By Erik Schaffer - This Saturday night Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones square off in a rematch, which turns out to be 17 years in the making. The fight will be held at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This definitely is not my high school prom night, which is the first time they fought because this time Hopkins is a huge 5-1 favorite to beat Jones. The total is 11.5 -140 over. By the way, in this thread I find it pointless to mention the records of the two fighters.
Its kind of ironic, but the last time Hopkins lost badly in a fight was when he fought Jones back in 1993 and lost a 12 round UD. Both men have gone on to have great careers after that fight. continue
Newark, New Jersey – Amateur boxing organization, C.O.M.B.A.T.T., will honor Former World Heavyweight Champion, James Buster Douglas on Tuesday April 6, 2010 at the Robert Treat Hotel. The former World Heavyweight Champions will join a list of noteworthy honorees receiving awards in the categories of global service, leadership, humanitarian, mentor, boxing community service and the coveted, Founders Award. continue
By John "Hermit" Smith: On October 17, 2009 Andre Dirrell found himself in a fight he might not have been completely ready for. With only 18 professional bouts under his belt he was fighting for a world title in a foreign country against a proven opponent in the champs home town. He had clearly out boxed his opponent in several spots during the fight and even had the champ, Carl Froch, looking silly swinging at the air as “The Matrix” lived up to his handle. He complained to his corner that the champ was a dirty fighter, yet as he stood there, center ring, it was the young Dirrell that was having the point deducted to the delight of the partisan home town crowd. Then something happened. We have all seen fighters “grow old overnight”, but have we ever seen a fighter mature and grow up in the time it takes the referee to deduct a point before? We have now. Thus began the rise of Andre Dirrell. Many say that Dirrell deserved to lose that fight because he didn't fight like a champion. Well, he certainly did after the point deduction. He engaged, he hurt Froch, he was on fire. Many watching felt he had won the fight, but only one of the three judges agreed with that opinion.
His next fight would be even tougher. A 31-0 middle weight champion that had vacated his title to move up in weight to take part of the prestigious “Super 6 World Boxing Classic” Super Middle Weight Tournament. continue
by James Slater - Like him or not, you have to admit that U.K boxing promoter Frank Warren speaks his mind. Known for not always saying good things about fighters, even the men he has worked with, Warren has come out swinging at WBA heavyweight champ David Haye; at least that's the way the things Warren has had to say will most likely be interpreted by Haye and his fans.
Speaking with Mail online, Warren began by saying something that practically everyone agrees with - how a Haye-Nikolai Valuev rematch, which has been talked about, is a very bad idea indeed! continue
by James Slater - Exactly twenty years ago today, in Tampa, Florida, a star was born in the 154-pound weight class. 23-year-old Terry Norris, with a pro record of 24-3(13) and a nickname of "Terrible," met the fearsome John "The Beast" Mugabi in a bout that would see the big-punching Ugandan attempt to defend his WBC light-middleweight crown.
Mugabi, who had a record of 36-2(36), may have been the puncher, but on this night he would be the fighter falling victim to a great KO; one so great, Ring magazine awarded it it's KO of the year award for 1990.
Beaten only by Marvellous Marvin Hagler up at middleweight (KO'd in the 11th-round of a savage battle) and by Duane Thomas down at 154 (TKO'd in the 3rd, when a stray thumb that went into Mugabi's eye contributed to the loss), the 30-year-old Mugabi was expected to keep his belt against Norris. continue
Here are the weights from Manchester ahead of WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye´s first title defence against John Ruiz. WBA Heavyweight Title: David Haye (Champion) – 222 lbs (100,7 kg / 15st 12lbs) l John Ruiz (Challenger) – 231 lbs (104,8 kg / 16st 7lbs)
David Haye - “I always plan to knockout my opponent. John Ruiz is a tough guy. He’s in the best shape of his life, no secret. As heavyweight champion, everybody’s coming for me. I’m expecting 12 tough rounds. I’ve trained for 12 tough rounds…or less. In shape, nobody in the world can go 12 rounds with me.. continue
Michael Katsidis is relishing a big return to the UK to take on Kevin Mitchell - because British crowds make him fight like Rocky. The dynamite-fisted Aussie defends his interim WBO World lightweight title against Mitchell on May 15 at West Ham's world famous Boleyn Ground at Upton Park. And Katsidis admits that he'll get a hostile reception in London's east end. But the 29-year-old power puncher isn't fussed after previously coming to the UK to take on Graham Earl in a thriller at Wembley Arena in 2007. That night he was booed to the ring by a 10,000 strong crowd, but left to cheers after being involved in an all-out thriller which saw both men trading leather during five explosive rounds. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 1, 2010) Sharif “THE LION WARRIOR” Bogere will face off against veteran Martin Tucker in an eight round lightweight showdown in the main event of HOMETOWN HEROES, set for tomorrow night, April 2nd at the RIO CASINO in Las Vegas.
The undefeated Bogere, sporting a record of 14-0-0 (8KO’s), is coming off his career best victory, a third round stoppage over once beaten Jose Hernandez on February 26th in El Paso, Texas.
Only 21 years old, Bogere, the former captain of the Ugandan National Boxing Team, is among the most exciting prospects in boxing. With his colorful ring walk in full LION’S headdress to his all-action style of fighting, Bogere has become a must-see attraction in his adopted state of Nevada where he has fought nine of his professional bouts. Toledo, Ohio native Tucker, 7-5-0 (3KO’s), also recently had the biggest win of his five year professional career. On October 10th, the 30 year old ventured to New York City to battle local undefeated prospect Michael Torres at Madison Square Garden. Dropping the fan favorite Torres twice, Tucker went on to win a six round unanimous decision. continue
LAS VEGAS, March 31 - Boxing superstar and legend, Sugar Ray Leonard, a man who knows better than most what it's like to compete in a super fights and legendary rematches, will join an elite team of announcers at ringside and help call the action for the pay-per-view telecast of "The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II" Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. continue
Last Saturday „The Black Panther“ Juan Carlos Gomez and „The Butcher“ Robert Woge celebrated big victories in Hamburg (Germany). Gomez destroyed Ukrainian veteran Alex Mazikin with four knockdowns in three rounds. In his pro-debut Woge needed only one round to get rid of Latvian journeyman Valeris Gubins. Not even two weeks later - on April 9th - the two ARENA stars return to the ring in Schwerin (Germany).
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Gomez wants to fight his way back to another title shot in the heavyweight division one year after losing to Vitali Klitschko in Stuttgart. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 1, 2010) The RIO CASINO hosted a public press conference on Wednesday afternoon for HOMETOWN HEROES, a sensational evening of professional boxing set for this Friday night, April 2nd. Amongst those in attendance were undefeated lightweight sensations Sharif Bogere and Terence Crawford, former UNLV amateur standout and pro debuting Bradley Blankenship, junior lightweight Lonnie Smith, bantamweight newcomer Robert Rodriguez, super middleweight Las Vegas native Eddie Salas, lightweight prospect Fidel Maldonado Jr. and welterweight prospect Michael Finney.
HOMETOWN HEROES is presented by Guilty Boxing in association with TKO Boxing Promotions.
Advance tickets, priced at $100, $50 and $30, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com., 1-800-745-3000) and the RIO CASINO box office (www.riolasvegas.com., 1-888-746-7784). The RIO CASINO is located at 3700 W. Flamingo Road in Las Vegas . Doors on the night of the event will open at 6pm with the first bell scheduled for 6:30pm. continue
By Stuart Cornwell - The ballyhoo artist currently known as David Haye, the clown prince of the heavyweights, is scheduled to grace a boxing ring with his presence on Saturday night at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Opposing him, or at least representing a token of opposition, will be John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz, who looks set to achieve quietude somewhere on the canvas before the twelve rounds are up. Ruiz is a veteran, a notorious spoiler, and reasonably rugged too (knocked out but once in 54 professional outings, aeons ago by a young David Tua, who could really punch), so in theory this could be sold as some sort of test for Haye. But in reality Ruiz fits the bill of an easy mark for Haye, who should make short work of him. continue
With six undercard fights before the pay-per-view telecast begins, the April 3 event featuring the long-awaited showdown between future Hall of Famers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr., is set to be a night that fans will not want to miss live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Heading up this stacked pay-per-view televised undercard will be a 10-round showdown between talented up and comer Jason Litzau and perennial contender Rocky Juarez for Litzau’s NABF super featherweight title. Also featured is the return of former Junior Middleweight World Champion Sergio Mora against veteran Calvin Green and unbeaten Ukrainian prospect Ismayl Sillakh steping up to the big time to face 175-pound standout Daniel Judah for the vacant NABF Light Heavyweight title. continue
Regarding Haye’s win vs. Nicolai Valuev: “I was surprised he (David Haye) got a decision in Germany. Luck was on his side. In congratulate him. He did what he had to do and got the win.”
On Haye’s popularity in the US: “It’s still in the beginning. His name is spreading around. He needs to face somebody who’s been in the heavyweight division and that’s me. He still isn’t well known in the United States.”
On comparing Haye to Evander Holyfield: “Holyfield’s a legend. I can’t compare them today. Every fight is difficult because everybody comes to win. That’s what makes boxing special.”
On changes since he’s been had Miguel Diaz as his head trainer and criticisms: “We’re still here and hopefully this time around we’ll get a win. You’re seeing more of the Ruiz from the past – boxing and punching, not holding. How many guys can say they’ve fought and won the two world heavyweight championships.. continue
BERNARD HOPKINS: "Every fight I have the same mentality. It is either my life or my opponent's life. For that reason alone, I don't know why a fight wouldn't be personal. Our rivalry is just a little bit spicier.
"I have accomplished so many things and I think that losing to Roy Jones Jr. made me a better fighter later on in my career.
"This is not it for me. Why should it be? The ring retires fighters. Fighters don't retire from the ring. The ring doesn't talk in a literal sense, but it speaks to me. continue
WORLD Heavyweight Champion David Haye goes back to his African roots in Senegal in this exclusive 15 minute film from VBS.TV. Produced by Andy Capper and Haye’s long-time friend, VBS and BBC war correspondent Ben Anderson, this latest episode of VBS Meets premiers on April 1st on http://www.vbs.tv/ , and follows Haye as he travels around the Senegalese Capital Dakar. “I first met David at my local college where I took up boxing and the only other kid big enough to spar with me was David Haye. He was 16, and he absolutely wiped the floor with me!” says Ben Anderson. continue
by Stuart Young - David Haye does battle with mandatory challenger John Ruiz this Saturday night at Manchester's MEN Arena, England. It will be Haye's first defence of the WBA heavyweight crown he won when outpointing Russian giant Nikolai Valuev in Nuremberg, Germany, in November of last year.
Here in England the fight has been dubbed "Lord of the Ring" by Sky Sports TV, who are promoting the bout on PPV TV as the first Heavyweight title fight to be held on British soil since Lennox Lewis stopped Frans Botha in double-quick time in a two round demolition job back in 2000.
The challenger, Ruiz 38, is seen as a durable heavyweight with a career record of W44 (30 KO's) L8 D1, he can boast he is a former two-time WBA heavyweight world champion, but perhaps is best known on this side of the Atlantic for being the opponent of Roy Jones when he was to make history in becoming the first former-middleweight champion to win a version of the heavyweight title in more than 100 years when he put on a virtuoso performance to outsmart, outclass and outpoint Ruiz on a historic night back in 2003. continue
Renowned for his exploits in the boxing ring, Britain’s world heavyweight champion David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has recently discovered that the pen is every bit as mighty as the sword – or glove. The current WBA world heavyweight king has put his name and distinctive touch to HAYEMAKER MAGAZINE, a commemorative, 192-page, glossy sports magazine, to be released on Saturday, April 3rd. Fight fans can get their hands on the exclusive magazine at the Manchester Evening News (M.E.N) Arena, moments before Haye steps into the ring to defend his belt against mandatory challenger John Ruiz. continue
by James Slater - Prize-fighters always have and always will be fond of predicting sensational, even shocking, KO wins. Doing so to either try and sell tickets or to try and achieve a mental edge by getting under the skin of their opponent, or both, these fighters are sometimes proven to be correct; while at other times it is the KO prediction that winds up falling flat on its face, and not the fighter's rival in the ring.
Right now, there are currently three big names who are all but promising how they will win their upcoming bouts via a knockout. These men are super-middleweight Carl Froch, who says he will KO Mikkel Kessler on April 24th and Bernard Hopkins and David Haye, who say they will stop Roy Jones Jr and John Ruiz, respectively, this coming Saturday night. continue
This Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents an exciting seven bout card, featuring a must-see main event as well as some of boxing's most promising up and coming talent fighting on the undercard. The card is headlined by Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) defending his USBA welterweight championship against former jr. welterweight title challenger, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (22-4- 2, 10KO). ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" is broadcasting the card and will begin live coverage of the event at 9PM.
Recently Star Boxing CEO and founder, Joe DeGuardia, took time to sit down and talk about the upcoming card, his plans for his young Stars in 2010, and also about the newly formed Boxing Promoters Association, for which DeGuardia was elected President of.
Q: Joe, first and foremost, I want to thank you for sitting down with us. Tell us about the main event on Friday.
JD: The fight between Delvin and Mike truly is a crossroads battle. Both guys are looking to get themselves back into world title contention, and a win in this fight does just that. Both of them are very confident, and both have promised they are going to put on spectacular performances. continue
It has already been announced that former WBO world champion DeMarcus Corley will fight for the UBO World Light Welterweight title on May 29 in Washington D.C., and now Titanium Promotions reveals that one more local former world champion will attempt to lift a UBO belt on their big show promoted at the D.C. Armory. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (Mar. 29, 2010) – When undefeated prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez drilled veteran George “The Rooster” Armenta with a lethal left hook to the body, stopping their ESPN Friday Night Fights bout at 47-seconds of the opening round, many boxing fans had memories of another New England boxer famous for his left hook, “Irish” Micky Ward. “It was a perfect shot,” Rodriguez described the aforementioned hook. “Micky Ward was so good at it and I’ve been practicing to get better. As soon as I hit him, I knew that he was hurt. I held back with the right but I knew he’s strong and, if he came back, I was going to take him out.. continue
by James Slater - Fans who are keen to see WBA heavyweight champion David Haye get it on with one of the two Klitschko brothers won't like it, but there is a chance such a mega-fight will be delayed until December of this year, due to how Haye is contractually obliged to meet Nikolai Valuev in a rematch.
Haye, who defeated the Russian giant to take the WBA belt last November, signed a contract that contained a rematch clause; and there is a possibility, as Haye himself has admitted while speaking to Star Sport, that it could happen after he's beaten John Ruiz on Saturday (if, of course he can beat Ruiz).
"There is a possibility I might have to face Valuev again," Haye said. "I am not sure how realistic that is. I am not looking too far into the future. I am just focusing on making sure Ruiz is despatched in good style. That is the only thing that matters at the moment. continue
Charismatic Brooklyn bomber Shannon Briggs will make his return to the ring Friday April 13th against Rafael Pedro in a 10-round main event from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The 38-year old American heavyweight contender Briggs, 48-5-1, 42 KO’s, is coming off a dominating 1st round KO over journeyman Marcus McGee. continue
Three undefeated Irish based Cuban boxers are determined to offer a triple threat as they bid to add professional World titles to the World Junior titles they won in the amateur ranks. The trio, Heavyweight Mike “The Rebel” Perez (8 - 0 with 6 KO's), Light Heavyweight Luis “El León” Garcia (5 - 0 with 4 KO's) and Super Bantamweight Alexei “The Hurricane” Acosta (10 - 0 with 10 KO's) have just wrapped up an intensive period of sparring in their adopted home city of Cork as they sharpen up ahead of their next competitive outings.
The trio have parted company with former manager Gary Hyde and are now being managed by Cork businessman Patrick Thomas who has linked up with Brian Peters in a move that has left all three feeling reinvigorated about their professional careers. continue
He defeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. as an amateur and eventually became a top pound for pound world champion. In the opinions of many, Martin “Gallito” Castillo (35-3, 18 KO’s) eventually became the face of the “new” Mexican fighter.
Instead of pushing forward and taking three punches to dish out one, Castillo, ranked #8 by the WBO, is a true boxer-puncher inside the ring. A great technician who used his quick feet and movement to lure his opponents within his range to unleash blisteringly fast combinations. He won a piece of the WBA world title in 2004 against Hideyasu Ishihara by TKO in the eleventh round and finally took the whole crown in a brilliant performance against the undefeated knockout artist Alexander Munoz. “That was a thrilling time for me. That was the goal I had been training for all my life and I finally made it a reality,” remembers Castillo. “Ishihara and Munoz were tremendous competitors who brought out the best in me.”
Four fights later, Castillo lost the crown due to cuts in a close battle against Nobuo Nashiro in Japan. He fought his way back into title contention after reeling off three wins and earning the right to face off against WBO Superflyweight king Fernando Montiel. continue
LAS VEGAS (Mar. 29, 2010) – Reigning World Boxing Federation heavyweight title-holder Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha was supposed to fight 4-time world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield 12 years ago but boxing politics eventually destroyed that match-up. More than a decade later, though, Botha (47-4-3, 28 KOs) will finally get his crack at the living legend and future Hall of Famer when he defends his title belt April 10 against Holyfield in the 12-round main event, headlining “The Legend Returns” pay-per-view event, live at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
“The Legend Returns,” presented by Crown Boxing, is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. continue
By Charles C. White - Kindly taking time out of his busy schedule, New Zealand based promoter Craig Thomson gave me the following interview about his upcoming promotions and a few of his fighters who will be on the undercard of the upcoming Friday Ahunanya vs. David Tua clash this Wednesday, March 31st.
By John G. Thompson - Despite the unfortunate cancellation of the excellent ESPN2 Friday Night Fights matchup between cruiserweights Steve “USS” Cunningham and Matt Godfrey, this past weekend produced some high drama and great fights on both HBO and Showtime. Most notably Arthur Abraham’s eleventh round disqualification loss to Andre Dirrell in the second stage of the Showtime Super Six Tournament produced one of the most dramatic endings to a major bout in recent memory. Also, Joan Guzman upset the pundits by defeating Ali Funeka in a rematch of their controversial draw, and Marcos Rene Maidana proved again that he’s one of the toughest light welterweights in the world, stopping previously undefeated Victor Cayo in the sixth round. Many in the boxing community felt that Dirrell, Guzman and Maidana were the underdogs going into the weekend, and so their respective victories seem all the more sensational.
Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell 19-1 (13 KO’s) used his Neo-like speed to outwork the dangerous and then undefeated “King” Arthur Abraham 31-1 (25 KO’s). Widely believed to be the long-shot in the Super Six Tournament, being the youngest and least experienced fighter (professionally) in the group, Dirrell was facing the point leader of the tournament, an undefeated middleweight champion, and one of the favorites to win the tournament. Dirrell came out focused, throwing numerous combinations from outside the range of Abraham and carefully moving away before Abraham could counter. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - It had been more than two and a half years since we last saw Erik Morales inside the squared circle. Going into his fight against former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro this past Saturday most observers were unsure what to expect. After all, not only had “El Terrible” been out of the ring since losing a disputed decision against David Diaz in August 2007 but he also lost five of his last six fights. Considering he lost just once in his first forty-one contests, it is understandable that most observers felt his best days were behind him. Additionally, he never fought north of the lightweight division and his fight with Alfaro was scheduled to take place at welterweight. continue
by Paul McCreath - Wlad Klitschko - Now that Wlad has finished off Eddie Chambers with a devastating last round KO his next match should be against his"other" mandatory, the Russian Alex Povetkin. But will Alex take the fight? His new trainer Teddy Atlas did not sound too positive on Friday night. Meanwhile the only fight that might prove very risky for Wlad and of great interest to the general public would be against David Haye. Will we see it? Who knows? Between Wlad and brother Vitali they have pretty much cleaned out the division of any true threats. The brothers have decided that if either one meets Haye it will be Wlad. Barring an upset by Haye it looks like Wlad can rule the division for a long time yet. He just turned 34 but is showing no signs of deterioration. We may have to settle for a series of low risk fights like the past few defenses. continue
by GM Ross - It was a big weekend for boxing in Canada, with fight cards taking place on both Friday and Saturday night, with titles on the line in each. On Friday night the Canadian Professional Boxing Council (CPBC) crowned a super middleweight champion in Montreal, Quebec, while the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) all had titles up for grabs in Rama, Ontario.
Beginning in Montreal, Ali Nestor Charles earned a unanimous decision victory over Martin Desjardins to win the vacant CPBC super middleweight title. Desjardins scored a knockdown in the second round, but, according to CPBC president Don Collette, Nestor Charles “made the count easily and fought smart afterward.” Both fighters were cut by the halfway point of the contest, with Nestor Charles earning the close decision. The judges score cards read as follows: Richard DeCarufel, 96-93; Roger Doiron, 97-93; Pasquale Procopio, 95-94. With the win Ali Nestor Charles joins CBF titleholder David Lemieux as co-claimant of the super-middleweight championship of Canada. Hopfully the divide in the title will be bridged in the near future via a unification bout. continue
by James Slater - Heavyweights David Tua and Friday Ahunanya have weighed-in for tomorrow's important 12-rounder to be held in New Zealand, and both guys looked in absolutely superb condition as they flexed their muscles for the cameras after stepping onto the scale. Tua, looking about as ripped and toned as I can remember seeing him, scaled a solid 239-and-three-quarter-pounds. Underdog Ahunanya, also looking ready to go, scaled 229.5-pounds. continue
by Robert Jackson - Arthur Abraham says he wants to be an "American Boxing Star", it'll take a while longer and maybe NEVER happen, since he paused before decking the downed Andre Dirrell in Detroit's Joe Louis Arena this past Saturday. Any fan could see the frustration building in the Armenian who fights out of Germany as the rounds wore on. To his credit he was coming on in the late rounds of that fight but was way behind on the score cards I'm sure. The State Athletic Commissions should see to it that those painted on advertisements in the ring, which are smooth should be on the outside of ring ropes because those slippery things are a catastrophe waiting to happen. continue
By Marlynda Millerick - On May 15, 2010 Former World Lightweight Champion Nate Campbell will be facing top contender Victor Ortiz in a Jr. Welterweight bout at Madison Square Garden as part of the Paulie Malignaggi/Amir Khan show being featured on HBO's Boxing After Dark. I recently had the chance to talk with The Galaxxy Warrior to discuss his upcoming fight and more.
MM: Nate, first and foremost, thank you for taking the time to talk with me. It's been a long hard road for you, especially in the last two years, but you have proven time and time again just how resilient you can be. Obviously, you have a lot to gain in this upcoming fight, as a win could set you up for a title shot by the end of the year. What do you consider to be your biggest advantage over Victor Ortiz, and how will you utilize it on May 15th?
NC: I have more experience, have been in bigger fights, fought better fighters. I'm a three-time World Champion, I'm fearless. He's never been in with a guy like me. continue
The official weights for tomorrow night's stacked Hopkins vs. Jones fight card are in along with a surprising variety of fight predictions from those who know best-other world champions, most of whom have fought one or both Hopkins and/or Jones. continue
Kelly Swanson - We are ten days away from a great, excellent rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones, Jr. This week we had two super media days with both fighters. I’m sure you saw some of the stories and photographs that were highlighted by those media days. What we’re going to do today is we’ll first start with Roy Jones and his team followed by Bernard Hopkins and his team. So at this time we are joined on the line by John Wirt, who is CEO of Square Ring Promotions, and also McGee Wright, who is the manager of Roy Jones and Roy Jones, Jr. himself. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 66th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Bernard Hopkins) 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 amazing Producer and Co-Host, Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
- Andre Dirrell’s bizarre disqualification victory against Arthur Abraham
- The successful return of Erik “El Terrible” Morales
- Marcos Madiana’s sixth round knockout victory against Victor Cayo continue
Oscar de la Hoya: Thank you very much, Kelly, and thank you, all the media for being on the call. “Rivals” is going to be a very interesting because not only do you have two great fighters who are once again facing each other, but this rematch has been in the making for many years. Each fighter has gone their way. Each fighter cemented their legacy. But on the other hand, you have one fighter in Bernard Hopkins who has been stepping up to the plate and really making history as time goes by. And it doesn’t seem like he’s getting any older. He’s getting younger. continue
By Dave Cacciatore - I will admit…I am going to watch Jones-Hopkins II! Like most boxing fans when this fight was announced I cried foul. I was saying the same things that most people are saying, ‘why now?’ ‘This fight is 8 years late.’ ‘Roy is a shell of himself.’ All these things are true and the answer to the why now question is probably because there is no other game in town on the senior circuit for these two great fighters.
When the dust settled though from my initial reaction I realized I am probably going to watch this fight if for no other reason than to see Hopkins and Jones in the same ring again. continue
by James Slater - Though Argentina's Marcos Rene Maidana, who retained his interim version of the WBA light-welterweight title with a crushing 6th-round stoppage of the previously unbeaten Victor Manuel Cayo on Saturday night, said afterwards he doesn't care whether or not he faces Amir Khan next or not; it's a sure thing the fans hope this is the fight that finally gets made.
Khan, 22-1(16) and the "Real" WBA champ at 140-pounds, must first defeat the skilful and respected Paulie Malignaggi in May, in what will be his U.S debut, but will the former Olympian then, finally, agree to fight his mandatory challenger? Khan's critics will have none of it, claiming the 23-year-old and his team will never allow him near the brutal-punching 26-year-old. Khan himself, however, has expressed interest in facing Maidana; the two fighters even "agreed" to a fight earlier this year. And, bluntly put, if Khan wants to keep his WBA belt, he will have to face the 28-1(27) banger some time fairly soon. How long has Maidana been the interim WBA champion already? Since his sensationally exciting win over Victor Ortiz in June of last year, that's how long. continue
On Friday April 2nd, the Pride of Greece, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10KO) will move up in weight as he looks to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with in the welterweight division when he challengers Delvin Rodriguez (24-4-2, 14KO) for the USBA welterweight championship in Rodriguez's backyard at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino. The fight is scheduled for twelve rounds and will be the main event bout of the evening on that night's ESPN "Friday Night Fights" telecast.
Arnaoutis recently sat down to talk about his upcoming fight, why he decided to move up in weight, and where he hopes to be by the end of this year. continue
YOUNGSTOWN, OH (March 29, 2010) -- HOLY MOSES! Despite the fact that World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight champion SERGIO MARTINEZ fights from an unorthodox stance, JACK LOEW, trainer of World Middleweight Champion KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK, has full confidence that his man will successfully pass over Martinez and retain his world titles . The two champions rumble for Pavlik's WBC and World Boxing Organization (WBO) belts on Saturday, April 17, in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. It will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. continue
by GM Ross - Last Saturday I hopped on a Greyhound in Ontario, making a pugilistic pilgrimage to Detroit, Michigan, to take in the Arthur Abraham versus Andre Dirrell, Showtime Super Six match-up. Upon my departure, the thought of writing an article regarding my experiences had not seriously crossed my mind. It was a pleasure trip, nothing more. When I arrived in Detroit all this changed. I was struck by the deserted landscape, often devoid of automobiles or pedestrians. Yet, the large, picturesque sky-scrappers stood as a testament to the city's former glory and the warm smiles and hospitality of shopkeepers, waitresses and passers by, never faded, no matter how bleak my surroundings became. The sheer impact the city had on my psyche – I thought as I wandered with my traveling companion throughout Greektown – necessitated an article.
On Saturday evening I dinned in Greektown, gorged myself on lamb, octopus and fish roe, then proceeded to the Joe Louis Arena. If one was unaware of the Abraham-Dirrell fight upon arriving in the city, they would be unlikely to realize it was occurring. There were no advertisements to speak of. continue
by James Slater - As fans may or may not know, former heavyweight ruler Hasim "The Rock" Rahman returned to action this past Friday night, winning a 1st-round TKO over little-known 43-year-old Clinton Boldridge. Returning to action for the first time since his one-sided and disappointing 7th-round stoppage loss to Wladimir Klitschko, Rahman, now aged 37, improved to 46-7-2(37). continue
AUDLEY Harrison believes David Haye will lose his WBA World Heavyweight Championship on Saturday if he underestimates American John Ruiz. Haye fights Ruiz at the MEN Arena in Manchester in the first defence of his belt, which he won in November by beating Russian giant Nikolay Valuev. However, Harrison, who fights Michael Sprott for the vacant European title on April 9 at London’s Alexandra Palace, thinks betting favourite Haye is not in peak condition. "I watched a training session of David Haye from Sky Sports and his timing is off. He’s also carrying excess weight,” said Harrison. "I know David very well and mark my words, if he doesn't blast out Ruiz early, which is possible, then it’ll be a tough night. continue
Rene' R. (Ontario, CA): What were your thoughts on the Abraham/Dirrell fight and the way it ended?
