Jerome H. (Buffalo, NY): What are your thoughts on a possible matchup between Brandon Rios and Juan Manuel Marquez? I think this could be a "Fight of the Year" candidate? I would like to hear your thoughts.
Vivek W. (ESB): I agree.....absolutely! What we saw last weekend with Brandon Rios was inspiring on many different levels, but in Marquez, despite his age, you're looking at things from a totally different level. What impressed me with Rios was his ability to weather the early storm, as it appeared to be a no-win situation early in the fight as Acosta leveled him from every angle without letting up! This was the type of fight that tells us everything we need to know about a fighter, in arguably his biggest 'test' of his career, Rios passed with flying colors.
Acosta had great power and very good skills, but when you look at someone like Marquez, you're looking at someone who simply takes opposition to a totally new level. In Marquez, you have potentially the best precision puncher in the sport today. Also, you have a fighter with the ability to weather the storm himself, as evidenced in his fight with Pacquiao where he was dropped three times, yet still found a way to outbox the fightin' Filipino over the last three quarters of the fight. Wherein Acosta ran out of fuel and fell victim to the powershots late in the fight, we know Marquez won't meet such fate.. continue
By James Slater: Though it’s already been reported how new WBA lightweight ruler Brandon Rios will likely be out of action for a few months due to the broken hand he suffered in his win over Miguel Acosta on Saturday night, there is already speculation as to who he will make his first defence against. Also, there is no shortage of fighters willing to call the exciting warrior out. continue
By James Slater: Though he busted his right hand in the 8th-round of the great action fight he eventually won in the 10th-round against a brave Miguel Acosta, the handlers of the new WBA lightweight champ are already discussing who his next fight might be against. continue
By James Slater: Two fighters who had previously been languishing in what was thought to be permanent retirement, made quite amazing returns to the ring over the weekend: in former WBC super-middleweight champ Robin Reid of England and former Manny Pacquiao conqueror Rustico Torrecampo of The Philippines. continue
Undefeated European lightweight champion John Murray has targeted a world title showdown with new boxing star Brandon Rios. The heavy-handed American lifted the World Boxing Association (WBA) World lightweight title on Saturday night with a 10th round stoppage of Miguel Acosta. continue
Salita Promotions and Universal Boxing presents Dmitriy Salita's return to the ring on April 13, 2011 in front of his hometown fans in Brooklyn at Oceana Ballroom (1029 Brighton Beach Ave). Dmitriy is coming off a sensational knockout performance to finish 2010. continue
This Friday night, March 4th, undefeated Superflyweight sensation Patricia "Patty Boom Boom" Alcivar 3-0 (3KO) will be fighting for the first time as a pro in her hometown of Queens, NYC. Alcivar the former 2 time NYC Golden Gloves champion, and former national and international amateur champion will be featured on the first ever show promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions. The show will take place at the Cordon Bleu Banquet Hall in Woodhaven, New York. continue
Ilford Amateur boxer Umar Sadiq started the year in knockout fashion last week, by winning the 81kg class at the British University and Colleges 2011 Championships held at the Coventry University Students' Union facility. continue
STUEY HALL will be bidding to win a Lonsdale belt for keeps when he returns to action on April 9. The popular Darlington fighter (10-0-1) will make the third defence of his British bantamweight title against John Donnelly at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday April 9. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: A battle between a villain and a hero is a must-have in any story being told. In sports, this balance of "good and evil" is widely spread, providing the fans with a more direct option for a desired choice of support. A conflict created with the "you will not win, because I won’t lose" mindset is the very heart of the confrontation that makes sports more exciting and competitive. Some root for the villain, and others dedicate their trust in the hero. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The 140 pound weight class is arguably the deepest division in boxing. With talented fighters like Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana, Victor Ortiz, Devon Alexander, Lamont Peterson, Lucas Matthysse, Juan Urango, Andriy Kotelnik, Tim Coleman, and Kendall Holt all competing in the weight class, there are a slew of potentially great match-ups to be made. In fact, several of these fighters have already paired off. Khan versus Maidana, for instance, was a barnburner. The highly anticipated unification showdown between Bradley and Alexander, however, did not quite live up to expectations.
Right now Timothy Bradley is widely viewed as the best of the bunch with Amir Khan finishing a close second. One name that may be getting overlooked is former undisputed welterweight champion of the world Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) who is scheduled to face Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs) for the vacant IBF title on March 5 at The Prudential Center AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, New Jersey. Since moving back down to 140 pounds, Judah has looked comfortable and appears to have maintained his speed and strength. This was apparent when he made quick work of Jose Armando Santa Cruz stopping him in three rounds last July (although, this fight actually wound up being at a tad over 140). continue
After his impressive win over Genaro Trazancos last week in San Francisco, undefeated up and coming lightweight prospect Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) is more than ready to step up the level of competition. Having to face the overmatched Trazancos twice in less than twelve months because of a lack of willing opponents, the southpaw Gesta has a couple of fighters in his sights who he hopes to face off in a ring in the near future. continue
SAN FRANCISCO, California - February 28, 2011 - Ustream, the leader in live online video, and boxing promoter Main Events, today announced that together they will deliver the upcoming Zab Judah vs. Kaizer Mabuza International Boxing Federation (IBF) Jr. Welterweight title fight on Saturday, March 5th as a Premium Ustream PPV broadcast. continue
Bantamweight prospect Michael Ruiz Jr. remained unbeaten with an impressive four-round unanimous decision victory over Daniel Modad at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, California this past Thursday. continue
FAIRFAX, VA (February 28, 2011) -- Popular super middleweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (14-2, 6 KOs) of Lynchburg, VA will make his highly-anticipated Patriot Center debut on the action-packed Jimmy Lange Boxing card set for March 12th in Fairfax, VA, Ice Promotions officials confirmed today. The event, presented by Valcourt Building Services, features eight bouts, highlighted by Main Event headliner and former Contender star Jimmy Lange (34-4-2, 24 KOs) taking on DeMotte, IN’s Jimmy Holmes (19-1, 10 KOs). continue
On Friday night at the Palm Bay Center in Palm Bay, Florida, rising lightweight star Jorge "Catano" Maysonet Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) notched his second professional victory by scoring a four-round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Farkhaed Shainov. continue
MIAMI-A press conference was held to announce "Friday Night Fights at the Cosmopolitan" a night of world-class professional boxing at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, presented by The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in association with Warriors Boxing and Blue Wave Group, and televised live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights". continue
MIAMI - The Miami Gallos were back at home this evening against the Mexico City Guerreros looking for their fourth win of the season in the World Series of Boxing. However, it would not be the Gallos night, as the Guerreros proved to be too strong. continue
(DORAL, Fla.) On a picture-perfect postcard evening only a true Floridian could love, it was the Mexico City Guerreros who made Miami their home Sunday night, dominating the action at the Solare Coliseum in Doral. Boxing under the stars in their new outdoor home venue, the Miami Gallos lost for the first time in Miami as the Guerreros came into the Gallos' home and took a 4-1 victory in Week 10 action for the World Series of Boxing (WSB). continue
By James Slater: Whatever Floyd Mayweather Junior does or says makes the news, so huge a star is the boxing master who has just turned 34-years-of-age. Recently, however, the only thing boxing writers have had to write about with regards to the unbeaten great is stuff pertaining to “Money’s” various legal issues - will he or won’t he face jail time when he goes to trial in March? continue
By Vanessa McConnell: It keeps getting better each time around. Top Rank Boxing promoted another action packed Championship fight at the Palms Hotel & Casino this weekend featuring some of the fastest upcoming prospects in the game. The main event featuring the WBA World Lightweight Champion Miguel Acosta against Brando Rios was the making of a perfect rematch. Acosta hung on to his reign for 10 rounds before getting knocked out by Rios at 1:14 with a mean combination up against the ropes. Acosta came out very strong using the ropes as his cushion but it was his lack of defense that may have cost him the title. Ringside was Nonito Donaire who recently defeated Fernando Montiel with a sweet 2nd round knockout claiming his two bantamweight titles and ending his 24 fight streak. continue
ADAM ETCHES is hoping for a place on the biggest fight card in Britain this year after making it a hat-trick of professional wins. The exciting Sheffield teenager knocked out his first two opponents, but was taken the four rounds distance by Aleksei Tsatiasivili on Hatton Promotions card at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. continue
LAS VEGAS/GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (Feb. 26, 2011) — In an all action fight, Brandon Rios captured the World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight championship from Miguel Acosta via 10th round knockout in the first night of a stacked 2011 lineup for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and SHOWTIME PPV®. In the evening’s co-feature, Antonio DeMarco won a unanimous decision over Reyes Sanchez. continue
By John G. Thompson: The two sensational fights on Showtime this evening occurred in two different venues – the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska and the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the event in Nebraska, Reyes Sanchez 20-4-1 (11 KO’s) cleverly wore the hat of the Cornhuskers into the ring to gain local support against fellow Mexican Antonio DeMarco 25-2-1 (18 KO’s). Unfortunately for Sanchez, the locals could do little to help him against DeMarco. And in Las Vegas Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios 27-0-1 (20 KO’s) of Oxnard, California took the WBA World Lightweight Championship from Miguel Acosta 28-4-2 (22 KO’s) from Venezuela in an action packed come from behind victory. continue
By Paul Strauss: The fans at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas were on there feet through much of the fight, cheering for both warriors. Miguel Acosta was defending his WBA Lightweight Title against a tough and determined undefeated Brandon Rios. Acosta looked ready, and he looked like he had an excellent game plan. continue
By James Slater: Britain’s Amir Khan, the reigning WBA light welterweight champ, parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza recently, upset over “something that happened in camp that I didn’t like.” And now, according to a news report on The Manila Bulletin, Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao, along with ace trainer Freddie Roach, is also in the process of deciding whether or not to part ways with Ariza. continue
By James Slater: Various sources including Boxrec.com, say unbeaten Son of A Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Junior’s WBC and HBO-approved challenge of “regular” WBC middleweight champ Sebastian Zbik, also unbeaten, will go ahead at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 4th. continue
For all you young Whipper-Snappers here comes a short education on what it’s like when you reach middle-age. I call 50 middle-age because I am going to live way past 100 and 50 is the midway point.
At age 50 you start questioning all kinds of things, like your place in the Universe, what contribution you’ve made to the human race and other useless crap like that. But this is a Boxing website and successful authors need to remember to give the audience what they came for. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) international super middleweight champion Nikola Sjekloca defended his title with a unanimous decision win over Spain’s Roberto „El Tigre“ Santos in front of 800 fans at the ballroom in „Hotel Park“, Novi Sad (Serbia). 32-year-old Sjekloca started strong dominating his opponent with his accurate jab and excellent ring generalship. However, the local hero seemed to run out of gas a little in the middle rounds giving Santos the chance to fight back and land some nice combinations. From the tenth round on Sjekloca took control again and did enough to successfully defend his title for the first time after winning the vacant belt with a unanimous decision win over Roman Shkarupa in May 2010. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 113th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) who is scheduled to face Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) in the Semi-Finals of the Super Six Boxing Classic on May 14. Ward spoke about his upcoming fight and also talked about his career and shared opinions regarding the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: Alright guys, it’s time for our final guest on this week’s show. He is the undefeated WBA super middleweight champion making his seventh appearance. We’re joined by Andre “S.O.G.” Ward. How’s everything going tonight, Andre?
ANDRE WARD: I’m doing good. I’m doing excellent.
JENNA: Well that’s always great to here. Now you have a big upcoming fight in the Semi-Finals of the Super Six against Arthur Abraham. What are you expecting in this match?
WARD: I’m expecting the best Arthur Abraham. I’m not expecting anything less, and if it’s anything less then that’s a bonus. Mentally and physically I’m focused and I’m locked in. I mean have two fights left in this tournament to realize a dream that I’ve had for the last couple of years since I entered this tournament. It will change my life and my career. So that’s all I’m focused on. I’m not really buying too much into Arthur Abraham not being the same guy or the fact that he took a tune-up and now he’s back. I’m just locked in on fighting the best Arthur Abraham and not only winning, but winning spectacularly on May 14. continue
San Diego, CA (February 25, 2011) - Golden Boy Promotions returned to San Diego, Calif. to present tonight's TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" event at a sold out Four Points Sheraton. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
Michael "Lil Warrior" Franco stops Martin "Toluco" Armenta at the FEX Stadium in Mexicali Mexico on the Castillo vs. Salido under card. The much bigger Franco kept Armenta on the outside for most of the fight with stiff jabs and lateral movement wile Armenta seemed a little hesitant to exchange. It wasn't until the fourth round that the leather began to fly and after a few exchanges a right hand left hook combo hurt the smaller foe and the bout was called off 2:19 seconds into the fourth round. More info to come...
By John G. Thompson: Juan Carlos Burgos 26-1 (19 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico made an impressive comeback statement against Frankie Archuleta 27-8-1 (14 KO’s) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, stopping him in just the second round. This was Burgos’ first fight since his first loss (a 12 round unanimous decision) to Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan for the vacant WBC Featherweight Title. The fourteen year veteran Archuleta has been inactive as of late with only six fights in the last five years. The event at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma was broadcast live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series. continue
By Paul Strauss: The featherweight matchup between Juan Carlos Burgos (25W 1L with 19KO's) and Frankie Archuleta (27W 7L with 13KO's) was billed as Friday Night Fight's (FNF) main event at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, OK. However, it turned out to be a quick and easy night of work for the once defeated Burgos as he scored a 2nd round KO. The veteran Archuleta came out looking like an easy target. continue
LINCOLN, R.I. (Feb. 25, 2011) – This time, Mike “The Beast” Campbell left no doubt as to who the most dominant fighter is in his rivalry with Mike Medrano. For the second time since 2009, Campbell knocked out Medrano, this time beating the Toms River, N.J., lightweight in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Rhode Rage” cage-fighting show at the Twin River Event Center. continue
LAS VEGAS / GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (Feb. 25, 2011) — Four of the world’s best lightweight boxers each weighed in at 134.5 pounds on Friday night. In Las Vegas, World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) and unbeaten No. 1-ranked contender Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) stepped on the scales at the Palms Casino Resort one day before their 12-round main event bout while more than 1,000 miles east of there, Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) did the same in preparation for their 12-round World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight eliminator bout in front of a packed house at a local car dealership in Central Nebraska. continue
I first want to thank everyone for taking the time off to get on the call with Saúl Álvarez and Matthew Hatton. We're excited about the upcoming bout on March 5th. I would like to introduce the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De la Hoya, to introduce both our fighters. continue
MISSISSAUGA, ON – (Friday, February 25, 2011) A thoroughbred racing legend will appear on tomorrow morning's edition of The Sports Guys on Mississauga Talk Sports Radio. Renowned jockey Sandy Hawley is part of this week's lineup of guests that also includes Canadian artist Garth Armstrong, North American Boxing Association lightweight champion Logan McGuinness and decorated Paralympian Paul Rosen. continue
Born in Texas, reared in Kansas and now “living the life” in Southern California, World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 1 contender Brandon Rios will fight for his first world title belt on the year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast Feb. 26 LIVE in Canada in vivid HD only on Super Channel courtesy of SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET. continue
By James Slater: As fans know, the legendary 5th Street Gym in Miami reopened its doors a couple of months back and the place where so many great fighters of yesteryear trained set out to recapture the old magic. Now, with the membership growing by the day, the gym has also attracted a number of big name pros. continue
Approximately 500 boxing fans viewed the Youtube video proclaiming “Everyone Wants to Fight Christy Martin.” During the one minute, twenty second piece, Christy verbally disparages boxing favorites and pound for pound champions, dismissing them as quality, worthy opponents. continue
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (February 25, 2011)—With very few top American Heavyweights in recent years, a new name is ready to crash the party and influx some life into what many boxing insiders say is the lowest time in American Heavyweight boxing. continue
STEPHEN FOSTER JR will be rewarded with a three week holiday in Jamaica if he successfully defends his European super-featherweight title this weekend. Salford’s Foster Jr makes the first defence of his crown against Belgian Ermano Fegatilli in the Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Arena tomorrow night (26th February). continue
By Joseph Herron: In a year that most boxing cynics dubbed as “destined for disappointment”, 2011 has already given us a strong candidate for “knock-out of the year”. Last Saturday’s match-up promised to deliver a memorable evening of boxing, and most would say in retrospect that “memorable” is somewhat of an understatement. continue
by Martin 'The Brain' Potter of the Boxing Clever podcast: Almost 14 years ago a young, proud and unbeaten Welsh boxer fought for his first world title (WBO). Over a decade later that Welshman, Joe Calzaghe, would retire from boxing unbeaten and having won every version of the world title at super middleweight and the ring belt in two divisions. continue
By Michael R. Cumberbatch: I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sadam as he gets ready for his upcoming fight. Armed with tremendous talent, a storied amateur background, confidence, charisma and maturity far beyond his years, he and his team set out to make their mark. Fast hands and quick feet to add, he has become a promoter’s dream and, in the age of packaged marketability, an instant answer for savvy boxing executives. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 25, 2011) – The MGM Grand at Foxwoods box office has released a small amount of $50.00 tickets today for the March 12 “Diamond Elite” championship boxing event, featuring 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. There will be no additional tickets available at that price level after this small release. continue
By James Slater - Last night in California, former multi-weight champion James Toney made a successful return to boxing, as he won every round against sometimes-dangerous journeyman Damon Reed. The 42-year-old future Hall of Famer, having his first fight since losing in an MMA challenge of Randy Couture last August, won by scores of 100-90 on all three cards.
Now sporting an amazing 73-6-3(44) pro record, “Lights Out” is still insisting he can defeat the likes of the Klitschko brothers and David Haye. 39-year-old Reed, who was happy merely to be fighting on (Fox) T.V, fell to 45-15(32). continue
By James Slater - WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan has said a few times how he believes Tim Bradley, the reigning WBC,WBO champ and the man he is slated to face on July 23rd, makes mistakes when he fights. And though the 24-year-old insists he is in no way underestimating his April 16th challenger Paul McCloskey, Khan also cannot help but look ahead to the proposed (close to being finalised) unification bout with the unbeaten man from Palm Springs.
Speaking with Ringtv.com recently, “King Khan” went into more detail over the weaknesses and mistakes he has spotted in “Desert Storm.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) and Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs) face off on April 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey both fighters have a lot on the line. For Adamek this bout represents his final preparation before receiving a heavyweight title shot against one of the Klitschko brothers in September. For McBride it affords him the opportunity to play the role of a spoiler and to prolong his career. Both fighters spoke about their upcoming fight at yesterday's press conference, with each man seemingly determined to make this his night.
This will be Adamek's sixth fight at heavyweight since first moving up back in October 2009 when he defeated fellow Polish pugilist Andrew Golota. In his last effort he proved far too skilled and fast for the over matched Vinnie Maddalone. Many observers question the wisdom of team Adamek for taking on a fight that could potentially jeopardize a showdown against a Klitschko later this year. After all, McBride is no stranger to scoring a big upset and that alone makes this fight an interesting proposition.
