WBC Welterweight Championship between Selcuk Aydin and Ionut Dan Ion to be streamed live on wbcboxing.tv tomorrow (Sat. June 5) - Tomorrow (Saturday, June 5) rising welterweight star Selcuk Aydin has the chance to become the second world champion for ARENA Sports-Promotion after Cuban featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa. Aydin faces unbeaten Romanian Ionut "Jo-Jo Dan" Ion at Abdi Ipekci Spor Salonu in Istanbul, Turkey. continue
01/06/2010 by Craig Hardie: Kiwi/US Heavyweight Contender Chauncy “The Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (42-5-5) has now positioned himself nicely in the world of heavyweight boxing after winning a shutout points decision over former New Zealand Heavyweight Champion Daniel Tai in a WBO Asia-Pacific Heavyweight Title fight. Just over 10 days ago Welliver was once affectionately known as “The Fat dorky white guy.” After weighing in close to his career best for the Tai bout, Welliver has reverted back to his original moniker “The Hillyard Hammer” and dominated Tai in a Tauranga, New Zealand promotion. continue
By Neil Dennis: At the Norfolk Scope this past Friday, the ICB Knockout Series lived up its name with a slate of ring wars that thrilled all in attendance. The fact that this fight card was not televised is a tragedy, because it would have been well-received by a television audience of boxing’s faithful. Nonetheless, it was well-received by a few thousand people who did come to see boxing return to this well-loved venue.
Up first came the professional debut of heavyweight Dorsett Barnwell. The 2006 Junior National Champion, he was pitted in his debut against Kareem Wilson, who’s claim to fame so far is being disqualified in the three of his four professional fights. Barnwell was surprisingly cautious in the opening round, and even appeared a bit bothered by a straight Wilson landed, but that was short-lived. As the bell sounded for the second, Barnwell went on the attack and didn’t stop until Wilson was on the floor from a series of brutal hooks. continue
by James Slater - There is still a lot of speculation going around about who Amir Khan will fight in his next bout. The reigning WBA 140-pound champion, fresh off his stoppage win over Paulie Malignaggi, in what was the 23-year-old's U.S debut, is adamant he will fight again in late July; in the U.K. Names that have been mentioned as possibilities for the Bolton man include Michael Katsidis, Breidis Prescott (in what would be a rematch) and Joel Casamayor, to name just three.
Looking forward to getting a fight in before August's Ramadan, the deeply religious Khan says he will box on the last weekend of July; maybe in London. continue
Hot-shot Ronnie Heffron is learning from the best - gym-mates Frankie Gavin and Tony Bellew. The Oldham prospect is unbeaten in two fights and his next appearance is on Saturday 3rd July at Preston's Guild Hall in a four-round contest. And he's being helped along the way by 2007 Amateur World Champion Frankie Gavin and current Commonwealth light-heavyweight king Bellew, both of whom train with him at Anthony Farnell's Manchester set up. "Being in the gym with the likes of Tony and Frankie is amazing," said teenage sensation Heffron. continue
The WBC heavyweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and Albert Sosnowski turned out exactly as all experts and fans had expected. The challenger from Poland didn’t stand a chance against the more powerful half of the dominating force in the heavyweight division. The older Klitschko brother once more wore down a helpless opponent with his unorthodox style and his powerful left hand using the right only to finish off his opponent in the tenth round.
Most of the 40,000 fans in the not sold-out football stadium in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, were not amused with Vitali’s slow and boring performance against another challenger who wasn’t worth his money. And even Klitschko’s strong German TV partner RTL cannot be happy with „only“ 7 Mio. viewers and the lowest rating since RTL teamed up with the Klitschko Management Group four years ago to exclusively present the fights of both Vitali and Wladimir.
„With fights like this the Klitschkos risk their legacy“, says ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner about the one-sided bout. „Even worse: They emphasize the weakness of the heavyweight division at the moment. Vitali shouldn’t have chosen a guy like Sosnowski in the first place. Of course, he was European champion but he had beaten nobody of notice to win that title. continue
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester is brimming with confidence ahead of his mandatory defence against Roman Karmazin. The 29-year-old German (30-3, 16 KOs) is under pressure to keep the belt for a very special reason. “I will get married this summer and I want to get married as world champion,” he said. “Karmazin will not spoil my wedding. He is a strong guy with a good left but we have carefully analysed him. I know I got what it takes to beat him. With the help of my fans in Neubrandenburg, I will defend my title for a second time and then get married as a world champion.. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (May 31, 2010) This Thursday night, June 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, TKO Boxing Promotions presents FIGHT NIGHT AT THE COMMERCE 3, “FULLY STACKED” an action packed evening of world class professional boxing. Headlining the outstanding card is the return to the Commerce Casino of local fan favorite, super bantamweight prospect Leo “TEREMOTO” Santa Cruz. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former WBC light heavyweight champion Montell Griffin, who was in final preparations for his bout last night against Ross ‘The Boss’ Thompson. Griffin was going for win number fifty in his career against Thompson but came up short. The fight was ultimately ruled a ten round draw with final scorecards read 96-94 for Griffin, 97-93 for Thompson, and 95-95. During the interview, Montell spoke about various moments throughout his long and illustrious career as a professional boxer. Here is some of what he had to say:
On being the first man to defeat Roy Jones Junior:
“Because Roy Jones was the star and I was like a new guy coming up I never get the benefit of the doubt. I have heard so many stories. I had seen the story that Dan Rafael wrote. The fight was what, thirteen years ago, and they are still saying stuff about how I was faking it and I needed an Oscar or whatever. It’s just funny coming from a guy who ain’t never fought before, but it’s just funny, all my peers come up to me and say that’s dirty what Roy did to me, but as far as the whole fight—first of all, I was glad for the opportunity. continue
One of the Cruiserweight divisions most exciting stars, former IBF champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, is to be a guest on Steve Bunce’s BBC London Radio show (94.9 & DAB) this coming Thursday evening. Cunningham will be talking about his upcoming showdown with Canada’s Troy ‘The Boss’ Ross for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight title at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany on the 5th June 2010. continue
By Per Ake Persson: EBU cruiser champ Enzo Maccarinelli will defend the title against mandatory challenger Alexander Frenkel but when and where is still not announced. The fight went to purse bids today in Rome with Sauerland Event handing in the sole and thus winning bid while Frank Warren Promotions informed the EBU that an agreement had been reached. As for now the EBU will recognize the purse bid as an agreement needs the signature of both parties. continue
by Jody Kohn - Today I had the opportunity to visit the UFC 2010 Fan Expo with Celestino "Pelenchin" Caballero. He is currently staying with his trainer Jeff Mayweather, so I picked him up at Jeff's and we headed over to Mandalay Bay. He was pretty surprised at how packed the place was. Forrest Griffin, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin, Matt Hughes, Ken Shamrock, and dozens of other UFC fighters mingled with the thousands in attendance.
Pelenchin enjoyed stopping by the different booths where companies were promoting their newest products. We got to say hello to a couple of the fighters such as Melvin Guillard and Ross Pearson, but neither of us were in a big hurry to combat the oceans of people surrounding most fighters. On several occasions he was asked to participate in punching a bag that demonstrated some various product. However, even if he wanted to, he was forced to decline. During the second round of last month's fight against Yordan, he injured his hand. His first knuckle is currently about three times it's normal size. He has an appointment to get it checked out next week.
I never had an official interview, but over the course of several hours, I got to speak to him on a variety of topics. Of course his negotiations with Gamboa were definitely a point of interest. continue
As he prepares to make the first defence of his European Light Welterweight title Paul McCloskey doesn't have to go too far afield for advice from another man who has been there and done that. Fellow Derry man Charlie Nash accomplished the same feat in 1979 winning the European Lightweight title and he's backing McCloskey to emerge with his title intact when he meets mandatory challenger Giuseppe Lauri in the main event on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night at The King's Hall, Belfast on Friday, June 11th.
Nash lifted the European Lightweight crown in 1979 and would go on to defend the title twice including a successful first defence against Scottish boxing legend Ken Buchanan before falling short in a World title tilt against another Scottish boxing icon, Jim Watt. continue
James Slater in Germany - WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko won comfortably against a very game Albert Sosnowski last night at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany - finally halting the Pole at 2 mins and 40 secs of the 10th round. However, it is likely a number of fans will not have been overly impressed at the 38-year-old's performance. A typical safety-first display by the elder of the two Klitschkos, Vitali won with something to spare; but could he have got the job done a lot sooner than he did had he really tried to do so? Certainly, that's how it looked to me from my seat at ringside.
Still, what is important is the fact that "Dr. iron Fist" won and retained his belt in the process - thus keeping alive the possibility of a big fight with WBA champ David Haye. And this is the fight we all want to see, and what seemingly everyone is talking about. Indeed, last night while at the magnificent arena the fight took place at, local fans everywhere had Haye's name on their lips. continue
QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC (May 31, 2010) Fighting for the fight time as a professional in Canada after a sensational amateur career, top welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski thrilled the huge crowd at the Pepsi Coliseum on Friday night with a stunning first round knockout of veteran John Hoffman. On the undercard of the Eric Lucas/Librado Andrade super middleweight showdown, the 21 year old Zewski drilled Hoffman three times to the canvas before the bout was stopped at the 1:45 mark of the first round. With the win, the Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada native improved to 4-0 with three knockouts. continue
Hello Fight Fans, For those unaware who have inquired about my recent absence, the last few weeks have been a very trying time in my life. Two weeks ago my Father lost his sister, (my aunt), and as of last Friday, May 28, his wife, (my Step-Mother), unfortunately expired as well. Adding to the pain is the fact that May 29th was the anniversary of the tragic death of my best friend who served with me in the U.S. Marine Corp. continue
WILLIE 'Big Bang' Casey has won the Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights title after a night of thrilling action, drama and controversy at London’s York Hall. Casey, 28, from Limerick, Ireland, claimed the £32,000 winner's prize with a unanimous points victory over Scottish substitute Paul McElhinney. McElhinney got his chance in the final after Welshman Ricky Owen was left in tears after a bad cut sustained during his semi-final win denied him a final appearance.
“This victory means I’m up there at the top of the division and I’ve proved I can be with the best,” said a delighted Casey, who entered Prizefighter as a short-notice replacement after Wayne McCullough withdrew injured.
“I only came here with five fights on my record but I beat everyone against all the odds.
“It was a great opportunity and if a big fight comes up then I will always take it. Prizefighter came along and without hesitation I accepted it. continue
Selcuk Aydin to face Ionut „Jo-Jo Dan“ Ion for WBC Silver championship next Saturday (June 5) in Istanbul
In only five days ARENA will present the first-ever boxing world championship on Turkish soil in Istanbul when rising welterweight star Selcuk Aydin takes on Canada based Romanian Ionut Dan Ion for the WBC Silver title.
Both contenders are unbeaten in their professional career. continue
Miami, FL: After nearly 9 years of absence in the Tampa area, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns with a dynamic show this Friday, June 4 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. In the main event Mercito “Guerrero” Gesta (17-0-7 KO’s) of Cebu, Philippines will face Oscar “El Estudiante” Meza (19-3-17 KO’s) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with the WBO Youth World Jr. Welterweight Title at stake. Also local hero Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (27-6-2-15 KO’s) of Tampa, FL will battle Ira Terry (24-3-14 KO’s) of Memphis, TN in a bout schedule for 10 rounds in the Lightweight division. continue
Photo credit: Pavel Terekhov - By Matt McGrain: The Komodo Dragon kills it’s prey with venom. Despite the other hardware it has at its disposal, when it has delivered a single bite it withdraws and observes as the prey endures a slow death. When the animal becomes weak, the Dragon begins to harrow it, bringing it down and finally finishing it, sometimes eating it alive.
So it is with Vitali Klitschko.
Tonight, in Gelsenkirchen, Klitschko, 38 (moving to 40-2) stopped a totally out-classed foe in ten one sided rounds, none of which the giant Ukrainian lost. Enjoying a massive advantage in height and reach, Albert Sosnowski (now 45-3-1) was made for the WBC champion who took full advantage in a risk-free performance. continue
By Matthew Paras: In what everyone came to see, Norte Dame Alumni Mike Lee made his professional boxing debut in an impressive outing by dominating Emmitt Woods (0-4-1) to win a unanimous decision. Making his debut at Light Heavyweight, Lee dictated the pace of the fight by establishing his jab. What was perhaps most impressive was Lee’s calmness. Besides establishing his jab, Mike Lee targeted the body often and worked Woods over. Scores were 40-36 across the board. continue
By Matthew Paras: Jose Benavidez Jr. vs Ronald Peterson: Highly touted Jr. Weltwerweight prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs) opened the untelevised portion of Top Rank Live’s promotional card with a phenomenal first round KO over Minnesota native Ronald Peterson (3-2, 3 KOs). Time was 2:45 with Benavidez landing a hook to the body. Peterson did not even bother getting up.
Photo credit: Pavel Terekhov - By Madra Uladh: A game Albert Sosnowski showed a lot more pluck against the reigning WBC champion than did his last opponent, Kevin Johnson. At times, Sosnowski actually looked like he believed he had a chance, something Johnson never came close to doing.
Indeed, had Johnson showed the same aggression, he would most likely failed in what appeared to be his true goal of lasting the distance with the champion. As it turned out, Vitali dominated every round, stopping the hapless Sosnowski in the tenth. Round three and eight were closer than most, if you were looking for a sympathy round for Albert.
Some will look at tonight's event and come away believing that Vitali has slowed down, lost punching accuracy and become even more robotic. Twice in a row now, heís looked less than impressive, even as he completely dominated his two challengers. The time is right, perhaps, if the right fighter came along, to snatch the crown from the aging Vitali. continue
By Harold Kupelle: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) scored yet another knockout win, stopping the #11 ranked WBC contender Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) in the 10th round on Saturday night at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Klitschko, 38, looked his age for most of the fight, throwing slow shots and having to rely mostly on his jab to control the younger 31-year-old Sosnowski. However, that's pretty much all it took to dominate the shorter 6'2" Sosnowski and it looked like Vitali was content to jab and slap his way to a 12 round decision. continue
BOB ARUM: It is unquestionable that Miguel Cotto is the most popular fighter in New York. He has demonstrated that year after year with tremendous crowds at Madison Square Garden and now he has the honor and privilege of fighting at the Home of Champions. Everybody in New York is talking about his fight with Yuri Foreman. The publicity, in the newspapers and the full-page article in The Wall Street Journal, has been enormous. Miguel’s opponent Yuri Foreman is the first Israeli champion. People all over New York are talking, who don’t normally talk about boxing, are talking about this fight. This is a tribute to Miguel Cotto and all he has put into boxing and how he has endeared himself to his fans in the city of New York. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - Fans who watch films of Marvin Hagler’s fights will notice a tall, thin cornerman attending to the middleweight champion between rounds. That individual is Goody Petronelli, Hagler’s life-long trainer and fellow Brockton, Massachusetts native. Now in his eighties, Petronelli is still involved in boxing as the manager of the Petronelli Brothers Gym, which he opened in Brockton in 1969 with his brother Pat. Interestingly, Rocky Marciano was supposed to partner with the Petronellis in owning the gym. Marciano’s death that year in a tragic plane crash, however, changed the Petronelli’s plans.
Petronelli and Hagler first met in 1969, when the quiet, distrustful 15-year-old wandered into the gym. Hagler’s family had moved from New Jersey to Brockton two years earlier, displaced by the historic 1967 Newark riots that destroyed much of their city. For several days, Hagler spoke to nobody, and did nothing except watch the fighters train. Finally Petronelli approached him and said, “do you want to learn how to fight?” Hagler replied, “that’s what I’m here for.” Eighteen years later, Hagler retired after 67 professional fights and a seven-year stint as the world’s middleweight champion. By then, Hagler had earned acclaim as one of the greatest middleweights in boxing history. Petronelli worked every amateur and professional bout fought by Hagler. continue
Tomasz Adamek, the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Champion, returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Saturday, August 21st when he takes on Michael Grant as part of the acclaimed “Brick City Boxing Series.” Both titles are on the line. A native of Gilowice, Poland, now fighting out of Jersey City, Adamek has drawn record crowds to Newark’s world class venue during the past year and a half. He returns in August following a successful trip to Ontario, California, where he outclassed highly rated Chris Arreola in front of Arreola’s hometown fans. continue
Former NABF and NABA lightweight champion Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, 27-6-2 (15), is looking to continue his winning streak to four, as he steps back into the ring on June 4th, at the Ala Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Fl. Cherry will be taking on upset specialist and former NABA featherweight title holder Johnnie Edwards, 15-5 (8), in the twelve round main event. The bout will be for the NABO super featherweight title belt and will move the winner into contention for the WBO super featherweight title belt and a shot at current WBO super feather weight champion Ramon Martinez, 23-0-1 (14). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with world class trainer Freddie Roach who is best known for his work with pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao. In addition to training Pacquiao, Roach also works with reigning WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan who recently defended his title when he scored an impressive eleventh round stoppage against Paulie Malignaggi. Here is what Roach had to say on a variety of subjects:
His views on Amir Khan’s eleventh round technical knockout against Paulie Malignaggi:
“I thought he fought a great fight. We knew the jab was the key going into the fight and he really dictated the pace with that jab and I was very happy with his performance.”
On whether he was at all surprised that Malignaggi lasted as long as he did:
“You know, he did a lot of damage but he’s a real tough guy. He’s never been stopped before. I mean, his corner stopped the fight one time and he was enraged. There’s no quit in him. It was good to get the rounds in for my guy experience-wise, but it just surprises me that he went as far as he did because he was taking a lot of big shots.. continue
Hollywood, Florida – On Friday Night June 4, 2010 at the Fuchs Pavilion at the famed Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, home of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, BLUE WAVE GROUP in association with Caribe Promotions, DeCubas Presents and Warriors Boxing and ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights”, presents an evening of World Class Boxing in honor of Cuba’s “Ladies in White”. The main event features Cuba’s 2004 Olympic Silver Medal winner Yudell Johnson (6-0, 4 KO’s) against hard hitting Brazilian contender Juliano Ramos (16-3, 13 KO’s). The Co-Main Event features undefeated Puerto Rican Contender Kenny Galarza (13-0, 13 KO’s) against also undefeated US contender Brad Solomon (11-0, 4 KO’s). continue
Friday, June 25 at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, NM "Comanche Boy" George Tahdooahnippah (23-0-1) will face undefeated Fernando Guerrero, (18-0) of Salisbury, Maryland. Their 10 round middleweight bout will be aired LIVE on "ShoBox, The New Generation" as the Main Event of the evening. The card is promoted by Lou DiBella. "This is what I've worked for, this is what it's all about,” Tahdooahnippah said. “I’m the unknown fighter in the middleweight division. They picked the wrong “opponent” and June 25th the whole world will see what a real Native American fighter is all about. It's my time!. continue
by James Slater - "Fast" Eddie Chambers and Kevin "KingPin" Johnson, two of America's better prospects when it came to winning a version of the heavyweight title in 2009/2010. Yet both men fell heavily at the hands of the all-conquering Klitschko brothers when they last boxed. Chambers was crushed by Ring magazine, IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko back in March; when he was iced in the dying seconds of the 12th and final round. Johnson lost every single round of his fight with reigning WBC champion Vitali Klitschko last December; falling to a monstrously heavy points defeat. The question is: can either guy come back from defeat and bounce back into title contention?
Let's look at Philly's 28-year-old Chambers first.
At 35-2(18), Chambers has already bounced back from a pro defeat, albeit not as heavy as the one he succumbed to against "Dr. Steel Hammer." Losing in disappointing fashion to Alexander Povetkin, in a fight he had been winning with his fine boxing skills before appearing to either lose heart or run out of gas, Chambers refocused and came back from this January 2008 UD loss very well. continue
BRONX, NY (May 28, 2010) – Just prior to undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion and future rabbi YURI FOREMAN’s ring walk to his first world title defense will be the sounding of the shofar. The shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, used for Jewish religious purposes. The sounding of the shofar is incorporated in synagogueservices on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
“Welcome to Yankel Stadium," said Hall of Fame promoter BOB ARUM. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –MAY 21, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today veteran broadcaster Al Bernstein will attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th.
“Al Bernstein has been covering the fight game for 30 years,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are thrilled that he will be joining us in Canastota and I’m sure fans will enjoy meeting him. continue
Steve “USS” Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) has moved his training camp to Berlin´s famed Max-Schmeling-Gym where the former champion continues his preparation for the showdown with Troy Ross (23-1, 16 KOs). The duo will clash for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title in Neubrandenburg, Germany on June 5 when Cunningham makes his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland. “It is great to be back in Germany,” Cunningham said. “I only have the best memories of the country and the fans. We have been received very well here in Berlin. The set-up in the Max-Schmeling-Gym is great. We got all we need to prepare for the big fight next week.”
Cunningham is full of respect for Ross. “He is a strong guy who puts a lot of pressure on his opponents. He is a two-time Olympian, was a Commonwealth Champion and also won the Contender Series. But he will not defeat me. I take this fight very seriously. That is why I have come to Germany very early to adjust to the time difference. I am focused on winning my old IBF Title. A victory will open a lot of doors for me. But I am taking one step at a time. Right now, only Ross is on my mind.. continue
by James Slater - Fight fans will get to see another interesting "Boxing Vs. UFC" confrontation this coming August, when former multi-weight boxing champ James "Lights Out" Toney will make his MMA debut against Randy "The Natural" Couture at UFC 118, in Boston on Aug. 28th.
Now, I have to admit to knowing next to nothing about UFC, but I have a good friend - who, along with being a knowledgeable fan of what goes on inside The Octagon, has also dabbled with MMA himself - and he tells me Toney is in for a bad, possibly embarrassing, beating in late summer. continue
by James Slater - WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck's next challenger will be decided on July 17th, when Russian southpaws Denis Lebedev and Alexander Alexeev clash in Germany on the same card as the middleweight title bout between interim WBC champ Sebastian Zbik and challenger Khoren Gevor. With all due respect to the middleweight clash, the cruiserweight bout is the better, more intriguing match-up.
30-year-old Lebedev, unbeaten at 20-0(15), and 29-year-old Alexeev, 19-1(7), are evenly matched and a good case could be made for either man emerging with the win that will put him in line for a shot at Marco Huck's WBO 200-pound belt. continue
by John Wight - The first thing that hits you when you enter Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club is the sheer bedlam of the place - the noise of heavy bags being pummelled, speed bags rattling back and forth, the tap-tap of skipping ropes in the far corner, and in the ring the grunts and groans of men sparring to the accompaniment of their trainer’s instructions, all of which automatically stops every three minutes on the sound of the shrill beep-beeping noise of the timer as it reverberates above the general din to mark the beginning and end of each round.
Located in the heart of a Hollywood that has long since lost its sheen, above a laundry in a rundown mini-mall on the corner of Santa Monica and Vine, this is where Freddie Roach plies his trade training world champions and contenders. Many of them, like Britain’s Amir Khan, fresh from his stunning US debut performance against Paulie Malignaggi at New York’s Madison Square Garden, have made the pilgrimage from the other side of the world to hone and develop their craft under the tutelage of a man whose reputation is currently such that he’s assumed the status of a bona fide boxing oracle. continue
LONDON (27th May) Former English heavyweight title holders Tyson Fury and John McDermott will meet for the second time in 10 months on Friday 25th June, in what will be one of the most eagerly awaited rematches that the UK has seen in recent years.
