by James Slater - So far in his nine-fight pro career, heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury has faced only fighters from Europe. This looks set to change at the end of the month, as the 21-year-old is to have two fights in America. Although no names have yet been given for Fury's opponents on February 27th and March 12th, it's a reasonable assumption Tyson will face American fighters. continue
by James Slater - It was a busy Saturday evening for boxing last night, even though there was no really big fight to speak of taking place. In Germany, a significant fight card took place, as did one in Denmark, while in Mexico, two world title fights took place.
Here is a recap of all night's important results.
In Germany, in the card's main event, IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester, making the first defence of his title, stopped a brave but outclassed Billy Lyell at 37-seconds of the 10th round. The 29-year-old champion had way too much for his late replacement foe, winning most of the rounds - Sylvester was ahead by scores of 90-81, 88-83 twice - before referee Earl Brown stopped it after Lyell's trainer Jack Loew threw in the towel. continue
Last Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago , Illinois , fight fans were treated to another great night of boxing as Chicago ’s native son, Cestus Management Fighter Donovan George, scored another jaw dropping win. “DA BOMB” (19-0-0 w/17 Kos ) completely dominated and destroyed Phil “The Drill” Williams knocking him out in 2:43 of the 3rd round. In the 3 rounds that the fight lasted George showed that he is starting to evolve into a formidable fighter as his speed, boxing aptitude and shocking power all came together as he executed the big punching Williams with brutal efficiency. “DA BOMB’s” sharp jab, power combination's and balanced footwork were just too much for “The Drill” to handle. continue
By Jared Castellaw - As I write this I’m sitting on my couch at home in New Orleans, on my laptop after getting back from Mexico City two and half hours ago. Jorge Arce fought Angky Angkota last night for the IBC Super Flyweight title at the Restaurante Arollo in Mexico City.
I had initially planned on attending the Shane Mosley Andre Berto Welterweight Title fight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight was cancelled however as Berto a boxer on the 2004 Haitian Olympic boxing team bowed out of the contest due to the recent and catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. continue
Scandinavian heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) continued his raise to international stardom with an eighth-round TKO victory over former WBO Champion Lamon Brewster (35-6, 30 KOs). The “Nordic Nightmare” knocked down his opponent in the second round following a huge right to the chin. He kept up pressure in the following as he cleverly wore down the American, who was dangerous throughout but could land only few punches. “My coach told me to throw left-right combinations,” Helenius said. “That´s what I did and Brewster was on the floor in the second. I felt really comfortable throughout but Brewster was dangerous because he has so much power.”
Helenius took Brewster apart in the eighth when a huge left-right series sent him into the corner. Further strong punches to body and head then caused the referee to call the one-sided contest off. “Robert has a golden future ahead,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “This was just his 11th fight as a professional and to beat a world-class guy like Brewster at this early stage of his career certainly tells the world of boxing something about his class. I am very proud of him.”
Added sports director Hagen Doering: “This was a great victory for Robert, who has now beaten the likes of Brewster, Bidenko and Gammer in just nine months. He learns very fast and is developing very quickly. I already spoke to coach Ulli Wegner and we look forward to fighting in Finland again soon.. continue
On Saturday February 6th, heavyweight fan favorite, Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23) will get the weekend fireworks started early when he takes on Dominique Alexander (19-7-1, 9KO) in an eight round heavyweight match-up at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The show, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, and broadcast live on GoFightLive.tv, is headlined by welterweight prospect, Atlantic City's own, Shamone 'The Truth" Alvarez (20-2, 11KO) taking on knockout artist Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16KO). continue
PRIZEFIGHTER returns later this month with the first ever light-middleweights competition. The event, which will be staged at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London, will be held on Friday, February 26. The eight-man line-up includes the usual mix of talented, undefeated prospects and former champions including Ex-Commonwealth Champion Bradley Pryce and former British belt holder Neil Sinclair. Seven fighters have been confirmed and the eighth spot will be offered to the winner of the Martin Concepcion v Kevin Hammond bout, which takes place on February 5 in Nottingham. continue
By John G. Thompson - This article should be about the emergence of Gabriel Campillo now 19-3 (6 KOs) on the light heavyweight scene. Instead, the question becomes how did Judge Patricia Morse Jarman score this fight 117-111 for Beibut Shumenov 9-1 (6 KOs) when the score was the opposite according to Judge Levi Martinez and just about everyone else watching? I actually had the score 117-110 because I thought that Shumenov was beaten so badly in the ninth round Campillo had earned a 10-8 round.
The televised under-card displayed the prowess of highly-decorated former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara 10-0 (5 KOs) as he took on a steep challenge in Grady Brewer 26-12 (15 KOs) from Lawton, Oklahoma. Proving he was no mere journeyman, Brewer stretched Lara harder than any of his nine prior professional bouts. Coming off an eight fight winning streak, Brewer, who was cut badly by an accidental head but in the sixth round, showed poise and skill, and although he was not winning, he managed to keep the match competitive. In the tenth and final round, during a clinch, Lara threw a vicious uppercut to the chin of Brewer while his head was low. Brewer never saw the punch coming and dropped. He got up but Lara swarmed him with shots and forced referee Tony Weeks to stop the bout. continue
Floyd Maywaeather Jr. gave an exclusive radio interview to DJ Whoo Kid on Shade 45 sirius satellite radio. Mayweather talks about performance enhancing drugs, the Mosley fight and Manny Pacquiao. Floyd also talks about the upcoming Superbowl and All-Star games and the earthquake tragedy in Haiti. Click play to listen: continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten 28-year-old Bulgarian heavyweight prospect Kubrat Pulev may not be a name familiar to all that many fans, but the big man with the 5-0(3) pro record is certainly a fighter to keep an eye on, as well as being one whose name may well become more well known in the coming months.
Pulev may well be on his way to becoming a serious contender right now, actually - for only moments ago in Germany, the 6'4" and approx 240-pound heavyweight hope stopped former European, British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Matt Skelton. The 28-year-old TKO'd the 43-year-old "Bedford Bear" in the 4th round, almost certainly ending the career of the man who came late to pro boxing in the process. continue
By John G. Thompson - Los Angeles, California – Jesse Brinkley 35-5 (22 KO’s) put on spectacle of determination at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada against Curtis “Showtime” Stevens 21-3, who may have taken his opponent too lightly. Brinkley thoroughly outworked his opponent, winning almost every round, and almost walked away with a twelfth round stoppage. Despite this impressive victory, which now puts him at the number two spot in the IBF rankings, does Brinkley show the kind of talent it would take to dethrone the current IBF Champion Lucian Bute?
In the televised under-card, twenty year old Raymond Serrano 12-0 (6 KO’s) of Philadelphia, PA put on an impressive showing against the thirty-three year old Ronnie Warrior, Jr. 13-3-1of Oklahoma City, OK. Ronnie had been coming off a two-and-a-half year layoff and it showed as Serrano boxed well, stuck and moved, and dominated the fight, earning a unanimous eight round decision.
Curtis Stevens won the first round of the main event, but that may have been the only one. Ringside commentator Teddy Atlas also gave Stevens the eighth round, seemingly out of generosity. Stevens, who had boasted that he would get a fifty-second stoppage, did get Brinkley with some good shots in the first, creating a welt under Jesse’s eye. continue
by James Slater - Last night, in Uncasville, Connecticut, middleweight contender Peter Manfredo Junior put on one of his best ever performances as he hammered an outclassed Matt Vanda en route to a clear ten-round unanimous decision victory. 29-year-old Manfredo triumphed by scores of 100-89 (twice) and 99-90. "The Pride of Providence" improved to 34-6(18), while "The Predator" fell to 42-10(22).
In picking up the vacant NABF 160-pound crown with his impressive win over the tough warrior who made his name when he came within a whisker of defeating the heavily-hyped Julio Chavez Junior, Manfredo Junior kept himself on course for a crack at a version of the world middleweight title. continue
Nick Diaz (21-7) of Stockton, Calif., won his sixth straight and the first-ever STRIKEFORCE welterweight championship with a 4:38, first-round TKO over Marius Zaromskis (13-4) of London, England, and the first and only STRIKEFORCE Female lightweight champion, Cris Cyborg (9-1) of Curitiba, Brazil, successfully defended her 145-title for the initial time with a third-round TKO over Marloes Coenen (17-4) of Deventer, Holland, in the co-featured matches of an action-packed mixed martial arts card before 8,156 at BankAtlantic Center Saturday on SHOWTIME®. In other results on the main portion of Strikeforce’s first event in 2010, former pro and college football superstar Herschel Walker of San Jose, Calif., made his pro MMA debut at age 47 a winning one, registering a third-round TKO (2:17) over Hungarian-born Greg Nagy (1-2) of Phoenix, Ariz., former two-time world champion “Ruthless’’ Robbie Lawler (17-5, 1 NC) of Granite City, Ill., rallied from the brink of defeat to score a spectacular 3:33, first-round knockout (punches) over Melvin Manhoef (24-7-1) of Amsterdam and unbeaten Bobby Lashley of Coconut Creek, Fla., won his Strikeforce debut and improved to 5-0 with a 2:06, first-round TKO over Wes Sims (22-13-1, 2 NC) of Lancaster, Ohio. Full Strikeforce Results, Photos and Videos
By Matthew Paras - Donovan George (19-0, 17 KOs) extended his winning streak to eighteen Friday night with a dominant third round knockout over Phil Williams (11-3, 10 KOs). George entered the bout fresh off a knockout victory of Jason Naugler, while Williams in his last fight lost a split decision to Matt Vanda.
The fight started with George establishing his jab, which backed Williams up. Williams was tentative in throwing, which George took full advantage of. George stunned Williams towards the end of round one with a right hand.
Donovan George took the next two rounds controlling the fight with his 1-2 combinations and body punches that had Williams covering up. Whenever Williams would try to counter, George showed an improved defense. Before George would have a tendency of just taking shots on the chin, but tonight he had a tight peek a boo guard and his reflexes seemed better.
With George’s offensive onslaught and increased defense, Phil Williams had no answer for anything George did. It was only a matter of time before Donovan George caught him with a big right hand that would send him down. That time would happen to be around the two minute mark as George caught Williams flush with a straight right hand that sent him reeling to the ropes. George jumped all over him, overwhelming with a series of punches. Williams went down and did not get up. continue
by James Slater - With tickets to the fast approaching Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey welterweight title fight reportedly selling very well indeed, the paying fans may wind up getting more value for their dollars by way of a pretty decent under-card. As the debate continues to rage regarding whether or not disgraced Mexican Antonio Margarito - who is hoping to face Carson Jones on the March 13th bill in Dallas - should get a license to fight again, BoxRec also have the names of John Duddy and George Foreman III as appearing on the card. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons - John Duddy never uses the F-word or trash talks opponents. Nor does he take steroids or conceal plaster in his gloves. He doesn’t clinch or run around the ring all night. But he does show up in prime condition to fight his heart out with a style that sometimes defies boxing principles. When he steps through the ropes there’s passion, blood, or somebody going down. What Duddy lacks in natural talent, he makes up for with arduous training and sheer determination. His fans know that and love him for it whether or not he wins a title. At age 30, Duddy knows the clock is ticking. He may still have a weak defense, but the snap is back in his punches. There’s fire in the belly of the Derry Destroyer; John Duddy is very, very hungry.
It took Duddy little more than a New York minute to dispatch Juan Astorga on January 19th. His first round annihilation of the hapless Astorga didn’t allow the card girls time to make their rounds. continue
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Jan. 29, 2010) – Undefeated prospect Chris Avalos registered a spectacular fourth round TKO over previously once-beaten Jose Nieves at 2:20 in the main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M.
Hometown favorite and unbeaten junior lightweight Archie Ray Marquez scored a unanimous decision victory (79-72, 80-71, 77-74) over the tough Derrick Campos in front of an energized crowd in Friday’s co-feature. The event was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC.
Avalos (15-0, 12 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., lived up to his billing as an aggressive, exciting fighter, but was out-boxed by Nieves (17-2-3, 8 KOs), of Puerto Rico, in the opening round. Not deterred, he came out in the second and remaining rounds determined to do exactly what he does best: swing hard and swing often.
Avalos plastered Nieves with combos against the ropes in the fourth round, sending the 29-year-old to the canvas. Nieves got up, but immediately faced an onslaught of punches that floored him again and left him unable to beat the count. continue
By Seth Green: ESPN is reporting that World Boxing Association welterweight champion Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have reached agreement for a fight on May 1st, at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The contracts still haven't been signed, but are expected to by the end of the week. The fight will be shown on HBO Pay-Per-View. Random blood tests will take place leading up to the fight. Mosley, 38, is on board with the blood tests and has no problems with taking them. The winner of the Mayweather-Mosley fight could end up facing Manny Pacquiao.
By Mike Cassell, Philadelphia Boxing Report - As I stood behind the curtain of the press area in Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk hall back in 2006, welterweight Joshua Clottey looked absolutely sick following his fight with Antonio Margarito. I noticed his left hand was grossly swollen. “That must really sting” I said to Clottey. He smiled widely; “This?” pointing to visibly damaged hand “This is nothing. What really hurts is that, I know I had him. I know I can beat him.”
His tremendous performance against Antonio Margarito was overshadowed back on December 12th 2006, when Miguel Cotto totally destroyed Carlos Quintana with a devastating body punch in the main event. continue
By Paul Strauss: Celebration of the one hundred year anniversary of the James J. Jeffries vs Jack Johnson epic great white hope battle is about to get under way in Reno, NV. But, tonight was all Jesse Brinkley's. He predicted what was going to happen in response to a pre-fight guarantee made by Curtis Stevens. Stevens foolishly predicted a quick knockout. Specifically, he stated he would stop Brinkley within fifty seconds of the first round!
Unfazed by Stevens attempted bravado, Brinkley thought such a statement was foolish to make. He explained, “Now I know what he plans”. He correctly figured that all he had to do was weather the early storm and come on later in the fight stop Stevens.
Curtis Stevens didn't exactly storm out of his corner in the first, but he did apply a good amount of pressure and managed to land a couple of good left hooks. Those two punches alone were probably enough for him to win the round. The hooks shook up Brinkley and started the beginnings of a welt under his right eye. It didn't seem to bother Brinkley though, and he came roaring back with his own assault. He managed to keep his jab in Stevens' face, and follow it with an occasional right hand. Stevens would jump in with his big left hook, but most of the time Brinkley was able to get under it and counter with his right. When in close, Brinkley would keep his right high and block the left hook. It was a good round for the busier Brinkley. continue
By Matthew Paras - Kenny Galarza vs. LLido Manuel Julio: Puerto Rican prospect Kenny Galarza(12-0, 12 KOs) started off Dominic Pesoli’s Windy City Fight Night 8 with an impressive 5th round TKO of veteran Llido Manuel Julio (39-17-1). Galarza passed his first test well as he overwhelmed Julio with clean shots throughout the bout. Julio was put down in rounds one and three off of left hooks to the head. Referee Geno Rodriguez gave Julio another round to try and come up with something, but Galarza dominated round four. The contest was stopped in-between rounds. continue
Two world champions from one of the most active and exciting weight divisions in boxing will meet in a unification bout on March 6 when undefeated World Boxing Council super lightweight champion Devon Alexander "The Great" faces International Boxing Federation junior welterweight champion Juan Urango at Mohegan Sun Arena. (HBO 9:30 p.m. ET/PT)
Tickets priced at $175, $95, $50 and $35 go on sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster's national toll free Charge By Phone number (800) 745-3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past week’s edition of On the Ropes featured exclusive interviews with Winky Wright and Vivian Harris. Highlighting this episode was a nice conversation with former undisputed junior middleweight champion Ronald “Winky” Wright. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding the decision not to take a tune-up fight before facing Paul Williams:
“It definitely I’d say hurt me, but this is boxing. There’s a lot of fighters out there who are trying to protect their winning records and protect their undefeated record and all that kind of stuff, but me, I want to say I beat whoever they put in front of me. The problem that I had with Paul Williams was his height and with him throwing so many punches and me being off so long, my timing was off and everything was just going wrong that night, but I enjoyed the fight.”
On where he intends to campaign for the rest of his career:
“I see myself going back to 154. As you said, there are no real names at 160. You got (Kelly) Pavlik and (Felix) Sturm, and right now I can’t get a fight with either one of those guys. I’m not a big guy, anyway, I fight whoever wants to fight me and it’s just been that no guys my size really want to fight me.. continue
On Friday night, in front of a sold out arena at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Let's Get It On Promotions put together an action packed card on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" headlined by Curtis "Showtime" Stevens, taking on Jesse Brinkley in an Official IBF eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division.
Both fighters prior to the fight promised fireworks, and that's exactly what the audience got, as Stevens came out fast and hard in the first, landing vicious left hooks that immediately caught the attention of Brinkley. A left hook near the end of the first caught Brinkley flush on the cheek and created a nasty welt under his right eye. continue
By Karim "Kato" Godfrey: To all the cynics who claim boxing is dead or somehow headed that way, is way off base. I’ve been following boxing since the late 80’s, early 90’s when Iron Mike Tyson was the man and could remember very vividly those same cynics writing Boxings’ eulogy when Tyson went to jail. But the fight machine just kept on rolling.
With the heavyweight division a little stagnant, other divisions were able to shine and did a great job filling the void with names like Julio Cesar Chavez, Pernell Whitaker, in the early 90’s, Oscar de la Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr., in the mid to late 90s. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 29, 2010) —Tournament point leader “King” Arthur Abraham will kick off Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic when he faces Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell on Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in greater Palm Springs, live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The Armenian-born, German sports icon Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six World Boxing Classic point standings with three (3) by way of his final-round knockout victory over American Jermain Taylor on Oct. 17 in Berlin. Dirrell, the former middleweight bronze medalist (2004 Olympic Games) from Flint, Mich., dropped a close, disputed 12-round split decision to defending champion Carl Froch in his Group Stage 1 match for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Championship the same night in Nottingham, England.
The event is being promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and Sauerland Event. Tickets go on sale to the public tomorrow/Saturday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. and are available at The Show box office, online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 1.800.585.3737. Prices are as follows: Floor $180; Loge $140; Mezzanine $85. continue
by James Slater - Though fight fans who are anxious to see it happen have been getting, well, anxious, due to how no fresh word has come out regarding what's happening with the prospective Shane Mosley - Floyd Mayweather Jr. welterweight super fight, there seems to be no need for concern. Top scribe Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, has reported that Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy said on Thursday that "all major deal points have been agreed upon," and that Schaefer said he "hopes to have something to announce in the next couple of days.. continue
by James Slater - It seems there is a very good chance WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan could fight Juan Manuel Marquez in his next fight, in what will be his U.S debut. According to Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer, in talking to ESPN.com, Khan Vs. Marquez is the fight that is currently being worked on. The date the hugely intriguing match-up is pencilled in for is May 15th, most likely at either Las Vegas or Houston, Texas and HBO would televise.
Originally, reports were put out that told us how Khan and his mandatory challenger (and interim WBA 140-pound champ) Marcos Maidana had "agreed to fight.. continue
IBF-, WBO- and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his opponent Eddie Chambers met at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, where their fight will take place on March 20, for a press conference, yesterday, January 28.
Klitschko: ”This is a great arena and the idea of more than 50.000 spectator gives me additional motivation. After a break of 7 months I am really looking forward to stepping back into the ring. Chambers is a very strong and quick opponent; therefore he is the number 1 in the WBO ranking. But for me, there is no doubt that I will win the fight and keep my belts.”
Chambers: ” Sure, Klitschko is the favorite. But I will surprise him and shock the boxing world when I take his titles to the US on March 20.”
For the second time Klitschko will be fighting in a soccer stadium. The ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, homefield of Fortuna Düsseldorf, will have a capacity of 51.000 seats on fight night. In his last fight, Champion Klitschko beat Ruslan Chagaev at Schalke Arena in front of 61.000 spectators in June 2009. Tickets for the highly anticipated fight are available at www.eventim.de or via phone +49-1805-570070. Price start at 20 Euro. VIP packages cost 350 Euro or 600 Euro. continue
(Tacoma, WA.) Kingsley Ikeke is the current NABA Champion and will be ranked #10 by the WBA this month. It seems nobody will fight the Nigerian Super Middleweight, who trains with Eric Brown at the world renowned Wildcard Boxing Gym. “We tried to get Ikeke into the Super 6 when we heard that Jermaine Taylor was out,” said Ikeke’s promoter, Brian Halquist. “They understandably chose Allen. It seems that Kingsley is in no man’s land right now. I have received phone calls to see if King is interested in a fight and when we say yes, people come back with, we found another opponent. Not many people will fight Ikeke,” continues Halquist. continue
by James Slater - If Audley Harrison manages to defeat tough Polish fighter Albert Sosnowski in April and win the European heavyweight title, there could well be a challenge of WBA heavyweight ruler David Haye on the cards for him next - at least this is what the southpaw known as "A-Force" and his promoter believe.
If both men win in April (Haye faces John Ruiz, of course) 38-year-old Harrison will attempt to get "The Hayemaker" into the ring in what would be Haye's second title defence. continue
On the heels of a 2008 campaign that saw several marquee showdowns which included the highest grossing fight in history, (Mayweather/De la Hoya), the year of 2009 was set to reach uncharted heights for the sport of boxing. The lead-off event (Berto/Collazo) which featured two unfamiliar faces produced what many viewed as very familiar results, ending in more questions than answers. Despite the rough start, the sport later learned an opportunity loss can also serve as an opportunity gained, as only days later, the spotlight beaming on the sport would shine bright......or so we thought. On the evening of January 24th, the Los Angeles Staples Center saw its attendance record shattered. Not because LeBron James and Shaq came to town to square off against Kobe Bryant, and not because the 'Magic' Johnson and Pat Riley led 'Showtime' Lakers were set to square off against Larry Bird and the Celtics. On this particular night, it was all about boxing, and leading the way was one of the sports pre-eminent forces, 'Sugar' Shane Mosley, squaring off against Mexico's latest assassin, the rugged Antonio Margarito. Among all the predictions and possibilities posed by fight fans and media socialites, there were a ton of potential outcomes with a chance to play themselves out by nights end. Hours later, the events that began to unfold were clearly more bizarre than anyone involved could have ever imagined, turning an L.A. fairy-tale into simply another Hollywood horror script. continue
by James Slater - It has been reported on Frank Warren's official web site that the February 13th British heavyweight title fight between defending champ Danny Williams and unbeaten challenger Derek Chisora is off. Williams has pulled out of the fight, giving a viral condition as the reason. Promoter Warren is quite miffed at how the 36-year-old, who was originally set to face Sam Sexton, who pulled out injured, has "left Chisora in the lurch."
Apparently, there were concerns about Danny's frame of mind in the lead up to the February fight, when "The Brixton Bomber" failed to turn up at the press conference to officially announce his clash with Chisora - Williams having agreed to face the 25-year-old instead of the unavailable Sexton. continue
by Damian "andyZOR" Markut - Tomasz Adamek isn't the only Polish Heavyweight making waves in boxing. Albert Sosnowski 45(27 KO's)-2, has come a long way to where he is today, the European Heavyweight Champion. From criticism, to adversity, to stardom, Sosnowski is just begging.
