by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 131st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former two time heavyweight champion of the world Chris Byrd (41-5-1, 22 KOs). Byrd spoke about a variety of different subjects, including the upcoming unification fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye, Bernard Hopkins becoming the oldest fighter to win a major world title, Mike Tyson’s Hall of Fame induction, the decline of Roy Jones Junior, the Super Six Final matchup between Andre Ward and Carl Froch, and whether or not he believes Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will ever square off. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
His views on the recent Hall of Fame induction weekend:
“Oh it was great. I had seen that, who was that, Mike Tyson, Kostya Tszyu, and Julio Cesar Chavez got in. I mean three great, some of the greatest fighters of all time. It’s just great looking at those guys and watching them throughout the years and their accomplishments. You know great for them. God bless all of them. They were great fighters who did a lot for the sport. I was happy for them just to hear the names. Time goes by so fast, you look at some of those names and think man, they had great careers and it’s over for them, but they’re in the Hall of Fame now, so well deserved.”
Regarding whether Don King had ever brought up the possibility of a fight between him and Mike Tyson:
“Yeah, he kept bringing it up. Every time he brought it up I was excited about it. I’ve looked up to Mike Tyson for years, even when I was an amateur and I was a middleweight. I always loved Mike Tyson. He had a great work ethic for fights and a lot of intensity in the ring. Don would bring it up, and I would think okay, this is a time where I get the chance to fight one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and I get to put my skills against him. Somebody like Mike Tyson who had just massive power, skills, was an icon of the sport, but it never materialized. So I was a little disappointed with the fact I never got a chance to fight him, but at the same time I’m happy for him. He’s done well in his career.” continue
By Alex Harding: Which round is the longest round in a big boxing fight? The first round when you’ve been dropped after thirty seconds and your opponent’s swarming all over you? Yeah, maybe. Or the twelfth when you’re holding on for the win but your lungs are burning and your muscles are failing you. Again, yeah, maybe. continue
By James Slater: 31-year-old Polish big man (6’7” and approx 250-pounds) Mariusz Wach faces fellow behemoth Kevin McBride in his next fight in July, and the 24-0(12) contender who lives in New Jersey is training hard for this and every fight he has. continue
Kevin Mitchell has vowed to rip John Murray apart when they meet on July 9 at London's ExCeL Arena. With just over a week to go before the fight, Mitchell has upped the war of words between the two fighters. continue
NEW YORK (June 30, 2011) – In the realm of boxing series, none sticks to its mission statement as closely as the popular ShoBox: The New Generation, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 15, at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas. The Top Rank-promoted doubleheader will feature a night of junior lightweight action with undefeated Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs) squaring off against Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs) and Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) taking on Joselito Collado (12-0, 3 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 131st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Lucian Bute, Jean Pascal, Chris Byrd, and Cornelius Bundrage. 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 special guest Co-Host “Iceman” John Scully.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Devon Alexander’s close decision win over Lucas Matthysse
• A potential move up in weight for Alexainder
• The highly controversial fight between Felix Sturm and Matthew Macklin
• Tavoris Cloud’s win over Yusaf Mack potentially leading to a fall matchup with Jean Pascal
• The return of Jermain Taylor from a 2 year break looking likely for Aug. 13 and rumors he is returning to middleweight with former trainer Pat Burns
• The sad passing of boxing commentator Nick Charles
Lovemore N’dou believes unbeaten Welterweight star Kell Brook (ranked #2 by the World Boxing Organization) is on the brink of winning a World title. Brook defeated the Australian-based South African in his first outing under new promoters Matchroom Sport, impressing all-comers in his first 12 round fight at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in his hometown Sheffield. continue
By Robert Jackson: From the T-shirt displaying the heads and decapitated bodies of the Klitschko Brother’s to his latest proclamation that Emanuel Steward would rather train him, the 30 year old former undisputed Cruiserweight Champion and current WBA heavyweight champ David Haye is pulling all of the stops before his match-up with younger brother Wladimir scheduled this coming Saturday. continue
By James Slater: David Haye and his manager/trainer Adam Booth both seem unable to stop smiling as they play what they both believe are mind games with Wladimir Klitschko. Having gone all out to get under the 35-year-old’s skin, Haye had another trick in store for “Dr. Steel Hammer” today. With Klitschko, and many media people, gathered to study his open workout in Hamburg today, Haye surprised everyone by getting into the ring, limbering up, and then leaving after having thrown just one punch! continue
By Bill Patrice Jones: In just a few days time the world’s gaze will be sharply focused on the long awaited encounter between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye. It’s a super fight of the highest order, it has commanded fascination and interest the likes of which the heavyweight division has not seen since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson finally settled their historical feud in 2002. continue
By Jamie Savin: The time is fast approaching for one of the most eagerly anticipated heavyweight contests in many a year, as David Haye the WBA Champion challenges Wladimir Klitschko the WBO, IBF and The Ring Champion. The build up for this fight has been more along the line of WWF/WWE Wrestling then your typical boxing match, it has been over two years in the making and with the exception of Mayweather vs Pacquiao it is the biggest fight in boxing today. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 30, 2011) – Two-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago is hoping the third time’s the charm for him when he challenges World Boxing Association/International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov, headlining the “Fire and Fury” pro boxing card, July 29 on the TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show, airing live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. continue
Hamburg (Germany), June 29. Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) held their open work out at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Hamburg-Süd today. Over 500 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship unification fight this Saturday, July 2. International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO), IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and WBA Champion David Haye will face off at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany. continue
By David Matthew: “The Hayemaker is coming for you! Forget about fighting bums like Tony Thompson and Alexander Povetkin. I'm the main man!” These were the words WBA Heavyweight champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye (25-1 23 KO) hurled at WBO/IBO/IBF Heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko (55-3 49KO) as he ambushed Klitschko in London's Excel Airport back in the Spring of 2008. continue
Two devastating knockout specialists go toe-to-toe as the sport’s most decorated heavyweight puts his crown on the line to battle a fearless challenger when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. DAVID HAYE is seen live SATURDAY, JULY 2 (4:45 p.m. ET/1:45 p.m. PT) from the Hamburg Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany, exclusively on HBO, with a replay later that same day at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT). The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Roy Jones Jr. will call the action, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired. continue
By James Slater: Superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior came face-to-face with reigning WBC welterweight champ Victor Ortiz today at a press conference in New York, and though the primary reason was of course to hype the September 17th fight, it was what Mayweather had to say about Manny Pacquiao that grabbed the headlines. continue
DAN GOOSSEN: Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara will be in association with Golden Boy Promotions also with my good friends for many years Luis DeCubas and his son Junior. We expect a very competitive fight with two-time world amateur champion Lara, undefeated and now living in Miami, FL. The fight will be at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall in the ballroom and Caesars Atlantic City will be our gracious host and thanks to Don Marandino and Ken Condon for the great job they do. Paul has had some great successes there and obviously the loss with Martinez last year coming off the heels of his win against Martinez that was one of the fights-of-the-year in 2009. We've also added Chris Arreola to the event - he will be fighting Friday Abunanya in a 10-round bout. In addition we have a 12-round WBA super bantamweight championship bout - the champion from Japan, Akifumi Shimoda against Rico Ramos, the undefeated No. 1 super bantamweight in the world today. continue
Anthony Dirrell has a new opponent for Saturdays Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title fight at the Atwood Stadium in Flint, Michigan. Original foe Michi Munoz won’t be able to fight after being arrested, and in steps 2000 Olympian Dante “Inferno” Craig (18-9-1, 13 KOs). continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Disappointed despite victory, Ghana’s boxing sensation Braimah Kamoko has declared his readiness to beat Welshman Nathan Cleverly as his quest for to become a world champions gathers momentum. Kamoko (22-0, 16 KOs) moved a step closer to a shot at the WBO Light heavyweight belt with his unanimous decision victory over stubborn Namibian Vikapita Meroro last Saturday to add the WBO Africa Light Heavyweight belt to the lowly rated World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) title he already holds.
Vikapita refused to allow the man famously called Bukom Banku to launch two, three or more punch combinations all fight long at the Accra International Conference Centre amid boos and jeers from the disappointed crowd who realized the Namibian had deprived them of any exciting bout they had anticipated.
118-109, 116-110 and 115-113 the Ghanaian won on the scorecards of all three judges as equally disappointed in Vikapita’s output was Bukom Banku himself, but the Ghanaian showman remains unwavering in his bid to claim the WBO title from Nathan Cleverly.
“This is not a fight, the opponent was afraid of me. He was just clinching and this really got me frustrated but I’m happy to win. Now what I want is the world title. I want to fight Cleverly and take the WBO title, I can’t wait,” the words Bukom Banku could utter to the press after the fight, underlining his disappointment.
Equally disappointing on the ‘No Turning Back’ bill put together by Golden Mike Boxing Promotions was South African Sikhulule Sidwumo who resorted to a flurry of low blows against Ghanaian Joshua Okine until the referee couldn’t take it no more but disqualify him in round 7 in their bout for the IBF Intercontinental Welterweight belt. Joshua Okine, famously called Bukom Tsatsu thereby added the IBF title to the WBO Africa Welterweight belt he already held. continue
By James Slater: It seems 41-year-old Kali Meehan plans on fighting on the senior circuit from now on. Having recently won the lightly regarded WBF belt with an easy-looking win over the little-known, novice-like Michael Kirby, the New Zealander is now hoping to land back-to-back fights with fellow veterans Oliver McCall (45) and David Tua (38). continue
By James Slater: Larger-than-life promoter Don King hoped the Mike Tyson-Evander Holyfield rematch would go down in history as a bout known as “The Sound And The Fury.” Instead, the fight was soon to be given an unofficial tag line: that of “The Bite Fight!” continue
By James Slater: In a breaking news article by Dan Rafael of Espn.com, it has been revealed how former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor is set to return to boxing after almost two years out. Reportedly, “Bad Intentions” will return as a 160-pounder, he and trainer Pat Burns deciding 168-pounds is too big for him. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani, Photo by Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 130th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) who is scheduled to have a unification bout against WBA champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) on July 23. Judah spoke about his upcoming fight, and also discussed a variety of other topics including Manny Pacquiao, Mayweather-Ortiz, Kostya Tszyu’s Hall of Fame induction, Pernell Whitaker, and more! Here is what he had to say:
Regarding his upcoming junior welterweight unification bout against Amir Khan:
“It’s going to be a great match in boxing. I’m prepared well. I’m just excited about the opportunity. Once again I thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ for this opportunity, and July 23 we’re going to show the world Zab Judah is still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world.”