The British Final Eliminator clash between the two heavyweights will take place in front of the Sky Sports HD cameras at the Brentwood Centre, Brentwood. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 27 - Top super middleweight contender Librado Andrade returns to his home away from home in Canada this Friday night as he takes on former World Champion Eric Lucas in a highly-anticipated showdown at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. The Jesus Del Monte, Guanajuato Mexico native, Andrade (28-3, 21 KO's), will return to Canada for the fourth consecutive time this Friday night. Andrade who resides in La Habra, California looks to get back into the win column and erase the memory of his title fight loss to current IBF World Champion Lucien Bute last November in the same Quebec building. continue
Former linear and WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KOs) is not only the last American-born heavyweight champion in boxing, he is the sole top-ranked heavyweight in the world carrying on a tradition as old as the sport: Like no other elite big man today, Shannon Briggs doesn't just beat his opponents... He DESTROYS them. He leaves them flat on their backs while crowds gasp in amazement at the bliinding power and brutality in his fists.
Let the Klitschkos and David Hayes outscore their foes and win 12-round decisions. Shannon Briggs enters the ring to try and punch a hole right through you.
By separating opponents from their senses with frightening displays of power, men like "Iron" Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Earnie Shavers, Sonny Liston, Rocky Marciano, Max Baer, and on and on throughout history, have electrified crowds and cranked up the intensity whenever they've laced up gloves. And as evidenced by the overflow, standing-room-only crowd at his last fight, Friday night at Capitale in New York City, punching power like Briggs possesses is what fans love to see the most in heavyweight boxing. continue
Experienced Nottingham boxer says York Hall night is his for the taking - Former Commonwealth, European and British title holder Esham Pickering says he is positive that he will lift the Prizefighter Super Bantamweight trophy at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday night. The 33 year-old fighter is the most experienced boxer in the latest of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night events and he is itching to get into action from 9pm live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1. continue
On Saturday July 17th, Star Boxing returns to the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ with a sizzling heavyweight showdown, when David Tua (51- 3-1, 43 KO's) squares off against and Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett (34-9, 20 KO's) in what is expected to be an all-out war of heay-hitting, former world title challengers.
"We had great success with our show at the Tropicana back in March and we are expecting an even greater event this summer featuring this can't miss heavyweight showdown," stated Joe DeGuardia, CEO of Star Boxing. continue
By Matt Clark - Les “Lock N Load” Sherrington recently caught up with eastsideboxing.com, to inform our readers where his career is heading. Sherrington is on somewhat of a roll of late, with wins over former challengers Shannan Taylor (TKO5) and Rubin Williams (TKO4). Sherrington’s record stands at 26-5 (17 KO) with the majority of those defeats occurring while his career was in its infancy. His all action style is garnering him plenty of fans in Australia, and he’s looking to add more on the world stage, very soon.
Matt Clark: Les, thanks for taking the time to speak to www.eastsideboxing.com.
Les Sherrington: It’s always a pleasure, mate.
MC: Tell us about your recent fight against Rubin “Mr Hollywood” Williams.
LS: My last fight against Rubin Williams wasn’t my best performance but there were some good things to take out of it. continue
Camp Lejeune to Host the 2010 USA Boxing Junior National Championships, June 14-19
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The future stars of amateur boxing will vie for a coveted national title at the 2010 USA Boxing Junior National Championships, June 14-19 in Camp Lejeune, N.C. The event will make the move to a new locale for 2010 edition with over 200 of the nation’s best 15 and 16-year-old boxers convening in North Carolina for the annual event. continue
Aware of the hockey fever that has gripped the Chicago area, Hitz Boxing and the Horseshoe Casino will be broadcasting the Blackhawks' first game of the Stanley Cup Finals on the giant jumbotron screens during this Saturday's "Quest for 50" professional boxing event. While former world champion Montell "Ice" Griffin goes for his 50th and possibly final victory, the Blackhawks will go for a finals victory of their own against the Philadelphia Flyers. continue
The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, May 29, at VELTINS-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Tickets, starting at € 20, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone 01149-1805-57 00 70.
The fight card presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group can be seen live on PPV television in North America. The show is being distributed by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. continue
Main Events and Super Judah Promotions are pleased to officially announce the upcoming fight between Zab “Super” Judah, Brooklyn, NY (38-6, 26 KO’s) and Jose Armando Santa Cruz, Michoacán, Mexico (28-4, 17 KO’s). The fight will take place on July 16th at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. It will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Ticket and on sale info will be released shortly. continue
by James Slater - The intriguing middleweight bout between exciting warriors Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and John Duddy is fast approaching. Set to go on June 26th, in San Antonio, Texas, the scheduled 12-rounder (the bout will, for some reason, contest the vacant WBC Silver middleweight title!) could well be one to watch. Chavez Junior, the younger man at age 24, as well as being the unbeaten fighter of the two at 41-0-1(30) is a slight favourite to win at present, and one of the major factors for his being so may well be his new trainer. continue
Manchester, CT (May 26, 2010) Featherweight Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard served notice once again as a force in the division with a sensational knockout performance this past Saturday night, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino with a crushing fourth round stoppage of crafty southpaw Carlos Rivera.
Seizing control from the opening bell, the 23 year old Remillard stalked and broke down Rivera over the first three rounds with devastating head shots and outstanding left hooks to the head and body.
Dropping Rivera twice in the fourth round from bruising right hand upper cuts to the head, Remillard earned the stoppage at the 2:16 mark when referee Arthur Mercante Jr. stopped the assault.
With the win Remillard improved his undefeated record to 22-0-0 (13KO’s) and retained his NABF Title in addition to adding the NABO Title belt. He is currently ranked # 8 by the World Boxing Council. continue
by James Slater - Though Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Jose Luis Castillo - all three men having already having earned a reputation as being among the best fighters to have ever come out of Mexico - choose to carry on fighting in their mid-30s, most of their fans wish it were otherwise. Yet all three former world champions, men who lit up the lower weight classes in sensational fashion in the 2000s, find themselves unable to walk away from the sport they love. continue
Newport fighter meets Jamie Arthur in London on Saturday - Three Welsh boxers are in the line-up for Saturday’s Prizefighter Super Bantamweights at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London – and Robbie Turley believes the trophy will be heading to the Valleys at the end of the night. Newport fighter Turley faces Commonwealth gold medallist Jamie Arthur in an all-Welsh quarter-final, and if unbeaten Swansea man Ricky Owen beats Gavin Reid in their quarter-final, there will definitely be a Welshman in the final. continue
CHICAGO, IL (May 27, 2010) Former Notre Boxing Captain and 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Mike Lee held an open workout for the local media and fans at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. Along with trainer Ronnie Shields, Lee looked in terrific shape and very sharp as he went through an hour long, spirited training session just three days prior to his pro debut set for this Saturday night, May 29th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
“We’ve put in the work for the last four months in Houston and Ronnie has done a terrific job preparing me for this. I’m in the best shape of my life and can’t wait to get in the ring and put on a great performance on Saturday night” said a very enthusiastic Lee.
Lee will face Emmitt Woods in a scheduled four rounder in one of the feature bout at TOP RANK LIVE. continue
By Joe Hampton - The interim WBA super flyweight world titlist and former IBF and IBO flyweight world champion Nonito Donaire (23-1) is considered by many to be one of the top boxers in the sport. Currently ranked as pound for pound the fourth best fighter in the world by The Ring magazine and at the ripe age of 27, The Filipino Flash seemingly is in his prime. However, Donaire has struggled to participate in meaningful bouts in the last few years. continue
European Champion Paul McCloskey has teamed up with old rival Colin Lynes as he steps up preparations for the first defence of his title on the Yanjing Beer Fight Night at the Kings Hall, Belfast on Friday, June 11th.
McCloskey headlines a big night of championship boxing at one of the sports legendary venues when he takes on mandatory challenger Giuseppe Lauri while the chief supporting bout will see Stephen Haughian taking on former British champ, Kevin McIntyre for the Celtic Welterweight title. continue
Essen/Germany (May 26, 2010) – Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 37 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine and Hamburg, Germany and Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), of Warsaw, Poland and Brentwood, UK participated today in a public workout at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Essen. 2000 fans were present to see both fighters during their open training session. The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, May 29, at VELTINS-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Tickets, starting at € 20, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone 01149-1805-57 00 70.
The fight card presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group can be seen live on PPV television in North America. The show is being distributed by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. continue
On June 4th „The Black Panther“ Juan Carlos Gomez (46-2, 36 kos) will return to action against Frankfurt based Turk Oezcan Cetinkaya (17-6-1, 11 kos) in Hattersheim (near Frankfurt), Germany. The former WBC cruiserweight champion and heavyweight championship contender (in March 2009 vs. Vitali Klitschko) will headline the „7th annual Hattersheim Havoc“ at Karl-Eckel-Halle. In the co-feature hard-hitting German prospect Konstantin Airich (14-2-2, 11 kos) takes on Alexander Kahl (15-5-1, 13 kos). The fights will be broadcasted live on Eurosport (starting at 9.00pm local time). continue
HOUSTON, TX, May 25, 2010 — Former Notre Dame Boxing Captain and 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves Champion Mike Lee has wrapped up training in Houston, Texas and is headed to his highly anticipated pro debut this Saturday night, May 29th, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Lee’s four round light heavyweight bout against Emmitt Woods is one of the feature bouts at the Chicago debut of TOP RANK LIVE, presented by Top Rank Incorporated and Chicago’s 8 Count Productions. continue
by Matt McGrain - Chagaev has been my favourite HW for some time. He’s mobile, reasonably two-handed, tough with a good variety of punches and, at only 31 years of age, likely three years past his prime. But recent descriptions of him as a “shell” or “shot” may be very wide of the mark indeed. Chagaev is a fighter who has never, ever looked spectacular. In response to the shaking of heads and gnashing of teeth that was the reaction to his near shut out of Kali Meehan in Germany this weekend, I’d pose the question - what else is new?
Going back to April of 2007 and Chagaev’s flagship performance against the giant Valuev, we can see all that is good about Chagaev. We know that Valuev is not a special fighter, but it is also true that he is a special case, and towering one foot above Ruslan and out-weighing him by around 100lbs, he certainly set a very specific and troublesome set of problems. Chagaev’s solution was masterful. After a twitchy first round, he totally dominated the fight in terms of pace and distance, moving Valuev onto him in very small increments. continue
Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr.: “We are prepared to defend the title and look good to my people. That’s what we intend to do – a good job. My condition is the best from working with my dad (former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Sr.) and my team. I know Bedak is disregarding me because of my little experience in boxing, but everybody should know I’ve trained real hard to keep my title.”
Zsolt Bedak: “Our training has been strong (he is trained by former world champion Artur Grigorian) and I have come here to take the title. We’ve come to put on a great show and go home with a victory.. continue
MIAMI (May 25, 2010) – Irish boxing manager Gary Hyde, who last December won a legal judgment in Miami to manage two-time Olympic champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, recently received legal confirmation to continue managing the Cuban boxing star, effectively knocking out Hyde’s opposition for control of Rigondeaux’ pro boxing career. Defendants had sought reconsideration of the ruling and that was denied. continue
Ezio Prapotnich: Throughout the history of civilization, progress has often been brought forward by individuals with great self-belief who are not satisfied with the outside offer in their given field of expertise and decide to turn their own vision into reality. It is in this perspective that we have to analyze Spencer Fearon and the rather unique philosophy behind Hardknocks Boxing Promotions.
We met the self-proclaimed Most Talkative Man in the Sport in occasion of “The Takeover…of the Home of Boxing”, Hardknocks third event set on June the 4th at Bethnal Green famous York Hall, and he more than lived up to his moniker.
EASTSIDEBOXING: You are an established sport commentator and interviewer, involved with The Real Fight Club, Uk number one White Collar gym, and you also run a property portfolio. It does not look like you entered promotions because you need the money. What is your purpose, then?
SPENCER FEARON: Boxing these days is stupid. People who run promotions have no real passion about the sport or knowledge of the game. I dare you to find anybody, anywhere, who is more passionate than me about this game. And I am a historian too. I can embarrass anybody when it comes to boxing history. Also, I have been making business and arranging deals since I was a little kid, with my friends. It’s only natural that I became a promoter. continue
NEW YORK, May 25th - When Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs), faces Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday, June 19th for the World Boxing Association (WBA) title during Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME® he certainly won't lack in confidence. Green, 30, from Tulsa, Okla., has won six consecutive fights thanks to power in both fists, and says he wants to send a message to everyone in the tournament, starting with Ward.
"I respect Andre as a fighter," Green said. "He's very clever with good boxing skills and I've complimented his victory over Mikkel Kessler, but it's not in his DNA to go deep in the waters and do battle like a real warrior. continue
by James Slater - Though reigning WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko insists he has not trained less than a hundred-percent for this Saturday's title defence against Polish tough guy Albert Sosnowski, we all know that in reality he would have preferred to have been fighting someone else; and we all know who that someone is.!
At Monday's press conference to talk about this coming Saturday's clash in Germany, "Dr. Iron Fist" could not help turning some of his attention towards a certain David Haye, the current WBA heavyweight ruler. continue
By Joe Hampton - Personality plays a huge part in forming our opinions of people. Certain personalities attract and others repel. For boxers actions speak louder than words, but words can still have a significant effect. David Haye (24-1) is one fighter who likes to talk outside the ring and as a consequence provides ammunition to individuals who feel he doesn’t back up his claims, sometimes known as 'haters'. The Hayemaker has come under intense scrutiny since 11th April 2010. On this date the IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3) officially called out the WBA heavyweight champ.
Only one week earlier David Haye had defeated the former two-time world champion John ‘The Quiet Man’ Ruiz via a ninth round stoppage, forcing his opponent to the canvas on four occasions. continue
by James Slater - It has been officially announced that light-welterweights Devon Alexander and Andriy Kotelnik will meet in Alexander's home town of Saint Louis on August 7th. The fight, unbeaten Alexander's first defence of his IBF and WBC titles, will go out live on HBO.
Kotelnik, the older man by nine years at age 32 and also a former holder of the WBA 140-pound title, has reportedly signed a multi-fight deal with promoter Don King, and the first bout of the deal will be the clash with the unbeaten southpaw. continue
Josh Wale believes he has the perfect make-up to win Prizefighter Super Bantamweights on Saturday May 29 – drawing on his grandad’s experience as a bare knuckle fighter.
The Barnsley fighter takes on former Commonwealth, European and British title holder Esham Pickering in the second quarter-final of Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournament at York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London. continue
By Neil Dempsey - Recent conventional wisdom tells us that Albert Sosnowski has no chance when he steps in the ring with current heavyweight kingpin and WBC title holder Vitali Klitschko this Saturday at the Veltins arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Any forum or website you read, particularly here on ESB gives Albert no chance, dismissing this as a mismatch and Albert as an unworthy challenger. Some bookmakers have Sosnowski a 10-1 outsider and Klitschko is best priced at 1-50! However does history give Albert and his legions of Polish fans reason to be optimistic?
Boxing and heavyweight boxing in particular has offered up a number of upsets over the years with Buster Douglas dethroning Tyson, Spinks beating Ali and of course British fans will never forget Lewis being knocked out by Hasim Rahman.
Klitschko will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the best heavyweights of all time and even I have written on ESB about the merits of Vitali being a top 10 heavyweight hall of famer. However all good things must come to an end so will Saturday night see Klitschko getting old overnight? continue
By Michael Prince: Ever since David Haye beat Jean-Marc Mormeck to win his Cruiserweight title, he has nurtured the skill of media-handling with great success. Following his unification win over Enzo Maccarinelli he played the media perfectly, alluring the boxing world in to believing that he could step up and be a true Heavyweight world champion. He has achieved his goal of winning a title at the higher weight, but is he a true champion in an era where we find a distinctly stagnant and not so talent-rich Heavyweight division as previous eras? Not yet, is my answer. continue
by James Slater - Back before his momentum was temporarily slowed due to his clear points loss to Kermit Cintron, light-middleweight Alfredo Angulo was being hailed in some quarters as the next star to come out of the great fighting country of Mexico. An exciting puncher who looks to destroy his opposition each and every time out, the 27-year-old known as "Perro" seemed to have it all.
Well, having bounced back quickly from the May 2009 loss to "The Killer," having his first return fight less than three months later, Angulo's momentum is once again up and running. continue
by Paul McCreath - On Saturday May 29 at the Veltins Arena in Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will once again put his title on the line, this time against challenger and former European champion Albert Sosnowski in a 12 round match. To call this a competitive bout would be stretching things a bit. Sosnowski is no bum and he has plenty of experience but there are several boxers currently available who could be expected to give Vitali a better fight. There is only one reason why Albert is getting this match. He provides the biggest financial reward for the smallest risk after Nicolay Valuev turned down $3 million for this bout. Albert has been fighting mostly in Europe since 1998 and has a big Polish following that can be expected to show up in large numbers to cheer him on. Vitali of course can draw a big crowd anywhere in Europe that he chooses to fight. A very large crowd is expected and tickets are going well. It is unlikely that any other opponent currently available and willing to face Vitali could draw the 40, 000+ fans that this fight will draw.
You have to understand that Vitali is nearing the end of a long career. He is 38 years old and turns 39 in July. He has already stated that he does not intend to fight much longer. Right now his main goal is to add to his retirement fund and Sosnowski fits the bill well for that. continue
DALLAS, TEXAS - Former two-time world boxing champion "Prince" Naseem Hamed is making an important trip to Amman, Jordan later this week to meet with a King, conduct press conferences and other events hosted by Midrar Sports of Amman. No. It's not about a comeback for the former featherweight champion who compiled a professional record of 36-1, (30 KO's), who mesmerized fans worldwide with his style and charisma. continue
May 24, 2010, Totowa, NJ - Main Events and Super Judah promotions are pleased to announce they have entered into an agreement to co-promote Brooklyn's electrifying, Zab "Super" Judah.
Judah (38-6, 26 KO’s), the former undisputed welterweight champion, former IBF and WBO junior welterweight champion will return to the ring in mid-July, when he makes his first ever appearance at Newark's Prudential Center. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 74th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Freddie Roach, Shannon Briggs, Montell Griffin, and Andy Lee) 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
- Rafael Marquez’s impressive third round victory against rival Israel Vazquez
- Yonnhy Perez retained his title with a majority draw against Abner Mares
- In a battle of former OTR guests, Ruslan Provodnikov knocked out Emanuel Augustus continue
Mark Moran returns to the ring at Prizefighter Super Bantamweights on Saturday May 29, 13 months after a vital operation saved his career. The Liverpudlian faces unbeaten Willie “Big Bang” Casey in the opening fight of Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournament and he is targeting title shot should he cap a remarkable run of events in his life.
“This is a big chance for me,” said Moran. “I've always fancied Prizefighter and a few good performances here will make up for the 13 months out. That would push me up the ratings towards a British title which is where I want to be again.. continue
by James Slater - Two of the greatest and most determined warriors ever to have come out of Mexico faced one another for the fourth and final time this past Saturday, as Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez concluded their fierce rivalry in Los Angeles. As fans know, the fourth clash was the poorest fight of the legendary series, with older man Marquez simply having way more left in the tank than the 31-year-old Vazquez (Marquez is 35 now); stopping "Magnifico" inside three-rounds. continue
Rene' P. (Charlotte, NC): In your article last Friday you touched on the fact that several sources have replaced Manny Pacquiao as P4P king, going instead with Floyd Mayweather jr. From a media standpoint, do you think the infatuation of Pacquiao is wearing off?
Vivek W. (ESB): I wouldn't view things that way. Not at all. Although I'd agree that Pacquiao is considered by most to be the 'peoples champ', it's hard not to separate the two, (Mayweather and Pacquiao), when you have one warrior with a huge heart and another one who loves the role of a villain. That being said, I don't think the shift in P4P rankings have anything to do with personal favorites, for if it did, the selection would have never changed. I simply think it has more to do with the fact that this is a "what-have-you-done-for-me-lately" type sport, and although Pacquiao has done some great things, it's just absolutely impossible to discredit what Mayweather recently accomplished, which is fresher in our minds. continue
By Joe Hampton - In the last year or so the 140 pound division has proved to be one of the deepest weight classes in boxing. WBO champ Timothy Bradley is regarded as the number one fighter due to his victories over solid contenders in Edner Cherry, Kendall Holt and Lamont Peterson. Ricky Hatton was seen as the main man until he was brutally KO‘ed by arguably the best fighter in the sport, Manny Pacquiao, over a year ago. He hasn‘t fought since, leaving ‘Desert Storm’ as the only credible claimant to the 140 pound throne. continue
Reading, PA (May 23, 2010) - Heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman moved one step closer to legitimate contention with a comprehensive domination of hard-punching trialhorse Chris Koval last night in his hometown of Reading, PA. Kauffman, now 20-1 (16 KO), stopped the 24-7 (18 KO) Koval at 1:19 of the second round to claim the vacant WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight title at the Sovereign Center. The show was promoted by King's Promotions.
Kauffman, aged 24, advanced towards the Youngstown, OH native behind a solid jab in the opening round that opened the door for hard bodywork downstairs. continue
By James Slater - Former WBA heavyweight ruler Ruslan Chagaev earned the right to fight for his old belt last night, as he won a clear and wide 12-round UD over Fiji’s Kali Meehan. The 31-year-old southpaw from Uzbekistan scored his biggest win in a long time as he returned to winning ways following his comprehensive TKO loss to Ring magazine, IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko.
Despite that fight being almost a full year ago, Chagaev, now 26-1-1(17) showed no ring-rust against the 40-year-old Meehan; winning by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-112. Meehan, who had predicted a stoppage win and tried his best to get one, is now 35-4(29) and it’s tough to see where he goes from here.
What we all want to see now is where Chagaev goes next. Sure, he earned his shot at “The Hayemaker’s” crown, and the once-beaten lefty will very much want to fight Haye as soon as he can. However, it’s never that simple in boxing. As fans know, Haye and his manager Adam Booth have been working these last few weeks at getting a fight on between Haye and the aforementioned “Dr. Steel Hammer.” With all respect to Chagaev, this fight, one the whole world wants to see, is by far the more exciting prospect. continue
(Tampa) – Former seven-time world champion and current Tampa resident Hector “Macho” Camacho will make a special announcement on House of Hitz Radio (www.ustream.tv/channel/houseofhitz-on-radio) this Monday May 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm EST. Following this special radio announcement, the former WBC Super Featherweight, WBC Lightweight, WBO and WBC Light Welterweight, WBF and IBC Welterweight, and NBA Super Middleweight Champion will celebrate his 48th birthday by hosting a special private party at the Copa Restaurant and Lounge at 4235 West Waters Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33614. continue
Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, and Hector Garcia/HG Boxing will present a sensational fight card on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the Tecate Boxing Tour Arena in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Featured fights will be televised on Televisa. In the main event scheduled for 12 rounds, Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos, 24-0 with 17 knockouts, of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico, will battle Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo, 38-7-1 with 25 knockouts, of Mexicali, B.C., Mexico, for the WBC Caribbean (CABOFE) featherweight title. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2010) – One of the greatest rivalries in the history of boxing ended at two victories apiece after Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) of Mexico City decisively stopped a bloodied Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-5, 33 KOs) of Huntington Park, Calif., by way of Mexico City, at 1:33 in the third round Saturday in the main event on SHOWTIME®.
In a battle of unbeatens in a crowd-pleasing co-feature before 9,200 at STAPLES Center, Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) ) of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., via Cartagena, Colombia, retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title with a 12-round majority draw with Abner Mares (20-0-1 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.