Sosnowski (30) is a calm and really interesting individual. This is a person who never disrespects the game or his opponents, always coming in top solid shape for his fights, a person who likes what he does, a person who is laid back and you could actually have a decent conversation with. continue
Update: Comcast SportsNet will air the Andrew Golota – Tomasz Adamek IBF Heavyweight International Championship fight in the Chicago area, on Monday, February 1st at 7:30 pm CT, and Wednesday, February 3 at 11:00 pm CT. This is the first opportunity to see this exciting fight in the U.S., it was originally only broadcast on TV in Poland.
by Geoffrey Ciani - Tuesday morning, I was given a brief glimpse into the training camp of heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek as he prepares for his February 6 fight with Jason Estrada. This will be the second heavyweight contest for the former cruiserweight and light heavyweight champion. He had his first fight at heavyweight back in October when he thoroughly outclassed former four-time title challenger and fellow Pole, Andrew Golota.
After a light training session, I was afforded an opportunity to briefly chat with Adamek and his trainer, Andrzej Gmitruk. Adamek made one thing very clear—he is looking for a title fight later this year. continue
by James Slater - Former heavyweight world champion Riddick Bowe may not be done fighting yet it seems. Though the now 42-year-old ex-champ has not fought since December of 2008, that fight coming after over three-and-a-half years of inactivity, Bowe says he wants to fight again as soon as he possibly can. And one man "Big Daddy" has called out, according to Fightnews.com, is former WBC cruiserweight champ and heavyweight title challenger Juan Carlos Gomez. continue
Chris “The Dragon” John, WBA Super World Featherweight Champion is all for Bob Arum’s suggestion, let’s see who owns the Featherweight division. “I like the idea, I want to test myself Lopez and Gamboa are very good boxers it will be a great tournament the fans will be very happy and I have to be at my best, I am confident I will win”.
Then Trainer/Manager Craig Christian went on to say, “We are willing to fight both of these guys; it will bring the best out of Chris. Many people will be surprised how good he really is, he only pushes himself just enough to win, he is a smart fighter. He studies videos of his opponents and trains hard enough to get over the line. Against these two boys he will be at his best and that will be great to watch. We have a date; April the 3rd in Bali and we can accommodate Gamboa or Lopez. continue
By Ron Scarfone - At a time when the depth of talent in women’s boxing has never been better, the popularity of the feminine side of the sport still wanes. One of the reasons for this is that legitimate contenders are often bypassed by the multitude of so-called world champions who make title defenses against undeserving challengers and are able to retain their title(s) when facing better opposition due to biased judging. Ina Menzer, who holds three featherweight titles of the WBC, WBO, and WIBF, had the worst performance of her career in a rematch against Esther Schouten that took place in Germany. The country lived up to its poor reputation by awarding the victory to one of their own despite the fact that Schouten dominated the fight. Schouten lost by a highly controversial majority decision.
Before Menzer’s rematch against Schouten, Menzer defended her titles against Franchesca “The Chosen One” Alcanter. This is a fitting nickname for Alcanter considering she was chosen (i.e. handpicked) for this world championship fight. Alcanter’s record was a mediocre 18-8-1, 9 KOs. The vast majority of her wins came against opponents with losing records and the only two opponents that she defeated with winning records were barely over .500. Menzer won by unanimous decision against Alcanter, despite the fact that Alcanter usually lost by knockout whenever she stepped up in competition.
Menzer’s most recent title defense was against Ramona Kuehne. Both wore Reyes gloves, but Kuehne did most of the damage and caused massive swelling around Menzer’s left eye. continue
Oscar de la Hoya - President of Golden Boy Promotions - "We are extremely excited to announce the return of 'Fight Night Club.' These are events where every match-up has been exciting and we've managed to produce great fights as well as great upsets. "For the fans, it's a night to enjoy boxing, whether you're sitting ringside or in the back row."
"At 'Fight Night Club' we have fighters who believe in themselves. They're here to win. They're here to fight.. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 28, 2010) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions will enter it’s thirteenth year as the “HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING” this Friday night, January 29th with “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 8” an outstanding evening of ten world class bouts of professional boxing.
Said Pesoli, “I’m truly honored that each year brings continued success to 8 Count Productions. The Chicago sports fans have continued to show their loyalty to us and we’re thrilled to present a huge night of boxing this Friday night at the UIC Pavilion as we enter our thirteenth year of promoting.. continue
The true story of the life of a World Boxing Hall of Famer who didn’t play by ‘the rules’
If there ever was a life story that begged to be made into a major Hollywood movie, this is it.
What makes this story so unique? Joey Giambra.
Giambra is the only fighter in history to be inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame who did not win a title. Although he was ranked number one in the world of middleweight fighters, Giambra was denied the opportunity for a title fight due to the mafia’s control of boxers during the golden era of boxing in the 40's, 50's and 60's.
This is just one of many extraordinary and true stories about the life—and near deaths-- of the former boxer and Hollywood actor, from his autobiography, The Uncrowned Champion: Boxing and the Mafia in the Golden Era, by Joey Giambra, Gina Giambra, and Joey Giambra, Jr. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 27 - 2010 is now upon us and boxing's hottest series is revving up for another spectacular year, as HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation" visits Mexico City for the first time on Saturday, February 20, for a hard-hitting night of world-class boxing at the Foro Scotiabank featuring fights sure to set the Mexico City night ablaze. The main event will see former Junior Featherweight World Champion and current featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon battle Puerto Rican standout Orlando Cruz in a 12 round WBC Latino Featherweight Title bout. In action in the co-featured bout will be two of the junior welterweight division's most devastating punchers - Argentina's undefeated Lucas Matthysse and Brooklyn's former World Champion Vivian Harris - as they collide in a bout not likely to last the scheduled 10 rounds. continue
by James Slater - It has been reported in a number of places how the Evander Holyfield-Frans Botha fight is now off. At first the WBF heavyweight title fight that, in truth, no-one really wanted to see, was set for January 16th of this year, then the bout set for The Nelson Mandela Stadium in Uganda was pushed back to late February. Now, the fight is off for good - Botha, according to BoxRec, will now fight Joey Abell at the same venue, on Feb. 27th.
But what does this mean for the legendary "Real Deal," the man who won the heavyweight championship an unprecedented four times? Is it even possible the 47-year-old has come to his senses and is looking to retire? We'd all like to think Holyfield, who has nothing at all left to prove, has decided to call it a day and that this is the reason the fight with Botha is not now happening; but deep down we all know it's unlikely. continue
Before Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (21-2, 15KO) steps into the ring against Nevada's Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22KO) on Friday January 29th at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV, Stevens sat down to discuss his upcoming fight. The bout, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Let's Get It On Promotions, is scheduled for 12 rounds, and is an Official IBF Eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division. The fight will be shown live as the main event on that evening's ESPN "Friday Night Fights" telecast.
Q: How has your training camp been for this fight, anyone in particular you have worked with during this camp?
CS: Camp has been great, easily one of the best, if not the best in my entire career. I have been getting great sparring at my gym with a few top amateurs such as Marcus Brown, as well as light heavyweight prospect Will Rosinsky (9-0, 6KO). Also right before I went into camp for this fight I was in the Dominican Republic working with WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Paschall as he prepared for his title defense against Adrian Diaconu. continue
King’s Promotions returns to the Allentown area on Saturday February 27 with exciting professional and amateur boxing. The ten-bout event takes place at the Rodeway Inn & Conference Center at Routes 22 & 39 in Allentown, PA. Bragging rights will be at stake in the amateur portion of the night when fighters from the Allentown Boxing Club challenge their counterparts from Reading’s King’s Gym. Heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman of Reading, PA will headline the professional boxing portion of the event against Bernard "Bad Ass" Brown of Baltimore, MD. Kauffman, 18-1 (15 KO), is looking to rebound from his controversial loss to Tony Grano on Shobox: The Next Generation. The former amateur standout was featured as one of boxing's "New Faces" in the December issue of Ring Magazine. continue
Danny Williams has withdrawn from his British Heavyweight title defence against Derek Chisora at Wembley Arena on February 13 claiming that he has a viral infection.
Promoter Frank Warren is now in talks with two boxers who hold wins over Williams to face Chisora instead on the huge Night of the Champions show. continue
Yusaf Mack v Glen Johnson has finally been confirmed as the main event on ESPN on the 5th February in Glen Johnson's home town of Florida at the NSU Center Arena in Miami. The Super Bowl weekend fight is almost guaranteed to be a cracker, both fighters know this is there big chance to get back on top with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, a fight likely to happen in May. Yusaf Mack has been in camp since the 6th November after he was originally scheduled to fight Karo Murat in late December.
On speaking to Mack regarding all the changes of fight times and opponents we asked has this effected his preparation for the biggest fight of his life, his response "Hell no, I am in the best shape of my life, I have worked really hard and cut no corners and I am ready to light up the light heavyweight division. I was initially upset when the Murat fight was cancelled but that led to the Johnson fight which is a far better fight for me, if I had beaten Murat he is an untested fighter and I would not have been given the deserved credit, now I have Johnson he has won a world title a few times, he has been involved in a crazy number of title fights, he has been in with the best and beaten the best. When I beat Glen Johnson people cannot deny I am one of the top guys out there. In regards to the time I have been in camp, my trainer John Tandy has controlled my training superbly and only now I am ready to peak just in time for the fight, I feel great, look great and I will fight great. continue
by James Slater - 23-year-year-old Nagy Aguilera burst onto the world heavyweight stage with a stunning 1st-round KO of former WBC heavyweight ruler Oleg Maskaev in December of last year. Referring to himself post-fight as one of "the new generation" of heavyweights, the Dominican Republic-born New Yorker gets his chance to really make his mark in his next fight.
Set to face another former WBC champ in the hard-hitting Samuel Peter, in an IBF elimination bout, Nagy could be one win away from challenging for a world title. Currently in the early going of camp for the March 12th clash, the 15-2(10) contender very kindly took the time to give me an interview earlier today. continue
Weights from Neubrandenburg IBF Middleweight Title: Sebastian Sylvester (Champion): 72,4 kg vs Billy Lyell: 71,1 kg
Heavyweight: Robert Helenius: 110,5 kg vs Lamon Brewster: 105 kg
WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title: Karo Murat (Champion): 79,3 kg vs Sean Corbin: 78,8 kg
Heavyweight: Kubrat Pulev: 109,5 kg vs Matt Skelton: 115,5 kg. continue
(Photo by Jacqueline Galway: left to right; Martin Rogan, Eddie Hyland, Kevin O'Hara, Jamie Conlan, Paul McCloskey, Martin Lindsay, Patrick Hyland, Gary O'Sullivan, Neil Sinclair & Carl Frampton).
Brendan Galbraith: Saturday 23rd January 2010. The cream of Irish boxing attended the Bogart Menswear National Boxing Awards in An Culturlann, Belfast, to celebrate the current stars of Irish boxing and their predecessors.
Bernard Dunne was named Boxer of the Year. The Dubliner, who prevailed in one of the most exciting fights of the year to secure the WBA super-bantamweight title from Ricardo Cordoba in March 2009, beat off stellar competition from European champions Matthew Macklin and Paul McCloskey. Dunne was unable to attend the ceremony due to prior commitments, however his trainer, Harry Hawkins was on hand to accept the award. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (July 30, 2009) – Undefeated, hard-hitting prospect Chris Avalos weighed in at 118 pounds and once-beaten Jose Nieves tipped the scales at 119 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the Jockey Club at the Downs of Albuquerque in Albuquerque, N.M.
Unbeaten, hometown favorite Archie Ray Marquez weighed in at 131 pounds and Derrick Campos measured 132 pounds for the ShoBox co-feature. continue
Curtis "Showtime" Stevens (21-2, 15KO) and Jesse Brinkley (34-5, 22KO) both weighed-in today in anticipation of their upcoming super middleweight showdown tomorrow night in the main event on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" from the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. The bout is an Official IBF eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - WBO Welterweight title challenger Joshua Clottey has received the full backing of his countrymen ahead of March 13’s big fight against Manny Pacquiao. Clottey goes into the fight as a huge underdog against the man who has won seven world titles in seven weight categories but Ghanaian boxing chiefs led by former world champion Azumah Nelson have reposed a huge confidence in the 32 year old Joshua Clottey.
“My fear is that Manny Pacquiao is a southpaw because they are hard to fight but Joshua has given us an assurance that he knows how to fight southpaws so I am relieved. I will advise Joshua to train hard but I know him and I know that he will not rest. We will be there to support him physically and mentally,” stated Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson at the press conference organized by the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) in Accra this morning to show support for Joshua Clottey. continue
Despite the cancellation of the January 30 Shane Mosley vs. Andre Berto Welterweight World Championship bout due to the tragic events in Haiti (the country where Berto's family is from and that he represented in the 2004 Olympics) Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and AEG have decided to continue with the sale of official Mosley vs. Berto fight merchandise in order to raise funds to assist those affected by the earthquake, with all net proceeds of these sales going to the Red Cross in support of relief efforts in Haiti. continue
Undefeated Dubliner Patrick Hyland will be looking to steal the show on the Yanjing Fight Night at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, February 13th when he makes the first defence of his Irish Featherweight title.
The Tallaght puncher is undefeated in 18 professional fights and he will be looking to make that 19 straight wins next month when he clashes with London based Mickey Coveney. continue
Copenhagen (January 26, 2010) - Mikkel Kessler presented his new gym to the media today when he hosted an open training session in Copenhagen. The Viking Warrior cannot wait to get back in the ring and become world champion again. The 30-year-old will meet WBC Champion Carl Froch in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, and Kessler is already looking forward to it.
“I really had a bad night against Andre Ward, but I had a good rest, analysed everything with my team and now I am ready for Froch,” he said. “I have just started my preparation with my new coach Jimmy Montoya. Things have been going really well. We are training very hard here in Copenhagen and will move camp to Berlin next week. I feel very hungry without a world title and I will take the WBC belt from Froch.”
Jimmy Montoya has no doubts that Kessler will bounce back. “Mikkel has so much talent and he will show it against Froch,” Montoya said. “In this tournament the best are fighting the best and obviously Froch is a very strong fighter but Mikkel is better and he will beat him in front of his home fans in April. continue
January 27, 2010 – Mexico City. From WBC President José Sulaiman: With profound sadness I inform to you that Jean Lee, the wife of our Lifetime Honorary Vice President Bobby Lee, died last Friday after 68 of marriage, in a lifetime in which both devotedly dedicated their lives to each other. We have expressed on the telephone to Bobby the sadness of all Board and Executive members and our vows for a prompt resignation to such a profound sorrow. continue
The Shumenov brothers, world title challenger Beibut and Chingis, two years ago established their boxing promotional company, KZ Event Productions, in Las Vegas. Tomorrow night (Friday), KZ Event Productions makes its Las Vegas debut with the presentation of “Fight Night With De La Hoya and Hopkins: Campillo vs. Shumenov II,” along with Golden Boy Promotions, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
by James Slater - It's official: WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will make the first defence of his title against mandatory challenger and former champ John Ruiz in Manchester, UK on April 3rd. Haye was at a press conference in Manchester earlier today to formally announce the bout. The venue will be The MEN Arena in the city, and Haye is very happy to be fighting there in April.
"It's been ten years since the heavyweight championship has been fought in Britain," Haye said today. "Everyone knows I had to go to Germany to take the [WBA] title from Nikolai Valuev. Now it's time to showcase my skills again in front of the great British public. I'm delighted to have the fight at The MEN Arena. I've been there on many nights to watch Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe, even Mike Tyson, and the atmosphere was always tremendous."
As excited as "The Hayemaker" is about the upcoming match, it's known how a good number of fans are not quite as thrilled at the thought of Haye-Ruiz. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 26 - In 2009, Golden Boy Promotions and AEG's "Fight Night Club" series captivated the boxing world with compelling matchups featuring the top young boxing talent from the Southern California area in a unique setting at LA LIVE's Club Nokia. Well, the fans have spoken and "Fight Night Club" is back for 2010, bigger and better than last year, and the ten-event season kicks off on Thursday, February 25. In the main event of this season's first show, exciting top junior welterweight contender "Vicious" Victor Ortiz returns to fight in front of his Southern California fans in a ten round fight against ultra-tough Hector Alatorre of Tulare, California. continue
LONDON (Jan 27th, 2010) British Champion Lenny Daws is looking to retain his Light Welterweight title against Former European Lightweight Champion Jason Cook at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday 12th February 2010 on a Matchroom Sports in association with Hennessy Sports show. Daws v Cook will be headlining the event which will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports HD 1 from 10pm. Daws said “I took some time out after my win against Barry Morrison back in September when I reclaimed the British title, but I have been back in training for some time now and all has gone to plan and sparring has been great. continue
by Tobias Hanich - It was the 17th December 2003 when a big unjust was set right. Then a process ended, with handing over the German lightheavyweight belt of 1933 to the last relatives of a certain Johann Willhelm Trollmann. Ten years before, in 1993, this process started with the accommodation of Trollmann into the list of German champions.
The credentials for this were won by Johann Trollmann, who fought under the names “Gypsy” or “Rukelie”, sixty respectively seventy years before these events. In this time German boxing was a mirror image of German society. Just six month he won the title the Nazis seized power and the changes were felt quickly by the people - and the boxer.
Jewish fighters lost their titles and one of the victims of these politics was Erich Seelig, who was known as one of the biggest German boxing talents and held both, the German middle and lightheavyweight title. Shortly after he had to vacate his titles and lost his boxing license, Seelig was also forced to emigrate. Running from the Gestapo he first fled to Belgium, then to France, Cuba and finally to the United States. There he continued his boxing career and went as far as being the number seven middleweight in the world in 1935, according to the Ring magazine. The fates of Seelig and Trollmann were closely connected at the time. Not only was Seelig holding the titles in both weightclasses Trollmann fought at, but he also was Rukelie’s trainer. continue
BROOKLYN (Jan. 27, 2010) – The road to boxing stardom for 21-year-old Sadam “World Kid” Ali, a 2008 U.S. Olympian, is being patiently paved and continues February 6 in Newark, New Jersey. “I’m a promotional free agent taking fights one by one,” Ali explained the route he’s taking. “We’re doing it this way to show people I’m a boxer worth investing money in. I’ll probably have a lot of fights before I sign with a promoter. I’m only 21 and in no rush.. continue
On Saturday February 6th, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will present its "Super Saturday" boxing show, on the eve of the Big Game Sunday, from the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Headlining the card is Atlantic City's, Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (20-2, 11KO) taking on hard hitting, Lou Duva trained, Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16KO) in a ten round welterweight showdown. In the co-feature bout of the evening, exciting heavyweight fan favorite, Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23KO) squares off against Dominique Alexander (19- 7-1, 9KO) in a heavyweight special attraction. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 57th 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 brilliant Producer Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
Will Mosley versus Mayweather really happen?
Allan Green replaces Jermain Taylor in the Super Six
Yuriokis Gamboa TKO2 Rogers Mtagwa recap and analysis
Juan Manuel Lopez TKO7 Steven Luevano recap and analysis
The possibility of a Lopez-Gamboa showdown sometime in the near future continue
European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin will link up with new trainer Freddie Roach in Los Angeles next week as he begins preparations for the first defence of his title. Macklin defends his belt against the highly touted Dmitry Pirog in April and he will prepare for the unbeaten Russian at Roach's legendary Wildcard Gym.
Roach is generally regarded as boxing's best trainer and has been the guiding force behind Manny Pacquiao's rise to become the best pound for pound fighter in the World. Macklin believes linking up with Roach could prove crucial as he looks to make an assault on a World title in 2010. continue
PROVIDENCE (Jan. 25, 2010) – As he prepares for his February 6 showdown in Newark against former world light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek, 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada’s nose is out of place and it doesn’t have anything to do with sparring sessions gone wrong.
Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) feels disrespected by Team Adamek but not, surprisingly, for Adamek looking past him to a reported April 24 fight against Chris Arreola, rather their apparent belief that Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) has faster hands than Estrada, whose lightning-like hand speed for a 240-pound heavyweight has been his calling card. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans may know, 25-year-old middleweight Billy Lyell of Youngstown received news last week of how he had been offered a shot at IBF 160-pound ruler Sebastian Sylvester of Germany. Snapping up the surprise opportunity in a heartbeat, the 21-7(4) contender who rose to fame with his April 2009 win over John Duddy, is confident he can score another notable upset this coming Saturday.
Lyell himself has already left for Germany, alongside his trainer Jack Loew, but his manager, Patrick Nelson, who flies out tonight, very kindly gave the following answers to my questions about the upcoming fight.
James Slater: Thanks so much for your time, Patrick. We understand Billy had already been in training for another fight when the big opportunity against Sylvester came about?
Patrick Nelson: That's correct. I tell you, since he graduated college last year, Billy Lyell has devoted all of his time to boxing. He's stayed very active, he's a gym rat and he's in great shape now. He was in shape and on weight for an eight-round fight this Friday, against Bruce Rumbolz, 22-19, and he is ready for this fight with Sylvester; believe me. continue
Welsh star Nathan Cleverly says he'll beat Antonio Brancalion on February 13 - and take a step closer to lifting a world title. Unbeaten Cleverly will fight the Italian at Wembley Arena in a challenge for the Vacant European Light-Heavyweight title on Frank Warren's Night of the Champions. Originally scheduled for Italy, the fight got switched to the UK when Brancalion's Italian promoters failed to stage it.
It's meant for a frustrating couple of months for Cleverly, but he says he'll make up for it by adding another belt to his British and Commonwealth titles, and then go after a world crown. continue
TV 2 Denmark and Sauerland Promotion are delighted to announce they have signed a long-term TV contract to lift Danish professional boxing to a new level. In the future, TV 2 and Sauerland Promotion will exclusively present between four and six “TV 2 Fight Nights” per year on prime time on Saturday night. Today Kalle Sauerland, Chris Meyer and TV 2 Head of Sports Frederik Lauesen presented the ground-breaking concept during a press conference in Copenhagen. continue
IBF-, WBO- and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko defends his titles against Eddie Chambers on March 20th at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, Germany. Chambers is the current WBO #1 and the official challenger. On fight night, the arena, homefield of 2. Bundesleague Club Fortuna Düsseldorf, will have a capacity of 51.000 seats.
Wladimir Klitschko: „I am really happy to be back in the ring. I have only good memories of Düsseldorf, my only fight there I won by TKO. This fight is going to take place in a giant stadium. The audience of over 50.000 spectators is a further motivation for me. Chambers is currently the best heavyweight boxer from the US.”
27-year old “Fast” Eddie Chambers lives in Philadelphia, USA. In July 2009, the 1,85m tall Chambers won the world champion final against odds-on favourite Alexander Dimitrenko (Universum Boxing). A few months before, he had beaten previous WBC champion Samuel Peter. Eddie Chambers has a record of 35 victories (18 KOs) and one defeat. continue
by James Slater - It has been confirmed by a number of sources (I read it on ESPN.com) that former three-weight world champion Erik Morales is to fight again. All-time great "El Terrible," now aged 33 and winless in his last four outings, will face former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro of Nicaragua on March 27th in Mexico.
