By James Slater - Alexander Povetkin, the former Olympic gold medallist and all-round amateur standout, sure has puzzled not only fight fans but also the heavyweight champion of the world. How? With the way he has been going about his pro career just lately, that’s how!
Unbeaten at 20-0(15) as a pro, the talented 31-year-old could have achieved a lifelong ambition and challenged for the heavyweight championship earlier this year, yet he and his new trainer Teddy Atlas instead chose not to go ahead with the shot at Wladimir Kitschko (Wladimir, upon hearing how Povetkin had chosen not to take the shot he had earned in 2008, spoke of how Povetkin needed to have his head examined, or words to that effect!), and pick up further experience instead. continue
By James Slater - Back when it was first announced that Arthur Abraham was to move up in weight so as to participate in the forthcoming “Super Six” tournament, people wondered whether or not “King” Arthur was big enough to be successful at 168-pounds. Such concerns looked to have been unnecessary when the Armenian looked strong and powerful in taking out Jermain Taylor in his tournament/168-pound debut, (Taylor had also moved up from 160) but things are a whole lot different now. continue
Carl ‘the cobra’ Froch and his coach Robert McCracken put together a master class performance which the power-punching strongman Arthur Abraham had no way of overcoming in Helsinki at the weekend.
Froch, who moves into second place on the Super Six: World Boxing Classic scoreboard behind tournament leader and WBA champion Andre Ward, will now face veteran hard man Glen Johnson in the New Year.
"It was a satisfying and utterly dominating performance on Saturday night if I say so myself. Before the fight, the press and bookmakers were all split over the likely outcome between us." Said Froch from his Nottingham home.
"Arthur Abraham was seen as someone with a fantastic defence which was only bettered by his heavy hands. continue
Orange, CA (November 29, 2010) - Upon arriving to his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico, previously undefeated Juan Carlos Burgos (25-1, 18 KOs) reflected on his recent defeat in Nagoya, Japan, when he faced legendary Hozumi Hasegawa (29-3, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC Featherweight title. After 12 brutal non-stop rounds, Burgos lost the fight on all three judges scorecards 117-111 (twice), and 116-111. continue
Kell Brook will face African opposition on December 11 in a defence of his WBO Intercontinental welterweight title.
The Sheffield sensation had been due to defend against former World title challenger Michael Clark, but Clark has had to withdraw from the contest after he encountered passport issues with US authorities due to unpaid child maintenance charges. continue
Jacksonville, FL: Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-7-1, 25 ko's) has decided to hang up his gloves after suffering a split decision loss to journeyman Walter Estrada (37-13-1) Saturday night on the Juan Manuel Marquez-Michael Katsidids HBO card in Las Vegas. Campbell got a late start in boxing, turning pro near his 28th birthday in 2000, but shocked the boxing world in 2008 by dethroning the then undefeated Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz in a bullring in CanCun, Mexico to win the IBF, WBO, and WBA lightweight titles. Campbell's then promoter Don King's inability to land a meaningful fight following the Diaz upset led to a year layoff and an eventual move to the jr. welterweight division where Campbell had a no contest with world champion Timothy Bradley and a decision loss to "vicious" Victor Ortiz. The always colorful Campbell released the following statement after Saturday's loss to Estrada:
"First of all, I want to let everyone know that I'm fine. But after thinking about Saturday's fight, I know it's time for me to hang it up. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. “King” Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KO’s) learned the hard way that you can’t be a one trick pony in boxing. Having big KO power is great but boxing is by definition, the art of self defense, hitting without being hit. It’s not just going in and trying to land the haymaker that ends the fight…or waiting till the late rounds to try it. That may work sometimes but you can’t build your boxing career around it. There’s just too much a good defensive fighter can do to nullify that approach and make you pay. Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KO’s), is a tough guy known for his own late round knockouts and being more of a banger than a boxer. Froch put on a workmanlike performance and stuck to his game plan to out box the slower Abraham and in my view, Froch won every round against the man who at the start of the Super Six Tournament, was considered by many (myself included) to be one of the favorites to win the whole thing. continue
By James Slater - It’s still sinking in just how superbly Carl Froch boxed against the formidable Arthur Abraham this past Saturday. A good many fans and some experts were shocked at the way “The Cobra,” a fighter normally associated with battle of attrition-type affairs, reverted back to the box and move approach he was known for as an amateur.
Even Froch himself must have been somewhat surprised at the way he thoroughly dominated “King” Arthur; surely the now two-time WBC 168-pound boss cannot have expected to win every minute of every round! But that’s just what he did, and in so doing Froch came out of the fight with barely a mark on his face. continue
by Robert Jackson: Andre Berto 2004 Olympian and current WBC 147lb Champion made his case this past Saturday nite for a fight against P4P king Manny Pacquiao. Arum’s current mantra has been to reject Berto as a viable NEXT opponent for Pacquiao naming Shane Mosley the frontrunner, but Berto’s left hook and sneaky straight right hand past Freddy Hernandez’ guard to his jaw did much to contradict that view. The referee could’ve completed the 8-count and then decided if Hernandez could continue but the rubbery legs and confusion shown by Hernandez required that the ref wave off the fight. continue
By James Slater - If reigning WBC welterweight ruler Andre Berto was in the running when it comes to the Manny Pacquiao “sweepstakes” before the sensational 1st-round win he scored this past Saturday, then the 27-year-old surely strengthened his position with the win over the previously unstopped Freddy Hernandez.
Or has Berto actually put himself at the back of the line due to looking too good and too dangerous in his latest fight? As of now, the names being mentioned for Pacquiao’s next fight are: Shane Mosley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Berto and, at the top of the list demand-wise but still having the look of an extremely hard fight to make, Floyd Mayweather Junior. continue
On December 17th Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (currently ranked no. 2 in the WBC world heavyweight ratings) will face No. 1-ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin in a final elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. This match will be co-promoted by Don King Productions and Ahmet Öner’s ARENA Sports-Promotion.
Solis, a multiple world amateur champion (junior champion 1999, senior champion 2001, 2003, 2005) from Havana (Cuba) who holds amateur wins over Felix Savon, WBA champion David Haye and former world champion Sultan Ibragimov, defected from the Cuban national team in December 2006 along with featherweight superstar Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa and former amateur standout Yan Barthelemy. All three had won Olympic gold medals 2004 in Athens and left their team at a training camp in Venezuela while preparing for the Pan-American Games. continue
By James Slater - Evander Holyfield, now less than two years shy of his 50th birthday, is set to fight again next year. With “The Real Deal’s” on/off clash with Sherman “The Tank” Williams now on indefinite hold, the former four-time heavyweight ruler will instead travel to Denmark, on March 5th 2011, to face local hero Brian Nielsen.
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com has reported that the fight is official, and that the contract has been signed. continue
Jack L. (London, UK): I have always felt Carl Froch was one of the best boxers in the sport, and his shutout of Arthur Abraham proved. Do you think there's a chance he could actually win this Super-6 Tournament?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think the point of selecting the initial group of fighters in the tourney (which Froch was a part of) aligned around the fact that any one of these men could ultimately become the last man standing. The simple answer to your question is yes, Froch could very well be the one who wins if a few things go his way and he executes a flawless plan on the right night. The more complex angle surrounding this tournament is that while Froch is a very decent boxer, there are a number of men in this tournament that will have a lot to say about him ultimately being crowned the champ, and at least two of them bring attributes to the table that I think would be nightmares for him and somewhat nullify his own strengths. continue
By James Slater - Between them, warriors Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis have probably inspired boxing writers to use to world incredible more than any other fighter you care to mention; at least from the past four or five years. Both men have given us some truly great action-filled fights, a number of them raising the excitement barometer by a significant level.
Last night, for another example, the two tenacious and highly motivated gladiators met each other and in so doing put on a barnburner of a battle. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (November 29, 2010) Next week, Timur Ibragimov meets Jean Marc Mormeck in an important bout between WBA world-rated contenders. Ibragimov, the NABA beltholder, is rated seventh, while Mormeck, a former WBA and WBC world cruiserweight champion, is ranked 12th. Given that top contenders rarely tempt fate by facing each other, the winner of this match will deserve to fight for a world championship belt. In fact, it is entirely possible that the victor of Ibragimov-Mormeck will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the upcoming bout between WBA world champion David Haye and Ruslan Chagaev.
Intriguing also is that the winner of the Ibragimov-Mormeck showdown will be eligible to challenge IBF world champion Vladimir Klitschko. Mormeck is rated tenth by the IBF, and there has been talk of Mormeck facing Klitschko in Paris sometime in 2011. Should Ibragimov win next week, he could replace Mormeck in the IBF ratings, opening the door for an IBF championship bout.
Ibragimov’s current high standing in boxing – and the benefits he will accrue if he defeats Mormeck – represent a dramatic turn-around of his career, which looked stalled a year ago. continue
By Laz Izada: This Saturday night on HBO Boxing (on the undercard of Marquez vs. Katsidis) at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada 27 year old super featherweight (130Lbs) Jason Litzau of Saint Paul, Minnesota defeated by split decision 34 year old Panamanian veteran former WBA Super Bantamweight and former IBF Super Bantamweight Champion Celestino Caballero. continue
By James Slater - Fresh of their performances last night, “Super Six” participants Carl Froch, Andre Ward and the defeated Arthur Abraham look ahead to their next step in the fascinating, great-for-boxing tourney. Froch, who surprised practically everyone with the utter dominance with which he mastered “King” Arthur, will face ageless “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson in his semi-final, while Ward, who out-pointed Sakio Bika in a non-tournament bout last night, will meet the Armenian in his semi-final. continue
By Paul Strauss: HBO's Larry Merchant cautioned fans early on that Jason Litzau, from St. Paul, MN was a 13-1 underdog. In mentioning that fact, Larry added that he might be a very good 13-1 underdog, and that Cabellero might have taken him too lightly. JIm Lampley quickly pointed out that Cabellero had trouble making weight, even though he was moving up in weight for this fight. Lampley explained that Cabellero had to ride the stationary bicycle to take off last minute weight. Not a good sign.
The fight itself was not a thing of beauty, but Cabellero often times turns his fights into fights. Then he can exercise his superior height and reach advantages. But, that wasn't the case this night. On this night after a few rounds, his corner advised him to stop doing that (brawling) and to box, have some fun and show what you can do (skill). His usual tactics of elbowing, stiff arming and leaning on opponents wasn't working an opponent bigger than he was used to seeing. continue
By James Slater - click here to watch the full fight! - Fans were witness to a brilliant, virtuoso performance from Britain’s Carl Froch tonight in Helsinki, Finland, as “The Cobra” won a near shutout over the mighty Arthur Abraham. Using his formidable and underrated boxing skills, the 33-year-old regained his WBC super-middleweight title with a commanding unanimous decision; winning over the German-based warrior via scores of 120-108 (X2) and 119-109.
Froch is now 27-1(20). 30-year-old Abraham, the former middleweight king, is now 31-2(25).
Expected to be a FOTY candidate, tonight’s fight was instead too one-sided for that; shockingly so. For even Froch’s biggest fans cannot have predicted the way he totally dominated and outclassed Abraham. Coming out boxing from the opening bell and beating Abraham with speed and brains, Froch hardly put a foot wrong. continue
By James Slater - It was an incredibly exciting night for world boxing last night; with no less than at least four big fights taking place. We saw super-middleweights Carl Froch and Andre Ward come out on top over excellent opposition in excellent style - Froch shutting out Arthur Abraham and Ward also winning a wide decision over Sakio Bika. While in Las Vegas, superb fighters Juan Manuel Marquez and Andre Berto were in action.
Berto, the unbeaten WBC welterweight king and a possible star of the future, looked sensational in taking out the previously unstopped Freddy Hernandez inside a single round. The Mexican, beaten only once previously, was utterly destroyed by Berto, being stopped with barely two minutes gone. continue
OAKLAND, Calif., (Nov. 27, 2010)–-Andre “S.O.G.” Ward out-brawled and out-battled a rough and tumble and otherwise worthy opponent in Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika on Saturday night, winning a unanimous 12-round decision to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight championship belt in front of his enthusiastic hometown fans at the Oracle Arena and on SHOWTIME
Earlier in the day, Ward’s Super Six World Boxing Classic opponent was learned as he will next face Arthur Abraham in the Tournament Semifinals. One of the pre-tournament favorites going into the Tournament, Abraham lost a 12-round unanimous decision against Carl Froch in Helsinki, Finland, also on SHOWTIME. Froch will take on Glen Johnson in the other Tournament Semifinal.
The tournament’s top-seeded Ward won on all three judges’ scorecards, 118-110 twice and 120-108. SHOWTIME commentator Al Bernstein actually saw the fight closer giving Ward the victory by a four-point margin. “Bika proved to be a tough out,” Bernstein said. “This just shows another side of Andre Ward. He’s a chameleon and can beat you in so many different ways.. continue
HELSINKI, Finland (Nov. 27, 2010)–-Carl Froch turned in the most dominant performance of his career, recapturing the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight world championship Saturday night with a unanimous decision against an overwhelmed Arthur Abraham in the final Group Stage 3 fight of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME.
The 33-year-old Froch (27-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, handed the Armenian-born Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, his second consecutive loss. The judges scores were 120-108 twice and 119-109 in favor of Froch, who rebounded from his only career loss back in April to Mikkel Kessler.
With a tournament record of 2-1, Froch earned two points for the win for a total of four and will face Glen Johnson in the Semifinals. Johnson and Abraham are tied with three points but Johnson wins the judges’ scorecard tiebreak to grab the third seed. That leaves Abraham in fourth and a Semifinal date with tournament point leader Andre Ward. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Bolton, Matthew Hatton, the less famous brother of the hugely popular Ricky Hatton, scored an impressive-looking 3rd-round KO over the previously unbeaten Roberto Belge of Switzerland. “Magic,” making the first defence of his European title, got the job done with a peach of a left hand to the body. Belge went down, spat out his gum-shield and was counted out at one-minute and 32-seconds of the round. continue
By James Slater: For weeks now, if not months, fans have been wondering about former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik. Having rapidly become known as a fighter with a tendency to withdraw from fights (Pavlik did it again, most recently, in pulling out of his Nov. 13th bout with Bryan Vera), “The Ghost‘s” actions served to arouse suspicion. Whispers suggested the Youngstown hero had either an alcohol or a drugs problem, and this was why he had fought so infrequently over the past year or so. continue
Matthew Hatton revealed his work in the gym was put to good practice as he knocked out unbeaten Swiss challenger Roberto Belge in the third round to retain his European Boxing Union (EBU) welterweight title. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 101st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview Roy Jones Junior (54-7, 40 KOs), who has held titles in the middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight divisions. Jones lost a unanimous decision in his most recent effort against long time rival Bernard Hopkins in April. Jones spoke about his career, and also discussed the possibility of making a return to heavyweight in hopes of landing fights against Tomasz Adamek and/or David Haye. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It’s actually time for our third guest, and that is someone who is a former middleweight, super-middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight champion of the world. We are joined by the one and only Roy Jones Junior. How are you doing tonight Roy?
ROY JONES: Things are going pretty good. How about yourself?
JENNA: It’s going great. I’m glad to be talking to you tonight. I got to first ask you Roy, there have been some rumors that you are considering a move back up to heavyweight. What do you have to say to that?
JONES: Most definitely that’s the rumor. I was considering it. I have several reasons to consider it. For one, I went to England to do some things and just to visit my fans and touring a little bit out there, and the notion came up about maybe filling up Wembley Arena fighting David Haye. I was like, "Really", they were like, "Yeah, it would sell the arena out". continue
By Joseph Herron: While the rest of the boxing community is still buzzing about current Middleweight kingpin Sergio Martinez, Super Six contender King Arthur Abraham is patiently waiting for his chance to achieve worldwide recognition as one of the “baddest men on the planet”. Although the Armenian native has accomplished a great deal in the world of boxing, the figurative title of “mainstream glory and worldwide respect” continues to elude King Arthur. continue
The wait is finally over for former world champions Carl "The Cobra" Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) of England and "King" Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KO's) of Germany, who will meet tonight at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2010) - World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre "S.O.G." Ward and world contender Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika met with local Bay Area fight fans and media members throughout the week to discuss their anticipated world title fight taking place later this evening. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2010) -- WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Contender Sakio Bika both landed on the exact 168-pound weight mark on Friday, one day before their world title clash on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Oakland’s Ward will make the second defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship against world-ranked contender Bika, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
Tickets are priced at $150, $75 and $35 are on sale the Oracle Box Office or visit www.coliseum.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Goossen Tutor Promotions and TNT Boxing are promoting this night of World Championship boxing, with the championship bout in association with Golden Boy Promotions, the promoter for Bika. The event is sponsored by Corona.
By Ziggy Shah: It’s another hot day in Detroit and a young amateur boxer called Joe Louis is leaving his house for the gym. Once again as he looks over his shoulder, the same kid that has been following him everywhere is walking behind. “Hey Joe, can I carry your bag to the gym please,” he asks. continue
By James Slater: Former heavyweight king and all-time great Lennox Lewis gave an exclusive and highly interesting interview on T.V last night in the U.K, as he spoke candidly before Sky Sports cameras. The retired legend, now aged 45, made it abundantly clear he will NOT be fighting again; saying how he is aghast to see former foes Evander Holyfield, Hasim Rahman and Shannon Briggs still trying to recapture what they were able to do in their twenties - an “impossible” goal, according to the three-time ruler. continue
By John Wight: Superlatives in the sport of boxing are about as common as flies round a cow's rear end in summertime. Fighters whose only claim to fame is either a promising start or stubborn longevity are commonly referred to as great or magnificent by commentators and sports writers whose stock of adjectives has obviously decayed with the ennui of too many nights spent ringside watching average fighters ply their trade. continue
By James Slater: Sometimes, it puzzles me what fight fans want, and what they like and respect. Take Britain’s Carl Froch for example. Here we have a fighter who gives his all each and every time out, a warrior who always looks to fight the best, and a fighter who has an incredibly exciting style. But is he popular, at least as popular as he should be? No. On this website alone, there have been many, many comments left by fans hoping to see “The Cobra” KO’d, beaten - even humiliated. continue
By James Slater: Floyd Mayweather Junior, the fighter some people still have as their No. one choice when it comes to today’s pound-for-pound list, has been getting a ton of criticism from other fans and experts - even to the extent that some have began referring to Mayweather as a “ducker,” and a “cherry picker.” continue
Super Six World Boxing Classic rivals and European superstars Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham met for the last time at the Tiger night club today for the official weigh in before their Group Stage 3 showdown for the vacant WBC super middleweight title which takes place tomorrow night at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. Former WBC Champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch weighed in at 75.8kg. (167.1 lbs). King Arthur Abraham weighed in at 76kg (168 lbs.). continue
By Vivek Wallace - Saturday night promises to be one of the most action packed evenings the sport of boxing has witnessed in quite some time. A spotlight of this magnitude doesn't always shine, but when it does, he who stands in the ray of the light does so knowing the opportunity may never come again, elevating the level of pressure associated with taking such a calculated risk. With much to gain and perhaps more to lose, 5 men in particular at the center of this spectacle firmly realize the time to perform is now. Many questions have been raised, but not all have been answered. As we hone in on these men, we take a look at the biggest questions surrounding each:
Andre Berto: Is He Ready For The Next Level?
For quite some time now, fight fans have questioned exactly how far Andre Berto can go in the sport. Present is the speed, snapping power and incredible physique; absent is the results which typically follow such a specimen. Although the zero losses on his resume answer many questions, it's the 26 wins which raise more, as few within that group earn Berto the praise he would need to truly satisfy the eye of the critic. Recently, his name became part of a short list with great odds to meet the sports co-P4P king, Manny Pacquiao. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Last Friday night saw two of Melbourne’s strong prospects Heath Ellis and Tim Hunt take home Victorian titles in their bouts at Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia.
