By Coach Tim Walker - Okay. I took a bit of heat from Eastside readers for not taking a stance on which fighter, Floyd Mayweather Junior or Shane Mosley, I favored to win. As I mentioned before, the fight is really close and I think the winner will be determined by whichever fighter has the higher mental acuity and makes the proper adjustments at the appropriate times, nearly instantaneously. continue
By Vivek Wallace: The two men that sit at the center of tonight's spectacle have traveled vastly different roads, but an old Hindi adage reminds us that although "paths are many, destination is one". For Mosley, his path to this grand stage has encountered both title defenses, as well as title defeats; capped with controversy in the form of allegations that acutely marginalize each and every last accomplishment he has ever made. For Mayweather, (to quote a once popular tune by the Isley Brothers), it's been "nothin' but smooth sailing"; yet tonight his ride along easy street seems all but certain to veer down the path of uncharted territory. In an effort to narrow down each man's chances, we take a look at "keys to victory", as well as "four" game changing elements to explore, and an official prediction.
By Michael R. Cumberbatch - Less than twenty-four hours remaining until the Welterweight showdown billed as “Who R U Picking.” Undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather takes on “Sugar” Shane Mosely in one the most anticipated welterweight showdowns.
Mosely finds himself facing big odds. Not only on the Vegas line but also in the ring. I have to admit I am surprised that many boxing experts believe Shane has the right skill set to beat Mayweather. Frankly, I don’t see it that way. I believe for all the reasons listed below that the deck is stacked for Floyd. continue
Here are the weights from Oldenburg: WBO Cruiserweight Title: Brian Minto (USA): 90 kg vs Marco Huck (Germany): 90,2 kg
WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title: Tommy Karpency (USA): 79 kg vs Karo Murat (Germany): 79,2 kg
Middleweight: Alessio Furlan (Italy): 72,5 kg vs Dominik Britsch (Germany): 72,8 kg
Heavyweight: Evgeny Orlov (Russia): 143,3 kg vsKubrat Pulev (Bulgaria): 111,1 kg. continue
By Vivek Wallace: On this very last day of April, 2010, the world of boxing sits firmly on the cusp of not only its biggest event of the year thus far, but potentially the most memorable one as well. Each year, the first day of April reminds us how much of a 'fool' we can truly be. If a certain fighter from Pomona, California has his way, the first day of May could find many of us playing that role of the fool yet again, as the script he plans to write exclusively targets the non-believer.
According to that script, the day of May 1st has been officially reserved for the first professional loss of undefeated welterweight Floyd Mayweather jr. Quite an interesting proposition coming from a man who's 38 and returning from his longest career layoff. Some may choose to question the credibility of such a proposition, but where things become intriguing is that when you look at the level of opposition Floyd Mayweather jr. has faced, although his resume is far from weak, most would argue that none of his opponents were quite on the level of the one he now stands in front of. That one caption makes for a very intriguing subplot, as both men realize that despite a very decorated history filled with several titles and accolades, their individual paths to supremacy led them to the same stage which they will now share. continue
by James Slater - Arguably one of the most exciting punchers in the sport today, "Raging Bull" Vic Darchinyan will be in action in Parramata, New South Wales, Australia on May 20th; when he will face Richard Garcia of The Philippines in a scheduled non-title ten-rounder.
The big-hitting southpaw with the 34-2-1(27) record will be having his first fight in Australia, where he of course calls home, since 2007. 25-year-old Garcia, 21-10-1(5) will hopefully be a final tune-up opponent for Darhinyan ahead of his in-the-works and hugely anticipated return with Nonito Donaire - a fight that is tentatively set for August of this year. continue
By Conor Ward - Well, another night of top class boxing action from Las Vegas awaits us, and if yesterday’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand was anything to go by, this fight is certainly being hotly anticipated by fight fans, thousands of whom filled the arena to witness the two boxers take to the scales. Both of them looked calm and relaxed, ready to do the business they do best, and of course showing off ripped midsections. “Sugar” Shane Mosley tipped the scales at the welterweight limit of 147lbs while Floyd “Money” Mayweather came in a pound under at 146lbs. Clearly, weeks and months of hard graft away from the spotlight have paid off. Whoever comes up short tonight, it won’t be for a lack of preparation. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior whose son (currently being trained by Roger Mayweather) is preparing for a May 1 bout with Sugar Shane Mosley. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding his son’s preparations for his May 1 fight with Shane Mosley:
“My son’s in a good mental mind state. He’s physically fit, he’s sharp, he’s slick, he’s clever, and he’s smooth. That’s what I would say about the whole picture.”
On whether he still believes Mosley represents the toughest challenge for his son (based on a claim he made in Episode 30 of On the Ropes Boxing Radio:
“I think Sugar Shane would be more of a challenge, I should say, then the other guys. I just think that Sugar Shane would be the ideal fight for my son to fight. We’ve been talking about rough and tough and all this stuff, but at the end of the day I look for my son to be prepared with Shane because Shane don’t have no defense for one thing. That’s one thing that’s going to take the cloth off of Shane. He don’t have no defense, and if you don’t have defense and I don’t care how good you fight, if you don’t have defense you get hit and you get beat up. So my thing with Shane is that I think he’s going to get beat up. That’s what I think is going to happen. Floyd’s faster and he’s smarter, by far. He’s gifted. Shane is definitely stronger, he’s going to come to fight but coming to fight with no defense—you get beat up!. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - I wrote an excellent article evaluating the Floyd Mayweather Junior vs. Shane Mosley fight. I literally covered every point. I worked on it for 5 straight days and was very proud of it in fact. As I attempted to forward it to Eastside my email server suffered a terminal error and the article, which was only stored on the server, was lost to annals of cyberspace to never be seen nor heard of again. Believe me, I worked diligently trying to retrieve it, restore it, and any other word beginning with "re" that I felt might help me find it. Alas, it is long gone. After several hours of trying to get it back, I attempted to rewrite the article. As some of you know, it is difficult to recapture your thought. Instead of beating myself up over it I decided to provide a quick synopsis.
Both fighters are super talented. They have no real weaknesses. They just have points, within their styles, that are less polished than others, but they are certainly good in every aspect of the game. Speed, (about) equal. Power, (maybe) Mosley. Ring generalship, Mayweather. continue
by James Slater - Although he has lost his last two fights, both on points, fans everywhere would almost certainly welcome a second fight between Breidis Prescott and Amir Khan. The powerful Colombian shocked the current WBA light-welterweight champion inside a single minute back in September of 2008, and it seemed stardom awaited the then undefeated banger. Instead, though, the man who, post-Khan, took the nickname "Khanqueror," wound up losing two of his next three fights - dropping decisions to Miguel Vazquez and Kevin Mitchell. continue
by James Slater - This fight had "pick 'em" written all over it!
I can quite vividly remember the lead up to the fight that took place exactly 20-years ago today in Atlantic City - and no-one was at all sure who would win when tough guy Doug DeWitt of Yonkers, New York climbed into the ring to defend his WBO middleweight belt against the lethal-punching, yet vulnerable Nigel Benn of London, U.K. If you picked up a paper or a magazine back in April of 1990, you would find as many experts picking an 'away' victory for Benn as you would a 'home' win for DeWitt.
DeWitt, 32-6-4 was the older am at age 28, and he was making the second defence of the WBO belt he had won by out-pointing Robbie Simms the previous April. DeWitt, known for his hard head and sheer gameness, had actually made a little bit of boxing history with the win over Hilton; as he had become the very first holder of the newly minted WBO middleweight championship. Having been unable to win a world title up until January of 1990 - despite, or due to, his having faced a who's who of the middleweight division in the 1980s; such as Thomas Hearns, Sumbu Kalambay, Don Lee and Milton McCrory - DeWitt was now intent on keeping hold of his new belt. continue
Steve Janoski: I’ve been calling for it for the last two years, and finally the day has arrived where Sugar Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather are going to square off and rumble. This is a fight between two fighters that are so good, so talented, and so experienced that it makes it hard to pick a winner. The general boxing public knows who they’re picking- Mayweather is nearly a 4 to 1 favorite, and I suppose his 40-0 record speaks for itself— and if it doesn’t, Mayweather will speak for it, as he will about most things. continue
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez - "I'm happy to be here and eager to get in the ring. I have a lot of respect for my opponent, but like everything, I come to win. I will prove to the world who is the better man. I am very motivated to give the American fans a glimpse of Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez.
"This fight is very important to me. It is under a great main event in Mayweather-Mosley and in the world capital of boxing, Las Vegas. With all due respect to Mayweather and Mosley, I think I'm going to steal the show. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - The upcoming welterweight mega fight between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley could not have been billed more appropriately: Who are you picking? The fight is inspiring a healthy amount of: speculation, debate and counter debate. There is so much at stake for Floyd Mayweather that the fight cannot help but attract a huge PPV figure.
Why I believe this fight is so fascinating is because Floyd Mayweather has really been something of a contradiction. On the one hand he has been regarded as arguably the most technically gifted fighter of his generation, yet conversely over the past few years there has been growing resentment from the fans over how he chooses to justify that claim! The fight with Mosley therefore provides the perfect night of judgement for Floyd. Should he prove his greatness, fight a perfect fight and dominate a bigger stronger future hall of famer, then respect shall be restored! continue
Weigh-In Results: Shane Mosley 147 vs Floyd Mayweather 146 l Daniel Ponce de Leon 125 vs Cornelius Lock 125 l Saul Alvarez 150 vs JM Cotto 149 l Arturo Morua 141 vs. Jessie Vargas 142 l Said Ouali 146 vs. Hector Saldivia 147.5 l Gilberto Sanchez Leon 130 vs. Eloy Perez 129 l Dion Savage 168 vs. Tommie Speller 166 l Luis Ramos 136 vs. Allen Litzau 138. continue
Furious Kevin Mitchell says he'll finally punish Michael Katsidis for snubbing him when he was an up-and-coming fighter.
The Dagenham star will aim to become a world champion when he fights the 29-year-old Australian for the interim WBO lightweight title on May 15 at West Ham's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park, televised live on Sky Sports HD1. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former IBF featherweight and super featherweight champion Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero who is currently set to square off against Roberto David Arrieta on April 30. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On preparations for his fight with Arrieta:
“The preparations were great. I’m ready to go. Now it’s just the countdown until Friday night.”
Regarding who he would ultimately most like to fight in the lightweight division:
“Well, I would love to fight the winner out of (Juan Manuel) Marquez-(Juan) Diaz. I mean that would be a great fight to jump into. God willing, everything goes good and I’ll be in that fight, but any one of the champions at 135 pounds I would love to get in the ring with.. continue
Los Angeles, CA (April 29, 2010) – If ‘THE WEIGHT IS OVER” headliners Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Kermit “The Killer” Cintron are as accomplished at making predictions as they are with their fists, then “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather’s perfect record (40-0, 25 KOs) will be a thing of the past come this Saturday night in Las Vegas.
“The two proclaimed best welterweights in the world fighting Saturday night aren't the best welterweights in the world -- Paul Williams is the best,” declared the ever self-assured Williams (38-1, 27 KOs), who has challenged both of them on multiple occasions. continue
DARREN CORBETT insists he is not scared of Prizefighter favourite Herbie Hide and is ready to claim the £32,000 winner’s prize. The pair are both among eight men in Barry Hearn’s latest one-night tournament – Cruiserweights II – which takes place at the York Hall in London’s East End on Friday. However, Corbett’s hopes were nearly derailed as he originally weighed in one and a half pounds over the 14st 6lb limit before an impromptu gym session saw him make the weight at the second attempt. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather are both talented fighters but when it comes to textbook skills and pedigree, there is no doubt Mayweather is superior. If we were to make a complete checklist of offensive and defensive attributes such as hand speed, foot work, punching technique, elusiveness, etc., Mayweather would have more checks in his column than Mosley. The areas where Mosley would have the edge primarily deal with size, power, strength, and other similar qualities. For this reason, the majority of observers are picking Mayweather, and not without good reason—he is clearly the more complete fighter.
If this fight comes down to raw skill Mayweather should emerge triumphant. The question becomes, is the bout going to be decided by skill and skill alone or will it be decided by something more?
Mayweather’s career has largely followed the model set by Roy Jones Junior. As a general rule, Mayweather and Jones were both businessmen first and foremost. Any concerns pertaining to legacy and standing always took a backseat to the almighty dollar. continue
LAS VEGAS, April 28 - After a long absence boxing returns to Tropicana Las Vegas on Friday, April 30 featuring three-time World Champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero vs. Roberto David Arrieta.
Friday's fight is not a first for the Tropicana. The resort has hosted its share of fights dating back to 1975. Several boxing greats have entered the ring at Tropicana. The property has featured bouts with five-time World Champion in four weight classes and one of the greatest lightweights of all-time Roberto "Mano de Piedra" Duran in 1980, two-time World Champion Aaron Pryor in 1980, world-class trainer Freddie Roach in 1985, Floyd Mayweather Jr's. last opponent and six-time World Champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez in 1998, and one of the greatest Mexican boxers of all-time and six-time World Champion Marco Antonio "Barreta" Barrera in 1998. continue
By Brian Potier - Do not be alarmed at the title of this article. Before you cast judgment, let me invite you into my humble abode. Watch your step. As you can see, it’s not much, but it’s mine. The guys you see hitting those heavy bags, skipping rope, and sparring each other are my guests. But, truth be told, this is their home just as much as it is mine. Say that again? Oh, that smell is the smell of hard work and sweat mingled with pain, fear, dreams, and determination. The ropes you just climbed through have seen their share of battles first hand – nestled in a place the most expensive seat could never accommodate. To gain access to this hallowed ground takes more than a ticket – it takes a courage that few in this world possess. The blood-stained mat beneath your feet has held the weight of a million triumphs, and at the same time a million defeats. See that guy over there by the speed bag? Watch out for him. He’s going to be a champion one day.
There are few things in life that emit such joy for boxing fans as a great title fight. We view HBO’s 24/7 in-depth look into the lives of boxers and are quickly reeled into the pageantry of such a grandiose event. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 30)...Six-time World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and WBA Welterweight Super 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 mega-bout which will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
TOP WRITERS AND MEDIA
"I'm picking Mosley. I'm not sure how much Floyd has lost having fought just once in two years. Mosley has equal if not better hand speed, and I just don't know what Mayweather has or has not lost in his defensive genius in two years. Mosley in a decision."
- Bert Sugar, boxing writer and historian . continue
By Vivek Wallace: On the evening of Saturday, May 1st, in Las Vegas' MGM Grand, two of this era's perennial figures will square off to settle a score that began tabulating well over a decade ago. Often in the sport of boxing we learn that there's never a bad time for a good fight, yet this is a good fight which could yield results that prove to be bad for the man who lands on the losing end. With the sports P4P king looming at large, eager to display his own dominance, both men involved Saturday night know full well that only one will have the opportunity to test their mettle against him. For the elder Shane Mosley, the road has been long and arduous, yet the beaming energy he brings into this showdown has him more than fresh and ready to impress. For Floyd Mayweather jr., this daunting task will place him in the midst of a terrain that he has yet to conquer. One where the competitor is bigger, stronger, and by many accounts, perhaps even faster. continue
Edouard in Panama, Friday, April 30 - Daniel "The Haitian Sensation" Edouard (22-2-2 KOs 13) makes his return to action Friday, April 30 at the illustrious Hotel Melia Panama Canal, Colon City, Panama. Edouard, whose last fight was nearly a year ago, has been a constant presence in the boxing gym and feels he is in supreme condition. continue
Photos: Derek Edwards (left) weighed the division-limit 168 pounds and Marcus Johnson tipped scale at 167 Thursday for their 10-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) tomorrow/ Friday, April 30. Osumanu Adama (left) and Don George each weighed 167 for their eight-rounder Friday at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.Kevin Engel (left) weighed 170 and Edwin Rodriguez weighed 169 Thursday.
CHICAGO (April 29, 2010) -- Six talented, promising super middleweights will be featured on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) tomorrow/ Friday, April 30, live on SHOWTIME® at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
In a battle of unbeaten, world-ranked 168-pounders in the 10-round main event, Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs, of Houston, Tex., takes on Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) of Winston-Salem, N.C. continue
Former two-time super middleweight champion Byron "Gator" Mitchell (28-5-1, 21 KOs) says he's feeling "super" in final preparations for his showdown with Otis "Triple OG" Griffin. Mitchell and Griffin will square off in the main event of X-Cel Worldwide in association with Bang Productions' "Hassle at the Castle" boxing benefit gala at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York on May 7. continue
NEW YORK (Apr. 28, 2010) – Undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (21-0, 15 KOs) is following the advice from the famous quote attributed to Horace Greeley, “Go West, young man, go West.” Quillin, who was rated as high as No. 5 by the IBF before a series of unfortunate circumstances, due to three consecutive injuries, cost him 18-months of his career. He will soon be moving from New York to Los Angeles, where he will now be handled by 4-time Trainer of the Year, Freddie Roach, at his famed Wild Card Gym. continue
FLOYD "MONEY" MAYWEATHER - "It's been a tremendous camp. Roger [Mayweather] has done a tremendous job getting me ready for a fight of this magnitude. I know what it takes, hard work and dedication, prayers and belief in a good team.
"I believe in loyalty. I am loyal to my team. I have been with the same team from beginning to the end.
"Be smart, be sharp and fight hard. May the best man win. I am pretty sure that Shane feels deep in his heart and deep in his soul he is going to win.
"It doesn't stop May 1. Mayweather Promtions is the past, present, future of sports and entertainment, period.
"HBO, we will be family forever.
"If you put in the hard work, you get great results. Once I get in the ring, I get great results. continue
BRONX, NY (April 28, 2010) – Undefeated Top-10 contenders VANES “The Nightmare” MARTIROSYAN and “Mean” JOE GREENE will duke it out for Martirosyan’s NABF and NABO 154-pound titles in the co-main event of “Stadium Slugfest,” the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium. “Stadium Slugfest” will feature three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO challenging undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi YURI FOREMAN of Brooklyn in the main event, Saturday June 5. HBO World Championship Boxing will televise both fights live, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT. continue
WELSHMAN Wayne Brooks is confident he can stun the boxing world and defeat former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide on Friday. The pair are two of the eight contenders in Barry Hearn’s latest one-night Prizefighter tournament - Cruiserweights II – at the York Hall in London’s East End. Hide, 38, has won 48 of 52 professional contests and is close to a shot at the WBC world title, while Brooks is a 23-year-old prospect who has only had five professional wins. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Darren ‘The Raging Bull’ Corbett got the call 2 ½ weeks ago to take part in Prizefighter – The Cruiserweights II and had no hesitation accepting the challenge. Corbett is ‘over the moon to be back fighting’ and is no stranger to this competition, having been a semi-finalist in the inaugural Prizefighter – Cruiserweights.
The call for Prizefighter coincided with Corbett celebrating the birth of his daughter – Kealeigh – born on the 15th April 2010. Proud father Darren immediately vowed to dedicate his appearance in Prizefighter, and hopefully victory, to his new arrival – baby Kealeigh and his four other children, Joleen, Darren Jnr, Nicole and Jay.
“It’s brilliant to be back – I am over the moon to be back to fight in a such a competition with the former World Champion (Herbie Hide) in it. continue
by James Slater - The cruiserweight division is currently hot and has captured the attention of fans in Britain right now; what with Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli's crushing, 1st-round away win in Russia yesterday and the upcoming "Prize Fighter - The Cruiserweights II" tournament, set for this Friday night in London. And while 29-year-old Maccarinelli turned down a spot in the latest instalment of the Barry Hearn-promoted tournament - feeling, as he said, that the fight he took with Alexander Kotlobay was a bigger and ultimately more rewarding challenge for him - the fact remains that the "star" of Friday's "Prize fighter" show, Herbie Hide, is one fighter we in the U.K would love to see Maccarinelli fight one day. continue
by James Slater - Will 23-year-old Amir Khan put a halt to the recent rejuvenation 29-year-old Paulie Malignaggi has shown when he faces him in New York on May 15th? Khan certainly thinks so - not only that, but he feels he will beat "The Magic Man" so comprehensively that the only place Malignaggi will have to go after the fight is into retirement.
Extremely confident ahead of his U.S debut, the reigning WBA light-welterweight champion told The Manchester Evening News that he very much plans to do a "proper job" on the fast-handed and slick operator who has only been legitimately beaten by Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton. continue
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (28-1, 21 KOs) and American challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-3, 21 KOs) today came face-to-face for the first time ahead of Saturday´s world title clash in Oldenburg, Germany. Just like yesterday at the press training, Minto was again wearing dark sunglasses – but only until Huck took them off him during the stare-down. “I wanted to see his eyes,” the champion said. “And he should get a good look at me so that he has an idea of what will be waiting for him on Saturday. I never underestimate any opponent, but Minto will not be leaving with my title, you can be sure of that.”
Huck has predicted to personally make Minto pay for retiring German legend Axel Schulz back in 2006. “I cannot understand why he wants to do that,” Minto said. “This is a completely different fight and has nothing to do with Schulz. I am in great shape and I am here to win the title.” Yet Huck feels he owes one to Schulz. “I was a big fan of him and I really wanted to see him fight again, but Minto spoiled his comeback. Now I will make him pay big time. continue
By John Wight: British boxing should bow at the feet of Enzo Maccarinelli. His stunning first round victory over Alexander Kotlobay in St Petersburg on Tuesday night to bring home the vacant European cruiserweight title announces the return of a man who, if honest, even his most loyal and faithful supporters had written off. b After suffering three crushing defeats to David Haye, Ola Afolabi and Denis Lebedev, the Welshman’s stature in the sport had dropped faster than a lady of the night’s knickers in front of a fifty pound note. continue
by James Slater - Enzo Maccarinelli, the former WBO cruiserweight champion, made a success of his trip to St. Petersburg, Russia tonight, as he sensationally blew away local man Alexander Kotlobay inside the opening round to win the vacant European 200-pound belt. Knowing his very career at top level was on the line, the 29-year-old Welshman took the potentially risky fight with the never-stopped Russian hope - and did he make the most of his big chance!
Always a big puncher, Maccarinelli let his hands go almost immediately, with some shots to the body and then some big right hands upstairs scoring for him. Guilty of starting slowly, Kotlobay was promptly decked hard by one of these rights. Up, but looking very wobbly, the 30-year-old was soon under more fire and pinned on the ropes. Maccarinelli wasted no time finishing matters, and after a flurry of punches punctuated by a monster uppercut got home, the referee had no choice but to dive in and save the slightly older man. The official time was just 2-minutes and 15-seconds of the 1st-round. continue
By Michael Iurato: In Boxing like any other sport there is always critics and un-answered questions about the caliber of an era and its warriors within it. Floyd Mayweather is probably the most “Question Marked” fighter of our time. Undefeated in 40 outings many of us sit with curiosity on why he has not fought in what we may feel are fighters that can kink his fighting style or give him the run that we all as boxing enthusiasts deserve to see. For years Floyd has hand picked his battles, but there does come a time where you are backed in a corner and even Floyd would have to punch his way out of it. The complete torching to possibly one of the greatest fights of our time was dusted due to Floyds request for a new drug testing policy during negotiations for PACQUIAO vs. MAYWEATHER. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Luke ‘Winky” Wilton (6-2-1) will return to the ring on the 8th May 2010 on the Alio Promotion at the Holiday Inn, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Wilton, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday a few days after his bout, will be looking to take a step closer in his surge for a title shot this year.
Wilton explained: “I would love to fight the winner of Bayaar v Sexton (for the British Title) or a shot at Commonwealth king Chris Edwards. I know some people might say its too early in my career or I’m not good enough, but I think I deserve a crack as there aint many flyweights and the rest have had their chance.. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 70th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Roger Mayweather, Floyd Mayweather Sr., and Robert Guerrero) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm 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 Boxing Radio 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
· Mikkel Kessler’s unanimous decision victory over Carl Froch in round 2 of the Super Six
· Tomasz Adamek’s majority decision win against Chris Arreola
· Episode 3 of HBO’s Mayweather-Mosley 24/7. continue
by James Slater - 33-year-old Floyd Mayweather Junior may be unbeaten at 40-0, he may have won himself a handsome collection of titles in a number of weight divisions and he may be one of the greatest fighters of his era. However, unless I'm mistaken, most fans would agree with me that the recent claims "Money" has made about him being a greater fighter than the incomparable duo that is "Sugar" Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali are false.
Mayweather may be better in certain areas than either Ali or the original "Sugar Ray," but no way does he deserve to call himself a better all-round fighter than either legend. But, ahead of what is arguably the toughest test for him as a pro, certainly at welterweight, against "Sugar" Shane Mosley, Mayweather has indeed stated that he is the best boxer of all-time. continue
European Heavyweight Champion Audley Harrison underwent surgery on Saturday April 24th in Manchester at the BMI Alexandra Hospital. Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor Lennard Funk, completed a revision of a pectoralis major musculotendinous tear and application of Platelet Rich Plasma. Professor Lennard Funk commented: “Audley will be in a sling for 3 weeks. I would expect him to be back to full training 8 weeks after rehabilitation if all goes well and full recovery in about 12-16 weeks.. continue
By Paul Strauss: It's an interesting fight to contemplate. Although, most fans and experts say it's not a difficult one to predict. Mayweather will win, they say. In fact, very few experts are willing to go out on a limb and pick Mosley to win. They might say that Sugar Shane will put up a good fight, or that he will make it interesting, and maybe even exciting, but that is as far as they are willing to go. On the contrary, most say they won't bet against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. As support for their position, they reiterate what everyone already knows, and that is Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is undefeated and one of the best defensive fighters of all time. In addition, they might correctly add something like, "He is an excellent and accurrate counter puncher."
Even Nazim Richardson, Mosley's new trainer, will not try to denegrate Floyd's ability as a fighter. He admittedly recognizes Floyd's ability to adapt and adjust when needed. In Floyd, he sees a fighter who doesn't get flustered and doesn't lose his cool. Floyd doesn't have any obvious weaknesses. He seems to have everything a fighter needs to be great. He possesses great footwork and balance. He can get in or out in the blinking of an eye. Or, he can move around and frustrate and opponent. His blindingly fast feet and hand speed enable him to get away with lead rights, and to jump in with a lead left hook without consequences. continue
By John Wight: The tragedies which have befallen boxing over the past year or so would make even the coldest heart weep and the most ardent advocate of the sport begin to question its legitimacy.