Though his fans will be less than thrilled at how Morales, 48-6(34) has been unable to make his retirement - that was announced shortly after his August 2007 points loss to David Diaz - stick, there is reportedly the possibility Morales may have as many as six further bouts in all. Signed up with Mexican promoter Nacho Huizar, Morales agreed to a six-fight deal, so say ESPN.com; with three fights planned for this year and a further three pencilled in for next year. continue
By Tony Nobbs - Heavyweight boxing icon "Aussie" Joe Bugner celebrates his sixtieth birthday on March 13 and Gold Coast fight promoter will host a special tribute dinner at the Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach.
Special guests will be former opponent and hall of fame heavyweight world champion Smokin’ Joe Frazier and "Aussie" Joe’s good mate, John Singleton.
This will be the first time Frazier has visited the Sunshine State and his presense will no doubt add interest and inspiration to the night. continue
Jeff H. (Boca Raton, FL): I thought your welterweight article last Friday was spectacular. I previously viewed you as pro-Floyd and anti-Pacquiao, but in this case I think you were actually spot on in your assessment even though it wasn't (pro-Floyd). I would like for you to go deeper into your thoughts on Floyd and Pacquiao, and talk about why you never seem to give Pacquiao a break?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think at some point everyone out there that follows my work is gonna learn that from day one, I've never been a scribe who has gone out of his way to show affinity to any ONE fighter over another. Never. Many of the men that I cover in this sport are very complex with many different angles to cover. At the end of the day, you have to realize that we're (meaning me and the fight fans) gonna agree on some angles some of the time, but we'll never quite agree on all the angles all of the time. As it relates to Mayweather, here are the facts. Yes, I think he's an amazing talent. Yes, without question he's EASILY the most purely talented fighter to step in the ring for quite some time. Yes, his self-promotional antics make him such a despised personality in the sport, but that doesn't mean that I'll use that and equate all things Mayweather as bad. As it relates to Pacquiao.....Yes, we can agree that Pacquiao is the most dominant force in the sport right now. We can even agree that he's the most exciting fighter to watch. We can't agree that he's perfect, because he isn't and he never will be. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 25 – A pair of unbeaten prospects from Uzbekistan, light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov and junior middleweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov, are set to make their United States debuts in separate bouts on January 29 on the Gabriel Campillo vs. Beibut Shumenov II card at The Joint at Hark Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ahmedov (12-0-1, 8 KOs), a four-time Uzbekistan National Amateur Champion, and Hudaynazarov (9-0, 6 KOs) a 2007 World Military Games Gold Medalist, have been training in North Carolina with veteran trainer Don Turner in preparation for their January 29 bouts. continue
by James Slater - Though an earlier date for the fight was postponed, middleweights Matthew Macklin and Dmitriy Pirog are at last set to fight. Scheduled to meet on April 16th in Macklin's hometown of Birmingham, the two will decide the European 160-pound title currently held by 27-year-old "Mack The Knife." Making the first defence of the championship he won in superb style when he smashed the respected Amin Asikainen to defeat inside a single round in September, Macklin faces a very hard fight.
Macklin, 26-2(18) but unbeaten as a middleweight, last fought in December, when he pounded out a ten-round points win over Rafael Sosa Pintos; while Russia's Pirog last boxed in June of last year, when he won an impressive 12-round UD over the experienced Kofi Jantuah. Both men know a tough fight awaits them in April. continue
by James Slater - While fight fans want to see featherweight stars Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez face each other even more due to how great both guys looked last night in New York, promoter Bob Arum has let it be known he will not be matching the two together right away. Arum, as quoted on Ring TV.com, wants the fight to build and build, to the point where it becomes absolutely massive.
Gamboa, a stunningly quick 2nd-round winner over the normally durable Rogers Mtagwa - who, of course, pushed Lopez all the way last year down at super-bantamweight - is anxious to face "Juanma," and a number of fans seem to think he would be the winner; such thinking based largely no doubt on last night's superb display of speed and power by the now 17-0(15) Cuban. But Lopez, who TKO'd the talented Steve Luevana in the 7th-round of his featherweight debut to improve to 28-0(25), is also a fine fighter and many fans feel it will be he who wins the hugely intriguing battle when it takes place. Indeed, this upcoming fight has already got all the hardcore boxing fans talking. continue
By David Mackie - Germany gets a lot of negative press regarding its judging decisions in boxing matches. It's always been known that it is extremely difficult for foreign fighters to go to Germany and earn a decision victory over a German-based fighter. Boxing in Germany is big-business and has got to be one of the world-leaders in terms of how many viewers they pull in on television and the attendances that German-based fighters bring in. In short, it's a big money industry.
German-based fighters such as Valuev, Sturm as well as others have in the past been accused of being gifted decisions as a result of biased judging. After settling down Saturday night to watch a presentation of live European boxing from Germany on Eurosport, I have to say that there is some majors problems with the way fights are judged over there. continue
Sensational junior lightweight prospect Arash Usmanee will make his debut in the United States on Friday, January 29, at the Mohegan Sun Casino, it was jointly announced today by Hennessy Sports and TKO Boxing Promotions. Fighting out of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, Usmanee, 4-0-0 (2KO’s) won his first four professional bouts in 2009, after an outstanding amateur career which saw him compile a record of 130-20 on his way to becoming a five time Canadian National Amateur Champion. continue
By Paul Strauss - Lot's of power exhibited at Madison Square Garden Theatre tonight. First, Ireland's John Duddy made short work of Juan Astorga with a kayo at 1:55 of the first round. Then Yuriorkis Gamboa looked like he was operating at a different speed altogether than anyone else in the theatre when he demonstrated he couldn't miss against Rogers Mtagwa. Then along came power punching JuanMa Lopez, who proceeded to punished Steven Luevano into a seventh round TKO
The most impressive performance of the night was that of Yuriorkis Gamboa. Although he didn't knock Mtagwa out in the first round, it certainly looked like he good if he really wanted. The Tiger from Tanzania was game, and tried desperately, but every time he tried to throw a punch, especially his right, he would be eating Gamboa's hard left hook. The heavy hands of Gamboa were clearly evident when his left hook landed on the forehead of Mtagwa, but still put him down. That was in the first round. After scoring that knockdown, Gamboa seemed content with strolling around the ring a bit. It was almost like he wanted to Mtagwa to recover so he could get a little more work. continue
by James Slater - Though fans still want to see middleweight king Kelly Pavlik Vs. Paul Williams (a fight that could possibly still happen one day, who knows?), there is a good chance "The Ghost" will next face the man who gave "The Punisher" such a tough time back in December; Sergio Martinez.
According to ESPN.com, promoters Bob Arum and Lou DiBella are currently working on Pavlik-Martinez, with April 17th the target date. A great fight on paper, would the southpaw from Argentina be able to push Pavlik as hard as he did Williams, or would he go one better and dethrone the once-beaten banger from Youngstown? continue
By Bobby Breen - 1/24/10. Hats off to NJ resident Carlos Tamara. Tamara travelled to the Philippines last Sunday to face Brian Viloria for the IBF Light-Flyweight Championship this past Friday night Jan. 23rd. In a brutal slugfest that lasted almost 12 rounds Tamara sent the three-time World Champion Viloria to the hospital for tests and observation. The fight was halted by TKO at 1:45 of round 12th round with Tamara winning his first world title in three attempts. Tamara previously held the WBC and WBO Latino Light-Flyweight titles. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Yuriokis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez both scored impressive victories on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”. For Lopez, it was a nice way to bounce back after a closely contested victory against Rogers Mtagwa that nearly saw him knocked out in the final rounds, and for Gamboa, it was business as usual as he thoroughly dominated the very same man who caused Lopez so much trouble just three short months ago.
That Mtagwa caused Lopez so much difficulty led many to wonder if Lopez had an off night. In the fight against Lopez, Mtagwa weathered the early storm before coming on strong late in a fight many people thought he may have deserved to win. Yuriokis Gamboa never gave him a chance. From the opening bell, it was clear that Gamboa was a cut above Mtagwa. The 28 year old Cuban defector displayed great patience and ring savvy. He waited for countering opportunities and was successful in finding openings, particularly with his left hook. Mtagwa never saw them coming. Gamboa was simply too fast and powerful. A nice hook caught Mtagwa on the top of the head near the end of the first round and dropped him. This was not the most vicious punch landed by Gamboa in the round, but it was a good punch and it caught him off balance. In the second round, it was more of the same as Gamboa continued finding the mark with his power shots. Mtagwa would be dropped twice more in the second before the fight was waved off by referee Steve Smoger. continue
By Seth Green: - WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (28-0, 25 KO's) took out WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-2-1, 15 KO's) in the 7th round stoppage moments ago at the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York. Lopez, showing smooth boxing skills, wore Luevano down slowly with pinpoint shots to the head and dropped him in the 7th round. The bout was stopped at :44 of the 7th by referee Benji Estevez. continue
G.M. Ross - Friday night marked Tyson ‘the Prince of Hali’ Cave’s first encounter with a hard hitting, seasoned opponent in his short pro career. In an eight round, featherweight contest at Palooka’s Boxing Club in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Cave earned a unanimous decision over Robert Daluz, an American road-warrior with 10 fights in 2009 alone. The judges’ score cards read: Robert MacAvoy 79-73; Chris Schofield 78-74; Ian Bridgeman 78-74. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson - While the two have not yet faced off against one another in the ring, Yoriorkis Gamboa’s performance this Saturday night completely dominated that of Juan Manuel Lopez. In a pair of fights in which the only significance was to build up attraction to a potential showdown between the two rising stars, this evening’s bouts may have undermined the intrigue behind such an event. So thorough was Gamboa’s second round stoppage of Rogers Mtagwa (a man who had previously stretched Juanma to the limit) that a match up between the two appears a forgone conclusion.
Olympic Gold Medallist Yoriorkis Gamboa 17-0 (15 KO’s) showed extraordinary speed in the ring, pacing himself, waiting for counterpunching opportunities, and putting the durable Rogers Mtagwa 26-14-2 down once in the first and twice in the second, forcing referee Steve Smoger to stop the bout. While there was little to criticize in Juan Manuel Lopez’s 28-0 (25 KO’s) systematic destruction of Steven Luevano 37-2-1, cumulating in a fantastic combination to the body then head of Luevano which sent him into the corner and rendered him unable to continue, Juanma simply did not look as sharp as Gamboa. continue
by James Slater - The intriguing IBF light-heavyweight title elimination bout between tough warriors Yusaf Mack and Glen Johnson, that had its original date of Jan. 30th scrapped due to the Berto-Mosley fight not happening, is back on for Miami, Florida on February 5th. Now to headline on ESPN's Friday Night fights series, the fight, hugely important for both men, figures to get a good audience.
Mack, the younger man by eleven years at age 30, was most upset the January date fell through, having worked himself into optimum shape as he let us know he had. The 28-2-2(17) contender, who is unbeaten as a light-heavyweight, will be most pleased now that the fight is back on - even if it will not now take place under the glittering lights of Las Vegas. continue
By Jaime Castro Núñez at ringside. Manila, Philippines. In what could be counted as the best performance of his professional boxing career, Carlos Támara of Sincelejo, Colombia by way of Bergen, NJ., defeated champion Brian Viloria of Hawaii to claim the IBF junior flyweight belt on Saturday afternoon at Manila’s Cuneta Astrodome.
The mandatory challenger Támara started fast and aggressive, while the champion needed almost four rounds to make adjustments and make the kind of fight he needed. In round four Viloria landed some bombs and he kept the pressure up to the eight stanza, which was by far his best episode. continue
By Vivek Wallace - The welter-weight division has long been known as perhaps the deepest the sport has to offer. For a while this truth was uncontested, and despite the depth just one division south as well as a couple blocks north in the super-middleweight ranks, as we look around and survey the terrain, suddenly we're reminded once again precisely how deep this division can be. In an era where popularity and mega-fight magnetism can trump the actual hardware brandished, several players find themselves eager to separate from the pack. Some are familiar faces, others once familiar, yet somewhat forgotten; but regardless of classification, each man is well accounted for and clearly has a vested interest in the difficult road that lies ahead. With a minimal of 7 'heavies' and a maximum of four straps to go around, the term slim pickings develops wide appeal. In an effort to hone in on the division, we take a closer look at the central figures involved:
Shane Mosley - (46-5, 39KO's) - In Shane Mosley, you have one of the perennial forces of this era, and arguably one of the best of all-time. His career has seen many highs and several lows, but in the midst of it all, despite his budding age, he's still standing. Links to banned substances and inactivity have stripped quite a bit of the 'sweetness' many of us once found in ole 'Sugar', but his last effort was clearly enough to pique the interest of fight fans, as he turned back the clock like few could. Despite his great accomplishments of the past, Mosley has failed to maintain that global appeal once held by his fellow 'Sugar' predecessor (Leonard). continue
BOSTON (Jan. 22, 2010) – Hot lightweight prospect “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy brought a touch of his Philadelphia fighting to Boston last night, defeating former Cuban amateur standout Richard “El Tigre” Abril by a 10-round split decision, in the “Boston Pop” main event at The Roxy. Lundy (17-0-1, 10 KOs) remained unbeaten, even though he suffered a knockdown in the midway through the fight, that appeared to be more of a slip causing his glove to briefly hit the canvas. The judges scored 98-91 and 96-94 in favor of Lundy, 95-94 for Abril (12-2-1, 6 KOs). continue
Carson Jones is slated to face Antonio Margarito on March 13th, pending Texas approval of Margarito’s application for a boxing license. There has been a loud public outcry opposing Margarito’s reinstatement from concerned fans and boxing figures.
Carson Jones: “If Margarito is not allowed to fight, that takes food off of my table and robs me of a chance to show the world that I am the real deal and hurts me far more than it does Antonio Margarito. continue
by James Slater - 22-year-old Roman Gonzalez of Nicaragua is the reigning WBA minimum-weight champion. As is often the case with a good number of the significantly smaller men in the sport, Gonzalez' profile is not what it should be. However, those fans who have not seen the 5'2.5" fighter in action are missing something. A good puncher despite his size, Gonzalez, the Ring magazine's number-one ranked minimum-weight fighter (their championship is currently vacant) has 20 KO's from his 24 pro wins.
An exciting fighter to watch, the man who was good friends with the great Alexis Arguello - who, of course, passed away last year - turned pro in July of 2005. In just over three years, the pressure-fighter became the WBA champion, having travelled to Japan in September of 2008 , where he out-pointed Yutaka Niida, who was making the eighth defence of his second reign as WBA ruler. Moved fast and happy about it (Gonzalez told me he'd fight more often than he already does of he could!), the Nicaraguan has since retained his belt on two occasions.
Very much wanting to defend his WBA crown five times before moving up to junior-flyweight to become a two-weight champion, Gonzalez began our conversation by telling me how he first got into boxing. continue
by Rik Hine - According to several recent reports, Antonio Margarito is set to return to the ring this March, on the under card of the Pacquiao-Clottey fight, a year after having had his license revoked. Margarito’s ban stemmed from being caught with pads, soaked in a plaster-of-paris like substance, hidden beneath his hand wraps shortly before he was due to fight Shane Mosley. Nazim Richardson, Mosley’s trainer first sounded the alarm and the California State Athletic Commission’s inspector consequently found the pads and had them removed. Margarito’s hands were re-wrapped, and many will consider the subsequent nearly nine-round beating he received from Mosley to be some form of Platonic justice. continue
by James Slater - The upcoming fourth bout between Mexican warriors Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez already figured to receive plenty of fan attention, but the May 22nd card to be held at The Staples Centre in L.A will now have even more fans wanting to see the action; as a fascinating bantamweight match-up has been added to the bill. continue
by James Slater - This coming Saturday night, fans will again get a chance to see the ultra-exciting Yuriorkis Gamboa (for my money, one of the top-three most enjoyable to watch fighters on the scene today) in action in New York. Set to face the tough and dangerous Rogers Mtagwa of Tanzania, now living in Philly, the interim WBA featherweight champ faces a testing evening.
Once again sharing the Madison Square Garden bill with the also exciting Juan Manuel Lopez (planned to meet each other in a big match-up later this year if they both keep winning), Gamboa will surely be hoping he has a less torturous time than the Puerto Rican had when he met the 30-year-old "Tiger" back in October; when "Juanma" barely won on points.
Gamboa, as fast as Lopez and also lethal when it comes to being able to rob a fighter of his ability to remain standing, has also shown in the past, a number of times, how he is open to punches coming back at him. The holes in the 28-year-old Cuban's defences have been well documented, but against the man with the deceptive 26-13-2(18) record, Gamboa must tighten up or risk being put down hard. continue
DiBella Entertainment is proud to throw its support behind a truly noble joint venture between Haitian native, Andre Berto, and Everlast Worldwide, supporting the victims of last week’s catastrophic earthquake in Haiti. Berto and Everlast have created a limited edition t-shirt, on sale immediately, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross and their relief effort in Haiti. continue
"Today is a historical day at Golden Boy Promotions," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "We believe in Saul and I know for a fact that he will be a star of tomorrow."
"I'm very happy to become a member of a great company like Golden Boy Promotions and I will do everything I can to become a World Champion and make everyone proud inside and outside of the ring.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - An exclusive interview with super middleweight contender Allan Green highlighted this past week’s edition of On the Ropes. Green is slated to face fellow contender Sakio Bika on February 5. The winner of this contest is rumored to become the replacement for Jermain Taylor in the Super Six super middleweight tournament. We had a nice conversation with Green which covered a wide variety of topics. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On Jermain Taylor pulling out of the Super Six super:
“I felt like he shouldn’t have been there in the first place. I mean if that’s his decision, that’s the decision he made. I guess he felt that he didn’t belong.”
On being left out of the tournament when it first started:
“I felt disrespected. It really didn’t make any sense. I never got an explanation from anybody as to why I was left out. I was never even contacted about the tournament.. continue
British Heavyweight Champion Danny Williams has now confirmed that he will face Derek Chisora on The Night of the Champions at Wembley Arena on February 13. Williams didn't show at yesterday's press conference to announce the fight, leaving his manager Mickey Helliet to explain that Williams needed more time to decide if he wanted to the fight the unbeaten young prospect. Helliet contacted Frank Warren's matchmaker Dean Powell this morning to confirm that Williams will definately be putting his Lonsdale belt on the line against Chisora. continue
Photos: Superstar Felix Trinidad poses with WBO World Featherweight Champion Steven Luevano, La Puente,Ca. and WBO Jr. World Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Lopez, Caguas, Puerto Rico after both fighters weighed in (Luevano 126 lb, Lopez 125.5 lb) for their upcoming world championship fight on HBO's Boxing After Dark, Saturday, Jan. 23,2010 at Madison Square Garden. continue
by Phil Rice - A couple years ago I was swapping tales from my time in the hotel business with a guy who was working as a desk clerk at a little motel in the tourist town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I made mention of some fun celebrity encounters at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, and he countered with, “Last year Gerry Cooney came into the Belle-Aire looking for a room,” the Belle-Aire being an obscure little motel tucked away on a Gatlinburg side street. I suspected he was lying, but I was impressed that he would lie about Cooney. Then I realized that he probably wouldn’t have lied about Cooney. Maybe “Gentleman Gerry” really had been looking for a bargain hideaway, or perhaps my friend simply meant to lie about George Clooney. Twenty-five years ago or so, though, Gerry Cooney was front page news and would have made for an exceptional celebrity encounter.
In 1982, as now, the only sport that mattered to most of the locals in Gatlinburg was college football, and more specifically, the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team. Even in the summer the sports talk generally centered on the Vols. continue
By Neil Dempsey - Following a near shutout victory against Olympic Bronze Medallist Paolo Vidoz to capture the vacant Heavyweight title, does Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of previous European Heavyweight title holders Lennox Lewis and the Klitschko brothers and propel himself into world title contention?
Sosnowski of course has been around a long time with 45 victories on his record, only 2 losses and 1 draw, but he is still only 30 which is very young for a heavyweight. He is also well travelled, having fought all around the world since his pro debut in 1998, the man from Warsaw has made visits to Denmark, Holland, the US, Hungary, South Africa, and Germany; as well as fighting in Poland and his adopted home England. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Godwin Dzanie Kotey AKA Alloway, the trainer of WBO welterweight title challenger Joshua Clottey and his assistant Daniel Clottey have been refused a visa renewal by the US Embassy in Accra. The coach and assistant’s respective previous visas expired at the end of November last year, but attempts to renew it in order to make it to the US on time for preparations by the boxer towards the March 13 world title fight against Manny Pacquiao has been met with resistance by US authorities in Ghana.
According to the two after they went to the US Embassy last Wednesday to apply for the visa renewal, Kotey the trainer was only given a paper stating that the visa has been temporarily withheld and he will get a call later, but Clottey the assistant trainer was flatly refused. This, the two say does no good to the preparations of Joshua Clottey as he prepares for the do or die showdown with the Philippine’s Manny Pacquiao. “We are very disappointed because we need to train. Now Joshua is all alone in the US and even if he is training, there is no supervision,” Coach Kotey stated. continue
by James Slater - Steve "USS" Cunningham, the former IBF cruiserweight champion, will soon face once-beaten contender Matt Godfrey for chance to regain his old belt. Tomasz Adamek's campaign up at heavyweight has left the championship vacant, and 33-year-old Cunningham (whose most recent loss came at the hands of the teak-tough Pole) and 29-year-old Godfrey will clash for it on March 19th in Florida.
A good match-up, both men have a good chance of winning. The older man over Godfrey by four years and perhaps more in terms of having had a greater number of hard fights, Cunningham is probably the favourite to win. But in the man who goes by the nickname of "Too Smooth," the former champ who also has a controversial and subsequently avenged points loss to another Polish fighter, in Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, on his record, will be facing a proven operator. continue
UNCASVILLE, CT (January 21, 2010) Super middleweight contender Peter “THE PRIDE OF PROVIDENCE” Manfredo Jr. will break camp this weekend and hold two public workouts in The Shops Concourse at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, just one week ahead of his NABF World Title bout against Matt “THE PREDATOR” Vanda set for Friday, January 29th in the Mohegan Sun Arena, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. Joining Manfredo Jr. in the open workout sessions will be undercard fighters, hard hitting female sensation Adelita Irizarry and outstanding junior lightweight prospect Joseph “CHIP” Perez. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 22, 2010) – Promoter Cedric Kushner, president of Gotham Boxing, Inc., announced today that David “Tuanamator” Tua’s last fight will air Jan. 25 (8 PM/ET & 12 midnight) on MSG Plus. Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs), rated No. 3 by the WBO, fought Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (23-1, 20 KOs) for the WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight titles Oct. 3, 2009 in Hamilton, New Zealand. continue
By Mike “Mykers” Boehm - The trials and tribulations of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather JR have no doubt brought fans some hard luck. We watched as the fight was signed, sealed, and well…almost delivered. While specifics are a bit unjust, and highly opinionated; a new story has evolved. That is, a potential Shane Mosley vs. Floyd Mayweather super fight. While this bout seems to present most of the community with a “eh” type of attitude, will this fight potentially become the next best thing for Floyd Mayweather, or even Shane Mosley?