“It is so fitting that the amazing series between Marquez and Vazquez ends tied at two,’’ said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Both men will go down in history alongside the greatest fighters this sport has known. We are proud to have been part of this historic rivalry and to have delivered, once again, the best that boxing has to offer.. continue
By James Slater - Last night in Uncasville, Connecticut, 29-year-old Peter Manfredo Junior won the first world title of his now ten-year pro career. Grabbing the vacant IBO 160-pound title with an impressive 10th-round TKO over tough Mexican warrior Angel Hernandez, “The Pride Of Providence” improved to 35-6(19). At the end of what had been a good, fan-friendly action fight, Hernandez, the older man ate age 34, was stopped by a Manfredo onslaught at 1-minute and 19-seconds of the 10th-round - when referee Steve Smoger dived in. Hernandez, who had only been stopped once before, fell to 30-8(17). continue
With his best performance in years, former WBA heavyweight champion and currently #2 rated Ruslan Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KOs) became the mandatory challenger of WBA champion David Haye, winning a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Kali Meehan (35-4, 29 KOs). Chagaev simply outworked Meehan in a WBA eliminator Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 117-112.
After a slow first round, Chagaev pressed the action and landed some good shots in round two. He also made some nifty defensive moves causing some big misses by Meehan. continue
By Paul Strauss: Two a piece, that's the score between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vasquez. This fourth fight was preceeded with feelings similiar to the previous three. Those feelings caused queasiness in the faint of heart, and anxiety in the more stout hearted. Everyone knew a battle between these two was fraught with danger. The matchup was between two great fighters, each capable of stopping the other. Would the champion retain his title and close out the series for good? Or, would the embittered Marquez, who lost by a paper thin margin in the rubber match gain revenge and even things up?
Both fighters looked very calm, focused and determined while Showtime's ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. performed his duties. The preliminary twelve rounder between Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares gave the fans a taste of what they hoped was to come. There was lots of action in that close fight, which ended in a majority draw, but everyone knew it was "niggling" in comparison to what was to soon transpire. (Ask Carl Froch what "niggling" means.)
A prophetic conversation took place between announcers Al Bernstein, Gus Johnson and Antonio Tarver prior to the beginning of the contest. continue
Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, the British born protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier, is to be a guest on Steve Bunce’s BBC London Radio show (94.9 & DAB) this coming Thursday evening.
The appearance on The BBC London Boxing Show presented by Steve Bunce culminates an exciting couple of months for Marianne. continue
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. (May 22, 2010) – Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight Champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY and undefeated top-rated welterweight contender LUIS CARLOS “El Potro” Abregu will go mano-a-mano in a sizzling summer 12-round welterweight rumble Saturday, July 17, in The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa (32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 92270.) The co-main event will feature WBO interim junior middleweight champion ALFREDO “Perro” ANGULO against former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion JOACHIM “Ti-Joa” ALCINE. Boasting a combined record of 104-2 (68 KOs), Both fights will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.. continue
By Harold Kupell: Israel Vazquez (44-5, 32 KO's) looked totally shot tonight in getting torn apart by Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KO's) and stopped in the 3rd round of a one-sided fight at the Staples Center. Vazquez, moving slow from the outset, was badly cut over his left eye in the opening round from hard right hands from Marquez. With blood dripping in his eyes, Vazquez had a hard time picking up the fast shots from Marquez and found himself eating a lot of leather. In the 3rd round, Vazquez was cut over his right eye from a clash of heads. Now fighting with blood dripping into both eyes, Vazquez was nearly defenseless as Marquez teed off and sought to put an end to the fight. Thankfully, referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in and halted the slaughter at 1:33 of the round before Vazquez could get badly hurt.
Vazquez never stood much of a chance in this fight, as he was eating hard shots in both the 1st and 2nd rounds, losing both of them. In the 3rd, Vazquez's face was covered with blood and he was almost entirely ineffective against the more able-bodied Marquez. Although Marquez was technically the older fighter at 35 compared to the 32-year-old Vazquez, he sure looked a lot younger tonight.Hopefully, Vazquez hangs up his gloves for good. continue
by James Slater - Though neither guy is what you could really call a household name, lightweights Ji Hoon Kim and Ameth Diaz headlined last night's Friday Night Fights on ESPN, and the two 135-pounders put on a short and sweet, not to mention highly exciting scrap while doing so.
South Korea's Kim improved to 21-5(18) as he decked Panama's Diaz with a big right hand to the head in the closing seconds of the opening round of the fight billed as an IBF lightweight title eliminator. The shot hit 26-year-old Diaz flush and he went down hard. Though he bravely beat the count, the man known as "Cloroformo" was deemed to be in no condition to fight on by referee Robert Gonzalez and the fight was stopped at 2-minutes and 59-seconds of the round. Diaz fell to 27-10(19). continue
by James Slater - Former WBO heavyweight ruler Shannon Briggs won in predictably quick fashion last night in New York, as he stopped Dominique Alexander inside a round. Actually, though many expected "The Cannon" to get the job done fast against the 19-9-1(9) 27-year-old from Kansas, Briggs took care of business even quicker than he himself thought he would do beforehand.
The 38-year-old, who weighed-in at 258-pounds, whacked the younger man with two left hands to the body, dropping Alexander with barely seconds gone. The stricken fighter beat the count, but he was deemed unable to continue by referee Shada Murdaugh, who called an end to the fight. The official time was just 20-seconds of round-one! Briggs is now 50-5-1(44). continue
By Vivek Wallace - Saturday night, heavyweight contender Travis Kauffman returns to the ring in Reading, Pennsylvania, against veteran Chris Koval. The young heavyweight prospect sat down recently and spoke to Eastside Boxing about his pending showdown, as well as the heavyweight division. Here's what he had to say:
VW: With fight night only a few days away, how did everything in training camp go?
TK: Training has been great. Been kickin' ass in the gym....you know....everything is just going great. I'm just ready for the fight.
VW: Last time out you faced, Mike Miller. Interesting fight.....wicked shot to the body in the 6th round, in particular. But, how would you rate your performance in that particular fight?continue
by Charles C. White - How are you doing today David?
DR: I'm doing great. I feel healthy, strong, and about to go on a long run..
CW: You are an undefeated, big heavyweight at 6'4'' to-6'5'' and roughly 240-250 lbs with a record of 33-0 with 31 knockouts. Tell the readers a bit about your style of fighting.
DR: I'm deceivingly fast for my size and very coordinated. I would consider myself a boxer/puncher and power in both hands. I'm very explosive and not at all afraid to mix it up with the best of them.. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - I'd like to invite you all to add me as a friend on my new MySpace account (www.myspace.com/ coachtimwalker). It would be appreciated as I currently have no friends, LOL.
On to business. If you follow boxing at all, then you know his name, Timothy Bradley (25-0-0 KOs 11), the current WBO light welterweight world champion. To say he is talented, slick and full of heart is an understatement. continue
by Jenna J - On the Ropes Boxing Radio Episode 73 featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who is currently in training with Miguel Cotto for his upcoming junior middleweight title bout against undefeated Yuri Foremen. Towards the end of the interview, thanks to Emanuel Steward, fans were treated with a surprise cameo appearance from Cotto himself. This allowed for some special insight from Miguel pertaining to his upcoming June 5 clash with Foreman at Yankees Stadium. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Jenna J: Hey Miguel, this is Jenna J from On the Ropes. How are you doing today?
Miguel Cotto: Doing very very good, just handling the training and having fun with it.
JJ: How have your preparations been going with Manny Steward for your fight with Yuri Foreman?
MC: We have been training good, you know. We trained for a lot of things to make them good. We’re training to do good in the fight. continue
By Ziggy Shah - Now that the sand has settled and both fighters are once again on social terms, questions in the US will surely be asked about Amir Khan’s latest performance against the Magic Man, Paulie Malignaggi. Is Khan as good as what many pundits said or was it just the British once again beefing up a mediocre boxer? But following his superb American debut at the Garden against the slick New Yorker, there can surely only be one conclusion.
Obviously ‘King’ Khan has a long way to go before he can rank himself as a true great, but following his ‘systematically beating’ of the Magic Man, the foundations seem to be set for him to reach that height. continue
Rafael Marquez (left) and Israel Vazquez square off after making the weight Friday for their eagerly anticipated 12-round fight tomorrow/Saturday in the main event for "Once And Four All'' at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on SHOWTIME®. Both fighters weighed 125 1/2 pounds. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who is currently training Miguel Cotto for his June 5 fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Yuri Foreman. Steward is also currently working with unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and middleweight contender Andy Lee, who scored a second round technical knockout against Mamadou Thiam last weekend. Here is what Emanuel had to say on a variety of subjects:
On how long before he believes Andy Lee will be ready to face an elite level middleweight:
“Believe it or not I have a meeting this week with someone actually related to Pound for Pound fights, so maybe within the next six months—a world title fight. He’s ready for a title fight it’s just that it’s been so hard to get a major fight with anybody. Even the fight with (Brian) Vera, it was a very tough fight. A good fight, he was ahead on the points, scored a knockdown, and just went all out trying to finish the guy got exhausted himself. So it wasn’t like he was dominated or beaten up soundly or whatever. It was a good fight and it’s been very difficult to get quality fights, to be honest with you, in the whole middleweight division today. It’s very bad. It’s probably about the least attractive of all the major divisions right now. (Kelly) Pavlik is gone, (Arthur) Abraham is gone, and we got a new champion and I don’t know what he’s going to do—whether (Sergio) Martinez is going to stay at middleweight or junior middleweight. He might fight as a junior middleweight because that’s where it seems the money is with the junior middleweights and the welterweights. In this division I told him (Lee) he could possibly be a star if he could get a title fight.. continue
by James Slater - Though there was talk a short while ago that Tomasz Adamek's next fight would be for a version of the world heavyweight title, it seems the former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight titlist will instead continue adapting to his new weight class. With all three heavyweight champions busy - Vitali Klitschko with Albert Sosnowski, and Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye still trying to thrash out a deal - Polish warrior Adamek will look to take at least one more fight at heavyweight before his eventual title shot. continue
By Neil Dennis -No one can argue that Rob Calloway hasn’t put his heart into the ring. With a total of 87 fights to his professional record, “The All-American Prizefighter” from St. Joseph, Missouri has fought and fought often. Although he considers himself a cruiserweight, he has fought just as often at heavyweight. What’s more, those men he fought were hardly what they call “tomato cans”. From Hasim Rahman to Otis Tisdale to Ruslan Chagaev, Calloway has made a name for himself as a fighter that doesn’t back down, win or lose. His latest fight is no different. On May 28th, Calloway plans to square off with former WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs at the Norfolk Scope in the second installment of the ICB Knockout Series. As with every fight, he plans to put it all on the line. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Within the last 48hrs, a Filipino news source, the Manilla Bulletin, broke a story informing the world that Manny Pacquiao has in fact agreed to Team Mayweather's 14-day proposition for steroid testing demands. This news was met with great adulation, as the only thing more anticipated than this decision itself is the fight itself.
Speculation has grown relative to why Pacquiao finally decided to shift in his testing position ever since. One theory says Team Pacquiao needs leverage for the pending lawsuit - knowing that another decline of the test could result in a perceived 'closet' admission of guilt. Another theory says that Pacquiao has finally conceded to Team Mayweather, taking into account Mayweather's victory over Shane Mosley, combined with solid PPV#'s which have routinely outnumbered his very own. A third and more likely theory shines with a hint of truth, bringing into play the fact that the mega-money Pacquiao pulled from his own pockets to help fund what turned out to be a successful campaign for a congressional seat in a local district in his country now needs to be replaced. Few legal options on the planet allow one to earn a minimal $40M for 36 minutes of hard labor, which makes this choice an easy choice to make. continue
By Eugene Carnachan: New Zealand heavyweight Shane Cameron (24 -2) is looking to drop around 37 pounds to fight at Cruiserweight. Something I suggested he do prior to his fight with fellow New Zealand heavyweight David Tua; a first round knock out loss.
Cameron at six feet tall and weighing 237 pounds is to small and not heavy handed enough in an era of heavies mostly dominated by Eastern European behemoths. continue
by James Slater - Shortly after winning the European lightweight title, a victory that came a few days before the even more recent Michael Katsidis-Kevin Mitchell clash, unbeaten Manchester warrior John Murray was busy calling out the May 15th winner. And now, despite having seen what the destructive Katsidis did to Mitchell, in stopping him inside three-rounds, the 25-year-old who also holds the British lightweight title has not changed his mind one bit about getting it on with the Australian. continue
Going/Austria (May 19, 2010) – Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 37 KOs), of Kiev (Ukraine) and Hamburg (Germany), participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Austria. He discussed his upcoming WBC heavyweight title defense against former European Champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), of Warsaw (Poland) and Brentwood (UK). The eagerly anticipated heavyweight championship will take place on Saturday, May 29, at VELTINS-Arena Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Tickets, starting at € 20, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805-57 00 70.
The fight presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. continue
by James Slater - A short time ago in Parramatta, Australia, 34-year-old Vic Darchinyan won a commanding 12-round unanimous decision over tough and durable Filipino Eric Barcelona. The Armenian-born southpaw dropped Barcelona three times en-route to his clear, 120-103, 118-105,116-108 points victory.
Now 35-2-1(27), "Raging Bull" Darchinyan also picked up the vacant IBO bantamweight belt. 28-year-old Barcelona, who retained his reputation as a fighter who is both as tough as they come and who has never been stopped, fell to 51-18-4(19). continue
by James Slater - It's the super-fight the entire boxing world wants to see, and it seems Manny Pacquiao is willing to make a compromise in order to give the fans the mega-bout with Floyd Mayweather Junior. As has been reported today by a number of publications - The Manila Bulletin and The Philippine Star for two - the pound-for-pound king has verbally agreed to take the blood tests Mayweather has demanded, up to 14 days before the fight.
According to Manny's comments, as taken by Philip Ella Juico, he will never agree to be tested on fight day, and he will not agree to give what he considers to be too great an amount of blood. continue
By Matt McGrain: The noise in the wake of the third Vasquez-Marquez war, the best fight I’ve ever seen in colour, was deafening, but if you listened closely, you heard a murmur of discontent. The word was that the two men felt that what they were losing, what each man was taking away from the other in that ring, made the price they were paying to high, that a fourth fight would not be possible. Both men took a deserved and lengthy period of rest and recovery, including surgery for Vasquez, before embarking on an almost furtive comeback. Rafael Marquez was first, though not in time to save his p4p Ring ranking which was stripped from him for inactivity. Nevertheless, after 14 months out of the ring, he was back, albeit at 126lbs, the super-bantamweight division left behind in a bid to spare his body that particular rigour. I, we all, I’m sure, watched for signs of the expected rust, and certainly they were there for all to see, his timing out, his accuracy seemingly betraying him, Marquez looked every inch the hurt fighter he may very well be. Fighting in Mexico for the first time since 2001, he probably knew it. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - The career of a professional boxer is very much like that of a professional gambler. When you’re up one door after another opens for you but when you’re down a lot of doors get slammed in your face. After what happened on April 24th at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KO's) may be finding himself on the wrong side of the door!
The stage was set for Arreola to announce to the rest of the field that this was going to be his year but instead he helped legitimize the heavyweight aspirations of former light heavy and cruiserweight champion, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs. continue
NABF heavyweight champion Johnathon Banks makes his first title defense May 29 on the “Fists Of Steel” pay-per-view event, featuring WBC heavyweight title holder Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko against challenger Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski, live from the 61,000-seat Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Detroit punisher Banks (24-1, 17 KOs), ranked # 7 in the world by the WBC and #9 by the IBF, takes on veteran Jason “The Sensation” Gavern, rated in the top 15 of the WBC, in the 12-round co-feature. continue
by Mark Wilson Smith - We are only half way through the year and already there has been plenty of activity for British boxing fans to mull over. This is down to the fact that over a very busy six-week period we saw most of our leading stars involved in high profile bouts. With some heartache but mostly good results, we look back over the fights that have made for such a fascinating time.
Going back to April 3rd, which was the start of our busy period, we saw David Haye outclass John Ruiz. A Haye victory was always going to be a safe bet, but it was his tactics on the night that impressed me.
There are still question marks over Haye’s stamina, and he knew that going in there and trying to blast out Ruiz would have been energy sapping and unwise, given that Ruiz had only been stopped once in his career. continue
by James Slater - One of the most exciting fighters in the sport today, along with being one of the game's purest punchers, Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel Lopez returns to action in his homeland on July 10th. The undefeated 26-year-old southpaw wrecking machine will make the first defence of his WBO featherweight title, against young, ambitious and capable Filipino Bernabe Concepcion.
An interesting, if not huge fight, the July battle will see "Juanma" attempt to become the first man to stop the 22-year-old with the good, 28-3-1(15) pro ledger. continue
MARTIN LINDSAY is just one win away from a shot at IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. The British champion has been matched in an IBF eliminator against Australian Billy Dib with the winner guaranteed to become mandatory contender for the Mexican’s title. Undefeated Lindsay has accepted the governing body’s offer and if Dib turns down the clash, the Belfast man will be matched with the next available contender. Lindsay’s promoter Frank Maloney said: “It is great news for Martin and realistically he could become world champion by early next year. continue
by James Slater - 27-year-old Johnathon Banks of Detroit continues his heavyweight progress on May 29th, when he will face the tough and aggressive Jason Gavern on the Klitschko-Sosnowski card in Germany. Set to defend the NABF belt he won in fine style against Travis Walker back in March, Banks, 24-1(17) overall and 4-0(3) as a heavyweight, says he is ready for a tough fight with the 33-year-old Gavern, 19-7-3(8).
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me yesterday evening (UK time), Banks had the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me again, Johnathon.
Johnathon Banks: Talking to Eastside Boxing, the pleasure is mine. continue
by James Slater - It's sure been a frustrating time for reigning WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley over the past few months. First, he couldn't find any-one at all to face him, then, having seemingly secured a fight with the unbeaten Argentine Luis Carlos Abregu, Bradley saw that fight go out of the window as a far more exciting-looking fight with the big-punching Marcos Maidana came up to replace it. Then, Bradley saw this fight fall apart, too; due to a back injury Maidana (also of Argentina) suffered. continue
NEW YORK (May 19, 2010) -- Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion and future rabbi YURI FOREMAN will serve as a Grand Marshall of the 2010 annual Salute to Israel Parade, the world’s largest public gathering in celebration of Israel, celebrating the 62nd anniversary of Israel with a spectacular parade featuring song, dance, floats and props. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 18, 2010) -- Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez, Two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez and top-rated contender Abner Mares participated at a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym in Hollywood, Calif.
Vazquez and Marquez will collide for a fourth time in the main event on "Once And Four All'' this Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME®. Vazquez leads the epic series, 2-1.
In a battle of unbeatens in the co-feature on an excellent fight card, Mares will challenge defending champion Yonnhy Perez for the IBF Bantamweight World Title. Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, are available at STAPLES Center Box Office, online at Ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.
The doubleheader, which is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Espinoza Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, will air live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
A hand injury has forced Wayne McCullough to withdraw from Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday May 29.
Former WBC world champion McCullough had been training hard to make his comeback in Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournament but the 39 year-old has been advised that he will be unable to fight for at least two months. continue
Orange, CA – May 20) Undefeated WBC #2 ranked Juan Carlos Burgos has set up training camp in the Jalisco capital of Guadalajara, Mexico, as he prepares for his duel with experienced Ricardo Castillo on May 29th on “Road to the Title” an event promoted by HG Boxing in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions.
Burgos (24-0, 17 KO´s), will risk his high WBC ranking in the featherweight division against Ricardo Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs), a man that has had almost fifty fights and has twice challenged for a world title. continue
GM Ross - There were two professional boxing shows staged in Canada over the weekend. In Brampton, Ontario, United Promotions brought together Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) bantamweight champion Andrew Singh Kooner of Mississauga and Jose Silveira of Merida, Mexico, in a ten round showdown for the NABA bantamweight title. I had the pleasure of attending this event, witnessing some excellent displays of boxing skill, determination and crowd appeal. Upon entering the Brampton Powerade Centre, the overwhelming support for Kooner was immediately apparent as dozens of fans strode by adorned in black and orange “Team Kooner” shirts. Silveira came to the ring first and was showered with hostility by the vocal, pro-Kooner crowd.
Nonetheless, the foreigner was very respectful, acknowledging the audience by bowing to all four sides of the ring. Then, amidst the banging of drums and deafening adulation of his admirers, Andrew Singh Kooner made his way to the ring. As the announcer attempted to read out the names and records of the participants, he was drowned out by chants of “Andy! Andy! Andy!” The first round was close, with neither fighter showing a clear cut advantage. continue
Uncasville, CT, (May 20, 2010) Angel “Toro” Hernandez is shown arriving at the Mohegan Sun two days ahead of his Saturday showdown against Peter “The Pride of Providence’ Manfredo for the vacant IBO Middleweight Title. “They picked the wrong guy, they think I’m old and slow, but they got it wrong. I trained properly for this fight, not just to lose weight like in the past, I'm here to beat Manfredo on Saturday night” said the native Chicagoan. The Hernandez/Manfredo bout headlines an action packed ten bout HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS card presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. continue
by James Slater - Hasim "The Rock" Rahman, the 37-year-old former two-time heavyweight ruler, will continue his latest comeback next month, when he will face Troy, New York's Shannon Miller in Niagara Falls on June 19th. The fight is scheduled, perhaps a little optimistically, for ten-rounds, but Rahman will be looking to get his second stoppage win since returning to the ring after his December 2008 loss to Wladimir Klitschko. 36-year-old Miller, 16-4(9) may be a tough and game guy, but Rahman has a real shot at getting a quick KO. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- As always, this week's 73rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Emanuel Steward and Ruslan Provodnikov) 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
- Amir Khan’s impressive eleventh round stoppage victory against Paulie Malignaggi
- A possible showdown between Amir Khan and Michael Katsidis. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –MAY 19, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today reigning WBC / WBO middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th. “Sergio Martinez is a charismatic, exciting fighter who really has boxing fans buzzing,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We’re looking forward to welcoming him to Canastota for the first time.. continue
Super Channel, Canada’s only national pay television network is pleased to announce it will air Troy Ross vs. Steve “USS” Cunningham LIVE in vivid HD Saturday, June 5 at 1 p.m. ET.
Canada's Ross (23-1, 16 KOs), a two-time Olympian, best known for winning the 2009 edition of "The Contender" reality series, takes on former Cruiserweight World Champion Steve “USS” Cunningham direct from Neubrandenburg, Germany. continue
Leo C. (Bronx, NYC): What were your thoughts about Amir Khan's victory and where do you think it places him among the bigger names in the jr. welterweight division?
Vivek W. (ESB): The last time Amir and I crossed paths I told him that he "has the talent to go as far as he wants, it's simply a matter of his level of dedication and how he applies it". At the time it seemed like the right thing to say, and seeing him last Saturday night tells me that I couldn't have been any more accurate, as I firmly believe this kid has all the tools necessary to rise to the top. Unfortunately, he wasn't tested too much in the Malignaggi fight, so we still haven't had the 'chinny' question answered. But that being said, he has not only shown great resolve in bouncing back since his KO loss a few fights ago, but he has also shown vast improvement along the way.
