by James Slater - Any dreams Kendal Holt may have had of once again become a world champion took a big hit last night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as the former WBO light-welterweight champion was forced to remain on his stool after six completed rounds of his fight with Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg, South Africa. 28 year-old Holt of Paterson , N.J took some hard shots from the physically much stronger 30-year-old and after the 6th-round he was pulled out by his trainer. Holt falls to 25-4(13). Mabuza is now 23-6-3(14). continue
by Coach Tim Walker - This weeks Project, Jeremiah Graziano (9-0-0 KOs 9): Jeremiah "Wyson" Graziano of Kansas City, Missouri is a 6'-0" 200 pound orthodox fighter. He represents the term "project fighter" in the truest sense. Before we get into him as a fighter let's talk about the nickname. Wyson has an interesting meaning. It stands for "White Mike Tyson" because Graziano emulates Tyson's style. This offers up the question "Can he punch like Tyson?" Let's get into that now. In 9 pro fights he has amassed 9 knockouts. Rightfully some of you are thinking, "Sure he does. At the beginning of your career it's easy to knockout guys." You're right. But if you take a look back on his hyphenated amateur background he was knocking out guys then too. And not just scrubs.
Graziano the amateur fighter
On his way to winning the 2008 Future Stars heavyweight championship (keep in mind that he started boxing in 2006) he faced excellent talent. He opened the tournament by scoring a second round TKO win over the United States Marine Heavyweight Champion Jerome Amato. He followed that up with a third round TKO win over Region Five Champion Craig Lewis, a decision win over 2007 P.A.L. National Championship silver medalist Craig Baker, and a finals first round KO win over Region Four Champion Michael Bissett. That is an excellent crop of amateurs to have wins over let alone wins over all of them in a single tournament. continue
Allentown, PA (2-28-10) - Two of Reading, PA's native sons made their triumphant returns to the ring last night as Travis Kauffman and Jason Cintron scored dominant wins over their opponents at the Rodeway Inn & Conference Center in Allentown, PA. King's Promotions, who promoted the first boxing event in Allentown in two years, were proud to announce the event was a tremendous success as all 800 available seats were sold out. continue
By Sean Ocampo: Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) captured the vacant WBO Junior Featherweight Champion with sensational 4th round knockout of former Super Flyweight Champion Marvelous Marvin Sonsona (14-1-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines in front of a raucous Puerto Rican crowd at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The end came with a tremendous left hook to the body of Sonsona. The Filipino could not beat the count of referee Luis Pabon. The time was 2:01 of the 4th round.
The Filipino showed promise with a good first round. However, the undefeated Vazquez took over and dominated the second up to the fourth round. continue
Vivek Wallace: Hey Josh, welcome to my home, sunny South Florida. Before we get into the fight itself, what are your thoughts about training here?
JC: I love it in South Florida. I think the weather is great, the people are great, and I get to run, train, and walk on the beach, so I love it here. The gym has been great, and very professional, and I think my next training camp will be back here.
VW: Now, as the world awaits, I'm sure the anticipation within is growing for you as well. What are your thoughts at this very moment as you come days closer to squaring off against the sports P4P king, the phenomenal Manny Pacquiao?
JC: First of all I'm so happy about this fight. I'm so happy that I'm fighting Pacquiao. Obviously I've never fought him before, and I don't watch tape of any fighters. So I want to see what his speed is. I want to see what his power is. continue
by James Slater - Exciting heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury, at one time in his still fledgling pro career, was boxing once a month, just as his hero, Mike Tyson, did at the start of his pro career. But just lately fans have not seen the 21-year-old in action, with Fury last appearing in a ring back in September. Due to his damaging a hand in the September points win over Tomas Mrazek, along with big Tyson changing trainers (now being looked after by the knowledgably Brian Hughes along with former top pro Pat Barrett), the approx 6'7" fighter has had the longest inactive spell of his boxing life. continue
By John G. Thompson - Antonio Escalante 23-2 (14 KOs) and Miguel Roman 28-7 (20 KOs) put on an excellent display of aggression in front of a lucky crowd at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas, televised live on ESPN2s Friday Night Fights series. Both men traded punches from the opening bell to the closing, perhaps settling a rivalry between the two which began in their youth. Also in action, prospect Swift Danny Garcia 16-0 (10 KOs) narrowly overcame some adversity in his step up in class against the tough Ashley Theophane 25-4-1 (7 KOs).
Antonio Escalante came out throwing punches from the start, though Miguel Roman became the aggressor early on, pressing the action by moving forwards, hoping to keep Escalante moving backwards and maybe trying to neutralize his power. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani & Jenna J - This past weeks edition of On the Ropes featured exclusive interviews with Andre Dirrell, Kevin McBride, Vivian Harris, and Michael Oliveria. Highlighting this episode was a nice conversation with Super Six participant, Andre Dirrell. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding his injury that delayed his upcoming fight with Arthur Abraham three weeks:
Well, its fine. The past week I sustained a back injury and I didnt want to risk the fight so thats the reason why it was postponed. I went to the doctor to make sure everything was okay. I just pretty much threw my back out and were working on that right now.
On whether or not he believes he will be prepared on March 27 with the injury:
Im hoping that will be the case. I know for certain this fight will go on but Im hoping thats the case. Im hoping we can get in there as soon as possible because Im in shape, Im working hard, and Im ready to show the world what I can do.. continue
by James Slater - Nobody is, or ever was, expecting Ronald Hearns, son of the legendary Thomas Hearns, to make it even half as far as his father did. This negative thinking looked to have been justified last March, when the 31-year-old light-middleweight hope was beaten inside nine-rounds by Harry Joe Yorgey, thus losing his unbeaten record. But Ronald Hearns is not done yet, and since losing to Yorgey (in a very exciting fight that saw both men hit the mat) "The Chosen One" has bounced back to win two in a row - admittedly against so-so opposition. continue
By Paul Strauss: Friday Night Fights and ESPN2 put on two crowd pleasing, action packed fights from the Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, Texas. The semi main event matched undefeated Danny Garcia, who was stepping up in class to take on the experienced Ashley Theophane. Garcia, as projected, was the harder puncher, but in his eagerness to look good, he allowed Theophane to stay in the fight, and at times even control the action.
Theophane has an awkward but at time effective style. His punches lack real power, and come wide angles. Garcia was able to get inside and counter well, but he did try to early on to end things, and as a result took too many chances. As a result, he got clipped a few times, and scolded when he returned to his corner. He also failed to set things up behind a jab, and stands straight up, which provides a pretty big target. continue
by James Slater - Though he has suggested he feels the still very much sought after mega-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior will very possibly never happen because "Money" doesn't and never has wanted to fight "Pac-Man," promoter Bob Arum has gone on record as saying if the fight did happen it would be a huge mismatch - in favour of, you've guessed it, Pacquiao.
With "Mega-Manny" currently wrapping things up training-wise for his fast approaching bout with the teak-tough and not to be underestimated Joshua Clottey, Arum and Freddie Roach have both spoken about what would happen if the pound-for-pound number-one met the pound-for-pound-number-two. Both men agree Pacquiao would KO the 40-0 33-year-old!
Arum spoke firstly about why and how Mayweather "got out" of the fight with the 31-year-old southpaw who is an idol to millions in his homeland of The Philippines - by insisting on Olympic style, random drug testing when he knew how Manny has a phobia of having his blood taken. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 27 - It was the first Fight of the Year candidate of 2010 as Antonio Escalante and Miguel Roman delivered the goods in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas on Friday night. When the grueling, back and forth, all out action war was over, Escalante emerged victorious via a 10-round unanimous decision, but there were truly no losers as far as the fans in attendance and those watching on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" were concerned.
"I'm proud of Antonio for his performance and the heart he showed Friday night," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, Escalante's promoter who watched the fight from ringside in El Paso. "He was in there with a tough warrior in Mickey Roman and he passed his test with flying colors. Congratulations to both men on a great and exciting fight. continue
A journey 9 years in the making will see the ultimate goal come to fruition on March 13 as Murfreesboro native Adam "Swamp Donkey" Richards will challenge WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck of Germany for the the world title at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. Richards 23-2 will square off with WBO champion Huck 27-1 in the 12 round title fight. This will be Richards's first attempt at a world title in a career that has seen him reinvent himself from cruiserweight to heavyweight and eventually back to cruiserweight. Richards turned pro in March of 2001 as a cruiserweight and weighed 201 lbs in his pro debut against Lewis Gilbert. continue
Prince Arron, 22, clinched the £32,000 top prize with a thrilling victory over Brett Flournoy in the final of Barry Hearns latest Prizefighter event at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London. Droylsden-based Arron floored Flournoy in the third round of the final and that proved critical as Arron claimed a unanimous points victory by 29-28, 28-27, 29-28 margins. Arron, who only made the 11st 2lb weight limit at the second attempt in Thursdays weigh-in, was the tallest in the competition. He used his 6ft 3in frame to his advantage with points victories over George Hillyard and former Commonwealth Champion Bradley Pryce in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively.
Im over the moon. I came here to win and Im just buzzing, said a delighted Arron.
I boxed George Hillyards head off, then I boxed Bradley Pryces head off and Brett Flournoy was a bit awkward but I managed to get the knockdown.
The fight was close at the time but I was just doing enough to steal the rounds landing more jabs and with my good work rate. continue
LAS VEGAS, (February 26, 2010) - The countdown is on and the hottest night in boxing is about to get hotter as tickets for the much-anticipated mega-fight between Boxing Superstar FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER and current WBA Welterweight World Champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY are set to go on sale Tuesday, March 2 at 10 a.m. PT.
Tickets are priced at $1,250, $1,000, $600, $300 and $150 (not including applicable service charges) and will be limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $150 are limited to two (2) per person with a total ticket limit of 10 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
Vivek Wallace: Hey Jason, how was camp for your fight coming up?
JC: Great! A lot of strength and conditioning. Been doing a lot of work on the speed bag and working on just maintaining fundamentals.
VW: Your opponent (Maurice Chalmers) isn't quite world class, but he's a good match to present a few challenges to help your evolution in the ring. What's the plan? You going in to make short work or get in some good rounds to polish up on some execution?
JC: It all depends on what he tries to bring. I'm just gonna start out with my jab, using my skills. He's been in the ring with guys like Berto, Kirkland, so he's credible. I just want to measure up against him and get the win. continue
By Vivek Wallace - Once upon a time, the heavyweight division was seen as the face of boxing. Lower weight classes never failed to deliver the goods, but no matter how many perennial contenders they delivered, similar to their shadowing presence, the heavies just always seemed to loom larger. The legends of yesterday produced a countless amount of highly notables, but it was recent generations that took things to a new level as the names Ali and Tyson not only tread the seven seas, but subsequently whet the appetites of every man on dry land......worldwide. Fast forward a few decades, and suddenly, the landscape has changed and the plot has thickened. The big fights contain little men, and those little men do big things.
After years and years of little relevance, the new date with destiny for today's heavyweight leaders could very well commence on March 20th when Wladimir Klitschko and 'Fast' Eddie Chambers square off. In an era of fighting sports where fight fans are known to pull the curtains early on anyone that doesn't carry the 'blood and guts' mantra, there's no coincidence why these two men don't get the respect they greatly deserve. This reality remains a tough pill to swallow - given their ability - but come the morning of March 21 when headlines print around the world, a seed of change could be planted, solidified by an event to take place shortly after when the U.K.'s David Haye steps up to the plate against the biggest name on his resume to date. As these men prepare to enter their names in the mix of those legendary figures before them, we take an in-depth look at each of them and what they bring to the table: continue
by James Slater - It was a few weeks ago when word first surfaced telling us how all-time great and former three-weight world champion Erik Morales would return to action this year, after having had approx three years out of the ring - yet it was only today, at a press conference in Mexico, that the return of "El Terrible" was made official. continue
by James Slater- Just a short while back, "Magic " Matthew Hatton, brother of the much more well known Ricky Hatton, saw his name being mentioned as a possible opponent for none other than Floyd Mayweather Junior. However, the talk proved to be just that, talk, and the 28-year-old was quickly discounted as a potential rival for the pound-for-pound #2 in the world. Still, Hatton was up for the fight, making it clear he'd have taken it if it had been offered to him. Now, according to Oscar De La Hoya, in speaking to Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, there is a chance Hatton could be getting a big slot on the under-card of the May 1st Mayweather-Shane Mosley clash in Las Vegas. Who against? Mexican hotshot Saul Alvarez. continue
By John G. Thompson - Various sources have already reported that Vicious Victor Ortiz 26-2-1 (21 KOs) is scheduled to face Nate The Galaxxy Warrior Campbell 33-5-1(25 KOs) on May 15th on the same card as the Amir Khan vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight at Madison Square Garden. This date was in fact scheduled prior to Ortizs match on Thursday with Hector The Mongoose Alatorre 16-9. No disrespect to Alatorre, but having only won two of his last ten bouts going in, The Mongoose was in no real position to challenge Ortiz. Former Super Featherweight and Lightweight champion Nate Campbell, on the other hand, is an entirely different kind of fighter.
Flirting with the mythical pound for pound rankings for several years, Campbell has made a career of late by derailing the careers of up and comers like Victor Ortiz. Campbell surprised many with his win over the younger and then undefeated lightweight champion Juan Diaz, and then went on to soundly out-box the younger and much taller Ali Funeka. In his last bout, Campbell fought another undefeated fighter flirting with the pound for pound rankings, moving up in weight against light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. This fight was stopped after an accidental head but caused a nasty cut over the left eye of Campbell and he decided not to continue. The cut was originally ruled to have been caused by a punch, which gave the win to Bradley. This decision was justifiably overturned and ruled a no contest. In the stoppage, however, Campbell may have drawn some criticism for not wanting to continue. Bradley was seemingly in control of the fight, and some fans feel that the veteran Campbell took the easy way out and avoided another loss. Of course this was only the third round and any argument about who would have won is merely speculation. continue
Tony Dodson has hit back after Paul Smith branded him a clown - and says he'll have the last laugh when the pair meet on March 12. They mouthwatering clash at the Liverpool Echo Arena is for Smith's British super-middleweight title and is heating up to be an explosive encounter that will be televised liver on Sky Sports 1. "Smith may think I'm a clown, but I plan to wipe the smile off his face next month," said Dodson. continue
by Joseph Herron - Since the beginning of the modern era of boxing in the late 19th century, the sweet science has endured its share of controversies and black eyes. It is the opinion of most sports journalists that boxing is currently dead in America, and the next great American Heavyweight Champ decided to play linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens rather than hold the most prestigious title in all of sports, according to most American fight scribes. MMA has captured the imagination of the audience boxing could count on to purchase the big pay per view events every year, some have said. Is the die-hard boxing fan the most endangered species in Sports America?
Not according to this boxing die-hard. It is hardly a well known fact that pugilism is alive and well in living rooms across this great nation though. continue
WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring Magazine Heavyweight World Champion Wladimir "Dr. Steelhammer" Klitschko will defend his belts on March 20th against Nr.1 ranked and mandatory challenger "Fast" Eddie Chambers. The battle will be witnessed by an audience of 50,000 fans in sold out Football Arena of Duesseldorf, Germany. The bout will be accessible exclusively live on pay-per-view webTV via www.KLITSCHKO.com at a price of $14,95 USD to viewers in the US, Canada & Puerto Rico. Subscriptions will be available via www.KLITSCHKO.com starting March 8th.
The fight will be distributed via a webTV service provided by the Hamburg based and recently founded agency Triumph Media Group in cooperation with KMG (Klitschko Management Group). Frederik Luett, Director of Media Rights at Triumph said: "We are extremely excited about introducing this innovative means of delivery to the world of boxing and an event of such a global scope in particular to some of boxing's most relevant markets. We are building a direct interface between the boxer i.e. KMG and the fans, which is very valuable and exciting for both of the latter. Maurizio Barbieri, Director of Digital Media at Triumph Media Group is one of the pioneers in this field; therefore we are convinced together with KMG we will give the fans of boxing an unprecedented viewing experience with a high quality video stream, profound statistics, social media applications and a very stylish environment.. continue
by James Slater - According to a news bit on FightNews.com, the word is former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck, now campaigning as a heavyweight, will fight former WBO king Ray Mercer in late April. Upon seeing this news, I called up the always friendly and accommodating former Olympian, and below is the following interview 48-year-old "Merciless" was kind enough to give me earlier today.
Here are the teak-tough warrior's answers to my questions: continue
FEB. 26, 2010 Leading up to the welterweight title showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey set for Saturday, March 13 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View® HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of a high profile showdown that showcases both fighters remarkable ring skills. On Friday, March 5 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay back-to-back Pacquiao vs. Cotto 2009 and Judah vs. Clottey 2008. Pacquiao solidified his superstar standing with his 12th round instant classic TKO triumph over Miguel Cotto on November 14, 2009. Clottey reinforced his status as one of the toughest welterweights in the division with a 9th round stoppage over Zab Judah on August 2, 2008 in a sizzling showdown. continue
by James Slater - It has been confirmed by BILD, that the Vitali Klitschko-Nikolai Valuev fight, having had its problems during the negotiations stage, is now "dead." The fight will not happen, confirmed Klitschko's manager, Bernd Bonte, and the German promoter says the fight collapsed because of Don King.
"Promoter Don King is crazy," Bonte said. "He makes demands for Valuev that are simply not acceptable."
So, the question is, what now for both fighters? Valuev may not have too many options to look at, in truth, and it's fair to say no attractive match-up jumps out for him. As for the reigning WBC heavyweight king nicknamed "Dr Iron Fist," he has said he plans to make 2010 his final year in the ring, and he has made it clear he'd love to get his hands on WBA ruler David Haye before exiting. continue
Light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (31) returns to the ring on April 24! The Schwerin based fighter will be defnding his WBO title is the alongside Susi Kentikian at the Universum Champions Night at the Sporthalle Hamburg. Jürgen Brähmer (35-2-0, 28 KOs) will defend his world title for the second time. His opponent will be WBO #8 ranked Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (16-3, 8 KOs). In his most recent fight Brähmer defended his belt on December 19 in his hometown of Schwerin against the tough Russian contender Dmitry Sukhotsky and impressively showed his fighting spirit. continue
BOB ARUM: We are a little over two weeks away and we are very excited about the full house we are going to have at Cowboys Stadium with Manny Pacquiao, who is the most exciting fighter in the world today and we couldnt find a more competitive opponent that Joshua Clottey. Clottey has a heart like a lion and he is a terrifically balanced fighter who comes and gives it everything. We think that whoever wins this fight, at the end of the night, they will be saying that this is the best fight that Manny has ever, ever been in. This is the toughest fighter that Manny Pacquiao, the Fighter of the Decade, has been in the ring with. There are many experts saying they wouldnt be surprised if Joshua Clottey won this fight.. continue
By Mike Cassell, Philadelphia Boxing Report - I dont make any bones about the fact that I know Eddie Chambers 35 1 (18KOs), and I like Eddie Chambers on a personal, as well as a professional level. He is a very hard guy not to like. Personally he is humble and outwardly kind and accessible to media and fans alike.
Professionally, he spends countless hours in the gym working on the skills he needs to be a top notch Heavyweight. It is very difficult to meet him and not walk away with a feeling of optimism for the American heavyweight. But then in walks The Steel Hammer Wladimir Klitschko 53 3(47 KOs). He is very big, very strong and after his 3 embarrassing KO losses earlier in career, very conditioned. His jab is fast for a big man. He does a great job of keeping his opponent in front of him and working at his own pace. A younger Wladimir was vulnerable, because he often found himself out of position while throwing awkward reaching punches, but that Wladimir is long gone. He plays is it much safer now, especially against smaller guys with a big punch. That example was never more evident than it was in Madison square Garden against Sultan Ibragimov for the IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight title. It was the first heavyweight title unification since Lewis-Holyfield II in 1999 in front of a very large heavyweight hungry crowd. The legend is, Klitschko didnt throw a right hand against the Eastern European southpaw for seven rounds. I wouldnt say that was exactly an accurate statement, however he was very careful, which amounted to very boring. But a win is a win, and his ring intelligence along with his power has beaten some talented fighters. continue
Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2010) Hometown heavyweight sensation Cristobal Arreola gets another shot at winning a championship on Saturday, April 24 as he fights IBF International Heavyweight Champion Tomasz Goral Adamek of Jersey City, NJ by way of Zywiec, Poland in a 12-round battle at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Tickets for this RING OF FIRE boxing card presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Main Events in association with Ziggy Promotions will go on sale tomorrow Friday, February 26 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster.com. continue
From the office of WBC President José Sulaiman: In response to statements made by WBC light flyweight world champion Rodel Mayol and his handlers, who said that they are concerned that he will not be treated fairly by the ring officials in his fight this Saturday in Mexico, the World Boxing Council prepared the following statement: The World Boxing Council is extremely disappointed to have read the statements made by Rodel Mayol and his camp in a published article continue
By Vivek Wallace - Hopkins/Haye: A Bout In The Makin', or Sadly Mistaken?