For quite some time, Shane Mosley has eagerly been awaiting a super fight with the undefeated kingpin, Floyd Mayweather JR. This comes as no surprise to most, who witnessed Mosley intervening during the post fight chat, while Mayweather was conversing with Max Kellerman after the Marquez bout. True to his nature, Floyd was a bit disgusting with Shane’s relentless call-outs, and accused Mosley of disrespect. The flipside is Shane Mosley is a welterweight warrior. A true warrior who has never declined, dodged, or evaded the supreme beings of the lightweight, welterweight, and light middleweight divisions. continue
by James Slater - BoxRec had the fight up as happening a while back, and now it seems Mexico's Antonio Margarito (dubbed, of course, "Margocheato" by some fans) is very close to fighting again, against 23-year-old light-middleweight Carson Jones. According to a news story on ESPN.com, promoter Bon Arum - who has stood by Margarito's side since the Mexican warrior had his licence revoked for one year by the California State Athletic Commission for attempting to use "loaded gloves" in his January 2009 fight with Shane Mosley - is optimistic Margarito will receive a license to fight in Texas.
Arum's plan is for "Tony" to fight Jones on the under-card of the Pacquiao-Clottey bill in Dallas on March 13th. Reportedly, Arum is so sure his fighter WILL be successful in his request for a license in Texas, Top Rank have actually signed the fight between Margarito and Jones. continue
G.M. Ross - Tyson ‘the Prince of Hali’ Cave makes his return to the ring on Friday, January 22, at Palooka’s Boxing Club, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This will be Cave’s first fight since claiming the vacant Canadian Super Bantamweight title against Steve Cannell last November. Cave’s opponent is journeyman Robert ‘Don’t Lose’ Daluz, of Providence, Rhode Island. With a relatively unimpressive record of 12-23-3, Daluz will play the role of underdog on Saturday night, but embodies a degree of experience that Cave has yet to face in his short, nine fight career. Cave, who boasts a perfect 9-0 record, is due for this step up in competition, having been fed a steady diet of novices and tough, albeit unsuccessful, opponents, along the way to the Canadian crown. continue
Robert Helenius (10-0, 6 KOs) is facing the “biggest challenge” of his life when he takes on former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster in Neubrandenburg, Germany on January 30. Coming off a spectacular third-round TKO victory over Taras Bidenko, the “Nordic Nightmare” is looking for the 11th victory in as many bouts. “I am excited to fight one of the biggest names in boxing at this early stage of my career,” Helenius said. “I have big plans and in order to accomplish them, I have to keep progressing. A victory over Brewster would be a giant stride into the right direction.”
Helenius, who finished second at the 2006 European Amateur Championships, looked impressive in his last fights. “I am in great shape,” the Scandinavian heavyweight hopeful said. “I am confident of success, even though I have never been in the ring with a star like Brewster. But I have a bigger reach than him and will keep him at bay with my jab.. continue
Per Ake Persson: Heavyweight Konstantin Airich will now face former sparmate Alex Mazikin in the co-headliner to Arena´s show in Cuxhaven on Saturday. Mazikin lost to Ondrey Pala on the last Arena event in Cuxhaven and has overall not made it in in the pros despite his fine amateur career but is still a capable performer. As for Pala, he will face American veteran Robert Hawkins. Dominican Felix Diaz makes his European debut and takes on Czech Bronislav Kubin. Middleweight Mahir Oral is in against Fabio Liggieri while supermiddle Christian Pawlak squares off against Latvian Deniss Sirjatovs. continue
Hot prospect Kevin Mitchell will be battling for his world title ambitions on February 13 - and the future of that East End staple, jellied eels, as well. The WBO lightweight number one ranked contender faces Spaniard Ignacio Mendoza at Wembley Arena as he close in fast on a crack at WBO interim world champion Michael Katsidis. And the 25-year-old is hoping to use the fight to raise publicity for the plight of eels. Reports today suggest that the eel population in the River Thames has dropped by up to 97 per cent in the last five years. continue
by James Slater - Light-middleweights Alfredo Angulo and Joel Julio are set to rumble on April 24th on HBO, possibly with heavyweight contender Chris Arreola sharing the card against an as yet unannounced foe (whispers say it could be former cruiserweight titlist Tomasz Adamek, assuming "Goral" gets past the upset-minded Jason Estrada on Feb. 6th). Fighting for the interim WBO light-middleweight title Angulo won last time out, when he smashed Harry Joe Yorgey to painful defeat inside just three rounds, Angulo and Julio could put on a great action fight.
Mexico's 27-year-old Angulo, 17-1(14) is a fine pressure fighter who has genuine punching power; while 25-year-old Julio of Colombia, 35-3(31) is also heavy-handed and aggressive. With the styles of the two men being what they are, the April fight promises to deliver! But who will win?
Angulo has bounced back well from his sole pro loss, on points to Kermit Cintron back in May of last year. Crushing Gabriel Rosado inside a couple of rounds in August of 2009, and then taking Yorgey out in impressive style also, the Mexican warrior is back looking like a genuine future world champion. continue
2010 marks the 30th year as a national broadcaster for Hall of Fame boxing announcer Al Bernstein. Bernstein has been the voice of boxing on Showtime since 2003, serving as analyst on the Showtime Championship Boxing series and sometimes host of the ShoBox series. He started his national broadcasting career in 1980 as analyst on the Top Rank Boxing series on ESPN. At the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games he served as analyst on NBC’s boxing coverage. continue
His name might not be overly familiar to Irish sports fans but Peter Maher holds a unique place in Irish boxing history. The Galway man was the first ever Irish Heavyweight Champion winning the title in 1890 before going on to win the World Heavyweight title in 1895. Now 120 years after being crowned Ireland's first heavyweight champ another Galway man wants to follow in Maher's footsteps with Coleman Barrett aiming to lift the Irish title when he takes on Colin Kenna on the Yanjing Fight night at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, February 13th. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 20, 2010) “Eleven in a row and Williams’ will be the twelfth” said the supremely confidant Donovan George in between rounds of a furious sparring session at the Veterans Park Boxing Gym in Franklin Park . “Naugler had never been stopped and he was out in the fourth.”
“I feel fantastic and can’t wait to fight. I love fighting at home and the UIC Pavilion is the perfect place in Chicago to fight” said the undefeated super middleweight under the watchful eye of his father, head trainer Pete George.
The 25 year old George, 18-0-1 (16KO’s), known for his crunching power and celebratory back flips will be returning to Chicago’s UIC Pavilion at “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 8” on Friday, January 29th in the main event against Minnesota’s Phil “THE DRILL” Williams, 11-2-0 (10KO’s).
In his last outing, the Chicago native George brutally stopped Canada ’s Jason Naugler on November 6th in front of a huge crowd of enthusiastic local sports fans. continue
James Tillis, the legendary boxer who fought seven different world heavyweight champions, including defeating Earnie Shavers, was recently elected to receive catBOX Entertainment, Inc.’s Lifetime Boxing Achievement Award. Tillis, whose fighting prowess named him the “quick” “fighting cowboy” will be honored with the award before the main event at catBOX’s professional fight card set for February 11, 2010 at Remington Park Casino in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. continue
IAN NAPA insists he has nothing to fear when he risks his career against Jamie McDonnell at Brentwood Centre on Friday (22/1) night. Napa (19-7) defends his British bantamweight title against his Doncaster challenger and if successful faces Jerome Arnould for the European crown in France on March 6. Defeat against McDonnell (12-2-1) would ruin Napa’s chances of regaining his old crown, but the Londoner’s confidence is sky high after regaining the British crown from Gary Davies last year. continue
HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® kicks off 2010 with an explosive featherweight doubleheader from the Big Apple when STEVEN LUEVANO VS. JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ AND YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. ROGERS MTAGWA is presented SATURDAY, JAN. 23 (9:45 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of blow-by-blow announcer Bob Papa, commentator Max Kellerman and expert analyst Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Making his sixth title defense, featherweight champ Steven Luevano (37-1-1, 15 KOs) of La Puente, Cal. meets undefeated, fast-rising Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico (27-0, 24 KOs). Luevano is an experienced fighter who uses his range and speed to tactically pick apart opponents. His challenger, junior featherweight titleholder Lopez, looks to prove that his technically sound style and power punching will be just as effective at 126 pounds when he moves up a weight class for this 12-round slugfest. continue
G.M. Ross - A boxing renaissance is underway in Ontario. It seems the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, will join Casino Rama as a home of regular boxing events for the foreseeable future under the management of United Promotions. This fledgling promotional team made their initial foray into the world of boxing last Saturday, showcasing an excellent mix of Canada’s up-and-coming talents and more seasoned veterans. continue
by James Slater - Former amateur star and long-reigning WBC cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez has not been heard of since his tough 9th-round TKO loss at the hands of the mighty Vitali Klitschko last year. The Cuban known as "The Black Panther" tried his best against the much bigger "Dr. Iron Fist" yet was worn down and ultimately stopped late in the fight that, in truth, was no great spectacle.
Since the March 21st 2009 loss, the 36-year-old southpaw has not been heard from. However, the word is the warrior who lives in Germany will be back in action this coming March, in his adopted homeland, against an as yet unannounced foe. continue
ARLINGTON, TX (January 19, 2010) – The stars will fight, big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas!
Jerry Jones and Bob Arum, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and chairman of Top Rank, respectively, announced today that Cowboys Stadium would be the site of THE EVENT: MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JOSHUA CLOTTEY World Welterweight Championship. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Dallas Cowboys and Tecate, Pacquiao vs. Clottey will take place, Saturday, March 13 and will be produced and distributed Live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
This marks one of the biggest world title fights to be held in a major U.S. sports stadium since the Muhammad Ali – Ken Norton World Heavyweight Championship in Yankee Stadium in 1976, also promoted by Top Rank.
Pacquiao and Clottey boast a combined record of 85-6-2 (59 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 91% and a victory by knockout ratio of nearly 70%. continue
By Paul Strauss - There are always doomsayers hovering around the sport of boxing. They tend to exaggerate the negative and fret like old hags, trying to pass off every little hiccup as an impending calamity. But, unlike the sign holders who occasionally show up on street corners, these bearers of bad news never seem to go away. They present themselves as concerned fans of the sport, and argue that they just want the best. Then they go on to forecast the demise of their beloved sport. Thankfully their impact has been negligible. Boxing last rounds have been predicted more often than Mickey Rooney's and Elizabeth Taylor's divorces. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The nation’s top 17 and 18-year-old male and female boxers will compete for a national title at the 2010 Under 19 National Championships, February 9-12 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The event consistently showcases future Olympians and world champions early in their careers and the 2010 event will be no exception. In addition, the winners in the men’s division will earn a berth on the 2010 Youth World Championship Team. continue
by James Slater - It seems as though WBA light-welterweight ruler Amir Khan will not be giving up his belt and choosing to "avoid" big-punching interim champion Marcos Maidana of Argentina after all. Though many of his critics began hurling insults at Khan when it looked for a time as though the Brit, who has just signed with Golden Boy, may fight someone other than Maidana next (some reports suggested a possible fight with Paulie Malignaggi), these same critics will now have to give Khan some praise. Because, as has been reported on a number of boxing web sites - BoxRec and Fight News to name just two - Khan and Maidana recently agreed to fight one another, deeming purse bids for the intriguing fight unnecessary.
The fight between the two young champions and would-be big stars has yet to be announced officially and we can only speculate about when and where the quite mouth-watering match-up will take place - although the word is the fight has a good shot at happening in March or April (BoxRec have the fight up as taking place on April 17th in Las Vegas, on the under-card of the long awaited Jones-Hopkins II bill). It's no secret how 23-year-old Khan wants very much to make a name for himself in America, and what better way to start than with a U.S debut win over a guy many people felt he was afraid of due to his withering power? continue
Update: According to Hitz Boxing, no agreement has been made at this time however, HITZ Boxing is in talks with team Whittaker and hope to make a deal in the near future.
World Boxing Foundation News: Hammond, Indiana’s Horseshoe Casino hosts the WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title on February 20th when “Fast” Fres Oquendo (31-5,20KO) steps into the ring with Lance Whitaker (34-6, 28KO). “Mount” Whitaker returns after a controversial decision lose to Oliver McCall in October and Oquendo has two wins since his split decision loss in 2008 at the hands of James Toney. continue
"It might be your city, but don't be mistaken this is my coming out party" - Those were the harsh words of wisdom Curtis "Showtime" Stevens had for Jesse Brinkley when asked about their upcoming showdown on Friday January 29th at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, NV. The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds, is IBF Super Middleweight Eliminator for the #2 ranking (Stevens is currently rated #10, while Brinkley is rated #6) and will be shown live as the main event on that evening's ESPN "Friday Night Fights" telecast. continue
by James Slater - Despite the recent disappointment of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather super-fight falling apart, and now yesterday's disappointing news of how the Shane Msoley-Andre Berto fight set for January 30th won't be happening as scheduled either, things could just turn out far better than anyone could have expected.
Pacquiao, as we know, is set to face the big and strong Joshua Clottey in a most decent match-up of a fight on march 13th, and the latest news is that Mayweather may now face Mosley in early May. Then, looking further ahead, the winner from each bout could even wind up facing each other in a huge blockbuster of a fight in the latter stages of 2010. Granted, this is a best case scenario if ever there was one, but with some luck we could be seeing something special at welterweight this year after all. continue
by James Slater - According to the usually accurate BoxRec.com, former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter will face young heavyweight Nagy Aguilera in an IBF elimination bout in Dallas the night before the big Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey welterweight title clash. According to the invaluable web site, the heavyweight match-up will take place on the same card as the Rodel Mayol-Manuel Vargas WBC light-flyweight title fight.
An intriguing fight, especially as 23-year-old Aguilera is fresh off an impressive-looking career-best KO win over former WBC champ Oleg Masakev (the man Peter beat to grab the WBC belt of course; Peter taking out "The Big O" in six-rounds back in March of 2008), Peter Vs. Aguilera is a fight that could go either way. continue
Yusaf Mack is upset following the cancelation of the card on the 30th January, Mack has had a rough time over the last few months, first a contest with Karo Murat falling through and now the fight with Glen Johnson. Mack said "I understand why the show has been cancelled and my heart goes out to Berto and the whole country of Haitia, but I am dissapointed I wasn't given the chance to show the world the new Yusaf Mack, I have really turned my life around in the last two years with the help of my trainer John Tandy and my management team Rory Donadio and Greg Cipriano, I have won my last 5 fights and at last now I was given the opportunity to showcase myself in front of the world. continue
by Tony Nobbs - Jackson Asiku may fight in his Ugandan homeland in 2010 according to his Perth based trainer-manager Craig Christian – the man behind the world class “Harry’s Gym” in Balcatta, Perth, Western Australia.
The likable Jackson (26-3, 14 ko’s) was all “Action” in his outstanding eight round knockout of long time Mexican contender Heriberto Ruiz (42-9-2, 24 ko’s) to capture the vacant IBO featherweight strap on November 6 at The Parramatta Leagues Club. Right from the outset,31 year old Asiku threw punches gradually breaking down the tough Los Mochos fighter who entered with a top ten world ranking by the IBF at super bantamweight.
Three knockdowns in the eighth round – the final right hand dropping Ruiz for several minutes, concluded what had become a one sided affair.
After the fight, Asiku called out Billy Dib – the former IBO super featherweight titlist now campaigning back at featherweight where he dropped a unanimous verdict to WBO champ Steven Luevano last year. continue
Amateur welterweight star Eric Mendez has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today. The 19 year old Mendez, based in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawaiian Gardens, finished his outstanding amateur career with a record of 74-9 including a two-time first place finish at the highly regarded Desert Showdown Invitational Amateur Boxing Championships. Along with his new promoter, Mendez is guided by award winning manager Cameron Dunkin and trainer Armando Valenzuela. continue
Former amateur world champion Frankie Gavin says he wants to win a British title before the year is out. Gavin, who features on Frank Warren's massive Night of the Champions show on February 13 at Wembley Arena, has only had five professional fights. But the talented 24-year-old has won each of them inside the distance, and is looking to move quickly in 2010. Birmingham's finest is likely to campaign at light-welterweight when he moves into championship class, and will have an eye on next month's York Hall clash between Lenny Daws and Jason Cook for the Lonsdale belt. continue
by James Slater - All-time great James “Lights Out” Toney has had his name in the news recently. With suggestions made that he could either fight Antonio Tarver at heavyweight or perhaps even embark on a MMA adventure, the 41-year-old legend has been weighing up his options.
Still intent on wining all the major belts at heavyweight, the former middleweight, super-middleweight and cruiserweight world champion has lost none of his competitive edge or desire. “Lights Out” has not lost any of his sharpness or ability at coming out with some epic one-liners either. Very kindly granting me the following interview earlier today, James was in great form. Here are the future Hall of Famer’s answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's an absolute pleasure to speak with you, Champ. The fans want to know what's next for you. We hear it may be Antonio Tarver at heavyweight - what's the latest on that, Lights Out?
James Toney: That opportunity was offered to me, he called me out and I reached out to fight him. But then, all of a sudden, he says he wants a tune-up fight with Danny Green. But if Green KO's him like he did Roy Jones Junior, that's it, you know? I'm definitely interested in the fight [with Tarver] but I can't sit back and wait for him to get KO'd, you know what I'm saying? So I'm working with [Dan] Goossen - we’re still working well together - and we're looking at another show instead. I want to fight [Bernard] Hopkins and Roy Jones, but they're still gonna be fighting each other! What's that all about? After he [Jones] got KO'd by Danny Green! continue
by Charles C. White - Q: Congratulations on your recent ranking as WBO #13 at heavyweight Chauncy. What does this ranking mean to you and your career as a prizefighter?
Welliver: For me personally it motivates me to train hard, which is what I have been doing, But this makes me train that much harder. I wanna get a big shot before I quit, and with 50 fights, that might be soon. So this ranking pushes me closer to a big fight. continue
by David Douglas - On a boxing web site that is normally reserved for the big names and mega venues in boxing, I thought it would be refreshing to give deserved credit, to one of the many grass roots shows across America, where the sport is alive and well.
Far east from the bright lights of boxing's Las Vegas's MGM, and far west from its glamorous New York City's Madison Squire Garden, thrives the Midwest heart of boxing, in Saint Louis, Missouri. A city, that has over the years, given the boxing world many great contenders and champions ( amateur and professional ) ; Henry Armstrong, Charles Riley, Sonny Liston, Don Cobbs, Moses Carbin, Michael, Leon, and Cory Spinks, Harold Petty, Carl Daniels, Freddie Norwood, Ray Lathon, William Guthrie, Eddie Hopkins, Terron Millett, Andre Latimore, and Devon Alexander, just to name a few. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 56th 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 brilliant Producer Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
• The cancellation of Andre Berto and Shane Mosley
• Jermain Taylor’s withdrawal from the Super Six super middleweight tournament
• Who should replace Jermain Taylor in the tournament?
• The surprising news that the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones rematch is a go for April
• Vanes Martirosyan tough UD win over Kassim Ouma recap and discussion continue
Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on Tuesday evening, I have been focusing on my family and the Haitian people who are facing an inconceivable battle for survival while still trying to continue to prepare for an opportunity I have dreamt of since childhood. I lost several family members to the earthquake and after two days without word, was relieved to learn that my sister, Naomi and her daughter, Jessica survived, but were left homeless. I have seen the pain in my parents’ eyes as they attempt to understand what has happened to our homeland and recognize a place they once called home.
As a result of this disaster, I am mentally and physically exhausted and therefore I have no choice but to withdraw from my bout on January 30. continue
CHICAGO, IL (January 18, 2010) Sensational Polish prospects, heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk and light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara have been added to “WINDY FIGHT FIGHT NIGHT 8”, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, January 29th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The action packed ten bout “WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 8” is presented by Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, in association with Warriors Boxing and Bullit KnockOut Promotions. continue
by Zachary Q. Daniels - One of the things you discover in reading Adam Pollack’s series on the heavyweight champions is that while much has changed in boxing over the last century, how much things have also remained the same. So it is with his latest installment, In the Ring With James J. Jeffries . Controversial decisions? Jeffries - Sharkey I fits the bill. Debates about early stoppages? Jeffries’ fight with Gus Ruhlin generated arguments about this. Handlers entering the ring and terminating a fight? The fight between former champ Jim Corbett and contender Tom Sharkey offered this. Controversies over “loaded gloves?” Allegations of “being drugged” as an excuse for losing a fight? Bob Fitzsimmons covered both these bases long before Antonio Margarito or Wladimir Klitschko ever thought them up. Contentious fight negotiations? Jim Corbett offered this prior to his second fight with Jeffries, long before fighters like Floyd Mayweather came on the scene.
Pollack’s books, then, while an excellent resource on the distant past, show us that much of what has occurred in the recent past and present in boxing is not at all new or novel. As usual, he has done an outstanding job in compiling primary source material to give readers a bird’s-eye view into the career of James J. Jeffries, perhaps the first “all-time great” heavyweight champ. At each stage of Jeffries career, Pollack provides context for what is going on in boxing as Jeffries progresses up the heavyweight ladder. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with undefeated super middleweight prospect George “The Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah. Here is what he had to say:
Q: George, how are preparations going for your January 28 fight against Chris Overby?
A: It’s going good. I fought seven times last year. I took November off, but it’s not really taking much off. I just spent my time with my family on the holidays, of course. I actually got to have a Thanksgiving and a little bit of a Christmas, but I’m back on the grind now. It is what it is. Chris Overby is coming to fight me, so I’m just going to put on a good show, get some rounds in, and just take care of business and look for bigger and better things for the new year. continue
by John Wight - Good luck to Amir Khan with his decision to sign with Golden Boy and focus his career in the United States from this point on. There are undoubtedly many reasons for the young Bolton fighter’s decision, but money surely isn’t one of them – not for a young man who’s already made more than enough in his short career thus far. Nor will it be because he’s been unhappy with his relationship with Frank Warren, the man responsible for shepherding his pro career since he returned to the UK with an Olympic silver medal from the games in Athens back in 2004. Indeed, Frank Warren deserves much credit for bringing Khan on the way he has, especially after his one defeat at the hands of Breidis Prescott in 2008. After such a devastating KO Khan’s confidence would inevitably have been shaken, and lesser promoters might have struggled to coax him through the inevitable months of depression and doubts which followed. That Khan has bounced back from that low point in such convincing style is in no small way a credit to Warren, who never for a second lost belief in his protégé, even when the knives were out among the UK boxing literati, though to read some of them literature is obviously a word from an ancient language. continue
by James Slater - Upon turning on my computer today, it was almost instantly apparent how much speculation there is about what Floyd Mayweather Junior will do next. The story continues when it comes to the next step in the pound-for-pound #2's career, and as has often been the case lately, no-one knows for sure what the man known as "Money" will do next.
Opinion number-one says Floyd will stick to his plan of fighting on the same day as Manny Pacquaio; March 13th, against as opponent still to be named. Opinion number-two, however, says Floyd may actually sit March 13th out and instead fight in May - against the winner of the January 30th clash between welterweight titlists "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Andre Berto. When we weigh up the respective qualities of the fighters who have each been suggested as Mayweather's March 13th opponent - Timothy Bradley, Kermit Cintron, Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell, in case you've lost track - it's clear to see how opinion number-two is the one that excites the most.
