediction

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Errol Hyppolite - In this week’s edition of the Standing 8, I am breaking down the Sept 19th h147-Pound Welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Strength / Power

Mayweather should hold a slight edge in punching power. Floyd’s last five fights have been fought at welterweight. When Mayweather sits down on his punches the combination of speed and power stuns his opponents. Marquez is naturally smaller than Mayweather but as he has moved up in weight, he has successfully carried his power with him. That being said, his power is yet to be seen at welterweight.

Advantage: Mayweather (Slightly) continue

Mayweather vs. Marquez Prediction

By Bong Paredes: In less than 24 hours we will finally get to see if Marquez has what it takes to compete and perhaps beat the best boxer for the last 10 years in Floyd Mayweather Jr. As a guy that never met a fight he didn’t like, Marquez is going to in the ring for the first time where he isn’t pegged as the better and faster counterpuncher, and seeing that those are the main attributes that allowed him to give Manny Pacquiao fits the outlook is not so bright for the Mexican great. A lot of fans believe he has a good chance of beating Floyd and I am not in a position to say he doesn’t because he is an excellent fighter, I just don’t see it happening. continue

Mayweather - Marquez, Fight Night Is Finally Here: Last-Minute Analysis and Prediction

By Conor Ward - Well, the hour is close at hand and the fight that so many boxing fans have been waiting for all these months is nearly upon us. Anticipation has just about reached fever pitch, both in Vegas itself and around the world. Arguably the biggest showcase for the sweet science of 2009, this match-up sees the collision of two supreme ring specialists, whilst of course the return of a superstar like Mayweather guarantees at least a healthy degree of crossover appeal for the fight as a spectacle. continue

The Legacy of Mayweather & Marquez v. Mayweather

floyd mayweather jr.Weigh-In Results: Floyd Mayweather 146 vs. Juan Manuel Marquez 142
Chris John 126 vs. Rocky Juarez 126
Michael Katsidis 135 vs. Vicente Escobedo 134
Orlando Cruz 126 vs. Cornelius Lock 125

By Yero Moody: In my absence away from writing about my favorite sport I've spent time just being an observer. I'm usually training and writing but these past few months have been a welcomed hiatus. It's made me sympathize even more with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. who is coming off a nearly two year hiatus away from boxing. It's made me miss what I do and re-ignite the fire and I'm sure its had the same effect on Mayweather.

Many who have read my articles know that I am a fan of Mayweather the boxer but not a huge fan of Mayweather outside of the ring. continue

Ain’t No Party Like a Mayweather Party

By Kelsey McCarson, - Oh, just admit it, boxing fans, you missed him. Whether you love, like, hate or despise the guy, Floyd Mayweather is back for another PPV showdown and you absolutely cannot get enough of it.

I feel you.

Sure, he’s a strange cat. In fact, Mayweather is one of the very few people in the world that can come off as the less normal of the two guys on a program with a guy that drinks his own urine. continue

Erislandy Lara On Mayweather-Marquez Card, A World Title Fight Could Be Next!

by James Slater - Many Cuban fighters, being the great amateurs that they are, tend to move very fast upon turning professional. Once they've relocated to a country that allows and encourages pro boxing (usually the U.S or Germany nowadays), hot talents like Yuriorkis Gamboa, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara waste no time at all in looking for a world title fight.

Take 26-year-old 154-pounder Lara, for example. Set to box against tough journeyman Jose Varela on the under-card of tomorrow night's big Mayweather-Marquez show in Las Vegas, the 7-0(4) hot shot may well fight for a world title in his very next fight. continue

Heavyweight On The Rise: Travis Kauffman Speaks

Kessler vs WardBy Vivek Wallace: Tonight, on Showtime at 11pm est, heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman steps into the ring with fellow contender Tony Grano. I recently had the opportunity to chat with Travis about his upcoming fight, as well as the heavyweight division, and the sport of boxing in general. Here's what the rising star had to say:

VW: OK, Travis, let's get right down to business, my man. You have a fight coming up. How'd camp play out?

TK: Camp was spectacular, Vivek. I was able to get some great work in with world class contender Matt Godfrey, who was actually training in the same gym as my opponent, Tony Grano. continue

Haye vs Valuev Will Take Place in Nuremburg, Germany

by James Slater - The venue for the upcoming November 7th WBA heavyweight title fight between champ Nikolai Valuev and challenger David Haye has been officially announced this evening by Sauerland Promotions. The intriguing battle between the 7'1" champion and his 6'3" challenger will go ahead at The Nurnburger Versicherung Arena in Nuremburg, Germany - the scene of what Team-Valuev call one of the giant's best showings. continue

Arturo Gatti Street Dedication

Atlantic City Councilman, George Tibbitt, is presenting a proclamation to the Gatti Family declaring Georgia Avenue in Atlantic City to be named “Arturo Gatti Thunder Place”. The celebration will kick off an entire day celebrating the life of Arturo “Thunder” Gatti. The “Arturo Gatti Thunder Place” street dedication will take place at the corner of Park Place and Boardwalk in Atlantic City at 3:00pm. The dedication is open to the public. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr and His Quest For Super Stardom

floyd mayweather jr.By Samuel Rivera - Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a rare talent, perhaps one of the greatest fighters to ever lace the boxing gloves up. While in my fight analysis article I predicted a UD win by Marquez (I still stand by that pick, if it goes the other way I will eat my crow on Sunday), I still think he is a very talented, great fighter but Mayweather knows better than anyone how great he is, which is why he has always felt that his popularity didn’t match his ring talents.

Mayweather has stated in recent interviews that if he were a fighter from a boxing crazed nation (Perhaps he meant Mexico, Puerto Rico or another foreign country) he would be a National hero. He went further saying that if he were Caucasian he would be the biggest sports star today…in other words he played the race card.

Most people would jump on the guy for that, but I won’t do that because from a neutral perspective the flamboyant fighter has a point. Mayweather perhaps never really understood why he never reached De La Hoya’s popular status. continue

News: George Foreman III Back In Action On Sept 26; Vazquez vs. Priolo on Oct 10

George Foreman III returns to the site of his first professional win in “Family Affair II” Sept. 26 at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La. The Houston heavyweight’s four-round fight is the special attraction on a 13-bout professional boxing and mixed martial arts card promoted by Real Fights, Inc. Foreman III, the son of former heavyweight world champion George Foreman, made his pro debut June 6 at the Coushatta Casino Resort when he stopped Clyde Weaver during the first round. continue

'Call Em Out Fridays': Mayweather/Marquez - And Then There Was One...

By Vivek Wallace: After a long Summer that produced more questions than answers in the sport of boxing, today, we shine the spotlight on two men who need very little introduction. One, a perennial player not only in the sport, but in a country known to produce nothing but ultimate warriors; the other, nothing short of what most would view as perhaps the best fundamental fighter to step foot in the sport in quite some time. Arguably the best talent that their respective countries have to offer, this aptly dubbed battle between "Number One" and "Numero Uno" will not only settle a score between America and Mexico, but also identify the chosen one to potentially wage war against a certain Filipino icon who currently rules the world.

With the king of the sport locked firmly in their sights, Saturday night's showdown between Mayweather and Marquez will clearly go a long way in answering many questions. continue

Mikkel Kessler, Andre Ward SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Quotes

Kessler vs WardOAKLAND, Calif., (Sept. 17, 2009) — It was a day of many answered questions as World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler and hometown undefeated hero Andre “S.O.G” Ward met face-to-face and then with Bay Area media followed by a national conference call on Thursday. Kessler and Ward will take part in the first Super Six World Boxing Classic match in the United States on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The scheduled 12-rounder will be for Kessler’s WBA 168-pound title and is a first-round matchup in Group Stage 1.

“The favorite in this tournament is Kessler,” Ward’s promoter Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions said on the media conference call. “There’s no doubt about it. As a matter of fact, the experts have already made their picks: Kessler, (Arthur) Abraham, (Carl) Froch, Jermain Taylor, and then it’s Ward and (Andre) Dirrell, the two young pups. So it’s a big challenge for America right now. But Ward’s going to be up to the task and I think at the end of the day there will be two Americans left standing in that inaugural World Boxing Classic Championship bout.. continue

Pavlik-Williams Re-Scheduled For December 5th, With Clottey On the Under-Card - Fingers Crossed!

by James Slater - Fight fans the world over are getting excited once again about the hugely intriguing Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams match-up, re-scheduled as it is for December 5th, at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Now that "The Ghost's" infection-ridden finger has been sorted out and the middleweight king will be ready to recommence training in early October, the fight all of boxing wants to see can now be looked ahead to.

"Sugar" Shane Mosley's December 26th fight with Joshua Clottey is off now, however, and Clottey will instead feature on the December 5th card, against an as yet unknown opponent. continue

Will Mayweather Go For The KO Against Marquez; And Will He Live To Regret It If He Does?

by James Slater - Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez (or near great, or soon to become great - take your pick) has never once been stopped as a pro; Marquez has never fought as high as welterweight before either. Is it possible the fighter known as "Dinamita" will see both these statistics change in less than sixty hours time in Las Vegas?

Taking what is undeniably the single biggest fight of his already illustrious career, the 36-year-old former featherweight, super-featherweight and lightweight ruler is also facing his cleverest opponent in the returning Floyd Mayweather Junior. continue

Mayweather, Marquez Videos and Quotes

Mayweather MarquezFLOYD MAYWEATHER - "To go down as a legend, you have to face the best in your era and Marquez is one of the best in my era.

"I have been around the sport and I have experienced many different styles, and I will adjust and adapt. Now I am back and September 19 is another big day for me.

"You can expect blood, sweat and tears on Saturday night. I predict one hell of a fight.

"I have a lot of respect for Marquez. He hasn't said anything bad about me, so I have nothing bad to say about him. How can I say something bad about someone who respects my fight game?

"This isn't going to be difficult. Nothing is difficult. I just had to get back into the groove. I had to keep working hard. I love to box. I love to go into combat. continue

Sylvester-Lorenzo: Lorenzo makes weight on the second attempt

Weigh-In Results from Germany: Lorenzo made the weight on the second attempt half an hour later:
IBF Middleweight Title: Sebastian Sylvester: 72,20 kg vs Giovanni Lorenzo: 72,57 kg
EU Heavyweight Title: Francesco Pianeta: 109,1 kg vs Matt Skelton: 114,8 kg

Rafael Farrait believes Saturday´s IBF Middleweight Title fight between top-ranked challengers Giovanni Lorenzo and Sebastian Sylvester will not go the distance. continue

News: John Ruiz; Emanuel Steward; Danny O'Connor

LAS VEGAS (September 17, 2009) – CNN series, “Pioneros: Latino Firsts,” will feature 2-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) this Sunday live during its CNN Sunday Primetime program. Ruiz, who is the WBA’s current “mandatory challenger,” is the first and only world heavyweight boxing champion of Hispanic heritage. continue

Ted the Bull’s Scotch and Cigar Club (Number Eleven)

mayweatherBy Ted Sares - BIFF, BAM, POW, let’s get right to it because the next few months will be a fan’s dream.. Juan Manuel Marquez will be fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Saturday, Chris Arreola and Vitali Klitschko will be getting it on, and the Super Six World Boxing Classic will soon begin as well. Of course, Cotto vs. Pacquiao will put the icing on the cake and Williams-Pavlik is not too bad either. What is a boxing fan to do but sit back, light up a legendary Perdomo Cameroon and maybe - just this time around-, instead of Scotch, pull on a cold bottle of Tecate-the cerveza con caracter. Or perhaps, in honor of Mexico’s fine boxers, a Pacifico, Corona, Estrella, Dos Equis, Negra Modelo, or Modelo Especial (my favorite) might be your brew of choice. At any rate, salute!

We have some killer music in the background, but your reasonable requests will be answered in the affirmative. I can hear “The Midnight Rambler” with “Symphony for the Devil” (as played live at Altamont) in the cue. Stevie Ray will be on with the incredible “Riviera Paradise,” and Van Morrison will stop by with “Live in Belfast 1998.” Finally, Jimi will be “Letting the Good Times Roll” and letting us know that “The Wind Cries Mary,” while Robert Plant and company will “Bring it on Home.”

Now it’s time to talk boxing, and I have listed a few subjects that might spark your interest or generate controversy. As always, feel free to inject your own topic. continue

Tyson Fury set for Irish debut on Dunne Undercard

Unbeaten heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury will make his Irish debut at The O2, Dublin on Saturday week on the undercard of the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight night. Fury will feature as a special attraction on the undercard of Bernard Dunne’s first defence of his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against number one contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym. The 6 foot 9 inch Fury is fresh from the eighth straight win of his pro career, a 10 round points win over leading British heavyweight John McDermott last weekend and he says he’s fighting fit for his Dublin date. continue

Oscar Tweets Through Fight; Mayweather vs Marquez Closed Circuit Seats Now Available

Las Vegas, NV (September 18) - The "Golden Boy" Oscar de la Hoya has officially joined the millions of Twitter users and is using the Mayweather vs Marquez super-fight Saturday night at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View® to start "tweeting." The 10-time world champion is making regular "fight activity" updates and will "tweet" live from the official weigh-in today and then from ringside Saturday night. continue

B.J Flores - "A Fight Between Me And Marco Huck Would Be Huge!"

BJ FloresExclusive Interview by James Slater - Unbeaten cruiserweight B.J Flores,24-0-1(15) is now ranked the #2 contender according to the WBO, and "El Peligroso" is chasing a fight with reigning WBO champion Marco Huck of Germany. The man from Arizona is sure a fight between he and Huck would be a great, great fight, what with their differing styles.

First, though, Huck must face Ola Afolabi on December 5th, and Flores plans to be ringside in Germany for the bout. Now very much ready to make his assault on the world title, the 30-year-old who has been a pro since 2003 is hoping Huck will accept his challenge and face him next year - in what B. J and his team feel would be a fight of the year candidate.

Very kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today, B. J had the following things to say continue

News: Brook Thinks He Can Be The British Mayweather; Rogan And Sexton Calm Before The Storm!

Kell Brook is planning a late night on Saturday - so he can take in Floyd Mayweather's comeback fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in the States. Hot shot Brook is promising to become Britain's answer to welterweight star "Money" in the next 18 months. The British welterweight champion defends his title in a potential domestic classic against Michael Jennings on October 30 at the Liverpool Echo Arena. And Brook says he has been inspired by the exploits of Mayweather, who currently rules the roost at 147 pounds and is considered one of the best P4P fighters in the world. continue

David Diaz Visits With Mayor Daley, Throws Out Cubs First Pitch

CHICAGO, IL (September 17, 2009) Former lightweight world champion David Diaz took a break from his Chicago based training camp to take to the mound prior to the Chicago Cubs/Milwaukee Brewers game on Wednesday night. Under the watchful eye of manager Lou Piniella and pitching coach Larry Rothschild, the lifelong Cubs fan threw a perfect strike to Cubs catcher Geovany Soto for the second year in a row. Diaz is currently training in Chicago for his showdown against two-time former world champion Jesus Chavez on September 26th at Chicago ’s UIC Pavilion. The Diaz/Chavez ten round lightweight main event headlines “WARRIORS COLLIDE/WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 6” presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING since 1998. continue

Exclusive Interview with Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero

robert Guerrero16.09.09 - by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the newly crowned IBF super featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. Here is what he had to say:

Q: First off, congratulations on becoming the IBF super featherweight champion of the world. You had a very impressive effort in winning the title against Malcolm Klassen a couple of weeks ago. Can you tell us a little bit about your strategy going into that fight and how you were able to execute your plan inside the ring?

A: I was feeling real good going into the fight. I was in incredible shape, never been in better shape in my life. Training out at Big Bear made a big difference, and the strategy we had going into the fight was to box him. continue

Chauncy Welliver calls out Friday Ahunanya-Winner Takes All!

By Charles White - With Washington State running through his blood and New Zealand in his heart, heavyweight crowd pleaser Chauncy “The Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (35-5-5 with 12 knockouts) has been working hard in camp with Shane Cameron, getting him prepared for his upcoming fight with David Tua. The past couple of months have been quite a journey for Chauncy, who has rekindled the flames that all boxers need in order to succeed in this sport. After having gone through some hip trouble that has yet to be addressed fully, Welliver is toughing it out, more dedicated than ever, and ready to get back into the heavyweight mix with a win over a fighter on the upcoming “Fight of the Century” undercard headlined by Cameron and Tua. continue

Exclusive Interview: Actor Michael Jai White Talks Pacquiao, Mayweather, Hollywood!

Freddie Roach can easily find people to emulate Cotto, but Cotto won't find anyone who can effectively emulate the Manny Pacquiao we see now. So, that's the real X-factor. - Michael Jai White...

Editors note: Actor Michael Jai White, (who many know from "The Dark Knight", "Spawn", "Tyson", "Universal Soldier" and more recently, "Why Did I Get Married?"), took a few moments out from his busy schedule to talk about a couple upcoming projects, as well as the fight game. Being an accomplished actor is surely considered to be a huge notch under ones belt, but considering that Mr. White wears 7 of them, (belts), and they're all black, perhaps there's no better source to have weigh in on the latest buzz topics in the fight game today. continue

Emanuel Steward shares his thoughts on Mayweather-Marquez

StewardExclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with legendary boxing trainer, Emanuel Steward. I asked him about his thoughts on the upcoming mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Juan Manuel Marquez. Here is what he had to say:

Q: The weight limit for the Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez mega-bout is at a catch weight of 144 pounds. Marquez has never fought at this weight before. In fact, he never fought above 135 pounds where he’s only fought twice. Do you think he will be able to properly be able to adjust to the weight and be effective?

