By Joseph Herron: Back in March, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez was forced to relinquish his WBC middleweight title to proceed with his March 12th bout versus Sergiy Dzinziruk at the MGM at Foxwoods in Connecticut. continue
By James Slater: British-born former WBO cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi all but vanished after his very close points loss to current WBO king Marco Huck of Germany. That losing fight marked the 31-year-old Afolabi’s first ring appearance since his sensational “breakthrough” KO win over Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 127th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior who spoke about a variety of topics including Bernard Hopkins’ historic victory against Jean Pascal, Mannny Pacquiao’s recent win against Shane Mosley, a potential fight between his son Floyd Mayweather Junior and Victor Ortiz, Pacquiao’s upcoming third contest with Juan Manuel Marquez, Chad Dawson, the fall of Roy Jones Junior, and more! Here is what Mayweather had to say:
His views on Bernard Hopkins’ historic victory against Jean Pascal when he became the oldest man to win a major championship at age 46:
“I think that’s great. I think it’s great for one thing age-wise. I know Hopkins spoke of it one time before how he keeps himself clean without smoking and drinking and stuff. All of that’s good. All of those are good signs. I think that he did great and I think that he keeps himself up skill-wise. People doubt him and he probably doesn’t look like nothing, you know what I’m talking about, like a big, strong, physical person. What he did was he whooped Pascal with knowledge. That’s what he did. He took him to school. He did what he wanted to do with him, and then I think Pascal knew he lost the first fight and I think that he was nervous from that fight from just the way Hopkins was talking to him. He was calling him things and this and that and saying he’s scared and it showed.” continue
John Murray has vowed to continue Manchester's sporting success - and put a smile back on the red half of the city. The former British and European lightweight champion takes on big London rival Kevin Mitchell on July 9th at London's ExCeL in a mouthwatering clash, live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue
Alex Arthur is aiming to bring big-time boxing back to Edinburgh after applying to the British Boxing Board of Control for a promoter’s license. Should the UK governing body approve his application, the former World, European, Commonwealth and British super-featherweight champion hopes to promote his first event in his home city’s Meadowbank Sports Centre in August. continue
By Ziggy Shah: The past few nights have been restless for WBA Light Welter Weight Champion Amir Khan, as the continuous knocking on his door has kept him awake. The man standing on his front door is Breidis Prescott who is calling the champ to another dual to decide who is the rightful man in the division. continue
WBC Super-Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) and WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs) participated in a media work-out today in Copenhagen, Denmark. On Saturday, the two fighters will come face-to-face at renowned PARKEN Stadium. It will be the Viking Warrior´s first fight since an eye injury forced him to pull out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I have really missed the action in the ring,” the Danish national hero told reporters after today´s session with coach Jimmy Montoya. “I am in great shape and I am thrilled to be back. I have been working hard with Jimmy. He has pushed me through a lot of demanding sparring sessions. I´m ready for Bouadla. He is a tough guy who will be coming at me from the first bell, but I am well prepared.” continue
By James Slater: No doubt even more determined to carry on with his quest to once again become the undisputed heavyweight champion as a result of watching another ageless wonder in Bernard Hopkins make history recently, 48-year-old Evander Holyfield is as used to smashing the odds as Hopkins is. continue
By James Slater: Looked at by some people as the best super-middleweight in the world today, IBF champ Lucian Bute is widely expected to retain his title against mandatory challenger Jean-Paul Mendy when the two meet on July 9th. 37-year-old Mendy of France is a decent enough fighter, and of course he is unbeaten at 29-0-1(16). continue
Marcus G. (Brooklyn, NYC): I still haven't heard any concrete numbers on the Pacquiao/Mosley PPV and we're entering a full month beyond the event. I only see this meaning one thing but I wanted to get your thoughts on what it could mean? continue
Now that negotiations between World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan and potential opponents WBC Junior Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley and IBF Super Lightweight Champion Zab Judah have broken down, Colombian power puncher Breidis "The Khanqueror" Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) wants Khan to make good on his promise to face him in a rematch. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: During his half a century in boxing Jimmy Tibbs has done it all, a highly decorated amateur and professional boxer, manager and promoter, but of all his pugilistic talents he is without doubt best know as the UK’s most successful boxing coach and fight strategist. continue
By James Slater: Fans have been wanting to see unbeaten heavyweight hope Robert Helenuis take a step up in class, so as to decide for themselves if “The Nordic Nightmare” is the real deal or not. The 27-year-old who stands an impressive 6’6.5” sure is willing to prove he’s the real goods, as he’s taken on the dangerous Sam Peter and is now set to face former WBO heavyweight ruler Sergei Liakhovich in his next big test. continue
By James Slater: This coming Saturday, on the under-card of the Carl Froch-Glen Johnson “Super-Six” semi-final, exiting warrior Edison Miranda will return as a light-heavyweight. The powerful Colombian who has fallen short at world level - losing to Kelly Pavlik, Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward and Lucian Bute, being stopped by all apart from Ward - has a new trainer and his manager believes his fighter can still win a world title. continue
He's living over there, but really he's dead….And nobody cares. Frankly, nobody ever will care. But I care.
--Denny Moyer’s wife Sandy Moyer
I was about to write a time tunnel piece on a prime Hagler vs. a prime Hopkins, but then I reviewed the recently released documentary “After the Last Round” and that film just stopped me cold. It also scared the hell out of me, particularly juxtaposed against the work and research I have been doing on my series, “The Darker Side of Boxing," because it seemed to validate every suspicion I have.
In the film, the sight of the Moyer brothers, Denny and Phil, walking down a path holding each other’s hands and both wearing plastic helmets to protect them from a fall was both poignant and horrific. The sight of their 90 year old father Harry Moyer feeding them was indelible.
Denny, the first ever world light-middleweight champion, has since passed away in a nursing home in his home city of Portland, Oregon, on June 30. He was 70 and had suffered pugilistica dementia for many years. Phil, totally incapacitated with the malady, remains in the same nursing home enshrouded in a fog of living death.
Amazingly, both brothers held victories over Sugar Ray Robinson. I watched both fight on television on many a Friday night back in the day. During 1960, Denny Moyer went 4-2 while fighting the likes of Pat Lowry, Tony DeMarco, Emile Griffith (twice), Benny “Kid “‘Paret, and Jorge Fernandez. Later I recall watching a young and hungry Vito Antuofermo (24-1) brutalize an aging Denny (95-34-10) over 10 savage rounds in the Garden in 1974. I also recall how Phil Moyer beat a guy with an 88-30-10 record in only his 5th pro fight. continue
By James Slater: Imagine if, for whatever reason, Jean Pascal never afforded the currently celebrated Bernard Hopkins a chance to “avenge” his controversial 12-round draw. The amazing Hopkins, who is rightly being given huge props right now, would not have had the chance to A: make history (unless Pascal were stripped, leaving B-Hop to fight for the light-heavy crown against another guy) or B: extract revenge over the guy who decked him twice and accused him of cheating (“he accused me of eating some kind of candy,” as Hopkins put it when Pascal’s insinuations of illegal stimulant-taking reared their ugly head). continue
By James Slater: Courtesy of the easy-looking 3rd-round TKO win he scored over a listless Maurice Harris last night in Reno, 39-year-old former world title challenger Tony Thompson set himself up for an IBF final eliminator with fellow American “Fast” Eddie Chambers. “The Tiger,” 36-2(24) has now won five in a row since being stopped late by Wladimir Klitschko, and he looked heavy-handed and powerful last night. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: Less than two weeks after knocking out Nagy Aguilera the third round, Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (32-2, 28 KO’s) was back in the ring knocking out heavyweights, this time stopping Kendrick "The Apostle" Releford (22-15-2, 10 KO’s) in the seventh. Also in action at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (36-2, 24 KO’s) stopped Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris (24-15-2, 10 KO’s) in the third round on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series. continue
By Joseph Herron: On July 12th, 2008, Anthony Tyrone Thompson, who at the time was mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitchko’s IBF Heavyweight title, had a date with destiny at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany; the same venue in which he earned his title opportunity by stopping German fighter Luan Krasniqi in the fifth round just a year prior to their title eliminator bout. continue
By James Slater: History-making light heavy king Bernard Hopkins is now looking ahead to making the first defence of his Ring magazine and WBC titles. And, according to B-Hop in speaking with ESPN.com, the ageless master will fight mandatory contender Chad Dawson next. continue
NEW YORK (May 27, 2011) – Joseph King Kong Agbeko has been cleared by doctors to return to work and will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight championship against undefeated rising star and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver 118-pound titleholder Abner Mares, who will also defend his title, in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at a site to be determined. continue
Earlier today the internet was buzzing with the news that Earl-Katsidis II is possibly on the cards. The news broke after Michael Katsidis posted on his official website a statement regarding an e.mail to Michael’s manager Brendon Smith from Graham Earl, challenging Michael to a rematch of their 2007 Battle Royale. With the approach now very much out in the public domain Graham today issued the following statement. “Ever since our last fight together I was promised a rematch and the chance to get my revenge. continue
By James Slater - Back when they met in February of 2007, lightweight warriors Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl put on a truly great, all-action slugfest. Katsidis, then largely unknown on British shores, got up off the canvas to finally stop Earl, who was forced to stay on his stool at the end of the 5th-round.
Earl had battled his way back from what looked like an early defeat for him, as he clawed his way back into the fight after suffering multiple knockdowns. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive OTR Interview with Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 127th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with newly crowned WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion of the world Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs), who made history last Saturday night when he broke “Big” George Foreman’s record and became the oldest boxer at age 46 to win a major championship when he dethroned 28 year old Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs). Hopkins spoke about his historic victory and also discussed his future plans. Additionally he shared opinions about Emanuel Steward, Roy Jones Junior, Chad Dawson, and other aspects of his long and illustrious career. This is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Well let’s move to our final guest of this week’s show. We are joined by the new WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion of the world, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. How are you doing tonight, Bernard?
BERNARD HOPKINS: I’m doing good. I’m sitting back resting with my family. I got the hot tub waiting. I’m going to get in there as soon as I get done and I’m just taking it easy. You know this is like a ritual. I don’t run to the streets. I don’t go to after parties. I take care of my body which is my temple and it’s 5% of the repercussions of doing the right thing. Everything is good. I got some hickeys in the back of my head. That happens. It was a fight. Things happen and I’m just licking my wounds I can say in a good way.
JENNA: Great! Well you made some history this past weekend breaking George Foreman’s record and becoming the oldest man to win a major championship. How do you feel about your performance?
HOPKINS: First it was bittersweet but history is meant to be broken, or records rather are meant to be broken. They often aren’t, but I had a chance to make it happen and I grabbed the opportunity the second time around. So the bittersweet comes. You know George Foreman, what can we say? He was an icon. He’s “Big George” who changed his style and personality and became the loveable teddy bear George. So to break that record and to achieve my own personal goal is well worth the wait and it was worth the struggle. I feel good about the victory. I feel good about everything as far as it took place and the outcome. I mean when things happen in the ring it happens, and when the outcome comes and you’re victorious in spite of. I came out of there without any cuts and without any major swelling. I got the blessing of the year, or at least for this month. continue
Press Conference Wroclaw, Poland, Regional Center for Business Tourism
Vitali Klitschko: "I like Poland. I've been here many times. I've lived here before. I have a lot of friends here. I have many good memories linked with Poland, they're positive. It just worked out that now I'll be fighting a Polish boxer. The most important thing to me will be the result. What more can I say? I think that it'll be a positive moment that will represent our countries. To quote Nelson Mandela: 'Sport has the strength to change the world'."
"You are a bad boxer if you don't wish to win a world title. Tomasz has a chance to become one. In this situation the only questions can be: Is this too important for him? Is it too late? It's never too early, never too late. He got his chance and he definitely has a chance if he wants it. The question is though, if I will let him take that chance."
"He's (Adamek) not an easy opponent, good technique, good condition, and a big heart to boxing, strong character and a strong desire to win. Those are the most important elements in boxing." continue
by Jenna J - This week's 127th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Bernard Hopkins, Floyd Mayweather Senior, Chad Dawson, and Dan Goosen. 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:
• Bernard Hopkins UD Jean Pascal post fight thoughts
• Putting Bernard Hopkins’ historic victory of becoming oldest man to win a major championship in perspective
• Chad Dawson beating Adrian Diaconu by 12 round UD
• A potential fight between Hopkins and Dawson
• Oscar De La Hoya entering California rehab for
• Freddie Roach getting new HBO Series called “On Freddie Roach”
• Denis Lebedev scoring dramatic 10th round KO against former P4P King Roy Jones Junior
By Ziggy Shah: Boxing is a sport that has fascinated and entertained the public for many years, from the early bare-fist combats to today's 12 round gloved spectaculars. Throughout these times, comparisons have always been made about, how would boxers from past era's compare against today's elite group. continue
PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 26, 2011) – Unbeaten former two-time world champion and lineal light heavyweight champion Zsolt “Firebird” Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) will make his second straight appearance on American soil on June 4 when he takes on former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-7-1, 21 KOs) on the undercard of Carl Froch’s WBC Super Middleweight title defense against Glen Johnson in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic. continue
Newly crowned NABA and NABF Middleweight Champion, Andy Lee (26-1, 19KOs) has long held a burning desire for the opportunity to have a rematch against Brian Vera (18-5, 11KOs), who is the only boxer to have defeated the Kronk fighter in his professional career. continue
By Michael Montero - (firstname.lastname@example.org)- There’s a power shift in the boxing world right now as the previous generation’s elite appear to be on the way out, sans one particular stubborn 46 year old. Household names like Shane Mosley and Roy Jones have looked awful as of late and are all but gone, while Floyd Mayweather has been a non-factor for a while now. continue
By James Slater: It seems there is a good chance the anticipated and intriguing rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito is not dead in the water after all. As fans know, “Toney” suffered eye and facial damage in his brutal loss to Manny Pacquiao when he fought him late last year, and it was recently felt the controversial Mexican’s career would be over as he had actually suffered a detached retina during the 12-round loss. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 26, 2011) - Former World Champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams looks to show the fans that his relentless offensive output will be back and better than ever, along with his winning ways since his most recent setback; and with the opening televised bout, Rico Ramos, will be seeking to win his first world title - both bouts being featured on an HBO "Boxing After Dark" at 10:15pm ET/PT doubleheader presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Teiken Promotions on Saturday night, July 9, from the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall and hosted by Caesars Atlantic City. continue
By James Slater: “Super Six” rivals Carl Froch and Glen Johnson participated in an international conference call yesterday, to promote their upcoming June 4th semi-final. Both men had some interesting things to say. There was, as expected from two classy gentlemen of the sport such as these two old-school warriors, no trash-talk at all, only respect from both sides. continue
By James Slater: Last seen giving his all yet losing for a second time to superb Mexican Juan Manuel Lopez, 27-year-old former unified lightweight king Juan Diaz will return to action on July 29th as a light-welterweight. “The Baby Bull” will face Washington’s David Torres over a scheduled ten-rounds. Houston’s Diaz, 35-4(17) is still young enough to be able to reach the top again, and the former champ says he plans to have two fights this year, before he starts “collecting belts next year.” continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: When Bernard Hopkins left the ring after his rematch against Jean Pascal, his name and boxing legacy was through the roof. This was not only because of the fact that he is the oldest boxer to achieve this kind of a goal, but it was the way he did it. Hopkins outclassed and outsmarted the much younger Pascal, in his Pascal’s own backyard. It was exceedingly impressive to see Hopkins look so young and fresh; it was as if he just hit his peak. In a way, this fight reminded me of his domination of Kelly Pavlik back in October of 2008. continue
London (26th May 2011) The Commonwealth Boxing Council Secretary, Mr Simon Block has confirmed that the upcoming British Heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and champion Dereck Chisora will now also see the Commonwealth Heavyweight title contested for. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Recently interviewed boxing trainer and part time commentator Teddy Atlas, found no trouble in letting his words go when discussing Manny Pacquiao and Bob Arum. Atlas, who has been involved in boxing for a very respectable amount on time, is always direct and almost aggressive in his debates on any boxing topic. continue
By Teron Briggs: Following his historic win to become (at 46 years young) the oldest boxing champion in the history of the sport, Bernard Hopkins needs to return to the ring against a worthy, young, exciting fighter in a marquee matchup. A legal contract states that Hopkins must face former Light Heavyweight Champ Chad Dawson; that’s neither an anticipated fight, nor is it a particularly appealing one. The best matchup that can be made for Hopkins and the boxing public is against Montreal’s undefeated hometown hero, Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and promoter Lou DiBella held an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their upcoming Semifinal bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
By James Slater: It often seems to me as though the fans of boxing make far better match-makers than the actual, well, match-makers of the sport! If only the fans, the guys and gals who pay to see boxing, got the chance to pick and choose which fighter fought who; as the paid pros do. continue
By James Slater - WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has already begun training for his July 23rd bout, even though he is not yet sure who it is he will be fighting. As fans know, a fight between Khan and WBC/WBO 140-pound ruler Timothy Bradley fell through, leaving the Brit with a short list of alternative opponents to choose from.