LAS VEGAS, (February 24, 2011) Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee met the Las Vegas media on Thursday afternoon just two days prior to his showdown with Pablo Gomez at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. continue
Kathy Duva. Main Events, CEO: "April 9th is an important fight for both fighters: in Kevin McBride's case this is a great opportunity for him; in Tomasz's case he has a great opportunity ahead of him in Poland where he has an offer to fight one of the Klitschko brothers in September. But Tomasz does not like to be idle." continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s Sugar Ray Narh AKA the Emperor hopes to once again press his case for a world title fight when he defends his WBC/USNBC Light welterweight title against former world champion American Freddie Norwood on March 4 in Florida, USA. Narh, 24-1 (21 KOs), will make a first defence of the belt he won with a 2nd round TKO over Angel Hernandez on April 3rd last year against the experienced Norwood who twice held the WBA Featherweight crown in 1998 and 1999 before losing it for good in 2000. continue
by Martin 'The Brain' Potter of the Boxing Clever podcast: Over the next couple of months two of the fight games biggest names and flag-bearers for the sport take to the ring; pound for pound king Manny ‘Pac Man’ Pacquiao and consensus world heavyweight number one Wladimir Klitschko. Yet far from being excited about seeing these two undoubtedly top quality fighters who are both at the peak of their powers, I am decidedly underwhelmed by the lukewarm and distinctively unpalatable fare they have decided to serve up to fight hungry fans. continue
By Brendan Galbraith – 2011 is already a big year in the making for Irish boxing with Brian Magee and Paul McCloskey both challenging for World Titles and Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey fighting for a World ‘Interim’ title. This is symptomatic of the rise in Irish boxing. And a quick glance at the number of Irish boxing promotions reveals that they have tripled in the last decade. The success of Dubliner, Bernard Dunne on stacked Brian Peters promotions has perhaps, best symbolized this recent renaissance of Irish boxing. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: On Friday, February 25, 2011, WBO super bantamweight female champion Ana Julaton (7-2-1) will defend her title against a more seasoned Franchesca Alcanter (18-9-1) of Kansas City, Missouri. The bout will take place in Craneway Pavilion, Point Richmond, California, only a half hour drive from Julaton’s hometown of Daly City, CA. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 24, 2011) – “Irish” Micky Ward, more popular now than ever after the success of the Oscar-nominated movie about his life, The Fighter, has been invited by promoter Lou DiBella to be a special guest March 12 for the “Diamond Elite” event at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
By James Slater: Call it a foolish decision if you want; even a highly dangerous one - but former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales has declared he will box on and not retire. Talking with This Is South Wales web site, the 30-year-old announced how he will resume his career as a light-heavyweight. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: This past Saturday, February 19, 2011, I had the pleasure of joining a small army of Filipino and Mexican boxing fans for the Nonito Donaire (26-1-27) vs. Fernando Montiel (44-3-2) fight in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (28-0 17 KOs) has been out of the ring since he defeated Joe Green via unanimous decision last June at the new Yankee Stadium in a bout televised by HBO. continue
By James Slater - The last time he fought, Floyd Mayweather Junior - who turns 34 today - looked as fast, as masterful and as in control as ever (save for a scare in the 2nd-round of his fight with “Sugar” Shane Mosley.) However, the 41-0 great has now reached the age where fighters, no matter how special, can start to slow down, even deteriorate. The legendary Sugar Ray Leonard, for example, another fighter who took long layoffs between fights, became beatable when he hit age 34. Getting knocked down more and more, Leonard was eventually able to defeat a decent if not great Donny Lalonde only after getting up from a nasty trip to the floor, while during this period he was unable to win over Terry Norris and (shockingly, though a good few years after he’d turned 34) Hector Camacho. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 113th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the number one middleweight in the world Sergio Martinez (46-2-2. 25 KOs) who is scheduled to face Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) on March 12 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Martinez spoke about his upcoming fight and also reflected on his career and provided opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
His views on his March 12 opponent Serhiy Dzinziruk:
“I feel very good right now. Training camp is going very well. Dzinziruk is a very tough opponent and I am training very hard for this fight.”
On whether he feels Dzinziruk has a good chance against him:
“I feel he’s a great fighter. He’s a very smart fighter. He’s been a great champion but there is no way on March 12 that he is going to be able to beat me.”
His views on being stripped of the WBC middleweight title:
“I understand the situation and the situation is very tough to answer, but the thing is I want to fight the best and I just know that that’s going to put me in a better position to fight for the title again. So it’s just a very complicated question.” continue
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 23, 2011) – As Miguel Acosta and Brandon Rios met with media members for a light workout on Wednesday, newly crowned WBC/WBO bantamweight champion and Top Rank-promoted fighter Nonito "Filipino Flash" Donaire stopped by the Top Rank Gym, laughing and joking with the fighters and the media and even playfully snatched award-winning SHOWTIME photographer Tom Casino’s camera to take a couple of action shots of his own. continue
San Juan, PR - Rising prospect, Ronald Cruz ( 10-0-0,7KO's ) from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is set for another tough test this Saturday February 26, at the Grand Ballroom of Bally's Atlantic City, where he will face rejuvenated opponent, Dillet Frederick ( 7-3-3,4KO's ) at the junior welterweight division. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (February 23, 2011) - NABF Female Featherweight champion Maureen "The Real Million Dollar Baby" Shea will be the in-studio guest on the Spanish-language boxing program "Viernes de Combates" this Friday from 9-11PM EST on ESPN Deportes. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will originate from Tulsa, Okla. on February 25 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with a 10-round main event featuring featherweight contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (25-1, 18 KO’s, WBC #4), battling Frankie Archuleta (27-7-1, 14 KO’s). Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Osega Million Dollar Elm Casino describing the action. continue
By James Slater - Earlier this month, in what was his first fight back since being stopped in the final round by Ring Magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight ruler Wladimir Klitschko, Philly’s “Fast” Eddie Chambers won an IBF elimination bout against Derric Rossy. On paper the points win moved Chambers a step towards a return with Klitschko, but Eddie was not happy with his performance. Perhaps he also feels the win (over a guy he had already beaten, by stoppage at that) didn’t really earn him a second shot at Wladimir. continue
By James Slater: Former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, now out of rehab for a few weeks, spoke with members of the media in his native Youngstown yesterday. The Vindicator reports that the press conference lasted for around 35-minutes, and during his public appearance “The Ghost” spoke about how “his partying days are over,” and how he “will never have another drink.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 113th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former three-division champion James “Lights Out” Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) who is scheduled to make his return to the ring Thursday night against Damon Reed (45-14, 32 KOs) at the San Manuel Indian Casino in San Bernardino, California. Toney spoke about his upcoming fight and talked about his Hall of Fame career and other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On how he feels about returning to the ring against Damon Reed on February 24:
“Damon Reed, I think he’s a good opponent. I hope he comes to fight. I hope he doesn’t run. I’ve heard some of the comments that he made and I hope he has more guts than what he’s talking about running. So I’m looking forward to it. I’m excited and I can’t wait for the fans to see the real heavyweight champion in action, period!”
On whether he expects to experience any ring rust given the fact he has been out of the ring for fifteen months:
“Maybe for the first round or so, but after that I’ll be ready. I’m brand new. I’m ready to go!”
Regarding his current goals in the heavyweight division:
“The goal is to get all the heavyweight titles. I want the WBO, I want the WBC, I want all the belts in the division. That’s the most important thing right there. I want to fight the best opposition out there. I ain’t never been one to duck nobody unlike most of these clowns out there are doing. I want to fight the best. If you think you’re better than me I want to fight. Let’s make it happen. Chris Arreola, let’s make it happen. Tomasz Adamek, let’s make it happen. I would love to fight the Klitschko sisters but they’re scared and want to stay over in their country. I ain’t chasing them around no more. I’ve been chasing them for seven years.” continue
By Vivek Wallace: On the evening of March 12th, Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto will step back in the ring for the first time since dethroning former WBA Champion Yuri Foreman.
After facing a lengthy list of highly notables in the sport, some may find Ricardo Mayorga a break from the norm, but after sitting down with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward, it became blatantly obvious that this is not someone they plan to take lightly.
Steward covered wide array of topics, ranging from Cotto's pending showdown with Mayorga, to Filipino Nonito Donaire, as well as the excitement level of the sport and why he feels Cotto's pending battle won't disappoint. Here's what the legendary trainer had to say:
Vivek W.: Emanuel, Ricardo Mayorga presents a very intriguing matchup for Miguel Cotto. Considering that there are a few other challengers out there that he could have considered that carry equivalent reward in comparison to the risk, tell me, why Mayorga?
E. Steward.: "Cotto has fought Mosley, Judah, Clottey, Margarito, Pacquiao, and down the line. He really has fought everyone between 147 and 154 worth fighting. This is the only name that he hasn't fought. It's a dangerous fight, and in some ways it's a no-win situation. continue
Philadelphia, PA (February 23, 2011) - Philadelphia International Boxing Federation (IBF) #1 heavyweight contender, Eddie Chambers, scored an impressive 12-round victory in an IBF title elimination over Derric Rossy of Medford, New York, in a SHOWTIME televised bout from Bally's in Atlantic City. It was the second win for Chambers over Rossy who was riding a seven-fight winning streak. continue
Ricky Burns' trainer Billy Nelson is backing his charge to make two pieces of Scottish sporting history within the next 12 months.
Burns defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Super-Featherweight title on March 12 at the Braehead Arena, Glasgow against hard-hitting Ghanaian Joseph Laryea, live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue
Two time European Middleweight Champ, Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin has landed a high profile Las Vegas showdown with the legendary Ronald "Winky" Wright on April 9th. The fight will be the first of a lucrative promotional deal that Macklin has inked with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions. The bout will take place at the MGM Grand on a live HBO pay per view event and will serve as the co-featured attraction to the clash between Mexican legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Argentinian power puncher, Marcos Maidana with the event being billed by Golden Boy as "Action Heroes". continue
The latest edition of the Prizefighter Podcast is available to download for free on iTunes via www.prizefighter.co.uk – with Robin Reid talking about the Super-Middleweights II and Eddie Hearn revealing a possible rule change. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Featherweight Champion Ricky Burns will perform a free-to-watch public work-out and sparring session at the Braehead Shopping tomorrow Thursday (24th February).
Coatbridge star Burns makes the second defence of his title against Joseph Laryea at the Braehead Arena on Saturday 12th March and will show fans how his preparations have been going for the big night. continue
By Peter Mark Heintzelman: Matchmaker, Teddy Panagiotis, searched North and South, East and West, to find promoter, Jimbo Isperduli, of Paxton Promotions, a proper and fitting opponent for the comeback of Jose Antonio Rivera. And the opponent comes out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the form of one 32 year old Abel “Truth Serum” Perry, with a record of 13-4, 5 KO’s. continue
by Mark Lovell: On March 11th in Nevada, fight fans will be treated to two men who put the "heavy“ in Heavyweight boxing as Tye "Big Sky" Fields and Big Michael Grant step into the ring in a bout which has "knock-out“ written all over it. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Six foot tall junior welterweight Chris Steel (1-0, 0 KOs) is looking to impress his hometown fans when he returns to the ring against Phil Boyle Friday night at the Sports Centre in Wishaw Scotland. Steel made his pro debut on November 19 when he scored six round unanimous decision victory against Daniel Thorpe. Steel is looking to build off that victory to help set the foundation for what he hopes will be a successful career in the professional ranks. I was recently afforded the opportunity to chat with the young boxer about his upcoming fight and here is what he had to say:
How is training and preparation going for your fight against Phil Boyle?
“Training has went well. I'm still adapting my training from when I was an amateur. Instead of going in the gym for one long session I split it up into two or three shorter workouts every day. Normally I get up in the morning and jog, then go to work, and then go straight from work to the boxing gym where I work on technique and spar. I train six times a week with my coach Ronnie Blackburn with one day off and spend two nights weight training instead of boxing training. It’s definitely stepped up a gear since I turned pro and the workouts are more intense. I make a point of training for every fight like I'm the underdog.” continue
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., (Feb. 22, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward met with the South Florida media on Tuesday to talk about the Pride of Puerto Rico’s upcoming matchup with two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga, which will take place on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev.. continue
Cestus Management fighter Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KOs) is fresh off his points win over Lenny Daws this past Saturday where he lifted the British title. Upon reading the recent comments by Unbeaten Frankie Gavin a brief statement was released on behalf of Theophane through his management (CESTUS). " Frankie Gavin is definitely a very skilled fighter and comes with a lot of credentials from his highly decorated amateur career. However, he and Ashley Theophone are at different stages of their careers right now. Where Gavin is a promising prospect and Theophane is a legitimate world ranked contender. Our company's immediate goals are set on a world title fight or a fight that will set up a world title fight.
British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Dereck Chisora has laughed off ridiculous claims from boxing motormouth Tyson Fury that he is ducking him in order to fight for the World title against the recognized number one, Wladimir Klitschko!. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 22) - To become a legend, you must beat a legend and on Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., six "Action Heroes" will be featured in one night of all-out action fights where every bout pits two fighters looking to prove something against each other. The HBO Pay-Per-View televised event features Five-Time and Three-Division World Champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales taking on former WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana in the main event. The telecast also features former Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion Winky Wright facing current European Middleweight Champion Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin as well as former World Champions Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Michael Katsidis "The Great" squaring off in what promises to be a slugfest. continue
by Dmitriy Salita - With sadness and tears in my eyes my friend and mentor who was and is a huge influence on my life passed away on Sunday night. The great and one of a kind Jimmy O'Pharrow, who was affectionately known as Jimmy O. Jimmy O was 85 years old and is survived by his wife of over sixty two years Ailean, and his two sons Mark and CJ.
What happened is not a tragedy as Jimmy lived productively and actively every day of his life to the fullest. He was motivated, passionate and enthusiastic about his life until the last day. What happened is very sad, that such a great human being is gone. continue
By James Slater - Right now, after that scorcher of a KO win on Saturday night, 28-year-old Nonito Donaire is the hottest thing in boxing; even hotter than his countryman Manny Pacquiao. Fans still love and respect Pac-Man, but his choice of next opponent, Shane Mosley, has left some fans cool. Donaire, however, is at his absolute peak and willing to take on all comers, risky or not.
That said, and with fans eager to see more of the kind of scintillating action “The Filipino Flash” provided at the weekend, there is already debate about who the WBC/WBO bantamweight king should fight next.
Promoter Bob Arum has gone on record as saying he believes his newest, brightest star can go as high as 126, even 130-pounds. If this turns out to be true, the current 118-pounder who has already captured belts at flyweight, super-fly and bantam, will have absolutely no trouble at all in finding himself a number of potential super-fights. continue
By James Slater - “He’s a small guy, but he packs a big punch. He comes to fight and it’s going to be a good fight to watch,” so says Travis “Freight Train” Walker ahead of this Saturday night’s fight with “The Ding-A-Ling Man,” Darnell Wilson.
Badly needing a win, 31-year-old Walker, 34-6-1(28), has lost his last three. However, as those fans who watched Walker’s last two outings - against Alex Leapai and Ruslan Chagaev respectively - know, Travis was very unfortunate to lose either fight. continue
Promoter Frank Warren has made an offer to Ashley Theophane to fight Frankie Gavin.US based Londoner Theophane captured the British Light-Welterweight title last Saturday night at Wembley Arena, beating Lenny Daws on points. On the same night Gavin beat Michael Lomax at the York Hall, halting the former British title challenger in seven rounds in the best performance of his career. Birmingham star Gavin, 25, Britain's only ever world amateur champion, said afterwards that he wanted the British title fight next. continue
By James Slater - “The Bible Of Boxing,” Ring Magazine, has just updated its Pound-For-Pound ratings and its clear the writers of the publication were as impressed as the fans were by bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire’s awesome 2nd-round stoppage of Mexico’s Fernando Montiel. Before the big win, “The Filipino Flash” sat at the #5 position on Ring’s P-4-P chart, but now he has vaulted up to the #3 position - behind only countryman Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior.
Fans of middleweight king Sergio Martinez may feel angered, seeing as how “Maravilla” has been dropped to the #4 slot, but it can’t be denied how deserving of his lofty ranking Donaire is. Many good writers wrote how a star was born on Saturday night, in reference to the brutally stunning punch that both felled the previously unstopped Montiel and left his legs twitching in scary fashion. Now eager to see more of the once-beaten (very early in his pro career, on points over five-rounds), now three-weight champion, fans and writers also want to see how high Donaire can go in the P-4-P charts. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 21, 2011) – World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Emeritus and The Ring Magazine middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez celebrates his 36th birthday today. Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) is preparing for his March 12th showdown against reigning World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) junior middleweight champion Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) in the 12-round main event for the vacant WBC Diamond middleweight title, live on HBO World Championship Boxing (10:30 PM/ET start), from MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
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, and also with Correspondent heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Nonito Donaire scoring an exceptional 2nd round TKO victory against Fernando Montiel
• Where does Donaire go from here and where does he belong on the pound-for-pound charts?
• Saul Alvarez versus Matthew Hatton being announced for vacant WBC junior middleweight title
• Felix Sturm knocking out Ronald Hearns to defend WBA middleweight title
• Fernando Guerrero winning a unanimous decision against Derrick Findley
• Epix announcing it will air the heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Odlanier Solis
• Is scheduled to face Arthur Abraham in the Super Six semi-finals in May
• Beat Sakio Bika by unanimous decision in November
• Current record is 23-0 with 13 wins coming by way of knockout
• Will be making his seventh guest appearance “On the Ropes”
• Is scheduled to face Serhiy Dzinziruk on March 12
• Defeated Paul Williams by devastating 2nd round KO in November
• Current record is 46-2-2 with 25 wins coming by way of knockout
• Will be making his third guest appearance “On the Ropes” continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: Having left Devon Alexander bruised and battered (or should that be bruised and butted) in the recent world title unification clash, it is safe to say that Timothy Bradley has ascended to the throne and is now the ‘king’ in the light welter weight division. continue
By James Slater - Twenty years ago this week (on the 23rd to be exact), one of British boxing’s most oddball fights took place. Undefeated Chris Eubank, the new WBO middleweight champion, met the likewise unbeaten Dan Sherry in a fight that caused a boatload of controversy.
25-year-old Eubank, already a man looked at as an eccentric, out of the ordinary kind of guy, had just snatched the WBO belt from Nigel Benn; stopping “The Dark Destroyer” in the 9th-round of a thriller the previous November. Now, no doubt anticipating a relatively easy first defence, the 25-0 champ went in with Canadian Sherry, 17-0 and the same age as the man who called himself “Simply The Best.”
What followed at The Brighton Conference Centre, no-one was expecting.