First Alexis Arguello, the Nicaraguan legend who graced the ring in the late seventies and early eighties, took his own life last summer whilst in the grip of substance abuse and depression. Shortly after that tragedy another arrived when Atruri Gatti was found dead in a hotel room in Brazil, where he’d been vacationing with his wife, similarly a man who’d been suffering substance abuse problems. Then Vernon Forrest was murdered in Houston during an attempted carjacking during the same period, breathing truth into the old saw that bad luck always comes in threes. continue
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (April 27, 2010) – Top Rank will present its most ambitious and compelling Latin Fury card in its 15-event history. Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México will feature undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the living legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, Jr., in rumble against Top-10 middleweight contender “Ireland’s” JOHN DUDDY for the WBC Middleweight Silver Championship. World Boxing Organization (WBO) interim bantamweight champion ERIC MOREL will defend his title against three-time world champion JORGE ARCE, five-time world champion MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA makes his 2010 debut in a 10-round lightweight battle against Adilton De Jesus, and the broadcast will open up with SALVADOR SANCHEZ III, in an eight-round featherweight bout. continue
by James Slater - As U.K fight fans may know, 29-year-old Rendall Munroe of Leicestershire won a final eliminator for the WBC super-bantamweight title this past Friday night, as he overcame an early points deficit to halt talented Mexican Victor Terrazas in the 9th-round. Improving his fine pro record to 21-1(9) (the one loss coming way back in 2006, up at featherweight, against Andy Morris), Munroe earned himself a shot at reigning WBC 122-pound king Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan.
As promoter Frank Maloney said shortly after his fighter had stopped Terrazas with body shots (becoming just the second man to have beaten him at pro level), Munroe is a hardworking man who has done everything the hard way - from winning minor area titles, to the British, European and Commonwealth crowns. Maloney also said he will try his best to get the Nishioka fight here in the U.K, but that the confident Munroe would travel if need be. Can "The Boxing Bin Man" beat the man who has been WBC champion since 2008?
A southpaw like Munroe, 33-year-old Nishioka has a very good 35-4-3(22) record, and in a now 16-year pro career he has been stopped just once; way, way back in just his second paid fight, in 1995. continue
PROVIDENCE (April 27, 2010) – New Bedford police officer Jason “School Boy” Pires, one of the top United States amateur boxers in the mid-1990s, has come back to the ring after graduating from college to take care of some unfinished business. Pires (22-3-1, 9 KOs), a former USBA super bantamweight champion, takes on former world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (39-5-1, 18 KOs), headlining the May 7th “Spring Fever” pro boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. continue
Episode #4 (series finale)- Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 30 (8:30-9:00 p.m. ET/PT)- Other HBO playdates: May 1 (11:00 a.m.), 2 (9:00 a.m.), 3 (9:00 a.m., 7:30 p.m., 10:30 p.m.), 4 (2:00 p.m.), 5 (9:30 p.m.), 6 (midnight), 7 (2:00 a.m.) and 8 (10:30 a.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT)- HBO2 playdates: April 30 (2:30 a.m.) and May 1 (5:30 p.m.), 2 (10:30 p.m.) and 4 (9:30 p.m.)- HBO On Demand availability begins: May 4... Las Vegas rolls out the red carpet as fighters Floyd Mayweather (40-0, 25 KOs) and Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) participate in fight week activities before their May 1 pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. continue
By Aaron Gorvine - Thus far in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, there have been five bouts and all five have been won by the person fighting at home. Coincidence? Most participants would agree that it is simply a fact of life.
The advantages for hometown fighters are glaringly obvious, whether it’s a referee deducting a point from the visiting boxer for low blows (Jermain Taylor versus Arthur Abraham), or a close decision seemingly more lopsided than it should be (one judge had Kessler beating Froch by 117-111. continue
MARK Krence believes winning Friday’s Prizefighter Cruiserweights II will catapult him to a third shot at a British title. Chesterfield-based Krence, 33, has fought twice for the British Heavyweight Championship and is desperate to compete for the Lonsdale belt at cruiserweight level. However, after six defeats in his last ten fights, the only way for that to happen is for him to become the Prizefighter Cruiserweights II champion. continue
Maurice W. (Charlotte, NC): I recently heard about a youtube clip relating to Shane Mosley and his alleged admission of use of banned substances. Do you think that video footage was a 'smoking gun' displaying his guilt?
Vivek W. (ESB): My position on this topic is one that I think perhaps everyone out there should adopt, and that's the fact that this is a process which is still being heard and hashed out, so until that process completes itself, we can't rush to judgment and yell "guilt" because one side decided tip their hat to the public and present what THEY consider to be a 'smoking gun'. There's more to Mosley's side that has yet to come out, and I think we need to respect that. Are there certain elements to question? Absolutely. To the contrast, are there things that potentially point to his innocence? Yes. On a personal note, if I were a close friend to Shane or someone in his circle, my discussion with him would surround the fact that he basically allowed himself to be party to a situation that overwhelmingly compromised his worth. Whether it's true or not, I would want to know as his friend why he allowed himself to be in that situation to begin with. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 27, 2010) Undefeated super middleweight Donovan “DA BOMB” George took to the mound at Wrigley Field on Monday night and threw a perfect strike during first pitch ceremonies held prior to the Chicago Cubs/Washington Nationals game.
This Friday night, April 30th, George, 19-0-1 (17KO’s) will battle highly regarded Ghanaian veteran Osumanu Adama, 17-1-0 (13KO’s) in a scheduled eight round bout at THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHTS at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. continue
By Julius Secker: The fight between Floyd Money Mayweather Jr. (40-0) and Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5) on May 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas will be one of those rare occasions. This will be the first time since Felix Trinidad-Oscar De La Hoya, where you will have two consensus top 3 current- pound for pound fighters going in to battle each-other. And it will be a battle between two guys who were once considered the best in the sport. (Mayweather was considered the best from 2005 until early 2008, while Mosley was considered the best from late 2000 to the beginning of 2002). It is also a fight between 2 future hall of famers who have won titles in multiple weight divisions.(Mosley 3, Mayweather 5) In fact, this is the most important fight between non heavyweight American fighters since Marvelous Marvin Hagler vs. Sugar Ray Leonard. continue
By Paul Strauss: Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis described the situation accurately when he said if Chris Arreola doesn't take himself seriously (his weight and conditioning), then the fans aren't going to either. That comment was made in reference to the disappointing size of the crowd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. Since Arreola is from neighboring Riverside, CA, it was thought he would draw well, but that apparently didn't happen.
The fight itself was not complicated or very skilled for that matter. Adamek generally beat Arreola to the punch with straight forward type combinations, coupled with side to side movement. Arreola had his moments when he would bull-rush Adamek against the ropes. Sometimes that occurred when Chris would double or triple up on his jab. Other times it happened when he would just use his huge body to charge like a defensive lineman. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons – When John Duddy enters the Alamodome in San Antonio on June 26th to a capacity crowd of 15,000; most of the seats will be filled by fanatical Chavez Jr. fans, who live within a stone’s throw of the Mexican border. Duddy, 29-1 (18KOs) is on a rebound from his only defeat to Billy Lyell in 2009. Yet the fact that his last 3 wins were all against fighters of Mexican descent (Munoz, Astorga, and Medina) was no accident. Thanks to Top Rank’s promoter, Bob Arum, Duddy is now known and despised by thousands of Mexican fans, who will pay top dollar to watch their young hero humiliate the arrogant Irishman. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 27) - The polls on the internet asking "Who R U Picking?" for Mayweather vs. Mosley are producing very interesting results. With less than a week to go, the buzz has spread across all media platforms breaking the general boxing barriers and into mainstream sports, entertainment, political and many other sites. See what people are saying on who they think will be victorious on May 1 when Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley meet in the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in a mega-fight which will be produced and distributed live by HBO-Pay-Per-View® beginning at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST: continue
By Paul Strauss: Once again the hometown fighter came away with the victory. In this particular case it was Mikkel Kessler over Carl Froch, which took place at the MCH Messecenter, Herning, Denmark. Both fighters proved to be exciting and courageous. They both took a beating, and sustained multiple cuts and bruises. Both seemed to be temporarily hurt at times, and both took command of the fight at different stages. However, Kessler stayed busier and looked to be the more consistent aggressor. He did a good job in mixing up his attack to the body and head. As a result, the judges rewarded him with a unanimous decision, and the WBC super middleweight title.
In the post-fight interview, Froch made a mild effort at disputing the decision, but admitted he could have done more. He felt he had Kessler hurt more than once, but failed to properly follow up. He mainly objected to the disparity in the margin of victory on one judge's score card (117-111). He thought it was too great. Kessler, who had a bad cut over his left eye, jokingly said, "I'm starting to look like a fighter!" He knowingly admitted that he will have to move his head more. Mostly, Kessler was just plain happy to once again have a championship belt, and to have given his fans a victory. continue
by GM Ross: Last night, Saturday, April 24, Jeannine Garside regained her WIBA featherweight title in her hometown of Duncan, British Columbia, by defeating Lindsay Garbatt of Oshawa, Ontario, via a third round knockout. According to Ashley Gaudreault of the Cowichan News Leader Pictorial, “Garside fans were a bit worried after Garbatt landed a strong punch and cut Garside above her right eye in the first round.” Nonetheless, the more experienced Garside persevered, taking the fight to Garbatt in the second before slipping her a slumber-maker at 1:23 of the third round. With the win Garside joins Olivia Gerula (WBC), Lisa Brown (WBA), Lucien Bute (IBF), Jean Pascal (WBC) and Steve Molitor (IBF) on the list of Canadian world titlists. continue
So what do several of the world’s best super middleweights think of the up-and-coming crop of fighters in boxing’s best and deepest division?
“The future of the super middleweight division is very bright, especially here in the U.S.,” said Andre Dirrell, who trails Arthur Abraham in the Super Six World Boxing Classic™ standings with two points. “European fighters have controlled the division recently, but all that has changed with what has happened in the Super Six. continue
by James Slater - One of the great things about the "Super-Six" tournament, is the way a fighter, even if he loses a bout, is not out of the tournament. Twice now, two favourites to win the Boxing Classic have lost and been criticised for doing so, only to bounce back in their very next "Super-Six" outing. Last night's winner over Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler, lost to Andre Ward, yet now he is back amongst the picks to win the tournament. And Andre Dirrell, who dropped a close decision to Froch in a disappointing affair, came back to hand Arthur Abraham his first pro loss.
Former WBC 168-pound champ Froch, who lost in a war with Kessler last night, now has the chance to come roaring back in his own dramatic way when he boxes his third fight in the tourney. And, like a true champion, "The Cobra" has vowed to do just that.
"I'll be back. I'll definitely be back," Froch said. "I'm still in the tournament and will still get the chance to win the [WBC] belt back. I've got to beat Arthur Abraham in my next fight to get to the semi-finals of the tournament.. continue
by James Slater - Ask some fighters, or fight experts, and they will tell you that as soon as a boxer starts to even talk openly about retiring, he is already halfway towards quitting the ring. Fans of Amir Khan, the reigning WBA light-welterweight champion, had better hope this is not true in the case of the 23-year-old.
Yet while Khan is only 23 and a mere 23 fights into his pro career, he has been talking already about how and when he plans to quit the ring. continue
(April 26, 2010) - Wilfried Sauerland has rebuffed Mick Hennessys claims about a potential verbal agreement on the venue for the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between King Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch. After losing his WBC Super-Middleweight Title to Mikkel Kessler in a epic clash on Saturday, the Cobra is due to take on tournament point leader Abraham in the third round. “Contrary to what Mick Hennessy stated after the fight on Saturday, there is no agreement – neither written nor verbal – about the fight venue,” Wilfried Sauerland said. continue
by James Slater - First of all, I've got to admit I was way off the mark with regards to how I saw last night's fight between Tomasz Adamek and Chris Arreola going. I felt, with his size, raw power and relentlessness, the bigger man would definitely be too much for the former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight ruler, very likely even stopping him in the second half of the 12-rounds. Adamek, though, with his speed, skill and superbly executed game-plan, outboxed "The Nightmare" on the way to winning a close, hard-fought majority verdict. In so doing, "Goral" proved me wrong, wrong, wrong!
Adamek, now 3-0(2) as a heavyweight, also proved he is a legitimate heavyweight; one who can handle a big, strong, young and always dangerous puncher like Arreola. The question now is, can 33-year-old Adamek handle either one of the three current belt holders at heavyweight - Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko or David Haye?
With his hit-and-move style capable of frustrating Arreola last night, Adamek showed once again that speed can kill. continue
Two-Time Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs has given a captivating interview to Vlad.tv. Find out how the two time Heavyweight Champ got into the sport of boxing. The Cannon also talks about one of the faces of Boxing, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Click below to watch... continue
By Earl Blaney - It’s not the fight we want to see, but we’ll watch it anyway. It shouldn’t really be a good one, but that doesn’t really matter. The guy who can’t loose is well capable of doing exactly that. These are some of the oxymoronic statements that underscore this weekends bout between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley, factual statements that make morons of today’s boxing fans and a mockery of the sport of boxing. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Saturday night in Ontario California, Polish born New Jersey resident and Heavyweight contender, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO’s) put on a boxing clinic on how to beat a big, sloppy power puncher, as he went 12 rounds against Cristobal Arreola (28-2, 25 KO’s). When it was all over, Adamek had finished the fight on his feet with nary a scratch; while Arreola’s face was so swollen he looked like a Jack-O-Lantern with a beak and a vulgar vocabulary that does a poor job of “representin” his community.
This had to be a fight that Arreola figured he would win by imposing his bigger frame on Adamek’s relatively smaller one. A fight where Arreola would over power the smaller Adamek into submission but no, that’s not what happened at all. Adamek fought a very smart, tactical fight that saw him slipping in to land clean shots and then out of Arreola’s range to make him miss. Adamek constantly changed directions and Arreola lacked the agility to keep up with where Adamek moved from second to second. continue
This Friday night in Tokyo Japan a young Filipino boxer will take his chance at reaching his dream by stepping into the ring with the current WBC World Superbantam Weight Champion, Toshiaki Nishioka. Balweg Bangoyan, the 23 year old Filipino high school sophomore dropout who was jailed for street-fighting when he was 16, decided to make boxing a living after being taken under the wing of his manager Zander Khan and now holds a professional record of 15-0, with 9 of his wins having come from knockout. continue
Pop star Stacey Solomon will make sure Kevin Mitchell has the X-Factor when he faces Michael Katsidis on May 15 at Upton Park. The 20-year-old, who rocketed to fame after making the final of last year's X-Factor, will sing the national anthem at the fight to be televised live on Sky Sports 1 - and demonstrated a handy right hook when she met up with Mitchell this week. Solomon is the latest celebrity to back Mitchell in his big showdown with the power punching Australian, following actor Ray Winstone, Chelsea star Joe Cole and punk band The Cockney Rejects. continue
HERNING, Denmark (April 24, 2010)–-Hometown superstar Mikkel Kessler turned in a gutsy and heroic performance—capped by a scintillating 12th round—to win a unanimous decision and register his first points in the groundbreaking SHOWTIME® Super Six World Boxing Classic, giving Carl Froch his first professional career loss at MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark on Saturday night.
Coming off a loss in his Group Stage 1 bout to Andre Ward, Kessler was desperate to get on the board and re-capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) world title belt Froch brought to Denmark. Kessler brought in legendary trainer Jimmy Montoya to help craft multiple game plans for the fight. He also brought to the ring the will to win the fight, a true slugfest between European champions.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Kessler 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113 (Roger Tilleman, Belgium; Daniel Van De Wiele, Belgium and Guido Cavalleri, Italy, respectively). continue
Keith Holmes (41-5, 25 KOs) will get his hands full on May 29 at the DC Armory in Washington D.C., as Titanium Promotions has confirmed that the former WBC World champion will take on former IBF World champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-7-1, 16 KOs). The two will clash for the vacant UBO International Middleweight championship as co-feature to the Demarcus Corley vs. Jermain White UBO World Light Welterweight title fight. continue
HERBIE Hide will begin his quest for Prizefighter glory with a fight with Welshman Wayne Brooks. Hide, 38, is the favourite to win Prizefighter Cruiserweights II, which will be held on Friday at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London. Former WBO heavyweight world champion Hide is hoping to win Prizefighter and then fight for the WBC cruiserweight title. However, he needs to triumph at Prizefighter for that dream to become a reality and 23-year-old Brooks is the first of three potential opponents. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - This fight was like a mystery book, each round a chapter designed to keep the reader on the edge of the seat guessing about the ending, but with a precise structure underneath it all. Becoming more and more evident as the rounds went by, the solution was plain for all to see before the end: the murderer is Yassine El Maachi.
In a fine display of his trademark psychological warfare, The Showman (13-4), hands down, moved around the ring casually, teasing his opponent Bertrand Aloa (15-7) and inviting him in, but picking his own shots carefully, gradually taking over the fight, while the Frenchman tired, to end completely dominant.
As the first bell rang, Aloa sprang forward to successfully cut the ring and kept Yassine on the ropes most of the time scoring with heavy hooks to head and body. El Maachi seemed cautious in this round, probably to get a feel of what his opponent had to offer, but countered punctually with looping 1-2 to the head from very unusual angles, uppercuts, and body shots. continue
LAS VEGAS (Apr. 26, 2010) – After a professional career spanning 18 years, highlighted by becoming the first and only Heavyweight World Champion of Latino heritage, two-time world champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz today announced his retirement from the ring. Ruiz (44-9-1, 30 KOs) defeated three world champions – Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and Tony Tucker – as well as top contenders such as Andrew Golota, Fres Oquendo, Jameel McCline and Kirk Johnson. Six of John’s nine career losses were to world champions. continue
Last week Nirmal Lorick, manager and trainer of WBC #2 rated welterweight Luis Collazo has publicly pulled out of the scheduled June 5th WBC Silver Championship against hard-hitting Selcuk Aydin. Lorick said that his fighter was not able to make the weight after a long lay-off and in addition to that had no interest in traveling to Turkey for a world title fight for a purse of US$ 105,000.- ARENA had won the purse bid for Aydin vs. Collazo on March 5th at the WBC headquarters in Mexico and announced that the fight will take place on June 5th at Abdi Ipekci Spor Salonu in Istanbul, Turkey. After Collazo pulled out promoter Ahmet Öner said the championship fight on June 5th will still go ahead. continue
by James Slater - Tonight in Denmark, 31-year-old Mikkel Kessler managed to take the WBC super-middleweight title from defending champ Carl Froch in the latest instalment of the "Super-Six" tournament. In a great action fight that had some truly memorable trading, especially in the later rounds, Kessler prevailed via a unanimous decision. Kessler won by scores of 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112. The Dane is now 43-2(32) and well and truly back amongst the favourites to win "Super-Six." 32-year-old Froch, who gave it everything he had tonight, is now 26-1(20).
A cagey start in the opening round, any fears any-one may have had of the fight being a letdown were soon to be removed! It was very much a battle of the jabs in the early going, and both men had their success. Froch was guilty of being a touch wild, even missing so badly he spun completely around in the 3rd-round. The early rounds were quite tough to score, but Kessler was probably doing a little more. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 24, 2010) With twelve knockout stoppages in a row, Chicago fan favorite Donovan “DA BOMB” George predicts that Ghanaian veteran Osumanu Adama will be “LUCKY 13” on Friday, April 30th. “I’ve knocked out the last twelve guys I’ve faced, Adama is going to be “LUCKY #13” on April 30th” said the confident George. The George/Adamu battle is one of the featured bouts on the Showtime broadcast of “THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHTS” from Chicago ’s UIC Pavilion.
The 25 year old George is wrapping up training in Chicago as he prepares for his first televised network appearance. On Friday afternoon he sparred eight rounds with popular Polish light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara who is fighting Roger Cantrell in a ten round bout off-TV for the vacant WBC Youth World Light Heavyweight Title. continue
St. Paul, MN (April 25, 2010) - Minnesotans “Golden” Caleb Truax and Phil “The Drill” Williams battled to a spirited ten round draw in front of a standing room only crowd Friday night at the St. Paul Armory. The story line was one that those in attendance clearly bought into, as Truax looked to avenge an amateur loss to Williams, while the latter was gunning for a knockout over an unbeaten opponent. In one of the more heralded fights in Seconds Out Promotions’ history, Truax got off to a solid start by effectively outboxing the heavy handed Williams in the early rounds. Both fighters continued to pick their spots in the middle rounds, with Truax starting to press the action, while Williams began to work his jab. With a sudden sense of urgency, Williams rallied late and stunned Truax in the last round, leaving fight fans at the edge of their seat until the final bell. continue
F. Mayweather - Thanks for having me on this call today. I want to thank all the writers and all the media. I also want to thank Richard Schaefer and Golden Boy, and I want to let Richard Schaefer know that they've done a tremendous job with Shane Mosley, layering Shane Mosley's career, but also with the rest of their fighters. I wish everybody nothing but the best.
I really want to thank Leonard Ellerbe and Kelly Swanson, Al Haymon and the rest of my team. I truly believe in my heart they've done a tremendous job with my career and I'm very, very appreciative. I just want to thank all the writers and everybody.
May 1, I know we're not that far away. I'm going to give the fans one hell of a fight. I'm in tiptop condition and tiptop shape. continue
Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) won a highly controversial split decision over Nadia Raoui (11-1-1, 3 KOs) at the Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany tonight. Kentikian was out punched and out landed in most of the rounds by Raoui's clean effective shots. The judges scored the fight 96-94, 96-95 for Kentikian and 96-94 for Raoui. East Side Boxing scored the fight 97-93 for Raoui.
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) stopped Nicolas Plotinsky (16-4, 8 KOs) in five rounds in the co-main event. Brähmer floored Plotinsky at the end of the first round and battered his completely overmatched opponent for the rest of the fight until the bout was waved off by referee Paul Thomas. continue
By Aaron Gorvine - Although Eastside Boxing is primarily a website devoted to the sweet science of pugilism, there is now a need to occasionally report on the interconnectedness of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA). Any boxing news outlet must now at least make mention of an emerging scenario in the sport; elite boxers crossing over and challenging fighters in MMA contests.
It’s nothing new for lesser boxers to engage in K1, UFC or some of the smaller organizations as a way to make use of their limited skills. In the past, most of the boxers that fought in MMA organizations were either mediocre amateurs, third-rate pros, or just so far removed from their prime that they may as well have been fossilized. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Boxing looks good. On April 24, Alfredo Angulo takes on Joel Julio on HBO. On the same night, Carl Froch finally gets it on with Mikkel Kessler on Showtime for the super six tournament. There's still more, on that same night, with heavyweight implications looming, Chris Arreola battles Tomasz Adamek.
A week later, on May 1, perhaps the biggest fight in boxing history takes place when Floyd Mayweather Junior engages Sugar Shane Mosley on HBO PPV. On that same night, and this is a brave move on the promoter's part, Marco Huck and Brian Minto take the next steps in their careers. Then there is the combustible ring challenge the awaits Amir Khan when he faces the more than worthy Paulie Malignaggi. Don't forget about Andrede vs. Lucas, Katsidis vs. Mitchell, and matchups featuring heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, and a very intriguing match, that registers high on my meter, between former Olympian Andre Ward and super-six Jermain Taylor replacement Allan Green. Phew! It's no wonder, and this is not meant to be disrespectful, that the May 8 showdown between Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron has flown way under the radar. continue
By Robert Jackson: For this latest installment of ‘Just the Facts’, facets regarding both fighters, including, news, physical aspects, intangibles and trainers, will be discussed in depth with a prediction provided at the end. As of this article there are 8 days remaining until the biggest fight of 2010 so far. HBO’s 24/7 series is chronicling the preparation and extra-curricular activities of both fighters. Undercard fights have been arranged and announced, the EVENT is taking shape.
Mayweather held an open workout during his media day with all of the ‘usual suspects’ in attendance, mitts work with Roger, and body work with Nate Jones. Floyd Sr. was also on hand to offer Lil Floyd his own brand of advice and guidance. continue
GM Ross - He’s quick, he’s talented, he’s super middleweight rookie Junior ‘the Show’ Dann. A product of Syd Vanderpool’s Kitchener stable, Dann makes his professional debut next month against Wayne Cudney at the Powerade Centre in Brampton, Ontario. I had the pleasure of sparring with Dann while he was training in London recently and, despite my best efforts, show plenty of wear and tear from the experience. After watching Dann slash through sparring partners on a visit to Boomerz Boxing Club in London, I figured I’d see how it felt to be in the ring with ‘the Show.’ Although I spar regularly, I’m a big, slow, green, heavyweight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded trainer Nazim Richardson who is currently working with Sugar Shane Mosley in preparations for his May 1 clash with Floyd Mayweather Junior. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On preparations for Mosley’s upcoming fight with Mayweather:
“Well it’s not so much about Floyd, it’s that I have to have Shane be the best Shane Mosley he can be and make Floyd Mayweather have to make the necessary adjustments. I think that’s the problem, too many people are concentrating on Floyd.”
Regarding how he sees the fight between Mosley and Mayweather:
“I see it being the kind of fight that there’s going to be a whole lot of adjustments being made during the fight and nobody is going to be able to live by one philosophy. We’re going to have to vary and change at the drop of a dime. I have to have my athlete prepared for that.. continue
by James Slater - When he was last seen in a ring, Mexican legend and former multi-weight world champion Marco Antonio Barrera was being out-pointed by the much faster Amir Khan, on the way to an eventual TD loss that came about due to a nasty cut Barrera picked up due to a butt that was ruled accidental. Afterwards, the then 35-year-old all-time great insisted that Khan never hurt him with any of his punches, and later still Marco's promoter Don King tried to get the decision overturned. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 24, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Ken Norton will be among the boxing celebrities in Canastota for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 10-13th. “We are always thrilled to welcome Ken Norton back to Canastota for the Hall of Fame Weekend,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “He brought so much excitement to the heavyweight division in the 1970s and fans really enjoy seeing him.. continue
(FLINT, MICH.) – While his fellow Super Six competitors Carl Froch (Nottingham, England) and Mikkel Kessler (Copenhagen, Denmark) face off on the opposite side of the globe, Andre Dirrell (Flint, Mich.) will be attending to important business of his own in his hometown of Flint, Michigan. Dirrell will wed his high school sweetheart, Alaia Zamora in a family affair at a local church on Saturday afternoon.
The pair met a decade ago when she shared a school bus with Dirrell and his brother, Anthony. The groom remembers Zamora sitting in the front of the bus while he and his brother caused trouble in the back, often getting kicked off for their antics. Yet it wasn’t until two years later in 2002 that the two officially met at a high school football game, and he turned on the charm. They have been together since that time and Zamora has experienced many ups and downs with her fiancée, including the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and more recently his controversial loss to Carl Froch and disqualification victory over the previously unbeaten Arthur Abraham. continue
by James Slater - Not long to go now until WBC super-middleweight champion Carl Froch steps into the ring against Mikkel Kessler in the next phase of the brilliant "Super Six" tournament. Both fighters have weighed-in comfortably under the 168-pound limit, both appear to be in excellent shape and both warriors are talking, as they have been all along, a great fight.
