by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 154th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with light heavyweight contender Ismayl Sillakj (17-0, 14 KOs), who has been ordered by the WBC to square off against former champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) for the mandatory position to challenge for the title. Sillakh spoke about his career and the possibility of facing Pascal. He also shared his views on a wide variety of topics including his sparring sessions with Andre Ward, the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson fight and whether he believes there will be a rematch, a potential fight between Hopkins and Lucian Bute, how he believes Floyd Mayweather’s jail sentence might affect his career, whether he believes Mayweather will ever fight Pacquiao, and more! Here is what Sillakh had to say in the interview:
Regarding the recent WBC which ordered a Hopkins-Dawson rematch and how it affects him:
“Yes I was at the WBC convention. So the WBC made a decision for me and Jean Pascal to fight in a final elimination fight. So I hope Jean Pascal will take this fight and we will fight. The WBC is the most respected boxing organization, and I believe that Jean Pascal is not so big of a superstar to not go with this decision.”
On where he sees himself in the title picture in the event Bernard Hopkins is stripped of the WBC title for not having a rematch with Chad Dawson:
“Yeah if it’s true it would be great. I’m ready! I’ve spent 18 years in boxing. You know I had 317 amateur fights. So I’ve proven something with my boxing skills and everything to fight for a title fight. So I’m ready, and I’m hoping to fight for the title in a fight with Chad Dawson. I’ll beat him.” continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) CABAZON, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2011) – Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell made triumphant returns to the ring Friday, both winning by knockout during a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®.
Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., registered an eighth-round knockout over game but outclassed Jessie Nicklow (22-3-3, 8 KOs), of Baltimore, Md., in the main event at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa.
Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs), of Flint, Mich., scored two knockdowns en route a second-round knockout over Darryl Cunningham (24-3, 10 KOs), of Detroit, in the co-feature.
Taylor was making his first start in 26 months; Dirrell his first in 21.
In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (12-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, won his United States debut and dealt southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-1, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., his first defeat on a lopsided eight-round decision. continue
In a bout that has the makings of a match made in boxing heaven, former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight Champion Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich takes on top Heavyweight Contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers to open the new NBC Sports Network's Fight Night on January 21, 2012, at 9pm, at Asylum Arena in Philadelphia.
Sergei is a native of Belarus and grew up in the former Soviet Union. He attributes his upbringing to the type of fighter and person he is today. "Growing up in Belarus was the best life lesson for me. It prepared me for all the challenges that life brings." "It made me stronger and hungrier for a better life." Someone once said 'sports does not build character, it reveals it,' growing up in Belarus definitely helped build my character!"
Since he was 12 years old, Liakhovich always dreamed of becoming a professional boxer. When Sergei was young he would cut out articles from newspapers and magazines which featured fighters like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. He envisaged becoming a boxing icon. "I knew that the United States was the most important place to be in order to make it big in professional boxing. When I was 23, I obtained one of my goals by coming to the US, it wasn't easy. Becoming World Champion at 29 was the next big accomplishment, now I intend to continue the dream by becoming a world champion again" Sergei said.
By JM Siasat: Roilo Golez (13-7, 5KO’s) caught the attention of Filipino fight fans when he won the WBC ABC minimumweight title by stopping Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo in round ten. Golez would then be given the opportunity to fight for the WBC Silver light flyweight title in Mexico but was stopped in round five. continue
GBP President Oscar de la Hoya may be retired from active duty in the ring, but he's still the king when it comes to the Guinness Book of World Records as it was announced during the WBC's 49th Annual Convention in Las Vegas in December that the "Golden Boy" holds world records for the highest Career Pay-Per-View Sales by a Boxer ($696 million) and the highest Selling Pay-Per -View Boxing Match (2.4 million buys for his fight against Floyd Mayweather in May of 2007).
B-HOP MAKES HISTORY AGAIN
Also joining De La Hoya in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2011 was future Hall of Famer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins. Following his controversial December 2010 draw with Jean Pascal, Hopkins bounced back in May with a clear-cut 12 round decision win over his Canadian rival, winning the WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Titles and becoming (at 46 years, 126 days) the oldest boxer to win a major championship in the history of the sport.
THE RETURN OF "EL TERRIBLE"
Having already cemented his place in the Boxing Hall of Fame, Mexican legend Erik "El Terrible" Morales stunned boxing insiders in 2011 when his comeback after a nearly three-year layoff kicked into high gear with a stirring 12-round battle against Marcos "El Chino" Maidana in April in a Fight of the Year candidate. That impressive performance set the stage for Morales' 10th round technical knockout win over Pablo Cesar Cano that earned him the WBC Super Lightweight World Title and a place in the record books as the first Mexican fighter to win world championships in four different weight classes. continue
“I sparred Oliver McCall, back in September or October of last year, in [Hollywood] Florida. After just two-rounds he said ‘F**k this’ and left the gym. I have killer hands. Both of my hands are like shovels,” unbeaten Russian heavyweight hope Magomed Abdusamalov speaks to ESB about his punching power and the effects it has already had. continue
InterBox is proud to announce that International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0-0, 24 KO) has been named Sports Personality of The Year in Quebec, gathering almost 24% of all votes in a survey conducted by Leger Marketing/QMI Agency. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani & Jenna J - Last week’s 154th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio included the announcement of our “2011 Year End Awards”. 2011 wound up being a pretty good year of boxing loaded with drama, upsets, controversy, and some great action-packed fights. On the Ropes Boxing Radio has done its best to consistently bring you the latest and greatest in the world of boxing straight from the fighters and trainers who help shape the professional landscape. With the unique insight that comes from reporting the latest boxing news every week from the newsmakers themselves, you will not find a better list of annual boxing awards than right here. Without further ado, here are our 2011 winners!