A: I don’t see 144 as a real true weight for Marquez, to be honest with you. I think he’s really 134-35 is where he really matches out, but I’ve had gym workouts where I saw guys who are much smaller surprise the big guy, even quality bigger guys. In this case, Floyd is a bigger guy and he’s a good fighter. The 144 I don’t think will hurt Floyd that much, to be very honest with you. I mean, I’m saying I don’t think it’s going to weaken him. I think going into the fight Floyd will have a natural physical size advantage that, regardless of what they may weigh on the scales, his natural strength in good shape—I think that’s about 147-46 and Marquez is about maybe ten pounds less than that. continue

David Haye Says Knocking Out Nikolai Valuev Will Be The First Step Towards Becoming Undisputed Heavyweight Champion

by James Slater - David Haye has been relatively quiet as of late, as he has been preparing himself for his November 7th clash with the colossal Nikolai Valuev. Today, however, "The Hayemaker," inactive since his 5th-round stoppage win over Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett, has spoken to Sky Sports. In speaking to the T.V channel that will put out his WBA title challenge on pay-per-view, Haye has made it clear a win over the huge Russian will only be the start of his heavyweight dominance. The former cruiserweight ruler from London is still as ambitious as ever when it comes to reigning as the undisputed heavyweight champion, and the 28-year-old says the KO win he will score over Valuev will put him in a great position to be able to fight Wladimir Klitschko next year - Wladimir, of course, being the man he should have fought back in June. continue

Tyson Fury: Now That The Dust Has Settled - What Have We Learned?

16.09.09 - By Paul McCreath - Last Friday evening the much talked about young British heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury challenged 30 fight veteran Big John McDermott for the latter's English heavyweight title. By now anybody who follows boxing knows that a great hue and cry arose over the scorecard of referee Terry O'Connor who had Fury the winner at 98-92. Few would argue that his score was well off the mark but that is not the subject for today. The question is what did we learn from this fight? continue

Team Caballero: We'll Fight Lopez Anywhere At Anytime

Lorenzo vs sylvesterHOLLYWOOD, FL, September 16 – The fans want it. The premium networks want it. The only man in the 122-pound weight class to own two championship belts wants it, but apparently, WBO super bantamweight title holder Juan Manuel Lopez has gone missing as Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing tries to make a fight between Lopez and their fighter, WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero.

“This is the biggest and best fight in the 122-pound weight class or in just about any weight class right now,” said Margules, “and while we already know that Caballero wants Lopez, I can say that HBO and Showtime are also very interested in this fight. The missing pieces are Lopez and his Promoters. Lopez claims to want the fight Celestino in January, but up until now, all his Promoters talked about was Gamboa. I have reached out to them, and they were not yet ready to talk about it.. continue

Darrell “King David” Madison Backed by Fighter WareHouse NY

Jordan Keller (SBB) - September 16th, Selden NY: Central Islip’s Darrel “King David” Madison the reigning NYS Heavyweight Champion joined the ranks of many young boxers and mixed martial arts fighters who have geared up at Selden NY’s elite fight gear store the area’s fastest growing fight sport supply and apparel distributor. Carl Kern the owner of Selden’s Fighter Warehouse personally assisted Darrel in selecting his new training gear. continue

Kauffman Weighs 221, Grano 218, for ShoBox Main Event Tonight

Santa Ynez, CA (Sept. 17, 2009) - Both combatants for tomorrow night's ShoBox: The New Generation heavyweight main event appeared trim and ready for fireworks at today's weigh-in. Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA, 18-0 (15 KO), weighed in at 221 pounds. In the other corner, Tony Grano of Hebron, CT, 15-1-1 (12 KO), tipped the scales at 218, his lightest since 2006. Both men will be fighting in their first scheduled ten-round contest. continue

Vitali Klitschko Conference Call Quotes

Vitali KlitschkoLos Angeles (Sept. 15, 2009) – Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Los Angeles, participated in an international media conference call to discuss his eagerly anticipated WBC heavyweight title defense against unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside by way of East L.A., on Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center. Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased at STAPLES Center, all TicketMaster outlets, by phone (800) 745-3000 and online at On Sept. 26, Klitschko will make history by becoming the first fighter to headline three times at STAPLES Center. If triumphant, Arreola will make history by becoming the first boxer of Mexican descent to capture a world heavyweight belt.

The 12-round world championship will be promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions. It will air live on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. continue

Fight Night Club Tickets Going Fast

Tickets are going fast for this summer's final edition of Los Angeles' hit boxing series, "Fight Night Club" at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, September 24. Along with the exciting boxing action on stage, some of boxing's biggest stars will be in attendance including ten-time world champion in six weight divisions Oscar de la Hoya, five time world champion in two weight divisions Bernard Hopkins, three division world champion and current Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley, two-time world champion Israel Vazquez, former junior lightweight world champion Jorge Barrios, top junior welterweight contender and boxing superstar of tomorrow Victor Ortiz, top lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo, #3 ranked top bantamweight contender Abner Mares, rising lightweight star Dangerous David Rodela, Former National Amateur Champion Carlos Molina, lightweight knockout sensation Omar Figueroa, "The Contender" season one champion and former world champion Sergio Mora, season three champion and top rated super middleweight contender Sakio "The Scorpion" Bikaand many more. continue

News: Orlando Lora; Ran Nakash; Matt Remillard

SANTA YNEZ, CALIF. (September 17, 2009) -- Undefeated welterweight contender ORLANDO LORA, who recently signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Gary Shaw Productions, will make his GSP debut Tomorrow! Friday, September 18, at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Lora will take on veteran Hicklet Lau, in an eight-round welterweight rumble, on the non-televised undercard headlined by the 10-round heavyweight bout between undefeated contender Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs), and hard-punching Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs), and the eight-round bantamweight bout between Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs), against Giovanni Caro (13-7-4, 11 KOs). continue

The Stars Are Aligned: Denzel Washington Faces Off With Vitali Klitschko

Vitali KlitschkoStar-Studded: Academy Award-winning actor and superstar Denzel Washington (left) squares off with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko after a recent workout at LB 4 LB Boxing gym in Los Angeles. The man in the middle is Klitschko's longtime trainer, the respected Fritz Sdunek.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Los Angeles, will defend his WBC title against undefeated, No. 1-ranked WBC contender Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside by way of East L.A., in an eagerly awaited showdown of heavy hitters at STAPLES Center.

One of the most popular fighters in the world, Klitschko will make history by becoming the first fighter to headline three times at STAPLES Center. continue

Mayweather v Marquez- From My View

By Jamie Savin: On September 19th Floyd Mayweather Jr makes his return to the ring following a self imposed 21 month hiatus against Juan Manuel Marquez at the catch-weight of 144lbs. A lot has been said about this fight be it that it is a mismatch given that Marquez has never fought higher then 135lbs before. After some analysis by boxing experts and reports that have been around various boxing websites, many people are thinking this fight will be a lot closer than first thought, especially if the Yahoo Sports poll is to be believed about a 51-49 split in favour of Marquez. Is that a result of the boxing public really believing that Marquez can beat the best of this generation at a weight he has never fought at before or is it a general distain for a man who plays the bad guy to try and boost PPV sales. continue

News: Roger Mayweather; Adamek-Golota Tickets; Sheika-Hubinger

16.09.09 - Roger Mayweather, trainer and uncle of Floyd Mayweather, says Juan Manuel Marquez is "nasty" for drinking his own urine. Marquez was seen drinking urine on an episode of HBO's "24/7." - click here to watch video: continue

Why Floyd Mayweather will beat Juan Manuel Marquez

Mayweather vs Marquezby Geoffrey Ciani - The long awaited mega bout between former pound for pound King Floyd Mayweather Junior and Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez is finally here. The bout was originally slated to take place on July 18, but was pushed back after Mayweather suffered a mysterious rib injury in training camp. Now the two combatants are ready to do battle this Saturday night on an HBO pay per view event. Who will win?

Like the majority of observers, I believe that Mayweather will win this contest. I have maintained this belief since the fight was first signed. That the fight was delayed has done little to sway my opinion. True, the extra time for preparations may help Marquez better adjust to the catch weight limit of 144 pounds. With an extra two month’s training camp he will probably be more comfortable at the weight. Still, at the end of the day, this delay is meaningless in the grand scheme of things.

Juan Manuel Marquez is not a natural 144 pound fighter. In fact, he has only had two fights at 135 pounds. continue

LA Times Poll Favors Juan Manuel Marquez

LOS ANGELES -The people have spoken. In a poll asking "Who Will Win Mayweather vs. Marquez?" posted yesterday on, Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez is ahead of Floyd "Money" Mayweather,who isreturning to the ring after a 21-month layoff. The mega-fight, which is taking place tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, falls on the famed Mexican Independence Day weekend which gives Marquez the extra push to pull through for the Mexican people when he steps into the ring. continue

WWE Superstar Triple H Accompanies Mayweather Into The Ring On Saturday

Floyd "Money" Mayweather is known for his extra special ring walks and he'll deliver another fan special Saturday night when Triple H®, one of the "BIGGEST" names in World Wrestling Entertainment, accompanies the six-time world champion to the ring for his fight against the five-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue

Mayweather-Marquez has chance to be more compelling that once invisioned

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Mac Sam- Floyd Mayweather recently made light of the fact all 39 of his professional career opponents have relied on a game plan constructed of pressure and body work. The thought being that Mayweather is unable to fight going backwards when an opponent is hammering his mid section, with most under that belief based on the 24 tough rounds Mayweather battled with the rugged Jose Luis Castillo.

Juan Manuel Marquez is anything but a clone of Jose Luis Castillo – he’s a much more fluid puncher, a thinking man’s battle tested Mexican warrior who is sure to provide “Money” with plenty of obstacles throughout the night.

Ironically, Nacho Beristain was shown on 24/7 in his living room with a Cuban Cigar watching the second bout of Mayweather-Castillo. This is ironic in the fact that Marquez has never been the type of pressure fighter so many others before him have vowed to be in order to bring Mayweather his first professional defeat. continue

Remillard vs. Lora this Saturday: Interview and Open Workout Photos

HARTFORD, CT (September 15, 2009) World ranked featherweight Matt “THE SHARP SHOOTER” Remillard declared himself “more than ready” for his ten round NABF Title bout against undefeated Dominican Rafael Lora as he met the local media and fans at an open workout on Monday afternoon at the Lion’s Den Gym in Middletown, Connecticut. Going through a full workout with trainer Paul Cichon, the 23 year old Hartford native is in excellent shape for his return to the New England area in the main event at “A WARRIORS HOMECOMING” set for this Saturday night, September 19th at Nomads Adventure Quest. continue

The Rebuttal: Leave Money Mayweather Alone!

By Chip Mitchell - One of the most difficult skills in life is for a human being to put himself in someone else’s shoes. We often laugh at personalities on television who, when confronted with a circumstance, make a decision that often defines them for eternity. Former University of Michigan basketball star Chris Webber’s infamous timeout in the 1993 NCAA Final comes to mind. Even if Webber went on to win 3 NBA championships and score 27,000 points, his presence would always be preceded by a decision he made. continue

Kessler vs. Ward: Breakdown and Prediction

Kessler vs WardBy Ted Sares - He’s very fast. He throws nice jabs and then follows up with a right or left. He’s a one, two, fighter. He’s the best one-two combination puncher out there --Librado Andrade on Kessler.

I’m ready! -- Andre Ward

When Olympic Gold Medal winner Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (20-0) meets Mikkel Kessler on November 21 in Oakland, CA, he will learn that the “Viking Warrior: (42-1) is neither Shelby Pudwill nor Edison Miranda. What he will discover is that Kessler has fought far superior opposition, has solid technical skills, and has extremley heavy hands capable of sending Ward into Marin County Dreamland.

Power - Kessler has the clear edge. His KO% is 74.42; Ward’s is 65, but The Dane achieves clean knockouts while S.O.G.’s come by way of stoppage, cuts, or DQ‘s.

Chin - Kessler has the clear edge. Ward has been hurt (by Kenny Kost) and he has been down (by Daniel Boone). Kessler has a granite chin. continue

Floyd Mayweather Senior Suggests Manny Pacquiao May Be Taking Illegal Supplements

by James Slater - In a new interview that is sure to shock, outrage and even offend fans of Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Senior has come forward and suggested that the Filipino legend and current pound-for-pound king may be taking illegal supplements such as steroids. Talking exclusively with David Mayo of The Grand Rapids Press, Floyd Senior, now reunited with his son Floyd "Money" Mayweather Junior, spoke about his suspicions.

"I believe he's [Manny Pacquiao] on some type of supplements," Mayweather Snr. said. "I'm convinced (unintelligible) - but I don't think he can beat Little Floyd with steroids in him or not. I just don't think he - he don't have that kind of talent, that kind of skills, whatever he has in him. continue

Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Tactical Warfare!

By P.H. Burbridge - What if Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr emerge from their next fights victorious? How would a fight between these two great fighters play out? Who would be able to do what to the other? Those are the questions I’ll attempt to answer in this edition of “Tactical Warfare”. This data will obviously be based on both fighters in their current state. After they emerge from their next fight I’ll likely write an amended “Tactical Warfare” based on their performances. But, who knows either one could lose and there may be no reason to write another edition. I personally hope this fight comes off and the title at stake is for P4P supremacy!

The set up: Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao are landmark talents who are on completely different ends of the fistic spectrum in and out of the ring. They both have legitimate claims to the P4P title and the only way to settle the argument for everyone concerned should they both emerge victorious in their fights against Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto is to fight each other. In preparing for “Tactical Warfare” I reviewed as much fight footage as I could get my hands on for each guy and studied their evolution into world champions. continue

On the Ropes Boxing Radio ep. #39—with special guests Jack Loew & Robert Guerrero

pavlik -- 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 sterling hostess, the fabulous Miss Jenna J, along with her co-host Nick Powers and her special weekly guest, yours truly (aka-Rummy). This week’s episode will begin with a discussion of Saturday night’s fights. First up, we will analyze Mikkel Kessler’s win against Gusmyl Perdomo and Andre Ward’s victory over Shelby Pudwill. Kessler and Ward are both scheduled to face off in November as a part of Showtime’s super middleweight tournament. We will share our thoughts on how we think that final first round contest will unfold between Kessler and Ward. We will also briefly touch on Julio Cesar Chavez Junior’s first round knockout over Jason LeHoullier and discuss where he goes from here. We will also be giving our thoughts on the latest episode of HBO’s “24/7” series dedicated to the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Juan Manuel Marquez mega fight. continue

News: Kentikian vs Sahin, Menzer vs Shouten, Köber vs Tomala

The Hanseatic city of Rostock on the Baltic Sea is again looking forward to a big boxing event. On October 10th at the StadtHalle in Rostock, two world title fights, plus several other high-profile fights will highlight the next “Universum Champions Night". A bout between spotlight boxing heavyweight Sebastian Köber (18-0, 13 KOs) and Universum Box-Promotion’s Markus Tomala (6-0, 3 KOs) for the interim German heavyweight championship, has been added to the big show at the StadtHalle in Rostock. Although both unbeaten contenders are in preparation for this fight in the same Gym in Hamburg, they won't face each other inside the ring until then. continue

News: Kenny Galarza; Chop-Chop Corley; Al Bernstein

HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 15 – Two of Puerto Rico’s rising stars return to the ring on Friday, September 18th, and the fans at the Coliseo Dolores “Toyita” Martínez in Juana Diaz are sure to be on their feet when hometown hero Kenny Galarza and former Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez enter the ring for their latest bouts. In a ten round bout for the NABO junior welterweight championship, Galarza will face Ghana’s Joshua Allotey. Gonzalez will compete in a four round welterweight bout against an opponent to be announced. continue

Klitschko Arreola: The Calm before the Apocalypse?

Chris ArreolaBy P.H. Burbridge - The interest in this fight is starting pick up and it’s obvious who people think will win. Much of the mainstream sports media is of course picking the betting favorite. Very few writers are providing any in depth analysis of how Arreola could possibly win this fight. If you listen to some of these “experts” it sounds like Chris shouldn’t even bother showing up for the fight. He can’t win! I’m assuming that most of you want more serious commentary supported by logic and experience in boxing so that’s why you come to ESB. Sure you’re going to get some over the top ESB articles from time to time but at least you get someone’s honest opinion. From me that’s always what you’ll get. I make every effort to support my conclusions with logic and analysis. That doesn’t mean I’m going to be right all the time but it does mean that I’ve given it a decent amount of thought and have done SOME research. I don’t expect kudos for being right but I definitely expect criticism for being wrong. That comes with the territory.

I’ve said this many times but, Chris Arreola matches up well against Vitali Klitschko.

Stylistically, this is the right match up for Arreola and if I had to choose between Wlad and Vitali as his first opponent for a world title attempt I would always choose Vitali. continue

News: Lopez Chops Down Mora; Boxing Promoters Assocaition Holds 2nd Meeting

(September 15, 2009) – Rising star Josesito Lopez continued his tear through the junior welterweight division last Friday night and he needed only three rounds to do it as he dazzled fans at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California with his stoppage of Anthony Mora. This Friday night, September 18th, fight fans can see what all the buzz is about, as Fox Sports En Español airs Lopez vs Mora in the main event of the Friday, September 18th edition of its hit series “Boxeo Thompson.. continue

Manny Pacquiao Throws Out First Pitch At PETCO Park

Six-time world champion pound-4-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, General Santos, Philippines throws out the first pitch during Filipino Heritage Night at PETCO Park on Tuesday for the San Diego Padres - Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game. Pacquiao is in town to promote his upcoming "FIREPOWER" World Welterweight championship mega fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico. Pacquiao vs. Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. continue

What Would Have Happened In Manila If Eddie Futch Hadn't Pulled Joe Frazier Out After The 14th-Round?

Joe Frazier15.09.09 - by James Slater - The fight will be 34 years old on the 1st of next month, yet all these years later no-one can forget the incredible rubber-match between archrivals Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Just as Frazier's trainer and corner-man Eddie Futch predicted when bravely making the decision to pull out his even braver fighter at the end of the 14th-round in Manila, no-one has ever been able to forget what Joe did that day - and neither have they been able to forget what Ali went through.

It may be partly due to the sympathetic actions of the man many have called the finest trainer in boxing history that Ali-Frazier III; "The Thrilla in Manila" has continued to be the subject of such fan interest though. The debate still rages here in 2009: what would have happened if Futch had not pulled "Smokin'" Joe out before the 15th and final round could get underway? continue

Roy Jones Jr-Danny Green On December 2nd - A Foolish Risk On R.J's Part?

by James Slater - On December 2nd, all-time great Roy Jones Junior will travel to Australia to take on local tough guy and former WBC interim super-middleweight and WBA light-heavyweight champion Dan- ny Green in a fight that will contest "The Green Machine's" IBO cruiserweight bauble.