Vivek W. (ESB): In my prediction article I had pointed out keys to victory for Dirrell, and in hindsight, those sentiments of mine were echoed in a loud way, as that was the precise blueprint his team used and he executed to perfection. He used speed, reach, and a wide assortment of shots to create a large lead. Now, where things began to get dicey was when Abraham started to land late in the fight. I'll stop short of saying that Abraham was on his way to a victory because Dirrell had a bit more in the tank than I thought he would at that point in the fight, but I could agree with some that the tide appeared to be changing a bit. That being said, I think there was a clear and concise infraction that resulted in a very necessary disqualification.
I reviewed that frame more than 20x, (compliments of DVR), studying everything from their demeanor, to their body language and beyond, and I see no way possible that ANYONE can legitimately tell me that Abraham did not do that instinctively. I wouldn't say intentionally, but instinctively? Without question.....and his response only made it a bit more obvious, as he responded, "I wasn't watching his feet, I was watching his head". Pardon me, but it's a bit hard NOT to realize an opponent is suddenly 3 feet smaller than he was when you stood eye to eye going toe to toe. That being said, I still wouldn't condemn him widely, as anyone who has taken part in athletics can remember a time when the whistle blew a second (or two) after your eyes had locked on something, and in the heat of the moment you completed the act itself. I have. We've all done it. Whatever the case may be, Abraham did in fact act with instinct, but unlike many of the instances with many of us, his act could have cost a man his life. continue
DETROIT (March 28, 2010) – Not satisfied with Arthur Abraham’s underhanded performance against Andre Dirrell on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena, which would warrant his suspension by most members of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), Abraham’s promoter Wilfried Sauerland issued a release on Sunday accusing Dirrell of seizing “…his chance to sneak out of the fight when the chance presented itself…Dirrell is a very good actor.”
The “chance” Sauerland was referring to was when Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., did the “splits” after slipping in Abraham’s (31-1, 25 KOs), of Germany, water-soaked corner, and while on one knee and defenseless got knocked out by a sweeping Abraham right. continue
DETROIT (March 28, 2010) — Wilfried Sauerland has no doubts that Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament point leader King Arthur Abraham would have knocked Andre Dirrell out had it not been for his controversial disqualification in the 11th round. “After a slow start, Arthur was finally landing his power punches,” Sauerland said. “He clearly knocked Dirrell down in the tenth and was following it up in the 11th. There is no way Dirrell would have seen the end of the 12th round.. continue
by James Slater - In the days leading up to last night's return bout, Mexican legend Erik Morales vowed he would quit the ring for good if he could not defeat Jose Alfaro. Well, in coming back after a two-and-a-half year layoff, "El Terrible" proved he has at least something left at age 33. Winning a hard-fought, exciting battle with the former WBA lightweight champion, the former three-weight titlist prevailed by a UD: the scores were 117-111, 116-112,116-112.
Morales, who weighed-in at around 148-pounds for his return, is now 49-6(34). 26-year-old Alfaro of Nicaragua, who had also promised a win and fought hard trying to get one, is now 23-6(20).
No-one really knew what to expect going into last night's WBC intercontinental welterweight bout held in Monterrey, Mexico. Many felt Morales - who complained after his last fight back in 2007, against David Diaz, that he had pains in his head due to the punches he'd taken in the lightweight points loss - was running the risk of being badly hurt or embarrassed by returning to the ring.
This was not the case last night (although the win was a far from easy one for Morales, and at times the action was quite brutal, with both men trading furiously) and Morales proved he still has some fire in his belly. continue
Former WBO World champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley will attempt to become a two-time world champion on May 29 in Washington D.C., when he fights for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization light welterweight crown on a show promoted by Garcia Staley Sr. and his Titanium Promotions. A true veteran, Corley, 36-13-1 (21), turned pro in Washington in 1996 after winning the Golden Gloves amateur championships the previous year, and went undefeated through his first eighteen paid fights before dropping a split decision to Daniel Lujan three years later. continue
Former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham is a promotional free agent following the conclusion of his eight year promotional contract with Don King Productions. ‘USS’ Cunningham and his wife, and manager, Livvy, are currently considering various options ahead of his forthcoming challenge for the vacant IBF World Cruiserweight title against Canada’s Troy Ross. continue
By Paul Strauss: Steve Albert described the night perfectly when he said it had spirit, emotion and drama. Andre Dirrell boxed beautifully. He kept Abraham off balance, and had a glove in his face, or one digging into his body most of the night. Andre jabbed well both from the orthodox and southpaw stances. He also hooked off of the jab, and drove straight shots to the belly, and used angles to land hooks behind the King's elbows. Abraham complained several times about Dirrell's punches being low, but most of the time Referee Lawrence Cold wasn't buying it. By the end of the fight, Abraham's face clearly showed evidence of that Dirrell's were landing. The King was cut above the right eye, and both cheeks were swollen and bruised.
The disqualification came in the eleventh round as the result of a deliberate right hand punch thrown and landed by Abraham after Andre Dirrell had slipped to the canvas on one of the advertising logos. In the post-fight interview, the King tried to get viewers to believe Dirrell wasn't really down, implying the punch was legal. After watching the replay, it was obvious to even his royal highness that that explanation wasn't going to work, so he changed tactics. He then tried to make viewers believe that he didn't know Dirrell was down when he threw the punch! That too seemed like a lame excuse, because Dirrell was literally sitting on the canvas when Abraham intentionally threw the illegal punch. Referee Cole had no choice but to disqualify the undefeated leader of the super six tournament. continue
Junior welterweight contender Frankie "El Gato" Figueroa is set to return to the ring on May 21st versus undefeated Russian prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (15-0 10 KOs) in the co-feature to the lightweight clash between Ji Hoon Kim and Ameth Diaz. The bout will be televised by ESPN Friday Night Fights beginning at 9pm EST. The ten round bout will be for the jr. welterweight NABA and WBO Asian Pacific title. Figueroa has been out of action since fighting Rashad Holloway to a draw on November 11th of last year. In that bout, "El Gato" of Bronx, NY, broke his left wrist in the fight and had a subsequent surgery which was a success. continue
WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (28-1, 27 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Victor Cayo (24-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in “The Joint” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Maidana dropped Cayo at the end of round two, then continued to break down Cayo, finishing him with a body shot at 1:38 of the sixth round. The 26 year old Universum Box-Promotion fighter Maidana, who had trained at the Universum Gym in Hamburg until the beginning of 2009, made a spectacular debut in the USA last year. In a highly interesting battle in Los Angeles in June 2009 he defeated Victor Ortiz by TKO in round 6 and this encounter was named "Fight of the year" by the WBA.. continue
by James Slater - Back in October of last year, when he met the gifted, the slippery, the hard-to-nail-cleanly and the just plain frustrating-to-fight Andre Dirrell in his native Nottingham, Carl Froch kept his head. Last night in Detroit, when the also undefeated Arthur Abraham met "The Matrix," he did not. Instead, the Armenian-born former IBF middleweight "King" chose to belt Dirrell with a flush right hand while Dirrell was down from a slip; a move that subsequently sent the switch-hitter to hospital for observation.
Clearly, Dirrell, with his rabbit-like movement around the ring, combined with his effective head movement and his effective offence - an offence that makes Andre's pursuer pay the price for having walked in in an attempt to hit him - is one of the hardest guys in the world to fight today. Almost impossible to look good against, let alone actually defeat, the Michigan man can and will continue to give all the fighters he meets headaches. However, all this considered, it in no way justifies what Abraham did last night.
Rightfully DQ'd for his blatant punch, the fighter who was woefully behind on all scorecards at the time of his ugly infraction was unable to act as professionally as fellow "Super-Six" entrant Carl Froch did when he had his nightmare of a time with the man he eventually and, in the opinion of some people, controversially, out-pointed via split decision. continue
By John Wight: Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh is not a place likely to figure on the radar of many when it comes to the sport of boxing. Despite producing one of the greatest lightweights to ever grace the sport, Ken Buchanan, the name Edinburgh just doesn’t resonate as that of a boxing town. Think boxing and you naturally think of places like Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Mexico City, and Manila . In Britain it’s London’s East End, Liverpool, Glasgow, and Cardiff – the kind of places synonymous with mean streets and hard lives.
Edinburgh on the contrary seems more like a town whose residents have been long been lulled into a deadening torpor by an overdose of history, culture and affluence. continue
PHILADELPHIA (March 29, 2010)—There have been some slight changes to the two main events that will takes place this Friday night’s big “Spring Fling” boxing event that will take place at the Legendary Blue Horizon. The new main event will still feature USBA Jr. Middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh” Ennis. He will now face Jose Adelaydo Gonzalez of Garden City, Kansas. Ennis was originally supposed to do battle with Frankie Santos. Santos will still fight Ennis but he will now face Derek’s brother Farah Ennis in an eight round Super Middleweight bout. continue
By Frank Gonzalez: Kudos to the Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13 KO’s), who put it all together in his match up against ‘former’ IBF titlist, “King” Arthur Abraham in Showtime’s Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament. We always hear that styles make fights and this fight was testimony to that. Dirrell has shown good boxing ability against all the scrubs he faced since he turned pro, fighting as a prospect, which he still was when he was selected as one of the ‘six best’ Super Middleweights in boxing to be in this tournament.
Frankly, I don’t understand how any of the three American’s in this tourney got their spots. This is no disrespect to any of them but lets be honest, Jermain Taylor, a fading former Middleweight titlist who lost two of his last three and two relatively untested prospects in Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward? Sure, Ward showed himself to be masterful in his beating of legit contender Mikkel Kessler but Dirrell was unimpressive and looked down right scared in his first “fight” against Carl Froch. With Jermain Taylor’s departure from the tournament, Allan Green (29-1, 20 KO’s), who’s won his last six fights, will be replacing him. continue
LONDON (26th March) Hennessy Sports are pleased to announce that unbeaten Barnet slickster Dazzling Darren Barker will be looking to add the prestigious European Middleweight belt to his British and Commonwealth titles on Friday 9th April at the Alexandra Palace in London which will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 10pm. The promotional co-feature with Matchroom Sports will also see Audley Harrison take on Michael Sprott for the vacant European Heavyweight title after Albert Sosnowski relinquished his title to challenge for the WBC World Heavyweight title against Ukrainian Vitali Klitschko. continue
by James Slater - As is currently being reported all over the internet, former two-weight world champion and all-time great Joe Calzaghe has admitted to how he has taken cocaine since retiring from the ring with an unbeaten 46-0 record. Huge U.K newspaper The News of The World, in an exclusive that has stunned the Welshman's fans, today revealed how the former super-middleweight and light-heavyweight champion has used the drug since retiring after his November 2008 win over Roy Jones Jr.
The paper also reports how the 38-year-old has "bad-mouthed" fellow boxers such as Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan and Naseem Hamed (however, as you will see when reading on, the allegations about Joe "laying into" other fighters are pretty much a case of over blowing the facts). continue
DETROIT (March 28, 2010) — Andre Dirrell turned the Super Six World Boxing Classic upside down and handed previously undefeated Arthur Abraham his first loss on an 11th-round disqualification Saturday in a fight at the Joe Louis Arena during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME® that ended in bedlam with family, friends, officials and team members of both camps in the ring.
Referee Laurence Cole stopped a Group Stage 2 bout in which Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., had performed magnificently at 1:13 of the 11th after Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) connected with a sweeping right hand while Dirrell, who had slipped in Abraham’s corner, was down on one knee.
At the time of the disqualification, Dirrell was ahead by the scores of 98-91 and 97-92 twice. He was taken from the ring to the hospital for observation.
By winning, Dirrell became the fourth hometown fighter to triumph in as many tournament fights. He scored the bout’s lone knockdown in the fourth round, although Abraham, who was bleeding from the right eye, thought he had scored a knockdown in the ninth that the referee missed.
With the victory in the first of three Group Stage 2 fights, Dirrell earned his first two points in the tournament. Abraham remains the tournament leader with three points. continue
By Matthew Paras - Mike Mollo (20-3, 12 KOs) returned off a year and a half lay off to gain a hard fought unanimous decision over Heavyweight Journeyman Billy Zumbrun(23-12-1, 13 KOs). Mollo had a tougher time then expected against Zumbrun, but survived Zumbrun’s late onslaught to win the decision.
The fight started off with Mollo being aggressive, dictating the pace with his aggression. Zumrbun at the start of round two threw a flurry that showed he could compete, but Mollo adapted well by going to the body and working his jab. The next two rounds were Mollo’s again by using an aggressive jab that snapped Zumbrun’s head back. continue
DETROIT (March 28, 2010) –- Two days after it was announced that undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) would defend against world-ranked “Sweetness” Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 19, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), the boxers spoke with the media before the Andre Dirrell-Arthur Abraham tournament bout here Saturday night.
Here’s what they had to say:
ANDRE WARD (who’ll be making his first defense of the WBA 168-pound title)
“It’s time for all the bravado and all his talk to end. It’s time to show up and take care of business. I feel great and I’m really looking forward to it. continue
By Matthew Paras - Maurice Harris vs. Julius Long: Two heavyweight journeymen battled it out to start off Dominic Pesoli’s Windy City Fight Night 9 card. Maurice Harris (22-14-2, 10 KOs) controlled the pace of the fight with a higher work rate to win a unanimous decision over Julius Long (15-14, 13 KOs). Long lost two points in rounds 2 and 5 for rough tactics, but the deductions did not hurt him as scores were 59-53 across the board. Long has dropped six in a row, while Harris improves to a two fight win streak. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in Essex, UK, "Magic" Matthew Hatton scored the biggest win of his pro career as he clearly out-pointed hugely experienced Italian veteran Gianluca Branco over 12-rounds to win the vacant European welterweight crown.
The 28-year-old Manchester man, brother, of course, of Ricky Hatton, won via a UD with scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113. Now 39-4-2(15), the younger Hatton brother proved he is a world class fighter in his own right. Branco, a former European champ at light-welterweight as well as being a former two-time "world" title challenger, fell to 43-3-1(22). continue
by James Slater - Though Andre Dirrell hails from Flint, Michigan, and will box his Detroit debut tonight, The Motor City will surely accept him as their newest boxing hero if he manages to defeat the mighty Arthur Abraham in the latest instalment of the "Super-Six" super-middleweight Boxing Classic tournament.
Having trained for tonight's big fight at the legendary Kronk gym, the gifted switch-hitter who goes by the nickname of "The Matrix" has also enjoyed some support and encouragement from two Kronk heroes of yesteryear - the legendary Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns and William "Caveman" Lee.
Hearns was at the weigh-in for the big fight and, after being given a rapturous round of applause and briefly speaking about how much the city of Detroit means to him, the former multi-weight world champion gave his take on Dirrell Vs. Abraham. continue
Finnish professional boxing stable Caramelito Promotions continues its busy and successful spring season. Estonian super middleweight boxer Anton Sjomkin (now 4-1, 3 KO) who recently joined in the stable was fighting against durable Russian Maxim Nikanorov over 4 rounds last weekend in a show which was promoted by Russian Jab Promotion and Estonian Energia Boxing Club. Sjomkin who won vacant Baltic Boxing Union International Super Middleweight title on his latest fight against previously unbeaten Sami Selesmaa (FIN) was now fighting his first pro fight as Caramelito Promotions boxer. continue
In preparation for his April 17th IBF world title fight against Lucian Bute, Edison Pantera Miranda has been training in Van Nuys, CA with his new trainer Joe Goossen. The two have now been working together for nine months, and Miranda claims his training is going perfect. “I connected with Joe the first day we met, and I have seen myself get better and better over the months. I believe Joe has been the missing ingredient for me to get the belt. Now that he’s in my corner, I realize I can achieve whatever I want.”
With three weeks until the fight, Miranda appears ready to go. “Since I moved out to Van Nuys nearly a year ago, I have re-dedicated my life to boxing. continue
by James Slater - Not too long to go now until exciting, recently crowned WBA heavyweight champion David Haye makes the first defence of his title. And as he has been locked away in training camp getting ready for mandatory challenger and former titilst John Ruiz, Haye has been pushing his body to the limit so as to get it in shape for the "abuse" he says he feels it will have to take on April 3rd.
Haye, in speaking to Sport magazine, spoke of how he is fully expecting a tough fight, a fight much tougher physically than the one Russian giant Nokolai Valuev gave him when he took the title with a November points win. As fans know, Haye came away from that fight with a busted hand, which was a bad enough injury to keep him out of training for a while - but "The Hayemaker" says he's prepared for "a real war" against Ruiz, one that may well see him get roughed up and even cut. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – MARCH 26, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today Hall of Fame middleweight champion Nino Benvenuti from Italy will attend festivities planned 21st Annual Hall of Fame Weekend set for June 10-13th” “Nino Benvenuti was a fantastic middleweight champion who fought and defeated many of the top fighters of his era ,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “Boxing fans will enjoy the chance to see the Italian idol in Canastota.. continue
By Matthew Paras: Donovan George to fight Osumanu Adama? Exciting and Chicago fan favorite, Donovan George (19-0, 17 KOs) makes his first Shobox: The Next Generation debut on April 30th in his hometown crowd at the UIC Pavilion. George returns to the ring after blasting out Phil Williams in four rounds. However, it is not certain on who George is fighting until tonight. Nothing is official as of yet, but George tipped off Eastsideboxing.com that his opponent is likely to be Osumanu Adama. Adama, also known as Ozzie Adams, sports a 17-1 record with 13 knockouts. He’s from Ghana and fights at Super Middleweight. George did not seem to know much about him, but seemed pretty sure he was fighting him. continue
By John G. Thompson - The day before he turns thirty-two Ali Funeka 30-2-3 (25 KO’s) gets an early birthday present by way of a rematch with Joan Guzman 29-0-1 (17 KO’s) for the vacant IBF Lightweight Title this Saturday night. Judges Alan Davis and Benoit Roussell both scored the first bout 114-114 (resulting in a majority draw), while Judge Joseph Pasquale scored the bout a little more accurately at 116-112 for Funeka. However, while many (including this writer) felt that Funeka had done more than enough to earn the win, several rounds were close and tough to score.
Joan Guzman fought extremely well early in the bout, winning the first four or five rounds. He consistently threw the harder and cleaner punches, showed good aggression and ring generalship, despite suffering a cut over his right eye after an accidental head but in the second round. Guzman also countered well against Funeka, which became his primary tactic as the fight continued.
Ali Funeka came on stronger in round five and the momentum seemed to shift by the sixth. continue
By Rik Hine - Apparently the Leopard doesn’t change its spots but the same can’t be said of Andre Dirrell. If his last fight is any indication he’s metamorphosed from the future of the Super Middleweights to a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ wannabe. Unless he’s had another change of heart, he’ll have it snatched from him tonight by Arthur Abraham, in the second round of the Showtime Super Six tourney. ‘King’ Arthur on the other hand, will do exactly what he’s done the last thirty-one times he’s entered the squared circle. He’ll start slowly, hands held high, and patiently stalk his opponent. Abraham is surprisingly fast when he actually opens up and only six of his opponents have heard the final bell. Don’t figure on him changing his formula any time soon. continue
Erik Schaffer - Tonight Arthur Abraham takes on Andre Dirrell at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan to begin the second round of the Super Six Middleweight Tournament. The unbeaten Abraham will step into the ring as a 2-1 favorite with his record standing at 31-0 , 25 ko's. The home dog Andre Dirrell brings a record of 18-1 , 13 ko's into this contest. The total is 11.5 -165 to go over.
Let's first talk about the line and the public perception of these two fighters: I have been watching this line since it opened with Abraham only a -165 favorite to beat Andre Dirrell, who has become a fighter nobody seems to like these days. continue
Gelsenkirchen/Germany (March 26, 2010) – Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), and Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), of Warsaw (Poland) and Brentwood (UK), participated yesterday in a press conference at VELTINSArena Gelsenkirchen. Klitschko will face the European Champion Sosnowski on May, 29. The VELTINS-Arena is the home field of famous German soccer team Schalke 04. Tickets, starting at € 22, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805- 57 00 70.
VITALI KLITSCHKO: “I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen.”
“I want to verify that I am still the strongest heavyweight in the world. I am full of energy, in a top shape and without injuries. I am looking forward to fighting in Germany again and at Schalke arena.. continue
by James Slater - Reigning WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch isn't just predicting that he will defeat the well respected Mikkel Kessler in his next bout in the exciting "Super-Six" tournament; he is predicting how he will win the whole thing! Not only that, but the ultra-confident "Cobra" says he has plans to go for the WBC light-heavyweight title after he's won the super-middleweight Boxing Classic. continue
Sixty-seven media members have weighed in on who they think will be victorious in Saturday night’s Group Stage 2 Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Forty-three experts think the Armenian Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) will keep his tournament standings lead by beating the hometown hero while 24 feel that Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) will reign victorious during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME. Here’s how they see the Dirrell-Abraham Super Six World Boxing Classic 12-round fight:
Geoffrey Ciani, East Side Boxing, (Dirrell): “Abraham is the safe pick here. It is reasonable to assume that he will land a big shot somewhere along the line and that will be all she wrote. Dirrell, however, has the style to outbox Abraham. He is slick, quick, and knows how to use the ring to his advantage. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This Saturday night, fight fans around the globe will get the opportunity to see a very intriguing showdown when American Andre Dirrell takes on German based powerhouse, Arthur Abraham. The sports favorite adage reminds us that "styles make fights", and the blend of styles in this one make it very difficult to peg a winner. One man brings a bevy of skills in his arsenal that all start with blazing speed, yet he remains somewhat untested on this level. The other is more basic, containing little flash, but great power and stronger boxing skills than many seem to give credit for. In an effort to look at the chances of each man, we start with their "Keys to Victory":
ARTHUR ABRAHAM: KEYS TO VICTORY
For Arthur Abraham, the keys to victory in this fight come down to defense and dominance. Abraham's defense is among the best in the game, but against a methodical and somewhat predictable Jermain Taylor, he actually trailed on the cards mid-way through the fight before his opponent began to wear down. Abraham must realize that although he isn't a SLOW fighter by any stretch, the man he'll be standing across from will be much faster than both he, and the last man who held that mid-round lead against him a fight ago (Taylor). Adding to this truth is the fact that Dirrell also has a much greater reach than he does. A smart strategy for Abraham would be to pick his spots wisely, knowing when to go into that defensive shell (preventing too many points from clean shots) and when it's safe to open up and let his hands fly. continue
Danny Williams today warned British title challenger Sam Sexton that he's got his "mojo" back. Williams will defend his Lonsdale belt against Sexton on May 15 at Upton Park, West Ham, and will look to add the Norwich man's Commonwealth crown. If Williams is successful, he will become the first heavyweight in history to lift the Commonwealth belt three times. And the Brixton Bomber today sounded confident about bowing out on a high, confirming that whatever happens against Sexton, he won't fight again. continue
By John G. Thompson - Abner Mares 20-0 (13 KO’s) stopped journeyman Felipe Almanza 17-16-4 in the fifth round of their match at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California this past Thursday evening, setting the stage for an IBF Bantamweight Title fight against Yonnhy Perez 20-0 (14 KO’s) in May. While Almanza did not prove to be the toughest of opposition, the constant aggression and talent of Mares was something to see and a match up between him and the likewise talented Perez will certainly be an entertaining affair.
Almanza has now been stopped nine times and came out on the defensive from the start. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with three division champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales. “El Terrible” was last seen inside the squared circle when he lost a somewhat controversial decision at the hands of David Diaz back in August 2007. This Saturday night Morales returns to the ring for the first time in a fight against former WBA lightweight champion Jose Alfaro. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On coming back after nearly a two and a half year layoff:
“Yes, the rest was very good for me because I had a lot of physical fights and now, after two years, I feel well rested so things will turn out different for me.”
Regarding his thoughts on coming back:
“For me it is very important to give all of my heart inside the ring. I’ve always been able to accomplish that because I have always had the public behind me and that’s why I want to invite everyone on the 27th because it’s going to be no exception—it’s also going to be a great, great fight.. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 25, 2010) TKO Boxing Promotions nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series will return to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday, May 22nd. In the main event, Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. will battle Angel “ EL Toro ” Hernandez of Chicago, IL for the vacant IBO Middleweight Title. The co-feature will see Hartford ’s Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard defending his NABF Featherweight Title. Ticket information and further details will be announced shortly. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – When 2004 Olympic champion Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.), the last boxing gold medalist, took the ring for his first world title fight in November, he enjoyed a familiar face sitting ringside. Ward’s Olympic teammate and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist, Andre Dirrell (Flint, Mich.), traveled across the country to Oakland for Ward’s WBA title bout with Mikkel Kessler (Denmark) in November to show support for Ward’s biggest professional bout. “You did it in Athens and you’re going to do it again tonight,” Dirrell told Ward before the fight as the two visited before Ward headed to the arena. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward who is best known for his work with Tommy Hearns and Lennox Lewis. Steward also currently trains reigning unified heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko who recently stopped “Fast” Eddie Chambers by twelfth round knockout. Emanuel spoke about a variety of topics, including Wladimir’s performance against Chambers, a potential fight between Wladimir and David Haye, and the upcoming mega fight between Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Junior. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On his assessment of how he rates Klitschko’s performance against Chambers:
“I give him a B. It was a B. It was a good performance. It could have been better because of what his ability is compared to what he did, but it was still good. He went out and did what he was asked to do and he got the knockout. Chambers isn’t the easiest guy to fight, either. He spends his time mostly about, like 80% on the defensive mental mode—covering up, running away, hands over his head. It was very difficult to fight guys like that especially when you have a guy like Wladimir who’s a really technical, super intelligent, thinking fighter himself. So I had to do what I had to do the last two rounds to just try to push him out of his regular mode and he got really upset and all emotional and anxiety and then he went out and performed, but it was something I had to do. That’s my job as a trainer—to do what I have to do to get my fighter to get the best performance and I appreciate the fact that he did respond and he went and did what he was supposed to do.. continue
by James Slater - 28-year-old Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev is being moved at a quite incredible pace as he works his way up the ladder at pro level. The former amateur standout (2008 super-heavyweight gold medallist in the 2008 European amateur championships being just one of the German-based fighter's honours) made his pro debut just last September, yet he is already being put in the ring with seasoned men who have far more experienced than he does. And Pulev is making relatively easy work of these fighters.
Back in January, the approx 6'4" and 240-pound "Cobra" stopped former British champion and WBA title challenger Matt Skelton inside four-rounds. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Michele Aboro was one of the best, if not the best, female fighters in history. She was unbeaten and looked unbeatable - then her career came to a sudden end as she was doomed "non-promotable". Being a fighter she took on the powers to be and here is her story.
Michele Aboro was born and raised in London and was always into boxing but as that wasn´t at the time allowed for females she had to do the second best, martial arts, and thai boxing. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani @ Ringside - Pound for Pound Promotions presented the “March Badness” card Thursday night at the Schuetzen Park Ballroom in North Bergen, New Jersey. The fight card featured six bouts, most of which showcased local young talent from the New York-New Jersey area. The small scale venue provided a rather friendly boxing atmosphere and some pretty entertaining fights, too.
The first preliminary bout was a four rounder in the junior middleweight division that featured Steven Martinez (3-0, 3 KOs) and Michael Ransom (Pro Debut). After a tentative start from both fighters, the more experienced Martinez took the initiative and soon had Ransom trapped against the ropes where he landed a quick flurry of punches that sent Ransom to the canvas. Ransom beat the count, but Martinez smelled blood and quickly sent Ransom down for a second time before the bout was halted 1:59 into the first round.
