London (31, October, 2011) After reading yesterday’s reports from Sauerland Events regarding comments made about World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury would like to set the record straight. continue
By James Slater: Halloween night, 1992, Earls Court, London. Unbeaten 1988 Olympic gold medallist Lennox Lewis was having his first real test against a world class fighter. If the British/Canadian could defeat the man who had given Mike Tyson such a hard fight twice, as well as destroying capable men such as former champ Michael Dokes, then Lewis would undeniably be not only a world rated heavyweight but one perhaps good enough to rise to the very top. And all of the boxing world tuned in to see if the division had a new star. As it turned out, a future superstar and all-time great arrived on this night!. continue
By James Slater: This coming weekend, from Friday Nov. 4th through to Saturday Nov. 5th, sees one of the biggest, most potentially action-packed fight schedules of recent times. Fight fans all over the world really will be spoilt for choice at the end of the week. continue
Live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast)
NEW YORK (Oct. 31, 2011) – Rising Canadian junior welterweight star Pier-Olivier Côté will take on Jorge Luis Teron in a 12-round co-featured bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Nov. 5, from the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
London, England (October 30, 2011) – Pound-for-pound King Manny Pacquiao has vowed to make his Nov 12 clash with Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez an enthralling toe-to-toe scrap, when they clash live on Primetime (Channel 480 on Sky). continue
By James Slater: It has been reported by Ringtv.com that 40-year-old Tony Thompson is now the IBF mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko, who holds the Ring Magazine, WBA, WBO and IBO belts along with his IBF title. Thompson was made such due to the way his final eliminator with “Fast” Eddie Chambers, originally set for October, fell apart again when rearranged for December 17th. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Mexico, fans lucky enough to have either a ringside ticket or access to Mexican T.V outlet Azteca, settled in for what they thought would be another give and take war between flyweights Hernan Marquez and Luis Concepcion. This is what we were treated to back in an April FOTY candidate, with Mexico’s Marquez prevailing in that one via electrifying 11th-round TKO. continue
WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 16 KOs) has laughed off the comments from Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who most recently claimed he was ready to “take Povetkin out.” The 32-year-old Russian makes a first defence of his title at Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Areena on December 3, taking on tough American challenger Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs). Povetkin was amused by Fury´s remarks. “I am ready to defend my belt against every challenger out there,” he stated. “But I must admit I am not overly scared by comments from someone whose biggest hit to date has been a Youtube video where he punches himself in the face. Right now all my focus is on Cedric Boswell.” continue
ATLANTIC CITY (October 29, 2011) - Undefeated NABO middleweight champion Patrick "The Machine" Majewski, who was originally set to face Dionisio Miranda in his co-featured bout on Global Boxing Promotions' "November Reign" on Saturday, November 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., will now face another Colombian knockout artist in Jose Miguel Torres after Miranda was denied entry to the United States due to visa issues. continue
By James Slater:Tonight at a packed out York Hall, Bethnal Green in the nation’s capitol, “Mongolian Warrior” Choi Tseveenpurev became the oldest man to win “Prizefighter” - the 40-year-old picking up the featherweight trophy and the £32 grand that comes with it. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: On November 12th, both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez are going into their trilogy closing fight with a personal agenda. Coming off of a draw in their first fight, both men threw bombs with bad intentions in their rematch bout. continue
by James Slater: WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko was shocked and surprised yesterday, when he read the supposed comments he had made regarding his plans to retire "after one more fight, two at the most."
These words were reported to have been said by "Dr. Iron Fist" whilst on Ukraine TV show TVi. Yet today, as has been reported on a number of web sites, Vitali has denied ever saying such a thing.. continue
By James Slater: Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto celebrates his 31st birthday today; some five weeks ahead of his crunch, must-win rematch with Antonio Margarito. Currently 36-2(29), “Junito” has won four fights since being shocked by “Tony” in 2008, and two fights since his brave attempt at upsetting Manny Pacquiao in 2009. continue
SALINAS, CA (October 28, 2011) - Earlier tonight, Northern California fight fans witnessed an exciting night of world-class professional boxing at Sherwood Hall in Salinas, Calif. The six-fight card was presented by Don Chargin Productions, Golden Boy Promotions and Paco Presents. If you missed the live action or the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
By John G. Thompson: The title to this article prior to the reading of the decision at Bally's Event Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey was about to be “Ossie Duran Upsets Gonzales despite Hair Trouble.” Televised on ShowBox: The New Generation, Ossie "The Ghanaian Gladiator" Duran (26-9-2, 10 KO's) outfought Brandon Gonzales (14-0, 10 KO's) over the course of eight rounds, and when the announcer read the split decision the crowd responded with a chorus of boos. The only low point in the fight for Duran occurred when his dreadlocks came undone and obscured his vision in a couple rounds. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 29, 2011) – Middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales won an eight-round split decision over veteran Ossie Duran by the scores of 77-75 two times for Gonzales and 78-74 for Duran. In the co-feature, Artemio Reyes scored the biggest win of his young career by upsetting 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina by the scores of 78-74 twice and 77-75 in an eight round welterweight bout from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
BOB ARUM: I would like to welcome everyone to the conference call and I would like to particularly welcome Timothy Bradley to the promotional ranks of Top Rank. We also have Timothy’s manager. who has more world class fighters under his management than anyone else in the world, Cameron Dunkin. This starts what I’m sure will be a memorable association between Top Rank, Tim and Cameron. We look forward to November 12th – I’m sure it will be a mega audience – we’ve been sold out for about six weeks. continue
By James Slater: Recently, “regular” World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight ruler Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and challenger Peter Manfredo came face to face at a press conference to promote their November 19th fight. Set for The Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas, the fight has many fans excited, with a number of experts also anticipating an all-action battle. continue
By James Slater: With WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko, it’s a case of enjoy him while you can. Like Pound-for-Pound #1 Manny Pacquiao, Vitali is currently juggling his two passions - boxing and politics - and “Dr. Iron Fist” is looking ahead towards leaving the ring and embarking on a full-time career in Ukrainian politics very soon. continue
LAS VEGAS (October 28). Floyd Mayweather puts more meaning to his ring name "Money" every time he fights. With early pay-per-view numbers counted and confirmed, the pugilist's recent STARPOWER fight against Victor Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 dollars in pay-per-view revenue. These numbers make the event the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Oct. 27, 2011) - Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales (14-0-1, 10 KOs) of Sacramento, Calif., weighed in at 161.5 pounds and Ossie "The Ghanaian Gladiator" Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) of Paterson, N.J., 161 pounds one day before their eight-round middleweight main event showdown on ShoBox: The New Generation,Friday, Oct. 28, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Bally's Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
Washington, DC (October 27)…Tickets for “Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson” go on sale TOMORROW, Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Big-time boxing’s return to our nation’s capital has created a buzz amongst sports fans ready to see the Unified Super Lightweight Champion Amir “King” Khan defend his titles against the No. 1-rated IBF Contender Lamont Peterson on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. continue
By James Slater: Young, unbeaten Tyson Fury always makes for an interesting interview. Unafraid of speaking his mind, the 23-year-old with the 16-0(11) pro ledger recently spoke with sportsvibe.co.uk, and the British and Commonwealth Champ said he believes he is now ready to make his move at world level. continue
By James Slater: Two attractive names in the light-heavyweight division: Edison Miranda, 34-6(29) and Yordanis Despaigne, 9-1(4) will appear on the under-card of the Dec. 17th “Super Six” grand final between Carl Froch and Andre Ward. continue
By James Slater - Legendary promoter Bob Arum has been around the sport of boxing long enough for his latest statement - one that insists Pound-for-Pound number-one or number-two (depending on your opinion) Floyd Mayweather Junior has NO CHIN - to be taken with a large pinch of salt. The 80-year-old has seen them all in his time: from Ali to Leonard, from Foreman to Hearns, and he knows a talented, durable, reliably-chinned fighter when he sees one. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 147th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with former WBC light heavyweight champion of the world Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) who is planning a December return to the ring. Pascal shared his views on a number of topics including Chad Dawson’s bizarre victory against Bernard Hopkins, the upcoming third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, Lucian Bute, Floyd Mayweather Junior’s somewhat controversial knockout win against Victor Ortiz, Carl Froch, Tavoris Cloud, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: I think it’s time for our first guest of this week’s show. He’s a man that has fought both Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson. We’re joined by a returning guest making his sixth appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio, we’re joined once again by former light heavyweight champion of the world Jean Pascal. How’s everything going today, Jean?
JEAN PASCAL: I’m doing good, and you?
JENNA: I’m doing very well. So the talk of boxing right now is about a former opponent of yours. Bernard Hopkins made his return to the ring and the fight did not quite go his way. He got pushed down by Chad Dawson in the second round. The fight was called off. He was on the wrong side of a TKO2 loss. What were your thoughts looking at it?
PASCAL: It’s really hard to tell. I think we have no choice but to give Bernard the benefit of the doubt, because Bernard is 46 and at that age the bones are more fragile. So we have to give the benefit of the doubt to Bernard. continue
WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on Hawaiian Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs) at Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Areena on December 3. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on Team Sauerland´s big show in Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium on November 5, but the event was postponed after Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler suffered a hand injury in practice. “Unfortunately, injuries and postponements are part of the game,” Braekhus said. “As a professional, you just have to deal with it. I adjusted my training, took a few days off and then got straight back to the gym. I will be ready for Kupihea on December 3.” continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to an interview with Freddie Roach (http://www.philstar.com/thedeanscorner/articlescontent.aspx?articleid=740939&publicationsubcategoryid=69), while Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2) is running out of opposition, there is still some formidable and exciting competition remaining. So not to worry folks, Pacquiao will not end up unemployed! continue
MEXICO CITY, October 26 - Just one day after formally announcing Adrien Broner's first world title fight against Vicente Rodriguez on November 26 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions are pleased to add another treat for fight fans to help celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend by presenting a second world championship fight on the same night. continue
On NOVEMBER 26th, WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin will defend his title against Canada based Romanian Ionut "Jo Jo Dan" Ion in Trabzon, Turkey. Today Aydin weighed in at 157.6 lbs. / 71.5 kg easily making the required limit of no more than 10 percent over the official limit (147 lbs.) continue
Hall of Fame coach and living legend Emanuel Steward is the new head coach of fast rising Cuban superstar Yuriorkis „El Ciclon“ Gamboa. Promoter Ahmet Oner sealed the deal with Steward at the WBO convention in Puerto Rico on Wednesday. continue
Washington, DC (October 26)...Tickets for "Capital Showdown: Khan vs. Peterson" go on sale Friday, Oct. 28 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Big-time boxing's return to our nation's capital has created a buzz amongst sports fans ready to see the Unified Super Lightweight Champion Amir "King" Khan defend his titles against the No. 1-rated International Boxing Federation (IBF) Contender Lamont Peterson on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Plus, Brandywine, Maryland's undefeated top heavyweight contender and former Michigan State University standout linebacker Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and Lamont's brother and top lightweight contender Anthony Peterson will be featured in separate fights. continue
By James Slater: Today in Moscow, Russia, cruiserweight rivals James Toney and Denis Lebedev met in a final press conference to further promote their hugely intriguing November 4th showdown. When first announced the fight had no official title attached to it, but it has now been announced that the 12-rounder will contest the interim version of the WBA 200-pound belt. continue
By James Slater: Living legend and all-time great Roy Jones Junior, now aged 42 and past his spellbinding best by quite a way, is set to face former “Contender” Max Alexander on December 10th, the cruiserweight bout to take place at The Civic Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. continue
"I’m the fastest heavyweight in this business. That’s all that needs to be said. And that’s what’s going to kill Jonte (Willis)."- "Vicious" Vincent Thompson Speaks Out!
Exclusive Interview by Charles White:
Kindly taking time out of his busy training schedule, undefeated heavyweight prospect "Vicious" Vincent Thompson (9-0) had the following answers to my questions regarding his highly anticipated grudge match with fellow Washington State heavyweight prospect Jonte "Rock Steady" Willis (8-1-1). Don't miss what Vincent has to say about his opponent and their November 5th bout at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA! continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: I’m sure promoter Frank Warren must have been chanting ‘Remember, Remember the Fifth of November’ as he was planning his upcoming triple Championship headed ‘Gladiators’ show, which will take place at Wembley Arena on Guy Fawkes Night and shown live on BoxNation (Sky platform 456). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2) has treated himself to a present before facing Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1) on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. Maybe this is his way of boosting his confidence (not that he needs any) for the upcoming trilogy closing bout. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: For those of you who enjoy an occasional energy drink in order to re-vamp yourselves after or during a rough day, there is a brand new product that you might find interesting. We have all heard of Monster, RedBull, Rockstar, and 5-Hour Energy drinks, and most definitely have seen their commercials numerous times. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2011) – With a shot at the biggest fight in Super Middleweight history on the line, undefeated superstar and International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute will make the ninth defense of his 168-pound title against ageless former 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 Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 147th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded trainer Freddie Roach, who spoke about various topics, including Pacquiao-Marquez III, Bernard Hopkins, Jorge Linares, Amir Khan, being included on the 2012 IBHOF ballot, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move things to our final guest of this week’s show. He’s a returning one making his fifth appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We’re joined by one of the most well respected trainers in boxing today. We have on Freddie Roach. How’s everything going today Freddie?
FREDDIE ROACH: Hello. How are you?
JENNA: I’m doing very well today. How about yourself?