In the main event, Heath Ellis (13-2-1, 6 KOs) returned to the ring after a six month break following his previous stoppage loss to Tasmanian Steve Maxwell. In his return fight, Ellis was campaigning at middleweight for the first time in his career with the bout for the vacant Victoria State middleweight title. continue
By James Slater - As good as he has looked and as exciting as he has looked, David Lemiuex, despite being just 21-years-of-age, has the fans urging him to fight top-notch opponents each and every time out. There is already word that the 24-0(23) Canadian middleweight bomber will perhaps fight the experienced Marco Antonio Rubio in a title eliminator next year, and that fight will no doubt please the fans if it happens. However, in the meantime, Lemiuex needs to keep busy and he will do so against a guy not too many fans will have heard of. continue
Seven-time German coach-of-the-year Ulli Wegner believes that Attila Levin has no idea about the danger he is in. The Swedish veteran (34-3, 27 KOs) challenges EU Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius on Saturday night. The vacant WBO Intercontinental Title will also be on the line at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena. “Attila, you have no clue how hard Robert can punch,” Wegner said at today´s final face-to-face press conference. “You don´t know about the danger you are in. Robert will continue his great development and notch another big victory.. continue
By James Slater - Cameroon tough guy Sakio Bika, known as “The Scorpion,” has warned unbeaten possible star of the future Andre Ward about his formidable power, saying he has what it takes to upset the odds on Saturday night. As fans know, the Australian-based Bika got the call to come into the “Super Six” tourney and face Ward when Andre Dirrell, Ward’s buddy, pulled out with neurological issues.
Fresh off his 1st-round DQ loss against Jean Paul Mendy, who Bika hit whilst he was down in their July meeting, the 31-year-old with the 28-4-2(19) record gets the biggest fight of his career since his IBF and WBO title challenge of Welshman Joe Calzaghe back in 2006. But can Bika make the most of his huge opportunity?
We all know Bika is rough and tough (known to throw the odd head-butt, never stopped), but can his somewhat crude skills possibly get the job done against the superbly skilled, fast and all but flawless-looking Ward. continue
James DeGale has blasted back at George Groves after his British rival claimed he would take him apart "physically and mentally". Groves is now mandatory challenger to the British super-middleweight title. And that could put him on a collision course with DeGale if he beats Paul Smith on December 11. But when he was last offered a showdown with DeGale for a career high purse, Groves chose to run a mile, rather than put his money where his mouth is. continue
RICKY HATTON says seeing younger brother Matthew win a world title would mean as much as any of his great victories.
Matthew, 29, is on the brink of a crack at the world welterweight title, but must first come through Friday’s (26/11) European championship defence against Switzerland's undefated Roberto Belge at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. continue
By Michael Montero - This past Saturday Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez not only defended his middleweight championship, he solidified his position as the consensus #3 on the pound for pound list of best fighters worldwide. Furthermore, he gave us the top contender for the 2010 “Knock Out of the Year” via a stunning left cross that rendered opponent Paul Williams face first on the canvas in the 2nd round of their much anticipated rematch. Lastly, he put himself on the short list for this “Fighter of the Year”, having previously scored a big win over former middleweight champ Kelly Pavlik back in April. Indeed, 2010 has proven to be quite a year for the Argentine!
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that boxing’s powerbroker promoters, Top Rank and Golden Boy, passed on Martinez a few years ago when advisor Sampson Lewkowicz shopped his discovery in attempts to link with an American promoter. What a difference a few years makes. Sergio Martinez is now the hottest fighter in boxing short of Manny Pacquiao – and while the “big boys” of the promotion game are kicking themselves in the butt, midlevel promoter Lou DiBella has to be smiling ear to ear. DiBella, who’s always had an eye for talent, knew he wanted to sign Martinez as soon as he watched a DVD of his fights that Lewkowicz sent him. It turned out to be the best move of his promotional career. continue
By James Slater - The word is (according to ESPN.com and other sources) Irish middleweight Andy Lee will get the opportunity to avenge his only pro defeat next February, as he will fight Bryan Vera in a return match, on ESPN2 on the 4th of the month. The Emanuel Steward-trained hope next boxes against a TBA on the upcoming Dec. 11th Wladimir Klitschko-Derek Chisora clash in Germany, and if he comes through that bout okay he will face Vera next - Vera the man who was all set to face Kelly Pavlik back on Nov. 13th (only to see the fight fall through at the last minute, due to a Pavlik injury. continue
Local talent will dominate the undercard bouts on Thursday, December 9th when International Boxing Federation (IBF) International Heavyweight Champion Tomasz Adamek takes on New York's Vinny Maddalone as the "Brick City Boxing Series" returns to Newark's Prudential Center. A total of nine supporting undercard fights have been scheduled by promoters Main Events, Ziggy Promotions and Star Boxing. Fans who want to catch all of the action should arrive early, as the first bout is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (Nov. 24, 2010) – World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika met with local Bay Area media members on Wednesday to discuss their anticipated world title fight just three days away.
It will be the second consecutive defense of his world title for the local fighter Ward (22-0, 13 KOs), who will have his hands full against Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon on Saturday, Nov. 27, live on SHOWTIME (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT).
In the first fight of the split-site doubleheader, “King” Arthur Abraham will meet Carl “The Cobra” Froch in the final Group Stage 3 bout of tournament for the vacant WBC super middleweight world title. The world title match will be televised on same-day-delay from the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. continue
ANAHEIM, CALIF. (November 24, 2010) – Top-10 contender PAWEL “Raging Bull” WOLAK will be In Harm’s Way on Saturday, December 4, when he challenges undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver middleweight champion JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, Jr. in a 12-round title fight. Wolak replaces the injured Alfonso Gomez, Chávez’s original opponent, who withdrew today after an MRI detected a ligament tear in his left elbow. continue
Nagoya, Japan (November 24, 2010) - Undefeated Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) and highly regarded, national boxing hero Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs) both stepped on the scales at the official weigh in today. The two warriors are set to battle it out this Friday, November 26, 2010 at Nihon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. continue
HELSINKI, Finland (Nov. 24, 2010) – Former world champions Arthur Abraham of Germany and Carl Froch of England were confident, yet respectful, during Wednesday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic jam-packed final press conference at Hartwall Areena in the Power Play Restaurant here on Wednesday.
While there was no trash-talking -- Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) was very quiet and didn't want to get into anything beyond answering his questions simply and Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) was in a more jovial mood but also kept his responses short -- the fight itself this Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) and live and exclusively in the UK on Primetime Channel 480 on Sky from Hartwall Areena also for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight title -- has the potential to be a classic slugfest from start to finish.
In the second bout of the split-site doubleheader on SHOWTIME, unbeaten Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his WBA 168-pound crown against Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) live from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 24 - Just two days after boxing fans celebrate Thanksgiving, the holiday feast continues on Saturday, November 27, as Golden Boy Promotions presents an All-Star lineup of fights that will lift the roof off the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Headlining this scheduled eight bout card is an HBO-televised tripleheader featuring the highly-anticipated slugfest between Ring Magazine, WBA & WBO Lightweight World Champion Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) and Australian action hero and WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion Michael Katsidis "The Great" (27-2, 22 KOs), the WBC Welterweight World Title bout pitting unbeaten champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) against Mexican challenger Freddy Hernandez (29-1, 20 KOs) and the junior lightweight showdown between Two-Division World Champion Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) and Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs). continue
On Friday December 3rd history will be made as seven Cuban exiles will fight on the same card for the first time ever. Pugilistic Promotions and it’s monthly boxing series “Badia Spices Friday Night Fights” presents “Cuba vs. The World at the Magic City Casino – formerly the Flagler Dog Track – on N.W. 37th avenue and 7 street, with the first bell at 8:30pm.
Boxing historian Enrique Encinosa says this is the first time outside of Cuba, that a professional fight card features seven pugilists from the island. continue
YORK (Nov. 24, 2010) – The experts both in the States and abroad may not all agree on who is going to win, but there is a general consensus that the Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham has Fight of the Year potential.
As the close Las Vegas odds indicate with Abraham listed as a slight 7-5 favorite (-165), people are having a tough time picking a winner in this clash of European heavy hitters. In a recent poll, national and international boxing writers were evenly split between Abraham and Froch with nine writers picking Abraham and nine predicting a win for Froch. continue
By James Slater - It has been announced how Nov. 13th’s WBC light-middleweight title fight between superstar Manny Pacquiao and the controversy-plagued Antonio Margarito generated a more than healthy 1.15 million pay-per-view buys. That means that $64 million was spent by fans hungry to see the pound-for-pound king go for his history-making 8th “world” title.
Reports reveal how Pacquiao’s ability to sell a fight has matched that of former heavyweight king Mike Tyson. Pac-Man joins “Iron Mike” as the only other fighter to have generated at least a million buys for fights in three consecutive years. continue
By James Slater - For a long time now, ever since it was revealed that Antonio Margarito attempted (or his trainer attempted) to use “loaded” gloves in his Jan. 2009 fight with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, fans have wondered aloud whether or not Margarito used illegal hand-wraps in previous fights and got away with it. Back when the Mexican had a reputation as a clean fighter, he scored the biggest win of his career by halting the then unbeaten Miguel Cotto. And ever since the whole gloves scandal broke, fans have asked whether or not “Tony’s” win was an aboveboard victory. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - The Coral Restaurant, on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, Massachusetts, hosted the return of its most recent boxing champion, super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez this evening, attended by sponsors, family, friends, and a hundred fans of Worcester’s Pride.
Fresh off his whirlwind travels to Australia, Rodriguez flew to North Dakota, to grab the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight belt by a nine round TKO against James “Buddy” McGirt, Jr, Then, in , his most recent venture across the Pond , Rodriguez sparred with Carl Froch, as the Brit recovers from injuries in his Super Six World Boxing Classic, and helped prepare Froch for his next fight against Arthur Abraham. continue
NEW YORK (November 24, 2010) – The Big Three -- the ‘60s version of this troika was comprised of golf’s greatest of that era -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. As the 21st century begins its second decade The Big Three has a new generation -- boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Sergio Martinez -- multi-division world champions possessing the comparable skill, charisma, excitement and professional success of their 20th Century predecessors. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature a new published letter directly from hardcore fight fans just like you! For those fight fans who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, there's only one way to get your point across.....SOUND OFF! Each letter will be published with a response from boxing scribe Vivek Wallace. Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to [email protected], and remember to keep content short and concise, and profanity free. Today's segment comes from Carlo H. from Brooklyn, NYC:
I've been an avid fight fan for decades, but I have never witnessed anything like I did when I read Bernard Hopkins' recent coments. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 101st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) who is coming off an impressive second round knockout victory against Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs). This reverses the result of their previous encounter which was awarded to Williams in a very competitive majority decision. Martinez talked about his victory and also discussed his future, including possible fights on the horizon against Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Junior. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: Hey everybody. Welcome to the 101st edition of ‘On the Ropes Boxing Radio’ show. As always, I’m the Hostess Jenna J and we’re joined by a very special guest to open up this week’s show. He is coming off an impressive win this past weekend. We have the The Ring magazine middleweight champion of the world Sergio Martinez on with us now. Hey Sergio, are you ready?
SERGIO MARTINEZ: I’m ready and I’m here live.
JENNA: Great, Sergio we got to talk about your win this past weekend against Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams. You shocked a lot of boxing fans and you also shocked Paul. What do you think of your performance?
MARTINEZ: First of all, I am very happy. I am very content with my performance. I was very confident going into the fight, and of course, I shocked myself with the way I won the fight but I am very happy.
JENNA: Now Sergio, were you at all surprised at the way Williams fought that fight? He seemed to be go for more of a crowding style than he did in the first fight?
MARTINEZ: Paul Williams fought a great fight the first two rounds. I had to maintain my composure and just wait for him to make a mistake. I knew it was all a matter of time for him to make a mistake and I capitalized and that mistake. I was the better fighter on Saturday night. continue
Vitali Shaposhnikov - Jealousy, lack of social understanding and acceptance, and general mainstream lifestyle are the direct causes for our society’s rejection of the abnormal. People tend to have less and less patience and respect towards that which they have never seen or experienced.
When Lance Armstrong kept going strong and winning races, people started looking for something that he is doing wrong, hinting at steroid use. There are great minds and athletes all over the world who are being wrongfully accused or badmouthed for things they didn’t commit. It seems that fame has its own side effect. Perfection is harshly judges in any aspect of life. continue
BOB ARUM: I am really excited about this card. We have called it “IN HARM’S WAY.” The reason we call it that is because the men fighting on this card are fighting not just to win the fight on the card but for their immediate future. Let me start with Julio César Chávez Jr…he is fighting for perhaps a fight against three-division world champion Miguel Cotto in the Spring and this severe test against Alfonso Gomez will determine whether or not he will fight a Cotto or maybe Antonio Margarito. continue
Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch continued their war of words prior to Saturday´s Super Six clash in Helsinki as the "Cobra" mocked his opponent during today´s public work-out in Helsinki. While doing shadow boxing, he put his arms up and mimicked Abraham´s high-guard. "I expect him to fight like this," Froch said. "I don´t think he can do anything else. He will need his guard on Saturday. If I hit him clean and sweet early, it could be over quickly. If not, I will win on points." And he added with a smile: "I have been criticized for my defense, maybe I will use the high-guard myself."
It was just the latest provocation from Team Froch. In an online story at www.the-sun.co.uk, Froch´s girlfriend Rachael Cordingley had said: "Abraham is only a midget – Carl is going to dethrone the Midget King."
Abraham could only smile when confronted with the latest attack. "Froch has insulted my promoter, my team and me. I will punish him for that on Saturday. It will be a great fight between two warriors. I cannot wait to get my hands on him and make him pay for all the rubbish he has said in the press.. continue
Super Six World Boxing Classic rivals and European superstars Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch have been throwing verbal haymakers at each other since their Group Stage 3 showdown for the vacant WBC super middleweight title was announced. Abraham is a slight favorite to triumph this Saturday, Nov. 27. The fight is on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day-delay) and is broadcast exclusively in the UK on Primetime Channel 480 on Sky from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. Carl Froch has the advantages in height and reach. So who's going to win what’s expected to be an exciting slugfest between arguably the two toughest and most aggressive punchers in the Super Six? Stay tuned. In four days, we'll all know. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 23, 2010) – Future Hall of Famer and two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins will challenge World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight belt-holder Jean Pascal on Saturday, Dec. 18, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in a bid to become the oldest fighter in the history of boxing to win a world title, but he’ll have to do so in front a predominantly pro-Pascal sell-out crowd at the 16,333-seat Pepsi Coliseum in Québec City, Canada. continue
Andre Ward and Sakio Bika participated in a national media conference call on Monday to discuss their upcoming world title fight on Saturday, Nov. 27, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.
Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight championship in front of his hometown fans for a second time against the tough, dangerous Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, via Douala, Cameroon.
The Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament points leader, Ward has already secured his spot in the tournament Semifinals and will face Bika outside the tournament.
Bika will be making his third world title appearance in a world title fight. Two of his most noteworthy victories came when he crushed Peter Manfredo, Jr. (TKO 3) in November 2008 and when he outpointed Sam Soliman across eight rounds in October 2007. continue
By James Slater - There have been at least three pound-for-pound entrants (on most lists) in action this month already, and the wins the victorious stars enjoyed made sure things got interesting in regards to the latest P-4-P ratings.
We all agree Manny Pacquiao has been and still is the number-one in the sport, and his recent hammering of the much bigger Antonio Margarito did nothing to change that view. Juan Manuel Lopez has had a good month also, stopping his biggest and most important rival so far in his career; does the retirement win “Juanma” scored over former P-4-P entrant Rafael Marquez grant the Puerto Rican a spot in the latest top-ten continue
By James Slater - Even at age 37, Mexican lightweight star Juan Manuel Marquez remains both a pound-for-pound entrant and a huge name. Next up for “Dinamita” is this coming Saturday night’s clash with tough and unrelenting Australian Michael Katsidis. And Marquez is focused solely and intently on winning this fight - even though he has been talking about his desire to land a third fight with superstar Manny Pacquiao.
The two greats fought to a draw in 2004 and then, in the return, Marquez lost an extremely close split decision. Naturally, as he believes he deserved the win on both occasions, Marquez craves a third clash. Marquez, though, had to read recently how Pac-Man said that he has no interest in a third fight, claiming that no-one would watch it if they did fight again. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 22, 2010) – Following two dominant ShoBox stoppages, Edwin Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) drew the attention of Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) and his trainer Robert McCracken. Just days after an exciting ninth-round TKO over James McGirt Jr. on the Nov. 5 telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation, Froch and McCracken flew Rodriguez across the pond to help them prepare for the Super Six World Boxing Classic clash with Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
Said Froch of the 24-year-old Worcester, Mass. resident, "Rob and?I picked Edwin as we heard he is a great fighter with ambition, which is always important with sparring partners, as it means they try to be successful?during the spar."
The aggressive Rodriguez studied Abraham’s style to best mimic the German’s ring prowess while sparring with Froch. "I have a tight defense like Abraham and have kept my hands up in the gym so Carl can work on opening Abraham’s defense and get ready for a KO," said Rodriguez.
After facing the hard-hitting Brit in person, Rodriguez is thoroughly impressed and appreciative of the experience. "This has been a good opportunity for me to train with an elite athlete like Carl. I have seen firsthand that he is a world class fighter. I can’t see how Abraham will beat Carl. Abraham has good defense but Carl has a hard and accurate punch.. continue
23rd November: London. In this exclusive two-part documentary for BBC World Service, presenter Mike Costello travels to the Philippines to meet boxing legend, eight times world champion, politician and national hero, Manny Pacquiao. Costello catches up with Manny at the gym ahead of his recent fight with Antonio Margarito, meeting with his old friends and trainers, as well as Filipino analysts, economists and politicians, to discuss boxing, God, politics and the inspiration one man can give to a nation. continue
It’s a tripleheader feast for boxing fans on Thanksgiving weekend when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ VS. MICHAEL KATSIDIS, ANDRE BERTO VS. FREDDY HERNANDEZ AND CELESTINO CABALLERO VS. JASON LITZAU is presented live SATURDAY, NOV. 27 (9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT) from MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
Christian R. (Orlando, FL): Shane Mosley has reported that he's close to a fight with Pacquiao, but Berto and Martinez remain in play, as well as potentially Mayweather and Marquez. Who do you see getting in the ring with Manny Pacquiao next?
Vivek W. (ESB): Despite the admission from Mosley that he and Arum are "very close" in Pacquiao negotiations, we've yet to get an official confirmation from either Top Rank or Team Pacquiao on this statement. Remember earlier this year when Arum posted the countdown clock on his companies website with a deadline for Mayweather; only for fight fans to later find out it was designed to put pressure on the other party to get them to fully commit? Well, same rules apply here. Truth is, I don't think we're any closer to seeing Mosley face Pacquiao than we were in the past. After seeing Mosley in his last two fights, no question, the time is right for Pacquiao to get Mosley in the ring, but I doubt it happens and here's why:
Those die-hard Pacquiao radicals out there who run from website to website stalking fans who show a little love for Mayweather have completely killed options like Mosley and Marquez, because they belittle past Mayweather opponents so badly that it takes away from Pacquiao victories over these same men! Think about the way some have discredited recent victories of Mayweather, saying Hatton wasn't that good, Oscar and Marquez were old, and Mosley was older; only to later become irate with fans who don't see much to celebrate in Pacquiao beating men whom they openly called "shells" of their former selves. continue
CHICAGO, IL (November 22, 2010) Tickets are now on sale as 8 Count Productions and CFC Promotions presents WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 14, an action packed evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday night, December 17th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.
Starting at $31, tickets can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com) the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800). Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. continue
MATTHEW HATTON has fired back at Kell Brook telling him: “You’re not even the best in Britain.” Brook has issued a cheeky challenge to fight Amir Khan and claimed he is the best welterweight in Britain. European champion Hatton has now thrown down the gauntlet to the British champion, blasting: “He has beaten absolutely nobody apart from Michael Jennings.” Hatton makes the second defence of his European crown at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Friday November 26 against Switzerland’s unbeaten Roberto Belge and hopes to underline his world title credentials. continue
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO (November 21, 2010) Hennessy Sports Canada's top prospects Logan Cotton McGuinness and Tyler Asselstine battled to victory Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
The undefeated McGuinness, fighting out of Orangeville, Ontario, improved to 13-0-1 with six knockouts, as he went to war with Mexico’s Adrian Verdugo. continue
BROOKLYN, NY, November 22, 2010 — This past Saturday night in front of an over flow crowd at The Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, Light Heavyweight contender Elvir Muriqi scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Daniel Judah in a battle of New York fighters that highlighted an eight bout card that was promoted by Rob Diaz Havoc Boxing Promotions. Muriqi was the better man as he attacked the body of the southpaw Judah. Judah went down to the canvas on three separate occasions, claiming low blows but Muriqi was never docked any points. continue
Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis started off Boxing’s biggest weekend in Atlantic City with a bang as he remained undefeated and captured the NABF Super Middleweight championship with a seven round beat down of Victor Lares that highlighted a big seven bout card dubbed BATTLE II at Harrah’s Resort & Casino that was promoted by Mike Brestle’s Spartan Fight Promotions. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 101st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Roy Jones Jr., Sergio Martinez, Jameel McCline, and Jason Litzau) 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 - Fight fans will be spoilt for choice this coming Saturday night. Along with the excellent Juan Manuel Marquez facing the always value for money Michael Katsidis in Las Vegas (with a decently-stacked under-card to go with the main event in Vegas), we have the potential Fight of The Year that is Carl Froch Vs. Arthur Abraham in Finland.