Fighter of the Year: Andre Ward
Despite fighting just two times in 2011, Andre Ward excelled on the big stage. In the Semi-Finals of the Super Six Boxing Classic, he outclassed a game but outmatched Arthur Abraham winning a unanimous decision on May 14. In the Final, Ward would win another convincing decision December 17 in a unification matchup against the tough and determined Carl Froch. Ward not only won these matches in style, but he also managed to make it look easy against quality opposition. Given the magnitude of these high profile bouts, which concluded a tournament that has arguably been the best thing in boxing for the past two-plus years, Ward’s achievements stand out above the rest. Ward will be turning 28 in February and he still appears to be getting better. With his dedication to his craft, impeccable work ethic, tremendous ring IQ, great versatility, and an uncanny ability to adapt, it would not be surprising if Ward’s best days are still ahead.
Honorable mention: Juan Manuel Marquez, Brian Viloria
In a boxing year without a clear frontrunner for Fighter of the Year, two boxers definitely deserve mention for being in the running. Juan Manuel Marquez receives an honorable mention for his sensational effort against Manny Pacquiao in which he almost pulled off a spectacular upset against the man who was widely viewed as the best pound-for-pound in all of boxing. Also, Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria deserves mention for his terrific performances against Pingo Miranda and top ten Pound-For-Pound Giovani Segura. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) CABAZON, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2011) – Two of the most recognizable names in boxing will make their long-awaited returns to the ring tomorrow, Dec. 30, when Jermain Taylor and Andre Dirrell are featured in separate 10-round fights on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
Taylor, (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., is a former undisputed middleweight champion who’ll be making his first start in 26 months when he meets Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md., in the main event of a tripleheader. It will be Taylor’s first fight since losing to Arthur Abraham in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Oct. 17, 2009.
Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., hasn’t fought since March 27, 2010, when he won by 11th-round disqualification over Abraham in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Dirrell’s first fight in 21 months will be against Darryl Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, who has won 17 in-a-row.
In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, makes his United States debut when he takes on southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-0, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., in an eight-round showdown of undefeated light heavyweights.
Garcia, who turned 24 on Dec. 23, is a former world amateur champion. Johnson outpointed previously unbeaten Farah Ennis (17-0 going in) two starts ago on April 2, 2011.
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2011) - Goossen Tutor Promotions will kick off 2012 with a World Championship bout headlining on the popular SHOWTIME series, ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Jan. 20. The special edition of ShoBox features World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos defending his title for the first time against the WBA interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux, matching two world champions and two of the sport's rising stars.
The bout was originally scheduled for New Year's Eve, but was postponed after a fighter in the co-main event withdrew due to an injury. The championship event will be held at the Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. and broadcast on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), of Whittier, Calif., just outside of Los Angeles, won the WBA super bantamweight title with a seventh-round knockout over defending champion Akifumi Shimoda this past July in Atlantic City. The slick and speedy 24-year-old holds victories over former world title challengers Alejandro Valdez and Heriberto Ruiz, but will be facing his toughest opponent to date in Rigondeaux. continue
LOS ANGELES, December 29 - As a result of having undergone emergency gall bladder surgery the week before Christmas, World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight World Champion Erik "Terrible" Morales' originally scheduled January 28 HBO World Championship Boxing televised world title defense against undefeated top contender Danny "Swift" Garcia has been rescheduled for March 24, but will still take place at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
Also rescheduled for the new march 24 date is the highly anticipated clash of junior middleweights James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland and "King" Carlos Molina.
All tickets for the January 28 event will be honored for the new date. If fans are unable to attend the March 24 event, refunds will be available by returning their full, un-torn ticket to the original point of purchase starting on Friday, January 6, at 10:00 a.m. CT. For phone and internet purchasers, Ticketmaster Customer Service will be contacting customers by email. Phone and internet customers just need to reply to the email sent by Ticketmaster Customer Service. Phone and internet customers may also contact Ticketmaster Customer Service directly at (800) 653-8000. All refund requests must be completed by Friday March 23 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also be available for purchase at the Reliant Stadium box office south ticket windows. continue
By JM Siasat: It’s tough to say if it’s been a good or bad year for Boxing because of robberies, fighters not meeting expectations and the long awaited Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown still not happening. Given all that, there were plenty of things to rejoice about. Here I provide you with my personal picks of Boxing’s best of 2011.
