Los Angeles, CA (November 30, 2009) Chazz The Gentleman Witherspoon, born and raised in Paulsboro, NJ now residing in Philadelphia, PA will battle Maryland-born Tony The Tiger Thompson in a heavyweight battle between two fighters who each began their boxing careers in their twenties. To the winner of Saturday nights fight between these two giant-sized heavyweights, go the spoils of World Champion Contender status. continue
by Stuart Young - You can usually guarantee a late night scrap in Newcastle on a Saturday night & this weekend will be no exception. This Saturday, boxing makes a return to the North East when Amir Khan takes on mandatory challenger Dmitriy Salita at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, in what will be his first defence of his WBA light-welterweight crown he won by outpointing, outworking & outclassing Andreas Kotelnik over 12 one-sided rounds last July. That bout capped a remarkable turnaround for Khan, from Bolton, England, whom 10 months previous was KO'd in 54 seconds by the fists of Colombian 'banger' Breidis Prescott. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's special 50th 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 is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my classy Producer Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy) and my Co-Host, Nick Powers.
Topics for Discussion
Ali Funekas controversial draw with Joan Guzman for the vacant IBF lightweight title
Lucian Butes impressive 4th round stoppage against Librado Andrade to retain his IBF super middleweight belt
Rumors of a possible showdown between Bute and middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik
Bernard Hopkins rumored to move to heavyweight to face David Haye after his March date with Roy Jones. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - NOVEMBER 30, 2009 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a news conference will be held at the Hall of Fame Events Pavilion on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. to announce the newest Hall of Fame Inductees. Inductees will be named in five categories: Modern, Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non- Participant and Observer. Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel of boxing historians cast votes. Voters from Japan, England, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, Puerto Rico and the United States are among those who participate in the election process. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) A squad of the United States top amateur boxers will close 2009 international competition at the World Cup of Petroleum Countries, December 17-20 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Eight boxers will represent the United States in the international event, which will showcase elite competitors from 11 countries. continue
by James Slater - Amir Khan, the reigning WBA light-welterweight champion, has bitten at what his unbeaten challenger Dmitriy Salita has had to say about his chin. Referring to the 22-year-old champion as a "chinny" fighter, 27-year-old Salita, Khan's mandatory challenger with the WBA, has vowed to prove it on Saturday night.
And despite the way he has been knocked down by Willie Limond at lightweight and KO'd in less than a minute by Bredis Prescott also at 135-pounds, Khan insists he has lost none of his confidence. Also, the former Olympian says that his being called a fighter with a suspect chin doesn't affect him. But Khan has certainly been annoyed by Salita's jibes; as he made clear in a recent interview with Mirror Sport.co.uk.
"We'll see who's got a good chin," Khan said in reference to what his challenger has said about his ability to take a good shot. "I'll be the one knocking him out and I know for a fact he hasn't got the speed or the power to knock me out. This guy is totally made for my style. He's been over a few times - I'm convinced that I will knock him out.. continue
GAVIN REES believes he is training harder for Friday's Prizefighter Light-Welterweights event than when he was defending his World Championship. Rees, 29, clinched the WBA title in July 2007 but admits he was not totally dedicated and lost his first defence against Ukraine's Andriy Kotelnik. "When I had the world title I was taking things for granted and didn't think I could lose," admitted Welshman Rees, who has only been beaten once in a 29-fight professional career. "Losing a world title is gutting for anyone but I wasn't training or eating properly. continue
ORANGE, November 30 Unbeaten in 13 pro fights, junior welterweight prospect Mauricio Herrera has paid his dues and earned accolades from boxing insiders as having the potential to one day rule the division. On Friday, December 4th, Herrera will take the next step towards that goal when he faces his most formidable foe to date former world champion Mike Anchondo in the eight round co-main event of ShoBox: The New Generation at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California live on Showtime at 11pm ET / PT (delayed for the West Coast). continue
By Gavin Lee - Ashley Theophane spent the weekend with World number one Dimitriy Salita before Salita's World Championship challenge to Amir Khan in Newcastle this Saturday. I spoke to Ashley on his return to London to get his thoughts on Amir Khan's challenger.
How are you Ashley? I am good. Just got back from Newcastle.
How do you know Dimitriy Salita? I met Dmitriy at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York back in August 2006. We sparred and his trainer at the time Harry Keit liked our session, so he invited me to Dmitriyfs training camp up in Pocono's mountains later that month. That was the beginning of our friendship. I had seen Jewish people in London but didnft really know none. Since knowing Dmitriy I have met many more Jewish people and learnt more about their religion and culture. continue
by James Slater - Despite being one of the purest punchers in the sport today, as well as currently holding a WBC world title, unbeaten southpaw bomber Edwin Valero is still not a star. Hampered in his progress to become one, no doubt, by his being disallowed to fight anywhere in America apart from the state of Texas (due to the head injury the 27-year-old suffered in a motorcycle accident back in early 2001) Valero seemingly has all the ingredients needed to become a huge attraction. continue
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion, Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42KO) has just been added to Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing upcoming, "Hustler Boxing" card at the Manhattan Center this Thursday December 3rd. Briggs, who hails from nearby Brooklyn, will be returning from a two-year hiatus from the ring when he squares off against Marcus McGee (22-17, 11KO). Briggs, who turns 38 the following day, will be looking to get back into the heavyweight contender picture, and hopefully set himself up for another world title opportunity somewhere in the near future. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - At the conclusion of Saturday nights fight between Ali Funeka and Joan Guzman, the verdict seemed pretty clearAli Funeka won the fight. This was not an especially difficult fight to score.
Funeka won, and he should have been awarded the vacant IBF lightweight title. To the astonishment of those in attendance and those watching around the world, the fight was inexplicably ruled a draw. I had a chance to speak with promoter Gary Shaw after the fight, and here is what he had to say:
Q: Gary, what was your opinion of the Funeka-Guzman decision last night?
A: I thought it was one of the top four robberies that Ive ever seen in boxing in my entire career. I think it ranks right up there with Holyfield and Lewis in Madison Square Garden. continue
Jaime Castro-Núñez - Photo: courtesy of www.boxeocolombiano.org -- Colombian contender Aristides Pérez (15-1, 8 KO's), who last September 15th challended Mexican champion Humberto Soto, was caught in the city of Cartagena on Monday morning by Colombian Police while exiting a small shopping center few minutes after he and another suspect, Luis Cardona, received from a local businessman the sum of 30 million Colombian pesos (around U$15.000). The victim, who according to the preliminary report has been extorsioned for the last months by the boxer, reported the meeting to the police who rapidly responded and caught the antisocials. Both guys were handcuffed and jailed at Cartagena's Ternera jail. Pérez was scheduled to fight Venezuelan Miguel "Aguacerito" Acosta this coming December 19th for the WBA interim super featherweight belt in Caracas. Watch the moment in which policemen captures Pérez: . continue
Basil G. (Bronx, NYC): I think the Funeka/Guzman decision was disgusting and continued a trend that no one talks about in the sport. Would you not agree that there has always been a racial bias towards African born fighters in boxing?
Vivek W. (ESB): The outcome of this fight left me very much troubled. Seems that every time boxing picks up momentum, it finds a way to hand 90% of that momentum right back by doing something absolutely ridiculous like this. When you look at the euphoria surrounding Pacquiao's emergence, as well as the return of Mayweather, among other things, it says a lot that such momentum can be so quickly taken away, but somehow, it was indeed. continue
NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 1, 2009) - VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, gives sports fans an action-packed night of programming on Wednesday, December 2, beginning at 8 p.m. ET, with a live boxing event and the premiere of the new original series Sports Jobs with Junior Seau at 10 p.m. ET.
VERSUS kicks off the night with the "Broad Street Brawl" featuring a light heavyweight battle between former two-division champion Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) and Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs), live from the Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia. VERSUS will also air the highly anticipated cruiserweight world title fight between eight-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green from the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia.
Immediately following the live fight action VERSUS will debut its new original series, Sports Jobs with Junior Seau, with two back-to-back episodes. The new weekly half-hour series features NFL legend and All-Pro linebacker for the New England Patriots as he tries out the sometimes thankless, but extremely important, jobs across the entire sports world. continue
by James Slater - It has been confirmed that former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales will face 24-year-old Krisztian Jaksi of Hungary this coming Saturday night on the under card of Amir Khan Vs. Dmitriy Salita in Newcastle. Returning to the ring after his 3rd-round stoppage loss to Denis Lebedev in July of this year, the 29-year-old who admitted he thought seriously about quitting the sport will be looking to get his first win in 2009. It's no secret how the big puncher has had a dreadful year so far, losing inside the distance to Ola Afolabi (TKO by 9) and then to Lebedev. And despite calls from some quarters for his retirement, Maccarinelli is giving it one more go. Against his younger opponent from Hungary, Enzo should be able to get himself a win - unless he's really regressed since his last two defeats. continue
BERNARD HOPKINS - "I'm fighting one of the toughest guys out there (Enrique Ornelas) and I have more to lose than him. I must let myself believe that I am him, and that he is me. Not everybody can do it, but I can. This is not a tune-up; this is a get-up. This is a get-up for me to get prepared for a new year. If there is anyone in this room that thinks that I'm underestimating my opponent, then they don't know me and they don't know my legacy.
"No matter where I am financially or historically, I take myself back to when I had nothing. It's hard to train like you're starving when your refrigerator's full. I can see my movie being made and I can see my book being written. It all starts with one word...discipline. Everyone knows having discipline isn't just tied to being a good athlete. You have to be disciplined to be successful in life. continue
by James Slater - Congratulations must today go out to Lucian Bute, the reigning IBF 168-pound champion. Respect, too, must go out to the unbeaten southpaw who goes by the nickname of "Le Tombeur." I for one sure got it wrong going into last night's Bute-Andrade rematch. No way did I think the 29-year-old could stop the iron-chinned Mexican warrior. And okay, it was a huge body shot that stopped Andrade, but a head shot did drop the 31-year-old prior to the stunning and highly impressive finish scored by the man who is now 25-0(20).
So impressive was Bute's win, he must now be looked at as the world's number-one super-middleweight. Improving and hitting harder in each fight, the Romanian-born talent has now taken out four of his last five opponents. And it's not as if Bute has been facing mediocre fighters. Is Bute better than Andre Ward, Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch, Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell? That's still a debatable question, but one thing is sure; it's a shame Bute is not fighting in the "Super Six" tournament. continue
OLYMPIC bronze medallist Tony Jeffries will bid to stretch his unbeaten professional record to five when he boxes at Newport Centre on Friday December 11. Jeffries, 24, thought he would be out of action until next year after perforating an eardrum in sparring. But the medical staff at his beloved Sunderland FC and the club's physio Pete Friar quickly cured the problem. 'The Mighty Mackem' said: "The injury came when Ovill McKenzie was sparring with me. It meant I couldn't spar for two weeks, but I could still road work and train. continue
Jaime Castro-Núñez - Heavy-handed Thats the first adjective that comes to mind when we hear about a Colombian boxer scheduled to fight here in the US. Instinctively, fans associate his nationality with action, excitement, exchange and even drama. Ricardo Torres, Edison Miranda, Juan Urango, Yonnhy Pérez, Joel Julio, Lely Luz Flórez, César Canchila and Fulgencio Zúñiga are just few examples of what Im talking about here. But today am not going to spend any time with these athletes because by now youve seen them many times. They are veterans and their respective performances have given you enough elements to assess their skills and power, so youve a clear picture of what they can and cannot- accomplish up in the ring.
Thats why Ive decided to introduce you 10 Colombian boxers who will entertain us in the years to come. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - It was another black eye for boxing Saturday night in Quebec City, Canada, where South African Lightweight Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) faced Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs) of the Dominican Republic for the vacant IBF Lightweight title.
This fight started with Guzman winning the first two rounds using a slick, aggressive approach that involved some impressive feints, great in and out movement and punches that were landing. That lasted until near the end of the second round, when a Funeka jab opened a small cut over Guzmans right eye. From round three on, it was all Ali Funeka, who found his range and used his height to keep Guzman at the end of his jab. Guzman was a bloody mess by the fourth round, as the Funeka jab had busted up his nose and pecked away at the small cut that grew larger and bled more as the rounds progressed.
Guzman spent rounds three through 12 trying to find a way to hit Ali Funeka but had very little success. Funeka jabbed like a maestro and dominated the action all the way to the finish. If ever a boxing match looked easy to score, this was it. Yet two of the Official Judges saw the fight as a Draw. Funeka had outclassed a bloody faced Guzman for 10 out of 12 rounds. continue
By Chris Acosta - Im as excited as anyone about Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao settling the pound for pound score early next year. Its not only serious match of the finest pugilistic skills of this (and possibly any) era, but more importantly, it lifts boxing above sporting headlines and into mainstream awareness. Such a fiscal monster is this event that it is being wooed by cities across the United States hoping to conciliate their economic vagaries. Lets face it: this is as big as it gets.
My thoughts, however; are not so much on the fight itself as they are on the moments after the final bell when we will inevitably ask: Whats next? Its a question that we humans love to embrace, a narcissistic slight to futures without promise. continue
by James Slater - It will all be made academic if the unbeaten Dmitriy Salita does what he feels he will and manages to upset Amir Khan in their WBA light-welterweight title fight this coming Saturday, but 22-year-old Amir Khan has made it clear he wants to make his U.S debut in his next fight after his first title defence.
Khan's has wanted to make a name for himself in America for a long time now, and apparently the British star feels now is the time. Also, according to a news article that has appeared on People.co.uk, Khan could fight Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez next year - pushing Ricky Hatton to one side. continue
TEMECULA, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2009) In the exact type of fight card that typifies what ShoBox: The New Generation has been about since its inception in July 2001, one highly regarded prospect was upset and another was unveiled Saturday in a pair of exciting slugfests on a special edition of ShoBox on SHOWTIME®. The main event was won by Martin Honorio, a decided underdog, who outworked, outpunched and, ultimately, outclassed previously undefeated John Molina en route to winning an impressive, lopsided 10-round decision and the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF)/North American Boxing Organization (NABO) 135-pound titles.
The more experienced Honorio, of Bell, Calif., by way of Mexico City, won by the scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice, to improve to 27-4-1 with 14 knockouts. The victory was the third in a row for Honorio, who once fought for a featherweight world title. Molina, of Covina, Calif., dropped to 18-1 with 14 knockouts.
In an excellent co-feature at Pechanga Resort and Casino, undefeated super bantamweight Rico Suavecito Ramos (14-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles scored a second-round knockdown en route to a hard-fought eight-round decision over game, hard-trying Alejandro El Alacran Perez (14-2-1, 9 KOs) of Salinas, Calif., by the scores of 80-71 twice and 78-73. continue
By Seth Green: Darren Barker (21-0, 14 KOs), the Commonwealth middleweight title holder, put in a masterful performance in defeating Danny Butler (18-3, 3 KOs) by a 7th round TKO tonight to capture the BBBofC British middleweight title at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, Essex. The victory for Barker came to no real surprise to many boxing fans, because Butler was recently rushed in as a last minute replacement for Wayne Elcock who had to pull out of the fight. Barker mostly had his way with Butler, hammering him everthing but the kitchen sink for six rounds until referee Richie Davis opted to stop the bout in the 7th round with Butler still on his feet. Butler looked like he could have continued, but he was just soaking up punishment and not really fighting back effectively. continue
by James Slater - Fighting this coming Wednesday, many miles apart, are modern day boxing legends Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Junior. Hopkins, 44 going on 45, fights in his hometown of Philadelphia against Mexican Enrique Ornelas, while 40-year-old Jones takes what is arguably the tougher fight of the two, when he goes up against Australian hard man Danny Green "down under."
Both all-time greats have plenty of big plans for the future - with Hopkins even talking about a possible assault on the heavyweight division after he's avenged his loss to Jones in the planned March 2010 return clash - but these plans will be derailed if Green and Ornelas can cause the upset. continue
By Paul Strauss: Once again Canada managed to inject controversy into fight night. This time it wasn't at the Belle Center, where the first Bute vs. Andrade fiasco took place, and it didn't even involve their main event rematch. Bute made sure of that when he kayo'd the normally unstoppable Andrade at 2:57 of the fourth round.
This time the hard luck fighter was Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka. He got the shaft from judges Alan Davis and Benoit Roussel, who both scored the fight 114-114. Judge Joseph Pasquale got it right at 116-112. Harold Lederman's unofficial scorecard read 117-111.
Announcer's Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis were all in shock, as of course was poor Funeka. His expression of disbelief told the story. There just was no way Guzman deserved a draw. Beginning with the third round, he was a totally beaten and beat up fighter. continue
QUÉBEC CITY (November 29, 2009) -- ALI FUNEKA. He came. He saw. He conquered. And then he got hosed . . . by two International Boxing Federation (IBF) judges, Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Québec, Canada. Top-rated lightweight contender Funeka, who battered undefeated two-division world champion Joan Guzman from pillar to post during their 12-round rumble for the vacant IBF lightweight title, received a Royal Canadian Mounting, coming away with a Majority Draw. Joseph Pasquale scored it 116-112 for Funeka while judges Alan Davis and Benoit Roussel scored it 114-114. Harold Lederman, HBO's unofficial judge, also had Funeka winning by a comfortable margin. continue
by James Slater - Though the fight was given no notable publicity (not any that I read anyway, I didn't even know the fight was on), last night in his native Argentina, former world welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir returned to action , having his first fight since last December. Now aged 38, the fighter known as "Tata" stopped little-known Colombian Jairo Jesus Siris in the 4th-round.
Scoring what was his first win in over two years, the man who holds wins over Zab Judah, Joshua Clottey and the late Arturo Gatti weighed-in a quarter of a pound under the middleweight limit. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Unbeaten 30-year-old Cruiserweight contender B.J Flores was at the very least slightly miffed at some of the comments WBO champion Marco Huck had to say in the recent interview I did with the German-based fighter (see earlier article on the site). Wanting very much to answer Huck back and give him some thoughts of his own, the 24-0-1(15), #2 ranked contender gave me the following interview yesterday evening (UK time).
Making it quite clear there is a potential cruiserweight grudge-fight bubbling under between he and "Kap'n" Huck, Flores is aching for the chance to make the big-punching Serbian warrior pay. Here is what B.J had to say:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, B.J. First of all regarding Marco Huck, will you be ringside at the Ola Afolabi fight in Germany on December 5th?
B.J Flores: Yes, I definitely plan to be there.
J.S: Huck, as you know, said in the interview with me that he will fight you, but he talked of you "coming over" to fight him. He seems to want the fight in Germany. Would you go there to fight him?
B.J.F: Yes, without a doubt I would go to Germany. But in the interview he talks about how he wants to fight in America. What I would say is this - first of all, Roy Jones has to take care of business against Danny Green (on December 2nd) and I'm sure he will. Then, the plan is for a big, big card to go ahead on March 13th in Las Vegas, to be shown by HBO - Jones-Hopkins II. If Huck wants the opportunity to fight a big name American fighter in the U.S, then why not fight me on March 13th, on that card? continue
NEW YORK (NOVEMBER 30, 2009)This Wednesday, Roy Jones Jr., one of the legends of boxing looks to win the IBO Cruiserweight title as he travels to Sydney, Australia to face the popular Aussie, Danny Green. The action will take place at the Acer Arena in Sydney and the fight card will feature a big five fight undercard and will be broadcasted live on www.gofightlive.tv around the world beginning at 6pm local time in Sydney. (Sydney is sixteen hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time in the United States). The whole show will be able to be seen for $9.99 around the world with the exception of the United States and Australia and can be accessed by clicking: continue
Steve Janoski- It was with some trepidation that I read Vivek Wallaces article, Roy Jones: Closed Chapter, Open Book. My fear was that somehow, through his last few fights, Jones is regaining his stature, at least amongst boxing writers, as a top player in the game. Upon reading the article, I saw these fears confirmed.
I have been a long time Roy Jones Jr. fan, and one need only watch one of the plethora of tributes on youtube to see why. In his prime, Roy was not only one of the greatest to step into the ring, he was also a showman worthy of P.T. Barnums stature. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Marco Huck, the current WBO cruiserweight champion, faces interim WBO belt holder Ola Afolabi on December 5th, in what will be his first defence of the belt he won by out-pointing Victor Emilio Ramirez back in August. The exciting fighter known as "Kapt'n" Huck could have a tough fight against Afolabi.
Formerly of London, England and now based in California where he trains at Freddie Roach's Wild Card Gym (under Roach assistant Juan Carlos Martinez for the Huck fight as Freddie will be working Amir Khan's corner Vs. Dmitriy Salita) - the loose-limbed Afolabi, at 29 the older man by four years, is definitely a clever and cute fighter who has even been compared to the great James Toney.
Having learnt his trade by sparring with such talents as the elder of the two Klitschko brothers, Michael Moorer and Toney himself, the 14-1-3(6) Afolabi sure has picked up some tricks - as he showed when he flattened Enzo Maccarinelli in his big win in March of this year, a 9th-round stoppage. continue
By Dave Cacciatore - How many times have you heard someone utter the line, the heavyweight division is wide open these days? This is complete nonsense lacking any correlation with reality. The fact is that love them or hate them, the heavyweight division is shut tight unless your last name is Klitschko. Both brothers have distinct physical, skill, and conditioning advantages over almost everybody they fight. They fight smart, they fight the best out there, and their methods have been brutal. Taking a brief survey of the current heavyweight scene I think it is safe to bet that they are going to occupy this position collectively for the foreseeable future. This is not so much an indictment of the current heavyweight challengers as it is a testament to the fighting pride of the Ukraine. continue
by Stuart Young - Everyone generally considers the 1970's as the golden age of Heavyweight boxing, with fighters like Muhammad Ali, 'Smokin' Joe Frazier, 'Big' George Foreman, Ken Norton, Larry Holmes, 'heavy handed' fighters like Ernie Shavers & Ron Lyle plying their trade its hard not to agree - especially when considering how sparse the quality of the current crop of heavyweight contenders are. Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko - through no fault of their own, have probably had fate deal them a 'bad hand' as far as the quality of opposition which they can face. continue
by James Slater - On Saturday, December 12th in Switzerland, reigning WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko will meet the unbeaten Kevin Johnson in a fight most fans seem to think will be a relative cakewalk for "Dr. Iron Fist." However, this is heavyweight boxing, and anything can happen when the big guys square off. What is certain, is the fact that UK fight fans will get the chance to watch the action unfold live from the comfort of their armchairs, because Sky Sports have secured the rights to show the card live. And, with the intriguing fight being "free" as opposed to a pay-per-view attraction, all current Sky subscribers will be able to see the title fight without having to shell out any more of their hard earned cash.
Set to begin at the UK-friendly time of around 8P.M, the card may well get a figure close to the tune of a-quarter-of-a-million or so for Sky Sports 2. So, now that all fans who have access to Sky Sports can look forward to the fight, who are these fans picking to win? continue
By Kenneth Neir Anthony Small grinded out a close but dull 12 round unanimous decision over challenger Thomas McDonough (34-3-3, 7 KOs) to retain his light middleweight British and Commonwealth titles at the Robin Park Centre, Wigan, Lancashire. The final judges scores were 115-114m 116-113 and 115-114. Small, spent most of the fight moving on the outside throwing an odd shot every now and then and not looking very impressive. Small threw few combinations and seemed to be loading up with one shot at a time against the game but limited McDonagh. In the end, Small did just enough to get the decision but it wasnt boxing at its finest. continue
by Andrew Hall: First off, let me start by saying that I personally think the referee did a horrible thing in their first fight. International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion Lucian Bute was out on his feet and a stoppage was in line. AT the very least, the underdog in the fight (Librado Andrade) should have had opportunity to finish his man off. Could he have done it? We'll never know. My eyes tell me that he was almost gone though. This rematch is enticing because we all have to wonder if Bute will tire again. We also have to wonder if Andrade can do better in the early rounds and thus make it harder for Bute to stay strong as long as he did. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This weeks forty-ninth edition of On the Ropes featured exclusive interviews with Oleg Maskaev, Kevin Johnson, and Holly Holm. Highlighting this episode was the very interesting interview with former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev. Maskaev is slated to take on Nagy Aguilera on December 11. If he wins this fight, he is then scheduled to face Ray Austin in a WBC title eliminator. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On his upcoming fight December 11:
Its going to be a good fight for me because I know the guy has a great amateur background, so Im training hard getting ready for this fight. Im looking for a good fight and Im ready to win.
On the possibility of fighting Ray Austin in a title eliminator:
The main goal Im looking to fight Vitali Klitschko for the WBC championship. So first Im going to win this fight and then Im going to fight Ray Austin.. continue
WBA interim flyweight champion Luis Concepcion (19-1, 14 KOs) made quick work of his opponent tonight, taking out Roberto Leyva (26-10-1, 21 KO's) in the 4th round at the Arena Roberto Duran, in Panama City, Panama. Concepcion easily dominated the first three rounds of the fight and then took Leyva out in the 4th with a combo to the head that sent Leyva down for the count. continue
by James Slater - As has been reported previously, IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek's next fight will take place at heavyweight. Successful in his heavyweight debut when he stopped fellow Pole Andrew Golota back in October, "Goral" is, for the time being at least, campaigning as a heavyweight. Set to fight next on February 6th, in his adopted home town of Newark, New Jersey, Adamek is currently searching for an opponent.
However, according to Boxing News Magazine's "whispers" section, there is a possibility the 32-year-old with the iron chin will face former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman in his second fight at the new weight. continue
By Vivek Wallace - This week's 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment shines the spotlight on one of the most physically gifted fighters in the history of the sport, arguably the most supremely talented fighter over the past 20 years. Once aptly dubbed 'Superman', this smoking hot Olympic medalist came to the sport equipped with an ashtray of assets holding everything from amazing speed, to power in both hands, to cat-like reflexes, and serving as a cherry-on-top was a huge flair for showmanship that made him highly entertaining to watch as well. Of all the things mentioned in that sentence, the word ashtray is perhaps the most notable, as recent years have seen a once untouchable image go up in smoke, leaving enough rubbish to be noticed in the corner, yet no longer quite enough to command that center-of-the-room type attention he continues to seek. Some feel age was the culprit......some feel boredom with the sport set in.....others simply chalk it up as another case of Northern Exposure, which is common street vernacular for a not-so-durable chin being exposed. Whatever it was, no question, the answer revealed was the fact that things for Roy Jones are no longer the same. Or are they? Here lies the million dollar question. We've seen his rise in the sport, we've seen his fall in the sport, and now, it appears that we're on the brink of seeing his near successful attempt to rise yet again. continue
Thanksgiving report from Paul Williams training camp in Arlington, VA. - "Thanksgiving is the same ole', same ole' for me. I trained on Thanksgiving Day, so it's just another day. The only difference is that we (trainer George Peterson and I) shared a meal with George Petersons family members. The best part is Thanksgiving was enjoyable for me because I ate all the turkey and fixings that I liked. My workout regiment burns everything I eat right through so I am can have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.. continue
IFBA lightweight champion Chevelle Hallback has a thirty-five fight record and has fought boxing veterans such as Bonnie Canino, Lucia Rijker and Layla McCarter. Among those thirty-five names are Melissa Hernandez (11-1) and Holly Holm (25-1), who will meet December 4 in a defense of Holm's WIBA welterweight title. Chevelle fought Hernandez to a draw in February 2008 in a rough toe-to-toe battle, and lost a unanimous decision to Holm in May 2007. What does Hallback think of the pending "Bad Blood" bout between Holm and Hernandez? Is Melissa Hernandez too small for Holly Holm? Will their styles make for an exciting match? What did Hallback observe in her bouts with both women that could define who emerges the winner? continue
by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino - Mexican hard man Librado Andrade has made it quite clear he will start his second fight with IBF super-middleweight ruler Lucian Bute much faster than he started the first fight back in October of last year. Everyone knows what happened in that controversial final round last year, and Andrade now has a second chance to stop the unbeaten fighter he almost stopped over 14 months ago.
The questions is, will Saturday's intriguing rematch go the way Andrade wants it to, or will the superior boxing skills of Bute once again see him to victory?