Managed by the great Sugar Ray Leonard and trained by Pepe Correa (who worked Leonard’s corner for a couple of Sugar Ray’s later bouts), Sherry was a former Commonwealth gold medallist and he was a capable boxer/mover with fast hands. Pretty soon, he was giving Eubank absolute fits. continue
Tottenham’s Michael Grant is set to return to the ring, after a year long sabbatical from the sport, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘UNLEASH THE FURY’ mega event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 5th March 2011. Michael, who was one of the most exciting young Light Welterweight prospects to explode on the British Boxing scene in the middle naughties, dropped from the radar back in February last year, following his surprising loss to Steve Williams at their clash for the vacant English title. continue
By Joseph Herron - After his fight on Saturday night, Nonito Donaire stated that this was the hardest he had ever trained for a prizefight. During the meticulous hours of training, different members of his team would tell him, “Nonito, you’re the best…you have so much talent…there is no equal in boxing.” Victor Conte, his conditioning coach, even told him that he was turning into a “Monster-man”; something that he or no one else had ever seen at 118lbs. After destroying the former Bantamweight Champ, Fernando Montiel, with one perfect left hook to the temple midway through the second round on Saturday night, Nonito Donaire is starting to believe his faithful supporters.
After the fight, Donaire told reporters that it was the hardest punch he had ever thrown. Those who were lucky enough to be at ringside believe him. I’m sure that Montiel’s supporters would say that Nonito’s check left hook was one of the hardest punches thrown at that weight, possibly in the history of the division. It was definitely the most devastating punch thrown in the ring since November of 2010, when Sergio Martinez landed his “home run” shot to the jaw of Punisher Paul Williams.
The new WBO and WBC Bantamweight Champion told reporters after the fight that his next order of business was to become the undisputed and universally recognized Bantamweight champion of the world. In order to do this, Donaire would ultimately have to face the winner of the Agbeko/Mares fight, which takes place in April. If “King Kong” Agbeko isn’t victorious, it’s highly unlikely he will get that opportunity. Abner Mares is represented by Golden Boy Promotions who has a history of bad blood with Donaire’s promoter, Bob Arum. continue
By James Slater - When reading the comments left on the ESB report for Saturday night’s WBA middleweight title defence by Felix Sturm, it is apparent a good many fans wish to see Sturm in with fighters who are perceived to be tougher and more talented than Ronald Hearns - the man the German star TKO’d in the 7th of a good fight.
Some fans claim they knew all along that the son of the great Thomas Hearns had next to no chance of beating Sturm and that they refuse to give Felix too much credit: either as a winner or as WBA champion. continue
Bolo H. (San Francisco): I've been a Donaire fan for many years and always felt that he would be one of the best. I know that you like fundamental skills and although he doesn't have the resume, if you consider fundamentals, would you place him beside Pacquiao as the best P4P fighter in the sport, or at least a top 3 P4P fighter using your criteria?
Vivek W. (ESB): For starters, I think perhaps I should clarify what my criteria on the mythical P4P designation really is. I've always talked about pure textbook fundamental skills, but never in a way to say that it does or should single-handily outweigh other important attributes such as resume, heart, ring generalship, etc. I think more often than not, people tend to leave out the importance of pure textbook fundamental skills, so I speak up for the attribute because I do think it is the best 'eraser' when it comes to nullifying those other attributes.
Case in point, Kelly Pavlik. He looked great knocking out men who had very little defense, but the day he faced a 'total package', his career has never been the same! In the case of Donaire, I've always raved about his skill level and found him to be easily one of the most fundamentally sound fighters out there, but last Saturday's victory in no way shape or form (in my humble opinion) makes him a top 3 P4P candidate, and that's coming from a HUGE fan of his. I think this victory is what I have termed in the past, the 'swingin pendulum' of the media, which often shifts to a new fighter every time he does something that pleases the crowd on a grand scale. continue
Frankie Gavin has warned new British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane that his reign will be a short one. Gavin put in a punch-perfect display to halt Michael Lomax in seven rounds at Bethnal Green's York Hall on Saturday, while Theopane lifted the British title with a points win over Lenny Daws at Wembley on the same night. And now Gavin is demanding a shot at Theophane - and says he'll knock him out if he's given one. "It doesn't really matter who holds that British title, I feel I am ready for anyone," said the 2007 Amateur World Champion. continue
By Ted Sares - If anyone wasn't convinced that 'Canelo' Alvarez is a future world champion, they have to be believers now...At just 20 years old, he knocked out a tough former world champion [Baldomir] who had only been knocked out one time in 64 fights and that was 16 years ago. He is going to be a star in this sport for a long time, and we're proud to have him on our team. --Oscar De La Hoya
Here they come: Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, Lucien Bute, Sergio Martinez, Koki Kameda, Saul Alvarez, Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Lopez, Abner Mares, Yonnhy Perez, Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Amir Khan. There are many others who are or soon will be making their mark. Bruisers like Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland, Carl Froch, Gene Pascal, Chad Dawson, and perhaps even David Lemieux will join the new kids on the block as well and so might Andre Berto, Kazuto Ioka, Nathan Cleverly, Elio Rojas, and Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. In the lower weights, Giovani Segura, Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym, Toshiaki Nishioka, Anselmo Moreno, and Joseph Agbeko, while not exactly new names, are holding steady. continue
Phil Santos – Spextasy.com - I finally got my ass to the theaters and saw “The Fighter”. Undoubtedly you’ve heard by now the movie is amazing. Now I DON’T cry at movies. I am a 30 year old man who is not at all in touch with his feminine side. With that said, watching puppies get run over by a baby carriage that proceeds to get hit by a car couldn’t make this fools eyes water anymore than Mickey Ward’s story. After being completely consumed for 1 hour and 54 minutes, then questioning what kind of mental disorder I must have for waiting so long to see it, my thoughts turned to Arturo Gatti. continue
Stacey "stayLo" Reile of Miami Florida will be facing Dahania Santana of the Dominican Republic for the IBF Featherweight WorLd title on March 31 in San Jose Costa Rica.
Coming off of a highly controversial loss in Germany October 9th 2010, Stacey will try for her second consecutive World Title with world class trainer Orlando Cuellar in her corner. The Fight on march 31, 2011 is coming one day before the One year anniversary of the loss of Stacey's mother, Barbara Ann Reile, on April 1st 2010.
ACES HIGH FOR CHICAGO ’S 8 COUNT PRODUCTIONS GRANADOS, ESHO AND CARRILLO SIGN UP
CHICAGO, IL (February 20, 2011) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, announced the signing today of three sensational young undefeated prospects to exclusive promotional contracts.
Joining the 8 Count Productions roster are Chicagoans’ Adrian Granados, Achour Esho and Ramiro Carrillo. continue
By James Slater - There was a pretty big upset last night in Canada, as largely unknown 32-year-old Romanian Victor Puiu improved to 19-1-2(9) with a close points win over Britain’s Junior Witter. The fight was an awful spectacle, with lots of holding by Witter and lots of wrestling also, but the younger man will still be happy seeing as he went home with the biggest win of his pro career. continue
By James Slater: All-time great former middleweight king Marvellous Marvin Hagler gave a recent interview with The Independent On Sunday newspaper (published today), and during the interview the man who reigned as middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987 was unable to have much of anything good to say about today’s premiere, big-name fighters.
As with a number of other fellow retired greats who fought in a seemingly golden era, during a time when ducking and dodging never took place - at least not to the extent it can and does happen these days - Hagler can’t believe how much the game has changed. Sure, some people claim Hagler avoided the excellent Mike McCallum (McCallum gave an interview some months back, claiming Hagler actually apologised for failing to fight him in the 1980s), but there is no doubt Marvin fought a number of special, ultra-dangerous fighters. continue
Baltic Heavyweight title that highlighted a seven bout card promoted by Prize Fight and Global Boxing.
After a “feel out” first round, Wach landed a big right hand that hurt Haggler. The 6’7” Wach jumped on Haggler and after a big flurry of punches put Haggler on the canvas. Haggler was clearly hurt and could not beat the count of referee Sparkle Lee and the fight was over at 1:22 of round two. continue
By James Slater - Going into last night’s Nonito Donaire-Fernando Montiel clash in Las Vegas, the thinking was the fight could possibly go either way. Donaire was a slight favourite, but he was not expected to utterly destroy the previously unstopped Mexican the way he did. But with one awesome left hook to the chin, that’s exactly what the “Filipino Flash” did.
Now the holder of the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles, the gifted 28-year-old is a three-weight “world” champion and he is rightfully feeling on top of the world after stopping the 31-year-old so swiftly and decisively. Seemingly unbeatable right now (Donaire has only ever lost one pro fight, this being a 5-round decision in what was just his second pro outing way back in March of 2001), the 26-1(18) champion surely belongs near the very top of the Pound-for-Pound ratings.
A case can be made for ranking Donaire as high as three or four, P-4-P, behind only countryman Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Junior and maybe Sergio Martinez. But one day soon, the way he’s going, with plans to go as high as 122, maybe even 126, Donaire figures to reach the very top in the mythical list. The youngest of the top-four P-4-P guys, Donaire could outlast Pac-Man, Money and Maravilla. continue
Michael Katsidis is about to return to the ring after month’s rattled with up’s and downs. Only 4 weeks after his brother’s tragic passing, Katsidis went on to fight Juan Manual Marquez for the unified Lightweight Title, a fight that he honourably lost in 9 rounds. Although the fight didn’t go the way Katsidis hoped, he still won the love of fans and subsequently the coveted HBO fight of the Year award. continue
By Paul Strauss: The excitement was at a fever pitch tonight at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Fans everywhere expected lots of fireworks, and although Nonito Donaire was the favorite, boxing fans felt Fernando Montiel's experience might prove to be the deciding factor. Montiel had already proved that he could overcome adversity and win in big fights. Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire hadn't yet been really hurt in his career, so there was a bit of a question mark about how he would react if tagged by a hard puncher like Montiel.
When Lupe Contreras finished the intro's people settled into their seats, and the two combatants started circling each other. The size advantage of Donaire was readily apparent, but what quickly became even more apparent was his speed. He didn't need more than a few seconds before he was able demonstrate it to everyone, most of all to Montiel. He would dart in and land a good left hook to the body. Tthen quickly darted back out of range, so Montiel was unable to respond with a counter. A few seconds later, he managed the same quick move, but this time the left hook landed to the head.
Shortly thereafter you could see a bit of frustration showing up on Montiel's face. It was as though you could read his mind and see that he was wondering, "How the hell am I going to time this speed demon in front of me!" Donaire continued to dart in and out with lightning fast shots, but nothing landed cleanly. More revealing though, Montiel wasn't able to land anything. continue
By Cestus Press: Cestus Management’s 140-to-147 pound world contender, Ashley Theophane, scored a sizzling 12 round unanimous decision victory over British Light-Welterweight Champion, 'Lightning' Lenny Daws, in the main event at the world famed Wembley Arena in London England. Theophane displayed superb boxing skills as he constantly kept the very offensive and game Daws off balance with hard jabs and crisp combination punching throughout the fight. The fight was shown live on Sky TV Channel Premier Sports TV and was promoted by Hennessy Sports UK. continue
By James Slater - Tonight in Germany, WBA middleweight champ Felix Sturm retained his belt with an exciting 7th-round TKO over a game Ronald Hearns. The German, fighting in front of a hugely supportive crowd, tagged Hearns with two big right hands to the head as the challenger was stuck in a corner in the 7th-round, the second of which bent Hearns over, his head going into the ropes. At this point, the referee, Raul Caiz Junior, wasted no time at all in diving in and stopping the fight. The stoppage came at the 2-minutes and 30-second mark. continue
By James Slater - Tonight in London, former British heavyweight title challenger John McDermott of Essex scored a sensational 1st-round stoppage of the hyped Larry Olubamiwo of Hackney, London. The 30-year-old, a slight underdog, came out fast and he caught the fantastically-muscled 32-year old with some sharp shots to the head.
Scoring two knockdowns, McDermott got the TKO at just one-minute and 15-seconds of the opening session. Now 26-7(17), McDermott may be rewarded with another shot at the British title. It will be a long road back for the man known as “The War Machine, “ who was stopped for the first time in falling to 10-2(9). continue
By James Slater: Derek “Del Boy” Chisora, the unbeaten heavyweight contender who has already won both the British and the Commonwealth titles, goes for the big one in just over two months time. Confident he can shock the odds and Ring Magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO king Wladimir Klitschko and bring the belts back to Britain, the 27-year-old is currently working hard in preparations for the biggest fight of his 14-bout, four-year pro career.
Along with his trainer Don Charles, Chisora was kind enough to take some time out to speak with Eastsideboxing earlier today:
James Slater: It’s great to be able to speak with you Del Boy! Can I fire some questions at you?
Derek Chisora: Yeah, man. Do you want the number to my bank account first? (laughs)
J.S: Are you nervous ahead of the fight? It’s pretty close now.
D.C: No, not now. At the start, in the first two or three weeks [of training] I always get nervous: having to get fit, getting myself strong. But come the fight itself, come fight night, I’ll be totally cool and focused on the fight. continue
by Craig Dowd: SALISBURY, MARYLAND - A reference to Philippians 4:13, a favorite amongst biblically-minded prizefighters, danced in front of the expectant crowd packed inside Salisbury's Wicomico Civic Center Friday night for ten exciting rounds. continue
By Joseph Herron: Every Friday night, whether or not they consist of plans which include going out or entertaining friends and family, I must watch the best show on television: Friday Night Fights. If that means recording the beloved ESPN program or breaking an engagement just to view it, I must get my weekly fix of Joe and Teddy. continue
By James Slater: Amazingly, though he has never won a major bout at the weight, Youngstown’s Kelly Pavlik has just been placed in the #1 position in the WBC’s super-middleweight ratings. This could mean the former world middleweight king, who has just battled an alcohol problem and is planning a return to the ring, will one day fight the current holder of the WBC 168-pound belt, Carl Froch. continue
One week before Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis challenges Vitali Klitschko for the heavyweight championship, the next Cuban heavyweight sensation Glendy Hernandez will headline “Badia Spices Friday Night Fights” presented by Pugilistic Promotions at the Magic City Casino in Miami. continue
The fight between Luan Krasniqi and NABF Champion Johnathon Banks has been cancelled. The two heavyweights were supposed to fight in the Ludwigsburg Arena in Germany next Saturday, February 26. The tickets for the fight night were already sold out. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: The Australian Fight Series kicked off last night in Melbourne, Australia, with the eight man welterweight tournament providing four exciting bouts, with none going the full distance. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 112th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with middleweight contender Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs), who is scheduled to face Craig McEwan (19-0, 10 KOs) on March 12 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Andy spoke about his upcoming fight and also provided views and opinions on various aspects of the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On what he expects from his opponent Craig McEwan on March 12:
“I expect a hard fight. He’s a good boxer. He’s slick and he’s tricky and you know he wants it as much as I do. So it’s going to be a good fight. We know each other. We box similar in certain ways. It’s an interesting contest and it will be a good fight.”
On training and preparations for the McEwan fight:
“Training is going really well. We’re down here in Hollywood, Florida. We’re training at The Heavyweight Factory and Miguel Cotto is in camp at the moment and I’m also in camp and it’s going really well. I’m doing lots of rounds. I boxed seven rounds today and worked out hard outside the ring. I’m ahead of schedule actually. We still got four weeks to go. So we’re ahead and I feel very sharp and I’m doing the rounds easily. So I’m going to keep working and putting the time in and we still got four weeks and I’ll be ready on fight night.”
On whether he was disappointed that an all-Irish showdown between him and John Duddy was called off after Duddy unexpectedly announced his retirement:
“Yeah, it was a shame for boxing fans, I guess for Irish boxing fans because they’ve been waiting for the fight for awhile, but as we know now he chose to retire and I respect that. It’s a tough game and if you don’t feel like you can do it anymore then you shouldn’t be in the ring, so good luck to John. It was never a personal thing with me and him. It just would have been a good fight for us both and I wish him well now in retirement.” continue
By John G. Thompson: ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland featured Salisbury local (originally from the Dominican Republic) Fernando Guerrero 21-0 (16 KO’s) against Derrick “Superman” Findley 17-5 (11 KO’s) in a middleweight main event. Also, welterweights Shawn “Showtime” Porter 18-0 (13 KO’s) squared off against Anges Adjaho 25-5 (14 KO’s). continue
NEWARK, NJ (February 18, 2011) - With nearly 500 pounds between them, the heavyweight match-up between unbeaten Polish star Mariusz Wach and Jonathan Haggler on Saturday night at Essex County College has fireworks written all over it. continue
After serving as the league's battering ram for the better part of the season, the Memphis Force finally came out of their season-long slumber to pull off the upset of the year in World Series of Boxing Americas. With a dominant 4-1 performance over the Los Angeles Matadors at the DeSoto Civic Center just outside Memphis, the Force add to the Matadors late-season woes of late handing them their second-straight defeat. continue
A clash of heavyweight titans, matching 6-foot-9-inch Tye Fields and 6-foot-7-inch Michael Grant, plus a battle between two former world champions, Joel Casamayor and Michael Anchondo, highlight a nationally and internationally televised pay-per-view card Friday, March 11, at the Planet Hollywood Theatre for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
By James Slater: Tomorrow evening in Germany, 32-year-old Ronald Hearns will get the opportunity to at least partially emulate his boxing legend and all-time great of a father, Thomas Hearns. Going in to challenge the talented Felix Sturm for the German’s WBA middleweight title, the once-beaten Hearns is a considerable underdog. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Feb 18, 2011) – On Saturday night in Stuttgart, Germany, one of the most famous names in middleweight history will go for gold when Ronald Hearns, the son of famed of former two-time middleweight champion Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, battles Felix Sturm for the World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight Super Championship. continue
IRISH-BORN slugger John O’Donnell is the 4-5 favourite on Betfair to bag the vacant British welterweight title at Wembley Arena, London, on Saturday. The 25-year-old squares up to Craig Watson for a second time, the pair having already traded blows in 2009. continue
By Joseph Herron: Fighters and fight fans alike have always been a rare breed. As every second of every round ticks away, we love to see the drama of a great scrap unfold. We live to see our favorite fighters leave everything in the ring for our entertainment. If you ask any prizefighter why they have chosen this profession over everything else they could have done in life, more often than not, they will tell you, “I don’t know, boxing kind of chose me…I didn’t choose boxing…I really can’t explain it.” I guess you could say that it was simply “meant to be.” On Saturday night, February 19th, boxing fans will be treated to a fight that was simply “meant to be”. continue
Pernell Whitaker: "You can't even imagine the feelings I am having right now about this kid (Judah). He's like a student all over again, it's like re-teaching the guy some of the best things about himself. Nobody probably knows better than me, other than his father, about his fight game. It's been easy for me to give him the transformation to do all the things I know he can do very well, and to please the crowd." continue
Retired WIBF/WIBA straw weight champion Terri Moss of Atlanta, GA has been named Woman's Boxing Chairman for the Champions of Dignity Association (C.O.D.A.) by Retired Boxer's Foundation founder and President Alex Ramos. “I'm honored to be included on a panel with such an outstanding group of my peers,” Moss said. “And I'm excited to expand my work and role in the world of boxing and be able to represent women in particular, which is a goal I've had since the beginning of my career. continue
Morden's British light-welterweight champion ''Lightning'' Lenny Daws can claim outright ownership of a Lonsdale belt and improve on his European and world title aspirations when he makes the third defence of his British light welterweight title against Kilburn's Ashley Theophane on Mick Hennessy's exciting bill at London's Wembley Arena on Saturday night. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Since the very beginning of boxing, trainers have always suggested and reminded their fighters of the significance of the jab. I have heard many current professional trainers say that if they could upgrade any attribute of their fighters, it would undoubtedly be their jab. The reason for the fanaticism of this seemingly weak-pecking punch is the wide spectrum of uses that it has in the ring. continue
When people first begin boxing, regardless of their age, it seems the only thing they focus on is throwing punches. But that is only a small part of the equation of becoming a complete boxer. Boxing is about putting many little things together so that you develop a fluid motion in what you do, something that becomes natural. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 17, 2011) — Four of the world’s best lightweight boxers highlight the year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event as unbeaten No. 1-ranked contender Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) challenges World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs), while talented Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) battle in the co-feature. continue
Lake Buena Vista, FL (February 17, 2011) – For the first time in history, professional boxing is coming to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday, March 4, 2011 as part of ESPN The Weekend. This event is being promoted by Roy Jones Jr’s promotional company Square Ring Promotions, Inc. and The Bluewave Group. continue
By James Slater: Fans on this website (and I’m sure fans in general) have often poked fun at the way heavily hyped British heavyweight contender Tyson Fury once whacked himself in the face with a stray right uppercut. This occurred in the 22-year-old’s 4th-round retirement win over the tough Lee Swaby, in what was Fury’s fourth pro outing. Internet images of the clumsy error were soon everywhere and jokes abounded. “Imagine if he’d knocked himself out!” one witty fan wrote. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 16 - On Thursday, February 17, female boxing superstar Mia St. John will join with Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to reintroduce the Mental Health in Schools Act and create awareness and support for mental health initiatives. continue
By James Slater: David Haye has again made it clear he WILL retire in October of this year and, while talking with Sky Sports News today, the WBA heavyweight champ has outlined the two fights he hopes to have before hanging up his gloves. Whether or not Haye’s retirement promise is a bluff intended to allow himself better negotiations for a Klitschko fight, we don’t know (some experts are convinced Haye, with potentially millions of pounds to be earned in 2012, 2013, and so on, will not retire. Others believe his promise). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 112th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two-division champion Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs), who is scheduled to have a rematch against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on May 21 at a venue to be determined. The first time these two met in December they battled to a controversial draw in which most observers felt Hopkins had won. Hopkins spoke about Pascal and also provided opinions on various other topics. Here is Part One of that complete interview transcript:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Bernard, changing things up a little bit, another big fight coming up in May is Manny Pacquiao versus Sugar Shane Mosley. I want to get your thoughts on that fight and do you think Shane has any chance in this one being that a lot of observers are counting him out based on his recent performances with Floyd Mayweather and Sergio Mora?