ROACH: I’m doing good. I’m just getting started with my day. I’m getting ready. I have three champions getting ready for fights coming up. I’ve got Manny Pacquiao, Chavez Junior, and Amir Khan getting ready for their title fights. Manny is really doing well. He’s ahead of schedule. Amir’s just getting started and Chavez just got here and started sparring yesterday. All three boys are doing well.
JENNA: Alright well let’s talk about your first fighter there. Manny Pacquiao’s got a very big fight, a third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez, on November 12. How’s the training camp been going so far and how’s Manny looking really?
ROACH: Well you know we spent a month over in the Philippines with Pacquiao. It worked out really well. We didn’t have any distractions at all, which is kind of unusual. He’s very focused. He started boxing eight weeks out with Linares to help him get ready for his fight, so he’s a little bit ahead of schedule. He’s boxing very intensely. He sparred eight rounds yesterday and then we did eight rounds with the mitts. He’s just on fire right now. He really wants this fight. Juan Marquez went to the Philippines and wore a t-shirt saying that he beat Manny twice. It was a slap in the fact to Manny. It was an embarrassment, trying to embarrass Manny. Manny’s going to pay him back! Manny will knock this one out! continue
By Karim ‘Kato’ Godfrey: A few months ago I wrote Part 1 of this article in high anticipation of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao Trilogy. Part 1 can be found here on this site at the following link: http://www.eastsideboxing.com/news.php?p=28268&more=1
Please re-read that article, formulate your own opinion and really try to determine in your own minds who actually won the first fight. On Friday November 4th at 11:00PM on HBO, Manny will be giving his own analysis of the first fight. Hopefully that will clear up many misconceptions. continue
By Brendan George: They say good things come to those who wait. It will be interesting to see if that old adage proves to be correct on Sunday November 20th 2011 when Australian fight fans will witness the long awaited return of Perth's Mark "The Dominator" de Mori. continue
Cincinnati, Ohio (October 25) - Boxing fans will be giving thanks for an explosive night of boxing on Thanksgiving weekend this year when Adrien "The Problem" Broner battles Argentina's Vicente Rodriguez for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Lightweight World Title on Saturday, November 26 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio in a fight that will be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. For Broner, it will be the young undefeated hometown hero's first shot at a world title, and where better to have it take place than in his backyard with family, friends and hometown fans supporting him. For Rodriguez, it's the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of countrymen Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez and Marcos "Chino" Maidana and burst onto the world boxing stage by capturing his first world title under the bright HBO lights in his United States debut. continue
By James Slater: Although Mexican bomber Marco Antonio Rubio earned a shot at the WBC middleweight title by smashing previously unbeaten, “next sure thing,” David Lemiuex back in April, he is still waiting for his chance. The real, genuine and, as Michael Buffer would put it, “universally accepted” world middleweight champion is Sergio Martinez, but Rubio will have the right to feel proud if he can defeat the man he is aiming for in Julio Cesar Chavez Junior; the “regular” WBC 160-pound boss. continue
By James Slater: Ace trainer Freddie Roach says he is somewhat concerned his star fighter Manny Pacquiao may soon run out of suitable opponents to fight. The Pound-for-Pound king next faces his most testing rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, in what Pacquiao and many experts feel will be a dominant series-finisher by the Filipino dynamo; but after that, there is no definite next fight set. continue
By James Slater: It’s official: WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin, 22-0(15) will make the first defence of his “regular” belt against 42-year-old veteran Cedric Boswell in Finland, Denmark on December 3rd. Dan Rafael of ESPN.com also reports that unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert Helenius, who hails from Denmark, will face a TBA on the card. continue
By Paul Strauss: Kelly Pavlik has apparently ironed out his differences with Bob Arum and Top Rank Promotions. Great! The plan being put forward is for him to have two tune up fights and if all goes well to then move on to a big fight with someone like Lucien Bute or the winner of the Carl Froch vs Andre Ward fight. Super! Kelly might have a couple of defeats on his record, but you have to admit even in defeat he's been exciting. Besides, losing to Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Martinez is no disgrace. continue
Los Angeles (Tuesday, Oct 25th) Newly crowned NABO Super Featherweight 'Fighter Of The Year" and undefeated NABO champ Eloy 'The Prince' Perez, is dedicating his Friday, Oct 28th clash against Ira Terry live on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" to all the women and their families who have had to battle breast cancer, and to honor the women who succumbed to this disease, in particular, Eloy's boss Oscar De La Hoya"s mother Cecilia. continue
Carlos Molina tries to stay calm when he reads that former world champion Kermit "The Killer" Cintron will be challenging Saul "Canelo" Alvarez for his World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight championship on November 26 in Mexico and live on HBO. continue
Tripleheader Begins LIVE at 11:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 11, on SHOWTIME®
From Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas
NEW YORK (Oct. 25, 2011) – Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout will defend against Frank LoPorto on Friday, Nov. 11, in the main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. continue
MICHAEL KATSIDIS 28-4 (23 KO’s) believes that Ricky Burns 32-2 (9) is the most dangerous opponent he could have faced when he meets the Scot in two weeks time at Wembley Arena for the interim WBO lightweight title. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s Maxwell Awuku is relishing a clash against Ricky Burns and has made a fervent call to World Boxing Organisation (WBO) authorities to match him up against the 28 year old Briton. continue
By Bradley Pearson: As the final bell sounded Saturday night in Madison Square Garden to symbolize the end of the fight between Nonito Donaire and Omar Narvaez it did so in concluding the Filipino fighter’s reign over the bantamweight division. continue
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The United States Boxing Team has been eliminated from contention at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico following losses by the final four competitors on Monday. Flyweight John Franklin (Colorado Springs, Colo.), lightweight Toka Kahn Clary (Providence, R.I.), light heavyweight Jeffery Spencer (Fort Carson, Colo.), and super heavyweight Danny Kelly (Washington DC) all dropped their quarterfinal contests in Monday’s quarterfinal action at the Guadalajara Expo Arena. continue
By James Slater: Today in Paris, France, heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko came face to face with his next challenger, Jean Marc Mormeck, who faces “Dr. Steel Hammer” in Germany on December 10th. The two smiled as they posed for photos (the huge size advantage held by Wladimir again apparent as they stood side by side) and the two did their best to promote the fight that, in truth, not too many fans are excited about. continue
By James Slater: Long-reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight king Marco Huck won again this past Saturday, brutally halting a game but overmatched Rogelio Rossi in the 6th-round. This win marked the eighth title defence by the 26-year-old German star and Huck has even pondered the notion of moving up to heavyweight seeing as he is so dominant at 200-pounds. continue
Unbeaten British Welterweight star Kell Brook will make his debut on American soil on December 17 as part of the undercard of Carl Froch’s Super Six final against Andre Ward at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue
Jason H. (Reseda, CA): Many writers in the sport have listed Nonito Donaire as a top P4P fighter and honestly, I'm just not so sure that I see it. How did you rate his performance last Saturday night?
Vivek W. (ESB); I'm probably not the right "writer" to ask about the mythical P4P list, as I've said for many moons now that it's totally in the mind of the beholder, and now days it's more a matter of popularity and fan fare than anything. Few writers or even historians of today speak on the topic using the textbook definition in principle. continue
On November 11, Greg Cohen Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Zeferino Promotions, will proudly present the homecoming of undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) Junior Middleweight Champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout. continue
New British and Commonwealth Featherweight Champion Lee Selby will make the first defence of his titles at York Hall on the 18th November against John Simpson. The bout is part of another action packed event from George and Francis Warren’s Queensberry Promotions which will be LIVE and exclusive on the UK’s new home boxing, BoxNation. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Cherkasy, Ukraine, unbeaten big man Alexander Ustinov improved to 25-0(19) with a dominant 12-round points win over fellow Russian Denis Bakhtov, 33-6(23) going in. The 34-year-old giant, who stands 6’7.5” and tips-in at just below 300-pounds, is of the belief that he is now ready for a shot at the world title. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Bolton, Lancashire, unbeaten 23-year-old super-bantamweight contender Scott Quigg stepped up in class to take on crafty veteran and defending British super-bantamweight champ Jason Booth. The Ricky Hatton-promoted hope rose to the occasion in quite sensational style, winning every minute of all seven completed rounds. continue
By Paul Strauss: Nonito Donaire (26-1-0) commented between rounds late in his fight with Omar Narvaez (35-1-2) that he was bored. In the post fight interview, he told Max Kellerman that he now knows how Manny Pacquiao felt in his fight against Joshua Clottey. Indeed the intent of the two fighters was similar. Wrap yourself up in defense and never come unwrapped for fear of getting hit. Boring! continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana's world title hopeful Braimah Kamoko may finally be getting the recognition for a crack at the WBO Light heavyweight belt when he receives the WBO’s African boxer of the year award later this month. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) made a successful eighth defence of his title in Ludwigsburg, Germany on Saturday night, knocking out Rogelio Rossi (17-3-1, 11 KOs) with a big right to the head in the sixth round. The brave Argentinian challenger was down and out but regained consciousness and left the ring on his feet. He was taken to hospital for precautionary checks. “I could not enjoy the victory until I knew he was fine,” Huck said afterwards. “He went down hard and I was relieved when he got back up. It was a tough fight. I had twelve rounds to break him down and I needed six. I am happy with the victory.” continue
By James Slater: Samoan slugger Alex Leapai scored an impressive-looking 4th-round KO over Russian giant Evgeny Orlov yesterday in Queensland, Australia; dropping the big man for the count with a huge right uppercut to the chin. Now 24-3-3(19) overall but currently on a 16-fight win streak, the 32-year-old is making new fans all the time with his “fun to watch” style. continue
By James Slater: Former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik is hungry again, and focused on regaining past glories. In a new Ringtv.com article, Pavlik spoke about his successful meetings with Top Rank and manager Cameron Dunkin, and “The Ghost” also outlined his comeback plan. continue
By James Slater: Before his shock, 7th-round stoppage defeat at the hands of hard-hitting Mexican warrior Marco Antonio Rubio, 22-year-old David Lemieux was being looked at as the next star of boxing. Naturally gifted and possessing a lethal punch, the Canadian looked a sure thing for world title honours. Now, some six months on from the Rubio disaster, Lemieux is set to return to the ring. continue
By John G. Thompson:Sometimes fights are closer than they appear on the scorecards, and this was certainly the case as Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KO’s) of Worcester, Massachusetts shutout Will Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KO’s) of Ozone Park,New York on the scorecards in a closely contested battle despite the wide margin of victory. Also, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (18-0, 3 KO’s) originally from Puerto Rico and now fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, outworked Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (11-5-1, 4 KO’s) also from Puerto Rico and now living in Highland, New York, in a lopsided decision for the vacant NABF Light Welterweight Title. The action took place at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut televised on ShoBox: The New Generation. continue
Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY - (10/22/2011) - Undefeated super middleweight Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez won a 10-round decision last night (Friday), sweeping every round on all three judges' scorecard, against previously unbeaten Will "Power" Rosinsky in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® from MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Team USA endured a rough opening day of action at the 2011 Pan American Games on a historic Friday night in Guadalajara. Female flyweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) became the first female American boxer to compete in the Pan Am Games, but lost a heartbreaking tiebreaker in her quarterfinal contest. continue
By Paul Strauss: The WBC's board of governors viewed video tape of the Hopkins vs Dawson fight, and as a result decided to declare the fight a "Technical Draw. Specifically, Jose Sulaiman said, "The WBC Board of Governors, after reviewing the video of the fight, unanimously declared that the action reflects a clear intentional lifting the body followed with a push by Dawson to Hopkins, that made him fall on his left side with part of his body out of the ropes." continue
All participants for Star Boxing's "Azteca America" show at the Tropicana in the Atlantic City weighed in today at the the Trop. The show, which is the first of a series of Star Boxing/Azteca events. The show will be broadcast Live on Azteca America. All fighters on the bout card will be wearing the pink gloves. The gloves are donated by Everlast. continue
IRISH AMATEUR BOXING ASSOCIATION
Hugh Myres, Gavin McComb, Joel Scullion and Shane Roche won the first four bouts of the evening as 23 National U/21 Championships semi-finals were decided at the National Stadium in Dublin tonight. continue
By James Slater: At one time it looked as though promising, exciting U.S heavyweight hope Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell would perhaps face the experienced Chazz Witherspoon on the under-card of Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson on Dec. 10th but now, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, it’s extremely likely the unbeaten 29-year-old with the 23-0-1(17) record will face Timur Ibragimov in his HBO debut. continue
Former four-division world champion, and one of the greatest boxers of all time, Roy Jones Jr. (54-8, 40 KOs) will take on Max Alexander (14-5-2, 4 KOs) for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title on December 10 in Atlanta, Georgia. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 147th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) who is slated to fight fellow undefeated boxer Will Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KOs) tonight in a bout that will be televised on Showtime. Edwin spoke about his upcoming fight, and also shared his views on other matters pertaining to the 168 pound landscape including upcoming fights between Andre Ward and Carl Froch as well as Lucian Bute versus Glen Johnson. Be sure to tune in tonight and watch this battle of unbeaten prospects! Here is a complete transcript from the Rodriguez interview:
JENNA J: We are joined by our second guest of this week’s show. He is making his third appearance to On the Ropes. We are joined by super middleweight contender Edwin Rodriguez. How is everything going today, Edwin?
EDWIN RODRIGUEZ: I’m doing very good. Thank you for having me.
