By Bryan Brennan - On November 14th two of the biggest stars in boxing will face-off for a PPV super-fight. These fights are something special for boxing; they are the types of fights that get the general public to pay attention to our wonderful sport of boxing. I go through a few different phases for a super-fight, here's a look at what life is like for The Bryguy:
PHASE 1: Going into a big fight like this I always envision an epic battle between two gladiators, blood and guts warriors, grit, sweat, anger, and other adjectives that sound tough and manly! I blog about what an amazing ballsy, kick-butt fight it will be. I talk to whoever will listen to my expectations, scientific analysis, and true gut feelings. This is a great phase to be in. continue
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 31, 2009) – In a “Halloween Thrilla” main event that lived up to its billing, undefeated Yonnhy Perez registered an upset 12-round unanimous decision over defending champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko to capture the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title Saturday on SHOWTIME®.
In the first half of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader, Antonio DeMarco won the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim lightweight crown with a one-sided 10th-round TKO over former World Boxing Association (WBA) 135-pound titlist Jose Alfaro.
Between the fights at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, legendary, former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson was reunited with announcer Jim Gray, who won an Emmy for his interview with Tyson following the infamous ear-bite fight with Evander Holyfield on June 28, 1997. continue
Legendary rapper R.A. the Rugged Man got into a heated battle with legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather and R.A went at it on Sirius Eminem’s Shade 45 Show recorded on October 29th. R.A The Rugged man calls Floyd out on why he doesn’t fight the best and his handpicking of opponents. The interview gets heated and the two go back and forth. R.A The Rugged Man holds nothing back and tells Floyd Mayweather Jr. how he and many boxing fans feel on why he hasn’t fought Pacquiao, Cotto, Mosley, Paul Williams and others. Click here to listen to the interview: continue
by Andrew Harrison live from the Echo Arena, Liverpool. Paul Smith took local derby honours in Liverpool this evening along with the British super middleweight title, after a tough split decision victory over Tony Quigley.
It was a popular verdict with the fans in attendance who gave Smith a rousing reception as he made his way to the ring. Champion Quigley meanwhile, despite entering to a rendition of Liverpool FC’s renowned terrace anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, found himself less well received amidst a buoyant crowd. continue
by James Slater - It is well known how former heavyweight king Mike Tyson is a well educated person when it comes to the long history of the sport he himself excelled in. Tyson has a deep passion for boxing and the sport's old time fighters, and he has studied countless fights on video tape. "Iron" Mike has also made it his business to pay his respects at the grave sites of some of his favourite fighters who are no longer with us: Sonny Liston's final resting place in Las Vegas, out near the airport, being one of them.
And while he will be in Cardiff, Wales next week - as part of his latest UK speaking tour - Tyson will pay a visit to the grave side of "The Matchstick Man," Johnny Owen. The bantamweight from Merthyr Tydfil was, as older fans will remember, tragically killed due to injuries he suffered during his world title challenge of Mexico's Lupe Pintor in September of 1980. continue
A new opponent has been determined for former world champion Zab Judah on “Road to Redemption,” a nationally and internationally televised double main event Friday, Nov. 6, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Judah of Las Vegas now meets veteran Ubaldo Hernandez of Fort Myers, Fla., in a 10-round welterweight main event. Former world champion Joel Casamayor of Las Vegas faces Jason Davis of Vancouver, Wash., in a 10-round super lightweight fight, the second main event on the card. continue
LAS VEGAS—Don King and Mike Tyson have reunited. Tyson has joined the broadcast team to add color commentary to King’s “Halloween Thrilla” fight card Saturday (Oct. 31) from Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The exciting five-fight undercard will be offered globally on pay per view for $5.99 at www.DonKingTV.com beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT/10 p.m. GMT. The legendary former undisputed heavyweight champion, whose greatest years were spent with King, was the youngest man to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles. Tyson went on to become one of best heavyweight boxers in history. continue
by Vivek Wallace - This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment initiates a 3-part series leading up to the most anticipated fight of the year. A few weeks ago we saw the return of a man, (Floyd Mayweather jr.), who many not long ago viewed as perhaps the perennial pound-for-pound king. Although his return sparked a major flame in the sport, as it relates to his P4P status, the heat generated from the Filipino warrior on deck this week has arguably helped that notion go up in smoke. When you analyze the past work of Manny Pacquiao, his history blazes a trail that leaves him standing atop the painful rubbish he left behind. Early poverty stricken days have been replaced with not only riches, but the results necessary to maintain it. What's truly remarkable about Manny Pacquiao is that for such a little man, there's no obstacle too big, as his heart has proven time and time again to be bigger. Early adversity in his career saw him lose in a devastating KO fashion, but with a nation of supporters at his back, he marched on. After suffering defeat to Mexican icon Erik Morales, he found a way to rise yet again, by not only avenging that loss, but also taking apart Marco Antonio Barrera and more barely escaping the jaws of Juan Manuel Marquez. As his name grew larger and the stakes grew higher, he was presented the opportunity to measure his worth against global phenoms Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. Here we stand months later, and now that he has those two major obstacles in his rear view mirror, the Filipino's finest has decided to once again up the ante by taking on arguably the most powerful welterweight in the game today - Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto. continue
by James Slater - Pound-for-Pound king Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao says he is sure the man nearly all of boxing wants to see him fight, Floyd Mayweather Junior, will never actually do so. Currently getting ready for his next fight, the eagerly anticipated November 14th showdown with the mighty Miguel Cotto, the 30-year-old southpaw dynamo has spoken about the chances of him facing the unbeaten 32-year-old master in the future. And Pacquiao is "sure" it won't happen. continue
Paul McCloskey’s European title dream is still alive and well despite Souleymane M’baye’s withdrawl from their scheduled European Light Welterweight title fight at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt next Friday night (November 6th). McCloskey had been set to challenge the Frenchman for his European crown but a bicep injury has forced M’baye to withdraw from the bout and vacate the European title. However promoter Barry Hearn has moved quickly to secure a replacement in the shape of Spanish Champion, Daniel “Cobra” Rasilla who will now contest the vacant title with McCloskey in Magherafelt. continue
by James Slater - It's almost certain that by reading the above title, even though it does not say which fight the article is about, fans will know which one it was that took place three and-a-half decades ago today. Simply an unforgettable fight, Muhammad Ali Vs. George Foreman was such an incredible boxing match on so many different levels.
Firstly, there was the huge sense of shock Ali sent around the world by upsetting the odds and the invincible-looking, all-conquering knockout artist. Then there was the way The Greatest won the fight - not by dancing, as he said he would beforehand - but by laying on the ropes and letting the lethal slugger punch himself out. The emergence of promoter Don King also proved to be a fascinating sidebar to the whole event, staged in the unlikely and groundbreaking setting of the African jungle. And then there was the aftermath: the sinking of how Ali, unfairly stripped of his title for not going to Vietnam in 1967, had reclaimed his throne. continue
HARTFORD, Conn., (Oct. 29, 2009) – CHAD DAWSON and GLEN JOHNSON, who will battle for the World Boxing Council (WBC) interim light heavyweight world title on Nov. 7 in Hartford, Conn., took part in an international teleconference call with members of the media on Thursday. If you missed the call and would like to hear it, please click the following link and allow a few minutes for it to load: continue
LAS VEGAS, NV. (October 30, 2009) – Three-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO breaks his Tampa training camp and heads to Las Vegas Sunday, November 1. Cotto fans are invited to greet the champ at McCarran International Airport when he arrives at 3:55 p.m. PT on America Airlines #2249. Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has held a world title every year since 2004, has been in training since August, preparing for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship defense against boxing’s No. 1 attraction and pound for pound fighter Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao (49-3-2, 27 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines. continue
Heavyweight powerhouse David Tua, coming off his sensational 2nd round destruction of Shane Cameron, vows to win the world heavyweight title in 2010. Unfortunately, David had no time to celebrate his great victory, as he spent the days immediately following the bout honoring the loss of his aunt with family and friends in tsunami torn-Samoa. Terena Carr passed shortly before the Cameron bout, a victim of the devastating tsunami that hit Samoa. David has now returned to New Zealand with his wife and children.
Tua, rated #4 by the World Boxing Organization, is best known for his victories by devastating knockouts, most notably against former world champions John Ruiz (KO1), Michael Moorer (KO1), Oleg Maskaev (KO11), and Hasim Rahman (KO10).
Gotham Boxing’s President and Tua’s promoter, Cedric Kushner, said, “I think David is the top heavyweight contender in the world and most certainly the most exciting. All David has to do is stay busy and in 2010 he will get his opportunity to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World”. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (October 29, 2009) – Although MANNY PACQUIAO and MIGUEL COTTO won’t be passing out their own candy corn or carving their own pumpkins, or dressing up to trick or treat, both fighters can’t resist the fun and mischief the holiday brings through a ghost of an idea that lightens their “ghouling” training schedules as they continue to prepare for their November 14 welterweight showdown at MGM Grand in Las Vegas live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani This is the fourth in a series of surveys I have been conducting. In the first survey, we peered into the opinions of long-time boxing fans to make a definitive list of the top ten heavyweights of all time. Although this is a very subjective topic that is skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, and the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria to judge past fighters, we can still establish some degree of consensus. While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a 'true' top 10 list should look like. Since then I have had similar surveys involving the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions.
In this survey, which included many of the same individuals from the previous three, I polled 43 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 welterweights in boxing history.
Ties were not allowed, just a straight-forward list from one to ten. continue
LAS VEGAS—Don King’s “Halloween Thrilla” official fight-card weigh-in will be offered to boxing fans free on www.DonKingTV.com on Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT/11 p.m. GMT. King will be offering his five-fight undercard globally on pay per view at www.DonKingTV.com on Saturday, Oct. 31 for just $5.99. The telecast begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT live from Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. James “Smitty” Smith will provide blow-by-blow descriptions with Ken Miller providing analysis. continue
BOB ARUM: As we come down the home stretch here I know everybody is excited. This fight has received more attention and more interest I think than any fight in the last five or ten years. I think people are really interested in this fight because there is so much to talk about – their styles and their training in the different parts of the world. Interest in boxing is due to Manny Pacquiao’s rise in the sport. Manny Pacquiao has passion and is a unique fighter. He just won the very prestigious Gusi Peace Prize given out in Asia and of the 17 people that have received this award he is the only athlete. That is great for the sport and congratulations. Freddie Roach is now the model for all trainers and people now realize he is the best trainer in the world and it is a great privilege for me to introduce to both of you Manny Pacquiao and his trainer Freddie Roach. continue
by James Slater - It's fair to say Lennox Lewis is not all that impressed with the current state of the heavyweight division. Now aged 44, the former undisputed king has even gone as far as to suggest that it might be as long as 20 or even 30 years before we see the next truly great heavyweight come along.
Though he has got behind fellow Brit David Haye, and has encouraged "The Hayemaker" ahead of his WBA title challenge of the huge Nikolai Valuev, Lewis has not committed himself and stated that Haye could be the next "shining star" of the division he himself achieved greatness in.
Speaking with The BBC yesterday, the former champ was asked what he thinks of the current heavyweight landscape; and Lennox ain't impressed! continue
by James Slater - It could be argued that Vitali Klitschko, the 38-year-old WBC heavyweight king, is one of the strongest, or perhaps THE physically strongest, heavyweight champions in the history of the sport. Not only is the rock solid 6'7.5," approx 250-pound big man a fighter who has immense physical strength, "Dr Iron Fist" also possesses unshakable mental strength. Add to this his amazing KO percentage (all but one of his wins coming inside the limit) and it's easy to see why there aren't that many fans giving any fighter much of a chance against him. continue
By Per Ake Persson - Finnish-Swedish heavy Robert Helenius, 9-0, is moved fast by Sauerland Event and will take on Ukrainian Taras Bidenko November 7 in Nuremberg on the undercard to Valuev vs Haye. Bidenko lost earlier this year the WBA I/C title to then stablemate Dennis Boytsov and was at the time as high as # 6 in the WBA ratings. It´s not expected that Bidenko is what he once was but he still represents a big step up on the ladder for Robert. continue
When Star Boxing's undefeated heavyweight Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) faces off against Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for Vitali's WBC Heavyweight Championship belt on December 12th at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland, there won't be an empty seat left in the house. The arena which holds 17,000 people has already completely sold out all of its pre-sale tickets. And while many of those 17,000 people will consist of Klitschko's adoring European fans, after Johnson's recent appearance in Switzerland to officially announce the upcoming bout, there just might be more than a few fans cheering for the American Johnson.
"Everyone fell in love with Kevin in Switzerland. The press, the fans, and even Vitali was impressed with Kevin," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing, who accompanied Johnson on the trip.
The official press conference to announce the fight was held Friday at Switzerland's famous Jungfraujoch (elevation, 11,333 feet; 3,454 meters), the highest train station in all of Europe.
Johnson was the first of the fighter's to address the audience, thanking everyone for coming, and inviting him to their beautiful country and to Vitali for accepting the challenge. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Have you ever thought of a really cool boxing nickname? Want to brag to your friends about choosing the moniker of a boxing superstar? If so, you are in luck. Here is your chance! Donyil Livingston is preparing to make his professional debut in the very near future and he wants you, the fans that follow the sport, to help choose his new boxing nickname.
Donyil Livingston is a talented young pugilist with a celebrated amateur background totaling more than 15 years in the ring. The 25 year old is a three time National Silver Gloves Champion. continue
(LOS ANGELES) -October 29, 2008 - Green Dot Public Schools, the largest charter school organization in Los Angeles, together with Ten-Time World Champion fighter in six weight divisions, Olympic Gold Medalist and the pride of East Los Angeles, Oscar de la Hoya, hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today, officially opening De La Hoya's namesake school, Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School in Boyle Heights, California. Councilmen Jose Huizar and several hundred community members attended the celebration. continue
By Vivek Wallace - Boxing is one of the few sports in the world that consist of year round global action, pinning one passionate country against another . Typically, the countries of the world known as 'super-powers' lead the pack in every statistical category, but considering that boxing is more about effort than economics, the only determining factor in who stands on top in the end is the determination of them men themselves, which may explain a growing trend in the sport where those countries which remain hungry (for food as well as a better way of life) excel far beyond the reach of those who have forgotten the hard work it took for them to get where they now stand. As the eye of the sport continues to shift away from America, we usher in an era filled with rising stars from less fortunate countries. Behind the Philippines and others, eager to join those ranks is Ghana, a land that once gave us the sport the likes of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey, and now emerging from the shadows is another man. That man....Mr. Joseph KingKong Agbeko. From his name, to his ability, everyone has questions, but after next Saturday night, if he can help it, few of those questions will remain. I had a chance to catch up with Joseph Agbeko recently, and here's what the champion had to say: continue
LOS ANGLES, CA (October 28, 2009) A select number of tickets priced at $25 have just been released for the “Kardashian Charity Knock Out” event set for Tuesday, November 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, California. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, phone 800-745-3000) . continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Last year Miguel Cotto was a healthy favorite to beat Antonio Margarito for many of the same reasons that Manny Pacquiao is favored to defeat him on November 14th. Cotto was viewed as the faster and more accomplished boxer with excellent power and an undefeated record. He was floating in the upper regions of everyone’s P4P list and there was a kind of silence before a deafening roar that prevailed amongst analysts and aficionados alike. Cotto was one fight away from superstardom. In taking that fight he was also viewed as a fighter who didn’t shy away from a challenge and who wanted to prove to HIMSELF that he was the best. We as a fan base tend to admire a fighter who takes that stance and we respected Miguel Cotto. It’s a staple of a confident and determined champion and its becoming exceedingly rare as the years go by due largely to the financial agenda of modern fighters. You’ll hear many an old timer gripe about today’s “world” champions compared to those of an era gone by asserting that “their” guys were keenly focused on “cleaning out” their division. Well, as we all know that assessment is only partially true. But we certainly can’t dispute the fact that it happened more in past generations than it does now. In today’s world too many champions are defending their belt without ever trying to unify the championship and aside from the Super Six tourney we’re unlikely to know who the TRUE champion is in any given division. continue
Don King took over the famous Pirate Ship at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Wednesday for the final press conference before Saturday's "Halloween Thrilla" world championship doubleheader at the TI and live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Assembled media and several hundred curious onlookers watched in amazement and were entertained as "Captain" King took over the iconic ship with the friendly help of TI's performing Pirates and Sirens. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (October 28, 2009) – Three-time world cruiserweight champion David “The Haymaker” Haye is excited that his “David vs. Goliath” title fight Nov. 7 against World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev is being broadcast in North America live on Pay-Per-View from Nuremberg, Germany. continue
by James Slater - Fans everywhere will be fully aware of the name Mia St. John. A trailblazer for female boxing in the 1990s, when the stunning beauty fought on a number of big cards - including fights of Oscar De La Hoya - Mia became a household name. The former Tae Kwon Do champion's profile was further enhanced by a well publicised nude photo shoot for Playboy magazine in 1999. But Mia has certainly proved she is way more than just a pretty face (and body).
Set to embark on one further fight in her boxing career, Mia is also involved with charity work and she also does motivational speaking tours across America. Having also finished her first book, and having began work on her second, Mia can now also add the title of writer to her accomplished C.V. Very kindly taking time out to speak with me about a varying amount of subjects earlier today, Mia gave the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Mia. I really appreciate your time. There's lots to talk about where you are concerned, but can I start with your two books? Your fitness book, "The Knock Out Workout," and the planned book of your memoirs - is the memoirs book due to be out soon?
Mia St. John: No, that book's not done yet. Right now, we're focusing on the fitness book, which is in stores now and also available on Amazon. It's a three part book, focusing not just on physical fitness, and it's good for everyone - not just women. continue
By Zach Yanowitz - Three minutes is a long time. I remember in elementary school looking at the clock ticking down towards recess, incredulous at how slowly it was moving. Having never stepped in the ring myself, I can only imagine how much longer that time seems when you’re being punched in the face. Here are the individual rounds that I can watch over and over again and still feel thrilled by their action and significance. In no way am I claiming these to be “the best rounds ever”, but rather my 5 favorites to watch. What are yours? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to check them out. continue
by James Slater - Due to the most exciting and impressive way he returned to action and dispatched Shane Cameron a few weeks ago, fans everywhere can't wait for the next instalment of David Tua's comeback. Looking as though he'd never been away in the quick win he scored over "The Mountain Warrior," Tua appeared as fast, as sharp and, most importantly, as powerful as ever. continue
The feedback on Weekly Stud has been awesome. Fighters are being brought to my attention that I had never heard of. It is truly awesome. One point though when submitting a fighter, please make certain there is some video footage readily available of the fighter for evaluation purposes. Preferably, footage showing a range of his experience so that development can be pinpointed. Again, thanks and keep it coming. Also, female fighters are welcome too.
By Coach Tim Walker – If you love boxing then you must have respect for Philly and its ability to produce high level fighters. This week's Weekly Stud is an incredible Philly fighter who is just moments away from breaking into to the big leagues and I don't think it will be long before he does. This week's stud, Mike Jones.
b>Mike Jones, middleweight (18-0-0 KOs 15) - Mike Jones was born and bred on the Philadelphia boxing scene. When you listen to him you sort of get the feeling that he always knew, even when a few doubted it and a few forces were working against him, that he would be on the world boxing stage. continue
by James Slater - When they fought back on October 10th, super-bantamweights Juan Manuel Lopez and Rogers Mtagwa put on a fight that was so good it got mentioned as a possible fight of the year. A big underdog going in, Tanzania's 30-year-old Mtagwa took "Juanma" the full 12-rounds and, more impressively, had him on the verge of a stoppage in the final round of their WBO title fight war.
Mtagwa fell to 26-13-2(18) when the UD was awarded to the Puerto Rican sensation, and "The Tiger" demanded a rematch. continue
Eugene Carnachan - Friday Ahunanya has called out David Tua…or at least his verbose manager Luis Tapia has. Tapia wants the fight in December and has called Tua out on news telecasts here in New Zealand. Tapia enthusiastically waved about a contract for team Tua to sign while loudly proclaiming his charge – Ahunanya – would knock Tua out.
Two years ago Ahunanya dealt Shane Cameron his first loss via a 12th round knockout. Tua knocked Cameron out in the second round a little under a month ago. continue
By Ted Sares - I think it was a very smart move by Miguel to move the whole team to Tampa for this fight and for the last fight --Joe Santiago
He is right where I want him to be, perfect --Freddie Roach
These two will fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on November 14 in what promises to be another great war between two superstars—this one at a catch weight of 145 pounds. Cotto is 34-1 with a lofty KO percentage of 77.14 while Pacquiao is 49-3-2 with an impressive KO percentage of 68.52.
The Breakdown: In many ways, these two are more alike than not. They are skilled, have great heart, are great sportsmen, and represent their respective homelands with dignity and class, but enough of the niceties, let’s cut to the chase. continue
by James Slater - Heavyweight crowd-pleaser Vinny Maddalone of New York has all but secured yet another big fight. Awaiting the final contract for a November 20th showdown with former cruiserweight king Jean Marc Mormeck in Paris, France, the 35-year-old who has been called a "real life Rocky" will hopefully be swapping punches with the man who is attempting to make the move up in weight.
Always friendly and easygoing, Vinny, 32-5(23) kindly took time out to speak with me about the Mormeck fight earlier today.
Here are Vinny's answers to my questions: continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The three-week duel event featuring elite boxers from the United States and Great Britain will conclude with the third and final competition on Friday, October 30 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The visiting squad has emerged victorious in the first two duals, but the home team will look to reverse the trend with they take the ring on Friday night. continue
By Ted Sares - He [Valuev} can take a shot better than anyone that I've fought. --David Haye
What kind of example is he [Haye] setting for kids? It's embarrassing and I cannot accept it. --Wlad Klitschko
…I will defend my title and calm Haye down. --Nikolay Valuev
The Haymaker - David Haye, a.k.a “The Haymaker,” is brash, cocky, and an incessant trash talker (he called Valuev "a big hairy freak," "a circus act" and also said the champion "stinks."). He fights with an explosive style and sledgehammer power, and possess a physique that Jeff Lacey would covet. As well, he is a legitimate knock out artist with 21 stoppages in his 22 fights. His only loss came against Carl “The Cat” Thompson in a closet classic fought back in 2004, but that was then and this is now. continue
Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins knows a thing or two about winning big in Philadelphia. In his outstanding 21-year professional boxing career, Hopkins has fought 10 times in his hometown and has never lost. A proud Philadelphian, he will be rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Yankees in the World Series, hoping they bring home their second title in two years. "Philadelphia is a fighting city and the Phillies always go for the knockout," Hopkins said. "It is an exciting time for sports in Philly and I intend to add to that excitement when I bring boxing back to this great city on December 2.. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (October 28, 2009) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound fighter will be honored as a champion of peace. MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO has been named a 2009 Gusi Peace Prize laureate, the only athlete in the elite group of 19 awardees from 16 different nations. Established 22 years ago by Ambassador Barry Gusi and his wife, Dr. Evelyn Gusi, the Gusi Peace Prize is awarded annually to distinguished individuals or groups worldwide with exemplary contributions to peace and human rights representing fields of science, medicine, academe, politics, business, humanities, philanthropy, journalism, religion, international relations and others. This year’s sole honoree from the U.S. will be Congressman Bob Filner, who represents California’s 51st congressional district. The 2009 laureates will be formally recognized at an awards dinner in Manila on November 24. continue
(Oct. 27, 2009) – Unbeaten boxers and former junior national roommates Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Lamont Peterson met the media on Tuesday to discuss their World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight world title mega-matchup Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
“We’ve traveled together and are friends and know each other pretty well but it’s part of the business,” said Bradley from the ballroom at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where he grew up in North Palm Springs. “I had to take this fight. I didn’t really want to take this fight but I had to.
“Once we get in the ring our friendship is out the door.. continue
Belfast’s British Featherweight Champion Martin Lindsay admits he’s relishing the chance to shine in front of his own fans when he features on the undercard of Paul McCloskey’s European title challenge at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt on Friday, November 6th. McCloskey takes on reigning European Light Welterweight Champ Souleymane M’baye just 20 minutes down the road from his hometown of Dungiven while Lindsay’s supporters are also expected to be out in force as he bids to extend his unbeaten record. continue
LAS VEGAS—Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King has another first for fans in America and around the world as Don King Productions presents a star-studded, five-fight “Halloween Thrilla” fight card globally on pay per view at www.DonKingTV.com on Saturday, Oct. 31 for $5.99. The telecast begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT live from Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. continue
Growing up in Colombia, Yonnhy Perez would go as a chef on Halloween, “or maybe Dracula,’’ he said, “because where I’m from Halloween is called the Day of the Witch.’’
When the unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Colombia, challenges International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Accra, Ghana, this Saturday in the main event at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), he says he’ll “come dressed as a world champion.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity and that all the hard work I’ve put in has paid off. I’m not Vic Darchinyan (who Agbeko convincingly outpointed in his last title defense). I’m bigger, stronger and busier. I won’t load up for one shot. I’ll be throwing punches from the opening bell. continue
CHICAGO, IL (October 27, 2009) Chicago fan favorite Donovan “DA BOMB” George will battle “NOTORIOUS” Jason Naugler of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the ten round main event on Friday, November 6th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. The George/Naugler bout headlines “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 7” an outstanding evening of action packed professional boxing. Advance tickets, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster, the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800). continue
by James Slater - To my mind, David Haye is playing a most dangerous game by constantly slinging trash-talk insults in the direction of the colossal Nikolai Valuev - who he will fight for the WBA title in Germany on Nov. 7th, in case anyone didn't know.
Haye has gone as far as calling the towering 7'2" Russian a "freak" and he has also made clear his opinion on Valuev's personal hygiene. Not only that, But Haye has also dreamt up a stunt or two, such as knocking the head clean off a cardboard cut-out of Valuev. The word is, 36-year-old Valuev has been annoyed by some of Haye's antics and that he has promised his promoter he will KO Haye so as to teach him a lesson. continue
by James Slater - Sometimes, instead of speaking to the actual fighter (as talented and fascinating as they can be) it can be more interesting speaking to the fighter's manager or trainer. This turned out to be the case earlier today, when I spoke to Frank McCall - brother and manager of Oliver.