Bute, 24-0(19) was miles ahead on points going into the final round of last year's fight, but the stubbornness of the iron-chinned Andrade and his refusal to get discouraged saw him almost pull off a sensational last-round stoppage victory. Some experts felt the hammering Bute took in that 12th round would have a lasting effect on him, perhaps even shortening his career. But "Le Tombeur" looked great in his next fight, when he TKO'd the useful Fulgencio Zuniga inside just four-rounds - in a fight that took place less than five months after the hard night with Andrade. continue
Talented, promising lightweight prospect John Molina Jr. (18-0, 14 KOs) of Covina, Calif., will make his main event debut and face his toughest test when he meets veteran Martin El Brochas Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in what will be a solid 10-round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight championship in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, tomorrow/Saturday, Nov. 28 live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).In the co-feature, undefeated Rico Suavecito Ramos (13-0, 8 KOs) of Los Angeles will take on Alejandro El Alacran Perez (14-1-1, 9 KOs) of Salinas, Calif. in an eight-round junior bantamweight bout. continue
A few days after the United States celebrated Thanksgiving, Canadians will be celebrating one of the biggest sporting events ever to land in Quebec City with an evening of non-stop boxing action highlighted by the HBO Boxing After Dark World Title Doubleheader featuring Lucian Bute defending his world super middleweight title in a highly-anticipated rematch against top contender Librado Andrade and the dangerous Ali Funeka taking on former Two-Division World Champion Joan Guzman in a vacant IBF lightweight title bout. All of the bouts are set and the fighters are ready for battle, this Saturday, November 28 at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Canada and live on HBO's "Boxing After Dark" at 10:00pm ET/PT. continue
Paul McCreath - On December 5 in Atlantic City New Jersey two American heavyweights of some note, Chris Arreola and Brian Minto will collide in a ten round match to be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing. This is a bout that could spell the end of the title dreams for either man should he lose. It is on the undercard of the Paul Williams-Sergio Martinez middleweight title match.
Arreola is the better known of the two fighters.He recently was stopped in 10 rounds by Vitali Klitschko in a WBC heavyweight title bout. While he fought bravely he was well beaten.There has been much controversy over Chris, mainly regarding his weight. He stands 6 foot 4 inches and has weighed over 250 pounds for his last 4 fights. As an amateur he was a National Golden Gloves Champ at 175.According to health experts anyone weighing over 245 pounds at his height would be considered obese. You can disagree with those numbers if you like but there is no denying he is fat yet it does not seem as though it has effected his stamina all that much so far in his career. In the one fight that would have tested his stamina against Vitali he was well beaten after ten rounds but more worn down from punishment than out of gas. continue
WBA Fedecentro Light Heavy Champ, Tommy Karpency (19-1-1 12kos) knocked out normally durable veteran Mike McFail in the third round Wednesday night in Morgantown, West Virginia. A vicious Karpency left hook to the body dropped McFail to the canvas, and referee Mike Napple halted the contest after McFail was unable to survive the count. Highlighting the undercard, local welterweight prospect Matt Bershire (9-1-1 4kos) looked impressive in stopping trialhorse Eric Burke in the fifth of their scheduled 6 rounder. In addition, local middleweight Paul Pindroh (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Francisco Portillo in a battle of debut boxers. All scores were 38-37. Simons' Promotions next scheduled card in Morgantown will take place January 29th at the Waterfront Place Hotel, and the main event will feature Tommy Karpency defending his WBA Fedecentro title against light heavy Dallas Vargas (22-4). continue
FORMER British Champion Young Mutley believes his boxing future is on the line in next week's Prizefighter Light-Welterweights. Mutley, 33, has seen his career go backwards in the last two years after he lost to Colin Lynes in July 2007 with the British and European belts up for grabs. Another setback last month, when he was knocked out inside three rounds by Frenchman Mihaita Mutu, has left Mutley needing a big performance in Prizefighter. "My career is at a low but Prizefighter is what I need to get me back up there," admitted Mutley, who has won 26 out of 30 professional contests. continue
by James Slater, photo by Tom Casino - Teak-tough Mexican warrior Librado Andrade came within a whisker of grabbing the IBF super-middleweight title in October of last year, when he knocked down defending champion Lucian Bute in the dying seconds of the 12th and final round in Montreal, Canada. The fight was instantly thrown into controversy when referee Marlon Wright, upon administering a count to an exhausted Bute, broke the count to warn the challenger for moving too far out of a neutral corner. Bute survived the round, as the bell rang a second or so after the eight-count was finally completed , and the barely-upright champion kept his title via unanimous decision.
Now, this Saturday evening, in Quebec City, Canada, the awaited rematch takes place.
Feeling he will finish what he began in the final seconds of the initial meeting with the unbeaten Bute, 31-year-old Andrade, 28-2(21) has been enjoying a great training camp under coach Howard Grant.
Now based in Canada of course, as is Romanian Bute, Andrade began our talk by telling me how enjoyable the camp he has had in preparation for the 29-year-old southpaw has been. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 27, 2009)Unbeaten lightweight prospect John Molina Jr. hopes to do what Andre Ward and 39 other boxers have done before him: graduate from competing on ShoBox: The New Generation to becoming a world champion. But first, Molina (18-0, 14 KOs), of Covina, Calif., will have to get past veteran Martin El Brochas Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in order to continue his ascension through the 135-pound ranks. Molina will take on Honorio in a 10-rounder for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight championship on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, this Saturday, Nov. 28 live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
Darren Barker has been hit with late change of opponent ahead of tomorrow nights vacant British Middleweight title showdown at the Brentwood Centre. Former British Champ and original foe Wayne Elcock was forced to pull out earlier this week due to a stomach virus but promoter Mick Hennessy moved quickly to secure a replacement in the shape of ambitious young Bristol fighter, Danny Butler. The Hennessy Sports event is live on ITV4 from 7:30pm and Butler enters the bout with impressive credentials. The 22-year-old has a record of 18 wins from his 20 professional fights with both of his defeats coming on contentious points decisions. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - 34-year-old Brian "The Beast" Minto, 34-2(21) will fight the biggest fight of his pro career on December 5th in Atlantic City, N.J, as he will square off with fellow tough guy Chris Arreola. Fighting in an important heavyweight bout that could propel the winner into a world title shot, the #5 ranked WBO contender knows how hard the fight will be.
28-year-old Arreola, 27-1(24) is coming back after a brave loss to WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, while Minto, a warrior who has never been stopped, is hungry for his first crack at a world title.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me over the phone from the offices of his manager Pat Nelson earlier today, Minto gave the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Brian. I know you have this big fight coming up. Your fight with Chris Arreola is obviously a big opportunity for you, you feel you have the style to beat him - what with your speed and your tenacity?
Brian Minto: Right. I will have to use my quickness, I'm sure he'll come out fast, trying to take me out the first couple of rounds. I know I'll have to be careful early. I have to make sure my defence is tight, and I have to make him miss. Make him miss and make him pay. continue
by James Slater - Undefeated Welshman Nathan Cleverly will be hoping for a happy new year in January, as he travels to Italy to fight for the vacant European light-heavyweight title. The 22-year-old who burst into public prominence at a high level in October of 2008, when he won the Commonwealth title with a win over Tony Oakey, will face the experienced Antonio Brancalion, the 33-year-old former European Union champion at 175-pounds. continue
Birmingham hot-shot Frankie Gavin has promised to dish out some revenge for the Irish when he takes on French opponent Samir Tergaoui. Gavin, who's parents are from Tipperary, was left gutted last week when Thierry Henry's handball to set up Williams Gallas' extra-time winner sent Ireland crashing out of the World Cup. The 23-year-old takes on the hard-hitting Frenchman Tergaoui - who has seven KO wins inside three round - on December 5th at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Amir Khan's undercard. "I'm going to smash Tergaoui up for the people of Ireland who feel the same about the French as I do at the moment," fumed Gavin, Britain's first ever world amateur champion. "This won't make up for missing out on the biggest football tournament in the world, but it will make me feel a lot better after I've knocked him out,. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO (November 24, 2009) World Middleweight Champion KELLY The Ghost PAVLIK returns home, to Youngstown State Universitys Beeghly Center, on Saturday, December 19, to defend his titles against top-rated contender MIGUEL ESPINO. Promoted by Top Rank, the Pavlik-Espino world title tilt will headline an all-action two-country world championship doubleheader, produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The suggested retail price is $39.95.
Combined, these two sluggers boast an incredible record of 55-3-1 (40 KOs), a winning percentage of 92% and a victory by knockout ratio of 72%!
Tickets, priced at $208, $158, $108 and $58, including $8 processing fee, go on sale Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 25, at 9 a.m. ET, online at www.Tickets.com. They can also be purchased at the Beeghly Center box office, beginning Monday, November 30. continue
by James Slater - Power puncher Edison Miranda, an exciting fighter who has very much made a name for himself as a world class, KO or be KO'd practitioner, may be close to getting another crack at a recognised world title. According to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, "Pantera" is currently in line to face WBO super-middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz in Germany on January 9th next year.
"We're pretty close to a deal," Leon Margules of Warriors boxing told ESPN.com. continue
It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Boxing Promoter's Association (BPA), to congratulate our sport in once again showing that BOXING is truly desired by fans. The Top Rank-promoted fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto last week exceeded 1.25 million buys and generated over $70 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue. According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Pacquiao-Cotto also generated a live gate of 15,930 fans from all over the world, making it the 14th highest grossing sporting event in the state's history, all for which were BOXING events. continue
On Thursday December 3rd in the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Maureen Shea (13-2, 7KO) will look to fulfill a life-long dream by capturing a world championship when she takes on Jenna Shiver (9-4-1, 2KO) for the interim WBA Female Super Bantamweight Title on the Joe DeGuardia Star Boxing promoted "Hustler Boxing" card. The bout, which is being aired live on Versus (the first ever televised female championship on the network), is scheduled for ten rounds in the 122 lb. division.
Q: Maureen how has training been for your upcoming fight?
MS: Training has been great! I took about two weeks off after my last fight. I had to regroup, reassess and re-plan. After doing that I was right back in the gym.
Q: I am told you have a new trainer in your corner now, Tommy Brooks. When did you start working with Tommy?
MS: I began to train at the PAL gym in Hackensack, NJ with Tommy around mid August. I wanted a fresh start. I am grateful that I am working with such a well respected trainer. I also have Aroz "Terrific" Gist in my corner now. Some might recognize him from his work with Kendall Holt. Neither one has ever worked with a female before and we are really having a great time in the gym. We are focused, but it is fun! continue
Anthony Fitzgerald is predicting a win inside four rounds when he meets Lee Murtagh for the vacant Irish Super Middleweight title on the Sierra Fight Night at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, December 5th. The bill is headlined by reigning European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklins clash with Uruguayan champ, Rafa Sosa Pintos but Dubliner Fitzgerald believes he can steal the show with a knockout performance. continue
by Stuart Young - With the careers of established world stars Joe Calzaghe & Clinton Woods at an end, the impending retirements of former world champions Ricky Hatton & Junior Witter seemingly no more than a few fights away (at best) our heavyweights hopefuls, Danny Williams, Martin Rogan & Matt Skelton reputations laying in tatters, entertaining domestic level fighters like Ryan Rhodes, Jamie Moore & Michael Jennings all the wrong side of 30, with neither of the trio ever making the breakthrough to world class, Alex Arthur & Enzo Maccarinelli's continual underperforming, leading many to suggest that neither will never fulfil their potential. continue
Michael Herron - The month of May can not seem further away yet that is how long the boxing world will wait before the most anticipated fight of the decade is upon us. For fight fans however time is not a factor when it comes to comparing, contrasting, and debating which fighter will ultimately reign supreme. Though a definitive answer will be provided in the near future the battle for now will wage on the accomplishments and merits of each fighters past. What roads did each fighter travel; what choices did they make along the way; what obstacles did they overcome to get where they are today; though they may seem like polar opposites, Mayweather and Pacquiaos paths toward each other are more alike than we might imagine.
Floyd Mayweather, Jrs reputation as the Pretty Boy suggests that his career has taken the path of least resistance. A former Olympian, Mayweather it is assumed, simply followed the golden brick road of great fighters like Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya before him. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 25 - A top ten contender in the ratings of all four major sanctioning bodies, bantamweight star Abner Mares is gearing up for his first world title shot in 2010 and on Tuesday, signed a new promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions for five years, continuing the relationship that has led him to near the top of the boxing world. "Golden Boy Promotions is like a family to me and I've felt that way ever since I signed with them and now I'm ready for my shot at a world title," said Mares, a 2004 Olympian for Mexico who signed his new contract at the Golden Boy Promotions offices in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon. continue
After making his return to the ring with a win against a tough adversary on the August 28th installment of the Budweiser Boxing series, former WBA Super Welterweight Champion (2007-2008) Joachim Ti-Joa Alcine (31-1-0, 19KOs) of Laval, Québec looks to continue his comeback on the 5th of December at the Casino de Montréal. His opponent will be Nice, Frances own Christophe Rocky Canclaux (40-2-0, 25KOs), the former European Champion (2003-2007) and currently ranked #4 by the WBC, #6 by the WBA and #9 by the IBF. Alcine is currently training in Vero Beach, Florida, under the keen eye of world famous trainer James Buddy McGirt. continue
by Andrew Harrison, safesideoftheropes.com - Photo by: Tom Casino / SHOWTME
Whoever put this together knew what they were doing.
The Super Six is proving to be everything Showtimes bigwigs were hoping it would be, especially after Andre Wards startling weekend victory over tournament favourite Mikkel Kessler. As the dust begins to settle on the first round of matches, we are perhaps better placed to assess each mans chances heading into the second stage of the tournament, with implications and permutations abound.
Here are a few key points from the opening three fights: Home advantage looks indispensable, with all three victors having had their gloves raised in front of their own fans. It may just have had a bearing on the widely criticised refereeing in the Froch-Dirrell and Ward-Kessler bouts, as well as on the judges, with many observers cocking an eyebrow at Frochs decision victory in Nottingham. In hindsight, how shrewd were Wards people in securing him all three openers in the States? continue
by James Slater - The upcoming WBC heavyweight title defence by Vitali Klitschko against the unbeaten Kevin Johnson will be supported by two other heavyweight bouts, according to BoxRec.com. Fighting in the opening bouts on the Switzerland show, will be former top-rated cruiserweight-turned heavyweight Jonathon Banks against Germany's Marcel Zeller, and unbeaten Russian giant Alexander Ustinov against former world title challenger Monte Barrett. continue
The British Middleweight title will be up for grabs at the Brentwood Centre in Essex this weekend when Commonwealth Champ Darren Barker aims to add the Lonsdale belt to his list of honours while Birminghams Wayne Elcock looks to regain his old title. The Hennessy Sports event is live on ITV4 and the undercard will see a host of emerging young talent with their own title ambitions including Barkers gym mates, Bradley Buzzsaw Evans and Bobby Boogaloo Ward. continue
by James Slater - The fans want it, the two fighters appear to want it, and now the two key promoters are to begin talks to try and get the fight done. I'm talking, of course, about the eagerly anticipated would be mega-fight between pound-for-pound rivals Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior.
Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com confirmed in a recent news article that promoters Bob Arum, representing Pacquiao and Richard Schaefer, representing Mayweather, will meet today in Las Vegas and begin talks that they hope will result in a deal being thrashed out for what could well be the fight of the decade.
This is obviously great news, even if the beginning of preliminary talks doesn't mean it will be in any way easy making the fight. But, fingers crossed, Schaefer and Arum WILL be able to reach a deal.
Schaefer does sound a touch more upbeat than does Arum.
"Floyd and me want to see if we can get the fight done," Schaefer told ESPN.com. "The fact that I am flying to Las Vegas to meet with Bob shows you how serious our side is about making the fight. Bob and I will approach this without egos and try to get it done under fair terms. Floyd gave me his marching orders and I will see today how it goes and report back.. continue
November 24, 2009 (Chicago, IL)- The family of fallen Chicago boxer Francisco Paco Rodriquez have announced that through organ donation, Pacos tragic death will save the lives of at least eight people, including his own uncle. We just learned that Paco and our uncle are a match, said Alex Rodriguez, Pacos brother.
Our uncle has been on the waiting list for a kidney transplant for a long, long time, Alex continued. So although weve tragically lost Paco, were able to give this incredible gift of life to another family member.. continue
by James Slater - Huge unbeaten British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury gets back into the ring this coming Saturday night, as he faces durable Bulgarian journeyman Yavor Marichev over a scheduled six rounds. Boxing on the under-card of the Darren Barker-Wayne Elcock British middleweight title fight, the 21-year-old will be having his first fight since injuring his hand in his September 26th points win over Tomas Mrazek.
Currently 9-0(7), Fury will look to get a few rounds in and get himself a workout out of 26-year-old Marinchev, before looking ahead to his mandated rematch with John McDermott, who he controversially out-pointed over ten rounds on September 11th of this year. The argument about who the better fighter is out of Fury and McDermott is still very much undecided, and the rematch, planned for some time early next year, should be some fight. continue
By Coach Tim Walker Its gonna be huge! Sure I know gonna isnt an actual word but it speaks volumes as to the potential potency and possibly backlash of the Roy Jones Jr. verses Danny Green matchup scheduled December 2, 2009 in the Acer Arena, Sydney, Australia.
It speaks volumes because we all want to know if Roy Jones still has the goods to be on the world stage of the truly, truly elite boxers. Can he still throw 5 rapid-fire left hooks in a row? Can he dodge punches in an instant? Is his chin really as vulnerable as many have felt in recent years? Is he, for lack of a better way of saying it, still Superman?
Questions that his recent competition has not offered up enough fire power to provide the type of answers fight fans want. But that is typical Jones Junior. He makes fighters, even those who are eventual world champions, look slow, predictable and unworthy of being in the same ring with him.
Will the Acer Arena sell out? Probably. But whether it sells out or not is not the point for boxing fans. Why? Roy Jones was unequivocally the worlds best boxer throughout the 90s and much of the 2000s. continue
by Dan Lewis - On the 19th September this year at the MGM Grand, Floyd Mayweather beat up Juan Manuel Márquez for twelve rounds. A fight when billed almost everyone thought Mayweather would win, Marquez a fighter who has won five World titles at three different weights was not given a real chance by the boxing media. At the end of the fight Marquez nursed a swollen face and bloody nose whilst Mayweather looked as if he hadnt even broken in to a sweat. It was easy for Mayweather that night he didnt move out of second gear, his defence was impeccable and his accuracy was equally impressive. continue
by James Slater - We aren't sure exactly when the fight will take place, but new WBA heavyweight champion David Haye WILL meet John Ruiz some time next year, in his first defence of the belt. Mandatory challenger and former two-time WBA champ Ruiz has already began talking about the fight, and he told The Times recently how he feels Haye is a "runner," and that his style is good for him. For his part, Haye said shortly after his points win over Nikolai Valuev that he plans to knock Ruiz out. But doing this has proven a tough job for every single opponent "The Quiet Man" has met. Except one. continue
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Topics for Discussion
Andre Ward's upset win over Mikkel Kessler
Super 6 stage 2 upcoming bouts for both Ward & Kessler
Pacquiao vs Cotto ppv numbers and Mayweather fight talks
Marcos Maidana & Zsolt Erdei title bout wins
Evander Holyfield vs. Francois Botha announcement for Jan. 16th. continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 23, 2009) On Saturday night December 5th, in the main event at Atlantic Citys Boardwalk Hall, Three-time World Champion Paul Williams, the Most Feared Fighter in the World, will face his latest challenge, this coming from WBC Super Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez, in a scheduled 12-round middleweight bout. In the 10-round co-featured bout, Cristobal Arreola will see his first action since a courageous loss at the hands of WBC heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko, when he battles bruiser Brian Minto.
Goossen Tutor Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City in association with DiBella Entertainment are presenting this evening of boxing and Williams vs. Martinez and Arreola vs. Minto will be broadcast on HBOs World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT. continue
by James Slater - It's perhaps fitting that 47-year-old Evander Holyfield and 41-year-old Frans Botha will clash on January 16th next year, for exactly 20 years (and one day) ago on that very date, two other veteran heavyweights met in a bout that was perceived as nothing much more than a "fun" fight. George Foreman, then 41, and Gerry Cooney, then a mere lad of 33, are the two big names who clashed in Atlantic City, and their fight was somewhat sarcastically dubbed "Two Geezers At Caesars.. continue
Richard H. (Toronto, CA): You have been very huge on Andre Ward, and one of the few to give him a chance against Kessler. What did you see in the past that me (and I'm sure others) failed to?
Vivek W. (ESB): Truthfully, there are two things that I think have to remain a focal point when looking at Ward. First off, you never underestimate the heart of champion. That sounds so cliche-ish, but I truly believe that. This guy won a Gold in the Olympic games for a reason, and when you look at that type pedigree (Ali, Oscar, Whitaker, Patterson, Leonard, Spinks, etc), there's no question, categorically, something great is bound to happen when you land on that side. Secondly, (this is gonna sound cliche-ish as well), the guy has simply never learned how to lose. This is a fighter who had a 6 year stretch as an amateur in which he NEVER LOSS ONE FIGHT. He followed that effort by stepping on an Olympic stage and didn't lose one fight against the best competition in the world, either. continue
by Yero Moody - With the buzz of Manny Pacquiao's superb performance against Miguel Cotto last Saturday dwindling it's a perfect time to address some key issues concerning Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr and the man I call the X factor, Shane Mosley. Manny is listed as the number one pound for pound fighter in the world followed by Floyd and then Shane Mosley listed as number 3.
Both Pacquiao and Mayweather passed on fighting Mosley. As we know Pacquiao chose Miguel Cotto and Mayweather chose Juan Manuel Marquez. Mayweather was ripped for turning down Mosley while Manny was given a pass. I'll address this double standard later in the article. continue
EUROPEAN super-bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe has thrown a lifeline to the fading career of Bernard Dunne. The Leicester binman is willing to risk next year's world title challenge against WBC 8st 10lb champion Toshiaki Nishioka and face the Irishman first. Munroe (20-1) is ranked second in the world by the WBC and underlined his world title credentials outpointing Simone Maludrottu last week. It was the fifth title defence by the southpaw who took the title from Kiko Martinez - who had flattened Dunne in 86 seconds. continue
by James Slater, photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman -- Ahead of his fighter Paul "The Punisher" Williams' December 5th middleweight fight with 34-year-old fellow southpaw Sergio Martinez, 44-1-2(24), trainer George Peterson very kindly gave me the following interview yesterday evening (UK time).
Speaking about the fight his 28-year-old warrior, 37-1(27) will have in Atlantic City, his thoughts on a possible Williams-Manny Pacquiao fight and other things, George gave me the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you again, Sir. First of all, how has camp been going for the Sergio Martinez fight?
George Peterson: Camp has been great. We've had a pretty short camp to get ready for a lefthander, but other than that it's been great. continue
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.Don King Productions issued a press release yesterday stating the company had a valid promotional contract with heavyweight boxer John Ruiz. Upon further review, Don King has learned that Ruizs contract with DKP has expired. My boxing department had advised me my contract was still active, which turned out to be incorrect, King said. I apologize to John, his representatives, boxing fans and members of the media for making this mistake.. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 23, 2009) Team Ruiz Press Release: Team Ruiz has responded to false allegations made in two press releases by promoter Don King, who erroneously stated that, John Ruiz is my fighter, as well as falsely claiming the World Boxing Association (WBA) had sanctioned an Interim title fight between one of Kings fighters, Kali Meehan, and former champion Ruslan Chagaev.
Ruiz contract with Don King Productions (DKP) expired last month, prior to his Nov. 7 fight against Adnan Serin, legally allowing Ruiz to become a promotional free agent. continue
Mikkel Kessler has vowed to bounce back stronger than ever after his 11th round technical decision defeat against Andre Ward. The Viking Warrior was trailing on all three scorecards when the fight was stopped due to a cut caused by an unintentional headbutt. I have lost the world title once and won it straight back so I know how to do it, Kessler said. With the support of my home fans in Denmark I will beat Carl Froch and become world champion again. That is why this tournament is great I have the chance to make amends immediately.
Kessler admitted it was tough to fight Ward. He was very fast and very good. He ruined my style, he said. It was not my day. Now I will go home, watch the tape and then bounce back stronger than ever.
Said Wilfried Sauerland: Congratulations to Andre Ward, he fought a great fight and deserved to win. I was impressed by his speed and his technical abilities. However, the referee should have stopped the holding and headbutting, but we do not want to take anything away from his performance and his victory. Mikkel will come back and do very well in this tournament, no doubt about that.. continue
By Michael R. Cumberbatch - If you did not get an opportunity to catch the Floyd Mayweather Jr. exclusive interview with Sky Sports Adam Smith you are probably in the minority amongst boxing fans. Mayweather, whose words are often dismissed by his legion of critics those include fight fans and writers alike for reasons well chronicled. It doesnt mean that Moneys statements are void of truth.
Boring Fights Because of His Superior Defense
Mayweather can control and dictate the pace and the manner in which his fights play out because of his defensive prowess. This is a gift that few fighters have. continue
DKP Press Release: The World Boxing Association held meetings at their recent annual convention in Medellin, Colombia, where they ordered an interim heavyweight championship between WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Kali Meehan and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. Meehan earned the WBA No. 1 position in October 2007 by scoring a sixth-round technical knockout over DaVarryl Williamson at Madison Square Garden, and he has been patiently waiting to fight for the WBA heavyweight championship ever since. "I am grateful Don King has maintained his faith in me, and I will become the WBA interim heavyweight champion," Meehan said. "I look forward to meeting and defeating Ruslan Chagaev and then facing the winner of David Haye versus John Ruiz.. continue
Brendan Galbraith - The highly rated Irish-based Cuban sensation Alexei The Hurricane Acosta (8 stone 9 IIbs) recorded a second round TKO over the tough and experienced former Commonwealth and British Title contender, Sean Short Fuse Hughes (8 stone 10 IIbs) at the Holiday Inn, Belfast, Northern Ireland. For the 21-year-old Cuban, now based full-time at the Kronk Gym in Belfast under the guidance of trainer, Tony Dunlop, this was his first appearance in front of a Belfast crowd.
Bantamweight, Alexei Acosta stirs hype and expectation in equal amounts and this emanates from his pedigree as a former World Amateur Champion and his explosive introduction to the pro ranks. Going into the Hughes fight, the 21 year old had impressively concluded all of his 8 pro fights inside the distance and all within 3 rounds.
Acostas challenger for his 9th pro fight was a very good step in class. Sean Hughes is a former English Super Bantamweight Champion. He lost in the 10th round of a competitive challenge to Jason Booth for the Commonwealth Title last year and shares a win and loss with Esham Pickering the latter being a failed attempt for the British Title. continue
When Star Boxing's IBF #3 rated welterweight Delvin Rodriguez (24-3-2, 14KO) steps into the ring against Poland's IBF #4 rated Rafal "Braveheart" Jackiewicz (34-8-1, 18KO) for the #1 spot in the IBF World Ratings in an official IBF Welterweight Title eliminator in Elk, Poland on Friday November 27th, Rodriguez doesn't intend to leave any questioning in the outcome of the fight. "I'm going to look to knock him out, or give him a beating for the entire twelve rounds we are in that ring together, so in the end there will be no question who the winner of the fight actually is." stated Rodriguez. continue
Promoter Eddie Bazira and Baltic Pro Box Promotions, in association with Real Deal Events LLC, SES Boxing, Fight Production and Risum Boxing, are proud to announce that contracts has been signed for legendary former four-time heavyweight champion of the world Evander The Real Deal Holyfield to challenge Francois Botha for the South Africans World Boxing Federation World title on January 16 at Nelson Mandela Memorial Stadium in Kampala, Uganda.A sell-out crowd of 80.000 spectators is expected, and details are being finalized for world-wide Pay-Per-View distribution. Sweden-based Baltic Pro Box Promotions will host several press conferences in the coming days in Kampala to kick off the promotion of what will be the biggest fight ever in Uganda. continue
Brendan Galbraith - Grigor Sarohanian (1-0) vs Paddy McDonagh (debut) (4 x 3 minute rounds) - McDonagh (12 stone 11 Ilbs) made his pro debut against a very tough and durable Latvian opponent Grigor Sarohanian (12 stone 8 Ilbs). The first round was pretty even, with both men landing good shots. The Latvian native probably shaded the opener with impressive countering and sporadic flurries. McDonagh came into the fight more in the 2nd and 3rd rounds by pressing the fight and have some success, particularly with his left hand. Both men hit a lot of gloves and missed wild shots.
The final round was McDonaghs best round - pressing well to land several good lefts to the head. He countered well and again had success. Feeling a little more confident towards the end of the fight, McDonagh introduced a couple of uppercuts that failed to make the desired impact. Overall, an impressive debut for McDonagh who faced a tough and dangerous opponent in Sarohanian. The ref raised McDonaghs hand at the end and he won 39-37 on the scorecards. continue
Brendan Galbraith - Belfast flyweight Luke Winky Wilton (8 stone 1 Ilb) continued his winning streak with a clinical first round KO of Latvian Muharem Osmanov (7 stone 11 Ilbs) in a scheduled four rounder on the undercard of the Alexei Acosta Sean Hughes bill the Holiday Inn, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Local favourite Wilton, sporting the trademark Team Alio claret and blue colours entered the ring with his father and trainer Alan Wilton, to a rapturous reception by the packed house of 400 fight fans.
A fortnight earlier, Wilton scored an impressive points win over Kevin Coglan in the Rogan-Sexton II bill and there were similarities in the opening scenes of both performances. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 23, 2009) Latinos have had a profound influence on boxing, particularly in smaller-weight divisions, evident by 21 nominees in the ongoing Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer (WGEB) promotion. Eighteen of the 21 Latino WGEB nominees are in the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the remaining three Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera are surefire locks for induction as soon as theyre eligible. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten former Olympian Andre Ward did far more than just win his opening fight in the hugely exciting "Super-Six" tournament last night in his hometown of Oakland, California; he also scored the first big upset of the tourney and he also restored American pride by becoming the first U.S fighter to have won a bout in the tourney.