Set to square off in Sydney, 40-year-old Jones and 36-year-old Green's tussle could result in a fan-friendly and exciting fight. But is Jones, an impressive-looking winner over a pretty much shot Jeff Lacy last time out, pushing his luck and taking a genuine risk by fighting Green? Jones, 54-5(40) will be having his first fight outside of America and he will also be having his first fight at cruiserweight. continue

Pacquiao and Cotto, Firepower Media Stop at the City by the Bay

By Rene Trujillo - After a San Francisco Giants win against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, a brief press conference was held on top of the Giants dugout at beautiful AT&T Park to promote the upcoming card “Firepower” on November 14th. Both Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto were on hand as well as Promoter Bob Arum, Freddie Roach, and even the “Ice Man” himself, Chuck Liddell. continue

Q/A Sebastian Sylvester / Giovanni Lorenzo Ready For Saturday's Fight

sylvester vs lorenzoSebastian Sylvester and Giovanni Lorenzo clash in Neubrandenburg, Germany on Saturday night for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title which King Arthur Abraham has vacated to participate in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. has caught up with the Hurricane ahead of his second world title challenge.

Q: Mr Sylvester, the fight for the IBF world title against Giovanni Lorenzo is getting closer. Are you getting more nervous?

Sebastian Sylvester: No, not yet. I think that the tension will increase when I see my opponent for the first time and have him right under my nose. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Talks Pre-Fight Training, Retirement and more in October Men's Fitness

NEW YORK, NY--On September 19, welterweight fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. will return to the ring for the first time after surprising boxing fans two years ago by announcing his retirement. In the October issue of Men's Fitness, Mayweather discusses his decision to retire and the inspiration that ultimately led him back into the ring. "I had been fighting since 1987 without a vacation," he says. "I needed to get to know myself again.. continue

Tributes Flood In For Darren Sutherland, Promoter Frank Maloney Suffers Heart Attack

by James Slater - In what has to be one of the worst weeks for British boxing, tragedy outside of the ropes-wise, fans and media members all over are still in shock at the death of 2008 Olympian and hot prospect Darren Sutherland of Ireland. As most people will now be aware, the 27-year-old who captured a bronze medal in Beijing was found dead in is home yesterday, by his promoter Frank Maloney. And while the tributes to Sutherland continue to pour in, more shocking news has broken; telling us how Maloney is now in hospital after suffering a heart attack. continue

Darren Sutherland - R.I.P

Darren Sutherland14.09.09 - 27 year old Irish Olympic bronze medal winning boxer Darren Sutherland has been found dead at his home tonight.

Sutherland won bronze for Ireland at the 2008 Games in Beijing and made his pro boxing debut in Dublin last December.

According to, Sutherland was discovered hanged at his flat in Bromley, South London by his promoter Frank Maloney.

Maloney: "It is very sad and unexpected, at this sad time my thoughts are with Darren's family and I hope their privacy at this very difficult time will be respected by the media."

"It is a tragedy for Ireland and the world of boxing." said Maloney.

The Irish Minister for Sport Martin Cullen extended his sympathy to Sutherland's family. Cullen to RTE Sport: "I was very saddened to hear of the death of boxer Darren Sutherland and offer my deepest condolences to his family, Ireland has lost a sportsman of wonderful ability, a clever and popular man with a future of real potential. His early death deprives us of a magnificent talent. May he rest in peace.. continue

Dennis Dueltgen, Main Events Operations Manager - R.I.P

The boxing world lost one of its truly great guys, last night, when longtime Main Events Operations Manager Dennis Dueltgen suddenly passed away while suffering an apparent heart attack at his home. It is with profound sadness that we at Main Events offer our condolences to his wife, Jill, his children, Deanne and Darryl, his sister, Joanne Dietz, and his brother, Jeffrey Dueltgen. Dennis was a constant and energetic presence in all of our lives and his absence leaves a void that cannot be filled. continue

Darren Sutherland: Thoughts on a Tragedy

by John Wight - The untimely and tragic death of Irish boxer, Darren Sutherland, casts a light on the strains and pressures of a game in which far too much money and focus is expended on the elite of the sport, without anywhere near enough attention paid to those struggling to make a semblance of a career further down the food chain. Of course, as yet we don’t know the specific reason or reasons behind this tragedy, or whether it had anything to do with boxing, but regardless, it should give the sport pause for thought in terms of how up and coming young fighters are looked after and supported - financially, emotionally, and mentally - as they attempt to chart a course through a sport which increasingly allows no sympathy for failure or less than spectacular performances. continue

Q&A with Jorge Arce

arceBy Rene Trujillo - Mexico City, Mexico (September 15, 2009)- Today is a special day for many Mexicans as they anticipate the 16th of September, which is Mexico’s Independence Day. For boxers like Jorge Arce, it is an honor and privilege to fight on the eve of the national holiday. Today marks the second year in a row that “El Travieso” will be fighting on September 15th and he plans to make a statement in the junior bantamweight division with a convincing win. Arce took time out from his busy training schedule in Mexico City to chat about his upcoming fight, his career, and his future outside the ring. As always, the loquacious Arce did not disappoint in this ten minute interview...

DB- First of all, thanks for your time. What did you learn from your fight with Vic Daychinyan?

JA- Yes, sure, like I’ve always said the fight with Vic, there are many unknown things that the public doesn’t know about. continue

Al Bernstein Selected To World Boxing Hall of Fame!

One of the most respected and recognized voices in boxing, Al Bernstein will be inducted into the prestigious World Boxing Hall of Fame having received the highest number of votes ever for a non-boxer inductee. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING color analyst feels his inclusion among boxing’s elite couldn’t have come at a better time. "It is a great honor for me to be inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame,” said Bernstein, who has also been named the second recipient of the coveted Sugar Ray Robinson award. continue

Board Hearing Into McDermott-Fury Fight On Sept 23

THE British Boxing Board of Control will hold a hearing into the John McDermott-Tyson Fury fight on Wednesday 23rd September. McDermott was robbed of his english heavyweight title when referee Terry O'Connor handed Fury an amazing 98-92 win at Brentwood Arena on Friday. McDermott's promoter Frank Maloney claim he is yet to meet one person who thought Fury won the contest. Maloney held talks with BBB of C general secretary Robert Smith who informed him of the hearing. Maloney said: "The Board have informed that they need time to review the film of the fight and that the main parties will be called on September 23 at a full hearing. continue

'Left-Hook Lounge': Vivek Wallace's mailbag feat. Pacquiao, Cotto, Mayweather/Marquez, Toney and more!

Miguel CottoManuel L. (Los Angeles, CA): I think the Miguel Cotto/Manny Pacquiao fight will shatter every PPV record in the books. Do you think it'll be by a wide margin when the final numbers are counted?

Vivek W. (ESB): Personally, my thoughts on how well this fight will do in PPV buys is far different from many others out there. The fact that this fight is gonna be the biggest mega fight of the year, and the fact that it's the most anticipated fight of the year has clouded the reality of some hidden, yet obvious truths. The better-than-lethargic-but-less-than-beaming crowds at the recent promotional tour stops have highlighted this notion. I had a fight fan recently point out to me the fact that he can now "totally understand why Floyd Mayweather plays up the whole bad guy image", citing the fact that the buzz around this type of promotional event is far louder when you have an ego like that, as opposed to having two good guys". After wrapping up our conversation, I did a little research through my old notes and to identify his point for him, it showed in the numbers. No question, these (Cotto and Pacquiao) are two of the most intriguing figures in the sport, but individually, neither man has exactly slapped the numbers out of the park - as it relates to PPV buys. continue

Who will win Mayweather vs Marquez?

Looks might be deceiving but they can't fool everyone. A poll (Who will win Mayweather vs Marquez?) published last week showed the public is nearly split down the middle as to who will win the September 19 super fight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather, returning to the ring after an 18-month layoff and and Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez,the number one Mexican fighter in the world right now and moving up in weight to face the dangerous Mayweather. With close to 55,000 (54524 total votes) fans participating, 51% think Mayweather will win; 46% say Juan Manuel Marquez will win and 3% think it will be a draw. continue

Derek Chisora Says He Wants To "Burst Tyson Fury's Bubble", Claims He Would Also KO John McDermott

by James Slater - Unbeaten 25-year-old Londoner Derek "Del Boy" Chisora is another in the large number of people who feels "Big Bad" John McDermott was robbed this past Friday night in his fight with the heavily hyped Tyson Fury. Chisora, 10-0(5) says McDermott definitely deserves a rematch with Fury, but that he hopes he doesn't get one because he'd love to be the first man to beat the 6'8" traveller. continue

Ward vs. Kessler Set For Nov. 21 From Oracle Arena Live on SHOWTIME

Ward vs KesslerTEMECULA, Calif. – (Sept. 12, 2009) – They did it 5,600 miles apart, but Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler both took care of business in similar fashion in front of their fans and television viewers on a special split-site doubleheader ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME Saturday night.

Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) remained undefeated, stopping Shelby Pudwill (22-4-1, 9 KOs) at 2:!6 of the third round from the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Pudwill had been knocked down earlier in the round on a left hook and suffered a cut on his cheek just under his left eye.

“I knew it was over after I knocked him down,” said Ward, the 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist. “There was no use continuing. Once I saw the blood the fight was over.. continue

UK Boxing: Audley Harrison; Tony Jeffries; Lenny Daws

AUDLEY Harrison today insisted he can still become World Heavyweight Champion. Harrison, 37, admits he has failed to fulfill his potential after winning Olympic gold in 2000 but believes victory at next month’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III will catapult him back to title level. “I had plans to be the Heavyweight Champion of the World in four or five years and it has not gone the way I wanted but ultimately I still believe I’m going to achieve that goal,” said Harrison. continue

Ruslan Chagaev Plans To Return Next Year - Can "The White Tyson" Win Another Belt?

by James Slater - Before he took a one sided beating at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko back in June, a number of shrewd observers looked at Kazakhstan's Ruslan Chagaev as perhaps the best heavyweight out there. Basing this opinion primarily on the 30-year-old's excellent amateur career, these judges felt "The White Tyson" was the best of the lot, technically speaking. continue

James Toney Looks Good Stopping Matthew Greer, Says He'd Be Even Lighter If He Got A Klitschko Fight

James Toney13.09.09 - by James Slater, photos by Goossen Tutor Promotions - 41-year-old James "Lights Out" Toney, weighing-in at his lowest weight for a number of years, made his nickname an appropriate one for the first time since 2003 last night, as he destroyed an over-matched Matthew Greer in just two-rounds on the same card as the Andre Ward-Shelby Pudwill bout. After having weighed-in at a poundage slightly above 217, the former middleweight, super-middleweight and cruiserweight ruler made many people believe he is once again deadly serious about his goal of becoming heavyweight champion. Obviously having trained hard for last night's fight, his 72nd, with 6 losses and 3 draws (44 by KO), Toney then wasted no time at all in making it clear who he wants next.

It's no secret that "Lights Out" has claimed the two currently reigning heavyweight champions, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, have been shamelessly ducking him for years, and last night the future Hall of Famer again called both giants out. continue

Floyd Mayweather Junior Says He's A "More Complete Fighter" Than Muhammad Ali Was

by James Slater - Floyd Mayweather Junior has been talking again. And talking, and talking, and talking........ In a recent claim, the unbeaten fighter known as "Money" has come out and questioned the revered status boxing history has for the man known as The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. In the past, the 32-year-old who is currently in the final stages of getting ready for his ring return against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez, has even discussed a flaw or two he has seen whilst watching footage of the incomparable Sugar Ray Robinson - mentioning how the man born Walker Smith Junior had a tendency to over commit with some of his punches and who had flat footwork.. continue

Showtime Boxing Schedule

UP NEXT FROM SHOWTIME SPORTS ShoBox returns to its regular day and time this Friday night (Sept. 18, live at 11p ET/PT) as Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) meets Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight fight from the Chumash Resort and Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. The co-feature pits Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs) against Giovanni Caro (12-8-3, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight fight. continue

Kessler warms up for Super Six World Boxing Classic with fourth-round TKO win over Perdomo

Mikkel KesslerWBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler once again proved his class with a spectacular fourth-round TKO victory over Gusmyr Perdomo. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 6.200 boisterous Danish fans at MCH Herning, the Viking Warrior (42-1, 32 KOs) dropped the mandatory challenger at the end of the third with a big right before launching another furious assault in the fourth. After Perdomo was rocked by a series of hard shots, including two big rights to the head, the referee jumped in to save him from further punishment. It was the first-ever KO loss for the brave challenger (16-3, 10 KOs). “I am very happy,” Kessler said. “It was very special to fight in front of such a great crowd. Perdomo was very active in the first two rounds, so I had to change my game plan. I adjusted well in the third. Now I really look forward to the Super Six World Boxing Classic.”

Perdomo admitted that the better man won. “Congratulations to Mikkel Kessler. He is a great champion. He broke my rhythm after the second round and then he just hit me. He deserved to win. Now I will recover and come back.” His coach Michael Timm added: “We knew it would be tough against Mikkel. Congratulations to him. We knew at some point he would catch him but I was surprised it came that early.. continue

Big victory for Kauramäki in fight of the year in Finland

The most experienced active Finnish professional boxer Kai “Ironman” Kauramäki was the second boxer in history to defend his BBU title while squaring off with Czech-based Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov. Abdurakhmanov, 25, was having record of 15 (8 KO) – 3 – 0 when stepping into the ring to challenge Kauramäki for BBU Middleweight title. continue

Mayol Loses to Calderon; Nietes Wins by Split Decision

By Benjie Varella – Puerto Rican Ivan Calderon retained his WBO junior flyweight title via split decision against Filipino challenger Rodel Mayol after going to the scorecards in the 7th round due to another head clash at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico,

Their first encounter resulted to a controversial split draw at the famed Madison Garden during the Puerto Rico festival when the match was stopped in the 6th round due to an accidental headbutt. continue

Andre Ward Takes Out Pudwill, James Toney Stops Greer

Ward vs KesslerTemecula, CA (September 12, 2009) – In a tune-up for his Super Six World Boxing Classic confrontation with WBA Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler, NABF and WBO NABO Super Middleweight titleholder Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (20-0, 13 KO), Oakland, CA looked primed and ready after dismantling Shelby Pudwill (22-4-1, 9 KO), Mandan, ND in a non-title bout at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. The bout was a co-main event telecast on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on SHOWTIME.

Ward, who thoroughly outboxed Pudwill in the first two rounds, dropped him with a left hook in the third round, which opened a nasty cut under Pudwill’s left eye. Smelling blood, Ward went for the kill and had his opponent in serious trouble. Knowing he could do serious damage, Ward signaled referee Pat Russell several times to put a halt to the shellacking and he mercifully did at 2:16 of the third round.

The key to the fight was “just staying focused,” Ward, America’s last Olympic gold medal winner, simplified. “The speed and the timing and I just had to stay focused. This kind of fight had a lot of build up to a bigger fight and I had to focus on this fight. continue

Kim TKO's Marali, Wins IBO Title

Ji-Hoon Kim of Goyang City, South Korea, won the IBO junior lightweight title with a sensational upset tenth-round TKO win against defending champion Zolani “Untouchable” Marali in the main event at Emperors Palace in Kempton, South Africa, on September 12. The event was promoted by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves and Arthur Pelullo’s Banner Promotions, and televised live in South Africa on Supersport. continue

Boxing Needs More Gerry Cooneys

By Shaun Murphy - The content of this article derives from conversations I often have with people who tolerate my company. I love boxing: I boxed myself, so did my grandfather (on both sides!), and I watch as many fights on You Tube that time allows (should I say that?). However, I think, people forget what type of individuals boxing attracts – usually the poorest, most uneducated, and underprivileged sections of our planet’s population. For example, if you go to Madison Square Garden among the celebrities, tycoons and Trustafarians (British slang for the born rich) you won’t find many spectators that come from the same background as the boxers. You know, that’s cool. I believe that boxing and combat sports in general give nature’s belligerents, in Ken Shamrock’s words, ‘’Somewhere to go.’. continue

Misdirected Fury: the scorecard was off target but the fight was close

FuryBy Andrew Harrison - safeside oftheropes .com - Dick Turpin was at work in Essex last night protested Frank Maloney, promoter of John McDermott, the stout English heavyweight who found himself on the wrong end of controversial 98-92 verdict from referee Terry O’Connor after his battle against the highly touted Tyson Fury.

Maloney had every right to be livid with O’Connor’s points tally in this English heavyweight title fight, which was way off target incidentally, however the fight itself was a close one and the deluge of ‘robbery’ claims which have followed would appear to be equally as cock-eyed.

Having poured over the fight again today with a more inquiring eye, I turned in a 96-95 card for McDermott (5-4-1 in rounds), however the final round was difficult to score (I gave it to John by the slenderest of margins), as was the sixth, which I called even. continue

Fury-McDermott Undercard Report

On Friday night at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, England, Frank Maloney presented a fight card highlighted by the most controversial decision to take place in a British ring in many years. After outboxing challenger Tyson Fury over the course of the ten round title bout, English heavyweight champion John McDermott was inexplicably declared the loser, 98-92, by referee Terry O'Connor. McDermott had been much more accurate, landed the more effective punches and controlled the pace of the contest in nearly every round. As such, O'Connor's awarding of Fury the English title is now under review by the British Boxing Board of Control. continue

David Rodriguez defeats Robert Davis in the 3rd round- A heavyweight to watch for?

By Charles C. White - Saturday night, heavyweight knockout artist David “Nino” Rodriguez retained his undefeated status with a 3rd round knockout of the always game Robert “Desert Storm” Davis, bringing Davis’ record to 32-11 with 20 knockouts. Not much is known about this young undefeated boxer fighting out of El Paso, Texas, but with the right fight and with his power, this could change overnight. American boxing fans have been crying out for new blood to fill the veins of the heavyweight division. continue

Tyson Fury - John McDermott Recap

Furyby John Wight - A classic British heavyweight contest on Saturday night was marred by the kind of decision that brings shame to the sport.

John McDermott won a clear points decision over ten rounds of non-stop, toe-to-toe action against his formidable 6’9” opponent, Manchester’s Tyson Fury.

But though McDermott did more than enough to win the fight, credit must go to Fury for eating right hands all night long while continuing to give his opponent something to think about with some hard punches of his own, specifically a busy jab, which in the past had proved the undoing of every one of the seven previous opponents who’d deigned to climb through the ropes to face him. continue

Is Kevin Johnson Ready For Vitali Klitschko? In December We Could Find Out!

by James Slater - First the bad news; the clash of unbeaten heavyweight contenders that was set for October 10th, between Kevin Johnson and Odlanier Solis is off. The good news: the reason is because "KingPin" is at the top of the list for possible December opponents for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko.