Originally hoping to speak with the always articulate "Atomic Bull," I instead spent a hugely enjoyable 20 mins or so chatting with brother Frank. Here is what Frank had to say in reply to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Frank. Your brother had a good win, in what was a risky fight for both men, over Lance Whitaker last weekend. What's next for Oliver?
Frank McCall: Well, first let me tell you about the Lance Whitaker fight. Lance came in at 253-pounds - he hasn't weighed that since high school (laughs). He really trained hard for the fight and he fought hard, that kind of surprised us - we thought he'd fizzle out come the 5th round. But my brother scored a knockdown in the 1st-round and that helped him get the points win. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (October 27, 2009) Former world title challenger Peter Manfredo Jr., “The Fighting Pride of Providence, Rhode Island”, will return to the ring on Thursday, November 5th against New Orleans based veteran Ronald “THE COBRA” Weaver in the main event at the Fourth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event at Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland. continue
British Welterweight Champion Kell Brook has suffered his first KO defeat - at the hands of a viral infection that will keep him out of his British welterweight title defence on Friday night in Liverpool. The Lonsdale belt holder - and 2009 Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year - was due to meet Michael Jennings at the Echo Arena in a mouth-watering domestic clash, but has had to pull out because of his illness. The fight will be rescheduled as soon as possible, while Jennings will feature in an eight rounder on action-packed card which is topped by the cracking British super-middleweight title fight between Champion Tony Quigley and challenger Paul Smith. continue
By Bernie McCoy - It's June, three years ago, and I'm sitting on a bench in a sweltering Gleasons Gym talking to a female boxer who has all of three bouts on her professional record; who has never gone more than four rounds; and who is in the late stages of training for a bout with a world class fighter who has a 33-9 record. The boxer tells me she's looking forward to the trip to Oregon and she's not going all that way out there to lose. Several weeks later, Melissa Hernandez comes back to Gleasons, carrying with her the amazed plaudits of the boxing community, following a ten round draw with Kelsey Jeffries. There follows, in subsequent bouts, a split of two fights with Layla McCarter, a win over Missy Fiorentino and a ten round draw with Chevelle Hallback, a fighter whose name belongs in any sentence in which the term "punching power" is prominently featured. And so, in the final months of 2009, we arrive on the verge of intrigue in New Mexico: Holly Holm/Melissa Hernandez
Many of the techniques of the sport of boxing, both basic and complex, can be taught. The best of boxers learn these elements quickly, almost preternaturally. This learning process is what is almost always the determinant of how quickly and how far a fighter scales the heights of this, the most brutal and difficult of sports. But no matter how fast and how well a boxer learns and masters those skills, vitally necessary for success, the best of trainers, in the sport, will attest to the fact that there are two things no one can impart to any fighter: you can't teach heart and you can't teach tall. continue
by James Slater - Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev isn't done yet. Though Russia's former champ is now 40-years-old, he could perhaps be just two wins away from challenging for his old belt. "The Big O" returns to action this December 11th, when he will face New York's 23-year-old Nagy Aguilera, in what will be the veteran's third fight since his KO loss to Sam Peter back in March of 2008 (when he lost the WBC belt. continue
NEXT month's English Light-Welterweight Championship contest between Michael Grant and Steve Williams could lead to the winner securing a Prizefighter spot.
Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn will invite the winner of the clash on November 6, which will be held in Magherafelt, Northern Ireland on the undercard of Paul McCloskey's clash with Souleymane M'baye for the European title, into December's Prizefighter Light-Welterweights. continue
-- 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 “play” on the player or click here to enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is back in action! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Co-Host Nick Powers and my outstanding Producer/Special Weekly Guest, the sensational Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Boxing News for Discussion
• Tomasz Adamek TKO5 Andrew Golota recap and analysis
• Kelly Pavlik’s allergic reaction to medication
• Pavlik’s bout with Paul Williams being postponed
• 24/7 Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto recap continue
ROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 26, 2009) – Former world light heavyweight champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle views his 10-round main event fight Saturday evening, headlining the “Fright Night At The Sun” pro boxing card against world rated Joey “KO Kid” Spina, as a golden opportunity to get back into the big picture. “Fright Night At The Sun,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), will be taped live at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and air on NESN at a date and time to be announced. continue
Former Heavyweight Champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman Headlines; "Big" Michael Grant in main supporting bout. Local Favorites Kenny Abril, Russell Jordan and Darnell Jiles Jr. also make appearances.
The promoter leading a revival of Western New York boxing, Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide, is announcing yet another eye-catching world-class event. On December 3 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, Garone will present "Night of the Heavy Hitters" (in association with Bob Arum's Top "Rank) featuring former undisputed and two-time heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman (45-7-2, 36 KOs) in the main event, with former #1 heavyweight contender and world title challenger "Big" Michael Grant (45-3, 33 KOs) in the chief supporting bout. continue
by James Slater - Tom Tsatas, manager of world ranked contender and former world title challenger "Fast" Fres Oquendo, always has plenty of interesting things to say about the current heavyweight division, his fighter's future and possible big fights for the 36-year-old.
With his fighter currently out in Germany helping WBA champ Nikolai Valuev get ready for David Haye, Tom is in Miami working on other interesting things. Kindly giving me an interview today, here are Tom's answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Tom, as always. Firstly, I hear your guy Fres Oquendo is out in Germany working with Nikolai Valuev. How's it been going?
Tom Tsatas: Yes, Fres is over there in Germany right now, he's been out there for a couple of weeks. I'm in Miami myself, but I've spoken to Fres. continue
New York, October 27—The boxing community will gather en masse to support fight trainer and ESPN2 Friday Night Fights commentator Teddy Atlas to assist those in need at the 13th annual Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation Dinner on Thursday night, November 19, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island, New York. The boxing “Who’s Who” list set to attend the gala includes former giants of the ring Emile Griffith, Iran Barkley, Gerry Cooney, Chuck Wepner, and Renaldo Snipes, not to mention Hall of Fame trainer Lou Duva, ESPN broadcaster Brian Kenny and historian Bert Sugar. continue
JOHNSTOWN, PA (October 27, 2009) Cruiserweight contender Andres “TAYLOR MADE” Taylor will receive the keys to the city of his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania from Mayor Thomas Trigona in a noontime ceremony this Wednesday, October 28th in the city’s Central Park Commons area. A 1998 graduate of Johnstown Senior High School , local fan favorite Taylor headlines “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS” on Saturday night, October 31st at the War Memorial Arena against Leo Bercier of Great Falls , Montana . continue
Yesterday, October 25th, 2009 was a milestone. Tuesday, October 27th will be another milestone. Yet, no bells will toll at noon. No flags will fly half staff. The world won't stop turning. Nothing spectacular will really happen, except that in the hearts of many there will be a tremendous ache. In the minds of many others, a gentle giant will appear and some will remember, share a story of a personal or professional moment or maybe some will just smile. Late great, Louisville KY native Greg Page (photo: Greg Page Foundation) would have been 51 on Sunday October 25th and Tuesday October 27th will mark the six month anniversary of his passing.
Greg Page was USBA heavyweight boxing champ from 1980 thru 1984 and captured the WBA heavyweight crown by knocking out Gerrie Coetzee in South Africa in December 1984. In a fight in March 2001 in Erlanger, KY Greg went down at the end of a KY Athletic Commission (KAC) sanctioned fight for the KY State Heavyweight championship. He lapsed into a coma and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). Due to a tremendous lack of oversight by the KAC (no oxygen at ringside, no ambulance present, the "ringside MD" was not licensed to practice in the State of KY among other things) Greg went without proper medical attention for 30-45 minutes. By the time the ambulance had arrived, and reached him, he was in complete cardiac and respiratory arrest and in the fight for his life. continue
by James Slater - Henry Ramirez, trainer of heavyweight contender Chris Arreola, has confirmed to Ring on line that his charge will indeed be back in the ring on the Paul Williams card set for December 5th. Though some people may feel the 28-year-old is coming back to work too soon after his brave but losing effort against WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, Ramirez says his fighter is physically and mentally over the loss to "Dr. Iron Fist" and is ready to resume fighting. Arreola, now 27-1(24) will start training for his return bout today, in Riverside, and the only question that remains is who will "The Nightmare" face on Dec. 5th? According to Ring on line, three names have been mentioned as possibilities: the recently returned David Tua, former WBC champ Oleg Maskaev and former world title challenger Ray Austin. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 27, 2009) – Appearances are often misleading, especially in boxing. Unbeaten lightweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski will be a perfect example Saturday night when he fights on the undercard of the “Fright Night At The Sun” pro boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. continue
By Chris Acosta - If you’re the manager of a current unbeaten heavyweight prospect, you’d better assign some extra homework before that big call comes. In what might be the norm for contenders in this era, heavyweighthopeful Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson will bring a frighteningly emaciated resume into the ring with him when he faces off against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko on December 12th.
If you thought Chris Arreola wasn’t prepared experience -wise, than Johnson must seem like a novice by comparison. The biggest win on the Atlanta natives’ ledger is Devin Vargas whom he stopped in the sixth round earlier this year. The gap between Vargas and Klitschko can’t be adequately expressed by any language on earth, it’s that vast. So thenproblem here seems to be falling into a trend: challengers with little to fall back on, except their backs, being rushed into a situationnthey’re nowhere near ready for. continue
by James Slater - As some fans may already have read, it has been officially announced how this Friday night's intriguing British welterweight title fight between defending champion and possible star of the future Kell Brook and former British champion Michael Jennings, has been called off. Due to a virus infection suffered by Brook, the anticipated fight that was due to take place at The Echo Arena in Liverpool will now have to wait for a new date. continue
JOHNSTOWN, PA (October 26, 2009) Super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert will square off against Philadelphia’s Dhafir "NO FEAR" Smith in the eight round co-main event at “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS” on Saturday, October 31st in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Currently training in his hometown of Reno, Nevada, Gilbert 18-2-0 (14KO’s), is coming off a crunching fifth round stoppage of California based veteran Ivan Stovall on August 29th in Fallon, Nevada. continue
Ivan S. (San Diego, CA): What points stood out to you most about the first edition of HBO's 24/7 for the Pacquiao/Cotto fight?
Vivek W. (ESB): I thought that there were several key factors, but perhaps the one that stood out the most to me was the fact that there seems to be so much tension in the Pacquiao camp. We knew some things, but to see actual footage and hear actual audio was quite disturbing when you consider the history between he and Roach. To hear Freddie Roach speak about walking away from Pacquiao was a shocking revelation, but according to some, very much in sync with the current climate there. Perhaps being back at the 'Wildcard' in Los Angeles will help, but the more I hear, the more I wonder how much the recent past will affect the no longer distant future. The fight is in 3 weeks and although Pacquiao is said to be better, I just really question if he can pull it all together in time. He's been through a lot. From where he's been in life to where he now stands, it's been a long journey. The next chapter in that journey is on the brink of being pinned. The operative word there being PINNED, because in the game of life, there are no erasers. continue
Former World Champion Barry McGuigan is tipping his Super Bantamweight protégé Carl Frampton to follow in his footsteps by reaching the very top in the sport. The “Clones Cyclone” is now managing a stable of boxers himself and he’s very excited about Belfast man Frampton who will have his third pro fight on the undercard of Paul McCloskey’s European title challenge at the Meadowbank Sports Arena in Magherafelt on Friday, November 6th. continue
by James Slater -- Exciting 23-year-old southpaw Jamie Cox of Swindon, U.K, is perhaps one win away from a shot at the British welterweight title. The 12-0(7) talent, who captured Commonwealth gold in 2006, fights veteran Manoocha Salari on this Friday's big Liverpool card that is topped by British 147-pound champ Kell Brook defending against former champion Michael Jennings - and the word is, if he's victorious, Cox will fight the winner.
Speaking to me about this and other things today, Jamie very kindly gave the following answers to my questions: continue
Scott Clifford - It became apparent as early as the first round that there was a severe disparity in the two combatants. One was youthful-looking, sporting impressive hand speed and mobility. The other, much larger in comparison, was flat-footed and awfully consistent at telegraphing wide, inaccurate, and amateurish power shots from out of range. Thousands of Polish fans flocked in to watch the country’s most popular and revered prizefighters do battle.
Polish Punisher, Tomasz Adamek, looked fine at an even 214 pounds, blitzing his opponent with a series of combinations, even scoring a knockdown before the end of round one. As the rounds passed, it wasn’t getting any easier for Golota, who was walking into shot after shot, seemingly unable to string together a coherent combination of his own. continue
by James Slater - WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan spends a lot of time in Los Angeles already, being trained there at The Wild Card gym of his coach Freddie Roach. But now, in an interview he has given to The People, the 22-year-old Bolton man says he may wind up moving to California full time due to the way he is constantly encountering "bitterness and jealousy" in Great Britain. continue
by Andrew Harrison live from the Bolton Arena - Ryan Rhodes wrenched the European light middleweight title away from Manchester’s Jamie Moore on Friday evening with a thrilling seventh round upset victory. In doing so he tore up the form book and left Moore’s world title aspirations in tatters.
Both fighters looked confident on their way into the ring and it was Moore, making the second defence of the title he took from Michele Piccirillo in March, who forced the action from the off, smothering his switch hitting opponent with a steady stream of punches thrown from the southpaw stance. continue
Tomasz Adamek knocked out Andrew Golota in a 5 round fight that proved Adamek has what it takes to be a top contender in the heavyweight arena. Here’s what was said at the post fight interviews.
From Tomasz Adamek: “I will never forget this moment, fighting in front of almost 17 thousand Polish fans against a Polish legend that went through many great battles. It was a meaningful night for me. By beating Andrew Golota I made a statement about my power. I wanted to show how good I can be as a heavyweight. I got hit couple of times pretty hard, but I was never in danger. Looks like my iron chin will work for me in a higher weight class also.”
“I never treat any fight as something personal and it was the same this time. I did not plan to knock Golota out, it was not my intention. After the first knockdown, I knew I could hit him at will. continue
by James Slater: It was a night of nostalgia yesterday evening in Las Vegas, as two former world champions from the 1990s, in former WBC heavyweight champ Oliver McCall and former IBF cruiserweight titlist Arthur Williams, attempted to continue their careers while boxing at an advanced age.
For the 44-year-old "Atomic Bull" the night proved a success, as McCall scored a close but unanimous ten-round unanimous decision over 37-year-old giant Lance Whitaker. continue
At ARENA’s “heavy night” in Cuxhaven (Germany) Konstantin Airich, Ondrej Pala, Wladimir Virchis and Yakup Saglam scored convincing victories. “Sandman” Airich beat ring veteran Cisse Salif by unanimous decision after eight rounds. The German (now 13-2-1) was the more active man in the ring connecting with some heavy hands without impressing tough Salif too much. Scores were 79-73, 79-75 and 78-74. continue
by John Wight - It’s just after seven in the morning and four young fighters from Scotland are halfway through yet another lung-bursting hill run through Runyon Canyon in Hollywood, California. They’ve been in Los Angeles just over a week by now, but already they’ve put in some punishing road work and sparred with some of the best fighters in the world at Freddie Roach’s famed Wildcard Gym.
Leading the pack is Gary McMillan, a welterweight with a pro record of 9 wins, 1 defeat, and 1 draw. His next contest is an all-Edinburgh match-up against Gary Young for the Scottish welterweight title next month. This is his second visit to Hollywood. On his first visit last year he sparred with Manny Pacquiao.
Just behind Gary is another young welterweight in the shape of 6’1” John Thain. continue
by James Slater - It's no real news to fight fans that Sergio Martinez, the current WBC light-middleweight champion, is the frontrunner to come in as the replacement opponent to face Paul Williams now that "The Punisher's" bout with Kelly Pavlik has fallen through for a second time. Martinez, a southpaw like Williams, has wanted to fight the welterweight and light-middleweight titlist for some time now, and in speaking to Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, his promoter Lou DiBella has made it quite clear his fighter will step in to tackle Williams if a sensible offer is put his way by Dan Goossen. continue
PHILADELPHIA (October 25, 2009) – Art Pelullo, president of Banner Promotions and promoter of undefeated Top-Five junior middleweight contender Harry Joe Yorgey, announced today that he has petitioned the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to sanction Yorgey’s upcoming fight against fellow Top-Five contender Alfredo Angulo for the WBO’s interim 154-pound world title. continue
by James Slater: Former world featherweight champion and current, well respected commentator and analyst Barry McGuigan has come out with a few things that may well surprise some fight fans. Writing in his regular boxing column in British paper The Mirror, McGuigan states how he believes Andre Dirrell should have been given the victory over Britain's WBC 168-pound champion Carl Froch last Saturday.
The debate over the second fight in the "Super-Six" tournament goes on, and McGuigan joins a number of people who believe the fighter known as "The Matrix" deserved the nod in Nottingham last weekend. Other respected writers, such as Dan Rafael and Claude Abrams, however, have written how they feel "The Cobra" was a worthy, if close winner. No doubt the vast number of fans that read this web site will be pleased at what Irish legend McGuigan has had to say with regards to Froch's controversial win.
But what will fans make of Barry's other two comments? Firstly, McGuigan says he feels Jermain Taylor, due to the brutal way he was KO'd by Arthur Abraham in the opening fight of "Super-Six," should retire. continue
By Conor Ward - Sheffield puncher Ryan Rhodes has captured the European light middleweight title after a memorable contest with Jamie Moore at the Bolton Arena.
In a fight billed as a WBC world title eliminator, Manchester's Moore established control of proceedings early on but ultimately succumbed to a dramatic seventh round TKO under fire from a resurgent Rhodes. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 24, 2009) — After learning of Miguel Cotto's recent comments regarding his dismissal from training camp, jr. welterweight contender Frankie "Gato" Figueroa wanted to set the record straight about events leading up to his removal. Up until now, Figueroa chose to remain silent about what went on in camp, but with Cotto's recent accusations, he now feels compelled to release the following statement: continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Occasionally a fighter comes around that we really want to cheer. Sometimes it's because we recognize an amazing talent, sometimes it's because of their individual success and accolades and then there are those rare fighters we cheer simply because of who they are and what they stand for. Our Weekly Stud is one of those fighters of the latter mention that says and does the right thing not as a public relations move or to bolster his image but because he respects and values the position that he is in and understands the responsibilities of it. He just happens to be a super talented boxer.
Salisbury, Maryland (population nearly 24,000 and no it is not where Salisbury steak originates from) is not a metropolitan area and it certainly isn't a boxing Mecca like Philly, Atlantic City or Vegas but it is the home of our latest Weekly Stud, Fernando Guerrero. continue
LAREDO, Tex. (Oct. 24, 2009) – Once-beaten welterweight Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez withstood a strong final round by Damian “Devo’’ Frias to win a unanimous 10-round decision Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the telecast’s opening bout at Laredo Entertainment Center, undefeated Victor “Vitino’’ Fonseca rallied to register a ninth-round TKO over Al “The Quiet Storm’’ Seeger in a fast-paced, hard-fought battle of world-ranked super bantamweights. After Seeger hit the canvas from the bout’s lone knockdown, the referee halted matters at 1:41. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 23 - HBO Boxing After Dark's historic first visit to Canada on Saturday, November 28, just got even more memorable as before Lucian Bute defends his world super middleweight title in a highly-anticipated rematch against Librado Andrade, the rugged Ali Funeka takes on two-division world champion Joan Guzman who looks to win his third world title in a 12 round bout for the vacant IBF lightweight title. "Everyone knows what a great fight Bute vs. Andrade II is and now we've got an equally intriguing co-main event with Funeka and Guzman," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "Guzman has long been established as one of boxing's best, but Funeka is a rising star who will make Joan fight every minute of every round. This is a fight that could steal the show on November 28.. continue
Lodz, Poland – Amidst much fanfare and Hollywood style glitz, Tomasz Adamek and Andrew Golota had their final press conference and weigh in today. Golota weighed in at 256 pounds, Adamek at 214.2 pounds. The fight takes place tomorrow at Arena Lodz, in Lodz, Poland and will be televised in Poland, on Polsat TV.
In what promises to be the biggest sporting event in Polish history, a heavyweight bout between Andrew Golota and Ring Magazine cruiserweight Champion, Tomasz Adamek will take place this Saturday, October 24 at Arena Lodz, in Lodz, Poland. It has already been dubbed the “Polish Fight of the Century.” To put things in perspective consider this:
- This will be a 5hr live televised program. It will begin on cable and switch to terrestrial TV on Poland’s biggest network, Polsat. The only other time this happened was when Poland played in the World Cup. continue
By Ted Sares:Meine Damen und Herren, “let’s get ready to rumble…..” --Michael Buffer
In Germany, free television carries top title fights the way it once did in the United States, in the golden days of the 1970s and 1980s. --Nicholas Kulish
The Past Before the current boom in German boxing (which dates to the fall of the Berlin Wall), Germany’s boxing history stretched back prior to the historic fights between Max Schmeling and Joe Louis However the 50’s and 60’s were a time when many active, albeit unnoticed, German fighters were also running up gaudy records. continue
by James Slater - Though his last few weeks in camp in his native Philippines have been surrounded by the outside chaos that typhoons and storms have been creating, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach says his charge has not been affected; even though the natural disasters forced a move from one training camp to another.
30-year-old Pacquiao, training of course for his huge November 14th fight with the mighty Miguel Cotto, has managed to remain focused in camp, despite the fact that he had to be moved and despite the fact that over a thousand people died due to natural disasters in The Philippines recently. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (October 23, 2009) – North American boxing fans can view the much-anticipated “David vs. Goliath” World Boxing Association heavyweight championship boxing match between Nikolai “The Russian Giant” Valuev and David “The Hayemaker” Haye, live on Pay-Per-View on Saturday, Nov. 7 from Nuremberg, Germany.
Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs), from St. Petersburg, Russia, is the two-time and current WBA heavyweight champion and has fought and defeated a “Who’s Who” of heavyweight champions including Evander “The Real Deal Holyfield, John Ruiz (twice), and Sergey Lyakhovich. He also holds the distinction of being the tallest and heaviest champion in history at a daunting 7 feet and 325 pounds. Haye, (22-1, 21 KOs), from London, England, wreaked havoc on the cruiserweight division with a knockout percentage over 90 percent. He left the division last year to move up to heavyweight, while still on top as the unified WBA/WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion.
The question to be answered is will the smaller yet faster Haye bring his explosiveness to the heavyweight division against an opponent he will be giving away 9 inches in height and about 100 pounds in weight to. continue
by James Slater - Former WBO heavyweight champion Sergey Lyakhovich of Belarus has not been seen in or near a boxing ring for quite some time. In fact, the 33-year-old "White Wolf" has only boxed twice in the last three years; losing both bouts. Back in November of 2006, in defending the WBO belt he won in a thriller of a 12-rounder with "Relentless" Lamon Brewster, Lyakhovich was sensationally knocked clean out of the ring in the 12th and final round of his fight with Shannon Briggs, and in his next fight, which took place in February of last year, Sergey was shut out over 12 by current WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev. continue
LONDON (October 23rd, 2009) – Back in 2004 just prior to winning the British Super Middleweight title an outspoken Carl “The Cobra” Froch made the British sporting public sit up and take notice with a venomous attack on some of the nations sporting icons including David Beckham, Tim Henman and Jenson Button. Froch described Beckham as being “under worked, overpaid and over praised” while he accused Henman of being a choker. Now the reigning WBC World Super Middleweight Champion Froch says he’s delighted to have been proven wrong in the case of Jenson Button who won this season’s F1 driver’s championship. continue
by Jenna J - Did you miss the latest episode of On the Ropes featuring a special double feature exclusive interview with former two champion turned trainer Buddy McGirt and his son James McGirt Junior? Episode 44 of On the Ropes originally aired on Monday October 19, 2009 at 6pm Eastern Time. If you happened to miss it, fear not! You are in luck! You can still catch the episode by CLICKING HERE.
Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Co-Host Nick Powers and my dynamic Producer & Special Weekly Guest, the amazing Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy). Here is a brief summary of last week’s show.
Topics Covered Included:
* Arthur Arbraham’s impressive twelfth round KO of Jermain Taylor continue
Former world title challenger and current top rated super-middleweight contender, Edison "Pantera" Miranda (33-4, 29 KO's), scored a spectacular 1st round KO over Mexican National Champion, Francisco "Panchito" Sierra (20-3, 19 KO's). Early in the round both fighters were feeling each other out. Sierra came out jabbing while Miranda landed some left hooks to the head. The action started to get heavy as the round continued and both fighters were landing solid punches.
Miranda started to work his way inside and used his strength to back up Sierra. Sierra was holding his ground but headed to the ropes. That's when Miranda landed an overhand right, that landed flush on Sierra's temple. The fight was stopped immediately at 2:16 of round one and Miranda became the new NABO super-middleweight champion. continue
by James Slater - Almost immediately after his brave but losing challenge of WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko on September 26th, heavyweight contender Chris Arreola promised the fans he felt he'd let down he would go back to the gym, try even harder, and then fight again either before the end of the year or by early next year. Well, according to Box Rec, "The Nightmare" is keeping his promise. continue
By Vivek Wallace - This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' places a very familiar name under the microscope. For years, this individual has been remained at the center of the sport, literally, as his talent equips him with enough tools to do right, but limited discipline has reduced him to having little left. In the early days of Zab 'Super' Judah, few saw such a conundrum happening. Floyd Mayweather jr. is widely viewed by most as perhaps the most fundamentally talented of this era, but when both men began their rise in the sport, the odds on favorite to earn such an accolade was none other than Judah, as his speed and talent contained the ultimate cherry on top, in the form of a tough to decipher southpaw style. Approximately 3 weeks separated the professional debut of the two men, but as time passed, the difference became more and more evident by the day.
How good would Zab Judah be with more discipline? How good would Zab Judah be with more dedication? The operative word in each of those questions is more, and the unfortunate challenge is that despite knowing those things could use enhancements, the skilled southpaw has consistently shown less if you listen to the recent cry from his critics. continue
In the co-featured event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 23, on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), Al Seeger will return to the ring for the time since last April 30 when his fight with Benjamin Flores ended tragically. Flores passed away five days afterward from head injuries sustained during the match.
