CLICK BELOW FOR A SNEAK PEEK FROM THE PREMIERE EPISODE OF FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley - Four-Part Series Premieres This Saturday, April 2 Noon ET/9 a.m. PT on CBS. Follow the hysteria surrounding boxing’s most transcendent figure Manny Pacquiao…The disrespect toward “Sugar” Shane Mosley…The inner workings behind Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing. continue
By James Slater - Not long to go now before a big fight, that may well turn out to be one of the hardest of recent years to watch, goes ahead. Next Saturday, fans of the great Erik Morales will no doubt be watching the legendary 34-year-old’s challenge of the much younger, the much harder-hitting and the much faster Marcos Maidana with their hands in front of their faces. Some people have expressed genuine concern for the wellbeing of the Mexican hero going into this one. After all, when he announced his retirement following the points loss he suffered at the hands of David Diaz in 2007, Morales complained of headaches. continue
By Fantana: Firstly I would like to say that as a real man, such as myself, I am able to decipher events before they happen. This skill is essential in everyday life in key areas such as driving in a motor vehicle and accurately predicting if there are speed cameras ahead whilst driving very fast to impress women. The skill is also used in hunting for accurately shooting things in the face whilst they are running. Most importantly this skill which most men under the age of 30 enjoy is to be able to predict who would beat who in a fight. This summer we have a heavyweight unification title bout tentatively scheduled for some time in July. Imagining this fight actually takes place I will explore, in a non-gay way, why David Haye will beat Klitschko. continue
On Saturday night, Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will return to the place where he celebrated the biggest success of his impressive career. Fighting in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, he dethroned WBO Cruiserweight Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez in August 2009. When the 26-year-old steps through the ropes in three days, he will already make his sixth title defence. “It has been a great time but the best is yet to come,” he said. “There is nothing like being the world champion. I constantly want to prove myself against the best and I will destroy whoever gets into my way. Nakash will be in for a tough evening. It will be an honor to give him a proper beating to please my home fans."
The unbeaten challenger from Israel (25-0, 18 KOs) is determined to spoil Huck´s homecoming party. “I will defeat him,” he stated at today´s official press conference. And his manager Don Elbaum added: “Ran will be the new world champion. Huck and the German fans will be in for an unpleasant surprise.. continue
Al Bernstein will serve as analyst on the Saturday, April 2nd pay per view telecast of the WBO Light Flyweight Championship match between Giovani Segura and former champ Ivan Calderon. Benny Ricardo will be Al’s broadcast partner for the broadcast, which is distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media. continue
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) 105 and 108 World Champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón trained today for the people of Mexicali, three days before his rematch against WBO Junior Flyweight Champion Giovani Segura to be held this Saturday, April 2nd, at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, México, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Promociones Zanfer presentation to be televised on Pay Per View. continue
By Eugene Martinez: As rich a country in natural resources, Mexico has also had no real shortages of great Mexican Iconic and beloved boxers. Today there is a yearning for the hope of seeing the next ascension of a new rising star in this new era in the Mexican sport of boxing. continue
Under the bright lights of Times Square, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jose Pedraza won for the second time in as many pro bouts. Pedraza dismantled Corben Page in just one round on Tuesday night in the main event of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. continue
Cincinnati, OH - 3/30/2011 - Since stepping back into the boxing ring in 2008, Ricardo Williams has gone undefeated in his last seven fights. He has been training with Shane Mosley's camp, improving his conditioning. Recently he expressed the same drive as he did when he first returned to boxing in 2008. continue
On Friday, April 22nd, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returns to the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT with an intriguing double-header on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". Kicking off the telecast will be Providence Rhode Island's 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius Andrade as he takes on his toughest opponent to date when he squares off against once beaten Omar Bell in an eight round jr. middleweight showdown. Then all-action, Bayan Jargal looks to make the leap into the mix of top 140 pounders when he takes on the "Khanqueror" Breidis Prescott in a ten round jr. welterweight contest. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 30 - After scoring two spectacular knockout wins in his return to the ring following a nearly two year absence, James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland has picked up where he left off...dominating his opponents. On the April 9 "Action Heroes" pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the knockout artist will continue his highly anticipated comeback against former Junior Middleweight World Champion Nobuhiro Ishida. continue
By James Slater- As fans may know, there will be an International Heavyweight version of “Prizefighter” on May 7th, in London. Recognisable names: Kevin Johnson, Martin Rogan and unbeaten Cuban Mike Perez have been made official for the one-night, eight-man tournament, but until today rumours persisted that the great James Toney might also be close to signing for the event.
Well, in calling up the all-time great, former middleweight, super-middleweight, cruiserweight king, I was given a definite answer today: “Lights Out” will NOT be a participant in the May 7th show.
Here, in a short, somewhat volatile interview that had not been prearranged, the 42-year-old legend had the following answers to the few questions I had the time to ask. It was still a pleasure to be able to speak with an all-time great, as I told James, but his mood was not a great one. continue
By James Slater - The trouble started on Monday in Canada, when world light heavy king Jean Pascal accused Bernard Hopkins of being a thief. Pascal, ahead of the May 21st reach then went further, demanding that B-Hop take a blood test.
The amazing 46 year old said be would take any test at all, knowing he is clean and can prove it. Things clearly boiled in Hopkins' mind over night, however, as yesterday in New York, "The Executioner" well and truly lived up to his nickname. Annoyed that anyone would have the nerve to suggest his astonishing success is down to cheating, Hopkins all but threatened to kill Pascal in the ring!
"When a guy says I'm eating some kind of candy, that makes me angry," Hopkins said. "Don't be surprised if he dies in the ring on May 21. Don't be surprised if I kill him. That's how angry I am."
Hopkins, as fans may recall, got himself into some trouble when he came out with his "I'll never let. White boy beat me;" ahead of his big fight with Joe Calzaghe.
What will the critics have to say about this outburst? One writer has already compared the statement to something Mike Tyson might say or have said. Will B-Hop be in hot water over what his emotions forced him to say?
NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 30, 2011) – Popular female heavyweight Sonya “The Scholar” Lamonakis has been added to the April 16 “East-West Showdown” card, featuring World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight World Champion and undefeated star Andre Berto against WBC # 5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (March 29, 2011) - Kevin McBride will be the opponent when he fights Tomasz Adamek two weeks from now at the Prudential Center in Newark. Adamek has won all but one of his 44 career bouts, and is being groomed for a big money fight against one of the Klitschko brothers. By contrast, McBride enters the bout having lost four of his last five fights. Truth be told, the 6’6”, 280 lbs McBride has been hand-picked for the fight so that Adamek can get comfortable hitting big men. At 6’1”, the Pole is a smallish heavyweight who is still perfecting tactics to be used against the giant Klitschkos. Thus, at first glance, the upcoming bout looks like batting practice for Adamek: another easy win en route to his showdown with the Klitschkos.
However, there is another perspective to take on this fight; it concerns the possibility of an upset, as remote as that chance may be. The hulking McBride has a puncher’s chance against Adamek. Known as the Clones Collosus because of his immense size and strength, McBride carries devastating power in his right hand. The Irishman has sent 29 opponents home early as knockout victims after catching them with this punch. The most dramatic display of McBride’s punching power, of course, came in 2005 when he smashed Mike Tyson into a sixth round kayo defeat. McBride entered the Tyson fight as a massive underdog, yet pulled off the upset. Naturally, McBride is hoping to stun the world again at the Prudential Center in two weeks. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2011) -- Today, the Honorable Daniel Weinstein (ret.) enjoined Golden Boy Promotions from promoting Top Rank boxer Nonito Donaire for the duration of Top Rank's exclusive promotional agreement with Donaire. Golden Boy wrongfully signed Donaire to a four-year promotional agreement in the face of Top Rank's agreement with the up-and-coming star. The Arbitrator's ruling paves the way for Top Rank to promote Donaire's next bout and continued career, something the Las Vegas-based company had started arranging last month before Golden Boy signed Donaire. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2011) - Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham participated in a press conference on Tuesday at Sisley Italian Kitchen in Sherman Oaks, Calif., to formally announce their May 14 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®. continue
by Mark Lovell: Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl of Universum has mentioned the possibility of suing the WBA over the perceived shut-out of his fighter, Ruslan Chagaev. Chagaev, 32, recently defeated Kali Meehan in an elimination bout but negotiations between him and current WBA champion David Haye never got off the ground. “Ruslan is still the WBA mandatory challenger for world champion David Haye,” Kohl told German periodical Abendblatt. “I’m curious to see how the WBA justifies allowing Haye to take a title unification against Wladimir Klitschko. We will not simply accept this…the WBA sanctioned an eliminator, which Ruslan boxed in and I paid the fees. We demand this to be respected and not circumvented.“ continue
Two world champions known for never backing down will meet at the crossroads in the main event of promoter Gary Shaw in association with Thompson Boxing's outstanding Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on Friday May 13. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast - November 1990: Nigel Benn, the brooding, menacing and hard hitting ‘Dark Destroyer’ took on his then hated rival, the Brighton bigmouth Chris ‘Simply the Best’ Eubank. continue
Four days ahead of their title fight at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany, WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) and challenger Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) participated in an open work-out today. “The belt will remain in Germany,” Huck said. “I am the world champion and I will still be the world champion after Saturday night. Nakash cannot beat me.”
Huck worked the pads with coach Ulli Wegner, who expects a tough night for his hard-hitting champion. “Marco must not underestimate his opponent,” Wegner said. “Nakash is unbeaten and will therefore enter the arena with a lot of confidence. It will be an interesting match-up, but if Marco sticks to the game plan, he will leave the ring victorious.”
Nakash boasts a perfect record of 25 victories in as many fights (18 KOs). After Giacobbe Fragomeni pulled out due to an injury, he took the fight on short notice. “It was only last week on Tuesday or Wednesday that I heard about my world title shot, but that is no problem for me at all,“ he stated. “I had planed to fight in April anyway and have been in full training. I could not pass on the chance to become world champion. I will make the most of it. continue
Being the top man in Boxing’s Mythical, (Artificially Created) Pound for Pound Ratings has for many years been the ultimate goal that most prize fighters would strive for. The funny thing is, defining exactly what qualifies a fighter to be called a Pound for Pound Best isn’t easy.
If you have a long time champion (or champions as in the Klitschko’s) in a very weak division, does their total domination make them the Pound for Pound Best? continue
NEW YORK (March 29, 2011)—The FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley camera crews are embedded and filming in the Philippines with Manny Pacquiao and Big Bear, Calif. with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, capturing the most intimate training camp moments as both fighters prepare for their May 7 showdown on SHOWTIME PPV®. continue
By James Slater: WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan insists he is the best fighter in the world at his weight class and that he will prove it: first by beating Paul McCloskey in April, and then by beating rival champion Timothy Bradley in the summer. continue
By John Wight: British boxing hasn’t enjoyed a rivalry fierce enough to excite the fans since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank dominated the back pages on the way to transcending the sport and entering popular culture back in the early to mid nineties. continue
By James Slater: Though promoter Eddie Hearn has still to announce three more “big names” that will take part in “Prizefighter: The International Heavyweights,” five names have today been confirmed as taking part in the one-night, eight-men tournament in May. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: When looking at most athletes in terms of performance over time, it is safe to say that if graphed, the line representing the argument is a regular bell curve. Athletes usually start off being inexperienced and raw, having suboptimal attributes and knowledge. continue
By James Slater - Nicaraguan wild man Ricardo Mayorga announced his retirement from the ring moments after he was TKO’d in the 12th-round of his challenge of Miguel Cotto. Claiming it was “time to find a job,” the 37-year-old gave a seemingly sincere announcement. However, just a day or two after suffering the eighth loss of his colourful pro career, “El Matador” had a change of heart. continue
James DeGale is not worried by news that rival George Groves is sparring with Andre Dirrel in America. DeGale and Groves will battle it out at The 02 in London on May 21 for the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight crowns in the biggest domestic showdown seen in recent years, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. Harlesden's DeGale has based himself in Essex with trainer Jim McDonnell ahead of the mouth-watering fight, Groves jetted straight to Miami for an intensive training camp. Among those he has shared a ring with are former world title challenger Andre Dirrell. continue
Manchester fight ace John Murray says he will enjoy defending his European lightweight title on Kevin Mitchell's turf this Saturday night. Murray was due to meet Mitchell on April 2 at Wembley Arena, but the fight fell through - even though Murray was desperate for it go ahead. Now the unbeaten Mancunian - who has the longest unbeaten record in British boxing - will put his belt on the line for a second time against tough Spanish champion Karim El Ouzaghari at the York Hall, live on Sky Sports 1HD. And the famous East End venue is in the heart of Mitchell's manor. continue
Erick L. (Kendall, FL): I know that you've been pretty big on Gamboa for a while, based on past articles/conversations. How did you rate his performance and what were your thoughts on Solis saying he "hits harder than Pacquiao"?
Vivek W. (ESB): As I always state, everything should be taken into proper perspective. Regarding Gamboa's effort last Saturday night, I thought he did an excellent job. I've always maintained that if he took his craft more seriously and stopped certain trends he developed as an amateur, this kid has the goods and can potentially be the creme of the crop, as it relates to the sports young stars on the rise. continue
CHICAGO, IL, (March 28, 2011) World ranked super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George returns to action in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois this Friday night, April 1st, against Baltimore’s Maxell “The General” Taylor at the UIC Pavilion. The George/Taylor twelve round clash for the vacant USBA Title, headlines WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 16, a sensational seven bout card presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. World ranked #13 by the International Boxing Federation, George, 21-1-1 (18KO’s) is coming off a crushing first round knockout of previously unbeaten Cornelius White on February 11th which was broadcast on Showtime. continue
By James Slater: We’ve all read the rumours that say the great Floyd Mayweather Junior is and has been in talks with the Paul Spadafora camp, about a possible fight this summer. Every time Mayweather or anyone close to him says anything, the item is instantly newsworthy, and to some, the idea of a Mayweather-Spadafora fight - a clash of unbeatens who once sparred together in a session that has grown in infamy ever since - is appealing.
As most fans know, the two fighters, then both lightweights, met in a sparring session over a decade ago, and the then IBF 135-pound champ handled himself well. Some say (and there is some footage of the sessions up on You Tube), “Spaddy” even got the better of an out of shape Mayweather. continue
Middleweight contender Benjamin Simon suffered a serious hand injury in the last week of sparring for his IBF elimination bout against Sam Soliman (scheduled for April 1st in Berlin). „The capsule of Simon’s left hand is bruised with odema in tenderparts and an intraarticular haematom“, said Dr. med. Robert Stelzer adding that Simon will be out of training – and fighting, of course – for „at least 6 – 8 weeks“. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: This Friday 1 April 2011 sees an action packed night of boxing at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia featuring a number of leading fighters on the domestic scene. Headlining the night is undefeated light heavyweight Blake Caparello (6-0-1, 2 KOs), fresh off his points decision victory in a winner takes all bout over Michael Bolling earlier this month. Caparello, who has fast established his name as one of the premier light heavyweights in the country, will take on Thai Komgrit Nanakorn (16-15, 6 KOs) over 10 rounds. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - After winning last Friday’s eliminator against Marcus Upshaw to claim the USBO, vacant USBA Middleweight as well as vacant IBO Intercontinental Middleweight titles, Ghana’s Osumanu Adama has thrown a challenge to WBO champ Dmitry Pirog, indicating his readiness to wrestle away the world crown from the Russian’s grasp.
“I am ready for whoever wants to fight me. I’ve told my promoter and anybody he puts in front of me, I will beat him. I want either the WBC or WBO titles, I can beat any of Zbik or Pirog, I am ready,” Adama told SportsInGhana.com via phone from Illinois, USA. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 117th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former heavyweight boxer Bobby HItz (21-4, 18 KOs) who now acts as the longest running promoter in the Chicago area. Hitz spoke about various topics including his upcoming April 9 card, his professional career, his fight with George Foreman, his views on the current heavyweight landscape, Manny Pacquiao, Emanuel Steward, and more! Here is what he had to say:
On his background in boxing and promoting:
“I’ve been promoting boxing here in the Chicago for over twenty years. I was a former heavyweight fighter. I was a Golden Glove Champion from Chicago. I compiled a record of 21-4 and had a fascination of the wonderful world of the business of boxing and that’s what I gravitated to once I decided to retire. During my career I had some pretty good fights and subsequently moved to Detroit and trained up there with Emanuel Steward. He took an interest in me and saw that I had a knack for the business of boxing, and subsequently when I came back to Chicago I was going to make a comeback and start fighting again. I decided to promote instead. So I here I am today and I had been promoting shows ever since.” continue
Sampson Boxing LLC President, Sampson Lewkowicz announced from Las Vegas, Nevada the privilege of hosting the REMATCH boxing event scheduled for Thursday, March, 31 2011 at the inauguration week of the Costa Rica National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the main event, undefeated WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion from Costa Rica, Hanna Gabriel vs. (Mexican) pugilist Melisenda Perez. The rematch was born as a promise between the two pugilists after an exciting first bout. Sampson stated: “I’m proud to be part of the festivities in Costa Rica that would not have been made possible without the support & loyalty of Manager/Cousin Kathy Sanchez Cunningham as well as Ezequiel Obando, Trainer of Hanna Gabriel.” continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - Dmitry Pirog retained his WBO world middleweight title in Ekaterinburg, Russia, today with a dominant but unimpressive decision over Javier Francisco Maciel. Pirog controlled the action throughout with probing left jabs, well-placed body punches, sneaky uppercuts to the head, and by using airtight defense. Nonetheless, Pirog’s performance was inferior to that he displayed last summer, when he won his title with a spectacular knockout over Danny Jacobs. The Russian champion’s timing seemed slightly off, and his punches lacked their usual snap. Most likely Pirog was ring rusty from not having fought in the eight months since beating Jacobs, and thus did not display his full ability against Maciel.
This correspondent scored the bout 118-110 for Pirog, who was deducted a point in the tenth for illegally pushing with his shoulder at close quarters. The judges’ cards seemed inappropriately close, favoring the champion by margins of 115-112, 117-112, and 115-111. Maciel did very little today, aside from unleashing a few spirited offensives in which he generally missed with heavy punches. Indeed, the challenger’s objective seemed to be surviving, not winning. An explanation for Maciel’s reticence may lay in the fact that today’s bout marked his first on the world stage. Quite possibly Maciel and his handlers regarded the fight as just a chance to develop self-confidence and experience, and to show the world that the Argentine can survive until the final bell against the world’s best middleweights. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – While the current stars of Olympic-style boxing prepare for a run at the 2012 Olympic Games, the sport’s future champions will vie for a highly coveted Junior National Championship, July 12-17 at the Mobile Civic Center in Mobile, Ala. The 2011 USA Boxing Junior National Championships will mark the 40th anniversary of the storied event, which boasts numerous Olympians and World Champions among its titlists. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 117th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with the reigning IBF bantamweight champion of the world Joseph ‘King Kong’ Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) who is scheduled to face Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) on April 23 in the Bantamweight Tournament Finals. Here is what Agbeko had to say in that interview:
On how he feels with his upcoming matchup against Abner Mares:
“You know it’s a good matchup. Abner Mares is a very good kid and he’s a good fighter so I’m looking for a great fight.”
His views on Abner Mares’ close split decision victory over Vic Darchinyan:
“I think he fought well with Vic Darchinyan. It was a close fight. He did his best and he came out as the winner of that fight. Actually on the better side, fighting Vic Darchinyan was very easy. Even though Vic was a very, very tough fighter you can easily tell at the end of the fight that I won that fight.”
His views on Abner Mares as a fighter:
“I think he’s a very good fighter hungry for success. He sees himself as the newest kid on the block and he’s quite confident, and I think he’s good.” continue
By James Slater - Marcos Maidana, the lethal-hitting Argentine 140-pounder, is still angry about the points loss he suffered at the hands of Britain’s WBA champ Amir Khan. Maidana still insists, some three months or so later, that referee Joe Cortez allowed Khan to clinch repeatedly, and that this tactic saved the 24-year-old from being KO’d. Maidana, in speaking with The Las Vegas Review-Journal, revealed how has also continued to be annoyed at the way the man known as “Fair But Firm” took a point from him in the 5th-round when a stray elbow hit the third man in the ring, not Khan. Had the deduction not happened, Khan would still have won the decision, but Maidana is miffed that Cortez failed to live up to his oft-spoken catch-phrase. continue
By Ted Sares - As matters transpired, the divine plan contained a different script. This rude awakening became an important part of Vlad’s [sic] steep learning curve, but the memories of that night will come back to haunt him forever.--Heavybetter
This opponent was a couple of notches below my technical level. But he was very, very smart and I learnt a lot from him. He was waiting for his moment…. He took note of my accelerated pace and he realized that I wouldn’t be able to sustain it for all the twelve rounds. He was patiently waiting and…was able to see when he started to explode towards the end of the bout. --Wladimir Klitschko
Rugged top tier journeyman and sometime contender Ross ‘The Boss” Puritty would fight anybody who challenged him. He finished his career with a record of 31-20-3, but there is a story behind the record. He was rarely stopped but he did a lot of stopping himself as he notched 27 KOs. He went 8-8 in his first 16 outings losing to, among others, undefeated Brian Nielsen, and Kirk Johnson. continue
By James Slater - It has been made official how the second “Super Six” semi-final, between WBC 168-pound champ Carl Froch and ageless wonder Glen Johnson, will go ahead on June 4th at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Originally looking like going ahead on May 21st, the new date will allow both fighters a little extra time in which to prepare for what could well be an extremely tough night’s work for both guys. continue
By James Slater - Yuriorkis Gamboa, the quite sensational Cuban featherweight king, did it again last night. Looking sizzling in stopping tough Mexican Jorge Solis inside four breathtaking rounds, scoring multiple knockdowns along the way, the 29-year-old handed Solis his most comprehensive defeat yet. Even the great Manny Pacquiao had to settle for an 8th-round KO win when he met Solis back in 2007 and, dare I say it: Pac-Man didn’t look as good as the Cuban typhoon did against the Mexican.