Fighter of the Year: Nonito Donaire
People in the Boxing community has always questioned Donaire’s place in the pound for pound rankings but Donaire put it all to rest when he fought Fernando Montiel for the WBC and WBO world bantamweight title. Donaire gauged his opponent in the first round while landing good shots along the way. In round two Montiel was more active and tried to press until Donaire landed a monstrous counter left hook that put the former champion down the canvass. It was a worrying sight as Montiel twitched on the floor as if he had a seizure in the ring. Being the warrior that he is, Montiel amazingly beat the count only to get the fight stopped a few seconds later. “I just came out there believing in this talent that God has given me” said Donaire in the post fight interview. “Actually I predicted this second round knockout like three months ago” added Donaire. Donaire would then defend his newly owned titles against the undefeated Omar Narvaez of Argentina. A fight Donaire dominated with ease winning each and every round as he cruised to an easy unanimous decision.
Special Mention: Andre Ward
Fight of the Year: Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz
This fight exceeded all expectations. Ortiz moved up to welterweight and was coming from a draw seemed to be ripe for picking against Andre Berto as they fought for the WBC world welterweight title. It was evident since the first bell that Ortiz came to fight and surprised fans, experts and critics including Berto himself when he got knocked down in the first round. After a back and forth action and four official knockdowns, Victor Ortiz was crowned the new WBC world welterweight champion. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: We all know that Manny Pacquiao is of colossal importance and popularity when it comes to boxing, but what’s even more impressive, is that he is one of the top three athletes searched on Yahoo in the year 2011 (http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/list/201112/top-10-athletes-searched-yahoo-2011#8).
This may seem obvious to us boxing fans, but I think that it’s a pretty remarkable achievement. Boxing itself has lost many fans over the decades, and with UFC on the rise, their fighters get a lot of media and fan attention. Not only that, but sports such as basketball and football are generally the bread and butter of most Americans. Worldwide, soccer and hockey is also a huge chunk of the pie.
What I am trying to say, is that there are plenty of sports figures from a wide spectrum of sports to favor, and Yahoo is a tremendous tool for worldwide internet users. Millions of people use that search engine daily, and it’s its nice to hear that our own sportsman from our sport, Manny Pacquiao, has made it in the top three.
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Emmanuel Omari Danso, the Ghanaian Light heavyweight boxer nicknamed Kwahu Mike Tyson claimed a first round stoppage win in his latest fight last Monday night in Accra and immediately declared the ambition to follow the footsteps of his American idol ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.
Danso, whose victory over Cudjoe Darah was the 9th knock-out win in his 9 professional fights so far, wants to emulate the legendary Tyson. But most uniquely, it was his first win in the opening round and the Ghanaian is keen to establish his trademark as did Tyson early in his career. He brushes aside suggestions that the opponent was not a good one.
“Not at all, it’s because of my training and determination was that he would not go beyond round 3. I really want to live up to the Mike Tyson name and win all my fights by knockout. I have always admired Mike Tyson and he’s my motivation to become a boxer so I want to be like him,” Danso toldwww.sportsinghana.com after last Monday’s fight.
The boxer who turned professional only back in June this year, has already promised to deliver Ghana a world title but is modest with expectations now.
“Ghanaians should expect a title from me soon, the target is by middle of next year I want to hold a title, either Ghana or Africa, so that I start defending it. All Ghanaians especially my native Kwahu people must continue to support me with their prayers,” Omari Danso said. continue
By James Slater: Ken Norton was born in Jacksonville, Illinois, U.S.A in August of 1943. Most famous for his three memorable fights with Muhammad Ali, Norton, a Hall of Famer, achieved plenty more in his 14-year ring career.
A former marine, Norton turned pro in November of 1967, with a fifth round KO win over one Grady Brazell in San Diego. A further fifteen wins followed - all but one by KO - before Ken ran into Venezuela’s Jose Luis Garcia. Norton was stopped in eight rounds in July of 1970. Unperturbed, Ken boxed again just over a month later - keeping a clean sheet during his next fourteen bouts. It seemed the setback to Garcia had been a mere blip. Certainly, after his huge upset win in March of 1973 it looked like it.
For this was the fight in which Norton hooked up with Ali for the first time. Surely all fans know what happened in the famous fight held in San Diego? Norton gave Ali sheer hell with his fighting style, broke the former champ’s jaw and won a spit decision. Afterwards, Norton said he was on cloud ten - nine not being high enough! The former marine had beaten the draft dodger. Ken Norton had well and truly arrived on the world stage. Ali claimed he’d be in better condition for the rematch, once his jaw had healed, that is. And he was. Still, the second fight, held six months later in Inglewood, California, was another desperately close affair. This time it was Ali who prevailed via the split decision. Norton was far from finished after the loss.
The following year, he met the new champion in George Foreman. The fight, held in Caracas, Venezuela, was a disaster for Norton. Stopped in two painfully devastating rounds by a “Big” George who was then at his intimidating peak, Norton saw his first shot at heavyweight glory end in stunning failure. It was actually based on this fight that many predicted a similar fate for Ali when he met the all-conquering Foreman seven months later in the unforgettable “Rumble in the jungle.” continue
By James Slater: Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez may feel as though he has earned the right to call the shots pertaining to a fourth fight with archrival Manny Pacquiao. Fully believing he has won all three classic encounters with Pac-Man, “Dinamita” told gathered members of the media yesterday that Pacquiao must sign to fight him by the end of 2012 at the latest or there will be no fourth meeting.
