By James Slater - By his standards, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao has had a relatively quiet ring year so far in 2010. We saw Pac-Man win a shutout over a reluctant Joshua Clottey in March, and we are awaiting the superstar’s upcoming rumble with Antonio Margarito. And if Pac-Man wins on Nov. 13th, thus grabbing his eighth “world” title in as many weight classes, he might have a shot at being voted The Fighter of The Year.
The WBO, though, feel Manny has already done enough to deserve the distinction, as they named the Filipino dynamo their Fighter of The Year at their recent convention in Colombia. More active fighters such as Wladimir Kitschko (who has already won two fights in dominant fashion this year, with a third fight coming up soon) might feel they are more worthy of being The FOTY, but the WBO feels the man of the year has been Pac-Man. continue
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) made a successful defence of his title on Saturday night when he outclassed
Mahir Oral (28-3-2, 11 KOs) in front of 4,600 fans in Rostock. The Hurricane knocked his opponent down three times to clinch a unanimous points victory, with the judges scoring the bout 119-106, 117-107 and 117-107. “I am pleased with my performance,” Sylvester said. “I knew I had to catch him to the body. Our game plan worked very well.. continue
Zab "Super" Judah landed at Newark Airport today to begin his final preparations to fight Argentine knock-out artist Lucas Matthysse at Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday, November 6th.
The voluble Judah plans to train in Teaneck at Body Shapers Gym and looks forward to being joined by fellow Brooklynite and Former World Champion Iron Mike Tyson, who will accompany him into the ring during the HBO "Boxing After Dark" broadcast. continue
LOS ANGELES (October 30, 2010) - It will be a lollapalooza of a show when Zab "Super" Judah takes on heavy handed Argentine knock out artist Lucas Matthysse on Saturday, November 6th when the "Brick City Boxing Series" returns to Newark's Prudential Center. A total of ten supporting undercard fights are scheduled by promoters Main Events, Golden Boy Promotions and Super Judah Promotions. Fans who want to catch all of the action will want to arrive early, as the first bout is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Canada, unbeaten middleweight sensation David Lemieux kept his unbeaten record with a devastating 1st-round destruction of the talented Hector Camacho Junior. The hard-hitting 21-year-old super prospect badly hurt the 32-year-old southpaw with a big right hand midway through the opening round of the scheduled 12-rounder, and then Lemieux put Camacho Junior down hard with another vicious right hand to the head. Camacho Junior looked to be totally out before he hit the mat. continue
By James Slater: Though every former world champion, or most of them anyway, claims the era he dominated in was the best era, former two-time heavyweight titlist Tim Witherspoon makes an interesting point regarding the Klitschko brothers. Speaking with The Daily Record recently (ahead of a planned trip, with Mike Tyson, to Scotland), “Terrible” Tim said how Wladimir and Vitali have the heavyweight division “sewn up” today, but that they “wouldn’t have lasted in the decade when Mike and I were world champions.” continue
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) has promised to make Attila Levin (34-3, 21 KOs) pay for skipping their official press conference in Helsinki on Friday. The Nordic Nightmare took time out from his busy training schedule to fly to the Finnish capital for a media tour prior to his November 27th showdown with his Swedish rival. However, Levin never showed up, stating he could not afford to miss his daily practice. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 29 - As soon as fight fans saw rising middleweight star Peter Quillin in the ring, they had no issues with him adopting the nickname of boxing legend and original "Kid Chocolate," Eligio Sardinias. Now, the Brooklyn product will be taking another step towards building his own legacy as he has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. "It's been a long road to get here, but now that I'm with Golden Boy Promotions and I can't wait for the future," said Quillin. "I'm healthy, focused and ready to get back in the ring as soon as possible. I know Golden Boy expects a lot out of me and I'm looking forward to following in Bernard Hopkins' footsteps as the company's next middleweight champion.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 97th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Showtime commentator Al Bernstein. Al discussed a variety of topics, including the Super Six, the bantamweight tournament, Pascal-Hopkins, Marquez-Lopez, Pacquiao-Margarito, Glen Johnson, and his new on-line boxing channel. Here is what he had to say:
His initial reactions to all the recent changes and replacements that have transpired in the Super Six:
“Well you know, obviously when something goes on like that does and there is the potential for change and issues, sometimes that’s going to happen. In this case, clearly there were a few bad breaks with injuries, etc, but for the most part what happens is that we’ve had changes and we’re hoping to get to the end of this and create some more excitement with these matches.”
His views on the news that Andre Dirrell was forced to pull out of the tournament:
“Well obviously some people are a little skeptical about it, and I understand that. I get why they might be because clearly we didn’t hear about these injuries or potential neurological problems when the fight was made with Andre Ward for November 27. They came after. Beyond that, you have to accept the veracity of what they’re saying. It’s unfortunate. It’s really unfortunate because (1) it would have been a very interesting fight with Dirrell and Ward, and (2) obviously as much as anything, that throws a big monkey wrench into the tournament. Obviously nobody wants a fighter to get hurt and you would not want him to fight if it’s not appropriate, but I think Dirrell and his camp certainly left room for skepticism about their assertions.” continue
Former Heavyweight Title Challenger, Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (23-1-1, 10KO's) returned with a vegenance earlier tonight, knocking out veteran, Charles Davis in the 4th round, in the main event bout of the evening at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, NC.
Johnson, who was returning from his first career loss, a twelve round decision against WBC Heavyweight Champion, Vitali Klitscho, brutalized Davis, dropping him in the third before finishing him in devastating fashion in the fourth. continue
By James Slater - Whether you like his fighting style or not, and whether you like his propensity to talk trash or not, you have to admit Ricardo Mayorga was a lot of fun to watch back in the early-to-mid 2000s. Never in a dull fight, “El Matador” always gave the paying fans something worth seeing. Even getting as far as winning world titles at not one, but two weights, Mayorga rumbled with the best. continue
(October 29, 2010 – Miami, FL) With just eight days to go until his first appearance in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (50-14-2, 2 KOs) is ahead of schedule in his preparations, as he gets himself ready for his first super middleweight bout in over a decade. Just this past Wednesday, Johnson tipped the scaled at 171 lbs., a mere three pounds shy of the 168 lbs. super middleweight limit. continue
By James Slater - As hard as it may be to comprehend, Muhammad Ali, to some the greatest heavyweight champion in history, had his very first pro fight half a century ago this very day. Back on October 29th, inside the Freedom Hall State Fairground in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, met and defeated boxer/policeman Tunney Hunsaker over six largely one-sided rounds.
No-one, not even the 18-year-old Clay himself, could have possibly had any idea of all that lay ahead for the flashy, cocksure boxer.
Weighing in for the fight with the 15-9-1 30-year-old at just 186-pounds (Hunsaker wasn’t much heavier at 192), Clay would have been embarking on a cruiserweight career had the bout taken place today - and he’d have been a small cruiser at that. How times have changed, what with today’s huge juggernaut heavies; men who weigh around 250-pounds or more.
Back then, though, Clay was big enough to compete at heavyweight. Not that many people believed he was either big enough, strong enough or just plain good enough to do what he boasted he would do and become the world heavyweight champion. Clay had captured Olympic gold earlier that same year, at light-heavyweight. continue
By Vivek Wallace: The land of Puerto Rico has given the sport of boxing arguably more talent, per capita, than any other location on the globe. Tiny in size, yet lengthy is the list of legendary fighters who proudly call the land of Boricua's home! The most recent staple from Puerto Rico to win the world over was Felix 'Tito' Trinidad; a man who's will and legendary power was the perfect contrast to a bright smile, giving the island an answer to Mexico's part-native son, Oscar Dela Hoya.
After a rash of disappearing acts which resulted in periodical returns, the final exit of Trinidad subsequently left the proud island searching for the next best thing. The two most recent offerings presented variable results, yet none truly withstanding. One possessed the talent, (Calderon), yet never truly contained the level of excitement necessary to elevate himself to that next level in the sport, or to some degree, even beyond the island, as rarely will you ever hear of him around the sport, despite his sound fundamental skill-set. The other most recent offering from the land of Puerto Rico, (Miguel Cotto), had the patented warrior spirit fight fans crave, the power, as well as the evolving skills you want to see in a rising prospect; but his rise to fame would later be washed away by a storm of speculation that would see to it in the end that he'd never be the same again. Although Cotto's mission quietly continues, the islands collective spotlight has now officially shifted to the 'next'. continue
CHICAGO, IL (October 28, 2010) Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions celebrated his 48th birthday on Thursday afternoon with family and friends at JABB Boxing Gym in Chicago.
Pictured with Pesoli is former junior middleweight contender Freddie Cuevas along side the birthday cake from Chicago’s finest, Roeser’s Bakery.
The next 8 Count Productions event, WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13 is set for Friday, November 19th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.
Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include; super middleweight contender Donovan “DA BOMB” George, junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca, light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, featherweight Jose Hernandez, welterweight Jaime Herrera and junior middleweight Luciano Perez. continue
By James Slater - WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan is currently hard at work getting ready for his big fight with the lethal-punching Marcos Maidana. Now in L.A, working alongside Manny Pacquiao with ace trainer Freddie Roach, Khan is looking forward to his Las Vegas debut.
I called up today for an interview, and Khan’s assistant, Tahir, informed me how Amir has just gotten over a bug. Despite this, camp - in both the Philippines and in L.A - has been going well, and the 23-year-old who captured a silver medal at the 2004 Olympics also spared some time to give the following answers to my questions.
Here is what an upbeat Khan had to say today:
James Slater: It’s a real pleasure to be able to speak with you, Amir. First of all, the bug Tahir tells me you had, was that a big problem in regards to your training, or was it just a small glitch?
Amir Khan: It was just a minor thing. I happened two days ago. I was meant to spar that day, but I said to myself, ‘I feel under the weather.. continue
By Ryan Watson: For a decade, Armenian born King Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO's) resided in the German province of Kruezberg. For years the king reigned supreme at middleweight, ruling over his division with an iron fist. Foe after foe, Arthur struck with the same vengeance. Defeating all enemies that traveled the globe in the quest for his crown. As time passed the German people took to Arthur, he became their champion. They made him an honorary German. The Armenian king was no longer Armenian, but one of their own. continue
Daniel Goossen: Well, guys, I know that we've got a two-part teleconference today so I'm not going to do a lot of talking and I don't want to hear any applause because I said that, but it's a fight - Martinez and Williams II. It's a fight that we're all getting excited about. And it's a great fight for our sport. I believe it's the biggest fight this year, and that includes the great one that we'll probably see with Pacquiao and Margarito. Caesars Atlantic City, they have been great good partner, DiBella Entertainment bringing Martinez to the table and Corona and HBO. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (October 28, 2010) – Hello Mr. and Mrs. Boxing Fan and ships at sea. Let’s go to press! MANNY’S JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY! Immediately following his Friday workout, freshman congressman Manny Pacquiao, a seven-term world champion in his own right, will board a private plane with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and head to Las Vegas to formally endorse U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) at a Get Out the Early Vote rally at Orr Middle School (1562 East Katie Avenue). Doors open at 6 p.m. PT. “Senator Reid has been a great leader in the Senate. He works hard and has a good heart. I think it’s important that Nevadans reelect him,” said Pacquiao… continue
By James Slater: Nicaragua’s Roman Gonzalez looked utterly sensational this past Sunday in Tokyo, Japan, as he blasted Mexico’s Francisco Rojas to defeat inside two exciting rounds. The KO win was especially impressive considering how “El Chocolatito” had to go the full 12-rounds to beat Rojas in a previous, minimum-weight bout.
This time, the previously-unstopped Mexican was no match for Gonzalez, and the 23-year-old became a two-weight champion in winning the interim version of the WBA light-flyweight crown. Gonzalez, now 27-0(23) wants to win himself more titles, and he very much wants to prove he is the top dog at 108-pounds. continue
By James Slater - Former WBC heavyweight title challenger Kevin Johnson, 22-1-1(9) finally makes his return to the ring this Friday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, when he will face little-known journeyman Charles Davis over a scheduled eight-rounds.
“Kingpin,” still young enough to do something in the heavyweight division at age 31, fights for the first time since his dreadful fight with Vitali Klitschko; which he lost by near shut-out last December. Taking no chances in his first comeback fight, Johnson should have no problems with 39-year-old Davis, 19-20-2(4) - even if the man from Tucson is a southpaw. continue
Audley Harrison returned to Britain this week ahead of his World Heavyweight title fight with David Haye – and has been met with a wave of public support ahead of their grudge match.
Harrison has set up camp in Haye’s backyard of south London before moving up to Manchester ahead of the November 13 clash at the M.E.N Arena and the southpaw says he’s been inundated with supporters as his date with destiny draws closer.
“I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from the British public,” said Harrison. “Through my Twitter page, Facebook and at AudleyHarrison.com, I have received thousands of messages of support and I am grateful that people are following my story and wishing me success.
“The majority of people understand my struggles and respect my determination and perseverance to overcome the odds and achieve my goals. As the fight draws close, David will be surprised to know that the British public are turning against him and I'll be satisfying their wishes by defeating him and bringing his ego back down to Earth. continue
Despite some unfortunate delays, Reading, Pennsylvania, heavyweight Travis Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) continues his hard work in the gym, determined to become the next American-born heavyweight champion.
"I was supposed to fight November 27 against Julius Long, but it's been pushed back to December 17 in Pittsburgh," explained the 25-year-old. "My promoter, The Empire, have lined up fights for me, but one time I got injured, another time my opponent did.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 97th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) who is scheduled to face Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) on November 27 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward currently tops the leader board in the Super Six super middleweight tournament and is guaranteed a spot in the semifinals. Ward spoke about his upcoming fight, talked about his future in Super Six tournament, and also touched on a variety of other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape including the Klitschko Brothers, Pacquaio-Margarito, Pascal’s victory over Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins, Carl Froch, and more. Here is what he had to say:
On his initial reaction to the news that Andre Dirrell was forced to pull out of the Super Six:
“Well obviously it was shocking news to hear. There are a lot of things going through your mind. You wonder about the state of the tournament, you wonder about Dirrell’s health, and you’re just trying to figure out what’s going to happen. The key for me and my team is to keep the date. That was the key because we didn’t want to not be on the show until next year. We got a semifinals spot and all of that, but that doesn’t do anything for our progress in terms of staying sharp and just staying at it. So we just quickly made a decision to keep the date and to look for a new opponent. It’s unfortunate, and I wish Dirrell a speedy recovery. I want to see him back in the ring doing his thing, and we just have to move on and set our sights on the next opponent.” continue
James DeGale has welcomed Paul Smith's Sunday roast dinner offer - but says he will have the British super-middleweight champion for breakfast.
The pair meet on December 11 at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Frank Warren's big 30th anniversary card that also features Nathan Cleverly, Kell Brook, Matthew Macklin, Tony Bellew and Frankie Gavin. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: One of boxing’s hottest up-and-coming fighters is welterweight Brad “King” Solomon. A former three time National Golden Gloves champion, Solomon is currently 14-0 (six KO’s) as a professional. Rated tenth by the WBC and fifth by the WBA, the 27-year-old Solomon has bedazzled fans and media with his blinding hand and foot speed, superb athleticism, slick boxing tactics, and blazing combination punching. On November 25th, Solomon faces his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against Kazakhstan’s Vitaly Demyanenko. Given that the undefeated Demyanenko (19-0, 12 KO’s) is rated ninth by the WBA and fourth by the WBO, the winner of this bout is likely to become the mandatory challenger for the WBC, WBA, or WBO welterweight world titles in the near future.
Recently, Solomon spoke with ESB about his career and possible future opponents.
ESB: HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN BOXING? WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO FIGHT?
SOLOMON: Boxing was something I always wanted to try, and there were lots of gyms in my neighborhood in Lafayette, Louisiana. When I was a teenager, I went to the gyms a lot. I liked the aggressive contact, the fighting. It came naturally to me. continue
Casey and Rees both fighting for belts on home soil on November 6 - Prizefighter winners Gavin Rees and Willie Casey both face major title fights on Saturday 6 November.
Welshman Rees takes on unbeaten Liverpool fighter John Watson for the vacant British lightweight title at the Newport Leisure Centre, while Irishman Casey meets fellow countryman Paul Hyland in the first ever all-Irish battle for a European belt as they fight for the super bantamweight title at the University Arena in Limerick – Hyland replacing Spaniard Kiko Martinez who has vacated the belt after having to withdraw from facing Casey through injury. continue
CHICAGO, IL (October 27, 2010) Chicago based Mexican fan favorite Ivan Popoca will face off against Martin Tucker of Toledo, Ohio in one of the feature bouts at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13 on Friday, November 19th at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions.
The Popoca/Tucker junior welterweight battle is scheduled for eight rounds and is one of three outstanding eight round bouts on the card. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 97th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former WBC super middleweight Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch (26-1, 20 KOs), who suffered his first defeat against Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) last time out in Group Stage 2 of the Super Six super middleweight tournament. Froch is slated to face Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) in Group Stage 3 on November 27 in Helsinki, Finland. Froch spoke about his upcoming fight, reflected on his career, and provided his views on various aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On training and preparations for his November 27 fight against Arthur Abraham:
“Yeah, training has been going excellent. I’m very happy with the camp I’ve had. I’ve still got a few weeks left yet to fine tune all my sparring and get my heavy sparring done. I got another month for that and I’ll be in tip-top shape.”
His views on Arthur Abraham as a fighter:
“He’s alright. He’s a decent opponent, short and stocky, he likes to bang you out, and there’s not really much to say about him. He’s very crude. He’s not majorly skillful. You know what you get what Arthur Abraham. He’s going to come, he’s going to stand in front of me, and he’s going to try and take me to the later rounds and try and bang me out. He’s talking maybe about doing something different, but I don’t know if you can teach an old dog new tricks. What you see is what you get with him. He got easily outboxed by Dirrell. Obviously I’m not Dirrell, but I’m going to certainly be trying to box and move. Early on at least we’ll see how that goes, and then if necessary I might step in and throw some big shots. But we’ll see how the fight goes. It depends on what he brings to the table.” continue
Never one to waste an opportunity to make a big impression, Zab Judah has enlisted the support of the United States Armed Forces as he prepares to take on Argentine Knock out artist Lucas Matthysse on Saturday, November 6th at Newark's Prudential Center.
Part of HBO's acclaimed "Boxing After Dark" series, the Judah-Matthysse match-up will mark Judah's second appearance at the Newark landmark as he works his way back to the top of the junior middleweight division. Designated as an NABO Junior Welterweight title bout, the 12-round clash also will determine the number 2 position in the IBF ratings, where the title once held by St. Louis' Devon Alexander now stands vacant. continue
MIAMI—Undefeated Cuban Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) will face the toughest test of his young career on Friday, Dec. 17 at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami when he meets World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin (28-4-4, 18 KOs) with the winner earning the right to next face WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. continue
Tune in this Monday night, November 1 as boxer Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao returns to ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” at 12:05 a.m. Following in the tradition of Pacquiao’s previous visits, he will be performing a musical number – this time with the help of fellow guest, actor Will Ferrell. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Throughout the history of boxing there have been many statements uttered by boxers that live long in the memory. Sometimes it is the comments made by boxers that will eventually determine how they are best remembered by fans from all ages. For example, John O’Sullivan would walk into drinking saloons up and down the country, stand on a chair and shout, “I’ll lick any son of a b**ch in the house,” and Muhammad Ali is remembered for ‘chopping down trees and wrestling alligators,’ while training for his fight with George foreman. And who can forget the infamous, “I want to eat your children,” remark by Mike Tyson. continue
By James Slater: 39-year-old southpaw Tony “The Tiger” Thompson, who might just be the best U.S heavyweight out there right now, returns to action next month, on the under-card of the eagerly anticipated rematch between middleweight champ Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams. Thompson, inactive since injuring his shoulder back in the spring, will face a TBA in what will be his first fight in over seven months. continue
Minneapolis, MN- Two Minnesota pugilists who have never been shy to accept a challenge will square off in a Minneapolis vs. St. Paul rematch December 18, when Phil Williams takes on Matt Vanda at Target Center. The card will bring boxing back to Target Center with an exciting line up of other in-state grudge matches, pitting Minneapolis area fighters with St. Paul area fighters. continue
KELLY PAVLIK: When I am training in Youngstown I stay at my parent’s house. They keep track of my food, etc. It is kind of being away, but it’s not because my wife comes over and the kids come over but I am not at home. It really wasn’t hard to go away this time because we had the whole summer off and we needed to just to get into the boxing mode. If I didn’t have that time off it would have been more difficult. It’s not like I am in Las Vegas or Florida, California, Pennsylvania is just outside Pittsburgh -- a two-hour drive from home, but it is secluded and isolated, but close enough so I could come home and see my wife and kids. We come home on Saturday and leave Sunday afternoon. continue
PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 27, 2010)—USBA Jr. Middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh” Ennis feels it’s his time as he has earned his way for a shot at newly crowned IBF champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. continue
By James Slater: Big Frank Bruno, the British hero who won the WBC heavyweight championship with a gruelling points win over the (amazingly) still active Oliver McCall back in 1995, has revealed to SKY Sports how he thinks underdog Audley Harrison might just pull off the upset against David Haye next month. continue
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3-1, 16 KOs) and challenger Mahir Oral (28-2-2, 11 KOs) expect a similar kind of fight on Saturday night – only the outcome will be different. Both fighters have prepared for 12 hard rounds. “I expect it to go the distance,” Sylvester said. “Mahir has prepared well and will be a difficult opponent. But if I hit his chin or his liver, it could be over soon for him. With the support of my home fans, I will defend my title.” continue
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 (Miami, FL). Former NABA Heavyweight Champion, ‘Fast’ Fres Qquendo, steps into the ring on December 4th against former World Heavyweight Champion Oliver McCall, for a 12rd IBF (inter-continental) title clash, at the world famous Hard Rock Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Promoted by The Heavyweight Factory in association with, Square Ring Promotions and 5th Street Gym Promotions. continue
UNCASVILLE, CONN (October 27, 2010) – Connecticut native son, undefeated NABF/NABO featherweight champion and Top-10 contender MATT “Sharp Shooter” REMILLARD, has signed on to fight on the all-action boxing card at the Mohegan Sun, Saturday, November 20, in a 10-round co-main event featherweight battle. The card will be headlined by undefeated former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora, making his Mohegan Sun debut, in a 10-round junior welterweight rumble with Diego Jesus Ponce. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 26, 2010) - Boxing fans viewing Friday night's TeleFutura broadcast of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" sat in the judge's seat and cast their text votes naming Mercito Gesta as the fighter with the most character. Gesta defeated Ivan Valle in a second round knockout after bringing him down twice in the first round. Boxing experts consider this victory the biggest win of Gesta's career, and 78 percent of fans who voted agreed. continue
On December 11 at the Jannus Live in hometown St. Petersburg, Florida, former IBF and IBO World Super Middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy will return to the ring for the first time since his loss to all-time great Roy Jones Jr. last year. continue
TORONTO, ON – (OCTOBER 27, 2010) The future of Canadian boxing becomes a reality on Friday night at Montreal’s Bell Centre, when Tyler Asselstine, considered one of the best prospects to come out of the Canadian national team in years, steps into the ring as a professional for the first time. continue
GB Boxing and the Home Nations of Scotland, England and Wales have announced their line-ups for the forthcoming GB Amateur Boxing Championship, to be held at the Echo Arena Liverpool on 12 and 13 November 2010.