No-one is saying Gamboa, 20-0(16) is as good a fighter as the reigning Pound-for-Pound king; not yet anyway. But the former Olympian and all-round superb amateur sure is looking as though he may one day be right up there with the Filipino icon atop the P-4-P charts. Gamboa looked faster, more powerful and just plain unstoppable last night at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Many good judges expected Solis, now 40-3-2(29) and the winner of his previous three outings going into the 126-pound title clash, to give Gamboa his toughest test to date; maybe even upset him. Instead, “El Ciclon De Guantanamo” ripped through the 31-year-old with seemingly effortless ease. continue
By Paul Strauss: You can't get much more descriptive than that, and that's coming from someone who put up a pretty good seven rounds against P4P Manny Pacquiao. Jorge Solis says Gamboa hits harder than Pacman! The Gamboa show put on tonight included five knockdowns in four rounds. This little whirlwind was more than his nickname of the cyclone. He was closer to the speed of light........a little neutrino!
Solis had the height advantage, but could not find a way to make use of it. Unbelievably Gamboa likes to fight from the outside, which isn't exactly accurate because he is so explosive that yes he's momentarily out of range, then bam he tags you. All you can do is wonder, "Where the hell did that come from?" You start looking suspiciously at the referee, because you can't believe your opponent pulled off that kind of move!
Gamboa does it all too. He can slip and slide and then explode with counters. continue
WBA and IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa added another spectacular chapter to his sensational pro career in front of a sold-out crowd at "Boardwalk Hall" in Atlantic City on Saturday night. "El Ciclon de Guantanamo" literally blew away Jorge Solis, dropping the experienced Mexican five times in only four rounds to score his 20th win in as many pro-fights with 16 victories inside the distance. continue
By Rob Moore: I couldn't help but feel a kind of sadness when I was reading articles discussing a couple of upcoming bouts. Usually I find myself drawn in, and my anticipation for the contest is heightened. But not this time, and I realized that I have felt this way a few times lately. continue
By James Slater: Most fans have already read how David Haye’s “regular” WBA heavyweight title may well become vacant soon, as Haye will be facing one of the Klitsckos in the summer (most likely Wladimir, but we don’t know for sure). According to talk, Haye will be elevated to “super champion” by the WBA, and that two suitably-ranked heavies will square off for the vacant (some would say meaningless) strap. continue
By James Slater: Some people say Cubans make better amateur fighters than they make pros. This belief was given plenty of steam recently as, over the past seven days, two of Cuba’s finest amateur boxers were brought down to earth courtesy of less than scintillating performances in the pro ring. Last Saturday, in one of the year’s biggest disappointments, former Olympic gold medallist and three-time world amateur champ Oldalnier Solis fell apart inside of a round against WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, and last night, unbeaten light-middleweight hope Erislandy Lara, looked at as a “sure thing” for a world title, was held to a draw (some say beaten) by the tough Carlos Molina. continue
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) just wrapped up the sparring ahead of his sixth title defence on April 2. Next Saturday, the 26-year-old will take on Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Boxing-online.com caught up with him before fight week.
Q: Marco, you will already be making your sixth title defence. You are a rather experienced champion given your young age of just 26 years. continue
By John G. Thompson: Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KO's) and Carlos Molina (17-4-2, 5 KO’s) fought to a majority draw tonight on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast from the multi-billion dollar Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Lara was the favorite going into the bout, it was clear by cheers and boos of the crowd that Molina had pulled quite an upset. continue
By Paul Strauss: Fight Night Fights intended to showcase the talents of the undefeated Cuban star, but Erislandy Lara was lethargic and barely scaped with a ten round draw. The crowd at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas shouted their displeasure with a chorus of boo's. They clearly felt Molina deserved the win. continue
FAIRFIELD, CA (March 25, 2011) - Northern California fight fans were thrilled by another night of action-packed bouts as Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions presented an explosive six-fight card at the Sports Center in Fairfield. Tonight's fights were televised on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate," but if you missed the broadcast or the live action, below is a summary of the results: continue
Hackensack, NJ (March 25, 2011) – When two-time world title challenger Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn heard future foe Ran Nakash agreed to face Marco Huck next Saturday in Germany, he understood the unbeaten Israeli’s motive. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Countdown to Pacquiao/Mosley will be a 7 part series chronicling key questions as these two legendary figures prepare for arguably the biggest fight of their lives to date. There will be a new segment each of the next six Friday's, with "Keys to Victory" & "Official Prediction" presented the day of the weigh-in.
In the first of this 7-part series, we examine a question that several fight fans have asked themselves, and any other fight fan or media personality within earshot with a valued opinion. That question: "Can Shane Mosley turn back the clock and shock the world"? As we look back at the illustrious career of 'Sugar' Shane Mosley, we see both high and low points like any other fighter; but the most intricate details come when you look at the actual time-line such events took place.When you speak along the high notes, it's safe to say that all but one of Mosley's great footnotes came much earlier in his career.
After an incredible start to his career as a rising lightweight, Mosley decided to move up in weight to the welterweight ranks, which is where he earned arguably his most career defining victory, which came over Mexican/American great, Oscar De la Hoya. continue
By James Slater: Though his fans have long been urging him to hang up the gloves, the living legend that is the once sublime Roy Jones Junior has been steadfast in his desire to carry on fighting. And though the former multi-weight king who was all but untouchable in his peak years has recently suffered embarrassing losses at the hands of Danny Green and, in a long awaited return, Bernard Hopkins, he has just signed on to take another risky fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 117th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell who revealed his intentions to make a return to the ring sometime in the next three months. Dirrell spoke about his career, his future, and other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape, including Lucian Bute, the Super Six, Hopkins-Pascal, Sergio Martinez, Pacquiao-Mosley, and much more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It’s time for our first guest of this week’s show. He is a former world title challenger. We’re joined by Andre Dirrell. How are you doing today, Andre?
ANDRE DIRRELL: I’m doing pretty good. How about yourself?
JENNA: I’m doing good. I’m happy to be talking to you. So I hear that you’re going to be going back to training and are looking forward to get back in the ring. Are those rumors true?
DIRRELL: That rumor is true. I’m working on it right now. I’m down in Florida here just living at the moment. I’m in and out of the gym just getting ready to get back into things. I went to Friday Night Fights this past week when Hopkins fought Solomon and it just felt like I got introduced back to boxing. I’m ready to just really start camp and figure out who my next opponent is going to be and where it is going to be at. continue
3/24/11 Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, PA - "Fighting Kevin McBride is a good test for me. We had a good camp. I am in the ring with Roger every day. I am six, seven weeks training very hard. As you know, Roger changed me a lot. I have more movement. When I punch somebody I hit them up. I am more flexible in the ring, I can change. I feel I can fight anybody and win." continue
By James Slater: James Kirkland sure is being moved fast on his out-of-jail comeback to boxing. The exciting, unbeaten and seemingly unstoppable 27-year-old southpaw returned to the ring on March 5th, after serving time for gun possession, then he was back in the ring a mere 13 days later. continue
CORK, Ireland (March 25, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo ‘El Chacal’ Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs), arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all time, retained his world title last Saturday night by beating previously undefeated hometown favorite and former European champion, Willie ‘Big Bang” Casey (11-1, 7 KOs), in impressive fashion at City West Convention Center in Dublin. continue
Tim "Pitbull" Coleman was about to do what he's not supposed to do. At a conference to announce his upcoming elimination bout against once-beaten Victor Cayo on April 29 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) made his intentions clear: when handed the mic, he was going to openly look past Cayo and call out current IBF Super Lightweight Champion Zab Judah, the man he would potentially face next. continue
Marco “Captain” Huck will defend his WBO Cruiserweight Title against Ran Nakash on April 2. After Giacobbe Fragomeni pulled out due to a cut injury from sparring, Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will now make his sixth defence against the unbeaten challenger from Israel (25-0, 18 KOs). “I don´t care about the late change,” Huck said. “It will not exactly be a walk in the park, but as the world champion, I will find a way to deal with it. I will be prepared for Nakash and I will defeat him just like I defeat anybody who wants to take the belt away from me.. continue
By James Slater: It’s no secret that Miguel Cotto, the reigning WBA light-middleweight champion, has wanted a rematch with Antonio Margarito, the first man to have beaten him as a pro, for some time now. It’s also no secret that the Puerto Rican’s promoter, Bob Arum, has had his eye on making the return fight for some time himself. The word around the net (and according to Boxing News in the U.K) is that a working date of July 16th is close to being finalised; the only thing to be confirmed is the venue. continue
DENTON VASSELL believes the secret to becoming one of the world’s best welterweights is yoga. Manchester’s Commonwealth champion is stretched and bent daily by mum, Janet DaSilva who teaches the traditional girls exercise. He will even been doing yoga routine hours before Saturday’s (March 26) title defence against Namibian Bethuel Ushona at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 117th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Andre Dirrell, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, and Bobbt Hitz. You can click play on the player to listen.
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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Vitali Klitschko beating Odlanier Solis by 1st round KO
• Solis suffered tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus, and cartilage damage in his right knee
• Rumors that Vitali will be facing David Haye in June and Wladimir will be facing Tomasz Adamek in September
• Lucian Bute winning against Brian Magee by 10th round KO
• Where does Lucian Bute go from here?
• Mikkel Kessler eyeing ring return
• Floyd Mayweather reportedly was demanding $100 million to fight Pacquiao
• Manny Pacquiao’s defamation suit against the Mayweathers revealed to have “sufficient evidence” to proceed
• Devon Alexander striking deal with Lucas Matthysse for a June 25 showdown
• Andre Ward versus Arthur Abraham being set for May 14 in the Super Six Semifinals
• Marco Huck seeking new opponent for April 2 after Giacobbe Fragomeni pulled out after suffering a cut in sparring
• Paulie Malignaggi being set to face Jose Cotto on Morales-Maidana under card
While his compatriot, Erislandy Lara, may be getting the lion's share of the limelight this Friday night in the main event at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, he may not even be the best Cuban light middleweight on the card. continue
By James Slater: WBC boss Jose Sulaiman recently named Britain’s Ryan Rhodes as the official challenger of his organisation’s new 154-pound champion, Saul Alvarez, and the fight is close to being signed for Mexico on June 18th. An interesting fight on paper: will “Canelo” be able to make a successful first defence of the belt he won by beating another Brit in Matthew Hatton, or will the tricky southpaw skills of veteran Rhodes see to it that the Sheffield man finally gets his hands on a world title? continue
Monica Sears - I just want to, first of all, thank all of the media for calling in to today’s call and as well as our participants we have Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions on the call, as well as Robert Guerrero calling in from Las Vegas and Michael Katsidis, all of the way from Thailand. continue
Exclusive Interview by Pavel Yakovlev - (March 23, 2011) -- Tonight this correspondent telephoned Miami Beach’s historic 5th Street Gym to speak with heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo, who is the subject of an upcoming ESB profile. Oquendo’s manager Tom Tsatas (who is also a co-owner of the 5th Street Gym) answered the phone, and he wasted no words. “The Hayemaker is here with us, do you want to get some questions with him?” said Tsatas. “Whoa…of course,” was this correspondent’s response. In an instant, the WBA world heavyweight champion was on the phone. “I can take a few questions,” said Haye, “but they’ve got to be quick.” As Oquendo chuckled good-naturedly and remained in the background temporarily, this correspondent conducted the following interview with Haye. In July, Haye is scheduled to meet IBF and WBO world champion Vladimir Klitschko in a showdown that is the most important and highly anticipated heavyweight bout in many years.
ESB: IT’S INTERESTING THAT YOU DO A LOT OF TRAINING AT THE LEGENDARY, WORLD-FAMOUS 5TH STREET GYM IN MIAMI BEACH. OF COURSE, THAT’S WHERE MUHAMMAD ALI TRAINED FOR MANY OF HIS FIGHTS. TO ME, THIS IS INTRIGUING BECAUSE YOUR PERSONALITY MAY BE THE MOST COLORFUL AND DRAMATIC OF ANY HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION SINCE THAT OF MUHAMMAD ALI HIMSELF. WHAT ARE YOUR COMMENTS?
HAYE: Well, the fact that I’m training at the 5th Street Gym gives me inspiration because I know Muhammad Ali trained here. But, in no way, shape, or form do I compare myself with The Greatest! He was in a niche of his own in every way. But training at his gym is a great experience…hopefully some of his magic will rub off on me as I prepare for Klitschko. The 5th Street Gym definitely puts a fighter in the best condition. continue
Just one week ago Darren Hamilton was a virtually unknown fighter. However since his total dominating performance over Peter McDonagh, to lift the BBBofC Southern Area Light Welterweight title at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions excellent ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event, Hamilton has been receiving glowing plaudits from the media and boxing circles, with many comparing him favourably with Frankie Gavin. continue
Manchester ace John Murray is hoping a solid win on April 2 propels him towards a shot at long-term WBC World Lightweight champion Humberto Soto - and the chance to finally get his hands on a world title. Murray is currently ranked number two with the WBC, and is also inside the top 15 with the IBF and WBO. A KO victory against champion Karim El Ouazghari could boost his rating even further. The pair clash at Bethnal Green's York Hall in Murray's first fight for promoter Frank Warren, live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue
On Wednesday afternoon, 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jose Pedraza arrived in New York City. And while he prepares to fight as a professional for just the second time, Pedraza is well on his way to arriving at boxing superstardom. Pedraza (1-0, 1 KO) headlines Broadway Boxing presented by Coors Light from the BB King Blues Club in Times Square on Tuesday, March 29, against Springfield, OR native Corben page (1-1). continue
Former heavyweight knockout artist and current coach/trainer Lou Esa has been sharing the basic components of boxing. In previous weeks he discussed the jab and the stance, and now he shares the importance of the right cross. continue
HOT Hatton promotions light-middleweight hopeful Tom Doran reckons sparring with Denton Vassell has got him spot on for his first overseas test. Doran, 23, steps up in class when he meets Ukrainian Ihor Fanian at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena on Saturday night (March 26). Vassell heads the bill when he risks his Commonwealth light-middleweight title against Namibian Bethuel Ushona. Deeside’s Doran who has won all eight professional contests travels once week to Hatton and Health and Fitness for the gruelling spars. continue
by Jeff Meyers: Two months ago, David “The Hayemaker” Haye, Great Britain’s last heavyweight champion since hall of famer Lennox Lewis retired in 2004, proclaimed:
If the [Wladimir Klitschko] fight doesn’t happen now, it never will. I’m done with the Klitschkos. I know I can retire later this year with my head held high, knowing I did everything in my power to make these fights happen. I’ve had defining fights and beaten the best in the world as a cruiserweight, but, without me, Wladimir can never say he’s done the same as a heavyweight.continue
SAO PAULO, Brazil (March 24, 2011) – The final press conference and official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s “International Boxing Challenge pro-am boxing show, featuring the Interim WBC Latino Super Middleweight title fight between unbeaten Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated Argentinean prospect Abel Nicolas “El Princdipito” Andriel (10-0, 2 KOs), was held this morning in Sao Paulo, Brazil. continue
By James Slater: Though Ring magazine, IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko hasn’t entirely ruled out the possibility of his older brother Vitali stepping in to defend against David Haye in the summer, he has told Radio Five Live that he fully expects it will be he who meets the WBA titlist on either June 25th or July 2nd. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 23 – Former Junior Welterweight World Champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi will step back onto the big stage against Puerto Rico’s Jose Miguel Cotto in a 10-round welterweight fight on Saturday, April 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., on the “Action Heroes” HBO Pay-Per-View event. continue
By Ted Sares: Welcome to the first edition of the Boxing Loft where we will visit different global locations from time to time and talk boxing with the intent to make it a more participative session. I’m delighted to initiate the concept on ESB where the Scotch and Cigar Club became a staple for many visitors to check in. Of course cigars and drinks are still welcome, but due to the recession, you will need to BYO. I will be spinning the music, but you can add any music you wish. Remember, New Age and Fusion are verboten.
In a nod to our first location, the Windy City, the music tonight features the legendary Miles Davis who was a fight fan extraordinaire and also the great Chess Records performers Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Willie Dixon, and Howlin' Wolf. This was the embodiment of Chicago's South and West Side "juke-joint” music that I grew up on.
Chicago, once a boxing hub, is experiencing a minor resurgence that may make it a required stop between New York, Las Vegas, and LA. In 1949, boxing promoter James Norris and Chicago Stadium owner Arthur Wirtz formed the International Boxing Club, which controlled pro boxing competition, but it was eventually broken up by the federal government as a monopoly in 1957. During that time, the Chicago Stadium played host to many of the biggest fights in the country. In 1961, Wirtz ended boxing matches at the Stadium, and thereafter Chicago declined as a boxing town. continue
by Mark Lovell: We all know what body-part opinions are often likened to – everyone has one, and some of them stink. And when it comes to the Vitali Klitschko-Odlanier Solis bout that was staged in Cologne on the weekend it seems like everyone likes flashing theirs about. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: Vitali Klitschko stands nearly six feet eight inches tall and weighs around eighteen stone – all of it muscle. He has knocked out the vast majority of his opponents and has only lost twice, both times due to injury, and has enjoyed two reigns as a ‘world champion’. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will originate from Las Vegas, Nev. on March 25 at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 where undefeated, junior middleweights Erislandy “El Oro del Guantanamo” Lara (15-0, 10 KO’s WBA #5, WBC #11) and Yudel Jhonson (9-0, 6 KO’s) are featured in 10-round co-main events. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Cosmopolitan Ballroom, describing the action. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise presents a compelling doubleheader, headlined by one of the sport’s elite fighters in a world featherweight title defense, when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. JORGE SOLIS AND MATT REMILLARD VS. MIKEY GARCIA is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 26 at 9:45 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team 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
Kissimmee, FL: It all started October 19, 2001 when Former World Champion Oscar Larios defeated Angel “Avispa” Chacon in a Mexico Vs. Puerto Rico battle when Tuto Zabala Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc and the TELEMUNDO Network landed for the first time at the Kissimmee Civic Center. continue
Four days after the dramatic ending of the WBC world heavyweight championship fight between Odlanier Solis and Vitali Klitschko and the controversial discussions regarding the result, promoter Ahmet Oner apologizes for his behaviour at the press conference after the fight. continue
By James Slater: Fight fans on both sides of the Atlantic are well aware of the Barry Hearn-conceived “Prizefighter” tournament; the knockout tourney that has gone ahead a number of times, at a number of different weights, in the U.K. Proving a huge hit on Sky Sports, the tournament, now being looked after by Barry’s son Eddie, is all set to go international on May 7th: the night of the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight. continue
CANASTOTA, NY –MARCH 23, 2011 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame will host the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, New York on June 9-12th. With many exciting events planned, there will be something for everyone in “Boxing’s Hometown.” continue
Stevenage’s Terry Holmes is set to travel to Northern Ireland for the third fight of his fledgling professional career, where he will take part in former World champ, turned promoter, Graham Earl’s maiden Belfast event ‘Fists of Fury’ at the King’s Hall on Saturday 2nd April 2011. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 23, 2011) – For those who missed “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy’s first and only professional loss to John Molina eight months ago, don’t plan on catching a repeat performance anytime soon. continue
London (23, March 2011) With just three weeks to go until we find out who will promote the British Heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora, the Manchester based heavyweight has headed to London to spar old foe and good friend John McDermott. continue
The most highly anticipated professional debut in years in the boxing hotbed of Puerto Rico occurred last February when 2009 World Amateur Championships Lightweight Silver Medalist and former Olympian Jose Pedraza entered the paid ranks in impressive fashion. continue
To list all of Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara's amateur accomplishments would take several minutes. He's been an elite fighter for many years. And although some amateur stars don't translate well into professionals, Lara (15-0, 10 KOs) is currently on a four-fight first-round knockout streak against intermediate-level opposition. continue
By James Slater: Looking to keep busy, heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola will face Nagy Aguilera of The Dominican Republic on the under-card of the May 14th Andre Ward-Arthur Abraham “Super Six” semi final. Arreola’s fight at The Home Depot Centre in Carson, CA will be an off-TV affair, and in truth the 30-year-old should be able to bag a win without too much trouble. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 116th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward who was making his tenth appearance on the show. Steward discussed a wide variety of subjects including Miguel Cotto’s 12th round KO against Richard Mayorga, Andy Lee’s come from behind knockout against Craig McEwan, the announcement that Wladimir Klitschko will be having a unification fight with David Haye, Chad Dawson’s upcoming fight with Adrian Diaconu, Manny Pacquiao, Sergio Martinez, and more! Here are numerous excerpts from that interview:
Regarding Miguel Cotto’s performance in his 12th round TKO victory against Ricardo Mayorga:
“I felt that he fought a good fight considering everything. It’s not easy to fight Mayorga. He’s physically a big guy. It looked like he picked up about twenty pounds or more, maybe thirty pounds from the weigh-in to the fight. He was in great shape for this particular fight and he takes a good punch and his style is very difficult to analyze and defend against. So it was a fight that I thought Miguel fought very good in. I was very satisfied with it. He boxed a little bit and he still had to have some exchanges, which he did, with Mayorga. He came back and closed the show with a knockout, so I’m satisfied.”