“After the first Pacquiao fight I had to wait four years, and after the second, three more years passed,” Marquez said yesterday in Mexico City as quoted by Boxing Tribune. “That’s why if the fourth fight isn’t singed in 2012, there won’t be another fight.”
I think Marquez is being fair enough. Most experts agree with him regarding his having done enough to have won the third fight back in November, and it’s now up to Pacquiao to do the right thing and fight the man who has so severely tested him once again. Marquez has made it plain enough, but will Pacquiao look for another high profile opponent or two next year instead?
If this does turn out to be the case, Marquez says he may well make the move up to the talent-rich 140-pound weight class. At age 38, Marquez is still more than capable of winning a major belt as a light-welterweight and there are a number of quality fights that could be made for him. Fans have long since wanted to see a Marquez-Erik Morales fight; with this particular match-up being the most obvious all-Mexican meeting that should have happened and hasn’t.
Marquez has, it seems, had a change of heart regarding his retirement. Shortly after the razor-thin points loss he’d been handed by the judges in Las Vegas, Marquez said he’d either fight Pacquiao again next or flat out quit the sport. Now, having calmed down and reflected, the future Hall of Famer realises there are plenty of other big fights out there. continue
by James Slater: Back on July 2nd in Germany, fans were both anticipating and hoping for a dose of heavyweight excitement that would be punctuated by a definitive KO one way or the other. Sadly as we know, the much hyped heavyweight unification battle that was Wladimir Klitschko Vs. David Haye wound up being a largely dull affair, with a reluctand "Hayemaker" being dominated by an accurate, steady "Dr. Steel Hammer."
But the show in Germany did produce a spectacular KO - one that would have possibly won 2011's KO Of The Year Award had the fight featured two higher profile fighters. British-born Ola Afolabi was battling fellow Brit cruiserweight Terry Dunstan on the under-card that big night in July, and the man known as "Kryptonite" lived up to his nickname in a big, big way.
Dunstan, aged 42, was attempting a comeback after a significant amount of time out; the much younger Afolabi, a former interim WBO 200-pound ruler, was fighting to keep his ranking and to keep alive the possibility of another crack at a major belt. Expected by most to be a long fight, of the chess-match variety most likely, Afolabi instead produced a highlight reel KO that terminated matters in the opening session.
Looking not unlike heavyweight great Lennox Lewis (in facial appearance as well as brutal punching power), Ola uncorked a massive right hand that landed flush on his opponent's jaw, sending his mouth-piece flying. Down and out before he hit the canvas and staying out for a long time thereafter, Dunstan had been destroyed by a hydrogen bomb - a punch that might have seen off just about any cruiserweight in the world had it hit them instead of the unfortunate Dunstan. continue
Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs), who just weeks removed from a dominant Super Six Tournament Final victory over the gritty and brash-talking Brit, Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs), retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) belt, while also capturing the WBC, Ring and the inaugural SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup. continue
The UK's only fight dedicated TV channel BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin 546) has lined up a strong schedule for early 2012 featuring FOUR world title fights all live and exclusive on the New Home of Boxing.
On Saturday 18th February, it's the big one from Germany with Britain's Dereck Chisora challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko for his title from the Olympiahalle Munich.
Chisora has the opportunity to pull off a massive upset and dethrone the three-time world champion who has already beat Brits Danny Williams and Herbie Hide in world title fights and gave Lennox Lewis a very close brush with defeat.
Then a week later, One of Britain's two remaining world champion's, Nathan Cleverly, makes a long awaited return to Wales to defend his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light-Heavyweight title for the first time in front of his own home fans on Saturday 25th February at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena.
Unbeaten Cleverly was involved in one of the best fights of this year against rival Tony Bellew that he won with a pulsating twelve-round decision and will be looking to unify the 175lb titles in 2012. continue
When he opens the new NBC Sports Network's Fight Night series on January 21, 2012 at Asylum Arena in his hometown of Philadelphia, top Heavyweight Contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers has promised to impress Philly's discerning boxing fans and make lots of new ones. According to Chambers, taking on former World Heavyweight Champion Siarhei "White Wolf" Liakhovich in a high profile, nationally televised fight is a great way to showcase the sport and bring new fans for the Sweet Science.
"I want people outside of boxing and new fans coming in to know just how hard I work, and how much work all fighters put in," Chambers said. "I believe that the Heavyweight Championship is the most coveted title in sports. Everyone loves a Gladiator and that is what boxing is about. NBC Sports Network stepping up to the table will hopefully get fans to take a look at the sport once again and jump on the band wagon. This is exactly what we need. I know when the fans tune in January 21st they will not be disappointed."
Chambers continued, "I am training extremely hard and it is great having the opportunity to be fighting back in front of your fans, your people, and knowing that most of the people that are there in the crowd are for you." He went on to say that he loves fighting in places like Germany, but there is no place like home.
Boxing has been in Eddie Chamber's blood since he was a child growing up in Pittsburgh. His father, Eddie Chambers Sr. was a boxer back in the 1970s. Eddie Sr. taught his son how to hold his hands properly to throw a punch at the tender age of 9. Starting around the age of 12, Eddie Sr. would sit with Eddie and watch films of all the great fighters such as "Sugar" Ray Robinson, Joe Louis, and of course Muhammad Ali. After two years of arguing with his father to allow him to box, Eddie Jr. finally got the chance at the age of 14 when he enrolled in a local Pittsburgh Golden Gloves Tournament. continue
NEW YORK (Dec. 28, 2011) – Two Super Six World Boxing Classic fighters, former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and consensus top-five super middleweight Andre Dirrell, took part in a media teleconference call on Wednesday to discuss their return to the ring on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Dec. 30, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif..