The GB Amateur Boxing Championship is a new competition to identify the best male and female amateur boxers in Great Britain with the Finals being televised live on the BBC’s red button. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature this segment with a new published letter directly from hardcore fight fans just like you, and a response directly from Boxing Scribe Vivek Wallace! For those who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, there's only one way to change it........SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to email@example.com, and remember, keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back.....the floor (and mic) is yours! Today's letter comes to us from James R. of Norfolk, VA:
A few buddies of mine have had a debate going for a while now that I would like for you to speak on, as well as publish on ESB for the readers to discuss. When you think about the welterweight division over the last decade plus, there have been some amazing fighters. My favorites over that time frame were Shane Mosley, Tito Trinidad, Floyd Mayweather, Vernon Forrest (RIP), Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Paul Williams, Zab Judah, Antonio Margarito, and now Manny Pacquiao. continue
Butler, PA – NESportsTV.com in association with Mintofight.com is proud to present an online PPV broadcast featuring the return of recent cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto as he takes on Australian Brawler Pierre Karam in a 10 round cruiserweight fight this Friday, October 29th. Karam replaces Minto’s original opponent Cory Phelps.
“With Pierre Karam being an Australian cruiserweight, I’d like to knock him off before I do the same to their other cruiser Danny Green.” Minto said, referencing his desire to fight current Australian cruiserweight superstar Danny Green. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 26 - Some of boxing's top young talent returns to the ring at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia this Thursday night, October 28, with Gary Russell Jr., Fidel Maldonado Jr., Trevor McCumby, Dion Savage, Yakubu Amidu and Shane Mosley Jr. leading the way on a "Fight Night Club" event no true fan will want to miss. continue
LOS ANGELES (October 26, 2010) - The November 6 NABO junior welterweight championship and IBF #2 position elimination bout between former World Champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KO's) and Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO's) at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey is less than two weeks away, and Matthysse's countryman and former Welterweight World Champion Carlos "Tata" Baldomir, who defeated Judah by unanimous decision in January 2006, has been giving his fellow Argentine advice on how to beat the Brooklyn native and thinks Matthysse will win the fight. continue
British Super-Middleweight champion Paul Smith has promised challenger James DeGale a war on December 11 - and then a Sunday roast the next day. The British rivals clash at the Echo Arena, Liverpool, in a mouth-watering showdown on Frank Warren's big 30th Anniversary show. The pair have long been friends, after DeGale boxed with Smith's younger brother Stephen at amateur level. And DeGale is no stranger to Smith family hospitality, often staying with them in Liverpool. Yet friendship will be put to one side when they clash for Smith's British super-middleweight title. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 97th special ‘Super Six’ edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Andre Ward, Carl Froch, and Al Bernstein) 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).
Polish boxing fans have become accustomed to watching fellow countrymen battle it out at Prudential Center in Newark NJ. On the November 6th, Zab "Super" Judah vs. Lucas Matthysse card, the enthusiastic Poles will once again have something to cheer about. Undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach, 22-0, 10 KO's, of Krakow Poland, will take on Augusta, Georgia's, Kevin Burnett, 13-4-1, 8 KO's, in an 8 round bout sure to please all boxing fans. continue
OAKLAND, CA (Oct. 24, 2010) - Undefeated hometown hero and points leader in the innovative Super Six World Boxing Classic, Andre "SOG" Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will return home to the Oracle Arena, when he defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship a second time against tough world contender Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon, on Saturday, Nov. 27. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2010) -- Puerto Rican superstar and WBO featherweight world champ Juan Manuel Lopez and Mexican legend and future Hall of Famer Rafael Marquez participated in an international media conference call on Monday to discuss their upcoming rivalry fight on Saturday, Nov. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
Atlantic City, NJ (October 25, 2010) -- On Friday, October 22, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez and three-time world champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams went to the scales for the Official WBC 30-day Weigh-In. Martinez weighing in at 176, from his camp in Oxnard, CA and from Wash., DC, Williams weighed 162 pounds. The contract weight for the Saturday, November 20 bout at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall is 157-pounds. continue
Bayonne, NJ (October 26, 2010) - Calling Bobby Rooney Jr.'s cell phone rarely elicits an answer from the Bayonne, NJ resident. Instead, the likelihood is that you'll hear a more familiar voice than the local son done right. Beetlejuice, the pint-sized cult figure of "The Howard Stern Show" fame, often picks up the phone and directs calls. continue
By Ian “Normen Bates” Sims: With HBO kicking of its award winning 24/7 series this weekend the beginning of 24/7 has for last few years has also marked the starting point for some of Boxing's most intense debates between fans. Rather its radio shows, YouTube, or forums 24/7 acts as the starting point for some of the pre-fight festivities. continue
By Steven Shabo: He won the title in a shroud of controversy with a premature stoppage against Mike Weaver and had been given a questionable draw in their rematch. He hoped fighting near his hometown would be his coming out party. He hoped an impressive victory in his next defense would make believers of everyone who ever doubted him. Michael “Dynamite” Dokes had an outstanding amateur career and was undefeated as a professional. However, some questioned whether he would ever fulfill his potential; despite the fact that he was a world champion. continue
By James Slater: Though it’s possible some American fight fans haven’t heard of Colin Hart, the veteran scribe is a big name in Britain; and a well respected fight expert. One of the esteemed writers asked to cast a vote regarding this year’s Hall of Fame entries, Hart has written in The Sun how he will NOT be voting for a fighter practically everyone sees as a lock to be voted in now that he has been retired for the five necessary years: former heavyweight king Mike Tyson. continue
By James Slater - No sooner does Panama’s Guillermo Jones finally return to the ring to defend his WBA cruiserweight title - for his first defence of the belt he won back in 2008 - he then decides to make the move up to heavyweight. It’s been reported by a number of sources that the 38-year-old will try his hand against the big men of the sport, and Boxrec have the man known as “El Felino” down as fighting at heavyweight on December 17th, on the Odlanier Solis-Ray Austin card in Miami.
According to Boxrec, Jones, 37-3-2(29) will face DaVarryl Williamson on the card, over an as yet undetermined amount of rounds. continue
Alen C. (Los Angeles, CA): Manny Pacquiao recently stated that he will "go for the early KO" against Margarito. Do you think this is a good strategy?
Vivek W. (ESB): No!......That's my short answer. To elaborate a little, Pacquiao is almost the same size as Cotto, just a somewhat thinner version. Pacquiao's speed will be his key to success, but where things will vary for him quite a bit from the Cotto scenario is that Cotto actually gave a concerted effort to box, using head movement, blocking techniques, etc. Many will say that Margarito has used his chin as his defense in the past, but when you break down the fundamental skills of Manny Pacquiao, the one consistent flaw in his game (if you can find any) is that he can be hit very easily and uses very little defense, too. continue
By Fantana: Holy shit. Never before on East Side Boxing has an article started with those two, punctual words. Yet they are perhaps the best two words to describe the feeling of meeting living legend and four weight world champion Roy Jones Jnr, the man they call Superman, on Saturday night in Newark. Personally I have Roy Jones as pound for pound all time number one beating guys like Robinson, Armstrong and Duran, and closely edging out John Ruiz for the premiere spot, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to meet him. The evening kick started at half past six when we walked into the Cedric Ford Pavilion Centre and into the main room where tables were laid out with cutlery and champagne bottles. I wasn’t exactly sure where I was supposed to be standing so I went over to the bar and ordered myself a hard shot of orange juice with ice whilst my wife had her first of many glasses of wine. More people started to turn up and I could sense the excitement in the air, people knew something special was going on in Nottingham, and I am not talking about either Robin Hood or Gary Birtles making a comeback. After a short while we were told we could go upstairs to meet Roy Jones and were given tickets so that we could get a photo with him. continue
Contender Australia winner, Garth “From The Hood” Wood, and team will be heading off to a secret location this week in preparation for his December 8 all-Australian grudge match with Anthony “The Man” Mundine, 40-3 (24).
Wood, 9-1-1 (5), commenced training for the contest earlier this month in Sydney, but will spend the final six weeks in preparation at a confined training camp organized by manager, Mike Karigiannis, and trainer Billy Hussein. continue
By James Slater: Also in action on today’s big card in Tokyo, Japan, was “Golden Boy” Jorge Linares, the former WBA super-featherweight champion. Facing the once-beaten Venezuelan was veteran former super-feather and lightweight champ Jesus Chavez of Mexico. Unfortunately for the paying fans, the fight was no real contest, with the younger, fresher and much faster man beating the 37-year-old up on his way to a 4th-round corner retirement victory. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Rendall Munroe’s bid to become super bantamweight champion ended in heartache as he was beaten over 12 rounds by WBC Kingpin Toshiaki Nishioka.
Nishioka, 34, who came into the ring unbeaten in six years and with a record of 36-4-3, was always going to be a difficult opponent for the 30 year-old challenger, who was trying to emulate the success of Wayne McCullough and become only the second British boxer to win a title in Japan. continue
By James Slater: Just moments ago in Tokyo, Japan, WBC super-bantamweight king Toshiaki Nishioka retained his crown with a wide unanimous decision over a game, but somewhat outclassed Rendall Munroe.
The speedy 34-year-old, a southpaw like the challenger from Leicester, UK, kept his title with three scores of 119-109. Now 37-4-3(23) Nishioka retained his belt for the fifth time. Munroe, who always knew he had a huge task ahead of him in Japan, is now 22-2(9). continue
By James Slater: Today in Tokyo, Japan, on the Nishioka-Munroe card, Nicaraguan puncher Roman Gonzalez stole the show with a sizzling, 2nd-round stoppage of Mexico’s Francisco Rojas. Putting his former rival down three times in the 2nd-round, 23-year-old Gonzalez got the job done at the one-minute and 38-second mark. One of the best kept secrets in boxing, as well as being one of the hardest hitters in the sport, “El Chocolatito” improved to 27-0(23). He is now the interim WBA light-flyweight champion. continue
By Paul Strauss: Rumors abound, and boxing fans in Oxnard, CA are worried, because there's a distinct odor, yet in fact a malodorous smell of sulfur in the air. Authorities have narrowed down the source to relatively small location called the Academy. Recently, at that location, there have been numerous complaints of severe olfactory irritation. In fact, the complaints have become common place, and the worst thing is there doesn't appear to be a remedy. continue
By Chris Acosta: You can hardly blame anyone for the excitement surrounding heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin. As far as boxing prospects go his credentials read like a can’t miss blueprint on how to get it done: An Olympic Gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece that capped a sterling 125-7 amateur record, the backing of a renowned promotional company( Sauerland Events) and a crowd-pleasing style that belies the usually technical-heavy approach of his countrymen. continue
BOB ARUM: This is the second time I have endured a typhoon in the Philippines. The first was last year when I visited Manny before he fought Miguel Cotto. It is simply the typhoon season. What is a typhoon? It is the same as a hurricane, except in Asia they call it a typhoon but to me it looks and acts the same. The winds are strong, the rains came down but the eye of the storm was about 150 miles away from where we were so all in all it wasn’t too bad. Manny, the first day I was there, looked sort of out of shape and sluggish but by the time I left he was looking like the old Manny Pacquiao. There is great spirit in that camp and everybody is pulling together for victory. continue
By James Slater: Despite taking a bad beating from Wladimir Klitschko in his last fight - a beating that probably earned a 7 on the Shannon Briggs L12 Vitali Klitschko scale - former WBC heavyweight boss Samuel Peter is not going to retire any time soon. continue
LOS ANGELES (October 23, 2010) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound fighter and box office attraction, CONGRESSMAN MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO, a seven-term world champion, arrives in the U.S. Tonight! to begin his last three weeks of training for his World Super Welterweight Championship rumble with three-time welterweight champion “The Tijuana Tornado” ANTONIO MARGARITO. continue
By J.Marcus: My last article aroused some controversy though I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of support I received too. Of course there were the usual name-calling idiots writing in but that’s to be expected on the internet where cowards can hide a million miles away behind their computers. My main argument is that the heavyweight division is not weak and is just as strong as it’s ever been. My attackers always quote the 70’s as being the ‘golden era’ and I was accused in some posts of passing over the stronger opposition the likes of Ali and Holmes faced for the weaker ones. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to bring you the 10 best fighters from the 70’s and match them up in fantasy battles with some of the top guys around today. Again, these are my opinions and are delivered, always, with maximum respect for all fighters involved. In the spirit of debate, I welcome your opinions of it. continue
By James Slater: As fight fans know, former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik faces former “Contender” Bryan Vera in November, on the under-card of the big Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight in Texas. The fight is a must-win affair for “The Ghost,” and Pavlik himself has referred to the Nov. 13th, 164-pound catch-weight fight as “life and death for me as a fighter.” continue
Boxing Scribe Vivek Wallace of Eastside Boxing and Examiner.com weighs in on the pending showdown between Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao and Mexican warrior Antonio Margarito. Many subplots remain, but the ultimate battle lies between one man's pursuit of history and another man's pursuit of redemption. On the night of November 13th in the Dallas, Tx, Cowboys Stadium, one man's pursuit will become a reality. This video serves as a prelude to the road to Dallas, but you'll have to tune in to HBO PPV at 9pm Est on this amazing night to find out who that man is! Stay tuned. continue
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, received notification today from Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman IBF/USBA, that the IBF has granted formal sanction approval for the Judah - Matthysse fight. The fight will take place on November 6, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Tucker stated the IBF Jr. Welterweight title is vacant and the winner of this eliminator for #2 will fight #1, Kaizer Mabuza, for the vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - It looked as if a deal was almost in place for light heavyweight contender Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs) to challenge Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) for the IBF championship on December 17. Now it appears as if the fight is in jeopardy.
I spoke to Griffin today and he stated, “I just want to serve notice to the world that I’ll fight Tavoris Cloud tomorrow on his doorstep in Florida for the right amount of money. The money that was offered was a low-ball offer. There’s still an opportunity to fight for the world title, but at the same time, it’s something that I couldn’t have been proud about—especially going into Florida where they robbed me against Jeff Lacy and I have a family to feed and everything. If they go ahead and just meet us halfway, which would just be like 25% of what I should be making for a title fight, and we’re talking about money that Don King would pay his gardener to make this fight. I’m ready to put on my working boots and fly out there right now.”
If the fight between Griffin and Cloud cannot be salvaged, there is a strong likelihood that Griffin will square off against Adrian Diaconu in an IBF elimination bout. Griffin, however, still believes that a fight between him and Cloud can be made, “Yeah, the fight can be salvaged. It’s simple. I just wanted to serve notice to the world because a lot of people out there really don’t know how these things work. With a non-mandatory for a world title you have to fight somebody in the top fifteen. Right now I’m sitting at number ten and everybody before me has turned the fight down. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 22 - Fight fans nationwide enjoyed a night filled with fistic action from the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, Calif. which was televised live on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
After a successful debut in May, the TV2 Fight Night returns on November 20 when Rudy Markussen and Patrick Nielsen will once again showcase their talents at MCH Herning. The duo will headline an action-packed show that features the very best of Danish professional boxing. While Markussen (34-2, 21 KOs) will try to move one step closer to a European title fight with a victory over Serbia´s Dejan Ribac (19-1, 7 KOs), up-and-coming Nielsen faces a tough challenge from unbeaten Swede Adnan Salihu (4-0, 2 KOs). “My goal is to be a champion again soon,” said Markussen, who stopped Christophe Karagoz in his comeback bout in May. “I have trained very hard since my last fight and I will continue my way back to the top with a victory over Ribac. He is a dangerous opponent but I will take care of business against him.” continue
By James Slater: Former Olympic gold medallist and all-round amateur standout Odlanier Solis is one win away from challenging for professional gold. Should the 30-year-old Cuban with the 16-0(12) pro record get past veteran Ray Austin in a final WBC eliminator in December, he will then challenge the formidable Vitali Klitschko for the green belt.
“La Sombra,” as the Miami-based 6’1.5” and approx 260-pound contender is known, is sure he will not only defeat Vitali, but then go on to unify all the heavyweight belts. Confident he will even go on to become “the greatest heavyweight ever,” Solis is hard at work getting ready for the Dec. 17th bout with “The Rain Man.” continue
On Friday night, before a packed house at the beautiful Capitale in downtown New York City, Star Boxing and The Empire, presented "Capitale Punishment II," a thrilling six bout card, headlined by the Bronx's three-time NY Golden Gloves Champion, Jorge "The Truth" Teron, taking on James Hope. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 22 - The second season of "Fight Night Club" will come to a close on Thursday, November 18, and Golden Boy Promotions and AEG have saved the best for last with an All-Los Angeles showdown between unbeaten Carlos Molina and fellow prospect "Dangerous" David Rodela that will have local fans on their feet from start to finish at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 96th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who discussed a slew of different topics, including Vitali Klitschko’s victory over Briggs, Wladimir Klitschko’s upcoming title defense against Derek Chisora, Lennox Lewis, Miguel Cotto, Andy Lee, Freddie Roach, Naseem Hamed, Marquez-Katsidis, Hopkins-Pascal, Pacquiao-Margarito, and much more. He also spoke about his October 23 Boxing Clinic which will be held at the Maple Avenue Gym in Dallas, Texas. Here is what Emanuel had to say on his latest appearance on the show:
His views on Vitali’s Klitschko’s unanimous decision victory against Shannon Briggs:
“Well, it wasn’t the most impressive fight to be very honest with you. I anticipated a better performance from Shannon because of all of the hype that he had built. Then he came out, and first of all he seemed like he was afraid to commit. He was jabbing to the body and throwing a right hand to the body, but for the most part his mind was just on bending back. I don’t know. It wasn’t even really a defensive motion because he was getting hit so much. I thought if the guy’s going to keep hitting you with one punch over and over and over, at least he’s going to learn how to roll his shoulder and come back with a counter or do something. It just seemed like he was determined to go the twelve rounds and to get hit almost, which is kind of crazy to say.
Vitali did what he was supposed to do. He was able to jab-jab, keep him at distance, and keep throwing the right hand because he was very vulnerable for it. It wasn’t an explosive knockout that I kind of look for in a heavyweight fight. I just didn’t see the fireworks. I thought that Briggs would have been more exciting and more of a challenge for at least two or three rounds, and then probably had chance of maybe winning. He never seemed to have mounted any type of confidence or attack throughout the whole fight. I was very disappointed and it was really, really sad to see him take all of those blows. continue
By James Slater: David Haye has claimed, for the longest time, that the Klitschko brothers are incredibly tough guys to do business with. Even now, with reports claiming Haye has a “50-50” deal on the table to fight Klitschko, and that all he has to do to make the fight is sign it, The WBA heavyweight champ says things are not that simple. Haye says that when the actual contract arrives in the post, “50-50” deals are “nothing of the kind.” continue
By J. Marcus: On these pages I never stop reading comments bemoaning the Klitschkos and the state of the heavyweight division in general. I’ve decided therefore to take a look at such claims and see if we can come to some kind of conclusion regarding all the accusations because I, for one, am growing a little tired of it all.