In the second contest, junior welterweights Hector Collado (Pro Debut) and Christian Martinez (2-0, 2 KOs) squared off in a four rounder. The two pugilists were willing to engage from the onset and this provided for a nice little scrap with several good exchanges. continue
Montreal, Thursday March 25th, 2010 – A boxing buzz is once again taking over Quebec City as tickets for the eagerly anticipated bout/event featuring Éric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KO) vs. Librado Andrade (28-3-0, 21 KO) officially go on sale on Thursday, April 1st 2010 starting at 10 AM. This InterBox event will take place at the Pepsi Colisee in beautiful Quebec City on Friday, May 28th 2010. continue
NEW YORK (March 25, 2010)–-A new date of Saturday, June 19, has been set for the Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) 168-pound champion Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) and world-ranked contender “Sweetness” Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs), Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports®, formally announced today. The fight is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT from the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, Calif. continue
by James Slater - 27-year-old Detroit fighter Johnathon Banks, now well into his campaign as a heavyweight, having moved up from 200-pounds last June, scored his most important heavyweight victory this past Saturday; as he sensationally TKO'd the dangerous Travis Walker in Germany.
Fighting once again on a Klitschko under-card (Banks has also sparred countless rounds with both Wladimir and Vitali in training camps), Banks improved his overall record to 24-1(17), while as a heavyweight Banks is now 4-0(3).
Very kindly taking the time to talk to me about his 6th-round stoppage win over the man known as "Freight Train" earlier today, the always accommodating Banks had the following answers to my questions: continue
Arthur Abraham (left) and Andre Dirrell square off after their official weigh-in Friday at the MGM Grand in Detroit for their Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic tomorrow/Saturday, March 27, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the Joe Louis Arena. The scheduled 12-rounder will be televised during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME. continue
Erik Morales: "I want to thank everyone who has supported us for this fight. I'm ready. I had a lot of preparation and I'm ready to fight again. I think two-and- a-half years of rest were enough. I have a lot of energy and will go back in the ring with a high level.” "I know I have a strong rival. It was motivating to train with great gusto and indeed everyone will see a big fight this Saturday at the Arena Monterrey.. continue
MICHAEL Sprott has vowed to win the European Heavyweight Championship and dedicate the title to his late sister Ginette. Sprott, a former British and Commonwealth Champion, fights Audley Harrison for the vacant European belt at London’s Alexandra Palace on April 9. However, Sprott, 35, has only recently returned to the ring after Ginette Sprott died in September when she was hit by a train. “I still think she will walk through my door now,” said Sprott.
“It’s been a tough time and it’s something that’s never going to go away. It will always be there. I remember getting a phone call on the day and one of my other sisters was crying on the phone.
“Ginette came to a lot of my fights and always supported me.
“She always wanted me to do well and her memory does inspire me so I would definitely dedicate this victory to my sister.
“It will be an emotional night on April 9th but I’m going to be very strong and carry it with me. continue
NEW YORK (March 25, 2010) –- The Americans, Andre Ward and Allan Green, give their compatriot, Andre Dirrell, a slight edge to upend unbeaten Arthur Abraham in a Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic this Saturday, March 27, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The Europeans -- Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler -- anticipate a tight fight, too. However, they aren’t so certain who will prevail in what will be a fiercely contested, scheduled 12-round match that will be televised during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME. continue
Following the cancellation of Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham’s fight, for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title, with Matt ‘Too Smooth’ Godfrey the former Champ, and his esteemed coach Naazim Richardson, must be wondering if he will ever get the chance to regain the belt that he lost to Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek some fifteen months ago. On the 11th December ‘08, one most exciting and intriguing boxing matches ever seen took place between Steve 'USS' Cunningham and former WBO light heavyweight champion, Tomasz 'Goral' Adamek. The result, a split decision in favour of Tomasz Adamek, could have gone either way and it would have been fair and unarguable as many neutral observers scored it a draw or a single point victory with virtually a 50/50 split between Steve and Tomasz being the victor! continue
DETROIT -- (March 25, 2010) — This Saturday, March 27, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell begin what will be an excellent series of Group Stage 2 bouts in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME. The undefeated Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs), of Armenia, and the once-beaten Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., will clash at the Joe Louis Arena. Abraham will enter the scheduled 12-rounder atop the tournament standings with three points. Dirrell needs a victory to get on the board. The fight will be available to a record 54.4 million households as part of the SHOWTIME ALL ACCESS Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME HD™ and SHOWTIME On Demand. From Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28, viewers across the country will have the opportunity to sample the premium network's award-winning programming via linear service, On Demand and in HD, including two live events from SHOWTIME Sports. Saturday’s event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Sauerland Event. What the fighters had to say Thursday at the final press conference at Detroit's MGM Grand:
ANDRE DIRRELL - “I’m definitely ready to shock the world. I feel really good about this fight. I’ve had a solid camp, worked really hard for this and couldn’t be in better shape. I’m cool, calm and relaxed and ready to fight my fight. There is no reason to tense up. I’m not fighting a machine. Abraham is a strong guy but I’ve fought lots of guys like him. continue
PROVIDENCE (March 25, 2010) – After reading reports associated with the postponed Steve Cunningham-Matt Godfrey IBF cruiserweight title fight, scheduled for this Friday, Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), has responded to the situation and misinformation being distributed in the media. Burchfield is Godfrey’s promoter. The purse bid for Cunningham-Godfrey was won by Don King Productions and originally scheduled for March 19 in Florida and then switched to March 26 in Las Vegas. DKP issued a release March 17 postponing the fight. continue
Roy Jones Jr: Bernard Hopkins is a shark. He’s a bottom feeder. He’s catfish. He’s waiting around for someone to die, then he’ll bight into it. If something is dead, he’ll try to taste it. If something is alive, he doesn’t want any part of it. If something is close to dead he’ll try to eat it.
He wanted to wait until I was done. He didn’t have anywhere else to go and now he thinks he’ll get his revenge and ride out into the sunset. That’s the only way he is looking at it. It won’t be happening that way but that is the plot. continue
ENGLAND (March 26th 2010) Nottingham’s WBC Super middleweight champion Carl ‘the cobra’ Froch will be tuning into Primetime PPV Sky Channel 480 this Saturday with interest, as a former victim goes head to head with his next scheduled opponent in the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. “I’ve got the fight booked and like the rest of the boxing public out there, I’ll be intrigued as to how the fight will pan out." said Froch from his Sheffield training base alongside Robert McCracken and the British Olympic team.
“We all know what both men bring to the table in this fight. On one hand we have the slippery Dirrell who will look to get his shots off and is supremely quick and naturally talented – and then we have the popular Mr. Abraham in the opposite corner, a compact man with a tight guard and bricks in his gloves.”
Froch himself knows what it’s like to fight Andre Dirrell, having outpointed the American visitor back in November 2009 during the first round of the tournament, which was aired in the UK on Sky channel 480 - and now with Virgin Media added to the platform, Froch vs. Kessler on the 24th April will be available to even more fight fans. continue
Contrary to reports, former linear and WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs 48-5-1 (42) will not be facing former contender Owen Beck at The Hard Rock in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on April 13. While Briggs is definitely fighting there and on that date, the prospective opponent is Kansas veteran Damon Reed. continue
by James Slater - Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs is still convinced he has what it takes to topple the mighty Klitschko brothers; even at the age of 38 and after having had a lengthy layoff. Feeling he possesses the size, strength, ability and desire to get the job done against either brother and bring the belts back home to America, "The Cannon" continues to call out the two "Doctors.. continue
Only three days to go until ARENA’s first big show with major TV partner SAT.1. The first TV featured bout of the night will be the WBA featherweight championship between Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa and his unbeaten challenger Jonathan Victor Barros from Argentina. For Gamboa it will be a special feeling to defend his title in Germany for the first time. Three years ago “El Ciclon” had given his pro-debut in Hamburg after defecting from the Cuban national team along with Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy.
“I thank everybody in Hamburg for the warm reception”, states Gamboa who moved from Germany to Miami in October 2007 to rise from a promising prospect to a future mega-star. “It feels great to be back here and to be able to present the world championship to my fans in Europe. I want to show a great fight and entertain my German fans who have always supported me.. continue
By Juan Carlos Castillo T.: This is the fight boxing fans want. This is what boxing needs. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweaher Jr. have all ready reached their legacy, that’s undeniable. The two of them are at least, Hall Of Famers, with impressive records of 51-3-2, 38 KO’s and 40-0, 25 KO’s. Some argue about the quality of opponents of each of them.
Pacquiao/Mayweather is the fight the world wants; however, to be honest and fair, this fight should be able to everyone everywhere. This means from an economic point of view, that the fight should not be on PPV. Boxing started as a sport for poor people, as evidenced in the Movie Cinderella Man starring Russell Crowe, which developed during the 1930’s. The decade of the 70’s when Ali fought Frazier and Foreman was characterized because fights were free on TV. continue
Long considered one of boxing's top young talents, 23-year-old Daniel Jacobs took a step to the next level in 2009 with five impressive victories. On Saturday, March 27, "The Golden Child" will step into the ring for the first time this year to face Colombia's Jose Rodriguez-Berrio in the main support bout to a championship doubleheader at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 65th episode of On the Ropes Boxing Radio is a special Wednesday edition that will start at 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 amazing Producer and Co-Host, Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
· Wladimir Klitschko’s 12th round stoppage victory against “Fast” Eddie Chambers
· The cancelation of Matt Godfrey’s fight with Steve Cunningham for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title
· Pacquiao-Clottey fight nets 700,000 PPV buys
· Brian Minto’s announced move to cruiserweight to take on Marco Huck continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 24, 2010) – Three-time world welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO will make his 2010 debut during Cinco de Mayo weekend, in a 10-round super welterweight rumble, against Texas toughman ROBERTO “La Amenaza” GARCIA, headlining Latin Fury 14. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, the four-bout Latin Fury 14 will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, on Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from Aguascalientes, Mexico, which will be celebrating the San Marcos Fair.
The pay-per-view undercard will feature WBA interim super featherweight champion Jorge Solis (38-2-2) defending his title against top-10 contender and one-time world title challenger Mario Santiago (21-2-1, 14 KOs), of Ponce, Puerto Rico; undefeated NABF lightweight champion and top-five contender Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 17 KOs) defends his title against former interim world champion and fellow top-five contender Urbano Antillion (27-1, 20 KOs) and the pay-per-view debut of flyweight sensation Alfonso López (3-0, 2 KOs) the son of legendary world champion and Mexican icon Ricardo López. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 24, 2010) - Three exciting televised fights will warm fans up for the long-awaited rematch between future Hall of Famers Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. "The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II" is scheduled for Saturday, April 3 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and live on pay-per-view.
Heading up this stacked pay-per-view undercard will be a 10-round showdown between talented up and comer Jason Litzau and perennial contender Rocky Juarez for Litzau's NABF super featherweight title. continue
by James Slater - The hugely successful idea of holding a big fight inside The Dallas Cowboys incredible stadium in Arlington, Texas looks as though it will not prove to have been a one-off. Hot on the heels of "The Event," between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey, which attracted over 50,000 fans to the stadium that cost around $2 billion to build, comes news that promoter Bob Arum is looking at having middleweight king Kelly Pavlik fight there later on this year.
According to Joe Scalzo of Vindy.com, Arum has talked to Cowboys stadium owner Jerry Jones about the idea of Pavlik defending his world middleweight title at the venue this year.
"Jerry [Jones] was very impressed when he met Kelly [Pavlik], and he told me he's looking forward to Kelly fighting a main event in Cowboys Stadium," Arum said. "When I spoke to Kelly, his eyes opened wide.. continue
by James Slater - When they met back in the summer of 2007, Nonito Donaire sensationally TKO'd Vic Darchinyan in the 5th-round of their IBF flyweight title clash; the stunning stoppage earning the Filipino The KO of the year award. Ever since then, fans have craved a return fight between the two, so as to see for sure if "The Filipino Flash" did as "The Raging Bull" says he did and got lucky.
Now, according to Inside Sports, promoter Gary Shaw has announced how the long awaited sequel is all but a done deal for August 7th at The Home Depot Centre in California. Up at super-flyweight, the two archrivals will settle their differences and the fans who get to see the fight will surely see something special. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Former Commonwealth gold medallist Ray Narh says he is ready to step into the shoes of Azumah Nelson and become Ghana’s next boxing hero. Narh, 23-1, 20KOs, fights for the first time this year when he takes on Mexican slugger Michel Lozada 34-6-1, 27 KOs, for the vacant WBC USNBC lightweight title on April 3 on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vrs Roy Jones Jr epic at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. continue
LAS VEGAS (Mar. 18, 2010) – Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield plans to make a strong statement April 10 when challenges World Boxing Federation heavyweight title-holder Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha in the 12-round main event, headlining “The Legend Returns” pay-per-view event at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. “I’m not finished, yet,” future Hall of Famer Holyfield emphasized the statement he plans to make against Botha. “I will be champion of the world again.”
“The Legend Returns,” presented by Crown Boxing, is being distributed in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
The 47-year-old Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs) is coming off of a controversial 12-round majority decision loss December 20, 2008 in Switzerland to then World Boxing Association champion Nicolai Valuev that most observers felt Holyfield really won.
Holyfield hasn’t fought in Las Vegas in 11 years and he’s looking forward to returning to the city of his greatest accomplishments. continue
World title challenger Kevin Mitchell has been taking tips from soccer hard-man Julian Dicks ahead of his clash with Michael Katsidis. Mitchell takes on the Aussie powerhouse at West Ham's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park on May 15 in a challenge for the interim WBO World Lightweight title. West Ham legend Dicks - whose nickname was The Terminator - was on hand to help launch the fight, and Mitchell says his presence was an inspiration. continue
by James Slater - Though the majority of fans were quite shocked and surprised when it was announced how the comparatively little-known Pole, Albert Sosnowski would be challenging WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko on May 29th - these fans immediately downplaying the fight as a mismatch - Sosnowski himself appears to be very confident going into the match.
Referring to the fight that will take place in Germany at the end of May as his "dream fight," the 31-year-old with the good 45-2-1(27) pro record insists the fight will not represent a huge step up in class for him; even though the U.K-based Pole has never fought anyone in "Dr Iron Fist's" league before. continue
After a long, long fifteen month wait, this coming Friday former IBF Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve 'USS' Cunningham should finally have had the chance to regain the coveted title that he, and many others, believes is rightly his by facing Matt 'Too Smooth' Godfrey for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Crown.
However, following one fiasco after another, first a change of date and location, then with just over a week to go before the fight Don King announced that the fight would be postponed again due to a contract dispute between himself and ESPN, it seems Steve’s hopes of regaining his crown soon are to be dashed yet again.
As King, who had won the purse bid on December 18th '09, had defaulted on making the fight within 90 days the IBF reacted quickly to try and save this most important of fights. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 24, 2010) Sensational welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski returns to action this Thursday night, March 25th at FIGHT NIGHT AT THE COMMERCE 2 an outstanding evening of professional boxing presented by TKO Boxing Promotions at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. Zewski’s fight will be shown LIVE on the Super Channel starting at 11pm, EST. After his outstanding pro debut last month, the 21 year old Zewski, a native of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, has become one of the biggest stories in boxing on both sides of the border. continue
BERLIN (March 24, 2010) - Mikkel Kessler is back in Berlin to continue his preparation for his April 24 Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch. “I enjoy working out at the Max-Schmeling-Gym,” he said. “I have been in Berlin several times now and I really like the place. The facilities are great and we can concentrate 100 percent on training. I am getting better and better each day.. continue
NEW YORK, March 23- On Saturday, April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., WBC World Welterweight Champion Andre Berto will defend his title against former WBO champion Carlos Quintana. This is Berto's first bout since last May when he successfully defended his title with a 12-round decision over Juan Urango. The card is being billed as "Fighting For Haiti" which is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Champs Sports, Where Sports Lives, will be televised "LIVE" on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:30pm (ET) / 7:30pm (PT). The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD.
The co-feature will showcase WBA Junior Featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KO's), who will be moving up to take on unbeaten WBA #2 contender Daud Yordan (25-0, 19 KO's). Caballero is the former Unified Junior Featherweight champion. Yordan is the WBO Oriental Featherweight champion, his title won't be on the line. Two time Olympic gold medalist from Cuba, Guillermo Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KO's) will also
appear on the undercard. continue
by James Slater - Talk about one helluva Dream Fight: Manny Pacquiao Vs. Thomas Hearns - "The Hitman" against "Pac-Man!"
There is little doubt Filipino southpaw and genuine boxing superstar Pacquiao is a fighter who has earned himself a place among the all time greats of the sport. From flyweight up to welterweight, the 31-year-old has dominated and won a major belt and, incredibly, it is while operating as a welterweight that Pac-Man has appeared to be getting even better. Taking care of top names Oscar De La Hoya (albeit a weight drained version), Miguel Cotto and, most recently, the much bigger Joshua Clottey, Pacquiao has more than proven his worth as a 147-pounder. However, what would have happened had the current pound-for-pound king been forced to face a peak Thomas Hearns at the weight he now fights at? continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing series features a doubleheader of hungry young fighters when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: MARCOS RENE MAIDANA VS. VICTOR CAYO AND JOAN GUZMAN VS. ALI FUNEKA is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 27 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Lennox Lewis and Max Kellerman will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
LAS VEGAS (Mar. 23, 2010) – Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz has been working hard in his Las Vegas training camp since mid-January in preparation for his April 3 showdown against new WBA World Champion David “Hayemaker” Haye at MEN Arena in Manchester, England. WBA No. 1 contender Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KOs), the first and only heavyweight World Champion of Latino heritage, will be fighting in his 12th world title fight. In 2001, Ruiz dropped future Hall of Famer and defending WBA champ Evander Holyfield en route to a title win by 12-round decision in his history-making performance.
Ruiz captured the WBA crown for the second time on Dec. 13, 2003, easily winning a 12-round decision (118-110, 116-112, 115-114) against former World Champion Hasim Rahman for the WBA Interim title, which soon became the outright championship.
During this training camp, Ruiz has been sparring with fighters that resemble the quick, hard-punching Haye. “Everything has been great throughout training camp,” Ruiz reported. “This camp will be the longest I’ve ever trained for a fight. I took a little time-off after my last fight (Nov. 7 vs. Adnan Serin – WTKO7 – in Germany), started running and exercising right after that, and then I went right back into the gym. I’m going to be ready April 3rd for Haye.. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (Mar. 23, 2010) – Former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Jicaras” Alfaro has already defeated two world champions, Prawet Singwancha and DeMarcus Corley, and the Nicaraguan knockout specialist plans to add 3-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales to his hit list Saturday night in “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, live from Monterrey, Mexico. Alfaro (23-5, 20 KOs) takes on Morales (48-6, 34 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant WBC Intercontinental welterweight crown. continue
Golden Boy Promotions will once again heat up the Mexico City night on Friday, March 26 when exciting lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo makes his first start of 2010 in the ten round main event of HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation" at Auditorio Plaza La Condesa. Escobedo will face Los Mochis veteran Carlos Urias in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. In the ten round co-main event, junior lightweight prospects Dante Jardon and David Rodela collide. Also seeing action will be Mexico City's unbeaten rising star Marco Antonio Periban. continue
by James Slater - Not surprisingly - considering how he was talking about David Haye even before he'd taken care of Eddie Chambers on Saturday night - Wladimir Klitschko was keen to bring up the WBA champ's name when being interviewed post-fight on Saturday night in Germany. Minutes after he'd scored a frightening and most impressive last-round, one-punch KO over Philadelphia's Chambers, the Ring magazine, IBF and WBO heavyweight king spoke about the one man he cannot wait to get his hands on; the trash-talking puncher from London.
Though "Dr. Steel Hammer" has another mandatory challenger he must accommodate soon, in unbeaten Russian hope Alexander Povetkin, and though "The Hayemaker" must also take care of his own mandatory defence against John Ruiz next, Wladimir is hoping this year to at last get it on with the fighter who has hurled so many insults at he and his big brother Vitali. And as to what will happen when Klitschko does get in there with Haye, well, let's put it this way; the world champion doesn't see it being too pleasant a night for the reigning WBA champ. continue
ESPN Classic commentator “Ice Man” John Scully reviewed the 2007 match between Chevelle Hallback and Holly Holm. His analysis of the previous fight explains the basic strategies Chevelle must put into effect during their rematch to emerge the winner. Cutting the ring off. It's a pretty basic concept and strategy in the game of boxing but sometimes it is not as easy to execute as an observer of the Sweet Science might believe.
In reviewing the first fight between Holly Holm and Chevelle Hallback it was apparent to me that Holm was the more active and more technical performer on that night. continue
GM Ross - It can be said with some certainty that most Canadian boxing fans are aware of the upcoming Molitor-Ndlovu, Bute-Miranda and Lucas-Andrade fight cards. What some may not know, is that over the next two months numerous, more local shows will be taking place across the country. Beginning with the amateurs, boxers from Canada and America will tangle in the 2010 Ontario Golden Gloves at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in London, Ontario. The tournament takes place April 9-11, and is being organized by Boomerz Boxing Club of London. For more information, or to register a boxer, contact Boomerz Boxing at 226-663-6749. In the Maritimes, the professional “Next Great Heavyweight” tournament will draw to a close on April 10, in Moncton, New Brunswick. The two finalists are Julien Collette of Bouctouche, New Brunswick and Warren Porter of Doaktown, New Brunswick. Hopefully we'll see both men active in the Canadian heavyweight division following the tournament's conclusion. continue
by James Slater - Reigning pound-for-pound king and global superstar Manny Pacquiao returned home to The Philippines earlier today, and as he was mobbed by fans and members of the media at Manila airport, the 31-year-old all time great spoke once again about possible retirement.
For a while now, both Pac-Man and his trainer, Freddie Roach, have spoken of the southpaw dynamo having just one or two more fights before opting to hang up the gloves. And now that Pacquiao has beaten Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey, thus proving he is a fighter who is more than capable of defeating genuine welterweights, the time may have arrived for Pac-Man to move into politics, one of his other interests, full time.
Of course, fans everywhere are hoping Manny doesn't quit - not least because they want to see him face the superb Floyd Mayweather Junior in a fight that would be absolutely huge - and there is still the possibility this super-fight will take place. I wouldn't bet on it, though - not after reading what Pacquiao told reporters in Manila earlier today upon his arrival home from Dallas. continue
By Matthew Thomas Potter - The Heavyweight division is often the most lucrative weight class in boxing and its ultimate accolade - the Heavyweight Championship - is one of the most desired and prestigious in all of sports. This prestige derives from a long history that is populated by elite competitors, controversial characters and household names engaged in gargantuan battles that create legends that live long beyond the moment when the arena lights dip and the crowd heads for the exit.
The current crop of Heavyweights consists of big, strong, well drilled, title holders like the brothers Klitschko – Wladimir and Vitali. continue
CARLSTADT, NJ. (March 22, 2010) — All former junior welterweight champion Vivian Harris was hoping for was a rematch with Lucas Matthysse in order to right the wrong that he suffered during their fight in Mexico City. On February 20th referee Gelasio Perez Huerta unjustifiably stopped the competitive contest midway into the 4th round, in what several media members agree was one of the worst stoppages they have ever seen. continue
After watching Eddie Chambers falter badly in his challenge for Wladimir Klitschko's IBF and WBO belts, former WBO and Linear Heavyweight Champion of the World Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs has the following message for Klitschko: "Wlad, why don't you pick on someone your own size? Stop avoiding me. Let's see you fight someone who actually has a chance against you!"
Briggs, who stands a solid 6' 4" and weighs in the 250s, has the size, speed and power to exchange evenly with Klitschko. "Watching Wladimir paw away with his left hand and jump back whenever poor little Eddie Chambers managed to try a punch almost made me fall asleep!" continued Briggs. "Eddie looked ready to go in round two. Fighting a safety-first style every fight is not what the fans want from their Heavyweight Champion. But we've seen what happens when someone can match Wladimir's power. He either loses or he's up and down off the canvas like a yo-yo."
Briggs remembers what another big heavyweight with speed and power did to Mr. Klitschko. "Corrie Sanders had decent power but nowhere near what I have. And he had quick hands, but again, nothing compared to me. And look what he did to Wladimir. I commend his people for keeping him away from serious challenges, but you can't do this forever. When I won the WBO Championship, Wladimir was supposed to fight me and he chose to fight Calvin Brock instead - right in my hometown of New York City!!!"
Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) is in heavy training for his comeback and says he is feeling better than ever because of his new treatments for chronic asthma. "I'm the last American to hold a heavyweight championship. I'm back and better than ever and I'm ready to bring the title back to the United States.. continue
Exclusive Interview by Charles C. White - Newly crowned WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title holder Chauncy Welliver sits down with this author and talks about his most recent win and his future plans for boxing. Don't miss what he had to say.
Chauncy, congratulations on your unanimous decision victory over Mike Sheppard and your newly acquired WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title. How do you feel about your performance on Friday night?continue
LAS VEGAS (Mar. 23, 2010) – Undefeated Uzbekistan prospects, light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov and welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov, will both be in action Saturday night (Mar. 27) on a Don Chargin Productions/Jorge Marron Productions card at the Karma Club in Victorville, California. Ahmedov (13-0-1, 9 KOs), a four-time Uzbekistan National Amateur Champion, and Hudaynazarov (10-0, 7 KOs), a 2007 World Military Games Gold Medalist, are both promoted by Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions. continue
Chester L. (London): I'm a huge fan of Manny Pacquiao over in the U.K. and I find him to be a global icon, but I don't think mainstream America has respected him as such. Why do you think Americans haven't taken to him as much?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think there are a couple of ways to dissect this question, but each of those other ways may only lead to other questions....many of which surround us as Americans more so than Manny Pacquiao himself. One neutral perspective is that when you measure the strength of Pacquiao as a 'global icon', you have to really ask yourself what has Pacquiao done to move beyond the shadow of the sport itself. He has done a few concerts here and there, but lets be honest here.....the reason his concert in Hawaii was canceled despite the huge Filipino fan base was because his talent outside the ring simply doesn't parallel that inside of it. So, for those who don't follow the sport, there's very little reason to find him to be iconic. Now, on a deeper level, there's a cultural concern that alters the way many in America receive him that you probably won't read every day, yet no one can truly question the validity of it. continue
By Jose Sulaiman -Boxing, Pacquiao, Erik, and politics.
It was a marathon-like trip from Thailand to Dallas to attend Manny Pacquiao’s fight, and from there to Chetumal to attend the report of the Governor of Quintana Roo, Felix Gonzalez Canto. The sportsman and politician honor me with their friendships. A long journey, but it became something truly unforgettable. continue
(New York, NY – March 24, 2010) When Joelo Torres steps in the ring on March 31, as part of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing, he will be following the lead of the some of the greatest Puerto Rican pugilists to come before him. He will be performing in New York City, home to one of the nation’s largest Puerto Rican populations. continue
Ringside Report by Brendan Galbraith – Martin Lindsay scored an emphatic points win over gallant Welshman Jamie Arthur to retain his British Featherweight Title and extend his unbeaten record to 16-0. This fight represented a crossroad to both fighters, for different reasons. In pre-fight interviews, Arthur, although enjoying his resurgence in the squared ring, stated that he was contemplating retirement if he lost and Lindsay noted that a victory was vital to stay on course for potential European honours.
Fifteen minutes prior to the live 10pm Sky broadcast and the large contingent of Martin Lindsay fans are filing into the Leigh Sports Arena, immediately injecting strong vocal support for the Belfast Man, with renditions of Fields of Athenry and Lindsay chants reverberating around the Arena.
Both fighters enter the ring, looking composed and ready for battle, Richie Davies issues his final instructions and the first bell sounds. continue
Ringside Report by Brendan Galbraith - An undercard packed with top home grown talent, and in the main good competitive matches, provided an entertaining preamble to the main event of Lindsay-Arthur.
Gary Davies (121 ½ Ilbs) had a noticeable swagger, brimming with bad intentions, as he entered the ring to face former British Super Flyweight Champion Andy Bell (124 Ilbs). Davies, also a former British Title holder, commenced matters by immediately looking to land power right hooks. continue
BRITISH featherweight champion Martin Lindsay has signed a promotional deal with Frank Maloney. The Belfast star (16-0) showed his star qualities on Friday when he outpointed Jamie Arthur in the first defence of his British crown. Maloney predicts the all-action 27-year-old will become Irish boxing's next superstar and fill the gap left by Bernard Dunne's retirement. He said: "Lindsay's performance against Arthur is what TV and fans love to see. "He marched forward constantly, wasn't afraid to take a backward step and threw hurtful punches for 12 rounds.. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Florida, a few hours after Ring magazine, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko had dominated and then sensationally KO'd challenger Eddie Chambers in the last round in Germany, unbeaten Cuban contender Odlanier Solis made short work of Costa Rica's Carl Davis Drummond.
