Undefeated junior middleweight sensation Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (28-0, 17KOs) will be returning to the ring in December, most likely against the rugged Pawel Wolak (27-1, 17KOs).
The bout will take place either on the undercard of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.-Alfonso Gomez pay per view event on December 4th or it will be the main event of a Fox Sports card that will take place on December 18th. The date should be finalized within the next couple weeks. continue
By James Slater - Philly heavyweight “Fast” Eddie Chambers has not been seen in action since his March, 12th-round KO loss at the hands of heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. However, the 28-year-old with the 35-2(18) record has been active in the gym.
Possibly on the verge of coming back to the ring this year some time, Chambers is also looking at working with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. Wanting a second go at “Dr. Steel Hammer,” although he says he knows such a fight is unlikely “because of how the first fight went,” Eddie believes he can do better next time.
Always a great guy to speak with, here is what Eddie had to say earlier today:
James Slater: Thanks so much for your time, Eddie. Firstly, is there any word on your next fight?
Eddie Chambers: I’m actually on my way to the gym now, to work on my strength and conditioning. It was going to be November, but that doesn’t look likely now. We’re looking at a few possibilities, but we don’t have any names yet. But it’s an interesting time for me; I’m training like I said, so I’ll be fully focused and 100-precent ready when I do fight. continue
By James Slater - There are a number of interesting news bits circulating on the boxing web sites today. Here are the three stories I found most interesting.
The Roy Jones Junior Vs. Danny Santiago fight, originally set for October 7th in the former pound-for-pound king’s home town, has been postponed due to a hand in jury that was suffered by the legendary 41-year-old. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 29 - Following a triumphant return to the East Coast this July, junior welterweight contender and former World Champion Zab "Super" Judah returns to Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday, November 6 to take on one of his toughest tests to date in Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a battle for the NABO junior welterweight title. continue
by Robert Brown - On the 27 of November 2010 Juan Manuel Marquez will defend his WBO 135 pound title against Michael ‘The Great’ Katsidis, at the M.G.M Grand in Las Vegas . This match stands to be a stern challenge for the aging legend Marquez, despite his many failed attempts to get a rubber match with pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao. This match defines boxing in its purist form with a master boxer versus a raging slugger. If all the ingredients together come this should provide a spectacle to satisfy the most battle hardened boxing fans.
This fight represents fighters at two different stages of their careers, one looking to cement what will be a Hall of Fame career, the other looking to put a multiple time champion in multiple divisions away and send him possibly into retirement. Either way this will be a career defining match for both fighters. continue
Newark, NJ (September 29) – Unbeaten lightweight sensation Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez will appear in a six round special attraction bout as part of the Zab Judah-Lucas Matthysse undercard Saturday, November 6 at the Prudential Center in his hometown of Newark, NJ. continue
By Charles White: Silence, that is all that is coming from Team Chisora as the unofficial deadline of agreement for a clash between Derek and Wladimir Klitschko passed by this past Saturday. As most know by now, heavyweight contender Derek Chisora was offered a December 11th fight with Klitschko last week. A big opportunity indeed for the up and coming British fighter, but perhaps an ill-advised fight for him at this point in his career as well? With only 14 professional fights under his belt, and having never gone past 9 rounds in his career thus far, many would say that Chisora simply isn't ready for a shot at the heavyweight title just yet. It would seem as though Derek's promoter, Frank Warren, himself would like to see Chisora have at least one more fight before taking on Wladimir, as Warren has stated that they would consider the offer and that he would prefer Chisora to fight Nikolay Valuev, a fight Warren has been trying to get for Derek for a while now. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: I have battened down the hatches. I have put on the flak jacket. I realise that by naming an article ‘Defending David Haye’ I am setting myself up to be shot down, especially considering the comments routinely made about him by critics, writers, bloggers, rival boxers and any other party you can think of over the past year or so.
Ducker. Coward. Paper champion. Big mouth. A yapping little dog who runs when the big dogs bark back. These are just some of the kinder things that have been said about Haye in recent months and as an unashamed David Haye fan I have asked myself; Is David Haye really that bad? Does he deserve such abuse? I have tried to look at the evidence and assess the facts. Like it or not, below I present my case for the defence of David Haye…. continue
By Ryan Stead: He was around before we knew him, plying his trade, building his reputation and quietly climbing the ranks. Success on the international scene wasn't handed to the Canadian kid, it was hard earned, and when it finally arrived no Canadian boxer deserved it more. One question has since arisen, is he still hungry? continue
By James Slater: Hasim Rahman, the former heavyweight champion who is still best known the world over for sensationally upsetting all-time great Lennox Lewis via 5th-round KO, fights again this Saturday night. Looking to stay busy in the hopes of landing one last title shot,” Rock,” now aged 37 and with a good 48-7-2(39) record, will face journeyman Marcus McGee in an eight-rounder at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama (the card topped by the WBA cruiserweight defence by Guillermo Jones, who FINALLY returns to action, against Valery Brudov). continue
By James Slater: An interesting interview piece appears in a recent edition of the popular Manchester Evening News web site, in which Amir Khan talks about potential domestic rival John Murray. Murray, the European lightweight champion, has been talking about his desire to get it on with “King Khan” for a number of months now, and such a fight would undoubtedly do great business in the U.K - a genuine clash of styles/clash of personalities match-up as it would be.
However, even though Khan watched the 25-year-old Manchester warrior go to 30-0 last Friday, the longest unbeaten record in British boxing today, he is still of the opinion that Murray is not in his class.
Khan gave his opinion on the European boss live on Sky Sports last Friday (after leaving the studio, Khan found his car had been “keyed,” so reports The M.E.News), and in the interview piece he goes on the verbal attack with more venom; saying he has had tougher sparring partners than Murray continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten middleweight David Lemieux of Canada is fast becoming one of the most exciting fighters in the division due to his awesome punching power. At 23-0(22), the 21-year-old has displayed his iron fists in front of large crowds in his native Montreal, and with his last win, a frightening destruction of the respected Elvin Ayala (a 1st-round KO for Lemieux), the hot prospect proved he can step up in class and look as effective at the same time. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 29, 2010) – Veteran contender Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson has been tapped to replace the injured Mikkel Kessler in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and is preparing to meet Allan Green in a Group Stage 3 bout on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), it was officially announced today by SHOWTIME Sports® Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Hershman. continue
Sky Sports have officially confirmed that the WBA world heavyweight title showdown between David Haye and Audley Harrison on Saturday, November 13, will be the world's first ever boxing match televised live in 3D.
Fight fans purchasing the clash on Sky Box Office are set to witness a 'three-dimensional beating', claims champion Haye.
“This is great news for British boxing fans, but terrible news for Audley Harrison,” said Haye, 24-1 (22 KO) in his professional career.
“Audley was going to have a hard enough time keeping up with me as it is, but now he's got no chance in 3D. He's going to feel like he's just walked in mid-way through Inception. He'll think he's being surrounded. continue
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has responded to a YouTube video posted by title challenger Audley Harrison, and claimed his fellow Londoner needs to “bring an axe” when the pair swap blows on November 13 in Manchester, live on Sky Sports HD.
Harrison recorded and published a video on Monday, featuring footage of him preparing for an uphill run at his Big Bear training camp in California, armed with an axe for protection. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - (September 28, 2010) - 3-Time World Champion Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KO) and reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KO) shared their thoughts on their scheduled fight that is to take place on Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall.
As the main event of the evening, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will defend his title against Paul "The Punisher" Williams in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve back-and-forth rounds. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When IBF/WBO heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) recently defeated Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) by tenth round knockout, it was typical of his recent efforts. Since winning the IBF version of the belt against Chris Byrd in April 2006, Klitschko has now successfully defended the title nine times. He also defended the WBO version of the title on five occasions since winning the strap from Sultan Ibragimov during a 2008 unification bout.
What is most impressive about Klitschko’s reign is not that he continues winning, but the manner by which he wins. Klitschko has dominated all who have been put in front of him. Eight of his nine title defenses have ended inside the distance, and he has rarely lost a round during that stretch. In fact not only does Klitschko hardly ever lose rounds, but he has become so effective with his fighting style that he seldom gets hit. The last time Wladimir was truly tested inside the ring was back in September 2005, when he fought Sam Peter the first time in a fight which saw Wladimir dropped three times in a winning effort. continue
OXNARD, CALIF. (September 28, 2010) -- Eight weeks away from hitting North Texas, the “Tijuana Tornado” ANTONIO MARGARITO is picking up steam as he heads to the coastal town of Oxnard, Calif. to continue his preparation for his rumble with the best pound for pound fighter in the world, The Honorable Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, Congressman from the province of Sarangani in the Philippines. Pacquiao vs. Margarito is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 13 from Cowboys Stadium and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. continue
Andy Lee, Kronk Irish middleweight star headlines the ‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe’ boxing series promoted by Hitz Boxing this Saturday night (October 2nd) at the luxurious ‘Venue’, Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana.
Lee laces up his gloves in his 25th outing as a professional, in a 10 round bout against veteran fighter, Troy Lowry from Saint Paul, Minnesota with a record of 27 wins and 10 losses. continue
By Peter Heintzelman & Trish Kilcullen - “Last Man Standing” was the titled card for this Saturday night’s fights at Foxwoods Resort & Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Scheduled to fight was Joey “KO Kid” Spina and “Sucra” Ray Oliveira, as the headliner for the famed Foxwood Theatre, but it all fell through this afternoon. Ray Oliveira, 47-11-2, 22 KO’s, of New Bedford, MA is very upset.
EastSideBoxing caught up with Sucra moments ago, and inquired as to just what happened that caused the boxing commission to cancel his comeback fight at the casino:
ESB: So Ray, what happened with the physical exam that caused the Mashantucket boxing commission to can your fight this Saturday night against Joey Spina?
Ray Oliveira: I have no idea. My doctor, Doctor Moore of Dartmouth, MA, had told me “yes, I could fight,” and their neurologist said “No, it’s too risky!. continue
Line-up change opens the door for old rivals to fight for title on October 9 - Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott could meet in the final of Prizefighter Heavyweights IV after line-up alterations ahead of the October 9 fight night at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
The pair have fought twice previously with Skelton coming out on top on both occasions, and now the withdrawal of three fighters has led to a change in the draw, meaning the old foes are on course for a third showdown in the final live on Sky Sports. continue
By James Slater - It’s not in any way a definite yet, but former light-heavyweight champion Glen Johnson may come into the ongoing “Super Six” super-middleweight tournament, as a replacement for the injured Mikkel Kessler. This is the word according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, and he reports how the 41-year-old “Road Warrior,” coming off that close points loss to IBF 175-pound boss Tavoris Cloud, is very much interested in joining the tourney - even if he has not fought at the 168-pounds limit in ten years. continue
This is a published letter from a hardcore fight fan out there just like you! Every Wednesday ESB will feature a new letter containing various topics around the sport, and end with a response from Vivek Wallace himself! For those fight fans who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, here's your chance to SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to email@example.com. (Keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back, the mic is yours)! Today's letter comes to us from Arnel E. (Los Angeles, CA):
I'm sure by now you've read (or heard about) the interview transcript where Oscar De La Hoya spoke to a reporter and said in so many words that his plan is to use his company to take over the sport of boxing. I have always been a huge Oscar fan, and I think it takes a lot of guts on his part to not only say this publicly. continue
By James Slater - Legendary Mexican warrior Rafael Marquez, one half of arguably the greatest lower-weight rivalry in recent boxing history, is currently in the early days of intense training for his next battle: this one not against Israel Vazqeuz, but against unbeaten Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel Lopez. continue
By James Slater - It seems the prospect of an Amir Khan-Floyd Mayweather Junior “super-fight” has to be taken seriously. The brainchild of Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Mayweather against Khan is now being looked at as a “Plan-B,” in case the fight we all want to see, Mayweather Vs. Manny Pacquiao, fails to materialise.
According to Mail online, Khan is “on standby” to fight “Money Mayweather” next September, if by that time Pacquiao-Mayweather has not been made. Khan has been told of the plan, and he is obviously very excited; even believing he is the fighter to take away the zero that has been at the end of Mayweather’s record since the mid-1990s. continue
Brooklyn, NY (September 28, 2010) - Golden Boy Promotions just added a little more magic to its already stellar lineup of fighters as the company announced today that an agreement has been reached to promote former World Champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi. Malignaggi, who will begin his assault on the welterweight division under the Golden Boy banner, will also serve as one of the company's "ambassadors" to New York, assisting in the promotion of events in his hometown in conjunction with Golden Boy's recently announced deal with The Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"We are very excited to add Paulie to our roster of fighters," said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya. "We have worked with him on numerous fights and his flashy style is exciting to watch both in and out of the ring. We have big plans in store for him and are thrilled that he is in our corner."
"This is the best career move I've made and I'm thankful to Golden Boy Promotions for giving me this opportunity," said Malignaggi. continue
Kell Brook could face rising American star Mike Jones for the Interim WBO World Welterweight title next. Promoter Frank Warren has approached Jones' promoter Bob Arum and the WBO about making the fight for December in London on Warren's big 30th anniversary show. Sheffield sensation Brook recorded his 22nd win in Birmingham earlier this month when he stopped long time British rival Michael Jennings in the fifth round. continue
By James Slater - As fight fans know, Bryan Vera, the 28-year-old former “Contender” star, goes up against former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik on November 13th, on the Pac-Man-Margarito card in Texas. Undeniably the biggest fight of the 17-5(11) Vera’s career, the man from Houston, Texas is up for the challenge and already planning his fight strategy.
Very kindly taking time out to speak with me about the fight that is all but guaranteed to be a thrilling affair, Vera gave the following answers to my questions earlier today:
James Slater: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with me, Bryan. I know your time must be taken up with lots of interviews and stuff right now. continue
Welsh star Nathan Cleverly has fired a warning to loud-mouth German Jurgen Braehmer. The WBO World light-heavyweight champion slammed Cleverly as "feather fisted" last week following his win over Karo Murat in Birmingham. But unbeaten Clev has challenged Braehmer to taste his punches for real in December. "It really made me laugh when I read Braehmer's quotes," said the Welshman. "I've stopped my last seven opponents, and it will be eight if Braehmer plucks up the courage to get in the ring with me. "My promoter Frank Warren will provide the perfect platform for him to back up his claims on December 11 in London.
"If Braehmer wants the fight then I will be there in the opposite corner, and I'll do to him what I did to Murat.
"I changed my style to take on Murat when I could have made it a lot easier and boxed him from the outside all night, but I forced the fight all the way, forced the stoppage and broke his nose.
"Now I'm a man and I am punching harder with every fight and if Braehmer wants to back up his words then I'm here ready for him. continue
Incredibly, given the day and age, two-time heavyweight champion and upcoming title challenger Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) is once again having to publicly respond to derogatory remarks about asthma made by a current heavyweight champion.
On the heels of WBA belt holder David Haye referring to Briggs as "Shannon 'I need my asthma pump' Briggs" comes an interview WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko did with noted boxing writer Lem Satterfield entitled "Vitali Klitschko: Shannon Briggs' Asthma 'Just a Good Excuse'". continue
Vitali Shaposhnikov - I have met Freddie Roach a few times so far, and every time he manages to impress me more and more. Of course years back many people on the street would not recognize this man, unless somehow interested in boxing. Sure Freddie was always a decent trainer, but his stock soared after picking up Manny Pacquiao. Roach did work with some amazing fighters previously, such as Mike Tyson, Virgil Hill, Israel Vasquez, Michael Moorer, Wlad Klitschko, James Toney, and Oscar De La Hoya. All of the above mentioned are world known names, which shocked the boxing scene numerous times, but not a single one of them did for Freddie what Manny was able to do, and vice versa. continue
By Paul Strauss: Maybe Showtime and the promoters know a lot more than they're sharing with us, or they might just be suffering from a case of catagious communal delusional fantasy. First of all, why in the world would they reschedule the fights between Andre Ward vs Andre Dirrell and Carl Froch vs Arthur Abraham on November 27th? It's no coincidence that that happens to be the same date as the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Michael Katsidis fight at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV. Was it an oversight? Yeh, about the same kind of oversight as driving by the Grand Canyon and claiming to have never seen it.
In addition, last time anyone checked, the Ward and Dirrell camps and respective promoters still haven't announced a site for their battle? They certainly have had plenty of time to do so. What's the problem? Is it "wants and concerns" about hometown advantage? Is it an unnatural concern about governing rules of a particular locale? Maybe one or both don't want to be too far fron their favorite restaurant? No, that's an Arreola problem. I've got it. They're holding out for the MGM Grand. continue
MÉXICO CITY (September 27, 2010) -- Two-division world champion RAFAEL MARQUEZ took his training up a notch last week as he prepares for his world title battle against undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez on Saturday, November 6, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The rumble between the pride of México and Puerto Rico, respectively, will be televised live by SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. continue
LONDON (Sept. 27, 2010)– SHOWTIME Sports, Hennessy Sports and Team Sauerland are delighted to announce that Helsinki will host the decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 3 clash between Carl “The Cobra” Froch and King Arthur Abraham. On November 27, the two superstars will lock horns at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, which seats 14,000 people and is known for its passionate Finnish sports fans. continue
Artes S. (Ontario, CA): Freddie Roach has been talking lately about Antonio Margarito like he doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell. The only time Roach gets to speaking this way is when he knows something others may not. With Oscar, Roach said he was shot, with Cotto, he felt the weight would bother him, with Ricky, he felt he wasn't the same. What do you think Freddie knows about Margarito that no one else does?
Vivek W. (ESB): Honestly, the more I've heard, the more I've began to ask myself this very same question. One thing about Freddie Roach, there isn't many better minds in the game, and I'd place him somewhere squarely in the top 4, arguably the top 2. I won't get into motives, but Freddie Roach is one of the most intelligent minds I've ever talked boxing with in passing, and I can't truly recall a time where he said something and was found to be wrong (as it relates to Pacquiao and a pending opponent). The more and more I listen to Roach, the more I begin to ask myself is he going 'all out' because he knows that for the first time in a long time, Pacquiao is going into true gorilla warfare? By that, I mean, this is (Margarito) a bad-boy in every sense of the word. We know that the illegal padding is gone, but the ever-present "now-come-take-this-ass-whippin'-like-a-man" persona of Margarito is very much still alive. continue
By James Slater - It looks all but certain that unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez Junior will clash with fellow Mexican Alfonso Gomez on December 4th. Originally set to face WBC 154-pound king Miguel Cotto, young Chavez saw that fight go out of the window (for now at least) when the Puerto Rican star decided to sit out the rest of 2010 because of lingering affects of shoulder surgery.
For a time it looked as though Chavez Jnr. Might face Pawel Wolak next (who was all set to face Chavez even before Cotto), but now former “Contender” star Gomez appears to be the frontrunner. continue
By Andrea Firth-Clark - Sports Psychologist - London - 27th September 2010 - Once hailed as British Boxing’s leading ambassador Ricky Hatton’s fall from grace has been spectacular to put it mildly.
Not so long ago Ricky was everyone’s favourite sportsman, when he traveled to America to fight it was not unusual for over 30,000 fans to make the trip as well. Unfortunately so many have now turned against their former hero. continue
by Jenna J - (Photo by Stefan Hoyer) This week's 93rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Vitali Klitschko and Shannon Briggs) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or click here to listen and 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).
Scotland's Barry Morrison is bristling at the suggestion that he is a stepping stone to a World title for reigning European Light Welterweight Champ, Paul McCloskey. Morrison challenges for McCloskey's title this Saturday as European Championship boxing comes to Co. Donegal for the first time ever on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at The Aura in Letterkenny.
The bout will be the undefeated McCloskey's second defence of his continental crown and while the Dungiven southpaw clearly has World title ambitions Morrison believes that those dreams will go up in smoke after Saturday night. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (9/26/10) While covering events in Florida, this writer has often encountered Tom Molloy, the Executive Director of the Florida State Boxing Commission. Affable but tough, Molloy’s presence is conspicuous at weigh-ins and at ringside, as he wears a state official’s badge that makes him look somewhat like a lawman from an old Western movie.
Molloy definitely takes a no-nonsense approach to enforcing the rules. It is well known that many managers and promoters bemoan not being able to secure easy opponents for their fighters in Florida. Concerning his philosophy for sanctioning matches, Molloy is direct. “I won’t allow anyone to make a fight where one boxer has an advantage 90% to his opponent’s 10%. I won’t even allow an 80% to 20% to take place here. If anyone wants to stage a fight like that, the Florida border is up north…they can try a different state,” says Molloy. continue
ARLINGTON, TX (September 27, 2010) -- Former World Middleweight Champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK will be embarking on his professional comeback, headlining the televised undercard for the 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight championship between combined 10-time world champions CONGRESSMAN MANNY PACQUIAO and the “Tijuana Tornado” ANTONIO MARGARITO. Pavlik will be taking on Texan BRIAN VERA in a 10-round bout. The pay-per-view undercard will also feature boxing’s wunderkind GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX, challenging for a world title in only his seventh professional bout, in a 12-round rumble with former world champion RICARDO CORDOBA for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super bantamweight championship. The exciting telecast will open with undefeated top-rated welterweight contender MIKE JONES defending his North America Boxing Association (NABA) and North America Boxing Organization (NABO) welterweight belts against Top-10 contender JESUS SOTO-KARASS.
These six gladiators boast a combined record of 142-13-5 (105 KOs) – a winning percentage exceeding 89% and a victory by knockout ratio of 74%. continue
By James Slater - Last night in Wigan, U.K, unbeaten British warrior John Murray of Manchester successfully retained his European lightweight belt for the first time. Eventually halting an incredibly tough and brave Andriy Kudryavtsev in the 9th-round of a real battle, the 25-year-old improved to 30-0(18). The 33-year-old from Ukraine, who was pulled out by referee Manuel Oliver at 2-mins and 39-seconds of the 9th after taking a big right hand to the head, is now 34-7(15).
Beforehand, many good judges said out loud that last night’s fight would be a Fight of The Year candidate, and they were not wrong. Both men gave their all, and the action was intense, brutal and thoroughly engrossing. continue
By James Slater - To much fanfare, the legendary 5th Street Gym in Miami, Florida re-opened yesterday, some seven or so years after the original gym (which stood a few steps away from the where the new building is) was torn down. 60 years on from the year Chris Dundee and his brother Angelo opened the boxing facility that became so much more than a sweaty, un-air conditioned gym - with stars of the cinema and other celebrities frequenting the place many times during 5th Street’s heyday - a long list of V.I.P.s was on hand to watch Angelo Dundee cut the red ribbon. continue
By James Slater - “I hope the fight goes maybe thirty seconds!”