This list was made up of Zab Judah (a fight Khan is said to be disinterested in as he feels Zab is a “runner”), Erik Morales (who has a planned July 30th date against a TBA in Las Vegas and according to Khan turned down an offer to fight him), Robert Guerrero (who is currently a lightweight) and Marcos Maidana (Khan’s mandatory and also a former rival). continue
By Van Dunn: Juan Manuel Marquez has apparently received his wish to get pound per pound king Manny “The Greatest” Pac-Man Pacquiao back into the ring for the third, and not the last time in November of this year. Yes, that’s right, you read it correctly. Pacquiao and Marquez will not only be fighting on November 12, 2011, but again for the fourth and final time later in the future, because I see Marquez as finally getting his much deserved “W” against an over hyped, and over confident Manny Pacquiao. continue
New boxing star Nathan Cleverly says he would love a fight against legend Bernard Hopkins. The Welshman successfully defended his WBO World Light-Heavyweight title for the first time at the weekend, while Hopkins took the World Boxing Council (WBC) crown from Jean Pascal in their rematch to become the oldest champion in history. continue
Undefeated Filipino sensation Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) has signed a multi-year contract with premier boxing promoter Bob Arum and his company Top Rank Promotions. Gesta, who is ranked by the WBO at #2, has not fought since late February but now is tentatively slated for July 9th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, on the undercard of the Brandon Rios versus Urbano Antillon WBA lightweight title bout. continue
By James Slater - New York’s Paulie Malignaggi knows all about the injuries side of boxing. A documented five times “The Magic Man” has broken his right hand, and surgery and frustratingly long inactive periods have been endured as a result.
Few if any fighters are fortunate enough to go through a career without a number of injuries, and Malignaggi’s brittle hands have been his personal bugbear.
Here Paulie discusses the injury side of the sport he has become IBF world champion in:
“For me, it’s been hand injuries,” Malignaggi said when discussing the biggest injury problem he’s had in his pro career. “It’s always been a letdown when the hand has broken and I’ve needed surgery. This is a combat sport, so you’re striking your opponent, and if you don’t have especially strong bones in your hands, as is the case with me, you can have problems. I’d say in general, training camp is the more difficult time for a boxer. The typical boxer gets more hurt in the gym than he does in an actual fight. Obviously and unfortunately, retinal injuries can be common in boxing. You can get eye damage in sparring, where you do way more rounds there than you do in the ring. Obviously broken bones, like the nose and the cheekbone, are common too.. continue
Former World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight Champion "Bad" Chad Dawson wishes to congratulate Bernard Hopkins for his record-breaking victory last Saturday night against Jean Pascal. With his unanimous decision, Hopkins became the oldest fighter to ever win a world title. continue
By Michael Mcneill: After weeks of Nicky Cook being heavily rumored as the next Challenger for Ricky Burns’ WBO Super featherweight title, it finally looks official after the WBO penciled the bout in on their website along with Boxrec. The bout, which will be Burns’s third defense of the title he won last year from Roman Martinez, will headline Warren’s show at The Echo Arena in Liverpool, with Scouser Tony Bellew defending his Commonwealth Light Heavyweight title on the undercard, in a rematch with Ovill McKenzie. continue
Boxing is a sport of drama and storylines, magical moments when lives can change in one night. Headlines and hype come easy when two boxers representing countries starved for international sports heroes collide with a world championship belt on the line. continue
By James Slater: 38-year-old former world heavyweight title challenger and current world ranked contender “Big” Michael Grant is having trouble getting an opponent to agree to step up to the plate and fight him. Now a free agent and wanting very much to earn a shot at either one of the Klitschkos or at David Haye, the experienced, powerful 6’7” warrior is coming off an impressive March KO of the huge Tye Fields (who went on to get as far as the final in the recent “Prizefighter” tournament.) continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins broke the record for consecutive title defenses when he fought at Middleweight. Bernard's faced some legendary names for his era, including a knockout win over Glen Johnson way back in 1997, a deadly boring loss to Roy Jones Jr. who eked out a win over The Executioner but never wanted a rematch...until it was so late in both their careers, that it didn't even matter. Of course Bernard won that long awaited and ugly fight. Roy didn't age as well as Bernard and that was that. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview with Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 125th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former three time super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) who is scheduled to come back on June 4 when he faces Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs). Kessler spoke about his upcoming fight and also provided his views on other aspects of the current boxing landscape, including the Super Six, Manny Pacquiao, Lucian Bute, his future plans, and more! Here is a complete transcript of that interview.
JENNA J: It’s actually time for our final guest of this week’s show and one I’m very proud to have because it’s a long time in the making. We are joined by the former three time super middleweight champion, “The Viking Warrior”, Mikkel Kessler. How are you doing today., Mikkel?
MIKKEL KESSLER: I’m doing very good. I’ve just been training.
JENNA: Excellent. Well good to hear. You’re training for an upcoming fight that you have against Mehdi Bouadla on June 4. How have the preparations been going?
KESSLER: It’s been going very good. I had some good sparring. I had problems with my eyes and it’s been going very good for the sparring rounds. I feel good. I’m ready to fight.
JENNA: Great. Now how did it feel just to get back in there and start sparring after you had that long period of inactivity?
KESSLER: Of course it was a difficult time for me the first couple of rounds because I wanted to see how my eyes reacted, but it reacted very good. I feel very good. Of course it’s been one year and two months since my last fight. It’s going to be hard to come back of course, but I feel ready. continue
By James Slater: With Bernard Hopkins’ odds-defying, history-making win over Jean Pascal, comes the hard task of finding a suitable place for the amazing 46-year-old in the all-time lists. Right now, on various web sites and in various publications, writers are debating and trying to figure out just where to rank B-Hop amongst the best boxers in history. continue
Reno, NV (May 24, 2011) - ESPN's Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will originate from Reno, Nev. May 27 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when Ring Magazines No. 10-ranked heavyweight Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (31-2, 27 KOs, World Boxing Council (WBC) #2, IBF #5, WBO #13, WBA #15) and former heavyweight world title challenger Tony "The Tiger" Thompson (35-2, 23 KO's, IBF #7) are featured in co-main events. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Reno Events Center describing the action. The card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
Bayamon, Puerto Rico's undefeated featherweight Luis "Orlandito" del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) left today for his training base in Newburgh, New York, to prepare for the biggest fight of his career against Vietnamese fighter Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs). continue
NEW YORK (May 24, 2011) – Looking to regain his status as one of the premier super middleweights in the world, former World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) 168-pound champion Mikkel “The Viking Warrior’’ Kessler will return to the ring for the first time in 14 months when he faces Mehdi Bouadla on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. continue
Tickets are now on sale for the summer sizzler between John Murray and Kevin Mitchell at London's ExCeL on Saturday 9th July. On a blockbuster show titled North 'n South, Mancunian ace Murray finally faces hard Londoner Mitchell after years of building up their bitter rivalry for the Vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Lightweight Championship. continue
John K. Way - Three months shy of his 40th Birthday the old Mexican veteran walks out to center ring and touches gloves with his young countrymen as the bell rings for the first round. Bobbing, weaving, feinting, and sliding the cagey veteran fights the fight of his life using all the tricks acquired through his vast experience to outbox his heir apparent, while punishing him with stinging counterpunches. And at the same time he absorbs his opponent’s punches without blinking, and though the pace of the fight is grueling, at the midway point after six rounds, it seemed that the veteran was on his way to his best win ever.
But unfortunately for Daniel Zaragoza, on that night in 1997 he was fighting Erik Morales, who it turns out would become even greater than Zaragoza. continue
HBO Sports will air a replay of the May 21 World Championship Boxing telecast: Tonight, Monday, May 23 (11:15 p.m.) on HBO.Tomorrow night, Tuesday, May 24 (11:00 p.m.) on HBO2. (Times are ET/PT)--Fight recap: Sports history was made Saturday night when Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO's), at 46 years old, defeated 28-year-old former WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO's), making Hopkins the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title. Not only did Hopkins take the belts from Pascal in front of 17,560 fans in his hometown of Montreal (an indoor boxing event record in Canada), but he defeated father time once again and solidified his place as one of the greatest athletes ever to compete over the age of 40. continue
By James Slater - Former undisputed cruiserweight ruler O’Neil Bell is set to make a return to the sport over three years after his last fight. The Jamaican-born 37-year-old will face fellow Jamaican Richard Hall, at cruiserweight, on June 4th at The Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The bout, which will mark Hall’s return after just over a year out, is scheduled for ten-rounds.
Bell, 26-3-1(24) was last seen being TKO’d in the 8th-round by Tomasz Adamek. continue
Martin B. (Bronx, NYC): In the past you've been very vocal about why you think Bernard Hopkins should be on the P4P list and I think his performance explained why. I know he has a brash personality and all, but I can only think of one reason why he isn't on any one elses P4P list. It's my personal opinion, but I would like to know what is yours (regarding why he isn't on these other writers' list)?
Vivek W. (ESB): This was yet another reason why I've always fancied fundamental skills over knockout ratio's and star power. Putting cheeks-in-seats do very little in my estimation to hold any weight when it comes to the balance of power against fundamental skills. I've been ripped by many for saying that the way the mythical P4P mantra is handed out now days is a slap in the face to the man for whom the term was created, (Sugar Ray Robinson), but I maintain my position and this was why. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward discussed his views on Bernard Hopkin’s history making victory against Jean Pascal in the second edition of a new series of special episodes of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) In addition to discussing the Hopkins-Pascal fight, Steward also touched on a variety of other topics including Chad Dawson’s victory over Adrian Diaconu, a potential showdown between Hopkins and Dawson, Andy Lee’s recent victory against Alex Bunema, Cornelius Bundrage versus Sechew Powerll, the upcoming fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and Sebastian Zbik, and more! Here is a complete transcript of that episode:
JENNA J: Hey boxing fans! This is Jenna J and Geoff Ciani welcoming you to another edition of Sunday Night Conversation with Emanuel Steward. We are fortunate enough to have Emanuel on the line with us right now. How are you doing tonight Emanuel?
EMANUEL STEWARD: I’m doing fine.
JENNA: Well we had quite a fight weekend. The ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins returned to the ring in a rematch against Jean Pascal. What were your thoughts on his performance?
STEWARD: I thought his performance was superb. It was an excellent performance. He did things that he had never done before and it’s not so much just the skill level, but at this stage of his career at 46 he was fighting a strong young fighter in his hometown, and not just a hometown city but it’s more like a hometown country which means everything is really stacked against him. He fought a fantastic fight. I think maybe it’s the best fight that he’s fought since Felix Trinidad. It wasn’t just winning the fight but the way he won the fight by outboxing and actually, which is not typical of Bernard Hopkins’ style, outslugging and outmatching the guy in terms of physical strength and making commitments that he’s never made before in terms of being so offensive. I thought it was his best performance when you look at everything. Even with the fight with Trinidad he still was very cautious. With Oscar he was very cautious. He would play it safe until he felt it was the proper time to execute, but in this fight here he came out in the first round and started applying pressure. The main thing I could see with the way that the fight was going that he was going to win it because you could look at his eyes and see the determination and the focus that he had going into the fight. continue
Guyanese prodigal son, unbeaten super middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen, returns home to Georgetown, Guyana for an Independence Day showdown Saturday night (May 28) versus Kwesi Jones (7-1, 4 KOs) in a 12-round match for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title, at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Allen (14-0-1, 9 KOs), a 25-year-old southpaw now living in Brooklyn, turned pro seven years ago in Georgetown. He moved a year later to Perth, Western Australia in order to advance his pro boxing career, but 18 months later he returned to Guyana. continue
By James Slater: It has been announced officially today how bitter British heavyweight rivals Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will clash in their eagerly awaited bout on July 23rd. Hennessey Sports made the announcement, reporting how the clash of the two unbeaten big men will go ahead at the historic Wembley Arena. continue
By GM Ross: In Montreal, Quebec, on May 21, Bernard Hopkins once again overcame father time, defeating Ring Magazine champ Jean Pascal in a rematch via unanimous decision. Their first meeting was deemed a majority draw, but a large percentage of boxing fandom scored it in Hopkins’ favor. With the win Hopkins claims the WBC and Ring Magazine titles, becoming the oldest man to reign as champion of the world. Hopkins refused to pay the IBO’s sanctioning fee, making that portion of Pascal’s crown vacant. continue
"Training went very well and we're putting on the finishing touches. The hard work is done." Orlando Cuellar
Orlando Cuellar, trainer of Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) says he's expecting an easy night when his fighter takes on World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl "Cobra" Froch. continue
By John K. Way: Three months shy of his 40th Birthday the old Mexican veteran walks out to center ring and touches gloves with his young countrymen as the bell rings for the first round. Bobbing, weaving, feinting, and sliding the cagey veteran fights the fight of his life using all the tricks acquired through his vast experience to outbox his heir apparent, while punishing him with stinging counterpunches. continue
By James Slater: Former undisputed cruiserweight ruler O’Neil Bell is set to make a return to the sport over three years after his last fight. The Jamaican-born 37-year-old will face fellow Jamaican Richard Hall, at cruiserweight, on June 4th at The Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The bout, which will mark Hall’s return after just over a year out, is scheduled for ten-rounds. continue
The Brawl to Settle it ALL!
Wembley Arena, Saturday July 23rd.
London (23rd May 2011) Hennessy Sports are delighted to announce that Wembley Arena will be the hosts for the eagerly awaited domestic super fight between Heavyweight Sensation Tyson Fury and current champion Dereck Chisora for the British Heavyweight Championship on Saturday 23rd July. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: For journalists, Roy Jones Jr. is the perfect prototype fighter for writing headlines, on both extremes. Throughout the majority of his career, a story about him could allow you to use the most super of superlatives. In more recent times, his performances have seemed to give a writer license to throw knockout blows on the keyboard. In both cases, definite headline grabbers. continue
By James Slater: New WBO light-heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly has a number of options for the future, but one man who has added his name to the list of guys calling out the unbeaten 24-year-old is fellow Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli. The former WBO cruiserweight champ has not been in action since suffering a brutal 7th-round stoppage at the hands of Germany’s Alexander Frenkel last September, yet he resumed training a few months after that loss and is close to making his return as a 175-pounder. continue
By Robert Jackson: How great is Bernard Hopkins? Much greater considering his history making win and the loss by his contemporary and rival Roy Jones in brutal fashion. Roy’s once great legacy is in shambles, he’s proved all of his critics right. Just a ‘big name’ on some up-and-comers resume. And poor matchmaking also. continue
By GM Ross: “Bad” Chad Dawson looked downright gentle in his twelve round, light heavyweight contest with Adrian “the Shark” Diaconu last night in Montreal, Quebec. This was the second sub-par performance in a row for Dawson, who seemed content to pitter-pat his way to the final bell. Diaconu, for his part, was not incredibly active either, but did mount noticeable offense in the last minute of at least eight rounds. I scored the fight 116-112 Diaconu, and here’s why. continue
By James Slater: Far from being disappointed at the way his world record for being the oldest man in boxing history to have won a world title was smashed by Bernard Hopkins last night, fellow living legend George Foreman is feeling nothing but happy for the 46-year-old light-heavyweight king. continue
by John Wight: No one should be left in any doubt after witnessing George Groves’ victory over James De Gale in front of a packed crowd at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night that poetic justice is the sweetest kind there is. continue
By James Slater: So much for James “Chunky” DeGale’s pre-fight promise of knocking out “ugly kid” George Groves inside four-rounds. As fans know, last night’s bitter grudge-match ended with Commonwealth super-middleweight champ Groves winning via close, controversial decision. A good fight, with plenty of action that saw both men cut and marked up, the 12-round majority verdict that went to Groves has resulted in plenty of debate. continue
By James Slater: Though unbeaten Welshman Nathan Cleverly never got the big fight he wanted last night in London, the WBO light-heavyweight champ aims to get the mega-fights in the near future. Coming through last night against late replacement of a late replacement, Aleksy Kuziemski, the Pole being a sub for Tony Bellew who was to have replaced original foe Juergen Braehmer, “Clev” scored a 4th-round TKO win - the first defence of his WBO belt. continue
By GM Ross: Tonight, in Montreal, Quebec, Bernard Hopkins defeated WBC, IBO and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion of the world Jean Pascal of Montreal, Quebec, via unanimous decision to become - at forty-six years of age - the oldest man to ever hold a world title. continue
By Paul Strauss: Congratulations to Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. At 46 yrs of age, he becomes the oldest man ever to win a legitimate world championship, surpassing George Foreman and his kayo over Michael Moore. B-Hop kept saying he was going to do, but there were more than a few doubters. After all, boxing is the toughest sport, and realistically how many forty-six year olds are competing at a high level in any sport. continue
Even though he won't be appearing in the main event tonight, former WBC world champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (29-1, 17 KO's) is eagerly awaiting his chance to remind the world he is the best fighter on the card. continue
This was Roy Jones claim on the VT that ran before his ring entrance. Roy Jones was able, somehow, to keep a straight face.
