By James Slater: Moments ago in Australia, an exciting fight came to a dramatic end; as defending World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk of Poland came from behind to stop local hero Danny Green in the 11th-round.
Going into the 11th-round, the defending champ must have known he was behind and he unleashed some powerful shots. A right hand staggered Green and sent him stumbling, and then a sizzling left hook sent Green clean through the ropes. The 38-year-old bravely beat the count but was deemed unfit to carry on by referee Michael Griffin. The official time was 2 minutes and 15-seconds of the 11th.
30-year-old Wlodarczyk is now46-2-1(33). 38-year-old Green, who was coming off a stoppage loss to Antonio Tarver, also in Australia, is now 31-5(27).
Green could well be kicking himself right now. Boxing well and seeming to subdue the defending champ, Green looked to have suffered no ill effects from the Tarver defeat. In great physical condition, “The Green Machine” was boxing one of his best-ever fights. But the Pole was biding his time (even though he came close to leaving it too late before scoring the fight-saving finish) and Wlodarczyk’s underrated punching power got the job done in fine style. Green apparently lost a tooth during the final seconds of battle.
Wlodarczyk, beaten only on points by Steve Cunningham and, way back in 2003, Pavel Melkomyan (in a TD defeat) can now look ahead to some bigger fights; hopefully of the unification variety. Imagine how intriguing a Wlodarczyk-Marco Huck fight would be? continue
NEW YORK (November 29, 2011) -- Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO and professional rival and three-time welterweight world champion ANTONIO “The Tijuana Tornado” MARGARITO, of México, will step on the scale for their Official Weigh-In for their long-awaited world championship rematch, This Friday! December 2 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Limited tickets will be made available to the public for the official weigh-in. Fight fans can pick-up free weigh-in tickets (Limit One Pair Per Person), which are required for admittance, at the Madison Square Garden box office, during normal business hours, starting Tomorrow! Wednesday, November 30, beginning at 9 a.m. ET, through Noon ET on Friday, December 2. Tickets are available on a first come, first-served basis. Doors to the Theater at Madison Square Garden will open Friday at 4 p.m. ET with the weigh-in beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
Cotto will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title in this high-tension showdown against Margarito, Saturday, December 3, at “The Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. With approximately 500 tickets remaining, Cotto-Margarito II is projected to sellout in advance of fight night. Cotto has sold more tickets to The Garden in this millennium than any other fighter.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT continue
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 29, 2011) – With just four days until their respective world championship showdowns on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., all four fighters preparing for the World Championship Doubleheader participated in an open media workout at Westside Boxing Club in Los Angeles, Calif.
In the main event, unbeaten rising star Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KO’s), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Championship titles against the boxer he dethroned, former Two-Time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KO’s), of Accra, Ghana.
In the co-featured world championship bout, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KO’s), of Panama City, Panama, will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Bantamweight Super Championship against Two-Division World Champion Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KO’s), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Vanadzor, Armenia.
The doubleheader is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T.
Tickets for Mares vs. Agbeko II, priced at $150, $100, $50 and $25, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com, via charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000 and at the Honda Center Box Office.
By James Slater: The recent passing of the great Ron Lyle got me thinking: which other great heavyweights fought the best yet, for one reason or another, were never able to rule the world?
Lyle got just one chance to reach the very top, losing a controversial 11th-round stoppage to the man most say is THE greatest heavyweight champion of all time. But a number of fine fighters who campaigned in the glamour division of the sport of boxing never even received one shot at the crown.
There have been many, many superbly talented fighters who campaigned at heavyweight yet were never able to wear the crown. Here, in a purely personal opinion piece, I give my top-five for the best-ever heavyweights who never became world champions:
1: Harry Wills: Pro Career - 1911 to 1932. Final record: 67-9-3(54) with 19-1-3 newspaper decisions.
Famously, Wills became the number-one contender for Jack Dempsey’s crown, yet was never given a shot (Dempsey reportedly feared racial riots if the fight took place, not Wills’ formidable skills as a would be challenger). On his way up to what he hoped would be a title shot, Wills fought and beat such men as Sam Langford (these two met over 20 times!), Luis Firpo, Gunboat Smith, Fred Fulton, Sam McVea, Jim Johnson and Willie Meehan.
Could Wills have beaten Dempsey? We will never know. Of the nine defeats he suffered in his long career, three came after Wills had turned the then advanced age of 30. continue
By Paul Strauss: Robert Garcia, the current trainer of Antonio Margarito, sides with his fighter's version of the warrior. In doing so, he not only supports his charge, but also takes a not so subtle shot at what he portrays as Miguel Cotto's lack of courage. Garcia grants that Miguel once had it (warrior's courage), but no longer does. He feels Miguel's words are more those of a businessman, and not of someone who has the true warrior spirit.
At the same time, it is apparent he is once again trying to alibi for his failure to protect Antonio from the brutal, and possibly permanent damage done to him in his fight against Manny Pacquiao. The overwhelming opinion at the time and now is that Garcia was negligent in not throwing in the towel. Often times fighters have to be protected from themselves, and Garcia failed to do so in that fight. The question he might ask himself is, "Without a fractured orbital bone, would Antonio be any less courageous?"
Garcia attempts to compare the warrior spirit to a courageous fireman, who willingly places himself in harm's way, risking tremendous physical danger, possibly even death, so that he can rescue someone he doesn't even know. No argument there. But, is Garcia's depiction an accurrate description of what Antonio is saying? Probably not. At least Miguel Cotto thinks not. He believes Margarito is speaking foolishness when he says he's willing to die in the ring before he would quit. Cotto dismisses such talk as nonsense, and a childess attempt at strutting bravado. Cotto wisely points out the reality of the situation, which includes a duty to avoid reckless endangerment of his own safety, because he has responsibilies, not only to himself, but to his family and others. continue
By James Slater: This coming weekend, in what is a huge, huge two days for boxing, three British fighters will very much go into the lion’s den. The odds-makers say no when fans ask if Martin Murray can take Felix Sturm’s WBA middleweight crown in Germany, if Dereck Chisora can win the vacant European heavyweight crown against Robert Helenius in Finland, and if John Murray can snatch the WBA lightweight crown from Brandon Rios in New York.
All three men, fine fighters in their own right, know they are up against it and are expected to lose, but all three warriors are convinced they have what it takes to be able to crush the odds so heavily stacked against them.
Unbeaten 29-year-old Martin Murray of St Helens is the first of the heroic trio to attempt to shake up the sport in a big way. Set to challenge the experienced Sturm, 36-2-1(15), Murray, 23-0(10) has, in the minds of some people, the toughest job of the three scheduled fights. Sturm is hard enough to beat at the best of times (just two losses in his long career) - in his homeland he is practically impossible to defeat by any other means than a stoppage. Another gutsy Brit, in Matthew Macklin, discovered this back in a June thriller, and now Murray tries to go one better than his countryman. continue
By James Slater: Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has told Ringtv.com that Marcos Maidana and Devon Alexander “have agreed to fight,” and that the bout targeted for January or February will be fought up at welterweight; which means Maidana will be making his 147-pound debut and Alexander will be returning to the weight he fought at at the start of his pro career (Maidana did box up at 151 back in a 2005 fight).
Schaefer said he is currently working on both the date and the TV network the fight will be shown on. Schaefer also said he expects the fight to be “another toe-to-toe battle.” Kevin Cunningham, trainer of former World Boxing Council (WBC) 140-pound champ Alexander, also says he expects a war, “because there won’t be a whole lot of boxing and moving from Devon.”
It may seem odd that Schaefer and Cunningham are expecting a slugfest. To me, Maidana (and out and out banger) against Alexander (a slick-boxing southpaw) has the distinct look of a boxer Vs. puncher affair - and maybe a most exciting one at that. Former two-time interim World Boxing Association (WBA) 140-pound boss Maidana will, in my opinion, come out on top if Alexander opts to stand and fight with him; which is what Cunningham seems to feel will be the case.
Last seen scraping a very close, debatable split decision win over another puncher, in Lucas Matthysse in June, 24-year-old Alexander improved to 22-1(13) - his sole loss coming via 10th-round TD to Tim Bradley (when, in the eyes of some fans, Alexander chose to quit). Alexander was put down by Matthysse, and this could spell trouble for the Saint Louis man ahead of his anticipated war with Maidana - a man who can hit harder than his fellow Argentine. continue
On Thursday 1st December BoxNation will become the UK's first ever boxing subscription channel, dedicated to getting the fans closer to boxing than they've ever been before.
And what better time than now, when British Boxing is really in the ascendancy? A channel that will celebrate the boxers who are setting the world on fire, but also showcase the up-and-coming talent who are going to be tomorrow's stars. Showing everything from highly-anticipated international clashes to relished domestic battles to the biggest names in amateur boxing.
BoxNation have been giving Sky customers the chance to watch the channel for free to give them a taste of what's to come which has already included two candidates for fight of the year between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew and Liam Walsh against Paul Appleby. With other highlights including the epic Ricky Burns' win over Michael Katsidis and George Groves' sensational KO win over Paul Smith.
So now, for under £2.50 per week, subscribers will get exclusive access to the big live fights from home and around the world and all the behind-the-scenes access to the boxing world they could want - from interviews with the boxers, to expert commentary and analysis, to weigh-ins and press conferences. An unrivaled schedule of programming!
This weekend BoxNation have a live international double header on Saturday 3rd December starting in Helskinki, Finland, then switching live to New York's Madison Square Garden. The night features the World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Championship of the World between Alexander Povetkin and Cedric Boswell, plus British heavyweight Dereck Chisora challenging Robert Helenius for the Vacant European title; then Britain's John Murray faces the world's best lightweight Brandon Rios for the WBA World Title with the grudge match between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito for the WBA World Light-Middleweight title. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Braimah Kamoko, the newly decorated WBO African Boxer of the year, has reiterated the desire to fight for a world title because that is the only challenge he awaits now. Kamoko received the award from WBO Africa President Andrew Smale at a quiet but lavish ceremony in the Ghanaian capital of Accra last Saturday night and immediately demanded to take on the world.
“This is the first time I wear coat, I feel like I’m going to heaven. Yeah this is Bukom Banku the man himself. I want the world title now, I want to fight (WBO Light heavyweight champion Nathan) Cleverly because he is holding my title. I say they should give me the chance to fight him now,” Braimah Kamoko, famously called Bukom Banku told the audience just after receiving the accolade.
The unbeaten Kamoko (22-0, 16 KOs), also the WBO Africa Light heavyweight champion, was also full of praise for his management and promotion team, the Golden Concepts Management International and Golden Mike Boxing Promotions. According to the boxer who overcame several setbacks including an eye defect, he may not have been fighting now without the support of especially Golden Concepts boss Henry Manly-Spain and his wife Ivy.
Hear the highly eccentric Bukom Banku: “I want to thank my manager, I died and at the funeral he came to raise me up. Mr. Manly-Spain and Golden Mike have done more than enough for me and I will forever be grateful to them. Mrs. Manly-Spain, she is the first lady in Ghana, she is a real mother. For them, I will be a world champion before I die.” continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 29, 2011) — Beginning with the return of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic TOMORROW/Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME® will air a bevy of programming in support of The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between Andre Ward and Carl Froch. The network will introduce a new boxing program titled Staredown: Ward vs. Froch this Saturday, Dec. 3, premiere the three final installments of FIGHT CAMP 360° and replay the storied tournament’s Semifinal bouts on SHOWTIME EXTREME®. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I am safely assuming that most of you if not all, have read about, or have seen and heard the video in which Floyd Mayweather Jr. directly calls out Manny Pacquiao to fight him on May 5, 2011.
This, in my opinion, is not just another scenario where empty words are thrown around just to make a little stir for the media; just the opposite, this is something that will definitely require a response from team Pacquiao, specifically Bob Arum.
When Floyd makes an appearance on video, most of the time it’s very arousing for the boxing world. In this video by FightHype (http://www.fighthype.com/pages/content11263.html?PHPSESSID=45e87fbd9fcbeb2f7946228d1fbb91ad), he does something different. In his statement, his avoids too many weasler words such as ‘maybe’ and ‘if”.
And just as most hoped, Bob Arum did indeed respond, and has confirmed that the fight is being seriously considered and worked on. According to Manila Standard (http://philboxing.com/news/story-63475.html), Arum had the following to say: ““There are a couple of investors who want to put up a lot of money to do the fight. So we are exploring how real it is. The investors know Mayweather. They met with us at my house and they told Michael that they were going to see Mayweather and that Roger Mayweather would meet Michael outside the gym and take him in to meet with Mayweather.”
“If I explore the deal and Floyd likes the deal, hopefully he’ll accept it and if he doesn’t like the deal and then he says we have to do a regular ordinary deal so we run it ourselves, I’ll sit down with whomever he says. But right now it makes no sense to sit down with anybody else,” proceeded Arum. continue
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (November 29, 2011) - Judges Dave Moretti, Sandy Pino and Lisa Giampa, as well as referee Rocky Burke, have been assigned to work Friday night's "World Dominance" showdown between nine-time world boxing champion Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) and six-time world titlist Anne Sophie Mathis (25-1, 21 KOs). continue
By James Slater: David Haye has spoken publicly about the talked of fight between he and WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko. Speaking with BBC Sport’s Hardtalk program, the former cruiserweight and World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight ruler confirmed that he and Klitschko are “in talks.”
For days now, we have read stories that suggest Haye will end his short-lived “retirement” and fight 40-year-old Vitali; with March being the date being put forward. Haye says he is now training, making sure he is “in good shape if the fight does happen.”
“I haven’t seen a contract but there’s definitely talks going on,” Haye told Hardtalk. “I said before I retired I would love that fight and there’s a date in March that’s already been talked about. Whether it happens or not I don’t know.
“The last bout (against younger brother Wladimir) was a 50/50 [purse split]. This time I don’t deserve that. I don’t have a title, but what I do bring is excitement and I bring value - but I don’t believe it’s 50/50.”
On the subject of the purse split for the potential fight, Haye said that “if they give me what I believe I deserve and if the date for the TV networks all comes together, then it would be something I would seriously consider.”
But what does Haye, a wide points loser to Wladimir back in July, feel he deserves? Will Haye price himself out? Off the top of my head, I’d say Haye is deserving of around a 60/40 split in champ Vitali’s fight. Still, it’s not proven easy for Haye to negotiate with the Klitschkos in the past. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: This past Saturday, boxing fans were treated to three showcase fights that included three of some of the world’s hottest prospects in separate bouts. All three of the prospects managed to finish there fights in impressive fashion. However, one of them managed to catch my attention a little bit more then the rest.
His name is Gary Russell JR. This past weekend he scored a devastating knockout in the 1st round over the over-matched veteran, Heriberto Ruiz. Russell JR offers fans a unique blend of remarkable speed and accurate punching. Last night, Gary not only showed that he has these attributes but he also showed us he can provide devastating knockouts when he wants to.
Russell Jr. also possesses good defensive reflexes but at the same time doesn’t fight overly defensive. Due to these reasons he is a fighter that fight fans would like to watch. He is a world class fighter that brings excitement as well as skill. He certainly has potential to become a title holder at featherweight after a few more fights. continue
Manchester ace John Murray is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Ricky Hatton and conquer America this Saturday night.