Stopping the defending WBA 168-pound champion and one of the tourney's overall favourites in the mighty Mikkel Kessler, Ward must now be looked at, along with Germany's Arthur Abraham, as the leader of the talented group.
Certainly, and no disrespect to Jermain Taylor, Ward will be a pretty big favourite to win his next fight in the Show Time tourney, against the former middleweight king. Knocked out badly by Abraham in his "Super-Six" opener, Taylor made us wonder if he'd even carry on in the tourney. He is going to, though, and now he faces an uphill task of the highest order against the 21-0(13) 25-year-old. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - The major talk around boxing circles prior to the much anticipated super six tournament was that the European fighters involved would take the glory hands down. The majority of comments flying around were heavily in favour of: Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. Almost no one gave Andre Dirrell, Andre Ward and Jermain Taylor a chance of winning their bouts except some American pundits and those in the know when it comes to boxing. So in the aftermath of the first round of the event European fighters have a lead with two victories to one, Arthur Abrahams coming by way of stoppage. Now before any of the aforementioned bouts are analysed I want to point out that I am not writing this article with the intention of stirring up hatred and anger between nations or between Europe and America. Bias in boxing comes in many forms and has numerous causes. I only write this article to highlight a strange case of hysteria and gross miscalculation over just how good specifically two of the fighters in the super six actually . continue
By Srithar Visuasam: The Elite Cranes Cup was held at the Malvern Town Hall on Friday November 20, hosted by Peter Maniatis Promotions. The main event saw Shannon The Man McMahon (16-5-1, 6 KOs) take on Eddie Psycho Delic (16-9-2, 3 KOs) for the vacant WBF Intercontinental light middleweight title over 10 rounds. The bout was an edge of your seat encounter with toe to toe action for the full ten rounds. McMahon was impressive with his multi-punch combinations, taking the fight to Delic. However, it was Delic who fought the superior fight. His counter punching was very effective with his counter right hand proving the key weapon over the course of the fight. The bout went the full distance and after a heated battle, it was Delic who prevailed with scorecards reading 97-93, 98-92, 98-92 all in his favour. continue
By Paul Strauss - Andre S.O.G Ward dominated Mikkel Kessler from start to finish at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA, on Saturday. Now Showtime's Super Six is two for Europe and one for the USA. Ward could arguably feel he deserves two points for the win and one point for stopping Kessler, but Referee Jack Reiss' ruling that the cut (one of many) that ended the fight was caused by an unintentional head-butt prevented that from happening. Instead of being a technical knockout (TKO), the fight went to the judges' scorecards for a technical decision. Two judges scored the fight 98-92, and the third had it 97-93. For now Ward is content win the upset victory over the tournament favorite Kessler, and capturing of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Title belt.
According to Showtime Announcers Al Bernstein, Gus Johnson and Antonio Tarver, there were five unintentional head-butts over the course of the fight; although Tarver expressed an opinion that the fight was dominated by Ward and so one-sided that he deserved the extra point for a stoppage, which would have placed him in a tie with Arthur King Abraham for a lead in the Super Six Tournament. However, Al Bernstein quickly pointed out that the referee was very specific as to which cut of several to Kessler's face was what he deemed responsible for the stoppage. It was the cut above the right eye, which was caused by a butt that occurred in the eighth round. continue
by: Edgar Macabasa - The beating that Cotto endured at the hands of Antonio Margarito made many people believe that Cotto was already damaged goods in boxing. The fact that he KOed Michael Jennings in five rounds during his next fight did little to change that perception since Jennings was nowhere near the class of the elite fighters in the welterweight division. This view also gained more momentum when Cotto struggled and nearly lost a split decision to Joshua Clottey in a fight where many people saw Clottey as the winner and in which the difference between winning and losing may have been the knockdown Cotto scored in the first round of the fight. continue
By Michael Amakor - Zsolt Erdei (31- 0, 17 kos) seized the WBC Cruiserweight belt from defending champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-2 -1, 10 kos) in a 12 round competitive contest in front of a boisterous crowd at the in Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein in Germany.
Although Erdei got the decision I believe Fragomeni deserved the nod as the defending champion and he certainly proved his point by pressuring Erdei from the middle rounds to the bell. The judges acknowledged his efforts, but scored the fight 115-113, 114-114 and 115-113 razor thinly against the 40 year old Italian. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2009) The United States is alive and well in the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
In a scintillating performance, undefeated hometown favorite Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight title with a dominant 11th-round technical decision over Denmarks Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) in the Group Stage 1 Super Six World Boxing Classic bout for both boxers Saturday on SHOWTIME®.
An exciting, one-sided match was stopped at 1:42 of the 11th round by the ringside physician, Dr. Smith Ketchum, due to cuts around both of Kesslers eyes. After 10 completed rounds, Ward was ahead by the scores of 98-92 on two of the scorecards and 97-93 on the other.
A raucous, pro-Ward crowd of 10,277, which included Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Hall of Famer Herschel Walker, Metallica drummer and Kessler fan, fellow Dane Lars Ulrich, Super Six fighter Andre Dirrell and Strikeforce Mixed Martial Arts stars Scott Smith, Josh Thompson and Gilbert Melendez, turned out at the Oracle Arena for what became a virtuoso performance by Ward. continue
By Ted Sares - The Prediction - On paper, this one would appear easy to predict, but given Wards athleticism and speed, he could well make this a far more difficult fight for the WBA World super middleweight tile holder. Nevertheless, Mikkel Kessler is the super star and Andre Ward is the upstart challenger.
That said, I can see Ward staying on the outside with good movement content to jab and use his body shots and occasional hooks to keep Kessler at bay. If he can do this, he can win a decision. continue
Tunica, MS - Supported by a large crowd at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, MS, junior middleweight sensation Shawn Showtime Porter kept his perfect intact after scoring a fourth round TKO over upset specialist Jerome Ellis. Headlining Boxings Future Champions III, Porter badly rocked Ellis with a solid left hook in the second, forcing the rugged Floridian to hold on. The 2008 US Olympic Alternate continued to have success in the third, attacking Ellis with quick, crisp combinations while using outstanding defensive movement to avoid return shots. With the fight in his control, The Akron, OH native tagged Ellis with strong combinations to both the body and head, proving that a clash of heads early in the round could not deter him. Following the fourth round, Ellis refused to leave his stool, forcing Referee Randy Phillips to stop the contest. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity t o have a nice discussion with future Hall of Famer, Bernard Hopkins. Bernard is currently preparing for his fight against Enrique Ornelas which is slated to take place December 2 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here is what Bernard had to say:
Q: How are preparations going for your December 2 fight with Enrique Ornelas?
A: Everything is going great, man. We had a media day, its packed in here. This is the first time I had an open work out where they can actually tape some of the sparring. I completed ten rounds today, I completed ten rounds two days agoSaturday rather, three days ago. So everything then is good. Im taking this fight just as seriously as if I was getting $10 million compared toI dont know what Im getting, because just based on a lot of things that you have read about, heard about, and been told aboutthat we are going to talk about briefly in this conversationis that this is to me a warm-up, but not a warm-up to the point of being disrespectful that Im going to not train or Im not going to take this fight like any other fight. Youve been writing about boxing and I assume about my career for more than a year, and I never take anybody lightly. You know Im always in shape. continue
by Andrew Hall- What is it with the name "Sugar" in the world of boxing? We've had "Sugar" Ray Robinson and "Sugar" Ray Leonard and now we have "Sugar" Shane Mosley. Today, however, the "Sugar" man is kind of being overlooked. He seems to be an afterthought in the world of pugilism. This is sad because he just may be the best fighter out there.
After dismantling Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito made a huge mistake in picking Shane Mosley as his next opponent. When I heard that this fight was going to happen I thought that Antonio was in a world of trouble. continue
By Robert Jackson: The subject of Manny Pacquiao's rising status has everybody on the bandwagon, the bus per-se, words like GOAT are being thrown around. NOT SO FAST!! Right after the Pacquiao/Cotto fight Money Mayweather who had been silent after and since his dominating victory over Juan Manuel Marquez resurfaced with some choice words of his own directed towards Cotto conqueror Manny Pacquiao who in Mayweather's estimation REFUSED to challenge him or call him out post fight.
Subsequent media releases involving Mayweather had him saying in a Dangerfieldesque tone "I don't get no RESPECT"! Currently a 70/30 split in Pacquiao's favor is on the table for a Pacquiao/Mayweather bout tenatively scheduled for May 2010!! Cotto was at least able to get a 65.25/34.75 split in Pacquiao's favor! continue
by James Slater - The year 2009 has surely been the best yet in the incredible career of the astonishing Manny Pacquiao! Although he had just two bouts - stopping Ricky Hatton in 2-rounds in May, and stopping an amazingly brave Miguel Cotto in the 12th-rounds just one week ago - Pacquiao showed us most vividly how great he really is this year.
As such, is there possibly any other fighter in with a shot at winning the Fighter of the Year award when Ring magazine and various other publications select their winner? It sure looks doubtful, even though a few fighters have also had a good 12 months in 2009. Also, the year isn't over yet. But all the remaining fights of this year have been scheduled, and there isn't a fight that can be won by any fighter that would propel him anywhere close to having had as fine a year as "Pac-Man.. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten 30-year-old Russian heavyweight Alexander Povetkin won an IBF final eliminator and with it a shot at Ring magazine, IBF and WBO heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko back in January of this year, when he out-pointed "Fast" Eddie Chambers. However, due to an injury, Povetkin had to withdraw from a fight with "Dr. Steel Hammer" and now, almost a year later, his title assault is still awaited.
Now being trained by Teddy Atlas, the 17-0(12) contender has recently had his name connected with a possible interim IBF title fight with Samuel Peter, the former WBC champ. continue
By: Coach K - November 20th, Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, Rhode Island Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc. presented Autumn Classic saw the leather flying like Autumn leaves falling in a Nor Easter.
The action started with Roxbury, Massachusetts Maceo Crowder the brother of 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius Boo Boo Andrade making his pro debut picking apart, buckling then putting to rest Reidsville North Carolinas Duane King also making his pro debut. Crowder out boxed and dropped King in the opener, buckled his knees with a heavy lead right hand in the second before finishing him with a clean 1-2 at 1:48 of round three. continue
By Coach Tim Walker Boxing fans get answers tonight! Andre Ward, the last and most recent American Olympic gold medalist, will get the opportunity to answer many questions on Saturday, November 21, 2009 when he faces Mikkel Kessler in his home town of Oakland, California. Questions such as: Is he legitimate? And, Can he really compete with the current crop of European champions? And, was winning Olympic Gold the panicle of his career?
Though heralded following the Olympics, Ward and his team were forced onto the path less traveled though not necessarily by choice. This happened when Ward, who might have been feeling the Showtime pro jitters, faced off against Kenny Kost. Kost, an 8-0-0 fighter at the time, donned a good record but was viewed by most analysts to not have the tools to deal with the Olympian over the long hall. Ward won round one easily and it appeared that a short night was in the works. Then came round 2. Kost landed a well-timed left hook that badly hurt Ward. Getting his wasn't such a big deal. Fighters take shots. Its part of the business. What was bit unexpected was that the shot seemed to affect Ward for the remainder of the fight. He seemed to never fully recover. continue
By Juan Carlos Castillo: The last fight of the first part of the Super Six Tournament is perhaps the best fight in terms of Boxing Skills. Denmark's Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KO's) is an excellent boxer, counter-puncher who has shown his talent and quality over big opponents, and his lone loss came to an undefeated Champion who made more than 20 succesfull defenses in a very good fight, that is Joe Calzaghe. continue
by James Slater - All set to meet in Germany on Saturday night, WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and challenger Zsolt Erdei have officially weighed-in. As reported by FightNews.com, Italy's Fragomeni tipped in at 195.8-pounds, while long-reigning WBO light-heavyweight champion Erdei of Hungary weighed-in at the significantly lower weight of just 178.8-pounds.
Does this advantage in poundage mean the older man at age 40 will be the physically stronger man, who is able to bully his 35-year-old challenger come fight time? Giving so much weight away, Erdei, who has also been inactive since his January win over Yuri Barashian (when he made the eleventh retention of his WBO 175-pound belt), looks the underdog in the fight in my eyes now. continue
Jaime Castro-Núñez - This is the kind of articles I write with enthusiasm. And the reason is very simple: here I am introducing to a large, English-speaking audience a complete unknown boxer who I am sure will be on top of the lightweight division in the years to come. We already have excellent papers on Pacquiao, Froch, Haye, Kessler and Mayweather, so I am under the impression that I dont have much to say about these exciting, world-class fighters. Thats why I spend most of my time with undivulged boxers, those nameless kids coming from Colombia, virtually out of nowhere, who often times upset huge folks such as Amir Khan. Please dont get me wrong: I enjoy boxing and know who is who. And yes, I like Pacquiao, even though I wanted Cotto to claim the victory.
The unique intention of this paper is to introduce ESB readers an athlete who I believe has the skills, talent, desire and power to become a serious contender in a couple of years, if not this coming 2010. I might be right, I might be wrong. Only time will tell! My purpose here is to get you acquainted with 2008 Olympian Darley Pérez of San Pedro de Urabá, Colombia, who defeated Argentinean Patricio Pedrero to win the vacant WBA Fedelatín lightweight title on November 19th in a bout that took place in Medellín, Colombia, during the 88th WBA annual convention. continue
FORMER WBA World Champion Gavin Rees will take on ex-European title holder Ted Bami in the quarter-finals of Prizefighter Light-Welterweights.
Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jnr, widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, performed the draw, which was broadcast on Sky Sports on Friday night. Prizefighter Light-Welterweights takes place on Friday, December 4 at the National Hall, Olympia, London with eight of the best British light-welterweights competing for a top prize of £32,000. Rees and Bami were two of the bookmakers' favourites but one of them will be eliminated at the first phase after they were paired together in a mouth-watering clash. continue
LINCOLN, R.I. (Nov. 20, 2009) Otis Triple OG Griffin outlasted Joey McCreedy to win a unanimous 8-round decision tonight in the main event on the Autumn Classic pro boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Griffin (21-6-2), best known for winning the Next Great Champ, displayed his ring savvy and experience, successfully counter-punching McCreedy (11-4-1). Ive won in other fighters backyards, but I was concerned about the decision because I got robbed against Jeff Lacy. McCreedy fought his best. I thought I clearly won. He brought his A-game and really stepped-up. He wasnt the same fighter we watched on tape. He obviously can take a good shot because I hit him with some good ones. Joey is a brawler and the plan was to make him pay when he missed and stay clear of trouble. It was Boxing 101. Next, Id like to come back here and fight Joey Spina.. continue
Undefeated Andre S.O.G Ward of Oakland flexes after weighing in at 166 1/2 pounds Friday at the Oakland Airport Hilton Hotel.
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Viking Warrior Kessler of Denmark poses after tipping scale at 167 pounds, one pound under the division limit.
Tomorrow/Saturday on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) and Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) will clash for Kessler's WBA 168-pound title in the first Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 bout for each boxer. The scheduled 12-rounder will emanate from the Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Kessler-Ward is the first Super Six fight on American soil. The Europeans held serve in the opening Group Stage 1 fights Oct. 17 on SHOWTIME, Arthur Abraham knocking out Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch outpointing Andre Dirrell in Germany and England, respectively. continue
One of the hardest-hitting prospects in the lightweight division will make his main event debut on Saturday, November 28 in an NABF Championship bout in the Grand Ballroom of the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Undefeated knockout artist John Molina, Jr. (18-0, 14 KO), of nearby Covina, CA, will battle Mexicos Martin Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KO) in the scheduled 10-round headliner of the ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on SHOWTIME. The Molina-Honorio NABF Lightweight Championship bout is the featured fight on a rising star-studded, boxing card presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
Nov. 20, 2009 NEW YORK -- HBO Sports reported today that 1.25 million pay-per-view buys were generated from last Saturdays welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Top Rank, Inc..The 1.25 million buy total represents the highest performing boxing pay-per-view event in 2009, generating $70 million in pay-per-view revenue. The figure includes 650,000 buys from cable homes and 600,000 from satellite and telco homes. A record 110,000 buys from Puerto Rico, Cottos home market, are included. It is the second time that an event featuring Manny Pacquiao, a worldwide superstar, has passed the one million mark in pay-per-view buys. continue
Geoffrey Ciani - When the participants for the Super Six super middleweight tournament were first announced one name stood out amongst the restMikkel Kessler. Of all the pugilists involved, Kessler was the one who was widely recognized as the favorite going into the tournament and rightfully so. After all, the reigning two time champion has good skills, tremendous power, and ample experience in big fight situations. Prior to the start of the first round match-ups, Kessler was perceived as the most consistent and talented of the six. Arthur Abraham was moving up in weight, Jermain Taylor was damaged goods, Carl Froch was one dimensional, and the two Andres from the United States were too green. This made Kessler the favorite by process of elimination.
Despite his experience, skills, and talent, Mikkel Kessler is not unbeatable. This was already proven when he was soundly defeated by Joe Calzaghe. Despite being seven years younger, Kessler was outworked, outhustled, and outsmarted by his older foe. After four competitive rounds it was all Calzaghe. Kessler was befuddled by his high work rate and his unique blend of tactics and angles. Of course, there is no shame in losing to a fighter of Calzaghes caliber. At the same time, when a fighters standing is elevated following a loss, as was the case when Kessler lost to Calzaghe, it gives reason for suspicion. Kessler has exhibited vulnerabilities in the past so it should come as no surprise when they are once again put on display. continue
NOTTINGHAM (November 20th ,2009) WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl The Cobra Froch believes that Mikkel Kessler has what it takes to complete a clean sweep for Europe in the final bout of Group Stage 1 in the Super Six World Boxing Classic this weekend. With Froch having ended the unbeaten run of American hotshot Andre Dirrell last month and German based Armenian Arthur Abraham scoring a final round KO over Jermain Taylor its currently 2 0 to Europe ahead of Kesslers clash with Andre Ward in the U.S. this weekend. continue
by James Slater - Shortly after he'd relieved Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev of his WBA heavyweight title, new ruler David Haye spoke about how he would entertain the idea of a second fight with the 7'2" colossus. Putting the nice things Haye had to say about Valuev down to the respect fighters tend to show one another after having been in a fight, I never actually thought we would ever see a Haye-Valuev II. And let's be honest, who would want to see a rematch? The November 7th clash, though no complete bore, was hardly a classic. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This weeks forty-eighth edition of On the Ropes featured exclusive interviews with Andre Ward and Iceman John Scully. Highlighting this episode was the very interesting interview with Super Six tournament participant, Andre Ward. Andre is slated to take on WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler this Saturday in Oakland, California. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On his preparations for the upcoming fight with Kessler:
Its training as usual, its hard work, its sometime monotonous, but Ive fighting long enough to understand that you got to pay the price now to celebrate later.
On his fight with Edison Miranda:
It was a twelve round fight that was very hard fought. Even though Miranda didnt win many rounds, it was very physical. We just showed ourselves well in all the necessary categories, but I definitely dont think thats the best Andre Ward that the world will see. November 21 will be the best that everyone has seen so far.. continue
by James Slater - Though he was badly busted up and beaten inside three-rounds by Denis Lebedev in his last fight back in July of this year, 29-year-old Enzo Maccarinelli is to give it one more go, and will return to action against a TBA on the Amir Khan-Dmitriy Salita bill in Newcastle on December 5th. After having fought off ideas of retirement, the big-hitting Welshman says he wants to get a couple of confidence-restoring wins under his belt, before stepping back up to world championship level next year. The loser in three of his last four fights, with all three defeats coming via stoppage, the 29-year-old has heard many people tell him he should be doing something else for a living, but Enzo says he has the buzz back. continue
The great Smokin Joe Frazier has joined a growing list of confirmed boxing legends attending the Dec. 11-13 Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer (WGEB) festivities, highlighted by an awards dinner and U.S. vs. The World pro boxing show, at The Paris Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. Frazier joins a red-carpet list of WGEB nominees traveling to Las Vegas Vegas for the spectacular celebration of boxing legends, including Mike Tyson, Jeff Fenech, Carlos Ortiz, Aaron Pryor, Roberto Duran, Bob Foster, Tommy Hearns, Wilfredo Gomez and others. continue
By Vivek Wallace - Last week, the world of boxing sat in utter silence as perhaps the biggest story in the sport unfolded right before its eyes. An arduous process that took months and months to materialize finally came to fruition, and only moments after, one of the most recognized voices in boxing (Larry Merchant) sat in a still visibly stunned media room and asked the rhetorical question, "where do we go from here"? At the time, the marvel of Manny Pacquiao would appear to be a rather impossible act to follow, but now that the dust has settled, the collective attention of those around the sport shifts back to what clearly stands as perhaps the most inventive and ground-breaking project born of the sport in decades, if not all-time. In the first wave of this project, we saw the likes of Arthur Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Carl Froch, and Andre Dirrell. As we conclude that first leg of the tour, we get the opportunity to see arguably the two most talented figures in the competition compete. The two men who have traveled vastly different paths, yet somehow ended up on the same road to relevance. Those two men, none other than American Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (20-0, 13KO's), and Denmark native Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32KO's).
When you place these two combatants under the microscope, clearly, there's more to be seen than normally meets the eye. In the case of Andre Ward, some recollect his amazing Olympic performance, but beyond that point, the Oakland, California native has been somewhat under the radar. On a global scale, few speak his name, but a lengthy conversation with those aware reveals precisely how talented this "S.O.G." really is. continue
BERNARD HOPKINS: "This guy (Enrique Ornelas) is not a cream puff. This guy is not anyone that you pick for a tune-up or a softy. Enrique and his brother are well respected and have given everyone they fought a fight, win lose or draw. That's the type of guy I am, I duck no one. I take no one lightly. Again, I didn't want to be a part of the matchmaking part. A fight is a fight, no matter if you're in Vegas or you're in Philadelphia.
"I'm feeling good. I've trained a little bit more reserved because when you're young, you have a lot more energy. I know the media is trying to figure out when the hell this guy is going to look like he's 45. I have a future, even at 44. continue
By Andrew Hall - After watching the Pacquiao vs Cotto fight I have become a fan of Money Mayweather. Many of my friends were shocked and dismayed to hear this. You see, I generally favor the puncher. I like watching the fights where there is a sensational knockout. I like to see some blood, I like to see some carnage. Why did I become a Mayweather fan? I have come to realize the guy's absolute genius in the fight game. I have come to appreciate him for what he is. He does more for the sport of boxing than any puncher ever could. Money Mayweather is an absolute genius and I have 3 reasons why this is so.
There is no doubt that the fight between Cotto and Pacquio was more exciting than any of Floyd's fights. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 19, 2009) Boxing has traditionally been driven by heavyweights and many of the sports most recognizable figures through the years have fought in the highest-profile division. The Heavyweight Division in the The Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer promotion has two more nominees than the other seven divisions because the nominating committee was unable to limit the number to 10.
Ten of the Heavyweight Division nominees are in the International Boxing Hall of the Fame and the only non-members of this elite group, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, are sure locks as soon as theyre eligible for nomination.
London boxing icon Lennox Lewis is the lone non-American heavyweight nominee, a division that has many of boxings most colorful and popular figures, dating all the way back to the end of the 19th century with legends John L. Sullivan and Jack Johnson.
The winners in the eight divisions, plus The Worlds 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
Reigning WBO Junior Bantamweight champion Marvelous Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KOs) and his opponent Alejandro Payasito Hernandez (22-7-1, 11 KOs) of Mexico City promised a war this Saturday night as the main event of Rumble at Rama X at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. The 19 year-old Sonsona, who captured the crown against Jose Carlito Lopez this past September via thrilling 12 round unanimous decision, promised to once again treat Ontario fight fans to another scintillating performance. When I first fought here in September, I was treated so well, and welcomed so warmly that I wanted to deliver a great performance to my new fans in Ontario.. continue
Former WBO World Cruiserweight king Enzo Maccarinelli is on his third and final mission to reclaim his world title. The big-hitting Welshman lost his crown last year to David Haye, but the Swansea puncher is aiming for a fresh start on December 5 in Newcastle when he fights in a six rounder on the undercard of Amir Khan's clash with Dmitriy Salita. And he reckons that by this time next year he's going to back in title contention. "After my last fight against Denis Lebedev there was talk of me retiring," said Enzo. "I had a long think about where my career was going, but I've got my hunger back now. "Being a world champion meant a lot to me and it hurt so much losing my world title. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - That's the fun of it all. Waiting and watching to see it all unfold. Universally we all feel that Manny Pacquiao is absolutely next to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. It represents the most money on the table for both fighters. That's seems to be absolute (still in boxing anything can happen). So who might be next after a fight with Pac. Excluding a Pacquiao-Mayweather blockbuster event that is so dynamic that it warrants a part two here is a list of possibilities. All of these suggestions take into consideration the 5 fight deal he forged with Golden Boy and him making this proclamation prior to the Marquez fight, If they want it, they can get it!
Don't discount Miguel Cotto. Yes he is fresh off the heels of being scrapped by the Pac Man and in the eyes of many might be damaged goods with only a few fights left in him. continue
Top Manchester trainer Anthony Farnell will put his boxers that are featuring on the huge Newcastle show on December 5 through a power-packed media work-out this Monday. Former two-time WBU World Middleweight Champion, know as the "The Warrior" during his career, now runs a highly successful gym and trains some of the best young talent in Britain today, including Frankie Gavin, Tony Bellew and new pro Ronnie Heffron, plus Stephen Bell who challenges for the Commonwealth Featherweight title. continue
by James Slater - Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy has given a short but very interesting interview with Lance Pugmire of The LA Times. Schaefer spoke about how he has never known so much interest in a fight like there is for the wanted Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather clash, and he also told the publication's writer about a fight that is almost a done deal.
According to the promoter, as long as both Roy Jones Junior and Bernard Hopkins win their next fights - Jones' against Australia's Danny Green, on December 2nd, Hopkins' against Mexico's Enrique Ornelas on the same date - then the two legends will meet in a long awaited rematch on March 13th next year, in Las Vegas. continue
When Star Boxing's top rated undefeated heavyweight Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) (WBC #6, WBA #6, WBO #8, IBF #12) steps into the ring on December 12th to challenge Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for Klitschko's coveted WBC Heavyweight Championship, he will not only be fighting for himself, but fighting for our entire country.
When Star Boxing's top rated undefeated heavyweight Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) (WBC #6, WBA #6, WBO #8, IBF #12) steps into the ring on December 12th to challenge Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) for Klitschko's coveted WBC Heavyweight Championship, he will not only be fighting for himself, but fighting for our entire country. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 19, 2009) The two Europeans boxers victorious over their American opponents in the first round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic are predicting Mikkel Viking Warrior Kessler will beat Andre S.O.G. Ward in the final Group Stage 1 matchup this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
One of the two Americans Andre Dirrell likes Ward while Jermain Taylor calls Saturdays showdown a toss-up.. continue
By Ted Sares: This Thai is still active but for the most part, has fought terrible opposition. He duked with Jorge Arce on December 1, 2007 for the WBC Latino bantamweight title. He was 53-4 coming in but was demolished by a brutal body shot courtesy of Travieso in 47 seconds. 3-K is now 63 (KO 44) - 6 (KO 6) in 69 outings, but that record is deceiving. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - "I think after watching this fight we have to start talking about the all time great status of Manny Pacquiao. Does he now fall within the top ten? Or does a fight with Mayweather have to take place and does he have to win that fight in order to reach that top ten status? Thats my question for you guys.CALLER
This question was asked by one of our callers in the special post-fight edition of On the Ropes following Manny Pacquiaos impressive effort against Miguel Cotto. There can be no doubt that Manny Pacquiao has firmly established his legacy as an all-time great. Top ten, though? Top fifteen, even? That seems awfully high. The question is inherently unfair because Pacquiaos career is not over yet. Despite claims that he will only box for another year or so, it is conceivable that his career is far from over. The callers question inspired a somewhat heated exchange between me and the shows Hostess, the lovely Miss Jenna J. The discussion evolved into a debate over whether Pacquiao is currently worthy of a top fifteen spot in an all time pound for pound sense. Jenna J thinks he is, I respectfully disagree. continue
by James Slater - As has been previously reported, 31-year-old former world light-welterweight champion Ricky Hatton is currently in talks with Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez, and a possible 2010 fight between the two is being discussed. And while the fans appear to be something close to split down the middle when it comes to either being in favour of Hatton's planned comeback or against it, two experts definitely are of a differing opinion about the idea.