On whether he was surprised that Mayorga lasted until the 12th round:
“I was surprised that he was able to last, I was surprised at his ability to take a good head punch, and his total just mental determination. It was not just a fight that Mayorga was just fighting to win. He was looking at Cotto at being his entrance into winning the Lottery, because as he said if he won that fight he was going to be able to fight Manny Pacquiao, which maybe meant in excess of $10,000,000 which meant he would have been a multi-millionaire for the rest of his life. That’s why I think he prepared so hard for this fight, no so much just for Cotto but looking beyond Cotto, because he continued to mention that throughout the publicity tour. His promoter, Don King, and his whole camp were continuously talking about Pacquiao, Pacquiao. This is what they had to do to get the big mega-million dollar fight, so I think he took this fight very seriously and trained very well and was prepared for the fight.” continue
The Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II show hits Liverpool Olympia live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 8pm tomorrow night (March 23) and the four local fighters in the line-up have promised Mersey fight fans there will be a hometown winner. continue
By James Slater - Top Rank boss and promoter of superstar Manny Pacquiao Bob Arum recently gave an interview that went out on video on Mpboxing.com (Manny Pacquiao Boxing), and in the interview the 79-year-old revealed how secretive talks recently took place with the hope being, once again, that a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight might be made.
Arum, looking exasperated, told the Filipino interviewing him that the reason the super-fight fell apart this time was the astronomical fee “Money” Mayweather asked for. Apparently, Mayweather asked for the unrealistic sum of $100 million continue
(NEW YORK (March 22, 2011) - The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals are set to begin. Andre Ward, Arthur Abraham, Carl Froch and Glen Johnson are all one victory from the tournament final en route to 168-pound supremacy. On Saturday, May 14, Ward will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight world title against European superstar Abraham to kick off the Semifinals of the groundbreaking tournament LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The event is co-promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Antonio Leonard Productions and Sauerland Event and sponsored by Corona. In the co-featured non-televised portion of the card at The Home Depot Center heavyweight world contender and popular Southern California slugger Cristobal Arreola will try to stay on track for another opportunity of a world championship when he takes on Nagy Aguilera of the Dominican Republic. continue
Undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18 KO's) is focused on winning a world championship in 2011. He took the first step towards that goal by scoring a 2nd round knockout on Saturday night over Bladimir Hernandez (18-5, 16 KO's). Despite his opponent coming in over 6 pounds over the originally contracted weight, Martirosyan had no trouble dispatching his opponent. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghana’s former 3-time Africa Boxing Union (ABU) champion Osumanu Adama 18-2 (13KOs) has sworn to defeat American Marcus Upshaw 13-4 (6KO's) when the pair square off in an International Boxing Organisation (IBO) middleweight world title eliminator this Friday March 25 at Hanging Gardens, River Grove, Illinois, USA.
The 30 year old Adama popularly called Ozzie Adams who defeated Angel Hernandez for the IBO International Middleweight title just last December 17, hopes to claim the USBO Title, also on the line will be the Vacant USBA Middleweight title & Vacant IBO Intercontinental Middleweight title. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: This past Saturday night in Cologne Germany will go down as one of the most disappointing nights in recent boxing history. Given that a Klitschko brother was involved one might be quick to assume the disappointment was a result of another challenger’s failure to be competitive in a title fight. Well this time it was something much more bizarre and unusual which left fans feeling dejected. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - (March 22, 2011) Welterweight prospect Joseph Judah (6-1, 1 KOs) get's back in the ring against Marcus Hall (4-3, 2 KOs) in a six round welterweight fight promoted by Ares Promotions, on Friday, April 15th at the McDonough Field House at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 2011 United States squad for the first 2011 Pan American Games Qualifier, March 25-29, in Cumana, Venezuela has been finalized. All 13 Olympic weight divisions will be represented at the event with boxers in the 10 men’s weight divisions and three women’s weight classes competing for a berth in the 2011 Pan American Games October 13-30, in Guadalajara, Mexico. continue
MANCHESTER, Conn. (March 22, 2011) – New Jersey-based trainer Mike “Red” Skownowski reports that training unbeaten NABF and NABO featherweight champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard for his March 26 showdown against unbeaten IBF No. 1 contender “Mikey” Garcia, despite being together a little more than month, seems like they’ve been working together for a year. continue
By John K. Way: When it was announced earlier this month that perennial heavyweight contender David Tua would be meeting journeyman Demetrice King in an upcoming tune-up fight, a collective groan echoed through the boxing world. Coming off a disappointing draw last July in what should have been an easy fight, Tua’s decision to wait so long to fight again, only to fight a fighter as mediocre as King was utterly baffling. continue
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on May 7 when he defends his title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The two camps struck a deal last weekend before the official purse bid was due. It will be Sylvester´s first fight since a clear points victory over Mahir Oral last October. A virus infection forced him to pull out of his clash with Mehdi Bouadla in January. “It was not a good start to the year but I took a long break and now I am ready to fight again,” Sylvester said. “I really look forward to returning to Neubrandenburg. I have to make up for the late cancellation last time with an entertaining performance and a big win.” continue
By Laz Izada: This past Friday night ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” was in the house, at the Hard Rock Live Arena, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fl. On the under card of the welterweight match-up between Brad Solomon and Demetrius Hopkins was a heavyweight showdown that caught the attention of fight fans and media. continue
A winner of two straight and 10 of his last 11 fights, WBO#11 Tommy Karpency (21-2 14kos) is ready and willing to step in as the challenger for WBO champ Marco Huck (30-1) in his title defense on April 2 in Germany." Karpency's longtime manager Pat Nelson states, "After coming off a 1st round destruction of durable Philly veteran Andre Hemphill last month, Karpency returned right back to the gym; he is both passported and presently at weight." Nelson added.
By James Slater: Lucian Bute, who defended his IBF super-middleweight crown with a tenth-round TKO over a game and tough Brian Magee this past Saturday in Canada, sure has a good number of potentially big and exciting options ahead of him. Now signed with Showtime, the 28-0 (23) star is looking for a marquee name for his next fight. continue
Did you miss Lucian Bute’s barrage of body blows last Saturday? It will take your breath away – Just as it did to Brian Magee. Catch the replay from the opening bell to the brutal fight-ending uppercut! BUTE vs MAGEE REPLAY - TUESDAY, MARCH 22 AT 10PM ON SHOWTIME EXTREME. Click below to watch the official recap of Saturday’s fight.. continue
Hamburg, 03/21/2011. WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko defended his title against Odlanier Solis with a first round KO last Saturday at the sold-out LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany. Today, the champion published a video on his official facebook fansite where he states his view on the fight.
By James Slater: Although David Haye has the unenviable task of facing “one of the Klitschkos” this summer, we still do not know which brother it will be. As fans know, Ring magazine, IBO,IBF and WBO king Wladimir - the brother Haye is most up for challenging - has to fully recover from the abdominal injury that twice ruined a fight between “Dr. Steel Hammer” and the unfortunate Derek “Del Boy” Chisora. continue
By James Slater: Currently making the rounds on a number of internet sites, is the story that “Magic Man” Paulie Malignaggi could be facing Miguel Cotto’s older brother Jose Miguel on the April 9th Marcos Maidana-Erik Morales card in Las Vegas. The fight, which would take place at welterweight, is up as happening on Boxrec.com. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J, Geoffrey Ciani, and Chauncy Welliver)(Photo by Adam Monaghan) - This week’s 116th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with undefeated heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) who is scheduled to face former champion Sam Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) on April 2. Standing over 6’6”, Helenius knows how to use his size to keep opponents at a range with a good jab which creates opportunities for his big right hand. He already holds a victory over former champion Lamon Brewster when he stopped him by 8th round TKO and is looking to add Peter to his list. Here is the complete transcript of what Helenius had to say about his career, the upcoming fight with Peter, and other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape:
JENNA J: Anyway guys moving on to a more promising future we have undefeated heavyweight contender Rober Helenius on the line with us right now. How are you doing Robert?
ROBERT HELENIUS: I’m doing good, thank you. I just finished sparring and it went well. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (March 20, 2011) - Vitali Klitschko retained his WBC heavyweight championship yesterday, stopping Odlanier Solis in the first round. The challenger was hurt and knocked down by a single right to the temple. Although Solis arose, he wobbled helplessly while clutching the ropes to maintain his balance. Referee Guadalupe Garcia waived the contest off at 3:00 of the round.
During the fight, Solis suffered a knee injury. Either the knee was twisted as Solis recoiled from the blow and stumbled, or the damage occurred as he fell with his legs spread awkwardly. As Solis struggled to his feet, it was difficult to tell if he was more incapacitated by his knee or by the mental daze caused by Klitschko’s punch. Regardless, there is no doubt that the knee was genuinely injured, and Solis was thus unable to continue the bout. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 21, 2011) Chicago’s Genaro Mendez will battle Javier Loya of Phoenix, Arizona in a special feature attraction undercard bout at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 16 at the UIC Pavilion on Friday, April 1st. continue
Kyle B. (Chicago, IL): I think Lucian Bute is the best super middleweight in the world today. He continues to defeat everyone put in front of him and quite easily. How do you see him doing against Kessler, and Ward (if he does defeat Kessler)?
Vivek W. (ESB): I would have to say that Bute has certainly made his case as a perennial player in not only the 168lb super middleweight division, but the sport as a whole. That being said, I won't swing on that "pendulum" as I so aptly call it, referring to the many scribes around the sport that jump from one 'vine' to the next when a fighter KO's someone or does something great. The flipside to Bute is that as great as he has looked, his most impressive victories were Miranda, Andrade (second fight), and Magee. Each of those men are great fighters, but if we had to compare them to the victories of other greats in the sport and what they had to accomplish to reach their elite status, how would they fare? continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 21, 2011) – Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon will be seeking revenge April 2 against the only man to defeat him, current 108-pound king Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, in their highly-anticipated rematch headlining the “La Revancha” Pay-Per-View event, live from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. continue
By Aidan Garcia: Saúl Álvarez in beating Matthew Hatton earned himself the WBC version of the light-middleweight title and extended his unbeaten record to 37 fights. A world title at the age of just 20 is a feat few fighters will ever achieve, but much more is expected of Álvarez and Oscar De La Hoya has declared that he is seeing the “next big thing." continue
LOS ANGELES (March 21, 2011) – Former world heavyweight champion and 1996 Bellarusian Olympian, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich, has some unfinished boxing business to take care of starting April 9, when the consummate boxer-puncher returns to the ring for the first time in nearly a year. continue
Following the recent announcement that Willie Limond is to headline his upcoming ‘Fists of Fury’ event, at King’s Hall in Belfast on Saturday 2nd April 2011, former WBU Lightweight World Champion, turned promoter, Graham Earl today took the time to give a rundown on the fighters and fights that will be showcased at his Irish debut event. continue
PHILADELPHIA (March 21, 2010) - The red and white colors of Poland will proudly be on display in Philadelphia on April 1 when undefeated Polish boxers Patrick "The Machine" Majewski and Kamil Laszczyk return to action in separate bouts at the Asylum Arena as part of KEA Boxing's "Unfinished Business" card. continue
BRITISH bantamweight champion Stuey Hall is chasing a summer showdown against Sheffield’s European king Jamie McDonnell.
Promoter Frank Maloney believes he can make the match provided Hall (10-0-1) comes through his domestic defence against John Donnelly (12-1) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday April 9. continue
NEW YORK, NY (March 21, 2011) – Monthly meetings featuring high-profile speakers has spiked RING 8’s membership count as the New York-based group gathers at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City on the third Tuesday of each month, excluding July and August. continue
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, March 18 – An action packed night of boxing, stacked with Britain’s finest prospects, has just got even better as British Lightweight Champion Anthony Crolla is now lined up to face former WBA Super Lightweight Champion Gavin Rees on the April 16 ‘King Khan Returns’ card taking place at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. continue
On Saturday night in Cologne (Germany) WBC no. 1 rated heavyweight Odlanier Solis was stopped on his way to dethroning champion Vitali Klitschko by a serious knee injury. "La Sombra" was brought to hospital directly after the fight where an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, articular cartilage damage and meniscal tear in the right knee were diagnosed. "I haven’t seen a knee torn apart like this in a long time", senior physician Dr. Joern Michael stated after doing an arthroscopy.
Solis will most probably undergo surgery on Thursday at the clinic of knee specialist Dr. Jürgen Eichhorn who was recommended to Solis and promoter Ahmet Oner by Prof. Walter Wagner, head of the German boxing commission’s medical department.
"We want to guarantee the best possible treatment for Solis", says Oner. "It is our goal to bring him back to the ring as soon as possible. But of course only if he is 100 percent fit and ready to fight."
Oner hopes that Vitali Klitschko will give his mandatory challenger another shot at the title after the unfortunate accident of last Saturday. "Vitali knows exactly what it means to lose a fight due to an injury", adds Oner. "He has been asking Lennox Lewis for a re-match for years and years and it didn’t materialize. We hope that Vitali will not put Solis in a similar situation like he has been in. Solis has earned a second chance.. continue
By James Slater: WBA heavyweight champ David Haye had an opinion on Cuba’s Odlanier Solis before last night’s fight with WBC king Vitali Kitschko - Haye said, that if the man who defeated him as an amateur was at a good weight he would stand a great chance of winning - and Haye has an opinion on the 30-year-old today. Haye, speaking via his Twitter page, had nothing good to say about Solis; insisting that the excess weight the former Olympian carried into the ring with him in Germany resulted in his embarrassing, 1st-round loss. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 116th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) who is coming off of a dramatic come from behind tenth round knockout against the previously unbeaten Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs). It was a difficult fight for Lee who was down on the scorecards through six, but he persevered and battled his way back for the victory. Lee spoke about his fight with McEwan in great detail and also talked about his future. Here is what he had to say in the interview:
On how he rates his performance in his tenth round knockout victory against Craig McEwan:
“It’s bittersweet with the outcome of the fight because I boxed terribly really for the most part of the fight, except for the first round and the last round. I didn’t have much energy in there and I felt kind of weak. He was getting off on me and landing with a lot of punches, really. I was kind of just surviving through the rounds and I couldn’t get it together. I don’t want to make any excuses. I want to review the fight. I watched it, but I want to watch it even more and just go through it. After six rounds I was basically losing the fight. It looked like I could have been stopped. If I had another round like that I could have been out, but something inside me wouldn’t allow myself to go down like that. I just kind of basically willed myself through it. I turned it around and fought hard and eventually caught up with him in round nine. I started putting punches together instead of looking for one big punch. I caught McEwan at the end in the last round so I showed a lot of heart and courage but I didn’t show my boxing ability to where I would have liked it. So like I said, it’s bittersweet.” continue
By Paul Strauss: Lucien Bute's victory over the twelve to one underdog Brian Magee surprised no one. However, Magee's grit and determination impressed a lot of people. He gave Bute more than a few moments of distress before succumbing to Bute's heavier punches.
As usual, Bute was fighting in front of his hometown crowd at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec Canada. They buoyed his spirits and got his adrenaline flowing. At the same time they let the Irishman know he had stepped on to foreign ground and could expect no favors. Magee and his corner men managed forced grins in an attempt to display their confidence. continue
By Joseph Herron - There comes a time in every fighter’s life when the human body ceases to perform at its optimum level. After all of the rounds of sparring, all of the surgeries, all of the brutal wars in the ring, a boxer’s battered body simply doesn’t react the way it is accustomed. It is every prizefighter’s worst fear, materialized into a harsh reality: the moment when a pugilist has to throw in the towel one final time and forever call it quits. When a boxer is forced to ponder the idea of a life outside of the “squared circle”, it can be one of the most solemn days of his entire life.
The “Texas Tornado”, Jesse James Leija, remembers that day very well. continue
ATLANTIC CITY (March 21, 2011) - Undefeated super bantamweight contender Jorge "King" Diaz of New Brunswick, NJ says he has had no problems adjusting to new trainer Joe Grier ahead of his March 26 showdown with unbeaten USBA 122 pound champion Teon "The Technician" Kennedy of Philadelphia, PA at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. continue
by Jeff Meyers - On March 19, 2001, New Zealand native David Tua (52-3-2, 43 KOs) dominated Demetrice “Only by K.O.” King (15-20-0, 13 KOs) in a heavyweight matchup at TelstraClear Pacific Centre in South Auckland, New Zealand.
While Tua did not achieve a spectacular knockout victory, the Kiwi pitched a shutout ten round unanimous decision against a fighter whose sub-par record veils his status as a more-than-capable journeyman. King has fought the likes of Shannon Briggs, Kevin Johnson, Michael Grant and Fres Oquendo and been knocked out only twice, by Briggs and Oquendo (King failed to answer the bell for the tenth round against Oquendo). continue
By James Slater - Though most eyes were on the WBC heavyweight title defence Vitali Klitschko made over Odlanier Solis - a fight that, unfortunately, ended up as a huge disappointment - a number of other notable fights took place last night.
Aside from “Dr. Iron Fist” proving once again that he is THE best big man on the planet (yes, better than his younger brother), one other big name heavyweight scored a win, and two lower-weight “world” champions did likewise. continue
Photo credit Tom Casino/Showtime - MONTREAL (March 20, 2011) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute successfully defended his title for the eighth time with a 10th-round TKO over Brian Magee from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
In front of 12,219 adoring fans, Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) put on a punching clinic that featured brutal body blows and unforgiving uppercuts. His opponent Magee, however, had no plans to give up easily after waiting until the age of 35 to score his first title shot.
The scrap began with both southpaws feeling each other out. The taller Bute threw long body shots and a new-to-the-arsenal right hook while Magee fought to stay on the inside and take Bute out of his rhythm. The fight was close early on but Bute was winning most rounds.
By the sixth, Bute’s body shots started to take their toll. Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, first hit the canvas with a flash knockdown after Bute hit him squarely in the gut. The seventh round proved even worse for Magee as Bute began to unload on his midsection. After referee Pete Podgorski incorrectly ruled the first knockdown a low blow, Lucian returned to the scene of the crime with another left hand to drop Magee for the second official time in the contest. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When it was first announced that Epix would be airing the WBC heavyweight title fight between champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Odlanier Solis, American boxing fans had reason to celebrate. After all, heavyweight title fights are rarely aired on US television these days. For whatever reason, HBO and Showtime have both decided to abandon the heavyweight scene, which is a bit odd considering that two of the best heavyweights in the world are brothers who usually win by knockout and have an interesting back story. Enter Epix.
Epix seemed to bring exactly what American boxing fans have been missing—televised heavyweight title fights. It seemed like a win-win situation with a potentially huge upside if the fight was a success. This could generate buzz and give a much needed shot of adrenaline into the heavyweight scene. It might help boxing as a whole as its popularity has been historically been connected with the state of the heavyweight division. Unfortunately, “Dr. Ironfist” (now 42-2 with 39 wins coming by way of knockout) made quick work of Solis (now 17-1) stopping him at the end of the first round in a somewhat anti-climactic manner. continue
CHESTER, PA (March 20, 2011)—This past Friday night a capacity crowd at Harrah’s in Chester, PA a saw a memorable night of boxing as it was a night filled with thrilling action with four big upsets topping the bill.
The card was promoted by Joey Eye Boxing along with David Feldman. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: On Saturday night Steve Goodwin undertook his first big event outside of London with his superb Essex Eruption, sponsored by Revolver Entertainment's new to DVD action drama Fists of Rage, at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham. continue
PROVIDENCE (March 20, 2011) – U.S. Olympic Boxing Team hopeful Toka Kahn- Clary, an 18-year-old senior at E3 Academy in Providence, won a close decision today (Sunday) against U.S. Marine Tommy Rogue at the 2011 Pan American Games Box-Offs, held at the Olympic Training Center’s Sports Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. continue
By James Slater- Tonight in Cologne, Germany, WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko made surprisingly short work of challenger Odlanier Solis of Cuba. “Dr Iron Fist” lived up to his nickname as he flattened the Olympic gold medallist with a right hand to the head at the end of the opening session, dropping the unbeaten contender for the count. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Promoter Spencer Fearon always talks a good fight and his build up to Friday’s double title fight headlined Shamrock Showdown show may have seemed to have been nothing but a load of hype - but it wasn’t, If anything Spencer undersold the show by a country mile. continue
TACOMA, Wash. – Super featherweight Evgeny Gradovich remained undefeated by scoring a 10-round unanimous decision over Francisco Reyes in the main event of Brian Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 81 Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. continue
Tonight at 7 p.m. EST/6 CST, welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien 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
by James Slater - Tonight in Cologne, Germany, a heavyweight title fight that has hardly been given the attention it deserves goes ahead, and most fans expect to see defending WBC king Vitali Klitschko to come through with some ease against unbeaten Cuban Odlanier Solis; hence the lack of hype the fight has had.
However, these same fans did also say that "if" Solis - who has weighed as much as 271-pounds in the past - got himself into good physical shape, he would stand a much better shot at winning the crown. Well, as we can see from the weigh-in photos, the 30-year-old has indeed got himself into at least decent shape. Coming in at a much more acceptable 246-pounds (a few pounds less than the always-ripped Vitali!), Solis has more fans thinking he just might do the job tonight in Cologne.
Solis' promoter, Ahmet Oener, said he wil "quit the heavyweight business" if his man fails to win tonight, so convinced is he that his warrior is the real deal. For what it's worth, a number of fellow pros have also tipped, or come close to tipping, Solis to win. David Haye and unbeaten prospect David Price both feel the Olympic gold medallist may do it and, for what it's worth again - so do I. continue
(Photo S. Yamada / ARENA) Odlanier Solis 247, Vitali Klitschko 249.5
The first round goes to the challenger. Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis weighed in at 247 lbs. and was a lot lighter than most fans and experts had expected at today’s official weigh-in for the WBC world heavyweight championship tomorrow (Saturday, March 19th) in Cologne. While Vitali brought his usual 249.5 lbs. Solis showed up in great shape and weighed in around his pro career low of 246.6 lbs. in March 2008.