However, one thing the honest Froch did say recently has caused a fair amount of interest - how he admits he will be entering tomorrow's big fight in Denmark whilst not being injury-free. continue
by Rik Hine - Fighting tonight in front of his own fans, Dane Mikkel Kessler is hoping to earn another Super Middleweight title and make the mathematics more complicated in the Showtime ‘Super-Six’ Tournament. Facing him from the other corner will be England’s Carl Froch, a man who makes Paulie Malignaggi look like he’s lacking in confidence. continue
By Vivek Wallace - The American heavyweight landscape has left much to be desired over the past few years, but eager to step beyond the shadows of his recent predecessors and make his own mark in the sport today is a man who many feel doesn't quite seem to fit the bill. An ancient adage tells us that "looks can be deceiving", and in a pure confirmation we learn that every effort to judge this book by it's cover is met with the reality that the old adage does in fact bear more than a slight hint of truth. Like all fighters in the sport, categorically, the story of Chris Arreola contains a deep chapter in both upside and downside. When you review that upside, considering the current era of super-heavyweights we now live in, standing at 6'4" with a 77-inch reach can be considered a strong asset, but an 86% KO ratio goes a lot further, as all but 3 of his 28 career opponents took an early walk back to the showers.
Several other things can be said about the upside of Arreola, but more often than not, we hear strengthening whispers from critics who seem to almost exclusively dwell on his downside which not only encompasses limited experience, (95 rounds in 6 professional years), but also a questionable work ethic. The first thing to come to mind at the mere discussion of his work ethic is his weight, which has fallen as low as 229, and as much as 263, (lbs). continue
Here are weigh-in results for the IBF & WBO/NABO Heavyweight Championship featuring champion Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) from Zywiec, Poland and hometown favorite and top rated contender Cristobal Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) from Riverside, CA. The two heavyweights will square off this Saturday, April 24 at The Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA as part of the “Ring of Fire” boxing card beginning at 5 p.m. The night of boxing is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Main Events in association with Ziggy Promotions and sponsored by Corona and San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a lengthy discussion with the legendary trainer Emanuel Steward that focused on the rich history of the heavyweight division. During our hour long conversation, we discussed some of the most decorated personalities the sport has known and touched on some of the more memorable moments. This is final chapter in a three part series that explores heavyweight history with Emanuel Steward.
Q: If Sonny Liston had gotten his shot earlier against Floyd Patterson and if he didn’t have Ali coming up, how good could Sonny Liston have been?
A: Sonny Liston, I watched Sonny Liston when I was a teenager do something that I’ve never seen any heavyweight do—walk through the whole division almost from being the number ten guy all the way up to the champion because he was that devastating like around ’57, and ’58, and ’59. I mean he had unbelievable brutal punching power. He was mean, punched with both hands, and I think that the time that he finally got to the title, I think his best years had gone and right after he won the title he began to live the life of a middle aged wealthy man. He lost the real focus that he had earlier. ’57, ’58, and ’59 he was one of the most vicious machines probably ever in boxing, but after he won the title, from my reports and from what I gather, he started drinking a lot and he was golfing and he just lost that total edge. He was living the life of a comfortable man and then here comes exactly what the computer prints out—the thing in the world for him. continue
LEON Williams insists the glory of winning Prizefighter is more important to him than picking up the £32,000 winner’s cheque. Williams is one of eight men in Barry Hearn’s latest one-night Prizefighter event – Cruiserweights II – at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London next Friday . At 26, Williams is one of the youngest competitors and believes a successful night will be the springboard to the boxing big-time. “It’s a big opportunity for me to perform and look good for the crowd,” said Williams, who has won four of his five professional fights. continue
Video of the weigh-in session before the world title twinbill from Hamburg Sporthalle this Saturday with WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer against argentinian Mariano Plotinsky and WBA/WBO/WIBF flyweight Champion Susianna Kentikian against Nadia Raoui. continue
Shane Mosley: I'm happy that the fight is taking place and I'm happy with the training camp that we've been doing with Naazim Jameson and all the sparring partners, Karl Dargan, Rock, Mike Sharp and Eloy Perez and a few others. I'm just happy and excited to show my stuff May 1. It's going to be very exciting. I'm in great shape. I'm in tremendous shape and I'm ready to take on Mayweather.
Thank you, Shane. We are going to open it up now for the media members for any questions. Operator, please?
You mentioned that Karl Dargan and Rock, that you're sparring with them. They've been a little bit inactive lately, but I was just curious of your impressions of them as they're both Naazimm's relatives obviously, son and nephew.
This camp has been like a family and I'm happy to have all of them contributing. They have great backgrounds, and Naazim Richardson trains them. Karl Dargan is very fast, a little taller than Mayweather, but has very fast hands. I think that a lot of it is the reaction time that I'm dealing with when I work with Karl Dargan to emulate Mayweather. We try to figure out different ways and different strategies of attacking. continue
World Boxing Council featherweight champion Elio "The Kid" Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) has called out his World Boxing Association counterpart, undefeated Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs), demanding a world championship unification match. "I see where people have said Gamboa may face Celestino Caballero, but Gamboa himself said he wasn't impressed with Gamboa's last fight," Rojas said. "My response to that is I am a world champion and so is Gamboa. Why don't we fight in a world title unification?" "I am ready to make this fight happen if Gamboa is ready. It has always been one of my goals to become a unified champion.. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (April 23, 2010) -- Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion and future rabbi YURI FOREMAN will make his U.S. network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, Next Thursday! April 29 (12:05 a.m. ET/PT). Foreman will then jet back to Brooklyn to resume training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion and the pride or Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Cotto vs. Foreman will headline “Stadium Slugfest” -- the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium, Saturday, June 5. It will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. PT. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater: Unbeaten Turkish welterweight Selcuk Aydin is, it's fair to say, an angry man right now. Having arrived to train in Miami last week so as to get ready for his WBC interim title clash with Luis Collazo, the 26-year-old with the impressive amateur background and the 19-0(15) pro record is dismayed to learn that former WBA 147-pound champ Collazo may not now take the fight that was set for Turkey on June 5th.
As fans may have read in the news, Collazo has said he is no longer able to make welterweight, and therefore he doesn't plan on going to Turkey to face the exciting puncher known as "Mini-Tyson." Aydin's manager, Malte Muller-Michaelis, believes and is hopeful that the fight will still go ahead (posters have even been printed for the fight). Aydin himself has made it clear he believes Collazo is afraid of him. continue
Promoter Frank Warren has won undisclosed damages and costs as well as a formal apology from boxer Ricky Hatton following an interview Hatton did with Sun Journalist Matt Bendoris in November 2009. In the interview, Hatton, promoted by Frank Warren between 1997 and 2005 stated that; "Promoters I had boxed for had ripped me off, not paid me what I was worth, misled me and not protected my interests. continue
NEW YORK (April 22, 2010) –- The four entrants not fighting this weekend have weighed in with predictions for this weekend’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 2 matchup between undefeated WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) and Mikkel Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs). Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, and Arthur Abraham predict a victory for the hometown fighter, Kessler while Allan Green sees the win going to Froch. The fight will air this Saturday, April 24, from the sold-out MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark, on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same-day coverage). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interviews with trainers Ronnie Shields and Roger Bloodworth, both of whom have worked with Tomasz Adamek during preparations for his April 24 bout against Christ Arreola. Adamek was previously trained by Andrew Gmitruk who is no longer working with Adamek due to health reasons. For Shields and Bloodworth, this is not the first time the two have worked together when preparing a fighter for battle. Here are some excerpts from the Ronnie Shields interview:
On Tomasz Adamek’s preparations for his bout with Chris Arreola:
“Oh his preparations have been going great. Tomasz is a really, really good dedicated fighter and in one more week everybody is going to see how good of shape he’s going to be in and he’s going to be victorious next Saturday night.”
On what he says in Adamek as a heavyweight:
“He’s a very fast fighter. He’s a guy that his foot speed is really, really great—he has a great foot speed and his hand speed is really phenomenal and he comes with a punch. He gives you a little bit of everything.. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 21)…Check your almanac: On the night of September 16, 1981, time stopped for one hour while welterweight champions Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns traded punches in Las Vegas. That’s how big a fight it was. On May 1, welterweights Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley will clash in the biggest bout of 2010. The mega-matchup of multi-division champions, pound-for-pound kings and future Hall of Famers summons memories not only of Leonard-Hearns, but also of the rich history of American welterweights.
In recent years, boxing’s headlines have been made largely by foreign-born fighters like Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao, Joe Calzaghe and Juan Manuel Marquez. At welterweight or otherwise, there have been precious-few all-American matchups. In that sense, Mayweather-Mosley is a throwback fight. continue
By John Smart - ‘Can I please get a meaningful, well matched boxing bout that actually has some credibility’. - This was one of the overwhelming sentiments made by the local punter when watching the Green/Siaca farce at the pub last Wednesday night.
First it was a washed up Roy Jones Jnr lasting about a minute against Danny Green, then Roy again with Bernard Hopkins battling away with nothing more than love taps and then the last straw was a 47 year old Evander Holyfield trying to increase his super annuation stopping another washed up has been in Francois Botha. Next we will be seeing Azumah Nelson V Jeff Fenech……..oh, we just did! continue
Abner Mares has trained all his life for two things. “Being a world champion and the next great Mexican icon,” Mares said from his camp in the Coachella Valley where he currently trains with Joel Diaz. He’s preparing for the biggest fight of his life against I.B.F. Bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez at the Staples Center on May 22nd. Mares vs. Perez, a highly awaited clash, will be the semi main event to the Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez card billed “Once and Four All”. “Being part of this card with Israel and Rafael is a big honor,” Mares stated. “They’re going to put on a great fight as always but don’t be surprised if we steal the show.”
It’s a realistic comment. Perez (20-0, 14 KO’s) is known to be an all action fighter who constantly stalks his opponents looking to do damage. Mares (20-0, 13 KO’s) on the other hand, is a slick boxer-puncher in the tradition of future hall of famer Juan Manuel Marquez. The lessons learned while training with Marquez in Mexico City weren’t lost on him. “I watched Marquez a lot and I took from him whatever I could to make my game better,” said the former Mexican Olympian. “I’m always learning from the people I train with and now training with Joel Diaz he’s taught me about using my power more.. continue
by James Slater - As fans of this website know, former lineal and WBO heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs recently put out an eloquently written letter in which he suggested David Haye, the current WBA heavyweight ruler, take a fight with him instead of "wasting his time" trying to secure a deal with the Klitschko brothers. And while the idea of a Haye-Briggs collision was appealing to some fight fans, it appears there is next to no chance of it taking place.
According to trainer and manager of Haye, Adam Booth - who informed Gareth. A Davies of Telegraph Sport that his fighter has "no interest" in a fight with the New Yorker - the idea of such a fight should not even be taken seriously. continue
Joel Julio is focused and feels he has had the best training camp of his career. With a fight that many critics feel is a must-win match just two days away, Julio is displaying a level of maturity, confidence and physical conditioning never seen before. Julio, 35-3, 31 KO’s, is facing Alfredo Angulo, 17-1, 14 KO’s, in a 12 round WBO Interim Jr. Middleweight Championship this Saturday, on the undercard of the Cristobal Arreola-Tomasz Adamek heavyweight fight, on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. continue
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada (April 20, 2010) Sensational Canadian prospect Mikael Zewski met the media in his hometown of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada today at a press conference for the highly anticipated showdown between legendary Quebec former world champion Eric Lucas and perennial contender Librado Andrade set for Friday, May 28th at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
“I’m very honored to be fighting on this terrific card and look forward to putting on a great performance for the fans in Quebec City on May 28th” said the 21 year old Zewski, currently sporting a record of 2-0-0 (2KO’s). "I'm thrilled to be on the same card as Eric Lucas, someone I've admired and respected for many years."
InterBox and TKO Boxing Promotions have joined forces to present the top welterweight prospect in his Canadian professional debut. The rest of the undercard will be stacked with Quebec City boxers Pier-Olivier Côté, Eric Martel and also Benoit Gaudet from Drummondville , Québec. continue
Jason Pires: “There’s a lot of talent on this card. It’s going to be a great show. May 7th is going to be very exciting for me, probably one of the biggest fights of my career. I’ve done this since I was a baby and now I’m a prize fighter. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show. My last three fights I got better and better and this fight I will explode. Every time I fight, I feel like it’s my second home.”
Ricky Dawson: “It’s been a long time. I’m back in the ring, feeling good. continue
An opponent has been chosen for former WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Montell Griffin's quest for his 50th victory. Fighting in the main event of Hitz Boxing's action-packed "Quest for 50" professional boxing event on May 29 at the "Venue" in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will face capable former world title challenger Ross "The Boss" Thompson (27-14-2, 14 KOs). continue
April 20, 2010 - Former 3-time world champion in two weight divisions, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, greeted media and fans today at his open workout which took place at the San Jose Boxing and Fitness gym. Guerrero battles Roberto Arreita on the return of Telefutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" boxing series scheduled for Friday April 30 at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Here's what he had to say.
About his return to the ring - "I'm excited to be fighting on Telefutura's first show back. The "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" boxing series has been great for boxing fans. I can't wait to let my hands go and show the fans that I'm back and ready to fight the best in my division."
About training camp - "It's been a good training camp. My sparring partners gave me good work. I've saw some tape on Arrieta and we have a solid game plan for this fight. I know he's going to be gunning for me, but that's ok, because I'm ready to go."
About his wife's prognosis - "Casey is coming along great. She's still undergoing some procedures with her doctors, but she's right where she's supposed to be. I'm grateful and thank God everyday for her well being. Words can't describe how I feel knowing that she's doing better.. continue
by James Slater - Back in the late 1990s and early-to-mid 2000s, you would be hard pressed to find any pound-for-pound list without the name of Russian-born Australian 140-pounder Kostya Tszyu in there somewhere. And during this time when the superb fighting machine was defeating good men like Zab Judah, Jesse James Leija and Sharmba Mitchell, there was talk of a possible clash between "The Thunder From Down Under" and Floyd Mayweather Junior. continue
(Oxford, CA – April 20, 2010) Newly crowned world champion Sergio Martinez won the biggest fight of his career last Saturday night, a stunning and emphatic decision over Kelly Pavlik to capture the WBC and WBO world middleweight championship belts. Now, he’s joining a fight of even greater significance.
In the wake of the tragic murder of Edwin Valero’s wife Jennifer Viera, and Valero’s subsequent suicide, Martinez is making his voice heard, taking a stand against violence against women. continue
R. Schaefer - Welcome, everybody, to today’s call. Eighteen days, six hours, twenty-one minutes, and forty-eight seconds as shown on the www.whoareyoupicking.com web site. Check it out. The fight has its own web site, interactive, a lot of good stuff on there, and you’re going to see on there as well the poll. It’s really interesting to see how that poll is shifting. A couple of days ago we had Mayweather favored by 52 to Mosley 48. In the last two days, Mayweather pulled further as the favored. He is now 57% of people think that Mayweather’s going to win the fight to 43% of Mosley.
Mosley had a great media day yesterday here in Los Angeles. An open workout was very well attended, and in the evening he went on the George Lopez show together with Oscar where he looked straight into the camera and said that he’s going to knock Floyd Mayweather out. He feels very strong about the fight. He feels very strong about what he’s going to do to Mayweather. We’re going to release some of that George Lopez footage later on today. continue
Catch the live webcast of the highly anticipated Oscar De La Hoya's Fight Night Club tonight at 7pm PST/10pm EST right here on ESB or at www.ustream.tv/goldenboy. In the main event, super middleweight standout Enrique Ornelas of La Habra, California will face off against Cary, North Carolina’s Julius Fogle in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. Highly regarded Los Angeles prospects Deon Elam and Khabir Suleymanov will defend their home turf at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia on Thursday, April 22, as they take on Andre Hemphill and Benji Garcia, respectively, in featured six round bouts on the latest edition of the boxing’s hardest-hitting monthly series, “Fight Night Club”. continue
by GM Ross, photo: Alliance Promotions - World class boxing returns to British Columbia this weekend as Jeannine Garside of Duncan, BC, by way of Windsor, Ontario, takes on Lindsay Garbatt of Oshawa, Ontario, at the Fuller Lake Arena in Duncan. The contest is scheduled for ten rounds in the women's featherweight division. The winner will be awarded the vacant Women's International Boxing Association (WIBA) title. Garside comes into the contest with a significant edge in experience, having fought in ten round, championship contests six times, for WIBA and International Female Boxing Association (IFBA) titles. She has a win and a draw with multi-title holder Lisa Brown of Scarborough, Ontario, and has reigned as WIBA super bantamweight champion. As of late, however, Garside has struggled to find the win column. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 69th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Nazim Richardson, Ronnie Shields, and Roger Bloodworth) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm 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 Boxing Radio 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
• Sergio Martinez’s upset victory against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik
• IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute’s impressive third round stoppage against Edison Miranda
• Former lightweight champion Edwin Valero took his own life in his jail cell after being arrested for his wife's murder continue
By Erik Schaffer: This Saturday the second round of the Super Six Tournament continues when Carl Froch defends his WBC Super Middleweight Title against Mikkel Kessler in Denmark. The hometown fighter Kessler comes in with a record of 42-2, 32 ko's and just happens to be a -155 favorite to win against the unbeaten Froch, who brings a record of 26-0, 20 ko's into the contest. The total is 11.5 even money. My guess would be that most boxing fans would find this Vegas line to be a little shocking after the fights these two fighters just had. And the man who is the favorite now has 2 losses to his credit. Well, sometimes in boxing things can change in a hurry. continue
The Welterweight Fight of the Year - Mayweather VS Mosley on Saturday, May 1. The Venue at Horseshoe Casino will broadcast the fight of the year on a 60’ larger than life screen for only $10 a ticket. The Floyd Mayweather vs. Shane Mosley fight in Las Vegas is "historic" according to the hype. That was made clear at the fight's press conference in Los Angeles in March when various promoters likened it to Ali vs. Foreman or one of numerous Sugar Ray Leonard classics. continue
Former WBA 168-pound Champ Mikkel Kessler participated in a light workout on Monday in Herning, Denmark, just five days before his Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with WBC super middleweight champ Carl Froch on Saturday, April 24 on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m., ET/PT, same-day coverage) from MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark.
Denmark’s Kessler will be counting on the support of his home fans when he challenges Nottingham, England’s Froch for the WBC 168-pound crown, a title he previously held before losing it to the retired Joe Calzaghe. Kessler is hoping that home-field advantage prevails for the fifth straight fight in the super middleweight tournament.
A packed crowd filled the Shopping Centret Herning, one of the biggest shopping centers in Denmark, located just a few kilometers from the site of Saturday’s world title fight. continue
By Robert Jackson: The twin bill presented on HBO's Championship boxing this past Saturday did much to clear up the middleweight and Super middle weight divisions. Was what we saw a changing of the guard or were the two losers mis-matched by over zealous matchmakers??
In the case of El Pantera he started out 'boxing' Lucian Bute masterfully a tribute to the 9 months of training provided to him by Joe Goosen. Only when he abandoned that boxing training after the first 2 rounds which he won and resorted to the 'bravado' that we've come to know, did his fortunes change. So blinded Miranda was by his own macho that he didn't see the uppercut that Bute reached way back to launch and land. continue
Michael Katsidis says he's expecting a warm welcome when he fights Kevin Mitchell - after gaining backing from Tottenham Hotspur. Katsidis has become a popular figure among Spurs fans ahead of his interim WBO World lightweight title defence against Mitchell on May 15 at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park, live on Sky Sports 1. And he's returning the favour by backing the north London side to nail down a Champions League spot by the end of the season. "It's nice to know that a few people will be cheering me on when I take on Mitchell, I had thought you'd be able to hear a pin drop when I knock him out," said the Aussie puncher. continue
By Paul McCreath: These past few years we have not seen very many good heavyweight fights. Most often we are offered a name fighter against a no hope club fighter with the expected results, a one sided slaughter. Even so-called world title fights have left something to be desired. Since the Klitschko brothers gained their titles we have seen one mismatch after another. Most fights have been so one sided that many fans found them dull to watch. The Haye-Valuev bout was a dud and so was the Holyfield-Valuev match before that. Give David Haye credit. His recent win over John Ruiz was not bad.
Now we have American favorite Chris Arreola meeting the Polish former cruiser and lightheavyweight belt holder Tomasz Adamek in Ontario California on Saturday April 24. This is not a world title bout nor even an eliminator for one of the alphabet titles. It is just a bout between two good and evenly matched heavyweights that promises a lot more action than we normally see. The winner will likely get a title shot sooner or later. Picking a winner here is going to be really tough. The early betting odds have Adamek a slight favorite but as we know those odds are influenced by the amount of action coming in on each fighter. continue
by James Slater - Whether or not 33-year-old modern day ring legend Floyd Mayweather Junior manages to defeat "Sugar" Shane Mosley in their highly intriguing battle on May 1st, the boxer known as "Money" will not go home with the WBA welterweight title in his possession. In a surprising development, it has been announced how the WBA title that is currently the 38-year-old Mosley's personal property will not be contested by Mayweather - due to how the 40-0 star has refused to pay the WBA's sanctioning fee. continue
By Vivek Wallace - The headlining title of this article is enough to make most think long and hard about the parallels that exist between the aforementioned names.
As one scales that long list of character attributes and tendencies in search of similar trending, most realize after only a short time that there seems to be only one trait which these 4 men share in common. continue
Highland, CA (April 19, 2010) – The San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino inside The Pines – one of the primary sponsors of this Saturday night’s highly-anticipated “RING OF FIRE” pro boxing blockbuster in which Poland’s Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) will be defending his IBF International Heavyweight Title against top-rated contender and local icon Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-1, 25 KOs) in the HBO “Boxing After Dark” televised main event – played host to the promotion’s final press conference today.
Those principals featured on the dais – besides the two main combatants -- included Dan Goossen, President of Goossen Tutor Promotions; Kathy Duva, President of Main Events; Adamek’s trainer, Roger Bloodworth; Arreola’s trainer Henry Ramirez; Joel Julio (35-3, 31 KOs), who will participate in the scheduled 12-round WBO Interim Junior Middleweight Title Co-Featured Bout; and his trainer, Anthony Hamm. Julio’s opponent Alfredo Angulo (17-1, 14 KOs) and his promoter, Gary Shaw, were unable to attend. continue
Legendary Mutiple World Boxing Champion and future Hall-of-Famer Hector “Macho” Camacho will return to the ring in the first fight of his World Tour, enroute to his retirement, this time not only as a fighter but as a promoter. Teamed with Jerry Reyes and Eddie Montalvo, the Macho Man will pit his remarkable 75-5 record against the tough, hard punching Saul “Baby” Duran, 36-16-2. Bringing 30 big knockouts into the bout, Duran, originally from Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, now living and training in Albuquerque, NM is looking to close the final chapter on Camacho’s storied career early. continue
by James Slater - As fans may or may not know, a minor upset occurred in the heavyweight division back on April 8th, as tough journeyman Jason Gavern of Florida won a hard-fought ten-round split decision over dangerous Mexican/American banger Manuel Quezada of California. Coming into the fight after having won 18 bouts in a row - including a recent win that saw him ice fellow puncher Travis Walker inside a single round - Quezada was expected to keep his unbeaten streak going. Both fighters came out smoking and the action was good to watch as a result. In the end, though, Gavern, the slightly older man by a few months (both men are 32) prevailed with a split verdict, winning the biggest fight of his 29-fight pro career. continue
CRISTOBAL ARREOLA - “I’ll fight anybody, anywhere but it’s great to be fighting at home. It’s always good to fight in your backyard because you don’t have to travel anywhere, you can sleep in your own bed, eat home-cooked meals and you can go to your favorite restaurants. The disadvantages are that everybody and their brother are trying to hit me up for tickets. I have to tell them to (get lost).
“There’s never pressure on me. This is what I do. I fight for the fans and it’s my job to win and entertain them and that is what is going down on Saturday.
“I’m the big man in this fight and I’m going to bring it to him. I’m sure Adamek is going to stick-and-move, which is what he has done since he’s moved up from light heavyweight and cruiserweight. I’d be pleasantly shocked but happy if he tried to stand and fight and exchange with me. continue
NEW YORK (April 19, 2010) – Samoan strongman David “Tuamanator” Tua, coming off a near shutout victory by unanimous 12-round decision last month against Friday Ahunanya, continues his “Tua De Force” tour June 26 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The growing problem, however, is signing a suitable opponent for the World Boxing Organization’s No. 2 rated heavyweight contender Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs), arguably the most dangerous puncher in boxing today. “I’m willing to fight anybody they put in the ring with me,” Tua said. “I just want to continue fighting towards my dream of winning the world title. I’ll leave the fight details to my trainer, Roger Bloodworth, and my promoter, Cedric Kushner.. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 21) - Seven of the MGM MIRAGE properties on The Strip will host closed circuit viewing of the upcoming mega-fight between Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley. The resorts include MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, Luxor and Circus Circus. The bout is set to take place on Saturday, May 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO-Pay-Per-View® beginning at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST. continue
By Julius Stecker: First things first, this article is not endorsing that Sugar Shane Mosley is going to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. As Floyd has mentioned in the past, 40 have tried and 40 have failed. This article will merely suggest that the 4 to 1 odds are an invitation to a live underdog bet scenario come May 1st. Put it this way, Mayweather was less of a favorite going into to his fights with Juan Manuel Marquez, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya. Going into this fight, Floyd Mayweather is definitely the favorite. He brings in a resume of a 5-division titlist along with an excellent undefeated record of 40 and 0. His boxing skills and ring generalship are the standard bearer for the sport today. And he will go down in history as one of the best defensive fighters who ever lived.
His opponent on May 1st will be Sugar Shane Mosley, (46-5) the current WBA Welterweight Super Champion, and former 3 division champion. He will bring in the best resume of any opponent Floyd will have entered the ring with.(Oscar De La Hoya brought in a great resume as well, but Mosley defeated De La Hoya twice) Mosley will also be the strongest and hardest hitting opponent Mayweather will have faced in his career. continue
Hard-hitting welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin arrived at training camp in Florida last week to prepare for his first world title fight. On June 5th "Mini-Tyson" will face former WBA champion Luis Collazo for the WBC Silver Championship in Istanbul, Turkey.