Walking to the ring, he looked ancient. During the American national anthem he appeared to age. Lebedev is not a great puncher, but he is a cruiserweight with a 72% KO ratio and Jones is a fighter whose best days were some 32 pounds south and whose punch resistance had evaporated. The opening bell was a nervous moment.
Roy handled himself well though, and although he wasn’t moving particularly fast, he was moving well and with good economy. Retaining his energy was going to be a necessity against Lebedev. Although his footwork was not particularly graceful or quick he was well organised and looked to keep the pressure on. Roy flashed out a lightning right hand reminiscent of his younger days at the two minute mark and nicked the round, seemingly feeling good after his dead-man walk to the ring, hooting as he boxed. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Moscow, Russia (or this afternoon in the U.S), the career of one the finest boxers of the last 20 years surely came to an end, as cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev scored a scary-looking 10th-round stoppage over 42-year-old legend Roy Jones Junior. continue
By Matt McGrain: Legendary boxing man Charley Rose ranked Stanley Ketchel as the greatest fighter of his weight in history. So did Nat Fleischer. Joe Gan's termed him a “past master” without equal amongst his contemporaries. James J Corbett and Battling Nelson labelled him the greatest fighter of his time, Abe Attell labelled him the greatest ever. continue
by Prince Dornu-Leiku: Boxer Ray Narh is telling his fans to look forward to better days as he continues the quest to rake in a world title fight, but not to dwell too much on his recent defeat to Mike Alvarado in Las Vegas, USA. Narh admits it may be a disappointment because he lost the chance to press for an immediate crack at any of the world title holders in the Junior Welterweight division, but the defeat could also be a blessing in disguise. continue
By James Slater: Speaking exclusively with The Desert Sun website, WBC/WBO light-welterweight champion Timothy Bradley today confirmed he will not be facing WBA ruler Amir Khan on the planned date of July 23rd. In spite of the fact that Khan is reported to have instructed Golden Boy Promotions to offer Bradley half of his U.K pay-per-view money in an effort at getting him to agree to the fight, Bradley will not be taking the fight this summer. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 125th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) who is coming off an impressive twelve round unanimous decision against Arthur Abraham in the Super Six Semi-Finals. Ward spoke about his victory and also explained why he would prefer to face Carl Froch in the Finals. He also shared his views on Floyd Mayweather, the upcoming rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal, Manny Pacquiao’s recent victory against Shane Mosley, and more! Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His views on the style and approach of Arthur Abraham during the first three rounds:
“Well I don’t think it was a drastically different style. He just came out and landed some good shots. He just came out more aggressively. I think that’s what it boils down to, but I knew that if he wanted to hold that pace, I knew my conditioning was better than his and I knew that I could hold that pace. Number one, and number two, you know he fought like that his whole career and I just didn’t see him coming out of himself for the entire fight. I thought maybe in spots like in the early rounds, but I knew in my gut and my team knew that eventually he would go back to his old ways which he eventually did around the fourth or fifth round and also for the rest of the fight.”
On whether it was difficult to get through Abraham’s guard early in the fight:
“I think it was difficult to get through the guard the whole fight. People don’t give Arthur credit for his defense and his craftiness. He was very crafty and he would do this thing where he times you. So he’ll have his hands up and he’ll anticipate a punch coming and when he does he’ll squeeze real tight and he’s already low to the ground. You know he’s one of the shortest super middleweights out there. He’s very thick and stocky so his defense and the small intricate things he does are very underrated and he has an airtight defense. So it wasn’t easy at all the whole night, but I think one thing early on is I had to find my range because like I said, he’s one of the shorter super middleweights out there but he’s got long arms for a short guy. So you don’t think he can reach you and then all of a sudden he reaches you out of nowhere. I think early on I had to make that adjustment to find the right range to hit and not get hit, and once I found that I think things started working out in my favor.” continue
By Joseph Herron: In the boxing universe, a live event is incomparable. The air is electric and the excitement is so thick you can almost cut it with a knife…especially when Heavyweights are in the Main Event. continue
By James Slater: Although they went 1-1 in a lengthy, yet not too exciting rivalry, there is no debate that Bernard Hopkins has aged considerably better than has Roy Jones Junior. The two met as young middleweights way back in 1993, with R.J winning a fairly wide unanimous decision. It was a long 17-years before the two all-time greats met again; with “The Executioner” prevailing via an ugly 12-round UD this time around. continue
By James Slater: A few days ago, news broke saying the career of Mexico’s Antonio Margarito was all but over due to how “Tony” had suffered a detached retina in his punishing loss to Manny Pacquiao last November. Margarito was badly banged up in the fight with Pac-Man, and his right orbital bone was broken and required surgery. It was easy to accept, then, that a detached retina could also have been suffered. continue
By James Slater: As fans are aware, former 147 and 154-pound titlist Paul “The Punisher” Williams is set to return to the ring on July 9th. Originally, Japanese fighter and former interim WBA light-middleweight champ Nobuhiro Ishida was announced as the opponent, but then cable giant HBO had a change of heart and decided the 35-year-old wasn’t up to scratch.. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J, Geoffrey Ciani, and Chauncy Welliver) - This week’s 125th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (31-2, 27 KOs) who is coming off of an impressive third round stoppage against Nagy Aguilera (16-6, 11 KOs). Arreola is now preparing to fight again on May 27 against Kendrick Releford (22-14-2, 10 KOs). Arreola spoke about his recent victory and discussed his upcoming fight and his quick turnaround. Additionally, fellow heavyweight contender and On the Ropes Co-Host Chauncy Welliver (47-5-5, 17 KOs, #11 WBO, #9 WBC) issued a challenge to Arreola which he seemed both willing and eager to accept. A showdown between Arreola and Welliver would undoubtedly provide entertainment and fireworks between two of the more exciting ranked fighters in the weight class. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It is actually time for our second guest of this week’s show. He is a current contender in the heavyweight division making his second appearance “On the Ropes”. We’re joined by Cristobal Arreola. How are you doing today, Chris?
CHRIS ARREOLA: I’m doing good. I’m about to have some lunch right now in a little bit.
JENNA: Alright well last time we saw you in the ring against Nagy Aguilera you looked pretty good. You were down to 234. How did you feel?
ARREOLA: I felt great. You know I felt a lot faster obviously, but there are always things I need to correct. I think I should have given myself a little more space, and moved my head a little bit more, and not chased him around the ring as much as I did. But overall I would give myself about a C-. There is always room for improvement. continue
By Paul Strauss: Some readers can't seem to communicate without getting overly emotional. Calm down guys, no one is trying to say you're stupid, and if you are, at least try to hide it! The intent was to have a little fun and at the same time provide you with a chance to get in "Your Two Cents". Besides, everyone knows that "Two Cents" (opinion) isn't worth much. That's why support is needed......kind of like weeding out the morons. continue
Montreal, Canada (May 19)...With American and Canadian media in attendance, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins hosted a media workout today at a local boxing gym in Montreal, Canada where the 46-year-old Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of Famer discussed his championship rematch against World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal which takes place this Saturday, May 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. In a rare fight week occurrence, Hopkins even stopped to pose and speak with several amateur fighters and fans stating "I promise you this will be the only time you see me on my knee." continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast - Following what can only be described as a lively press conference at the O2 arena ahead of his fight with nemesis James ‘Chunky’ DeGale, I grabbed a few words with ‘The Saint’ George Groves and was left slightly surprised when he gave the bold prediction “I will knock James DeGale out in one round.” The question is, can Groves live up to his words or has his mouth written a cheque his fists can’t cash?
The impression I got from seeing both DeGale and Groves up close, just two days removed from their blockbuster British showdown, is that it was in fact James DeGale who looked the more relaxed – despite Groves’ prediction (which he didn’t make in front of the Sky cameras, but can be heard on the Boxing Clever Podcast). As always Groves was in a suit, shirt and tie and seemed pensive and slightly awkward, whilst DeGale was far less formal in a tracksuit and seemed all the more relaxed for it, cracking jokes with his entourage. But is DeGale perhaps taking his former amateur conqueror too lightly and will it cost him?
My view is that DeGale does deserve to be the favourite based on his superb British tile winning performance against Paul Smith and that he will have a little too much for Groves. Yet I don’t think it will be the cakewalk that many predict as George Groves, although lacking DeGale’s Olympic medal, was an extremely accomplished performer in the unpaid ranks, is unbeaten as a pro and possesses potent power, as ten out of twelve ko’d victims will attest. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 125th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Andre Ward, Mikkel Kessler, and Chris Arreola. 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:
• Andre Ward UD12 Arthur Abraham post fight thoughts
• The perception that Ward has a boring style or is not entertaining enough
• Where does Abraham go from here?
• Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez III looking likely for November 12, after Marquez signed a contract with Top Rank.
• Marquez risking Pacquiao fight by taking July 2 tune-up bout against former lightweight champion David Diaz
• Chris Arreola TKO3 victory against Nagy Aguilera post fight thoughts
• Chris Arreola versus Chauncy Welliver?
• Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye faceoff interview in the UK—is Klitschko getting to Haye mentally?
• Kermit Cintron versus Carlos Molina agreed for July 19 (first fight for Cintron in 14 months)
• Sergio Martinez slated to face the winner of Chavez Jr. and Zbik this October at Foxwoods should Zbik win
• Bob Arum stating he would like to match Chavez Jr. up against Miguel Cotto should Chavez win the title against Zbik
By John Gabriel Thompson: Though the Canadian and Belgian judges both scored the bout a majority draw, the majority of boxing fans and pundits, as well as the American judge of the match, believed that Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KO’s) did enough to take the title from WBC and IBO Light Heavyweight Champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KO’s) in December of last year. An old adage in boxing goes that a challenger has to “take” the title from the champion – in other words, it’s not simply enough to outbox the defending champion and come away with a close decision, but one must take the fight to the champ. continue
“Dynasty II: Pascal vs. Hopkins” is presented by Groupe Yvon Michel and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Casino de Montreal, Videotron and Coors Light. The 12-round WBC, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship fight will take place Saturday, May 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada and will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT in the United States and distributed live on pay-per-view in Canada on Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, Viewer’s Choice and Sasktel in French and English beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. A 12-round light heavyweight bout between former World Champions Chad Dawson and Adrian Diaconu will also be featured on the telecast. Dawson vs. Diaconu is presented in association with Gary Shaw Productions and InterBox. continue
Nathan Cleverly will now make the first defence of his WBO World Light-Heavyweight title against Aleksy Kuziemski from Poland this Saturday at the 02 Arena in London. Liverpool's Tony Bellew, who had stepped in this morning to replace Juergen Braehmer, has been beaten by the scales to make the pre-fight weight check today. continue
THE betting on Betfair suggests that James ‘Chunky’ DeGale will avenge his 2006 amateurs defeat to George Groves when the pair come to blows at the O2 Arena on Saturday. Olympic gold medallist DeGale is the 1-3 favourite to come out on top in this ill-tempered ‘Battle of Britain’. continue
By James Slater: Saturday night’s supporting bout between arch-rivals James DeGale and George Groves has some genuine competition for distinction of grudge-match of the night. Today at a press conference to officially announce how Liverpool’s unbeaten Commonwealth champ Tony Bellew will step in at short notice to face unbeaten Welsh star Nathan Cleverly, the two traded insults and, almost, blows. continue
By James Slater: Paul Williams needs a new opponent for his July 9th, HBO-televised comeback. As fans know, Japanese fighter Nobuhiro Ishida, fresh off his stunning upset of the unbeaten James Kirkland, was to have taken the July date with “The Punisher.” However, according to Dan Rafael, who has been given info by “multiple sources involved in the event,” HBO withdrew the initial approval they gave for the match-up; pulling the plug on Tuesday. continue
Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight fighter, currently ranked # 3 in the WBA , # 9 in the WBC and # 13 in the WBO rankings won a 10 round unanimous decision against Alex ‘The Technician ‘ Bunema at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, United States tonight. continue
Matthew Macklin raised eyebrows amongst the German media yesterday when he came face to face with Felix Sturm at their press conference in Cologne ahead of their World title fight in the city on June 25th. Two time European Middleweight Champ Macklin made a big impression by addressing the assembled media in perfect German but he has promised that the charm offensive will be replaced with a far more aggressive offensive once he enters the ring at the 20,000 seater Lanxess Arena next month. continue
Liverpool's dynamite punching Tony Bellew has stepped in to face big rival Nathan Cleverly this Saturday (21st May) at The O2 in London. Bellew, 28, will challenge for Cleverly's WBO World Light-Heavyweight title after Braehmer was stripped of the title and the Welshman installed as champion. continue
Gavin Rees says his dream of becoming a two-weight World champion will begin with victory against Irishman Andy Murray in their June 4 fight for the vacant European Lightweight title in Cardiff. continue
Montreal, Canada (May 18)...Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Jean Pascal made it clear at today's final press conference in Montreal, Canada that they both want to let their fists do the talking when they meet this Saturday, May 21 at the Bell Center in Montreal in a bout that will be televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing® in the United States and on pay-per-view in Canada. Hopkins spoke first, repeating the statement he made at the final press conference in December prior to his first fight against Pascal. Pascal then approached the podium and made the same statement. Both fighters immediately exited the press conference venue, showing they are 100 percent focused on Saturday night's WBC, WBC Diamond and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Championship fight. continue
By James Slater: Former IBF welterweight champ Kermit Cintron is set to return to action on the under-card of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon lightweight battle that will go ahead at The Home Depot Centre in Carson, CA on July 9th. According to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the Puerto Rican will face Mexican danger man Carlos Molina in a scheduled ten-rounder at light-middleweight. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - 20 year old junior welterweight prospect Chris Steel (2-0, 0 KOs) is looking to impress his hometown fans and improve to 3-0 when he returns to the ring against Danny Dontchev Friday night at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Lanark,Scotland. Steel made his pro debut last November when he scored six round unanimous decision victory against Daniel Thorpe and he followed that up with another decision victory against Philip Boyle back in February. Steel is looking to continue his winning ways to build off these victories and establish the foundation for what he hopes will be a successful career in the professional ranks. I was recently afforded the opportunity to chat with the young boxer about his upcoming fight and here is what he had to say:
How was training and preparation for your upcoming fight against Danny Dontchev this Friday night?