With both Bernard Hopkins and David Haye already scheduled to take part in separate showdowns, the word around camp is that a future battle between the two is closer to reality than many seem to know. Hopkins has recently stated that he'd be open for such a matchup, and while Haye hasn't been too vocal about it, truth is, I'd have a hard time seeing him object to this possible match. It's somewhat normal for fighters to 'look ahead' and take their eyes off the task at hand, but Roy Jones jr. (for Hopkins) and Johnny Ruiz (for Haye) don't plan to lay down, and as funny as it may seem, it's not an impossible theory to see them both walking away with what most pundits view as colossal upsets. Most boxing notables fall miserably short at predicting the outcome of certain matchups when they include fighters who haven't looked great lately against those that have, but reality tells us that these two potential upsets waiting to happen couldn't be any closer to reality than the bread on the meat of your sandwich! Right now, the talk is Hopkins/Haye, but by the end of April, many of those same pundits may very well realize why the month in question (April) is most memorable for the FOOLS it contains! Stay tuned. continue
Los Angeles, CA (February 25, 2010) Newly crowned WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) the last American to win an Olympic boxing gold medal -- will be the special in-studio guest in Bristol, CT for this weeks ESPN2 telecast of ESPN Friday Night Fights. The undefeated 26-year old native of Oakland, CA, who captured gold in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, upset and dethroned tournament favorite Denmarks Mikkel Kessler in his Stage One bout in Showtimes Super Six World Boxing Classic back on November 21 of last year. Andre will, among other boxing-related topics, discuss his upcoming Stage Two confrontation and first WBA title defense -- against Allan Green set for April 24. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When Chevelle Hallback last squared off against Holly Holm she lost by unanimous decision. Nearly three years have passed since then and now the two prepare to do battle again. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with Chevelle as she prepares for her March 26 rematch with Holly Holm. Here is what she had to say:
Q: Chevelle, how are preparations going for your March 26 rematch with Holly Holm?
A: Preparation is going very well. I think my trainers are out to get me, I think its a personal thing. I feel like sometimes theyre trying to kill me, but other than that training is going very, very well. continue
Bradley Pryce aims to leave his rivals sick in the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights at the York Hall in Bethnal Green tonight (Friday) after admitting he deliberately vomited before a bout last year in order to make the weight. The Welshman insists he was not suffering from bulimia a year ago when brought his weight down by being sick after meals ahead of his Commonwealth light-middleweight fight with Manchester's Matthew Hall. But the vomiting did not pay off as Pryce lost his Commonwealth crown in a second round defeat.
Pryce, 28, is now looking to revive his career by winning three, three round fights in one night at the York Hall in Bethnal Green - and this time Pryce has stuck to a sensible weight loss programme to ensure he makes the 11stone limit. The 3/1 favourite said: I wasnt suffering from bulimia but I was being sick before the fight to lose weight. For six weeks I was just eating and drinking what I wanted but there was nothing left in me come the fight.
My legs were buckling under me on the scales at the weigh in and I had a job to stand up. I knew I was going to lose, but I needed the money so went through with it.
"I went down to ten stone nine pounds at one points and I was thinking I could do welterweight but the fight was a wake up call and Im lucky I can still box on. continue
Former undisputed and two-time heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman has this to say in reaction to news that former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev will be facing Kali Meehan in an important showdown with world-title implications: WHAT?!?
"I destroyed Kali Meehan in four rounds at Madison Square Garden," growled Rahman. "Yes, it was in 2004, but he's only gotten older since then and not only has he not beaten anyone important since then, he hasn't even fought anybody worth mentioning!. continue
'The craziest man in boxing is bringing his unique brand of insanity to MMA.Some people call him El Matador. Others refer to him as the Madman from Managua. Sometimes, they use rougher language in referring to Ricardo Antonio Mayorga Perez, but everyone agrees that Ricardo Mayorga has achieved legendary status in boxing.
That would be enough for most athletes, superstar status in their chosen sport. But not for the swashbuckling character from Nicaragua. Now the former WBA and WBC welterweight champion and ex-WBC junior middleweight king is out to conquer a second sport, mixed martial arts. Read full story: MMA News and Views
by James Slater - Oh, how things have changed in the heavyweight division, especially from an American standpoint. Years ago, with U.S big men pretty much dominating the glamour division of the sport, it would have been unheard of for a big, genuine world heavyweight title fight to have not been shown live on one American TV network or another. But this is what is happening with the fast approaching Ring magazine title, IBF title and WBO heavyweight title fight between champ Wladimir Klitschko and Philadelphia's "Fast" Eddie Chambers.
Ringtv.com reports how no U.S T.V coverage is scheduled, and as such it seems only fans in Europe will be able to tune in live to the show in Germany. Is this how little the networks think of Chambers and his chances of pulling off a win? And if the lack of T.V coverage is down to the poor chances execs at HBO and the like are giving Chambers, won't these influential folk look silly if the once-beaten slickster manages to score the upset? continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) 2009 National Champion and World Championships light welterweight silver medalist Frankie Gomez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) has informed USA Boxing that he is turning professional. Gomezs decision to leave the amateur ranks at only 18-years-old and just over two years before the 2012 Olympic Games, clearly demonstrates that USA Boxings toughest opponents are not the Russian and Cuban boxers, but often professional promoters. continue
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.: "I am ready physically and mentally for this fight. We taken training seriously and I'm in the best condition that I can be. We are focused on our opponent and when we get in the ring, Sonsona will see that wanting to fight me was wrong.
Marvin Sonsona: "At this weight I feel great; stronger and my punch is stronger, too. I think I have everything to beat Vazquez and I have much more experience than him. I'm going to win that title and show my skills in the ring.. continue
By Vivek Wallace - On the morning of March 14th when headlines print across the world of boxing and beyond, what will they read?
Listening to most boxing circles, it appears to be a foregone conclusion that the phenomenal Manny Pacquiao will find yet another way to steal the show, but in a sport where anything is possible on any given night, will it really be that simple?
One of the major topics surrounding Manny Pacquiao to date is the issue of performance enhancing substances, yet it's a subplot found within that topic that probably deserves far more attention. For those of us that have followed the sport closely, it's common knowledge that Pacquiao has been a very gifted and talented fighter since well back in his early days, so there's very little reason to question him - as it relates to natural athleticism. But, beyond that, as we peak in that same rear view mirror and analyze a history containing countless wars and bloody battles, a body on the brink of a breakdown can shed light on yet another potential reason as to why this conversation is key. continue
LONDON (Feb 25th, 2010) WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl the Cobra Froch will be swapping his boxing boots for dancing shoes this coming Saturday, ahead of defending his prestigious world title on April 24th against Mikkel Kessler in the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament, when he makes his dancing debut for Sport Relief in front of millions of viewers live on BBC1 at 7.15pm. continue
TONY JEFFRIES swaps the ring for the dance floor on Saturday night when he appears on Let's Dance for Sports Relief (7.15pm BBC1). Sunderland's Olympic bronze medallist joins WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and former world title holders Duke McKenzie and Johnny Nelson in the boxing team. Jeffries, 24, has spent this week in London practising for his big night and expects to be nervous. He said: "I have loved every minute of this week practising with Duke. Carl and Johnny have been getting ready in Nottingham, but I'm sure we will all do well on the night. continue
by James Slater - It's no secret there is no love lost between Joe Calzaghe and Carl Froch. Ever since he entered the ranks of world class, Froch began calling out the now retired Welshman, wanting a chance to take his super-middleweight world titles. The fight never happened, though, as we know, and ever since the days of Calzaghe's final fights "The Cobra" has been one of Joe's harsher critics and vice versa.
The two men, over recent times, have verbally attacked one another in the press and via the media. This ongoing rivalry - a rivalry that, unfortunately, will never be settled in the ring - got even nastier recently, as former two-weight king Calzaghe called the man who now holds his old WBC 168-pound belt, "a bitch."
Speaking with City AM, Calzaghe, who, much to the annoyance of Froch, called it quits on his great career shortly after his light-heavyweight points win over a faded Roy Jones Junior in late 2008, came out on the attack when speaking about Carl. continue
by James Slater - As fans may know, the excellent Humberto Soto will clash with the teak-tough David Diaz on the under-card of the upcoming March 13th Pacquiao-Clottey card, and the two will fight to decide the vacant WBC lightweight crown. On paper, a definite win for the far more polished Soto, the fight could well be lively and exciting for as long as it lasts.
Former featherweight and super-featherweight titlist Soto, 50-7-1(32) and now aged 29, will be having his second fight up at lightweight, having won a commanding ten-round UD over Jesus Chavez last time out. continue
British super-middleweight champion Paul Smith has branded bitter city rival Tony Dodson a "clown" as tension rises ahead of their big March 12 clash. Dodson has repeatedly bad-mouthed former friend and sparring partner Smith. But now the 27-year-old champion has fired back, claiming that Dodson is running scared. Smith made his comments as he did a photo-call at the Echo Wheel of Liverpool this morning. "He's just a clown, he's got to shout his mouth off to boost his own confidence," said Smith, who makes the first defence of his belt at the Echo Arena live on Sky Sports 1. Tony could talk the hind leg off a donkey if he wanted to, but as the old saying goes, it's the emptiest vessels that make the most noise. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Kevin McBride (photo by Tom Casino / Showtime) was last seen inside the ring on October6, 2007 when he lost by sixth round TKO against four time title challenger Andrew Golota. That was over two years ago and most fans have since assumed that was the last we would see of him. Monday night, in the 61st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio, McBride informed the world otherwise:
I lost a few fights and like Cinderella Man, the movie Cinderella Man, I hope to make a big come back and fight this year and fulfill my dream and be the first born Irish heavyweight champion of the world.
In his last two fights, McBride suffered back-to-back losses against Mike Mollo and Golota. Against Golota, McBride hurt the Polish pugilist early in the first round and appeared to have him in serious trouble. Golota, however, weathered the storm and rallied back. In round six, Golota switched to a southpaw stance and managed to stagger McBride which prompted referee Arthur Mercante Junior to call a halt to the contest. Reflecting back on that fight, McBride had this to say: continue
By Mike Mykers Boehm - Tony The Tiger Thompson is a professional heavyweight fighter that hails from Washington DC. The 38 year old southpaw poses some mileage, however, his desire, and determination might provide some aesthetic appeal to the heavyweight division itself. Good ole Spare Parts looks to continue his outcry, provoking anyone that is willing to accept his challenge. Recently, Thompson proclaimed his Letter to the media that states his ambitions to challenge several heavyweight fighters to bragging rights, ranking placement, and the ultimate goal a heavyweight title fight. continue
Tecate, cerveza con carácter, demonstrates its commitment to boxing through a regional marketing campaign designed to create buzz and bring adult boxing aficionados closer to the March 13encounter between Filipino WBO Welterweight Champion Manny Pacman Pacquiao (50-3, 38 KOs) and the hard-punching former title holder from Ghana, Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20 KOs). The event will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View from the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, beginning at 9p.m. ET/6p.m. PT. continue
James Slater: It's always a privilege and a pleasure to speak with you, Henry. I know you have a training camp going - You and Chris have started camp already?
Henry Ramirez: Yes, camp has been fine. Chris actually started working for this fight a month ago. We'll begin sparring on Monday, we'll begin gradually - 4-rounds at first, and then build up to 12 rounds.
J.S: Will you use the usual guys, or will you spar with guys who back-pedal a lot, as Adamek did against Jason Estrada? Chris did say at the press conference how he expects to have to chase Adamek.
H.R: We will use guys who will emulate Adamek's style the best, of course. Guys who will box and bang. continue
by James Slater - Though the Texas Commission did not grant disgraced former welterweight ruler Antonio Margarito a licence and allow the Mexican to box on the upcoming March 13th card in Dallas, it seems as though Margarito will now make his inevitable return in his homeland in May. BoxRec have "Tony's" return listed as taking place in Aguascalientes, Mexico on May 8th. The listed opponent? Carson Jones, the 23-year-old light-middleweight who was hoping to fight "Margacheato" on the under-card of the Pacquiao-Clottey bill. continue
Statement from Vivian Harris: Former Jr. welterweight champion Vivian Harris released the following statement regarding the result of Saturday nights bout with Lucas Matthysse in Mexico City. I just wanted to let everyone know that what happened in Mexico City was by far the worst injustice that I have ever experienced. The fight between me and Lucas Matthysse was a close and competitive fight from the start. In the second round, I hit Matthysse with a right hand that caused severe swelling around his right eye. Ill admit that I lost the third round. In the forth we exchanged punches, I got hit with a right hand, I was not hurt, my legs were fine, I wasn'tnull dizzy. continue
by Jenna J, Photo by Sumio Yamada -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 61st edition of On the Ropes will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6 pm 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 back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Producer, the magnificent Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy), and my talented Co-Host, Nick Powers
Topics for Discussion
Shawn Porters unanimous decision victory against Russell Jordan
Rumors that Miguel Cotto will face 154 pound champion Yuri Foreman at the New Yankees Stadium
News that Emanuel Steward will train Foreman for this fight
The official announcement that Tomasz Adamek will face Chris Arreola continue
World-ranked contender Sweetness Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., has officially been named to replace fellow American Jermain Taylor in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and will take on undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) in one-half of a tournament doubleheader on Saturday, April 24, on SHOWTIME®, Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, formally announced today. continue
CHICAGO, IL (February 24, 2010) Chicagoland fan favorite, heavyweight Mike Mollo headlines WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 9, an outstanding evening of professional boxing, on Friday, March 26th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesolis 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Advance tickets for WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 9, starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800). continue
Danny Butler is being inspired to win the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights this Friday by the fighting spirit of his brothers, who are serving with the Army in Afghanistan. Butler, who backs the Help for Heroes charity, has two brothers Adam and Martin serving in the Army and says he will give the charity a portion of the £32,000 winning prize if he triumphs in the tenth Prizefighter competition at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. The Bristol boxer, who is stepping down a division for his second Prizefighter, says he wants to win the knockout competition for brother Adam, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.
He said: If I win Prizefighter I will donate some of the money to Help for Heroes, which is a great charity which I support.
Ive got two brothers who have been out in Afghanistan.
One of them, Martin, has only recently got back and the other, Adam, is still out there.
It makes me want to do it even more that Adam is out there, I want to win it for him. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 24, 2010)The latest installment of the critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports® FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic returns to SHOWTIME® with Episode 4, premiering Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode features an emotional interview with Jermain Taylor as he discusses his withdrawal from the tournament. Also, viewers will join the charismatic Super Six promoters as they candidly discuss Taylors replacement, the ultra-confident Allan Green. continue
PRINCE Arron survived a scare at the weigh-in ahead of Fridays Prizefighter Light-Middleweights tournament. Arron, 22, originally scaled 1lb 7oz more than the championship weight of 11st 2lb before a quick exercise session saw him make the weight at the second attempt an hour later. If he had failed to make the weight then he would have lost his place in Barry Hearns latest eight-man, one-night tournament where the winner picks up £32,000.
I thought Id done the weight, going on the scales at my home, said a relieved Arron at the weigh-in, held at the Lillywhites sports shop in central London. I thought it was right but obviously it was wrong so I had to go back to the hotel and get it off. continue
AUDLEY Harrison believes he has recovered from being a broken man and is ready to claim the European Heavyweight Championship. Harrison, 38, saved his career by winning Prizefighter Heavyweights 3 in October and faces Polands Albert Sosnowski for the European belt on April 9 at Londons Alexandra Palace.
Former Olympic gold medalist Harrison hopes victory leads to a shot at a world title with the Klitschko brothers in his sights, although Englands WBA Champion David Haye is not on his radar.
"Im not interested in David Haye, said Harrison at a press conference held at The Dorchester in central London. All Im interested in at the moment is Albert Sosnowski and he will not give up that belt easily. The worst thing I could do is look past Albert. If I cant get past him then theres nothing in the future.
The heavyweight division is desperately looking for marque names and, no disrespect to David Haye, but no one in the US is talking about David Haye. Theyre all talking about the Klitschkos and no one is giving David Haye any play as a World Champion so the guys I want to fight are the Klitschkos. continue
by James Slater - Modern day legend Bernard Hopkins proved to be a very interesting guest on this past Friday's Friday Night fights show on ESPN. Doing the "In Your Corner" part of the show, the 45-year-old phenomenon was on top form vocally and he had many fascinating things to say that prove beyond any doubt his desire, ambition and hunger remain very much intact.
Answering questions fired at him by viewers and fans, "The Executioner" let it be known he has a lot more in his sights than the upcoming April 3rd rematch with long-time rival Roy Jones Junior. continue
LOS ANGELES (February 24) - As the 2010 boxing season kicks into full swing, big name sponsors are excited to be a part of the critically acclaimed and popular "Fight Night Club" presented by Golden Boy Promotions and AEG. The first season produced unprecedented enthusiasm for the sport of boxing in Los Angeles and the second season is back from L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia with more excitement for round two and is backed by hard-hitting sponsors. Fox Sports Net has joined forces with Golden Boy and AEG to televise the 10-fight monthly boxing series while RingTV.com is back on board to stream the fights live online plus Budweiser and Vitamin Water are returning for a second sponsorship season of the hit series and joining them will be DeWalt Tools. continue
by James Slater - With just over two months to go until the hugely intriguing Carl Froch Vs. Mikkel Kessler "Super Six" clash that will be fought in the former two-time champion's homeland of Denmark, both men have spoken about how ultra-important the fight, and a victory, is, and both warriors have also made it clear how they expect a great fight to take place.
Both men have hinted at how they plan on scoring a KO on April 24th in the fight that will see Britain's Froch defend his WBC 168-pound crown, and most recently Kessler has spoken of how he feels this upcoming fight is "a last chance" for him to get his career back to where it was before he lost in an upset to Andre Ward.
Kessler, beaten only by Joe Calzaghe and then Ward, has made it clear he plans to bounce back from the technical decision loss he suffered at the hands of Ward the same way he did from the points loss he succumbed to when he met the now retired Welshman a few years back.
"It was two belts I lost that night to Calzaghe but he threw them away and the fight after, I won the WBA one back," Kessler is quoted as saying by thisisnottingham.co.uk. "What makes a champion is losing and standing back up again and winning it back. I intend to do that again. continue
Universum Champions Night on April 17 at the Bördelandhalle Magdeburg and on April 24 at the Sporthalle Hamburg:
on April 17 in Magdeburg (Zbik vs. Spada) and April 24 Hamburg (Kentikian vs. Raoui) Universum Box-Promotion will present two Universum Champions Nights. In order to be in perfect shape some Universum fighters have set up their training camp in the Austrian Alps to build up their fitness level! At the beginning of February trainer Magomed Schaburow took his team including Ruslan Chagaev, Susi Kentikian, Vitali Tajbert, Dimitri Sartison, Eduard Gutknecht and Alexander Alekseev to the skiing resort Soelden. continue
Bad luck for Manuel Charr. The WBA #13 ranked heavyweight fighter suffered an injury nearly to the Universum Gym in snowy Hamburg, where the streets had been full of snow and ice during the last weeks. He injured his left knee and has a cruciate ligament rupture and a broken kneecap. He underwent surgery few days ago. Manuel Charr: "I fell on my knee. I'm doing better now but I will have a long recovery time. I'm devastated but I'm coming back even stronger then before. That's sports! Docters told me that it will take five month of recovering. Have your fingers crossed that I can return to the ring very soon. Take care, Manuel. continue
Lester N. (Long Beach, CA): I find Pacquiao to be a product of perfect match making. He has good power but the fighters he beat who gave him his legendary status were not good measuring bars. Oscar was weight drained, Hatton wasn't that good, David Diaz wasn't too good, and Cotto hasn't been the same after Margarito. Would you agree?
Vivek W. (ESB): I'd have to initially disagree with your insight, in the sense that Barrera, Morales, and Marquez (albeit questionable) were probably the victories that gave us reason to consider him amongst that pantheon of great talent, rather than the others you mentioned. Aside from that, this question really comes down to how you personally choose to view things. While I think we can find reason to make a strong debate using your assessment, the reality is that he soundly defeated every man his promoter placed in front of him, so how much can we really blame him? Pavlik was said to have a few health related issues leading up to the Hopkins matchup, but none of us considered taking away the credit from good ole 'Pop'-kins based on Pavlik not being at full strength (if that was even true). continue
Mr. Don King- Well, thank you, Alan. My thing is this: we've got a superstar here in Devon "the Great." And so, it's gonna be something--first, happy birthday, Devon: you know, belatedly, but nevertheless, let's put things in their proper perspective. All right? And so, now for a birthday present, you know what I mean, you have to go in there and knock out Juan Urango, all right? And so, that's--you know, it's one of those things that--so, it's gonna be a great exciting show, a brawl, so to speak, that's gonna take place at the great Mohegan Sun. continue
PROVIDENCE (Feb. 22, 2010) The St. Patricks Day celebration will extend two days as Irish-American boxers, led by hot, unbeaten prospect Danny OConnor, the popular Irish Joey McCreedy and 4-time world champion Jaime Hurricane Clampitt, will be in action March 19 on the Shamrockd pro card, presented by Jimmy Burchfields Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. continue
Neil Sinclair admits his 15-year professional career could be over if he is not successful in the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday. The Belfast boxer has gone through a renaissance in the last year after two clinical stoppage wins in 2009 but faces 5/2 betting favourite Bradley Pryce in his opening Prizefighter bout. Sinclair, 35, stopped Pryce in the third defence of his British welterweight title in 2003 and regards that win as perhaps the most satisfying of his pro career.
But Welshman Pryce has vowed to ensure there is a different outcome this time, claiming it will be man against old man as opposed to man against boy like he claims it was in their first encounter. Sinclair will be trying to do the double on Pryce and will then need to win two more three-round bouts if he is to emulate the success of fellow Belfast boxer Martin Rogan, who won the first Prizefighter in April 2008.
Sinclair believes victory will propel him towards big title fights, but defeat would leave him pondering retirement.
Winning this could open a lot of doors, said Sinclair, who was forced to pull out of the Prizefighter Welterweights with a back injury in 2008. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (Feb. 22, 2010) Filipino sensation Marvelous Marvin Sonsona is hungry to capture another world title, as well as overcoming the aftereffect of losing his WBO super flyweight belt on the scales in his last fight, this coming Saturday night in the highly-anticipated showdown against hometown hero Wilfredo WV2 Vazquez, Jr. for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight championship. continue
Tony Bellew says he'll follow up Everton's stunning win over Manchester United on Saturday with a comprehensive KO victory against Atoli Moore on March 12. And the Evertonian has invited fellow young guns Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell to be his ringside guests when he challenges for the Commonwealth light-heavyweight title at the Echo Arena.