"Dr Iron Fist" is so confident (over confident?) that he will see off unbeaten slugger Chris Arreola on September 26th, that he is apparently looking ahead to fighting again on December 12th in Germany - and the word from Dan Rafael over at is that Johnson might get the shot. continue

Chambers, Collado Score Wins at The Legendary Blue Horizon

PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 14, 2009)—Rising Jr. Welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers & undefeated Featherweight Joselito Collado scored emphatic early knockouts to cap off a great night of boxing on Public safety Night at The Legendary Blue Horizon this past Friday night. Chambers dropped Aaron Drake in each of the first two rounds with the second round knockdown being the capper of a technical knockout at 1:27 of that frame. continue

McDermott ‘Drives Thru’ Fury But Is Left Short Changed

FuryBy Ziggy Shah -- A packed house at the Brentwoood Leisure Centre in Essex was left shell shocked on Friday night, when Tyson Fury was handed a controversial points decision over Champion John McDermott for the English heavyweight title.

Fury, 21, who came into the fight with a 7-0 (7 KO) record, seemed relieved after referee Terry O’ Connor raised his hand and judged him the winner with scores of 98-92. However, for McDermott, 29, it was heart break once again, given the fact that his two previous fights against Danny Williams for the British title, also seemed to be taken away from him by the judges. continue

The United States’ Frankie Gomez Wins a Silver Medal at the 2009 AIBA World Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Seventeen-year-old Frankie Gomez (Los Angeles, Calif.) claimed a silver medal at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan, Italy on Saturday. Gomez, the lone remaining U.S. competitor, lost an 8-2 decision to Cuba’s Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo in their light welterweight final, to take home the silver medal. Prior to his championship round loss, Gomez recorded five straight victories at the Mediolanum Forum in Milan. Sotolongo grabbed the first lead in the championship bout and never let it go, building slowly on his advantage before winning the 8-2 final decision. continue

Arturo Gatti Fans Are In for a Treat at “Night of Thunder” Tribute 9/19

Fans of Arturo Gatti will not want to miss this night of special events celebrating the unforgettable boxing legend on Saturday, September 19, at Bally’s Atlantic City. In addition to 6 fights packed with the kind of excitement “Thunder” Gatti fans expect, there will be Gatti tributes, videos and special announcements throughout the evening.

The evening, “Night of Thunder: A Tribute to Arturo Gatti”, is presented by Bally's Atlantic City in association with Main Events and Pat Lynch Boxing. continue

Fury vs McDermott: Frank Maloney Accuses Terry O'Connor Of Getting Revenge

FuryFRANK MALONEY believes referee Terry O'Connor cost John McDermott his English heavyweight title because the Essex fighter's dad knocked him out 32 years ago. O'Connor caused one of the biggest controversies ever seen in a British boxing ring when he scored Tyson Fury a 98-92 points winner over McDermott at Brentwood Arena on Friday. Sky TV commentators, 2000 fans packed into the sold out venue and millions of TV viewers were stunned. Many bombarded internet sites and vented their anger towards O'Connor over his decision in the ten round fight where McDermott appeared a clear winner.

Former journeyman O'Connor who won just 20 of his 44 fights when he boxed was knocked out in five rounds by Stan McDermott at the Royal Albert Hall in December 1977.

Maloney said: "I think O'Connor is incompetent, but also when he saw Stan in John's corner got flashbacks to the night he was beaten by Stan in their match.. continue

Exclusive Interview with Chauncy Welliver

By Charles C. White - Earlier today, heavyweight fighter Chauncy Welliver was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer this author’s questions. Here is what he had to say…

Hey Chauncy, how are you doing today bro? Chauncy Welliver: Going great. Just got done sparring and the camp I'm in is going great and is a great opportunity for me to get into shape.

Going back in time to your past, how did you first get your start in boxing? Chauncy Welliver: My brother Dewey was a Junior World Champion as an amateur, beat Chad Dawson among others, and Dewey was my hero so he is the reason I got stuck in this sport! Haha. continue

R.I.P Tony Thornton - "The Punching Postman" Passes Away At Age 49

by James Slater - In sad news, it has been reported how Tony Thornton, the former USBA middleweight and super-middleweight champion, has passed away at the age of just 49. According to, New Jersey's Thornton died in hospital last night after suffering injuries in a motorcycle crash a week ago. Tragically, Thornton joins a list of great fighters who have left us way before their time this year - 2009 being one of the worst years ever when it comes to the passing of top fighters. continue

On The Ropes Boxing Radio Ep. #38 - 'Marvelous' Marvin Hagler, Devon Alexander

Marvin Hagler -- Click here to listen to the show --by Geoffrey Ciani - Tonight’s special Thursday Edition of On the Ropes will begin at 7pm ET. You can listen live by clicking the “play” button 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 marvelous hostess, the ravishing Miss Jenna J, along with her co-host Nick Powers and her special weekly guest, yours truly (aka-Rummy). This week’s episode will kick off with a discussion on the latest boxing news. First, we will share our thoughts on the latest edition of HBO’s 24/7—a series dedicated to the upcoming mega-bout between former pound for pound King Floyd Mayweather Junior and Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez. We will also talk about the newly signed welterweight contest between Sugar Shane Mosley and Joshua Clottey which is slated to take place on December 26.

Joining us this week will be special guest Devon Alexander. In his last fight on August 1, ‘Alexander the Great’ defeated Junior Witter for the vacant WBC junior welterweight championship. continue

Mike Oliver captures New England & EBA Junior Featherweight Titles

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (September 11, 2009) – “Machine Gun” Mike Oliver won a hard-fought decision to capture the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association junior featherweight titles tonight on the “A Night To Remember” pro boxing cared, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., at historic Plymouth Memorial Hall.

Oliver (22-2, 7 KOs) and Gonzalez (9-9, 3 KOs) had previously fought twice with Mike stopping Castulo in the ninth round of their 2006 fight and this past June, in Boston, their fight was halted in the second round and ruled a no contest when Castulo suffered a cut over his eye from an unintentional head-butt. continue

Boxing brothers Paul, Liam and Stephen Smith are aiming for triple world title glory

Boxing brothers Paul, Liam and Stephen Smith are aiming for triple world title glory. The trio will appear on the same card on October 30 at the Liverpool Echo Arena, one of the few times that three brothers have all featured on a professional boxing show. Paul, the oldest, will challenge Tony Quigley for the British super-middleweight crown in a mouth-watering all-Liverpool showdown. Steven, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and Liam will box in under-card fights. But the brothers are already dreaming about bigger things - and say their long term aim is to all win world title fights at the Echo Arena on the same night. continue

Mayweather Sr, De La Hoya talk about the Mayweather - Marquez fight

Floyd Mayweather Sr.Richard Schaefer: We have a tremendous showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez, a little more than a week to go. The fight is at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View, as we all know. Today's call is very special because I know while Oscar was down in Mexico, he was giving me a report on how he felt Marquez's training was going. We, of course, have also seen that on 24/7 where we witnessed some rather unusual training techniques, which reminds me of those secret potions. And then of course I was in Las Vegas where I saw Mayweather. He is as always in great shape. He is very committed to the sport and there is one man who has been around Mayweather from the entire camp and during the off times. That is none other than Leonard Ellerbe, his friend, advisor, and CEO of Mayweather Promotions. I'd like to turn it over to Leonard now who will be introducing Floyd and Oscar.

Leonard Ellerbe: We're truly excited, we're about one week away. Camp has been tremendous. continue

Mike Tyson performs draw for Prizefighter Heavyweights III

THE draw for Prizefighter Heavyweights III has been made – by boxing legend Mike Tyson. Iron Mike conducted the draw at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas earlier today, alongside Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn. “I’m looking forward to it and this is going to be very exciting – I hope I get to watch it,” said Tyson, the former undisputed Heavyweight World Champion. continue

Anson Pine’s "The Boxer"- A Tribute To Our Sport

Forward by Charles C. White - Yesterday afternoon, while waiting for my ride to the supermarket, and with little else to do, I began surfing the net with the intent of finding poems written about our beloved sport of boxing. After 20 minutes of site searching, I came across a gem. Passionately, and creatively written, this poem paints a brilliant picture in the mind of the reader of how special boxing as a whole truly is. The poem opens the eyes of many doubters, and allows them to finally appreciate the beauty and art behind the sweet science, and recognize it as the most glamorous sport the world has ever seen. It is this author’s belief, that no other poem could so vividly capture the heart and soul of boxing, such as Anson Pine’s “The Boxer.. continue

Tyson Fury Gets Highly Controversial Points Win Over John McDermott

furyby James Slater - Tonight, at The Brentwood Leisure Centre in Essex, 21-year-old Tyson Fury somehow kept his unbeaten record and advanced to 8-0(7) with a ten round points win over 29-year-old John McDermott. Winning via a score of 98-92 that was handed in by referee and sole judge Terry O'Connor, Fury won his first pro title, the English heavyweight championship. McDermott fell to 25-6(16).

I'll get to writing up the night's action later, but first the quite disgusting scoring of O'Connor must be addressed. How on earth he had Fury winning by a whopping SIX points in what everyone else saw as a close fight that the more experienced McDermott deserved to win is beyond me, as it was beyond SKY Sports commentator and former world lightweight champion Jim Watt. "Has he [O'Connor] got the names mixed up?" Watt asked on air as the referee's weird scoring was announced. And it was a valid question.

The way Fury was made to eat right hand after right hand tonight made it clear that this had in no way been a dominant showing by him. Sure, the huge 21-year-old showed grit as he fired back with body shots, but no way did he deserve a win by such a big margin. continue

Fury over Tyson-McDermott verdict

12.09.09 - Tyson Fury (8-0, 7 KOs) won a highly controversial ten round decision over John McDermott (25-6, 16 KOs) to win the English heavyweight title at the Brentwood Centre tonight. Referee Terry O'Connor scored the fight 98-92 in favor of Tyson Fury. East Side Boxing scored the fight 96-94 for John McDermott. continue

Shumenov Sues Campillo For Drug Violation; Campillo denies Shumenov claim

Note: Representatives of WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Gabriel Campillo and challenger Beibut Shumenov have announced that they have agreed to a rematch, thereby resolving all of their present disputes. The bout will likely take place in Nevada next January.

Las Vegas, Nevada (September 10, 2009) – Beibut Shumenov and his promoter, KZ Event Productions, Inc., have filed a lawsuit in Kazakhstan against Gabriel Campillo, Sampson Boxing, LLC and Sampson Lewkowicz seeking a judicial declaration that, as a result of Campillo’s blatant violation of the drug testing rules of the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing and the WBA, Campillo, Sampson and Lewkowicz have, under their contracts with KZ, forfeited any moniesotherwise due to them from the August 15, 2009 Campillo-Shumenov fight. continue

Mexico's #1 Fighter Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez to Follow in the Footsteps of Mexican Warriors In and Out of the Ring

Juan Manuel MarquezMexico City, Mexico (September 11) - On September 16, 1810 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a well-respected Mexican priest, rang a bell at his small church calling Mexican fighters to arms. This began the Independence War against Spain; thereafter marking September 16 as El Grito de Independencia (Mexican Independence Day). This year, on September 19, three days after Mexicans around the world celebrate Mexican Independence Day, a bell will ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to start a 12-round battle 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. The bout will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m./6 p.m. PT.

For years, Mexican fighters have battled in the ring on Mexican Independence Day weekend, following in the two-century old footsteps of their ancestors. This year is no exception. Marquez, the number one Mexican fighter in the world and number two pound-for-pound, finds great motivation and pride in representing his country in the most important fight of his career on a day entrenched in Mexican and boxing tradition. continue

Julio Cesar Chavez Junior-John Duddy Match-Up In The Works

by James Slater - According to "The Bible of Boxing's" on line web site, a light-middleweight match-up between young and exciting fighters Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and John Duddy is in the works for next April. According to promoter Bob Arum, in speaking to Ring on line, the plan is for Chavez Jr and Duddy to fight against selected opposition on the same card in either Mexico or Las Vegas in December. Then, should both guys win, they would meet up in an intriguing showdown at Madison Square Garden next spring. continue

News: Geale/Edouard on Mundine Undercard

Former IBO middleweight champion Daniel Geale (21-1-0 KOs 13) will step into the ring against aggressive former USBA and current WBA Fedecentro middleweight champion Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (22-2-2 KOs 13) on October 21 in Australia. Geale won the IBO title in excellent fashion by beating Daniel Dawson in December 2007. Since that win he defended the title successfully prior to losing it in a split decision to Anthony Mundine this past May. Geale utilized Edouard as a sparring partner to prepare for his last bout. continue

'Call Em Out Fridays': Why's Everyone Talkin' About Floyd?

judahVivek Wallace - "The greatest ever"......"The best to ever do it"......"The cream of the crop"....All direct quotes from the mouth of Mr. Floyd Mayweather jr. Now, granted, it's very easy to talk about ones self in the highest measure, but how does Mayweather's vision of himself align with his contemporaries? For a glimpse of those perspectives, one need not look any further than the recent assessments rendered from two men who themselves carried the mythical P4P crown not too long ago:

"Amazing...He's one of the few fighters I've ever seen, like Muhammad Ali, who literally captures every move his opponent makes, and capitalizes on each and every one of those mistakes, which is a gift that you can't teach" ---- (Sugar Ray Leonard)

"The best fighter of our Pretty Boy Floyd....No doubt!" ---- (Bernard Hopkins)

Pretty intriguing set of words touted there, but acknowledging the thoughts of the not-so-impressed, they were rendered from two men who may or may not have the total respect of the masses, (for whatever reason). continue

HBO Sports To Replay Mayweather Vs. Hatton 2007 & Marquez Vs. Diaz 2009

SEPT. 11, 2009 – Leading up to the mega-fight featuring superstars Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez – set for Saturday, September 19 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View® – HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of both fighters most recent ring action. On Friday, September 18 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, September 19 at 9:30 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay back-to-back Mayweather vs. Hatton 2007 and Marquez vs. Diaz 2009. continue

Celebrating 100 Years of 'Boxing News'

Every fight, every punch, every week since 1909 - This September, Boxing News reaches its 100th year anniversary. Since launching in 1909 and after publishing over 5,000 issues, it’s easy to understand why Boxing News is the most respected, loved and at times controversial combat magazine in the market. To celebrate 100 years in print, the 11th Sept issue will carry a special anniversary supplement that includes the 100 most extraordinary moments in Boxing plus the BN team’s choices for a range of Top 10s from knockouts to outrageous moments to promoters and biggest flops. continue

Kessler TKOs Perdomo, Alexander Frenkel KOs Hubert

Ward vs KesslerBy Per Ake Persson: September 12, Herning, Denmark: WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler stopped Venezuelan Gusmyl Perdomo at 0:56 of the fourth round. Kessler hurt his opponent with a left-right, Perdomo fell into the ropes with Kessler landing with another left-right. The challenger was hurt and about to fall when referee Russell Mora stepped in.

Kessler started slowly and his timing seemed to be off but he worked his way into the fight and was trading with Perdomo, a difficult, awkaward southpaw, in the third. Late in the round he floored Perdomo with a right but the Venezuelan didn´t seem to be hurt.

The champion came through the fight without any injuries and should be on his way to the Super Six tournament in style. continue

Pacquiao-Cotto Bronx Videos; Pacquiao/Cotto 24/7 debuts Oct 24

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2009 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured seven Sports Emmy® Awards, will return to present its seventh installment with 24/7 PACQUIAO/COTTO, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, OCT. 24 (10:15-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), the series will follow Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, two of the sport’s brightest stars, as they prepare for their Nov. 14 pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas. Pacquiao seeks to continue his reign as the sport’s pound-for-pound king, while Cotto looks to prove that his ring skills are ideal for derailing the Pacquiao express. continue

Giving The Game Away

Andrew Harrison - - Death and taxes are a given in life so goes the old cliché. Flying in the face of another (which states that in boxing, there are no guarantees) are the following fistic racing certainties; Don King will never be referred to as the strong but silent type, Fernando Vargas aint gonna see 154 pounds again anytime soon, Kelly Pavlik’s management won’t be needing a tux for any upcoming manager of the year awards and the WBA will never again sanction a heavyweight title fight unless John Ruiz is either involved or fights the winner… continue

Klitschko vs Arreola: Cristobal Arreola Conference Call Highlights

Arreola vs KlitschkoCRISTOBAL ARREOLA - “Training for this fight has been different with the help of Darryl Hudson my strength and conditioning coach. We had to step up a level and just found ourselves in a spot where we had to train harder. I’m just fortunate to have this title shot, and I’ve been working my (expletive) off and will continue to do whatever I have to do to win that title.”

What about the people commenting that you’re not in good shape and questioning your conditioning?

“It bugs me to a point to hear that because they’re just talking. He said-she said type of stuff. That bugs me. But, they need to come to the gym and check me out and watch me for themselves. They’ll see what I’m doing and how hard I’m actually working. I just checked this morning and I’m already (2)59 so I’m already good right there. But it does bug me”

“The main thing for me has been the two-a-days. And I cut out beer. I’ve just been eating right, a lot of vegetables and greens, chicken and fish and meats. And just the right amount for me. I have a ton of energy and feel great. continue

Cotto: "Pacquiao has fought a lot of tough fighters but never one like me"

BRONX, NY (September 10, 2009) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Fighter of the Year, MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion, MIGUEL COTTO, will be loaded for bear when they rumble in the mega-event of the year – FIRE POWER: PACQUIAO vs. COTTO – for Cotto’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title and the first-ever World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond Belt. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, FIRE POWER: PACQUIAO vs. COTTO will take place Saturday, November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. continue

News: Paulie Ayala; Robert Guerrero; Brawl at the Hall

Former two-time world boxing champion Paulie Ayala of Fort Worth will realize a dream on October 10 when he promotes his first boxing event at LaGrave Field. Paulie Ayala Productions will promote a scheduled six – bout card featuring mostly Texas fighters and plans to do so on a regular basis. “I retired in 2004, but have always stayed close to the sport and have always wanted to do this. I’m real excited about it,” said Ayala, now 39. “I’d like to give Texas boxers the same opportunity that was given to me, to reach their goals.. continue

Photos: Ward-Pudwill, Kessler-Perdomo Weigh-In

boxing Undefeated Andre Ward (left) and Shelby Pudwill weighed 171.2 and 170.5 pounds, respectively, for their important 10-round fight in the second half of a fistic doubleheader on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow, Sept. 12, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).