Promoter Frank Warren, who used to promote "The Hitman," is against the idea of Hatton fighting again, telling The Mirror that in his opinion, the popular Manchester warrior is finished at world level. Warren also questioned whether Hatton would be able to get down to 140-pounds for a return. continue
Paul Strauss - Apparently Manny's mother, like all loving mothers, wants her son to quit the violent sport in which he has reached hall of fame heights. Not surprisingly she worries about the welfare of her son, and wants what is best for him. She has witnessed his success, and sees the love his Filipino people have for him. She sees the comfortable life that he has earned for himself and his family. She takes pride in the fact that he has been able to help so many. She also understands that by continuing to fight, he jeopardizes all of that.
Manny's fans unquestionably want him to keep fighting........preferably forever! They want their hero to conquer all challengers, and continue to bring pride to their country. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 18, 2009) World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Mikkel Viking Warrior Kessler of Denmark and undefeated Andre S.O.G Ward of Oakland participated in the free public press conference Wednesday for their Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 showdown this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The presser, which emanated from the Frank Ogawa Plaza at downtown Oakland City Hall, included a performance from the cheerleaders and band of Wards alma mater, Hayward High School, and a presentation by Hayward High Vice Principal Andrea Hayes, who gave Ward a Hayward High T-Shirt and an honorary diploma for his outstanding work in and out of the ring on behalf of the students and staff at Hayward.
Kessler will enter the ring for the 12-round match in three days with a record of 42-1 with 32 knockouts. Ward is 20-0 with 13 knockouts. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 19, 2009) IBF No. 6 rated junior middleweight Sechew Iron Horse Powell (25-2, 15 KOs) plans to take full advantage of the exposure and cache associated with headlining the Worlds Greatest Ever Boxing Show, Dec. 12 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, as part of a spectacular Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer promotion that weekend at the same venue. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Sunday 20 December will see a WBC world title on the line at the Malvern Town Hall in Victoria, Australia. The night will be a joint promotion between Victorias leading promoter Peter Maniatis and Michael Yang, the premier boxing promoter in China.
The for the WBC female middleweight world title will be on the line with undefeated champion Wang Ya Nan (7-0, 3 KOs) of China against number two contender Kenya, Crazy Charity Mukami (4-2-1) from Kenya over 10 rounds. continue
By "KINGPIN' KEVIN JOHNSON: Let me start off by thanking you for rescuing the WBA title from that colossal waste of time and circus sideshow freak Nicolay Valuev. Now that I got that out of the way, I have to say that your fight with Nicolay was the worst fight that I ever witnessed in my life. You proved again that you are nothing more than an over hyped cruiserweight with a big mouth. Both you and Valuev give boxing a bad name. With all of that running that you did, I thought I was watching a damn marathon. I just love the way that you jumped the line and got an opportunity to fight Valuev before I did, especially since I was ranked ahead of you for months but thats OK, I understand the politics of this sport.
After I put Vitali Klitschko away on December 12, in Switzerland, and trust me, I will, Im going to look you up and we are going to get it on for real. You can pick the time and place. Doesnt mean a damn thing to me. Just dont run from me like you did last year when you pulled out of our agreed upon fight. Oh, and watch my fight with Vitali on December 12, and youll see how real heavyweights conduct themselves in the ring.
by James Slater - According to BoxRec, a decent heavyweight match-up will take place on the under-card of the upcoming Paul Williams-Sergio Gabriel Martinez clash - the middleweight non-title bout already being supported by another heavyweight bout between Chris Arreola and Brian Minto. Once-beaten hope Chazz Witherspoon is down as facing former IBF and WBO heavyweight title challenger Tony Thompson on Dec. 5th in Atlantic city, N.J. continue
By Michael Montero - Regardless of which man you have ranked number one, everybody in the world sees Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather as the top two fighters at welterweight right now. Its unanimous, and for good reason. These two must clash in the ring next year, theres simply no other logical match for either of them. But other than these two all times greats, there are big names at welter and junior welter that would make for intriguing matches next year. I decided to analyze a few possibilities
Ricky Hatton versus Juan Manuel Marquez:
This fight makes too much sense, in fact I predicted it in the beginning of the year when Marquez signed on to fight Pretty Boy Floyd. The outcome of that bout was known by most before the contracts were even signed. continue
by James Slater - As respected by fight fans more than any other set of rankings - whether they be those of an organisation or those of another publication - Ring magazine's ratings of fighters are unbiased and based solely on merit. As such, 30-year-old Manny Pacquiao will be feeling great right now, as he has just been propelled to the number-one spot in Ring magazine's welterweight rankings.
Primarily due to the way he dismantled the incredibly brave Miguel Cotto this past Saturday, "Pac-Man" is now recognised by "The Bible Of Boxing" as the world's premiere 147-pounder. Not bad at all for a fighter who turned pro down at 106-pounds, and who has fought just twice at welterweight!
And though some people will no doubt disagree with Ring's selection, it's tough to place any other fighter ahead of Pacquiao at welterweight. Former holder of the top spot (the Ring championship is vacant at 147) Shane Mosley has a loss to the man Pacquiao beat up, in Cotto and "Sugar" has also been inactive since his January win over Antonio Margarito. continue
By Joey Mills - Dean Pithie is a unique native of the city of Coventry. He remains the only man from the city to fight for a professional boxing world championship, an achievement that has just enjoyed its ninth anniversary.
Pithie was defeated when his moment in the sun came, but it was not without valour. And it is this valour that has kept The Pitbull in the hearts and minds of local residents to this day. Everyone knows who I am. says Pithie. Just now Ive been in town, I had a coffee in Starbucks and people were saying Theres Dean Pithie there! He beat Naseem Hamed! continue
SIMONE MALUDROTTU has vowed to do an Italian job on Rendall Munroe tomorrow (Fri). The Leicester bin man (19-1) makes the fifth defence of his European super-bantamweight title against number one contender Maludrottu (30-2) at Nottingham's Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre. Maludrottu, 31, made six successful defences as European bantamweight champion and gave WBC 122lb Hozumi Hasegawa a terrific tussle before losing on points. He has won four on the trot since his world title challenge in January 2008 and says: "Munroe is just a stepping stone to another world title fight, this time against WBC super-bantamweight title holder Toshiaki Nishioka. "Munroe is ranked second for his championship and I will take that place and get another challenge." The Sardinian outpointed Ian Napa on a previous visit to England and added: "Munroe is not as good as him or many of my opponents. continue
In the aftermath of last Saturday nights triumphant moment for fightin' Filipino Manny Pacquiao, many things have become blatantly clear. Perhaps the major one of them all is the fact that Manny Pacquiao is clearly as good as advertised, and has cemented his position in the historical landscape of the sport. The old adage says that a good big man beats a good little man. That holds true, however, in this case it was a good big man versus an amazing little man, and that amazing performance left no room to question precisely how amazing Pacquiao really is. Now that the fight is over, the focus shifts. This time against a totally different type of puzzle. That puzzle being none other than master stylist Floyd Mayweather jr. March 13th appears to be the approximate date, although cornerman Freddie Roach has already stated that he will need more time to prepare Pacquiao, citing in all honesty that he feels the style of Mayweather could very well pose some very difficult problems to dissect for his star pupil. That extra time will be well suited, because in reality, Mayweather will need to adjust to Pacquiao's ability as well. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 18 After a whirlwind journey that led him to the top of the boxing world on October 31st, the night he took the IBF bantamweight title from Joseph Agbeko, Yonnhy Perez is rightfully enjoying the fruits of his labor while being celebrated back home in his country of Colombia all week. The week begins for Perez on November 19th, as WBA President Gilberto Mendoza recognizes Perez as a Colombian hero and invites him to the general assembly of the organizations 88th convention in Medellin. continue
Team Sauerland believes there was nothing wrong with picking David Haye as an opponent for Nikolai Valuev. The Russian Giant lost his WBA Heavyweight Title on November 7 when the British challenger clinched a majority decision in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,000 fans in Nuremberg. The fight also drew a TV market share of more than 40 percent in Germany. After negotiations with Vitali Klitschko had fallen through because he would not get back to us, we were looking for a new opponent for Niko, Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. continue
WBC Super Middleweight Champ Carl The Cobra Froch says hell be keeping a close eye on proceedings in Oakland this weekend as the final bout in Group Stage 1 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic takes place between Mikkel Viking Warrior Kessler and Andre S.O.G. Ward.
Saturday nights bout which will also see Kesslers WBA Super Middleweight title on the line is live in the UK and Ireland on Primetime (Sky channel 480) and Froch admits that hell be cheering on Kessler for selfish reasons. Im looking forward to it because its a fight that has major implications for me in the Super Six tournament, said Froch who opened his own Super Six account with a win over previously undefeated American Andre Dirrell in Nottingham last month.
Im hoping that Kessler wins because then hell still have the WBA belt. Im fighting him in my next fight in the Super Six so if he beats Ward then it means that our fight becomes a massive WBC and WBA unification clash and I can get my hands on his belt.. continue
by James Slater - 22-year-old New Yorker Willie Monroe Junior - who fights the also undefeated Troy Ortis tomorrow night in Rochester, NY - is a young fighter who feels boxing is his destiny and that the sport is well and truly in his blood. His father, Willie Monroe Senior was a top class middle and super-middleweight in the 1990s, and his great uncle, Willie "The Worm" Monroe was one of Philadelphia's toughest middleweights of the 1970s. But it is Willie Junior's grandfather that gets the credit from the 6-0(2), 154/160-pound prospect as being the boxing mastermind of the Monroe family. Listing his grandfather as his "sole inspiration" when it comes to boxing, the deeply religious up-and-comer is proud of the fighting heritage of his family. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons - During a conference before his less than spectacular win against Affif Belghechem, Andy Lee emphasized that three middleweight belts were held in Germany (Sturm, Zbik, and Sylvester). The statement showed where Lee is focusing his attention. Andy also said the reason he took the Belghecham fight was that he wanted to move up in the EBU ratings. Andys win places him at number 8, with Swiss fighter, Yves Studer (23-0) ahead of him at number 7. Studer, with only 6 KOs and no rated opponents, could be Andys next victim.
However, Manny Steward might decide to move Lee up a few notches to face more highly rated EBU opponents, including Amin Asikainen, Jamie Moore, Darren Barker, Domenico Spada, or Mahir Oral. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Friday Fight Night - An action-packed evening of international boxing headlined by exciting Cork-based Cuban Bantamweight Alexei The Hurricane Acosta will take place this coming Friday - 20th November 2009 at the Holiday Inn, Belfast, Northern Ireland. This event is presented by Belfast Promotions in Association with Team Alio and 1st Team Promotions. Also, featuring on the bill is Northern Irelands popular flyweight prospect Luke Winky Wilton who is coming off an impressive win over Kevin Coglan in the recent undercard of Rogan-Sexton II and looking to take another step towards a shot at the British Title.
The headliner will see former World Junior Champion and World Cadet Champion, Alexei Acosta, contest an 8 rounder with southpaw, Sean Hughes. The highly-rated Acosta has over 200 amateur fights under his belt and the 21 year old Cork-based Cuban has impressively concluded all of his 8 pro fights inside the distance and all within 3 rounds. Former English Super Bantamweight Champion, Sean Hughes has pedigree - he lost a competitive challenge to Jason Booth for the Commonwealth Title last year and shares a win and loss with Esham Pickering the latter being a failed attempt for the British Title. continue
Gentleman Boxing, or White Collar Boxing as it is better known, is becoming one of the most popular pastimes for City of London workers. There doesnt seem to be a month pass without at least one major White Collar Boxing event taking place in the capital. On Wednesday the 25th November 2009 London is the setting for what must rate as one of the most high profile of all White Collar Boxing events to date, Judgement Day II, which takes place just a stones throw away from the landmark Tower Bridge at Cable night club in Southwark. continue
Finland, Vaasa-based Caramelito Promotions professional boxing stable arranged on last Saturday combined amateur and professional boxing show at its hometown Vaasa. There were three professional matches which were fought in front of a bit more than 200 spectators in the legendary local sports hall as a exceptional day-time show. In the first pro fight of the show the 33-years old Aki Boogieman Selesmaa squared off with Latvian Jevgenijs Fjodorovsin in a match which was scheduled for 6 rounds. continue
Forty-two years have passed since the last world championship fight occurred in Oakland, a tradition-rich boxing city that calls one of the worlds top super middleweights Andre S.O.G. Ward their own. Oakland has a pretty storied history of boxing, mostly in the pre- to post-war era, says Monte Poole, a longtime columnist for the Oakland Tribune who has covered boxing in Oakland for 25 years. I would venture to say you would find dozens of world title fights between the 1920s and the 1960s. We have had some good fighters come out of Oakland, but I have to say Andre Ward has got to be considered the best. The 2004 Olympic Gold medal winning Ward will try to take away Mikkel Viking Warrior Kesslers World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound title come Saturday night in the final Group Stage 1 matchup of SHOWTIME Sports Super Six World Boxing Classic, this Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. (live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Youd have to go all the way back to the evening of Oct. 10, 1967, for the last time a world title fight was held in Oakland. On that night at Oracle Arena, then known as the Oakland Arena, WBA and WBC welterweight world champion Curtis Cokes from Dallas, Texas, beat Mississippi-born Charlie Shipes of Oakland with an eight-round knockout after flooring him three other times during the fight. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - Manny Pacquiao has made one of the most dramatic transitions in world boxing over the last two years. Floyd Mayweather for the wrong reasons has in many peoples eyes done the same. In terms of popularity, fan appeal and excitement Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are moving in opposite directions fast. Ever since Floyd Mayweathers retirement from boxing and comeback against Juan Manuel Marquez he has found an increasing number of writers, journalists and fans throwing hefty criticism at him for losing his edge. (The Notable example being Brian Kenny).
Its hard to not get swept up in these tirades against Floyd, since he does himself no favours with his money talking bravado and flashy displays of arrogance. The general trend among boxing fans now is to think of Mayweather as an immensely talented fighter who has become so obsessed with his image and undefeated record that he no longer takes risks against legitimate welterweights. continue
Twenty months since her last fight and eight after she became a mother for the first time, 4-time world champion Jaime The Hurricane Clampitt starts her comeback Friday night in Autumn Classic, presented by Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. New England and EBA super middleweight champion, Irish Joey McCreedy (11-3-1, 6 KOs) takes on The Next Great Champ winner, Otis Triple OG Griffin (20-6-2, 8 KOs), in the 8-round, non-title main event on the Irish-themed pro boxing card. continue
By Coach Tim Walker When there is nothing more to say, shut up! Fortunately, eastsideboxing.com readers are never short on things to say, feelings to express or ideas to present. When it comes to the sport of boxing and its participants our comments go on and on, and on AND on. Those we like, we truly and wholeheartedly love. Those we dont like, we despise with a passion equally as harsh. This is the case for the not yet official albeit combustible clash between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao. Epic in its nature, the quintessential villain and hero matchup.
Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of my favorite writers. His works have stood times test and resonate needful even today. Though his writings are plentiful two of his quotes seem to perfectly describe this blockbuster of a match. One seems to represent Pacquiao, the other, maybe Mayweather. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 17, 2009) Two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John The Quietman Ruiz is a promotional free agent for the first time this century as he looks ahead to his 12th world title fight, mandated by the WBA, next year against new champion David Hayemaker Haye. WBA No. 1 contender Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs), the first and only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage, is open to discussions with interested promoters. Some had already contacted Ruiz manager/legal advisor, Atty. Tony Cardinale, before he left to represent Team Ruiz at the ongoing WBA convention in Colombia. continue
Boxeo Telemundo closes its 2009 season at Miccosukee December 4 Miami, FL: All Star Boxing, Inc The New Generation, Tuto Zabala, Jr and Boxeo Telemundo will close its 2009 season on Friday, December 4 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming.
In the main event veteran Cosme Chino Rivera of Culiacan, Mexico will make his 5th Miccosukee and Telemundo appearance when he faces hot prospect Euri Million Gonzalez of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a bout schedule for 12 Rounds with the WBO Latin Welterweight vacant title at stake. continue
by James Slater - There's no doubt about it, the next man we want to see the superb Manny Pacquiao get in the ring with is the boxer he took over from at the top of the pound-for-pound charts; Floyd Mayweather Junior. Enough has already been written about how much boxing needs this mega, mega-fight. All we can do now is hope the fight gets made.
However, if for any reason (and there could well be a few) the fight doesn't happen, Pacquiao and Mayweather will have to move on and find someone else to fight. In regards to the man of the moment, Pacquiao, who would he possibly be interested in, and who would you be interested in, him fighting instead of "Money?"
An intriguing welterweight unification bout will take place in January, as WBA champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley and his WBC counterpart, Andre Berto will clash in Las Vegas, the site of Pacquiao's great fight with and even greater win over Miguel Cotto. continue
by James Slater - 36-year-old Lamon Brewster, the former WBO heavyweight champion, is set to continue his comeback this December 5th, when he will meet unbeaten 25-year-old German-based Italian southpaw Franceso Pianeta over a scheduled eight-rounds. "Relentless" was closely out-pointed by the little-known Nigerian Gbenga Oloukun back in August, while the 6'5" Pianeta is coming off a looks-good-on-paper corner retirement win over Britain's Matt Skelton. continue
By Per Ake Persson - Is Mikkel Kessler WBA superchamp or not and is Dimitri Sartison vs Stepjan Bozic on Saturday in Kiel, Germany, for the WBA "standard" title or is it for an interim title? There are conflicting reports from the WBA itself but word from Medellin where the WBA have their convention is that Kessler is superchamp and that Sartison vs Bozic is for the interim crown. There is however also a report in the Danish press where they quote Gilberto Mendoza as saying that Kessler is the WBA champ and that Sartison vs Bozic is for an interim title. Does it matter? Yes, down the road it does as the winner of Kessler vs Ward on Saturday in Oakaland will have mandatory defences outside of the Super Six Tournament to take care of. continue
Dan Goossen: There are a little different dynamics coming into this fight. As everyone knows and I wont go into much detail but Paul was supposed to fight Pavlik in Atlantic City on October 3 and again on December 5 in Atlantic City and it was cancelled again. We are just happy that we were able to put everything together with Paul and Sergio Martinez. More importantly, I think Paul Williams has always been an east coast fighter but he has fought so much on the west coast, mainly because he has west coast promoters. I have told Ken Condon and the people at Caesars that Paul is going to be the biggest star that Atlantic City is going to get behind for the next few years. I believe he is the most exciting fighter in the sport today. Its been a few years since we promoted in Atlantic City and it is great to have this fight there especially to showcase Paul Williams in it.
Lou DiBella: I would like to take umbrage in what you just saud, that this is a showcase for Paul Williams
I think he is the most avoided fighter between 147 and 168 pounds. I think he is a threat to everyone with his imposing physical size and his work rate
the guy is a great fighter. continue
-- click here to watch the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel on ESB -- Hall of Fame Showtime Broadcaster Al Bernstein calls the November 21st Mikkel Kessler-Andre Ward Super Six World Boxing Classic match, potentially one of the best of the tournament. Bernstein, who will be at ringside with Gus Johnson and Antonio Tarver to call the action on Showtime, believes that this first round Super Six match-up features the two best ring technicians in the tourney. Mikkel Kessler is close to a textbook boxer and he has power added into that mix. Andre Ward has a vast amateur background and has moved carefully through the pro ranks, so he has fully developed as a fighter. They both have a high skill level and I believe they will produce a terrific fight, Bernstein said. continue
Press Release - BOXING legend Floyd Mayweather will perform the draw for Prizefighter Light-Welterweights. Mayweather, widely regarded as the greatest fighter on the planet and the World pound for pound Champion, will be shown on Friday making the draw for the next Prizefighter event. He will become another boxing legend to become involved in Prizefighter after Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton and Chris Eubank, who have all performed draws in the past. No boxers will be seeded for the draw so anyone could face anyone. It could lead to a number of mouth-watering fights as the competitors include some of the biggest British names in the division. continue
Amir Khan says Manny Pacquiao's amazing victory over Miguel Cotto on Saturday night in Las Vegas has inspired him ahead of his clash with Dimitry Salita. Khan - who like Pacquiao is trained by Freddie Roach - tackles his mandatory challenger on December 5 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. The fight marks the first defence of his WBA World Light-Welterweight title that he won against Andreas Kotelnik in July. And Khan says Roach and co are buzzing following Pacquiao's 12th round stoppage win against Cotto, a victory which strengthens his claim to be P4P number one.
"I've worked with Manny for the last year or so and I have learnt so much from him," said Khan.
"For me, he is definitely the best fighter in the world at the moment and just watching him in the gym, let alone when he is fighting, is an inspiration. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (Nov. 17, 2009) Undefeated Dominican sensation Edwin La Bomba Rodriguez, rated No. 13 by the NABA, headlines Thursday nights pro boxing card in Rochester (NY). Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs), fighting out of Worcester (MA), takes on veteran super middleweight Brian The Assassin Norman (17-9, 5 KOs) in the 8-round main event. The 24-year-old Rodriguez will be fighting in Rochester for the second time in three months. Norman, who went the distance with current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and unbeaten world title contender Joe Greene, figures to be Rodriguez stiffest test to date. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton, last seen being knocked out inside two-rounds by the amazing Manny Pacquiao, has spoken a few times recently about how he has been getting "the urge" to want to fight again. Despite looking a good 30 or more pounds above his best fighting weight of 140-pounds, the former world light-welterweight king has admitted he misses the ring action and that he may well have a fight next year some time - after he's had Christmas and the New Year to give things a serious think. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2009) Five days before they collide in the first Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 1 bout in America, World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Mikkel Viking Warrior Kessler of Denmark and undefeated Andre S.O.G Ward of Oakland participated in a free public workout Monday at Kings Gym in Oakland.
Kessler, whose WBA super middleweight title will also be on the line, will enter the ring for the 12-round match at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), with a record of 42-1 with 32 knockouts . Ward is 20-0 with 13 knockouts
The Europeans held serve in the opening Group Stage 1 fights Oct. 17 on SHOWTIME, Arthur Abraham knocking out Jermain Taylor and Carl Froch outpointing Andre Dirrell in Germany and England, respectively. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 17, 2009) Puerto Rican great Carlos Ortiz, 4-time world champion in two weight classes, is still fighting but now its for global votes in the Lightweight Division of the Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer (WGEB) promotion. Ortiz presently is in heated competition for top honors in arguably the most stacked WGEB weight class with nine other official Lightweight candidates: Joe The Old Master Gans, Benny The Ghetto Wizard Leonard, Tony Canzi Canzoneri, Henry Homicide Hank Armstrong, Ike Williams, Roberto Hands of Stone Duran, Julio Cesar JC Chavez, Pernell Sweet Pea Whitaker and Floyd Money Mayweather, Jr. continue
(November 17, 2009) When DiBella Entertainment (DBE) and Resnick Productions (RP) team up to present War at the Armory this Thursday, November 19, at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY, it will be the continuation of a relationship that extends far beyond just one event. Thursdays show will be the first in a four card series to take place at the Main Street Armory, and will feature a triumvirate of talent recently signed to co-promotional deals by DBE and RP. Headlining Thursday will be DBEs top-flight middleweight prospect Edwin La Bomba Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) taking on tough veteran Brian Norman (17-9, 5 KOs). Rodriguez, hailing from Worcester, Mass, will be making his second trip up to Rochester this year. In August, he wowed the Frontier Field crowd with a second round knockout over Angel David Rodriguez. 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 enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my charming Producer/co-host, the classy Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy) and also Co-host Nick Powers..
Topics for Discussion
Manny Pacquiao TKO12 Miguel Cotto recap and analysis
The prospects of a mega fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Pacquiaos all time standing and legacy
Mike Tysons latest arrest following a scuffle at L.A. airport. continue
Olympic Champion James DeGale will look to carry on his devastating run of KO performances against granite-jawed Welshman Nathan King in Newcastle. DeGale, who won gold in Beijing last year, has won his last three fights by stoppage and is eying his first title fight in 2010. But first he has to past King in a six rounder at the Metro Radio Arena on December 5, where he will form part of the under-card to Amir Khan's WBA World Light-Welterweight title defence against Dimitry Salita. And hot-shot DeGale, still only 23, has vowed to become only the third man to stop King, who has kept good company. "He's going to be dangerous because he's fought for titles before, including a version of the world super-middleweight crown," said DeGale. continue
By Stuart Young - After a decade (1993-2003) at the higher echelons of everyones P4P list you would think any fighter would be more than happy with that resume, but we aren't talking about a 'normal' fighter here, we are talking about Roy Jones Jr - aka Superman. Should he have done more, with the talent which he was blessed?
Its hard to be critical of a man who's the only person since Bob Fitzsimmons over 100 years ago to go from Middleweight Champion right up to Heavyweight Champion (albeit only picking up an alphabet strap rather than the linear title) but let us not understate his feat of excellence because lets be honest here no one else has managed to do it. continue
Mario I. (Los Angeles, CA): Now that Pacquiao has defeated the biggest/best welterweight in the world, do you change your previous opinion that he isn't an all-time top 10 great of the sport?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think there are two appropriate answers for this question. The absolute best answer that I can give, as it relates to my personal position is yes, categorically, he can't be denied as a pure element of that group. Where one chooses to place him is another story, but to me, the question relative to whether or not he belongs is no longer a question. His ability to elevate his game each fight, regardless of the level of competition is what puts him into that pantheon. Where the second spin on this question comes in is that to put it quite frankly, there's no true way to identify that he does or doesn't. At the tender age of 33, although I watch a ton of fight footage from over the years, I didn't live in the era of Joe Louis, 'Sugar' Ray Robinson, Marciano, and others. What I do know is that the same conviction that you have about the greatness of Pacquiao, the old-schoolers from back in the day with first hand knowledge have about their choices. continue
NEW YORK (November 17, 2009) The Mikkel Kessler vs. Andre Ward fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME from Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California, on Saturday, Nov. 21, beginning at 10p.m. (ET/PT) (delayed on the West Coast). The Kessler-Ward fight is part of the historic inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic, a six fighter, round-robin tournament featuring the class of the Super Middleweight division from home and abroad. Five of the world's top boxing promoters have collaborated with SHOWTIME Sports® to facilitate this epic tournament. Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment, Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions, Mick Hennessy of Hennessy Sports, Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions LLC and Wilfried and Kalle Sauerland of Sauerland Event will promote the tournament which began October 17th and runs through spring 2011. continue
On the 27th November, at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan, Anthony 'The Scream' Small (22 (KO 16)-1-0) defends his British and Commonwealth Light Middleweight titles for the first time, against former WBU International Light Middleweight Champion Thomas 'Storm Boy' McDonagh (34 (KO7)-2-3). Back in July '09, at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, Small stopped Matthew 'El Torito' Hall in the 8th round of a fight he spectacularly dominated from start to finish. His game plan, of hit and clinch, clearly frustrated the much larger Mancunian who became quite negative as the fight progressed. So much so that by the fifth round Hall began looking dazed and confused, his work rate dropping dramatically, as if he already knew the fight was slipping away from him. continue
When Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept for there were no more worlds to conquer.
By John Wight - The above quote, describing the great Macedonian king and warrior of antiquity, Alexander the Great, you cant help but feel will apply to the undisputed and current king of boxing, Manny Pacquiao, when he finally meets and vanquishes Floyd Mayweather Jnr, the last of the pretenders to his crown, sometime next year.
When that day comes the sport of boxing will gain a massive boost in its continuing resurgence and increased popularity, proving beyond doubt that it is the most exciting and dynamic sport in the world. It will also lose not only the greatest fighter of the present era, but one of the greatest that the sport has ever produced in the shape of The Phillipines Manny Pacquiao, who will most probably retire afterwards.
What is there to say about this man that has not already been said? In the wake of his latest - and for me most impressive - victory over Puerto Ricos formidable Miguel Cotto, praise and eulogy has flowed from every corner of the world. continue
by James Slater - Floyd "Money" Mayweather would have us all believe he is not in any way as excited about the possibility of a showdown with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao as the rest of us are. At least this is the impression Mayweather gave while speaking on the subject of a lucrative clash with the sensational Filipino hero.
Speaking exclusively with Sky Sports at the weekend, the 32-year-old boxing master said he is more than willing to fight Pacquiao, but that after he has done so, and beaten him as he is sure he will, he will not get any genuine credit for having done it. Amazingly, Mayweather, one of the most self assured prize fighters of all-time, has referred to "Pac Man" as a one-dimensional fighter who has been KO'd before, therefore he himself will get no plaudits if he manages to stop the southpaw dynamo. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Late last week I was afforded the chance to have a nice chat with undefeated junior middleweight contender Austin No Doubt Trout. Here is what he had to say:
Q: In your last fight you pitched a shutout against Taronze Washington where all three judges scored the fight 120-108. Can you tell us a little about this dominant performance?