As far as how Khan stacks up against the division's elite, I think things get a bit more complex when you make that the focal point. continue
PAWTUCKET, RI (May 17, 2010) Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. has wrapped up his training camp in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and is headed to the Mohegan Sun for his showdown with Chicago’s Angel “Toro” Hernandez this Saturday night, May 22nd. “It’s been a great camp; I’ve put in the all the work and I’m right where I need to be on weight. Angel is a very tough fighter who’s faced some outstanding guys in his career and weathered their storms. I need to be smart, I’m in terrific shape and ready to go to battle” said Manfredo Jr. Looking at his record, I have to be ready for a twelve round bout and I am. The fans are in for a great fight, styles make fights and this one has war written all over it.. continue
by James Slater - As is the case with his stablemate and frequent sparring partner Manny Pacquiao, practically every fighter at or around Amir Khan's weight class wants to fight Khan as soon as is possible. The 23-year-old, who retained his WBA 140-pound title in impressive fashion against Paulie Malignaggi at the weekend, must now decide which of the fighters calling out for a piece of him he will actually face next.
Post-fight on Saturday, Khan told Max Kellerman he would be happy to face WBA interim champ at 140, Marcos Maidana next; and that would be some hot fight. However, the situation with the big-punching Argentine's back injury (which twice forced him to pull out of a summer date with WBO 140-pound ruler Timothy Bradley) is not clear, and we don't know if the 27-year-old will be in shape to face Khan next. continue
by John Wight: Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I saw I different fight to the one that’s been reported by every boxing pundit, commentator and writer thus far. Maybe my eyesight is on the wane. Maybe my judgment just stinks.
Regardless, I have to say it how I saw it; which means to say that I was left unimpressed by Amir Khan’s victory over Paulie Malignaggi on Saturday night in New York.
Before I go on, I should stress that I’ve long been an admirer of Amir Khan and have followed his progress avidly. A quick check back through some of my previous articles on the young man from Bolton proves this is so. I also know and admire Freddie Roach, have done for 15 years, which means I have no axe of any kind to grind with either. On the contrary, I wish the two of them continued success for many years to come. continue
Hollywood, Florida – May 18, 2010. - Undefeated Junior Welterweight sensation Danny O’Connor has been added to the “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday night May 22, 2010. O’Connor (11-0, 3 KO’s), from Framingham, MA, puts his undefeated record on the line when he takes on his toughest opponent to date in slick southpaw veteran Broderick Antoine (10-9-1, 5 KO’s) in a special attraction. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - They don't come around very often. The rarest of fights, that is. Pitting two boxers of historical significance against each other. If we're blessed, we'll see a couple of them in our lifetime. That extraordinarily, elusive fight when two of history's best boxers reach the pinnacle of their talent, at the same time. It is, however, much more than converging upon an apex. One must also consider their weight classes as well. If they are not in the same weight class, then irrevocably, one would have to ascend weight, thereby reducing his skill, or the other will descend, ultimately doing the same. This unfortunate setting is almost certain not to exhibit both fighters at their optimum, which inadvertently diminishes the fight's potential, however unintentional.
This is not a conversation referencing really good boxers. The class of boxer who would participate in rare fight is exceptional. Prodigious. For lack of a more descriptive term, special. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - May 17, 2010 - There are all types of fighters in boxing and just as many kinds of fans. Some go for the big time sluggers; guys like Mike Tyson, Tommy Hearns, Manny Pacquiao, Arthur Abraham and Marcos Maidana to name a few. We’re talking about guys who come to utterly destroy their opponents. Their fights are exciting and wildly entertaining.
Big time brawls, like Irish Mickey Ward vs. Arturo Gatti, Barrera vs. Morales, Vazquez vs. Marquez—will live forever in boxing history. Watching Ali pick apart his brawling opponents with fine boxing skill, mobility and psychological warfare…it’s an amazing thing to watch.
And there’s the fan that, above all else, prizes “boxing” for what it actually means; the fine art of self defense. To hit without being hit. To out maneuver and control an opponent with tenacious guile, savvy and ring generalship; all while popping the jab, scoring points and while making opponents miss and look the fool. Guys like Sweet Pea Whitaker, Winky Wright, Roy Jones Jr. and Floyd Mayweather Jr. come to mind. continue
The full card is taking shape for the "Capitale Punishment" boxing event being hosted by The Empire Sports and Entertainment at Capitale New York in Manhattan this Friday, May 21. The main event will feature comebacking former linear and WBO Heavyweight Champion Shannon Briggs taking on Kansas veteran Dominique Alexander. Once beaten heavyweight contender Bowie Tupou has joined the cast of supporting players. He will take on Paterson, New Jersey's Alexis Mejias in a six-round bout. Also making an appearance is promising New York lightweight Michael "Baby Face" Faragon, as well as former Golden Gloves champ "Irish Seanie" Monaghan, who is making his pro debut. continue
Montreal, Monday May 17th 2010 – With under 2 weeks to go before their eagerly anticipated May 28th showdown at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City, Eric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KO) and Librado Andrade (28-3-0, 21 KO) are adding the finishing touches to their training before settling their differences in the ring. InterBox has scheduled a full week of activities in Quebec City for the week of the boxing Gala. Lucas and Andrade will participate in a public training session on Tuesday, May 25th from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Place Laurier Mall in Quebec City. Quebec boxers Pier-Olivier Cote, Mikael Zewski and Eric Martel-Bahoeli are also scheduled to participate. continue
by Paul Strauss: All too often, when a young fighter beats an older fighter, he is denied proper credit. Many times his accomplishment is downplayed with claims the opponent got old right before our eyes. Mayweather's victory over Mosley was an example. Last night's matchup between Paulie Malignaggi and Amir Khan stimulated the same kind of discussion, because The Magic Man" Malignaggi was so soundly beaten.
The "old before our eyes" description seems more valid with the 38 year old Sugar Shane Mosley, because in addition to his age, he has been in numerous tough fights. With the 29 year old Paulie, it doesn't seem to apply as easily, because he has always been considered the masterful defensive boxer, and with the exceptions of his fights with Cotto and Hatton, no one else has really "busted him up".
Of course everyone is different, and Malignaggi just must not age as well as others. For one thing he has fewer weapons upon which to rely. Although he has always been a great defensive boxer, it hasn't be due to his technique or punching power. Those are attrubutes he doesn't possess. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten heavyweight hope Tyson Fury, who picked up a controversial points win over John McDermott last September, should have faced "Big Bad John" in a second fight by now. However, due to postponements caused by various things, the anticipated return has still to take place. The most recent date for the rematch of one of Britain's most controversial fights of 2009 was this coming Saturday, with the bout to be held in Manchester. Instead, yet another postponement occurred and the fight was scratched again. continue
by James Slater - 25-year-old Kevin Mitchell, who was stopped inside three disappointing rounds by Michael Katsidis on Saturday night (three disappointing rounds for him, three great rounds for Katsidis and his fans!), has at least partially blamed the loss on poor preparation. Though Mitchell also added that he "takes nothing away from Katsidis", saying the Australian warrior, "won fair and square," the Dagenham man claims a less than stellar training camp had a lot to do with him suffering his first pro loss.
Speaking with Guardian.co.uk, Mitchell explained how he had been living at his mother's house, which in hindsight was far from ideal, and that he was tired after just a few rounds of sparring five weeks back. continue
by James Slater - Both Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell, two proud warriors who have given us some great fights in their time, suffered heavy defeats last night in New York. Malignaggi, as has been well documented already, was stopped in the 11th-round of a largely one-sided fight with WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan, while Campbell, on the night's co-feature at Madison Square Garden, lost a virtual shutout on the cards in his ten-rounder with Victor Ortiz.
What now for both former champions?
Though he is still relatively young at age 29, Malignaggi, as was discussed post-fight last night, may no longer have the legs he once had. And, while his chin is still sound (as he proved against Khan, taking some hard and stiff left jabs and right hands to the head), Malignaggi, in having lost a step or two, will likely face an uphill battle if he is to box on in world class. No, Malignaggi isn't a shot fighter, but the beatings have been adding up just recently. continue
Wayne McCullough says he will show that he is far from finished when he lines up for the Prizefighter Super Bantamweights on May 29.
The former WBC World Champion makes his return to the ring in the latest of Barry Hearn’s Prizefighter series at Bethnal Green’s York Hall after a two year absence from competitive action. The 39 year-old is the stand out name in the line-up, and insists that he will show that he can still compete at the highest level. continue
by James Slater - 23-year-old Amir Khan, in making his U.S debut whilst making the second defence of his WBA 140-pound title, looked quite sensational last night at Madison Square Garden; proving to be too fast, too sharp and too powerful for a game Paulie Malignaggi. Khan, who finally persuaded referee Steve Smoger to rescue "The Magic Man" at the one-minute, 25-second mark of the 11th-round, displayed a very impressive left jab, a good defence and, as always, blurring hand speed.
Malignaggi, now 29 - and as he said post-fight perhaps becoming "old" - gave it a go and had some success early on, but he was a step behind Khan pretty much all night, taking some heavy shots that only his great chin allowed him to take. The Bolton man's left jab in particular, snapped the New Yorker's head back violently on a number of occasions. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in the main event at Upton Park in London, Australian tough guy and defending WBO interim lightweight ruler Michael Katsidis proved to be way too good and powerful for the unbeaten Kevin Mitchell of Dagenham. The 29-year-old scored a 3rd-round TKO, after having badly hurt the 25-year-old challenger on at least two occasions with left hooks to the head.
Seeing Mitchell was in bad shape, referee Dave Parris dived in at the one-minute and 57-second mark of the 3rd, as Mitchell was on the ropes taking heavy shots upstairs. Katsidis, known as "The Great" is now 27-2(22). Mitchell, who was riding a superb win streak, lost for the first time as a pro in falling to 31-1(23).
Both men had a good look at each other in the 1st-round, standing almost static in ring centre in the early going. Mitchell was throwing and landing some nice, crisp left jabs, while on two occasions - once early in the session, the other at the end of the round - Katsidis burst into life and showed how dangerous he is. It was a close round, but the challenger shaded it for me. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - I didn't pick WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan to beat Paul Malignaggi. I thought Malignaggi would fight better, differently and possibly more adept. I felt Khan, though talented, had not proven himself against the upper level fighters. I thought the experience of Malignaggi, coupled with a return to his speed and slickness, would serve him better. Plainly stated, Amir Khan is a much better boxer than I gave him credit for being.
Tonight we were treated to the rise of a new star. Over 11 rounds, minus a few bright spots here and there for Paulie, Khan dictated the pace and controlled this fight. His jab was faster. continue
by James Slater - Tonight, in the televised opener of Frank Warren's big show at West Ham United football ground in London, unbeaten 26-year-old heavyweight hope Derek Chisora utterly annihilated what was left of 36-year-old Danny Williams, taking "The Brixton Bomber's" belt inside two one-sided rounds.
Appearing to have nothing left, punch resistance especially, Williams was put down twice in the 2nd-round, the second knockdown prompting referee Howard Foster to call the stoppage. The official time was one-minute and 41-seconds of the round. Chisora, nicknamed "Del Boy," is now 13-0(8). Williams, who said beforehand how he would retire whether he won or lost, fell to 41-9(31). continue
Wales has been selected to host this year’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Night of Champions, a Gala Awards event held every four years at which the global boxing community unites to celebrate and acknowledge lifetime achievements, unsung heroes, and boxing’s contribution to developing youth and the wider community. This year, over 100 current and ex-champions are expected to visit Cardiff for the three-day international boxing festival, making it the greatest gathering of champions in history. Already confirmed are such names as David Haye, Joe Frazier, Eric Morales, Roberto Duran, Hector “Macho” Camacho, Leon Spinks, Ernie Shavers, and Tim Witherspoon. The core of the three-day Festival comprises:
--- The World Premiere of the Welsh-made film “Risen” -- about the life of World and Welsh boxing legend, Howard Winstone – the inspiring story of the Merthyr man who overcame the odds to win a World Boxing Championship
--- An official pre-Olympic tournament, “Team GB versus the Rest of the World,” featuring GB’s best amateurs against the top-flight international competition.
--- The WBC’s Night of Champions Gala Awards Dinner
All these events will be held at the Cardiff International Arena, and tickets are now on sale. Details on each element of the Festival can be found online at www.wbcnightofchampions.com. continue
Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez and top-rated contender Abner Mares served up a heapful of smiles and more during a free public autograph session at the famous Tacos Tombras A Tacos inside the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on Monday.
In an eagerly awaited matchup, Vazquez will meet arch-rival and two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez in the main event on "Once And Four All'' this Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME®. In a battle of unbeatens, Mares will challenge defending champion Yonnhy Perez for the IBF Bantamweight World Title in the semi-main. continue
Rudy Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) celebrated a successful ring return on Saturday night in Herning when he stopped Christophe Karagoz in the sixth round of the newly-created TV 2 Fight Night series. The “Hardhitter” was off to a flying start, knocking his opponent down in the first round with a body shot. He was in control throughout, cleverly firing in power punches to body and head. In the sixth, he dusted his opponent with a right and then again with a one-two combination. When Karagoz was in trouble again, the referee waved the bout off. “It is great to be back,” Markussen said. “I had a lot to prove and I am very happy about the outcome. It felt great to be boxing again.” Promoter Nisse Sauerland congratulated Markussen on a strong performance. He said: “Rudy did very well in his comeback. There was a lot of pressure on him but he dealt with it very well and left Karagoz without a chance. We have big plans for him in the next couple of months.. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CALIF. (May 14, 2010) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight Champ Sergiy Dzinziruk made the fifth defense of his title look easy with a dominating 10th round TKO of previously once-beaten challenger Daniel Dawson in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday night on SHOWTIME from the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Unbeaten prospect Vernon Paris narrowly defeated the tough Juan Santiago in Friday’s co-feature with an eight-round split decision victory, scored 77-74 Santiago, 76-75 Paris, twice.
Dzinziruk, a superstar in Europe, was more than impressive in his U.S. debut, dominating the fight from the opening bell with his relentless jab. Dzinziruk (36-0, 24 KOs), of Hamburg, Germany, fought safely in the opening rounds and established the jab before becoming more aggressive and punishing against the outmatched, Australian-born Dawson (34-2, 24 KOs. continue
Esham Pickering claims that his best days in Boxing are yet to come and that will start with victory in Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights. Pickering is part of Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one night tournaments which takes place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, East London on Saturday May 29. The Nottinghamshire man has held European, British and Commonwealth belts but at 33 years-old he says that winning Prizefighter will help him claim more titles. continue
Gary McArthur’s Scottish title challenge has been cancelled – due to the threat of industrial action by Glasgow Culture & Sport employees. Clydebank Blitz McArthur was due face champ Stuart Green of Glenrothes for the Scottish light-welterweight title at Scotstoun Sports Campus on Friday, May 28. But the show has now been called off as employees of Culture & Sport, which operates Scotstoun Sports Campus, are planning to strike that day over pay and conditions. continue
Tonight at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, Golden Boy Promotions and Star Boxing presented action packed six bout card, featuring some of the hottest prospects in boxing. The card, which was the tenth installment of the popular "Punchin at the Paradise" fight series, was headlined by highly regarded lightweight prospect, Adrien "The Problem" Broner taking on Rafael Lora.
Broner wasted no time in showing why he is one of the hottest up and coming prospects in all of boxing, as he began firing crisp combinations at Lora. Broner showed he has good power in both hands as he scored with vicious shots throughout the first round. Just as the first round was coming to a close, Broner landed a beautiful right, left combination that sent Lora down hard. The bell sounded to end the round but Lora rose on very shaky legs. The referee took a hard look at Lora, but it was obvious he was in no condition to continue and waved the contest off. It was a very impressive showing for Broner, who improved his stellar record to 15-0, 12KO's. With the loss Lora dropped to 11-3, 5KO's. continue
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (14-0-1, 6 KO’s) will be making his first ring appearance since the tragic death of Francisco Rodriguez in his last fight. In that fight which took place on November 20th, Kennedy and Rodriguez fought a classic back and forth brawl with thrilled the fans at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Kennedy finally stopped Rodriguez in round ten and just days after, Rodriguez unfortunately passed away due to injuries in that “Fight of the Year” candidate. continue
Middleweight contender Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) has decided to remain with Universum Box-Promotion. Khoren Gevor: „I still have a lot of plans and am convinced that there is no better promoter with which to reach my goals. Universum has always been a fair and dependable partner for me and has kept always to our agreements. I’m glad that we can go on together.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Ronnie Shields, who currently works with junior middleweight Kermit Cintron and heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek. Adamek recently scored an impressive victory against Chris Arreola. Meanwhile, Cintron found himself on the losing end of a technical decision against Paul Williams in a bout that ended prematurely when Cintron fell through the ropes following a trip and was deemed unable to continue. Here is what Ronnie had to say on these recent events and more:
His views on the fight between Kermit Cintron and Paul Williams:
“Well, I saw Kermit Cintron winning the fight. That’s the number one thing and number two, all of a sudden I see him falling out of the ring. Then mayhem happened after that, but just looking at the fight, it seemed like to me that Paul Williams was afraid to engage with Kermit early on. Usually Paul Williams is one of these guys that come out blazing. continue
by James Slater - An exciting British title fight took place last night in Essex, that will unfortunately be best remembered for the controversial official scoring that was handed in after 12 completed rounds. Mongolian-born southpaw Shinny Bayaar, the defending 32-year-old British 112-pound champion who now lives in Oldham, Lancashire, retained his belt against 22-year-old Ashley Sexton of Hertfordshire. After 12 eventful rounds the result was a draw that many people felt should have been a win for the older man. continue
Bronx, NY (May 15, 2010)- Maureen Shea made a successful return to her hometown of the Bronx with a dominant third-round TKO victory over Norma Faris of Puerto Rico at the Paradise Theater. The bout was televised by Telefutura as part of their "Solo Boxeo Tecate'" series and promoted by Star Boxing in association with Golden Boy Promotions. The time was 2:59. Shea, who now holds a record of 14-2 (8 KO), overwhelmed her opponent with an aggressive body attack from the opening bell that didn't end until the referee interceded. Faris, 3-3, had never previously been stopped. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with super middleweight Andre Dirrell, who recently beat Arthur Abraham via disqualification in round two of the Super Six. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On his recent victory against Arthur Abraham in round two of the Super Six:
“I feel I did, all in all, an A+ performance. I worked on my game plan, I executed well, and I’m just proud of it and I really look to keep it up and train harder and look to bigger and better things.”
On the way the fight ended when he was hit by Abraham when he was already down:
“I was really confused the whole time. I was disappointed. I wanted to get out there and get the victory like a fighter is supposed to get his victory so that was my biggest thing, my biggest concern. I was just really frustrated at the end there. I wanted to be able to get the end in-ring interview after the fight. I wanted to be able to sit at the press conference and breakdown and analyze the way I fought, but I didn’t get a chance to do any of that. It really bothered me, not only after the fight, but the following days as well.. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –MAY 16, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today 1970s heavyweight stars Ron Lyle and Earnie Shavers will attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th.
“Both Ron Lyle and Earnie Shavers brought plenty of excitement to the heavyweight division in the 1970s,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We’re looking forward to welcoming them back to Canastota.. continue
At Friday's weigh in, both Mitchell and Katsidis made the 9'9 lightweight limit at the first time of asking. Mitchell was in fact slightly heavier, at 9'8 and a half pound, with Katsidis two ounces lighter.
`Hammer Time' is headlined by Kevin Mitchell's challenge for the WBO Interim World Lightweight Championship against Michael Katsidis. A quality packed undercard includes the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship between Danny Williams and unbeaten heavyweight star Derek Chisora. continue
PRIMM, NEVADA-Thompson Boxing Promotions’ Julio Diaz and Dominic Salcido both lit up the desert sky with solid ring performances on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at Buffalo Bills Resort and Casino tonight.
As the main event of the night, former lightweight world champion Julio Diaz improved his record to (37-6, 26 KOs) when he overcame former world title challenger Herman Ngoudjo (18-4, 10 KOs) by attacking the body consistently enough to throw Ngoudjo off of his game plan.
While Ngoudio adjusted well, Diaz was still able to overcome by staying on the inside and as gained the decision.
“Ngoudio could take a punch, his style was very difficult for me to adjust to because of his elbows, he comes forward with his head. But I was able to change things up and fight on the inside, it’s what my corner knew would work and we did just that. continue
Jose Diaz - One year ago his smile gleamed. His vibrant reflection oozed with potential. He possessed the skills, charisma, looks, and background story coveted for superstardom. The only thing missing was a signature moment in the ring. A moment that would illuminate his star power and thrust him into the heads of the hardcore and the hearts of the casual observers.
What transpired on that cool summer evening in Los Angeles however was as close to a living nightmare as one can imagine. We witnessed the quick rise of a promising young fighter who managed to score 3 knockdowns against rugged tough man Marcos Maidana. continue
By Vivek Wallace:A week ago the world of boxing watched closely as two of the sports rising stars took center-stage, anxious to prove their worth to a fan base that isn't always easy to please. By the end of the night, the lesson they learned paralleled one many investigators learn on a daily basis. That lesson? Inconclusive proof yields inconclusive results. An unlikely stoppage prevented their efforts to separate themselves as contenders from the pretenders, but none-the-less, several questions remain. continue
By David Pambianchi - On Friday May 14th, Golden Boy Promotions and Star Boxing presented some fine boxing talent at the beautiful Historic Paradise Theatre.
In an action packed Co-Main Event, Lightweight Mike Perez took on Francisco Reyes for 6 scheduled rounds. Fast hands for both fighters in the first three rounds, but Perez scored many solid rights to the head causing a knockdown in the second and opening a blood gusher above Reyes’s left eye in the third. And then, despite Reyes keeping his hands too low and taking hits, he hung tough and came back strong. (Special note and commendation: I have no idea how his cut-man stopped the bleeding, and for the rest of the fight.) For the last 3 rounds of heavy trading and a lot of heart, Reyes scored well with uppercuts, but Perez continued to score solid with his right for a win by Unanimous Decision.
For the Main Event, Lightweight Adrien Broner defeated Rafael Lora with an “End of First Round TKO” of a scheduled 10 round fight. continue
by Joel Cox - It all started with a left hook that buckled the legs of the undefeated million-dollar prospect from Bolton. The kid had never taken that kind of a shot—a shot that would change his life forever.
The perpetrator of the punch was a Columbian called Khanqueror Breidis Prescott, a 7-to-1 underdog for reasons handicappers to this day still can’t quite figure out. He followed the hook with a vicious right, then another left, and before anyone realized what was happening—the kid was on his back. continue
Undefeated World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) will defend his title in the capital city of his native Namibia on May 29 in a showdown against WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (26-3-2, 20 KOs). Don King Productions won the right to promote the match in a WBA purse bid of $150,000 and will present the event in association with Namibia-based Nestor Sunshine Promotions. Per WBA rules, the champion will received 55% of the purse and the interim champion 45%. continue
Don King Productions returns to the Gateway City of St. Louis on Saturday, June 12 to present a world championship fight card featuring hometown star Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks defending his International Boxing Federation title against IBF No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius "K9" Bundrage at Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University. Tickets priced at $28, $50, $87, and $200 go on sale on Saturday (May 15) at 10 a.m. at MetroTix.com, the Chaifetz Arena Box Office, MetroTix outlets at select Schnucks and Macy’s stores, or charge by phone at (314) 534-1111. This will be the first world championship boxing match at Chaifetz Arena.
Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs), 33, is a five-time world champion who hails from the legendary fighting family of St. Louis that includes his father, Leon, and uncle, Michael—both former world heavyweight champions.