Murray has already held the British and European titles, but the 26-year-old now takes a big step up to world level when he faces World Boxing Association (WBA) World Lightweight Champion Brandon Rios at Madison Square Garden in New York, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky platform Ch. 456).
"This is by far the biggest bout of my career to date," said Murray. "To be fighting in the 'Mecca' of boxing, Madison Square Garden, for the world title is the whole reason I got into this sport in the first place,"
"If you don't want to have nights like this then there is no point being in this game. I've fought over in America in the past and have won each time, so I aim to continue that run on December 3rd against Rios."
"Hatton had many great nights in America and I hope that I'm the next Manchester fighter who can win there."
Murray's last bout was a cracking encounter against British rival Kevin Mitchell, which the latter won, but he feels that he has come back stronger from defeat and it will help him beat Rios.
"This is a great stage for me to bounce back after my defeat to Mitchell," he said. "Since that loss we've been back in the gym and have gone back to basics," continue
By James Slater: An interesting, potentially exciting British heavyweight match-up is scheduled for January 13th at York Hall in London. On the under-card of the Leon Williams-Tony Conquest British cruiserweight title meeting, Larry Olubamiwo will face former Commonwealth ruler Sam Sexton in a non-title affair.
33-year-old Olubamiwo, 10-2(9) was supposed to have fought former British champ Dereck Chicora a while back, only for “The War Machine” to pull out of the fight with an illness. That match-up looks unlikely to be rescheduled - what with “Del Boy” going in with world-ranked contender Robert Helenius this Saturday, in a European title fight, and with big Larry getting the Sexton chance.
27-year-old Sexton, 14-2(6) has fought just once since losing by 9th-round stoppage to Chisora (picking up a six-round points win in October, having had over a year out of the ring), and the Norwich man will know he has to beat Olubamiwo or face becoming a forgotten fighter. Londoner Olubamiwo knows his very career will also be on the line come Jan. 13th, and both men will surely be motivated in a huge way.
Sexton, twice a stoppage winner over tough, durable Martin Rogan, is a better boxer than Olubamiwo and he has the more proven chin. It is, however, the magnificently-muscled Olubamiwo who has the edge in punching power. The early rounds of this one could well prove to be very exciting. Olubamiwo has not fought since being stopped inside a round by John McDermott back in February, so he too could be rusty come next January. continue
Wolverhampton stages 23rd edition of the show on February 11
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport are delighted to announce that Prizefighter will head to the Midlands for the first time as the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton plays host to the Light-Welterweights II of 2012 on February 11. continue
November 28th, 2011 - Canada based, Romanian fighter and WBC SILVER Championship welterweight challenger JO JO DAN will be released on Tuesday, November 29th, from the UNIVERSITY Hospital in Trabzon, Turkey. On Sunday, surgeons successfully repaired his broken jaw suffered Saturday night in the 2nd round of his close 12 rounds UD loss (113-112, 113-112, 115-111) to SELCUK AYDIN. continue
By James Slater: As fans know, heavyweight legend Ron Lyle passed away yesterday, at the age of 70. Back in the day, Lyle fought the very best - including Ali, Foreman and Shavers. Earlier today I had the opportunity to speak with Shavers - who lost a 1975 slugfest with Lyle, by way of 6th-round TKO - and Earnie paid tribute to his rival/friend.
Here is what Shavers had to say about his fight with Lyle:
James Slater: First of all, Earnie, sorry to bother you on a Sunday, I know you are a religious man. But I take it you’ve heard about the sad death of Ron Lyle, who you had that great, great fight with in September of 1975?
Earnie Shavers: Yes, I heard. His sister called me and told me - I don’t go anywhere near the internet (laughs) - we were very good friends. I used to call him, he used to call me. I last spoke to him about two weeks ago. He was a very good man, it’s sad news that he has died. continue
By James Slater: In what some experts felt would be his sternest test to date, unbeaten Mexican star Saul Alvarez rose to the occasion and scored an easy-looking 5th-round TKO over big-hitting Kermit Cintron. “Canelo,” now 39-0-1(29) dropped the Puerto Rican in the 4th and stopped him a round later last night in Mexico City. The sensational 21-year-old, who pulls in enormous viewing figures whenever he fights, retained his WBC 154-pound title for the third time.
The big news came in the post-fight interview, however. In what many fans may feel is a case of Alvarez rushing things a touch, the young warrior called out superstar and P-4-P #1 Floyd Mayweather Junior.
“Next year we want the best,” Canelo is quoted as saying by USA Today. “We want Mayweather in May. Apart from the money, we want to fight the best in the world and he’s the best pound-for-pound, so we want to fight him.”
Could the match-up really take place in as little as five months time? Mayweather, 42-0(26) wants to fight again on May 5th (with The MGM Grand in Las Vegas reportedly “on hold” for Floyd’s next bout) and unless Manny Pacquiao agrees to fight him, Mayweather will be needing a suitable opponent for Mexican independence day weekend. Who is bigger in Mexico than Alvarez?
Again, the 21-year-old may need more experience and more seasoning before going in with the sublime Mayweather, but millions of fans would flock to see if Canelo could upset the 34-year-old master (Floyd will be 35 come February). continue
By James Slater: In what has been a very sad year for heavyweight boxing - what with the deaths of Sir Henry Cooper in May and of “Smokin’” Joe Frazier earlier this month - it has been reported that another fighter no less deserving of the status of legend passed away yesterday at the age of 70. Denver’s murderous-punching slugger Ron Lyle died in hospital yesterday morning.
Having complained about stomach pains, Lyle was taken into hospital where he later died due to a stomach abscess that became septic. As was the case with Frazier, tributes are now pouring in for the man who helped make the heavyweight division so very special back in that glory-filled decade that was the 1970s.
Lyle, one of the most humble and down to earth guys you could have wished to find in a sport where egos can get out of control, came to boxing quite late in life. Having served time in prison (where he almost died from a vicious stab wound to the stomach), Lyle turned pro in 1971, having had little amateur experience. A strong puncher with physical prowess to go with his zinging fists, Lyle was soon battling the best in the world. continue
By Paul Strauss: El Mono, Argentina. HBO coverage bounced from Cincinnati to Mexico City. First, Adrien "The Problem" Broner 22-0 (KO 18) was featured in his hometown against Vincente Martin Rodriquez 34(KO 19) 2-1 , who is from El Mono, Argentina. As is often the case, on paper Rodriquez looked to be a decent test for the undefeated, rising star Broner. But, Broner had all the answers for this test, and Rodriquez never proved to be any kind of threat. Broner had an easy time of it, and stopped Rodriquez with a sharp left hook in the third.
So, Broner's heart and toughness remain untested, but there's no doubt about his skill. Offensively, he can do it all. He moves well. He is elusive with his shoulder roll, and head slipping. He's got a good jab, and very good check hook. He punches in combinations with power. When he got Rodriquez in trouble, first with a right uppercut, he wisely kept his composure and landed hard shots to the body to continue the destruction. It appeared if he pressed hard earlier, he could have gotten Rodriquez out of there sooner, but he knew he had him and stuck with the game plan.
Don't get too excited, though, because Martin Rodriquez was an awkward, slow, unskilled fighter. With the exception of the second round, he let Broner do what ever he wanted. For that matter, so did Referee Frank Garza. continue
By Rob Smith: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO's) looked very impressive tonight in taking apart former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KO's) in stopping him in the 5th round at the Plaza Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. Alvarez, 21, knocked a confused looking Cintron down in the 4th round and had him ready to go late. And in the 5th, Alvarez finished Cintron off with a flurry of power shots.
Cintron just didn't have it tonight. He wasn't the same aggressive fighter he was in the past at 147. It could be that he doesn't belong at 154, because he's not nearly the same puncher at this weight compared to how he was when he fought at welterweight. Alvarez was the stronger fighter tonight and the more aggressive guy. Cintron fought like he was walking on egg shells with both feet tied together. He just didn't look comfortable at all, and was getting hit with some big shots round after round.
At the time of the stoppage, I had Alvarez up 4 rounds to 0. Cintron didn't have it tonight. You have to give compliments to Golden Boy Promotions for the good matchmaking. They saw Cintron at number #14 at the bottom and picked him out for Alvarez. Hopefully, Alvarez can finally fight someone good for a change in his next bout because these mismatches are getting tedious.
Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KO's) really opened some eyes tonight in blasting out Vincente Martin Rodriguez (34-3-1, 19 KO's) to win the vacant WBO lightweight title at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner, 21, showed excellent boxing skills that were Mayweather-esque as he hurt Rodriguez with a left hand and then finished him off with another big left hand shot to the head that put him down. The referee halted the fight at 1;43 of he round. continue
By Rob Smith: Welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin (23-0, 17 KO’s) proved once again that he’s slightly better than “Jo-Jo Dan” Ion (29-2, 16 KO’s) by defeating him by a close 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Spor Salonu in Trabzon, Turkey. The final judges’ scores were 113-112, 113-112 and 115-111. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - NOVEMBER 27, 2011 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning the loss of 1970s heavyweight contender Ron Lyle, who passed away yesterday in Denver, CO at age 70 from complications from a sudden stomach ailment. continue
Two of the most exciting fighters in the lighter weight divisions of boxing will battle on December 11 as Brian Viloria (29-3-0, 16 KOs) defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title for the very first time against a dangerous opponent in Giovanni Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) of Mexico.
Viloria won this title with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Julio Cesar Miranda back in July. This is win made Viloria a two-division world champion with three title reigns in total. In his two earlier title reigns, Viloria lost his belts on his second title defense but after wresting the WBO flyweight title from Miranda, Viloria promised to make this title reign last a lot longer than his first two.
Segura who has been hailed as the King of the Light Flyweights will go up in weight to challenge the Hawaiian Punch. The Mexican spitfire who is currently ranked ninth on Ring Magazine’s Pound-for-pound list has made a name for himself by blasting his opponents with reckless aggression. Segura’s power was proven to be legitimate when he knocked out the erstwhile undefeated Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico.
Last June, Segura fought a keep-busy fight in the super flyweight division where he knocked out Eddy Zuniga in a single round. He has an amazing 80% knockout ratio but he has proven that fighting the whole 12 rounds will not e a problem for him.
“I’ve sparred with Segura in the past and we beat the hell out of each other,” said Viloria. “It was the kind of sparring where we could have charged the audience for an entrance fee and they wouldn’t have complained.”
On December 10, these two fighters will get to do the real thing. This fight is a potential fight of the year candidate as the two fighters will surely come out to brawl. The Viloria-Segura tiff has generated a lot of interest from the boxing world as the two are ranked highly in their own divisions. The two fighters have proven time and again that they belong to the top tier of fighters and a win over the other will definitely catapult them higher in the pound-for-pound rankings. continue
By James Slater: The November 26th, 1982 heavyweight title fight between defending champ Larry Holmes and challenger Randall “Tex” Cobb was so one-sided, the very fact that the match was permitted to carry on for mismatched round after mismatched round brought about the retirement of late, great commentating legend Howard Cosell. Never again would Howard sit behind a microphone and describe the action from a pro boxing match.
And despite Cobb’s faculties being in fine enough working order after the fight to be able to utter the memorable quote he came out with upon hearing of Cosell’s actions - namely that he could provide his sport with no greater service - this quip did not in any way lessen the fact of just how one sided and pitiful the bout had been to watch. Cosell had many detractors, to be sure, but he was openly concerned with the health and future quality of life for Cobb, who he referred to during the fight broadcast as a fine and decent man. Surely then, one can only salute Howard and his motives for doing what he did. His handing in of his microphone was his way of protesting the very type of mismatch that boxing was more and more becoming accustomed to.
Just how bad was the fight to watch then? It must have been pretty wretched for Cosell, a man who simply loved commentating on the great fights, to have given up a large part of his commentary duties as a direct result of it. Looking at the fight on tape today, it cannot be any easier on the eyes now than it was back when it occurred in 1982. Watching the fight in full for the very first time, I was struck by three things. continue
By James Slater: How the mighty have fallen. In his heyday, Jose Luis Castillo was up there with the true cream of Mexican warriors. The fighter born in Sonora on Dec. 14th in 1973 worked his way up through bouts that contested the Mexican featherweight title, all the way to becoming a dominant, long-reigning two-time WBC lightweight king.
Along the way in his 2000 to 2005 prime, “El Terrible” thrilled fans the world over, with epic fights against the likes of Diego Corrales (twice, the first fight between the two generally considered one of the top-five fights of all-time), Floyd Mayweather Junior (also twice, Castillo coming closer than any other fighter ever has to beating “Money”) and Juan Lazcano and Joel Casamayor. There is no doubt, Castillo proved his greatness; battling the best and beating a number of fine fighters.
The downward slope began in June of 2007, when a financially demoralised Castillo was either unable, or chose not to, get up from a Ricky Hatton body shot in the 4th-round of a 140-pound clash. Having had severe problems making 140, let alone 135, Castillo, by now aged 34 and sporting a 55-7-1 record, was sliding into trial horse status. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to a report FightHype.com (http://fighthype.com/pages/content11249.html), Alex Ariza has finally stated what the boxing world has been thinking an extended period of time now: that the reason Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquaio has never happened is all due to Arum’s personal agenda.
“It’s clear as to why the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight has never happened. It's always about what's best for Bob and his agenda… Whoever Manny fights, he has to fight in-house,” commented Ariza. While this is news coming out of Ariza’s mouth, to many, its yet another confirmation that Arum is milking Pacquiao without mercy.
Ariza also confirmed Arum’s personal feelings towards camp Mayweather: “Arum hates Floyd Mayweather, can't stand him, he doesn't want to see him make a dollar, can't stand Golden Boy, doesn't want to do business with them. I know that Michael Koncz says that he's having a meeting with Bob to negotiate the Mayweather fight. They're having a meeting on how to make sure that this fight doesn't happen. That's what their meeting is about.”
It is very unfortunate to hear this come out from someone on the inside, and once again prove that maybe, just maybe, neither Floyd nor Manny are truly responsible for the lag in their proposed maga-fight. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to ABS/CBN News report (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/11/24/11/pacquiao-confirms-negotiations-mayweather-team), Manny Pacquiao confirmed that negotiations were in progress with team Mayweather.
"Negotiations are ongoing for my fight with Mayweather, but nothing is final," said Pacquiao himself.
"Mayweather may be thinking, 'I can fight Pacquiao now because he had trouble against Marquez, and I was able to beat up Marquez),'” commented Pacquiao.
With Ariza’s recent public outburst of dislike for the way Arum handles Pacquiao, maybe now a deal can be reached between the two camps, and Arum will ‘allow’ Pacquiao to finally face Mayweather Jr.
Having said all that, I prefer to keep my hopes at bay, as we have all heard this song being sang before. Negotiations occurred and fell through. If they are indeed discussing the fight in a serious fashion with intention of making it happen in May, then a signed contract will be the only thing that raises the public’s optimism. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 25, 2011) - World Boxing Association ("WBA") and International Boxing Association ("IBA") light heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov is encouraged by media reports and quotes from World Boxing Organization ("WBO") titlist Nathan Cleverly claiming he is agreeable to a unification fight in Las Vegas versus Shumenov.
Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs), a 2004 Kazakhstan Olympian, and former European champion Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) would match, respectively, a lawyer against a mathematician.
One potential obstacle for any unification bout has been averted because Shumenov is once again promoted by KZ Event Productions, which he owns and operates with his brother, Chingis.
"Both of us are world champions; Cleverly in the WBO and me in the WBA," Shumenov said. "I tried to unify against a WBO champion before but it didn't work out. This fight should happen for boxing fans all over the world and we, as fighters, need to make sure that it does happen. I am sure Cleverly would prefer to fight at home in the UK, as I would love to fight in Kazakhstan, but this fight belongs in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas. I'm ready and, if Cleverly is really willing and able, let's make it happen and get a deal done. My goal has always been to unify the light heavyweight world title." continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion Joshua Clottey AKA the grandmaster has exclusively reiterated to his desire to be a world champion again but most importantly, the quest to earn a rematch date against Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao.
Clottey lost a one-sided decision to the perceived pound-for-pound king back in March of 2010 on a night the Ghanaian still claims he was not himself due to health reasons. Now, days after winning his first fight since courtesy last Friday’s round 2 stoppage of Calvin Green, the Ghanaian is adamant he wants to make amends against Pacquiao.
“Of course I’m going to do everything to beat him and right now I feel very good, very strong. I learnt a lot from the mistake of that fight and I am ready to do it all over again. I will not rush and tell my promoters I want to fight soon or at this date but I want a chance to fight Pacquaio again,” Clottey told Ghana-based newspaper ALL SPORTS via phone from the US.
He has hinted that he will be coming home to Ghana for the Christmas holidays but Clottey is not giving up on the dream to claim a world title again. Joshua reveals that he is always and ever ready for any big fight because he is always ready, simple.
He told ALL SPORTS:
“My goal is to be a world champion. The first time I came to America, I went into the ring and after the fight I saw myself as a world champion because I know how strong I am.
“And despite several setbacks, I became a champion which it was unfortunate not to last long. Definitely that is my goal to be a world champion again. But I’m patient because I am always strong.”
33 year old Clottey, now 34-5, 21 KOs, added on the source of his strength: continue
By James Slater: It has been announced by various boxing web sites that welterweights Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz have agreed to meet up in a return of their April 2011 thriller. The fight, ESPN.com reports, will take place on either January 28th or February 11th, and the eagerly awaited battle will go out live on Showtime, who outbid rival network HBO, who televised the first fight.
Berto, who went on to win the IBF 147-pound belt with an exciting 5th-round stoppage over Jan Zaveck, is looking to avenge the points loss he succumbed to at the hands of southpaw Ortiz. Back in April, Berto was a rising star, unbeaten and seemingly doing everything right as he made his way to superstar status. After suffering two knockdowns and scoring two of his own in a FOTY candidate, the 28-year-old lost his WBC title and unbeaten record via a somewhat wide (on two cards anyway) UD. Ortiz was now the next big thing at the weight.
As we know, however, Ortiz lost his head in his next fight, against legit superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior: blatantly butting Mayweather before being laid out by a legal sucker punch which was thrown by Floyd as a means of retaliation (and just as Ortiz had turned back into a nice guy and was attempting to give Mayweather a hug!). In the eyes of many, the 4th-round KO Ortiz suffered put him back in his place - but now the 24-year-old has another chance to prove he is capable of boxing at the highest level and winning. continue
Carl Froch has signed a sponsorship deal with West Yorkshire fire and rescue supply company North Fire ahead of his Super-Middleweight unification showdown with Andre Ward on December 17 in Atlantic City. continue
By James Slater: Australian warrior Michael Katsidis had some tough thinking to do after unexpectedly (by most) losing his last fight to Scotland’s Ricky Burns. First of all, the 31-year-old made it clear his lightweight days were over, and in a news article in The Chronicle it has been reported that “The Great” has also opted to part ways with long-time trainer and manager Brendon Smith.
Katsidis, 28-5(23) has been with Smith for twenty long years, his friend and colleague helping him to the position he now holds as one of the most exciting world class operators in all of boxing. Yet after the loss to Burns, Katsidis decided to move to America in a bid to rejuvenate a career that has seen three losses from its last four fights. The decision did not come lightly, however:
“It was one of the hardest decisions of my life,” Katsidis told The Chronicle. “For the best part of 20 years we’ve worked together and we’ve gone as far as we can go now.”
Smith seems to have nothing but best wishes for his former charge:
“All good things do come to an end,” the trainer/manager said. “It’s been a wonderful, tough and enjoyable journey.” continue
Marco "Captain" Huck is back in training! The WBO world cruiserweight champion is keen to already lay the foundation for a successful 2012. "I have big goals for the next year," said the 27-year-old fighter. Although the WBO supremo has defended his belt eight times, he feels he can still get better. "Everyone knows that I have great ambitions. But even as a world champion you can always work on your game and improve. I know this. That´s why I will not make a long break and return to training straight away." His next fight has not been scheduled yet. But Marco Huck knows: “The first appearance in 2012 will be a very special one."
By James Slater: Last seen struggling mightily against Cuba’s Erislandi Lara, eventually picking up a 12-round majority verdict that was later referred to as one of the worst decisions of the year, former 147 and 154-pound ruler Paul Williams is looking at a return to action in January of next year - so reports Lem Satterfield of Ringtv.com.
According to the news piece, “The Punisher” will likely fight on Showtime, in January, against either Carlos Molina or Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage. The lanky 30-year-old southpaw will fight again at 154-pounds then, light-middle probably being his optimum weight now (no more talk of making welterweight again hopefully).
Williams improved to 40-2(27) with the “gift” decision over Lara back in July, and he has had a good, long rest since that fight; one that saw him take a lot of head shots. Before that fight, Williams was sensationally KO’d in the 2nd-round by middleweight king Sergio Martinez. As a result of both bad nights at the office we have no real idea how much the likeable and hard working warrior from Georgia has left. continue
By Martin Salt: George Groves has been forced to pull out of his British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Title defence on 9th December 2011 with a hand injury. Groves was due to be joint-headlining a fight card with rival Super-Middleweight James DeGale at Liverpool’s Echo Arena. James DeGale’s WBO Intercontinental title defence against Jose Maria Guerrero will now be the main feature bout of the evening.
According to BBC Sport another fight, possibly a title defence, will be announced shortly as the main supporting bout. Also still on the Frank Warren promoted card will be middleweight Billy Joe Saunders and light-heavyweight prospect Callum Johnson.
Groves will now return to the ring early next year. This year has been a solid one for Groves with his points victory over James DeGale being the main highlight. Although Groves is progressing well in his career the Hammersmith fighter is well grounded and is happy to work his way up slowly towards a world title opportunity.
In the meantime James DeGale will be responsible for providing the main entertainment on 9th December 2011. This year maybe one to forget for ‘Chunky’ with his defeat against bitter rival Groves still fresh in the memory. DeGale has always maintained the points decision was disputable and wants a rematch with Groves as soon as possible. continue
By James Slater: Klitschko manager Bernd Boente has announced that reigning World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko’s next fight, penciled in for March 3rd at The ESPRIT Arena in Germany (Boxrec has the fight up on its schedule) will be announced officially shortly after younger brother Wladimir has had his fight with Jean Marc Mormeck, on Dec. 10th.
As fans have no doubt read, former WBA heavyweight ruler David Haye is the frontrunner to get the next shot at the 40-year-old champ; with Haye now having three weeks in which to make up his mind about whether or not he wants to abort the retirement he embarked on back on October 13th. Haye, Boente said, brings the most money to the table, even though he no longer has a belt to bargain with. There is no doubt about it: the Londoner is Vitali’s first choice.
But who else is in the frame should Haye decide to stay where he is, in retirement? According to Boente, there is a short lost of potential contenders - Haye is top of the list, with Mexican/American Chris Arreola and Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko next in line. continue
British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves has had to withdraw from the Friday 9th December show at the Liverpool Echo Arena because of a hand injury.
The injury occurred during a training session this week at Groves' gym in Vauxhall, South London, and after seeking expert medical guidance, he was advised not to fight.
Groves was due to joint-headline alongside rival James DeGale - who's defence of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental title against Jose Maria Guerrero will now top the bill on the show - and a further title fight could be added.
Last month Groves produced a great performance to stop former British Champion Paul Smith in the second round at Wembley Arena and was looking to end a memorable year that included a win over rival DeGale.
Groves said, "I'm really gutted as I was coming along nicely in training and on course for the fight in a couple of weeks' time. The injury is a set back and I really wanted to end the year with four good wins. I'm sorry that my fans won't be able to see me in action, but I'll back early next year and ready to kick of 2012 with bang as I continue towards further titles."
Adam Booth, Groves' manager and trainer, added, "Obviously we are all disappointed as George was looking forward to getting back into the ring again so quickly after his great win over Paul Smith. At this stage of George's career it would be crazy to compromise him and carry an injury of that nature into the fight. He's been advised to rest it for now and we'll seek further medical guidance next week." continue
By Rob Smith: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 27 KO’s) is ultra-psyched for his revenge rematch against Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO’s) on December 3rd at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto says he’s going to use any advantage he can get to win this fight and is convinced in his mind that Margarito fought with plaster in his hand wraps the last time they fought in July 2008.
Cotto was sliced to ribbons by Margarito in that fight and was forced to take a knee on two occasions to save himself from Margarito’s brutal head shots.
Cotto said to the Agence France Presse “I’m going to use any kind of advantage I feel I have over him, everything I have in the ring.”
Some boxing fans might read that and think that Cotto could go after Margarito surgically repaired right eye, which Margarito has had two surgeries on in the past two years. Bob Arum, Margarito’s promoter, says the eye is 100% and stronger than a normal eye. But that remains to be seen, especially someone hitting him on that eye with hard right hands and jabs.
One thing that could get in the way of Cotto having success in targeting the eye, if that’s what he ends up doing, is that Margarito’s lead eye is his left. continue
Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who faces two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan, of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title eliminator on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden, has added another strength and conditioning coach to his team.
Rich Meudt, 54, who has been conditioning athletes in various sports for the last 27 years, has been working with Jones for the last two months.
“When Mike started working with me he looked like a new-born calf,” said Meudt, a retired major after a 22-year stint in the Army. “Now he’s a strong bull. His legs are firmer, stronger and explosive. His balance, conditioning and endurance are excellent. He does everything I ask him to do and he exceeds all expectations.”
*** Follow Mike Jones on twitter: @boxermikejones
Meudt was brought on board by fellow-Jones strength and conditioning coach Danny Davis, who has worked with Jones for the last several years and who is also well-known for his longtime association with Bernard Hopkins.
“I brought Rich in to focus on Mike’s legs and conditioning,” said Davis. “Rich has done a great job, bringing in his expertise and knowledge. Mike looks very strong and sharp and he’s a hard worker who wants to go to the highest level and never complains about what he’s asked to do. That’s what makes a champion.” continue
A couple of weeks ago promoter Ahmet Oner announced that Cuban Olympic gold medalist and multiple world amateur champion Odlanier Solis would give his comeback from an eight months injury lay-off this Saturday (Nov. 26) as co-feature of the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight championship between Selcuk Aydin and Jo Jo Dan in Trabzon, Turkey.
Solis and his team were scheduled to leave Miami today but couldn’t fly out because of pending legal issues. A court order prohibits "La Sombra" to leave the United States until mid December. "I’m very disappointed", said promoter Ahmet Oner who received the bad news this afternoon in Turkey. "From what I’m told it’s not too serious and the whole thing should be settled soon but, of course, it annoys me that my fighter cannot fulfill his obligations and take a fight he has signed for. We all make mistakes – and I know what I’m talking about – but it’s important that you learn from your mistakes. I hope this is what Solis does as well."
The good news is however that Solis would have been medically cleared and fit to fight only eight months after seriously injuring his knee when challenging Vitali Klitschko back in March. "He was ready to go", adds Oner. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: New kids on the block, Francis and George Warren, have pulled out all the stops to ensure that their 14th December Queensberry promotions event, at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London - and broadcast live on BoxNation (Sky platform ch. 456) - is a fitting finale to a rather excellent year of Boxing in the Capital. continue
By James Slater: It looks like former IBF cruiserweight title challenger turned unbeaten heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks will face former IBF heavyweight title challenger DaVarryl Williamson on the Dec. 10th Klitschko-Mormeck card in Germany. continue
World Boxing Association (WBA) Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin, 21-0 with 18 KOs, will defend his world title against Lajuan Simon, 23-3, 12 KOs from Philadelphia, PA.
This fight will be the co-feature for the Klitschko vs Mormeck Heavyweight Championship that will take place at the ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany on Dec 10.
Golovkin, who lives in Stuttgart, won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic games and is considered one of the most exciting boxers in the sport today. This will be his third world title defense and the first time Golovkin will box in Germany since 2009. German boxing fans have been eagerly awaiting his return and his fight will be shown as the co-feature of the International broadcast shown in over 100 countries worldwide.
Lajuan Simon is also familiar to German boxing fans, having fought in title fights in Germany against Artur Abraham and Sebastian Sylvester, going the distance in both fights.
WBA/IBF/IBO/ WBO World Heavyweight and “The Ring” Champion Wladimir Klitschko: “I am very happy to have such a great fight on the card of my title defense. Golovkin is a very strong fighter who will be the dominant person in the middleweight in the next years. I believe he is stronger than Felix Sturm and I also think that he would beat him.” continue
By James Slater: It really does look like WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko is almost desperate to fight David Haye. Ever since his younger brother’s points win over Haye, 40-year-old Vitali has spoken of his desire to KO the brash Londoner.
Now, less than two months into his retirement, Haye has been given a three week deadline in which he must decide if he wants the fight or not. Fightnews.com has reported how Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions has confirmed that talks have taken place, and that Haye is the first choice of opponent for “Dr. Iron Fist.”
Vitali’s next fight will be in either February or March, in Germany, and there are other fighters being looked at - Haye is Vitali’s first choice, however. So, somehow, the ball is back in the former WBA ruler’s court: Haye now has those three weeks in which to decide what he wants to do.
Meanwhile, according to Gareth A Davies of The Telegraph, Bernd Boente has said the fight will come down to British T.V rights. The Klitscko’s manager told Davies that he, Haye and British TV are currently “talking over the details” on “the very important key for this fight.” Boente said the fight, if it happens, could go out on “free T.V, Primetime or Frank Warren’s BoxNation.”
Boente added that “regardless of whether it is Haye or not, Vitali will announce his next fight the week after Wladimir fights on December 10th.” continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise presents a split-site doubleheader featuring some of the sport’s hottest young stars when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: CANELO ALVAREZ VS. KERMIT CINTRON AND ADRIEN BRONER VS. VICENTE RODRIGUEZ is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 26 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati and Plaza Mexico in Mexico City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: Nov. 27 (9:15 a.m.) and 28 (midnight)
HBO2 playdates: Nov. 27 (5:15 p.m.) and 29 (12:30 a.m.)