A: It was a good performance on my part I think. I did try to go for the knockout but he was on survive mode after like the sixth round and when they dont give you much to work with, to put something up, he was very defensive. I stalked him, walked him down, and I felt as though it was a good performance. I was sharp and slick, and I was hitting him pretty hard. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The original Pac-Man Fever took the United States by storm in the early 1980s. Of course, Im referring to the arcade game whose popularity was so immense that it culminated in the release of the 1982 album Pac-Man Fever by Buckner & Garcia. In addition to the title track, the album also featured a variety of other arcade inspired songs such as Ode to the Centipede and Do the Donkey Kong. Only in the 80s!
Pac-Man Fever is once again infecting millions of people throughout the United States. This time, however, it has nothing to do with a chomping yellow mouth or colorful ghosts named Inky, Blinky, Pinky, or Clyde. The fever that now sweeps across the nation is the direct result of the massive intrigue created by superstar Filipino pugilist Manny Pacquiao. With last nights complete domination of Miguel Cotto, Pacquiaos popularity has reached an all-time high. He has been on an absolutely amazing run since first defeating Marco Antonio Barrera six years ago today.
Boxing fans cannot get enough of him. Message boards and boxing forums the world over provide indisputable evidence. East Side Boxing is home to the greatest boxing forum on the web, and the number of Pacquiao threads started in their General Boxing Forum following Pacquiaos victory has been absolutely mind-boggling. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 17, 2009) Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Danny OConnor fights Friday night for the first time as a professional in Rhode Island, continuing the native New Englanders tour that also includes appearances in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Danny has also fought in Florida and Montreal, Canada. New England and EBA super middleweight champion, Irish Joey McCreedy (11-3-1, 6 KOs) takes on The Next Great Champ winner, Otis Triple OG Griffin (20-6-2, 8 KOs), in the 8-round, non-title main event on the Irish-themed Autumn Classic card, presented by Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. continue
by James Slater - I think it's fair to say, that unless he is made of even sterner stuff than his bravery this past Saturday showed him to be cast from, Miguel Cotto will never be the same fighter after what Manny Pacquiao did to him in Las Vegas. Taking a monstrous and prolonged beating that finally came to an end when referee Kenny Bayless stopped the fight in the 12th-round, Cotto looked like he'd been though hell after the loss, which, of course, he had.
The question now is, will the 29-year-old who has only been beaten twice as a pro, ever fight again? The beating the amazingly brave Puerto Rican took on Saturday was the type of hiding that ruins a fighter. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - It was an old fashioned whipping. The kind you got for taking a piece of candy out the store that wasn't paid for or for making your mamma tell you something more than once. In just under 12 rounds Manny Pacquiao, the new WBO welterweight champion and current most amazing fighter I've ever seen, did that and more to Miguel Cotto. Cotto had his moments but in the end he was thoroughly outgunned, out-boxed and out-willed.
I wrote an article just a few days ago and tagged it with the headline Cotto Pacs Manny. I felt it prudent to pay tribute to the man who in my mind now is truly one of the greatest fighters to ever put on boxing gloves, Manny Pacquiao, by reversing that title to something much more appropriate.
In choosing Cotto to win I analyzed what the PacMan did against Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton by scaling his success against the premise that he dismantled two fighters who were not up to par because of circumstances. First, both in their previous fights suffered losses to Floyd Mayweather Junior and second, both might have been weight drained from getting down to 147 and 140 respectively. I felt that those obstacles gave Manny significant advantages. Advantages that he wouldn't enjoy against a thick, powerful fully developed 147-pounder like Cotto. I was wrong. continue
It began as a war of words fought on internet websites and on Saturday, Jan. 30, welterweight superstars Sugar Shane Mosley and Andre Berto will take their dispute from cyberspace to the ring at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.. The 12-round bout will air live on HBO's World Championship Boxing and will determine once and for all the King of the 147-pound weight class.
"Andre Berto's a good young fighter but he's bitten off more than he can chew with all the talking he's been doing," said WBA Welterweight Super World Champion Mosley. "I've forgotten more about the fight game than he knows and the world will see that in January.. continue
Its a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® when HBO Sports presents MANNY PACQUIAO VS. MIGUEL COTTO, the exclusive replay of their highly anticipated welterweight title showdown, this SATURDAY, NOV. 21 (10:00 p.m. ET/ PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. Manny Pacquiao, the sports reigning pound-for-pound king, and welterweight title-holder Miguel Cotto met in a Nov. 14 mega-fight carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Pacquiao scored a 12th round TKO victory. HBO® and related channels and service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc. continue
By Paul Strauss - Manny Pacquiao is such an oddity. There's isn't anyone fighting now like him, and it's a safe bet there never has been anyone like him, including Hammering Hank. The Pac Man can do things no one else in boxing can do, and probably shouldn't try to do. His ability isn't just skill. It's more of gift, something with which only he has been rewarded.
Initially in his matchup with Miguel Cotto it appeared Cotto might be able to give Manny a going over. Cotto was able to land a good solid jab and some hard body shots. He looked bigger, stronger and menacing. He seemed to be very confident and comfortable in the early going. Manny landed some shots as well, but Miguel avoided most and countered well.
Then just when it seemed like Cotto had decided to step things up a bit more in the third round......bam! He got nailed with a right hook. The punch didn't even land on the chin. It connected more to the side of the head, but Manny's heavy handed punch still put down the stocky Miguel. Cotto seemed more surprised than hurt, but he was a bit more cautious with his aggressiveness in the remaining moments of the round. continue
World champion Zsolt Erdei seeks a new challenge - he now faces the Italian WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (Live on ZDF from 11.15 pm) The long-term and unbeaten WBO light heavyweight world champion Zsolt Erdei will now, in a special highlight of his boxing career, step up a weight division and challenge the reigning WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni of Italy. After eleven successful title defences in nearly six years the Hungarian world champion Zsolt Firebird Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) seeks a new challenge at the peak of his career. In his last title bout in Magdeburg in January 2009 when he defeated the Ukranian Yuri Barashian over twelve rounds. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 15, 2009) Seven-division boxing world champion, No. 1 pound for pound kingpin, boxing's top attraction, the best fighter of his era...call him what you want, but one thing is certain, boxing has a bonafide superhero and his name is spelled:
M-A-N-N-Y P-A-C-Q-U-I-A-O ! continue
by James Slater - Last night in Las Vegas, Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao further solidified his status as an all-time great, as he brutalised an incredibly brave Miguel Cotto on the way to a 12th-round TKO victory. Managing to turn a fight that, going in was pretty much deemed close to a 50-50 affair, Pacquiao dominated, busted up, knocked down and eventually TKO'd the gutsy Puerto Rican with just less than a minute gone in the 12th and final round.
In so doing, the amazing Filipino southpaw, who turned pro down at 106-pounds, once again made us talk of him as a modern day Henry Armstrong. In fact, as high praise as it may be, maybe Pacquiao is even better than that. Winning virtually every round last night, the 30-year-old dynamo looked better than ever. Indeed, phenomenal is a word that has to be used when describing the fistic talents of "Pac-Man.. continue
Andy Lee, Irish Middleweight fighter, cleverly boxed his way to victory with a ten round points decision over Affif Belghecham, French and European Middleweight Champion yesterday evening at the University of Limerick Sports Arena, in his home city of Limerick Ireland in front of a capacity audience. Lee dominated proceedings from the opening bell focussing on his game plan effectively use his jab to prise open the tight defence of Belghecham. The Kronk southpaw demonstrated his ring maturity by being patient, disciplined and measured in his business like approach to his work. continue
by James Slater - Boxing on the under-card of the huge Pacquiao-Cotto fight, Mexican rivals Alfonso Gomez and Jesus Soto Karass put on an entertaining fight that was unfortunately cut short due to an accidental headbutt. 27-year-old Karass caught the 29-year-old "Contender" star with a butt in the 3rd round, and a nasty cut was opened at the side of Gomez' right eye.
The battle continued for a further three rounds, before a time-out was called for so the doctor could check the cut, the blood pouring down the face of Gomez. "I can't see shit," Gomez replied when asked if the cut was bothering him, and the fight was over. continue
By Ted Sares - Prediction: I see Pac Man beating Miguel Cotto in a fast paced action fight in which Manny will exploit Cottos weakness beginning in the mid rounds (but I dont see it happening the other way around). This exploitation will be enhanced by Pacquiaos incredibly fast in-and-out movement accompanied by just about every punch in the manual-- and each thrown with malice aforethoughtas he cuts and befuddles Cotto and starts to slow down his trademark stalk as he lands punches from every direction.
Now then, I clearly remember Cotto backing up in the late rounds against Clotty and I think I even might have seen glimpses of Margorito being somewhere in that ring. If Cotto backs up against Pacquiao (and I think he will at some point), the Filipino superman will be on him fast and will not let him off the hook. Of course, if Pac back up against Cotto going into the late rounds, that could spell doom for him, because Cotto is a stalker extraordinaire and who knows how to close off a ring and knows how to close a fight. continue
by James Slater - At this time, world-ranked bantamweight Z Gorres of The Philippines is in critical condition as a result of his winning fight with Luis Melemdez last night in Las Vegas. The 27-year-old who goes by the nickname of "The Dream" won the fight unanimously on points, but in the 10th and final round he was dropped heavily by a big left hand shot by Melendez. Carried from the ring on a stretcher, the classy southpaw who held Vic Darchinyan to a draw down at super-flyweight back in February of 2008 remains in a coma as we speak. continue
Paul Strauss - It was a strange night at the Grand Casino in Hinkley, MN. Not only did veteran Matt "The Predator" Vanda pull off a slight upset against hot knockout prospect Phil "The Drill" Williams, but the two who were billed as the main event fought first? The televised portion of the night ended with the pro debut of Javontae Starks?
Tony "The Bullet" Bonsante was one of three ringside announcers, who gushed over Vanda's performance, claiming Vanda looked like he did four or five years ago. He definitely was the busier fighter of the two on Friday night, and he deserved a unanimous decision, but that was due more to what Williams didn't do than what Vanda did do. continue
By Nick Powers -- Click here to listen to the show -- Join "On The Ropes" Boxing Radio LIVE at 1:30 AM EST (2:30 PM in Manila) for a post-fight discussion of the biggest fight/event of the year so far in boxing: The highly anticipated "Firepower" bout between WBO Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto and number one Pound for Pound fighter Manny "Pac-Man Pacquiao". If you would like to discuss the fight with the hosts, call (646) 716-5404 or sign-in on our Blog Talk Chat board.
The radiant hostess of "On The Ropes" Miss Jenna J, along with super-producer Geoffrey "Rummy" Ciani and impressionist extraordinaire Nick Powers will be joining forces once again for this special post-fight broadcast following what is sure to be the cant-miss event for boxing fans worldwide, and potential Fight of the Year candidate in Pacquiao vs. Cotto. Discussions will vary depending on the victor, which if it is Pacquiao will garner him a world championship in his seventh weight class; a feat never accomplished in the Sweet Science. Should he emerge victorious, Pacquiaos options may include a potential mega-bout with former Pound for Pound king and lineal welterweight champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather, who may also invest his time and undefeated record in a showdown with Cotto should the Puerto Rican come out on top. continue
by James Slater - Last night, on the under-card of the Matthew Hatton-Lovemore N'Dou welterweight title fight, two middleweights put on a show that was nothing short of incredible. Showing in graphic detail how amazing the sport of boxing can be, Welshman Paul Samuels and Cello Renda of Peterborough gave us a three-round war that was akin to something out of a Rocky movie!
36-year-old Samuels, winner of just one of his last five outings, came out looking to cause the upset in the scheduled eight-rounder, and 24-year-old Renda, unbeaten in his last three, was equally determined to get the win. continue
By Joey Mills - Magic Matthew Hatton was denied his chance to step out from the shadow of his famous sibling Ricky, after contesting a hard-fought draw with Lovemore NDou over the IBO World Welterweight championship.
Matthew, the younger brother of the two-weight world champion Ricky Hitman Hatton, has no reason to be aggrieved however as the contest was never less than close, and I personally scored the contest a draw in accordance with American judge Tom Miller. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani -Weigh-In results: Manny Pacquiao 144 vs Miguel Cotto 145 l Daniel Santos 154 vs Yuri Foreman 154 l Julio Cesar Chavez 160 vs Troy Rowland 159 l Alfonso Gomez 145.5 vs Jesus Soto-Karass 148 l Matt Korobov 160.5 vs James Winchester 158
I have underestimated Manny Pacquiao time and time again. I picked against him in his rematch with Eric Morales, I picked against him in his rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez, and I made myself look like a complete ahole when I penned an article entitled De La Hoya Will Inevitably Beat Pacquiao. Even when I thought Pacquiao would emerge victorious Ive still managed to underestimated him, as was the case when he recently made quick work of Ricky Hatton in a fight I expected to be very competitive. After that, I swore to myself that I would never underestimate Manny Pacquiao again. continue
During the past three weeks, two Cruiserweight Champions have made news with impressive wins in the heavyweight division. Last Saturday in Germany, David Haye of England won the WBA Heavyweight title by defeating Russian giant Nikolai Valuev. Two weeks earlier, Ring Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek dethroned Polish Legend Andrew Golota in Lodz, Poland with a crushing 5th round TKO in a heavyweight fight that was billed as the Polish Fight of the Century.
The juxtaposition of these two wins raises the intriguing possibility that there will be much more action in the recently moribund heavyweight division, as faster, more mobile 200 pounders move up to successfully challenge their supersized, less athletic counterparts. It also begs the question, When will Adamek and Haye fight each other?. continue
by James Slater - Without any doubt, the "Super-Six" super-middleweight tournament that began on October 17th with a sensational last-round KO of Jermain Taylor scored by Arthur Abraham, has been one of the best things to happen to the sport of boxing in years. Six of the best fighters at the weight going at it in an attempt to prove superiority, with nothing but quality match-up after quality match-up. What's not to like?
And as happy as we all are to be treated to this brainwave of a boxing promotion, the "Super-Six" tourney has given us fans ideas. Big ideas. continue
12.11.09 - by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a very nice chat with legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward. We spoke about a wide variety of topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape, and here is what he had to say:
Q: Emanuel, what was your evaluation of David Hayes performance in his victory over Nikolai Valuev?
A: Ill be honest with you, I didnt get to see it. I didnt see the fight but it went pretty much like I figured. Valuev was too big for David to really mount any substantial attack with anything to devastating. Valuev is just slow and doesnt seem to have the excitement and enthusiasm to be exact about anything that he does. He just plods and goes through the motion. And it was the type of fight that there was a champion crowned and Davids got his belt now, but it was the type of fight that I never expected to be much excitement. I think Dave would be more exciting if he fights a Klitschko, particularly Wladimir, because Wladimir out of all those guys is a little shorter at six-five and a half or six-six, and hell be a little more explosive.
I just never could see the fight being too much because of Valuevs size. It was just hard for David just to even reach him up there to try and hit him with something, but I thought his speed and natural athleticism would carry him through the fight. Basically, I was talking to Phil Anselmo on the phone, he was telling me as it was going on because I was over doing my broadcast in Hartford, Connecticut. So I was at ringside and he was giving me an account as the fight was progressing. continue
James Slater - Say what you want about David Haye, the new WBA heavyweight champion, but he sure is one of the hottest commodities in world boxing right now. Proving beyond any doubt he is an attraction in Europe, Haye pulled in close to a million Sky T.V pay-per-view sales for his winning fight with Nikolai Valuev. And, according to various reports, the big money offers have been pouring in ever since.
Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer, as quoted by Mirror Sport, says Haye has the stuff needed to win over the at present still lukewarm American fans, as well as bring major heavyweight title fight excitement to the Las Vegas strip - which has not enjoyed a huge, bright lights major attraction of a world heavyweight title clash for some time. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 13, 2009) New England and EBA super middleweight champion, Irish Joey McCreedy (11-3-1, 6 KOs), fights his first real name opponent, The Next Great Champ winner Otis Triple OG Griffin (20-6-2, 8 KOs), in the main event Nov. 20 on the Irish-themed Autumn Classic pro boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. McCreedy, the best boxer out of Lowell (MA) since Irish Micky Ward, is coming in fresh off of a stunning first-round stoppage of Eddie Caminero on Sept. 4. McCreedy steps up in class against Griffin, who has been in against two world champions, Danny Green and Jeff Lacy, in their 8-round, non-title bout. continue
By Paul Strauss: This is one fight in which most boxing fans can willingly be cheering for both fighters. Regardless who wins, fans will undoubtedly be satisfied. They already look with respect at these two great fighters. They appreciate the class and distinction with which they conduct themselves.
There are lots of nice guys in the sport, but not so many that reach the level these two have reached. What's great is they have still managed to maintain their humility and eagerness to please. There is no phoniness about these two. They really care what their fans think. They give everything they have to entertain not only their loyal following, but they also see themselves fulfilling what they truly believe is an obligation to all fans. It isn't enough to just get the "W". They sincerely want to perform at their highest level and give fans their money's worth.
It has been that strength of character, along with their god given talent, that has not only given them title belts and championships, but has endeared them to all fans. continue
13.11.09 - By Vivek Wallace Few things in life require a man to sacrifice more than he truly has to give. Blood, sweat, and tears typically comprise the only true blueprint involved when trying to achieve such a great height, but with the stakes at an optimal level, perhaps even an occasional fear (or two) exist on such a list as well. In the careers of both Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, time and time again, these two men have found themselves against all odds. And time and time again they've found a way to not only respond, but subsequently silence their critics in return. The old adage according to modern day street vernacular is that "it ain't where you're from, it's where you're at"; but in the case of Filipino Manny Pacquiao, there's simply no way to look beyond where he's from, as that very upbringing is what is perhaps most attributed to a level of humility that helps him smile when there's nothing to be happy about, as well as the ability to reflect on the days when he had less, despite a current life in which he could ask for no more. In the case of Miguel Cotto, there was no poverty, but despite the full refrigerator in his childhood kitchen, as well as the weight issues he developed as a result, his level of 'hunger' - as it relates to the sport - could be no greater, evidenced by his strong passion to rise to the top. Saturday night, these two men will climb into the ring with much on the line. In an effort to hone in on this epic battle, we take a look at their respective Keys to Victory, 4 key make-or-break elements to explore, and a final prediction: continue
by James Slater - Though Poland's Tomasz Adamek has not said a definite goodbye to the cruiserweight ranks just yet, his next fight will be in the heavyweight division, where he made a successful and impressive debut back on October 24th. "Goral," the IBF 200-pound champion, put on just over fourteen pounds and hammered a game but faded Andre Golota to defeat inside five-rounds in the Polish "Fight of The Century.. continue
by James Slater - I was at The Irish Centre in Leeds last night, enjoying the latest instalment of boxing pundit Steve Bunce's live show. The former host of the now sadly defunct Setanta Boxing Hour, has taken his now two hour show on the road, and the interviews, Q and A sessions and just plain old chat is indeed great fun.
After yesterday's show was over, I managed to grab a pint and fifteen or so minutes with Steve, and here are the answers he gave to my questions:
James Slater: I really appreciate you sitting and talking with me, Steve. I can see you're busy signing things and doing photos, etc. Can I ask you first about David Haye. It's all about Haye right now, due to his win over Valuev. A lot of people don't seem to like Haye still. In America especially it seems, they don't rate him and they're slagging him off. Let me ask you, did Haye, a bright guy, purposely get a year's free publicity by claiming he wanted to fight the Klitschkos, only to be scared all along and fake a back injury to get out of the fight with Wladimir in June?
Steve Bunce: The back injury was genuine. Why would David Haye pull out of a fight against Wladimir in front of what would have been 70,000, when if he'd have hit Wladimir with anything above the shoulders he'd have knocked him out, like he will do in the future. That was a genuine injury. Now here's the thing, was it an injury that stopped David Haye walking from A to B? No. Was it an injury that stopped David Haye from driving a car? No. Was it an injury that stopped him sitting on a plane for six hours? No. But was it an injury that stopped David Haye from throwing punches in a crisis? The answer is yes. That's David's reasoning [for pulling out of the June fight]. There are medical reports out there that back that up. continue
CHICAGO (November 11, 2009 ) - After controversy, heated conversations and negotiations were settled, former Three-Time Lightweight World Champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz and former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi met face-to-face yesterday to announce the December 12 rematch of their exciting August 22 bout. Diaz and Malignaggi will square off on neutral ground at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in a12 round junior welterweight bout that will be televised live on HBO's Boxing After Dark.
Tickets for the highly anticipated rematch go on sale TODAY, November 11 at 10 am CT. They are reasonably priced at $251, $156, $86, $51 and $31 and are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-312-226-5800, toll free at 1-800-745-3000 and at the UIC Pavilion Box Office (open Thursday and Friday from 9 am - 4 pm CT). continue
French Middleweight Champion Affif Belghecham arrived in Limerick today confident of playing his part in a French sporting double against the Irish this weekend. On Saturday night the Lyon native, who also holds the European Union title will look to derail Andy Lees World and European title ambitions when they clash in the main event of the Yanjing Fight Night at the University Sports Arena in Limerick. Belghecham and Lee will take to the ring shortly after the final whistle has gone in Croke Park in Irelands massive World Cup Playoff encounter with the French. With the match being shown live on the big screens in the University Sports Arena Belghecham believes that those in attendance will be in for double disappointment. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This weeks forty-seventh edition of On the Ropes featured three live exclusive interviews: Paulie Malignaggi, Sugar Ray Phillips, and young prospect Shawn Porter. Highlighting this episode was the very interesting interview with former IBF junior welterweight champion, Paulie Malignaggi. Paulie had some very interesting things to say. Here are some excerpts from the interview:
On the upcoming mega bout between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto:
"I see Cotto actually stopping Pacquiao. I believe everybody is on the Pacquiao bandwagon right now, but it a lot of it has to do with the Ricky Hatton knockout, and again, I will go back and say itRicky Hatton was not as good people made him out to be.. continue
PHILADELPHIA, November 12 - Before legendary Philadelphia warrior Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins steps into the ring in his hometown to face Enrique Ornelas at the Liacouras Center at Temple University on Wednesday, December 2, the next generation of champions and contenders will battle it out and show their local fans just what it means to be a fighter from Philadelphia. In the co-featured bout of the evening, unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Danny Garcia from Philadelphia is already a hometown favorite and will now fight for the first time in front of his local fans as a professional when heputs his perfect 14-0 record on the line in a 10 round bout against the dangerous Enrique Colin of Guasave Sinaloa. continue
Bronx's fan-favorite, "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Maureen Shea (13-2, 7KO) has been added to Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing upcoming, "Hustler Boxing" card Thursday December 3rd, at the Manhattan Center. Shea will square off against Jenna "Cowgirl" Shiver (9-4-1, 2KO) for the Interim WBA Female Super Bantamweight Championship of the World. The bout was made possible when Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin pulled out of his scheduled bout due to his appendix suddenly rupturing and having to be removed. The 28-year-old Shea is best known for serving as the lead sparring partner and mentor for Hillary Swank, as Swank prepared for her role in the Academy Award winning movie Million Dollar Baby. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Over the last 5 weeks or so Ive fielded a number of emails from fans and writers alike who have shared their own take on how this fight could turn out. Some emails have been well thought out and supported with a great deal of detail. I appreciate all of them. Receiving feedback is the fun part of this gig because it makes you second guess yourself and forces you to look at things from a different perspective. It definitely helps in my writing because Im forced to consider elements that I might ordinarily dismiss. Its healthy to broaden your scope rather than just judging things based on your own experience.
Of all the emails regarding the outcome of Firepower there are two common scenarios that keep coming up. Those two scenarios will serve as the basis for this edition of Tactical Warfare.
Scenario #1: Manny will be too fast for Cotto!
No mystery there. This is the basis of most predictions that conclude in a win for Manny. Is Pacquiao faster than Miguel Cotto? Yes, but thats the case in just about every single fight youll ever see. Theres always a guy whos faster and a guy with heavier hands. The closest youll ever get to a sure thing is when a guy is faster and ALSO has the heavier hands. (You can probably throw in youth advantage too if you want) But, even THAT isnt a 100 % money back guarantee when it comes to boxing. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 12, 2009), -- After boxings No. 1 pound for pound fighter and box office attraction MANNY PacMan PACQUIAO plays a little chin music on WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he will head over to the Mandalay Bay Events Center to perform a live post-fight concert with his MP Band. continue
by James Slater - The December 12th card headlined by the demanded Juan Diaz-Paulie Malignaggi rematch is really shaping up as a good one. Not only will fans get to the return fight between the two light-welterweights, they will also get to see Victor Ortiz in action against Antonio Diaz, as well as Yusaf Mack, Erislandy Lara, Dominic Guin and others taking on selected opposition. And now, according to BoxRec, former two-time 140-pound titlist Randal Bailey is also set to appear on the Chicago show, in what will be the first fight in his permanent move up to welterweight. continue
by James Slater - Despite being hammered to a brutal and devastating 2nd-round KO by pound-for-pound boxing king Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton is picking Miguel Cotto to win the eagerly awaited fight with Pacquiao tonight in Las Vegas. Hatton hasn't exactly come out and said with real conviction that he feels the Puerto Rican will win, but he has said his gut feeling tells him Cotto will do it.
Speaking live on Sky Sports last night, with Ricky being the promoter of the Matthew Hatton-Lovemore N'Dou IBO title fight that was televised, Hatton was asked his opinion on the mega-fight.
Looking as out of shape and as overweight as I think I've ever seen him, Ricky was nonetheless in fine spirits and quick with a smile last night. "The Hitman" said he feels he was doing well in the second round of his May fight with Pacquiao, before being caught by that blistering left hand to the chin. continue
by James Slater - Kevin Mitchell, the unbeaten 25-year-old from Dagenham, is taking a big risk in his next fight, set for December 5th in Newcastle. Already the number-one contender with the WBO at super-featherweight, the man who has captured the British and Commonwealth 130-pound belts is moving up to risk everything against lightweight banger Bredis Prescott. The hugely intriguing fight will take place as chief support to the Amir Khan-Dmitriy Salita WBA light-welterweight title fight, and the support bout could well turn out to be the fight of the evening. At stake will be the number-one spot with the WBO at 135-pounds, and Mitchell fully believes he can do what Khan couldn't, and beat the dangerous puncher from Colombia with the impressive 21-1(18) record. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 12, 2009) Puerto Rican power-punching great Wilfredo Bazooka Gomez, 3-time world champion in three weight classes, leads the global voting process in the Bantamweight Division of the Worlds Greatest Ever Boxer (WGEB) promotion. Gomez holds a very slight advantage against the other nine WGEB official Bantamweight nominees: Panama Al Brown, Manuel Ortiz, Eder Golden Bantam Joffre, Ruben El Puas Olivares, Carlos Zarate, Joltin Joe Chandler, Hozumi Hasegawa, Kid Williams and Orlando Canizales. continue
By Joey Mills - For the first time since Lennox Lewis relinquished his title at the start of 2004, Britain has a world heavyweight boxing champion. Nothing more, nothing less. When David Hayemaker Haye took Nikolai Valuevs WBA championship this past Saturday, it was not done with the grace and poise of Muhammad Ali or Larry Holmes. Nor was it some criminal, outside-the-rules display of anti-boxing, as some have labelled it. The British challenger merely out-landed, out-thought, and narrowly out-pointed the gargantuan champion.
Whatever your view of the Haye vs Valuev fight, it is now in the past. However it seems Hayes next fight is cast in stone, at least as much as anything is in this fickle and oft-changing sport. David Haye must defend his strap against the World Boxing Associations favourite fighter, John The Quiet Man Ruiz. continue
PRIZEFIGHTER Champion Audley Harrison believes David Haye will inspire him to win boxing titles in 2010.
Haye claimed the WBA Heavyweight Championship on Saturday and Harrison believes the victory acts as an incentive for the rest of the British heavyweights.
"I was motivated to achieve my goals already, but David's win and publicity has given me more fuel to get back to the top," said 38-year-old Harrison. continue
As part of the lead-up to the announcement of the 2009 Sportsman of the Year, throughout November SI.com presents My Sportsman, which includes daily installments of 25 SI writers Sportsman nominations, fan polls and more.
SI.coms Chris Mannix has nominated Manny Pacquiao for Sports Illustrateds 2009 Sportsman of the Year award. Mannix not only points to Pacquiaos achievements in the ring, but to his positive contributions to the Filipino people as well. continue
by Erik Schaffer: This Saturday night Manny Pacquiao challenges Miguel Cotto for Cotto's WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas, Nevada. Right now Pacquiao is a nice -260 favorite to beat the champion from Puerto Rico. And you can't really make Pacquiao any less of a favorite after what these two fighters have done in their last few big fights.