The ShoBox main event will spotlight Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout. Taylor’s first start in 26 months represents a return to the division he once dominated. He will face Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md.
Long regarded as one of the world’s premier super middleweight contenders, Dirrell will return to the ring for the first time in 21 months when he faces Darryl Cunningham in the co-feature. Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., has not fought since winning by 11th-round disqualification over Arthur Abraham in The Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 27, 2010. Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, has been victorious in 17 consecutive starts and has not lost since December 2007.
In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, meets southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-0, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., in an eight-round showdown of undefeated light heavyweights. continue
By James Slater: Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBA 140-pound king Amir Khan has said recently that he wants to get a return fight with Lamont Peterson, stating that a win will get him back to where he was a month ago: looking up at a massive fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior. Khan believed he could beat Mayweather prior to the Dec. 10th upset loss to Peterson, and he thinks the same way now.
In fact, Khan has gone on record as saying he thinks “now is the perfect time to catch Mayweather.” Convinced the time he spends in jail will weaken Mayweather, Khan wants to tidy up the Peterson loss he still (and always will) insists was of the unfair and unjust variety, and then move up to be the first fighter to greet the returning Mayweather.
Peterson, however, has other ideas. Speaking with The Mirror recently, Peterson made it clear he is definitely interested in facing Khan for a second time, but that he wants to knock Khan flat the second time around.
“I want to clear everything up,” Peterson said. “Even though I think I won a clear victory, I really think I can knock Amir out. As a promoter, you want to put these type of excuses in a fighter’s head, like he didn’t really lose, like he was robbed by the referee and the judges. But Amir has to face reality and accept that he lost.
“I don’t want any more dispute about it and the best way to do that is to win by knockout and I think I can do it. In the new year, we will sit down and talk, but I want my next fight to be against Amir. Vegas is good. I’d be happy to go there and that’s something we’ll be talking about.” continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: As a huge fan of Freddie Roach and his approach to teaching boxing in Eddie Futch’s spirit, I have to say that lately I have been very disappointed in the coach of the year.
I see Freddie Roach as an amazing, one of a kind specimen of a human being, creating an exciting and important mission in his life despite having to deal with very complicated and disabling health issue. Against all odds, he became of the top trainer in boxing history by training dozens of champions, latest of course the worldwide sensation Manny Pacquaio.
I have had the opportunity to interview coach Roach numerous times, and loved every minute of it. He always seemed humble, honest, and stuck to his words.
Having said all that, ever since Pacquiao gained extraordinary fame, he has not done with Pacquiao what many boxing fans would like and expect.
Now, after almost losing their third fight to Juan Manuel Marquez, and instantly admitting that they owe team Marquez another fight during the post fight press conference, (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/11/13/11/roach-admits-marquez-deserves-4th-installment), Freddie is yet again picking an opponent that is meant to lost to Manny any way you look at it, Lamont Peterson (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/12/23/11/roach-eyes-peterson-pacquiao). continue
SAN ANTONIO (December 28, 2011) – Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR., and Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and three-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE will headline a world title doubleheader, Saturday, February 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Chávez Jr. will be taking on No. 1 contender MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO. Donaire will rumble with former junior featherweight champion WILFREDO VAZQUEZ JR. for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight title. The fights will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, tickets to the Chávez Jr. / Donaire world championship doubleheader go on sale This Saturday! December 31 at 10 a.m. CT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100, $60, $40 and $25, can be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000.
Combined, these four warriors boast a combined record of 145-7-3 (114 KOs) – a winning percentage of 94% and a victory by knockout ratio of 79%. continue
By James Slater: In borrowing heavily from a regular Ring Magazine article that appears every year (okay, stealing the idea totally!) I list here my picks for who will stay and who will go in the coming 12 months: as in which reigning world champions will stay and which will go.
Pretending we are back in the glorious days when the glorious sport of boxing had just ONE world champion in each of its EIGHT weight divisions, I’m giving my predictions on what will happen to the current rulers at heavyweight, light-heavyweight, middleweight, welterweight, lightweight, featherweight, bantamweight and flyweight.
World Champ, Wladimir Klitschko, prediction: Stay. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Houcine Houichi, Vice-President of the World Boxing Council (WBC) has welcomed the news that a boxing arena will be built in Ghana soon. Mr. Houichi who is also the President of African Boxing Union (ABU), says unless there is a modern arena befitting the sport, no one would bring a world title fight to this country.
That’s why he was himself with so much joy after hearing the news that a Kuwaiti based business group facilitated by Heart of Lions Promotions President Victor Ahiakpor are close to start work on a $40 million boxing arena in Ghana.
The WBC Vice-President got wind of the news when Ahiakpor famously called Abramovich flanked by his Kuwaiti entourage led by Saud Al-Mass, was interviewed in the ring during Monday night’s ‘Put up or Shut up’ boxing promotion at the Lebanon House in Accra.