Both world Boxing Association super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler and his opponent Gusmyr Perdomo weighed in at 167 pounds at today’s weigh-in in Denmark.

In the opening bout on SHOWTIME, Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs), of Copenhagen, Denmark, will defend his WBA super middleweight title against No. 1-ranked Gusmyr Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela. The scheduled 12-rounder will air on same day tape delay from MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark.

Ward and Kessler will meet in the first round of the highly anticipated, potentially game-changing Super Six World Boxing Classic on Nov. 21. continue

Mike Tyson to conduct Prizefighter Heavyweights III draw

THE destiny of the eight Prizefighter Heavyweights III contenders lies in the hands of one of the greatest fighters of all time – Mike Tyson. Iron Mike will be conducting the draw for the quarter-finals of the next Prizefighter event later today from Las Vegas. “'I'm looking forward to making the draw for Prizefighter on Friday,” said Tyson, the former undisputed Heavyweight World Champion. “British fight fans are in for an explosive night and I'm excited to see how the match ups will come out for October 2nd.” Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn has flown to Las Vegas and will carry out the draw with Tyson at 1pm local time (9pm BST) on Friday. continue

Unbeaten Heavyweight Travis Kauffman, A Fighter To Get Excited About?

by James Slater - Unbeaten 24-year-old heavyweight up-and-comer Travis Kauffman, who has been using Muhammad Ali's legendary Deer Lake training camp recently, is a 6'3," approx 225-pounder out of Reading, Pennsylvania. Currently 18-0(15) as a pro, "The GW Hope" is beginning to get a fair amount of ink devoted to him. Is the man who made his paid debut back in January of 2006 a fighter to get excited about? continue

Timur Ibragimov And Attila Levin Win Victories In Sweden

Timur by Pavel Yakovlev - Heavyweights Timur Ibragimov and Attila Levin won lopsided victories over their opponents in a card held at Lofberg Arena. Ibragimov outpointed Al Cole over six rounds, the scores being 60-55, 59-56, and 59-55. Levin stopped Adnan Buharalija in four rounds.

The Pugnus Boxing Promotions event was one of the first professional boxing cards held in Sweden since that country ended its 36-year ban on the sport in 2006. All of the bouts were subject to the strict safety controls in effect in Sweden, which essentially impose amateur boxing safety regulations and conditions on professional fights. Thus, the maximum length of a fight was only 12 minutes, broken into six rounds of two minutes duration each. continue

James Toney - Matt Greer Undercard

LOS ANGELES (September 10, 2009) — The main undercard fighters have proclaimed Saturday, Sept. 12, as their night to steal the show from the headliners, Andre Ward and James Toney. The undercard, which has a distinct local flavor, is stacked with Southern California prospects and future contenders. “Get there early, you don’t want to miss the next generation of stars in sensational match ups,” said Dan Goossen, of Goossen Tutor Promotions. In a battle between undefeated junior welterweights, Mike Dallas, Jr. (9-0-1, 2 KOs), of Bakersfield, Calif., will take on New York’s Vincent Arroyo in a tough matchup of two talented prospects. The hard-hitting Arroyo (9-0, 6 KOs) is a two-time National Silver Gloves Champion and will be taking his first big step up in competition against the crafty Dallas. continue

Former Heavyweight Contender Lionel Butler To Make Unlikely Comeback Tonight!

by James Slater - Remember 1990's heavyweight contender Lionel Butler, the man who fought such top names from the division as Riddick Bowe, Oliver McCall, Lennox Lewis and Chris Bryrd, and who got himself KO wins over former alphabelt champs Tony Tubbs and James "Bonecrusher" Smith? Well, tonight in Highland, California, after an absence of eight long years, the 42-year-old makes an unlikely return to the ring. continue

Taylor vs. Abraham: Breakdown and Prediction

Abraham vs TaylorBy Ted Sares - Jermain is going to come out and shock the people of Germany when he beats their hometown hero…I know most people in the boxing world have written Jermain off. We're going back to the basics that got us here. It would be a huge mistake to think Jermain doesn't have anything left in the tank. --Ozell Nelson, Taylor's trainer

The Taylor-Abraham fight on October 17 is the start of the historic Super Six World Boxing Classic round-robin six fighter tournament, featuring the class of the Super Middleweight division from home and abroad. And like the Arreola-Klitschko fight, this one is relatively easy to breakdown.

“King Arthur” - Avetik Abraham A.K.A. “King Arthur” Abraham (30-0) is a strong, heavy handed fighter who starts his fights slowly as he figures out his opponent’s style, strengths and weaknesses. Around the third or fourth stanza, he begins to open up with monster body shots and explosive combos that seem to come from out of no where. He also uses a peek-a-boo defense reminiscent of Cus D’Amato’s teachings. While he appears ponderous at times, that is a deceptive persona, as he lures his opponents into exchanges where he punishes then with brutal counter punching. As well, he can take someone out with either hand (a left hook against Miranda and a straight right against the surprisingly game Oral). continue

Interview with Jamie Cox

By Per Ake Persson: When I first spoke with Jamie Cox 18 months ago he was a 5-0 prospect signed with Sports Network and considered one of the best bets for the future in British Boxing. Based in Swindon and trained by Paddy Fitzpatrick he´s now 12-0 and an establised force on the scene closing in on the big fights. All should be well but isn´t: -I was signed to Sports Network but that company is now under administration. I´m sure it will be worked out, it´s nice to have some time off but I can´t say right now when I fight next. continue

Wuestenbergh in a losing fight to Yohan Duhaupas

By Per Ake Persson: With an official record of around 3-66-1 with many more fights claimed (102) 41-year old Belgian Frank Wuestenberg was on the surface every bit a bum, the kind of "meat" that is supplied to the up-and-coming pretenders in rings around Europe. But take a closer look and you saw a performer capable in what he was doing: durable, long on stamina, tough and with an octopus like way of smoldering his opponent. continue

Misconceptions on Chris Arreola

Chris ArreolaBy Chris Acosta - As the WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Vitali Klitschko and contender Chris Arreola nears, I thought it necessary to clear up a few misconceptions.

It seems that the overwhelming consensus is that Arreola has almost zero chance to dethrone Klitschko based upon a variety of factors which I shall address in a moment. But in our apparent herd mentality to repeat everyone else’s predictions, we’ve become tunnel -vision personified; unable or perhaps unwilling, to see more than our stubbornness’ will allow. So, I’ve compiled a few things to consider; my way of simply being objective and in no way trying to create any more hype or intrigue than someone of my glorious anonymity could not ignite to begin with.

Misconception #1: Chris Arreola has only one chance to win and that is by early knockout.

I have read this assumption on just about every other web geeks forecast and find it a tad puzzling. Yes, Arreola has been winning by quick KO lately so naturally, one might assume that coupled with his aggressive style, that he’s the stereotypical puncher who fades the longer his bouts go. continue

Exclusive Interview with New Zealand promoter Craig Thomson

By Charles Cody White - For every Don King or Bob Arum in the world, there is an equally dedicated and hardworking “small time” boxing promoter determined to make a name for himself in this glamorous sport of ours. Earlier this week, I was privileged to speak with one such promoter in New Zealand based Craig Thomson, who kindly took time out of his busy schedule to answer my questions. Here is what Mr.

Thomson had to say... continue

James Toney-Matthew Greer This Saturday - Time To See What "Lights Out" Has Left

by James Slater - This Saturday night in Temecula, CA, on the same card as the Andre Ward Shelby Pudwill fight, all-time great and current heavyweight contender James Toney fights for the first time since his poor showing against Fres Oquendo last December. Facing the 12-5(11) Matthew Greer, a fighter who, in truth, he should handle with relative ease, "Lights Out" will re-launch his heavyweight campaign for a fourth time. continue

First World Title: Terry Norris

NorrisBy Anthony Coleman - If there was ever a fighter in my lifetime who defined the term “flawed but great,” it would be “Terrible” Terry Norris. No one, that has come to my mind, who has put together such an awesome an illustrious career mixed all-time great skill, with such tragic and fatal failings. It is in many ways his trademark. Let us first talk about the flaws.

Norris had notorious self control issues that resulted in him in losing one of his early fights, surrendering his WBC Junior Middleweight title to Luis Santana, and losing the first rematch all by disqualification. In fact in his most famous victory (his beat-down of a yet again comebacking and badly faded Sugar Ray Leonard), he nearly fulfilled the wishes of Leonard’s fans by nearly getting DQ’d for hitting well after he scored a knockdown. The recklessness sometimes spoiled his technique because he had a tendency to get overconfident, throwing too many punches and leaving cracks in his defense that his opponents capitalized on (i.e his fight with Troy Watters). However, his greatest flaw was unquestionably his weak chin. continue

Chris John vs Rocky Juarez and 20,000 Mexicans

10.09.09 - By Harry Summers: Watching Chris John train in Big Bear, California I have noticed there is a change in a matter of urgency in the way he deals with his sparring partners and even the heavy bag and speedball. I have also noticed the tone of his coach, urging him to “hurt him, hit him harder”, this is a lot different from the other camps I’ve been to, why?

Harry Summers - Why is there a different atmosphere in this preparation than other previous training camps?

Craig Christian - Well I’m glad you noticed, so we must be getting the result we are looking for. Look, Chris must knock Juarez out to win this fight, we are fighting him on Mexican Independence Day, it will be worse than in Texas. continue

Dawson-Johnson II Tickets on Sale on Sept. 18

HARTFORD (September 10, 2009) – World Championship boxing returns to Hartford for the first time in 20 years! The long awaited and eagerly anticipated rematch between undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion and Connecticut’s favorite son, CHAD DAWSON, and former world champion GLEN JOHNSON is on. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, Dawson-Johnson II will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, Saturday, November 7, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT, from the XL Center. continue

Cristobal Arreola Guarantees He Will Make "Heavyweight History" By Defeating Vitali Klitschko

Arreola vs KlitschkoVAN NUYS, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2009) – During a jam-packed Media Workout Wednesday at the Joe Goossen Gym, undefeated, hard-hitting Cristobal Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of East Los Angeles, guaranteed he would defeat defending champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs), of Germany, in their highly anticipated WBC heavyweight championship fight on Saturday, Sept. 26, at STAPLES Center.

Under the watchful eye of trainer Henry Ramirez, the confident Arreola shadow-boxed, hit the mitts, clubbed the heavy bag, ripped the speed bag and did a series of conditioning exercises during an energetic 80-minute workout.

“I guarantee that it’s going to be an exciting fight and I guarantee that I’m going to come out with the world title and I’ll work my (expletive) off,’’ Arreola said. continue

This Saturday, The Son Of The Legend Returns - Can Chavez Junior Stop LeHoullier?

by James Slater - This Saturday night in his native Mexico, on a bill that will be topped by two world title fights - WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel defending his title against Alejandro Valdez and WBO minimum weight champ Donnie Nietes meeting Manuel Vargas - 23-year-old Julio Cesar Chavez Junior will return to action after the longest layoff of his now six year pro career. continue

UK Boxing: McDermott vs Fury Undercard; Moore vs Rhodes; Munroe vs Maludrottu

In support of the much awaited John McDermott vs. Tyson Fury English heavyweight title fight this Friday, September 11, promoter Frank Maloney presents a competitive undercard at Brentwood Centre in Essex. Topping off the support card is former British light middleweight champion Gary Woolcombe, 27-2 (10), who meets experienced ex-European title challenger Roman Dzuman, 23-7-1 (10), over ten rounds. Woolcombe has scored victories his last two bouts after losing the British belt to domestic rival Ryan Rhodes last year but the Londoner must win convincingly against his Ukrainian opponent if he is to get another high profile opportunity. continue

Kessler vs Perdomo: "Mikkel-Mania" ahead of Team Sauerland's historic first show in Denmark

boxingWeights from Denmark:
WBA Super-Middleweight Title - Mikkel Kessler: 76,0 kg vs Gusmyr Perdomo: 75,8 kg

WBA/WBC Female Welterweight Title - Cecilia Braekhus: 66,2 kg vs Lucia Morelli: 64,5 kg

The stage is set for a historic night of boxing: “We are thrilled to stage the first of many big fight nights in Denmark and the whole of Scandinavia,” Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference at MCH Herning. Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will defend his WBA Super-Middleweight Title against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night before participating in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic. U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Right afterwards, SHOWTIME will be airing the clash between Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant Andre Ward and Shelby Pudwill live. continue

At 217 1/2, He Ain't Heavy, But He's Still James Toney!

Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 11, 2009) – Meanness has never been a problem for James “Lights Out” Toney in the boxing ring. Leanness, on the other hand, has caused more headaches for the former IBF Middleweight, Super Middleweight and Cruiserweight champ than any of the eight opponents in his ten heavyweight bouts. That albatross may be lifted off his shoulders tomorrow night when he takes his place inside the ropes against Matthew Greer in a scheduled 10-round Special Heavyweight Attraction at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. continue

News: Robert Guerrero; David Latoria; Fight Night At the Playboy Mansion

Newly crowned IBF Jr. lightweight champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (25-1-1, 17 KO's), had a smile on his face when he heard the news that undefeated WBO super-featherweight champion, Roman "Rocky" Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KO's), is seeking a unification bout with him. Guerrero, a three-time world champion in two weight classes, had this to say when asked if he would welcome a fight with Martinez, "Bring it. If Martinez gets past his next opponent, I would love to fight him. He is a worthy champion that says he never refuses to fight anyone, anywhere, well if that is the case, than lets do this! A unification bout between Martinez and me is great for our sport and the fans deserve these types of fights.. continue

Ivan Calderon and Rocky Martinez Back In Action This Saturday

CalderonSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (September 9, 2009) – “Undefeated Champions” is the name of the card that will feature world champions Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón and Román “Rocky” Martínez in title defenses this Saturday night (September 12), presented by PR Best Promotions, live on pay per view from the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan.

At yesterday’s press conference in San Juan, WBO junior flyweight champion Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KO’s) showed he was confident of defeating Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KO’s) in their rematch of the June 13 bout, when an accidental head-butt caused a cut to Calderon’s head and ended the fight in a technical draw.

“You will see the old Calderon, Calderon said, “the slick and fast Calderon.. continue

Amir Khan Was Offered A Fight With Manny Pacquiao, Confirms His Father, Shah

by James Slater - Though it may be hard to believe, WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan was reportedly offered a fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Amir's father, Shah Khan, in talking to The Bolton News, confirmed that his son was indeed offered a late 2009 date with the Filipino sensation, only for the 22-year-old and his team to turn the offer down.

As we know, Pacquiao now faces a legitimate super-fight opponent in Miguel Cotto on November 14th, and it really is hard to fathom how a Pacquiao-Khan fight would have been received by the fans had Khan accepted it. continue

Los Angeles Teenager Frankie Gomez Advance to the Final Round at the 2009 World Boxing Championship

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States’ 17-year-old light welterweight phenom Frankie Gomez (Los Angeles, Calif.) has boxed his way to the final round at the 2009 AIBA World Championships in Milan, Italy. Gomez recorded his fifth straight victory at the Mediolanum Forum, pulling out an 8-7 decision over the far more experienced two-time Olympian Gyula Kate of Hungary in their semifinal contest. continue

Klitschko vs. Arreola: Breakdown and Prediction

Klitschko ArreolaBy Ted Sares - "It's going to be big, I'm going to get that [title], believe it. -- Arreola

He's actually a little bit heavier than me and a little bit shorter. He's a big puncher with very good combinations. I have to be ready for all 12 rounds, which means I need very good conditioning. I try to work in long distance, but I have to be ready for very short distance. --Klitschko

Vitali Klitschko (37-2 with a KO percentage of 92.31) meets Chris 'The Nightmare' Arreola (27-0 with a KO percentage of 88.89) on September 26, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. At stake is 'Dr Ironfist' WBC heavyweight title.

Some fights are easier to break down than others. Taylor vs. Abraham is an easy one while Pavlik vs. Williams is not. This is a relatively easy one. continue

News: Godfrey-Simms; Dominic Salcido; Hank Lundy

NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey has headed West for Saturday night’s 10-round, non-title fight against former World amateur champion “Famous” Michael Simms outdoors at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California. NABF champion Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) is rated No. 3 by the IBF, as well as WBC #5, WBA #12 and WBO #15. The Providence native, ranked No. 10 by The Ring magazine, has had sensational knockout victories on ESPN Friday Night Fights against Emmanuel Nwodo, Shaun George, and Felix Cora, Jr. continue

European Boxing Roundup: Ustinov-Boswell on Klitschko Arreola card; Kessler-Perdomo, Jones-Brudov, More

By Per Ake Persson: WBA cruiser champ Guillermo Jones will finally defend the title he won almost a year ago in Germany with a tko win over Firat Arslan. Jones will take on Russian Valery Brudov October 24 in Canne Cote d´Azur, France, with AMI Production promoting.

Matchproom Promotions in the UK will stage the fight for the vacant EBU heavyweight title between Albert Sosnowski and Paolo Vidoz at a date to be announced. The parties, Matchroom and OPI 2000, came to an agreement before purse bids were held. continue

Carl Froch Promises To "Smash Andre Dirrell To Smithereens" - Doubts Dirrell Will Want To Box Again Afterwards!

Froch vs Dirrellby James Slater - It's no secret how ultra-confident a fighter WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is. It's also well known how "The Cobra" is a man who is completely unafraid to vocally express his confidence when heading into a fight - no matter who it's against. More than once already, the unbeaten 32-year-old has given both the fans and upcoming challenger and fellow Super-Six entrant Andre Dirrell a taste of his boastful confidence/arrogance.

Having previously gone on record as saying he will knock out the unbeaten Dirrell when they meet in Nottingham on October 17th, Froch today went a step further. Froch's KO prediction of course still sticks, but now the WBC champ is suggesting that the beating he gives the former Olympian will be so bad that the 27-year-old may not want to box on afterwards!