Training has been good. The only change for this fight has been less weight training and more time running on the road. Roadwork is the petrol in the tank so I spent a lot of time on the road and doing sprints along with some changes in my diet. I'm sitting right on my weight just now where I want to be, no pressure and I won't be struggling to make the weight in the next few days. continue
By GM Ross: In his recent Globe and Mail article entitled “Requiem for Boxing: the Decline of the Sweet Science” Stephen Brunt writes of boxing’s declining popularity worldwide and the rise of MMA as a global phenomenon. Brunt begins his essay with an Ontario focus, discussing the popularity of the recent UFC event in Toronto, before shifting his attention to boxing and MMA on the world stage, illustrating the latter’s position atop the hierarchy of combat sport spectatorship. continue
By Joseph Herron: Since the dawning of MMA popularity, it’s become obvious to most ringside observers, that boxing is more of a gentleman’s sport than its detractors once believed. Pugilism is a strategic chess match which promotes athleticism and sportsmanship, rather than a blood sport that promotes violence and brutality, as once believed. continue
CHICAGO, IL (May 17, 2011) Puerto Rican welterweight Luis “SITO” Santiago burst onto the Chicago boxing scene on April 1st with a thunderous pro debut, dropping William Bokhart three times in the first round on his way to a stoppage stunning the huge crowd at the UIC Pavilion. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (May 17, 2011) – Officially, the ring record of eight-division world champion Congressman MANNY PACQUIAO is 53-3-2, 38 KOs. However, after watching Manny’s knockout performance on the season premiere of Comedy Central’s immensely popular tosh.0, Tonight! Tuesday, May 17, at 10 p.m. ET, there may be a few adjustments made to Manny’s official record. I can say no more! continue
ST. CHARLES, Mo.-Promoter Don King will bring Devon Alexander "The Great" (21-1, 13 KOs) back to the St. Louis area on June 25 to face a significant test in his hometown from noted Argentine knockout artist and World Boxing Organization No.-3 ranked contender Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Recently I undertook an interview with former IBO Light welterweight World Champion Colin Lynes on his career to date. With the news that Colin is to take part in the Matchroom Sports excellent Prizefighter - Welterweights II on June 7th I took the opportunity to catch up with Colin again, this time to get his views on Prizefighter, as well as his opponents on June 7th. continue
Reporters and TV cameras packed el Zipperle restaurant in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, for yesterday's press conference to promote Team Puerto Rico's blockbuster June 10 and 11 back-to-back "Boricua Invasion I & II" boxing events at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. continue
HBO Sports serves up a double dose of hard-hitting action when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JEAN PASCAL VS. BERNARD HOPKINS II AND CHAD DAWSON VS. ADRIAN DIACONU is presented live SATURDAY, MAY 21 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT) from the Bell Centre in Montreal, exclusively on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired, presented in HDTV and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (May 18, 2011) – Eight-division world champion and BWAA Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY PACQUIAO played a little chin music at the expense of comedian DANIEL TOSH during Tuesday night’s season premiere of Comedy Central’s immensely popular tosh.0, the latest in a string of comedy shows Pacquiao has been featured on, including Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Sports Show with Norm MacDonald. continue
By James Slater: While IBF 140-pound champ Zab Judah is of the belief that a fight against WBA ruler Amir Khan would be something of a step backwards for him, Khan has made it clear he has no great desire to get the fight on either. With his big unification match with WBC and WBO light-welterweight champ Tim Bradley now dead in the water (for this summer at least), Khan is in need of a marketable opponent for his July 23rd date in America. continue
By James Slater - Saturday's planned WBO light-heavyweight title defence By Germany's Jurgen Braehmer is now off due to how the champion suffered a cut eye in training yesterday. Reportedly, Welshman Nathan Cleverly still hopes to fight, and a late sub is now being looked for. continue
By GM Ross: At the “Rumble in Red Deer,” at the Capri Centre in Red Deer, Alberta, native son and NABA super featherweight Champion Arash Usmanee improved to 13-0-0 Saturday night, stopping Alejandro Barerra of Mexico in just the fifth of a scheduled eight rounds. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: One of boxing’s most memorable warriors and all-time-greats, Sugar Ray Leonard, is releasing a book entitled “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring” (Viking; 2011) in which he discusses a number of shocking revelations: alcohol and drug use, infidelity, domestic violence, and becoming a father by the age of seventeen. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: As expected, Wladimir Klitschko (55-3-0) is being his default self, acting in a very composed and democratic manner. Surprisingly, David Haye (25-1-0) seems much calmer then every before, and even slightly unsure of himself when he talks about his upcoming fight with Wladimir and the heavyweight division in general. continue
By James Slater: Although he doesn’t look a day over the age of 35, boxing immortal Sugar Ray Leonard celebrates his 55th birthday today. Clearly, despite the fact that he engaged in a number of tough, hard, even punishing fights - and despite that fact that the man named after the late Ray Charles was guilty of sticking around taking punches when he was way past his best - the former five-weight king left the sport relatively unscathed. continue
By Robert Brown: After the May 7th 2011 mega hyped bout against Sugar Shane Mosley, which fizzled out to an anti-climatic and unsatisfying result, it is clear to me, even though Manny Pacquiao coasted to an easy victory against an extremely defensive and often retreating Sugar Shane Mosley, that Pacquiao’s prime has officially passed him by. continue
By Joseph Herron: It takes a very special person to enter the ring. A prizefighter embraces pain and burns it like fuel during the fight. Muhammad Ali once stated that towards the end of his career, he began to enjoy the sensation of pain. continue
By James Slater: This Saturday night in Canada, ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins goes for the ultimate: the chance to break fellow legend George Foreman’s record as the oldest man to win a world title. The rematch with local hero and Ring magazine and WBC king Jean Pascal has attracted the attention of many people; Britain’s Carl Froch being amongst the interested. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 16, 2011) - Southern California heavyweight star Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (31-2, 27 KOs) will make a quick return to the ring when he faces 28-year-old Kendrick "The Apostle" Releford (22-14-2, 10 KOs) of Fort Worth, Texas, in a 10-round main event on Friday, May 27, at the world-class 6,000-seat Reno Events Center operated by the Reno-Sparks Convention Visitors Authority and televised LIVE on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. continue
MC: I want to get your take on last week’s Pacquiao-Mosely fight. Did you get a chance to see it?
KD: All I could think was: I want Zab to fight Pacquiao. If Zab Judah was fighting Pacquiao it would have been so much more entertaining. (laughing)
MC: I agree it would have been more entertaining. In the post-fight conference, Bob Arum mentioned Zab as one of three people for Pacquiao’s next fight. Have you spoken to Top Rank about a possible fight continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will originate from Newark, N.J. May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 when former junior middleweight world title challenger Joel “El Predador” Julio (36-4, 31 KO’s, WBC#33) and undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (12-0, 7 KO’s) are featured in co-main events. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside at the Amerihealth Pavilion describing the action. The card is presented by Main Events. continue
By James Slater - Exciting heavyweight contender Travis “Freight Train” Walker survived an early knockdown to pound out a close points win over once-beaten big man Alonzo Butler on Saturday night, and the 31-year-old can look forward to moving up at least a few places in the rankings as a result. continue
By James Slater - According to both Dan Rafael of ESPN.com and boxrec.com, Paul “The Punisher” Williams will make his return to the ring on July 9th, against Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida. As fans know, 35-year-old Ishida rose to huge prominence with his April 9th upset TKO of the previously unbeaten James Kirkland. That win introduced the former interim WBA 154-pound champ to U.S fans, and the man from Osaka now has an even bigger fight to look ahead to. continue
Marlon H. (Reseda, CA): As long as I can remember you have touted Andre Ward as "the best fundamental boxer in the sport behind Mayweather", but after seeing him again last weekend, I don't think I see what you and others find so special. What do you find so special about him that we don't see in Bradley and some of the other up and coming fighters?
Vivek W. (ESB): Unfortunately, most around the sport are just really starting to pay attention to Ward, but for me, this recent effort was part of a trail of victories and performances that go back years. The sole purpose of any field of competition is to identify the last man standing, whom is presumably the best of the rest. In Andre Ward, I've witnessed a developing talent over the years whom on every level has found a way to elevate his game and find victory. The kid hasn't lost since '97, when he was a whopping 12 years old.
Box, brawl, inside, outside; whatever the action dictates, he's found a way to win within the given conditions and there's no way to effectively discredit an effort that grand. Trouble is, we live in a cosmetic era of the sport where there's a deliberate affinity to the fan fave hit-and-be-hit style. continue
Welsh ace Nathan Cleverly says his fight with Juergen Braehmer on Saturday night is his "defining moment".
Unbeaten Cleverly meets the dangerous German for the WBO World light-heavyweight title at The 02 in London in the main event, with chief support seeing the grudge fight between James DeGale and George, live on Sky Box Office.
The 25-year-old from Cefn Forest believes he is ready to come of age, as promoter Frank Warren looks to some huge fights if he wins. continue
By Joseph Herron - On December 11th, 2009, a young 23 year old Dominican fighter with a 15-2 record received the opportunity of a lifetime when he was offered to fight former WBC Champion Oleg Maskaev in Sacramento, CA. Aguilera was originally thought to be a simple tune-up for “The Big O”, en route to an eventual rematch with hard punching Nigerian Sam Peter.
With just a little over a minute left in the first round of their scheduled 10 round fight, Nagy cracked Maskaev with a perfectly timed left hook, forever ending “The Big O’s” hopes of ever regaining the world heavyweight championship.
Aguilera had arrived on the heavyweight scene with a resounding bang by way of a crushing left hook to the chin of the former World Champion.
Unfortunately, the New York based fighter has done very little since his 2009 fight with Maskaev to capture the imagination of the boxing universe; losing 4 of his last 5 fights, including a disappointing loss to journeyman Maurice Harris.
Last night, two weeks before his 25th birthday, Aguilera received another opportunity to shock the world when he faced big punching Cristobal Arreola on the undercard of the Andre Ward/Arthur Abraham super middleweight battle at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. continue
By Mick McNeill: Friday the 13th was a lucky one for British fight fans as they were treated to an enthralling encounter which saw Kent’s Sam Webb lose his British light middleweight title to the rangy Prince Arron from Droyslden in what was a punishing battle. continue
By James Slater - Brooklyn’s “Poison” Junior Jones, the ultra-exciting bantamweight/super-bantamweight world champion of the mid and late 1990s, gave fight fans some truly unforgettable fights in his day. Best known for his two great wins over Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera, Jones also picked up wins over Jorge Julio, Orlando Canizales, Tom Johnson and Tracy Harris Patterson.
Retiring in 2002 with a fine 50-6 record, Junior was content; safe in the knowledge that he had done his bit for the sport. Jones today also takes great pride due to the way he always gave his all in the ring, thrilling the paying fans. continue
By James Slater - It seems the 12-round beating he took at the hands of Manny Pacquiao was far worse than it looked for Antonio Margarito. According to a news piece on fight news.com, “Tony” not only suffered a broken orbital socket in the November 2010 fight, but also a detached retina. One of the most serious injuries any boxer can fall foul of, a detached retina has ended many a great career.
As fans know, the 33-year-old Mexican warrior was looking ahead to a fall meeting with Miguel Cotto, in what would have been a return of the “Tijuana Tornado’s” 2008 stoppage win over the Puerto Rican. continue
Paul Strauss - Just about everyone who follows boxing is saying, "I told you so!" Arthur "King" Abraham, not unlike Sugar Shane Mosley, tried to get fans to believe, "Things are going to be different this time." But, there were no surprises. Abraham played his shell game, and Andre S.O.G. Ward practiced throwing his combinations, and got his legs limbered up a bit at the same time. He didn't need to showcase much of an inside game, but on those few occasions when allowed by referee Luis Pabon, he proved he excelled there as well.
Early on fans were mistakenly encouraged, because Abraham was actually moving forward in a fashion that mildly suggested aggression. The hope was the "King" would build on that and make things interesting. The key, though, was he wasn't landing anything. By the end of the first round, the King was already in retreat.
In the second round, the action started to resemble more of a brawl. The "King" tried a few wild punches, but would over shoot the mark by a big margin. Ward would pull a little football move, and duck down and drive forward with his head and left shoulder. Ward controlled the action. In the third round, Abraham did manage to land a hard jab and a clubbing right, but he caught a hard shoulder to the midsection once again. continue
By James Slater - For at least a couple of years, fans have been urging talented heavyweight contender Chris Arreola to drop a substantial amount of weight by way of showing more dedication to training. In his last two outings, last night’s in particular, “The Nightmare” has turned in performances that make it clear he has listened to the fans. Weighing a near career-low 234-pounds for last night’s 3rd-round TKO stoppage of a game Nagy Aguilera, the 30-year-old was able to throw many combinations without getting the least bit winded, and Arreola promises he will stick to his renewed diligence towards training in the future.
A handful for any heavyweight out there when conditioned and focused the way he is now (would things have been at least a little bit different in Arreola’s losing fights with WBC king Vitali Klitschko and former cruiserweight champ Tomasz Adamek had he come in at 234?), Arreola said after despatching Aguilera how he will be back in the gym on Tuesday, and how he plans on fighting again in two or three months.
Referring to last night’s victory as “only his second fight back since being serious,” Arreola sure looked serious inside the Home Depot Centre in L.A. With the fans firmly on his side (always popular due to the exciting way he fights, Arreola can only get further fan support due to his new work ethic), “The Nightmare” showed he has the capability of once again getting as far as challenging for a major title. continue
By Jeff Meyers: RINGSIDE REPORT - This Saturday evening at Home Depot Center in Carson, California, undefeated super middleweight Andre “S.O.G.” Ward chalked up another impressive victory against Arthur “King Arthur” Abraham” in a semifinal match-up of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, retaining his WBA super middle strap. It’s a bad sign when a large chunk of the large Armenian contingent on hand to support Abraham start leaving the arena in the final round to beat L.A. traffic.
Abraham never got into any sort of rhythm against Ward, and similar to his bout against Carl Froch, appeared to be spent both physically and mentally by the end of the fight. Abraham never really pressed the action against Ward, content to throw wild haymakers and even pulling punches during the championship rounds. Ward, on the other hand, looked sharp and executed nice ring generalship with crisp jabs, shots to the stomach and combinations while staying out of harm’s way. Kudos to referee Luis Pabon of Puerto Rico for keeping the match from becoming a dirty one. Pabon kept the fighters separated and gave strong verbal warnings to the fighters when the two shaved heads started acting like third fists or when punches started landed close to the nether-regions of the two fighters. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) proved once again that he is amongst the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing with a lopsided victory over former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) in the first semi-finals matchup of Showtime’s Super Six Boxing Classic. The final judges’ scorecards read 120-108, 118-110, and 118-11. With the victory, Ward is now in position to face the winner of the intriguing June 4 semi-finals showdown between Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and veteran Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs).
Things did not start easy for Ward, however. Abraham came to fight working behind his jab while uncharacteristically moving forward. Ward was mostly roaming about the ring as Abraham applied pressure and looked for openings. Ward, for his part, was using his left hand as a range finder and was not truly committing to his punches. The second round was another feeling out round with both fighters attempting to dig to the body. Abraham started having success and landing some good shots in the third whereas Ward was having trouble finding openings in between the high turtle shell guard of Abraham who continued being unusually aggressive.
Things all seemed to change in round four when Ward came out firing and began finding his spots in between Abraham’s gloves. He landed a nice body combo which seemed to slow Abraham down. Despite his aggressive start, Abraham began settling into his more familiar style where he laid back while looking for one big shot. Ward continued controlling the action in the fifth as Abraham began resorting to rough house tactics. Ward, for his part, was more than happy to retaliate in kind and the action seemed as if it could soon unravel into something ugly. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: In the semi-final stage of the Showtime Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament, featuring six of the world’s premier super middleweights, WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (24-0, 13 KO’s) easily handled the former IBF Middleweight Champion “King” Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. continue
CARSON, Calif. (May 14, 2011) – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Andre Ward moved one win away from claiming the ground-breaking inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup with a convincing 12-round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham at The Home Depot Center Saturday on SHOWTIME®.
Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will face the winner of the June 4 Super Six Semifinal on SHOWTIME between World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., for the right to fight for the Super Six title and 168-pound world supremacy sometime in the fall.
Fighting outside the comfortable confines of Oakland, Calif., for the first time in 20 months spanning three fights, Ward defended his WBA belt for the third time in what SHOWTIME expert analyst Al Bernstein called one of Ward’s “most complete wins he’s ever had in his career.. continue
By James Slater: Former WBO light-welterweight champ Kendal Holt badly needed a win last night, as he faced former lightweight titlist Julio Diaz. He got what he was looking for in style. Sending “The Kidd” to the mat with a peach of a left hook to the chin, the 29-year-old from Paterson let referee Marcos Rosales do the rest. continue
By James Slater - While it’s unclear just who he will fight, world middleweight king Sergio Gabriel Martinez is set to return to the ring on October 1st, with a bout in Providence, Rhode Island down as taking place on HBO. There are a number of possible challengers for “Maravilla,” including the winner of the upcoming Sebastan Zbik-Julio Cesar Chavez Junior fight and also Marco Antonio Rubio.
Zbik and Chavez will battle for the “regular” WBC 160-pound title, while Rubio became the mandatory contender for the WBC belt with his upset win over the highly-touted David Lemieux. Another possibility for Martinez’ next challenger is Providence’s own Peter Manfredo Junior. continue
With the Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup sitting just a few feet away, both Andre “SOG” Ward and “King” Arthur Abraham made weight on Friday at a packed open-to-the-public weigh-in held at the LAX Crowne Plaza.
Tomorrow/Saturday, May 14, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), the World Boxing Association super middleweight world champion and the Super Six top-seeded Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will take on the power-punching Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, in a 12-round semifinal bout with the winner earning a spot in the Super Six tournament finals.
On Friday, Ward weighed in at the super middleweight limit of 168 pounds while Abraham tipped the scales at 167 pounds.