For weeks now, fans everywhere have been waiting and anticipating a truly great fight between these two “Super Six” super-middleweights, and a hardcore battle of strength, wits and punching power is almost guaranteed. In fact, the fight has the potential to be that good, Froch told the BBC, that it could even go down as one of the very best of the decade. continue
Arthur has arrived in ice-cold Helsinki. Team Abraham flew in from Berlin on late Sunday night to continue the preparation for Saturday´s Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl Froch. The vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will also be on the line. “It is great to be back in Finland,” King Arthur said. “It is very cold up here but I like it. We have prepared for the cold weather. I will defeat Froch and accomplish my goal of winning a world title in a second weight class.”
Earlier on Sunday, EU Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius had arrived in Helsinki. The Nordic Nightmare will take on Attila Levin in the co-featured main at Hartwall Areena on Saturday night. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Boxing history has on numerous occasions shown us that styles make and break fights. Stylistic matchup is the key, the science itself. Smaller boxers properly paired up against the bigger ones will almost always win. Marciano was always the smaller and shorter guy, and so was Mike Tyson. Back in the day, when heavyweights could come in at a much lower weight, they would take advantage of that to maximize speed and agility. Stemming and concluding from this, I would like to make a bold statement that is likely to raise a lot of eyebrows and cause a cascade of negative reactions coming my way: If Pacquiao fights Martinez at anywhere below 150lbs, the result would be identical to that of Margarito, and if Pacquiao fights Mayweather Jr. he will lose via UD and not by a margin. I took a little time to think both of these fights through (Martinez was fresh in my mind, while Mayweather Jr. fight played out a million times of the last few years), and here is how I came up with that “ridiculous” statement: continue
by Robert Jackson: Paul Williams has trouble with southpaws, and Sergio Martinez made that perfectly clear this past Saturday. Floyd Mayweather in pursuit of a Manny Pacquiao fight has consistently attempted to ‘one-up’ the P4P king. Here again is an opportunity for Floyd to ‘one-up’ the 8-division champ by signing to fight middleweight champ Sergio Martinez. Berto won’t do it, perhaps Williams was a little bit overrated and overlooking Martinez, in any case he won’t do it either, nor will Saul Alvarez, Matthew Hatton or Mayweather fighting any of the other ‘usual suspects’. continue
By James Slater - Yesterday, on various boxing web sites, the dominant topic was just who world middleweight king Sergio Martinez might fight next. Fresh off that spectacular, KO Of The Year knockout of Paul “The Punisher” Williams, the amazing 35-year-old from Argentina was the fighter on everyone’s lips.
However, the very idea of Martinez facing fellow southpaw Manny Pacquiao next year drew strong reactions from fight fans. Some fans said outright that the idea of the middleweight ruler facing the much smaller eight-weight ruler in the ring is a very foolish one indeed; claiming Pac-Man, who weighed way under the light-middleweight limit in his fight against Antonio Margarito, would have next to no chance. continue
On Thursday December 2nd, at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Paris France, former two-time cruiserweight champion, and now IBF #10 and WBA #12 heavyweight rated contender, Jean Marc Mormeck (35-4, 22KO's) will look to take one step closer towards challenging for a heavyweight world title, when he takes on fellow contender Timur Ibragimov (30-2-1, 16KO's). The bout is scheduled for twelve rounds and is promoted by Mormeck's J3M Management and Star Boxing. continue
James DeGale says forget the Royal Wedding - he's found the perfect partner in Paul Smith. Headlines have been dominated by the announcement of the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.But DeGale reckons his showdown with Smith is a match made in heaven. The pair get it on at the Liverpool Echo Arena on December 11, live on Sky Box Office. Smith's British super-middleweight title will be on the line. "Congratulations to William and Kate, I'd like to wish them all the best," said Olympic gold medallist DeGale. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (November 22, 2010) Unlike certain American areas, such as New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and South Florida, New England is not known as a breeding ground for professional boxers. But New England does indeed produce its share of seasoned fighters. In this article, ESB interviews three New England born and bred boxers – Matt Remillard, Mike Oliver, and Jason LeHoullier -- about their careers and perspectives on life in the ring.
Aside from Chad Dawson, the most advanced New Englander boxing today is featherweight contender Matt Remillard. Currently rated sixth by the WBC, sixth by the WBA, and fifth by the WBO, Remillard holds the NABF and WBO NABO featherweight titles. Since turning professional in 2005, Remillard has acquired a record of 22-0 (13 KO’s). Nicknamed “The Sharpshooter” because of his slashing combination punching ability, the 24-year-old Remillard will likely fight for a world championship in the next year or two. continue
SKY BOX OFFICE HD will show eight live title fights in one night, including Amir Khan's Las Vegas debut, on Saturday 11 December. The live Sky Box Office event, called 'GR8 Britain vs The World', features World, European, Commonwealth and British title fights in a nine-hour broadcast from the UK, Germany and the USA.
Alongside Khan's defence of the WBA World Light-Welterweight title against Marcos Maidana, viewers will see British & Commonwealth champion Dereck Chisora challenge the World Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and a number of Britain's rising stars including Nathan Cleverly, Kell Brook and Olympic Gold medallist James DeGale against British Super-Middleweight champion Paul Smith. continue
By Steve Janoski: I imagine that these must be dark days for Floyd Mayweather Jr. Just a few short months ago, he was boxing’s triumphant conquering hero - returning to the sport last July and quickly dispatching two of the toughest, most talented fighters in the world in Juan Manual Marquez and Shane Mosley. continue
Totowa, NJ - Middleweight contender "Marvelous" Tarvis Simms of Norwalk, CT and Main Events have agreed on an exclusive multi-fight promotional agreement.
Simms, a former US National Golden Gloves Champion, has an outstanding 25-1-1 professional record with 12 wins by way of knockout. His lone defeat came when he moved up in weight to challenge hometown favorite Allan Green on eight days notice. continue
Las Vegas, NV - It looked for a while that the 2010 campaign of undefeated junior lightweight Mickey Bey Jr. was all for not. Not having fought for nearly a year heading into fall, Bey himself wondered if his promising talent would ever come to light and his recent times were surely a test of his patience and fortitude both in and out of the ring. But as the year moved forward Bey would strike a deal of great proportions, as he signed an exclusive partnership with Top Rank promotions, the leading entity in the sport, and will now look to build upon his 16-0 record with 8 knockouts in the coming year. Asked for his thoughts on the new deal, Bey says that it had actually been on his mind for quite some time. continue
By James Slater - When it comes to picking up the award for both 2010’s KO of the year and the year’s best overall fighter of the past twelve months, Argentine world middleweight king Sergio Martinez will be right at the front of the queue. Due to his great wins over Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams, Martinez will have an excellent chance of being looked at as The F O T Y, and his stunning KO of Williams from last night may not be bettered in the remaining weeks of 2010.
However, we still have no clear frontrunner for this year’s Fight of The Year. This may well change this coming Saturday - in either Las Vegas or in Helsinki, Finland.
As fans know, Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez will defend his world lightweight title against tough and aggressive Australian Michael Katsidis in Vegas, and that same day in Helsinki, Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham will collide in the latest stage of the “Super Six” tournament, in a fight that will decide the vacant WBC 168-pound crown. continue
By James Slater - It’s amazing how boxing can have one “man of the moment” for a short time and then, with a stunning win, another fighter comes along and becomes the man in the spotlight; the fighter attracting the most attention and creating the most buzz.
Last weekend, Manny Pacquiao was The Man, receiving a ton of well earned praise from the fans and the experts after his brutalisation of the much bigger Antonio Margarito. But now, due to his stunning 2nd-round KO of Paul Williams in their eagerly awaited return fight, Sergio Martinez is the fighter on the lips of all fight fans. And talk now is of who the Argentine world middleweight king will face in the ring next.
Due to how Pac-Man is the pound-for-pound king, talk turned almost instantly yesterday towards the possibility of a Martinez-Pacquiao fight. But, the word going around the internet is that Bob Arum, Manny’s promoter, has in line either “Sugar” Shane Mosley or Andre Berto as Pac-Man’s next opponent - if the “dream fight” between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather cannot be made, that is (and, let’s face it, fans everywhere are sick of holding their breath for that one!)
So, the question is, how will the fans react - casual fans, hardcore Pac-Man fans and hardcore Martinez fans - if Pacquiao does fight the 39-year-old Mosley next, and doesn’t agree to get it on with the warrior from Argentina? When you’re as great as Pacquiao is, and when experts the world over start saying you are one of the finest fighters in the whole history of the sport (as some experts wrote shortly after Pac-Man’s win over “Tony,” a win that saw Manny win a “world” title at 154-pounds), the demand that you face the best each and every time is incredibly strong. continue
By James Slater - Wow! That’s probably as good a word as any to begin an article on what happened last night in Atlantic City, N.J. As surely all fight fans know now (even those in the U.K, who were shamelessly provided no live TV coverage of the big and important rematch), the amazing Argentine exacted brutal revenge over Williams for the “robbery” he suffered after the two first met, back in December of 2009.
Last night, in a fight that contested the world middleweight crown, the 35-year-old southpaw took out the 29-year-old southpaw in shockingly quick style; icing “The Punisher” with a left hand that left Williams face-first on the canvas in the 2nd-round. The referee never even completed the ten-count, so badly and clearly was the previously unstopped Williams hurt.
The first fight was a classic; the rematch produced a classic one-punch KO. Did Martinez, who his promoter Lou DiBella claims is THE best fighter in the world today, score 2010’s KO of the year? Almost definitely he did. Did the Argentine, who just keeps getting better and better with age, earn himself the Fighter of The Year distinction with last night’s ultra-impressive victory? When we consider how the middleweight king’s other performance of the year was one that saw him out-point Kelly Pavlik in another big and important fight, then, yes, Martinez is in with a tremendous shot at picking up the award (even if the year isn’t over yet). continue
Gary Buckland struck a mighty blow to Derry Mathews’ ribs to win the Prizefighter Super-Featherweights tournament at York Hall, Bethnal Green on a memorable night for British boxing. The Welshman destroyed British champion Gary Sykes with a devastating knock out in the opening round of their semi-final before claiming the trophy and £32,000 winner’s cheque with a clinical second round knockout of Mathews in the final.
Mathews had already exorcised personal demons by defeating Choi Tseveenpurev in the first semi-final of the night, out-pointing The Mongolian Warrior in a fantastic tussle to avenge his title defeat at the hands of the popular Mongolian in April 2008. continue
Former heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) took a harder than expected eight round unanimous decision over Travis Walker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) in a good action fight on Friday night at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany. The fighters often traded big bombs, but Chagaev did a little more to win by scores of 77-75, 78-75, 77-76. Chagaev is the mandatory challenger for WBA heavyweight champion David Haye. Full fight Video!
Top 5 heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) showed no ill effects from hand surgery, dropping Mike Sheppard (15-12-1, 8 KOs) twice in round one and twice in round two before the bout was waved off. Time as 1:18. Boytsov is rated WBC#3/WBA #3/IBF #11/WBO #4. After the bout Boytsov said his right hand was fine and he’s ready for Klitschko.
Unbeaten junior middleweight star Golden Jack Culcay (7-0, 4 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over rugged Alexey “The Fish” Ribchev (6-2, 3 KOs) in his first scheduled eight-rounder on Friday night in Hamburg, Germany. Culcay showed great quickness and boxing skills against the aggressive and determined Ribchev, impressing the sold out crowd at the Universum Gym, as well as a worldwide audience watching live on www.bild.de. Scores were 78-74, 79-72, 78-74. continue
Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) displayed his famed and feared punching power at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning on Saturday night when he destroyed Dejan Ribic (19-2, 7 KOs) in the first round. The Hardhitter knocked his opponent down with a left and then again two more times with thunderous body shots. “I felt in great shape,” Markussen said. “Ribic said he was not afraid of my power but that did not do him any good. It was great to fight in front of the fans in Herning and I already look forward to the next TV2 Fight Night. This was my real comeback tonight and there is a lot more to come, I can promise.. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Middleweights Paul Williams (39-1, 27 KO’s) and Sergio Martinez are two of the best fighters in boxing. At six feet, three inches tall, (but listed at six-one) Williams towers over most of the competition as he fights, anywhere from 147 to 160. He seems comfortable in the 154 pound division and I doubt anyone in any of the three divisions that can beat him—except for Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KO’s), who is very athletic and an excellent mobile boxer puncher that can give and take a good shots too without crumbling.
The last time Paul “The Punisher” Williams fought was in a strange match against Kermit Cintron. It was strange in that early in the fourth round, Cintron fell out of the ring and hurt himself from the fall. I figured that if Cintron didn’t return to the ring in the allotted time, the fight would be ruled a No Contest but stranger still, (maybe not so strange for boxing) was that the fight was ruled a Technical Decision Win for Williams. Usually, if an accident occurs and one fighter cannot continue for health reasons before the fourth round is completed, the fight is deemed a No Contest. Four rounds had not been completed and Cintron was unable to continue due to injury, which was not caused by a Williams’s punch. Either way, Williams got the win.
Before Williams fought Cintron, he fought Sergio Martinez in December of 2009, in that fight where both guys had some good moments. They traded knockdowns in the first round, Williams scored the first one and Martinez responded in kind almost immediately after. That was a good competitive fight that could’ve been decided either way, depending on how you score a round. continue
by Marius Vibe: Looked upon by some as one of the most heavily protected champions in boxing today, Robert Stieglitz didn’t disappoint to live up to his status tonight.
Defending his WBO Super Middleweight title against rugged journeyman Enrique Ornelas (30-7-0), Stieglitz (39-2-0) found himself in a difficult and closely contested fight. Early on, Stieglitz effectively outworked Ornelas, who seemed content to fight in bursts, while the younger German stayed on the offensive and landed some solid combinations. continue
By Paul Strauss: Sergio Gabriel "Maravilla" Martinez made a believer out of any doubters tonight at the Boardwalk Hall Arena in Atlantic City, NJ. Sergio had been telling anyone who would listen that he deserved the decision on 12-05-09, when instead he suffered a majority decision loss to Paul "The Punisher" Williams. But, it was such a great fight, and so close that no one could have been too upset either way.
Most fans expected a repeat of that give and take, go the distance type battle. After all, neither man is noted as a knockout puncher, and both have exhibited the ability to take a good shot. After watching the first round, it looked like fans might be in store for another tough close fight that would go the distance. The round wasn't as exciting as the first round of the first fight when they exchanged knockdowns, but there was plenty of action.
Even though Martinez repeatedly said in pre-fight build up that he was going to knockout Williams, it seemed doubtful. Emanuel Steward quoted Sergio as saying that he planned to be the aggressor, and to get inside of Williams' long arms, and get to him while in close. However, in the first round, Williams was his usual aggressive self, and was firing numerous shots from a distance. continue
By Matthew Paras - If there’s one thing to do in boxing, never judge a fighter by his record. Moments before the opening bell sounded for Andrzej Fonfara (15-2, 6 KOs) to face Anthony Doughty (9-2, 8 KOs), there was speculation among writers ringside if Doughty had a chance to crack Fonfara’s chin early. 23 seconds later, Doughty was lying on the canvas out from a vicious right hand in the UIC Pavilion.
Fonfara, 175, came into the ring with Polish fans in the audience screaming his name. When the bell sounded, Fonfara wasted no time connecting a right hand to Anthony Doughty’s chin. That right hand was the only right hand thrown in the fight and it was the only right needed. Fonfara is now on a four fight win streak since his loss to Derrick Findley in 2008. continue
By John G. Thompson: Paul “The Punisher” Williams 39-2 (27 KO’s) granted a rematch to Sergio Gabriel Martinez 46-2-2 (25 KO’s), following Williams’ close majority decision victory in their prior meeting back in December of 2009. Martinez had won the WBC Middleweight Championship from Kelly Pavlik in the interim and put his title on the line at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey before a crowd of 5,500, televised live on HBO.
Paul Williams, from Aiken, South Carolina now living in Augusta, Georgia, came out pressing the action. Sergio Martinez, from Buenos Aires, Argentina and now living in Oxnard, California obliged immediately with counterpunches. This fight looked like their previous encounter from the start. Ringside commentator Bob Papa said, “No feeling out in round one.” The round was very close with Martinez landing the more accurate punches, but Williams controlling the action.
By the second round this fight was looking like it would be just as good as the first; however, just a minute into the round, both southpaws threw left hooks. The punch by Martinez landed first and Williams did not see it coming. Williams was clearly unconscious before he hit the ground. The medical staff did not even wait for a full count to come to his aid. continue
SAO PAULO, Brazil (Nov. 20, 2010) – Fighting in his native country for the first time, Miami-based prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira had a memorable homecoming, knocking-out Junior “Dangerous” Ramos in tonight’s main event, headlining “A Gala Night of Boxing” pro-am boxing card at Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“A Gala Night of Boxing, presented by Rumble Star Promotions in association with Reunion Sports & Marketing, featured three professional fights and two amateur matches. The pro segment aired on SporTV and TV Globo International. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Before you begin reading the second paragraph along with my interview, try to take in the following facts, and feel the colossal accomplishments this person has achieved in his still ongoing career. His record stand tall at (51-5-1) with 32 wins by way of knockout. His resume consists of solid world class competition such as Glen Johnson, Robert Allen, Felix Trinidad, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones Jr., Kelly Pavlik, and many more.
He was the very first person to retain all 4 major belts including the Ring Magazine belt in the same fight. He had the honor of being Ring Magazine fighter of the year in 2001, was responsible for the Ring Magazine upset of the year in 2008, was dubbed along the top best fighters in the last 80 years of boxing in 2002, was the # 2 All-Time Title reign by The Ring magazine, and had the most title defenses at World Middleweight in boxing history, and was the oldest fighter in boxing to hold the World Middleweight title. continue
by Nick Powers - Less than a week before his highly anticipated rematch with Sergio Martinez for the Middleweight championship of the world, Paul “The Punisher” Williams took time out of his hectic fight week schedule to speak with On the Ropes Boxing Radio. His second appearance on the program, where hostess Jenna J, producer/co-host Geoffrey Ciani and co-host Nick Powers celebrated their landmark 100th episode, provided little for sound bites but much for discussion.
Throughout the interview, Williams spoke vaguely of his upcoming bout with Martinez; a rematch of their December 2009 war that many placed highly on the list of the year’s best fights. The 6’2” lanky left hander who has made a splash in the Welterweight, Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight divisions in recent years did not, however, leave fans questioning his motivation for one of the toughest tests of his
“It’s definitely going for my favor, and I’m going to get a big win, but you know what I’m saying, it all depends on how he comes out there; he may get knocked out,” Williams said, making note of how Martinez chooses to fight as to how the bout is determined. “But I’m definitely predicting a win, and it’s going to be a good fight for as long as it goes.” continue
By James Slater: Tom Tsatas, boxing manager and co-owner/manager of the recently re-opened 5th Street Gym in Miami, is excited about the upcoming Dec. 7th clash between heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo and former WBC champ Oliver McCall.
Oquendo, fresh off that controversial points loss to Jean Marc Mormeck in Paris, is now being co-trained by the legendary Angelo Dundee, at the legendary 5th Street gym. Tsatas is of the belief that “Fast Fres” can become the first man since Lennox Lewis (when McCall had the infamous “breakdown”) to halt “The Atomic Bull,” and that he will then go on to get a shot at one of the Klitschkos - and surprise everyone by defeating either brother.