The above line was quoted, only half-jokingly, by the legendary “Big” George Foreman over twenty years ago. Foreman was over in the U.K to fight Terry Anderson, a reasonable, if nothing too special, heavyweight fringe contender. What made the fight notable, was the fact that it would be the former heavyweight king’s first (and as it turned out, only) pro fight in England.
At the time well into his improbable comeback - Foreman would challenge heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield in his very next fight after Anderson - the 41-year-old did a fair amount of promoting and hyping the Anderson fight, the 24th fight of his comeback. The above line was fired at well-known U.K TV and radio broadcaster Terry Wogan, with Foreman a guest on the mid-week TV show. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 24, 2010)–The Group Stage 3 matchups in the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the unprecedented boxing tournament from SHOWTIME Sports® featuring the world’s best super middleweights, have been rescheduled for Nov. 27, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager for sports programming on the network. The matchup between breakout American stars and friends, Andre Ward and Andre Dirrell, will headline the SHOWTIME® telecast on Saturday, Nov. 27, live at 9p.m. ET/PT. Ward vs. Dirrell, one of the most talked about matchups of the year, will be contested for Ward’s WBA championship and the newly vacated WBC belt, adding yet another dramatic layer to an already captivating fight. continue
Charles White - It was recently announced that former cruiserweight champion and current heavyweight campaigner Jean Marc Mormeck (35-4 with 22 ko's) has declined to fight IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in December. Perhaps this was a mistake on Mormeck's part as it would have likely been the biggest opportunity of his boxing career, or maybe Team Mormeck have other plans for Jean Marc to unfold, such as a rematch with current WBA heavyweight champion David Haye. But this still leaves the problem of finding Wladimir Klitschko an opponent for his desired December 11th fight date. A few weeks ago, heavyweight contender David Tua (51-3-2 with 43 ko's) was basically guaranteed a title shot against Wladimir assuming he fought and beat current WBO top 10 heavyweight Chauncy "The Hillyard Hammer" Welliver (44-5-5 with 14 ko's). This would have been a tremendous opportunity for David Tua to rebound from his disappointing draw with Monte Barrett, yet Tua declined. Again, no opponent for Wladimir. continue
By James Slater - WBA light-welterweight king Amir Khan was a studio guest on SKY Sports last night, there primarily to give his expert opinion on John Murray’s European lightweight title fight with Andriy Kudryavtsev. But at the end of the show, after Khan had given his take on Murray’s 9th-round-winning performance - a performance that led the 140-pound champ to believe Murray is still “a little amateurish,” and that he needs to “look at the tape and learn from his mistakes” - Amir talked about his own upcoming fight with Marcos Maidana.
Khan said he is looking forward to the fight, one he fully expects to be just as good as Maidana’s winning war with Victor Ortiz (Ortiz, who has been mentioned as the next foe for Murray, on the Khan-Maidana under-card. Khan, by the way, says he thinks Murray should take this fight), and Amir also revealed how he took his chance to size up the Argentine at last week’s official press conference in London. continue
By Jonh Wight: So first Ricky Hatton is pictured in the UK tabloid press snorting cocaine. He comes out, makes a public apology and checks himself into rehab. But this isn’t enough, it seems, and now he’d had his boxing license revoked.
What next? Parade him in rags through the streets of Manchester wearing a sign which says ‘I took cocaine?’
Like Joe Calzaghe before him, Hatton has found himself at the sharp end of a tabloid machine which thrives on catching out people in the public eye for doing exactly what around half the population does on a regular basis. continue
New York, NY (September 23, 2010) - On Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will defend his title against Paul "The Punisher" Williams in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve back-and-forth rounds.
Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City are presenting this evening of boxing Martinez vs. Williams II will be broadcast on HBO's World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Antonio Margarito! The DISGRACED Antonio Margarito will never again gain the kind of universal support boxing fans showed him after his brutal and methodical dismantling of Miguel Cotto in July of 2008. The fight with Shane Mosley in January of 2009 forever changed him as a fighter and as a man. Not even the most highly effective PR firm in the world could change the fight public’s perception of him and at this point it doesn’t matter. The business of boxing is a dirty one and if you’re searching for ethics in this sport you’re waiting your time. We’re constantly being reminded that the only thing that matters is if a fighter has the right connections! Well, Antonio Margarito is connected and has the right professional relationships to even commit boxing’s most egregious sin and STILL GET the biggest fight that can be had. That’s the bottom line and NOTHING we say as a fan base apparently changes a thing if a promoter or a sanctioning body see’s money to be made. There’s not even a hint of legitimacy to this fight from the participants to the sanctioning body’s making available a “world title” and not only is it maddening, it’s ridiculous. So, that’s our reality! This fight will happen and it will be billed as a world championship match! Period! I’m not going to spend this time preaching a sermon on why I feel everything about this fight is wrong and unethical but suffice it to say if I wasn’t worried about creating legal issues for my self or ESB you would be reading some pretty intense criticism of EVERYBODY involved! I’m turning off my ethics sensor for now for the purposes of this article and you probably should too if you’re going to get anything out of it. continue
By James Slater - As fans know, the Showtime “Super Six” Super-Middleweight Boxing Classic has been hit by its share of snags just lately. Firstly, Mikkel Kessler, the reigning WBA 168-pound champ, was forced to pull out of the tourney with a serious eye injury, then the saga dragged on and on with regards to the finding of a date and site for the Andre Ward-Andre Dirrell fight (finally seeing the fight postponed until further notice), and finally we saw the potential war that is Carl Froch-Arthur Abraham also suffering a postponement due to a back injury suffered by “The Cobra.”
Well, today it was announced by Ken Hershman that these two group-three stage match-ups are still alive, and are both now set to go ahead on the same night: November 27th. continue
By James Slater - More from This week’s official Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana press conference in London. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy, spoke with Steve Bunce in London, and he gave his opinion on what the Maidana fight means for the reigning WBA 140-pound champion, and what a win for Khan will ultimately lead to.
“This [fight Vs. Maidana] is clearly the most dangerous out there for Amir Khan,” Schaefer said on BBC radio. “[Devon] Alexander and [Tim] Bradley are both very skilled fighters, but no-one has the punch Maidana has. Marcos Maidana is without doubt the most dangerous opponent out there in the 140-pound division. continue
By James Slater - Ukraine-born Alexander Frenkel, who fights out of and lives in Germany, scored the biggest win of his now 23-0(18) pro career a week ago today, as he smashed defending European cruiserweight champ Enzo Maccarinelli in the 7th-round.
Landing a sensational left hook on the Welshman’s jaw, Frenkel won in style. A good number of experts felt Maccarinelli, despite his lest than granite chin, would defeat 25-year-old Frenkel on “The Magnificent Seven” card in Birmingham, but the younger, fresher man proved such thinking to have been wrong.
After engaging in a touch of sightseeing in England, Frenkel returned home to Germany. Now a big player in, as he put it whilst speaking to me over the phone earlier today, “a very interesting cruiserweight division,” the unbeaten warrior is looking ahead to more big fights.
Here is what the always-accommodating Euro champ had to say in his constantly improving English:
James Slater: It’s a pleasure to be able to speak with you, Alexander. When did you get home with the European belt?
Alexander Frenkel: Hello, James Slater, it’s good to speak with you. I got home on Sunday, we landed in Berlin. continue
Tickets for the Nov 6th fight between Zab "Super" Judah, Brooklyn, NY (39-6, 27 KO's) and Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO's) go on sale 11am this Friday, September 24th. Several local and Polish favorites will also be featured on the card. The fight will take place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Doors open 6:00pm. Promoted by Main Events, Super Judah Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The fight will be broadcast on HBO's Boxing After Dark. continue
Promoter Frank Warren may be forced to move on and make a new match for James DeGale in December as the clock continued to wind down on a positive response from George Grove and his manager Adam Booth to accept or decline his offer.
On Monday (20th September) Warren sent a formal offer to Adam Booth at 12:58hrs offering Groves a fight against Olympic Champion DeGale on December 11 in London. continue
By James Slater - It’s been reported today that unbeaten heavyweight contender Odlainer Solis, a 2004 Olympic gold medallist, will leave Top Rank Promotions and be co-promoted by Ahmet Oener and Don King. This news came from ESPN.com, and Oener wanted Solis to leave Bob Arum’s company primarily because the group were not moving his heavyweight fast enough for his liking. Arum has released Solis under amicable terms, and now the man many people see as the last big threat to the current Klitschko dominance will face King fighter Ray Austin later this year, in a final elimination bout that will see the winner get a shot at WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko.
“Solis is one of the very few heavyweight boxers today with superstar potential,” Oener said. “Odlanier might be the only real threat to the Klitschkos. We hope to get our hands on Vitali early next year.
“Solis has to beat [Ray] Austin for that [opportunity] in their final eliminator but I’m sure he will pass this tough test. continue
By Paul Strauss: Minnesota's blue collar boxers and trainers have been trudging away for years, hoping to break through the barriers to the upper echelon of the boxing world. Their recent history has been a tough one, because when presented with few opportunities to break down a barrier or two, they've come up short. The problem with defeat is it's contagious. It's like the line from the movie "The Natural". Remember when the psychologist told the team, "Losing is a disease"! Well, the cure might be on the horizon, and the shot in the arm could be Jason Litzau. According to ESPN and BOXREC, Jason "The American Boy" Litzau will be fighting Celestino "Pelechin" Caballero on Nov. 27th at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV. Their fight will be the lead up to the Juan Manuel Marquez versus Michael Katsidis headliner. continue
Tony Bellew has vowed to keep up the pressure on rival Nathan Cleverly with a KO win tomorrow night. The Bomber defends his Commonwealth light-heavyweight crown in central London on Frank Warren's annual charity card for DebRA, live on Sky Sports. Bob Ajisafe is his opponent, but Bellew already has his sights on greater things. They include a showdown with unbeaten Welshman Cleverly, who is in line to fight for a world title next. "I'd like to congratulate Nathan on a great win on Saturday against Karo Murat," said Bellew. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 92nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former three division champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs), who is coming off of a somewhat controversial draw against Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) last weekend. Shane spoke to us about the Mora fight and also discussed his future plans and possibilities in boxing. Here is what he had to say:
On how he feels following his draw against Sergio Mora:
“I feel pretty good. I’m just kind of getting myself back together. I just came off the big fight and the media storm and everything and now it’s back to life, back to reality.”
His views on his performance against Mora:
“Well you know I thought I did alright. I mean I was trying to fight. I was out there, like I said, trying to make the fight. I had a guy in there that didn’t really want to fight and was doing a lot of movement and stuff, maybe trying to steal the fight with just movement. He made it an ugly fight, but that’s all he could do I guess is fight that type of fight.” continue
By Nick Powers: It’s a road often traveled in the world of boxing: a match-up is talked about, excitement builds, both sides stand to financially benefit, yet the fight does not happen. Whether a super fight that fans clamor for, a logical unification between the two best established fighters in their respective division, or anything in-between, we in the boxing community are far too privy to such instances of deceit and disappointment.
To say that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao has fallen apart for “one reason or another”, however, is decidedly inaccurate. Numerous hindrances in recent months that have put the biggest fight we may ever see in our lifetime in jeopardy of ever happening, let alone anytime soon. continue
By James Slater - The story of just who former middleweight ruler Kelly Pavlik will face in Texas on November 13th continues. Only a matter of hours ago, we heard word that Giovanni Lorenzo of The Dominican Republic had been offered the fight, and was thinking seriously about taking it, replacing Daniel Edouard in the process, but now the latest is that former “Contender” Bryan Vera will now be in the opposite corner to “The Ghost” on the under-card to the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight. continue
(September 23, 2010 – New York, NY) On Thursday afternoon at The Palm restaurant in Times Square, WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and former three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams met to announce the rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest, set for November 20 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City and Corona are presenting this evening of boxing – Martinez vs. Williams II will be broadcast on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
Tickets, priced at $400, $200, $100, and $50 go on sale this Friday, September 24 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Below are quotes from the two combatants as they spoke before the assembled media. continue
By James Slater - As fight fans are aware, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton was recently videoed taking copious amounts of cocaine. The tape of the act was released to a stunned public by The New of The World newspaper, and since then the 31-year-old has sought help and is undergoing a spell in a rehab clinic.
Looking to get himself clean and sober, Hatton found out today just where his future stands as far as The British Boxing Board of Control is concerned. It was announced today how Hatton’s license to fight has been withdrawn, how his managerial and his second’s licenses have also been taken away. Hatton was also fined £20,000. However, The BBB of C saw “no reason” to take away the Manchester man’s licence to be a promoter - as has been reported by The Sporting Life. continue
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye will touch down in Manchester and Birmingham this Saturday (September 25) to further publicise volume one of his official Hayemaker bookazine. The boxer will be on hand in Selfridges in Manchester at mid-day (12 pm) and will then travel to Selfridges in Birmingham for a 5pm signing in the Midlands. continue
By James Slater - As fight fans may or may not have known, Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck, the former WBA and WBC cruiserweight king who engaged in memorable battles with the likes of O’Neil Bell and David Haye, was in the running as a possible challenger for heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko, who needs an opponent for his December 11th bout in Germany.
Mormeck, who came back as a heavyweight after a year-long layoff that followed his KO loss to Haye, and scored two wins (over Vinny Maddalone and Fres Oquendo, both wins coming on points), reportedly asked for too much money to take the December date. This is the word according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, who reports how Klitschko advisor Shelly Finkel told ESPN.com that “The Marksman” asked for “much more” than the amount of cash they had planned to spend on Waldimir’s next bout.
So, has Mormeck, 35-4(22) overall, missed the biggest chance of his life? Perhaps not. According to the news bit, there is a chance Mormeck could challenge “Dr. Steel Hammer” in his native France next spring (if Wladimir wins his December bout, of course - the search for a suitable challenger for which goes on). Mormeck is apparently of the thinking that he might be able to come up with and deliver a “lucrative” site in Paris, thereby enticing Klitschko, who is keen to box in France. continue
The Heavyweight Factory`s Brad “The King” Solomon (14-0; 6 KO’s) and stablemate Timur Ibragimov (29-2-1; 16 KO’s) will set sail for Panama to be part of the WBA’s “KO Drugs” card, to take place on October 2nd at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. Solomon is currently rated 12th worldwide by the WBA, and holds the WBA International welterweight belt. Ibragimov, rated 10th worldwide by the WBA, is the current NABA heavyweight champion. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 22 - Boxing fans will have plenty to be thankful for Saturday, Nov. 27 when Golden Boy Promotions celebrates Thanksgiving Day weekend with a 12-round championship battle between two of boxing's most exciting warriors -- Ring Magazine, World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez and WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion Michael "The Great" Katsidis -- at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater - Today at Planet Hollywood in London, England, rival light-welterweights Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana met face to face at a press conference to officially announce their December 11th WBA title fight. Both men were all smiles for the cameras, Maidana especially beaming. However, the two men had some choice words for one another.
Khan, who says the interim WBA champ has “talked his way” into the fight, the biggest of the Argentine’s career, has vowed to KO Maidana. While the lethal banger from Argentina accused Khan of having ran away from him for the better part of a year, and he said it will be who leaves The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with the KO victory.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer was also in attendance today in the nation’s capitol, and he spoke a lot about how Khan taking this dangerous fight proves his worth as a fighter, as well as proving Khan’s critics wrong. One other, more interesting thing, Schaefer said (as picked up by Boxingfancast.com) was with regards to John Murray, the Manchester fighter who goes for the European light-welterweight belt this coming Saturday night and who very much craves a shot at Khan. continue
Greg Cohen has a long, successful history in boxing, but most of it was spent behind the scenes. It's been seven months since the New York native moved out front by becoming the Founder of The Empire Sports and Entertainment.
While most fledgling promoters would be satisfied with having promoted a sold-out Capitale Punishment show at Capitale New York in May and co-promoted several other successful productions, Cohen went a step further in starting his company by quickly bringing in hall-of-fame manager Shelly Finkel as CEO and rolling the dice on a couple of former heavyweight champions as his marquee names. continue
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on October 30 when he defends his title against Mahir Oral (28-2, 11 KOs) in Rostock, Germany. It will be the Hurricane´s third defence after winning the belt in September 2009. “This will be a very interesting fight,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference. “Mahir Oral did very well against Arthur Abraham when they met in June 2009. I am sure he will be highly motivated to take the title from Sebastian. I expect a tough bout with the better ending for the ‘Hurriance’.. continue
By James Slater - As all fight fans know, Trainer of Champions Freddie Roach can’t resist making a prediction before one of his guys fights. Fans also know how good Roach’s track record is when it comes to making these predictions; with Freddie sometimes even getting the exact round right.
Well, with regards to the upcoming, November 13th clash that will involve superstar and pound-for-pound number-one Manny Pacquiao and his WBC light-middleweight title fight with Mexico’s Antonio Margarito, Roach has made his prediction. Now in Manila with Pac-Man - who has begun sparring for the fight that, if victorious, will see the lethal lefty pick up his 8th world title - Roach has told the media that he will be “disappointed” if Manny does not score a KO in Texas in November. continue
By James Slater - The word now is (according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com), Miguel Cotto, the reigning WBA light middleweight champ, will not be facing Julio Cesar Chavez Junior on December 4th. In fact, Cotto, last seen relieving a brave Yuri Foreman of his title belt, may not fight at all now until next year.
As fans know, the Puerto Rican was set to face the “Son of a legend” on Dec. 4th, but now it looks like the young Chavez will carry the card, with him facing one of two names - either original foe before the Cotto fight, Pawel Wolak, or former ‘Contender’ star Alfonso Gomez. This is what is being reported by Rafael via his Twitter page. continue
CHICAGO, IL (September 21, 2010) Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee returns to action on Saturday, November 13th at the world renowned Cowboys Stadium in Dallas,Texas.
Lee will be featured on the undercard of boxing’s most highly anticipated and biggest event of the year, the Super Welterweight World Championship showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, which will be seen by millions across the globe. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Who are the ten best flyweights of all-time?
This is the eighth in a series of surveys that focus on the top ten boxers from each of the original eight weight classes. In the first survey, we peered into the opinions of long-time boxing fans to make a definitive list of the top ten all time heavyweights. Although this is a very subjective topic that is skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, and the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria to judge past fighters, we can still establish some degree of consensus. While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a 'true' top 10 list should look like. Since then I have had similar surveys involving the light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, and bantamweight divisions.
In this survey, which included many of the same individuals from the previous seven, I polled 16 long-time boxing fans (myself included). My question was simple. I had each person in the survey provide me with a chronological list of who he or she (the one ‘she’ in the survey being my esteemed colleague from On the Ropes Boxing Radio, the lovely Miss Jenna J) considered to be the ten best flyweights in boxing history. continue
CHICAGO, IL (September 21, 2010) Tickets are now on sale for WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13, an action packed evening of professional boxing set for Friday, October 22nd at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, advance tickets starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800). continue
This is a published letter from a hardcore fight fan out there just like you! Every Wednesday ESB will feature a new letter containing various topics around the sport, and end with a response from Vivek Wallace himself! For those fight fans who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, here's your chance to SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back, the mic is yours)! Today's letter comes to us from Gerald L. (Aventura, FL):
I thought last Saturday night's fight between Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora was easily the worst fight that I've seen in a LOOOONG time, by far. I'm a huge Shane Mosley fan, but after that fight, I just really don't think he needs to continue fighting. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 92nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with ranked middleweight contender Andy Lee (23-1, 17 KOs) who is coming off of an eighth round technical knockout victory against Michael Walker (19-5-2, 12 KOs). Lee is looking to get back in action almost immediately, and is scheduled to have a fight on October 2 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammon, Indiana, possibly against Troy Lowry (27-10, 16 KOs). Lee is looking to stay busy and is hoping to land a title shot by March of next year. He spoke about his career and his future ambitions in boxing and also provided opinions and views on the current middleweight landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On how he is feeling following his eighth round technical knockout victory against Michael Walker last Friday:
“I’m feeling fine. Luckily I came through unscathed. There were no injuries or bumps or bruises. I’m not really even sore or nothing so I was happy about that, especially since now I have another fight lined up in two weeks, so I was glad to come through with no injuries.” continue
South Beach is once again ready to be the center of the boxing world as the legendary 5th Street Gym is ready to re-open its doors 17 years after the original closed down. The original 5th street gym opened in 1950 by the late Chris Dundee and his brother Angelo Dundee who was most famous for creating a number of champions most notably Muhammad Ali. At 89 years of age the still spry Angelo is bringing back the 5th Street but this time with a group of young gentlemen who will be sure to carry his legacy for future generations. The grand opening event will be an A list private by invitation only event. continue
By James Slater - When it was announced that former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik had been added to the November 13th card topped by Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito, the fans cheered. When it was announced who the opponent would be - Haiti’s Daniel Edouard - the fans booed. No real disrespect was aimed at “The Haitian Sensation,” it was just that a more visible name was what the fans wanted to see “The Ghost” going up against in his first fight back since that tough loss to Sergio Martinez.
Well, as ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported a few days back, Edouard is now out for Nov.13th and Team-Pavlik are looking for a replacement. Today, via his Twitter page on ESPN.com, Rafael has reported how tough, durable and world class Giovanni Lorenzo is the fighter Pavlik’s gang have contacted about the date going free in November. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast:
As the dust settles on the bill dubbed ‘Magnificent 7’, but which probably should have been called ‘Good 3, Mediocre 4’ (not as catchy admittedly), I have taken a look at three fighters from the bill who I believe to be the key winners and three whose careers may well have been shot to pieces;
Nathan Cleverly: Cleverly’s rise up boxing’s rankings continued at pace as he took care of Karo Murat in impressive, if somewhat reckless, fashion. I have placed Cleverly at the head of the winners list because, in my opinion, he looks like the fighter most likely to land a world title soonest out of all those involved in Saturday’s big show. He was also involved in the fight of the night. I felt that Cleverly could have made his job easier against Murat had he chosen to box more at range and be a bit smarter, but it seemed that Cleverly had his mind set on blowing Murat out of the ring. It can’t be denied that Nathan’s approach worked on this occasion and Murat was eventually worn down. Cleverly showed many champion like qualities, displaying hunger, heart and desire in abundance against a fellow young unbeaten fighter. continue
By James Slater - It’s officially on: The rematch of 2009’s Fight of The Year (according to a good many judges), Sergio Martinez Vs. Paul Williams II. All signed and sealed for November 20th, the potential barnburner will take place at The Boardwalk in Atlantic City, the scene of the first fight between the Argentine and the man from Georgia, USA.