Cory will be fighting for the first time under new coach James “Buddy” McGirt, a former welterweight world champion before he became one of the top trainers in the sport. continue
by James Slater - Since his move up to heavyweight in June of last year, former IBF cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon banks of Detroit has been rolling along nicely; winning four straight fights at or around the 224-pound mark. Last time out, on the under-card of Wladimir Klitschko's dramatic, last-round KO of "Fast" Eddie Chambers, the 27-year-old scored his biggest heavyweight win yet, as he stopped the dangerous Travis "Freight Train" Walker in quite sensational fashion in the 6th-round. Improving to 24-1(17) overall, Banks also won the NABF heavyweight belt. continue
GM Ross - Two cards of professional boxing are scheduled for this weekend in Canada. On Saturday, May 15, at the Bowness Sports Plex in Calgary, Alberta, Teofista Promotions will present undefeated lightweight prospect Steve Claggett against seasoned Mexican veteran Martin Armenta of Los Mochis. Armenta is a former NABA light flyweight champion and brings thirty eight fights of experience to the ring. Although Armenta has lost twenty-one times in his career, fourteen of these defeats have come to prospects with one loss or less. A win would be a big step forward for Claggett who is currently entangled with Buzz Grant, Logan McGuinness and Tony Luis, in the hotly contested race for the lightweight championship of Canada. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 12, 2010) – Photo by Tom Casino/SHO - The International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight world title bout between undefeated Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares provides the perfect complement to what is already a must-see night of boxing Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The boxing media seems to be in agreement regarding the co-feature of the Vazquez-Marquez IV: “Once and Four All”: Perez-Mares has the potential to be the fight of the night.
“I'm not the only reporter who believes Mares-Perez could steal the show on May 22,” said Robert Morales of the Los Angeles Daily News. “This is one of those fights that can't help but be filled with excitement. Whatever happens, it's going to be thrilling.”
Mike Rosenthal of RingTV Online agrees: “This might sound weird but the best fight on the Israel Vazquez-Rafael Marquez IV card might not be Vazquez-Marquez. continue
by John Wight: This coming Saturday, two of British boxing’s biggest stars face their next opponents on opposite sides of the Atlantic. In London what promises to be a war between Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell and Australia’s Michael Katsidis at lightweight is scheduled to take place at the iconic venue of Upton Park, home of West Ham United FC and a veritable shrine to the pride of the capital’s famed East End.
Meanwhile, at the equally iconic venue of Madison Square Garden in New York, the first and only Mecca of boxing no less, Amir Khan makes his US debut under the auspices of Golden Boy against Brooklyn’s tough-talking and super confident Paulie Malignaggi in the 140 lb division. continue
by James Slater - Talk about a match-up that would both surprise and excite a good number of fans if it actually came to pass! According to Spanish news outlet, Esto Online, Mexican legend Erik Morales, who came out of a long retirement to defeat the much younger Jose Alfaro by decision back in March, will continue his comeback on July 17th, against, wait for it - Jorge Barrios! continue
ALLAN GREEN: “Andre Ward is a good fighter; a good young fighter. Very skilled, very talented and I do respect his skills. But against a fighter like myself, he is going to have to bring a lot more to the table than he did against Mikkel Kessler. I did admire what he did to Kessler; no disrespect there, but at the same time, come June 19th I will be WBA Super Middleweight Champion.”
ANDRE WARD: “As usual, I have another opponent talking loud and minimizing what I have done, and that’s ok. At some point in time, the world is going to have to give us our just due, but I don’t look for it right now.
“What is being said, how Allan Green feels, that is a good thing. I take it; I use it as fuel, and I am going to do what I’ve been doing for the last 12 years: prepare, come into the fight ready to win and get the win. That’s what we’ve been doing for the past 12 years. I have had opponent after opponent try to intimidate me; opponent after opponent try to minimize me; opponent after opponent try and break down my skills from the outside. But when they get inside, it’s something totally different. In my opinion, Allan Green is a beast. That’s what I am preparing for. That’s what I am eating, sleeping and drinking. I’m getting ready to fight a monster, that’s how I am looking at it.
“We have a date, June 19th. When you have a date and you got a dancing partner, there not much else that needs to be said. We have that, and I look forward to putting on another tremendous performance for the fans and, believe it or not, I am going for three points in this fight. continue
Andy Lee: “This is a must win fight for me. I can't afford any slip ups and I will have to be wary of Thiam's power. He's a dangerous guy and has an awful lot of experience and but these are the kind of fights I need to be winning if I'm going to go on to fight for European and World titles.” Mamadou Thiam: “I'm not here for a holiday, I'm here on business. It's nothing personal between me and Andy Lee but I am very confident that I can win. I am punching harder than ever and I can knock guys out with either hand so I won't need to rely on the judges.. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - Call him brash or way too forward. Call him outspoken or blunt. In all honesty, he doesn't really care what you call him. This Brooklyn, New York native, former IBF light welterweight world champion, was born Paul Malignaggi on November 23, 1980. But everyone in the fight game calls him Paulie. He is everything that makes The Big Apple what it is. Slick. Dodgy. Slippery and tricksy. If you ask him a question you will get an Italian swagger-styled answer. It won't be soft and cushy, or politically correct but it will be his honest, true to self mindset. continue
I want to clear the air about what actually happened in my May 8th fight with Paul Williams. There are a lot of rumors floating around and I want to set the record straight.
About thirty seconds into round four, Paul Williams lost his balance and started falling to the canvas. Our bodies got tangled and while Paul just hit the canvas, my momentum carried me through the ropes and out of the ring. His falling is what caused me to be off-balance and all I could do was brace myself for impact.
As I fell from the ring, I think I landed on a TV monitor. That collision actually knocked the wind out of me. continue
BO’s hit late-night boxing series features a heated battle between superpowers when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: AMIR KHAN VS. PAULIE MALIGNAGGI AND NATE CAMPBELL VS. VICTOR ORTIZ is presented SATURDAY, MAY 15 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa and Max Kellerman will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By Stuart Young - Amir Khan (W22 L1 18 KO's) makes his American debut this Saturday night, May 15th, at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden, where he headlines & hopes to make the second successful defence of his WBA light welterweight crown he won when convincingly outpointing tough Ukrainian Andriy Kotelnik back in July of last year.
Standing across the ring in local & familiar surroundings his opponent will be looking to derail the Khan express train & win himself a second world title to propel himself back to boxing's big time is former IBF light welterweight champion, New York's very own Paulie Malignaggi (W27 L3 5 KO's). continue
by James Slater - Though he was driving in his car when I called, heading to the gym, Peter Manfredo Junior was still kind enough to talk with me about his upcoming May 22nd fight with tough Mexican Angel "Toro" Hernandez earlier today. Arguably the most demanding fight in quite a while for both men, the IBO middleweight bout certainly promises to be an exciting affair.
29-year-old Manfredo, 34-6(18) dropped down to middleweight back in early 2009, and since then "The Pride of Providence" has won three straight, two by stoppage. Knowing he has a tough fight ahead of him against the durable and aggressive Hernandez, 30-7(17), Manfredo has left no stone unturned in the gym.
Here is what the always-friendly former "Contender" star had to say in answer to my questions: continue
CHICAGO, IL (May 12, 2010) The main event for the Chicago debut of TOP RANK LIVE at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, May 29th will feature an outstanding ten round welterweight showdown between Mexican veterans Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass and Gabriel “EL Rey” Martinez. The 27 year old Soto-Karass, 24-4-3 (16KO’s), participated in numerous outstanding battles on the long-running SOLO BOXEO boxing series. He was undefeated over a four and half year period from May 2005 until November 2009, with wins over notables including former world champion Vince Phillips and highly regarded contenders David Estrada, Michel Rosales, Juan Buendia, Chris Smith, Gilbert Venegas, Luciano Perez, Germaine Sanders and Jose Antonio Ojeda. continue
Big time boxing returns to Belfast with a bang next month with a night of Championship boxing at the legendary Kings Hall. European Light Welterweight King Paul McCloskey headlines the Yanjing Beer Fight Night there on Friday, June 11th as he makes the first defence of his crown against mandatory challenger Giuseppe Lauri while the chief supporting bout will see Stephen Haughian taking on former British champ, Kevin McIntyre for the Celtic Welterweight title. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - Greg Page, the World Boxing Association heavyweight champion in 1984-85, was arguably the best heavyweight of the 1980s outside of Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson. If the heavyweights of that era are compared based strictly on their best performances, it is easy to envision Page beating almost all of his contemporaries. Page had everything as a fighter with the exception of consistency. For this reason, too many fans judge Page based on his off-nights and losses that occurred after his peak years. Consequently, the boxing world has too often blinded itself to the reality of just how good Page could be.
During his 21-year career, Page accumulated a record of 58-17-1, including 48 kayos. Most of Page’s losses took place after his prime, which was 1981 to 1985. At his peak, Page was usually ranked in the top four or five worldwide. Matched constantly against the best opposition of his era, Page generally emerged victorious: Gerrie Coetzee, Renaldo Snipes, James Tillis, and Marty Monroe being among the fighters he beat. In 1983-84, in fact, some experts believed Page might have defeated the aging Holmes if given the opportunity.
Without doubt, Page’s natural ability was extraordinary. Standing 6’2” and weighing 223 to 240 lbs., Page was athletic, strong, durable, and fast, and he carried one punch knockout power in both hands. He had a strong chin and could absorb a heavy wallop with impunity. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - The young England born Pakistani boxer, Amir Khan (22-1-0 KOs 16), has a need for speed. He likes fast cars and even faster punches. This is obvious when he displays his youthful talent in the boxing ring. He has quick hands, quick feet and punches in combinations. At only the age of 23, he possesses the WBA World Lightweight title and is noted as England's third youngest world boxing champion, ever. With all that going for him, why isn't getting respect? Why isn't he huge? The answer to that question may not be far from Khan's face. Khan's ability to take a punch has been questioned. Some have even labeled him as having a "glass chin" leaving many to think that his championship reign will be short lived. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghana’s Ray Narh says his determination to become Ghana’s next boxing world champion knows no bounds. The man famously called The Emperor is still awaiting news from his managers and promoters on his next opponent for the defence of the WBC USNBC Lightweight title he won last month within 90 days of claiming the title but Ghanaian is already eyeing a fight for a world title by the end of the year.
Narh says his second round stoppage win overAngel Hernandez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the April 3 undercard of Bernard Hopkins’ defeat of Roy Jones Jnr is a message to the big boys of the lightweight division that The Emperor is ready to begin his reign. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (May 12, 2010) – WBC title challenger Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski plans to become the first Polish Heavyweight Champion of the World when he fights defending champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko on May 29, headlining the “Fists Of Steel” pay-per-view event, live from the 61,000-seat Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I will shock the world” Sosnowski predicted. “Everything happens for a reason and this is my time. Klitschko has ruled the heavyweight world long enough. I will win this fight for all of my Polish fans across the world.”
“Fists Of Steel,” presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.
Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs), now fighting out of the United Kingdom, became the European champion by capturing the European Boxing Union heavyweight title in his last fight. He won a 12-round decision last December against Italian Olympian, Paolo Vidoz. continue
Kissimmee, FL - NESportsTV.com is pleased to annoounce that in addition to former world champion Hector "Macho" Camacho taking on Mexican former world title challenger Saul "Baby" Duran this Friday night, the online PPV broadcast will also feature a full undercard. Include will be Patricia Alvicar, the first female to medal in international boxing competition, former amateur standout Rances Barthelmy of Cuba and the undefeated Milwaukee based James Owens. continue
by James Slater - Colombian banger Breidis Prescott will be in action on Saturday night's big bill in New York that is topped by Amir Khan defending his WBA 140-pound title against former IBF light-welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi. And the man who wrecked Khan inside a minute back in September of 2008 will be looking to score a win that he will hope leads him towards a return with match.
Badly needing a win after having lost his last two outings, both on points, the 27-year-old will step up to 140-pounds and face Washington's Jason Davis. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show -- This week's 72nd special Wednesday edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Andre Dirrell, Ronnie Shields, and Mean Joe Greene) will start at 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
- The unusual premature ending in the junior middleweight clash between Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron
- Where do Cintron and Williams go from here?
- Mayweather-Mosley does 1.4 million pay per view buys.
- Kelly Pavlik moves abandons the middleweight division and declines rematch with Sergio Martinez
- Freddie Roach’s announcement that Manny Pacquiao is set for negotiations with Floyd Mayweather
- Rumors of a heavyweight unification clash between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye this September. continue
Three-time World Champion ISRAEL “MAGNIFICO” VAZQUEZ, two-division World Champion RAFAEL MARQUEZ, undefeated IBF Bantamweight World Champion YONNHY PEREZ and unbeaten top-rated contender ABNER MARES participated in a media conference call to discuss their upcoming fights on Saturday, May 22 at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING LIVE at 9 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®.
The historic doubleheader is co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Espinoza Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25 are available online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000. Tickets are also available at the STAPLES Center Box Office. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (May 13, 2010) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk measured 153 pounds and challenger Daniel Dawson tipped the scales at 154 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. - Dzinziruk (35-0, 23 KOs), a superstar in Europe, will make his U.S. professional debut and the fifth defense of his 154-pound title against the once-beaten, Australian-born Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs) in the main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. continue
by Paul McCreath - On May 22 in Rostock Germany Ruslan Chagaev the former WBA heavyweight champion will attempt to get back into the title picture and earn a shot at his old title currently held by David Haye when he meets Kali Meehan in an elimination bout over 12 rounds. I don't know why they are going to bother with this farce. Chagaev is certainly qualified but he is the only one that is. As a former champion with a 25-1-1 record and 17 KOs he holds victories over name fighters like Vlad Virchis, John Ruiz, Nicolay Valuev and Matt Skelton. His only loss was last June when he was outclassed by Wlad Klitschko. If being outclassed by one of the Klitschko brothers eliminates you from title consideration there would hardly be anybody left. He may not be a threat to the Klitschkos but David Haye could be quite another matter. He is rated #6 by The Ring.
Ruslan is only 31 years old and aside from some physical problems from which he appears to have recovered and the possibility that he may have suffered a loss of confidence after the Klitscho fight there is no reason why he should not be as good as ever. He never lost his title in the ring but had it taken away in suspicious circumstances by the WBA. After failing a physical in Finland where he was to meet Valuev in a rematch and after Valuev refused to fight him he passed his medical in Germany and fought Wlad a couple of weeks later after Valuev turned down that fight too. continue
THE BIG APPLE (May 12, 2010) – "Stadium Slugfest," the chin musical hit which will be performed live by MIGUEL COTTO and YURI FOREMAN, for one night only, Saturday, June 5 at Yankee Stadium, is already the No. 1 billboard hit of Times Square! Foreman, the undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion and future rabbi is in training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion Cotto, the pride or Puerto Rico. 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
On Friday May 14th undefeated super middleweight Shqiprim "White Tiger" Muriqi (3- 0, 2KO) makes his Bronx debut, when he squares off against Rondu Campbell (2-4) at the historical Paradise Theater, on the Golden Boy Promotions and Star Boxing, TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" promoted card. The show is being billed as "Punchin at the Paradise 10," and is headlined by undefeated lightweight prospect Adrien "The Problem" Broner (14-0, 11KO). continue
by James Slater - Michael Konzc, chief financial advisor to pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, has been quoted by CBS Sports.com as saying the 31-year-old living legend will be back in action (in the ring, not the political field) in November. Konzc said Pac-Man will fight on one of two dates - either November 6th or a week later on November 13th, and that he will fight once again at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
"There is no opponent named yet, but that is certainly when we will fight," Konzc said.
This, of course, is exciting news, and at the same time fans will no doubt get themselves even more excited while hoping it will be pound-for-pound #2 Floyd Mayweather who Pacquiao clashes with in November. That fight, as has been well documented, has had more than it's share of problems being made, and making it now doesn't figure to be any easier; what with the drug testing demands Mayweather continues to make - the ones Pacquiao has thus far declined. continue
Primm, NV – May 14, 2010) Tonight two stablemates of Thompson Boxing Promotions are set to take on their toughest opponents to date. Former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz is set to face Herman Ngoudjo in a junior welterweight bout slated as the main event to air live on ESPN from the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. In the televised co-featured bout, Thompson Boxing's junior-lightweight contender Dominic Salcido of Rialto, Calif. will square off against dangerous and unbeaten Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo, NY. continue
Sam Baldwin: Amir Khan, making his American debut this week against Paulie Malignaggi at New Yorks Madison Square Garden, speaking with Steve Bunce said: "This is not an easy fight like some peole claim and after this I will silence people by fighting one of the top Americans." Khan said.
"I've heard a lot of people accusing me of taking the easy route and that is crazy- I fight the men that my promoters put in front of me.. continue
by Vivek Wallace - The ever-present and heavily debated mythical P4P crown remains at center stage with two men eligible, yet no true and decisive holder between them. March 13th was to be the official reckoning day, yet ego, policy, and politics would fly by night, producing great mourning after. With no answer to the present and no regrets from the past, the two sides are reportedly once again skimming through options with a fine-toothed comb. This same fine-toothed comb was met in the past with thick 'locks' which sealed any hopes of progress. This time, however, the mood appears quite free and silky.....although we've traveled that road once before.
As we remain idle with an ear to the streets, now that "The Event" is over it would be interesting to know "Who Are You Picking", because without question, yet again, "The World Awaits"! The following video is a post-Mayweather/Mosley perspective (filmed 05/05/10) which sets a tenor for the road of ultimate supremacy ahead:
[Congrats to Manny Pacquiao for his election victory for the congressional seat back in the Philippines.....Now lets get ready to rumble!!!!!] continue
MATCHROOM Sport can announce the line-up for the latest Prizefighter event. Barry Hearn’s next eight-man, one-night tournament - Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights - will take place at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, east London on Saturday, May 29. Boxing legend Wayne McCullough, a former WBC world champion at bantamweight who also fought for world titles at two other weights, will be the bookmakers’ favourite to win it. However, favourites do not always win Prizefighter, as former WBO Heavyweight Champion Herbie Hide found out when he had to withdraw at the semi-final stage in Prizefighter Cruiserweights II last month. continue
by James Slater - A potentially thrilling and fan-friendly fight, it seems the IBF light-heavyweight title defence by Tavoris Cloud against Glen Johnson is back on for August; having been postponed from a few months back due to a leg injury on the part of the undefeated Cloud. According to Boxrec.com, the fight will take place in Saint Louis, Missouri, as part of a doubleheader on August 7th, with IBF and WBC light-welterweight champion Devon Alexander also appearing against a TBA. continue
by James Slater - Though former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik had the right to demand a contracted rematch with Argentina's Sergio Gabriel Martinez - the man who out-pointed him in a good action fight back on April 17th - it seems almost certain he will not do so. According to news reports in USA Today and The Youngstown Vindicator, "The Ghost," 35-2(27) can no longer make 160-pounds safely and effectively, and a move to either 168 or maybe even 175-pounds is imminent.
The 28-year-old's trainer, Jack Loew, said the actual fight Pavlik will take next has not yet been decided, but that Kelly will definitely not be fighting at middleweight any more - saying this week that boiling down to 160-pounds is no longer a healthy thing to do for the 6'2" warrior who has never been stopped but was badly bloodied and beaten by southpaw Martinez.
It will be extremely interesting to see which weight class the fan-favourite chooses to step up to. continue
by James Slater - Amir Khan and Kevin Mitchell, two British fighters who very much want to become true world beaters, both take arguably the most important fight of their respective careers this coming Saturday - on opposite sides of the Atlantic. Khan's must-win night comes against the experienced, accomplished and slick Paulie Malignaggi in New York; the unbeaten Mitchell's assignment is to see off teak-tough Australian banger Michael Katsidis in London. Both men face a potentially rough evening, but who has the better chance of achieving victory - the defending WBA 140-pound champ or the man who will challenge for the interim version of the WBO 135-pound strap?
Khan certainly faces the lesser puncher of the two men in "Magic Man" Malignaggi, a man with just 5 stoppage wins to his name. On the other hand, the once-beaten 23-year-old is facing a far better boxer than the man Mitchell will be tangling with. continue
Unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Mike Perez is promising double trouble on the Yanjing Fight Night in Limerick on Saturday as he bids to enter the record books by fighting twice on the same night in officially recorded professional bouts. Perez features on the undercard of Andy Lee's clash with former European Champion Mamadou Thiam and he's hoping to make the boxing word sit up and take notice with an incredible double. continue
May 11, 2010 – NEW YORK -- HBO Sports® reported today that 1.4 million pay-per-view buys were generated from the May 1st welterweight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Sugar Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The 1.4 million buy total generated $78.3 million in pay-per-view revenue. The pay-per-view buy total includes 740,000 from cable homes and 660,000 from satellite and telco homes.
It is the second consecutive one million-plus buy pay-per-view event involving Mayweather, who has established himself as a top attraction in the sports and entertainment world. Mayweather-Mosley ranks as the second highest grossing ($78.3 million) non-heavyweight pay-per-view event in boxing history. It surpassed De La Hoya-Trinidad, which generated $70.6 million in pay-per-view revenue in 1999. No. 1 all-time is Mayweather’s record-setting showdown with Oscar de la Hoya ($137 million) in 2007. continue
DAVID PRICE has returned from helping Albert Sosnowski prepare for his WBC heavyweight title showdown against Vitali Klitschko. The 6ft 8in Olympic bronze medallist (5-0) is the same size as Klitschko and become a Price-less asset in the Pole’s preparations. Price, 26, makes his London debut at Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham on Friday May 14 when he faces experienced Russian Daniil Peretyatko (16-27). Promoter Frank Maloney said: “I am a great believer in heavyweights learning their trade in different environments. “Being part of a world heavyweight title fighter’s training camp teaches upcoming professionals so much. continue
Graham Earl has warned Kevin Mitchell that he faces the toughest night of his life against Michael Katsidis on Saturday. But the former WBU, Commonwealth and British lightweight champion says Mitchell has a chance to go one better than him and beat Katsidis and lift the Interim WBO World Lightweight title. Earl, 31, fought the Aussie at Wembley Arena three years ago, climbing off the floor to badly hurt his opponent before retiring at the end of the fifth in a fight which remains one of the most thrilling ever witnessed in a British ring. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 10, 2010) Undefeated IBF Bantamweight World Champion YONNHY PEREZ (20-0, 14 KO’s) held a media workout earlier today at the Santa Fe Springs Community Activity Center. After the training session the press had an opportunity to speak with the world champion about the preparation for his upcoming title defense against top-rated contender Abner Mares (20-0,13 KO’s). Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions, Espinoza Boxing Promotions and Zanfer Promotions, the Perez-Mares world title tilt will be the co-main event to Vazquez-Marquez IV: Once and Four All, which will take place Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, Calif.
SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will televise both Perez vs. Mares and the 12-round featherweight Vazquez-Marquez IV rumble live nationally at 9 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®.
Tickets priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25 are available online at www.ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available at the STAPLES Center Box Office. continue
LONDON(11th May) Newly crowned European Lightweight champion John Murray has set his sights on an all British mega fight against WBO interim title challenger Kevin Mitchell later this year.
After landing successive killer body shots with his hooks and uppercuts Murray proved far too strong for brave warrior Welshman Gary Buckland when the referee Marcus McDonnell stepped in and stopped the fight with 1 minute and 14 seconds remaining of the 11th round. continue
WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan poses on May 10, 2010 in New York City at the top of the Empire State Building while sightseeing in advance of his May 15, 2010 world title defense against former Super Lightweight World Champion Paulie Malignaggi at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City which will be televised live on HBO's Boxing After Dark. continue
By Neil Dennis - A lot of people over the years have been eager to dismiss Shannon Briggs. When he lost his undefeated record to Darroll Wilson, they tried to write him off. When he lost a decision to journeyman Sedrick Fields, they tried to write him off. When he lost his WBO heavyweight title to Sultan Imbragimov, they still tried to write him off. Still, at 38 years of age, Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs remains. With not one, but two fights scheduled in May, the man is eager to once again prove his critics wrong that he doesn’t have a viable place in the modern heavyweight landscape.