BERNARD HOPKINS: I think that Shane Mosley has always been great when he’s had to prove that he’s not done. Anybody that thinks that Shane Mosley doesn’t have an opportunity to win this fight is a damn fool. I mean how many times do we have to be fooled? It’s not what Shane actually needs to do 101%, near perfect, it’s not perfect to win this fight. It’s how Pacquiao. It’s where his head is at. See people, we got this thing about building human beings up like they are Gods! At any given time, including me, are subjected somehow to take a person lightly if we don’t check ourselves as we go through that waiting period of getting ready for the next guy. After awhile it can become old. It can become boring. You learn how to put the poker face on. You learn how to say the right things. You learn how to even change your hair every now and then to look different. But at the end of the day, there is always that room for what? Tyson and Buster Douglas! I can name ten more. It was one of the greatest upsets of all time. Yeah, I can give you nine more. I already gave you one.
So when a person says to me does this person have a shot, and then I look at a guy Shane who fought to the level of the competition. It was a fight he couldn’t win if he knocked the guy out or if he went the distance. Why? Because these guys were good guys, they were competitors, they were good guys, but they weren’t superstars. So a superstar or a former superstar or a living legend, he gets up for the same people or the same guy in a way that he has to look at the man in the mirror. And when you look at a superstar going up against a guy who’s been there and done that, and is now in this category called “legend”, you get up for these things.
It reminds me of a funny, funny saying that I said many, many times and I’m going to keep it clean. There’s another version of it that’s X, but I’m going to keep it clean. Do I get up better for a pretty girl or is it a letdown for me when I see somebody that’s not as pretty as the other one, because I believe that in some situations there is no ugly or pretty but it’s a situation. Do I get up for a pretty girl? Forget personality! We’re talking about looks right now. Or do I get down, so you can understand the philosophy, do I get down for the other side of the opposite of pretty? Do I get down when I see the choices that I have? So Shane will get up for this fight. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (February 17, 2011) - The 6′7″ “Polish Giant” Mariusz Wach (23-0, 11 KO) of North Bergen, NJ by way of Krakow, Poland will face his tallest task to date on February 19 when he meets 6′4″ Jonathan Haggler (23-3, 18 KO) of Winston-Salem, NC at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. The show will be promoted by Prize Fight and Global Boxing Promotions and televised by FoxSports and Comcast affiliates throughout the country. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 17 - The ante has been raised in one of 2011's highest stakes bouts, as it was announced today that the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Championship will be on the line when Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and Matthew "Magic" Hatton meet on March 5 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California in a bout which will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 16 - In what promises to be an explosive night of fights featuring six all-action boxing heroes, on Saturday, April 9 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., five-time and three-division World Champion Erik "El Terrible" Morales (51-6, 35 KOs) returns to the pugilistic forefront when he faces power-punching Argentinean Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) in a classic battle for pride, honor and glory. continue
By James Slater: Golden Boy Promotions wasted no time at all in trying to set up a fight whereby the winner will crown a new WBC 154-pound champion. Just days after Manny Pacquiao made it clear he would not be defending the light-middleweight belt he’d won by hammering Antonio Margarito over 12-rounds, Golden Boy were urging the WBC to sanction the upcoming bout between Saul Alvarez and Matthew Hatton as for the vacated title. continue
TORONTO, ON – (Wednesday, February 16, 2011) This Saturday night, the eyes of the boxing universe will be focused squarely on the Hershey Centre in Mississaugua, Ontario, as United Promotions, in association with Hennessy Sports Canada, presents one of the most important Canadian fight cards to take place in years. continue
Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) has promised his fans another spectacular KO victory. The World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion makes a sixth defence of his title at Halle´s Gerry Weber Stadium on April 2 when he comes face-to-face with former champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs). “There is a reason why I am the champion and not you,” Huck said at today´s official press conference. “I am better and stronger and I will put you down. This is where I grew up, so I will have a lot of fans supporting me, and I will deliver them a spectacular night of boxing.” continue
By James Slater: 26-year-old John Murray, the reigning European lightweight king, is hoping his fight with London’s Kevin Mitchell - originally set for April 2nd at Wembley - will still take place. After the fight hit trouble and was reportedly postponed this week (due to “politics” according to Mitchell), Murray was left fuming. Blaming his would-be challenger for the fight falling through, the 30-0(18) fan-favourite doesn’t appear to have taken too much solace from the fact that he will still be fighting on the same card as Nathan Cleverly-Juergen Braehmer. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: In what has proven to be a sensation in recent years, Australia will get its own taste of tournament boxing this Friday night when the Australian Fight Series kicks off in Melbourne, Victoria. continue
By James Slater: Last seen being caught by a bomb and taken out in style by middleweight king Sergio Martinez, Paul Williams plans to return to the ring this April 30th, after having had a five month break. “The Punisher,” a fine fighter who feels he still has some great nights ahead of him, is just 29-years-old, and as devastating a loss as it was for him in November, good judges also feel he is far from done. continue
London (Wednesday 16th February) Brazilian unbeaten big heavyweight puncher Marcelo Luiz Nascimento is all primed and ready to go for his explosive clash with Heavyweight Sensation Tyson Fury at Wembley Arena on Saturday Feb 19th. continue
Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov/GT & KP Promotion will present a sensational world championship fight card on Saturday, March 26, 2011, at Sports Palace DIVS in Ekaterinburg, Russia. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise kicks off a new season with a double dose of action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: FERNANDO MONTIEL VS. NONITO DONAIRE AND MIKE JONES VS. JESUS SOTO KARASS is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 19 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Mandalay Bay Resort Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
Exciting London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker is to make his third UK outing, against Doncaster’s John Anthony, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘UNLEASH THE FURY’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 5th March 2011. continue
Come back kid, former International Boxing Organization (IBO) Light Welterweight World Champion, Colin Lynes and European Gold Medalist Luke Campbell join a host of stars on this coming Thursday’s edition of The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour - BBC Radio London 94.9 between 8-9pm on Thursday 17th February 2011. continue
ORANGE, CA (February 16) - On Friday, February 25, at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Thompson Boxing Promotions is back with a stellar group of the sport's premier young talent that is ready to inject some "New Blood" back into the sweet science. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – USA Boxing President Harold Adonis and the Board of Directors, has selected long-time Olympic and sports administrator, Anthony Bartkowski (Colorado Springs, Colo.) to serve as the organization’s next Executive Director. He has served as Interim Executive Director since October 15, 2010, but will now lead the organization in a permanent capacity. Bartkowski possesses great experience in the Olympic movement, serving in numerous capacities in the field during his career. continue
TULSA, Okla. – Dale Cook’s Xtreme Fight Night 2 returns to the The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday, February 25. The mixed fight card including boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts is sure to produce explosive action all night long. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 112th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two-division champion Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs), who is scheduled to have a rematch against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs) on May 21 at a venue to be determined. The first time these two met in December they battled to a controversial draw in which most observers felt Hopkins had won. Hopkins spoke about Pascal and also provided opinions on various other topics. Here is Part 1 of 2 of the complete interview transcript:
JENNA J: It is actually time for our final interview on this week’s show. He is a living legend in the sport. He is the former undisputed middleweight champion of the world and former light heavyweight champion of the world, the one and only Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. How’s everything going today Bernard?
BERNARD HOPKINS: Everything is going good. We’re finally getting some early spring here in Philadelphia and Delaware. It’s supposed to hit 55 or 60 and it’s fantastic. Everything is fine. My family is good and I’m just moving along and taking care of other family business and, you know, life.
JENNA: That’s great Bernard, and I think what’s even better is you’re actually going to be getting your rematch with Jean Pascal. It’s going to be on May 21. How do you feel about the opportunity to get another chance at it?
HOPKINS: Well first of all, I’d like to say that with the board of the WBC I thanked them before, and I’m thanking them again every time this topic comes up because they did the right thing. The sanctioning bodies, for good or bad reasons, have been under a lot of things during for decades and years, but at the end of the day the truth was revealed. They voted. 30 out of 32 people voted for the fight, so that itself shows that an injustice was done that night in Canada. To me I just want to clear really there mistake up, not my mistake up. I believe I fought a fight that was planned out by myself and Nazim Richardson and the only thing better than that performance was a knockout. That’s the only thing that could top that performance by me was a knockout. Any fighter will tell you if you get a knockout you don’t got to worry about the decision going your way or not, but it is what it is. I get a chance to make their wrong right, and what better way and what better person to be in that position than Bernard Hopkins. I am familiar with this to be honest with you. Unfortunately I am used to bad decisions or close decisions, but it worked out right this time. Again, I commend the WBC. I’m really happy to be able to show what went down again. continue
by Zachary Q. Daniels - Perhaps even more than the earlier installments of his excellent series on the heavyweight champions, Adam Pollack’s In the Ring with Marvin Hart fills a gap in the boxing literature. For while his well-researched works on Sullivan, Corbett, Fitzsimmons and Jeffries undoubtedly provided additional understanding of the boxing careers of these men, as a result of his unique reliance on local primary source accounts to cover events, these were also boxers whose lives and careers had been the subject of some attention before. Not so with Marvin Hart.
Hart is not only, as Pollack notes “one of the least known heavyweight champions,” he is probably the least-written about of the many men who have held the title in the past. No biographies have ever been published, nor did Hart himself write an autobiography. This may be unique among heavyweight champions, the more famous of whom are among the most written-about of all athletes. As surprising as it seems, this is actually the first biography of Hart that has been published. Clearly, then, Pollack’s book fills a gaping void.
As usual, he applies his thorough research techniques, relying on primary source accounts to trace Hart’s career from its beginnings in 1900 to its termination in 1910. Hart’s early fights in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky with such men as William Schiller, Hugh ”Kid Hubert” McGann, Pete Traynor, Tommy West, Dan Creedon and others are all covered. Most of these fights ended in KO, establishing Hart as a thunderous puncher who could “hit as hard as mule’s kick. continue
By Chris Kelly: In recent times dubbing a fighter “Gatekeeper” was seen as half an insult. Gatekeepers of recent times generally fell into two categories: ex-champs on the decline and feather-fisted pressure fighters with concrete chins. For the most part taking the term as insult was warranted. continue
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• CBS is going to show ‘Pacquiao versus Mosley’ series
• Arthur Abraham beating Stjepan Bozic by 2nd round TKO
• Is Abraham prepared to face someone like Andre Ward?
• Erik Morales versus Marcos Maidana being set for headline on April 9
• Eddie Chambers winning an IBF eliminator against Derric Rossy by unanimous decision
• Steve Cunningham defending his IBF cruiserweight title with a unanimous decision against Enad Licinia
• Fernando Vargas April 16 ring return against Henry Buchanon being postponed at least a month due to pneumonia and bronchitis
• Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin stopping Dennis Sharpe in the 4th round
• Marco Antonio Barrera scoring a 2nd round stoppage against Jose Arias
By James Slater - We all know it looks more and more unlikely that David Haye and either Klitschko brother will ever fight (and you have already formed your own opinion as to why not), but the current WBA heavyweight champion has to fight somebody or else retire right now. And, with both “Doctors” busy right now, Haye seems to have found an acceptable challenger for his planned May 21st date in London.
Not, as expected, Ruslan Chagaev; Haye’s WBA mandatory - it now looks more and more likely that unbeaten Russian star Alexander Povetkin will meet “The Hayemaker” in his next fight. This is according to Boxrec.com, who can “reveal that very positive negotiations are taking place” with regards to Haye defending against Povetkin next. continue
By Mike Casey: Joe Louis was an avid golfer for most of his life, even though that gentlest of games hit him harder in the wallet than any opponent ever hit him on the chin. So let us kick off with a quick golfing tale, which, I promise you, bears great relevance to our main story.
In 1979, to the amazement of the golfing fraternity, the great Jack Nicklaus failed to win a tournament for the first time since turning professional in 1962. For seventeen monotonously punishing seasons, the Golden Bear had caned a succession of challengers. Then nothing. The genie had seemingly escaped from Jack’s bottle. The drought persisted into the summer of 1980, and then the Bear suddenly roared again. Out of nowhere, he won his fourth US Open title.
What had kicked him back into life? Well, a certain mischievous reporter had written a scathing assessment, quite possibly tongue in cheek, of Jack Nicklaus at the age of 40. The impudent scribe described Jack as “… done, finished, washed up….”
Nicklaus pinned those words to his refrigerator door and kept looking at them before going out and winning one of golf’s greatest prizes against all expectations. continue
WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward will be joining the Boxingchannel.com coverage team for the Feb. 19th Nonito Donaire-Fernando Montiel Bantamweight Title match. Ward, who is now in the semi-finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Showtime, will be providing analysis and doing interviews at the Februrary 18th weigh-in and the post fight press conference on February 19th. Ward will be joining Al Bernstein and Trip Mitchell on the coverage team. All the features and interviews can be seen at www. Boxingchannel.com. continue
"We want Kelly Pavlik. We want Carl Froch or any of the Super Six Semi-Finalists. We want Lucian Bute. We want Robert Stieglitz. We want Andre Ward. Tell them all we'll be calling." Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing and Domenic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions wish to congratulate the red-hot super middleweight prospect they co-promote, Donovan "Da Bomb" George (21-1-1, 18 KOs), for his jaw dropping knockout victory on Friday night. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 14, 2011)—Global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley continued their U.S. media tour on Valentine’s Day in New York on Monday at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 with another open to the public news conference.
Boxing fans got an up close and personal look at their favorites with some Pacquiao fans showing their support by waving Philippine flags while Mosley was also greeted by his share of loyal supporters.
The fight is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs. Mosley will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®. continue
Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, is pleased to announce it will air Manchester’s heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury as he takes on another undefeated knockout specialist - Brazilian Marcelo Luiz Nascimento in a 10 round “International Special attraction fight” at Wembley Arena Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. ET, courtesy of Hennessy Sports. After the fight with Francois Botha was knocked back by the BBBofC, Fury did not hesitate in accepting “the Hammer”, who’s record is 13 - 0 with 11ko’s. Similar to Fury's record, which is 13 - 0 with 9ko's. continue
Woodland Hills, California (February 14, 2011) - Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing and Lights Out Promotions have added another USBA title bout to the third installment of WARNER CENTER WAR on Friday, March 4, 2011. In the co-main event, Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs), ranked #7 by the IBF, puts his USBA light-heavyweight title on the line against Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs), who is ranked #8 in. This is a world title elimination bout with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to IBF light-heavyweight champion, Tavoris Cloud. continue
By James Slater - 28-year-old Eddie Chambers returned to winning ways this past Friday, in his first fight back since being stopped by world champion Wladimir Klitschko last March. The Philly slickster won a commanding 12-round decision over Rossy in what was a rematch, and in improving to 36-2(18) Chambers got himself back in contention for a shot at the IBF crown held by Klitschko.
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me earlier today, “Fast” Eddie spoke about his win on Friday and his plans for the future.
James Slater: Thanks for taking the time to speak with Eastsideboxing.com once again, Eddie. First of all, congratulations on your win over Derric Rossy, your second win over him.
Eddie Chambers: Thank you.
J.S: As you know, you stopped him the first time you met, back in 2007. This time, you dropped him but won on points - was he tougher, or more improved this time around?
E.C: He improved certain things, but he was in survival mode, especially after the knockdown; in the second half of the fight. I’m not taking anything away from Rossy, he is a tough guy and a good fighter. But I never put on the performance I thought I would. I didn’t feel great in there. continue
Hot prospect Frankie Gavin will now headline at London's York Hall this Saturday (19th February) after former gym Tony Bellew withdrew because of a hand injury. Gavin, Britain's only ever world amateur champion, will face tough Welshman Jason Cook in an eliminator for the British Light-Welterweight title, replacing Bellew's Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight title defence against Ovill McKenzie. continue
On April 2, Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will return to the place where he celebrated the biggest success of his career. The 26-year-old will defend his WBO Cruiserweight Title at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, taking on former WBC champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs). Back in August 2009, Huck wore down then-champion Victor Emilio Ramirez to clinch the WBO title. “I look forward to returning to Halle,” said Huck. “I have very special memories of the Gerry Weber Stadium. I will never forget the day I became world champion. The crowd was fantastic and I will put on another spectacular show on April 2.” continue
Jason E. (San Francisco, CA): What are your thoughts on Mayweather's recent Twitter posting of Pacquiao's losses and ring struggles? I found it to be very low of him to do this and I can't wait to see them fight after Pacquiao destroys Mosley. What are your thoughts on Mayweather's actions?