There are three main topics of disgruntlement it seems. Let’s look at all three now. continue
By James Slater: The heavyweight elimination tournament the IBF is to hold, with the eventual winner to be looked at as a threat to world ruler Wladimir Klitschko, sounded like a good idea when first announced. Unbeaten Denis Boytsov would participate, along with “Fast” Eddie Chambers, Alexander Dimitrenko and Johanthon Banks. But then, Boytsov withdrew on medical grounds (his doctor advised him not to sign on for a possible 12-round fight so soon after hand surgery), to be replaced by Jean Marc Mormeck. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Not too long ago, there were droves and droves of fight fans and media personalities who supported the suspension of Antonio Margarito's boxing license. Fast-forward a year and some change, and wow.......isn't it funny how some things completely turn around? Here we now stand approximately 3 weeks away from a evening that may go down as the biggest fight night of the year, and suddenly, the protest has turned to a pro-test, as few deny their open interest and support for the battle which lies ahead. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 22 - When boxing superstar Sugar Shane Mosley takes his seat at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia for the October 28 edition of "Fight Night Club" it won't be just as a fan, but also as a father, as his son Shane Mosley Jr. will be competing that night in an amateur bout on the action packed card headlined by Undefeated Gary Russell Jr.'s bout against Guadalupe De Leon. continue
Unbeaten British Super-Featherweight champion Gary Sykes is the eighth and final fighter signed up for the first Prizefighter Super-Featherweight tournament on November 20 at York Hall, Bethnal Green.
Sykes completes what organisers Matchroom Sport have called “the strongest line-up in Prizefighter history”, joining The Mongolian Warrior Choi Tseveenpurev, Coronation Street actor and former England Commonwealth Games captain Steve Bell and 24 year-old European Lightweight title challenger Gary Buckland. Prizefighter Lightweights semi-finalist Gary McArthur, British and European challenger Scott Lawton and former British and WBU title holder Derry Matthews line up in front of the Sky Sports cameras too, as does Kevin O’Hara, who will be seeking revenge over Sykes after losing to the Dewsbury fighter in his first title defence in May. continue
Undefeated rising junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17KOs) has received word that he will begin sparring with Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao next week. "I just got the phone call and I can't wait to get in there with Manny," said an excited Martirosyan. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY (OCTOBER 22, 2010)—On Friday night November 19th, Spartan Fight Promotions presents a night of championship boxing that is dubbed BATTLE II that will take place from the Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City.
In the main event, undefeated Super Middleweight, Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis will look to capture his first title as he will take on rugged Victor Lares for the NABF Super Middleweight title that will be scheduled for twelve rounds. continue
HIDALGO, TEXAS, OCTOBER 22 - On Friday, November 12, Golden Boy Promotions returns to the Rio Grande Valley to feature one of the Valley's own at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Weslaco native Omar "Panterita" Figueroa Jr. (10-0, 8 KO's) will fight against Arturo Quintero of Las Vegas, Nev. in the main event of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate," while Houston's undefeated welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo faces top Mexican prospect Luis Enrique Grajeda in the eight round co-featured bout. continue
Most often when an actor’s character meets an untimely demise they take the opportunity for a bit of a rest, but not so with Steve Bell. When he discovered Quinny, the squaddie he plays in Coronation Street, was destined to be killed in Afghanistan he decided to dust off his boxing career for one final blaze of glory. continue
BOXING binman Rendall Munroe will have it all to do when he faces WBC super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka at Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday. The Leicester native can be backed at 6-4 on Betfair to claim the championship belt. continue
Unbeaten Cavan boxer Andy Murray may be the reigning Irish Lightweight Champion but he will be up against heavyweight opposition this Sunday when he is a special guest at the Virginia Pumpkin Festival which takes places over this Bank Holiday weekend in Virginia, Co. Cavan. continue
Hard-hitting, world-ranked Allan Green and veteran contender and former world champ Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson participated in a national media conference call to discuss their must-win Super Six World Boxing Classic bout on Saturday, Nov. 6, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Green and Johnson were also joined on the call by promoter Lou DiBella. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 21 - Coming off of his stirring February win over Gerry Penalosa, interim WBO Bantamweight World Champion and former Flyweight World Champion Eric Morel will continue his career resurgence with Golden Boy Promotions, with whom he signed an exclusive promotional contract today. continue
Lightweight sensation Ashley Sexton is set to challenge Chris Edwards for the Commonwealth Flyweight title on November 13th at the M.E.N. Arena, Manchester as the chief supporting bout on the undercard for the highly anticipated David Haye v Audley Harrison showdown. Sexton, who won the English Title after defeating Usman Ahmed by way of a devastating 1st round knock out has been busy since turning professional in August 2008. In May of this year Ashley challenged experienced Shinny Bayar for the British Title. The fight was an absolute barn burner which was eventually scored a draw. However the decision was considered to be controversial after Sexton began to come on very strong in the latter rounds. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 21 - Home to some of the greatest fighters to ever put on gloves, New York City still produces top-notch talent and Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce that one of the Big Apple's finest prospects, Two-Time Junior Olympic National Champion Eddie Gomez, has signed an exclusive promotional deal that kicks off with his professional debut on November 5 in Puerto Rico. continue
Coronation Street actor Steve Bell is swapping the cobbled streets of Weatherfield for the boxing ring as he aims to win the Prizefighter Super-Featherweight tournament on Saturday November 20.
The Manchester fighter joins a strong line-up from Britain’s hottest weight division live on Sky Sports at York Hall, Bethnal Green, and he is convinced that he has the goods to claim the title. continue
All participants for tomorrow's "Capitale Punishment II" card weighed-in today at the NYS Athletic Commissioners Office in downtown New York City. Below is the scheduled bout sheet, with weights included. continue
By James Slater: According to Boxrec.com and the official website of heavyweight Joey Abell, Abell will slug it out with top-ranked contender Chris Arreola in January. Set to be televised by ESPN2 (Boxrec have the fight down as taking place January 28th of next year, venue to be determined), Arreola Vs. Abell should be a lively, fun fight. continue
I have lost my closest friend, my inspiration in life, my one and only brother. This is something I could never imagine, but for some reason I feel his life is not a loss. My brother is me! We live our lives through each other. We dedicate our triumphs to one another and share the challenges we face in life. What does someone do when they lose the one person in their life like this? They are devastated right? Allow me to share with you Stathi's thoughts and what he wants. If you can believe me, I feel you will all be somewhat enlightened to hear what I have say. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Rendall Munroe has promised his local community that he will be back at work, doing his day job, even if he becomes the champion. Munroe (21-1, 9 KO’s) who works as a bin man, will challenge WBC Super-bantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka In Japan on Sunday, and is confident that he can bring the strap back to the UK. However, if the Leicester born fighter is successful, he insists that he will not be giving up what he loves, “I’ll be back at work on Tuesday. I enjoy the job and it keeps my feet on the ground. I couldn’t ask for anything else, except that title.” continue
By Michael Cumberbatch: We continue the second part of my recent interview with Kathy Duva of Main Events where she talks about her November 6th card, Judah, Adamek, Klitschko, Haye and future plans. continue
By James Slater: It’s been confirmed by a number of sources how Mexican legend Erik Morales will face Argentine tough guy Jorge Barrios in Tijuana on December 18th, the fight to be shown on Showtime as part of a T.V doubleheader which will also feature Jean Pascal defending his light-heavyweight title against Bernard Hopkins. continue
By James Slater: Heavyweights Wladimir Klistchko and Derek Chisora came face-to-face today at a London press conference to hype their December 11th bout in Germany, and both men had quite a lot to say. As fans know 26-year-old Chisora is challenging the world ruler after having had a mere 14 pro fights (all wins), and nowhere near as much experience as most title challengers. continue
(GILROY, CA) October 21, 2010 - Former Three-time World Champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (27-1-1, 18 KOs), has stepped up his training camp in preparation for his upcoming showdown with 2004 Olympian, Vicente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs). continue
The first 1,000 fans to enter Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, on November 6th to see the exciting boxing card featuring the 12 round NABO Junior Welterweight Championship fight between Zab "Super" Judah (39-6, 27 KO's) and Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse (27-0, 25 KO's) will receive a complimentary boxing glove replica key chain. Everlast has donated 1,000 of the collector's item key rings for the lucky fans through the doors. continue
Tomorrow night, Star Boxing and The Empire present "Capitale Punishment II" at the Capitale in New York City. Headlining the show, is the Bronx's three-time NY Golden Gloves Champion, Jorge "The Truth" Teron (23-2-1, 15KO's) taking on James Hope in an eight round lightweight affair. Also on the card is popular light heavyweight prospect, and 2009 NY Golden Gloves Champion Irish Seanie Monaghan (3-0, 2KO's). The entire card will be shown on the GoFightLive.TV tape delayed. All fight participants will officially weigh-in today at 5PM at the NYS Athletic Commissioners office. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 96th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former unified middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) who is scheduled to face Bryan Vera (17-5, 11 KOs) on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pavlik talked about his upcoming fight, spoke about his career, and provided his views on the current boxing landscape. Here is some of what Pavlik had to say during that interview.
On training and preparations for his November 13 fight against Bryan Vera:
“Things are going really good. We’re up in California, PA training and everything’s going as planned right now. I feel great. The weight’s very good and it’s just been nothing but boxing.”
His views on the fact that the Vera fight will take place at a catch weight of 164 pounds:
“Well right now we’re still waiting to see what opens up after the fight. Obviously we have to take it one fight at a time, but we just want to keep the weight in the middle right in between right now.”
His views on his opponent Bryan Vera as a fighter:
“He’s a tough kid, a game fighter. I know he’s definitely coming to fight, but to me he throws a lot of wild punches. He goes for the homerun, but he leaves himself wide open a lot, too. That chin comes in the air with every one of his big punches and that’s something we’re going to expose.” continue
RAMA, ON (Wednesday, 19 October 2010) - Undefeated Canadian Champion NEVEN “No Surrender” Pajkic (14-0, 5KO’s) of Toronto will lay his undefeated record on the line when he faces Giessen Germany’s ANDREAS SIDON (34-9-0, 28KO’s) on October 30th at Rumble at Rama XIII. Also added is a compelling 4 round opening bout featuring two Ontario Cruiserweights, John Mercante of Brantford (1-0, 1KO) who will meet Milos Pantelic of Toronto (Debut). continue
The BBC today announced it will broadcast live competitive women’s boxing for the first time with coverage of the GB Amateur Boxing Championships. The new competition created by the British Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) aims to identify the best prospects in British male and female boxing and give sports fans an opportunity to see potential stars of the London 2012 games. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 21, 2010) – Boxing fans viewing Friday night’s TeleFutura broadcast of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” sat in the judge’s seat and cast their text votes naming Mexican boxer Ramon Montano as the fighter with the most character. Even though he lost to Frankie Gomez by a six round unanimous decision, boxing fans considered Ramon Montano as the fighter who showed the most character with him receiving 54 percent of all votes. continue
If having former University of Miami running back turned boxer Quadrine Hill on the Thursday, October 28th Battle In The Ballroom show that features four boxing and two mixed martial arts bouts isn't enough, promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has added two more bouts featuring two undefeated heavyweight boxers. continue
by John Martinez, Boxscore News & Fightchronicles.com - On November 13 former world champion Antonio Margarito will fight for the WBC Super Welterweight title against one of boxing's fiercest warriors and heavily favored multi-division champion, Manny Pacquiao live from Cowboy's Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Pacquiao is looking to dispatch Margarito and win a record eight championships in as many weight divisions while Margarito has an eye on derailing the Pacquiao Express by late stoppage, thus becoming only the third man in Pacquiao's career to do so. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 20, 2010) -- Ring Magazine and WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal and former Two-Division World Champion and future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins announced their upcoming world championship fight as they hosted the only U.S. press conference on the last leg of a four-city international press tour at Planet Hollywood Times Square on Wednesday.
Later in the day, the pair were joined by Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, in a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square where they presided over the ringing of the NASDAQ Closing Bell. Also participating in the day’s festivities was Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports, who said he couldn’t be happier to offer SHOWTIME fight fans an early Christmas gift by having the fight moved off of pay-per-view and onto SHOWITME. continue
New York, NY (October 20)...The whirlwind three-day, four-city, two-country press tour officially announcing "Dynasty: Pascal vs. Hopkins" came to a close today with a press conference at Planet Hollywood in New York City. WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal and former Two-Division World Champion Bernard Hopkins had choice words for one another as they have since their first stop in Quebec City, Canada on Monday. Below please find what they had to say to each opther and about the fight over the course of the last three days. continue
By James Slater: WBA featherweight champion Chris John, due to one injury or another, has been inactive since his back-to-back points retentions over Rocky Juarez, but he will be back in action, in Jakarta, on December 1st. Fightnews has reported that the WBA have okayed the optional defence, over the little-known Fernando Saucedo, with the understanding that John will then enter negotiations to face “regular” WBA 126-pound champ (and IBF belt holder) Yuriorkis Gamboa after that. continue
By James Slater: Shannon Briggs refused to quit during his brutally one-sided fight with WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, and “The Cannon” has made it clear he will not be quitting the ring either. From his hospital room in Germany, where he has been recovering from a severe bicep injury since Saturday’s fight, Briggs vowed to members of the German media that he would fight on. continue
Three months after meeting German chancellor Angela Merkel in training camp, King Arthur Abraham today was a featured guest at the famous Federal Chancellery in Berlin. The immensely popular 30-year-old is one of the testimonials for the far-reaching integration campaign, which was presented at “Germany´s White House” in front of high-ranking members of the national and international press. Stressing the importance of German language skills, the campaign aims to encourage young foreigners to properly learn German as part of a successful integration into society. “I know from my own experience how important it is to speak the language of the country you live in,” King Arthur said at the press conference, which was hosted by Professor Dr. Maria Böhmer, the government’s integration expert. “I came from Armenia to Germany when I was 15 years old and I immediately started to learn German. The communication with the people around you is crucial for a successful integration, for a successful and happy life. That is why I am proud to support this campaign.” continue
Baltimore, MD (October 20) – James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson has been perfect thus far inside the squared circle. The gifted boxer-puncher has scored a number of highlight reel knockouts and only three of his thirteen opponents survived to the final bell. While everything has gone as planned for Stevenson during his two year professional career, the unbeaten 27 year old suffered a devastating setback following his most recent bout. continue
By Trish Kilcullen and Peter Heintzelman: The “Pride of Providence” returns home after a two year sabbatical of fighting away from his beloved Rhode Island roots. The Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, will host Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ presentation of “Home Coming King,” on Friday November 12, 2010, featuring the return of middleweight, Peter Manfredo, Jr., 35-6-0, 19 KO’s, against , Jhon Berrio, 15-7-0, 11 KO’s, of Monteria, in Columbia. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: As a boxing journalist I always try to please my readers with the content of my writing. The best way to do this seems to be by getting in-between the cracks and interviewing some of our greats. I always love speaking with current and retired fighters. The interviews display a wide spectrum of personalities and opinions, as well as different takes on the current boxing scene. While most boxers possessed a number of attributes that make up a champion, none had the heart and determination like the fighter I spoke with this morning. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature this segment with a new published letter directly from hardcore fight fans just like you, and a response directly from Boxing Scribe Vivek Wallace! For those who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, there's only one way to change it........SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to firstname.lastname@example.org, and remember, keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back.....the floor (and mic) is yours! Today's letter comes to us from Mark R. (Phoenix, AZ): continue
By Paul Strauss: First of all, don't you wonder, at least a little bit, why Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao and Freddie Roach agreed to this fight in the first place? The fight is scheduled for November 13th, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX? Potentially, it's a dangerous fight, and one with little ground to be gained by Manny. Who really gives a hoohah about another meaningless belt or title anyway? If Manny beats Antonio "The Express Train" Margarito, as most believe he will, what will it prove? Certainly there will be those gushing over the fact that Margarito was Manny's biggest opponent to date, and how tough Tony had been over the course of his career. continue
By James Slater: Legendary Philly master Bernard Hopkins gives it one more roll of the dice on December 18th, when he faces light-heavyweight ruler Jean Pascal. At age 45 (B-Hop will turn 46 the month after the fight), and after having done all he’s done in a simply brilliant career, Hopkins could have called it a day a long time before now. But “The Executioner” wants his name to be put alongside those other fistic greats who defied Father Time: guys like Archie Moore and George Foreman. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO's) has promised fireworks when he gets in the ring to take on the IBO and WBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO's) in Mannheim, Germany on December 11. Chisora or ‘Del boy’ as he likes to be called, is a surprise opponent for the champion, given the fact that Chisora has had only fought 14 professional fights and no amateur or European experience. continue
By Paul McCreath: My memories of boxing go back a long ways for I am not that young any more.My first recollection is of listening to the Joe Louis-Jersey Joe Walcott heavyweight title fight on the radio with my dad. That would have been in December of 1947.Dad was never a sports fan but even he wanted to hear that fight. In those days everybody knew who the world champion was. I guess that was the beginning of my deep interest in boxing. continue
New York City, NY (Oct. 20, 2010)-Legendary former World Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins will fight for the World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring Magazine 175-pound championship against current linear champion Jean Pascal as the main event of "Dynasty: Pascal vs. Hopkins" on Saturday, December 18 from the Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. The event will air live in the United States on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (Oct. 20, 2010) – Red-hot, unbeaten super middleweight prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez has been in Sydney, Australia since last Saturday to work as a sparring partner for contender Daniel Geale (23-1, 14 KOs), as the dangerous Dominican prepares for his November 5th main event fight against James McGirt on ShoBox: The New Generation, live from Fargo, North Dakota.
The DiBella Entertainment-promoted show will air on SHOWTIME starting at 11 ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
Salita Promotions in association with Universal Boxing is proud to announce Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita’s (31-1-1, 16 KO) upcoming fight for the IBA Welterweight World Title against “Mighty” Mike Anchondo (30-3, 19 KO) on December 16 at Roseland Ballroom in Time Square, NYC.
Dmitriy is coming off of an impressive performance against Franklin Gonzalez on his first self-promoted show “The Redemption” in September (televised exclusively by The Jewish Channel). continue
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) has promised his Finnish fans a spectacular KO victory over Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs) when they clash for Scandinavian heavyweight supremacy at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena on November 27. Seven of Helenius´ last eight opponents did not last until the final bell, including former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster and EU Heavyweight Title Challenger Gregory Tony. Next in line to taste Helenius´ feared punching power is Levin. “I will make sure the first defence of my EU Heavyweight Title will be one to remember,” Helenius said. “Levin is a tough guy with a lot of experience, but my goal is to be the best – the best heavyweight in Finland, in Scandinavia and ultimately the best heavyweight in the world. A KO victory over an accomplished fighter like Levin will not only make me the number one in Scandinavia but also further raise my international profile.” continue
Fairless Hills, PA--Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, opened up his training camp at the 10th Round Gym in Fairless Hills, PA, last week in preparation for his Nov. 13 fight with Jesus Soto-Karass at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX.
The Jones vs. Soto-Karass fight opens up the pay-per-view telecast that night on a card which features Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title in the main event. continue
WBC Middleweight Title Fight headlines Dec. 3 card
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino presents Friday Night Fight series
DOVER, Del. — Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host the WBC Middleweight Title fight for the Continental Americas belt on Friday, Dec. 3, showcasing Lajuan Simon (23[KO12]-2-2) of Philadelphia, Pa., against Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (20[KO18]-6-2), out of Miami, Fla. continue
Dublin's Paul Hyland will be out to cement his position as the Number 1 challenger for the European Super Bantamweight title when he takes on European rated Andrey Bogdanov at the University Arena in Limerick on November 6th on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night: Big Bang Theory. continue
The highly anticipated Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston versus Lana Cooper Featherweight clash, originally scheduled for September 11th, is now set to feature on Steve Goodwin’s Super Show ‘Judgement Day’ at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on the 4th December 2010. continue
ATLANTIC CITY/NEW YORK (October 18, 2010)—On Saturday night October 30th one of the best Featherweight prospects in the world in Jorge Diaz will risk his undefeated record when he takes on former world title challenger Emanuel Lucero that will headline a huge night of boxing from Ballys Atlantic City and will be broadcasted LIVE all over the world on www.gofightlive.tv
To order the fight LIVE at 7:30 pm Eastern Time for just $9.99, click continue
By James Slater: As fans know, Manny Pacquiao goes for an unprecedented 8th “world” title on November 13th, against the much bigger Antonio Margarito. Yesterday, via the comments facility on ESB, on an article of mine, some fans wondered aloud just how much bigger than Pac-Man Margarito would be in the WBC light-middleweight title fight. There were suggestions of a “re-hydration clause,” a clause in the contract that would disallow “Toney” from putting on any weight after the official weigh-in - a weigh-in for which the Mexican (and Pac-Man) must not weigh any more than the agreed 150-pounds. continue
By James Slater: Tomasz Adamek, seen by many fans as the best possible challenger capable of putting an end to the dominant reign of the Klitschko brothers, was shocked by this past Saturday’s clash between Vitali Klitschko and Shannon Briggs. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 96th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) who is preparing to defend his title against Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) on December 11. Last time out, Khan put on an impressive performance in his second title defense when he defeated Paulie Malignaggi by eleventh round TKO. Khan spoke about his upcoming fight, his training experiences with Manny Pacquiao, and also provided insights and opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: Anyway guys, it’s time for our first guest on this week’s show. He is currently the WBA light welterweight champion of the world, joining us for the second time, we have Amir Khan. How’s everything going today, Amir?