"Dirrell is confident, but it is my job to put him in his place and make him realise he is coming into the snake pit," Froch told The Daily Star. continue

Sexton-Rogan Rematch Postponed To Nov 6 / Cleverly Headlines York Hall On Oct 9

Martin Rogan's rematch against Sam Sexton has been postponed until Friday 6th November because the Irishman has a back injury, but Sexton believes it is only delaying the inevitable. The Belfast heavyweight was due to meet Commonwealth Champion Sexton on October 6th at the Odyssey, but Rogan injured his back in a training session and requires rest and physiotherapy before resuming training again. Sexton, 25, scored a controversial eighth round stoppage at the Odyssey in May when Rogan was unable to continue because of a badly swollen eye. Norwich puncher Sexton says he's ready to do the same again to Rogan. He said, "What Rogan is doing is only delaying the inevitable which is another victory for me.. continue

Legendary Trainers Weigh in on Mayweather v Marquez

Las Vegas (September 8) - It’s the year of the sports comeback with Tiger Woods, Pedro Martinez, Roger Federer, and Tom Brady all coming back to their respective sports in attempts to reclaim their places in sports history. Joining the roster is Floyd “Money” Mayweather, already a six-time world championship in five weight divisions, coming back to the sweet science, after a nearly two-year layoff against five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez on Saturday, September 19 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue

Jermain Taylor: "For this fight against Abraham it's about stepping up to the plate and delivering"

Jermain TaylorHOUSTON (September 8th, 2009) - Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor knows what it takes to win – finish strong. And now Taylor has changed his training camp from Miami, Florida, to prepare for his explosive October 17th fight with Arthur Abraham in Berlin, Germany at o2 World. Taylor is going through a grueling 10-week training camp at former heavyweight champion George Foreman's gym in Houston, Texas, the George Foreman Youth Center.

The Taylor-Abraham fight is the start of the historic inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic round-robin six fighter tournament, featuring the class of the Super Middleweight division from home and abroad. Five of the world's top boxing promoters have collaborated with SHOWTIME Sports to facilitate this epic tournament. Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions, Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports, Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions LLC and Wilfried and Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event will promote the tournament which begins October 17th and runs through spring 2011. continue

News: Pianeta vs Skelton on Sept 19; Follow Team Sauerland On Twitter

Francesco Pianeta (18-0, 11 KOs) will defend his EU Heavyweight Title against former European Champion Matt Skelton (22-3, 19 KOs) in Neubrandenburg on September 19. The duo will clash on the undercard of the IBF Middleweight Title fight between Sebastian Sylvester and Giovanni Lorenzo. Pianata is full of respect for his experienced opponent. “Skelton is a tough fighter,” he said. “He was the European Champion and also fought for the WBA Heavyweight Title. It is not easy to box him. He is a strong puncher but I am faster and I will beat him.. continue

Pacquiao, Cotto at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Fans Urged To Attend Free Public Press Conference

BRONX, NY. (September 9, 2009) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Fighter of the Year, MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will kickoff their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting "FIRE POWER" -- their world welterweight championship fight -- at a FREE PUBLIC NEWS CONFERENCE on the field by first base (facing the stands) at YANKEE STADIUM, Tomorrow! Thursday, September 10. Doors will open at 11 a.m. ET with the News Conference beginning at Noon. Food and fight merchandise concession stands will be open for fans. Truant Officers will be barred. continue

Exclusive Interview With Joshua Clottey - "I Will Be Bringing EVERYTHING To The Fight With Shane Mosley!"

Cottoby James Slater - 32-year-old Joshua Clottey of Accra, Ghana gets another well deserved shot at winning a big fight this coming December 26th - Boxing Day. Coming back after his controversial points loss to Miguel Cotto, the former IBF welterweight champion faces reigning WBA 147-pound king Sugar Shane Mosley, and "The Grand Master" is desperate to win and then be recognised as the best welterweight in the world.

Very kindly taking time out to speak with me earlier today, Clottey, 35-3(20) had the following answers to my questions:

James Slater: It's a pleasure to speak with you, Joshua, as always. Firstly, is the Shane Mosley fight a definite for December 26th?

Joshua Clottey: Yes, it's definite. I'm fighting Shane Mosley on December 26th. continue

Junior Witter Says He Won't Retire, Plans To Move Up To Welterweight

by James Slater - While Britain's former IBF light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods has today announced his retirement from boxing, Britain's former WBA light-welterweight champion Junior Witter has decided to carry on. Despite coming off a corner retirement loss to the unbeaten Devon Alexander in his last outing, 35-year-old Witter says he will carry on fighting, but up at welterweight. continue

Thanks For The Great Fights, Clinton, And Enjoy Your Retirement. Woods Calls It Quits

by James Slater - It's official: Clinton Woods, Sheffield's man of steel, has retired from boxing. The announcement came today, less than two weeks after the former IBF light-heavyweight champion's tough points loss to the much younger and unbeaten Tavoris Cloud of Florida.

Though 37-year-old Woods toyed with the idea of fighting on after suffering what was only his fifth loss as a pro, Clinton today told his local paper, The Sheffield Star, that he'd made his mind up and is waving goodbye to the sport he fell in love with. continue

Marquez Wins by KO.......Don't You Hate It When You're Wrong!

Mayweather vs MarquezBy Paul Strauss: Get used to the idea. When it happens, it's going to make many experts and some odds-makers angry. They're going to hate it, but not because they're unhappy with El Dinamita, or that they feel sorry for Little Floyd. No it will be a matter of pride. They will be disgusted with themselves for failing to glom onto the real possibility of an upset win, let alone the KO of Small Change. Yes, they're going to be mad at themselves and will feel foolish, kind of like they did after Manny easily beat Oscar.

The same type of excuses will be made. In picking Oscar over Manny, they explained their reasoning was correct and their knowledge of the fight game sound. Oscar should have won they still say. He lost only because he didn't have the fire anymore. Or, he lost because he came into the fight drained and at too light of a weight.

After Marquez wins, they will dampen the greatness of his accomplishment by saying it was because the former P4P champ had been away from the game for too long. Or, they might say it was because of the distractions concerning his uncle, father, or possibly the target practice he'd been taking with his armed employees. Regardless, they will not look at the Marquez victory as a demonstration of his great skill, heart and determination. continue

Mayweather/Marquez 24/7 Ep 3; Tecate Mayweather-Marquez Vegas Party

24/7 MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ: SEPT. 12 EPISODE Episode #3 - Debut: SATURDAY, SEPT. 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Other HBO playdates: Sept. 12 (1:35 a.m.), 13 (9:00 a.m., 8:15 p.m.), 14 (11:00 a.m., 11:15 p.m.), 16 (10:00 a.m., 9:30 p.m.), 17 (7:30 p.m.), 18 (9:00 p.m.) and 19 (noon). HBO2 playdates: Sept 15 (12:30 a.m.), 17 (2:15 a.m.), 18 (1:30 a.m.) and 19 (4:00 p.m.). HBO On Demand availability begins: Sept. 14 - Floyd Mayweather attends a barbeque at his mother’s house and talks about his father’s increased role in training. Juan Manuel Marquez is honored before the Mexico-Honduras soccer game. Both fighters participate in media activities. continue

Amir Khan-Dmitry Salita Looks Likely For December - Can Khan Keep His Belt?

by James Slater - Now that talk of a possible Amir Khan-John Murray fight has proven to have been premature, it looks as though WBA light-welterweight champ Khan will meet his mandatory challenger Dmitry Salita in either early or mid December; probably in London. A tough first defence for the 22-year-old from Bolton, Khan-Salita could conceivably go either way. continue

'Left-Hook Lounge': Feat. Mayweather, Pacquiao, Jones/Hopkins, and Arreola/Vitali-Klitschko!

manny pacquiaoMurphy C. (Reseda, CA): I'm a huge Manny Pacquiao fan and I'm concerned with many things I've read about him lately. Do you think his ego has changed or do you think he's misrepresented by writers in the media?

Vivek W. (ESB): Personally, I think the only ones who truly know the answer to this question is Pacquiao and those closest to him. What I can say is that there has always been a small contingent out there who felt Pacquiao was letting the world around him get into his head, but come fight night, I can't say that I've ever seen a shift in his ability, so I would think that everything is under control. Now, that's the positive spin. If I wanted to play devils advocate here, I could agree with you strongly in saying that some of the recent comments made by him and a few of the other things I'm seeing reported out of his camp have gotten my attention, much like yourself. Pacquiao has always been noted as a humble man and this has made him a very loved figure in the eyes of the media, so I would find it hard to believe that there is any "misrepresentations" of him. If there are things being reported about him that seem to cast a cloud over his actions, I would think there's definite value to them. This isn't a figure cut from the Mayweather fabric, where people love to hate him. Pacquiao is a man that EVERYONE has given the benefit of the doubt time and time again simply for who he is. So to answer your question, I would spend less time shaping your opinion of Pacquiao based on what you've read, and more time shaping your opinion of Pacquiao based on what you see. continue

Bernard Dunne’s preparations intensify for Poonsawat clash

WBA Super Bantamweight Champ Bernard Dunne is leaving no stone unturned as he enters the final stages of preparations for his first World title defence at The O2, Dublin later this month. Dunne will put his WBA World Super Bantamweight title on the line against number one challenger Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym from Thailand when he headlines the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on Saturday, September 26th. Dunne began training for the bout in July and as each week goes by he’s cranking up the intensity of his work as he bids to see off the challenge of his Thai opponent. The Dubliner has enlisted the help of some world class sparring partners to help him prepare for Poonsawat who has lost only once in 39 professional fights. continue

Unbeaten Irish Prospects set to clash on Dunne undercard

Undefeated Light Heavyweight duo Jamie Power and Michael “The Storm” Sweeney are promising fireworks when they clash on the undercard of the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on Saturday, September 26th. WBA Super Bantamweight Champ Bernard Dunne tops the bill as he bids to see off the challenge of number one contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym from Thailand but Power and Sweeney will be looking to make a major breakthrough in their own careers when they clash over 8 scheduled rounds in an All Irish duel on the card. continue

Mayweather Vs Marquez – Breaking down the fight... for Money.

floyd mayweather jr.By Steven “Chunks” Chang - Notable Facts, Speculations & Rumours

Weight - Marquez is coming up 2 weight divisions for this fight.
- Both fighters have started at lower weight divisions and have come up in weight over the years.
- Mayweather’s average weight for his last five fights is 147.2 lb (66.9 kg).
- Marquez’s average weight for his last five fights is 131.5 lb (59.8 kg).

Marquez is coming up significantly in weight to face the naturally larger Mayweather. However, considering Floyd’s style, it is unlikely that Floyd will use his size advantage to bully Marquez. Even at welterweight, Floyds punching power is not very significant (Hatton knocked himself out by leaping into a perfectly timed Mayweather left hook) and he hurts people through a culmination of speedy punches. It is also common knowledge that for a good part of Floyd’s career, he has been riddled with hand problems. continue

Kretschmann, Oral and Airich back in action in Spain

On September 18th ARENA and promoter Ahmet Öner will present two shows on both sides of the Atlantic on the same day! At Gran Casino de Castellon (Spain) German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann, rising middleweight star Mahir Oral and Konstantin Airich will try to get back from their respective losses in June (Kretschmann and Oral) and March (Airich). continue

Maloney Furious At Tyson Fury; £50,000 Wager On Fury?

BRAGGING rights in the travelling community will be at stake when John McDermott risks his English heavyweight crown against Tyson Fury. The feuding fighters meet in the grudge fight of 2009 at Brentwood Centre on Friday with the venue close to a 2000 sell-out. Manchester's Fury (7-0) hails from a famous bare-knuckle fighting gypsy family, while McDermott who lost his last two fights in British championship wars against Danny Williams also comes from a travelling background. Promoter Frank Maloney: "I am told there have been some massive bets among different factions in the travelling community. continue

James J Jeffries Retired At His Absolute Peak

JeffriesBy Matt McGrain - “The Goliath of the prize ring, the undisputed champions of all champions disposed of Jack Munroe’s pretensions last night, with ridiculous ease.” In what was to be his last fight before retirement James J Jeffries, seemingly regarded as both the greatest fighter in the world, and the best fighter seen in the ring up until that point, had destroyed a challenger apparently not in his class. The San Francisco Call would explain: “The end came with a swift and terrible action after forty-five seconds of fighting in the second round…Monroe had been knocked down repeatedly…[and] was helpless, and the referee appealed to his seconds, to toss a sponge into the ring signalling defeat. Just then, Jeffries drew back his hand to land the decisive blow. Referee Graney anticipated the action, and stepping between rival boxers, stopped the proceedings.”

Graney was interviewed after the fight concerning the stoppage.

“I stopped the fight because I feared Munroe might be killed. He is too game a man to be injured for life…I acted humanely.. continue

Rahman-Tua III And Rahman-Holyfield II Suggested For 2010

by James Slater - As was recently reported on, former two-time WBC heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman will return to action on the under-card of the October 3rd clash between David Tua and Shane Cameron in New Zealand. Set to face an as yet unannounced opponent, the 36-year-old will be having his first fight since being hammered to a one-sided defeat by Ring magazine, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. continue

Joan Guzman To Face Ali Funeka For Vacant IBF Lightweight Belt In December?

by James Slater - Unbeaten former WBO super-bantamweight and super-featherweight champion Joan Guzman of The Dominican Republic has proven to be a most inactive fighter as of late. Due largely to his to problems making weight, the 33-year-old has fought just once a year since December of 2006, and he has not fought at all this year so far. However, according to BoxRec and to whispers that have been heard for some time now, this may change in December, as "The Sycuan Warrior" is listed as facing South Africa's Ali Funeka for the vacant IBF lightweight strap. continue

The Tale of Juan Manuel Marquez: A Mayweather-Marquez Analysis in a Fight That Some Have Billed a “Mismatch”

marquezBy Samuel Rivera - It is not easy being Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1-37 KO’s), the great Mexican fighter for most part of his career toiled in obscurity, lagging in popularity behind his countrymen Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera.

There are few reasons for this, first Marquez was a technician while Barrera and Morales (both who had the capabilities to box beautifully) preferred the kind of two fisted mayhem that their Mexican countrymen love. Marquez was more cerebral on his approach to the sweet science which is why both Barrera and Morales are as of today retired and Juan Manuel is a top five pound for pound player at age 36.

The second reason for Marquez’s lack of popularity when compared with Barrera and Morales is the fact that he has only begun in the last few years to secure marquee matchups. Nacho Beristain can be in part blamed for this because after Marquez breakthrough fight against Pacquiao in 2004( a fight in which he would suffer three disastrous knockdowns in the first round only to get up and school the Filipino dynamo en route to a draw)Beristain decided to take the short money and go to Indonesia to face Chris John instead of a proposed rematch with Pacquiao. continue

Marvin Sonsona Wins First World Title

05.09.09 - HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 9– Boxing’s new Marvelous Marvin doesn’t come from Brockton, Massachusetts, and his last name isn’t Hagler, but General Santos City’s Marvelous Marvin Sonsona entered boxing history books last Friday night by defeating Jose Lopez for the WBO super flyweight title, and this 19-year old phenom is just getting started on what many believe will be a memorable fistic career. “It was a brilliant performance by a brilliant fighter,” said Sampson Lewkowicz, President of Sampson Boxing. “I think some people doubted whether Marvin was ready for this step up, but I always had faith that he was going to win and win impressively. I think he will reign atop the division for as long as he wants to, and then go on to win even more titles in the future.. continue

Celestino Caballero: "Juanma Lopez can keep running from me, but I’m not going to stop chasing him"

HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 5 – Last Saturday night at Ciudad Deportiva in Mexicali, super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero continued his run of excellence, making his tenth WBA and second IBF title defense with an eighth round TKO win over Francisco Leal. The victory was the Panamanian’s 33rd in 35 fights, and his fifth knockout in his last six bouts. “Leal was a game opponent, but I’m not going to give my titles up to anyone,” said Caballero, a native of Colon who now makes his home in Panama City. “I’ve been on top of this division for almost four years now, and I feel stronger and better than ever.. continue

Rigondeaux vs Andrade on Sept. 18

cuban boxingOn September 18th at the at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach, two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux (2-0, 2 KOs) will step way up in class of opponent when he takes on 71-fight veteran Giovanni Andrade (60-11, 49 KOs) from Brazil for a regional WBA super bantamweight title that will place him in the top five in the world and in position for a title shot in record speed. In Rigondeaux’s corner will be world renowned trainer Freddie Roach who has taken a special interest in one of the greatest amateurs that has ever turned professional.

Another attraction on this night of seven-bout card will be 2008 Gold Medal winner from the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz 1-0. The 140lb Diaz is his country’s only gold medal winner ever. He will be in his second fight and a true test against Luis Andorno 6-5-5. continue

Call To The Hall

by Joseph M. Darcy- Having been a boxing fan for roughly 30 of my 37 years, while I don't consider myself an expert, I do believe I'm qualified to have a fairly intelligent opinion. I was very lucky in that when I found my love for the sport in the late '70's and early '80's, boxing was a very mainstream sport and great fighters were on seemingly every weekend. From Alexis Arguello to Carlos Zarate, it was a very exciting time to be a fan and there was nobody more fun to watch than Ray "Boom Boom Mancini. He fought often and was never in a dull fight. He was W.B.A. champion from 5/1982 to 6/1984, fought 8 world champions and yet is not in the IBHOF. continue

John Simpson Retains Commonwealth Featherweight Title With 10th-Round Stoppage Of Paul Truscott

05.09.09 - by James Slater - Last night, in his opponent's backyard of Middlesbrough, 26-year-old Commonwealth featherweight champion John Simpson of Greenock in Scotland successfully retained his title for the first time. Back in January of this year, the two men had met whilst Truscott was the defending champion, and the fight was stopped in the 8th-round due to a bad head clash cut Truscott, forcing him to defeat.

Last night, in a real blood and guts thriller that has to be up there amongst the best domestic fights of the year in Britain, Simpson got the job done with his fists, stopping his man at 1-minute and 34-seconds of the 10th round. continue

How to beat Floyd Mayweather

floyd mayweather jr.By Orgil B. Martin - Without a doubt, this has been the hardest problem to solve for pro boxing trainers since the emergence of the Pretty Boy on the fight scene. Quantum physics problems may seem easier to overcome. Dozens of trainers had a crack at the problem. Yet no one had really succeeded so far…

First of all, all fight fans, regardless of who they support, should acknowledge how Floyd Mayweather made himself to be one of the greatest defensive fighters in the history of boxing. He is a true genius when it comes to the sweet science. However, as with every fighter, a way to prevail over him must be hidden somewhere. It just needs to be found and discovered.