29-year-old Solis, the former amateur standout, weighed-in at 268-pounds for last night's fight and proved to be way too strong for the 35-year-old; making him quit on his stool at the completion of a 3rd-round that saw Drummond take some hard shots. "La Sombra" improved to 16-0(12). Drummond fell to 26-3(20).
It just may be that, when searching the heavyweight landscape in the hope of finding a heavyweight who can beat, or at the very least test, either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko, Solis is the fighter fans are now looking at. No, I'm not saying Solis proved too much with last night's win (or in any of his other pro victories come to that), but he is big and strong, he has that excellent amateur experience behind him, he can punch and, as with his promoter Ahmet Oner, he seems to have the belief he can beat not only "Dr. Steel Hammer," but also big brother Vitali. continue
by James Slater - 25-year-old Marco Huck, the reigning WBO cruiserweight champion, sure is keeping himself busy. Huck, 28-1(21) fought four times last year, and it looks as though the Serbian-born German will match that activity rate here in 2010.
Next up for "Kap'n Huck," according to a number of sources including FightNews, is a May 1st defence of his belt against crowd-pleasing former heavyweight Brian "The Beast" Minto. continue
Birmingham star Frankie Gavin has begged promoter Frank Warren to get him a title shot - just like close friend James DeGale. Gavin will box on the huge May 15 event at West Ham's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park, stepping up to the eight round distance for the first time in his career. And the 24-year-old ace, Britain's first ever Amateur World Champion, wants to fight for a championship belt this year. Frankie, unbeaten in six fights as a professional, has been spurred on by the fact DeGale has been handed a title shot at Upton Park. "James is a special talent and it's great that he is stepping up at this stage of his career," said Frankie. continue
By Rik Hine - Hope for the best and expect the worst. That may be reasonable advice for living a good life, but it’s not a mantra that fight fans should be expected to chant before a Heavyweight Championship match.
Unfortunately, until someone emerges with the skills to overturn their absurd size advantages, the Brothers K are likely to dominate for as long as they desire. That’s good news if you suffer from insomnia but bad news if you want to watch fighters who offer anything other than being gigantic in a land of Lilliputians.
Earlier tonight in Germany, “Fast” Eddie Chambers was about as quick as the proverbial rabbit in the headlights, and offered about as much resistance. The only thing more frustrating than Chambers’ refusal to fight was Wladimir Klitschko’s usual unwillingness to actually attack an opponent who’s still breathing.
If you think that’s unfair, then you didn’t hear the personnel in both corners screaming at their respective charges. Chambers’ chief second clearly couldn’t muster enough profanity to get Eddie on the offensive, and Manny Steward seemed close to calling Wlad a coward. continue
The United States will open 2010 international dual action with an event on home soil, March 27 in Harvey, Ill. Team USA will take on Italy in both international boxing duals in a familiar locale as international boxing action returns to the Harvey Boxing Club. continue
Kelly Swanson, President Swanson Communications: Thanks, everybody, for joining us. We have a very special call today. This is the season for boxing, and we are looking forward to a terrific fight coming up shortly, April 3rd. Today we have some esteemed trainers on the call for both Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones: Naazim Richardson, Bernard Hopkins’ training, Alton “Coach Merk” Merkerson, Roy Jones, Jr.’s trainer. We’re also joined today by Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer, Golden Boy Promotions, and Bobby Goodman, Chief Operating Officer of Square Ring Promotions. Without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Richard Schafer to talk about the fight and the people on the call. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani –- click here to view Klitschko-Chambers photo gallery -– It was a vintage performance by Wladimir Klitschko. Early in the second round of his title defense against Eddie Chambers, Wladimir was hoisted up by his smaller opponent and body slammed to the canvas like a wrestler. If Chambers was trying to illustrate that he was not intimidated by Klitschko’s superior size, he seemingly failed. On the contrary, the move appeared to infuriate Klitschko who soon began fighting at a more intense pace than we are accustomed to seeing from him in the early rounds. Klitschko landed a big right hand later in the second which buckled Chambers’ knees. From this point forward, Chambers was essentially in survival mode.
This fight followed the familiar pattern established in most of Klitschko’s recent contests. He controlled the action with his jab while mixing in the occasional right hand. As the rounds progressed, Klitschko succeeded in softening his opponent. Clearly ahead on the scorecards after ten rounds, Klitschko’s trainer Emanuel Steward urged his fighter to go for the knockout. This was a difficult task, however. continue
by James Slater - Tonight in Germany, on the under-card of the big Klitschko-Chambers heavyweight title fight, 27-year-old former cruiserweight Johnathon banks of Detroit scored a sensational, if quite bizarre-looking, 6th-round TKO over Travis "Freight Train" Walker.
After what had been a largely uneventful fight by most standards, the stunning ending came after Banks scored with a big overhand right to the temple area of the advancing Walker. Scoring with the shot and then falling to the canvas after landing the punch, Banks was followed to the mat by the 30-year-old Texan. At first it looked as though Walker had simply lost his footing also, but the manner in which he landed flat on his face and then wobbled to his unsteady feet let viewers know how badly hurt the older man was. Though Walker bravely beat the count, Referee Daniel Van De Wiele didn't hesitate at all in calling the fight off. continue
Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis continued his fast rise to to the top with an impressive performance against former world title challenger Carl Davis Drumond from Costa Rica. In Key West (Florida) "La Sombra" forced his opponent to quit after the third round after a one-sided bashing.
Especially at the end of round three Solis connected with hard combinations and clear shots from all angles. Drumond was clearly impressed and had no interest in continuing the fight. continue
by James Slater –- Klitschko-Chambers photo gallery by Pavel Terekhov -– Tonight in Germany, Ring magazine, IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko continued his dominance over the division with a devastating 12th-round KO over talented challenger "Fast" Eddie Chambers.
Landing a perfect lead left hook to Chamber's head as the 27-year-old from Philly was in a corner, "Dr Steel Hammer" saw his opponent slump to the canvas, totally out, as the dying seconds of the fight ticked by. Scoring one of the most eye-catching KO's of his pro career, the 33-year-old won at the 2-minutes and 55-second mark of the very last round.
Klitschko, who really does look like he is at his peak right now, improved to 54-3(48). Chambers, who tried his best tonight, fell to 35-2(18).
Looking more aggressive than usual in the early going, the defending champion almost got the job done in the 2nd-round, when he badly buckled the knees of Chambers with a punishing right hand to the head that went through the challenger's highly held guard. Klitschko, seeing his man hurt, really went for the stoppage, but Chambers managed to fire back with a couple of punches and he made it through the round.
Excitement-wise, the 2nd-round was the highlight until the brutal finish. The German fans seemed to enjoy the spectacle, and though he spent large periods of the fight covering up and appearing to do little else, the vastly smaller challenger came to fight. But at 6'1" compared to almost 6'7" for Klitschko, Chambers was simply unable to get anything going for anything other than brief periods. continue
IBF #1 ranked Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KO’s) spoke to the media after a public workout at the famed Cabbagetown Boxing Club in preparation for his battle against “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (31-1, 12 KO’s, IBF #2 Junior Featherweight) for the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight world title, in the main event of Rumble at Rama XI, Saturday, March 27th at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. On his tactics for this fight, as compared to his first fight with Molitor (TKO 9 loss in 2007) “Nothing has changed. I’m the same fighter. He’s the same fighter. I’m always happy with my performance all the time.. continue
(Antwerpen, Belgium – March 19, 2010) New weight class, same result. After 13 years and 46 fights in the junior welterweight division, Randall “The Knock Out King” Bailey cemented his spot as a top contender just two fights into his welterweight campaign on Friday night in Belgium, demolishing local favorite Jackson Bonsu (31-4, 24 KOs) in one round in an IBF eliminator. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured exclusive interviews with Arthur Abraham, Matt Godfrey, and “Iceman” John Scully. Highlighting this week’s episode was a nice chat with former IBF middleweight champion and current Super Six participant Arthur Abraham. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding preparations for his upcoming March 27 fight with Andre Dirrell:
“It’s going very well. We trained everyday twice a day and basically we’re doing what our trainer tells us, following his instructions and gradually getting prepared.”
On the three week delay resulting from a back injury sustained by Dirrell:
“ No one is going to get in our way, nothing’s going to interfere with us. I think my opponent Dirrell has more of a problem in the head or of the heart and not on his back."
On what he views as his biggest advantage against Dirrell:
“I’m bigger. We’ve been training hard and I don’t really think there’s much of anything he can do to me. We’re trying hard and we’ll see what happens in the ring—that will tell the tale.. continue
DETROIT (March 21, 2010) -- One week ahead of the hotly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic clash between undefeated tournament points leader, Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) of Germany, and Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., next Saturday, March 27, at the Joe Louis Arena live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), “King'' Arthur has arrived in Detroit.
Abraham landed Saturday evening following a nine-hour flight from Frankfurt. After checking into his downtown hotel, he immediately went for a run at the Detroit River. continue
In February 2007 Olympic gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa had arrived in Hamburg for the first time after defecting from the Cuban national team along with team-mates Odlanier Solis and Yan Barthelemy. Three years and 17 pro-fights later the WBA featherweight champion made his return to Germany yesterday to defend his world title against unbeaten Jonathan Victor Barros next week (Saturday, March 27th) at Sporthalle Hamburg. continue
by James Slater - Though he is understandably upset at not having won the biggest fight of his pro career on Saturday (against pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, if anyone needed reminding!), former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey was kind enough to give me the following interview earlier today. Speaking on the distance fight with Pac-Man, his own future in the sport and what he feels may happen if and when Pacquiao faces Floyd Mayweather Junior in the ring, "The Grand Master" had the following things to say today:
James Slater: It's always a pleasure to speak with you, Joshua; especially so soon after the fight with Manny Pacquiao. Though you of course wanted the win, many people give you great credit for the way you toughed it out to the very end. Are you proud of your performance?
Joshua Clottey: Well, I wouldn't say I am proud of what I did, because I expected to win the fight. You know, boxing a lot of times is all about what goes on behind the scenes. I had the runs going into the fight. I had an upset stomach and I had to go to the bathroom twice in the dressing room. I felt weak on the way to the ring and it wasn't my day - I have to take the fight as a bad day for me. continue
LINCOLN, Rhode Island (Mar. 19, 2010) – Unbeaten light welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor celebrated St, Patrick’s Day a few days late as he pitched a complete shutout against Franklin Gonzalez, headlining tonight’s (Friday) “ShamRock’d” card in front of a packed house at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. O’Connor’s (11-0) steady body attack allowed the 2008 US Olympic Boxing alternate to dominate fellow southpaw Gonzalez (13-4) from start to finish. O’Connor won very round on all three judges’ scorecards in his first 8-round bout. continue
by James Slater - Talk about a match-up that has the look of a fight that cannot possibly be anything but entertaining and fan-friendly! For some time now there has been talk of exciting warriors Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron meeting on an HBO card on May 8th, and now it looks as though the fight will indeed take place (the bout is up as happening on BoxRec, while ESPN.com reports how the fight is all but a done deal).
Set to clash at light-middleweight, Williams and Cintron could well meet in ring centre and trade bombs. Both guys have proven they can bang, Puerto Rico's Cintron especially, and both men have also shown considerable boxing skill, Georgia's Williams especially. So, with these two very much proven world class operators going at it in a fight both men will be ultra-determined to win, fans sure look set to wind up getting a memorable and pleasing clash. continue
Tickets are now on sale for Kevin Mitchell's historic world lightweight title clash against Michael Katsidis at West Ham United's world famous Boleyn Ground on Saturday 15th May. 'Hammer Time' is set to be the sporting event of the summer as Mitchell aims to be crowned world champion at the ground where football legends Bobby Moore and Sir Geoff Hurst plied their trade.
Undefeated Mitchell faces his toughest test yet against the power-punching Australian who is well known in England from his thrilling fight against Graham Earl. A quality packed undercard includes the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship between Danny Williams and Sam Sexton; Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale challenges for the first title in his career - the WBA International Super-Middleweight Championship; unbeaten heavyweight star Derek Chisora; and Britain's hottest young prospects Frankie Gavin and Billy Joe Saunders. Plus more fights to be added. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghana’s Commonwealth Super Middleweight champion Charles Adamu has promised to beat British hope George Groves when the two meet on April 3 in Manchester. The 32 year old Ghanaian has been training fervently and says he is in high spirits for the clash against the 21 year old Groves in what will be the first defence of the title he won only last December in London. “Training is going well and everything is alright and I am concentrated on the fight. I’ve watched a few of his videos and I must say he is a good boxer but I am working very hard and I believe I will stop him,” Adamu said when this writer caught up with him at the Attoh Quarshie Gym in Accra where trains. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA, March 18, 2010 — Following three epic battles, three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez and two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez will face off in the fourth installment of what is perhaps the greatest boxing trilogy of all-time on Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, Yonnhy Perez will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight World Title against unbeaten top contender Abner Mares.
The historic SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Espinoza Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. continue
By Stuart Cornwell - Saturday night’s 12-round main event at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany pits Ukraine’s Wladimir Klitschko, the foremost claimant to the world heavyweight championship, against Eddie Chambers of the USA. With boxing enjoying great popularity in Germany reminiscent of the days of Max Schmeling, and with virtually everyone over there aware of the exploits of the Klitschko brothers, the fight by stark contrast is not even on the radar of sports fans in the United States, where it will apparently go untelevised. For an American heavyweight, who fights out of a city with as rich a boxing history as Philadelphia, to go abroad to attempt to reclaim what was once the most the prized possession of American sports, amid such an acute lack of coverage, indicates exactly how far the status of boxing in the USA has fallen. It is also an indication of how low a chance of success Eddie Chambers is given.
Wladimir Klitschko is sure to enter the ring an overwhelming favourite. Although 33, he is not considered to be far past his peak, if at all. Always in superb condition, and methodical and disciplined in his boxing to the point of monotony, he is soberly assessed as being just too much of an obstacle for Chambers. He also dwarfs Chambers, both in physical stature and in terms of top-flight experience. For a fighter whose career looked to have been spirally downwards into the abyss of unfulfilled potential six years ago (following knockout defeats to Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster, in 2003 and 2004 respectively), his current standing in the division represents a remarkable turnaround. There were many boxing scribes in those dark days who were hurriedly writing him off. I was one of them. It takes a certain type of courage to hastily downgrade a 28-year-old heavyweight to has-been status, or dismiss him as an overrated hype-job, while he staggers to his feet distressed and beaten. It takes a far greater courage for a boxer to rebuild his career and his confidence to the degree Wladimir Klitschko has done. continue
BOB ARUM: These are very exciting times for Top Rank. Last Saturday we presented THE EVENT at Cowboys Stadium this Saturday we are proud in another way. We’ll be staging a fight card in the beautiful Florida Keys. It’s going to be a tremendous setting and a very good card and for the people that can’t get down to the keys can watch it on FOX and it is going to be a spectacular show. The event will at Mallory Square in Key West and the venue is right next to the Atlantic Ocean. During the course of the fight there may be some Cuban fighters who come up in rafts and put one foot on our soil so we can fill up our roster. We are going to be showcasing a terrific heavyweight match. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 18) . . . Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley will begin the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) gold standard anti-doping program on Monday, March 22 as they continue to prepare for Mayweather vs Mosley "Who R U Picking?" set to take place on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View ® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. It is the first time in history that athletes from any U.S. professional sport have reached out and demanded World Anti-Doing Code compliant drug testing, setting both a boxing and sport precedent. continue
By Vivek Wallace - This weeks 'CEO-Fridays' segment places a man under the microscope that definitely deserves a second look. Some would question the term 'second look', but a glimpse at reality proves this could be no closer to the truth, as he has seen the center stage before, only at a time when no one happened to be watching. Fast forward a few years and a couple hard fought victories later, and the stage is set for ole 'Fast' Eddie Chambers to do something that few thought he'd be the one to do. That near impossible task, one might ask? Dethrone a Klitschko and bring a portion of the heavyweight hardware back America.
When we think of Eddie Chambers, we think fast....we think slick....maybe even fundamental. An American dream? Probably not to most, but in an odd play on words, when you consider the weak state of heavyweights in America, to those outside the country, the only way the heavyweight strap could possibly land back in this neck of the woods would have to be a script that could only be written in a dream somewhere in America; a place known for making the impossible possible, even when it isn't possible. Now, humor aside, once the night falls and the curtains rise, regardless of innuendo's associated with the mere thought, this American 'dream' could be closer to reality than we're led to believe, and the only contender on American soil with a chance is the one that now stands in Germany, eager to test his luck at this fortune.....again! continue
by James Slater - Though he has a fight to take care of first - against the talented and hungry Eddie Chambers tomorrow - Ring magazine, IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko has one fighter on his mind above all others; WBA champ David Haye.
Angered at not having yet had the chance to punish Haye for all the things the Londoner has had to say about Wladimir and his brother, "Dr Steel Hammer" has told Star Sport how he and his brother have made an agreement about which one of them will face "The Hayemaker." Though both giants from Ukraine want so much to make Haye pay for his insults, it seems the younger of the two brothers has convinced his older sibling to allow him to take Haye on. continue
by James Slater - A solid and intriguing heavyweight match-up will take place in Memphis on April 16th, as contenders Jason "Big Six" Estrada and Tony "The Tiger" Thompson will clash in a fight to be televised on ESPN 2's Friday Night Fights series. This is the word according to Dan Rafael's "Quick Hits" column over on ESPN.com.
Very much having the look of a 50-50 fight, fans will likely get a good, watchable bout here. Estrada is the younger man by a considerable nine-years at age 29, and he is coming off that better-than-expected (in the opinion of a good number of people anyway) showing against former cruiserweight champ Tomasz Adamek - the February fight being one the Providence, Rhode Island man felt very strongly he had won on points. continue
by James Slater - Heavyweight legend "Big" George Foreman, the two-time heavyweight king who lit up the 1970s and 1990s like few other fighters at any weight, has launched a quite scathing attack on both of the Klitschko brothers. Foreman, now aged 61 and years into a happy retirement, spoke to German newspaper The Berliner Morgenpost recently, and the oldest heavyweight champion in history said neither Wladimir, the Ring magazine, IBF and WBO ruler, nor WBC king Vitali, have had a worthy opponent in the past five years!
Foreman is an admirer of the two brothers and he has some good things to say about the pair as a result, but he says that since Vitali's great losing fight with Lennox Lewis back in 2003 neither brother has had what he calls a "pressure" fight.
"The Klitschko brothers are definitely good boxers," Foreman told the German daily. "They have had a top education, are big, heavy and pack a powerful punch. But where are their opponents? Since Lennox [Lewis] there has been no-one else, there has been a lack of pressure. continue
Now you are a big star in the US – how do you think about your time in Germany?
Rene Marcos Maidana: I learned a lot in Germany. The culture, the correctness of the people. I really love Germany. After all, Germany has important power. I would love to go there again and learn more of the people there. I will always be grateful for what I learned over there, for the way people helped my pushing my career and for the way I was treated. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (March 20, 2010) World class professional boxing hits the RIO CASINO in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, April 2nd as Guilty Boxing in association with TKO Boxing Promotions presents HOMETOWN HEROES featuring some of the finest prospects in the sport. Advance tickets, priced at $100, $50 and $30, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com., 1-800-745-3000) and the RIO CASINO box office (www.riolasvegas.com., 1-888-746-7784). continue
by Phil Rice - In the immediate post-Ali days of the 1980s, televised boxing had no shortage of flashy dancers trying to grab the attention of a boxing public starved for the sort of entertainment the self-styled “Greatest” had provided for twenty years. Unfortunately, none could match Ali's superlative ability to combine theatrics with athleticism, and few—very few—could even come close. As trainers were quick to point out, Ali's speed and reflexes enabled him to get away with going contrary to boxing axioms, but mere mortals were better advised to stick to the proven fundamentals.
As a viewer of the televised fight cards—and in the 80s there were frequent opportunities to watch entire boxing cards on the tube—I found myself bored by the obnoxious braggarts who seemed to think that boasting and dancing were the essence of boxing. A little flash, a little style, fine, but stick to the business at hand. To do otherwise, in my mind at least, was to cheapen the sport itself, to overemphasize the entertainment aspects. So the fighters who caught my eye were more often the ones who demonstrated a solid work ethic in and out of the ring. Sometimes these were champions, such as Alexis Arguello or Marvin Hagler, but the working-class guys filling out the cards were what really kept the sport alive.
Among the multi-dimensional glare of the televised boxing theatrics there resided—as there has always resided in the prize-ring—a core group of fighters who were driven by something beyond glory, beyond fame, beyond even money. continue
Montreal, March 18th, 2010: For the 4th time, GYM (Groupe Yvon Michel) will present its highly-touted “Boxing Under the Stars” gala at the spectacular Uniprix Stadium in Jarry Park during the Montreal Grand-Prix weekend. The eagerly anticipated event will take place on June 11th, 2010, the Friday before the world-famous Grand Prix of Canada. Presented by the Casino de Montreal, this event has become a staple of one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. The success of the first 3 events has been sensational. continue
by James Slater - Well travelled 35-year-old British heavyweight Michael Sprott, the former British, Commonwealth and European Union belt holder, has agreed to step in at short notice to fight Audley Harrison on April 9th, in a fight that will decide the European title Poland's Albert Sosnowski vacated so as to challenge WBC king Vitali Klitschko in May. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - When Deandre Latimore and Sechew Powell first met inside the squared circle Powell was the IBF’s number one ranked junior middleweight. Latimore scored an upset knockout victory in Powell’s backyard and the win paved the way for a shot at the vacant IBF championship in a fight with Cory Spinks. Latimore lost a close decision that some observers felt he deserved to win. Friday night, Latimore is set to square off against Powell for a second time in an IBF eliminator at the Choctaw Gaming Center in Durant, Oklahoma. I recently had a chance to have a quick talk with the former title challenger and here is what he had to say:
Q: Deandre, last time you fought Sechew Powell you were going in as an underdog and fighting in his backyard but you still managed to score the upset. Can you tell me a little bit about that experience?
A: I mean it was a good experience for me. I went into his hometown, I guess I was a big underdog, but I didn’t let the pressure get to me. I just did what I had to do to get the win. continue
Los Angeles, CA (March 20, 2010) – On Saturday night, April 24, world heavyweight title contenders Cristobal “the Nightmare” Arreola and Tomasz “Goral” Adamek will battle each other in a scheduled 12-round main event billed as “RING OF FIRE” on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” telecast. Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Main Events in association with Ziggy Promotions --- and sponsored by Corona and San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino – this battle for the NABO and IBF International Heavyweight Titles will emanate from the 10,000-seat state of the art Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. continue
RENO, Nev. (March 18, 2010)-- It was called the “Fight of the Century.” July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson, the first African-American World Heavyweight Champion, took on Jim Jeffries, the undefeated former heavyweight champion and racist America’s “Great White Hope.” Johnson won and the rest is well, history. Now, 100 years later, Reno will spend America's biggest holiday weekend celebrating the legacy of Jack Johnson and what Nevada historian, Guy Rocha calls “one of the greatest events in Nevada history.. continue
by Juan 'West Coast' Alvarado - For the man known as Andre ‘The Matrix’ Dirrell, a matrix of sorts will be put in front of him in the form of IBF middleweight titlist Arthur Abraham. On March 27th of this year, the man known as the King will present Dirrell with a puzzle of his own in the first bout of the second stage of the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic.
The test put in front of Dirrell is one that no other fighter to date has been able to solve. Thirty one men have tried and thirty one have been sent home with pencil, paper and a non-passing grade in hand. Dirrell will be the 32nd man to take the challenge and for a fighter essentially in a must win situation in this tournament, he is in a non-enviable position.
Abraham brings to the table a very difficult style to fight against. His defensive posture referred to by many as a peek-a-boo style defense has been nearly impossible to penetrate. The last time anyone got through with any success was Edison Miranda who on September 23rd, 2006 went to Germany and engaged Abraham in a brutal war. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –MARCH 18, 2010 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame will host the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, New York on June 10-13th. With many exciting events planned, there will be something for everyone in “Boxing’s Hometown.” The Hall’s staff and team of volunteers in Canastota have been busy planning details for the celebration. According to Hall of Fame officials, nearly 300 volunteers and many community organizations will contribute their time and effort to make the annual Hall of Fame Weekend a success. continue
by James Slater - Call him crazy if you want (and it's a certainty a good number of fight fans will), but legendary Mexican warrior Erik Morales has made it known how he very much wants a fourth fight with reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. The 33-year-old former three-weight world champion known as "El Terrible" makes his return to the ring this coming March 27th, when after a two-and-half-year layoff he will face the much younger Jose Alfaro in his homeland up at welterweight. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - Undefeated San Francisco welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield is all set to square off against Mario Ramos this Friday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The 29 year old pugilist has a professional record of 11-0-1 with seven wins coming by way of knockout. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the young prospect and here is what he had to say:
Q: Karim, how are you preparations going for your March 19 fight with Mario Ramos?
A: Everything is going well. The camp was good, I’m feeling strong, and I’m ready to go.
Q: Now you were originally slated to face Jason Davis. Has the switch in opponent had any effect on your training and preparations?
A: Not necessarily. I was in Houston and had a southpaw to work with so I just made a few adjustments and now I pretty much figured out a way to adjust to a southpaw. Not to mention, I got some good work in with Zab Judah in my time as a pro so yeah, I’m ready to go.
Q: You’ve been training with Virgil Hunter in the Andre Ward camp in Houston. How specifically has Virgil been able to help you in your game?
A: Well, he has a lot of wisdom, a lot of knowledge in the game and he’s also an innovator. He’s definitely helped me out and pretty much just getting me ready for the bout and help to adjust my style—helped actually for me to adjust my style to just be stronger, and faster, and quicker, and everything else. continue
Cambria CA, March 19, 2010 -After having been involved within the "sweet science" for over five decades and having seen hundreds of prize fighters battle their way to the top of the boxing world, Lorraine Chargin's career within the sport is coming to an end due to a terminal battle with cancer. continue
NEW YORK (Mar. 18, 2010) – Unbeaten middleweight sensation Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will headline a Jed Weinstein-promoted show April 15 at the famed Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. Quillin (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting out of New York City, faces an opponent soon to be announced in the 10-round main event. Last month, “Kid Chocolate” returned after an 18-month layoff to decision veteran Fernando Zuniga. continue
There's an old saying that "getting to the top is tough; staying there, tougher." Perhaps nobody currently active in the sport of boxing knows that any better than Samuel Peter. However, by virtue of his two-round destruction of Nagy Aguilera last Friday night's IBF Heavyweight Eliminator in Grapevine, TX, the former WBC World Heavyweight Champ known as "The Nigerian Nightmare" served notice to the heavyweight division that he is back in the world title picture as the #2 IBF mandatory challenger after current mandatory Alexander Povetkin accepts -- or passes up -- his opportunity to fight for the title.
"We have basically blocked out all challenges to Wladimir Klitschko with the exception of his long overdue mandatory against Alexander Povetkin, who's been the #1 contender since January of 2008," Peter's longtime manager Ivaylo Gotzev disclosed. "Povetkin has been in that position for over two years and three months. Wladimir's next defense has to be for his IBF title. That's a must! And Samuel is ready for either of them!. continue
By GM Ross - Friday evening at the Palace Banquet Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian Olympian Adam Trupish claimed the vacant Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) middleweight crown in just his fifth contest as a professional. His opponent was the rarely active Michael Walchuk of Kitchener, Ontario via Regina, Saskatchewan. Walchuk was ranked fifth by the CBF coming into the fight, despite having fought only twice in the past four years (according to boxrec.com). Prior to 2006, however, Walchuk fought regularly, against high quality Canadian opponents. In February of 2005, he earned an eight round unanimous decision over the very tough Jason Naugler of Nova Scotia and earlier in his career won a close split decision against recent Nicholson Poulard victim, Larry Sharpe. Trupish, on the other hand, has been remarkably busy, fighting four times since entering the pro-ranks last October. All three judges – Cameron Quwek, Usman Ali, Craig Metcalfe – scored the fight 97-93 in favour of Trupish. It was far from a clean sweep for the Olympian, but nonetheless represents the most impressive victory of his fledging professional career. continue
NEW YORK (March 17, 2010) – As reported, WBA World Champion Andre Ward has suffered an injury and is unable to fight Allan Green on April 24. The scheduled Group Stage 2 tournament matchup between WBC world championship Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler will take place as planned on Saturday, April 24, from Herning Denmark, airing on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT as a one-fight card (same-day delay). The Ward vs. Green bout, a Group Stage 2 matchup of the Super Six World Boxing Classic and Ward’s first world title defense, will be rescheduled. continue
AMIR KHAN, Current WBA Super Lightweight World Champion "Its always been my dream to fight here in the U.S. and I know there will be a lot of pressure on me not fighting in front of my U.K. fans, but I made a name over there and now I'm ready to come make a name for myself here.