AMIR KHAN: Yeah, everything’s going really well. I’ve just been training hard. In training camp it’s been a few weeks now and it feels good to be back here focused and to get my body back in condition.
JENNA: Great. Amir, you have a very big fight coming up on December 11 against Marcos Maidana. How do you feel about your opponent?
KHAN: Yeah you know he’s a tough guy. I think everyone knows when they see Marcos Maidana fight, he’s a pressure fighter who throws big looping shots. He’s a power puncher. I think his record says it all. I think he’s knocked 27 out, out of the 30. So it’s going to be exciting, because there are two punchers in this fight and I think it’s a fight that people should watch, because out of all the fights in that division, I think it’s the most exciting fight up to now. continue
By Vikram Sangar: The brother of WBO's Interim-Lightweight Champion Michael Katsidis has been found dead in Brisbane, Australia after a suspected drug overdose.
According to press reports, Stathi Katsidis, 31, one of Australia's top Horse Racing Jockeys had returned to his home after attending a Metallica concert in the city. At 8am yesterday morning, his partner Melissa Jackson was unable to wake him. Police are not treating the death as suspicious. continue
(October 19, 2010 – New York, NY) Zsolt Erdei, the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, who is yet to lose a fight as a professional, has signed a promotional deal with DiBella Entertainment. Born and residing in Hungary, Erdei (31-0, 17 KOs), who has fought his entire professional career in Europe thus far, is looking to make a big splash in America his grand finale. continue
By James Slater: It has been reported by various news outlets that former heavyweight king Mike Tyson is being sued for a whopping $25 million by a newspaper photographer. “Iron Mike,” now aged 44 and still looking to find long term peace in his oft-troubled life, allegedly hit Antono Echavarria at Los Angeles airport last year. The photographer claims Tyson hit him, broke his camera and left him with spinal cord injuries and a concussion. continue
This Friday night at Capitale in New York City, former highly ranked Lightweight contender, Jorge “The Truth” Teron will look to get back into title contention when he takes on upset minded James Hope in a Lightweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.
The card is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and The Empire. continue
UNCASVILLE, CONN (October 19, 2010) -- Undefeated former IBF lightweight champion PAUL “The Pittsburgh Kid” SPADAFORA returns to the ring in a 10-round junior welterweight bout at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., Saturday, November 20. Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KOs), will headline the all-action card. continue
The career of murderous punching Puerto Rican slugger Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez (9-0, 9 KOs) has gained even more momentum now that famed promoter Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions has joined with Leon R. Margules of Warriors Boxing and Javier Bustillo of Universal Promotions to promote the 21 year old. continue
BALTIMORE, MD (October 19, 2010) Sensational super bantamweight prospect Leo “Teremoto” Santa Cruz has been added to the star studded “An Evening Ringside” Jonathan Ogden Foundation Benefit card this Thursday night, October 21st at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland. continue
NEW YORK (October 19, 2010) – Guyana super middleweight champion Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen has dedicated his New York State title fight against Nick Brinson, November 13 in Albany (NY), to the memory of his brother, 19-year-old Christopher, who died recently back home in Guyana. continue
With just two pro fights under his belt Belvadere’s ‘Saint’ George Jupp is already proving to be something of a sensation. So much so that promoter Steve Goodwin has invited George to be part of his double title headlined super show ‘Judgement Day’ at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday 4th December. continue
The fireworks come early to Hull this year as promoter, and former World Boxing Federation (WBF) Super Featherweight World Champion, Carl Greaves brings an explosive night of Boxing action, featuring many of Hull’s best pugilists, to the KC Stadium on Saturday 30th October. continue
Newark, NJ (October 18, 2010) – Undefeated lightweight prospect Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez will step up in competition when he takes on battle tested veteran Hevinson Herrera November 6 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. continue
Butler, PA – NESportsTV.com in association with Mintofight.com is proud to present an online PPV broadcast featuring the return of recent cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto as he takes on Catlettsburg, Kentucky veteran Cory Phelps live Friday October 29th from his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. The PPV webcast of the fight, which will feature a full undercard, can be preordered right now at www.NESportsTV.com for $9.99. continue
The Pinger's mobile audience interaction system will be part of the fun at the November 6th Zab Judah vs. Lucas Matthysse super fight scheduled at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center.
Audience members will be given two Pinger toll free numbers - one for the red corner and one for the blue corner. They will be encouraged to call the number corresponding to their favorite fighter from their mobile phones as often as they like. Upon hearing one ring the players simply terminate the call. Participation in the voting automatically enters the caller into a contest to win exciting prizes, including tickets to upcoming events, signed boxing gloves, tee shirts, caps, autographed posters and much more. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 96th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Audley Harriosn and DonYil Livingston) 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: Ring superstar and pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao is due to begin sparring for his upcoming clash with Antonio Margarito tomorrow, when the Filipino dynamo will go around three-rounds with Britain’s own superstar Amir Khan. The Manila Times also reports that Pac-Man is currently weighing 148-pounds ahead of the November light-middleweight title fight (scheduled to take place at a catch-weight of 151-pounds), but that he will add a further two or three pounds before fight time. continue
After a nine month hiatus undefeated Featherweight powerhouse Michael "Lil Warrior" Franco will finally lace up his gloves to face off against Adolfo "El Terror" Landeros (20-15-1,9KO) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, California on Friday October 22nd, 2010 . This event will be televised live on the popular Spanish language network Telefutura. continue
By James Slater: David Haye didn’t watch the Vitali Klitschko-Shannon Briggs fight on Saturday night, preferring to go to the UFC event that was held in London. Haye explained why he wasn’t fussed about watching the clash in Hamburg on his Twitter page. Never short of a quick quote, Haye said that “if I wanted to watch a doctor operate on an asthma sufferer, I’d go to my local A and E!” continue
By James Slater: According to The Montreal Gazette, HBO are very much interested in televising another doubleheader from Canada featuring Lucian Bute and Adrian Diaconu. The two Canadian heroes won with something to spare this past Friday in Montreal - with IBF 168-pouhnd king Bute stopping a game Jesse Brinkley in the 9th round, and former WBC light-heavy champ Diaconu winning a lopsided decision over the always-tough Omar Sheika. continue
By Michael R Cumberbatch: I had the opportunity to speak with Kathy recently. She shared her thoughts about her upcoming card on November 6th at the Prudential Center, HBO, Zab Judah, the 140Lb division, Adamek, Haye, Klitschko, and so much more. continue
ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner followed the world heayvweight championship between Vitali Klitschko and Shannon Briggs this Saturday in Miami where he is currently preparing a big show with Don King for December 17th at the American Airlines Arena. continue
Two-time Heavyweight World Champion and recent title challenger Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs wants to assure fans he will be just fine after his courageous performance against Vitali Klitschko on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany. continue
Irish boxing's Young Gun's are set to fire in Ireland's West this November when the Hunky Dorys Fight Night comes to the Breaffy House Resort in Castlebar on November 20th. Headlining the event which will be live on RTÉ will be Cavan star, Andy Murray who is tied with European Light Welterweight Champion Paul McCloskey for the longest unbeaten run in Irish boxing. Murray will put his perfect 22 fight record on the line as he takes a step up in class to take on current World number 14 and WBO Latino Champ, Claudinei “Volcano” Lacerda. The 30-year-old Brazilian knockout artist is putting a possible World title shot on hold and his World ranking on the line in a bid to snap Murray's 5 and a half year winning streak. continue
After a successful seven year, eighty fight career as an amateur boxer, ‘Pretty’ Ricky Boylan is set for his professional debut on the undercard of George ‘The Saint’ Groves’ Commonwealth title defense at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 30th October, against the tough Middlesbrough banger Phil Boyle. continue
Warriors Boxing is proud to announce "THE HOMECOMING", a night of professional boxing featuring undefeated super lightweight prospect Danny O'Connor on Friday, November 19, 2010, at Nevins Hall in his hometown of Framingham, Massachusetts. continue
Back by popular demand, legendary boxing Icon, Emanuel Steward is returning to Texas to conduct a second boxing clinic on October 23, 2010 at the Maple Ave. Boxing Gym, 4020 Maple Ave. Dallas, TX
It's official, Texas has passed their new hand wrapping rules. His appearance is especially timely, as Texas has passed new hand-wrapping rules for all fights in the state. Steward will cover this important topic in great detail as part of the clinic.
In The Sport of Boxing there is no standardized requirements or certifications for one to become a boxing trainer, manger, or cut man. “The liability factor is great when it comes to the safety of the fighter, this is a serious safety problem in boxing, these clinics are designed to address these issues. This boxing clinic will provide knowledge and insight into what I have learned in the Sport of Boxing.” Says Steward continue
Chaz L. (Brooklyn, NYC): I read your article last Friday about Shannon Briggs and Vitali Klitschko and I has to say, it was a very painful defeat to watch unfold. I'd like to know a few things. First, your thoughts on the stoppage that never came? What do you think this fight really proved for Vitali Klitschko? And what do you think it said about the state of the division itself?
Vivek W. (ESB): First and foremost, I want to wish Shannon Briggs a healthy recovery. I had the opportunity to watch the fight unfold and like many others, I found myself wondering why the stoppage never came? I guess it's very easy to sit here and say the referee should have done this, or the team should have done that, but I think two underlying elements involved directly trumped both options. Briggs is a man of tremendous pride and his interest in showing that pride to the world is what propelled him to stop his team from ending the fight, leading them to believe he could continue, and his sentiments were further supported by his actions in the ring, where he continued to chat it up with Vitali after every single shot of the deadly assault landed flush. In hindsight, the ref would have probably taken his liberty to end the fight if he could do it all over again, but in the back of his mind there was probably the reality that this was all taking place in front of a full house - (nearly 17K plus) - who all came for their monies worth, and as long as a man is cognizant enough to respond verbally and at times pugilistically, the heightened moment before a euphoric crowd can easily swallow the reality - which was that this man had endured more than he needed. continue
Fresh from his success, at the Delhi Commonwealth Games, Gold Medalist Callum Johnson is set to come face to face with his long time hero, seven time World Champion, Roy Jones Jnr. this coming Saturday.
Callum, who secured Gold on beating Northern Ireland’s Thomas McCarthy by an 8-1 margin in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) final just one week ago, will be a special guest at ‘An Evening With Roy Jones Jnr.’ at the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire on Saturday the 23rd October. continue
By James Slater: Though 39-year-old WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko won in dominant, commanding style over 38-year-old challenger Shannon Briggs last night in Hamburg, Germany, the game - very game - challenger deserves a ton of respect from the boxing world. “The Cannon” also deserves an apology from this writer, (one I now give him) due to the way he hung in there and refused to quit against the punishing fists of Vitali. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Russian heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin improved to 20-0(15) last night in Chekhov, Russia, by way of a good 5th-round KO over Nigeria’s previously unstopped Teke Oruh. A big right hand flattened the 32-year-old “African Prince” and the fight was over at the 2-minutes and 57-second mark of the 5th-round. Povetkin, who weighed-in at a ready 227-pounds, is now looking to fight again soon, so as to gain yet more experience that will land him in good stead when he finally challenges for Wladimir Klitschko’s world titles. continue
By James Slater: Now that the WBC heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and the incredibly brave Shannon Briggs is done, fans are looking ahead to the next heavyweight title fight of the year: WBA champ David Haye against Audley Harrison. And while Briggs showed amazing heart last night in Germany, it seems Harrison will have to match his efforts if he’s to have any chance against Haye. At least this is what “The Hayemaker” is saying. Not that Haye expects “A-Force” to last anywhere close to 12-rounds on Nov.13th. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: On Tuesday, October 19th, lightweight Richard Abril faces Jose Reyes at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Abril (12-2; 6 KO’s) is a slick-boxing former Cuban amateur star with the talent to trouble any of the top lightweights and junior welterweights active today. At 5’11”, Abril enjoys height and reach advantages over most of his opponents, and his slippery, flexible upper-body movement renders him very difficult to hit. Possessing a superb sense of timing and excellent command of the distance between himself and his foes, Abril relies on his left-jab and sneaky, long right hands to score points. Abril is an excellent combination puncher and he is quick on his feet.
Having observed Abril from ringside, it is this writer’s opinion that he could beat many of the fighters currently rated in the WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF top-15 ratings. In fact, it is within the realm of possibility that Abril could someday win a world title belt. Thus far, Abril’s only defeats have been highly controversial split-decisions against prominent fighters.
Now living in Miami, the 28 year-old Abril recently granted an exclusive interview to ESB.
ESB: TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW MANAGEMENT. WHO ARE YOU WITH?continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 95th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former heavyweight world title challenger Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs). In his most recent outing, Grant lost a unanimous decision against Tomasz Adamek back in August. Grant spoke about his future and the possibility of an upcoming fight against Jean Marc Mormeck. He also discussed his fight with Adamek, reflected back on various moments of his career, and gave insight and opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here is some of what he had to say:
His assessment of his performance against Tomasz Adamek:
“I give myself probably a C. I don’t think I basically maximized all of my potential in it at all. Actually, I did too much standing around and wasn’t unleashing a lot of the weapons in my arsenal. “
On how disappointed he was that he could not finish Adamek when he had him hurt:
“Actually a lot of those times that he was really hurt came later in the rounds, basically at the end of the round. He was able to recuperate better where at the end of the round he got that minute rest. What I displayed in the twelfth round—I didn’t realize how badly he was hurt in the seventh round, as well—but what I displayed in the twelfth round, it kind of gave me a blueprint as to how the rest of my fights are going to go. I’m going to basically put it out there instead of sitting back and waiting for an opportunity, when I know I have to make an opportunity. I was definitely disappointed with my performance because I worked hard in training camp and I just didn’t set myself up to do better.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) successfully defended his title and defeated Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) by unanimous decision (120-107, 120-105, 120-107). It was a brutally one-sided encounter where Klitschko probably had his best performance since coming back to defeat Sam Peter and reclaim his championship after nearly four years of inactivity. Shannon Briggs became just the third fighter to go the distance with Klitschko. Despite his tremendous heart and determination, he received a terrible beating and was unable to effectively implement his offense.
Vitali Klitschko landed a good flush right hand just ten seconds into the opening round. This would become a familiar pattern over the course of the fight. Briggs seemed a bit tentative at the onset and was less aggressive than most anticipated. Vitali was controlling the distance and landing the better shots at range while Briggs attempted some body shots. Briggs appeared winded early, and it seemed as if he might lack the energy to see things into the later rounds. continue
By Madra Uladh: Vitali Klitschko inflicted some serious punishment on challenger Shannon Briggs Germany tonight, but failed to stop the solid-chinned American. This was a shutout, and despite there being no Knockdowns, Vitali scored at least a couple of 10-8 rounds on his way to this victory. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich: British Light Middleweight champion Sam Webb, 17(5)-1(1)-0, retained his crown winning his first defence in spectacular fashion by knocking out Martin Concepcion, 17(10)-8(5)-0, at 2:20 of the 11th round. It was a solid display of discipline, technique, and tactics by Webb, who stuck to his game plan all throughout the fight, remaining focused in spite of Concepcion constant pressure, and must have been way ahead on points before closing the show. continue
by Jody Kohn: I had the opportunity to sit down with trainer Jeff Mayweather as he prepares Celestino Caballero for his upcoming bout with Jason Litzau. This will be the first fight at 130 lbs. for Caballero who is coming off a long break after his decisive victory over Daud Yordan. Mayweather will be entering his second fight as Pelenchin's trainer and so far it seems to have paid off for both. This is what the always candid Mayweather had to say. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (October 18, 2010) – Gary Shaw announced today that undefeated Cuban super featherweight prospect LUIS FRANCO has joined the roster of Gary Shaw Productions.
Franco, 28, was a member of the 2004 Cuban Olympic boxing team and has over 400 amateur bouts under his belt, including two victories over WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. He was recognized as one of the best on the 2004 Cuban Olympic squad where Telemundo named him the most outstanding prospect of that team. Franco defected to the U.S. in June 2009 and made his professional debut the following month, knocking out Leroy Pedilla in the first round. continue
By GM Ross: Lucian Bute’s Canadian faithful were heard loud and clear at Montreal’s Bell Centre last night. Their chants of “Bute, Bute, Bute” served as the soundtrack to their hero’s conquest of Jesse Brinkley. Bute certainly looked the part of champion in his tactical dismantling of Brinkley, but that comes as no surprise. Leading up to the fight, educated fight fans knew Brinkley was no match for Bute. For the casual observer, however, the farcical number two ranking bestowed upon Brinkley by the International Boxing Federation (IBF) gave the fight a thin veil of legitimacy. Here at ESB we have Brinkley ranked thirteenth in the world, which is an accurate assessment of Brinkley’s accomplishments. continue
By John G. Thompson: Calling it “Showtime: The New Generation” might be a little inaccurate when the main event features a former three time world champion who turns forty-two next month. Never-the-less, Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver 28-6 (19 KO’s), who has been a growing fixture on Showtime as an announcer, headlined the card inside the ring. Making his debut in the heavyweight division, Tarver faced a natural heavyweight in Nagy Aguilera 16-5 (11 KO’s). In a more apt reflection of the cable network’s title, Shawn “Showtime” Porter 17-0 (13 KO’s) won a minor welterweight belt in stopping the durably persistent Hector Munoz 18-4-1 (11 KO’s). The event was promoted by Gary Shaw at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. continue
MIAMI, Okla. (Oct. 16, 2010) – It may not have been an artistic success, but comebacking former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver accomplished what he set out to do Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®:
The “Magic Man’’ won his debut as a heavyweight. Making his first start in 17 months, Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., clearly outclassed Dominican Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y., winning a unanimous 10-round decision by the score of 98-92 three times. There were no knockdowns. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 15 - An action-packed night of great boxing took place tonight at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on the October 15 edition of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" and its undercard. Ten-Time World Champion and President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya, former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and top lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo were in attendance to watch the fistic action. continue
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 John Wight: Heavyweight boxing attempts to kick into life again this weekend with current WBC champion, Vitali Klitschko, set to enter the ring to face veteran heavyweight and former WBO champion, Shannon Briggs, in Germany. continue
By James Slater: Former light-heavyweight king Antonio Tarver has his heavyweight debut tonight, against the much younger Nagy Aguilera. When the fight was announced a while back, most experts seemed to think the fight was a winnable one for Tarver, if not a certain walk in the park. However, this thinking may well have changed a little now, seeing as how “The Magic Man” looked a little soft, even chubby, at the official weigh-in. continue
By James Slater: There was a suggestion a short time ago, that said Shannon Briggs would come into his WBC heavyweight title fight with champ Vitali Klitschko weighing under 250-pounds. Briggs was reportedly training hard and was lower than he had been in years. However, today in Germany the official weigh-in took place, and Briggs, though muscular, looked the same old fighter he‘s been for the past eight years or so. continue
BOB ARUM: Top Rank has a reputation of developing its fighters from scratch, from its earliest fight onward and we don’t usually co-promote a fighter with anyone. But we’ve know Russell Peltz for many years and Russell is a true boxing promoter, who knows what he’s doing as witnessed by the tremendous job he’s done developing Mike Jones to where Mike is one of the rising prospects in boxing on the cusp of becoming a star in the sport. When we looked at Mike we saw a fine young man who had great ability who believed we could help Russell develop him on the next stage against the elite fighters in the sport. We are so proud and happy to be aligned in this venture with Russell Peltz, who has developed more fighters in the Philadelphia area than the Phillies have pitchers and they have a lot of great pitchers and Russell has developed so many. continue
David Haye doesn’t have the technical ability or the support in his corner to beat Audley Harrison, according to the challenger’s trainer Shadeed Suluki.
The experienced corner man has been putting Harrison through his paces at Big Bear in California ahead of the World Heavyweight title fight with Haye on November 13 in Manchester, and Suluki believes that the combination of Audley’s preparation and positive state of mind will see him emerge victorious. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Yesterday, the great Roy Jones Junior stopped by Newbiggin by the Sea Amateur Boxing Club on the north Northumberland coast to meet fans and partake in an intriguing interview with, ITV Sport presenter, Andy Kerr. continue
By James Slater: 32-year-old Hector Camacho Junior is a boxer well known to fight fans. A pro since 1996, the slick southpaw has met a number of big names. Currently 52-3-1(28), the Puerto Rican has also picked up a number of important wins. However, Camacho Junior has never, in the opinion of some fans and experts, achieved what he could have in boxing. continue
VITALI KLITSCHKO returns to the ring on Saturday to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title. The giant Ukrainian is the massive 1-12 odds-on favourite on Betfair to defeat Shannon Briggs when the pair meet at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg.