“How could one beat Floyd Mayweather?” continue

Denver Cuello to Defend WBC Int. Title on Oct. 30

By Benjie Varella – Tough Filipino prospect Denver Cuello, the minimum weight WBC International champion is set for a match on October 31 against a Japanese national for his first title defense at the famous Araneta Coliseum. Cuello who holds a record of 16 fights, 8 coming by way of knockout, 5 draws and only 2 losses captured the title last April via 4th round stoppage against another Japanese fighter, Hiroshi Matsumoto. continue

Chris Green, Steven Martinez Score Wins at Schuetzen Park

9/5/09. Pound-4-Pound Promotions did it again. They held a great show Thursday Aug. 27th at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ despite having the main event not go off as scheduled. That wasn’t the story. There always is the story behind the story. Let me say it here and now. If you haven’t been to a Pound-4-Pound show at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ and you are a real fight fan, you are missing the best in young talent at a great venue, with a great boxing atmosphere. This is the new Blue Horizon of the 70’s and 80’s North! continue

On the Ropes Boxing Radio ep. #37: with Guests ‘Terrible’ Tim Witherspoon & Adrian “The Predator” Stone

tim witherspoon-- Click here to listen to the show -- by Jenna J - On the Ropes Boxing Radio was back in action with hostess, Jenna J, co-host Nick Powers and special weekly guest Rummy. This week’s episode began with a discussion about last weekend’s fights, starting with Tavoris Cloud’s workman like win against Clinton Woods for the vacant IBF light heavyweight championship. In other noteworthy contests, Juan Urango defended his IBF junior welterweight title in an entertaining scrap with Randall Bailey and Marco Huck won the WBO cruiserweight title from Victor Emilio Ramirez. Check out our post-fight thoughts on these match-ups and what we think is next for the key participants from last week’s action.

This week’s episode was highlighted by two special guests. First up, was former 2 time heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon. The former champion answered questions about his career talking about his fight with Larry Holmes, his problems with Don King and why he thinks a fight with Mike Tyson never came to together and what he thinks would of happened if they did meet in the ring. We also talked to him about his current endeavors outside the ring and got his opinions on the current boxing landscape, both inside and outside the heavyweight division.

We provided feedback and opinions from the first episode of the new edition of HBO’s “24/7”—a series devoted to promoting the upcoming mega bout between former pound for pound King, Floyd Mayweather Junior, and the highly regarded Mexican warrior, Juan Manuel Marquez. continue

McCreedy knocks out Caminero in 1st round for New England; Demetrius Andrade remains unbeaten

Demetrius Andrade promised to put on a spectacular performance in front of his hometown fans on Friday night, and he did not disappoint. Fighting in the co-feature bout of the evening at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI, the Providence native Andrade improved his record to (7-0, 6KO), completely dominated previously undefeated John Williams (3-1-1, 2KO) stopping him in the final round of their scheduled six round jr. middleweight contest. The 2007 amateur world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian Andrade, who is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, is widely considered to be the top prospect in all of boxing and with performance like this, it would be hard to argue otherwise. continue

Ibragimov Outpoints Cole

By Per Ake Persson: September 4, Karlstad, Sweden: Pugnus Promotion staged "Ingo the Champ", the Memorial show in honour of the late Ingemar Johansson tonight at the Lofberg Lila Arena. All fights were fought under the special rules that applies for professional boxing in Sweden, max. distance 12 minutes, 10 ounce gloves worn in all fights. In the main event heavyweight Timur Ibragimov outscored faded former IBF cruiser champ Al Cole over six two-minute rounds. The judges scored the fight 60-55, 59-56 and 59-55. continue

Jason "Big Six" Estrada - "It's All About How You Bounce Back From A Loss"

boxingExclusive Interview by James Slater, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB - 28-year-old Jason "Big Six" Estrada travelled to Germany back in April, for a fight with unbeaten Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin. The former Olympian came home with a close decision loss added to his now 16-2(4) record, but the Rhode Island native also came home knowing he'd given the fight his all. Returning to winning ways with a recent 7th-round stoppage of the upset-minded Zuri Lawrence, "Big Six" is as determined as ever. Very kindly taking the time to speak with me over the phone yesterday evening (UK time), Estrada had the following answers to my questions:

James Slater: I really appreciate you taking the time to speak with me, Jason. Firstly, congratulations on getting the win, the KO win, over Zuri Lawrence. It must have felt good getting the win after the Povetkin loss?

Jason Estrada: Thank you. Yeah, it was definitely good to get the win. A loss can be a great motivator, a loss can sometimes do that to you, whether you feel it was a close loss or one you didn't think you deserved. continue

News: Philip Anselmo Gets Down at Kronk Fest 2009; Baltic Boxing Union News

A champion of the stage joins with Detroit's own champions of the ring, as Rock Music Heavyweight Philip Anselmo pays a special visit to the first annual Kronk Fest 2009 on Sunday, September 20, at Clutch Cargos in Pontiac, Michigan. New Orleans native Anselmo is a world-renowned vocalist and musician, who has sold more than 25 million records with Pantera, Superjoint Ritual and now, his new longtime band of brothers in Down. But he is also a devoted boxing fan, historian and journalist. He is a regular contributor to Boxing Digest magazine. And he is a FOK, a Friend of Kronk, newly appointed to the board of the Kronk Gym Foundation. continue

Kevin Rivers Records the Lone Weekend Win for the United States at the 2009 World Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Featherweight Kevin Rivers (Landover, Md.) enjoyed the sole victory of a difficult weekend for Team USA at the 2009 World Championships in Milan, Italy. Rivers recorded a 9-5 decision over Sweden’s Bashir Hassan on Sunday morning at the Mediolanum Forum. The victory advances Rivers on to a third round match-up with 2007 Bantamweight World Champion Sergey Vodopiyanov of Russia. Five U.S. boxers suffered preliminary losses over the weekend as light flyweight Miguel Cartagena (Philadelphia, Pa.) dropped a 19-7 decision to Jose Kelvin de la Nieve Linares of Spain and bantamweight Jesus Magdaleno (Las Vegas, Nev.) was defeated by Germany’s Denis Makarov by an 11-8 margin on Saturday. continue

Vitali Klitschko Quotes From Today's Jim Rome Show

Vitali KlitschkoJIM ROME: Vitali Klitschko is 37-2 with 36 KOs. He’s going to defend his title on Sept. 26 against Cris Arreola at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Vitali Klitschko, you both have high knockout percentages, should we assume somebody is going to end this fight lying on their back?

VITALI KLITSCHKO: “This fight will be very interesting because Cris Arreola is the (WBC) No. 1 contender. He is undefeated, very young, very tough fighter. Right now, I have to defend my world title against the next generation. I am not the youngest one in the heavyweight division. I am already 38 years old, but I feel very good. I have a lot of experience and I am preparing right now for Sept. 26 to show all boxing fans a good performance. Of course, everyone wants a very good fight, especially with two fighters with a very high knockout percentage. The fight will not go all 12 rounds, which means it will be a knockout for one side or the other. I’ll give my best to keep my title as long as possible, and that means I’ll give my best to send my opponent to the floor.. continue

Oscar De La Hoya Thinks Marquez Can Shock Mayweather, Says Juan Manuel Will Be Biggest Mexican Star Since Chavez If He Wins

by James Slater - A good number of fans, when the fight was first announced, felt as though Floyd Mayweather Junior had cherry picked a pretty safe opponent in Mexico's world lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Primarily due to the 36-year-old's size, these fans felt the July fight that was rescheduled for September 19th was nothing much more than a top quality tune-up bout for "Money." But is this way of thinking old hat now?

A couple of things happened that have maybe made some fans change their mind about the outcome of the September match-up. Number-one: Floyd's rib injury. continue

News: Mikkel Kessler; Al Bernstein; Jimmy Lange

Mikkel Kessler has successfully completed his sparring sessions at Berlin´s famous Max-Schmeling-Gym. The Viking Warrior will now travel to Denmark for the fine-tuning ahead of his WBA Super-Middleweight Title defence against Gusmyr Perdomo at MCH Herning on September 12. “Everything went very well,” Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) said. “The facilities at the Max-Schmeling-Gym are great and I really enjoyed the time in Berlin. I am in perfect shape and I will prove that in the ring against Perdomo.. continue

Mosley vs Clottey Scheduled for December 26th

Joshua Clottey by James Slater - There hasn't been a big world title fight fought so close to Christmas day for many a year, but it now looks as though Sugar Shane Mosley and Joshua Clottey will be fighting on Boxing Day this year. Despite the unlikely time at which he will have to train and fight (a time when people wish to be with their families, enjoying themselves) it's likely WBA welterweight king Mosley, 46-5(39) will be sighing a sigh of relief at at last having found a top name foe willing to rumble with him.

After not having fought since his sensational upset KO over the now shamed Antonio Margarito, the future Hall of Famer who turns 38 next week will be pumped up something big time to get back in the ring and engage in combat. As fans know, Mosley called out everyone from Manny Pacquiao to Floyd Mayweather Junior to Zab Judah recently, only for neither guy to return his call. Now, in the teak-tough former IBF welterweight boss, Sugar at last has a rival he can get his teeth into. continue

Warren Kills Off Liverpool Fight Rumours - Smith v Quigley On!

Promoter Frank Warren has quashed the recent rumours circulating that Tony Quigley has withdrawn from his British Super-Middleweight title defence against Paul Smith on October 30th at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Warren, who won the purse bids last month to stage the highly-anticipated Merseyside derby, has said that the fight is definitely on. On Wednesday (2 September), Quigley's promoter Frank Maloney tried to create doubt as to whether the fight would take place by issuing a press release stating that Quigley had asked for a two-week postponement of his title defence against Smith because of a shoulder injury. continue

Ricardo Mayorga Files Suit Against Don King - Wants To Fight In The Ring

by James Slater - It has been reported by The South Florida Business Journal, amongst other publications, that Nicaragua's Ricardo Mayorga has filed suit against promoter Don King; for not getting him any fights. Reportedly, Mayorga, now aged 35 and inactive since his closer than expected battle with Sugar Shane Mosley, has also filed suit against the legendary promoter over alleged violations of The Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act, due to King's stepson Carl being appointed as Mayorga's manger (a conflict of interest). continue

'Call Em Out Fridays': Roach, Mayweather etc. - What Is The Worth Of Today's Boxing Trainers?

Floyd Mayweather Sr.By Vivek Wallace - This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment presents a first. For the past few years, every Friday this segment has dissected a particular contender in the sport to examine his true worth, as it relates to the ring. This week, the focus shifts to the men who prepare those contenders for war. From Oscar De la Hoya, to Mike Tyson, to Roy Jones jr. and all in between; each of these men have been led to battle by someone who has either left them well prepared, or prepared less than well enough to accomplish the battle that lies ahead. In a recent interview, Roger Mayweather - (trainer of P4P contender Floyd Mayweather jr.) - spoke of the fact that many trainers around the sport from the past and current have been awarded with accolades and high measures as a result of riding the coat tails of their pupils; but in his estimation, few have actually possessed the innate ability to take a basic fighter and mold him into an ultimate warrior. His example was one that referred to Angelo Dundee (in his estimation) not being responsible for making Ali who Ali ultimately became. Whether many agree with his statement about today's trainers or not, the truth it tells speaks volumes in the sense that few have been successful at forming a true tandem and leading the career of one man to the top, like that of Merkerson and Jones, or Enzo and Joe Calzaghe. Instead, what we see is a number of trainers in the sport who have found themselves in the right place at the right time. As we break it all down today, the mission is to delve into the core of the matter, as it relates to the men at the center of this argument....the trainers themselves. continue

News: Edwin Rodriguez; Ryan Kielczewski; KJ Noons

MANCHESTER, N.H. (September 4, 2009) – Unbeaten Worcester (MA) prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez continues September 24 on his mission to establish himself as a future world champion, fighting in the 8-round co-feature on the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” charity event, at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The 8th annual “Fight To Educate,” presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, in association with Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, will benefit the SEE Science Center, Bobby Stephen Fund for Education, and The Veterans Count Club. continue

Shane Cameron: Who Is He?

By Eugene Carnachan - Shane Cameron is a 31 year old New Zealand based heavyweight with a 23 (KO 20) + lost 1 + drawn 0 = 24 record. Cameron has an upcoming bout with David Tua. Tua many would argue is the biggest puncher in the entire heavyweight boxing division; without a doubt he is the owner of the biggest left hook in the business and one of the better left hooks – in any era – of the boxing game full stop!

However this article isn’t about the punching merits of David Tua but about who Cameron is as a fighter. Foremost there is one thing about Cameron that cannot be denied. continue

Pacquiao and Roach: Is there trouble bigger than Cotto ahead?

Freddie RoachBy P.H. Burbridge - The last few days have been rough for Freddie Roach. His younger brother Joey recently passed away and he’s dealing with the emotional pain of that loss. But, he’s also dealing with a professional dilemma. He hasn’t had an opportunity to speak to his #1 fighter for 2 months now and that concerns him greatly as they are about to take on their most formidable foe to date, Miguel Cotto. We’ve been told that their relationship is closer to that of Father and a Son or big brother / little brother but it’s beginning to sound a little dysfunctional. Freddie’s statements have been aggressive as of late and would seem to reflect a deeper more complex issue. It doesn’t appear that his comments are driven by any strategic smoke signal that camps some times send to one another through the press. In one statement he actually stated that if Team Pacquiao didn’t want him as their trainer anymore then that was fine with him! That kind of a statement is out of character for Roach and should be viewed as a major concern for Pacquiao fans. Roach does not mince words or withhold names. He openly names Mike Koncz, Manny’s agent as the cause for all of these recent concerns. I won’t get into the specifics regarding what Roach has said about Mr. Koncz other than to say that based on his statements he clearly feels that Mike Koncz has an agenda that benefits only Mike Koncz. Freddie is clearly losing his patience and growing increasingly concerned that his input is being ignored on key issues such as training sites. As I wrote earlier in the week, Roach wants to set up camp in Mexico where Manny will be free of distractions and where it will be easier to bring in quality sparring partners. Pacquiao’s advisors have implied that Manny prefers Baguio in the Philippines and wants to set up camp there. Manny through his advisor has also expressed some concerns regarding the safety and security of training in Mexico to which Roach has already responded by indicating that he has made arrangements for a private security force made up of off duty Federal Marshalls to serve as protection for Pacquiao. continue

Main Events Drama: 3 Events Set the Stage for Promoters Action Packed Weekend

Main Events is gearing up for a weekend jam-packed with non-stop boxing excitement, including a world title fight. Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO said “This weekend will be our most exciting ‘production’ in quite sometime. It’s certain to be two nights of action-packed boxing drama.”

Act One - On Friday, September 18, Main Events Welterweight, Henry Crawford, 22-0-1, 9 KO’s, of Paterson, NJ, will take on Antwone Smith, 16-1-1. 8 KO’s, of Miami, FL, on Showtime’s “The New Generation Series” at Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, CA. continue

Golden Boy Promotions Set To Co-Promote WBA’s KO Drugs Event This Saturday

LOS ANGELES, September 3 - The stage is set for Golden Boy Promotions to co-promote the WBA's annual KO Drugs event along withPromociones y Eventos del Istmo from Panama City, Panama. The blockbuster fight card, which will be a benefit for the National Association Against Cancer in Panama, will feature the WBA Interim Flyweight World Championship bout between Luis Concepcion of Panama and Omar Salado of Mexico in the twelve round main event. In the co-feature, a shot at WBA Featherweight Champion is on the line in a twelve round eliminator between Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico and Panama's Roinet Caballero. The bouts will take place atArena Roberto Duran and will be televised on HBO Plus' monthly original series "Next Boxing Generation". continue

Arthur Abraham: "Biggest Challenge Of My Life" - Coach Wegner: “Taylor Better Watch Out”

Abraham vs TaylorBERLIN (September 3, 2009)— photos by Photo Wende - King Arthur Abraham presented his new “fortress” to the German media today as he welcomed dozens of reporters to a packed press conference at the o2 World in Berlin, Germany´s most modern arena. The 29-year-old, who is unbeaten in 30 fights (24 KOs), will take on Jermain Taylor (28-3, 17 KOs) in the opening clash of the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, October 17, on SHOWTIME® (8 p.m. ET/PT). “For me two dreams are coming true at the same time,” King Arthur said. “Participating in the Super Six tournament is very special. It is the best against the best. And I always wanted to fight in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,000 fans at the o2 World in Berlin. I cannot wait to get in the ring with Jermain Taylor. I will not disappoint my fans. October 17 will be a night to remember.”

Six weeks before the start of the tournament, the German press is already debating the outcome of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, a competition they have dubbed “The Champions League of Boxing”. “The tournament is a present to the fans,” said Kalle Sauerland. continue

News: Khan Not Fighting Murray; Andrade To Be Tested Against Williams; More

Contrary to a recent statement from trainer Freddie Roach that WBA World Light-Welterweight Champion Amir Khan will fight John Murray in December, promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that this is untrue. Dimitry Salita is the mandatory challenger for Khan's title and Warren is currently in negotiations with his promoters, plus Manchester's Murray is not ranked by the WBA and could not fight him next. Also, Roach says that Salita has signed for another fight, but Warren says that this is also untrue. continue

Floyd Mayweather Interview Transcript

Kelly Swanson: Thank you everybody for joining us. I know personally this is the moment I've been waiting for. I'm so excited to have Floyd Mayweather back to boxing.

Richard Schaefer: Thank you Kelly. I'm equally excited. There are 415 hours left; 415 hours from now to the time when Floyd Mayweather will make his ring walk at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 19 to face Juan Manuel Marquez. continue

Shane Mosley's Misfortune

Shane MosleyBy Imran Hussain - In boxing, it’s considered a pretty rare occurrence when the WBA Welterweight titleholder and widely considered best 147 pound fighter around struggles to find a meaningful matchup. Although after a rather turbulent year for fans of the sweet science, perhaps it’s not all that surprising – alongside every injury, every postponement, every scandal involving the innovate use of plaster of Paris – perhaps it’s become expected from the sport that we simultaneously love to hate and hate to love.

