Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions wishes to congratulate International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight champion Daniel "The Real Deal" Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) for making his first successful title defense, a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Miami via Nigeria's Eromosele Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) on Wednesday night. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “It’s the biggest fight of my life. I’ve been up against, you name it, everybody. You put everybody: Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, Vargas, I can put all of my opponents into one ring and battle all of them, but this monster is going to be the toughest fight of my life. But I’ll be ready.” continue
Montreal, Wednesday, August 31st – Much like Lucian Bute, Sebastien Gauthier (21-2-0, 13 KO) will also be facing the biggest test of his career on November 5th at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. The InterBox protégée will step into the ring against former two-time IBF World Champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-2-0, 12 KO) in a very interesting all-Canadian match-up. continue
New York, NY - (8/31/2011) - This Saturday night, former World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto (27-1, 20KO's) will look to regain a version of the welterweight championship, and re-position himself back atop the elite of boxing world when he challenges current International Boxing Federation (IBF) title holder, Jan Zaveck. The show, entitled, Battle in Biloxi: is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with SES Boxing and will be aired live on HBO's Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:45 PM ET/PT. continue
By James Slater: It has been confirmed that Scotland’s Ricky Burns will make the fourth defence of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-featherweight title against unbeaten contender Adrien Broner on November 26th. The dangerous fight for Burns will go ahead in Cincinnati, 22-year-old Broner’s home town. The fight, Burns’ first outside of the U.K, could well prove to be a great one. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: The title alone will most likely make almost every viewer click to see what’s inside. The reader will again hope for something new, but expect the same old. What news could I or anyone else possibly bring to the table at this point in time about either of the fighters? The answer is none. Still, writers re-write, and readers re-read. continue
Frank Warren today officially announced the long awaited showdown between WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly and challenger Tony Bellew for Saturday 15th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena. continue
Former IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) and unbeaten Polish prospect Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs) faced the media today during a press conference at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym. They will collide in Neubrandenburg on October 1 with the vacant European Middleweight Title on the line. “I know that my name might not yet be known around the globe,” Proksa said. “But this will change on October 1. Everybody will know my name after I have defeated Sylvester.” Added his manager Krzysztof Zbarski: “Nobody wanted to fight against Proksa anymore. He is a southpaw, unbeaten, he is fast and he has made all of professional fights on the road. We were very surprised when we heard that Sylvester was brave enough to get in the ring with him.” continue
Los Angeles (Tue., Aug. 30) This past weekend, I read where Carl Froch again spouted incorrect, inaccurate and misleading information about our WBA Super Middleweight World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward and their upcoming bout. continue
Ola Afolabi, WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion, is scheduled to make his second title defense as the co-feature of the huge Vitali Klitschko vs Tomasz Adamek show September 10 in Wroclaw Poland. continue
by Charles White: Last Saturday, August 27th, at the 83rd Battle At The Boat, hosted by Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA and promoted by Brian Halquist Productions, heavyweight prospect "Vicious" Vincent Thompson (9-0 with 2 knockouts) kept his undefeated record by winning an impressive unanimous decision over Japan's #1 rated heavyweight Masataka Takehara (now 6-5-3 with 2 knockouts). continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (August 30, 2011) – Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ, fresh from their stop in Manila, will kick off the North America portion of their 25,000-mile international media tour, for their mega world championship fight, with a New York News Conference luncheon Next Tuesday! September 6, in the The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 (23rd Street at the Hudson River, New York, NY 10011). The report time will be 9:30 a.m. ET with the news conference beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET. The Media Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the news conference at approximately 11:00 a.m. ET. continue
By James Slater: Whether we like it or not, we’d better get used to the fact that 48-year-old Evander Holyfield (49 in October) is not going anywhere near retirement any time soon. We’ve all heard the rumours about how the former four-time heavyweight king will be the first challenger for new “regular” WBA champ Alexander Povetkin, and in a recent interview with Ringtv.com, “The Real Deal” confirmed how he is negotiating with Sauerland Promotions about the fight. continue
By James Slater: Currently one of the hottest and most exciting fighters in the sport (and, for what it’s worth, this writer’s current favourite), Yuriorkis Gamboa has some massive future fights in the works according to promoter Bob Arum. continue
Matchroom Sport can confirm that European Super Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez has withdrawn from his fight with Carl Frampton on September 10 at the Odyssey Arena through personal reasons. continue
By James Slater: What boxing fan out there has not heard of the legendary Angelo Dundee? Fully deserving of his legendary, even iconic status, the mastermind who guided, most famously, Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, George Foreman (in the latter stages of Foreman’s career) and Michael Nunn, turns 90-years-of age today. continue
Quebec, Monday, August 29th 2011 – InterBox is proud to announce that the much anticipated bout between Lucian Bute (29-0-0 24 KO) and Glen “the Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO) will take place at the Pepsi Coliseum on Saturday, November 5th 2011. continue
ATLANTIC CITY (August 29, 2011) -- Undefeated former World Boxing Association (WBA) Featherweight World Champion YURIORKIS GAMBOA and former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Featherweight World Champion DANIEL PONCE DE LEON, along with their respective promoters, Bob Arum and Ahmet Öner for Gamboa, and for De Leon, Richard Schaefer, CEO Golden Boy Promotions, hosted a media conference call today to discuss their 12-round featherweight rumble, which will take place Saturday, September 10, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
INDIO, Calif. (August 29) - Fight fans in the Coachella Valley are going to get a special treat on Friday, September 23 when former United States Olympians Vicente Escobedo (2004 games) and Rocky Juarez (2000 games) square off in a true cross roads fight. Both are no strangers to high stakes competition, but when the bell rings at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, it may be the biggest fight in the careers of both men as they each look to start another run at a world championship with a win in the main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." continue
Los Angeles (August 29)..."Vicious" Victor Ortiz's STAR POWER just hit new heights. Not only did he make his HBO 24/7 debut Saturday night, but also, early this morning, celebrity gossip site TMZ posted photos of Ortiz almost baring it all in an underwear campaign hotter than the Las Vegas sun. The WBC Welterweight World Champion is currently training for his September 17 mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather and judging from the nearly 20 photos of Ortiz in his skivvies (see below), the hard work in the gym is paying off. continue
By James Slater: There were two significant wins scored by heavyweights this past weekend, with the unbeaten duo that is Alexander Povetkin and Robert Helenius picking up notable victories. The two Klitschkos have nothing much to fear as regards losing their positions atop the division (although Tomasz Adamek fans say different, believing their hero will cause the upset when he faces WBC king Vitali on Sept. 10th), but both Povetkin and Helenius are deserving of going up a notch or two due to their recent wins. continue
By Robert Jackson: Mayweather-Ortiz 24/7 episode 1, ah yes, this edition chronicles the exploits of underachiever turned overachiever Victor Ortiz and 24/7 originator Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather, and like they say in show business “any publicity is good publicity”. Water cooler conversation starting the week centers around the confrontation between Jr and Sr which was shown as part 1 ended. Anyone who’s seen Discovery Channel’s ‘American Chopper’ knows that confrontation between the father and son is good for ratings, the same holds true for the Mayweather’s. continue
By James Slater: Although you will be hard pressed to find too many fight fans who feel unbeaten Russian star Alexander Povetkin is in any way a “real” world heavyweight champion, it has to be agreed how the 32-year-old is something of a hot commodity right now. Young (32), well looked after (trained by Teddy Atlas) and capable of throwing a lot of leather (Povetkin had good combination punching), the former Olympian also has a number of possibilities for his next high profile fight - his first defence, if you will, of the “regular” WBA bauble he won this past Saturday. continue
By James Slater: Heavyweight hope Deontay Wilder keeps on rolling, and the fans keep on hoping he will take at least a small step up in class of opposition. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist seems to be in no hurry and his team seem satisfied with his progress thus far. On Saturday night, in his home town of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the 25-year-old brushed aside 28-year-old Dominique Alexander, 20-12-1(9) coming in. continue
Derrick H. (Las Vegas, NV): I thought the rift between Floyd Mayweather jr. and his Father was very troubling and almost couldn't believe that HBO even aired it. In your estimation, is the relationship between the two really this flammable or was this just extra hype? continue
By Paul Strauss: It's almost as if a potent salve of tranquility and quiet has been generously applied to professional boxing fans, resulting in a vexing risk of torpidity. There's no emotion. There's no energy. There's no vim! Fans have gone dormant. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present a special one hour “Post Fight” episode tonight at 9:00 PM EST. continue
After turning in a thrilling, gutsy and bloody performance last night vs. Robert Helenius, in Erfurt, Germany, Former Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich was taken to a local emergency room in the early morning hours where a CT scan revealed that the warrior's nose had been broken in two places during the bout. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Nigeria’s Yaqub Kareem is the new Commonwealth Super Flyweight champion after claiming a 7th round TKO over Ghanaian Cobbinah Johnson in Accra last night. Referee Ben Nunoo Mensah stopped the bout two minutes into round seven of the scheduled twelve on the advice of the ringside doctor following excessive bleeding by the Ghanaian from a cut suffered in round 3. continue
By James Slater: Alexander Povetkin won the “regular” version of the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight belt last night, with a hard-fought 12-round UD over former WBA champ Ruslan Chagaev in Germany. The Russian fighter who is trained by Teddy Atlas won by scores of 117-113 twice and 116-112. Now 22-0(15), the former Olympian was fully deserving of his victory. Chagaev is now 27-2-1(17) and it is unclear where he will go now. continue
By Vitali Shaposhinko: It looks like it will be at least six months before Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (29-1-1) is able to return to the ring. continue
By Ted Sares: The preparation has gone very well. Back home everybody asks me when I will be fighting the Klitschkos, but first things first, all my focus is on Liakhovich. Robert Helenius.
Robert Helenius, 6′ 6½,″ is now 16-0 as a result of his ninth round stoppage win over a game and competitive 6′ 4″ Siarhei “White Wolf” Liakhovich in Germany. continue
Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) is the new World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion after clinching a unanimous points victory over Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner was ahead 117-113, 117-113 and 116-112 after twelve hard-fought rounds. “It was a very tough fight,” Povetkin said afterwards. “I am very happy that I won. This is for my father, who died last year and always wanted me to be world champion.” continue
Chicago, IL (August 27, 2011) - Windy City fight fans were treated to an explosive six-fight card Friday night which was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and 8 Count Productions. If you missed the live action or the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 27, 2011) - One week after a shoulder injury forced Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero's to withdraw from his August 27 world title challenge against WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana, it was recommended by Dr. Michael Dillingham that Guerrero have arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his left rotator cuff. continue
By James Slater: Wladimir Klitschko, at his peak right now, Vs. the peak version of “Iron” Mike Tyson; the 1988 version. Yet another Dream Fight, I know, but with things a little slow today (with no big fight from last night to report on), I felt the urge to indulge! continue
Former World Boxing Organization ("WBO") Heavyweight Champion Sergei "The White Wolf" Liakhovich is primed and set to challenge defending champion Robert "The Nordic Nightmare" Helenius for the WBO and World Boxing Association ("WBA") Inter-Continental titles, today, (Saturday, Aug. 27) in a 12-round bout airing live in the United States from Efurt, Germany on the EPIX cable network. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 139th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with undefeated heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) who is taking on former champion Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) today for the vacant regular WBA title. The fight will be televised by Epix. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Well let’s move to our second guest of this week’s show and he’s also making his debut with “On the Ropes”. He is the number two ranked contender in the WBA heavyweight division. We are joined for the very first time by Alexander Povetkin. How’s everything going today Alexander?
ALEXANDER POVETKIN: I’m feeling fine. I’m feeling pretty well and I’m motivated.