Always a great and interesting guy to talk boxing with, Tom kindly gave me some of his time earlier today.
James Slater: It’s always a great pleasure to speak with you, Tom. Firstly, how are things going at The 5th Street Gym after that awesome official opening a few weeks back? continue
By Fantana: Every second, of every minute, of every round. These were the words spoken loudly by Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison whose record is an impressive 27 – 5 with 20 wins coming by way of knockout. There was so much excitement in Great Britain in the run up to the fight that according to a nurse in Wrexham head-butting injuries were up 40% over the same time last year. This was of course all due to Audley Harrison who has a massive following not just in the UK but worldwide. The people in the world united and became one, in a non-gay way, as the 2000 Olympic Gold Medallist finally got his world title shot. Unfortunately it all went wrong as the record books show that little Dave Haye who lives in Cyprus was gifted a third round TKO over the peoples champion. This brilliant man-article is not to outline why it went wrong (I already did that) but to look at the positives and how Audley can come back stronger. I firmly believe that 2011 is going to be the year Audley Harrison becomes Heavyweight Champion of the World. For the record this will be my last article on Audley Harrison until he proves me right.
Back in 1975 Roy Scheider had to take on a whale of a task and beat Jaws, a shark. As I watch the film I notice that beards were much more popular in the ‘70s and as they say history repeats itself which is fact, google it. The meaning of the film is to convey to the general public that no matter what the odds against you are the task ahead is achievable if only you believe in yourself and also possess a gun. Audley Harrison’s guns are his 17 inch biceps and his choice of ammo is his fists. Those dangerous 13 inch fists which he used to rattle the WBA champion last Saturday night with that hard jab which officially landed a whole one time. Yes Audley lost but this just means that now the pressure is off him to perform and he can get back to doing what he does best which is hitting people several times per round, sometimes right in the mouth.
It would be easy to get caught up in the witch hunt that that has transpired since Saturday night. Lesser men have called for Audley to retire, I even read some boxing reports calling the fight a farce. Apparently the BBBofC were pondering whether they should withhold Audley’s prize money. continue
By James Slater: Going into this past Wednesday’s fight with defending IBO cruiserweight champ Danny Green, B.J Flores was an ultra-confident fighter. Unbeaten, younger than Green, as well as being bigger and faster, Flores was sure he’d take the title home with him when he left Australia. But as we know, despite giving “The Green Machine” a hard night’s work in losing a decision that was closer than how the three judges’ cards had it, Flores came up short; losing a 12-round unanimous decision. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Hamburg, Germany, Ruslan Chagaev, the former WBA heavyweight champion and the current WBA mandatory contender for David Haye, won a hard-fought eight-round UD over the always-game Travis “Freight Train” Walker. The southpaw “White Tyson” prevailed via scores of 78-75, 77-75 and 77-76 (I had it 77-76 for Walker). The 32-year-old, beaten only by Wladimir Klitschko as a pro, is now 27-1-1(17). 31-year-old Walker, who really needed a win last night, is now 34-6-1(28). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s special 100th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Chauncy 'The Hillyard Hammer' Welliver (45-5-5, 15 KOs) who is currently ranked by both the WBO (#9) and the WBC (#14). Welliver spoke about his career and provided opinions on the current boxing landscape, with special focus on the heavyweight division. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On his long journey which saw him evolve from a club fighter into a bona fide heavyweight contender:
“You know, it’s actually been a fun ride since we first talked two years ago, and I’d like to say real quick it’s an honor to be on your guys’ 100th episode. You guys have made it very far. You guys have made it further than I did, but for me, going like you said from a journeyman coming up to these fights where I am now ten fights later. It feels great because I’ve put in a lot of work and it’s starting to show. I love it.”
His views on his chances of landing a heavyweight title shot against one of the champions:
“With the state of the heavyweight division I would say I have a good shot because of where I’m at in the rankings. I do hold those two rankings for either of the Klitschkos. When you look at guys like Derek Chisora and see that they’re getting shots, then guys like me that have had a lot more experience definitely should get a shot, because without a doubt I’m the most active heavyweight in the game. I’ve fought five times in the last eight months. So I think activity will definitely help me get a shot.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 100th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Floyd Mayweather Senior. His son, Floyd Mayweather Junior, is widely regarded as the best all around boxer in the world today. Mayweather Senior provided his thoughts on his son’s future and the prospect of a fight between him and Manny Pacquiao. He also gave his thoughts on Pacquiao’s victory over Antonio Margarito last weekend. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: I think it’s actually time for our final guest of this week’s epic historic milestone show. He is an OTR favorite having appeared in episodes 30, 70, 71, 78, 82, and episode 90. We are once again joined by the one and only Floyd ‘Joy’ Mayweather Senior. How is everything going today, Floyd?
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SENIOR: Everything is going great.
JENNA: That’s good to hear, Floyd. We’re happy to be talking to you on this, our 100th episode. What are your thoughts on this past weekend’s bout between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito?
MAYWEATHER: I think well you know, both of them are with Bob Arum and I think that he didn’t care about one as much as he cared about the other one. That’s what I believe, and I believe that he didn’t care about one as much as the other one. I believe that Pacquiao, to me there was no doubt anyway. I told everybody that Pacquiao is going to beat him up real bad or stop him, and that’s what he did. Pacquiao caught myself I believed, when the guy hit him to the body, I can’t say who told Pacquiao to act like he did, like he was hurt. Man, he wasn’t hurt. Believe me. He might have been hurt before when he got his ass whopped by one of them little bitty fighters when he was fighting in a smaller weight class when he got stopped when a guy hit him to the body. But now, when he got hit this time by a much, much, much bigger man, he got hit solid. continue
By Joseph Herron: Every once in a long while boxing fans are treated to a true “can’t miss” match-up. Unfortunately for us it doesn’t include anyone by the name of Mayweather or Pacquiao. Instead, the marquee reads the names Martinez and Williams. Most casual fans have very little knowledge of who these fighters are, but for those who love the sport as I do, we’ve been waiting almost a year for this fight. The action in the first fight was absolutely scintillating. It had everything we love about the sweet science: aggression, skill, heart, and of course the controversial decision. Last year’s slugfest included everything that keeps us debating for months after the final punch has landed. A majority decision in favor of the Punisher, Paul Williams, with the score cards reading: 114-114, 115-113, and the inexcusable 119-110. continue
By Ziggy Shah: The past week has been full of highs and lows for boxing fans across the globe. First we had the dismal WBA title fight between Audley Harrison and David Haye. It was indeed a night that had the UFC faithful chuckling over their Budweiser, and questioning our loyalty to the sweet science. continue
King Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) will travel to Helsinki, Finland on Sunday night to continue his preparation for the eagerly anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs). The vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will be on the line when the two superstars collide at the famous Hartwall Areena on November 27. In the co-featured main event, Finnish heavyweight sensation Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) makes a first defence of his EU Heavyweight Title against Attila Levin (34-3, 27 KOs). Boxing-online.com has caught up with King Arthur in his training camp base in Kienbaum, Germany. continue
By James Slater: Last night on Sky Sports, the two managers of rival heavyweight champions the Klistchkos and David Haye, Bernd Boente and Adam Booth, went “head to head” on a split screen. The two spoke on live TV and gave their arguments and opinions on just why a Klitschko Vs. Haye fight has not happened yet, and why the signing of the fight (either Wladimir Vs. Haye or Vitali Vs. Haye) is proving so hard to manage. continue
By James Slater: There is no doubt, former featherweight ruler Naseem Hamed lit up the sport of boxing in a major way back in the 1990s. And, whether you loved him or loathed him, it has to be admitted by all that “The Prince” delivered when it came to providing excitement. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 19 - The stars were out in Los Angeles on Thursday night, as Golden Boy Promotions and AEG's "Fight Night Club" ended its 2010 season with a rousing eight round battle that saw unbeaten lightweight prospect Carlos Molina defeat Puerto Rico's gritty John Figueroa in front of a near sell-out crowd of 2,270 fans at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia. continue
Las Vegas, NV - It looked for a while that the 2010 campaign of undefeated junior lightweight Mickey Bey Jr. was all for not. Not having fought for nearly a year heading into fall, Bey himself wondered if his promising talent would ever come to light and his recent times were surely a test of his patience and fortitude both in and out of the ring. continue
November 19, 2010 Chester, PA: Undefeated and World Ranked #11 Cruiserweight Ran Nakash (25-0 w/18 KOs) and former IBA World Cruiserweight Champion and WBO/IBF/Ring Magazine World Title Challenger Bobby Gunn (21-4-1 w/18 KOs) are finally going to clash in the ring. continue
(Los Angeles) - -The L.A. Matadors, Los Angeles’ team in the groundbreaking, global World Series of Boxing, worked out for local media members on Friday at The Rock in Carson, Calif. The team is preparing for its home-opener on Sunday, Nov. 28, at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live to face the Mexico City Guerreros. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Ten members of USA Boxing men’s national team have traveled to France for two international events over the next two weeks. The elite group of boxers will face the host nation in a USA vs. France Dual, November 20 in Abbeville, France to kick off the international competition prior to participating in a Four Nations Tournament, November 26-27. continue
SAO PAULO (Nov. 19, 2010) – Undefeated Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira and his promoter, Rumble Star Promotions, take the first step towards popularizing boxing in Brazil tomorrow (Saturday) night with the presentation of “A Gala Night of Boxing” pro-am event.
“A Gala Night of Boxing,” presented by Rumble Star Promotions, in association with Reunion Sports & Marketing, will air live on SporTV and TV Globo International live from Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. continue
Hollywood came to London earlier today. OK, not quite Hollywood but the film crew shooting the worldwide Christmas 2010 Promo for The Body Shop were in town, at the Ultrachem TKO Gym, to film Great Britain’s best known female boxers Marianne ‘Golden Girl’ Marston and Angel ‘The Artist’ McKenzie in action. continue
(OXNARD, CALIF.) – The United States and Poland led the participating nations in victories for the second straight day at the Women’s International Dual Series in Oxnard on Thursday. Team USA racked up four victories on day two of competition while Poland once again went undefeated in their dual contests. continue
This Saturday undefeated Bayan Jargal (15-0-3, 10KO's) will face the toughest test of his young career, when he takes on Steve Upsher Chambers (22-1-1, 6KO's) at the Boardwalk Hall Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. The bout, scheduled for six rounds in the jr. welterweight division, will be one of the undercard bouts to the much anticipated rematch between current WBC Middleweight Champion, Sergio Martinez (45-2-2, 24KO's) and Paul Williams (39-1, 27KO's). continue
Gary Sykes will turning on the Christmas lights in his home town of Dewsbury next weekend – a week after he hopes to light up the York Hall by winning Prizefighter Super Featherweights.
The unbeaten British champion faces a hectic few weeks in the spotlight – entering Prizefighter live on Sky Sports on Saturday as favourite, heading home to Dewsbury to kick-off the season’s celebrations the following Saturday then returning back to the capital the next day for the British Boxing Board of Control 2010 awards lunch, where he is up for fight of the year after his terrific title tussle with Andy Morris in March. continue
Vivek Wallace: It's been almost a year to the day since Paul Williams (39-1, 27KO's) and Sergio Martinez (45-2, 24KO's) gave us what most saw as 2009's "Fight of the Year". Although many things have changed since then, there's no reason to speculate that fight fans will see anything less as the two get set to square off again this Saturday night, live on HBO. As we prepare to see the two men go to battle, we take a look at a few "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and an "Official Prediction":
Paul Williams - "Keys to Victory"
For Paul Williams, the major key to victory will be endless pressure. The rumor mill coming into this fight has been pretty strong about Martinez allegedly having troubles making weight. If Paul Williams has been at the top of his game, this could spell doom in a matchup that will undoubtedly come down to conditioning and stamina. For Williams, this is a plus that he must be prepared to capitalize on, be it true or false. Williams has never been known as a very defensive fighter, so his workrate will be very important, as even if the conditioning question materializes, it will be a very dangerous fight before Martinez does wear down (if at all). continue
The former two weight world champion has shed 34lb in five weeks since leaving The Priory where he was treated for depression. Hatton, 32, is not even contemplating fighting againat the moment but is still training and puts his fitness down to using Vyomax Nutrition Products. ‘The Hitman’ is also working out daily at his gym, Hatton Health and Fitness and making full use of their state of the art facilities. He said: “I have been five weeks out of rehab and dropped two-and-a-half stone. I used to drop that much in a 12 week training camp.
“I am not working as hard I did when I was fighting, but it is all down to the advise from Samir Kiami and products from his company Vyomax Nutrition. continue
This 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.
Las Vegas odds have the fight a virtual pick'em, with Williams as a light favorite at 6:5. It is 3:1 that the fight goes the distance and 5:2 it ends early. continue
British great Naseem Hamed has backed new pro Callum Johnson to become a world champion inside three years.b Hamed, who made fifteen defences of his WBO World Featherweight title and the lit up boxing in the 90s with his flamboyant style and explosive punching, makes a welcome return to boxing and is applying to the British Boxing Board of Control to be Johnson's manager. Johnson, 25, won gold for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi earlier this year and makes his glittering debut on December 4 at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow. continue
By James Slater - Exactly 20 years ago today, one of British boxing’s most genuine grudge-matches took place, in Birmingham, West Midlands. Two middleweights, both well respected, with one of them established on the world stage, locked horns over a scheduled 12-rounder that contested the WBO title.
The crown belonged to London’s Nigel Benn, and Brighton’s Chris Eubank wanted it; knowing a win would mean so much more than just his becoming a belt holder. Benn, known as “The Dark Destroyer,” was already a star in America, having stopped both Doug DeWitt and, most recently, Iran Barkley. Eubank was less known, but he knew a win over Benn would make him the biggest 160-pound star in the U.K. continue
By James Slater - It’s still way too early to say with any certainty who pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao will face in his next fight, as there are a number of big names currently hoping to land the mega-bout. As has been previously reported, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto (in what would be a rematch) and even the winner of the upcoming Tim Bradley-Devon Alexander clash have been put forth as possibilities by promoter Bob Arum - if the fight the whole world wants to see, in Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather can’t be made.
Another realistic, if none too appealing option, is for Pac-Man to fight 39-year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley in his next fight (which will likely take place around summer of next year). continue
Andy Lee, WBA # 9 and WBC # 15 middleweight world title contender will be in action on December 11 on the undercard of the Waldimir Klitschko V Derek Chisora heavyweight world title fight at the SAP Arena, Mannheim, Germany. The Kronk fighter for the past month has been training hard at the Kronk Gym in Detroit along his 22 year old cousin, Tyson Fury. The towering Tyson is presently the English heavyweight champion with a record of 12 straight wins with 9 coming by way of knockout and his ambition is to become a world champion some day. continue
Atlantic City, NJ (November 18, 2010) - Click on the video below to witness the extreme training of Three-Time World Champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams who will take on WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez this Saturday, November 20 in a highly anticipated rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest. The Martinez-Williams II card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City. Martinez-Williams II will be broadcast on HBO's World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 PM/7:00 PM PT. continue
Atlantic City, NJ (November 17, 2010) - This Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will defend his title against Paul "The Punisher" Williams in a rematch of their December 5, 2009 slugfest which had both fighters knocked down in round one and Williams winning by majority decision after twelve back-and-forth rounds.
Goossen Tutor Promotions and DiBella Entertainment in association with Caesars Atlantic City are presenting this evening of boxing. Martinez vs. Williams II will be broadcast on HBO's World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT.
Tickets, priced at $400, $200, $100 and $50 are available for purchase at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
Gabriel Sarmiento (Martinez Trainer) :
Williams and Peterson each have a big mouth and for the past few weeks there has been a lot of talking out of the ring. Now there will be only action in the ring. continue
By James Slater - Heavyweight powerhouse David Tua is set to return to action in New Zealand in March of next year, his promoter Cedric Kushner recently informed Newstalk ZB.
The 37-year-old, who was deemed lucky to have exited with a 12-round draw with New Yorker Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett back in July, was hoping to get back into the ring a lot sooner than next spring, but a nagging shoulder injury has delayed his plans. The news article reports how Tua only began punching in training this week. continue
Bill Patrice Jones - The clamour for a heavyweight unification clash between David Haye and one of the Klitschko brothers has reached boiling point in the fall out of Haye’s despicable title defence against Audley Harrison. Almost immediately upon hearing Haye promise the fights with 99.9% certainty, should the financing be fair, Vitali has once again thrown his hat into the ring.
The David Haye Audley Harrison ‘best of enemies’ farce has gone beyond heightening the need for a real heavyweight title fight. It has literally rendered anything else on Haye’s part; meaningless. If Haye wants redemption he must surely step into the ring with one of the Ukrainian siblings and put his skills and power to the ultimate test. continue
By James Slater - Yesterday, rumours surfaced (in The Daily Mail’s on-line web site initially) that said Oscar De La Hoya is most interested in coming back to the ring to face British legend Ricky Hatton - in England, next year, in what would likely be a huge event.
Most fans, upon reading this, immediately refused to believe it and referred to the rumours as B.S. Well, it turns out, to no great surprise, that this line of thinking is correct. Though Hatton himself has not publicly made any comment about the “would-be fight,” Oscar Has. continue
By James Slater - Moments ago in Mt Claremont, Australia, 37-year-old Danny Green won a 12-round unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten B.J Flores. Retaining his IBO cruiserweight title via scores of 118-110, 118-111 (both way too wide) and a more realistic 117-112, “The Green Machine” improved to 31-3(27) as a pro. Flores, who boxed well in spots but wasn’t aggressive enough to earn enough rounds on the judges’ score cards, fell to 24-1-1(15).
The fight never really caught the kind of fire the Australian fans were hoping it would, as a tactical battle ensued. Flores landed lots of jabs and the occasional right hand, but Green was doing more - much to the delight of the crowd, who were of course very much on his side. continue
CHICAGO, IL (November 16, 2010) Undefeated Mexican junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca is hard at work in Chicago wrapping up training for his last bout of the year this Friday night, November 19th at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 13 at the UIC Pavilion.
Featured in an eight rounder bout against Toledo , Ohio veteran Martin Tucker, 7-6-0 (3KO’s), fan favorite Popoca, 14-0-1 (10KO’s), is solely focused on the task at hand. However, speaking after a recent training session at JABB Boxing Gym, the aggressive, all-action Guerrero, Mexico native allowed himself to look ahead to 2011.
“I know what I have to do against Tucker, he’s a real solid, durable guy who’s fought and beat some good fighters. I’ve worked hard and have had terrific sparring for this fight and I’ll be ready on Friday night. The UIC Pavilion is like my living room so I’m very comfortable there.. continue
GREEN V FLORES ROUND BY ROUND by Eugene Carnachan - In the pre-fight weigh up both fighters weigh in at 194 pounds. At fight time Flores, by his own admission, will weigh 94 kilos – 207 pounds. Green will remain the same- 88 kilos. Flores will be some thirteen pounds (13 lb) heavier. BJ Flores 24 (KO 15) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 1. Danny Green 30 (KO 27) + lost 3 (KO 0).
Flores enters the ring his usual animated self. Bouncing around like an over inflated basketball Flores is up for this fight. He’s looks as fit as Kangaroo! A bit of the Australian vernacular for you folks. Flores name is emblazoned across his Everlast boxing shorts. A rather busty lass is flying the American flag in accompaniment with Flores entourage. Flores gets into the ring to a few boos from some patriotic fans. continue
British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Derek Chisora has hit back at claims made yesterday by Jarvis Astaire about his right to fight Wladimir Klitschko.
The David Haye-Audley Harrison farce prompted former boxing promoter Astaire - who has not been actively involved in the sport since the late 90s - to question Chisora's validity to challenge the WBO/IBF World Heavyweight champion
Astaire said: "not only is Chisora a comparative novice, but he is four inches shorter than Wladimir,. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (November 16, 2010) In the past decade, the countries of the former Soviet Union have flooded boxing with dominant fighters in almost every weight division. Russian light-welterweight Khabib Allakhverdiev may soon join this group of elite boxers. Currently 13-0 (six KO’s), Allakhverdiev recently won the WBC Asian Boxing Council 140 lbs belt and is now poised to penetrate the upper echelons of the light-welterweight division. The 27-year-old Allakhverdiev, who is managed by Yuri Fedorov and coached by eminent trainer John David Jackson, may in fact fight for a world championship within the next year.