JENNA: Alright well Edwin you got a pretty big fight coming up on Showtime’s Shobox against Will Rosinsky. He’s an undefeated guy. You’re undefeated. How do you feel about this matchup?
RODRIGUEZ: I feel very good. I know Will very well. He’s a very good fighter. I think it’s going to be a treat for the fans to watch two undefeated guys going at it.
JENNA: Alright now for yourself and at this point in your career, how big of a fight is this? I mean is this the fight that tells people you’re for real, you’re no longer a prospect, and you’re ready to really be a contender at this point?
RODRIGUEZ: Definitely. This fight’s huge. I’m fighting another undefeated prospect. It’s a big fight for both of us. I do feel like this is the fight that’s going to take me to the next level where I’ll be able to fight any of the top ten guys. continue
By James Slater: Yet more bad news for fans of the heavyweights. Hot on the heels of the news that told us Eddie Chambers’ IBF elimination bout with Tony Thompson had been called off, comes news that Martin Rogan of Belfast has also suffered an injury; one that has forced the calling off of the 40-year-old’s planned rematch with “Bedford Bear” Matt Skelton. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 147th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Freddie Roach, Jean Pascal, and Edwin Rodriguez. You can click play on the player to listen.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Chad Dawson’s controversial 2nd round TKO win against Bernard Hopkins
• Should the decision be changed to a No Contest/No Decision?
• Hopkins camp filing an official protest of the fight, requesting that his TKO loss be turned over to a DQ win
• Antonio DeMarco scoring come from behind KO victory against Jorge Linares
• Roy Jones Junior planning a December 10 return to the ring against Max Alexander
• The WBC's and Ring Magazine's decision to allow Hopkins to remain their champion
• Dewey Bozella winning is his first and last fight of his career by UD over Larry Hopkins
• 24/7 Pacquaio-Marquez debuting this Saturday
• Alexander Povekin's first "title" defense set for December 3 against Cedric Bowsell
• Kimbo Slice scoring another 1st round KO win - What type of matchups do fans want to see him in?
• Nonito Donire vs. Omar Narvaez Preview - What can we expect from the Filpino Flash?
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GEORGE GROVES 13-0 (10 KO’s) is fully focused on his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight title match-up with rival Paul Smith 31-2 (17). Groves did not rule out a rematch to his bitter rival James DeGale in the future but his attentions were firmly on his November 5 clash against former British champion Smith at the Wembley Arena LIVE and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch.456). continue
Nonito Donaire and Omar Andres Narvaez are looking to excite their UK fans' on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456) this Sunday morning. "Filipino Flash" Donaire defends his WBO/WBC World Bantamweight titles against the dangerous hard-hitting Narvaez LIVE from Madison Square Garden on BoxNation from 2am. continue
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 21, 2011) - Unbeaten through his first 15 bouts, highly touted middleweight prospect Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales is expecting next Friday's ShoBox: The New Generation telecast to be nothing short of exciting and eye-opening. Gonzales, who goes toe-to-toe with the very tough Ossie Duran next Friday, Oct. 28 at Bally's Atlantic City (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) last made headlines when he opened a cut above the right eye of sparring partner and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward earlier this month. The accidental cut resulted in the postponement of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final between Ward and his World Boxing Council (WBC) counterpart Carl Froch. This time Gonzales wants to make headlines by stopping the durable Duran. continue
Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY - (Oct. 20, 2011) - Tomorrow night DiBella Entertainment presents "Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right", at the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods, featuring undefeated super middleweight prospects, Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO's) and Will "Power" Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO's) and Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (17-0, 3KO's) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO's) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts will be televised on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT. (delayed on the west coast). continue
by James Slater: Forty-four years ago this week (October 23rd) Gerald McClellan was born. Known as "The G-Man" during his days as a world class middleweight and super-middleweight, Gerald is, sadly, known these days for something else other than the superb fighting prowess he used to display. continue
It’s a night of big action in the bantamweight division when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: NONITO DONAIRE VS. OMAR NARVAEZ is seen SATURDAY, OCT. 22 (10:30 p.m. ET/PT) from the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By GM Ross: Undefeated Montreal light welterweight Dierry Jean (19-0-0) will make the first ten round appearance of his career against Dominican journeyman Francisco Lorenzo (37-10-0) tonight at Montreal's Bell Centre. The contest is now the headliner of the GYM Promotions "Fast and Furious" card, due to the cancellation of Antonin Decarie's (25-1-0) much anticipated contest with Jose Luis Castillo (60-11-1). continue
By GM Ross: Michael "Flash" Walchuk (9-4-0) of Kitchener, Ontario, is one of the best domestic fighters to never win a Canadian title. It's certainly not due to lack of effort - he's fought for Canadian Boxing Federation titles twice, in two different weight classes. continue
By James Slater - Bad news for heavyweight fans. “Fast” Eddie Chambers has had to withdraw from his October 28th IBF elimination bout with Tony Thompson, due to suffering a bad back. The two were set to fight with the winner earning a second shot at IBF, Ring Magazine, WBA, WBO, IBO king Wladimir Kitschko (both men were stopped late on in respective challenges of Wladimir: Thompson back in 2008, Chambers last year), but now the fight will either be scrapped altogether or a new date will be arranged. continue
by Jenna J - Iron Mike Tyson, the youngest man to ever claim a portion of the heavyweight championship and a fighter once known as the “baddest man on the planet”, officially retired from boxing June 11, 2005 after a surprising defeat to unheralded Kevin McBride. The fight itself saw the former Champion struggling to land his shots, getting fatigued rather quickly and ultimately fouling his opponent in more ways than one in what was becoming a competitive fight. At the start of the 6th round, Tyson sensing some urgency put forth an attack on McBride in an effort to end the match, but saw this attempt like many of his others on the night ending with the much larger man tying him up. This was the beginning of the end for Tyson, as he let frustrations overtake him and began to foul McBride. First came a warning from Joe Cortez for trying to break McBride's arm in a clinch, and then came a two point deduction for an intentional head butt that left Kevin bleeding from the eye. Undeterred by what was happening in the ring, McBride continued doing what he had done all night and that was simply tying up, leaning on, and hitting Mike with short shots on the inside. At the end of the 6th round, McBride leaned on top of Tyson once again, this time causing Mike to collapse to the canvas where he struggled to get back to his feet. Once back to his corner, his trainer Jeff Fenech decided Mike had enough, and called a halt to the match, leaving the once most feared boxer in the world retiring on his stool.
To most boxing fans, the lasting image of Iron Mike's final career bout were that of a boxer who could no longer fight effectively in the ring, and a fighter who was so exhausted at the end of a match that he was reaching up to the referee looking for help to get back to his feet. I like to think of his final ring appearance a little bit differently, mainly because the fight with Kevin McBride was not the final time Mike Tyson fought inside the ring. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “From nothing to everything is a long way. From everything to nothing is one stop. I heard that I am crazy for taking this fight (against Samuel Peter) but I’m very excited about this chance. His manager is saying that I am a ‘dead man walking,’ but dead men cannot have nightmares.” – Wladimir Klitschko
“The main point in every profession is that you understand who the beginner is and who the professional is. The main point is experience and how you work with that. It’s very important, with experience you get the best result.”- Vitali Klitschko
The Klitschko bothers have slowly but without doubt made their way into being a boxing sensation in terms of their performance as well as the rarity of encountering two brothers of such proportions. For a respectably extended amount of time now, both brothers have been undeniably dominating the heavyweight boxing division with no real threatening challenger in sight.
Critics have always found words to put a splinter to their successful boxing careers, but no matter what, some things are impossible to argue. For one, both Vitali (43-2-0) and Wladimir (56-3-0) Klitschko have proven themselves over and over against formidable available competition. continue
Stourbridge's Rob Norton and Streatham's Leon Williams weighed this afternoon in advance of their British Cruiserweight title bout tomorrow evening at York Hall. The champion Norton weighed in at 14st 3pounds whilst the younger challenger Williams weighed in at 13st 13pounds. continue
By Robert Brown: One wonders whether Floyd Mayweather who is currently one of the most confrontational and divisive figures in boxing will grow to be revered like Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali currently are. continue
LOS ANGELES, October 19 - Two prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC) title belts will be on the line at the Gimnacio Luis Estrada Medina in Guasave, Mexico on Saturday, October 22 when Guasave's Mario Rodriguez meets Colombia's Karl Diaz for the WBC Youth Light Flyweight championship and Mazatlan's Pedro Guevara takes on Jorge Estrada for the vacant WBC Silver Light Flyweight title in the featured "Sabados De Corona" fights which will be televised by Televisa in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the United States. continue
By James Slater: Manchester warrior John Murray, 31-1(18) admits he was surprised when he got the call telling him he had the next shot at WBA lightweight Champ Brandon Rios; but the teak-tough 26-year-old promises he will absolutely make the most of his Dec. 3rd chance. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Captain Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) could not believe his eyes when he met challenger Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) at today´s press conference in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Listed at two meters by BoxRec, the “Argentinian Giant” turned out to be much smaller than that. “Maybe he shrunk of fear,” Captain Huck said. “Doesn't matter anyway. I don´t care what size he is. I have knocked out taller and smaller opponents. I will clinch a spectacular victory on Saturday night. He will not get my title.” Huck then measured his opponent. The result: 192 centimeters! continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 19th, 2011) – Even at age 46, Oliver McCall is as quick with his words as he is with his signature right hand, the same one he used to turn the heavyweight division on its ear in 1994 when he knocked out Lennox Lewis. continue
By James Slater: Yesterday, the legal team of light-heavyweight legend Bernard Hopkins put in an official appeal over the 46-year-old’s controversial 2nd-round TKO loss to Chad Dawson. This has been reported by ESPN.com and was totally expected by everyone. However, what perhaps wasn’t expected was the fact that Hopkins’ legal people, acting under the orders of Hopkins of course, are shooting for a DQ win for B-Hop, not for the current result being overturned for that of a No-Contest. continue
By James Slater: It seems as though every former world champion, or most of them anyway, claims the era he dominated in was the best era for boxing. We have just heard former champ “Terrible“ Terry Norris claim as much with regards to his era and today‘s Floyd Mayweather-dominated era. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The 146th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured exclusive interviews with former three-time world champion “Terrible” Terry Norris (47-9, 31 KOs). Norris spoke about his Hall of Fame career and also shared some opinions and insight on the current boxing landscape. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Well since we’ve been speaking about Hall of Famers, I’m proud to announce a guest that a lot of our fans have been dying to have us get on the show. He’s our ninth Hall of Fame guest making his debut to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We’re joined by former three-time world champion, “Terrible” Terry Norris. How’s everything going today Terry?
TERRY NORRIS: Everything is going good.
JENNA: Well that’s great to hear. Boxing fans have often suggested you as a guest for our show. You’re a guy that a lot of fans wanted to hear from. So I’d like to open things up and ask what you’ve been doing since your retirement, Terry?
NORRIS: Since my retirement I’ve done a number of things. One of the first things here is I’ve been trying to start a boxing foundation. It’s called “The Final Fight”. Also I’m writing a book with Bob Halloran. He wrote the book about the movie The Fighter.
JENNA: Terry, what’s been the biggest adjustment for you since you did retire in your life after boxing?
NORRIS: Well I guess it’s just pretty much every day life. You know you go out in the real world and just doing everyday things is kind of difficult at first. But then I kind of caught on to it, and I figured out how to do everything and then everything was good. continue
Scottish middleweight Craig McEwan flew into Mexico City from Edinburgh this morning two weeks ahead of his 5th of November HBO televised showdown in Cancun with Brooklyn's Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin. McEwan has agreed to spar with Mexico's Alfredo Angulo who fights James Kirkland in the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light middleweight eliminator which tops the bill. continue
James "Lights Out" Toney will depart for Moscow, Russia, this Wednesday, October 19, in advance of his meeting with WBA #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev at the Khodynka Ice Palace on November 4.
Wishing to get fully acclimated to the region, Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) will continue training in Moscow.