"I took time off training on Saturday to watch the Toffees," said unbeaten Bellew, 27. The blue half of the city was buzzing on Saturday afternoon after the game and it gave me a real boost ahead of my first title fight. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, 25-0(11) is a frustrated man at present. Despite being a fighter who has proven , and wants to go on proving, he is a warrior who seeks out only the best possible opposition, "Desert Storm" has been unable to land a big fight to his satisfaction. Recently calling out names like Juan Manuel Marquez, Amir Khan and Ricky Hatton, to name a few, Bradley has been left without a signed deal.
Set to fight again on June 5th, in what will be his first fight since December of last year, the undefeated, incredibly hungry 26-year-old awaits confirmation of who the opponent will be. There was talk of a fight with WBC lightweight king Edwin Valero, who wanted to move up in weight, but so far nothing has been made official - much to Tim's disappointment (disappointment Bradley could not hide in the following interview; even though he was still friendly and accommodating).
Here is what the big fight-craving light-welterweight champion had to say yesterday evening (UK time) in reply to my questions continue
LAFAYETTE, Ala., Feb. 22, 2010 With the unveiling of the big bronze Joe Louis statue on this Saturday, Feb. 27, in LaFayette, Ala., preparation is in high gear for the unveiling and the special events preceding it. Special commemorative Joe Louis statue tee-shirts and keepsake programs went on sale in LaFayette and the Greater Valley Area last Friday, and the carefully wrapped statue was placed on its permanent base on Friday afternoon. continue
By Marlynda Millerick - On March 6, 2010 Steve "Two Pound" Forbes will be taking part in the Juan Urango/Devon Alexander show when he faces Harrison Cuello in a Jr. Welterweight bout at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. I recently caught up with Forbes, who generously made the time for this quick Q&A to discuss his upcoming fight.
MM: Steve, I know you're busy with preparations for your upcoming fight, so let me start by thanking you for taking the time to participate in this interview. So tell me, how is your training going? How are you feeling right now?
SF: Training is going good right now. I'm here at the wild card gym doing some sparring with Manny Pacquaio, and getting familiar with Freddy Roach. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani & Jenna J - (The following interview transcript with Freddie Roach aired in episode 60 of On the Ropes, February 15, 2010)
Jenna J: Freddie Roach, welcome to the On the Ropes Boxing Radio Show. Hows it going today?
Freddie Roach: How are you?
JJ: Im doing very good. Since we have you on the show, I think one of the things that people really want to hear from you is how are Manny Pacquiaos preparations going for his March 13 bout with Joshua Clottey?
FR: Hes doing great. Hes in great shape already. His weights alreadywell he came in on weight when he came in on his first day, but were trying to keep the weight on him with the protein shakes and feeding him five times a day, but he sparred eight rounds yesterday. Hes looking to get the game plan down and he looks great. continue
by James Slater - Two exciting fighters who now appear to be heading in different directions had mixed fortunes last night in Mexico City, Mexico - as former WBO super-bantamweight king Daniel Ponce de Leon scored a 3rd round KO win over Orlando Cruz up at featherweight, and former WBA light-welterweight champion Vivian Harris was TKO'd in the 4th round by Lucas Matthysse at welterweight.
Mexico's 29-year-old de Leon, a southpaw like Puerto Rico's Cruz, got the job done with body shots in the 3rd, as a left and a right to the midsection caught Cruz as he was trapped in a corner. continue
By Tony Nobbs - Former world title challenger Rubin "Mr Hollywod" Williams looks for a victory over WBF 168 pound champion and WBA number 15 Les "Lock & Load" Sherrington on April 29 to spring himself back into world rankings after a dissapointing string of losses. The 33 year old Williams, who gave a good account of himself against then IBF super middleweight boss Jeff Lacy before being stopped in seven rounds in 2005, said his background in boxing will be one of his best assets going into the fight against the relatively untested Queenslander.
Ive beeen doing this all my life. Theres nothing you can do that will surprise me said Williams (29-8-1, 16 kos) from Detroit, Michigan on Friday night. My jab and my right hand will also be important in this fight. continue
by James Slater - First of all, Tomasz Adamek deserves great credit for agreeing to a fight with, no, for searching out a fight with, the much bigger and harder-hitting Chris Arreola. Set, as fans know, for April 24th, the important heavyweight clash will likely see the winner get a shot at one of the major titles at heavyweight. But Adamek, who struggled badly against the comparatively light-punching Jason Estrada a couple of weeks ago, looks to have one tough, tough night ahead of him against the man known as "The Nightmare."
This is why Adamek, the former IBF cruiserweight ruler deserves credit. As popular as he is, Adamek could have taken a much easier path and would likely have been eventually awarded with a title fight anyway - he is that popular. But fighting a few "safe" opponents and then going for a major belt is not the Pole's way and for his old-school mentality he should be congratulated. However, will "Goral's" willingness to rumble with a proven hitter like Arreola, in what will be his third fight up at heavyweight, prove to be his undoing? continue
By John G. Thompson - Ohio native Shawn Showtime Porter 13-0 (10 KOs) pleased the Wolstein Center crowd in Cleveland this past Friday night with his unanimous decision victory over the determined Russell Spiderman Jordan 15-7 (10 KOs) of Rochester, NY. Jordan proved more rugged than his record may appear, however, and perhaps raised some questions about the 2007 National Golden Gloves Champion and former lead sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao. A heavy favorite to stop Jordan in the early rounds (Jordan having lost five times by stoppage), Porter needed to rely more on his boxing prowess than his punching power in going the full ten rounds for the first time in his professional career. continue
By James Foster - As far as most pundits were concerned, Donald 'Cobra' Curry was the best pound for pound boxer on the planet. The quiet, unassuming young man was the undisputed welterweight champion of the world and the natural heir to the great Sugar Ray Leonard. Curry's unification fight with rival champion Milton McCrory had swiftly ended any debate over who the best welterweight was. McCrory, a lanky six-footer known as the 'Iceman', hailed from the Kronk gym just like the legendary Thomas Hearns but any illusions about him being the new 'Hitman' were brutally ended by Curry inside two rounds. A perfect left-hook from the slender Curry collapsed McCrory in the second and although he somehow clambered to his feet, the Cobra swiftly brought matters to an end with a single right-hand. There was something chilling about the calculated economy of Curry's boxing. He demoralised opponents with a close quarter counter-punching style, rarely got hit and was astonishingly accurate with his own punches. It was a risky way to fight but Donald Curry made it look like the easiest thing in the world. Boxing was already anticipating the day when Curry would rise in weight and challenge Marvin Hagler for the middleweight championship in the richest fight in history. It looked like a match that could only be made in heaven. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (February 20, 2010) World Middleweight Champion KELLY The Ghost PAVLIK returns to Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, April 17 to defend his titles against World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight champion SERGIO Maravilla MARTINEZ. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with DiBella Entertainment and Caesars Atlantic City, Pavlik vs. Martinez will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $350, $200, $100 and $50, go on sale This Monday! February 22nd at Noon ET and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs), who over two years ago, in a near sold-out Boardwalk Hall which included thousands making the trek from his hometown of Youngstown, OH, became World Boxing Organization (WBO) and the World Boxing Council (WBC) world champion by knocking out the previously undefeated and undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor in a bout selected as the Fight of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America. Pavlik defeated Taylor handily in their rematch in February 2008 to solidify his claim as one of boxings top pound for pound fighters and has since had three successful defenses, all by knockout, two of the wins coming against No. 1 contenders and mandatory challengers. continue
by Brendan Galbraith: The vastly experienced, multi-World Champion trainer John Breen is supremely confident going into next weeks Prizefighter tournament and enthuses that his charge, Neil Sinky Sinclair (33-7) is in the best condition of his career and is hitting harder than ever. Breen, who has previously guided the popular Martin Rogan to Prizefighter glory, told me: I was very confident bringing over Rogie I am even more confident going over with Neil Sinclair.
Referring to Pryces declaration to Eastsideboxing.com yesterday that he will be more prepared with the re-match with old man Sinclair, Breen lamented: Well it is old man with power he is the hardest puncher in the competition if Bradley Pryce fights the way he usually fights Sinclair will take him out and take him out very early.. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Staffordshire, UK, Armenian-born Russian Leva Kirakosyan proved way too powerful for local man Scott Lawton, as he crushed him inside three one-sided rounds of action. Fighting for the vacant European super-featherweight title, Kirakosyan's withering power got the job done in exciting fashion. The 36-year-old former European boss at 130-pounds dropped Lawton in the opening round, forced the referee to give the 33-year-old a standing count in the 2nd-round, and then stopped him at 21-seconds of the 3rd. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Bradley Pryce will face his nemesis, Neil Sinky Sinclair in the line-up of the next Prizefighter series and, referring to his 8th round KO at the hands of Sinky when they met in 2003, declared last time it was man against boy this time it will be man against old man, predicting that this time there will be a different outcome.
Pryce is the bookies favourite to seal victory in the upcoming Prizefighter event at the York Hall, London on Friday 26th February 2010. Of course, the explosive nature of Prizefighter usually means that the script can be re-written on the night and in particular over the 3 x 3 minute rounds.
On the eve of the latest instalment of the Prizefighter series there are at least two emergent hypotheses that add excitement to this format. First, an outsider will upset the odds (think Ovil McKensie) and storm through to win the tournament and, second, the bookies favourite will go out early to an underdog (think Dean Francis, Danny Williams et al). Also it is true that the bookies favourite do on occasion follow the formbook. So, how will the 5/2 favourite, Welshman, Bradley Pryce fare in seven days time?
One man standing in Pryces path is the heavy-handed Belfast man Neil Sinky Sinclair, and the potential re-match of Sinky and Pryce is the stand-out duel next week. Inevitably, this came up in our conversation and the affable Pryce openly discussed his training progress and his thoughts on the other Prizefighter opponents. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Canning Town resident, George Hillyard (9-4) will be looking to seize his opportunity at next weeks Prizefighter Series at the York Hall and push on to a British Title shot. Hillyards career so far has been an inconsistent mix of impressive wins including 5 KOs and lacklustre losses, including his most recent fight against Matthew Thirwall. Hillyard.
How is training going?
It is going really good. It is a more intensive work-out you have to be off the mark very quick. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Bristols Danny Butler (18-3) will mark his fourth year as a professional when he competes in his second Prizefighter Middleweight Series at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Friday 26th February 2010. Butler, is the most active boxer in the Prizefighter field, with 5, 7 and 5 outings in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively and has been working hard for next weeks Prizefighter showdown.
Seven days to fight night - how do you feel?
I feel great. I cant wait to get in there. continue
On Saturday, April 24 Goossen Tutor Promotions and Main Events in association with Ziggy Promotions will present RING OF FIRE on HBOs Boxing After Dark (11:15 PM ET/PT).
The 12-round main event for the NABO and IBF Heavyweight International Championship will take place at the state of the art Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
Top world contender Cristobal The Nightmare Arreola of Riverside, California will square off against former WBC Light Heavyweight, IBF and Ring Magazine Cruiserweight titleholder and current IBF Heavyweight International Champion, Tomasz Goral Adamek of Jersey City, NJ by way of Zywiec, Poland.
DAN GOOSSEN (Promoter): During the time that weve been talking about this fight, prior to Adameks fight with (Jason) Estrada, we were getting emails; we were getting messages; we were getting those phone calls Wheres the fight going to be? I mean Excitement! Excitement! Excitement!. continue
By Mike "Mykers" Boehm - John The Quiet Man Ruiz has been anything but quiet in the past year. For some strange reason his obsession with the WBA world heavyweight title has been uncanny and a bit perplexing within the WBA. With his two losses against Nikolay Valuev, John Ruiz hopes to reclaim the heavyweight gold by defeating David Haye at the M.E.N. Arena in Lancashire, United Kingdom this April. More importantly, is his reasoning and outcry justified? Most thought the WBA title shot belongs to Kali Meehan or Ruslan Chagaev, who coincidentally are slated to face each other; in a date that has not yet been determined. Let's stir the pot, and look at the factors and speculation regarding John The Not So Quiet Man Ruiz. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 19, 2010)-Fan favorite Vic The Raging Bull Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs) will make his fifth consecutive appearance on SHOWTIME® and 11th overall when he defends his World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) super flyweight crowns against streaking, world-ranked Rodrigo Gato Guerrero (13-1-1, 9 KOs) in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation Saturday, March 6, at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The 12-round world title fight has been elevated to the main event since the Arthur Abraham vs. Andre Dirrell bout, originally set as the main event, has been rescheduled. Ticketholders who need additional information are directed to call StarTickets at (800) 585.3737 or The Show Box Office at (760) 833-8120 during normal business hours. continue
Adamek Quotes: I will not run from Arreola. I will be easy to find in the ring, if he wants to find me. Why should I exchange punches with Chris, when I can make him miss, and then hit him? Whatever works for me on that day I will do. I think in the ring I will change tactics, I'll see whats gives me the greatest advantage during the fight.
It was an easy choice to fight Arreola, because we are similar in many ways we want to fight and give people what they deserve. This is what my career is all about.
Im tired of answering questions like why a small heavyweight like me wants to fight a big Chris Arreola. As we could see today, Im the same height and maybe couple ok more than couple pounds lighter. But 220 is my natural weight I checked before the press conference, I'm still relaxing after the Estrada fight, and I was still 220 lbs. So its natural, I dont have to gain any extra pounds. I have three square meals day, like everybody. continue
LAS VEGAS (February 19, 2010)Super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell injured his back earlier this week while sparring in Las Vegas, preventing him from training for his upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight showdown with Arthur Abraham. Dirrells injury has forced the fight to be rescheduled for Saturday, March 27, to be televised live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Andre saw a specialist and he is going to be ready to fight on March 27, said Gary Shaw, Dirrells promoter. I know Andre is deeply disappointed about rescheduling but he IS determined to resume training for the super middleweight divisions most compelling fight.. continue
BRADLEY PRYCE and Neil Sinclair will clash in a mouth-watering quarter-final contest in Prizefighter Light-Middleweights next Friday. Welshman Pryce, the 5/2 favourite to claim the £32,000 winners cheque, was drawn to face experienced Belfast fighter Sinclair in the second of the quarter-finals for the latest Prizefighter event.
Manchester's highly-fancied Prince Arron, 22, will take on Canning Town's George Hillyard in the opening contest, with the winner to face Pryce or Sinclair in the semi-finals. continue
By Vivek Wallace - Rising Jr. Middleweight prospect Shawn Porter (photo by snaplocally.com) is a man that many see as the 'creme' of his prospect class, destined for the top, with many big things along the way. Tonight, he'll step in the ring for a career defining shot at his first title (NABO), and as he closed out this very important fight camp, he took a few moments out to talk to me about not only this moment in time, but also his future, as well as a past that includes a close relationship with a man who many view to be the best in the biz. That man? None other than Filipino P4P contender, Manny Pacquiao. Here's what Shawn Porter had to say:
Vivek W. (ESB): How's it going, Shawn? Obviously Friday night is a big night for you. Now that camp is all wrapped up, how did things go in your preparation for this important fight?
Shawn P.: Great camp! One of the best camps we've ever done. We went out to the Wild-Card out in Los Angeles for about 4 1/2 weeks and got it on with a couple big left-handers in the gym, so at this point, we feel we're ready for anything. continue
by James Slater - Top quality doubleheaders seem to be in fashion in boxing right now - what with the April 24th Chris Arreola-Tomasz Adamek/Alfredo Angulo-Joel Julio card set and the almost-done May 15th Amir Khan-Paulie Malignaggi/Victor Ortiz-Nate Campbell card also fast approaching - and on April 10th, if both fights get the final go ahead (ESPN.com reports how the final touches are being worked on currently), we will see Andre Berto-Carlos Quintana and Tavoris Cloud-Glen Johnson taking place on the same card on April 10th. continue
On March 27th Ahmet Öners ARENA Sports-Promotion will team up with major TV station SAT.1 for the first time for a big show in Hamburg (Germany) featuring the heavyweight rematch between German prospect Steffen Kretschmann and Russian veteran Denis Bakhtov and the return of featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa to Hamburg where his pro career started in April 2007.
This will be our biggest show in Germany so far, states Öner. With SAT.1 we have finally found a major TV partner who helps us to bring great fights to a big audience. continue
Vivek Wallace - The evolution of life has a way of testing us, and time and time again we learn that no one will be spared as these forces of nature come ready to build character every step along the way. Each of these test that we encounter from the beginning can be attributed to the very definition of who we become, as well as who we remain until the bitter end. These test typically range in difficulty and contain everything imaginable, with the lone exception being a handbook on how to overcome them. In the case of Joshua Clottey - much like the man that he'll step in the ring against on the night of March 13th - part of his developmental test included perhaps the closest thing one could ever receive in life to that proverbial 'handbook'. That element was a very difficult set of circumstances to start life itself. The kind of circumstances that takes a soft-skinned boy and hardens him to the bone like a man. Initially set on soccer, Joshua Clottey was soon led to the boxing ring by an older brother who had migrated to the sweet science approximately two years prior. After growing tired of hearing about a bully in the gym, Clottey decided to try his hand at something new, stepping in the ring for the first time to see if he could slow him down. At this point in life, none of the previous test had adequately prepared Clottey for a literal 'gut-check' that he would receive in the ring that day. After a few vomit inducing shots to the belly, battered with a bruised ego, a young Clottey vowed "revenge" on the bully and anyone else who dare attempt such an act. continue
St. Louis (MO), February 12, 2010: Steve Smiths Rumble Time Promotions, Lou DiBellas DiBella Entertainment, Leon Margules Warriors Boxing and Tony Holdens Holden Productions are pleased to announce the rematch of Deandre The Bull Latimore vs. Sechew Iron Horse Powell for the #1 Ranking in the IBF Junior Middleweight Division. The bout will take place on March 19, 2010 at the Choctaw Casinos Durant Resort in Durant, Oklahoma and will be featured on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights. continue
Bernard Dunne: After a lot of thought and reflection the time has finally come to bring my career as a professional boxer to an end. For the past 25 years boxing has been my life but now it is time for a fresh start. The easiest thing in the world would have been to climb through the ropes and fight again but honesty has always been very important to me and I am being honest to myself, to my family and to my supporters with this decision.
The great Irish fans that travelled on the journey to a world title belt with me deserved better than to pay their hard earned cash just to see me go through the motions. I could never do that to them. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans know, a boxer must be retired for at least five years before he becomes eligible to be inducted into The Hall of fame in Canastota. Well, former two-time heavyweight king "Iron" Mike Tyson last fought in June of 2005 (when, way past his best, he was made to quit on his stool after the sixth-round of his fight with big Irishman Kevin McBride) and he is now eligible to be voted in. And, according to an news piece in The New York Times, Tyson, now aged 43, is indeed going to be inducted into The Hall.
"Mike is so delighted," a representative of Tyson's said to The New York Times. "It has been an amazing year for his so far."
No doubt the debate will now begin as to whether or not Tyson deserves to be voted in amongst greats such as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard. continue
2010 is off to a knock out start for pay per view satellite channel Primetime. Having just secured the next two fight nights for the Super Six Middle Weight tournament and a heavy weight title bout between Dr Steelhammer Wladimir Klitschko and Fast Eddie Chambers, Primetime is determined to make sure boxing fans dont miss a thing. continue
By Adam Fillingham - Last week it was Frank Warren. This week is the turn of Ricky Hatton's promotional company "Hatton Promotions". With three title fights on the bill and many British prospects this looks like a night to look forward to.
Scott Lawton 27(6)-5(3)-1 Vs Leva Kirakosyan 31(21)-5(2)-0 - Vacant European Super Featherweight Title
In only his second super featherweight bout, Scott Lawton will already be fighting for the European title at his new weight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past weeks edition of On the Ropes featured exclusive interviews with Freddie Roach, David Diaz, and Fres Oquendo. Highlighting this episode was a nice conversation with world class trainer Freddie Roachcurrent trainer of pound-for-pound King, Manny Pacquiao. Here are some excerpts from Roach:
Regarding Pacquiaos preparations for Joshua Clottey:
Hes doing great. Hes in great shape already. His weights alreadywell he came in on weight when he came in on his first day, but were trying to keep the weight on him with the protein shakes and feeding him five times a day, but he sparred eight rounds yesterday. Hes looking to get the game plan down and he looks great.
On whether he thinks Clotteys weight will be an issue:
No. He has no problem with the weight. At the weigh-in, they both have to weigh 147 pounds.. continue
Hugues Brodeur - From a telephone interview by Richard Labbé from the Montreal French newspaper La Presse, Yvon Michel announced on February 16th, that the negotiations with both Gary Shaw and HBO have ended successfully. Apparently, whats remaining to decide by Gym, would be a date for this summer or this fall. The fight will happen in Montreal. Dawson wanted to fight on June 19th. Although Pascal is still treating his shoulder injury sustained against Diaconu. His rehabilitation should end soon and he should be back hitting the bags during the month of March. If his rehabilitation goes well, the title fight should be this summer. If he needs more time, itll be during the fall. continue
Friday, Feb. 19 - HBO Sports® will present Road to Dallas: Pacquiao vs. Clottey, a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming welterweight title showdown between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and challenger Joshua Clottey that will mark the first-ever pro boxing event at the landmark $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex. The intriguing fight will take place on Saturday, March 13 and be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View ®. continue
Brett Flournoy is aiming to go one better than fellow Merseyside boxer Carl Dilks and win the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, February 26.v The Birkenhead boxer is stepping up from welterweight for his chance to claim the £32,000 prize for winning three, three round fights in one night live on Sky Sports.