Born and raised in Dagestan, a mountainous region in the Caucasus, Allakhverdiev is native to the city of Derbent. Like other republics in the Caucasus, Dagestan is renown for producing outstanding boxers, wrestlers, martial artists, and free-style fighters. Allakhverdiev took up boxing at the age of 11 due to the influence of his older brother Shafadin, who was already a distinguished amateur at the time. In later years, both brothers won national championships and perennially ranked among Russia’s best amateurs. continue
Earlier today at the Universal Boxing Gym in Ozone Park, NY, heavyweight contender Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24KO's) participated in an open media workout in anticipation of his upcoming title fight against Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27KO's) on Thursday, December 9th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. continue
Eugene Carnachan - Tonight BJ Flores 24 (KO 15) + lost 0 (KO 0) + drawn 1 and Danny Green 30 (KO 27) + lost 3 (KO 0) go head to head at Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont, Western Australia. Greens home patch.
The fight is for Greens IBO Cruiserweight belt.
Greens last two outings have been the blowout of faded legend Roy Jones Junior and the farcical outing against and even more faded and cerebrally challenged Paul Briggs.
Flores as an opponent was enlisted to provide stern opposition to a fighter, Green, whose once impervious domestic reputation is somewhat dented and in need of panel beating given the nature of his last two fights. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 16 - Former Welterweight World Champion Carlos "Tata" Baldomir will be back in action in his home country of Argentina on Friday, November 19, as he hopes to impress fans by defeating hard-hitting fellow Argentinean Amilcar Funes in the main event of HBO Plus' "Next Boxing Generation" from Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, Argentina. In the co-feature, unbeaten Buenos Aires native Marcelino Lopez puts his perfect record on the line in a WBC Latino lightweight title bout against Colombia's Jailer Berrio. continue
By James Slater- Along with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, head trainer of Manny Pacquiao Freddie Roach is keen on the idea of his charge facing Mexican star Juan Manuel Marquez for a third time next year. When discussing who Pac-Man might face in his next fight, Ariza said he’d prefer to see Manny get it on with the Mexican for a third time far more than he would like to see Pacquiao face “Sugar” Shane Mosley. continue
Sheffield star Kell Brook has fired a warning to Amir Khan - fight the best welterweight in Britain before talking about Floyd Mayweather.
Brook takes on Michael Clark next month in a WBO Intercontinental Welterweight title defence and is then on course for a potential WBO World title shot next year against unbeaten American Mike Jones. continue
By James Slater - In news that may or may not shock fight fans (after all, just about anything can happen in boxing these days, with all manner of amazing match-ups and returns to the ring taking place), Oscar De La Hoya is interested in facing Ricky Hatton in a blockbuster fight in England next year. continue
!Philadelphia, PA (November 2010) - Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) arrived at the Philadelphia airport earlier this afternoon to make his way to Atlantic City for his upcoming battle on Saturday, November 20th that is set to take place at the Boardwalk Hall. Martinez, who is the reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion, will defend his title against Paul "The Punisher" Williams (39-1, 27 KO) 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 action-packed back-and-forth rounds. continue
AUDLEY HARRISON has been offered a showdown against Britain’s top heavyweight prospect David Price. Promoter Frank Maloney believes public enemy number one Harrison is an ideal opponent for undefeated Olympic bronze medallist David Price with his name. And he intends contacting the 2000 Olympic champion's promoter Barry Hearn with a view to making the fight next year. Maloney said: “Price is the best heavyweight in the world and the L-plates are off for him from now. “I am willing to make Audley an offer to fight him and when David beats him we will be rid of Harrison for good. continue
Last Saturday night, we witnessed one of the most incredible performances of this era, by one of the most gifted athletes of this era, in Filipino, Manny Pacquiao. Back in May, we witnessed the greatness of another transcendent talent who held the spotlight long before his true emergence, in American, Floyd Mayweather jr.
In a sport filled with great talent, yet greater uncertainty, the one thing that no one can deny is that atop the highest peak in this '"Grand Canyon" resides two men and two men only.
Over the course of time, history has found a way of preventing us from seeing the best face the best. Each of us have wondered what would happen if a prime Muhammad Ali faced a prime Mike Tyson. Or a prime Kobe Bryant versus a prime Michael Jordan.
Well........for once, history got it right!
For the first, and perhaps the last time in the history of all mankind, we are privileged to live in an era where two men with a legitimate claim for unequivocal greatness co-operate. There should be no mountain high enough, and no wicked intention low enough to prevent the parties involved from meeting a middle-grounds to finally take center-stage. None!
There remains one point of contention which separates the two parties, and in an effort to move beyond this obstacle, I present the following truce: continue
Sheffield sensation Kell Brook has a simple message for top American prospect Mike Jones after seeing him fight at the weekend - let's get it on. Jones held on to his unbeaten record in Texas, but needed a majority decision to get past Jesus Sotto Karass on the big Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito undercard. It left him on course for a WBO World Welterweight title clash with Brook in early 2011. "I've been looking at some fights of Jones and of course saw his fight at the weekend," said Brook. continue
Unbeaten Cavan star Andy Murray is hoping to gatecrash the world title scene this Saturday with a win over World number 14 Claudinei “Volcano” Lacerda when they meet in the main event of the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Breaffy House Resort in Mayo. The fight is live on RTÉ TWO as European number 3 Murray puts his 22 fight unbeaten record on the line against Lacerda, a 30 year old Brazilian who is the reigning WBO Latino champ. continue
HATTON Promotions prospect Matty Askin is determined he won’t come unstuck in his battle against fellow unbeaten fighter Mitchell Balker. Their cruiserweight battle takes place on Hatton Promotions triple title bill at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Friday November 26. Blackpool’s former ABA champion is unbeaten in eight fights, while his Dutch rival has won all three contests. Askin said: “If I just keep producing the goods and keep going I will be able to come through this test.. continue
“I would like to congratulate Manny Pacquiao for his win on Saturday Night. It was a tough and difficult fight for me and I hope the fans enjoy our battle at Cowboys Stadium.
“I also want to thank Bob Arum for always believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao. I also want to thank all the fans who came to see me and who watched the fight on TV and continue to support me. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 15, 2010) – Bitter rivals and European superstars Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham continued to throw verbal jabs at one another on Monday during an international media conference call less than two weeks before their Super Six World Boxing Classic clash for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 27, on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) on same-day-delay from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland.
“I never ever want to test my chin with anybody,” Froch said. “The best chin is the one that doesn’t get hit. I’ve fought some very strong super middleweights and light heavyweights. I’m not concerned when people say that Arthur’s the biggest puncher I’ve faced. I think his power is overrated, especially at super middleweight.”
Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs) vs. Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) has the potential to be a classic toe-to-toe brawl with both fighters hungry and coming off their first professional losses. Froch lost his world title to Mikkel Kessler, who withdrew from the World Boxing Classic Tournament with an eye injury, and has said that he feels like he will have to knock out Abraham to get his belt back. continue
By James Slater: Moments after his ludicrously easy blowout of an inept Audley Harrison this past Saturday, WBA heavyweight ruler David Haye said he would face both Klitschko brothers next year, beat the pair of them and then retire. Haye promised the two fights would take place, as did his manager Adam Booth, who said the fights have a 99-percent chance of happening. continue
By James Slater - Alex Ariza, Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach, spoke with the media after Pac-Man’s terrific win over the much bigger but slower Antonio Margarito on Saturday. And, though the pound-for-pound king easily dealt with the Mexican’s advantages in size, height and reach, Ariza says he hopes Manny will fight at no higher than welterweight from here on in - echoing promoter Bob Arum’s recent sentiments.
Ariza, as quoted by Philboxing.com, said he and Pac-Man have spoken about going back down in weight for future fights, and that the two agreed how they’re “kind of done with it [moving up and up in weight].. continue
By James Slater - Fight fans, especially those in the UK, are still hopping mad over the pathetic non-effort the big-talking Audley Harrison gave on Saturday in the biggest fight of his professional life. There really is no need to repeat how “A-Farce,” sorry, “A-Force” was unwilling to throw any serious punch the whole two-and-a-half rounds the “fight” with David Haye lasted - enough scorn has been poured on the 39-year-old.
However, Harrison may now find himself feeling even worse after the bout; due to how The British Boxing Board of Control are reported to be looking into whether or not they should withhold some or all of his fight purse. continue
By James Slater - This Wednesday’s (Nov. 17th) IBO cruiserweight title fight between champ Danny Green and unbeaten challenger B.J Flores has attracted an absolute ton of attention over in Australia, where the fascinating fight will take place. Green is very much a superstar in his homeland, thanks in large part to his shockingly-quick stoppage of an admittedly faded Roy Jones Junior.
As such, any fight “The Green Machine” has from now until the day he calls it quits will be huge news down under. And against the younger, faster and bigger Flores, 37-year-old Green has a real fight ahead of him - as the defending IBO boss acknowledges.
Green, who believes he will probably never top his 1st-round stoppage win over Jones, saying he will “never beat anyone better” than Jones, feels a win over Flores will certainly be noteworthy. However, in speaking with Australian website Sportsnewsfirst.com, Green confessed he will be carrying at least one minor injury with him into Wednesday’s fight. continue
“To my family, my team and the fans who got behind me on this journey to overthrow David Haye and become Heavyweight champion, I'm sorry I was unable to walk through the door and fulfil my destiny. I can promise I cut no corners in training and did all I could do in getting myself ready both physically and mentally for Saturday's fight. Ultimately, I didn't get going and my game plan to take over the fight in the later rounds was extinguished by the power and speed of David Haye who caught me clean around my guard. continue
Raynell E. (Bronx, NYC): Watching Pacquiao destroy Margarito was amazing. I can't understand how some argue that he isn't the best. After seeing that victory, do you still think he needs Floyd?
Vivek W. (ESB): To answer your question, I think both men need one another. Period. These are the two most dominant men in recent years, and statistically, some could argue in the history of the sport. They can retire with their current legacy in tact, but to remove all doubt, no question, they still need one another. You can't make an effective argument that you're a G.O.A.T. or one of the "greatest of all time" if you didn't even defeat the perennial figure in your particular time. You simply can't! I can understand how people will take the dominating performance from last Saturday night and feel as though it removes all questions, but perhaps I should remind you of the night that I covered the Mayweather/Mosley fight and saw the exact opposite, first hand. I had never in my life seen such adulation for a boxer than I did that evening.
I personally witnessed several journalist who have made a habit of insulting Mayweather in the past, not only adore him uncontrollably that evening, but lay out the red carpet for months to follow. You know when that treatment stopped? When Pacquiao took center stage again. And do you know when that treatment for Pacquiao will stop? If and When Floyd signs another mega fight. It's a pendulum, ladies and gents! Those who are fanatical of one or the other may stick to their vote, but in the minds of those who are neutral, it's a typical "flava of the month" scenario. continue
It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents MANNY PACQUIAO VS. ANTONIO MARGARITO, the exclusive replay of their super welterweight title fight, this SATURDAY, NOV. 20 at 10:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. PT on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tex., calls all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue
DESPITE DAVID HAYE's claim that he had bet on himself to beat Audley Harrison in the 3rd round (15/2 with Hills to win in 3rd, 15/8 to win before end of 3rd)and advised people to back him to do so, bookmakers William Hill say that the fight produced a record betting turnover - and a record profit for them! continue
By Madra Uladh: In a dazzling display of boxing finesse and ring generalship, Manny Pacquaio confounded the (few) doubters regarding his ability to perform his craft against the much taller and heavier Margarito. By the ninety second mark of round one, it was clear that Manny's speed was going to bedevil the Mexican and his only chance would be to hang in and hope his stamina would outlast that of the Filipino. continue
By James Slater: Though, as he himself later admitted, he had the odd sticky patch last night during his fabulous points win over an unimaginably game Antonio Margarito, pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao again proved he is one of the greatest fighters in history. The non-stop fighting machine was way too fast, way too powerful and way too good for the tough Mexican, and the one-sided beating (as the fight became after the 8th-round at the latest) was hard to watch at times, for those people who like or admire Margarito, anyway.
Coming back from the odd time when he was hurt - by a body shot as he was on the ropes in the 6th-round most notably - Pac-Man got back to busting up “Tony’s” face and basically giving him the fiercest hiding of his entire career. As harsh as fight fans and the sport of boxing itself can be, and as deserving of a beating as Margarito was in the eyes of these fans due to how he infamously attempted to load his gloves (or at least his trainer attempted to, and may have done so successfully in previous fights before the Mosley affair of Jan. 2009) - last night’s pounding was one that was perversely enjoyable to watch.
Margarito’s bravery was admirable, but the sight of him being savaged, broken and beaten was just what his “haters” wanted to witness. In taking the kind of wicked punishment he did and refusing to fall, the Mexican may well have fought his last fight. The 32-year-old soaked up far more punches than he did when being stopped by Shane Mosley almost two years ago, and his battered body (and face) may not be seen in a ring again as a result. Some people may say good riddance, and such thinking may seem cruel, but whatever comes his way next, Margarito surely paid the price for his cheating last night. continue
By James Slater: Last night, minutes after ending the quite pathetic (there really is no other word for it) challenge of Audley Harrison, WBA heavyweight champ David Haye spoke about what will be next for him in the ring. Confident he can “crush anybody,” Haye promised the fights with Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko will happen next year. continue
By James Slater: Last night, on the under-card of the huge Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito clash, Cuban amateur sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux won his biggest pro fight to date as he won a 12-round split decision over the vastly experienced Ricardo Cordoba of Panama. continue
By Paul Strauss: How can anyone's description do justice to what Manny Pacquiao managed to do tonight at Cowboy Stadium against Antonio Margarito. Pick a superlative: great, unbelievable, incredible, one of a kind, unsurpassed, never been done before. No matter what you say, I guarantee it will still fall short.
Understandably, prior to the start of tonight's fight, there were those who were seriously questioning the validity of odds makers favoring Manny by a six to one margin. Several trainers, fighters and journalist wondered if Manny maybe bit off more than he could chew this time, because of Margarito's size and toughness. How can an overgrown lightweight successfully deal with that kind of threat?
However, Manny pulled it off in style. He probably took every round; although one judge gave Tony two rounds, another one round, and the third, who was probably more accurrate, scored it a shut out. Even in the six and seventh rounds, when Tony finally pinned Manny against the ropes and pummeled him with several shots, Manny still came back and took the rounds. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Legend has it, that the great elusive featherweight champion Willie Pep once won a round of boxing without throwing a single punch. After watching the first round of the WBA title fight between Audley Harrison v David Haye, I guess Harrison was trying to emulate that same feat. But maybe someone forgot to mention to the challenger, that ‘will o’ the wisp’ achieved it by using his defensive skills and not standing still like a pint of milk. continue
Tijuana, Mexico (November 14, 2010) - Undefeated Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) travels to Nagoya, Japan to take on highly regarded, national boxing hero Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs). Hasegawa, who recently suffered a loss to Fernando Montiel now reemerges as he is ready to put himself to the test and for a new opportunity. Scheduled to take place on Friday, November 26, 2010 at Nihon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. continue
LOS ANGELES (November 12) - Golden Boy Promotions returned to the Rio Grande Valley with an explosive six-bout card at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, which was televised live on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." The event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Cavazos Boxing Promotions. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
by Jenna J - There will be a special post fight edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio following the highly anticipated showdown between Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao and the Mexican warrior Antonio Margarito. The show starts at 1:30am New York Time/2:30pm Manila Time. Fans are encouraged to call in and share their thoughts. (646)-716-5404.
We will also be joined by Big Sugar Ray Phillips, who will be in attendance watching the fight live at ringside in Coweboys Staduium.
By Fantana: Ahead on all three judges’ scorecards an Audley Harrison slip changed the course of heavyweight history and in a stunning upset David Haye retained his WBA Heavyweight title. I was at the fight along with some men who think I’m cool and what we witnessed can only be described as perhaps the most exciting three rounds of heavyweight boxing ever - dwarfing the action and manliness of Hagler vs Hearns. The fight was exciting and controversial; the crowd were all in agreement with me because they all booed at the outrageous refereeing decision to stop the fight so early. It can only be described as another black eye for boxing and another five million in the bank for Mr David Haye who lives in Cyprus. continue
By John Wight: Two men attempted to impersonate world heavyweight championship fighters in front of 20,000 spectators at the MEN Arena in Manchester tonight. Both failed dismally. How else to sum up the overhyped fight between David Haye and Audley Harrison for the WBA title? It was a disgrace of a fight and a disaster for boxing, and both fighters should get on their knees and apologise for stinking up the sport, just before refunding the ticket money of every one of the 20,000 who splashed their hard earned cash, as well as the thousands who were persuaded to stump up fifteen quid to watch it on PPV. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Manchester, WBA heavyweight champ David Hayed scored a ridiculously easy 3rd-round TKO over a reluctant (scared?) Audley Harrison - much to the displeasure of the large, money-paying crowd. continue
Washington, D.C. (November 13, 2010) - Next Saturday, November 20, at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KO), will defend his title against Paul "The Punisher" Williams (39-1, 27 KO) 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 action-packed back-and-forth rounds. continue
By James Slater: The televised action got off to a great start tonight in Manchester, as red hot prospect and reigning Commonwealth super-middleweight champ George Groves came through a very fierce test against the also-unbeaten Kenny Anderson of Scotland. The 22-year-old Londoner, promoter by David Haye’s Hayemaker Promotions, was decked for the first time in his pro career in the 3rd-round, but got back up and eventually overwhelmed the Hatton Promotion’s warrior at 2-minutes and 35-seconds of the 7th. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Ever since the mega bout between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito was officially announced, guests from the On the Ropes Boxing Radio have shared their views on this contest. Here is what some of our most recent guests, including some of the top trainers and best fighters, have had to say:
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“It’s interesting. Obviously Margarito has been diminished some because of his loss to Mosley and also the issue with the gloves in which now people have questions about whether his power was there as much as we thought to begin with. Obviously he’s a bigger stronger man and we would have thought two years ago or three years ago it was crazy for Pacquiao to fight him. For Margarito it’s all about the power and the strength, and for Pacquiao it’s all about the combination punching and lateral movement and agility. I always felt that Margarito had some serious defensive liabilities, and those defensive liabilities could hurt him badly in this fight with Pacquiao.” continue
By Fantana: Good evening fight fans! We are just a few man-hours away from the biggest heavyweight fight Britain has seen this century and the excitement factor just got knocked up a notch after the weigh in yesterday. Sky Sports News were on hand to interview fight fans, and real men such as myself, asking them hard hitting questions like ‘Who is going to win?’ and also ‘Will the weight difference be a big factor in the fight?’ Skip to around 38 seconds in to see your favourite British writer’s opinion broadcast on Sky. Please note – I am NOT Bruce Willis. continue
By James Slater: A short time ago, during the hype that was in full-flow for tonight’s WBA heavyweight title clash between David Haye and Audley Harrison, Haye was asked what it would mean if, shock of shocks, he actually lost to bitter rival Harrison. Haye smiled and said he hadn’t even thought about such a prospect, so far is the very idea from his mind. continue
By Vivek Wallace: For the past 8 weeks, two men, literally from two separate worlds, trained strenuously for one common goal. After an unprecedented contribution of blood, sweat, and tears, tonight, the culmination is a date with one another that will end in what most expect to be a bloody war. An old adage has it that "opposites attract", and there could be no greater contrast between two men than that in which we have between the two who now sit center-stage. In Pacquiao, you have the humble....in Margarito you have the horrific. In Pacquiao, a symbol of love....in Margarito, a villainous thug! But, no matter how much the two contrast, their collective faith is one daunting task. As we get set to watch it all unfold, we take a look at "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and an "Official Prediction": continue
By Ian “Normen Bates” Sims: Rumor has it; that on a cold February night on a Chicago road 1978 after losing his heavyweight title to an inexperienced Leon Spinks…..Muhammad Ali who was virtually humiliated by the former Olympic champion sprouted out of his house at 2am in the morning, shadowing boxing, running tirelessly, while screaming at the top of his lungs “I gotta get my belt back”. It was the first time In Heavyweight history that a legendary champion would lose his title to a complete novice. continue
By Ryan Watson: We are just hours away from fight night but the question still hangs in the air, “Why is David Haye fighting Audley Harrison?” Harrison ranked number 14 as a heavyweight had such a promising amateur career, winning the gold medal in the commonwealth games and an Olympic gold. Promoter big fish Frank Warren signed him and Ring Magazine even proclaimed he was the future of the heavyweight division. So then why has ‘A-Force’ fell so miserably short? In a career that was supposed to smell of roses now reeks of failure and yet come Saturday night, Audley will still find himself sharing the ring with the heavyweight champion of the world. continue
VERACRUZ, MEXICO, November 12 - Without question, 2010 has been the "Year of Canelo," as unbeaten Mexican phenom Saul "Canelo" Alvarez emphatically announced his arrival as one of boxing's top young stars. The year isn't over yet, and on Saturday, December 4, Alvarez will close out the biggest 12 months of his career with a 12 round battle against former World Champion Lovemore "The Black Panther" N'dou at Estadio de Beisbol "Beto" Avila in Veracruz, Mexico. continue
DALLAS, TEXAS- World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez arrived today in Dallas, Texas to attend the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito bout here in Cowboys Stadium tomorrow. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 12 - Due to a minor injuries sustained in a recent car accident, Oxnard's "Dangerous" David Rodela has been forced to withdraw from his Thursday, November 18 bout against Norwalk's Carlos Molina at L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia. Stepping in for Rodela to face the unbeaten Molina will be Puerto Rico's John Figueroa. continue
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! will repeat the November 1 episode featuring Manny Pacquiao and Will Ferrell's now-classic duet of John Lennon’s “Imagine” tonight at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. As of this morning, You Tube had over 803,000 registered complete views of their four-minute clip. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT4hHMIpnjU) continue
Last-minute replacement Gbenga "Bang Bang" Oloukun stopped German heavyweight contender Konstantin Airich in three rounds in front of 1000 fans at the Vogelsanghalle in Stralsund, Germany on Friday night. The Nigerian who stepped in on only two days notice for unbeaten Turk Yakup Saglam connected with the harder punches from the opening bell on. In the third "Bang Bang" landed a powerful uppercut which sent Airich to the canvas immediately after 47 seconds in the third. The German beat the count but was on shaky legs forcing his corner to throw in the towel. continue
LINCOLN, RI (Nov. 12, 2010) -- Fighting for the first time at home in two years, IBO Middleweight Champion “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. displayed a strong body-punching attack en route to a win by 6-round technical knockout against Colombian power-puncher Jhon Berrio in the non-title, main event on tonight’s “Homecoming King” card at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. continue
New York State Featherweight Champion, "Orlandito" Del Valle ( 10-0-0,8KO's ) from Puerto Rico, has been added to the Paul Williams-Sergio Martínez undercard, set for Saturday, November 20 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
12 GB Boxers, 2 Scots, 4 welsh and 6 boxers representing England are in tomorrow’s finals of the first ever GB Amateur Boxing Championship in Liverpool, after an exciting day of action at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. continue
By Fantana: It was one of those moments that you will never forget for the rest of your man-life, like meeting your future wife or winning a game online on Fifa 11 for the first time. Today was the day I met Audley Harrison. But more on how that happened later on in this riveting article, perhaps my best yet. The day started off in a whirl as I packed my suitcase and headed off for Manchester for the big weigh in. Arriving there at half past twelve I parked in the Lowry multi-storey car park and met up with my friends who had been waiting for me patiently. At half past one they opened the doors to the place where the weigh in was being held, some sort of theatre. It was first come first serve with a maximum of one thousand allowed inside. On the stage were TV cameras and lots of people looking important and I spotted Steve Bunce who refused to wave to me and also Johnny Nelson who flat out ignored me. The excitement in the theatre was pretty high in a non-gay way and the place was pretty packed. My wife, friends and I were seated right at the back, in Row H with only posh folk in some sort of executive seats behind us and higher up.