The main event showcases super welterweight titleholder Canelo Alvarez (38-0, 28 KOs) of Mexico as he defends his crown on home turf against former welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) of Puerto Rico in a scheduled 12-round bout. The 21-year-old Alvarez looks to continue his undefeated reign in the 154-pound division with a win against his toughest challenger to date. The 32-year-old Cintron is a poised former world champ who has faced some of boxing’s elite, including pound-for-pound star Sergio Martinez. The clash between Canelo’s power and straight-ahead style and Cintron’s quick and aggressive offense is sure to produce fireworks. continue
By Rob Smith: Antonio Margarito was approved by a vote from the New York Athletic Commission earlier tonight for a license to fight in New York against WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto on December 3rd at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Margarito met with a NYSAC appointed Dr. Michael Goldstein, who after examining Margarito’s right eye, determined that he was okay to fight Cotto. The New Athletic Commission then opted to give Margarito his license.
Earlier today, the fight was hanging by a thread after Cotto said he wouldn’t fight Margarito anywhere else but New York. Given all the marketing that his promoter Bob Arum has done for this fight, as well as the HBO 24/7 series that was put together for the fight, it could have big blow to Arum had the commission not ruled in Margarito’s favor. In hindsight, Arum might have been better off waiting a little longer before putting this fight together. continue
By James Slater: As fans know, Peter Manfredo Junior came up short in his recent challenge of WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Junior - even if the 5th-round TKO stoppage “The Pride of Providence” lost by was seen by practically everyone as a premature stoppage to a good fight.
A man of his word, Peter promised he’d retire if he never won. Now, looking ahead to the rest of his life, the warrior who gave his all in an exciting, up and down 11-year pro career bows out with his head held high.
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me just three days after his loss in Houston, the former “Contender” had the following things to say:
James Slater: It’s always great to be able to speak with you, Peter - even at this time, after you lost the big one and are going to retire. continue
By Rob Smith: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s) dropped a bomb shell today during a telephone conference call when he said that he won’t be fighting Antonio Margarito anywhere but in New York. This, of course, puts their scheduled December 3rd HBO pay per view fight in serious jeopardy now, as Margarito has an appointment to have his right eye examined today by a doctor appointed by the New York Athletic Commission.
If Margarito fails that exam, he won’t be licensed to fight in New York. Bob Arum, Cotto and Margarito’s promoter, was hoping to have the fight take place in either Phoenix or Denver if New York refuses to let Margarito fight there. This was Arum’s back up plan to try and salvage the Cotto-Margarito II fight. However, with Cotto now refusing to fight anywhere other than in New York, Arum is in a serious bind.
Cotto told the New York Daily News “"When I signed for the fight with my company to fight Margarito it was for a fight in New York City. I'm not going to present myself to any other state. If New York says Margarito is not able to fight, I have to respect that. I'm not going to fight him anywhere else." continue
By James Slater: A quarter of a century ago today, on the 23rd anniversary of the tragic assassination of President John. F Kennedy, heavyweight sensation Mile Tyson put his own name into the history books. “Kid Dynamite,” as the 20-year-old was known back in 1986, was a 27-0(25) contender, WBC ruler Berbick was an experienced 32-year-old with a 31-4-1(23) pro ledger. continue
By James Slater: It’s been announced as official by a few sources (including Boxrec.com) that Danish hero Mikkel Kessler’s postponed challenge of Russian-born Robert Stieglitz for his WBO 168-pound belt will go ahead on April 14th of next year. Originally set for Copenhagen on November 5th, the fight was postponed due to a hand injury suffered by 32-year-old Kessler. Now fully healed and raring to go, the former WBA (twice) and WBC (twice also) king, is looking forward to fighting in his homeland next spring. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 151st edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features special guest Sergio Martinez. You can click play on the player to listen.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you all the latest boxing news and upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• HBO's replay of Pacquiao vs. Marquez that also featured a poll as to who won the bout. Do the overwhelming results in favor of Marquez mean that we will inevitably see Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 next?
• Julio Cesar Chavez Jr's dominate TKO5 victory over Peter Manfredo Jr.
• Who should Chavez Jr. fight next? Alvarez or Martinez?
• Bob Arum suggesting that he would like to make a DeLaHoya vs. Chavez Jr fight.
• Cotto vs Margarito 24/7 episode 1 review. Will this rematch really bring resolution? And who will ultimately win this fight?
• Saul Alvarez vs Kermit Cintron this upcoming weekend. Who will win and Why?
Prior to their title fights at Helsinki´s renowned Hartwall Areena, WBA & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) and WBA/WBC/WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) today held an open training session at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym. While “The Nordic Nightmare” will take on Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant European Heavyweight Title, the “First Lady” will defend her title collection against Kuulei Kupihea (7-1, 2 KOs). Two dozens of national and international reporters stopped by to catch up with the unbeaten duo. “They are both in great shape,” eight-time German coach of the year Ulli Wegner lauded. “I expect them to put on spectacular fights in Helsinki.” continue
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 22, 2011) - Fans looking to celebrate the New Year in perhaps the biggest, most significant fight card in the history of Orange County, Calif. - and the first at Anaheim Convention Center in nearly 32 years -- will have the opportunity to reserve their seats beginning this Saturday, Nov. 26, when tickets for a Dec. 31 World Championship Doubleheader go on sale. continue
CINCINNATI, OHIO, November 22 - With wins in four of his last five fights, all by knockout, Mexico's Heriberto Ruiz is in top-notch form in his mission to hand unbeaten featherweight phenom Gary Russell Jr. his first professional defeat in the 10-round chief undercard support bout of this Saturday's "Home For The Holidays" card at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Russell Jr. was originally scheduled to face Dat Ngyuen who was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury last week during training camp. continue
New York, NY - (11/22/2011) - Tomorrow night the World Boxing Council (WBC) #7 and International Boxing Federation (IBF) #12 rated super middleweight contender, Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen (16-0-1, 11KO's), will look to defend his IBO Super Middleweight title and keep his unbeaten streak alive when he takes on dangerous Mexican knockout artist Francisco Sierra (24-2-1, 22KO's). The bout, scheduled for 12 rounds, and promoted by Rodney Berman's Golden Gloves Promotions, in association with DiBella Entertainment (DBE), will serve as the feature bout of the evening at Emperor's Palace in Gauteng, South Africa. continue
TORONTO (November 22, 2011) - One of Ontario's best amateur boxers, undefeated featherweight prospect Tyler Asselstine, steps-up in class December 10 for his first scheduled eight-round bout against Frenchman Philippe Frenois at Bell Centre in Montreal. continue
David Price intends to start 2012 with a world class performance against John McDermott. The big Liverpudlian had to pull out of his November 19th clash with Big Bad McDermott due to an injury sustained during training. continue
World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champ Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), trainer Virgil Hunter, and promoter Dan Goossen hosted members of the media at King's Gym in Oakland, CA on Friday to discuss how his training camp has been going in preparation for his upcoming SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final and world championship unification bout against World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs). continue
By James Slater: Pound-for-Pound #1 Manny Pacquiao (or #2 according to a number of publications and web sites in light of his epic struggle with Juan Manuel Marquez - a fight fans are still arguing about), is back in Manila and he gave an interview with Eddie Alinea of Philboxing.com, during which he spoke about the third fight he and the Mexican great had on November 12th. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Las Vegas, on the under-card of the Ada Velez-Melinda Cooper IBF female super-bantamweight rematch (won once again by Velez, this time via 10-round majority verdict), unbeaten Russian heavyweight hope Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov kept his perfect pro record with an impressive 3rd-round stoppage of Rich Power. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 150th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with highly regarded trainer Roger Mayweather, who currently trains arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, his nephew Floyd Mayweather Junior. Mayweather shared his views on a variety of topics, including Manny Pacquiao’s controversial victory against Juan Manuel Marquez, his nephew’s recent knockout victory over a Victor Ortiz, a potential fight between his nephew and Pacquiao, Olympic style drug testing, and other possible opponents for his nephew including Amir Khan, Sergio Martinez, and Marcos Maidana. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It is time for our final guest of this week’s show. He is a returning one now making his seventh appearance on our program. We are joined by the Uncle and trainer of Floyd Mayweather Junior. We are joined by Uncle Roger Mayweather. How’s everything going today Roger?
ROGER MAYWEATHER: Oh, everything is well.
JENNA: Alright well Roger, there’s been a lot of interesting things going around boxing now and one involved your nephew. He’s mentioned in the press that he may be coming back on May 5 or even as early as February, and people are starting to suggest that maybe he’ll fight Pacquiao then. What have you heard?
MAYWEATHER: He’ll come back in February or May. Either way he’ll be much sharper. The more often he fights he’ll be much sharper, but that’s not to get sharp. Pacquiao’s going to get his ass whopped anyway. Marquez just did that. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 21 - On Friday, November 25, the night before World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defends his crown against former World Champion Kermit "The Killer" Cintron in a fight that will be televised live on HBO's Boxing After Dark from Mexico City, AT&T U-Verse®viewers will get the opportunity to not only view two of the undefeated Mexican star's most exciting bouts, but will also revisit the classic battle between Alvarez' promoter and boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya and Ricardo Mayorga. The special classics show "'Golden Boy Presents' A Living Legend & Today's Star...Oscar de la Hoya and Canelo Alvarez" will be broadcast exclusively on AT&T U-verse at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT, 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT and 12:00am ET/9:00pm PT. continue
NEW YORK (November 21, 2011) – Live world championship boxing returns to EPIX (follow @EPIXsports on Twitter for the latest updates on EPIX boxing) when newly-minted undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion ALEXANDER POVETKIN makes his first world title defense, against CEDRIC “The Boz” BOSWELL, Saturday, December 3. Presented by Sauerland Event, the live broadcast will emanate from Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. continue
HUNTINGTON NY: NOVEMBER 19, 2011 - Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Chris Algieri (12-0 6KO Huntington, NY) kept his perfect record intact with a hard fought 10 round unanimous decision over Bayan Jargal (15-3-1 10KO Arlington, VA) last night at The Paramount in Huntington, NY as Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the 3rd installment of their new series "Boxeo Azteca" broadcast live on the Azteca America network. continue
By James Slater: Doubtless fight fans will either take a “who cares” attitude or a “I’ll believe it when they’re in the ring” tone, but for days now news articles have been popping up suggesting David Haye and Vitali Klitschko are “in talks” for a possible fight next March. continue
By James Slater: Although both men are past their best and no longer look like bothering the elite heavyweights, veterans Monte Barrett and David Tua are still capable of providing entertaining fights; especially when matched together. continue
By Paul Strauss: The Pride of Providence did all right for the first few rounds in Houston, Tx, as Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr was trying something new.........boxing. Julio is now under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, and Freddie has been trying to teach him how to do more than just fight. As a result, Julio was moving nicely, shooting out a decent jab, etc., all the while demonstrating that he can block and slip a bit before resorting to his patented left hook to the body. continue
By James Slater: Former “Contender” star Peter Manfredo Junior said all along he would retire from boxing and go back to working for a living and being a husband and a father if he lost in his challenge of WBC middleweight titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Junior. Last night in Houston, after being stopped (somewhat prematurely it looked like to me) in the 5th-round of an exciting tussle, “The Pride of Providence” kept his word. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Last night at the Homebush Sports Centre, Sydney, Australia, Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib (33-1, 20 KOs) easily dispatched of previously unbeaten Italian Alberto Servidei (31-1-2, 7 KOs), in his first defence of his IBF Featherweight Title. continue
By Ken Neir: WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO's) successfully defended his title for the first time in defeating challenger Peter Manfredo Jr. (37-7, 20 KO's) by a 5th round TKO on Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. continue
By James Slater: Moments ago in South Africa, 39-year-old Michael Grant scored a dramatic, 12th and final round KO over fellow veteran Frans Botha. Trailing behind on points, Grant landed a smashing right hand to the head and 43-year-old Botha went down and stayed there for quite some time. continue
By Bilal Abood: Any thriving sport today requires a lot of care and attention. What fans and organisations get out of it, in terms of pleasure, fulfilment and revenue is only a reflection of what was put into it in the first place – sustaining and nourishing it from the inside out. continue
By Jason Peck: You could tell Pacquiao lost by the look on his face after and during the fight…by the pre-fight build-up…by the fact that an 8-1 underdog gave a competitive match…by the fact that THIS was the invincible Manny Pacquiao, who hadn’t been challenged in 3 years…by the audience reaction…by the instant replays…by the supreme look of confidence on the face of Marquez when they rang the final bell. continue
By James Slater: Dereck Chisora is the underdog going into his December 3rd clash with unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert Helenius, and “Del Boy” will pull off one of the year’s biggest upsets if he wins the battle for the vacant European crown. Yet the former British and Commonwealth ruler is so confident he will do just this, he has actually stated how Helenius’ team have made a catastrophic mistake. continue
By James Slater: Light heavyweight legend, Bob Foster was one of the most devastating punchers ever in the history of the 175 pound division. With a single blow, Foster could render any opponent unconscious. His KO stats are very impressive, with forty-six of his fifty-six wins coming by stoppage. And most of these stoppages were outright KO’s, with the man from the opposing corner being knocked out cold. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 150th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with one of the top trainers in the game of boxing, Floyd Mayweather Senior. Mayweather shared his views on Manny Pacquiao’s controversial victory against Juan Manuel Marquez. He also discussed his views on his son’s May 5, 2012 date which some speculate may be the long awaited showdown with Manny Pacquiao, and he also discussed the possibility of a fourth fight between Pacquiao and Marquez. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Hey all you boxing fans! This is Jenna J welcoming you to our 150th episode, and we have a very special guest to open things up this week. He is a man that is definitely no stranger to “On the Ropes”. He appeared just last week and he is here today to give his opinion on a fight that took place this past weekend. We are joined by the one and only Floyd “Joy” Mayweather Senior. Floyd, you saw that fight this past weekend. What did you think about it?
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SENIOR: It was a lot crooked stuff that went down. Some people are being paid off. I don’t know who, but some people are being paid off as far as I’m concerned because that was so clear to see a blind man could see it. Marquez beat the hell out of Pacquiao! It was hands down! Nobody can even dispute it in no kind of way, form, or fashion! All they’re doing is wrecking boxing. I’m telling your right now, if he fights little Floyd like that, you can forget it. It’s over. He don’t even have a prayer. continue
With the proposed Lee Selby vs John Simpson British and Commonwealth title clash falling through Francis and George Warren pulled out all the stops to ensure that Friday’s BoxNation televised event at the York Hall in London was up to the standard of their previous couple of events. continue
By Vitali Shaposhinikov: According to numerous reports, Freddie Roach once again confirmed that a Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight against Manny Pacquiao may have to wait, as they feel that team Marquez deserves another fight to try and solidify their three questionable results. continue
By James Slater: Tonight at York Hall in London, former WBO cruiserweight champ Enzo Maccarinelli returned to winning ways after having had 14 months out of action. Making his light-heavyweight debut, the 31-year-old Welshman had no trouble at all in disposing of 34-year-old Hungarian Gyorgy Marosi. continue
Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) and Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) will clash for the vacant European Heavyweight Title in Helsinki, Finland on December 3. Having knocked out former world champions Lamon Brewster, Samuel Peter and Siarhei Liakhovich, the “Nordic Nightmare” is determined to destroy yet another big name. Some 8,000 tickets have already been sold for the event at the renowned Hartwall Areena, which will also host the WBA Heavyweight Title fight between newly-crowned champion Alexander Povetkin and Cedric Boswell. “We are thrilled to put on the most exciting heavyweight bill in years,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “A World title and a European title fight on the same night in one of Europe´s best arenas – that is as good as it gets.. continue
By James Slater - Universally recognised middleweight champion of the world Sergio Gabriel Martinez remains one of the best P-4-P fighters in the sport today. Despite being 36-years-old (37 in Feb.), the Argentine southpaw is hungry for super fights against his fellow P-4-P entrants. continue
by EZ E - After watching the short HBO preview of Cotto vs Margarito II "FACE OFF With Max Kellerman" I find it somewhat easy to relate with Miguel Cotto's comments, calling Tony Margarito's 'never say die/quit' stand against Manny Pacquiao pure STUPIDITY. I’ve been around the game since childhood, my father and uncle are ex-fighters that trained and managed fighters throughout my youth and teens. I’ve seen alot of brave fighters, champs, contenders and little regarded club fighters which I admired and that aren’t doing too good these days, suffering of poor health, brain damage, dementia, liver and kidney other serious health issues and problems related to their ring days. Unfortunately there are many more on the way.