For his preparation Aydin chose to work with Ismael Salas, trainer of WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, and strength and conditioning coach Jorge Rojas. continue
by James Slater - As fight fans know, powerhouse fan favourite David Tua made a return to the ring back in October, as he spectacularly smashed countryman Shane Cameron to defeat inside two impressive rounds. Then, last month, also in New Zealand, the 37-year-old won a wide decision over a pretty negative Friday Ahunanya. Still looked at as one of the purest punchers in the heavyweight division, Tua, 51-3-1(43) showed he has retained much of his skill level and his power after over fifteen years in the pro game. The fans now want to see the Samoan slugger take the next step in this latest comeback.
Well, next up for Tua, according to The New Zealand Herald, will be a June 26th fight in Brazil, against, wait for it - Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett. continue
Hello David, I see that Wladimir Klitschko put out a video on You Tube claiming that now he wants to fight you. Apparently, he sees an opportunity to fight another "smaller" guy because you came from the cruiserweights.
David, I've been in this game a long time. Before you waste a lot of your precious time on them, please just realize that you don't have to be at the mercy of the Klitschkos. I've already gone down that road and been tortured by the games they play. You give them every advantage they want and they just keep backing out.
Don't waste your time.
You are a proven and legitimate heavyweight champion now. You beat Nikolay Valuev and now John Ruiz. Let's you and me have a real, action-packed heavyweight title fight. I'd love to go Europe and fight you.
The smaller divisions are for showing skills. The heavyweight division is for punching power and all-out wars. People want to see Lennox Lewis and George Foreman type power. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing series features a can’t-miss night of heavyweight and junior middleweight action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: CRISTOBAL ARREOLA VS. TOMASZ ADAMEK AND ALFREDO ANGULO VS. JOEL JULIO is seen SATURDAY, APRIL 24 at 11:15 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Cal., 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
From the office of WBC President Jose Sulaiman: WBC President Jose Sulaiman and all the members of the World Boxing Council are deeply saddened, moved, and in sorrow due to the tragedy that took place regarding the case of WBC lightweight world champion, Edwin Valero, who committed suicide in his jail cell after having killed his wife. Edwin Valero will remain in the 300 years of history of boxing as the only boxer who as a world champion had a professional career of 27 knockouts in 27 fights for a knockout percentage of 100 percent; Vitali Klitschko is second to him with a knockout percentage of 97.1 percent. continue
by James Slater - We're all still trying to take in the stunning news of how former two-weight champion Edwin Valero chose to take his own life whilst in jail earlier today, and for most of us it's from a boxing standpoint only that we can even relate to Valero and the whole sorry saga. Of course, condolences must go out to the family of Valero himself and to the family of the woman he reportedly admitted killing, but our sport has lost a potentially great fighter. In this article, I ask how great could Valero have been.
Valero always was something of a short fuse, in and out (mainly out) of the ring; and there will likely be those fans who say they are not all that shocked at what has transpired. However, what must be agreed on is the fact that Valero lost his marbles in a alarmingly short period of time. Only a little over two months ago, the Venezuelan southpaw was beating up Antonio DeMarco whilst retaining his WBC lightweight crown. Also looking ahead to big fights against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and maybe Timothy Bradley and/or one of the two Peterson brothers, Valero was fast becoming a real attraction, and not just to hardcore fight fans, but to casual fans also. continue
Venezuelan Federal Police Chief Wilmer Flores confirmed that former boxing champ Edwin Valero has killed himself in his jail cell. Valero was found dead at 1:30 am today, he tied his clothes to a cell bar and hanged himself. Valero was found by another inmate, who alerted authorities. Valero still showed signs of life, but they were unable to save him, Flores told the Associated Press. Edwin Valero was arrested yesterday for killing his wife Jennifer Valero. continue
by Jack Herbert - Last night in Valencia, Venezuelan fighter Edwin Valero was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife Jennifer in the hotel room they were staying in. After stabbing her three times he walked downstairs into the lobby and admitted to the crime to security guards. Then comes more shocking news, whilst being held in his jail cell Valero hung himself, tying his clothes round the bars of the cell.
The news is already starting to reverberate around the world, with many in shock. Valero has had a history of violence, threatening doctors who tried to quiz his wife after she was admitted to hospital with four broken ribs and a punctured lung from an apparent "fall". continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Not to delve too deeply into psycho-analytical mumbo jumbo, but watching the most recent edition of HBO’s Mayweather-Mosley 24/7, I couldn’t help but notice Floyd Mayweather seems a bit edgy. Of course, Mayweather is always known for his trash talking ways, but this time around he seems a lot more irritated. Floyd fans will be quick to mention Mayweather is simply trying to get into Mosley’s head and that may well be true.
On the other hand, Mayweather still seems a bit off. I do not recall him seeming quite as angry as he does this time around. I recall him using foul language a time or two in past 24/7s but in the two episodes aired so far I could not help noticing an awful lot of F-bombs when speaking about Mosley. His attitude towards Oscar De La Hoya and Juan Manuel Marquez seemed much less hostile. In addition, he is making ridiculously bold claims that he is better than the likes of Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson. As if. continue
April 19, 2010 – Leading up to the mega-fight featuring superstars Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley – set for Saturday, May 1 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View® – HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of both fighters most recent ring action. On Friday, April 23 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, April 24 at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay back-to-back Mayweather vs. Marquez 2009 and Mosley vs. Margarito 2009. Two highly anticipated fights, both culminating with spectacular endings. Mayweather, after 21 months of a much needed physical and emotional break from the ring, returned to boxing on September 19, 2009 with a dominating and spectacular victory over future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
LONDON (20th April) Team Sauerland is delighted to confirm that WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch will be flown into either North Germany or Denmark with a private jet on Tuesday afternoon. The undefeated 32-year-old missed today´s public work-out in Herning after the Iceland Volcano had KOed his original travel plans. “We are delighted to have things sorted out and bring the Cobra to Herning for his Super Six showdown with Mikkel Kessler,” said Kalle Sauerland. “He will manage to defy one volcano by hiring a private jet, but he will be in trouble when another volcano – the Viking Volcano – erupts in the ring on Saturday night.. continue
Thierry I. (Miami Beach, FL): What are some of the more notable observations that you've personally taken note of in the Mayweather/Mosley 24/7 series so far?
Vivek W. (ESB): A few things have been pretty interesting for the most part, but one thing that stands out to me in particular is the fact that despite the negative rhetoric going back and forth, both of these men and their trainers have been very open about the realization that they're in for the fight of their lives. I can't recall the last time I heard Roger Mayweather give an opponent this much credit, recently stating in so many words that Mosley is arguably the best opponent Mayweather has ever faced and holds a very good chance to do what no other man to date has. The flip side of that can be heard in Richardson's very honest observation that a fighter doesn't reach this 'level' of greatness by being one dimensional or having one strength; but rather Floyd is a man who contains many dynamic elements. Richardson went on to say that not only does he think Floyd will "rumble", but at some point will "turn into a dragon, grow wings and fangs, and start to spit fire". continue
Saturday night at the ArteCad Arena in Tramelan, Switzerland, the 21 year old Gabor Veto (15-0) made short work of it defeating the tough Kenyan Omari Ramadan (7-4) to win the WBC Youth World Lightweight title. The WBC number 24 Veto, showed excellent boxing skills to score a 3rd round TKO after Ramadan seemingly quit after receiving a lot of punishment. The first round was a feeling out stage as both boxers showed respect for one another. Veto landed some good combinations to the head and body of Ramadan on occasions but both fighters seemed tentative to take a risk. continue
Vazquez, the former two-time world super bantamweight champion, presented the trophy for the $100,000 San Simeon Handicap, visited with the starting gate crew and stopped by the jockeys’ room to meet Rafael Bejarano (who led Santa Anita’s jockey standings for the third straight year) and have some fun on the jockeys’ horse simulator exercise equipment, called an equicizer. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson - This past weekend Sergio Martinez took the middleweight title from hard hitting Kelly Pavlik in a close decision; Lucian Bute again made an argument for being considered one of the best supper middleweights in the world after stopping the ferocious Edison Miranda; Tony Thompson took another step towards a potential rematch with Wladimir Klitschko as he stopped Owen Beck in four; and prospects Hank Lundy, Lanard Lane, Fernando Guerrero, Shawn Porter, and Mike Jones all earned impressive victories.
In the closest bout of the weekend, Sergio Martinez 45-2-2 (24 KO’s) won the WBC and WBO Middleweight Belts from Kelly Pavlik 36-2 (32 KO’s) in a twelve round unanimous decision on HBO Boxing at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Martinez was able to negate the sizeable height and weight advantages of his opponent by staying on his toes the entire fight, moving well, countering, and rarely stopping to trade against the power punching Pavlik. Martinez dominated the first three or four rounds with his movement and quick counters, opening a cut over the left eye of Pavlik in the first round. continue
FRANK MALONEY has spent £25,000 to make sure Rendall Munroe's WBC super-bantamweight title final eliminator against Victor Terrazas goes ahead. The Mexican's flight to Britain on Saturday was cancelled because of the volcanic ash crisis that led to a ban on flights. But Maloney has splashed the cash to make sure the fight takes place at Coventry Skydome on Friday (23rd April) - Maloney took a day off from campaigning as a UKIP parliamentary candidate in Barking on Sunday to save the show. continue
By GM Ross - Saturday night, April 17, was an evening of mixed emotions at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Many, no doubt, watched in disgust as the Montreal Canadiens squandered a 4-1 lead, losing to the Washington Capitals in NHL playoff action. Lucian Bute, however, salvaged the evening for the city’s sports fans, scoring a third round knockout over the always dangerous Edison Miranda. With the victory Bute retained his IBF super middleweight title, along with his perfect 25-0-0 record. For more details regarding the Bute-Miranda contest please see Paul Strauss’ article, available here. continue
By Dave Cacciatore - It is not uncommon in recent years for fighters to win world titles without being finished products in the ring. Recent memory brings to mind Andre Berto, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Wladimir Klitschko as fighters who became world champions in their respective divisions before being completely refined. Kelly Pavlik though unlike the aforementioned fighters has seemed to follow the path of Jermain Taylor; resistance to change, poor match making, and blind allegiance.
It became painfully obvious in the ring with Sergio Martinez that Jack Lowe had taken Kelly as far as he could go. Martinez exposed major deficiencies in Kelly’s defense, his ability to in-fight, and most troubling of all his ability to adapt. Martinez seemed to lose the middle rounds not so much because of anything that Kelly had changed in his game, but by what Martinez stopped doing. In the 9th round when Martniez decided to go back on the attack, Kelly again had no answers and dare I say little guidance from the man entrusted with his career, Jack Lowe. continue
Former European Champion and two time World title challenger Mamadou Thiam has been confirmed as Andy Lee's next opponent for their headline clash on the Yanjing Fight Night at the University Sports Arena, Limerick on Saturday, May 15th. The Senegalese born fighter has a fearsome reputation as one of the sports biggest punchers with an incredible 43 of his 46 wins coming by KO and he will undoubtedly be looking to stretch that to 44 KO wins when he arrives in Limerick next month to derail Lee's European and World title ambitions. continue
by James Slater - Shortly after his hugely impressive, 4th-round stoppage of the super-tough Librado Andrade in November, I wrote how IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute should perhaps be looked at as THE best 168-pounder in the world. Not only had the Romanian-born southpaw managed to do what no other fighter ever had and stop the Mexican warrior, but he had also proved again his ever continuing improvement as a fighter.
Some fans agreed with me that the 30-year-old known as "La Tombeur" should be looked at as the premiere super-middleweight in the sport, while others still disagreed. continue
by James Slater - 35-year-old Serio Martinez proved beyond any doubt last night in beating and bloodying a brave Kelly Pavlik that he is one of the very best middleweights in the world. Perhaps that's not sufficiently high praise; maybe the southpaw from Argentina is THE best 160-pounder in the sport today. Certainly, the new middleweight champion of the world has achieved plenty at the weight - in just two fights!
Just over a year ago, Martinez, 45-2-2(24) was defending his WBC 154-pound belt against Kermit Cintron (being awarded a draw in a fight most people felt Martinez actually won) - now, however, he has made a huge name for himself with two great fights; one against Paul Williams and last night's win over "The Ghost." The question now is, what next for the boxer who goes by the nickname of "Maravilla?. continue
World and European Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor is the latest addition to a star studded supporting cast on the Yanjing Fight Night at the University Sports Arena, Limerick on Saturday, May 15th. The Bray woman is widely recognised as the World's best female boxer and Limerick's fight fans will get to see her in action for the first time when she features in an International Amateur contest on the undercard of local hero Andy Lee's fight with former European Champion and World title challenger, Mamadou Thiam. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The large Icelandic volcano, which has crippled travel throughout the world, has caused the United States team to withdraw from the upcoming 2010 AIBA Youth World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. The safety and security of its athletes is always the first priority of USA Boxing, and the U.S. squad will therefore be unable to travel to Azerbaijan. continue
By Paul Strauss: HBO scored big in two countries tonight. First, Lucien Bute proved he is a complete fighter. He can do it all. His loyal fans at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada couldn't be happier. He impressed them by coming out at the opening bell as the aggressor against a knockout artist like Edison "Pantera" Miranda. Miranda tried to establish that he had more than a big right hand, so he started the fight with movement and an attempt to establish a jab.
Consequently the first round seemed a bit odd, and nothing dramatic happened with the exception of one long left to the body of Miranda landed by Bute. He was the aggressor and was controlling the action, so the round went to him. But, it wasn't by a big margin, but it definitely was apparent that Bute was by far the faster of the two fighters.
In the second round, it became more evident that Bute was also the bigger man and had the greater reach. Bute clearly established a good distance for himself which enabled him to land his shots, and cause Miranda's to fall short. continue
By Madra Uladh: Sergio Martinez surprised many this evening by executing a near perfect game plan and thoroughly out-boxing the bigger, stronger Kelly Pavlik.
From the opening bell, it appeared that Kelly’s management might have miscalculated in their choice of opponent, much as they had with the Hopkins debacle. At the end of four rounds, it was clear that the crowd favourite could not deal with the Argentinean’s speed and movement. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Memphis, Tennessee,38-year-old southpaw Tony "The Tiger" Thompson won easily against Owen "What the Heck" Beck, taking the 33-year-old Jamaican out at 2-minutes and 50-seconds of the 4th-round. Having things his own way throughout the fight, the big guy from Washington D.C never lost a round and was never close to being in any trouble.
Now 34-2(22) and 3-0(3) since his losing world title challenge of Wladimir Klitschko, "The Tiger" proved he remains at least something of a serious contender. Beck, who has now lost his last two outings by stoppage, is 29-5(20) and, truth be told, he should look at calling it a career. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured exclusive interviews with reigning IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Hall of Fame boxer Carmen Basilio, and reigning WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto. Highlighting this week’s episode was the exclusive interview with Wladimir Klitschko, who recently stopped American contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers by twelfth round knockout. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On his performance against “Fast” Eddie Chambers:
“I feel great about my last performance and there was another title defense and Eddie Chambers is actually much better than people think. He was a great contender, he was very fast. His nickname is “Fast Eddie” and he was really fast. I should say that eventually I did make the final shot that was very important to win this fight by KO. I think that Eddie Chambers was really just trying to survive actually in the late rounds and as we in the heavyweight division say, ‘You have to pay attention every second of the fight because only one punch can make the final decision and the fight’s going to be over very fast’ so that was exactly what happened in the fight with Eddie and I hope he’s doing well. I think that he’s probably going to beat any other contender in the division because of his amazing boxing skills.”
On Emanuel Steward urging him to go for the knockout in the later rounds of the Chambers fight:
“We saw also one week before my fight with Pacquiao, he was running after a guy for twelve rounds and he couldn’t really finish him because if a person doesn’t want to get knocked out, you can chase him forever. In the last two rounds, actually the last three rounds—the 10th, 11th, and 12th rounds—I was really trying to catch Eddie and I couldn’t. When Emanuel was in the corner raising his voice and saying, ‘Come on! Do it!’, I was actually arguing with him. I said, ‘Dude, I will try! You know, just relax. Don’t push me too much, relax. I know what I’m doing. I’m trying.’ In the last two rounds, the 11th and 12th, I was really chasing Eddie and eventually stopped him in the 12th.. continue
Universum-middleweight Sebastian Zbik defeated challenger Domenico Spada in a rematch at the “Universum Champions-Night” in Magdeburg, Germany. WBC-interim titleholder Zbik scored a unanimous decision victory over Italian Spada. Nine months ago, Zbik, from Schwerin, Germany, won the championship with a razor thin decision over Spada. The rematch was the second title defense for the 28-years-old Zbik. “Zbiker” controlled the action from the get-go and outboxed his foe using his quick hands and better technique. Spada tried to connect with wild attacks but seldom had success. Zbik improved his defense since their first outing and caught his challenger with clean counter punches. continue
By Harold Kupel: Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 23 KOs) defeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KO’s) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The final judges’ scores were 115-111, 116-111, 115-112. Martinez was too fast for Pavlik in the early part of the fight, landing well with left hands to the head of Pavlik in rounds 1-4. continue
SALISBURY, MD (April 16, 2010) – Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero earned an impressive second round TKO victory over Chicago’s Michael Walker in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday night on SHOWTIME from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md.
Unbeaten prospect Shawn Porter dominated Colombian Raul Pinzon, scoring a first round TKO in Friday’s co-feature
The doubleheader was co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Prize Fight.
Fighting in front of a packed hometown crowd, Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) displayed the type of energy and power that has made him such a coveted prospect in the stacked middleweight division. The southpaw came out swinging, drilling Walker (19-4, 12 KOs) with repeated shots against the ropes to close out the first round. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Right after his recent 3rd-round win over Manny Siaca, Danny Green said how there are no cruiserweights out there capable of competing with him, and that any fighter from that weight class would be KO'd should they face him (at least Green's trainer Angelo Hyder made these comments). Well, one man who is eager to put it all on the line so as to prove "The Green Machine" wrong is unbeaten 200-pounder contender B.J Flores.
Very kindly giving me the following interview, in which he fired back at the Australian and his trainer's ultra-confident remarks, 31-year-old Flores, 24-0-1(15) made it clear he is more than willing to go over to Australia to call the 37-year-old's bluff. continue
by James Slater - As all British fight fans know, there has been a distinct drop in big fights being covered by anything other than satellite TV channels over recent years; with Sky and Sky Box Office having pretty much cornered the market when it comes to the fights we want to see. This, however, could change on May 15th - the night of the WBA light-welterweight title clash between Britain's Amir Khan and New York's Paulie Malignaggi.
According to a highly interesting article that has appeared on Times on line, both ITV and BBC are among four TV networks that have shown great interest in showing the clash from Madison Square Garden live. Actually, according to the piece, some sources claim ITV have already signed a deal to show the fight. This, if true, is of course great news. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a lengthy discussion with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward that focused on the rich history of the heavyweight division. During our hour long conversation, we discussed some of the most decorated personalities the sport has known and touched on some of the more memorable moments. This is part two of a three part series that explores heavyweight history with Emanuel Steward.
Q: Muhammad Ali always said he was the greatest. Was he the greatest, or does Joe Louis have something to say about that?
A: Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali both were the two greatest but in different ways. Joe Louis was the greatest champion because of the fact that what he did at the time. I thought having those record defenses and it’s just hard to be a guy who over eleven years had twenty-five defenses. He was a perfect image for what he did for the country and the fight that he had with Max Schmeling was probably the most epic event that I still have known of in my mind in, not just in sports, but in any event of the history of the world because that night was like the night that the world stood still, and this mean German machine that was like trying to take over the whole world, Hitler, that it was strange that these two men in a little small limited little space in America here, half naked with just something on their fists, were going to almost determine the fate of mankind so to say. And I learned as I’ve traveled, it wasn’t just in America. It was all over the world everybody was on pins and needles waiting on that, and the fact that Joe Louis came out and had such an unbelievable great knockout—especially in view of the fact that it was the same man who had knocked him out—and that was like trying almost to stop that whole Hitler reign. It was just that night, he became bigger than a boxer and no man is ever probably going to be in that position to do what he did. He was a world, when you say “champion”—I thought the epitome of the word “champion” was Joe Louis. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –APRIL 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today trainers Angelo Dundee and Lou Duva will attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th. “Angelo Dundee and Lou Duva are two legendary figures in boxing history,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “They have trained some of boxing’s top fighters and their knowledge of the many facets of the sport is remarkable. Fans will love the opportunity to visit with them.. continue
Sparks flew at yesterday's press conference to announce "Worlds Collide: Mayorga vs. Thomas" the May 15th MMA fight card that will serve as Ricardo Mayorga's introduction to the sport. The former boxing world champion and his opponent, Din Thomas, began taunting each other from the moment the two entered Victor's Café in New York City. Thomas, wearing a T-shirt that read, "I'm Din Thomas: Google Me," boasted that he considered putting Mayorga's name on the shirt's back because "that is where Mayorga will be on May 15…on his back." Not to be outdone, Mayorga scolded Thomas and warned, "You haven't been hit by your father the way I am going to hit you." Click here to watch video
by James Slater, photo by Jody Kohn - Panama's Celstino Caballero, one of the most under appreciated and underexposed top class fighters of recent years, has signed a multi-fight deal with top promoter Lou DiBella, writes ESPN.com's Dan Rafael. Unhappy with his former promotional outfit, Warriors Boxing, the 33-year-old former super-bantamweight titlist is now hopeful of getting the big fights his talents deserve.
Having made the move up to featherweight on this past Saturday's Andre Berto-Carlos Quintana card with an impressive points win over Daud Yordan - during which the lanky 33-year-old threw over 1200 punches - Caballero's name has now been put next to such marquee fighters as Juan Manuel Lopez, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Chris John. Hopefully DiBella is the man who can deliver these intriguing match-ups for his new signing. continue
MIAMI (Apr. 19, 2009) – For four invaluable weeks at the Normandy Gym in North Miami, undefeated middleweight prospect “Chairman of the Board” Michael Oliveira (11-0, 8 KOs), the heir apparent to retired Brazilian boxing star Acelino “Popo” Freitas, acted more like a sponge than a young prize fighter. The 19-year-old Oliveira, who is trained by Danny Hawk at Normandy Gym, absorbed everything he heard or viewed from the Hall of Fame-bound boxer also training in the North Miami gym, Bernard Hopkins, who had set-up training camp there to prepare for his eventual victory last month against Roy Jones. continue
WBA Super World Featherweight Champion, Chris “The Dragon” John (43-0-2) after an over 2 year hiatus in his native land of Indonesia, John returns home after public demand and will face 29 year old Argentinian, Fernando “El Vasco” Saucedo (38-4-2).
Chris John having previously fought Hiroyuki Enoki in Japan 2008 and Rocky Juarez twice in Texas and Nevada respectively in 2009 is excited at the prospect of returning home. Chris John, most recently defended his WBA Super World Featherweight title against Rocky Juarez by convincing decesion in September of 2009 as part of Mayweather vs Marquez card. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Recently I had the opportunity to speak with cruiserweight project, Jeremiah Graziano (10-0-0 (10 KOs)) who was recently featured on Eastside's "The Project". Graziano is an energetic, out spoken, confident, open book. As I interviewed him I could hear his 1 year old son playing in the background. Jeremiah occasionally broke from the interview to momentarily play with his son. This was pretty cool with me. Jeremiah doesn't hid his feelings with his son, about the sport of boxing or the fighters within it. You don't want to miss part 1 of this very candid interview.
Walker: Hey Jeremiah thanks for talking with me. Your nickname is "Wyson" which stands for White Mike Tyson. Do you still go by that name?
JG: Nah, not really. I sort of evolved into Jeremiah "Guerilla" Graziano primarily because we do a lot of guerilla type of training. I mean real guerilla training with ropes and everything. continue
Former Linear and WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (49-5-1, 43 KOs) returned to action on Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort in Hollywood, Florida, and destroyed normally durable 6' 7" veteran Rafael "The Cuban Giant" Pedro (20-9-1, 14 KOs) in 28 awe-inspiring seconds. Fighting in the evening's main event, Briggs came in at his lightest weight in his last six fights and quickly showed the blazing hand speed and heart-stopping power that have made him a two-time world champion and fan favorite worldwide.
Pedro, who had been stopped only once before in his career, went down from a battering ram straight right hand to the side of the head and made no serious attempt to rise before the count of ten. continue
Shane has talent, I have a gift. A God-given gift." - Six-Time World Champion in Five Weight Divisions Floyd "Money" Mayweather said on April 14, 2010 at his open media workout at the Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, NV.
Floyd Mayweather: "I think Shane is acting out of character. Why would someone wait until they were 38 years old to get a tattoo? I think he feels the pressure of this fight and is thinking about how he is going to beat me. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - At the beginning of this year, London based Moroccan Light Middleweight contender Yassine El Maachi was unsigned and struggling to find opponents. An announced fight with Steve O’Meara fell through and, after being excluded by Prizefighter, the man who calls himself “The Showman” was considering quitting or relocating to Italy, where he used to live and train with revered Italian trainer Luciano Sordini. His record is an interesting one, if you pay attention to the gaps in weight to the advantage of many of his opponents, most of which got beaten nevertheless. In a frustrating effort to launch his career, Yassine El Maachi has been fighting at Light Middle against opposition ranging from Middle to Light Heavy, in most cases virtually without notice and sometimes even for free. Still, no one wanted to fight him or promote him. There are some, including Yassine himself, who believe that this ostracism has to do with ethnic and religious background. That could or could not be part of the reason, but it probably has more to do with the fact that, because of his unorthodox and ruthless style, to fight him can be a rather embarrassing and unpleasant experience.
Fact: if you saw El Maachi fighting, you are going to notice and remember him. Someone who did take notice is new promoter Steve Goodwin, friend of Yassine’s trainer Don Charles assistant Joe Gregory, who recognized the opportunity both for “The Showman” and himself to prove their worth in their respective fields and signed him. continue
Unbeaten Scottish Middleweight Craig McEwan has been given a huge vote of confidence by his coach Freddie Roach. Roach, who has schooled numerous world champions such as Oscar dela Hoya, Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao, this week told Boxing News that his stylish, Edinburgh born prospect could beat the current World Middleweight Champion, Ohio`s Kelly Pavlik. Speaking after McEwan`s 8th round stoppage of Canadian Champion Kris Andrews in Las Vegas last week, Roach indicated that he was looking to step McEwan up sooner rather than later. "I`d like a World Title shot at the end of the year.. continue
By Paul Strauss - Once again the Mayweather trio of father, son and recently indicted uncle proved they have no class. If a person walked by the tv set when the 2nd Episode of 24/7 was playing, it's likely the reaction would be something like, "What the heck is on now!" because all they would have heard was, "F-this and F-that" being spewed out of the set. Once you realized what was on, your shock would quickly turn to disgust, knowing that the three stooges had been reincarnated into foul mouthed reality characters who were no longer funny. Unfortunately HBO is gave them a stage upon which to act up. continue
Vivek Wallace: Saturday night, fight fans around the globe will tune in to see a showdown between two of the sports perennial figures. Despite solid records and great success of the past, both men find themselves subjected to questions in the present which require answers that could serve as a gateway to a yet-to-be determined future. In the case of Martinez, 48 professional fights produced only two losses, yet those two losses came to the two biggest names on his resume. Always known as a fierce competitor, the rugged Argentinean will now have to show the world whether or not he has the type of mettle that will allow him to truly join the sports elite.