JENNA: Great! Well you have a very big fight coming up this weekend against Ruslan Chagaev for the vacant WBA regular heavyweight title. How do you feel about the matchup?
POVETKIN: I’m really, really happy that this fight is finally taking place and that I have the chance to fight for the world title. I am very motivated. I am really looking forward to Saturday, and yeah I’m excited about the fight!
JENNA: Your opponent Ruslan Chagaev is a former champion of this weight class. What do you think about his accomplishments that he’s had in the ring?
POVETKIN: I think he had a great career so far. As you said already he has been a world champion in the professional boxing already. At the end of the day if you were to look at his record, he only lost one fight to Wladimir Klitschko and he was fighting very strong in that fight. He is a very experienced guy and he is willing to win again. I think he has had a great career so far. continue
By James Slater: Although the fight has still not actually been signed (only “agreed to in principle - to Miguel Cotto’s full satisfaction,” according to Cotto’s legal advisor, who spoke to Ringtv.com), it has been agreed how Cotto and Antonio Margarito will meet up in a December 3rd rematch, to take place at Madison Square Garden, New York. continue
Here are the weights from Erfurt, Germany:
Vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Title: continue
By Shaun Murphy: Bermane ‘’B Ware’’ Stiverne may only be known by hardcore Canadian boxing fans, but this could change. Why? He’s a puncher and he’s getting better. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Here we go again, a boxer trying to turn politician. Go figure, that the participants of one of the most dangerous and aggressive sports, would even think about getting involved in politics. Just imagine the two words side by side, boxer and politician; its mind boggling and confusing at the same time. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten contender Alexander Povetkin faces former WBA heavyweight champ Ruslan Chagaev tomorrow night in Germany, in a fight that will contest the “regular” version of the WBA belt (that in reality belongs to Wladimir Klitschko) - and though it was thought the winner would then be in line for a shot at “Dr. Steel Hammer,” there is a chance tomorrow’s victor could wind up facing ageing legend Evander Holyfield first. continue
By James Slater: The Julio Cesar Chavez Junior-Ronald Hearns clash, for the “regular” WBC middleweight title, has been scrapped. As has been reported on ESPN.com, Chavez suffered a laceration on his hand approx two-weeks ago and the injury has not healed in time for the fight to proceed. Hearns’ promoter, Lou DiBella is said to be fuming due to the situation. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 139th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward who spoke about a wide variety of topics, including Wladimir Klitschko, Nazim Richardson, Chad Dawson’s upcoming fight with Bernard Hopkins, Miguel Cotto’s rematch against Antonio Margarito, Andy Lee’s upcoming rematch with Bryan Veray, Pacquiao versus Marquez III, Mayweather versus Ortiz, Jermain Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, the WBA, Ronald Hearns, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: We have a trainer who is no stranger to On the Ropes. He has made 15 previous appearances to our program. He has trained Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis. He is training the current heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko. We are joined by Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. How is everything going today Emanuel?
EMANUEL STEWARD: I’m doing pretty good. I’m just coming in from the gym.
JENNA: Alright, well good to hear. Since you said you were coming back from the gym who are you working with right now?
STEWARD: Andy Lee, Ronald Hearns who just came back and started with us for his fight with Chavez after being gone for four years, and Tony Harrison, and K-9. Tony Harrison’s my young prospect. He’s a junior middleweight, 20 years old, and he’s had three fights already in July alone since I’ve been working with him.
JENNA: Well one thing that kind of caught me by surprise there was Ronald Hearns. I remember he used to work with you in the past. What do you think about his upcoming title fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Junior?
STEWARD: Well I told him, “They selected you because they figured you would be an easy fight, and nothing that you did really qualified you or justified you even getting the fight, except for the fact they think it’s a guaranteed win. So based on that you have a lot going for you, because there is not that much respect”. He’s got to come out with a tough mindset. I’ve been involved in those type of fights quite often. In fact, I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve won all of those where I’ve gone in, in those home town situations, but you have to come in with a mindset where you don’t read and you don’t do anything that’s going to un-motivate. You have to be totally focused and intense, and I think he has a good chance of winning the fight because of his height, his natural athleticism, and I think that maybe Julio Junior will not be as focused as he should because of thinking it’s an easy fight in addition to fighting in his own home town. All of the odds are stacked against him, so once you know that you have to go in and you have to be looking and preparing for a knockout. So while he’s training at the gym he’s training for a knockout. He cannot expect to get any breaks or to win a decision there, but I think he’s very fortunate to be given this type of opportunity—two championship fights back-to-back, and then having lost the first one and not having done anything to get the second. So it’s a great situation for him. It’s a no-lose situation, really. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (August 26, 2011) – Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ will embark on a 25,000-mile four-city international media tour, beginning in Manila, Next Friday! September 2 (Saturday, September 3 in Manila), to announce and celebrate Pacquiao-Marquez III -- Act Three of their exciting world championship trilogy. Pacquiao and Marquez, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Joining Pacquiao and Marquez on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. continue
EL PASO, TX (August 27th, 2011) – On Friday, September 2nd, undefeated Heavyweight Contender David “El Nino” Rodriguez (35-0, 33 KOs) will officially announce that his third fight this year will take place in his home town of El Paso, TX. continue
Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) is ready for the biggest fight of his career. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner takes on Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title in Erfurt, Germany on Saturday night. In the co-featured main event, WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) will be out to complete his KO hat-trick of former heavyweight champions. After stopping Lamon Brewster and Samuel Peter, the Nordic Nightmare comes face-to-face with Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs). continue
Jenna J - This week's 139th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Emanuel Steward, Alexander Povetkin, and Sergei Liakhovich. 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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Marcos Maidana vs. Robert Guerrero clash being cancelled late last week – Where does Maidana go from here?
• Would a Timothy Bradley vs. Marcos Maidana match make sense at this point?
• Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito being fought at a 153 pound catch weight on December 3 - Are these catch weight fights getting out of hand?
• Alfredo Angulo’s less than satisfying 1st round KO win against Joseph Gomez – Where does he go from here?
• Zab Judah filing a formal protest regarding July loss to Khan – Does he have a case?
• Hank Lundy scoring a spectacular 6th round KO against David Diaz
• The successful return of Fernando Montiel – where does he go from here?
• Demetrius Andrade scoring a one-sided victory over Grady Brewer
By John Brady: After a lackluster summer we finally have a strong fall schedule to look forward to. Floyd’s return against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will be followed by quality matchups such as Hopkins/Dawson, Bute/Johnson, Pacquiao/Marquez 3, and Cotto/Margarito 2 not to mention Berto/Zaveck, Klitschko/Adamek etc. However, the one fight we’re approaching that’s grabbed my attention more than any of these is the Super Six Final between Andre “SOG” Ward and Carl “The Cobra” Froch which takes place on Saturday October 29th. continue
WBO#11, WBA#12 Tommy Karpency (21-2) returns to the ring at Harrah's Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania on Saturday September 24th. A winner of 10 of his last 11 fights, Karpency will face streaking Philly prospect Anthony Ferrante (12-2) in the 10 round main event for the vacant Pennsylvania Light Heavyweight Title. continue
Frank Warren is today delighted to announce that he has signed George Groves, the reigning British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion, to a promotional agreement. continue
By James Slater: The last time they came face-to-face, rival light-heavyweights Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew almost came to blows; the services of the security men on hand being needed. That was back in May, when the two were seemingly matched together after Cleverly’s original opponent, Juergen Brahmaer withdrew from the WBO 175-pound title clash with the unbeaten Welshman. continue
By James Slater: There isn’t long to go now until World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko meets Polish hero Tomasz Adamek in the latest defence of his belt. And though most experts feel “Dr. Iron Fist” will have too much strength, size, power and, well, everything for the former light-heavy and cruiserweight ruler known as “Goral,” these same experts concede the fact that Adamek is at the very least a “live” underdog. continue
Floyd Mayweather claims the only reason he parties his face off at nightclubs ... and passes out booze ... and flashes money ... and otherwise acts like a complete a-hole ... is JUST to promote his fights. continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (Aug. 24, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch concluded their three-city international press tour on Wednesday formally announcing The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
By James Slater: So far as I know, there has been no official announcement yet, but some web sites are suggesting WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios will defend against British contender Kevin Mitchell on the November 12th Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III card in Las Vegas. continue
Following his sensational defeat of World #45 ranked Richard Turba last Friday, London based Dutch Cruiserweight prospect Mitchell Balker has rocketed into the top one hundred in the World Cruiserweight rankings, moving up from his previous #220 spot to #86. continue
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise returns for its tenth boxing installment with the four-episode, all-access series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/ORTIZ. Debuting SATURDAY, AUG. 27 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), the show follows boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather’s return to the ring against rising sensation Victor Ortiz as they prepare for their Sept. 17 welterweight title pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
By Lee Callan: Legend of Super Middleweight boxing Chris "Simply the Best" Eubank gives his take on the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic finale between WBC Champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch and WBA King Andre "Son Of God" Ward. continue
By James Slater: It has officially been confirmed how good friends “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Tony “The Tiger” Thompson will meet, in an IBF heavyweight title eliminator, on October 28th in Atlantic City - the night before the “Super Six” grand final between Andre Ward and Carl Froch. Showtime will televise. continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 23, 2011) "World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch continued the three-city international press tour today in New York City to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME", Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present: Master trainer and boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Sr, Junior Welterweight prospect Vernon Paris, and special guest host WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout. continue
By James Slater: Just over two years on from the tragic and untimely death of the legendary, hugely respected Arturo Gatti, reports are about to be released that say the 37-year-old warrior was indeed murdered in Brazil in July of 2009. continue
Undefeated featherweight dynamo Luis "Orlandito" del Valle (13-0,10 KO's) will return to action on Saturday, September 3, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, as part of an event called "Battle in Biloxi" with an HBO-televised main event featuring the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Welterweight championship fight between Jan Zaveck and former champ Andre Berto. continue
By James Slater: As fans have no doubt read by now, recent IBF 140-pound champ Zab Judah has appealed against his July 23rd loss to World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterweight ruler Amir Khan (who won the IBF strap that belonged briefly to the New Yorker, with a 5th-round KO win). continue
Four potential heavyweight champions participated in today´s public work-out in Erfurt ahead of Saturday´s big Sauerland Event card in Germany. Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) clash for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Title, while WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) looks to complete his KO hat-trick of former champions when he takes on Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs). continue
OAKLAND, Calif. (August 23, 2011) - Two years in the making, The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward and his World Boxing Council (WBC) counterpart Carl Froch is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Tickets for this monumental event go on sale this Friday, Aug. 26th at the Boardwalk Hall box office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. continue
Featherweight hot-shot Stephen Smith will headline the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday 17th September in his first fight of the new boxing season.