“If I or any fighter said something like that doesn't play on your mind, or doesn’t take a toll on you, it’d be a lie,’’ Seeger said. “I have not said a prayer since that fight that doesn’t include me praying for the entire Flores family. I will always pray for them, just like I pray for my family. continue
SANTA FE SPRINGS, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2009) - Dominating International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko and No. 1-Ranked mandatory challenger Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez participated in a frightful media workout at Perez’s gym in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., just nine days before their crucial world title fight on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, LIVE on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT) in the first boxing match at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Agbeko crashed Perez’s training camp at the Santa Fe Springs Activity Center, giving the media a glimpse into how the two 118-pounders are preparing for the world title showdown. The fighters worked out, talked some trash and got into the spirit of Halloween a week early by posing together at a haunted house inside the Activity Center. continue
On December 12th, Star Boxing's undefeated heavyweight contender Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) finally will have his chance to stake his claim as the best heavyweight in the world when he challenges Vitali "Dr. Ironfist" Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for Vitali's WBC Heavyweight Championship at the Post Finance Arena in Berne, Switzerland.
Kingpin, along with promoter Joe DeGuardia, will travel to Switzerland today to officially announce the upcoming bout
Johnson, (WBC #6, WBA #6, WBO #9, IBF #12) is coming off an impressive fifth round stoppage victory over previously unbeaten, 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Captain, Devin Vargas in May on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights".
Klitschko is coming off a ten round beat down over previously unbeaten Chris Arreola (27-1, 24KO) on September 26th. continue
YONKERS, N.Y. (October 23, 2009) – No Freddy Kruegers, Jasons or even Frankensteins are fighting on the October 30th (Halloween Eve) pro boxing card at the Yonkers Armory, but “Halloween Havoc” will feature some of New York’s most promising and entertaining young boxers.
O’Shea Brothers Boxing Promotion is bringing old-school boxing back to the fans, showcasing hungry fighters in action-packed, competitive bouts. continue
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) – Preliminary action has concluded in both open and junior division action at the 2009 National PAL Championships in San Antonio, Texas. Over 100 bouts of competition were showcased on the fourth day of national champion championship boxing in Texas. continue
By Bryan Brennan - Watching the first two fights of Showtime's Super Six tournament on Saturday was fun, and a little frustrating to me. I saw so much Saturday night. I saw great boxing, fantastic crowds, an amazing KO, and I also saw people being betrayed.
If you are like me and thought Dirrell won that fight you are a little perturbed about the decision. Well, I'm here to tell you Dirrell wasn't betrayed by the judges, he wasn't betrayed by the fans, or the ref, he was betrayed by his management team. The same way Taylor was betrayed by his past, his body, and his chin. The fans were betrayed by the sport again not getting it right, and therefore the tournament betrayed boxing by not fully living up to it's potential(Are you still following me?) continue
MONTERREY, N.L. MEXICO (Oct. 13, 2009) – Tecate, cerveza con carácter, announces the launch of a regional marketing campaign designed to bring boxing fans closer to the Nov. 14 encounter between Filipino star Manny Pacquiao (49-3, 37 KO’s) and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KO’s) of Puerto Rico. The welterweight world title bout will be broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View® from the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas beginning at 6:00 p.m. PT/9:00 p.m. ET. continue
Women’s boxing has justifiably been receiving a lot of attention recently, firstly with the announcement that it will be included in the London Olympics in 2012 and then the first live broadcast of an all female professional bout, between Big Brother star Angel ‘The Artist’ McKenzie and Lana Cooper, on British network television. In some ways it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Boxing gyms up and down the country are suddenly beginning to take female participation in the sport seriously. continue
by James Slater -- As all fans surely know by now, the fascinating world middleweight title fight showdown between Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams is off again, for the time being, at least. Team-Pavlik, still trying to get "The Ghost" healthy after his suffering of a staph infection on his left hand, wanted a later date to be taken by "The Punisher," but Team-Williams have said no.
Talking to Ring on line, Williams' promoter, Dan Goossen, confirmed how his fighter WILL box on December 5th, and that there are four names being looked at as possible opponents for the lanky southpaw.
"He's going to fight on that date (Dec. 5th)," Goossen told Ring on line. "Paul's been off too long because of the Pavlik situation and we want him to fight this year. We wanted him to fight in September after the [Winky] Wright fight, but the opportunity to fight Pavlik came up. When the October date had to be postponed the fight almost didn't happen because we weren't comfortable with what was going on with Pavlik but we agreed to push it back to December because it was a fight everyone wanted to see. continue
by James Slater - A few weeks or so back, unbeaten 154-pounder Sergiy Dzinziruk made it known how he very much wanted to fight IBF champion Cory Spinks next. Knowing "The Next Generation" was in need of an opponent for his scheduled date of October 31st in Las Vegas, the tall southpaw from Ukraine put his name forward. Well, Spinks hasn't got Dzinziruk next, but he is fighting in Vegas on October 31st - Halloween night. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons – An interesting pattern has developed in the career path of up-and-coming middleweight, Andy Lee (19-1) 14 KOs. Although the Limerick Assassin trains at the Kronk Gym in Detroit, almost half of his twenty professional fights have been in Europe, including five in Ireland, and three in Germany. Andy’s November 14th bout against French middleweight Affif Belghecham (19-3-1) 4KOs, will be his ninth overseas contest, and the third time he has fought in his native Limerick. Lee has a definite psychological edge fighting on his home turf and personally knows many of the spectators. continue
BOB ARUM: I think this call will be very enlightening. Miguel Cotto’s trainer, Joe Santiago is here and Miguel’s strength and conditioning Phil Landman is also here. I have been to both camps and I am so gratified to see two athletes getting themselves in peak condition. I want to see, more than anything else, a great fight on November 14. To have a great fight, you have to have two well-conditioned athletes and that’s what we have here.
JOE SANTIAGO: This has been an excellent camp. We have worked very hard and our objectives have been met every way up to now. Everyone is happy and everyone has done everything that has been expected and we are looking pretty good.
PHIL LANDMAN: For the most part the work has been on the same format as we have done before. We have changed a few things to address what Pacquiao is bringing to the fight. Miguel is looking super good and I am really happy with the work that has been done. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 21, 2009) -- "This morning we were advised that Kelly Pavlik's recovery of his left hand has not progressed as projected by Dr. Peter J. Evans, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Upper Extremity Center,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Tank, Pavlik’s promoter. “As a result of this Kelly is unable to close his left hand which prohibits him from being prepared for a December 5 middleweight championship defense against Paul Williams. continue
On Wednesday night at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented an exciting five bout card before a near capacity crowd. Headlining the show was former number one light heavyweight contender, and Westchester County native, David Telesco, taking on former two-time super middleweight champion, Bryon Mitchell, in a match-up of two explosive punchers. Both fighters came out in the first looking to measure each other with their jabs, and find the range to land their power shots. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: Cruiserweight King Tomasz Adamek has decided to vacate his IBF championship as he enters final preparations for his bout against fellow Polish pugilist Andrew Golota. Going into this fight a lot of observers are viewing this as a sure win for Adamek. This seems like a reasonable assumption on the surface. After all, Golota’s best days are well behind him and even during his best days, when victory was all but certain, Golota always somehow managed to lose in big fight situations. His fight with Adamek is being billed as the “Polish Fight of the Century” which certainly constitutes a “big fight situation”, ergo, most observers assume Golota is sure to lose. Or is he?
Golota has clearly slowed down in recent years. In his last victory against Mike Mollo over a year ago, with his eye completely swollen shut, he overcame adversity and displayed heart and courage in a winning effort. Despite that win, Golota’s once deceptively fast hand speed was gone. continue
Commonwealth heavyweight champion Sam Sexton has vowed to show no respect to his elders - and knock out "grandad" Martin Rogan on November 6. And the Norwich puncher says that after he has dealt with the Belfast favourite he'll turn his attention to the other old men of the domestic scene, Danny Williams and Audley Harrison. But first he must get past Rogan, whom he meets in an explosive rematch at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, following their controversial first fight. Sexton, 25, insists that age will be key to victory when he goes for win number two. "Martin keeps going on about how he feels like Peter Pan, but you've got to go with youth in this fight," said Sexton. continue
Former Cruiserweight King Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham’s dreams of regaining the IBF Cruiserweight belt from the man that took his coveted title, by close split decision, following their epic ‘Fight Of The Year’ nominated battle back last December, were shattered on Monday when Main Event’s boss Kathy Duva announced that Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek had relinquished the crown. The IBF reacted quickly to Adamek’s resignation by announcing that Matt ‘Too Smooth’ Godfrey would be the next available for the vacant title and ordered negotiations to start for the fight with ‘USS’ Cunningham. continue
by James Slater: It seems as though the eagerly anticipated world middleweight showdown between champion Kelly Pavlik and challenger Paul Williams has some kind of a jinx attached to it. As fans know, the match-up that will pit the middleweight king with the former 147 and 154-pound titlist has already been postponed once, due to a staph infection suffered by Youngstown's Pavlik.
One of "The Ghost's" fingers on his left hand was the cause of the problem, and though the treatment Pavlik received was believed to have cleared up the problem - so much so that a second press conference recently took place re-announcing the super fight - it seems the gun was jumped by Team-Pavlik.
According to a news article that has appeared in The Youngstown Vindicator newspaper (the story also having been picked up by Ring on line) the December 5th fight is to be postponed for a second time, because the middleweight champion's staph infection has not gone away. continue
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) today caught up with the German press ahead of his December 5 clash against interim champion Ola Afolabi (14-1, 6 KOs). The two fighters will lock horns at the Arena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, and Huck is eager to get back into the ring following his success over Victor Emilio Ramirez. “I already look forward to December 5,” he said. “Afolabi is a tough fighter. He stopped Enzo Maccarinelli. But he will not defeat me. I have worked so hard to become world champion. My plan is to make a lot of successful title defences and I will start with the one against Afolabi.. continue
by James Slater - Fresh off his impressive and relatively easy night's work against Whyber Garcia, who he KO'd in the 4th-round of his Madison Square Garden debut back on October 10th, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa is now preparing to meet Bernabe Concepcion, the 21-year-old from The Philippines.
Set to once again appear in a double-header with scheduled future opponent Juan Manuel Lopez, the exciting Cuban will be going up against a man who has never once been stopped as a pro. Can 27-year-old Gamboa make a statement by becoming the first fighter to KO Concepcion? continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - 27-year-old "Fast" Eddie Chambers, 35-1(18) is currently "playing the waiting game" with regards to his earned shot at Ring magazine, WBO and IBF heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Coming off his fine win over the huge Alexander Dimitrenko back on July 4th, Philly's Chambers is hoping to face "Dr. Steel Hammer" soon. But, as fans may have read, there is the possibility Chambers may be offered a rematch with Russia's Alexander Povetkin, who will reportedly be fighting soon for an interim version of Klitschko's IBF belt.
I called the always friendly Chambers up yesterday, and asked him about his thoughts on facing Povetkin in a rematch, his chances against Wladimir Klitschko, and other things. A delight to talk with as always, here is what "Fast" Eddie had to say in response to my questions:
James Slater: Thank you for your time, Eddie. It's always a pleasure to speak with you, one of the gentlemen of the sport who is very popular.
Eddie Chambers: I hope so (laughs).
J.S: Oh, absolutely, especially after your last fight, a great win I'll get to later if that's okay. Firstly, what's the latest on you? We hear Alexander Povetkin will be fighting for the interim version of the IBF heavyweight title - either against you or Sam Peter. What's your take on that?
E.C: Well, we're not one hundred percent sure right now. I'd be extremely confident if I did take that fight though. But I'm the number-one contender [for Wladimir Klitschko] right now and I don't see what else I have to do to get a shot at Klitschko, I don't think I have to do any more. So we're kind of playing the waiting game now, for the next couple of months. continue
By Robert Jackson - While moving into a new house (and being cheap) I decided to do all of the manual labor involved, myself. In my mind I foresaw a smooth transition from one house to the other, boy was I wrong...AGAIN!! As my body ached all over from the physical labor I wandered off to my place that I go to when I'm under pressure or engaged in very strenuous activity. While there I began to think about the old-time pugilists, the the no-name combat athletes of days-gone-by who engaged in the 'Sweet Science', many of whom worked 'day jobs' to supplement their fighting incomes and families. In those times they didn't have PC's like we do today, so we know that fighters back then who did work didn't earn their wages in front of a computer screen. Some were bankers, other accountants but MOST were laborers engaged in one form of physical labor or another provided by the many factories, steel mills, Ice houses, railroad yards and docks around during those times. Many of those businesses no-longer operate in modern day America whose primary commodity is INFORMATION. Fight purses where only LARGE for the more charismatic, CONTROVERSIAL, and SUCCESSFUL fighters. The journeyman or fringe fighter needed to supplement his ring income with 12-16 hours a day of REAL work! continue
At the tender age of 26, super middleweight James McGirt Jr. already finds himself at the crossroads of his professional boxing career, but is still prepared to make a strong run at becoming the first son of a world champion father/head trainer (James “Buddy” McGirt) to also capture a major world title. “We’re going to make history together,” McGirt recently said between training sessions at his father’s well-known gym in Vero Beach. “Everything is cool. I’m definitely the new James -- more serious about boxing and willing to work even harder, in and out of the gym. I have only one more chance. I have to do what I need to do in order to be world champion.. continue
Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs), of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Accra, Ghana, and Perez (19-0, 17 KOs), of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., via Cartagena, Colombia, participated in a media conference call on Tuesday as they prepare for their world championship showdown on Saturday, Oct. 31, at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature, WBC No. 1-ranked lightweight Antonio DeMarco (22-1-1, 16 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, will meet hard-hitting former WBA 135-pound champion Jose Alfaro (23-4, 20 KOs), of Nagarote, Nicaragua. Both fights are 12-rounders.
Defending IBF bantamweight champion Agbeko has boldly predicted a knockout over undefeated and IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Perez when they meet on Halloween.
What the fighters and promoters had to say on Tuesday: continue
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. (October 21, 2009) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR and WBO interim junior welterweight champion LAMONT PETERSON will host a news conference announcing their world title fight Next Tuesday! October 27, beginning at Noon, in the Cahuila Ballroom at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa (32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 92270.) The public is invited to attend. continue
WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) will join fellow professional boxing stars in a nationwide launch of a new boxing workout created by Everlast and 24 Hour Fitness on Saturday in Miami. Berto will take part in the Everlast Shadow Box Workout on Saturday at a 24 Hour Fitness location in Miami, Fla. He is headlining the launch of the unique workout in his home state of Florida, participating in the 45-minute class on Saturday at 11:30 a.m., at the Town & Country location. continue
by James Slater: Though he has yet to make up his mind about fighting again or not, it is clear the 10th-round stoppage loss he suffered at the hands of Floyd Mayweather Junior still plays on the mind of Ricky Hatton; far more than the even more devastating and much quicker KO loss he suffered at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in his last fight.
Hatton has yet to make a decision as to whether or not the brutal 2nd-round KO will end his fine and exciting pro career, but he has made it clear that if he were to come back, Floyd Mayweather would be his prime target.
In a new interview with BBC radio, Hatton, now a successful promoter, said he'd need some big motivation to want to return to the ring, and that "Money" is one fighter who would give him that motivation. continue
Tickets for the boxing card Dec. 12 and the awards banquet Dec. 13 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, can now be purchased on an event-by-event basis. Tickets for the United States vs. The World fight card Saturday, Dec. 12, are available at $65 for Gold, $80 for VIP, $100 for Platinum and $150 for Super VIP. Tickets for the fight card plus the hospitality package are available at $150 for Gold, $250 for VIP, $400 for Platinum and $500 for Super VIP. continue
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) – 2009 National PAL Championships action concluded on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas as the open divisions champions were crowned in both male and female action. The Junior Division boxers competed in final round action on Friday afternoon with the exception of the light welterweight division, which concluded in the opening bout of Saturday night’s competition. All of the open division champions will earn an automatic berth into the 2010 USA Boxing National Championships. continue
Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward were just spectators and fans on Saturday night as their fellow Super Six World Boxing Classic competitors battled in the first stage of the groundbreaking tournament, but the two fighters have plenty of thoughts about the exciting fights.
Kessler is eager to begin the tournament and enjoyed what he saw ringside at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany, but Ward, who watched the fights from his training camp in Oakland, Calif., admits that he now feels a little added pressure to represent America after his fellow countrymen Taylor and Dirrell lost in Group Stage 1.
"I think that both fights Saturday night in Berlin and Nottingham showed the great potential of the Super Six,” Kessler said. continue
RENO, NV ( October 19, 2009) World rated super middleweight Jesse Brinkley watched with interest this past weekend as the Super Six World Boxing Classic got underway with Arthur Abraham scoring a twelfth round knockout of Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch taking a split decision over Andre Dirrell. Said Brinkley, “I congratulate Abraham and Froch on their victories, but their bouts clearly showed the limitations of the tournaments. Neither of the fights on Saturday were scorchers. With all the buildup I would have expected to see much more action.. continue
by James Slater - WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev of Russia has had to listen to a lot of taunting and boasting from David Haye, and now the 7'2" giant has returned some fire, predicting to his promoter that he will be the man scoring the KO on November 7th, not Haye.
A quiet and dignified person, 36-year-old Valuev has patiently and even politely listened to what "The Hayemaker" has had to say about him in the run up to the intriguing fight that will take place in Nuremberg, Germany. But yesterday, as has been reported by Sky Sports, the TV channel that will show the fight on box office in the UK, Valuev has spoken to his promoter Kalle Sauerland about Haye, and he gave him the distinct impression that he has lost his patience with his challenger. continue
The winner of Sam Sexton's Commonwealth heavyweight title fight with Martin Rogan will be in line for a crack at the British title. The pair meet in Belfast on November 6 at the Odyssey Arena in a highly-anticipated rematch. And the British Boxing Board of Control has announced that whoever emerges victorious will be mandatory challenger for the British title. It was widely expected that the title would become vacant following champion Danny Williams' loss in the recent Prizefighter tournament. But there is no indication that Williams will retire despite the set back, and the Board have decided not to strip him.
However, given his recent form, both Sexton and Rogan will be confident of beating him.
Belfast hero Rogan said, "I'd love to get a shot at Danny and take that British title off him. I saw him on Prizefighter and after that performance I know I could knock him out,. continue
WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) is unfazed by David Haye´s latest antics, insisting he could not care less about the challenger´s constant provocations. Last week, the 29-year-old (22-1, 21 KOs) once again insulted the biggest and tallest champion of all time at a press conference in England. Valuev barely took any notice – he gave up caring about his opponent a long time ago. “I don´t really care about what he says or does,” Valuev stated. “I cannot take him seriously. When I first heard about the t-shirts where he chopped the Klitschkos, I thought ‘Oh my God, another idiot in our world’. He can say whatever he likes – it will not get him my title.. continue
by James Slater: Former WBC and WBA cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck of France is scheduled to return to the ring as a heavyweight in his home country on November 20th, according to Box Rec and other sources on the internet. The 37-year-old, last seen being stopped by David Haye in the 7th-round of a fight in which he scored an early knockdown of his own, will be coming back after a two year layoff. continue
By Andrew Walker - Photo: Tom Casino / SHOWTME - Congratulations on your win over Andre Dirrell this past weekend Carl. I’m sure you are very pleased to be keeping both your WBC title and your undefeated record and are now looking ahead to your upcoming unification fight with Mikkell Kessler. But come on old chap at best you just earned a very debatable ( I have yet to see a thread on any boxing forum that is pro Carl Froch that doesn’t get swamped by those who believe Dirrell won) decision due in part to the seemingly biased referee. At worst you lost that fight by a few rounds as you were completely outboxed by the less experienced younger man.
Personally I had the fight even once Dirrell had been docked the point but either way you looked lost out there Carl. Why don’t you have at the very least a plan B? At this level you cannot expect to win all of your fights on chin and heart alone. continue
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (Oct. 19, 2009) – Once-beaten Alfredo Angulo participated in a media workout on Monday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., answering questions from New York-area media. Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs, of Mexicali, Mexico), world-rated No. 4 by the WBO and No. 5 by the WBC and WBA, takes on the tough, unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs, of Bridgeport, Pa.), world rated No. 4 WBC, No. 5 WBO, in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title. The spectacular co-feature will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing Nov. 7, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT, from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. and will precede the Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson rematch for the WBC interim and IBO light heavyweight title. continue
Alan F. (London): I know that you were pretty pumped up about the Super-6 Tournament going into the first round. Do you feel it lived up to the hype so far?
Vivek W. (ESB): I thought we saw four very talented men and I feel the intent of the tournament going in was well delivered, as the level of competition was without question very high. That being said, nothing in life is perfect, and certain elements of the Super-6 tournament thus far reminded us that like the participants, it's only human, too. Good news first....I thought Arthur Abraham answered the many questions that some had about him - as it relates to his ability to carry his power north to the Super-middleweight ranks. continue
-- 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 click here to enter our chat in the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is back after a exciting weekend of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Co-Host Nick Powers and my dynamic Producer/ Weekly Guest, the amazing Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rumsfeld). This week’s episode will kick off with a discussion about the two first round match-ups of the Super Six super middleweight tournament with the Jermain Taylor vs. Arthur Abraham fight that came to a end in explosive fashion in the final second of the 12 round, and also the Andre Dirrell vs. Carl Froch bout that had a very controversial conclusion when the scorecards for the fight were announced along with the winner. continue
After his tremendous victory against Chris Arreola, WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko steps into the ring again in 2009. His opponent will be Kevin Johnson at PostFinance-Arena in Bern on December 12th.
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group: “Vitali`s performance against Chris Arreola in Los Angeles showed his extra class. With Kevin Johnson, Vitali will again face a very strong contender. Johnson is undefeated, self-conscious and knows what a great chance this will be for him. The PostFinance-Arena in Bern is a fantastic venue and the right arena for a huge title fight.. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2009) – Two winning streaks are on the line Friday night in the main event as ShoBox: The New Generation returns to SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas. Cuban-born Damian Frias (16-1, 7 KOs) of Miami, Fla., has won his last 12 fights while Mexico’s Freddy Hernandez (25-1, 18 KOs), who resides in Lynwood, Calif., has been victorious in his last nine in a row. The welterweight battle is scheduled for 10 rounds. continue
By Chris Acosta: For those of us crossing our fingers, Showtime Sports’ “Super Six” tournament delivered. All the elements were there: evenly- matched contestants, a modern format and an international flair that was sure to bring out the patriot in all of us. Still, there are never any guarantees in how a fight will materialize. Sometimes, styles don’t connect quite right and officiating and judging are always issues which promote anxiety. But all in all, stage one of this event went as well as could be hoped. The first thing that comes to mind for me as a fan is my hope that Jermain Taylor never sets foot in a boxing ring again.
After he was leveled by as ugly a punch as I’ve ever seen by the brutish Arthur Abraham, I immediately thought about his future in boxing, much less the tournament itself. Taylor is a proud man with an over abundance of heart to go along with obvious talent, but he must now be considered irreperably damaged goods. continue
October 20 (Merrillville, IN) - Former One In A Million Inc. C.E.O. and Gary's own Octavius James impacted thousands of lives during his life and on Friday, November 13 at the Radisson Hotel @ Star Plaza in Merrillville it will be time to give back with a spectacular fight card dubbed "A Fight To Remember: A Tribute To Octavius James." This exceptional night of boxing will feature the returns of Jimmy "The Fighting School Teacher" Holmes (18-1-2, 9 KOs) and Ed "2 Fast 2 Furious" Ochoa (9-0, 8 KOs) as part of the co-main events. continue
Mike Cassell Fighting City Boxing Report. No, this isn’t the NEW sub-plot for Spiderman 4, although it would probably look better on the big screen, than the squared circle. In was announced that “Dr. Iron Fist” Vitali Klitschko 38 – 2 (37 KO’s) will face Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson 22 - 0 (9KO’S) in December. Undefeated is the new “chic” in the heavyweight division. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t fought anybody. continue
Photo credit: Sumio Yamada – By Stuart Cornwell: When all was said and done, Carl “The Cobra” Froch had successfully defended his WBC super-middleweight title with a split decision over American Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell in his hometown of Nottingham, England. With Dirrell being deducted a point for pulling or holding or other such messiness in the 10th round, the final scores were 115-112, 115-112 for Froch, and 114-113 Dirrell.
Yet while I don’t think Andre Dirrell was the victim of a outrageous robbery bad by the historical standards us boxing fans are uncomfortably accustomed to, I do believe he suffered from an unfair and ultimately inexcusable “hometown decision”. continue
BERLIN, October, 19th - On Sunday, October 18th Jermain Taylor was released from the Hospital in Berlin, Germany, having been given clearance by a team of Doctors to continue with a planned vacation in Europe. Taylor was admitted as a precautionary measure after suffering from concussion-like symptoms following his fight with Arthur Abraham on Saturday night. continue
by James Slater - WBC light-heavyweight king Jean Pascal of Canada was a very interested, not to mention dapper-looking ringside observer at the weekend's Carl Froch-Andre Dirrell fight in Nottingham. Accompanied by his stunning girlfriend or wife (my apologies for not knowing which exactly) the 26-year-old proved quite a hit with the fans in attendance. Respected by Froch fans due to the way he and their hero went to war in a great fight last December, the man who lost on points but then moved up in weight and captured a belt at 175-pounds was asked to pose for numerous photos and to sign autographs. continue
Photo credit: Sumio Yamada – By Paul Strauss: There's no argument to be made against King Arthur's KO win over Taylor Sat. night in Berlin, Germany. He proved he has power, and he even overcame threats to the family jewels.
The bottom line though, his style is ugly, and Froch's style is even worse. They both fight ugly. Abraham moves more like a muscle bound wrestler, than a classy fighter. If he didn't have the big punch, it's doubtful he could outbox anyone in the contender class. Watching his style stirs up a desire to have his opponent teach him a lesson, to step inside his wide shots, and clean his clock.