“I think it’s very good news for boxing fans in Ghana. The development of professional boxing depends on the right conditions necessary for championship fights. It’s not possible to have international events, even African level in such environs. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Simon Peter Mcintosh, the Ghana based Nigerian boxer who has sworn to make history by becoming boxing’s oldest ever world champion, must be revising his books after suffering a first round knockout loss to Isaac Nettey Monday night in Accra.
It was McIntosh’s first fight in over two years, but it was shortlived as the 51 year old could not survive the heavy onslaught of the much younger Nettey.
Nettey was so dominant that McIntosh was soon on the canvas barely two minutes into the fight, with the referee counting him out.
It may also have been the last count of his career, one which began way back in 1983 but which has yet to realize all the dreams the now 51 year old once harboured as a youngster. McIntosh however refuses to give up and is blasting officials at the fight for his loss, insisting that he was ready to continue.
He told SportsinGhana.com: “I don’t know if it was a plot against me, the referee shouldn’t have stopped the fight. I was ready to continue. This was not the first time I’ve gone down in a boxing ring, I’ve come back from similar positions to win several fights before.”
Fighting on the undercard of the ‘Put up or Shut up’ bill put together by Landmark Promotions and Management Limited, McIntosh was really shut up if Isaac Nettey put up.
But McIntosh, born Anazor Obele, insists he is the better fighter of the two and is demanding a rematch without delay. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: As some of you may have already seen, probably most of you actually, this is a link to a jail cell identical to that in which Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be serving his 90-day sentence (http://sports.yahoo.com/box/blog/box_experts/post/Floyd-Mayweather-8217-s-jail-cell-will-look-lik?urn=box-wp887).
Of course as the authorities have mentioned, good behavior will cut down the time of his sentence significantly, so it is possible that Mayweather Jr. could be out in less than two months.
Still, a cell of this size could drive any man crazy, but especially a man that has a closet the size of a one bedroom apartment. It looks like there is very little room for anything, and a workout in a room like that is probably impossible.
After seeing this picture, I thought of a person I know who have had an experience with living in such conditions. He was an athlete at the time when circumstances landed him in a cell just like that, and had some interesting things to say about the effects that it can have on a sportsman.
First of all, he talked about the fact that a bed like that is very uncomfortable, and it’s better to take off the mattress and sleep on the bare surface. Uncomfortable sleeping over even short periods of time, can really change a man’s posture, and mess with their flexibility and free range movement. Sure it’s not permanent, but does usually require some recovery time. continue
By James Slater: According to advisor Michael Koncz, in speaking with Ringtv.com, superstar Manny Pacquiao will likely return to the ring in either May or June of next year. Koncz said he will be speaking with promoter Bob Arum in Las Vegas, and that there are a number of potential next opponents for Pac-Man.
According to the news piece, the frontrunners to land the massive payday and the massive opportunity are: Lamont Peterson, Timothy Bradley and, in what would be return meetings for Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto.
Naturally, at this early stage there is no word at all on where Pacquiao’s next fight will take place (could Pac-Man take the soon to be incarcerated Floyd Mayweather Junior’s May 5th date in Vegas?), nor is there any idea at what weight the megastar’s next bout will be fought at (another catch-weight for Manny?).
But of the list of possibilities that has materialised, I’d prefer to see Marquez get it on with Pacquiao for a forth time. Talk about a perfect fight for Mexican Independence day weekend in early May! Marquez, as we all know, fully deserves another go at the man he is officially 0-2-1 with (but in the eyes of many fans, “Dinamita” is 1-1-1 with). But will Pacquiao risk things by agreeing to face his archrival for a fourth time? continue
By James Slater: With the WBC recently deciding to allow both Sergio Gabriel Martinez (the “real” middleweight world champion) and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (the “regular” WBC middleweight ruler) to each take a voluntary defence before meeting one other, it looks like long-time contender Marco Antonio Rubio of Mexico will get his shot at Chavez.
The fight is up as happening on Feb. 4th in San Antonio (according to Boxrec) and fans all over are talking about the match-up.
31-year-old Rubio, 53-5-1(46) has been waiting for the longest time. Having won ten bouts in a row since his loss to then middleweight king Kelly Pavlik in Feb. 2009, Rubio has won at least two WBC elimination bouts, his upset stoppage over the hyped David Lemieux this past April really getting the Mexican noticed. Constantly calling out Chavez Jr. as he has been, Rubio has more than earned his chance.
But can the incredibly heavy-handed warrior get the win now that he has (probably) got the fight?
25-year-old Chavez Jr, 44-0-1(31) has really looked an improved fighter recently. Trained by the great Freddie Roach, “The Son Of A Legend” has seen off good fighters like John Duddy, Sebastian Zbik and, last time out, Peter Manfredo.