In a non-televised undercard bout, Chris Arreola will take on fellow heavyweight Nagy Aguilera. On Friday, Arreola weighed in at 234 pounds and Aguilera 238 pounds. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: On the undercard of the matchup between Kendall Holt and Julio Diaz at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California, Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KO’s) stopped Rudy Cisneros (12-3, 11 KO’s) in the seventh round of their eight round contest when the corner of Cisneros TRIED to throw in the towel. The fight was broadcast live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “I’m so fast, that last night I turned off the light switch in my bedroom, and was in bed before the room was dark.”- Muhammad Ali. I think that I speak for most readers and athletes, when I say that speed is the most important and sough out attribute of them all. Countless times I have heard coaches say that speed is essentially power. Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Manny Pacquiao, Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather Jr., and many other big names in boxing history claimed their fame with the use of their lighting fast hand speed. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: This was the kind of fight which defines the term “crossroads” as both fighters were former world champions with great wins and devastating setback losses throughout their careers. Kendall Holt (27-4, 15 KO’s) and Julio Diaz (38-7, 27 KO’s) at age twenty-nine and thirty-one respectively, might not seem that old, but in boxing years they are certainly closer to the end of their careers than the beginning. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: Despite pushing the ring walk to a new level of tackiness, Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (20-0, 12 KO’s) pulled out a narrow unanimous decision against Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran (24-5, 16 KO’s) even if the crowd in attendance at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada booed the decision. A woman in an African tribal outfit announced Bogere’s entrance while several bare-chested men carried him, inside of a cage, toward the ring with Bogere wearing an actual lion's skin complete with the head. continue
PRIMM, Nev. (May 14, 2011) – Up-and-coming lightweight prospect Sharif “The Lion” Bogere fought to a close – and bloody – unanimous decision victory over Ray Beltran by the scores of 97-93 and 96-94 twice from Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev. In the co-feature, top American heavyweight prospect Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell knocked out Evans Quinn at 2:38 of the first round on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. continue
By Jeff Meyers: On Saturday, May 14, a semifinal matchup of the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic—the groundbreaking, six-fighter tournament from SHOWTIME Sports that showcases the class of the super middleweight (168-pound) division from around the world—takes place at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Competing for this year’s Classic Cup in Saturday’s semifinal matchup are WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G.” (Son of God) Ward (23-0-0, 13 KOs), who hails from Oakland, California, and Arthur “King Arthur” Abraham (32-2-0, 26 KOs), the heavy-handed Armenian fighter who now resides in Berlin, Germany. Eastside Boxing will be covering the bout live from the Home Depot Center.
The Super Six tourney has more than lived up to expectations, with plenty of unexpected results and spectacular performances. Many believed Mikkel (rhymes with nickel) “The Viking Warrior” Kessler (43-2-0, 32 KOs) would emerge as victor of this year’s Cup. But Andre Ward dashed the Danish slugger’s hopes back in November 2009, defeating Kessler in a fantastic performance at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward snatched Kessler’s WBA super middleweight strap after officials stopped the bout in the eleventh round courtesy of Ward’s slick (albeit ugly) searing punches to both of Kessler’s eyes that left Kessler bruised, bloody and bewildered. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in his native Kent in England, unbeaten heavyweight hope Tom Dallas advanced to 15-0(11) with a most disappointing, controversial points win over tough, cagey American Zack Page. Dallas, the younger man by 12 years at age 26, looked ordinary and predictable as he was consistently unable to pin down the 58-fight veteran, and the younger man was also hit by plenty of shots to the head. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: Unfortunately for us boxing fans we live in a day in age when having one champion per weight division is practically unheard of. To only add fuel to the fire, we rarely see the respective champions or (belt holders) fighting one another in unification bouts. Every time we hear of an upcoming unification fight us boxing fans tend to get excited, because it’s not something that happens quite often. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson - As WBA Super World Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KO’s) and former IBF Middleweight Champion “King” Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KO’s) meet at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California this Saturday, the question arises: does Abraham even have a chance? At the stage of the Showtime Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament featuring six of the worlds’ premier super middleweights, Ward is unquestionably in the lead with resounding victories over Mikkel Kessler (the original favorite to win the tournament) and Allen Green (a replacement for Jermaine Taylor). In sharp contrast, after knocking out Jermaine Taylor in the twelfth round of a fight in which Abraham was losing, Abraham went on to be disqualified against Andre Dirrell and to lose a unanimous decision against WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch. Not only did Abraham lose these fights, but he was completely dominated by the quick and elusive Dirrell prior to the disqualification and he was out-boxed and essentially man-handled by Froch.
With Abraham showing that he can be out-boxed by the likes of Taylor, Froch and Dirrell what chance does he have against someone with Ward’s abilities? Ward was a decorated amateur champion with a record of 114-5 and he was the 2004 Light Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medalist. This is not to say that Ward is better than Froch or Dirrell (though we may get to find out if Froch meets Ward in the final), however, Ward clearly fights with a similar speed and style to Dirrell. Not just that, but Ward will certainly follow the blueprint laid out to him. Also going against Abraham is Ward’s size advantage. Not only is Ward three inches taller with a longer reach, Ward is a natural super middleweight whereas Abraham has only recently moved up from middleweight in order to compete in the tournament. continue
Long-time super middleweight contender, Jean-Paul Mendy will finally get his crack at a world championship when he takes on defending IBF super middleweight champion, Lucian Bute on July 9th at the Romexpo Dome in Bute's home country of Romania. Bute-Mendy is promoted by EuroPlus Computers S.R.L., and Interbox in association with Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing.
"I am pleased that Jean-Paul Mendy finally has his world title shot, especially against such a great Champion in Lucian Bute" stated Mendy's promoter, Joe DeGuardia, CEO and President of Star Boxing. "The super middleweight division is one of the most exciting divisions in boxing right now, and it will be exciting to be in Romania watching a World Title between two fighters with 57 combined wins, no defeats and 39 KO's among them". continue
"What crossroads?" asks defiant former WBO Light Welterweight World Champion Kendall Holt when asked if his next fight could make or break his career. "After I beat Julio Diaz, I'll back in the top five in the world!" Holt (26-4, 14 KOs), who faces former IBF Lightweight Champion Diaz tonight in the main event of the Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing event at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, does have a point. continue
By James Slater: It seems there is no chance now, of Timothy Bradley and Amir Khan getting it on this year. As fans have surely read, WBC/WBO 140-pound ruler Bradley is unhappy at the $1.3 million offer he was given to face the WBA boss on July 23rd, and now, on ESPN.com, his co-manager Cameron Dunkin has spoken of the Palm Springs man’s immediate plans. They do not involve Khan. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 13, 2011) - The Semi-Final Tournament bout of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre "S.O.G." Ward and "King" Arthur Abraham is just 24 hours away and the officials have been announced.
The officials for the Ward-Abraham bout will be Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa, Ingo Barrabas of Germany and James Jen-Kin of California. The event referee is Luis Pabon of Puerto Rico.
"I appreciate the considerations that the California Athletic Commission, especially Chairman John Frierson and Executive Officer George Dodd, afforded us back on February 15 in allowing the promoter's of Ward and Abraham to stand behind their contractual understanding of having a non-California referee," said Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions. "I want to make it very clear from the outset, the commission nor our company, have wavered or insisted on any other arrangement with a non-Californian referee despite the continual inaccurate claims of Wilfried Sauerland, the promoter of Abraham, to the contrary. We don't want any excuses from the Sauerland camp after Ward's performance tomorrow night!. continue
By James Slater: Uninterested in a fight with unbeaten British hope Tyson Fury, former world ruler Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will instead return to action against cruiserweight/heavyweight Willie Herring on June 11th in Southaven, Mississippi. continue
NEW YORK, NY (May 13, 2011) In 22 days, WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson will take the ring at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic. But, by the time they step in the ring, both combatants will already know who is in store next for the winner, as this Saturday WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and Arthur Abraham square off in the first semifinal bout. continue
June 4 promises to be a special night for British boxing fans as Gavin Rees takes on Andy Murray in Cardiff for the European lightweight title before Carl Froch’s Super Six semi-final against Glen Johnson in America – both on Sky Sports.
Rees and Andy Murray tussle for the vacant strap at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, with tickets on sale now for what promises to be a great night of boxing on Saturday Night Fight Night. continue
Picture Credit: Marco Krause, Team Sauerland - Hall of Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland has voiced his astonishment over Virgil Hunter´s comments at yesterday´s official Super Six World Boxing Classic press conference. The trainer of WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward claimed that Sauerland has lost confidence in Abraham because he demanded neutral judges and a neutral referee. “I see no problem in asking for a non-Californian referee – and that´s not just because it was guaranteed in the contract,” Sauerland said.
“I am not sure what leads Virgil to believe that we have lost confidence in Arthur. Maybe he is getting a little nervous because Andre Ward is not fighting in Oakland this time. I thought it was funny that Dan Goossen complained about the five-hour drive Ward had to take to come down to LA for this fight. But then again, if you are used to fighting at your protected home base, traveling 400 miles might seem like a huge inconvenience, so let´s not hold it against them. All the comments from their camp and the problems with the officials are a clear indication that they do not feel comfortable about fighting away from home, even though they are still in their home state. So it´s them who are losing confidence in their fighter, not us.”
And Sauerland added: “King Arthur has traveled over 40,000 miles during the course of the tournament and he is ready for a big fight on Saturday night. Nobody will be able to protect Ward from Arthur´s power.” continue
NEW YORK (May 11, 2011) – He’s relatively new to the boxing game having picked up the sport just three years ago at the age of 25, but former college football star Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (21-0-1, 15 KOs) says to expect quite a show this Friday, May 13, as he takes on tough Nicaraguan Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight battle LIVE on ShoBox: the New Generation on SHOWTIME (11:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). continue
We all know the deal with Aaron Pryor: tough-as-nails, take-no-prisoners, badass from the Cincinnati ghetto. He ruled 140 with an iron fist and had two memorable wars with fellow hall of famer, Alexis Arguello. He, along with Henry Armstrong are the two fighters to whom Pacquiao is most frequently compared.
This Mega fight will be a fifteen round championship affair at a weight of 140 pounds and will feature both fighters in their prime. It will be held at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Let’s break it down.
Their respective records speak for themselves. One is undefeated and the other has not tasted defeat since early 2005 when he lost to Erik Morales (who he later stopped twice). Pacquiao is 31 with a record of 48-3-2 and has not had a tough fight since early 2008 when he beat Juan Manuel Marquez by SD. Pryor’s record is 34-0 with all but 3 wins coming by way of KO. In fact, after his UD win over Johnny Summerhayes in 1977, Pryor won 26 fights in a row by knockout-- one of the longest knockout streaks in boxing history. continue
Irish middleweight contender Andy Lee' return to the ring on May 18 against respectable veteran Alex Bunema at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois, will be broadcast on www.NESportsTV.com online PPV for just $12.99. continue
Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Lightweight World Champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) says he's still got plenty left to give boxing before he retires to run his construction company. continue
Las Cruces, New Mexico - 5/12/2011 - Miguel Cotto has a reputation for not dodging other fighters; however, he isn't exactly jumping to fight the best either. When hearing that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. could be next in line to fight Miguel Cotto (if Chavez Jr. wins his fight in June), current World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight Champion Austin Trout was livid. He is Miguel Cotto's mandatory and has been very vocal on the desire to make the fight happen. Upon hearing about Bob Arum's plan, Austin responded by saying: continue
NEW YORK (May 12, 2011) – Due to the demand of boxing fans, EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, will exclusively televise Live to the U.S., the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light heavyweight title fight between defending champion JUERGEN BRAEHMER and WBO interim light heavyweight champion NATHAN CLEVERLY, Saturday, May 21. continue
By James Slater: Though his immediate focus is on his upcoming, expected-to-be-tough, semi-final with “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson - with the winner of June 4th clash a step closer to winning the “Super-Six” tournament - WBC king Carl Froch has a number of exciting options for after the tourney is over with. continue
By Joseph Herron: In the boxing universe, too often a prizefighter’s career is judged by a single performance, with very little regard to his entire body of work.
Throughout boxing’s rich history, even the greatest of champions have been beaten. Only a handful of fighters have retired with an unblemished record. History tells us that defeat in boxing is almost inevitable, yet critics of the sport continue to place an overly officious emphasis on a single loss.
What separates the heart of a champion from the average fighter is how he reacts after swallowing the bitter pill of defeat. A true champion of boxing is determined to learn from disappointment and to come back even stronger for his next big opportunity.
Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez insists that he possesses the heart of a true champion.
“After experiencing my first loss, I felt bad,” admits Lopez. “I initially felt that I let everyone down, including myself.”
But after reviewing his performance and digesting what had transpired this past Saturday night, Lopez’s forecast for his boxing future couldn’t be more optimistic. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 12 - After an unforgettable battle with Jose Hernandez in December last year and a technical knockout win over Marcos Herrera this past February, unbeaten Michael "The Artist" Perez is quickly becoming a fan favorite on the boxing rich island of Puerto Rico. On Friday, May 13, he returns to "La Isla Del Encanto" to battle Ira Terry in the main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" at the Hilton Hotel & Casino in Ponce. The co-main event will feature another one of Puerto Rico's top rising stars, Jonathan Vidal against Cecilio Santos. continue
Ljubljana, 11th May 2011 – Dejan Zavec (Jan Zaveck) revealed potential opponents for the match that will happen during the summer and will most probably take place in USA. Andre Berto, Randall Bailey and Miguel Cotto are among favourites. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 12, 2011) - The undercard for the May 14 World Championship event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA will feature a Southern California flavor with 2008 LA-area Olympic U.S. teammates Shawn "Manos De Oro" Estrada and Javier "El Intocable" Molina in separate bouts. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will originate from San Ynez, Calif., May 13 at 9 p.m. on ESPN2 when former WBO junior welterweight world titlist Kendall “Rated R” Holt (26-4, 14 KO’s, WBA #8, WBO #8, IBF #15) will meet former two-time IBF lightweight world titlist Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (38-6, 27 KO’s, IBF #9) in a 10-round main event. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action. continue
BURBANK, CALIF. (May 11, 2011) – The final press conference for the kickoff of the Semifinals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic turned tense on Wednesday at Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif., just three days before tournament favorite Andre Ward defends his WBA super middleweight title against former world champion Arthur Abraham, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. continue
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
- Khalil Gibran
By Matt McGrain: Billy Papke is perhaps the only middleweight in all of boxing history that typified violence in the ring more completely than Stanley Ketchel. What Ketchel is reckoned to be, Billy Papke may have been, a fighter trading so completely on brutality that absorbing punishment was as much a part of his ring experience as dishing it out. continue
by James Slater: At the post-fight press conference to his recent loss to Amir Khan, a frustrated and angry Paul McCloskey was pleading his case for a rematch with the reigning WBA 140-pound champion. Hugely annoyed at how his challenge had been stopped due to a cut that he and many others felt was no way close to severe enough to stop the action as it did in the 6th-round, “Dudey” was told by Khan to “beat the guys I’ve beaten.” continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: Mike Tyson, when he was at the peak of his powers, used to be known as ‘The baddest man on the planet’. At that moment in time as the undisputed world heavyweight champion in the worlds’ premier form of fighting, calling Tyson the best and indeed ‘baddest’ fighter on the planet was legitimate – continue
Philadelphia, PA—Unbeaten welterweight contender Mike Jones makes his first start in his hometown of Philadelphia in more than two years when he takes on Raul Munoz, of Leon, Mexico in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, June 25, at the South Philly Arena, 7 West Ritner Street. continue
By James Slater: Fans witnessed a massive upset back on April 9th, as the returning James Kirkland was stunned and stopped inside a round by little-known Japanese fighter Nobu Ishida on the Maidana-Morales under-card in Las Vegas. Seen by many as a future champion, the thrill-a-minute southpaw had won two fights since being released from prison and Ishida looked to practically everyone like comeback victim number-two. Well, we know what happened. continue
by Mark Lovell: WBA champion David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko, holder of the IBF, IBO and WBO belts, held back-to-back press conferences in Hamburg and London this week to promote their heavyweight championship bout, held on July 2nd. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 11, 2011) Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists and WBA 168-pound champion Andre Ward makes his final preparations for his Semifinals showdown against Arthur Abraham on Saturday, May 14 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®. continue
By Mark Klimaszewski: How fickle the world of boxing can be, with some of the most hard to please fans and critics in modern sport. One thing that has amazed me over the years in the fight game is how a moment can change the landscape; when a number of fighters and fantasy match ups are banded around in exciting discussions, one upset or unforeseen victory can completely nullify the present and re-write the fans’ hopes for the future. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “Shane went out like a coward. He has nothing left. It was embarrassing,” said James Toney (73-6-3) in a recent interview (http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content9903.html). continue
By Brendan George: Golden Boy’s heavyweight prospect Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell will face Evans “The Sandman” Quinn of Miami, FL in a Showtime ShoBox 10-round main event on Friday, May 13 at the Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, NV. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In a recent interview with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0), Floyd once again stated that during their negotiations with Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2), he signed his part of the bargain, while it was team Pacquiao who pressed the brakes and never inked their side of the paper. continue
By Jason Peck: Walk into the average American sports bar on fight night and watch the other patrons in between rounds. Odds are they haven’t seen a fight in some time. They couldn’t name a dozen active fighters. Hell, try a half-dozen. But they do know that at the end of this broadcast Manny Pacquiao will fight. Too bad all these other bums get in the way. continue
By James Slater: Exciting Texan heavyweight, Travis “Freight Train” Walker takes another dangerous fight this coming Saturday, as he faces the once-beaten, never-stopped Alonzo Butler in Atlanta. Having come through a bad patch that saw him lose three in a row, 31-year-old Walker bounced back to out-point Darnell Wilson in February. continue
“This [surpassing of George Foreman’s record] is a hell of a milestone. This is something that not any old fighter gets to do, or most athletes from any sport for that matter. I am glad to be able to represent that at this stage of my career. continue
By James Slater: As fans have no doubt read, the frontrunner to land the spot as the next challenger for superstar Manny Pacquiao is Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez. Both Bob Arum and Freddie Roach are reported to want this match-up to come next for Pac-Man and, unless Golden Boy can match the offer Top Rank have made to Marquez, this is the fight that will almost certainly happen (on November 5th or 12th). continue
By Vivek Wallace: Only days departed from arguably one of the biggest letdowns in the history of the sport, today we take a look back at what was, what is, and what will become of the two men involved at the center of the spectacle: continue
By James Slater: A quarter of a century ago this month (on the 3rd of May, 1986 to be exact), an already world famous heavyweight contender by the name of “Iron” Mike Tyson met a former WBA title challenger who was though to be way past his best. James Tillis is the man I’m talking about: “Quick” or “The Fighting Cowboy” as he liked to be known.