Froch had to use dirty tactics to stay in his fight with Dirrell. He would make wild running rushes at Dirrell, only to look foolish while swinging at air. When it was obvious he didn't have the skill to beat Dirrell, he resorted to dirty tactics. continue
Opponents have been determined for former world champions Zab Judah and Joel Casamayor on “Road to Redemption,” a nationally and internationally televised double main event Friday, Nov. 6, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
In the double main event Judah of Las Vegas meets Adailton De Jesus of Las Vegas in a 10-round welterweight bout while Casamayor of Las Vegas faces Jason Davis of Vancouver, Wash., in a 10-round super lightweight fight. continue
by James Slater - WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch was as disappointed as the fans when his fight with unbeaten challenger Andre Dirrell turned out to be something of a messy affair and a let down in terms of providing great action. Last Saturday's 12-rounder in "The Cobra's" hometown still has the fans arguing over who should have been awarded the victory, and due to the way he scraped through on the score cards there has been little to no praise coming the 32-year-old's way.
But Froch feels all that will change after he's been to war with his next rival in the "Super Six" tourney, WBA 168-pound ruler Mikkel Kesser of Denmark - a fighter Froch is really looking forward to getting it on with and who he feels he has the beating of. And should the unbeaten Nottingham man manage to defeat the tall Dane in exciting fashion, chances are he will indeed be praised highly. continue
Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTME - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - October 17, 2009 - The Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament! What a great thing to see that some promoters finally recognize the importance of doing something to make boxing more exciting in a true competition form, which is common place in most other sports. I hope this tournament inspires more divisions to do the same, maybe we’d end up with one real Champion in each division instead of the circus we have today with four or more “champions” in each division. Kudos to the promoters who made this happen.
This tournament is not perfect but it beats the hell out of no tournament. So far, with only the first two contests in the books, its going as any respectable handicapper would anticipate. Both titlists won their fights against the prospect and former middleweight titlist. The first two were good competitive fights and what more can you ask for? continue
Team Sauerland and King Arthur Abraham were relieved to hear that Jermain Taylor was able to leave the hospital on Sunday. He departed Berlin as originally scheduled and is now vacationing in Europe. “We are relieved to hear that Jermain is feeling better and that he could leave the hospital on Sunday,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “The health is more important than a win or a loss. Jermain is a great fighter and a great champion.”
And King Arthur Abraham added: “I was very sorry when I heard about him spending the night in hospital. I want to defeat my opponents in the ring but I do not want to harm them. continue
Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTME - NOTTINGHAM, England (Oct. 18, 2009)—The Super Six World Boxing Classic got off to a scintillating start in Europe on Saturday night. At the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, hometown hero Carl “The Cobra” Froch defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) title against Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell of Flint, Michigan by split-decision. In Berlin, at the famed o2 World Arena, “King” Arthur Abraham treated his hometown fans to a spectacular final-round knockout victory of Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor. continue
Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTME - by James Slater at ringside - Tonight,in his native Nottingham, WBC 168 pound champion Carl Froch won a frustrating and at times messy split decision over unbeaten challenger Andre Dirrell. The styles of the two men just did not gel - largely, it must be said, due to the challenger's long periods of negativity - and the large crowd booed frequently during the action.
After the 12 rounds that failed to catch fire were over, most of us at ringside felt "The Cobra" had done more than enough to have won pretty handily. His triumph in his first bout in the "Super Six" tourney turned out to have been a most closely scored one though. Winning by scores of 115-112 twice, 32-year-old Froch saw his 27-year-old rival win on the third card by a 114-113 tally. I myself had Froch a winner by four points. continue
by James Slater - First of all, judging by the comments left by fans, last night's Froch-Dirrell fight looked a whole lot closer on TV than it did to me at ringside. In all honesty, though, it was tough to score the fight in Nottingham for the negative and constantly complaining challenger. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I just don't see how Dirrell could have been looked at as a winner last night. Buy anyway, that's just my opinion, and as I say, we all have one.
Moving on in the "Super Six" tourney, we now know that the mighty Arthur Abraham (surely, after last night's sensational win over Jermain Taylor an early fave to win the tourney?) will face the quick and frustrating-to-fight southpaw next. continue
Miami, FL: On Friday, November 20, 2009 the popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO, returns to the Kissimmee Civic Center with an exciting main event title “Youth Vs. Experience”. In the main event WBO Latin Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. will put his title on the line against hard punching veteran Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia in a bout schedule for 12 rounds. Vazquez Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico is ranked #5 WBO #12 WBA and #15 WBC, is 25 years old and has been a pro for almost 3 years. He will be making the 4th defense of his title and brings a record of 16-0-1-13 KO’s. continue
Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTME - By Paul Strauss: Chalk up two for Europe in the Super Six Tournament. In the first bout at the O2 in Berlin, Germany, Jermain Taylor once again seemed to be executing his fight plan well. He took the early rounds simply by being more active. However, most of his punches did not penetrate King Arthur's tight defense.
More importantly, it was clear once Abraham opened up that his punches carried the real power of the two. He remained cautious though. In fact, he entered the ring looking a bit tight and stiff. He started the contest in his usual way with his gloves tight up against his face, which meant he was unable to effectively counter punch. When he did choose to attack, Taylor didn't effectively counter either. continue
This week, Tomasz Adamek, in a letter written to Marian Muhammad, President, International Boxing Federation, formally vacated his IBF Crusierweight Title. Adamek expressed his regret in having to vacate the title and thanked the IBF for the opportunities he was given.
He stated,“ I am not leaving the IBF family. I will be fighting October 24 against Andrew Golota for the IBF International Heavyweight Title in Lodz, Poland. Further, when possible I hope to return to reclaim my IBF Title.. continue
By Craig Hardie – Mention the name Chauncy Welliver and most people in the know will remember his date with Odlanier Solis on the 11th of October 2008 in Berlin, Germany. Going into that fateful night the man New Zealand affectionately nicknamed “The Fat, dorky, White guy” knew he was on a hiding to nothing, in his mind putting up a good fight and going the distance would be considered a win. So to be stopped in the 9th round, a poor stoppage at that left a bitter taste in the mouth of the proud Spokane, WA local who also calls New Zealand home. continue
I expect Dirrell to start fast and give Froch angles while peppering him with jabs and combos, but not anything that will really hurt or slow the gritty Nottinghamshire native down. The highly skilled Pascal slowed down after 6 rounds and I expect Dirrell to do the same, because he has never been hit with anything even remotely resembling The Cobra’s power. However, if Froch make the mistake of trying to box Dirrell, he will be in dire straits. Andre is faster and Froch is not difficult to hit. continue
King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) opened the Super Six World Boxing Classic in style on Saturday night when he knocked out Jermain Taylor (28-4, 17 KOs) with six seconds to go in the 12th round. Fighting in front of a boisterous sell-out crowd of 14.200 fans at the famed o2 World in Berlin, Abraham connected with a huge right to the head to send the former undisputed middleweight champion down and out. “He was good, but I was better,” Abraham said. “It was a great fight in front of a great audience. Now I look forward to returning to America.”
After a slow start, Abraham gained control of the contest and was ahead on all three scorecards going into the final round. He hurt Taylor with a big right in the ninth but the American superstar proved his chin and continued. continue
NOTTINGHAM (October 18th, 2009) WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch on his points win over Andre Dirrell in their Super Six World Boxing Classic encounter: “It was close but I had no doubt in my mind that I had won the fight. He’s a slick, fast, counter puncher and when you combine that with the negativity he showed in there it made it a very difficult night. continue
Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTME - by James Slater: Tonight in Germany, former middleweight champion got off to an excellent start to the 'Super Six' tournament as he scored a devastating twelth round KO over Jermaine Taylor.
In the dying seconds of the closing round Abraham let loose with a perfect right hand that split Taylor's guard that crashed into his chin, sending 'Bad Intentions' flat on his back for way longer than ten seconds.
The fight was excellent and the action was great throughout and Carl Froch and Andre Dirrell will really have to go some in Nottingham to top this fight. Full report to follow soon.
Former world cruiserweight champion Vasiliy "The Tiger" Jirov (38-3-1, 32 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night against hard-punching spoiler Jonathan Williams... but, as is always the case with Jirov, not without a few moments of suspense. Fighting in the main event of Neworld Promotions debut event, Jirov had to climb off the canvas from a flash knockdown in round one to drop Williams three times in round two and earn the TKO. continue
NOTTINGHAM, England (Oct. 17, 2009)—The matchups for Group Stages 2 and 3 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic were announced tonight by SHOWTIME Sports®. All Group Stage 2 and 3 matches for the groundbreaking tournament will be scheduled to take place in 2010 and will air on the premium television network SHOWTIME®. Dates and venues for the coming matchups will be announced. continue
Taylor’s best and only good chance will come early. He is a fast starter who can knock just about anyone down, but if Abraham is able to hold him off, the fight should even out around the sixth stanza. With his deceptive cunning and his power, I see the Armenian beginning to break Taylor down by mixing thudding body work with punishing shots upstairs. As Taylor tires, Abraham will get stronger. At this point, Taylor’s stamina will again desert him and Arthur will discover that the stoppages at the hands of "The Ghost" and "The Cobra have left Taylor damaged and vulnerable for a brutal closure and that’s exactly what Abraham will perpetrate around the tenth or eleventh round. continue
by James Slater - Last seen losing a clear points decision to Paul "The Punisher" Williams, former world champion Ronald "Winky" Wright is set to make is return to the ring this December 11th, in Puerto Rico. So is reporting ESPN.com. According to advisor Damian Ramirez, in speaking to ESPN, Wright will likely face former "Contender" participant and winner Grady Brewer. Wright, who turns 38 in November, will be looking to get back in the win column after the April loss to fellow southpaw Williams. Against 38-year-old Brewer (39 in December), Winky should be able to do so. Unless he's regressed as a result of inactivity and the Williams loss, his fifth as a pro. continue
By Andrew Harrison live from the Seaburn Centre - British super bantamweight boss Jason “2 Smooth” Booth turned heads in Sunderland on Friday evening with an accomplished beat down of former domestic stand out Michael Hunter.
Hartlepool’s Hunter, a frenetic pressure fighter, was fighting for only the fourth time since his unsuccessful IBF title tilt against Steve Molitor in 2006, however the former British, European and Commonwealth 122 lb champ was fired up and looking to take back the belt he once held from his one time amateur rival. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Now that the eagerly anticipated Kelly Pavlik-Paul Williams middleweight title fight is back on, fans everywhere are once again debating who will win on December 5th. Although he is naturally bound to be biased, George Peterson feels the man having his hand raised at The Boardwalk Hall will be his fighter Paul Williams, 37-1(27).
The trainer of the 6'1" southpaw who has already collected world titles at welterweight and light-middleweight very kindly gave me the following interview earlier today. Here is what George had to say in answer to my questions:
James Slater: I know this must be a busy time for you, George. But these interviews go down great with the fans who read Eastside Boxing. Can I ask you first, were you relieved when the Williams-Pavlik fight was announced as being back on?
George Peterson: Yes, because it had been pending for so long, and it was time to address it. You know, you're either going to do the fight or you're not - so why prolong it? People really want to see this fight, so it makes no sense not to give them what they want. These guys [pro fighters] are in the entertainment business, at the end of the day; that's what it's all about. continue
Tuesday, October 20 at the Isleta Hotel Ballroom A in Albuquerque , New Mexico the world’s top female welterweight Holly Holm (25-1-3, 7 KO) and her challenger Melissa "Hurracan" Hernandez (11-1-2, 4 KO) will both be present at the official announcement of their December 4, 2009 title bout. Their fight is a defense of Holms' WIBA Welterweight title to be fought at a lower catch weight, and promises lots of excitement. Promoter of the event Lenny Fresquez said, "We are enthusiastic to make this fight happen. It’s the first time I have seen Holly hostile towards an opponent." Hernandez, always a tough competitor, who is moving up from super featherweight to fight Holm, promises an upset. "The Tall will Fall on December 4!" continue
By Mark Pickering, photo by Howard Schatz - There’s three Americans, a Dane, a German and an Englishman. Two are recognised world champions, two previously held such titles and the remainder are Olympic medalists. Each man gives up something in order to make the best series of matches possible in a talent-rich division.
It’s not a fanciful daydream, it’s actually happening. continue
NOTTINGHAM (October 16th ,2009) - There was high drama at the historic Old Market Square in Nottingham today when Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell failed to make the weight at the first time of asking ahead of his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl “The Cobra” Froch at the Trent FM Arena tomorrow night.
Earlier in the week WBC World Champion Froch intimated that his undefeated American challenger may be struggling to make the 168 pound Super Middleweight limit and he turned out to be correct as Dirrell’s first attempt at making the weight saw him tip the scales at 168.4 pounds.
The Champion meanwhile had no issues and was all smiles as he was cheered on by thousands of “Cobra” fans in an open air weigh in the centre of Nottingham. Froch registered 167.4 pounds on the scales, a full pound lighter than the challenger’s first attempt. Dirrell quickly returned to the gym at his hotel to lose the excess poundage. He returned one hour later to finally make the weight on the second attempt registering 167.5 pounds on the scales. continue
IBF#15 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (21-7 4kos) successfully defended his NABC Inter-Continental Middleweight Title via an eight round unanimous decision over durable veteran Chris Gray (12-11 1ko). Displaying a workmanlike performance, Lyell landed several more punches enroute to winning unamimously by scores of 79-73, 78-74 and 77-75. In a shocker, junior middle Durrell Richardson (12-3) displayed excellent punching power as he demolished former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (18-9-1) in round one. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Los Ángeles, CA. IBF bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko (27-1-0, 22 KO´s) recently stated he will knock out mandatory challenger Yonnhy Pérez of Cartagena, Colombia, now fighting out of Santa Fe Springs, CA. Pérez, who over the years has learned to bite his tongue and let his gloves talk up in the ring during the actual fight, cordially spoke with us this morning after his training session at Los Nietos Park. His trainer Daniel Zamora, who served as interpreter, also took the opportunity to share his opinion on the Agbeko-Pérez fight, which will take place on Saturday, October 31 at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue
BERLIN (Oct. 16, 2009)—In front of an excitable crowd and a throng of cameras, hometown hero “King” Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) of Berlin, weighed in at the division limit 168 pounds (76.2 kg). His opponent, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark., who had more than 20 American fans on hand, weighed in at 166 ¼ pounds (75.4 kg). Abraham and Taylor are ready to fight before what is expected to be a sellout crowd of 14,000+ at the famed o2 World Arena in Berlin. The clash of former middleweight world champions will kick-off the Super Six World Boxing Classic, Saturday, Oct. 17 on SHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/PT). Abraham vs. Taylor will air on a delay and be followed immediately by the live telecast of Carl “The Cobra” Froch vs. Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell.
Jermain Taylor vs Arthur Abraham Tale Of The Tape - Two of the strongest middleweight champions ever will clash on Saturday, October 17th in the opening bout of SHOWTIME’S Super Six World Boxing Classic, when Jermain Taylor (28-3-1,17 KO's) and Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KO's) meet at the o2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. The Anatomy Of A Fight, known historically as The Tale Of The Tape, shows the physical differences between the fighters. Only one will prevail when Taylor pits his greater height, reach, and natural athleticism against Abraham's durability and strength. But there is one thing that the "The Anatomy of a Fight" cannot measure -- the size of each man’s heart and his will to win. That's where this fight will be decided. continue
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) – Three days of action are complete at the 2009 National PAL Championships in San Antonio, Texas. A full day of action was showcased in both junior and open division action at the Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday.
Nearly 600 boxers registered for the tournament, which is making its first appearance outside of Oxnard in four years. All of the open division winners in Wednesday’s competition move into quarterfinal action on Thursday. The junior division competition is being contested in the early session at 11 p.m. with the open division competitors boxing at 6 p.m., at the Municipal Auditorium. continue
PHILADELPHIA, October 16 - As evidenced by the brisk pace at which tickets are selling, Philadelphia fight fans are excited to welcome back their former two division and hometown world champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins to the ring on December 2 when he faces Enrique Ornelas at The Liacouras Center at Temple University. continue
by James Slater - 22 years ago, the undefeated Mike Tyson was about to reach his absolute peak as a heavyweight destroyer; perhaps he had already reached it. Exactly 22 years ago today, on October 16th 1987, "Iron Mike" put on one of his most thrillingly brutal performances which gave fans vivid proof of his lethal talents. The unlucky, albeit brave, fighter on the receiving end was 1984 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Tyrell Biggs.
With the 21-year-old Tyson defending his WBC, WBA and IBF titles for the first time since unifying the alphabelts in his previous fight, against Tony Tucker, challenger Biggs was given a shot at winning by some good judges. Due to his quite brilliant amateur career (wins over Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Francesco Damiani) and his undeniable boxing skill, some people even went as far as to suggest that Tyson and Biggs might give us a series akin to the Ali-Frazier rivalry! continue
On Wednesday October 21st, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents its second installment of Rumble at the Hilton Rye Town at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. Headlining the card will be former number one light heavyweight contender David Telesco (30-6-1, 25KO) taking on former two- time world champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20KO). In addition to the main event, there will be five exciting undercard bouts, featuring two former armed forces representatives and also including three undefeated prospects. continue
PHOENIX, AZ (October 16, 2009) Rafael Valenzuela, TKO Boxing’s top junior featherweight prospect will battle Puerto Rican Luis Angel Paneto this Saturday night, October 17th, in the feature attraction bout at Phoenix Rising, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. continue
By Vivek Wallace - In an era of the sport driven by bright lights and 'Benjamins', it comes as no surprise that the latest effort to revitalize a stable, yet often troubled sport arrives in a very fashionable form. The word fashion could be no more operative, as the spectacle which now stands before us truly infuses the best of both the blue and white collar worlds. The humble, the brash, the meek, and the modern all play pivotal roles in this affair, which in and of itself gives it a wave of global appeal for all man kind. The six men standing at the forefront of this affair each enter knowing full well that there's much at stake, and little room for error. As evidenced in the SHOWTIME 360 Fight Camp, each man comes with a will to win, but in a 'last-man-standing' platform, only one man can. As we set the stage for the preliminary round of this tournament, today we take a look at the men who dare to entertain an audience that has already seen it all.....
Coming to us from Berlin, Germany, by way of Armenia, is the very talented Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24KO's); Representing the British contingent by way of Nottingham, UK, is Carl Froch (25-0, 20KO's), and perhaps the man most odds favor to actually win the tournament, by way of Copenhagen, Denmark, is Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32KO's). continue
From the “man bites dog” department, 154-pound contender ALFREDO “Perro” ANGULO has moved his training camp from the familiar confines of Coachella, Calif. to the Wayne, NJ home of his promoter -- Gary Shaw’s stately Wayne manor. Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs), of Mexicali, Mexico, takes on unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs), of Bridgeport, Penn., in a 12-round WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title rumble, in a spectacular co-feature between Top-Five world-rated contenders, 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 in Hartford. The winner will likely earn the right to contend for a world title in the next year. continue
NOTTINGHAM (October 17th ,2009) – All the talking and the training has been done and now all that remains is for Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Andre “The Maxtrix” Dirrell to wage war in their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown at the Trent FM Arena tonight (well shortly after 2am to be precise). continue
By Paul McCreath - On Saturday November 7 in Nuremberg Germany Nicolai Valuev will put his WBA heavyweight title belt on the line against former WBA, WBC and WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye. Most fans will not be all that interested in the discredited WBA belt nor will they be expecting a barnburner of a fight. Still this is an interesting match because the winner will be in the position to challenge one of the Klitschko brothers later next year in what could be a very big money fight if we get a decisive winner in this one. It is an important fight for the heavyweight division. Let us take a look at some of the factors that could help decide who wins this upcoming bout.
Age-David Haye has a good edge here. He is 29 and in his prime. Valuev is 36 and may be nearing the end of a long career. He has not looked good in his most recent fights but you have to ask has he ever really looked good?
Experience - There is no comparison. Valuev had been a pro for about 9 years before Haye even started. He has had 51 pro fights to 23 for Haye. Nicolai has been involved in 10 bouts that were either world title fights or eliminators, all at heavyweight. continue
By James Slater - Amir Khan has hit back at those critics who say he is a world champion who will look to fight the safest opponents possible. Next up for the once-beaten 22-year-old who now holds the WBA light-welterweight title, is a mandatory defence against the unbeaten Jewish fighter from New York, Dmitriy Salita.
And, in talking to Sky Sports, Khan has said the fight against the Ukrainian proves he is more than willing to take on the best. continue
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko has boldly predicted he will score a knockout victory over undefeated IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez when they meet in Don King’s Halloween Thrilla at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 31. (SHOWTIME 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast) “I think I will defeat Yonnhy Perez by knockout,” Agbeko said from his South Florida-based training camp. “I’m not underestimating him. He’s a good fighter, but I know this is going to be a knockout for me. continue
Interview & Photogallery by Trish Kilcullen & Peter Mark Heintzelman - He received a phone call from his brother, that the South Boston Boxing Club had been ransacked, and boxing gear stolen. Gear that coaches and trainers, Tommy Lee and Eddie Ruiz, use to train neighborhood youth, in the art of boxing.
After Ruiz heard the news, he called his manager/attorney, Tony Cardinale. They made a call to Ringside (ringside.com) and worked out a deal to purchase new boxing gloves, pads and accessories, at cost, and low and behold, the gym was re-open today, for the youth to once again lace up the gloves, learn the skills of pugilism, and best of all, to be given a safe haven from the sometimes tough streets of South Boston.
At today’s presentation, South Boston Boxing Club was once again alive, with the staff, trainers, the boxing press, and, most importantly, the young men and women who seek shelter from the storms of life, at the club. continue
by James Slater - It's strange how things work in boxing sometimes. Only moments after he'd opted to remain on his stool after the 8th-round of his quite poor WBC heavyweight title fight defence against the come-backing Vitali Klitschko, the career of Samuel Peter looked as good as over at top level. But, instead of fading away, Peter fought on - first losing another fight, to Eddie Chambers, and then dropping some weight and clubbing the overmatched duo that was Marcus McGee and Ronald Bellamy to inside the distance wins. continue
LAS VEGAS (October 15, 2009) -- The nominees in the Light Heavyweight division of the “The World’s Greatest Ever Boxer” promotion ranges from 1880, starting with Bob Fitzsimmons, right up to contemporary times with eight-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. The winners in the eight divisions, plus “The World’s Greatest Ever Boxer,” will be announced Sunday, December 13, the final day of a three-day celebration of these outstanding boxers in The Paris Las Vegas. continue
commentary by P.H. Burbridge - We’re 4 weeks out from the fight and Freddie Roach is back to his normal pre-fight theatrics. Over the past few years and with the emergence of Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach has become increasingly more vocal on a range of subjects. In the Philippines, the domestic Press refers to Roach as the “Legendary American Trainer” and there’s solid logic on their behalf in doing so but in my opinion it just seems a little bit premature. Angelo Dundee, Ray Arcel, Eddie Futch, Cus D'Amato and Gil Clancy are “legendary” trainers. When all is said and done Freddie may indeed end up in that company but let’s not put him on a pedestal just yet. Right now Roach is on a one fighter win streak. True, one great fighter but if you were to string together his past as a hired gun you’d realize that Manny Pacquiao is truly the best thing that ever happened to him from a credibility stand point. I’m not trying to down grade his accomplishments because they are impressive but I do want to humanize him so we can have a rational dialogue. continue
Russian star Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) will fight for the IBF Interim Heavyweight Championship, the IBF has confirmed. “That is great news for Alexander,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “He has been waiting for his title shot for such a long time. We are very happy that the IBF grants Alexander this chance.” The 30-year-old Olympic gold medal winner has been waiting for his IBF title shot ever since beating Eddie Chambers, who is now the WBO mandatory challenger, in an elimination tournament in January 2008. continue
Twenty years on from the last Derry man to be crowned European Champ Paul McCloskey will bid to follow in Charlie Nash’s footsteps by winning a European title on home soil. Nash enjoyed home advantage for his 1979 European Lightweight title win over French man Andre Holyk and McCloskey will be hoping that history repeats itself when he looks to take the European Light Welterweight title off another French man, former World Champ, Souleymane M'baye when they clash in Magherafelt, County Derry on Friday, November 6th. continue
By Erik Schaffer: This Saturday night Arthur Abraham takes on Jermain Taylor in Berlin, Germany and Carl Froch will defend his super middleweight title against Andre Dirrell in Nottingham, England as the much anticipated super middleweight tournament begins. In our first fight Arthur Abraham will step into the ring in his home town of Berlin, Germany against American Jermain Taylor as a -270 favorite. I do think thats a fair line when you consider Taylor has lost 3 of his last 4 fights and the fight is in Germany. Yes, Taylor has the better resume, but Abraham has shown the tools to be considered almost a 3-1 fav in his hometown against a fighter on the slide. Will the slide continue for Taylor? That's the big question here and im going to give you the answer.
The first thing I want to do is take a look at the total, which is 11.5 rounds even money. That tells me vegas is expecting a long fight. continue
by James Slater - Though it's not exactly a country well known for hosting pro boxing, Switzerland did host a "world" heavyweight title fight last December, when WBA champ Nikolai Valuev defended against former champ Evander Holyfield. Well, according to a number of strong rumours that have been appearing on various boxing sites on the internet (you may have read one or more of them), Switzerland will hold another heavyweight championship fight this December, as WBC king Vitali Klitschko looks set to face unbeaten Georgian Kevin Johnson there. continue
by James Slater - Can an old (well, not old; let's say fully matured) dog learn new tricks? Heavyweight contender and future WBA title challenger David Haye believes so, and he has been working on a totally new game-plan to his usual approach as he gets ready to square off with the huge Nikolai Valuev.
In the past, as he freely admits himself, saying it's part of the reason he is so exciting watch, Haye has not been the most elusive of targets. Holding his hands low and leaning forwards in past fights, "The Hayemaker" has left his chin exposed and has ran the risks that go along with fighting that way. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – Hello readers and welcome to the first installment of Weekly Stud. Weekly Stud will be a permanent fixture on this website with the sole purpose of bringing awareness of the next bred of boxers to the forefront. The idea for this came about after continual correspondence with a female reader. She, being relatively new to the sport, wanted to read more about up and coming fighters. Before deciding to contribute this on a weekly basis I considered it thoroughly primarily because I wanted to make certain I was committed to it. Now that I've committed its time to get started.