Already in the best physical shape he has been in years, 43-year-old Toney says he's just putting the final touches on his camp and on fight night Operation Lights Out in Russia will be in full effect. continue
Ricky Burns is eating for two as he heads into his big showdown with Michael Katsidis on November 5th at Wembley Arena. Burns, the former World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Super-Featherweight Champion, makes his debut at lightweight when he challenges the Australian dynamo for the Interim WBO World title, live on BoxNation (Sky platform Ch. 456). continue
Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY - (10/19/2011) - This Friday, October 21st, Queens, New York-native Will "Power" Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO's) will step into the national spotlight and look to put his name amongst boxing's most promising up-and-coming prospects when he takes on highly regarded and top-rated Super Middleweight contender Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO's). Rodriguez-Rosinsky is the main event bout of the evening on DiBella Entertainment's "Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right", at the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The show, which will be televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation, will also feature rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (17-0, 3KO's) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO's) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Lately, there have been some talks circulating about Antonio Tarver (29-6-0) calling out Wladimir Klitschko (56-3-0). Tarver seems to think that he is the only fighter out there who is capable of beating the Ukrainian giant. While I along with many others believe this to be a suicide for Tarver’s career and a waste of time for Wladimir, Emanuel Steward seems to think otherwise. continue
Rogelio Rossi slept through today´s press training after his arrival in Germany was delayed for more than 24 hours. A volcanic ash cloud had grounded his original flight out of Buenos Aires, and it was not before Tuesday morning that Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs) eventually made it to Stuttgart airport. Instead of participating in the media work-out, he went to his hotel to get some sleep. “My punches will wake him up on Saturday,” World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) said. “But only to put him back to sleep immediately. I have trained for a hard fight because all challengers from Argentina are tough and aggressive. I want to put on another spectacular performance for my fans. It will be an entertaining night on Saturday.” continue
After last Friday’s controversial heavyweight night in Obertraubling (Germany) the protagonists – just like most mans – look back on the fights with mixed feelings. While Alexander Petkovic cannot be happy with his lousy performance and bad acting which brought him an undeserved DQ win over Cisse Salif, the new IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich celebrates his first round k.o. and is already thinking about his next steps. continue
By James Slater: Many fans are extremely disappointed by the fact that Ring Magazine, IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko’s next defence will come against former cruiserweight ruler Jean Marc Mormeck, but guess what? So is “Dr. Steel Hammer.” continue
By GM Ross: Former Canadian light welterweight champion Manolis Plaitis (16-1-1) of Montreal, Quebec, will return to the ring in his hometown on October 20, where he'll meet Arvydas Trizno (9-13-2) of Lithuania in a six round, light middleweight contest. Fans will likely recall Trizno from his recent losses to Edmonton's Rory Coveney (6-0-0) and former WBC Light Welterweight champion Junior Witter (39-5-2). continue
LOS ANGELES(October 18) - This Friday, Oct 21, Golden Boy Promotions and Cavazos Boxing return to the Rio Grande Valley with an event featuring one of the top young lightweights in the game today, when unbeaten Albuquerque native Fidel Maldonado Jr. (11-0, 10 KO's) squares off against Puerto Rico's Erick Cruz (13-7-3, 13 KO's) in a clash of knockout artists for the vacant Worls Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Silver Lightweight title in the main event of "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" at the Pharr Events Center in Pharr, Texas. continue
By GM Ross: Fight fans in the Greater Toronto Area will be treated to an all-Ontario light middleweight match-up on the undercard of McGuinness-Gaudet, October 22, when Brandon Cook (2-0-0) of Ajax takes on Darren Fletcher (1-1-0) of Brantford in a battle of up-and-comers. Both fighters are making their third professional appearance and will be hungry to prove their superiority over the other. continue
By James Slater: Though he looks extremely relaxed, fluid and in his element when doing his thing in the ring, 29-year-old “Fast” Eddie Chambers, like many other fighters, suffers from nerves ahead of the big fights. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2011) – It’s not difficult to root for a guy like world-ranked super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), of Worchester, Mass., who faces fellow unbeaten Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KOs) of Ozone Park, N.Y., in the 10-round main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Oct. 21, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
Fighting for the first time under the Main Events banner, Joselito Collado (12-0, 3 KO's) of Jamaica, Queens, NY, will take on undefeated Casey Ramos, (14-0, 4 KO's) of Austin, TX, on October 29th in an 8 round Super Featherweight bout at Win Star World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The fight will open the live Top Rank telecast on FOX Sports at 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific. continue
By Matt McGrain: On Thanksgiving day of 1936, Billy Papke was drinking. When the owner of the bar closed up to go home for his turkey dinner, Papke muttered that he would go home too. He drove to the house of his ex-wife. A neighbour later reported hearing five shots. The first two struck Papke’s ex-, killing her. He then turned the gun upon himself and fired at his heart from point blank range. He did not die. He fired another shot. Again, he did not die. Papke fired a third shot and his heart finally stopped beating. continue
Witness all the drama surrounding WBA Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward and his sparring injury that forced the postponement of the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final. Click below to view this exclusive FIGHT CAMP 360° Bonus Feature which captures Ward in his gym in Oakland and joins the champ on his urgent trip to Los Angeles to meet world-renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Wallace and learn the extent of his injury. continue
By Joseph Herron: The “hurt business” is not for everyone.
The commitment, discipline, sacrifice, and pain which fighters are forced to endure through the rigors of training and undergo during fight night is enough to turn even the most ardent of athletes away from the ring. continue
By James Slater - Despite the fact that modern day legend Bernard Hopkins lost his world title and, in the eyes of some fans and critics, some credibility with Saturday’s bizarre TKO defeat at the hands of Chad Dawson, it has been reported (in The Mirror, amongst other publications) that WBO light-heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly could still wind up meeting B-Hop next year.
Promoter Frank Warren is still keen on the fight, and The Mirror reports how a £5 million clash is being discussed for Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium next year. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: After his lackluster performance against Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2) in May, most people expected and hoped for Shane Mosley (46-7-1) to retire from the sport of boxing. Despite being a tremendous fighter and a living legend, Shane looked old and uninterested in fighting the younger and obviously stronger Pacquiao. continue
By GM Ross: Recently, I caught up with NABA Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (15-0-1) of Orangeville, Ontario, to get his views on the sweet science. McGuinness is set to face former WBC Super Featherweight contender Benoit Gaudet (24-2-0) of Drummondville, Quebec, this Saturday, October 22, in Mississauga, Ontario, for the vacant NABA Super Featherweight title. It's a busy time for Mr. McGuinness and I can't thank him enough for providing a few words for our segment. continue
London (17 October) Tyson Fury, the current unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion is thrilled to be fighting in his native home town of Manchester on November 12 for the first time in his glittering career. continue
Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY - (10/17/2011) - Friday October 21st, DiBella Entertainment will present "Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right", an exciting doubleheader on ShoBox:The New Generation, from the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The event will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdown between Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO's) and Will "Power" Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO's), and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (17-0, 3KO's) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO's) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
By James Slater - So now who’s the number-one guy at light-heavyweight?
Due to the bizarre ending to Saturday night’s world light-heavyweight title showdown between defending champ Bernard Hopkins and top challenger Chad Dawson, we have no clear answer when asking who the world’s best 175-pounder is today. Can Dawson really be ranked as such, seeing how he won in such controversial fashion? Can Hopkins still be ranked so high after being TKO’d? (even if the decision may well be overruled for that of a No-Contest/No-Decision). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Earlier last week while speaking to the press, reigning WBC junior welterweight champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) unveiled his future plans in boxing. First he intends to defend the vacated title he won in September against Pablo Cesar Cano when he became the first Mexican to win a major championship in four different weight classes. Then in 2012, Morales is eyeing a fifth division championship at 135 pounds. More specifically, he is targeting Antonio DeMarco (26-2-1, 19 KOs) who scored an impressive come from behind stoppage victory against Jorge Linares this past Saturday, which earned him the WBC lightweight crown. Should this fight come to fruition, boxing fans are undoubtedly in for a real treat!
DeMarco has historically been a slow starter, as was the case in his fight Saturday with Linares. He is a technically sound fighter who occasionally leaves something to be desired in terms of activity, but his heart and fighting spirit enable him to remain dangerous throughout the full twelve rounds as Linares learned the hard way. Following his typically slow start, DeMarco began finding his groove in the fifth and sixth rounds. Behind on the cards, he turned up the heat in the eleventh and drew Linares into a series of toe-to-toe exchanges, and ultimately prompted the referee to call a halt to the contest when a barrage of shots left Linares bloody, battered, and staggering. It was almost reminiscent of the way he stepped it up late in his exciting encounter against Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov two and a half years ago. continue
Promoter Lou DiBella recently told that Ring Magazine middleweight champion Sergio Martinez will come to Moscow to fight with WBO middleweight titleholder Dmitry Pirog only for $5-6 millions. DiBella believes that Pirog doesn’t have a big name and this fight isn’t marketable. continue
Perhaps the next boxing sensation to emerge from St. Louis, light welterweight Keandre Gibson has signed on with manager Repo Ric and world renowned promotional company Top Rank. Gibson, fresh off an impressive nationally televised victory in August, will make his Top Rank debut on October 29th at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma against an opponent to be announced. continue
Jarrod L. (Brooklyn, NYC): How did you feel about the way things were going and the way Hopkins/Dawson ended?
Vivek W. (ESB): I think the Dawson/Hopkins fight ended the same way it began....with a number of questions. Both men came into this fight with questions surrounding the outcome of the pending battle, and at the end of the night, not one was answered. Could the talented southpaw Chad Dawson handle a crafty veteran like Bernard Hopkins over the course of 12 grueling rounds? Could the old man Bernard Hopkins find a way to turn back the clock yet again against a talented young fighter? Both of these questions remain unanswered, and based on the way things ended, may never be answered. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Just what boxing needed after the Mayweather Jr. vs. Ortiz drama: more drama and uncertainty. There is so much to say about the outcome of the Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2) vs. Chad Dawson (31-1-0), but the words just don’t seem to surface in my mind. continue
NEW YORK, NY (October 16, 2011) – Screenwriter Will Evan will be the special guest speaker Tuesday evening (Oct. 18) for RING 8’s monthly meeting (7 PM/ET start) at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It seems that fame has its own side effect and perfection is harshly judged in any aspect of life. Larry Merchant has been involved in boxing for well over 45 years. Before joining HBO in 1978, he was a professional columnist for Philadelphia Daily News and the NY Post. continue
By Michael Montero - The stage was set for the main event here at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The crowd had just been dazzled by the thrilling Demarco-Linares undercard bout, easily a candidate for fight of the year. Dawson made his way to the ring first; he looked very determined and focused. Then Hopkins walked in, donning his trademark black mask and making the “execution” gesture to the crowd. The place was packed and the energy in the building was electric. If only the fight had been half as fruitful…
Things fight started off with Dawson pawing the jab as Hopkins looked to counter. The first round was mostly a feeling out process, but “Bad” Chad seemed to control the pace and took it on my card. It was more of the same at the beginning of the second round as Dawson controlled the distance with his jab. Hopkins attempted to pull some of his old school rough tactics, but his younger opponent wouldn’t let him. It was clear that Dawson was not going to be bullied like Canada’s Jean Pascal had been earlier this year. It was also clear to see that Hopkins was bothered by Dawson’s size, athleticism and skills from the opening bell.
Toward the end of the second round, Hopkins lunged in on Dawson and missed with a punch. Chad ducked under it and Bernard landed on top of him. At that point, Dawson shrugged his opponent off him – Hopkins slammed into the canvas and didn’t’ get up. continue
By Michael Montero - Malignaggi-Lora: The opening bout of the televised pay per view undercard featured Paulie Malignaggi against Mexico’s Orlando Lora. In the first round Paulie did more work and controlled the pace for the most part, but Lora continued to apply pressure and landed a huge right and that had Malignaggi badly hurt. The veteran quickly learned that his opponent came to win and began to dig down and tighten his guard. The big shot was probably enough for Lora to win the round, but that would be the only real moment of difficulty for Malignaggi. .
From the second on, Paulie found his rhythm and began out-boxing his opponent. Lora was definitely the stronger man in the ring and landed some thudding shots on the Magic Man, but he grew increasingly frustrated at his inability to connect with anything serious. In the fourth round Lora suffered a cut over the left eye, but never seemed bothered by it as he continuously marched forward.
Round after round it was more of the same as Paulie seemed to land at will at times. Whenever Lora did connect, he made his mark however. By the eighth round a visible bruise had formed under Paulie’s left eye. But in the end, Malignaggi cruised en route to a decisive decision victory. continue
By Michael Montero -- By now you’ve all heard the inspirational story of Dewey Bozella, the man who did over twenty-six years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit and was recently released when proven innocent. His lifelong dream was to be a professional boxer, but the system took that dream away. All these years later, at the age of 52, he finally realized his goal as he fought on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard in his first professional boxing match. He came into the ring as a cruiserweight, weighing 190 pounds; facing off against the 0-3 Larry Hopkins (192 pounds). continue
By James Slater - Last night in Liverpool, bitter light-heavyweight rivals Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew put on a battle that lived up to the pre-fight hype. The two men had, for weeks, been at each other’s throats, Bellew especially aching to do harm to the WBO champion - and last night the two punched the hate out of one another over 12 hard rounds.
Showing mutual respect after the majority verdict that went 24-year-old “Clev’s” way, the two Brits sat next to each other as they were interviewed (such a scene would have been impossible to envisage back when the two fighters had to be separated at that press conference!) Their rivalry settled (for now at least; Frank Warren did speak about the possibility of a rematch between the pair), the two must now go on in search of other big fights.
It has been reported by The Liverpool Echo that 28-year-old “Bomber” Bellew, now 16-1(10) may go for the European title next (currently held by Eduard Gutknecht of Germany). While Cleverly, 23-0(11) said post-fight that his aim is to unify the 175-pound world titles. continue
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 15, 2011) – Challenger “Bad” Chad” Dawson defeated defending WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Dawson in Saturday night’s main event on the “Believe It Or Not!: Hopkins vs. Dawson” card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, on HBO PPV at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The title fight ended in controversy because Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) was unable to continue due to a left shoulder injury suffered in the second round when he landed on the canvas. Referee Pat Russell ruled that there was no foul, awarding a TKO win to Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs), who captured the WBC and Ring Magazine championships.
Mexican lightweight Antonio “Tony” DeMarco(26-2-1, 12 KOs) became world champion for the second time in his pro career, defeating Jorge Linares (31-2) by 11thround technical knockout to capture the vacant WBC title. Trailing by scores of 99-91 and 98-92 (twice) going into the 11th round, DeMarco belted a bloodied Linares around the ring until referee Raul Caiz, Sr. halted the action at 2:23 for a dramatic comeback win by Demarco. continue
By James Slater -- 2008 Olympic gold medallist James “Chunky” DeGale wasn’t fighting on the top of the bill last night at The Echo Arena in Liverpool, but the former British and now new European super-middleweight champ’s great fight with tough Pole Piotr Wilczweski sure should have been the main event - so excellent was the action the two determined warriors put on in their spirited 12-rounder.