Smith, one of Britain's fast rising stars, makes the first defence of the British title and will also put his Commonwealth belt on the line against Welshman Lee Selby, live on Sky Sports. continue
by John Wight: Billy Nelson’s Fighting Scots Gym is located in an unremarkable location on the eastern outskirts of Glasgow. It occupies a small slice of wasteground on the edge of a housing estate, the kind of setting you won’t find in any tourist brochure interested in selling either Scotland or Glasgow as a choice destination to potential visitors from around the world. Indeed from the outside you would be doing the gym and its location an enormous compliment by describing it as average. continue
By James Slater: It’s been almost two months since his ultra-disappointing showing against heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, and former World Boxing Association (WBA) champ David Haye has been very, very quiet. Those fans who are still interested in whether or not “The Hayemaker” will stick to his October 13th retirement promise or opt to have at least one more fight, can take the word of his good friend Carl Froch on the subject. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 22 - After traveling the world and doing battle in Denmark, Canada and Germany, fighting brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas have one stamp missing stamp in their fistic passports - their native Mexico. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Dethroned International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight king Joseph King Kong Agbeko has made a solemn pledge to his countrymen that he will not only reclaim his lost title when a date is finally set for his proposed rematch with Abner Mares, but the Ghanaian has vowed to knock out the Mexican low blow specialist. continue
Zab "Super" Judah has filed a protest with the Nevada Athletic Commission and has also sent letters to both the WBA and the IBF requesting that those organizations order a rematch with Amir Khan. continue
LONDON (Aug. 22, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch kicked off a three-city international press tour today in the United Kingdom to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In a recent interview with Los Angeles Times, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (41-0-0) seems very confident and concentrated on his upcoming bout against Victor Ortiz (29-2-2) on September 17th at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In a recent interview with Nonito Donaire (26-1-0) by The Philippine Star, Donaire gave his prediction on the third upcoming bout between Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2) and Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1) on November 12, 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater: Great news for fight fans who have access to Sky Sports: the cable network will live and exclusively televise some big fights in the U.K this year. Fans who may have worried all the big fights would go elsewhere now that Sky have decided to no longer have Pay-Per-View boxing as part of their schedule can relax. continue
Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) will take on Michael Recloux (19-11-2, 8 KOs) at the next TV2 Fight Night in Herning on September 3. It will be the Hardhitter´s first fight since November 2010 when he destroyed Dejan Ribic in the first round. “We are glad that Rudy has overcome his neck problems,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “The injury break was very frustrating for him because he was so close to getting a major title shot. His strong performances have been acknowledged by the WBC where he is already ranked in the seventh spot. A victory over Recloux will put him in a perfect position. But he needs to win in style.” continue
By Shaun Murphy: I used to have high hopes for Audley Harrison, so I can be wrong about a fighter’s prospects, but I believe Robert Helenius is a strong, capable fighter; in fact, I believe he’s the heir apparent to the Klitschko brothers. continue
by James Slater: It could be argued that Canadian powerhouse Donovan "Razor" Ruddock was an unlucky fighter. Blessed with awesome one-punch KO power, limitless guts and bravery and a fine chin in his prime years, there was just one problem for the 6'3" banger: he was plying his trade at the same time as all-time greats Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. This factor aside, I'm almost positive Ruddock would've been able to capture at least a version of the world heavyweight title in the 1990s. continue
By James Slater: For a while now, there have been ongoing negotiations regarding the making of a Tavoris Cloud-Jean Pascal light-heavyweight clash. The bout is in the works for December 17th, with Quebec, Canada being the likely venue. However, as has been revealed on Ringtv.com, Al Bonani, trainer of unbeaten IBF champ Cloud, has expressed concern that Pascal may be reluctant to take the fight. continue
Ivan H. (Corpus Christi, TX): Juan Manuel Marquez recently stated that he will need to "knock Pacquiao out to win". With all of the crazy things happening in the sport lately with bad officiating and bad judging, do you think another group of judges and officials will risk their livelihood and attempt to do something unfair if the fight is close?. continue
The Estonian super middleweight warrior Anton Sjomkin (13-4, 11 KO) will be on the road again on the 10th of September 2011, fighting 8 rounds against Mariusz Cendrowski (21-3-2, 8 KO) on Vitali Klitschko - Tomasz Adamek -undercard at the Megashow in Wroclaw, Poland. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present a special one hour “Post Fight” episode tonight at 9:00 PM EST. continue
NEW YORK (August XX, 2011) - The hard-hitting World Champions in "The Final" of the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament, Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will be sharing their U.S. swing of their international press tour with the world via internet stream. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: (August 20, 2010) - Oliver McCall pounded out a unanimous decision over hometown favorite Damian Wills in Houston tonight. The scores were 97-93, 97-93, and 96-94. The victory earns McCall the World Boxing Foundation International heavyweight title, and improves his record to 56-11 (37 KO’s). McCall is now slated to face WBA #12 and IBF #9 ranked contender Kali Meehan in an important eliminator in Australia two months from now. Wills falls to 30-3-1 (23 KO’s) as a result of the loss. continue
By James Slater: Despite being 46-years-old, former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Oliver McCall remains a rough and tough customer. Last night in Houston, Texas, in a must-win fight, “The Atomic Bull” proved too strong, too powerful and too determined for 31-year-old Damian “Bolo” Wills. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Mexico, light-middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo made a successful return to the ring after having been forced to remain idle for 13-months. “El Perro” (“The Dog”, as the 29-year-old is known, mauled Joseph Gomez, halting him with ease inside the very first-round. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Just as many boxing enthusiasts expected, Fernando ‘Cochulito” Montiel (46-3-2) came back with a statement making victory over Alvaro Perez (21-4-1) in Baja, Mexico.. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (August 20, 2011) – Hometown hero Edwin“La Bomba” Rodriguez remained unbeaten, stopping intra-state rival Chris Traietti in tonight’s Broadway Boxing main event, presented by DiBella Entertainment, in the 400th professional boxing show ever held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. continue
By James Slater: With just under three weeks to go until his hugely important fight with the dangerous Breidis Prescott, Ireland’s Paul McCloskey has been talking about the tactics he plans to employ in the September 10th World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterweight elimination bout. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Joseph Agbeko has returned home to Accra barely a week after losing his IBF Bantamweight title to Mexican Abner Mares in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Despite not returning with the IBF Bantamweight belt he left town with, the 31 year old was met on arrival at the Kotoko International Airport by a huge crowd singing his praise songs amid a rousing welcome in Accra. Not even the four hour delay of his flight could dissuade the fans from showing their respects to the man they still regard as the true champion. continue
Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) has wrapped up the sparring ahead of next Saturday´s World Boxing Association (WBA)/World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Heavyweight Title fight against Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany. After dusting Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, the Nordic Nightmare is eager to clinch the next prominent scalp. “The sparring has gone very well,” Helenius said. “I am in great shape and I am ready for Liakhovich. He is a very accomplished fighter who boasts a great deal of experience, but I have also been in the ring with former champions. The fights against Peter and Brewster have given me a lot of confidence. I am eager to notch another important victory on Saturday night.” continue
By James Slater: Legendary boxing promoter Don King celebrates his 80th birthday today. There cannot be a fight fan alive who doesn’t have an opinion on King: whether they choose to celebrate him or to hate him. King has done it all, seen it all and said it all. However, whenever he speaks, people listen; even if much of his rhetoric has been heard many times before. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Indiana, two fights took place on the season finale of ESPN’s excellent Friday Night Fights, and the two co-main events could not have been more different in terms of action. Unbeaten former amateur star Demetrius Andrade took a notable step up in class as a pro as he took on the tough and experienced Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer, and the talented 23-year-old southpaw won via near shut-out in the light-middleweight meeting. continue
Earlier tonight on the 2011 Season Finale of ESPN's "Friday Night Fights", 2008 U.S. Olympian, Demetrius Andrade took a step way up in class and won a dominate ten round unanimous decision over tough veteran, and winner of Season 2 of "The Contender", Grady Brewer. continue
Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on October 1 when he faces unbeaten Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs) for the vacant European Middleweight Title. The fight will take place at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg. It will be the Hurricane´s first bout since losing his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight Title to Daniel Geale in May. “I am really looking forward to this clash,” Sylvester said. “The initial plan was to participate in an elimination tournament for another world title shot but then I got the chance to fight for the vacant European itle. This is a great opportunity and I will make the most of it. However, it´s a risky fight to take. It´s all or nothing. If I lose, it will be a long way back to the top. But I am very confident of success.” continue
By James Slater: One of the best fighters in the world today, Nonito Donaire, will return to action on October 22nd at The Home Depot Centre in Carson, CA. “The Filipino Flash” will face unbeaten World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-flyweight ruler Omar Narvaez. 28-year-old Donaire, a fighter who is many experts’ choice for the number 3 position in the current Pound-for-Pound ratings, will defend his WBC and WBO bantamweights titles. continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 19, 2011) – Just seven days after Andre Ward and Carl Froch battle in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute will headline on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when he makes the ninth defense of his 168-pound title against ageless former world light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior’’ Johnson on Saturday, Nov. 5, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
By Joseph Herron: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again.
This is a motto that captures the essence of a fighter, and Anthony Tyrone Thompson does indeed possess the heart and soul of a true warrior. continue
By James Slater: Despite the fact that he failed to win a single round of his fight last year with World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, and despite the fact that he took one awful beating in Germany, Shannon Briggs is planning a comeback - one he hopes will lead to a return fight with Klitschko. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 138th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former IBF bantamweight champion King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) who is coming off an extremely controversial majority decision loss at the hands of Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) in Showtime’s Bantamweight Tournament Final. Agbeko spoke about the fight, the unfair treatment he received at the hands of referee Russell Mora, and the upcoming rematch. Here is what he had to say:
JENNA J: Let’s talk a little bit about your fight you had this past weekend with Abner Mares. It certainly had its fair share of controversy. You lost your IBF bantamweight title. You’ve had a few days to reflect on it. How do you feel about the fight?
KING KONG AGBEKO: Yeah I didn’t lose the fight to Abner Mares. I think I lost the fight to the referee because the referee took away my belt. The referee was for Mares, so I never lost any fight. It’s just that the referee took my belt from me. I’m very, very disappointed in the referee. His officiating was very, very bad and I’m very disappointed in Abner Mares for punching me below the belt.
JENNA: Do you think that all the low blows took you out of your game plan early because you started a little slow?
AGBEKO: Yeah. I suffered a low blow in the second round but the low blows made me slower. The blows were very, very heavy and every time he hit me it weakened me. I had to be very, very strong because my fans were watching me and I’m live on Showtime with everybody watching me. So I had to be like a man and stand tough like I did to put up a good fight, but I was really getting very seriously hurt and those low blows slowed me down. continue
By Michael Montero: Only a few days after the controversy of Showtime’s bantamweight tournament finals, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) has ordered an immediate rematch between Abner Mares and Joseph Agbeko. Unless you’ve been living under a rock since last Saturday, you either saw or have heard about the abysmal officiating of Russell Mora, who repeatedly allowed Golden Boy Promotion’s Abner Mares to hit his opponent below the belt over the entirety of the bout. continue
By Shaun Murphy: The heavyweight division has undergone a demographic shift! In the not-to-distant past, American heavyweights dominated boxing’s golden division and, frankly, the rest of Planet Earth’s inhabitants couldn’t compete. Nowadays, Europeans hold the power, but can Americans return to their previous thrones? continue
LOS ANGELES (August 18, 2011) - Due to an injury to his left shoulder and arm sustained yesterday afternoon during sparring, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero has been forced to withdraw from his Saturday, August 27World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Lightweight World Title challenge against Marcos "El Chino" Maidana that was to be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. The entire card, which was set to take place at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., has been cancelled including the co-featured bout between undefeated heavyweight star Seth Mitchell and Mike Mollo. continue
By James Slater - Where would we be without Twitter? In a better place, perhaps. Amir Khan, the WBA “super” champion at 140-pounds (as well as the IBF title holder) has read about the withdrawal Robert Guerrero was forced to make through injury, from his scheduled August 27th bout with “regular” WBA 140-pound champ Marcos Maidana - and Khan, via his Twitter page, has doubted the legitimacy of Guerrero’s shoulder injury.