Entering the ring with odds of 12-1, challenger Briggs is not expected to pose much threat to the reigning 200lb+ champ. The draw is available at 74-1. continue
OK.....it's no secret that the heavyweight division has totally lost its punch. Not since "Iron" Mike (Tyson) pissed off the po-po and lost his mojo have we seen anything even remotely intriguing that would compare to era's of the past that once had the entire sport set ablaze. In a current era of the sport where the best fights possible all fail to materialize for one reason or the other, (Haye/Klitschko, Mayweather/Pacqiuao, Ward/Dirrell), this weekend, the heavyweight division will attempt, yet again, to reignite when two of its elder-statesmen collide in a showdown set to take place across the pond in the O2 World Arena, in Hamburg, Germany. continue
Norwegian World Boxing Association, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (14-0, 2 KOs) will defend her impressive title collection against Sweden´s Mikaela Lauren (6-0, 1 KO) on October 30. The duo will battle out a Scandinavian derby in Rostock, Germany on the undercard of IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester´s title defence against Mahir Oral. Lauren, a former famous Swedish swimmer, has conquered the rankings in a heartbeat and is currently listed as BoxRec´s number two, second only to Braekhus. “This is going to be a tough fight,” Braekhus said. “Mikaela Lauren has been very successful in her short boxing career. She might not have the best boxing technique, but she certainly has a superb condition and a lot of power. I am prepared for a hard challenge and I will defend my titles.” continue
North Bergen, NJ (October 15, 2010) - Professional boxer Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea currently holds the NABF featherweight belt, but now she has a new title: President of Global Boxing Gym.
The native of The Bronx, New York will oversee operations at the state-of-the-art training facility in the heart of North Bergen, New Jersey. Aside from Shea, other top contenders and rising prospects training at Global include Pawel Wolak, Patrick Majewski, Mikey Perez, Richard Pierson, and Ossie Duran. Global Boxing Gym has also served as the site for many boxing event press conferences. continue
The stakes have just been raised for the main event of the Donofrio Boxing, in association with Jackie Kallen, professional boxing event being called the "WAR OF 1812 - THE REMATCH" at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday, October 30.
Not only will Detroit's Lanardo "Pain Server" Tyner (24-3-1, 15 KOs) and Windsor, Ontario, Canada's Andre "Gorgeous" Gorges (9-1, 6 KOs) represent their countries in the ring to "break the tie" and finally determine the winner of the war of 1812, but now they will also battle for the NABA-US Welterweight Championship. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 95th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with featherweight prospect Randy Caballero (4-0, 4 KOs). He is scheduled to face Manuel Ortega (1-3, ) on October 15 at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Caballero has had a story book start to his professional boxing career, scoring four first round knockouts in four professional fights. Once regarded as an elite amateur, Caballero recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions. Caballero spoke about his upcoming fight (which will be televised on Telefutora) and his career aspirations. Here is some of what he had to say:
On training and preparations for his October 15 fight against Manuel Ortega:
“It’s been real good. You know it’s the last week. It’s just real calm training, not that hard training. Just hit the bag, and loosen up, and keep my blood rushing and everything. Getting ready for this fight was a great camp. I had so much fun. We trained hard. I did everything I had to do. I got all my stuff done and I’m ready for this fight.” continue
Kathy Duva: "Every time Tomasz Adamek steps into the ring at Prudential Center we have an amazing time. It's a giant party. It starts a few hours before the fight and continues until the last punch is thrown, literally!" She added, "The other night I was at the Jets game and everyone was crowded in close quarters waiting for the rain to stop, having a great time and I said, 'My God this looks just like an Adamek fight, except here everyone's in green and white.' Everyone who comes to see an Adamek fight is going to have the time of their life."
"This fight will also be televised on Pay Per View like the last Adamek fight. For our friends in Poland, this fight will be televised on Polsat." continue
MIAMI, Okla. (Oct. 14, 2010) – Four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., will make his debut at heavyweight when he faces Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y. by way of the Dominican Republic, in the 10-round main event tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 15, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
A benefit boxing card featuring a match up between two highly regarded Cleveland cruiserweights, Aaron Williams and Mike Alexander, will be held Friday, Nov. 5, in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
The card, dubbed “Fight for Education” and for the benefit of Cleveland-area high school students, is being held in association with the national non-profit group “Put Down the Guns, Pick Up the Gloves.” continue
Fargo, ND- light middleweight contender, Ishe Smith, will have an opportunity to stay active and put himself in position for a major bout in the 154 lb. division when he returns to the ring on November 5, at Scheels Arena in Fargo, ND. Smith will participate in the non-televised portion of Showtime Boxing’s first appearance in North Dakota, presented by Lou Dibella Entertainment. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 14, 2010)—Showtime Networks Inc. is proud to announce that the World Light Heavyweight Championship fight between future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and young upstart WBC World Champion Jean Pascal will be televised live on SHOWTIME. continue
By B.L. Morgan: As I was checking the listings for upcoming Fathom Events showing at our local theater and realized no Boxing is listed for at least the next few months and figured I will probably spring for 2, $15.00 tickets to see Lesner vs. Vasquez for the UFC World Heavyweight Championship it suddenly dawned on me that my favorite combat sport, The Sport of Boxing is in some serious trouble and that most of the problems are self-made. continue
HELSINKI (14.10.2010) – King Arthur Abraham´s first face-to-face meeting with Carl “The Cobra” Froch on neutral territory was certainly one to remember as they wasted no time to exchange pleasantries during today´s kick-off press conference in Helsinki, Finland. In Group Stage 3 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, the two superstars will lock horns at the famous Hartwall Areena on November 27, with the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title on the line. Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) said he found it odd that Abraham calls himself “The King” and also dresses like one. continue
By James Slater: Randall Bailey, known as “The Knock Out King,” returns to action in an important fight in December. The lethal-hitter, now aged 36, will face fellow crowd-pleaser Said Ouali on December 10th in Belgium, in what will be an IBF welterweight title elimination bout. continue
By James Slater: Promoter Frank Warren’s latest big show is taking shape. Set to go ahead at The Echo Arena in Liverpool on December 11th, the card - which will celebrate the promoter’s 30th year in boxing - will feature stars/stars of the future: James DeGale (Vs. British champ Paul Smith, the only match-up as of yet confirmed), Nathan Cleverly, Matthew Macklin, Kell Brook, Fankie Gavin and Tony Bellew. continue
By James Slater: Back in August of last year, Sheffield hard man and former IBF light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods lost an entertaining, reasonably close decision to a rampaging Tavoris Cloud in Florida. Declaring beforehand he would retire if he lost the fight, the then 37-year-old Woods kept his word and hung up the gloves. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 95th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, who recently led Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) to an impressive third round knockout victory against Patrick Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs). Mayweather is best known for training his nephew Floyd Mayweather Junior (41-0, 25 KOs) who is widely viewed as the best pound for pound fighter in boxing. Mayweather spoke about his nephew and the prospects of Floyd having a fight against Manny Pacquiao. He also provided insight and opinions on his own professional boxing career and various aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is the complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: We have something else for you, and that actually will be our third guest. That’s who we have right now. He is the uncle and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Junior. He is the one and only Roger Mayweather. How’s everything going today, Roger?
ROGER MAYWEATHER: Everything’s fine. How are you?
JENNA: I’m doing fine. We’re happy to have you back on the show. I’d like to start things off, Roger, and congratulate you. You trained Tim Coleman to an impressive win over Lopez. How did you feel about his performance?
MAYWEATHER: Oh, I knew what he was going to do. I trained Tim when he was a little kid. I trained him before when he was a kid. You have to know a fighter. You have to know what the fighter is going to do and what chances the fighter is willing to take. That’s what makes the fighter good. Just because somebody trains him doesn’t mean anything, because it’s how you train him. You have to get the best out of the fighter, and he has to be the one that’s willing to take the risks. All you got to do is show him how to take it, and that’s it. continue
On Friday October 22nd, lightweight prospect Jorge "The Truth" Teron (23-2-1, 15KO's) returns to the ring, when he takes on James Hope in the feature bout of the evening on Star Boxing and The Empire's rescheduled "Capitale Punishment II" card at the Capitale NY. The bout is scheduled for eight rounds in the lightweight division. continue
PROVIDENCE (Oct. 14, 2010) – IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. returns to his roots November 12, headlining “Homecoming King” in a 10-round, non-title fight at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue
After traveling north to the famed Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, CA, for his two past training camps, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito "No Mercy Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) decided to stay put and set up camp in his adoptive hometown of San Diego, CA. Gesta will be trading leather against his toughest test to date on his way to a title Ivan "Relampago" Valle (28-9-3, 24KOs) of Los Mochis, Mex, in the eight round main event of Spanish language Telefutura's "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on Friday, October 22nd. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 13 - Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce that Hall of Fame publicist Bill Caplan, who has over 40 years of experience in boxing and sports publicity, has joined Golden Boy Promotions as a Public Relations Consultant. Caplan has worked with virtually every major fighter over the years and is known for his long-standing relationships and work with George Foreman and Oscar de la Hoya. continue
Former two time World Champion Byron Mitchell has promised to end the hype surrounding unbeaten Cork based Cuban Luis "El León" Garcia when they meet at The University Arena in Limerick on November 6th on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night: Big Bang Theory. The scheduled 10 round bout will be part of the undercard to Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez's European title defence against Limerick's own Willie “Big Bang” Casey. continue
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico in a bout schedule for 12 rounds with Vazquez WBO Jr. Featherweight Title at stake. continue
Paterson, NJ (October 14, 2010) - Two highly-regarded junior welterweight prospects will put their reputations on the line when Jeremy Bryan (14-1, 7 KO) of Paterson, NJ faces off with Bethlehem, PA's Ronald Cruz (9-0, 6 KO) in an eight round clash on October 30 at Bally’s Atlantic City. continue
Lausanne, Switzerland, October 14th 2010: Four Olympians to Represent Memphis in the Upcoming WSB Season.
The city of Memphis has been selected as one of three U.S. cities to host a franchise for the World Series of Boxing (WSB), a revolutionary new boxing concept created by the International Boxing Association (AIBA). Memphis is one of 12 international cities to be named a WSB Franchise host and joins Miami, Los Angeles, and Mexico City in the Americas conference. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 95th Wednesday edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Roger Mayweather, Michael Grant, and Randy Caballero) 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).
By GM Ross: New Brunswick fight fans will be treated to plenty of local boxing as we enter the second half of October. First of all, on October 16, heavyweights Emile Arsenault (2-0-0) of Shediac, NB, and Julien Colette (4-1-0) of Bouctouche, NB, come together for New Generation Productions’ vacant Maritime heavyweight championship at Louis-J-Roubichaud high school in Shediac, New Brunswick. Despite being a ‘title’ fight, the contest is only scheduled for six rounds. New Generation’s cruiserweight Maritime title will also be on the line, as defending champion Guy Desforges (3-2-0) of Dalhousie, NB, takes on undefeated challenger Chris Norrad (5-0-0) of Boisetown, NB, in another six round affair. If a “Maritime” title is to be taken seriously, these contests need to feature fighters capable of going the ten round route. These six rounders are a sorry substitution for the once prestigious Maritime championships. But I digress. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich: If you are a UK boxing fan, you probably heard the name before and you will hear it more and more often the closer we get to the 2012 London Olympics. For those who don’t know her, Savannah Marshall is one of the best female amateur boxers in Britain. She is 19 years old, lives in Hartlepool, won all her 10 junior fights, became European Middleweight champion only in her 5th fight as a senior, won a world silver medal, and is one of the hottest prospects for the next Olympic Games. They call her the Silent Assassin for her reluctance to give interviews. We had the privilege to get a chance to get to know more about her and share it with our readers.
EASTSIDEBOXING: The obvious question: how did you get into boxing?
SAVANNAH MARSHALL: One of my friends used to box. Whenever she won a fight, she would come around my place with the trophy. I guess I got a bit jealous and started boxing myself.
ESB: How do your parents feel about it?
SM: They love it. My dad came EVERYWHERE to support me.
ESB: Does the training interfere with your social life? Do you feel alienated from other teenagers?
SM: Not really. My social life revolves pretty much around what I do. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature this segment with a new published letter directly from hardcore fight fans just like you, and a response directly from Boxing Scribe Vivek Wallace! For those who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, there's only one way to change it........SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to email@example.com, and remember, keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back.....the floor (and mic) is yours! Today's letter comes to us from Alejandro S. (San Francisco, CA): continue
By James Slater: Almost as soon as Detroit’s Andre Dirrell withdrew from the ongoing “Super Six” tournament, fans everywhere wondered who it would be that would be brought in as his replacement (there has been the need for three “Super Six” replacements as of now if you’re keeping score). continue
By James Slater: It’s official: unbeaten Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis will face tough veteran Ray Austin on December 17th in Miami, with the winner set to face WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko some time next year.
Solis promoter Ahmet Oner announced the fight today, reports Fightnews.com, and the WBC final eliminator is, in his opinion, a fight the Miami-based Cuban will win in commanding style. continue
By Paul Strauss: It wouldn't have mattered where you were from, or even if you had lost your way and accidently ended upstairs in the banquet room at JAX Restaurant in NE Minneapolis on Oct 16th, 2010. In fact, even if you weren't a boxing fan, you would have been grateful for your mistake, and you would have started to feel a bit of involuntary tingle in your body. It was that kind of night. The packed room was full of (I hate to say it) Minnesota nice, because the newly formed MNBHOF Board of Directors, along with a host of others, put their heart and soul into making the night a memorable one. continue
By Brendan Galbraith: Tucked away in an upstairs room in the iconic Ulster Hall Belfast, there was a larger than usual turn out for today’s press conference to announce the latest Barry McGuigan promotion that will be shown live on Setanta Ireland. No doubt, an extra row of seats were filled due to the strong pull of the McGuigan brand – courtesy of the many epic fistic displays of the Clones Cyclone during the golden era for Irish boxing in Belfast in the 1980s. continue
By James Slater: Brooklyn’s “Poison” Junior Jones, the ultra-exciting bantamweight/super-bantamweight world champion of the mid and late 1990s, gave fight fans some truly unforgettable fights in his day. Best known for his two great wins over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, Jones also picked up wins over Jorge Julio, Orlando Canizales, Tom Johnson and Tracy Harris Patterson. continue
FRANK MALONEY has issued a challenge for any British heavyweight to step into the ring and face David Price.
The Olympic bronze medallist will show off his talents when he boxes on the undercard to Sam Webb’s (16-1) British light-middleweight title defence against Martin Concepcion (17-7) at The Troxy, London E1 on Saturday (16th Oct). continue
CHICAGO, IL (October 13, 2010) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced details of a massive Chicagoland boxing event, WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13, set for Friday, November 19th at the UIC Pavilion. continue
Two Gold and Four Silver for GB Boxing at the Commonwealth Games
A superb performance by Tom Stalker and a stunning first-round stoppage by Simon Vallily were the highlights in a final day of boxing at the Commonwealth Games, which saw members of the GB Boxing squad come away with two gold and four silver medals. continue
Former Undisputed Welterweight and Junior Welterweight Champion Zab Judah has taken his training to a new level in preparation for his Nov. 6th match-up with Argentine Knock Out artist Lucas Matthysse at Newark's Prudential Center. continue
Santa Ana Star Casino - Wednesday, October 13, 2010 -
Golden Girl Promotions is proud to announce that they will be promoting We Fight for the Cure, October 16, 2010 at the Bosque Event Center in the Santa Ana Star Casino, hands down the best venue for boxing in New Mexico. continue
hree promoters join to bring the best shows. Dominguez Boxing Promotions, Promociones Internacionales, in association with Sampson Boxing LLC, proudly present a 12 round main event, in the Super Featherweight division. Antonio "Barrios" Meza (24-8, 16 K.O.’s) versus Cesar "Saba" Vazquez (20-0, 13 K.O.’s) on Friday, October 29 2010. continue
By James Slater: Stubborn old warhorse Evander Holyfield refuses to call it quits and retire, and the 48-year-old (on Oct. 19th) is set to fight again on November 12th, when he will meet durable journeyman Sherman Williams at The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Incredibly, this fight will take place eighteen years and a day on from “The Real Deal’s” first epic war with arch-rival Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe. continue
By James Slater: Top British promoter Frank Warren today announced how his fighter Derek Chisora, unbeaten in 14 pro bouts, has signed to face world heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on December 11th. For days now, we have heard talk that “Del Boy,” the reigning British and Commonwealth heavyweight champ, might face “Dr. Steel Hammer,” and now it’s 100-percent official; the 26-year-old will take the massive gamble in less than two month’s time! continue
By James Slater: More news has surfaced regarding the in-the-works four man IBF heavyweight tournament that will see the winner go on to challenge heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko. Initially, the IBF had hoped to feature the unbeaten Denis Boytsov in the tourney, along with Alexander Dimitrenko, Johnathon Banks and Jean Marc Mormeck. However, as has been reported on Fightnews.com, 24-year-old Boytsov declined the invitation to take part, and has now been replaced by “Fast” Eddie Chambers. continue
By Steven Finlay - British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Dereck Chisora has accepted Wladimir Klitschko’s surprise offer to fight for the world title. The contest, being held in Mannheim, Germany, will be for Wlad’s WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine belts and will take place on the 11th of December this year.
Not content with trying to wrest the Heavyweight crown from one Kitschko, “Del Boy” looks poised to tackle older brother Vitali for the WBC strap as well. For stipulations in the deal, which sounds very similar to the one WBA titlist David Haye rejected as a “ slave contract”, mean that should Chisora successfully dethrone Wlad then his very next fight shall be against Vitali, and if he wins that then he faces a third bout with the one of the two brothers. continue
The open scoring debate is one with two very powerful arguments. On the one hand, scores being known might lead to the practice of “coasting”. This entails sitting on a lead that one has accumulated. On the other hand, the participants and crowd knows the score in every other sport, so why not boxing? No one complains about the coasting that takes place then. continue
Dereck Chisora has done what David Haye didn't do - sign to fight not one, but BOTH Klitschko brothers.
The unbeaten Londoner first takes on World Boxing Organization/International Boxing Federation world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on December 11 in Mannheim, Germany, and if he wins then he could face Vitali, the WBC world champion, next. continue
ATLANTA, GEORGIA (October 12, 2010)—This past Saturday night in Atlanta, Light Heavyweight sensation Sergey Kovalev ran his record to a perfect 10-0 with 9 KO's as he was taken distance for the first time in his career and scored an eight round decision over veteran upset specialist Darnell Boone. continue
October 12th, 2010, Montreal -- On October 15th, International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-middleweight mandatory contender, Jesse Brinkley (35-3, 22 KOs), will face champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KOs) in Montreal, Canada. Brinkley’s rise to a world title shot may have never happened if it were not for the partnership he found with Reno, NV based promotional firm, Let’s Get It On Promotions. continue
The Super Featherweights get their first outing in the Prizefighter series in the next event at York Hall, Bethnal Green on November 20.
WBU Featherweight champion and fans favourite Choi “The Mongolian Warrior” Tseveenpurev heads the initial line-up for the 15th edition of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournaments live on Sky Sports. continue
The Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) has announced five ‘box-offs’ to identify the boxers that will represent England in the forthcoming GB Amateur Boxing Championship, on 12th and 13th November 2010, in Liverpool. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: This article will be like no other you have ever read before. It doesn’t contain any updates on previous, current or future boxing events. Nether does it provide any new and exciting information about any of boxing’s current or past fighters. Simply put, this will be interesting. This read is meant to do a few things for its readers: astonish, inspire, and of course add credit to the sport itself. At first I wasn’t sure whether I should write this piece, as the benefit of you reading it didn’t seep in yet. But now, after some time has passed, I start to see clearly the significance of it. continue
The news that Paul Hyland has been installed as the number 1 challenger for the European Super Bantamweight title has added extra spice to the Hunky Dorys Fight Night: Big Bang Theory at the University Arena, Limerick on Saturday, November 6th. Hyland features on the undercard to Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez's European title defence against Limerick's own Willie “Big Bang” Casey with the Dubliner secure in the knowledge that he is guaranteed first crack at the winner of the Martinez – Casey clash. continue
Curtis Valentine has pulled out of the planned rematch with sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng on Saturday’s ‘True British Fighters’, double title event, headlined by Sam Webb vs Martin Concepcion British Light Middleweight title fight, at The Troxy, London E1. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: – The future stars of the heavyweight division are not always the highly touted prospects with undefeated records and stellar amateur backgrounds. Sometimes, dominant heavyweights emerge from the clubfighting ranks of the division: boxers ranked 20th to 40th worldwide, who have lost a few bouts but are dangerous nonetheless. Older fans will remember the example of 1980s heavyweight champion Mike Weaver. In 1978, Weaver had a mediocre 14-7 record and was not ranked in the worldwide top-ten. Two years later, however, Weaver was the WBA world champion and, for a few years, regarded as the world’s second-best heavyweight outside of Larry Holmes. No doubt, there are several “sleepers” in today’s heavyweight division. Nicaragua’s Evans Quinn may be one such fighter.