"He looks better than I expected", said champion Klitschko who couldn’t hide his surpise. Until the day of the weigh-in team Solis - and especially head coach Pedro Diaz - had not given away any information on the weight and sent "La Sombra" to all official appearances wearing thick jackets.
"Solis has never been as well prepared for a pro-fight", says promoter Ahmet Oner. "He knows that this is his big chance. He will be fast and powerful and beat Vitali to become the first ever Cuban world heavyweight champion in the pro ranks. This is history in the making." continue
The Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight championship will be televised live to the U.S., today! Saturday, March 19, exclusively on EPIX and streamed live on EpixHD.com, which includes a free two-week trial of the entire website, including access to its 3,000-film library. To sign up for the free trial go to: http://www.epixhd.com/freetrial-boxing/ continue
by Rick “Diehard” Whiteside: On Friday night, heavyweights David Tua and Demetrice King went the distance in a 10 round bout in South Auckland New Zealand. Despite being 10 pounds heavier than his last fight against Monte Barrett, the 38-year-old Tua looked fast and kept up a steady barrage of combinations throughout the fight—a much higher work rate than he’s shown in a while. Tua was awarded a unanimous 10 round decision. continue
(Photo credit Tom Casino/Showtime) NOTE: WEIGHTS (March 18, 2011) – Unbeaten International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute weighed in at 167.6 pounds and his opponent, former European titleholder Brian Magee, tipped the scales at 167.7 just one day before their SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING bout on Saturday, March 19 LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.
The hometown favorite Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) will be making the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown against Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs), who hails from Belfast, Ireland.
The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® fight between World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga.
The event is promoted by InterBox.
Steve Albert will call the action from ringside with Al Bernstein providing color commentary and Jim Gray serving as ringside reporter. David Dinkins Jr. is the executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports with Ray Smaltz producing and Bob Dunphy directing. continue
Commentary: Seems every time a highly notable fighter in the sport steps on the grand stage, the act is immediately followed with a shift in the mythical P4P list. From day one in the sport as a boxing scribe I've maintained that the term P4P, as defined in a textbook manner and subsequently agreed to by the likes of legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and others, has more to do with a skill level profound enough to transcend any era and any other weight class of all-time, be it present, past, or future. continue
By Eugene Carnachan: Demetrice King enters the ring. Looks like a walking brick wall. A mammoth of a man is the American import. In the pre-fight build up King has been calling himself a power puncher but his record of 15 (KO 13) + lost 19 (KO 2) + drawn 0 = 34 with only a 38% KO ratio would indicate otherwise. continue
Tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Yan Barthelemy improved to 12-2, 4KO's and a perfect 4-0 since teaming up with trainer Orlando Cuellar and signing with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, winning a ten round unanimous decision over Francis Ruiz (9-4, 4 KOs) in the opening bout on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". The bout, scheduled for ten rounds in the super bantamweight division, was promoted by The Heavyweight Factory in association with Star Boxing. continue
Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs), and Odlanier Solis (17-0, 12 KOs), stepped on the scale today in a public event at Karstadt sports in front of 2,000 fans. WBC World Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and WBC mandatory challenger Solis will face off tomorrow at LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany. The event will air LIVE in Canada only on Super Channel courtesy of American premium entertainment channel EPIX beginning at 5PM E.T. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones - The waiting is finally over for the weigh in ahead of the hugely anticipated WBC heavyweight championship match between Vitali Klitschko and Odlanier Solis. Much of the pre fight publicity had revolved around the conditioning of the challenger Solis. La Sombra has in the past scaled up to 271 pounds before an important fight. Many commentators gave him no chance if he were to show up in Cologne at a similar weight. Others like WBA champion David Haye wanted to see Solis compete at a weight of 230 pounds. In fairness a loss of 30 pounds or more in one training camp was likely to cause Solis some detrimental side effects including loss of stamina. After all the talk Solis hit the scales at 246 pounds, one of his lightest weights as a professional, and a full 15 pounds lighter than his last bout against Ray Austin. The Cuban contender looked a lot trimmer than usual, and seemed more confident. Vitali Klitschko the champion scaled in at an impressive looking 249 pounds.
So what can we take away from these weights? I wrote earlier in the week that Solis would be wise to come in somewhere respectable below the 250 mark, and he has achieved that goal. Though many still see 230 as his prime fighting weight, in many respects that was a very unrealistic goal to achieve in one training camp. Solis has looked fit, and confident in training so far. We should remember that he has spent his whole professional career in Germany, and is therefore used to the atmosphere there. If he can translate some of speed and skill with more fluidity at his lighter weight then he just might be the fighter to give Vitali a proper challenge.
By James Slater: “Sugar” Shane Mosley has said repeatedly that he will shock the world, upset the odds and prove he is no finished fighter at the age of 39-going on-40, by KO’ing Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao on May 7th. Reportedly, Mosley has hired five or more different sparring partners, so “determined” is he to take Pac-Man out. continue
By James Slater: The weights are in for tonight's ESPN-televised heavyweight battle between Oliver McCall and Cedric Boswell, and the former heavyweight ruler came in at a pretty hefty weight at 259; the second-highest weight of the rock-chinned 45 year old's pro career. "The Bos," the younger man by just four years, came in much lighter at 226. continue
Tickets are on sale now for Frank Warren's blockbuster show set for The O2 on Saturday 21st May.
A massive fight card includes Nathan Cleverly's challenge for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light-Heavyweight title against Juergen Braehmer and the long awaited showdown between British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale and Commonwealth Champion George Groves. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 116th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with middleweight king Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) who is coming off of an impressive eighth round stoppage against the previously unbeaten Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs). It was a sensational effort by Martinez who is now widely regarded amongst the very best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport. Martinez spoke about his victory, discussed his future, and spoke about other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: Speaking of greatness and great fighters, we actually have the pleasure to be joined by the reigning, defending, middleweight champion of the world, making his fourth appearance with “On the Ropes”. We are joined by Sergio Martinez. How are you doing today Sergio?
SERGIO MARTINEZ: Thank you so much! I’m having a great day and I’m happy to be here.
JENNA: Great! You are coming off a very impressive performance this past weekend against Serhiy Dzinziruk, an opponent that was 37-0. How did you feel about your performance?
MARTINEZ: It was a great fight. It was probably one of the best performances of my career and I was very, very focused for this fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - In addition to being the newest addition of the On the Ropes Boxing Radio team in the capacity of expert commentator, heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver (46-5-5, 16 KOs) is also currently rated in the top ten by two major sanctioning bodies (#8 in the WBO and #10 in the WBC). The “Hillyard Hammer”, who is best known for his activity and toughness, is now in the midst of an 11 fight winning streak dating back to September 2009. Welliver has discussed his immediate plans and other aspects of the current heavyweight landscape in recent editions of On the Ropes. Here is some of what he has said:
On whether he had any news pertaining to his next opponent:
“Yeah, it’s Marcellus Brown. He’s 7 foot tall. We’re trying to fight a tall guy and also Lance Whitaker looks like a go for May 7 with me down in New Zealand. It’s looked good to go about five or six times now, but we sent them the contract and they said they signed it and are sending it back. I’m actually going to go to the gym and see if he sent it back, but we’re fighting Marcellus Brown. He’s 7 feet tall. There is a fight going on in my hometown. It’s a kid named Skyler Anderson. There has never been anybody in the northwest for me to kind of have a “Super Fight” with. Well this kid is in Spokane. He’s 16-1. All of fights have been right there. Even though we live in Washington, Idaho is our boxing capital I guess you could say. I mean we live right there on the border. All of his fights have been there. People are saying, ‘Well this might be the guy to beat Chauncy’. So it’s kind of a “Super Fight” where we live. It’s being talked about in the papers already and we haven’t even gotten a date for it yet. So the only reason we’re fighting Marcellus Brown is to get used to a tall guy, because this kid is about 6’8”. We were thinking about fighting Kelvin David and we wound up going completely the opposite direction there. So we’re ending up fighting a guy who’s 7 foot tall.” continue
This Friday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Yan Barthelemy (11-2, 4KO's) will square off against Dominican Francis Ruiz (9-3, 4 KOs) in the opening bout on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights". Barthelemy was originally scheduled to face Chris Avalos (18-1, 15KO's) but Avalos was forced to pull out citing a hand injury suffered recently in sparring. The bout, scheduled for ten rounds in the super bantamweight division, is promoted by The Heavyweight Factory in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. continue
Following his stellar performance in his professional debut, winning by TKO, welterweight prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien will be returning to the ring April 9 as part of the undercard for the Tomasz Adamek and Kevin McBride heavyweight fight at the Prudential Center. continue
March, 18, 2011 – Leading up to the junior welterweight showdown between Erik Morales and Marcos Maidana – set for Saturday, April 9 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View® – HBO Sports will present exclusive replays of two riveting showdowns that highlights the remarkable skill and will of these competitors. continue
VITALI KLITSCHKO’S unspectacular reign as WBC heavyweight champion looks set to continue after the lumbering Ukrainian was installed as the 2-11 favourite on Betfair to beat Odlanier Solis on Saturday. Klitschko defends his 200lb crown for the seventh time against largely un-fancied opposition in Cologne. continue
Enzo Maccarinelli says his nephew Tobias Webb can stun home favourite Robin Reid in Prizefighter Super Middleweights II at Liverpool Olympia on March 23 – and he’s putting his money where his mouth is.
Maccarinelli will be ringside on Wednesday night to support his 22 year-old unbeaten nephew Tobias as he steps into the ring against Reid in the third quarter-final of the night. If Webb can make the 40 year-old his fifth win of his short professional career, then he will face the winner of Carl Dilks and Jahmaine Smyle in the semi-finals. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (March 17, 2011) – Oliver McCall, the 45-year-old former WBC world heavyweight champion, is still swinging hard. Friday night McCall squares off against the powerpunching Cedric Boswell for the vacant NABA heavyweight title. Should he emerge victorious, McCall will be positioned for a showdown against one of the division’s top contenders. In his 26-year professional career, McCall has accumulated a record of 55-10 (37 KO’s), with 26 of his wins occurring in his last 30 fights. Despite fighting many of boxing’s hardest punchers, McCall has never been knocked down. The former champion’s one-punch kayo power makes him, perennially, one of the most feared fighters in his division. continue
Undefeated junior middleweight Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (28-0 17KOs) is getting an unexpected taste of the full middleweight limit for tomorrow's fight versus Mexico's Bladimir Hernandez (18-4 16KOs). continue
London (18th March 2011) Boxing heavyweight sensation proved he was a good sport when he stripped-off to be sprayed-tanned all in the name of Comic Relief
The man dubbed in the media of late as ‘The Real Big Gypsy Hard Man’ the undefeated, 6 foot 9” current English Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury took time out of his intense training schedule to have the UK’s leading Spray Tan- Puri-Tan come along to his gym and give him some colour in aid of Comic Relief. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 116th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features special guests Sergio Martinez, Emanuel Steward, Andy Lee, and Robert Helenius. You can click play on the player to listen.
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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Sergio Martinez beating Serhiy Dzinziruk by impressive 8th round TKO
• What’s next for Sergio Martinez and can he land fights with Pacquiao or Mayweather?
• Miguel Cotto winning against Ricardo Mayorga by 12th round stoppage
• Is a rematch between Cotto and Antonio Margarito up next?
• Andy Lee scoring a dramatic come from behind 10th round KO against Craig McEwan
• Nonito Donaire leaving Top Rank in favor of Golden Boy where he just signed a multi-year agreement
• The return of James Kirkland just two weeks after his first comeback bout in two years
• Golden Boy announcing that the Hopkins-Pascal rematch will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal
• Pawel Walek dominating Yuri Foreman en route to 6th round stoppage
NEW YORK, NY (Feb 17, 2011) – The “East-West Showdown,” featuring World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto and WBC #5 rated challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, was held yesterday at The Palm West Restaurant in New York City. The two featured fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance at yesterday’s event. continue
LAS VEGAS (March 17, 2011) – World Boxing Association/International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov filed a lawsuit today (Thursday, March 17, 2011) against Goossen Tutor Promotions. The lawsuit asks the Nevada court to confirm that a promotional agreement between Shumenov and Goossen Tutor is terminated. continue
Sometimes life throws you for a loop. Sometimes it judo throws you for a loop.
Popular Tokyo, Japan, native Hiromitsu Miura was a world-class judo specialist and 9-6 as an MMA fighter, he even challenged for the WEC World welterweight championship, when he realized his true calling was as a professional boxer. continue
Earlier tonight, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, presented an exciting five bout card before a packed house at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island). Star Boxing's hometown favorite and undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri, headlined the card, as he took on Philadelphia's Julias Edmonds. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Hype! This was the only word I could come up with in regards to Sergio “Maravilla” Martines (47-2-2), the current WBC and WBO middleweight champion. He has been a growing sensation since his loss to Paul Williams (39-2-0) back in 2009. Since then, Martinez has generated three decisive winning performances: beating Kelly Pavlik (36-2-0) via UD, brutally knocking out Paul Williams in the second round in their rematch, and recently defeating a previously unbeaten Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1-0) via 8 round TKO. Some, including myself, would say that despite these wins, he is still largely untested and is enjoying a slightly elevated excitement. continue
James DeGale and George Groves performed the draw for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II at Liverpool Olympia on March 23 on Ringside on Sky Sports today (March 17). The super-middleweight pair announced their clash in May today and joined Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn on the show to decide the fate of the eight fighters in the 17th edition of the eight-man, one night tournaments, live on Sky Sports. continue
HARTFORD (Mar. 17, 2011) – Tradition returns to Hartford on Saturday night, April 9 when Hard Hittin’ Promotions (“HHP”) presents “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic,” featuring local heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano, as well as a Hartford bragging rights battle between veterans Israel “Pito” Cardona and Luis Maysonet, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue
Las Vegas, NV (March 17) - Training camp continues to heat up for the April 9 "Action Heroes" pay-per-view fighters whose training camps are in full swing around the globe. Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Michael Katsidis "The Great," who will meet in an explosive 12-round lightweight battle immediately before the main event, are sticking to their usual training regimens that have helped the two fighters compile 55 wins between them. "Action Heroes" will take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev. and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue
ORANGE,CA (March 17) - It's one of the best matchups of 2011 thus far, as Thompson Boxing Promotions presents an eight round super bantamweight bout between hot prospects Efrain Esquivias and Sherali Dostiev for the WBA Fedelatin title. This highly-anticipated showdown headlines the Friday, March 25th edition of "Path to Glory" at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. continue
PROVIDENCE (March 17, 2011) – Middleweight contender Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo, Jr. had a ringside seat in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods last Saturday night to witness the superlative performance turned in by WBC Emeritus and The Ring 160-pound champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, who dropped previously unbeaten WBO junior welterweight titlist Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk five times en route to a major statement-victory by eighth-round knockout. continue
"Before a fight I have nothing to say to these younger guys I fight. But afterward, if they want to hear about my experiences, I'm fine with that. I'll tell them what I've learned, no problem." continue
MIAMI - The Miami Gallos were in action on this St. Patrick's Day evening against the Los Angeles Matadors to close out the regular season of the World Series of Boxing. While Los Angeles came into the match having just clinched the Americas conference championship, Miami wanted nothing more than to stop their losing streak and end the season on a positive note. continue
London - Thursday, 17th March 2011 - Weights and Quotes McDonagh-Hamilton Southern Area Light Welterweight Title
The weigh in for Peter McDonagh versus Darren Hamilton BBBofC Southern Area Light Welterweight Title, sponsored by Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama ‘Fists of Rage’ movie, was held earlier today at The Real Fight Club in Shoreditch, London. continue
By James Slater: David Haye, ahead of his expected fight with Wladimir Klitschko, has predicted that the younger of the two brothers will take such a beating when he fights him in the summer, that older brother Vitali will likely dive into the ring to halt the contest. continue
By James Slater: Promoter Frank Warren announced his latest big show today at an official press conference. At the O2 Arena in London, on May 21st, unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly will finally get his shot at the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-heavyweight title held by Germany’s tough Jurgen Braehmer, while bitter rivals James DeGale and George Groves will meet in a mouth-watering clash of unbeaten super-middleweights. continue
London (17th March 2011) Heavyweight Sensation Tyson Fury will be heading to Dublin on Friday morning to support fellow Irishman Willie "Big Bang" Casey in his quest to out gun former Olympic Gold Medalist and current interim World Boxing Association (WBA) World Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux on Saturday night. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 17 - On Friday, March 25 the Sports Center in Fairfield, California will be host to a doubleheader featuring the return of popular contender Antonio Escalante as well as a bout featuring hometown hero Manuel "Tino" Avila that will headline the latest edition of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 17, 2011) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) and The Ring light flyweight champion Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura expects nothing less than a winning repeat performance April 2 in his much anticipated rematch against former 108-pound king Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, headlining the “La Revancha” Pay-Per-View event, live from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. continue
Undefeated junior middleweight up and comer Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (28-0, 17KOs) landed in Montreal, Canada, earlier this evening. The 2004 U.S. Olympian is set to face Bladimir Hernandez (18-4 16KOs) on Saturday in a fight that is part of the Lucian Bute versus Brian Magee undercard at the Bell Centre in Montreal. continue
WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (16-0, 4 KOs) will make another defence of her title collection on April 2 when she takes on Jill Emery (10-4, 4 KOs) at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning, Denmark. Unbeaten in 16 fights (4 KOs), the First Lady is looking to continue her winning streak which has lifted her to international stardom. continue
By Laz Izada: Felix Zavon dominated amateur heavyweight (201lbs) boxing circles between 1985 when he won the Junior World Championship in Bucharest, Romania out pointing Poland’s Andrew Golota, until the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia when he defeated Sultan Ibragimov (21-13) from Russia. continue
By Brendan Galbraith - Olympic Bronze medalist, Tony Jeffries is on the mend from surgery to clean up scar tissue above his left eye, an injury that was caused by a nasty head clash with his last opponent, Tommy Tolan. continue
Fred Sternburg: Well, it's not every day we get to announce that a world heavyweight championship fight is being broadcast live in the U.S., but we're sure happy to be doing it today.
In fact, this Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, Epix will be broadcasting the live telecast of the WBC heavyweight championship fight between defending champion Vitali Klitschko and his opponent, undefeated number-one contender Odlanier Solis of Cuba, a former world amateur champion as well as a 2004 Olympic gold medalist. continue
Former WBU World Lightweight Champion, now turned promoter, Graham Earl has lined up his old friend and training partner Former European Super Featherweight, Commonwealth and World Lightweight Champion Willie Limond to headline his inaugural Irish event ‘Fists of Fury’ at King’s Hall, Belfast on Saturday 2nd April 2011. continue
By John K. Way: This weekend super middleweights Lucien Bute of Canada and Brian Magee of the United Kingdom will square off for Bute’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) title. The fight matches two skilled southpaws in a fight that promises to be a pleasing, fast-paced, competitive encounter, if not a fight of the year brawl. In something of a crossroads fight, a win is vitally important for both fighters: for Bute it represents another successful title defense in the next step towards the winner of the Super Six Tournament, more Magee it represents a first world title and the realization of his outstanding potential. With that in mind, how with Bute vs. Magee unfold. continue
By James Slater: Though this Saturday the majority of heavyweight boxing fans will be tuning in for the WBC title defence Vitali Klitschko will be making against the unbeaten Odlanier Soils in Germany, New Zealand fans will be focusing entirely on the fight taking place there between their hero, David Tua, and U.S journeyman Demetrice King. continue
BOSTON (March 16, 2011) – Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Boxing At The Royale” show, scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th, 2011, at The Royale (formerly The Roxy), has been rescheduled for a later date. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 16 - Golden Boy Promotions is extremely pleased to announce the signing of Two-Division World Champion Nonito Donaire to its roster of fighters. The 28-year-old native of the Philippines is coming off of a dominant second round stoppage of Fernando Montiel on February 19, which earned him the WBC and WBO Bantamweight World Titles. Now, as he looks to continue his reign as one of the top pound-for-pound boxers today, "The Filipino Flash" has signed an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. continue
CHESTER, PA (March 16, 2011)-On Tuesday night, Joey Eye Boxing along with David Feldman held the final press conference in advance of the big night of boxing dubbed “Round 2” that will take place Friday night at Harrah’s in Chester, PA. continue
By James Slater: David Haye, who is in line for his own shot at a Klitschko (with a date with Wladimir pencilled in for either late June of early July), sees older brother Vitali having a tough night this coming Saturday, in his fight with the unbeaten Odlanier Solis - IF the 30-year-old Cuban has trained accordingly. continue
By James Slater: If you talk to someone who has not yet had the pleasure of watching the excellent movie “The Fighter,” chances are, the first thing they will ask will be something relating to the famous Gatti-Ward trilogy - either who plays Gatti or how the re-enactment of the three great action fights works. Instant disappointment is expressed when you inform your friend that the Micky Ward/Dick Eklund-tribute movie ends BEFORE the trilogy with Gatti took place. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 16, 2011) - Styles make fights, and the compelling April 16 showdown between the lightning-quick World Boxing Council ("WBC") Welterweight World Champion and undefeated star Andre Berto from Winter Haven, Florida, and powerful, WBC # 5 rated challenger "Vicious" Victor Ortiz of Ventura, Calif., will add up to non-stop action when they square-off in an "East-West Showdown" from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut on April 16. continue
"I don’t think there ever will be another Sugar Ray Robinson"-Emanuel Steward
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - With his vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and success, Emanuel Steward is undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Steward, who has trained and/or managed 41 World Champions, is best known for training Tommy Hearns and Lennox Lewis. Currently he works with world champions Wladimir Klitschko, Miguel Cotto (pictured with Steward), and Cornelius Bundrage. I was recently afforded the opportunity to speak with Emanuel about various subjects regarding the sport’s history in this, the first of a new series where Steward will provide opinions and insight thereof. The series will explore past champions, historical fights, mythical match-ups, great rivalries, memorable fighters, and Steward’s own personal experiences as a world class trainer.