According to ESPN.com, the fight will be for Martinez’ world middleweight title, but the two fighters have agreed to meet at a catch-weight of 157-pounds. The exciting match-up will be formally announced at a press conference in New York this Thursday in New York. Also of interest to fans planning to watch the fight on T.V, the return clash will go out live on regular HBO; not on pay-per-view. continue
Hayemaker Boxing have made a counter-offer to James Degale for a Commonwealth title challenge against champion George Groves in December.
Adam Booth for Hayemaker Boxing made the counter-offer to promoter Frank Warren this morning (Tuesday) at 11.08 a.m, and insists the purse involved was substantially more than the one received from Warren on Monday afternoon. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 92nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) who became the recognized middleweight champion of the world when he upset Kelly Pavlik by unanimous decision back in April. On November 20, Martinez is scheduled to defend his WBC title in a rematch against Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KOs). When these two first met last December, Williams was awarded a majority decision victory in an explosive action-packed fight that probably could have gone either way. Martinez spoke about his future and reflected on some key moments from his career while also providing his opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On his November 20 rematch against Paul Williams:
“I’m definitely very motivated because my goal and everyone has that goal is to fight the best while looking forward in your career in boxing. So I’m very motivated to fight Paul Williams in a rematch.”
His thoughts on his majority decision loss in his first fight against Paul Williams:
“I was happy with my performance but I was supposed to do a little bit more, and now I expect for myself to do better and I will definitely win this fight.” continue
It’s a special edition of HBO LATINO® BOXING when HBO Sports presents a tripleheader of boxing action headlined by SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY VS. SERGIO MORA, exclusively on the HBO Latino service this SATURDAY, SEPT. 25 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The Spanish language broadcast team of Mario Solis and Juan Manuel Marquez, who were ringside for the live event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, will call all the action. The tripleheader replay will be available in HDTV. continue
Irish based Cuban sensation Luis “El Leon” Garcia says he is ready, willing and able to accept a fight with Britain's Gold medallist, James “Chunky” DeGale if a clash between DeGale and domestic rival George Groves can't be made. Degale's promoter Frank Warren made Groves a written offer today for the fight to take place in the UK on December 11th and set DeGale's London rival a 48 hour deadline to accept or reject the fight. However Garcia says he wouldn't need any time to sleep on it. “I would accept that fight in a split second,” said Garcia. “I could get some Christmas shopping done in London and show Chumpy DeGale what professional boxing is all about so it sounds like a fun weekend to me. continue
LONDON, September 23 - With fans from the United States to England to Argentina clamoring for it for well over a year, super lightweight supremacy will finally be decided on Saturday, December 11, when British superstar Amir "King" Khan returns to the United States for his second consecutive bout to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) 140-pound World Championship against ferocious Argentinean knockout artist and WBA Super Lightweight Interim World Champion Marcos Maidana at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The highly anticipated bout will be televised live in the United States on HBO's World Championship Boxing.
"Maidana has been doing a lot of talking and he's talked his way into a fight now," said Khan. "Unfortunately for him, his mouth isn't going to help him in the ring and I'm going to prove to him that I'm on another level on December 11."
Maidana responded by saying, "Khan's been running from me for a long time, but the running stops on December 11. I'll show him how a champion acts and fights when we get into the ring in Las Vegas."
Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions said, "This is a fight the fans have asked for and we're giving it to them as an early holiday present. I believe these are the two of the top 140-pound fighters in the world and with Khan's speed and Maidana's power, this fight is going to be explosive. continue
By Jim Haley - Awooga to all my fellow fight fans, Jim Haley here giving you my humble take on the ‘Magnificent Seven’ British bonanza, in a rather rhythmical way….
With gallons of blood, sweat and tears,
Some ‘Big Macc’ fears,
Too many beers, and a few stoppage jeers,
Frank Warren has raised his game and delivered a terrific card,
here are some whimsical ramblings from my involvement at the event. continue
Carl Frampton (wtko3 Yuriy Voronin): On his performance…. “That was the performance of my life and we know that Voronin is a tough operator so it took me a while to suss him out because he was a bit cagey. Once I got the range at the end I was nearly hitting him at will but I had to be careful because when I pushed him on the ropes he was throwing wild swings at me.
On the crowd reception….. “The fans reception was amazing and I’m sure it put the frighteners on Voronin from the start. The crowd were fantastic and it gives you such a buzz and a big lift. I didn’t want to let myself or the crowd down. continue
Hall of Fame boxing announcer, Al Bernstein, who is celebrating his 30th year as a sportscaster, will join the broadcast team for the Saturday Sept. 25th United Boxing Promotions card at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The matches will be televised on Canada’s Super Channel and working with Al will be Canada's voice of boxing, Russ Anber.
“Canada has had such a great boxing resurgence in the last decade, and I am thrilled to participate in the boxing scene there, and am especially happy to be working beside Russ at ringside,” Bernstein said. He added, “The sign of a healthy boxing environment is when there are matches on all levels from club shows to major championship fights—and that is what’s been happening in Canada.” continue
TONY JEFFRIES is to be trained by top American Tommy Brooks. The Olympic bronze medallist, 25, been looking for a new trainer since splitting with Bobby Rimmer in the summer and believes Brooks is the man to make him a world champion. Brooks, 56, is best known for his work with Evander Holyfield who he is still training, but his knowledge of boxing makes him one of boxing’s most sought after trainers. Other big names who have trained under him include includes Yuri Foreman, Junior Jones, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, Mike McCallum, Hasim Rahman, Mike Tyson and Pernell Whitaker . Jeffries (7-0-1) will train for fights in Los Angeles and return to his hometown, Sunderland with Brooks to complete preparations ten days before each fight. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 20 - Fresh off of his spectacular sixth round knockout victory over former World Champion Carlos "Tata" Baldomir this past Saturday at Los Angeles' STAPLES Center, Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has re-signed with Golden Boy Promotions.
Due to a confidentiality clause, terms of the multi-year deal will not be disclosed. continue
By James Slater - Heavyweight legend Gerry Cooney retired in 1990 with a fine 28-3(24) record, yet the man who battled a who’s who of heavyweight greats is sadly best remembered for the fights he lost. Never able to capture the heavyweight crown - despite two brave attempts, one of which made up one half of one of the biggest and best fights of the 1980s - “Gentleman” Gerry nonetheless became a household name and a fan favourite.
Today, aged 54, Gerry hosts a boxing radio show every Friday, and he is also well known for having financially given back to the sport that made him famous. One of boxing’s good guys, Cooney remains a big fight fan, and he was more than happy to talk to me when I called him earlier today.
Speaking in the soft, well mannered way he became famous for in his fighting prime, Gerry sounds no different today. Recalling his biggest fights as well as giving his opinion on some of today’s biggest stars of the sport, Gerry had the following things to say:
James Slater: It’s a real special pleasure to be able to speak with you, Gerry. I kind of expected someone else, maybe an aide, to answer when I calledcontinue
Promoter Frank Warren has given George Groves 48 hours to accept a fight with James DeGale. Groves has repeatedly called out the Londoner in the media. And now he has the opportunity to get the fight he claims he wants, after Warren sent Hayemaker Promotions a written offer at 1pm today offering Groves the fight on December 11. "I have written to Groves formally offering him a fight against DeGale," said Warren, who is assembling a blockbuster show to celebrate his 30th year as a promoter. "He will not got better money elsewhere. "It's the fight he keeps saying he wants, now we will find out whether he is man enough to back up his word. continue
by Robert Jackson: Shane Mosley showed his age Saturday nite, seemed to tire as the fight wore on, but was still able to get more work done than Sergio Mora. The judging of that fight was a travesty, which possibly cheated Sugar Shane out of that last big fight he needs to send him off into retirement relatively liquid.
Mora a middleweight or bigger as a pro, could never get off against the former lightweight and did his best fighting in the 7th or 8th round, other than that Mosley was the aggressor landing the most punches with the most significant impact. Most including myself were expecting more from Mora, why was he so ineffective? continue
By Trish Kilcullen & Pete Heintzelman - Photos by Pete Heintzelman, What better time than Now. What better place than Foxwoods.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut, have lined up Saturday night fights, like the days of old, when actual fighters - throw back fighters, - come back to the Mecca of Northeast boxing venue, namely the famed Foxwoods Theatre, at the casino’s Mashantucket, Connecticut forum, which has seen so many fantastic historic fights in its time.
This beautiful venue, without a bad seat in the house, packs a sell-out crowd of 1,600 seats. All to be filled by fight night. Mark our word. And who wouldn’t want to see the main event, matching Joey “KO Kid” Spina (25-1-2, 17 KO’s), of Providence, Rhode Island and the resurrection of a New England legend, “Sucra” Ray Oliveira (47-11-2, 22 KO’s), who hails from Fall River, MA. continue
Carlos A. (Bronx, NYC): I felt the Mosley should have gotten a squeaker against Mora, but again, us fans were disgusted in the end. What do you think is behind this bizarre decision and what do you think Mosley's future looks like?
Vivek W. (ESB): I learned a long time ago that there's strength in numbers. What I saw happen last Saturday night solidified that reality in more ways than one. It's not my job to change minds, as my perspective is my perspective, and only my perspective, but what I will say is that I wonder would the average fight fan truly feel the way they do today had the HBO crew and Harold Lederman not been so pro-Mosley continue
By Julie Cockerham - The pay-per-view bout between Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora seemed appetizing enough to generate at least modest buys on the surface. If for nothing else, the under card was stocked with better than the usual filler material. Most notable was the appearance of the red headed Mexican prospect, Saul Alvarez, who gave a solid demonstration of his promise by knocking out Carlos Baldomir. Alvarez has a game and brave approach, but Golden Boy should take its time in placing him against any seasoned contenders.
For his part, Alvarez showed wisdom, admitting in his post fight interview to Larry Merchant that he was in no rush. Oscar De La Hoya had earlier drawn comparisons between himself and Alvarez when he emphasized his strong appeal with the ladies. Here’s to the hope that there will be no hasty responses to the jingle of excess pocket change. Here’s to the hope that Alvarez will be given time to develop, and will not be thrown at his tender age into the territory of a wolf with his bite still intact. The sport can’t afford to throw away prospects so carelessly. It doesn’t need the additional trouble. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 92nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Sergio Martinez 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 click here to listen and 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).
By James Slater - A new international star may have been born this past Saturday night in Birmingham, U.K. Unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly, for quite a while now a fighter on the lips of British fans, scored his biggest and most important win to date on the hugely successful and fun-to-watch “Magnificent Seven” card. Hammering out a 10th-round TKO over a game Karo Murat, the 23-year-old earned himself a shot at WBO light-heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer’s belt (tentatively, this match-up is set for Dec. 11th in London, but Braehmer has that assault charge hanging over him , and he could face prison).
Cleverly is sure he can take the WBO crown, but that will not be enough for him. As confident as he is tough and talented - “Clev” can box at long range when he wants to, and he can go to war at close quarters when he wants to; as he opted to on Saturday - the maths graduate feels he has the stuff needed to go on and unify the 175-pound titles. continue
By James Slater - 20-year-old Saul Alvarez, already a superstar in his native Mexico (where, his promoter Oscar De La Hoya says, 80 million fans follow him!), scored the biggest and arguably most impressive win of his now 34-0-1(26) pro career on Saturday night in halting former 147-pound king Carlos Baldomir. Smashing the warrior known as “Tata” with a crunching left hand to the jaw in the 6th-round, “Canelo” stopped a man who had been stopped just once previously (this many years ago).
Okay, Baldomir is pushing 40 and he has been far from active recently, but the young prospect’s win has to be given respect. Really looking as though he could be THE best up-and-comer in all of boxing, the exciting, fast and powerful welterweight/light-middleweight leaves the fans wanting more. continue
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has commended former cruiserweight rival Enzo Maccarinelli for the heart shown during Saturday's (September 18) seventh round stoppage loss to German Alexander Frenkel, but admitted the manner of defeat “upset” him.
European cruiserweight champion Maccarinelli was ahead on the scorecards when entering the seventh round of his first title defence in Birmingham, but a vicious left-hook from Frenkel ended both the Swansea man's title reign and his dream of winning back his WBO world title.
Now competing as a heavyweight, Haye snatched Maccarinelli's WBO strap from him in March 2008 and, in the space of merely two-and-a-half years, has watched the fortunes of both men differ. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - In the first of the Setanta Ireland’s televised fights Lurgan Welterweight Stephen Haughian returned from his recent Celtic Title loss to Scotland’s Kevin McIntyre, in a six-rounder to face tough Birmingham Dee Mitchell. On paper this was going to be testing fight for Haughian, who was on the verge of a British Title fight prior to his loss to McIntyre, as he needed a good win to restore his confidence and get his career back on track.
The fight was a competitive nip and tuck affair, with both men exchanging leather making most of the rounds fairly close. However, the cleaner punching and busier work rate came from Haughian. The fifth round was Mitchell’s best shift with both men going toe-to-toe and the Birmingham fighter just edging the scoring. continue
By James Slater - More on the possibility of a James DeGale-George Groves “grudge-fight.” It has been reported by ESPN.co.uk that a contract has been sent out to George Groves, a contract he will receive on Monday, with a “good money” offer for him to get it on with his former amateur rival on December 11th.
DeGale, who lost to Groves when both were budding amateur stars, went on to capture a gold medal in Beijing in 2008, and last night he won his most important pro fight yet, in crushing the experienced Carl Dilks inside a round in a British super-middleweight title fight eliminator. continue
By Fantana: Amir Khan, one of the true talents in boxing, undoubtedly does not get the credit he deserves. If we take a quick glance at The Ring magazines top ten pound for pound list it doesn’t show the man from Bolton, the true champion of the 140lb division. Yet it shows the now ancient Shane Mosley at number five who, God bless him, would be defeated by Khan so easily it would be as one sided as the Hutton enquiry. The Ring is bound to update its list this month after Mosley’s ‘draw’ against Mora, and I think they will have Amir Khan in the top ten, it would be criminal not to. He may not be the finished article, but under the guidance of Freddie Roach he has come a long way in a relatively short period of time. No longer just raw talent relying on speed alone, he is developing into the complete professional with great abs and I fully expect him to go down in history not just as the greatest boxer these fine British isles has ever produced, but as one of the all-time greats, up there with Duran and Whitaker. I believe that the man whose nickname is King is ready to be crowned boxing’s premier prize-fighter, and here’s why. continue
By Matthew Paras - It’s been two years since Andy Lee’s knockout loss to Bryan Vera, trying to repair his image in the process. Tonight the Irish native, fighting out of the Kronk Gym in Detroit, fought Chicago native Michael Walker (19-5-2, 12 KOs) in his latest comeback win at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Lee impressively stopped Walker in eight rounds.
Lee (23-1-1, 17 KOs) started out cautiously pawing his jab, but also setting up his right hook and straight left hand in the process. Lee took control in the next two rounds with a series of beautiful uppercuts. It was a new weapon that dominated Walker. Normally fighters end a combination with an uppercut, but Lee started combinations with them. In round three, a marvelous left uppercut from the outside connected midway through the round sending Walker to the canvas. continue
Andy Lee, Kronk Irish middleweight boxing star put on a master-class performance against a tough and credible Michael Walker on Friday evening in the main event of the ‘Windy City Fight Night’ boxing showcase at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL.
Lee took control of the fight from the opening bell, with his superior boxing skills successfully suppressing the come forward and bullish style of Walker. Lee continually worked from behind the right jab, feinting and countering to the body and head of his opponent. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Last night Carl ‘The Jackal’ Frampton (6-0) made two debuts; headlining a show for the first time and making his inaugural live televised appearance courtesy of the first instalment of a 6 fight television deal with Barry McGuigan Promotions and Setanta Ireland.
The expectations of former amateur star, Frampton were elevated further with predictions from many pundits, including his manager and promoter, Barry McGuigan, that he will become a future world champion. And to top it off, Frampton in only his seventh fight as a professional in his home city of Belfast, was facing a heavy handed and vastly experienced former three-time European Title challenger Yuriy Voronin (27-11-2).
For 23 year old, Frampton, this was a very big night and a real test of his mental toughness and boxing prowess. And let’s not forget about the calculated risk that manager and promoter, McGuigan, took in matching his fledgling prospect with such a tough fight so early in his career on his first promotion. This was a night that was either going to be a glowing success or a massive banana skin for McGuigan. Setanta pundit and former three-time world champion Duke McKenzie warned that it was a bold match-up for Frampton at such an early stage of his pro career and questioned if it was a good move. continue
By Matthew Paras - Ramon Valenzuela vs. Chris Grays - To open up 8 Count Productions’ Windy City Fight Night 12, local Chicago fighter Ramon Valenzuela captured a unanimous decision over Michigan native, Chris Grays (9-21, 2 KOs). Ramon Valenzuela, 158, controlled the action throughout connecting with overhand rights, while pressing the action. Valenzuela sealed the deal with a fourth round knockdown. Scores were 39-36 twice and 40-35. continue
Baltimore, MD (September 19) - With an enthusiastic crowd backing two of the Beltway Area’s gutsiest pugilists, longtime rivals Jesse Nicklow and Julius Kennedy fought to a thrilling ten round majority draw in the main event of “Baltimore Bad Boys” last Friday evening at the Du Burns Arena. In what many ringsiders declared as Maryland’s Fight of the Year, both men landed a number of crisp blows in various toe to toe exchanges. Each fighter maintained a solid punch output in close quarters, with Nicklow relying on jabs, uppercuts and right hands, as Kennedy worked off of a steady body attack and straight rights. Both men had their moments, but Nicklow appeared to be the more consistent fighter throughout the contest. continue
Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18 KOs) is the new European Cruiserweight Champion after a spectacular KO victory over Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs). The unbeaten 25-year-old floored the former world champion with a vicious left hook in the seventh round of their clash at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Maccarinelli beat the count but found himself on the floor again when Frenkel followed it up with another heavy series of punches. “I am very happy,” Frenkel said. “It was a tough fight against a very dangerous opponent. Maccarinelli was very strong but in the seventh round I hit him."
After winning the opening round, Frenkel was trailing on all scorecards by the time he connected. “I wanted him to throw the left hook,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “We knew that Maccarinelli was a tough opponent but we also knew that Alexander has incredible punching power. That he showed once again tonight. However, he should have been more active in the opening rounds.”
Manager Wilfried Sauerland, who had predicted a stoppage in the seventh or eighth round, was pleased with Frenkel´s performance. “Just like Arthur Abraham at Super-Middleweight, Frenkel has the most powerful single KO punch in his division. He can end any fight with just one shot. He put on a strong performance and we are very happy to have added another champion to our team.. continue
By James Slater: With regards to his heavyweight contender, British and Commonwealth champ Derek Chisora, promoter Frank Warren is thinking big. Literally. On his official web site, Warren has made it clear he wants the huge, 7’2” former World Boxing Association (WBA) ruler Nikolai Valuev next for the unbeaten hope known as “Del Boy.” continue
By James Slater: “Prince” Naseem Hamed, the wickedly-powerful featherweight who lit up boxing in a major way in the 1990s/early 2000s, was a very interested spectator at last night’s “Magnificent Seven” card in Birmingham, U.K. There primarily to watch unbeaten welterweight hope Kell Brook do his thing against British 147-pound champ Michael Jennings, Hamed, now long retired, portly-looking and content with what he achieved, had nothing but good things to say about “Special K.” continue
By James Slater: Though he looked as bad as he’s probably ever looked in scraping a controversial 12-round draw with former “Contender” star Sergio Mora last night in L.A, you can bet big money that “Sugar” Shane Mosley chooses not to retire. As stubborn as any aging fighter this side of Evander Holyfield, the 39-year-old has long ignored the critics and he’ll do so again now.
Mosley, who was comprehensively out-pointed by the troubled Floyd Mayweather Junior back in May, didn’t look too much better last night. Maybe the fact that Mora was stronger and heavier than him was a factor in Mosley’s poor showing, or maybe it was simply “The Latin Snake’s” elusive fighting style. Or maybe it was the fact that the likable Pomona warrior is as next to shot as he’s ever been.
Mosley won’t believe his hard night was down to his being a sadly faded fighter - after all, he’s heard such talk before; most loudly after his awkward and hard night with the crude but tough Ricardo Mayorga. continue
By GM Ross: Last night, September 18, the Canadian Professional Boxing Council (CPBC) filled another championship vacancy by awarding the CPBC lightweight title to Abdou Sow (4-1-0) of Longueuil, Quebec, following his victory over Jorge Banos (6-8-3) at the Claude-Robillard Center in Montreal, Quebec. Sow needed only one round to polish off Banos, handing the Quebec journeyman his second straight TKO1 loss. In his last contest Banos was utterly dominated Orangeville’s Logan McGuinness, a win which helped propel McGuinness to his NABA title date with Buzz Grant, scheduled for next weekend in Mississauga. The loser of Grant-McGuinness would be a logical contender for Sow’s crown in the future. If such a match proves unobtainable, a rematch with Calgary’s Steve Claggett (9-0-1) would generate considerable excitement in Quebec and Alberta, considering Claggett defeated Sow by unanimous decision back in August. First, however, Claggett will have to get through the tough, but relatively untested, Dave Aucoin of Ontario on September 25. continue
By Rob Smith: Shane Mosley needs to consider himself very fortunate that he wasn't handed a loss tonight in his 12 round draw with Sergio Mora at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, CA. Mosley looked like a textbook definition of a shot fighter, as he was unable to pull the trigger for openings and flailed around, missing badly, when he would attempt to throw punches. After a quick start in the first two rounds, Mosley appeared to run out of gas and out of answers as he struggled in the remainder of the fight to land anything of substance against the Latin Snake. The judges scored the fight 116-112 for Mosley, 115-113 for Mora and 114-114 even. I saw Mora winning every round from the 2nd until the 11th. Mosley looked like a plodder, as he walked into punch after punch from Mora for 12 rounds. On the inside, Mosley was punished constantly by the bigger and younger Mora. I can't say I'm surprised that Mora didn't get the win, because I never thought he would, short of knocking Mosley out. I think Mosley needs to consider retirement because he looked awful tonight, and I'm being kind here.
By James Slater: Tonight in Birmingham, on the magnificent “Magnificent Seven” show, unbeaten light-heavyweight star Nathan Cleverly won a hard-fought 10th-round TKO over the also unbeaten Karo Murat in a final eliminator for the WBO 175-pound title.
After a sensational action battle, Iraq-born, German-based Murat was forced to retire by the doctor, who refused to allow the visiting fighter out for round ten. Now 20-0(10), Welshman Cleverly scored the biggest, and also hardest-to-win, victory of his pro career. Murat, who gave his all tonight, is now 22-1(13).