After a few minutes fighters started coming out to weigh in including George Groves ahead of his eleventh pro fight. He was wearing a hat and looked a bit like Freddy Kruger. Lennox Lewis was also there and his name was announced to a big round of applause. The commentator for Sky asked the crowd if they thought Audley Harrison would win, I was among a small group of true believers. Us guys who raised our hands know for sure Audley will win despite what everyone says. After all the side shows and talking it was finally time for the man of the evening, Audley Harrison, to weigh in. He stormed onto the stage looking confident and ready to fight, I was so excited I gave my wife a big hug and high fived my friends. Suddenly like a storm coming from the west David Haye and his crew appeared on the stage wearing NO YOU CANT t-shirts and I booed him as much as I could but generally he received applause. continue
By James Slater: At least one expert, one man who knows of what he speaks when it comes to a fighter making weight the right and wrong way, has gone on record as saying Antonio Margarito, tomorrow night’s co-challenger for the WBC 154-pound title, will have almost nothing left in the ring in Texas due to him “killing himself” to make the 150-pound limit. continue
By James Slater: Former WBA heavyweight titlist Ruslan Chagaev, the man who is currently the WBA mandatory challenger, will be watching tomorrow night’s clash between current WBA boss and challenger Audley Harrison. In line to face the winner, the Uzbekistan 32-year-old with the 26-1-1(17) record, told Fightnews.com that he has no preference who wins, and that he sees the fight as a 50-50 affair. continue
By James Slater: The weigh-in has taken place, just moments ago, for the heavily-hyped WBA heavyweight title clash between “Best Of Enemies,” David Haye and Audley Harrison.
The weigh-in, which was open to the public, was expected to attract a big crowd, and it did. Also expected was challenger Harrison to weigh-in at a considerably heavier poundage than former cruiserweight king Haye. However, some fans may raise an eyebrow when they read just how much heavier “A-Force” was compared to “The Hayemaker.” continue
By Vivek Wallace: Saturday night was supposed to be the Super Bowl of all Super Bowls. That once in a lifetime sporting event with transcendent power to the highest order. Appears the mega event most of us wanted won't be happening after all, but in its place is a fight that could very well turn out to be even better as Mexican warrior Antonio Margarito prepares to square off against Filipino Manny Pacquiao. With any great fight promotion comes a ton of subplots, and this case is no different. As we draw closer to the showdown, we take a closer look at several of those subplots, as well as the implications they have on the present, the event itself, as well as the future of both men:
Only days away from the biggest fight of the year in the sport, several fight fans find themselves wondering how is it possible that we are on the brink of seeing a recently suspended fighter cash in on his biggest career payday without ever truly being cleared of the very dangerous allegations he faced? In all stretches of life, politics have been long known to trump all logic. The world of boxing is apparently no different. With a ton of money on the table and a promoter who knows how to go get it, it's no coincidence that we now find ourselves on the brink of this mega affair. When asked "who would be the winner on the night of November 14th between Margarito and Pacquiao", a huge fight fan and friend of mine stated "Bob Arum". continue
ATLANTIC CITY (November 12, 2010)—Top American Heavyweight, Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon will now take on Alexis Mejias as an exciting ten round co-feature that will be part of a big night of boxing promoted by Mike Brestle’s Spartan Fight Promotions and is dubbed BATTLE II. The show will take place at Harrah’s Resort and Casino
In the main event, undefeated Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis will take on Victor Lares for the NABF Super Middleweight title. continue
Rising undefeated junior middleweight prospect Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (28-0 17 KOs) has enlisted the services of Standing Eight Management to guide his boxing career. The management company is lead by boxing manager Steven Feder who is delighted to have the Glendale, California, based fighter in his stable, "we got to know one another first as friends at Wild Card. Managing his future is a welcomed responsibility." continue
Arlington, TX (November 11, 2010) -- Two days before PACQUIAO vs. MARGARITO face off at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday, November 13, predictions have come in from world champion boxers, trainers of world champions and journalists from around the country.
Yuri Foreman, Former Jr. Lightweight World Champion: I pick PacMan, because he is more versatile, he has the advantage of speed and lateral movement. He is just over all a better boxer.
Miguel Cotto, Four-Time World Champion: I don't have a prediction for this fight. I will only say that will be a though fight for both fighters. continue
On Saturday December 4th, Philadelphia's rising star, Raymond "Tito" Serrano (13-0, 6KO's) returns to Atlantic City, when he takes on veteran Geoffrey Spruiell in the Grand Ballroom at Bally's. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds in the welterweight division, will be one of the feature bouts of the evening. The card is promoted by Star Boxing, and is headlined by Atlantic City's own, Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (21-2, 12KO's) taking on Ayi Bruce (17-3, 12KO's) for the vacant IBA Welterweight Title. continue
DAVID HAYE will make short work of Audley Harrison when the pair clash at the MEN Arena, Manchester, on Saturday, according to the betting on Betfair. WBA champion Haye is the big odds-on favourite at 2-11 to successfully defend his heavyweight world title.
Ten years on from his gold medal success at the Sydney Olympics, Harrison finally has the title shot he has craved. But odds of 5-1 suggest the 39-year-old Londoner’s championship bid will come up short. continue
Paul Strauss: Some are portraying the differences between the Margarito and Pacquiao camps as personal and geniune, not the usual hype boxing fans are used to seeing as part of the promotional build up. However, the fact is there's nothing unusual about things getting personal. It happens all the time. Many times there are differences in personalities or jealousies. Sometimes there's even more than a little bit of insanity.........i.e. comments about "tearing someone's heart out", or "eating someone's children", or the more mundane things like, "I will kill you!"
Usually fans and the media shake their heads, sometimes chuckle a bit, and shrug it off as a symptom of the less than desirable aspect of the sport. No one seriously tries to change it, or heaven forbid, prevent it. continue
By James Slater - Unbeaten, aggressive and highly exciting to watch, IBF light-heavyweight ruler Tavoris Cloud wants so much to unify the titles at 175-pounds. Currently 21-0(18) the Floridian must first make a successful second defence of his belt, against Colombian puncher Fulgencio Zuniga in December (no easy fight says Cloud’s trainer, Al Bonani - “he was struggling to make 168, so the weight will help him,” he told me when speaking about the Dec. 17th challenger).
If Cloud comes through okay next month, he will then look to begin collecting the major belts in his weight division. Cloud, confident but not arrogant, already feels he is the best in the world at the weight. continue
By James Slater - As fans know, Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, along with their respective trainers, held a press conference in Texas yesterday to discuss/hype their fight on Saturday evening. Lots of the usual stuff got said, with both men and their teams predicting a victory on Saturday, but some interesting things also were said.
Espn.com’s Dan Rafael was there, and he has written on his Twitter page that Pac-Man told those members of the media who were gathered that the Margarito fight will not be his last fight. Trainer Freddie Roach recently said that boxing will “lose” Pacquiao to politics in the not too distant future, and Roach even suggested that Saturday’s light-middleweight title fight might be his star pupil’s last ring appearance. continue
By John Wight: The run up to the much anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito on November 13 in Texas at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, where they will meet for the vacant WBC Light Middleweight title, has thrown up a subtext of which any Hollywood screenwriter would be proud.
For Pacquiao, who along with Floyd Mayweather is the most recognised and exciting fighter of his era, questions have emerged over his preparations going into the fight. Having earlier this year been elected to the Filipino Congress, his training camp, consisting of an initial five weeks in the Philippines followed by three weeks at Freddie Roach’s famed Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, has appeared less than focused – at least judging by what we’ve seen and comments made by Roach during the build up on HBO’s 24/7. continue
By Mark Wilson Smith - The date and venue have been set- November 13th at the Manchester MEN, for what is arguably Britain’s biggest heavyweight fight since Frank Bruno Vs Lennox Lewis back in 1993. David Haye will defend his WBA crown against, in some people’s opinion, a less than deserving Audley Harrison. Despite general belief that the outcome is a foregone conclusion, there are a lot of other factors that make this a fascinating contest.
The first area of interest is the personal history between the two fighters. It has been well documented that Haye and Harrison used to be friends before their relationship turned sour. continue
A former World Champion, an undefeated Cuban sensation and a trio of boxing’s most ferocious young punchers will take to the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Saturday, Nov. 27, in separate undercard bouts leading up to the highly-anticipated Lightweight World Championship main event between Juan Manuel Marquez and Michael Katsidis. In addition to the HBO televised undercard action featuring Andre Berto vs. Freddy Hernandez and Celestino Caballero vs. Jason Litzau, a Thanksgiving weekend fistic feast will be served with former World Champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell, Cuban junior middleweight sensation Erislandy Lara, unbeaten young knockout artists Keith Thurman, Bastie Samir and Michael Finney, as well as top Mexican prospect Gilberto Gonzalez all seeing action on a huge undercard. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (Nov. 10, 2010) – America’s leading super middleweight prospect, undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, departed today for the United Kingdom to serve 10 days as a sparring partner for Carl “The Cobra” Froch (26-1, 20 KOs), who is preparing for his WBC title fight showdown in Showtime’s Super Eight Tournament, November 27 in Finland against Arthur Abraham (31-1, 25 KOs).
Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) is coming off of a scintillating performance last Friday night in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation, stopping James McGirt in the ninth round for the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight title in Fargo, North Dakota. continue
By James Slater - Ageless wonder Glen Johnson scored a sensational 8th-round stoppage over the previously unstopped Allan Green this past Saturday, as fight fans know. And, unconcerned at the fact that Team-Green is set to appeal the win scored by “The Road Warrior,” the youthful 41-year-old is looking forward to the next step in the “Super Six” tourney he is now very much a huge part of.
I called Glen up earlier today (he was at the airport, on his way to Texas for Saturday’s big Pacquiao-Margarito fight), and he very kindly took the time to speak with me about a number of things. continue
By James Slater - Freddie Roach, trainer, of course, of Manny Pacquiao, is known for making pre-fight predictions involving his own fighters. Roach is also recognised as a man who is often dead right with his forecasts. For this coming Saturday’s big fight between Pac-Man and Mexico’s Antonio Margarito, Roach has stuck with his prediction of a Pacquiao KO win, “between rounds eight and nine.”
On the other side, is “Tony’s” trainer, Robert Garcia. Less vocal than Roach and not overly known for making pre-fight predictions - certainly not when it comes to picking the exact round anyway - Garcia has also weighed-in with his opinion on what will happen in the ring in Texas when the two fighters battle over the vacant WBC light-middleweight belt. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature a new published letter directly from hardcore fight fans just like you, followed by a response from Boxing Scribe Vivek Wallace! For those fight fans 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 protected], and remember, there are 3 simple rules to the game: Keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't be shy.....just shine....the mic is yours!. Today's segment comes from Carlo T. (Denver, CO):
I have mixed views on Manny Pacquiao when it comes to "the greatest" conversation. I'm not a hater like some out there, but I'm certainly not one to promote him on some untouchable level either. I saw the piece on "60 Minutes" last Sunday, and it baffles me even more when I hear some of the things said. I've been a fight fan for a long time. Dating back to the 70's to be exact. And I can admit that I haven't seen anyone do what he's done, but to have Arum call him "the greatest", and have him refer to himself as the greatest really makes me scratch my head, because in the 80's alone I can think of atleast 4 fighters (Leonard, Duran, Hearns, Hagler) who didn't all get the same level of promotion, but brought the same tenacity, and did it without the aid of catchweights, strange contract clauses, or any other shenanigans. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 9, 2010) – Glen Johnson’s stunning eighth-round knockout victory over Allan Green Saturday night on SHOWTIME® not only earned him three points and the final spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals but the respect from the other entrants in the Super Six. Although the scoring was close, the 41-year-old Jamaican-born Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs), of Miami, Fla., pushed the pace and consistently delivered the heavier shots throughout. Making his first start at 168 pounds in 10 years, Johnson finished Green (29-3, 20 KOs) of Tulsa, Okla., with a combination culminated by a vicious right hand 36 seconds into the round. continue
MATTHEW HATTON would love to be the man who finally punches Bradford braggart Junior Witter into retirement. Witter spent years begging two weight world champion Ricky Hatton to fight him, but has now switched his attention to ‘The Hitman’s’ younger brother Matthew. Cheeky Witter has claimed a fight against ‘Magic’ Matthew would be an “easy stepping stone” back to the top. Hatton has bigger things than Witter to worry about right now, preparing for his European welterweight title defence against unbeaten Swiss star Roberto Belge at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Friday November 26.
And Matthew has been supported by older brother Ricky a regular visitor to the gym offering his support and encouragement at training sessions. continue
Area press on today to discuss defending 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, live on SHOWTIME.
"Mentally, I was preparing to fight Andre Dirrell," said Ward who also met with his fans, mingling and signing autographs from Ricky's Sports Theatre and Grill. "It was never our intention to not partake in the fight with Dirrell. But when it came down to the training we didn't have to make a lot of adjustments because we hadn't begun camp yet."
With a berth in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic already secured, Ward will return home to the Oracle Arena in Oakland where he has fought and won three of his last four fights. continue
The Mongolian Warrior gives Pacquiao a run for his money with trash talk song - The war of words before Prizefighter Super Featherweights on November 20 has begun – but “The Mongolian Warrior” Choi Tseveenpurev has decided to goad his fellow fighters through song!
Fans’ favourite Choi has posted a video on YouTube throwing the gauntlet down to the likes of British champion Gary Sykes, former England Commonwealth Games captain and Coronation Street actor Steve Bell with his unique take on some classic tracks.
ST. LOUIS, MO (November 10, 2010) St. Louis based super middleweight Kevin “The Hitman” Engel is furious over the quick stoppage of his battle with Marcus “Too Much” Johnson this past Friday night in Fargo, North Dakota.
The scheduled eight rounder was stopped after the third round, a round in which Engel had successfully recovered from a knockdown. The battle was broadcast on ShoBox: The New Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME®. continue
North Bergen, NJ - Unbeaten heavyweight boxer Mariusz "The Polish Giant" Wach will face experienced journeyman Galen "Bad Boy" Brown this Friday November 12 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
The six-round heavyweight bout will be a part of “Homecoming King”, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) in association with DiBella Entertainment and Twin River. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 99th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Freddie Roach who is best known for training pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs). Roach is currently training Pacquiao for a November 13 bout against Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship. In addition, Roach is also preparing Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) to defend his WBA junior welterweight title against Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) on December 11. Roach spoke about these fights and also shared his opinions on other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: Anyway guys, it's time for our third guest of this week’s show. He is the trainer of boxing's biggest star, Manny Pacquiao, and he is making his third appearance on our air. We are joined by the one and only Freddie Roach. How are you doing today, Freddie?
FREDDIE ROACH: Everything is good. How about yourself?
JENNA: It’s going great. We’re definitely happy to be talking to you. Freddie, I’d like to first ask you—there has been a lot made of the 24/7 series that Pacquiao is distracted and he’s not at his best in this camp. Being in there with him, how do you assess what he’s been doing in training camp?
ROACH: Well since we’ve been back in L.A. everything is back on course. His focus is great. His sparring has been terrific. He’s ready to fight right now and I feel a knockout in the air. He’s looking great and we just have too much speed for this guy I feel. continue
James DeGale has hit back at Paul Smith - and warned him excellence will trump experience. The pair clash for the British super-middleweight title at the Liverpool Echo Arena on December 11. It's all part of Frank Warren's bumper Christmas card, the Return of the Magnificent Seven. And yesterday Smith claimed that with nearly 30 fights in the bag as a professional, he will have too much know how for DeGale. But the 2008 Olympic gold medallist has rubbished Smigga's claims.
"Getting to an Olympic final is like having 15 or 20 pro fights, so I'm actually right up there with Smith when it comes to experience," said Chunky. continue
Froch, having got off to a winning start in the Super Six Tournament claiming victory over previously undefeated Andre Dirrell in his hometown of Nottingham is entering this contest with something to prove having suffered his first defeat in professional career in his second round fight against Mikkel Kessler back in April. Froch, who’s in it to win it, isn’t lacking for confidence as he goes into this fight next month, maintaining it was a minor blip. With full intention to get back on track, Froch explained: “You know Arthur Abraham can’t beat me. Really, he can’t beat me.”
Armenian-German fighter Abraham is also stepping into the ring desperate for victory. A similar story to Froch, Abraham got off to a winning start defeating Jermain Taylor in a tense twelfth round knock out in his first fight then going onto suffer defeat against Andre Dirrell after being disqualified for hitting him whilst he was down in the eleventh round. The favourite to win this fight, Abraham is currently ranked 14th ‘Best Boxer in the World’ according to Ring magazine. continue
By James Slater - Though he had an admittedly bad night against Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao back in March, former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey says it was primarily down to his being weakened due to making weight. Always huge for the 147-pound limit, the 33-year-old from Ghana is now planning on returning to the ring at 154-pounds, his “natural weight.”