Dilks reached the Prizefighter Light-Heavyweights semi-final a year ago and Flournoy hopes to go further than his pal as he attempts to keep his unbeaten record intact with three wins in one night. But southpaw Flournoy will have to shake off some ring rust when he has his first fight since May 2008.
The 30-year-olds last bout against Kevin McIntyre was called off in the second round as ringside medics were called away to deal with an injured boxer elsewhere in the arena in October.
Now Flournoy is looking to give his career some much needed momentum before returning to welterweight. continue
Story by Kirk Lang- The fifth annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which took place at the Mohegan Sun Casino, saw the induction of six new members, and former light heavyweight contender Iceman John Scully, at 42 years of age, became the youngest ever inductee. Scully had a successful amateur career (gold medals at 165 pounds at the Ohio State Fair, national P.A.L. and Eastern U.S. Olympic Trials), a solid pro career (going the distance in his lone world title fight and giving Michael Nunn all he could handle over 12 rounds in 1995) and throughout the years, was always serving as a mentor to young amateur fighters. continue
by James Slater - All hardcore boxing fans will instantly recognise the name Mahyar Monshipour, as one half of a fight that was, simply put, one of THE greatest in modern day history. Back in March of 2006, the Iranian-born Monshipour (full surname, Monshipour Kermani) met fellow super-bantamweight Somsak Sithchatchawal in a fight that saw the French citizen attempt to defend his WBA title for a sixth time. Ten absolutely astonishing and must-see rounds later, the man from Thailand was the new world champion.
Instantly recognised as an absolute classic, the 122-pound title fight was awarded with Ring magazine's Fight of The Year distinction for 2006. For most fans outside of France, it was only after reading about this incredible fight that they had even heard of Monshipour (or Sithchatchawal for that matter). continue
Nottingham (18.02.2010) WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch does not care whether the old or the new Mikkel Kessler will show up on April 24 he plans to knock out either one. Thats what The Cobra told a crowded press conference in the Robin Hood Suite at Nottingham Forests football stadium on Wednesday afternoon. They say styles make fights and our fight will be an exciting one, he stated. I am curious to see whether it will be the old or the new Kessler in the ring. It does not matter to me, I am planning to knock him out anyway.
The Viking Warrior was quick to respond: Well, Carl, you dont know the new Mikkel Kessler yet. You will be in for a very explosive surprise when we meet. You are a nice guy, but business is business, and I want to win my old WBC belt back. I had a very bad night in the office against Ward but champions bounce back even stronger. I did that once after the Calzaghe fight and I will do it again when we get inthe ring on the 24th of April.
The two superstars concluded their international media tour this afternoon after flying from Billund to England on Tuesday evening. Froch admitted he has changed his mind about the city of Herning following yesterdays press conference at the MCH. We were impressed by the venue, he said. The people have been great. It is a nice town and a superb arena. There are also two nice pubs out there so my fans will like it in Herning. continue
by James Slater - It has been reported by a number of sources that Vitali Klitschko announced yesterday how he plans to make the year we are now in, 2010, his final one in the boxing ring. Now aged 38 and having achieved everything in boxing he could have wanted apart from, A: having the satisfaction of shutting up David Haye, and, B: seeing to it that he and his brother Wladimir held the four unified heavyweight titles at the same time, Vitali feels the time is right to retire.
Currently in negotiations for a possible fight with former WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev, the reigning WBC king may well see this fight fall apart over money issues (Valuev promoter Don King has been asking for around twice as much money as Klitschko's promoters are willing to put up) and if this is the case, there will only be one big fight out there for "Dr. Iron Fist," - one with new WBA boss David Haye. continue
Its been a difficult past two years for Vivian Harris. Boxing politics coupled with long stretches of inactivity have plagued the former junior welterweight champion, but the proud Guyana native remains undeterred. I still consider myself one of the best fighters in the division, said Harris. I have faced some adversity these last two years but Im still determined. Im still hungry. I am here and I will be champion again.. continue
Steve OMeara says he has got nothing to fear ahead of the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights tournament - thanks to a sparring session with Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
Unbeaten OMeara is one of eight boxers who will be trying to win three, three round bouts in one night to pocket the £32,000 prize money at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, February 26.
OMeara claims he has been transformed as a fighter since sparring with American Mayweather, a former world champion at five weight divisions.
But the 26-year-old from West Drayton, who has won all of his ten fights since turning professional nearly two years ago, admits he was unhappy with his last fight against Stourbridges Kevin McCauley in September immediately after sparring with Mayweather.
OMeara blames jetlag after getting back from working with Mayweather in Las Vegas on under-performing against McCauley and is determined to show what he has learnt in front of the Sky Sports cameras. continue
After their sensational wins last Saturday night Nathan Cleverly and Kevin Mitchell will be introduced to huge sporting crowds in their home cities over the next seven days. The new stars of British boxing and world champions of the future will respectively be half-time guests at Cardiff City Stadium and Upton Park on Saturday - and say one day they will return to headline blockbuster bills. Cleverly will make a special appearance at Cardiff City's Championship clash with Barnsley in south Wales, while Mitchell will take to the pitch at West Ham's Premiership fixture against Hull. Both games kick off at 3pm. continue
DAVIE, FL, February 18, 2010 Warriors Boxing announced today a busy schedule over the next 8 weeks, where six of their fighters will be involved in very meaningful fights. On February 27, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, unbeaten young Filipino Star MARVELOUS MARVIN SONSONA challenges WILFREDO VASQUEZ JR., for the WBO Junior Featherweight Title. One week later, on March 6, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut, on HBO Boxing After Dark, IBF World Champion, JUAN IRON TWINS URANGO attempts to unify the Junior Welterweight Division when he takes on WBC World Champion DEVON ALEXANDER. continue
(WINTER HAVEN, FLA.) Following the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti, World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) and his older brother, Cleveland, traveled to Port Au Prince, Haiti, to assist in the relief efforts. The Berto brothers teamed up with Project Medishare Chief, Dr. Barth Green, to assist with the much needed medical assistance on the ground. The journal below details the emotions that Berto felt from the time he first learned of the earthquake while in training camp for his title unification fight with Shane Mosley through his trip to Haiti.
Since returning home, Berto has continued to work on the relief efforts from the United States, including the creation of the Berto Dynasty Foundation. In addition he has developed partnerships with Everlast, which launched a signature Andre Berto Haiti Relief t-shirt and Westmark School in Encino, California. Berto and the school have developed a long-term collaboration to adopt a school in Haiti together. continue
OLYMPIC bronze medallist David Price returns to action next month after recovering from a hand injury. Price (4-0) boxes a selected opponent at Leigh Indoor Sports Village on Friday March 19 on a Frank Maloney show being televised live by Sky Sports.´The 6ft 8in Liverpool boxer now hopes for an injury free year which will help him rise towards to summit of the British heavyweight rankings. Maloney said: "David's right hand has been concerning him for some time, but it has now been sorted. continue
by James Slater - It was all supposed to be much different. Last night, in Hollywood Florida, at The Hard Rock, Elijah McCall, son of former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver, was all set to share the card with his father. But, as we now know, the 44-year-old "Atomic Bull" got himself arrested at the weekend, for three drugs related charges (see article a few scrolls down).
With his father off the card, it was left to 21-year-old Elijah to keep the McCall fighting spirit going. Unfortunately, yet more bad luck arrived for the McCalls, as the unbeaten prospect was KO'd in the 4th-round by little-known Haitian, Dieuly Aristilde. continue
Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs) and World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) kicked off an international media tour here Wednesday morning to discuss their upcoming Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, April 24, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day tape delay).
Known as The Viking Warrior, Denmarks Kessler will be counting on the support of his home fans when he challenges Froch, of Nottingham, England, for the WBC 168-pound crown in a 12-round match at MCH Herning. After one round in the Super Six, King Carl has two points, while Kessler needs a victory to get on the board.
Never in my life have I lost a fight in Denmark, said Kessler, a former World Boxing Association (WBA) super middle titleholder at a packed press conference. My home fans give me the extra five percent I need to defeat Froch. I will knock him out. It will be the real Viking Warrior in the ring. continue
By Per Ake Persson: WBA heavyweight champ David Haye and IBF middleweight ruler Sebastian Sylvester will stage a special "show training" February 22 at the main office of Kentaro in Munich, Germany. Kentaro is a major player in buying and selling TV rights and among their employees is Kalle Sauerland. As to why Haye and Sylvester will be there is an interesting question and there´s probably more to come. continue
By Karim Kato Godfrey - With the heavyweight division lacking any real excitement, limited to no television coverage of the top 10 boxers in the Cruiserweight division, the lighter weights have been forced to pull the brunt of the workload and keep the casual boxing fans happy. The real hardcore boxing fans would tune in to see Thai midgets duke it out in the squared circle if it were available. However, since the hardcore fans arent the majority, promoters should make better matchups in order to bring back those casual fans. continue
Juan 'West Coast' Alvarado - I will almost guarantee you that if you go out to the streets and mention the name Edwin Valero to a hundred people, you will be lucky if 10 of them know who he is. Of course if you ask a hardcore fan who Edwin Valero is, most of them if not all will know who you are talking about.
So some of you might ask who is Edwin Valero?
Whom we are talking about is a left handed fighter (southpaw) who has traveled the world literally in order to apply his craft. Unfortunately, for the fighter in question, the world did not include the United States. In 2003, an abnormality was discovered in his brain which got him a medical suspension in the United States. With a record of 12-0 all by knockouts (in the first round by the way), Valero was forced to take his show on a world tour of sorts. He finally settled in Japan where he went on to record an impressive string of first round knockouts to the tune of 18 in a row. continue
Los Angeles, CA (February 19, 2010) Can the renowned Polish warrior withstand the devastating knockout power of The Nightmare?
We will all find out on Saturday night, April 24 when Goossen Tutor Promotions and Main Events in association with Ziggy Promotions --- and sponsored by Corona and San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino --- presents RING OF FIRE on HBOs Boxing After Dark (11:15 PM ET/PT). continue
Paul Smith has told promoter Frank Warren not to prepare world title shots for just Kevin Mitchell and Nathan Cleverly. That's because the scouser is determined to join his fellow Brits in their charge to the top. Smith defends his British super-middleweight title against local rival Tony Dodson at the Liverpool Echo Arena on March 12 live on Sky Sports 1. It's his first fight since winning the Lonsdale belt in a thriller against Tony Quigley. And the 27-year-old says that a second victory against another Liverpudlian can take him a step close to a world title opportunity. continue
by James Slater - Reigning WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch had a tough enough fight ahead of him simply by way of having to face Denmark's Mikkel Kessler, period. Now, however, with the April 24th fight taking place in Herning, Denmark, "The Cobra" is sure to face one heullva hostile crowd. Unbeaten Froch is well aware of this, though, and he says he is not overly concerned; so sure is he of victory.
The fight, the next step for both warriors in the fascinating "Super Six" tournament, was originally set for April 17th (the same night Lucian Bute defends his IBF 168-pound title against Edison Miranda, and middleweight king Kelly Pavlik is set to face Sergio Martinez; these two fights taking place in Canada, and the U.S, respectively). continue
LOS ANGELES, February 16 - Two-Division World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, the current IBF Junior Lightweight World Title holder, announced today that he is relinquishing his title in order to care for his wife Casey, who is currently battling leukemia. "It is with great regret that I am relinquishing the junior lightweight championship of the world that I, along with my team, worked so hard to capture," said the 26-year old Guerrero. "I feel that it is in the best interest of the sport and the fans that I care so deeply for to give someone else a chance to fulfill their dream of becoming a World Champion. I am now focused on the love of my life, my wife Casey, as undoubtedly we face the greatest opponent of our life, cancer. Whatever the outcome, our faith in Jesus Christ will get us through. Thank you for the prayers and support. God bless.. continue
Daniel Edouard: I want to start off by thanking everyone who supported our effort to assist the people of Haiti. Your contributions are appreciated and they truly made a difference in people's lives. I wasn't able to openly communicate back to the states like I hoped I would to update people on our progress due to communication still being unavailable in the areas where we focused our assist efforts. continue
By Pete Madzelan - February 16, 2010 - When Muhammad Ali refused to be drafted into the military, boxings ruling bodies showed scant concern for due process. Instead, they wasted little time before stripping him of his title.
And thus, began the search for someone to take mantle of heavyweight champion. In 1968, both Joe Frazier and Jimmy Ellis won versions of the heavyweight championship. Though they each wanted sole recognition, neither was in an immediate hurry to hasten a fight between them.
In truth, they had their own agendas. First, they had to attract enough interest for a fight to be financially rewarding, and another was they each wanted to solidify their claim; convince the public they were worthy holders of the title.
Writing in the New York Times about the state of the heavyweights, Robert Lipsyte may have phrased it best by describing their titles as alleged title(s).
Joe Frazier (24-0 21 KOs)knocked out Buster Mathis to win the New York version of the title, then impressively rolled over Manuel Ramos, Oscar Bonavena, Dave Zyglewicz and Jerry Quarry. Only Bonavena went the distance. continue
by James Slater - Father and son duo Oliver and Elijah McCall were all set to box together on another card tonight, in Hollywood, Florida. But, as some fans may have already read today, McCall Senior, the former WBC heavyweight champion, was arrested over the weekend in Fort Lauderdale - for three offences: possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of parole.
So now, young Elijah will fight tonight (against Dieuly Aristilde) but his father will not. 44-year-old McCall has had his share of troubles in the past, troubles that have been well publicised. continue
by James Slater - A fascinating fight that will decide the vacant European super-featherweight title takes place this coming Friday night in Staffordshire, UK. Fighting on a Hatton Promotions bill will be local man Scott Lawton, the former English lightweight champion, and Russia's former European belt holder at 130-pounds, Leva Kirakosyan.
Very much a tough night's work for Lawton, or so one would think, this big opportunity has pretty much come right out of the blue for the 33-year-old with the 27-5-1(6) pro record. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 60th 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 back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my Producer, the amazing Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy), and my talented Co-Host, Nick Powers
Topics for Discussion
· Rumors surrounding a possible bout between Amir Khan and Paulie Malignaggi
· Nonito Donaire third round stoppage over late substitute Manuel Vargas
· Rumors of a possible rematch between Donaire and Vic Darchintan continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When negotiations for a proposed mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao fell apart, the boxing world was outraged and not without good reason. After all, this could have been the biggest fight in boxing history. That Mayweather and Pacquiao were unable to reach an agreement is inexcusableespecially when one considers they had already come to terms on the purse split. If the fight had fallen apart over money issues it would almost be understandable, but instead, negotiations collapsed because of Mayweathers unprecedented request for Olympic style drug testing.
As a result, three general schools of thought have emerged. The first group consists of people who blame Mayweather. Since Mayweather asked Pacquiao to go beyond what the rules and regulations require, he was being unreasonable with his demands. continue
by James Slater - Though he made a huge name for himself the world over with his upset, 1st-round stoppage of legend Roy Jones Junior back in December of last year, Australian hard man Danny Green has been unable to land a second big, big fight. Talks with Bernard Hopkins ultimately proved fruitless for "The Green Machine," and no way does Jones appear to want a second fight (despite Roy's insistence that Green's hands were illegally wrapped for the fight). continue
Jesse O. (Orlando, FL): I thought your article on Roy Jones jr. and Bernard Hopkins last Friday really helped many of us see this rematch in a different light, but if you could, explain why you think so many people still choose to question their legacy?
Vivek (ESB): Personally, I've never encountered a perspective in life that I refused to sit and listen to, but I just have a very tough time comprehending any argument that supports questioning the role these two men have played in the sport. When it all boils down, I think it's simply a matter of people liking and supporting who they want to like and support - which is cool, but has ZERO to do with talent, which is how all these athletes should be judged. Some say, "Hopkins and Jones haven't faced the same type of competition as Leonard, Hagler, and company". I can't view that as a reasonable excuse because the talent pool of this era was far thinner, and we can't hold these men accountable for their date of birth. And besides, the Klitschko brothers have run the heavyweight division in arguably its weakest state, maybe of all-time, yet they still manage to fill seats back at home. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten, Teddy Atlas-trained IBF mandatory challenger for world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Alexander Povetkin is set to return to action next month. Keeping himself active as he awaits his eventual shot at "Dr. Steel Hammer," the Russian contender will, according to BoxRec, face former top contender Dominick Guinn on the Marco Huck-Adam Richards card in Germany on march 13th. continue
Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament point leader King Arthur Abraham and WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Captain Huck are enjoying Ulli Wegner´s demanding training camp in Palm Springs. It has been one week since they left cold Berlin to shape up for their upcoming fights. King Arthur will take on Andre Dirrell in Palm Springs on March 6 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), while Captain´ Huck is slated to face Adam Richards in Berlin one week later. We have accustomed to the different climate and the new time zone, King Arthur said. Mr. Wegner has scheduled some tough work-outs. But it feels good to be in California.. continue
By Dax Ferguson - The St. Valentines Day Massacre brings to mind a blood bath day in the Lincoln Park area on Chicagos North Side in 1929. Factions of Al Capones Italian South Side gang raided a warehouse filled with bootleg whiskey. Two of the men were dressed as police officers and two others worn trench coats, concealing Thompson sub machine guns, commonly called Tommy guns. They were anticipating rubbing out Bugs Moran, boss of the Irish North Side gang and his gang. The conflict stemmed from bootleg operations and a couple of Capones men had been killed.
The four Capone henchmen brought seven men out of the warehouse and lined them up, facing the wall. The Moran men subjected, believing erroneously that the perpetrators were actually Chicago policemen. The four Capone assassins then mercilessly cut down the unwary seven victims, pumping 20 slugs from one Tommy gun and 50 from another, coupled with a couple shotgun blasts into the unsuspecting Moran men. continue
The Anders Vester Promotions in Denmark is extremely pleased to announce that its coming promotions event is called as the "Macho-Time" to be take place at the Arena Midt, Kjellerup, Denmark on March 26, 2010. The Main Event will feature the 47-year-old former world champions Hector "Macho" Camacho (79-5-3) from Puerto Rico to fight against Danish fighter Allan Vester (28-6-1) for the vacant World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) Middleweight Title,the bout has been approved by the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF). continue
By John Wight: If anyone was in any doubt that British boxing is in a state of rude health, hopefully such doubts will have been put to bed after watching Frank Warrens latest promotion, billed as the Night of the Champions, which took place at Londons Wembley Arena on Saturday night.
In hindsight, given the performances of two of Britains much vaunted Olympians, in the shape of Frankie Gavin and James Chunky De Gale, the East Ends very own Kevin Mitchell, and not forgetting the ever improving Nathan Cleverly, the night should have been billed as the Night of the future World Champions. For make no mistake, each of the aforementioned displayed to varying degrees the ingredients required to ascend to the heights of the sport within their respective divisions. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past weeks edition of On the Ropes featured exclusive interviews with Kermit Cintron, Jason Estrada, Roland Estrada, and Peter Kid Chocolate Quillin. Highlighting this episode was a nice conversation with former IBF welterweight champion, Kermit Cintron. Here are some excerpts from the Cintron interview:
Regarding when he plans to get back in the ring:
We actually have a fight on May 8 against Paul Williams. Were still negotiating on that and trying to get the venue and stuff like that, but it seems like its a done deal financially. Were just waiting on where the fight will be at.
On how he feels campaigning at 154 pounds:
The weight is fine. Im a bigger welterweight, I can hold 154 fine, I feel comfortable at it. Im just looking at whatever weight can get me the best opportunity between 147 and 154.. continue
World Boxing Council featherweight champion Elio "The Kid" Rojas will make his first title defense against WBC No. 3-ranked Guty Espadas on Saturday at Paliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Cancun Boxing and Don King Productions are promoting the event, which has been branded "The Kukulcan Battle at Yucatan, Mexico." The same firms promoted the highly successful 2008 WBC heavyweight championship match between Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter and Oleg Maskaev in Cancun. Rojas (21-1, 13 KOs), 27, a native of the Dominican Republic now fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived in Merida late last week to make final preparations for Saturday's match. continue
By G.M. Ross - The much anticipated rubber-match between Frank White of Sarnia, Ontario, and Ryan Henney of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, for the cruiserweight championship of Canada took place last night (Saturday, February 13) at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta. These men first met in the summer of 2007 when Henney became the only man to stop White, scoring a technical knockout in the sixth of a scheduled eight rounds. Almost exactly a year later, White tied their pugilistic series at one a piece, earning a ten round unanimous decision and Henneys cruiserweight championship of Canada. On Saturday night White and Henney went the distance again, leaving the outcome in the judges hands. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten as a heavyweight at 3-0(2), former IBF cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon Banks of Detroit, 23-1(16) overall as a pro, takes the next step in his new weight class on March 20th, when he will face the dangerous Travis "Freight Train" Walker. 27-year-old Banks is looking forward to the fight that will take place on the Klitschko-Chambers bill in Germany, as well as to one day becoming world heavyweight champion himself.
Yesterday, Travis Walker was kind enough to give me his views on the fight with Banks, and earlier today, Johnathon gave me his take on the NABF heavyweight title clash.
James Slater: It's great to speak with you, as always, Johnathon. How much do you know about Travis Walker?
Johnathon Banks: Actually quite a lot. I saw him in the amateurs and I guess you could say I followed his pro career. I've seen him around a few times. I've seen him in the gym in two different training camps - one was with Wladimir, the other was with Vitali [Klitschko]. So I know quite a bit about Walker. continue
By "Old Yank" Schneider - If hell has stairways and escalators, then fittingly they operate in only one direction.
The loathsome crime of glove-loading brings out strong emotions -- I cannot hide mine.