This is not to say that the main event of Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew was a bad fight, far from it; it’s just that the co-main event was that much better (in my opinion anyway).
DeGale, having his first fight back since losing his unbeaten record to bitter rival George Groves, had to dig deeper than ever before against the gutsy 33-year-old defending Euro champ. The desire and heart of both men saw to it that a superb battle took place. At times going toe-to-toe in a crowd-on-its-feet style inside war, both guys unloaded plenty of leather.
DeGale, the younger man by eight years, got up on his toes at times and pumped out his southpaw jab as he boxed stylishly. But the action soon resumed at close quarters. continue
By Fantana: Recently us boxing fans have had to endure a lot of nonsense. Last night’s terrible robbery of Bernard Hopkins, a man who has done more for boxing and old people than most people, was just another nail in the coffin for boxing. A month or so ago we had Floyd Mayweather acting in a manner which was most unBritish, sucker punching a nice young man who was trying to hug him. What I witnessed in these two fights was a turning of the tide, from good old wholesome punching to something more akin to a circus show. When the Queen of England invented boxing, in a town 5.5 miles East of Bolton, over a hundred years ago us Brits did not expect to see the great name of England’s finest sport become so, for want of a better word, unmanly. A real man, such as myself, would never sucker punch someone! ‘But it was all legal’ cry the fans of Mayweather. Yes, perhaps so, but it was ethically wrong. I would go as far as to say it was a demonstration of psychotic behaviour, and anyone who supports such outlandish acts of violence is a secondary psychopath. But this is the way of the world these days and boxing needs to change if it is to survive in these troublesome times. So, I have put forth a few rule changes, seen in other sports, I suggest are made to ensure boxing is current and continues for another one hundred years. continue
By James Slater -- The controversy sure is raging over the ending to last night’s world light-heavyweight title fight between Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins. Everyone, it seems, has their own opinion on the bizarre 2nd-round TKO victory “Bad” Chad was awarded; here’s mine:
No way should Dawson have been awarded with a win, when the foul he committed on Hopkins was so clearly a foul. Lifting Hopkins up and dumping him on the mat as he did, Dawson plain and simple broke the rules; how then, can he call himself a winner today? Okay, at the time of the incident, 29-year-old Dawson - who had been fighting a good, aggressive fight - may well have thought 46-year-old Hopkins was faking the injury. But now, in light of the ex-ray info being released from the hospital that examined Hopkins (where a separation of the acromioclavicular of B-Hop’s left shoulder was diagnosed), it’s clear Hopkins was badly hurt by the slam-dunk to the canvas. continue
BJ Flores scored a one sided beatdown over tough as nails Paul Jeanette (11-3) tonight at the Orielly center in Springfield Missourri. Scores were 100-90 by all three judges. Flores was in control from the beginning with a combination of hard body shots and a commanding jab that seemed to hurt Jeanette every time it connected. Flores showed he has improved his power and over all offensive arsenal with a blistering attack to both Jeanettes head and body. continue
Bernard Hopkins has been released from the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles after being x-rayed and examined by Dr. Sam Thurber, MD who diagnosed Hopkins with a separation of the acromioclavicular (A-C) joint which connects the collar bone and shoulder blade.
GRAND ISLAND, NE (Oct. 15, 2011) – Electrifying heavyweight Kimbo Slice, aka Kevin Ferguson, needed only 1:52 to register a phenomenal knockout of Tay Bledsoe in tonight’s main event on the “Rumble In The Heartland” card, presented by Gary Shaw Productions and Legacy Communications, at Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. continue
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2011) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares and former two-time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko were the principals at a widely attended press conference Saturday to officially announce their highly anticipated rematch set for Saturday, Dec. 3, at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., which will be televised LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. continue
Freddy Hernandez UD 10 Luis Collazo
Nick Casal TKO 3 Michael Anderson
DonYil Livingston UD 6 Kurtiss Colvin
Dewey Bozella UD 4 Larry Hopkins
Paulie Malignaggi UD 10 Orlando Lora
Danny Garcia SD 12 Kendall Holt
Antonio DeMarco TKO 11 Jorge Linares
By James Slater: Fans may have read on various boxing web sites how Jameel “Big Time” McCline, 39-10-3(23) is coming back to fight Polish hero Tomasz Adamek. This news has created something of a buzz, and yesterday the 41-year-old confirmed for me that, yes, he is coming back to face Adamek. continue
By James Slater: There seems to have been a change of plan as far as who new “regular” WBA heavyweight champ Alexander Povetkin will make his first defence against. Recently it was reported how a Povetkin-Evander Holyfield clash was “all but done” for Switzerland in December. Then former champ Hasim Rahman was placed as the WBA’s #1 contender and “Rock” looked to be in the frame for the year’s final month.. continue
Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will defend his WBO Cruiserweight Title for the eighth time in Ludwigsburg, Germany next Saturday when he is challenged by Argentinian southpaw Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs). Boxing-online.com has caught up the Captain in his training camp base in Kienbaum near Berlin. continue
JUNCOS, PR (October 14, 2011) - On Friday night at Coliseo Rafael G. Amalbert in Juncos, Puerto Rico, fans witnessed a battle for Puerto Rican Pride during an impressive eleven-fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. If you missed the live action or the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
Konstantin Airich won the vacant IBF intercontinental heavyweight championship in front of 1,500 fans at the Mehrzweckhalle Obertraubling Friday night. The "Sandman" made quick work of Varol Vekiloglu knocking out the "Relentless Lion“ in the first minute. continue
By John G. Thompson: Following his uncharacteristically exciting victory this past May in Montreal over Jean Pascal for the WBC and IBO Light Heavyweight Championships, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins said to ringside commentator Max Kellerman in the post-fight interview, “I think Canada will welcome me back to fight Bute. I would love to beat Bute, after Chad Dawson. And then I would go on to something bigger and better. I will not retire until I get close to fifty.” continue
By James Slater: Thomas Hearns is, rightly so, on the ballot for the 2012 Hall of Fame. For the first time has the necessary five years of retirement elapsed for Hearns to be eligible. Only the fact that the Detroit “Hitman” fought an amazingly long pro career, from1977 to 2006, has prevented him from being eligible to be voted for until now. continue
By Robert Jackson: Even though I don’t consider Chad Dawson ‘Bad’ as he once was, I’m hoping he’ll return to the form he showed during his fight against Tomas Adamek a few years ago, albeit he was cornered by Floyd Mayweather Sr. Dawson, 29 from New Haven, Connecticut had a solid if not stellar amateur career and knows how to fight. continue
By James Slater: In the past, Mexican idol Erik Morales has confessed that he “must be crazy” for wanting to take all the tough, risky fights he has taken and continues to take. But Morales, who recently made boxing history by becoming the first Mexican to win four recognised world titles in as many weight classes, is hungry for more fights and more success yet. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Chad Dawson has all the tools to beat Bernard Hopkins. He’s younger, he’s taller, he’s faster, he’s stronger, he’s more athletic, he’s fresher and he has a longer reach. Unfortunately for Dawson, it is the two areas where he is at a major disadvantage that will most likely determine the outcome of the fight, and those are Bernard Hopkins’ exceptional ring IQ and unwavering mental determination. Those two qualities, which have enabled Hopkins to compete and succeed on the highest level at age 46, will certainly provide Dawson with some difficulties.
For whatever reason, Chad Dawson always seemed to lack that special something that enables great fighters to become elite boxers, where the total package becomes even greater than the sum of its parts. Despite all of his natural talent and physical abilities, Dawson has been known to frequently suffer mental lapses in the ring where he either loses focus or loses interest. At times he also even comes across as one who does not appear especially determined or overly motivated. He seemingly lacks killer instinct and often cruises through rounds with little or no sense of urgency. He also typically fights in spurts and is not the type of boxer who fights hard for every second of every round like a Joe Calzaghe. Against a seasoned and tricky veteran like Hopkins, all of these things combined represent a recipe for disaster. continue
NN will again broadcast HBO’s Emmy-Award®-winning reality series ‘24/7.’ The all-new four-part series 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ debuts on CNN Saturday, October 22 at midnight ET/PT.
Leading up to the HBO Pay-Per-View® telecast of the welterweight title showdown between worldwide boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and his formidable challenger Juan Manuel Marquez, CNN will present all four episodes of 24/7 PACQUIAO/MARQUEZ, the exclusive series that takes a look into the lives of the fighters in and out of the ring. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly and champion Tony Bellew both weighed in today for their world title fight tomorrow (Saturday 15th October) at the Liverpool Echo Arena. continue
BOB ARUM: A lot of people ask me why am I bringing Nonito Donaire to New York at Madison Square Garden and they point out there are over 2M Filipinos that live in the Los Angeles Area and I tell them Filipinos live all over the United States. There are about 400,000 Filipinos living in the New York Metropolitan area and besides there are a lot of great fight fans in New York and this gives them the opportunity to see this phenomenal fighter, Nonito Donaire, and it’s up close and personal. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 146th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured exclusive interviews with former IBF female bantamweight champion Susie Ramadan (21-0, 8 KOs) and her trainer, former IBF super featherweight champion Robbie Peden (25-4, 14 KOs). Susie is looking to regain the vacant title she lost outside the ring when she squares off against Yazmin Rivas (22-7, 9 KOs) this Saturday night. In addition to sharing their views on the upcoming fight and Susie’s career, the Robbie and Susie also touched on a few other topics, including the upcoming third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, and a possible comeback fight for Peden who is eyeing a third fight with Nate Campbell sometime in 2012. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move things along to our second and third guests of this week’s show. We are joined by a trainer and fighter team. We’re joined by Susie Ramadan and former champion Robbie Peden. Susie, how are you doing today?
SUSIE RAMADAN: Oh yeah, everything’s going great. Thanks a lot. I just finished up training in LA this morning, so I’m looking forward to going to Mexico now.
JENNA: Awesome! We’re also joined by her former world champion trainer, Robbie Peden. How’s everything going today, Robbie?
ROBBIE PEDEN: Everything is well. Thanks.
JENNA: Okay. Alright now Susie, you’re going for the vacant IBF female bantamweight title. Can you tell us a little bit about this fight you have coming up?
SUSIE: Well I’m fighting Yazmin Rivas from Mexico, so it’s going to be a tough fight. I’m fighting in her hometown. Mexicans are born to fight and she’s got a lot of experience and I’m ready. I’ve been training very well. I’ve come to LA and had some great training here at Fortune Gym and I’m looking forward to getting the belt. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 146th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Terry Norris, DonYil Livingston, Robbie Peden, and Susie Ramadan. 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:
• OTR's Chauncy Welliver recent 12 round victory over Rob Callaway
• David Haye's announcement that he is retiring at the age of 31
• Rumors that Haye's camp & Vitali Klitschko's are in fight discussions. Is this retirement just a publicity stunt?
• Wladmir Kltitschko Officially announcing Jean Marc Mormeck as his December 10th opponent. Should boxing fans be critical of Wladimir for taking this fight?
• Dewey Bozella making his professional debut at the age of 52 on the Hopkins-Dawson undercard
• Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson. Who is going to win and why?