“No injury, I reckon Maidana paid off Guerrero step aside money, so he can become the WBA champ because I have moved up as WBA super champ,” Khan is reported to have written on his Twitter page. continue
London (18 August 2011) British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will return to the ring on September 17 at the iconic venue of the King's Hall in Belfast, fresh from his electrifying victory over Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena last month. continue
Jenna J - This week's 138th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests King Kong Agbeko, Montell Griffin, Davis Diaz, and Al Bernstein. You can click play on the player to listen.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Abner Mares' controversial win over King Kong Agbeko
• The IBF ordering a immediate rematch that must take place by 12/14. How will a second Mares-Agbeko fight play out?
• Did Russel Mora have any motive in his refereeing performance?
• David Tua losing a decsion to Monte Barrett after his late rally in the 12th came up short
• Should David Tua retire? If not where does he go from here?
• Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson's 17 second KO win in his pro boxing debut.
• What can Kimbo Slice accomplish in boxing?
• Julio Cesar Chavez Jr facing Ronald Heans on Sept 17, despite Top Rank objections to the bout. Could the short notice effect him in his first title defense?
• Lucian Bute agreeing to take on Glen Johnson on November 5th. How much of a step up is this for Bute?
By James Slater: In disappointing news, it has been reported on Ringtv.com that the upcoming Robert Guerrero-Marcos Maidana fight, set for August 27th, will have to be postponed due to the fact that Guerrero has suffered an apparent shoulder injury. continue
Carl Frampton says his fight with Kiko Martinez is the biggest night of boxing that Ireland has seen “for many, many years” and vows to keep the European belt in Belfast.
Frampton fights for the Spaniard’s Super Bantamweight title on the undercard of Paul McCloskey’s bout with Breidis Prescott live on Sky Sports on Saturday September 10 at the Odyssey Arena in Northern Ireland’s capital. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ishmael Tetteh, the Ghanaian boxer nicknamed Black Roy Jones, fights for the lowly regarded World Boxing Union (WBU) Light Middleweight title against Marco Schulze on Saturday October 15 at the Ofen Stadthalle, Velten, Brandenburg, Germany with a vow to claim victory, the title and re-launch his bid for a recognised world title as he strives to achieve his career goals. continue
By James Slater - Both challenger Floyd Mayweather Junior and defending WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz comfortably came inside the limit at the WBC’s 30-day, pre-fight safety weigh-in that took place yesterday. Mayweather, with still a month to go until fight night, tipped-in at 149; just a couple of pounds over the welterweight limit. While “Vicious” Victor came in at a little over 157.
The highest either guy could have weighed in at is 162-pounds, so both men are right on target with the safety of making welterweight without any risk of dehydration. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 17 - Just a little over two weeks remain before the hottest fight of the summer when WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana and WBA and WBO Interim Lightweight World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero square off in a 12-round battle for Maidana's title on August 27 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. which will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®. We checked in with Maidana in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Guerrero in Big Bear, Calif. for training camp reports so fight fans can find out what the two boxing stars are up to before the biggest fight of their careers. continue
By James Slater: Former World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Oliver McCall keeps on rolling. As old as he is (46) and as written off as he has been by many, “The Atomic Bull” remains one durable, tough campaigner; a fighter who has yet to taste the canvas a single time in a quite amazing up and down career. So, what’s McCall up to lately? continue
Team Sauerland and SES Boxing are delighted to announce that WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will make his mandatory defence against Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) at Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium on November 5. The two champions faced the media today during a media tour with press conferences in Berlin, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. “We are thrilled to bring this exciting world title fight to the home of the Viking Warrior,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at PARKEN Stadium. “The negotiations with SES Boxing and Robert Stieglitz have been tough but now everything is in place. With the support of his ferocious Danish fans, I am sure that Mikkel will accomplish his goal and become world champion for a fourth time.. continue
By James Slater: As fans have probably read by now, International Boxing Federation (IBF) 168-pound champ Lucian Bute will defend his belt against tough old campaigner and former light-heavyweight ruler Glen Johnson on November 5th - in Canada. The bout will take place in either Montreal or Quebec City. continue
NEW YORK (August 17, 2011) – Live world championship boxing returns to EPIX when undefeated 2004 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist ALEXANDER POVETKIN and former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion RUSLAN CHAGAEV square-off for the vacant WBA heavyweight title, Saturday, August 27th. Presented by Sauerland Event, the live broadcast will emanate from Erfurt, Germany. continue
By James Slater: A potentially exciting title clash will take place in El Paso, Texas on September the 14th, as Mexican warrior Jhonny Gonzalez will defend his World Boxing Coincil (WBC) 126-pound title against Tanzanian tough guy Rogers Mtagwa. The fight will be promoted by Goossen Tutor. continue
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (August 17, 2011) – Former World Boxing Organization (“WBO”) Heavyweight Champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich is primed and set to challenge defending champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius for the WBO and World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Inter-Continental titles, next Saturday (Aug. 27) in a 12-round bout airing live in the United States from Efurt, Germany on the EPIX cable network. continue
MATTHEW HATTON believes he is bang on course to face Amir Khan in a blockbuster Battle of Britain.
International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) light-welterweight champion Khan wants to launch his welterweight career next year and Hatton is a possible opponent. continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra, will close out the 2011 season from Hammond, Ind. on August 19 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com when undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (13-0, 9 KOs) and Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (28-12, 16 KOs) meet in the 10-round main event. The card is presented by Banner Promotions/HITZ Boxing. continue
Matthew Macklin emerged on the wrong side of a highly controversial split decision when he challenged for Felix Sturm's WBA world middleweight title in Cologne on June 25. Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who was covering the fight for EPIX, a U.S. television channel, said that the decision was a "highway robbery" and one of the worst decisions he had ever seen while a viewers poll on the website of German TV network SAT.1 spoke volumes with 76% of Germans polled believing that Macklin had won the fight as opposed to just 24% for Sturm. continue
By Paul Strauss: Let's start off by agreeing with all of the critics, naysayers and persecutors of Referee Russell Mora. He screwed up, right? We're told that without his help, Abner Mares would not have won the fight. This was confirmed by renowned Showtime announcers Al Bernstein, Antonio Tarver, Gus Johnson and crusader Jim Gray, and thousands of others. All were of one mind that Mares' repeated violations cost Joseph Agbeko the fight. continue
NEW YORK (Aug. 16, 2011) – World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch will embark on a three-city international press tour to formally announce the most important fight of their careers: The Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, live on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present: Boxing legend and icon James “Lights Out” Toney, Heavyweight prospect Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina, and lightweight prospect Michael Faragon. continue
Newly crowned NABA and NABF Middleweight Champion, Andy Lee (26-1, 19KOs) is confident of beating Brian Vera (19-5, 12KOs) in their rematch on October 1st at the Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Vera is the only boxer to have defeated the Kronk fighter in his 5 year professional career. continue
By James Slater: During a 13-year pro career, Toledo’s Dave Jaco never got as far as winning any title - regional, world or otherwise. However the tough, proud 6’6” approx 220-pounder fought so many men who did at one time or another hold a major title, it is impossible not to admire him. continue
By Robert Brown: This past weekend’s showdown in Showtime’s Bantamweight tournament was not only to determine who the tournament winner was, but to also establish who the number 1 Bantamweight fighter in the world was. Instead of being a great showdown between two highly competitive, highly skilled combatants, the fight evolved into a highly controversial farcical event, largely due to the questionable and highly controversial officiating by the referee. continue
By James Slater - It’s been announced as official by a few sources (Dan Rafael’s ESPN Twitter page, Boxrec.com) that Danish hero Mikkel Kessler will challenge Russian-born Robert Stieglitz for his WBO 168-pound belt in Copenhagen on November 5th. For 32-year-old Kessler, the former WBA (twice) and WBC (twice also) king, the fight will offer him the chance to become a three-time “world” champion. continue
MATTY ASKIN spends more than three hours a day stuck in his car, but reckons the boredom is worth it.
He makes a 125 mile round trip every day from hometown Blackpool to Hyde, where he trains at Hatton Health and Fitness. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 137th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with the reigning unified WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion of the world Amir “King” Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) who is coming off a very impressive fifth round knockout victory against “Super” Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs). Amir spoke about his victory and his future and touched on a wide variety of subjects including Timothy Bradley, Floyd Mayweather versus Victor Ortiz, Robert Guerrero versus Marcos Maidana, Erik Morales versus Lucas Matthysse, moving up to welterweight, the Super Six Finals matchup between Carl Froch and Andre Ward, Wladimir Klitschko’s victory against David Haye, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: I do believe it is time for our final guest of this week’s show. He is making his seventh appearance with On the Ropes. We’re joined by the unified WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion of the world, Amir “King” Khan. How is everything going today Amir?
AMIR KHAN: Everything is going really well. You know I’m back in England now in my hometown Bolton just relaxing. I’m just catching up on time with my family and friends really. I’ve been away in America for such a long time, so it’s always nice to come back and see my family and friends and also it’s the month of Ramadan so I’m fasting. I’m fasting at the moment so hopefully I’m just enjoying that as well and in the next couple of days I’m going to do my pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. I’ll be there for two weeks so that will be nice for me. That will be like a holiday for me to go over there and do that, and then I’ll come back and hopefully then we’ll know we where we are especially with opponents for the next fight.
JENNA: Awesome, well you came back to England with a new trinket. You have the IBF title. Can you tell us a little bit about your fight that you had last month against Zab Judah?
KHAN: Yeah I fought Zab Judah in Vegas. It was a good fight. He was the IBF champion, I was the WBA champion, and it was a unification in the 140 pound division. You know Zab is a very tricky fighter, a southpaw, quick, and the fight went on and I won with a fifth round KO. It was a body shot that won me the fight. I was happy with the performance and the way things went, and it was a big step up for me in experience because Zab’s a very experienced fighter and also coming off a good win against Mabuza and picking up the IBF title and also with his new trainer Pernell Whitaker who in a way I think made him a better fighter. He’s come down to 140 again and I think it was a big test for both of us really, and I came out the winner of that fight and hopefully I’ll move onto bigger and better things now. continue
Exclusive Interview by Charles White: Heavyweight boxing prospect Jonte "Rock Steady" Willis (8-1-1 with 3 knockouts) speaks out on his boxing career, his most recent victory over Gary Gomez, and his thoughts on the current state of the heavyweight division... continue
LONDON, August 15 - Already the pound-for-pound and pay-per-view King in the United States, with an excess of seven million pay-per-view buys and total revenues approaching half a billion dollars, Floyd "Money" Mayweather has been untouchable through 41 professional fights, making him the biggest boxing attraction of this era. continue
By James Slater: Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer held a press conference in London earlier today, primarily to announce plans for the immediate future of WBA/IBF 140-Pound king Amir Khan. Schaefer also announced to the gathered media how the upcoming Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz clash will be shown live and exclusively in the U.K by PRIMETIME. This of course, is bad news for fight fans in the U.K who have SKY. continue
We are writing this protest to express our displeasure of open bias exhibited by referee Russell Mora in the International Boxing Federation bantamweight championship between Joseph Agbeko of Ghana and Abner Mares of Mexico which took place in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas on the night of 13 August, 2011. continue
Hector L. (Northridge, CA): I read your FB post but I would like to know more about your thoughts on the pathetic officiating we saw in the Mares/Agbeko fight and what you think should be done in the aftermath?