Yes, many, many more. I see them at fight cards I attend. Some I trained along side of and sparred with for years now can barely recognize me. For others the ‘symptoms’ are beginning to show. A year from now a few won’t even remember me anymore as well. My beloved uncle ‘forgot’ who I was and so did my cousin, a 2 time New York Golden Gloves champ who later fought close to 40 pro fights. It’s the sad part of the game that many fans overlook. continue
TORONTO (November 17, 2011) – First impressions are everlasting and last weekend, undefeated Buffalo light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson made a smashing United Kingdom debut, knocking out Phil “You Know” Goodwin in the second round in Manchester, England. continue
November 17, 2011 - Leading up to the rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito -- set for Saturday, December 3 and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View® -- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of the first action-packed fight showcasing their considerable talents. On Friday, Nov. 25 at 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, Nov. 26 at 9:30 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay Cotto vs. Margarito I 2008. In their first encounter on July 26, 2008, it was a battle between two bitter rivals as Cotto represented his homeland of Puerto Rico and Margarito represented Mexico. Showing determination and endurance, Margarito fired back at his challenger, landing numerous combinations and counter punches, stunning Cotto during the middle of the fight, which ended in an 11th round TKO. continue
by Fantana : Imagine yourselves, if you will, in my man-shoes. It is a Thursday night, your wife has gone to bed and there is no Match of the Day to watch. You feel strange, almost empty, and so you pick up your mobile phone and decide to collect call somebody. That person happens to be Eddie Chambers, the man who fought Klitschko and was winning on the judges’ scorecards until being prematurely stopped. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 150th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Emanuel Steward, Roger Mayweather, and Floyd Mayweather Senior. 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:
• Manny Pacquiao's MD win over Juan Manuel Marquez in their third ring encounter
• Did Juan Manuel Marquez get robbed?
• Should Pacquiao & Marquez really fight for a fourth time?
• Is a potential Mayweather-Pacquaio fight more likely to happen after the events of last Saturday?
• Amir Khan suggesting that Pacquiao should retire? Is Khan trying to position himself for a Mayweather fight?
• Has Manny Pacquiao really declined as a fighter?
• Who really should be called the best P4P fighter in the world today?
• Tyson Fury getting dropped and then going on to knockout Neven Pajikic. Does Fury need to get more serious?
By James Slater - Last seen crumbling to the canvas whilst clutching his leg in pain, Cuban heavyweight hope Odlanier Solis seemed to quite literally vanish after his huge disappointment of a fight with WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko.
“La Sombre” was reported to be set for a return in Germany a few weeks back, yet later said he himself had heard nothing about the talked of return. Solis, promoted by Ahmet Oener, is still only 31-years-old, young for a heavyweight, but he must get things moving again if he’s to avoid becoming a forgotten fighter. continue
HBO and filmmaker Peter Berg will team up for the innovative new primetime series ON FREDDIE ROACH, directed and executive produced by Emmy® nominee Berg (“Friday Night Lights”). Presented by HBO and a co-production of Film 44 and Atticus Entertainment, the cinéma-vérité series focuses on Freddie Roach, the world-famous boxing trainer who owns and operates the famed Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, where he has produced a host of world champions. This intensely personal look at Roach chronicles his life and career against the backdrop of Parkinson’s disease, an ailment very likely linked to his own boxing past. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - Over the last few days you’ve read and heard a mountain of opinions on Manny Pacquiao. His performance Saturday night versus arch rival Juan Manuel Marquez was certainly disappointing to his fans because they went into the fight believing that Marquez was finally ready to be taken. Decisively and by KO! All the pertinent factors were in their favor. Three years had passed making it practically a guarantee that Juan Manuel was past his prime and during that time he engaged in intense wars with the likes of Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis. But perhaps the most telling event came when he was out technique’d in shut out fashion by Floyd Mayweather Jr fighting at a similar weight (over 140 lbs) in which Marquez looked slow, soft and with little zip on his punches. Oh, and let’s not forget that he was also 38 years old! Damn near every talking head wrote a variation of “he’s in BIG trouble” which increased the perception that Marquez was certain to fall. In fact, considering all the public pessimism any logical person would conclude that Marquez was every bit the 9-1 underdog that the Vegas intelligentsia made him out to be.
But, once again he didn’t fight like one. continue
By James Slater - Popular Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli has listened with the respect to those fans and well-wishers who have urged him to quit the ring and not give it another go. But boxing is in the former WBO cruiserweight champ’s blood, and give it another go he will do - tomorrow night in London, against unbeaten Hungarian Gyorgy Marosi, 12-0(8). continue
James Stillerman: Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. will try to obtain the WBC middleweight world title when he takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas in a 12 round fight. Manfredo Jr. 37-6, 20KOs ranked number four by the WBC is coming into this fight winning six in row and has won nine of his last ten bouts. Chavez Jr. won the WBC title over Sebastian Zbik in his last fight and has never lost in his 44 bouts, 30 of which he won by knockout. I talked with Manfredo and got his thoughts on his fight with Chavez Jr., what he needs to do to prevail, why this fight means some much to him and much more. continue
by John Wight - The way in which Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez was denied the victory that his outstanding performance against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM in Las Vegas merited last weekend has shamed the sport and insulted the intelligence of the fans that are its lifeblood.
Over 12 rounds of boxing Marquez at the age of 38 proved again that he has the Filipino legend's number. An exemplary display of counterpunching at times left Pacquaio bereft of ideas as he continued pressing hoping to land his most potent weapon, his left hand. However, utilising superb footwork to continually change the distance while moving off to his left, Marquez succeeded in nullifying both his opponent's much vaunted handspeed and power. Time after time Pacquiao's head was snapped back as he ate right hand after right hand, which combined with his inability to land clean shots on an opponent who'd clearly done his homework.
Britain's Amir Khan, Pacquaio's friend, sparring partner and stablemate, was commentating ringside. By the championship rounds even he was lamenting the Filipino's inability to get to grips with his opponent's counterpunching. Freddie Roach in Pacquaio's corner was forced into exhorting his fighter by the ninth to dig deeper as he was trailing behind. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 16, 2011) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares, World Boxing Association (WBA), Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo Moreno, Two-Division World Champion Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan and Hall of Fame Promoter Don King held a media conference call on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event on Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. In the main event, unbeaten rising star Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Championship titles against the boxer he dethroned, former Two-Time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22KOs), of Accra, Ghana. continue
By James Slater - British middleweights Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker both came close to scoring big upsets in middleweight title fights this year; Macklin especially. Back in June, Macklin lost a controversial split decision to WBA 160-pound champ Felix Sturm; the razor-thin loss the Brit went home from Germany with gaining him much praise. continue
By James Slater - Just three weeks on from his last fight - an entertaining if one-sided stoppage win over a game Daniel Cota on the under-card of the classic war that was James Kirkland’s thrilling upset win over Alfredo Angulo - heavyweight hope Deontay Wilder will box again. “The Bronze Bomber,” 19-0(19) will face Cincinnati’s David Long in a scheduled eight-rounder on the under-card of the Adrien Broner-Vicente Martin Rodriguez vacant WBO 130-pound title fight headliner that will go down in Ohio on Nov. 26th. continue
When I was watching the Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight Saturday night, I felt like I was watching my favorite hockey team blow a 5-3 lead in the third period by backing off and watching the clock after having played so well throughout the game. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise heads to the Lone Star state for a middleweight title showdown when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. VS. PETER MANFREDO JR. is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 19 at 10:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Reliant Arena in Houston, exclusively on HBO. continue
By James Slater: Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez is still toying with the idea of retiring from boxing, as bitter as he still is about his “robbery” of a loss to archrival Manny Pacquiao. The exceptional 38-year-old told Proceso that he will make up his mind about whether or not he will hang ‘em up in “within twenty days.” continue
Frank Warren's show planned for the ExCeL London on Friday 9th December - joint-headlined by James DeGale and George Groves in separate championship fights - has been switched to the Liverpool Echo Arena on the same date. continue
By James Slater: Promoter Mick Hennessey has big plans for his fighter, unbeaten heavyweight brawler Tyson Fury. The promoter is reportedly hoping to get the reigning British and Commonwealth ruler a big fight next March 17th, Saint Patrick’s day, in his U.S debut. The plan is for Fury to box at Madison Square Garden (possibly on the under-card of the in-the-works Sergio Martinez-Matthew Macklin world middleweight title fight) - and unbeaten Russian star Alexander Povetkin is the man Hennessey has in mind as Fury’s opponent. continue
BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456) will televise LIVE this Saturday's big WBC World Middleweight title showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. against Peter Manfredo, Jr.
They clash at the Reliant Arena in Houston, USA, with Chavez making the first defence of his title against top-five contender Manfredo. continue
By James Slater: In an ideal world, superstar and (still, according to Ring Magazine) Pound-for-Pound king Manny Pacquiao would move in only one of two directions in his next fight: towards a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez or towards a mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior. continue
NEW YORK (November 15, 2011)—Next Friday night, one of the most talented fighters in the world will return to his homeland as undefeated and former three-time world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman returns to the ring after an eleven month absence when he takes on the tough Florencio Castellano in a twelve round bout in the Dominican Republic. continue
By Jason Peck: This was no hors d’oeuvres before the main course, no sneak peeks trailers before the big blockbuster movie, no author intro before the great novel. The battle between Breidis Prescott and Mike Alvarado was to merely occupy space on a PPV broadcast, much like the singing of the national anthem. Years from now fans will only remember “that undercard,” something existing only in relation to Pacquiao and Marquez. continue
By Reni M. Valenzuela: Ridiculous but painful reality in many of life’s situations such as when one is made to believe the “four” that the “machine” or “rule” is telling him to be the exact right number when it is clear as crystal to be “eight” at close range, before his very naked eyes. continue
By Robert Brown: This past Saturday night we saw the long awaited third fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao, this fight would either cement Manny Pacquiao’s claims as the pound for pound best fighter in the world, or prove as he indeed previously claimed that Marquez had won the previous two fights despite the judges decisions of a draw and a 1 point decision to Pacquiao. continue
By James Slater: The speculation over who exciting, unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert Helenius will face on December 3rd on the supporting slot to the Alexander Povetkin-Cedric Boswell “Regular” WBA heavyweight title fight has ended. “The Nordic Nightmare” will face once-beaten Brit, Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora. continue
It’s a special edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK® when HBO Sports presents MANNY PACQUIAO VS. JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ III, the exclusive replay of their welterweight title showdown, this SATURDAY, NOV. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET/ PT on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, calls all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue
By James Slater: Is Manny Pacquiao still the Pound-for-Pound king? In light of his titanic struggle with archrival Juan Manuel Marquez - a fight an overwhelming majority of boxing experts thought the Filipino superstar deserved to lose via the scorecards he somehow prevailed on - Pac-Man may no longer hold the distinction of being the best active boxer on the planet. continue
By James Slater: Britain’s Carl Froch is just over a month away from his “Super Six” grand final with unbeaten U.S star Andre Ward. “The Cobra,” the reigning WBC 168-pound king, has a great sense of self belief and he is sure he will win The Boxing Classic trophy, in doing so adding Ward’s WBA belt to his collection. continue
By Sam Geraci (Chicago): After Saturday’s mega fight between pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez, fight fans, legitimate boxing writers, and even Marquez have been asking themselves what else could have been done to win a close decision against Pacquaio after that fight. continue
By Danny Serratelli: Despite what many boxing fans think it is extremely difficult to accurately determine who won a 12 round fight under the 10-point must scoring system if you do not score the fight round by round as the official judges do. As most boxing fans know each round is usually scored 10-9, unless there is a knockdown, point deduction, truly even round, or in other limited instances such as when a fighter is thoroughly dominated and is able to remain on his feet the entire round. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Friday’s fight night at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia had everyone at the edge of their seats, with the two main bouts electrifying the strong crowd in attendance. continue
By Jonathan H. Koh: Isn’t this supposed to be No Fun November? That’s certainly what I thought this morning. The forecast of rain had preemptively dampened my mood, and I had already accepted the fact that I’d have to work most of the weekend, in a grit-your-teeth, get-stuck-in kind of way. I was also already pretty tired, having gotten up at 7:30 to help man our fundraising event for USC Boxing. And so I trudged into the all-too-familiar confines of the law library on this, a bleak Saturday morning, resigned to putting in a solid six hours or so into reading and outlining before watching what was likely to be a one-sided beating in the form of a boxing mismatch. continue
By Paul Strauss: How many times has it happened? Results don't live up to expectations. Leading up to the rubber match of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manual Marquez trilogy at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, the fight was hyped to the point of nausea. Unfortunately the fight didn't come close to matching the stimulation. Fans booed and rightfully so. It didn't matter who they wanted to win, because both guys were coming up short. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Special post fight edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions)following the highly controversial welterweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs). Host's Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani discussed the fight with the many callers that called in to give their opinions on the event.