The two met in Glen Falls, New York, in what was a very important fight for both men. The unbeaten Tyson, just 19-years-old at the time, was sporting a 19-0 pro record; with all 19 of his wins coming inside the distance. The 28-year-old Tillis held a decent enough record at 31-8(24), yet there were few people who expected him to do what he did on the night of May 3rd - namely give the rampaging Tyson all he could handle.
Prior to the bout, Tillis had lost his last three bouts; all via decision. However, in his losses to good men Marvis Frazier, Gerrie Coetzee and Tyrell Biggs, Tillis had complained of feeling fatigued early on. Seeking medical help, Tillis was found to be allergic to both dairy products and, amazingly enough, orange juice - both ingredients being uppermost in the diet of any prize fighter. It was decided how a whole new diet was needed for the fighter, seeing how his fatigue was judged to have come from his system being clogged up with the wheat and dairy products his body was being force-fed. continue
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, today officially announced a new opponent for Joel Julio's May 20th welterweight bout. Julio (36-4, 31KOs) will take on Anges Adjaho, of Cotonou, Benin (Africa), 17-5, 9KO's. Antwone Smith was forced to withdraw from his fight against Joel Julio because of an elbow injury. For Julio this fight is particularly important because it will be his first test back at the 147 weight class. continue
Looking to improve on his already considerable skills, undefeated Cuban featherweight prospect and current WBO Inter-Continental champion Luis "La Estrella" Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) is currently hard at work at SoMi Fitness in his hometown of Miami with world-renowned strength and conditioning coach Willie Del Sol and dietician Unni Greene. continue
Los Angeles, CA (May 9, 2011) - Top world rated heavyweight contender Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola was on hand at Saturday's Galaxy game with David Beckham and Landon Donovan for the ceremonial coin toss and an autograph session at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. continue
NEW YORK (May 9, 2011) – FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside the Super Six World Boxing Classic returns TONIGHT/Monday with episode nine on SHO Extreme® at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Last Saturday, May 7, the four Semifinalists in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME® participated in a press conference at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals will begin this Saturday, May 14 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) when undefeated Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight world title against former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. continue
WITH DAVID HAYE insisting that he will retire as soon as he reaches the age of 31 – which will be on October 13, 2011 – William Hill are offering odds about whether he will fight again with two years of that date – and offer 4/6 that he will NOT fight again for at least two years after October 13,2011, and 11/10 that he WILL fight again between those dates. continue
By James Slater: Promoter Bob Arum was sufficiently impressed by Manny Pacquiao’s 12-round drubbing of a reluctant Shane Mosley to declare how his star fighter is a fighter no-one today can even compete with. Arum said after Saturday’s fight how nobody, be it Floyd Mayweather, Juan Manuel Marquez or Tim Bradley, is capable of beating the Filipino superstar. continue
By Alan ‘Wozza’ Wass: Before Saturday’s big fight, many believed that Manny Pacquiao had outgrown Juan Manual Marquez in many ways. We might have jumped the gun a little on that one. Although we can’t say that Manny struggled on Saturday night because he did virtually win every round, but his performance wasn’t quite as explosive or impressive as the ones that went before. continue
Charles W. (Atlanta, GA): I saw all the post on your FaceBook page about the fight last Saturday night. Could you give your thoughts on the (Pacquiao/Mosley) itself?
Vivek W. (ESB): I thought it was absolutely the worst thing that could happen to the sport and it showed us everything wrong with the sport as a whole. We spend so much time assigning headlines to the Pacquiao's and Mayweather's of the world that the fights fans need to see, (like the Berto/Ortiz's of the world), remain under the radar when in fact, they need to be on massive display. Somewhere, an HBO exec is laughing in his buns off, because they said from day one that this was a fight they refused to support based on limited value. What we saw was exactly that! continue
By James Slater: Today in Germany, at TheImtech Arena - the site of the forthcoming heavyweight unification battle between the two rulers - rival heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye engaged in a press conference that could best be described as entertaining. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward discussed his views Manny Pacquiao’s one-sided victory over Sugar Shane Mosley in the first in a new series of special episodes of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) In addition to discussing the Pacquiao-Mosley fight, Steward also touched on a variety of other topics including Andy Lee and his upcoming fight, Evander Holyfield, the Super Six, and more! Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: Hey everyone. Welcome to this special edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We have a very special guest on this Sunday. We have Emanuel Steward on the line. How are you doing Emanuel?
EMANUEL STEWARD: I’m doing fine Jenna.
JENNA: Alright, well we had quite a weekend of boxing with some interesting fights and of course the big fight that everyone was talking about, Manny Pacquiao versus Shane Mosley. What were your thoughts?
STEWARD: Well it went pretty much the way I expected, but evidently there weren’t that many people thinking of it that way. You remember when I was on your show, I guess last week or so, and you were asking me of ways that Shane Mosley could win and I told you I didn’t have any way I see he could win. But I think the most important thing that I’m really impressed with was the unbelievable marketing job they did with the bout. It was way better than the fight because as far as I was concerned it never was even a real match in my mind. They marketed it fantastically. The place was sold out. I had people calling me wanting to know how they can get tickets and I understand in addition to the arena they sold 21,000 or so closed circuit. People showed up to buy tickets at the other arenas in the casinos. So there was an unbelievable job of marketing. continue
By Madra Uladh: Last night, the pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO's) scored a virtual shutout against the third or fourth best welterweight in the sport 39-year-old Shane Mosley (45-7-1, 39 KO's). And yet, Pacquiao looked less than stellar, at least in comparison to his recent destructive beat-downs. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Looking at Manny Pacquiao’s one-sided victory against Sugar Shane Mosley it is only natural that fans are inclined to compare it with Floyd Mayweather’s one-sided victory over Mosley. Whose win was more impressive? Who inflicted more damage on Mosley? What do these fights reveal about a potential Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown?
So whose victory was more impressive? It is difficult to say. Mosley had Mayweather badly hurt in round two of their fight while at no point did he have Pacquiao in serious trouble despite landing several good right hands and a few sneaky left hooks. Pacquiao seemed to absorb most of Mosley’s punches with ease. Mayweather was staggered, wobbled and he almost touched down, but he persevered and had shifted the tide back to his favor before that round even ended and proceeded to dominate. It is somewhat ironic that Mosley was able to get to the defensive wizard which is Mayweather but was unable to rattle Pacquiao. continue
By Steve Janoski: When Marvin Hagler and John Mugabi fought on March 10, 1986, one man watched the match from ringside, drinking beer where the celebrities sit but still managing to hold an acute sense of interest in the bout’s result.. continue
By Mark Klimaszewski: Once again the paying public line up to be taken for a ride. As a long-time fan and armchair analyst of the sweet science, I now find myself increasingly frustrated and alienated by the direction boxing seems to be taking. Upon announcement of the Manny Pacquiao v Shane Mosley ‘mega-fight’, most boxing fans- myself included- derided the decision of promoter Bob Arum to put the consensus pound-for-pound no.1 in with a clearly faded Sugar Shane Mosley. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Manny Pacquiao was able to show against Shane Mosley, what we have already seen and recognize in him: power and speed. He is a freight train in every sense of the word, cutting through his opposition as if they were made of paper. Pacquiao made an easy night of Mosley, or at least he made it look that way. continue
By James Slater: Australian heavyweight Kali Meehan, now aged 41 but still ambitious, has reportedly begun negotiating for a year-end clash with New Zealand powerhouse David Tua. Theage.com.au has reported how the fight, which would determine the champion of Australasia, is being planned now that Meehan’s talked-of fight with fellow Australian Alex Leapi has fallen through. continue
By James Slater: It remains the most important fight that can be made in boxing today: Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Junior. Almost immediately after the disappointing but lopsided points win he’d scored over a reluctant “Sugar” Shane Mosley last night, Pound-for-Pound king Pac-Man was asked if he will fight “Money” next. As usual, the 32-year-old megastar uttered his “I’ll fight whoever Bob Arum puts in front of me,” line; neither ruling out nor confirming a fight with the legally-troubled Mayweather. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Very sad news comes out of Victoria today, with the passing of former world bantamweight king Lionel Edmond Rose MBE, age 62, after a long illness following stroke in 2007. Born at Jackson's Track, near Drouin, Victoria in 1948, Rose became the first Aboriginal Australian world champion in any sport when he defeated Hall of Famer Masahiko Fighting Harada on points after fifteen fabulous rounds in Tokyo in February 1968 at the age of 19. continue
By James Slater: Many fans said ahead of last night’s welterweight showdown between greats Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley, how the 39-year-old Californian would have a real problem “ being able to pull the trigger” against the speedy southpaw. And, apart from a few flashes of his old speed and power here and there, this was what happened to the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer in Las Vegas. continue
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - By Paul Strauss: Sugar Shane Mosley has been quoted as saying, "I love a good scrap!" Well, he didn't show much love tonight in his almost shutout loss to Manny Pacquiao. The pre-fight hype for this fight was unbelievable. In fact, it didn't even stop leading right up to the main event. Reruns of the Showtime and CBS episodes of 360 were being shown. Fans were getting fidgety in their seats. Its was like, "Come on already.!"
Sugar Shane and his trainer Nasim Richardson had everyone but the odds makers convinced that he was going to put up a good fight, but when it came right down to it, as announcer Gus Johnson said, "Shane didn't come to fight." A less harsh way of putting it might be that he wasn't willing to take the necessary risks to win rounds. Punch stats had him throwing only five combinations in the whole fight. Incredible!
Over the course of the fight he landed a good shot here and there. At times he would get a bit of a jab going, but as soon as Manny would retaliate, then back on the move Shane would go, or into a clinch. There also were a lot of head clashes, because when Manny would press forward, Shane would try to bend in and grab and hold.
At about 1:45 of the third round, Manny caught Shane with a straight left and dropped him. From Shane's expression while he was still on the seat of his pants, it was obvious he had been hurt. In the post fight interview, Shane admitted that feeling Manny's power from that punch put him in a much more defensive minded posture. He said that was the hardest he had been hit in a long time. He also admitted that he didn't do enough; that he didn't take the necessary risks needed to win the fight. He heaped praise on Manny, and said that Manny is definitely the best fighter in the world. continue
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime -LAS VEGAS (May 8, 2011) – On the first Saturday of May, boxing’s top thoroughbred, global superstar and Filipino Congressman, Manny Pacquiao, won a resounding 12-round decision over Shane Mosley to retain his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title in the main event of a four-fight telecast produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV® and also available online at www.toprank.tv, http://sports.SHO.com, and www.sports.yahoo.com.
The one-sided victory before 16,412 at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena was the 14th in a row for Pacquiao, of General Santos City, Philippines. An eight-division world champion, Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) was victorious by the scores of 120-107, 120-108 and 119-108.
Three division champion Mosley, of Pomona, Calif., dropped to 46-7-1 with 39 KOs.
In other bouts on the telecast, Jorge Arce (57-6-2, 43 KOs), of Los Mochis, México, became the first Mexican boxer in history to win four world titles in four weight divisions when he scored an upset 12th-round TKO over huge favorite and defending WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, comebacking former world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, scored a majority decision over previously undefeated Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (21-1, 16 KOs), of Cut and Shoot, Texas, in a super middleweight scrap; and Mike Alvarado, of Denver, Colo., improved to 30-0 with 22 KOs with a third-round TKO over “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, in a scheduled 10-round super lightweight match. continue
There will be a special live post fight edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions)following the highly anticipated showdown between Filipino sensation Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Mosley The show starts at 1:30am New York Time/2:30pm Manila Time. Fans are encouraged to call in and share their thoughts at (714) 583-6939.
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By James Slater: Reports are coming in from Denmark of how living legend and former four-time heavyweight ruler Evander Holyfield has come through his latest fight: this one with fellow geriatric Brian Nielsen. “The Real Deal,” now 48-years-old and coming off that less than impressive No-Contest with journeyman Sherman “The Tank” Williams, scored a knockdown over 46-year-old Nielsen in the 3rd-round, before getting the TKO win at two-mins and 49 seconds of the 11th. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Australia’s Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) has defeated German Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany to claim the IBF Middleweight Title via split decision. continue
By Bill Patrice Jones:In just a few hours the greatest fighter alive today, Manny Pacquiao, will square off against the highly regarded Sugar Shane Mosley. To hear those two names called together, both synonymous with success and world recognition, one might be inclined to immediately jump up in excitement.
Surely this will be another pulsating match-up, a fight to remember, and a worthy clash between two future hall of famers. The unfortunate truth is, once the knowledgeable boxing fan settles down and assesses the situation he realizes that Mosley actually faces a monumental task in re-establishing himself as an elite fighter. The chances of Sugar Shane pulling off the win are slim to none, yet all the while the fight remains in the category of ‘super fight.’
A superfight in boxing is a clash on the highest level of the sport, a fight which takes place amidst glitz, glamour and handsome purses for the two combatants. It is worth considering in the current era whether the so called super fights fans are encouraged to purchase on PPV are actually super fights at all. More worrying is the possibility that a good percentage of such bouts are actually, when analyzed with scrutiny, mismatches.
The two greatest fighters alive today are undoubtedly Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, and Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao. There is no legitimate claim against their ranking as two of the sport’s most accomplished performers. No true boxing fan can watch either fighter in action and not be in thrall to their greatness. However, where lays the genuine and truthful threat to their reigns at the top? In recent times when have either fighter been matched against an opponent where the general public felt there was a realistic chance of them losing? continue
By Tony Nobbs: Middleweight Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 knockouts) proved himself the Real Deal by going to the Neubrandenburg, Germany backyard of Sebastan Sylvester (34-4-1,16 ko’s) and taking the IBF 160 pound world championship today (AUST. time). continue
By James Slater: Tonight in London, fans were treated to a good, pretty much all-action edition of “Prizefighter,” as the debut-making International Heavyweights installment of the tournament took place. As the odds-makers predicted, it was 25--year-old Cuban hope Mike Perez who pocketed the £32 grand prize money and the trophy to go along with it. continue
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - By Michael R. Cumberbatch: We are hours away from the welterweight showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. I've always viewed Shane Mosley as being enigmatic- never quite living up to the moniker befitting of a "Sugar.” Steps below his sweet predecessors (two Ray's; one Robinson and one Leonard) more of an artificial sweetener if you will. This is not to disparage Shane's career. After an illustrious amateur career and ruling the lightweight division, he's had a roller coaster career. I certainly expected more.
Sure; he is a Hall of Famer but he never reached the level of fighter I thought he could be. You never know what to expect when Shane steps in the ring. One thing for sure is he's always ready to fight the very best. All that said, I believe May 7th will be his day.
Naazim Richardson talked about the fickleness of boxing writers and fans and he's absolutely right. He was saying that you are judged solely on your last performance or two.
If you look at Mosley's last two fights, its very easy to say he has no shot but boxing doesn't work like that. Every fight brings with it particular obstacles and opportunities. Pacquiao presents an obstacle in the speed department where, I believe he possesses faster hand and foot speed than Shane. That being said, Mosley's skills have eroded but he brings one thing that presents both an opportunity - and is the great neutralizer to the obstacle he faces in this fight. The counter left hook. continue
By Vivek Wallace: (Live from Las Vegas MGM Grand) - So far in 2011, the sport of boxing has seen some very unlikely hero's who once remained deep beyond the shadows of doubt suddenly emerge as show-stoppers. Nobuhiro Ishida, Victor Ortiz, Marco Antonio Rubio, and Orlando Salido were all men who vowed to make the most of golden opportunities presented to them, and when the headlines printed the following morning, there were no silver-linings for the men they faced.