Margarito's appearance on the Pacquiao undercard is more than in doubt. Recent developments regarding Margarito's suitability for licensing have been hitting the boxing community like a tidal wave. All of this is an outgrowth due to a foreign substance found in Margarito's gloves before the fight against Shane Mosley a little over a year ago. The foreign plaster-like substance found in Margarito's hand wraps resulted in the California State Athletic Commission revoking Margarito's boxing license for a one-year period (the harshest penalty at the disposal of the commission at the time). continue
by James Slater - Welshman Nathan Cleverly looked sensational once again last night, as he claimed the vacant European light-heavyweight title with a 5th-round stoppage of experienced former champ Antonio Brancalion of Italy. A big right hand smashed the 34-year-old visitor's head back as he was under fire along the ropes, prompting referee Jean-Louis Legend to dive in and halt the fight at the one-minute and 15-second mark.
22-year-old Cleverly is now 19-0(9). Brancalion is now 32-8-2(8). continue
by James Slater 30-year-old Travis Walker is a heavyweight contender who feels he has learnt much since his most recent defeat. "Freight Train," 34-3-1(28) was shocked inside a round by Manuel Quezada last July, but the big puncher from Texas is sure he was the recipient of a "lucky punch." Very much wanting a chance to once again avenge a 1st-round stoppage loss (see his two fights with TJ Wilson), Walker must first get past former cruiserweight/now heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks.
Walker and Banks will clash in a crossroads bout on the under-card of the March 20th Klitschko-Chambers title affair in Germany - and earlier today, Travis was kind enough to give the following answers to my interview questions. Here is what the hard-hitting "Freight Train" had to say:
James Slater: Thank you so much for your time, Travis. First of all, is the fight with Johnathon Banks a definite?
by James Slater - Tonight at Wembley, on Frank Warren's big show, British lightweight star "Mighty" Kevin Mitchell looked nothing short of sensational as he blew away Colombia's Ignacio Mendoza inside just two-rounds. Defending his 135-pound Intercontinental crown, the Londoner landed a smashing right hand to the Spain-based challenger's head, sending him crashing to the mat in a corner. With absolutely no chance whatsoever of beating the count, the visiting fighter was counted out at one-minute and 24-seconds of the 2nd-round.
25-year-old Mitchell is now 31-0(23), 26-year-old Mendoza is 27-6-2(18). continue
By John G. Thompson - Russias Ruslan Provodnikov improved to 15-0 (10 KOs) as he outworked the experienced Mexican Javier Jauregui 53-17-2 (36 KOs). Juareguis extensive resume boasts names such as Anthony Peterson, Joan Guzman, Julio Diaz, Acelino Freitas, Jesus Chavez, Leavander Johnson, and Jose Luis Castillo. Unfortunately for Jauregui, most of these names are reflected by losses on his record. Javier did get the win over Leavander Johnson for the vacant IBF Lightweight title back in 2003 and scored a tenth round KO win over Castillo back in 1994 for the Mexico Featherweight Title.
Provodnikov boasts no names on his resume and most of his fights have been in Russia. Yet with some 115 amateur bouts under his belt, the twenty-six year old light welterweight pressed the action from the start, pushing the overweight Jauregui back into the ropes and nailing him with body shots. Jauregui did show moments where his experience served him well. In the second round he landed a decent combo and a right uppercut which seemed to stagger Provodnikov. Jauregui did not do enough work to win the round, however, seemingly trying to conserve his energy and pick his shots. Ringside commentator Teddy Atlas mentioned, He wont throw unless he can make it count.. continue
HERNING (Feb. 12, 2010) Team Sauerland and Hennessy Sports are proud to announce that the Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament group stage 2 fight between WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch and the Viking Warrior Mikkel Kessler will take place at the MCH Messecentre, Herning in Denmark on the 24th April 2010. The fight will be televised in the United States on SHOWTIME® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. In Denmark, the fight will be broadcast on Viasat. Hennessy Sports will be announcing the UK TV broadcaster over the next week.
The two superstars lock horns in the second round of this unprecedented boxing tournament, with Kessler eager to make up for his opening loss against Andre Ward. The WBC Champ Carl Froch comes off a split decision victory over Andre Dirrell. With the support of my great Danish fans, I will defeat Carl Froch and become world champion again, Kessler said. The atmosphere at MCH Herning is incredible. I only have the best of memories of the venue. The TKO victory over Perdomo last September confirmed my place in the Super Six. After a bad start, I am now out for a knock-out and the first three points.. continue
Monday-Februaury 15th-Chicago based HITZ BOXING, looks to pack 'em in and pack a punch this Saturday, February 20th at the HORSESHOE CASINO in Hammond, IL. Headlining the talent packed 6 bout card, is Heavyweight great "Fast" Fres Oquendo taking on Demterice King for the NABA/USBA Heavyweight Title... we have a fight on our hands with this match-up.. King, a known KO artist, plans to be the spoiler in Oquendo's quest for a shot at the Kiltschko brothers. continue
by James Slater - Though the fight may not actually happen (promoters Don King, Sauerland Event and K2 are currently trying to thrash out a deal), the idea of a bout between WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko and former two-time WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev is intriguing to some. With David Haye busy with his mandatory against former belt holder John Ruiz, who else is there the WBC champ could actually fight in the summer?
Valuev, because of his size and the fact that he has never been down in any fight, remains a worthy contender; even though he is, A: somewhat boring to watch, and, B: coming off a loss to the aforementioned "Hayemaker.. continue
By Vivek Wallace - On May 22, 1993, the world of boxing sat and watched as two rising stars entertained on the big stage. One of the names that rolled across the scrolling marquee that night was very familiar; the other quickly becoming more so by the day, supported strongly by a gritty determination and a take-no-shit attitude that made him an enigmatic force known to inwardly question all answers, despite a talent that clearly answered all questions. At the time, despite the promise they displayed, few truly knew whether or not the final script for these two men would leave a print on the sport. Fast-forward the hands of time and despite a ton of well placed memories, suddenly, that very same question continues to be analyzed. Seems pretty odd that such a question could even surface, but more and more, whispers from deep in the back of the crowd maintain that some how, some way, the offerings rendered by these two men don't quite place them in that top echelon of great names in history that never seem to be forgotten. When you hear Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, or Duran, most with even a modest recollection of their respective careers can remember the countless wars and battles that each of these men took part in. Through victory they earned their legendary status, but it was through defeat that they probably solidified it, as each of those lost battles paved the way for them to win the eventual war, gaining respect in the minds of fight fans world wide because of their true warrior spirits. A glimpse at the resumes of Hopkins and Jones in comparison offers a different slant. Some feel those resumes contain a lot, others feel they contain a lot to be desired. In their prime years, both men practically bobbed and weaved through competitive traffic like a Maserati past midnight which ultimately gave them this reputation. A pretty fitting concept, as only a near empty gas tank could ever be enough to slow, and perhaps even one day stop the motion of these two 'fast cars'. continue
By Adam Fillingham - On the thirteenth of March, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will be defending his title for a second time against ranked no. 14 contender Adam Richards. Richards, a former heavyweight, will be fighting only his third fight in the cruiserweight division.
Marko Huck is hot on an eight fight winning streak since his loss to Steve Cunningham two years ago. Since that defeat Huck has claimed the IBF intercontinental title, the European title (which he defended, with knockouts, three times) and the WBO world title. continue
by James Slater - Whenever one looks up BoxRec to see what fights are upcoming, and the name Hector Camacho appears, it's natural to assume it is Hector Camacho Junior that is in line to fight soon. After all, "Macho" Camacho, Junior's father, has long since been retired, right? Well, actually no, he hasn't.
It's not likely too many fans are all that interested or aware of it, but 47-year-old Camacho actually fought last May, holding Ramon Campas to an eight-round draw in Florida. continue
by James Slater - It has been reported in a number of places how Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez will not now be facing reigning WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan on May 15th. Marquez, it has also been reported, was interested in the fight, yet either changed or had his mind changed and withdrew this week (ace trainer Nacho Beristan reportedly advised his fighter not to take the fight, Khan's debut in America).
So now, as Khan has told the BBC, he and his team are hoping it will be Paulie Malignaggi who is on the other side of the ring - in Madison Square Garden on May 15th. Malignaggi's people have definitely been contacted, and now we must wait and see whether or not the recently rejuvenated "Magic Man" is interested in the fight. Khan certainly feels the slick boxer who is coming off a clear points win over Juan Diaz WILL opt to fight him next. continue
Paul McCreath - In the past few years we have seen a gradual decline in boxing in America. The flagship division, the heavyweights has seen the most obvious change. Where once we could take it for granted that most if not all of the champions would be American and probably at least eight of the top ten fighters as well, now we have no alphabet champs from USA and only 3 rated in the Ring's top 10 the last time I looked. The problem is not just with the big guys but extends into the lighter divisions as well and even worse into the amateurs. A few years ago Olympic medals were plentiful but today they are rare. Few Americans are world top 15 rated in any division. continue
Don King Productions and Sauerland Event have countered K2 Promotions latest offer to former two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion Nikolai Giant Russian Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) to face World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) with a deal calling for a 60-40 percentage split.
They approached us with a $1 million offer for Valuev to face Vitali, and Sauerland Event and I told them we would like $4 million for the fight, King said. Now theyve come back to us with a $2 million guarantee. We countered with a 60-40 split of revenue. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Who are the ten best featherweights of all-time?
This is the sixth in a series of surveys I have been conducting. In the first survey, we peered into the opinions of long-time boxing fans to make a definitive list of the top ten all time heavyweights. Although this is a very subjective topic that is skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, and the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria to judge past fighters, we can still establish some degree of consensus. While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a 'true' top 10 list should look like. Since then I have had similar surveys involving the light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, and lightweight divisions.
In this survey, which included many of the same individuals from the previous five, I polled 30 long-time boxing fans (myself included). My question was simple. I had each person in the survey provide me with a chronological list of who he or she (there was one she in the surveymy esteemed colleague from On the Ropes, the lovely Miss Jenna J) considered to be the ten best featherweights in boxing history. continue
(CINCINNATI, OHIO) Eleven national champions were crowned on Friday night at the 2010 Under-19 National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ten mens final round bouts and one female championship contest took place on the final day of competition at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. The boxers in the light flyweight division experienced more excitement than they bargained for with a fire alarm going off in the second round, causing a brief stoppage. Yet that didnt deter Carlos Suarez (Lima, Ohio) from his mission in the light flyweight final round bout with Rondarrius Hunter (Atlanta, Ga.). Suarez grabbed the first lead in the bout and built it out throughout the three rounds despite the brief interruption and point deductions from both boxers. Suarez won a 15-7 decision over Hunter to win the light flyweight crown. continue
ARLINGTON, TX (February 11, 2010) World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion HUMBERTO Zorrita SOTO and former WBC lightweight champion DAVID DIAZ will go mano-a-mano for the vacant WBC lightweight title, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of THE EVENT: PACQUIAO vs. CLOTTEY, World Welterweight Championship. The Pacquiao vs. Clottey pay-per-view telecast will also feature 10-round rumbles between two-time world champion JOSE LUIS El Terrible CASTILLO in a welterweight battle against top-10 contender ALFONSO GOMEZ and Irelands JOHN DUDDY in a middleweight duel with MICHAEL Myckol MEDINA. continue
by James Slater - By reading the above headline, though it does not list the contest that took place twenty years ago this very day, all boxing fans will know which fight this article is written about. Who could ever forget that amazing day in Tokyo, Japan, when 42-1 outsider James "Buster" Douglas not only became the first man to defeat the seemingly invincible "Iron" Mike Tyson, but also became the first man to knock Tyson out?
Much has been written about this incredible fight over the years (it was not just an amazing upset, but also a great action fight, full of twists and turns in the plot along the way; with some controversy thrown in for good measure!) and practically all people with an interest in the sport will have seen a copy of the February 11th, 1990 rumble at least once. However, two decades on, the fight remains a thrill to watch. The momentous upset should also serve warning to all currently active fighters, no matter how invincible THEY may look, that it is never safe to underestimate an opponent. continue
by James Slater - Talk about an intriguing and exciting fight. Though the fight is far from a done deal at this point in time, there is at least a decent chance unbeaten wannabe stars Timothy Bradley and Edwin Valero could meet in the summer, in what would be a classic Boxer Vs. Puncher match-up.
Both men are unbeaten, both are more than willing to fight the best available opposition, with both men seeking super-fights, and both guys are fast, exciting performers who can punch. What's not to like about the idea of the two hungry warriors getting it on with each other? continue
By Adam Fillingham: Growing Welshman Nathan Cleverly will be fighting for the vacant European title against Italian veteran Antonio Brancalion. The British and former Commonwealth champion will be hoping to make a big impression at Wembley on Saturday night. Cleverly is coming from domination wins over Courtney Fry (TKO round 8) Danny McIntosh ( TKO round 7) and Billy Boyle ( TKO round 2). Cleverly fought to perfection in these fights which has earned him the status of Britain's biggest prospect and has been introduced into the ring magazine top 10. continue
Jean Bedard (InterBox President) - With the signing of this fight, we continue our tradition by bringing into Montreal a world class event with two world class athletes in Lucian Bute and Edison Miranda. The pre-sale of tickets is going strong and indicates we will have an amazing crowd and ambiance at the Bell Centre the night of April 17th, states InterBox president Mr. Jean Bedard. Power is a shortcut to win. Miranda can put out the lights with any punch One week after his fight with Librado Andrade, Lucian was back in the gym. Hes training hard, taking Edison Miranda seriously and hell do everything he has to do to stay World champion for a long time. Lucian is an ambitious fighter, he wants to be a hall of famer and its a privilege for me to work with him.
Last time I fought it was the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City that exploded with action and with the result. This time its going be the Bell Centre! I am taking Miranda very seriously, I have a lot of respect for him, hes courageous and I know he comes to win. He demolished many good fighters and is a notorious puncher. I will have to keep my concentration level on high, show my speed, footwork and ability to stay champion, declares Lucian Bute. continue
MANCHESTER, Conn. (Feb. 12, 2010) WBC rated No. 10 featherweight contender, unbeaten NABF champion Matt Sharp Shooter Remillard, is getting closer and closer to a major fight. In his last bout (Jan. 29), Remillard destroyed Rafael The Dominican Man Lora (11-2, 5 KOs) for the second time in a row, defending for the first time the NABF belt he won September 19 by way of a fourth-round technical knockout. Loras team complained that the original fight was unjustly halted, but they soon discovered that sometimes you should watch out for what you wish. continue
World ranked flyweight Rayonta "STINGRAY" Whitfield is training at the Savannah Boxing Club in Houston, Texas, under the guidance of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields, in preparation for his NABO Title battle against Sergio "THE SAN DIEGO SENSATION" Espinoza. Their twelve round headline bout, part of an action packed evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, February 27th at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia, is presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. "Camp in Houston has been perfect. I'll be here sparring and training with Ronnie until a couple of days before the fight. We're putting in the hard work that will payoff on February 27th" said the 28 year old Whitfield. continue
By Pete Madzelan: Floyd Pattersons comeback after the two straight debilitating one round knockouts by Sonny Liston was met with a collective shrug.
That was okay with Floyd, he was doing this for himself; for his pride. So, he embarked on his own redemption road that concluded when he outpointed George Chuvalo to cement himself as a top contender for the heavyweight crown.
To begin the road back, Floyd went abroad to Sweden, where he was enormously popular. Writing in the Saturday Evening Post, Pete Hamill beautifully described the affection Sweden had for Floyd, and Floyd for Sweden.
When he walks the streets of Stockholm and Goteborg, he is besieged by autograph hunters and tailed by photographers.
Patterson quipped, You might say Im a kind of one-man Beatles.. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (Feb. 11, 2010) Integrated Sports Media, North Americas undisputed leader pay-per-view distribution of major boxing events, is teaming-up with KO Entertainment to bring American fans the ring return of Mexican great Erik El Terrible Morales, who headlines the March 27th The Champion Returns pay-per-view event live from Monterrey, Mexico. Were excited to bring U.S. boxing fans the return of Erik Morales, one of boxings all-time greats, and the last man to defeat Manny Pacquaio, Integrated Sports Media president Doug Jacobs said. He is a living legend who has beaten many, many world champions. The entire card is stacked from top to bottom with world champions, top contenders, and hot prospects.. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 12, 2010) The critically acclaimed reality series from SHOWTIME Sports®FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classicreturns to SHOWTIME with Episode 3, premiering Monday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. The 30-minute episode recaps all three Group Stage 1 bouts with unique angles, never-before-seen fight footage and ringside seats next to the promoters, fighters families and cornermen. Episode 3 follows each fighter after their respective match, as they recede from the spotlight in victory and defeat to prepare for the next Group Stage. continue
By John G. Thompson - For those who have not already heard, the excellent March 27th match-up of Michael Katsidis vs. Robert The Ghost Guerrero has been cancelled do to the health issues of Roberts wife, Casey, who is fighting her own battle with leukemia. Certainly no one can fault Guerrero for pulling out, and we all wish Casey well. So who does Katsidis fight instead? It is clear there is one fight which interests Katsidis, and that is a rematch with one of the only two men to have beaten him. Here is a statement from Michael Katsidis:
I think it is number one priority that I gladly can announce that Juan Diaz has officially accepted my challenge with an immediate public response. Already this shows his willingness to what will be another exciting battle. I know this fight will be at his weight division of which he was formerly crowned the lightweight king of the world. Now I am champion and I am prepared to put my belt on the line against the very best, and at this weight Diaz is assured to be all that is expected. I want to make a firm point to the boxing public. I have held back the truth to my demise in our last fight having suffered a broken hand in the second round of our last fight. Let it be known I will come forward, I will deliver and just as I have regained my title I will dominate all that I fight as now I am far more hardened and experienced then ever before in my career. I mean this with the most humble intentions but making sure to allow prior notice so all can witness the turning point I have worked so hard for.. continue
by James Slater - The upcoming March 20th heavyweight title fight between reigning Ring magazine, IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko and "Fast" Eddie Chambers is an intriguing enough fight, yet another decent heavyweight match-up on the under-card is always welcome. And, according to the essential web site that is BoxRec.com, a good heavyweight supporting bout will indeed take place in Germany next month, an hour or so before the big title fight.
Former cruiserweight contender and IBF title challenger Johnathon Banks, currently 23-1(16) overall and 3-0(2) as a heavyweight, is set to continue his quest in his second weight class, when he will go in against the big-punching Travis "Freight Train" Walker. continue
TAMPA, FL (February 10, 2010) Former world title challenger Edner CHERRY BOMB Cherry is a man on a mission and continues on his path towards another world title opportunity on Friday, February 19th in the main event of TRIPLE-HEADER IN TAMPA at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion. Cherry squares off against Columbian banger Hevinson Herrera in the headline bout of an evening of world class professional boxing presented by TKO Boxing Promotions, Fight Night Productions and Kers WingHouse. continue
by James Slater - Exactly nineteen long years ago this very day, all-time great "Sugar" Ray Leonard suffered the fate of losing in what was his Madison Square Garden debut. Pushing his luck by, A: fighting on at the relatively advanced age of 33, and by B: dropping back down to as low a weight as 154-pounds for the first time in well over six years, Leonard met the much younger "Terrible" Terry Norris, in a WBC light-middleweight title challenge.
Norris, who was a full decade the younger man, was seen by some as a new star of boxing; the man who could maybe even take over from Leonard as the megastar of the lower weight classes. Coming into the February 9th, 1991 fight off the back of five straight victories, including the sensational 1st-round destruction of John "The Beast" Mugabi he'd scored to win his crown, Norris was still only a slight favourite to beat Leonard. Perhaps the reason for this was the fact that Norris, in an earlier 154-pound title challenge, this one for the WBA belt, had been blown away inside two-rounds by Julian Jackson. Leonard may not have been as lethal a one-punch killer as was "The Hawk," but he was a hard hitter nonetheless, and he was so much more experienced than Norris - to say nothing of "Sugar's" undeniable greatness. It was with all this on his mind that the 26-3 Norris entered the ring in New York to face the 36-1-1 living legend. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghanas Charles Adamu will defend his Commonwealth Super Middleweight title on March 20 in Namibia against local favourite Harry Simon (24-0, 17 KOs). It will be the first defence of the crown the Ghanaian pugilist won only last December 18 and he is keen to impress even though the fight takes place in front of the experienced Namibian opponents own fans.
But 32 year old Adamu who beat Briton Carl Dilks in London to win again the title he previously held but lost to Carl Froch in 2004, says the 37 year old Simon will be no obstacle to his ambitions. continue
by James Slater -It's unlikely either guy will ever become a heavyweight champion, but Mike Mollo and Raphael Butler - who, according to BoxRec, are set to clash in Chicago on March 26th - are both gutsy sluggers who always come to fight hard. Mollo, who celebrates his 30th birthday tomorrow, is the more well known warrior of the two men, having rumbled with some pretty big names in his now 19-3(12) pro career. continue
by James Slater - Immediately after he'd stopped a brave Antonio DeMarco in the 10th-round on Saturday night, improving his perfect record to 27-0(27), WBC lightweight king Edwin Valero again called out fellow southpaw and reigning pound-for-pound star Manny Pacquiao. Saying a fight between he and the Filipino legend is a fight "the whole world wants to see," the lethal-punching Venezuelan made it clear he'd be willing to move up in weight to make the super-fight happen.
Indeed, the word is, "El Inca" will make the move up to 140-pounds in his very next fight (tantalising whispers suggest Valero could possibly fight WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in the summer!). Believing he can carry his power - punching power that has seen him win every single one of his pro bouts inside the distance - up with him to 140 and maybe even beyond, Valero is hungry for a mega-match with "Pac-Man." He is not the only one!