On his recent journey back towards the top which culminated in him winning a title last time out against Kaizer Mabuza:
“Oh, like I said, it’s been a dream come true. I’m just keeping the Lord first and letting him dictate my pace. Boxing closed a coffin on Zab Judah, put the nails in, and buried him, but God brought him back to life.” continue
LOS ANGELES, June 28 - Antonio Tarver’s next bout, against International Boxing Organization (IBO) cruiserweight champion Danny Green, will be dedicated to Nick Charles, his former colleague at SHOWTIME Sports. Charles passed away on Saturday, June 25, after a long and inspirational fight against cancer. continue
Matthew Macklin hopes that the uproar surrounding his controversial points defeat to World Boxing Association (WBA) World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm in Germany at the weekend will decrease the chances of David Haye suffering a similar fate against Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg this Saturday. continue
NEW YORK, June 28, 2011 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns in August for its tenth boxing installment with 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 27 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), the series will follow two elite fighters in one of boxing’s most competitive divisions as they prepare for their intriguing pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 17. continue
WILLIAM HILL have taken bets from twenty different countries on the outcome of the weekend’s World Heavyweight title showdown between David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko – but punters from only one country outside of Britain have supported David Haye, while Klitschko has attracted support from all twenty. continue
By James Slater: It looks like new WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez will make the first defence of his belt in his homeland of Mexico. Though there has been no official announcement yet, Boxrec.com and a couple of other web sites have Chavez Junior down as meeting Peter Manfredo on November 19th in Toluca, Mexico. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: David Haye http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEYs4W1zYQY&feature=player_embedded - Will the “robot malfunction” on July 2? David Haye is trying to convince us that this is exactly what is going to happen to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg this coming Saturday. continue
By James Slater: Now in Germany and proclaiming how he is in perfect shape and unable to wait for Saturday night’s massive fight with Wladimir Klitschko, WBA champ David Haye was as boisterous and as cocky as ever today. Speaking at the final press conference before the unification battle, Haye looked utterly relaxed as he gave his final predictions. continue
Brent N. (London, UK): A while back I remember reading on your FaceBook page where you said something to the effect of "the heavyweight division becoming irrelevant after Haye squares off against the Klitschko's", and the fact that you "don't think the Klitschko's legacy will measure up if they both lose to David Haye". Can you talk on those two statements, please. continue
DAVID HAYE has always said he will retire on his 31st birthday, October 13 this year, but William Hill offer Even money that he will fight on and enter the ring again bet5ween his 31st and 32nd birthday. ‘We’re sure David really means to retire on his 31st birthday but events often overtake promises, so we wouldn’t be remotely surprised to see him change his mind’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe. continue
Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) participated today in the fight week press conference in Hamburg (Germany) to speak about their title unification fight on July 2. International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO), IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and World Boxing Organization (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Haye will face off next Saturday at Imtech ARENA Hamburg, Germany. continue
By Bilal Abood: Part of a boxer’s success is an overwhelming and abundant amount of confidence. Strength, skill, ability, an impervious mentality and discipline are prerequisites for the sport – but above all, confidence. Never are the lines so blurred between confidence and arrogance than in the square arena of pugilism. While the most flamboyant arrogance can infuse and uplift a fighter’s career, it can also make you look a blithering idiot. continue
Salita Promotions presents "Brighton Shore Fights". New York City's newest monthly boxing series is going to take place in Brooklyn at the Oceana Theater in the Oceanside neighborhood of Brighton Beach. "As a New Yorker, Boxer, Promoter and a fan of boxing, I feel it's important to establish a monthly series that will allow fans to follow the progress of the boxers. It is equally important for boxers to have an opportunity to stay busy and build a relationship with fans," said Dmitriy Salita, Founder and President of Salita Promotions. continue
TORONTO (June 27, 2011) – Undefeated prospect Logan Cotton McGuinness successfully defended his North American Boxing Association (“NABA”) lightweight title for the second time, taking a 10-round majority decision (96-94, 96-94, 95-95) against veteran Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz, in an entertaining, highly competitive fight on the most recent “Friday Night At The Fights” show (June 24) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. continue
By Alex Kolawole: Preparation continues for unarguably one of the longest-awaited fights of the heavyweight division since since Vitali Klitschko and Lennox Lewis nine years ago between the WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye and IBF/WBO Champion Wladimir Klitschko at the 57,000 capacity in Imtech arena at Hamburg, Germany. continue
By James Slater: Although WBA heavyweight champ David Haye has been fond of telling anyone who will listen that he is planning to take the heat right to Wladimir Klitschko in their rapidly-approaching unification battle, a number of good judges feel that once the bell rings Haye will instead adopt hit-and-move tactics. I spoke with Tom Tsatas of The 5th Street Gym recently, and in his opinion Haye must not come out gung-ho early on. continue
By James Slater - Once again in his exciting career, Matthew Macklin has engaged in a FOTY candidate. Yet sadly for the 29-year-old warrior, his efforts were not quite enough to secure victory. But unlike in his all-time British classic with southpaw Jamie Moore, Macklin was not stopped last night in Germany.
Macklin, boxing down at light-middleweight, was sensationally stopped in the 10th-round by Moore, in their terrific 2006 war. Last night’s controversial split decision loss to defending WBA middleweight boss Felix Sturm, however, is being called a flat-out robbery by a number of experts and fans. continue
By Neil Dennis: Good small venue fight cards need to be encouraged if the sport of boxing is going to thrive. MMA seems to have little trouble with this, but lately boxing is struggling to put on the smaller cards that get local fight fans abuzz about seeing boxing. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Cologne, Germany, fans were treated to a FOTY candidate as local hero Felix Sturm won a close, debatable split decision over a relentless Matthew Macklin. Retaining his WBA middleweight belt, Sturm prevailed by scores of 116-112 twice. The third judge gave it to Macklin by a margin of 115-113. continue
By Darrell Singleton: Last night at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, TX, James Kirkland (28-1, 25 KOs) was back in action, when he took on Dennis Sharpe Jr. (17-7-3) in a scheduled 8 round bout. This was Kirkland’s first bout since getting destroyed at the 1:11 mark of the first round by Japanese journeyman Nobuhiro Ishida; a fight in which the Austin fighter hit the canvas three times in less than two minutes.. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in his native Sheffield, unbeaten emerging welterweight star Kell Brook pounded out a wide, exciting 12-round UD over the teak-tough Lovemore N’dou. The 25-year-old predicted his becoming the first man to stop the seasoned South African, and he came close on a couple of occasions. Only the 39-year-old’s famous chin saved him at times, as Brook really went for it. continue
By Joseph Herron - Last night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX, David Rodriguez destroyed Owen Beck with a perfectly timed left hook to the jaw, sending Beck crashing to the canvas and instantly stopping the bout midway through the third round.
“I really wanted to win sensationally,” declared Rodriguez. “Beck was tough, and I knew that he was going to be my toughest opponent yet, but I think I just made a big statement in the heavyweight division and shut up all of my critics who said I never fought anybody.”
“No one ever gave me any credit throughout my career and now I deserve credit for beating a good fighter so decisively,” exclaimed the 33 year old fighter. continue
By James Slater - Last night in El Paso, Texas, unbeaten heavyweight David Rodriguez scored the biggest win of his pro career in style as he utterly destroyed veteran Owen beck in the 3rd-round. 33-year-old Rodriguez, known as “Nino” landed two consecutive left hooks to the head of his 35-year-old opponent and down went Beck - for an alarming amount of time.
The referee never saw the need to count, instead signalling for the ringside doctor. The official time was 2-minutes and three-seconds of the 3rd. Down for something like ten minutes, Beck was thankfully okay after being given oxygen. continue
by Daniel Broda: With a week to go until WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye’s megafight with IBF, WBO and IBO king Wladimir Klitschko, two views concerning the outcome have taken precedent. The opposing views are simple: either the British fighter wins early or Wlad takes victory late on. The wisdom behind such a view is that unless Haye’s explosiveness gets the Ukrainian out early, Wlad will wear down the smaller man with his accurate, powerful punches. continue
Veteran contender Kali Meehan (38-4,31 ko’s) won the vacant World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title with a first round TKO of fellow New South Welshman Michael Kirby (9-4-2, 5 ko’s) at Southport Sharks on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Friday night.. continue
By James Slater - As fans may or may not have read, James “Lights Out” Toney is soon to head back into the MMA cage. Due, he says, to being unable to land the meaningful boxing bouts he wants, the 42-year-old all-time great has just signed to face MMA legend Ken Shamrock.
Reports indicate that the fight will have a rule that stipulates how no fighter will be able to take-down the other and keep him in the floor for more than 30-seconds. The referee will intervene at the 30-sec mark, and both guys will resume a stand up fight. This figures to give 42-year-old Toney a much better chance than he had against Randy Couture back in August of last year, in what was Toney’s MMA debut (Couture needed nearly three-minutes to get his choke win over Toney).
Now in training for the Shamrock fight, Toney very kindly took time out to speak with ESB earlier today. Here is what the former middleweight, super-middleweight and cruiserweight king had to say. continue
By Vivek Wallace: The Filipino's finest, boxer Ana "Hurricane" Julaton, will "take her talents to South Beach" this evening as she takes on one of the division's most powerful punchers in Angel Gladney. Julaton has been widely celebrated as a result of not only her Fil-Am roots, but also the fact that she was one of the quickest fighters in the history of the sport (male or female) to nearly unify a division, winning 2 of the available 3 titles at Super-Bantamweight in only 7 professional fights. continue
By James Slater: It’s been reported by U.K tabloid The Sun (and the story has been picked up by multiple web sites) that Genaro Rodriguez of Chicago has been selected to be the third man in the ring on July 2nd, when rival heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye get it on in Hamburg. continue
By Sean Hrabachko: Recently I was fortunate enough to catch former IBO super feather champ Jeff Mayweather during his busy schedule in Panama training the former Super Bantamweight undisputed king Celestino Caballero. Jeff is helping the Panamanian in his quest to become a 2 weight world champion on July 2nd against the Argentine WBA king Jonothan Victor Barros. Jeff also talks to us about his nephew Floyd Mayweather Jnr. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 130th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with undefeated heavyweight prospect David Rodriguez (34-0, 32 KOs) who is slated to face Owen Beck (29-7, 20 KOs) tonight at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. Rodriguez spoke about his upcoming fight with Beck and also revealed plans about his future. Additionally he provided opinions on various aspects pertaining to the current boxing landscape including Manny Pacquiao, Klitschko-Haye, and more! Here is what he had to say:
Regarding training and preparations for his upcoming fight against Owen Beck:
“I feel great actually. We’ve been working really hard in Vegas and things have been going really well. The training was horrendous. I mean we’ve been working longer rounds with shorter breaks to the point that I have nothing left after every practice. So we’ve really picked up the pace for this opponent, because I know Owen goes the distance with a lot of guys and it takes a lot to get him out of there, so I want to be prepared for whatever happens.”
On whether he feels facing Beck is a step up in the direction towards landing fights against bigger name contenders:
“Yeah, I definitely think this is a step up. I’ve had incremental steps up, but I think this one is a good jump. It’s either now or never. I’ve switched boxing teams. There was a lot of controversy around that. I feel better with the team I’m with. Training is great. Even though I miss my old trainer and a lot of the old stuff, it was time to bring in some new things and I think this is the guy they wanted to put me in with. I accepted, gladly. I said this is what we need to do. I’m not getting any younger.” continue
By Alex McMillan: That David Haye has created a buzz sadly lacking in recent years around the Heavyweight division is without question. In the UK he's garnered support, and criticism that even Lennox Lewis failed to ignite during his near-decade dominance of the division. America too, in its absence of a real home-bred contender, seems to have taken to his cocky outbursts and all-action style. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 24 - As a result of tonight's original scheduled TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" co-featured bout pitting Florida's Joseph Elegele against Dallas' Noel Rodriguez being canceled when Rodriguez arrived to weigh-in overweight, James Kirkland and Dennis Sharpe's eight round middleweight bout will now be tonight's co-featured bout on the broadcast which will emanate from the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The main event of the evening features Fort Worth's Brian Vera in a battle against San Antonio's Eloy Suarez. continue
Tonight on “Go Fight Live” streaming pay per view www.gfl.tv, undefeated heavyweight hopeful David “El Nino” Rodriguez (34-0, 32 KOs) will face former WBA Fedelatin Champion Owen Beck (29-7, 20 KOs) for the WBC Mexican national heavyweight championship belt in the main event of a fight card being labeled as “El Paso Super Fight III” at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX.. continue
By Exclusive Interview by Charles C. White: Kindly taking time out of his busy schedule, 16-0 (5 knockouts) Canadian heavyweight fighter Neven "No Surrender" Pajkic had the following answers to my questions. continue
Zab Judah: "When I went in against Matthysse, me and my team knew that I was going to beat him. Golden Boy thought I was going to be a stepping stone, so they sacrificed one of their pawns. Now they're going to come back and sacrifice one of their queens. It's check mate baby, you know it is!" continue
WOODHAVEN, NEW YORK (June 24, 2011)—TONIGHT!! a sensational eight bout card will emanate from Cordon Bleu in Woodhaven, New York will be promoted by New Legend Boxing in association with Old World Boxing Promotions. continue
By James Slater: Julio Cesar Chavez Junior is rightfully proud of the way he became a world champion recently. And though the unbeaten Mexican star has to know he is not the real middleweight champion - Sergio Martinez holds that distinction - he is feeling good and looking ahead to defending his WBC belt and then, hopefully, getting it on with Martinez for all the marbles. continue
By James Slater: Talk about a genuine blast from the past match-up! According to Boxrec.com, 1990’s heavyweight contenders/world champions Oliver McCall and Bert Cooper are set to rumble next month, for the vacant IBU strap. Set to go on a fight card in Atlanta, Georgia that will also feature Dannie McDermott and Bobby Gunn in action, the two forty-somethings will fight on July 16th. continue
By James Slater: HBO will show the upcoming, eagerly awaited Floyd Mayweather v Victor Ortiz WBC welterweight title clash, Richard Schaefer has told ESPN.com. The card, given the tagline of "Star Power" will be heavily promoted by the cable giant, and Schaefer said "all the assets HBO has will be used to support this fight and give it the widest possible exposure." continue
By Ted Sares: A couple of years ago, I wrote that Mexican boxers were having an off year and many were losing pivotal fights. But this has now gone full circle. Mexican or boxers of Mexican heritage are having a great year in 20111. After all, the tradition of Mexico’s boxers is legendary. continue
It’s now just six weeks away from the massive Amir ‘King’ Khan vs Zab ‘Super’ Judah fight to unify the World Boxing Association (WBA)/International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight championship. It’s the latest stage in Amir Khan’s takeover of America, as he looks to dazzle boxing fans in glittering Las Vegas. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 130th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Zab Judah and David Rodriguez. 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 special Co-Host Zakman.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Saul Alvarez scoring 12th round KO against Ryan Rhodes
• Jason Litzau being stopped in 1 round by Adrian Broner
• Fernando Guerrero losing by 4th round KO against Grady Brewer
• Floyd Mayweather Junior defying court order to appear for a deposition in lawsuit filed against him by Manny Pacquiao
By Robert Brown: Floyd Mayweather Jnr. is coming back after his second consecutive long term layoff, this one being around 19 months. Again people out there are saying that Mayweather is not fighting a quality opponent for someone of his skill level and stature in boxing. continue
By James Slater: Well-known strength and conditioning expert Alex Ariza, who has worked with and is working with among others, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan, has been moved to write on his official blog what it is that makes superstar Pac-Man as strong as he is. No doubt extremely annoyed at the allegations Floyd Mayweather Junior and others have made with regards to the P-4-P king cheating by taking illegal, strength-building stimulants, Ariza has revealed the simple, legal secret of Pac-Man’s success: a sufficient intake of protein. continue
By James Slater: Tom Tsatas of the world famous 5th Street Gym in Miami is one of the most astute and enthusiastic guys around boxing today. Along with original owner Angelo Dundee, Tsatas has brought back the magic of the legendary gym where Ali, Liston, Basilio, Pastrano and others (including modern day heavyweight champ David Haye) trained.