GEOFFREY CIANI: Emanuel, to kick off this new series the first question I wanted to ask you is about a fighter that you once worked with who is scheduled to be inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame this year and he is widely viewed as one of the best Mexican fighters of all time. Of course, I’m referring to Julio Cesar Chavez. What are your thoughts on his legacy as a fighter and do you think there was any question that he was going to find himself in the Boxing Hall of Fame?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Well first of all, I’ll start by answering the last question first. Definitely he belongs in the Hall of Fame because he’s not just one of the all time greats, but as far as his country he may be the greatest sporting hero, not just boxer, ever in Mexican history. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will originate from Hollywood Fla. on March 18 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with a 10-round main event featuring undefeated, welterweight Brad “King” Solomon (16-0, 7 KO’s, WBC #6) facing former jr. welterweight contender Demetrius “Dynamite” Hopkins (30-1-1, 11 KO’s). Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, describing the action. continue
Unbeaten Featherweight prospect ‘Saint’ George Jupp is set to face Harrow’s Raffi Khan at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ - sponsored by Fists of Rage new to DVD movie - at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex, this coming Saturday. continue
TRAINER Bob Shannon has hailed protégé Denton Vassell for his incredible gym hunger. Shannon has trained the unbeaten Mancunian for five years and is stunned by his continued dedication and improvement. continue
SAO PAULO, Brazil (Mar. 16, 2011) – Unbeaten Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira continues his mission to popularize boxing in his native Brazil, when he fight at home again March 25, headlining the “International Boxing Challenge” pro-am event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. continue
Tickets are selling fast for Dmitriy's upcoming fight on April 13, 2011 against Jermaine White at Oceana Ballroom in Brooklyn, NY. Former World Champion Luis Collazo will take on Dominican Franklin Gonzalez in an eight round bout. continue
Tucked away on the undercard of the Friday, March 25 "Fight Night at the Cosmopolitan" ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast from The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas is the return of Texas lightweight Hylon Williams Jr., after over a year of inactivity. continue
BALTIMORE, MD (March 16, 2011) Chris Middendorf has launched UNITED BOXERS, a new promotional company which will present its first event on Friday, April 15th at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, just south of Baltimore. continue
NEW YORK (March 15, 2011) -- With their International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight clash just days away, boxing superstar and unbeaten champ Lucian Bute and European titleholder Brian Magee participated in a media teleconference call Tuesday to discuss their upcoming fight for Bute’s belt on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 19 live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. continue
By James Slater: Today in Manchester, it was announced how 28-year-old Matthew Macklin, 28-2(19), will be facing Khoren Gevor on April 16th, in a final eliminator for the WBA middleweight title. 31-year-old Gevor, 31-5(16) and a southpaw, has challenged for a major belt three times previously and he will be hoping he can get the better of the Brit when he meets him on the Khan-McCloskey under-card next month.
Present at today’s Ricky Hatton-hosted press conference, I had the opportunity to speak with the always-exciting Macklin.
Here is what “Mack The Knife” had to say about his upcoming fight:
James Slater: Thanks for taking the time to speak with Eastsideboxing.com, Matthew. First of all, you said you were disappointed to have lost the Winky Wright fight. Is there any chance you will have a problem getting up, getting motivated, for the fight with Gevor? continue
EDMONTON, March 15, 2011 – The WBC Heavyweight World Championship battle between heavyweight kingpin Vitali “Dr. Steel Hammer” Klitschko and undefeated #1 challenger Oldanier “La Sombra” Solis will air this Saturday, March 19th LIVE in Canada only on Super Channel courtesy of American premium entertainment channel EPIX. The highly anticipated event begins at 5:00PM E.T. direct from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, all in crystal clear HD. continue
CORK, Ireland (March 15, 2011) – WBA Interim World Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux, arguably the greatest amateur boxer of all-time, arrived March 7 in Ireland to complete his extensive training for his first title defense this Saturday night (Mar. 19) in Dublin against Irish favorite, former European title holder Willie “Big Bang” Casey. continue
ARLINGTON, VA. (March 15, 2011) - Olympic Gold Medalist and former Ten-Time World Champion in six weight divisions who turned USO veteran, Oscar de la Hoyatouched down stateside today following a whirlwind seven-day USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to Kuwait and Iraq. continue
When Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis challenges WBC champion Vitali Klitschko at Lanxess-Arena in Cologne this Saturday (March 19th) he has one man in his corner whom he has known for most of his life. Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez met Solis in Havana when he was still a young kid and immediately recognized his outstanding talent. "We compared him to Roberto Balado who was the best super heavyweight of the world at that time", says Diaz. "It was obvious from the very first minute that the kid is special. He has got a special gift, he's a natural born athlete. He would have been world class in whatever sport he would have decided to do. He is made for success and nothing but success." continue
Las Cruces, New Mexico - Undefeated World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Austin Trout (22-0-0) is requesting a boxing night of champions to help raise money for the people of Japan. He is requesting that world champions Miguel Cotto, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, and Cornelius Kanine Bundrage all take part in the event. continue
BOSTON (March 14, 2011) – Standing face-to-face for the first time since trading barbs through the media, Joe Gardner and “Irish” Joey McCreedy certainly didn’t seem like the mortal enemies they made themselves out to be, but don’t believe for a second the rivalry has died down. continue
The scene, hip and young with an electric mood in anticipation of the fights to come as this match up represented the L.A. Matadors final home appearance for this season. Present at ringside was Lou Ferrigno (The HULK, TV series) taking photographs with the L.A. Matador cheerleaders. continue
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, March 15 – Amir “King” Khan will lead a fantastic bill on Saturday, April 16 as he returns home to defend his WBA Super Lightweight World Title against undefeated European Champion Paul McCloskey at the M.E.N Arena. continue
(March 15, 2011 – New York, NY) New York City’s longest running and most successful boxing series, Broadway Boxing presented by Coors Light, returns March 29 to the most intimate venue for boxing in the country, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. In the main event, José Pedraza, who turned pro in his last fight in his native Puerto Rico, returns to the ring. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: In just four days time undefeated Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis will climb through the ropes at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne Germany. He will enter the neon blazed ring as the sixth challenger for Vitali Klitschko’s WBC title. Thus far the Ukrainian world champion has lost virtually no rounds during his comeback. He has successfully demolished all who have come before him, most of the time with seemingly consummate ease. continue
NEW YORK (March 15, 2011) – Not only did Vicente “Chente” Escobedo win his March 4 “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” fight against Walter Estrada by unanimous decision, but the judges at home also decided that he displayed the most character in the ring. With 89 percent of votes received from across the nation, our champion for the week enters the competition in first place for the “Cinturón Tecate” award. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 115th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with unified WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) who is rumored to have another unification fight against WBA champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) pending Khan’s outcome in his April clash with Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs). Bradley is coming off of a surprisingly easy win against previously undefeated champion Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs). Bradley spoke about his recent victory, the prospect of facing Khan, and various other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
Regarding rumors of a potential unification match between him and Amir Khan:
“I think that’s going to be the next fight. They’re planning for July 23. We’re trying to get that fight made. You know Amir Khan has a fight in April. God willing he’ll get through that fight unscathed and we’ll be meeting July 23. I think it’s going to be a great showdown. I think Amir Khan brings a lot to the table and I’m ready to show you who the best junior middleweight in the world is.”
Whether he worries that Amir Khan could get injured or lose in his April fight against Paul McCloskey:
“Yeah. Anything can happen in boxing. It takes just one punch to win a fight and I’m just hoping everything lines up perfectly. I hope he doesn’t get injured and like you said nothing is for sure in boxing, but Amir Khan can’t run anywhere else, I mean he has to go through me if he wants to be considered the best fighter in the world at 140 pound. I think he has really no other option but to fight me. So I don’t think he’s going to run. I think he wants the fight. He said it out of his mouth that he wants to fight me and he’s willing to do that July 23. So hey, let’s do it then!” continue
‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker returns to the ring on April 30 to face Domenico ‘Volcano’ Spada for the vacant European Middleweight title at London Olympia. The unbeaten British and Commonwealth champion will face the Italian in Kensington live on Sky Sports. Barker and Spada are ranked six and seven in the WBC rankings and their showdown for the European belt could open the door for a World title shot in the summer against the winner of Sebastian Zbik and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s bout on June 4 in Los Angeles. continue
ate last night agreement was made with the Cruiserweight Champion of Ghana Prince David Akrong to step in to face unbeaten Romford prospect Tony “The Conqueror” Conquest as top of the bill at the Goresbrook Centre, Dagenham this Saturday 19th March. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 15, 2011) – This is the one show where you’ll actually want to be in your seat for the “Coming Attractions.” Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, in association with Foxwoods Resort Casino, returns to Mashantucket, Conn., on Friday, April 1, 2011, as part of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” with “Coming Attractions,” a showcase of boxing’s best young talent at the spacious Fox Theater. continue
Steve Bunce has pulled together a bumper collection of boxing luminaries for this Thursday’s BBC London Boxing Hour - 8-9pm Thursday 17th March 2011 on BBC London 94.9, also available on DAB and BBC iPlayer. continue
Patrick Nielsen (8-0, 5 KOs) will headline the fourth TV2 Fight Night in Herning when he comes face-to-face with Gary Boulden (4-1-2) on April 2. It will be a big step up for the unbeaten 19-year-old who has been cleared to fight eight rounds at three minutes for the first time of his career. The new law will be in effect when unbeaten Nielsen steps through the ropes for the next time. “We are very grateful for the Danish Professional Boxing Federation and their president Michael Seemann to have cleared all the details with the Danish authorities,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “The new law will be great for Danish boxing in general and for Patrick in particular as he can now prove his worth under much tougher conditions.” continue
March 14, 2011 - With his recent victory over once beaten Manuel Leyva (18-2, 10 KO's), former three time World Champion and Olympic Gold medal winner, Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KO's) is seeking fights against anyone in the top ten at Lightweight and Jr. Welterweight. continue
As tickets for London 2012 Olympics go on sale for the first time today, boxers and coaches at the Ultrachem TKO Boxing Gym, in Canning Town, London showed their support for the Games, which are to take place just a short distance away in Stratford, via video interviews to WinkBall.com correspondents. continue
NEW YORK (March 14, 2011) – Unbeaten International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) will make his eagerly anticipated first start since signing a multi-fight agreement with SHOWTIME Sports when he makes the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown against former European titleholder Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs), of Belfast, Ireland, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, March 19 on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® fight between World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 14 - On Friday, March 18, a dynamic duo of rising stars will break in Orange County's newest fight venue, The Hangar at the O.C. Fair & Event Center, as unbeatens Luis Ramos Jr. and James Kirkland co-headline separate bouts that will be featured on the March 18 TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" card. continue
By James Slater: A short while ago, I wrote a piece entitled, How Far Can Bert Cooper’s Comeback Possibly Go?” Well, that was after the 45-year-old former heavyweight title challenger had just beaten the useful if overweight Gabe Brown via decision, and now, as has been confirmed on Fightnews.com, “Smokin’” Bert will fight again this Friday, on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: On the 10 of November 2007 David ‘The Haymaker’ Haye produced one of his most memorable in ring performances knocking out WBC/WBA cruiserweight world champion Jean Marc Mormeck in round number seven. Even by that point Haye’s intentions for the future were clear, he planned to move up to heavyweight and blast away all the overweight uninspiring pretenders who made up the top ten. Even at that stage David Haye was making noise, at least in Britain if not worldwide. continue
By James Slater: Michael Grant, the huge one-time heavyweight title challenger, scored an impressive-looking one-punch KO over the equally big Tye Fields this past Friday, and the win got the attention of some people. One fellow fighter who saw Grant’s 3rd-round KO is Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson. The once-beaten contender wasted no time at all in calling out Grant, suggesting via his website that Grant’s people should send him the contract; which he insists he is ready willing and able to sign immediately. continue
By Joseph Herron: When young Irish fighter Andy Lee initiated his professional career in 2006, expectations were high. The world of boxing was enamored by the natural athleticism and powerful left hand of the 6’2” Irish middleweight. For the next two years, Lee quickly racked up a 15-0 record with 10 knock-outs and seemed to be well on his way to super-stardom. Lee’s “Hall of Fame” trainer and manager Manny Steward predicted that the young Irishman would become the universally recognized middleweight champion by the end of 2008. continue
By John Wight: On the undercard of the Martinez v Dzinziruk main event at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucke, Connecticut on Saturday night, Scotland’s Craig McEwan fought a heroic fight against Ireland’s Andy Lee. In fact it was one of the best displays of combination punching and movement seen in the ring for a long time, with the only thing lacking was the power to close the show. However on that let’s not take anything away from Andy Lee, who demonstrated the tenacity, determination and resolve required of any potential world champion. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Between 2009 and 2011 a lot of significant things have occurred in boxing. Some fighters retired, while others elevated their careers to new highs. For Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2), this two year gap has been nothing but triumphant. Starting with the brutal knockout of Ricky Hatton (45-1-0) in mid 2009, and ending with a dominating win over Antonio Margarito (38-6-0) at the end of 2010, Pacquiao went through Miguel Cotto (34-1-0) and Joshua Clottey (35-3-0) in-between like butter. continue
Atlantic City, NJ (March 14, 2011) -- Tommy Zbikowski, former Chicago Gold Gloves finalist, Notre Dame football team captain and All-American, third-round pick of and current Baltimore Ravens safety, improved his professional boxing record to 2-0 on Saturday night in Las Vegas with a first-round knockout. Minutes after the win it was announced that his next bout will take place on Saturday, March 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on “Featherweight Fury” headlined by Gamboa vs. Solis World Featherweight Championship. continue
Juan G. (Orlando, FL): Miguel Cotto looked very good against Ricardo Mayorga. Do you think he can still be a world class fighter and get beyond the ghost of Margarito, which started his career nosedive?
Vivek W. (ESB): Short answer to your question about him being a world class fighter.....absolutely! I think Cotto can still compete with a great percentage of the population out there in the sport. That being said, although I think he can still be a "world class" fighter, I'd be lying if I said I thought he could one day be viewed on the mythical level of P4P supremacy. It's a bit conflicting, but to narrow it down, my opinion is that Cotto can still beat most of the competition out there, but I don't think he is quite on that level where I'd say he's ready to compete with those on that highest echelon. continue
OSTON (March 14, 2011) – For all intents and purposes, Sean Eklund already settled the score when he beat Eddie Soto in a rematch for the Eastern Boxing Association (EBA) welterweight championship last March. continue
International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine El Maachi is set for the toughest fight of his career to date, when he comes face to face with Argentinian and South American Light Middleweight Champion Ulises David Lopez, at the Steve Goodwin Promoted quadruple headlined ‘Essex Eruption’ super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex this coming Saturday. continue
Some people are born with the competitive desire to succeed. Huntington's Chris Algieri seems to have that competitive desire. An athlete for his entire life, Chris has succeeded in whatever he has put his mind to. In High School Algieri was a State Champion Wrestler. After wrestling, Algieri took up kick boxing, and quickly became an amateur champion before turning pro, where just two years later he was a world champion. Now Algieri has his sights set on becoming a champion in the sport of boxing. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 14, 2011) Highly regarded prospects Joe and Anthony Linenfelser will make their Chicago debut on Friday, April 1st as part of the stacked undercard at WINDY CITY FIGHT NIGHT 16 at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue
By James Slater: Ricky Burns retained his WBO super-featherweight title for the second time last night, as he forced Ghana’s Joseph Laryea to remain on his stool at the conclusion of the 7th-round. Citing a hand injury, Laryea was getting beaten up in the 6th and 7th-rounds, and whether he hurt his hand or not, or how serious the injury was, it was clear Burns was the better man.
Huge for the weight and with a long reach, the impeccably-conditioned Scot used his strength and aggression to take the fight right out of the man who earned his shot by upsetting Paul Appleby. Now 31-2(8), Burns looks ahead to further glory. Laryea, the younger man by two years at 25, fell to 14-5(11) and it’s not clear where he goes from here.
Speaking after last night’s win, Burns again made it clear he would love a 130-pound unification with South Africa’s Mzonke Fana, the reigning IBF champ.
“Everybody knows that I would love to fight for that Ring magazine belt,” Burns said. “In the ratings they’ve [Ring magazine] got Fana at number one and me at number two. I am sure he would love to unify the division. Any fighter would love to fight for that ’Rocky’ belt as we call it. It’s the one I want. I would love to have that wrapped around my waist.” continue
HATTON Promotions fast rising cruiserweight Matty Askin faces Neil Dawson for the vacant Central Area cruiserweight title next week in a South Yorkshire derby being settled in Lancashire.
The ten rounder between the unbeaten pair will be staged on the undercard of Denton Vassell’s Commonwealth welterweight title defence against Bethuel Ushona at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena on Saturday March 26. continue
By James Slater: Middleweight king Sergio Gabriel Martinez, already ranked at number-three in most P-4-P lists, says he is “obsessed” with becoming the #1 guy on all lists. Last night, against the unbeaten and avoided Sergiy Dzinziruk, Martinez certainly helped his case. Halting the tall, fellow southpaw in the 8th-round, when he scored three knockdowns, “Maravilla” showed again how good he is against any style. continue
Joe Ainscough will return to big-time boxing in the Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II tournament in his hometown of Liverpool on March 23, just two years after a stabbing appeared to end his career. continue
Revolver Entertainment’s new to DVD action drama ‘Fists Of Rage’ are to sponsor Darren Hamilton versus Peter McDonagh, Southern Area Light Welterweight title clash, this coming Friday at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knocks Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. continue
By James Slater: Both Miguel Cotto and his verbal tormentor for the past few weeks, Ricardo Mayorga, promised a relatively quick KO win last night in Las Vegas - instead the two went to war in an entertaining fight that almost went the full 12-rounds. Older man Mayorga’s awkward, sometimes wild style gave the defending WBA 154-pound champ problems and at times the trash-talking Nicaraguan got home with some punches. Cotto was ahead on points going into the last round, however, and then he closed the show as a desperate “El Matador” tried to go for the KO.
Somewhat an odd ending when it came at just under a minute of the 12th, Mayorga was sent down by a left hook to the head but chose not to carry on due to what he later claimed was a busted left thumb. The challenger was not KO’d, or TKO’d by Cotto’s shots - he was in effect stopped due to his decision to refuse to fight through the pain. Mayorga himself was unhappy with the way the fight ended, as were the fans.