Manny Pacquiao busted out in the boxing world after his big win over Oscar De La Hoya. Of course Pacquiao was already popular after beating Barrera, Morales and Marquez. But it was the win over Oscar that made him a boxing star. Then came a very big and quick KO win over Ricky Hatton who had never lost a fight at 140 pounds. As for Miguel Cotto, he was also racking up some very big wins before his last 2 big fights. But those last two big fights did not go his way. He suffered an 11th round TKO against Antonio Margarito and he won a very close split decision against Joshua Clottey in a fight where the boxing public called it a disappointing performance. But did he really look that bad in either of those fights against top quality fighters? I took Antonio Margarito must win by KO over Miguel Cotto in that fight. I just thought the stronger Margarito would be to much for Cotto. But Cotto kept that fight even until the end. continue
Jonny Stapleton - Manny Pacquiaos Irish stable mate Dean Byrne has backed the Philippine superstar to emerge victorious from boxing latest mega fight in the MGM Grand this coming Saturday. Former Crumlin amateur Byrne has been training in the famous Wild Card Gym along side the Pacman for his last three super fights and believes just as in those bouts Pacquiao will emerge victorious when he takes on Miguel Cotto this weekend.
Byrne, who has been tipped for the top by Freddie Roach, believes Paqiuao will defeat the Puerto Rican powerhouse and remain pound for pound world champion. continue
by James Slater - There's no doubting the fact that the upcoming Kelly Pavlik-Miguel Angel Espino fight is a whole lot less attractive than the originally hoped for Pavlik-Paul Williams fight. And, it must be said, because he will be facing the former "Contender" star next instead of Williams, many boxing fans are disappointed in Pavlik. But the good news is the middleweight champion is at least back and ready to recommence fighting.
Even better news is the fact that the staph infection that so served to hinder (and possibly even threaten to end his career) has at last healed. Bad timing, it seems, is what stopped the troubled Pavlik-Williams clash from taking place this year. continue
-- click here to watch the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel on ESB -- Foothill Ranch, Calif. November 9, 2009 iBN sports, an Internet based sports television network, will provide full coverage of the Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto fight on the Al Bernstein Boxing Channel (ABBC). Hall of Fame Boxing Announcer Al Bernstein and iBN's Sam Strayer will host the weekends broadcast. Art Manteris, well known sports gaming expert who does the "What Are The Odds" feature on the ABBC, will also offer his insights. All this free coverage can be seen on the ABBC at www.ibnsports.com.
Coverage begins Friday with same day broadcasts of the weigh-in and continues Saturday with pre fight features and complete coverage of the post fight press conference. Throughout the two day coverage, the ABBC team will bring viewers key interviews with boxing's biggest names. The ABBC already features Al Bernstein's exclusive preview piece, which includes his keys to victory. continue
By Nick Powers - Speaking with On The Ropes Boxing Radio this past Monday, rising Junior Middleweight prospect Showtime Shawn Porter was anything but shy in giving his opinion as to the outcome of this weekends Firepower match-up that pits the worlds number one pound-for-pound fighter Manny Pac-Man Pacquiao of the Philippines against WBO Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. I think hes going to be very, very dominant, Porter said of Pacquiao, with whom he has been sparring during the Filipino idols preparations for the Cotto bout. Ive seen Cotto fight a number of times and he has been able to hang in there with some of the quick fighters, but I think the difference with Manny is he works so hard and he puts his heart into everything he does, and I think well see that in the fight.. continue
Everlast Worldwide, Inc., is proud to announce three-time world champion and current WBO welterweight world champion Miquel Cotto will be wearing custom Everlast Hydrolast Lockdown Lo Professional Boxing Boots on Saturday, November 14th, in his title defense against the world's top pound-for-pound fighter, Manny Pacquiao. The fight will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
OAKLAND, Calif., (Nov. 10, 2009) Quotes from Tuesdays national conference call hyping the first Super Six World Boxing Classic in the United States on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The matchup between World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Mikkel Viking Warrior Kessler and hometown undefeated hero Andre S.O.G Ward is a scheduled 12-rounder and will be for Kesslers WBA 168-pound title and is a first-round matchup in Group Stage 1.
MIKKEL KESSLER - its nice to be over here in the States. I dont think Ive ever been in better shape. Ive done a lot of sparring, good sparring and Im ready to come over here and fight. I have no injuries or anything. Everythings been great. continue
FRANK MALONEY will stage the battle of the little big men between Lee Haskins and Don Broadhurst at Newport Leisure Centre on Friday December 11. The encounter promises to be 12 round boxing thriller with Bristol southpaw Haskins (19-2) risking his British super-flyweight title, while his unbeaten Brummie rival's Commonwealth crown is up for grabs. Also on the bill is Britain's best heavyweight prospect David Price who bids to stretch his unbeaten record to four. Maloney, who promotes Haskins said: "There is a lot at stake here for both fighters with the winner becoming a double champion. continue
READING, PA - King's Promotions is closing out the decade with a bang as it returns to the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA with a professional boxing/mixed martial arts hybrid show on December 4. King's Promotions hosted the first hybrid event in May, resulting in the company's most successful event in it's 14-year history. In keeping with the holiday spirit, King's Promotions will donate $.50 of each ticket sale to benefit The St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In addition to patient care, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is dedicated to finding cures for illnesses that affect children worldwide. continue
Aidan Farrelly - For thousands of passionate boxing fans, the recession has had no impact on their ability to see first hand their hero making history. Last night, David Haye (23-1, 21 KOs) defied the odds to become the first English WBA Heavyweight Champion since Lennox Lewis, beating the tallest, heaviest champion in history, Nikolai Valuev in Nuremberg.
The fans made the expensive journey from England to Germany, knowing that if Haye (29) stayed true to his pre-fight word, what they would witness could propel the Londoner to a height experienced by few boxers before him.
In what was a culture shock to English fans, they were treated to a full nights entertainment before the main event, which included a meal and live music, courtesy of the reigning champions ring walk. After that, it was down to a card of boxing that was set to thrill the eager spectators, the majority of whom German neutrals, who had adopted Valuev (36) as their own. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 11, 2009) On November 10, boxings No. 1 pound-for-pound king of the ring and the box office and the reigning Fighter of the Year, MANNY PacMan PACQUIAO, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO, will made their MGM Grand Arrivals, officially kicking off Fight Week for Fire Power -- their sold out welterweight championship mega fight. Pacquiao and Cotto will arrive at the MGM Grand's Front Lobby Porte Cochere at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. PT, respectively. The event is open to the public and the media. continue
Three-time world champion and current World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Daniel Santos (32-3-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title against undefeated, WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Yuri Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs) as the featured PPV match on the Pacquiao-Cotto "Firepower" card on Saturday from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas telecast live on HBO PPV at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
By - P.H. Burbridge - Possible history is fast approaching and its nice that a modern fight promotion isnt built on fighters who spend the majority of their time trading insults or down playing each others accomplishments. Cotto and Pacquiao appear to hold each other in genuine high regard. Regardless of all the predictions and ranting by fans each man will be facing the best fighter either has ever crossed paths with. You can argue it back and forth but there is so much proof to support that statement that Im completely comfortable in making it. Aside from the ever increasing antagonist vocal range of Freddie Roach this has been a pretty respectful build up as far as the fighters are concerned.
It kind of dispels the old myth that a successful boxing promotion needs negative sound bites and boorish behavior to sell. As a fan base were proving to be more sophisticated than people generally give us credit for. This fight will sell because the fans know the caliber of each guy. And thats all we need! A fight like this doesnt need a build up for hard core fight fans because its our drug. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - After beating Nicolai Valuev in a rather lackluster affair, David Haye became the newly crowned WBA heavyweight champion. Haye beat Valuev by majority decision. The fight itself was dull. Haye was able to stay outside the lumbering giants punching range while scoring occasional shots to both head and body consistently enough to win favor with two of the three judges. Although the bout lacked excitement, David Haye fought a very smart fight and one could hardly blame him for looking dull against such an awkward opponent whose freakish height and size present a monumental obstacle. Haye stuck to his fight plan and exhibited good movement and nice defense. The art of hitting without being hit was certainly on display throughout much of the contest.
Now Haye is talking about cleaning up the division. Naturally, in order to do that, he would need to get through the brothers Klitschko, but before that happens, he must deal with mandatory challenger John Ruiz. The fight with Ruiz is one that will probably not provoke much interest. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 10, 2009) Two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John The Quietman Ruiz is on a mission to bring the world heavyweight title back to the United States next year and share the championship belt with his Latino fans once again.
WBA No. 1 contender Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs), who had agreed with promoters of last Saturdays championship bout -- defending champion Nicolai Valuev and challenger David Hayemaker Haye -- to step aside as the WBA Official Challenger," earned his 12th world title shot against new WBA champion Haye (guaranteed by the end of May, 2010) with his seventh-round stoppage of Adnan Serin in the seventh round of their co-feature match. continue
By John Brady - Its been roughly three weeks since underground rapper R.A. The Rugged Man dished out a heavy dose of reality to Floyd Mayweather Jr. over satellite radio. Unless you are not a boxing fan or have been living under a rock, you have at least heard about their verbal sparring session. The Rugged Man, who happens to be a fan of the sweet science, went on the radio to promote his new album and started to talk boxing. He reiterated whats painfully obvious to every fan with two eyes, the fact that Floyd Mayweather is immensely talented but no longer challenges himself against the toughest competition. Floyd heard these comments and thinking that he would just simply call up the radio station and intimidate another dimwitted fan, he began to dial up the station. That was one phone call he never should have made.
The Rugged Man went on to tell Floyd everything that Brian Kenny wanted to tell him but could have been fired for. He made sure to remind Floyd that he ducked Antonio Margarito even though he was offered 8 million dollars to fight him. Floyd would then go on to face the non-threatening Carlos Baldomir, not Sharmba Mitchell as R.A. suggests. continue
By Per Ake Persson: 24-year old German amateur star Jack Culcay, world champ 09, has turned pro and signed a promotional deal with Universum Box Promotions, writes Bild. Culcay, mother German, father from Ecuador, will campaign at jr middle. He is managed by Moritz Klatten, who previously made a name for himself as as physical trainer for David Haye, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Carlos Gomez. continue
By Steve Janoski - Manny Pacquiao is not invincible, and will be beaten on Nov. 14. There, I said it.
I have been accused of hating Pac for my views, which is laughable because Ive never met him. He is simply another sportsmen to me, a very good fighter in an era filled with them. His place in the history of boxing is neither assured nor agreed upon at present; how History judges him will undoubtedly be a result of the next five or so years. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater , photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB --- Former "Contender" star and current middleweight contender Peter Manfredo Junior of Providence, Rhode Island says he feels better than ever at age 28. Coming off his November 5th, 1st-round win over Ronald Weaver, the 33-6(18) warrior is now signed with TKO Promotions, and he hopes to be back in action as soon as January.
The exciting Manfredo's main goal now is to capture a world title at middleweight, and the crowd-pleaser spoke about this goal and other things as he kindly gave me an over the phone interview from his car earlier today. Here are Peter's answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Peter. I appreciate your time as always. First of all, congratulations on your November 5th win over Ronald Weaver - who you stopped in just one-round. You must have been glad to get back in action? continue
Frank Warren has signed amateur sensation Ronnie Heffron, a man who had been tipped to win gold at the 2012 Olympics. Instead the Oldham fighter will make his debut on December 5 in Newcastle on the undercard of Amir Khan's WBA light-welterweight title defence against Dimitry Salita. Heffron, still only 19, is trained by Anthony Farnell in Manchester alongside the likes of Frankie Gavin and Tony Bellew. An ABA champion at both junior and senior level, Heffron has been compared to fellow Lancastrian Ricky Hatton and is regarded as one of the best prospects in the country - but he insists he will be his own man. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2009)The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classicreturns to SHOWTIME with Episode #2, premiering Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10:40 p.m. ET/PT. The six-episode reality series takes viewers behind the scenes of the groundbreaking Super Six World Boxing Classic. From the conception of the tournament to the crowning of a new champion in the super middleweight division, FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic will profile the colorful and charismatic personalities of the fighters, their families and promoters. 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 enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my impeccable Co-Host/Producer, the spectacular Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
David Haye Majority Decision Nicolai Valuev (WBA title) recap and analysis
Chad Dawson Unanimous Decision Glen Johnson recap and analysis
Alfredo Angulo TKO3 Harry Joe Yorgey recap and analysis
24/7 Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto recap and review continue
By Michael Montero - Part of the fun (and sometimes annoyance) in the world of boxing is the fickle and fair weather mentality of the sports fans and press. Fighter A wins and hes the next big thing; Fighter A loses and hes a hype job. Citizens of Fighter As homeland overrate him; people from other countries underestimate him. And on it goes. So it should come as no surprise that the hottest name in the boxing world right now (especially in England) is David Haye. But is this current Haye hysteria reasonable, or are there a lot of folks out there setting themselves up for heartache in the near future? continue
10.11.09 - Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) will defend his WBC and WBO middleweight titles against Miguel Espino on Dec. 19 at the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. Espino, 29, has a record of 20 wins ( nine knockouts), with two losses and one draw and has won his last 11 fights in a row. Pavlik backed out of fighting Paul Williams (37-1, 27 KOs) twice due to complications from a hand injury. In the meantime, Williams will be fighting Sergio Martinez on December 5th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There is talk of Kelly Pavlik fighting the winner of the fight. continue
By Dmitriy Salita: "Dear Fans, I have been preparing myself for the most important night of my career. December 5th in Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK is a crucial night on which I plan to bring the WBA title back home to Brooklyn, NY.
I want to thank G-D for giving me the strength and perseverance to get to this point. I also want to thank all my fans who have supported me from my amateur days in the Golden Gloves to my climb up in the professional ranks.
I have dreamed and imagined this moment since I was a young boy; every mile I ran and every round on the bag was for this moment. Many fighters dream of fighting for a world title, and my chance is only a month away.
I am looking forward to doing everything that needs to be done to capture the title. I hope that my fans going with me to Newcastle and those around the world will be cheering me on during my fight against Amir Khan. Amir is a very talented fighter for whom I have much respect. It is definitely going to be a challenge, but he has the WBA belt which belongs to me!. continue
By Christopher Cruz - Five days to go and the biggest fight of the year will unfold. It is ironic that the fighter going up in weight is the favorite, against a tough-as-nails champion who has lost only once. Such are the monumental expectations heaped on Manny Pacquiao, who has come up all the way from 106 lbs to stamp his class as arguably the best fighter of his generation.
Will welterweight prove too far a bridge for PacMan? Or will he further add fuel to comparisons with all-time greats of yore such as Henry Armstrong and Sugar Ray Robinson? continue
BIG George Foreman leads the list of boxers, professional athletes and celebrities who all have opinions about the outcome of FIREPOWER: MANNY PACQUIAO and MIGUEL COTTO. The championship bout takes place Saturday, November 14 at MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. In just five days the pound-for-pound king Pacquiao and three-time world champion Cotto meet in the ring in one of the most talked about match-ups in recent boxing history. Some of the most well-known fighters, celebrities and athletes are abuzz with talk of Saturdays evenly matched battle.
From Foreman to P. Diddy, Trump to Hopkins, below please find the predictions of these famous personalities as they answer the question Pacquiao vs. CottoWho will win and why?. continue
by James Slater - Earlier today in his native London, new WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, still high on his win over Nikolai Valuev at the weekend, hosted a press conference. During the gathering that was for the benefit of the media, Haye and his manager/trainer Adam Booth spoke about what could be in store for the charismatic 29-year-old next year. And, according to Booth, once Haye has taken care of mandatory challenger John Ruiz, "The Hayemaker" will fight "one of the Klitschko brothers," at Wembley; in what would be the biggest ever heavyweight title fight held in the U.K.
According to The Mail on line, Haye said at today's press conference that he will face Ruiz next, and then he wants to fight either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko.
"[I'm looking forward to fighting] one of the Klitschko brothers. I want it to happen. Ruiz will be next, but after that I want one of the brothers," Haye said today. continue
By John Wight - Something is beginning to stink about the hype thats been flying around from various quarters in the aftermath of David Hayes victory over Nikolei Valuev for the WBA heavyweight title in Nuremberg on Saturday.
Lets be clear from the start: the fight on Saturday, which pitted the freakish Valuev against Britains David Haye, was a crushing disappointment. Throughout the entire fight, from the first to the last round, Haye hardly threw a shot, and the bulk of the shots he did throw were single shots. He certainly demonstrated that he can move and stay out of trouble for 12 rounds, and his reflexes and speed proved too much for the lumbering Russian giant, who fell into the trap of chasing his much smaller and elusive opponent around the ring the entire night. continue
By Coach Tim Walker Hello all. Ive been getting so many fighter suggestions that it has prompted me to present another new segment to Eastside Boxing called the Project. Quite honestly some of the fighter suggestions that I have gotten fall a little short of the requirements set in place for Weekly Stud. Still, it is my goal to help promote the sport thus I have decided to touch on some of these newer pros as well.
Fighters highlighted in The Project are just that, Projects. Given that, I wont evaluate them as thoroughly as Weekly Stud candidates because they arent as developed mostly. The Project is a face value look at new fighters in an effort to help promote the sport of boxing. continue
Sacramento (Nov. 9, 2009) - Here is an update from WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler ahead of his November 21 Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Andre Ward.
Mikkel Kessler: "Dear fans, I have been in Sacramento for one week now and so far everything is working out the way it should. The training facilities are great and I am also very happy about the level of my sparring partners in the ring. I truly believe that the level of the sparring is one of the key elements for a good performance and proper preparation. The more your sparring resembles your actual opponent, the better the chance that you will actually beat him in the ring.
Previously in my career I have experienced some bad sparring partners before important bouts fighters who didnt have the skills in the ring. Therefore my team and I have worked hard on finding some tough fighters with similar boxing skills and tactics as Andre Ward. Fortunately Otis Griffin, Eric Regan and Mike Alexander have so far shown really good skills in the ring and they have all been great sparring partners.
On top of that, two of them have been sparring with Ward during the last couples of years hopefully their input from their training sessions with him will give me and my coaches a valuable tactical idea about the fighter Andre Ward. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 9 - It was a historic night in the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg, Germany Saturday night, as London's David "Hayemaker" Haye became the first British-born Heavyweight World Champion since Lennox Lewis and joined Evander Holyfield as the only former Cruiserweight World Champions to own a heavyweight title. Haye defeated seven-foot giant Nikolai Valuev via majority decision to claim the WBA Heavyweight World Title becoming Golden Boy Promotions' newest Heavyweight World Champion. continue
Harry Summers - After winning the IBO World Featherweight title last Friday night with a vicious 8th round knockout of Mexican Heriberto Ruiz, Action Jackson Asiku wants to fight the Cuban cyclone Yuriorkis Gamboa.
I have finally got my belt, I knew it would come but I will not stop there, I want more belts I want the WBA belt and I think Gamboa and myself will produce one of the greatest bouts you would ever see. Someone would go down in an explosive brutal contest, the fans would love it and I will have two belts." - Asiku continue
Robert R. (San Francisco, CA): Manny Pacquiao recently stated that he thinks the two pounds that Cotto will have to lose will be the deciding factor in the fight. Considering that Cotto has tipped the scales at 146lbs in previous fights, do you favor that position?
Vivek W. (ESB): As stated in previous content, I thought the best weight for any type of advantage for Team Pacquiao would have been in the 142/143lb range. That would have required Cotto to literally count every calorie which not only feels quite uncomfortable during training camp, but also would have required him to revisit those shaky chin days of the jr. welterweight ranks. Instead, the contract was drawn for a very safe and comfortable 145lbs, which to me, makes the whole weight issue a non-issue. The fact that we continue to see (what appears to be) routine feast in the Cotto Camp household, equipped with everything from pasta to pincho's, tells me that if there's anything being watched closely behind closed doors, it isn't anyones weight. Now granted, some of that can be game, aimed at sending a particular message, similar to what we see with Team Pacquiao who seems hell bent on having everyone think there's this widespread disarray that never ceases in camp. But all things remaining equal, I think Cotto will be as strong as ever, particularly considering his slightly extended camp. For the Clottey fight, Cotto weighed in at 145lbs, and although it was close, he was never buzzed by an extremely strong fighter, and he proved strong enough to match power-punches with him, even knocking the durable Ghanaian fighter down with a short jab. So, I have no doubts that with the extra conditioning work performed by Lindman, he will enter the ring very strong, very durable, and very conditioned. The man standing across from him (Pacquiao) will be for sure, so anything less would result in another step on the darkside. A place I don't think Cotto wants to visit again. continue
Paul McCreath: Now that David Haye has won the WBA heavyweight belt by outpointing Nicolai Valuev the talk has started about whether he can unify all the belts. Already he is talking about a match with WBC champ Vitali Klitschko and then later his brother Wlad, the Ring,IBF and WBO champion. Haye has many fans who believe he can accomplish this difficult feat and they dream of the day when he finally gets his chance.Others are at least a bit sceptical. Putting aside whether we like or dislike David what are his real chances? Let us take a look at this question.First we will deal with the usual reasons why some fans think Haye will never succeed in unifying the titles. continue
by James Slater - Though he was fighting for the spurious interim version of the WBO light-middleweight title, Mexico's Alfredo Angulo scored the most devastating KO during this past weekend of boxing, a weekend that was all but dominated by the WBA heavyweight title fight held in Germany.
"El Perro," who iced a brave but outgunned Harry Joe Yorgey on the under-card of the Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson rematch, put on a display that made one think he just might be back on his way to becoming the star many felt he would be before he was out-pointed by Kermit Cintron three fights ago. Once again showing the kind of G-force punching power he possesses, the 27-year-old laid out the previously unbeaten Yorgey in a frightening manner. continue
BOB ARUM: Were really getting close to the fight. Todd duBoef told me yesterday it really feels like this week is fight week and I know that Manny and Miguel would just as soon have it this week. Both guys are fit and ready to go. Miguel worked out in LA on Tuesday and in a Las Vegas gym for some writers on Monday and believe me, he is fit and ready. We have Miguel on the phone, the welterweight champion of the world, who will be able to tell you how his preparations have been going.
MIGUEL COTTO: The camp is running very good, first in Puerto Rico and then in Tampa. Now we move to Vegas for this week and the next one. Right now, we are just getting ready for the night of the 14th.
What do you think about the history of Puerto Rican boxers and how you fit in?
MIGUEL COTTO: Puerto Rico has a good boxing tradition with Wilfredo Gomez and Benitez, Carlos Ortiz and Felix Trinidad. People in Puerto Rico are very interested in boxing. continue
By Robert Cookson - David Haye (UK) travelled to Germany to dethrone Nicolay Valuev (Russia) in a dull fight which, ironically, should bring excitement to the heavyweight division.
It was a disciplined display from the Londoner as he moved around the ring constantly, keeping his distance and would try to steal rounds with quick and, it must be said, short bursts of punches. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (Nov. 9, 2009) Shining star and undefeated prospect, Edwin La Bomba Rodriguez, rated No. 13 by the NABA, headlines Thursday night, Nov. 19 at the Main Street Armory in Rochester (NY).
The Dominican Republic-born Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs), fighting out of Worcester (MA), faces veteran super middleweight Brian The Assassin Norman (17-9, 5 KOs) in the 8-round main event, Edwins third in only 13 pro matches. continue
by James Slater - David Haye, the new WBA heavyweight champion, talked a whole lot about "cleaning up" the division even before he'd had his second fight at heavyweight. Now, having at last lived up to his boasting by grabbing a notable belt, it's going to be nigh on impossible to stop the 29-year-old Londoner from talking. And whereas before most fans were able to turn a deaf ear to his lofty claims, simply because he'd done next to nothing as a heavyweight, now we all have to listen, because Haye is a major player indeed in the weight class.
Though he must first allow his right hand to heal (we're still waiting to see if or how badly it was broken in last night's win in Germany) and then accommodate John Ruiz, his mandatory challenger with the WBA, Haye has been unable to resist talking about the two Klitschko brothers. Speaking post-fight yesterday, as has been quoted in The Sun newspaper, "The Hayemaker" said he is hugely interested in fighting his two rival title holders and in unifying the heavyweight belts. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Joseph Agbeko has pledged to make a comeback from his defeat to Colombian-American Yohnny Perez. Agbeko, now 27-2, 22 Kos, lost on the scorecards of all three judges against Perez (now 20-0, 17 KOs), to also relinquish the IBF Bantamweight title he won two years ago. But the Ghanaian is ready to make a quick return from the setback. I thank God because even though I lost I am a very happy man for the love Ghanaians have shown me. They were in their numbers at the airport and I must admit that I have been humbled but also motivated than ever. I promise Ghanaians that I will bring back the title soon, Agbeko said at Mondays press conference at the plush Silverbird Cinema in Accra. continue
On Wednesday November 4th, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Larry Flynt's Hustler Club-NYC held a press conference at Manhattan's famous Il Postino Ristorante to announce their new promotional alliance to produce a new series of star-studded boxing events throughout the NYC area. Joe DeGuardia, CEO and founder of Star Boxing was the first to address the media, thanking everyone for coming and showing their support for the upcoming event. continue
by James Slater - Though the WBA heavyweight title fight that took place in Germany last night, between David Haye and Nikolai Valuev, has been getting most of today's headlines on the net, there was also a very important light-heavyweight title fight going on last night. In a rematch of their controversial April 2008 thriller, Chad Dawson and Glen Johnson got it on in Hartford, Connecticut.
And this time there were no doubts at all about who deserved to go home the winner. Fast southpaw "Bad" Chad did more than enough to take his 117-111 and 115-113 (twice) unanimous decision, as he proved to be way too fast, way too clever, and way too good for the always gutsy "Road Warrior".
Always one, or maybe even two steps ahead of the 40-year-old, the younger man by a whopping 13 years never let Johnson into the fight. This meant the action was no way near as good as it had been when the two 175-pounders met almost two years ago, but Dawson proved, once and for all, that he is not only the better fighter of the two, but that he is possibly THE best light-heavyweight in the world today. continue
Reno, Nevada (November 9th, 2009) - On July 4th 1910, the fight of the 20th century took place in Reno, NV. The reining heavyweight champion, Jack Johnson, and former undefeated heavyweight champion, James J. Jeffries, squared off in Reno for a bout that transcended professional sports. More was on the line than just the Heavyweight Crown on that day. To many, the fight was a battle for racial supremacy as Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion was matched against Jeffries, who came to be known as The Great White Hope.. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 9, 2009) TKO Boxing Promotions finished up an unprecedented swing of cross country world class professional boxing events over the last week culminating Thursday night in Cockeysville, Maryland, as they presented an action packed evening at the Fourth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event at Martins Valley Mansion. Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing, This week shows the strength of TKO Boxing as were able to present three world class shows in Johnstown , Pennsylvania , Los Angeles and Baltimore featuring some of the best contenders and prospects in boxing.. continue
David Haye is the new WBA Heavyweight Champion after clinching a points victory over Nikolai Valuev. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,000 fans in Nuremberg, Haye was ahead 116-112 on two cards, with the third judge ruling the contest a 114-114 draw. The clash drew a sensational peak market share of 40,5 percent (8,4 million viewers) on German free-to-air giant ARD. It's a dream come true, Haye enthused afterwards. I've fought the biggest heavyweight champion of all time and caught him with big shots. My speed was key tonight. He has a granite chin and took my punches. I'm a guy who says what he thinks and sometimes that upsets people but I'm full of respect for Valuev, he showed he can take some big shots.
And he added: The title means everything to me. From when I was a baby I said I would be the heavyweight champion of the world. People doubt my skills, people know I'm a puncher, a brawler but I've got skills when I have to. It wasn't as smooth as I made out but I did enough to win and that's all I care about. continue
George Foreman III continues his on-the-job training when he has his fourth professional fight on the A November 2 Remember card in Cut Off, La., Saturday, Nov. 14. Foreman III, the son of former heavyweight world champion George Foreman, meets Kevin Motley in a four-round heavyweight bout, the special attraction on the card. Foreman III, who goes by the nickname Monk, has a record of 3-0 with three knockouts while Motley is making his pro debut. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The Board of Directors of USA Boxing, Inc., the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing in the United States, is in support of Senator John McCain and Congressman Peter Kings efforts to pardon Jack Johnson. The Board recognizes the Senate and House of Representatives resolutions as a strong statement on behalf of the Johnsons family and the sport of boxing. continue
By Stuart Cornwell - David Haye did okay in winning the WBA title last night from Nicolay Valuev by a majority decision after 12 rounds of boxing in Nuremburg, Germany, but failed to fulfil his boastful promises to knock the giant title-holder out in sensational fashion. Maybe Im sour because I bought into his confidence and had enough faith in his punching and boxing ability to a point where I expected and predicted him to win by KO, but I found last nights performance a little bit disappointing. From a man who has lambasted and outright insulted Wladimir Klitschko for his dullness in the ring, and been telling everyone how uniquely exciting an addition he will make to the heavyweight division, Haye simply came up short. How much more exciting was Davids effort last night than Wladimirs last ring appearance in June against Ruslan Chagaev ? Bearing in mind that Haye called Klitschkos fight the cure for insomnia, Haye versus Valuev must at least have ranked as a mild sedative.