A possible candidate for Fight of The Year, tonight’s elimination battle was compulsive viewing right from the opening bell. Cleverly came straight out at the first bell, and the war was on. 23-year-old Cleverly, who has already won the British, Commonwealth and European titles, was throwing a ton of shots, to both head and body. Murat, with his customary high-held guard, looked much the slower, less active fighter - for now at least. continue
By James Slater: The pro career of former WBO cruiserweight champ Enzo Maccarinelli surely came to an end tonight in Birmingham, as the 30-year-old from Wales was brutally knocked out in the 7th-round by unbeaten contender Alexander Frenkel of Germany by way or Ukraine. Winning the European title with a savage-looking stoppage that arrived courtesy of a sweet left hook that landed bang on Maccarineli’s chin, the 25-year-old scored the biggest win of his career.
Frenkel, having his first fight in the U.K, pulled out the sensational punch just when he needed it, putting “Big Macc” down hard. Bravely, Enzo beat the count and was permitted to go on, but a final left/right/left to the chin put him down and out for a second time. The ending came at 2-minutes and 30-seconds of the 7th-round, and the new Euro champ improved to 23-0(18). Maccarinelli, who has now been stopped five times, fell to 32-5(25). continue
By Paul Strauss: "Pretty Warrior" Wilton Hilario experienced the second loss of his career Friday night at Buffalo Bill's Star Arena, Primm, NV. His fight against Luis Franco was part of the undercard for Showtime's Next Generation series. Wilton only lived up to half of his nickname. What he did was "warrior" like, but it sure wasn't pretty. He got his ears boxed off by Luis Franco, the Cuban representative at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Now, Franco's base is Miami, Florida... continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Birmingham, in the televised opener of Frank Warren’s big “Magnificent Seven” Card, 2008 Olympic gold medallist James DeGale scored the biggest and most impressive win of his now eight-fight pro career. Halting the experienced and tough Carl Dilks of Liverpool in the very 1st-round, the hot-prospect known as “Chunky” got the job done much quicker than anyone expected.
Opening up with a classy burst of punches right at the end of the opening three minutes, DeGale hurt and staggered the previously unstopped Dilks, sending him into the ropes on unsteady legs. Referee Howard Foster wasted no time in diving in, stopping the fight at the 2-minutes and 54-second mark. DeGale is now 8-0(6). Dilks is now 14-3(5). The fight was an official eliminator for the British super-middleweight title.
Both men came out looking for one another right at the bell, but it was soon apparent how southpaw DeGale was the much faster man. Switching to the orthodox stance for a brief moment, DeGale, who did taste one decent right hand to the head from Dilks, soon switched back and turned on the class. Opening up for the first time in the round, “Chunky” caught the fighter known as “Dynamite” with shots to both head and body. continue
By John G. Thompson: Freddy Hernandez 29-1 (20 KO’s) of Mexico City did an impressive job against Mike Anchondo 30-3 (19 KO’s) of Los Angeles at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada on ShowBox: The New Generation. He simply could not miss with the right hand and connected flush in the fourth, knocking his man down. Anchondo got up, but Hernandez went on the attack. Referee Robert Byrd might have stopped the bout a bit early, but the writing was on the wall. Also in action, Luis Franco 7-0 (5 KO’s) used superior hand speed to out hustle Wilton Hilario 12-2-1 (9 KO’s) over the course of eight rounds. continue
By James Slater: Fight fans everywhere have surely read all about boxing great Floyd “Money” Mayweather’s recent out-of-the-ring troubles. The 33-year-old is accused of assaulting the mother of two of his children, his former girlfriend Josie Harris, and Mayweather Junior is also in hot water for allegedly threatening the two kids along with Harris, who he is said to have “grabbed by the hair, hit and twisted her arm.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 91st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who just led IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to a tenth round knockout victory against Sam Peter last weekend. This Friday night, Steward’s middleweight contender Andy Lee is back in action and this Saturday Steward is running the third in a series of Boxing Clinics that takes place in Houston, Texas. Additionally, Steward is also training Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto for a December 4 date which is expected to be against Julio Cesar Chavez Junior. Steward shared his insight on these matters and also provided opinions on various other topics including Manny Pacquiao, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Oscar De La Hoya, Haye vs. Harrison, the Williams vs. Martinez rematch, and more.
His views on Wladimir Klitschko’s overall performance in his tenth round knockout victory against Same Peter:
“Well I can give you his assessment and my assessment because I just spoke to him about two hours ago. We thought it was good. It could have been better. He looked at it and he said, ‘I should have stopped him about three rounds before’ and I said, ‘Yes’. But overall, we’re satisfied with the performance. He came out with a style a little bit different than we expected. From the first fight, we expected he would be relying a lot on landing right hand punches. Instead, he was primarily fighting from a bob-and-weave style which he had never fought in before. continue
By James Slater: December 11th could prove to be a big and interesting night of boxing. First of all, we’ve just heard how the massively intriguing Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana WBA light welterweight title fight has been agreed for on that date, and now it has been reported how heavyweight world champion Wladimir Klitschko will be fighting on that same night.
Fresh off his impressively dominant stoppage win over the well-trained Sam Peter, “Dr. Steel Hammer” will box, once again in Germany, a mere three months on. There is no word yet on just who the all-conquering 34-year-old with the telephone poll left jab will rumble with, but it is good to see the heavyweight champion remaining so active (take note, David Haye!). continue
Paul McCreath - Most heavyweight fans today are complaining about the lack of quality in the division and especially the absence of anybody who can give either one of the Klitschko brothers a good contest. Fortunately they may not have to wait forever. Help is on the way in the form of an exciting young Russian bomber who has already captured the hearts of many fans in Germany where he does most of his fighting. I am referring of course to Denis Boytsov who may be the most promising prospect to come along in some time.
Denis is not another one of your modern giants. He stands only 6 foot 1 inch and generally weighs around 220-225 pounds. He makes up for his size with an aggressive style and much better than average punching power. In his early days as a pro he appeared to rely too much on his power as he stopped 10 of his first 11 opponents in the first round. continue
By James Slater: Former long-reigning WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson, now a commentator for SKY Sports, will be a very interested observer of tonight’s European title fight between 200-pound operators Enzo Maccarinelli and Alexander Frenkel. Not only is the fight taking place in “The General’s” former weight class, and not only will Johnny be calling the fight - just one of the large number of excellent-looking bouts on Frank Warren’s “Magnificent Seven” show - but Nelson sees a potentially massive fight for a victorious Maccarinelli.
Nelson does feel the big-punching Welshman will win tonight, in so doing handing the Ukrainian his first pro loss, and Johnny is of the belief that Enzo will then get it on with heavyweight champ David Haye in a rematch! As fans know, Haye, who subsequently moved up in weight and won the World Boxing Association heavyweight title, stopped “Big Macc” inside two-exciting rounds in a cruiserweight unification match back in March of 2008. That crushing loss took a lot out of Maccarinelli, at least mentally, and he went on to lose two more big fights by stoppage.
Ever since the loss to “The Hayemaker,” Maccarinelli, now 32-4(25) has craved a shot at revenge, and Nelson, for one, feels the 30-year-old may get his chance after he’s done away with the dangerous Frenkel. continue
If Vitali thinks he's going to have the kind of easy night his brother had last week, he's in for a shock," vows upcoming heavyweight title challenger Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs).
Speaking about Samuel Peter's non-performance versus Vitali's brother Wladimir on September 11 in relation to his October 16 battle for the WBC Heavyweight Championship at O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany, Briggs says there is no comparison. continue
RIMM, Nev. (Sept. 17, 2010) – World-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez is one step closer to a future world title shot against Andre Berto following his convincing fourth-round TKO victory over Mike Anchondo on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® Friday night from Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino. continue
By Vivek Wallace - Saturday night, fight fans around the globe will have the opportunity to see what should be a very intriguing showdown as jr. middleweights 'Sugar' Shane Mosley (46-6, 39KO's) and Sergio 'Latin Snake' Mora (26-1-1, 6KO's) square off in the famed Los Angeles Staples Center on HBO PPV. Recently, fight fans have had to struggle with seeing marquee showdowns such as Mayweather/Pacquiao and Froch/Abraham flatline, yet looming in the backdrop comes another group of contenders anxious to mark their own territory, as Khan/Maidana, Bradley/Alexander, Dirrell/Ward, and Hopkins/Pascal all fill a once empty Fall/Winter lineup. As we prepare to embark on this busy Fall/Winter lineup, we take a closer look at the two men involved with Saturday nights showdown, as well as "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and a "Final Prediction":
SHANE MOSLEY - "KEYS TO VICTORY":
Shane Mosley has entered the ring following defeat 4 times as a man in his prime, and once as a prime fighter showing signs of age, but neither carried the weight of the recent 6th and most decisive loss which left many viewing him as a legitimately over-the-hill fighter . continue
SHOWTIME Sports officially announced today a series of high-profile fights amongst four of the world’s elite fighters in the exciting and deep bantamweight division. The two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds will begin with two semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Leon, Mexico.
The talented and willing field comprises unbeaten International Boxing Federation (IBF) 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares, former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong’’ Agbeko, and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan. continue
By Fantana: Back in October ’74 the world witnessed what was deemed impossible, the defeating of George Foreman at the hands of one Muhammad Ali. These days Ali is held in such high regard by grumpy old men and people who don’t understand boxing that he is largely seen as the best boxer ever, and the heavyweight that would beat all others to within an inch of their life. At the time of the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ however, Ali was seen as no match up for Foreman. He was supposed to be too old, too slow, totally buggered. George Foreman was just 25, with huge punching power in both hands which had seen him conquer Joe Frazier in just two thumping rounds a few months prior to his bout with Ali. continue
By Paul Strauss: Sugar Shane Mosley has everything going for him. He is more experienced. He is the much harder puncher. He's been in the big show several times. He's takes care of himself, and keeps in excellent shape. He is popular in California, and Hispanics like and appreciate his style, so he will be at home this Saturday in the Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. One thing is for certain, he won't be nervous or worried, but should he be? Ridiculous, after all he's matched against a relatively inexperienced fighter named the Latin Snake. Sergio Mora is an East LA whipper-snapper, who doesn't have anything in his resume to compare with Sugar Shane's.
It would seem the only danger Sugar Shane might be facing is over confidence. He knows this kid's only real claim to fame is winning the opening season of the Contender. That's the show that edited the action and added sound effects. No, Sugar Shane is not overly impressed. He is aware that Sergio Mora managed to beat one of his nemesis in Vernon Forrest, but he also knows Mora lost the rematch. Sugar undoubtedly believes the second fight was when the real Forrest showed up.
So why worry? There probably isn't any good reason he should be losing sleep. The odds makers have him as a heavy favorite. Maybe he should worry about being over confident? Sugar knows Mora might be shy any real bonafides, but he also knows the kid is an excellent boxer, and very fast, both with his hands and feet. continue
By James Slater - All those critics of WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan who said he would never risk taking a fight with power-puncher Marcos Maidana, owe the Bolton man an apology. For it has been reported on many boxing web sites (ESPN’s Dan Rafael broke the story I believe) how Khan has agreed to the December 11th fight with the interim WBA champ. Maidana, too, has agreed to everything, and the fight is now a go for The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. So Khan won’t be getting the home country advantage it looked like he might get.
“We came to an agreement Tuesday night,” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told Espn.com. “Khan is on board, Maidana is on board and I am finalising everything with Mandalay Bay.. continue
By James Slater - Queens, New York heavyweight tough guy and crowd-pleaser Vinny Maddalone gets what is arguably the biggest fight of his 33-6(24), eleven-and-a-half-year career in December, when the 36-year-old will face Poland’s Tomasz Adamek. Knowing the sky will be the limit if he wins, Maddalone is ready to once again give his all - in the gym and in the ring.
Looking ahead to the December fight, Vinny very kindly gave me the following interview earlier today: continue
By James Slater - Living legend Angelo Dundee, amazingly now 89-years-old, is one of the finest boxing brains in the sport’s history. Having forgotten more than any of us will ever know about the sport, Angelo is naturally a sensational interview.
Today, from his home, the Hall of Fame trainer and corner-man very kindly granted me such an interview.
Here is what he had to say:
James Slater: It’s a real honour to be able to speak with you, Angelo. There can’t be a single person out there who knows more about boxing than you!
Angelo Dundee: Oh, thank you. That’s very kind. continue
ARLINGTON, TX (September 17, 2010) – Tickets to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito world championship fight go on sale Tomorrow! Saturday, September 18. Priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50, tickets can be purchased in-person at the Cowboys Stadium ticket office in Arlington, or by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com. continue
Oleg Hermann, Manager Gennady Golovkin, to FIGOsport (editor Daniel Hiller):
"Much has been said about the situation in the WBA middleweight division in the last couple of days. It has been very surprising for us to read articles stating that all of parties involved had accepted that Gennady Golovkin would face Milton Nunez for the interim title and Hassan N´Dam would fight Avantandil Khurtzide for the vacant regular title. continue
Vivek Wallace - Each of us have met someone in life that we've never known, yet walked away feeling we've known forever. For most of us, that someone was "Coach" Tim Walker. From the first time we met, the indelible print left in my mind was that "this was not only a person to talk boxing with, but more of a person to talk life with". In one of our very last conversations, I can remember telling him, "not only do I respect his work, but I have immense respect for him as a man". It was a pretty touching moment and he showed a strong sense of appreciation for my thoughts. Shortly after that, he contacted me to show support upon learning my family had suffered back-to-back losses, only weeks apart. Too busy making arrangements, my response simply read "Thank You, Tim". I had no idea at the time that those would be the last words I could ever tell him, but thinking back, I'm grateful that they were. Nothing else could have possibly been more fitting.
Comedy tells us that "size matters", but reality shows us that even in long life, one thing remains short. That one thing is time! And since I never got a chance to add to that 3-word text message, today, I'd like to send it again, by saying on behalf of EastSideBoxing, "Thank you, Tim"! Thank you for everything! The late night boxing chats. The 'life' conversations. continue
By James Slater - Australia’s Anthony “The Man” Mundine, the former two-time WBA 168-pound champion, stopped countryman Ryan Waters in the 10th-round yesterday in New South Wales, and now the 35-year-old is targeting the WBA title at 154-pounds.
Mundine improved to 40-3(24) with the TKO victory, and the never-stopped tough guy has won his last 17 bouts. Dropping down to light-middleweight for his last two outings, the Australian warrior wants to be known as one of the best in the sport pound-for-pound. And to do that, the man from Sydney is looking at a fight with the winner of the planned Dec.4th fight between WBA 154-pound king Miguel Cotto and challenger Julio Cesar Chavez Junior. continue
By Chris Strait: This really has been a stalling year in boxing, from super Six injuries and controversies holding off great fights to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao failing to connect yet again. It has, however, never been worse than it is in the heavyweight division. With Tomasz Adamek, David Haye, Nicolai Valuev, and Alexander Povetkin stalling in attempt to avoid the eventual beating from either Klitschko brother, Vitali and Wladimir are left in a bit of a quandary. They wish to remain active, but are actually having to search for challengers. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 91st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two-time WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) who is expected to have a rematch with WBC/WBO middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs). When these two first met in December of last year, Williams was awarded closely contested majority decision in a fight many fans felt could have gone either way. Williams spoke about that fight and reflected back on various moments of his career as well as his future plans. He also provided opinions and views on a variety of other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On rumors that he will be having a rematch against WBC/WBO middleweight champion Sergio Martinez:
“As much as I know the fight is going to be November 20. That’s all I know so far. I’m excited to get back in there and do what I got to do.”
On what he feels he can do differently this time in order to have a more decisive victory:
“I got more time to prepare for him. Last time remember that I was training for Kelly Pavlik the whole time and he pulled out like two and a half weeks before the fight. So then they put Martinez in there, so I had to switch my whole style up. You can’t prepare for a champion like that in two and a half weeks. I was preparing for a right-handed person that’s somebody who stands in front of me and stuff, and they had to switch it up to a left-handed person that’s somebody who moves. continue
Derek Chisora and Sam Sexton had to be kept apart and James DeGale and Carl Dilks swapped insults during a lively final press conference yesterday ahead of Saturday's Magnificent Seven show in Birmingham. As the tension rose before the big Sky Box Office event at the LG Arena, promoter Frank Warren hailed the the show as one of his best ever. Bookmakers have two of the European title fights on the card as even money, while the remaining few tickets are being snapped by eager punters. A double-tiered stage was required on Thursday to accommodate all the fighters in involved in a bill which boasts nine title fights.
Among those in action are Nathan Cleverly, James DeGale, Frankie Gavin, Matt Macklin, Enzo Maccarinelli, Matthew Hall, Kell Brook, Michael Jennings, Sam Sexton and Derek Chisora. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Sept. 16, 2010) – All four fighters stressed the importance of what tomorrow night means to them at Thursday’s weigh-in, just one day out of their appearance on ShoBox: The New Generation THIS Friday, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Both main event boxers -- world-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (28-1, 1 NC, 19 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif., and former world champion Mike Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) of La Puente, Calif., -- weighed in at 148.5 pounds just 28 hours or so before their highly anticipated 10-round welterweight battle. continue
Paul McCreath -Now that Wlad Klitschko has defended his heavyweight championship successfully by demolishing Sam Peter in a decisive manner our thoughts will turn to the question of who will he fight next. Peter was the mandatory so Wlad now has a full year to fight pretty well anybody he wants but it seems only reasonable that it should be somebody rated in The Ring's top ten if at all possible. Let us take a look at their top ten rated fighters and see who is the most likely candidate.
The number one contender is big brother Vitali Klitschko. You can forget about a match between these two. It won't happen. Number two is David Haye. There is no question that this is the match that most fans want to see although the demand is perhaps not as strong as it once was. Given the past history between these two and their inability to reach an agreement on a fight it seems rather unlikely that it will happen now . Add to that the fact that Haye is signed to meet Audley Harrison on November 13 and must face his own mandatory Ruslan Chagaev in the new year he is hardly available anyway. Considering the fact that Haye fights only about once a year and generally avoids meeting any fighter not already over the hill I just don't think these two are going to fight any time soon. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Anthony Mundine (40-3, 25 KOs) scored his first knockout win in almost three years, stopping fellow Australian Ryan Waters (20-3-2, 12 KOs) 24 seconds in the tenth round of their WBA junior middleweight title eliminator bout in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia tonight.
In his second bout in the division, the 35 year old former three time world champion (twice at super middleweight and once at middleweight) controlled the fight from the outset with his jab. continue
This is a published letter from a hardcore fight fan out there just like you! Every Wednesday ESB will feature a new letter containing various topics around the sport, and end with a response from Vivek Wallace himself! For those fight fans who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, here's your chance to SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to email@example.com. (Keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back, the mic is yours)! Today's letter comes to us from Armando R. (Reseda, CA):
Is it me, or is this a horrible time to be a boxing fan? There's a lot of websites for us hardcore fanatics to indulge in the sport, but when you look at the ESPN's, the CNNSI's, the FOXNEWS', and other larger media outlets, the only thing you see is articles about what's going wrong with the sport, and honestly, I can't totally disagree with them. continue
By Paul Strauss: Yuriorkis Gamboa once again exhibited his superior abilitiy in scoring a decisive UD over Orlando Salido at the Palm Casino, Las Vegas, NV. That's already old news, but it's important to point out that as usual he did it with excitement and style, which continues to propel him forward on the road to a big matchup with Juan Manuel "JuanMa" Lopez. It wasn't an easy task though, and for the fifth time in his career, his gloves touched the canvas. This time it was in the eighth round. Not to worry though, the occurrence was due in a big way to his attempt to land a big counter left hook which missed. A blink of an eye before that, he had been tagged by a big looping overhand right. However, it was his own momentum from the attempted counter that really put him down. He exhibited little sign of being hurt, but there was no doubt Salido was proving to be a tough veteran opponent, one who fought hard, but in the end was outclassed. Gamboa created another particularly tense moment in the twelfth and final round when he twice sent Salido to the canvas. The danger came when he foolishly let his emotions get the better of him. While Salido was down, Gamboa unleashed a right hand to the back of Salido's head. Fighters have been disqualifid for such offenses (Just ask King Arthur and Sakio Bika). But, in this case, Referee Joe Cortez chose to penalize him two points and let the fight continue. Gamboa fans let out a collective sigh of relief, and wiped up their spilt beer and resumed cheering for Gamboa. continue
Exclusive interview by Charles White - Taking time out of his busy training schedule, undefeated heavyweight prospect Malik "King" Scott (32-0 with 11 ko's) kindly answered my questions on his career to date, future plans, and general thoughts on boxing and the heavyweight division. You won't want to miss this interview! Here is what Malik had to say...
CW: Hey Malik, how's it going today? MS: What's up bro...everything is going great...me and my father [Leroy Scott] recently some-what squared things away with my promoter Goossen/Tutor and I recently just got back into the gym with my trainer [The Professor] Joe Goossen, so everything is falling back into place as far as my rollercoaster career is concerned. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: This past Saturday Wladimir Klitschko took on Samuel Peter for the second time in their careers. The result was a bit more dramatic compared to their last fight, with Wlad pulling out a KO in round 10. So what happened? Did Wladimir get better, changing his style and tactics in this fight, or did Samuel Peter lose something from their previous bout?
The answer has to be directed towards Samuel Peter and his fight plan. In their last bout in September 2005, Peter was able to make Wlad hit the canvas three times. Peter’s performance then was much more impressive then this past weekend, despite the fact that he lost the last fight via UD. He came in swinging against Wlad, hoping to catch him early in the fight and send him down for the night. Unfortunately, most of Wlad’s opponents attempted to do the same, and obviously this strategy needs to be scrapped from the coaches’ plans. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 91st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Paul Williams and Emanuel Steward) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or click here to listen and 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).