Across from Martinez stands a man who will also have to answer a set of critics. It was less than 3 years ago that we saw Pavlik walk through the likes of Jermain Taylor, Edison Miranda, and a number of other prime contenders. That string of victories seemed to be the perfect script until that fairy-tale script turned into a Halloween type horror, in an aptly titled classic which entailed a "A Ghost And The Executioner". The damaging results of that showdown gave a more literal meaning to the term "Ghost", as in the eyes of many of his critics, Kelly Pavlik has in many ways began to fade away ever since. As we prepare ourselves for the Saturday nights showdown, in an effort to analyze the work ahead, we take a look at pending showdown, starting with "Keys to Victory". continue
by James Slater - The internet pages and those of the press in general have never been so alive with news of heavyweight Audley Harrison! Not since "A-Force" won his Olympic gold medal way back in 2000, anyway. Ever since his thrilling, come from behind KO of Michael Sprott in which a virtually one-handed Harrison snatched the vacant European title, members of the media been talking about and interviewing the 38-year-old southpaw. continue
by GM Ross - Steve Claggett, the fighting pride of Western Canada, is eager to get one of Ontario's lightweight prospects in an Alberta ring in the near future. According to Claggett's manager Eric De Guzman, his fighter is ready and willing to meet either Buzz Grant or Logan McGuinness in an eight round contest at 135lbs. Teofista Promotions has a card in the works for July 24th, to be staged in either Lethbridge or Calgary, for which a Claggett-Grant or Claggett-McGuinness bout would serve as the headliner. continue
by James Slater - The trainer of Australia's Danny Green - who successfully defended his IBO cruiserweight belt with an easy 3rd-round TKO over Puerto Rico's Manny Siaca in his native country yesterday - feels his charge has no worthy challenges at the 200-pound weight class and that may move up to heavyweight as a result. Certainly, Angelo Hyder has informed World News Australia how he has advised his fighter to move up in weight.
37-year-old Green, now 29-3(26) and unbeaten in his last eight, was happy with his win over Siaca, yet, as he explained afterwards, he would have preferred a tougher challenge. Instead, he saw the former WBA 168-pound champion go down after taking a series of right hands to the head in the 3rd-round, after which he was counted out by the ref just as he beat the count by a fraction.
"I felt the way it was going I was going to deliver what I wanted to give the people, and that was a clean knockout," Green said. "The referee definitely jumped in too early. Manny could have jumped up a second earlier , he was waiting for the count, for the ten to get maximum recovery time. Then he jumped up, the ref jumped in, and he called it off.
"I'm happy with the victory but there's also a tinge of disappointment at how it ended.. continue
By Shaun Murphy - I’ll start by stating that I’m sorry that I haven’t written for ESB for a while. I’ve been working on a novel (30 rejections), and, well, it’s something I’ve been putting off for far too long ….
David Haye, well, he’s someone that’s been creating a lot of attention lately, so I’ll start with him. How far I think he’ll go; how good I think he is; and how much of a chance I think he’s got (in my opinion) against the Klitschko Brothers. continue
by Simon Clark - I should point out now that despite most of the sentiments expressed in this piece, I do love boxing with a passion but there have been several issues really irking me for years about this sport that we love.
Super Champions WBA???
Dear WBA, I mean, really? Was it not enough to dilute the accomplishment of becoming a world champion by establishing more weight classes than ever before for each and every alphabet soup sanctioning body that you had to start crowning super champions too? continue
by James Slater - Former lineal and WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs made it a very short night last night in Hollywood, Florida as he starched Cuban fighter Rafael Pedro inside a mere 30-seconds! Having his first fight this year, the 38-year-old "Cannon" unleashed just one punch, a right hand to the head, and down Pedro went to be counted out at the 28-second mark. It was that simple.
Now 49-5-1(43), the Brooklyn heavyweight said after the fight that the action he got was "all he needed," and that he is used to many of his fights ending early. Pedro, who had previously only been stopped one time (way back in his pro debut), is now 20-9-1(14).
Hopefully, this 1st-round win for Briggs will stick. As fans may recall, back in December, after Briggs had made almost as short a work of journeyman Marcus McGee, his win was changed to a No-Contest due to how Shannon failed his port-fight drugs test. We don't want a repeat of that, quite obviously. continue
(L - R) World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik, Youngstown, Ohio, and WBC Super Welterweight Champion Sergio Martinez of Spain pose during the weigh-in Friday for their upcoming World Middleweight Championship at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, on Saturday, April 17. Both fighters weighed 159.5 lb. Top Rank is promoting in association with DiBella Entertainment and Caesars Atlantic City. Pavlik vs Martinez will be televised on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue
Weigh-In results from Montreal: Lucian Bute 167.2 vs. Edison Miranda 167 l Renan St-Juste 159.2 vs. Dionisio Miranda 159.7 l Pier-Olivier Cote 134.8 vs. Hugo Pacheco 133.5 l Sebatien Gauthier 121.6 vs. Jayson Hayward 121.4
"It's hard to change the style you used during your whole career in nine short months. When you're in an intense situation you quickly turn back to your old habits," states Lucian Bute (25-0-0, 20 K.-O.) about his opponent Edison Miranda (33-4-0, 29 K.-O.), who switched trainers and is now with the renowned Joe Goosen. continue
by James Slater - As his fans know, 31-year-old Jamie Moore - the former British, Irish, Commonwealth and European light-middleweight champion - announced his retirement this week. One of the most exciting-to-watch British fighters of the last decade, "Mooresy" will be very much missed. However, as he informed me in the following interview he was kind enough to give me earlier today, Jamie will remain very much involved in the sport he loves.
Here are the Salford, Manchester southpaw's answers to my questions:
James Slater: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, Champ - I really appreciate it. We all read how you officially announced your retirement this week, and as one article I read wrote, British boxing will be a poorer place without you and your great fights. You have retired young at 31, is it 100-percent - no chance at all of a comeback? It was obviously a tough decision to retire?
Jamie Moore: It wasn't tough in a way, because of what the surgeon told me [with regards to the third scan I had]. He told me it would be dangerous to continue, so I made the decision because of my kids and my family. continue
Boxing is not a sport that readily lends itself to statistics, but one set of numbers is as elemental as a left-right combination: a fighter's wins, losses and draws. We often overvalue a good record and misinterpret a mediocre one; there are dozens of 10-loss veterans who are better than young fighters with only one or two defeats.
Nothing, however, catches our eye like a perfect record and when one or both undefeated fighters square off, you can count on either the ring announcer or the TV commentators declaring, "Somebody's '0' has got to go!" or "Maybe tonight his '0' might just go!. continue
HBO Sports presents two action-packed live title bouts from two different locations on the same night when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: KELLY PAVLIK VS. SERGIO MARTINEZ AND LUCIAN BUTE VS. EDISON MIRANDA is seen SATURDAY, APRIL 17 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and the Bell Center in Montreal, exclusively on HBO. Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will be ringside from Atlantic City, while Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis will be in Montreal for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. Other HBO playdates: April 18 (8:00 a.m.) and 19 (12:45 a.m.). HBO2 playdates: April 18 (4:30 p.m.) and 20 (midnight). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - (The following interview transcript with Carmen Basilio aired on episode 68 of On the Ropes Boxing Radio , April 12, 2010)
Jenna J: Well guys, speaking of legends in the sport of boxing it’s time for our second guest on this week’s show, one that we’re honored to have a chance to speak with—we have Hall of Fame boxer Carmen Basilio “On the Ropes”. How’s it going today Carmen?
Carmen Basilio: Hi. Well that’s very nice of you, thank you. How are you?
Jenna: I’m doing very fine, thank you. We’re happy to have you on the show, we’re happy to be interviewing you. I’d first like to ask you, if you don’t mind, and I’m sure the boxing fans are pretty interested—how did you get into the sport of boxing?
Carmen: How did I get in the sport of boxing? I thank my father for that. When my brothers and I were boys he bought us boxing gloves and he made us box all the time. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 14 – Before Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley heat up the Las Vegas night in their Saturday, May 1 mega-fight, some of the top contenders in boxing today will enter the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and warm up fans in attendance and those watching at home on the “Who R U Picking: Mayweather vs. Mosley” televised pay-per-view undercard. continue
By Eugene Carnachan - Danny Green 29-3 V Manny Siaca 22-6 round by round – Challenge Stadium, Perth, Western Australia. Siaca enters the ring to a Puerto Rican rap song. Green enters to the Men at Work song “Down Under”.
Green looks a little dry. Siaca looks solid and good to go. Green isn’t as ripped as we are used to seeing him but that said he’s fighting at Cruiser so doesn’t have to deplete himself to get down to weight. He looks strong. continue
by Pete Madzelan - While living in Chicago back in 1981, I attended a few of Marvin Hagler’s workouts before his title defense against Mustafa Hamsho. The workouts were awe inspiring as the intensity from Hagler’s laboring determination oozed from every droplet of sweat that percolated from his body.
His work ethic was never forgotten. Being in the presence of a great champion was never forgotten.
But time travels on; calendars get tossed and history is sometimes and unfortunately forgotten. Though at times forgotten, history is always there. It remains, and time and again it surfaces to conjure up old stories. One such story is that of the 1985 Middleweight Championship Fight between Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Thomas (Hit Man) Hearns. continue
by James Slater - Due to annoying but unavoidable circumstances, the eagerly awaited light-welterweight match-up between alphabelt champions Tim Bradley and Marcos Maidana, set for June 19th, has had to be postponed. As Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reports, the power-punching Argentine injured his back earlier this week and now needs approx "20 days" of rest.
Maidana, the interim WBA champ at 140-pounds, still wants the fight; as promoter Gary Shaw explained to Rafael. continue
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will face mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs) in Neubrandenburg on June 5. It will be the Hurricane´s fifth fight in the East German city, having won all four previous bouts at the Jahnsportforum. “I am thrilled to be back,” Sylvester said. “The support of my loyal and euphoric home fans will help me to win this tough mandatory defence. They can certainly make the difference in a fight – once things get rough, everybody will see what I mean by that.. continue
Exclusive Interview by James Slater - Though fans are very much intrigued to see how boxing all-time great James Toney will get on when he makes his MMA debut later this year (exact date still to be decided), "Lights Out" assured me in the following interview that boxing is and always will be his true love. The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer wants to challenge himself against the big names in MMA, yet he also very much wants to fight for the heavyweight championship in the sport he has achieved greatness in.
Once again calling out the two Klitschko brothers, as well as WBA champ David Haye, Toney (yesterday evening UK time) had the following things to say on all subjects pertaining to his fighting career(s) in general:
James Slater: It's a great pleasure to be able to speak with you again, Champ. We're all intrigued about your move into MMA, and your deal with UFC's Dana White. Do you have a date yet for your MMA debut, and who it will be against?
James Toney: No problem. They're talking about August. But first and foremost, I want to say I've not moved into UFC - I'm still a boxer. But the thing is, MMA is where the action is; no-one wants to fight James Toney in boxing! Nobody will put their name down on that contract. continue
LONDON (14th April) WBC Super Middleweight Champion and Super Six World Boxing Classic participant Carl Froch will feature in the latest edition of Trans World Sports, the long running weekly sports program ahead of his upcoming showdown against the “Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler at the MCH Messecenter, Herning, Denmark on Saturday 24th April. Tune in to Sky Sports HD2 tonight at 11pm to see how the Cobra is preparing for his next fight at his training camp in Sheffield. For other show times please see below: continue
Primm, Nevada (April 13, 2010) – It is now or never for two of the junior-welterweight division's most experienced contenders as former two-time lightweight champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz meets former title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo with potential championship implications in the balance. The ten-round main event will headline an evening of boxing action 6 p.m. Friday, May 14. Presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Vega Boxing and Thompson Boxing Promotions, the event will be held in The Star of The Desert Arena at Buffalo Bill's Casino & Resort in Primm, Nev. and will be televised by ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - “I think the intensity and the challenge that Shane brings into this fight is going to make Floyd Mayweather show his greatness or he could totally be dominated and look very inferior. He won’t be anywhere in between, he’ll go to one extreme or the other and I think that Shane may be the dark horse so to say in this whole situation because he could easily be a big threat and possibly beat Floyd and (Manny) Pacquiao.” —Emanuel Steward (from episode 65 of On the Ropes Boxing Radio)
Going into his bout with Antonio Margarito few observers were giving Sugar Shane Mosley much of a chance and not without good reason. After all, Miguel Cotto had already beaten Mosley and yet he looked powerless against the iron-jawed Mexican. Cotto hit him with everything but a baseball bat and was never able to neutralize the relentless pressure applied by Margarito. Following the fight, an aura of invincibility surrounded Margarito, and many felt Shane would suffer a similar fate as his promoter Oscar De La Hoya had when he was bludgeoned by Manny Pacquiao a month earlier. Not only were people refusing to give Shane a chance to win, the majority doubted whether he could even make it competitive. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (April 15, 2010) – Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero weighed in at 160 pounds and Chicago’s Michael Walker tipped the scales at 161 during Thursday’s weigh in at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. Guerrero (17-0, 14 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Walker (19-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. continue
by Jaime Castro-Núñez, photo courtesy of Alex Teherán - Just a couple of days ago 19-year-old Colombian amateur pugilist Alex Teherán accepted an offer from boxing managers Mike Altamura and Cameron Dunkin to turn pro under their management. A gifted athlete, he has been fighting since the age of 14, was part of the Colombian Boxing Team since 2006 and fell just short of making the 2008 Colombian Olympic troupe. At the end of the Olympics, when the national squad lost five of its most experienced men: Eleider Álvarez, Darley Pérez, Óscar Rivas, Jonathan Romero and William Urina, Alex Teherán became, along with flyweight Óscar Negrete, the most valuable amateur boxer in the country. continue
(photo M.A. Sayer)- PRIZEFIGHTER returns later this month with former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide among the contenders in the second cruiserweights competition. Prizefighter Cruiserweights II takes place on Friday, April 30 at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London. Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Sport’s Managing Director, was expecting another great night of boxing entertainment. He said: “Boxing in the UK is buzzing right now and we are delighted to announce the next instalment of the Prizefighter Series with the Cruiserweights on April 30th.
“Seven of the leading UK contenders will be trying to capture the crown but to do so they will have to take out the number one WBC contender and favourite to win Prizefighter Herbie Hide.”
Hide, who at 38 is the oldest of the eight men taking part, will be the bookmakers’ favourite but that has not been a guarantee for success in previous Prizefighters. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghana’s Charles Adamu says the loss of his Commonwealth Super Middleweight title does not mean the end of his professional boxing ambitions. The man popularly called The Crusader says his dream to become a world boxing champion is still on and he will not rest until he realizes the ambition. “Boxing is full of ups and downs and I am not very worried though I must admit my disappointment at losing the Commonwealth title. But things like this only make me stronger and I want to tell my fans that this is not the end of me. I promise to come back even stronger,” Adamu told SportsInGhana.com. continue
by James Slater - As fans know, Ring magazine, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko released a video message yesterday, in which he not only publicly called out WBA ruler David Haye, but also implored him not to run away! Well, not surprisingly, it didn't take long for a reply to arrive from Team-Haye.
Yesterday, speaking with Sky Sports, Haye's trainer Adam Booth (not Haye himself, which is perhaps somewhat surprising), fired back at Wladimkir's taped message. continue
Reading, PA (April 13, 2010) - Boxing fans and media filled Blind Hartman’s Tavern Monday night for the kick-off press conference announcing the Pain on Penn Street pro-am fight card to take place May 22nd at the Reading Eagle Theater at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. The fight card will consist of seven pro bouts, as well as five amateur bouts and three titles will be up for grabs. The show will be promoted by King's Promotions.
In the main event, Reading’s Travis Kauffman (19-1, 15 KOs) will face Chris Koval (24-6, 18 KOs) from Youngstown, OH for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight championship. In the co-feature, Reading’s Keenan Collins (12-5-2, 8 KOs) will clash with George Rivera (11-5, 4 KOs) of Virginia for the WBF Americas Super Welterweight title.
The pro undercard will also include Reading’s Oscar Van Penovaroff, Derrick Webster of Glassboro, NJ and Joseph Judah of New York. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Danny Green (28-3, 25 KOs) faces off tomorrow night Wednesday 14 April 2010 at the Challenge Stadium, Perth, Australia against former WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siaca (22-6, 19 KOs) in a defense of his IBO Cruiserweight title. Today’s weigh in saw Green tip the scales at 83.8 kgs (184.4 lbs) with Siaca weighing in at 82.1 kgs (180.6 lbs), both well under the 90.9 kg / 200 lb Cruiserweight limit.
Green, 37, enters tomorrow night’s bout as overwhelming favourite, where in his most recent fight last December, recorded the best performance of his career in a 122 second stoppage victory over ring legend Roy Jones Jr. in Sydney, Australia. continue
FRANK MALONEY is working a 15 hour day as he bids to put Rendall Munroe on top of the boxing world and get himself elected to the Houses of Parliament. The promoter stages a major fight card at Coventry Skydome on Friday April 23 when Leicester's Munroe meets Mexican Victor Terrazas in a WBC world super-bantamweight title eliminator. If Munroe wins he is guaranteed a crack at Japanese WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka later this year. Ambitious Maloney is chasing his own political dreams by standing as a candidate for UKIP at next month's general election. continue
The theme of this fight is 'Who R U Picking?' Well people should be picking me because I have proven that I can knock people out in any round. I'm experienced and I have the speed, power and agility to win this fight." Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley said on April 12, 2010 at his Los Angeles Media Day. - Sugar Shane Mosley, Current WBA Welterweight World Champion
"I think a lot of people who have fought Floyd have let his talking get to them and they go into the fight angry. They are fighting with their emotions when they are in the ring. I'm not going to do that. I know how I want to fight Floyd and I know what I want to happen, so I am going to do what I have to do to win.
"Training is going great. We have a good strategy going and I have been sparring some tough guys and trying a lot of different things against them, so I am going to be ready when I get into the ring May 1. continue
On paper, Tony "The Tiger" Thompson may appear old for a boxer. But don't judge this boxer by his birth certificate! "Boxing matches aren't contested on paper, they are fought inside a ring," warns the 38-year old Silver Spring, Maryland-born, Washington, DC native, who takes on Jamaican veteran and former world title challenger Owen Beck (29-4, 20 KOs) in the April 16th, scheduled 10-round heavyweight main event of an ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" telecast from the Omni New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 12, 2010) Super middleweight Donovan DA BOMB George joined thousands of Chicagoans early on Saturday morning, April 10th in the WRIGLEY START EARLY RUN in Grant Park to raise money for Voices for Illinois Children and Prevent Child Abuse America . Taking part in the 10K race, the 25 year old George finished with a time of 50:34 for a pace of 8:10 per mile. continue
by Paul McCreath: Over the past 2 or 3 years we have seen a number of young heavyweights rise towards the top as some of our older ones faded from the scene. Unfortunately most of the more promising ones have turned out to be disappointing. American fans saw the likes of Eddie Chambers, Kevin Johnson and Chris Arreola all rise to contender status only to come up short when their big chance arrived. Others like Travis Walker, Jason Estrada and Chazz Witherspoon didn't even get that far. In Europe we saw Alex Dimitrenko get as far as an eliminator with Chambers then lose decisively. Others like Konstantin Airich, Stephan Kretschmann and Sebastian Koeber have failed to develop as hoped. We are left with the undefeated Alex Povetkin as a hopeful from these years and talk is that he is possibly going to accept walk away money to step aside once again from a challenge to Wlad Klitschko in order that David Haye can fight him instead. You can say that the past couple of years have not been too productive as far as finding new stars for the heavyweight division. If David Haye had not moved up from cruiser there would not be much to talk about. continue
Centennial, Colo. – April 12, 2010 – Six-time World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather faces five-time World Champion and current WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley in this highly anticipated fight from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 1. Presented by NCM Fathom, in association with Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, Mayweather vs. Mosley Fight LIVE – Who R U Picking? will be broadcast to more than 415 movie theaters nationwide in high definition at 9:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Pacific. continue
Boxing fans worldwide want to see one fight: IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko against WBA World Heavyweight Champion David Haye. Now, triple champion Klitschko is taking action and officially calls out David Haye in a video message. Haye has already pulled out of fights with the Klitschko brothers twice. Watch the video on www.youtube.com/klitschkochannel, www.klitschko.com and the official Klitschko Facebook page. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 68th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Wladimir Klitschko, Carmen Basilio, and Andre Berto) 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 Boxing Radio 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 Berto’s 8th round knockout victory against Carlos Quintana
· Episode 1 of HBO’s Mosley-Mayweather 24/7. continue
WBC #2 rated middleweight Domenico “Vulcano” Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) says he can’t wait to tear into WBC interim champion Sebastian Zbik (28-0, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in Magdeburg. Last July, in a fight for the vacant WBC belt, Zbik narrowly won by scores of 115-114 on all cards. Spada told boxing.de that this time he won’t leave it in the judges’ hands. continue
Many of New England’s top prospects will be in action May 7 on the “Spring Fever” card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. New Bedford (MA) welterweight Jason “School Boy” Pires (22-3-1, 9 KOs), the former USBA super bantamweight champion and active New Bedford police officer, is scheduled to headline in the 8-round main event. continue
By Niko Tricarico - Or maybe even two.....It always fascinates me how quickly a boxer’s mystique can be dissolved. On July 25th, 2008, Miguel Cotto was an unbeatable force on the verge of superstardom. He was a body punching, pressure fighter who wore his opponents down, broke their will and snapped their resolve; a monster shoved into a 5’7” 147 lb frame. His confidence beamed and rumbled with the same swift thunder that accompanied his thudding punches. And with an entire nation behind him he could do no wrong. “Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas!”
On July 26th, 2008, however, Cotto faced the mullet-ed, Mexican, mauler Antonio Margarito in a fight that Max Kellerman described as a, “modern day boxing classic.” They brawled for eleven and I sat and felt my stubborn mind slowly absorb the reality of the fight. Cotto left the ring that night bloodied, battered, bruised and broken. His usual intensity that he wears so well upon his face was now showered in crimson defeat and rising from a voluntary knee he shook his swollen head from side to side as blood leaked out of every available orifice. My favorite fighter had lost. continue
by James Slater - Jamie Moore, one of the most exciting British fighters of the past ten years or so, has retired at the age of 31. The man from Salford, Manchester was beaten in his last two outings, and after a long and largely fruitful pro career the light-middleweight southpaw has officially announced he is to box no more. "It is with great sadness and regret that I am announcing my retirement from the sport I love," Moore said in his official statement. "In the last three years I have had three letters from the Boxing Board of Control declaring that there had been a slight change in my brain scan although I was medically fit to box. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Many Eastside readers are not particularly respondent to the UFC but you've got to respect a promoter who calls it like he sees it even if it means stick it to one of his stars.
UFC 112 was a blazing success financially. A reported gate of 3.5 million dollars in addition to hundreds of thousands tuning in via PPV. Who would have thought that with that kind of success that one of the sport's biggest stars, the current pound-for-pound UFC king, fighting in the main event would find a way to virtually turn the attending crowd against him and leave UFC President, Dana White, seething with anger. continue
Nasir Muhammad (Atlanta, GA): Mayweather/Mosley has the potential to do some very strong PPV #'s, maybe even close to the 2.4M that Mayweather/ODH did. If they do come close to those figures, what are your thoughts about Arum's 50/50 purse split expectation?
Vivek W. (ESB): Personally, I didn't think Mayweather would be willing to do a complete split with Pacquiao before, knowing that he did far greater PPV #'s against most common opponents. To me, that showed that he was interested to some level in making the fight because he didn't have to concede that major bargaining tool. That being said, I think the same rules will apply in this scenario if he wants the fight. If Mayweather is fortunate enough to get past Shane Mosley, even if their numbers fly off the chart, I think Mayweather will still have to comply with the 50/50 split for the simple fact that anything less won't get the job done. This is where one of my chief concerns with Team Pacquiao has always come.
There seems to be a willingness to get the other side to bend, yet they've remained firm in areas they could probably be a bit more flexible. continue
by James Slater - Once-beaten giant Alexander Dimitrenko of Ukraine is new European heavyweight champion Audley Harrison's mandatory contender, and the 27-year-old with the 29-1(19) record has made it clear he very much wants the fight as soon as possible. However, there is word that southpaw Harrison - who scored the biggest win of his near ten-year pro career by starching Michael Sprott in that sensational 12th-round this past Friday - may chose to vacate his newly acquired European honours and go for a dream fight of a world heavyweight title challenge. continue
Sam Sexton says he'll retire Danny Williams - and then heavyweight legend Evander Holyfield. Sexton takes on Williams in a challenge for the British title at West Ham's Upton Park football ground on May 15. It forms part of the bumper undercard to Kevin Mitchell's interim WBO World Lightweight title challenge against Michael Katsidis. And Sexton knows that if he comes through, he might get a crack at four-time world heavyweight champion Holyfield. Last week, the Real Deal's management team said that Sexton had been shortlisted as a possible opponent for Holyfield this summer. continue
Lucian Bute is back in Montreal after spending the last 9 weeks in Florida training at the Thump Boxing Gym facilities in Miami with Head Trainer Stephan Larouche and Physical Conditioning guru Andre Kulesza.
Lucian Bute (25-0-0, 20 KO) will defend his IBF World Super Middleweight title against Edison Miranda (33-4-0, 29 KO) on Saturday, April 17th 2010 at the Montreal Bell Centre. This bout will be broadcast live on PPV on Canal Indigo, Bell TV and Shaw across Canada and by HBO World Championship Boxing in the United States and Internationally. All Cage-aux-Sports Restaurant/Bars throughout Quebec will carry the entire boxing card live, as well as other select commercial establishments.