“I hate the way this fight ended,” Mayorga said. “I tried hard. I did my best. I tried to finish the final round but the pain in my hand was too much.” continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (March 12, 2011) – The 2010 Fighter of the Year, world middleweight champion Sergio “Maraville” Martinez, destroyed previously undefeated Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk en route to an impressive win by eighth-round technical knockout to capture the World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Diamond Belt and retain his Ring Magazine belt, live on HBO World Championship Boxing at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods. continue
Tonight's fight between Miguel Cotto (35-2, 28KOs) vs Ricardo Mayorga (29-7-1, 23KOs) for the WBA Junior Middleweight Championship belt figures to be entertaining while it last. Both weighed in at 154 pounds. continue
(MIAMI) What looked like a dismal season only four weeks ago, has suddenly turned positive for the Memphis Force as they continued their strong late season surge with another 3-2 win against the Miami Gallos in Miami Sunday night. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In recent EA Sports Fight Night interviews for their Fight Night Champion video game, four world champions were interviewed. Bernard Hopkins, Mike Tyson, Tommy Morrison, and Joe Frazier, all sat down to talk about their experiences in the correctional facilities, and how they possibly gave them an edge or extra insight in boxing. continue
(EAST HANOVER, NJ)— Find A Dream—a nonprofit organization that reaches out to community children and provides them a healthy channel to find and work towards fulfilling a dream—has recently announced the newest addition of team member and welterweight boxing prospect Vinny “The Lion” O’Brien. continue
On Saturday – exactly one week before his WBC world heavyweight championship fight against Vitali Klitschko – Odlanier "La Sombra“ Solis and his team arrived in Cologne, Germany. Although the elder Klitschko brother is highly favored to defend his title for the sixth time since returning in October 2008, many fans and experts believe that Solis can be the man to end the boredom in the heavyweight division. continue
All systems go for the return of San Diego, CA's Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5KOs) on Friday, March 18th, as part of "OC Fight Club" at the Orance County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. Orozco, who has not stepped into the ring since his unanimous decision over Humberto Tapia in August of last year, will face off against lefty Manuel Aguilar (6-1, 4KOs) of Agua Prieta, MX, in a six round junior welterweight bout. After winning six straight, Aguilar will be looking to get back in the win column after losing his last fight to Joseph Elegele earlier this year. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 12, 2011) – Boxing is back at Foxwoods. DiBella Entertainment announced today that the World Boxing Council (“WBC”) Welterweight title fight between undefeated, defending champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will be take place April 16 in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the site of tonight’s middleweight title showdown between Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk. continue
This Saturday in a high-level off-TV bout on the Miguel Cotto vs Ricardo Mayorga undercard, Light-Middleweights Edvan Barros and Raul Pinzon will square off in a 6-round affair from Vegas. The Mexican, Jose Pinzon, 18-2-1, 12 KO's, most recently dropped co-main event headliner Pawel Wolak en-route to a 7th round KO loss. The Brazilian, Barros, 11-10-1, 8 KO's, has held his own against the likes of tough hombres Jesus Soto Karass, Keith Thurman and Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez but is still in search of a breakthrough win to jump start his career. I had a chance to sit down with the underdog Barros's trainer Danny Hawk to get a closer look at this anticipated brawl. continue
By James Slater: Though his many legal issues have still to be resolved before Floyd “Money” Mayweather can even think of boxing again (his court appearance pushed back to April now), the entire boxing world refuses to give up on the idea of one day seeing a mega-fight between he and Manny Pacquiao. Right now, in conjunction with one another, legendary promoters and one-time bitter rivals Don King and Bob Arum are thinking of how they can make the biggest fight in all of boxing today. And if the combined know-how of King AND Arum cannot get the clash made, then forget it! continue
By Joseph Herron: In classic cinema, the caliber of villain almost always determines the overall quality of the motion picture. The villain is the character who creates the drama and conflict within the movie and motivates the hero to drive the action of the film. “Mr. Potter” in It’s a Wonderful Life, “Hans Gruber” in Die Hard, “Warden Norton” in The Shawshank Redemption”…a great villain always motivates the hero to create a memorable and dramatic event. continue
by Andrew Hall: Ever since the first time I saw Miguel Cotto on HBO I have been a fan. He has always had a relentless style where he methodically destroys his opponents. Unfortunately he was unable to adapt to the style of fighters Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao. Against Margarito, he seemed unable to force a clinch in order to get a rest and to frustrate Margarito's attack. Against Pacman, Cotto seemed to not use his height advantage to its fullest effect. The question now remains: can Emanuel Stewart get Cotto back to the wrecking ball he used to be?. continue
On April 2, 2011, Patricia “Patty Boom Boom” Alcviar 4-0(3KO) will join in the fight against breast cancer in the ‘Fight(s) for the Pink’ at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. 50 cents from every ticket sold will be donated to the South Florida Affiliate to go toward breast cancer awareness, screening, treatment and research. The fight is scheduled on the undercard of WBC (CABOFE) Heavyweight Championship fight where the champ Jason “The Sensation” Gavern 19-7(8KO) will face Darnell Wilson23-11(20KO). continue
No. 5 rated Eric "Danger" Fields (17-1, 14 KOs), 200 pounds, Ardmore, v. Chris "Cold Steel" Thomas (17-15, 14 KOs), Chicago, Illinois. Fields is one of the most highly regarded fighters in the World with a knockout win over no. 1 rated Colombian cruiserweight Jose Luis Herrera at the COX Center last December. catBOX expects Fields to fight for the World Title this year. Fields opponent Thomas is a rugged 200 pounder who has fought many of the top cruiserweights, including a 12 round decision loss to No. 2 rated B.J. Flores (24-1, 15 KOs) in the NBA and WBF Cruiserweight Title fight. 8 rounds 200 pound Cruiserweights. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (Mar. 12, 2011) – The rising popularity of World Boxing Council (“WBC”) and The Ring Magazine middleweight champion, 2010 Fighter of the Year “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs), has never been more evident than now as he prepares to step into the ring tonight at MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods against 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 James Slater: Last night at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, former world title challenger Michael Grant got the job done in style against the equally huge Tye Fields. Landing a massive right hand to the head in the 3rd-round of what had been an interesting and exciting battle, Grant laid "Big Sky" out for the count. The official time was one minute and 6-seconds. Grant is now 47-4(35). Fields is now 45-3(41). continue
By Laz Izada: Fan-favorite Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez residing now in Oxnard, California has come a long way in boxing and in life since his humble beginnings in Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 115th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) who is scheduled to face Kevin McBride(35-8-1, 29 KOs) on April 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek, who was also joined by head trainer Roger Bloodworth, is a former champion in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. If he is successful in his bout against McBride, he is slated to face on of the Klitschko brothers for a portion of the heavyweight championship this September. Here is a complete transcript of the interview with Adamek:
JENNA J: It’s time for our second guest of this week’s episode. He is the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion and he is also the current number one ranked heavyweight contender. We are joined by Tomasz Adamek. How’s everything going today, Tomasz?
TOMASZ ADAMEK: Good, good.
JENNA: Excellent. Well Tomasz, you have a very big fight against Kevin McBride on April 9. How have your preparations been going?
ADAMEK: Oh my preparations are going very well. We’re training in the Poconos in Pennsylvania. I feel very well. I’m healthy. I’m learning every day. It’s perfect!
JENNA: Now Tomasz, what do you expect from your opponent Kevin McBride?
ADAMEK: Well he’s a tall man. He’s strong. I am much quicker. That is my advantage. I have to be careful of right hands. That’s it. I have to watch out in this fight but this is my last step before a title fight. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (Mar. 11, 2011) – The official weigh-in for tomorrow (Saturday, Mar. 12) night’s “Diamond Elite” show was held today at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The WBC Middleweight Diamond Championship showdown, featuring 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk, will be on HBO World Championship Boxing, along with Andy Lee vs. Craig McEwan in “Celtic War, live from MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods. continue
by James Slater: As fight fans know, there has been, to much fuss, the conformation this week that David Haye will at last fight “one of the Klitschkos” this summer. The hope, on the WBA champ’s part, is that he will face Wladimir, but if injury forces the younger brother out of the unification battle, big brother Vitali is contracted to step in and face “The Hayemaker.” Either way, we will get a good heavyweight scrap in June or July. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 11, 2011) – Noted boxing author and columnist Thomas Hauser will be the special guest speaker this coming Tuesday night (Mar. 14, starting at 7 PM/ET) for RING 8’s monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. continue
By James Slater: The weights are in for tonight's heavyweight showdown between giants Michael Grant and Tye Fields, and as expected both behemoths came in at a considerable poundage.
Grant, last seem giving unbeaten heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek a good run for his money, scaled a solid 252. Fields, who has won a couple since being blown away by Monte Barrett, tipped in at an also-solid 278. One thing is certain, if either guy crashes to the mat tonight at planet Hollywood in las Vegas, there will be some noise made! continue
By Vivek Wallace: In a sport known to pose more questions than answers, for one man, Saturday night, all questions will presumably be answered. The career of Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto has been well chronicled, and despite the many highs, it's the abysmal low points which have somewhat defined his tenure in the sport. In a recent one-on-one conversation with his trainer, the legendary Emanuel Steward, it was revealed that despite Cotto's initial decline, a rematch with one of the two men who utterly humbled him would be necessary if he is to ever truly leave his footprint on the sport. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Despite his huge 1-10 underdog’s tag on Betfair, Ghana’s WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight titlist Joseph Laryea popularly called Mandigo has reassured his fans and indeed the entire nation that he will return as the new WBO Super Featherweight champion after fighting Briton Ricky Burns at Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom come this Saturday March 12.
“He is strong, he can fight but when I am the opponent, he will run from the ring. He is not a toy so he will also fight but I assure my fans and all Ghanaians that I will not disappoint them. They should pray for me and I will win for them and the nation,” pledged Laryea who last April won the WBO Intercontinental Super Featherweight title by beating another Briton Paul Appleby right there in Scotland.
The desire to end up there in the ranks of the likes of Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and the many others to bring world championship belts to the glory of the land is the inspiration and young Joseph Laryea, 14-4, 11 KOs, has trained very hard under the tutelage of namesake and trainer Joseph Quayefio alias Coach Swiss.
Before flying out to the UK over a week ago to round up preparations for the world title fight, Mandigo was training 3 times a week with the main focus on imbibing the skills and tendencies which made the legendary Azumah Nelson successful in this same Super Featherweight division of world boxing. continue
Michael “The Real Chunky” Devine last night finalised his preparations under trainer James Paisley ahead of his comeback fight at the massive Goodwin Promotions show at the Goresbrook centre Dagenham on March 19th. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 115th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior, who shared his opinions on a variety of topics including his son Floyd Mayweather Junior, his brothers Roger and Jeff Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Ricky Hatton, Cotto-Mayorga, his upcoming new book, his reality show, his fight with Sugar Ray Leonard, and much more! Here is what he had to say in that interview:
Regarding rumors that his son Floyd Mayweather Junior was planning to return to the ring in June:
“Well to tell you the truth I really don’t know about what he’s going to do. One thing about boxing is first of all you have to have your head right before you fight. So I think he needs to take a little off and get back and take a couple of fights before he faces a top fighter. That’s what I think.”
On whether he feels a lighter challenge is necessary to transition back into boxing given his recent troubles outside the ring:
“Of course! He definitely needs to take some light ones. He doesn’t need to come back and try to fight anybody big. He’s been laid off for too long. Even though he was laid off what, close to two years when he fought Marquez? He still can be some guys. There are a lot of guys Marquez can beat that Floyd can beat as well. I’m just saying that, but at the present I think he should take some time off and then take a couple of light fights and then go in there and do what you got to do.” continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (Mar. 10, 2011) – The final “Diamond Elite” press conference was held today at Comix in Foxwoods Casino Resort. The WBC Middleweight Diamond Championship showdown, featuring 2010 Fighter of the Year Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk, will be on HBO World Championship Boxing along with Andy Lee vs. Craig McEwan in a “Celtic War.” All four fighters and representatives from their respective camps were in attendance.. 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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye being signed for June or July
• Klitschko withdrawing from bout with Dereck Chisora due to nagging abdominal injury
• Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan seeming likely for July 23 if Khan beats Paul McCloskey
• Saul Alvarez winning the vacant WBC 154 pound title against Matthew Hatton
• Zab Judah beating Kazir Mabuza by 7th round KO for vacant IBF title at 140 pounds
• Robert Helenius vs. Sam Peter being confirmed for April 2 in Germany
Be sure to join us for five exclusive interviews:
Floyd Mayweather Senior:
• Is widely viewed as one of the better trainers in boxing today
• Best known for having training his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. as well as Oscar De La Hoya
• Career record as a boxer was 28-6-1 with 18 wins coming by way of knockout
• Will be making his ninth guest appearance “On the Ropes”
Mexico City, MEX (March 10) - The countdown to one of 2011's most exciting nights of boxing has begun and the stars of the April 9 "Action Heroes" main event Erik "El Terrible" Morales and Marcos "El Chino" Maidana are deep in training. continue
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster wants to introduce to the boxing world The Re-Wrap. With Brewster’s experience in the ring and training in several different gyms throughout the world Lamon has had to wrap his hands countless times. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 10 - On Friday, March 11, TeleFutura will deliver its own version of "March Madness" with two explosive fights from the careers of hard-hitting stars Marcos Maidana and Jorge Linares as a special edition of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" Classics re-airs past fights of both boxing stars. continue
London (10th March 2011) The British Boxing board have today announced that British Heavyweight mandatory challenger Tyson Fury will finally get his chance to come face to face in the ring with current champion Dereck Chisora for the prestigious title. continue
PASSAIC, NJ (March 10, 2011) - Undefeated prospect Glen Tapia (8-0, 5 KO) of Passaic, NJ is ready to put on a show when he faces Eberto Medina (5-5, 1 KO) of Chinchipe, Ecuador in a six-round junior-middleweight bout at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, March 26. continue
By John Wight: Another night of top class boxing is assured this weekend when some of the best boxing talent from the UK and Ireland go into action on both sides of the Atlantic.
On the undercard of the Sergio Martinez v Sergiy Dzinziruk fight in Connecticut, United States, Scotland’s unbeaten Craig McEwan matches up against Ireland’s formidable Andy Lee at middleweight. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Sugar Ray Narh has not given up on the dream of becoming a world champion, even if potential opponents continue to run away from fighting him. It took him nearly a year to finally get a first defence of the WBC/USNBC title he won in April last year out of the way. continue
HAVING made a successful first defence of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-featherweight title, Ricky Burns is the massive 1-10 favourite on Betfair to retain the 130lb crown at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow on Saturday. continue
By James Slater: Nicaragua’s unbeaten Roman Gonzalez, one of the hardest hitters today regardless of weight-class, should be on the verge of real stardom right now; he’s that good and he’s that exciting to watch. Maybe one day, the way he’s going, and if he can land the premiere match-ups he craves, the little man known as “El Chocolatito” will indeed become a fighter easily recognisable by fans other than the hardcore variety. continue
By James Slater: Talk about a battle of the ages! According to the web site of U.K trade paper Boxing News, there are strong suggestions that say unbeaten British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury will fight none other than Antonio Tarver in April. B.N’s Danny Flexen writes that whilst in Las Vegas recently, he spoke with Fury’s trainer Emanuel Steward, and the Hall of Famer told the writer that the fight was close enough for him to have started looking for sparring partners able to emulate the former light-heavyweight king’s style. continue
Waiting patiently since his last trip inside the ring when he won the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas lightweight tournament, Jose Figueroa is ready to seize an unprecedented victory in his title shot bout - M-1 Challenge XXIV: Figueroa vs. Damkovsky - LIVE on Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, courtesy of SHOWTIME on Friday, March 25 at 11 p.m. ET. continue
ARLINGTON, VA. (March 10, 2011) - Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya, who has a storied ring career and a history of performing community service, recently added a new title to his list of accomplishments - USO celebrity volunteer. The 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist and former 10-Time World Champion in six weight divisions is currently participating in his first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East. Joining De La Hoya are some of boxing's most exciting up-and-coming fighters in Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell. continue
Having suffered two losses in his last three fights, albeit to top-flight opposition, 39-year-old former two-time world champion Joel Casamayor (37-5-1, 22 KOs) admits that every fight from here out is potentially career ending. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (March 10, 2011) - Fresh off winning gold in the Polish Junior Championships last week, female amateur boxing star Karolina Owczarz is set to embark on her professional career on the upcoming Mexican boxing reality show, "Todas Contra Mexico," or "All Against Mexico." continue
CALGARY, March 10, 2011 – World Boxing Council Light Welterweight Youth Intercontinental Champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett of Canada (11-0-1, 6 KOs) is making his first trip overseas where he will fight in the boxing hotbed of Cebu City, Philippines on March 19. Currently ranked No. 40 in the world at 140 pounds by the WBC, Claggett will be featured on ALA Promotions’ “Pinoy Pride 4” card at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino where he will face Davao City’s Romeo Jakosalem (11-4-1, 5 KOs). continue
Rising Belvedere Featherweight star ‘Saint’ George Jupp is set for his first outing of the year at the Steve Goodwin promoted quadruple headline ‘Essex Eruption’ event at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham on Saturday 15th March 2011. continue
EDMONTON, March 9, 2011 – “La Revancha,” the highly anticipated rematch between WBO and The Ring light flyweight champion, Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, and former 108-pound king, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, will air April 2 LIVE from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico in Canada on Super Channel, Canada’s only national English pay television network, courtesy of Hennessy Sports. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: The newly crowned WBC and WBO Bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire Jr. (26-1-0) is not the kind of champion that stays out of the public eye, making himself widely unavailable. Instead, this young professional takes things one day at a time, making every day count. continue
World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Austin Trout has not forgotten that Canelo claimed to have wanted revenge, after Austin beat Rigoberto Alvarez in a one-sided fight, to claim the WBA world title. The only question in Austin's mind is, will Saul Alvarez step up to the plate? continue
On Friday, April 8, C.Y. Benavides in association with DiBella Entertainment, Warriors Boxing and Keeppunching Entertainment will proudly present "Rumble on the Rio" a night of world class professional boxing at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas, with three main bouts televised live on Showtime's popular ShoBox "The New Generation". continue
By James Slater: This Saturday, on Pay-Per-View in the U.S (it doesn’t look like we U.K fight fans will get to see the card, not live anyway!), Miguel Cotto will collide with the always-dangerous Ricardo Mayorga. There has been much talking, threatening and boasting in the lead-up to this fight (mostly coming from the Nicaraguan wild man), and both fighters are predicting a KO win in Las Vegas. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 9, 2011) – Armed with a roster of seasoned veterans, world-title contenders and rising prospects, the hardest-working promoter in combat sports is launching a New England tour guaranteed to pack two major venues in just 16 days. continue
By James Slater: Both fighters have wanted it, and have been calling for it for a while now, and the fans certainly want to see it. And now, on July 23rd, at a venue still to be determined, rival 140-pound belt-holders Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley will, according to Bradley’s promoter Gary Shaw, meet in the ring. The winner will be recognised as the number-one in the currently talent-rich light-welterweight division, and a great case can be made for either guy’s hand being raised. continue
MIAMI (Mar. 9, 2011) – Undefeated Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira returns home for his second consecutive fight in his native Brazil, March 25 versus unbeaten Argentinean prospect Abel “El Principito” Nicolas Adriel for the Interim World Boxing Council Latino Super Middleweight Championship, headlining the “International Boxing Challenge” pro-am event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. continue
NEW YORK (Mar. 9, 2011) – Undefeated title challenger Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano has signed an exclusive promotional with Boxing 360 and joined the New York-based company’s growing stable of future champions. continue
By James Slater: In the quite fantastic movie, “The Fighter,” there is a memorable scene in which Dick Eklund (played by Christian Bale), recalls his 1978 non-title fight with the already-world famous “Sugar” Ray Leonard. Proud of the way he went the full ten-rounds with the man who two years previously had captured an Olympic gold medal, Eklund’s character is even prouder of the fact that he “knocked down” Leonard. continue
Exciting super featherweight prospect, Danny "Joey" Valle (3-0, 3KO's) has been added to the upcoming "March Mayhem" card Thursday, March 17th at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island). Valle will square off against New Jersey's Siddell Blocker in a four round lightweight showdown. The card, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, is headlined by Huntington's exciting undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's). continue
European Boxing Union (EBU) Lightweight Champion John Murray has got the 135lb division running scared - and a few fans as well after his latest photo shoot.
Mancunian Murray's next defence - against Karim El Ouazghari on April 2 live on Sky Sports 1HD - sees him mocked up as Jack Torrance from the epic horror movie The Shining, with the York Hall bill titled "Here's Johnny!". continue
NEW YORK CITY (MARCH 8, 2011)—Tuesday at Portobellos in New York City, Havoc Boxing Promotions held the kick off press conference for a big boxing event that will take place on Saturday April 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. continue
‘Phat’ Pat McAleese returns to the ring next weekend, for the first time since his shock September defeat when he challenged for the British Masters Light Middleweight title, at the Steve Goodwin ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined extravaganza at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011. continue
LAS VEGAS, (March 8, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto, two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga and NFL player-turned boxer Tom Zbikowski all arrived in Las Vegas Tuesday just days before “Relentless: Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga” this Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
CHESTER, PA (March 8, 2011)—On Friday night, March 18th at the beautiful Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania, popular Jr. Welterweight “Rockin” Ryan Belasco will take on Bryne Green in the eight round main event. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 8 - A new World Champion was crowned last Saturday night at Honda Center in Anaheim, California, when Saul "Canelo" Alvarez defeated Matthew "Magic" Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Title, but more importantly, the Mexican phenom made a statement to the boxing world waiting for the arrival of its next star...he has arrived. continue
Saturday morning was interesting to say the least.