TORONTO (Sept. 15, 2010) - SUPER CHANNEL, Canada's only national pay television network, is proud to announce that it will air the highly anticipated "UNDISPUTED RIVALS - McGuinness vs Grant" event LIVE from the Hershey Centre in Mississauga next Saturday, September 25th. The telecast will begin at 9:00 PM ET. continue
MIAMI (Sept. 17, 2010) – TeleFutura, one of the largest Spanish-language networks in the U.S. and the ideal entertainment alternative for Hispanics across the nation, Tecate, cerveza con carácter, and Golden Boy Promotions, are giving adult consumers an opportunity to be part of the action by voting for the boxer with the most character during the network’s weekly boxing program Solo Boxeo Tecate. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - The business of boxing is like a high stakes shell game where fans are led through a maze of misdirection and utter nonsense for the purposes of tricking them into putting their money down. Modern fighters have embraced the theatrical side of the game more these days then at any other time in our history. The boxing press isn’t so much reporting news these days, its spreading gossip and feeding the 24 hour news cycle. Fighters imply this and lie about that and their teams do exactly the same thing. Everybody’s getting into the act, trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, members of the entourage, etc…Role players who in years past used to intentionally stay out of the limelight but who now feel they have a right to express their inner most thoughts. It’s hard to determine what’s actually going on in a fighter’s career by listening to all the various statements coming out of his camp. I choose to focus on their actions and/or lack there of.
Marcos Maidana is finding out the hard way that being a successful fighter sometimes has more to do with how the press perceives you than your actual success in the ring. Fighters and their teams are now doing what promoters have been doing since the beginning of time, manipulating the masses! Or, at least trying to! Example, (and this is an oldie but a goodie!) when you have no interest in putting your hot property in with a particular fighter yet the fight public seems to be demanding it you simply make that fighter an absurd offer that NO ONE in their right mind would agree to and when he inevitably scoffs you announce to the fight public that YOU offered him the fight and HE failed to sign so you HAD to move on!! You never disclose that you offered him a breakfast coupon from Denny’s in lieu of an actual purse. continue
James Stillerman - Up and coming undefeated middleweight prospect, Michael “Chairmen of the Board” Oliveira is a pugilist that the boxing community will soon become very familiar with in the near future.
Despite having only two amateur bouts, both knockout victories and not starting boxing until he was 15 years old, he has gotten his professional career off to a great start in large part due to his incredible work ethic and unrelenting motivation for perfection, which makes up for his lack of ring experience. In less than three years as a professional fighter, he has recorded 12 victories, 10 by knockout. continue
By James Slater - We all saw the utter dominance with which Wladimir Klitschko despatched his latest challenger, in Samuel Peter this past Saturday night, and we have really gotten used to the sight of Wladimir and his brother Vitali beating up and disposing of their opposition. Neither brother has lost a fight in years; come to think of it, neither brother has even lost a round in years!
The next guy to get his shot at seeing if he can become the fighter to put a halt to the ridiculous ease with which the two “Doctors” are dominating the heavyweight division is former champ Shannon Briggs, who goes in with WBC ruler Vitali on October 16th. At least the 39-year-old Klitschko will be fighting someone close to his own size in this one. continue
Elvin H. (Greater London, UK): Ricky Hatton appears to be at a very low point in his life. What are your thoughts about him and all these other athletes and their drug addictions?
Vivek W. (ESB): Too much money, too much time, too little ambition, and too little to do (with their time). That basically sums it up. A week ago, I stated that this very same problem is perhaps the greatest culprit in the recent out-of-ring struggles of Floyd Mayweather jr. When an athlete is young, hungry, and motivated, he's more likely to spend every waking moment in clear pursuit of his ultimate happiness. The problem with guys like Hatton, Calzaghe, and more recently Floyd Mayweather, is the fact that these are men who have reached a status where hit or miss, sink or swim, they have pretty much touched the ceiling of their ambition and there's little else in life that motivates them. Aside from this, in the case of Calzaghe and Hatton, neither man will probably ever have another opportunity to take part in the blissful high associated with a transcendent mega-fight again, so like others in life without beneficial motivation, they search for this 'high' in all the wrong places.
I feel really bad for each of these men. As Fathers, husbands, and beyond, they have more than enough reason to pull themselves from the mental 'dumps' of life, yet they can't see the forest for the trees. continue
VERONA, NY (September 2010)—On Saturday night October 2nd, undefeated Brazilian Middleweight Isaac Rodriguez will take on Colombian power puncher Samuel Miller in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds for the WBC/USNBC Middleweight championship at The Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York. Rodrigues of Belem, Brazil and now makes his home in West Berlin, New Jersey has a perfect record of 17-0 with fourteen knockouts will look to capture a second Middleweight championship. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 89th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning IBF cruiserweight champion of the world Steve “USS” Cunningham (23-2, 12 KOs), who is expected to be included in a cruiserweight tournament which is slated to start later this year. Cunningham regained the IBF title back in June when he defeated Troy Ross by fifth round technical knockout for the vacant strap. He spoke about his career and shared his views on various topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Cunningham also responded to comments directed at him by WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck on last week’s show. Here are some excerpts from the Steve Cunningham interview:
His response to comments made by Marco Huck on the previous week’s show when Huck stated he wanted a rematch with Cunningham and claimed he would “really, really hurt him” if they ever meet in again:
“First off, isn’t that what they all say? Isn’t that what you’re supposed to say? It’s not surprising coming from him because that’s the exact same trash-talking immature attitude he had when we first when to Germany in December ’07. So I can’t expect anything different from him. Well I should expect something different from him, but obviously he hasn’t grown. So he’s talking the same smack. That’s his first loss and it was a bad loss for him, so yeah he’s angry. He’s been angry. It seems like he’s been dreaming about me. Maybe my wife should be jealous.” continue
By James Slater - Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey, last seen in that disappointing fight with pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao, is set to leave the 147-pound division behind. Always big for a welterweight, and having had to work increasingly hard to make the weight in recent times, the 33-year-old plans to fight again this year as a light-middleweight; with the ultimate goal being for him to box as a full middleweight.
This is according to one of “The Grand Master’s” trainers, who has been speaking with Ghana’s Joy Sports web site. continue
Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 14, 2010) - "Lesson learned." That's what former number one world rated heavyweight contender Tony "The Tiger" Thompson said after his July 2008 11th round loss to WBC/WBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko -- lessons he took into the ring to stop his next three opponents - now Thompson believes he has earned another shot to challenge Klitschko for his belts. continue
By James Slater - Last night in Germany, a triumphant Wladimir Klitschko, who had only minutes earlier retained his Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles with a one-sided beating of a ludicrously brave Samuel Peter, soon turned his attention towards WBA ruler David Haye.
The saga of this seemingly impossible-to-make fight has by now well and truly bored fight fans, what with both men’s claims of being avoided by the other, but the fact is, Klitschko-Haye is the only big heavyweight clash left to make. Basing things on “Dr. Steel Hammer’s” awesome showing last night, you may not find too many fans willing to predict a Haye win, but at least the younger, faster man from London would maybe test Wladimir and give him a few scares along the way. But will he ever fight Klitschko?
Wladimir is angry at how the man known as “The Hayemaker” has been “running away,” and the best heavyweight on the planet has a new nickname for Haye - as he revealed to Sky Sports just after flattening the game Nigerian warrior. continue
Passaic, NJ (September 16, 2010) - Junior-middleweight prospect Glen Tapia of Passaic, NJ has been enlisted by boxing's pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao to serve as chief sparring partner for his November 13 clash with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The 20-year-old Tapia, with a professional boxing record of 7-0 (5 KO), has been a high-profile sparring partner for world champions Joshua Clottey and Yuri Foreman as the prepared for Miguel Cotto. The Dominican-American power-puncher acknowledges that this will be a vital learning experience for him as he attempts to start his own legacy. continue
Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis returns to Germany in December. The three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medallist (currently rated #2 by the WBC) is on his way to become the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. After defecting from the Cuban national team (along with unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa) in December 2006, Solis gave his pro-debut in Hamburg, Germany, in April 2007 under the banner of Ahmet Oener’s ARENA Box-Promotion. „La Sombra“ had his first 12 pro-fights in Germany winning the WBC Latino and WBC International Championship. In October 2008 he moved to Miami and had his last four fights in the United States stopping Kevin Burnett, Dominique Alexander, Monte Barrett and Carl Davis Drummond. continue
One of the most discussed questions at Pearl Theatre at The Palms Casino Resorts in Las Vegas after Yuriorkis Gamboa’s impressive unanimous decision win over Mexico’s Orlando Salido had nothing to do with the scoring of the judges (116-109, 115-109, 114-109) but with Gamboa’s style. Fans and experts argued whether they had seen a "new Gamboa" (as HBO’s Max Kellermann supposed) or the "same old fighter" with the same old flaws and sometimes sloppy defense.
"I feel that I am developing and improving with every fight", says Gamboa. "My trainer Ismael Salas and I have been working on different things and we made certain adjustments to my style. I felt – like in all of my pro-fights so far – that I was always in charge of the action and the better man in the ring. I don’t care too much if I win on points or by knockout as long as I leave the ring as winner."
Fact is, 2,000 fans at Pearl Theatre got to see a worthy "Battle of the Champions" as Top Rank had billed the unification bout. continue
By James Slater - There can’t be a single fight fan who has not heard or read about the recent fall from grace of former 140-pound king Ricky Hatton. Now undergoing rehab so as to get himself clean and sober and off cocaine for good, the 31-year-old must be wished the best of luck with his efforts. At this awful time in his life, however, the very idea of even asking whether or not Hatton will ever fight again seems ludicrous almost to the point of being offensive. continue
(13th September) Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event regrettably announce that the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic mega fight between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham on the 2nd October at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille in Monaco has been postponed. Froch, who had been trying to work through a persistent back injury, was unable to train on Friday due to severe pain and after resting properly over the weekend the injury had not improved. After visiting his physio and doctor this afternoon in an attempt to see if anything else could be done to help get him through this, Carl was firmly advised to take at least four weeks solid rest before resuming training again leaving him in no position to fight on the 2nd October. This left no other option than to request a postponement. continue
By James Slater - A shocking news story has appeared in British tabloid The News of The World today; one that is sure to rock British boxing to its core. Former two-weight world champion and all-round boxing hero Ricky Hatton has reportedly been filmed snorting many lines of cocaine in a Manchester hotel room. The News of The World article also has a video to go with it (see Fightnews.com), and there does seem to be irrefutable evidence that Hatton, 31, really has done what the newspaper claims he has.
For even in today’s technical age, where ultra-convincing videos can be made, making people believe things that are fake are real, the video of Hatton leaning over in a bathroom and then taking the cocaine up his nose through a banknote looks genuine. Reportedly filmed in secret by a friend who filmed the act two weeks ago so as to help get the former champ to stop because “If he carries on he’ll kill himself. I’m really, really worried for him” the short video is hard to stomach. Especially as footage is then shown of Hatton is his fighting prime. It really is a massive contrast, seeing the bloated ex-champ compared with the primed and peaking wrecking machine of a great fighter.
Hatton’s fondness for a drink (or ten) is well known and has been for some time, but now, this latest news is sure to ruin his reputation. It really is tough to argue with video evidence, and Hatton surely has no choice but to admit to his drug problem. continue
By Robert Jackson: Ricky Hatton really has sunk low – to allow himself to be videoed allegedly snorting cocaine.
Floyd Mayweather allegedly attacked ex-girlfriend/babies momma Josie Harris last week; wasn’t it not too long ago Mayweather was up on domestic abuse charges filed by Ms. Harris which were eventually dropped? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me continue
Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) and Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) are ready for the biggest fights of their young careers. The two up-and-coming Sauerland talents put their unbeaten records on the line on Saturday at Frank Warren´s Magnificent Seven show at the LG Arena in Birmingham. While cruiserweight sensation Frenkel challenges European champion Enzo Maccarinelli, Light Heavyweight hopeful Murat battles out a WBO Eliminator with Nathan Cleverly. continue
By Vanessa McConnell - Last weekend’s “Battle of the Champions” was a night to remember. The struggle to hold on to an undefeated streak nearly cost Yuriorkis Gamboa (19-0, 16KOs) more than just his bragging rights. He defeated Orlando Salido (34-11-2, 22Kos) in the 12th round by TKO but nearly lost the match by disqualification. He continued punching Salido even after knocking him down and nearly out the ring with a hail of punches to the body, head. It was a quick debate after the referee stepped in. Gamboa jammed him up so quick we had to view the tapes to see what actually happened. As Salido nearly fell through the ropes and on to the mat, Gamboa continued to swing even after the referee stopped the fight.
Some suggested that Salido protest the decision and demand a disqualification. This fight was full of controversy from the 3rd round to the knockout. The referee literally had to pull Salido out of Gamboa’s wrath as the bell rang ending the 3rd and at the end of the 7th there was a heated exchange of blows between both fighters. Salido threw the first punch and this is what made the last call seem not so bad. The referee allowed a lot of low blows all night and was even reassured ringside by his colleagues after the fight that he did a good job. Gamboa started out solid and focused and began to hurt a little in the 6th but by the 11th round Gamboa cut Salido over his left eye and the fight was turned up another notch. continue
By Chris Strait: I am very happy about this tournament. Not only is it highlighting a recently exciting division; Not only does it involve fighters who have faced each other in exciting matchups; The main thing is that it is being done correctly. It is featuring only 4 fighters, in a single-elimination format. Start with semi-finals, and move straight to a final. We are already dealing with championship-level fighters, who have faced each other in three separate fights. The winner will be 'the man' at 118, if not the Undisputed Ring Magazine champ. The first round of fights is also taking place on the same card, so as not to gobble up more unnecessary dates and airtime. It is also taking place in Mexico, where fans are sure to appreciate the kind of action these fighters will bring. continue
SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY “I am excited to be here and to celebrate the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence. I want to thank my team, the Mosley Tribe. Everybody did a phenomenal job of getting me in shape and making sure I have myself in tip top condition.
“Naazim did a great job making sure I don’t take Sergio Mora for granted.
“I always thank my father for my existence and getting me together as a fighter. I thank him for all of these years of preparing me, supporting me and having my back. continue
By Lucas White: On Saturday, September 11, 2010, Wladimir Klitschko defended his IBF Heavyweight Championship for the ninth time with a 10th round knockout of Samuel Peter before 37,000 plus crowd in Frankfurt, Germany.
In the wake of Alexander Povetkin bowing out and HBO rejecting television rights, Wlad proved once again that he is the dominant force of the heavyweight division. ESPN3.com was the lone availability for American boxing fans still interested in the once coveted Heavyweight Championship.
The fight was a classic Klitschko defense except that he was facing a proven power puncher who had previously placed Wladimir on the canvas three times. That narrative would not be replayed in this rematch like the original 5 years ago.
It was difficult to give Peter even one round. The classic criticism of Wladimir for jabbing and grabbing could not be substantiated in this fight, as Samuel Peter was equally guilty of close quarter clinching.
Wladimir Klitschko would resort to his power jab followed by his thunderous right hand in the first round. Subsequent rounds would replay the strategy with Peter unwilling to engage on the inside. Finally, the 1,2,3 led to Referee Robert Byrd attempting to count for a knockdown in the 10th round, which he would abandon due to the lethargic state of the downed man to call a hault to the contest. continue
By James Slater - Tomasz Adamek, the man many people feel can add a portion of the heavyweight crown to the light-heavyweight and cruiserweight belts he has already won, is closing in on a shot at either one of the Klitschko brothers or David Haye. Yet for the time being, the crowd-pleasing 33-year-old from Poland is keen to further test himself against heavyweight opposition. Enter fellow crowd-pleaser and all-round tough guy Vinny Maddalone. continue
By James Slater - Big-punching Enzo Maccarinelli, the former WBO cruiserweight champion, says he is feeling like his old self ahead of this Saturday night’s showdown with the undefeated and highly touted Alexander Frenkel. The exciting Welshman will clash with the Ukrainian on the exciting “Magnificent Seven” bill being promoted by Frank Warren in Birmingham (and available on Sky Sports Box Office), and the cruiserweight clash, for Macca’s European title, might be one of the best of the large number of top bouts taking place. continue
By GM Ross: In his book Body and Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer sociologist Loic Wacquant routinely utilizes notebooks to retell the story of his journey through boxing. Within these notes are his observations of gyms, fights, fighters, neighbourhoods, etc. From this point onward I will be keeping similar notebooks whenever I attend a fight, from which my analysis will be drawn. Hopefully, this approach will result in a more unique style of writing than I have thus far employed. Readers will receive my honest opinions – jotted in the heat of the moment –regarding the fights I attend, preventing me from falling back on the assessments provided by dominant media sources like TSN or Sportsnet. Of course, when not in attendance I will be forced to depend on the views of others, especially when footage of a contest is unavailable. When such situations occur I will endeavour to provide readers with information from the fighters and promoters themselves, and/or the most reputable published sources available. “This Week from Canada” will run every Sunday for the foreseeable future. continue
Earlier tonight in New Hampshire, highly touted undefeated jr. middleweight prospect, Demetrius Andrade improved to (11-0, 8KO's) destroying Dave Saunders in the main event bout of of the evening on the annual "The Fight to Educate" card at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The fight, Andrade's first scheduleded eight rounder, was presented by Star Boxing and Banner Promotions on the Gotham Boxing promoted card. continue
By James Slater - Ray Mercer, the former WBO heavyweight champion, made a big splash when he fought MMA star Tim Sylvia back in June of last year, flattening Sylvia inside ten-seconds with a huge right hand to the chin. Before that win, “Merciless” had lost to Kimbo Slice in an exhibition bout, and now, this coming Friday night in Connecticut, the 49-year-old will enter the cage again. This time set to face Ron Sparks, in a fight that was set to happen a few months back, Mercer will be looking to pick up his first win, of any kind - boxing or MMA - since parking Sylvia. continue
By Tom Hatheway: Ring Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko dominated Sam Peter via 10th round TKO in a rematch from 2005. He also defended his IBF, IBO, and WBO titles.
The bout was basically a mismatch; with the champ in control all of the way. In the end Peter’s eyes were heavily swollen, and is now 0-3 against the brothers from Ukraine. The score here was 90-81. Klitschko, 246 is now 55-3 (49), while Peter, 241 drops to 34-4 (27).
Who is up next this year for Wladimir, 34? Possibly Adamek or Valuev. They are the only possible choices unless he wants to wait until next year for Haye or Povetkin who have bouts already lined up for this fall.
As for Peter, 30, it’s back in line with the slew of other contenders. Maybe a matchup with Haye or Holyfield sometime next spring? Could be possible. Especially if Haye keeps dodging the Klitschkos. continue
Former heavyweight contender and WBO cruiserweight title challenger Brian "The Beast" Minto (34-4) returns to the ring on Friday October 29th at Ghost Riders' Entertainment Complex in Minto's hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. Minto will face Corey "The Cobra" Phelps (13-6-1) in the ten round main event for the vacant WBC Continental-Americas cruiserweight title. After losing consecutively to heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (29-2) and WBO cruiser champ Marco Huck (30-1), Minto aims to rebound against the upset minded 6'3 Phelps. continue
Katie Taylor progressed to the quarter-finals of the 6th AIBA World Championships with an impressive win over Adriana Araujo of Brazil in Barbados last night. But Allana Murphy and Sinead Kavanagh bowed out following last-16 reversals to Turkey and China at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown. Taylor, who is aiming for her third World title in a row, dominated en route to beating Araujo 20-5. continue
By James Slater: The dominance of Wladimir Klitschko continued tonight in Frankfurt, Germany, as the Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight king thoroughly bested Samuel Peter in their rematch bout. Beating the challenger up pretty much as he pleased, “Dr. Steel Hammer” finally got the stoppage trainer Emanuel Steward was looking for in the 10th-round, when a series of blows punctuated by two left hands sent “The Nigerian Nightmare” to the mat.
Now 55-3(49), Klitschko is seemingly at his absolute peak, with no-one around capable of taking his belts. Peter, who really took his lumps tonight, is now 34-4(27) and it’s tough to see where he goes from here. The 30-year-old has certainly had a belly full of the two Klitschko brothers; losing now in three encounters with the siblings.
It was pretty much the usual Klitschko performance tonight. In control all the way aside, perhaps, from a lively opening round from Peter, who came in bobbing and weaving and managed to get home with a decent left hook to the head in the initial three-minutes, Wladimir jabbed, used his right hand and left hook and also grabbed and wrapped his man up at every opportunity. continue
By James Slater - All but lost amongst the big world title fights taking place over the weekend, was a clash of heavyweight fringe contenders in a reasonably important fight. Lance “Mount” Whitaker and Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence met at The Convention Centre in Riverside, California, and 34-year-old Lawrence, best known for his losing fight with former WBC heavyweight champ Oliver McCall, upset 38-year-old Whitaker’s hopes of one day landing a fight with one of the Klitschko brothers. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (September 13, 2010) Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee thrilled the fight crowd and a large contingent of Fighting Irish alums at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night with a brutal second round knockout of Alex Rivera in their scheduled four round light heavyweight bout.
After a first round of Lee scoring at will with his piston like jab, the 23 year old continued to use heavy handed combinations to wear down Rivera over the course of the second stanza. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Unified IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) successfully defended his titles against Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KOs), winning by tenth round technical knockout. When these two first met nearly five years ago, it was the last time Klitschko was involved in a tough fight. Since then, he has won ten title fights in a row, including nine defenses of his IBF belt and five for the WBO.
In round one, Peter came out awkwardly. He was successfully bobbing and moving as he launched wild shots that missed their mark. This caused Klitschko some getting used to, but he still took the round by landing the best punches, highlighted by a nice straight right. In round two, Wladimir took control and never looked back. He effectively controlled the distance with his jab. He also mixed in some crisp right hands and snappy left hooks. Whenever Peter got inside, Wlad smothered him like an octopus. The rest of the time, Wlad peppered him at will with a variety of quick combinations which kept Peter off balance. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - What started as a solid but ordinary night of boxing ended up in shock and disbelief after the two main bouts events took place. The venue, as usual, is London York Hall, the occasion Goodwin Promotions’ “It’s personal”, the eagerly anticipated showdown between Ryan Barrett and Mark Alexander for the vacant International Masters Light Weight title, also featuring the British Masters Light Middleweight challenge between Pat “Phat” MacAleese and Lee “Lightning” Noble. continue
By James Slater - Mexican legend Erik Morales won the second fight in his latest comeback last night, as he stopped game Scot Willie Limond in the 6th-round in Mexico City. Three times in an exciting 6th-round “El Terrible” sent Limond to the canvas with savage body shots, the final knockdown prompting referee Jay Nady to call a halt. The Official time was 2-minutes and 46-seconds. Morales is now 50-6(35). Limond, who gave it his best shot, is now 33-3(8). continue
By James Slater - Wladimir Klitschko, the Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion, as well as being the consensus choice for THE heavyweight king, has mocked the upcoming fight his potential rival David Haye is taking in November against Audley Harrison. “Dr. Steel Hammer,” who tonight faces a potentially tough rematch with former WBC champ Sam Peter, spoke to Sky Sports yesterday, and he said the Haye-Harrison fight is no world title fight, merely “the championship of London.”