Vivek W. (ESB): Honestly, it was thee most pathetic display of officiating that I've ever witnessed in my years. Not my years as a boxing scribe, or my years as a fan, but my
years......as in my entire life! It was absolutely horrendous and it left me sick to my stomach. continue
By James Slater: A most interesting exclusive has appeared on invaluable web site Boxrec.com. The site has reported how the team of unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury has made an attempt to make either Fury Vs. Mike Perez or Fury Vs. David Price for September 17th in Belfast; the fight to be screened live on U.K terrestrial channel Chanel 5. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Stemming from his grandfather Enzo Calzaghe, Joe Calzaghe Jr. is following in his father’s Joe Calzghe’s (46-0-0) footsteps. Calzaghe Jr. is 17 years old, and he is getting ready for his first official boxing match. continue
MEDFORD, Mass. (August 15, 2011) – Two-time World Boxing Association (“WBA”) heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz has opened Quietman Sports Gym, inside of Gold’s Gym in Medford (4000 Mystic Valley Parkway), which is a suburb of Boston and only a few miles from where Ruiz grew-up in Chelsea. continue
By James Slater: David Tua, a close points loser to Monte Barrett on Saturday, has made it clear he will definitely fight on despite the loss, just the 4th of his long pro career. The big-hitting 38-year-old started the return fight with Barrett very slowly, failing to fully come to life until the later rounds. However, when Tua did finally get going he managed to have “Two Gunz” hurt, on the canvas and almost knocked out. Only the bravery and determination of the 40-year-old New Yorker prevented a late Tua win. continue
MATTHEW HATTON is hell bent on never getting beaten again admitting: I’m the world’s worst loser.
‘Magic’ Matthew attempts to make a winning return at Blackpool’s Tower Circus on Friday night (Aug 19) when he meets Belarussian Andrei Abramenka for the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) intercontinental welterweight championship. continue
By Lee Callan:
LC: First boxing memory?
CE: Watching Muhammad Ali fight George Foreman in 'The Rumble in the Jungle' on our old black-and-white television in 1974. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present a special one hour “Post Fight” episode tonight at 9:00 PM EST. continue
Last night, on a card promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, Street Certified fighting legend Kimbo Slice made a very impressive debut in professional boxing, as he knocked opponent James Wade completely unconscious with a right hook/uppercut in just 10 seconds. continue
By James Slater: Ace trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior is of the opinion that Oscar De La Hoya will fight again. The former trainer of “The Golden Boy” spoke with Fighthype.com recently, and he expressed this opinion. continue
By James Slater: MMA big name Kimbo Slice enjoyed a successful heavyweight boxing debut last night in Oklahoma, as he brutally despatched novice James Wade in the very 1st-round of a scheduled four. With precious seconds of the fight gone, the huge, physically impressive Slice landed a monster right uppercut on Wade’s chin. Down and flat on his back for a worrying amount of time, there was no way Wade was going to beat the count.. continue
6'6, 250 pound heavyweight fringe contender Nick "The Stoneman" Firtha (20-8) scored his 20th pro win Saturday night via a unanimous decision over Ross Thompson (27-16) at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. Scoring a knockdown in round two, Firtha used superior skills as well as a significant size advantage to dismantle the game but outgunned Thompson. continue
By Neil Dennis: Next week, one-time blue chip prospect Travis Kauffman takes the next step to gaining back the respect and recognition he once had. Sadly, like a lot of fighters in this age where undefeated means everything, Kauffman had the promise of greatness pulled out from under him once the zero was taken from his loss column. continue
By Paul Strauss: In the post fight interview, new International Boxing Federation (IBF) and Showtime bantamweight champion Abner Mares expressed a desire that Jim Gray not ruin his moment. Too late........Jim not only ruined his moment, he also vilified Referee Russell Mora, and essentially accused him of being responsible for Mares' victory. Gray has a history a trying to create controversy and drama, and this night he swooped in on Mora like an ugly turkey vulture intent on gobbling up a choice bit of road kill. continue
by Jorge Alarcon-Swaby: In Showtime's Bantamweight Tournament finale, Abner Mares defeated Joseph Agbeko in one of the most controversial fights in recent years. Mares put on a good performance but played foul the entire fight by hitting Agbeko with continuous low blows. Estimates show Mares hit Agbeko below the belt anywhere between 15 to 20 times. continue
LAS VEGAS (Aug. 13, 2011) – In a great action fight Saturday marred by puzzling officiating by the referee that left fans at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, those watching on SHOWTIME® and the telecast team themselves totally perplexed, Abner Mares won The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title with a majority 12-round decision over defending IBF titlist Joseph King Kong Agbeko. continue
By Ted Sares:
“If I’m gonna fight in the alley, I want LeDoux with me.”
Welcome to the latest edition of the Club (22nd overall). I’m delighted to resume the session on ESB where it first started years ago.
This edition is dedicated to the late Scott LeDoux who was a rough, tough road warrior who fought during the golden age of heavyweights in the 70s. He fought tough guys because he was a tough guy during an era of tough guys May the Lord grant him eternal peace.
Tonight, we’re going to have on hand the best of everything. I won’t name them; they’ll just be there ready for you. We will have something for everyone. Each table has just about every fine single malt scotch imaginable and the cigar humidor is overflowing with premium Cubans (I’m smoking a Griffin). Shipments of iced fresh main lobsters, clams, oysters, and mussels are on the way. continue
Redemption Fight, Auckland, NZ by Rick “Diehard” Whiteside: Monte “2 Gunz” Barrett defeats David Tua by unanimous decision ((113-114, 112-115, 112-115).
The fight played out like this: continue
By James Slater: As fight fans have surely read by now, former heavyweight contender Scott LeDoux sadly passed away yesterday, as he lost his brave battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease. The warrior from Minnesota, who battled a number of great fighters during the 1970s, was just 62-years-old. continue
By James Slater: Warrior Michael Katsidis, fighting in his homeland of Australia for the first time since 2006, scored an impressive 3rd-round KO over Mexico’s Michael Lozada earlier today. A brutal body attack by the 30-year-old former interim WBO champ at lightweight got the job done, as 28-year-old Lozada failed to come close to beating the count of referee Adrian Cairns. continue
By James Slater: 40-year-old New Yorker Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett has once again proved to be David Tua’s bogeyman. Moments ago in New Zealand, Barrett won a 12-round UD over 38-year-old Tua - possibly ending the Samoan slugger’s career in the process. Barrett, who improved to 35-9-2(20) survived a 12th-round knockdown as he held on to the final bell. Tua, who had said before the fight that he would look at retiring if he lost, is now 52-4-2(43). The scores were 115-112 twice and 114-113, all for Barrett. continue
From the Pacific Events Centre in Manukau, Auckland New Zealand.
The headline tag for the Tua V Barrett fight was “Redemption”; Tua looking for Redemption after being sat down by Barrett in their 2010 draw. A draw many observers thought Tua was lucky to get. He was looking to right the slate. continue
Kermit Cintron UD 10 Antwone Smith
98-92, 97-93 and 96-94
After weighing 118.4 pounds on his first try and then, immediately thereafter, 118.2 (fully stripped with Ghanaian flag in front of him), Joseph King Kong Agbeko returned to the digital scale (with shirt on) approximately 45 minutes later and made 118 for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) title defense tomorrow/Saturday, Aug. 13, against undefeated Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
Indio, CA (August 12, 2011) - Golden Boy Promotions returned to the Palm Springs area this week with a seven-fight event at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. If you missed the live action or TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast, you can see more great fighters take the ring at Fantasy Springs on Friday, July 1st. Below is a summary of the results from tonight: continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 136th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning IBF bantamweight champion King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) who is scheduled to defend his title against Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) tomorrow night in the Bantamweight Tournament Final on Showtime. Agbeko spoke about his upcoming fight and also shared his views on other aspects pertaining to the current bantamweight landscape. Here are some questions and answers from that interview:
JENNA J: You have a very big fight coming up against Abner Mares in the Finals of the Bantamweight Tournament. How do you feel about the matchup?
KING KONG AGBEKO: Yeah it feels good to be in the Finals of the Bantamweight Tournament. Winning this fight makes you the best bantamweight in the world. I’m so happy I’m in the Finals and I’m working so hard to achieve my dream as the best bantamweight in the world.
JENNA: Now this fight was actually supposed to happen back in April and you had an injury. Can you explain to the fans a little bit about what happened to you?
AGBEKO: Yeah I had a sciatic nerve and now I’m better. Everything’s okay so my body is fine and there is no problem anymore.
JENNA: Now what do you see to the people who might be favoring Abner Mares because you’ve had that injury and they say that it might affect you still in some way?
AGBEKO: No, no, no. It happened to me just one time and it never happened to me before. The doctor said it could happen to anyone because of a long layoff and the long wait at the airport and the long seat on the flight. So it could result in a sciatic nerve, but it doesn’t have any effect on me anymore. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 12, 2011) - Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and MGM Resorts International are proud to announce that the most anticipated boxing mega-event of 2011, "STAR POWER: MAYWEATHER vs. ORTIZ", will be available via closed circuit viewing for all fight fans in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 17. The global event will attract fight fans worldwide and to ensure everyone has the opportunity to be a part of this unprecedented event, it was announced today that MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Circus Circus will host the closed circuit telecast. "STAR POWER" will be produced and distributed by HBO-Pay-Per-View® with the live telecast beginning at 6:00 p.m. PST. continue
"...they don't want the fight to happen. So, a way to get out is to try to low-ball where they think we won't accept it, instead of saying 'we don't want to fight Glen Johnson.'"
"...the promoter is afraid of stepping him up a level. They want to keep him safe. They don't have the confidence in him they should have." continue
By James Slater: Ahead of tomorrow’s heavyweight return between veterans David Tua and Monte Barrett, the two big men have weighed-in. Tua, not looking as ripped as the chiseled Barrett, came in at a fraction above 244-pounds, while the man known as “Two Gunz” looked in terrific shape at a ready 222. continue
We wish to assure you that you will be mounting the ring alone but the entire nation is with you in spirit, we hope God almighty will be your guide and reward your hard work with skills, courage, Endurance and perseverance for your continued success in the ring. continue
German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper is currently in training camp with World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin in Hamburg to get in shape for his next fights. Promoter Ahmet Oner will take his "rough diamond“ to the USA for two more fights in August and September: "Erkan will fight on August 26th in Kissimmee, Florida. If he wins that bout and doesn’t get injured we will do another fight in September." continue
By Robert Brown: Floyd “Maywearther” is currently preparing to face vicious “Victor Ortiz” on September 17th at the MGM Grand Arena. When the boxing world heard this news a sudden wave of optimism passed through the entire community in anticipation of a possible $100 million dollar plus mega bout between “Manny Pacquiao” and “Floyd Mayweather”, however, as I may be encouraged by “Floyd Mayweather’s” recent choice of opponent, I urge everybody in the boxing community to remain cautious. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 137th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with lightweight prospect “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (18-1, 14 KOs) who is scheduled to face Antonio Cervantes (16-5-5, 11 KOs) tonight on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Williams spoke about his upcoming fight and his future and also shared some opinions regarding the current boxing landscape. Here are some questions and answers from that interview:
JENNA J: Well you have a fight coming up on this week’s Friday Night Fights against Antonio Cervantes. Can you tell us a little bit about your opponent?
DANNIE WILLIAMS: I don’t know much about him. I just know he has 26 fights, he’s tough, and he’s coming to fight. This is another step-up fight for me to see where I’m at.
JENNA: Okay now you said it’s a step-up fight to see where you’re at. Where do you expect yourself to be by the end of the year?
WILLIAMS: By the end of the year I expect myself to at least be contending for a world title or in line for a world title, fighting for a USBA title by the end of the year, and just working hard and steadily climbing the latter. I should be about 22-1 by the end of the year and contending for a world title.
JENNA: Well you actually work with a world class trainer in Jack Loew. Can you tell us a little bit about what that working relationship has been like?