Possessing good boxing skills and the ability to fight on the inside and hang tough when the need arises, young Chavez can no longer be looked at as a hype-job who got where he is merely because of his name. Chavez cannot be looked at as the best 160-pound fighter out there (or even the second or maybe not even the third best at the weight), but his stock is gradually rising. A win over Rubio would silence a few more critics. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 154th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBA/WBC super middleweight world champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) who recently defeated Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) in the Final matchup in the Super Six Boxing Classic. Ward spoke about his victory, his career, and his future, and also shared opinions on various other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape including Lucian Bute, the return of Andre Dirrell, the prospects of seeing a Pacquiao-Mayweather bout in 2012, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Well since we’re talking about pound-for-pound, it is time for our final guest of this week’s show—a guy who with his performance this past weekend has certainly earned a lot of praise. He’s earned pound-for-pound top five recognition. He is making his ninth appearance to “On the Ropes Boxing Radio”. We are joined by the WBA, WBC, Ring Magazine super middleweight champion of the world—Andre “S.O.G.” Ward. Welcome back to “On the Ropes”. How are you doing today?
ANDRE WARD: I’m doing good. I’m just getting a little rest coming off the fight Saturday night.
JENNA: Alright, let’s talk about that fight Andre. You were in there with Carl Froch. Many people considered him to be the next best guy out there. It was the guy everybody wanted to see you in the ring with. What was it actually like being in there with him? What kind of fight did he bring to you?
WARD: Well I think one of Carl Froch’s greatest assets is his competitiveness. He reminds me a lot of myself in that department, because he’s not the most skilled guy. He’s not the fastest, the biggest, the strongest, but he has a lot of good qualities. He’s not really great in any one particular area, but he’s just very competitive and he has a desire to win, and that’s the same in my case. You know I would be inside with him and I would get off a three, or four, or five punch combination, and like clockwork I knew he was going to try and get it back. I could hear him grunting in there with his punches and stuff. You know he just wanted to win! He wanted to win as much as I did, and of course every fighter wants to win but he’s the kind of guy who would just do pretty much anything to win. He tried at times with some dirty tactics and stuff like that, but I take my hat off to him. He fought a solid fight. He fought a good fight, and I believe Carl Froch will be a champion again. It was a great victory for my team, but it was just a good performance and I still feel like the best is yet to come in terms of what I can display and what I can show personally. continue
LOS ANGELES, December 27 - The Friday, Jan. 6 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME promises to kickoff 2012 with yet another night of competitive prospect action as Golden Boy Promotions announced today that the co-featured fight will be another intriguing matchup in the 135-pound weight class pitting unbeaten prospects Michael Perez and Omar Figueroa Jr. against each other in a 10 round battle for the WBO Inter-Continental Youth Lightweight Title. The night of boxing is headlined by the NABA USA Lightweight Title fight between Luis Ramos Jr. and Raymundo Beltran at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s Patrick Allotey is the new WBC International silver welterweight champion after claiming a unanimous points victory over Patrick Sou Toke last night in Accra. All three ringside judges scored the fight in favour of the unbeaten Ghanaian who enforced the first career loss on his Burkinabe namesake.
WBC Vice-President Houcine Houichi who is also President of ABU was on hand to decorate Allotey (now an impressive 20-0, 15 KOs) with his new belt. Afterwards, Allotey praised Sou Toke (14-1, 7 KOs) for being a good opponent but is quickly looking beyond this fight.
“The opponent was good, I won’t say he was tough but he was good and a very good test. I want to be a world champion, I can’t say when but I will work very hard for it,” the new champ told Ghanaian website SportsInGhana.com moments after his coronation.
Allotey’s win over Sou Toke was the headliner of the ‘Put up or Shut up’ bill put together by Ghanaian promotional outfit Landmark Promotions and Management Limited under the auspices of the WBC and the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA).
On the undercard, one boxer who was shut up certainly is 51 year old Simon Peter McIntosh who was given a rude awakening from his dream to still become boxing world champion after suffering a first round stoppage loss to Isaac Nettey in his first fight in nearly three years.
Many will expect this to be the last of the Nigerian born Anazor Obele, but McIntosh is calling for a rematch. “I don’t know if it was a plot against me, the referee shouldn’t have stopped the fight. I was ready to continue. I want a rematch very soon because I’m the best, Ghanaian boxing fans deserve the best,” he stated even in the humiliating defeat.
Hot prospect Sena Agbeko once again stated his case with a first round stoppage of Alani Souleyman in a Middleweight contest to improve to 10-0, 10 KOs. continue
By Joseph Herron: Today, it was decided by WBC Jr. Welterweight Champion Erik Morales that a fight with 140 pound contender Danny Garcia would be ill advised for a January 28th date at Reliant Arena in Houston, TX.
“The doctors recommended more rest after a gallbladder operation and I think in a fight that is so important, it is best not to give any advantage to a fighter like Danny Garcia,” explained the Mexican legend and four division world champion.
Instead of cancelling the entire fight card, current WBA Light Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout could step in and save the day.
Sources have stated that negotiations are currently underway to possibly salvage the Jan. 28th network date in creating a mini 154 pound tournament style dual headliner, which would include previously scheduled James Kirkland vs. Carlos Molina, and Austin “No Doubt” Trout vs. Delvin Rodriguez for the WBA Junior Middleweight Championship.
The winners of the respective bouts would be expected to face each other sometime this summer to determine the WBA Junior Middleweight Regular Champion. The winner of the four man 154 pound tourney would be in line to fight the Super WBA 154 pound champion, Miguel Cotto, who just defeated Antonio Margarito on December 3rd, at Madison Square Garden in NYC. continue
By Joseph Herron: Although a deal has not been finalized, sources have indicated that Martinez/Macklin is very close to becoming a reality for a March 17th date at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden.