Fans seem to feel Mayweather will get it on with Mosley - finally! - if the 38-year-old WBA 147-pound champ can get past the unbeaten 26-year-old WBC welter champ Berto. There isn't as much talk or excitement about how Mayweather may or may not face Berto if he wins, however. continue
by James Slater - It seems there is a good chance Jose Luis Castillo and Alfonso Gomez will clash on the under-card of the March 13th Pacquiao-Clottey title fight in Dallas (the fight is up as happening on BoxRec and has been mentioned as a possibility in a few other places). Though this is no huge fight by any means, the styles of the two men could well make the scheduled ten round welterweight bout a cracker.
Castillo, now aged 36 and well past his best, has improved his pro record to 60-9-1(52) with three recent stoppage wins over mediocre opposition in his native Mexico. continue
New Haven, Conn USA (January 18, 2010). Hello Boxing World! We are witnessing a horrible tragedy for the people and country of Haiti. We’ve seen the American Public and the International Community respond to the cry and applaud those efforts. However, much more is needed for aid and support. For the first time, I’m calling on all boxing networks, every champion of all weight classes, contenders, and managers who make over six figures to match my $5,000 contribution for the families and victims of Haiti. continue
Robert O. (Los Angeles, CA): I think Saturday night's fight between Vanes and Ouma was the first official robbery of 2010. Why do you think boxing is still the only sport that allows such huge injustices regularly?
Vivek W. (ESB): Personally, I've grown extremely tired of this type of thing happening in the sport of boxing. To the point where it makes me actually contemplate walking away from scribe duties, which I love. It's both sad and humbling because it literally eats away at the opportunity for a person who sacrifices their life in the ring to feed their family. What's even worst is that as a scribe, I try desperately to stay away from issues that ignite wildfires, but when you connect yourself as a scribe with various fan bases around the world, there's simply no way to avoid the type of questions that open those dialogues like "why can't a fighter from the continent of Africa seem to get a fair decision on U.S. soil"? Do I think nationality has anything to do with it? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Is it hard to articulate a point strong enough to contradict that perspective when the last few months saw Funeka, Mtagwa, and now Ouma get robbed, after a hand full of others? Absolutely. The thing here is that as a lover of the sport that's a man of integrity as well, I don't see color, race, nationality or any of that stuff. I simply see a sport that has one too many verdicts that can't be justified, and there's no governing body in place to stop the madness. Every time something like this happens the interest in a more valid governing body heightens, then by weeks end, dies out yet again. continue
by James Slater - WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan, who has just officially signed up with Golden Boy Promotions, may give up his title and not face mandatory challenger Marcos Maidana. This is the world currently doing the rounds on the internet, most likely due to a news story that appeared in today's issue of The Star. Nothing has been confirmed as official yet (Khan's signing with Oscar de la Hoya's company aside), but the date that has been suggested for Khan's next fight is May 1st, more than likely in America, and the name being put forth is "Magic Man" Paulie Malignaggi. continue
by James Slater - Ricky Hatton is a fighter known for piling on the pounds between fights. Indeed, this is one thing many fans speak about whenever they bring up Hatton’s name. Since he’s been out of action since last May’s brutal KO loss to Manny Pacquiao, the 31-year-old former champion has piled on even more excess poundage than he normally does between bouts. However, Hatton, who is planning a summer ring return, says the excess weight is no major concern for him. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ray Narh will not come down to Ghana for the purported March 6 boxing showdown put together by Box Office Promotions, The Scribes can reveal. The 1998 Commonwealth gold medallist says the promoters of the Ghana fight have not done enough to convince him to come down for the fight. “Those guys in Ghana are not my promoters and there’s no way my promoters in America will let me come and fight in Ghana. They should stop telling Ghanaians cheap lies,” Ray Narh stated in a correspondence from his base in the US.
Narh, known as The Emperor, was initially billed to fight Ugandan Maliki Kinyogoli in Accra for the vacant WBC / Pan African Lightweight title last December 26. But the former NABC (North American Boxing Commission) Lightweight champion says the deal for that fight was not even finalized before other problems necessitated its cancellation.
“I have not talked to them and maybe another fighter called Ray Narh will be fighting, not me. They are not my promoters to start with and they cannot pay me minimum of what I get here (US). They keep saying that there is no money in Ghana,” The Emperor, 23-1 (20Kos) also now resident in Pennsylvania in the US added. continue
By Per Ake Persson: 27-year old Dutch jr lightweight Innocent Anyanwu is now 20-0-2 after turning pro in 2005 but is still a rather unknown fighter outside of the Netherlands and Holland where he´s fought all of his pro fights. He´s held the BeNeLux title twice and is Dutch champ.
On February 7 in Amsterdam Innocent takes on Spaniard Sergio Palomo for the vacant EBA jr lightweight title. Their first fight ended in a somewhat controversial tko win in the third round for Innocent when the fight was stopped with Palomo cut. continue
For the last weeks and months German boxing fans have been wondering about the future plans of promoter Ahmet Öner. This Tuesday (January 19th) the cooperation between ARENA and major TV network Sat.1 will officially be announced at a press conference in Hamburg. The ProSiebenSat1 Media Group is one of the biggest, most important and most influential private TV networks in Germany. They had been involved in boxing from 1997 until 2001 broadcasting world championship fights of WBO light heavy champ “Tiger” Dariusz Michalczewski. continue
By Adeyinka Makinde - The sport of baseball has traditionally been referred to as the national sport of the American nation. Its handsome uniforms, consisting of embroidered caps, buttoned tops and knickerbockers, suggested the spirit of civilized competitiveness. Adapted from English ‘rounders’, it was, and perhaps still is, seen as something of an embodiment of the American way. “Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America,” wrote Jacques Barzun, “had better learn baseball.” It was with such thinking in mind that in the early 20th Century, the organisers of the sport heeded progressive-era calls urging the separation of sports from betting and the sale of alcohol. But if baseball projected an idealised vision of how Americans saw themselves, boxing, it can be argued, reflected by large measure some of the unpalatable realities of the ‘American way’. Boxing, like baseball an English invention, was a truer reflection of the American dedication to martial prowess. Its freewheeling dedication to holding out to the top dollar, an unavoidable component of a laissez faire system, made it synonymous with a kind of freebooting capitalism. And, as Kevin Mitchell’s book reminds, a large scale plunder of sorts did occur; namely that orchestrated by Mobsters and their cohorts of the talents and financial entitlements of many of the fighters who put their lives on the line each time they stepped into the squared ring. It is a tale of a colossal shakedown and of exploitation, where the Jeffersonian quote about the “labours of the many and the profits of the few” never rang truer. continue
By Dave Greener: On this occasion, there wasn’t the posturing, the protracted negotiations over the purse split and the random shenanigans that seemingly accompany every ‘mega-fight’. Of recent contests, Mayweather vs De La Hoya and Hatton vs Pacquiao qualify in the will-it / won’t it happen’ category, whether over the purse, the weight, the size of the ring or the type of gloves. All much to the bemusement or frustration of your average fight fan. By all means build the excitement for an event such as Floyd v Manny to an epic conclusion in the ring….that’s part and parcel, but it’s another when the powers that be (including the fighters) lose sight of who pays the bills, let alone demonstrate a marked lack of respect for tradition and the sport itself. continue
By Ken Neir: Undefeated junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (27-0, 17 KO's) defeated former IBF light middleweight champion Kassim Ouma (26-7-1, 16 KO's) by a 10 round unanimous decision tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada The final judge's scores were 97-93, 97-93, 97-92. The fight was much closer than the scores handed down. I personally had Ouma winning the fight by two rounds. Martirosyan just didn't look good at all.
Martirosyan, 23, fought a fairly conservative fight throwing just enough power shots to win some of the rounds, but doing nothing really spectacular to impress in any real way. Martirosyan retained his little known NABF and NABO titles. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 17 - In continuing with its goal to expand boxing on a global level, Golden Boy Promotions is extremely pleased to announce that a strategic alliance with Khan Promotions has been entered into to promote one of boxing's hottest young World Champions, British superstar Amir Khan. Khan Promotions has teamed with Golden Boy to promote Khan with the goal of expanding his presence globally, particularly in the United States, and looks to continue his reign as World Champion in the biggest and best fights.
"I am really happy Khan Promotions is partnering with Golden Boy as I know that together they will be the right team to help me continue my career as an elite fighter and to expand my fan base to the United States and around the world," said Amir Khan. "I'm ready to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime and know that Golden Boy will help me accomplish these goals."
"Amir Khan is one of the most talented fighters in the world at any weight," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "That talent, combined with his charismatic and out-going personality, makes him a promoter's dream and I feel will one day lead him to being the face of boxing. We are extremely excited to team with Khan Promotions and look forward to introducing Amir to fight fans in the United States and around the world.. continue
Brendan Galbraith - The most recent renaissance of Irish boxing coincides with the fledgling Irish Boxing Supporters Club (IBSC) Awards, which will mark its second year by hosting the award ceremony at the An Culturiann in Belfast on Saturday 23rd January 2010.
The event is sponsored by Bogart Menswear and is organized by the IBSC in association with the Boxing Union of Ireland. This celebration of Irish boxing is undoubtedly a fantastic and timely addition to the boxing calendar. continue
by James Slater - Back in November of last year, British middleweights Paul Samuels and Cello Renda put on a closet classic that was so good it has reportedly had over a million hits on You Tube. The now famous double-knockdown that occurred in round-two of the fight eventually won by Samuels threw the fight into cult status. The three-round war was so good, a rematch was called for. And last night, on the under-card of the Rob Norton-David Dolan cruiserweight title fight, the two 160-pounders met again. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past week’s edition of On the Ropes featured two exclusive interviews. Highlighting this episode was a nice conversation with former undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding his last fight against Ubaldo Hernandez:
“It was a great feeling. I prepared myself well for it, and as you can see, it only went two rounds. It was a great night for me and I’m just looking forward to some more of those.”
On the debate between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather regarding the Olympic style drug testing:
“Mayweather’s got his beliefs, Pacquiao’s got his beliefs, they’re going just to ride it out. For them, it’s not about the money, they’re going to make the money anywhere.. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson - The Laredo Civic Center in Laredo, Texas was treated to an entertaining, albeit one-sided night of boxing as three up-and-coming fighters squared off against more experienced yet limited opposition this Friday Night.
Demetrius Andrade 9-0 (7 KO’s) of Providence, Rhode Island made quick work of Bernardo Guereca 15-10-1 (3 KO’s), who has now been knocked out six times in his career. At 6’1” the 21-year-old Olympian Andrade was simply too much for the 5’6” 36 year old from El Paso, knocking him out in the first round with a quick cross to the chin and hook to the ear. While Guereca should seriously consider retirement, Andrade should look towards a better challenge. Ringside commentator Teddy Atlas stated “let him fight the kind of guys who will help him develop.. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 15, 2010) – Popular host and play-by-play boxing announcer Nick Charles will make his return to ringside following a five-month battle with bladder cancer. Charles recently announced that he is 80 percent in remission and doctors have given him the go-ahead to return to work.
Charles will rejoin colleagues Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver on Friday, Jan. 29 when ShoBox: The New Generation kicks off the year with a 10-round bantamweight bout—Chris Avalos vs. Jose Nieves—LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
By P.H. Burbridge - The events of the last few weeks have left a lot of us wavering between frustrated to disillusioned to down right angry to hopeful. The fight we all wanted to see that once seemed just within our grasp was violently snatched away creating a void and also sparking the most hotly debated issue we’ve seen in a while. In the fall out two very distinct groups have emerged, the believers and the non-believers. Some have chosen to stand by Pacquiao and point to various scenarios while rationalizing his decision not to acquiesce while others view his refusal as absolute “proof” that he’s hiding something. The only people who know for certain what the truth is are Manny and his inner circle. Whatever the motivation we’ll all agree that some of us can accept it and others just can’t! So, regardless of which group you fit into it’s time to move on. At least, for now. There is some interest building for Manny’s March 13th title defense against former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20 KO’s) in Dallas, Texas but its hardly captured the fight worlds imagination. Perhaps another dose of HBO’s 24/7 will help convince some of us. Joshua Clottey is seen as one of those hard luck fighters who always seem just on the outside of the spotlight. He’s no slouch but he’s also not anybody’s secret weapon. We’ve seen him look good against decent fighters like Diego Corrales and Zab Judah but we’ve also been puzzled by his seeming inability to capitalize on opportunities against the likes of Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto. The old timers have a saying for fighters like Clottey, “He fights just hard enough to lose”. Everybody respects him because he’s likable and appears to have the required skill set to compete with anyone on any given night but he also has shown an inability to maintain a consistent attack at crucial moments in big fights. That’s what his history tells us and if you follow that line of thought then Joshua Clottey is the perfect opponent for Manny Pacquiao. continue
Victor Vasquez and Coy Evans thrilled a near capacity crowd at The Arena in Philadelphia as they scored thrilling knockouts that highlighted a five bout card that was promoted by Greg Robinson’s Productions in association with Unleashed Beverage Company. Vasquez and Gustavo Dailey waged a six round Lightweight war in what was the main event of the evening. Dailey came out firing and landed some hard wining shots for which Vasquez was successful in countering and the two way battle was on from the outset of the fight. The two stood toe to toe as they exchanged being the boss for moments of a time. continue
Paul Strauss - In medicine, a partial definition of idiopathic means a pain arising from an obscure or unknown cause. Floyd certainly isn't unknown, but the reasons behind his actions are what present the conundrum. For many boxing fans, it gives pause. Why would someone who seemingly is so obsessed with his legacy do what he did to snafu the biggest fight of his career? Why would someone who espouses greatness take actions that alienate him with fans? One can assume that at this stage of his career, he has been acting, saying and doing things in a certain way for so long that it has apparently become reality or truth for him. His behavior is not unlike the pathological prevaricator who gets so caught up in the situation that he has created that he is forced to continue to distort, bluff, mislead, and employ puffery to avoid punishment. continue
by Stuart Young - So, Ricky Hatton has announced he is not quite ready to join the pipe & slippers brigade just yet & plans at least one more fight before hanging up the gloves & enjoying his retirement.
He plans to begin training for his latest assault on the boxing world immediately after returning from holiday in Australia in a couple of weeks.
Admitting he was a "little bit heavier" than usual he said he expects to have two weeks shedding weight on his return from Oz before heading into a 12 week training camp designed to get him back to peak fitness & in fighting shape. It's seems to me from the length of time Ricky is planning to spend dieting & training that he is more than likely targeting a return to his former stomping ground of light welterweight. continue
by James Slater - Exciting puncher and former two-time world champion Randall Bailey could possibly be fighting for the IBF welterweight title in the coming months. This is the word according to promoter Lou DiBella, in speaking with ESPN.com. Reportedly, a Bailey-Jackson Osei Bonsu clash is in the works for March 12th in Belgium, and the bout will be an eliminator for the IBF 147-pound belt currently held by Jan Zaveck of Germany. continue
We have all been made aware of the devastating earthquake that has recently shattered the social fabric of Haiti. Reports coming out of the country confirm that tens of thousands of people are either reported deceased or severely injured. Thousands are unaccounted for. Hospitals are without electricity. Schools and orphanages lay in ruins. Portions of my family and friends who still reside on the island have been and are continuing to be affected daily as virtually the entire country is without power, water, food and basic necessities. There is a lot to be done and a lot that is needed. continue
by James Slater - There is less than two months to go until pound-for-pound #2 ranked star Floyd Mayweather Junior's March 13th fight takes place, yet we are still in the dark about who it will be that opposes "Money" when the bell rings. It really is about time Team-Mayweather get on with it and announced the opponent. We know who Manny Pacquiao, the pound-for-pound #1 is facing now that the super-fight everyone wanted to see is no more; Joshua Clottey - but what about Floyd?
The names that I keep hearing are Nate Campbell (not excited at all, as Nate is simply too small and doesn't hit hard enough), Paulie Malignaggi (a fraction more interested, but Paulie's lack of pop is a real concern), Timothy Bradley (slightly excited, seeing as how Tim is both undefeated and arguably as fast as Mayweather) Kermit Cintron (a decent choice, considering Kermit's one-punch KO power) and finally, Paul Williams (massively excited, for obvious reasons! continue
With the confirmation that Manny Pacquiao will continue campaigning at Welterweight, the IBO will go forward and open the Junior Welterweight division which will be contested by the two leading available contenders.
We were proud and privileged to have the best pound for pound fighter in the world hold the IBO Junior Welterweight World Title. continue
Pasadena, CA, January 15, 2010 - Spike TV presents the world television premiere of the award-winning documentary, "Facing Ali," Monday, February 15 (9:00-11:00pm ET/PT). Produced by Derik Murray (Legends of Hockey), Network Entertainment and Lionsgate in association with Spike TV, the film is directed by Pete McCormack (Uganda Rising) and delves into the fascinating life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in and out of the ring through the eyes of those who fought him. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - In 2009, Russian boxing prospect Alexander Ustinov has emerged in the worldwide heavyweight ratings. Boxing fans and experts are now pondering the question of what Ustinov’s fighting abilities are, and what the future holds for him.
Presently, Ustinov’s record is 19-0, including 15 kayos. He is ranked sixth worldwide by the WBA, and he holds the EBA regional heavyweight title. There are conflicting reports that Ustinov may hold another regional belt – the WBA International heavyweight title – as well. Ustinov is clearly upwardly mobile in the ratings and he will face a top-notch opponent before long.
Last month Ustinov won a unanimous decision against former contender Monte Barrett. Arguably, Barrett is the most skilled opponent on Ustinov’s record, so this bout gives boxing aficionados a good chance to assess his potential as a fighter. continue
By Paul Strauss: There's much at stake in the upcoming matchup scheduled for February 5th, 2010 between Allan Green and Sakio Bika. According to comments made by promoter Lou Dibella to BoxingScene, the fight will be televised by Showtime from the Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Calif. Dibella added that the winner will step in for Jermain Taylor and fight middleweight champion Andre Ward on April 17th, 2010.
The timing is interesting, because the following night Showtime is scheduled to televise the big fight between Edwin Valero and Antonio DeMarco. Also, if the February 5th fight ends up being tough on the winner, then he will have little recovery time and a shortened new camp for the April engagement. If there's an early knockout, then of course he will be sharp and rested for Ward. continue
World title hopeful Krzysztof Bienias has warned Kell Brook that a harsh Polish winter has made him a hungry fighter ahead of their February 13 clash. Former European title challenger Bienias will take on rising British star Brook in an eliminator for the WBO World Welterweight crown at Wembley Arena on the huge Night of the Champion extravaganza promoted by Frank Warren. Both men are riding high in the WBO rankings, but Bienias says he'll come out on top in the fight after a tough training camp in his home city of Warsaw. While temperatures have plummeted in the UK over recent weeks, they've been even colder in Eastern Europe, but that hasn't stopped Bienias from getting in shape outdoors. continue
(January 14, 2010) After reading comments made to the Puerto Rican press by the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya, stating that Kermit Cintron is “a great choice” to take on Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the spring, Cintron has set out to make sure de la Hoya knows the interest is mutual.
Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) has been recognized as one of boxing’s best pound-for-pound fighter for several years, but has recently come under scrutiny for not taking on the perceived toughest opposition. However, there will be no such pubic umbrage over a bout with Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs), who has twice held the welterweight crown and whose only losses have come at the hands of Antonio Margarito, a fighter currently under suspension for tampering with his gloves.
“There is no bigger fan of Floyd Mayweather, Jr.’s talent than myself,” said Cintron. “But the whole world wants to see Floyd fight a big, strong welterweight, and that’s where I step in. Everyone knows I can punch and Alfredo Angulo will tell you I can box, too. If Floyd wants to prove he’s a legit welterweight, I’m the guy he needs to fight.. continue
by James Slater - Shortly after his exciting but losing rumble with Chris Arreola, back in December, 34-year-old Brian Minto said he'd fight guys his own size in the future. The 4th-round TKO loss at the hands of Arreola seems to have convinced Minto of that which a good number of fans have been saying for a while now - that he should drop a few pounds and make some noise as a 200-pounder. According to BoxRec, Minto will indeed fight as a cruiserweight in March. continue
Rik Hine - The boxing New Year appears to be off to an inauspicious start. On the one hand we’re currently being denied the one fight that every boxing fan wants to see. On the other, we’re being offered the one fight that no one in his right mind wants to witness. It doesn’t help that Golden Boy Promotions has a hand in both affairs. And whilst they can’t be blamed for failing to get Floyd to sign for the fight against Manny Pacquiao, they sure should be for backing Bernard Hopkins versus Roy Jones Jr.
What we’re being offered in these aging athletes is B-Hop, who wins but lately looks bad doing so, against Jones Jr., who loses but looks good whilst he’s upright. continue
By Juan Carlos Castillo: WBA Welterweight Champion Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KO’s) surprised many of us last January when he destroyed ex-Champion Mexican Antonio Margarito. It was not him, defeating Margarito, but the way he did what led us to consider him the best Welterweight in the World. Then, you have Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KO’s) who will face the most difficult test of his career when he collides with Mosley. Berto, while still undefeated, won the Welterweight title beating an old and lets be real, not a top-fighter in Steve Forbes, whose record and opponents speaks for themselves.
Common elements between the two fighters: both of them have speed, both have records which leads us to believe they are knockout winners and they both have pretty solid stamina. That, combined with their coming-forward motion of fighting will spread into a brawl. Berto will lay mostly on his speed and wild punches while Mosley will target Berto’s chin and try to counterpunch when Berto gets out of position.
There’s no reason to even compare their opponents since Berto is coming up and Mosley has demonstrated his talent. However, ruling out Berto is not fair, since he’s a titleholder and he has what it takes to bring down a fighter like Mosley is 38 years old, and for this analysis I’m not ruling out Mosley getting old overnight, but I don’t see any reason to believe he will. continue
by James Slater - There are a number of exciting and unbeaten Cuban fighters who are currently making names for themselves as well as closing in on world titles. Having defected from their homeland so as to make it at pro level, talented operators like super-bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux (considered by good judges to be THE best prospect in world boxing today), heavyweight Odlanier Soils and light-middleweight Erislandy Lara have brought much interest to the sport. continue
by James Slater - Most fans seem to think, probably correctly, that British heavyweight Audley Harrison, the 2000 super-heavyweight Olympic gold medallist, has well and truly missed the boat as far as having any chance of winning a world heavyweight title is concerned. But the 38-year-old southpaw doesn't agree. Well know for the past few years, has been "A-Force's" amazing refusal to give in on his dream, and the next step for the former sure thing to become a world ruler is to be a shot at the European heavyweight belt. continue
by James Slater - Back on December 2nd of last year, when former great Roy Jones Junior was stunningly upset inside a round by Australian hard man Danny Green, fans everywhere thought for sure the pencilled in return fight between Jones and Bernard Hopkins had gone for good. Set for the spring of 2010, some seventeen years after the two had first met down at middleweight, the rematch had people talking. Then came Green and it was thought B-Hop would face "The Green Machine" instead.
Talks began for such a fight, but in the end money issues that could not be settled ruined the potential match-up. Things got even more interesting regarding Green , though, when the beaten Jones claimed his foe had beaten him due to illegally wrapped hands (this appeal on the part of the Jones team is ongoing). Suddenly everyone had forgotten all about Jones-Hopkins II.