WILLIAMS: We got a good relationship. I’ve been working with him since 2008. We’ve got a good bond together. He’s like a father figure. He does his work, he loves his work, and he loves his job. He makes sure you’re getting paid for it and he’s doing a lot for you, and I love being around him and Kelly so it’s a great thing. continue
Centennial, Colo. - August 11, 2011 - In a blockbuster night of boxing, undefeated Six-Time World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather will face-off against current World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz in the big screen event, Star Power: Mayweather vs. Ortiz Fight Live on Saturday, September 17 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Pacific. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 11 - One of the most exciting fighters in the sport of boxing today, Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo has an aggressive style and knockout power that has made him a must-see competitor for years. Now, Angulo will continue his attack on the junior middleweight division as a member of the Golden Boy Promotions team, and the Mexican warrior has just one goal in mind...to win a world championship. continue
LAS VEGAS (Aug. 11, 2011) – You beat the best, you are the best and this Saturday, Aug. 13, the best bantamweight in the world will emerge when finalists Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares clash in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
by Jenna J - This week's 137th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Amir Khan, Robert Guerrero, Floyd Mayweather Senior, and Dannie Williams. 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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Vernon Paris TKO7 upset win against Tim Coleman
• Epix having live coverage of Povetkin-Chagaev & Helenius-Liakhovich from Germany. Grean news for U.S. fight fans
• Can Amir Khan really assume the mantle as the best 140 pound fighter in the world without facing Tim Brdaley?
• Talk of a farewell fight for Andrew Golota. Who should he face in his final match?
• The Bantamweight tourment final between King Kong Agbeko & Abner Mares
• David Tua's long awaited rematch with Monte "2gunz" Barrett this weekend
The undercard has been announced for this Saturday's (August 13) boxing event at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, featuring the long-awaited professional boxing debut of legendary street brawler Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson. continue
Corinth Releasing is proud to present the US Theatrical premiere of KLITSCHKO, a documentary directed by Sebastian Dehnhardt. KLITSCHKO had its World Premiere at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim and very enthusiastic audience reaction. The film will open in New York at Cinema Village on Friday, October 21, and in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Sunset 5 on October 21. Many other cities will follow. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Tyson Fury, the reigning British and Commonwealth heavyweight champ, is in search of a new opponent to face in Belfast on September 17th now that 40-year-old Martin Rogan has turned down a lucrative offer to challenge him - according to Fury promoter Mick Hennessey, anyway. continue
By James Slater: Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with the fighter the experts recently named “The Puncher of The Century,” Earnie Shavers. It seems as though every week or so, Earnie’s name comes up on one or more web sites or forums, as the fans chat about the great heavyweight punchers.
I always enjoy reading the debates about who the biggest ever puncher was, and I also enjoy the discussions that argue who would have won between Shavers (who scored an amazing 69 KO’s in his exciting pro career) and fellow bangers such as Foreman and Tyson.
Today, I had the opportunity to ask Mr. Shavers himself!
A great guy who was happy to talk (and sounds as though he suffered no ill effects from his long and eventful career), Earnie had the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: It’s a great pleasure to be able to speak with you, Earnie. It seems every week or so, fans on the forums and the web sites are talking about you - the hardest heavyweight puncher ever! Can I ask you, as fans often debate this: what are the three best KO’s you scored in your great career? continue
By James Slater: In big news, it has been announced how U.K cable giant SKY Sports will, for the time being at least, stop having any boxing on their Box Office outlet. This means all future boxing cards that Sky gets to cover will (for the time being) go out on “free” channels either SKY Sports 1, 2, 3 or 4. continue
By Eugene Carnachan: The upcoming David Tua 52 (KO 43) + lost 3 (KO 0) + drawn 2 = 57 fight looms as the biggest cross roads fight for the long time contender.
Tua who had his first pro bout in December of 1992 is nearing his twentieth year in boxing’s professional ranks. continue
LOS ANGELES (August 11)…The sport of boxing has a rich history of families achieving pugilistic success as a group, be it fathers and sons, brothers (and occasionally sisters), uncles and nephews, or all of the above. Bloodlines run deep and this theme plays out in “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz”, the September 17 mega-event which will be presented live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. The boxing extravaganza is loaded with these “fighting families,” as five of the eight headlining boxers have made fighting a family affair in one way or another. continue
LAS VEGAS (Aug. 10, 2011) – In an eagerly awaited matchup this Saturday, Aug. 13, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title against unbeaten World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will originate from St. Charles, Mo. on August 12 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com when former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (32-4-1, 28 KOs) and junior middleweight “The Truth” Antwone Smith (20-2-1, 12 KOs) meet in the 10-round main event. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: The following paragraphs are not only meant to express my own opinion, but to ask yours as well. Since there have probably been more articles on Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao than any other dream fight in the history of boxing, facts along with wild speculations blend into one big mess, allowing very little room for unbiased thought. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Calm, humble, optimistic, respectful and genuine are the attributes that Micky “Irish” Ward (38-13-0) showed when I had the pleasure of interviewing him over the phone on August 9, 2011. continue
By James Slater: Mexican great Rafael Marquez is surely heading into the final stages of his illustrious career at age 36, yet the modern day legend is still hungry for more world title glory. Next up for the former long-reigning bantamweight and super-bantamweight king is a drop back down to 122-pounds and a shot at classy Japanese fighter Toshiaka Nishioka’s World Boxing Council (WBC) crown. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 10, 2011) – Unification remains the goal for World Boxing Association (“WBA”) and International Boxing Association (“IBA”) light heavyweight king, Beibut Shumenov. If, however, none of the other 175-pound world champions – Bernard Hopkins, Tavoris Cloud and Nathan Cleverly – are willing or available to put their title belts on the line against Shumenov, the 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian is interested in taking on former world titlists and leading contenders Jean Pascal and Zsolt Erdei. continue
LOS ANGELES (August 10, 2011) – He came, he sang, he recorded. Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound fighter inside the ring is becoming a hit machine outside the ring. His remake of the Dan Hill-penned hit, Sometimes When We Touch, which was released on April 28, cracked the Top-10 this week, landing at No. 7 on the Secondary Adult Contemporary Chart as measured by the Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report (FMQB.) As it has throughout its run, Sometimes When We Touch remains a Top-Five most-added song on radio station playlists this week. continue
Former Olympian and rising Middleweight star Billy Joe Saunders has been named captain/co-manager of the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym’s football squad for this Sunday’s Boxers and Celebrity Charity Football Tournament, in aid of the Indee Rose Trust, at the Concord Rangers FC in Canvey Island, Essex. continue
Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, Bobby Hitz/Hitz Boxing, Joe DeGuardia/Star Boxing, and Prizefight Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Friday, August 19, 2011, at the Horseshoe Casino, located at 777 Casino Center Drive in Hammond, Indiana. The main event, co-featured bout, and other selected fights will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes – ESPN’s Spanish-language network - and ESPN3.com, the network’s broadband platform service. It is the final fight card of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” 2011 season. continue
By James Slater: Though he is both proud and satisfied at the way he has given his paying fans a number of great action fights recently - against the likes of Arthur Abraham and, last time out, Glen Johnson - WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch, 28-1(20) says he definitely wants to score more KO’s in the future: starting with his important fight with the unbeaten Andre Ward. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present: Heavyweight contender Tony “The Tiger” Thompson, legendary trainer Ronnie Shields, and Super Flyweight contender Raul “Cobra” Martinez. continue
By Robert Jackson: Reports have surfaced that Floyd Mayweather in preparation for his September 17, 2011 fight with Vicious Victor Ortiz has recruited contenders and journeymen – all southpaws, Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma, Sechew ‘Iron Horse’ Powell and St. Louis fighter Deandre Latimore as sparring partners to prepare him for fight nite. Those same reports say that Floyd has been impressive while sparring, Floyd himself has said “I think I can do better”. continue
Kell Brook will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Inter-Continental title against Rafal Jackiewicz in a World Title eliminator on Saturday 8 October, at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield, live on Sky Sports. continue
New York, NY (August 9, 2011)…It is hard to believe what World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins has achieved during his 23-year long professional career. He was the middleweight champion for ten years, notched a record 20 successful title defenses of that crown and at 46-years-old, has become the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title. It’s also hard to believe that a young lion like former World Champion “Bad” Chad Dawson, who has wanted a shot at Hopkins for years, will finally get his opportunity to stop Hopkins from continuing his record-breaking journey. “believe it or not text only: Hopkins vs. Dawson” takes place on Saturday, October 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT. continue
By James Slater: Former amateur standout Demetrius Andrade has been in soft so far as a pro, his critics maintain, and he needs to take a step up in quality of opposition if he is to learn anything at pro level. Well, the 23-year-old southpaw will do just that in his next fight, set for August 19th. According to a number of sources including Boxrec.com, the gifted boxer will face tough and seasoned “Bad Boy” Grady Brewer on Friday Night Fights on ESPN. continue
New York, N.Y. - August 8, 2011 - The Downtown Independent and QUAD Cinema is pleased to present the Los Angeles and New York premiere of the powerful new documentary BORN AND BRED (94 minutes), directed by Justin Frimmer. continue
New York (August 8, 2011) – World champion Beibut Shumenov stood his ground in front of contender Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago and defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight title by defeating the New York native by technical knockout in the ninth round of the main event of the July 29 broadcast of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” Shumenov also made an impression on the judges at home, receiving 58% of all votes cast by boxing aficionados via text message and on Univision.com, earning him the boxer with the most carácter title for the week and putting him in second place in the “Cinturón Tecate” competition for this quarter. continue
Former Cuban amateur standout Odlanier Solis (17-1) is set to return to action on October 14th in Germany. On March 19th 'La Sombra“ slipped at the end of a competitive first round against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and suffered various knee injuries forcing him to undergo three surgeries in March and April. Now the 31-year-old Olympic gold medalist and four-time world amateur champion is scheduled to fight for the vacant IBF intercontinental championship against Varol Vekiloglu from Berlin. Vekiloglu (18-2-1) had won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) East/West European title in the light heavyweight division and moved up to heavyweight in June. continue
Benjamin H. (Chicago, IL): What is your take on the latest drama in the career of Kelly Pavlik? I think this kid has ruined what could have been a very good career and could be out of the sport for good within a year. continue
By James Slater: Last seen crumbling to the floor in great pain in his disappointing challenge of WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, 31-year-old Odlanier Solis has had knee surgery and is ready to return to the ring. The Cuban amateur standout who captured Olympic gold will face little-known German Varlo Vekiloglu in Germany on October 14th, with the IBF Intercontinental strap on the line. continue
Interview by Bartosz Biszczanik/www.BoxingNews.pl We present an interview with a former challenger for the WBC heavyweight championship title, Kevin Johnson. "Kingpin" talks in a conversation about his private life and future plans. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: The investigation of Arturo Gatti’s death has finally concluded, and the ten months of work by two private investigators will be released to the public in a press conference on Tuesday, in New Jersey. continue
By James Slater: One of British boxing’s most colourful, controversial, eccentric and exciting fighters turns 45-years-of-age today. Christopher Livingstone Eubanks (he later dropped the S) was born in Dulwich, London on the 8th of August 1966, and in October of 1985, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the future star turned pro. continue
By James Slater: A piece of boxing history was made over the weekend, as cruiserweight contender and former world title challenger Bobby Gunn engaged in a bare-knuckle fight with Rich Stewart. The first bare-knuckle fight since way, way back in the late 1800s, Gunn’s 3rd-round TKO victory proved a most interesting spectacle to the fans. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 136th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with reigning middleweight king Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) who is scheduled to face Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) on October 1 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Martinez spoke about his upcoming fight and also shared opinions on various other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape, including Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Junior, Paul Williams, the Super Six, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move to our fourth and final guest of this week’s show, one that I’m proud to have return to our program. He is the reigning middleweight champion of the world. We are joined by Sergio Martinez.