As big a fight as Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather would have been (and maybe still will be), a fight between Pacquiao and Valero is something else altogether. continue
Bernard Hopkins This is 2010. That was 1993. Thats 17 years Ive been waiting for this fight. Its personal to me and its important to me that I get this man in the ring and that I send him on his way to the Hall of Fame. I want to make sure that the last person he remembers is The Executioner.
You listen to Roy Jones and he says something I agree with. You hate to say it, but we are rivals, and you hate to say it, but it took us 17 years to get here. A lot of other things have happened in our lives in the time it took to get here, but now that its here, his worst nightmare has come to pass. Me.. continue
Since losing his IBF Junior Featherweight world championship to Celestino Caballero in November of 2008, The Canadian Kid Steve Molitor (31-1, 12 KOs) has been on a single-minded mission to regain his belt, and re-establish his dominance at 122 pounds.
On March 27th at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario, that mission can finally be accomplished when Molitor (ranked #2 by the IBF) faces South African Takalani Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KOs, IBF #1) for the now vacant IBF Junior Featherweight world title, during the main event at Rumble at Rama XI. continue
by James Slater - In earning a shot at current IBF light-heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud, ageless wonder Glen Johnson looked nothing short of brilliant this past Friday night when he hammered Yusaf Mack to a 6th-round defeat. Winning his 50th pro fight, the incredible 41-year-old "Road Warrior" now finds himself back in a position to be able to earn some big money in the somewhat quiet 175-pound division.
Chad Dawson, twice a points winner over the Jamaican who lives in Florida, is the best fighter in the division, but he is no star and he also has a less than trilling style of fighting; while ageing warriors Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Junior are big names but neither guy figures to stick around in the weight class for too much longer (Hopkins, should he beat Jones in April, may even go up to heavyweight). So, in terms of a great action fight, the possible Johnson-Cloud clash is probably the best bet.
Cloud, 20-0(18) an all-out action fighter who never stops throwing punches, will likely prove a tougher foe for Johnson than Mack did. continue
By: Karim Kato Godfrey - The Cruiserweight division has been lacking high quality talent for years now. This division reminds me of the Jr. Flyweight or Strawweight division; enough decent boxers but no one you would be able to name off the top of your head. I think of myself as more than a casual fan of boxing and cant come up with many positives for this division. They need to make more high quality matchups but, how can you if there arent that many to begin with. continue
By Paul Strauss: Edwin El Inca Dinamita Valero came very close to ruining his string of victories and stoppages when he suffered a horrendous cut to his forehead in the second round of his fight with Antonio DeMarco. The cut came from a freakishly sharp (accidental) left elbow. The cut was so nasty that it seemed an almost certainty the fight would be stopped. The good thing for Valero was the location of the cut, which was high up and to the right side of the forehead. As a result, most of the blood stayed out of the right eye.
However, Valero also suffered a bad cut to the right eyelid, but his corner did a great job keeping the bleeding under control. However, initially the right side of Valeros face was a crimson mask, but it didnt keep the Venezuelan knockout artist from attacking.
Credit should be given to DeMarco as well. He weathered a tremendous attack throughout the fight, and seemed to maintain his poise and confidence right up until the end. continue
Cuban KO sensation Alexei Acosta faces a major step up in class this Saturday when he takes on former World Champion Felix Machado in a unique Latin American duel on the Yanjing Fight Night at the National Stadium in Dublin.
Machado will be a name familiar to Irish fight fans having faced Bernard Dunne in 2008 in the Dubliner's first bout after his defeat to Kiko Martinez. On that occasion the Venezuelan southpaw lost on points over 10 rounds to Dunne but he will be hoping for greater success this weekend against the Cork City based Acosta who has so far KO'd all 9 of his professional opponents. continue
By John G. Thompson - Josh Weaver with the Gilroy Dispatch has reported that Robert The Ghost Guerrero (a native of Gilroy, California) will have to pull out of his potential March 27th match-up with the exciting Australian slugger Michael Katsidis. Guerrero sited his wifes battle with Leukemia as the reason for his withdrawal. While fans will certainly be disappointed that this potentially thrilling fight will not take place, certainly no one can fault Guerrero for his reasons. continue
by Jenna J >-- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 59th 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 spectacular Producer, the amazing Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
· Its official! Shane Mosley versus Floyd Mayweather, May 1
· Tomasz Adamek difficult victory against Jason Estrada
· The prospect of Adamek facing Chris Arreola in April based on the Estrada performance
· Glen Johnsons impressive stoppage over Yusaf Mack
· Edwin Valeros impressive knockout of Antonio DeMarco continue
MARTIN Concepcion wants to avenge the worst moment of his career by knocking out Bradley Pryce in the Prizefighter Light-Middleweight final. Concepcion and Pryce are two of the eight contenders in Barry Hearns next Prizefighter, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on February 26. The pair have history as Pryce stopped Concepcion in the third round of their clash for the Commonwealth Championship in October 2007. continue
by Robert Cookson - Edwin Valero did it again, knocking out his 27th consecutive opponent and defending his WBC lightweight title for the second time. It was an impressive performance from the Venezuelan who impressed me with his previously underemployed boxing abilities.
The opponent was a good, solid and tough Antonio DeMarco, who was mercifully rescued by his corner after a systematic nine-round beating. While watching the fight, I couldnt help be reminded of the Manny Pacquiao of old. continue
By Dax Ferguson - Well, fight fans, the fight of this decade is apparently going to happen. Its not that often that two of the three greatest fighters on the planet have the opportunity to meet in the ring. Or that the three greatest fighters are all boxing in the very same weight division. Of course, I am referring to Sugar Shane Mosley, Floyd Money Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio.
I, for one, was really looking forward to seeing Manny and Floyd get it on; now its Shane and Floyd in what promises to be one of the most important welterweight fights of all time; and that is saying a lot when one remembers some of the great battles in that division in the last half of the century. One of the greatest battles was between all time great Kid Gavilan and unbeaten Gil Turner, who possessed at age 21 a 31-0 record with 25 KOs and ex-champs Ike Williams and Beau Jack on his kayo roster. Gavilan triumphed in the 11 the round in a bout that drew 47,000 fans to the Philly arena back in July of 1952.
Then there were the epic battles pitting Gavilan vs Billy Graham and Carmen Basilio. continue
New York City (February 9) Bernard The Executioner Hopkins and Roy The Terminator Jones stayed true to their reputations as two of the most outspoken boxers in the history of the sport as they announced The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II, which will take place April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. The debate style format of the press conference was the perfect setting for these two living legends to prove why their nearly two-decade long rivalry is stronger than ever. Below please find a sampling of their bold statements, setting the stage for what will surely be a great night for boxing and a hotly contested fight. continue
German public TV giant ARD and Team Sauerland have agreed to an early contract extension through 2015. The Berlin-based boxing stable will continue to deliver between 10 and 12 shows each year. We are pleased to further extend our successful cooperation with ARD, said manager Wilfried Sauerland, whose boxers are promoted by Team Sauerland. Together we have delivered high-class boxing on a regular basis to the German and the international audience. continue
Ardley W. (North Miami Beach, FL): Edwin Valero's victory was pretty interesting. Did you think he lived up to the hype and the Pacquiao comparisons?
Vivek W. (ESB): I can now officially say this....."I'm a fan"! I have seen Valero on video quite a bit as I studied him in the past after hearing all of the buzz, but I must say, seeing him live did a little something for me. I don't see the Pacquiao comparisons, outside of the fact that both men are relatively small and have very good power, though. Actually, (as odd as this may sound), fundamentally, he showed a little more than Pacquiao at this stage of his evolution. He doesn't rely on his chin as much. Pacquiao, (similar to Mosley), will take a slew of shots to land a few. Valero was very much adept at slipping punches and he has that nifty move where he actually puts his off-hand up to cover his chin when he does it. What I noticed though - as it relates to him getting hit - when he does, he actually takes it very well. There was one misconception of him that I heard and feel compelled to speak on. It was stated that he was tired because he was "fighting with his mouth open". In breaking down footage, he has ALWAYS done this, but he never seems to wear down. I think in an odd way, it's just something he has grown accustomed to doing. continue
Mikkel Kessler and Jimmy Montoya held a public training session at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym on Tuesday afternoon. The Viking Warrior is shaping up in the German capital ahead of his Super Six second-round clash with WBC Champion Carl Froch. Things have been going fine in Berlin, Kessler stated. Froch said he wants to decapitate me but I think it will be the other way round.. continue
Jaime Castro Núñez - Carlos Támara is Colombias newest champion of the world. By knocking out Brian Hawaiian Punch Viloria in the Philippines, the kid from Sincelejo, now living and training out of Bergen, NJ., has become Colombias 42th boxing champion of the world, being junior welterweight Antonio Cervantes Kid Pambelé the first one. Just for the sake of having fun with the statistics, I spent the last two weeks putting all the numbers together in order to analyze the sport of boxing in this part of the world. This is what I found.
Colombia entered into the boxing world scenario on October 28, 1972, in Panama, when 140-pounder Antonio Cervantes dethroned Alfonso Peppermint Frazer, becoming Colombias first champion ever. continue
by James Slater - It seems there is a good chance the debate will continue regarding the scoring of last night's heavyweight rumble between Tomasz Adamek and Jason Estrada. Very much a case of take your pick, some fans feel the Polish tough guy deserved his points win, while others felt the fight was extremely close and could have gone either way - with maybe a draw being a fair result. One thing is clear, the 118-110 score one judge handed in after the 12-rounds that Adamek won via a UD was another case of poor officiating.
Geoffrey Ciani, in his fine piece of work below, has already covered last night's bout from all bases, but I wanted to add my thoughts about where each fighter goes from here. Angry at the decision going against him, especially by such a wide margin on that last card, 29-year-old Estrada would no doubt like a rematch, but on neutral ground - what with last night's venue of Newark, New Jersey very much being 33-year-old Adamek's hometown. But what real chance does "Big Six" have of getting a return with "Goral?" Slim and none, as the saying goes. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event are trying to get retired Danish heavy Brian Nielsen, 44, to comeback and take on Evander Holyfield, 47. Nielsen, 65-2, retired six years agoafter a long and hard career and had big problems with his knee that was the actual reason for his retirement. Nielsen tells Danish news agency Ritzau a comeback won´t happen until - if possible - he has his knee fixed. The comeback plans have made big headlines in Denmark where Nielsen was a superstar. As for Holyfield, well, somehow it seems as if Sauerland forgot to tell him about the Nielsen fight but he tells Ekstrabladet he´s interested. continue
"Comanche Boy" George Tahdooahnippah literally weathered the ice storm of January 2010 and came out victorious in his bout with Ohio native Chris Overby.
Tahdooahnippah (22-0-1) displayed his superior boxing skills with a unanimous decision over the game Overby. "There were a lot of distractions outside the boxing event with the weather and the state of Oklahoma, but I am fighter obligated to win. Regardless the circumstances, I must win," Tahdooahnippah said. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani @ Ringside - Despite his impressive victory against Andrew Golota there were a lot of questions surrounding cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adameks jump to the heavyweight division. Against Golota, Adamek looked impressive and made relatively quick work of his fellow Pole. Golota, however, was a shell of his former self far removed from the days when he twice battered former undisputed champion Riddick Big Daddy Bowe. Golota was painfully slow and unable to mount a serious offensive attack. As a result, the much quicker Adamek was able to have his way with Golota who did his best impression of a walking heavy bag before succumbing to Adameks firepower in round five.
Adameks second test at heavyweight came in the form of Jason Estrada last night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The 10,123 in attendance were overwhelmingly pro-Adamek, but despite constant cheers from the fans clad in red and white this was a tough fight for Adamek. Estrada proved to be a formidable foe and was able to give just as well as he took. Most of the rounds were extremely close and very difficult to score. Adamek was the busier man, but for the most part, Estrada was landing the cleaner harder blows. Through the first six rounds Estrada had tremendous success countering Adameks right with a left hook that never seemed to miss the mark. Despite this success, however, Adamek still seemed to be winning at the halfway point based on activity. continue
By Steve Fradkin - Floyd Mayweather told Jim Rome on ESPN this week that "Manny wouldn't take a $25 million drug test. I'm trying to clean up sports, make a change... You don't start off your career as average, and then after your turn 25, become extraordinary... All we want is for Pacman to take a $25 million dollar drug test, and we got a fight."
Was Pacquiao really just average before he turned 25?
Was he average when he took two titles in the flyweight division? Was he average when he KO'd Lehlohonolo Ledwaba on HBO as a late sub for a super bantamweight title in 2001? continue
by James Slater - Crowd-pleasing 29-year-old Adam Richards of Houston, Texas, got the title fight opportunity he has been craving since childhood yesterday, when he signed the contract to fight WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck in Germany on March 13th. Unbeaten as a 200-pounder, the 23-2(15) warrior who is better known to fights fans by his nickname of "Swamp Donkey," is already training for his big opportunity and he is ready to give his all in the ring in Germany.
A good amateur, Richards turned pro at heavyweight in March of 2001, and back in April of last year, after a thrilling but losing battle with Chazz Witherspoon, he dropped down to 200-pounds, where he has won two straight. continue
By John G. Thompson: Edwin Dinamita Valero 27-0 (27 KOs) put on a career defining performance in defending his WBC Lightweight Title and forcing Antonio DeMarco 23-2-1 to quit on his stool before the start of the tenth round. No one should misunderstand what happened as the Venezuelan champion showed brilliance against a very game, yet outclassed opponent in the young Mexican warrior. This was not simply a case of a young fighter being exposed, but an example of what happens when a very good fighter meets a great one.
Warming up the crowd in exciting fashion, Luis Carlos Abregu 29-0 (23 KOs) earned a tough fought unanimous decision against Richard Gutierrez 24-4-1. After a somewhat close first round, Gutierrez almost pulled an upset in the second, knocking Abregu down. Abregu had just thrown a hard right which was blocked by the guard of Gutierrez, and was following it up with a left hook, when Gutierrez threw a vicious left hook of his own catching Abregu on the chin. Abregus knees buckled and he went down. Getting up on shaky legs Abregu managed to move and eventually regained his faculties, even landing shots of his own before the bell ended the round. continue
"A rematch with Roy has been in the back of my mind for a long time and it's finally going to happen," said Hopkins. "I have accomplished a lot in my career since that night in Washington, DC in 1993, and I am going to end this thing between me and Roy once and for all."
"We're giving the fans what they want to see. They deserve this fight and why not supply the fans with their demands?" said Jones. "Now I can finally terminate the Executioner once and for all. My new nickname for this fight will be - The Terminator.. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 8 - Unbeaten Philadelphia phenom Danny "Swift" Garcia will begin 2010 with his toughest fight to date on Friday, February 26 when he squares off against British veteran Ashley Theopane in the 10-round junior welterweight co-main event of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Also on the February 26 card - which is headlined by the 10-round featherweight battle between El Paso favorite Antonio Escalante and Juarez's Mickey Roman - will be bouts featuring top Texas prospects Jermell Charlo and Omar Figueroa, Mexico's Luis Enrique Grajeda and Uganda's Sharif Bogere. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani @ Ringside - Undefeated middleweight prospect Peter Kid Chocolate Quillin was last seen inside the ring over sixteen months ago. A series of injuries have kept the 26 year old pugilist out of action. Last night, on the Tomasz Adamek-Jason Estrada under card, Quillin finally made his long awaited return to the ring. He squared off against Fernando Little Ali Zuniga in a ten round contest.
It was an overall good performance from Quillin. He was able to win virtually every round. Although he was rusty and his timing seemed a bit off, he did what he needed to do to win. He exhibited good speed, solid defense, and nice movement. More importantly, he was patient and did not over commit. Considering the long layoff, he made a very nice account of himself.
This was the fourth time I attended a live Quillin fight. His other three wins that I saw were all by knockout. He defeated Thomas Brown via second round knockout and it took him just one round to finish off David Estrada and Steve Walker. Despite the explosive nature of those victories, I was more impressed by this performance. continue
THE ROAD WARRIOR HITS HALF-CENTURY MARK IN WINS, LOOKS FORWARD TO 2010 TITLE SHOT - HOLLYWOOD, FL, February 8 - Its one of modern boxings most coveted milestones, and on Friday, February 5th, former world light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson his 50 wins in spectacular fashion, stopping fellow contender Yusaf Mack in six rounds at the NSU Arena in Fort Lauderdale to improve to 50-13-2 with 34 knockouts as a professional.
This is a great moment for me and it came with a lot of hard work and dedication, said Johnson. What made it even better for me was that I was able to get this win in front of my family and friends in South Florida, the people who have been in my corner all these years.. continue
LOS ANGELES (February 11, 2010) Seven-division world champion, Congressional candidate and boxings No. 1 pound for pound fighter and box office attraction MANNY PacMan PACQUIAO will be hosting a Valentines Fans Day This Sunday! February 14, beginning at 1 p.m., at the Embassy Suites Hotel Los Angeles-Glendale (800 North Central Avenue, Glendale, Calif. 91203.) "Over 1,000 fans are expected to attend one of Mannys final major public appearances in Los Angeles before he heads to Dallas to defend his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against former world champion and current No. 1 contender Joshua Clottey," said Ami Almerol of Silver Shadow Promotions, who is organizing the Pacquiao Valentine's Fan Day. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (2/6/10) - Timur Ibragimov kayoed Awadh Tamim in three rounds in a heavyweight bout today. Tamim was knocked down twice in the third before referee Jon Schorle ended the match at 2:15 of the round.
Tamim (11-2; six kayos), 224 ¾ lbs, was simply out of his league against the vastly more experienced Ibragimov. The powerfully built Tanzanian fought aggressively in the first round, apparently hoping to catch Ibragimov cold. But Ibragimov was prepared for his opponents blitzkrieg tactics, and efficiently eluded Tamims combinations. Near the end of the round, Ibragimov rattled Tamim was hard counter punches, which seemed to drain the Tanzanians strength.
By the third round, Ibragimov (27-2-1; 15 kayos) was on the hunt. The brave but outgunned Tamim was soon trapped on the ropes and obliterated by the Uzbekistanis combinations.
Ibragimov weighed 222 ½ lbs, and he is now fighting regularly since ending his contract with Don King Productions last year. Ibragimov acquired the vacant IBA Intercontinental heavyweight title as a result of todays win. continue
By G. M. Ross It was a busy Saturday night for Canadian boxing fans, with cards at the Montreal Casino, in Montreal, Quebec, and the Shaw Conference Centre, in Edmonton, Alberta. Some of the nations top boxers, including David Lemieux, Jason Naugler, Herman Ngoudjo, Jason DeLaronde, Omar Valdez, James Cermak and Adam Trupish, were in action, accompanied by three Canadian newcomers.
At the Montreal Casino, GYM promotions provided yet another excellent night of fights, featuring a showdown for the Canadian super middleweight title between the undefeated knockout machine David Lemieux of Montreal and former Canadian light heavyweight champion Jason Naugler of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. Naugler came into the contest riding a four fight losing streak, including his first ever knockout defeat at the hands of Chicago prospect Don George. continue
James DeGale says fighting at home for the first time on Saturday means he'll get a perfect preparation - a cup of tea and an afternoon in front of the telly. DeGale, the 2008 Olympic middleweight champion, boxes at Wembley Arena on February 13, his first fight in London since his success in Beijing. For his five previous professional outings, DeGale has boxed up and down the country - but is now relishing his big home coming on Frank Warren's Night of the Champions. "I can't wait to show all my fans, friends and family just what I can do," said the 23-year-old.
"And what's even better is that I can put my feet up in my own front room on the day of the fight. continue
In front of an exuberant crowd of 10,123 predominantly Adamek Fans, Tomasz Adamek defeated Jason Estrada in a 12 Round decision, to retain the IBF Heavyweight International Heavyweight title. The official scores were 115-113, 116-112 and 118-110, all in favor of Adamek.
Post Fight Quotes From Jason Estrada: If everyone in this room were completely honest with themselves you would all admit that I got robbed. I mean I got played. I might as well have had a gun pointed to my head.
At best I give Adamek three of the twelve rounds. I seriously think the last judge doesnt need to judge anymore.
Yeah Im angry. I fought my a_ _ off. I trained harder than I ever have. I was in the best shape Ive ever been in. People talked about me possibly running out of gas, but I never did. All he (Adamek) did was run.. continue
February 13, 2010, the Las Vegas Hilton will be the site of a great night of boxing as Top Rank, Inc.promotes a great Pay Per View fight card featuring The Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire defending his Super-Flyweight title against Mexican banger, Gerson Guerrero. The under card bouts feature many proven veterans and up-and-coming prospects. continue
Pensacola, FL, February 8, 2010 -- One day after the New Orleans Saints historic Super Bowl victory over the heavily favored Indianapolis Colts, Roy Jones Jr. reflected back to that August day he was invited to the Saints training camp by Head Coach Sean Payton and delivered a speech to the team, which turned into a pep talk for the upcoming season. continue
MONTERREY, Mexico (Feb. 7, 2010) In a sterling performance, Edwin Valero of Venezuela improved to 27-0 with 27 knockouts and retained the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title with a dominant ninth-round TKO over WBC interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex., Saturday in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME®.
World-ranked welterweight Carlos Abregu of Salta, Argentina, upped his record to 29-0 (23 KOs) with a clear-cut, 10-round unanimous decision over Miami-based Colombian Richard Gutierrez (24-4, 14 KOs) in the co-feature at Arena Monterrey.
The event, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, was the first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast to emanate from Mexico in nearly 12 years and the first in Monterrey in more than 15.