I found out I was an African American named Andre Bishop. That was surprise enough. Then I was thrown immediately into a bare-knuckle prison brawl (which I barely survived.) After that I got my ass whooped by some racists in a prison shower room. continue
March 8, 2011 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: We have received bad news from the Philippines: our friend and former colleague at the WBC, Mr. Rodrigo Salud has passed away. Mr. Salud was the Executive Secretary of the World Boxing Council in the early 60s when Justiniano Montano of the Philippines was the President of the WBC. continue
MANCHESTER, Conn. (March 8, 2011) – The fight to determine America’s leading featherweight, pitting unbeaten NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard against undefeated IBF # 1 contender Mikey Garcia, is the 10-round co-feature on Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury,” March 26 on HBO After Dark live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
NEW YORK (March 8, 2011) – From the network that brought boxing fans the blockbuster fights of Mike Tyson and Julio Cesar Chavez, SHOWTIME returns to the pay-per-view business with a cast and crew of veterans. The March 12 card headlined by Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga will be called by Steve Albert with Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver serving as expert analysts and Jim Gray reporting from ringside. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (March 8, 2011) – Integrated Sports Media, the undisputed leader in the pay-per-view boxing, announced today that it will be distributing “La Revancha,” featuring the highly-anticipated rematch between WBO and The Ring light flyweight champion, Giovani “El Guerrero Azteca” Segura, and former 108-pound king, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, April 2 live from Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. continue
By James Slater: Those that were there, from both the fan variety and from the professional variety, said that what they were witnessing inside Madison Square Garden in the very heart of New York in March of 1971, was not so much a huge heavyweight boxing confrontation between two unbeaten fighters, but a “happening” - an event so big it was one that would never be matched in their lifetime. continue
The stage is now set for the much awaited ‘Celtic War ’ between Andy Lee, ‘The Irish Assassin’ and Craig McEwan , ‘The Scottish Braveheart’ to take place this Saturday evening, March 12, as the chief supporting bout to Sergio Martinez - Sergei Dzinziruk WBC world middleweight clash at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States. continue
Former World Champion Adrian Dodson is ready to make his boxing comeback for Prizefighter Super-Middleweights II – and could face his 1992 Olympic teammate Robin Reid in the March 23 showdown in Liverpool. continue
The undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) is winding down training for his March 19th fight against Bladimir Hernandez (18-4 16 KOs). The fight takes place on the undercard of Lucian Bute versus Brian Magee in Montreal, Canada. continue
Unbeaten WBO Intercontinental Champion Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) will face the next huge test on his way up the heavyweight rankings when he collides with former world champion Sam Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany on April 2. “This is a dream match-up of two nightmares,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “Robert has taken the heavyweight world by storm and will continue his path to glory with a victory over an accomplished champion like Peter.” continue
Hot-prospect Callum Johnson, 2010 Commonwealth Games champion, has welcomed the addition of James DeGale to the big Braehead Arena card on Saturday - and hasn't ruled out a showdown with the British super-middleweight king. continue
TACOMA, Wash. – Undefeated Evgeny Gradovich will square off against once-beaten Francisco Reyes in the main event of Battle at the Boat 81 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on Saturday, March 19. continue
Stevenage’s exceptional Light Middleweight prospect Daniel ‘Hurricane’ Herdman gets his first outing of the year, when he faces Halesowen hardman Kevin McCauley at the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headlined super show at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011. continue
LOS ANGELES (March 7, 2011) – The always colorful and electric Don King -- joined by fellow Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum for their first co-promotion in more than five years -- entertained the Los Angeles press corps on Monday as “Relentless: Cotto Vs. Mayorga” Fight Week kicked off with a press conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. continue
Saturday March 5th at the Honda Center in Anaheim California CINCINNATI, OHIO was represented with style and swagger. Adrien "The Problem" Broner, dressed in Samurai armor, was escorted to the ring by Cincinnati's own Hall of Famer Aaron "The Hawk" Pryor as well as R&R Promotions staff all donned in red gear topped off with an authentic Cincinnati Reds ball cap. continue
Over the years top British coach Johnny Eames has guided many of British boxing’s best known fighters to Championship glory. Such esteemed names as World Boxing Union (WBU) Lightweight World Champion Graham Earl, WBU Super Featherweight World Champion Kevin Lear, WBU Light Heavyweight Champion Tony Oakey, British Super Bantamweight Champion Matthew Marsh are just a few of the many famous boxers benefit from the ‘Eames magic touch’. continue
March 8th, 2011, Jupiter, FL. Jason “The Sensation” Gavern will headline a big boxing card as he defends his WBC Caribbean Heavy Weight Title on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The title bout is one of seven matches in the Fight(s) for the Pink, an event promoting breast cancer awareness at Roger Dean Stadium. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: At the height of summer 2011 the heavyweight title fight that everyone has been clamouring for will (and I say that loosely) happen. Britain’s David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye has finally signed to fight the German based Ukrainian Wladimir ‘Dr. Steel Hammer’ Klitschko in the much hyped, much anticipated unification clash. continue
By James Slater: Samuel Peter, the former WBC heavyweight champ who was last seen being hammered to defeat inside ten painful rounds by a dominant Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, will likely get a chance to launch his comeback in the country of his recent loss, in April. continue
IBF, WBO, IBO and "The Ring“ World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA Champion David Haye have both agreed to participate in a unification fight this summer. The fight will happen either on June 25 or July 2. In Germany, potential venues could be the football arenas of German Bundesliga clubs Dortmund, Kaiserslautern or Schalke. continue
By James Slater: A while back, at a time when the Klitschkos (Wladimir mainly) were embroiled in ongoing, tiresome negotiations with David Haye, it was announced how Polish heavyweight Tomasz Adamek had an agreement to face one of the two brothers in September, in Poland, in a huge out-door arena. All along, it was felt “Goral,” the former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champ, would face WBC boss Vitali. And now, in a new release from thenews.pl, it has been reported that it has been announced that this will indeed almost certainly be the case. continue
By James Slater: Britain’s Matthew Hatton, so much the naturally smaller man, had nothing his own way going into Saturday night’s vacant WBC 154-pound title fight with unbeaten Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez. And, as many expected, he had precious little his own way once the bell rang and the action unfolded in the ring. However, “Magic,” the younger brother of Ricky Hatton, earned much respect for the way he hung in there, as badly outgunned as he was, to the very end. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Well, well, well, after two years of failed agreements, slagging matches and mocking each other’s fighting hearts, Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye will finally, it seems, put their titles on the line when they share the same ring this summer. continue
By James Slater - A couple of years or so ago, Londoner David Haye, then having recently stepped up from the cruiserweight division he had all-but unified, had some now infamous T-shirts made that showed him triumphantly holding the severed heads of both Klitsschko brothers. This bit of hype was a step too far in the minds of the two siblings from Ukraine and ever since, both have vowed to punish Haye for what he did.
Yesterday, in light of the Haye-Wladimir Klitschko fight being officially announced (at long last) as being on for the summer, Haye vowed to rip off the head of the Ring Magazine, WBO, IBF, IBO champ for real - when they meet in the ring in Germany! continue
Wes B. (London, UK): I'm totally pumped at the news of Haye/W. Klitschko finally being completed! Now that the fight is practically signed, what are your thoughts about the potential outcome and the fact that it has finally materialized?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think this is great! I think it's great for the sport, and both individually and collectively, I think it's great for the two men involved because it allows them to finally have that true gage match to serve as a high (or for one man, low) career footnote. As great as I think this is overall, I must say that I do feel a need for slight caution, as well. continue
By Ted Sares - You start winning when you can’t lose anymore. –Anonymous
From 1993 to 2004, Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols ran up an admirable 29-5-1 mark. After losing his first professional fight, he won 13 in a row all by stoppage but against dreadful opposition that even included the infamous Eric Crumble who would finish his career at 0-31-(KO 31). In 2006, he fought a draw against tough and future world champion Eric Lucas in Quebec and then won 8 more in a row again all by stoppage. He had earned a reputation as a force. continue
6' 9" heavyweight Tye "Big Sky" Fields (45-2, 41 KOs) says he's in the shape of his life, as he prepares to face fellow giant and former #1 contender "Big" Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) at the Theatre For The Performing Arts in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, on Friday, March 11. continue
NEW YORK (Mar. 7, 2011) – Fast-rising boxing promotional company Boxing 360 has signed the new-and-improved Nick “Hands of Gold” Casal, a light welterweight from Buffalo, to an exclusive promotional contract. continue
Southern Area Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams is set for his second outing of the year when he faces Czech Republic hardman David Vicena at the Steve Goodwin Promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ quadruple headline super show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011. continue
Sampson Boxing in association with Sergio Marquez Producciones is proud to announce the UBO Lightweight title defense bout of Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales on April 19th, 2011 at the Rio Uruguay Amphitheatre. This scenic venue is nestled on the river coastline that separates Uruguay with Argentina. In the main event, UBO Lightweight division champion, Cecilia “La Reina” Comunales (7-1-0, 5 K.O.‘s) from Paysandú, Uruguay vs. Adriana “A Garota” Salles (11-6-1, 5 K.O.‘s) from Brazil. continue
On Thursday March 17th at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY (Long Island), former four-time national champion, and 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate, Adam "Showtime" Willett (1-1) will return to the ring for the first time since his life was nearly taken when he takes on Sharieff Hayes (0-2) in a four round heavyweight contest. The show, entitled, "March Mayhem" is promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, and is headlined by Huntington's popular undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KO's). continue
The next great Cuban heavyweight sensation Glendy Hernandez (5-0, 2 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday at the Magic City Casino in Miami to dp battle in the first main event of his career. Hernandez faces the toughest challenge of his young career when he takes on Francisco "Taz" Mireles (11-5, 2 KOs) in the featured bout for "Badia Spices Friday Night Fights". continue
NEW YORK (March 7, 2011) – SHOWTIME Sports® announced today that SHOWTIME EXTREME – the sports and action focused multiplex channel – will broadcast the live weigh-in and select fighter interviews from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) in anticipation of the March 12 SHOWTIME PPV® “RELENTLESS” headlined by Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga. continue
By James Slater: Though fight fans will not, as they have said “believe it until both guys are actually in the ring,” reports from Germany say the heavyweight unification clash between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye has been agreed, is on and will happen in Germany on either June 25th or July 2nd. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani at Ringside – “Super” Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) put on a super performance en route to scoring a vicious seventh round knockout against Kaizer Mabuza (23-7-3, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship. It was a tremendous victory for Judah who regained the title he previously won way back in February 2000 when he defeated Jan Piet Bergman by fourth round knockout. With Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan both widely viewed as the best the weight class has to offer, Judah now finds himself near the top of this extremely talented rich division.
From the opening bell Judah did his best impersonation of head trainer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker as he ducked, dodged, and found ways to avoid incoming fire with great regularity. Mabuza was pressuring Judah, but Zab was too slick and too fast. He was making Mabuza miss as he controlled the action with a laser-like jab which Judah often doubled, tripled, and sometimes even quadrupled-up. Mabuza had a bit more success in the second, but he was still missing the mark and his efforts to zone in on Zab’s body gave him mixed results at best.
Mabuza appeared to be doing slightly better at points in round three, but whenever it seemed like Mabuza was tempted to try and take the initiative, Judah would land a solid shot to quickly reestablish himself. In the beginning of the fourth, Mabuza was getting to Zab a little bit more but Zab was still in control of the action, until Mabuiza managed to catch Judah while he was off balance and in transition. This caused Zab to stumble forward and touch the canvas with his glove. It was appropriately ruled a knockdown, much to the dismay of Judah who clearly was not hurt. continue
By James Slater: Though he will have to do a lot more to be recognized as a genuine, legit world champion in the opinion of many fans, Mexico’s Saul Alvarez grabbed his first belt last night in California. Hammering out a near-shutout over a game, naturally smaller Matthew Hatton, “Canelo” made boxing history by becoming the youngest ever holder of a “world” light-middleweight title at just 20-years-of-age. continue
By Steve Edwards: My chronic insomnia and YouTube addiction led me to review the James Toney – Evander Holyfield fight from 2003, a fight I remember enjoying but had not seen in many years. Toney was entering the fight coming off of a victory over Vassiliy Jirov, taking Jirov’s IBF cruiserweight title in the process. continue
In last night's inaugural event at the Prudential Center's AmeriHealth Pavilion, 2010 NJ Golden Gloves Champion Vinny "The Lion" O'Brien (1-0) went out and put on a show that respected Jersey fans love for boxing. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: In Melbourne, Australia on Friday night, Blake Caparello (6-0-1, 2 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact by defeating Michael Bolling (12-2, 10 KOs) via unanimous decision over 8 rounds in a high stakes light heavyweight bout. The bout was a ‘winner takes all’ contest and in defeating Bolling, Caparello took the $10,000 prize which went to the victor. continue
In the history of professional boxing there has never been a division as much dominated by German fighters as the middleweight right now. With Felix Sturm (WBA), Sebastian Sylvester (IBF) and Sebastian Zbik (WBC) there are three reigning world middleweight champions from Germany, and a fourth man is only waiting for his chance to get a shot at a title: IBF intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon will face Australia’s „King“ Sam Soliman on April 1st in Berlin in an IBF Elimination fight for the no. 2 spot and a possible shot against Sylvester.
"My goal is very simple: I want to fight for a world title this year and I want to become world champion", states Simon.
So far the 28 year-old with the impressive physique of a bodybuilder has won 20 of his 21 pro-fights including 19 stoppages. But although he holds wins over rugged veterans like Rashid Matumla and Zoltan Kalocsai, the elimination fight against Soliman will be a big step up for "Iron Ben".
"We know that this is Ben’s toughest test so far but we also know that he is ready for this fight" says trainer and manager Robert Rolle. "We have worked very hard to get to where we are right now. And if Ben shows at the fight what he is showing me in training every day, I am sure that he will simply destroy Soliman. I think Ben’s power will be too much for the Australian although we know that Soliman is very experienced and has been in the ring with some of the greatest fighters in the world.. continue
CHICAGO, IL (March 6, 2011) Popular Chicago fan favorite and super middleweight contender Donovan “DA BOMB” George returns to action on Friday April 1st to battle Baltimore’s Maxell “THE GENERAL” Taylor at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
By James Slater - Tonight in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, fans were treated to a great little action fight as British super-featherweight champ Gary Sykes retained his belt with an exciting, up from the floor points win over former champ Carl Johanneson.
The younger man by five years at age 27, Sykes prevailed in the battle of attrition via scores of 116-112, 115-112 and 115-113. Now 18-1(4), Sykes seems to have put his shock, 1st-round KO loss to Gary Buckland (in that recent edition of “Prizefighter”) behind him. Johanneson, who is now 30-5(19) gave his all tonight and he may or may not have fought his last fight. continue
By Joseph Herron - The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise was the number one movie in America, and the Lord of the Rings: Return of the King would make its debut in theaters across the country one week later. George W Bush was completing his third year in office as President of the United States of America. “Hey Ya” by Outkast was the number one song in the country. Vitali Klitschko had just become Lennox Lewis’ WBC mandatory challenger by knocking out Kirk Johnson in the second round, and Zab Judah was defending his WBO Jr Welterweight title against mandatory challenger Jaime Rangel. continue
By James Slater - Two big names from the sport, Ronald “Winky” Wright and world heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, have both fallen foul of injuries this weekend, with their upcoming fights being cancelled or postponed as a result.
Wright, who was to have returned to the ring against Britain’s Matthew Macklin, after having had a considerable layoff, hurt his left hand in sparring, and that put paid to his planned April 9th fight with Macklin. The main event of Marcos Maidana Vs. Erik Morales will still go ahead, but there is no word yet on whether or not Macklin will be given a late-replacement foe. continue
IBF, IBO, WBO and “The Ring” World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko has to cancel his title defense against British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora. The bout was supposed to take place on April 30 in the SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. The reason is the not yet fully healed injury Klitschko suffered last December.
Originally the fight against Chisora was scheduled for December 11, 2010. A few days before the bout, three-time Champion Klitschko suffered a torn abdominal muscle. After cancelling the fight, it was rescheduled for April 30, 2011. Since the recovery process is not yet in a stage that Klitschko can start training again, the fight has to be called off again. continue
By James Slater: As was widely expected, 20-year-old Saul Alvarez failed to make the agreed 150-pound weight for his fight tonight with Matthew Hatton. Earlier this week, big brother Ricky Hatton expressed his concerns over whether or not “Canelo” would try his hardest to make 150, feeling the Mexican would settle for paying a fine for coming over instead of draining himself. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 114th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) who is scheduled to defend his title against Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) on April 16. Khan is coming off of a grueling close victory against Marcos Maidana in December. He spoke about his most recent win, his upcoming fight, his future plans, and also provided opinions and insight on the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It’s time for our first guest on this week’s show. He’s the current WBA light welterweight champion of the world making his fourth appearance “On the Ropes”. We are joined once again by Amir Khan. How’s everything going today, Amir?
AMIR KHAN: It’s going really well. Training is going really good here. I’ve been in camp for a few weeks and I’m getting fit and strong and quickly. I’m enjoying training with my conditioner and also with Freddie Roach and I’m going to be ready for this next fight against McCloskey.
JENNA: Alright now let’s talk about your opponent McCloskey. He’s 22-0. What do you feel about his abilities?
KHAN: Well you know he’s the undefeated European Champion at the moment. I think the next step up for him was to fight for a World Title so I’m giving him that opportunity. You have to remember, you can’t take any fight lightly. This guy is hungry. He wants to become a world champion and he’s undefeated. He’s never tasted defeat. I want to be the first guy to beat him. With both of us I think it makes more having this fight in England because we’re both from Britain and people know who McCloskey is and I think it shows the way the tickets sold. In the first two hours they sold 9,000 tickets so there is a lot of demand in this fight and he’s been calling me out a long, long time. So I’ll take the fight and I’ll show who the best is in Britain. continue
Female super flyweight sensation Patricia "Patty Boom Boom" Alcivar moves her perfect record to 4-0(3KO) with a dominating unanimous decision win over Laura Gomez 3-3 of Mexico. Alcivar set the pace from the opening bell by pressing the action and overwhelming the Mexican fighter. Alcivar the former 2 time NYC golden gloves and National Champion dazzled her hometown crowd for the first time as a professional fighter starting with her ring entrance proudly displaying her Colombian heritage to the final bell of non stop action. continue
INDIO, CA (March 4, 2011) - Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. was the home to another night of action-packed fights with Golden Boy Promotions presenting an exciting six-bout event. Tonight's fights were televised on HBO Plus in Latin America and on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" in the United States. If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
WOODHAVEN, NY (March 4, 2011)—An enthusiastic crowd packed Cordon Bleu Catering Hall in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York and they were treated to a night of entertaining boxing that was promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions. continue
By John G. Thompson: This evening on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series broadcast live from the Jostens Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, two up and coming light heavyweights, Ismayl Syllakh 15-0 (12 KO’s) and Yordanis Despaigne 8-1 (4 KO’s), put their undefeated records on the line and one fighter’s record now shows the results. continue
NEW YORK (March 4, 2011) - Six-time Polish national amateur champion Kamil Laszczyk of Wroclaw, Poland made March 4 a date to remember, as he scored a second round TKO over Emil Brooks (0-3) of Buffalo, NY to win his professional debut at the Cordon Bleu Banquet Hall in Woodhaven, NY. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 4 - Since 2004, the only man to beat former Flyweight World Champion Eric Morel is another former World Champion, Martin "El Gallito" Castillo. On Friday, April 1, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, "Little Hands of Steel" gets his shot at revenge in a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle that headlines TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." continue
NEW YORK (March 4, 2011) -- Former Notre Dame and current Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski will compete in his second professional fight on the undercard of the “Relentless: Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga” world super welterweight championship fight, Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
by Bobby delaCruz: There is no boxer at the moment that is more closely watched and monitored than Manny “the Pacman” Pacquiao. This is the benefit, or maybe the curse, that comes along when you are currently regarded as the greatest pugilist in the world. Even his recent change of do generated a volume of comments from boxing fans around the world. An attention which could be likened to what Brad Pitt had experienced from movie fans around the world when he decided to chop off his locks back in the mid-1990s. continue
Sampson Boxing is deeply saddened and is mourning to hear about the tragic passing of promising boxing prospect Bobby Dominguez’ son last night in Lomita, California. The homicide has been reported to have occurred while in the custody of the mother‘s boy friend, Daniel Vega. continue
By Kevin L. Johnston: Kaizer Mabuza is as high as a 2 to 1 underdog heading into his bout with Zab Judah this Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. For you degenerates stateside, Mabuza is between +160 and +200 at most books; for you punters across the pond, Mabuza is in the 2.60 to 3.00 range. If your book offers specific outcome prop betting on non-mega fights, you might also be able to find Mabuza to win by KO/TKO/DQ at around 4 ½ to 1. In my opinion there is enormous value in backing Mabuza this weekend. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 4, 2011) – Baltimore Ravens safety TOMMY ZBIKOWSKI will make his Las Vegas debut – as a professional boxer – opening the pay-per-view televised broadcast of the “Relentless: Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga” world super welterweight championship fight, Saturday, March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “Relentless” will be produced and distributed live by Showtime PPV®. Zbikowski, who completed his third season with the Ravens, will take on Richard Bryant (1-2, 1 KO), from London, KY, in a four-round heavyweight bout. continue
By Joseph Herron - Most boxing pundits have questioned the long-term health of the “sweet science” by asking themselves, “Now that Manny Pacquiao’s career as a prizefighter is winding down, and Floyd Mayweather is a semi-retired boxer, which fighters are going to carry the sport and become the future stars of boxing?”
Oscar De La Hoya seems to be happily retired, Roy jones Jr should be happily retired, and the entire American boxing media unfortunately has abandoned the heavyweight division, including the Klitschko brothers.
So who will inherit the task of carrying the torch that ignites the future of boxing?
For the last two weeks, the world of boxing has witnessed two champions emerging from the carnage of the boxing stockyards. Nonito Donaire and Brandon Rios, two young Top Rank fighters, have captured the imagination of the entire boxing universe with two exciting performances. continue
By James Slater - Unbeaten Andre Ward, the reining WBA super-middleweight champion and also most fans’ choice when it comes to picking a winner of the “Super Six” tournament, feels he will be meeting Britain’s Carl Froch after he’s dealt with Germany’s Arthur Abraham. The classy boxer known as “S.O.G” faces Abraham in his own semi-final of the tourney on May 15th, a week before the night Froch, the WBC champ, will face Glen Johnson in his semi.
And, in talking with thisisnotingham.com, Ward said he feels “The Cobra” will beat Johnson, in a very tough fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 114th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxer Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker (40-4-1, 17 KOs) who was a world champion in four different weight classes. Whitaker is currently training Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) for his fight this Saturday March 5 against Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs) which is for the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship. Whitaker spoke about Judah’s upcoming fight and also reflected on his career and spoke a bit about the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On how he feels about Zab Judah’s upcoming fight against Kaizer Mabuza:
“I feel great. You know I feel good about it. He feels great about it so we’re looking forward to it.”
On what he believes Zab needs to do in order to be successful against Mabuza:
“I’m not going to talk about the strategy of the fight. With the preparation, we can talk about that. I think he prepared very well for this upcoming fight. He’s only looking at one fight at a time. He isn’t preparing for anybody in the future or anything else. He’s just preparing for this one particular fight on March 5. He has a great game plan for it, but I’m not going to release it to anybody. I just want everyone to know this is going to be a great ride. Just slap your seatbelt on and get your beverage and popcorn and everything you need because you’re not going to want to keep getting up and stepping away from it.” continue
By James Slater - There are reports all over the place right now, that suggest the long awaited Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye heavyweight unification battle is tantalisingly close to happening; with both fighters saying they are pretty sure the fight will at last go ahead on July 2nd in Europe. We’ve been here before, of course, and no-one wants to jump the gun and believe the fight is a definite. After all, Wladimir has to get past Derek Chisora on that April 30th defence he insisted on making, and as we know, anything can happen in a heavyweight fight.
Still, there are many fingers currently crossed, with the hope being the big fight goes ahead in July. And one man who feels he knows who will win if and when “Dr. Steel Hammer” and “The Hayemaker” collide, is Oscar De La Hoya. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - Welterweight Vinny “Lion” O’Brien is set to make his professional debut on Saturday night March 5 against David Navarro on the undercard of the vacant IBF junior lightweight title bout between Zab Judah and Kaizer Mabuza. O’Brien was the winner of the 2010 New Jersey Golden Gloves Championship where he was named “Outstanding Fighter of the Finals”. O’Brien spoke about his upcoming fight and future aspirations in the sport. Here is what he had to say:
On how he feels about making his pro debut against David Navarro on March 5:
“I’m very excited. I’ve been asked that a lot and people are like the nerves must be getting to you and all of that, but it’s a great feeling. I know I put in the work right now. I’m just fine-tuning some things and I’m feeling good and I’m feeling excited. I’m anxious. I just can’t wait to get out there because I know there are some doubters out there and I want to prove them wrong, and I know there are some believers out there and I want to show them what they believe in. I’m just super pumped.”