Of course, Klitschko isn’t the only person out there who is disappointed with Haye’s choice of next opponent, but the 34-year-old is more miffed than most seeing as he wanted to be facing “The Hayemaker” instead of the former Olympian known as “A-Force.” Maybe we will still get to see Klitschko-Haye some time next year - if neither guy loses in the meantime - but don’t hold your breath.
Klitschko has said a number of times how Haye began talking up a fight with he and his brother, only to then fail to match his words with action. And Klitschko is still angry as a result. continue
Matt Macklin says he wants to move to world level after his European title challenge on September 18. The Brummie takes on Shalva Jomardashviliin a European middleweight championship fight at the LG Arena, Birmingham. A victory should boost his ratings with each of the big four world governing bodies. Macklin is currently inside the top 10 of the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO, and knocking on the door for a world title challenge. "At 28 I am coming into my prime," said Macklin. "I truly believe that I am ready for anyone in the world. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Tyne and Wear, England, Canada’s IBF super-bantamweight champion Steve Molitor retained his title with a close, nip-and-tuck points win over the classy Jason Booth. “The Canadian Kid” was given plenty to think about by Nottingham’s Booth - who was really aiming to top an amazing comeback that saw him return from a severe bout against alcohol - but in the end the bigger man had a little too much for the man known as “2-Smooth.” continue
By John G. Thompson: At the York Hall in London, England, Tyson Fury 12-0 (9 KO’s) of Manchester, England handed American Rich “Super” Power 12-1 (9 KO’s) his first loss on ShoBox: The Next Generation. Power had a lot of things going against him from the start. He had to “cross the pond” in traveling to the United Kingdom. He took the fight on just one weeks’ notice. He fought a 6’9” fighter with the second longest reach in boxing history, who outweighed him by more than forty pounds. He was fighting an eight round bout, never having been past four, and had only been a professional boxer for two years. And while had racked up an impressively undefeated record in that time, in reality only three of his twelve opponents possessed winning records (1-0, 2-0, 3-2-1). In short, he had only a puncher’s chance. None of this was Fury’s fault of course, both his prior opponents pulling out on short notice.
Power showed some aggression in the first round, though Fury used his height and reach advantages by jabbing and landing the occasional right while maintaining his distance. The second round was a little ugly with more holding than punching. Each man landed maybe one or two meaningful shots, and the round might have gone to Power, had Fury not landed a good right and followed it up with a left-right combination before the bell. Fury showed more fury in the third round, landing a good combination inside. The boxer named after “Iron” Mike Tyson proceeded to basically bounce Power around the ring for the remainder of the round. continue
Willie “Big Bang” Casey will look to turn Big Bang Theory into reality when he challenges Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez for the Spaniard's European Super Bantamweight title on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the University Sports Arena, Limerick on Saturday, November 6th. The unbeaten Casey has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the professional ranks since turning professional just 2 years and 10 fights ago and the 28-year-old southpaw will be looking to make the most of home advantage as European Championship boxing comes to Limerick for the first time ever. continue
Former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall "Rated R" Holt (25-4, 13 KOs) managed by NFL Giants RB Brandon Jacobs will make his highly anticipated return to the ring on October 15 against an opponent to be determined. This bout is set to be on the under card of the Antonio Tarver vs Nagy Aguilera Heavyweight bout. He is scheduled for a 8 rounder either in Memphis or Southern California. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich: You can only fight what is in front of you. The level of opposition can determine a fighter performance and either expose him or bring out all his gifts. Luke Tyson Fury and John O’Donnell American debuts were symmetrical in that sense.
Tyson’s heavyweight contest was slightly disappointing, not because of his performance but due to the fact that his designated opponent Gavern and his first replacement Holmes pulled out at very short notice. Previously undefeated Rich Power, although well conditioned and very game, did not have much time to study Fury and unlikely had a game plan coming into the fight. Tyson is the living proof that, in boxing at least, size does matter. At this point of his career, height, reach, and power are his main assets and keys to victory. It was impossible for Power to get past his jab and, in the few occasions where he managed to get inside, the Irish colossus would clinch him immediately neutralizing his offence.
After a cagey first round, Fury established the pattern of the fight by using the jab to drive his opponent on the ropes where he would proceed to unload straight right hands, hooks, and powerful body shots. continue
A Trio of U.S. Boxers Advance to Quarterfinal Action at the 2010 Women’s World Championships - (COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Lightweight Queen Underwood (Seattle, Wash.), light welterweight Cashmere Jackson (Cleveland, Ohio) and welterweight Andrecia Wasson (Centerline, Mich.) all clinched quarterfinal berths with victories in preliminary action on Monday at the 2010 Women’s World Championships in Bridgetown, Barbados. The trio now stands only one victory away world championships hardware. continue
By James Slater - Reports are surfacing, claiming that the eagerly anticipated Carl Froch Vs. Arthur Abraham fight originally set for October 2nd in Monaco will have to be postponed for an as yet undetermined amount of time due to a back injury suffered in training by Froch. German news paper Bild has broken this news, and web sites Fightnews.com and Insidefights.com have picked it up.
It’s not yet known how serious the back injury is, or for how long “The Cobra” will be sidelined, but this news is yet another blow to the recently-troubled “Super Six Boxing Classic” tournament. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 90th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Floyd Mayweather Senior. His son, Floyd Mayweather Junior, recently made headlines as a result of insulting Pacquiao in what many observers viewed as a mean-spirited and racially charged attack. Mayweather Senior provided his thoughts on his son’s comments, and also talked about a potential fight between his son and the Filipino sensation. He also shared his views on Chad Dawson’s first professional loss at the hands of Jean Pascal. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: Anyway guys, it is time for the main guest of this week’s show. It is the father of Floyd Mayweather Junior. He is Floyd Joy Mayweather Senior. Hey Floyd.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SENIOR: Hello.
JENNA: Floyd, your son’s been getting a lot of criticism in the press of late because of comments made about Manny Pacquiao. What do you think about that whole situation?
MAYWEATHER: I just got through talking to somebody about that. From what I understand, it’s been all over the radio and stuff. I heard somebody talking about how he made racial statements. Those are not racial statements that he made. continue
Andy Lee, Kronk Irish middleweight contender headlines the ‘Windy City Fight Night’ boxing showcase promoted by 8 Count Productions this Friday night (September 17) at the mult-purpose UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL.
Lee will be in action in a 10 round bout against the rugged and durable Michael ‘The Midnight Stalker’ Walker from Chicago, IL. The main event promises to have plenty of fireworks with Lee coming to town to take care of business. continue
By James Slater - Zab Judah was all set to face 37-year-old Michael Clark in his next fight, with the bout set for October 2nd. Now, however, there has been a change of plan, and the Brooklyn southpaw will instead clash with the far more dangerous Lucas Matthysse, undefeated brother of Walter.
The intriguing and risky fight (for both men) will go ahead at The Prudential Centre in Newark, and will be televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark show. For the 32-year-old Judah, 39-6(27), the fight will offer him the chance to make a statement by taking the zero from the end of the 27-year-old’s record, and for Matthysse the fight will present a real step up in class. continue
LONDON (Sept. 11, 2010) – In front of an electric crowd at historic York Hall here, John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury scored decisive decision victories over their American opponents Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. O’Donnell outworked veteran Terrance Cauthen by a referee score of 118-112 in the 12-round welterweight main event while the undefeated Fury won a lopsided but exciting eight-round decision over Rich Power with a shutout score of 80-72 in the heavyweight co-feature.
In England, fights are scored by a single referee as opposed to the more popular three-judge panel.
O’Donnell (24-1, 11 KOs), of Shepherd’s Bush, Great Britain and Galway, Ireland, was more workman-like than spectacular as he triumphed against his toughest opponent to date in Cauthen (35-7, 9 KOs), of Trenton, N.J. Though neither southpaw possesses overwhelming power, both stuck to their game plans; O’Donnell worked the body with repeated right hooks and Cauthen, a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist, used combinations to win his only two rounds. continue
UNCASVILLE, CT (September 10, 2010) Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard will defend his NABF and NABO featherweight titles as he returns to action at the Mohegan Sun Casino on Friday, October 29th, it was announced today by TKO Boxing Promotions.
The 24 year old Remillard will be making his third appearance this year at the Mohegan Sun Casino, having already scored two brutal knockouts to raise his undefeated record to 22-0-0 with 13 knockouts. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - The undisputed heavyweight championship of the world is one of the highest honours in the history of sport. Whenever the question of one champion’s validity over the others has been in question, so too has the state of boxing at large. For too long following Lennox Lewis’s retirement fans harked on about the lack of an undisputed ruler. The lineage had followed Lewis into the path of Vitali Klitschko. Sadly the elder of the two Klitschko brothers was never able to reign as he should have. continue
By James Slater - Manny Pacquiao, whilst speaking with members of the media yesterday, said he will climb into the ring for his November 13th bout with Mexico’s Antonio Margarito at 151-pounds max. Currently weighing that weight now, the pound-for-pound king will not put on any further pounds before the big fight in Texas.
As has been reported, the fight, for the vacant WBC 154-pound title, will be boxed at a catch-weight, with both guys allowed to come in no higher than the 151 Manny is comfortable at. Unfair when considering how big the 32-year-old Margarito is? Probably; but not too many fans are on “Tony’s” side regarding this or anything else due to you know what! So, the best fighter on the planet once again enters a fight with what some fans would call a loaded deck. Margarito isn’t allowed to weigh-in for the fight (24 hours before the bout) any higher than 151, and Pac-Man doesn’t want to.
Will the boiling down Margarito has to do weaken him to the point that he has nothing, or close to nothing to give, with no real snap on his punches come fight night? It’s very likely. But again, the majority of fans will not be too concerned, seeing as they are eagerly looking forward to watching the fighter dubbed “Margacheato” take a fearful hiding. continue
Trainer Anthony Farnell has backed Matthew Hall for Euro glory next weekend. The Mancunian hot-shot tackles Lukas Konecny at the LG Arena, Birmingham, on September 18. It forms part of Frank Warren's Magnificent Seven show live and exclusive on Sky Box Office.Until last week, Hall was not even on the card. But he stepped in after European light-middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes withdraw through injury. Now he fights for the vacant belt. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 1 – On a night celebrating the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence, it is only fitting that two Mexican warriors open up the star-studded September 18 pay-per-view telecast from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, as former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon of Chihuahua squares off against Ciudad Juarez native Antonio Escalante in what promises to be a bona-fide Fight of the Year candidate. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: Anyone who wants to defend David Haye’s decision to face Audley Harrison in his second defence of the WBA title will find little ammunition beyond the old adage: Boxing is theatre.
This little expression actually carries forth with it a great deal of truth. Boxing is drama and what is entertaining often sells a lot more than what is proper. Haye Vs Harrison will be entertaining for what its worth, but it is certainly not proper. There are myriad examples of the grotesque or bizarre in boxing selling well beyond the expectations of more honourable contests. One need only be reminded of Mike Tyson’s inglorious circus act after the Holyfield suspension, and the millions of dollars each of his meaningless contests leading to the Lewis defeat generated. Whatever anyone thinks about David Haye’s decision to face Harrison, one thing is certain: It will make both him and Audley Harrison a lot richer.
The coming heavyweight clash will be huge news in the UK and it is highly unlikely the hardcore fanatic or casual fan alike will be able to resist paying the PPV fee. Haye and Harrison have already appeared on both ITV and BBC mainstream news programmes. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (Sept. 2010) – Scotsman Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond, WBU Lightweight Champion, will be a plaid matador to Mexican bull -- 5-time world champion in three different weight classes, Erik “Terrible” Morales -- in their September 11 showdown that headlines the “Mexican Fiesta” Pay-Per-View show live from Mexico City.
“”I know this is going to be a hard fight,” Limond said, “but I’m hoping to take the bull by the horns and put on a great performance for the fans in Mexico, USA and my Scottish fans back home.. continue
By James Slater - Promoter Bob Arum recognises how much of a big deal a featherweight unification clash between 126-pound stars Yuriorkis Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez can be. Wanting, as he has said, for the fight to build and build until it is an absolutely massive event, Arum must now feel close to making the fight - especially if both guys win their upcoming fights.
Cuban Gamboa, the reigning WBA featherweight champ, faces Orlando Salido on Saturday night in his Las Vegas debut, and if victorious the unbeaten sensation will add the IBF belt to his WBA strap. While Puerto Rico’s Lopez, the WBO ruler at 126, faces legend Rafael Marquez in November (also in Vegas), in what is expected to be a great fight in its own right. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Yesterday morning started out pretty normal. After breakfast, a workout, and meditation, I did what many of us do when we finally settle in to our daily comfort zone.....I fired up my Twitter account to see what the rest of the world had to talk about.
Prior to logging in, I knew certain things would be a given, like any other morning on "Twitter". I knew that Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad OchoCinco would probably have a picture of breakfast at some local spot posted with a few interesting words to the fans......I knew rapper 50 Cent would serve up some outlandishly eye-poppin' street vernacular that would make me thank God that I'm 'following' him, rather then experience having such a (clearing my throat) wonderful guy 'follow' me......and I knew that P-Diddy would offer a few words of wisdom. What wasn't normal was the absence of a fellow 'tweeter' who literally always has something to say. I mean, even if he was traveling abroad, surely we'd see a pic of him jumping on the leer, stackin' his papers, or standing on the yacht......but there was nothing!
Taking a few moments out to deplete a full voice mailbox moments later answered more questions than Kobe Bryant at the podium after a clutch shot victory continue
Exclusive Interview by Charles C. White - Kindly taking time out of his busy schedule, longtime boxing manager Roland Jankelson answered my questions on his career in management, from past to present. Here is what Roland had to say...
CW: I want to thank you for this interview sir. How are you doing today Roland?
RJ: I’m doing fine, and at my age it is important to make every day a good one. continue
On Saturday, September 18, 2010 Legendary Manager/Trainer Emanuel Steward will be conducting a Boxing Clinic in the Houston area. The clinic will be held at CAP Elite, Center for Athletic Performance, located at 466 Rayford Rd. Suite 109 Spring, Texas.At this stage of Stewards' career he wants to share his knowedge, this clinic is for: Boxers, Amateur and Professional, Trainers, Conditioning Coaches, Officials, MMA Enthusiasts, Boxing Fans and those who desires first hand knowledge. "I will share my many years of experiences, both good and bad. We will go through the basic punches and other fundamentals of boxing," says Steward. continue
Power-punching heavyweight title challenger Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter remained calm during the press conference and the open training sessions for his Saturday rematch against IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko - even when normally reserved Klitschko taunted him with his championship belts and his antagonistic remarks.
"I hear and see what they're trying to do, I just hope he comes to fight and not wrestle" said Peter.
But Peter's manager, Ivaylo Gotzev, says Klitschko's unusually belligerent demeanor at the conference is a sure sign.
"He's definitely uptight. I've known Wladimir for 15 years and he's starting to realize who will be in the other corner come Saturday night. That's why he's not himself this week. He's already having cold and sweaty Nigerian Nightmares!"
Peter vs. Klitschko II will be held Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany at the Commerzbank Arena. continue
By Fantana - The seconds were ticking away in the twelfth and final round, a dreaded sense of sadness swept over me as I believed I was witnessing the final moments of Audley Harrisons professional boxing career. However…somewhere deep inside Audley Harrison a spark still flickered within the echelons of his very existence he found what many believed he possessed but had all too rarely been evident in his prize fighting career, that winner’s mentality. With a devastating swing of his still good left arm he punched Michael Sprott in the jaw region and rendered him unconscious, sprawled out on the canvas in a momentous occasion not just for Audley Harrison or his fans, but for the boxing world. Why? Because that single punch has landed him the fight he has talked about for years, his title shot, one he says he is going to take with both hands, no pun intended. continue
By James Slater - More bad news for pound-for-pound king Floyd “Money” Mayweather Junior. Hot on the heels of his insulting homemade video attack on Manny Pacquiao (remarks on the video subsequently apologised for by the 33-year-old boxing star), comes news of how Mayweather is a suspect in a domestic violence attack on the mother of three of his children.
According to The Grand Rapids Press, police were this morning called to a house in Las Vegas, when Josie Harris, Floyd’s former girlfriend, reported how the boxer had assaulted her. Police reportedly arrived at the house in Tropical Vine Street in Las Vegas, but when they got there Mayweather was not present in the home. continue
By James Slater - It was reported by a number of sources a while back how former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik will box on the under-card of the upcoming Nov. 13th Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito bill, but no mention was made of just who “The Ghost” would fight. Well, according to the man with all the hot news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Pavlik, in what will be his first fight back since losing on points to Sergio Gabriel Martinez, could face Daniel Edouard in Texas.
The fight, in the works for a catch-weight limit of 164-pounds, would see Pavlik in against a once highly-touted prospect who lost his way a little after an initial 16 pro wins and a couple of draws. Known as “The Haitian Sensation,” Edouard, a fine amateur who earned unpaid wins over good names Steve Cunningham and Chris Henry, is currently 23-3-2(14).
Turning pro in 2002, the 29-year-old lost his first major fight, when he was taken out inside three-rounds by future world middleweight king Jermain Taylor in February of 2005 - on the under-card of the Bernard Hopkins-Howard Eastman card in Los Angeles. Since then, the Haitian has boxed at both 154 and 160-pounds, and he has fought nine times - winning seven and losing two. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 9, 2010) Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee attended a press conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon ahead of his return to action this Saturday night, September 11th at The Palms Resort and Casino. Lee was joined at the press conference by Notre Dame football legend Rudy Ruettiger, along with his father, John Lee. The 23 year old Lee will face off against Alex Rivera in a scheduled four round light heavyweight battle as the feature bout on the undercard of the HBO broadcast of “The Battle of Champions” headlined by a World Featherweight Championship bout between Cuba ’s Yuriorkis Gamboa and Mexican veteran Orlando Salido. continue
By James Slater - Over the last month or so (perhaps even longer), there has been more and more talk of a possible showdown between Mexican greats Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales. Referred to as “The Mexican super-fight that never happened,” certain people in the trade are saying the fight is unfinished business, and that it should happen next year.
Back in the early to mid 2000s, when Mexican warriors Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and Marquez were at the top of their game (Marquez, though aged 37, remains there today) and rumbling, “El Terrible” and “Dinamita, for whatever reason, failed to meet. Some people want to see this rectified. But today, with Morales a far faded fighter from what he once was, the better-late-than-never match-up could well be a sad fight to see. continue
When WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa steps into the ring against IBF champ Orlando Salido for his first title unification this Saturday (Sept. 11th, featured on HBO Boxing After Dark) at The Palms in Las Vegas, „El Ciclon“ knows exactly who to thank for the way his career has taken so far.
"I have a fantastic team behind me", said Gamboa in Vegas. "With my father Carlos who brought me to boxing and has always been a role model, my trainer Ismael Salas who I have known for many, many years, my promoter Ahmet Öner and my manager Tony Gonzalez who led me from my pro-debut to Las Vegas on the fast lane and the team of Top Rank who is doing a great job in putting together these wonderful shows I have the best team in my corner that a fighter can possibly have. But I also know that I wouldn’t be where I am right now if I wouldn’t work as hard as possible for my success."
By emphasizing his own way of hard work Gamboa wants to encourage young fighters and promising prospects to always go to their limits. continue
By: Ryan Stead - We were waiting. Waiting for someone to show us what we already knew. Someone to shoulder the load and take the lead. We were waiting for a title. Experts say boxing is in a sad state, worse than ever. Maybe, but Canadian boxing has never been healthier than it is right now.
We've had our glorious past. We'll admit it and look back in pride. You say Canadian boxing, and people think of the name George Chuvalo, as they should. There were others, the brilliant Jimmy McLarnin, the fearsome Sam Langford, and the great George Dixon. We have a rich history, but what happened? Why did Canadians forget for so long? continue
Leo Kapakos - The spectacle of former three-division boxing champion James Toney and five-time UFC champion Randy Couture squaring off in the Octagon on Saturday night proved nothing. The question of whether MMA or boxing is a superior combat sport is ridiculous at best. Anyone who understands combat sports knows the rules of competition will generally determine how a boxer fares against a mixed martial artist. This was proven on Saturday night when MMA legend Coture didn’t hesitate to take boxer James Toney to the ground and choke him out in a little over 3 minutes of the first round. Unfortunately for the 41 year old boxing great, with less than a year of MMA training he had no take-down defense and couldn’t get a shot off, his only chance. continue
Frankfurt/Germany (September 10, 2010) – Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 48 KOs), and Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs), stepped on the scale today at Karstadt sports in Frankfurt. IBF, IBO, WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion Klitschko and former WBC Champion Peter will face off this Saturday at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Cuban Revolution continues at The National Stadium in Dublin this Saturday when unbeaten Cuban duo Alexei Acosta and Luis Garcia feature on the undercard of the Hunky Dorys Fight Night.
Acosta and Garcia are two of a trio of undefeated Cuban sensations now based in Cork having all won World Junior Championships in the amateur ranks. The third is heavyweight Mike Perez who was forced off Saturday's card earlier this week due to illness. All three are unbeaten and tipped for big things in the pro ranks. continue
Frankfurt/Main/Germany (September 8, 2010) – Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 48 KOs), and Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs), participated today in a public work-out at Mercedes Benz Center Frankfurt. IBF, IBO and WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion Klitschko and former WBC Champion Peter will face off next Saturday at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. In the U.S., the fight will be shown on live ESPN3.com and rebroadcast the following day on ESPN main network.
Tickets, starting at € 24, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805-57 00 70. continue
NEW YORK (Sept. 8, 2010) –- Current English heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KOs) is eagerly anticipating his SHOWTIME® debut when he takes on unbeaten southpaw Rich “Super” Power (12-0, 9 KOs) in what is sure to be an exciting night of fights from London’s York Hall on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Sept. 10, on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). Born prematurely at one pound, Fury has grown into his six-foot-nine frame and status as one of Britain’s most talked about heavyweights.
In the main event, former Commonwealth champion John O’Donnell (23-1, 11 KOs) takes on his toughest opponent to date in a 12-round battle against New Jersey’s Terrence “Heat” Cauthen (35-6, 9 KOs), a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist.
Sept. 8, 2010 – Leading up to the junior middleweight showdown featuring Sugar Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora – set for Saturday, Sept. 18 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View® – HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of one of Mosley’s most exciting moments in a Hall of Fame-caliber career.