As startling as those results were, none would exceed the level of excitement and disbelief rendered if the sports P4P king, Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao were to take such a fall from grace this evening; however, the man who will stand across from him without doubt will possess a greater shot at an upset than most around the sport seem to think, with a demonstrated history that shows precisely how it could be made possible. As we hone in on what will go down as the "Fight of the Year", we take a look at the two men who will bring the action to us, starting with the "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and an "Official Prediction":
MANNY PACQUIAO - KEYS TO VICTORY
For Manny Pacquiao, seizing victory in tonights fight will all come down to two things: His ability to avoid unncessary punishment and his ability to pace himself. Most seem to think that Mosley's only shot at victory will come early in the fight; but history tells us that anyone boasting the type of energy and durability displayed by Pacquiao is nearly impossible to stop early, yet the deeper things go, anything is possible. When you consider this reality, It is no secret that Pacquiao will need to remember that cumulative damage will be his biggest enemy, and understanding how to reduce early damage sustained will be his biggest challenge. continue
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - By Gerardo Gomez: Tonight's bout between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley expects to be a war while it last. Yesterday, Manny weighed in at 145 pounds while Mosley came in at a ripped 147 pounds. The fight is officially sold out. This is one of the rare fights where there hasn't been trash talk between both camps. It is a testament to the great human beings that Manny and Mosley are. Both are great ambassadors to the sport of Boxing.
Sugar Shane finds himself in the same situation he was in when he fought Antonio Margarito. Everyone expected Margarito to crush Mosley. What was supposed to be Mosley last fight became his most impressive win. The question is can Mosley do it again? Can he shocked the world this Saturday night in Las Vegas. The odds are against him. But this doesn't seem to bother Mosley. He is used to being the underdog and being under pressure. In a way, he lives for moments like this.
For Mosley to pull off the upset, he has to box inside and land body shots to the body. Speed kills but when you can neutralize speed, it doesn't become effective in the later rounds. If Mosley lands some hard body shots on Pacquiao, he has the opportunity to take away Manny's speed and possibly stopping him in the later rounds. Mosley would also need to time Manny's shots. His counter punching has to be superb against Manny. We all know that Manny doesn't do well against counter punchers. Another thing is can Mosley trade punches with Pacquaio. Will he actually go toe to toe with Manny. I think Mosley is capable but Manny won't risk himself trading punches with Mosley.
As for Pacquaio, I see him doing the same thing that Mosley might try to do against him and that is work the body. At 39 years of age, I don't think Mosley can handle a faster pace. If Pacquaio pounds the body and gives him different angles then comes up with a 4-5 combination then its going to be a long night for Mosley. continue
by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani - Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) discussed his upcoming mega fight against Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) on the 119th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions). Pacquiao gave his opinion on Mosley as a fighter and also discussed his fight strategy. Additionally Pacquiao spoke about inevitable comparisons that will be made between his fight with Mosley and Floyd Mayweather’s one-sided twelve round decision against Sugar Shane.
Be sure to join us for the Special Pacquiao-Mosley Post Fight Edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio on Sunday May 7 at 1:30am EST. BE SURE TO TUNE IN!
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - Six thousand fans, including the first arrival at 5 a.m., jammed MGM Grand Garden Arena Friday for the Free Public Weigh-in featuring Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley. Another 2,000 were turned away.
Tomorrow/Saturday, May 7, at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena, eight-division world champion Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, will risk his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs), of Pomona, Calif., in the highly anticipated main event of a four-fight telecast produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
A mega-event also will be available online at www.toprank.tv, http://sports.SHO.com, and www.sports.yahoo.com.
Friday, Pacquiao tipped the scale at 145 pounds; with Mosley coming in at 147.
In other bouts on the telecast, WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs), of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will make his Las Vegas debut and third title defense when he faces five-time world champion Jorge Arce (56-6-2, 43 KOs), of Los Mochis, México, former world middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, meets undefeated WBC Continental Americas super middleweight titleholder Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez (21-0, 16 KOs), of Cut and Shoot, Texas, in a 10-round super middleweight battle; and Mike Alvarado (29-0, 21 KOs), of Denver takes on “Sugar” Ray Narh (25-1, 21 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, in a 10-round super lightweight match. continue
By Anthony Coleman: It has been well over two years since Shane Mosley’s last truly dominant performance. When he stepped into Los Angeles’ Staple Center in January of 2009 against the universally regarded best Welterweight in the sport, Antonio Margarito, he was a heavy underdog. Mosley looked like an old fighter in a close ugly fight against a faded Ricardo Mayorga (a fight in which he literally scored a KO at the very last second).
Conversely Margarito was still basking in the accolades of his defining victory: coming from behind on the judges cards, while shrugging off bruising punches from Miguel Cotto, to finally chop him down and score a thrilling 11th round TKO. Mosley was viewed as beingtoo old and tired to defeat the huge, relentless, nearly indestructible, power punching WBA Welterweight champion. There was the question whether or not Mosley would even hear the final bell.
Of course Shane proved me and practically all of the boxing world wrong as he was able to put on the greatest display of pure boxing in his hall of fame career, dominating and finally stopping Margarito in the 9th round. Much of the victory has been overshadowed by the revelation of Margarito and his cornermen loading his gloves with Plaster of Paris in their dressing room before the contest, but it shouldn’t take away from one of the finest victories in Mosley’s career. Tomorrow night he once again steps into the ring as a sizeable underdog, this time against living legend Manny Pacquiao. However, circumstances are different from January 2009, as a lopsided decision loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a questionable draw to Sergio Mora has left many to speculate that Shane, who will turn 40 in a few short months, is a spent bullet and that he is making one final, highly improbable last shot at glory in his Hall of Fame career. However, there is a small chance that Mosley could win this fight. continue
By Kirk Jackson: Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - Entering boxing’s block buster fight of the year, taking place Saturday May 7th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, 4-1 underdog Sugar Shane Mosley will be pitted against P4P superstar Manny Pacquiao.
The odds accurately reflect the aging star’s chances of winning this fight. Coming off forgettable performances his last two outings, a lackadaisical effort which resulted in a draw against Sergio Mora, and an one sided beat down by the hands of Floyd Mayweather.
Despite his shortcoming last year and entering the fight as the older fighter, Mosley does have a chance for the monumental upset.
Possesses many physical advantages, Mosley will also be under the guidance of the savvy ring strategist Naseem Richardson.
Mosley is the naturally bigger and stronger fighter, having fought at higher weight classes for a longer period of time compared to Pacquiao.
Mosley possesses more punching power, and still has quick hands, not too far off from the hand speed of Pacquiao.
Mosley also has a seven inch reach advantage, which would allow him to effectively use the jab if he chooses to. continue
By Karim ‘Kato’ Godfrey: Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - On Saturday May 7th the world will once again witness one of the most exciting fighters in action as Manny Pacquiao defends his WBO 147-pound title against future Hall-of-Famer Sugar Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The media coverage for this fight has been very good and CBS/Showtime has done a great job getting the word out. I was even shocked to see a Manny Pacquiao related article in the Sports section of the Orlando Sentinel today. Everyone’s buzzing; from the barbershops to the corporate offices.
When the fight was first announced it was blasted and criticized as a total mismatch based on Mosley’s last performances. However, regardless of the backlash, it seems that Shane has gotten some traction and some people think he could pull off the biggest upset since Buster Douglas did it against Mike Tyson. This would indeed be news worthy but I don’t think it will happen. Freddy Roach has indicated that this is one of the best training camps he’s had with Pacquiao since the Cotto fight. Manny seems to be extra sharp and a focused Manny is a dangerous Manny.
The thing that strikes me so profoundly about Manny is the kind of worldwide sensation he has become. We have not seen popularity like this since Mike Tyson laced up the gloves and before that, Mohammed Ali. Is Pacquiao’s popularity on par with these boxing Legends or is he just the next media created sensation of the moment? continue
By Yero Moody: Experts, what do they really know? Sure, most of those guys have insider access to information before the mainstream public gets it, but in the final analysis it comes down to one simple word: opinion. This writer does not consider himself an expert and only regards the gentleman and ladies who lace up the gloves, and do or have done the fighting, as the real experts. My opinion is based solely on my knowledge of the sport and the vast hours I spend as a spectator watching and dissecting it.
The “experts” have picked Manny Pacquiao to steam roll Shane Mosley in their upcoming bout on May 7. Mosley is a 5.5 : 1 underdog. Mosley is 39 years old and has looked less than stellar in his last two fights against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Sergio Mora. Quite naturally, he is the presumed underdog.
Pacquiao has been a conquering dynamo while moving up in weight. He hasn’t lost his speed and seems to be even stronger at welterweight. Mosley on the other hand has lost some speed and seems hesitant at times to pull the trigger. In the analysis of this fight, the styles of both fighters is what makes the fight compelling. Both fighters bring plenty of action and scientifically brawl when necessary. In a prior article I wrote in which I predicted Mosley to soundly beat Antonio Margarito, I pointed out speed as being one of the major advantages for Mosley. In this fight however, it’s Pacquiao who enjoys the speed advantage, both hand and foot.
Mosley will have to be the more technically sound fighter in order to beat Pacquiao. He must use his size and strength advantage and capitalize on the openings that Pacquiao will surely give him. I watched the bigger and much slower Margarito land some hard shots on Pacquiao and indeed hurt him on a few occasions during their fight. Mosley is still very fast and a much more accurate puncher than Margarito. continue
By Joseph Herron: Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - When ringside observers look back on 2011, more than likely it will be dubbed “the year of the upset”. From mild to monumental, boxing fans have already seen numerous upsets and have been treated to a virtual roller-coaster ride inside the squared circle; Brian Vera’s split decision over Mora, Wolak’s TKO victory over Foreman, Rubio’s 7 round KO over Lemieux, Ortiz’s UD victory against former champ Andre Berto, Salido’s stunning TKO victory over Lopez, and who could forget the colossal upset of Ishida’s first round shocker over James Kirkland.
With drama-laden bouts throughout almost every fight card thus far in 2011, will the Pacquiao/Mosley PPV event prove to be an exception?
On the eve of what is supposed to be a big comeback for Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, who at one time was considered to be one of boxing’s main attractions, Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez is preparing to pull off his own upset victory.
“If Team Pavlik thinks that I’m just going to stand in front of him and take his shots for ten rounds, they’re in for a shock,” claims Lopez. “I have a much different plan for Saturday night.”
To say that this fight means a great deal to Kelly Pavlik would be a major understatement. Some fight scribes have stated that Pavlik’s career rests solely on a decisive victory tomorrow night, and that a loss would be absolutely devastating.
So when the decision was made for this very important comeback fight, and Lopez received the call informing him that he had been chosen as Kelly’s next opponent, the undefeated Super Middleweight WBC Continental Americas Champion was very surprised. continue
Indio, Calif. (May 6, 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 televised on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." If you missed the live action or televised broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
By James Slater: Yet more bad news has been announced regarding tomorrow night’s International version of “Prizefighter: The Heavyweights.” It has been reported on Fightnews.com that U.S heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson has become the latest big name to have had to pull out of the once world class tournament. Reportedly, Johnson was refused permission to exit the U.S due to non-payment of child maintenance. continue
By James “Get A Proper Job” Slater: It may well prove to be a case of looking past the challenge of one Sugar Shane Mosley - who, in case anyone doesn’t know, will lock horns with Manny Pac-Man Pacquiao in just over 24 hours time - but promoter extraordinaire Bob Arum is already planning the Filipino superstar’s next fight. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast - In December 2007, as his patented check-hook crashed into the side of Ricky Hatton’s face and sent him sprawling head first into the ring-post, there was no doubt that Floyd Mayweather was the number one pound for pound fighter on the planet. Manny Pacquiao, a fantastic fighter at the lower weights, was still seen as slightly vulnerable and although well known to boxing fans, he had not yet achieved global adulation. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(All Interviews Conducted by Jenna J and Geoffrey Ciani) - Ever since the mega bout between Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) and Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) was first announced guests from On the Ropes Boxing Radio have shared their views on this fight. In addition to Pacquiao and Mosley along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Nazim Richardson, On the Ropes gathered opinions from current starts like Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez, to highly regarded trainers like Emanuel Steward and Ronnie Shields, to all-time greats like Larry Holmes and Pernell Whitaker. Here is what they had to say.
Manny Pacquiao Episode 119
“Well I consider this one of my toughest opponents because Mosley is not that slow. He can move fast and he has good hand speed and foot speed and he’s a former pound-for-pound so I never underestimate Mosley.”
Shane Mosley Episode 119
“You know I always go for the knockout so I’m going for the knockout. I’m going to be at my best and train hard and make sure that when I fight Manny Pacquiao it’s going to be a night that nobody is going to forget.”
Freddie Roach Episode 114
“Well you know I’m not a fortune teller of course, but I will have my guy ready and we’ll have a great game plan. I’ve been studying Mosley tapes. I know Shane very well. Again, the way we watch the tapes we go over his best fights and his worst fights and we’ll come up with a perfect game plan and we’ll take care of business.”
Nazim Richardson Episode 122
“The only reason we’re coming down there is for the buffet at the MGM. If the buffet is not there we’re not even coming. I don’t know. We’re fighting. We’re in camp. I got a grandson home that’s adorable that I’d love to be with on the floor right now with, with his gloves hitting me all upside the head. But we’re away from all of that because we believe Shane Mosley can beat Manny Pacquiao. So this is what we’ve come for and this is what we’ve trained for and I feel like if he stays to the game plan that we have, I feel as though not only can we beat him but we can surprise everybody by the way we beat him.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 123rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward who discussed a variety of topics including the upcoming mega bout between Shane Mosley and Manny Pacquiao, Chad Dawson’s May 21 matchup with Adrian Diaconu, Bernard Hopkins, Wladimir Klitschko’s heavyweight unification fight with David Haye, and more! Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His views on the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley this Saturday
“It’s an extremely intriguing fight to me because here is a fight that when it was first made it was totally criticized by everyone as being a total mismatch based on Mosley’s recent performances outside of the Margarito fight. The fight that he with Mora which wasn’t that exciting and then the terrible performance he had against Mayweather. Aside from staggering Mayweather I guess in the second round, I mean he was never really in the fight. But nevertheless the crowd and the public is going crazy. I cannot believe the amount of people that have been calling me up asking if I could get tickets at any price. It means to me that boxing is healthy still and the intriguing thing about it is people are dying to see a fight that I think when it was first established was like a 4:1 favorite for Pacquiao. I think that’s because the public still has a big desire to see marquee name fighters fighting each other. Especially like in the case of Pacquiao and Mosley who have for the most part really established themselves as really true warriors. So even though Mosley hasn’t been that great in his last fights, there are a lot of people asking me if I think Mosley can pull it off or if Sugar Shane can turn back the hands of time. It’s almost like Mike Tyson when he finally fought Lennox. It wasn’t the same Mike Tyson but the interest was still there because people are still trying to hold onto that Shane Mosley who had the two great fights with Oscar De La Hoya, and knocking out Vargas, and I guess Mayorga, and even t he fight he had with Miguel Cotto. So there are a lot of people in their own minds they’re kind of gradually forgetting about the Mayweather performance. I think it’s going to be a tremendous turnout and do big numbers with the pay-per-view that they’re selling. I think it’s good for boxing and regardless of who wins, which naturally favors Pacquiao, I think it’s going to be a good fight.” continue
LONDON (May 6, 2011) - Hennessy Sports would like to set the record straight concerning recent rumours that have been posted across the internet and in the media regarding the purse bids for the British Heavyweight title fight between challenger Tyson Fury and champion Dereck Chisora following the publication of a circular by the BBB of C on its website on 4 May stating that Mick Hennessy had failed to comply with the terms of the purse bid. continue
By Reni M. Valenzuela: A star is a superstar until someone who shines brighter comes along. If you can find a warrior who believes in strength beyond his own, a natural welterweight who bears a record deserving to compete with Manny Pacquiao and one who has the offense of an Erik Morales, the defense of a Joshua Clottey (when he fought Pacquiao) and the counter punching skill of a Juan Manuel Marquez, then that’s the man who can beat a Manny Pacquiao at the top of his game today. continue
By Andy Clark: Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao ( last 5 fights W - W - W - W - W )- Pacquiao's rise from apparently selling stolen cigarettes on the streets of Manilla, to the top of boxing's P-4-P rankings is nothing short of spectacular. Pacquiao comes into the fight in excellent form, having won his last 13 fights in a row. Only his old nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez, has come even close to having his hand raised, after those championship rounds are over. continue
Former IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (23-9) annihilated journeyman Brian Paul via a 1st round TKO Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lyell dropped Paul twice with brutal body shots before the bout was halted at 54 seconds into the opening stanza. continue
BETFAIR customers aren’t convinced that Shane Mosley has what it takes to defeat Manny Pacquiao, as he prepares to step into the ring with the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion. Mosley is eying the biggest win of his career at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday, but odds of 15-2 suggest his title challenge will fall short. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 5, 2011) – The trainers for Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley, Freddie Roach and Naazim Richardson, respectively, and the fighters who will compete on Saturday’s undercard met with the press Thursday at MGM Grand. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: IBF Bantamweight champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko has assured Ghanaians that he will knock out challenger Abner Mares when the duo finally get to slug it out for the unification of their belts in the Don King fashioned Bantamweight finals. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Barely 48 hours to fight night, Ghana’s Sugar Ray Narh is in top fighting mood as he rounds up preparations to take to the ring on Saturday against Michael Alvarado when the two knockout specialists fight for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas Super Lightweight title on the undercard of the much publicized Manny Pacquiao vs. Sugar Shane Mosley WBO Welterweight clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA. continue
By James Slater: According to a breaking news report that has appeared on NBCMiami.com, another reigning world champion is in trouble with the law. Reportedly, WBA featherweight king and all-round sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa was arrested earlier today by police in Miami. Not much has been made public about Gamoa’s arrest but it has been reported that he has been charged with domestic violence. So far, we do not know who he has used any violence against. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 123rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Emanuel Steward, Peter Quillin, and Al Bernstein. 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:
• Pacquiao-Mosley Fight Camp 360 Episode 3 Review
• Peter Quillin scoring an impressive 3rd round stoppage against Jesse Brinkley
• Floyd Mayweather Junior being dropped From Ring Magazine’s welterweight/Pound-For-Pound rankings due to inactivity
• Rumors surfacing that Floyd Mayweather will make a ring return at Cowboys Stadium
• Review of HBO’s Face-Off for the Bernard Hopkins-Jean Pascal rematch
• New opponents being announced in Prizefighter tournament
• Paul Williams being rumored to return July 9 possibly against Deandre Latimore or Nobhiro Ishida
By James Slater: Good news for fans of the always-exciting Michael Katsidis: the Australian warrior is set to return to action in either late July or Early August; with a fight in his homeland being arranged as we speak. All that is needed is an opponent but, as Fightnews.com have reported, “The Great” is excited at the idea of fighting in Australia again, for the first time in almost five years. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 122nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded boxing trainer Nazim Richardson, who is currently preparing Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) for a May 7 clash against reigning pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs). In addition to training Mosley, Richardson will also be working with Bernard Hopkins (51-5-2, 32 KOs) for his May 21 rematch against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-1-1, 16 KOs). Richardson spoke about these upcoming fights and also shared his opinions on a variety of other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is what he had to say.