What is Weekly Stud?
Weekly Stud will be an open and thorough analysis of up and coming boxers (managers, trainers and promoters feel free to contact me about your prospects). continue
NOTTINGHAM (October 15th ,2009) – Fight fans at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday are in for a Super Six World Classic bonus when the opening Super Six bout between former Middleweight Champs Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor is screened live on the big screens in the Trent FM Arena. The two men clash at The O2 World Arena in Berlin as the Super Six tournament kicks off before the action switches to Nottingham for Carl Froch’s WBC World Super Middleweight title defence against unbeaten American hotshot, Andre “The Maxrix” Dirrell. continue
BERNARD HOPKINS - "At the end of the day this fight is not about me. It's not about me because I wanted to do something good and bring something good to Philadelphia. I have to win this fight for the big picture. If I come out of this fight with zero balance in my pocket I am good. I am not looking to get Vegas money or Atlantic City money.
"We got VERSUS involved. They are expanding into all different cities. They are putting Philly on the map. We are bringing boxing back to Philly. We are giving back to the community. continue
Carl Froch - “My fans, the people of Nottingham and I think the boxing fans around the world know what I’m capable of and what I’m about. I’ve proved that time and time again. I’ve fought top quality opposition throughout my career and made short work of 80% of them.”
“Andre Dirrell certainly talks a good fight but 25 of my previous opponents also talked a lot of trash and it didn’t get them anywhere. Talk is cheap and I’m not going to get involved in a slanging match. The fists are going to do the talking on the night.”
“I don’t get wound up by words and Dirrell has had a lot of words to say. I met him in New York three months out from the contest and we exchanged friendly banter, handshakes and hugs because fight time’s not really on the agenda at that point. But the minute my back was turned I was reading a lot of trash in the papers and seeing interviews on the internet. Andre Dirrell and his team lack class as far as I’m concerned. The language has been bad, the banters been terrible and I don’t want to get involved in any of that nonsense.. continue
By Per Ake Persson: With WBC cruiser champ Giacobbe Fragomeni "sidelined" with a defence against Zsolt Erdei on November 21 in Kiel this might just leave Herbie Hide and Krzysztof Wlodarzcyk to battle it out for an interim title. A decision on the matter might come on the upcoming WBC convention.
Russian heavy Alexander Povetkin will indeed fight for the IBF Interim title - opponent is Eddie Chambers, who however is in a position as mandatory challenger with the WBO and was selected by K 2 to fight IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko. If Chambers - a clear loser to Povetkin in a IBF eliminator - will decline then Samuel Peter is next in line. continue
by Andrew Harrison | safesideoftheropes.com - Bob Arum had hit pay dirt.
Faced with crafting a mega-fight between two exceptional talents, Arum had encountered a snag. Expert opinion favoured one half of the duo disproportionately over the other and unless the Top Rank supremo could convince his audience that it was more of a two horse race than was being advertised, an inevitable classic would be saddled with undervalued ticket sales. continue
BERLIN (October 14, 2009) - Jermain Taylor today dismissed Arthur Abraham´s talents at a packed press conference at the o2 World Arena in Berlin. More than 14.000 fans will be in attendance when the two former champions open the Super Six World Boxing Classic in Germany´s capital on Saturday night (SHOWTIME®, 8 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed).
Taylor added fuel to the fire today when he publicly questioned his opponent´s class. Asked how he would rank Abraham, he replied: “There is nothing special about him. He has some power and I know he will be prepared to do battle, (but he is) just a normal fighter. I would not rank him at the top with some of the other fighters I have fought.”
Abraham refused to return the verbal jab. “He can say what he likes. I am sure he will have a different opinion once I have caught him for the first time. I really look forward to Saturday. This is a special fight, the first of many big fights in the Super Six tournament. I am ready and prepared and cannot wait to get in the ring with Taylor.. continue
14.10.09 - by James Slater - Veteran former heavyweight champions Ray Mercer and Hasim Rahman were scheduled to fight at the end of they year, in a reasonably intriguing crossroads fight. However, one look at Box Rec tells you the fight is now a no go.
Wondering why, I called up "Merciless" and asked him. continue
Interview by Eugene Carnachan - David Higgins the promoter of the Tua V Cameron block buster in Hamilton New Zealand was nice enough to take time out of his busy schedule to chat with me. David’s company, Duco Events, that he owns with John McRae were the force behind bringing together a boxing event of the likes New Zealand has never seen.
This was Duco’s first foray into boxing events however they have brought to New Zealand the likes of Bob Geldof, Prince Andrew and also helped facilitate a speaking engagement that former president Bill Clinton spoke at. continue
Exclusive Interview with Al Bernstein by Geoffrey Ciani - With the start of the Super Six super middleweight tournament just around the corner, I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with Showtime’s boxing analyst Al Bernstein. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Al, what are your thoughts on the format of the Super Six super middleweight tournament?
A: You know, I think it’s pretty cool. It’s kind of modeled after the World Cup a little bit. It’s in three stages, initially, and then the four fighters that emerge from those three stages with the most points—with two points for a win, one extra point for a stoppage, and one point for a draw, and of course no points if you lose—whoever emerges, the four fighters with the most points will then fight in the semi-finals single elimination and then we’ll have the championship match. I think it’s a pretty good format. It’s never been done in boxing that way before and it’s rare that you get to participate in something that’s never been done in sports, and that’s got me kind of excited.
Nothing in this world is perfect, and I’m sure somewhere somebody probably is looking at this and saying, “Oh, I’d do it differently”, and I get that, but I think is a pretty good format and I think it will serve everybody well, and they’ve done a lot of things to try and ensure as much as they can that nobody has an advantage. And of course, the key element to that is the five promoters and six fighters are all agreeing to what’s happening, so to me that speaks volumes. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 14, 2009) — 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Oakland native Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and current World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler have to wait until Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., for their first fight in the SHOWTIME® Super Six World Boxing Classic, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sound off on this weekend’s fights from Nottingham, England and Berlin, Germany. continue
by James Slater - Simply put, it's the fight everyone interested in the sport of boxing wants to see; Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather Junior - the battle for pound-for-pound supremacy. Since even before "Money's" short-lived retirement, the fans have been asking what would happen if the man who took his spot at the very top of the sport were to face him in the ring.
As natural a fight as the great ones that defined previous eras when it comes to the lower weight classes, Pacquiao-Mayweather could be as big, and as great, as Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns, Julio Cesar Chavez-Meldrick Taylor and many other classics you could mention. continue
Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell will weigh in ahead of this Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown in the historic setting of Nottingham’s famous Old Market Square at 5pm on Friday. The two men clash at the Trent FM Arena in the city on Saturday with Froch’s WBC World Super Middleweight title on the line against the undefeated American hotshot. However they will come face to face for one last pre fight event at in front of the City Council Offices on Friday afternoon as they step on the scales to ensure that they are both inside the 12 stone Super middleweight limit.
As ever Froch is confident that he will make the weight without any difficulty but he believes his opponent may be struggling to shift those last few pounds. “My weights down, I was already a pound inside the 12 stone limit when I woke up yesterday morning so that won't be a problem,” said the Champion. “I'm eating good food and I'm feeling very strong.
“Dirrell’s quite tall for a super middle at 6 foot 1 so I think he probably struggles a bit to get down to 12 stone. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 12 – After WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez barely survived a 12 round war with huge underdog Rogers Mtagwa Saturday night in New York City, it was no surprise that Lopez’ team began scurrying for the door when it came to the proposed unification bout with WBA / IBF champion Celestino Caballero.
“I’m not surprised at all,” said a disappointed and angry Caballero. “Everyone knows that Lopez and his team don’t want any part of me, and him almost getting knocked out by an old man with 12 losses just confirms that he will continue to fight opponents who either can’t punch, can’t move, or can’t be stronger than he is.. continue
Former IBF Cruiserweight World Champion, and current #1 ranked IBF contender, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham is keeping himself busy as he waits to reclaim the coveted Cruiserweight crown by hosting a free camp for the children of Philadelphia at Rock Ministry in Philadelphia on Saturday 17th October 2009. continue
The Carl Froch – Andre Dirrell WBC World Super Middleweight title fight will be screened live on pay per view in the UK and Ireland on new satellite channel Primetime (Sky channel 480) as part of a knockout Super Six tournament double header from Nottingham and Berlin. The tournament officially kicks off in Germany when former marquee Middleweight Champs Arthur Abraham and Jermain Taylor clash at The O2 World Arena in Berlin before the action moves to Froch’s hometown and the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham.
To watch the opening night of the Super Six tournament on Primetime (Sky channel 480) call 0871 200 4444 (+448702 416 666 from the Republic of Ireland) or see http://www.primetimelive.co.uk. The event is available at a special price of £12.95 until 24 hours before the fight after which it will then increase to £14.95. Tickets for Froch V Dirrell are available from the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham Box Office priced £30, £45, £125 and £250. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 08444 124 624 or visit www.trentfmarena.co.uk. Tickets are also available from Ticketline on 0844 888 4402 or via www.hennessysports.com.
On Andre Dirrell’s trash talk in the lead up to the fight: “I don't look too much into mind games before a fight because I've heard it all before. I've had 25 fights and every one of my opponents said they'd decapitate me or knock me out or whatever. They all come with their own game plan and their own story but every fighter has to believe in themselves and be confident. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons - You’d never guess from the lack of media coverage that John Duddy was back as a middleweight contender. Indeed, Duddy’s almost nonchalant defeat of Michi Munoz at the Garden last week hardly raised an eyebrow among boxing aficionados. That could be a mistake. The once over-hyped “Derry Destroyer” won every round without being seriously threatened. More importantly, his piston-like left jab, one of the best in the middleweight division, was still evident, as was Duddy’s superb conditioning and stamina. However, it took the first three rounds for John to shake off the ring rust he had accumulated since his only career loss to Billy Lyell six months ago. Duddy suffered a bloody nose from Munoz in the first round, but aside from that minor injury, he appeared unscathed. By the middle rounds the old spark had returned, and Duddy again became an offensive-minded slugger with a snap in his punches. continue
Michael Jennings has been delving into the history books ahead of his clash with Kell Brook - and says he's fired up at the thought of another Lancastrian victory over Yorkshire. Jennings challenges for his old British welterweight title against young gun Brook on October 30 at the Liverpool Echo Arena, Liverpool in a mouth-watering title clash. The fight pits Lancashire (Jennings) against Yorkshire (Brook) in a modern day War of the Roses. continue
By Juan Carlos Castillo: The idea of having a tournament this year featuring one of the most competitive division of the higher weight classes is something that will help casual and hardcore boxing fans to raise their expectations in clashes that promises fireworks and also to exploit talents coming from very good fighters.
The first fight of the Tournament features former WBC Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor (28-3, 17 KO's) against undefeated and former IBF Middleweight Champion King Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24KO's). On one hand, we have Taylor, a fighter with very good boxing skills, a pretty good jab, and a fighter to knows how to keep distance from his opponent, that, until he runs out of gas in the late rounds. That's the biggest problem in Taylor's arsenal, despite his not so good defense as he takes a lot of good shots evidenced in the Pavlik fights, and also in his last one against WBC Champion Carl Froch. continue
By Dan Hunter - This week we had the embarrassing spectacle of watching David Haye desperately trying to impress us, and I imagine, intimidate Nicolay Valuev, by, errm, wait for it; knocking the head off of a life-size cardboard cutout of the said 7´2´´ WBA heavyweight champion. That followed further unwanted revelations about Valuev´s personal hygiene, further comments about how Valuev is ´´the ugliest man he has ever scene`` and so on and so forth.
What was the stunt with the cardboard meant to achieve? Scare the living daylights out of Nicolay Valuev? Unlikely. Prove to everyone how dangerous and nasty David Haye is? Unlikely. continue
By Coach Tim Walker – Originally I began this column with “We all know about Contender TV series.” I quickly rethought my statement, realizing that if we all knew what it was the ratings might be a bit higher, and changed it to “Super Six Tournament does what TV Contender didn’t!” Not only did it do what the Contender didn’t but it seems to be all the rage in boxing.
I am a loyal fan of the Contender series since its inception. When it was first announced I thought it would pit upper level fighters who had just not gotten the breaks in boxing to be financially successful. It didn't exactly do that. Still, I stayed tuned from its beginnings on NBC, to its relocation to ESPN, to its last and possibly final network destination, Versus. Hell, I even watched Contender Muay Thai (LOL). I have every season on tape, know every fighter who has participated and of course who the winners are. It became a way for me to see some fighters I might not have seen before. continue
HOUSTON, TX (October 13, 2009) Junior welterweight sensation Francisco “THE PHENOM” Contreras stunned the huge crowd at Houston’s Arena Theater on Saturday night with a crunching first round knockout of Washington D.C.’s Ron “TEFLON” Boyd.
Drilling Boyd to the canvas in the opening minute with a head spinning left hook, the 25 year old Contreras dropped him twice before referee Sam Garza called a halt to the action at the 2:10 mark.
With the win, Contreras, a native of La Romana, Dominican Republic now living in Irvington, New Jersey improved his record to 11-0, all by way of knockout. The knockout of Boyd was Contreras' third since he started fighting under the Las Vegas based TKO Boxing Promotions banner in June of this year.
Contreras is guided by award winning manager Cameron Dunkin who also handles world champions Kelly Pavlik, Steven Luevano and Nonito Donaire. continue
by James Slater - Former linear heavyweight champion of the world Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs makes a return to the ring this Saturday evening in Phoenix, as regular readers of this web site will already know. Now aged 37 and inactive since his disappointing points loss to Sultan Ibragimov in June of 2007, Briggs says he is coming back because he is "disgusted" with the current state of the division he once ruled. In an article that has appeared in The Arizona Republic, Briggs has spoken about how he plans to work his way back towards contention and then - to provide the paying fans with the action they should be getting from today's big guys but aren't - dethrone the "boring" Klitschko brothers who are atop the heavyweight mountain right now. continue
The 2009 National PAL Championships to be Contested October 19-24 in San Antonio, Texas - COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Nearly 600 of the nation’s top amateur boxers are currently preparing for the 2009 National Police Athletic League Championships, October 19-24 at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. The unique event provides an opportunity for male, female and junior boxers as young as 11 to compete in one tournament. The 2009 event is on track to boast one of the largest turnouts in the history of the event with over 550 boxers currently pre-registered for the tournament. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - The original “Kid Chocolate”, Eligio Sardiñas, was the first Cuban champion in boxing history. Today the “Kid Chocolate” name lives on in the form of undefeated middleweight prospect Peter Quillin. Best known for his spectacular knockout power, the undefeated 26 year old pugilist has an unblemished record in twenty contests with fifteen of those victories coming by way of knockout. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the young fighter, and here is what he had to say:
Q: Pete, you last fought on September 17 of last year which means this is the longest layoff you’ve had in your career. Why the long layoff?
A: I had hand surgery on my hand. I had a fracture on my thumb I sustained and I got surgery on January 28. I had to sit out and they were trying to make sure I had the best rehab and the best recovery that I could get. I was going through that and I started training once my cast came off and they had a fight scheduled for me just recently and I sustained another injury—a fracture to my orbital bone. That’s why there’s been such a layoff. It was only due to injury, not due to management problems or promotional problems or none of that. continue
by James Slater - British promoter Frank Maloney, now thankfully recovered from his recent heart attack, has been working extremely tirelessly in trying to get his fighter, the crowd pleasing Jamie Moore, a crack at the WBC light-middleweight title. European champion Moore, who faces a tough test in Ryan Rhodes later this month, very much wants a crack at the belt currently held by Sergio Martinez, but his promoter has told Sky Sports how he may wind up facing Julio Cesar Chavez first - possibly in a final eliminator for the WBC title or maybe in a fight that will contest the interim version of the green belt. continue
by James Slater - It may be because it's one of the first bouts in the new and exciting idea that is the "Super Six" tournament, but Carl Froch Vs. Andre Dirrell seems to have been one of the most hyped-up fights of the year. Thanks largely to both fighters, there has been an article some place or another or the net practically ever since the fight was announced.
Both guys have more than got involved in the trash-talking department, with an "I'm gonna do this," or an "I'm gonna do that" statement from one fighter and then the other appearing almost daily for the past few weeks/months now. continue
-- 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 our chat in the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is back in action! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Co-Host Nick Powers and my dynamic Producer/ Weekly Guest, the amazing Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rumsfeld). This week’s episode will kick off with a discussion about the tougher than expected victory Juan Manuel Lopez had against the very game Rogers Mtagwa. We will share our thoughts on the potential fight of the year candidate and talk about where each fighter goes from here. We will also touch on the heavyweight contest which saw the undefeated Olandier Solis stop ring veteran Monte Barrett in two rounds as well as the long awaited return of Israel Vasquez who stopped Angel Antonio Priolo in the ninth. continue
Middleweight contender Andy Lee announced details of his next fight today at a press conference overlooking the hallowed turf of Thomond Park in Limerick. The U.S. based southpaw will be back at the University Sports Arena in his native city on November 14th when he takes on Frenchman Affif Belghecham on the Yanjing Fight Night. Today’s press conference at the legendary home of twice European club rugby champions Munster gave Lee the perfect opportunity to talk about his clash with Belghecham, the reigning European Union and French Middleweight champ. continue
TONY JEFFRIES will face the toughest test of his short professional career when he boxes Belarusian light-heavyweight champion Artem Solomko on Friday (16/10) 'Jaffa', 24, has romped to three quick-fire wins since switiching codes following his glorious bronze medal at last year's Olympics. And he hopes to delight his hometown fans and Sky TV viewers when he tackles Solomko at Sunderland's Seaburn Centre. Solomko (10-17) won his national crown in May, easily outpointing Dmitry Adamovich over ten rounds. The Minsk man is durable and hasn't been stopped since a four round cuts defeat to former European cruiserweight champion and two time world title challenger Pietro Aurino in June 2005. continue
Andre Dirrell Quotes - On fighting Froch for the WBC World Super Middleweight title: “I want that belt, that's my sole mission and I plan on taking it back to America. I can't wait to get in that ring and shine and show the world what I can do.”
On the Super Six tournament: “You got all the stars and you can't ask for more that that. You got four World Champions, you got four undefeated fighters and all six of us in this tournament have the will to win, to bring something new to the game and become superstars. This tournament holds the cream of the crop and a star will emerge and I believe that star is going to be me.”
On his tip for reaching the Super Six final: “I favour Mikkel Kessler to get to the final, I don't favour him to beat me of course, I don't favour anybody to beat me.”
On jetlag following his arrival and fighting against Froch at 2am in the morning: “I'm feeling good. continue
Enrique O. (Bronx, NYC): In the past, you've spoken pretty highly of Juan Manuel Lopez. What are your thoughts about him after his close call at the Madison Square Garden?
Vivek W. (ESB): My overall opinion relative to JuanMa remains intact. Unfortunately, this is pretty much the only sport out there where guys are 'sent to the showers' rather early without discretion. In other words, rather than understanding the rigors relative to the developmental evolution of a young fighter, as soon as he is met with resistance by a hungry competitor, most fight fans revert to saying he's "not as good as advertised", or that famous "E" word (EXPOSED) falls from the sky like Miami rain in the summer. continue
HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 9, 2009) – Glen Johnson answered six questions posed to him regarding his Nov. 7 rematch with Chad Dawson.
Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., meets Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs), from Miami, FL by way of Clarendon, Jamaica, Nov. 7 at the XL Center in Harford, Conn., in a WBC light heavyweight world title rematch. Back in April, 2008, the two met with Dawson’s WBC light heavyweight title on the line with Dawson coming away with the unanimous decision. continue
CEO of ARENA Box-Promotion turns 38 today - Saturday night in New York ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner celebrated his first show at legendary Madison Square Garden co-promoting “Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12” with Top Rank and PR Best Boxing. Today the Turkish / German promoter is back in Hamburg to celebrate his 38th birthday with family and friends. His Cuban stars Odlanier Solis and Yuriorkis Gamboa made Öner early birthday presents with their stunning performances knocking out Monte Barrett and Whyber Garcia.
After the impressive wins of Solis and Gamboa, is there anything left to wish for, Ahmet Öner?
Ahmet Öner: “Of course, I wish for health for me, my family and everybody close to me. Apart from that I’m pretty happy after Saturday’s show.. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 12 - Following an unforgettable homecoming on August 8, former world champion Jorge Rodrigo "La Hiena" Barrios will look to extend his amazing Argentinean unbeaten streak to 31 on Saturday, November 21, when he takes on Mexico City banger Michael Lozada for the WBO Intercontinental Lightweight Championship in the main event of HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation" at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. continue
LONDON (October 13th,2009) – Unbeaten welterweight prospect Nathan McIntosh believes he can follow in Carl Froch’s footstep and become Nottingham’s next World Champion. The 21-year-old has racked up four straight wins since turning pro last year and he will go in search of win number five on the undercard of the Carl Froch – Andre Dirrell Super Six World Boxing Classic bout at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday night. continue
NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND (Columbus Day 2009) -- Like Christopher Columbus, World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion CARL "The Cobra" FROCH is about to make a new discovery, courtesy undefeated No. 1 contender and American Dream "The Matrix" ANDRE DIRRELL. Froch and Dirrell battle for the world title This Saturday! October 17, live on SHOWTIME® from the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The battle of unbeatens -- the second half of a doubleheader on SHOWTIME® -- will be the first fight for Froch and Dirrell in the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
"Froch is going to discover on October 17 that his new world really is flat ... flat on his back," said Dirrell. "I'm going to expose him like a "Page 3" pinup in The Sun. I've had my best training camp ever and I'm ready to shiver Froch's timbers from stem to stern. This is step one in showing that I am the heir apparent to the throne Joe Calzaghe vacated as the king of the super middleweight division, something Froch has never been able to achieve. I'm going to slam Froch from both sides of the plate. I'm going to go Mickey Mantle on him! Remember this...Carl Froch can kiss my Yankee Doodle!. continue
by James Slater - Ace trainer Freddie Roach has admitted he is somewhat concerned Miguel Cotto may resort to dirty tactics when the going gets tough in the eagerly awaited November 14th fight between the Puerto Rican and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. The trainer of "Pac-Man" has come out and said how Cotto has in the past used low blows to his advantage - a case in point being his win over Zab Judah back in 2007, when Cotto was docked a point for landing low punches.
Of course, Cotto denies being a dirty fighter, and it's likely many fans will agree with him and claim Roach is complaining over nothing. But Freddie is simply looking out for his fighter, and he said, in an interview with The Philippine Daily Enquirer, that he will demand strict and fair refereeing takes place in Las Vegas next month. continue
By Niko Tricarico - What if Oscar De La Hoya had pulled out the victory against Felix Trinidad? What if Trinidad had defeated Bernard Hopkins? What if Hopkins had connected with two or three more straight rights hands a round against Joe Calzaghe? Too often the hopes and aspirations we attach to individual fighters are smashed to pieces like a glass jar launched from a sky scraper. It is the individual combined with the brutality and will testing aspects of boxing that make defeats the most devastating in all of sports. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans are aware, Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa were both in action last night at Madison Square Garden, and both men won and kept their respective world titles as a result. Fans will also surely have read how the plan is for the Puerto Rican super-bantamweight and the Cuban featherweight to meet up in a genuine super-fight some time next year.
But because of a combination of WBO 126-pound champion "Juanma's" lethal one-punch KO power and WBA featherweight champ Gamboa's slack attention towards defence, most fans pretty much felt Lopez would win the battle of the two unbeaten stars. However, after last night's action, this perception may no longer apply. Hurt badly and forced to hold on in the final seconds of his tougher than expected points win over the pretty much unheralded Rogers Mtagwa, southpaw Lopez, 27-0(24) was taken the 12-round distance for the first time and he also looked vulnerable for the first time in an otherwise dominant career. continue
“I know I Will Be Up Against 20.000 Americans” - COPENHAGEN (October 12, 2009)— WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler toured Denmark last week to promote his Super Six World Boxing Classic debut on November 21. With SHOWTIME airing the tournament in the US, Viasat, Yousee and TDC TV will broadcast the Kessler fights in Scandinavia. During the two-day press tour, the Viking Warrior stopped in Odense, Rudkøbing, Kolding, Skanderborg, Hjørring, Aalborg and Copenhagen to catch up with thousands of fans. Apart from signing countless of autographs, he answered plenty of questions about the tournament, his opponents, his training and his preparation. continue
DAVID PRICE will tackle German Liridon Memishi when he makes his second professional appearance on Friday (16th Oct). It will be the 6ft 8in Liverpool heavyweight's first fight under Frank Maloney's promotional banner and takes place at Sunderland's Seaburn Centre. The 26-year-old Olympic bronze medallist has had just one professional fight since switching codes - a three round stoppage of Dave Ingleby in March. With his fellow Olympians being kept busy since turning professional, Maloney will make Price one of the most active fighters in Britain. continue
by James Slater - Despite weighing-in at a whopping 271-pounds, the heaviest weight yet in his pro career, unbeaten Cuban heavyweight hope Odlanier Solis put on what is arguably his most impressive display thus far last night on the big Madison Square Garden show. Halting the experienced and always dangerous Monte Barrett inside just 2-rounds, the big 29-year-old who captured Olympic gold as an amateur got the job done a whole lot quicker than rival heavyweight contender David Haye did last year.