The 27-year-old Quinn recently won recognition by putting up excellent losing efforts against Kali Meehan and Sergei Lyakhovich. Based on his performance in these fights, Quinn may have the talent, size, speed, and firepower necessary to advance himself in the ratings. He took both bouts on short notice (just a couple of weeks at most), and was not able to fight at his best due to lack of preparation. With more training before important fights, Quinn may be capable of upsetting some of the current world-rated contenders. continue
By John G. Thompson: Gary Shaw Promotions is putting on a full card on Friday, October 15th at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, some of which will be televised live on ShowBox: The New Generation. In the main event former light heavyweight champion Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver 27-6 (19 KO’s) makes his ring return after almost a year and half, this time in the heavyweight division against Nagy Aguilera 16-4 (11 KO’s). Also, Shawn “Showtime” Porter 16-0 (12 KO’s) makes his first attempt at a welterweight title as he takes on Hector Munoz 18-3-1 (11 KO’s). continue
By James Slater: There are three more heavyweight title fights scheduled for this year: with Vitali Klitschko-Shannon Briggs taking place this Saturday, and Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO king Wladimir Klitschko facing a TBA (possibly Derek Chisora) on Dec. 11th - and sandwiched in between these two fights is the upcoming Nov.13th clash between WBA boss David Haye and Audley Harrison. continue
A CBZ Exclusive by Mike Casey: Here’s a mischievous old story about the featherweight championship fight between Terry McGovern and Aurelio Herrera in 1901, and I will give you the flip side of the coin when you reach the other side.
When Herrera entered the ring at the Mechanics Pavilion in San Francisco, somebody of considerable note was conveniently perched nearby.
Legendary referee Joe Humphreys had travelled out to California with McGovern and was sitting in a chair behind Aurelio’s corner nattily attired in boots and a big Stetson. Joe wasted no time in approaching Herrera, all too eager to dispense some kindly, paternal advice. continue
By James Slater: World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko and his October 16th challenger Shannon Briggs met face-to-face at a press conference today in Hamburg, Germany - further hyping the fast-approaching rumble. And both men seemed utterly filled with confidence; especially Briggs! continue
Hamburg/Germany (October 11, 2010) – Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs), and Shannon Briggs (51-5, 45 KOs), participated today in a press conference. WBC Champion Klitschko and former WBO Champion Briggs will face off next Saturday at o2 World Hamburg, Germany. In Germany, the fight will be shown live and exclusively on RTL, in the US espn3.com will broadcast at 5pm EST in HD and rebroadcast the following day at 4.30 EST on ESPN main channel which reaches over 99 million homes in the US. continue
CALIFORNIA, PA (Columbus Day 2010) -- Like Christopher Columbus, BRIAN VERA, an alumnus of the reality series The Contender. is about to make a new discovery, courtesy former World Middleweight Champion KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK. Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, OH., and Vera (17-5, 11 KOs), of Austin, TX, battle in a 10-round super middleweight (164-pound limit) rumble Saturday, November 13, headlining the pay-per-view undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito World Super Welterweight Championship broadcast live from the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. continue
By James Slater: Reports suggest the IBF are to put on another heavyweight elimination series, with the idea being the winner of the four-fight tourney goes on to face Ring magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko some time next year (assuming Wlad hasn’t lost in the meantime; fat chance of that!). continue
Talks have been rumbling for a few weeks now, but now it is a official that on Thursday December 9th, two of the tri-state areas most popular fighters will go toe-to-toe in what promises to be an all-out war, when heavyweight fan favorite, and one of boxing ultimate blood and guts warriors, Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO's) takes on Poland's favorite son, Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27KO's) at the Prudential Center, in Newark, NJ. The bout, promoted by Star Boxing, Main Events and Ziggy Promotions, is scheduled for twelve rounds and will be for Adamek's IBF International Heavyweight and WBO NABO Heavyweight Titles. A press conference to officially announce the fight will be held this Thursday October 14th, 1:00PM, at the Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, NJ. continue
Tickets for the Dec. 9th Tomasz Adamek vs. Vinny Maddalone fight for the IBF International Heavyweight and NABO Heavyweight Titles are now on sale at Prudential Center in Newark.
It will be New Jersey vs. New York when the popular Polish transplant from Jersey City returns to the spectacular Prudential Arena to take on the crowd pleasing knock out puncher. As always, the Adamek contingent is expected to come out in force to cheer on their hero. But this time, Adamek's opponent, who hails from nearby Queens, NY plans to bring along quite a few fans of his own. continue
SAM WEBB walked into the gym when he was 11-years-old to avoid going to school, but there is no skipping training.
Chislehurst’s Webb (16-1) makes the first defence of his British light-middleweight title against Martin Concepcion (17-7) at The Troxy, London E1 on Saturday (16th Oct) having given his all in training.
He recalled: “I played truant from school and went down to Bromley & Downham ABC and I have never looked back. continue
Yassine El Maachi is set to defend his International Masters Light Middleweight title, against the seriously tough France based Haitian Jimmy Colas at the Steve Goodwin promoted “JUDGEMENT DAY” double title event at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London on Saturday the 4th December 2010. continue
CORK, Ireland (October 11, 2010) – Former British amateur standout Mark Heffron, managed by Gary Hyde, is taking the fast lane in boxing having fought his first three professional bouts within a 30-day period in three different European countries. continue
Audley Harrison has signed a sponsorship deal with Full Tilt Poker ahead of his World Heavyweight title fight with David Haye in November.
Harrison will represent the fastest growing online poker site at a number of high profile live tournaments and online, while Full Tilt Poker branding will be prominent on the 38 year-old when he steps into the ring against Haye at the M.E.N Arena on November 13, in one of the biggest all-British fights the country has ever seen. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (October 11, 2010), -- Gary Shaw announced the recent signing of undefeated North America Boxing Organization (NABO) cruiserweight champion and Top-10 contender LATEEF “Power” KAYODE to Gary Shaw Productions. continue
Undefeated WBC USNBC champion Ryan "The Irish Outlaw" Coyne (16-0 6 KOs) put the cruiser weight division on notice following his knockout of Shane Steele (7-3, 5KOs) in his hometown of St. Louis, MO. The knock out came at the :25 mark of the 2nd round. After dropping Steele in the first round, the twenty-eight year old Coyne finished his opponent off after landing three thunderous left hooks to the body. Steele was badly hurt and was unable to lift himself off the canvas to beat the count. The scheduled ten round bout was Coyne's first defense of the title he captured last August over previously undefeated Warren Bowning via 9th round KO. continue
Stars from the British Boxing, including European Middleweight Champion Matthew Macklin, European Lightweight Champion John Murray and IBF Super Bantamweight Title Challenger Jason Booth, will turning out in force for ‘An Evening With Roy Jones Jnr.’ at the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire on Saturday the 23rd October. continue
North Bergen, NJ (October 11, 2010) - On Friday night November 12th, Paterson New Jersey’s “Ghanaian Gladiator” Ossie Duran, 24-8-2, 9 KO’s will take on Matt “The Predator” Vanda, 43-11, 23 KO’s who fights out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. This 10- round junior lightweight bout will set the tone for a card featuring fighters who take great pride in the fact that they do not turn down fights and they come to fight 100% every time out. The “Rumble in the Park” will take place at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. continue
Baltimore, MD (October 11) – Sensational prospect James “Keep em’ Sleepin” Stevenson will make his highly anticipated return Saturday, October 23 when he battles once beaten Phillip McCants in the main event of Baltimore Pro Boxing’s “Who’s The Man II” at the Pikesville Armory. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 11 - The fall boxing season kicks into high gear this Friday, October 15, when boxing's top young talent descends upon Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California for an action-packed card featuring a main event showdown between California standouts Eloy Perez (18-0-2, 5 KO's) and Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KO's) for the NABO Junior Lightweight Championship. continue
Xavier G. (Orlando, FL): I'm noticing more and more that many in the media are starting to pick Margarito over Pacquiao and I find the recent statements by Roach and Ariza to be very weird. I'm a huge lifetime Pacquiao fan and I'm concerned if this has anything to do with the rumors going around about his training issues. Have you heard anything from your inner-circles? continue
October 11th, 2010, Montreal -- On October 15th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, current IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute, will fight mandatory contender Jesse Brinkley. For Brinkley, not only is it his shot to become champion, it’s also chance to make history in his home state. continue
Haroon Khan, brother of world light-welterweight champion Amir Khan, is set to face India’s Suranjoy Mayengbamin the semi- finals of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi as his quest for gold in the flyweight category continues. continue
By James Slater - 35-year-old Michael Sprott of Reading saw what happened to the last fighter to win “Prizefighter, The Heavyweights,” Audley Harrison revived his career and got a shot at the European title. Sprott is also painfully aware of what happened when “A-Force” climbed into the ring, some six months after winning “Prizefighter,” and boxed for the Euro belt - he smashed Sprott to defeat in a sensational 12th and final round. continue
By James Slater - In what was a very slow weekend for the sport of boxing, one big news story emerged: one that tells us the eagerly-awaited light-welterweight showdown between unbeaten talents Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander will go ahead as planned on January 29th.
For a time it looked like the WBC/IBF/WBO 140-pound clash might not happen, but yesterday, Kevin Cunningham, trainer of Alexander, told Fightnews.com that his man has indeed signed to fight the WBO champ, and that the fight will take place at the end of January in either Las Vegas or Miami. Neither fighter will get hometown advantage then. continue
By Ezio Prapotnich - This edition of Prizefighter was relatively uneventful, although not completely free of controversy, and ended up as most fans and experts expected, with Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott facing each other in the final and Sprott coming out victorious. But, it took 6 fights to get there, starting with…
QUARTER FINAL 1: MATT SKELTON VS ALI ADAMS.
Adams started the fight with a declaration of intents, going straight to war with Skelton. He opened up immediately looking for Matt’s head with straight punches, but just as quickly he got nailed with a right hand and an uppercut and spent most of the first two rounds holding for dear life, to the point where his more experienced opponent lowered his arm out of frustration in order to make him fight. Severely reproached by his corner, in the third round Ali finally switched tactics and started doing what he probably should have done from the beginning: using the jab and moving. And he did it with a certain degree of success, as one of the judges pointed out, but it was too little too late. Skelton wins a unanimous decision: 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28. Ali Adams exits the tournament 9(3)-3(1)-1. continue
Lemoore, CA (October 2010) - In the night's main event, Bakersfield's Michael Dallas Jr. improved to 16-0-1 with a second-round knockout of Lenin Arroyo of Miami (20-14-1) in a scheduled eight-round welterweight bout. The fight was halted via the three-knockdown rule at the 1:30 mark. In the co-main event, Shawn Estrada, who calls Hanford and East Los Angeles home, was declared the winner of a scheduled four-round super middleweight fight against Nathan Bedwell of Jackson, Tenn., 28 seconds into the first round. continue
Manager Frank Espinoza finds himself extremely busy as usual. He has Yonnhy Perez and Abner Mares involved in Showtime’s highly regarded Bantamweight tournament scheduled for December 11th. He also manages the careers of undefeated prospects like Carlos Molina, Antonio “Relentless” Orozco, Abraham Lopez, Ronny Rios and Luis Ramos. These hot up and comers require a lot of time and attention.
It’s because of this attention that Espinoza Boxing fighters have amassed an impressive 85 wins with only 5 losses. All since 2007. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Tonight’s heavyweight Prizefighter provided a great night of boxing for fight fans. The eight man tournament consisted of seven three round fights. Michael Sprott came out on top this year after scoring three decision victories. He defeated Matt Skelton in the finals, which reversed two earlier career losses he suffered at the hands of his older foe.
Heavyweight contender Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs) won last year’s edition of the contest which enabled him to revive his career. This enabled him to get into position where he is now challenging WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KOs). Sprott is hoping this victory can provide him with a similar bounce to propel him back into the limelight for another shot at glory.
Here is a brief recap of tonight’s bouts on Prizefighter:
Matt Skelton (23-5, 20 KOs)
vs. Ali Adams (9-2-1, 3 KOs) Round 1, Fight 1
Matt Skelton effectively crowded Ali Adams from the onset while mauling him on the inside. The first two rounds were highlighted by some nice right hands from Skelton. Adams looked confused and was unable to establish his range. In the third round, Adams finally was able to create some distance and started using his jab. His success was short-lived, however, and Skelton was still able to apply pressure, close the distance, and score with right hands. RESULT:Matt Skelton UD: 30-27, 30-27, 29-28continue
Fast-rising welterweight contender Jonathan "Mantequilla" Gonzalez (9-0, 9 KOs) has some very big gloves to fill if he is to live up to his growing reputation.
Gonzalez is regarded by many as no less than the "Next Puerto Rican Superstar" because of his stellar amateur career and the eye-catching power he has displayed at the start of his professional career. Naturally heavy-handed with an aggressive temperament, Gonzalez is crafted from the same mold as his countryman, the great Tito Trinidad. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in London, 35-year-old Michael Sprott won the latest edition of the Barry Hearn-promoted “Prize Fighter” tournament. Capturing the trophy and the Ł32,000 prize money, Sprott may have rejuvenated his pro career. continue
By James Slater - As fight fans probably know, WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan flew out to the Philippines this week, so as to train alongside pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Both men are working hard getting ready for their upcoming fights - Pac-Man’s next outing to be against the naturally bigger Antonio Margarito, Khan’s against the power-punching Marcos Maidana.
And, as has been reported by Inside Sports, Pac-Man is currently in superb shape; much further on in his training than is Khan. This fact was almost comically illustrated Friday, when the two good friends went out to do a spot of high-intensity roadwork. continue
By James Slater - With both fighters currently pushing themselves to the limit in training, and with the date for the fight rapidly approaching, the experts are weighing in with their opinions on Manny Pacquiao Vs. Antonio Margarito; the fight that will decide the vacant WBC light-middleweight title.
And while it appears most people think the faster, harder-hitting Pacquiao will win on Nov. 13th, one man thinks the fight could turn out to be a very demanding and gruelling fight for the pound-for-pound number-one. continue
Paul McCreath - Just a few days ago word leaked out that British heavyweight champion Derek Chisora has been offered a title shot against Wlad Klitschko. While it is not known yet as we write this if Chisora will accept the offer it sure has boxing fans talking. While some of the better informed are suggesting that this would be a gross mismatch the majority of fans especially those not from the UK are asking"Who is this guy? " It seems like a good idea to let people know a bit more about this young fighter.
Chisora recently put his title on the line in a double title match with the Commonwealth champion Sam Sexton who is another Brit whose only loss came against Chisora back in 2008. In their first match both went into the fight undefeated and Sexton was leading on points when he was stopped in the sixth and last rouind. continue
In today’s trying, economic times some people have to make certain sacrifices and concessions in order to make the most of what they’ve got. I included.
A few months ago, I went through a reevaluation of my finances and made the decision to go with cable instead of satellite and was able to package my internet/cable/phone and saved quite a few bucks per month. The dilemma I was faced with was; should I forgo one Premium channel for the other? With Oz, The Wire, The Sopranos all gone, the only reason I kept HBO was for the Boxing. continue
By Jason Peck - Expect Showtime’s beleaguered Super Six tournament to catch too much grief in the next few days. Half the original lineup has backed out, and every doom-and-gloom “boxing is dead” sports writer stands by with the usual clichés: Boxing “failed a golden opportunity” “got it wrong again” “let the fans down” “boxing politics kill the sport” and maybe even my favorite – “black eye for boxing.” How original.
Save it. This isn’t a hockey tournament, with an entire team of men in heavy protective padding. Not an MMA tournament, when the action stops as soon as actual blows are finally landed. Not a golf tournament, where only the ball suffers blunt force trauma. This is boxing, a sport that takes a tremendous physical toll – AND a tournament among six elite athletes. So lay off. And recognize this is the best thing for boxing in years. continue
(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) – The finalists were set in the junior divisions, women’s weight classes and six open men’s weight classes in Friday’s action at the 2010 National PAL Championships in San Antonio. Once again, the junior boxers kicked off the competition at the Municipal Auditorium with 60 bouts of male and female action in the 11 a.m. session. The open division boxers took over the three rings on Friday evening with 40 outstanding bouts in male and female competition. While the majority of the contests on Friday were semifinal bouts, the men’s open lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and middleweight division bouts were contested in the quarterfinal round. The semifinal bouts in those four weight divisions will take place on Saturday. continue
British and Commonwealth Champion Derek ‘Del Boy’ Chisora backs his sparring partner Ali Adams to win Prizefighter - Heavyweights 4, which will take place on tonight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London and shown live on Sky Sports.
Whilst talking with Johnny Nelson, Adam Smith and Martin Rogan on Sky Sports, about his 11th December showdown with IBO, WBO & IBF World Champion Wladimir Klitschko, the conversation drifted to the upcoming Prizefighter - Heavyweights 4 and ‘Del Boy’ piped up “Here’s one for you. Ali Adams to win it, that’s the shock.. continue
OAKLAND, CA - (October 8, 2010) - WBA Super Middleweight Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) issued the following statement upon hearing the news of 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andre Dirrell pulling out of SHOWTIME's Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament because of neurological issues stemming from his last bout against Arthur Abraham.
"It's very unfortunate to hear about Andre Dirrell's situation. It's never a good thing for a fight not to be able to work, especially for a neurological reason. I pray for his health and that he is able to return to the ring as soon as possible," Ward said. continue
By James Slater - Mexican legend Erik Morales, still in pursuit of a fourth world title that would see him make history, is scheduled, according to Fightnews.com, to be back in the ring on December 18th in Tijuana. Fighting again at light-welterweight, against an as yet unannounced opponent, the 34-year-old could be just one win away from an all-Mexican super-fight with world lightweight king Juan Manuel Marquez.
Reportedly, Morales’ next fight, his 57th in a career that has seen him thus far reach stats of 50-6(35), will be shown on Showtime along with the Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins light-heavyweight title clash from Canada that same day. continue
By James Slater - Once again WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has been talking about eventually facing the true elites of the sport; namely Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao. Khan, still only 23, is convinced he will one day climb into the ring with either “Money” or Pac-Man, maybe both. Not only that, but Khan says he is good enough to go in the ring with them now. Khan says he wants to wait until he is at his very best before agreeing to fight either Mayweather or his spar-mate Pac-Man, and he has revealed to The Manchester Evening News how he plans to be moving onto these masters of the sport soon; after two further wins. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - David Haye Vs one of the Klitschko brothers is arguably the second most sought after match in boxing today. General boxing fan’s preference to which Klitschko brother Haye should face (if he ever does) is generally unclear. It makes little sense to keep speculating about Haye fighting ‘the Klitschkos’ when each bout has its own unique brand of appeal. Wladimir Klitschko is generally regarded as the world’s best heavyweight, whilst Vitali held that distinction in 2004. If David Haye wants to lay claim to being the number one heavyweight in the world then a victory over Wladimir Klitschko is the path. What though is David Haye’s most realistic prospect of a legacy enhancing victory? To which brother will he pose more problems with his speed and power? Providing Haye does not ruin his prospects with a shocking defeat to Audley Harrison, he and his team need to carefully consider specifically which Klitschko brother they should pursue. continue
The London and Southern area seismic call centres will have to be on full alert this coming weekend, when Barry Hearn’s exciting Prizefighter series returns to the York Hall in Bethnal Green with Prizefighter -Heavyweights IV on Saturday.
Prizefighter’s unique format, 8 competitors battling it out, in a one night 7 fight tournament, for the Ł32,000 prize, continues to bring boxing fans an adrenaline fueled night of action and drama. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 94th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with middleweight prospect DonYil Livingston (1-0, 1 KO) who is preparing to face Steve Macomber (3-10, 3 KOs) on October 8. Livingston won his professional debut on May 6 when he defeated Lamar Home by second round knockout. As an amateur, Livingston compiled an impressive record of 178-23 where he received many awards and accolades. Here is some of what he had to say on the show:
On how it felt to finally have his professional debut:
“Oh man, the feeling was wonderful. It’s hard to explain. It’s just a feeling of ‘yes’, we finally broke into the pros. It was a great, great feeling.”
On what it was like competing in the professionals after having a long successful amateur career:
“It’s like with anything you strive for, you keep striving, you keep striving, and once you finally finish hitting the hurdles and actually get where you’re trying to get to, you have that ultimate feeling of success. I actually accomplished part of a goal, and that’s the feeling that I had when I debuted on May 6.”
His evaluation of his pro debut which he won by second round knockout against Lamar Home:
“It was a great feeling knowing that we had been working so hard. We were just training to put our punches in bunches and our skills together and it led to a second round knockout. It was a great feeling to know that we’re getting back on track. We’re getting back to where we need to be and continuing to keep our pedal to the medal and keep grinding.” continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Super Six is shattering into pieces as I am writing, and you are reading this line. It’s as if it was never meant to see the finish line. So much hype and hope for a solid and deserving middleweight champion has been invested into this event that its current disappointing notices about fighters not being able to go through, is mind simply blowing. One after the other they slowly drop this utopic dream, leaving the fans without an answer they have all been waiting for. First Jermain Taylor, followed by Mikkell Kessler, and now Andre Dirrell is fleeing the scene.
While I am disappointed, I’m also sure these fighters have a good reason for leaving the mix. We have heard that Dirrell seems to be displaying some neurological symptoms, and decided to follow doctor’s recommendation of leaving the action alone for a while. I can only imagine how much blame Arthur Abraham is in for, since it was Arthur who fought Dirrell last. The ending to their bout was also peculiar and open to accusations, but now it seems almost irrelevant.