On Friday, September 10 at 11:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 11 at 11:30 a.m., HBO2 will replay De La Hoya vs. Mosley 2000. All times are ET/PT. continue
By James Slater - James Toney has been uncharacteristically quiet since suffering that well-publicised tap-out loss to MMA legend Randy Couture late last month. However, the trainer and manager of “Lights Out,” John Arthur, recently gave an interview with MMAjunkie.com, and he spoke about Toney’s plans for the future. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The 90th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Floyd Mayweather Senior) will be a special fan discussion about Pacquiao and Mayweather. Fans are encouraged to call in and share their thoughts. The show starts at 1:30am EST. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or click here to listen and 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 Geoffrey Ciani along with the show's Hostess, the lovely Miss Jenna J.
LAS VEGAS, NV (September 8, 2010) Leading up to Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee’s return to action this Saturday night, September 11th, Top Rank Inc. will stream the final press conference live on their website (www.toprank.com) TODAY at 5pm CST. Lee is scheduled to face Alex Rivera in a four round light heavyweight bout at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, which will also host today’s press conference. Joining Lee at the press conference will be Rudy Ruettiger, best known as the inspiration for the sensational 1993 movie, “Rudy”, the story of an undersized walk-on who fulfills a dream to play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. continue
By James Slater - Though the main event of Manny Pacquiao against Antonio Margarito will, for good and bad reasons, mostly bad, get the lion’s share of the headlines on November 13th, the supporting bout to the WBC light-middleweight title fight is deserving of its share of fan attention.
After just six pro bouts - all wins, 5 inside the distance - two-time Olympic gold medal winner and all round amateur standout Guillermo Rigondeaux of Cuba will challenge for his first “world” title on the Texas bill. Taking on the experienced Ricardo Cordoba of Panama, 29-year-old Rigondeuax, known as “The Jackal,” will be trying win the interim version of the WBA super-bantamweight title after less than eighteen months of pro experience. continue
By James Slater - Every heavyweight world champion, no matter how dominant he is, has his time. Right now, Wladimir Klitschko, the Ring magazine, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight king, is seen by most as THE heavyweight champion, and he has been dominating (along with big brother and WBC ruler Vitali Klitschko) for quite some time now. But, after close to ten defences of his titles, has he had his time?
All good things must come to an end, but has the Klitschko reign been all that good? Sure, it’s hard not to admire Wladimir and Vitali: both are good guys, they work hard in the gym, they are good people and good role models for younger fans and they fight pretty regularly (Vitali, at age 39 the oldest of the three claimants to the heavyweight throne, fought three times in 2009, and may do the same this year). However, they can both be boring as hell to watch!
This is not their fault, both guys are cautious by nature and are unwilling to deviate from the jab, right hand, jab, clinch, repeat-method of breaking an opponent down. continue
Tickets for the WBA world heavyweight title clash between David 'The Hayemaker' Haye and Audley 'A-Force' Harrison are now available to purchase through the M.E.N. Arena Box Office on 0844 847 8000 or via www.men-arena.com. The all-British heavyweight showdown takes place on Saturday, November 13 at Manchester's M.E.N. Arena, and marks the first time a world heavyweight championship has been contested by two Brits on home soil since 1993. continue
LONDON (September 8, 2010). Hennessy Sports is proud to announce that two of the UK’s and Ireland’s finest boxers, John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury will be show casing their talents on the new subscription based UK channel PREMIER SPORTS, Sky channel 433 this coming Friday 10th September from 9pm. Not only will this exciting “Night of International” boxing live from York Hall, Bethnal Green be screened in the UK. Setanta, in Ireland will show both bouts along with SHOWTIME® in America at 11p.m. ET/PT (same day delay) and in Canada on the Super Channel Network. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 89th special Wednesday edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Angelo Dundee, Steve Cunningham, and Tom Tsatas) will start at 7:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player or click here to listen and 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).
Nathan Cleverly says the Celtic nations will have cause for double celebration next Saturday. Scotland is already buzzing after Ricky Burns lifted the WBO World Super-Featherweight title against Roman Martinez in Glasgow. And Cleverly has vowed to continue the Celtic revival by destroying Karo Murat in Birmingham. The fight is an eliminator for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight title, and Cleverly says he has been inspired by Burns' performance against Martinez. "Ricky's win was a great boost for British boxing, and I'd like to congratulate him," said proud Welshman Cleverly. continue
TONY JEFFRIES has split with trainer Bobby Rimmer after 18 months together. The Olympic bronze medallist (7-0-1) is being trained by Sean Casey for his next fight at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday 11th September. After the Sunderland boxer’s next fight, a major announcement will be made regarding a new full-time trainer. ‘Jaffa’s’ promoter said: “The split is no reflection on the job Bobby has done with Tony since they teamed-up. “I rate Bobby highly and I hope to continue our good working relationship. continue
This is a published letter from a hardcore fight fan out there just like you! This Wednesday segment will feature these letters containing various topics around the sport, and end with a response from Vivek Wallace himself! For those fight fans who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, here's your chance to SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back, the mic is yours)! Today's letter comes to us from Jason R. of Atlanta, GA:
I don't know about you, but I'm getting pretty tired of David Haye. When you look at things from a mainstream view, he came out of no where, popped off at the mouth, told everyone listening what he was gonna do and hasn't delivered on anything special yet. People say that the heavyweight division is weak. When I look around, yeah, you don't see any Ali's, Tyson's, or Lewis', but you do see guys more credible than Audley Harrison. I see Chambers, I see Olandier Solis, I see Adamek, and I see a bunch of other guys. I guarantee you he chooses someone like Holyfield if he beats Harrison, and this is the crap that sucks about the sport. continue
Carl Frampton believes he is the best super-bantamweight in Ireland and would jump at the chance to prove it. The unbeaten 23-year-old Belfast prospect tops a bill for the first time on September 18 when he takes on three-time European title challenger Yuriy Voronin at the Ulster Hall. And Frampton believes he will put on a performance that will convince the critics that he is the best super-bantam in Ireland – ahead of Irish and EU champion Paulie Hyland and Prizefighter winner Willie Casey. continue
Over three years have passed since Bernard Dunne lost his European Super Bantamweight title in such dramatic fashion to Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez but the belt will once again be up for grabs in Dublin his weekend when the Spanish KO artist returns to contest the belt with French based Armenian Arsen Martyrosian as part of a European title double header at The National Stadium this Saturday on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing series features a featherweight clash of reigning titleholders plus a lightweight thriller when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. ORLANDO SALIDO AND ANTHONY PETERSON VS. BRANDON RIOS is seen SATURDAY, SEPT. 11 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Pearl at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, 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.
Other HBO playdates: Sept. 12 (9:00 a.m.) and 13 (11:00 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: Sept. 12 (6:00 p.m.) and 13 (12:05 a.m.).
In a battle of featherweight beltholders, Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) of Miami, Fla. goes toe-to-toe with Orlando Salido (34-10, 22 KOs) of Sonora, Mexico in a scheduled 12-round title unification bout. continue
The eagerly awaited British debut of Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston, against Lana Cooper, which was set to be at the Steve Goodwin promoted double title ‘It’s Personal’ event at York Hall on Saturday 11th September, has been rescheduled to Saturday 4th December. Replacing Marston-Cooper on Saturday will be ‘Dynamo’ Daryl Setterfield versus Matt Scriven.
Speaking late last week Marston, the protégé of legendary Heavyweight Champion of the World Smokin’ Joe Frazier, said “I’m hugely disappointed, I’m one hundred percent fight ready, then this happens. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 7 - On Friday, September 10, TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" returns to Southern California with an action-packed doubleheader at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego featuring unbeaten hometown hero Chris Martin and Mexican welterweight prospect Luis Grajeda in separate bouts. In the main event scheduled for eight rounds in the junior featherweight division, Martin risks his undefeated record against experienced veteran Jose Luis Araiza. In the co-featured bout, Chihuahua's unbeaten Grajeda faces Fairfield, California's Alan Sanchez in an eight round welterweight clash. continue
Prizefighter Heavyweights III champion Audley Harrison will face David Haye for the WBA World Heavyweight title in Manchester in November 13, live on Sky Box Office.
Harrison has always claimed it was his destiny to win the World Heavyweight title and in a tense press conference in central London, he warned his former friend Haye that he is in for “the fight of his life” when he defends his title for the second time at the M.E.N Arena. Haye called the contest the “biggest fight the UK has seen in years” and it marks a return to the venue where he defeated John Ruiz in his first defence in April, but Harrison believes that his epic journey in the sport is ready to peak with a World title victory.
“I’m ecstatic I’m getting a shot at the Heavyweight title and I’m doubly ecstatic that it’s against David Haye – a guy that I groomed when I was 29 and Olympic gold medallist and he was just 19,” said Harrison. “People are saying this is the David Haye show, it’s not – this is the Audley Harrison show, it is part of my journey and I’m knocking out a man who I laid down the red carpet to when he was coming through. This is my time – I’ve been down to the bottom of the pit but now I’m right back at the top and ready to take my chance.. continue
World-rated Sydney boxer - Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib is set to open Lonsdale London – Liverpool Westfield Store, Thursday night (09.09.10) at 6.00pm. - The current IBF Pan-Pacific Featherweight champion, fresh off his 6th rd KO victory last week against the former world-title challenger – Ceferino Larbarda steps back into the ring tomorrow night, a different one though to show off his skills for the crowd with a training workout and sparring against a training partner followed by meeting fans, signing autographs, giving away prizes and opening the Lonsdale Liverpool store as a proud Lonsdale ambassador. continue
Lee “Lights out” Purdy returns to the ring on the undercard of the exciting “Night of International Boxing” at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Friday 10th September. This will be Lee’s first time back in the ring since his gripping 12 round unanimous point’s decision loss for the Commonwealth title against Denton Vassell in April. The co – feature fights involving two of the UK and Ireland’s finest boxers, John O’Donnell who is taking on Olympic Bronze Medalist American Terrence Cauthen over 12 rounds and Tyson Fury who will be fighting over 8 rounds, both bouts will be televised in America on SHOWTIME® at 11p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). The event will also be shown in Canada on the Super Channel Network and the UK Broadcaster will be announced soon. continue
The lazy, hazy days of summer are coming to a close, but Los Angeles is staying hot as “200: CELEBRATE AND DOMINATE” Mosley vs. Mora quickly approaches. With about two weeks to go before the September 18 fight takes place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., numerous events are scheduled including a fight week unlike any other seen before. The event will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT.
There will be a calendar of events leading up to the Mexican Independence Bicentennial Celebratory event that has boxing fans across the country talking. Will former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora be the first fighter of Mexican or Mexican-American descent to defeat Five-Time World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley? Will boxing veteran Carlos “Tata” Baldomir be too much for the young undefeated Mexican boxing sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez? Will “Vicious” Victor Ortiz return to STAPLES Center and take down the experienced former World Champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris? Who will emerge victorious and earn a shot at the World Featherweight Championship when former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon collides with WBO number two world ranked featherweight Antonio Escalante continue
On 25th September at the Flemming Park Leisure Centre, Eastleigh, Southampton, London based promoter Mickey Helliet who manages over 40 boxers including Flywieght sensation Ashley Sexton and Mike Tyson conqueror Danny Williams will have a busy night as ten of his fighters will be boxing on the show which is set to be a highlight of the south coast boxing calendar. continue
Kelly Swanson - Gracias. Hello. Good afternoon and buenos días, everybody. We are so happy today that you’re joining us. We are getting ready and very close to the September 18th show. It’s going to be an excellent show and joining us today are two of the participants of that show. Calling in all of the way from Rosario, Argentina is Carlos “Tata” Baldomir and also, from beautiful, Guadalajara, Mexico, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez.
Before we introduce and let the fighters talk, I’m going to turn it over to the one and only, ten-time world champion, Olympic gold medalist and President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya. continue
by James Slater - We all knew there would be changes made to the ongoing "Super Six" tournament when it was announced that Denmark's Mikkel Kessler - a tourney favourite as well as being the reigning WBC 168-pound champ - had been forced to withdraw due to an eye injury. And Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com has today revealed how the WBC has stripped "The Viking Warrior" of his title, making him the Champion Emeritus.
This means, that as soon as the roughly nine months of rest time he is expected to take is up, Kessler, upon his return to the ring, could make an immediate challenge for his old title. In the meantime, however, the WBC has said it will recognise the winner of the still-to-be-finalised Andre Ward-Andre Dirrell fight as the current super-middleweight champion. Also, to add further confusion, the WBC will make the upcoming October 2nd fight between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham a final eliminator for the green belt. continue
It's the biggest celebration in the history of Mexico, and on Wednesday, September 15th, at the Las Vegas Hilton, the Mexican Bicentennial will bear witness to some fistic fireworks, as Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with Promociones del Pueblo and Corona Extra, presents a world championship doubleheader in The Theater at the Las Vegas Hilton that will air live to all of Mexico and Latin America via Televisa, as well as on Pay Per View in the United States. The world championship will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 10 PM/ET - 7 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. continue
The World’s only Arab Heavyweight boxer, Hammersmith, London based Iraqi, Ali Adams’ team called the ‘big guns’ in to help him prepare for his upcoming appearance in the massively successful Matchroom Sports promoted Prizefighter series, which makes it’s welcome return to York Hall on Saturday the 9th October with Heavyweights IV. Adams, who will be facing former WBU World Heavyweight Champion Matt Skelton in the quarter final of Prizefighter, today sparred English Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London. continue
by James Slater - 31-year-old B.J Flores is a very excited person right now. Currently in Australia to participate in a series of press conferences to hype his signed November 17th fight with IBO cruiserweight champ Danny Green, the undefeated contender is over the moon at how his big chance has come at last. Fans on this very web site were beginning to lose interest in Flores, 24-0-1(15), due to his recent inactivity. However, no-one was more frustrated than Flores himself, and the inactive spell was not his idea.
In any case, "El Peligroso" finally has the big challenge he wanted, and he is massively up for the fight - to take place in Perth, Australia in just over two months time.
Very kindly getting in touch with me, so as to speak about the "biggest fight of my career," Flores, via his computer in Australia, had the following things to say about his fight with "The Green Machine," a 37-year-old warrior who has never been stopped and who is 30-3(27) as a pro.
B.J began by telling me about the press tour he will shortly be undertaking. continue
Eugene Carnachan - Danny Green and BJ Flores met today in Australia to officially announce a bout that will take place in Greens home town of Perth on November 17th. At stake is Greens IBO cruiserweight world title. Eastsideboxing broke the story yesterday.
Danny Green needed a legitimate contender given his last outing capitulated into a thirty second debacle when once renowned warrior Paul Briggs hit the canvas after taking what appeared to be a glancing left hand. In picking the undefeated Flores as an opponent Danny Green is looking to reestablish his reputation as Australia’s premiere pugilistic draw card. continue
by James Slater - Top British promoter Frank Warren, a man who has never been too keen on David Haye, has once again come out firing at the current WBA heavyweight champ. Speaking today, Warren - who is still over the moon at how his 130-pound warrior, Ricky Burns, managed to take Roman Martinez's WBO belt in that great fight on Saturday - blasted Haye for avoiding the Klitschko brothers, for being far too inactive and for "taking the easy option in fighting Audley Harrison."
As fans know, Haye is scheduled to officially announce his November 13th defense against Harrison at a planned press conference in London tomorrow, and Warren is critical of the match - especially when considering all the big talk Haye came out with regards to taking on and taking out both Wladimir and his big brother Vitali. Haye was supposed to have fought "Dr Steel Hammer" last June, in case you need reminding. continue
By Trish Kilcullen & Pete Heintzleman - America’s Labor Day started early for two super middleweight boxers, at the Twin River Event Center, In Lincoln, Rhode Island, as Vladine Biosse and Ibahiem “The Almighty” King duked it out for the New England Super Middleweight Belt.
In spite of the long holiday weekend, Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports hosted the card, and a sizeable attendance of hearty New Englanders turned out for the fights Friday night. The weatherman reported threats of hurricane storms in New England; what he mis-predicted, was the hurricane hit inside, not outside, as the headliners, Biosse and King treated the fans in attendance to a super eight round bout of hurricane force at the Event Center. continue
by James Slater - According to the man himself, in speaking on his Twitter page, reigning WBA light welterweight champ Amir Khan has agreed to get it on, at last, with interim WBA boss Marcos Maidana. Boxrec.com have picked up this story, and the exciting news is curently doing the rounds on the internet. And, if Khan really does intend to put pen to paper with regards to finally meeting his mandatory challenger (and there is no real reason to doubt the Twitter release), fans everywhere can get ready to watch a truly fascinating fight. continue
Eugene Carnachan - Word on the boxing grapevine is that Danny Greens next opponent will be heralded Cruiserweight BJ Flores. The fight is mooted to be officially announced within the next 48 hours.
In an article I wrote earlier on today I questioned the level of opponents Danny Green has fought in recent times. Having just heard that Green is to announce BJ Flores as his next opponent it would appear that fight fans –and scribes alike – could possibly see Green fighting a credible contender in the not to distant future. continue
Lerron C. (Orlando, FL): I've seen Floyd Mayweather jr. do some wild things in the past, but I never expected the type of stuff he did and said recently. What are your thoughts about this incident?
Vivek W (ESB): For starters, there is no logical excuse for what Mayweather did. I've seen some low things in the sport. This was absolutely the lowest of them all, and after watching it twice to make sure I heard what I thought I heard, I walked away telling myself that Pacquiao now has an official reason to request a drug test from Floyd as well, as he clearly came off as someone who was a bit stoned to say the least! What bothered me most is that I've been ridiculed and called a slew of racial names by a small contingent of Filipino fight fans who felt a need to note (and degrade) my Afro-Cuban roots and the dark skin we possess. I never found it amusing, although I didn't lose sleep either, all based on the fact that I realize there's a certain percentage of ignorant people out there who need to add to their incomplete selves by trying to subtract from others. But those were fans. As the athlete himself, Mayweather has to know that this is completely a no-no. continue
Monaco / London (06.09.2010) - Tickets for the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch, who will battle it out at the famous Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monaco on October 2, are on sale NOW. They can be purchased at www.ticketcorner.ch. “It is all or nothing now,” King Arthur said. “The stakes have never been higher. Carl Froch is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. But I will be fighting for my life and I will leave the ring as the winner.. continue
Eugene Carnachan - Troy Ross 23-2 (16 KOs) who in June of this year lost a fight against Steve Cunningham 23-2 (12 KOs) for the IBF title has called out Australian Danny Green. Ross who is Guyanese by birth but fighting out of Canada lost the fight with Cunningham via a fifth round cut to his left eye. Until that point many ringside observers had Ross winning. Ross in an interview with boxing scribe Benny “Big Dog” Henderson had this and a number of other things to say about Danny Green “I have known Green from the amateurs and I always thought of him being a good guy”. Ross and Green both have extensive amateur pedigrees; both fighters representing their respective countries at the Olympics.
Ross went on to say “and seeing the way his career has sky rocketed and now all of a sudden he is making a comeback, he is beating guys that have been retired for so long”. continue
By James Slater - I was at The Dome last night, in Doncaster in the north of England, to attend An Evening With Thomas Hearns and Roberto Duran. And what a great night it truly was! The sportsman’s dinner, hosted by boxing pundit Steve Bunce, saw both legends looking in great shape, in great spirits and generally enjoying themselves. The demand for photos with the two was huge, but both superstars were happy to oblige the fans.
Later, after dinner and then a (quite long) auction (in which Hearns, Duran as well as Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali memorabilia was sole for the expected high price), Bunce opened the interview section of the evening - the highlight.
Both guys had some interesting things to say, as well as the usual quotes we’ve heard them say many times. For instance, Hearns said that when he was getting ready to fight Duran in 1984, in the various run-ins with Roberto, he was unable to fix the Panamanian great with his “Hitman” stare. “Duran would just make everything out to be funny,” Hearns recalled. “He is a lovely person, and even then he was just having fun. I thought, damn!. continue
By James Slater - Last night in Glasgow, Scotland, underdog challenger Ricky Burns turned in the performance of his career as he won the WBO super-featherweight title from defending champ Roman “Rocky” Martinez of Puerto Rico. Given no chance in some quarters, the 27-year-old proved many people wrong. The spirited battle, which had the crowd on its feet, went the full 12-rounds, and in the end the warrior from Coatbridge, Scotland was declared the winner via scores of 115-112, 115-112 and 115-113.
Burns also improved to 29-2(7). Martinez, who was making his third defence, lost for the very first time in dropping to 24-1-1(15). continue
Hometown hero Felix Sturm was the main attraction Saturday night in Cologne, Germany, when the WBA super champion defended his middleweight title against Giovanni Lorenzo from the Dominican Republic. On the undercard ARENA’s young and hungry talents impressed fans and experts in Cologne with great performances.
Simon stops Abdurakhmanov - Reigning IBF middleweight intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon (19-1) convincingly beat Magomed Abdurakhmanov (15-5) from Russia. Abdurakhmanov was a last minute replacement for Colombian Juan Camilo Novoa who couldn’t travel to Germany because of passport / visa problems. continue
Manchester, NH – NESportsTV.com presents its first online PPV of autumn with a tripleheader featuring three of the top prospects in the United States. Former two time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KO’s) puts his undefeated record on the line against Rockford, Illinois’ Skyler Thompson (11-7, 9 KO’s) in a super middleweight fight, 2008 United States Olympian Demetrius Andrade (10-0, 7 KO’s) also puts his unbeaten record on the line against Cincinnati’s Dave Saunders (9-9, 6 KO’s) in a junior middleweight bout and 2008 Olympic alternate “Irish” Danny O’Connor (12-0, 3 KO’s) takes on Puerto Rico’s Jose Angel Roman (11-26, 5 KO’s.).
Worcester’s Edwin Rodriguez has been making waves on the national scene this year looking impressive in victories on ESPN and Showtime over Kevin Engel and George Armenta, defeating both by knockout. He also owns victories over durable journeyman Darnell Boone and Marcus Upshaw. Rodriguez is promoted by Lou Dibella. He most recently headlined in his hometown in front of over 1200 of his fans scoring a 5th round TKO over Ibrahiem King. continue
The family of John Arum would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has shared their concern with us during this tragic time. John was a very special person. A wonderful husband, son, brother and friend, John meant so much, to so many. He was so loved and we miss him already. continue
By Paul Strauss: The casting director has made the necessary choices, and the scene is set. The plot is nothing new, but one of which people never tire........Good vs. Evil. We've seen this dramatic theater umpteen times over the course of history, but can't wait until we see it again. Even the younger generation, who sometimes thrive more on anti-hero's, like the simplicity of this kind of battle..Things are clear cut, black and white, or right and wrong. continue
by Jeff Meyers - September 2, 2010 - This Tuesday, September 30, Hamburg, Germany, Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (40-2-0, 38 KOs) and Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs), engaged in an atypical photo shoot during a press tour to promote their upcoming title bout on October 16 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Clad in designer clothes, the two massive heavyweights (Vitali is 6’8” and 247 lbs., while Briggs stands 6’4” and hovers around 260 lbs.) strolled alongside the sea, acting like giddy old fishing pals as they chuckled, slung their arms around each other and casted fishing lines off the bank of the Elbe river like a couple of old fishing/drinking buddies who hadn’t seen each other in ages.