It may not mean too much, after all "Two Gunz" was a late replacement last night, he was coming back after a near year-long layoff, and the 38-year-old did take plenty of stick in his 5-round TKO loss to "The Hayemaker." Nevertheless, "La Sombre's" second-round win at the one-minute and 54-second mark looks good on paper. continue
Las Vegas, NV, October 11, 2009 – “Punch-out,” returns to the Palms Casino Resort in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, October 17th, 2009. Headlining this explosive night of action which begins at 7:00 P.M. will be a 12 round USBA Middleweight Championship bout. Rounding out the night Guilty Boxing seeks to raise the entertainment value as we put several boxing and MMA fights together for your viewing pleasure in what we consider the best of both worlds. continue
by James Slater - Israel "Magnifico" Vazquez made a successful return to the ring last night in Los Angeles fighting for the first time since the third of his brutal battles with Rafael Marquez. That 12-round war came in arch of 2008, and in taking on the little-known Angel Priolo yesterday, many people felt the 31-year-old former champion was entitled to a relatively easy fight. 35-year-old Priolo of Colombia, who was 30-7(20) coming in, had lost his previous six outings, all but one by stoppage, and he had fought a good number of his recent fights down at the 118-pound range.
But, perhaps due as much to ring rust as the possibility that he is a faded fighter due to all the hard battles he's been involved in, Vazquez had a tough time last night. continue
Juan Manuel Lopez won a hard-fought unanimous decision against Rogers Mtagwa in the main event. Judge Carlos Ortiz scored it 116-111, Steve Weisfeld had it 115-111 and Kevin Morgan 114-113, all for Lopez.
Legendary Madison Square Garden has seen a lot of great ring battles – but only very few debuts as impressive as the ones of Odlanier Solis and Yuriorkis Gamboa Saturday night at “Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12” co-promoted by Top Rank, ARENA and PR Best Boxing.
Heavyweight sensation Solis needed only two rounds to get rid off two-time world title challenger Monte Barrett. David Haye (2008, tko 5), Wladimir Klitschko (2000, tko 7) and Nikolai Valuev (2006, tko 11) needed far more time to stop the durable and hard-hitting 38-year-old. continue
By Per Aker Persson - October 10, Rostock, Germany: Universum´s Long Night of boxing of boxing began at 7 PM and was over at about 1.45 am when referee Juergen Langos finally called off the Dennis Boytsov - Jason Gavern fight, after four knockdowns and two standing eight counts, with the outclassed American taking the overall sixth count at 2:18 of the seventh round in a scheduled ten-rounder. Gavern was at the time of the stoppage behind on scores of 60-50, 60-51 and 60-51 but had made himself popular with the crowd with his showboating and guts. Boytsov took his time, picked his shots and outclassed his opponent for his 26th straight win. continue
By Ted Sares - This, to me, is a dead-even fight. As always in fights such as this, the winner will be the boxer who can dig deeper. I’m leaning a little bit towards Smith to find the answers to the questions that will be asked of him in this first-rate match. --Graham Houston
The fact that he made it out of that round [the sixth] was incredible --Steve Farhood
I’d rather him blame me and end it like I did than have them take him out on a stretcher --Mikey Red” Skowronski, Henry Crawford’s manager . continue
Tomasz Adamek will take on Andrew Golota in a heavyweight battle at Arena Lodz, in Lodz Poland, on Saturday, October 24th. The media was invited to attend his last workout at World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, before Tomasz leaves for Poland. His Trainer, Andrew Gmitruk, and Manager, Ziggy Rozalski were also present.
Tomasz Adamek - “Right now I weigh 215. That is a very comfortable weight for me, very natural. I feel very good, in great shape.”
“I can fight either cruiserweight or heavyweight. My natural weight is 215, so if more heavyweight fights can be made that would be good. We do not see any good cruiserweight proposals being made. Maybe next year at the same time I can have a fight with the Klitschkos. It is my dream to be a champion in this category. In the heavyweight division whoever is smarter and faster can win. I am not afraid of anybody.. continue
by James Slater - Wanting to remain sharp as he awaits his earned shot at IBF and WBO heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko, unbeaten Russian star Alexander Povetkin will box journeyman Damon Reed in Baltimore next Friday (Oct. 16th). The 30-year-old will be having his second fight of 2009, last having boxed his way to a ten round UD win over former Olympian Jason Estrada back in April. Now trained, of course, by Teddy Atlas, Povetkin is taking no chances at all in fighting 37-year-old Reed, 44-13(31). continue
10.10.09 - by James Slater - Talk about a huge shock! Last night, in Tokyo, Japan, 24-year-old Mexican puncher Juan Carlos Salado utterly wrecked Golden Boy Promotion's latest signing Jorge Linares, destroying "The Golden Boy" inside a round to take the previously unbeaten Venezuelan's WBA super-featherweight title.
A candidate, surely, for upset of the year award, Salgado-Linares was all over at just one-minute and 13-seconds of the opening round. The new champion sent the favourite crashing to the mat twice, and in so doing improved his unbeaten, but until yesterday largely untested record to 21-0-1(15). Far bigger name and would-be star of the future Linares fell to 27-1(18). Some big plans sure were upset last night. continue
LONDON (October 9th ,2009) – Carl Froch has laughed off Andre Dirrell’s attempts to rile him ahead of their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on October 17th. Froch will defend his WBC World Super Middleweight title against the undefeated American hotshot who has certainly proved a championships contender in the trash talking stakes.
Speaking as he wrapped up his training camp at the Big Bear resort in California Dirrell blasted Froch saying, “He’s a gasbag. He may have fought southpaws and orthodox style fighters, but he has NEVER fought a switch-hitter like me. I’m going to go Mickey Mantle on him and shoot the works from the moment the bell rings. Mr. Froch can kiss my Yankee Doodle.
“I’ve spent my whole life dreaming of this night when I fight for the world title. Froch has been foaming at the mouth saying how hopeless my chances are against him. Frankly I find his rants tiresome. No wonder Joe Calzaghe didn’t give him a shot.. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at The York Hall in London, 22-year-old Welshman Nathan Cleverly kept his unbeaten record and his British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight crowns as he stopped a brave but outgunned Courtney Fry in the 8th round. Hurt in the 8th, former Olympian Fry was under fierce pressure and seeing he'd had enough, referee Victor Loughlin dived in, which resulted in both the third man in the ring and Fry falling to the canvas. The official time was 2.51 of the 8th round. Cleverly, who retained his British belt for the first time, is now 18-0(7). 34-year-old Fry is now 13-3(5). continue
By Coach Tim Walker – In 2003 he resembled a potential world beater having posted wins over Dale Brown when he was undefeated and Julian Letterlough when he had only lost to Julio Gonzalez. Brandishing an exciting and enthusiastically earned 31-0-0 record crested with 27 knockouts he quickly became a fan favorite for his ability to take nearly as much pain as he dished out. During that time the former IBF champ was the face of the much maligned cruiser-weight division and based on his success few could argue that he wasn't a world beater. Vassiliy "The Tiger" Jirov brought truth to the saying, “If you trap a cat in a corner he will come out fighting!. continue
By Vivek Wallace - In a little over a week from now, the sport of boxing will get another glimpse at a man who many feel has failed to live up to the hype once associated with his name. Not too long ago he was viewed as today's man of tomorrow, blending not only a patented bright smile and a deep south set of mannerisms, but also a strong set of talent designed specifically to halt all competitors, hence the name "Bad Intentions". In the beginning, to an extent, we all marveled the direction he appeared to be destined to reach. Gritty determination, fluidity of the jab, good accuracy, and adequate power in both hands were all present signs of a champion in the making, and for the first half of his well chronicled career we saw them all well on display. Despite the initial prognosis, recent times in the career of the young Jermain Taylor have shown us that things don't always go as planned, and as good as he is, he appears to have been no exception from this rather painful truth. Twenty-three straight victories over the likes of both cupcakes and conquerors never left room for questions until he met the reigning middleweight king, Bernard Hopkins. Hopkins was a man that left many with questions, yet none with answers. His uncanny ability to use an old-school set of defensive skills, paralleled with one of the sharpest minds in the game presented Taylor with major issues to confront just like everyone else in his past. But, despite the ebb and flow and rather hotly contested showdowns, in the end, it was Taylor who walked away from the ring with his arm raised, and his "W" column elevated. continue
On November 21, the eyes of the boxing world will once again be on Casino Rama, as one of the sport’s budding superstars, 19 year-old dynamo “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KO’s) mounts the first defense of his newly captured WBO Jr. Bantamweight World title in the main event of the Rumble @ Rama X. In just his 14th pro fight the teenage sensation lived up to his nickname “Marvelous” when he dominated reigning champ Jose Lopez to clinch a thrilling unanimous decision at Rumble @ Rama IX. continue
Miami, FL: On Friday, October 16, 2009 the popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO, the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, Everlast Worldwide and All Star Boxing, Inc. will be in full support of the World Campaign of Breast Cancer Awareness month. On this special occasion Everlast prepared a pink canvas and also all of the fighters will be wearing pink gloves. Also the Promoters have encourage the fans to come dressed in pink. continue
BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIF. (October 8, 2009) – Undefeated No. 1 super middleweight contender and American Dream “The Matrix” ANDRE DIRRELL is finishing up his most grueling and productive training camp ever as he prepares for his first world title fight, challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl Froch in a battle of undefeated warriors. Dirrell breaks camp for Mother England on Saturday.
“I’ve spent my whole life dreaming of this night when I fight for the world title,” said Dirrell. “Froch has been foaming at the mouth saying how hopeless my chances are against him. Frankly I find his rants tiresome. No wonder Joe Calzaghe didn’t give him a shot. He’s a gasbag. He may have fought southpaws and orthodox style fighters, but he has NEVER fought a switch-hitter like me. I’m going to go Mickey Mantle on him and shoot the works from the moment the bell rings. Mr. Froch can kiss my Yankee Doodle.. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 9, 2009) – Undefeated No. 1 contenders JULIO CÉSAR CHAVEZ, JR. and YURI FOREMAN, plus three-time world champion DANIEL SANTOS add more Firepower to the blockbuster card headlined by the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto welterweight championship, taking place Saturday, November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, Fire Power: Pacquiao vs. Cotto will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. continue
by James Slater - It almost seems as though Manchester's John Murray has been pursuing a fight with Amir Khan as long as "Sugar" Shane Mosley has been after one with Manny Pacquiao, if not longer. The two British stars, if they met, would surely produce a great Battle of Britain type affair, but lightweight champ Murray has so far been unable to lure WBA light-welterweight champ Khan into the ring. The 24-year-old has not given up yet, though, and neither has his promoter, Mick Hennessey. continue
HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 8, 2009) – Chad Dawson shared his thoughts on facing Glen Johnson again, the state of the light heavyweight division and his interests outside the ring answering six quick questions posed to him recently. Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., meets Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs), from Miami, FL by way of Clarendon, Jamaica, Nov. 7 at the XL Center in Harford, Conn., in a WBC light heavyweight world title rematch. Back in April, 2008, the two met with Dawson’s WBC light heavyweight title on the line with Dawson coming away with the unanimous decision.
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, Dawson-Johnson II and a tremendous Alfredo Angulo vs. Harry Joe Yorgey 10-round Super Welterweight co-feature will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing Nov. 7, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT, from the XL Center. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $70, $50, and $35, (plus any applicable fees and surcharges), can be purchased at the XL Center box office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at www.xlcenter.com. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Bild in Germany writes today that WBA middle champ Felix Sturm is looking into an offer from Arena Box Promotion for six fights, each worth 2,5 millio EUR with a two million EUR signing fee. All in all the offer is worth 17 million EUR if Felix continues his winning ways. Sturm says it´s a very interesting offer. It should be noted that while Sturm claims to be out of the contract with Universum the Hamburg based promotion company disagrees and claims a valid contract with options for more. continue
by James Slater - Milton "The Ice Man" McCrory, the WBC welterweight champion from August of 1983 to December of 1985, was one of the large number of great fighters to have emerged from the legendary Kronk boxing gym in the early 1980s. Trained of course, by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, fine amateur McCrory first fought for the (Sugar Ray Leonard) vacated WBC 147-pound crown in March of 1983, being held to a draw by Colin Jones.
Becoming champ in the rematch five months later, "The Ice Man" was on top of the world, and a number of further memorable fights followed. continue
HOUSTON, TX (October 9, 2009) A large contingent of Houston fight fans and local media turned out on Thursday afternoon at Champs Americana for the final press conference for HIGH STAKES, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday night, October 10th at the Arena Theater. Amongst those in attendance in addition to Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, were featherweight Vietnamese sensation Dat “BE DAT” Nguyen, former flyweight world title challenger Rayonta “STINGRAY” Whitfield, MMA champion and middleweight contender Karl “KJ” Noons and local welterweight prospect Gerardo “TIN TIN” Ibarra.
Presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, “HIGH STAKES” features an evening of world class professional boxing including local stars Eugene “MEAN GENE” Hill, Gerardo “TIN TIN” Ibarra, Karl “KJ” Noons, as well as former world title challenger Rayonta “STINGRAY” Whitfield, and outstanding national prospects Dat “BE DAT” Nguyen, Mickey Bey Jr., Francisco “THE PHENOM” Contreras and pro debuting David Garcia. continue
By Robert Jackson: With the performance on September 19th of this year behind us, 12 rounds and 1M PPV buys later Money Mayweather's return shows Pacquiao (and everybody else) how its done! While Mayweather was taking care of his business other fighters near or around his weight class were jockeying for bargaining position to be a part of a big event in the 147lb division which may lead to a showdown with Mayweather.
During the summer Shane Mosley strolled into the Wild Card Gym for a sit down with Freddie Roach regarding a fight against Pacquiao, conceding to a 140lb weight and monetary conditions which were alleged to be a 65/35 split in Pacman's favor. Let's not forget that previous to this overture Mosley turned down a reported $3M+ payday to face contender Paul Williams. continue
by James Slater - The recent August fight between Juan Diaz and Paulie Malignaggi sure got a lot of people talking. Due to the controversial unanimous decision victory that Diaz was awarded with in his home state of Texas, fans everywhere debated who really should have won - "The Baby Bull" or "The Magic Man." This interest and debate seemed to have made a rematch, in some place other than Texas, a sure thing. However, only recently it was reported how Diaz and his team pulled out of negotiations for a return fight, and it appeared as though there would be no part-two after all. continue
Walking through the streets of Manhattan these days you might bump into a Turkish boxing promoter accompanied by two of his Cuban stars who really seem to have a good time in the “Big Appple”. But although they are laughing a lot Ahmet Öner, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Odlanier Solis haven’t come to New York just for fun. This Saturday things will get very serious for Gamboa and Solis when they give their debuts at legendary Madison Square Garden. The two Cuban former amateur standouts defected in December 2006 and turned pro in 2007 in Germany for Ahmet Öner and his Hamburg based ARENA Box-Promotion. Now within only three years of their professional careers Gamboa and Solis – meanwhile co-promoted by ARENA and Top Rank – enter the big stage in their first Pay-Per-View appearance at “Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12” co-hosted by Top Rank, ARENA and PR Best Boxing.
“I am very thankful and very proud that I made it this far so fast”, states WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. “New York is great and the Madison Square Garden is probably the most prestigious venue for boxing in the world. Every inch of this arena breathes history. I feel that I really need to show a great performance here to honour the great tradition of the MSG – and I am absolutely ready to do so.. continue
In the prime of a long and storied career, Jason Booth now faces the highest hurdle of his professional life. The sharp-punching 31 year old Nottingham stylist meets former triple champion Michael Hunter on enemy ground at the Seaburn Centre in Sunderland, England on a Frank Maloney promotion on Friday, October 16. Booth, 33-5 (13), will place his British super bantam belt at risk against Hunter and the occasion will mark the 17th time that "2Smooth" has participated in a high-level title bout. But his opponent on October 16 can brag as to having already held the European crown that Booth covets. continue
LONDON (October 8th ,2009) – Carl Froch’s trainer Robert McCracken believes his charge has what it takes to see off the challenge of unbeaten American Andre Dirrell when they clash in the Super Six World Boxing Classic at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on October 17th. Froch’s WBC World Super Middleweight title will also be on the line against Dirrell, a Bronze medalist from the 2004 Olympic Games but ex pro McCracken is confident that Froch will maintain his own perfect record against the touted American. continue
By Alfie Wilkinson, poster by Mr.Longcount - “Oh no not another one”. The rumour mill was in full swing and the stories circulating fast. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, my home town, was to stage a boxing event showcasing one of Britain’s finest. Immediately thoughts drifted back to recent times and the fiascos disguised as world class boxing we had to endure.
Then the news landed - no longer a rumour but a signed and sealed fact. Amir Khan was to fight the much talked about Dmitriy Salita, for Khan’s WBA light welterweight strap on December fifth at Newcastle’s Metro Arena.
For those non to aware, Salita, 27, is Ukrainian born, but was raised in Brooklyn, New York and fights out of the same city. Salita is a devout Jew and has forged a big fan base mainly thanks to New York’s vast Jewish community. continue
CROWN BOXING INC. Las Vegas, NV, presents Oliver 'Atomic Bull" McCall defending his IBA Heavyweight Continental Championship on October 23, 2009. McCall is challenged by Lance "Mount" Whitaker, WBC USBC Champion. These two giants will enter the ring with one goal in common. To leave the ring with the IBA Heavyweight Continental Title. The winner of this Championship Belt will certainly have boxing opportunities and matchmaker Frank Luca of Crown Boxing Inc. looks to unify The World Title with its IBA Champion. continue
by James Slater - Originally, unbeaten U.S heavyweight Kevin "King Pin" Johnson was supposed to have met unbeaten Cuban big man Odlanier Solis on Saturday night in New York. However, the intriguing clash of unbeaten talent fell apart due to Johnson getting an offer to face WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko on December 12th instead (that fight, by the way, looks almost a done deal). continue
Reigning WBA Intercontinental heavyweight champion Denis Boytsov faces at Rostock the USAmerican Jason Gavern (18-5-3, 8 KOs). Boytsov (23) is currently rated WBA # 5 and WBO # 6.
This Saturday will be your first bout with live TV coverage on ZDF. Is this something special?
Denis Boytsov: “Not really. It shows me that people love my style of boxing. But inside the ring I don´t see any cameras. I just see the fists of my opponent.”
For the past five years you have been living in Hamburg. How is life in this city, in this country?
Denis Boytsov: “People in Hamburg are very friendly. Here you have a lot of water and a lot of churches. It´s a very beautiful city. Russia is my homeplace, but I really love Hamburg. For me it´s the capital of heavyweight boxing right now. The Klitschko’s also live and train here, Ruslan Chagaev – and me.. continue
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda wants to show how serious he is in reaching the next level: moving out of his home in Puerto Rico and enlisting the services of one of the most respected and dedicated trainers in the world today. So, that’s just what Miranda has done by moving to Van Nuys, CA (2 blocks from the gym) and jumping into a dedicated and hard-working training regime with Joe Goossen. Together for three months, both Joe and Edison are extremely pleased with the progress and the high prospects for the future. continue
Professional boxing returns to its spiritual home in the National Stadium this month amid calls for Irish fans to help create the next Bernard Dunne. DolPhil Promotions hosts the first professional card in the Stadium since July 2008, entitled Best of the Irish, when homegrown fighters such as Eddie Hyland and Willie Casey attempt to capture the imagination of the Irish public the same way that former WBA super-bantamweight champion Dunne did. continue
LONDON (October 6th ,2009) – Carl “The Cobra” Froch says he’s primed and ready to hand unbeaten American star Andre Dirrell his first ever defeat when they meet in Group Stage 1 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on October 17th. Froch’s WBC World Super Middleweight title will be up for grabs when the two men clash at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham with new satellite channel Primetime set to broadcast the event live on pay per view in the UK and Ireland as part of a Super Six tournament double header from Nottingham and Berlin.
While Froch will be looking to ruin Dirrell’s perfect record in his native Nottingham Arthur Abraham will also be on home soil in Berlin as he opens his Super Six tournament campaign in a clash of former World Middleweight Champions with American Jermain Taylor.
It all adds up to a knockout night for fight fans and Froch is promising to live up to his growing reputation as one of the sports most exciting fighters. “I’ve proven I can get in the trenches and emerge on top,” said Froch. “He hasn’t been in that deep yet so let’s see what happens when he finds himself in that kind of fight.. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 7, 2009)—SHOWTIME Sports, in conjunction with NFL Films, is producing a new reality series that will give fight fans unprecedented access into the lives of the participants in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Dubbed FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic, the series will focus a powerful spotlight on the groundbreaking tournament from the kickoff press conference in July 2009 through the Final tournament bout slated for 2011. continue
Al Bernstein, who will be ringside as Showtime’s analyst for the Super Six World Boxing Classic, called it “The most unique and creative event I’ve seen in 30 years of broadcasting the sport.”
Bernstein will be in Nottingham, England with broadcast partner Gus Johnson to call the action of the Carl Froch-Andre Dirrell fight, as part of a doubleheader that kicks off the tournament on October 17th. Also that night Showtime viewers will get to see Arthur Abraham take on Jermain Taylor. The first stage of the Super Six concludes on Nov. 21st when Mikkel Kessler battles Andre Ward. continue
JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ - He’s a real tough guy and I know he can take a lot of punches. I don’t think it’s going to be an easy fight and I know it is going to be a long fight. There are older guys in boxing that have done a lot, but I know my abilities and I know what I can do and I know I can beat him. People think it will be an easy fight because he has a lot of losses but I will have to work hard to get it.
I think with this guy you have to step away from him a little bit. He’s a little awkward and I have been practicing stepping back a little bit. If a knockout comes it comes but I don’t go in there looking for it. I just keep working. I would love a first round knockout and if it comes it will be an easy night, but that is not going to happen every night.
My skills have always been there but I don’t get to use them. I have not had someone to push me. I know that better fighters will come along and they will make me fight. continue
2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders has vowed to tame the man known as Pitbull when he makes his London debut at York Hall on Friday night.Saunders takes on prospect-killer Alex Spitko, who has already scalped four unbeaten fighters, live on Sky Sports. The Mansfield-based Latvian has taken on a string of big names in his pro career, and has earned himself the nickname Pitbull. But Saunders has promised a dogged performance - and reckons his opponent's bark will be worse than his bite. "Spitko looks a dangerous fighter and he's mixed in good company," said the 20-year-old. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Four U.S. boxers claimed victories on Wednesday on a busy day for Team USA at the 2009 Women’s Continental championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Light flyweight Laura Ramirez (Bronx, N.Y.), lightweight Patricia Manuel (Gardena, Calif.), light welterweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.) and welterweight Andrecia Wasson (Center Line, Mich.) all won their bouts at the Abel Jimenez Parra Coliseum on the third day of action. Five U.S. boxers will compete in final round action on Thursday in Ecuador. continue
07.10.09 - by Geoffrey Ciani - The super middleweight division is getting a lot of attention these days, especially with Showtime’s Super Six super middleweight tournament slated to start in just over a week. Meanwhile, an exciting young prospect with a celebrated amateur career is preparing to make his professional debut in that very same division. His name is Donyil Livingston, also known as “The Boxing Poet”. Livingston, once a top favorite to make the 2004 Olympic Team, is now ready to make the jump into the professional ranks and is looking to have his first fight sometime in the very near future. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the young prospect, and here is what he had to say:
Q: You had a very successful amateur background in boxing, and it is my understanding that you are looking to make your debut in the professional ranks sometime in the near future. When can we expect that to happen?
A: I’m hoping right now, there’s nothing concrete, but we’re leaning sometime towards this month, preferably in the middle of this month. Right now, like I said, we have nothing concrete but that’s what we’re looking for. continue
By: Paul Aguirre - It all starts with a simple question. Why am I a Boxing Fan? So many things ran through my head or should I say so many fighters ran through my head. It is almost as if I owe some sort of debt to the fighters that have set the foundation for what we call the sweet science of today. Yet I couldn’t help but feel a bit of remorse or frustration at what boxing has become today.
The latest frustration is will Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao ever fight Floyd “Money” Mayweather. continue
Former "The Contender" star Eric "Dynamite" Vega doesn't believe in taking the easy road. That's why on October 17, when he climbs into the ring at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, for his first fight since appearing on the show, it will be against hard-punching former IBF Cruiserweight World Champion Kelvin "Konkrete" Davis (24-10-3, 17 KOs). Fighting in one of the main supporting bouts of Neworld Promotions "Phoenix Rising" event, that also features the comebacks of former world champions Vasiliy Jirov and Shannon Briggs, Vega (8-4-1, 6 KOs) will be taking on one of the toughest opponents of his career in front of his hometown Phoenix fans. continue
ISRAEL VAZQUEZ, Two-Time Junior Featherweight World Champion - "I'm excited and grateful for all the support, but most of all I can't wait to get back in the ring on Saturday night. I'm ready. I've been training very hard over the past few months. I know there are still a lot of questions out there about whether or not I still have what it takes and if there is potential for a fourth fight with Marquez. This Saturday will answer a lot of those questions. I know it's going to be a tough fight and I'm ready for it."
ANGEL PRIOLO, Featherweight Contender - "I'm here and in great condition and I'm sure Vazquez is too. It's an honor to fight a champion like him and I'm sure it will be a great fight Saturday night." You must be mentally and physically ready to fight and I know I'm prepared for Saturday. I can't wait for the first bell to ring. It will be a great show. L.A. boxing fans will be the real winners.. continue
by James Slater - There is no doubting the talent unbeaten Ukrainian Sergiy Dzinziruk possesses. There is also no doubt about how dangerous a proposition he is for any of the other name fighters in today's 154-pound weight class. The WBO light-middleweight champion with the 36-0(22) record has been wanting a big, breakthrough type fight for a while now, but talked of match-ups between he and guys like Paul Williams didn't materialise. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 7, 2009) – Providence power-punching light heavyweight contender Joey “KO Kid” Spina won’t be trick or treatin’ this coming Halloween Night. His goal is to become the first to stop former world champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle within the distance in their Oct. 31st throw-down, headlining “Fright Night At The Sun,” in the 10-round main event at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. continue
ARTHUR ABRAHAM - “I’m very excited to be in this monumental event. I’ve never been in the ring with someone like Taylor. He’s a good boxer and a very strong boxer. I don’t know what else to say about it. Everything else we will see in the ring on Oct. 17.
“I want to make the really big fight in America. I want to win the title and have a big fight like Sugar Ray Leonard, Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya in the States because I love America and it’s my goal to make a big fight like in Las Vegas or Madison Square Garden in New York. This Super Six Tournament will only help me get that big fight in America.