“We had a training camp very similar to the one we did for the second Andrade fight. Why change a winning formula? Of course we had different sparring this time, custom made for beating Edison Miranda. We relied primarily on two world class athletes in Randy Griffin and former IBF champion Alejandro Berrio. If I had to describe the camp we had in one word, it would be: amazing.” States Stephan Larouche. continue
World rated Middleweight Andy Lee believes that Limerick could have European Champions in both boxing and rugby to celebrate in 2010. The Limerick southpaw will have his next professional outing in his native city on Saturday, May 15th on the Yanjing Fight Night when he headlines a star studded night of championship boxing at the University Sports Arena in the city. Lee believes that a good win next month should put him in line for a shot at newly crowned European Middleweight Champion Darren Barker and with the Munster rugby team storming in to the Semi Finals of the European Cup at the weekend the 25 year old thinks Limerick could soon be celebrating a European double. continue
BOB ARUM: This fight on Saturday, April 17, will be one of the most important middleweight championships that we will see in a very long time -- Kelly Pavlik, the defending champion, and Sergio Martinez, the super welterweight champion, who will now fight at middleweight. People saw Martinez’s last fight against Paul Williams and a lot of people thought Martinez won the fight. This fight will be tremendous. We have here today Jack Loew, Kelly’s trainer and who just finished a vigorous 12-round sparring session with Kelly, and Kelly Pavlik himself and his manager Cameron Dunkin. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - April 11, 2010 - WBC Welterweight titlist Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KO’s) made his return to the ring after eleven months away, which included a recent disaster to deal with in his home country of Haiti. Berto’s performance at the Bank Atlantic Center (don’t you love that every venue is named after some big corporation these days?) saw him out work and out score a sluggish and uninspired Carlos Quintana (27-3, 21 KO’s). Berto’s efforts resulted in a victory via TKO when, in the eighth round, during a one way exchange of Berto punching and Quintana covering up, Berto landed a clean shot into the face during a rally against the corner ropes and the referee, Tommy Kimmons called a halt to the contest. Kimmons has shown himself a good referee in past fights but Saturday night he gave the impression that maybe Andre Berto’s people were signing his check.
It was kind of sad to watch the fading Quintana fight without any passion or notable desire to win. This win over Quintana did little to convince this scribe that Berto is a real “champion.. continue
Frank Maloney has called for Rendall Munroe fans to create an intimidating atmosphere for Victor Terrazas..Munroe meets the dangerous Mexican in a WBC super-bantamweight world title final eliminator at Coventry Skydome on April 23 in the toughest test of the Leicester binman's 21 fight career. Promoter Maloney said: "Rendall has been fighting in the first division of British boxing and it's time to step him up to the Premiership. "Leicester City are on the brink of the Premier League and Rendall is as close to world title glory. continue
By GM Ross - It was a tough evening for promoter and fighter Sheldon Hinton at the Palace Banquet Centre in Edmonton, Alberta last night. What could have been an excellent evening of boxing was left in shambles, when four of the bouts had to be scrapped, including Hinton’s own fight against Zack Page for the promoter-boxer’s Canadian-American-Mexican (CAM) heavyweight title. According to Murray Greig of the Edmonton Sun, preliminary bouts featuring Omar Valdez and Arash Usmanee were called off 72 hours before the show, followed shortly thereafter by the cancellation of the Taylor Bull-Ray Konvinic bout. continue
By Paul Strauss - It wasn't exactly a scintillating night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. First, Celestino Cabellero proved Daud Cino Yordan was far too inexperienced to be in the ring with him. He dominated the fight from beginning to end. Cabellero was too big, too fast, too elusive and just plain too good for Daud. Caballero could see everything Daud was trying to do, which was far from being enough to win the fight. One judge generously gave Daud two rounds, a second judge gave him one round, and the third judge accurately said Cabellero pitched a shutout.
Caballero proved that he doesn't just exercise the physical advantages of height and reach over his opponents. He proved that he is one heck of an all around fighter. He threw over twelve hundred punches, most of which landed, and mixed them up nicely so Daud didn't know what to cover or when. Just as soon as Daud thought he was blocking the multiple straight jabs, Cabellero would rip a hard right hand to the kidney area, or step over to his right and whip a right hand behind Daud's guard.
Daud would occasionally explode out of his defensive posture with a left hook, but almost without exception, Celistino would block it or avoid it altogether. If he did get hit at all, he would roll with it, or snap away and take all of the power and sting out of it. continue
Team Sauerland is delighted to announce it has signed a long-term contract with gifted Swedish amateur Erik Skoglund. The 18-year-old – considered by many to be Sweden´s biggest boxing talent – will make his professional debut on the Kessler-Froch undercard in Herning on April 24, taking on cruiserweight Viktor Szalai. Skoglund will be coached by Karsten Rower, who also trains IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester. His new home base will be Berlin. “We are thrilled to welcome Erik to our team and look forward to working with him,” said sports director Hagen Doering. “He is a great talent and has the potential to be a champion one day. We will carefully pave his way to the top.. continue
Goodwin Promotions have put a £15,000 bounty on the head of Yassine El Maachi and Frenchan Bertrand Aloa is the first man to try. Bertrand Aloa challenges Yassine El Maachi for the International Masters Light Middleweight Title and hopes to stop Yassine to receive a £15,000 pay day. Bertrand receives his basis purse but will receive the biggest purse of his career if he stops Yassine during the 10 round contest. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Florida, on the under-card of the Andre Berto-Carlos Quintana welterweight title fight, former long reigning super-bantamweight ruler Celestino Caballero of Panama made a successful debut up at featherweight. The 33-year-old dominated and widely out-pointed Indonesia's 22-year-old Daud Yordan, winning by a near shutout.
The official scores were 120-107, 119-108 and 118-108, all for the tall Panamanian. Now 34-2(23) as a pro, Caballero is looking at facing the also excellent Yuriorkis Gamboa next. Yordan, who showed heart and courage in losing, is now 25-1(19).
Looking great last night up at 126-pounds, Caballero showed he has carried his speed and stamina levels up with him from 122-pounds. Throwing well over a thousand punches against Yordan, Cabellero never once looked tired. Okay, he was pretty much in total control the whole fight, but the man known as "Pelenchin" proved he will be a formidable opponent for any featherweight out there. continue
by James Slater - Former lineal and WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs returns to action tomorrow night in Hollywood, Florida, against 34-year-old Cuban fighter Rafael "The Cajun Connection" Pedro. Set for a scheduled ten-rounds, tomorrow's fight could well prove to be interesting. continue
Bantam weight Andre Wilson and welterweight Orlando Lora were supposed to be the heavily favored fighters of the night. After all, Wilson's opponent Leonilo Miranda took the fight on only two days notice, and he had suffered losses in his last two fights. He was KO'd by Orlando Cruz in 2009 and came up short in a SD loss to Gilberto Bolanos, which also took place in 2009.
The one thing that was immediately apparent at the opening bell was the fact that Mirando was bigger. He looked stronger, and had the height advantage, but their reach was about the same. Mirando started out right away as the aggressor and pressed the action. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Florida, in returning to the ring after an 11-month absence, WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto overpowered a game and tricky Carlos Quintana in the 8th-round. Blasting the southpaw former WBO champ with a series of hard right hands to the head, Berto forced referee Tommy Kimmons to dive in and stop the fight at 2-minutes and 16-seconds of the 8th-round. The 26-year-old WBC king is now 26-0(20). 33-year-old Quintana is now 27-3(21).
"Fighting for Haiti," Berto, who sadly lost family members in the recent tragedy, wanted to put on a show, and maybe he tried to hard to do so. Rusty, as one would expect any fighter to be after having been out of the ring for almost a solid year, Berto was caught in the first couple of rounds. A nice straight left hand by the cute Quintana staggered Berto in the 2nd, and for a little while it seemed an upset could occur. continue
By Paul Strauss - About the only thing interesting to note during the first installment of the Mayweather vs Mosley 24/7 was Mayweather's failure to provide a urine sample in a timely fashion. Probably just urinal anxiety? Unfortunately for the USADA testing officials, as a result of his failure, they then had to hang around little mister low on pee for what must have seemed like an eternity. On the other hand, there was no problem and no delay with Shane Mosley, and the officials seemed grateful for the cooperation and the no problem type of behavior. continue
Evander Holyfield: “People talk and you act like it doesn’t bother you when they call you old and senile. I’ve been telling people since 1992 when I lost to Riddick Bowe that I was going to be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I won 2 but not the third. It’s never been about money. I was brought up poor and never had anything. I was taught to have goals and to never quit.
“Botha gave me an opportunity. People talk about my legacy. It’s about who you’ve fought. They can’t deny me; I fight the best. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 10, 2010) – Hall of Fame-bound Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield added the World Boxing Federation heavyweight title belt to his overcrowded trophy case, stopping defending champion Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha in the 8th round last night in the main event on “The Legend Returns” card, promoted by Crown Boxing, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Botha (47-5-3, 28 KOs) came out throwing bombs for the first five rounds, buzzing Holyfield (43-10-2, 27 KOs) a few times. Holyfield came on strong at the end of the fifth, taking full control of the fight in the sixth and seventh by throwing letting his hands go and throwing effective combinations.
In the eighth round, Holyfield dropped Botha with a right hand and when a damaged Botha got to his feet, Evander overwhelmed his South African opponent until referee Russell Mora called an end to the fight. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 10, 2010 –– The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of legendary referee Arthur Mercante. He passed away at his home this morning. He was 90. The dean of boxing referees worldwide, Mercante began his career while serving in the U.S. Navy under Gene Tunney in 1942. Among his responsibilities was refereeing service bouts and he continued officiating amateur bouts upon his discharge from the Navy. In 1954 he became licensed as a professional referee. His first world title bout was the rematch between Ingemar Johansson vs. Floyd Patterson on June 20, 1960. continue
Karim 'Kato' Godfrey - The biggest super - matchup of 2010 so far will take place on May 1st between the #2 & #3 pound for pound best in the world. Mayweather, who is sporting an undefeated record of 40-0-0 (25 KO’s) will finally take on a legitimate Welterweight in Sugar Shane Mosley who’s record speaks for itself, 46-5-0 (39 KO’s). The last time Floyd took on a legitimate Welterweight challenger was in 2006 when he fought then-in-his prime Zab Judah. However, I don’t think this fight will be as close as many think. Mosley’s got plenty of room for an upset but safety-first Mayweather will do everything in his power to come out with a win. If that means putting on a boring show then he’ll employ it. continue
HEROIC Audley Harrison has saved his boxing career with a sensational last-round knockout to win the vacant European heavyweight title. Harrison, who suffered a ripped tendon in his right shoulder in the second round, fought most of his fight against Michael Sprott using only one hand. Despite trailing and being two minutes away from a career-ending defeat, Harrison knocked out Sprott with a sensational left hook. “I had an operation in 2002 when I ripped a tendon and I think I did the same thing again,” said 38-year-old Harrison.
“The pain was excruciating but there was absolutely no way I was going to quit. Not once did I think about quitting. You open people up with the jab but because of my injury I didn’t have a jab but luckily I’m a quick learner. It was hard for me to pick up any rounds and I’ve never boxed on the orthodox side before. I felt so hampered but I never lost hope. In the sixth I hurt him with an uppercut and a hook but it was hard to get going. My career was on the line so losing wasn’t an option. I had to find a way to win and I knew the left would be the one that gets him. When it landed I just walked away because I knew it was over."
“It’s definitely the best punch I’ve ever thrown, especially in those circumstances, but it would’ve knocked out anyone – including the Klitschkos. It was championship-winning material.
“It was a hell-mary of a punch that would’ve taken out any heavyweight in the world.. continue
by James Slater - There's less than a month to go until the ultra-intriguing welterweight match-up that is "Sugar" Shane Mosley Vs. Floyd Mayweather Junior will take place in Las Vegas. And though the main event is good enough to ensure fans will be content to hand over their pay-per-view cash, the under-card of a big show always helps make the occasion that much more exciting. And the still-taking-shape under-card for May 1st at The MGM Grand is looking pretty good.
All set to fight on the big WBA welterweight title fight show are: hot prospects Saul Alvarez, Daniel Jacobs and George Groves, and former WBO super-bantamweight ruler Daniel Ponce de Leon. continue
Las Vegas, Nevada (April 10, 2010) - Fighting in front of a American audience at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for the first time in his career, heavyweight prospect Vladimir Tereshkin, was impressive as he scored a unanimous six round decision over Joseph Rabotte. Tereshkin (13-0-1, 7 KO's) completely dominated Rabotte (7-12-0, 3 KO's) all six rounds, winning on all three judges' scorecards 60-54. continue
by James Slater - Tonight in London, former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison scored an astonishing, come-from-behind, one-punch, last-round KO over Michael Sprott to sensationally claim the vacant European heavyweight crown.
Behind on points on all three cards of the scoring officials going into the 12-th-round, Harrison, under pressure from a swarming Sprott at the time, uncorked a massive left hand to the head, sending the 35-year-old down and out. For a few alarming seconds there was concern for Sprott's well-being, and oxygen was administered. Thankfully, the tough old campaigner was okay.
The official time of the ending came at one-minute and 5-seconds of the last round, and 38-year-old Harrison improved to 27-4(20) in winning the biggest fight of his now nine-year pro career. Sprott, who must have thought he had the fight in the bag, is now 32-15(17).
Harrison, as has been the case many times in the past, blew very much hot and cold tonight. He came out looking good in the opener, keeping Sprott on the outside with his nice right hand jab. But then, at other times, "A-Force" looked uncomfortable, tired and disorganised. Hurt by a right hand in the 2nd, southpaw Harrison had to hold and then back-pedal. continue
GM Ross - After being knocked out by David Lemieux in the second round of their Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) super middleweight title fight on Saturday, April 3, 2010, the Canadian Press reports that Walid Smichet has announced his retirement as of Friday, April 9. Smichet has struggled of late, losing five of his last eight contests, with his two latest defeats coming by way of knockout. Born in Tunisia, and residing in St. Eustache, Quebec, Smichet will be remembered in the boxing world for a hard-hitting, straight forward style, that kept fight fans coming back for more. continue
ARENA’s Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis advances to the no. 1 spot in the new WBC rankings. Originally „La Sombra“ was scheduled to fight Ray Austin in a final elimination bout but Austin declared to be unavailable due to legal problems. Therefore Solis took Austin’s spot in the rankings. „This is a great honour for Odlanier and ARENA“, stated promoter Ahmet Öner. „To become the no. 1 contender with only 16 pro-fights means something. Odlanier has been an amateur standout and also proved his extraorinary qualities since turning pro in 2007. I am convinced that he is the only serious threat to the Klitschko brothers today and I hope that he will get the chance to prove me right very soon.. continue
by GM Ross: Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) super bantamweight champion Tyson Cave suffered the first loss of his career last night, Thursday, April 8, in a featherweight contest at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. Cave's opponent was rising Irish prospect Willie Casey. According to Monty Mosher of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, 'Big Bang' Casey scored a total of four knockdowns in the fight – one in the third, one in the fifth and two in the eighth and final round. The TKO puts Casey's knockout percentage to 80%, the Limerick resident having stopped opponents in four of his five fights.
In lightweight action, Buzz Grant of Orangville via Shelburne, Ontario, had an easy time with Michael Kelly of Ireland, the judges giving him the unanimous eight round decision: 100-90, 98-92, 99-91. This was Kelly's first defeat, moving his professional record to 8-1-1. For Grant, on the other hand, the bout stretched his winning streak to six fights. Grant and the lightweights should provide for some intriguing match-ups down the road as the CBF looks to fill the vacancy atop the division. The CBF's top four are, in my mind, all legitimate contenders for the lightweight crown. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Tasmanian Steve Maxwell (7-3, 5 KOs) stunned a packed Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia last night in knocking out champion and local favourite Heath Ellis (12-2-1, 6 KOs) in the fourth round of their scheduled 12 round encounter for the IBF Pan Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council welterweight titles.
The first three rounds all seemed to be going swimmingly for Ellis, who controlled the tempo well with controlled aggression. However, early into the fourth round Maxwell landed a left hook onto the nose of the Victorian which started a continual assault until a straight right dropped Ellis hard to the canvas with the referee immediately waving off the fight. continue
Kali Meehan’s promoter Don King sent over the following video message to Ruslan Chagaev: „Meehan will knock out Chagaev! He is not prepared for the Aussie. He will come, he will seek, he will destroy Chagaev. May 22 that's the date. Mark it down, we want everyone to be there. It's going to be a great night, great fights. I feel so good to be back home in Germany. Get me the Eisbein and we will drink a beer! Ich liebe dich, Rostock. Ich liebe dich, Peter Kohl - mein Bruder!!. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra Froch. In round one of the Super Six super middleweight tournament Froch won a somewhat controversial decision against Andre Dirrell, who has since gone on to beat Arthur Abraham in round two. Now Froch prepares for his own round two match-up when he squares off against Mikkel Kessler on April 24 in Kessler’s home country of Denmark. Determined as always, Froch made his intentions clear—he plans on winning the tournament and doing so in style. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His views on Kessler’s last performance against Andre Ward:
“There’s an old cliché, ‘styles make fights’. I don’t fight like Andre Ward, but obviously there’s a few flaws exposed there. He doesn’t move very well. He doesn’t move that well Mikkel Kessler. He can’t operate, he comes in and out in straight lines. He goes through the basics very well. So I’m not going to underestimate him or go in there with any set game plan, I’m just going to do my thing and that’s usually enough.”
Regarding his own performance against Andre Dirrell in round one of the Super Six:
“Yeah, I was very happy with my performance. I did what I had to do to retain my title against somebody who was being very negative, running and holding, and was somewhat skilled, as Andre Dirrell showed he possess in the performance with Arthur Abraham the other day. But with me, he chose to run and hold. continue
by James Slater - Former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, recently looking somewhat rejuvenated and certainly a whole lot slimmer, has told ESPN.com how he plans to avenge every one of his three defeats as a pro. Fresh off his impressive, 2nd-round stoppage of Nagy Aguilera - a fight that saw the 29-year-old Nigerian tip in at a solid-looking 237-pounds - "The Nigerian Nightmare" is raring to face Wladimir Klitschko in the first step in his plan to avenge his losses and at the same time become a heavyweight champion again. continue
Only two weeks after his comeback-win against Alex Mazikin in Hamburg former cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez returned to the ring with a one-sided unanimous decision win over German contender Alexander Kahl in front of 1,500 fans at the „Neue Arena“ in Schwerin.
„The Black Panther“ looked good after losing 13 pounds in the last two weeks although he is still far from his old shape. Gomez dominated the fight from the opening to the final bell knocking down his opponent four times with hard body shots and a nice hook to the chin in round 8. Kahl only tried to survive and eventually succeeded. Scores were 80-69, 80-69 adn 80-68. continue
Floyd Mayweather Sr. : First of all, I heard Jack. He is crazy. He said crazy things about what Shane's going to do. Shane's going to get his ass whooped. That's what's going to happen. I'm going to tell you.
Floyd's faster than Shane, much faster, much slicker, more clever, smarter. You understand? He's got so many things he can do. Shane can't ever do just what his daddy said, be strong and come straight ahead, and he hasn't got to worry about that because, like I said, all we know is the outline on him because Oscar de la Hoya already showed that. He did that the second time when he fought him, so we already know what to do with Shane .... He's talking about how fast, he's going to find out how fast he is and how smart he is. To be honest with you, to tell you the truth, he's never even beat a black fighter. That pretty much tells you how it's going to be.
Q: Floyd, would a victory over Shane Mosley in your mind be one of Floyd's bigger victories in his career and why?
F. Mayweather Sr. - I wouldn't necessarily say that it's his biggest victory. I guess it could be one of his biggest victories, but overall, I'm being honest. I really believe that Shane's not going to be the toughest challenge Floyd has had yet because from what I've seen of Shane, all that Margarito stuff that he did, it isn't anything, man. Believe me. Margarito was a walking mummy, so he was tailor-made for Shane. He's got somebody that he's going to be tailor-made for. continue
K. Swanson - We have a great group of people on this call, and I think it's a wonderful opportunity to discuss another side to this magnificent fight that's about to happen on May 1. Just to give you the run-through, what we're going to do is start with, this call really is for Jack Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Sr., both fathers of Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Jr. How we're going to do it is we have Jack Mosley on the line first with Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions. continue
The latest installment of the universally lauded reality series from SHOWTIME Sports® — FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic — returned to SHOWTIME® with Episode 5. On Monday, SHOWTIME Sports launched a new, public access web page dedicated to the Fight Camp 360° series. To view complete episodes 1 through 4, plus the episode 5 trailer, please visit: http://sports.sho.com/ fight-camp-360.html. This new 30-minute installment includes all the drama from Detroit, where Andre Dirrell’s surprising upset victory via Arthur Abraham disqualification turned the Super Six World Boxing Classic on its head. Go behind the scenes during intense fight week controversy between the promoters, into the locker room before the bout, into the ring (where no less than seven Fight Camp 360° cameras captured never-before-seen footage) and to the hospital as Dirrell recovers from the DQ blow. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward knows a thing or two about heavyweight history. Not only does he train reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (who became champ and had eight successful title defenses since teaming up with Steward), but he also worked with former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. Steward also trained many other notable heavyweights, including Evander Holyfield who defeated Riddick Bowe to regain the heavyweight throne and Oliver McCall who Steward trained in his second round knockout victory over Lewis.
I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a lengthy discussion with the legendary trainer that focused on the rich history of the heavyweight division. During the hour long conversation, we discussed some of the most decorated personalities the sport has known and touched on some of the more memorable moments. This is part one of a three part series that explores heavyweight history with Emanuel Steward. continue
From the office of WBC President Jose Sulaiman: WBC President Jose Sulaiman said today, “I have never disrespected, nor will I ever disrespect, any writer in the world. In answer to a very negative and slanderous article about the WBC and the super lightweight champion of the world, Devon Alexander, we have included two letters here that are self-explanatory.. continue
by James Slater - It seems the people at Golden Boy Promotions do not want mega-star Ricky Hatton to walk away from the sport; not yet anyway. Though the 31-year-old - who has not fought since his crushing 2nd-round defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao in May of last year - has yet to make up his mind officially, there have been rumours for weeks now that a retirement announcement is imminent. continue
Joel Julio, 35-3, 31 KO’s, is in Deerfield Beach, Florida, training for his April 24th fight against WBO Light Middleweight Champion, Alfredo Angulo, 17-1, 14 KO’s. From Punch Fitness in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Julio had this to say about training camp and his opponent: “This has been a tough camp. It’s been 8 solid weeks of training. I can’t compare it to any of my other training camps, that ‘so called training’ wasn’t anywhere near as tough. It’s also the longest I‘ve been separated from my wife, but in spite of that I am happy and relaxed.”
Julio notes there are some significant differences from previous camps, “I have a new Manager, Bob Perdiment. I have a great conditioning coach, which I never had before. You are going to see a noticeable difference in my body. I feel strong.” He added, “I have a chiropractor working with me everyday. He stretches me, he re-aligns my back, and he makes sure I stay loose. It’s really made a difference in how I feel at the beginning and end of each day”
“Each day I do three sessions of technical aspects of boxing with my trainer Anthony Hamm. I also do three sessions of conditioning and physical training with conditioning coach, Jeremy (Fedoruk). From day to day we alternate the type of conditioning we do, one time swimming and the next running.” Fedoruk has worked with boxers and as conditioning coach for the Miami Dolphins. continue
Montreal, April 9th, 2010: Groupe Yvon Michel and TKO Boxing Promotions have announced today that phenomenal Montreal middleweight rising star David Lemieux (22-0-0, 21KO) will battle former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (20-4-1, 9KO) of New Haven, Connecticut for the prestigious WBC International Middleweight Title. The bout will be the main event of the 4th instalment of the highly touted “Boxing Under the Stars” Gala, taking place at the spectacular Uniprix Stadium during Grand Prix Weekend in Montreal. continue
April 8, 2010 - Goossen Tutor Promotions presented a fabulous night of boxing at the Tachi Palace Casino in Lemoore, California. In the main event, Jason "The Sensation" Gavern upset Manny "El Toro" Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs) to capture the WBC CABOFE Heavyweight championship. The slugfest started off fast as both fighters were throwing power shots early on. Quezada was coming forward as Gavern was moving in and out. Both fighters landed effective shots and it was anyone's fight. In the second round an accidental head-butt took place and a point was taken away form Gavern. A WBC rule was announced that in a situation where an accidental head-butt occurs, then a point has to be deducted from the fighter at fault. continue
Bring On The Heat . . . Training Camp Intensity Like Never Before: The mood has been very serious in the Mayweather Boxing Gym as superstar and six-time World Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather prepares for his May 1 showdown against WBA Welterweight World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. Since arriving back in Las Vegas on March 4 following publicity stops at the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game and a three-city media tour, Mayweather has made the gym his home, sometimes doubling-up boxing sessions before heading outside to run like a hare through the streets, parks and hills of Las Vegas. Never one to cut corners and already known for his intense, high-level workouts, Mayweather is pushing himself to a new level that is even amazing his own team. He knows the caliber of fighter that Shane Mosley is and the undefeated Mayweather, with a record of 40-0, is ready to make Mosley the 41st notch on his belt.
“I have kept my mind focused on training for this fight with very few distractions. Everyone knows I am pretty much an open book with plenty of access to my gym when I am training for a fight,” said Mayweather. continue
REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 157th edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT, 9:00 p.m. CT), exclusively on HBO. HBO On Demand availability: April 19-May 10. Segments include:
*Arturo Gatti. Few fighters rivaled Arturo “Thunder” Gatti for heart, determination or sheer toughness. A beloved brawler who called northern New Jersey home, Gatti became a star by displaying a willingness to literally die in the ring rather than give up. continue
Boxing fans all over the world will be watching Saturday night’s “The Legend Returns” pay-per-view event, headlined by 4-time world heavyweight champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield challenging World Boxing Federation heavyweight title-holder Frans “The White Buffalo” Botha, live from the 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
For Sugar Shane Mosley, his May 1 mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather cannot come soon enough. Having longed for this fight for many years, he is mentally and physically ready for battle, with training preparations well underway. Following a three-city media tour which wrapped up in Los Angeles on March 4, Mosley immediately returned to Big Bear, Calif., where he owns a home and has trained since 1996. In the serene mountain environment, Mosley is relaxed, but working extremely hard in preparation for what he knows will be one of the toughest battles of his career. The fact that Mayweather steps into the ring with a record of 40-0 is not intimidating to the former pound-for-pound champ who is ready to take back his throne.