"I have a test in front of me on May 15 at Madison Square Garden, the 'Mecca of Boxing.' On May 15, Paulie's New York fans will become my fans when I beat him here.
"I'm very excited for my U.S. debut, at first they told me it would be against Marquez, but he pulled out and Malignaggi's name came up and I wanted the fight. I think all things happen for a reason and I'll be ready for him.
"I have watched tapes of Paulie and I think it is a style we can beat. We are both great fighters, both fast and tricky. Styles make fights and this is a great matchup. continue
by James Slater - I must confess to not knowing how well the tickets are shifting for the upcoming April 3rd rematch bout between old rivals Roy Jones Junior and Bernard Hopkins, but if the tickets sales have been lukewarm up until now, fans may feel more inclined to buy this card if they take a look at the scheduled under-card for the April gig at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. continue
by James Slater - As fans know, unbeaten cruiserweight contender B.J Flores has been craving a fight with Marco Huck, the reigning WBO 200-pound champion, for quite some time. However, for one reason or another, the 31-year-old known as "El Peligroso" has been unable to get the fight, and it seems he must now look elsewhere for a title shot.
Next up for Flores, according to BoxRec, is a June 26th date with 27-year-old Eric "Danger" Fields, the big puncher from Oklahoma with the 14-1(12) pro record. continue
Montreal, Monday March 17th 2010 – It is with much pleasure that InterBox unveils the bouts that will headline the undercard at the Bell Center in Montreal. The Main Event final, presented in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Warriors Boxing will feature IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute (25-0-0, 20 K.O.) vs. #9 rated mandatory contender Edison Miranda (33-4-0, 29 K.O.), on Saturday, April 17th 2010. The bout will be live on HBO World Championship Boxing and Canadian PPV (Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw and Viewer’s Choice).
The undercard will feature InterBox fighter Renan St-Juste (20-1-1, 13 KO) defending his WBC Continental of Americas and NABA Middleweight titles against Colombian Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2, 18 KO). The Repentigny, Quebec fighter, who last fought on Friday, March 13th (W KO 8 Roberto Hernan Reuque), will be looking to add the 21st victory to his record. Dionisio Miranda is one tough customer, having participated in two recent IBF Eliminators, including an outstanding fight against Roman Karmazin last January on ESPN. Dionisio is no stranger to Montreal, having beaten local top 10 fighter Sebastien Demers at the Windsor Station in Montreal in August 2008 and capturing the NABA title with the split decision win. continue
Following his successful return to the ring last December, Éric Lucas (39-7-3 15 K.-O.) will be looking to add a 40th win to his outstanding pro record on Friday, May 28th in Quebec City. Considered a Quebec boxing hero, Lucas will be lacing up the gloves against the ever popular Librado Andrade (28-3-0, 21 KO). Andrade (photo by Tom Casino) is no stranger to Quebec boxing fans, having fought 4 times in this province and showing a record of 2 wins (vs Otis Grant and Vitaliy Tsypko) and 2 losses (both to Lucian Bute, the last by sensational KO last November 28th at the same venue). continue
By Coach Tim Walker – Stage one of what fans are hoping is a lead up to an eventual showdown between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao boxing’s two most dominating figures is finally done. It came to a close when Pacquiao dismantled yet another bona fide fighter and WBO welterweight champion Joshua Clottey this past Saturday. Seemingly now the only thing standing in the way of the perennial pound for pound kings meeting in the ring is for Mayweather to come up victorious against Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1, 2010. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - This summer, the World Boxing Council will hold its “Night of Champions 2010” event in Cardiff, Wales. The WBC’s selection of Wales as the host country draws attention to the long and rich history of Welsh boxing. In connection with the upcoming Cardiff event, ESB will celebrate Welsh boxing history by exploring the careers of prominent Welsh fighters of the past and present. In this feature, ESB focuses on Tommy Farr, Steve Robinson, Robbie Regan, and Percy Jones.
British and British Heavyweight Champion, 1930s
Tommy Farr was born in Blaenclydach in 1913. Known as the “The Tonypandy Terror”, Farr is regarded as the greatest Welsh heavyweight in history, and one of the best heavyweights ever produced by Great Britain. Most famous for his gritty losing effort to Joe Louis in 1937, Farr was a top contender from 1936 to 1940. He held the British and British Empire heavyweight championships, and was never knocked out during his prime. continue
The World Boxing Council today is officially appointing Vitaly Tajbert of Germany as the undisputed WBC super featherweight world champion. Tajbert won the WBC interim super featherweight championship by defeating Humberto Gutierrez of Mexico last November 11. Humberto Soto was ordered to meet interim champion Tajbert, but requested the WBC’s permission to remain super featherweight champion until he climbed into the ring to fight for the WBC lightweight world championship, which he won last Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. continue
Pensacola, FL--USBA and NABA Heavyweight Champion “Fast Fres” Oquendo 32-5 (31 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Square Ring Promotions and will face former two-time world champion Jean Marc Mormeck 34-4 (22 KOs) on May 6, 2010 at the Halle Carpentier arena in Paris, France. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - This July, the World Boxing Council (WBC) will hold its “Night of Champions 2010” convention in Cardiff, Wales. The three-day event is scheduled from July 29-31, to be held at the Cardiff International Arena. This is the second WBC “Night of Champions” convention; the first was held in Cancun in 2006.
The Cardiff event will feature the largest gathering of world champions in boxing history, with over 100 current and former titleholders scheduled to attend. The convention will include a Civic Ceremony for the champions and public, an amateur boxing card pitting Great Britain’s best amateur boxers against select opponents from around the world, and a WBC Awards Ceremony for the champions. Featured also is the premier of the soon-to-be released film “Risen”, a biography of Welsh boxing champion Howard Winstone. continue
Sport and events channel Primetime will now be available on Virgin TV via On Demand > Live Events. Since Primetime launched on the Sky platform in October 2009 with the Super Six Super middleweight boxing tournament there has been great demand for Primetime to expand onto Virgin by both boxing fans and promoters alike. The deal sees Primetime’s reach expand by over a third. continue
March 19, 2010 (Düsseldorf, Germany) –- click here to view Klitschko-Chambers weigh-in photo gallery -– IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 244 pounds (111 kg) for Saturday’s title defense against mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers on Saturday night at the 51,000-seat Espirit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Chambers scaled in at 209 pounds (95kg).. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - In a corner he struggles to his feet wavering ever so slightly back and forth both gloves gripping the top rope trying to steady the earth’s rotation. He finds himself somewhere between total exhaustion and wondering what it would feel like to die. BUT, he’s up. He made it up and he’s able to make that all important eye contact with the referee who is now shouting “6, 7” directly in his face. His appearance has been altered in a manner that could have only been fashioned by a professional prize fighter. His youthful pre-fight features have been reconfigured and replaced with a bloody swollen mask with slits in place of his eyes. His orbital bone has been shattered. His head is pounding like a John Bonham drum fill and the cut inside his mouth suffered in training camp has been pumping blood down his throat since the second round. Blood drips out of the corner of his mouth splattering the white section of his red, white and blue trunks with a sickening pink tint. He doesn’t know it but he’s experiencing the most pivotal event of his entire career. He struggles to regain his senses after being dropped by a perfectly set up yet improbable right hand. In the corner, he wavers and the blood continues to flow, the crowd noise is so loud its as if he standing on the run way at LAX and to add to the chaos he’s now being distracted by a commotion just off to his right side as one of his corner men, Lou Duva shouts out instructions from the ring apron. Trying to process all of this coupled with Duva’s ruckus forces him to take his eyes off the referee for just the briefest of moments and just as his focus returns something unimaginable happens!
It’s over!! It’s OVER!! BUT, I beat the COUNT?!! continue
AN opponent for Audley Harrison’s latest clash will be announced in the next 24 hours. Harrison will fight for the vacant European Heavyweight Championship on April 9 at London’s Alexandra Palace. ormer Olympic Games gold medalist Harrison, who saved his career by winning Prizefighter Heavyweights 3 in October, had been scheduled to meet Poland’s Albert Sosnowski for the title. owever, Sosnowski will now face WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko in May and is set to vacate the European belt. Matchroom Sport Chairman Barry Hearn revealed two men in the frame are old adversaries Danny Williams, the current British Champion, or ex British and Commonwealth title holder Michael Sprott. continue
Reading, PA (March 16, 2010) - Heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman will return to his hometown of Reading, PA in his first title fight against Chris Koval of Youngstown, OH on May 22 at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. The bout is scheduled for ten rounds and will be contested for the WBF and UBO Heavyweight championships. The Kauffman-Koval title fight will headline King's Promotions' "Pain on Penn Street", an exciting night of boxing action featuring seven (7) professional fights and five (5) amateur fights. continue
By Beth Sarafraz Freelance Reporter/Photojournalist: Despite statements by the recently appointed New York City Police Athletic League Director Felix Urrutia that boxing is "barbaric" and despite the resultant closing of at least five city gyms (some of them operated by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation officials who agreed with Urrutia's anti-boxing stance) and despite the sudden scarcity of places where young amateur boxers could afford to train [the P.A.L. was free; private gyms like Gleason's charge at least $85/per month], the esteemed NY Daily News 2010 Golden Gloves boxing tournament blasted off in January and continues through March with all the passion and excitement that it always had....
At Brooklyn's Tropical Paradise Ballroom, it's Golden Gloves fight night (week four) and the judges have just proclaimed Travis Peterkin of the Kingsway Boxing Club winner by decision, over Cops N Kids' contender, Rafael Chevalier. Chevalier, exiting the ring bruised and sweat soaked, faces the cameras and crowds dead on grim-faced but head held high. Young boxers like this one come back to fight another day, because boxing teaches "even when you lose, you win" if you prove to be a guy with "heart" -- which means getting up before the ten count unless you're really dead, not dying of embarrassment dead. Fight fans put great faith in the boxer who stands and faces defeat but vows to return and sting like a bee and Chevalier said all this and more with his eyes and body language.
No surprise there, because after all, Chevalier is a member of Pat Russo's Cops N Kids, a boxing program that Russo founded to rescue the young, desperate and stranded P.A.L. fighters who, he says, "were practicing in garages" by themselves, without benefit of coaches, trainers or equipment, after all the gym closings. continue
LAS VEGAS (March 16, 2010) – Legendary sports performance management specialist Mackie Shilstone (www.mackieshilstone.com) has a unique perspective into the April 3 Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones, Jr. rematch at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Shilstone has worked closely with both boxers and knows better than anyone what makes each man tick. continue
He has a sensational knock out rate of 85 percent: Cruiserweight hopeful Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs). On Saturday the Universum fighter watched the title defence of WBO world champion Marco Huck and in an interview with boxing.de he made comments on this fight.
Mr. Alekseev, have you watched the fight Huck vs. Richards?
Alexander Alekseev: „Sure I have seen this awkward fight on TV as it was in my weight division and they were fighting for the world title I want to win. I’m currently rated #2 of the WBO rankings.. continue
By Paul Strauss: Sadly, long time television and movie star Peter Graves just passed away from a heart attack. He was just a few days shy of his 84th birthday. Graves was a former Minneapolis resident and brother to James Arness (Gunsmoke). He was best known for his starring role as Mr. Phelps in the long running television series called Mission Impossible. There's an old saying that life imitates art (Oscar Wilde), and Fast Eddie Chambers is facing what many believe is an impossible task in trying to conquer Wladimir Klitschko. However, Eddie Chambers undoubtedly would feel more comfortable being identified with someone like Mr. Phelps than with the character Fast Eddie Felson of The Hustler. He isn't trying to hide his talent from the public or to sucker them, but he will be using the "art of the con" with scientific boxing to get his mission done. . Chambers firmly believes he has the brains and skill to pull off what many think is an impossible task.......to beat Dr. Steelhammer.
The truth is not many believe Eddie Chambers has much of a chance against Wladimir "Dr. Steelhammer" Klitschko come March 20th. That's when Wlad will be defending his IBF, WBO and IBO titles. Why should anyone think Fast Eddie has much of a chance? The Klitschko brothers have handled everyone with ease so far, and most think there's no good reason to believe that will change. continue
Brian Landry - At what point will boxing promoters understand what they are missing?
After another expectedly underwhelming undercard prior to Clottey- Pacquiao, it is becoming increasingly frustrating having to dish out the $49.95 to watch PPVs that incorporate such awful preliminary matches.
Let's take a look at this weekend's undercard, shall we? continue
Johnathon Banks will fight Travis Walker as the co-feature on the Klitschko/Chambers World Heavyweight Championship show. The fights will take place in the 51,000 seat ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, officially announced the fight today at the fight week press conference. “We are excited to have Johnathon Banks fighting Travis Walker for the NABF heavyweight championship on this big show. This is a risky and tough fight for both fighters, but the winner will secure the NABF title and move a step closer to a world title shot.. continue
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK/LONDON, March 16 - Their war of words has captivated the boxing world, but on Saturday, May 15, the time for talk will be over when two of the brightest stars in the super lightweight division - WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan and former world title holder Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi - finally settle their score at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The bout, which will be televised live on HBO's Boxing After Dark in the United States, also marks Khan's United States debut which will be taking place in the back yard of Brooklyn's Malignaggi.
In the evening's co-feature, it's a true crossroads fight when former World Champion Nate "The Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell tries to halt the rapid rise of hard-hitting rising star "Vicious" Victor Ortiz in a 10 round super lightweight showdown.
"Paulie Malignaggi did a great job of talking his way into this fight and I commend him for that," said Khan. "But on May 15he'll have to pay for the things he's said about me and I will have no problem teaching him a lesson in his own hometown. I'm excited for my United States debut and plan on giving the great fans of New York an exciting show on May 15.. continue
by James Slater - Mexican warrior Librado Andrade, last seen being stopped for the first time in his eleven-year pro career by a wicked Lucian Bute body shot, is set to return to action on May 28th, six months to the day from his rematch loss to the reigning IBF 168-pound ruler. The 31-year-old former three-time world title challenger will face 38-year-old veteran and former WBC super-middleweight champion Eric Lucas. The fight, scheduled for 12-rounds at 168-pounds, will take place in Quebec, Canada on May 28th. continue
Hispanic America's Most Popular Boxing Series Is Back For Another Round And Will Thrill Sports Enthusiasts with More Live, Heart-Pounding Action Starting April 30
MIAMI/LOS ANGELES, MARCH 15, 2010 - TeleFutura, one of the largest Spanish-language networks in the U.S. and the ideal entertainment alternative for Hispanics across the nation, and Oscar de la Hoya'sGolden Boy Promotions announced today the return of the popular boxing franchise "Solo Boxeo Tecate" (Just Boxing Tecate) on April 30, 2010. continue
by James Slater - Depending on your opinion, WBC super-middleweight champion and "Super-Six" participant Carl Froch is either supremely confident ahead of his rapidly approaching shootout with Denmark's Mikkel Kessler, or he is supremely arrogant. Never one to mince his words, the unbeaten Nottingham warrior known as "The Cobra" has launched his most outspoken attack yet on the former two-time world titlist.
In an interview with BBC Sport, the 32-year-old went as far as to claim "The Viking Warrior" will have no chance against him when they meet in the ring in Herning, Denmark on April 24th. Not only that, but Froch vowed to become the first man to KO the 31-year-old.
"He hasn't got a chance against me," Froch said to BBC Sport. "Kessler is going to be knocked out for the first time in his career, unless he's a lot tougher than I already think he is. Kessler's a great fighter, don't get me wrong, he's got a lot of things going for him; a lot of experience and he's strong and tough and he knows how to box. continue
It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents MANNY PACQUIAO VS. JOSHUA CLOTTEY, the exclusive replay of their welterweight title fight, this SATURDAY, MARCH 20 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the $1.2 billon Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., calls all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue
by James Slater - Supporting Manny Pacquiao's win over Joshua Clottey on Saturday night were Mexico's Humberto Soto and Ireland's John Duddy, and both guys, exciting fighters in their own right, won in pretty impressive fashion. 29-year-old Soto improved to 51-7-2(32) in winning the vacant WBC lightweight title with a commanding UD over the tough David Diaz, while 30-year-old middleweight contender Duddy won a ten-round split decision over Michael Medina in improving his record to 29-1(18. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 64th 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 to enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host, Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy).
Topics for Discussion
Manny Pacquiao’s dominant decision victory against Joshua Clottey
Where does Manny Pacquiao go from here?
Vitali Klitschko scheduled to face Albert Sosnowski. continue
by James Slater -Former "Contender" star Alfonso Gomez, 22-4-2(11) ended the career of the man who may well have been the most exciting fighter of the 2000s when he stopped the late, great Arturo Gatti back in the summer of 2007, and this past Saturday, on the under-card of the Pacquiao-Clottey fight, the 29-year-old almost certainly ended the career of another sensational crowd-pleaser, in Jose Luis Castillo.
Forcing the way-past-his-best 36-year-old to remain on his stool at the end of the 5th-round in their all-Mexican showdown, Gomez conformed what we all pretty much knew anyway; Castillo is a shot fighter with nothing left to offer. continue
by Coach Tim Walker - I love boxing! Later this week I will be blessed with the opportunity to go to a fight card in Fort Walton Beach, FL at the Emerald Coast Conference Center promoted by John Piper and Chase Massingill. I had hoped to take an early peak at Ibahiem King who recently upset Ashandi Gibbs but he's no longer on the card. I attend as many small to mid size boxing cards as possible. Sometimes driving up to 150 miles. On cards of this size there are usually no big name fighters but for a guy like me who loves boxing there couldn't be anything better.
Most fans of the sport are casual and that's okay. continue
By Paul Strauss: One of the biggest attractions of the night was Cowboys Stadium itself, located in Arlington, Texas. Those in attendance and the ringside announcers were wide-eyed about it and gushing over it's size and tres cher.
Max Kellerman had the cameraman follow him up into the far reaches of the huge facility, so he could illustrate how small the ring looked from the "standing room only" area where folks shelled out about $85 for parking and the privilege to stand around! They were on the ends of the oval too, so they didn't even get to view the enormous television screen. But, according to Max, they were happy.
The lineup for the night seemed to hold promise. It started with John Duddy versus Michael Medina. At one time Duddy symbolized action and excitement, and many times ingredients of his fights included knockouts or at least some blood. That wasn't the case Saturday. Almost the entire night lacked intensity, and that seemed to carry over into the other bouts as well. continue
Alan W. (London, UK): You've been critical of Manny Pacquiao in the past and I noticed that you actually predicted him to win this fight. What were your thoughts on his performance?
Vivek W. (ESB): The name Manny Pacquiao has become a very prestigious one in the industry, and to be quite honest, based on that 'brand value' associated with his name I find myself holding him to a higher level of critique than I would probably any other fighter outside of Mayweather. When you hear the name Pacquiao, you immediately think perfection - as it relates to the ring. Speed, power, artistry, mechanics, heart, and the list goes on. That being said, not only do you respect that greatness, but you find yourself asking "IS ANYTHING IN LIFE TRULY PERFECT" as well. Judging from a positive perspective, I thought that he basically did all that you could expect of him, given the circumstances. continue
In preparation for his April 24th fight against Chris Arreola, (28-1, 25 KOs). Tomasz Adamek, (40-1, 27 KO’s), is in Houston, training with Ronnie Shields. Shields, no stranger to making cruiserweights into heavyweight champions, was a key part of the training staff that guided Evander Holyfield to his heavyweight titles.
Shields had this to say about his first weeks of training Tomasz, “I like Tomasz. I am very impressed with his work ethic. When it comes to training Tomasz is determined to give you his all, 100% of the time.” When asked if he could compare Adamek to Holyfield in any way, Shields said the similarity was not in boxing style, but in the way they both like to work hard. continue
by James Slater - First of all, as all those fans who saw last night's fight will surely agree, Ghana's Joshua Clottey deserves a huge amount of praise for the way he was able to tough out the full 12-rounds with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. The way the 32-year-old former IBF welterweight champ was able to take the vicious body shots Pac-Man was landing on him all night was quite remarkable - indeed, Clottey showed not so much an iron chin as an iron midsection!
Still, despite his toughness, Clottey never came close to winning last night, losing every single round on one of the official scorecards ( 120-108 being the way I had it for what it's worth). Concentrating almost purely on defence against the lethal southpaw, Clottey managed to let only a few good shots go; his left jab, left uppercut to the chin and the occasional right hand to the face bringing cheers from the enthusiastic crowd. Other than that, it was Pacquiao's night all the way, and the question now is what next for the Filipino and also what does the future hold for the man from Accra?
Pacquiao has spoken of perhaps retiring from boxing so as to go into politics full time, while after the soreness he is no doubt currently feeling in his body wears off, Clottey may well opt to call it quits also. continue
by James Slater - News has been broken by Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com that says Andre Ward's scheduled "Super Six" title fight defence against Allan Green has had to be postponed. The problem is the unbeaten Ward's right knee, which has been giving the WBA 168-pound champion problems in training camp.
Ward's right knee, already surgically repaired, has affected his ability to do proper running and roadwork and the April 24th bout will now take place at an as yet unknown later date, most likely in the summer. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 14, 2010) – “Irish” Joey McCreedy is back being trained by “Irish” Micky Ward and Ward’s brother, Dicky Eklund, who worked with fellow Lowell (MA) resident McCreedy back when McCreedy was an amateur boxer and for McCreedy’s first six pro fights. McCreedy (11-4-1, 6 KOs), the reigning EBA and New England super middleweight champion, made the switch back to Ward and Eklund after the Rivera Brothers Gym in Lynn (MA) was recently closed. The commute is much closer because Chelmsford is much closer to Lowell than Lynn. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (March 14, 2010) – World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK returns to his old haunt, 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.
Combined, these two sluggers boast an incredible record of 80-3-2 (56 KOs), a winning percentage of 94% and a victory by knockout ratio of 70%!
Remaining Tickets, priced at $350, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. continue
By Sean Ocampo: Pound for Pound King Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KO) successfully defended his WBO Welterweight Championship with a dominant twelve round decision victory over former IBF Welterweight Champion Joshua “Grandmaster” Clottey (35-4-0, 20 KO) of Accra, Ghana in front of a massive crowd of 50,994 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The scores were 120-108, 119-109, and 119-109 all in favor of Pacquiao. continue
by Coach Tim Walker - We've all seen the results by now. The sensational Manny Pacquiao did to Joshua Clottey what I didn't imagine was possible. He didn't knock him out in stellar fashion like he did Ricky Hatton. He didn't make him quit like he did Oscar De La Hoya. He didn't even beat him till he couldn't take anymore like he did against Miguel Cotto. Not at all. What he did to Clottey was far worse in my opinion. He made Clottey do...nothing. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: This past week’s edition of On the Ropes featured an exclusive interviews with Devon Alexander, Travis Simms, Steve Forbes, and Edwin Rodriguez. Highlighting this week’s episode was a nice chat with the WBC/IBF unified junior welterweight champion. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On his performance in his recent victory against Juan Urango:
“It was a great performance—the best performance I’ve ever had. People who know me know I’m my own worst critic and I consider this a good performance for myself.”
On becoming a unified champion with that victory:
“Now that I got a chance to think about what I just accomplished, I mean it’s big. It’s a blessing. To see where I came from, north St. Louis, and now it’s just amazing. Who, let alone, wins one belt—I won two belts, so it’s amazing.. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Ten U.S. boxers have signed on to participate in the World Series of Boxing, the new professional league created by AIBA, which allow boxers to maintain their Olympic eligibility and compete in a modified pro set-up. Two-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) headlines the list of U.S. athletes joining the World Series of Boxing. continue
By Joseph Herron: On the eve of what is being billed as “The Event”, boxing was on center stage in Grapevine, TX at the beautiful Gaylord Texan Hotel & Resort. The co-main event featured the best of both worlds: Flyweights and Heavyweights. Sam Peter participated in an IBF title eliminator bout with the young and crafty Nagy Aguilera. Both men came into the ring wanting to make a statement for Heavyweight supremacy. Aguilera, who was coming off of a spectacular knockout victory over former Heavyweight title holder Oleg Maskaev, looked very motivated during his walk towards the ring. continue
by James Slater: Last night in Germany, a few hours before Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey did their thing in Dallas, WBO cruiserweight boss Marco Huck and challenger Adam "Swamp Donkey" Richards engaged in a short but lively rumble. 25-year-old Huck, making the second defence of his belt, proved to be way too classy for the gutsy, have-a-go challenger from Tennessee; getting the win at 2-minutes and 30-seconds of the 3rd-round.
Richards was down in the 3rd-round, when a right hand followed by a shove sent him to the mat, whereupon the third man in the ring issued a count, while moments later Richards was under heavy fire and as he was on his way down a second time the ref dived in and took a tumble with the challenger as he attempted to stop the fight.
Huck is now 28-1(21). Richards, AKA Swamp Donkey, is now 23-3(15). continue
Marco “Captain” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) defended his WBO Cruiserweight Title with a spectacular third-round TKO victory over Adam Richards (23-3, 15 KOs). The 25-year-old German champion started to land his trademark power punches in the second round before dropping his opponent in the third. Huck followed it up with another firework that sent his opponent down again, prompting the referee to call the one-sided contest off. “I am never pleased with my performance because I can always improve but I am happy that I defended my title in front of my fans in Berlin,” Huck said. “I really wanted to put on a good show to please everybody. I am happy with the result.. continue
FRANK MALONEY will continue to rely entirely on British based fighters when he stages his next promotion at Leigh Sports Village promotion on Friday 19th March. Maloney exclusively used British boxers when he staged a show in Nottingham last month, and is hoping to repeat that feat again on next week's Sky Sports televised show.
The promoter said: "The fans appreciate fights between British fighters and know exactly what sort of test house fighters are having. continue
by James Slater - With practically all the other top names in the currently talent-rich 140-pound division busy over the coming months, it looked as though unbeaten Timothy Bradley, the reigning WBO champ at light-welterweight, would perhaps be unable to find a worthy opponent to get it on with in the summer. The 26-year-old known as "Desert Storm" told this writer only a week or so ago, how "everyone at 140-pounds has a fight but me!."
Indeed, with names like Amir Khan, Paulie Malignaggi, Victor Ortiz, Marcos Maidana, Nate Campbell, etc all having big fights set up, the undefeated Bradley's chances of getting a big fight, or any fight, looked poor for the immediate future. However, as the man with all the news, Dan Rafael, has reported over at ESPN.com, Bradley, 25-0(11) has at last found a dance partner. Set to face the undefeated Luis Carlos Abregu on June 26th (venue still to be made official), Bradley will box a scheduled 12-rounds against the 29-0(23) Argentine, yet the bout will not contest the champion's WBO belt.
The fight will also mark Bradley's HBO debut, Tim having previously been a Showtime fighter, and the fight with Abregu will appear on the network's Boxing After Dark show. continue
Dusseldorf, Germany (March 14, 2010) – American heavyweight “Fast Eddie” Chambers – rated #1 in the WBO – arrives in Dusseldorf, Germany with his team a week before his scheduled World Championship bout against WBO/IBF Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko.
“I am on a mission to beat Wladimir Klitschko and bring those titles back home to the United States. This is serious business and I am going for it, but I also know that I want to take in this experience and enjoy the ride. I am not going to make any fancy predictions. I’m just going to win.. continue
by James Slater - On the day of the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight - Pacquiao being the last man to share a ring with him - news has broken that says Ricky Hatton will hold a press conference next week to officially announce his retirement from boxing. This is the word that is currently doing the rounds on the net, and Sky Sports News is where the story came from.