Hoping to stay busy once he returns in the new year, the man with the 35-4(20) record says it’s his dream to become a two-weight world champion.
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me yesterday evening UK time, “The Grand Master” who lives in New York had the following things to say continue
November 8, 2010 – Leading up to the middleweight title bout featuring Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams – set for Saturday, November 20 and carried live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing® – HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of their first encounter that was a 2009 “Fight of the Year” nominee.
On Saturday, Nov. 13 at 1:00 a.m. and Saturday, Nov. 20 at 9:30 a.m., HBO2 will replay Williams vs. Martinez 2009. Both times are ET/PT. continue
By James Slater - Back in 2003, when two-time heavyweight king Lennox Lewis announced his retirement from the sport, there came with the announcement a promise to make the retirement stick. There would be no comeback, Lewis promised. So far, some seven years into his retirement, the 45-year-old has kept his word, even though he has been offered big money by the likes of Don King to break his vow and box again.
However, in an interview that has gone out in today’s issue of The Daily Mail, Lennox admits to feeling “tempted” to come back; primarily because he sees how other ageing big men are still fighting - men he has beaten in the past.
“Yes, it’s on my mind again,” Lewis told The Daily Mail with regards to him fighting again. “I am talking myself out of it but the temptation is growing. Definitely.”
According to the interesting article, Lewis felt the urge to make a return most strongly as he watched former KO victim Shannon Briggs get banged around for 12 one-sided rounds by former TKO victim and current WBC champ Vitali Klitschko a while back. That fight, or at least Briggs’ performance, was bad for boxing, Lewis says. continue
ARLINGTON, TX (November 9, 2010) – Grammy-winning, multiplatinum hip-hop superstar-actor-entrepreneur-philanthropist NELLY will perform on the upcoming Manny Pacquiao – Antonio Margarito World Super Welterweight Championship pay-per-view broadcast. Nelly will sing his platinum hit single “Just a Dream” -- (http://www.nelly.net/) for the first time live -- immediately prior to the ring entrances of Pacquiao and Margarito, Saturday, November 13, in front of a live crowd at Cowboys Stadium, expected to exceed 50,000, and millions of viewers worldwide watching via HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
By Peter Heintzelman - Dominican Republic born, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, has come a long way in his twenty-five years on earth, both geographically, and professionally in the square ring.
With his win of last night, in North Dakota, the likeable Rodriguez, of Worcester, Massachusetts, bolstered his recognition factor by snatching the WBC’s USNBC super middleweight title, with a 9th round TKO decision against James “Buddy McGirt, Jr.
Has Rodriguez, now with a professional record of 17 wins, 13 by way of knockout, and no defeats, and a new belt around his waist, become a future contender for the WBC super middleweight crown?
Yet, Rodriguez, by his Showtime win, also makes himself a big target in the very tough super middleweight division, and it’s only going to get tougher. continue
Ahead of his Super Six and WBC World title fight against Arthur Abraham, which will be live in the UK on Primetime Channel 480 on Sky and Virgin on Demand, Carl Froch revealed his thoughts on this weeks Best of Enemies encounter between Haye and Harrison.
"Who do I think will win? no surprises with my answer to that one. Haye has to be the obvious favourite based on his consistency and I will be in the majority for thinking that. He unified the cruiserweight division and so far has done the job at heavyweight. But Audley is definitely a live underdog and whatever happens, he always has that big left hand that has gotten him out of jail on occasions. continue
By Fantana: Exciting Brazilian middleweight Michael Oliveira took time out of his busy schedule ahead of his upcoming fight on November 20th to speak with a real man such as myself, me. Thanks to his publicist the legendary Bob Trieger I was able to get answers to some questions that reveal more about the man nicknamed ‘Chairman of the Board’. At just twenty years of age Michael Oliveira seems like he has a mature head on his shoulders and reveals in the interview that he is maturing with each fight and he cannot wait for his first bout in Brazil just over a week away. For those of you who have not seen Oliveira fight, he has an aggressive come forward style and constantly throws punches knocking out ten of his first twelve opponents. He really pleases the crowd with his assertiveness and gets them behind him, in a non-gay way. Born in Sao Paulo he and his family moved to Miami when Michael was just two weeks old but often he visits family and friends in Brazil where he has a growing legend amongst locals because he has performed heroic feats. For instance drunkards were causing trouble at a carnival and Michael Oliveira knocked out six grown men, aged just 15 at the time. The police came and saw these men sprawled out on the floor but Oliveira was not arrested as the police did not believe he could have done such a thing. The roughly translated nickname from the locals in that part of town for Michael is ‘The man with hands of dynamite’. continue
By James Slater - Allan Green, who lost in the 8th-round against the remarkable Glen Johnson this past Saturday, started complaining even as he was laid prostrate on the canvas. Having just taken a right hand to the side of the head as he was leaning down to one side, Green was left in no condition to fight on against Johnson, but he still had the wherewithal to complain to referee Robert Byrd.
No too much was thought about Green’s protest at the time of “The Road Warrior’s” win, but now it has been announced how team-Green will take the protesting much further - all the way to The Nevada State Athletic Commission. continue
By Fantana: Usually at 3 o’clock on a Monday afternoon I ring my mum up to see if she will feed me if I go to her house. Today however I made an international call to Hector Camacho Jr who lives all the way across the pond in New York City, a place that never sleeps and is widely regarded as resembling an apple from outer space. It was just over a week ago since Hector last fought, losing in one round to Canadian prospect David Lemieux. Over the years Hector Jr has fought extensively with 52 wins, just four losses, 1 draw and the NC which came in some controversial circumstances against Jessie James Leija. I had many questions to ask him but seeing as it was an international phone call and was costing my wife seventeen pence per minute I had to try and fit as much as I could into fifteen minutes. After sharing introductions here is a blow by blow account of how the conversation played out.
Q: Firstly what is a gay parade and why were you in one?
A: Excuse me?
Q: Yeah I read on the forums you participated in a gay parade…. continue
Allan Green advisor Greg Leon has formally notified the Nevada State Athletic Commission of Team Green's intent to file an appeal of referee Robert Byrd’s decision to call a halt to his bout this past Saturday evening against Glen Johnson at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Johnson was awarded a knockout victory at the close of the eighth round. Green went to the canvas after being on the receiving end of what he and his team feel were rabbit punches. Although Green beat the count, Byrd stopped the bout and Johnson was declared the winner. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 99th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Freddie Roach, Chazz Witherspoon, and Sugar Ray Phillips) will start at its regularly scheduled time, 6:00pm Eastern Time. You can listen live by clicking “play” on the player. If you would like to chat during the show click here to enter our new 24/7 live show chat room 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 - 35-year-old Rafael Marquez so badly wanted to join his older brother, 37-year-old Juan Manuel, as a three-weight world champion. However, as we know, despite a great effort, Rafael was a beaten man after eight-rounds of his war with Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel Lopez this past Saturday.
This leaves lightweight king Juan Manuel as the sole member of the battling Marquez family with a world title. The question is, will the elder sibling lose his belts in his next fight, set for the 27th of this month? That really would be a bad result for the proud Mexican duo, but tough Australian warrior Michael Katsidis certainly plans to rip the world lightweight crown from Marquez at the end of the month. continue
By James Slater - It’s always interesting hearing or listening to top name fighters when they give their predictions on upcoming big fights. Like the rest of us, the champions and contenders like to give their two cents on what they think will happen when the bell rings.
Reigning WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan, who has his own big fight with the lethal Marcos Maidana coming up, has given his predictions on this Saturday’s Haye Vs. Harrison heavyweight clash, and the 23-year-old has also given us his opinion on the much more important Pacquiao Vs. Margarito light-middleweight title clash that will take place on the same night. continue
Erick R. (New York City): I was happy to see Zab get a win against Matthyssee. How would you rate his performance and what fight would you like to see him take next?
Vivek W. (ESB): A fight I would like to see Judah take next would be Victor Ortiz. Both men still appear to be in that stage where they look good until their opponent starts too, as well. Ortiz is younger and has shows signs of evolving beyond this challenge, but Judah is still deemed enough of a threat to push him a little beyond his current comfort zone. Definitely a good gauge fight for both men. continue
By James Slater - We keep waiting for 41-year-old marvel Glen Johnson to show his age and run out of amazing performances. Saturday night, in the latest stage of the “Super Six” tournament, it was fellow replacement fighter Allan Green’s turn. But guess what, the previously unstopped Green became the latest fighter to fall victim to the ageless wonder. continue
By Steve Janoski: If there’s one thing that Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KO’s) proved on Saturday night, it’s that he’s still got the heart and the skill to hang in during the toughest of fights.
The former undisputed welterweight champion defeated Argentinean Lucas Matthysse (27-1, 25 KO’s) in a controversial split decision on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, earning him the NABF belt and a #2 ranking by the IBF.
It was Judah’s first fight at 140 lbs. since 2003.
The night started slowly, with Matthysse reluctant to come inside and Judah willing to sit back and counterpunch as the two felt each other out.
In the early rounds, Judah exhibited good movement and a consistent jab, although hard shots were few and far between. Judah clearly respected Matthysse’s power— even after landing solid punches, he refused to jump on his foe. continue
DALLAS, TEXAS (November 7, 2010) -- Thousands of fans turned out today to meet three-time world welterweight champion "The Tijuana Tornado" ANTONIO MARGARITO in Dallas,Texas at the Tamale Festival (Attached Photo Credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank) continue
By Paul Strauss: There is a common denominator in these two fights that took place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV Saturday night. It is a fighter's excuse. An excuse can be valid, and often times supplies a geniune reason to remove blame for a loss. Or, it can be more of a "loser's limp". The term seems to have originated in a book titled "No More Excuses", by Tony Evans. In the book, Evans describes the outfielder who misjudges the flight of a fly ball, or the receiver who drops a pass. They both fall to the ground and come up limping with this mysterious injury. It's open to debate, which applies to Green and Marquez.
In the Green vs. Johnson fight, Glen Johnson fought in his usual aggressive style. He was always pressing forward, gloves high, and moving his punches up and down. Green exhibited a good jab, but it wasn't slowing up the Road Warrior. It was interesting to hear announcer Al Bernstein suggest that if Green was to be successful, he would have to land a more effective jab that drove Johnson back. Co-announcer Antonio Tarver said, "When was the last time you saw anybody's jab driver Johnson backwards?" Al laughed and had to agree that the answer was never. continue
By James Slater - Last night in Newport, Wales, 30-year-old former WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees, now campaigning as a lightweight, won the vacant British title at 135-pounds, by halting a brave and previously unbeaten John Watson. The Welshman, now 7-0(3) since losing his WBA belt to Andriy Kotelnik in March of 2008, turned the fight around with a heavy knockdown in the 10th and got the stoppage at 1-minute and 13-seconds of the 11th-round.
Rees is now 34-1(16) overall. 27-year-old Watson of Liverpool is now 13-1(5). continue
By James Slater - Former undisputed heavyweight king Lennox Lewis has weighed-in and given his opinion on this coming Saturday’s WBA heavyweight title clash between bitter rivals David Haye and Audley Harrison. And, to the surprise of many, Lewis says he sees a very competitive, close fight - even a great fight on November 13th.
Talking with BBC radio, the all-time great who retired after that bloody win over current WBC heavyweight ruler Vitali Klitschko, was reluctant to pick an overall winner, but he certainly gives “A-Force” a good chance of winning. continue
By James Slater - In many ways, last night’s featherweight battle between defending WBO champ Juan Manuel Lopez and challenger Rafael Marquez played out as most people thought it would. The younger, fresher man prevailed in the end, but not before being given some hellish moments by the legend from Mexico.
Fans and experts felt 35-year-old former bantam and super-bantamweight king Marquez was past his best, though still far from shot, and that his previous wars, most notably the ones with Israel Vazquez, had taken a great deal out of him. Last night, in opting not to come out for the 9th-round against the Puerto Rican star, Marquez pretty much proved such thinking to be spot on. continue
By James Slater - Unbeaten cruiserweight contender B.J Flores sets off for Australia today, ahead of his “coming out party” against IBO cruiser champion Danny Green. For months now, the 31-year-old with the 24-0-1(15) pro record has anxiously waited for his big opportunity - even stating at one point how he was “beyond frustrated” at how his career had hit a slump of inactivity - and on November 17th, B.J gets his big opportunity.
Having put in the work in the gym for the longest camp he’s ever had, Flores is now brimming with confidence and is “chomping at the bit” in anticipation of getting into the ring with the teak-tough Green, 30-3(27).
Very kindly granting me an interview hours before his long flight to Australia, B.J had the following things to say yesterday evening U.K time:
James Slater: Hi, B.J, it’s great to speak with you ahead of the big fight with Green. I know you’ve been training hard, would you say you’ve had the best camp you’ve ever had?
B.J. Flores: I’d say the best camp yet because of how long it’s been. This is the longest time I’ve had to get ready for a fight. I’ve had eight weeks for the Green fight, and this is what happens when I get the proper notice for a fight - my body gets in the shape and form it’s in now. You can tell just by looking at me, my body looks totally different. I’m walking around at 202/203-pounds now and I’m right there. I’m a 3-1 underdog in this fight, and I’ve made sure I’ve got down and worked hard every single day to make sure I give the performance, the fight of my life. continue
By James Slater - The news that IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute has signed a fight deal with Showtime, and that the Romanian-born southpaw will target the eventual winner of the ongoing “Super Six” tournament is great news indeed.
For a while now, fans have argued how the unbeaten Bute is the best 168-pounder in the sport, and now he will have the chance to prove it. His supporters were upset that Bute wasn’t a part of the Boxing Classic tournament, but now, in facing the eventual winner, “La Tombeur” has a chance to more than make up for it. continue
By Laz Izada - This Saturday night November 6, 2010 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 27 year old Puerto Rican sensation Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0,26KO) puts his undefeated record and 126 LBS WBO Featherweight Title on the line against 35 year old Mexican legend and former 2 time champion Rafael Marquez(39-5,35 KO’s). This will be Juanma’s toughest opponent yet.
Marquez ranked #2 at featherweight by the WBO is best known by his 4 battles with Israel Vazquez, (between 2007-2010, winning 2 out of 4) their 2007-2008 battles were named fights of the year. His last fight was in May of this year when he defeated Vazquez by KO in the 3rd round. Now he faces Juanma for a 3rd world title.
Both fighters are predicting a victory by knockout presumably in the late rounds. Juama in 29 fights has 26 knockouts and has boxed 119 rounds with a strong 89.66% knockout ratio, while Marquez has had 44 bouts, winning 35 by knockout with 195 rounds boxed with a 79.55% knockout ratio. Juanma has never lost, while Marquez has been defeated 5 times 4 of them by KO. The most significant KO loss for Marquez was against Israel Vazquez in 2007, his 3 other KO defeats were before 2000 while he was younger and rising up perfecting his boxing skills. continue
Puerto Rican superstar and WBO featherweight world champ Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) and Mexican legend and future Hall of Famer and Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) both weighed in at 125 ½ pounds during Friday’s weigh in at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The undefeated Lopez will look for a career-defining win over the never-say-die Marquez in Saturday’s SHOWTIME® Championship Boxing main event, LIVE at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena
Marquez became a legend with his four-fight series with Israel Vazquez on SHOWTIME. Now, the popular brawler will try to earn a world title in his third division in what has been called a rebirth of the spirited Puerto Rican vs. Mexican rivalry that spans generations.
World-ranked contender Allan Green (29-2, 20 KOs) tipped the scaled at 168 pounds and veteran contender and former world champ Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) measured 167 pounds. continue
Zab Judah 139 vs Lucas Matthysse 140 (IBF/WBO jr welterweight eliminator) l Robert Guerrero 133 vs Vicente Escobedo 134 l Sadam Ali 145 vs Gary Bergeron 143 l Adrien Broner 134.5 vs Ilido Julio 136.5 l Angel Concepcion 179 vs Maurice Amaro 173 l Mike Brooks 140.5 vs Kywame Hill 139
At most of Zab Judah fights you are bound to see a star-studded boxing crowd, and Saturday's phenomenal night of boxing is no exception. Iron Mike Tyson plans to be among the thousands of fans in attendance at Newark's Prudential Center Arena this coming Saturday night, Nov. 6th, to support his close friend and fellow Brooklynite Zab "Super" Judah. Undefeated Argentine knock-out artist Lucas Matthysse will put his perfect 27-0, 25 KO record on the line when he faces Judah in the main event of a show that also will feature ten big undercard bouts.
"I watched Zab in the Gym a few days ago and he looked spectacular--better than I ever seen him before," said the former Baddest Man on the Planet, "I will be at The Prudential Center sitting front and center to support my friend Zab."
Judah is also going to get some in-person support from another New York icon, Dwight "Doc" Gooden, the former NY Mets and NY Yankees pitching great. "I am so excited that Zab is back. I look forward to an entertaining night of boxing on Nov. 6 at Prudential Center.. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 5, 2010) –- Showtime Networks Inc. announced today that undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Lucian Bute, one of the most talented pound-for-pound and popular fighters of this era, has signed a multi-fight agreement with the premium television network. The announcement was made by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®, and Jean Bedard, Bute’s promoter and President of InterBox, at a press conference in Las Vegas.
All the principals involved spoke with members of the international boxing media on a conference call on the eve of Saturday night’s WBO featherweight world championship between Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez and the Super Six World Boxing Classic battle between Allan Green and Glen Johnson LIVE on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT).
Bute’s first fight in the new deal will be scheduled for the first quarter of 2011 against an opponent to be announced.
The following are quote highlights from the call. continue
By Fantana: All right fight fans, here we go. With just over a week left until Britain’s biggest boxing event of the century anticipation has boiled over and Britain is in an Audley Harrison frenzy. I am so excited about the fight I had my wife bake a cake with models of Harrison standing over a beaten David Haye. A recent poll survey conducted by The Shropshire Star indicated that 71% of Britons want Audley Harrison to win. This is a far cry from back in September when the fight was announced and greeted with universal disapproval from boxing fans who generally believed that Audley Harrison did not deserve a title shot. But over the course of the last couple of months folks have started to tire of David Haye and his constant talking and many are annoyed at him because they feel Haye should have been fighting a Klitschko or two. Numerous famous people have been offering vocal support for Audley Harrison in the recent press including pop group JLS, David Cameron, Frank Bruno, fellow Olympic gold medal winner James De Gale and also Bernie Clifton.
You wouldn’t think so now but at one point I actually believed I may have been the only real man who still believed in Audley Harrison. However by showing his true grit and determination in various interviews Audley has once again rekindled the love affair with the British public which began over ten years ago when he returned home with Olympic Gold. This is largely to do with his YouTube videos and the infamous axe he was carrying for protection which showed a more human side to Audley, a side slightly vulnerable to rabid bear attacks. continue
by Vivek Wallace: After a tough stretch in the sport that produced few fireworks and virtually no action, boxing has finally found it's way back to center stage with a Saturday night lineup filled with action. Two separate cards, two separate locations, with four key figures seeking one destination. That destination? A rare comfort zone in the sport where a fighters ability overcomes all the public doubt. For Juan Manuel Lopez, Zab Judah, Allan Green, and Glen Johnson, this status remains an object of utmost pursuit.
For two of these men (Judah and Johnson) this pursuit was once realized; but time and age have a way of removing that proverbial veil of greatness, replacing it with a more ordinary armor which isn't always too difficult to penetrate. As Judah and Johnson attempt to realign themselves with today's best of the best, Lopez and Green will attempt to join that elite class for the very first time in their respective careers. For Green, it may take more than a victory on Saturday, but in an effort to zoom in on the work ahead for each of these men, we take a look one by one at the task ahead continue
Welsh star Nathan Cleverly is flattered by all the sudden attention shown to him by American rival Tavoris Cloud. The unbeaten Welshman is currently in training for his WBO Interim World Light-Heavyweight title fight against Alejandro Lakatus on December 11 in Liverpool, but IBF champ Cloud has already threatened to KO Cleverly in Wales. Cleverly said, "I don't know how Cloud developed this infatuation with me, but I'm flattered by all this attention, although his head seems to be in the clouds about fighting me!. continue
By James Slater - Go back seven years or so, look up the Pound-for-Pound ratings of any publication, and you will see the name Roy Jones Junior at the top of the list. Back then, the fighter known as Superman was in the position Manny Pacquiao is in right now; the position Floyd Mayweather Junior says belongs to him. And as fans know, the only way to prove once and for all who the current best fighter on the planet is, is for “Money” and Pac-Man to fight.