But Hopkins, who beat Enrique Ornelas in his own tune-up on Dec. 2nd, may still get the chance to get his revenge. Even after his former rival had been smashed by Green, Hopkins said the second fight between he and Jones should still go ahead. Buying into the "Jones was robbed" line, the soon-to-be 45-year-old legend claimed the Green loss did nothing to diminish interest in Jones-Hopkins II. continue
The dawn of a new decade signifies the beginning of another exciting period for Irish boxing with the stars of the next generation being showcased on the Yanjing Fight Night at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, February 13th. For the first time ever a record breaking 4 Irish titles will be up for grabs on the same night with the Heavyweight, Super Middleweight, Lightweight and Featherweight belts on the line. The event will be headlined by the long talked about clash between unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray and Dublin's Oisin “Gael Force” Fagan in their Irish Lightweight decider. continue
Billy Joe Saunders has been given added incentive to look for KO victories - he needs to keep his good looks for a career in modelling! And it's not just any old modelling, as Saunders has just completed a photoshoot for Vogue Hommes magazine, one of the world's leading men's style publications. It follows an earlier assignment for Love Magazine, but Saunders insists that he won't be swapping the boxing ring for the catwalk any time soon. "It's a laugh doing the modelling and I'm flattered that people think I'm good looking enough," said Saunders. continue
By Mike “Mykers” Boehm - In recent years, boxing has silenced all critics who say, “it’s a dying sport.” More specifically, the welterweight division has proved this alone with the fierce competition that has evolved from a day to day basis. Consequently, these allegations are constantly up for debate on cold hard facts; in which everyone has their immediate rendition. However, patience is a virtue…and with this, there is no question that we have quite the chess match in boxing at the end of this month.
Eagerly, we wait with anticipation for the great unification welterweight battle between Shane Mosley and Andre Berto on January 30, 2010. The beginning of this year promises to become another great year for boxing, and so it goes. The breakdown itself of the welterweight clash is an interesting one. There is so much speculation of who will leave the ring victorious and who won’t. Each fighter has plenty of magical tricks that will no doubt prove who’s the better man. However, let’s try to suppress some of the speculation by looking at the advantages and disadvantages of the art of war. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 13 – Former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara has made his mark in the professional ranks with the same speed and impact that his blistering combinations make on his opponents, and after just nine fights, he appears to be ready to graduate to the next level. On Friday, January 29, the undefeated rising star will be featured in a 10-round junior middleweight bout that will push Lara to the limit as he takes on 154-pound standout and the winner of the second season of “The Contender,” Grady Brewer. Lara vs. Brewer will be the opening bout of the Fox Sports Net telecast headlined by Campillo vs. Shumenov II from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Rik Hine - You have to wonder if there’s anyone in the world, other than the man himself, who really wants to see Ricky Hatton fight again. Still his own vote seems sufficient, as he made clear yesterday, by confirming that his return to the ring will take place some time this summer.
In one sense it isn’t difficult to understand why Hatton wants to throw his hat in the ring one more time; the devastating way in which he was dispatched by Pacquiao must be hard for him to forget. But nothing he does will erase that knockout from the collective memory either. continue
by James Slater - Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey landed the biggest fight of his career when the eagerly awaited Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Junior fight fell apart. The teak-tough 32-year-old from Ghana received the great news last week whilst in his homeland of Ghana, and yesterday the 35-3(20) warrior arrived back in New York. Having had some bad luck recently - what with his big fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley, originally set for Boxing Day, 2009, called off - Clottey is at last the beneficiary of some fortune his hard work has earned him.
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me on the upcoming mega-fight with the pound-for-pound king, the always modest and easygoing Clottey had the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: Congratulations on getting the huge fight with Pacquiao! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, Joshua, I know you've got a lot going on. First of all, is this the best possible fight you could have hoped for? If you could have picked your dream fight, would this fight with Manny Pacquiao have been it?
Joshua Clottey: Thank you very much. Yes, this is the fight I have always wanted. I've always wanted fights like this - against the best fighters in the world. I really want to prove my point in this fight, prove to the whole world that I am the best. I'm so happy about getting this fight with the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. continue
(WINTER HAVEN, FLA.) – WBC Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) is devastated by the catastrophic earthquake, which hit the island nation of Haiti on Tuesday. He had the following comments about the tragedy and rescue efforts he will be developing to assist the people in the island nation.
“I’m devastated by everything currently happening in Haiti. As everybody knows, I have a lot of family members in Haiti and proudly represented Haiti in the 2004 Olympic Games. Like many other Haitian-Americans, my family and I are working to reach my loved ones. From what we have learned to this point, some of my family members are still missing and we have already been informed that members of my family have passed away in the earthquake. continue
Paul McCreath - Germany has turned out most of the top heavyweight boxers in recent years and now we have another rising fast. Many of these boxers are not actually German but they fight there almost exclusively and are well accepted by German fans. We had the Klitschko brothers, Vlad Virchis and Alex Dimitrenko from Ukraine, Alex Povetkin, Nicolay Valuev and now Denis Boytsov from Russia. Ruslan Chagaev came from Uzbekistan, Francesco Pianeta from Italian extraction and now we have Manuel Charr from Lebanon. continue
COPENHAGEN (January 13, 2010) – Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) will rely on the coaching brilliance of Jimmy Montoya when he takes on WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) in the second round of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Montoya, a living legend, has been appointed the new head trainer following the opening-round loss against Andre Ward. He is no stranger to the Danish superstar, having worked in his corner as an assistant trainer on countless of occasions.
“I really look forward to working with Jimmy,” Kessler said. “Just like (Joe) Calzaghe, Ward managed to take my strengths away from me. Neither my corner nor I found any solutions during the fight. But I need to cope with this kind of situations, so I decided to make some changes. It was a very hard decision to part company with my dear friend Ricard Olsen, who has been in my corner in each and every fight of my career. Richard made me the fighter I am today – without him I would never have made it to this level. I owe him big time and will forever be in his debt for his great support.. continue
by James Slater - After months of speculation on the subject, former light-welterweight king Ricky Hatton has today confirmed he will be having at least one more fight before hanging up the gloves. This news has been widely reported on the net, and the return is likely to divide fans and experts down the middle. Some people feel the 31-year-old "Hitman" should play it safe and not step into the ring again - former trainer Billy Graham, and former promoter Frank Warren for two examples. While other people feel Hatton should give it one more go - potential opponent Amir Khan for one. continue
Commentary by P.H. Burbridge - Most people believe that the fight of the century collapsed because one fighter made an unprecedented demand while the other became uncharacteristically defensive. But, the truth is BOTH fighters made unprecedented demands and only one agreed while the other called his lawyer. Floyd Mayweather Jr on the advice of his father wanted random blood testing written into the contract while Manny Pacquiao on the advice of his trainer wanted a penalty of 10 million dollars per pound for every pound Mayweather came in over the agreed upon weight. Mayweather agreed to that unbelievable penalty while Pacquiao and team decided that they would not or could not agree to random blood testing. That’s it in a nutshell. continue
by James Slater - With fans currently taking in the recent news that former middleweight king Jermain Taylor has decided to withdraw from the "Super Six" super-middleweight tournament he was scheduled to next fight in in April, one obvious question has surely sprung to mind - who will replace the warrior known as "Bad Intentions?"
Sure, his many fans are also left wondering what the future will hold for Taylor, whether or not he will fight again, etc, but the tournament must go on and that means a replacement for Jermain has to be found; and quick. Enter Sakio Bika and Allan Green.
Suddenly, as the word from a number of sources suggests it will very likely be the winner of the February 5th bout that heads to the tourney, the Bika-Green match-up is a hugely important one. Already an interesting fight, Bika-Green now holds much more significance. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 21 – A comprehensive analysis by highly-regarded punch stat compiler and analyst CompuBox supports Team Shumenov’s original contention, as well as the contention of the vast majority of fans in attendance, that Beibut Shumenov deserved to win a unanimous 12-round decision against Gabriel Campillo in their August 15, 2009 World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight World Championship fight. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 12 – As the first and only Hispanic Heavyweight World Champion paves his way through the boxing history books, John Ruiz, has joined forces with Golden Boy Promotions to help guide his path. The Puerto Rican descendant has accomplished a lot throughout his career, including appearances in 11 world title bouts in the last decade, but Ruiz has plenty more in store and believes 2010 will be his year.
“I’m excited to become a member of the Golden Boy Promotions family and know that I have a great future ahead of me,” said Ruiz. “I’m going to continue to make history and break records one fight at a time, starting with David Haye this spring. I know Golden Boy will help get me back to the top of the heavyweight division and to secure my place in the boxing history books.. continue
Per Ake Persson: WBO lightheavy champ Juergen Braehmer was sentenced to 16 months in jail today - without probation - for his part in an assault affair in Schwerin, Germany that dates all the way back to September of 2008. There was to begin with two different affairs but one case was settled out of court. In the second case however the prosecutor refused to allow the complaint to be withdrawn citing public interest. It will be the third time the champ has to do hard time and he was on probation from a previous sentence when this incident took place. I was told in Magdeburg this past weekend that the public prosecutors in Schwerin have worked very hard to put Braehmer away.
WBA middleweight mandatory challenger Gennadyi Golovkin has joined the long list of boxers who have a contractual dispute with Universum. Golovkin, a very talented fighter, has reportedly already had talks with promoters in the US but Universum still claim promotional rights. As to why Universum all of a sudden have a whole bunch of fighters that want to leave is, I believe, connected to the expiring TV deal with ZDF. Another problem is marketing of the likes of Golovkin, Sergey Dzinziruk and others. They are the real thing boxing wise but not German where Universum´s main market is. TV in Kazachstan, Ukraine and elsewhere in the ex-USSR do have some money but not enough to carry a major league boxer and that leaves everybody unhappy. continue
TKO Boxing Promotions will bring its nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series to the beautiful Gulf Coast city of Tampa, Florida on Friday, February 19th at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion. Featured at “FIGHT NIGHT AT THE PAVILION” will be numerous local fan favorites including world ranked lightweight Edner “CHERRY BOMB” Cherry, fast rising Jamaican heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas and sensational newcomer, junior welterweight Joseph Elegele. continue
LITTLE ROCK, January 12, 2010 - Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17KO's) former undisputed middleweight champion has made a decision regarding his future boxing career. Taylor, who was a participant in SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic last fought on October 17th in a losing battle against Arthur Abraham in Berlin, Germany.
"I'm going to take some time off from the sport of boxing and take myself out of SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic tournament. It's important that I give my body and mind some much needed rest, because I have been boxing for nearly 20 years," said Taylor. "I plan on keeping myself in shape and making a return to the sport sometime in the future. This was not an easy decision for me, having discuss it with my family, trainer, friends and my adviser Al Haymon, because I'm a very competitive person-but I know this is the smart road for me to take. I want to thank SHOWTIME Sports for everything and I wish the best for my 5 counterparts who will continue on in the Super Six tournament. Most of all, I want to thank the many fans for their continued support."
by Geoffrey Ciani - I have been following the sport of boxing for almost twenty-five years. The first fight I remember seeing was the epic encounter between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. I was only ten years old at the time, and I remember being absolutely mesmerized by the back and forth action. Before the fight’s conclusion, I had officially become a boxing fan. Of course, I would soon learn that this was an exception rather than the rule. Not all boxing matches would be as exciting and action packed as this instant classic. Even still, I began to grow a deep appreciation for the sweet science.
Throughout the years following, I continued tuning in and my appreciation grew deeper. During the late 80s, the 90s, and the 00s, I watched an awful lot of boxing and witnessed many big fights. continue
by James Slater - According to a number of web sites, there is a strong chance WBA light-middleweight champion Yuri Foreman could be making the first defence of the title he won with a points win over Daniel Santos against another Puerto Rican , in Miguel Cotto. Nothing has been made official as of yet, but it will be no real surprise if the fight does get the go ahead.
The date being bandied around is June 12th, and the suggested venue is Madison Square Garden in New York. So, the hugely popular Cotto would be having yet another fight on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade and against a fighter who has his own army of fans in New York. A natural fight, then. But who wins? continue
Frank Warren says British boxing is in great shape as it enters a new decade - and he's got 10 fighters to prove it. Warren hosted a press conference yesterday in London, where he was joined by the young professionals he's backing to make it to the very top. All 10 have had less than 10 fights in the paid ranks, and are yet to challenge for honours. But Warren believes that the youngsters have massive potential and could become as big as any of the stars he has worked with. The 10 fighters are Olympic Gold Medallist James DeGale, Amateur World Champion Frankie Gavin, as well as amateur standouts Billy Joe Saunders, Thomas Costello, Stephen Smith, Liam Smith, Ronnie Heffron, and Norfolk's trio of Walsh brothers, Ryan, Liam and Michael*. continue
by James Slater - 24-year-old Edwin Rodriguez is an exciting unbeaten middleweight who lives in Worcester, Massachusetts. The 6'1" talent with the 13-0(9) pro record was born in The Dominican Republic and came to live in America in 1998. Turning his hand to boxing in 2002, the Lou DiBella-promoted fighter nicknamed "La Bomba" had a good amateur career. Compiling a record of 84-9, Rodriguez captured a National Golden Gloves title at 165-pounds in 2006.
Also during his unpaid career, Rodriguez travelled to England, where he met and was defeated by a certain James DeGale. Turning pro in early 2008, the prospect had a busy year; winning eight fights in his first year. Hampered by elbow trouble (bone spurs on both elbows) Edwin had to undergo surgery in March of 2009, thus slowing his progress a touch.
Now 100-percent, "pain-free" and looking ahead to a busy 2010, the Peter Manfredo Senior-trained middleweight is excited about his upcoming appearance on the Mosley-Berto card in Las Vegas.
A polite and modest person, Rodriguez began by describing his fighting style. continue
Boxing fans are well aware that the first big fight of 2010 will be the welterweight championship showdown between Sugar Shane Mosley and Andre Berto at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, January 30, which will be televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing. Now, they're also going to get the first big boxing event of 2010, as Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment are pleased to announce a series of intriguing undercard matchups to get the year started in an explosive fashion. continue
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 27th, 2010 current WBC USA Heavyweight Champion and world ranked #11 heavyweight boxer Derric "El Leon" Rossy (22-2, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against Alexis Mejias (10-2, 4 KOs). This bout is just one of many scheduled by Winky Promotions in association with Final Forum for the Knockout Fight Club event taking place at the M2 Ultra Lounge in Manhattan. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 55th 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 master Producer Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
• The apparent collapse of Mayweather-Pacquiao negotiations
• The upcoming fight between Joshua Clottey and Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium on March 13
• Floyd Mayweather will also have a fight on March 13 against a to be determined foe
• Recap of the return of Friday Night Fights which saw Roman Karmazin defeat Dionisio Miranda via 10th round TKO. continue
(January 11, 2010) With rumors swirling about what will be happening with the World Boxing Council 154 lb. title, champion Sergio Martinez has come out to set the record straight. In short, despite the wishes of some to become champion without having to go through “Maravilla”, Martinez has no plans on relinquishing the belt anytime soon. continue
On February 6th, on the eve of Super Bowl XLIV, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returns to Atlantic City for the first time in the 2010, to present an exciting action packed card from the Tropicana Casino and Resort. Headlining the show will be Atlantic City's own welterweight contender, Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (20-2, 11KO) taking on knockout artist Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16KO) in an exciting ten round welterweight showdown. In the co- feature bout of the evening, heavyweight fan favorite, Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23KO), coming off a hard fought decision loss to former two-time cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck, returns to action to take on Dominique "Diamond" Alexander (19-7-1, 9KO). The bout is scheduled for eight rounds. continue
By Romeo Robles - Foreseeing the future is tough to do in any sport, and especially difficult for boxing since fights are made behind closed doors. Despite this, the boxing public knows that Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. plans to fight on March 13. His opponents, as of now, could be Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, Jr., Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell, Paul “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, or Kermit “El Asesino” Cintron. All of these fighters are world class athletes and each deserves his shot at making a large sum of money through a fight with “Money”. To illustrate, Tim Bradley shined in his last bout exhibiting increased power and faster lateral movement, Campbell is a former unified lightweight champion, Malignaggi showed first class determination and heart in his two fights with Juan Diaz, and Cintron wins by KO in almost every one of his fights.
However, is it likely for any of these fighters to truly beat Mayweather on March 13? Most of the boxing public would say no. In fact, many will argue that this is a continuation of Mayweather’s habit of handpicking smaller opponents to protect his undefeated record except in the case that he selects Cintron as his opponent. Given this widely held public belief about Mayweather, the obvious fight he should select is Cintron in order to prove doubters and naysayers incorrect. Actually, it would be in Mayweather’s best interest in terms of his legacy to fight Cintron at the junior middleweight limit. continue
By Tony Nobbs - There were a couple of surprises on the under card – but not in the main as Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 ko’s) defeated fellow Sydney fighter Rob Medley (27-3, 17 ko’s) by unanimous decision at the Entertainment Center in the NSW capital last night.
In a fast paced and entertaining twelve round bout Mundine, 34, was too skilled. Medley, 27, had his moments, taking a few rounds through sheer volume of punches but over all lacked the power to get on top of Mundine who was more accurate. Mundine looked a little out of sorts at times, and is defenitely hampered by hip and groin problems but in the eigth round he gave the packed crowd some razzle dazzle with an Ali Shuffle, and was a class above at the end of the night. Scores were 117-112, 117-113, 117-115. ESB saw it 117-111. continue
Contrary to stories in the press put about by Sturm’s side in the last few weeks, Felix Sturm remains under exclusive contract to Universum. Universum will take any legal steps necessary to ensure that Felix Sturm remains obliged to fulfil his exclusive contract with Universum until 2012, when the contract ends. We will not tolerate his participation in any boxing matches which violate our exclusive contractual rights. continue
by James Slater - Mexico's Antonio Margarito had his year-long suspension installed last January (or thereabouts) and the former champion has now served his time and is expected to return to action this year. According to BoxRec, his always-inevitable return will take place on March 13th, as the 31-year-old will appear on the under-card of the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey bill (which is all but confirmed a 100-percent as taking place in Dallas on March 13th).
According to the usually reliable, and invaluable, source that is BoxRec, "The Tijuana Tornado" will face 23-year-old light-middleweight Carson Jones of Oklahoma, at welterweight, in a bout scheduled for ten-rounds. And, as much as many fans still have genuine dislike for the man who was allegedly caught attempting to cheat with the aid of illegally-wrapped hands going into his Jan. 24th 2009 fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley, it cannot be denied how the Mexican's return will attract a ton of publicity.
Indeed, if the talked-of double-date showdown between Pacquiao Vs. Clottey and Mayweather Vs. whoever goes ahead, Margarito's presence on the Dallas show could sway many fans to attend that show instead of the one in Dallas (Bob Arum sure is a shrewd guy!). continue
ARLINGTON, TX (January 10, 2010) – The stars will fight, big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Jerry Jones and Bob Arum, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and chairman of Top Rank, respectively, announced today that Cowboys Stadium would be the site of the MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JOSHUA CLOTTEY World Welterweight Championship fight taking place on Saturday, March 13 and broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View. Formal news conferences at Cowboys Stadium and in New York next week will provide details on tickets and the pay-per-view broadcast. Pacquiao vs. Clottey will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Dallas Cowboys and MP Promotions. Pacquiao and Clottey boast a combine record of 85-6-2 (59 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 91% and a victory by knockout ratio of nearly 70%.
“I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and the best?” asked Jones. “Manny Pacquiao is boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound attraction and the world champion. Manny defending his title against Joshua Clottey is not just a great fight, it’s a great event, and one we can showcase to the fullest in Cowboys Stadium. We’re going to promote this like it was the Super Bowl.. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - In lieu of a boxing version of the Super Bowl or World Series, the best we could hope for would be a big fight between two of the most hyped up fighters in the sport. And obviously that would mean Floyd vs. Manny. But now, we can’t even have that. I wanted to see if Floyd could counter punch the aggressive Manny with the kind of success he enjoyed over Ricky Hatton. But you had to figure this fight somehow wouldn’t happen, something would kill it. Businessmen fighters want low risks and high rewards. This fight may have been too dangerous for Floyd to risk. So here’s to the big media hype job followed by an equally big let down. Thanks Floyd.
What kind of businessman boxer lets a 30 million dollar fight go down the drain is a mystery--or is it? continue
by James Slater - With the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight seemingly all set for Dallas on March 13th, fans are wondering what Floyd Mayweather Junior will do for his next fight. Well, according to the latest word on the net, "Money" will also fight on March 13th, at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Going head-to-head at the box office with the man he should have met head on in the ring, Mayweather is, according to ESPN.com, looking at facing either Paulie Malignaggi, Nate Campbell, Timothy Bradley or Kermit Cintron.
If this is indeed what happens, then, and the two pound-for-pound rivals, who may never actually settle their differences in the ring, fight on the same night in different venues and on different TV stations - who will come out on top at the box office?
Promoter Bob Arum is hoping to get 50,000 fans to come to the Pacquiao-Clottey fight at The Dallas Cowboys stadium, but now, with another big fight set to take place in Vegas that same day, maybe the fans will be split right down the middle about where to go. continue
Eugene Carnachan - In an undercard match up to the Contender Australia final Nader Hamdan 42-7-0 went up against the current Australian middle weight champion in Junior Talipeau 14-1-0. Their relationship during Contender Australia was marred by verbal barbs fired each way. This match up was seen as a battle between the old bull in Hamdan and the young bull in Talipeau. In the main event is Kariz Kariuki V Garth Woods. continue
In what can only be termed as a wildly crazy, unpredictable and sometimes disappointing year, 2009 will surely not be soon forgotten by Star Boxing Founder and CEO Joe DeGuardia.
Star Boxing promoted and was in association with numerous successful events throughout the year, starting in February at New York City's Roseland Ballroom. continue
Chahli B. (Los Angeles, CA): I don't think you seem to understand that Pacquiao is not willing to cater to Mayweather's demands. Why do you think Pacquiao should do something that no one has ever been asked to do in the history of the sport?
Vivek W. (ESB): As I've said in previous segments, I find this to be far greater than any one mans demands on the other. This is one mans legacy here, whether many are willing to see it that way or not. The brush of speculation has been painted over this whole entire affair, and at there's only one man who can cure it, yet he has denied the only tangible option available to validate a clarifying position one way or the other. As far as this being the ONLY time this has been done in the sport; I think proper research can put that rumor to rest, as well. Leading up to the second Holyfield/Tyson fight, Mike Tyson demanded a steroid test from Evander Holyfield that was not part of the normal protocol. The difference there was that Holyfield played his cards differently. Realizing that it was some type of mental tricknology initiated from Team Tyson, he decided to oblige, simply requesting that the results not be known until after the fight, so that he can have Tyson enter the ring under the impression that he was facing a man with an unfair advantage - thus giving himself an "excuse to lose again" prior to entering the ring. continue
By Romeo Roblesod- The world eagerly awaited the superfight between Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Floyd “Money” Mayweather to be finalized. However, we were sorely disappointed to learn that the bout unraveled due to a blood testing dispute. Despite the efforts of both sides to resolve the conflict, boxing fans are left with a bout between Pacquiao and Joshua “The Grandmaster” Clottey. At first glance, it feels like the boxing public was swindled out of a sports car and left with a family sedan. It’s a situation that leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. We were promised greatness, but we were left with two men that couldn’t settle their differences. Despite the obvious letdown, the Pacquiao-Clottey fight provides some excitement.