Regarding Shane Mosley’s preparations for his May 7 bout against Manny Pacquiao:
“It’s pretty good. We’re winding down and getting ready to go.”
How he views the fight between Mosley and Pacquiao:
“I view the fight as two of the top fighters in the world clashing heads, and like I said come May 8 we’ll all be experts.”
His views on why so many experts seem to be counting Mosley out:
“Well see, like I said it’s about the value. Experts counted out Buster Douglas. Experts counted out Cassius Clay against Sonny Liston. I mean we’ve been here before in boxing. You know so that’s the value where experts hold. If it was up to the experts, why fight the fights? Why not just go with them and then everybody could go back home. There’s a reason why we fight the fights, because man has been known to have been wrong throughout history.” continue
by Phil Rice: The mid-1980s represent something of a golden age for televised boxing. ESPN and USA had weekly boxing shows that often included all of the preliminary matches as well as the main events, so fans got a chance to see the up-and-coming fighters alongside the hard-working club-fighters who might not ever get beyond four-round status. continue
James DeGale and George Groves returned to their former amateur gym today ahead of their big May 21 clash at The O2, London. The pair will meet in a mouth-watering British and Commonwealth super-middleweight title showdown, live on Sky Box Office. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Since the early days of boxing, when bare knuckles and unlimited rounds was the norm, fighters carved an image of themselves for the public. The spectators picked their favorites by character, boxing ability, or both. As boxing progressed and the science of it was further developed, more and more men entering the ring became more effective and thus entertaining. continue
Indio, CA (May 5, 2011) – Super middleweight contenders Librado Andrade and Aaron Pryor, Jr. looked ready for battle as they weighed in for their Friday night clash in the main event of Solo Boxeo Tecate from the Fantasy Spring Casino in Indio, CA. Andrade (29-3, 22 KOs) came in a fit and trim 169.2 lbs., while Pryor (15-3, 11 KOs) tipped the scales at 170.6 lbs. continue
By Julie Cockerham: Through his superhuman achievements in the past few years, a belief in Manny Pacquiao’s virtual invincibility has crystallized. While the fervor for a match against Floyd Mayweather has subtly diminished, most don’t consider any other opponent for Pacquiao to be truly viable. For now, while Pacquiao is stripped of the option to fight Mayweather, he has little choice but to ply his trade against those more graciously available to him. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 4, 2011) – A mega-boxing event devoid of trash talk continued Wednesday as classy athletes Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley maintained their respectful tones during the final press conference at the Hollywood Theatre at MGM Grand. The final press conference for the undercard fighters is Thursday. continue
What do Marvin Hagler, Frank Tate, Michael Nunn, James Toney, Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor and Arthur Abraham share in common? They were all IBF Middleweight Champions. Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) is the current holder of the belt. On Saturday, he wants to successfully defend his title for the fourth time. He will meet IBF World Rankings number one Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg. “Hagler, Jones, Hopkins, Taylor, Abraham etc. - they are all illustrious names. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons: Only two months after his exciting, come-from-behind knockout of previously undefeated Craig McEwan, Andy Lee 25-1 (19 KOs) is returning to face Alex “the technician” Bunema on May18th at the Donald Stephens Center in Rosemont, Illinois. To his credit, Lee wants to stay busy instead of hanging around the gym waiting for a title shot. continue
By James Slater: It’s been made official: 20-year-old Saul Alvarez will make the first defence of his WBC light-middleweight belt against British contender Ryan Rhodes. Ringtv.com has announced that the June 18th fight will go ahead in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will be shown live on HBO Boxing After Dark. continue
By James Slater: Though millions of fans throughout the globe will be excitedly watching Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao fight Sugar Shane Mosley on Saturday night, former P-4-P champ Floyd Mayweather Junior won’t be joining them. continue
By James Slater: The late, great Sir Henry Cooper, who passed away at the age 76 on Sunday, never boxed under the bright lights of Las Vegas. In fact, Cooper never even fought in America. However, “Our Enery” definitely made his mark on the global stage and, in a fitting tribute that has been arranged by promoter Bob Arum, fans inside the beautiful MGM Grand Arena will this Saturday remain silent for a minute as Cooper is remembered. continue
Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward is hard at work at the Kronk Gym in Detroit with his new client, former World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion "Bad" Chad Dawson (29-1, 17 KO's), for Dawson's upcoming 12-round match-up against Romanian/Canadian light heavyweight contender Adrian Diaconu (27-2, 15 KO's). continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (May 4, 2011) – The opponents change, but the approach remains the same for super middleweight prospect Vladine Biosse. Coming off a major showcase victory on April 1st in front of 42 million homes on ESPN2, Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs) is preparing to face a much tougher test Friday, May 6th, 2011 against Denis Grachev (9-0-1, 5 KOs) in the main event of “Champion Breed,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Fox Theater in Mashantucket, Conn. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 3, 2011) – They started hovering around the make-shift ring in the lobby and the front entrance at MGM Grand an hour before the first of the custom-designed buses were scheduled to arrive. continue
By James Slater: Superstar Manny Pacquiao made his arrival in Las Vegas late last night, and is reportedly settled into his luxury suit at The Mandalay Bay. In great condition as always, Pac-Man will be met by trainer Freddie Roach soon. As he always does, Roach has made a pre-fight prediction: this one not settling on any exact round his charge will win in, merely saying Pacquiao will make a fast start and that Mosley will begin to fade as a result. continue
Melvin K. (Brooklyn, NYC): I wanted to get your thoughts on the way that Timothy Bradley seems to be avoiding a clash with Amir Khan. Initially he was talking all that smack after he defeated Alexander, but since Khan defeated McCloskey to line things up we haven't heard a peep from him. Is it me or is he punking out? continue
By James Slater: Promoter Eddie Hearn must have been tearing his hair out over the past few days! Yet another line-up change has occurred for the fast-approaching instalment of the international debut of “Prizefighter: The Heavyweights.” continue
By Paul Strauss: Fighters are always taught to avoid "admiring their work". When honing their craft in the gym, their knowledgeable trainers will harp on moving after they've thrown their combinations. "Don't stand there and admire your work," they are repeatedly told. The obvious reason is that if the fighter fails to move, he will be available for counter punches. Most of the time that means moving to the side. A few great ones could safely pull off moving straight back, hopefully out of range. Muhammad Ali is of course the most famous for this maneuver. continue
By James Slater: As many fans expected, Floyd Mayweather Junior has been dropped from the Ring Magazine rankings due to inactivity. “Money,” who has now been out of action for over a year ( His May 1st 2010 win over Shane Mosley was the 34-year-old’s last fight), has been dropped from both The Bible of Boxing’s welterweight and Pound-for-Pound listings. continue
James DeGale and Nathan Cleverly have abandoned plans to spar each other again - because it was getting too competitive. The Frank Warren fighters shared more than 30 rounds in April ahead of massive fights on May 21 at London's O2 Arena. continue
Due to the controversy that prevailed after the victory of Adrian Hernandez, last Saturday in Texcoco Mexico, and the courage showed by the now former WBC light flyweight world champion, Gilberto Keb Baas, the WBC headed by Jose Sulaiman Chagnon is considering to make a rematch between these two warriors. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (May 3, 2011) – Congressman MANNY PACQUIAO and SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY have broken their respective California training camps, in Hollywood and Big Bear, and arrive in custom-designed buses at the Fight Capital of the World, Las Vegas. Next stop, Fight Week for the biggest boxing event of the year. Pacquiao and Mosley, with world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will tangle for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, which has been sold out for three weeks. continue
LOS ANGELES, MAY 3 - There is no rest for a true world champion, and on Saturday, June 18, World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, fresh off of his title-capturing win March 5 over Matthew Hatton, will return home to the Arena Vicente Fernandez Gomez (VFG) in Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico to defend his crown for the first time against top contender Ryan Rhodes of England. continue
Hot on the heels of DeGale V Groves, Promoter Frank Warren will follow it up with yet another mouth-watering domestic showdown that the whole country wants to see - John Murray versus Kevin Mitchell on Saturday 9th July. continue
Interview with Ermano Fegatilli, who on February 26th surprised the United Kingdom (UK) by winning the EBU super featherweight crown from Stephen Foster jr., in a grueling match where Foster went 5 times to the canvas. continue
By Matt McGrain: In December of 1907 the great and recently retired Tommy Ryan sat down with newspaper men to discuss the best fighters of that moment. Tommy, a keen observer of fighters, furnishes us with a pound for pound list for the end of a year that boxing would rather forget. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: With Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2) being the top figure in boxing, some questions regarding the future of the sport after Manny Pacquiao is retired arise. Pacquiao has achieved a very fascinating and rare goal in his so far extraordinary boxing career: he reached a point where he is the ultimate ‘measuring cup’ for all fighters and contenders. continue
By Reni M. Valenzuela: “There are a lot of fans that don’t believe that I can do it. Maybe because of the last couple of fights, but things have changed and I feel great; I feel good. I’m just ready to go.” continue
By James Slater: This Saturday night in Denmark, heavyweight legend and four-time king Evander Holyfield faces Danish hero Brian Nielsen. “The Real Deal,” now 48-years-old, has arrived in Denmark and he says he is looking forward to a win. Nielsen, almost as old as Holyfield at age 46, has not fought since 2002 yet he says he and his fellow veteran can still provide good action fights; sometimes better fights than those the younger guys can deliver. continue
Sugar Shane Mosley is 39 approaching 40, has a fine record of 46-6-1 and has fought 376 hard rounds. In boxing, that’s long in the tooth. But that’s not the entire story. Ring age-wise, Shane is a lot older. The fact is, his greatest achievement; namely, fighting the very best opposition out there, is also his Achilles Heel. continue
By James Slater: In very sad news, it was announced yesterday that British boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died at age 76. Suffering from a long illness, the former British, Commonwealth and European king had kept the illness to himself. A hugely popular fight in England, “Our “Enery” won the prestigious Sports Personality Of The Year on a number of occasions and he was of course knighted for his services to boxing. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Interviewed by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 122nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former heavyweight champion of the world Larry Holmes (69-6, 44 KOs) whose championship reign included 20 title defenses stretching more than seven years. Holmes spoke about his career and also shared opinions and insight on today’s boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our final guest of this week’s show. He was the first Hall of Famer we’ve ever had “On the Ropes” and he’s returning today. He is the legendary “Easton Assassin” Larry Holmes. How are you doing today Larry?
LARRY HOLMES: Hey Jenna. I’m pretty good. I can’t complain I’m above the ground. (laughs)
JENNA: (laughs) Hey that’s always good. So Larry, what are you up to these days?
HOLMES: You know I’m just doing a lot of real estate, trying to do real estate anyway. The economy is bad. With this recession that we’re in right now nobody is spending and nobody’s buying. So I’m at a standstill and I’m trying to earn money here and there just by making different appearances and stuff like that. Meanwhile I’m just laying back and waiting for somebody to ring my phone.
JENNA: Alright now Larry, you’re a guy who goes in and out of the gym. Have any opportunities for you to train fighters ever arisen?
HOLMES: Yeah there are opportunities for me to do that, but like I don’t want to do it because I’ve done that before. While I was fighting I was managing and training fighters and I had a couple of fighters with a lot of potential but what happened is they wanted to go out and do their thing and whatever. I know boxing so if they don’t listen to me they’re not going to go anywhere. I’m not going to spend my money and waste my time with somebody that is not going to listen. A lot of times these fighters were not listening because they always wanted to listen to somebody else who had never done it. So that’s why I got my gym now and my brother is now using the gym and he’s training fighters. I don’t know how well he’s doing or whatever, but the kids he has helping are a bunch of amateurs. That’s all good but you know what? The bills are still coming in and we have to pay for the lights and the electric and the people who come in and clean it and work it. So I don’t know how long that gym is going to be there. continue
READING, PA (May 2, 2011) - Junior middleweight boxer Keenan Collins of Reading, PA is set to make big waves in his hometown on May 21 when he headlines King’s Promotions “Fight For Hope” boxing event at the Sovereign Center. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (May 2, 2011) – Congressman MANNY PACQUIAO and SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY will work out one more time today before breaking their respective California training camps, in Hollywood and Big Bear, and departing in custom-designed buses for the Fight Capital of the World, Las Vegas. Next stop, Fight Week for the biggest boxing event of the year. Pacquiao and Mosley, with world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will tangle for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, which has been sold out for three weeks. continue
By James Slater: Will Floyd Mayweather ever fight again? If he does will it be against Manny Pacquiao? Fans have been asking these two questions and a whole bunch of others regarding “Money” for months now. It was this day last year, May 1st, when the legally-troubled 34-year-old superstar last fought. That Las Vegas night, Mayweather came through one of the biggest crisis of his masterful career, as he ate two huge head shots from “Sugar” Shane Mosley in a dramatic 2nd-round. continue
By James Slater: For those people who have always insisted they will believe the much anticipated heavyweight clash between rival champions Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye will happen only when both men are in the ring, some news broke yesterday that will only reinforce such thinking. Reported on the website of The Guardian, was the news that the two planned Klitschko-Haye press conferences, set for Hamburg and London this week, have both been called off because, “there are still issues to be resolved.” continue
King Arthur Abraham will travel to the US on Sunday morning after the referee row has been resolved. The former Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament point leader is set to take on WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals at the Home Depot Center in Carson on May 14. “We are pleased that all issues regarding the judges and the referee have been sorted,” Hall of Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “The Californian Commission and Dan Goossen have finally decided to honour the agreement that the referee will be from neither the US nor Europe. We have also agreed upon the three judges scoring the bout at ringside. This was our condition to let Arthur travel to the US, and since all of our demands have been met, he will now fly to the US on Sunday. I´m not sure why the Commission and Goossen did not stick to something everybody had signed off a long time ago but speaking from experience I know that dealing with Dan can be difficult at times.” continue