• The 2012 Hall of Fame class ballot being led by Tommy Hearns
BERNARD HOPKINS, World Boxing Council (WBC) & Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion
“I would like to say it is good to be back in Los Angeles. I made history here years back with Howard Eastman in the middleweight division with my 20 title defenses. I am excited to be back making that history. continue
GUAYNABO, PUERTO RICO (Oct. 13, 2011) - Hot boxing prospects Thomas Dulorme (12-0, 10KO's) and Kenny Galarza (15-1, 14KO's) made pre-weight, 156 and 149 pounds, respectively, equivalent to five-percent above the required weight by the Professional Boxing Commission (CBPPR) in the latter weighing for pre-stellar fights in Panama, as part of XXIV KO Drugs Festival on Saturday night (October 22) at Arena Roberto Duran, organized by the World Boxing Association (WBA). continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku:Ghanaian Joseph Awinongya remains determined to make many African boxers world champions and in current protégés Osumanu Adama and Albert Mensah, both from Ghana, the man nicknamed ‘Ringmaster’ may be close to finally realising the dream. continue
By James Slater: Frank Warren’s new boxing channel BoxNation is only a couple of weeks old, yet the channel (free for the moment, soon to be £10 per monthly subscription) has already bagged a number of big, even massive fights. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Famous American boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Snr will soon be training boxers from Ghana courtesy a promotional partnership between Ghanaian outfit Box Office Sports Promotions and US based promoter/manager Frederick Mac of Triple Mac Promotions. continue
By James Slater: David Haye has made it official: he HAS retired after all. With this news we need to ask ourselves who WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko will now face in his planned February-March defence. continue
By James Slater: Undefeated pro and former amateur standout Kubrat Pulev, 13-0(6) meets a formidable test in the form of big-hitting Travis “Freight Train” Walker on October 22nd (on the under-card of Marco Huck's latest WBO cruiserweight title defence). The two big men will clash with the vacant IBF international heavyweight title on the line. continue
By GM Ross: Last weekend in Edmonton Tye "Big Sky" Fields (49-4-0) knocked out Raphael Butler (35-10-0) of Rochester, Minnesota, in less than six rounds, showing why the Canadian Boxing Federation (CBF) and Canadian Professional Boxing Council (CPBC) both list him as the division's top contender. Fields-Butler was scheduled for ten, but "Big Sky" put his 6'8" frame to work, slamming away at Butler and forcing a stoppage. continue
13th October 2011, Bridgend, UK – LIVE boxing title fights rarely come to Freeview, but this weekend some lucky viewers will be watching Nathan Cleverly defend his WBO World Light- Heavyweight crown on Freeview this Saturday, 15th October. continue
North Bergen, NJ (October 13, 2011) - Four of Poland's rising boxing stars will be in action on November 5 when undefeated boxers Mariusz Wach, Patrick Majewski, Artur Szpilka and Kamil Laszczyk take over the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. continue
HOUSTON (October 12, 2011) – Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR., will make the first defense of his world championship crown, against Top-5 contender “The Pride of Providence” PETER MANFREDO, JR., Saturday, November 19, at Reliant Arena in Houston. The fight will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
By José Sulaimán - The Millenary of Boxing - History says that during the era of the caveman, who we call today men, communicated by signals and voice noises, wore no clothes and later only minimal, without any artifacts of any nature, and their spent days went bye without objectives, except to be the chief of the tribe, eat and sleep with women - which is not very different from today. That was the time when human beings started fighting, but that life remains hidden in the mystery of time. continue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (October 12, 2011) World Bantamweight Champion and consensus Top 5 Pound For Pound Fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will host a Public Media Workout this Saturday afternoon, October 15 at 1pm at Brooklyn’s legendary Gleason’s Gym (83 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201). continue
By James Slater: Red-hot 24-year-old 130-pound contender Eloy Perez is on the verge of some big, big fights right now. The Golden Boy-promoted star is coming off a smashing, 2nd-round KO over the experienced Daniel Jiminez, and fans eagerly await “The Prince’s” next bout. continue
by James Slater: Now that his career is over - in fact it has been for some time now - it's time to have a proper look as we evaluate the overall accomplishments of Chris "Rapid Fire" Byrd. To this writer's opinion, Byrd certainly did enough in his pro career so as to one day gain entry into The Hall of Fame. Not least due to his incredible, not to mention extremely brave, attempts at beating some of the truly big men of the recent heavyweight division, does Byrd belong.. continue
By GM Ross: Ontario's Ryan Wagner improved to 4-1-0 last weekend in Edmonton, Alberta, giving Rory Coveney's (7-0-0) perfect record a definitive blemish. The Boxing Examiner's Darren Hauck showered the bout with accolades, calling it "action packed" and "old school"; perfect for a "great rematch in the very near future." All three judges scored the contest 58-53 for Wagner, catapulting the Orangeville native into the welterweight title picture. continue
LONDON (October 12, 2011) – A bitter, ongoing feud for the past year promises to finally erupt November 12 when a pair of 16-0 heavyweights, massive Tyson Fury and menacing Neven “No Surrender” Pajkic, put their perfect records on the line, as well as their immense pride, in a 12-round take-no-prisoners title fight at EventCity, Trafford Park (next to Trafford Centre) in Manchester, England. It will mark Fury’s first pro fight in his birthplace of Manchester. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 145th 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 recently helped guide middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs) to avenge his only career loss with a lopsided unanimous decision victory against Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs). In addition to discussing Lee’s victory and his future, Steward also shared his views on a variety of other topics, including Sergio Martinez’s stoppage win against Darren Barker, a potential match-up between Martinez and Floyd Mayweather Junior, Wladimir Klitschko’s upcoming fight with Jean Marc Mormeck, Joe Calzaghe, Miguel Cotto, Bernard Hopkins, and more! Here are some question and answer excerpts from that interview:
JENNA J: Do you think after viewing Andy Lee's performance, that he could have done anything better at all?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Well in rating him, I’d rate him about a 7.5 or an 8 in the fight. I thought he did what was necessary to win. It was not a super devastating performance, because in this fight here the main thing was to fight a technical fight, and that was to outbox him and keep him off-balance with the little right jab over the shoulder because Vera has very bad balance. So every time he started to come forward, Andy would hit him with that right cross type jab to make him fall off balance and then he would try to time him and catch him with straight lefts when he was coming in. That was the strategy. I would liked to have seen him open up and maybe knock him out, but it was a big risk because Vera has a good chin and he’s the type of guy that unless you see he’s really hurt, we learned from the first fight you just have to systematically beat him and if you hurt him you could also knock him out but don’t get too excited, because he falls off balance a lot and you may think he’s hurt and that’s because he has terrible balance. In fact, after the fight we were at the airport and we were saying that the biggest thing we took advantage of was his terrible balance. We kept him off balance all night. So it worked good, and next we try to move on to another fight, but I was glad that fight went that way and that Andy didn’t get hit a lot like he did in the fight with McEwan. continue
NEW YORK (Oct. 12, 2011) - Andre Ward is impressed with the ability, attitude, focus and potential of Brandon "Flawless" Gonzales, an unbeaten middleweight and a sparring partner of Ward's who makes his debut on ShoBox: The New Generation against Ossie Duran in the main event of a tripleheader Friday, Oct. 28, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Bally's in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
New York, NY - (10/12/2011) - This coming January will be the two-year anniversary of the massive earthquake that hit Haiti, leaving the country devastated and in shambles, but for IBF Welterweight Champion Andre Berto, it seems like just yesterday. continue
He was International German light middleweight and light heavyweight champion, long-time manager and close friend of the "Bull from Bosporus" Sinan Samil Sam and has become one of the most successful (and most controversial) boxing promoters in the world. Ahmet Oner has without a doubt had a colourful life so far – and today, on his 40th birthday – the "enfant terrible" says he is far from done. continue
Team Sauerland regrets to announce that Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) has sustained a hand injury in practice, forcing him to postpone his hotly-anticipated November 5 clash with WBO Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) to early 2012. The venue will remain Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium, and all tickets purchased will remain valid. The new date for the show, which will be co-promoted by Team Sauerland and SES boxing, will be confirmed as soon as possible. “This is a major disappointment for me,” Kessler said. “We´ve had a great preparation and I was in fantastic shape when I injured my right hand during a routine training session. The doctors advised me that it needs a rest and I can´t fight on November 5. I am very sorry to keep my fans waiting. The good news is that the injury should heal quickly after a little break. I will rest my hand and then get back to training to be fit for Stieglitz early next year.” continue
By Zachary Alapi: With the immanent approach of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson showdown for light heavyweight supremacy, it is important to remember the intertwined circumstances atop the division that have led to this fight. Before even determining a possible winner to Saturday’s bout at the Staples Centre, both fighters’ relation to Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) must be considered. continue
By James Slater: With news of David Haye’s retirement barely hours old, Vitali Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente is already talking about Haye making a ring return to face the World Boxing News (WBC) king early next year. continue
By James Slater: Any and all speculation as to whether or not David Haye will stick to his plan of retiring at the age of 30 must now end. It has been reported on a number of web sites and in a number of publications how the former unified cruiserweight champion and former WBA heavyweight champion has e-mailed BBB of C head Robert Smith, informing him not to renew his licence to box. continue
By James Slater: Two heavyweight veterans who have over a hundred pro fights between them will clash in South Africa on November 19th. “Big” Michael Grant, 47-4(35) will travel to the homeland of Frans Botha, 48-5-3(29), and the vacant WBF strap will be at stake. continue
DESPITE reports suggesting he is about to retire, David Haye is now also reportedly considering a fight with Vitali Klitschko next year – but William Hill make him 4/1 outsider to win that fight should it happen before the end of 2012, with Klitschko red hot favourite at 1/7 and the draw a 33/1 shot. continue
Internet hit out to get back into title contention tomorrow night. Usman Ahmed says the infamous video of his knockout on YouTube means he’s the biggest name in tomorrow night’s Prizefighter Super Flyweights tournament at Liverpool Olympia, live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 and also in 3D. continue
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (October 11, 2011) - They may have taken different routes to get there, but four months after promoter Lenny Fresquez originally announced the December 2nd "World Dominance" showdown at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, it's full steam ahead for Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm andFrench superstar Anne Sophie Mathis to decide who is the best female boxer in the world. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Following last Friday night’s 9th round stoppage win over former world champion Roman Karmazin in an IBF Middleweight eliminator, Osumanu Adama has declared a readiness to win all four major world titles in the division. continue
By James Slater: I admit I’m very much intrigued by the upcoming James Toney-Denis Lebedev clash set for Russia on November 4th. Toney seems to have knuckled down to hard training for what will surely be his last chance at doing anything meaningful in the sport again. I want to see if Toney’s skills can prove superior to Lebedev’s raw power. continue
By James Slater: Will he or won’t he? Does anybody really care too much any longer? The two above questions are related to former cruiserweight king and former WBA heavyweight ruler David Haye. As fans may know, “The Hayemaker” made a promise to himself that he would walk away from boxing at the age of 30; after having boxed for two full decades (amateur and pro obviously). But this promise needed a re-think after Haye, confident, no, SURE, he would beat Wladimir Klitschko “for all the marbles” instead lost and lost badly. continue
Nerrin H. (London, UK): If David Haye holds to his word, this week he'll be retiring from the sport. Do you really think that he'll go through with his word or do you think he'll stick around for a Vitali fight? continue
Matthew Macklin says he's determined to be the man to end Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez's reign as World Middleweight Champion but he's refusing to resort to trash talking in a bid to get the Argentinian in the ring with him. continue
Kell Brook is closing in on a World title shot after becoming the first man to stop tough Pole Rafal Jackiewicz in the sixth round of their World title eliminator clash on Saturday night at the Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield. continue
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca. - 10/10/2011 - Undefeated Featherweight Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco 19W-0L (12 KO’s) returns to the ring in a 12 round Main Event for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latin Featherweight title against 2000 Olympian Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz 16W-2L (KO’s) of San Juan Puerto Rico. continue
Mashantucket, CT/New York, NY - (10/10/2011) - On Friday October 21st, Lou DiBella's DiBella Entertainment will present "Octoberfist: Fight Night Done Right", an exciting doubleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, from the beautiful MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The event will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdown between Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO's) and Will "Power" Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO's), and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel "Tito" Bracero (17-0, 3KO's) taking on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO's) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 11PM ET/PT. continue
FORMER World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental middleweight champion Hector Camacho Jr. will face off on December 17th against FORMER World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Sena Agbeko has a dream to be a boxing world champion but the 19 year old also has the knack for books. Agbeko fights George Banson for the Ghana as well as West Africa Boxing Union (WABU) Super Middleweight belt on the October 15 Only the Strong boxing extravaganza at the Lebanon House in Accra but he is already looking beyond that fight even if he respects the opponent. continue
By James Slater: Competing in what will be his fourth outing of the year, unbeaten 30-year-old heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev will fight again on October 22nd. Set to fight on the under-card of the WBO cruiserweight title fight between Marco Huck and Rogelio Omar Rossi in Germany, Pulev is down on Boxrec as facing experienced U.S danger man Travis “Freight Train” Walker. At stake will be the vacant IBF international title. continue
by James Slater: A great light-heavyweight who had a series of fights at 175-pounds against the fearsome Harry Greb - Greb being the only man to ever beat him - Gene Tunney (1897-1978) always had an eye on heavyweight ruler, the incomparable Jack Dempsey. continue
By James Slater: The boxing purists may not be overly thrilled over the way former street fighter and MMA star Kevin Ferguson, AKA Kimbo Slice, has come over to The Sweet Science, but the 37-year-old sure is fun to watch. Make that what little we’ve seen of Slice in the boxing ring so far has been fun to watch! Not to mention extremely violent. continue
Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs) has rejoined Team Sauerland to put himself back in line for a title fight. The former European Super-Middleweight Champion will again be working out under the guidance of Ulli Wegner. The German star coach, who also trains former IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham, World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck and IBF Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez, was in Larsen´s corner for five fights in 2007 and 2008 during the Golden Boy´s first stint with Team Sauerland. continue
By Leo Ashworth: I haven't written for ESB for some time due to commitments with my partner Lesley and our new family - our first child, a beautiful daughter named Caitlin, was born in April and we moved home just yesterday. Having endured two of life's most stressful, and rewarding, experiences I settled down in our new living room to watch fellow Deedar Bleeder (ask somebody from Sheffield) and rising star of British boxing, Kell Brook, tackle Poland's tough, unstopped in fact, Rafal Jackiewicz in a final eliminator for a shot at the WBA Welterweight title. continue
By James Slater: As with fellow modern day legends Evander Holyfield and James Toney, the once untouchable Roy Jones Junior is a fighter who cannot walk away. This despite the fact that the 42-year-old has been painfully KO’d a number of times in recent years. continue
By James Slater: Never have there been more old guys still chasing glory in the sport of boxing as we have today. Or at least it sure seems that way; especially in the heavier weight divisions. Before this year is over, we will see two men in their mid or late 40’s take major fights at heavyweight and cruiserweight respectively, and we will see a 39-year-old challenge the planet’s number-one heavyweight. continue
By Paul Strauss: Officially, the answer is simple. Undefeated Sharif "The Lion" Bogere 21-0, 13 KO's scored a third round knockout of Francisco Contreras 16-1, 13 KO's in the main event of ShoBox's The New Generation at the Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, NV. The Nevada Athletic Commission explained that although one of the final two right hands thrown by Bogere landed to the back of Contreras' head, the punch was still considered a legal blow because Contreras had turned away. Simple, right? continue
By John G. Thompson: Controversy marked the end of the bout with Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (21-0, 13 KO’s) and Francisco Contreras (16-1, 13 KO’s) as Contreras left the arena on a stretcher and the ringside commentators debated whether it was a right to the jaw or a blow behind the head which put him down. In the undercard, Jermell Charlo (16-0, 7 KO’s) put on a fairly dominant performance against a determined Francisco “Chia” Santana (12-3-1, 6 KO’s) at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on ShoBox: The New Generation. continue
LINCOLN, R.I. (Oct. 7, 2011) – Looking to avenge the first and only loss of his career, Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I., fought to a majority draw against veteran John Mackey in the main event of Friday’s “Rhode Warriors” boxing show at the Twin River Event Center, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports. continue
By John G. Thompson: Prior to writing this article I was neither a huge fan nor a big critic of the undefeated, pound-for-pound great and current World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight Champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s), but as of now I have reason to dislike the man. Sure, I am a boxing fan and admirer of his tremendous skills inside the ring. continue
By James Slater: Seen by some good judges as the best, most promising young heavyweight currently making a name for himself in the U.S, is unbeaten 29-year-old Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. The 6’2,” approx 240-pounder from Brandywine, Maryland has impressed with quick stoppage wins over the likes of Johnnie White (TKO2), Derrick Brown (KO1), Evans Quinn (KO1) and, last time out, Hector Ferreira (TKO3). And now, according to Dan Rafael’s weekly notebook over on ESPN.com, the next fight being worked on for Mitchell is one against the experienced Chazz Witherspoon.. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: The Lebanon House in the heart of Accra is set to stage another classic night of local boxing fiesta on October 29 when Box Office Sports Promotions present the ‘Aware for War’ boxing show in partnership with US based promoter/manager Frederick McRae of Triple Mac Promotions. continue
By Joseph Herron: Every champion falls. But what defines a true champion is how he reacts from defeat. Since losing decisively to Amir Khan in May of 2010, Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi has been busy making his transition from 140 to 147 lbs. One could also say that he has been actively making his transition from the East Coast to the West Coast. continue
Universum CEO Kluch is planning a bout for Ruslan Chagaev after his defeat in the World Championship bout against Alexander Povetkin. Universum Heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1 (17)) is reputed to get back in the ring even this year. The Uzbek said after his defeat against Povetkin that he wants to fight once more this year. "For me it is regardless of whether boxing eight or ten rounds. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten lightweight sensation Brandon Rios cut a very, very confident figure when speaking with the web site of Ring Magazine recently. Ahead of his scheduled Dec. 3rd clash with British warrior John Murray, the reigning WBA 135-pound champ told of his big plans - plans for the immediate and near future. continue
By James Slater: It’s fair to say that despite French challenger Jean Marc Mormeck’s best efforts at talking the December 10th fight up, fans in general are not too excited about heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko’s next fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 144th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with middleweight contender “Irish” Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs) who just avenged his only career loss when he won a lopsided unanimous decision against Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs) this past weekend. Andy spoke about his performance and also discussed his future. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: I’d like to introduce our first guest of this week’s show. He is making his seventh appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio and he is considered one of the top ranked contenders in the middleweight division today. We are joined by “Irish” Andy Lee. How are you feeling today so soon after the fight?