“They want to write me off because, I don’t know, it must be something about the hair,” Briggs says with laugh. “Yeah, it’s something about the hair they want to write off, but I’m not going for it.”
That hair of course, being Shannon’s trademark blonde dreadlocks, often tied up when in the ring. But what cannot be dismissed is the record that Briggs brings to the table. He has 49 wins out of his 56 fights, with 43 of those wins coming by way of knockout. Included in that group he’s knocked out are such elite fighters as Ray Mercer and Sergei Lyakovich. He is a two-time champion, once following his KO of Lyahkovich and once after taking a decision over George Foreman. Even at 38, he is still going after anyone and everyone willing to fight him. continue
Former world champion Montell "Ice" Griffin says he's planning on putting on one final virtuoso performance before transitioning gracefully into his post-boxing life. Griffin (49-8, 30 KOs) will be looking to cap off his successful career with his 50th professional victory against Buffalo veteran Ross "The Boss" Thompson in the main event of Hitz Boxing's "Quest for 50" event on May 29 at the luxurious "Venue" in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. continue
by James Slater - Shortly after his exciting, if generally one-sided, win over a brave Gary Buckland this past Friday night, where he won the vacant European lightweight title, the unbeaten John Murray made it clear he'd love an all-British showdown with the also unbeaten Kevin Mitchell next - if Mitchell gets past tough Australian Michael Katsidis this coming Saturday, that is. And as big an event and as exciting a match-up as Murray Vs. Mitchell would surely be, it seems Mitchell's promoter Frank Warren may have other ideas for his fighter's next fight (again, assuming he beats Katsidis on May 15th, which is by no means a formality). continue
by James Slater - Understandably, considering the quite bizarre way the fight came to an end, fans are still talking (and arguing) about this past Saturday's Paul Williams-Kermit Cintron fight. There cannot be any fans out there who are unaware of what happened - with Cintron flying through the ropes and being unable to continue in the 4th-round - but who deserved the go-to-the-scorecards win; Cintron or eventual victor Williams?
Cintron's trainer, Ronnie Shields, has his opinion on this and other factors pertaining to the fight many feel should have been ruled a No-Contest, and he was kind enough to give me the following interview earlier today. Here is what Ronnie had to say about the fight:
James Slater: I really appreciate you talking to me, Ronnie. People are still talking about the quite bizarre way the Kermit Cintron-Paul Williams fight ended on Saturday. First of all, how is Kermit?
Ronnie Shields: Kermit's fine. I saw him when he came out of the hospital and there's nothing wrong with Kermit. He told the doctors there was nothing wrong with him - he told them he was okay as soon as he fell out of the ring. He knew he had five minutes to recover and get back into the ring and he wanted to fight. But the doctors wouldn't let him get up and get back into the ring. They told him he might have a punctured lung. Then they put a brace on his neck. continue
Boricua star Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez, Jr. makes his first WBO Junior Featherweight title defense May 29 against unbeaten, No. 1 contender Zsolt “Mr. Lefthook” Bedak, headlining the “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event in the 12-round main event, airing live in the United States from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “Undefeated Champions,” presented by PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing, features three world title bouts. It is being distributed in the United States 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, and DISH Network, for a suggested retail price of only $34.95. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Belfast Flyweight, Luke ¡¥Winky¡¦ Wilton topped the Team Alio card last night in a seven-bout card at the Holiday Inn, Belfast, which also featured Olympic Bronze Medallist, the Georgian Heavyweight Vladimir Chanturia. On view in front of the packed house were four local boxers all making their professional debuts, Ryan Green, Paul Kayes, Brian Cussack and Paddy McGarrity.
Wilton is planning to travel to Dagenham next weekend to watch the upcoming Sexton-Bayaar British Title fight and is firmly targeted on meeting the winner for his own title shot. Before that, Wilton had to take care of business in the shape of Bulgarian Sali Mustafov (0-4). continue
Mike J. (Denbigh, U.K.) Floyd Mayweather jr. says he's "the best" in the history of the sport. When you consider the likes of Joe Louis, or the against-all-logic victory of Ali over a prime George Foreman, what do you think Mayweather has to do (or can do) to solidify this position in the minds of fight fans?
Vivek W. (ESB): When it comes to being the "best", from a consensus standpoint, I don't know that there's anything that any fighter can do to earn this claim because as fans, we all look for different things in a fighter. Some like a warriors heart, others like power, others like tactical ability, etc. Personally, I think a high ring IQ and strong fundamentally sound skills equate to unequivocal greatness. I say that because I've seen fighters with a lower ring IQ and better-than-average talent find themselves stunted due to limited fundamentals (think Zahir Raheem); and I've seen lesser overall talent with an amazing ring IQ and pure fundamentals walk away with near endless career success (think Bernard Hopkins). continue
Brendan Galbraith - Gary Hyde’s new heavyweight signing, Vladimir ‘Midnight Train’ (12-1) exercised his lengthy spell of inactivity to make his first professional outing in Belfast with an easy first round TKO over Hungarian Sandor Forgacs.
Chanturia’s last outing was in a controversial loss to Vladimir Lazebnik in November 2008. Chanaturia’s manager, Gary Hyde conceded before the fight that Chanturia still needs to more time to improve his conditioning and this was indeed the case as the his charge weighed in 10 Ilbs heavier than his last outing. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Lurgan Light Middleweight, Ryan Green made his pro debut in the penultimate bout before the main event of Wilton-Mustafov and the packed house were treated to an explosive all-action duel – that was easily ‘fight of the night’. Green, who won Ulster Senior and Ulster Intermediate Titles as an amateur, faced a tough challenger in 6ft 2” Lincolnshire man Ryan Clarke – who turned out to be a tough and durable opponent and belied his (1-10) record.
In front of a packed house at The Holiday Inn, Belfast, Green entered the ring to deafening support from his large legion of supporters looking tense, but braced for battle. continue
By Matthew El Cepillo Potter - Is Bernard Hopkins greater than Joe Calzaghe, or does the Welshman eclipse the Philadelphian hard-man? This is a debate that often rages amongst real boxing fans. And I will admit at the outset, that it’s not as clear as I hoped it would be. This debate is frequently cause for a sad enticement of tribal loyalties, with Brit's often favouring Calzaghe, and Americans championing Hopkins. Of course, this is a generalisation, and many fans, with various passports, are capable of coming to a logical and unbiased conclusion. This article is here to help, should you so need it.
Firstly, let’s make one thing clear; everyone has a different definition of greatness, and every fighter’s record and resume of wins is open to criticism and deconstruction. With regards to Hopkins, the first and most tediously frequent allegation is that he only fought smaller men. continue
by Sam Baldwin: After witnessing the Mayweather Mosley fight, we were treated to a truly great boxing spectacle. Floyd Mayweather, coming in to the fight, had more then his fair share of critics, and partly rightly so, as there have been a few fighters at 147 who for one reason or another, he had not touched gloves with.
What we witnessed on May 1st was a boxing performance that had not been witnessed for many a year, after a tentative first round, the first point to note was a rejuvenated Floyd Mayweather who brother Naazim Richardson had predicted would turn in to a "dragon" and spit flames. continue
On Friday May 14th, Golden Boy Promotions and Star Boxing, present Punchin at the Paradise 10 at the historical Paradise Theater in the Bronx. Headlining the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" card is undefeated lightweight prospect, Adrien "The Problem" Broner (14-0, 11KO's) as he squares off against "The Dominican Man" Rafael Lora (11-2, 5KO's) over ten rounds. In the co-feature bout of the evening, two undefeated lightweight prospects collide when Newark New Jersey's own, Mike "The Artist" Perez (7-0, 3KO's) squares off against Francisco Reyes (5-0, 2KO's) over six scheduled rounds. continue
PAWTUCKET, RI (May 10, 2010) Middleweight contender Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. has heard it all from Chicago’s Angel “Toro” Hernandez in the press leading up to their vacant IBO Middleweight Title showdown on Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in and it doesn’t faze him.
“I’m glad that he’s excited and coming here to win. I expect nothing less. It’s a great fight for the fans and I knew when I agreed to fight Angel that it would be a war. Truthfully, I can’t wait until May 22nd because he’s going to get the best Peter Manfredo Jr. there is” said Manfredo. “There’s a lot at stake for each of us in a title bout like this. He can say what he wants about me back in Chicago, but when we touch gloves before the fight all that stuff goes out the window. I’m glad he’s confident, but I’m putting in all the work ahead of the fight and I’m more than ready for Toro.”
The 29 year old Manfredo Jr. is wrapping up camp this week with his father Peter Manfredo Sr. in Pawtucket as he prepares to once again fight in front of his legion of fans at the Mohegan Sun Casino in nearby Uncasville, CT. continue
by GM Ross - On Friday, May 7, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) light heavyweight champion Kris Andrews won his rematch with Anthony Lessard via a ten round unanimous decision. In their previous meeting back in September of 2009 Andrews convincingly outpointed Lessard 97-89, 97-89 and 97-88. Nonetheless, Lessard’s tendency to avenge his losses made the contest intriguing despite Andrews’ rather lopsided victory in their first encounter. Lessard, however, was unable to work any of his rematch magic Friday night.
Andrews basically picked up where he left off back in September, thoroughly outpointing Lessard to retain his CBF title. continue
by James Slater - Former world heavyweight title challenger and one-time "heir apparent" to the throne Michael Grant quietly returned to action at the weekend, taking out 27-year-old journeyman Kevin "Big Man" Burnett in a single round on the under-card of the Byron Mitchell-Otis Griffin match in Huntington, New York (which Mitchell lost, via an upset 8th-round TKO).
Now aged 37 and having what was his first fight since November of 2008, Grant improved to 46-3(34), and "Big" is now 8-0(5) since his most recent defeat; the spectacular 7th-round TKO he suffered at the hands of Dominick Guinn back in June of 2003. continue
by Paul Strauss- California often leads the way in trends and fads, and is sometimes criticized for its policies. It's been called everything from the Golden State to the Grape State, and last night it might have qualified itself as the "sour grape" state. That dubious title came in the form of state boxing rules that had judges going to their scorecards after only three plus rounds of limited action in the Kermit Cintron vs Paul "The Punisher" Williams contest, which was scheduled for twelve rounds at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
The biggest accomplishment of the first three rounds was a resounding chorus of boo's from the crowd. Announcer Larry Merchant described the situation accurately when he said neither of these fighters have a strong fan base in Calif, and probably not at home either. Both have struggled for top echelon of recognition they desire.
Kermit "The Killer" Cintron had developed the reputation for fading when the going gets tough. That primarily occurred as the result of his two losses against Antonio Margarito, but Cintron tried to reestablish himself as "El Assesino" by equating those two losses with the infamous illegal handwraps that came out of the pre-fight incident leading up to the Margarito fight with Mosley. continue
By Howard Kupel: Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KO's) won an easy 10 round unanimous decision on Saturday night over Roberto Garcia (28-3, 21 KO's)at the La Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico. Garcia was knocked down in the 1st round, and did little in the fight other than take shots. The final judges' scores were 99-89, 100-88 and 99-90.
(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) – Months of qualifying and a full week of National Golden Gloves action culminated in a full night of championship bouts on Saturday night at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark. Ten new national champions were crowned in an exciting night of competition, which featured several upsets. Two-time defending champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) has won National Golden Gloves titles at both the 106-pound and 112-pound divisions in the past two years, but he stepped into the ring on Saturday night looking for his first title at the new 108-pound weight division. He accomplished his mission, defeating Santos Vasquez (Sun Valley, Nev.) in their light flyweight championship bout. Byrd won a 5-0 decision over Vasquez to complete his own personal trifecta. continue
by James Slater - Well, you'll be hard pressed to name a more bizarre ending to a fight than the one we saw last night in Carson City, CA, as Paul Williams won a four-round technical decision over Kermit Cintron. In a truly stunning ending to the contest between the two punchers, that was perhaps just beginning to catch fire, Cintron wound up basically being KO'd by a combination of dangerously loose ropes and the hard floor he crashed onto when he flew threw said loose ropes in the 4th round.
Unable to continue due to having hurt his head and neck (a brace was attached to the stricken fighter, before he was wheeled into a waiting ambulance), the Puerto Rican was then to receive the unpalatable news that he had actually lost the fight. Under California Commission rules, only three completed rounds have to have been fought, therefore the fight went to the cards - where a fittingly bizarre decision was announced. One judge had Cintron winning all four rounds at 40-36, one judge had Williams the victor by the same margin, while the third judge had "The Punisher" winning by a score of 39-37. continue
The biggest night of boxing ever seen on Fox Sports will happen in a little under 2 weeks at Parramatta Leagues Club when Gary Shaw Productions , Pain Away Australia & Nitro Boxing present Vic Darchynian in a World Title Bout on Thursday May 20. "It can be 12 or 18 months with out a fight' Darchinyan said , " I love to fight and must fight regular to stay at my best and stay on top this fight has been made possible by major sponsors coming on board, Painaway Australia and my Russian sponsors TASHIR.This fight will be beamed live to Russia and Armenia, and will be taken on delay in the US on the CBS - Showtime Television Network. continue
by James Slater - Paulie Malignaggi, who, of course challenges WBA light-welterweight ruler Amir Khan in his native New York a week today, has a fine pro record at 27 wins and just three defeats (two "genuine" defeats, as we all know the 29-year-old was the victim of an at the very least debatable decision in his first fight with Juan Diaz). The problem, as fans know, is the lack of stoppage wins "The Magic Man" has to his name - just five; with the most recent one coming way back in 2003. continue
Carson, CA (May 8, 2010) – The “Most Feared Fighter in the World”, Paul “The Punisher” Williams was just heating up in the fourth round when his opponent, Kermit “The Killer” Cintron disappeared from the ring and fell onto a table at ringside at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA..
Doctors felt that Cintron could not continue and thus the bout went to the scorecards with two of the three judges scoring the bout in favor of Williams, thus giving the talented southpaw the technical decision.
Judge James Jen Kin had the bout 40-36 and Fritz Werner scored it 39-37, both in favor of Williams. Judge Jerry Cantu saw the talented Puerto Rican Cintron ahead at 40-36.
While Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. continue to bypass Williams, the talented southpaw’s promoter Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions feels his man is more than ready and “the weight is over”. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Widnes, Cheshire, 25-year-old unbeaten lightweight John Murray pounded out an 11th-round TKO over a supremely brave and gutsy Gary Buckland. Murray, the defending British champion, picked up the vacant European 135-pound belt when his relentless onslaught finally persuaded referee Marcus McDonnell to stop the brutal fight at the one-minute and 46-second mark of the 11th.
Now 29-0(17), the exciting and talented Murray says he wants to go for a world title in the near future. Welshman Buckland, who fell to 19-2(6) in being stopped for the first time in his pro career, will need a long, long break after last night's gruelling affair! continue
By Brendan Galbraith - According to the former IOC President Juan Samarach (recently deceased), the 2000 Olympics in Sydney were the ‘best ever games’. It depends on what criteria is employed to make such a bold judgement, but the Sydney 2000 games were certainly spectacular and they were filled with memorable sporting moments such as Cathy Freeman’s electrifying 400 metre success and ‘the battle of the pool’ starring Ian Thorpe. The boxing wasn’t bad either.
The location of the boxing was in the beautiful, sunny setting of Darling Harbour that boasts a stunning backdrop of skyscrapers, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. continue
by James Slater - It looks as though the hugely intriguing, must-win for both men, clash between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham will be put back to the month of September this year at the earliest. The next step for both super-middleweight warriors in their attempt at winning the exciting "Super-Six" tournament, Froch and Abraham were originally set to face one another in August.
However, according to This Is Nottingham.com, 32-year-old Froch, coming off his close points loss to Denmark's Mikkel Kessler, needs further time for the cuts he picked up in the April 24th war to sufficiently heal. According to the Nottingham news source, "The Cobra" is also in need of treatment for eye and ear problems (Froch went into the Kessler fight with a perforated left eardrum; an injury he subsequently said caused him to suffer some balance problems in the epic fight).
This news isn't really too surprising, considering how brutal and damaging the Froch-Kessler fight was. After having picked up all the cuts and bruises he did, should we really have expected Froch to box again a mere four months later? continue
LOS ANGELES, May 7 - After an administrative delay which caused a temporary relocation of his training camp locale from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan has received his P1 visa and will be heading to New York City as originally scheduled on Sunday in order to defend his title against hometown hero Paulie Malignaggi at the Theater in Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 15. continue
LINCOLN, Rhode Island (May 7, 2010) – Former world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark pitched a near shutout against New Bedford police officer Jason “School Boy” Pires in tonight’s main event on the “Spring Fever” card, presented by Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., at Twin River in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs), fighting out of Columbus (OH) out-punched a game Pires (22-4-1), 1996 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, from the opening bell, flooring him in the eighth round. Clark captured the NABA U.S. junior welterweight title by way of a unanimous 9-round decision (90-80, 90-80, 89-81). continue
by Ezio Prapotnich: By definition, parallel lines do not cross each other at any point. Of course, there is always an exception to the rule. If you put them back to back, there are parallels between Luca Messi’s record (36-7-1) and Ryan Rhodes’(43-4-0). For example, Rhodes won twice the British title at light-middle, Messi won twice the Italian one, at Welter and Light-Middle. Also, both had a handful of fights for Intercontinental/International/Interim titles of some of the main sanctioning bodies, Ryan being successful more often then Luca. But most importantly, both failed in their respective world title challenges, Messi in 2005 for the WBA Light-Middleweight Championship with Andrea Garcia, and Rhodes in 1997 for the WBO Middleweight one with Otis Grant, not to mention the WBU and WBF. Now, this is where the lines cross: the European Light-Middleweight title. But, there is more at stake than that. By beating Vuma and Jamie Moore, Ryan Rhodes not only lifted the EBU belt but also put himself back in line for a world title shot, and is now ranked no.4 by both the WBC and the IBF. The common perception is that this should be an easy defense for him before challenging for one of the major belts. continue
By Jamie Savin: Perhaps there is no match in Boxing right now which is needed more, or more widely anticipated by boxing purists and casual fans alike. Everywhere you read about Boxing the only question is when will these two greats arguably the best of their generation get it on, and who will win? So many people are split down the middle questioning the respective records of both gladiators, De La Hoya was washed up, weight drained, Hatton was nothing etc... All just adding to the spice of these two needing to fight, there was the well publicised drama over the drug tests which is a separate article in its own right, but has this very key issue made us want the fight more, has it made us ask more questions about who is ducking who, who is the better man? continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi who is scheduled to challenge reigning WBA champion Amir Khan on May 15. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On preparations for his May 15 fight against Amir Khan:
“Everything is good. I’m excited, I’ve been working very hard, I feel very prepared, and I can’t wait until next Saturday, I really can’t.”
Regarding Freddie Roach’s claim that Khan will knock Malignaggi out inside of three rounds:
“Amir Khan is going to get knocked out next Saturday night—I promise. You have my word on that. Amir Khan is going to get stopped next Saturday night. I don’t think I’ve ever had a dislike for an opponent more than I have for this guy. There’s always trash-talking and there’s always stuff that gets said back and forth with camps. It’s just a part of boxing, but this guy, the arrogance this kid has coming into this fight is a little bit too much now. I think he’s been misinformed. I think he thinks he’s been fighting at a world class level. I think he’s been reading too much of his press. He has no idea what it is to step up to this level and next Saturday night he’ll find out.. continue
NEW YORK (May 10, 2010) – Curt Menefee will re-join the ShoBox: The New Generation announce team after perennial host and play-by-play announcer Nick Charles recently stepped down to continue his battle against cancer and spend time with his family. Menefee, who called three fights for SHOWTIME® in 2009, will anchor the remaining ShoBox telecasts in 2010 alongside expert analysts Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver. “Having done a couple of events with Steve and Antonio last season, this feels almost like a family reunion,” Menefee said. “That's what the SHOWTIME folks have quickly become to me, family.. continue
LINDSAY, CA, May 7th – He thrilled millions of boxing fans with an aggressive style that earned him a spot on the 1996 US Olympic team and two world junior middleweight championships. And on Saturday, June 19th, boxing superstar Fernando Vargas will begin his quest to bring the next generation of stars to fight fans, as he joins with long time fight promoter Roy Englebrecht and presents his first event as a promoter – “Melee at McDermont” – at the state of the art McDermont Field House in Lindsay, California. continue
Steve “USS” Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) will make his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland when he takes on Troy Ross (23-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title in Neubrandenburg on June 5. In the co-featured main event, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester faces mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin. “We are thrilled to add this fight to our June 5 card,” said Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer. “I have no doubts that Steve Cunningham will make a successful debut and reclaim his IBF title. But Ross is a strong opponent. I want to thank his management – namely Yvon Michel and Jeff Wald – to make this fight happen in a very short period of time. It will be an exciting evening.”
Earlier this week, Team Sauerland announced the signing of Cunningham. “He is a fantastic fighter,” Meyer added. “I expect him to beat Ross. It would give him a lot of interesting options because the cruiserweight division is loaded with talent in Europe. I am sure Marco Huck would also like to take revenge for his dramatic loss two-and-a-half years ago. But there are also a couple of other options for Steve. First he needs to put aside Ross, which will be a tough task.. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Paris, France, former cruiserweight titlist and local man Jean Marc Mormeck took another step forwards in his heavyweight campaign. The 37-year-old won a ten-round unanimous decision over "Fast" Fres Oquendo - winning by scores of 96-95, 96-95 and 96-94. Now 2-0(0) as a heavyweight and 35-4(22) overall, "The Marksman" kept his dream of getting a second fight with current WBA heavyweight champ David Haye alive. Just. continue
By Joey Mills - Floyd “Money” Mayweather stood proudly in the sweat-drenched ring, soaking up the praise, the applause and the post-match acclaim. Plaudits rained down on him from the sold-out crowd at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand arena, from post-match interviewer Larry Merchant and from his opponent, the legendary Sugar Shane Mosley. And yet there will have been a nagging voice in the ear of the self-proclaimed greatest of all time. That voice has a Filipino accent, and belongs to Manny Pacquiao.
Pacquiao and Mayweather are two claimants to the same crown, the almost-mythical “Pound for Pound Number One”. 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, Floyd Jr., recently defeated Sugar Shane Mosley in a dominant performance. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding what he believes his son did that enabled him to be so successful against Mosley:
“He did what his Daddy told him to do. I told him to stay behind his jab and keep Shane in the middle of the ring. I told him that Shane can’t box. You’re faster than him, you’re younger than him, you’re more mobile than him, you’re slicker than him, you’re more clever than him—he has nothing on you. I know that all those attributes that he has over Shane and that’s a lot of things to overcome.”