You can listen to the show by clicking play on the player.
by John Wight: The chorus of boos at the end when Pacquaio saluted the crowd as victor said it all. In the pantheon of disgraceful decisions in the history of boxing this one will go down as one of the most notorious. continue
By James Slater: Reigning WBA/IBF 140-pound king Amir Khan provided Prime Time commentary for last night’s controversially scored third meeting between Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez. Khan, a good friend and also a stable-mate of Pac-Man’s, had Marquez winning the fight and the British star also spoke of his desire to fight Marquez. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Francis and George Warren may be new to the boxing promotions business, but no one can deny they have hit the ground running. Their first show produced a ‘Fight of the Year’ front runner, when Liam Walsh successfully defended his Commonwealth title in a proper barnstorming battle royale with Paul Appleby. Their second event see new star signing, Cruiserweight Leon ‘Solid’ Williams, wrestle the Lonsdale belt from long time Champ Rob Norton’s iron grip. continue
By James Slater: Whether you believe unbeaten British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury is the real deal or not, fans everywhere have to agree that the 23-year-old is exciting each and every time he fights. Last night’s crude yet thrilling brawl with the previously unbeaten Neven Pajkic of Canada is a perfect case in point: Fury was hit himself and he hit his opponent plenty, and the British and Commonwealth ruler experienced his first trip to the canvas in the 2nd-round. continue
By James Slater: So much for Manny Pacquiao ending all arguments by winning a decisive victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in their third meeting. Last night’s majority win for Pac-Man asked way more questions than it gave us answers. Just who is the better fighter of the two - the Filipino superstar or the Mexican hero? continue
By John J. Maldonado: The sport of boxing has received a black eye with the decision of Pacquiao-Marquez 3. Everything it stands for was torn down with the decision by three judges empowered to protect its sanctity and fairness. You had a man in Juan Manuel Marquez who kept on believing in himself when no one else would and poured his heart, soul, "blood, sweat, and tears" into proving the world wrong. continue
By Martin Salt: British Heavyweight contender Tyson Fury laboured to a third round stoppage of Canadian Heavyweight Neven Pajkic in Manchester, UK last night. Fury looked cumbersome from the beginning and it was worrying to see him look relatively out of shape when the fight began. continue
by Madra Uladh: It ís often said that styles make fights, and tonight, we saw this maxim borne out in the third meeting between Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez. Pac had steamrolled over bigger (some much bigger) opponents in Delahoya, Cotto, Margarito, Clottey and Mosley. But tonight, he certainly didnít overwhelm Marquez in what turned out to a very close, tactical fight. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: The waiting is over. Yesterday's weigh in was the last hurdle of the highly anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez. Both fighters were smart enough to come under the catchweight limit of 144 pounds. continue
By Kevin L. Johnston: Tonight’s bout between two legends will complete a classic trilogy that will certainly be the defining characteristic of Juan Manuel Marquez’s career, and a rather large, bolded asterisk beside Manny Pacquiao’s career at the very least. Hyperbole aside, fans should once again expect nothing but the best from both pugilists heading into the ring tonight. So where exactly does the betting value lie in this matchup? continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KOs) put on an impressive display of boxing against Australian Frank Lo Porto (15-5-2, 7 KOs) last night at El Paso, Texas, in defending his WBA super welterweight crown via sixth round stoppage. continue
By James Slater: The weights are in for tonight’s expected thriller between archrivals Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Both guys looked sensational as they stepped on to the scale in Las Vegas: Pacquiao tipping-in at a ripped 143-pounds, and Marquez coming in at a muscular 142 (the WBO welterweight title fight has a catch-weight of 144). If anything, younger man Pacquiao looked a little leaner than he has done in the recent past. continue
By James Slater: As fans know, exciting, promising heavyweight contender Robert Helenuis of Finland is set to fight against a TBA in his homeland on December 3rd. The show will be topped by Alexander Povetkin-Cedric Boswell. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: Last night, Brownsville, TX, native Jerry Guevara (7-0, 5 KOs) pulled off a minor upset against previously unbeaten Filipino Featherweight Juan Miguel Elorde (10-1, 4 KOs) on the non-televised portion of the TOP RANK Live event at the Islander Ballroom of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue
By John G. Thompson: Austin "No Doubt" Trout (24-0, 14 KO's) administered a one sided beating to his opponent Frank “The Italian Stallion” LoPorto (15-5-2, 7 KO's) at the Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas, stopping him in the sixth round on ShoBox: The New Generation. Trout looked tremendous and a fantastic matchup against any of today’s premier junior middleweights. In the undercard, Michael Oliveira also administered a one sided beating to his opponent who lost due to disqualification. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Fresh from claiming a 4th round TKO win over Tackie Anane, Ghana's Abdul Malik Jabir says he is determined more than ever to prove his critics wrong by knocking out his next opponent, Samir Kasmi, when he fights the France Super Featherweight champion in his hometown of Noisy Le Grand next month. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Even before he steps into the ring on December 3 to bid for a reclaim of his recently lost IBF Bantamweight title against Abner Mares, the Directors of the Commonwealth Boxing Council have voted to award the 2011 Dennie Mancini Trophy to Joseph King Kong Agbeko. continue
EL PASO, Texas (Nov. 12, 2011) – After three years without national television exposure, undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Austin Trout dominated Frank LoPorto for more than five rounds before referee Rafael Ramos stopped the fight at 2:32 of the sixth in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation. In the evening’s co-feature from minor league ballpark Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas, the Brazilian-born prospect Michael Oliveira won by disqualification over Xavier Toliver when referee Robert Chapa ended the bout at 1:31 of round eight when Toliver punched Oliveira on the break. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 149th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features special guests Floyd Mayweather Senior and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. 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 and heavyweight correspondent Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• James Kirkland's thrilling TKO6 win over Afredo Angulo
• What's next for both fighters? Rematch?
• Denis Lebedev's surprisingly one-sided points victory over James Toney
• Should Toney retire?
• Peter Quillin's dominate TKO6 performance over Craig McEwan
• Should Kid Chocolate get a title shot?
• Lucian Bute's near virtual out win against Glen Johnson
• Is this really Bute's best win to date?
• The passing of boxing great Joe Frazier
• How will Smokin’ Joe's be remembered?
• Bob Arum suggesting in the press that Mayweather wants to fight Morales, not Pacquiao.
• Does TopRank promotions really want to make Pacquiao vs Mayweather?
• Break down of this weekends fight between Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
By Sam Geraci: On the undercard of Saturday’s mega fight, WBC champion in recess and apparent future superstar in recess Timothy Bradley defends his WBO championship against Olympic gold medalist and former super featherweight and lightweight champion Joel Casamayor. continue
Manchester (Nov 11, 2011) Tyson Fury and Neven Pajkic came head to head at the official weigh in today at the Trafford Centre for the final time before their Commonwealth Heavyweight showdown at EventCity in Manchester, UK, tomorrow (Sat 12 Nov). continue
By James Slater: Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight champ Enzo Maccarinelli, loser of three of his last six outings, all by KO, will give it one more go. The exciting 31-year-old will return to action as a light-heavyweight next Friday at The York Hall in London, and the Welshman’s 175-pound debut will come against an unbeaten fighter. continue
By Chris Cella: Tomorrow night welterweight world champion Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao will battle challenger Juan Manuel Marquez for the belt, and this may be the fight that ends all talk about a possible super fight between Pacman and Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue
By James Slater: One of the best kept secrets in today’s heavyweight division, is 39-year-old Amir Mansour. The unbeaten, 15-0(11), contender is now ranked in the top-ten of a couple of organizations, and the hungry southpaw has won seven in a row since being released from prison last summer. continue
By Reni M. Valenzuela: Predictions generate a buzz of varied reflections. But where are they not so important? Predictions are probabilities that can’t go beyond the conceivable. They are mere likelihoods of what might transpire in the future within the reach of what is humanly possible. While predictions matter to bettors who gamble in perpetuity only to always win what they’ve lost, predictions don’t mean much to those who dare set forth to “unknown” heights to capture true winning without plunging. No wonder, eagle wings are for humans too who have within themselves what it takes to soar. continue
HOBOKEN, New Jersey (November 11, 2011) -- FIGHT NOW TV TM - America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel - announces it will air tomorrow's (Saturday, Nov. 12) heavyweight title fight between British and Commonwealth champion Tyson Fury and the Canadian title holder Neven Pajkic, starting at 4:45 PM/ET, live from Manchester UK. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: As fight fans we were treated to a thrilling and grueling fight this weekend on HBO. Fans have probably come to the conclusion that the most exciting fight of the year has already taken place. However in my humble opinion I believe thereâ€™s a good chance the most fan friendly fight of the year is soon to be. continue
JUAN CARLOS BURGOS & LUIS CRUZ FACE OFF AT THE FINAL PACQUIAO-MARQUEZ III
Las Vegas, NV (November 10) - Battling it out for their native lands, Juan Carlos Burgos (27-1, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico and Puerto Rican Luis Cruz (19-0, 15 KOs) are set to trade leather this Saturday, November 12 in a ten-round super featherweight battle for the WBO/NABO title as the HBO Pay-Per-View televised opener of the highly anticipated Pacquiao vs. Marquez trilogy. continue
LONDON (November 10) - Amir "King" Khan will fight on Sky for the first time since he defeated Marcos "Chino" Maidana in his Las Vegas debut in December last year in a clash that many in boxing called the "Fight of the Year." continue
By Jason Peck: Believe me – I get it. Marquez took this fight because he didn’t need an accounting degree to know that nothing beats a Pacquiao payday. Boxing realities speak for themselves. But reality also says Marquez’s abilities dwindle as he approaches welterweight, something demonstrated previously in his 2009 lopsided loss to Floyd Mayweather. continue
by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Former British, European and IBO World Champ champ Colin Lynes added the second Lonsdale belt to his collection, after comprehensively beating defending champ Lee Purdy in a storming war at York Hall, last night. continue
By James Slater: By way of a tribute to the passing of the legendary “Smokin’” Joe Frazier, HBO Sports have decided to re-air the highly acclaimed (by some) 2007 documentary named after the third epic fight Frazier and archrival Muhammad Ali had. continue
By James Slater: Fans everywhere were very disappointed when they read that the upcoming British heavyweight title fight eliminator between unbeaten hope David Price and tough contender John McDermott had been postponed for a second time (the first time due to McDermott pulling out, this time due to 2008 Olympian Price doing so). continue
Rival super-middleweights George Groves and James DeGale will joint-headline a big fight card at the ExCeL London on Friday 9th December, LIVE and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Platform Ch. 456).
Big-hitting Groves defends his British and Commonwealth titles, while all-action DeGale will put his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental title on the line. Opponents for both will be announced shortly. continue
Hornchurch man becomes oldest British Welterweight champ. Colin Lynes produced a fantastic display against Lee Purdy to take the British Welterweight title with a majority decision in a York Hall classic. continue
WASHINGTON (Nov. 9) - "Capital Showdown" fighters and DC metro-area natives Lamont "Havoc" Peterson, his brother Anthony Peterson, along with undefeated heavyweight contender Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell, will break from their rigorous training schedules to attend the 22nd annual Fight Night "Fight For Children" event at the Washington Hilton and Towers this Thursday evening. continue
Boxing on ESPN Deportes: Comprehensive news and information coverage of the Pacquiao vs. Marquez and Margarito vs. Cotto Bouts
ESPN Deportes’ Viernes de Combates analyst Delvin Rodriguez fights Pawel Wolak in a televised undercard bout on the Margarito vs. Cotto card
ESPN Deportes to offer comprehensive news and information coverage of two of the most anticipated fights of this year featuring two of ESPN Deportes’ top boxing analysts. continue
By James Slater: 39-year-old Hasim Rahman, already a two-time heavyweight ruler, will get a chance to become a three-time champ next year. “The Rock,” 50-7-2(41) has been named as the mandatory challenger for Alexander Povetkin, and the unbeaten Russian’s manager, Vladimir Khryunov, told Sportbox.ru how negotiations for the fight will have to be commenced before December 27th of this year. continue
HBO will pay tribute to the legacy of heavyweight great Joe Frazier, who passed away Nov. 7, with a special encore play of THRILLA IN MANILA, the compelling 2009 documentary chronicling the competition between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, widely considered the greatest rivalry in boxing history. The 90-minute film will be seen THURSDAY, NOV. 10 (6:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT). continue
by James Slater: Exactly fifteen years ago today, fans of recent “heart attack” victim Evander Holyfield were bracing themselves for the worst. The 34-year-old - just three fights removed from his loss to Michael Moorer (the fight that led to Evander’s heart issue becoming public), and just one win removed from his 8th-round KO loss to Riddick Bowe - was going in with the fearsome Mike Tyson. continue
Last night WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck publicly called out both Klitschko brothers in one of Germany’s biggest TV shows "TV Total“ hosted. "Captain“ Huck had a special present for showmaster Stefan Raab who hosts a platform diving event this weekend which will also feature Marco Huck as one of the guest stars: A life-size picture of himself holding baby-versions of the Klitschkos in his arms. "I don’t care which brother I can get my hands on, I would fight both of them right away“, says Huck. Raab’s answer: „If you win our diving event I will talk to Wladimir and make the fight happen!" continue
by John Wight: There has been something inherently nauseating about the outpouring of tribute that has taken place in response to the death of Joe Frazier over the past few days.
A who’s who of boxing has taken to the airwaves, twitter, the sports pages, websites and television channels to air their profound sadness over the loss of such a great fighter, legend of the ring, and all the rest. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - When Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) squares off against Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) for the third time on Saturday, it will have been over three and a half years since last they met. On March 12, 2008 Pacquiao walked away with an extremely close and competitive split decision victory in a fight many people felt Marquez deserved to win. As it turned out this would be Pacquiao’s last fight at 130 pounds, as he would soon make the move up to 135. A lot of fans were disappointed that Pacquiao did not immediately mix it up again with Marquez, but most figured their paths would cross again sooner or later. Few could have predicted, however, that Pacquiao would go on one of the most impressive runs in boxing history before a third fight with Marquez would finally take place.
When Pacquiao challenged David Diaz on June 28, 2008 for the WBC lightweight title it was widely viewed as nothing more than a testing the waters fight. Not many were expecting Pacquiao to lose. If the controversial win Diaz scored against common opponent Erik Morales told us anything, it suggested that at worst Pacquiao should be able to win a decisive points victory. The real question was whether or not Pacquiao could carry his power up with him. He did. He administered a prolonged beating on a very courageous but overmatched Diaz who finally succumbed to the assault in round nine. It was a good win for Pacquiao, but nothing sensational. Diaz was basically perceived as just a belt holder, as the top dogs at the time were Juan Diaz (unified champ) and Joel Casamayor (linear champ) when Pacquiao signed to take on David Diaz. Incidentally, Juan Diaz lost his titles to Nate Campbell a week earlier. So it seemed there were some fairly decent opportunities at 135, but Pacquiao had bigger fish to fry. continue
By Sam Geraci: Much of what has been written and said about Joe Frazier in the hours and days following his death has focused on his negative view of Muhammad Ali and his role in the greatest sports rivalry of our time: The trilogy between him and Ali. While many of those pieces accurately highlight Frazier’s importance to boxing and the trilogy’s impact on race relations in American society, what most pieces have failed to touch upon, is what Frazier symbolized for many of us. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: Good things come to those who wait. Most prize fighters dream of an opportunity to showcase their talents on a big stage, but very few actually get that chance.
Still at a young age in the boxing world, undefeated bantamweight prospect Jerry “El Chicanito” Guevara has waited his turn for a moment to display his talents. Since turning pro back in 2008, the 21 year old fighter has only fought six professional bouts in his young career. That’s not an accurate indication of the young man’s willingness to step foot in the ring. continue
By Paul Strauss: Their history includes three great fights. I've always felt the most important was the first one that occurred March 8, 1971, when they were both undefeated and in their prime. It was billed as "The Fight of the Century". Muhammad Ali, the former undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, was 31-0 (25). continue
MIAMI (Nov. 9, 2011) - Unbeaten, 21-year-old middleweight Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira, according to his head trainer Orlando Cuellar, has the potential to be a Brazilian version of Oscar de la Hoya. continue
LOS ANGELES, November 8 - A date that people around the world will remember is this coming Friday, 11/11/11, as a date that represents a unique numerical occurrence, but for fight fans, it's the day of the Canelo Takeover on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate Classics." The special edition will featuring the re-broadcast of two memorable fights of unbeaten WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez which should get fans amped up for his upcoming November 26 against Kermit "The Killer" Cintron which will be televised on HBO's Boxig After Dark from Mexico City. continue
By James Slater - Thanks to invaluable boxing web site Boxrec.com, we have today been notified about two interesting bits of news regarding upcoming heavyweight action here in the U.K. The first piece of news is, unfortunately, of the frustrating variety - as it has been reported that unbeaten heavyweight hope David Price has been forced to withdraw from his schedule Nov. 19th battle with the experienced John McDermott. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro - I was deeply saddened to hear that Joe Frazier passed away earlier today, like I’m sure most of the boxing world was. He was a living legend and right up to his passing was so dedicated to the sport that bought him fame and fortune.