Tsatas looks after long-time heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo and he also knows WBA champ Haye as well as anyone. Here in this interview, Tom talks about a number of subjects, including the fast-approaching Klitschko-Haye fight and the possibility of a Fres Oquendo-Mike Perez bout.
James Slater: How are you, Tom? It’s always great to speak with you. First of all, what’s new with The 5th St. Gym? Which fighters have been stopping by and training there?
Tom Tsatas: Oh, let me see - Antonio Margarito was here recently, and a couple of football players. Boom Boom Mancini dropped by also. It’s kind of the off-season right now in Miami; it’s right up into the 90’s with the heat. But we’re kind of chugging along, and the gym’s going great. continue
His [Canelo’s] record as a professional is not a mirage nor is it littered with many meaningless fights to beef it up.
I want to face anybody who wants to fight me….. I can't wait for my next fight in my own country of Romania in July. …. I will beat (Jean-Paul) Mendy. After that, I want a big fight this fall and then face the winner of the Super Six."
By James Slater: With WBA heavyweight champ David Haye currently in trouble again due to his fondness for coming out with what he freely admits can be “Un-P.C” statements and jokes (see his Twitter joke regarding a “coma” and how the BBB of C are not amused), the 30-year-old has defended his trash-talking. continue
Three-time middleweight champion FELIX STURM (35-2-1, 15 KOs), of Germany, makes his 10th defense of his World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight title against top-rated contender MATTHEW “Mack the Knife” MACKLIN (28-2, 19 KOs), of the UK, This Saturday! June 25. It will be televised Live to the U.S., from the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, exclusively on EPIX, the multi-platform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com, will stream the fight live as part of a free two-week trial offer. The live broadcast and the live stream on EPIX and EpixHD.com, respectively, will begin at 5 p.m. ET. continue
"North 'n South" rivals John Murray and Kevin Mitchell are divided on everything to do with their big showdown next month, but they are united on one thing - that David Haye will KO Wladimir Klitschko. continue
London (22 June 2011) With just over 4 weeks to go till the biggest domestic clash of 2011, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora has told Hennessy Sports that he is looking forward to defending his titles against challenger Tyson Fury live on Channel 5. “I was worried that it might not be shown at all but it will be great to be on terrestrial TV. The more boxing that is on TV and the more channels involved can only help the sport.” continue
LOS ANGELES, June 22 - Top middleweight contender James Kirkland will return to the ring in his home state of Texas on Friday, June 24 and is determined to make a statement against Dennis Sharpe Jr. in their eight-round middleweight in-arena featured bout on a hard-hitting card taking place at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. continue
Ricky Burns expects to see the best of Nicky Cook next month - but still plans on sending him into retirement. World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Super-Featherweight champion Burns takes on Cook at the Liverpool Echo Arena on Saturday 16th July, live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue
TORONTO (June 22, 2011) – North American Boxing Association(“NABA”) Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness makes his second title defense this weekend at home in the 10-round main event against veteran Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz on the “Friday Night At The Fights” card at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: World title aspirant Braimah Kamoko better known as Bukom Banku is once again the headliner when Golden Concepts Promotions syndicate bring another big night of fight action to Ghana this coming Saturday June 25.
The night dubbed ‘No Turning Back’ features the enigmatic yet undefeated Bukom Banku, 21-0 (16 KOs), against Namibian Vikapita Meroro, 20-2 (9KOs), for the vacant WBO Africa Light heavyweight title. Currently rated 2nd in the WBO world ratings, victory over Meroro is expected to push the Ghanaian who also holds the lowly regarded World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) belt, for a crack at the WBO light heavyweight title currently held by Welshman Nathan Cleverly.
With Ghana President John Atta Mills expected to be the Special Guest of Honour at the plush Accra International Conference Centre, Bukom Banku says fighting in front of the country’s number one citizen will be another motivation and inspiration to succeed in addition to having prepared extensively for the big fight.
“I have trained very well and my determination to be a world champion means that Vikapita will fall so that I will open the way and go for the world title. If I see my President, then the condition and the spirit will all be well. It’s a win on Saturday,” Bukom Banku told SportsInGhana.com. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s, "The Pugilist Corner" is proud to present former WBO Heavyweight Champion Relentless Lamon Brewster and Heavyweight contender David “El Nino” Rodriguez as guests on a special two hour broadcast tonight. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: After claiming the Commonwealth Light Middleweight belt at the Lebanon House in Accra last Saturday night, Ghanaian Obodai Sai says he is ready to take on the world.
The boxer popularly called The Miracle needed no miracles to dominate and beat compatriot Joseph Lamptey via a technical decision after the fight was abruptly stopped in round 7 on the advice of ringside doctor D.C. Sonne following a second examination of Lamptey’s deep cut he sustained in round 3 through an accidental headbutt.
59-56, 59-57, 59-56 the three judges scored the fight, all in favour of Obodai Sai who is quickly looking beyond the Commonwealth title.
“It’s good and I’m feeling so very great but this is just the first step because I’m ready to take on the world. I want to fight WBO champ Miguel Cotto, I want to beat him and take the world title,” Obodai Sai has exclusively told Sportsinghana.com.
The undefeated Obodai improved his modest record to 15-0 but says he is undaunted at all with the vast experience of triple world champion Cotto who also beat Obodai’s senior compatriot Joshua Clottey barely two years ago.
“I am not afraid because I know what I can do and I will do my best. By all means I will beat him, I assure you. I want to tell my fans that everybody should pray for me and I will make them proud,” the confident Obodai added.
In other fights in last Saturday’s Ya Buga Shii? (Repeat or Revenge) boxing show put up by Junior Walaga Promotions, Prince Ofotsu claimed the Ghana Super Featherweight title with an unanimous decision victory over Odarlai Lamptey with Raymond Commey also winning the national Super Bantamweight belt via unanimous decision against Razak Nettey. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Two of the top current boxing trainers who have made their way into the boxing hall of fame, are butting heads in their predictions to the July 2 Klitschko vs. Haye bout. continue
By James Slater: Ace trainer of champions Freddie Roach has earned a reputation as a guy who is capable of making darned good pre-fight predictions. Often getting the exact round right when calling the outcome of a fight, Roach has proven time and again how he knows his stuff. continue
By James Slater: Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola is sticking to his active schedule; with his next bout to be July 9th, on the under-card of Paul Williams’ return against Erislandy Lara. Looking in his best physical shape in months in his two recent wins (over Nagy Aguilera and Kendrick Releford), the 30-year-old has a new zest and renewed enthusiasm for training. continue
Kell Brook’s hometown show completely sold-out Full house to see Brook take on Lovemore N’dou on Saturday. No. 2 ranked World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight contender Kell Brook will face former International Boxing Federation (IBF) light welterweight champion Lovemore N’dou in front of a packed crowd at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre on Saturday (June 25) with promoters Matchroom Sport confirming the 888poker.com-sponsored show is a sell-out. continue
European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (21-1, 9 KOs) will make a first defence of his title on July 16 when he takes on Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-4-1, 19 KOs) in Munich. Gutknecht joined Team Sauerland at the beginning of the year and clinched the European title with an eighth-round TKO victory over Danny McIntosh last month. “I have big plans for the future,” Gutknecht said. “I have worked hard to become European champion. By successfully defending my title in Munich, I want to further climb in the rankings and get myself into a position for a world title shot.” continue
ORANGE, CA (June 20, 2011) - Thompson Boxing Promotions is proud to congratulate rising welterweight star Artemio "King" Reyes (11-1, 10 KOs) on his recent graduation from Riverside Community College with an Associates of Arts degree in Accounting. continue
Link to Video Clip - http://www.hbo.com/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel#/real-sports-with-bryant-gumbel/episodes/0/171-episode/video/ann-wolfe.html/. REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL presents more enterprising features and reporting when its 171st edition, available in HDTV, debuts TUESDAY, JUNE 21 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT), exclusively on HBO.. continue
As unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who is 24-0, 18 K0s, and is ranked the #1 welterweight in the world behind World Boxing Organization (WBO) champion Manny Pacquiao, prepares to meet Raul Munoz (21-13-1, 16 KOs), of Leon, Mexico, on Saturday, June 25, at South Philly Arena, he has had an excellent training camp. Here are some quotes from Jones: continue
By James Slater: According to a number of web sites, IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute is very close to signing to face former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, for a fight that would go ahead in November. Unbeaten Bute must first beat Jean Paul Mendy on July 9th, but assuming he does so it looks like it will be “The Ghost” after that. continue
By James Slater: David Haye is not the only British fighter soon to head into an ultra-dangerous and highly risky fight in Germany that will contest a major world title. This Saturday night in Cologne, Germany, 29-year-old Birmingham native Matthew Macklin will challenge WBA middleweight champ Felix Sturm. continue
By James Slater: Upon reading the above headline, any fan will instantly know just which fight David Haye is talking about. Set, at long last, to rumble with Wladimir Klitschko a week on Saturday, the WBA champion is adamant he will shock the Ring Magazine, IBF, WBO and IBO ruler. But Haye says he should be receiving credit right now for the way he “made the fight happen.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 129th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBA junior welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) who is scheduled to have a unification bout on July 23 against IBF champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs). Khan spoke about his upcoming fight, discussed his future plans, and also shared opinions on a variety of topics including Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, Mayweather-Ortiz, Maidana-Guerrero, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Well moving to our final guest of this week’s show, he is the reigning WBA junior welterweight champion of the world making his sixth appearance with On the Ropes, we’re joined by Amir “King” Khan! How’s the day going, Amir?
AMIR KHAN: I’m doing good, thanks! I’ve done my hard running and stuff, and I’m looking forward to my next training session with Freddie. Training is coming along really well. It’s been around about three weeks now we’ve been in camp, and with the fight getting closer I’m looking forward to it.
JENNA: Alright well you have a very big unification match against “Super” Zab Judah. How did this fight come to be, Amir?