It is an important bout for the welterweight division because it clears up any doubt surrounding WBO welterweight championship. Last June, Clottey and Cotto fought their hearts out in a memorable fight. continue
IAN NAPA has left home to make sure he's in shape for his British bantamweight title defence against Jamie McDonnell at Brentwood Centre on January 22. The big freeze has meant that Napa cannot run near his home in East London and is moving into a hotel with trainer Brian Lawrence today (Mon). Hackney's Napa (19-7) cannot afford to lose against his Yorkshire rival especially after being nominated to fight Frenchman Jerome Arnould for the vacant European title. Promoter Frank Maloney: "It is a wise move by Ian and the gym won't just keep him away from distractions. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly is now ranked at number-three in the IBF light-heavyweight ratings. The 22-year-old (23 in Feb.) who already holds the British and Commonwealth titles at 175-pounds has spoken of his desire to become a world champion, yet he has made it clear he is in no immediate hurry. However, with his (vacant) European title fight with Italian Antonio Brancalion (originally set for Jan. 29th) now off and with his high rating with the IBF, could Cleverly conceivably opt to face unbeaten IBF champ Tavoris Cloud sooner than anyone expected?
Even if he sticks with his plan of first winning the European title (assuming he can get the seemingly reluctant Italian to face him), there's a great chance Cleverly, 18-0(8) will face Florida's Cloud sometime this year. And, as good as he's looked thus far in his exciting pro career, could the tall-for-the-weight talent manage a win in 2010?
Cloud, a fine, all-action fighter who throws a ton of shots in every round, may not have even heard of Cleverly, and he may instead be focusing on facing next the winner of the Yusaf Mack-Glen Johnson IBF elimination bout. continue
Newark, NJ—Brooklyn’s Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin takes on Ecuador’s Fernando Zuniga in what promises to be an electrifying Super Middleweight semi-final to the highly anticipated matchup between Heavyweights Tomasz Adamek of Jersey City and Jason Estrada of Providence, RI when Main Events’ Brick City Boxing Series returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Feb. 6th. The 36-year old Zuniga represents the toughest foe to date for the unbeaten Quillin. Now living in Downey, CA, Zuniga (28-9, 20 KO’s) holds wins over Troy Rowland and Carlos DeLeon, Jr. He won his last two matches, over DeLeon by KO and over Daniel Stanislajevic by decision. Throughout his career he has fought the best, including ex-champs William Joppy and Charles Brewer, as well as contenders Sam Soliman, Thomas Tate, David Lopez and Ricardo Cortes. continue
by James Slater: It's still way too early to expect George Foreman III, AKA "Monk" Foreman to take a testing fight, due to how the late-to-the-game son of a heavyweight legend had absolutely no amateur career. And the 26-year-old sure wasn't tested in the slightest last night in Tacoma, as he dispatched a quite hapless 41-year-old named Yul Witherspoon.
Despite sharing his surname with the former two-time alphabelt heavyweight champ Tim Witherspoon (no relation), Yul Witherspoon showed almost no fighting talent at all. Reportedly flinching from thrown punches immediately in the mismatch, the unknown who is now 1-3 was taken out, with barely a sweat from the huge Foreman, at just two-minutes and 39-seconds of the opening round. continue
by Stuart Young - Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera & Juan Manuel Marquez.
Unquestionably the most revered boxing sons to come out of Mexico since the great Julio Cesar Chavez.
It seems with their 'boxing lifespan' either over or seemingly on the wane, now would be as good a time as any, to look back over their careers & try to determine which of this famous trio of fighters history will judge more favourably.
Undoubtedly, all 3 are nailed on first time ballot hall of famers - I don’t think anyone would deny them that, where they stand in relation to each other in boxing’s great hierarchy is what we shall try to focus on.
Erik Morales retired with a record of W48 L6 D0 (34 KO's) - Morales managed to win multiple world titles in 3 different weight divisions. continue
by James Slater - 29-year-old former "Contender" star Peter Manfredo Junior takes one more step in his quest to become middleweight world champion on January 29th, as "The Pride of Providence" faces the tough Matt Vanda in an NABF middleweight title bout.
Currently 33-6(18) and 2-0(2) since his loss to the much bigger Sakio Bika, Manfredo is taking his time as he works his way towards his world title shot at a much-more-comfortable-for-him weight of 160-pounds. "The Predator," 42-9(22) has won his last three outings and he has only been stopped once as a pro. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2010) – New Jersey heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, winner of the 2002 ‘Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” fighting January 29 for the first time in more than two years, against veteran Billy “The Kid” Zumbrun in Albuquerque. The 33-year-old Harris (20-14-2, 10 KOs) is genuine, no hype, and the often mismanaged fighter plans to get back into the heavyweight title picture with his new promoter, Boxing 360. He’s beaten some of the best, lost to inferior opponents on several occasions, and overall has failed to live-up to his physical potential. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Former IBF Welterweight champion Joshua Clottey is ready to wrestle away the WBO crown from the grips of Manny Pacquiao when he meets the Philippine on March 13 in Las Vegas. Clottey last fought in June last year when he lost a close split points decision to Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto, a fight that the Ghanaian still believes he won. A supposed eliminator against former WBO Welterweight champ Carlos Quintana last December 5 fell through but the 32 year old has now got the big fight he craves.
“I am so happy to fight Pacquiao because when you fight such opponents it means you are also in the game. I must say I was surprised when I got the call to fight Pacquiao. It is a big fight and even though I was not expecting it, I am up for it and ready to beat him in March,” Joshua told this writer in Accra where he has been holidaying since Christmas.
The left-handed Manny Pacquiao had to settle on Clottey as the opponent for March 13 after the supposed mega multi-million fight with Floyd Mayweather was called off following the two camps’ failure to agree terms over blood testing. Pacquaio will be defending the WBO Welterweight crown he so decisively won against Cotto, and Clottey is too aware of the Pacman’s huge billing in today’s pound-for-pound boxing. continue
Cleveland, OH - "ESPN Friday Night Fights" invades Cleveland, OH on February 19th live from the Wolstein Center on the campus of Cleveland State University. The star studded night of boxing will feature the homecoming of 2008 United States Olympic Team member and undefeated professional Shawn "Showtime" Porter in a twelve round main event against Russell Jordan of Rochester, NY for the NABO Jr. Middleweight Title. Cleveland's Porter 12-0 (10 KO's), recently named as one of ESPN's top 20 prospects in the world today, will bring his exciting all action style to the bout against Jordan 15-6 (10 KO's) in the Jr. Middleweight clash. The bout will feature an interesting clash of styles as Porter, who stands 5'7" and is orthodox, will try to impose his will on the taller southpaw Jordan, who stands 6'2". continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Here is what we know; the fight is off! If you frequent this boxing site at all then you obviously know that the fight I am talking about is Floyd Mayweather Junior verses Manny Pacquiao. Two of the best, if not the two best fighters, in the boxing game today. The fight that we all wanted to see is officially shelved and both sides are in full blame mode. Some suggest it’s a ploy to build more hype. Others suggest both guys are being over the top ridiculous in their demands. It’s Floyd’s fault. It’s Manny’s fault. It’s Roach’s fault. Blame it on Ellerbe, de la Hoya, Golden Boy, the Boxing Commission, whatever! Come what may in terms of litigation the fight is off.
Of course as is the nature of boxing fans we are all taking sides. Proponents of Mayweather suggest he was right to request random Olympic style blood testing. After all, Pacquiao’s physical growth is well documented. Even HBO displayed photos of him for the last few years and you can see the obvious physical growth. He’s a much thicker man than he was even two years ago when he was facing the likes of David Diaz and Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
By Paul Strauss - Roman's nickname is made in hell, but tonight it could have been made my hell, because he let Miranda get to him on at least two occasions, and almost put him away. Only his experience and Miranda's inexperience as a finisher kept him from defeat.
This was a big night for ESPN as well, as they were celebrating thirty years in boxing, and twelve years of FNF. Back in the studio Brian Kenny and Dan Rafael provided up to date information on the apparent dead matchup between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Kenny replayed a recent interview he conducted with Freddie Roach, and Freddie admitted the fight wasn't completely dead but close to being so. It appears a fight between Manny and Joshua Clottey is close to being signed.
Both Brian and Dan expressed the feeling that Manny's options are much better than Floyd's. Floyd end up fighting Paulie Malignaggi, but no one is too excited about that one. continue
by James Slater - Two exciting punchers will collide in New Zealand on March 27th, in David Tua and Friday "The 13th" Ahunanya. For quite a while the 38-year-old Nigerian with the 24-5-3(13) record has wanted a fight with the 37-year-old Tua, 50-3-1(43) and now he has what he wants. Currently training hard and wanting no distractions (Friday even cut short the following interview so as to get back to work, so hugely motivated is he for the big fight), Ahunanya who now lives in Las Vegas, is confident he will win in March. Going even further than that, Friday has been predicting a KO win over the never-stopped "Tuaman."
Very kindly giving me a few minutes of his time yesterday afternoon (U.S time) the man who has wins over Shane Cameron and Alonzo Butler, and who has been in with names such as Alexander Povetkin, Sergey Lyakhovich and Sultan Ibragimov, had the following answers to my questions: continue
by James Slater - Teak-tough Cameroon-born Australian Sakio Bika has complained bitterly in the recent past about how he has been unable to get himself a big fight. Accusing the top names of avoiding him, "The Scorpion" has been forced to remain relatively idle lately (just two fights in 2008, just one last year - all quick stoppage wins). But now, according to BoxRec and a number of other whispers on the net, the 30-year-old super-middleweight is set to get a fight the kind of which he has been hoping for.
Scheduled to face the once-beaten Allan Green on February 5th in a fight that may be televised by Show Time, the warrior with the granite chin is potentially one win away from something even bigger. continue
To The Following Heavyweight Hopefuls and Pretenders,
The year of 2009 is officially in the books and my new year’s resolution is aimed at one goal, fighting for the Heavyweight World Title again. But before I do that I have a small list of to do things or a small list of fighters that I need to deal with. This list includes the following fighters that I think currently stand in my way of accomplishing that goal. I want it to be known that I will fight any and all of these pretenders any time and any where this year. If you are a contender then you will stand up and answer my challenge if you are a pretender then you will ignore it and continue to run. May the following pretenders or contenders step forward:
Number 1 - Chris Arreola: After the heated discussion we had at the press conference, following both of our successful fights on December 6th last year, my goal is to get you in the ring and settled the dispute of who is the best American heavyweight in the world. continue
Elio Vetrini: In a time when athletes are considered selfish and no longer willing to compete for self-achievement and glory, the boxing fans have been cheated by the tarnishing of the sport by promoters’ influence and, with that, the huge paydays that dictate the fate of fights. There is no question that boxing has built a reputation as a corrupt enterprise solely motivated by money. The days of the greats like Hagler, Hearns, Gatti, and Ali - fighters who fought for more than money - are nonexistent.
Now comes an opportunity for two great fighters with a momentous velocity of fan interest to possibly rejuvenate the sport and restore the confidence of the fans, to “sacrifice” for a $40 million payday, to make the biggest fight in boxing history, and even for the blood-sucking promoters to achieve their only goal - the sport-tarnishing goal to make a lot of money. The opportunity has been thrown away, why? continue
By Tony Nobbs: Two division world titlist Anthony Mundine (37-3, 23 ko’s) takes on fellow Sydney fighter "Deadley" Rob Medley (27-2, 17 ko’s) tonight at the Sydney Entertainment Center. On the line will be the WBA International middleweight title. Mundine won this title last February by out pointing Shannan Taylor, in his first appearance at 160 pounds.
Mundine won the IBO title against Medley gym mate Daniel Geale in May. He then relinquished and Medley and Mundine were initally scheduled to fight for the vacant IBO light middleweight title but that was canned last weekend after a dispute regarding officials. Most think Mundine can’t make 154. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past week’s edition of On The Ropes featured two exclusive interviews. Highlighting this episode was the very nice chat with WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On his recent victory against Dmitriy Salita:
“The performance was good. I was working alongside, for this fight, with Manny Pacquiao and also training with my trainer Freddie Roach. We came up with a game plan and the game plan worked on that night.”
Regarding his mindset following the loss to Breidis Prescott:
“It was quite hard, because when you suffer a defeat some fighters don’t come back the same. Some fighters get disheartened and they just call it a day, and with me, it just pushed me on to do better things and made me a better fighter, really.”
On his victory over Marco Antonio Barrera:
“Coming off the Prescott defeat, I needed to get the confidence back and I think the best fight for me to come back for was against Barrera.. continue
Boxing.de: WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) dominated and impressively stopped #11 rated challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta (23-4-5, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. Stieglitz dropped Acosta with a left hook in round three and Acosta was down again from a body shot in the fifth. The bout was waved off during Stieglitz’ follow-up barrage in the fifth. Time was 1:48. Acosta stepped in on late notice after Edison Miranda had to pull out due to illness. It was Stieglitz first defense. continue
By Jamie Hooper - When I first read about Kell Brook, I was quite dismissive. Mainly because I have never been that impressed with the fighters coming from the Ingles gym since Naseem Hamed. When the Ingles churn out another fighter, I expect to see an over confident fighter, switching stance too often and using upper body movement for defense with a low guard. Basically Naz clones. This style was build around Hamed’s specific talents and is not likely to work for other fighters. continue
By Vivek Wallace - The sport of boxing has seen more than its fair share of black eyes in recent years, but the one it now sports is perhaps the grandest of them all. History has always seemed to wedge a gap in time, separating many of our legendary figures throughout the world of sports, preventing fans across the board from witnessing once in a lifetime showdowns like a prime Jordan versus a prime Kobe, or a prime Tyson versus a prime Ali. The one time history appears to have gotten it right by actually placing two once-in-a-lifetime figures in the same era, within the same weight class, poor negotiations have seemed to hi-jack the moment, as it now appears such an event will never take place. After weeks and weeks of details emerging from behind the shadow, it appears we now have a bona fide figure to point at for the fight not happening - or at least depending on who you listen to. After years and years of pleading his case in a rather imposing fashion, pound-for-pound pugilist Floyd Mayweather jr. has become the figurative "teenage thief", in the sense that his reputation precedes him the very moment something falls out of place or comes up missing. Such a reputation often makes it hard to gauge whether or not the man who's all about dollars can actually make sense, but like that teenage thief, there comes a time when you feel a need to actually listen to his words rather than prejudge based on past actions. continue
By Harlan Davies - On March 6th the second round of the Super-Six tournament will commence with Andre “The Matrix” Ward locking horns with “King” Arthur. From an initial glance, this bout seems to be an inevitable clash of styles that will produce solely two definitive outcomes.
Andre Dirrell (18 wins 1oss 15 kos) is a talent, no doubt. He possesses all the desirable attributes that a trainer would want in young fighter. Physically, he is a tall ecto-mesomorphic super-middleweight standing at 6’2 with a 75 inch reach allowing him to characteristically adopt an outside style that allows him to box, move, jab and counter. continue
Manny Pacquiao: “I am very disappointed that we could not make this fight for the fans and I am angered because of the false accusations from Golden Boy and the Mayweather camp that I used some type of drugs.
“That is why I have instructed our American lawyers to proceed with the lawsuit to clear my name.”
Floyd Mayweather Jr.: “Throughout this whole process I have remained patient, but at this point I am thoroughly disgusted that Pacquiao and his representatives are trying to blame me for the fight not happening when clearly the blame is on them. First and foremost, not only do I want to fight Manny Pacquiao, I want to whip his punk ass. continue
By Brandon Desmond - He’s brash, he’s talented, he’s flamboyant, and he is undefeated. His boxing skills are the stuff of legend, and he’ll tell you himself that he’s the best boxer in the world. In fact, he’ll tell you he’s one of the greatest of all time if you keep listening. And I will admit that there was a time when this writer bought into it. And now, in the wake of broken down negotiations for what would have potentially been the richest and most anticipated bout in Boxing history (against Manny Pacquiao), Floyd Mayweather Jr. will still claim that he is the number 1 pound-for-pound fighter on Earth, despite blowing yet another opportunity to prove it beyond a doubt. At this point, even Floyd’s loudest and most loyal supporters should be able to deduce what I have: He has absolutely no legitimate claim to that title.
Before I really make my case, I want to make sure we are all clear on the definition of “Pound-for-pound.” If a fighter is on the pound-for-pound list at all, he has proved that he has the heart, determination, and skills that it takes to defeat top fighters within reasonable (in some cases, beyond reasonable) vicinity of his own comfortable weight class. This means that the fighter has to be willing to move up and/or down, sometimes two or three divisions, to take on and defeat those divisions’ top fighters. continue
by James Slater - There have been a number of surprising ring comebacks over the years, but it's still somewhat shocking to read how Frenchman Christophe Tiozzo, now aged 46, is possibly going to be fighting again this year. This is the word according to BoxRec and a number of other sources, and the man who was the WBA 168-pound champ from March of 1990 to April of '91 is to box for the first time in well over a decade on Feb. 7th; against an opponent to be named. continue
by James Slater - The saga of who pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao will now face in his next bout instead of super-fight opponent Floyd Mayweather Junior is ongoing, and, according to the latest news that is circulating the web, former IBF welterweight Joshua Clottey is the latest fighter to be suggested as a possible foe for "Pac-Man" in March.
As much as we are all upset the mega-fight the whole world wanted to see is not now happening (at least not on its originally planned date of March 13th 2010), a Pacquiao-Clottey fight is at least a good solid match-up - certainly a lot more intriguing than the other match-ups that have been put forth for Manny (no disrespect to either Yuri Foreman or Paulie Malignaggi). continue
by James Slater - 39-year-old four-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline (photo by D. M. Warr) is not done fighting yet. Though the 6'6" warrior known as "Big Time" told us his April 2009 fight with the then unbeaten Chris Arreola would be his last, win lose, or draw, the 39-10-3(23) contender now has plans for a boxing tour of Europe. Hoping the tour of "small halls" will culminate with a shot at a world title, the always fan-friendly McCline's ideal scenario would be a meeting with WBA heavyweight champ David Haye.
Very kindly taking the time to speak about his forthcoming tour and other things, the well-spoken Jameel had the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, Jameel. I read you are currently preparing for a boxing tour of Europe, is that correct?
Jameel McCline: Yes, that's correct. We are definitely going to be doing a tour of Europe. I think I will be starting off in Hungary, maybe in Budapest, in February. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 8 – On Friday, January 29, KZ Event Productions and Golden Boy Promotions are pleased to present an evening of world championship boxing when they present “Fight Night With De La Hoya and Hopkins: Campillo vs. Shumenov II” at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the 12-round main event, Spain’s Gabriel Campillo will defend his WBA Light Heavyweight World Title against Las Vegas resident Beibut Shumenov, who will defend his IBA Light Heavyweight World Title, in a rematch of their heated 2009 title fight. In that August bout, Campillo upset the odds in an exciting 12 rounder that saw both men hit the deck before the Spaniard took the razor-thin and highly controversial majority decision. continue
James DeGale has had his worst fears confirmed about trainer Jim McDonnell thanks to the big freeze - and discovered his masochism knows no match.
While pampered Premiership footballers put their feet up midweek with a string of big games postponed because of the snow and ice, Olympic gold medallist DeGale was doing his early morning roadwork in sub-zero temperatures in preparation for his London homecoming on Frank Warren's Night of the Champions show live on Sky Sports. continue
Exclusive Interview by Pavel Yakovlev - The welterweight division is currently boxing’s most competitive weight class, featuring stars such as Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley, Miguel Angel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, and Andre Berto. Eventually, this elite group will be challenged by a rising young star from Miami: Antwone "The Truth" Smith.
Currently 17-1-1 (nine kayos), Smith (photo by Joe Gallo) has impressed national television audiences with a series of exciting victories. Recently, Smith scored his biggest career win by kayoing previously unbeaten Henry Crawford in a donnybrook broadcast live by Showtime. It is now clear to the boxing world that Smith will soon emerge as world rated welterweight contender.
Standing 5’7” and exhibiting very good athleticism, durability, and skill, Smith is a boxer-puncher who is not averse to trading punches. Although he can jab, counterpunch and move well on his feet, Smith tends to take the offensive with his hurtful left hook, and to back his foes up by dominating them with punches thrown from every angle.
To this writer, Smith’s willingness to abandon cautious boxing in favor of swinging hard, well-placed blows to the head and body in reminiscent of 1970s boxing great Matthew Saad Muhammad. Older fans will recall that although Saad was capable of winning by jabbing and moving, he preferred to take control with a two-fisted offensive style. Smith’s bouts, like Saad’s, tend to be action packed and intense.
Smith’s recent victory over Henry Crawford (22-0-1 going into the bout) is characteristic of his action packed style. Over the first five rounds, Smith maintained perfect composure despite his opponent’s advantages in height and speed, patiently wearing Crawford down with left hooks to the body. continue
by James Slater - Fight fans everywhere have surely read the depressing news about how all efforts at saving the showdown everyone wants to see have failed. How what could have been "the richest fight in boxing history" is now a dead duck (barring some semi-miraculous bringing of it back to life later in the year). How the battle of the pound-for-pound kings, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior seems to be forever relegated to mere "dream fight" status. The question, the biggest question anyway, is what now for the two stars?
Always having a back-up plan for "Pac-Man" due to the way he says he "always knew" Mayweather would opt out of the mega-fight because Floyd is a "psychological coward," promoter Bob Arum has looked at Pacquiao fighting maybe WBA 154-pound ruler Yuri Foreman or maybe flashy New Yorker Paulie Malignaggi. The latest on this, according to a number of web sites, is that the Filipino southpaw will attempt to win his eighth title in as many weights with a fight with the newly crowned WBA champ at light-middleweight. continue
By Mike “Mykers” Boehm - There are undoubtedly certain aspects in boxing that could potentially ruin the sport or a fighter’s reputation. While these situations currently are debated from a day to day basis, one ultimately comes to mind. Antonio Margarito, a great fighter, a great champion…or is he?
There’s no question the illegal hand wrap incident still continues to loom over the ex-champ, but more importantly, was he really a champion? Should Antonio Margarito be allowed to fight again? Since there are so many underlying pieces to the Margarito puzzle, let’s legally unwrap the situation and see if there’s a true champion; one who could potentially and honorably; fight again. continue
By Seth Green: According to Yahoo sports news, the mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao is off after the mediator, Daniel Weinstein, was unable to get the two sides to come to an agreement over the random blood testing for the March 13th bout. As such, Pacquiao will move ahead and fight for the World Boxing Association light middleweight title against Yuri Foreman on March 13th or possibly the 20th.