Whilst most people will remember Joe for his trilogy of fights with Ali, I remember him with deep affection for a totally different reason... It was Joe and his son Marvis that first got me involved in boxing.
In late 2005, whilst I was recovering from a serious illness, I traveled to Philadelphia to spend some time with my fiancee Marianne Marston, who was there on an extended business trip.
The day I arrived in Philly Marianne was particularly buoyant, not because I had made the trip but because that afternoon she had accidentally met with Joe in a coffee shop opposite our hotel.
Marianne, who had recently started boxing training with Choleton Senior in London, was recounting the story to me of how they met, before saying that Joe had invited her to try out at his North Philadelphia gym. continue
Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who faces two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan, of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, in an IBF world title eliminator on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden, feels that this weekend’s Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez fight will end in a knockout. continue
By James Slater: Beware potential pay-per-view buyers! Fans who are considering shelling out $54.95 for this coming Saturday’s third and most likely final meeting between greats Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez (myself included, although in the U.K, on Prime Time, the fight will cost £14.95) may want to read what trainer and fight predictor extraordinaire Freddie Roach has just said about the upcoming rumble.
Speaking with GMA News, Roach warned of the strong possibility that this one could be all over in just one-round - in Pacquiao’s favour, of course!
“Don’t be surprised if this fight goes one round,” Roach said. “I know that’s a bold statement. I think he [Marquez] will try to exchange with Manny, come after Manny, because he has hurt Manny a couple of times in the past. But if he does that, he’ll end up on the floor.
“I think he will come out and exchange with us. I told Manny to be ready for a fast start, because this guy will try and get you out that early. But I really, really hope that happens because I think that would be to our favour.. continue
On Saturday, November 5, on the undercard of Bute vs. Johnson at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, undefeated lightweight prospect Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (13-0-0, 10 KO) of Arroyo Naranjo, Cuba, scored the biggest victory of his young career, by destroying former NABA Champion Alejandro Barrera (21-9-0, 14 KO) of Mexico City by knockout early in the second round. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - NOVEMBER 8, 2011 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion of the world Smokin' Joe Frazier .He passed away yesterday. He was 67. Born in Beaufort, South Carolina on January 12, 1944, Frazier moved north to Philadelphia as a teenager and began boxing in an effort to lose weight. An outstanding amateur, Frazier lost only once, to Buster Mathis in the 1964 Olympic Trials. But Mathis suffered a hand injury and Frazier replaced him and came home from the Tokyo Summer Games with a gold medal.
He turned pro in 1965. Wins over noted contenders Oscar Bonavena (W 10), Eddie Machen (TKO 10), Doug Jones (KO 5) and George Chuvalo (TKO 4) propelled him to the top of the rankings. After Muhammad Ali was stripped of the title for refusing induction into the armed services, Frazier was matched against Mathis by the New York State Athletic Commission for its version of the title. Frazier won by 11th round KO and defended the title four times – Manuel Ramos (TKO 2), Bonavena (W 15), Dave Zyglewicz (KO 1) and Jerry Quarry (TKO 7) – before stopping WBA champion Jimmy Ellis (TKO 5) to unify titles.
After his next defense, a 2nd round KO over Bob Foster, Frazier met Muhammad Ali, who had returned to the ring following a three-year exile, in what would become known as “The Fight of the Century” on March 8, 1971 at Madison Square Garden. continue
“My brother Wladimir and I are very sad to hear that Joe Frazier has passed away. He was one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all times. I am very proud to have the same title that Joe once had. His three fights against Muhammad Ali are classics in sports history. Joe has done a lot for the sport of boxing – as a champion as well as through his social involvement. Our thoughts are with his family.” - Vitali Klitschko, WBC World Heavyweight Championcontinue
By James Slater - As fans know, boxing legend "Smokin'" Joe Frazier passed away a short time ago. The 67 year old lost his brave battle with liver cancer and is now at peace. Literally anybody who is anybody amongst the boxing fraternity has been paying tribute to the former heavyweight king.
Everyone, from Muhammad Ali to Lennox Lewis, from Bernard Hopkins to Larry Holmes, from Larry Merchant to Frank Warren has felt the need to say a few words about the fallen warrior.
Perhaps one of the most moving gestures has come from modern day superstar Floyd Mayweather, however. The sometimes controversial great has announced how he and Team Mayweather will pay for Joe's funeral services. As was the case when he quietly paid for Genaro Hernandez' funeral a short time back, Floyd has shown his caring, compassionate side.
Often looked as, for want of a better word, a jerk, Mayweather has again shown he is a great guy deep down. I'm sure 'Smoke' is up there smiling down on Floyd.
LAS VEGAS, NEV (November 8, 2011) – It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ have broken camp for their mega world championship fight. Fight Week continues with Pacquiao’s Grand Arrival, which will be open to the public. Pacquiao, along with five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives Today! Tuesday, November 8, at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Pacman will be transported by luxury bus custom-designed with his image. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 148th 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 paired up with undefeated featherweight Yuriokis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs). Steward spoke about his new working relationship as head trainer for Gamboa, and also talked about a number of other topics relevant to today’s boxing news, including Pacquiao-Marquez III, Wladimir Klitschko’s upcoming fight with Jean Marc Mormeck, a potential showdown between David Haye and Vitali Klitschko, the controversial fight between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, Freddie Roach being on the Boxing Hall of Fame ballot for 2012, Amir Khan, Alexander Povetkin versus Cedric Boswell, Andy Lee possibly fighting before the end of the year, K9 Bundrage, Timothy Bradley, Amir Khan, and more! Here are some questions and answers from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move things over to our final guest of this week’s show, and he’s making an unprecedented 19th appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio as we are once again joined by Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward! How’s everything going today Emanuel?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Everything is going good today. I’m enjoying these last few days before I have to start going into my HBO thing and then to Wladimir Klitschko. I’m excited about doing the broadcast of the fight between Marquez and Pacquiao, which is a fight that I have eagerly awaited for quite a few years. That will be coming up Saturday so I’m excited about that.
JENNA: Now you mentioned you’re excited for that fight. There is obviously the buzz building with the 24/7 series. I don’t know if you watched that, but what do you think is going on with both of these camps and have you seen anything that leads you to believe the result will be any different than you thought before?
STEWARD: Well first of all you have some situations where just the chemistry of certain styles are always going to make for good fights. You know Ali had that situation with Joe Frazier and also with Kenny Norton, and you had Gatti and Ward, and I think this is the case of just styles. The two styles mesh together and they would make for a good fight any time they fight. This is the third one, and the only thing that separates the difference between them was the four knockdowns scored by one, which was Manny Pacquiao. That’s what’s given him the one point edge after 24 rounds of fighting. So just that alone suggests it’s going to be a good fight, and when you have a fighter like Marquez who wants this fight so badly and never thought he would get the third fight, he’s going to fight the fight of his life. Freddie Roach wants to shut him up and convincingly knock him out. Just with the history of those guys they’ve always been in good fights, so I just think it has all of the ingredients of being a very good fight and will probably live up to the expectations, unlike we had for so many other fights this year that didn’t. continue
By Joseph Bagnato: How you shut up the worlds biggest talker, break his jaw. Joe Frazier lost his brave fight with liver cancer november 8th 2011. Rest in Peace, set the boxing world a blaze, where theres smoke there is fire, and you were always smoking. continue
The SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL will conclude December 17 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ when WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) takes on his WBC counterpart Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs). continue
World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) had a busy Monday as Team Sauerland held media days in Finland and Germany. On December 3, the undefeated 32-year-old will take on Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs) at Helsinkiï¿½s renowned Hartwall Areena. After catching up with the Finnish media in the morning, Povetkin flew to Berlin to discuss his first title defence with the German press in the afternoon. ï¿½I have been working hard in camp,ï¿½ he stated. ï¿½Teddy Atlas is back in Russia to get me ready for Boswell. He is a strong challenger but we will come up with a plan to leave the ring victorious.ï¿½ continue
By James Slater: As all fight fans know, there was a time when heavyweight legends Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier were the bitterest of enemies. The two had genuine, ever-growing dislike for one another starting ahead of their legendary 1971 “Fight of The Century.” continue
By Robert Jackson: The title of this article is a phrase made famous by legendary trainer Eddie Futch during the 1975 ‘Thrilla in Manilla’ fight, where after 14 rounds the Hall of Fame trainer called an end to a very brutal affair where both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier absorbed tremendous amounts of punishment. Both men were briefly hospitalized after the fight and Ali was quoted as saying after the fight “this is the closest thing to death”. Joe Frazier was said to have been angry with Futch for stopping the fight, it was also said that Frazier never spoke to Futch again. Making the argument “No one will ever forget what you did here today” Futch stopped the fight in the corner between the 14th and 15th rounds, giving Ali the victory. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Peter Maniatis' Promotions returns on Friday November 11, with a strong card of Australian boxing at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. Headlining the event is WBA #10 Joel Casey (14-8-1, 9 KOs) taking on Manny Vlamis (10-2, 7 KOs) for the PABA light heavyweight title. Casey, a former WBF light heavyweight champion, is currently enjoying a four fight winning streak, which commenced with a split points decision victory over former world rated light heavyweight Tim Bell (18-6-1, 13 KOs) for the PABA title. continue
By James Slater: It’s fair to say that when Floyd Mayweather’s team announced the unbeaten megastar was planning on fighting again on May 5th next year, with “the little fella” being the man “Money” wanted, so as “to give the fans the big fights they want,” promoter Bob Arum was less than impressed. The Top Rank boss laughed off talk that a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight was on the horizon, and now we know why. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (November 7, 2011) - It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Congressman MANNY "Pacman" PACQUIAO and JUAN MANUEL MaRQUEZ will break camp and head to Las Vegas to kickoff fight week for their mega world championship event with their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals which will be open to the public. Marquez, with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives Today! Monday, November 7. Pacquiao, along with five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Arum arrives Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 8. Both arrivals will be at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. Both will be transported by luxury buses custom-designed with their images. continue
New York (November 7, 2011) - CNN prime time talk show host Piers Morgan will step into the ring with worldwide boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao when the Friday, November 11 edition of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' features a visit with the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world champion. In addition to an instructive sparring session with the knockout king, Morgan conducts interviews with Pacquiao, who is a Congressman in his native Philippines; Top Rank chairman Bob Arum; and Pacquiao's longtime trainer, the accomplished Freddie Roach. The interviews take place at Roach's legendary Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, CA. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I have said this a long time ago as well as in my numerous recent articles within the past week: I believe that it is Manny Pacquiao who does not wish to do everything possible to make his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. a reality. continue
Aaron H. (Dallas, TX): Going into the Kirkland/Angulo fight you predicted a "Fight of the Year", but you also predicted an Angulo victory. What are your thoughts regarding Kirkland's victory and who would you like to see him face next? continue
By Ron Scarfone at Ringside: Guillermo "El Felino" Jones (38-3-2, 30 KOs) of Colon, Panama remains WBA cruiserweight champion after his victory over Michael Marrone (20-4, 15 KOs) of Vero Beach, Florida. The fight had a Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed feel to it with Marrone as the underdog of Italian descent facing the dominant world class champion. continue
By James Slater: The way he’s going, Scottish hero Ricky Burns will soon become a global boxing hero. Now the claimant of “world” titles at two weights, super-featherweight and lightweight, the 28-year-old has gone from strength to strength in his storybook career. continue
By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: Guy Fawkes night, or bonfire night as some prefer, is an explosive celebration with fireworks lighting the evening skies. With this in mind promoter Frank Warren had declared that his ‘Gladiators’ event, at the Wembley Arena, would be an explosive affair. Being a man of his words he delivered as promised. The three Championship bouts all featured all action boxers with knockout reputations, as did the undercard. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Hollywood, Florida, World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight ruler Guillermo Jones of Panama fought for the first time in over a year, as he retained his belt with a punishing, one-sided 6th-round TKO over a game but overmatched Mike Marrone. continue
By Paul Strauss: Just about anyone asked about this fight thought it would never go the distance. No chance when you have two risk taking big punchers like James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland 29-1 (26) and Alfredo "Perro" Angulo 20-1 (17), who squared off for HBO at the Centre de Cancun, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Everyone expected lots of fireworks and excitement and they got their wish. The two bangers came right at each other at the sound of the opening bell. continue
By Paul Strauss: Fans knew there was a risk this match up could be boring. They knew Lucien Bute 29-0 (23) was bigger, faster and much more skilled than Johnson. Bute wanted to shine in this fight, and even though he and Johnson are friends, he very much wanted to win decisively by KO or TKO. He wasn't able to accomplish that, but he still pitched a shutout. Judges were hard pressed to give Glen Johnson 51-15-2 (35) even one round. The only way the fight was going to be interesting was for Johnson to be willing to take the necessary risks to make it so. He wasn't. continue
By James Slater: Last night in Mexico, light-middleweights James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo delivered as advertised in their expected slugfest. Ahead of the WBC 154-pound eliminator, fans and experts everywhere were predicting a barnburner that could go either way. For once, a fight lived up to the hype! continue
by John Wight: Ricky Burns delivered a world class performance against a world class opponent at Wembley on Saturday night, pitching himself among the elite of the division after only his first fight at lightweight. The improvements the Coatbridge fighter has made since his last career defining performance against former super featherweight world champion Roman 'Rocky' Martinez in September 2010 were apparent from the opening bell. His jab is faster, his footwork is better, and most of all his right hand is stronger and thrown with much more effect than was previously the case. continue
By Ted Sares: After an incredible first round in which both fighters were down, Alfredo "El Perro" Angulo punched himself out and never really recovered as James "The Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland took over the action. Finally, at the 2.01 mark of the sixth round, the referee saved El Perro from himself. Kirkland had stepped up the action and was landing career-ending type shots at the time. continue
QUEBEC CITY, Canada (Nov. 6, 2011) - Lucian Bute passed the toughest test of his thriving career with a dominant unanimous decision win over Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title for the ninth time. continue
By John G. Thompson: James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland (30-1, 27 KO's) from Austin, Texas and Alfredo "Perro" Angulo (20-2, 17 KO's) from Mexicali, Mexico put on a thrilling show for the boxing fans at Centro de Cancun in the beautiful resort town of Cancun, Mexico on HBO Championship Boxing. The first round alone will certainly be the round of the year, and the fight itself is one fans will remember.. continue
(LEON- Nov. 5) Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) took on Ralph "The Silencer" Butler (35-12, 28 KOs) tonight in an epic slugfest. The match, which was scheduled for 12 rounds ended abruptly in the 55 seconds into the third round when Butler ate a barrage of heavy hands before the referee stepped in to save Butler from any further punishment. Arreola scored several knockdowns in the first, second and third rounds. continue
By John G. Thompson:Lucian "La Tombeur" Bute (30-0, 24 KO's) won a victory over his most experienced opponent to date in Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KO's) this evening at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada. However, Pier Oliver “Apou” Cote (18-0, 12 KO's) completely stole the show with his extraordinary second round knockout of Jorge Luis Teron (25-3-1, 17 KO's) on Showtime Championship Boxing. continue
Latest news reports from the New York Post indicate that former Heavyweight champion and Hall of Famer Joe Frazier, 67, is deathly ill with advanced liver cancer and his days may be numbered. I hope this is wrong. continue
By James Slater: While James Toney fans are still trying to come to terms with the sad spectacle of their hero being badly beaten up and out-muscled by Denis Lebedev, the new interim WBA cruiserweight ruler is pondering his next move. continue
by James Slater: In sad and unexpected news, it has been reported that heavyweight legend Joe Frazier is seriousy ill with advanced liver cancer.A source close to the 67-year-old, who held the world title from 1968 to 1973, told The New York Post Joe is "in serious shape. We're looking for a miracle. They're only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now." continue
Trabzon, Turkey - On November 26th, 2011, World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin and Canada based Romanian Ionut "Jo Jo Dan" Ion will clash in a re-match which will be billed as "Unfinished Business" (in Turkish "Büyük Hesaplasma"). In their first fight in June 2010 Aydin dominated the early rounds knocking down his opponent in the first stanza while Jo Jo not only got up from the knockdown but came back strong and even seemed to get stronger the longer the fight lasted. In the end, Aydin won by split decision. continue
by James Slater: Tonight in Moscow, Russia, local hero Denis Lebedev administered a sad, prolonged beating to modern day legend James Toney. The much younger fighter picked up the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight title with a lopsided points win. Southpaw Lebedev was way too much for the shot-looking Toney. Final judges' scores: 120-108, 120-108, 120-107. continue
By James Slater: Many fight fans thought they’d seen the last of former WBA heavyweight ruler Nicolai Valuev. The tallest heavyweight titlist in history was last seen losing a reasonably close, somewhat boring decision to the now-retired David Haye, and “The Russian Giant” reportedly went into politics shortly afterwards. continue
By James Slater: Last week, ESPN’s Dan Rafael wrote a story informing us how unbeaten stars Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa could be on a collision course, with a fight between the two, staged at 135-pounds, possibly happening as soon as next summer. continue
By Roman Kolaczek: Boxing has been a mainstream sport for over a century. Many generations have had great heavyweight champions, many of them household names all over the world. Anytime a major fight between two outstanding heavyweights occurs, the same question arises: who is the greatest of all time? Today, most are saying that this extraordinary heavyweight is Muhammad Ali. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani, Photo by Erik Killin) - This week’s 148th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) featured an exclusive interview with undefeated middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs) who is scheduled to face Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) this Saturday night in a bout that will be televised by HBO Boxing After Dark. Quillin spoke about his upcoming fight and also touched on various other topics including Freddie Roach, the Super Six Final, Sergio Martinez’s 11th round knockout against Darren Barker, the prospect of Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Junior meeting Sergio Martinez at a catch weight, Andy Lee’s revenge win against Brian Vera, his future plans, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move things over to our first guest of this week’s show, and he’s a returning one making his fifth appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We’re joined by rising middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. How’s everything going today, Peter?