KHAN: Well we wanted to fight Bradley, but in my eyes he didn’t want the fight. Bradley kind of chickened out of the fight so then we had to turn the page over, and we got Zab Judah! Zab holds the IBF title. Zab Judah is very dangerous, he can punch, and he’s quick. I think he’s a tougher fight than Bradley. So we want that. We want the fans to see exciting fights and obviously put on good shows. So that’s the reason we’re taking on Zab Judah, and it’s a unification fight so that makes the fight even bigger. continue
Matthew B. (Chicago, IL): After our conversation, I went back and looked at more of Saul Alvarez and found him to be a very interesting fighter. That said, I would like you to clarify a statement you made about him. Are you saying that you think he's ready at this particular time to face the top level of fighters at 154? continue
• Upcoming fight: June 25 vs. Raul Munoz (21-13-1, 16 KOs) at South Philly Arena (7 W. Ritner St): Jones: “This fight means a lot to me, obviously, because I’m back home for the first time in more than two years. I want to look my best when I’m at home, just like I do when I’m anywhere else. continue
By Elyas Khaliqi: Australia’s newest boxing champion, Daniel Geale, has placed himself at the top of the Australian boxing tree, and amongst elite company in both Australian and world boxing. With his sensational May 7th victory over German champion Sebastian Sylvester, on German soil, Geale joins Australian ring legends Lionel Rose (RIP), Jimmy Carruthers and Jeff Harding as the only Australian fighters to win a world title overseas. continue
By James Slater: 25-year-old heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder scored an impressive-looking 2nd-round stoppage over seasoned journeyman Damon Reed last night in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Beijing bronze medallist let loose with a barrage of lefts and rights as Reed was caught on the ropes, finally sending his man down with a hard right to the head. Reed remained on the canvas, unable to get up. The official time was one-minute and 59 seconds of the 2nd. continue
By James Slater: Once-beaten light-middleweight contender James Kirkland has an opponent set for his return this Friday night. The 27-year-old southpaw, shocked inside a round by Nobuhiro Ishida in April of this year, will face veteran Saul Duran up at middleweight. continue
• Upcoming fight: June 25 vs. Raul Munoz (21-13-1, 16 KOs) at South Philly Arena (7 W. Ritner St): Jones: “This fight means a lot to me, obviously, because I’m back home for the first time in more than two years. I want to look my best when I’m at home, just like I do when I’m anywhere else. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) silver junior middleweight title holder Vanes Martirosyan was impressed with Saul Alvarez's dominating performance over Ryan Rhodes on Saturday night. Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) closed the show by stopping Rhodes in the 12thg round. continue
By Paul Strauss: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez wins every round leading up to a twelfth round stoppage of Ryan Rhodes. Rhosdes was gracious in defeat, calling the youngster a superstar. He admitted that he underestimated Alvarez's power, especially the shots he took to the body. His face didn't look too good either, as he was swollen under both eyes, and sustained a cut under the right eye. Alvarez remained unmarked. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 129th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with the #1 ranked junior middleweight contender in both the WBA and WBO organizations, Vanes Martirosyan (30-0, 19 KOs) who is coming off a seventh round stoppage victory against Saul Ramon (34-9, 29 KOs) a couple of weeks back. Martirosyan talked about his fight and shared opinions on other aspects of the boxing landscape, including Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, Alvarez-Rhodes, Judah-Khan, and more! Here is what he had to say:
Regarding his recent seventh round TKO victory against Saul Ramon:
“Saul was a tough guy. He came in there with good power and he was well prepared for the fight. He got me good in the first round. He caught me with a good shot. I went away from the game plan and tried to trade with him in the beginning. I was supposed to box him the whole time, but I went in there and tried to trade with him and I got caught. It kind of woke me up to the boxing game actually with that knockdown. I’m happy it happened in a way because it kind of woke me up and I’m happy it happened in the beginning of my career and not later on when I’m in bigger fights and that happens and I don’t know what to do.”
His thoughts going into the seventh round in his fight against Saul Ramon:
“Well in round six if you watch it, I told my trainer, ‘I think he’s getting tired. I’m going to just stand in front of him and he can’t hurt me anymore’. So in round six I stood in front of him the whole time and let him give me his best shots, and I kept digging into the body too, sometimes. In round seven I knew I had him once I landed a good right hand and I saw him buckle, and I just went for it from then.” continue
By Neil Goodman: Question: who has the longest unbeaten run in British boxing? John Murray? Perhaps, Kell Brooke? Well, this is a bit of a trick question; but at 154lbs Ryan Rhodes in undefeated in 40 plus fights! continue
By James Slater: When they last met, as bitter ring rivals, legendary heavyweights Mike Tyson and James “Buster” Douglas put on a fight that was full of great action, but soon known around the world as THE biggest upset in boxing history. The February 1990 fight elevated Columbus journeyman Douglas to superstar status. Tyson was never ever the same fighter again, and unfortunately a rematch never took place. continue
By Javi Chirinos / Photos: Adrian Hernandez: In the main event, Omar “La Panterita” Figueroa overcame a hand injury to defeat Eric Cruz in a eight round unanimous decision. The judges’ scorecards read 79-73 and 78-74 (twice), all in favor of the 21 year old fighter. Figueroa and Cruz (11-7-3, 11 KOs) put on a great show for the fans in attendance at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. continue
Interview by Elyas Khaliqi: IBF Middleweight champion, “The Real Deal” Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) and his management are currently in negotiations for his first world title defence. With his against-the-odds victory, in Germany, over former champion Sebastian Sylvester Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) , there are options aplenty for the talented Australian. The win against Sylvester was Geale’s coming out party and his arrival on the world scene. continue
By Joseph Herron: AUSTIN, TX-- On a special edition of Friday Night Fights from Austin, TX, celebrating the career of Austin native Jesus Chavez, American undefeated prospects were on display. continue
Interview by Elyas Khaliqi: ESB had the opportunity to catch up with one of Australia’s leading trainers, Billy Hussein. The brother of champion boxers Hussein and Nedal Hussein, Billy Hussein has been in the corner of some of the biggest names in Australian boxing. He is currently in training camp, preparing his charge, Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib, for his world title fight on July 29th at the State Sports Centre, in Homebush. continue
By James Slater: Seen by some good judges as the best, most promising young heavyweight currently making a name for himself in the U.S, is unbeaten 29-year-old Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. The 6’2,” approx 240-pounder from Brandywine, Maryland has impressed with quick stoppage wins over the likes of Johnnie White (TKO2), Derrick Brown (KO1) and, last time out, Evans Quinn (KO1). And now, according to Dan Rafael’s weekly notebook over on ESPN.com, the plan is for Mitchell to face Chazz Witherspoon on the under-card of the soon-to-be-finalised Marcos Maidana-Robert Guerrero fight in San Jose. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 129th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Amir Khan and Vanes Martirosyan. 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:
• Former stars of the sport Julio Cesar Chavez Senior, Mike Tyson, and Kostya Tsyzu entering the Hall of Fame
• Comparisons with Mayweather & Pacquaios opponents. Who has the tougher challenge?
• Chauncy Welliever sharing thoughts on his recent victory.
• Sergio Martinez next fight being Darren Barker from the UK on October 1st
• Mikkel Kessler possibly challenging Robert Stieglitz
• Antonio Margarito receives doctor clearance, a rematch with Miguel Cotto looking likely for December.
Be sure to join us for two exclusive interviews:
• Is scheduled to face Zab Judah in a unification fight on July 23
• Reigning WBA junior welterweight champion
• Current record is 25-1 with 17 wins coming by way of knockout
• Will be making his sixth guest appearance “On the Ropes”
By Joseph Herron: In life we take certain amenities for granted…air conditioning, clothing, toiletries, food, sanitation, shoes, ect…
Most people overlook or forget that there are so many underprivileged youths in this world who are born into adversities that we can’t even begin to fathom.
Prizefighter Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) is one of those individuals and feels fortunate just to be alive.
“Nothing has been easy for me,” claims the Dominican born fighter. “The hardest thing for me has been adapting to this thing that we call life.”
Fernando’s grandfather put him to work at the tender age of four before moving to the United States.
“Being born in the Dominican Republic and in a very poor area was a struggle,” states the 24 year old pugilist. “My Grandfather and father risked their lives to bring all of us to America in search of a better life.”
“Instead of being one of those guys who spend their time in the streets, choosing not to do the right thing, I decided that the best way to repay my dad and my grandfather was to do the opposite,” claims Guerrero. “I am so thankful for everything that I have in this country and I have been so blessed with the people surrounding me who truly care about my best interests.”
One of those individuals is trainer and manager Hal Chernoff.
“Hal has been my American father,” believes the young boxer. “He really cares about me…I know this to be true.”
Fernando actually conducted his own personal experiment to test Hal’s loyalty. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 17, 2011) – This morning, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. refused to appear for a court-ordered deposition in the defamation lawsuit filed by pound-for-pound champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao in a Las Vegas federal court. Mayweather tried to postpone the deposition last minute, but Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston denied his request and ordered Mayweather to appear for deposition today. Mayweather did not appear. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: After watching Face Off with Max Kellerman – Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye, I was touched by the way Haye seemed to genuinely get under Klitschko’s skin. While Kellerman was helping the two champion’s trash talk and sell the fight, I noticed something new and unusual in Wladimir’s eyes: passionate hate.
We all know Wladimir to be a calm, humble, and respectful athlete. Many of his opponents tried to frustrate him in many various ways, but none have done a decent job of it. Wladimir always managed to stay classy and methodical.
This time, with all the stretched out drama and commotion between the two fighters, Wladimir’s self composure and emotional defenses might have been slightly penetrated by Haye.