Vivek W. (ESB): To quote Long Beach based rapper Snoop Dogg, he's "got his mind on the money and the money's on [his] mind"! Sounds funny in theory, but to break it down gently, this is about building the fight, (money potential), and gettin' in the mind of the man he'll have to face when it ultimately happens. Few gave any true credibility to Pacquiao's admission recently in a conversation with Amir Khan where he said in so many words that he's not worried about the drug testing because he would never put anything illegal in his body, but when it comes to the "games" Mayweather likes to play he's "not ready for that, yet". continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Lately, it seems that boxing has taken a turn for the worse. Since when are we supposed to be happy and excited in anticipation of a semi-decent fight, which happens at most a couple times a year? Not all that long ago, boxing filled an average year with dozens of exciting and important fights. From Muhammad Ali all the way to the Mike Tyson era, boxing was a densely filled sport with talent and heart. continue
By James Slater - Only last week, the ongoing, on/off/on/unlikely Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye situation took another turn, as “Dr. Steel Hammer” said on air that as far as he in concerned the July 2nd date was still alive, and that Haye only had to agree to the date to get the big unification fight. As fans know, Haye said a while ago that no way does he believe Kitschko - who will face Derek Chisora on April 30th - will be able to fight anyone, let alone him, as soon as nine weeks after an earlier fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s 111th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with junior middleweight champion of the world Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) who is scheduled to defend his title against former two division champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-2, 23 KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was afforded the opportunity to have a brief chat with the champion about his upcoming fight on the show. Here is a complete transcript of that portion of the program:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Okay boxing fans! We have something very special for you as we are now joined by the reigning WBA junior middleweight champion of the world, Miguel Cotto. How’s everything going today, Miguel?
MIGUEL COTTO: I’m doing very good.
CIANI: Good. So how is everything going with your training and preparations for your March 12 fight with Ricardo Mayorga?
COTTO: Everything is going amazing, you know. We’re still figuring the training sessions and I know this is going to be a really great card. continue
By James Slater - WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck, a fighter who really does seem unwilling to remain out of action for anything approaching a significant amount of time, will make the sixth defence of his title on April 2nd, once again in his adopted homeland of Germany.
Challenging the Serbian-born 26-year-old known as “Kapt’n” Huck, will be 41-year-old Italian tough guy Giacobbe Fragomeni. continue
Team Martirosyan wants to congratulate Austin Trout for his recent win over Rigoberto Alvarez in Mexico. The win netted Trout the WBA world light middleweight title. In various interviews, Trout has said that he would like to face Martirosyan in the pro ranks. Martirosyan and Trout faced each other three times in the amateurs and Martirosyan came out with his hand raised in all three fights. continue
The Belfast Kronk ABC’s recent unique developing world charity fundraising boxing event at the Dockers Social Club was a major success with £1,720 being raised for the world’s hunger and needy children. The event was organised to raise much needed funds for the charity organisation ‘Concern Worldwide’.
Kronk Treasurer, Pat McStravick commented ‘We were delighted with money we were able to raise for Concern Worldwide through this event. There was a great turnout of people for the show and the boxing was also excellent with the Belfast Kronk boxers picking up 8 wins out of the 10 bouts.’
For more than 40 years ‘Concern Worldwide’ has been dedicated to reducing suffering and fighting hunger and poverty around the globe. Today, the aid organisation continues to respond to major emergencies as well as working in long term development programmes. Their main areas of focus are health and nutrition, education, and combating HIV and AIDS. continue
By James Slater - In disappointing, exasperating news, it has been reported by a number of sources that the potentially thrilling Kevin Mitchell-John Murray lightweight showdown, looking all set for April 2nd, will not now be happening - at least not on that date. Frustration has set in for all concerned because there has been no official explanation as to why the fight, originally down as the chief support bout to Nathan Cleverly’s challenge of WBO light heavyweight boss Juergen Braehmer, has fallen apart. continue
By Ted Sares: - No matter what some people say about him not fighting much lately, he’s a legend and you have to respect a legend. Especially if he’s Mexican. -Marcos Maidana
Long in the tooth legend Marco Antonio Barrera, recently scored a crushing second-round TKO over hapless Jose Arias of the Dominican Republic. The fight was in Barrera’s’ native Mexico. No surprises here. Speaking of long in the tooth, Arias is 43-years-old and holds just four wins over fighters who held a winning record coming in against him. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 111th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former welterweight and junior middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-2, 23 KOs), who is scheduled to face WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayorga spoke about his upcoming fight, reflected back on some key moments from his career, and expressed his desire to land a fight with Pound-for-Pound King, Manny Pacquiao. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It is actually time for our third and final guest of this week’s show. He is the former junior middleweight champion of the world. We have the one and only Riacrdo Mayorga. How’s everything going tonight Ricardo?
RICARDO MAYORGA: I’m here and I’m training hard here. Everything is going good for now.
JENNA: Well that is great to hear. Ricardo, you have an excellent opportunity. You will be taking on WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto on March 12. How do you feel about this title fight?
MAYORGA: Well I know he’s a world champion and he’s the champ right now, but I’ve champion too and I think the one that should be proud and be happy at the privilege that he’s going to fight against me is Cotto. continue
By James Slater - Floyd “Money” Mayweather has a lot on his mind right now, it must be acknowledged. The soon-to-be-34-year-old has a number of legal issues that must be sorted out, and it will only be after this is the case that the general consensus for P-4-P#2 will be able to box again. However, recent actions by the unbeaten superstar show he IS still thinking about boxing. In fact, what Floyd did over the weekend proves he has one potential rival on his mind more than any other: Manny Pacquiao. continue
By James Slater - 37-year-old living legend Marco Antonio Barrera scored an easy, 2nd-round TKO last night in his native Mexico, as he crushed overmatched Jose Arias of The Dominican Republic. Barrera scored a knockdown in each of the two rounds, getting the TKO win at 2-minutes and 29-seconds of the 2nd. Now sporting an amazing 67-7(44) pro record “The Baby Faced Assassin” hopes to go for a version of the lightweight title later this year.
It’s not clear where Arias, who fell to 15-2(9) will go from here. continue
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 12, 2011)—All the questions posed by the members of the Las Vegas media had been answered by global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. continue
by Robert Brown - David Haye has made a career of hyping himself up as the next great heavy weight champion, but has yet to deliver the goods. On a previous occasion in the past, before a fight with one of the Klitschko brothers, he turned up to the press conference in a specially made T-shirt with him holding up both the Klitschko’s heads. The fight sold out in no time, which proves David Haye knows how to sell a fight, but not how to make one. He pulled out of that fight with an alleged back injury, and since then Haye has not been able to successfully negotiate a fight with either Vitali or Vladimir, despite allegedly being offered 50/50 splits. continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) is the new WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion after stopping Steve Herelius (21-2, 12 KOs) in the seventh round. The hard-hitting Cuban knocked the Frenchman down twice – first with a thunderous right and then with a series of punches before the fight was waved off. “This is like a dream coming true,” Hernandez enthused. “I have worked very hard to become champion. I am very happy and proud.. continue
Last night in El Paso, Texas, Hector Camacho Jr. defeated Juan Astorga via unanimous decision to begin his road to reaching a title fight by the end of the year. Camacho Jr. took control of the fight early and never looked back, using his speed and conditioning to propel him through the eight round fight. Next month Camacho Jr. will return to the ring when he faces Juan De La Rosa in Georgia for the vacant IBF Latino light middleweight title. continue
Rico Ramos landed the crisper, cleaner shots en route to a hard fought unanimous decision over fellow super bantamweight Alejandro Valdez, scored 97-93 two times and 98-92. In the fleeting super middleweight co-feature, a rebounding Don "Da Bomb" George pummeled Cornelius "Da Heat" White before referee Randy Newman declared the fight a TKO in the first round on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. continue
By James Slater - Perhaps one day they will make a movie about Denver, Colorado heavyweight Ron Lyle, who turns 70 today. Big Ron sure has some story to tell. Not only did he battle almost every conceivable heavyweight name from that glory-filled boxing decade that was the 1970s, beating a great deal of them; but Lyle also had some eventful life before boxing “saved” him.
Sent to prison for second degree murder in the early 1960s, Lyle was stabbed while inside, with him twice being pronounced dead on the operating table. continue
By James Slater - Last night at Ballys in Atlantic City, Philadelphian heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers won an important IBF elimination bout, as he won a wide 12-round unanimous decision over a determined Derric Rossy - winning by scores of 120-107, 117-110 and 115-112.
These two had met before, with the slicker, more naturally talented Chambers scoring a 7th-round TKO back in 2007. Last night, having put further experience under his belt, 30-year-old Rossy was able to stick around to the final bell. Chambers, two years the younger man, dropped the former football player in the sixth-round, with a nice overhand right, but he was unable to finish his man. continue
By John G. Thompson: In the undercard of ShoBox: The New Generation’s broadcast from Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey Don “Da Bomb” George 21-1-1 (18 KO’s) of Chicago, Illinois scored a first round knockout in his first fight since his first loss. George had been taken to school in a one sided beating by last minute replacement and underdog Francisco Sierra in July of last year. Cornelius “The Beast” White 16-1 (15 KO’s) from Houston, Texas looked intimidating on paper, being then undefeated with a fantastic knockout percentage, and coming off thirteen straight knockout wins – many in the first round. However, as ringside commentators Antonio Tarver and Steve Farhood mentioned, there was a noticeable lack of names on White’s resume. In fact, on closer inspection, White had only faced three fighters with winning records. continue
By John G. Thompson: The Canadians pitched a near shutout at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada this evening televised live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights series. Antonin Decarie 25-1 (7 KO’s) headlined against Shamone Alvarez 21-4, with Montreal natives Jo Jo Dan and Ghislan Maduma appearing in the undercard. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 11 - "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" travels to the Bay Area on Friday, February 18, as the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco, Calif. hosts an exciting doubleheader featuring highly-touted Filipino sensation Mercito Gesta in a main event rematch against Genaro Trazancos, along with a junior lightweight clash between unbeaten Salinas contender Eloy Perez and veteran standout Roger "Speedy" Gonzalez. continue
Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing, has added hot and exciting upcoming super middleweight prospect, Jason "Montruo" Escalera (10-0, 9KO's) to his growing stable of fighters. DeGuardia secured an exclusive long-term promotional agreement with Escalera just hours ago. continue
February 11, 2011, Totowa, NJ - Tomasz Adamek vs. Kevin McBride, originally scheduled for late April at Newark's Prudential Center has been moved to Saturday, April 9th, it was announced today by promoters Kathy Duva of Main Events and Ziggy Rozalski of Ziggy Promotions. continue
Sometimes the best Boxing Matches are not the ones that decide who wears the title belts but are fought by guys trying to get their chance at the Gold Ring.
On June, 11th 1999 Derrick Jefferson was an undefeated, 21 and 0, up and coming heavyweight. He was big, long-armed, had almost no defense, and punched like he was slinging bricks with both hands. continue
By James Slater: “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney, the 1980s heavyweight star who battled plenty of great fighters, still follows the sport today; even though America has no reigning heavyweight champion. Cooney, who retired with a fine 28-3(24) record, believes this will change in the future, and that boxing will “make a comeback” to it’s glory days.
Gerry never became champion himself, having to face the all-time greats that are Larry Holmes and Michael Spinks (when past his best in the case of the fight with Spinks). Yet if he were around today, many fans feel he would have a great shot at reaching the top. continue
By Joseph Herron: “Boxing is only as healthy as its glamour division: The Heavyweights,” is an age old axiom regurgitated by, not only boxing’s biggest advocates, but it’s most vocal detractors. If that is indeed true, the “sweet science” in America is not only on life support, but it is beginning to write its own obituary.
Not if 33 year old knock-out artist, David Rodriguez, has anything to say about it.
David “El Nino” Rodriguez is an El Paso, TX, native who boasts an impressive 33-0 record with 31 knock-outs. That is almost a 94% opponent knock-out ratio; which is not only one of the best in the sport today, but one of the greatest KO percentages boxing has ever seen after 33 professional bouts.
It’s the kind of statistic, which most feel will not only resurrect the heavyweight division, but revive the entire sport of boxing. Yes, we have a current crop of Heavyweight Champions who have great knock-out ratios, but David’s record is a bit different; 24 of the Texas native’s 31 knockouts happened by way of exciting 1st round KO. continue
Undefeated Cuban super featherweight prospect Rances Barthelemy (9-0, 7 KOs), will return to action tonight (Friday) in his adopted home city of Miami, Florida. The 24-year-old former amateur standout will face Bahamian veteran Anthony "Psycho" Woods in a six rounder at the Magic City Casino. continue
Former national amateur standout Guy Robb of Sacramento, California hopes to have the opportunity to showcase his boxing skills tonight at the Fairfield Sports Center in Fairfield, California. His ability to do such hinges on his overweight opponent not gaining any additional weight before a pre-fight weight check this morning. Should things go as hoped, local fight fans will get to see one of the area’s top prospects for the first time as a professional. continue
FAIRFAX, VA (February 11, 2011)--- The top-flight Jimmy Lange Boxing card coming to the Patriot Center on March 12th just got better thanks to an undefeated, power-punching, Mohawk-sporting, rising prospect from nearby Maryland. Ice Promotions officials are excited to announce that United States Boxing Organization (USBO) Light Heavyweight Champion Mark “TNT” Tucker (15-0, 7 KOs) of Eldersburg, MD, currently rated #7 at 175-pounds by the World Boxing Organization (WBO), has been added to its action-packed lineup. The Jimmy Lange-headlined card at the George Mason University venue is presented by Valcourt Building Services. continue
EW YORK, NY (Feb. 11, 2011) – Venerable boxing journalist and historian Bert Sugar will be the special guest speaker this coming Tuesday night (Feb. 15 starting at 7 PM/ET) for RING 8’s monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. continue
When Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein announces the May 7th Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley match on Showtime Pay per view , it will come 31 years, almost to the day, after he announced his first boxing match on national television. “My first ESPN Top Rank Boxing telecast was May 15, 1980 and I am as excited for the coming Pacquiao-Mosley fight as I was for that assignment,” Al said. He added, “the difference is that I was excited then for me, for what I hoped was the beginning of a broadcasting career. For this fight I am excited for the sport of boxing.” continue
By Vivek Wallace - Next Saturday, the world of boxing will look on as Filipino Nonito Donaire (27-1, 17KO's) squares off against Mexican Fernando Montiel (44-2-2, 34KO's) in a showdown that could rank as one of the best fights of the year when all is said and done. For the past few years, anytime you hear about the country of the Philippines in the sport of boxing, it was synonymous with one name and one name only. Within the next few days that may change, as most of the fight public will get a chance to finally see a man most expect to carry the torch for the humble nation when congressman Manny Pacquiao finally decides it's time to hang the gloves up. continue
By James Slater - A number of fans shuddered when theyd hear how a showdown between lethal puncher Marcos Maidana and ageing former three-weight champ Erik Morales was being discussed. ‘It won’t happen,’ some of these fans insisted, claiming “El Chino” would likely fight Devon Alexander next, as per HBO’s plan. But all speculation has now ended: as the fight, for the “regular” WBA 140-pound title, is a go for The MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 9th. This fight may well be viewed by nervous fans who sit very much on the edge of their seats! But will the adrenalin be flowing for the right reasons? continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J) - This week’s 111th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with top ten ranked heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver (46-5-5, 16 KOs), who is coming off of a fourth round TKO victory against Jimmy Haynes (21-16-2, 10 KOs) last Friday. Welliver, who is the newest co-host for On the Ropes, briefly spoke about his fight and his career with the show’s Hostess, the magnificent Miss Jenna J. Here is a complete transcript from that portion of the show:
JENNA J: You actually got a chance to fight this past weekend. Can you tell the fans out there a little bit about your bout?
CHAUNCY WELLIVER: You know it was something just to shake loose. Me and Joe have been working on a lot of different things. So this was a fight, I’m not going to sit here and say it was the best guy or that he was super tough. It was something just to shake loose and kind of get some rounds in and that’s exactly what we got. Unfortunately, the only place we could do it was in his home town because that’s where the money was. So we fought in his home town. I’m hitting him, he’s going down, the referee’s not counting it, the guy was headbutting me and the guy was calling me for sticking my head in. So I knew I was on pretty dangerous ground as far as officials guy, but when the crowd started yelling at me, throwing things at me, and cursing at me, I said, “Okay, maybe it’s time to get this guy out of here”. So I hit him with a body shot and he went down and he got up and I hit him again and he got hurt. He went down and then the referee stopped it. It was great to shake a little bit of rust off. I did hurt my thumb a little bit and I was actually throwing some hard shots so that’s a good sign. We’re looking forward to possibly fighting in March. We’re scheduled to fight in March. We got to go see the doctor tomorrow about my thumb. Everything looks good but you never know what a doctor sees. Everything looks good and once again, it was great to shake off that little bit of rust that I had. It was only a little, though. continue
By James Slater - Talented Philly heavyweight “Fast” Eddie Chambers makes his return to the ring tonight in Atlantic City, in a rematch with Derric Rossy. The IBF heavyweight title eliminator is an important fight for Chambers, Rossy and the heavyweight division. The scheduled 12-rounder will also mark Chambers’ first ring action since he was stopped in dramatic style in the 12th and final round by Wladimir Klitschko.
Yet as important as the heavyweight bout is, Showtime: The Next Generation will not be televising Chambers-Rossy II tonight. Instead, the card’s supporting bouts - Cornelius White-Donovan George and Rico Ramos-Alejandro Valdez - will get the T.V treatment. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 111th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with undefeated welterweight contender Kell Brook (23-0, 16 KOs). Kell spoke about his career and touched on a variety of topics including Amir Khan, Carl Froch, David Haye, Manny Pacquiao, and more! Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our first guest of this week’s show. He is a ranked contender in the welterweight division, he’s ranked number one by the WBO. We are joined by Kell Brook. How’s it going today, Kell?
KELL BROOK: Yeah, I’m very well, very well. Thank you.
JENNA: Good to hear. Now you’ve been a man that’s been in the news of late. You’ve been calling out your fellow British fighter Amir Khan. What was that all about and did you really want to face the 140 pound champion?