Reportedly, Hatton, 31, began training for his planned summer return against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez, but was simply unable to push himself through another camp. continue
By Jody Kohn - Welcome to the second of my weekly updates and interviews with Super Bantamweight Champion Celestino Caballero. In doing this project, I hope to offer more than a series of interviews that have the same questions and answers that you can read in almost any other interview you come across. Instead, I want to give the reader insight into the life of a boxing champion both in and out of the ring. As I go forward, I will start to focus more on Pelenchin's desire to promote himself in this market, as well as sharing his experiences living in a new country that does not offer him the same level of recognition he enjoys in Panama.
Talking to Pelenchin inside of a cheesy Las Vegas souvenir shop as our wives looked for some trinkets to take back to Panama on their upcoming return home, I realized something about him that is hard for most Americans like myself to understand. I told him that winning his upcoming fight with Duan Yordan would surely get him much bigger paydays in the very near future. He agreed, but immediately said that what it would really mean to him is that he would get more opportunities to prove to the world that he is the best. He has said repeatedly in interviews and in casual conversations that to him it is not about the money. Sure the money is nice, but he is doing it to prove that he has put in the work necessary to be among the best in his craft. He is doing it for himself, his family, and his country. He wants the world to know that he came from a ghetto in Colon and he has made himself into a world champion. That all sounded great, and it wasn't that I didn't believe him, but it just never really rang home until then. continue
by James Slater - Samuel Peter may be on the verge of another crack at a major title. Looking back to his best last night in destroying Nagy Aguilera inside two-impressive rounds in an IBF heavyweight title fight eliminator, the 29-year-old former WBC heavyweight ruler looked trim, pretty fast and, above all powerful!
Peter dropped the man who shocked another former WBC heavyweight titlist in Oleg Maskaev back in January, with a brutal right hand to the head in the 2nd-round, and his follow-up attack left Aguilera pinned on the ropes. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (March 12, 2010) – Fan favorite Tony “TNT” Grano gained revenge for his only loss as a pro, winning a unanimous 10-round decision last night against Mark “Oak Tree” Brown in the main event on the “Brace For Impact” card, promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., (CES), in a sold-out Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
by James Slater - With his May 15th fight with the respected Paulie Malignaggi fast approaching, WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has been talking about this fight and his big plans for the future should he win in New York in what will be his American debut. And the 23-year-old who left Frank Warren and signed with Golden Boy earlier this year sure has set some lofty goals for himself. Or at least Golden Boy have the confidence required to set their latest fighter some lofty goals.
Speaking today, as quoted by The Times, Khan gave away Golden Boy's plans for him over the coming 18 months or so.
"They have laid out a plan that over the next 18 months I will be fighting the likes of Manny Pacquiao or [Floyd] Mayweather - big, big names," Khans told The Times. "If they are seeing me with those guys, they must see something in me. Time will tell if they are right.. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 12, 2010) Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated in association with Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions will present the Chicago debut of “TOP RANK LIVE”, the critically acclaimed boxing series on Saturday, May 29th at the UIC Pavilion. Advance tickets priced at $101, $51 and $31 are now on sale through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800). Said Bob Arum, “Top Rank has been promoting shows in Chicago since the 70’s and we’re thrilled to bring this outstanding series to their great sport fans. Along with the pro debut of Mike Lee from Notre Dame and sensational featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II, nephew and namesake of the legendary Mexican champion, we are putting together a fantastic card for May 29th.. continue
Steve Janoski: When I first heard that Manny Pacquiao’s next fight would be against Joshua Clottey, I have to admit that I was surprised. After the entire debacle with Floyd Mayweather, I was surprised the man even wanted to fight again— most would be so jaded by the entire affair, which was handled poorly on all sides (but the worst on Mayweather’s), that they’d want to be done with the grimy shadyness that is the boxing “business.”
But Pac came back, and is fighting a real welterweight even though he’s not actually one himself, something that its taken Mayweather oh, about two decades to do. continue
By Vivek Wallace - When it comes to marquee showdowns like Pacquiao/Clottey, everybody has thoughts on what they see eventually unfolding. All over the internet you can find many of these opinions, but in this new pre-fight interview segment appearing regularly on ESB as an exclusive, we'll take a glimpse into the mind of marquee names around the sport who really knows. Anyone can give thoughts, but these messages come directly from 'THE EXPERTS', hence the name, TEX.-MSGS. Today's expert on the topic is a man who needs little introduction. Former IBO Super-Featherweight title holder, current trainer, brother of Jeff and Roger, and Uncle of Floyd......Mr. Jeff Mayweather.
Here's what he had to say about Saturday nights showdown: continue
ARLINGTON, TEXAS (March 13, 2010) – Fighter of the Decade, Congressional candidate and boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound has graced the cover of TIME magazine, appeared twice on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! and today, was featured on Good Morning America Weekend, marking the U.S. network TV morning show debut of boxing’s only seven-division world champion. continue
Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (33W-2 L, 21KO’s) heavyweight contender has reached a boiling point in his quest to return to title status in the heavyweight division. Thompson has been persistence in lobbying for a fight with the likes of James Tony, Manuel Quezada, Fres Oquendo and Chris Arreola. But according to the southpaw patience and being a gentleman gets you know where in this sport.
“I’ve tried to take the gentleman’s route in being polite and showing good sportsmanship. But no one hears that f----n noise. So its time I take the gloves off(to get someone to put them on with) and call out these cowards that continue to duck someone like myself over and over again,” said Thompson. “I run from no one. I went to Germany and beat Laun Krasniqi in his own back yard. I took a fight against Chaz Witherspoon with a three week notice and beat him in his own home town. Chaz was my friend before the fight and still is my friend today. But I told everyone that I will fight who ever I have to in order to get back to the title. continue
By John Wight: The next instalment of the Manny Pacquiao story is about to take place in Dallas, Texas, when the Filipino phenomenon steps into the ring to face genuinely tough, genuine welterweight - Joshua Clottey. However, and with no disrespect to Mr Clottey, superb athlete and proponent of the sport that he is, in the weeks and days leading up to this fight the burning question on everyone’s lips, the one question that the sport itself demands answer to, has continued to be: when will we see Pacquiao v Mayweather?
It is a question, concerning the two pound-for-pound greats of the modern era, which has assumed the status of a religious mantra; such has been the impassioned desire of sports fans to see it take place. continue
By Vivek Wallace - In just a few hours the collective attention of fight fans around the world will be locked on Dallas Cowboys Stadium to witness a spectacle that may serve as a chief catalyst in bringing the sport back to a global forefront. The date of March 13th was initially reserved for something even more grand, yet fate decided to shuffle the deck, removing one key component and instead inserting a very unlikely one, turning a lifelong dream into a 'sudden-death' styled date with destiny. Sudden-death is the operative term, as this is now a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but after failed chances in the past, it may also serve as the final one if his bid for success fails. As we prepare for this amazing spectacle, we now take a moment to analyze the two men involved: continue
By Robert Jackson: This latest installment of 'Just the facts' reveals the inner workings of two complicated but different fighters. In one corner we have the Ghanian Joshua Clottey, in the other favorite son of the Philippines and perhaps the 'world', Manny Pacquiao. To begin with both fighters have enjoyed a considerable amount of success in the squared ring and have garnered a lot of attention leading up to this fight which will take place a day or so from now. The Pacquiao success story is stratospheric in its dimensions, while Clottey's own rise has been rocky and laden with unfulfilled promise. Both find themselves here without a safety harness to engage in a 'highwire' act which promises to bring spectators to their feet.
Facts that must be discussed to differentiate these 2 pugilists include, speed, power and the experience possessed by their trainers. Intangibles such as behavior under pressure, big fights under the bright lights must also be considered. So let us begin.
In the area of big fights, the Santos City native Manny Pacquiao has appeared in 25 title fights with a 21-2-2 record, including 21KO's. Joshua Clottey has fought in just 6 title fights and has a record of 3-3 with no KO's. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Joshua Clottey has vowed to beat Manny Pacquiao on Saturday to give his nation a boxing world champion once again. Clottey, one of the many former world boxing champions Ghana has produced over the years, says the current situation where the nation cannot boast of a single world champion is no good.
And righting that wrong is just what the 32 year old hard-hitting fighter says he will do in Dallas on Saturday night when he fights for the WBO Welterweight title against the seven-division champion Pacquiao. “Victory in this fight means so much to me, my family and the nation and I will not disappoint. I am going for the win and I know I am prepared for the fight,” Clottey told this writer from his training base in the USA. continue
By Greggory Macintosh Ross:This Friday, March 26, the most recent incarnation of the Canadian Professional Boxing Council (CPBC) will crown its first champion (barring a draw) at the Claude-Robillard Centre in Montreal, Quebec. The title will be presented in the super middleweight division to the winner of the Ali Nestor Charles-Martin Desjardins bout, scheduled as the headliner of a seven fight card. Yesterday, current CPBC president Don Collette was kind enough to answer a few questions for Eastsideboxing.com regarding the bout and the CPBC in general. continue
by James Slater - There was a time, a few years back, when Russia's Roman "Made In Hell" Karmazin was one of the best light-middleweight, if not even pound-for-pound, fighters around. Some people even suggested the then once-beaten 154-pounder (beaten on points by the crafty Javier Castillejo in Spain, in a bid for the WBC's interim light-middleweight belt) was being avoided by some of the more well known U.S light-middles in 2004/2005.
However, though Karmazin did manage to become a "world" champion when he won the IBF 154-pound belt with a wide UD over the dangerous Kassim Ouma three years on from the loss to Castillejo, Karmazin was to lose the belt in his first defence, being decisioned by Cory Spinks a full year after he'd won the title. Since then, the now 37-year-old Russian has been stopped by Alex Bunema (TKO by 10) and made the move up to middleweight, where he now campaigns. continue
By Joseph Herron: When Boxing ruled the world, the undisputed Heavyweight Championship was the most important and coveted title in the entire sports universe. Just ask former heavyweight champions in their heyday when the general public treated them like Kings. Fast forward to 2010, and US fight fans can’t even see the universally recognized Heavyweight Champ on television. What is wrong with this scenario? continue
by Brendan Galbraith - Welshman Jamie Arthur will challenge Martin “Mac Man” Lindsay for the British Featherweight Title on Friday 19th March 2010. Arthur, who retired from boxing from 2005-2008, has resurrected his career with seven wins on the bounce, most notably, an impressive win in a British Title Eliminator against, then unbeaten 14-0, Akaash Bhatia. Arthur, spoke to me today about his rejuvenated return to the ring and his preparations ahead of his British Title clash with Lindsay.
How is your training going?
I am just having my last sparring session today. continue
By Brendan Galbraith: Shortly before 12 noon today, I arrived at the Immaculata Club in Belfast to meet with British Featherweight Champion Martin ‘Mac Man’ Lindsay. As Lindsay, finished off his last round of circuit training with his gym mates, I surveyed some of the wall-coverings of framed photographs and newspaper clippings of some of Ireland’s finest boxers including Barry McGuigan and Steve Collins. Fittingly, Martin Lindsay’s ring successes are prominently celebrated in this collection of boxing memorabilia. I could have happily spent the next hour absorbing this fascinating treasure trove that recalls many of the great Irish boxing nights and Irish pugilists.
However, I had appointment with the ‘Mac Man’, who I was looking forward to meeting for the first time. I planned to quiz him on his preparations for next Friday’s British Title defence against Welshman, Jamie Arthur, as well as any updates on his choice of new promoter and plans for the next 12-18 months. In the following interview, it is clear that Lindsay is firmed focused on the Arthur fight. Interestingly, he also confirmed that, subject to a continuation of his unbeaten record, there are great opportunities ahead - including a European Title shot and an IBF World Title Eliminator with Mexican Orlando Salido [although in the first instance the IBF could at least spell Lindsay’s name right and get his nationality right too – they currently have him listed as an Israeli national on their website]. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 10, 2010) Heavyweight contender Mike Mollo returns to action in his hometown of Chicago for the first time in two and half years to battle veteran Billy Zumbrun in the main event at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 9 on Friday, March 26th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. continue
By John G. Thompson: When Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao 50-3-2 (38 KO’s) meets Joshua “The Grand Master” Clottey 35-3 (20 KO’s) at Cowboys Stadium in Texas on Saturday night, this great matchup will come down to one issue – whether or not Pac Man can break through the tough shell defense of the Grand Master. Though on paper this appears to be one of the toughest fights of Pacquiao’s career, if the Filipino superstar can overcome the one obstacle of Clottey’s defense he will make this fight look similar to his one-sided win over Oscar De La Hoya. continue
On the Ropes is East Side Boxing’s official boxing radio show!
Tune in every week and Join Hostess Jenna J along with her Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani as they bring you the latest and greatest in the boxing world each and every Monday at 6pm Eastern Time. Recent guests on the show have included the likes of Angelo Dundee, Sugar Shane Mosley, Winky Wright, Freddie Roach, Bernard Hopkins, and more!
Special Pacquiao-Clottey Post Fight Show!
There will be a special edition of On the Ropes this weekend following the conclusion of the highly anticipated showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey. Be sure to tune in at 1:30am Eastern Time on March 14. Call in and share your views on the fight! continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 10, 2010) Former world title challenger Demetrius “THE GLADIATOR” Hopkins returns to the ring against former world champion Freddie “LIL HAGLER” Norwood in the ten round main event at FIGHT NIGHT 2 AT THE COMMERCE CASINO on Thursday, March 25th in Los Angeles. continue
by James Slater: Head of Hitz Boxing, promoter Tom Tsatas, promotes long-time heavyweight contender "Fast" Fres Oquendo, and as soon as he read how the little-known Albert Sosnowski will now get the big fight with Vitali Klitschko instead of the fighter he used to manage, Tom obviously formed an opinion on the subject.
Very kindly taking the time to speak on this fight - a fight that has surprised the majority of fight fans also - as well as a number of other interesting subjects, Tom gave the following answers to my questions yesterday evening (UK time). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium, pound for pound King Manny Pacquiao is set to square off against highly regarded welterweight contender Joshua Clottey. This starts a long stretch of good fights already scheduled for the coming months which should represent a very exciting time for boxing fans. With so many good fights on the near horizon, it feels as if 2010 is now finally underway. Here is my take on some of the action we will see unfold in the near future.
Jean Pascal vs. Chad Dawson (for the WBC light heavyweight title) August 14, 2010
The Bell Centre—Montreal, Canada
Jean Pascal’s title will be on the line in this one and it should be a good one. Pascal is a live underdog especially since he will be fighting on his home turf. He has exhibited tremendous heart and skill in recent bouts and should provide a tough test for Dawson. In fact, aside from Bernard Hopkins and possibly Tavoris Cloud, there is not a fighter south of cruiserweight I would give a better chance at beating Dawson. Unfortunately for Pascal, Dawson really seems to be coming into his own as an elite level fighter. continue
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (21-4-2, 10KOs) will face two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (60-9-1, 52KOs) on the Pacquiao vs. Clottey “The Event” undercard this Saturday March 13th at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, TX which will be shown live on HBO PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. Gomez finished preparations for his showdown and spoke about his upcoming fight with Castillo. “A win over a veteran fighter like Castillo will add to my resume and I think it’ll get me closer to the number one ranking which is what I’m looking for, every fighter looks for a world title and a win this Saturday will get me one or two fights closer to it” said Gomez. continue
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI (March 10, 2010) Jose “EL CUERVO” Gonzalez has accepted the fight against undefeated prospect Shawn “SHOWTIME” Porter, but it appears the highly regarded Cleveland based junior middleweight is having second thoughts. Said Steve Smith of St. Louis based Rumble Time Promotions. “I got a call this week from Prize Fight Boxing, Porter’s promoter, to have Jose fight Shawn Porter in the very near future. Jose has been in some terrific, all-action fights and is coming off a real war with Carson Jones that he lost last October.. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Puerto Rico has long been known for its role in the world of boxing. When we think of some of those dominant characters of the past and present that hail from the island, the usual identity resembles someone small in stature, yet big in power, and perhaps even bigger in ability.
Aside from Johnny Ruiz in 2003 and Carlos De Leon in the 80's, this talented island has failed to produce a competitive name in any of the heavier weight classes to add to the ranks. Eager to change that is a man who continues to fly under the radar, yet play well above the rim, as evidenced in his still unblemished career record of 19-0, with 12 KO's serving as the proverbial cherry on top.
Humble by nature, yet brash in appeal, a recent conversation with the talented WBA Cruiserweight Fedelatin Champ revealed several answers, while posing just as many questions to those contemporaries who fill the ranks beside him. continue
MIAMI (Mar. 11, 2010) – Unbeaten middleweight boxing sensation, “Chairman of the Board” Michael Oliveira (11-0, 9 KOs) has been officially selected as the winner of the Brazilian International Press Award’s 2009 Athlete of the Year Award. continue
Light heavyweight contender Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry has patiently waited an extra month to get a shot at former 2-time WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Hernan “Pigu” Garay in their March 27th WBA Light Heavyweight eliminator. They were originally supposed to square-off February 27 but that show was cancelled, moving Garay-Henry back four weeks to March 27 as the 12-round co-feature on “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, featuring the return of 3-division world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales, live from Monterrey, Mexico. continue
by Coach Tim Walker - Okay, okay! I'll tell you who I'm picking to win the Joshua Clottey vs. Manny Pacquiao fight. First, thanks for all your inquiries concerning my pick for the fight. It humbles me to know that so many people think so highly of my thoughts on the subject. It especially humbles me when I think back to being so wrong about Pacquiao vs. Hatton and Clottey vs. Cotto. Still, I equate myself to a broken watch in hopes that I am correct at least a couple times per day.
Quick notes of the two fighters.
My initial thought when analyzing a fighter is to view fight footage and pick apart his success against other opponents with similar fighter traits. There in lies the problem. There are very few fighters in the game with Pacquiao's style. There are more fighters in the game with Clottey's style but none that have faced Pacquiao that I can think of and few who are as good in that style as Clottey. 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 continue
James Slater - Audley "A-Force" Harrison must be fuming right now. Why? Because, as has been reported by a vast number of sources, his scheduled April opponent Albert Sosnsowski has pulled out of his European title fight defence against Harrison, due to his being offered a much bigger fight with reigning WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko - a fight the Polish fighter instantly accepted.
Now, instead of meeting the 2000 Olympic gold medallist in London next month, the 31-year-old who is 45-2-1(27) will travel to Germany to face "Dr Iron Fist" on May 29th.
This news has come as a big surprise to a lot of people, Sosnowski included. And the Polish warrior who lives in the U.K has referred to the fight as a "dream come true."
"Because of the [scheduled] Audley Harrison fight I am already in training and suddenly comes this once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight Klitschko," Sosnowski is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "For me, Klitschko is already over the hill. Klitschko will regret that he picked me. I will be [come] the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world.. continue
by James Slater - As his fans know, Mexican three-weight champion Erik Morales is set to return to action on March 27th in his homeland after a two-plus year inactive spell. As has always been the case with "El Terrible," the 33-year-old who is currently 48-6(34) is not in any way looking to do things the easy way when he makes his comeback.
Not only will Morales - the last man to have beaten the exceptional Manny Pacquiao - be fighting at his highest weight yet (the March fight is to contest the vacant WBC International welterweight title, according to BoxRec), he will also be going in with a most legitimate foe: a former lightweight titlist, no less! continue
GM Ross - Last Saturday, March 6, Steve Claggett was in the ring for the second time in a month, taking on Nova Scotian rookie Walter Linthorne in a six round contest, at the Bowness Sports Plex in Calgary, Alberta. Claggett was coming off a quick night’s work back on February 13, when he knocked out Mike Maley of Missouri in just one round of action. Claggett got a bit more action in on Saturday, but not much, finishing off Linthorne in less than two rounds via TKO. In welterweight action, Stuart McLellan of Williams Lake, British Columbia, grabbed a six round unanimous decision from Ted Reno of Calgary. Following the event promoter Eric De Guzman was kind enough to provide his thoughts on the evening. continue
By James Slater: It's well known how pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao enjoys very much performing in front of his fans after he's won his fight, by singing a song or three to his supporters. With Saturday's big fight with Joshua Clottey fast approaching, Manny has let it be known this is what he intends to do once again; show off another of his talents by serenading his fans after he's beaten Clottey; which, of course, the 8-1 betting favourite is sure he will do - despite Clottey being the first genuine welterweight the Filipino legend will have faced in the ring.
However, as has been reported by The Philippine Star, one member of Team-Clottey has come out and said Pacquiao will be in no fit shape to sing or do anything other than go straight to hospital after the fight; so busted up will "The Grand Master" leave Pac-Man! continue
Here are the weights from Berlin ahead of Team Sauerland´s show at the Max-Schmeling-Halle on Saturday night. Today´s weigh-in took place inside Berlin´s famous central railway station where WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck and challenger Adam Richards needed to be restrained following a little pre-fight bust-up. continue
BOB ARUM: I am really excited. You get stale doing the same thing over and over again. Going back to casinos to put on these big events, I think that going to this fabulous stadium like Cowboys Stadium bringing the fights to the people, I think that boxing once again establishes boxing as being one of the major sports in this country as it is so many other places in the world. . continue
By Brendan Galbraith: Irish Light Heavyweight (8-1-1) Michael ‘The Storm’ Sweeney contacted me to respond about some of the comments made by Darren Corbett in my recent interview and also made it clear that he is willing to travel to Belfast, if need be, to get it on with Corbett at Light Heavy or at a catch weight.
Sweeney who hails from Mayo, said: “I was looking at Eastsideboxing.com and I saw the thing [article] on Darren Corbett and I just wanted to reply on what he had said. In a recent interview with eastsideboxing.com, Darren Corbett dismissed Sweeney as “useless”. Sweeney contacted me to reply to this and retorted:
“I respect Darren as a fighter and I still do. I would respect any fighter that has the balls to get into the ring and I wouldn’t run down any fighter and the phrase that he used “useless” – to be honest – he is miles away on that. But I presume it’s just to get somebody in the ring and that’s what he wants – so I wouldn’t take it personally. continue
Jersey City, NJ (March 11, 2010) - Lightweight prospect Danny "Little Mac" McDermott will face his toughest test to date when he squares off against unbeaten Brian Miller on Thursday, March 25 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. The eight-round main event will be contested for the NABC lightweight title, headlining Pound for Pound Promotions' "March Badness" card. McDermott, 8-1-1 (3 KO), of Jersey City, NJ will be making his first ring appearance since May of 2009 when he knocked out Floriano Pagliara in two rounds. Miller, 7-0-3 (3 KO) of Schenectady, NY fought just two weeks ago, stopping former McDermott victim Jose Guzman in three rounds. Both bring aggressive, exciting styles that make for explosive action in the ring. continue
Current European heavyweight champion, Albert "The Dragon" Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27KO) will have the opportunity to fulfill a life- long dream of becoming heavyweight champion of the world, when he takes on WBC heavyweight king, Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37KO) on May 29th at Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. continue
By Chip Mitchell - I had a chance to ask Roger Mayweather a few questions in Washington, DC at the Lincoln Theater. The house was packed as part of the promotional tour for “Who R U Picking?” the battle between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and “Sugar” Shane Mosley on May 1st.
Chip Mitchell: Roger, for the past few years Naazim Richardson has been mentioned as a trainer of the year candidate. My question to you is.....
Roger Mayweather: (cutting in)... Man, look man. Don’t even ask me about nobody coming close to me. I do that sh-- with my eyes closed. I do more with mother------s with my eyes closed. I’m not worried that sh--. Don’t even ask me about another dude. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 9 - Top bantamweight contender Abner Mares is closing in on a world title shot in 2010, but before he can challenge for a championship belt, he will have to get through another tough battle, this time against Colombian veteran Felipe Almanza in the ten-round main event of the March 25 edition of the hit series "Fight Night Club" at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia. continue
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko defends his title against European Champion Albert Sosnowski from Poland at Veltins-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on May 29. The arena is the home field of the famous soccer club Schalke 04.
Vitali Klitschko: „I am very happy to have my next fight in Germany again. The arena in Gelsenkirchen and the fans there are very special. I experienced that last year when my brother Wladimir had his fight there in front of 61,000 spectators. The atmosphere was simply electrifying. I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen.. continue
by James Slater: Surely fans have read by now the rumours circulating that say Ricky Hatton has told close friends he is close, very close, to deciding to announce his retirement. We don't know for sure yet if this is merely the 31-year-old changing his mind once again, and that he will choose to go ahead yet with his planned summer return, or if "The Hitman" has indeed taken a good hard look at himself and realised enough is enough.
Only an official statement by Hatton will let us know what the hugely popular Manchester warrior will do or not do in the coming months, and until then we can only speculate as to whether or not the former 140-pound world champion has thrown his last paid punch.
However, assuming for the moment that Hatton's career has indeed come to and end at 45-2(32), another question springs to mind; is Hatton a fighter destined/worthy to be one day enshrined in The Hall of Fame? Once he's been retired the necessary time to become eligible to be voted in (five years, of course) will Ricky get the call to go down to make his speech at Canastota? continue
BARRY Hearn has tipped Poland’s Albert Sosnowski to ‘cause a big upset’ and beat WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko in May. Sosnowski hails from Warsaw but is now based in Brentwood, Essex and is managed by Hearn, who has co-promoted the majority of his fights. Klitschko will be favourite to beat Sosnowski when the pair meet in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on May 29 but Hearn believes current European Champion Sosnowski will stun the boxing world. “Albert has been European Champion for just two months and has already been offered a shot for the World Heavyweight Championship,” said Hearn. continue
By Chris Acosta: Speed. It’s such a key element in modern human culture. Everything nowadays is geared towards “faster”: internet downloads, shipping, way to build better abdominals, oil changes, plot unveilings in novels and cinema; it’s really been the death of that forgotten virtue, patience. Car commercials address economy and responsible emissions but also speed. More powerful engines capable of going from 0 to whatever in faster than the year before, images of hairpin turns on winding roads with an attractive couple soaking up the warm sunshine, completely oblivious to the highway patrolman hiding behind the billboard that reads, “Hey author of this article- get to the point. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Boxing is a complex set of disciplines and mastering just a few of those disciplines requires a full on commitment. For anyone who has ever stepped into a ring you know first hand that the ease in which fighters avoid punches and their ability to counter based on rapidly closing openings is not as easy as it looks. It takes years to develop that skill and you have to start young so your body develops the appropriate muscle memory. It’s like learning how to read it becomes incredibly difficult the older you get. The most skilled of practitioners make what they do look easy and because of it the casual fight fan tends not to appreciate what they’re seeing. Boxers like Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker and Floyd Mayweather Jr have not only frustrated their opponents but they’ve frustrated a good many fans who don’t know enough about the mechanics of the sport to appreciate the nuances that make it nearly an art form. There is something amazing about seeing a smaller faster guy out wit and out maneuver a bigger more powerful fighter and personally I never get tired of seeing it. My preference has always been the Julio Cesar Chavez patient aggression and the methodical breaking down of an opponent bit by bit but when I see a guy dipping and poking in a flowing and graceful manner it also gets my attention. There is no one way to win. continue
ST. LOUIS, MO. (March 9, 2010) Junior middleweight contender Deandre “BULL” Latimore is in full force of his training camp in St. Louis, Missouri as he prepares for an ESPN2 televised rematch with New York City’s Sechew Powell on Friday March 19th at The Durant Choctaw Event Center at the Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma. The Latimore/Powell scheduled twelve rounder is an eliminator bout for the IBF Junior Middleweight Title. The winner will square off against the victor in the upcoming Cory Spinks/Cornelius Bundradge title bout scheduled for March 26th, also to be broadcast on ESPN. continue
By Neil Dempsey: The undercard of the recent Lenny Daws vs. Jason Cook draw saw the return to the ring of the young Polish middleweight Grzegorz Proksa, Proksa going up against Tyan Booth for the vacant EBU-EU Middleweight title.
Proksa struggled early on with Booth’s jab, height and reach. He was rocked by a right hand over the top which caught him on the temple in the 2nd, but he showed great resolve and soon enough his superior work rate and movement started to pay dividends. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 63rd 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 to enter our chat on the blogtalk message board; you can also call into the show at (646)716-5404.