At a certain point during their sit-down, the conversation made its way to the t-shirt that Haye had made for himself with a picture of him holding Wlad’s severed head. Wladimir claimed this to be below the belt, even as a way of marketing. After a few more back-and-fourths, Max Kellerman asked Wladimir a question, to which Wladimir never replied, sitting quietly trying to hold on to his barely existent smile. continue
By Neal Dunne: On the 6th September 2008, Bredis Prescott broke the hearts of 20,000 fans in a packed MEN Arena and shattered the dreams of Amir Khan, an Olympic Silver medallist and the hope of a nation. Prescott turned up in Manchester as a known puncher and Khan had showed frailties with his punch resistance in previous fights when facing fighters with no such reputation. continue
Graham Earl is out, Michael Lozada is in, and Erik Morales is next as Katsidis and his team lock in the Gold Coast Convention Centre as the venue for “the great’s” next fight. Katsidis’s manager/trainer Brendon Smith today revealed that after a breakdown in contract negotiations with Graham Earl, Katsidis will now face 27 yo Mexican Michael Lozada (38 wins, 8 losses,30 wins by way of KO). continue
In complete respect for your opinions and understanding that it must be very hard to comb through and observe all of the boxer's careers throughout the world, in all the different weight classes, I ask you to please review the stats below and give consideration to Robert Guerrero as a candidate for the Pound for Pound rankings. continue
By James Slater: In what was almost certainly a wise move, 32-year-old “Earl Of Luton” Graham Earl has pulled out of his planned rematch with Australia’s Michael Katsidis. As soon as news broke of how Earl was in the running to face Katsidis in a return of their hugely exciting 2007 showdown (which Katsidis won via 5th-round retirement), fans almost everywhere were aghast. Quite simply, Earl looked a shot fighter in his post-Katsidis bouts, being blown away twice in two of the three fights he had. continue
By Joseph Herron: The life of a prizefighter is one of discipline, determination, and great sacrifice. The hurt business can be so brutal and so demanding, that fighters often lose sight of its original intent: sports entertainment. continue
By Jordan Stoddart: The much anticipated ‘Face Off’ feature for the huge Klitschko v Haye bout was aired last night on HBO in the US, and across Europe via the Internet early this morning. The excellent format of this mini-programme has proved a great success for recent Pay Per View fights of late, and is now a staple part any big fight build up. continue
By Joseph Herron: The sport of boxing is always better off when the best fighters take on the most worthy opposition available…especially when one of these match-ups includes Floyd Mayweather. continue
By Neil Dunne: I was as excited as any fan about the “This Is It” DeGale v Groves British and Commonwealth super middleweight title fight that took place just a few short weeks ago. Before the fight it seemed I was in agreement with most that James DeGale would be too big and too skilful for George Groves. So much so that I expected a late Knockout and was even worried the fight wouldn’t progress past 4 rounds. continue
By Lee Callan: Back in the early 1990s, no fighter captivated an audience like Chris Eubank, be it in London, Belfast, South Africa or mainland Europe. The intensely focused, robotic-moving poser was almost always able to intimidate his opponent and infuriate the viewers as he racked up his 43-fight unbeaten streak as WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion. continue
By Robert Brown: If you have paid any attention to me in the past, you may have realized that I have previously criticized Anthony Mundine for fighting over matched opponents. Well, it seems to me that Danny Green is unfortunately falling into that same trap.. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) has promised his fans another exciting victory on July 16 when he faces Argentinian ex-champion Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) at Munich´s Olympic Park. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 26-year-old German ahead of what will already be his seventh title defence. continue
By Robert Jackson: The 1st and 2nd members of this group can be seen as metaphors for the different faces of the ‘Sweet Science’. The 3rd – Floyd Mayweather Jr., hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada needing no introduction returns to the ring this fall to face WBC Welterweight Champion Vicious Victor Ortiz for his title. Specifics of this proposed bout currently amount to 2-things, the date: continue
TORONTO (June 17, 2011) – World cruiserweight contender Troy Ross is experiencing abdominal pains and has been hospitalized in Toronto, where he is undergoing precautionary tests. He has been forced to withdraw from fighting June 24 on the “Friday Night At The Fights” show at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 16, 2011) – Today, Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston denied an Emergency Motion filed by Floyd Maywather Jr. and ordered Mayweather to give sworn testimony under oath, beginning tomorrow, June 17. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (June 16, 2011) – Undefeated challenger Tyson Fury believes his July 23 showdown in “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View event against defending British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora, airing live from Wembley Arena in London, is merely the first step on his chosen journey. continue
By James Slater: There could be a terrific doubleheader staged in Puerto Rico some time in November according to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Rafael wrote on his Twitter page that promoter Bob Arum informed him how Top Rank is planning putting on the Orlando Salido-Juan Manuel Lopez rematch in Puerto Rico, with a return fight between Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vazquez Junior also taking place on the card that same night. continue
By Jasdeep Phull: So it seems the long awaited third fight between Pacquiao and Marquez is all but official and set for November 12th at the MGM Grand. The last two fights have been epic wars in which no man has clearly won and divided fans but cemented their reputations as two legends of the modern era. continue
By James Slater: After almost two eventful years, the grand final of the largely successful and hugely entertaining “Super Six” is almost upon us. Back in October of 2009, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch opened the Boxing Classic tournament, with wins over Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell respectively. Now, with Taylor and Abraham having exited the tourney along with Mikkell Kessler and late entrants Glen Johnson and Allan Green, 33-year-old Froch and 27-year-old Andre Ward are all that is left of a great field of fighters. continue
Joseph Herron with Adrian Hernandez reporting. HIDALGO, TX – This Friday, Undefeated prospects are in action at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, TX, on Tecate’s “Solo Boxeo” to be televised on Telefutura and Fox Sports.
The co-main event features undefeated Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa (11-0-1, 9 KOs) from Weslaco, TX, taking on tough Puerto Rican fighter Eric Cruz (11-6-3, 11 KOs) in an eight round lightweight special event.
Also featuring undefeated featherweight Gary Russell Jr (15-0, 9 Kos) from Capitol Heights, MD, taking on Mexican pugilist Antonio Meza (24-9-1, 16 Kos) in a scheduled eight round bout.
Also fighting on the undercard is undefeated Jermell Charlo (14-0, 7 Kos) from Houston, TX in an eight round junior middleweight contest against Dallas, TX, fighter Larry Smith.
“Summer Explosion” and “Solo Boxeo” is being presented by Tecate, Golden Boy Promotions, and Cavazos Promotions Inc. in cooperation with Telefutura and Fox Sports Net. continue
By Paul Strauss: Saul "Canelo" Alvarez has fought better competition. He has proven equal to the task, and carries a big punch into his fight with Ryan Rhodes, who has never fought outside of the UK. It might be asking a lot to suggest someone to risk their hard earned money on the 8 to1 long shot Rhodes. continue
Nick Blackwell’s secret weapon in his big fight on Saturday night could be his boyish looks. Blackwell will start the underdog to land the British, Commonwealth and World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental middleweight belts when he faces Martin Murray at Wigan’s Robin Park Arena. continue
By Joseph Herron: On June 15th, 1991, in a packed HemisFair Arena, the city of San Antonio was, at long last, hosting a Championship title bout between undefeated Nigerian fighter Akeem Anifowoshe and the Alamo City’s first World Champion, Robert Quiroga. The highly anticipated Championship bout was for “El Pikin’s” IBF super-flyweight title. On this night, Quiroga was the epitome of heart and determination and wouldn’t relinquish his title to the powerful challenger who was originally from Nigeria. Robert Quiroga not only fought the fight of a lifetime, but the San Antonio champion cemented his legacy as one of the toughest fighters of the modern era by giving the fans the “Fight of the Year” for 1991. continue
By James Slater: It was back on July 17th of last year when veteran heavyweights David Tua and Monte Barrett fought to an exciting 12-round draw. And though its possible some fans have lost interest in the two sluggers since then, the rematch is finally set. According to TVNZ website, the return will go ahead on August 13th, with Pacific Events Centre in Manukau being the likely venue. continue
By James Slater: The fight Miguel Cotto has been craving for since the summer of 2008 is all set to go: Cotto will get the chance to exact revenge over Antonio Margarito on December 3rd in New York. According to Fightnews.com, the controversial Mexican recently received the doctor’s okay to begin training. “Tony” underwent surgery on his right eye, which was badly damaged in his brutal loss at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, and the surgery was a success. continue
By Anthony Coleman: This is what I call a true, dream match. It is a fight I think most boxing fans would love to see, if it were possible. What if we could transport Pernell Whitaker, the one from 1990-1994 that unified all of the major belts at Lightweight and won titles at 140 and 147, and have him face off against the current day Manny Pacquiao? continue
R&R Promotions' and Cincinnati native Adrien "The Problem" Broner LIVE ON HBO Boxing After Dark, Saturday June 18, 2011 at 8 pm. Watch it at Aqua Night Life Swagg. Televised at AQUA NIGHT LIFE SWAGG, 1752 Seymour Avenue, Cincinnati Ohio. Americans at war at aqua. AMERICANS AT WAR. Cincinnati's own Adrien "the Problem" Broner has been away at training camp preparing for yet another title fight. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will originate from Austin, Texas June 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com when undefeated junior middleweight Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) are featured in co-main events. Friday’s fights will take place at the Erwin Center, home to many Longhorn Network college basketball games this coming season. Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will be ringside describing the action, while studio host Jonathan Coachman will present all the latest boxing news and highlights. The card is presented by Prize Fight Promotions. continue
By James Slater: Nicaraguan wild man Ricardo Mayorga shows no signs of abandoning his habit of calling out big names fighters and talking plenty of trash about them as he does so. Colourful to some people, irritating to others, “El Matador” is never quiet and, to be fair, he does back up his pre-fight boasts as best he can when he climbs into the ring. continue
By James Slater: It’s fair to say 25-year-old “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder has been matched safely since turning pro. After being the only U.S boxer to capture a medal at the Beijing Olympics (a bronze, hence the nickname) the gifted fighter has romped to a largely easy-looking 16-0(16). Not yet having been taken past the 4th-round, Wilder has beaten just six guys who had a winning record when they entered the ring with him. continue
By James Slater: Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior has often been the subject of criticism for a number of things; throwing his money around in a showy, classless attitude being one of his bad points. However, those who know Floyd say he is a good guy deep down and that his brashness shouldn’t fool people into believing he is a full-time showman. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 128th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) who is coming off an impressive victory against Glen Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) in the Super Six Semi-Finals. With the victory Froch now advances to the Finals against reigning WBA champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) in a highly anticipated unification bout. Froch spoke about his victory and his upcoming fight against Ward. He also touched on various other topics, including a possible future matchup against Bernard Hopkins and a potential rematch against Mikkel Kessler. Here is what Carl had to say:
On how he evaluates his performance in his majority decision victory against Glen Johnson:
“Yeah, it was a very workmanlike performance by myself. By my standards, I basically just did what I had to do to win without taking any real chances. I always like to put on performance and a good showing for the broadcasters, especially because Sky Television showed this fight in Britain. It was important for me to look good and entertain as well, but against somebody like Glengoffe Johnson who’s very tough and strong, and can punch hard, and take the best punches off virtually anyone in the world, and usually he takes the punches off bigger stronger men than me at light heavyweight. So I knew I was going to be able to get him out of there with a one-punch knockout shot, not just because he’s so tough but because he’s got quite a good defense as well. He knows what he’s doing in there. He moves his head well and he blocks shots. So I was in the frame of mind of just outboxing him, keeping him just comfortably out of range, don’t run but I knew I was going to be on back foot for most of the fight and I think I was. I was taking steps back constantly. Watching it back, I’ve only seen it once because my Sky Plus in England it failed. So I had to look for the fight on the internet. So looking at it, it was very workmanlike, very professional, and a very experienced mature performance which I’m very happy and very pleased with. If I could go back in change anything I probably wouldn’t change a great deal. I got hit with the odd right that I shouldn’t have gotten hit with, but when you fight you’re going to get hit with shots. It’s part of boxing. It’s difficult to not got hit with at least the odd right hand. Luckily I’ve been gifted with a solid chin so I can take those shots.” continue
Promoter Frank Warren is about to have discussions with Bob Arum about a potential fight between World Boxing Association (WBA) World Lightweight Champion Brandon Rios and the winner of John Murray against Kevin Mitchell. continue
Philadelphia, PA—If early ticket sales are an indication, a big crowd is expected for the Mike Jones vs. Raul Munoz fight Saturday, June 25, at the South Philly Arena, 7 West Ritner St.