PETER QUILLIN: I’m doing just fine. I want to thank you guys for having me on.
JENNA: It’s a pleasure as always, and you have a pretty big fight coming up. You know it’s a fight between you and Craig McEwan. People are saying it’s going to be the toughest fight so far in your career. Do you think it will be?
QUILLIN: I think every fight is tough. It’s all about the mental aspect of your preparations leading up to the fight, and I think I had the best going into this fight. You know I’m working very hard like always, and I know I’m exactly where I’m headed at. continue
The weigh-in today (Friday 4th November) taking place at Wembley Arena will be streamed LIVE on www.boxnation.tv, www.frankwarren.tv and Youtube from 2pm.
Ricky Burns and Michael Katsidis will hit the scales first for their Interim WBO World Lightweight title clash, followed by British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight champion George Groves and challenger Paul Smith. continue
Nov. 4, 2011 - Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the December 3 HBO Pay-Per-View® rematch between World Boxing Association (WBA) Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of "Face Off," starring the two battle-tested veterans. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Cotto-Margarito” debuts Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8:45 a.m. ET/PT on HBO. continue
First, I'd like to welcome everyone to today's call and wish everyone a Happy Halloween. As Bricelda said, we have Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin along with Craig McEwan on the line. After their portion of the call we will have Alfredo Angulo and James Kirkland on the line to talk about this weekend's HBO Boxing After Dark double header. I'd like to turn the call over to the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya. Oscar? continue
LOS ANGELES, November 3 - Coachella Valley and Los Angeles-area rising stars are ready to shine on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., as Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to announce the entire lineup for the card featuring the middleweight showdown between former World Champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora and longtime contender Shibata Flores continue
By James Slater:Fight fans everywhere have surely read the recent news regarding superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior’s announcement that he plans on fighting again on May 5th of next year, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fans have surely also read how Team-Mayweather have said they hope the Pay-Per-View opponent on that date will be none other than reigning Pound-For-Pound king Manny Pacquiao. continue
TACOMA, WA - Thompson puts undefeated record on the line against Former Amateur National Champion
(Tacoma) Undefeated heavyweight prospect “Vicious” Vincent Thompson (9-0-0, 2 KOs) puts his undefeated record on the line against Jonte “Rock Steady” Willis (8-1-1, 3 KOs) at the 84th installment of the “Battle at the Boat” professional boxing series Saturday, continue
by Jenna J - This week's 148th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio (brought to you by CWH Promotions) features returning special guests Emanuel Steward and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. 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, and also the #7 ranked heavyweight contender in the WBC correspondent Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Floyd Mayweather Junior’s camp announcing his next fight will be May 5th and that they are targeting a fight with Pacquiao
• News that Floyd Mayweather’s recent win against Victor Ortiz generated 1.25 million pay-per-view buys and $78.44 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue
• Who is the bigger pay-per-view draw? Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao?
• HBO’s Pacquiao-Marquez 24/7 Episode 2 Review
• Is Marquez bulking up too much for his fight with Pacquiao?
• Freddie Roach claiming that Pacquiao would fight Sergio Martinez at 150 pounds
• Timothy Bradley saying he would fight Amir Khan next if it’s a 50/50 split on everything—Khan offers 70/30 split to Bradley
• David Haye vs. Vitali Klitschko a possibility for March 3
• Emanuel Steward being announced as the new head trainer for Yuriokis Gamboa
Exclusive Interview by Charles White: Just ahead of his November 5th fight with Vincent Thompson (9-0 with 2 ko's) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA, heavyweight prospect Jonte Willis (8-1-1 with 3 ko's) had the following things to say both about his opponent and in retaliation to Thompson's words from an interview done 2 weeks ago. Don't miss this witty, insightful interview! continue
BOB ARUM: We are very, very excited as we wind down to the much anticipated Manny Pacquiao - Juan Manuel Márquez fight. The promotion has been a long journey – the promotion started in September in the Philippines and along the way went to México City and then both fighters continued on in their training. Manny in the Philippines and then the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, and Juan Manuel in México City. continue
By James Slater: Well, James "Lights Out" Toney has already proved a heck of a number of fight fans wrong! Ever since his cruiserweight fight with Denis Lebedev was announced, know it alls everywhere said Toney, now 43 years of age, would under no circumstances make the 200-pound limit. Such negativity was, moments ago in Moscow, Russia,blown away,as the modern day legend tipped in at a pound below the cruiser limit. Lebedev, much the younger man, came in at 197 and a half for the battle that will contest the interim WBA belt. continue
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA (Nov. 3, 2011) – Day two of press conferences at La Cage Aux Sports here attracted another strong media turnout as rising Canadian junior welterweight star Pier-Olivier Côté and the more-experienced Jorge Luis Teron discussed their 12-round co-featured bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, Nov. 5, from the Pepsi Coliseum live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA (Nov. 2, 2011) – A sea of media turned out at the popular Quebec sports bar La Cage Aux Sports for a chance to hear from undefeated superstar Lucian Bute and former world champ Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson on Wednesday, just three days before Bute makes the ninth defense of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight title on Saturday, Nov. 5, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
London, England (November 3, 2011) – British boxing sensation and reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-welterweight world champion Amir ‘King’ Khan will be ringside as a guest commentator for Primetime (Channel 480 on Sky) when his stablemate Manny Pacquiao faces off against the Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez next Saturday night. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Nov. 3rd, 2011) – What may seem like insurmountable odds for most fighters might wind up playing into Jason Gavern’s favor Saturday night as the Florida-based heavyweight prepares for the opportunity of a lifetime. continue
Oklahoma City, OK (November 2, 2011) - USBA welterweight champion Carson Jones will look to take another step towards his dream of fighting for a world title when he battles 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo “Slicky Ricky” Williams in the main event of “The Corona Rumble at Remington, Presented by Monster Energy” Thursday, December 15 at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise heads south of the border for a doubleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ALFREDO ANGULO VS. JAMES KIRKLAND AND PETER QUILLIN VS. CRAIG MCEWAN is seen SATURDAY, NOV. 5 (10:15 p.m. ET/PT) from the Cancun Center in Cancun, Mexico. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, 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 James Slater: Reading today’s boxing website headlines, I came across the possibility of Paulie Malignaggi facing a soon-to-move-up-to 147 Marcos Maidana. With whispers also suggesting “The Magic Man” - now 3-0 in his 147-pound campaign - could face Erik Morales next, I called up the New Yorker to see what he had to say on matters. continue
By James Slater: The formidable and mighty Klitschko brothers will not be around forever, and soon enough a new star will be needed to front boxing’s glamour division. Everyone is looking for the next big thing at heavyweight, be it fans in America, the U.K, elsewhere in Europe or in other countries. continue
Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, who 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, will be in line for a pair of much-coveted title shots with a win on Dec. 3 at Madison Square Garden. continue
By James Slater: In bad and frustrating news for former British heavyweight champ Derek Chisora, Larry Olubamiwo, his scheduled opponent for this coming Saturday on promoter Frank Warren's big Wembley show, has had to withdraw due to illness. continue
NORTH BERGEN, NJ (November 2, 2011) - As training camp winds down for the undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) International heavyweight champion Mariusz Wach, the true scope of his growth as a fighter becomes clearer. Wach, 25-0 (13 KO), of North Bergen, N.J., by way of Krakow, Poland, will face former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KO) this Saturday, November 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., the site of his Knockout of the Year performance against Kevin McBride in July. continue
Never one to sit idle, Sergei "The White Wolf" Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KO), trained with Floyd Mayweather Sr. in Las Vegas recently. The two seemingly diverse personalities found some common threads. They both love boxing and they both like to win just as much. Sergei is thirsty to learn more of the mental aspects of the sports, more finesse and footwork. Mayweather thinks he is just the guy to teach Sergei the "slick-ness" as he puts it. Sergei was pleased with the time he spent with Mayweather and said he will return to Las Vegas in about 2 weeks to continue training with Floyd Sr. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 1, 2011) - World Boxing Association ("WBA") and International Boxing Association ("IBA") light heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov andGoossen Tutor Promotions have settled their lawsuit and the disputes between them. They have agreed that their Promotional Contract is terminated and have amicably parted ways. continue
New York, NY - (11/1/2011) - Glen Johnson and Allan Green have been longtime friends and sparring partners, and most recently were opponents against one another in 2010, as part of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic. Now, the two will enter into hostile territory together this Saturday night when they travel to Quebec City to take on two of Canada's favorite sons. continue
By James Slater: It’s Twitter time again, fight fans! Unbeaten 140-pound star Timothy Bradley recently logged onto Twitter and issued a challenge to 140-pound rival Amir Khan. Bradley, training for his upcoming Nov.12th fight with veteran Joel Casamayor, challenged Khan to a 50-50 purse split: continue
By James Slater: Anyone who's anyone in the sport of boxing is excitedly awaiting a classic slugfest right now, only days away are We from the ticking time bomb that is the light-middleweight clash between hurtful punchers James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This is the ninth and final survey in a series I have been conducting since 2009. In the first survey, we peered into the opinions of long-time boxing fans to make a definitive list of the top ten heavyweights of all time. Although this is a very subjective topic that is skewed by personal bias, differences of opinion, and the absence of a universally agreed upon criteria to judge past fighters, we can still establish some degree of consensus. While contemplating my own list of top heavyweight pugilists, I decided gathering the input of others might help display a more accurate portrayal of what a 'true' top 10 list should look like. Since then I have had similar surveys involving the light heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight, and flyweight divisions.
In this survey, which included many of the same individuals from the previous eight, I polled 56 long-time boxing fans (myself included). My question was simple. I had each person in the survey provide me with a chronological list of who he or she considered to be the ten best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing history.
Ties were not allowed, just a straight-forward list from one to ten. I then used a weighted scoring system to assign points to fighters based on where they appeared on each individual's list. First place votes received 25 points. Second place votes were worth 15 points, third place votes were worth 12, and fourth and fifth place votes were worth 10 and 8 points respectively. After that, the point differential was constant, with sixth place votes getting 5 points, seventh place votes getting 4, eighth getting 3, ninth place 2, and tenth place 1. continue
12 Rounds -- World Welterweight Championship
MANNY PACQUIAO vs. JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ
Eight-Division World Champion Three-Division World Champion
General Santos City, Philippines Mexico City, Mexico
53-3-2, 38 KOs 53-5-1, 39 KOs continue
AS VEGAS, NEVADA - (November 1, 2011) Grind 2 Def Entertainment proudly announces the signing of an exclusive worldwide boxing advisor agreement with Fort Worth, Texas based heavyweight boxer Kendrick "The Apostle" Releford, 22-15 (10 KOs). continue
It was very sad for me the last week as among other matters, a page - of the many that I have in my life - was touched by the passing away of a close friend and one of the best Latin-American boxing mentors and trainers, Amilcar Brusa from Argentina, with whom I spent many days, especially during the time of the great Carlos Monzón, for whom Brusa was trainer-manager always. May he rest in peace at the side of God and my hero, Carlso Monzón. continue
LOS ANGELES (October 31, 2011) - Undefeated middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (25-0, 19 KOs) breaks his Los Angeles training camp Wednesday to depart for Cancun, not for a vacation but to fight live on HBO for the first time, Saturday night against Scottish southpaw Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) in Cancun, Mexico. continue
By James Slater: Back when they were at their peak in the 1990s, former heavyweight Champions Evander Holyfield and Riddick Bowe gave us a thrill-ogy to rank with the very best. Back in 1992, ‘93 and ‘95, “The Real Deal” and “Big Daddy” were top-class athletes capable of fighting their hearts out. Sadly, both men are delusional enough to think they can reap more glory today, whilst well into their 40s. continue