"I was 38-0 with 35 knockouts when I stepped into the ring and lost for the very first time," said Mosley. "So when you say 40-0, that doesn't mean a thing to me. All it means is that I'll be the one giving him his first loss. No disrespect, but I really don't think he's been in there with a fighter like me, and I believe that when I beat Floyd, I will send him into retirement. May first will be May's first loss.. continue
Rising star Billy Joe Saunders is backing gym-mate Kevin Mitchell to score a spectacular KO win over Michael Katsidis next month. Mitchell tackles the Aussie star for the Interim WBO World Lightweight title on May 15 at West Ham's Upton Park football ground. And the Hatfield ace is confident that Mighty Mitch will ensure the title stays in London. His prediction comes after the two have shared some fiery sparring sessions under the watchful eye of top trainer Jimmy Tibbs. Meanwhile the 20-year-old Olympian says he's in great shape after recovering from a hand injury he sustained before Christmas. continue
With deep sadness and sorrow, the World Boxing Council informs of the passing away of a woman who had been the great lady of boxing since half a century ago, Lorraine Chargin, the wife of promoter and our good friend Don Chargin. The WBC declares world mourning in our sport due to the passing away of this distinguished woman, who left her name deeply placed in the history of world boxing, especially in California. We are sending our deepest condolences, and we truly hope our friend Don Chargin resigns himself to such a terrible loss very soon. continue
Super Six World Boxing Classic competitors Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler along with their promoters Mick Hennessy and Kalle Sauerland participated in an international media conference call to discuss their crucial Group Stage 2 bout in the tournament on Saturday, April 24 on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m., ET/PT, same-day delay) from MCH Arena, in Herning, Denmark. After one round in the tournament, Froch (26-0, 20 KOs) has two points, while Kessler (42-2, 32 KOs), who has never lost a fight in his hometown of Denmark, needs a victory to get on the board. The Super Six World Boxing Classic bout will be co-promoted by Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event.
Carl Froch: “It’s good to fight a proud man like Mikkel Kessler. It’s a great opportunity for me. I’m already very established on a world-class level so I don’t have much to prove. I’ve beaten Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor and then Andre Dirrell, and we all saw what Dirrell did to Arthur Abraham. I think I’m already established as a world-class fighter so I don’t have to give myself any accolades. It’s already there. I just have to deal with Mikkel Kessler, cement my super stardom and do what I have to do on April 24, cement my lead in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, which is a fantastic tournament and I’m proud to be a part of it. continue
SUNRISE, FL (April 9, 2010) Sensational junior welterweight prospect Joseph Elegele will be featured this Saturday night, April 10th, on the undercard to the FIGHTING FOR HAITI event at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. FIGHTING FOR HAITI is headlined by a welterweight showdown between WBC champion Andre Berto and former champion Carlos Quintana. After an amateur career which saw him compile a record of 69-8, Melbourne, Florida native Elegele turned professional in November 2009 where the 25 year old has quickly become a must-see prospect, winning his first five fights, three by knockout. continue
by James Slater - WBA heavyweight champion Brit David Haye has admitted he has something of a soft spot for countryman and former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison. And though "The Hayemaker" admits the 38-year-old known as "A-Force" has a long way to go before he can be looked at as a serious and credible challenger for his WBA belt, the 29-year-old has not ruled out such a fight.
Talking to Sky Sports recently, Haye spoke about Harrison and his frequent attempts at, not so much calling him out per se, but at putting forth the idea of an all-British heavyweight title clash. continue
By Jody Kohn: I had a chance to talk with Super Bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero by phone earlier today as he prepares for his fight with unbeaten Daud Yordan this weekend in Florida. He was clearly excited to get back into the ring after a layoff that he felt was a little too long.
JK- Hey there champ, thanks for taking a few minutes of your time.
CC- No problem, I am just getting ready to go to bed.
JK- When did you arrive in Florida?
CC- I got here this past Sunday.
JK- Do you feel you are well prepared for your fight this weekend with Yordan?
CC- Yes, I feel very good. Today I weighed in at 125. I am ready to fight! continue
Los Angeles, California (April 9, 2010) - There are many bright young prospects currently in the state of boxing but none more promising than the young fighters that are currently signed with Union Boxing Management. Since 2001, Co-Managers Alex Vaysfeld and Alex Mezherovsky have been diligently working to build future world champions, guiding the careers of promising young prospects such as former IBF inter-continental welterweight titlist Sergey Stepkin. Stepkin was most remembered for his all out slugfest with middleweight contender Miguel Espino for the WBC Caribbean middleweight title. continue
ANDRE BERTO: "I appreciate everyone coming out. I had a tremendous training camp and it's going to be a terrific night of boxing on Saturday night."
"Carlos Quintana is a former world champion and a crafty southpaw. This is my third straight southpaw so I'm pretty used to them by now and I had some great southpaw sparring in training camp. I'm excited to get back in ring and honestly, I wish the fight was tonight.. continue
By Vivek Wallace - In the world of stocks and investments, the term 'crossover' is widely used to identify a trending point, signaling investors to either buy or sell. As it relates to the young Andre Berto and veteran Carlos Quintana in their world of boxing, this term is aptly applicable, as fight fans will tune in Saturday night to learn whether it's time to 'buy' what these two men and their respective camps have been 'selling' the public throughout their well chronicled careers.
In the case of Carlos Quintana, despite several questions surrounding his perceived lack of passion for his craft, the echoed pitch from camp members attempt to sell fans on a lone career achieving moment where he was able to outpoint the awkward Paul Williams 2 years ago. While it doesn't take a genius to see the potential that lies within, seeing that potential surface on a consistent basis has been the primary elemental cause of questions surrounding the Puerto Rican southpaw that many once saw destined for great things. continue
UNCASVILLE, CT (April 8, 2010) Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, April 10th as TKO Boxing Promotions returns with it’s nationally acclaimed HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS series on Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino, headlined by the return of Peter “THE PRIDE OF PROVIDENCE” Manfredo battling Chicago’s Angel “EL TORO” Hernandez for the vacant IBO Middleweight Title. The ten round co-main event will feature Hartford’s Matt “THE SHARPSHOOTER” Remillard defending his NABF Featherweight Title. continue
by James Slater - Touted as one of the very best prospects in the sport of boxing today, Cuban hotshot Guillermo Rigondeaux has announced how he will not be fighting as planned on this coming Saturday's Andre-Berto-Carlos Quintana card in Florida. The two-time Olympic gold medallist and overall amateur standout has injured his back, and is now unable to go ahead with his scheduled ten-round bout with Colombia's 36-year-old Reynaldo Lopez - 30-7-3(21). continue
By Brendan Galbraith - An intrinsic motivator for Rogan, aside from his impressive boxing achievements, is the positive role that he plays at a grassroots level to Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland – which Rogan refers to as “one community”. Although, this role is a welcome indirect benefit of his boxing career, there is no mistaking the immediate warmth that is visible, etched on every line on his face and nuance of his voice, when Rogan regales a favourite anecdote. Rogan, recalling his large travelling support for the Commonwealth Title fight with Matt Skelton in Birmingham:
“There were fellas from Gardiner Street on the Shankill Road, they were over at the fight as well. They made their way over to Birmingham, they are guys that I would go and sell tickets to. They were at the fight and afterwards when I had won, I came walking in and there were the guys from the Shankill Road and Falls Road, all standing – cheering and singing together. That was class, I was over the moon – this is brilliant”.
Rogan, at this stage, beaming with pride and breaking into a broad smile, added: continue
by James Slater - It seems WBC super-middleweight champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch will meet his next-but-one "Super-Six" challenge in his own backyard! BoxRec.com (and a number of other sources) reports that Froch Vs. Arthur Abraham will go ahead in Nottingham, U.K on August 21st (exact venue still to be determined, but The Trent FM Arena, the scene of Froch-Andre Dirrell, has to be a good bet). continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Later this month, LA-based, Irish welterweight, Jamie ‘The Nuisance’ Kavanagh will make his pro debut. Kavanagh should take his pro debut in his stride, as he has already been in the ring with a pool of world-class boxers, most notably, as a sparring partner for Manny Pacquiao in preparation for his most recent fight with Joshua Clottey.
Kavanagh, a fluent Spanish speaker, is one of three Irish boxers now based at The Wildcard, the other two being Dean ‘Irish Lightning’ Byrne and Matthew “Mack The Knife” Macklin. continue
by James Slater - There is no doubt at all that ace trainer Freddie Roach is one of the best in the business today. There is also no denying the fact that he has at times shown an uncanny knack for predicting the round correctly when suggesting what round his fighter will win in - Roach has done this on numerous occasions; often making good with what were initially seen as outlandish predictions.
However, Roach, for once, was proved wrong back in March. Going into the big Manny Pacquiao Vs. Joshua Clottey welterweight clash, Freddie said his man - the Pac-Man - would "definitely" get the stoppage, "around the 9th-round." Instead, though, the much bigger Clottey went into his shell for pretty much the entire fight and made it to the final bell. Will Roach's latest prediction - that his WBA light-welterweight champ Amir Khan will "walk right through" Paulie Malignaggi - get the trainer back into the win column, prediction-wise? continue
By Coach Tim Walker - What is the world coming to when the good guys can't get along anymore? I say that in jest, but it is much more serious. According to a Norwalk (Connecticut) Police report twin brothers Travis Simms (25-1-0) and Tarvis Simms (25-1-1) were both arrested and hit with multiple charges for fighting each other.
The report states that the brothers were arguing at Tarvis' home. The argument got physical when Travis allegedly punched Tarvis in the face. The two men tussled heavily rolling around on the floor. During the altercation Travis' 10 year old daughter attempted to intervene and was bitten on the arm. continue
Chicago-April 8th, 2010-Hitz Boxing is headed back to the "VENUE" at the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, IL, and is bringing “Ice’ in case anyone needs it! Former Olympian, Montell “Ice” Griffin, is looking to round off his winning record, currently standing at 49 to career high of 50, when he headlines the power packed Hitz Boxing card on May 29th. Griffin, a Chicago native, has seen it all and done it all, having faced and won against two of the most spectacular boxers ever to glove up: James ‘Lights Out” Toney and the iconic Roy Jones Jr,. Jones; experienced his FIRST professional loss at the hands of Griffin. continue
April 7, 2010 - Former three-time world champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, joins forces with the Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as it launches its 2010 Man & Woman of the Year competition on April 7th to raise money for cancer research and patient services.
Guerrero, along with 11 other candidates, will compete to see who raises the most money, but the most important reason candidates participate is for families like this year's Boy and Girl of the Year, Aidan Bowen and Emily Pepper. Aidan & Emily are local children who have faced the challenge of blood cancers and will provide inspiration and motivation to the candidates through sharing their personal stories.
"Throughout my career as an amateur competing in the Olympic trials and also as a professional, I've been in the ring with some of the best fighters in the world, but nothing can compare to the fight my wife Casey is going through," said Guerrero. "Casey, whom I've been with since I was 14 years old, was diagnosed with Leukemia in November of 2007. It's been difficult juggling my boxing career while being by my wife's side, not to mention the duty of being a dad. We have two small children, Savannah (5) and Robert Jr. (3) and together we want to give them the best possible life. There is no doubt in my mind that Casey is the real fighter in this family. My love for her is eternal, so I'm going to do my best to help raise money in an attempt to become the "Man of the Year". Together lets make a difference in knocking out leukemia.. continue
NEW YORK (April 8, 2010) – Chicago welterweight “King” David Estrada believes a win this Saturday, in the 12-round main event for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX title against unbeaten Orlando “Olympico” Lora, could resuscitate his career. Estrada (23-6, 14 KOs) vs. Lora (26-0-1, 18 KOs) headlines a special Saturday show on ESPN2, live from Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. continue
Rising star Andre Berto makes his much anticipated 2010 debut when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ANDRE BERTO VS. CARLOS QUINTANA AND CELESTINO CABALLERO VS. DAUD YORDAN is presented live SATURDAY, APRIL 10 (10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT) from the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for the event, which will be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired, presented in HDTV and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - In the first instalment of this exclusive two-part feature with Martin Rogan, the Belfast man provides a revealing insight into the full background to the injury that impeded his performance and training in both Sexton fights, particularly the rematch. Rogan details the subsequent 3½ hour Discectomy Fusion Operation (bone transfusion) and his, almost complete, recovery process. Unmistakeable in all of this, is Rogan’s steadfast view that Sam Sexton is an unworthy champion and, that a 100% fit Rogan “would destroy Sexton in three rounds”.
An early morning meeting with Rogie
Early last week I met up with former Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Martin ‘The Entertainer’ Rogan, in a café in a market town on the outskirts of Belfast, to discuss his recuperation from injury and his plans for 2010 and onwards. Greeting Martin Rogan I am immediately struck by his lean physical appearance, he has evidently kept himself in good shape in the interim months.
The coffee house, where we meet, is located in the back of one of those great little Ulster treasures – the home bakery - an inviting setting away from the damp wintry morning. continue
by GM Ross - Canadian Champions were on display in three weight divisions Saturday night, each winning their respective contests. At the Montreal Casino, Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) super middleweight champion David Lemieux needed less than two rounds to finish Walid Smichet and retain his laurels. The only Canadian super middleweights that stand a chance with Lemieux seem to be his Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) stable mates Adonis Stevenson and Sebestien Demers. For the time being, however, Lemieux while campaign at middleweight. The Canadian super middleweight champion will vacate his title and fight for the WBC International middleweight championship in June, at Uniprix Stadium, against an opponent to be announced. continue
Aussie puncher Michael Katsidis has warned Kevin Mitchell that he is no stepping stone. Katsidis will defend his Interim WBO World Lightweight title against Mitchell in what promises to be a summer blockbuster at West Ham's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park on May 15. And the cocky Londoner insists that he'll knock out the Australian - and then dominate the world scene. Last week he said that victory over Katsidis would kick-start his career at the highest level in much the same way Ricky Hatton's 2005 win over Kostya Tszyu did for the Mancunian. continue
By Coach Tim Walker -- Audley Harrison (26-4-0) is a bit of a quagmire. He is there one minute, he's gone the next. Then he's back before you know it and you find yourself asking, "Why and how?"
I took serious notice of Audley when he faced New Yorkian, Brian Nix (18-12-0). Though Nix's record isn't stellar I always appreciated his willingness to mix it up with fighters who were obviously more talented than him. Thus when Audley beat him in three rounds my head peaked up from desk. His performance against Nix was more impressive, in my opinion, than Oleg Maskaev (36-7-0), Andrew Golota (41-8-1)and Lawrence Clay Bey's (21-3-1) wins against him. A bit later he faced the very durable, pro-like Robert Davis (32-11-0) and dominated him. Just in case you don't know Davis he is a bit of an opponent who had locked horns with nearly every heavyweight contender and a few champions at that time. I thought, "Maybe this is the next guy. The next dominate heavyweight." Without illusions, Audley has never been extremely fluid as a boxer, nor extremely powerful but seemed to have a good enough mix to make some noise. Who knew at the time that there were two sides to the Harrison coin? continue
LONDON (8th April). Unbeaten British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Dazzling Darren Barker has skipped the Easter eggs ahead of his European title showdown this Friday at the Alexandra Palace in London, which will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 10pm
“I love chocolate like everyone else, but that European title victory will be sweet enough for me this month and I definitely won’t mind it going straight on my hips”. Joked Barker, with a record of 21-0 (14ko). The opportunities are arriving and I intend to grab them with both fists. continue
Former world cruiserweight champion and world heavyweight title contender Juan Carlos Gomez is clearly not in the shape of his lifetime these days but slowly on the way back to his old physique. For tomorrow’s (Friday, April 9th) fight against Alexander Kahl in Schwerin (live on Eurosport from 9.00pm German time) Gomez weighed in at 110,0 kg / 242.5 lbs. Although it is still a long way from the „Black Panda“ (as German BILD Zeitung wrote) back to the „Black Panther“ Gomez has lost 13 lbs. since his last fight only two weeks ago in Hamburg. continue
by James Slater - Brian "The Beast" Minto, who has for years has battled men much greater in size than he is, has now dropped down to cruiserweight, and will challenge WBO 200-pound ruler Marco Huck in Germany on May 1st.
35-year-old Minto, 34-3(21) said after his recent stoppage loss to the much bigger Chris Arreola that he would look to fight guys his own size in the future; and now, in dropping down from approx 218-pounds, Minto will clash with the once-beaten "Kapn' Huck."
Very kindly giving me the following interview in which he spoke about the upcoming title fight, Minto had the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: First of all, Brian, how has training camp been going for the Huck fight, so far?
Brian Minto: Training has been going good, I'm getting in top condition with Alex Ariza, and Freddie's [Roach] been working me daily as well. The sparring is always world class here at The Wildcard Gym. continue
By Chris Akers: David Haye’s victory over John Ruiz was met with both adulation and praise in equal measure. Yet the reaction to his performance from those associated with the sport was as predictable as it was prosaic. The usual platitudes of a fighter taking risks and possessing an exciting style were spouted out with all the cadence of a market trader’s pattern.
The specificity of these remarks highlights a growing trend of fans and reporters having a Philistine attitude towards boxing. They would rather have fighters constantly throwing punches and having their faces covered in more red than a schoolboy’s homework after it has been marked, than appreciate the nous and artifice that boxing entails. continue
by James Slater - Though fans agree there are already far too many interim title fights and interim champions in the sport, it seems there will be another interim title bout fought in June; in Turkey. According to BoxRec, welterweights Luis Collazo and Selcuk Aydin will clash in Istanbul on June 5th, to decide the interim WBC welterweight title. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Having a celebrated amateur career does not guarantee success in professional boxing but it certainly goes a long way towards helping one’s chances. This is good news for upcoming prospect DonYil Livingston. As an amateur, Livingston compiled an impressive record consisting of 178 victories with just 23 losses. His highly decorated list of achievements includes being a three time National Silver Gloves Champion (1996, 1998, 2000), a six time National Jr. Golden Gloves Champion (1995-2000), a seven time National and International Blue & Gold Champion (1997-2003), a National and International Jr. Olympic Champion (2000), National Under 19 Champion (2001), a seven time Boxers for Christ Champion (1997-2003), California PAL Champion (2003), National PAL Silver Medalist (2003), and Ringside World Champion (2004). DonYil was also a top favorite to represent the United States as a middleweight in the 2004 Olympic Games. After losing a controversial decision in the Western Trails, DonYil decided to stick around for a few more years before he lost interest fighting as an amateur.
DonYil was originally slated to have his professional debut last December, but unfortunately, his opponent pulled out and he was left without a fight. Livingston will now be making his professional debut May 6 at the Circus Disco in Hollywood, California against Ian Mauleon. I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with the promising prospect and here is what he had to say: continue
HBO Sports presents a power-packed lineup of boxing programming in the month of April, featuring three consecutive weekends of live doubleheader fights paired with premiere episodes of the highly anticipated reality series “24/7 Mayweather/Mosley,” which will takes viewers into the lives of Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley as they prepare for their mega-fight. continue
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise returns for its eighth boxing installment with the four-episode, all-access series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/MOSLEY. Debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 10 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/7:00-7:30 p.m. PT), the show follows two of boxing’s top performers – Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley – as they prepare for their May 1 welterweight pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 67th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Carl Froch and Francois Botha) 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
• David Haye’s first successful title defense (TKO9) against John Ruiz
• What is next for David Haye
• Bernard Hopkins winning his rematch with Roy Jones 17 after they first met
• Should Hopkins and Jones both retire. continue
CHICAGO, IL (April 6, 2010) Tickets are now on sale for THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLWEIGHTS featuring a sensational trio of undefeated prospects including Chicago’s Donovan “DA BOMB” George, Edwin “LA BOMBA” Rodriguez of Worcester, MA and Houston’s Marcus “TOO MUCH” Johnson. Presented by DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, advance tickets for THE NEXT GENERATION OF SUPERMIDDLEWEIGHTS, starting at $31, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, phone 1-800-745-3000) and the 8 Count Productions Office, (312-226-5800). continue
By Brian Landry: When you think you've seen it all...WBC President Jose Suliaman has trumped any of his previous ludicrous comments or decisions. If you were the President of any boxing council, organization, association, WHATEVER, what would be the one thing you would supposedly want over anything else? Anything? If I were in Suliaman's position, I would surely wish for the best boxers to fight for my title over anything else. Is that not that point of having a world championship in the first place? continue
By Michael Emons - MICHAEL Sprott has accused Audley Harrison of ‘lacking heart’ ahead of Friday’s clash for the vacant European Heavyweight Championship. Olympic gold medalist Harrison responded by saying it would be ‘miraculous’ if Sprott beat him for a second time at London’s Alexandra Palace.
The pair fought before in February 2007 with Sprott winning with a third round knockout.
“I’m confident I’m going to win again,” said Sprott, who has sparred with WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, the IBF, WBO and IBO Champion title holder.
“Audley is not a pushover and he has got skill and proved himself by winning the Olympic gold medal in 2000.
“But he lacks a bit of heart and we will see if he has got the heart to beat me on Friday.
“I’ve been training for four weeks in the Klitschko camp and they are two supreme athletes. continue
MICHAEL Sprott has vowed to send Audley Harrison into retirement. Sprott fights Harrison on Friday for the vacant European Heavyweight Championship at the Alexandra Palace in north London. Harrison has admitted this is his last chance for glory and said he will quit boxing if he fails to win. “Harrison’s 38 so he isn’t going to improve any more and I’m going to make sure he will lose,” said Sprott. “It’s an opportunity not just for him but for me – and has come at the right time as he’s 38 but I’m only 35.
“I have more years left but he’s 38 and when you get to a certain age there’s nothing you can do to improve. continue
By Steven Mclean: On Saturday night I booked and watched the Haye vs Ruiz fight. I was disappointed that there were advertisement breaks in between almost every round. The fight cost £15 on sky boxoffice hd. I don’t grudge paying for the fight itself, after all the fighters involved are putting on a great show whilst risking serious injury. Being a huge boxing fan I tend to buy most PPV fights via Sky, also from primetime now it is available, and watch any other boxing that is on Skysports and Espn that I also subscribe to. (I would also subscribe to HBO and Showtime if I could but sadly not available in the UK). continue
By Robert Jackson: Well the speculation as to who has had the better career, and the better legacy is over and the winner is Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. Watching the fight Saturday night, a fight that can only be described as WEAK, neither guy did any thing SPECTACULAR or DOMINANT. Hopkins ONLY won because he was busier. Roy Jones' SPEED BOTHERED Hopkins throughout the fight and if Roy could've put a combination or two together he might have gotten the NOD. Neither GUYS DISLIKE or PRE-FIGHT talk towards the other was translated into in-ring ACTION, BOTH guys fought CAUTIOUSLY and I thought MOST of the fouling was INITIATED by Hopkins. It's usually the case that the initial TRANSGRESSION is missed by the officials but the retaliation is always caught and penalized.
All and all the fight was a decent one, both guys had their moments and displayed theatrics, but it should've been on HBO Champioship Boxing, and I guess after the PPV numbers come out the HBO Exec's will see it this way too. The undercard fights for these BIG fights this year have been atrocious and Saturday's fights did nothing to reverse this trend.
It's evident to this writer and fan that NEITHER man has anything to prove and that NEITHER man is the man they were 5 or 6 years ago, both WILL go into the HOF together. continue
By Dave Cacciatore - I have tremendous respect for both Roy Jones Jr and Bernard Hopkins, but the performance they gave us this past Saturday night was a disaster but worse than that it was a disgrace. Two men who have benefited so much from the sport of boxing did their best jobs to send fans running in cavalcades to the MMA, basketball games, the home shopping network, or house chores. continue
by James Slater - Amongst the interested observers of Saturday night's WBA heavyweight title fight battle between David Haye and challenger John Ruiz, was Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck; the man who was stopped inside seven-rounds by "The Hayemaker" down at cruiserweight in 2007. The 37-year-old "Marksman," now 1-0 in his own campaign up at heavyweight, is still intent on getting the opportunity to gain revenge over Haye, and he has also told French newspaper L'Equipe how he doesn't think Haye is yet ready for either Klitschko brother. continue
Chris W. (Pompano Beach, Fl): I noticed your commentary on your Facebook page after the weekend fights and I wanted to know if you could clarify your position on David Haye. What are your thoughts about him in the aftermath of his victory over John Ruiz?
Vivek W. (ESB): No question, my thoughts at this time no longer parallel the initial thoughts I felt about Haye, but in my humble observation it's all well within good reason. When Haye first arrived, his ever-pouring words and budding mystique made many think that he would be that transcending figure to not only take himself, but the lackluster heavyweight division, and the sport in general to a new level. The more I see him now, the more I become acutely aware that like many, I just no longer see it happening. Truthfully, I really view him to be a somewhat stagnant fighter at this point. One might wonder how I could reach such a conclusion with him racking up victories, but every single fight I see his veil of invincibility slowly fading, and it all starts with one thing in particular. That thing is his extremely poor conditioning (as evidenced in the very heavy breathing after only the 2nd round). continue
It’s been 50 years, but a pair of Chicago area brothers plan on repeating what Brian and Tom O’Shea did in 1960: win a Golden Gloves Championship. Brothers, Genarao Mendez (152 lbs) and Miguel Guanarrama (132 lbs) will be fighting to make their dream a reality, this Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Both fighters represent the Warehouse Gym and Boxing Club in Highland Park, IL, 20-minutes north of Chicago. Although no road to the Golden Gloves Championships is easy, Miguel had the much bigger task. His quarter final match was against Frankie Smith, a highly decorated amateur with over 100 bouts (Guanarrama has less than 20) Smith was the prohibitive favorite to take this year’s 132 pound title. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Olympians from both the United States and Italy showcased the skills that earned them berths in the world’s largest sporting event at the second USA vs. Italy Dual on Friday at the Eldorado Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nev. All four Olympians, three from Italy and one from the United States claimed victories at the dual competition with the visiting squad winning eight of the 12 bouts on the night. continue
by James Slater - Fresh off his exciting and impressive 9th-round stoppage victory over the gutsy John Ruiz, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has been talking about his plans and hopes for the future. Appearing on BBC TV's Breakfast show, Haye, sporting a blackened right eye that needed "a few stitches," beamed as he spoke about fighting the Klitschkos as soon as he can.
The 29-year-old with the 24-1(22) record also made it clear how he intends to stick with his plan of retiring from the sport before he turns 31.
"I want to retire before I'm 31," Haye told the BBC. "Four [more] fights would be ambitious and I need to get cracking so the sooner we can get these fights [with the Klitschkos] sorted the better. It's very difficult to hold all the belts at the same time, but it can be done. I think I'm the best, but so do they [the Klitschkos]. continue
Keisher “Fire” Mcleod-Wells (3-1) dominated her over matched opponent Laura Gomez (3-1) on a Dibella Entertainment boxing show Wednesday night at BB Kings Blues club and grill on 42nd street in Times Square NY. A night which showcased local talent.