“Mike Jones is a hot attraction on the East Coast,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “We are confident of having a full house. When Mike Jones fights, people expect fireworks, even if it’s one week before July 4.” continue
LOS ANGELES, June 14 - The talking is over, the hard training is done and now it's time to fight. This Saturday, June 18, at Arena Vicente Fernandez in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez will make his first title defense and put his amazing 36-0-1 record on the line against veteran contender Ryan Rhodes, who is determined to make sure that his first world title shot in nearly 12 years won't go to waste. continue
TORONTO (June 14, 2011) – NABA Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness defends his title for the first time June 24th in the 10-round main event against Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz, headlining “Friday Night At The Fights,” at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. continue
By Lee Callan: Steve Collins, the 'Celtic Warrior', amassed an 82-8 amateur record that included a win over world-class Hungarian Zoltan Fuzesy. Following an Ireland-vs-USA dual meet at Yonkers Raceway in NY in 1986, Collins decided to stay in America while the rest of his Irish amateur team-mates went home. He made Brockton, MA his adopted hometown. continue
On July 2 in Flint, Michigan, the Universal Boxing Organization™ Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title will be at stake when Anthony Dirrell (21-0, 18 KOs) takes on Michi “El Matador” Munoz (23-6, 16 KOs) at the Atwood Stadium. continue
By James Slater: Proud warrior Tony Bellew has referred to the time that followed his near-fight with “rat” Nathan Cleverly as “the darkest 36 hours of my life.” So fiercely wound up was Bellew at the hastily arranged press conference to announce his coming in at late notice to fight the unbeaten Welshman, that the two suddenly bitter rivals had to be separated by security. Bellew was incensed at what he thought was disrespect from Cleverly, and Nathan’s offer to “take it outside” really lit the blue touch paper! continue
By Mark Klimaszewski: I started following Carl Froch closely after the superb way he first gained the WBC strap in that epic showdown in Nottingham against then-to-be light heavyweight ruler Jean Pascal. It sure was a thriller and in the eyes of fight fans, was the shape of things to come. The fact that he vowed to face anyone, anywhere in a bid to become known as a true warrior only cemented my keen interest in this exciting scrapper. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It seems just like yesterday that Chad Dawson (30-1-0) was eagerly working on making a fight with Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2) come to fruition. Promoters flipped cards for months, trying to work out a way for the two fighters to meet in the ring. continue
June 13, 2011 - Fight fans eager for a penetrating inside look at the upcoming HBO World Championship Boxing® telecast of the Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye heavyweight title unification fight in Hamburg, Germany should mark their calendars to catch the all-new edition of "Face-Off," starring the two heavyweight foes. continue
By James Slater: Though he is a considerable underdog going into this Saturday’s challenge of WBC light-middleweight champ Saul Alvarez, veteran Ryan Rhodes is as confident as can be. Keenly aware that this will be his last chance to finally realize the massive potential that saw his emerging performances earn him the nickname of “Spice Boy,” Rhodes is absolutely chomping at the bit as he counts down the hours to Saturday night. continue
Ricky Burns is backing fellow Scot Andy Murray to conquer Wimbledon - and set up a huge summer of sporting success for Scotland. The British number one will be among the favourites for the world's biggest tennis tournament. continue
On July 15th, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents a highly anticipated ESPN "Friday Night Fights" card at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom with a sensational main event, featuring exciting former welterweight world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO's) looking to throw himself into the mix of top jr. middleweight contenders when he takes on top rated, Pawel "Raging Bull" Wolak (29-1, 19KO's) in a can't miss, all-action showdown. continue
Kevin Mitchell says his fight with rival John Murray could be like a Marvin Hagler-Thomas Hearns brawl when they meet next month. Dagenham scrapper Mitchell is gearing up for his all-on-the line showdown against the Manchester ace at the ExCeL London, on July 9th, live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue
By James Slater: Earlier this week, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told ESPN.com how a fight between Marcos Maidana and Robert Guerrero was very close to being made for August 27th. Schaefer said he was “putting the finishing touches” on the fight that would take place in San Jose; and all that was needed was both fighters’ signatures on the contract. continue
By James Slater: It was a case of “someone’s O must go,” last night in Liverpool, as unbeaten heavyweight hopes David Price and Tom Dallas collided in a British and Commonwealth elimination bout. Beijing Olympian Price, the taller and heavier man of the two (6’8” and 244 to his rival’s 6’6” and 229), came out of the encounter with his zero intact, as he scored an impressive 2nd-round KO. continue
By Mark Klimaszewski: So far, 2011 has been a pretty good year for boxing. Some unexpectedly good match-ups and fights have taken place. We’ve had some thoroughly entertaining contests in the first half of this year like Rios v Acosta, Lee v McEwan, Ortiz v Berto, Salido v Lopez, Morales v Maidana, Katsidis v Guerrero and Arce v Vasquez among others. Out of the above, it’s hard to pick a standout that should get fight of the year honours. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview with Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 128th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Roger Mayweather who is best known for training his nephew, Floyd Mayweather Junior (41-0, 25 KOs). Roger discussed the upcoming September 17 bout between his nephew and WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) and also touched on various other topics, including Manny Pacquiao, Bernard Hopkins, and more! Here is what he had to say:
His views on Floyd Mayweather Junior’s upcoming September 17 matchup against Victor Ortiz:
“My nephew can fight pretty much anybody out there and go in and beat them. My nephew’s got too much skill for these mother f*ckers! That’s why they can’t win. Boxing is about what you learn. Boxing ain’t about because you throw punches. You got to throw the punches in the right place at the right time. Anybody can lucky, but as far as skill-wise there ain’t nobody out there who can match him, period! Remember, my nephew has more skills than Sugar Ray Leonard, too.”
His views on Victor Ortiz as an opponent for his nephew:
“Ah, he’s an opponent just like all the rest of them. De La Hoya was an opponent. Shane Mosley was an opponent. That’s what he is. He’s an opponent, too.” continue
NEW YORK (June 12, 2011) – On a second consecutive night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, featherweight Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle’s rising star shined in a 10-round unanimous decision over Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen with scores of 99-91 three times. In the co-feature, Jonathan Gonzalez scored a convincing 10-round unanimous decision by the scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice in a junior middleweight matchup over Richard Gutierrez from Roseland Ballroom in New York City on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. continue
By Kent Appel: I had the chance to talk to former junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma, originally from Kampala, Uganda, who now resides in Riverside California, about his chances of bringing the WBA middleweight championship now held by Gennady Golovkin back to his new home town and he is confident that he can take the title from Golovkin, originally from Kazakhstan, but who now resides in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, when they face off this coming Friday June 17, 2011 in Panama City, Panama.. continue
I’m not in this sport to see how hard I can get hit or to see how many big punches I can take. I am in this game to fight as long as I can. I am trying to dish a lot of punishment.
-- Floyd Mayweather Junior
In 1997, the great Carlos Palomino decided to launch a boxing comeback at the age of 48. Amazingly, his last fight had been in 1979. His comeback was a solid one and included a one round KO over Mexican bomber and former world light welterweight champion Rene Arredondo. After losing to top contender Wilfredo Rivera on May 30 of 1998, he retired for good. The amazing thing about Palomino’s return after some 18 years is that he showed little ring rust and was an able fighter, a rare feat in boxing. Henry Maske did it as well. However, after a relatively long layoff or inactivity, most fighters need tune-ups and have an uphill battle to shake off ring rust.
Floyd Mayweather (41-0) does his fighting at lengthy time intervals—some might even call it cherry picking, but the flip side to that notion is that theoretically he should suffer from lack of tune-ups and resultant ring rust. But he doesn’t. He stays in top shape while inactive. Indeed, most active fighters would be thrown off their game with Junior’s array of out-of-the ring troubles. continue
Team Puerto Rico welterweight Kenny "Battlestar" Galarza (15-1, 14 KOs) overcame the tough challenge of fellow Puerto Rican Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) by winning a 10-round split decision last night at Boricua Invasion I at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. continue
By Joseph Herron: On April 22nd, 2001, a young fighter from the streets of Baltimore, Maryland, with a checkered past and a very limited amateur background, shocked the world in Brakpan, South Africa, by defeating a heavily favored Lennox Lewis to become the last American lineal Heavyweight Champion. continue
By James Slater: Some fans, upon reading the question posed in the title of this article will very possibly scream, “Of Course!” And it’s true, Kostya Tszyu, who, along with Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez and actor Sylvester Stallone, will be inducted into The Hall Of Fame this week, was a very good fighter. And it may seem unfair to rain on the parade of “The Thunder From Down Under;” mere hours before he goes in at Canastota. continue
By James Slater: Many good judges see unbeaten 20-year-old Mexican sensation Saul Alvarez becoming the next boxing superstar. Comparisons have already been made between “Canelo” and modern great Oscar De La Hoya, and the new WBC 154-pound champion says he very much wants to become known as the very best fighter of his era. And the way he can achieve this, Alvarez said at a press conference to hype his upcoming (next Saturday) defence against British veteran Ryan Rhodes, is to beat current Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao. continue
By James Slater: Former two-time heavyweight ruler Hasim Rahman insists he is still in the game because he wants to “make history.” Speaking with Fightnews.com, “Rock” said he feels he will possibly get a title shot in 2011, and that a win will make him a three-time champ. Looking to keep busy in the meantime, the 38-year-old boxes journeyman Galen Brown tonight in South Haven, Mississippi. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CALIF. (June 10, 2011) – Lateef “Power” Kayode and Chris “The Hitman” Avalos each recorded impressive 10-round unanimous decision victories while Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan pulled off an equally impressive knockout upset against previously unbeaten Archie Ray Marquez on an exciting night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. continue
By Charles White: Continuing his quest for a heavyweight championship fight, top 10 heavyweight contender Chauncy “The Hillyard Hammer” Welliver (47-5-5 with 17 ko’s) fights tonight, June 11th at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City. Making the 5th defense of his WBC Continental Americas title, Welliver takes on journeyman Byron “The Bear” Polley (24-11-1 with 11 ko’s) in a 12 round bout. continue
By James Slater: As fight fans know, “Iron” Mike Tyson, the youngest ever claimant of a world heavyweight title, gets enshrined in The Hall of Fame in Canastota this week. Fully deserving of his place in history, Tyson lit up the sport like precious few fighters, either before or since.
Back in the 1980s, before he became an out of control, walking car crash of a public figure, Tyson was seen as an invincible wrecking machine. Serious, experienced writers were debating just how great Tyson actually was; with publications such as Boxing Illustrated and others putting out a number of articles that imagined “Tyson Vs. The All Time Greats.” Some seasoned followers of the sport even suggested Tyson was the finest heavyweight fighter in history next to the peak Muhammad Ali.
Today, fans the world over agree Tyson was both special and ultra-exciting. But what was it like to actually lock horns with the man and fight him in the ring?
In this article, by way of a piece to coincide with Tyson’s enshrinement in The Hall of Fame, five men who faced Tyson at varying stages of his amateur and pro career recall their experiences for Eastside Boxing.
Let’s start with “Son of a Legend,” Marvis Frazier, who met Tyson in July of 1986 - being stopped in a blistering 30-seconds! continue
NEW YORK (June 9, 2011) – World-renowned trainer Buddy McGirt did a double take the moment he first laid eyes on Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen during a sparring session with Arturo Gatti before Gatti’s second fight with Micky Ward in late 2002. continue
By James Slater: By far and away the biggest boxing news that came out this week was the announcement that superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior will return to action on September 17th against reigning WBC welterweight boss Victor Ortiz. As soon as this news was confirmed fans everywhere were buzzing. Set to fight for the first time in over 16 months, “Money” has been away too long and most fans seem happy to know his sublime talents will be back on display soon. continue
SCOTT QUIGG will risk his unbeaten record against Franklin Varela in Bury next month. The 22-year-old will make the second defence of his World Boxing Association (WBA) intercontinental super-bantamweight title against the Venezuelan at Castle Leisure Centre on Saturday July 23. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 128th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Roger Mayweather, Carl Froch, and Austin Trout. 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:
• Floyd Mayweather Junior versus Victor Ortiz announced for September 17
• Carl Froch beating Glen Johnson by a MD in the Super Six Semi-Finals
• Super Six Finals Preview: Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch
• Mikkel Kessler scoring 6th round TKO against Mehdi Bouadla in successful ring return
• Zab Judah versus Amir Khan unification bout being scheduled for July 23
• Julio Cesar Chavez Junior winning first world title with a 12 round MD against Sebastian Zbik
• Juan Manuel Marquezt taking a July 16 tune-up bout against Likar Ramos
ORANGE, CA (June 10, 2011) - Just two weeks away from his next boxing match, junior welterweight Jose Reynoso (14-2-1, 2KOs) has signed with southern California-based Thompson Boxing Promotions. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: In today’s boxing landscape a lot of fights are, wrongly, sold to fans, pundits and TV companies alike as being 50:50 match-ups or ‘pick-em’ fights as they say in the trade. Unfortunately many who should know better – and I have been guilty of it in the past – swallow the hype and build up matches as ‘even’ contests when really they are nothing of the sort; Pacquiao v Mosley is a perfect recent example. continue
HOBOKEN, N.J. (June 9, 2011) – Integrated Sports Media, the undisputed leader in independent pay-per-view boxing, announced today that it will be distributing “The Big Brawl,” featuring exciting, unbeaten British heavyweights Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora and 6’ 9” Irish giant Tyson Fury, live July 23 from Wembley Arena in London. continue
By Joseph Herron: - Photo credit: Rosemary Acosta - High school graduation is a very exciting time for a young adult. Although the uncertainty of what lies ahead can be very unnerving, the idea of having your entire future ahead of you is most intriguing. The prospect of fulfilling a dream and beginning the journey of adulthood is one of the most thrilling times a person will ever have.
While most young men at this time are gearing up for graduation parties, summer jobs, and decisions concerning which dormitory to reside in while attending a university, 18 year old Antonio Capulin is preparing for battle.
His battle is only a small part of accomplishing a much larger goal.
Tony commenced his ultimate ambition of becoming a world champion and decided to embark on a professional prizefighting career in April of 2010.
The 18 year old pugilist is currently training for an upcoming bout on July 9th.
While attending C E King High School in Houston, TX, Capulin completed a very successful amateur career consisting of over eighty bouts and believed that he was ready for the next step.