On the Ropes is back 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
· Devon Alexander’s impressive knockout victory in a unification bout against Juan Urango
· Vic Darchinyan’s unanimous decision victory over Mexican pugilist Rodrigo Guerrero
· The brief altercation between Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather on their press tour. continue
By Chris Acosta - I don’t know if this “Advice Column” idea will go any further than this first installment. Much of that hinges on whether readers here at ESB like it or not. Either way, I decided to give this a shot because I have a great interest in the subject of advice. It’s a gift of mine; one that keep on giving unless it gets someone divorced or fired from work, in which case, good luck finding my new phone number. I love to hear someone’s problems and then offer counsel which I most likely got from Oprah but will unashamedly take full credit for. continue
Welterweight ace Kell Brook plans on taking a step closer to a world title shot on Friday - and then watching the man he wants to beat 24 hours later. Brook boxes Poland's Krzysztof Bienias in an eliminator for the WBO World title on Friday night in Liverpool. And the next night holder Manny Pacquiao defends against Joshua Clottey in the States. "After I've knocked out Bienias I'll sit down in front of the television and watch the Pacquiao fight," said Brook. "If I hadn't been fighting on Friday I might have gone to the States to be ringside.
"Manny is the man to beat at the moment, and it's either him or Mayweather who is the pound-for-pound number one. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - David Diaz is scheduled to square off against Humberto Soto March 13 on the under card of the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This fight will be for the vacant WBC lightweight title once held by Diaz. This bout represents a crossroad fight for both fighters. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the former champion. Here is what he had to say:
Q: David, how are preparations going for your upcoming fight against Humberto Soto?
A: Well, they’re actually pretty good—can’t complain. Everything’s been marching along pretty good so we should be primed and ready for the 13th.
Q: This fight will be for the vacant WBC lightweight title that you once held. How does it feel to be getting another shot at this title?
A: It’s great. Not everybody gets to fight for the title again and it’s a golden opportunity and we have to try and take advantage of that. continue
by James Slater - Next up for gifted Cuban light-middleweight prospect/contender Erislandy Lara is a scheduled ten-rounder with the teak-tough, never-stopped Danny Perez. Maintaining the fast work rate he and his team hope will see him to the very top of his weight class, the unbeaten 26-year-old southpaw fights again a little over two months after his last win; the step up in class match with former "Contender" Grady Brewer back on Jan. 29th - a 10th-round TKO win for Lara.
But on April 2nd in Las Vegas, the fast-handed Cuban will take a step up again as he meets the man who has that great chin - a chin that was able to see Perez through to the final bell of his 2002 WBO welterweight title fight with the fearsome (and then respected) Antonio Margarito. continue
March 9, 2010 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President José Sulaiman:
The following article was published on Sunday, March 7, in WBC President José Sulaiman’s weekly column in El Universal titled “Hook to the Liver.” El Universal has the largest circulation of any newspaper in Mexico. continue
Mario E. (Miami Beach, FL): What were your thoughts on the situation with Team Mayweather allegedly being racist and turning down the request of a Filipino news source to speak with him at the Mayweather/Mosley press tour?
I hate to sound cliche-ish here, but it goes back to that old "there's-always-more-than-one-side-to-a-story" theory. I have covered promotional events for Goldenboy Promotions on several occasions and what I have noticed is that (by personal admission) they simply don't go out of their way too much for what Richard Schafer calls (to use his exact terms) "secondary sites". It may sound discriminatory on the surface, but there's a good reason why they don't, and in their defense, it is never unilateral, it always has more to do with the industry status of those making the request, rather than the color or race of them. In other words, it all came down to the pecking order, and those of us at the bottom of the totem pole simply had to realize that we weren't gonna always have the same level of opportunity. continue
By Kevin Johnson: Many of my fans have been wondering where I’ve been since my fight against Vitali Klitschko, so I just want to let them know that the Kingpin is back and looking to conqueror the heavyweight division in 2010. First off, most of you don’t realize that I suffered a torn bicep in the 2nr round of my fight against Vitali and still I was able to go the distance with a man who has stopped almost everyone that he’s been in there against. I make no excuses, my fight against Vitali wasn’t my best performance but I think that I showed that I belonged in the ring fighting for the world title. Vitali never layed hand on me, while I was able to bust him open. If I was at my best that night, who knows what might have happened. continue
British Super-Middleweight king Paul Smith has branded rival Tony Dodson the Jellyman of boxing. After political heavyweights Peter Mandleson and David Cameron went at it last week, now it's the turn of Britain's best super-middleweights. The pair clash at the Liverpool Echo on Friday night with Smith's British title on the line, live on Sky Sports 1. Since the fight was announced, insults have been flying, with Dodson latest attack claiming that Smith was boxing's equivalent of pop star Peter Andre. But now Smith has hit back, and says Dodson will wobble under intense pressure on Friday.
"When I see Dodson at the weigh in on Thursday I fully expect his hands to be shaking," blasted Smith. continue
by James Slater - Though the eyes of the boxing world will be firmly set on Dallas, Texas this coming Saturday evening, for the hugely intriguing Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey WBO welterweight title fight, there is another "world" title fight taking place the same night; in Germany. (there is also the vacant WBC lightweight title fight between Humberto Soto and David Diaz, also taking place in Dallas, on the under-card of Pacquiao-Clottey).
And while this fight - the WBO cruiserweight battle between defending champ and local man Marco Huck and Tennessee's Adam "Swamp Donkey" Richards - is no way near as big a deal as the 147-pound match-up taking place on the other side of the Atlantic, those fans who do tune in will likely see a great action fight.
29-year-old Challenger Richards, 23-2(15), pretty much knows just one way to fight; aggressively and in an all-out manner. A crowd-pleaser who is unbeaten as a cruiserweight, the unusually-nicknamed warrior has promised his fans he will give it everything he has against Huck. continue
By Karim ‘Kato’ Godfrey - When the “Super Six” tournament was first announced in 2009, I was mildly interested. I read a few articles on various websites, The Ring Magazine and became a little more interested. As the start of the first round drew a little closer, I sucked it up and ordered Showtime with the thought that I’d check out round one and then cancel my subscription when it was over. (Heck these are lean times we’re living in and I’ve got to watch every penny.) So far, I’ve not been disappointed with my decision and I’m glad to have witnessed the exciting matchups in the first round. I can’t wait for round two to begin.
So far this tournament is the most exciting thing in the Super Middleweight division and I’m really glad it is taking place. The participants are top notch fighters who deserve to be ranked in the Top Ten and all are more than qualified to be Champions of either of the alphabet organizations. continue
Jaime Castro Núñez - Unbeaten WBA Fedelatin lightweight champion Darley Pérez (14-0-0, KO´s 12) retained his regional belt as he stopped Pascual Salgado (4-2-0) in the fifth round at Softball Stadium in Puerto Colombia, ATL., in the main event of Cuadrilátero´s Boxing Night last Friday, March 5. The highly-regarded Colombian prospect looked solid and strong, landing the best punches throughout the match, attacking the body and taking very well Salgado´s bombs. A right hook during the eight paved the way to what ended in a knockdown. Salgado beat the count and the regional champion resumed the assault, using all of his weapons. Seconds later, the referee in charge, Leonel Mercado, halted the contest. continue
by James Slater - Like most other fans, I expected Devon Alexander to beat Juan Urango last night in their WBC and IBF 140-pound unification clash, but I expected the man from St. Louis to win on points. After all, the rock-chinned Colombian had never previously been stopped in his eight-year pro career, and "The Iron Twin" has been in with some good fighters, like Ricky Hatton, Andre Berto and Randall Bailey.
But the man who now holds two of the major belts at light-welterweight shocked Urango and his fans by halting the defending IBF ruler in the 8th-round. A quite sensational performance by the fighter who goes by the nickname of "Alexander The Great," the question now is: how great can Alexander become and who will he fight next?
Shortly after last night's hugely impressive win, the 23-year-old southpaw made it clear he feels he can beat anyone at 140-pounds - with the names of Tim Bradley and Zab Judah being mentioned in particular. And, going by last night's showing, it would take a brave man to bet against the partially unified 140-pound champ doing as he says. continue
By Harold Kupel: Ricky Hatton is reportedly planning on stepping away from boxing and retiring from the sport. At 31, it’s looking like Hatton is going to retire after fighting for 13 years as a pro. Hatton last fought on May 2nd, and ended up getting knocked cold by Manny Pacquiao. Hatton went to a stag party last weekend in Tenerife, and told his friends he “no longer has the appetite to get into a ring and fight again. Recently, Hatton has gained a great deal of weight while away from the ring, and friends and family have urged Hatton to retire from boxing. continue
Alex McMillan - Saturday night sees the next chapter unfold in what has become the gladiatorial career of Manny Pacquiao. Proudly and justifiably held as boxing’s poster boy, the sport seems in more need of his services right now than vice versa. Thankfully for the fight game and its needy, often disappointed fans Manny’s still here. Still accepting the bigger fights and the bigger challenges.
David Diaz was a stepping stone. I never for one moment doubted the Filipino’s ability to take what little he’d offer and come back with substantially more. That the American went 9 rounds is testament to his resolve. Manny couldn’t have hit him harder with a baseball bat. continue
By Paul Strauss: Vic Darchinyan handled the inexperienced Rodrigo Guerrero relatively easily, but he came away with a lot of respect for the youngster, who took everything the Raging Bull could hit him with and kept coming. Vic said he was hitting him so hard that he could feel his knuckles through the padding hitting against Rodigo's head, but did that deter the macho mexican from continuing to press the action........no it did not. All in attendance came away with the opinion that more will be seen of this young southpaw, who suffered his first defeat.
In fact, as Steve Farhood pointed out in the prefight information, the youthful flyweight was fighting in the USA for the first time, as well as fighting a southpaw for the first time, and finally fighting for a title for the first time. It would have surprised no one if he proved to be a nervous wreck. But, he was just the opposite. He remained calm and cool, and unnerved by the overwhelming odds he faced. He also was not awed by the threat of Vic's power, and he proved to have one of the best chins around, at least at the super flyweight division. One can only hope that he didn't suffer too much punishment in the twelve round pounding he took from Vic. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (Mar. 8, 2010) – Highly-regarded, unbeaten prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez could still be “The Future of the Middleweight Division” as projected when he turned pro but, at least for the immediate future, he’ll continue campaigning as a super middleweight. The Dominican Republic-born Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs), fighting out of Worcester (MA), is set for nationally televised debut March 19 in an 8-round super middleweight bout versus veteran George “The Rooster” Armenta on ESPN Friday Night Fights, live from Choctaw Gaming Center in Durant, Oklahoma. continue
For years, SHOWTIME® has featured boxing’s top prospects and future World Champions on its hit series ShoBox: The New Generation, giving boxing fans a glimpse of the World Champions of tomorrow today. On Friday, April 2, live on SHOWTIME, Golden Boy Promotions is proud to present its first event on the series. Undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara puts his perfect record on the line against the always-dangerous Danny Perez in a 10-round main event and Puerto Rican featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez returns to dazzle fans in the co-feature on what promises to be a night to remember at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. continue
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (March 6, 2010) – In an exciting, wildly entertaining one-sided slugfest, Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) of Australia retained his World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) super flyweight crowns with a hard-fought, 12-round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Rodrigo “Gato’’ Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KOs) in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation Saturday on SHOWTIME®. Undefeated Lenny “Lenny Zappa’’ Zappavigna (23-0, 15 KOs) of Australia captured the International Boxing Organization (IBO) lightweight belt with a controversial 12-round decision over Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (22-7, 14 KOs) of Venezuela by the scores of 116-111 twice and 114-113 in an excellent, non-stop action, bloody co-feature at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa.
The hard-hitting Darchinyan triumphed by the scores of 120-108, 118-110 and 117-111 but it was anything but automatic for the 34-year-old Australian-based Armenian who landed countless hellacious shots throughout but could never floor the game Guerrero.
A virtual unknown going in, Guerrero fought with poise and determination and never seemed in awe of the surroundings – the vast-majority of the fans in attendance were pulling for Darchinyan – nor was he intimidated by the heavily favored defending champion. continue
MONTREAL, CANADA (March 8, 2010) Montreal fight fans were treated to another outstanding performance from sensational junior lightweight prospect Logan McGuinness as he battled Mexican veteran Pedro Navarrete in an eight round war on Saturday afternoon. Fighting at the Montreal Casino for the fifth time in his young professional career, the 22 year old McGuinness improved his unbeaten record to 10-0-0 (4KO’s) as the Orangeville native displayed toughness belying his youth. Starting off evenly in the first couple of rounds, McGuinness had a brief tough patch in the early going but was able to turn the tide as the battle raged on. continue
Devon Alexander: “My coach told me to stay focused when Urango started bleeding [from the nose in the third round]. My coach said, ‘Don’t stand there and get hit.’ His [Urango’s] punches did not hurt at all. I was surprised by that. Speed kills everything and that’s what I have. We trained all camp throwing the right uppercut.” Kevin Cunningham [trainer and manager] to Devon Alexander: “Did you hear me yell to you to throw the uppercut?” Alexander: “Yeah, I heard you!” Cunningham: “I told Devon to throw the uppercut, and he heard me. It was the magic shot. We trained all camp to throw that punch. We used speed to set up the power.”
“I can beat anyone: Zab, Timothy Bradley, you name it. I want to come back to St. Louis and sell out the Scottrade center. I’m coming back to good old St. Lou with two world titles. This is very sweet. continue
By Paul Strauss: Devon Alexander treated the Mohegan Sun Casino fans in Uncasville, Conn to something special.........a first time stoppage of Juan Urango. Knowledgeable fans expected Alexander to box well, but not everyone was certain that he could remain in charge over the course of a long pressure filled fight with one of the most feared punchers in the junior welterweight division.
Alexander started the fight making use of a very good sharp, crisp right jab. That punch, coupled with an occasional right uppercut and good movement easily kept in him charge for the first couple of rounds. By the third round, Urango seemed to increase the pressure a notch or two, and managed to land a few pretty good right hooks to the head, and several hard wide shots to the body.
In the next couple of rounds, it appeared Urango was managing to inch a bit closer to Alexander, and the threat of his power becoming more of a factor seemed likely. continue
By Dick Landis: Tommy Hill's Red Leather Sports staged its second fight card of the year Saturday evening at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center in Charlotte. The show featured five pro boxing bouts and three amateur mixed martial arts contests. In attendance was the former world rated, heavyweight contender, Calvin Brock who was interviewed brieftly in the ring before the evening's action got underway.
Brock indicated that he will fight again. continue
By By GM Ross: Sebastien “Double Trouble” Demers earned a majority decision victory over former WBA middleweight champion William Joppy this evening in a ten round, super middleweight contest at the Montreal Casino. Judges Dale Suddaby and Jack Woodburn both scored the fight 97-93 in favour of Demers, while Claude Paquette perceived a closer contest, scoring the fight a 95-95 draw. With the win over Joppy, Demers improves to a perfect 6-0-0 since his loss to Dinoisio Miranda back in August of 2008. For the aging Joppy, now thirty-nine years of age, the loss is his fourth in nine fights.
In an eight round contest, Nicholson Poulard successfully bounced back from his recent defeat at the hands of Sebastien Demers, earning a unanimous decision victory over veteran Manitoban Larry Sharpe. continue
by James Slater - Exactly twenty-one years ago this very day, the career of one of the most naturally gifted, yet at times controversial heavyweights of the 1990s made his pro debut in Reno, Nevada; as a 21-year-old Riddick Bowe stopped the dangerous Lionel Butler in the 2nd-round. Amazingly, considering the man mountain the fighter who would go on to be known by the moniker of "Big Daddy" became in his prime years, the young Bowe tipped in at just 226-pounds.
Staying busy and being trained by the legendary Eddie Futch - who, at one time, was sufficiently impressed with his newest charge to be able to say Bowe had the most natural talent of all the big men he'd worked with - Bowe fought practically every month for the remainder of 1989; even having three fights that November. Moving up in class in 1990, and then having reached the mark of 18-0, Bowe was put in with former heavyweight titlist Pinklon Thomas. Eight rounds later in September of '90 Bowe was 19-0. continue
On Saturday night, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented a thrilling, action-packed night of professional boxing, that had the packed house in attendance asking for more. The five bout card was headlined by Atlantic City's own, Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez taking on hard hitting Alexis Camacho.
Alvarez and Camacho wasted no time getting acquainted, as they both came out in the first firing. In the 2nd, the southpaw Alvarez began finding the range for his left hand, landing two short overhand lefts that rocked Camacho. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - The last time I spoke with Darren Corbett was at the Rogan-Sexton II media day in Victoria Square Mall, Belfast. After we had surveyed Sexton do his pad work with trainer Graham Everett, Corbett reflected that he missed the buzz of being in the ring and was keen to seize an opportunity of a couple more fights. A couple of days later, there were full houses at both the Rogan-Sexton II bill [Odyssey Arena, Belfast] and the McCloskey bill in Meadowbank Sports Arena, Magherafelt – highlighting, despite an economic downturn, the thirst for the sweet science in Northern Ireland. On this evidence, fight fans in Ulster could anticipate a busy fight calendar in 2010.
Surprisingly, three months into 2010 and there are still no confirmed bills in Belfast. However, with Brian Magee and Paul McCloskey holding European Titles, Martin Lindsay holding the British Title and Belfast-trained Andy Murray also a European Title holder – there is no shortage of options for headliners. continue
By John G. Thompson - Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario 12-1-1 (9 KO’s) showed a tremendous heart, a good chin, and constant aggression, despite losing about every round to Martin “El Brochas” Honorio 28-4-1 (14 KO’s). The NABO Lightweight Champion from Mexico City was simply too much for the up and coming fighter from the Dominican Republic now living in Minnesota. While Hilario succeeded in dictating the pace by constantly coming forward, he played right into the hands of the experienced Honorio, who stuck and moved throughout the fight, drastically out-throwing and out-landing his opponent. The fight was promoted by Goosen Tutor Promotions on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.
Honorio’s resume boasts wins over Rogers Mtagwa, Frankie Archuleta, Steven Luevano, and John Molina (handing him his only loss to date) for the vacant WBO NABO Lightweight Title in a ten round unanimous decision. Honorio’s last loss was back in 2007, which came by way of a career derailing first round knockout at the hands of Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, who recently relinquished his title in order to care for his wife Casey. continue
by James Slater - Last night, fans in Huddersfield, Yorkshire got to see heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury's return to the ring; a return to action that had followed an inactive spell of almost six months. Unfortunately for those fans who had paid to see the fight live and for those who watched the fight on T.V, Fury once again won in almost embarrassingly easy fashion.
36-year-old German fighter Hans-Joerg Blasko entered the ring with a modest 9-3(6) pro record, and after two minutes and 14-seconds with 21-year-old Fury he had another defeat added to his stats; last night's stoppage loss marking the fourth time the approx 245-pounder has been halted. Fury, who really could've done with a sterner test, improved to 10-0(8). continue
By Ken Neir: WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KO's) IBF light welterweight title holder Juan Urango (22-3-1, 17 KOs) tonight in an 8th round stoppage at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. It was a fight that was supposed to be competitive. However, Urango, a big puncher, didn't have the ability to keep up with the quicker and younger Alexander. For seven rounds, Alexander basically toyed with the slow moving but powerful Urango. Finally, in the 8th round Alexander got serious and put Urango down with an uppercut to the head. Moments later, Alexander finished Urango off with a fast flurry of punches to knock him down again. The referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the 8th. With this win, Alexander captures Urango's IBF light welterweight title. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - In the past year, Russia’s Dmitry Pirog has emerged as a world-rated middleweight. Currently 15-0 (12 knockouts), Pirog is ranked second by the WBO, 10th by the IBF, and 15th by the WBA. Increasingly, boxing fans are expressing interest in seeing Pirog fight a top echelon opponent, and boxing pundits are writing glowing reviews of his performances.
After winning a one-sided victory over the dangerous and experienced Kofi Jantuah last June, the stage is set for Pirog to fight regularly outside of Russia. The Jantuah fight took place in Germany, and other high profile bouts in Europe and America are certain to follow. Pirog hopes to fight in the United States soon in order to raise his profile with American fans.
American fans will be pleased with Pirog. He is an action-intensive boxer with busy hands who rarely clinches. His style is an unusual blend of European technical boxing and classic American tactics, which emphasize aggression and effective upper body movement. He can defend without having to retreat or cover up. Pirog’s uncanny defensive instincts and his capacity to throw punches from unusual angles, in fact, have reminded some pundits of James Toney. continue
Unbeaten Edinburgh boxer "Scottish" Craig McEwan is to fight the Canadian Light Middleweight Champion, Kris Andrews on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins v Roy Jones jnr. show at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas on the 3rd of April. McEwan has been sparring with Edison Miranda at the Goosen Gym in Van Nuys, California in preparation for Miranda`s attempt on Lucian Bute`s IBF super middleweight title in Quebec on the 17th of April. continue
by Paul Strauss - The crowd at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Ca expected a close, tough fight for the favorite Martin Honorio. Expectations were the younger stronger undefeated Wilton Hilario would bring a lot of pressure along with a bigger punch. The "Pretty Warrior" did bring those two things, but he forgot to bring a jab and combinations. In fact, he forgot to bring the delivery system. When in range, he just couldn't let his hands go! The consequence was Honorio's ability to pick him apart and simply outwork him, both on the outside and inside.
Initially Wilton Hilario's game plan was a simple one. He wanted to get in Honorio's face, and stay there. He was hoping to tire Honorio and then start unloading his shots as opportunities presented themselves. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 5, 2010) Former World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz held an open workout for fans and media Friday at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago .
Diaz is finishing preparations for his showdown with Humberto “ZORRITA” Soto for the vacant WBC Lightweight title on Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of THE EVENT: PACQUIAO vs. CLOTTEY, World Welterweight Championship.
Diaz spoke about the fight with Soto, his preparations and fighting at Cowboys Stadium.
“Soto is a great fighter and has been a great champion. I know he’s taller but it’s always that way for me, no matter who I fight. This fight is huge for me, it’s an awesome opportunity for me to get my title back and bring it back to Chicago.. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans may be aware, top British promoter Frank Warren recently won the purse bids for the Michael Katsidis-Kevin Mitchell clash, and, according to Warren, the fight will take place in the U.K on May 8th (exact venue yet to be announced). What this means is, not only can the unbeaten Mitchell, very possibly a star of the future, look ahead to his first "world" title fight opportunity; but fans in Great Britain can look ahead to a fight that can only be a great fight! continue
American heavyweight contender Danny Batchelder, 25-7-1 (12), will be traveling to Berlin Germany to take on former Olympian super heavyweight and fast rising heavyweight prospect, Kubrat Pulev, 6-0 (4), on March 13th. The fight will be part of the undercard of the Marco Huck vs. Adam Richards bout for the WBO cruiserweight title. continue
By Mike Casey - Somewhat reassuringly, perhaps the favourite indulgences of fight fans haven’t changed radically down through the centuries. From day one, our curious and enduring breed has adored the ritual of engaging in endless and inconclusive argument that generally sweeps us straight up a back alley leading to nowhere.
More often than not, it is impossible to prove our opinions or reach a definitive verdict on what was the greatest fight and who was the greatest fighter. We just know that it feels good to chase our own backsides when there is nothing much else going on in the world. There is nothing quite so curative as a good old barney with our favourite sparring partners. God forbid that they should come over all magnanimous and actually agree with a single word we are saying.
Ad Wolgast and Battling Nelson certainly started something back in 1910 after their phenomenal battle of endurance at Point Richmond. Logically, Ad and Bat should have been carted off to the cemetery after that one. It surely had to be the greatest battle ever seen in the eternally fabulous lightweight division. The cries of dissent were not long in coming – oh no it wasn’t!
Those of a greater vintage argued that for sheer savage intensity, sustained excitement and historical importance, there was nothing to match the brutal first battle between George (Kid) Lavigne and Joe Walcott at Maspeth, New York, on December 2, 1895. continue
As a ringside observer in the Academy Award-winning biopic “Raging Bull” quipped after Jake LaMotta bloodied and battered an opponent named Tony Janiro for ten painful rounds, “He Ain’t Pretty Anymore”! Neither is the boxer dubbed “Pretty Warrior”! Before a packed house and ESPN2 television audience, Mexico City’s Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs) made the first defense of his NABO Lightweight title by demolishing and defacing previously unbeaten Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario (12-1-1, 9 KOs) in the main event at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. The bout was the main event telecast on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” and promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
by James Slater - Canada's Jean Pascal (born in the still recovering Haiti) is the WBC light-heavyweight champion, while America's Chad Dawson is the WBC's interim champ at 175-pounds. Now, on August 14th, in Montreal, Canada, the two 27-year-old's will clash to decide who the "real" WBC king is at light-heavyweight.
A most exciting fight on paper, picking a winner from this one is no easy thing. Pascal, 25-1(16) but unbeaten up at light-heavyweight, is an aggressive-minded warrior type who, as he proved in his sole pro loss to Carl Froch, loves a good old fashioned slug fest and has the type of chin needed to be able to fight in such a way. continue
By Vivek Wallace: On January 22nd, 1995, the world of boxing gave birth to the career of a little known Filipino fighter by the name of Emannuel Dapidran Pacquiao. In a sport that breeds newcomers like a fruit crop, few knew at the time how this particular prospect would evolve. As we all learn at some point in life the hands of time waits for no man, and in the aftermath of that fast-forward of the clock, 7 world titles, 7 weight classes, and many accolades later, a vision that was once unclear now appears picture perfect. Throughout history, it seems that in every generation the world of athletics receives some new phenomenal attraction. Decades ago the NBA gave birth to the tandem of Red Auerbach and Bill Russell. When most felt it could get no better, we witnessed the spectacles of Riley and Magic, or Jackson and Jordan. Years after those tandems dissolved we see the re-emergence of Phil Jackson, only this time his partner in crime was Kobe Bryant.
Time and time again we see these perennial figures come along to put an indelible print on their particular generation, but never before have we really seen someone who was able to accomplish the type of feats that outweigh the great history of time itself - in any sport. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (March 5, 2010) – WORLD-FAMOUS FREDDIE ROACH hit the big Five-Uh Oh today. “Fifty, it’s the new 49,” said Freddie as he entered his boxing laboratory also known as the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California today. Named Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) an unprecedented four times and the trainer of 27 world champions, Freddie is also boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound goodwill ambassador. continue
Unbeaten heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) will return to the ring on March 26 when he takes on Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. The 26-year-old comes off a string of spectacular KO victories, including an impressive eighth-round stoppage of former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster. “Robert has enormous potential,” Team Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering said at a press conference in Helsinki on Thursday. “The fact that he stopped Brewster in just his 11th fight tells you something about his class. He has got what it takes to be a champion one day.. continue
by Jody Kohn - Just who is Super Bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero? In his native Panama he is a national hero. His shy wife prefers to stay at home rather than go out with him and face the never-ending barrage of fans anxious to get a picture and spend a little time with him. Behind Mariano Rivera and Carlos Lee, he is the most famous active athlete in the country. He also has a budding Raggaeton career. His songs loudly play during his entrance to his boxing matches and while he trains. "El Campion del Ghetto" can't help but sing along even while in the middle of pad work.
In America, things are a little different. I have spent several days with "Pelenchin" here in Las Vegas. We have toured large parts of the city. Outside of the gym where he trains, he has not been recognized once. He was, however, mistaken for a member of the FC Barcelona football club. Although he enjoys the anonymity, it is obvious that he would like people here to know who he is. Not out of ego. He is just proud of who he is now and where he has come from.
Call him a champion and he will correct you. He is a "super" champion. Ask him where he is from and he will talk all day about Panama and Colon. He is often accused of being arrogant and a loud mouth. His challenges to Juan Manuel Lopez have become legendary. So has been the reluctance of many of the sports top fighters to face him. He doesn't understand the politics that have taken over the sport. He had two belts. Why would anyone not want to fight him? Without having his career guided by an image conscious promoter, Pelenchin is often left on the outside looking in. A great fighter in search of great fights. continue
Jimmy Burchfield (CES, President): “This is going to be a great show, a few days before St. Patrick’s Day (Irish), and the night of St. Joseph’s Day (Italian). In boxing, though, we’re all one ethnic group. At this show we’ll have Vinny Paz representing the Italians, Micky Ward the Irish.”