If we fans are beginning to feel a little bipolar, imagine what’s running through the mind of Mr. Mosley. Once considered the pound-for-pound best fighter with an incredible undefeated run at 135 pounds, compiling a 38–0 (36KOs) record and gaining the IBF Lightweight title before moving up to Welterweight to hand the Golden Boy his second loss, boxing fans and media alike began touting him as the next coming of Sugar Ray Robinson – which is, you know, pretty good. continue

Fighters Inc. Sues Electronic Arts Over "Fight Night Round 4"

Fighters, Inc. sued Electronic Arts (“EA”) yesterday in Federal District Court in Los Angeles alleging unfair competition and other violations of federal and state law because of EA’s intentional misappropriation of the names and likenesses of professional boxers in its “Fight Night Round 4” video game. The complaint alleges that EA had actual knowledge of the Fighters Inc.’s group licensing program and sought to undermine the interests of professional boxers by entering into individual contracts with professional boxers who EA knew were subject to the group licensing program. The complaint seeks $15 million in compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. continue

Timothy Bradley Set To Defend Against Lamont Peterson - Whose O Will Go?

by James Slater - It always seems to make a big fight all the more interesting and exciting when both fighters enter the ring with unbeaten records - someone's O must go and everything. And when WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley meets interim WBO champ Lamont Peterson on December 5th, this is what will happen. But whose O will go, 26-year-old "Desert Storm's, or 25-year-old "Havoc's?. continue

Vitali Klitschko Quotes And Workout Photos

boxingVITALI KLITSCHKO - “I hope everyone at STAPLES Center will enjoy the fight. I’m preparing for a real battle against Arreola. He is a very strong fighter and the No. 1 contender for the world title. He wants to take my title away, but I won’t let him do that. I feel comfortable in the gym. I’ve been training hard. I’m in good shape now, but not in my best shape. I’ll be in my best shape for the fight.

“David Haye is not a serious fighter. I doubt he had an injury when he gave up the fight against (Vitali’s younger brother and IBF/WBO heavyweight champion) Wladimir. We gave Haye the same contract as he got with Wladimir. Against me, Haye had little chance to take the title. That’s why he didn’t want to fight. He’s un-serious. I don’t think about him anymore. Right now, I focus on Arreola.

“Arreola is undefeated and rated No. 1. He’s a very strong and tough fighter. It will not be an easy fight. I want to show everyone that I will be the strongest one on Sept. 26. I know Arreola will train very well for this fight. I take him very seriously. I will be in top shape and I will give my best. You will see in my performance on Sept. 26. Arreola has a big punch and a big heart as do all Mexican fighters. Nothing about this fight will be simple, but I will win. continue

Estrada, Martin & McGirt win at NY State Fair

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (September 3, 2009) – 2004 Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada, women’s boxing trailblazer Christy “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin and super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. were all impressive winners last night at the “Fight Night At The Fair” show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with the New York State Fair and International Boxing Hall of Fame (IHOF), at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand in Syracuse, N.Y. continue

Poonsawat standing in the way of potential Dunne – Vazquez Mega Fight

WBA Super Bantamweight Champ Bernard Dunne will start targeting some of the biggest names in the sport should he come through the first defence of his World title at The O2, Dublin on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night. The Dubliner returns to the scene of his dramatic title win over Ricardo Cordoba on Saturday, September 26th as he attempts to see off the challenge of number one rated contender Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym from Thailand. continue

Antonio Diaz Fuming With Zab Judah For Pulling Out Of Their September 19th Bout

Zab Judahby James Slater - It seems as though Zab Judah will not now be fighting Mexico's Antonio Diaz on the under-card of the September 19th Mayweather-Marquez bill. There also looks to be some doubt as to whether or not "Super" Judah will box on the bill at all.

Speaking with The Desert Sun, Diaz has explained how angry he is due to the way Judah pulled out of their scheduled fight yesterday. Apparently, as you will see from the interview with Diaz, Judah backed out of the fight Wednesday, claiming that a lack of money and/or interest in the fight is the reason. Diaz believed Judah was taking the fight with him by way of a tune-up for a bigger fight (possibly with Shane Mosley, although the latest on that is Zab balked at the money he was offered there), but now he has seen his own big chance vanish. And he sure is mad! continue

UK Boxing: Quigley vs Smith Fight Still On; Purdy Ready For McDonagh

Tony Quigley has denied rumours of him pulling out of the October 30 British title defence against Paul Smith. In an interview with his local paper, the Liverpool Echo, Quigley laughed off all cancellation rumors: "Have you heard that I am out of the fight? Apparently I've pulled out, only thing is, nobody told me. Had I known that I was pulling out of the fight I wouldn't have continued running up and down the Welsh mountains every day in camp.. continue

News: Mayweather/Marquez 24/7; Roman Martinez; Nathan Perrott

Episode #2 - Debut: SATURDAY, SEPT. 5 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Other HBO playdates: Sept. 5 (2:25 a.m.), 6 (9:00 a.m., 8:15 p.m.), 7 (12:30 p.m., 11:35 p.m.), 8 (12:05 a.m.), 9 (9:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m.), 10 (7:30 p.m.), 12 (10:30 a.m.), 18 (8:30 p.m.) and 19 (11:30 a.m.) - HBO2 playdates: Sept 11 (11:30 p.m.), 17 (1:45 a.m.), 18 (1:00 a.m.) and 19 (3:30 p.m.) HBO On Demand availability begins: Sept. 7. continue

Tomasz Adamek Q & A - Adamek vs Golota

boxingArtur Gorczyca: When fighting Paul Briggs in 2005 as a light heavyweight for the WBC belt, did you ever expect that you will face Andrew Golota as a heavyweight?

Tomasz Adamek: I didn't expect that for sure. In boxing, there are many factors affecting place, weight and opponent that you fight. I dreamed about fighting legends and Andrew is one of them. I'm ready, and if he enters the ring with me there will be a fight, it all depends on him.

A.G: David Haye got his title shot at heavyweight after beating solid Monte Barrett. Andrew Golota isn't less worthy rival I presume?

T.A: You can never underestimate Andrew Golota. Those who saw his fights, know what he is capable of in the ring. His size and power are still there. continue

News: Godfrey vs Simms; Hernandez vs Martinez; Hank Lundy

NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey defends his title against veteran “Famous” Michael Simms in the 12-round main event Saturday night, September 12 at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California. NABF champion Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) is rated No. 3 by the IBF, as well as WBC #5, WBA #12 and WBO #15. The Providence native, ranked No. 10 by The Ring magazine, has had sensational knockout victories on ESPN Friday Night Fights against Emmanuel Nwodo, Shaun George, and Felix Cora, Jr. continue

UK Boxing: Ashley Sexton Gets Tall Order At Brentwood; Welterweight Warriors ready for weigh in

Streaking flyweight prospect Ashley Sexton gets his first shot at the big time on Friday, September 11 at the Brentwood Centre in Essex, England. The lightning quick Cheshunt stylist faces seasoned performer Andy Bell for the vacant English belt in a contest that also serves as an eliminator for the British title. The pair are on the undercard of the hotly anticipated main event between English heavyweight champion John McDermott and hard-hitting challenger Tyson Fury. continue

The great under-appreciation of Pernell “Sweetpea” Whitaker

pernell whitaker02.09.09 - G.I. Lewis - Most human endeavours illustrate the aphorism “the truth is where you find it.” Success at least partly defines, and most certainly financially rewards, popularity. This is never more true than in sports, and in boxing Pernell Whitaker demonstrated that exceptional talent is not enough to win fans, fame or fortune.

A casual fan can no longer casually turn on the television or wireless and witness a top level boxing match. The fiscal power of advertisers and marketing forces has dictated that we must pay to watch the greats of the sport ply their trade. And so they must be marketable. A plethora of world titles representing every letter of the alphabet supports an echelon of boxers and underpins a tenuous link between perceived and actual worth. continue

Wounded but not defeated: Ali In The UK

By Ziggy Shah - When Larry Holmes boxed and defeated Muhammad Ali, I was only six years old. An Infant, who was too young to show emotion or express true feelings. But, why then, despite my mother comforting me, did I shed tears all night? Why then did I lock myself away and refuse to eat for two days? The answer was simple, Muhammad Ali, my idol, the man who was invincible, had been beat. It mattered not that Ali was way past his prime, nor did it matter to me that he was already riddled with Parkinson’s syndrome. It was all irrelevant, he was unstoppable, and so why then was he defeated. continue

Now That He's Won A Belt, Who Would You Like To See Tavoris Cloud Fight Next?

by James Slater - Tavoris Cloud, who captured the IBF 175-pound belt last Friday night, could well go on to become the most formidable force at the weight. Cloud himself certainly lacks no confidence and is looking forward to proving himself in each further fight he has, and a number of good judges rate the unbeaten 27-year-old very highly.

Possessing good stamina, raw punching power and thus far a sturdy chin, Cloud seems to have all the tools necessary to remain at or near the top of his weight class for some time. continue

Ted the Bull’s Scotch and Cigar Club (Number Ten)

Vernon ForrestBy Ted Sares - Let’s get comfortable and light up a nice Camacho 1962 Churchill. This cigar is for cigar aficionados and is synonymous with “full”—as in full-bodied, full-flavored, and full of character. The Camacho blends usually produce a well-balanced smoke full of aromatic flavor. This is why Camacho makers Christian and Julio Eiroa have developed such a loyal cult-like following. And we like cult followings.

For our Scotch this session, we are departing from the premium single malts and paying homage to New York City where ordering a “Dewars and Water” is as common as asking for an egg cream or Italian Ice. Aberfeldy distillery is home of Dewar’s World of Whiskey and a Google will take you on a great tour. Myself, I prefer Dewar's White Label with soda.

In the background, I have Cream playing “Crossroads,” Thin Lizzy, Mountain, Z Z Top, James Brown and John Lee Hooker doing their thing. I also have Joan Jett doing a paricularly rocking version of “Tush.” But as always, any reasonable musical request will be entertained.

Now let’s talk boxing. I have listed a few subjects that might spark your interest or some controversy, but as always feel free to inject your own topic. continue

News: Vic Darchinyan; Ennis vs Moore; Kessler & Ward on Superchannel

YEREVAN , ARMENIA (September 2, 2009) --The President of the Republic of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, received Gary Shaw, promoter of World Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan, Darchinyan and Gagik Tsarukyan, President of Armenia’s Olympic Committee, on Tuesday in the Presidential Palace located in Armenia's capital city of Yerevan.. continue

Michael Sprott Says He'll KO Audley Harrison For A Second Time Whet They Meet In "Prize Fighter"

by James Slater - Both UK fight fans and the boxers themselves are eagerly awaiting the latest edition of the Barry Hearn-promoted "Prize Fighter" series. The latest heavyweight instalment of the tournament that takes place this coming October 2nd has actually proven to be such a hit with the fans the venue has been changed, with the much bigger London ExCel arena taking over from the more intimate York Hall in Bethnal Green. continue

Mayweather/Marquez: An Updated Analysis

floyd mayweatherBy Imran Hussain - The scheduled September 19th showdown between Ex-pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr and the current number two pound-for-pound pugilist Juan Manuel Marquez has been a subject of great controversy since its conception. Floyd’s announcement addressing his return to the squared circle wasn’t met with a great deal of surprise by the boxing public; many believed it to be just a matter of time. However, his choice of opponent for his highly anticipated comeback bout was greeted by the media with a fair share of raised eyebrows and even some groans of disappointment. “Here we go again” fans around the world could be found mumbling to each other across message boards, tasting the bitter juices of another hand picked cherry to add to Floyd’s resume. It would seem the Ring Magazine recognised Lightweight Champion of the World is the perfect opponent for Floyd. Having fought at a career high of 135 pounds, and being staggered by the Baby Bull in the early stages of their fight before using his ring genius to make the adjustments necessary to knock Juan Diaz out, many would argue he has no business fighting at Jr. Welterweight, let alone at a catch-weight of 144 pounds. Juan Manuel has been considered just too small for Floyd, not to mention older, in both physical years and the amount of accumulated damage he has received throughout his 55 fight career. Mayweather is just the naturally bigger, faster and harder to hit fighter of the two. continue

Can Jamie Moore Become A World Champion? If He Gets Past Ryan Rhodes In October He'll Get His Chance

by James Slater - 30-year-old Jamie Moore has been a fighter in the frame for a shot at a world title, and has been a fighter who has been spoken of as a worthy title challenger, for at least two years or more now, yet he has been made to continue to play the waiting game despite the fact that plenty of lesser men have been given a shot at glory. Well, things will at last change for the Manchester southpaw if he can defeat fellow Brit Ryan Rhodes on October 23rd. continue

Ray Mercer -"It Kills Me How None Of Those MMA Guys Want To Fight Me Now!"

Exclusive Interview by James Slater - I called up former Olympic gold medallist and former WBO heavyweight champion Ray Mercer earlier today, primarily to speak with "Merciless," 36-7-1(26) about his upcoming fight with unbeaten Swedish big man Andreas Gustafsson. However, as soon as we began speaking Ray told me that the scheduled fight was no more. Thrown off a bit, I was happy when Ray went ahead and talked with me all the same.

Fans took a great deal of notice when the 48-year-old met and quickly defeated MMA's Tim Sylvia earlier this year. Ray spoke about possible future MMA adventures, as well as possibilities for his continuing pugilistic career. continue

The Weigh In: The Super Six Tournament

Super SixBy Michael Klimes: When I read the first internet reports that the very fine super middleweight division will be having a tournament I was both shocked and elated: how did this come to pass? Sometimes, it is just important to believe in good fortune rather than engage in a philosophical dissection of reality as it is too difficult to bear most of if not all of it all the time yet I cannot let a few observations go unnoticed. Firstly, the super middleweight division has, since its inception, been regarded as a lesser sibling compared to its two older brothers, which are the middleweight and light-heavyweight divisions. The fact it has cemented an identity for itself among casual and hardcore fight fans is encouraging.

Secondly, I gasped in delight, like one gasps at a beautiful woman serenading down the street in the middle of summer that HBO is not in charge of this inspired event. Over the past few years, this company has found many inspired ways to prevent good fight cards from materialising and allowed Floyd Mayweather Jr to earn millions of dollars while fighting substandard opposition. continue

Lopez and Gamboa: Megafight Brewing

By Andrew Harrison: Madison Square Garden will play host to Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa on October 10th and although the pair will be treading the same boards, we must show patience before we see them exchanging leather. The Top Rank promoted ‘Latin Fury 12’ card they co-headline is all part of the audition process, a showcase for punters to peruse each of these Latin American rising stars in turn, before the duo are cast together in starring roles for what may well be the blockbuster attraction of 2010.

Lights, camera……….instant classic? continue

AAPRP Announces Comprehensive Listing Of State, Tribal And Canadian Pre-fight Medical Requirements

Darien, Connecticut – September 2009 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (the “AAPRP”) announced today that the most comprehensive listing of State/Tribal/Canadian Commission Pre-Fight Medical Requirements ever available on the internet has been updated and is now accessible to fighters, promoters and managers throughout the world. continue

Marco Huck-Ola Afolabi - Who Wins?

huckby James Slater - Serbian-born Marco Huck of Germany captured the WBO cruiserweight strap this past Saturday with a UD win over Victor Emilio Ramirez, and in so doing the exciting 24-year-old set himself up for some big fights and big paydays in the coming months. Back in March of this year, 29-year-old British-born Californian Ola Afolabi made a similar impression on the world scene, when he shocked Enzo Maccarinelli in the 9th-round to capture the interim version of the belt Huck now holds.

To sort out just who the "real" WBO 200-pound champion is a fight between Huck and Afolabi is needed. Well, according to the usually reliable BoxRec, this match-up is indeed about to take place. Scheduled to meet in Germany on December 5th, the two once-beaten cruiserweights will battle it out for WBO title supremacy. Who will win? continue

Olympian Demetrius Andrade fighting Friday at home in R.I.

PROVIDENCE (Sept. 2, 2009) – A year ago, 2008 Olympian Demetrius “The Cape Verdean Assassin” Andrade was a world amateur champion representing the United States in the Olympic Games. Now, considered one of the top pro prospects in the world, Demetrius returns home to fight Friday night in the 6-round co-feature on the “School’s In” card, at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Mikkel Kessler, Huck vs Ofolabe; Botha vs Hoffmann II?

By Per Ake Persson: Russian heavy Alexander Povetkin vs tba for the IBF interim title? Well, don´t rule it out. With champ Wladimir Klitschko out until 2010 where he first will fight WBO mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers, clearly beaten by Povetkin, there is a good case for Povetkin getting an interim title as for anyone else getting it.

WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler reports in a newsletter from his website that training in Berlin under Jimmy Montoya has gone very well, he´s done with the heavy sparring and now will concentrate on keeping sharp. Kessler fights mandatory challenger Gusmyl Perdomo September 12 in Herning. continue

Sugar Ray lays down the template Tua needs to beat Cameron

tuaEugene Carnachan - Leonard will be chairing a question and answers session between the two power punchers and went on record as saying that these domestic fights excite him more because they are essentially a couple of guys scraping over who is the toughest guy “on the street corner…so there is a lot of pride at stake”. On that note this is very much a turf war between Tua and Cameron and Tua the old bull is fighting to preserve his status as the premiere heavy in this part of the world. Cameron, 31, on the other hand is looking to usurp the 37 year old Samoan from that standing. It goes without saying that both are looking to win this fight and contest a title for one of the major belts. A loss would make the title hill a steeper to climb but neither man is training the house down to lose!

Promoters Duco have got a coup in getting a legend like Leonard to promote what is being billed as “Fight of the Century”. Leonard world renowned for his amazing boxing skills is equally adept as a commentator, technician, analyzer of fights and fighters. continue

UK Boxing: Prizefighter Moves to Excel; George Groves; Bobby Ward

THE HUGELY successful Prizefighter event, scheduled for Friday 2nd October and featuring the cream of British heavyweights, will now take place at ExCel, London following unprecedented demand for tickets. Originally slated for the York Hall, Bethnal Green, the competition featuring the likes of Danny Williams, Audley Harrison and Michael Sprott, sold out its 1,100 capacity within 48 hours of going on sale. In addition a waiting list has been created running into several hundred. continue

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