“I, along with my family, felt that it was time,” states the undefeated prospect. “I had gone as far as I could go as an amateur and the next step was turning pro.” continue
When crowd-pleasing bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos, 18-1 (15 KO's), steps into the squared circle Friday evening at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME, against Khabir Suleymanov, he understands the importance of being on his A game. continue
On 23rd July 2011, Amir ‘King’ Khan returns to Primetime in a head-tohead fight against Zab ‘Super’ Judah for the WBA and IBF world lightwelterweight unification title. The fight takes place live from Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay and will be screened exclusively on pay-per-view channel Primetime (Channel 480 on Sky). Amir Khan has beaten some of the biggest names in the division with victories over Marco Antonio Barrera, Andreas Kotelnik, Paulie Malignaggi and Marcos Maidana before his last victory over Paul McCloskey. He is now seeking to unify the division before he possibly moves up to the Welterweight division. But before he can think about that he faces a five time world champion with unification ambitions of his own. continue
The lights went out on John Murray's amateur schoolboy final, but the Manchester ace has promised to put Kevin Mitchell's lights out in their Battle of Britain blockbuster showdown next month. Murray's fight against James Richardson was stopped in the second round of their Schools ABA final in 2001 when rioting broke out at the Broadway Theatre, Barking, with the then Sports Minister Kate Hoey in attendance. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. As the Super Six Tournament has taken nearly two years to reach the final match up, one of the original contestants faced the most recent entrant in a fight that was reminiscent of the old days, when boxing was competitive and full of drama and excitement. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 8 - The negotiations have settled, the social media battles are raging and on Saturday, July 23, two of boxing's best will step into the ring to unify the 140-pound weight division when rising superstar and World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Amir "King" Khan faces Five-Time World Champion and current International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Welterweight World Titleholder Zab "Super" Judah at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan will try to get in line for another world title shot when he returns to action on July 15th in his home base in Göppingen, Germany (close to Stuttgart). Arslan will also try to avenge one of his only 5 career losses (30 wins, 1 draw) when he faces Czech toughguy Lubos Suda (23-5-1) who had beaten the German southpaw in a close fight in December 2003 in Prague. continue
NEWARK, New Jersey (June 8, 2011) On June 10 the Roseland Ballroom will be the headquarters for Boricua boxing pride as Gary Shaw Productions (“GSP”) and DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) proudly present Boricua Invasion I. Boricua Invasion I will air live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. In a featured bout, undefeated, Newark New Jersey welterweight southpaw Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez, 13-0, 7 KOs will take on durable veteran, Manuel Guzman, 7-11-2, 3 KO’s. continue
Frankie Gavin has warned pro footballer turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse he will give him the red card on July 16. Birmingham City fan Gavin used to cheer Woodhouse from the terraces when he played for the midlands outfit, but now he will be aiming to knock him out at Liverpool's Echo Arena. continue
By Alex Harding: I want to set the tone of this article straight away by saying it is a comparison article. I am comparing Carl Froch and Joe Calzaghe. But I’m not doing it in the traditional sense. I’m not breaking down the skill set of each man to painstakingly create an outcome of a fight we’ll never see. I’ll skip that- I think Joe Calzaghe would have beaten Carl Froch quite comfortably. Calzaghe would have been too fast and too busy for Froch. That’s my opinion out there straight away. continue
Yassine El Maachi lived up to his nickname ‘The Showman’ as he beat former World Champion Junior Witter to win the Prizefighter Welterweights II crown at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Tuesday night, and says he’s ready to gatecrash the British Welterweight scene. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 7, 2011) – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios and two-time world title challenger and Top-Five-rated contender Urbano Antillon spent more time talking to each other than members of the media on Tuesday, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone attending the kickoff press conference for the July 9 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) continue
By Paul Albano: Alas, Vicious Victor Ortiz isn’t a pseudonym of Manny Pacquiao. And thus the biggest event in boxing remains the hypothetical it’s been for two years—which is a travesty, and quite frankly, embarrassing for the sport, the two fighters, their promoters, and everyone involved. Yet, none of that should obscure the fight that was announced Tuesday. Because, as booby prizes go, Mayweather-Ortiz not only isn’t half bad, but it just might be the most interesting fight of the year. continue
By Reni M. Valenzuela: Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting Victor Ortiz on September 17 means only one thing: Pretty Boy would rather lose to any fighter on the planet but Manny Pacquiao. And that’s how gigantic his ego is. continue
By Paul Strauss: Most fans will be happy and eager to see Floyd Mayweather, Jr. back in the ring on Sept 17th, after a long lay off. More yet will be excited about his choice of opponent in Vicious Victor Ortiz. On the surface, there seems to be all kinds of pluses involved with this one. continue
Las Vegas, NV (June 7)...The wait is over and once again Floyd "Money" Mayweather delivers as the undefeated six-time world champion announced today via his Twitter account @floydmayweather that he will return to the ring on Saturday, September 17, to face the hard-hitting and explosive current WBC Welterweight World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz in what is now the biggest international boxing event of 2011. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It's official, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz is on! No not because I said it, or because a boxing news website generated the buzz, but because Mayweather Jr. himself twittered it a few minutes ago (http://twitter.com/#!/floydmayweather). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It has been a long while since the boxing community was excited about a heavyweight bout. Ever since the Klitschko brothers took over the division, things slowed down to a halt, and the potential of a high energy fight has been diminished to a speck of hope. The giants in Vitali and Wladimir have been uncontrollably dominating the scene, and either due to the lack of competition or to their less than exciting fighting styles (more Wladimir than Vitali) they have tucked the heavyweight division under the radar. continue
By Karim ‘Kato’ Godfrey: Every now and again two fighters enter the ring and put on an amazing performance. The crowd, the media and the commentators are totally engulfed in the moment and the only bad part about the entire affair is that one of those fighters has to lose. May 8th, 2004 was just such a day. continue
Blog Talk Radio's, "The Pugilist Corner" is proud to present undefeated middleweight prospect and NABF Middleweight Champion Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) as a guest. The Dominican born fighter will be headlining ESPN 2's Friday Night Fights on June 17th in Austin, TX. He will be facing Contender winner Grady Brewer (27-12, 15 KOs) for the vacant NABF Jr Middleweight title. continue
by Mark Lovell: Last Saturday night Francois Botha handed undefeated 21yo Flo Simba his first defeat in front of a packed crowd in Kempton Park, South Africa, going some way to revitalizing the career of the 43yo former IBF champion. continue
Mikkel Kessler´s triumphant ring return was a huge hit on the TV markets. On Danish TV2, the Viking Warrior´s spectacular victory over tough Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla peaked at 1.137.000 viewers, which translates into a peak market share of 66 percent. “That is truly an amazing figure and tells you all about the Viking Warrior´s popularity in Denmark,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “The 12,500 fans at PARKEN Stadium created a fantastic atmosphere. And to have two-thirds of the entire TV viewers tuning into Mikkel´s fight is simply sensational. Other than Mikkel, I cannot think of any other individual athlete in Europe who would generate such a massive interest and beat the national football team by a landslide.” continue
By James Slater: As those fans who keep an eye on Audley Harrison’s Twitter page will know, “A-Force” is still thinking of fighting again and he says he can rise again. Last seen being blown away in an awful fight with WBA heavyweight champ David Haye, the 39-year-old was urged to quit by practically everyone but his close friends. continue
By Lee Callan: Turning professional in October 1985, Eubank's early four-rounders took place in Atlantic City, on the back of a 26-fight amateur career in New York (that included a close El Diario La Prensa Golden Gloves final victory and close Daily News Golden Gloves semi-final loss). Madison Square Garden, the Boardwalk Casinos and national US TV audiences were nothing strange for the teenaged Eubank residing in the Bronx and working as gym janitor to pay his fees.. continue
By James Slater: Understandably feeling very, very confident at the moment, having seen off his “Super-Six” semi-final rival Glen Johnson - in the process proving once again he is the best British fighter in the world today - WBC 168-pound champ Carl Froch is convinced he’ll defeat Andre Ward in the final. continue
By Mick McNeill: After a stint of five years in Los Angeles under the tutelage of Freddy Roach at the Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, Edinburgh born Southpaw Craig McEwan has returned to his native land in attempt to rebuild what was until recently, an unblemished career under the guidance of the glamorous Golden Boy Promotions. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Remember when the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. talks began? Remember how the drama escalated and took control of the media and the general boxing public? Most importantly, do you remember how frustrated people were at Mayweather Jr. when he named his “absurd” price of $100 million to fight Pacquiao? continue
Two of Warriors Boxing's fighters scored exciting victories on the undercard of WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch's majority decision victory over Glen Johnson at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday night, as power punching sensation Edison "Pantera" Miranda returned to the ring with unanimous eight-round decision (80-73, 79-73 and 79-73) over Pittsburgh's Rayco "War" Saunders and Warriors Boxing newest young prospect Badou Jack "The Ripper" of Sweden scored a very impressive TKO 5 (1:30) over Bronx, New York's Hajro Sujak. continue
CHESTER, PA (June 6, 2011)—This past Friday night, popular Lightweight Victor Vasquez got back into the win column as he scored a fourth round stoppage over Gustavo Dailey in a rematch that highlight a terrific seven bout card at Harrah’s in Chester, Pa. continue
Dennis N. (Chicago, IL): I'm not sure if you had a chance to watch the Pacquiao/Mosley Showtime Fight Camp 360 that aired this past Saturday, but I'd love to know what were your thoughts after seeing some of the new footage. continue
By James Slater: South Africa’s Francois Botha, now aged 42 and having failed to win a fight for some time, was considered an experienced but relatively safe step up for unbeaten young Flo Simba. But, in an upset, the 21-year-old who also hails from South Africa lost his perfect record last night in his homeland, as he was stopped in the 6th-round by “The White Buffalo.” continue
By James Slater: Danish hero Mikkel Kessler showed absolutely no ring-rust in making his return to the ring last night in Copenhagen. The 32-year-old former three-time 168-pound champ (and current WBC Champion Emeritus) crushed the gutsy 29-year-old from France in the 6th-round, having sent him to the mat twice in the session. continue
By James Slater: During what was a very busy Saturday night of boxing, Jamaican veterans Richard Hall and O’Neil bell met in a crossroads fight in Hollywood, Florida. 39-year-old former light-heavyweight title challenger Hall got the job done in style as he cracked the former undisputed cruiserweight king with a left hand to the head in the 2nd-round; his follow-up attack forcing the third man in the ring to call a halt to the proceedings. continue
By James Slater: Fighting on last night’s under-card in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Colombian powerhouse Edison Miranda, boxing at a career-heaviest weight of 183-pounds, pounded out a wide UD over journeyman Rayco Saunders. The 30-year-old known as “Pantera” is now campaigning full time as a light-heavyweight and is now trained by Noel Carbajal. continue
By Paul Strauss: Froch wins, but old man Glen Johnson did his job. In fact, he probably did better than many, including Carl Froch, thought he would do in the big Super Six Semi-final bout against Nottingham's Cobra. In the pre-fight hype Froch stated that he couldn't envision The Road Warrior winning a round. Well, Glen did a little better than that; he almost won the fight. At least that's the way Judge Nobuaki Uratani thought when he scored the fight a draw at 114 a piece. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (June 4, 2011) - Nottingham, United Kingdom's WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his title and advanced to the Final of the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic against Andre Ward with a majority 12-round decision over Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and live on SHOWTIME® continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: Just a little over six months ago, Christy Martin was in the fight of her life. She was down with little chance of ever getting up. But she beat the most important count of her life and made it to her feet. She wasn’t getting up to continue boxing – she was getting up to find help to take her to the hospital. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: Beloved by fans for his “fight anywhere, with whatever notice, against whomever in their own backyard, and for all three minutes of every round he’s ever been in” attitude, forty-two year old Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO’s) fell a little short in his efforts against WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s) of Nottingham, England this evening In Atlantic City. Froch will now move on to the final stage of the Showtime Super Six Super Middleweight Tournament where he will face undefeated WBA champion Andre Ward. continue
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Jessie Roman KO 2 James Grant
Alejandro Luna UD 4 Pablo Cesar Garcia
Oscar Andrade TKO 1 Kai Zama
Vanes Martirosyan TKO 7 Saul Roman
vacant WBC Silver light middleweight title
Dakota Stone TKO 6 Christy Martin