But the former P-4-P king, in talking exclusively with John Dennen of Boxing News magazine’s web site, says he is starting to think Mayweather has serious doubts he can actually defeat the Filipino southpaw. continue
Birmingham star Matthew Macklin says he will give Sebastian Sylvester a fair tougher test than he faced last Saturday night. The German world champion successfully defended his IBF World Middleweight title against Mahir Oral. But after watching the fight, Macklin has been left unimpressed. "Sylvester's promoter has been going on about how good he was, but let's be honest, his opponent wasn't up to much," said Macklin. "If he wants a real fight then he should look no further than me."
The Knife defends his European title in Liverpool on December 11 on Frank Warren's huge multi-title 30th anniversary show. continue
By James Slater - Recently, before Sky Sports TV cameras, Mike Tyson was asked his opinion on Britain’s WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye. “Iron” Mike was asked whether he agreed with Haye’s boast that he can bring “the glamour” back to the heavyweight division. On this score, Tyson said he ain’t sure, but that from Haye’s most recent performances he doesn’t think so. “But things could change,” the youngest ever world heavyweight titlist added.
On the subject of who would have won, had Haye met Tyson in Mike’s “timeframe,” the 44-year-old became more animated, if only briefly. continue
By Fantana: Michael Oliveira, it is the sort of name that could belong to a sculptor like Leonardo Da Vinci. But rather than belonging to a sculptor who uses his hands to make models out of clay, Michael Oliveira uses his hands as fists to model opponents faces into pulp. The unbeaten middleweight has ten knockout victories in his first twelve fights, a clear indicator of the power he possesses. This twenty year old prospect is fighting on November 20th in the country of his birth, Brazil. This is in fact his Brazilian debut and he is of course keen to impress the locals. Named as the Brazilian International Press Award’s 2009 Athlete of the Year, he was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but just two weeks later he and his family moved to Miami.
Miami residents might be known the world over as party people but Michael Oliveira trains hard. His routine involves him going to bed as early as 8pm, right after Coronation Street finishes. He has to go to bed so early so that he can get up refreshed for his daily start at 5am. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 98th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded boxing trainer Nazim Richardson, who is currently preparing Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) to face WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1, 16 KOs) on December 18 in Quebec, Canada. In addition to Hopkins, Richardson is also best known for training Sugar Shane Mosley and Steve “USS” Cunningham. Richardson shared his thoughts on several topics, including Hopkins-Pascal, Steve Cunningham’s future, Shane Mosley, Pacquiao-Margarito, what it means to “swim without getting wet”, and much more. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His initial views on the Bernard Hopkins versus Jean Pascal fight coming together:
“Well, like I’ve said we throw the word around all the time, ‘legend’, but it’s not used properly sometimes. I think it’s just out of context. When you’re talking about Bernard Hopkins you’re really talking about a certified legend. There are guys who’ve won championships and tournaments, but very few guys have been able to fight into their later years like he has as effectively and keeping himself current with what’s going on. He’s never embarrassed himself. He’s out there competing with these young guys and that’s important for the older fighters, not embarrassing themselves. So he’s a throwback to the Archie Moores and guys of that cloth.” continue
By Nick Powers - One night before the Super Six World Boxing Classic’s Stage Three match-ups kick off on Showtime, up-and-coming Super Middleweight fighters Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0)and James “Buddy” McGirt, Jr. (22-2-1) will compete for recognition in the landscape of boxing’s ever-changing 168 pound division. Speaking with On the Ropes Boxing Radio on November 1, both men revealed little of their game plan to hostess Jenna J, producer Geoffrey Ciani and co-host Nick Powers, though the same cannot be said of either’s confidence for their upcoming bout on ShoBox this Friday.
“I had a great camp. I was out in Australia, I had great sparring; I’m ready,” said Rodriguez, whose time in Australia included helping prepare Middleweight Daniel Geale for his twelfth round TKO victory over Roman Karmazin. “James McGirt is a good fighter, he has good movement and good speed, and I’m ready for the best McGirt.” continue
BOB ARUM: We are getting ready to move the operation to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Manny and Tony have had great work in training. You have had the opportunity to see them working out either in person or on HBO on 24/7. I want to commend both fighters for the wonderful way they have handled everything in this promotion and I particularly want to commend Manny Pacquiao, the Congressman from Sarangani province, who took the time Friday night to help with the re-election of Senator Harry Reid. Manny, I would just like to say that Senator Reid and all the people in Nevada are really grateful for your help in mobilizing the final votes which led to Senator Reid’s victory. Without further adieu, I would like to introduce the seven-division world champion, seeking his eighth title, Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao. continue
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will make a fifth defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title on December 18 when he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) in Berlin. The fight will take place at the Max-Schmeling-Halle. “I look forward to fighting in Berlin again,” Huck said. “Lebedev is a tough challenger with a great record. We are both very powerful and have tremendous KO power so the fans can expect a big battle. I will of course defend my title and leave the ring as the winner.”
Huck defeated Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009 before edging Ola Afolabi in his first mandatory defence four months later. He has stopped Adam Richards, Brian Mino and Matt Godfrey since. “Lebedev is a very strong challenger,” Huck´s coach Ulli Wegner said. “After Ramirez and Afolabi, this is once again a huge test for Marco. But I am sure he will take care of business.. continue
By Julie Cockerham - In a short space of time, two of boxing’s best ideas have dissolved into a mass of dereliction. Showtime’s move to strip complication and problems of avoidance and delay from the sport faltered, when injuries and withdrawals turned its Super Six World Boxing Classic into a compromised structure of substitutes and confused scoring. The concept was admirable, but it proved susceptible to exactly that which it was railing so fervently against. Things can’t be simple in this sport nowadays, and the desired contests can’t come to pass without exacting conditions. And somehow, expectations seem to find their way unswervingly to disappointment.
Most notable among the twin slights, was the mammoth battle between the dual pound for pound incumbents that failed to materialize. And this happened for a second time. Between these two sour notes, fights have been cancelled or rescheduled; the roles of opponent recast with new players. The resulting match ups are usually sufficient, but they don’t strike the chord that the original, logical ones do, and the appeal doesn’t radiate outward to create or restore interest in the sport. None of this helps. continue
TORONTO, ON - (NOVEMBER 3, 2010) It seems that the moment has gotten the best of Canadian Heavyweight champion Neven Pajkic. With the challenge of the UK/Ireland's Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury for a December 18th showdown in Quebec City on the undercard of Jean Pascal-Bernard Hopkins ringing in his ears, Pajkic has turned tail, stating he'd rather take some time off than meet up on the most important Canadian fight card in the last 30 years.
"When I was ringside watching Pajkic's abysmal effort against Andreas Sidon last Saturday, I got to see a truly great Canadian champion in George Chuvalo," Fury said. continue
By James Slater - Immediately after he’d won himself the “Prizefighter” trophy back in October, British heavyweight Michael Sprott knew he’d receive at least one big fight by way of a “reward.” Audley Harrison resurrected his pro career by winning the tournament the year before (to the point where he received a shot at the European title; against Sprott ironically enough - and then a crack at the WBA title). Sprott hoped, and still hopes, for a similar world title opportunity; but right now it seems the likeable 35-year-old just might wind up facing living legend Roy Jones Junior in his next fight.
In speaking with Boxrec, the former British, European Union and Commonwealth heavyweight champion confirmed that, yes, his team and Jones’ team are currently in negotiations for a March 2011 fight. continue
By James Slater - Top Rank promoter Bob Arum certainly has yet another blockbuster on his hands. According to Arum, in speaking with ESPN.com, the upcoming rumble between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito could well draw over 60,000 fans. So, despite the controversial, somewhat negative asides the fight has attached to it - with some members of the media appalled at how a known cheater gets rewarded with a huge-paying opportunity - the light-middleweight title fight has sold incredibly well.
Maybe it’s because of the controversy that surrounds, and looks like always surrounding, the Mexican warrior that the fight has done so well at the live gate (and the pay-per-view numbers are also sure to be massive), but the enormous star power of Pac-Man has once again been proven. Simple fact: whenever he fights, whether it be against a Joshua Clottey or a Margarito, Manny Pacquiao makes everyone want to watch. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 98th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight prospect Tyson Fury (12-0, 9 KOs), who recently teamed up with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. Fury touched on a variety of topics including his new working relationship with Steward, his desire to face Canadian Champion Neven Pajkic, Pacquiao-Margarito, Haye-Harrison, Froch-Abraham, various moments from his young career, and more. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On calling out Canadian Champion Neven Pajkic:
“Well I went up to Ontario to see him fight, and after the fight I got in his face and told him that he had to fight me because I wasn’t impressed. I think Canada deserves to see a good heavyweight fight and I’m sure they’re going to see one when I knockout Neven Pajkic.”
On whether he has been impressed with anything Pajkic has accomplished thus far in his career:
“No, he’s beat a few tidy people, but the fellow he fought that night was like 48 years old or 49 years old, and he just didn’t do anything with him at all. I just want to rid him of his title and get in there and knock him out. I’m not impressed at all.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Middleweight contender Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) has long desired an opportunity to have a rematch against Bryan Vera (17-5, 11 KOs) who was the only fighter to defeat him in his professional career. Perhaps the chance he has been waiting for has finally arrived. Vera was originally slated to take on former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium as part of the Pacquiao-Margarito under card. Pavlik was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering torn cartilage on the right side of his rib cage, and Vera was subsequently scratched from the card. There is, however, some hope that Vera can remain on the card in a fight that is far more enticing than a match with Pavlik—a rematch with Andy Lee.
I spoke to Andy and asked him if he would be interested in stepping in for Pavlik to face off against Vera. “Oh definitely, yeah”, said Lee. “That’s a fight that I’ve been wanting for awhile, especially since he has a win over me in my only defeat. I would like an opportunity to avenge that defeat. I’m in training, anyway. I got a fight coming up December 11 and if there was a chance for me to take the spot, I would be happy to step in and challenge Bryan Vera.” continue
The 48th WBC Convention in Cancun (Mexico) saw a very emotional meeting on Wednesday when mandatory title defenses and final elimination bouts were on the agenda. The controversy started when Tom Loeffler (K2 Promotions) brought in a request on behalf of heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko asked for a voluntary title defense in March 2011 (against Tomasz Adamek at New York’s Madison Square Garden celebrating the 40th anniversary of Ali vs. Frazier I) before facing his next mandatory challenger which will be determined in a final elimination bout between Odlanier Solis and Ray Austin on December 17th in Miami. continue
VICENTE ESCOBEDO, 2004 U.S. Olympian & Top Contender:
"Everything is done. My preparation is done. This is the best camp I've ever had and I'm in the best shape of my life. I'm excited to fight for the first time on the East Coast. I came here for one thing and that is to win and show that there is a new sheriff in town." continue
ST. LOUIS, MO (November 3, 2010) Super middleweight Kevin “The Hitman” Engel is preparing for WAR this Friday night, November 5th as he battles undefeated prospect Marcus “Too Much” Johnson at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. continue
By James Slater - Though there are a number of talented and exciting prospects currently making names for themselves in boxing, one fighter in particular seems to have really got himself noticed as of late. No, not Mexico’s Saul Alvarez (though he is certainly a great prospect, as well as being an almost sure thing as far as being a future world champion) - I’m talking about Canadian middleweight banger David Lemiuex. continue
By James Slater - Though WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye could very easily have chosen to not even respond to Audley Harrison’s recent claim that he was knocked down in sparring by Tony “The Tiger” Thompson, “The Hayemaker” has fired back at his challenger’s claims.
Talking to Sky Sports, Haye said the rumour Harrison started, that says he was decked by the U.S southpaw whilst sparring, is utterly untrue. continue
Every Wednesday ESB will feature a new published letter directly from hardcore fight fans just like you! For those fight fans who don't like what the average boxing scribe has to say, there's only one way to get your point across.....SOUND OFF! Send all 'Open Mic Fan Mail' letters to [email protected], and remember, there are 3 simple rules to the game: Keep content short and concise, profanity free, and don't be shy.....just shine....the mic is yours!. Today's segment comes from Ceaser H. (Brooklyn, NYC):
I read your recent mailbag and you spoke on Zab Judah. I am from Brooklyn and I have been a huge Judah fan over the years, but I really don't understand why the sport is so down on him. continue
Martin “Iron Man” Rogan makes his eagerly awaited comeback from injury this Saturday exactly a year to the day since his last fight. The hugely popular Belfast heavyweight returns to action on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night: Big Bang Theory at the University Arena in Limerick and he admits that he's almost as excited by the main event on Saturday as he is by his own ring return. continue
tlantic City, NJ (November 2, 2010) -- With eighteen days remaining for the hotly-anticipated rematch between reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez and three-time World Champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams, both took time out of their training camps in Oxnard, CA and Washington, DC, respectively, to give us their thoughts. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (Nov. 2, 2010) – When unbeaten prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez steps into the ring Friday night to fight James McGirt for the vacant WBC USNBC super middleweight title on ShoBox: The New Generation, the dangerous Dominican boxer will be fighting for his most significant victory as a professional, as well as a major step forward towards a top 15 rating in one of the major boxing organizations. continue
By James Slater - Spare a thought for gutsy warrior Bryan Vera right about now. All set to get the biggest chance of his pro career by way of a fight with former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik - on a huge stage, before millions of fans - Vera gets the news that “The Ghost” has done a disappearing act and will not be able to fight on Nov. 13th.
Of course it’s not Pavlik’s fault he damaged his ribs (although some fans have asked aloud whether or not there may be more to Kelly’s withdrawal than his ribcage, such as a problem he may or may not have with alcohol), but it’s still easy to understand Vera’s anger at the former champ. And the tough Texan has gone as far as to question the validity of Pavlik’s injury himself. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 2, 2010) – Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion JUAN MANUEL LOPEZ and two-division world champion RAFAEL MARQUEZ, the pride of Puerto Rico and México, respectively, will make their official Grand Arrivals, Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 3, at the Front Lobby Porte Cochere of the MGM Grand. Marquez and Lopez will arrive at Noon PT and 12:30 p.m. PT, respectively. continue
By James Slater - While fight fans still hope for a Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Junior clash, Pac-Man’s trainer Freddie Roach says he has all but given up on the idea of the fight ever happening.
HBO’s Ross Greenburg is still optimistic the fight will go ahead, at the third time of asking, next spring, but Roach, in a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, said he feels the super-fight is one destined to go on the “it never happened list.. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (November 2, 2010) -- Fighter of the Decade, boxing's No. 1 pound for pound fighter and seven-division world champion CONGRESSMAN MANNY "PacMan" PACQUIAO took time from training for his upcoming World Super Welterweight Championship rumble with three-time welterweight champion "The Tijuana Tornado" Antonio Margarito to make his third appearance in the past 12 months on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where Manny made his U.S. network television debut last November, has become a pre-fight tradition for Pacman. He appeared before his welterweight world title victories over Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey, always singing a song after his interview. This time the ante was raised as he sang John Lennon's classic "Imagine" as a duet with comedy superstar WILL FERRELL.
How good were they? Due to the enormous early reaction from viewers and the studio audience, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! producers have already scheduled the entire episode to rerun on Friday, November 12, the night before Pacquiao vs. Margarito. continue
Nathan Cleverly has welcomed the attention from IBF light-heavyweight kind Tavoris Cloud - but says he would love to shut the American up. Last week, Cloud called out the unbeaten Welsh star, telling him "I'l knock you out in the UK". But Cleverly, who will challenge for the interim WBO World Light-Heavyweight title on December 11 in Liverpool, has hit back. "Cloud's more than welcome to come to Wales and try and knock me out," he said. "But quite a few fighters have tried before and got nowhere.
"It's fantastic that the top American fighters are now sitting up and taking notice of me as it shows just how far I have come in a few short years and I'm still only 23. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 98th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (featuring Nazim Richardson, Tyson Fury, Robert Guerrero, James McGirt Jr., and Edwin Rodriguez) 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 Vitali Shaposhnikov: Recently the master trainer of Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, stated that thus far this has been the worst training camp ever. Freddie talked about the fact that Manny’s head is elsewhere: political business, show business, and of course everything in-between. Roach showed his disappointment that Manny skipped a day of training for his November 13th showdown with Margarito, to meet with the president of Philippines. Such statements could be purposely falsified, or simply true. While this may seem simple on paper, its aftereffects are dire. continue
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 1, 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 open workout at Fortune Gym in Hollywood on Monday, just five days before their rivalry fight on Saturday, Nov. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
North Bergen, NJ - The final press conference for the Zab Judah - Lucas Matthysse WBO NABO light welterweight title fight will be streamed online live at www.globalboxing.com . The event will take place on Wednesday, November 3 at 1:00 PM EST at Global Boxing Gym, located at 5601-5711 Tonnelle Avenue in North Bergen, NJ. continue
The World Boxing Council’s 48th annual convention opened this morning at the Royal Hotel in Cancun. A huge standing-room-only crowd, estimated at around 800, filled the hotel ballroom at this spectacular tropical resort for the ceremonies. The entire WBC Board of Governors, as well as most of the men and women in the general assembly, wore white shirts to show support for the global climate change movement and pink ribbons for Breast Cancer Awareness. continue
By James Slater - Though his fighter Derek Chisora will, like most other men who climb into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko, have distinct disadvantages in both height and reach, trainer Don Charles isn’t worried. The reason: he says he feels his fighter if thicker set than the Ring magazine, IBF and WBO champion, and that as a result he is a more powerful puncher than the 34-year-old.
Doubtless many fans will raise an eyebrow at such a claim, but Charles told Sky Sports news recently that his man will overcome the odds and win on December 11th. continue
On Saturday Yassine El Maachi left his London home to travel to the Scottish Highlands, for a four week training camp to prepare for his upcoming first defense of the International Master Light Middleweight title, against European Number 4 ranked Jimmy Colas, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘JUDGEMENT DAY’ super show at York Hall, London, on the 4th December. continue
By James Slater - During a recent media interview with reporters direct from his famous Wild Card gym in L.A, ace trainer Freddie Roach cast yet more doubt on the honesty of Mexico’s Antonio Margarito. The whole loaded gloves story simply refuses to go away for the man who faces pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao on Nov. 13th, and what Roach had to say may make the whole saga even worse for “Tony,” a man who has always pleaded his innocence. continue
Anthony "Baby Assassin" Villarreal 10W-2L (5 KO's) returns to the ring on November 13th as part of the Manny Pacquiao Vs. Antonio Margarito under card. In his last outing on September 11th from Riverside Ca, the Assassin was in with San Diego native Benji Garcia in what was a whirl wind of a fight. The Assassin caught the game veteran early into the opening round and then finished him with a short right hand putting him down for the 3rd and finale time in the same round. continue
By James Slater - Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, still in the hunt for a history-making world lightweight title win, returns to action in his native Mexico on December 11th, against 25-year-old Likar Ramos of Barranquilla Colombia. On paper, the 36-year-old faces a dangerous opponent, and Barrera has to be commended for facing a real test, as opposed to a soft touch. continue
Hector U. (Aventura, FL): I continue to be disappointed in this particular HBO 24/7 series, although I did think that Margarito did a great job to sell his personality. He seems to be a very different person than the media portrays, and I was wondering do you think there could be a misconception about him in the sport?
Vivek W. (ESB): I was raised from day one, well before I knew a thing about boxing, that judgment of any character in which you don't have full access to is perhaps one of the biggest crimes known to mankind. I can openly say, Margarito is a man that I have personally struggled with, in terms of learning and understanding his true nature. I can remember crossing paths with he and wife Michelle in Southern California on more than one occasion, and although my Spanish isn't as fluent as I would like, we were always able to speak cordially, and they really seem to be good people. I can also think of the time when he absolutely disgusted me by signaling to a badly hurt Kermit Cintron (after the knockdown in their 2nd fight) what appeared no less than the words "get the f*** up so you can take more of this a** whippin'"! It's very interesting, because there are several elements to his personality that show you clearly that there are two sides to him like there are to each of us. continue