Regarding his thoughts in the second round when Mosley caught Floyd with some good right hands:
“Don’t get me wrong, I was very worried as well because that is my son. It just shows you that he is human. When you got 40-0, 41-0, it shows you that he is human. Anybody can be hurt. My thing was I know my son is smart, but of course I got worried when Shane had him on the ropes and he had his hands up. It really wasn’t a problem, but I think I would have tied him up, though. I would have tied Shane up and I would have been more cautious, because right after that round when Floyd got hurt, the third round he came out he jumped right on Shane. To me, I don’t know how bad he was hurt. He was the only one who felt the shot, but I think that he, well—I wouldn’t have fought that way. I wouldn’t have fought that way, but he fought a smart fight—a brilliant fight.. continue
The fight week build up to Andy Lee's clash with former European Champ Mamadou Thiam on the Yanjing Fight Night on Saturday, May 15th in Limerick kicks off in earnest next Tuesday (12 noon - 2 pm) when the two men come face to face for the first time at the Crescent Shopping Centre in the city. This free event is open to the public and RTÉ's Jimmy Magee will be the master of ceremonies with the boxers also participating in a public workout with a boxing ring specially erected for the occasion in one of Ireland's biggest shopping complexes. continue
by James Slater - Fans have surely read all about how Carl Froch, recent points loser to Mikkel Kessler, stated he will not face his next "Super-Six" rival, Arthur Abraham, in Germany. Very much wanting the fight, pencilled in for August 21st, to take place in his home country, Froch instead seems to have been made to make a compromise. The deal, Wilfried Sauerland said, was for the fight take place in Europe, and now it looks like there is a good chance the fight, a must-win affair for both warriors, will take place in the unlikely setting of Switzerland. continue
By Vivek Wallace - week after the collective eyes of the fight world focused on co-P4P king Floyd Mayweather jr. and future hall-of-famer Shane Mosley, the attention now shifts to two men who remain eager to find the same spotlight when Paul Williams (38-1, 27KO's) takes on Kermit Cintron (32-2, 28KO's). No longer fighting at the welterweight limit, these two men realize the load to carry in reaching that proverbial spotlight is both literally and figuratively heavier, yet they remain eager to do the necessary lifting. As they prepare for tonight's showdown, we take a closer look at "Keys to Victory", "Four (defining elements) to Explore", and a final prediction.
Paul Williams: (Keys to Victory)
For Paul Williams, the "Keys to Victory" always start and end with his patented work rate, which only one man of 39 was lucky enough to find an answer for. Some may question that one man's answer, as an immediate rematch took less than 3 minutes to be proven insufficient. For Williams, the key for a win tonight is not only the work rate in general, but the aggression in which he has used that work rate in the post-Quintana era of his career. Many have questioned the durability of Kermit Cintron, as well as his heart, as a failure to stun an opponent with his well documented power has often resulted in a permanent retreat mode for the evening. continue
(Orange, CA – May 6, 2010) One week prior to his next challenge, former two-time lightweight champion Julio Diaz reports himself ready as he closes training camp in Indio, California, where he readied himself to face Herman Ngoudjo in a junior welterweight main event next Friday, May 14, live on ESPN, from the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. Eager to prove the boxing world that he must be considered as an elite contender, Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (36-6, 26 KOs), finished up eight weeks of hard work under the watchful eye of his brother and trainer Joel Diaz. continue
COACHELLA, CA (May 7, 2010) Following an outstanding amateur boxing career, flyweight Randy Caballero continues in the professional ranks this Saturday night, May 8th at the Palm Springs Baseball Stadium in Palm Springs, California. The 19 year old Caballero, promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, made his pro debut on March 25th at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, stopping Gonzalo Nicolas in 0:49 seconds of the first round. continue
Quotes from Wednesday’s Open Workout Featuring Paulie Malignaggi as he Prepares for his May 15 Showdown with Amir Khan at Madison Square Garden
“You’re going to see more improvements on May 15. [Head trainer] Sherif Younan and I have a lot of creativity in the gym. Every fight since I’ve started training with Sherif I’ve been getting better and better.
“I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself. I am a perfectionist when it comes to boxing. Come fight night, everything will fall into place like the pieces of a puzzle.”
“I believe I’m the faster fighter. If I get hit on chin, I’m not going to wobble. If Amir Khan starts wobbling, I hope they have a pillow for him in the corner, because he’s going to sleep.. continue
by James Slater - Danny Williams, the reigning British heavyweight champion, has been quiet and very much out of sight recently, yet he has broken his silence and given an exclusive interview with Box Rec.com. And the 36-year-old former Commonwealth champion and former world and European title challenger sure had some interesting things to say. continue
By Ken Neir: Paul Williams defeated Kermit Cintron by a 4th round technical decision tonight at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California after Cintron fell out of the ring in the 4th round and couldn't continue fighting. Cintron fell on a ringside table and was injured during the fall. He ended up being taken out of the ring on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace. There was little action to speak of in the fight until the 4th round. The fight came to a crashing halt in the round when Williams slipped on the canvas and fell and Cintron tripped over his leg and fell out of the ring onto a table. The final judges' scores were 39-37 for Williams, 36-40 for Cintron and 40-36 for Williams. It's unknown if the decision will be overturned. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This Saturday night, fight fans will watch as two men who need little introduction write yet another chapter in their respective careers. With a ton of applicable connotations ready for employment, "all for nothin'", and "all or nothin'" could be no more fitting, as one man continues to question why his hard work has yet to truly pay off; and the other finds himself needing to answer the ever present question of his career which serves as a reminder that his next loss could be the one to remove him from relative contention.....perhaps this time for good. The paths these two men traveled to reach the present vary considerably, but as they stand at center stage awaiting the type of progress that sets the pretenders from the contenders, they do so knowing that there's no better time than the present to seize the moment.
In an era of the sport where media personnel can be known to hand out the term Pound-4-Pound like demo's at a rap concert, Paul Williams is a fighter who actually breathes life into the very essence of those words, ready and willing at all times to step up in weight to chase names, titles, and anything else within his path. continue
GM Ross - After venturing south of the border for an unsuccessful eight round rendezvous with Craig McEwan in Vegas last month, Kris Andrews returns to Canada May 7 to defend his CBF light middleweight title against Anthony Lessard at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. Andrews is best known for his brutalization of Codey Hanna back in 2007 for the interim CBF light middleweight title. Hanna hit the canvas three times in the second round before Andrews introduced him to the sandman later in the stanza, claiming the interim title.
Andrews lost his CBF laurels in a showdown with Gareth Sutherland later in 2007, only to regain his crown by thoroughly outpointing Anthony Lessard in 2009. continue
PRIZEFIGHTER returns later this month with former WBC bantamweight world champion Wayne McCullough among the entrants. Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one-night tournament will be at super-bantamweight and held at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, east London on Saturday, May 29. Belfast-born McCullough, 39, who now lives in Las Vegas, USA, becomes the third world champion to enter a Prizefighter event in the last few months. He follows in the footsteps of ex-WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees, who won Prizefighter at the same weight, and former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide, an entrant in Cruiserweights II last week. continue
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, May 5 - It's been nearly a year and a half since middleweight phenom Daniel "The Golden Child" Jacobs has performed in front of his hometown fans in New York City, but on Saturday, May 15, he will step into the ring at the Theater in Madison Square Garden to face Juan Astorga for the vacant NABF championship, to defend his NABO title and to show his supporters just how far he's come since his last NYC appearance.
Jacobs vs. Astorga will be featured on the undercard of the Amir "King" Khan vs. Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi WBA Super Lightweight World Championship which is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Khan Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. Khan vs. Malignaggi, along with Nate "The Galaxxy Warrior" Campbell vs. "Vicious" Victor Ortiz, the evening's co-featured bout, will be televised live on HBO's Boxing After Dark in the United States beginning at 9:45 pm ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). HBO will also show highlights of the Jacobs vs. Astorga bout. continue
By: Dave Cacciatore - There comes a time when every fighter is forced to hang up the gloves. For Shane Mosley that moment came in a Las Vegas ring at the end of sizzling right hands and jabs from Floyd Mayweather. The early promise Shane displayed in the fight was overwhelmed by an avalanche of precision from the man who calls himself Money Mayweather. Round after round, Floyd turned a fight into a boxing match and eventually into a slaughter on the scorecards. Floyd gave you an exhibition of speed and boxing skills as he succeeded in draining every ounce of drama out of one of the most anticipated fights in recent memory.
Killing excitement is nothing new for the current heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko. Wladimir has made a living off of beating down opponents with a style that like Money May leaves opponents with few if any options. continue
The most feared fighter in the world, three-time World Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will face former Welterweight World Champion and knockout artist Kermit “The Killer” Cintron tomorrow Saturday, May 8 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The two fighters will meet above Williams natural 147 pounds and subsequently being dubbed “The Weight is Over,” in a bout televised by HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) and presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Di Bella Entertainment. continue
by James Slater - As fans may be aware, boxing legend James Toney signed a multi-fight deal with UFC's Dana White a few months back, as "Lights Out" convinced White he would make a worthy addition to the hugely popular sport. It's been quite a while since the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer singed the deal, and fans were wondering just who Toney would face in his MMA debut. Toney told this writer over the phone that it looked like he'd make his debut in August and that he was only interested in tackling a big name. Well, news has been put out that says Toney will almost certainly face a big name indeed in August, when he will face none other than Randy Couture - who is something of a legend in the combat sport.
The fight is being talked about for UFC 118 in Boston on August 28th. Couture, a 47-year-old who won his last fight by a "choke," has been talking to MMA Weekly Radio about how much he is looking forward to the fight that is being finalised as we speak. continue
AGUASCALIENTES, MÉXICO (May 7, 2010), -- The warriors who will be featured in Saturday’s Latin Fury 14 championship extravaganza had their final say at today’s Official Weigh-in.
Latin Fury 14 will feature the return of the Tijuana Tornado, three-time world welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO, who is ending his 16-month ring hiatus with his 2010 debut, against Texas toughman ROBERTO "La Amenaza" GARCIA, who is riding a five-year, 14-bout unbeaten streak. continue
Former #1 heavyweight contender "Big" Michael Grant (27-1, 20 KOs) weighed in at 257 lbs for his battle with Kevin "Big Man" Burnett (13-3-1, 8 KOs) tomorrow night at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York.
Grant vs. Burnett is the main supporting bout on X-Cel Worldwide (in association with Bang Productions) "Hassle at the Castle" boxing benefit show. The main event is a USBA Light Heavyweight Championship showdown between former world champion Byron Mitchell and reality TV star Otis Griffin. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 5, 2010) – Trendy LA eatery Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks was the site for today’s final press conference in advance of Saturday’s highly anticipated the “WEIGHT IS OVER” battle between former 3-time World Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (38-1, 27 KOs) and former Welterweight World Champion 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 at 154 pounds, a division higher then Williams natural 147-pound weight, 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 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. continue
JASON PIRES: I’d like to thank Michael for accepting the fight. It’s going to be a great show. I’m looking forward to tomorrow night and fighting for a title. I want to get back on top. I saw Michael fight on You Tube and he kind of went to sleep in a few.”
MICHAEL CLARK: “It’s great being back in Providence. I fought a guy from here who was 25-0-2, Gary Balletto, who was my friend on The Contender. I watched Jason fight on You Tube and not really impressed. He’s a good guy, local cop. It’s going to be a great fight.. continue
WIDNES (6th May) After Manchester City’s disappointment of missing out on the final Champions League spot last night, unbeaten European title contender John Murray is promising the City of Manchester that he will take his chance and secure the prestigious European belt on Friday night. “I couldn’t make it to the match last night as I was making my final preparations for the weigh in today, but I made sure that I watched it on TV. I was gutted with the result but it has made me more determined to succeed and bring home the European title to Manchester. continue
AGUASCALIENTES, MEXICO (May 5, 2010) -- Three time world welterweight champion ANTONIO “Tony” MARGARITO and ROBERTO “Amenaza” GARCIA promised a great fight at today's tension-filled final press conference touting their main event rumble headlining Saturday's “Latin Fury 14.” Promoted by Top Rank, Latin Fury 14 will be televised Live on Pay-Per-View to the U.S., This Saturday! May 8, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Margarito and Garcia will go mano-a-mano in a 10-round super welterweight battle.
“I am really looking forward to this fight like it was my first. I am still very hungry and still have a lot to accomplish in my career," said Margarito to a packed house at the Tecate Boxing Tour on the grounds of the San Marco Fair. "This fight Saturday against Garcia is very important because I want to come back and give the fans a great fight.".
“I have no pressure on me here. I have everything to win and nothing to lose. I have come to win and make a name for myself by beating Margarito and that’s what I intend to do this Saturday night,” said Garcia who lives in McAllen, Texas. “The biggest difference between Margarito and me is that I can fight in the United States and he can’t.". continue
WBO jr. middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk has a new opponent for his sixth world title defense - Daniel Dawson will replace originally scheduled Sherzod Husanov of Russia. The fight, scheduled for 12 rounds, will headline a sensational event on Friday, May 14, 2010, at the Chumash Casino Resort (3400 E. Highway 246, Santa Ynez, California), co-promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions. Due to a delay at the local consulate in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Husanov will not receive his passport in time for the fight. continue
by James Slater - Two big fights have now been called off this week..
First we read the bad news that told us how the Timothy Bradley-Marcos Maidana light-welterweight title fight had been called off (after already having been postponed once, due to the Argentine's bad back - which has apparently not been sorted out), and now we are informed that the intriguing IBF super-middleweight elimination battle between Sakio Bika and Jesse Brinkley is also off. continue
Furious Michael Katsidis has arrived in the UK - and says he can't wait to batter Kevin Mitchell in front of his own fans. The angry Aussie met the press today dressed in his full ancient Greek warrior outfit - a nod to his Mediterranean heritage - ahead of his May 15 clash with Mitchell at Upton Park live on Sky Sports HD1. Katsidis' Interim WBO World lightweight title will be on the line in the east end, and he says he's not going home without it. "West Ham may have stayed up in the Premiership, but I'll be relegating Mitchell to an also ran next weekend," he said.
"I'm so happy to be back in the UK. I've got so many happy memories of London, especially as it was here that I beat Graham Earl and really burst on to the scene.
"This time I'm really looking forward to shutting Mitchell up.
"All I've read for weeks are his comments in the press calling me an old man and telling everyone how he is going to beat me up. continue
NEW YORK (May 4, 2010) -- ESPN's award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 told the unusual story of undefeated world champion and future rabbi YURI FOREMAN in the episode that aired tonight.
It's an old story, kind of. A penniless immigrant finds his way to America, wins fame and fortune in the boxing ring and marries a model. But as E:60’s Jeremy Schaap reports, this is a story with a twist. continue
Ivaylo Gotzev, advisor to WBA #2-rated middleweight Gennady Golovkin (18-0, 15 KOs) says now that a purse bid has been held for the right to promote a battle for the vacant WBA Middleweight Title between his man and top-ranked Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs), he hopes Mundine hasn't lost his nerve and will sign the contract. With a top bid of $1,210,000, California-based Epic Sports Management, Inc. (ESMI), in association with Bob Arum's Top Rank, Inc., won the purse bid held on May 3 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. continue
by James Slater - Poland's talented Tomasz Adamek, fresh off his impressive points win over the much bigger Chris Arreola, held a conference call yesterday, and during it the warrior known as "Goral" made it clear he wants a heavyweight title shot in his next fight - tentatively set for either late summer or early autumn.
Having already captured titles at light-heavyweight and cruiserweight, the 33-year-old is now 3-0(1) in his heavyweight campaign and the 41-1(27) contender says he is ready for either world heavyweight ruler; be it WBC king Vitali Klitschko, Ring magazine, IBF and WBO boss Wladimir Klitshko or WBA ruler David Haye. Adamek did add that a fight with Haye is one that he is one-hundred-percent sure he would win. continue
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (May 4, 2010) - On Friday May 14, Star Boxing makes its much anticipated return to the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, when it presents its tenth installment of the popular, "Punchin' at the Paradise", fight series. The event, which is being co-promoted with Golden Boy Promotions, will be broadcast live on TeleFutura's, "Sólo Boxeo Tecate". The evening will feature some of the top undefeated prospects in the world, including Golden Boy's Adrien "The Problem" Broner (14-0, 11KO's) and Mike "The Artist" Perez (7-0, 3KO's), as well as Star Boxing's Yathomas Riley (8-0, 6KO's). continue
Montreal, Tuesday May 4th, 2010 – InterBox will present a quality card on May 28th 2010 for its return to the Pepsi Colisee. The Main Event, presented in collaboration with Golden Boy Promotions, will feature Éric Lucas (39-7-3, 15 KO) vs. Librado Andrade (28-3-0, 21 KO), as well as a minimum of 5 undercard bouts. InterBox also confirms the presence of American network ESPN2 for the Lucas vs. Andrade bout/Event, who will televise live from 9 PM to 11 PM EST for their very popular “Friday Night Fights” series. continue
By Coach Tim Walker: Floyd Mayweather Junior vs. Shane Mosley is firmly in the books. It was a great fight and it was good for boxing, but there comes a time when we must move on and look forward to the next challenge.
The next significant fight on the books is a 12 rounds or less light middleweight non-title fight between Paul "The Punisher" Williams and Kermit "The Killer" Cintron. Ironically, these fighters are considered by many to be the two top light middleweights and neither has a title. This fight is not major in the sense of super big names, but it could be in the sense of the winner possibly being the next opponent for Mayweather, or possibly even Mosley, if Mosley chooses to play the role of gatekeeper and force the young studs to go through him to get to Mayweather. In a previous Eastside article, both Williams and Cintron chose Mosley to beat Mayweather. Williams calling for the outright knockout, while Cintron, speaking a bit more conservatively, figured Mosley to win by majority decision. They were both, obviously, very wrong as Mayweather simply dominated Mosley. continue
by James Slater - Just recently, rumours have been heard that suggest Welshman Joe Calzaghe, who retired at a perfect 46-0 shortly after his unanimous decision win over Roy Jones Junior, will make a return to the ring later this year for a rematch with Bernard Hopkins. "The Pride of Wales" was in Las Vegas at the weekend, to see the Mayweather-Mosley clash, and he apparently met with Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer, who was later quoted in The Mail as saying Calzaghe "has expressed interest," in a second fight with Hopkins, and that B-Hop has also shown interest.
"We will try to make it happen in the Autumn," Schaefer said. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - According to reputable sources (Pacquiao's official website, mpboxing.com) Manny Pacquiao, WBO welterweight champion, is considering accepting the cutoff request for random Olympic style blood test in order to fight Floyd Mayweather Junior.
A fight between the two superstars was all but done when, at the urging of Mayweather, the two sides could not agree on the test and it's cutoff date.
Mayweather held out for a 14-day cut-off on the tests, while Pacquiao was not willing to accept the random protocol unless the cutoff was no less than 24-days prior to the fight. Now Pacquiao is willing to meet Mayweather's number. continue
Aguascalientes, Mexico. (May 4, 2010) – Texas toughman ROBERTO "La Amenaza" GARCIA has declared Saturday, May 8 a new Mexican holiday -- Sinko de Margarito! Garcia, who has been working with Freddie Roach and Eric Brown, is in his final days of training before his Saturday night rumble with three-time world welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO. Margarito will be making his 2010 debut during Cinco de Mayo weekend, in a 10-round super welterweight rumble against "The Amazing" Garcia, headlining Latin Fury 14. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, the four-bout Latin Fury 14 will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, on This Saturday! May 8, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, from Aguascalientes, Mexico, which will be celebrating the San Marcos Fair.
"This is a big fight which is why I left my home in Texas to work with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card in Hollywood, California,'" said Garcia. "I had six great weeks of hard training and unbelievable sparring. Freddie had me in the ring with Angulo and other great fighters. I am ready to get it on in the big bullring in Aguascalientes and play matador to Margarito.. continue
by James Slater - In somewhat surprising news, former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne McCullough has confirmed he will be a participant in the next instalment of Barry Hearn's "Prizefighter" series - this one set for May 29th, at super-bantamweight.
Though Wayne is now aged 39 and has been inactive since his June 2008 6th-round corner retirement loss to Juan Ruiz, the sheer class and experience he possesses have to give him a good chance of winning the tournament when it takes place. continue
On May 21, Cohen and Honig, founders of The Empire Sports and Entertainment, are proud to announce "Capitale Punishment" an evening of world-class professional boxing at Capitale in New York City.
In the night's main event, former linear and two-time World Heavyweight Champion Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (49-5-1, 43 KOs) will look to further the growing momentum of his comeback and notch his 50th career victory against Kansas veteran Dominique "Diamond" Alexander (19-8-1, 9 KOs). continue
The most feared fighter in the world, and three-time World Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will face former Welterweight World Champion and knockout artist Kermit “The Killer” Cintron on Saturday, May 8 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The two fighters will meet above Williams natural 147 pounds and subsequently being dubbed “The Weight is Over,” in a bout televised by HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) and presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Di Bella Entertainment. The two fighters and their promoters participated in a conference call to discuss the upcoming 12-round fight and the significance it means to the welterweight division.
PAUL WILLIAMS - “(Kermit’s) a big puncher and can box too. I’ve shown that I’m a big puncher and I’m a boxer too."
What’s it like to fight in different weight classes?
“To me it’s kind of fun. People can’t really categorize me. It’s hard because you can’t get anybody to fight you. It takes discipline because once you finally pick a weight you’ve got to get up or down in weight. I kind of like it. continue
NEW YORK (May 4, 2010) – Veteran heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, winner of the “2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” has rededicated himself to boxing with a new promoter, Boxing 360, as well as a new head trainer, former world title contender William “Bo” James, now in his corner. Harris (23-14-2, 10 KOs), fighting out of New Jersey, has already fought three times in 2010, one less than his total during the previous six years, which included a stretch when he was inactive for 2 ½ years. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The third day of preliminary round action at the 2010 National Golden Gloves took place on Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark. The light flyweight division made its debut on Wednesday with defending champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) winning his first bout of the 2010 edition to advance on to the quarterfinal round. Quarterfinal action in all ten weight classes will be contested on Thursday night. Quarterfinal results will be disseminated upon the completion of the night’s action. For quicker result information regarding a specific bout, contact Julie Goldsticker at (719) 440-1050.. continue
by Jenna J -- Click here to listen to the show --As always, this week's 71st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Campbell) 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
Floyd Mayweather’s dominant performance against Sugar Shane Mosley
Where does Floyd Mayweather go from here?
What’s next for Sugar Shane Mosley?
Will Mayweather versus Pacquiao actually happen?
Rising star Saul Alvarez's tko9 proformance against Jose Miguel Cotto. continue
RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF. (May 3, 2010) – World Boxing Association interim super lightweight champion MARCOS "El Pollo" MAIDANA pulled out of his fight against undefeated World Boxing Organization junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY today. The public news conference scheduled for Tuesday, May 4 at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. is canceled. Gary Shaw, who co-promotes Bradley with Thompson Boxing Promotions, received a call from Eric Gomez, Vice President/Matchmaker of Golden Boy Promotions, Maidana's co-promoter, moments ago informing him that Maidana was pulling out of the fight.
"Eric told me Maidana missed his flight to the U.S. and later in the same conversation told me Maidana's back was still injured and that he would not be fighting Timmy on July 17," said Shaw. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –APRIL 30, 2010 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today “Irish” Micky Ward will attend festivities planned for the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 10-13th. “Micky Ward was a true warrior inside the ropes,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “He is a fan favorite and we’re so excited to welcome him back to Canastota.. continue
Robert Jackson: “I think this kid will rumble, Shane will punch him in the mouth and Floyd will sprout wings and grow a tail and spit fire, then Shane will step on his tail and hit him in the stomach”, profound words from Mosley trainer Brother Naazim Richardson and EXACTLY how things happened after a dominating round 2 where Mosley literally hit Money Mayweather in the mouth twice with right hands the second time almost putting Mayweather down. In the 3rd Mayweather came out spitting fire daring Mosley to step on his tail. The remaining rounds of the fight were dominated by the man called ‘Money’.