The Viking Warrior is back! World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) celebrated a spectacular comeback on Saturday night when he destroyed brave Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla (22-4, 10 KOs) in six rounds. With a boisterous crowd of 12,500 fans supporting their idol in Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium, Kessler stamped his authority on the fight early. A huge right then sent Bouadla down in the third, but he scrambled back to his feet and carried on. In the fourth, Kessler knocked him down again, and Bouadla took further punishment in the fifth. After two more knockdowns in the sixth, the referee waved the bout off. “It´s great to be back,” Kessler said. “Fighting in this great atmosphere with my Danish fans supporting me was fantastic. I have to give credit to Bouadla. He was a tough opponent and refused to give up. I was surprised how many punches he could take. I am pleased with my performance.” continue
By James Slater: Both Marcos Maidana and Paul McCloskey, if you asked them for their first choice for next opponent, would undoubtedly say the name Amir Khan. Both the Argentine powerhouse and the Northern Ireland southpaw have faced the reigning WBA 140-pound champ before, and both men felt aggrieved at the way they were beaten. continue
By James Slater: Although the many legal issues he currently has hanging over his head may be making it all but impossible for Floyd Mayweather Junior to even think about fighting again, a recent interview promoter Bob Arum gave to ESNews in speaking about Mayweather leads us to believe “Money” has no intentions of ever facing P-4-P king Manny Pacquiao. continue
Las Vegas, NV- Middleweight contender Ishe Smith is a free agent once again this week following a split from promoter of two years Lou Dibella, and Dibella entertainment. Smith and Dibella mutually parted ways following a seven month inactive streak for Smith. continue
By John Gabriel Thompson: Yudel Jhonson (11-0, 7 KO’s) won a near shutout over Jose Miguel Torres (21-5, 19 KO’s) on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights series from A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Torres looked about as good as one could expect for someone with a long layoff (not having fought since May of 2009) and against a boxer with Jhonson’s pedigree. A Cuban Silver Medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Jhonson also has almost four hundred amateur bouts under his belt. continue
The Weigh-in was held today in Atlantic City for tomorrow's (June 4) battle between 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). . continue
By James Slater: Most fans agree WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch has one of the best-looking and hard earned resumes in the sport today. Back to back, "The Cobra" has met genuine world class operators, and more often than not he's done it away from home. Willing to fight the best each and every time out, the 33 year-old has slowly won over even his strongest critics. continue
By James Slater: Texan Ronnie Shields has worked with many world champion boxers, including Mike Tyson, Juan Lazcano, Vernon Forrest and Evander Holyfield. However, when it comes to sheer skill, particularly defensive skill, one fighter stands out above all others: former lightweight, light-welterweight, welterweight and light-middleweight champ Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker. continue
PUNTERS on Betfair are confident that Carl Froch has what it takes to secure his place in the Super Six tournament final by beating Glen Johnson in Atlantic City on Saturday. The Nottingham-born star is the huge favourite at just 1-4 to make a successful first defence of his World Boxing Council (WBC) super-middleweight crown. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 3, 2011) – Son of the Living Legend and the No. 1-rated middleweight contender, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. (42-0-1, 30 KOs), of Culiacan, México, and undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion SEBASTIAN ZBIK (30-0, 10 KOs), of Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, will see each other one last time before they meet in the ring in the main event of "The Son Also Rises: Zbik vs. Chávez, Jr. World Middleweight Championship." Zbik and Chávez Jr. will step on the scale for their Official Weigh-in, TODAY! Friday, June 3, outdoors at the STAPLES Center Star Plaza, near the Team LA store, (1111 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90015) at 1 p.m. PT. continue
Old foes could meet in the Welterweights II final on June 7. Colin Lynes and Junior Witter could cross swords in the final of Prizefighter Welterweights II on June 7 at York Hall, Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: After dominating Jean Pascal (26-2-1), Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2) has been the center of attention in boxing. Due to his astounding achievement at the age of 46, his stock has skyrocketed, and many fighters are trying to do anything and everything possible just to step inside the ring against a legend like Hopkins. continue
THROWBACK fighter Nigel Wright could make the next defence of his English light-welterweight championship against unbeaten Manchester hopeful Karl Place. Promoter Frank Maloney believes the winner would also become mandatory challenger for Ashley Theophane’s British crown. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) joined us for a Super Six Special Edition ofOn the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) as he enters final preparations before his Saturday night showdown against WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) in the Super Six Semi-Finals this Saturday. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our guest on this evening’s show. We have “The Road Warrior” himself, the former light heavyweight champion of the world, and the current participant in the Semi-Finals of the Super Six, Glen Johnson! How are you doing today, Glen?
GLEN JOHNSON: I’m doing good. Thanks for having me on. It’s an honor to be back on your show.
JENNA: We’re definitely happy to have you back! So you got a pretty big fight coming up this week. How do you feel now that the fight’s only a few days off?
JOHNSON: I feel great! We have a wonderful training camp, one of our better ones in awhile. So we are very excited of coming out here in New Jersey to give you guys a show, make sure the people enjoy their money, and come back with the victory.
JENNA: You know you have to get down to 168 pounds. This is the second time you’ll have to do it in the tournament. How are you feeling weight-wise?
JOHNSON: Oh I feel great! You know the first time we really didn’t have a lot of time to get it done. This time we had a lot of time so it certainly was easier. We got adjusted to the weight. We had time to train with the weight being down. We’ve been sharp for awhile now in training camp. We’ve maintained that and actually exceeded expectations, so we are extremely excited about coming out there and performing. continue
By Vann Dunn: There comes a period in every professional athlete’s life where it is time to look in the mirror and face the truth…the time when it is necessary to walk away from the sport where they have achieved remarkable success and fame. More often than not, that time comes when the athlete skills have eroded and deprived them of performing at a championship, or much less a competitive level. continue
By James Slater: Derek Chisora has been with trainer Don Charles for seven years now, and he has been with his fitness coach, John Ramos, for 2 years. Since losing a good deal of the puppy fat he had as a teenager, the 27-year-old British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion has thickened out and become a “fully developed athlete,” according to Ramos. continue
Earlier today Michael Katsidis and his manager Brendon Smith issued a statement saying that an agreement had been reached with Graham Earl and that the long awaited rematch of their epic 2007 encounter will take place in Queensland, Australia later this year. continue
By James Slater: Last week, the surprising news broke about how British lightweight warrior Graham Earl had asked Michael Katsidis’ people for a rematch of the terrific 2007 encounter then two action fighters put on. Earl, thought by many to be retired, spoke of how he was verbally promised a return chance soon after losing the 5-round thriller that took place in London in February of 2007. And now, according to a news piece on Fightnews.com, Katsidis’ manager Brendon Smith recently finalised a deal with Earl’s people. continue
Woodland Hills, California (June 2, 2011) - Tomorrow night the War at Woodland Hills IV will have special guest, WBA Lightweight World Champion Brandon "Bam Bam" Rios (27-0-1, 20 KO's), signing autographs from 7pm to 8pm. Rios of Oxnard California is scheduled to defend his title against Urbano Antillon July 9, 2011 at the Home Depot Center in Carson CA. Fans are encouraged to get their early to meet the champ. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 2, 2011) – World cruiserweight title challenger Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) finds himself at the crossroads of his professional career, preparing for his June 10 10-round main event throw-down against undefeated, ultra-hyped Nigerian knockout artist Lateef “Power” Kayode for the vacant NABA title, live on ShoBox from Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. continue
NEW YORK (June 2, 2011) – Carl Froch is the heavy favorite to defeat Glen Johnson Saturday in Atlantic City live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), but Super Six World Boxing Classic Finalist Andre Ward believes there’s a decent chance that “The Road Warrior” can upset “The Cobra” to claim the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight title and advance to the tournament Final. continue
An unexpected twist at the Prizefighter - Welterweights II draw sees TKO Boxing Gym mates Colin Lynes and Bobby Gladman meeting in the quarter final of the Matchroom Sports promoted Prizefighter - Welterweights II, that takes place at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London on Tuesday, 7th June 2011. continue
NEW YORK CITY (June 1, 2011) -- WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and former World Champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and their respective camps held their final press conference Wednesday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City to discuss their Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
Team Bouadla is convinced that the 14-month layoff has made WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler rusty. On Saturday night, the Viking Warrior (43-2, 32 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his epic points victory over then-WBC Champion Carl Froch, taking on WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs). “In life, it´s all about timing, and now is the time to beat Kessler,” Boudla´s promoter Bernard Roos said at today´s final press conference at PARKEN Stadium. “Kessler is a great champion and in six months he would beat everybody, including Ward and Froch, but now after his long break Mehdi “The Bull” Bouadla will rise to the occasion and defeat him.” continue
By James Slater: Reigning WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan is a very good, potentially great fighter. On this most fans seem to agree. Khan is both naturally talented, exciting to watch and he has an urge to face the best. Also, as a result of his recent, FOTY win over the hard hitting Marcos Maidana, there are less concerns over the 24-year-old’s ability to take a hard shot to the chin. continue
Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik defends his title against undefeated Julio César Chávez, Jr. in the main event of “The Son Also Rises,” this Saturday night at STAPLES Center. The fight will be televised live on HBO, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) continue
By James Slater: Former WBA heavyweight king James “Bonecrusher” Smith earned a reputation as one of the hardest hitting big men of the sport courtesy of his formidable right hand. Turning pro late, the college graduate went on to achieve plenty at a time when he had relatively little boxing experience.
Most famous for his battles with Frank Bruno, Tim Witherspoon, Larry Holmes and Mike Tyson, Bonecrusher compiled a 44-17-1(32) record from the years 1981 to 1999. Getting out with his marbles intact, the 58-year-old speaks clearly today and his memory is spot on.
Kind enough to answer the following questions on his memorable career, Bonecrusher had these things to say yesterday evening U.K time:
James Slater: It’s great to be able to speak with you, Champ! People still talk about you today, as one of the hardest hitting heavyweights ever; especially with a single shot. What was the secret of your withering power? continue
Philadelphia, PA (June 1)...Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter honored newly crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard Hopkins today for his championship win over Jean Pascal which took place May 21. The mayor presented Hopkins with a Liberty Bell replica and made a proclamation saluting Hopkins and acknowledging his history making accomplishment of becoming the oldest world champion in the history of boxing. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Seems to me like Manny Pacquiao is staying busy as he keeps appearing in various commercials. Some of you have had the opportunity to check out Manny Pacquiao’s new HP commercial, and you heard him talk about his workout and nutritional routine. For those of you who have not yet seen the advertisement, follow the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ycv6ZGAMAf0&feature=player_embedded continue
By James Slater: Bitter British heavyweight rivals Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury came face-to-face yesterday in London, to formally announce their exciting-looking July 23rd clash. The two unbeaten big men met at Wembley Arena, the venue for the British and Commonwealth title match, and Fury, as always, had plenty to say. continue
AUSTIN, TX - Many championships have been won in Austin, TX, most of them by sports teams emblazoned with a Longhorn logo in burnt orange and white. This time a championship of a different sort will be on the line in Austin as world ranked Fernando Guerrero 21-0 (16 KO's) will meet "Contender" Champion Grady Brewer 27-12 (15 KO's) for the NABF Super Welterweight Championship on ESPN Friday Night Fights live from the Frank Erwin Center on June 17th. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2011) – Rafael “Chocho” Guzman is the new opponent for undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender Mikey Garcia in the co-main event of “The Son Also Rises: Sebastian Zbik vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr. World Middleweight Championship,” this Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The 10-round featherweight rumble will open the two-bout HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) continue
iFilm London Productions presents an exclusive interview with the English Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury. iFilm London's Kugan Cassius caught up with Tyson at 'The Big Brawl' press conference at Wembley Arena, ahead of his British & Commomwealth title clash with Dereck Chisora on 23rd July 2011. continue
WBC super middleweight champion Carl "The Cobra'' Froch participated in a brisk 30-minute media workout and then met with reporters for a half-hour Tuesday at Mendez Boxing Gym in New York City. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 31, 2011) -- Manny Pacquiao has settled his defamation lawsuit against Richard Schaefer and Oscar de la Hoya on confidential terms. In connection with the dismissal, Mr. Schaefer and Mr. De la Hoya made the following statement: continue
By James Slater: Fans have been following with great interest the ongoing negotiations for an Amir Khan-Zab Judah 140-pound unification clash. With WBA champ Khan needing a big name opponent for his July 23rd scrap due to WBC/WBO ruler Tim Bradley not being interested for the time being, newly crowned IBF boss Zab Judah stepped in. continue