BROOK: Yeah, I’d love to fight Amir Khan. He’s coming back to Britain to fight and then I hear he actually wants to fight Floyd Mayweather at welterweight. So if he wants to fight Floyd Mayweather and he is fighting in Britain, I believe that I’m the best welterweight in Britain and I think he should come and see me before he starts looking at Mayweather. continue
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2011)—More than 300 members of the mainstream sports and boxing media converged into a jam-packed standing-room only ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday for the kickoff press conference featuring global superstar and Philippine Congressman Manny Pacquiao and three-division world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley. continue
February 10, 2011 - Brick City Bar and Grill, Newark NJ - Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events - "We are marking another beginning and it relates back to a really long time ago. We used to have fights in a place in Totowa NJ called Ice World. continue
By GM Ross: It seems Junior Witter is getting a bit ahead of himself. According to Hennessey Promotions, Witter is already calling out Amir Khan. Victor Puiu might have something to say about that. The undefeated Canadian meets Witter in Mississauga on February 19. continue
Atlantic City, N.J. (Feb. 10, 2011) – Both undefeated and World Boxing Association (WBA) No.-1 ranked super bantamweight Rico Ramos and former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez weighed in at 122.5 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel & Casino. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 10 - Looking to fight his way back into the world title picture in 2011, perennial contender Rocky Juarez will make his Mexico debut against Mexico City's rising star Alejandro "Flaquita" Sanabria in a 12 round main event on the February 19th edition of Televisa's "Sabados De Corona" from Gimnasio Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. In the 10 round co-feature Mexico City's unbeaten junior welterweight Pablo Cesar Cano battles Jorge Romero of Culiacan. continue
WBA#11, WBC#12, WBO#14 Light Heavy/Cruiser Tommy Karpency (20-2-1 13kos) returns to the ring this Saturday at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He will face durable veteran Andre Hemphill (10-16-2 5kos) of Philly in the eight round main event. Karpency looks to stay busy while the upset-minded Hemphill looks to build on his two fight winning streak. The six round co-feature will pit local junior welter Stevie Weimer (5-0) versus Julias Edmonds (7-9), while Karpency's younger brother, Jeremiah, will put his perfect 3-0 mark on the line in a heavyweight four rounder against local William Miranda (1-1). The 6 bout card is being presented by Payton Promotions, and tickets can be purchased by calling (717) 585-1993.
By Fantana: Britain at the moment is the cusp of a great depression which can be seen on the faces of the great British public, especially those who use public transport. This is a depression not so much due to rising fuel prices or bad weather but more due to the fact there isn’t much to do on these fine shores apart from watch the premierships most glamorous team, Stoke City. Since the 1st of February the shooting season has ended which means wealthy real men, such as myself, cannot go outside and shoot pheasants whilst drinking slow gin and eating pork pies. continue
By Fantana: Seasons greetings boxing fans! Last month middleweight Michael Oliveira improved his record with his thirteenth straight win over the tough Junior Ramos via knockout in the third round. It was the first time Oliveira had fought in Brazil, the land of his birth. Boxing fans are well aware of Michael’s career which is going from strength to strength and the unbeaten twenty year old was named the Brazilian Athlete of the Year in 2009. continue
This Friday, Atlantic City's, Shamone "The Truth" Alvarez (21-3, 12KO's) travels across the border, as he looks to get back into the win column when he takes on Canada's, WBA #8 rated welterweight, Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7KO's) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The bout, scheduled for ten rounds, will headline this week's edition of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". Alvarez-Decarie marks the return of Groupe Yvon Michel's highly regarded FAST AND FURIOUS boxing series, and is presented by the Casino de Montreal in collaboration with Videotron, and Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to a new report by Fightnews.com, a current 20 year old freckle-faced worldwide boxing sensation Saul ‘Canelo” Alvarez (35-0-1) is aiming at Manny Pacquiao’s (52-3-2) 154lbs belt. (http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/canelo-wants-pacmans-154lb-belt-75083). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales (51-6-0) and Marcos ‘El Chino’ Maidana (29-2-0) is essentially a done deal for April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The WBA interim super lightweight title will be on the line. (http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/maidana-morales-imminent-75103) continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: On Saturday Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, will make his first defense, of his second reign, as the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion of World against the tough Serbian born Enad Licina at the RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle in Muelheim, Germany. continue
By James Slater - Top British promoter Frank Warren has another great value for money show on the way for U.K fight fans. An exact date and venue are still to be confirmed for the doubleheader that is Nathan Cleverly Vs. Jurgen Braehmer, for the WBO light-heavyweight title, and John Murray Vs. Kevin Mitchell, with Warren’s latest signing defending his European lightweight crown - but April 2nd in London is looking likely.
According to Warren’s official website, these two mouth-watering match-ups will definitely go ahead, with all four fighters eager for action. continue
By Brendan Galbraith at Khan-McCloskey Press Conference, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Prior to the announcement of this fight, the negotiations for Amir Khan’s homecoming WBA Championship defence had descended into a merry go round of names and opinion on who King Khan should face was mixed. However, after protracted negotiations, Derry man, Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey finally secured his world title shot with Khan which will take place at the MEN Arena, Manchester on 26th April 2011.
However, in today’s press conference at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, in front of a packed crowd of supporters and media frenzy, it was revealed that a dispute had already arose over the ticketing of the Khan-McCloskey fight. It emerged that all of the lower priced tickets had sold out yesterday before Paul McCloskey was allocated his share of tickets to sell to his huge contingent of Irish fans – a fact that was underlined today by the ‘standing room only’ packed press conference.
McCloskey’s promoters and key negotiator Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sports made it clear that it was a matter that would be cleared up immediately after the Belfast Press Conference and lamented that “it would be daylight robbery if Irish fans did not get a chance to watch this fight and also to sit together”. continue
By James Slater - 22-year-old Tyson Fury, the most heavily hyped heavyweight prospect in the U.K, wants to make a statement that proves he is worthy of his hype. And who does the 13-0, 6’9” hope want to make a statement by facing and defeating? Why, that well known former Olympian known as “A-Force,” that’s who!
It may seem an odd choice from Fury to call out the man who has been labelled everything from a joke to a fraud, but Fury believes his taking on as experienced a foe as Audley Harrison, after having just 13 pro outings, will be a big deal. Also, Fury wants to see for himself whether or not the big, 39-year-old southpaw “is made of anything.. continue
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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• The WBC declaring Manny Pacquiao’s WBC junior middleweight title vacant
• Rumors surrounding a possible May 21 date in Quebec for a rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jeans Pascal
• Chad Dawson rumored to return to the ring on the under card of the Hopkins-Pascal rematch
• Amir Khan signing to face Paul McCloskey on April 16 in Manchester, England
• Tomasz Adamek versus Kevin McBride being officially announced for April 23 in Newark, New Jersey
• Kelly Pavlik being rumored to appear on the Pacquiao-Mosley undercard
• Bryan Vera scoring an upset victory against Sergio Mora
• WBF deciding against sanctioning Evander Holyfield versus Brian Nielson on May 7
• Erik Morales now being rumored to face Marcos Maida rather than Juan Manuel Marquez on April 9 continue
For Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs), the last two weeks of camp are always the hardest. Not because the work intensifies or the diet gets scarcer but because the 24-year-old former interim WBC lightweight champion can't wait to get in the ring. continue
New York, NY (February 10, 2011) –WBO/NABO Youth and USBO Light Heavyweight champion Mark “TNT” Tucker of Eldersburg, MD moved to 15-0 with 7 knockouts following a hard fought unanimous decision over Ray Smith last night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York, NY. continue
By Richard Wink: Amir Khan returns to Manchester’s M.E.N. Arena for the third time since his unexpected defeat to Breidis Prescott back in 2008; this time around he defends his WBA Light Welterweight Title against the undefeated Paul McCloskey. Despite establishing himself as a World Champion and most recently defeating the hard hitting Marcos Maidana in one of the fights of 2010; Khan amazingly still has the spectre of the Prescott loss hanging over him. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (February 9, 2011) - It will be "Da Beast" going up against "Da Bomb" on Friday night during what all involved are convinced will be an action-packed and entertaining night of fights from Bally's Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. as undefeated Cornelius "Da Beast" White (16-0, 15 KOs) takes on Don "Da Bomb" George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight fight on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME Friday night at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
Minnesota fan favorite Phil Williams recently launched a training camp in preparation for his rematch with “Golden” Caleb Truax of Osseo. Williams and Truax battled to a ten round draw last April in St. Paul and a deal was recently struck to bring the rematch to Grand Casino Hinckley at a catch weight of 162 lbs on February 26. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Feb 9, 2011) – The “Diamond Elite” WBC Middleweight Diamond Championship showdown between Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk was formally announced today at a kick-off press conference Wednesday afternoon from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. Also in attendance were Andy Lee and Craig McEwan who will battle in a “Celtic War” in the HBO-televised undercard. All four fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance at today’s event. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: The use of the Accra International Conference Centre as venue for last January 29’s boxing extravaganza dubbed ‘Night of no return’ in Ghana couldn’t have been any more apt than the success of the occasion and the competition which unfolded. World title hopeful Braimah Kamoko better known as Bukom Banku defeated Uruguay’s Jorge Olivera Rodriguez in the main event of the night to win the Interim WBO Africa Light-heavyweight belt. continue
BOB ARUM: This fight between Nonito Donaire and Fernando Montiel -- everybody who follows boxing knows it will be a great fight. They will face off at the Mandalay Bay of February 19 and it will be televised live on HBO. continue
Undefeated WBO-NABO Youth lightweight champion Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (20-0-1, 10KOs) is full steam ahead in his preparation for his first assignment of the year. Gesta's first victim will be a familiar one, Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13KOs) of Mexico City, Mex, who Gesta stopped in seven rounds in August of last year. The eight round lightweight main event will be televised live on Telefutura's "Solo Boxeo Tecate" on Friday, February 18th, from the Longshoreman's Hall in San Francisco, CA. continue
As unbeaten Scottish middleweight prospect Craig McEwan prepares for his March 12th showdown with Irishman Andy Lee, he has spoken about being "overwhelmed" by the messages of support which have been flooding in via on-line message, email and letter. " I`ve developed quite a cosmopolitan fan base over the four and a half years I've been fighting out of The Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, but this bout with Andy Lee really seems to have captured peoples` imagination. Its been a great boost to come home after a grueling day`s training to messages of support from all over the world. It`s not just Scotland, they`ve been flooding in from everywhere, The Philippines, Mexico, Australia and even Ireland!" continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) has promised to make the fight of his life on Saturday night when he challenges WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s big show in Mulheim, Germany. The hard-hitting Cuban, who has not seen his family since fleeing the country six years ago, is keen to make his supporters proud. “If I win the title on Saturday night, everybody in Cuba will know about it – even though nobody will be able to see the fight,” he said. “I know how much there is at stake and I will make the biggest fight of my life once I step trough the ropes. It will be tough, but I am ready to accomplish my ultimate goal of winning the world title.” continue
As unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who is 23-0, 18 KOs and is ranked as high as the #2 welterweight in the world by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) behind champion Manny Pacquiao, prepares to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas, NABO and NABA titles in a rematch against Mexico’s Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 1 NC, 16 KOs) on February 19 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, he has had his best training camp ever. Here are some quotes from Jones and his team. continue
Atlantic City, NJ (February 9) - This Friday, #4 International Boxing Federation (IBF) ranked heavyweight contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) will take on the #11 heavyweight contender Derric Rossy (25-2, 14 KO's) in an IBF Title Elimination bout on the undercard of the SHOWTIME ShoBox: The New Generation broadcast taking place at the world-famous Bally's Atlantic City. continue
By James Slater: According to Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy, a rematch between light-heavyweights Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal is close to being made for the month of May, five months on from the controversial December 2010 bout that ended in a 12-round draw. continue
By James Slater - Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao, who collected an amazing 8th “world” title last November when he gave disgraced Mexican Antonio Margarito a fearful hiding over 12-rounds, has officially vacated the WBC 154-pound crown he won with the win over “Tony.”
Pac-Man’s advisor Michael Koncz said his warrior will stick to fighting welterweights from now on, because going up against naturally bigger fighters “risks Manny’s safety.” The WBC’s board of governors voted unanimously to make the title vacant in light of Pacquiao’s decision and now, according to a news release on ESPN.com, unbeaten Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez - who is the WBC #1 contednder at 154 - will fight another contender chosen by the WBC for the vacated belt. continue
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 8, 2011) – Four of the best bantamweights in the world participated in a press conference to formally announce the eagerly awaited The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - (February 8, 2011) An opponent has been named for welterweight prospect Joseph Judah (5-1, 1 KOs), who appears on the under card of the IBF Jr. Welterweight title fight card, on Saturday, March 5th at the Amerihealth Pavillion at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. continue
The undercard of the IBF 140 pound title fight between Zab Judah and Kaizer Mabuza, held at the Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark on March 5, will feature an exciting group of local NJ/NY fighters. This will be the inaugural event for the AmeriHealth Pavilion, which traditionally serves as the NJ Devils practice facility. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Feb 9, 2011) - The signature series in New York boxing, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing, returns to its signature venue, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square, for a night of action featuring undefeated prospects Gabriel “Tito” Bracero and Mark “TNT” Tucker in separate bouts. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 8 - Former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and undefeated prospect Adrien "The Problem" Broner are set for battle in an intriguing ten round junior lightweight showdown in the co-featured bout on Saturday, March 5, live from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The event is headlined by Mexican phenom Saul "Canelo" Alvarez squaring off against England's Matthew "Magic" Hatton. HBO will televise the doubleheader as part of their Boxing After Dark series beginning at 10:30pm ET/PT. continue
By GM Ross: In a close heavyweight contest this weekend in Barrie, Ontario, Neven ‘No Surrender’ Pajkic added the NABA Canada title to his championship inventory, scoring a unanimous decision victory over Louisiana State champion Johnnie White. According to our friends over at theboxingexaminer.com, “even though Pajkic landed more frequently, each round was very difficult to score because White would land huge crowd pleasing punches that were easy for the judge’s to see.” continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 8, 2011) - Joseph King Kong Agbeko will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight world championship against undefeated rising star Abner Mares, who defends his WBC Silver bantamweight championship in the eagerly awaited finals of The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on Saturday, April 23 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. continue
By James Slater - Texan warrior Bryan Vera once again upset the odds this past Friday, as he out-pointed heavy favourite Sergio Mora in an exciting action bout. Improving to 18-5(11), the 29-year-old also almost certainly earned himself an even bigger fight - maybe even a world title shot.
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me on his fine ten-round points win and who and what may be next for him, the always-exciting contender had the following things to say:
James Slater: It’s always great to speak with you, Bryan…. continue
by Craig Dowd: The Summer of 2007 - that was when an American was last the Heavyweight Champion of the World. Or at least when one owned a percentage of what was once considered the most coveted distinction in all of sports, anyway. continue
By James Slater: While the arguing over who is ducking who continues between the camps of Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye - with Klitschko claiming this week that the July 2nd unification clash is still very much on if only Haye accepts it - the WBA champion is preparing for his next fight. According to a news piece in The South London Press, Haye is looking at facing one of three contenders in London on May 21st. continue
Amir "King" Khan returns home. On Saturday, April 16, at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir "King" Khan will defends his title in England for the first time since December of 2009 when he faces unbeaten EBU champion Paul "Dudey" McCloskey of Northern Ireland. "I'm thrilled to be coming home to England to defend my title on April 16 and I promise my fans that I will give them a performance they won't forget," said Khan. "McCloskey is a tough contender, so I expect him to be in his best form. I'm in my prime now and I want to make a statement in this fight and show that I am the best super lightweight in the world.. continue
London (February 8th, 2011) Phill “Intense” Fury returns to the ring for the first time in 2011 on the undercard of the exciting night of professional boxing at Wembley Arena on Saturday 19th February.
The event is being promoted by Hennessy Sports and will be shown live and exclusive on Premier Sport TV, sky channel 433. continue
By James Slater: You’ve got to hand it to Mexican legend Erik Morales. At a time when he should almost certainly be enjoying his well-earned retirement, the 34-year-old great is instead looking to fight the world’s best. For a while, it looked like “El Terrible” would get the big fight he craved, in the form of a lightweight title shot against countryman Juan Manuel Marquez; with the showdown penciled in for April 9th in Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater: A number of fans, especially those who wanted to see him go in for a second time with the only man to have KO’d him, were disappointed when WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan announced he would be facing Paul McCloskey in his next fight. It’s not that the unbeaten 31-year-old warrior from Northern Ireland, who happens to be a southpaw, is a poor fighter; it’s just that a good number of fans wanted to see if Khan could extract revenge over the only man to have knocked him silly - Colombia’s Breidis Prescott. continue
On Thursday, March 17th, St Paddy's Day, Star Boxing brings an exciting card to the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Long Island. Headlining the "March Mayhem" card is Star Boxing's popular jr. welterweight prospect, Huntington's undefeated, Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's), as he takes on upset-minded Martin Tucker (7-7, 3KO's) in an eight round jr. welterweight contest. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 3, 2011) – One of boxing’s best and brightest young prospects will get a chance to show if he’s worthy of a world title shot in 2011 when undefeated and World Boxing Association (WBA) No.-1 ranked super bantamweight Rico Ramos takes on former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez on Friday, Feb. 11, LIVE on ShoBox: the New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). continue
By James Slater: Last year, junior-flyweights Giovani Segura and Ivan Calderon proved in dramatic style that the little guys can give the fans plenty of big thrills when they are in the mood. Meeting in defending Ring Magazine and WBO 108-pound ruler Calderon’s home country of Puerto Rico in August of 2010, the two put on a fight so good Ring Magazine named it their FOTY. Mexico’s Segura, who was defending his WBA title, came through a sensational battle to win via 8th-round KO. Now the two are all set to do it again; this time in Segura’s home country. continue
By James Slater: Just like his countrymen Israel Vazquez and Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera is unable to call it quits and walk away from boxing. Still hoping to beat former archrival Morales to it when it comes to making boxing history as the first Mexican to win world titles in four different weight classes, Barrera takes a stay-busy fight this coming Saturday in Guadalajara. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI - 2004 United States Olympic heavyweight Jason "Big Six" Estrada has requested, and been granted, a release from his promotional contract with the New York based Boxing 360, and signed an advisor agreement with 2003 NABF Matchmaker of the Year, Ted Panagiotis. continue
‘ESSEX ERUPTION’, the second of the two-event extravaganza during March to celebrate Steve Goodwin’s first anniversary as a promoter, sees Romford Cruiserweight prospect Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine ‘The Showman’ El Maachi and Newmarket’s ‘Phat’ Pat McAleese co-headline the mega show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011. continue
The always intriguing “Bad Boy” of boxing Ricardo Mayorga from Nicaragua will serve as a special guest on “Noche de Boxeo” Radio live Monday, February 7, 2011 at 5:00pm PST / 8:00pm ET / 7:00pm Mexico / 9:00pm Puerto Rico. continue
London (February 7th, 2011) Colchester’s Southern Area Welterweight Champion Lee "Lights Out" Purdy will be at Wembley Arena on Saturday 19th February to defend his title against former British title challenger Michael “the Look” Lomax of Chingford. continue
While WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko hasn’t even started his preparation for his next title defense on March 19th in Cologne, mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis and his team have already spent one week in their high altitude camp. „La Sombra“, his trainer Pedro Luis Diaz and Jose Perez arrived at the Sierra Nevada only one day after the press conference. The three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medalist is currently training above 2.500 meters (8.000 feet) to get ready for his first world title shot in the pro ranks.