However, it's questionable how much interest that fight will generate among boxing fans. Foreman has little power to speak of and is more of a defensive fighter compared to Pacquiao's recent opponents. continue
Judge Daniel Weinstein today issued an order to correct the false record that has been created by the recent statements from Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao's representatives concerning what occurred at the mediation. The full text of the Judge's statement is as follows:
Mediator's Corrective Order Re: Mayweather-Pacquiao Mediation continue
Philadelphia, PA - 7th January 2010 - Philadelphia Boxing fans will get the opportunity to meet some of their local boxing heroes this coming Friday at the grand opening of Mike Cassell’s FIGHTING CITY BOXING GYM in North East Philadelphia. Amongst the many famous boxing stars who will be on hand include number one ranked and former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World STEVE ‘USS’ CUNNINGHAM who is soon to face MATT ‘TOO SMOOTH’ GODFREY for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight title, number one ranked Heavyweight ‘FAST’ EDDIE CHAMBERS who is due to face World Champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO on the 20th March 2010, ranked contender HARRY JOE YORGEY, Heavyweight contender CHAZZ WITHERSPOON, former IBF Champ CHARLES BREWER and many more. There will also be boxing exhibitions by 2 time Heavyweight Champion of the World ‘TERRIBLE’ TIM WITHERSPOON and his son, upcoming lightweight TIM WITHERSPOON JNR. continue
Paul McCreath - Ever since the end of Mike Tyson's better days boxing fans have been looking for a replacement champion who would bring the same kind of excitement to the heavyweight division as did Tyson. We have seen fine fighters like Lennox Lewis or Vitali and Wlad Klitschko come along who many would claim could have defeated Tyson even in his prime but few would claim that any of the three are or were as exciting to watch as Tyson. Some fans now have hopes that David Haye might become the man we have been looking for but questions still remain. Russian contender Alex Povetkin had a lot of early supporters but he has been more or less marking time lately, perhaps waiting for the Klitschkos to grow older. Recently we have seen the emergence of a new face in that of still another Russian fighter Denis Boytsov.
Denis is not a typical modern day heavyweight. He is not a giant like the Klitschkos and many others today. Denis is actually a bit on the small side standing 6 foot 1 and weighing in at around 215-220 pounds. While a smaller size can be a bit of a handicap when going up against fighters the size of the Klitschkos it is not always the case. You need only look at the earlier success of Tyson or Evander Holyfield to see that a smaller fighter with power and speed can handle the big guys at times. Boytsov weighs about the same as they did in their prime and he certainly has punching power. continue
Denis, 2009 was a successful year for you. Are you satisfied with yourself?
"Yes indeed. I won my three fights, all of them within the distance. I fought against a Top 10 boxer with Taras Bidenko. I also secured an Intercontinental title and successfully defended it once. In all the sanctioning bodies I am positioned within the Top 10. It's a good perspective for 2010. I'm hoping to become the #1 rated contender. I would take a shot at a world title at any time. Let's wait and see. I have trust in my promotor Universum. Mr. Kohl has already made a fantastic job with the Klitschko's, Chagaev and Dimitrenko. He has a lot of experience with the heavyweight division.. continue
by James Slater - Roman "Rocky" Martinez, the undefeated 26-year-old from Puerto Rico who holds the WBO super-featherweight title, is well known to U.K fight fans. Back in March of last year, the 23-0-1(14) talent came over to Manchester, England to challenge Dagenham's Nicky Cook for the WBO crown "Cookie" had won with a fine points victory over "Amazing" Alex Arthur the previous year. Less than four rounds into the exciting fight, "Rocky" was the new champion. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - 37-year-old Lolenga Mock, 28-12-1(12) is a fighter who is probably best known to the majority of fans for his incredibly exciting, but losing fight with David Haye. The two met in September of 2003 and the man who was born in Kinshasa and who now lives in Denmark had Haye down in the 2nd-round. To this day, Mock, who was TKO'd in the 4th, maintains Haye was given extra time to recover from the right hand that decked him and that he himself was stopped somewhat prematurely.
Also having rumbled with top names like Charles Brewer ( a win for Mock), current IBF super-middleweight champ Lucian Bute, Mario Veit and, last time out in March of 2009, current WBA light-heavyweight ruler Gabriel Campillo (all points losses for the man who calls himself Lumumba Boy), Mock has proven his toughness.
The former two-time European Union super-middleweight champion gets a chance to regain his old belt one more on January 30th in Denmark, as he faces what has just been changed (according to BoxRec) to a TBA - as original foe, 27-year-old Frenchman Medhi Boudla, is now set to box in France instead of facing Mock as was originally the plan. continue
By Luke Orem - I have noticed a decent amount of people still siding with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the issue of random drug testing being a part of this fight. Let’s look at it from a different perspective than “Floyd asked many to take a drug test and he refused.” That is where some of the fans are shutting their brains off and placing the blame. There is much more to this story than a guy being scared of needles and trying to hide steroid abuse.
Some have said that giving a couple of tablespoons before a fight is irrelevant, they say the doctors all agree that it will not affect an athlete, and there is no reason to fear it. Now in 2005 Manny Pacquiao went on television and gave an interview claiming that giving blood prior to his first fight with Erik Morales caused him to lose power and he wasn’t able to deliver shots like he hoped. continue
TWO of Britain's hottest prospects George Groves and Tom Dallas have been added to Frank Maloney's talent stacked bill at Brentwood Centre on Friday January 22. Groves, 21, is a man in hurry and targeting Commonwealth super-middleweight champion Charles Adamu. Hammersmith's Groves and Kent man Dallas will all meet selected opponents on the bill being televised live by Sky Sports.´Groves, 21, said: "With Frank and Hayemaker taking care of me, I'll be able to showcase my skills all over the country. "Frank's got dates on Sky TV just about every other week - so I can't see why he wouldn't want to use me. continue
CORK, Ireland (Jan. 5, 2010) – Photo by Brendan Galbraith / ESB - Unbeaten Cuban bantamweight Alexei “The Hurricane” Acosta, now fighting out of Ireland, will cross the Atlantic Ocean later this month to prepare for his United States pro debut in 2010.
The 21-year-old Acosta defected from Cuba in 2008 and signed a managerial contract with Cork, Ireland-based Gary Hyde, president of Nowhere To Hyde Promotions.
The thrilling, power-punching Acosta made his pro debut September 13, 2008, knocking out Krastan Krastanov in the second round of their fight in Cork. Fighting exclusively as a pro in Ireland and Great Britain, Acosta has stopped all nine of his opponents, the last this past November, via a second-round stoppage of Sean Hughes (15-9-1) on Belfast.
“I’ve always dreamed of becoming world champion as a professional,” 2006 Junior World champion Acosta explained in fluent English, “but that that was never going to be possible if I stayed in my native Cuba. The hardest thing for me was leaving my family behind in Cuba, especially my son, Michel. My dream is going to become a reality soon, when I go the United States and win the world title in six or seven more fights.. continue
George Foreman III begins his second year as a professional boxer with a bout Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. Foreman III, the son of former heavyweight world champion George Foreman, meets Yul Witherspoon in a special attraction, four-round, heavyweight bout. This will be the 75th “Battle at the Boat” professional boxing card since it was inaugurated by Brian Halquist Productions during 1997. Foreman III, who goes by the nickname “Monk,” has a record of 4-0 with four knockouts. continue
by James Slater - Though no opponent has yet been announced for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck's next fight, scheduled for March 13th, one thing that is known is just how active a fighter the 25-year-old is. Fighting again just over three months after his last fight - a tough points win over Ola Afolabi - Huck must surely be one of the most hard-working "world" champions in the sport today.
Clearly on a mission to prove he is, or can be, the world's number-one 200-pound fighter, Huck fought four times last year - with all four bouts being for either a European or "world" title - and the year before that, the Serbian-born German citizen boxed four times also, again in nothing but title bouts. It's refreshing to see such activity from a genuine world class fighter; especially one as fan-friendly to watch as the 27-1(20) "Kapt'n.. continue
by James Slater - The great Dwight Muhamad Qawi, formerly Dwight Braxton, turns 57 today. One of the finest light-heavyweights and cruiserweights of the 1980s, Qawi gave fans some truly unforgettable fights during a pro career that began way back in 1978 and ended twenty long years later. Who can forget, for example, Qawi's sensational 15-round rumble with fellow great Evander Holyfield - a fight that has the distinction among many as being the best ever in the history of the cruiserweight division!
After learning how to fight in prison, the man who would go on to achieve worldwide fame as "The Camden Buzzsaw" turned pro. In April of '78 in Washington D.C., after having had no amateur career, Dwight boxed a six-round draw with a guy named Leonard Langley. Following the draw, and then a points win and then a points loss, the 25-year-old romped to a straight 18 wins; during which time he captured the WBC 175-pound world title. Beating the legendarily-tough Matthew Saad Muhamad, via a 10th-round TKO in 1981, Braxton soon after changed his surname to Qawi; due to how he'd adopted the Muslim faith. continue
Mark Pickering: Welsh boxer Jamie Arthur’s tilt against British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay will take place on March 17th at the Newport Centre.
Arthur, 30, was scheduled to challenge the unbeaten Belfast fighter on February 5th but the date fell through. “It's a great opportunity and I can't wait,” Arthur said previously. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 6, 2010) -- Unbeaten North American Boxing Association (NABA) welterweight champion and Top-10 contender MIKE JONES, of Philadelphia, PA, makes the fourth defense of his title when he faces HENRY BRUSELES, of Gurabo, Puerto Rico, in the main event of an all-action card, Saturday evening, February 27, at Bally’s Atlantic City. The first bout will begin 8.30 p.m. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., the Jones-Bruseles title tilt will headline Top Rank Live, the exciting new boxing series, televised live on Fox Sports en Español and FOX Sports Net, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. continue
By Brandon Desmond - Looking back, there were many other fights between 2000 and 2009 that were excellent in their own right and should be considered for the title of “Fight of the Decade.” But Corrales vs. Castillo I, in my opinion, takes the cake hands down. Furthermore, in terms of the action in the ring, the dramatic finish, and the controversy that surrounded the bout, an argument can be made that it may have been the greatest fight in the history of Boxing.
May 7th, 2005. I was sitting on my couch, excited as hell about the Showtime Championship Boxing card about to show on my TV. So excited, in fact, that I decided to attempt to persuade my then girlfriend (Now, wife) to actually sit down and watch the fight with me. That night, Diego “Chico” Corrales and Jose Luis “El Temible” Castillo set out to unify the WBO and WBC Lightweight titles, as well as the Ring Magazine Lightweight Championship, by battling each other in the ring. And battle they did. continue
Melissa Hernandez: “I’m happy that the ABC has taken me off suspension. They took the time to really fish out what is, and what could be going on in an already fishy case I got involved with. I thank the ABC for lifting my suspension and letting me go back to what me and boxing fans all over world love to watch me do. I’m overjoyed to get my job back. Now that the Isleta Commission has been reprimanded, it wouldn't a surprise me that the paper work has been found. If it is ever found, then I should be only suspended from fighting on Isleta grounds. continue
Tommy Egan Promotions’ bid to bring Irish domestic boxing to the next level has taken a significant leap forward as the Irish promoter has entered talks with Setanta Sports Ireland to broadcast a City West hosted fight night. Legendary boxing pundit Steve Bunce will host the event, which will take place on Saturday April 17th. Headlining the night is the Irish Light Middleweight Title clash between champion Neil Sinclair of Belfast and New York based Arklow native James Moore. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- Be sure to join us for our first show of 2010. As always, this week's 54th 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 master Producer Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy) and my Co-Host, Nick Powers.
Topics for Discussion
• Will the mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather take place?
• The controversy surrounding the Olympic style drug testing
• Pacquiao’s defamation suit against the Mayweathers and Golden Boy Promotions executives
• Where Pacquiao and Mayweather go from here if they do not square off continue
by James Slater - Some people don't like David Haye, they say he talks too much, is crass at times and disrespectful to his opponents. Other people do like Haye, and they says he is charming, funny and he only uses trash-talk to sell tickets the way any other fighter proficient in that particular art form does. But one thing that all fans must agree on is the fact that Haye is capable of being brutally honest at times.
How else can one explain his recently admitting that he will "always have a suspect chin." Imagine almost any other fighter saying something like that! Okay, some fans, or critics, will say the current WBA heavyweight champion has no option but to admit his chin is suspect, due to the way he has been decked and stopped in his pro career; but many a fighter would be loathe to admit to such a weakness. continue
Anthony Mundine's decision to forego a quest for the International Boxing Organization’s junior middleweight title next week in Australia is his own – and not based on undue influence or conflict from the IBO – according to its president, Ed Levine. Mundine had been scheduled to meet Robert Medley for the IBO’s vacant 154-pound championship on Jan. 11 in Sydney, but the fight – if held at all – will no longer be for the IBO belt and is more likely to be fought at middleweight, Levine said. A Jan. 6 report in the Sydney Morning Herald cited Mundine's displeasure with the IBO stemming from review of his May defeat of Daniel Geale for the organization’s 160-pound title – which Mundine relinquished upon requesting sanction for the 154-pound bout with Medley. continue
by James Slater - All set to take place later this year in the latest instalment of the brilliant "Super Six" tournament, are Germany's Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell of the U.S. A fascinating fight on paper, most fans and experts seem to think the unbeaten Armenian-born warrior with the lethal punching power will get the win. But given his slick skills and his somewhat awkward style, Dirrell cannot in any way be written off.
Abraham, who will be having just his second fight up at a full 168-pounds, will surely have watched a tape of Dirrell's last fight, his close, debatable decision loss to Britain's Carl Froch. Dirrell, nicknamed "The Matrix," gave Froch all sorts of problems as the WBC champion tried to figure out his switch-hitting opponent's style of fighting. And Abraham may well have some concerns that he too will wind up looking less than impressive against the 18-1(13) 26-year-old - even if he will not admit it. continue
by James Slater - Chances are, if you asked ten people to give you their opinion on whether or not former WBO 200-pound champion Enzo Maccarinelli would have a good chance at defeating current WBO ruler Marco Huck, eight, nine or maybe even all ten people would tell you the Welshman would have next to no chance. But the big-hitting 29-year-old, who returned to winning ways with a smashing one-round win back on December 5th, has made it clear he wants his old belt back, and that means a fight with the German-based "Kap'n'" Huck. continue
Danny Williams says he has been inspired by youth ahead of his British heavyweight title defence against Sam Sexton on Frank Warren's Night of the Champions extravaganza. Williams, a veteran of the fight game, spent Christmas working with young talent James DeGale and their mutual trainer Jimmy McDonnell. And the 36-year-old, who has vowed to go out on a high by knocking out Sexton, admits that their joint training sessions have given him a new lease of life. "James is an inspiration," said Williams, who will defend his Lonsdale belt at Wembley Arena on February 13 live on Sky Sports.
"Having spent a few days with him in camp I can see why he won an Olympic gold medal. continue
Jason S. (Orlando, FL): Roy Jones jr. recently sided with Manny Pacquiao about the steroid controversy. How do you take his comments on the matter (if you have actually heard his comments)?
Vivek W. (ESB): I was able to read the comments Roy Jones jr. made on the issue, and my thoughts on his perspective are probably different from most. One thing I've learned about Roy Jones jr. is that regardless of how much he talks at times, if you actually stop to listen at what he's saying, rather than cast it off because he's the source, you will learn that Roy is an extremely intelligent man. I've heard Roy speak on several topics with an intelligence that goes far beyond the surface. That being said, in this case, I think clearly it was more a matter of what he was asked, as opposed to him siding with anyone, or letting his ego get in the way of his judgment of anyone. continue
by James Slater - Former WBO light-welterweight champion Kendall Holt, last seen losing a highly competitive fight with Timothy Bradley in April of last year, is set to return to action in February. According to BoxRec, "Rated R" will meet the once-beaten Tim Coleman on Feb. 20th at a venue to be determined.
Holt, 25-3(13) has had his share of out-of-the ring problems since the points loss to Bradley, but the 28-year-old remains one of the 140-pound division's most recognisable names. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (January 4, 2010) – Fox Sports en Español and Top Rank announced today the launch of an exciting new boxing series – “Top Rank Live.” The two-hour broadcast will air live on Fox Sports en Español on Saturdays, three times per month, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. The series will debut on Saturday, January 16, 2010, from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. At least one show per month will originate directly from Mexico. continue
by James Slater - With various web sites reporting how the WBA have ordered a fight between their "real" 140-pound champion Amir Khan and their interim champ at the weight in Marcos Rene Maidana, it looks like 23-year-old Khan will either face the lethal puncher in his next fight or vacate the title. I don't have any inside info regarding the way Khan's mind works, but my hunch tells me the talented and proud fighter will not want to give up his title just like that.
Yes, some have suggested Khan will look for a bigger named, yet safer opponent to fight next, probably in America - Paulie Malignaggi, Zab Judah and even the faded-looking Jose Luis Castillo have been mentioned as potential opponents - but giving up a world title is no little thing. Khan was immensely proud when he took the WBA crown from Andriy Kotelnik back in the summer of last year, and he loves being a recognised world champ. continue
By Michael R. Cumberbatch - There have been a lot of articles written and things said regarding steroids and testing containing erroneous information. Fighters, promoters, writers and everyone else who holds an opinion has weighed in. Later in the article I would like to share excerpts of an interview I recently conducted with one of the world’s leading Scientist on the issue of Blood Doping, steroid testing and research, Dr. Don Catlin.
The ownest should not be on any one fighter to negotiate adequate steroid testing (random, unannounced, encompassing both blood and urine). Ring size, glove sizes, venues and purse splits should be left up to negotiation. Ensuring the playing field is equal every time two fighters step in the ring should not be left to across the table haggling. continue
By Luke Orem - We enter into a new decade with boxing rising out of the subconscious of casual fans and back into the mainstream. We have negotiations taking place for a mega fight, which stands to make both fighters in the area of 40 million dollars each. The buzz around this fight has only been heightened by a steroid controversy that seems as if it’s been thrown in as pure fight hype. We have exciting fighters in most of the weight divisions and the emergence of David Haye as a title holder in the heavyweight division does ignite a certain spark we have all been waiting for, for some years. Boxing does look promising and even strong right now. continue
Christian Cruz - Let’s spare ourselves from the disappointment of watching the potential biggest boxing match since Leonard – Hagler transform into a legal fight, with an angry Pacquaio who looks like there’s no stopping him in pursuing a slander case against both the Mayweather camp and Golden Boy Promotion, which is representing Mayweather for this negotiation.
It seems that both Mayweather and Pacquiao are making it difficult to give us the best fight of 2010. As we begin the new year with no sign that the fight will push through, here’s a wish list of other boxing matches we desperately need to see this year.
Paul Williams (38 -1-0) vs Sergio Martinez (44-2-2) II
Though we already know that these guys are competitors who do not hold back in every round, nobody expected their first fight to be that competitive and action-packed. The back and forth battle all throughout the fight, the drama of having to get up from a knockdown to score your own knockdown, and the seemingly controversial decision, the rematch of these boxers is the one fight boxing fans, casual or not, should wait for. continue
(DUBLIN, CALIF.) – Newly crowned WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) has enjoyed a meteoric ascent to the top of the boxing world, and on Wednesday, January 6, the 25-year-old titlist will share his formula for success with local youth at two Bay Area Juvenile Detention Centers. The presentations will take place in conjunction with Knock Out Dog Fighting 501 (c)(3), a charity Ward has partnered with in an effort to combat the nationwide problem of dog fighting and animal abuse. continue
by James Slater - Warriors Glen Johnson and Yusaf Mack are both looking forward to their IBF light-heavyweight title fight elimination bout that will take place on the January 30th card topped by Mosley-Berto. A shot at current IBF 175-pound ruler Tavoris Cloud awaits the winner, and the two veterans are in confident mood; Mack especially.
And though the unbeaten and much younger Cloud (age 27 and with a record of 20-0(18) would, in my opinion, prove to be too much for either guy, Mack and Johnson do not agree. But who will win the elimination bout? continue
by James Slater - Arguably the first genuine super-fight in the making taking place in this new year of 2010, the WBA and WBC welterweight unification battle between "Sugar" Shane Mosley and the undefeated Andre Berto is to be shown live in the U.K on Sky Sports. Great news, then, for British fight fans, the potential classic will make a most welcome new year present.
Live from The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the match-up between the 38-year-old likely future Hall of Famer and his 26-year-old rising star of an opponent will answer a lot of questions: how will the year-long layoff endured by Mosley affect him? Will the pressure of his first really big event affect Berto? Will the fight be a chess-match type affair, or a slugfest? Thanks to Sky, these questions and more will be answered right there in the living room of U.K fans lucky enough to have access.
Fans everywhere have missed the dazzling skills of the fabulous Mosley, 46-5(39). Despite his best efforts, "Sugar" was unable to land a fight, any fight, in 2009 after his shockingly brilliant upset win over Mexico's Antonio Margarito. continue
The upcoming card topped by welterweights Shane Mosley and Andre Berto is really looking like a well stacked one. According to BoxRec, the latest fight to be added to the January 30th card is an intriguing light-welterweight match-up between former WBA 140-pound champ "Vicious" Vivian Harris and unbeaten Argentine Lucas Martin Matthysse.
The last time we saw 31-year-old Harris in action, the former titlist was being carried out of the ring. The victim of a hard, unintentional head butt in his August fight with Noe Bolanos, Harris was unable to continue seconds into the 2nd-round, the bout being declared a No-Contest. continue
Jaime Castro-Núñez - IBF light welterweight titleholder Juan Urango of Monteria, Colombia will appear on March 6 against newly crowned WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander of Missouri. “I’ll fight Alexander in March, it’s gonna be an interesting fight and I’m ready to battle,” said the hard-hitting, who just came back from his native Monteria after a 2-week vacation in which he took the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. On December 20, newspaper El Tiempo declared the two-time IBF champion “Colombia’s Sportsman of the Year.”
“I am honored to hold the IBF world title for the second time, but I think the fans deserve to find out who is the beast at 140. I call out the champions to help me unify the titles in our weight class and give boxing fans the holiday present they deserve” –expressed the 29-year-old fighter shortly after returning to the US. Devon Alexander, 22, captured the WBC belt in August by defeating Junior Witter at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA.
by Jaime Castro-Núñez - The first month of the year seems to be a good time for 28-year-old super middleweight challenger Edison Miranda (33-4-0, KO’s 29) of Buenaventura, Colombia, now fighting out of Los Angeles. It was in January 2008 and 2009 when he knocked out both David Banks and Manuel Esparza, respectively. January 9, 2010 was the date in which “Pantera” would face WBO titleholder Robert Stieglitz. Unfortunately, he was struck with the flu and the bout had to be canceled. While recovering from the ill, Edison looks ahead to an unforgettable, action-filled 2010 in which the belt will belong to him.
Thanks to Mrs. Marylyn Aceves, the WBO NABO super middleweight titleholder took some time off early today to speak with me. Here is what he had to say:
Jaime Castro-Núñez: Edison, first of all, thanks for your time. How do you feel?
Edison Miranda: Let me start by saying I was in perfect conditions to fight Robert Stieglitz, but suddenly I started to feel bad, my stomach hurt. So my trainers Joe Goossen and Ricky Funes bought some medicines that worked well at the beginning. Then I went to spar and at the end of the session I felt very bad, with fever and nasal congestion. continue
NABA light heavyweight champion Yusaf Mack, 28-2-2 (17), is ready to go for his January 30th showdown against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, 49-13-2 (33). This fight will be a IBF title elimination bout, with the winner earning a shot at IBF champion Tavoris Cloud, 20-0 (18), for his belt. Speaking of his upcoming bout, Mack states “This will be a strong boxing match. I want to prove to everybody that I am the best. I am in the best shape of my life. I have new people behind me, I’m getting stronger and better. continue