Why didn’t Shane Mosley step on his tail?? According to Floyd Mayweather Sr, during one of the 24/7 episodes characterized Mosley’s style as being jittery, I would call it herky-jerky, Floyd Sr went on to say that this habit of Mosley’s would play right into Lil Floyd’s hands, it did. How so, it was a ‘tell’ as to what punch Mosley would throw – what Mosley’s intentions were, especially the right hand. Mosley’s lack of diversification in his punching combinations and his lack of a legitimate jab pointed out by Roger Mayweather led to Mosley’s downfall.
Mayweather adapted quickly after the second round and contrary to HBO announcers Lampley and Merchants assertion that there was panic in the Mayweather corner between the 2nd and 3rd rounds there was NO PANIC; in fact Mayweather recovered and finished off the 2nd round strong an indication of what was to come. continue
Family members of champion boxers Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries, legendary fight promoter Tex Rickard, and then acting Nevada Governor Denver Dickerson to attend anniversary celebration scheduled for July 2-4, 2010.
Reno, NV: On July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries stepped into a custom-built boxing ring in Reno, Nevada, with over 20,000 fight fans from across the country and around the world on-hand to witness what had been hyped as the “Battle of the Century.. continue
By Conor Ward - If I'm not completely mistaken, it's exactly a year to the day since Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his return to boxing after a layoff of almost eighteen months. He had called that a "retirement", though few boxing analysts had believed he would part company with the sport permanently in the wake of his December 2007 victory over Ricky Hatton.
On the day of the big light-welterweight clash between Manny Pacquiao and Hatton, Floyd strutted into the MGM Grand wearing a black leather jacket and woolly hat. He looked a bit like a bank robber if truth be told (wasn't that the chosen profession of the original "Pretty Boy Floyd", way back in the day!). Except he was not about to relieve anyone of any loot on that particular day. He was more interested in robbing the limelight, knowing his financial rewards would come a few months down the line. continue
Former Cruiserweight Champion of the World Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham announced today that he has signed a promotional contract with German promoters SAUERLAND EVENT. On making the announcement ‘USS’ Cunningham, whose eight year promotional contract with Don King Promotions came to an end on March 28th, said, "I’m excited about this new chapter, I made the decision to go where I can continue to fight in my weightclass and make a good living at the same time. Cruiserweight is a respected division in Europe and everyone knows I'm a road warrior already, so I'll be fighting overseas more now. I don't mind at all and I'm looking forward to it, Germany has great boxing fans”
‘USS’ Cunningham, who has made no secret that he loves fighting in Europe following his successes there, continued saying, “When I fought Huck back in 2007, Sauerland promoted the fight, and they treated me very well, it was a great experience, they were first class all around. I'm looking forward to increasing my activity in the ring, I feel I am in my prime and I am ready to show the world what I am capable of.. continue
Marco R. (Miami Lakes, FL): I found the Mayweather/Mosley fight less than entertaining. What about his performance makes you (and others) really think that Floyd's a P4P leader?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think that anyone who fails to give Mayweather his full credit after this victory is allowing personal feelings to control their ability to assess his talent as a result. For lack of better words, I'll take it to the streets and simply call such a figure an outright 'hater'. Normally, I stay away from that type of verbal assault, but truthfully, I don't know what else the guy could do to appease that particular kind of person. What really made me respect Floyd in this case is that before the fight, I saw what appeared to be genuine intimidation, whether he'd ever admit it or not. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - From the first bell at the MGM grand on Saturday night, Floyd Mayweather was out to prove beyond any doubt that he is the best fighter alive today. Whether or not his total domination of Shane Mosley means he is once again the pound for pound king is unknown. The fight was both sickening and enthralling. The audience sat watching with awe Mayweather’s lighting hand speed and effortless movement around the ring. But they also watched an ageing legend come face to face with the unforgiving truth that his time at top has come to an end. The narrator for HBO’s 24/7 observed that fighters are more in touch with their own mortality than anyone else. This was read over a final montage of Mayweather and Mosley preparing for battle. In hindsight the words seem ominous. Shane Mosley was granted his wish, the chance to prove himself the best fighter alive, it turned into a nightmare. continue
by James Slater - Fans and experts, most of them anyway, are in agreement that Floyd Mayweather Junior looked quite sensational this past Saturday, as he easily (for the most part, that big scare in round-two aside) handled "Sugar" Shane Mosley in Las Vegas. Looking as fast as ever, if not faster, and also showing he can take a great shot or two if his sublime defensive skills are ever penetrated, "Money" won his first legitimate super-fight against a legitimate welterweight.
There are two big questions now: will Mayweather be able to get Manny Pacquiao into the ring with him for his next fight, and is the 33-year-old boxing master once again deserving of being ranked at number-one in the pound-for-pound ratings? continue
ESPN's award-winning primetime newsmagazine E:60 will tell the unusual story of boxing champion Yuri Foreman in the episode airing Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. ET.
It's an old story, kind of. A penniless immigrant finds his way to America, wins fame and fortune in the boxing ring and marries a model. But as E:60’s Jeremy Schaap reports, this is a story with a twist. continue
by GM Ross - Last night, May 1, in Brantford, Ontario, Kara McLeod of the Six Nations Reserve put on a boxing clinic in her four round featherweight contest with Bernadette Hume of Toronto. With unflinching composure McLeod tactically dismantled Hume amidst the constant adoration of her fans. Hume’s best work occurred early on in round one, when she and McLeod set a furious pace. As the two exchanged, however, it became increasingly apparent that McLeod’s shots were taking a toll on Hume, while the latter’s failed to slow the more polished McLeod. After this initial exchange McLeod took control, repeatedly landing crisp, tight punches. As the bell rang to end round one McLeod looked calm and controlled, while Hume was noticeably shaken. The remainder of the fight was much of the same, with McLeod landing big shots on her exhausted opponent. The crowd roared with delight when McLeod connected and cries of “finish her” echoed throughout the arena. Round three was very nearly a 10-8 round in my estimation, with McLeod utterly dominating her opponent. From ringside it looked as though McLeod had easily won every round. Two of the judges felt the same, giving McLeod a 40-36 victory, while the other somehow found a round to give to Hume. continue
by Charles C. White - According to boxrec, former heavyweight contender "Big" Michael Grant is set to fight again this Friday, May 7th, at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY against little known Kevin Burnett, who sports a 13-3-1 record with 8 knockouts. Grant last fought way back in November of 2008 against Paul Marinaccio (24-3 at that time), but has been inactive since then despite being on a nice little win streak versus respected journeymen Billy Zumbrun, Demetrice King, Kevin Montiy and the aforementioned Marinaccio. continue
FLOYD MAYWEATHER "If Manny Pacquiao wants to fight, it is not hard to find me. We were going to make the fight a couple of months back but it didn't happen. I take my hat off to Mosley. He had problems in the past but he's a warrior. He took the blood and urine tests. I just want everyone to be on an even playing field. If every athlete is clean in the sport of boxing, take the test. If Manny Pacquiao takes the blood and urine tests, we can fight. If he doesn't, we won't make the fight.
"Here was another tremendous fight, another tremendous turn out.
"There was a point to prove; to see who was the best welterweight out there. continue
By Coach Tim Walker - He's fresh on the heals of his defeat of Shane Mosley and is letting it known that he is serious about taking on the best. Following the fight, Mayweather was asked about the possibility of moving up to middleweight and fighting newly crowned WBC/WBO middleweight champion Sergio Martinez if a fight with Manny Pacquiao can't be made. Mayweather's response, "It's possible."
Martinez's name has never come up as a potential opponent for Mayweather but it offers interesting scenarios. Martinez is considerably larger and fights out of a southpaw stance. A style he hasn't faced in the ring since taking on Zab Judah in 2006. The two losses on Martinez's 45-2-2 record came at the hands of Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams who are, ironically, also potential future opponents for Mayweather.
Would a match at middleweight signal that Floyd is going to campaign the remainder of his career at higher weights? It's doubtful, but it does leave room for thought considering the current landscape of potential opponents for the world's best boxer is very thin at 147. continue
IOWA CITY, IA (May 3, 2010) Fight fans in Iowa City were treated to a display of four of boxing’s finest prospects on Saturday night, May 1st, as TKO Boxing Promotions presented bouts featuring Mikael Zewski, Terence Crawford, J’Leon Love and Michael Finney at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds. In the fight of the night, welterweight Mikael Zewski of Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada battled St. Joseph, Missouri native Alex DeLeon over four blistering rounds. continue
by Kirk Jackson: He’s too old. He’s too small. He’s too slow. He didn’t knock him out. The fight was boring. These are common excuses and complaints, echoed from some of the Floyd Mayweather detractors while watching his fights. It seems as though every time Floyd does something in the ring, every time he defeats his opponent, there is always an excuse, and critics line up to discredit Floyd in any way. full story
By Paul Strauss: HBO's Jim Lampley said it best, "He's not going to like what he sees!" That comment was made in response to Larry Merchant's question to Mosley about what's next?. Mosley said, "I want to see the tape of the fight. That begs the question.....Why?
This was not a good fight. It was not an exciting fight, and Mayweather fans will take particular joy in saying, "I told you so." The only real excitement in this fight took place in the second round when Sugar Shane Mosley caught Floyd Mayweather, Jr. with a long right that followed his own jab. The punch shook up Money, and then in an exchange a few seconds later, Sugar caught him with a counter right hand that buckled Floyd's legs. Many in the crowd at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV jumped to their feet! For a moment there, it looked like the unthinkable might happen! But, Floyd proved that in addition to being a smart and gifted fighter, he is also pretty tough.. He took the shots well, and came back pretty strong in the next round, and probably won it. Then he took total control of the fight from the fourth round on.
Sugar Shane seemed unable to get into any kind of rhythm. Credit Mayweather for that. continue
Former WBU Light Heavyweight Champion of the World Tony ‘Oakey Kokey’ Oakey takes to the ring for the final time against British Master Light Heavyweight Champion Michael Banbula, at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym and Bruce Baker co-promoted “Oakey’s Last Stand” event at Mountbatten Leisure Centre in Portsmouth, Hampshire on the 21st May 2010. During his colourful twelve year professional boxing career the popular 34 year old from Havant, Hampshire, has won virtually all major domestic and International Light Heavyweight championships, including the BBBofC Southern Area; British; Commonwealth and the pinnacle of his career, the WBU World title. continue
by James Slater - Promoter Barry Hearn managed to lure a big name into taking part in the most recent edition of his exciting "Prizefighter" tournament, as former WBO heavyweight champ Herbie Hide boxed in "Prizefighter The Cruiserweights II," but now Hearn looks set to top that at the end of the month. BoxRec, and McCullough himself have confirmed that "The Pocket Rocket" will box in the super-bantamweight tournament set for May 29th; with the show to most likely take place once again at York Hall, London. continue
by James Slater - Tonight in Germany, WBO cruiserweight king Marco Huck once again proved to be too good for a gutsy challenger, as he won via a 9th-round corner retirement over a very game Brian Minto. The approx 199-pound Minto, having dropped down from battling heavyweights, was pulled out by his corner at the end of the 9th-round. Serbian-born Huck is now 29-1(22), Minto, the older man by a decade at age 35, is now 34-4(21).
Though Minto, who had slimmed down considerably since his last fight - a losing effort against big puncher Chris Arreola - tried his best tonight, he was outclassed by the defending champion. As is always the case, "The Beast" pressed the action, and he took the fight to "Kapt'n'" Huck, but he was on the receiving end of the more accurate punching. Defending his belt for the third time, Huck broke through in a big way in the 3rd-round, as he put Minto down with a hard right hand.
Minto, showing courage, beat the count and continued to fight as hard as he could, but he was put down again in the 5th-round. The former heavyweight was so dazed at the end of the 5th that he walked to the wrong corner at the end of the punishing three-minutes of action. The fight was an enjoyable, if one-sided one to watch, and the fans got their money's worth.
Huck could perhaps have got the job done quicker than he eventually did, but that view perhaps takes away from the challenger's gigantic effort. Downed for a third time in the fight in the 9th-round, Minto was then pulled out by his corner and not allowed to see round-ten. continue
Domestic rivals Jamie Power and John “The Warrior” Waldron have promised to limit their fighting to the boxing ring ahead of their Irish Light Heavyweight title clash on the Yanjing Fight Night at The University Sports Arena, Limerick on Saturday, May 15th. The bout is one of two Irish title fights on the card headlined by Andy Lee's clash with former former European Champ and Knockout artist Mamadou Thiam while reigning World and European Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor also features in an international amateur contest. continue
by James Slater - Last night, on the under-card of the huge Shane Mosley-Floyd Mayweather Junior fight, another member of Team-Mayweather got the action started in a most sensational and exciting way. 30-year-old Moroccan-born, Las Vegas-based southpaw Said Ouali met once-beaten 26-year-old Argentine Hector David Saldivia in a WBA welterweight title eliminator.
Trained by Roger Mayweather, Ouali, known as "Prince," said pre-fight how he'd never even heard of Saldivia. The comment was not meant in a disrespectful way, but inside of a few seconds Ouali knew very well who his opponent was and how dangerous he can be! continue
Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) made a successful third defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title when he stopped Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-4, 21 KOs) in the tenth round of their clash in Oldenburg, Germany. Fighting in front of a boisterous crowd of 3,500 fans, Huck landed his trademark power punches in every round. His huge right did most of the damage, knocking Minto down in the third and fifth round. But the American refused to give up. He hung in and fought back – only for Huck to land even more punches. The 25-year-old German hammered in huge combinations to body and head before another right sent Minto down again the ninth. He came back to his feet but his corner ultimately decided he had taken enough punishment.
“It was a spectacular fight and I really take my hat off to Minto,” Huck said. “I was surprised how many shots he could take. I knocked him down three times but he refused to give up. He has a big heart and you have to give him a lot of credit for carrying on. I am very pleased with my performance. It was the third defence and I am keen to inflict some more damage to my opponents at cruiserweight and unify the belts.. continue
By Joseph “the Mad Boxing Genius” Torres: Saturday May 1st, 2010, pitted two of the greatest welterweights of this era against one another in what was to be a sure fire classic. What we got was a complete domination from the self proclaimed “Greatest fighter of all time” in Floyd Mayweather Jr.
From the third round on, Floyd Mayweather did what was necessary and does what he always does which is to see what he has in front of him, make adjustments then go to work. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - There will be a special post-fight edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio following the super fight between former pound for pound kings Floyd Mayweather Junior and Sugar Shane Mosley. The show begins at 1:30am Eastern Standard Time on May 2.
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.
Who will be eating crown on the show? Will it be the show’s lovely Hostess, Miss Jenna J who picked Mayweather by close decision? Or will it be yours truly who picked Mosley to win inside the distance? Tune in and find out! continue
It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® when HBO Sports presents FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. SHANE MOSLEY, the exclusive replay of their welterweight showdown, this SATURDAY, MAY 8 at 9:45 p.m. ET/ 6:45 P.M. PT on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, calls all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue
Daniel "The Haitian Sensation" Edouard (23-2-2 KOs 14) made short work of Panamanian Champion, Jose Arosemena (12-6-2 KOs 10), knocking him out in the 2nd round of their scheduled 11 round WBA Fedelatin Middleweight main event held at Hotel Melia Panama Canal, Colon City, Panama last night, Friday, April 30. In front of a capacity crowd Edouard, who weighed in a at very fit 156 1/2 pounds, looked in very good condition. Arosemena forced the action early but this proved to be a bad strategy. Edouard, in response, reeled off several controlled jabs and strong right hands, ultimately knocking out the challenger at 2:33 of second round. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - 8 different men, 8 different records, 8 different backgrounds. Some of them are at the beginning of their career, some closer to the end, but they all have a common agenda for the night: to pocket £32.000 and, hopefully, move onto bigger things. With all to gain and nothing to lose, in a night rich of surprises, let’s find out who is the last man standing.
QUARTER FINAL 1: MARK KRENCE VS ZAHID KAHUT.
ROUND 1: Zahid Kahut (4-2-0) opens up jabbing but Mark Krence (25-8-0) takes over quickly connecting with body shots, scoring a hook to the jaw and pinning his man in a neutral corner, hitting head and body till he takes a knee and an 8 count. Kahut end the round defenseless on the ropes.
ROUND 2: Kahut starts the round more daring, going after Krence but shows a poor defence and gets nailed with a right hand and an uppercut. Mark takes another round, at the end of which Zahid is bleeding from the nose. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 30, 2010) – Integrated Sports Media, North America’s undisputed champion of major pay-per-view boxing distribution, announced today it will be involved in the airing of the May 29th “Fists Of Steel” event, featuring 3-time and reigning WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko against European title-holder Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski, live from Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: Ever since the mega bout between Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather Junior was officially announced, the guests from On the Ropes Boxing Radio have shared their views on this contest. Here is what some of our most recent guests, including some of the top trainers and best fighters, have had to say:
Devon Alexander Episode 63
“Oh man, that fight can go either way, but you know one thing—Shane is going to make Mayweather fight more than what Mayweather wants to do because Mayweather’s the type of fighter now that he just wants to win and he doesn’t want to take any chances. Shane’s going to make him take chances.”
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“Realistically, I think Floyd is going to outpoint him. I see that at the beginning of the fight, Shane Mosley is going to be there and he’s going to impose his will, he’s going to impose his strength and the speed, but I think after a couple of rounds Floyd will pretty much figure him out once Shane slows down a little. That’s when Floyd is really going to get into his rhythm and start picking him apart a little bit and just do what he does and come out with the victory.. continue
LAS VEGAS, MAY 1 - Fireworks will come at the end of July this year when boxing superstars Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez takes on Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz in a rematch of their February 28, 2009 fight which was named 2009's Fight of the Year by numerous boxing organizations and media outlets. Marquez vs. Diaz II, scheduled for Saturday, July 31, will be for Marquez's Ring Magazine, WBA and WBO Lightweight World titles, and will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
by James Slater - Once-beaten heavyweight contender Donnell "The Real Touch Of Sleep" Holmes lost his perfect record under somewhat controversial circumstances back in August of last year. Facing Brian Minto (who is now a cruiserweight, going in with WBO champ Marco Huck tonight), the 37-year-old was boxing well enough before Minto suffered a cut at the start of the 4th-round. The cut was ruled to have come from an accidental head-clash, though Holmes said the damage was the result of a punch - in any case, the fight was stopped and Minto prevailed via a Technical Decision. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani: This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Roger Mayweather who is currently training his nephew Floyd Junior for his May 1 clash against Sugar Shane Mosley. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding Floyd’s preparations for his May 1 bout with Mosley:
“Well in camp everything’s going well, everything’s going good so far. He’s just focusing on the fight so basically everything’s been well so far altogether. I mean camp started out good, it’s going good now, so hopefully nothing happens and everything is going to be well.”
On whether he believes Shane will be at his sharpest given the long layoff:
“Well you got to remember my nephew hadn’t fought in nineteen months. He was off. He was off for almost two years so even thought the layoff that Shane Mosley had, Floyd had a layoff himself so it doesn’t really matter about the layoff. Skills are going to play the bills and that’s what boxing is all about anyway.” continue
by GM Ross - Former WBA heavyweight title challenger Kirk 'Bubba' Johnson of Nova Scotia made a successful return to professional boxing last night, April 29, at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, by defeating Douglas Robertson of Longview, Texas, via first round TKO. The bout was scheduled for four rounds but was stopped after Robertson hit the canvas twice in the first round. Although Johnson's victory came in impressive fashion, Robertson is a far cry from 'Bubba's' previous competition. With a record of just 3-23-2 coming into the contest, Robertson easily boasted the worst record of any Johnson opponent to date. The question on most fans' minds was no doubt Johnson's weight. Johnson came into the bout at 248.5 lbs, 11.5 lbs lighter than the embarrassing 260 lbs he weighed against Vitali Klitschko. continue
JON-LEWIS DICKINSON is the Prizefighter Cruiserweights II champion after a night of high drama and tension. Durham-based Dickinson, 24 on Monday, floored substitute Nick Okoth three times in the final and claimed a knockout victory at the York Hall in London’s East End.
However, there had been an earlier twist as pre-tournament favourite Herbie Hide became the first fighter to be unable to continue after winning a fight. continue
By Matthew Paras - Super Middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (15-0, 11 KOs) opened up the televised portion of 8 Count Production’s Windy City Fight Night with an impressive performance by stopping Kevin Engel (17-3, 14 KOs) in the sixth round with a perfect body shot. Time was 2:35.
With an attendance of 2817 and thousands watching on Showtime’s televised series, Shobox, Edwin Rodriguez came out looking to put on an exciting performance. Rodriguez wasted no time throwing punches and putting combinations together. For the first two rounds, he targeted the body often and then followed with a series of punches upstairs.
Kevin Engel had trouble adjusting until he landed a blasting left hook that got Rodriguez’s attention. Starting to come forward with his jab, it seemed like Engel could potentially pose a threat to Edwin Rodriguez. Rodriguez remained calm, throwing sharp counter rights, and he connected with them to win back the round. continue
By Matthew Paras: Jaime Herrera vs. Eric Draper: Local Welterweight Prospect Jaime Herrera opened up Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions’ “Windy City Fight Night” with a roaring Chicago crowd supporting him against Indiana native Eric Draper by unanimous decisions of 39-37 twice and 40-36. Herrera was tentative the first round as he calmly stalked Draper not throwing much, while Draper landed some blows to win the round. In round two, Herrera calmed any nerves he had in the first round by landing sharp left hands that sent Draper back. Since then, Herrera controlled the pace to outwork Draper and win a unanimous decision. continue
by James Slater - Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, 37-year-old former world ranked heavyweight and former world title challenger Kirk Johnson returned to action after having taken slightly over four years off. Looking in far better condition than he did the last time we saw him fight - in a No-Contest against Javier Mora way back in March of 2006 - Johnson easily did away with 35-year-old "Preacher Man" Douglas Robertson; promptly doing away with the southpaw via a 1st-round TKO. continue
CHICAGO (May 1, 2010) – Three of America’s top super middleweight prospects dazzled Friday evening on a spectacular ShoBox: The New Generation card from the Windy City. Marcus Johnson kept his undefeated record intact with a workman-like performance over Derek Edwards, handing him the first loss of his career. In the co-feature hometown hero Don George stole the show with an explosive unanimous decision over Oumanu Adama and the night opened with an impressive knockout by Edwin Rodriguez over Kevin Engel.
The evening of fights which aired on SHOWTIME® took place at UIC Pavilion and was co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Eight Count Productions.
Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) of Houston, Texas, controlled the fight from round one remaining active and cutting off Edwards’ angles. Johnson pressed the pace and by the eighth round Edwards (25-1, 13 KOs) of Winston-Salem, N.C., was clearly running out of steam. Both fighters rallied for an exciting finish but Johnson was granted the unanimous decision with two of the judges scoring the fight 98-92 and a third seeing it 97-93. continue
by James Slater - There is no doubt about it; a clash between Amir Khan and Kevin Mitchell would be a hugely welcomed super-fight here in the U.K. And, talking today on BBC Sport, the two talented boxers each verbally welcomed such a match-up. Or, to put it another, more accurate way, Khan and Mitchell have both spoken of how they will never actually face each other. According to Mitchell, Khan fears him, and according to Khan, promoter Frank Warren would not want to risk his fighter being bested by a fighter from a different promotional outfit. continue