„On March 19th we will see the best Odlanier Solis since he turned pro in 2007“, says coach Pedro Diaz. „We have perfect conditions here in the mountains. I have been here a couple of times with different athletes. It’s a perfect place to get in perfect shape.“
The team will stay at the high-altitude camp until the end of February and do the first sparring sessions in the Sierra Nevada before returning to Cologne for the last phase of preparation. continue
Alex Z. (London, UK): Wladimir Klitschko recently stated on record that Haye can "either take the fight in July or the fight is dead". Who do you blame in the collapse of this fight?
Vivek W. (ESB): Like many of my contemporaries, I spent the full length of 2010 addressing questions in the media relative to the multiple failed attempts on each of the on again/off again mega fights that were pending. In the Mayweather/Pacquiao scenario I dedicated about five different volumes on my Youtube channel to the matter, and at this time, unfortunately, (or fortunately, for me), I've decided to simply sit away from all discussions on these topics. Five fighters that I will address ONLY when they have fights pending or when they have new non-related topics hit the headlines is Mayweather, Pacquiao, Haye, and the Klitschko's.
I've spent a countless amount of hours in the past attempting to dissect the reasons why these men won't come to terms and to be honest, whether most out there would view my logic to be fine or flawed, it hasn't gotten any of us one step closer to the thing we do agree on, and that's the fact that these are great fights we all want to see continue
By Andrew Hall: Muhammad Ali is the most well known pugilist in history. He is a beloved figure all over the world. Any discussion of boxing will inevitably lead to discussion of Ali. Was he really The Greatest of All Time? continue
NEWARK, NJ (February 7, 2011) - Polish boxers Kamil Laszczyk and Rafael Jastrzebski have been added to "Brick City Brawl" on February 19 at Essex County College, which will be promoted by Prize Fight and Global Boxing Promotions. continue
By Doug Hattier: Caution: This piece is HIGHLY BIASED; Apologies in advance if I missed some of your favorites since there were so many greats. Also, you won’t see the greatest fighter pound for pound since the 70’s Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran because his last lightweight fight was for the WBC title vs the great Estaban De Jesus who was 52-3 at the time on January 21, 1978. continue
By James Slater: Mexican great Israel Vazquez, last seen being cut to ribbons and stopped by countryman Rafael Marquez, was expected to fight no more after the May, 2010 loss. With his long and punishing career - to say nothing of the serious eye damage he has suffered - taking so much out of him, the only place fans felt “Magnifico” was going was into retirement and then into The Hall of Fame. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (February 6, 2011) – Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and “Sugar” SHANE MOSLEY will embark on a coast-to-coast U.S. media tour, beginning This Thursday! February 10, to announce their mega world championship rumble. Pacquiao and Mosley, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, May 7, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. Named the “Fighter of the Decade” by the Boxing Writers Association of America, Pacquiao will be making his first ring appearance in The Fight Capital of the World since 2009. Joining Pacquiao and Mosley on the tour will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and three-peat Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach. continue
By James Slater: Exactly 44 years ago today, at the huge Astrodome in Houston Texas, world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali engaged in one of the more controversial fights of his illustrious career. The performance Ali gave in this fight, against reigning WBA champ Ernie Terrell of Chicago, gave us more than a glimpse of his cruel side; his ability to be both ruthless and punishing. continue
By Gav Bridges: So, it seems, we are now set fair for the next bout facing ‘he who would be King’, Amir Khan. After much pontificating, shuffling and column inches, it seems reigning European champion Paul McCloskey will be getting his chance, and money befitting the match, on 16th April. continue
By James Slater - Finally, after weeks of speculation, negotiations and re-negotiations, WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan has an opponent confirmed for his April 16th defence in Manchester, England. Khan will face unbeaten European light-welterweight champion Paul McCloskey of Northern Ireland.
As fans know, McCloskey was close to taking the title shot against Khan a while back, only to reject the financial offer Team-Khan offered him. Eddie Hearn, McCloskey’s promoter, referred to the cash offer as “a joke,” and said no way would his fighter fight for “peanuts.. continue
Lares, Puerto Rico (February 6, 2011) – Michael Angelo “The Artist” Perez of Newark, NJ notched his twelfth victory as a professional following an impressive 8th round stoppage over game Marcos Herrera Friday evening at the Coliseo Felix Mendez in Lares, PR. continue
RICKY HATTON believes that Sheffield KO king Adam Etches is one of Britain’s hardest punching prospects.
The light-middleweight, 19, has flattened his first two professional opponents in quick time and bids to make it a hat-trick of wins in the Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday 26th February. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s leading female boxer Yakor Annan, better known in boxing circles as Yakor Chavez is fired up and ready to seal a mega fight deal when she travels to the USA next month for a training and gym assessment exercise. continue
By James Slater: Now seemingly content in retirement, former multi-weight champion Oscar De La Hoya spends a lot of his spare time (when he’s not busy running the huge promotional group that is named after his nickname) on his Twitter account. Talking about all manner of things related to boxing, the 38-year-old legend often says something that gets on someone’s nerves. This is certainly what happened when “The Golden Boy” gave his opinion on the recent performance of Julio Cesar Chavez Junior. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Fort Worth, Texas, during the exciting Bryan Vera-Sergio Mora rumble, a Vera fan held a sign that read “Vera KO’s Sergio Then Beats Pavlik.” Well, 29-year-old Vera didn’t KO “The Latin Snake,” but he beat him and in doing so he set himself up for at least one big payday. Maybe what was written on the sign of the fan of Vera will prove prophetic, with the always-exciting Texan getting that big fight with the former middleweight king. continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) will challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s big show in Mulheim, Germany on February 12. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the hard-hitting Cuban ahead of the biggest fight of his career. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CALIF. (Feb. 4, 2011) – Facing the toughest opponent of his short professional career, undefeated featherweight prospect and Cuban Olympian Luis Franco eked out a close split-decision victory over the extremely tough and powerful Leonilo Miranda in Friday’s main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Bryan Vera (18-5, 11 KOs) outworked and outhustled Sergio Mora (22-2-2, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds to score the upset and earn a split decision. The stark contrast in styles actually provided for an entertaining scrap that was better than expected. It was a solid and consistent effort from Vera who showed steady focus and determination throughout the contest.
Right from the opening bell Vera would set the pace as he pressed forward and attacked his defensive minded foe. Mora was in typical form. He was gauging what Vera brought to the table, while trying to move, slip, and time incoming punches. Vera, however, was undeterred by the normally elusive Mora’s rhythm and movements and he was able to find the mark with some big leather early and often. continue
By Paul Strauss: Brian Vera might not have been able to shut Sergio "The Snake" Mora up, but he certainly quieted him down a bit. Vera managed to accomplish this feat on FNF at the Convention Center in Fort Worth, TX. continue
(Mexico City) The Mexico City Guerreros have decided that the pursuit of the top prize and the inaugural World Series of Boxing (WSB) Americas league crown isn't just a one-team race any longer. continue
Atlantic City, NJ—Heavyweight prospect Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings, of Philadelphia, PA, goes for his sixth win in as many pro fights when he takes on veteran Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson, of Plainfield, NJ, in a scheduled six-round contest Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. continue
Lares, PR (February 4, 2011) - TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" returned to Puerto Rico at the Coliseo Félix Méndez Acevedo in Lares tonight with an eight-fight event which was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Feb. 4, 2011) – Starring in just the second main event of his young, professional career, Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I, kicked off the new year in style with a dazzling, third-round TKO victory over former world champion Santiago Samaniego on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. continue
It's official, Adamek-McBride will take place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Rumors were flying that, Tomasz Adamek, Jersey City, NJ, 43-1, 28KO's, would be fighting in Poland this April. Kathy Duva, Adamek's promoter and Main Events CEO, confirmed that the Polish boxing star will instead return to "The Rock" on April 23rd to take on Irish born, Kevin McBride, Brockton, Massachusetts, 35-8-1, 29 KO's. continue
By James Slater: The last time we say all-time great James Toney in action in combat, it was not in the ring; it was in the cage. And as we all saw, the 42-year-old multi-weight champ didn’t do very well at all in his efforts at transcending sports. Toney was forced to tap out in his fight with the accomplished Randy “The Natural” Couture, as the winner’s arm-bar sucked all the oxygen from Toney’s lungs by way of his strangled neck. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Who should fight Manny Pacquiao next? You've probably heard this question too many times already. Every boxing fan (and especially every Manny Pacquiao fan), wants to know who Pacquiao will fight next, and what new greatness he will achieve with his next fight. Eight weight divisions is no joke, and Manny Pacquiao has stunned boxing fans over the past few years by accumulating them all. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 110th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with light heavyweight contender Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs), whose scheduled IBF eliminator bout against Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs) was recently postponed for a second time. Mack spoke to us about that situation and provided us with opinions on the current 175 pound landscape. Here is what he had to say:
The latest on the IBF eliminator between him and Otis Griffin that was twice postponed:
“We’re waiting for the date now. It will probably be mid-February. We’re just waiting now. I’ll know by tomorrow or Wednesday. The fight is set, but we’re just waiting for the date and tomorrow or Wednesday I’ll know.”
On what he expects from Otis Griffin as an opponent:
“I don’t really expect nothing from him. I’m going to be in shape, that’s about it. Other than, like skill-wise I don’t expect anything from him. Hopefully he’s in enough shape to take the pressure that I’m going to bring.”
Regarding his last fight when he was stopped by Glen Johnson:
“You know I took him lightly. I thought I was going to be fighting the old Glen Johnson, the old man Glen Johnson. I had to find out the hard way and I lost.” continue
As they prepare for their own world title battles, multi-division world champions MIGUEL COTTO, NONITO DONAIRE, RICARDO MAYORGA and FERNANDO MONTIEL spoke from their training camps to give their predictions on Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV.
MIGUEL COTTO: “The Steel Curtain of Pittsburgh will drop and close the show on the Green Bay Packers. I’m going with the Iron City.”
NONITO DONAIRE: “Aaron Rogers is a great quarterback. He throws very few interceptions. He will lead the Packers to victory.
RICARDO MAYORGA: “I’m pulling for Green Bay. They fight hard like me. The Steelers will roll over like Cotto when I dropkick him in our super brawl on March 12.. continue
After the extreme debacle of James Toney trash-talking his way into a match with one of the UFC’s top fighters and performing like a total idiot the debate has been opened as to which combat sport has better fighters all around: Boxing or MMA.
There is a large percentage of people (until recently I included myself here) who thought there was no debate at all. Both sports are so different that it made no sense to compare them. But with the growing popularity of MMA and with Toney the Un-elected representative of Boxing performing so badly the need for a blueprint for Boxers to follow should they decide to go to MMA most definitely exists. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 4, 2011 – FOX Deportes – FOX Deportes’ premiere boxing series, “Top Rank Live,” knocked-out the competition by delivering the highest boxing ratings in U.S. Latino sports-cable network history. With nearly 400,000 viewers, the network was first for the night in Prime and Late Fringe on Saturday, January 29th. The heavy-hitting two-hour broadcast featured a throw down between top contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Billy Lyell, and ranked #1 among Spanish Cable networks for the evening. continue
By James Slater: Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana suffered disappointing defeats recently, yet despite this both 140-pounders remain high-profile, big time players in the stacked division. And both men are currently plotting their next move. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Each year around this time I dedicate an article to the sport we love and the general state of it. For the second year in a row the overall outlook on things, particularly here in America have continued to take a nose dive, instigated by politics, egos, and sanctioning bodies that are more concerned with fees collected than being respected. Looking back in the proverbial 'rear view mirror', 2010 saw a hand full of memorable moments that remain overshadowed by several attempts that simply never stacked up.
On any given weekend via international telecast, we see Mexican rising stars of tomorrow, Puerto Rican rising stars of tomorrow, European, and beyond. The boxing scene in America remains on life support, kept alive by a very intriguing personality who actually hails from another mans land. With De la Hoya retired, Jones, Hopkins, and Mosley very close, and Mayweather uninspired, the American fight landscape breathes solely on the efforts of Filipino congressman Manny Pacquiao, who stands as the only fighter today with enough star power to routinely fill up venues such as Las Vegas' MGM Grand, and beyond. continue
Exclusive Interview by Charles C. White: Kindly taking time out of his day, the always friendly and accommodating former heavyweight title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett had the following answers to my questions… continue
By Joseph Herron: It was May 18th, 2002, when “Irish” Mickey Ward “laced ‘em up” in preparation for a scheduled ten round fight against the “blood and guts warrior” of boxing, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. There were no belts to be won on this night, no bad blood to be avenged, and no long time rivalry to be settled. Simply an opportunity to put on a show for the great fans of the sport and for the love of the craft, Irish Mick was preparing himself for possibly his final fight; or so he thought. continue
With just five weeks remaining until the WBA Super-Bantamweight title fight in Dublin, Willie Casey has completed his three day media exercise around the country publicising the eagerly anticipated super-fight in Citywest March 19.
The Montonette Hotel was the stage for their first encounter and what a reception both men received. Rigondeaux wowed the 500 strong crowd with some breath-taking pad-work with legendary trainer Tony Dunlop. The roar of the evening was without a doubt Casey’s to claim when he arrived to rapturous cheers, much to the dismay of the world champion’s Cork based manager Gary Hyde. The two Champions faced-off inside the ring catapulting the crowd into further hysteria.
From the Rebel County both camps arrived in Dublin for the Dolphil promoted box-fest last Sunday. Just before the main event of Anthony Fitzgerald and Lee Murtagh, Guillermo Rigondeaux and Willie Casey were called into the ring for another face-off much to the delight of Casey’s Dublin based fans. continue
Ahmad Kaddour (22-2-1, 9 KOs) will make his TV2 Fight Night debut on February 12, taking on Great Britain´s Lee Noble (12-15, 3 KOs) in Herning. The 29-year-old light middleweight is looking forward to what will only be his fifth fight on Danish soil. “I am thrilled to be fighting in Herning and have the backing of my Danish fans,” Khaddour said. “I have trained and fought all over the world, always being the underdog going up against the home kid. That has really toughened me up. Fighting in front of my countrymen will be great and I will put on a special show. I will make my opponent feel very sorry for coming to Denmark. Everything I throw at him will hurt.. continue
CRAIG LYON will make the first defence of his English bantamweight title against Josh Wale later this month in a fascinating Lancashire-Yorkshire battle. They will clash on the undercard when Stephen Foster Jr’s defends his European super-featherweight title against Belgium’s Ermano Fegatilli in the Premier Suite at Bolton’s Reebok Arena on Saturday 26th February. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Feb. 3, 2011) – Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco and knockout artist Leonilo Miranda both weighed in at 126 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Franco (8-0, 5 KOs) will square off with Miranda (26-2, 25 KOs) in his toughest test to date in the 10-round featherweight main event of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Lateef Kayode (15-0, 14 KOs) tipped the scales at 199 pounds and Nicholas Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) measured 198 pounds for their 10-round cruiserweight co-feature. The crowd-pleasing and Freddie Roach-trained Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout against Tampa’s Iannuzzi.
One of boxing’s fastest rising prospects, Franco is on the inside track to challenge for a world title in 2011. The No. 9 rated World Boxing Organization (WBO) prospect, Franco is aiming to continue to step up his level of opposition in the coming year. continue
Roman Morales, long one of the top amateurs in the country, makes his professional debut tonight at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Morales, fighting out of San Ardo, California, will take on the capable Shaun Solomon (1-1-1) of Moreno Valley, California in a four-round super bantamweight bout. continue
Friday, February 18th, marks the return of southpaw Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (20-0-1, 10KOs) to the squared circle when he takes on Genaro Trazancos (22-13-1, 13KOs) on Telefura's "Solo Boxeo Tecate" from San Francisco, CA's Longshormen's Hall, near the world famous Fisherman's Wharf. Billed as the "War at the Wharf", the mutli-bout card will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions. continue
By James Slater - 27-year-old Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, now 27-0(11) and the holder of both the WBC and WBO titles at 140-pounds, is already eager for his next big fight. Whether it’s against Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao, the warrior from Palm Springs is ready to further prove his worth.
Fresh off Saturday’s unification win over the previously unbeaten Devon Alexander, Bradley very kindly took the time to speak with me on a number of subjects earlier today.
Here is what the always-fantastically conditioned champion had to say:
James Slater: It’s always a pleasure to be able to speak with you, Champ. I know you’ve done a lot of interviews the last few days….
Tim Bradley: Oh, no problem, the more interviews the better!
J.S: Looking back on the Devon Alexander fight now, five days on, are you happy with your performance? What would you give yourself out of ten?
T.B: Style-wise, I could’ve done a bit better. Devon has a very defensive style, he’s hard to hit flush - and I’m hard to hit flush. continue
By James Slater - Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury has recently joined Ring magazine, IBF, IBO, WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko at “Dr. Steel Hammer’s” camp in Austria. The unbeaten and heavily-hyped 22-year-old has been working with the world number-one ahead of his fight with another Brit in the also unbeaten Derek Chisora.
Fury, in speaking with fightnews.com, said the time he has already spent with Klitschko has done him the world of good, experience-wise and that his self confidence has risen as a result of working so closely with the 34-year-old ruler. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - World championship aspirant Braimah Kamoko has added the interim WBO Africa Light-heavyweight championship belt to his title collections after decisively beating Uruguayan challenger Jorge Oliveira Rodriguez in the topliner of the GoldenMike Boxing Promotions event dubbed ‘Night of no return’ in Accra last Saturday night.
An ardent football fan himself, Kamoko popularly called Bukom Banku made his entry into the ring clad in a Black Stars number 10 jersey with a soccer ball, announcing his determination to take his own and the nation’s revenge for the bizarre loss to Rodriguez’s Uruguay in last year’s FIFA World Cup. Luis Suarez is a cursed name on Ghanaian lips for handling Dominic Adiyiah’s goal-bound header on the stroke of full time of extra time of the quarter final clash in South Africa. Striker Asamoah Gyan of course missed the resultant spot kick, the last kick of the game to deny Ghana victory and a first ever progress by an African side to the semi finals of football’s World Cup.
“A lion is a lion so what the Uruguayans did was an abomination in sport and I was very devastated that day. So if by God’s grace I’m fighting an opponent from that country, then I have to punish and beat him mercilessly. Its revenge time for the Black Stars,” Kamoko had told the press at the pre-fight weigh-in on Friday. continue
LONDON (February 3rd, 2011) - Former WBC Champion Junior Witter has thrown down the gauntlet to WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan saying “Come on Khan let’s get it on, I'll show you how I swing it!!!.”
Khan’s management team made contact over the weekend and sounded out if Witter would be interested in fighting Amir on April 16th. continue
A media teleconference was held on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, to discuss the return to boxing of former middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion James "Lights Out" Toney. On Thursday, February 24, at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in San Bernardino, California, The Empire Sports and Entertainment will proudly present the next installment of their "Fight Night in America" series, this time featuring Toney (72-6-3, 44 KOs) defending his IBA Heavyweight Championship against Topeka, Kansas, veteran "Dangerous" Damon Reed (45-14, 32 KOs) in the Fox Sports televised 12-round main event.