SERGIO MARTINEZ: Hello! How are you guys doing? This is Sergio!
JENNA: I’m doing very well Sergio. Well you have a title defense coming up on October 1 against Darren Barker, an undefeated fighter from the UK. Can you tell us a little bit more about your opponent?
MARTINEZ: Every English fighter I ever fought, and he’s a very typical of British fighters, they’re tough fighters! They come to fight and I know he’s definitely going to come and try to keep that undefeated record. I’ll definitely be ready to go.
JENNA: Alright now the fact that Barker is undefeated but relatively unknown kind of makes this a no-lose scenario for him. Does that make him a dangerous opponent for you?
MARTINEZ: Yeah you know he is going to be the same rival Dzinziruk. I mean nobody knew Dzinziruk, and as you can see that was a very tough fight for me. I believe that will be the same case for this fight. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (August 8, 2011) – Undefeated Edwin“La Bomba” Rodriguez, arguably the premier super middleweight prospect in the world, has switched head trainers and now two-time world title challenger Ronnie Shields is his chief second. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present a special one hour “Post Fight” episode tonight at 9:00 PM EST.
Tonight’s episode will focus on discussing this Saturday’s upcoming super bout between Abner Mares vs. Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko for the IBF Bantamweight title, Erik Morales, Lucas Matthysse, the heavyweight division, and more!! continue
BRONX, NEW YORK (August 8, 2011)—Fisticuffs promotions announced the signing of Jr. Welterweight contender Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana to a promotional contract.
Santana of Bronx, New York has a record of 25-3 with sixteen knockouts and has won four straight which is over a four year span. continue
By James Slater: According to promoter Dan Goossen, it is likely the IBF heavyweight elimination bout between “Fast” Eddie Chambers and Tony Thompson will go ahead in Atlantic City, New Jersey on October 29th; on the under-card of the “Super Six” grand final between Andre Ward and Carl Froch. continue
By James Slater: The career of “Smokin’” Bert Cooper continues. Despite the fact that 45-year-old Philly warhorse Cooper, 38-23(31) was recently hammered to a 2nd-round TKO defeat by unbeaten Cuban prospect Luis Ortiz (Cooper followers are claiming the April stoppage was too fast), Bert is in no rush to hang ’em up. continue
By Joseph Barrett: As we enter the summer months of the sweet science, a time where the sport usually takes a back seat for a while, it gives us an opportunity to reflect on what has happened during the first period of the year and a chance to speculate on what we can expect for the remainder. For the period already passed we have witnessed super fights lacking super action, "regular" fights offering us fights of the year candidates, moments of history created and plenty of upsets along the way. Here is a recap of the year so far. continue
By James Slater: New Zealand fight fans are excitedly awaiting this Saturday’s return match between heavyweights David Tua and Monte Barrett. Samoan slugger and New Zealand fan favourite Tua was sensationally knocked down for the first time in his long career when he tangled with the 40-year-old New Yorker known as “Two Gunz” last July, and the drawn verdict was controversial. Now the two veterans will do it again just over a year on. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Smooth Panamanian 135 pounder Ameth Diaz caused a mild upset, scoring a five round knockout of home country hope Leonardo Zappavigna in Melbourne, Victoria on Friday night. IBF number eight Diaz dominated the contest from the opening bell. He appeared unfortunate not to register a knock down early in round when he caught the Aussie with a right hand, knocking him off balance with is gloves hitting the mat. In round two Diaz scored a knockdown when caught Lenny again with another right straight through the gloves. Zappavigna got through the round and took the third – his only round – by getting inside and attacking. continue
by Jorge Alarcon-Swaby: Boxing is Mexico’s most successful sport, having produced over 100 world champions and 12 Olympic gold medalists. Of all those great fighters there is one man that is considered by many experts as one of the greatest fighters ever to lace up a pair of globes. That man is none other than Ricardo “Finito” Lopez Vera. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to numerous Russian reports (http://newsru.ru/sport/06aug2011/klichko.html), WBC heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2-0) decided to put a halt to his ongoing training camp in preparation for the Tomasz Adamek bout on September 10, 2011, in order to fly back to Ukraine from Austria. continue
by James Slater: All boxers are courageous. The very fact that they have the stuff needed to climb into the ring and fight proves as much, but sometimes a boxer has to show the kind of courage that is astonishing even for a prize fighter. But just recently, fans everywhere were aghast when then WBA heavyweight champ David Haye blamed a broken toe - his little toe - for his humbling loss to Wladimir Klitschko. Okay, maybe Haye only partially blamed the busted digit for his wide points loss, but the fact that “The Hayemaker” brought up the excuse at all did his reputation perhaps untold damage. continue
By James Slater: Mere hours after reading on the web site of Ring Magazine that “regular” WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Junior would NOT be taking a voluntary defence in September, does the official word come that says the unbeaten 25-year-old will do just that - against another son of a legend, in Ronald Hearns. continue
By Paul Strauss: Tim Coleman and Vernon Paris, junior welterweights, exchanged insults and fired punches at each other prior to their Friday Night Fight bout at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Coleman admitted that he wanted to punch Paris in the face every time he saw him, and proceeded to try and make good in the lobby of the hotel where they were staying. continue
By Ted Sares:
A ‘cutie’ to me is a guy who has such subtle, and often brilliant, boxing skills that most people who watch him do not even realize it…It’s the cutie, though, that gets things done without the usual flash and speed and explosiveness associated with great fighters. They are like magicians in a sense that they get the job done and sometimes people who watch it don’t realize it until well after it’s over. They look at the end result and say “How did that happen?”
“Iceman” John Scully continue
LOS ANGELES, August 5 - Later this month, two of boxing's brightest young stars, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana and Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero will face off for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Lightweight World title on August 27 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. in a fight televised on HBO's Boxing After Dark. continue
By James Slater: As surely all fans know (hardcore fans anyway), light-middleweight contenders Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak recently gave us a genuine FOTY candidate on ESPN Friday Night Fights. The two warriors fought their hearts out for ten spellbinding rounds, and the final result of a draw seemed fair enough in that there was no way either guy could be called a loser. continue
By James Slater - Now that IBF super-middleweight king Lucian Bute is in the hunt for a new November challenger thanks to Kelly Pavlik’s decision to pull out of the planned fight, there are a few names being suggested as the unbeaten southpaw’s next foe. Top of this list seems to be ageless “Road Warrior” and recent Super-Six participant Glen Johnson. The amazing 42-year-old dropped a close decision to Carl Froch back in June, but he is now ready and willing to face Bute. Very kindly taking the time to speak with me yesterday evening, the always-friendly warrior with the 51-15-2(35) record had the following answers to my questions:
James Slater: It’s always a great pleasure to be able to speak with you, Champ. Your name has been coming up quite a lot regarding a fight between you and Lucian Bute in November now that Kelly Pavlik has apparently pulled out. Have you heard anything, and is this a fight you’d like?
Glen Johnson: Oh, yes, that’s a fight that is on my wish list. I’ve heard that my people have touched base with his people, but no documents have come my way yet. So I think it’s just rumours right now, but as I say that fight is definitely on my wish list. continue
By James Slater - New “regular” WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Junior was contemplating taking an optional defence of his belt on September 24th, but it now looks like the 25-year-old will do as promoter Bob Arum advised and go straight into his planned November date with Peter Manfredo. The word is, the fight, likely an exciting one, will go down on November 19th at the big Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. The fight is now up on boxrec and fans are getting excited about the match-up. continue
On July 15th, Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak engaged in a ten round war on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" that has many boxing insiders calling it the leading candidate for the fight of the year. In an excellent battle of will, determination, and pure guts, Rodriguez and Wolak went toe-to-toe for their entire ten round jr. middleweight showdown before a sold-out crowd on Star Boxing's show at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Wolak started the better of the two, but Rodriguez, who was coming off a year lay-off, picked up the pace in the middle rounds, and landed the much cleaner and harder punches down the stretch of the fight which in turn caused grotesque swelling of Wolak's right eye. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 136th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with undefeated bantamweight contender Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) who is scheduled to face IBF Champion King Kong Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) in the Bantamweight Tournament Final on August 13. Mares spoke about his upcoming mega fight against Agbeko, and also shared his views on other aspects of the current bantamweight landscape. Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: We’re joined by undefeated bantamweight contender, Abner Mares. How’s everything going, Abner?
ABNER MARES: I’m doing great. Thank you. I’m doing really good. It’s hot out in L.A. right now.
JENNA: Alright well you are less than two weeks away from your big matchup with Joseph Agbeko. What are you expecting?
MARES: I’m expecting a great fight. I can’t wait I’m really excited for this. We’re talking about a world title, winning my first world title fight and I’m really excited. To top it off it’s in Vegas, so I’m really looking forward to it.
JENNA: Well the fight was originally supposed to happen back in April and it was very close to that fight when it got called off. Do you have any fears that something like that could happen again?
MARES: You know what? Yes. I was talking about that with my friend Monica. She was like oh it’s so exciting! We’re getting close to the fight! I just told her I don’t want to get too happy because last fight at around this same time is when things got really bad. I mean I try not to think about it. I know everything is going work out smoothly. God willing let’s just hope it does for the sake of myself and the fans. continue
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 4, 2011) - Undefeated rising star and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver 118-pound titleholder Abner Mares participated in a Los Angeles media workout on Thursday, just nine days before he will take on International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champ Joseph King Kong Agbeko in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
ERIK MORALES, Five-Time and Three Division World Champion
"When we were first talking about this fight, we were talking about an opponent who wasn't easy, but not as difficult as Lucas Matthysse. continue
Manny Pacquiao wants a judge to declare him the winner in his ongoing legal war with Floyd Mayweather -- claiming the Pretty Boy has been LYING HIS FACE OFF to get out of being deposed by Manny's lawyers. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten light-welterweight contender Danny “Swift” Garcia has been added to the October 15th Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson bill at The Staples Centre (according to boxrec), and the man he could be facing is former World Boxing Organization (WBO) champ Kendall Holt. This is the word according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, who says the fight is not a done deal yet but is close to being made. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 136th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Sergio Martinez, Abner Mares, King Kong Agbeko, and Steve Cunningham. 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.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Kelly Pavlik withdrawing from a fight against Daryl Cunningham that was to be televised on Showtime
• Eric Morales now being set to face Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title after some controversy surrounding original foe Jorge Barrios
• Kelly Pavlik versus Lucain Bute called off—what is next for each fighter?
• Arthur Abraham returning to the middleweight division and seeking fight with Felix Sturm in November
• Yordanis Despaigne defeating Edison Miranda by DQ5 for repeated low blows
• Beibut Shumenov 9th round TKO against Danny Santiago—is Jean Pascal next?