So where do we go now? Recently Glen Johnson has been added to replace Mikkell Kessler, and Alan Green is fighting in place of Jermain Taylor. Next step will be finding someone who would step in for the remainder of the fight in place of Andre Dirrell. I am confident that the Super Six will go on with the new replacements, but will the winner represent a true champion? continue
By James Slater - Whilst scanning Boxrec.com (surely one of the most invaluable boxing web sites out there!), I noticed that they have former WBO heavyweight champ Tommy “The Duke” Morrison down as fighting again, on October 29th, in Auburn, Washington against as TBA. Who knows, the fight, which would be the 41-year-old’s first since February of 2008 (a 3rd-round TKO win in Mexico), might or might not actually happen. But in looking back at Tommy’s pro record, it is noticeable how the month of October proved to be a savagely unlucky one for him. continue
By James Slater: First Mikkell Kessler, now Andre Dirrell. Two fighters this year have now pulled out of the ongoing “Super-Six” Boxing Classic due to injury. Kessler, though, withdrew due to a serious eye injury, Dirrell, who announced he was withdrawing from the tournament today, is doing so because of an undisclosed injury.
What this means is, is the on/off/on fight between Dirrell and good friend Andre Ward will not now be happening (some, more cynical fans never thought it would take place, what with all the troubles the fight was having with finding a home and a site. Indeed, did the two buddies ever want to get in a ring and exchange venomous blows?) Fightnews.com reports that Ward, the tournament leader, will still fight on Nov. 27th (which was the latest date set for Ward-Dirrell, although no site had been agreed), against a TBA. A decision will be made as to whether or not this fight will be included as part of the tourney. However, win or lose, the unbeaten Ward will advance to the semi-final due to the points he picked up in previous “Super Six” wins.
Back when the tournament began in October of last year, the “Super Six” adventure was both promising and a breath of fresh air. Fans and experts knew the tournament would almost certainly encounter the odd problem; but did anyone know it would turn out quite like it has? continue
By James Slater - Fans of New York’s former heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs can take heart in the fact that the 38-year-old is taking his training very seriously ahead of his fast approaching challenge of WBC king Vitali Klitschko. Reportedly down to a svelte 242-pounds with over a week to go until fight night, “The Cannon” has clearly been doing his work. Not since way back in 2001 has Briggs weighed this low.
This revelation regarding the October 16th challenger’s weight comes hot on the heels of the statement made by Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who told Sportbox.ru that he believes Briggs will give “Dr Iron Fist” the most difficult fight in his long career. continue
Frank Warren has postponed his Liverpool Echo Arena promotion on Saturday 23rd October until December 11th in order to put together a huge blockbuster show.
Warren, who is celebrating three decades as a promoter, will shortly announce details of the event that will feature the big names of British boxing - similar to his recent successful 'Magnificent Seven' multi-title show in Birmingham. continue
FAIRFAX, VA (October 6, 2010) – Looking to capture his 40th career win in front of his hometown fans, former three-time, middleweight world champion William Joppy (39-6-1, 30 KOs) of Washington, DC will step back into the ring at the Patriot Center on Saturday, Nov. 6 to face Baltimore bruiser Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (17-4, 13 KOs). The 10-round bout will serve as the co-main event on the Jimmy Lange Boxing card promoted by Ice Promotions and presented by Valcourt Building Services. continue
World champion in waiting Nathan Cleverly says he wants a big fight in south Wales after watching the Ryder Cup. The European light-heavyweight king was glued to golf's greatest event as Europe recorded a nail-biting win at Celtic Manor in Newport, just a few miles from Clev's Cefn Fforest home. Part of their success was down to a passionate home crowd, and Cleverly believes the same kind of support can propel him to being the best in the world. continue
The man who ended Mike Tyson’s career says he’s not finished yet- Kevin McBride says there is plenty of life left in his career – starting with victory in the Prizefighter Heavyweights IV at York Hall on Saturday October 9.
The Irishman, who lives in Boston in the United States, made his comeback against Zack Page in New York in July, fighting for the first time since October 2007. The 37 year-old lost the fight to Page by unanimous decision but said he believes he still has what it takes to win the sold out show live on Sky Sports. continue
by Jeff Meyers - October 6, 2010 - It appears the never-ending train of boasts or unabashed whoredom by delusional or greedy fighters that they will knock out Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (40-2-0, 38 KOs) or Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko (55-3-0, 49 KOs) won’t be derailed until the brothers retire.
The latest passenger opting to ride on this crazy train is former light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (27-6-0, 19 KOs), who participated Wednesday in a national media conference call to discuss his upcoming fight (to be aired on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on October 15 from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma) against heavyweight prospect Nagy Aguilera (16-4-0, 11 KOs).
According to Tarver, “if [he] can put a dent in these big boys […], you’re talking to the next heavyweight champion.” When asked why he thinks he can beat the Klitschko, the Magic Man responded: “I don’t know. I just have it. I have something that I just can’t describe. […] I see myself knocking out one of these giants.. continue
By James Slater Some fans, upon reading the question posed in the title of this article will very possibly scream, “Of Course!” And it’s true, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson and Kostya Tszyu, who are all on this year’s nomination list for The Hall Of Fame, were great fighters. The experts and writers now have to decide who to vote for with regards to the latest inclusions at Canastota (there are, reports Dan Rafael, 45 boxing legends on this year’s ballot list, including Naseem Hamed, Don Curry and Sven Ottke - neither of whom I would personally vote in, but that’s another story).
And it’s very likely the three big names listed above will get in. continue
By James Slater - British-born former WBO cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi all but vanished after his very close points loss to current WBO king Marco Huck of Germany. That fight, in December of last year, marked the 30-year-old Afolabi’s first ring appearance since his sensational “breakthrough” win over Enzo Maccarinelli that March.
Showing his class and skill in both big fights, the clever boxer/puncher known as Kryptonite left the fans wanting more. Thankfully, it has just been announced how the 14-2-3(6) former champ will return to action on the under-card of the Oct. 16th Vitali Klitschko-Shannon Briggs bill in Germany. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature this segment with a new published letter directly from hardcore fight fans just like you, and a response directly from Boxing Scribe Vivek Wallace! For those 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and remember, keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't hold back.....the floor (and mic) is yours! Today's letter comes to us from Michael W. (Charlotte, NC):
Every time we look at the P4P rankings we see the same names with guys like Mayweather, Pacquiao, Marquez, and who ever else. I read an article of yours a while back where you gave your definition of the term P4P and explained how it compares to what we see out there now days which is (what you called) more of a popularity contest. In your article you touched on a few of the guys who should be part of the list despite limited popularity, style-marketability, etc., and you pointed at one of my all-time favorites, Bernard Hopkins. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 94th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs) who is preparing to challenge WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KOs) on November 13. Harrison spoke about his upcoming fight and also provided insight and opinions on his career and other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On training and preparations for his November 13 title shot against David Haye:
“Training is going excellent. I’m in Big Bear, California in the mountains. Yeah, training is going very well. November the 13th I know 100% I’m going to be shocking the boxing world, and it will be no shock to me. When I went to the Olympics in 2000, I told everyone I was going to win the Gold Medal. Everyone said, ‘Yeah right, it hasn’t been done in 32 years’. They thought I was crazy. History is going to repeat itself on November the 13th when I knockout David Haye.”
On his decision to start training over in the United States:
“Well if anybody knows my story, I left England in 2004. I’ve been based in America since 2004 and actually from the Olympic when I signed up with Thel Torrence, I used to have my training camps in America for six weeks and then come back over. So I’ve been fulltime in America since 2004, in Vegas first and now I’m in California. So this is where I live and this is where I train. Actually I live in a nice part of California, in West Lake Village. But for this fight and for most of my fights I go away for camp. Pay the price and live the life of a fighter.” continue
By James Slater - Currently living in a halfway house and getting back into the swing of full training, unbeaten light-middleweight James Kirkland will reportedly be back in action on December 11th, on the under-card of the Amir Khan-Marcos Maidana clash in Las Vegas.
ESPN.com’s schedule has Kirkland, 25-0(22) down as facing a TBA up at middleweight in a scheduled eight round fight. Clearly then, after having been out of action and in prison for such a lengthy amount of time, the 26-year-old Texan will need some time to get himself back down to 154-pounds - or perhaps Kirkland’s future lies at middleweight. continue
Andre Berto: "Freddy Hernandez is a strong fighter and this fight on November 27th will be a good test for me to close the year. I plan on putting on a good show and hope that my performance on November 27 will set up a big 2011 for me and the mega-fights that I've been wanting and that everyone wants to see me in."
Celestino Caballero: “This is a great opportunity for me. Nobody at featherweight wants to fight me, so I will face a great boxer like Litzau at super featherweight. I hope to give an excellent performance and to win.. continue
King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch will not only be fighting for a spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semi-Finals when they clash in Helsinki on November 27. Following an appeal from Team Sauerland, the WBC ruled that the vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will also be at stake. “That is fantastic news,” King Arthur said. “It is like a dream coming true for me. Ever since I vacated my IBF Middleweight Title to battle it out with the world´s best fighters at Super-Middleweight, it has been my goal to become champion again. The moment has finally arrived. I am very excited and I cannot wait to get into the ring with Froch.. continue
On Saturday 23rd October 2010, at the Cedric Ford Pavilion, Newark Showground, Newark, Nottinghamshire Carl Greaves proudly presents British Boxing fans the opportunity to meet the legendary four weight World Champion ROY JONES JNR right here in the United Kingdom .
Carl has put together an exceptional evening that, in addition to meeting Roy Jones Jnr., those lucky enough to attend will be treated to a four course meal, a photo opportunity with living legend Roy Jones Jnr. and auction of Sporting memorabilia, a raffle with a top prize of Ł500 as well as a comedian . continue
Former undisputed Light Heavyweight Champion Antonio Tarver and heavyweight Nagy Aguilera participated in a national media conference call to discuss their upcoming heavyweight bout on Friday, Oct. 15, at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., on ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Tarver, a former undisputed light heavyweight champion and the first man to knock out future Hall of Famer Roy Jones, Jr., will be fighting for the first time as a heavyweight after a hugely successful campaign at 175 pounds. Tarver, of Tampa, Fla., took more than a year off from fighting after his last bout in 2009 and has been serving as an expert commentator for SHOWTIME. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (October 5, 2010) – World amateur sensation JESSE MAGDALENO signed a long-term exclusive promotional contract with Top Rank today. Magdaleno, who campaigned at 119 pounds through most of his career, leaves the amateur ranks with a 120-16 record and six major national titles, including the National Golden Gloves and the U.S. Nationals. continue
ANAHEIM, CALIF. (October 4, 2010) – The Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR, and The Contender alumnus ALFONSO GOMEZ will collide Saturday, December 4, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., in a fight of seismic proportions. “In Harm’s Way,” the pay-per-view extravaganza, will be headlined by these Top-Five contenders, risking their imminent world title shots, as they battle for Chávez’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver middleweight championship in a 12-round rumble. continue
By James Slater - There is talk of light-heavyweights Tavoris Cloud and Chad Dawson meeting up in around February or March of next year (Dan Rafael reports that promoter Gary Shaw has begun talks with Don King). This news has spread fast, and no wonder: what a fascinating fight this would be.
Cloud, unbeaten and the holder of the IBF belt, is slowly becoming known as one of the better all-action fighters in the game today (slowly, because Cloud, for one reason or another, has fought just three times in the last two-and-a-bit years). continue
Following recent speculation in the press regarding a possible clash between Irish Middleweight rivals Andy Lee and John Duddy promoter Brian Peters says he would like to set the record straight on his recent efforts to make the much talked about all-Irish fight. There has been increasing rumblings in the media about the possibility of both men getting it on but Peters has revealed that a recent written offer to both camps was rejected. “I have the greatest of respect for both Andy and John and have always worked very well with them in the past but I believe it's important that a recent offer made to them is put on the record,” said Peters. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 94th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Audley Harriosn and DonYil Livingston) 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.
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By James Slater - No sooner had he upset the odds and Cory Spinks in winning the IBF 154-pound title back in August, was Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage calling out the biggest and best names operating at or around his weight class. Calling out stars such as Miguel Cotto and “Sugar” Shane Mosley, the 37-year-old, one-time participant on the popular “Contender” reality show had to know his chances of landing either superstar were somewhat slim. However, at least those two guys are active fighters. continue
By James Slater - Unbeaten welterweight/light-middleweight sensation Saul Alvarez of Mexico will take another step up in class in his next fight, when he will meet the ultra-experienced and durable Lovemore Ndou on December 4th in Mexico. The exciting 20-year-old, already 34-0-1(26) is coming off his impressive 6th-round KO of former welterweight king Carlos Baldomir, and against the Australian (born in South Africa) known as “The Black Panther,” Alvarez will be looking to stop another warrior who possesses a fine chin. continue
By James Slater - Unbeaten heavyweight contender and former Olympic gold medallist Alexander Povetkin has a busy schedule coming up. The 31-year-old, along with his trainer Teddy Atlas, felt he needed further experience before going in with Wladimir Klitschko, and the word is Povetkin will fight on October 16th and then again, a mere two weeks later, on October 30th.
Povetkin, 19-0(14) will reportedly face Nigeria’s Teke Oruh first, in Russia (Povetkin’s second fight is planned for Germany, no opponent announced as of yet).
Oruh, a 32-year-old based in Las Vegas, has a reasonable enough pro record at 14-2-1(6), and since turning pro back in 2001 he has never been stopped. Perhaps the plan of Atlas and Povetkin is to get some good rounds in against a durable, non too dangerous foe. But will Oruh, who lost his last two bouts, stick around long enough to give Povetkin the workout he wants? continue
By James Slater - It really is beginning to look more and more as though 14-0 heavyweight Derek Chisora, the British and Commonwealth ruler, will be the next challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko. No, the fight has not been signed or made official yet (it is up as happening on Boxrec, however), but Chisora’s trainer has told Boxrec that his man will begin training today, and that when the fight takes place “Del Boy” will stop Klitschko inside seven-rounds and “shock the world!. continue
Billy Joe Saunders is desperate to make up for loss ground after recovering from a hand injury. The Hertfordshire star has been out of action since May after picking up a knock in a points win over Andy Butlin. But now the 21-year-old is fully fit, and will be back in December. During his time out of the ring, Saunders has seen fellow 2008 Olympians James DeGale and Frankie Gavin make strides towards British titles. And now he wants to send out a statement of his own. "It's been a frustrating few months sitting on the sidelines," said Saunders. continue
by Andy Lee, WBA # 9 middleweight world title contender wasted no time in taking care of business at the ‘Fight Night at the Horseshoe’ boxing series at the Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana with a TKO 4th round stoppage win over veteran fighter Troy Lowry.
Lee entered the ring in superb condition and used his boxing skills and power to breakdown Lowry, targeting both the body and head of his opponent. In the fourth round Lee unleashed a vicious barrage of thundering punches forcing the fight to be stopped. Lee’s record moves to 24 w (18ko) 1l.
The Irish Kronk fighter is now gunning for an all Irish showdown with John Duddy, WBC # 9 ranked world title contender, in a duel that promises to pack any venue in Ireland or New York and most certainly will have every home in Ireland glued to their television screens. continue
JAMIE ARTHUR aims to make the most of his shock crack at the Commonwealth super-bantamweight title. The Cwmbran boxer (17-4) challenges unbeaten Kris Hughes (12-0) for the vacant title at The Troxy, London, E1 on Saturday October 16. Arthur, 30, failed in a British featherweight title bid in March going down on points to Martin Lindsay. He stepped down to super-bantamweight for a Prizefighter tournament recently and is happy at 122lb. Arthur who replaces Matthew Marsh said: “I made the weight comfortably and although this fight is short notice I can be a force to be reckoned with. continue
"The Rock" takes out McGee - Continues Drive to Heavyweight Title!
Alabama-based heavyweight Marcus McGee is now a firm believer in former undisputed and two-time World Heavyweight Champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman's comeback after lasting just three minutes against him on Saturday night at the WBA KO Drugs Festival at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. continue
Zaslow P. (Atlanta, GA): With James Kirkland finally being released, how do you think his team should go about getting him back in the mix considering how deep the 154lb division is, and who would you like to see him face?
Vivek W. (ESB): First of all, I'd like to see what kind of condition Kirkland is in. Personally, I would not rush him into the ring with any of today's bigger names in the division until he's taken a minimum 3 tune-ups, and has fought a good 24 rounds, at least. By that time he would have gone deeper than 7 to 8 rounds or so at least two times, and would have re-established himself as a fighter who can go the distance (or close) with full strength. Any ring warrior will tell you that the true fight is won in the guy, but that's based on conditioning, as sparring is NOTHING like the real deal. I've seen several fighters near the top of the sport make every sparring partner you put in from of them whence and moan, but come fight night, fail to get off a meaningful combination beyond the 4th round due to exhaustion. Kirkland needs rounds. He needs to get hit. He needs to hit a few people. He needs to re-develop that killer instinct, and recall within his mind how to execute it without losing sight of the gameplan. continue
The second edition of the Prizefighter Podcast with Steve Bunce is now available to download for free on iTunes. Bunce joined the fighters at the Sky Sports promo day and interviewed the eight in the starting line-up and the two reserves ahead of the Heavyweights IV showdown at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Saturday October 9. To download the podcast, visit and click on the link on the homepage: http://www.prizefighter.co.uk/home.htm. continue
By James Slater - Back in July, Monte “Two Gunz” Barret entered the ring to face Samoan slugger David “The Terminator” Tua, and most experts felt a quick KO win was on the cards for the 37-year-old from New Zealand. However, as fans know, 39-year-old Barrett turned in his best showing in years, taking Tua the full 12-rounds and appearing to win the fight - with the New Yorker even managing to become the first man to put the rock-chinned Tua on the canvas (in the 12th and final round).
Barrett said before the fight, that win or lose it would be his last bout. Tua went into rehab after the fight due to a serious shoulder injury (an injury that may or may not have affected his performance in the July 17th fight). Now it looks like the two men will be engaging in a rematch some time next year, in New Zealand. continue
By Trish Kilcullen and Peter Heintzelman - Photos by Peter Heintzelman: Professional boxing returned to the legendary Fox Theatre, at Foxwoods Casino
Resort this past Saturday, headlining Joey “KO Kid” Spina against late-named
opponent, Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols.
Classic Entertainment & Sports president, Jimmy Burchfield, pulled a rabbit out of his hat, to preserve the boxing card, captioned “Last Man Standing.” The card was originally to be headlined by Spina and Ray “Sucra” Oliveira, but Oliveira, after a five year layoff, did not clear the Commission’s medical exams, for reasons left to patient-physician privilege. New England boxing fans were intrigued to see the resurrection of Oliveira, and his boxer/puncher style against Spina’s come-at you knock out artistry, but it was not to be. continue
By James Slater - Last night in Bolton, UK proved to be a great one for 30-year-old Stephen Foster Junior, as the super-featherweight grabbed the European title from known puncher Leva Kirakosyan of Armenia. The Salford man landed a sensational left hook in the 3rd, dropping the 36-year-old heavily. The defending champion beat the count of referee Adrio Zannoni, but he was totally gone, his legs not underneath him. The fight was stopped at the 2-minute, 16-second mark and no-one complained - indeed, Kirakosyan had a look of complete bewilderment on his face! continue
By James Slater - Now that the unfortunately postponed “Super Six” clash between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has found a new date and venue - Nov. 27th in Helsinki. The fight would have happened last night had it gone off as scheduled - both fighters are talking a great fight; promising to defeat the other. Froch is fully recovered from the back injury that put paid to the Oct.2nd date, and as usual he is talking a great fight. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Exciting Irish-based Cuban Super Bantamweight Alexei Acosta (12-0) was easily the star performer on the under card stopping Cristian Faccio (20-5) in the fourth round of a scheduled eight rounder. Faccio brought pedigree to the ring, he took Bernard Dunne seven rounds before the Dubliner stopped him and lost a World Title challenge against Japan’s Hozumi Hasegawa. However, from the first bell, Acosta dealt with Faccio with such ease that he made the Uruguayan look like a stuttering novice.
Acosta seems to be boxing with increased maturity. A brief comparison can be drawn with his performance against Sean Hughes (TKO win in R2) in November 2009. Against Hughes, Acosta showcased his raw potential, blistering hand speed, wide array of shots and angles, but he was wasteful and perhaps over enthusiastic with his aggression. Acosta threw wild flurries at Hughes and many of these punches were blocked up by an arm or on the glove. He also, briefly, allowed Hughes to push him onto the back foot were he shipped a few shots. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (Oct. 2, 2010) – WBA No. 6 rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina stopped 3-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols in the third round of tonight’s main event headlining the “Last Man Standing” card.
“Last Man Standing,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), was held in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The visiting squad won a slim one bout victory over the United States on Friday night in New York City, with China claiming seven wins to six by the home team on Empires Collide, the USA vs. China Duel. The two nations faced off in international action at Capitale in New York’s Chinatown, battling in 11 bouts of international action. continue
By Brendan Galbraith – Ringside Report. Last night, Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey showcased his slick boxing skills to dominate the gallant challenge of unfancied Motherwell man, Barry Morrison, forcing the stoppage in the seventh round.
The Aura Letterkenny Leisure Centre was packed to its 2000 capacity by the time McCloskey and Morrison entered the ring. Letterkenny in County Donegal is just over the Irish border and about an hour drive from McCloskey’s hometown of Dungiven in County Derry. So, The Aura was very accessible for McCloskey’s Derry-based fans and it proved to be an excellent compact venue providing good vantage points through the hall and facilitating a rousing atmosphere from the passionate crowd. Although, vastly outnumbered, the small army of Morrison fans made their presence felt. The Morrison fans looked like they had spent the day in the pub, but were, nonetheless, good natured in their cheering, singing and provided sterling support for their fighter. continue
By James Slater - With all the recent talk/hype regarding the possibility of a George Groves-James DeGale all-British super-middleweight grudge-match coming to nothing (for this year, at least), the two hot prospects move on. And 22-year-old Groves, 10-0(8) has his next opponent lined up.