“The thing I know about Taylor is that he’s beaten Hopkins. I know he’s a good boxer. There’s nothing really else I can say about him. I don’t really think I should praise him anymore here. So we’ll just see what happens on Oct. 17. continue
CHICAGO, IL (October 7, 2009) Undefeated super middleweight Donovan “DA BOMB” George returns to Chicago for the first time in 27 months as he headlines “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 7” on Friday, November 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. George, 17-0-1 (15KO’s), long a Chicagoland fan favorite in the amateur and pro ranks, will challenge for the WBO NABO title in the ten round main event. continue
by James Slater - If Danny Williams is as intelligent a guy as he seems to be, he will not fight again. Looking pretty awful last Friday night, when he was decked, hurt badly and ultimately defeated by Carl Baker in his first outing in the "PrizeFighter" tournament, the 36-year-old was embarrassed. Losing for the eighth time as a pro, Williams appeared shot. All those people who admire Danny and care about his future health (and he does have many loyal and respectful supporters) will be heartened to know that the big man has seemingly seen sense and is indeed close to announcing his retirement from boxing. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - On August 6, former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese launched his first promotional event, “Thursday Night Throwdown”. The card took place at the Hilton Americas in Houston, Texas, where part of the proceeds were given to charity ( Casa El Buen Samaritano). On October 8 Lou is promoting his second fight card. This one is called “Fists of Fury” and will be held in the same venue as his debut promotional endeavor. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the former contender turned promoter, and here is what he had to say:
Q: Now Lou, your promotional company promoted its first boxing card on August 6 called “Thursday Night Throwdown”. Can you tell us a little bit about that experience and how it went down?
A: It reminded me of my wedding in one sense that I don’t remember anything. You’re running around being the host. continue
Tickets will go sale on Friday 9th October for Amir Khan's big world title defence against Dmitriy Salita at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. Britain's biggest boxing star makes the first defence of his WBA World Light-Welterweight title on Saturday 5th December and it's his first fight in the city. Khan follows boxing's biggest names who have headlined there including Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, Naseem Hamed and Nigel Benn. It set to be an explosive encounter between the lightning fast Khan and the big hitting Salita in the main event, plus an action packed undercard to be announced. continue
Former world champions Zab Judah and Joel Casamayor headline “Road to Redemption,” a nationally and internationally televised double main event card Friday, Nov. 6, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. In the double main event Judah of Las Vegas, Nev., meets Ramon Montano of Las Vegas in a welterweight bout while Casamayor of Las Vegas takes on an opponent to be determined in a 10-round super lightweight fight. In the special attraction on the card presented by former world champion Fernando Vargas current World Boxing Council/United States National Boxing Championships light heavyweight title-holder Ron Johnson of Las Vegas faces Ray Smith of Little Rock, Ark., in an eight-round bout. continue
by James Slater - Originally, it looked as though former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey would engage in a huge fight with reigning WBA 147-pound king "Sugar" Shane Mosley. But, as fans now know, HBO changed their minds on the December 26th date, and Clottey and Mosley were left to look for another opponent. The man with all the news, Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, has revealed how Clottey's search is over. Now set to face former WBO welterweight champ Carlos Quintana on the under-card of the upcoming December 5th clash between middleweight ruler Kelly Pavlik and Paul "The Punisher" Williams, 32-year-old Clottey could well move on to another crack at a world title if he can beat the Southpaw from Puerto Rico.
According to Rafael, the fight will take place over ten scheduled rounds and at an agreed weight of no more than 149-pounds. Who will win, Ghana's Clottey, or one-time Paul Williams conqueror, Quintana?
A very good fight that could conceivably go either way, Clottey-Quintana will see two of the best in the world at 147 going at it. continue
LAS VEGAS (October 6, 2009) -- The climax of the World’s Greatest Ever Boxer campaign will take place December 11-13 at the Paris, Las Vegas Casino Resort. The winners of the global vote for the World’s Greatest Ever Boxers will be announced Sunday, Dec. 13 at an Awards Night. A fight night themed, USA vs. The World, promoted by Seminole Warriors Boxing, will take place Saturday, Dec. 12. “The December date at the Paris Las Vegas gives us the opportunity to work through our full editorial program,” said Chris Heverin, President of Greatest Ever Enterprises. continue
Sam Sexton has dismissed claims by Martin Rogan that he feels like Peter Pan - and says he must be away with the fairies! Last week Rogan compared himself to the boy who never grew up, saying he feels better than ever at 38. The comments came ahead of his grudge fight with Sexton at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, on November 6. It's a mouth-watering rematch of their May fight, which Sexton won thanks to a controversial swollen-eye stoppage in the eighth round. And the Commonwealth heavyweight champion has blasted Rogan over his Peter Pan quotes. "It wouldn't surprise me if Martin started saying that he's been getting advice from Tinkerbell next," said Sexton. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Sugar Shane Mosley is currently the top dog in the welterweight division. His impressive destruction of Antonio Margarito earlier this year left no doubts about it. In recent weeks and months, Mosley has made his intentions clear—he still wants to take on the best in the division, whether it is a fight with Floyd Mayweather, a fight with Manny Pacquiao, a rematch with Miguel Cotto, or a battle with any of the other top contenders in the 147 pound weight class. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the welter weight champion. Here is what he had to say:
Q: You were in attendance for the Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez bout. What is your evaluation of Mayweather’s performance?
A: Well, I really couldn’t evaluate it because he fought a junior lightweight and the lightweight champion. I couldn’t tell if he actually improved or anything because he was so much bigger than the guy, but from what I had seen he looked like he has his speed back, he looked pretty sharp, but look at the opponent he was facing. continue
BARRY Hearn believes Prizefighter Heavyweights III winner Audley Harrison could have a shot at a world title before 2011. Hearn, who promoted Friday’s Prizefighter event, thinks Harrison, 37, is finally showing his ability after winning an Olympic gold in 2000. “Winning Prizefighter is the biggest thing that has happened to Audley Harrison since turning professional and he did it with style and power,” said Hearn. “He showed people he has ability and turned the boos into cheers. continue
Former Mexican Olympian Alfredo Angulo simply has to live up to his side of the bargain for what his promoter Gary Shaw has promised: A world title shot in 2010. “Gary Shaw has promised me that chance, but first I have to take care of some business in the ring,” Angulo said recently. “I want my shot at that title fight next year, but the only way I’m going to get it is if I win the fights before that.” And for that reason, Angulo (16-1, 13 KOs) says he’s not looking past his next opponent, the tough, unbeaten Harry Joe Yorgey (22-0-1, 10 KOs). The two will square off Nov. 7 in a 10-round Super Welterweight co-feature bout that will precede the spectacular Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson II war at Hartford’s XL Center and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue
By Ted Sares - 1 Dirrell vs. Froch: October 17, 2009. Nottingham, England
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
I don’t see him as faster than me. I don’t see him as quicker than me. I don’t see him as stronger than me. I think I’m gonna dominate the fight. --Dirrell
The Outcome - Expect Dirrell to start fast and give Froch angles while peppering him with jabs and flashycombos, but he will not bring anything that reallyhurts or slows down the gritty Nottinghamshire native. The highly skilled Jean Pascal slowed down after six rounds and I expect Dirrell to do the same. Heck, he has never been hit with anything even remotely resembling “The Cobra’s power. However, if Froch make the mistake of trying to box Dirrell, he could find himself in dire straits. Andre is faster and Froch is not difficult to hit. continue
by James Slater - This coming Saturday in Germany, on the under-card of the WBC Female featherweight title defence by Ina Menzer against Esther Schouten, unbeaten heavyweight prospect/contender Denis Boystov continues his progress up the ladder of his weight class as he faces durable Floridian Jason Gavern over a scheduled ten-rounds. continue
by James Slater - As fans know, modern day light-heavyweight legends Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Junior are set to meet in a long awaited rematch of their 1993 middleweight contest some time next year. The fight is reliant on 40-year-old Jones coming through his December 2nd clash with Australia's Danny Green okay, and it now seems an opponent has been selected for 44-year old Hopkins to fight as he keeps himself sharp. continue
-- 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 click here to enter our chat in the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is back in action! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Co-Host Nick Powers and my spectacular Producer/ Weekly Guest, the ever insightful Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy). This week’s episode will kick off with a discussion about this past weekend’s fights, starting off with the sensational comeback victory for former heavyweight contender David Tua. continue
THE winner of next month's domestic battle of the year between Jamie Moore and Ryan Rhodes will be on the verge of a world title. Not only have will Moore's European light-middleweight title be on the line, but the WBC has granted the fight eliminator status for Sergio Martinez's world crown. It adds even more spice to the mouth-watering all southpaw clash which takes place at Bolton Arena on Friday 23rd October. Salford's Moore (32-3) is ranked third and Rhodes (42-4) seventh in the organisation's latest rankings for WBC champion 154lb Sergio Martinez's crown. continue
“This feels like making history”, said ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner before entering the plane to New York on Tuesday morning. This Saturday (October 10th) Öner and his Hamburg based ARENA Box-Promotion will co-host “Islands Warriors – Latin Fury 12” along with Top Rank and PR Best Boxing at world famous Madison Square Garden. “The MSG is the place where all fighters and promoters want to be”, adds Öner. “I am very proud that we made it there in only three years. I want to thank our partners at Top Rank that they opened this door for us. I think Gamboa and Solis are exceptional talents who deserve to enter this most prestigious venue where so many great champions have fought true ring battles.. continue
Hector S. (San Francisco): With news of the recent problems in Pacquiao's camp I'm beginning to believe that he's more beatable now than he ever has been in the past. Do you think this will be the fight that things will finally catch up with him?
Vivek W. (ESB): Seems like every fight Pacquiao is being made out to be this greatly "distracted" fighter on the brink of a bursting bubble, only to see him come out on fight night and burst his opponents (bubble). According to the distant sources I've spoken to, what has happened thus far in the sparring sessions has more to do with a fighter still trying to find a certain level of sharpness that isn't easy to reach to begin with. Roach was recently quoted as saying that he would estimate Pacquiao as being at roughly 40%. Now, there are two ways to interpret that. Some would say, "wow, he has a long way to go", while others may say "well, 40% of Pacquiao is far better than many other men who stand at the top of their game". A certain level of truth lies in both statements. Remember, this is the biggest fight of Pacquiao's career, even more so than Hatton or Oscar because it pairs him against a man who poses a triple threat in every sense of the word. continue
IBF#15 world ranked middleweight contender, Billy Lyell (20-7 4kos) will defend his NABC Inter-Continental Middleweight Title on Saturday October 17th at the Eastwood Expo Center in Lyell's hometown of Niles, Ohio. Lyell will face Chris Gray (12-10 1ko) of Baton-Rouge, LA. in the scheduled 10 round main event. Tabbed "October Fists" and beginning at 7:30pm, the 6 bout card is being presented by World Wide Boxing in association with Bowers' Productions. The 8 round co-feature will showcase junior middleweight Durrell Richardson (11-3) of Youngstown in a clash with Lamar Harris (6-3-2). continue
Whether in Oklahoma or Rhode Island, it was a clean sweep for DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) this past weekend as one of the best super middleweights in the world, and five of the best young prospects in all of boxing, scored impressive wins in their quests to reach the world championship level. The winnings ways started on Friday night at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma where DBE presented a televised triple header on Showtime’s ShoBox series. In the main event, WBC #6, WBO #9, IBF #11, WBA #12 ranked super middleweight Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) won a dominant unanimous over late replacement, Tarvis Simms(25-1-1, 11 KOs. continue
by James Slater - As is almost always the case when a big fight is coming up, experts that are not directly attached to the fight begin weighing-in with their predictions and analysis of the contest a few weeks before the action takes place. The soon to be upon us November 14th clash between megastar and number one pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is no different.
Speaking on the Spanish language boxing show on ESPN, as reported by The Manila Times, esteemed trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain said "Pac-Man" will win next month, and that Cotto is in big trouble.
"His [Pacquiao's] left hand is like a missile, like a rocket," Beristain said. "It has tremendous speed and his power is tremendous. The key to the fight is not only Pacquiao's speed but is also the fact that he has been better with his technique. continue
Commentary by P.H. Burbridge -- I have some concerns.
It’s amazing that so much information is coming out of Manny Pacquiao’s camp and so little is coming out of Miguel Cotto’s. Cotto is quietly preparing for “the fight that will make it all right” with limited press releases and statements while daily updates are coming out of the Pacquiao camp. Shawn Porter, Manny’s key sparring partner has expressed how impressed he is with Pacquiao’s talent and believes that Manny will “shock the world again!” Freddie Roach has changed his prediction back to a KO for Manny and has sent for Jose Luis Castillo to join a growing list of sparring partners. Jose Luis Castillo, Freddie?? Are you serious?? What benefit do you see in that? Castillo is FAR past his prime and doesn’t appear to have any similarities to Cotto whatsoever. He didn’t have any similarities IN HIS PRIME much less now. Cotto can counter punch and make adjustments, Castillo fights one way all the time. This is puzzling and the fact that Freddie has also indicated that he would send Castillo packing if he showed up and wasn’t in shape is yet another puzzling statement. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Cuban standout Yuriorkis Gamboa (15-0-0 kos 13) enters the ring as a high favorite against challenger Whyber Garcia (22-6-0 kos 15). That is no surprise given Gamboa’s crashing-energetic style, his world class Cuban amateur pedigree and the fact that Garcia has been knocked out 4 times in his 6 losses. So why write a story about this fight? As I began researching this upcoming title fight I realized that it is for the WBA World Featherweight title. Really?
Immediately I thought, “Chris John has been the WBA Featherweight Champion since 2003. Has he been stripped or defeated and I missed it?” This started the research wheels to roling. continue
by James Slater - Though he didn't beat a proven world class fighter on Saturday, the returning David Tua sure looked impressive in smashing his New Zealand rival Shane Cameron to painful defeat in less than two-rounds. And, as a result of the way the well conditioned and still fast "Tuaman" got the job done after an absence of just over two years, a buzz has definitely been created amongst the fans.
It's still way too early to get too excited, granted, but if Tua stays active (word is, thankfully, he will fight again before the year is out) and if he stays at or around the 237-pound range, the 37-year-old might, just might, be a formidable challenger for one of the Klitschko brothers next year. One expert, who really knows his stuff, was moved to write after the recent Vitali Klitschko-Chris Arreola fight, that a guy who would have beaten the giant is the legendary Joe Frazier.
A crouching fighter, who bobbed his way in, used plenty of head movement, had a granite chin, boundless stamina and toughness, and who had wrecking ball punching power in his left hook. continue
HOUSTON, TX (October 5, 2009) Heavy hitting Dominican junior welterweight prospect Francisco “THE PHENOM” Contreras is headed to Houston, Texas for his battle against Washington D.C.’s Ron “TEFLON” Boyd in a special attraction six round bout at “HIGH STAKES”, an evening of world class professional boxing this Saturday night, October 10th at the Arena Theater. Presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, tickets for “HIGH STAKES”, starting at $25, can be obtained through the Arena Theater Box Office (www.arenahouston.com, phone 713-772-5900). The Arena Theater is located at 7326 Southwest Freeway (between Bellaire and Fondren) in Houston . Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. continue
By Per Ake Persson - Heavyweights Aleksander Dimitrenko and Luan Krasniqi will go at it again November 28 in Oberhausen. Dimitrenko seemed to be on his way to an upset loss last year when he took out Luan with a left hook to the liver. Aleksander then went on to lose a WBO eliminator against Eddie Chambers and off the way he seemed to fall apart mentally against a much smaller opponent so he´s as much at the crossroads as the 38-year old Krasniqi is. At the stake is the WBO I/C title. continue
By Trish Kilcullen & Peter Mark Heintzelman - It was fight of the night, at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and “Somebody’s O Had To Go,” as two undefeated junior middleweights clashed for six very exciting rounds in the co-feature of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Saturday Afternoon Special.”
Demetrius Andrade ( now 8-0, 6 KO’s) , a boxer for the 2008 U.S. Olympian Team, of Providence, Rhode Island, was a heavy favorite.
The visitor, Chris Chatman ( now 4-1, 2 KO’s), of San Diego, CA, was all business at the press conference a day before the fights, when he warned Andrade, to “take heed. I’m not any of the adversaries you’ve fought, who are not even worthy to be in a gym.”
Andrade replied, “It’s going to be easy fighting a midget.. continue
by James Slater - 22-year-old light-heavyweight Nathan Cleverly of Wales is a very talented fighter who has really made a name for himself in the last year or so. Already, the unbeaten 175-pounder has captured the British and Commonwealth titles, and the man who is also a gifted mathematician says the European and then world titles will soon follow. continue
JOHNSTOWN, PA (October 6, 2009) Tickets will go on sale this Friday, October 9th as Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions and TEAM TAYLOR MADE present “FRIGHT NIGHT FIGHTS” an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, October 31st at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Priced at $60, $30 and $20**, tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com., phone 800-745-3000), the War Memorial Arena Box Office (814-536-5156), Giant Eagle Markets in Johnstown, and at Watchmakers Diamonds & Jewelry, 1252 Scalp Ave. in Johnstown. continue
By Trish Kilcullen & Peter Mark Heintzelman - In a Saturday afternoon special, Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, in association with Banner Promotions, Star Boxing, and DiBella Entertainment, gave the boxing fans in attendance, a bang for their buck.
In an exciting six bout afternoon, hosted by the Twin River Events Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, the twelve pugilists put on a fantastic show, from top to bottom, headlined by an eight round main event that went the distance, between super middleweights, Edwin Rodriguez, of Worcester, MA, and journeyman Darnell Boone, of Atlanta, GA.
From round one, Rodriguez was all business. He dominated seven out of eight rounds, according to the Rhode Island judges’ scorecards, despite suffering a cut over his eye in the first round, compliments of his opponent.
The bleeding was quickly quelled by Dave Tenny, the best cutman in the Northeast. continue
05.10.09 - By Trish Kilcullen - On the undercard of the “Saturday Afternoon Special” card, sponsored by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., this past Saturday, fans in attendance at the beautiful Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, were treated to a plethora of up and coming welterweight and middleweight bouts, to whet their whistle for the main events: continue
LOS ANGELES, October 6 - "Dangerous" David Rodela suffered a hip and spine injury during the final days of sparring over the weekend and has been forced to withdraw from his Saturday, October 10 bout against Aldo Valtierra on the undercard of "The Return" Vazquez vs. Priolo" at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.. In place of Rodela vs. Valtierra, two of Golden Boy Promotions' unbeaten rising stars, Carlos Molina (9-0, 5 KO's) and Luis Grajeda (6-0, 5 KO's), will now appear in separate co-featured bouts on HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation" broadcast. Norwalk, California's rising star Carlos Molina will face Grand Junction, Colorado native Cesar Holguin (9-2, 3KO's) in a six round junior welterweight bout and welterweights Luis Grajedaof Chihuahua, Mexico and Mexico City's Juan Carlos Diaz (3-0, 2 KO's)will battle in a six rounder. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The last two times I saw David Tua fight was ringside at the Roseland Ballroom. He did not look especially impressive in either performance. One was a seventh round stoppage against the unheralded Maurice Wheeler and the other was a unanimous decision victory over Robert Hawkins. In both fights Tua appeared slow, plodding, and unmotivated. He simply was not the same fighter he had been while working his way up the ranks, impressing fans with his explosive knockout power. That Tua, it had seemed, was long gone.
Still, news of Tua landing a fight with fellow-New Zealander Shane Cameron tweaked my interest. There’s something fascinating about knockout artists, and Tua’s power and chin give him a chance against anyone. Those two attributes can carry one a long way in the sport. Tua’s problems always stemmed from a lack of motivation and/or a dedication. All too often he would be lulled into the same trap whereby he slowly plodded after his opponent, never moving his head, only looking to land a big left hook. Any fighter with a decent jab could offset his rhythm, sending him back into the cycle of plod, eat a jab, reset. continue
CHICAGO, IL (October 3, 2009) Seminole Warriors Boxing has joined forces with Chicago ’s 8 Count Productions to co-promote undefeated super middleweight prospect Donovan “DA BOMB” George, it was announced today. Said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, “I’m very proud to announce this co-promotional agreement for Donovan with the number one promoter in Chicago, 8 Count Productions, who has been a dear friend for many years. Together we will make him a true star in boxing.. continue
by James Slater - Former super-featherweight and lightweight ruler Joel Casamayor all but vanished after his September 2008 TKO loss to Juan Manuel Marquez. Due to his age, many felt we had perhaps seen the last of the Cuban southpaw. However, according to BoxRec, the skilled 38-year-old will make his return to the ring next month, on the same card as the scheduled battle between Zab Judah and Ramon Montano, to be held at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas on November 6th. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, on the outskirts of Manchester, 24-year-old local man John Murray stopped former British and European 135-pound champion Jon Thaxton of Norwich at 2-minutes and 30-seconds of the 4th-round. Fighting for the vacant British lightweight title (belt stripped from Murray for failure to make weight in fight with Scott Lawton back in the summer) the two men knew how much was on the line.
Murray boxed a perfect fight and a big right hand from him prompted referee Howard Foster to dive in and rescue Thaxton as he attempted to cover up along the ropes. Some people questioned the stoppage, and it did seem as though "Jono" knew where he was and what he was doing, and he initially disputed the ref's decision. The right hand wobbled the 35-year-old, sure, but should he have been stopped? Certainly, Thaxton's trainer, Dominic Ingle, didn't think so - saying that what the ref did was no way to stop a British title fight. continue
by Andrew Harrison live in Altrincham -- John Murray prospered amongst friends last night, blowing clean through long-time domestic rival Jon ‘Jono’ Thaxton in Altrincham. In doing so, he wrenched back the British lightweight title which had been stripped from the marauding Mancunian after he had failed to make weight last time out against Scott Lawton.
Murray, who moves to 28-0 (16), was controlled yet full of fire amidst a tinderbox atmosphere, pacing impatiently in the ring as he awaited Thaxton’s arrival to the strains of Frank Sinatra. continue
by James Slater - At one point in time it looked as though former heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman would travel to New Zealand in an effort to continue his career; possibly in a third match with the recently (and very impressively) returned David Tua. This does not look to be the case now, however, at least not according to BoxRec's upcoming schedule for November.
According to the invaluable and almost always accurate web site, "The Rock" will square off with former WBO heavyweight ruler "Merciless" Ray Mercer, in Rochester New York on November 19th. continue
by James Slater - British heavyweights Audley Harrison and Danny Williams were expected to meet in the final of last night's instalment of "PrizeFighter;" instead the two rivals who have met twice before (one win each) never fought one another. Shocked in his first fight in the tourney by Carl Baker, Williams was decked heavily in the opening round, knocked down twice in the fight, and out-pointed over the three-rounds. Just like that, the 36-year-old's "PrizeFighter" adventure was over; as were his chances of getting it on with big Audley.
It's hard not to feel bad for Williams, now 41-8(31). Going into the tournament, "The Brixton Bomber" said he would retire if he failed to win it. As poor as he looked last night - with his punch resistance looking all but gone and his conditioning once again suspect - Danny should probably keep his word. A great servant of the sport during his fourteen year career, Williams gave it his best shot and fought some superb fighters. But now, having lost two of his last three fights, and being the age he is (ring years, with regards to wear and tear) the end looks to have arrived.
A gutsy warrior when he turned up in a good mental state, Williams can retire knowing he made his mark - on both the domestic and world scene.
As for 37-year-old Harrison, his career was given a much needed boost last night; as he wound up winning the tournament. As a result, "A-Force" once again had at least a partial right to be boastful. continue
By Eugene Carnachan at ringside - Fight night. Mystery Creek, Hamilton, Waikato New Zealand. What an event!!! Packed to the rafters! This fight has divided a Nation re who is going to win!!! Every one has on opinion!! Great feel…the excitement is not almost palpable…it is palpable! Run a brick through it! All the ingredients are in the pot! Two fighters in magnificent nick! Two fighters who want to win!!!
Tua enters the ring looking buffed. Coming in off the back of a Song sung in both English and Samoan. David Tua is proudly Samoan! His entourage are flying a Samoan flag. continue
By Jonny Stapleton, photos by Ludovic Daly - Newly crowned WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym recieved a hero's welcome in Bangkok's Suwannaphum Airport early last week and spent over two hours showing off his new belt to thousands of fans, before claiming a similar desire to please his own support cost Bernard Dunne dear in their recent world title clash. The pint sized Thai who unbuckled the championship belt and snatched it from around Irish star Dunne's waist with a power packed third round display also left the door open for an unlikely rematch and encouraged former champion to ignore premature calls for him to hang up his gloves. continue
By Paul Strauss - The scorecards signified a strong showing for Allan "Sweetness" Green over unbeaten Tarvis Simms. But, the reality is his performance was not a Super Six performance. In fairness to the native Oklahoman, there were some unexpected circumstances that undoubtedly played a hand in his performance, such as a last minute (6 days) change in opponents. Originally he had been scheduled to fight the orthodox slugger named Victor Oganov, but the Russian injured his shoulder. The thirty-eight year old Simms eagerly stepped in to re-establish himself and his unbeaten record as a worthy contender.
In a pre=fight-interview Green claimed the much shorter Simms would not be able to withstand his onslaught, and he implied the fight would end in a knockout. Announcers Curt Menefee, Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver all talked about the difficulties Green might have had adjusting late in his training camp to a completely different style fighter. Oganov fights squat, is strong and dangerous, but very hittable. The implication was that anyone Green could hit, he could take out, just as he has done with twenty of his previous opponents. On the other hand, the threesome advised viewers that Simms was clever, and would be fighting southpaw, which could prove to be a big last minute adjustment for Green. continue
by James Slater - A few hours ago in New Zealand, former heavyweight title challenger David Tua made a brutal return to the ring after a two year absence, as he destroyed rival and countryman Shane Cameron inside two short rounds. Dubbed "The Fight of The Century" in New Zealand, the fight turned out to be anything but as 37-year-old Tua, despite his layoff, proved way too good, way too powerful and way too quick for "The Mountain Warrior."