By James Slater: The above headline (the part with the speech marks) comes from the official web site www.globalboxing.com - the promotional group behind unbeaten but little-known Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach. And the word is, the 31-year-old giant (6’7” approx 260-pounds) with the impressive-looking 25-0(13) pro record is being seriously considered as world heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko’s next challenger. continue
LOS ANGELES (August 4, 2011) – Unbeaten middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin wants to make-up for lost time, yet, the multi-talented fighter has to remain patient and play the boxing game. continue
By Lee Callan: Having caught up with former WBO middle and super-middle champion Chris Eubank again at Cheetahs Gym in his former hometown of Brighton, I got to ask him more questions about his career and thoughts on boxing in general. continue
Undefeated Rafael Mensah, one of the newest generation of Ghanaian boxers promising to bring world titles to the country soon, takes to the ring on August 27 with a vow to maintain the perfect start to his professional career. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (August 4, 2011)—World Ranked Cruiserweight, BJ Flores wants to make a statement and he has pinpointed the man that will not only make a fan friendly fight with, but be a fight of importance. continue
By Robert Brown: This Year writer and director of the highly successful Rocky franchise Sylvester Stallone, was inducted into the international boxing hall of fame in the non participant section. As a lasting memorial to the Rocky Phenomenon there is a statue of the fictional character which is located in Philadelphia. I have no problem with Sylvester Stallone being inducted into the hall of fame because of his effect on a dying sport in the late 70’s, however the fact that a lasting memorial exists for a fictional character, and yet does not exist for “Smoking Joe Frazier” who is basically the symbol of the now famous Philadelphia spirit, is an extreme over sight that must be corrected. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 3 - With seven title defenses during his nearly three year reign as World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super World Champion, Panama's Anselmo Moreno is unquestionably one of boxing's premier fighters. Now, as "Chemito" looks to propel himself into the biggest fights possible at 118 pounds, he has signed an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. continue
LOS ANGELES (August 3)…The “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” pay-per-view telecast is now complete with four star-studded fights from two sites all taking place Saturday, September 17 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions announced today that Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse and Jessie Vargas vs. Josesito Lopez have been added to the mega-event, which is being produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue
Massachusetts native Chris Traetti to square off with unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez the main event of Broadway Boxing on August 20 from Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass.
WORCESTER, MA (August 3, 2011) – It will be a battle for home state supremacy on August 20 when Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez puts his unbeaten record on the line in the main event of Broadway Boxing from Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs), a Worcester native, will battle another local favorite, Chris Traetti (10-2, 6 KOs), who hails from just down the road in Quincy. continue
Heavyweight slugger Edison "Pantera" Miranda (34-6, 29 KOs) wishes to congratulate his latest opponent, Yordanis Despaigne (9-1, 4 KOs), for his Oscar-winning performance last Friday night. continue
by James Slater: There is nothing worse than a super-fight, or a potential super-fight, that gets away from us by not taking place. Be it a rematch that simply had to happen but never did, a title fight unification that was badly needed to clear up the issue of which champion was the better, or a plain old grudge fight between two guys who couldn't stand each other, it's tough for fight fans when a must-see fight never materializes. continue
By James Slater - Amir “King” Khan has already won both the WBA and IBF titles at 140-pounds, and he is now looking at making the move up to welterweight soon because he feels he is “running out of names” to fight at light-welterweight.
Speaking with BBC, the 24-year-old star said he had hopes of facing then WBC champ Tim Bradley in what would have been an important unification clash, but that he is now looking at rumbling with Erik Morales seeing as how “El Terrible” will soon be fighting for Bradley’s vacated strap (vs. Lucas Matthysse on Sept. 17th in Las Vegas). Khan went on to say that a defence against IBF mandatory Lamont Peterson is also a possibility, but that whoever he fights at the end of the year, it will likely be his final 140-pound opponent. continue
By James Slater - It has been confirmed by Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer that Mexican legend Erik Morales will now face Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse on September 17th - not Jorge Rodrigo Barrios. As part of that night’s big “Star Power” show that will take place in Las Vegas (with Canelo Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez going down in L.A - all fights to be shown on Pay-Per-View), Morales-Matthysse will be for the vacant WBC 140-pound title.
“Real” WBC light-welterweight champ Tim Bradley has, as Don Jose put it, been moved to “Champion In Recess.. continue
By Mike Casey - There was that famous first fight between the two masters, and the fight before that with which many boxing fans of today might not be familiar. Before Benny Leonard figured out Freddie Welsh and took away his lightweight championship, Freddie had figured out Benny. It is so often the way it goes between two titans who are thrown together in the same little pocket of time.
Both men were geniuses of their profession, and I don’t describe them thus lightly. The once prized word of ‘genius’ has sadly lost much of its gloss in our super/brilliant/fantastic 24/7 era of eternal blue sky thinking. We like to think that geniuses come strolling down the trail every five minutes because it shields us from the uncomfortable fact that most of today’s ‘world champions’ fall woefully short of the mark. Boxing geniuses, for one thing, know how to throw a left jab properly.
Most of us, I hope, appreciate the genius of Benny Leonard, although I have encountered a few starry-eyed souls who have told me that Benny would have been sent packing by Floyd Mayweather Jnr. But how many know of Freddie Welsh and all his glorious fistic and social contradictions? continue
EW YORK (Aug. 2, 2011) -- International Boxing Federation (IBF) Bantamweight Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko and undefeated rising star and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver 118-pound Champion Abner Mares participated in a media conference call on Tuesday to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All taking place on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, will defend his IBF title against the fast-rising, Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in the tournament final. Mares’ WBC Silver bantamweight belt will also be on the line. continue
Pavel Yakovlev - (August 2, 2011) – Former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall is a now a free agent and looking for fights. Last week McCall was released by his promoter, The Heavyweight Factory, which is apparently closing operations. Now 55-11 (37 KO’s), the 46 year-old McCall has been fighting professionally since 1991 and is easily the most experienced heavyweight in the world.
McCall reports that he is training hard and is currently in better shape than he was in March, when he dropped a unanimous decision to Cedric Boswell. “I weigh about 245 lbs now. I definitely came in overweight for Boswell. They put down 259 lbs, but I was really in the 260s,” he explains. “I’m just letting my manager do his job, and see where I go from here. I’m training hard, staying in shape, and staying focused.. continue
YOUNGSTOWN (August 2, 2011) – Former World Middleweight Champion and current World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 1-rated super middleweight contender KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK’s professional boxing comeback took a wrong turn inasmuch as Pavlik withdrew from his upcoming 10-round bout against Darryl Cunningham today. The Pavlik-Cunningham bout was scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, OH, and was to be televised live on SHOWTIME® as the main event of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. Both the broadcast and the live event have been canceled. Ticketholders can get a refund by returning their tickets to the place of purchase. continue
By James Slater - Reports are coming in from a number of sources (ESPN.com, The Vindicator, Yahoo! Sports, etc) that former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik has pulled out of this Saturday’s fight with Darryl Cunningham. At the moment the reason (s) Pavlik has bailed on the fight are unclear, but according to a short piece on Vindy.com, Pavlik told WFMJ that his reason for pulling out of the fight is “a business decision.”
According to the piece, “The Ghost” also said that “The fight is off and the [Lucian] Bute fight is not going to happen. I’m not going to fight a southpaw for peanuts. continue
August 2, 2011 – Mexico City. From the office of World Boxing Council (WBC) President Dr. José Sulaimán:
As president of the WBC, I feel that I should make a brief press note in answer to several criticisms received from some writers in regards to the Timothy Bradley case. continue
By James Slater: In the third and final of my “in the ring with” articles (see previous pieces on fighters who met Tyson and Foreman), I pay tribute to the man who is perhaps the greatest heavyweight of them all: three-time king Muhammad Ali. continue
By James Slater: While Tyson Fury, right now one of the hottest young heavyweights out there, assesses his options when it comes to his next fight, the man he defeated on July 23rd is planning on “coming back stronger.” So says Dereck Chisora’s trainer, Don Charles. continue
RW: David, I believe this is the first time that you’ve promoted one of your own fights, along with SKY Sport in New Zealand. Do you see that being a promoter will help you control how “fight night” goes with Monte Barrett, or do you see it as a distraction? continue
Gavin Rees will defend his European Lightweight title against Derry Mathews at the Newport Centre in South Wales on Saturday 1 October. continue
Philadelphia, PA—Junior middleweights King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, and Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, meet for the vacant Pennsylvania State Junior Middleweight Title on Friday evening, Sept. 9, at the Asylum Arena, 7 West Ritner Street. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: (August 1, 2011) - Sergei Liakhovich is making big moves in boxing again. On August 27th, he faces top contender Robert Helenius for the WBA and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title belts. In the event of a victory, Liakhovich will catapult to the top of the heavyweight rankings, returning close to the position he held several years ago when he reigned as the WBO world champion. Although Helenius will enjoy the advantage of fighting in his home arena in Germany, there are reasons he may be in for a surprise. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: (August 1, 2011) - Heavyweight Eric Molina is going places in boxing. Already rated 12th in the world by the WBC, Molina is expected to fight for a major regional title next month in Las Vegas. Should he win, as expected, Molina will likely enter the WBC’s top ten ratings. By any measure, this represents quick upward mobility. According to boxing insiders, there is good reason for Molina’s rapid advancement: he can fight. Currently 17-1 (13 KO’s) since turning professional in 2007, Molina shows poise and skill in the ring that is more developed than would expected for a fighter of his experience level. continue
Hard Hitting Brooklyn native Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin has his sights set on a Spring showdown with world champion Sergio Martinez, but if a veteran counterpuncher from Las Vegas by the name of Ishe Smith has anything to say about it, Quillin will be on the rebound trail by that time. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 135th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with the newly crowned British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury (15-0, 10 KOs) who is coming off an impressive upset victory against Dereck Chisora (14-1, 9 KOs). Fury spoke about his big win and also talked about his future and provided some opinions on the current boxing landscape. Here are some questions and answers from that interview:
JENNA J: You’re coming off a very impressive performance this past weekend against Dereck Chisora. You said on our last interview if you couldn’t beat him you were a bum, but you beat him. How do you feel now that you did it?
TYSON FURY: Well I don’t feel any different than before I beat him to be honest with you. It was one of those things I knew I could beat Dereck Chisora. He didn’t have my number and I knew I had his number. He was a good worthy challenger and he was a good British champion, but it was just unfortunate he had to come against Tyson Fury the way that he did. I do believe if it was any other British heavyweight or any other heavyweight in the world bar the Klitschkos, he would have done a job on them because he’s a strong tough man.
JENNA: Is there anything during the fight that he did that surprised you?
FURY: No he didn’t do anything to surprise me, because I knew what he was going to do before he did it himself. He came in extra heavy to try and knock me out of it, and he didn’t manage to do it and that was it. I out boxed him. continue
The card is taking shape for Gary Shaw Production's "Clash at the Chumash" at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California, on August 5 and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. continue
LOS ANGELES, August 1 - The two month wait is almost over as the true fight fan's boxing series "Fight Night Club," is back on Thursday, August 25, with an explosive card that will make L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia the only place to be for the best in local fistic action. continue
Los Angeles, August 1 - East LA's Shawn Estrada (12-0, 11 KOs) is set to make his Mexican debut when he takes on Alvaro Enriquez (11-8-2, 3 KOs) on August 13 at the Convention Center in Acapulco. Estrada, the 2008 US Olympian, is coming off a first round KO over Joe Gardner, the tenth 1st round stoppage in his eleven knockout victories. The 31-year old Enriquez will look to make the 26-year old Estrada his third straight victim. continue
Blog Talk Radio’s, “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present a special one hour “Post Fight” episode tonight at 9:00 PM EST.
Tonight’s episode will focus on discussing Floyd Mayweather's HBO Face-Off with Victor Ortiz, Lamont Peterson's impressive victory over Victor Cayo, World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov's 3rd title defense, Bernard Hopkins' challenge to current IBO Cruiserweight Champ Antonio Tarver, and more. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: World title aspirant George Ashie has sen out a message to the rest of the world with a round one stoppage of countryman Abdul Malik Jabir in the headliner of 'Fight of Destiny' at the Lebanon House in the heart of Accra on Saturday night July 30. continue