Gomez who hails from Sonora Mexico, entered the ring with an undefeated ledger of 3-0. “Fire” coming off a tough disputed decision loss to Laura Ledezma in Ledezma's home country of Panama last July used her reach and ring generalship to frustrate the tough come forward slugging style of Gomez. continue
by James Slater - The career of one of Britain's most exciting, value for money fighters may have come to an end this weekend, as Manchester's Jamie Moore, fighting up at middleweight for the first time, lost in a big upset to 35-year-old Sergey Khomitski of Belarus. The upset took place on the under-card of the big Haye-Ruiz bill. 31-year-old Moore, the former British, Commonwealth and European champion at 154-pounds, was unable to continue after the 6th-round. Caught with a right hand to the head and then by a wicked-looking left hand to the body in the closing seconds of the 6th, southpaw Moore made it out of the round but had nothing left upon doing so. Moore fell to 32-5(23). Khomistki, in scoring the biggest win of his career, improved to 22-7-1(9). continue
by James Slater - There was a time, back in the mid-1990s, when a fight between Evander Holyfield and Francois Botha would have been pretty big news. Here in 2010, however, the match-up - which takes place this Saturday night in Las Vegas - is nothing much more than a curiosity fight. And though the scheduled 12-rounder (the bout will contest something called the WBF heavyweight title) will be covered by a number of T.V and internet outlets (the fight will be available on iNDEMAND in the U.S, on Prime Time in the U.K and via Viewers Choice in Canada), it's likely not too many fans will bother to tune in.
Certainly, those fans who are today regretting how they were somehow persuaded to fork out for this past Saturday's awful Hopkins-Jones II will think twice before going ahead and ordering this latest battle between ageing, past their best warriors. If the 17-years-in-the-making rematch between the two light-heavyweight legends was bad, there is a real chance Holyfield Vs. Botha could be even worse!
Both guys are at least talking a good fight; with the 47-4-3(28) "White Buffalo" promising to end "The Real Deal's" career once and for all, and with Holyfield claiming his win will steer him towards yet another run at the "world" title. continue
By Madra Uladh: After a seventeen year wait, Bernard Hopkins finally got his revenge tonight over Roy Jones junior. But he certainly didn’t add any new members to his fan club. In a bout characterized by bizarre behavior from the executioner, and much booing from the Las Vegas crowd, especially when Hopkins was interviewed post-fight, the judges awarded Bernard the decision by scores of 9-3, 9-3, and 10-2. I had it 7-4 with the first round even, also for Bernard.
Hopkins fought even rougher than usual, throwing low blows when out of the referee’s vision, and leading frequently with his head. He opened two cuts on Jones’ left eye with two separate ‘accidental’ head butts. continue
BERNARD HOPKINS - "It was kind of rough. He's a warrior. He's a veteran and a good fighter. I see spots. I have been hit in the back of the head before, but in the gym with head gear on. I was toughing it out. I was seeing spots in the sixth round.
"I felt I got hit in the back of the head and my legs went and I started seeing spots. I was mad. Weeks did a helluva job. He was doing the best he could to keep us both under control. I wanted to keep pressing. I'm a scrappy fighter. I might not be flashy. I might not be pretty, but I am a hard core Philadelphia fighter and blue collar worker like most Americans. continue
By Stuart Cornwell - David Haye beat John Ruiz in a predictably one-sided affair, diverging only from my pre-fight expectations in that it lasted beyond the sixth round, a testament to Ruiz’ courage more than anything else. Totally outgunned by Haye, (who possessed all the speed and power), and looking every bit his thirty-eight years (and then some), Ruiz marched forward for the best part of nine rounds, absorbing wicked punishment all the way, doggedly trying to make a fight of it. Ruiz picked himself up off the canvas four times in the fight, including twice in the first round, and shipped numerous full-blooded punches without showing an inkling of quitting, before his corner finally put their compassion in front of his pride and threw in the towel at two minutes into the ninth round. From a man who attracted much criticism during his career for his ugly style of fighting and his sometimes excessive holding, Ruiz’ brave effort should go some way in gaining respect from quarters who hitherto have held him up as an object of derision, and erase any doubts that may have existed about his fighting heart. Say what you will about his ability as a fighter, he came to this fight for more than just the payday and he didn’t dog it. I learned a great deal about the character of John Ruiz in this fight. And by the current standards of professional boxing, where quit-jobs have become the norm, Ruiz’ honest attempt in what was little more than a mismatch should be acknowledged - and not begrudgingly. continue
On Saturday night unbeaten Scottish boxer Craig McEwan battled to a hard fought eight round stoppage of Canadian light-middle weight champion Kris Andrews. In front of a massive crowd at the Mandalay Bay casino in Las Vegas McEwan dominated every round, continually out-manoeuvring Andrews as the tall, Edmonton southpaw struggled with the Scot's subtle switch-hitting strategy.
Freddy Roach, who trains McEwan in the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, was delighted with his Scottish charge. “This is the best performance I have seen from Craig. We have had him sparring hard with top class boxers like Edison Miranda and Vanes Martirosyan and Craig has been more than holding his own. The hard work has certainly paid off!. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –APRIL 2, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary junior welterweight champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his world title win during the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th in Canastota, NY.
On August 2, 1980 Pryor brought his undefeated record (24-0, 22 KOs) into the ring against WBA junior welterweight king Antonio “Kid Pambele” Cervantes. continue
by James Slater - Though not everyone is willing to call themselves a fan of David Haye yet, the heavyweight division, it must surely be acknowledged, owes the WBA ruler one big debt of gratitude for livening things up at the weight class. Last night's drama-filled fight with John Ruiz, that saw the power-punching 29-year-old retain his belt with a 9th-round TKO, was the best heavyweight title fight seen in a few good years; at least in terms of raw excitement. And that's what heavyweight title fights should be about at the end of the day - excitement.
Haye delivered, as he has done in the past; and like him or not, rate him as the best or not, only a cynic could come out and say Haye doesn't provide value for money like no other heavyweight out there (with the possible exception of Chris Arreola). Okay, Haye was guilty of giving us a dull affair last time out, against Nikolai Valuev, but a hand that was busted early in the fight was a big contributing factor to the boring contest, and Haye can be given a pass for that one-off as a result. The bottom line is, 99-percent of the time, Haye gives the fans drama, action and lots and lots of punches. continue
David Haye (24-1, 22 KOs) made a successful first defence of his WBA Heavyweight Title when he stopped John Ruiz (44-9, 30 KOs) in the ninth round of their clash at Manchester´s MEN Arena. Fighting in front of a boisterous sell-out crowd of 20.000 fans, the 29-year-old knocked down his opponent four times, including twice in the first round, to clinch a spectacular victory. He was in full control throughout the entire bout, constantly punishing Ruiz with his trademark power punches. When Haye unloaded another barrage of heavy shots after 2:01 in the ninth round, Ruiz´ corner threw the towel. continue
by James Slater - When lightweights Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz met in February of last year, the fight they put on was widely viewed as one of the best, if not the best, of the whole year. Mexican great Marquez prevailed, winning the great fight via a 9th-round TKO in Diaz' backyard of Houston, Texas. Now, according to BoxRec, the two will do it again in Las Vegas on July 10th. continue
by James Slater - Tonight at The M.E.N Arena in Manchester, WBA heavyweight champion David Haye successfully defended his belt for the first time, with a 9th-round TKO over an incredibly gutsy John Ruiz. The ending to the drama-filled fight came at 2-minutes and one-second of the 9th-round, as the challenger's trainer Miguel Diaz threw in the towel.
29-year-old Haye is now 24-1(22). 38-year-old Ruiz, the former two-time WBA ruler, is now 44-9-1(30).
Tonight's fight was a terrific action bout, and though Ruiz has given us his share of stinkers in the past, he deserves a huge amount of praise for the way he hung in there against the faster, harder-hitting Haye.
The fireworks began in the very first round, as a sharp right hand from Haye went straight through the guard of Ruiz, dropping him with barely seconds gone. Looking badly hurt, Ruiz appeared to be on his way to an early, devastating loss. Haye followed up on the knockdown with more right hands, leaving Ruiz bent over the top rope. Excited, Haye was guilty of hitting Ruiz on the back of the head as he was bent over the ropes, and the referee, Guillermo Perez, docked the champion a point for the rabbit punches. Still, Ruiz was also given a second count, and the fight did seem to be all but over with. continue
For years, it was one of the most beloved series for true fight fans and Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce that the "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" boxing series will make its much-anticipated return on Friday, April 30 from Tropicana Las Vegas. In the premiere show, which will be televised live on TeleFutura, former three-time and two-division World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero makes his return to the ring to face Roberto Arrieta in a ten round junior lightweight bout. "After many months of hard work, we're proud to say that the "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" boxing series is back on TeleFutura," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "We can't wait to deliver the high-quality action that the series is known for and it all begins on April 30 at Tropicana Las Vegas, a venue with which we look forward to forging a new relationship.. continue
By Jason Peck - Manny Pacquiao has just dominated Josh Clottey. Floyd Mayweather will likely emerge victorious against Shane Mosley. And boxing scribes again ignore more pertinent boxing matches to answer one question: When will Pacquaio and Mayweather the most lucrative fight in boxing history? Boxing scribes were quite quick to proclaim this “fight of the decade.”
But guess what? The truly great fights of the past decade were thrown by guys the mainstream didn’t care about, and none of them came close to “most lucrative ever.” Combine the last 10 fights named by Ring Magazine as “Fight of the Year” and you’ll find that Pacquiao’s proposed check for fighting Mayweather could have paid for them all. continue
by James Slater - It's a heavyweight rumble fans have been asking for for quite a while now, and it's a match-up that couldn't help but to be one that provides fireworks. The fight in question is Chris Arreola Vs. David Tua, and if this fight did come off it's likely the winner would become a most creditable contender for a version of the heavyweight title. But will this fight ever take place?
According to Tua's promoter, Cedric Cushner, in talking to One News in New Zealand, he offered Arreola's promoter Dan Goossen a deal which, if accepted, would see "The Nightmare" travel to New Zealand to face his fellow crowd-pleaser of a heavyweight.
Cushner says he offered/guaranteed Goossen 100-percent of the American revenue from the fight, which his says would be somewhere close to $3 million U.S. However, Cushner says Goossen had no interest in his warrior going to New Zealand to fight Tua, and turned him down "categorically.. continue
by James Slater - Two former "Contender" T.V stars are set to clash in a big, IBF super-middleweight title fight eliminator on May 28th, reports Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, as Sakio Bika and Jesse Brinkley will meet in Quebec, Canada. The winner of the 12-rounder will earn a shot at Lucian Bute, the undefeated warrior many people see as the world's best at 168-pounds. The Bika-Brinkley clash will be the co-feature to Librado Andrade(the last man to have faced Bute) against veteran Eric Lucas. The card will go out live on ESPN2. continue
by James Slater - Undefeated cruiserweight contender B.J Flores is in Manchester, U.K right now, having come over to both spar with and support good friend David Haye ahead of the WBA heavyweight champ's defence against John Ruiz.
Having sparred a good number of rounds with "The Hayemaker," Flores is more than qualified to make a prediction for how tomorrow night's fight will go. Also in the following interview he was kind enough to give me earlier today, B.J spoke about his own career. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 2, 2010) – Young prospect Erislandy Lara outworked and controlled his toughest opponent to date, Danny Perez, to remain undefeated by unanimous decision Friday evening on ShoBox: The New Generation. In the SHOWTIME® co-feature Carlos Velasquez impressed with a fourth-round knockout over late replacement Ira Terry to also remain undefeated.
The evening of fights took place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Lara (11-0, 6 KOs) from Miami, Fla., controlled the 10-round junior middleweight bout from the opening bell. The more experienced Perez (34-7, 17 KOs) of Carlsbad, Calif., struggled to find his rhythm and had no answer for Lara’s quick punches and swift footwork. Perez’s corner urged him to throw his combinations and let his hands fly but he wasn’t able to answer their pleas. continue
by Brendan Galbraith - Martin ‘the Entertainer’ Rogan flew into Manchester earlier this morning to attend tonight’s World Title clash between David Haye and John Ruiz. Rogan, who is close to coming back to full training after a successful bone transmission operation, has world title ambitions himself (more on that to follow), shares his thoughts on the Haye-Ruiz fight.
Haye, who has looked bulkier in the run up to this evening’s fight, came in 4Ilbs higher on the scales in comparison to this last fight. Rogan observed: continue
by James Slater - Julio Cesar Chavez and John Duddy; two exciting fighters who have had their names put together for quite a while now. According to BoxRec, the two middleweights will finally meet on June 26th, on the under-card of the Eric Morel-Jorge Arce WBO bantamweight title clash in San Antonio, Texas.
Sure to be a good fight, very probably with plenty of two-way action, Duddy-Chavez has the look of a 50-50 fight; or a fight close to it anyway. continue
Los Angeles, CA (April 1, 2010) – The world-famous Palm Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles was the site for today’s introductory press conference formally announcing the May 8, 2010 “WEIGHT IS OVER” bout between a pair of former world welterweight champions Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-2-1, 28 KOs).
The scheduled 12-round battle – presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment -- will be contested with both natural welterweights moving up to 154 pounds in what promises to be an action-packed main event for fans in attendance at the outdoor Home Depot Center in Carson, California and an HBO “World Championship Boxing” television audience. Corona Beer will serve as the event’s sponsor.
In addition to the main event, promoter Dan Goossen introduced reigning WBO NABO Lightweight Champion Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (28-4-1, 14 KOs), who will drop back down to 130 pounds to take on 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian Argenis Mendez (15-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant USBA Junior Lightweight Title.
Seated on the dais were Williams and his manager/trainer George Peterson; Cintron and his representative from DBE, Ron Rizzo (also represent Mendez); Honorio and promoter Dan Goossen. continue
On Monday, April 5, 2010, two time world champion, Rocky Lockridge, will be featured on A&E’s “Intervention” at 9:00 PM and 1:00 AM. “Intervention” is a powerful and gripping series in which people confront their darkest demons and seek a route to redemption. The Emmy and five-time PRISM Award-winning series profiles people whose dependence on drugs and alcohol or other compulsive behavior has brought them to a point of personal crisis and estranged them from their friends and loved ones. Each episode ends with a surprise intervention that is staged by the family and friends of the addict, and which is conducted by one of two specialists: Jeff Van Vonderen and Candy Finnigan. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Rising Australian star, Heath Ellis (12-1-1, 6 KOs), headlines a seven fight card next Friday 9th April 2010 at Malvern Town Hall, Victoria, Australia, taking on Steve Maxwell (6-3, 4 KOs) in a twelve round encounter, defending his IBF Pan Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council welterweight titles. After the past 24 months of building his experience within the professional ranks, promoter Peter Maniatis (2009 Victorian promoter of the year) is confident Ellis has the ability to make the next step up from the local to international arena. A win over Maxwell will see him gain a top 15 ranking within the welterweight division by the WBC. continue
Earlier tonight Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented an exciting and entertaining six bout card before a packed house of fans at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The card, presented by ESPN's "Friday Night Fights", featured hometown favorite, Delvin Rodriguez, defending his USBA welterweight championship against "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis.
The bout started slow with each fighter looking to feel each other out in the early rounds. As the rounds progressed the action picked up as Rodriguez began working behind a piston-like jab to set up his right hand and left hook.
Rodriguez was the busier of the fighters as he continuously stalked Arnaoutis around the ring, while Arnaoutis looked for opportunities to counter. Arnaoutis continued to fight hard down the stretch but Rodriguez continously beat him to the punch, simultaneously breaking Arnaoutis down.
In the 11th round a vicious right hand from Rodriguez opened a nasty cut over Arnaoutis' eye. Seeing the blood seemed to spur both fighters as they began trading in the center of the ring. continue
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs) in Germany. While Sylvester comes off an 10th-round TKO victory over Billy Lyell, Karmazin knocked out Dionisio Miranda to earn the right to challenge Sylvester. Bash Boxing had won the purse bid for the clash. "Roman Karmazin and I are extremely grateful for the support of our friends and colleagues at RusLoto in St. Petersburg, Russia," commented Bash Boxing President Steven Bash. continue
Los Angeles, CA (April 1, 2010)- WBC CABOFE Champion and current #8 ranked WBC World Heavyweight contender Manny "El Toro" Quezada (29-4-1, 18 KOs) is making final preparations for his first fight of 2010 against the very tough veteran Jason "The Sensation" Gavern (18-7-3, 8 KOs). The Thursday evening, April 8th contest and undercard will also be the first of four scheduled shows at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California this year presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
By Saul Lelchuk - To say it’s been a long time coming would be an understatement. All along, most people just said it would never happen at all.
Not after his wild youth on the streets of Newark’s worst projects. Not after he was rushed to the hospital with gunshot wounds just a week after finally turning pro. Not when the police banged on his door in the middle of the night and arrested him on charges that carried 30 years in prison.
But for two unwavering people in his inner circle – trainer, manager, and pseudo-father Jose Rosario and friend, co-trainer, and attorney Danny Serratelli – Alex Perez’s rise in boxing hasn’t been a question of if, but when.
So that now – less than a month before Perez’s next bout, when he is slated to fight on the undercard of the Chris Arreola -Tomasz Adamek bout in Ontario, California – to say they are excited would be, again, an understatement.
But to say they were surprised? Not so much. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Weigh-in results from the Mandalay Bay: Bernard Hopkins 175 vs. Roy Jones 175 l Rocky Juarez 129 vs. Jason Litzau 130 l Sergio Mora 161 vs. Calvin Green 161 l Ismayl Sillakh 175 vs. Daniel Judah 175.
“At any given opportunity, it only takes eight pounds of pressure to knock the average guy out, and considering what most people have seen in Roy, it only takes three.”—Bernard Hopkins (March 29, 2010 On the Ropes Boxing Radio)
May 22, 1993—this was the date Bernard Hopkins (then 22-1, 16 KOs) first faced Roy Jones Junior (then 21-0, 20 KOs) for the vacant IBF middleweight title. Jones won that fight in a lackluster affair. continue
By Rik Hine - April Fool’s Day is officially over but nobody seems to have told Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins; or should that be the fans who pay to see this farce? A full generation after their first encounter, they’re set to do it again at a time when they’d both best be served playing a few rounds of dominoes instead.
There was a time when Jones could fight as well as he talked, but that time is long gone. Late last year Danny Green looked like he’d finally stopped Jones from talking too: trust Bernard Hopkins to want the last word. continue
By David Pambianchi - In need of restoration, the magnificently decorated four story auditorium of the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn’s historic Fort Greene District provided a unique aura for an intense evening of O’Shea Brothers “Brooklyn Brawl” boxing. Limited space created a feeling of intimacy amid the smell of popcorn, hot dogs and bottled beer. Surrounded by marble, brick and glazed terra cotta, a few hundred packed-in boxing fans eagerly anticipated the evening bouts. And from the start, a roar went up from the balcony.
The women’s Super Bantamweight 6 round match between Alicia Ashley and Jaclyn Trivilino kept the New York crowd energized. Hailing from Albany, Jaclyn fought well and hung tough, but Alicia started off early with some weaving and dancing, picking punches and throwing a couple of lightning flurries in round one. This recipe remained the same for all six rounds with Jaclyn showing heart and grit in response to the faster Alicia who could not manage to put Jaclyn down on the mat.
For every solid right hand blow Jaclyn managed to score, Alicia made her pay double. Shifting in and out, first elusive, then a strike, then disappearing again, Alicia kept overall control of the bout throughout the fight and won by Unanimous Decision. continue
By Vivek Wallace - During the month of March, boxing offered fight fans its own rendition of 'March Madness', as P4P contender Manny Pacquiao faced Joshua Clottey. Unfortunately, what was meant to be a clever play on words turned out to produce a literal effect, as a number of those who viewed the showdown in the end found themselves well on par with the term 'mad', resulting from a planned "Event" that in the end was quite un-EVENT-ful.
With that evening now a faded memory, the focus shifts to April, a month that many sports fans aim to see 'The Masters', which is a showcase featuring the best of the best in the world of Golf in an unprecedented spectacle. Returning to the game this year is a man (Tiger Woods) who remains at large, despite the many efforts to reduce his worth. Oddly enough, in yet another parallel to the world of sports, boxing will try to get it right again on Saturday night as it presents its own set of 'Masters' in the form of two legendary figures whose bitter history spans nearly two decades. continue
by James Slater - Last week, the sad news broke about how living legend Thomas Hearns is in debt with the IRS, to the point that he owes close to $ half-a million dollars in back taxes. Despite earning many millions of dollars in his fabulous, all time great ring career, "The Hitman" is now in the position of having to auction off some of the ring wear he wore in his legendary battles.
The Detroit Free Press reports how the auction will take place this coming Saturday, and that robes, gloves and trunks Tommy wore into battle will be up for sale - though it is not yet known from which of the multi-weight champion's epic fights. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Although Hopkins officially has five career losses on his record, only one man beat him convincingly and that was Roy Jones Junior. That was almost seventeen years ago, way back in May 1993. The two will finally meet again this Saturday night in a pay per view event. We were afforded the opportunity to speak to Hopkins about the rematch with Jones, his future plans in the sport, and other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding preparations for his long awaited rematch with Roy Jones Junior:
“I feel good. I’ve been training off and on to stay ready in Philadelphia, and then when things got signed seriously I buckled down and came to Miami where I’ve been training for the last seven-eight years of my career. So I’ve been training hard and doing what I have to do and studying and strategizing through my trainer, Nazim Richardson. This is the real anxious part when you’ve got less than ten days before the fight.”
Regarding Roy Jones’ first round knockout loss against Danny Green:
“He got hit, he got up, he didn’t get hit with any significant punch after that. I think that Roy Jones being Roy Jones and the benefit of the doubt to a proud champion—I don’t think he received that to be honest with you. Nobody knew who Danny Green was until the Roy Jones fight, and now, people still don’t know who Danny Green is. They talk about the Roy Jones fight more than who really did it.. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghana’s Ray Narh has pledged to stop Michael Lozada when the duo meet for the vacant WBC USNBC lightweight title this Saturday on the undercard of Bernard Hopkins vrs Roy Jones Jr epic at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
“I am ready and excited because I will put up a good show. Yes I will knock him out,” stated Sydney 2000 Olympian Narh who has won 20 of his 23 career victories by the short distance. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - Following Wladimir Klitschko’s dominant title defence against Eddie Chambers, I have been grappling with one single question; who else is left standing to challenge either Klitschko brother?
I don’t care what arguments people conjure about how weak the top ten of heavyweights currently is, the fact is the dominance of both Klitschko’s, especially Wladimir, is at this point immensely impressive. This is indeed an era in which great heavyweight challengers are hard to come by. continue
Los Angeles, CA (April 1, 2010) – There is very little that boxing greats Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Shane Mosley agree on these days, with one notable exception: that Paul Williams is too big, too strong, too tough, too fast, too dedicated and too damn good to step into the ring against anytime soon.
So how does the “Most Feared Fighter in the World” deal with proving that he is indeed the best at 147 pounds while the aforementioned trio would prefer him not to prove it in the ring against them?
He fights over his weight of 147 pounds in a scheduled 12-round battle against the ever-dangerous Kermit Cintron in a May 8, 2010 HBO “World Championship Boxing” headliner dubbed as the “Weight is Over.”
Presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions -- in association with DiBella Entertainment – the Williams-Cintron bout and an exciting undercard will emanate from the extraordinary outdoor Home Depot Center in Carson, California where Williams enjoyed his first World Welterweight Championship victory. continue
QUÉBEC CITY, CANADA (April 1, 2010) InterBox and TKO Boxing Promotions have confirmed that top welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski will mark his Canadian professional debut on Friday, May 28th as he returns to his home province to battle at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. The 21 year old native of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, will be the featured undercard bout to the highly anticipated showdown between legendary Quebec former world champion Eric Lucas and perennial contender Librado Andrade. The rest of the undercard will be stacked with Quebec City boxers Pier-Olivier Côté, Eric Martel and also Benoit Gaudet from Drummondville, Québec. continue
Gary Shaw Productions and Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational world championship fight card on Friday, May 14, 2010, at the Chumash Casino Resort (3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, California). The main event and co-featured fights will be televised on Showtime’s “Shobox: The New Generation” series, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) In the main event, scheduled for 12 rounds, WBO junior middleweight world champion Sergiy Dzinziruk, 36-0 with 22 knockouts, of Roszewska, Ukraine, will make his sixth defense of the title against Sherzod Husanov, 14-0-1 with 7 knockouts, of Fergana, Uzbekistan. continue
By M. Heffernan - Come Sunday morning we will, in all likelihood, have watched one boxing career gather momentum and another come to a belated, albeit inevitable, end. There is not only an ocean dividing the ring pursuits of London’s David Haye from those of statesiders Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones Jr. – there is close to two decades of boxing achievement. Haye was little more than a child of thirteen when Jones and Hopkins first met when contesting the IBF middleweight title in 1993. He would have watched these modern-day veterans’ careers subsequently flourish and confound, particularly in the case of Jones, who remained a figure of inspiration for Haye. It is not difficult to understand why – Jones Jnr. was a ring virtuoso: abundantly talented, dominant, capable of transcending what were thought to be the physical limitations of the sport. Haye strove, and strives still, to emulate Jones in the ring. He will have done remarkably well if he manages to come within an even reasonable proximity to the great man’s accomplishments or aesthetic brilliance.
It goes without saying – though I will say it anyway – that the current heavyweight scene is like a blasted landscape with scarcely a single interesting feature. There is nothing to arrest the attention, and little need for passers-by to linger for long. The dominant champions in this unremarkable landscape, the brothers Klitschko, are very amiable men: articulate, professional, dedicated. And soporifically robotic. continue
By Brad Marchetti - There is a little known Cuban heavyweight on the rise out of South Florida that is about to make an impact on the heavyweight division. Luis Ortiz, 1-0, 1 KO, from Kris Lawrence’s Heavyweight Factory has a very modest pro ledger on paper, but with a 343-19 record as an amateur it is easy to see why he is a sleeper with infinite potential. The southpaw sensation of the future is getting a late start on his pro career at 31 years-old but with his ability he should make up ground in a hurry. continue
One week after her rematch with Holly Holm, Chevelle Hallback and her trainer Sherman Henson discuss the fight and what they've got in store for the rest of 2010.
"I was welcomed really warmly to Albuquerque by the fans and everyone I met," Chevelle said. "As for the fight, I did do more this time, and felt the fight was much closer than the judges scored it. continue
NEW YORK, March 31- With training camp coming to a close Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KO's) and Carlos Quintana (27-2-0,21 KO's) took time to discuss their training camps as they prepared to meet for the WBC World Championship, The card is being billed as "Fighting For Haiti" which is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment and sponsored by Champs Sports, Where Sport 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 on Saturday, April 10th at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.
ANDRE BERTO - STAYING FOCUS & TRAINING WITH A PURPOSE:
With the recent earthquake devastation in Haiti, the loss of family members and the efforts of Berto Dynasty Foundation, which was founded to help raise money for earthquake victims, Andre Berto has manage to keep his focus on Carlos Quintana and is training with a special purpose. continue