Tua, who is now 50-3-1(43) scored two knockdowns in the opening round. Unleashing bombs with both hands, Tua sent the 31-year-old reeling. Barely making it out of the round, Cameron, now 23-2(20) was under more fierce pressure in the 2nd-round, as Tua refused to let him off the hook. Stopping the action, referee Bruce McTavish awarded Tua the TKO win. continue
On October 24 in Dessau, Germany, two heavyweight oldies – both linked to Fight Production – will share a ring to battle it out for the WBF ‘world’ heavyweight championship (on a show promoted by SES Boxing). One is a former IBF champion who has shared the ring with the best his generation had to offer while the other is a former WBO challenger who for one reason or other never really fullfilled his vast potential. So while for Germany’s Willi Fischer, 37-6-1 (24 KO’s), this is the last opportunity, South Africa’s title holder Francois Botha, 47-4-2 (28 KO’s), is confident that the man from Frankfurt will be nothing more than a stepping stone for another run at top honours. The man called ‘The White Buffalo’ took time out from training to answer a few questions via telephone from his home in Durban. continue
TODD DUBOEF (President, Top Rank): We are real excited about this event. As you know, we have a real forte of developing fighters and having young prospects. Even though we are in the middle of football and in the middle of the baseball playoffs, we think this is the right place to be. I am going to use October like we are at the beginning of the year for guys like JuanMa and Gamboa and Solis, Wolak and Omar Chavez, guys that are all going to be on this great show. We think this is a significant show for everyone to see their progress.
PETER RIVERA (PR Best Boxing, JuanMa co-promoter): We are very excited. We all know that Top Rank has done a great job building fighters such as Miguel Cotto and it has worked. We are expecting a lot of Puerto Ricans at the fights.
JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ: I just want to let everyone know that I am very grateful for this opportunity to be on this great show. continue
LINCOLN, R.I. (October 3, 2009) – Hot prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) nearly pitched a shutout today, defeating battle-tested Darnell Boone by a unanimous 8-round decision in the main event on the “Saturday Afternoon Special” card at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. “Saturday Afternoon Special” was presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. continue
PHILADELPHIA (OCTOBER 5, 2009)—Ran Nakash to another step towards fighting for a world title as he scored a tough unanimous decision over Gary Gomez in an eight cruiserweight bout that highlighted the sixth annual Cancer Awareness night at The Legendary Blue Horizon this past Friday night. For Cancer Awareness night, Blue Horizon Boxing Inc. had Cancer groups from the area handing out information about the dreaded disease and honored oncologist, Dr. Edith Mitchell. continue
AUDLEY HARRISON kept his boxing career alive with victory in Barry Hearn’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III tournament. Harrison, 37, insisted he would retire if he suffered a disappointing evening at London’s ExCel but instead scooped the £32,000 top prize. Former Olympic Games gold medalist Harrison claimed the Prizefighter trophy with a second round knockout of Irishman Coleman Barrett in the final. “I think I’ve now created an opportunity where hopefully I can achieve my goals,” said Harrison, who was still booed by a number of fans.
“My journey isn’t about the criticism I get, it’s about my own goal to be World Champion and I get knocked down but always get back up again.”
This latest eight-man, one-night Prizefighter tournament was held in front of 5,000 fans at a packed ExCel with shocks and knockdowns galore with fighters hitting the canvas seven times.
Harrison claimed the title after a stoppage of Scott Belshaw in the quarter-final then a points triumph over Danny Hughes in the semi-final before the victory over Barrett.
“Everyone thought the door was closed for me after I lost in December against Martin Rogan but it wasn’t,” added Harrison. continue
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 2, 2009) – Vitali Klitschko’s dominating defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title over No. 1 ranked challenger Cristobal Arreola on Sept. 26 on HBO drew the highest rating of 2009 for an HBO World Championship Boxing telecast. Klitschko-Arreola scored higher ratings than Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley’s welterweight world title fight and the Juan Diaz-Juan Manuel Marquez bout for the linear lightweight championship. continue
Dominating International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko will face undefeated, No. 1-Ranked mandatory challenger Yohnny "El Colombiano" Perez on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31, in the first boxing match at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked lightweight Antonio "Tony" DeMarco will face former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Jose Alfaro in the co-feature, which is a WBC final elimination bout. Both fights are scheduled for 12 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
NEWKIRK, Okla., (Oct. 3, 2009) – “Sweetness” Allan Green handed “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms his first career defeat in a fight that started late Friday and ended early Saturday morning on an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation. “It went exactly how I expected,” said the favored Green, who won the super middleweight 10-round decision unanimously, 98-92, 99-91 and 97-93. Green was fighting on SHOWTIME for the fifth time in his career and who moved his record to 29-1 (20 KOs). “I was just in better shape than he was. I won the fight. I didn’t care how I did it. I knew I was going to win the fight.”
The 38-year-old Simms (25-1-1, 11 KOs) gave an inspired and what he called “entertaining” performance at the First Council Casino. “I saved the show,” said Simms, who was called on to fight as a late replacement for the injured Victor Oganov just six days ago. “I showed something to everyone tonight. I just hope they give me the call again.”
The Oklahoma native Green, who turned 30 recently, had the crowd behind him all night and revealed after the fight that he was fighting with an injured right shoulder. continue
At the Scales: Trish Kilcullen -- The Rhode Island Boxing Commission were at the scales this afternoon, at the Marriott Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island, for the official weigh in of the competitors scheduled to fight Saturday afternoon, on the exciting six bout card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. Rollback ticket prices for “Saturday Afternoon Special” are $25.00, $35.00 $50.00, $100.00 ($15.00 redeemable free play at Twin River), and limited $150.00 Jimmy’s Platinum Club ($25.00 redeemable free play at Twin River), and are available to purchase by calling CES (401.724.2253/2254), going online at www.cesboxing.com or any TicketMaster location. continue
On Wednesday Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented VIP Boxing II at Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Picking up wins on the card were Star Boxing's heavyweight contender, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Captain, "Devastatin" Devin Vargas (18-1, 7KO) and 2004 Olympic teammate Roberto Benitez (6-0, 3KO). continue
By Vivek Wallace - In this week's 'Call Em Out Fridays' we speak a name that rarely slips from the tongue of anyone outside of his own camp. Be it the media, his contemporaries, or adversaries; No matter which direction you look in, few care to openly have anything to do with this particular figure. In theory, that sentence may come across as a bad thing, however, to the subject himself it probably equates to a good feeling, partly because he is bad. In an era of the sport where the mythical pound-for-pound crown is handed out like free demo's at a rap concert, Paul Williams (37-1, 27KO's) has arguably stated his case where it counts.....In the ring. Once upon a time, Williams called the deepest division in the sport home (the welterweight division). During that span he shared table space with the likes of a rising Miguel Cotto, the now suspended Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey, and for a short while, even the 'money man' himself, Floyd Mayweather jr. After hitting the scene and establishing an identity of his own, he set out to take that of his division rival, Antonio Margarito, whom many considered to be 'the most feared'. It was quite a spectacle to see these two warriors that no one cared to face actually face one another, but by the end of the night, it was clear who left the indelible mark on the grand welterweight stage. continue
PHILADELPHIA (October 2, 2009)—TONIGHT!!! On www.gofightlive.tv it’s boxing from The Legendary Blue Horizon with a terrific card featuring future Cruiserweight championship challenger Ran Nakash (20-0, 15 KO’s) taking on the battle tested veteran Gary Gomez (18-10-1, 7 KO’s) in what may be Nakash’s toughest bout to date. The show is promoted by Vernoca L. Michael’s Blue Horizon Boxing Inc. and it will be the annual Cancer Awareness show. continue
By Steve Janoski - When I heard that Floyd Mayweather was returning to the ring, my first thought was, “This will be it.”
I had envisioned him returning to the sport like a conquering hero, a modern day Hernan Cortes, crushing those welterweights who he had been accused of ducking over the years with sharp left hooks and stiff straight rights. After these brawls, he would join the pantheon of boxing heroes and be called one of the Greatest Of All Time, alongside the Alis and Fraziers, the Durans and Lenoards, the Haglers and Hearns. continue
TODD duBOEF (President, Top Rank): I think when everybody saw Gamboa the first time, the first time you saw him on television you saw how exciting he was. He has very much a Trinidad-esque charisma. And Solis is in a division searching for “Mr. Heavyweight.” I think that Solis, with his amateur credentials, was something that being in a partnership with Ahmet Öhner and Arena Box-Promotion, his organization, was something that Top Rank wanted to pursue because we believed in the product and build exposure around him.
We were a little disappointed Gamboa couldn’t fight on the show he originally planned to fight on (July 27) because of visa issues. We think the sky is the limit for both fighters and they are both in weight classes that if they deliver in the ring, there are going be lots of riches for them.
They are well-developed because they are mature and well-seasoned as amateurs and now we have to start working on the marketing side of it. Good doesn’t mean everything. You have to be marketable and amenable to the fans so the fans want to see you. continue
In what promises to be the biggest fight to hit El Paso in nearly a decade, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. and Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas held their first press conference at the El Camino Real Hotel in downtown El Paso to hype what is already being billed “Latin Invasion II: Revenge of the Son”, a PPV fight that will take place at the Dan Haskins Center at the campus of the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) on October 30th. It was only four months ago that Campas fought Hector Camacho Sr., father of the current WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) light middleweight champion, and although the fight ended in a draw, the animosity permeated long after the fight ended. continue
by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc.’s matchmaker, Ted Panagiotis, deserves a raise. Talk about pulling a rabbit out of the hat. Lining up fighters in just days before a fight card, is hard enough – but when it’s the main event, no-one can sleep. Yet low and behold, the main event comes together, as CES finds an opponent for the undefeated Edwin Rodriguez (11-0, 8 KO’s), in the likes of a seasoned, and dangerous, veteran journeyman, 29 year old Darnell Boone, 16-12-2, 6 KO’s, of Atlanta, Georgia. His record may looked like he can be beaten, but when you factor in a number of his fights have been in opponents’ backyards, Boone is, indeed a dangerous opponent. continue
by James Slater - Now that modern day legends Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Junior have apparently come to an agreement to meet in a long awaited rematch of their 1993 fight early next year (reliant on Jones beting Australia's Danny Green in December, of course) IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek has seemingly been left out in the cold when it comes to a mega fight.
Well, the Polish hero still has his fight with one-time heavyweight contender Andrew Golota to look forward to - a fight that is being referred to as a "The Polish Fight of The Century" - but the 32-year-old's chances of ending the career of a great seem a lot slimmer now that "B-Hop" is seemingly no longer interested in fighting him. continue
This Friday, undefeated, welterweight, Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KO’s) intends to make a positive impression on the boxing world as he fights on ShoBox: The New Generation, in Red Rock, Oklahoma. He will be featured in what has been termed a meaningful 10-round fight against Miami’s highly touted, Antwone Smith (16-1. 8 KO’s). Not one to typically blow his own horn, the modest Crawford considers this fight an important stepping stone, “It is time to show everyone what Henry Crawford is all about. I’m being given the opportunity to box in a significant fight on ShoBox. This is important to me. I am not going to waste this chance to gain exposure. It’s my dream to win a title; this will help me get there. I’m ready. continue
JOHN DUDDY - I had a very big year but unfortunately I got slapped around in the ring a little bit. But I got married to my girlfriend of ten years. I didn’t have much of a honeymoon because work came calling pretty fast to get ready for October 10. By no means am I through – I’m 30 years old but there are many miles left in this engine. I had a great relationship with Pat (Burns) but I felt like a visitor traveling around when I went to different cities to train. I wanted to stay and settle in New York. I want to thank him for the knowledge he gave me. Harry works me hard which is what I like and what I am used to. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - There was a time when if you were a white working class boxing champion, who was explosive and drew big crowds then you by default had a passageway to big money. With the ever changing landscape of pro boxing and the business of it all, this is unfortunately for Kelly Pavlik no longer the case.
Kelly Pavlik meets all the above criteria, and if colour means far less now than it once did in determining a fighter’s moneymaking ability, Pavlik more than makes up for that with his: crowd pleasing style, toughness and determination to win at all costs. Yet where is the safe money for Pavlik anymore? It is nowhere to be seen…
Kelly Pavlik fought his way to the title the old fashioned way, the hard way. Blasting his way through the standard tomato cans before gradually stepping up in class and then ultimately moving from prospect to number one contender with a stellar year in 2007 that saw him ice Jose Luis Zertuche in the eighth and then pummel the much feared Edison Miranda into submission in a classic brawl. continue
By Rene Trujillo - Perhaps no other sport out there carries more stories full of glory and grief than the sweet science. From successful boxers who escape poverty to earn millions of dollars, to the unlucky warriors who earn a pittance just to pay the bills: Boxing has been the backdrop to many of these stories and different others in between. The sport of boxing unlike other major sports has no governing body set up for the well being of boxers in and out of the ring. There isn’t a pension plan or a health care system in place for a set of athletes that run the biggest risk in participating in their sport both during and after their careers. For that reason alone we hear of many boxers who end up living on the streets after their careers mentally ill, hooked on drugs, alcohol, and in the saddest of cases end up dead in some pauper’s cemetery. But above it all, it is the death of a boxer that strikes up the most emotion in all of us who passionately embrace the sport: and that emotion is always magnified when the life of a boxer expires all too soon. continue
NEWKIRK, Okla., (Oct. 1, 2009) – Tarvis Simms skipped rope in the hallway just moments after weighing in slightly over the super middleweight limit on Thursday during the final weigh-in for Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation matchup against Allan Green. Simms was able to finally make weight later in the evening at a previously agreed 168.8 pounds while Green weighed in at 167.6 pounds during the afternoon weigh-in for their 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 2, live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Despite what he called the stress of having to scramble and make weight later in the evening, the southpaw Simms (25-0-1 11 KOs) from Norwalk, Conn., said he will be ready and prepared for whatever Green has in store for him. “I know people aren’t picking me to win, but that’s why I’m going to go out there and shock the world.. continue
Commentary by P.H. Burbridge - Miguel Angel Cotto is in a great position to achieve what he craves most. His one time conqueror, Antonio Margarito has been disgraced for attempting to cheat against “Sugar” Shane Mosley and ended up taking one of the most humbling beatings we’ve seen in a long, long time. What a difference a year makes. In that time Cotto has rebuilt his career and signed an extension with Top Rank Boxing. He signed that extension because Bob Arum was able to deliver an opportunity to achieve the thing he craves most.
It starts and may end with the biggest fight of his career against another history hungry fighter in his own right, the current P4P King Manny Pacquiao. continue
Team Guerrero Press Release: - Gilroy CA, October 1, 2009 - This afternoon Goossen-Tutor Promotions, LLC ("GTP") issued a press release relating to Robert Guerrero, which misstates the relevant facts. In order to avoid all confusion, here are the facts relative to the dispute between Guerrero and GTP.
1. In March 2003, Guerrero and GTP entered into a promotional agreement which provided for a 5 year term commencing on May 4, 2003 (the GTP Promotional Agreement"). continue
Goossen Tutor Press Release: Los Angeles, Calif. (October 1, 2009) - Directly contradicting the Court’s decision, Guerrero’s current team is once again interfering with Goossen Tutor Promotions contract with Robert Guerrero. Nothing in the Court's decision stated it's basis was merely because of a lack of Armando Garcia's signature on the Arbitration Decision. Rather, the Court specifically found for Goossen Tutor Promotions on the grounds that the Arbitration award was obtained by "corruption, fraud, or other undue means.. continue
by James Slater - On a number of occasions, Britain's David Haye has spoken of how he will emulate the achievements of the great Evander Holyfield, by going up from cruiserweight to unify the heavyweight titles also. "The Real Deal" was the undisputed cruiserweight king in the late 1980s, before moving up to become the undisputed ruler at heavyweight in 1990. Haye was seen as the main man at cruiserweight in 2008 (although he did not add the IBF strap to the Ring magazine, WBC, WBA ad WBO titles he won), and now, in late 2009, "The Hayemaker" is weeks away from going for his first heavyweight title; against WBA boss Nikolai Valuev.
Thus far, Holyfield has never really spoken much about Haye and his plans to follow his lead, but in an interview with The BBC, the 46-year-old legend did give his opinion on the man who admires him so much. And guess what? According to Evander it's possible he and Haye could even wind up fighting next year! continue
by James Slater - Tomorrow night's "Prizefighter, The Heavyweights" has attracted a lot of attention, and the show at London's Excel Arena promises to be great entertainment. Yet despite the fact that eight heavyweight hopefuls will be in with a chance of grabbing the trophy and the prize money that goes with it, most, if not all of the talk surrounding the tournament has been about archrivals Danny Williams and Audley Harrison. continue
By Eugene Carnachan -- AGE: Tua – 37 next month l Cameron – 32 this month.
Cameron is the younger man by five years.
Will this be a factor in Cameron’s favour? Will the younger man have more zip in his game?
Tua physically has turned back the clock. But will the body clock listen on Saturday night? continue
By Ted Sares - He’s unbeaten, ambitious and they blow smoke up their a*** in America, telling them they’re the next Sugar Ray Leonard. He’ll believe he can win the title. But all that goes out of the window after round one. I punch hard for 12 rounds, so we’ll find out what he’s got. I would not like his job, coming to my home town to try and take my title.
The only way you’re knocking me down is if you hit the air hard enough to create a hurricane wind, because you’re not going to touch me… --Andre Dirrel
Carl “The Cobra” Froch made a name for himself with a stunning victory over Jermain Taylor that came down to his "courage and determination.“ He waxed Taylor with a stunning TKO at 2:46 of the twelfth round when he jumped on him while he was still on Queer Street from an earlier knockdown. He pummeled him again and again until the slaughter was halted. Now, two unbeaten fighters, Froch (25-0) and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (18-0) will clash on October 17 in Nottingham, England in the opening bout of the 'Super Six' tournament. continue
Golden Boy Promotions and Roy Englebrecht Promotions announced today a Special Ticket Offer to celebrate the return to the ring of Two Time World Champion Israel Vazquez! For each $200 or $100 ticket that fans receiving this email purchase to see Israel Vazquez face Angel Priolo on Saturday, October 10 at Nokia Theater at L.A. Live, they will receive an equal number of free tickets to the Battle In The Ballroom October 29 show or December 17 show at the Irvine Marriott. continue
by James Slater - Boxing in the talent-rich 147-pound division, former title holders Kermit Cintron and Carlos Quintana are in action on a doubleheader in Puerto Rico on October 24th. Both fighters are, of course, Puerto Rican, and both exciting warriors will look to keep busy against reasonable competition as they await another crack at a major belt. Cintron, known as "The Killer," will meet the little-known Juliano Ramos of Brazil, and Quintana, nicknamed "El Indio," will square off with Jesse Feliciano of the U.S. continue
By Vivek Wallace - Editor's Note: The welterweight division is arguably one of, if not thee deepest division in the sport. With all of the highly notables fighting for supremacy, there's one name in particular that has the potential, yet some would argue his presence has yet to be truly felt. Some call it a fault of politics, others simply view it as a fault of his own. No matter what your perspective, few can deny his effort every time he laces up. With the return of Mayweather and a constantly changing landscape in the division, I had a chance to talk to Joshua Clottey and find out precisely where he feels he now stands. As you'll read, his response was truthful, introspective, and in spurts, down right shocking when you think of his past demeanor. Such has never been the case in the past, and after reading this 20 minute conversation, many will find out precisely what went wrong with the man so smooth in a world so rough. Unedited and uncut, here's what Mr. Joshua Clottey had to say: continue
NEW YORK—Sept. 29, 2009—Major League Gaming (MLG), the professional video game league, and HBO Sports announced today an exciting new marketing initiative to support the newest installment of the acclaimed HBO boxing reality series 24/7 PACQUIAO/COTTO. The Emmy-Award-winning all-access series debuts its seventh installment on Saturday, Oct. 24. Partnering with MLG, HBO Sports has added a new dimension to expand the audience and appeal in the key youth demographic, an audience segment that has demonstrated a fever-pitch interest in playing boxing video games. continue
Phoenix Rising Gets Even Hotter as former WBO and Linear World Heavyweight Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs to appear in the co-featured bout, October 17 in Phoenix, Arizona. When Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) won the WBO Heavyweight Championship via thrilling knockout over Sergei Liakhovich in November 2006, manager Ivaylo Gotzev of Elite boxing Management was very outspoken in representing Liakhovich. Time changes everything. The power-punching Briggs and the crafty manager Gotzev have joined forces with a goal of changing the heavyweight championship landscape and the facial features of current WBC king Vitali Klitschko. continue
Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, and unbeaten, 2004 Olympic U.S. medalist Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., participated in an international media conference call to discuss the 12-round showdown at Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England, on Saturday, Oct. 17, live on SHOWTIME® (8 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The battle of unbeatens – the second half of a doubleheader on SHOWTIME® -- will be for Froch’s WBC 168-pound title and the first fight for Froch and Dirrell in the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
In the opening Super Six Group Stage 1 bout on Oct. 17, undefeated former IBF middleweight champion “King’’ Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs), of Germany, will face former undisputed 160-pound titleholder Jermain “Bad Intentions’’ Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., at 02 World Arena in Berlin, Germany. The Abraham-Taylor 12-rounder will be shown on SHOWTIME on same day delay.
ANDRE DIRRELL: “My main goal is to become a superstar in boxing. I’m working hard as ever. This is what I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Expectations are actually higher than I anticipated. This is what I’ve been waiting for. Now is my time and the world is going to know Andre Dirrell at the end of this tournament.. continue
GEORGE GROVES has signed a promotional deal with Frank Maloney, and will box at Seaburn Centre, Sunderland on Friday 16th October. The super-middleweight sensation, 21, will continue to be managed by Hayemaker Promotions and trained by Adam Booth. Maloney believes he now has the three best super-middleweight prospects in the country on his books, Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries (3-0), Travis Dickinson (3-0) and Groves (4-0). continue
CARL BAKER is the heaviest fighter for Friday’s PartyCasino.com Prizefighter Heavyweights III event. Baker, 27, weighted in at 20st 7lb more than four stone heavier than Coleman Barrett, who, at 15st, 13lb, is the lightest man of the eight. Prizefighter has caught the imagination of fight fans with 5,000 people expected to be at the ExCel Arena in London’s Docklands. The competition features current British Champion Danny Williams and arch rival Audley Harrison, who could meet in a mouth-watering final. continue
ATLANTIC CITY (Octoberber 1, 2009) – “Great Caesars Ghost!” World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK returns to his old haunt -- Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall -- where he first captured the world title, Saturday, December 5, for the biggest gamble of his world title reign. Pavlik faces two-division world champion PAUL “The Punisher” WILLIAMS. Promoted by Top Rank and Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, the Pavlik-Williams world title fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT.
Combined, these two sluggers boast an incredible record of 72-2 (58 KOs), a winning percentage of 98% and a victory by knockout ratio of 80%! Remaining Tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. continue
On Wednesday night Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented it's second installment of VIP Boxing before a packed house at the beautiful Russo's On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. The show featured six fights, an hour long cocktail party, followed by a five course meal of indescribable elegance. Headlining the card was Star Boxing's heavyweight and the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Captain "Devastain" Devin Vargas taking on Terrell "Baby Bull" Nelson. Vargas came out in the first, scoring good combinations to both the body and head of the hard charging Nelson. continue
by James Slater - Old fan favourite Francois Botha, "The White Buffalo" from South Africa, seems to have been around for ages now. First making a name for himself by out-pointing German hero Axel Schulz in a 1995 IBF title fight that was later changed to a No-Contest due to Botha testing positive for illegal substances, the South African slugger went on to battle Michael Moorer, Mike Tyson, Shannon Briggs, Lennox Lewis and, most recently, Wladimir Klitschko. continue
by James Slater - Henry Ramirez, trainer, of course, of Chris Arreola, is obviously feeling disappointment right now, due to his brave fighter coming up short this past Saturday night in his challenge of WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko. However, Henry is also proud of the way Chris gave his all in the fight and showed his warrior's heart.
At a time when many people would not want to give out an interview, Henry very kindly took the time to speak with me about the battle that took place in L.A just three days ago.
On Friday October 2nd, Star Boxing's undefeated super middleweight contender "Marvelous" Tarvis Simms (25-0-1, 11KO) enters hostile territory when he takes on top rated Allan Green (28-1, 20KO) at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds in the super middleweight division and will be shown live as the main event on that evening's Showtime's Showbox: The Next Generation. Green, who hails from nearby Tulsa, OK, was originally slated to face Victor Oganov, but Oganov pulled out due to an injury, leaving the door and an opportunity of a life-time, wide open for Simms. continue
LOS ANGELES (September 30, 2009) - Following the release of a series of incendiary statements from Lou DiBella and his fighter, junior welterweight Paulie Malignaggi, regarding the decision of former lightweight world champion Juan Diaz to forego a rematch with Malignaggi this December, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer responded to their statements. "Let the facts be facts. Juan Diaz won the first fight. The only controversy was the wide margin on one of the judges score cards, so there is no reason for Juan Diaz to take short money to fight Paulie Malignaggi again. If Paulie wants to take short money and make it worth Juan's while to come to New York and beat him again, then let us know and we are ready.. continue
HOUSTON (September 29th, 2009) - Sometimes a fighter can find himself up against the ropes. That's the feeling most people in the boxing community have about Jermain Taylor. He’s fighting an undefeated former champ in his hometown and he is the underdog. The pressure is on, but nothing could be further from Taylor’s mind as he prepares to face Arthur Abraham on October 17th, at the o2 World arena in Berlin, Germany.
“If anyone thinks I'm lacking in confidence or feeling any pressure, they’re dead wrong,” said Taylor. “Just because I've lost a few fights, I'm not ready to be written off. “Sometimes a fighter can lose and get beat up with that loss. That has not happened to me. I beat myself in every fight I lost, but I have learned from my mistakes. I'm a better fighter because of the losses.”
Taylor is also a more focused and disciplined boxer in the gym. He’s already put in close to three months of training for the Abraham fight, including a 10-week camp at George Foreman’s Youth Center in Houston, Texas, where a new road-work routine was added to his training. continue