ANDY LEE: I’m feeling good, yeah. I’m a little bit sore. My hands are sore a little bit and my body is sore, but I’m very happy. It’s easy to take the soreness when you win, so I’m very happy.
JENNA: Alright let’s talk about the win. It was over three years in the making against Brian Vera. Did you get the revenge you were looking for?
LEE: Yeah I think so. You know I would have liked to get the knockout, but very few people are going to knock Brian Vera out. He’s got one of the best chins I think in boxing. Yeah, I was happy with my performance. I still haven’t seen it yet. When I get a chance to see it I will give myself a critique, but I was happy with it. I was just happy to win. I boxed well and all the feedback from people were saying it was a good performance and that I looked well. I want to see it myself, but I’m happy. I’m just happy to win. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 145th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Emanuel Steward and Andy Lee. 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:
• Serio Martinez's tougher than expected 11th round KO win versus Darren Barker
• Where Does Sergio go from here? Bernard Hopkins at a 170lb catch weight?
• The debate on whether not Sergio Martinez should consider going up in weight since he been suggesting other fighters do the same—double standard?
• Andy Lee's 10 round decision win in fight rematch with Brian Vera. Did Andy really get his revenge?
• What's next for Andy Lee? Is he ready for a Sergio Martinez matchup?
• Timothy Bradley officially signing with Top Rank promotions, and agreeing to fight Joel Casamayor on the November 12th PPV undercard of Pacquiao-Marquez.
• Does this move mean that Pacquaio vs. Mayweather will once again be put on the back burner?
• Steve "USS" Cunningham's controversial 6 rounds technical decision loss to Juan Pablo Hernandez Did Cunningham get a long count? Was the bout stopped at the wrong time?
• Toshiaki Nishioka winning a UD against Rafael Marquez
SAN CARLOS, CA (October 7, 2011) World Bantamweight Champion and consensus Top 5 Pound For Pound Fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will swing open the doors to his boxing gym for a public workout TOMORROW, October 8th at 1pm. continue
Kell Brook faces Rafal Jackiewicz in a World title eliminator at the Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield tomorrow night (October 8) and says he’s ready to fight for a World title.
The unbeaten Welterweight star takes on the rugged Pole who has yet to be stopped in 48 fights live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 8.30pm, and Brook is convinced that after beating the 34 year-old he is ready to step up and take a World title strap. continue
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute and ageless former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior’’ Johnson held media workouts in South Florida this week as they prepare for their Nov. 5 showdown, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. continue
New York, NY – Two of boxing’s elite prizefighters – who are set to square off on Nov. 12 in an electric pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas – will be featured on the next installment of the Emmy-nominated HBO series Ring Life, which will be available on the network as well as all the digital media platforms that distribute the series. continue
WASHINGTON DC, October 6 - With two wins over Paul McCloskey and Zab Judah already in the books this year, Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir "King" Khan will look to end 2011 with a bang on Saturday, December 10, when he travels to Washington, DC for "Capital Showdown," a 12-round unified championship fight against mandatory International Boxing Federation (IBF) challenger and hometown hero Lamont "Havoc" Peterson at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, which will be televised on HBO's World Championship Boxing in the United States. In a featured undercard attraction, undefeated heavyweight contender Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell of Brandywine, Maryland will return to the DC-area for the first time since April of 2010 to face an opponent to be determined. continue
By James Slater: The word is, World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champ Robert “Bam Bam” Rios will definitely fight on the December 3rd Margarito-Cotto rematch card in New York - the only question is who he will defend against. continue
By James Slater: Back in the summer of 1990, bitter welterweight rivals Aaron “Superman” Davis and Mark Breland met in a serious turf war/ grudge-match. The two New York enemies fought an epic battle with the World Boxing Association (WBA) belt at stake. Fans who witnessed the awesome battle will never forget the action that unfolded inside the ring. continue
On October 14th German heavyweight contenders Konstantin Airich (21-5-2) and Varol Vekiloglu (18-2-1) face off for the vacant IBF intercontinental championship at Mehrzweckhalle Obertraubling in Regensburg, Germany. The winner of the bout will earn a top 15 position in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) rankings qualifying him for a world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko. continue
Joe DeGuardia, founder and President of Star Boxing, is pleased to announce that he has entered into a formal agreement with Azteca America to televise live boxing events from the US. The new series titled "Star Boxing presents Boxeo Azteca" will debut October 22, 2011, live from The Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. In addition to October 22nd, there will be four (4) more dates though December of this year. continue
Orange, CA (October 5, 2011) - Undefeated Abraham "Chamaco" Lopez will take the stage in a featherweight battle against Gerardo "Locomotora" Espinoza on the Thompson Boxing Promotion "Path to Glory" fight card scheduled on Friday October 14 at the popular Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. continue
TORONTO (October 6, 2011) - Championship Boxing returns to the Hershey Centre on Saturday night, October 22, headlined by Fan Favorite Logan McGuinness as he takes on Quebec's Benoit Gaudet in the toughest challenge of his young career. The stellar event is presented by United Promotions and Hennessy Sports Canada in association with Interbox. continue
New York, NY - (10/5/2011) - This Friday, ESPN The Magazine's third annual "Body Issue" will hit newsstands around the world. One of the featured athletes in the edition is the number one middleweight, and top three pound-for-pound fighter in the world, WBC Diamond belt Middleweight Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez. continue
By James Slater: As fight fans have read, the great Thomas Hearns is one of the 45 listed names eligible to be voted in for The Hall of Fame next year. Sure to get voted into the prestigious Hall in Canastota at the first time of asking, “The Hitman” probably achieved two or three times as is needed to go in amongst his fellow boxing immortals.
Arguably the most exciting prize fighter on the planet from the late 1970s right up until the early 1990s, Hearns captured titles all the way from welterweight to light-heavyweight (with a number of lesser belts also won as high as cruiserweight!). Hearns, who quit the ring with a fine 61-5-1(48) record in 2006, fought a who’s who in each of the five divisions he conquered.
Hearns may have lost the two biggest fights of his career - against Sugar Ray Leonard in 1981 and Vs. Marvellous Marvin Hagler in ’85 - but his fearsome ring talents saw to it that a number of greats fell at his feet.
Here, by way of a tribute to the man who will be giving an acceptance speech at Canastota next June, I list my choices for Tommy’s five best-ever ring performances.
In reverse order, here is the very best of “The Hitman!” continue
On October 7th, Osumanu Adama (19-2 14KO’s) the current IBO Inter-Continental Middle and USBA middleweight champion will indeed be put through the biggest test in his professional boxing career as he is scheduled to face former IBF light middleweight champion Roman “Made In Hell” Karmazin (40-4-2, 26 KOs). The IBF proposed bout is the main event for Cynthia Tolaymat’s CFC Promotions “Chicago Fight Night III”. continue
On Saturday night in Neubrandenburg, Germany, Yoan Pablo Hernandez was awarded the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Title by split technical decision over 2-time champion Steve Cunningham of Philadelphia after Hernandez's corner and doctor advised the referee to stop the bout in the corner after the 6th round. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (October 5, 2011) – Top Rank announced today it has signed undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY “The Desert Storm” BRADLEY, Jr. to an exclusive long-term promotional contract. The Top-10 pound-for-pound fighter will be making his Top Rank debut in the feature bout under the Manny Pacquiao – Juan Manuel Márquez III World Welterweight Championship, on Saturday, November 12, at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena. Televised live on pay-per-view, Bradley will be defending his world title against two-division world champion and former Cuban Olympic gold medalist Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) of Miramar, Fla. continue
By James Slater: When Martin Rogan and Matt Skelton met to decide the Commonwealth heavyweight title in February of 2009, the two put on a great, domestic FOTY candidate. Belfast’s Rogan, on a real roll at the time, won via dramatic 11th-round stoppage, but “Rogie” knew he’d been in a real war. Now, as has been confirmed by BBC Sport, the two will look to do it all over again at The Kings Hall, Belfast on November 12th. continue
By Paul Strauss: Showtime's Friday night edition provided an exciting night of action for boxing fans at the Chumash Casino in Ynez, CA. The semi-main event showcased the lightweight talents of Darley Perez 23(18)-0. Perez looked sharp and poised in his 6th round stoppage of Meza 22(18)-5. Perez did get tested, though, by the game Meza, as Perez stepped up the quality of his opposition. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten but largely untested Polish heavyweight hope Mariusz Wach will take a major step up in class on November 5th at The Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, as he will face former World Boxing Council (WBC) ruler Oliver McCall in a scheduled 12-rounder. At stake will be the WBC International belt held by the 31-year-old “Viking.” continue
Kell Brook’s World title eliminator with Rafal Jackiewicz at the Ponds Forge International Arena in Sheffield on Saturday night is a complete sell-out.