Valero, who resides in Las Vegas, showed he was anything but one-dimensional as he outfought and, somewhat shockingly, outboxed the tentative and outclassed DeMarco while controlling all the rounds in a one-sided battle of southpaws. continue
By Dick Landis: Tommy Hill's Red Leather Promotions staged a mixed bag of fisticuffs Saturday evening at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreational Center in Charlotte, NC. The agenda featured four pro boxing contests along with five amateur mixed martial arts battles.
Among the sizeable fight crowd was a large contingent of fans showing their support for popular lightweight prospect Dominic DeSanto of Spencer, NC. Fighting up in class, DeSanto made it a quick night's work landing with crackling right and left hooks to score a second round TKO at 2:23 over Tabron Farmer of Wilson, NC. continue
by James Slater - Now that his super-fight with "Sugar" Shane Mosley is at long last signed and sealed, Floyd "Money" Mayweather has started giving interviews again. Speaking exclusively to SKY Sports yesterday, the soon-to-be-33-year-old had quite a lot to say - and not only about the upcoming May 1st fight we are all looking forward to.
Mayweather told Sky he is "very excited" about the fight, and that he has been hanging with members of his team, talking game-plans and tactics before he gets ready to go into camp. "Money" also spoke about the steroids Mosley was caught using, and how he feels all future fights should have to adhere to the random drug testing the May 1st fight is being fought under. continue
By Ken Neir: Former IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) looked far from impressive as he labored to a hard fought 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night against 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada (16-3, 4 KOs) at the Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey. Adamek, 32, came into the fight weighing an all time high of 220, and fought as if the weight was a problem for him. The final judges scores were 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113. Adamek took a great deal of punishment from the light-hitting Estrada, and seemed to be unable to get out of the way of any of Estradas shots.
Its fortunate that Estrada wasnt a huge puncher, because chances are he would have stopped Adamek if he had a little more power behind his shots. Despite being noted as a puncher while fighting in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions, Adameks punches appeared weak in comparison to Estradas shots.
Adamek made up for his lack of power by throwing a lot of punches, which enabled him to stay in control of the fight. However, it still was a very close fight and had Estrada thrown more punches in the last five rounds, he would have likely taken the fight. Adameks face was forced to take the full brunt of Estrada's shots, as Adamek appeared to block a lot of Estradas punches with his face instead of his gloves. continue
World Boxing Council lightweight champion Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KO's) chalked up his 27th straight knockout tonight in stopping WBC interim champion Antonio DeMarco in a 9th round TKO tonight. The bout was stopped by DeMarco's corner after the 9th round. Valero wore DeMarco out, punishing him with heavy shots round after round. By the 7th round, DeMarco was mainly just taking punishment and not really throwing anything back of substance. In the 8th and 9th, Valero battered DeMarco at will, raining shots down on him. DeMarco lost a point in the 2nd round for cutting Valero with an elbow. Besides that, DeMarco did very little in the fight and looked tentative for the most part. continue
By John G. Thompson - Glen The Road Warrior Johnson 50-13-2 (34 KOs) showed why at the tender age of forty-one he still belongs in the upper echelons of the light heavyweight division with his sixth round TKO win over Yusef Mack 28-3-2. The former champion Johnson showed not age but beauty in setting a fast pace while also restraining himself at times, giving himself time to think and put down his opponent.
In the under card, highly decorated Cuban stars Guillermo Rigondeaux 5-0 (4 KOs) and Yudel Jhonson 5-0 (3 KOs) each scored first round knockouts against their opponents Adolfo Landeros 20-13-1 and Dorian Beaupierre 12-6-2. Neither opponent had any business being in the ring with these two Olympic medallists, Landeros having lost six of his last eight fights, and Beaupierre having taken the fight on eleven days notice and not having been in the ring since 2006. While Rigondeaux and Jhonson looked spectacular, they were meant to, and they should both be facing stiffer competition. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - Today, Germany is the worlds center of professional heavyweight boxing. The sports long-term dominant heavyweights, Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko, have fought nearly their entire careers in Germany. German promotional houses Sauerland Events and Universum Boxing Promotions are now so influential that the most powerful American promoters who once had no competition --cooperate with them to stage mega events in that country.
Naturally, Germanys emergence as a boxing powerhouse over the past two decades has heightened the profile of the late Max Schmeling, the legendary German boxer who was the world heavyweight champion in the 1930s. Media articles on German boxing often include reverential remarks about Schmeling, who is unquestionably the greatest native-born German heavyweight of all time.
Schmelings Olympian status in German boxing history, however, has had the effect of causing the public and media to overlook the accomplishments of Germanys second greatest native-born heavyweight in history. That man is Karl Mildenberger, who was formidable enough to be a top contender in the competitive 1960s era, and who was sufficiently talented to fight a heroic losing effort against Muhammad Ali, whom many consider to be the greatest heavyweight of all.
Mildenbergers achievements are considerable. He was the first southpaw to fight for the world heavyweight title. From 1964 to 1968, Mildenberger held the European heavyweight title, which he successfully defended six times. During this period Mildenberger was always ranked in the worldwide top ten by Ring Magazine. He finished his professional career with an impressive record of 53-6-3 (19 kayos). continue
Despite warnings of two plus feet of snow, it was standing room only at The Legendary Blue Horizon and those fans who braved the elements were rewarded with one of the most action filled boxing cards that was reminiscent of the days that made The Legendary Blue Horizon the worlds number one boxing venue. This night was part of the annual Valentines Day Special show promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Inc. continue
by James Slater - There was plenty of good action last night in the Nottingham show headlined by British super-bantamweight champion Jason "Too Smooth" Booth. 32-year-old Booth, defending his British title for the third time, won the coveted Lonsdale belt outright, as he won an 11th-round TKO over a very game Matthew Marsh.
Booth, from Nottingham, had a very tough fight on his hands, as he was cut, floored and outboxed in the first half of the exciting affair. Finally, much to the dismay of 27-year-old Marsh and his fans, Booth got the win at 59-seconds of the 11th-round - as the ringside doctor stopped the fight due to the nasty cut Marsh had above his right eye. continue
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2010) With one sudden, dramatic right hand, once-beaten Freddy El Riel Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif. broke open an entertaining, dead-even fight to brutally knock out former world champion DeMarcus Chop Chop Corley (36-13-1, 21 KOs) of Washington, D.C., at 1:48 of the fifth round Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®.
In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., power-punching, undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras (13-0, 12 KOs), of Livingston, N.J., registered a 1:38, first-round knockout over Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-3, 12 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in a scheduled eight-round junior welterweight bout.
The three judges had the Hernandez-Corley scheduled 10-round welterweight scrap scored 38-apiece entering the fifth round.
A former World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welter belt-holder, Corley vowed going in to take the fight to Hernandez and he did. He cut the No. 14-ranked contender in the World Boxing Council (WBC) around both eyes and his experience created a lot of problems for the native of Mexico City. continue
by James Slater - Tom Tsatas, former long-time manager of heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo, is now a promoter. The new head of Hitz Boxing, Tom is looking towards putting on great, value for money shows for the fans.
Tsatas' maiden show as promoter takes place on the 20th of this month, with Oquendo headlining (there will also be a big name on the under-card) and all involved expect a great night.
Very kindly taking the time to talk with me earlier today, Tom spoke about some of the ideas he has for giving boxing fans better quality shows. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Heavyweight contenders Tomasz Adamek and Jason Estrada are all set to square off tomorrow night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. At todays weigh-in, Adamek came in at 220.5 pounds while Estrada weighed 237. Both pugilists appeared in good shape and ready to do battle.
Both camps are extremely confident their side will emerge victorious. Estrada has made no secret of his belief that Adamek is making a mistake. Jason and his father/trainer, Roland, both feel that Adamek is too small for the heavyweight division. They believe his win over Golota was the result of Golota being way past his prime and do not feel this win should act as justification for Adamek stepping into the ring with Estrada. On the other side, Team Adamek is confident that their man is well suited for a run in the heavyweight division. In fact, there is already talks of an April showdown with heavyweight contender Chris Arreola should Adamek win this fight, and should he get by that challenge, it is even conceivable that Adamek will be in line for a title shot later this year. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Former IBF Bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko will fly out of the country to the USA shortly to begin final preparations for his next fight against South African Vusi Malinga on April 16. The bout serves as an eliminator for the IBF title which Agbeko lost to Yohnny Perez in his last fight in 2009 and the Ghanaian is taking no chances at all, even if he will face Malinga in front of the South African fighters own countrymen. continue
Photo: BWAA Fighter of the Decade MANNY "PacMan" PACQUIAO (r) presents Hollywood action hero STEVEN SEAGAL with a hand-painted commemorative boxing glove featuring the likeness of PacMan.
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF (February 5, 2010) STEVEN SEAGAL, one of Hollywoods most popular box office action heroes and the star of A&Es wildly-popular reality series Steven Seagal Lawman, was a dinner guest of seven-division world champion and three-time Fighter of the Year MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO earlier this week. continue
By Vivek Wallace - As long as many of us can remember, the month of March has been synonymous with college basketball. For the first time in a long time, the world of sports will offer a variable to the popular "March Madness", starting with a 'Final Four' that none of us had any idea we'd ever actually see. All around the world fight fans were far less than happy, some even pledging to ditch the sport altogether, as a result of the broken negotiations between P4P contenders Floyd Mayweather jr. and Manny Pacquiao. The old adage states that "you must go through the rain to reach the rainbow". There was never a more reciprocal element displayed of this statement than the one that recently played out in the world of boxing. After all the hype, drama, and eccentrics to follow, the final product of those flat-lined negotiations is a stellar showdown in Dallas Cowboys Stadium between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and Ghana native Joshua Clottey, followed by a showdown between American Floyd Mayweather jr. and a man who needs little introduction.......American 'Sugar' Shane Mosley. A closer analysis shows us that college hoops isn't the only sport to play a role in this first half of the 2010 calendar year in boxing, as despite the late arrival, an April showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. clearly tips a hat to two men once referred to as the 'Masters'. Granted, most would rather pass on this late-to-bloom showdown, but sticking to the 'Masters' wordplay, perhaps the true link here (as it relates to this welterweight eliminator), is one intricate piece which remains missing from the mega fight landscape - a man who resides in the city which gave birth to the tournament itself, Paul Williams of Augusta, GA. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (Feb. 5, 2010) Unbeaten Wilfredo WV2 Vazquez, Jr., the proud son of 2-time world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Sr., plans to make Puerto Rican history Feb. 27 when he fights the 19-year-old being billed in the Philippines as the next Manny Pacquaio, Marvelous Marvin Sonsona, for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO junior featherweight title, headlining one of two sensational shows airing on pay-per-view in North America. continue
by James Slater - Power-punching Colombian Edison Miranda was all set to challenge Germany's Robert Stieglitz for the WBO super-middleweight title back in January, only to have to pull out of the fight due to a bout of flu. But "Pantera," as the exciting Miranda is known, has walked right into an even bigger world title fight.
It has been confirmed on ESPN.com that the 29-year-old with the impressive 33-4(29) record will challenge Lucian Bute for the undefeated Canadian's IBF 168-pound title. The fight will take place in Montreal, Canada, on April 17th and HBO will televise live. As exciting as this fight is, there are even more exciting plans afoot for that same night, though. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past weeks edition of On the Ropes featured exclusive interviews with Eddie Chambers, Jason Estrada, Roland Estrada, and Jesse Brinkley. Highlighting this episode was a nice conversation with the number one ranked heavyweight, Eddie Chambers, who is slated to challenge Wladimir Klitschko for his WBO and IBF heavyweight championship belts. Here are some excerpts from the Chambers interview:
On his recent victory against then undefeated heavyweight contender, Alexander Dimitrenko:
The performance was pretty good. I give myself about a solid B, and the reason is because there were things I was doing in this here fight and it wouldnt fly with Wladimir. I was standing in front of him too much, my legs were too straight and stiff, and I didnt move as much as I should have been moving both to the target and away from the target.
Regarding how the Dimitrenko fight has helped prepare him for Wladimir Klitschko:
I think that Dimitrenkos only thing was he wasnt as strong. I guess that would mean his physical attributes werent up to par with Wladimir, but his ability, his boxing skills, his speed, his movement wereI dont want to say more so than Wladimir, but at least on par with what he had. Its just that he didnt have the experience and he wasnt ready for what I was bringing to the table. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CA (February 5, 2010) Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Francisco THE PHENOM Contreras hits Southern California this Friday night, February 5th, to battle Juan Castaneda Jr. at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California in the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation on Showtime (11pm ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Signed to the rapidly growing, international boxing promoter, TKO Boxing Promotions, the 25 year old Contreras, 12-0-0 (11KOs), a native of the Dominican Republic, burst onto the US boxing scene last year with a brutal first round stoppage of Gustavo Mejia on June 18th in front of a stunned crowd at Michaels Eighth Avenue, outside of Baltimore. continue
by James Slater - Former IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek of Poland, 39-1(27) has big plans. Now campaigning as a heavyweight, the 33-year-old, who stopped countryman Andrew Golota inside five-rounds in his debut at the new weight back in October, has his eyes on top contender Chris Arreola and reigning heavyweight champions the Klitschko brothers.
It's no secret how "Goral" and his team are looking ahead to a fight with Arreola in April (RingTV.com has an article up now, reporting how the fight is in negotiations), yet this is before the 34-1(18) tough guy has even won his next fight - taking place tomorrow against former Olympian and natural heavyweight Jason "Big Six" Estrada. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Feb. 5, 2010) World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champ Edwin Valero and WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco both weighed in at 135 pounds during Fridays weigh in the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. The hard-hitting Valero will face the once-beaten DeMarco in the main event this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico.
Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), of Merida, Venezuela, is a two-time champ who has knocked out 100 percent of his opponents. He will be making the second defense of his WBC title against Tijuanas Demarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs).
In the 10-round co-feature, Luis Carlos Abregu (28-0, 23 KOs), of Salta, Argentina will meet Richard Gutierrez (24-3, 14 KOs), of Miami, Florida, via Arjona, Colombia, in a welterweight bout. Both Abregu and Gutierrez weighed in at the 147 pound welterweight limit. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (February 4) . . . Tickets for the long awaited rematch of future Hall of Famers Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Roy "The Terminator" Jones Jr. go on sale tomorrow, Friday, February 5 at 10:00 a.m. PT. The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II is set for Saturday, April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Tickets priced at $750, $500, $300, $200 and $100 go on sale TOMORROW, Friday, February 5 at 10:00 am PT and will be available for purchase at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
NEW YORK (February 4, 2010) Arthur Pelullo and Gary Shaw, presidents of Banner Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, respectively, announced the signing of undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior middleweight world champion SERGIY Razor DZINZIRUK to an exclusive promotional agreement. Boasting matinee idol looks, Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs), the divisions longest-reigning champion, is a native of Ukraine currently fighting out of Hamburg, Germany. He captured the WBO title in 2005, sending defending champion Daniel Santos to the canvas in the eighth round en route to a unanimous decision victory and the world championship belt. continue
by James Slater - 36-year-old "Fast" Fres Oquendo, the former two-time heavyweight title challenger, is set to get back in action in Indiana on February 20th. Hoping to get one more crack at a world title, the 31-5(20) contender who has been in with top names such as Evander Holyfield and James Toney (who many people thought Fres beat on points a while back) wants to challenge one of the Klitschko brothers.
Taking his upcoming fight with 25-year-old Demetrice King very seriously, Oquendo would like nothing more than to get in with one of the two brothers right after this bout. First, though, he must beat King - a man who has bee stopped just once as a pro.
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me earlier today, Fres gave the following answers to my questions: continue
The Adamek - Estrada fight is on! There was barely a dusting of snow in Newark, NJ, the streets are clear. Tickets in the lower bowl have completely sold out, but Prudential Center will continue to open up sections of $53 seats as long as there is a demand. continue
by James Slater - Ace trainer Freddie Roach is well known for being a guy who meticulously studies all upcoming opponents for his fighters, and also for having a quite uncanny knack for accurately predicting the outcome of bouts featuring fighters he works with. And, as is to be expected, Roach has recently been spending his time putting Joshua Clottey - next, of course, for his "star pupil," Manny Pacquiao - under the microscope. Freddie has also come out with another prediction that seems pretty hard to accept, but, due to his track record, may well prove to be spot on.
Roach has been watching tons of Clottey on tape, and he is sure his man will not only beat the tough nut from Accra, Ghana; but he has also predicted Manny Pacquiao will KO the former IBF welterweight champ - becoming the first man to have done so. While a good number of fans will no doubt agree with Roach on his first assessment - that Pac-Man will defeat Clottey on March 13th - some fans may not be in the mood to take Freddie at his word on the second statement he's made. continue
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 4, 2010) Two-time Olympic champion Guillermo El Chacal Rigondeaux, arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, is showing more of his personal side with an announcement that he is donating his entire purse from this Friday nights fight to the Children of Haiti Fund. Rigondeaux (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting as a super bantamweight, now lives in Los Angeles after defecting from Cuba, where he was a 7-time national champion. The 28-year-old southpaw also won multiple World Championships titles, as well as a gold medal at the 2003 Pan-Am Games, during his incredible 243-4 amateur career.
Rigo, who is trained by Freddie Roach and managed by Gary Hyde, faces Adolfo Landeros (20-12-1) in an 8-round bout on ESPN Friday Night Fights, live from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Guillermos gentle, caring heart will be full of fire Friday night for his fifth pro fight, Irishman Hyde said. He really wants to win impressively on ESPN. He definitely hasnt let fame and all of the attention hes received to go his head. Rigo hasnt forgotten the poverty he comes from. Hopefully, his thoughtful donation will encourage others to follow suit.. continue
By Harry Walklin - Boxings four principle world governing bodies; the World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA), World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) often list a diverse range of fighters in their rankings and one bodys rankings are often considerably different from that of the next. It can be argued that a fighters inclusion and position in these rankings is of vital importance as on the most part it corresponds to their opportunity to fight for a world championship, and the respect, recognition and financial remuneration that comes hand in hand with doing so. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) The USA Boxing National Championships, the premier amateur boxing event in the United States, will return to Colorado Springs, Colo., July 12-17, for the 2010 edition. Over 200 of the nations top Olympic-style boxers in both the male and female divisions will compete in the tournament, which is being presented by the Daniels Fund and co-hosted by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. continue
by James Slater - Right now, as we speak, two heavyweight legends are enjoying each other's company, as they reunite in Tulsa, Oklahoma. For former rivals James Tillis and Earnie Shavers are at the Tillis household, there to celebrate the lifetime achievement award James is to soon be given by the catBox group.
Shavers, who lost a decision to "Quick" in 1982, was kind enough to come to the phone from James' house earlier today, to give me the following interview.
Here is what the man who shared the ring with, amongst others, Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes, Joe Bugner, Ken Norton, Jimmy Young and Jimmy Ellis had to say:
James Slater: Wow, it's a surprise pleasure to speak with you, Earnie! You are at James Tillis' house now, to see him receive an award?
Earnie Shavers: Yes, I'm a James' house here in Oklahoma now. He deserves that award (from the catBox Group) that was one great fight we had in Vegas in '82. continue
MONTREAL, CANADA (February 5, 2010) Colombian amateur Samuel Vargas will make his pro debut against Todd Furler, this Saturday, February 6th at the Montreal Casino in Quebec, Canada in a scheduled four round welterweight bout. Born in Bogota, Colombia, Vargas immigrated to Canada at age 16 in search of a better life. Arriving in Toronto , Vargas started boxing under the guidance of famed Canadian trainer Chris Johnson. Hitting the sparring ring against world class professionals including Steve Molitor, Logan McGuinness and Andrew Singh Kooner, Vargas quickly earned the respect of his peers. continue
by Stuart Young - Now Hopkins Vs Jones II has finally been signed & sealed after years of speculation, hype, argument & counter-argument between the two respective camps we can now look ahead to the fight & try to determine the winner.
Scheduled for the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, on 3rd April, the rematch arrives some 17 years after the original bout where a youthful, flashy & brilliant Roy Jones outpointed a rather green Bernard Hopkins back in '93 in a clash for the vacant IBF middleweight title. continue
The always-exciting Edwin Valero will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title against undefeated, once-beaten WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco in the main event this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
The undefeated knockout artist and two-time world champion Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), of Merida, Venezuela will be making the second defense of his WBC title against Tijuanas Demarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs), the WBC Interim Champion at the Arena Monterrey located in Mexico.
In the 10-round co-feature, Luis Carlos Abregu (28-0, 23 KOs), of Salta, Argentina will meet Richard Gutierrez (24-3, 14 KOs), of Miami, Florida, via Arjona, Colombia, in a welterweight bout. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC and will take place during the celebration of the bicentennial of Mexicos Independence.
What the fighters and their respective promoters had to say at Wednesdays final press conference: continue
BERLIN (Feb. 4, 2010) Two undefeated champions battled it out in the Max-Schmeling-Gym on Wednesday afternoon when King Arthur Abraham welcomed a special sparring partner. In order to prepare for the Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 meeting with Andre Dirrell on March 6 (live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), coach Ulli Wegner had invited former WBA/IBF Super-Middleweight Champion Sven Ottke to challenge Abraham. The Phantom, who retired undefeated in 2004, is known for his fast legs and special movements. Sven can help Arthur in the preparation for Dirrell, Wegner said. Arthur will have to track Dirrell down. That´s why sparring with a fast, smart and clever fighter like Sven certainly helps.. continue
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2010) -- Promising Freddy El Riel Hernandez (27-1, 18 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., will take on former world champion, southpaw DeMarcus Chop Chop Corley (36-12-1, 21 KOs), of Washington, D.C., in the 10-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 5, on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., hard-hitting, undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras (12-0, 11 KOs), of Livingston, N.J., should get what definitely will be the toughest test of his career when he faces Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-2, 12 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in an eight-round junior welterweight bout. continue
LAS VEGAS (February 3, 2010) - It's official. Boxing's biggest superstar and six-time world champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather made his upcoming fight with welterweight mega-star and five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley, official today when he signed the contract that pits the two fighters against each other on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a mega-bout which will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®.