On winning the 2010 New Jersey Golden Gloves Champion and being named Outstanding Fighter in the Finals:
“The Golden Gloves is going to be something that is embedded in me for the rest of my life. I know I’ll be involved in amateur boxing for the rest of my life too, and the reason being that I went into the Golden Gloves in 2008 and I lost in the Finals by one point. I fought my way all the way up and I did all I could in that tournament. Then I went and to go ahead and get a second crack at something and put my heart and soul into it like I did in 2008, but to actually pull it off this time and get what I wanted and get my dream. I got it. The feeling was incredible. I still remember that night. I still remember giggling like a little kid. When I got home and I was sitting in my chair I was like it really happened. I dreamed about it for so long and finally it came together which was amazing.” continue
NEW YORK (March 3, 2011) -- Legendary promoters Bob Arum and Don King took a stroll down memory lane on Thursday, recapping their 80-plus combined years as two of boxing’s biggest and most powerful promoters. continue
In what has become a beloved pre-fight tradition for the Brooklyn native, Zab "Super" Judah took time to visit a school in Newark. He stopped in at Barringer High School to talk to the students. Zab thoroughly enjoyed his time with the kids. He spoke of growing up in Brooklyn and encouraged the students to follow their dreams. continue
Las VEGAS, NEV (March 3, 2011) – WBC female super welterweight champion CHRISTY MARTIN suffered a severe training injury and has been forced to withdraw from her rematch against Dakota Stone. Martin-Stone II was scheduled to open the SHOWTIME PPV® broadcast of “Relentless” – headlined by the Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga WBA super welterweight championship – Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand. A replacement bout will be announced on Friday. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 3 - The return of a knockout artist, the continuing journeys of top contenders and top undefeated prospects will all be featured on the Saul "Canelo" Alvarez vs. Matthew "Magic" Hatton undercard this Saturday, March 5, at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Some of boxing's biggest stars will be ringside taking in the event including Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Paulie Malignaggi, Sergio Mora, Victor Ortiz, Austin Trout, Abner Mares, Peter Quillin, Carlos Molina, Luis Ramos Jr., Ronny Rios, Jamie Kavanagh and Charles Huerta. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 113th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with women’s boxing prospect Patricia Alcivar (3-0, 3 KOs) who is scheduled to face Laura Gomez (3-2) in a rematch on March 4 in Woodhaven, New York. “Patty Boom Boom” spoke about her upcoming fight and shared her views on her career and other matters pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
On why she is having a rematch against Gomez:
“Well there is a few reasons for that. I fought Laura in my second fight. This will be my fourth fight. In that match which was a four rounder, her corner threw in the towel and she felt the fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round, literally with just a few seconds left. She thought it was a stoppage that shouldn’t have happened and she wanted a second chance to prove herself and of course I definitely give people the benefit of the doubt and I wanted to take this fight so I can prove to her that the stoppage was correct.”
On her first fight against Laura Gomez:
“I believe that I was definitely getting the better of each round. They were close rounds and I have to give Laura every credit. She’s very aggressive and she moves forward. She does not move back at all and she’s a very busy fighter, but I just felt that I was edging her out in each round. When they did stop it, it was because I was throwing nonstop but I thought that my punches were cleaner and harder so we both have something to prove in this rematch.” continue
By James Slater: 45-year-old Bert Cooper won again at the weekend. The six-round points win “Smokin’” Bert scored over the hefty Gabe Brown took place in Atlanta, on the under-card of Travis “Freight Train” Walker’s eight-round decision win over Darnell Wilson. Not covered by any major media, the two results from the card were reported just yesterday. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 3, 2011) – Yesterday’s media conference call featured Middleweight Champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in advance of his “Diamond Elite” clash with WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziruk on March 12 from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods, airing live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Also on the call were Martinez’ advisor Sampson Lewkowicz, and Lou DiBella, the promoter of the event. continue
Stoke Newington’s sensational Light Middleweight prospect Erick ‘The Eagle’ Ochieng is back in action on Friday the 18th March 2011 when he faces Castleford’s Luke Robinson at Spencer Fearon’s Hard Knock Boxing Promotions ‘Shamrock Showdown’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. continue
Everything is going really good," admits heavyweight "Big" Michael Grant. Coming off a career-resurrecting performance against top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek, Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) will take on fellow giant Tye "Big Sky" Fields (45-2, 41 KOs) at the Theatre for the Performing Arts in the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, on Friday, March 11. continue
LOS ANGELES, March 3 - Unbeaten lightweight phenom Sharif "The Lion" Bogere will make his first appearance of 2011 against Brooklyn veteran Shamir Reyes in an eight round featured undercard bout this Friday, March 4, at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Joining Bogere will be unbeaten prospects Mikael Zewski of Trois-Rivieres, Canada, Michael Finney of Las Vegas and Indio's own Diego Madrigal. continue
By James Slater: Could 2011 be the year we finally get to see Manny Pacquiao Vs. Floyd Mayweather? It’s probably way too early to get excited, but there are rumblings that suggest the super-fight might, just might, go ahead this year. Firstly we read how “Money” Mayweather was looking at taking a July fight in South Africa and, assuming he has sorted out all his legal problems by then, the 34-year-old star could indeed be boxing a “tune-up” bout on Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday - a tune-up for Pac-Man! continue
By John Wight: On March 31 1878 in Galveston Texas a man was born who was to have a profound impact not only on the sport of boxing but on American society as a whole. His name was Jack Johnson.
Being a black man in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th century was to be destined for a future of low income, menial jobs, the status of second class citizen, and racism at the hands of the dominant white society. Worse, in the South, where the lynching of young black men for even minor infractions of a racial divide that was as rigid as it was cruel were a regular occurrence, it could also mean a death sentence. continue
Montreal, Thursday March 3, 2011 – When IBF Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KO’s) defends his title against Northern Ireland’s Brian Magee (34-3-1, 24 KO’s, IBF #8) on March 19th, fight fans in attendance at Montreal’s Bell Centre will not only witness the brilliance of arguably the best 168 lb. fighter in the world in Bute, but they’ll also be treated to an undercard packed with burgeoning superstars in action-packed match-ups. continue
By James Slater: Set to take place this Saturday night in California, the Saul Alvarez-Matthew Hatton WBC light-middleweight title fight could be in trouble. Ricky Hatton, brother of course of “Magic” Matthew, in speaking with The Daily Mail, says he has advised his brother to “walk away” if the Mexican weighs-in at any more 150-pounds. continue
(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) For both the Miami Gallos and Memphis Force, the World Series of Boxing's (WSB) inaugural season has been a bitter disappointment as each team has struggled to be as competitive as they had envisioned when the season got underway. But starting tonight in downtown Memphis, each franchise will look to squash those memories and build towards the future as week 11 gets underway. continue
WOODHAVEN, NEW YORK (MARCH 2ND, 2011)—This Friday night undefeated prospects, Patricia Alcivar, Vinny Celentano & Rafael Vazquez to see action at the beautiful Cordon Bleu Catering Hall in Woodhaven, New York. This card will feature some of the top prospects on the East Coast. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 114th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who is currently preparing the Pound-for-Pound King Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) for a May 2 showdown against ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs). Roach spoke about that upcoming fight, and also talked about several other fighters he is working with including Amir Khan, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quilling and Vanes Martirosyan. Here is a what Freddie had to say:
On how he feels about Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming matchup against Sugar Shane Mosley:
“We’re getting ready for the fight. We got to expect Shane to be at his best and we’ll get ready for him, that’s for sure. But we won’t underestimate him.”
On whether he is at all concerned that Pacquiao could be taking Mosley lightly given the fact most observers expect Pacquiao to win:
“No, Manny’s not that type of person. He won’t underestimate anybody. If he was going to fight you he would train hard so we don’t have that problem.” continue
BOSTON (March 3, 2011) – New England light heavyweight champion Joe Gardner has yet to let an overzealous opponent get the best of him in his return to the ring, and he’s not about to let “Irish” Joey McCreedy’s bold prediction faze him, either. continue
International Masters Light Middleweight Champion Yassine El Maachi is set to be back in action again this month, co-headlining the Steve Goodwin promoted ‘Essex Eruption’ Super Show at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, Essex on Saturday 19th March 2011. continue
ATLANTIC CITY (March 2, 2011) - Pound for Pound Promotions is proud to announce an exciting eight bout professional boxing card at Bally’s Atlantic City on Saturday, April 2, 2011. The card will be headlined by a battle between unbeaten rising super middleweights Farah Ennis (17-0, 11 KO) of Philadelphia, PA and Alexander Johnson (10-0, 4 KO) of Oxon Hill, MD in a ten round bout. continue
From Brick City Bar and Grill, Newark, NJ - March 2, 2011: Kathy Duva: "Since Zab came back to Main Events in July, he has done everything we have asked, gone above and beyond. He is taking all the steps he needs to take to regain that Jr welterweight title that he first won so many years ago, coincidentally against a South African. Before he can succeed he has to deal with this gentleman, Kaizer Mabuza, who has the same idea. Kaizer Mabuza has come here all the way from South Africa. I am sure he has worked his entire life to get to the same place. They both have the same goal. continue
TORONTO, ON – (March 2, 2011) On April 16th, the Sons Of Orangeville come home, headlined by NABA Lightweight champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KO’s) and his highly anticipated Orangeville debut against tough-as-nails Mexican Uriel Barrera (19-5, 10 KO’s) at the Tony Rose Arena. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Here we go again with the good news: Wladimir Klitschko (55-3-0) and David Haye (25-1-0) are not only back in negotiations, but have already solidified a few bullet points. continue
Orlando, Florida - Undefeated WBC number one cruiserweight contender, Francisco 'The Wizard' Palacios ( 20-0,13KO's ) weighed exactly 210 pounds during the 30 day pre-weigh ceremony for his upcoming fight against current WBC champion, Krzysztof 'Diablo' Wlodarczyk ( 44-2, 32 KO's ) on April 2, 2011 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise continues to roll with an action-packed doubleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: SAUL ALVAREZ VS. MATTHEW HATTON AND DANIEL PONCE DE LEON VS. ADRIEN BRONER is seen SATURDAY, MARCH 5 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Cal., 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
Tijuana featherweight Omar Estrella (13-3-2, 8KOs) finished up late last week his latest assignment as the chief sparring partner of three-time world champion Humberto "Zorrita" Soto (54-7-2, 32KOs) as the current World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champ prepares for his Saturday, March 5th match up against Fidel Monterrosa of Colombia. The ten round bout will be televised in Mexico by Televisa. continue
By James Slater: Britain’s Carl Froch, a fighter who has fought an amazing run of ultra-quality fighters back-to-back over the last 14-months or so, is already talking about what could come next for him once the “Super Six” is done. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Puerto Rican sensation Juan Manuel Lopez, already having captured titles at 122 and 126-pounds, says he will move up again in 2012 as he searches for more glory. Speaking on Fightnews.com, 27-year-old “Juanma,” currently in the early days of getting ready for his WBO featherweight title defence against Orlando Salido, said he has two fights set at 126, and that after that he will move to 130. continue
Following his sensational Gold winning performance, at the British University and Colleges Championships in Coventry last week, Brighton teenager Jake Towse, who fights for the Hastings West Hill Amateur Boxing Club, is hoping to repeat this success in the Southern Counties ABA competition on Saturday 12th March. continue
Irish based Cuban heavyweight Mike "The Rebel" Perez will be out to impress UK fight fans this Friday when he takes on two time European title challenger, Ismail Abdoul over 8 rounds at the Doncaster Dome. Perez has racked up a dozen straight wins since turning professional in 2008 with ten of those coming by KO and an incredible 8 of those coming in the first round. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 114th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) who is scheduled to face young Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title this Saturday March 5 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Hatton spoke about his upcoming opportunity and also provided opinions and insights into his career and the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say:
On how he is feeling about his upcoming matchup against Saul Alvarez:
“Yeah, I’m very excited about the fight. You know it’s a fantastic opportunity for me. It’s a fight that has been mentioned to me in the past so I always knew that this fight would come and it’s here now. It’s a fight I’m very confident going into and I’m very excited about.”
His views on the fact this fight was eventually upgraded to a fight for the vacant WBC 154 pound championship:
“Oh it’s a great honor to be fighting for the WBC title. It’s a great bout to be fighting for and I’m fighting an excellent fighter in Saul Alvarez so I couldn’t be more pleased about this opportunity, really. I’m just so excited about it. I’m in great shape. I prepared well for this fight so I’m really looking forward to it.” continue
By Michael Montero: The Los Angeles Matadors were back in action Monday night at the Avalon Hotel in Hollywood, where they took on the Memphis Force, the team that had upset them in week nine of the World Series of Boxing (WSB). The sellout crowd got their money’s worth as all five bouts entertained, three of them ending within the distance. continue
NEW YORK, NY (Mar. 1, 2011) – Today’s media conference call featured WBO Jr. Middleweight Champion, Sergiy “Razor” Dzinziurk in advance of his “Diamond Elite” clash with Middleweight Champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez on March 12 from the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods, airing live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Also on the call were Dzinizruk’s co-trainer, Buddy McGirt; his advisor, Harry Kazandjian; Josh Roy from Banner Promotions, his co-promoter; and Lou DiBella, the promoter of the event. continue
NEW YORK (March 1, 2011) -- World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto, two-division World Champion Ricardo Mayorga and Cotto’s trainer, Emanuel Steward, participated in a national media conference call to discuss the upcoming, highly-anticipated world championship event on Saturday, March 12, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., produced and distributed LIVE on SHOWTIME PPV®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
Showtime boxing analyst Al Bernstein called the Miguel Acosta-Brand Rios WBA Lightweight Title match “a classic, fought in a weight division that could produce other classics in the coming months and years.” He added, “That was our kick-off Showtime Championship Boxing match of 2011 and it turned out to be one of the most skillfully fought and most exciting matches the lightweights have seen in years.” continue
European lightweight Champion John Murray heads to the capital and now headlines the York Hall on Saturday 2nd April.The unbeaten Manchester star makes the second defence of his title against the reigning Spanish champion Karim El Ouazghari from Barcelona.. continue
I gave him a chance, up to 14 days out. But my new terms are all the way up to the fight. They can come get us whenever, all the way up to the fight, random drug test. That’s what it is…
--Floyd Mayweather Jr.
“There is no reason to think my fighter is dirty,” We have passed every test ever given to us.”
By now I am just plain sick of all the talk surrounding the PEDS issue and the attendant testing controversy. It’s been going on ad nauseam and it’s time these guys stepped up to the plate. Speaking of “these guys,” both continue to cherry pick. One dos it by choosing his opponents carefully, the other by using long intervals between fights. One does it better than the other. However, in so doing, they avoid one another and that’s not what the fans want. continue
By Ted Spoon: There is a reason why the thumping Argentinean, for many people's money, is the greatest middleweight in the division's history; it's the same reason why many believe the 'bald-headed' one deserves the accolade…neither budged from their natural poundage. That may sound very vague, certainly the talents of each need not be emphasized, but in not venturing north they were able to amass unrivaled pedigrees at 160lbs. 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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Brandon Rios scoring a come from behind 10th round KO against Miguel Acosta for the WBA lightweight title
• Antonio DeMarco beating Reyes Sanchez in a 12 round decision
• Rumors circulating about a potential July 2 heavyweight unification bout between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye
• Tommy Morrison not fighting Erik Barrak due to his refusal to submit a blood test
• Juan Manuel Marquez potentially leaving Golden Boy to pursue a match against Manny Pacquiao
• Kelly Pavlik being confirmed as part of the Pacquiao-Mosley under card and Pavlik’s future
by Mark Lovell: Current IBO Cruiserweight championship holder Danny Green, 37, is pondering retirement after he underwent emergency surgery in early January. Green, who holds a profesional record of 37(27)-3-0, has reportedly had difficulty returning to full fitness after a large abscess was removed from his abdomen. continue
By James Slater: As soon as the fans got their breath back after Filipino’s second biggest boxing star scored that sensational 2nd-round KO of Mexico’s Fernando Montiel, the question was who would the 28-year-old fight next. “The Filipino Flash” said his preference, before moving up in weight in search of further glory, would be to try and win another title at his current weight of bantamweight. And now, according to Cameron Dunkin in talking with Ringtv.com, this is what will likely happen. continue
(WASHINGTON DC) –Super Middleweight World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (Dublin, Calif.) will take his talents outside of the boxing ring to Washington DC today for the 12th annual National Health Through Fitness Day. Ward will join Everlast and the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA) in the nation’s capitol to advocate for key legislation promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all Americans. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will originate from ESPN’s Wide World Of Sports Complex as part of ESPN the Weekend on March 4 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 where undefeated, light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (14-0, 12 KO’s, WBC #8) and Jr. welterweight “Sugar” Ray Narh (24-1, 21 KO’s) are featured in 10-round co- main events. Each won their last fight on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins-Roy Jones Jr. main event. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Josten’s Center, describing the action. continue
On March 19th 2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier "La Sombra" Solis wants to become the first ever Cuban professional heavyweight champion against World Boxing Council (WBC) titlist Vitali Klitschko at Lanxess-Arena in Cologne, Germany. Only one week later, on March 26th, Yuriorkis Gamboa defends his WBA and International Boxing Federation (IBF) championships against Jorge Solis from Mexico. continue
By James Slater - Eager to get back into the ring, former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, now clean and sober due to that recent stint in rehab, will fight on the under-card of the May 7th Manny Pacquiao-Sugar Shane Mosley showdown in Las Vegas.
Pavlik’s manager, Cameron Dunkin spoke exclusively to Ring Magazine’s web site, revealing that “The Ghost” will face one of three guys. Unbeaten Alfonso Lopez of Texas is the frontrunner at present, but Bryan Vera (who was originally supposed to face Pavlik on November 13th) and Joe Spina are also being considered. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: A unique concept in boxing is being staged in Melbourne, Australia this Friday night, 4 March 2011, where two of Australia’s best light heavyweights take to the ring in a winner takes all bout. Victorian Blake Caparello (5-0-1, 2 KOs) takes on Michael Bolling (12-1, 10 KOs) of New South Wales in a 12 round showdown, which will see the winner take home $10,000 for their efforts and the loser leave empty handed.
With a large bounty being thrown for whoever emerges victorious, the concept of handsomely rewarding the winner and not paying the loser has proved effective in getting both fighters into the ring to face each other. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons:“The highlanders are coming down by the hundreds and thousands. Are you ready for a war?!”
Fans watching the March 12th Sergio Marintez-Sergei Dzinziruk bout on HBO could be in for an entertaining evening. Unbeaten middleweight Craig “MacIntosh” McEwan, 19-0 (10 KOs) is facing Andy Lee, 24-1 (18 KOs) on the undercard. McEwan, a quick-fisted, mobile Scotsman, began boxing in Edinburgh at the age of seven and became one of Scotland's top amateurs. In 13 years as an amateur he fought 376 bouts, winning 10 gold medals and a bronze medal in the Commonwealth Games. continue
BOSTON (March 1, 2011) – With 15 extra pounds of muscle, a new training regimen and a new outlook on boxing, “Irish” Joey McCreedy is predicting a breakthrough year in 2011.
First, he must get past New England light heavyweight champion Joe Gardner on March 16th, 2011 in the eight-round main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Boxing At The Royale” show in Boston, a task the former EBA (Eastern Boxing Association) champion doesn’t think will take too long. continue
Cuban heavyweight prospect Glendy Hernandez (5-0 with 2 KO) will face a tough test as he headlines the next edition of "Badia Spices Friday Night Fights" on Friday, March 11 at 8:30 PM at the Magic City Casino, located at NW 7 Street and 37th Avenue. continue
By Joseph Herron: In Rocky II, the main character finds himself in the biggest fight of his humble boxing career versus a stronger, more skilled and technically proficient champion. During the fight, the champion, Apollo Creed, takes an early lead by putting on a boxing clinic, not only by out-boxing the overmatched challenger, but also hurting him with power shots. Balboa could have easily become discouraged and conceded defeat to a worthy champion, but those of us who were watching the movie for the first time knew that Rocky had the intestinal fortitude to work his way back into the fight and eventually defeat the powerful champ. continue
NEW YORK (March 1, 2011) - Female boxing star Maureen Shea of the Bronx, New York will host a landmark reality show in Mexico, with filming beginning later this month in Chiapas, Mexico. The show, entitled "Todas Contra Mexico", will pit a team of female pro boxers from Mexico against an international team of female boxers. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Slowly but surely, the amount of boxers who call Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2) a cheater in one way or another are adding up. His remarkable fairytale-like victories are beginning to appear fictional. While personally I don’t subscribe to badmouthing Manny Pacquiao for his vigorous training regime and unbelievable dedication, I do see what the naysayers are pointing at. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 28, 2011) – Former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio, the Colombian power puncher now living in New Jersey and fighting for Boxing 360, fought last Saturday night for the first time in North American since losing his title in 2007. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (February 28, 2011) - The professional debut of six-time Polish national amateur champion Kamil Laszczyk has been rescheduled for this Friday night, March 4 at the Cordon Bleu Banquet Hall in Woodhaven, New York. The 19-year-old Laszczyk of North Bergen, NJ by way of Wroclaw, Poland is schedule to face Emil Brooks (0-2) of Buffalo, NY in the four-round super-featherweight undercard matchup. continue
Former WBU World Lightweight Champion, turned promoter, Graham Earl is set to promote his second boxing event of the year, ‘Fists of Fury’ at the Nugent Hall at Kings Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Saturday 2nd April 2011. continue