The unbeaten Welterweight star has now sold out back-to-back hometown shows as he continues his march to a World title shot, but fight fans without a ticket can catch the action live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 8.30pm. continue
TOTOWA, N.J. (October 5, 2011) – Hard-hitting heavyweights Kimbo Slice and Franklin“Yah Yah” Lawrence will be showcased in separate bouts October 15 on the“Rumble in the Heartland” card, presented by Gary Shaw Productions and Legacy Communications, at Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. continue
Renee Aiken’s Diva-Rize-N Promotions is proud to present her first annual night of professional boxing to support Breast Care Awareness at the DC Star Night Club in Washington DC on Saturday night, featuring the return of super bantamweight sensation Thomas KO Snow (15-1, 9KO’s) and former world cruiserweight Champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell (26-4-1, 24KO’s) in separate bouts. continue
By John G. Thompson: This past weekend Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KO's) and Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion Sergio Gabriel Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KO's) fought on the same night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Lee earned a lopsided decision in his rematch with Brian Vera, the only man to beat him, derailing Lee’s title ambitions back in 2008. Lee had been looking for a title shot before the upset loss, and has now won twelve straight (seven by knockout) since then and earned his spot as a top ten middleweight. Martinez knocked out his opponent, Darren Barker, in the eleventh round. Though he did not have one of his best performances, Martinez stopped a talented undefeated fighter (his second in a row) and positioned himself as the premier middleweight in the sport. continue
By Dan Fitz-Simons: Last Saturday night, Andy Lee now 27-1 (19KOs), avenged the only loss of his career by defeating Brian Vera. Lee's strategy of outboxing the shorter Vera and avoiding a toe-toe slugfest paid off. But the Limerick Assassin's most impressive development was his improved defense. continue
LOS ANGELES (Oct. 4) - Mexican-American heavyweight knockout artist Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (33-2, 28 KO's) will be heading south to Leon, Guanajuato to make his highly anticipated Mexican debut at the grand arena "El Domo" on November 5, 2011 headlining an event promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa. continue
By James Slater: Argentina’s Marcos Maidana and Mexico’s Humberto Soto are both fighters who have had a hard time getting the big, big fights they want, and now, in an ironical twist, the two danger men could wind up facing one another this December. continue
By James Slater: November 5th of this year really is going to be one massive night of boxing. So far, in countries ranging from America to the U.K, to Canada to Mexico, there are getting on for around TEN significant, potentially exciting bouts set to take place, with most of them contesting a major title of some kind. continue
By James Slater: Top writer Dan Rafael of ESPN.com fame has revealed via his Twitter page the 45 names that are eligible to be voted for RE: the 2012 Hall Of Fame in Canastota. Looking at the page of names that all well respected boxing writers will now be analysing and deciding who to vote for (Rafael reports how ten names can be chosen by any one writer, with their choices due back by the end of this month), it’s clear 2012 will welcome some great and hugely popular fighters into The Hall. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 144th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs) who is eyeing a late November return to the ring. Dirrell has not fought since his victory via disqualification against Arthur Abraham during Group Stage 2 of the Super Six Boxing Classic. Dirrell spoke about his future and also shared his views on a variety of topics including Lucian Bute, Carl Froch, Mayweather’s controversial win against Ortiz, his brother Anthony, and more! Here is a complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s go to our first guest of this week’s show. He’s making his fourth appearance to On the Ropes. We’re joined by super middleweight contender Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell. How’s everything going today, Andre?
ANDRE DIRRELL: I’m pretty good. How are you doing?
JENNA: I’m doing very well and I’m happy to have you back on the show. So the boxing world has been wondering when we’re going to see you back in the ring, I’ve heard some rumors about October or November. What’s it looking like?
DIRRELL: We are looking at November now at this point as pretty much a certainty. It’s late November now. We’ve been in talks with Al Haymon our advisor, and with my coaches as well of course. We’re pretty much looking at the end of November now.
JENNA: Okay now what kind of opponent are you targeting for your comeback since it’s been a year and a half since you’ve faced anyone in the ring?
DIRRELL: Well it is a comeback fight, so we’re looking for a pretty decent tune-up with a guy somewhere in the top twenty. I don’t want to put any names out there at this moment because we’re still fishing for some. But just to get that warm-up out of the way, you know it’s going to be a mediocre opponent somewhere around the top twenty. I’m just looking to come back and come back strong and build that confidence level back up. I’ve been working all throughout my layoff and I’ve just been on top of my game. I want to make sure I’m as sharp as ever when I come back, so it will be a tune-up fight. So there is no one special and no one we’re targeting that’s big right now at the moment. continue
Kell Brook faces Rafal Jackiewicz in a World title eliminator at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Saturday night in Sheffield – and promoter Eddie Hearn says it could be Brook’s last fight in the UK before he hits America. continue
Promoter Ahmet Oner (ARENA) just signed a long-term promotional contract with red hot light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera. The 29 year old Cuban who lives and trains in Miami, Florida, is one of the fastest rising stars in boxing today. Barrera literally blew away all of his opponents since turning pro in August 2009. With his most recent KO-win over Frank Paines in June, Barrera collected two regional titles and secured himself a top 15 spot in the WBC and WBA ratings after only eight pro-fights. It was no other than Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa who introduced Barrera to Oner and initiated the promotional deal. continue
Orange, CA (October 4, 2011) - Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions have partnered in the past in signing promotional agreements with rising boxing greats such as Timothy Bradley, Yonnhy Perez. Today is no different as they have teamed up once again to ink the WBA #5, IBF #12, WBO #12, Colombia's hard-hitting Darley Perez (23-0, 18 KOs). continue
NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (October 3, 2011) - Cruiserweight knockout artist Emmanuel Nwodo will make his long-anticipated return to the ring this Saturday, October 8 against Gary Lavender at the DC Star Night Club in Washington D.C. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA - (Oct. 3) Andre Ward is back to work after having his stitches removed this past Friday by Dr. Paul Wallace. The cut caused Andre to postpone the upcoming SHOWTIME Super Six Final and World Boxing Association (WBA) - World Boxing Council (WBC) unification bout with Carl Froch to December 17. The location of the fight is still Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: Among die hard boxing fans there is no question whether or not Vitali Klitschko is a world class boxer and dominant world heavyweight champion. The question that most fans find themselves debating when it comes to the 40 year old Klitschko is if he’s good or in fact great! continue
By James Stillerman - Rising super middleweight contender, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez, 19-0, 14KOs tries to keep his undefeated record intact when he takes on his toughest opponent to date, Will Rosinsky 14-0, 8KOs at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut in a ten round bout on October 21st which will be televised on Showtime. continue
Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, makes his first appearance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening, Dec. 3, when he faces two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan, of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, in one of the featured fights on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card. continue
By James Slater: Whether we like it or not and whether fans will choose to tune in to watch it or not, there is an excellent chance 49-year-old Evander Holyfield will fight again for a “world” heavyweight title this year. It’s no secret “The Real Deal” has been seeking out a first crack at new “regular” WBA heavyweight champ Alexander Povetkin, and, according to a source who spoke with the website of RING Magazine, Holyfield Vs, Povetkin is “close” for December 17th in Switzerland. continue
Darren Barker has thanked fight fans for the ‘overwhelming response’ after his fantastic performance in his fight with middleweight king Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City on Saturday night. The 29 year-old returned to England on Monday after he announced his arrival at World class Middleweight level by taking the fight to the Argentine and answering a number of critics with a fantastic performance before Martinez dug deep to finally get on top in the 11th round and end Barker’s dream. continue
By James Slater: Matthew Macklin was a keen observer of this past Saturday’s middleweight title fight between champ Sergio Gabriel Martinez and gutsy, underdog challenger Darren Barker - and what Macklin saw from the Argentine southpaw makes him believe he can go one better than British rival Barker and defeat “Maravilla.” continue
By James Slater: James Toney and his team have been in Russia recently, and this past weekend his November 4th fight with top cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev was signed. Toney reportedly went down a storm in Moscow, with the fans warming to his friendly, witty approach. Very much stealing the show from local man Lebedev, Toney now has to back up his pre-fight promises of “taking Lebedev to school” and of “sending him home early if he fights the way he did against Roy Jones.” continue
Victor C. (Orlando, FL): I saw some of your FaceBook comments regarding Sergio Martinez and his recent victory. I think you were a little critical but I'm not sure you meant it the way I took it. Can you explain your statement that Martinez "looked ordinary " Saturday? continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Here is a link to a video in which Victor Ortiz (29-3-2) talks about his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0-0), and tries to convince the viewers that a rematch should be essential for Floyd to hold on to his title with integrity (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q72uBdV8PY4&feature=player_embedded). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “In terms of the build up to this fight, you are seen by many, as an appetizer for him (Pacquiao) to fight Floyd Mayweather.” – Max Kellerman
The HBO Face Off for Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1) was edited and filmed in a very interesting new fashion: it was more of a review session rather than a real face off. Despite the fact that it was interesting and entertaining to watch, it offered no in depth opinion of either fighter’s outlook on their upcoming fight was well as each other. continue
By Ashley King: The HBO Face-Off with host Max Kellerman debuted October 1st with Manny Pacquiao and Juan Marquez and it was less interesting than others I’ve seen. It can get complicated to conduct a Face-Off when there is a language barrier. It was apparent that Max Kellerman was trying his best to get build up the pressure in the room, like he does on all the Face-Offs, but both fighters are more concerned on getting their words across correctly than anything. This is all completely understandable, but I wonder if this Face-Off has really served its purpose for these two fighters. continue
By Paul Strauss: It's a shame Sergio Gabriel "Maravilla" Martinez isn't a bigger draw, because he certainly is a magnificent fighter. He proved it once again Saturday night at Board Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey with his win over the undefeated (23-0) Darren "Dazzling" Barker, Europe's middleweight champion, who odds-makers had installed as a big 14-1 underdog. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Most have anticipated and hoped for the ring legend ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson (50-6-0) to get back into boxing in some or other way. It has been a long time since Tyson fought, and the talks of his comeback have been shrinking by the minute. These days, everyone is fully away that Tyson will not get back inside the ring as a fighter. continue
By James Slater: Hats off to Sergio Martinez and Darren Barker for giving us a fine middleweight title fight last night. Martinez retained his position as the world's premiere 160-pounder,while Barker earned respect in proving he is nobody's 26-1 underdog. continue
By James Slater: It was a great night for Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel Lopez, as the local hero came back from his upset loss to Orlando Salido with a crushing KO win over fellow southpaw Mike Oliver last night. continue
By John G. Thompson: This evening at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KO's) looked to avenge his sole loss against Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KO's). Rather than trade with Vera as in the first bout three years ago, Lee showed poise and thoroughly out boxed his opponent. The match was televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing on the undercard of the Martinez vs. Barker middleweight championship bout. continue
Liverpool fighter breaks nose in accidental head clash technical draw
Gavin Rees defended his European Lightweight title in at the Newport Centre in South Wales on Saturday night as a clash of heads in the fourth round left Derry Mathews with a broken nose and forced the contest to end in a technical draw. continue
By Steve Janoski: It was a bizarre ending, one that could only come during a Floyd Mayweather fight: a kiss on the cheek, a touch of the gloves, and a ruthless knockout that will soon make its way onto the YouTube highlight reels. continue
Ulli Wegner believes that Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) victory over IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) should have been a first round KO rather than a sixth-round technical decision. The hard-hitting Cuban knocked down his American opponent in the first round with a huge left hook. “The referee saved Cunningham from a flash KO,” Wegner said of the count that lasted at least 14 seconds. “He gave Cunningham too much time to recover. And then his corner extended the recovery time between the first and the second round by staying in the ring after the bell sounded to start the second round. That helped Cunningham to get back into the fight. But nevertheless I am proud of Hernandez. He fought a great fight and he was clearly leading on points when the fight was stopped later.” continue
By James Slater: Still growing into a fully rounded world champion is World Boxing Council (WBC) 154-pound champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The 21-year-old is already a massive star in Mexico, and he is looking to stay busy. According to Dan Rafael, who spoke with Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy, Alvarez’ next fight is likely to be against hard-hitting former welterweight ruler Kermit Cintron. continue
By James Slater: First things first: it’s good news that talented, undefeated hard working 140-pound champion Timothy Bradley has ironed out his legal issues, is now signed with Top Rank and is set to make his ring return on November 12th. The 28-year-old with the 27-0(11) pro record will face former super-featherweight and lightweight ruler Joel Casmayor on the under-card of the huge Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III card in Las Vegas. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana syndicate Heart of Lions Promotions’ boss Victor Ahiakpor popularly called Abramovich says he is in boxing to help revive the sport in this country and not just to make money. continue
By James Slater: According to various boxing web sites, exciting Mexican/American heavyweight contender Chris Arreola will fight durable fringe contender Alonzo Butler at a venue to be determined in Mexico on November 5th. According to Boxrec.com the fight will be scheduled for ten rounds. continue
By John G. Thompson: Ajose Olusegun (30-0, 14 KO’s) and Ali Chebah (33-2, 26 KO’s according to Showtime; and 35-2, 28 KO’s according to BoxRec.com) put on an action packed show in front of the audience at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, CA televised on Showtime’s “ShowBox: The New Generation.” Both fighters certainly made some fans in their first televised bout in America with their gutsy performances, though Olusegun becomes the mandatory challenger for WBC Super Lightweight Champion Erik Morales. In the undercard, Darley Perez (23-0, 18 KO’s) looked fantastic in
dissecting his opponent Oscar Meza (22-5, 18 KO’s), who failed to answer the bell to start the seventh round. continue
Don’t Miss The Replay On Tuesday, Oct. 4 At 10 p.m. ET/PT On SHO Extreme
SANTA YNEZ, CALIF. (Sept. 30, 2011) – Olusegun Ajose earned a shot at World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight champion and Mexican legend Erik Morales with a unanimous decision victory over Ali Chebah in Friday’s main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. continue
By Cestus Press: Based on the recent announcement of British Champion, Ashley Theophane signing a multi year fight deal with Hatton Promotions, Cestus Management regrets to say that Theophane entered into this agreement under a cloud of false and incorrect pretenses. continue
All the fighters for DiBella Entertainments "Noche De 'Maravilla'" card weighed-in earlier today before a standing room only crowd as nearly 1000 fans turned out to witness the weigh-in. In the main event, shown live on HBO's World Championship Boxing, WBC Diamond Belt Middleweight Champion, and top three pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez will look to defend his crown against England's undefeated European Champion, "Dazzling" Darren Barker. Both fighters looked to be in tremendous shape with the Champion, Martinez tipping the scales at 158 lbs. while the challenger Barker weighed-in at 159.5 lbs. In the HBO televised co-feature, top-rated middleweight contender, Andy Lee looks to avenge the only loss of his professional career when he takes on Bryan Vera. Both Lee and Vera weighed in at 163 lbs. Below is the complete bout sheet for tomorrow night's show. continue