The photo shoot was a contrast to past press conferences involving Briggs and Klitschko. Briggs’ pressers typically entail a constant stream of testosterone-laden taunts and colorful braggadocio; Klitschko is more reserved and intense, preferring to engage in psychological intimidation in the form of steely stare downs that rival those of cold war KGB interrogators at Lubyanka prison. The glad-handing behavior of the boxers differed starkly from their previous pressers, where both Klitschko and Briggs assured those in attendance that a knockout would come quickly, and easily. continue
By James Slater: Although there are still some great, or potentially great, fights to come in 2010, this year will surely go down as one that failed to give boxing fans the fights they really wanted to see, and the last 12 months will be remembered as something of a disappointment as a result. continue
By James Slater: The story of who British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury will face on his U.S television debut continues. As fight fans know, the 11-0(9) big man was originally to have faced Jason Gavern on Showbox: The Next Generation on September 10th, only for Gavern to pull out due to an injury suffered in training camp. In stepped the once-beaten Donnell Holmes - but almost as quickly the 37-year-old stepped out again. Wanting, he told Boxing News, to fight from now on as a cruiserweight, Homes wants no part of the 6’7” Manchester prospect. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Roy Jones jr.....Felix Trinidad....Lennox Lewis.....Mike Tyson.....Fernando Vargas.....Oscar De La Hoya.....just a few names in a long list of champions who once shared the spotlight over the past two decades, yet have subsequently seen their dominant reign come to an end. Some by choice, some by force. All great champions, all great men, all no longer relevant, as it relates to today's vastly changing landscape in the sport of boxing. One name missing from those ranks is a man who never did fall in line with his contemporaries. A man who created his own music, and danced to his own beat. At age 45, when that same group of men previously named have all found other things to dedicate their interest and time to, Bernard Hopkins now finds himself on the brink of what could be another watershed moment in an already illustrious career, as he takes on Canada's Jean Pascal, tentatively set for December 18th.
Upon release of this news, media, fans, and all in-between shared contrasting views. Supporters elated, critics debate it, while somewhere in the middle lies the reality. A reality that tells us that with this great risk comes an insurmountable reward. 22 years in the 'hurt business' and a trail of pain prior to its point of inception, yet and still, the hunger for more remains. What can possibly fuel Bernard Hopkins at this stage? That's a question that many ask, yet few can answer. He still has his faculties and good health, a beautiful family, and enough wealth to feed the starving, so why? Truth is, although he isn't broke, there's a few things he'd still like to fix. That list probably contains a number of separate items, but the one most paramount is a legacy which still has no definitive ending to seal it's final chapter. continue
Thousands of Arthur Abraham fans are expected to flock into Monaco on October 2. That is when King Arthur faces Carl Froch in Showtime´s Super Six World Boxing Classic third-round match in the famous Chapiteau de Fontvieille. Abraham can count on two huge fan groups: His gigantic German fan-base plus his Armenian home support. “There will be a lot of fans traveling to Monaco – from Germany, from Armenia, from France, from everywhere,” King Arthur said. “I have chartered plans to fly them all in from Armenia and Berlin. Even in training camp here at the Baltic Sea (Zinnowitz) my fans have been asking me about tickets. They will drive down all the way from the this coast to the other coast to watch the clash.” continue
COLOGNE, GERMANY (September 3, 2010) A week’s worth of waiting in Germany for his Saturday night middleweight title showdown against WBA champion Felix Sturm has put challenger Giovanni Lorenzo in a fierce mood and Thursday’s rules meeting was the last straw. continue
By James Slater: Undefeated heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin, 19-0(14) returns to action in Germany on October 30th, against a TBA. The Teddy Atlas-trained 31-year-old decided, along with Atlas, that he was still not ready for a challenge of heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, and he withdrew from the September 11th date that subsequently went to former World Boxing Council champ Sam Peter.
Despite having earned his shot at “Dr Steel Hammer” many months ago, with a points win over “Fast” Eddie Chambers (in a Jan. 2008 fight that was an official IBF eliminator), the former Olympian and all-round great amateur feels he needs further seasoning before going for the title. Klitschko was somewhat dismayed when the intriguing fight fell through, but Atlas did what he thinks is best for his fighter. So, on the under-card of Sebastian Sylvester defending his IBF middleweight title against Mahir Oral in Rostock, Germany, Povetkin will have his first fight since his March stoppage of Javier Mora. continue
On Saturday night World Boxing Association middleweight champion Felix Sturm will give his comeback after 14 months of ring absence by defending his title against Giovanni Lorenzo in Cologne, Germany.
On the undercard ARENA CEO Ahmet Öner will present some of his upcoming German stars such as middleweight Benjamin Simon and super middleweights Dennis Ronert and Mike Keta. German heavyweight amateur standout Erkan Teper (146 amateur fight, 130 wins) will give his pro debut against fellow German veteran Marcel Zeller. "The Highlander“ Zeller has won 22 out of 29 pro-fights and will certainly give Teper a lot to think about in his very first pro appearance. Teper was originally scheduled to fight Pavel Siska (32 fight, 25 losses) from Czech Republic. continue
September 3rd, RENO - Tickets will be on sale Saturday, September 4th for the highly anticipated Reno Xtreme Fight VI, Joey Gilbert (20-2, 15 KOs) vs. Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-7-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant NABA middleweight title. The winner will earn a top 15 world ranking.
In a fight fan’s dream match, two warriors with completely different backgrounds will meet in what promises to be an action packed battle. Ouma, who was a former child soldier in Uganda, escaped the horrors of war through boxing. He made his way to the United States and soon became the Jr. Middleweight World Champion. Gilbert, who found boxing at the University of Nevada, Reno, discovered a talent and a passion for the sweet science. He is looking to regain his position in the middleweight division by taking on a tough test in Ouma. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: My first call attempt was at 8:30pm Pacific Time. The destination time was 7:30am. After many rings, I felt that the message machine was bound to kick in at any time. But to my amazement, a voice answered “Allo…” I answered back by saying hello and introducing myself. There was no verbal reply, yet I could hear someone breathing into the phone. I re-introduced myself again and followed up by asking if the person on the other line heard me. After about 10 seconds the man on the other end of the line replied with a “yes.” He then proceeded to tell me in a lethargic voice that it was way too early for a phone call, and that I should not be calling people at this hour. He suggested I try back closer to the evening time, and hung up the phone.
Apparently the former champion Nikolai Valuev likes to sleep in, or as some may say likes to get his beauty sleep. I did as Nikolai suggested, and he did pick up the phone. This time he was driving, but had no problem talking to me for a good 30 minutes at the wheel. Sometimes in the middle of out conversation The Russian Giant would say something derogatory to the other drivers criticizing their road skills. Nevertheless we had a good conversation, and Nikolai was happy to answer most of my questions. Some of them he did not like talking about, and some of them he did not want to go into because he claimed they have been covered over and over by the media. continue
Two world championship bouts and a third title fight featuring a Las Vegan highlights the nationally and internationally televised professional boxing card “Viva en Las Vegas” Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Las Vegas Hilton. continue
Frank Warren's huge Magnificent Seven show in Birmingham on Saturday 18th September rolls on.
Following the recent withdrawals of Darren Barker and Ryan Rhodes from their fights against Matthew Macklin and Lukas Konecny, respectively, Warren has been working hard to keep one of the biggest shows of his career together. continue
By James Slater: The career of all time great Roy Jones Junior is not finished yet. As fans feared would be the case, the faded former superstar has decided to have at least one more fight. Now aged 41 and coming off two comprehensive defeats, Jones will box 37-year-old Danny Santiago in his home town of Pensacola in Florida on October 7th. Fightnews.com have announced how the fight is set, and that it will be made official at a press conference next week.
Santiago, 31-4-1(19), won his last two fights, both bouts taking place at a few pounds above light-heavyweight, and he has been in with some big names before. Losing inside the distance to the likes of Antonio Tarver and Zsolt Erdei (in a WBO 175-pound title challenge), “The Bronx Bomber” will be hoping to make the most of his latest chance against a big name.
Stopped three times in his four pro losses, Santiago must be wary of Jones’ still considerable punching-power so as to not get halted for a fourth time. continue
While ESPN Friday Night Fights recently concluded its 2010 programming season, boxing fans can still turn to ESPN platforms for quality fights through November 2010. ESPN unveiled Thursday an impressive lineup of fights that will air live and exclusively on ESPN3.com for U.S.-based consumers in addition to other ESPN platforms. ESPN will kick start the fall lineup with the Sat., Sept. 4 Felix Sturm/Giovanni Lorenzo (29-2, 21 KOs) bout, which will determine the WBA middleweight title. The fight will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET. live on ESPN3.com and ESPN Deportes. A title defense for Sturm (33-2-1, 14 KOs), the match will be his first fight in 14 months. continue
By James Slater - Unfortunately, there is more bad news on the British fight scene. Only yesterday we learned that Darren Barker, all set for his British and European rumble with Matt Macklin at middleweight, had to pull out with a hip injury, and today we get the news that two more intriguing fights are now off - for now at least.
Firstly, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com has reported on his Twitter page that Donnell Holmes has pulled out of his scheduled fight with unbeaten Manchester big man Tyson Fury. Set for London on September 10th, Holmes was down as giving the heavily-hyped 22-year-old his stiffest test yet. continue
by James Slater: Pretty soon, pretty much every boxing fan - casual and hardcore alike - will know all about the latest “stunt” pulled by self-proclaimed greatest fighter in boxing history Floyd “Money” Mayweather. All over the internet, are reports, opinions and general outbursts of indignation at the ten-minute video the 33-year-old megastar has released via Usstream (the video is also by now up on You Tube).
In the short video, which looks to have been shot, in poor quality (both picture and audio), in one or more of the many rooms in “Money’s” spacious Las Vegas home, the self-proclaimed pound-for-pound king attacks real pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao with verbal taunts and threats that simply have to be heard to be believed.
Not only does Mayweather - who must have given up forever with any attempts at being a nice guy - use abusive language and profanity, he also uses racist filth and homophobic filth to get his message across. Also boasting about how much more money he makes per-fight than Pac-Man, Mayweather comes across as a complete jerk. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 2 - Widely considered to be one of female boxing's best pound for pound fighters, Moreno Valley, California's Kaliesha West will return home to fight in Southern California on Saturday, September 18 to face South Carolina's Angel Gladney for the vacant WBO Bantamweight World Title on the off-television portion of the "200: Celebrate and Dominate" Mosley vs. Mora undercard at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. continue
NEWPORT BEACH, CA (September 2, 2010) – It’s the biggest celebration in the history of Mexico, and on Wednesday, September 15th, at the Las Vegas Hilton, the Mexican Bicentennial will bear witness to some fistic fireworks, as Roy Englebrecht Promotions, in association with Promociones del Pueblo and Corona Extra, presents a world championship doubleheader in The Theater at the Las Vegas Hilton that will air live to all of Mexico and Latin America via Televisa, as well as on Pay Per View in the United States. continue
By James Slater - There is a good chance Marco Huck, the reigning WBO cruiserweight champion, will get the fight he craves soon; perhaps in his very next outing. Ever since the Serbian-born 25-year-old lost via 12th-round TKO to current IBF 200-pound champion Steve Cunningham, back in 2007, he has thought almost constantly about the opportunity for revenge. Now, with both fighters being promoted by Sauerland, therefore making the fight a relatively easy one to make, Huck could be on the verge of getting what he wants. But what’s that old saying? Be careful what you wish for, it might come true!
Huck, 30-1(23) may get the return with Cunningham - who, since the win in December of 2007 has lost and then regained the IBF crown - but can he defeat the taller, cleverer fighter? continue
By James Slater - It’s just one in a number of great fights that can be made today in the talent-rich 140-pound weight class, but for some reason Amir Khan Vs. Marcos Maidana has captured the attention of the fans more than any other. For months now, the lethal banger from Argentina, who holds the interim version of the WBA light-welterweight title, has been “chasing” Khan, the full WBA champ, and the fans have been right there with him. continue
Exclusive interview by Charles C. White - Taking time out of his training schedule, heavyweight boxer Clarence Tillman (6-5-1 with 4 ko's) kindly answered all of my questions. After some early setbacks in his career, Tillman is looking to turn a new leaf and get back on track towards winning ways and greater opportunities. Here is what Clarence had to say...
Thanks for the interview Clarence. How are you today? - I'm doing just fine. It's a little cold here now but I'm good. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - As the old saying in boxing goes, styles make fights. If fighter A beats fighter B and fighter B beats fighter C, there is no guarantee that fighter A will beat fighter C. Styles make fights. Even though there are countless examples of this throughout boxing history, perception still plays an influential factor in molding the minds and opinions of boxing fans. A recent example would be when Shane Mosley was preparing to face Antonio Margarito. Mosley had already lost a decision against Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto, who himself was brutally beaten in a late round stoppage loss against Margarito. Going into the Margarito-Mosley fight, the perception was that Mosley was in a world of trouble and few were giving him a real chance against the iron-jawed Mexican. Only after the fight did it become commonplace to hear that Margarito was easy pickings for Mosley because of styles, but few were saying that prior to the fight. Of course, hindsight is 20-20, but perception and timing mean everything.
Continuing with the Margarito theme, Floyd Mayweather Senior used a similar line of reasoning on a recent episode of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (July 2010) when discussing a potential match-up between his son and Margarito: ” Well little Floyd really ain’t got to beat Margarito. Shane already beat Margarito and he beat Shane like a baby and Shane beat Margarito like a baby so there ain’t nothing to prove no more to be honest. I think that’s already solved.”continue
By James Slater - In breaking news, BBC Sport has revealed how the eagerly anticipated British and European middleweight title clash between champ Darren Barker and challenger and former European champ Matthew Macklin is off. The all-British fight was set to go ahead as part of promoter Frank Warren’s big “Magnificent Seven” show on September 18th in Birmingham, but Barker has apparently injured a hip in training and will be unable to fight as planned. continue
By Paul McCreath: On September 11 in Frankfurt Germany world heavyweight champion Wlad Klitschko puts his 3 title belts on the line against his mandatory challenger and former belt holder Sam Peter. Sam who is next in line replaces Alex Povetkin who had been the mandatory but declined to accept the fight. It is not the fight everyone except David Haye wants but it is still an attractive match, a rematch of a very exciting bout from 5 years ago.
No doubt the followers of both fighters are equally sure that their man will win and nothing I have to say will change their minds. Hopefully those of you who are neutral or at least have open minds will be given something to think about with my estimation of what might happen this time. continue
Boxing legend Evander Holyfield signalled the return of Prizefighter on Saturday 9 October after performing the draw for the Heavyweights IV.
The five-time World champion performed the draw in central London with a “wildcard” in the draw as promoters Matchroom Sport close in on a big name to complete the line-up for the 14th outing of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament, live on Sky Sports – with the winner scooping £32,000.
Old rivals Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott could meet in the semi-finals on the night, potentially giving Sprott the chance to avenge two defeats against the former English, British European and Commonwealth champion Skelton – with Sprott returning to the ring for the first time since his last gasp knockout defeat to Audley Harrison in their European title bout in April.
Sprott faces Danny Hughes in the third quarter-final of the night, the Sunderland fighter who fought in the last Heavyweights outing, knocking out Neil Perkins in the quarter-finals before losing to Harrison in the semis. continue
Former Undisputed Welterweight and Junior Welterweight Champion Zab "Super" Judah (39-6, 27 KO's) of Brooklyn takes the next step in his quest to regain his Junior Welterweight Crown on Saturday, October 2nd, when he takes on Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (40-5-1, 18 KO's) of Columbus, Ohio at Newark's spectacular Prudential Center Arena. Tickets, priced at $53, $78, $103 and $200 go on sale today at "The Rock" Box Office and on Ticketmaster. continue
Irish Heavyweight Champion Coleman Barrett has thrown down the gauntlet to any prospective challengers and says he wants to be a busy champion. Barrett certainly has a busy schedule ahead of him having been added to the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at The National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, September 11. Barrett will feature in a non title contest on the card which features a European title double header with Belfast's Brian Magee defending his European Super Middleweight crown against Roman Aramian while Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez also returns to Dublin as he bids to recapture the European Super Bantamweight crown against Arsen Martirosyan. continue
By James Slater - Yesterday, at a Beverly Hills press conference to get the ball rolling, hype-wise, for the November 13th battle between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, Pac-Man was asked simply and straightforwardly: “did Margarito know what was in his hand-wraps [before the Jan. 2009 loss to Shane Mosley?]”
Pacquiao answered after a short pause: “Absolutely. I know he knows that.”
So, the pound-for-pound king isn’t only going to face a cheat in his next fight, he is gong to fight someone he himself recognises as a cheat. However, Pacquiao said yesterday, in response to the question, “then why fight him?” that he believes in giving a person a second chance, and that “we’re just human.. continue
ARLINGTON, TX (August 31, 2010) – Ten-time world champions CONGRESSMAN MANNY PACQUIAO and ANTONIO MARGARITO, of the Philippines and México, respectively, collide in the most exciting and intriguing fight of the year with the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight championship and the No. 1 pound for pound title at stake.
Pacquiao and Margarito boast a combined record of 89-9-2 (65 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 89% and a victory by knockout ratio of 73%. continue
By James Slater - Though some fans will likely feel he is pushing his luck and running the risk of tarnishing his already considerable legacy, 45-year-old Bernard Hopkins is ready to square off with Father Time once more. As has been reported by ESPN.com, contracts have been exchanged and a December 18th fight between Hopkins and light-heavyweight king Jean Pascal is all but a done deal.
All that remains is for the Philly great to sign the contract. Everything has been agreed to on both sides. The fight will take place in Quebec, Canada, and will be televised live either on Showtime or on pay-per-view. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature a new published letter on ANY topic directly from hardcore fight fans just like you! For those fight fans who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, there's only one way to change that........SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to email@example.com, and remember, there are 3 simple rules to the game: Keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back, the floor (and the mic) is yours! Today's letter comes to us from Javier O. of the "boogie down" Bronx, NYC:
Everybody keeps talking about why this fight shouldn't happen, and how it's bad for the sport, but I'm a long time boxing fan and I have a different view. I think this is the best fight to be made anywhere in the sport, and I really think that it's gonna be better than people think. continue
By James Slater - As fight fans know, Evander Holyfield, despite being a few weeks shy of his 48th birthday, refuses to call it a day and retire. “The Real Deal,” already a four-time heavyweight champion, feels very strongly he can rule for a fifth time.
A news story currently circulating the net has Holyfield, 43-10-2(28) talking about how he remains as the most well known heavyweight out there, and that the likes of the Klitschkos and David Haye have to face him in order to make money. continue
David Haye explains why the Klitschko fight isn't happening. On 3 April, Haye battered John Ruiz in his first title defence at the MEN Arena by TKO in the ninth round after knocking him down four times during the fight excluding a point deduction for hitting Ruiz on the back of his head in round one. This was only the second time Ruiz has been stopped, after being knocked out in round one by David Tua fourteen years prior to facing David Haye. After the fight, Haye immediately called on both Klitschko brothers, after claiming their recent challengers Eddie Chambers and Chris Arreola were a disgrace to boxing. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 88th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning IBF/WBO heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) who is scheduled to have a rematch against Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) on September 11. Klitschko and Peter first squared off almost five years ago in what was one of the more entertaining heavyweight fights in recent memory. Klitschko was officially dropped three times during the contest, but despite suffering multiple knockdowns, Klitschko persevered and overcame adversity. He was awarded a unanimous decision victory where all three judges scored the fight 114-111 in his favor. Most observers view this as a turning point in Klitschko’s career. Here is a complete transcript of the Klitschko interview:
JENNA J: Anyway guys, it’s time for our second guest of this week’s show. He is currently the reigning, defending Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world. We have Wladimir Klitschko. How’s everything going today, Wlad?
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO: Thank you. I’m doing just fine. How are you guys?
JENNA: I’m doing great. We’re definitely happy to be talking to you today, and I just wanted to ask you how your training has been going for your September 11 bout with Samuel ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Peter?
KLITSCHKO: The training is going very well as usual. So I just have another opponent and I have to adjust myself to this opponent with a strategy and tactic. Once in awhile, in the beginning, I had like kind of nightmares and they had like a little bit of a Nigerian taste in it, but after the first couple of weeks it got back to normal. So I’m sleeping well and recovering after workouts, so I’m looking forward to this September 11 fight. continue
Lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on September 11 in a 12-round WBA lightweight title eliminator against Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington, DC in the co-feature bout of HBO Boxing After Dark at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV. “This is the biggest and most important fight of my career so far. I’ve been training very, very hard and I plan on taking full advantage of this opportunity,” said Rios. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (Aug. 31, 2010) – Former world title challenger “Sucra” Ray Oliveira returns to the ring October 2nd for the first time in more than five years against world rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina, headlining the “Last Man Standing” card, in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. “Last Man Standing” is being presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
By James Slater - 29-year-old Peter Manfredo Junior became a world champion for the first time in his ten-year, 35-6(19) career back in May, as he stopped the tough Angel Hernandez in the 10th-round. Soon after that important win, “The Pride of Providence” signed a deal with top promoter Lou DiBella. Now, with his name being put out there as a possible rival for the likes of former king Kelly Pavlik and the other belt-holders at 160-pounds, Manfredo is feeling hugely excited.
Calling Peter up to find out firsthand what the latest news is regarding who he will face next, I was given the following answers today.
The always-accommodating IBO middleweight champion had the following things to say:
James Slater: It’s always great to be able to speak with you, Peter. I’ve been reading quite a bit about you on the boxing sites. There is talk of a fight between you and Kelly Pavlik - can you tell us what’s the latest with you and your next fight?
Peter Manfredo: I’m supposed to fight the former middleweight champion of the world William Joppy next, in October. continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 30, 2010) – The World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight championship fight between undefeated titlist Juan Manuel “JuanMa” Lopez, of Caguas, Puerto Rico, and Rafael Marquez, of México City has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The 12-round championship bout, originally set for Sept. 18, had to be rescheduled after Marquez injured his right thumb two weeks ago. continue