"This one is definitely for the fans as I wasn't going to waste anyone's time with a meaningless tune-up bout and asked to fight Shane immediately," said Mayweather. "I have said ever since I came back to the sport that I only wanted to fight the best. I think Shane is one of the best, but come May 1, he still won't be great enough to beat me.. continue
by James Slater - There is the quite tantalising possibility that crowd-pleasers Michael Katsidis and Robert Guerrero will clash on March 27th, in a fight that will contest the WBO's interim lightweight title currently held by the man from Australia. Up as happening on BoxRec, Katsidis-Guerrero may also be supported by another potentially exciting fight, in Marcos Maidana defending his interim WBA 140-pound belt against the undefeated Victor Manuel Cayo. A great doubleheader, to be sure; if it happens.
The Katsidis-Guerrero fight has the look of a very good battle. Though the warrior from Toowoomba in Australia had his heart set on a fight with "real" WBO 135-pound champ Juan Manuel Marquez, it looks now as though Amir Khan will get that fight (talks are ongoing for Khan-Marquez to take place, up at 140, on May 15th in Vegas). continue
Tony Dodson says his British super-middleweight title fight with Paul Smith is "personal". Dodson, 29, challenges Smith on March 12 at the Liverpool Echo Arena in an all-scouse affair. And in a hard-hitting interview he has revealed that he is desperate to beat the man he used to be close friends with.
Dodson says he has been "disrespectful" and "nasty" in the build up to their fight.
"Paul and I go back a long way," said former British champion Dodson. "When I first turned professional he used to come to the gym and lace up my gloves. continue
By Harold Kupel: Freddie Roach, the trainer of World Boxing Association light welterweight champion Amir Khan, is seemingly very confident of the 23-year-old Khans chances against Juan Manuel Marquez ahead of their planned May 15th bout. In an article with the Telegraph, Roach says Amir will do to him [Marquez] what he did to Marco Antonio Barrera in Manchester last year. Hell [Khan] break him up.
Khan defeated the 35-year-old Barrera by a 5 round technical decision in March 2009, a fight that pleased few fans because of the ending of it. Khan controlled almost every second of action against the former super featherweight star, but the bout was stopped in the 5th round because of a nasty head butt that opened up a huge cut on Barreras forehead. Barrera bled from the 1st round on until the fight was stopped.
Khan needs a victory over an old star like Marquez to help make a name for himself in the United States. Khan has fought his entire career in England, and only recently has decided to come over to the U.S. to try and become a star there. continue
Hayemaker Boxing have offered Frank Warren Promotions a sum of £50,000 for their super-middleweight prospect James Degale to box George Groves on April 3rd at Manchesters M.E.N Arena. Should the fight go ahead, Degales duel with Groves would act as one of the chief support contests to David Hayes WBA world heavyweight title defence, live on Sky Box Office. We are deadly serious about making this fight for April 3rd and believe that we have made a more than fair offer for it to happen, says Hayemaker Boxings Adam Booth. continue
Update:STORM POSTPONES SATURDAY NIGHT ATLANTIC CITY FIGHT CARD TILL MARCH 6TH - In light of the major snow storm expected to hit the Atlantic City area, Tropicana Casino and Resort and Star Boxing have decided to postpone Saturday night's boxing show until Saturday March 6th, noting major concern for the safety of traveling fans, fight participants and the general public welfare. Both are very disappoined that they have had to postpone the show, especially since ticket sales had been so strong. All tickets purchased for the February 6th event will be honored on March 6th. The Tropicana and Star Boxing look forward to seeing everyone at the show on March 6th. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - An earthquake devastated Haiti a few short weeks ago. Millions were affected that day. Millions more in the subsequent days that have followed. One of those affected considerably was WBC Welterweight champion Andre Berto who was scheduled to face Sugar Shane Mosley on January 30. Berto's body was still training for his showdown but his mind and heart, understandably, were with his family and countryman.
If you know Berto's story then you know that he is born of Haitian ancestry. If you have ever had the opportunity to observe the Haitian community then you know that in spite of their difficulties their community is close. It is this love of family and community that caused Berto to walk away from one of the largest paydays, if not the largest, that he has commanded thus far. This left Mosley in limbo. No opponent. No fight. No options. At least that is what many people thought.
Manny Pacquiao had removed himself from a mega-bout with Floyd Mayweather, in lieu of future litigation, and opted to face the frequently dodged Joshua Clottey. continue
Robert Jackson: In 1999, when Floyd Jr was 130lb champion he called out 135lb champion Shane Mosley to fight him in what would've been a super fight, Mosley declined!! Fast forward to 2005 after the Henry Bruselles fight a WBC Eliminator to determine who would fight Arturo Gatti next, Floyd was asked by Larry Merchant who he would like to fight next, amongst the names Floyd recited were Kostya Tszyu, Oscar DeLaHoya and Shane Mosley. Once again no rersponse from Mosley or the others for that matter.
A year later following his 2nd victory over Fernando Vargas, Mosley was asked whether he would face Mayweather by HBO host Larry Merchant, Mosley's response he needed to get his teeth fixed and go on vacation. continue
JASON BOOTH insists he will walk away from boxing a happy man if he wins a London belt outright tomorrow night (5th Feb). Booth, 32, makes the third defence of his super-bantamweight crown when he faces Matthew Marsh (13-1) at Nottingham's Harvey Hadden Centre, meaning the belt will be his for keeps if he wins. It will be his 16th major title fight in a rollercoaster career spanning almost 14 years. Booth says: ""If I could win the Lonsdale belt outright I will have achieved what I wanted to when I started out and I'll be happy with that. I would like to go further, but anything after this is a bonus.. continue
By Rik Hine - Without a trace of irony, several boxing writers have announced that the wait is over; Jones-Hopkins II is now official. If youre a boxing fan, then it's likely that you already know this. Of course if you really are a boxing fan, then you probably wont much care. Slightly out-waiting the locust, this April 3rd will mark seventeen years since they first shared a ring. And to think that good things are supposed to come to he who waits.
Given that the outcome of this fight is hardly in doubt, there cant be many reasons for watching it outside of outright sadism. Still, if youre willing to pay to see this debacle youre likely a masochist too. Live and let live I suppose.
The slightly more discerning fan might turn his attention to another fight on the same day but the other side of the pond, as David Haye will be seeking to send John Ruiz into retirement. Im probably not alone in hoping that Haye is successful; I hope Im not alone in wishing that Jones and Hopkins would take the hint. continue
TORONTO, CANADA (February 3, 2010) Canadas Super Channel will broadcast an evening of action packed professional boxing this Wednesday night, February 3rd, featuring NABF Title bouts between middleweights Peter Manfredo Jr., and Matt Vanda and featherweights Matt Remillard and Rafael Lora in addition to sensational Canadian prospect Arash Usmanee.
Presented by TKO Boxing Promotions and Hennessy Sports, the outstanding card took place at the Mohegan Sun Casino in front of over 6,000 fight fans. continue
by James Slater - According to Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, if the possible Amir Khan-Juan Manuel Marquez title fight that is being worked on for May 15th comes off, the plan is for Victor Oriz to face Nate Campbell at light-welterweight in the co-feature. A fascinating prospect, who would win; the big-punching and much younger fighter from Oxnard, or the former world lightweight champion from Florida?
Southpaw Ortiz, who must first defeat Hector Alatorre on February 25th, would have a huge advantage in youth, being just 23 compared to age 37 for "The Galaxxy Warrior" continue
by James Slater - With today's news of how the long awaited rematch between modern day legends Roy Jones Junior and Bernard Hopkins is to take place in Las Vegas on April 3rd, fans can look ahead to a pretty big night of boxing on both sides of the Atlantic that night. As was announced last week, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will face John Ruiz in Manchester a few hours before the two veterans get it on seventeen years after they first met as middleweights.
Two big fights, then, with plenty of star name involvement. But here's the thing: is there a good chance both fights, as big as they are, will be dull, disappointing affairs? You bet there is.
Ruiz, though tough, capable and durable, has seldom been in an exciting fight, and his tactics of using plenty of holding don't figure to change in the fight with the fast-handed puncher. It's all up to Haye to make this fight exciting, and maybe he can do it, maybe not. But how many fans will be willing to gamble pay-per-view money in the hope the fight will prove to be worth watching? continue
The World Boxing Foundation would like to express its condolences to the family of lightweight champion Mlungisi Dlamini who was tragically killed in a car accident last Friday. The Killer Shark as he was known in the ring fought and defended his WBF title five times and in recent months was also crowned IBO champion. WBF President Mick Croucher who was personally in attendance at many of Dlaminis championship fights was deeply saddened upon hearing the news and recalls that he was a good person and a good fighter and had so much more potential in the ring. Dlaminis outstanding record of 21 wins and 12 knockouts in the ring will however not be forgotten and the WBF joins the boxing world in mourning the loss of a great champion. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with undefeated junior lightweight contender Mickey Bey, Jr. The undefeated contender is looking to secure a title shot sometime this year and is determined to make his mark on the boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Mickey, in your last fight against Tyrone Wiggins you won by first round knockout. Can you tell us a little bit about your performance in that fight?
A: Well, actually it was short but the great thing about it was I actually got to knock him out with the punch that me and my trainer were working on, and that was just throwing the right hand over the jab. Weve been working on the right hand a lot in the gym so I was really happy for that to be the punch that got him out of there. continue
by James Slater - Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall may be 44 years old, but "The Atomic Bull" is as hungry as ever. Still intent on becoming a world champion for a second time, McCall, 54-9(37) fights again on the 16th of this month. Having won his last three fights, the last win being over the huge Lance Whitaker, McCall is on something of a roll.
Training now for his upcoming fight, Oliver, who dreams of a showdown with one of the two Klitschko brothers, very kindly took time out to speak with me after today's workout. Here are the rock-chinned warrior's answers to my questions:
James Slater: It's great to speak with you as always, Champ. Have you had a good training session today?
Oliver McCall: Yes, it was good. I especially enjoyed watching my son train today - I was very impressed with him. Yes, another day done, I feel blessed as always.
J.S: The fans want to see you fight again: when and where will your next fight be, Oliver, and who will it be against?
O.M: I'll be fighting again in two weeks - I'm fighting Zuri Lawrence on February 16th at The Hard Rock (in Hollywood, Florida). continue
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events Tomasz has to win against Jason Estrada before he can realize his dream of being the heavyweight champion. Its a tremendous fight, people are watching it closely. We are delighted to be promoting it.
A lot of people are asking me why Tomasz took this fight. It is one of those fights where it seems as if we brought in a young guy who pretty much plays to Tomaszs not so strengths; I dont want to say weaknesses because I dont think Tomasz has any of those! Jasons got strength, hes got speed, hes got movement. continue
Statement Sergiy Dzinziruk and Universum: Sergiy Dzinziruk: "Universum and i have both agreed to part ways. We have had constructive conversations and have found a way to dissolve my contract. I am grateful to Universum fro my success in recent years and for the ability to become a professional Boxer. Under Klaus-Peter Kohl i became the WBO world Champion and i am extremely grateful to him for that. I would like to stress that the statements made about Universum and me in various media outlets in the past are false and have not originated from me personally. Universum has always been a reliable partner and is one of the world's elite promoters.. continue
By Mark Pickering - Many boxing fans may not even know what he looks like but his authoritative tones have decorated HBO broadcasts since 1986.
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing author, award winning judge and acclaimed analyst Harold Lederman.
Q: For many youre the voice of authority on the HBO team - looking back was there a moment when you realised you'd made it as a judge?
A: I started judging Professional Boxing in 1967 after two years of judging amateur boxing and a lot of experience as a fan keeping score at the fights. I knew from day one that I could judge. I was a dedicated judge, and I knew what I was looking at.
Q: What would you say are the most commonly mistaken rules in boxing? Or glaring errors fans and even commentators make?
A: A lot of fans think that if a fighter is being held up by the ropes and the referee calls it a knockdown it is a standing eight. There is no such thing as a standing eight. If you get hit by a legal punch and the ropes prevent you from going down, the ref can rule it the same as if your gloves touched the canvas. continue
The rematch between heavyweights Tony TNT Grano and Mark Oak Tree Brown headlines the March 12 pro boxing card, Brace For Impact, presented by Jimmy Burchfields Classic Sports and Entertainment, Inc. (CES), in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. Brown (15-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to stop Grano, fighting out of Hebron (CT), in the eighth round of their WBF All-Americas title bout Sept. 27, 2008. continue
by James Slater - Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer was not a happy man yesterday. The top promoter admitted to ESPN.com that he is concerned the planned May 1st mega-fight between "Sugar" Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Junior may be in "trouble." The reason for the former Swiss banker's consternation is the fact that although WBA 147-pound king Mosley signed the fight contract last Friday, Mayweather has still not signed. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 2, 2010) A winner of 12 in a row and unbeaten in his last 16 (15-0-1) dating to May 2006, World Boxing Council interim champion Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico, will challenge devastating Venezuelan and WBC lightweight belt-holder, Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), in the main event this Saturday, Feb. 6, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The event at Arena Monterrey will mark the first time a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast has aired from Mexico since March 7, 1998, when Julio Cesar Chavez boxed a draw with Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Its the first card on SHOWTIME from Monterrey in more than 15 years, or since Chavez stopped Tony Lopez on Dec. 10, 1994.
SHOWTIME caught up with DeMarco for his thoughts on this Saturdays scheduled 12-round bout. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2010) One night before two-time world champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight crown against WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) in Monterrey, Mexico, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT), once-beaten Freddy El Riel Hernandez (27-1, 18 KOs), of Lynwood, Calif., will take on former world champion, southpaw DeMarcus Chop Chop Corley (36-12-1, 21 KOs), of Washington, D.C., in the 10-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
NEW YORK (February 1) . . . After 17 years the wait is over as sure-fire future Hall of Famers Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Roy "The Terminator" Jones Jr. collide in a long awaited rematch that will add the final chapter to their 17-year rivalry. The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II is set for Saturday, April 3 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The bout will be broadcast live on pay-per-view beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The fighters will participate in a press tour with stops in New York and Los Angeles next Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9 and 10, respectively. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 58th 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
· Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather reaching an agreement for May 1
· Jesse Brinkleys upset victory over Curtis Stevens
· Rumored fight between Jesse Brinkley and Lucian Bute
· Talks of a fight between Kelly Pavlik and Sergio Martinez on April 17 or 24 continue
World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super flyweight champion and Top-10 Pound For Pound fighter NONITO The Filipino Flash DONAIRE, will host a Las Vegas Media Workout at the Top Rank Gym (3041 Business Lane, Las Vegas, Nev., 89103), Tomorrow! Wednesday, February 3, beginning at Noon PT. The workout will be open to the public. Managed by Cameron Dunkin, Donaire (22-1, 14 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, fighting out of San Leandro, Calif., defends his title against top-rated contender Gerson Guerrero (34-8, 26 KOs), of Mexico City, in the main event of Latin Fury 13 / Pinoy Power 3.. continue
CARL JOHANNESON ends a ring exile of almost two years when he returns at Nottingham's Harvey Hadden Centre on Friday night (5th Feb) - The Leeds puncher (27-4) faces Youssef Al Hamidi in his first contest since losing the British super-featherweight title against Kevin Mitchell on March 2008. Johanneson, 31, was stopped in nine rounds, but the scrap was a sensational slugfest. And Carl who has 19 inside the distance win has targeted regaining his old title and then stepping up to lightweight and facing Mitchell in a return. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev (2/1/10) - Heavyweights Timur Ibragimov and Awadh Tamim will finally meet this Saturday, six weeks after their original match was postponed due to a training injury sustained by Ibragimov. The fight is scheduled for 12 rounds, and it is reportedly for regional belts sanctioned by the WBA and IBA.
Tamim (11-1; six kayos) is a heavy underdog against the seasoned Ibragimov. However the fight could prove to be action packed. In a previous appearance in Russia against Denis Bakhtov, Tamim revealed himself to be a swarming, aggressive fighter with a stiff left jab and a strong overhand right. The Tanzanian native has fast hands and is powerfully built, standing 61/2 tall, and weighing 230 lbs.
Ibragimov (26-2-1; 14 kayos), although known chiefly as a safety-first technical boxer, can be explosive when he connects with his heavy right hand. continue
GOBBLER'S KNOB, (Groundhog Day 2010) -- At 7:25 A.M. today, Punxsutawney Phil -- the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators -- emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn, and proclaimed, in his native Groundhogese, that MANNY "PacMan" PACQUIAO'S dominance over his eras top fighters would continue with a successful defense of his World Boxing Organization welterweight title against former International Boxing Federation welterweight champion and current No. 1 contender Joshua Clottey on Saturday, March 13, at Jerry Jones Cowboys Stadium! continue
Minnesotas middleweight champion is slated to make his return to the ring this Friday. Andy Kaos Kolle (19-2 14 KOs) will take on power punching Pat The Cat Coleman (29-15 20 KOs) on February 5 at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Kolle is coming off of a highlight reel knockout of Anthony Bonsante in March, and an impressive stoppage of Anthony Shuler in June. Although Kolle has been inactive for six months he insists that February 5th presents an opportunity to not only get back into action, but turn some heads in the Twin Cities. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - The first loss for a professional fighter is always traumatic. Its especially difficult when youre a high profile prospect who is seen as a possible future champion. Theres a healthy segment of our fan population who get as much pleasure out of watching a fighter fail as others get enjoyment watching him succeed. When you lose in this sport people are all too happy to dismiss you. With his recent loss to WBC heavyweight champion, Vitali Klitschko, Cristobal The Nightmare Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) has entered a stage in his career that a lot of fighters never emerge from. Prospect purgatory is a phrase Ive coined to describe fighters who once showed great promise but when all is said and done thats the only thing you remember about them.
Chris Arreola is in danger of having his name added to that list if he doesnt make some significant and PERMANENT changes. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 1 - The Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) has spoken, and the verdict is that the February 28, 2009 battle between Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez and Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz is the winner of the 2009 Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier award for Fight of The Year. "This is a great honor and receiving this award is one of the highlights of my career," said Marquez, who stopped Diaz in the ninth round of their unforgettable war at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2010) SHOWTIME Sports® will present a fight card from Mexico for the first time in nearly 12 years when devastating, undefeated knockout artist and two-time world champion Edwin Valero (26-0, 26 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev., by way of Merida, Venezuela, defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight crown against streaking, once-beaten WBC 135-pound interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-1-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday, Feb. 6. continue
Ronald D. (Atlanta, GA): If both Pacquiao and Mayweather win their pending showdowns, who do you think would be the bona fide P4P king of the sport?
Vivek W. (ESB): Many who have followed my work over the years knows full well that I've never been a huge fan of the whole mythical P4P convo because personally, I think it's all in the eyes and minds of the beholder these days. The term P4P as initially designed when used to describe the great 'Sugar' Ray Robinson was a term that explained the greatness of a boxer whose PURE TEXT BOOK FUNDAMENTAL TALENTS would be able to transcend any era in time, regardless of weight, size, or otherwise. In this modern era, the term has been modified to include items such as resume (or wars encountered), guts, and all of this other machismo stuff. While I do think that resume (wars encountered) help us to measure certain aspects of a fighter, I personally subscribe to the old-school text book definition of the term. That being said, someone like a Robinson, Willie Pep, or a Floyd Mayweather jr. would always stack higher on my personal list in their respective era's. To many, the art of war is far more important, and I respect that vision greatly, but while it's a blast to watch, truthfully, how much skill does it really take? If anything, that kinda fight is all guts and durability, which, if we used as the measure of principle, a true P4P list would look more like Glen Johnson, Margarito, and Pavlik, than Robinson, Pep, or James Toney. continue
Mark Pickering: Undefeated Canadian powerhouse Adonis Stevenson is sharpening his skills as a sparring partner for Super Six front-runner Arthur Abraham who is working towards his second-round meeting with Andre Dirrell on March 6.
Stevenson, who at 32 is three years Abrahams senior, is a highly-regarded southpaw who is best known for his first-round demolition of veteran Anthony Bonsante in 2008. continue
by James Slater - While fans are keen to see unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis take a step up in class so they can judge on whether or not the Olympic gold medallist is the real deal or not, they will have to make do with the 29-year-old taking on Carl Davis Drummond in his next outing instead. No disrespect to the 34-year-old from Costa Rica, but fans aren't really going to get too excited at the thought of this fight - set for March 20th in Florida. continue
Ticket sales for the February 6th, Tomasz Adamek vs. Jason Estrada, IBF Heavyweight International Championship at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, have been selling at a record setting pace. The $38 seats sold out early and as of Saturday the $103 seats are also sold out. There are still great seats available. There are a handful of premium Ringside seats available at $253, a small amount of terrific $78 seats, as well as affordable $53 tickets.
"Tickets are selling at an unprecedented pace and we expect a huge, rollicking crowd to come out on Saturday and join in all the fun and excitement, said Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events.
This fight is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. Tickets can be purchased at: Prudential Center Box Office; by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000; or visiting www.prucenter.com. continue
Anthony Ivey: With a new year comes a time for change. A chance to make that perfunctory New Years resolution, which most of us waiver on by the time February comes around. For Edner Cherry, the New Year brought a slew of changes. With a new manager, new trainer, as well as new promoter, Cherry will also be competing at a different weight class, jr. lightweight. Its a New Year, so everything is new for me, states Cherry. I even have a baby on the way any day now. Cherry, 25-6-2 with 13 KOs, will see main event action on February 19th at the Al La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. The card is promoted by Fight Night Productions, as well Cherrys new promoter, TKO Promotions. continue