According to Sky Sports, Groves will take what will potentially be his toughest test yet as a pro on October 30th, when he will meet the experienced James Obede Toney of Ghana. Groves, the reigning Commonwealth champ at 168-pounds, will be facing a man who has just three losses to his name and who has been in with some very big names in his time. continue
By James Slater - It looks more and more likely that WBC welterweight king Andre Berto will return to action on the November 27th card at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas that is being topped by Juan Manuel Marquez-Michael Katsidis. Berto himself said via his Twitter page he will be facing Mexico’s Freddy Hernandez on the HBO bill, and the tough Mexican was one of the possibilities for Berto as listed by Dan Rafael on his own Twitter page. continue
By John G. Thompson - Tim Coleman 18-1-1 (5 KO’s) displayed more power than his record might reflect in stopping Patrick Lopez 20-3 (12 KO’s) at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California on ShowBox: The New Generation. This was the first time Lopez had been stopped. In the opening bout of the televised card, Archie Ray Marquez 10-0 (7 KO’s; 1 ND) took out Juan Santiago 13-5-1 (8 KO’s) in just three rounds.
Marquez boasts an amateur record of 115-15 and fought in numerous Golden Gloves and national competitions before turning pro, though this was only his second fight of the year. Santiago, who has won two of his last four, has been extremely active with six fights in 2008, eight fights in 2009, and this was his fourth of 2010. Almost all of Santiago’s four losses came at the hands of undefeated fighters. continue
By James Slater - When top British promoter Frank Warren first made public the offer his fighter Derek Chisora had received from the Wladimir Klitschko camp, fans almost universally felt the idea was bordering on the ludicrous. A 14-fight “novice” going in with the best heavyweight on the planet? Even Warren himself had doubts about letting the British and Commonwealth champ in with the world ruler. However, as he has written on his official web site, the promoter is “coming round to the idea.”
Warren also writes that he is becoming convinced that “Del Boy” can actually win the fight. December 11th is the date the fight will go ahead if the fighter and promoter agree to it, and Warren says the 26-year-old Londoner has told him he wants the fight. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 1 - Unbeaten junior middleweight star James Kirkland was released from prison ahead of schedule yesterday and will finish the remainder of his sentence for a 2009 parole violation in a half-way house. Kirkland will be allowed to train, travel and continue his quest for a world title in the boxing ring.
"I can't wait to get back in the ring and pick up where I left off," said Kirkland, whose most recent bout saw him stop fellow contender Joel Julio in six rounds on March 7, 2009. "I apologize to all my friends, family, team members and fans for everything that happened, but I promise that I will make everybody proud in the coming months and years.. continue
(Los Angeles, CA (October 1, 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.
Bookmakers in Las Vegas have opened the fight as a pick'em with both Martinez and Williams at -$125 and even money coming in on both sides.
What others had to say:
Harold Lederman: "The last fight was a great fight and a really close fight. November 20 could go either way. Paul Williams could win it with his boxing and Sergio Martinez could win it with his bog shots and I am expecting a real barnburner.. continue
After a 12 months of stunning success, Nathan Cleverly has bagged this year's Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year award. The 23-year-old British and former European light-heavyweight champion triumphed in the prestigious annual poll, hot off his stunning victory over Karo Murat this month in Birmingham. It makes up for last year when he lost out to stable-mate Kell Brook by just one vote. The award caps a remarkable year for Cleverly, who not only picked up the European belt and graduated from university in pure mathematics, but also moved into poll position for a crack at the WBO world title. continue
Kiko Martinez, Paul Hyland, Willie Casey and Martin Rogan pictured at today's press conference ahead of the Hunky Dorys Fight Night on November 6th in Limerick.
The Hunky Dorys Fight Night: Big Bang Theory at the University Arena, Limerick on Saturday, November 6th was already shaping up to be explosive with Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez defending his European Super Bantamweight title against Limerick's own Willie “Big Bang” Casey but extra TNT has been added to the night with the news that Belfast's Martin Rogan will make his return from injury on the card. continue
Kathy Duva, Main Events: "Obviously we've made no secret of the fact that we've been dying to bring HBO to the Prudential Center. We are delighted to be working with HBO and Golden Boy to make this fight happen. I'd like to thank Lucas Matthysse for taking this fight. Zab Judah has made it clear that it is his intention to take back the 140 lb division. He made a big, big bang coming to the Prudential Center for the first time back in July. This time (November 6) when we come back, we are bringing HBO with us. It's going to be an incredible night of boxing."
Zab Judah: "I'm here and I'm ready. I'd like to thank Lucas Matthysse for taking the fight, for being the opponent that steps up to the plate, to come in there and show his urgency to be a champion at 140 pounds."
"Life is about growing up. As you get older, you mature. I've been to the highest of the highs; I've been to the lowest of the lows. At this point of my life, I just choose to walk a different path. I'm doing everything by the book, I'm doing everything I was asked to do in the past and didn't do. I'm walking the right path in my life. I've pretty much seen it all. I want to do everything right for my son, Zab Jr., to set a good example."
"Lucas Matthysse is a great fighter, I've watched him. He has great hand speed. He has good combinations, he's very aggressive, but we are very well prepared for Lucas. This is going to be a great fight.. continue
New York, NY (October 1) – Two time world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman makes his triumphant return to the squared circle Friday, November 5 against rugged Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez in the ten round main event of “Uptown Showdown” from the Armory Track in New York, NY. The card will be aired all throughout the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico on TeleFutura, as well as in Guzman’s native Dominican Republic. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 1 - A world-class talent who is making his mark in the welterweight division, unbeaten Danny "Swift" Garcia has passed each of his fistic tests with flying colors. On Friday, October 8, at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) in Philadelphia, the hometown hero will step up to the next level of his career when he takes on former world title challenger "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis in the ten round main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate". continue
SANTA YNEZ, CALIF (Oct. 1, 2010) – Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation fights were scheduled for 20 rounds, but prospects Tim Coleman and Archie Ray Marquez only needed a total of six to score quick KOs on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
In the main event, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) was aggressive, scoring a knockdown in the second round before landing a brutal uppercut that KO’d two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (20-3, 12 KOs) at 2:13 of the third round.
In Friday’s co-feature, Marquez (10-0, 1 ND, 7 KOs) was equally aggressive in his own third round knockout of Juan “Chago” Santiago (13-5-1, 8 KOs) at :11.
Coleman, who was fighting at 140-pounds for just the third time in a row and for the first time under trainer Roger Mayweather, was clearly more comfortable and powerful at light welterweight. Coleman scored the flash knockdown in the second, but Lopez, who didn’t seem fazed, came back with a vengeance to close out an excellent round. continue
By Peter Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Heintzelman - Weights Recorded by: Trish Kilcullen - Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, CT had a marathon of a weigh in for the Last Man Standing fight card scheduled for Saturday night. A marathon it was, as the start time was 4pm, yet the weigh in did not begin until over an hour later when some, but not all, of the fighters were ready to weigh in, dry, thirsty, hungry they were. Even the marquis outside the theatre, still reported Ray Oliveira as the main event competition for Joey Spina; how things change in short time, even in professional boxing. continue
Augmenting its roster of future champions from New England, DiBella Entertainment has inked unbeaten lightweight prospect Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski. Carrying that nickname because of his proud heritage, Kielczewski, 21, of Quincy, MA, made a big impression in his last fight, on DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing, scoring an easy six round decision over Juan Nazario. continue
By Vivek Wallace: The loaded jr. welterweight division boast some of the best talent in the sport today from all around the world. Normally, when the topic hits headlines, the likes of Brit Amir Khan, American's Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, and Victor Ortiz, as well as Argentinean Marcos Maidana, remain squarely at the forefront. With all of these young newcomers viewed as the 'new-gifts-under-the-tree', there's one old box sitting in the corner that suddenly deserves a second look. According to many critics, this 'old box' was placed to the side as a result of a defected checklist, containing all parts necessary for success, yet inconspicuously missing heart, determination, and dedication. Trouble is, a closer examination of the newer 'gifts' recently revealed that many of them may in fact also lack this vital trio necessary for complete assembly, shifting the focus back to corner with the old and previously opened box.
Quite an interesting way to theorize this new found sub-plot, eh? In one corner, we have a group of rising stars, just exposed to the world. continue
By James Slater - Amir Khan disagrees strongly with those people who claim he has a suspect chin and is unable to take a hard crack to the jaw. How come, you may ask, when Khan was iced inside a minute by the only true puncher he has faced in his pro career, in Breidis Prescott? Because, claims Khan, in talking to Boxing News Magazine’s web site - www.boxingnewsonline.net, he had seriously weakened himself in making weight for that fight and most of his other lightweight bouts.
And Khan, now a light-welterweight, says he has full confidence in his ability to take a shot if he needs to due to the way he has been able to handle anything and everything stable mate Manny Pacquiao threw at him in sparring In L.A. continue
By James Slater - Despite what you may have read, in some of the newspapers and on some of the boxing web sites, Derek Chisora, the British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion, has NOT yet signed or agreed to fight heavyweight world champ Wladimir Klitschko.
Steve Bunce, on his weekly radio show, said yesterday that while the fight may happen, and that while both parties involved (Frank Warren and Bernd Boente) are coming very close to making the fight, it is not yet a done deal. Bunce, who spoke with “Del Boy” on Wednesday, said he expects an announcement to be made, one way or the other, in the next four or five days. continue
Exclusive interview by Matt Clark: Australian Heavyweight Alex "The Lionheart" Leapai is looking to round off an already stellar 2010 with a bang. Whether that involves a fight with Englishmen Dereck Chisora or Sam Sexton or even against Wladimir Klitschko, remains to be seen. Leapai has developed a reputation in Australia for taking on anyone and everyone. He is not a fighter who will price himself out of negotiations, in fact, he is the opposite. He leaves the business side to his manager, Noel Thornberry and focuses on his job at hand.
Leapai, 20-3-3 (16 KO) possesses bone crunching power, particularly in his right hand, which has seen him account for Bob Mirovic, Travis Walker and Owen Beck this year. Alex took the time out to chat with Eastsideboxing.com and keep us up to date with one of the most exciting fighters in the Heavyweight division.
Q. Hi Alex, how are you? Thanks for taking the time to speak with us.
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States squad has completed their week-long training camp and will test their skills against China tonight on Empires Collide, an international duel event in New York’s Chinatown. Due to injuries to the Chinese representatives in the flyweight and heavyweight divisions, there will be 11 bouts of action on Friday night’s card, including eight men’s bouts and three women’s contests. continue
By James Slater - Back near the beginning of last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing red-hot light-middleweight warrior James Kirkland. Happy to talk - about his upcoming fight with Joel Julio mostly - Kirkland, when I asked him what he’d be doing with his life if he were not a boxer, replied that without boxing he’d “probably be dead or in prison,” adding that boxing “saved” him.
How ironic those words turned out to be, when in April the fearsome puncher from Texas was sent to prison for carrying an illegal firearm. Thankfully, as has been reported by ESPN.com and Ringtv.com, the 26-year-old with the unblemished (fighting) record of 25-0(22) was today released into a halfway house. continue
Exclusiv interview by Ezio Prapotnich - It is evident that, because of the hype and expectations around him, Tyson Fury has been the main attraction and focus of attention at the latest instalment of Shobox on the 10th of September at London York Hall, but it is only fair to say that former English and Commonwealth Welterweight champion John O’Donnell fought a more interesting fight and, with respect to his Heavyweight stable mate, he is likely to move quicker from the domestic scene onto the next level. While waiting for the British Board of Control to meet on the 13th of October and announce his opponent for the vacant British title, John took the time to sit down with us and discuss his past, present, and future.
EASTSIDEBOXING: When and how did you start boxing?
JOHN O’DONNELL: I was 10 years old. Both my dad and my uncle were amateurs. They brought me down to the Dale Youth gym to train with them and I liked it immediately.
ESB: What’s your amateur pedigree?
JOD: I had 80 fights overall, 26 at international level. I won 2 Junior ABA and 6 medals: 2 gold, at the Junior Olympics and Four Nations tournament, 2 silver, at Four Nations again and New Delhi, and 2 bronze at the European and Germany games. continue
LOS ANGELES, September 30 - It will be an explosive night of fights at the Jose Jorge Conte Arena in Corrientes, Argentina on Friday, October 1, when former World Champion Jorge Rodrigo Barrios returns to the ring for the first time in nearly a year to take on Colombia's Wilson Alcorro in a ten round lightweight bout, and welterweight contender Hector David Saldivia battles hard-hitting Brazilian Jailton De Jesus. This doubleheader will be televised on the 21st edition of HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation.. continue
Promoter Frank Warren has spoken with Bob Arum and they have agreed to make Kell Brook against Mike Jones after their next respective fights. Yesterday Warren said that he had discussed making the fight with Arum for the Interim WBO World Welterweight title. However, WBO #2 ranked Jones will first go ahead with his fight against Jesus Soto Karass next month at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium. Brook, the Intercontinental champion and #1 ranked challenger, will next fight on Warren's big 30th anniversary card on December 11th. continue
Elijah: I’m doing well; just getting focused on my future goals and keeping my training steady.
CW: In your last fight, you were upset by Dieuly Aristilde. What happened in this fight? I believe your father was not present in your corner due to personal reasons, could this have had an effect on your performance that night?
Elijah: In my last fight against Aristilde, I wasn’t as prepared mentally and physically as I could have been. I came down to Florida three weeks prior to the fight to start my training and wasn’t in my best condition. I only sparred three times before the fight because it was hard to find boxers that wanted to spar. It also didn’t help that I came down with chronic bronchitis the week before. As far as my father not being present, of course I was worried about him. Although these circumstances were present, they had nothing to do with what happened in the ring. Despite all the personal and physical obstacles that I experience before the fight, I wasn’t going to let my supporters down, and I was still determined to prove to the boxing world that no matter what I was going through; nothing could derail me from winning. continue
LOS ANGELES -- SHOWTIME® Sports hosted a press conference Thursday at The Conga Room , L.A. Live, to formally introduce and discuss "BANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT: WINNER TAKES ALL" that begins Saturday, Dec. 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Irapuato, Mexico. In attendance was Ken Hershman, SHOWTIME Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager, the four world class boxers who will participate in the two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds - International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs), former world champions Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) and Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and world-ranked rising star Abner Mares (29-0-1) - and their promoters . continue
LOS ANGELES, September 30 - There are only two "Fight Night Club" events left in 2010, so Golden Boy Promotions and AEG are pulling out all the stops to deliver the hardest-hitting shows of the season beginning with the Thursday, October 28 event at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia, which features boxing's next big thing, unbeaten Gary Russell Jr. against Guadalupe De Leon in the six round featherweight main event. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Boxing's cruiserweight division remains under the radar, yet in many ways above the rim. Lower weight classes stay hot like fire, and even the dreadful heavyweight ranks have found a way to remain relevant, but oddly enough, the cruiserweight division remains beneath the shadows with few contenders able to break the mainstream circle. Eager to separate himself from this pack and make the cruiserweight division relevant again is a man whose profile alone could be enough to do the trick. A Bronx born, powerful Puerto Rican contender with everything to gain, nothing to lose, and a personality that beams like a boombox on the corner of Trinity Avenue leaves very little else to promote. And that's without mentioning the wicked left-hook.
That man, of course, Francisco Palacios.....also known as "The Wizard".
Recently, I had a an opportunity to catch up with Francisco, and a few of his thoughts were intriguing to me, but I get the impression it's actually his fellow cruiserweights who probably need to hear this the most. Below is an unedited chop of what the Bronx native had to say: continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Sept. 30, 2010) – Tim Coleman tipped the scales at 139 3/4 pounds and Patrick Lopez measured 139 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Both coming off huge victories and riding impressive winning streaks, United States Boxing Association (USBA) light welterweight champion, Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., will face two-time Venezuelan Olympian Lopez (20-2, 12 KOs) a 12-round junior welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Oct. 1, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11:45 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
Kissimmee, FL: On Saturday, October 16, 2010, one of the biggest shows in Central Florida history will be hosted by the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed: “The Rising Son Returns”. In the main event WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will make the second defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in Ivan “Choko” Hernandez of Ensenada, Mexico for Vazquez’ WBO Jr. Featherweight Title. “The Rising Son Returns” is promoted by All Star Boxing in association with Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau. Tickets, priced at $202, $102, $52 and $27, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Silver Spurs Arena box office and on-line at Ticketmaster.com. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 93rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two time heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) who is preparing to challenge WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) on October 16 in Hamburg, Germany. Briggs spoke about his upcoming fight and also provided insight and opinions on his career and other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On how excited he is to get the opportunity to challenge Vitali Klitschko for his WBC heavyweight title:
“Oh I’m super excited. This is a dream come true for me. After taking a couple of years off and walking away from boxing, I’m back. After four fights I’m actually fighting for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world. It’s the same belt Muhammad Ali held, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great night of boxing and I’m looking forward to bringing the heavyweight championship back to America.”
On whether he feels he is ready for the challenge to face Vitali Klitschko:
“I’m 100% ready. I mean it was no surprise to me. I’m a two-time former heavyweight champion. I’ve been in four heavyweight championship fights. This isn’t my first rodeo and I’m looking forward to it. Why not me? To be honest with you Jenna, like I told you once before, ‘If not me, who?’ I don’t think there is another heavyweight alive right now that’s as capable as me to win the title, especially here in America.” continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (Sept. 30, 2010) – Three-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols has replaced “Sucra” Ray Oliveira as Joey “KO Kid” Spina’s opponent for Saturday night’s main event on the “Last Man Standing” card in Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
Echols (32-14, 28 KOs), who lost a pair of world title fights to Bernard Hopkins and one to Anthony Mundine, is a former USBA, NABF and NABA titlist. During his 17-year pro career, Echols has defeated world champion Charles Brewer, Kabary Salem, Oscar Bravo, Ross Thompson and Brian Barbosa, among the more notables, in addition to fighting to draws with world champion Eric Lucas, Mohammad Said, Rubin Williams and Michael Walker. continue
The premiere of the hotly-anticipated “Max Schmeling” movie was a huge success yesterday night in Berlin where 800 guests, including many VIPs, athletes and famous actors, enjoyed the first screening. Directed by Uwe Boll, the movie about the eventful life of one of Germany´s biggest sporting heroes received a loud ovation. One legend was impersonated by another one, with former IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion Henry Maske playing Schmeling. “Max Schmeling would have liked the movie,” Maske said. “In 2002 there was the first idea about a movie and Max spontaneously said that I should play his role. That is what happened now and it was a lot of fun. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 93rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko who is preparing to defend his title on October 16 against Shannon Briggs in Hamburg, Germany. Klitschko regained the heavyweight title in October 2008 after being out of action for almost four years when he beat Sam Peter in lopsided fashion. He has since successfully defended his title four times and is looking to make it five when he faces Briggs a few weeks from now. Klitschko spoke about his upcoming fight, provided insight on various moments from throughout his career, and also shared opinions on the current heavyweight landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On training and preparations for his October 16 title defense against Shannon Briggs:
“Everything is well. I am right now in Austria in Europe and actually in preparations for my world title fight. I’m going to defend my title against American contender Shannon Briggs and the fight will be October 16 in Hamburg.”
On why he wanted to face former two time champion Shannon Briggs:
“Shannon Briggs, it’s not just my opinion but it’s the opinion of many experts that Shannon Briggs is a very strong very powerful opponent. Right now in the heavyweight division it’s small opponents. There are no big heavyweights. Mike Tyson is not active anymore, Evander Holyfield is not as good as a couple of years ago, Lennox Lewis is retired, and there are no big names. Right now it’s me and my brother Wladimir dominating the heavyweight division. We have actually three world titles out of four, the most important titles. We control all of the heavyweight division and right now we’re ready to fight anyone. But David Haye doesn’t want to fight and Nikolai Valuev, the big guy from Russia, is also not ready. My next fight is against one of the top fighters in the world. One of the strongest fighters in the world is Shannon Briggs. He has an excellent record, he has more experience than me, he actually has the world record for knocking more opponents out in the first two rounds than any heavyweight in the world. He’s actually a very strong opponent and in my personal opinion, and not just my opinion but the opinion of experts, this will be the perfect fight for all of the boxing audience.” continue
James Stillerman: Three time world title challenger and former IBU and NABF light welterweight champion, “Sucra” Ray Oliveira 47-11-2, 22KOs is coming out of his five year retirement to fight the WBA number six rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina in a ten round main event this Saturday October 2nd at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. This boxing event entitled the “Last Man Standing” is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports (“CES”).
Oliveira`s career has spanned fifteen years and over 60 fight, of which he defeated former champions, Vince Phillips and Charles Murray twice, as well as Sual Duran, Vivian Harris and Tracy Span. He also fought world champions, Ricky Hatton and the late Vernon Forrest, and was in great battles with Ben Tackie, Jake Rodriquez and Zack Padilla. continue