Frankly, Im surprised Haye got the decision. Not that he did not deserve it - he most certainly did - but then again, so did a 46 year-old Evander Holyfield against Valuev last December, and probably by a similar margin (Haye received two scores of 116-112, and the third judge had it even : 114-114). The biggest risk Haye took last night was letting it go the distance, and the risk paid off. continue
Bryan Brennan - Ahhhh, the prediction, it is half the fun of a fight. It doesn't need to be a big fight, or even a hard one to predict, just as long as you can ponder, debate, and make the call. How many times have you sat down to Friday Night Fights and thought to yourself, "this is a recipe for an upset, I'm taking the little guy". When the fights get bigger it just means you have more research to do: who beat who, who looked good against what type of fighter, who's bigger, who's faster, which guy cuts, what shirt was I wearing last time he won? The prediction can lead to months of back and forth anguish, sleepless nights, and all sorts of mathematical equations. You read another person's prediction and think, "maybe they know something I don't". continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: The Contest - Have you ever thought of a really cool boxing nickname? Would you like to brag to your friends about choosing the moniker of a future 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.
Two weeks ago, the contest began, and so far, Donyil and I are thrilled to announce that we have received several hundred suggested nicknames from fans across the world. continue
By Brendan Galbraith, reporting from ringside -- Last night, in front of a packed Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Norwich man, Sam Sexton once again upset the odds and an 8000+ partisan Irish crowd by sealing a double win over the gallant Martin Rogan. This action-packed classic duel between Rogan - the brawler and Sexton - the boxer, was halted at the end of the 6th round when an exhausted and hurt Rogan retired on his stool.
This was not part of the script. The evening had started so well for the home crowd with convincing points wins for local favourites Joe Rea, Kevin OHara and Luke Wilton. In the pick of the under card performances, Neil Sinclair delighted the home crowd with a clinical KO to bring to an end a one-sided contest. The penultimate under card bout introduced debutant, Belfast man, Jamie Conlan who looked like a well-schooled boxer as he out-pointed his awkward opponent.
The arena was nearly at full capacity now, with the final stragglers filing in just in time for the PA announcer to inform the delirious home crowd that Paul McCloskey was now the new European Light Welterweight champion. continue
By Brendan Galbraith, reporting from ringside -- Joe Rea v Phillip Townley (debut) - At 8.30pm, MC Harry McGavnock introduced the first bout of the evening - featuring Joe Rea v Phillip Townley. Rea started with intent, getting to work with hard rights and combos to the body. Rea, proceeded to pierce Townleys guard and at the end of the first round Townley had a cut above his left eye. In the second, Rea began to introduce left and right uppercuts, but the cleaner shots that landed were Reas hard body shots. A powerful single shot from Rea almost had his opponent down. Townley, bravely countered with hooks, but Rea evaded most of these with his neat footwork taking a step back after he had delivered his own shots. The third continued in a similar pattern. Townley finding it difficult to find his opponent and Rea inflicting more hard body shots. The most eye-catching punch from Rea was when he teed off by taking a quick step to the right and walking in a hard left to Townleys head. continue
NUREMBERG, Germany LAS VEGAS (November 7, 2009) Two-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John The Quietman Ruiz did exactly what he was supposed to do tonight in Germany, stopping former IBU title-holder Adnan Aachen Assassin Serin, to set the stage for a 2010 world title fight against new WBA champion David Hayemaker Haye. WBA No. 1 contender Ruiz (44-8-1, 29 KOs) had agreed with the promoters for defending champion Nicolai Valuev and challenger Haye to step aside as the WBA Official Challenger." Ruiz, provided he defeated Serin (19-11-1, 7 KOs), was guaranteed a title bout against the Valuev-Haye winner by the end of May, 2010. Haye defeated Valuev by a 12-round majority decision. continue
by James Slater - Congratulations must go out to 29-year-old David "The Hayemaker" Haye today. The new WBA heavyweight champion, Haye boxed a most disciplined and intelligent fight last night in Germany, as he took a close, perhaps somewhat debatable majority decision over "The Russian Giant," Nikolai Valuev (116-112, 116-112 and 114-114)
Becoming the first British "world" heavyweight champion since the days of the great Lennox Lewis, and only the second man in history to have reigned at both cruiserweight and heavyweight, Haye can now look ahead to some huge paydays and, hopefully, some exciting nights.
For although Haye, who was giving away around 100-pounds in weight, deserves much credit for the way he went to Germany and took the 36-year-old's belt, the fight was not very exciting at all. Despite talking up the way he'd go out and look to KO the 7'2" behemoth, Haye instead was largely cautious. Nobody is blaming him for this, but the fact is the fight was at times a dull one. Valuev was made to look slower than ever by the in-and-out tactics employed by Haye, and the challenger was never really hurt. continue
Ted Sares - The Prediction - Haye punches with explosive power, speed, and sharp accuracy. He also is willing to force the action. Against this monster, he will need to make his punches count without taking too many himself.
If the smaller yet faster "Haymaker" bring his explosiveness against an opponent to whom he will be giving away 9 inches in height and about 100 pounds in weight, he should have the perfect combination of skills, speed, and power to frustrate the bigger and taller champion and win a decision. However, he must avoid clinches because the Russian uses them to his advantage to tire out his opponents, and he must pick his shots carefully and accurately by getting in and out quickly. Haye has knocked out 21 of his 23 opponents, but, all things considered, knocking out the Giant doesn't seem as logical as decisioning him. continue
by James Slater - The word is, 28-year-old heavyweight contender Chris Arreola will most likely fight either Brian Minto or Derric Rossy when he makes his planned return to the ring in December. Although ESPN.com are reporting how 29-year-old Rossy has yet to be approved by HBO (who will show the fight, it being a co-feature to Paul Williams-Sergio Martinez), there have been no other names mentioned aside from Rossy and Minto. So it looks like "The Nightmare" will be squaring off with one of these two guys in what will be his first fight back since losing gallantly to WBC heavyweight ruler Vitali Klitschko.
But who would you, the fans, prefer Arreola to get it on with: "The Beast," or "The Shaolin Fist?. continue
by James Slater - All boxers are courageous. The very fact that they have the stuff needed to climb into the ring and fight proves as much, but sometimes a boxer has to show the kind of courage that is astonishing even for a prize fighter.
I'm talking about when a fighter has been in a tough fight, a helluva tough fight, and has picked up a serious injury of some sort, the kind that would make it perfectly acceptable for him to quit, simply because nobody in their right mind would be justified in criticising him for doing so - but has instead somehow gone on to win the fight.
During the sport's rich history we have seen incredible acts of bravery from men like Muhammad Ali, who suffered a broken jaw, no less, yet still boxed on, refusing to quit. We have seen other legends, like Pernell Whitaker, fight on with a broken jaw as well. We have also witnessed fighters, like Joe Frazier, carry on fighting even though they were all but blind during a fight. continue
By Matthew Paras - Donovan George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) continued his comeback trail by impressively stopping Jason Naugler (18-11-1, 11 KOs) in the fourth round. This was Georges third comeback fight since being released from prison for pleading guilty to aggravated assault.
Round one was a cautious one as both fighters came out jabbing. Not that much was thrown or landed in round 1, but it was the complete opposite in an exciting round 2.Jason Naugler came out being the aggressor and throwing combinations. Naugler taunted George, but that arrogance came back to hurt him. George landed a huge right hand that put Naugler on the canvas, but Naugler was able to make it out of the round. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Belfast, 25-year-old Sam Sexton once again had too much for gutsy 38-year-old Martin Rogan. Another great all-action fight ensued, as it had done when the two men first met back in May, and once again the younger man won.
Rogan, who had picked up a small cut above his right eye in the 5th-round, was unable to come out for the 7th-round. The official reason was a damaged left arm, but it looked as though the local man had taken too much punishment in the 6th-round, a session Norwich's Sexton won big. Sexton, who retained the Commonwealth heavyweight title he'd won by TKO'ing Rogan in 8-rounds in their previous meeting, improved to 13-1(6). The always-exciting Rogan fell to 12-2(6). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - On December 11 Grady Brewer is slated to square off against Winky Wright. The 38 year old Brewer is currently in the midst of an eight fight winning streak, having not lost a fight in over four years. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with Grady and here is what he had to say:
Q: Grady, how are your preparations going for your December 11 fight with Winky Wright?
A: I think theyre going great. I think that I planned out the schedule of things I need to do and I think everything is falling in place and its a matter of time before everything is taking place, I guess now.
Q: When Winky lost his last fight against Paul Williams, did you see any weaknesses in his game that you think you can exploit?
A: Well, Ive always seen a weakness in Winky Wright as far as whenIve never think that it could be donebut Ive definitely seen a weakness when he fought Paul Williams and I always thought it was a weakness when he fought Paul Williams, and Paul Williams just utilized the weakness to what I knew that could happen, and thats just throwing a lot of punches, keeping him on defense, staying real busy, and just keeping him where he cant fire back. I want him to stay on defense the whole time, because Winky is the type of fighter that he loves to stay on defense than be on offense. Thats good and bad. continue
Although most of the hard work has now been done World rated Middleweight Andy Lee will still have some verbal sparring left to do when he arrives in Limerick this weekend ahead of next Saturdays Yanjing Fight Night at the University Sports Arena.
Lee will attempt to play his part in an Irish sporting double by defeating reigning French and European Union Champion, Affif Belghecham on the same night as Giovanni Trapattonis Boys in Green attempt to make home advantage count in their crucial World Cup play off with France. continue
Cestus Management's super middleweight destroyer Don "Da'Bomb" George made the leap from boxing prospect to being on the verge of becoming a world-class contender with a four round savage annihilation of Canadian Jason Naugler; handing this tough and very experienced fighter his first loss byway of stoppage. Coming into the contest, Naugler previously had twenty-nine fights and has gone the distance in very creditable performances against Chad Dawson, Jean Paul Mendy,Anthony Thompson, , Jesse Brinkley, Samuel Miller and Nicholas Poulard. The fight was the main event of a card promoted by Leon Margules and Dominic Pesoli at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago , Illinois . continue
by James Slater - 40-year-old Oleg Maskaev, the former WBC heavyweight champion, is just two wins away from a shot at regaining his old title. Currently 2-0(1) in a return to the ring that followed his title-losing stoppage loss to Sam Peter, the Russian puncher faces the much younger Nagy Aguilera in his next fight, on December 11th in Sacrament where he now resides. Should "The Big O" win that fight, he will then square off with Ray Austin in a final eliminator for the WBC crown now held by Vitali Klitschko.
Yesterday, whilst being at a press conference to publicise the Aguilera fight, Maskaev, 36-6(27) very kindly took time out to speak with me. Here are the easygoing big man's answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Oleg. I appreciate your time. You must be looking forward to your fight on December 11th in Sacramento against Nagy Aguilera?
Oleg Maskaev: Yes. This is a very important fight for me. All fights are very important for me now, and this one especially. Aguilera is young, he's a good fighter with a great amateur background and this fight is a big challenge for me. I'm looking forward to it. continue
Anthony Ivey - At some point in the career of every young puncher he runs into the proverbial immovable object, the opponent who can just absorb bomb after bomb and fire right back. A 19 year old Mike Tyson ran into his during the 20th professional fight of his career, when James Quick Tillis was able to use his resilience and experience to take Iron Mike the distance over 10 rounds back in 86. On Friday night in Tampa, Florida a 20 yr old Keith Thurman ran into a brick wall named Edvan Barrios, and came a away with an eight round decision that defined his promising young career. Thurman entered the fight at 10-0, with only one opponent making it into the third round. Barrios, a native of Brazil, came in playing the role of the journeyman. Having previously taken contenders Luis Collazo and Jesus Soto Karass the distance, Barrios had demonstrated durability. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 6, 2009)The late great boxing trainer Eddie Futch, who counted six world heavyweight champions as his pupils, always said a fighters corner played an essential role in a competitive fights outcome. With stakes high for the Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto fight on Saturday, November 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, todays most decorated trainers give their insight into the match-up and whether or not the experienced corner of Manny Pacquiao, with esteemed trainer Freddie Roach, will out-perform the lesser known Cotto corner lead by Joe Santiago. Here from the experts themselves as they breakdown and predict the outcome of this tremendous fight. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - The current heavyweight landscape is viewed by many as thin. I am in the minority who feel that the division isn't necessarily thin, just not packed with personalities that fans gravitate towards. Case and point, Vitali Klitschko is as effective a champion as a heavyweight can be typically winning by some mode of stoppage (37 knockouts in 38 wins is not a fluke). In addition to that he has only two recorded losses and was winning both of those fights before a shoulder injury in the ninth round stopped him against Chris Byrd and an awesomely bad cut above his eye ended his fight with Lennox Lewis. Neither fighter re-matched Vitali. Byrd lost the WBO in his first defense against Wladimir Klitschko and Lewis retired. Thus, the problem isn't there not being a dominant heavyweight rather a lack of a magnetizing personality within the division.
Recently Lewis suggested that the next great heavyweight might be as much as 30 years from discovery. If that number is accurate then the next great heavyweight hasnt been born. I cant argue what I cant prove, referring to Lewis timeline, but I can introduce you to a boxing stud that can potentially fill the character cavity within the heavyweight division. This week's Weekly Stud, heavyweight Tor Hamer. continue
NEW YORK, N.Y. (November 6, 2009)-VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, will air an action-packed night of boxing on December 2 headlined by the "Broad Street Brawl" featuring a light heavyweight battle between Bernard Hopkins and Enrique Ornelas, live from the Liacouras Center at Temple University in Philadelphia. VERSUS will also air the highly anticipated title bout between eight-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. and IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green. VERSUS' coverage on December 2 begins at 8 p.m. ET. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2009) Jennifer Lopez
Roberto Clemente. . .it takes longer to escape a New York City traffic jam than to drive the length of Puerto Rico, which measures only 100 miles by 35 miles. . . Benicio Del Toro
Chi Chi Rodriguez. . .the population of Puerto Rico is about 3.9-million. That means the entire Commonwealth has fewer residents than at least a dozen metropolitan areas in the USA. . .Marc Antony
Freddie Prinze Sr. . .yet the number of sports and entertainment stars and superstars produced by this island is overwhelming. continue
Weights from Germany - Nicolai Valuev 314.6 David Haye 216.7 l John Ruiz 226 Adnan Serin 214.5 l Sergei Liakhovich 232.8 Jeremy Bates 231.4 l Robert Helenius 248.8 Taras Bidenko 215.4 l Alexander Frenkel 193.4 Kelvin Davis 196.2
By Erik Shaffer - This Saturday David Haye will finally step into the ring against one of the current heavyweight champions as he takes on Nikolay Valuev for the WBA title. David Haye is sitting right now at around a -160 favorite with a total of 10.5 rounds -170 over to beat the Russian giant, who is coming off one of the worst fights of his career. It was last December when I watched Evander Holyfield circle around against Valuev, win 8 rounds in the process only to be given a majority decision loss.
Haye also had his last fight a year ago as he scored a TKO over Monte Barrett during the 5th round. David Haye comes into this fight on fire. Before the Barrett fight he ko'd Enzo Maccarinelli in 2 rounds and he also ko'd Jean Marc Mormeck in 7. As for Valuev, well even before the Holyfield fight he had a split decision win over John Ruiz. And that also was considered as a bad performance. I do know that when it comes to sporting events there is a big difference between coming in as a favorite and coming in as a home dog. And I think on Saturday we have a sleeping home dog ready to wake up and take a bite. continue
By Stuart Cornwell - When Englands David Haye steps in the ring in a few hours in Nuremburg to take on Russias Nicolay Valuev, he will be attempting to become the first man to knock out the enormous WBA title holder. Going for the KO is Hayes modus operandi and it is unlikely to be abandoned for this fight - the biggest of his life - against a man who is notorious for receiving dubious decisions in fights that go the distance. Compounding his need to win by KO (or TKO) is the work he has been doing with his own mouth over the last eighteen months, regarding what hes going to do to the heavyweights in general and, (until his recent concentration on Valuev since they signed to fight), the Klitschko brothers in particular. continue
06.11.09- By Brendan Galbraith - Tonight, Irish Super Bantamweight Carl Frampton will make his home debut as a professional, facing Hungarian Ignac Kassai (1-5-2), in a four-rounder on the under card of the McCloskey-Rasilla bill in Magherafelt, Derry. Fighting in front of a passionate Irish crowd could become a more regular occurrence for Frampton when his manager, Barry McGuigan secures his promoters licence next year. For now, Frampton is getting ready to deliver another impressive performance, having already clinically disposed of his first two professional opponents; one by a 2nd round KO and the other with a comprehensive points victory.
In our interview with Carl, we learn more about his transition to the pro ranks, his training camp with the top Irish trainers - Gerry Storey (Senior and Junior) and the nervous excitement of making his home debut. continue
Weights by Trish Kilcullen, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - The long-anticipated night of fantastic boxing takes place at the from the XL Center, at OneCivic Center Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut. First bell rings at 6pm. HBO live coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. PT. Remaining tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75, $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.
Stay tuned to EastSideBoxing for fight night photo gallery coverage. Friday afternoon, at Hartford, Connecticuts XL Center, and with Gary Shaw Productions and world title belts at stake, the boxers tipped the scales, for the final weights for tomorrows world championship bout and undercards at stake, and the weights were as follows:
Bad Chad Dawson- 175 lbs 28-0-0- 17 KOs New Haven, CT 27 year old southpaw v. Glenn Gentleman Johnson 173 ½ lbs 49-12-2, 33 KOs Miami, FLA via Jamaica 40 years old orthodox. continue
WBC World Super Middleweight Champion Carl The Cobra Froch will be on FA Cup duty this Sunday when he makes the draw for the second round of British footballs most treasured competition live on ITV1 (and ITV.com) from 3:35pm. The Nottingham hero is fresh from a second successful defence of his title last month when he ended the unbeaten run of U.S. Olympic medallist Andre Dirrell in a bout that also saw Froch open his Super Six World Boxing Classic campaign. Froch will be back in Super Six action early in the New Year when he takes on reigning WBA Super Middleweight Champ, Mikkel Kessler in what is shaping up to be a mega fight but first he will do the honours in Sundays second round FA Cup draw. continue
By Robert Cookson THIS Saturday (November 7) Nikolay Valuev defends his WBA Heavyweight Championship against Britains David Haye in Germany. Haye has bad-mouthed his way to a title shot. First taunting the brothers Klitschko mercilessly, including wearing a tee-shirt adorned with a picture of him holding up their severed heads. Fights with both the Kiltschkos fell through, Haye being the factor on each occasion. First against Wladimir, through a back injury Haye sustained in training and secondly, against Vitali, as Haye pulled out of negotiations at the last minute to take on The Beast From The East.. continue
By Vivek Wallace - Approximately 8 days remain until fight fans around the globe can officially sink their teeth into a showdown that has given us all quite a bit to chew on in recent months. From stalled negotiations, to the title-vs-non-title debate, to the official weight; Every step of the way, this epic showdown has been as contested outside of the ring as many believe it will be inside of it. With negotiations completed and a huge showdown ensuing, today, we flip the page back to the fighters themselves, who have vowed to do their talking in the ring, as we in the media address the deep intricacies away from it. In last weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, we took a close look at Filipino phenom, Manny Pacquiao, and the road he took to land on this grand stage. This week, we hone in on his opponent, a man who took a similar path to stardom, yet somehow hasn't received the same attention. When you look at the island of Puerto Rico, one can make the argument that per capita, it has produced more superior talent (in the sport of boxing) than any other location in the world. With Benitez, Camacho, Trinidad, and others officially cast in the past, perhaps the search for today's carrier of the torch can be halted, as it appears the greatest of the latest to come from the island is in fact on the brink of cementing that very legacy. A victory for Cotto isn't a sure shot, but with a scarred past and a level of determination that remains unblemished, it will be quite intriguing to see if he can truly be denied. continue
At its 47th Annual World Convention in Jeju (Korea) this week the WBC announced the new world ratings. After his impressive 2nd round tko victory over former world title challenger Monte Barrett on October 10th in New York heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis advances to rank #3 after only 15 pro-fights (15 wins, 11 kos). I am very grateful that my merits are appreciated the way they are, states Solis. Still being recognized as the #3 heavyweight in the world is not what I turned pro for. I will continue to work hard to prove that I am the no. 1. Actually I am convinced that I could beat the two guys ahead of me (Ray Austin and Oleg Maskaev) on one night. I will be heavyweight champion of the world no matter who I have to fight and beat to get there!. continue
Mondays special two hour edition of On the Ropes featured three live exclusive interviews: Bernard Hopkins, Al Bernstein, and Zab Judah.
Highlighting this episode was the very interesting interview with future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. In the interview (which lasted approximately 45 minutes), Hopkins talked about anything and everything. He spoke about his upcoming December fight with Enrique Ornelas, talked about the long awaited rematch with Roy Jones that is tentatively slated for March, and touched on previous contests with Felix Trinidad, Joe Calzaghe, Roy Jones, and Jermain Taylor, just to name a few. continue
by James Slater - The rematch Paulie Malignaggi all but demanded after losing a very controversial to Juan Diaz back in August is on. Scheduled to take place in Chicago on December 12th, with HBO televising, the rematch will hopefully settle things between the two fighters once and for all. Most observers, aside from fans of Diaz, had "The Magic Man" winning and felt he was more than worthy of being awarded the points win that went in the Texan's favour just over two months ago, and now the 28-year-old will get his chance to right a wrong.
The action on August 22nd, aside from resulting in one of the year's most debatable decisions, also entertained the fans, and the sequel figures to do the same. On neutral ground in Chicago - a site in which neither guy has fought before - the return, it is hoped, will see none of the crazy scoring the first fight did. Held, of course, in Texas, Diaz was somehow deemed a winner by a margin of 118-110 on one judge's card. It's not yet known who the three scoring officials will be on December 12th, but we will be hoping to see fair and unbiased scoring. continue
By Paul Strauss: The American Boy beat the US Marine. How does that work? Well, tonight it was Jason "The American Boy" Litzau who scored a unanimous decision over Johnnie "The Lumberjack" Edwards. Edwards was less the lumberjack than a "botheration", Early on he caused trouble, and was a source of unhappiness for Litzau. The American Boy had to feel he would be the hometown favorite at such a place as the Marine Corps Air Station, Jacksonville, North Carolina, but the lumberjack is an ex-marine, so closer to their heart was he. Evident from the start, Litzau didn't appear to be his usual energetic self, as pointed out by ESPN2 announcers Brian Kenny and Teddy Atlas. He didn't bother to establish any kind of effective jab.
Litzau was probably remembering the easy time he had of it in his last fight with the similarly short fighter named Verquan Kimbrough, who he stopped in three. continue
By Ziggy Shah - Being a boxing fan can sometimes be a difficult past-time, especially in the run up to big fights. The previews, hype and press conferences adjoined by your own anticipation of how things will conclude make it an amazing, yet testing sport to be a part of.
As always the commentators and the pundits are always at the forefront, constantly pen pushing and force feeding you with their opinions as to who shall overcome. However, many argue that they are experts and their views coupled by their knowledge are paramount to the sport. continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 5, 2009) What do a pair of fearless world champions do - one who is the most feared fighter and the other most avoided - when no other fighter is willing to get into the ring with them? They fight each other.
On Saturday night, December 5th, Paul The Punisher Williams (37-1, 27 KO), the Most Feared Fighter in the World will step into the ring at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom in Atlantic City in a scheduled 12-round middleweight Bout against Sergio Maravilla Martinez (44-1-2, 24 KO).
Goossen Tutor Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City in association with DiBella Entertainment are presenting this main event bout of an HBO World Championship Boxing telecast. Heavyweight contender Cristobal The Nightmare Arreola will open HBOs broadcast at 10pm ET/7pm PT, as he will see his first action since his courageous losing effort at the hands of WBC heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko back in late September at a sold-out Staples Center in Los Angeles. continue
NUREMBERG, Germany (Nov. 5, 2009) The most interested spectator Saturday in Versicherung Arena for the WBA heavyweight title fight between defending Nikolai The Russian Giant Valuev and challenger David The Haymaker Haye will be former 2-time WBA title-holder John The Quietman Ruiz. Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), the WBA top contender, agreed with the promoters for Valuev and Haye to step aside as the WBA Official Challenger." By defeating ex-IBU champion Adnan Aachen Assassin Serin (19-10-1, 7 KOs) in Saturdays 10-round co-feature on the David vs. Goliath Pay-Per-View event, he is guaranteed a title bout against the Valuev-Haye winner by the end of May, 2010. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - There are three major boxing events all taking place in Northern Ireland tomorrow night - Rogan-Sexton rematch at the Odyssey in Belfast, The Mike Tyson show is happening less than a mile away and the McCloskey-Rasilla bill is taking place about 35 miles away in Magherafelt in Derry. Therefore, you could be forgiven for overlooking some of the emerging talent that features on the under cards of both bills.
Tomorrow night the highly rated Irish Flyweight, Jamie Conlan will be making his pro debut on the under card of the Rogan-Sexton bill. continue
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Promoter Gary Shaw opened Thursdays final Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson press conference asking for a moment of silence for Jasper Howard, the University of Connecticut football player who was stabbed to death on campus on Oct. 18. Dawson will honor Howards memory on Saturday night by wearing his number 6 on his trunks and on the back of his warm-up robe. Shaw then praised all four fighters Dawson, Johnson, Alfredo Angulo and Harry Joe Yorgey taking part in Title Night at the XL Center on Saturday as true gentleman. He added: You dont see a lot of smack talking and swearing going on with these guys. Its all about the fight.
In an otherwise lively and festive event, Dawson and his crew donned new Yankee hats and El Perro Angulo passed out doggie treats to his opponent Yorgey before addressing the media.
Ive always been a Yankee fan. Ive from the East Coast, Dawson said of the newly crowned World Series champions. I think they threw that last game just to bring it back and win it in Yankee Stadium.. continue
By Brendan Galbraith- The setting for todays weigh-in was a first floor function room in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast. In one corner of the room stood a confident Sam Sexton with his trainer, Graham Everett; in the opposite corner was a fired-up Martin Rogan and his new trainer Paul McCullagh. In between both men, was MC Mike Woodhall and former British Flyweight Champion, Hugh Russell, now performing with aplomb the officiator role.
First onto the scales was a trim and well-conditioned Martin Rogan, who weighted-in at 234 Ilbs. Rogan, relishing the role of home favourite, let out a ferocious roar and then a second battle cry of Cmon Belfast to his cheering fans. continue
HARTFORD, Conn., (Nov. 4, 2009) Selected quotes from Wednesdays media workout held at the Next Level Athletic Conditioning Center in nearby Bloomfield.
CHAD DAWSON - Im feeling some buzz around the city about the fight. Ive really just been sitting in my hotel room and spending time with my kids. Im sure come Saturday night there will be a lot of buzz.
I cant wait to get in the ring and shut him up. Its been almost two years now. After Im done with him he wont be able to say nothing except I lost to Chad Dawson twice. continue
by James Slater - Nikolai Valuev and David Haye have just one common opponent: New York's Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett. Stopped by both men - in 11-rounds by the current WBA champion back in 2006, and in 5-rounds by Haye last November - Barrett knows all about the strengths and possible weaknesses of both fighters.
In an interview with Tris Dixon of British Boxing News magazine, "Two Gunz" gave his take on the fight that will take place in two days time.
Picking Valuev to win, Barrett isn't sure whether or not "The Russian Giant" can stop "The Hayemaker. continue
CHICAGO (November 5) - The fans demanded it and so did the fighters, so on Saturday, December 12, one of 2009's most exciting fights gets an encore, as Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz meets up with Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi once again, this time on neutral territory at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois in a 12 round rematch of their August 22, 2009 battle. HBO Boxing After Dark will televise the bout along with a co-main event featuring the return of top junior welterweight contender "Vicious" Victor Ortiz in a pivotal 10 round matchup against the always dangerous contender Antonio Diaz. continue
By Per Ake Persson: The Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir, and Universum have for five years fought in courts over when their respective contracts with Universum expired. It´s now been decided by a higher court in Germany that the Klitschkos were right. Universum had argued that the contracts should be extended with the time the two champs were injured and not available to fight. Not so, says the court. According to Bild WBA middleweight king Felix Sturm has hired the same attorney as the Klitschkos had for their contractual dispute with Universum. continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 5)On the heels of his first primetime television appearance on ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live and his recognition as a 2009 Gusi Peace Prize laureate, boxing phenom Manny Pacquiao now finds himself on the cover of TIME Magazine Asia edition (see below) as part of a five page feature story on the boxing Champion that will be included in all editions (global and US market) of the magazine hitting newsstands this weekend.
With the population of Asia being the largest in the world, Pacquiao is overwhelmed with the idea of so many people seeing his face on the cover of such a prestigious magazine.