Micky Ward: “It’s going to be a great show. Jimmy always puts on a great card with competitive fights. That’s what fans want to see. I’m training a couple of guys fighting (Joey McCreedy and Sean Eklund). I’m not going to tell you they’re both going to win. They’re both ready and will give it their best -- may the best man win.. continue
Popular, hard-hitting Vic Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs) will defend his WBC/WBA super flyweight crowns against streaking Rodrigo Guerrero (13-1-1, 9 KOs) in the main event on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® this Saturday, March 6 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa here. In the 12-round co-feature, unbeaten Lenny Zappavigna (22-0, 15 KOs) and Fernando Angulo (22-6, 14 KOs) will clash for the IBO lightweight title. Angulo was in Los Angeles taking his medical examination and was not at Thursday’s press conference. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This past week’s edition of On the Ropes featured an exclusive interview with Angelo Dundee. The legendary trainer was last seen under the boxing spotlight when he acted as a special consultant for Oscar De La Hoya in his final fight against Manny Pacquiao. Dundee, who is best known for his work with Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard, has worked with fifteen world champions during his long and illustrious Hall of Fame career. Dundee shared his wisdom, insight, and experiences during an outstanding 45 minute conversation. Always known for his great storytelling abilities, Dundee used his unique blend of charm, wit, and a great sense of humor to bring these tales to life. Here are some excerpts from one of On the Ropes’ most fascinating interviews:
His thoughts on Oscar De La Hoya’s loss against Manny Pacquiao:
“The way he (De La Hoya) looked in the gym it looked like he was the winner, but see, the gym is a false impression. To me, you got to know the individual. Pac-Man just was dominant. He was the guy that night and he was the better fighter.”
His views on Pacquiao from his perspective as a trainer:
“Well he’s got everything going for him. He’s got a great trainer in Freddie Roach. Freddie Roach is a pupil of one of my best friends Eddie Futch. I knew Freddie Roach as a fighter, God bless him, and he’s a great trainer. He’s a great kid, and it’s a good blend him and Pacquiao.. continue
Brendan Galbraith - It was the morning after the night before, still trying to fathom the events that had unfolded in that great East End Bastion of Pugilistica, York Hall; I am navigating my way through the bustle of commuters and tourists on London’s Underground. The unanswered questions persist. What to make of Brett Flournoy’s undoing in the final round of his duel with Prince Arron? Flournoy had comfortably won the first two rounds, on my card, by skilfully doing what the Prince’s first two victims, George Hillyard and Bradley Pryce, failed to do – evade The Prince’s long rangy jabs whilst stepping inside to unleash his own arsenal of body and head punches. continue
NEW YORK (March 4, 2010) — Super Six World Boxing Classic standings leader “King” Arthur Abraham and Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell both took part in a media conference call on Thursday to talk about their Group Stage 2 matchup. The two square off March 27, 2010, at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich., live on SHOWTIME at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
The Armenian Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) currently leads the Super Six point standings with three points by way of his last-second knockout against American Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor Oct. 17 in Berlin, Germany. The former middleweight bronze medalist at the 2004 Summer Olympics from Flint, Mich., Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) dropped a close 12-round decision to Carl Froch for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Championship the same night in Nottingham, England. continue
By GM Ross: Canadian middleweight standout Sebastien “Double Trouble” Demers returns to action Saturday night, March 6, against the well travelled William Joppy at the Montreal Casino, headlining what looks to be another top-rate GYM promotions event. Demers record sits at 30 wins, with only two defeats, one of which came in an IBF middleweight title bout with Arthur Abraham. Undefeated in his last five, Demers is coming off a tough unanimous decision victory over Nicholson Poulard for the NABF super middleweight title. Poulard forced Demers to dig deep, knocking “Double Trouble” down in the first round and regularly landing big shots early in the bout. Poulard’s effectiveness, however, faded as the fight progressed. Demers persevered, found rhythm with his jab, scored a knockdown and connected consistently with uppercuts to take the decision.
That being said, Poulard gave Demers about all he could handle, exchanging punches to the final bell. William Joppy had quite the opposite experience his last time out, suffering a tenth round TKO defeat to IBF super middleweight king Lucian Bute. Joppy, the former WBA middleweight champion of the world, will certainly enter the ring the more experienced of the two, having defended his former crown eight times between 1996 and 2002, losing and regaining the title twice during the same period. Furthermore, Joppy has fought and lost to, Felix Trinidad, Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor. continue
by James Slater - All set to face Britain's WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan on May 15th in his hometown of New York in what will be Khan's U.S debut, "Magic Man" Paulie Malignaggi has made no secret of the fact he intends to use a win over Khan to get to the man he really wants - another Brit in Ricky Hatton!
Hatton, intending to fight again in the summer, beat the former IBF 140-pound ruler on an 11th-round retirement win back in November of 2008, and the skilled New Yorker told The Daily Star how that loss has bothered him ever since. continue
by James Slater - After having had a couple of different names mentioned as possible opponents for his next fight, it has been announced how unbeaten Russian contender Alexander Povetkin will face Mexico's Javier Mora on the March 13th Marco Huck-Adam Richards card in Germany. Set for ten-rounds, this fight will almost certainly be the last fight for the 18-0(13) 30-year-old before he finally gets his earned shot at the IBF heavyweight title currently held by Wladimir Klitschko (who, of course, faces Eddie Chambers in defence of this belt, along with his Ring magazine and WBO titles, on March 20th). continue
Going/Austria (March 4, 2010) – Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 47 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight title defense against WBO-No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs), of Philadelphia. The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, March 20, at ESPRIT arena Düsseldorf, Germany.
Tickets, starting at € 20, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805- 57 00 70. The 12-round heavyweight world championship will be accessible exclusively live on payper- 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
About Eddie Chambers
“Eddie Chambers is the best American heavyweight boxer right now. He is much stronger than David Haye. He is definitely the fastest heavyweight in the Top 10 of the ratings, therefore I will not underestimate him.. continue
Video stream of the LA Press Conference to announce the long-awaited mega-fight between FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER and SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY. Mayweather vs. Mosley is promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The 12-round welterweight mega-bout will take place Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Click Play to view the live-stream: continue
George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah will not fight his scheduled 6 round bout on Friday, March 19th at the Choctaw Casino in Durant, OK. "In my January 28 fight I got a cut that required stitches and during sparring this week, the stitches reopened," Tahdooahnipah said. "I was looking forward to this fight and hate to disappoint my fans and followers, but on the doctor's advice, I need to be properly healed, so I don't have trouble in the future. I will be back in action very soon!. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When we last saw Winky Wright inside the squared circle he struggled in a losing effort against Paul Williams. That was the first time he fought in nearly two years. Now, almost a full year later, Winky has his eyes set on another return, but this time he plans to do things right. Ultimately, Winky has a three fight plan that culminates in a title shot against middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with former champion. Here is what he had to say:
Q: Winky, you were recently rumored to sign a deal with Top Rank. What happened with that?
A: We were just talking with Top Rank, seeing what kind of fights could they offer and what kind of things could they offer in the future. We were trying to work out a deal with Bob (Arum). We never really got that finished. We just sat down one quick second. He wanted to try to get me to the fight that I want, and I was given the opportunity and we can come to an understanding on I guess what we both wanted. We can work out the deal, but we never even got to that part of business yet because Bob’s been running around. He’s got (Manny) Pacquiao coming up on all of that so he’s got stuff he had to do and I told him that’s cool, finish your business and we’ll talk. So we haven’t even talked business yet. continue
Felix Sturm has declared in lieu of an oath before Hamburg District Court that under no circumstances will he take part in the mandatory title defence bout required by the WBA against the number two in the world rankings, Gennady Golovkin, and his legal representative in court has furthermore declared Sturm’s willingness to voluntarily lay down his WBA title, if necessary. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing series features a junior welterweight unification showdown when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: DEVON ALEXANDER VS. JUAN URANGO is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 6 at 9:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Lennox Lewis and Max Kellerman will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Last December, Paulie Malignaggi avenged his controversial loss against Juan Diaz in impressive fashion. Malignaggi controlled the fight by effectively using the ring which prevented Diaz from mounting any meaningful attacks on offense. This victory helped reestablish Malignaggi as a major player in the junior welterweight division. He was duly rewarded for his efforts by landing a title shot against reigning WBA champion Amir Khan. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with Paulie and here is what he had to say:
Q: Paulie, on May 15 you are challenging Amir Khan for the WBA junior welterweight championship of the world. How do you think you match up against Khan?
A: I think it’s a solid match-up, I think we have similar strengths. I think my level of opposition has been higher than his but I really think level of opposition sometimes can be overrated. If you can fight, you can fight no matter who you’ve fought so I don’t really count Amir’s level of opposition against him. I’ve seen him on video, and yeah—he can fight. So I’m going have to come prepared on May 15, but having said that, I believe we’re putting a good game plan in place and we’ll be ready for whatever they got. continue
GM Ross - The March 6, 2010, GYM Promotions Montreal Casino fight card will be joined by a Calgary pro-am card the same evening, injecting some much needed action into Canadian pugilism after a two week lull in events. The Calgary show is under the management of Eric De Guzman of Teofista Promotions, who has arranged for Canadian lightweight prospect Steve Claggett to defend his undefeated record against newcomer Walter Linthorne, of Westville, Nova Scotia, at the Bowness Sports Plex. Fans will recall that Claggett scored an impressive first round TKO victory over Mike Maley, of Missouri, just over two weeks ago in Edmonton, stretching his undefeated record to 6-0-1. A win Saturday night will place Claggett on a collision course with Logan McGuinness, of Orangeville, Ontario, and/or Tony Luis, of Cornwall, Ontario, for the now vacant lightweight championship of Canada. continue
LONDON (March 4th, 2010) 6'5 German heavyweight Hans-Joerg Blasko has been named as the opponent for the return of Tyson Fury this coming Friday night. Fury, who is chief support to the main card of Sykes vs. Morris for the British Super Featherweight title this Friday in Huddersfield.
"Just like my team Manchester United, I need to make a point this weekend. I've been away and it's time to return back to my slot as the number one domestic heavyweight, in the premier league of boxing." said Fury. continue
by James Slater - Last time out, 28-year-old southpaw Paul "The Punisher" Williams met fellow lefty Sergio Martinez in a December thriller. The two exciting warriors traded knockdowns before the 6'1" Williams won a hard-fought but well deserved majority decision in a 2009 Fight of The Year candidate.
Originally in training for middleweight king Kelly Pavlik (who Williams would still love to fight), "The Punisher" took the fight with Martinez on short notice. Still craving the big, big fights with top names like Mosley, Mayweather, Pacquiao and "The Ghost," the 38-1(27) star who meets a TBA on May 8th kindly gave me the following interview direct from the gym earlier today. Here is what the man who has captured titles at 147 and 154-pounds had to say:
James Slater: I thank you so much for your time, Champ, and the time of your trainer George Peterson. I take it you are in training now, and we can look forward to seeing you back in action on May 8th?
Paul Williams: Yes, sir, we are actually shutting up training for the day right now. I'll be back on May 8th, but right now we still don't know for sure who it will be against. Who have you heard it will be against? continue
by James Slater - It was always going to be interesting to see how Floyd Mayweather Junior and "Sugar" Shane Mosley would act when they came face-to-face on their press tour to hype up the big May 1st WBA welterweight title fight they will be engaging in in Las Vegas. Well, yesterday, on the first stop of the pre-fight publicity tour, we got out answer as the two got in each other's face in New York.
When attempting to conduct the traditional (and, truth be told, now somewhat tiresome) "stare down," the two laid hands on one another and some pushing and shoving took place. continue
(March 2, 2010) Guillermo Rigondeaux, arguably the most decorated athlete in the history of the amateur boxing system, will step into the ring for the sixth time as a professional on April 10 as a part of “Fighting for Haiti”, headlined by Andre Berto’s WBC welterweight title defense vs. Carlos Quintana. “Fighting for Haiti” will take place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida and will be televised live on HBO.
Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs) has been on the fast track to professional stardom since turning pro last May. As a two time Olympic gold medalist for his native Cuba, Rigondeaux has had no problem testing himself during his young career. In just his third pro fight he knocked out Giovanni Andrade, who came into the ring with a 60-11 record and having won five straight. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 3, 2010) Former World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz is in his final week of training in his hometown of Chicago as he prepares for his rumble with Humberto “ZORRITA” Soto on Saturday, March 13th at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Diaz is working with his manager/trainer Jim Strickland and co-trainer Mike Garcia as he looks to regain the WBC Lightweight Title he lost to pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao in June 2008.
On Friday, March 5th at 1pm, Diaz will hold an open workout for members of local the media and his DIAZ ARMY at JABB Boxing Gym, 410 N. Oakley in Chicago.
The Diaz/Soto world title bout headlines 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 “Ireland’s” JOHN DUDDY in a middleweight duel with MICHAEL “Myckol” MEDINA. continue
by James Slater - Bad news for fans of the light-heavyweights. It has been reported by various sources how the scheduled April 10th clash between IBF 175-pound champ Tavoris Cloud and top contender and former champ Glen Johnson has been called off. The official reason is the unbeaten Cloud suffered a strained hamstring, and now the IBF has given their light-heavyweight ruler a 90-day extension to fight "The Road Warrior."
However, as the man with all the hot news, Dan Rafael, has reported over at ESPN.com, there may be more to it than this. continue
Six Questions with the New WBO NABO Lightweight Champion Who Makes His First Title Defense Against Wilton Hilario This Week on “ESPN’s Friday Night Fights”(9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA Los Angeles, CA (March 2, 2010) – Fresh off an upset win over unbeaten prospect John Molina, Jr. back in November at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, new WBO NABO Lightweight champion Martin “El Brochas” Honorio returns to the scene of one of his biggest victories when he makes his first title defense against Dominican Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario in the main event of the March 5th telecast of “ESPN FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS” live on ESPN2 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
BERLIN (March 3, 2010) - King Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) has returned to Germany following the postponement of his Super Six World Boxing Classic second-round clash with Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs). The fight has been moved back to March 27 after Dirrell injured his back in practice. It will now take place at Detroit´s famous Joe Louis Arena and will air live on SHOWTIME, Saturday, March 27, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. “I am not at all concerned about the change of the date,” King Arthur said. “We had a great time in Palm Springs.
I love America and I enjoyed to stage my training camp in the Californian sun. Postponements happen all the time in boxing. I don´t mind when and where I will take on Dirrell - I will defeat him everywhere, even in his backyard. I am in the Super Six tournament to become a star in America and all over the world. After the KO win over Jermain Taylor, another spectacular victory over Dirrell in front of his home fans will further raise my international profile.. continue
British Super-Middleweight Champion Paul Smith likes to spend his spare time with birds! No, it's not another example of a prominent sportsman caught up in a sex scandal - family man Smith confines himself to the feathered variety. The Liverpool ace is a pigeon breeder and racer, and has already won a number of trophies. He follows in the footsteps of the boxing greats Mike Tyson and Marvin Hagler, both of whom bred racing pigeons, and says the sport is a welcome distraction from the rigours of the ring. "It's good to have something to take my mind off boxing," said Smith, who is gearing-up to make the first defence of his British super-middleweight title against rival Tony Dodson on March 12 at the Liverpool Echo Arena - live on Sky Sports 1. continue
From WBC President José Sulaiman: The WBC is very happy with the great activity that we are having in March and April in Japan. On March 27, WBC flyweight world champion Koki Kameda of Japan will fight WBC interim champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailand to determine the undisputed WBC flyweight champion of the world. On the same card, WBC strawweight champion Oleydong Sithsanerchai will fight Japanese challenger Yasutaka Kuroki in a voluntary defense, and a WBC female championship bout between Momo Koseki of Japan and Gun Joo Shim of South Korea will be contested. continue
ENGLAND (March 3rd, 2010)–- Unbeaten WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl “the Cobra” Froch gave us a glimpse of his snake-hips last Saturday night, all in the aid of Sport Relief, but now turns his steely eye to Mikkel Kessler in Herning, Denmark. April 24th is now set in stone and the MCH Messecenter is the Danish venue for the next round of the Super Six tournament, where Froch defends his WBC title against the Danish boxing super star.
“The Sport Relief dance routine was a great laugh, me and the rest of the guys really enjoyed ourselves and I hope to think we raised at least a tenner for the charity!” joked the unbeaten WBC Champion.
“We practiced for about 2 days, counting the steps... 8, 9, 10, 11, fold newspaper, 12 step out” said Froch. continue
by James Slater - 24-year-old undefeated light-middleweight/middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez Junior was this week handed a seven month suspension from the ring by The Nevada State Athletic Commission due to the fact that he took an illegal substance when heading into his November 14th 2009 points win over Troy Rowland. continue
FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER - "It takes two to make a mega fight. Shane Mosley is one of the best welterweights of our era and I want to fight the best and continue to fight the best. I am not only in the fight business; I am in the check cashing business.
"When it comes to performance enhancement drugs, I stepped up the plate. I want to show the world that my sport is clean. I am able to generate millions of dollars. They say Shane is the WBA Champion, but we all know that belts do nothing but collect dust.
"You can hate it or love it, but this is a God given ability. I am taking these skills and showing the world that I am going to entertain.
"There's always an excuse. If I beat someone, they say he's over the hill. If I beat someone else, they say he is too slow. I can just be me and be the best.
"There is nothing cool about taking punishment. There is nothing cool about getting hit in the head. continue
“Who R U Picking?” “Who are you picking?” The buzz surrounding the biggest night of boxing this year has already started as superstar and six-time World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and welterweight mega-star, five-time World Champion and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley, are set to meet in Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?, on Saturday, May 1 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a spectacular bout which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Click play to watch the NYC press conference video plus interviews: continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 2, 2010) The Commerce Casino, the world’s largest poker facility in the world, will once again host an evening of world class professional boxing presented by TKO Boxing Promotions on Thursday, March 25th. “We’re really proud to return to the Commerce Casino with our third event. It’s an excellent venue that allows us to present world class professional boxing to the outstanding sports fans in the Southern California area” said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, curators of the nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEREOS TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” boxing series. continue
By Joseph Herron - In the drama that is boxing, HBO is a network always looking for that elusive American fighter who can transcend boxing and capture the imagination of the casual American fight fan. This Saturday, HBO hopes that they have found that special fighter in American hopeful, Devon Alexander.
The St. Louis native has already won a portion of the jr. welterweight title by defeating the enigma that is Junior Witter by creating angles and effective punching with speed and precision. Devon’s handlers and promoter Don King feel that they have a special fighter. In fact, Don King is affectionately calling his fighter “Alexander the Great”. This Saturday, the southpaw from St. Louis hopes to conquer the always tough Columbian iron-man, Juan Urango.
Before the fight, HBO is planning on airing a background segment of Devon Alexander. continue
by James Slater - The long, very long, pro career of legendary four-time heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield simply refuses to come to an end! It has been reported how the 47-year-old future Hall of Famer has been given a one-fight license to fight in the state of Nevada, and that "The Real Deal" is now expected to fight in Las Vegas on April 17th, at The Orleans Hotel and Casino.
The probable opponent for the man who has not seen any ring action since his closer than expected points loss to then WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev in December of 2008, is reigning WBF titlist Frans Botha. As fans know, the two veterans were originally supposed to meet in January of this year in Uganda, now it seems the two fighters with a combined age of 88 will clash in "Sin City.. continue
by James Slater - A mild-mannered person who is never one to use trash-talk, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao has, for the first time, let go with something approaching a verbal volley towards pound-for-pound #2 and possible future foe Floyd Mayweather Junior.
In being quoted by ESPN.com, the Filipino idol suggested "Money" may be afraid of him, or unready to fight him at the present time, and that this is the real reason their would be super-fight is not happening and may never actually happen. continue
Alex Hamer, TEAMCHAMBERS.TV: Who is as American as Apple Pie? What exactly is "The American Dream"? On any given day The American Dream definition changes depending on who you ask. No matter what the answer, there seems to be one thing in common, "work hard and you will get your rewards". Unfortunately, the stories that generate headlines are the ones involving the bad boys of the world. It seems that in todays news "drama sells" & "good guys finish last"! These concepts directly oppose what America, & the American Dream prides itself to be. However, the story of Boxer "Fast" Eddie Chambers exemplifies THE AMERICAN DREAM. If that dream remotely consists of struggle, hard work, success, failure, more hard work, & opportunity, then Fast Eddie Chambers story is The Blueprint.
The boxing world is filled with different characters. There are men who come from challenging impoverished backgrounds who just want to fight. Then there are the people who want to take advantage of them. Eddie Chambers grew up in these same environments. Fortunately Eddie chose a different route. Initially, Eddie used the boxing gym as a way to stay in shape. However, in an effort to help support his family, Eddie turned pro at an early age. Not long after, Eddie started to grow a true passion for the sport. continue
NEW YORK, March 2, 2010 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured seven Sports Emmy® Awards, will return for its eighth boxing installment with 24/7 MAYWEATHER/MOSLEY, a four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 10 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/7:00-7:30 p.m. PT), the series follows two of boxing’s top performers – Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley – as they prepare for their May 1 welterweight pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 1 - There will be fireworks at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, March 27 when Golden Boy Promotions presents a world championship doubleheader featuring one of boxing's most exciting fighters in a pivotal matchup against the number one challenger to his crown, and a rematch of one of 2009's most closely-contested battles. In the 12 round main event, interim WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos Maidana defends his title against unbeaten Dominican Republic star Victor Cayo, and in the co-featured attraction of this compelling doubleheader, South African standout Ali Funeka and unbeaten former two division World Champion Joan Guzman and look to settle the score after their 2009 draw when they meet again in a 12 round fight for the vacant IBF lightweight championship. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 62nd 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 ever insightful Geoffrey Ciani (aka-Rummy), and my talented Co-Host, Nick Powers.
Topics for Discussion
· Team Pacquiao sounding off about Floyd Mayweather
· Tomasz Adamek hires Ronnie Shields to train him for his fight against Chris Arreola
· Omar Niño’s controversial technical draw against WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol
· Victor Otriz’s 10th round TKO win against Hector Alatorre
· The return of Johnny Tapia. continue
by James Slater - Reigning WBA heavyweight king David Haye has promised his fans an exciting fight night on April 3rd, when he will meet mandatory challenger and former titlist John Ruiz in what will be the first defence of his title. Haye has even suggested he will become only the second man to KO "The Quiet Man." However, just in case the fight isn't a fan-friendly affair (as, truth be told, has been the case with a number of Ruiz fights over the years) the promoters of the event set for The MEN Arena in Manchester in just over a month's time have made sure the fans get a good, solid under-card to ensure value for money. continue
(LAS VEGAS, NEV.) – Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (Flint, Mich.) (18-1, 13 KOs) will make his long-awaited Detroit debut on Saturday, March 27 in a super middleweight clash with former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (Berlin, Germany) (31-0, 25 KOs) at Joe Louis Arena. The fight will kick off the second round of the SHOWTIME Super Six Super Middleweight tournament, and be broadcast live to millions on SHOWTIME. After traveling to enemy territory for his opening bout of the tournament against WBC Champion Carl Froch, Dirrell will enjoy the chance to compete in front of his hometown fans in his fight with Abraham. The 2004 Olympic bronze medalist and Michigan native plans to give Detroit residents a reason to celebrate following a difficult few years in the area which has been hard hit by the economic recession. continue
Rob W. (Brooklyn, NY): I'm a little concerned about Pacquiao/Clottey being stopped early due to headbutts. Do you think that the referee will be aggressive and prevent Clottey from doing this?
Vivek W. (ESB): Being a hardcore fan of fundamental textbook fighting styles, I've watched Clottey for years, I've admired his style for years, and I've analyzed his style for years. When it comes to him and headbutting, while I can firmly agree that some fighters do use this method to create an unfair edge, I can truly say that I don't believe that Clottey is that type of guy. When you study his style, the first thing you notice is that his impenetrable defensive posture is literally built on protecting any and every angle that a punch can land; literally everything from his face down to his complete midsection. As a result of this position, he tends to crunch forward, which also solidifies his leg base, serving as a shock absorber when the opponent returns fire, as well. Being that he's always coming forward and always in that defensive posture to pick off shots while doing it, it puts a very active puncher (like Pacquiao) in the way to either be accidentally hit, or accidentally initiate the but themselves. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - In just three weeks time now the former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (33(26)-3) will climb through the ropes in his first meaningful contest since being decisioned by Eddie Chambers (who faces Wladimir Klitschko later in the month). Facing him will be upset merchant Nagy Aguilera (15(10)-2) , a little known heavyweight who stunned former titleholder Oleg Maskaev inside one round in his last bout. The fight has been billed as an IBF eliminator with the winner being poised for either a meeting with Alexander Povetkin or the winner of Klitschko chambers. This will actually shape up to be an intriguing heavyweight clash and one that it is hard to predict. One thing is certain: Samuel Peter’s future as a serious contender hangs precariously in the balance, with anything short of a stoppage/lopsided win for the Nigerian signalling the end of his tenure as a big name fighter. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (Mar. 1, 2010) – Hall of Fame-bound Erik “El Terrible” Morales returns to the ring March 27 after 2 ½ years of inactivity, headlining “The Champion Returns” pay-per-view event, on a mission to become the first Mexican boxer to capture world titles in four different weight classes. Integrated Sports Media, North America’s undisputed leader pay-per-view distribution of major boxing events, has teamed with KO Entertainment to bring American fans Morales’ comeback fight against former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Jicaras” Alfaro, as well as the WBA light heavyweight eliminator between former WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Hernan “Pigu” Garay and WBA #4 rated Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry, live from Monterrey, Mexico. continue
BOB ARUM: Manny Pacquiao is having a great training camp, as Freddie will tell you. There is excitement is Dallas. We have less than 8,000 tickets to go and I am fully confident we will have a sellout for the fight. It is very exciting for us and it should be a great, great show.
FREDDIE ROACH: Manny Pacquiao is in great shape. We boxed 11 rounds yesterday with four different sparring partners. He is looking really good and he’s got the game plan in place. We were so sharp yesterday I almost wanted to give him a day off but Manny won’t take a day off.
We’ll spar 12 rounds on Saturday. That will be our peak day and we will taper off from there and we are heading to Dallas after training on Monday the 8th.
Manny is getting better all the time and he still wants to improve. We are getting better at making the moves. We have watched a lot of tape on Clottey. continue
by James Slater - In what is arguably the biggest title fight taking place this coming Saturday night, light-welterweights Devon Alexander and Juan Urango will clash in a unification bout in Uncasville, Connecticut. A good, solid match-up, March 6th's winner will walk away with both the IBF and WBC belts at 140-pounds. But just who will this winner be?
Both men are southpaws, with "Iron Twin" and current IBF boss Urango being a fighter who comes at an opponent with a more square on approach, and both men are coming off impressive victories. continue
NEW YORK (March 1, 2010) - Boxer Oscar De La Hoya - who won 10 different world titles spanning six different weight categories, as well as a 1992 Olympic gold medal - has formally accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors for the USA Bid Committee in its effort to bring the FIFA World Cup™ to the United States in 2018 or 2022. continue
The Hall-of-Fame promoter was born 70 years ago in Wuppertal, Germany. With his day of birth being the 29th of February, he has only been able to celebrate 17 “real” birthdays thus far. However, during non-leap years, he actually celebrates twice – on the 28th and the 1st. “We had a big party when I turned 65, and we will have another big party when I turn 90,” he said. “This time I am just celebrating a little with my family and friends in South Africa. I am very grateful to be full of energy – and I will need every bit of it since we have a big month coming up, with King Arthur´s Super Six fight against Andre Dirrell in America and Marco Huck´s second defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title in Berlin.”
Operating from the famous Max-Schmeling-Gym in Berlin, Wilfried Sauerland currently manages over 30 fighters, including Super Six World Boxing contestants King Arthur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler, former WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolai Valuev, 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester as well as WBA/WBC Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus, amongst many others. continue
Heavy-handed Tony "Bomber" Bellew has promised to turn into a modern day Dambuster - and KO German bad-boy Juergen Braehmer. Bellew challenges for his first title on March 12 at the Liverpool Echo Arena, against undefeated Ghanaian Atoli Moore live on Sky Sports 1. The Commonwealth light-heavyweight title is on the line - the same belt that his hero John Conteh once held - and the scouser is hoping to gatecrash into the WBO top 10 with victory in the fight. That's because the unbeaten 27-year-old has already got his sights set on WBO champion Braehmer. continue