James Toney -- My name, James Toney, speaks for itself. I want to thank Damon Reed for stepping up to fight me. Everybody is scared to fight me. The media puts the emphasis on the Bitschko Sisters and David Haye, but I'm the top dog in the heavyweight division, no doubt about it
At this stage in your life, why continue in boxing? What is left to do?
All the so-called boxing experts haven't given me my respect yet. When I first turned pro at 157 lbs, I told everybody I would be heavyweight champion of the world one day. I've done that twice. continue
By James Slater - According to a news release on New Zealand web site, stuff.co.nz, heavyweight powerhouse David Tua is both looking trim and is fully injury free right now. Fans are aware of how Tua’s unexpectedly tough fight with New York’s Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett was so competitive, in large part, because of the injured left shoulder the Samoan slugger carried into the ring with him last July. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghana’s leading female boxer Yakor Annan, better known in boxing circles as Yakor Chavez is fired up and ready to seal a mega fight deal when she travels to the USA next month for a training and gym assessment exercise.
Yakor Chavez, currently the only active female boxer in the country, has exclusively disclosed to SportsInGhana.com that she can’t wait to get to the US because this is an opportunity she has been praying for all her boxing career.
“It has always been my ambition to be a world champion and to bring glory to Ghana and there can be no better place to realize this dream than in America. I’m grateful to my manager and especially Golden Punch for having the confidence in me. I promise to make them all proud,” Yakor Chavez has told SportsInGhana.com in Accra.
Yakor Chavez lost a bid for the WBF Female Bantamweight championship against Suzzy Ramadan in Melbourne, Australia last year. She blames the defeat down under on the fact that she went with neither her trainer nor manager due to visa acquisition problems. “My coach and my manager are very important and I missed their motivation and words of inspiration in Australia,” she says. continue
By James Slater - Only a week ago, whilst being interviewed on Sky Sports’ magazine show Ringside, 36-year-old Junior Witter said he is no longer able to make 140-pounds. The former WBC light-welterweight champ is set to return to the ring as a welterweight on Feb. 19th, in what will be his first fight since losing to Devon Alexander in August of 2009. It was assumed “The Hitter’s” comeback would see him try and regain past glories up at 147, but today, on Sky Sports News, Witter said he is “100-percent” interested in accepting the April 16th date with WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 110th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded boxing trainer Ronnie Shields, who recently led Chris Arreola to a first round knockout victory against Joey Abell. Shields spoke about Arreola, and also talked about other fighters he is currently training, including Kermit Cintron, Erislandy Lara, and Guillermo Rigondeaux. Here is some of what he had to say:
His views on Chris Arreola’s first round knockout victory against Joey Abell:
“Well I thought he did a great job considering we only had three weeks to get him ready for this fight. Chris is a really, really good guy and I’ve always known he was a good guy. This was one of the reasons why I wanted to work with him, because I know Chris is a very good young man. So there was no problem. He came down with his other trainer, Henry Ramirez. Henry and I, we sat together and we put a game plan together and Chris followed it.”
His views regarding an ideal fighting weight for Arreola:
“I really have no idea because this is my first time training with him. The thing about it when he first came down, the first thing I told him was we’re not going to be concerned about what the weight is. So I think he was very happy about that because everybody is always getting on him about weight, so I wanted to make it clear to him that I didn’t care how much he weighed. The most important thing was that we get in the gym and we train, and we trained hard. continue
The hotly-anticipated “Legends of the Ring” showdown between Brian Nielsen (64-2, 43 KOs) and Evander Holyfield (43-10, 28 KOs) has been moved back to May 7. The two heavyweight superstars were to battle it out at DR´s Koncerthuset on March 5 but will now lock horns two months later because a cut injury has kept “The Real Deal” out of practice longer than originally anticipated. In his last fight on January 22, Holyfield was cut above his left eye following a headbutt from Sherman “The Tank” Williams. The encounter was stopped after the third round and ruled a “no contest”. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 110th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two-division world champion Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs), who is scheduled to face Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs) on March 5 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship. Judah spoke about his upcoming fight, talked about his future, and provided opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here is some of what he had to say:
On how he’s feeling as he prepares for his fight against Kaizer Mabuza:
“I’m feeling great. I understand my confidence is up. I got the best defensive trainer in the world. My skills are impeccable. My defense is ferocious. I mean I can’t be stopped. March 5 is an extravaganza. I want to everybody just put on their seatbelts, get your buckets of popcorn, and sit down. Zab ‘Super’ Judah is in the building!”
His views on his opponent Mabuza:
“I mean listen. Kaizer Mabuza is a hard-working fighter. Right now we’re going to looking at him as the hardest working fighter in the business. I’m setting my eyes on Kaizer Mabuza like he is pound-for-pound the greatest fighter in the world. Everybody knows Zab ‘Super’ Judah, when I focus and when I lock in on somebody, it’s a wrap. This guy I’m focused in and locked on, not just because of Kaizer Mabuza, but just because of the event and the extravaganza. You know with the whole thing bringing to the table itself, just winning another title, being back in the picture, and being smarter, being wiser, and just being ready for it!”
On his experiences working with Pernell Whitaker in preparations for this fight:
“I feel great! Pernell Whitaker has been a blessing to me. I feel like all of this is being put together. This is all God-sent. It’s just perfect, man.” continue
LOS ANGELES, February 2 - Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions will be bringing a bit of East Coast flavor to the Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif. as unbeaten New Yorker Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin squares off against New Jersey's Dennis Sharpe in the eight round super middleweight main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" on Friday, February 11. continue
By James Slater - Bronx warrior Iran “The Blade” Barkley has a special place in the hearts of fight fans. The man who captured world titles at middleweight, super-middleweight and light-heavyweight fought so many great fights against great opponents, it’s a crying shame he is now all-but broke and without the credit he so richly deserves.
Barkley - who fought fistic standouts such as Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Michael Nunn, Sumbu Kalambay and Nigel Benn - should today be safely enshrined in the Hall Of Fame, yet he is not. The former three-weight king should also be a wealthy man today, yet he is not.
But despite all the bad luck Barkley has endured along with the good, he remains a fan-favourite as well as a man who is always happy to talk with a boxing reporter/website. continue
On Sunday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. EST/7 CST, Hector Camacho Jr. will be appearing on Beyond Ringside Radio. The Beyond Ringside Radio Show is wrestling, boxing and MMA fans number one source for all of the latest news and interviews that pertain to fighting sports. continue
GOBBLER'S KNOB, (Groundhog Day 2011) -- At approximately 7:25 A.M. today, Punxsutawney Phil -- the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators -- emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn, and proclaimed, in his native Groundhogese, that the Pride of Puerto Rico, MIGUEL COTTO, would successfully defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against two-division world champion and No. 1-rated loudmouth Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev! continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will originate from the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center Arena on Super Bowl weekend at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The main event on the February 4 “Super Brawl 2011” show will feature former world champion and current #8 world-ranked junior middleweight Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KO’s) meeting Fort Worth’s Brian Vera (17-5, 11 KO’s). continue
NEW YORK (February 2, 2011) – Boxing 360 has tapped into the rich Guyana resources to sign world rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore and unbeaten super middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, the reigning New York State champion. continue
NEW YORK (February 2, 2011) – Boxing fans who watched last Friday night’s TeleFutura broadcast of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” selected undefeated Mexican prospect Raul Hirales Jr. as the boxer with the most character in the ring. Although Hirales’ win was a split-decision, fans agreed he showed more determination than his opponent Charles Huerta, giving him 62% percent of all votes cast via text message by viewers across the United States. continue
Former IBF Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title challenger Toks Owoh is set to begin his second campaign for championship glory in earnest, albeit this time in the Cruiserweight division. His opponent, at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Unleash The Fury’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, on Saturday 5th March 2011, will be former Southern Area Light Heavyweight Champion JJ Ojuederie. continue
Looking to build on a successful debut ,Edinburgh super middleweight John McCallum is relishing the chance to once again show his skills “I am really looking forward to my next fight.Its good to get out there and show your skills“ continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 1, 2011) – Undefeated lightweight prospect Archie Ray Marquez suffered an injury during training and was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Marvin Quintero on this Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. continue
ORANGE, February 2 - Thompson Boxing Promotions is pleased to congratulate WBC/WBO Junior Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley, NABF Light Welterweight Champion Josesito Lopez and Julio Diaz on their hard earned victories. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten British heavyweight Tyson Fury has recently joined Ring magazine, IBF, IBO, WBO champ Wladimir Klitschko at “Dr. Steel Hammer’s” camp in Austria. The unbeaten and heavily-hyped 22-year-old has been working with the world number-one ahead of his fight with another Brit in the also unbeaten Derek Chisora. continue
By James Slater: According to a news release on New Zealand web site, stuff.co.nz, heavyweight powerhouse David Tua is both looking trim and is fully injury free right now. Fans are aware of how Tua’s unexpectedly tough fight with New York’s Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett was so competitive, in large part, because of the injured left shoulder the Samoan slugger carried into the ring with him last July. continue
Some of the top prospects in boxing will be showcased March 12 on the hottest New England pro boxing show of the 21st century, “Diamond Elite,” live on HBO World Championship Boxing from MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Emeritus and The Ring Magazine middleweight champion, 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs), takes on World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) junior middleweight champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk (37-0, 34 KOs), in the 12-round main event for the vacant World Boxing Council Diamond middleweight title. continue
By Jaime Estades: I humbly submit that politically, economically, and socially repressed people created the basic boxing one-two punch combination to the jaw because they were pissed-off at their oppressor’s agents, such as the landlords, bankers, police, rich relatives, tax collectors, and rich people’s apologists. Unfortunately, most of the time, the one –two combination and frustration of the oppressed are wrongly aimed toward their own class members, such as neighbors and co-workers. continue
Woodland Hills, California (February 1, 26, 2011) - Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing return to the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California for the 3rd installment of WARNER CENTER WAR on Friday, March 4, 2011. Known for some of the best and most even matched shows in Southern California, WARNER CENTER WAR III should not disappoint with a 12 Round Main Event for the vacant USBA Lightweight Championship between Ray Beltran Jr. (23-4, 15 KOs) and Carlos Vinan (10-8-2, 2 KOs). continue
Philadelphia, PA--Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones (23-0, 18 KOs) has taken advantage of the snowy conditions in Philadelphia to help prepare for his rematch with Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs) on Feb. 19 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas. continue
By Ian “Normen Bates” Sims: What if I told you there was a fighter that unified the titles in his division twice in under four years, what if I told you this same fighters last three opponents have a combined record of Seventy Seven and zero, or what if I told you the fighter in question has traveled across seas to win a world title in his opponents backyard. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In May of 2010, Marcos Maidana and Timothy Bradley were preparing for their scheduled fight. Both fighters seemed eager and impatient to get inside the ring and show the world their potential. continue
Los Mochis, Sinaloa – Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel believes that his next fight is the most important of his career and that is why he must win. Montiel, who is working extremely hard in his native city of Los Mochis, is looking to put together the best training camp possible that will give him the perfect fight when he takes on Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Promoted by Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions, the championship bout will be televised on HBO® at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. continue
By Phenyo Molefe:“I know when fear is there; I read fear well” - Bernard Hopkins
I have often wondered, what drives a man to draw upon the forces within in an attempt to propel himself beyond the journey traveled by boxing’s alumnus. The following will explore an aspect of the inspired torch Bernard Hopkins carries for all those who have come before him; the executioner’s curse. continue
Robin Reid will make his boxing comeback in his hometown of Liverpool when he lines up in Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II on March 23.
The Grim Reaper steps out of retirement at Liverpool Olympia live on Sky Sports in the 17th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournaments, and warned prospective opponents that he still packs a punch despite leaving the game four years ago. continue
By James Slater - It is perhaps indicative of how he is looking past May 7th opponent “Sugar” Shane Mosley when we read that Pound-for-Pound king and all round boxing megastar Manny Pacquiao has his advisors planning his next bout. And, according to Philboxing.com, the 32-year-old multi-weight champion could well be fighting his next fight in Singapore.
According to Pac-Man advisor Michael Koncz, who flew to Singapore recently, “a group of influential business people” are interested in staging Pacquiao’s next fight in Singapore, possibly in a big casino over there. Koncz said a deal to stage a fight there is “almost 90-percent done.. continue
Sheffield hotshot Kell 'Special K' Brook has again put his name in the frame for a showdown against Amir Khan. With Khan still struggling to name an opponent for his April 16th date at the M.E.N Arena, the best welterweight in Britain is ready, willing and able to step into the ring with the Bolton man.
WBA World Light-Welterweight Champion Khan has said that he wants to step up a division and fight Floyd Mayweather, but he should test himself against the best in Britain first. continue
By James Slater - It is getting quite hard now to avoid looking at the upcoming Amir Khan Vs. TBA situation as something of a farce. Khan has written on his Twitter page that he is about to start training for his next WBA title defence, scheduled for April 16th, yet the light-welterweight star has yet to find an opponent! So we have the situation where Sky Box Office have a date set, but unable to build up the fight or sell it to would-be Pay-Per-View buyers. continue
By James Slater - Though a good number of fans moaned and groaned when it was announced that Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao would be facing a faded-looking, 39-year-old “Sugar” Shane Mosley in his next fight, tickets for the May 7th bout in Las Vegas have sold like hot cakes. Yesterday, between the hours of 10 A.M and 1 P.M, a reported 16,000 tickets were sold to fans eager to watch Pac-Man’s latest fight. Once again, the 32-year-old Filipino dynamo has proven he is the undisputed box office king! continue
DAVID PRICE is to spend two weeks with Odlanier Solis helping the Cuban prepare for his showdown against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
The 6ft 8in Olympic bronze medallist will fly to Germany to help Solis after his ten round Commonwealth title eliminator against South African Osborne Machimana (18-6-1) at Brentwood Centre on Saturday (February 5). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Interviewed by Jenna J, Geoffrey Ciani, and Chauncy Welliver) - This week’s 110th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs), who just signed to face heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek sometime in April at a location to be determined, possibly in Poland or Newark, New Jersey. McBride, who is best known as the man who stopped Mike Tyson in his final fight, is look to spoil plans of a scheduled bout between Adamek and one of the Klitschko brothers this September in Poland. McBride spoke about his opportunity against Adamek, and also shared his opinions on other matters pertaining to his future and the current heavyweight landscape. Here is some of what he had to say:
On rumors that he and Tomasz Adamek had reached an agreement for a fight in April:
“It’s true. I’m looking forward to it.”
On getting the opportunity to spoil Adamek’s plans for a September fight against a Klitschko brother:
“I’m definitely coming prepared to win. This is my last opportunity to show the world that I’m a legitimate contender. Hopefully after the fight I capitalize and win and take the place of Tomasz and fight one of the Klitschko brothers, or the two of them in one night.”
His views on Tomasz Adamek as a heavyweight contender:
“He’s a good fighter. He’s moved up from the light heavyweight division and he seems to be doing very well. He’s fast and it’s going to be exciting.” continue
HATTON Promotions boxer Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla will challenge John Watson for the vacant British lightweight title in Liverpool on Saturday February 12.
Crolla, 24, is stepping up a weight division and accepted the short notice job after Gavin Rees decided to vacate. continue
VERONA, NY (January 31, 2011)—This past Saturday night, Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence scored an impressive tenth round stoppage over former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada to capture the WBC interim Caribbean Heavyweight title at the beautiful Turning Stone Casino and Resort. continue
Last week promoter Ahmet Öner was in Cologne, Germany, to promote the WBC heavyweight championship between his Cuban sensation Odlanier Solis and reigning champion Vitali Klitschko. Yesterday he returned to the USA to witness the birth of his second son Kaan who was born at 4.10pm at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami.
At the first official weigh-in of his life Kaan brought 7.14 lbs to the scale. Mother Aysegül and the child are well and healthy. Ahmet Oner already has a son (Can Noah, 7) from his first marriage.
"It feels great to become father", says Oner. "I was there when Can was born and I am very proud and happy that I managed to be here for Kaan’s birth. I can tell already that he’s a great boy. After all he waited for me to return from Germany. I love children and above all, of course, my two sons."
PALM SPRINGS, CALIF. (January 31, 2011) – Amir Khan, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez, the Klitschko brothers – line ‘em up -- undefeated 140-Pound World Champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY (27-0, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., is ready to knock them off their pedestals. For the second time in his professional career Bradley unified the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Council (WBC) titles by beating the best. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (January 31, 2011) – Pacman Fever hit MGM Grand this morning with one of the biggest ticket runs in Las Vegas boxing history. Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. PT, 16,000 tickets were sold to the Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley world welterweight championship. Barely 1,000 seats remain for Pacquiao’s return to the Fight Capital of the World, where he hasn’t fought since 2009. continue
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, along with Correspondent heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver.
• Timothy Bradley beating Devon Alexander by technical decision in the junior welterweight unification bout
• Where do Bradley and Alexander go from here?
• Julio Cesar Chavez Junior winning a unanimous decision against Billy Lyell
• Tomasz Adamek signing to face Kevin McBride in April at a location to be determined
• Amir Khan still searching for an April opponent
• Fernando Vargas announcing a 2011 ring return following a three-plus year absence
• Steve Cunningham versus Enad Licina being rescheduled for February 12 in Germany
• Chris Arreola beating Joey Abell by first round knockout continue
By James Slater: Even his critics have to admit that Nottingham’s Carl Froch has done far better than most people thought he would when he was heading into the “Super Six” tournament. Some “experts” even predicted that Froch would fail to win a single fight in the super-middleweight tournament. When it was announced that Froch would be facing guys like the unbeaten Andre Dirrell, the once-beaten Mikkel Kessler and the fearsome Arthur Abraham, a good many fans also felt “The Cobra” would come a cropper somewhere down the line; most likely by KO. continue
Sampson Boxing LLC announces Costa Rica‘s national pugilist, Hanna Gabriel to be part of the week long inauguration of the new Costa Rican National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. This much honored and idolized female boxing symbol of Costa Rica, will be defending her World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Middleweight title on March 31, 2011. Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, President of Sampson Boxing LLC said, “ I am very proud to be part of this historical event in Costa Rica that brings honor to both Hanna Gabriel and the highly anticipated inauguration of this beautiful stadium.“ continue
On Friday at the Double Tree Westshore Hotel in Tampa, Florida, Cuba's future world champion Vilier Quinonez continued his steamroll up the super middleweight ranks by scoring his second consecutive first-round knockout. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "I think Bradley is too tough a guy for Amir, that Khan has nothing to keep Bradley off of him. Khan has nothing to hurt Bradley with while he;s getting constant pressure. Bradley's the kid of fighter we'd love to have. He just comes off nicely as a person and is the kind of opponent I think Manny would welcome, the kind of opponent who is good for the sport of boxing," - Bob Arum (http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-national/bob-arum-tim-bradley-kind-of-guy-we-d-love-for-manny-pacquiao-fight#ixzz1CYXZu0Vw) continue