I absolutely had no idea that when I started my career in boxing, to provide a better life for myself and my family, that I would now be where I am today and on the cover of TIME Magazine, said Pacquiao. A fighters dream is to win a world title and gain financial stability. But what is happening to me now is the most humbling experience of my life. It is a great honor for me to be the face of my people and to let everyone know we are a small but mighty country. continue
"Bad blood" is defined since the first modern use of the phrase in 1832 as "anger or hostility between persons or groups; this term is based on the old association with blood and emotion, particularly anger." Now, fast forward 177 years to December 4, 2009 when reigning female Welterweight Champion of the World Holly Holm (26-1) faces Melissa "Huracan" Hernandez (11-1) for Holms WIBA title at a 140 pound catch weight. continue
Episode #3 Debut: SATURDAY, NOV. 7 (9:00-9:30 p.m. ET/6:00-6:30 p.m. PT) Other HBO playdates: Nov. 7 (11:45 p.m. ET/8:45 p.m. PT), 8 (11:15 a.m., 8:15 p.m.), 9 (7:30 p.m.), 10 (2:0 p.m., 11:30 p.m.), 12 (11:30 a.m., 10:30 p.m.), 13 (9:00 p.m.) and 14 (10:30 a.m.)- HBO2 playdates: Nov. 8 (11:10 p.m.), 11 (12:50 a.m.), 13 (1:40 a.m.) and 14 (5:00 p.m.) HBO On Demand availability begins: Nov. 9 -- Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) focuses on his training regime amidst personality clashes in the camp, while Miguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) and his team prepare to move training camp to Las Vegas a week early to further prepare him for the Nov. 14 megafight. continue
Martin Rogan has promised that he will be a "new" fighter in Belfast tomorrow night. The Irishman will challenge Sam Sexton for the Commonwealth heavyweight title at the Odyssey Arena. In May this year Rogan lost the belt to Sexton on a controversial eighth round stoppage. But the 38-year-old insists that he has learned vital lessons from the defeat. In the aftermath, Rogan split with trainer John Breen, teaming up instead with Paul McCullagh.
And Rogan says he has made a number of improvements in the gym. "I'm stronger and faster than I have ever been," said the man who beat Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton.
"I have to thank Sam for bringing the belt back over, because that is where it is staying.
"I'm going to do it - I have trained very hard and I have a lot more to offer. continue
by James Slater - As has been reported by the WBC, at their recent convention, Andre Dirrell has asked them for a rematch with current WBC 168-pound ruler Carl Froch; the man who controversially out-pointed him via close split decision back on October 17th in Nottingham, UK. According to a statement put out by the WBC, who are in support of the exciting "Super Six" tournament both Froch and Dirrell are competing in: "if a rematch could be scheduled without interfering with the tournament it will be approved. If it cannot then Dirrell will become the mandatory challenger after the tournament has finished.. continue
by James Slater - Colombian banger Breidis Prescott's main claim to boxing fame remains his stunning 1st-round KO of current WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan. So much so that on BoxRec's listing of the 26-year-old, the nickname section has the moniker of "Khanqueror" next to Prescott.
However, as impressive and as important as that September 2008 win was for the long-armed slugger, he has not yet built on it. continue
WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev has promised something special for David Haye when they clash in the ring on Saturday night. The Russian Giant cannot wait to let his fists do the talking after the challenger has wasted no chance to hurl insults at the biggest and tallest champion of all time. His comments have been very motivating, Valuev said. But let´s see what Haye has to offer inside the ring. I don´t think he will be able to follow it up. But I will not under-estimate him.
Haye was brimming with confidence when he spoke in front of a packed press conference today. "He hasn't fought anyone of my calibre; he's never fought anyone in their prime or someone so fired up, the challenger said. I'm not one of these guys he's used to fighting. I'm not over-the-hill, I'm not tainted, I'm not past my sell-by-date. I am fresh, I am ready.
And he added: "Training has gone great and I am going to make him look silly on Saturday night. I am going to embarrass him, knock him out. He's never fought anyone as fast or who punches as hard as me, or as accurate. I know he feels I'm a little mouthy man from England, but he's gonna be in for a rude awakening when that bell goes.. continue
Reigning European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin believes he can round out a sensational 2009 in style when he faces Uruguayan Champion Rafa Sosa Pintos on the Sierra Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, December 5th. The Birmingham based Irishman has had less than 10 minutes of competitive action this year but what an explosive ten minutes theyve been. In March he ended Birmingham rival Wayne Elcocks British title reign with a third round KO and then in September he followed that up with a sensational first round destruction of former European champ Amin Asikainen to claim the continental crown. continue
Jonny Stapleton - Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym will put the WBA super bantamweight world title that once sat proudly around the waist of Bernard Dunne on the line against a Japanese opponent on January 11. However camp Poonsawat have reconfirmed they are still interested in a rematch with the Dubliner. The Thai powerhouse will receive 150,000 to make his first defense against OPBF Featherweight champion Satoshi Hosono in early 2010 but camp Poonsawat claimed they would welcome the chance to take on Dunne again. The Little Tanks manager Terry Laosuwanwat revealed there was no contact with Brian Peters but did stress they would love to fight in Ireland again. continue
CHICAGO, IL (November 5, 2009) Finishing up a lengthy training camp over the last couple of months, Chicagos Donovan DA BOMB George is primed and ready to take on Canadas Jason Naugler this Friday night, November 6th, in the ten round super middleweight main event at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 7 at the UIC Pavilion. Presented by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, the George/Naugler showdown headlines a terrific evening of action packed professional boxing. Advance tickets for "WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 7, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800).
The 24 year old George spoke about his upcoming bout after finishing one of this final workout sessions leading up to Friday night.
This is the best Ive felt going into a fight, Ive been on weight for a few days now and just feel very strong. These last couple of weeks weve been pushing harder every day in the gym said the lifelong Chicagoland resident. continue
Next years most sensational boxing event was announced during the Wednesday morning general assembly meeting at the World Boxing Councils 47th annual convention Night of Champions is scheduled to be held in Cardiff, Wales, in November, 2010. The first Night of Champions Noche de Campeones - was held in December, 2006, in Cancun three months after Hurricane Wilma had destroyed much of the Mexican resort. The incredible event, which brought together 97 current and former world champions the largest gathering of world champions in history - played a big part in revitalizing Cancun. continue
by James Slater - Jamie Moore was on a roll. The hard working 31-year-old southpaw from Salford had recaptured the British title, had won the European belt at 154-pounds and, finally, after months and months of waiting, he was on the verge of a shot at a recognised world title. But then he met British rival Ryan Rhodes, and his excellent run came to and end. With it, reportedly, came an end to Moore's days as a light-middleweight. continue
by James Slater - An amazing development has come up with regards to the career of heavyweight contender Chris Arreola - he has been banned from the ring for six months for swearing! As has been reported by a number of sources on the internet, the 28-year-old's emotional post-fight interview that followed his brave but losing effort against WBC king Vitali Klitschko back in September angered chiefs at the WBC. And, at their recent convention in South Korea, the WBC took it upon themselves to approve the six month ban.
The ban will be back dated to the September 26th fight, meaning "The Nightmare" will be able to fight again in march of next year. This news obviously means Arreola's planned December 5th return to the ring (no opponent had actually been officially named yet) will not go ahead. It remains to be seen if Arreola and his team will appeal the WBC's ruling, and if an appeal would be successful anyway.
But enough about the WBC, what do you, the paying fans think? Has the organisation led by Jose Sulaiman overreacted by banning the Mexican/American for using foul language? continue
Jonny Stapleton - Freddie Roach has backed Bernard Dunne to bounce back from the loss of his WBA boxing super bantamweight World Title claiming Dunne is not done. The man regarded as the greatest boxing trainer in world is adamant the Irish people should not be looking for a new boxing superstar just yet and added his support to the campaign to get the Dubliner to move up a weight. However while he states Dunne should not be replaced as Irelands number one boxing superstar, Roach does claims he is working with an Irish talent that become known world wide. continue
HARTFORD, Conn., (Nov. 4, 2009) Title Night in Hartford just got that much better with the announcement that Saturday nights HBO televised co-feature between Lightning Harry Joe Yorgey and Alfredo Perro Angulo has been approved for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim junior middleweight world title. "It's been 20 years since Hartford has hosted a world championship fight and now it will be hosting two on the same night," said Gary Shaw, who is co-promoting the Yorgey-Angulo fight along with Banner Promotions. "It's a testament to the quality of this matchup that the WBO is sanctioning Angulo vs. Yorgey for its interim world title. Fans attending and viewers watching on HBO are in for an exciting night of fistic fireworks.. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Today, at the Victoria Square Mall in Belfast Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton were present for an open media work out. First up was the Belfast man, who spent the late morning facilitating the media with non-stop interviews and in between taking time to pose for pictures with fans. Sam Sexton and his trainer, Graham Everett, who flew into Belfast this morning, arrived shortly after Rogan had departed. Sexton quickly got down to business by attending to his own hand wraps. As Sexton stepped into the ring to do some pad work with his trainer Graham Everett; MC Harry McGavock, announced the Commonwealth Champion to the waiting crowd. Unlike, the last time Sexton was introduced to a Belfast crowd, the several hundred shoppers and lunchtime workers who had lined the balconies of the four floors surrounding the ring in the impressive Victoria Square setting, gave Sexton a warm round of applause.
In attendance at todays open media work-out was former British Flyweight Champion Hugh Russell, and current Irish Cruiserweight Champion, Darren Corbett. continue
Los Angeles, CA (November 3, 2009) At the midway point of training camp preparation for his first shot at a world title and his first bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, undefeated American boxer Andre S.O.G. Ward and his trainer Virgil Hunter have declared they are on schedule and building momentum toward the November 21st meeting with WBA Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.
The 25-year old Ward (20-0, 13 KO) who, in Athens in 2004, was the lone and most recent -- American to claim Olympic gold, will attempt to wrest the WBA title away from Denmark native Kessler (42-1, 32 KO) in Wards own hometown while also preventing the Europeans from shutting out American fighters in the first round of this unique tournament being televised by SHOWTIME. continue
By Bryan Brennan - At this point I think most know that Manny Pacquiao is one of the most exciting fighters in combat sports. That's right, not just boxing, but in all of the sports where two people square off to prove who's best. If you don't see it this way, you are 1 of 3 types of people:
1. In denial: You are so for Miguel Cotto on November 14th that you refuse to admit that Manny Pacquiao is not only a formidable opponent, but also an exciting customer at the Cotto counter. continue
By Coach Tim Walker We are only a little over a week away from the mega-fight between super-charged Manny Pacquiao and heavy-duty Miguel Cotto and the anticipation is building. Threads about the fight are everywhere. I actually overheard a couple of 40-50 year age women talking about this fight and they knew what they were talking about. You got to love that.
With all the talk what can be said that hasnt been said? Mannys speed is well documented. Cottos ability to absorb punishment is known. Both fighters tenaciously represent their countries: Philippines and Puerto Rico. I heard an analogy of the fight as a Ferrari running head on into a Hummer and I am inclined to agree with that.
This fight will be potentially as dynamic as it will be volatile and explosive. Still, at the end of the day someone has to win and someone has to lose. This fight represents a career intersection where the winner will lay claim to being one of the greatest boxers of all time. The other, though his career wont end at the final bell of this fight, will definitely be viewed differently. continue
HARTFORD, Conn., (Nov. 3, 2009) One day before the start of their 2009-2010 basketball campaign, Coach Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut mens basketball team met with local resident Chad Dawson on Tuesday at the XL Center, site of the undefeated Dawsons rematch with Glen Johnson for the WBC interim light heavyweight world title on Saturday night.
Calhoun and Dawson spent some time talking boxing and basketball before the Huskies hit the practice floor. UConn plays American International College in an exhibition Wednesday at the XL Center and Dawson said hed be there. AIC is Calhouns alma mater. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 3 It was an instant classic last Saturday night at Treasure Island Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, as the two best bantamweights in the world traded punches for 12 torridly-paced rounds. When it was over, Cartegena, Colombias Yonnhy Perez had his hand raised over Joseph King Kong Agbeko via unanimous decision, crowning him the new IBF 118-pound world champion. "Coming into the fight I had a calmness and confidence about me, said Perez. I would think and say to my team, I got this one. I knew Agbeko wasn't as strong as me and couldn't box like me. I knew that I could counter and that Agbeko would leave himself open and I would need to capitalize on that... And it played out just like I knew it would.. continue
It did not take David Haye long to make his presence known in Germany. Shortly after arriving at the renowned Hilton Hotel in Nuremberg on Monday, he caused a stir, insisting he could not sleep well in his bed. He wrote in his online diary at www.thesun.co.uk: When I reached German soil I was guided towards a disgusting hotel, with a dingy room. After a quick call or two, we managed to depart the rancid lair with our legs and arms still intact. We actually ended up at a lovely five-star hotel, though we had to pay for the five-star privilege. Still, if it saves us from the guaranteed Black Death of the first place, it will be well worth the price.
And he added: These are the sort of mind games and tactics you have to put up with when fighting abroad. They rattle some fighters, while others refuse to ever box on foreign territory. The foreign promoters are always looking to give their guy any possible advantage and they'll look to screw you around left, right and centre if they think it's going to unsettle you.. continue
by James Slater - We all know how much trainer Freddie Roach knows about the sport he makes a living participating in. One of the most knowledgeable trainers in the world today, the former pro fighter has also proven how good he is at picking the outcome of fights. Few believed him when he said his fighter Manny Pacquiao would stop the much bigger Oscar De La Hoya inside 9-rounds. But it happened. Few people, Roach aside, really felt "Pac-Man" would KO Ricky Hatton as quickly as inside three rounds. That happened also. continue
Minto: "I'll fight Arreola Dec. 5th!"- WBO#7, WBA#14 heavyweight contender, Brian "The Beast" Minto (34-2 21kos) wants a shot at WBC#4, WBO#10 Chris Arreola (27-1 24kos) on Dec. 5th on HBO. Minto states, "We both have a great deal of heart and skill, and our styles would make for an exciting and fan-friendly type fight. In addition, Arreola can put up his NABF belt, and I'll put my WBO NABO heavyweight title on the line." Interestingly, a size difference could play a factor in an Arreola/Minto matchup. Arreola, standing 6'4, weighed 251 pounds in his September match with WBC Heavyweight Champ, Vitali Klitschko (38-2 37kos), while Minto, 5'11, always hovers around 215 pounds. Minto's agent, Pat Nelson, states, "Minto is undefeated on HBO PPV, RTL and ESPN, and he greatly is looking forward to returning to a major, premium network such as HBO.. continue
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Topics for Discussion
Yohnny Perez UD Joseph King Kong Agbeko recap and analysis
Antonio DeMarco TKO10 Jose Alfaro recap and analysis
Fernando Vargas challenging Hector Camacho Jr after Camacho's SD win
Pacquiao-Cotto 24/7 recap
Rumors of a possible fourth contest between Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez
The possibility of a comeback by Iron Mike Tyson continue
by James Slater - Despite admitting he'd given the idea much serious thought, British heavyweight Danny Williams is not about to retire just yet. The 36-year-old who was last seen doing not too well in the latest instalment of The "Prize Fighter" series - being hurt, knocked down and ultimately out-pointed by Carl Baker back on October 2nd - is scheduled to return to action on the 29th of this month. continue
The World Boxing Councils 47th annual convention opened today at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on Jeju Island, an autonomous province and popular vacation resort off the southwest coast of Korea. In his annual report, WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán, pictured above with the Governor of Jeju Island, Mr. Tae Whan Kim, said, Mr. Governor, dear representatives, members of the Board, beautiful ladies, and friends, when my plane was taking off into my friendly skies, thinking of our convention, my mind took me back to 1981 - 28 years ago - when we were holding only our 17th world convention in Seoul, Korea, and I was going through my fourth year as president of the WBC. continue
Former HOBOKEN, N.J. (Nov. 2, 2009) Two-time and reigning World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai The Russian Giant Valuev isnt letting constant trash- talking by 3-time world cruiserweight champion David The Haymaker Haye get into his head as he makes final preparations for Saturdays David vs. Goliath world title fight being broadcast in North America live on Pay-Per-View from Nuremberg, Germany.
Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs), from St. Petersburg, Russia, is the tallest and heaviest champion in history at an unnerving 7 feet and 325 pounds, who has defeated a trio of heavyweight champions -- Evander The Real Deal Holyfield, John The Quietman Ruiz (twice), and Sergei Liakhovich. With his obvious physical advantages, coupled by invaluable ring experience, Valuev will not be intimidated by Hayes smack.. continue
Although boxing and betting experts are bestowing their beliefs and bank accounts on a Manny Pacquiao victory over Miguel Cotto on Saturday November 14, Miguel Cotto believes differently and boxing history books tell a different story as there have been many a Puerto Rican fighterfrom an island rich in producing infamous boxing championswho have come in the underdog and walked away with the upset victory. Cotto looks to keep the tradition of these former Puerto Rican fighters alive by doing the same to Pacquiao when they meet in one of the most exciting boxing battles of the year. continue
Atlantic City, NJ - With the stakes higher than ever, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis will face another tough challenge when he meets Baltimore, MD's Tim "The Pitbull" Coleman in a 12 round contest for the vacant USBA junior welterweight title. Joe Deguardia's Star Boxing will promote the event in the classy Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center in New York City, NY. Arnaoutis, 22-3-2 (10 KO), of Atlantic City, NJ by way of Sparta, Greece has faced the very elite of the division including champs Juan Urango, Kendall Holt and Ricardo Torres. The heavy-handed southpaw slickster is back with trainer Ray McCline and says that he feels rejuvenated and ready to go. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 2, 2009) A new-look Team Ruiz has arrived in Germany to make final preparations for Saturday nights 10-round fight between 2-time World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion John The Quietman Ruiz, the current WBA No. 1 rated contender, against former IBU champion Adnan Aachen Assassin Serin on the Nicolai Valuev-David Haye pay-per-view card live from Nuremberg, Germany. Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) agreed with the promoters for Valuev and Haye to step aside as the WBA Official Challenger." By defeating Serin (19-10-1, 7 KOs), he is guaranteed a title bout against the Valuev-Haye winner by the end of May, 2010.
Ruiz, the first and only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage, has made significant changes to Team Ruiz, adding head trainer/cutman Miguel Diaz and former WBA bantamweight Richie Sandoval (1984-86) as an assistant trainer. They join Ruiz brother, Eddie, in the corner and Atty. Tony Cardinale remains as manager/legal advisor. continue
by James Slater - There is no doubt about it, the three fights super-bantamweight warriors Israel Vazqeuz and Rafael Marquez gave us are nothing short of great and unforgettable. Both men gave their all and, in fights two and three especially, the action was breathtaking. However, do we really want to see a fourth fight put on by the two greats - ageing and possibly even on the way towards being shot as they now are? continue
by James Slater - As we all know, most of the pre-fight talk that has surfaced ahead of this Saturday night's WBA heavyweight title fight between champ Nikolai Valuev and challenger David Haye has come from Haye. There have been plenty of "I'm going to do this..." articles dedicated to the boasting and predicting of the former world cruiserweight champion, and in truth we've heard more than enough from him.
However, in giving his take on the intriguing fight, Valuev's trainer, Alexander Zimin, has given something of a different view on the fight. Not boasting or trash-talking about Haye, the coach has instead simply given his reasons for why he feels his fighter will emerge triumphant on Saturday. continue
by Christine Maynard, photos by Gaby Vila - Victor Bonet performed brilliantly in his "neoprofesionales" four round match against Mariano San Jose, of Madrid. The "Victor" appeared much younger than his opponent, yet he fought with precision and tenacity. He has learned well both accuracy and timing, under the tutelage of his father, Bartula Bonet, who is the trainer for Ibiza Boxing Club. All three of Bartula's sons are boxers; Victor's elder brother achieved a very good measure of success, but is no longer fighting.
Neoprofesionales fight without any head gear, which made baby-faced Victor, fighting in camo, appear even more vulnerable against the lean and hungry, more seasoned Mariano.Yet Victor did much more than hold his own. He was totally focused throughout the match. He exhibited excellent control and well practiced footwork. His resounding "two rights in a row" hit their mark, repeatedly. Yet, Mariano hardly flinched. He has a long reach, and he responded to Victor's assaults with streaking jabs and combos. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - It is less than a week now before David Haye finally gets a chance to win a world heavyweight title against Nikolai Valuev. As this fight nears it seems more and more interest is being generated for the contest. David was on the receiving end of a whole lot of criticism and negative press after his consecutive pull outs from fights with Wladimir Klitschko (citing injury) and then Vitali Klitschko (deciding not to sign after a verbal agreement), so the bigger the interest in this fight for him the better for more than the obvious reasons. continue
The Yanjing Fight Night at the University Arena in Limerick on Saturday, November 14th is shaping up to be a huge night of live sport for the sports mad city. Not only will fight fans get to see local hero Andy Lee taking on reigning European Union and French Champion Affif Belghecham but they will also get their sporting kicks when the crucial World Cup playoff match between Ireland and France is shown live in the big screens in the arena. continue
By Ted Sares - Lets dispense with the niceties; lets get right to it because the next few weeks will be marvelous for fans. The Super Six World Boxing Classic is underway and Cotto vs. Pacquiao will be a fight of monster proportions, but as I predicted, Williams-Pavlik will not be made. So sit back, light up a new Te Amo nub which amazingly is a great tasting cigar at an afordable price, and pour two fingers of Scotch, Glenfarclas 17 Year Single Highland Malt Scotch whiskywe are going expensive tonight. This one is rich, intense, and full-bodied. Oh my!
From my Rhapsody library, we are featuring (for starters) Archie Bell & the Drells doing the classic The Tighten Up-- We dont only sing but we dance just as good as we walk. After this, we move to the great Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters! "...he is one of the most serious blues guitarists you can find today. He makes me proud!"...B.B. King, Chuck Berry then checks in with Almost Grown, and Houndog Taylor will strut his legendary stuff with the House Rockers. Anita Baker will be doing the vocals. Any requests? continue
Richard E. (Northridge, CA): I had a chance to see your recent Youtube video about the troubles in Team Pacquiao, and felt you made some exceptional points. What are your thoughts about his camp after seeing the latest HBO 24/7?
Vivek W. (ESB): In that video clip, I basically tried to analyze a lot of the not-so-positive things that have gained attention lately in the Pacquiao camp. After seeing the latest 24/7, I think each of those points I made grew in size, yet there's a side of me that's totally convinced that the plan of either HBO or Team Pacquiao (if not both collectively) is to get the fans and perhaps Team Cotto to buy into this notion that that Pacquiao is supposedly overly distracted and not up to par. At least I hope that's what's going on. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) Following a three-duel event on United States soil, Team USA will travel across the ocean to face squads from Scotland, Wales and England in two international competitions on British soil. The opening event will be a fundraiser named the Atlantic Cup and will showcase a mixed Great Britain squad with athletes from Scotland, Wales and England on November 13 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel. The second dual event will be a USA vs. England Dual on November 17 at York Hall in Bethnal Green. continue
Six days before his hotly-anticipated clash with David Haye, WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev arrived in Nuremberg on Sunday evening. I am in great shape and I will take home my title, the Russian Giant said. I really look forward to the fight.
Two big names have been added to the undercard. Former world champion John Ruiz (43-8, 29 KOs) will take on Germany´s Adnan Serin (19-10, 7 KOs), while fellow ex-champion Sergey Lyakhovich (23-3, 14 KOs) comes face-to-face with Jeremy Bates (22-16, 18 KOs). Team Sauerland´s cruiserweight sensation Alexander Frenkel (20-0, 16 KOs) will also display his rising talents against former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Kelvin Davis (24-10, 17 KOs).
Nordic Nightmare Robert Helenius to face Bidenko on Valuev-Haye undercard: Heavyweight hopeful Robert Helenius (9-0, 5 KOs) will face the toughest test of his career on November 7 when he takes on Taras Bidenko (26-3, 12 KOs) on the Valuev-Haye undercard in Nuremberg. After impressively stopping Scott Gammer in Helsinki last May, the Nordic Nightmare is eager to prove his class against another top opponent in what will be just his ninth fight. continue
Two-time world champion Byron "Gator" Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) says he'd like to face the winner of tonight's Joe Spina vs. Lou Del Valle bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Still riding high from his two-round annihilation of former world title challenger David Telesco at the Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, New York, Mitchell says he'd like to continue that momentum by turning his guns on the winner of tonight's match. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - It now seems that an intriguing heavyweight fight looms between Alexander Povetkin the unbeaten Russian and former WBC champion Samuel Peter for the interim IBF title.
Both fighters could not be more different and are respectively coming from totally different backgrounds. Povetkin was an amateur star, is heralded for his boxing skills, is unbeaten and perhaps a little untested at heavyweight. He has only fought one legitimate top ten contender in Eddie Chambers and was having a bad spell for 5 rounds before Chambers seemed to tire. His other notable wins are against an ageing Larry Donald and a shot Chris Byrd. continue
by James Slater - Finally. After all the talking he's done and after a number of possible fights have fallen through for him for one reason or another, David Haye will at last fight for a version of the world heavyweight title this coming Saturday night when he challenges WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev. As such, it's time for the former world cruiserweight champion to back up at least some of his boasts.
Even before his "re-debut" fight at heavyweight against gatekeeper Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett, Haye had got the fans talking about him perhaps being the next big thing at heavyweight. Blessed with speed, power, athleticism and, perhaps most importantly, an exciting, all guns blazing fighting approach, Haye promised us he'd shake up the division and bring back respect and raw excitement to the heavyweights.
However, as fans know, one year on from the 5th-round TKO he scored over Barrett in London, we are still waiting. Despite talking up a fight with Ring magazine, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko to great effect, the fight fell through at the eleventh hour due to the vocal would-be challenger suffering a back injury. continue
by James Slater - Ray "The Rain Man" Austin, as amazing as it may seem, could be just one win away from challenging WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Last night in Las Vegas, on the under-card of the Perez-Agbeko bantamweight title fight, Austin stopped DaVarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson in the 4th-round.
Austin was hurt in the opening round by the 41-year-old, but he came back and decked Williamson in the 4th-round, getting the TKO (Williamson beat the count, but the ref decided to wave the fight off). "Touch of Sleep" is now 26-6(22). continue
by James Slater - Last night in El Paso, Texas, 31-year-old Hector Camacho Junior won a dull ten round split decision over 108 fight veteran and former 154-pound titlist Luis Ramon Yori Boy Campas. Proving to be too fast for the 38-year-old who has definitely seen better days even if he does remain a tough campaigner, southpaw Camacho Jr. triumphed by scores of 95-92, 96-91. Campas got the nod by a margin of 95-92 on the card of the third judge. Camacho is now 50-3-1(27) Campas is now 92-15-1(74. continue
Jaime Castro-Núñez at Ringside. Las Vegas, NV. Last night at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino Colombian puncher Yonnhy Pérez claimed the International Boxing Federation bantamweight title by upsetting Joseph Agbeko of Ghana. And while most boxing experts, fans, commentators and the champion himself thought Pérez would be a piece of cake, to me it was clear the man from South America would become a world champion on Halloween.
Analysis and Prediction
Joseph Agbeko became the IBF champion in 2007 by defeating Luis Pérez in Sacramento, CA. Fifteen months later he defended the belt against William Gonzalez and recently outboxed hard-hitting Vic Darchinyan. That victory elevated his self-steem and made him think he can outwork anyone. Yonnhy Pérez analyzed the situation this way: King Kong thinks he can measure himself by his victory over Vic Darchinyan, who only tried to knock him out from the first bell and came up in weight to face him. The fact he defeated a smaller guy doesnt mean Agbeko cant be credited for what he has. continue
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 31, 2009) World rated light heavyweight Joey KO Kid Spina (25-1-2, 17 KOs) and former world champion Lou Honey Boy Del Valle (36-6-2 (22 KOs) fourth to a 10 round majority draw tonight in the main event on the Fright Night At The Sun card, presented by Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., at Mohegan Sun Arena. Del Valle won on one judges scorecard, 97-93, but the other judges had it even, 95-95. If Spina had won the final round he would have gotten the decision. continue
By Charles C. White - Kindly taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer this authors questions, heavyweight fighter Chauncy Welliver explains the latest in his comeback.
1. First off, congratulations on all of your recent victories. You are on a winning streak against limited opposition right now. How did it feel to shake off that ring rust since the fight with Odlanier Solis?
It feels great. Though the guys I been in with haven't presented much of a challenge, it's good to get in front of a crowd again and shake off the rust. Working way back slowly, and will be ready for the best of this region after the new year. continue
By Paul Strauss - Anthony "Tony" DeMarco almost pulled off a total shutout on his way to a 10th round stoppage against the game Jose Alfaro. The Treasure Island Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada crowd and Showtime audience were treated to another strategically sound fight on behalf of DeMarco. He seems to do most things right, and made the tough hard punching Alfaro look ordinary.
DeMarco took just about every round but one, according to two of the three judges. The third judge gave him a shut out. Even at that, the fight was still exciting and competitive. Alfaro did his best to land a fight changing big punch. He did manage to land a few good left hooks, and raised a bruise under the right eye of DeMarco, but in return he was bruised around both eyes, and cut above the right eye.
DeMarco once again demonstrated the ability to put together and carry out a sound technical fight plan. Tonight he started a bit cautiously, feeling Alfaro out a bit. continue