Hall of Fame trainer Manny Steward sounds off on what he thinks about the potential match-up.
“I’m so upset about this. I know the fight with Macklin hasn’t been finalized yet, but the Andy Lee/Sergio Martinez match-up is a fight that HBO has been cultivating over the past year. Andy has appeared as Sergio’s co-main event in both of his network dates this year.”
“Andy deserves the fight with Martinez. He’s had to fight two very tough opponents on HBO and has really made a name for himself because of the dramatic nature of both bouts. To reward another relative unknown fighter with a Championship opportunity makes Sergio Martinez look bad. It makes him look like he is taking the easier fight with Macklin so that he doesn’t ruin a potential match-up with Chavez Jr.”
On October 1st of this year, the 6’2” Kronk Gym fighter virtually shut out fringe Middleweight contender Brian Vera for ten impressive rounds, hurting the rugged Texan several times throughout the contest and flooring his granite chinned opponent once in the 2nd stanza.
“Andy gave the best performance of his entire career and looked dominant against a tough fighter like Vera. He showed that he had the discipline to stay focused on the prepared game plan in fighting a smaller sized Middleweight. Martinez is afraid that Andy will have the same kind of success against him.” continue
By James Slater: Boxing sadly lost a number of notable, unforgettable figures this year. We said goodbye to some truly great fighters, a legendary trainer/corner man, a flamboyant, unique promoter and a distinguished newspaper writer and a boxing broadcaster. continue
SPRINGFIELD, MO (DECEMBER 26, 2011)--Tom Morris and FM promotions is glad to team up with Danger boy events/BJ Flores and Don King Productions for two important fights on January 28th. This event will take place at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield Missouri and is starting to turn into a very entertaining night of fighting. Five professional boxing matches as well as two professional MMA matches will make this a can’t miss event for the people in Springfield, Missouri. #3 World Boxing Organization (WBO) world rated Cruiserweight BJ Flores will headline in the main event and Cory Spinks and Sechew Powell face off in an important IBF Jr. Middleweight eliminator fight. Flores is starting to put Springfield, Missouri on the map as far as boxing goes, and he is building an increasingly large fan base in the Springfield area. Flores sold out the last event at the O’Reily Events Center and looks to do the same thing again at the Shrine Mosque on January 28th. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana based Nigerian pugilist Simon Peter McIntosh is not giving up on the teenage dream of becoming a boxing world champ, even at the ripe old age of 51. Despite having last fought over two years ago, McIntosh, 30-15-4-2NCs (20 KOs), insists he is in top shape and even ready to beat the best pound-for-pound boxers in the world.
McIntosh, born Anazor Obele, makes a first return into the ring Boxing Day tomorrow in the Ghana capital of Accra on the ‘Put up or Shut up’ boxing extravaganza put together by Landmark Promotions and Management Limited under the auspices of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC). McIntosh takes on Isaac Aryee over 10 rounds in a non-title Lightweight contest.
“Tell Ghanaians and the world that McIntosh the lion of Africa is back to restore the pride of African boxing. The young guys are failing us so I have come to the rescue. The opponent tomorrow is falling because I am here on a mission and I’m beating everybody till I claim the world title, I’m serious,” McIntosh told yours truly after his weigh-in earlier today.
“In 1974, I was 14 years old when I said that I wanted to be like Muhammad Ali so I started this mission long ago. So even if I’m 60, I will still realize it. Definitely, trust me, I want to create history as the oldest boxing champion ever. Bernard Hopkins holds the record at 46 years, I’m 51 and I will do it. The record must be in Africa, not America,” a certainly confident Mcintosh says. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Fireworks and an all action thriller is promised fight fans Boxing Day tomorrow in the headliner of the 'Put up or Shut up' boxing promotion at the Lebanon House in Accra after the weigh-ins earlier today.
Ghanaian Patrick Allotey takes on Burkinabe namesake Sou Toke for the vacant WBC International silver welterweight belt, and both unbeaten boxers are vowing to go home with the title.
Sou Toke (14-0, 7 KOs) says he is unruffled by the expected massive home support for the Ghanaian and is urging the Burkina Faso community in Ghana and the Ambassador to troop to the Lebanon House for Monday's fight because he promises them a Christmas gift via victory over Allotey.
But Allotey is adamant he will emerge victorious in his forward match to world title glory. "No way I'm losing this fight especially in front of my home fans. I urge all my fans in Chorkor and the whole Ghana to come in their numbers because I'm winning this title for us all," Allotey (19-0, 15 KOs) said.
51 year old McIntosh makes a return into the ring for the first time in nearly three years insisting that he will still realise the childhood dream to be a boxing world champion. McIntosh faces Isaac Aryee.
Also fighting tomorow world title chasing Rafael Mensah against Nigerian Prince Nurudeen in an international Lightweight contests over 8 rounds. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Amir Mansour is no way near as well known as Floyd Mayweather Junior, but the 39-year-old southpaw known as “Hardcore” is, like Mayweather, going to prison. In fact, Mansour is going back to prison. continue
By James Slater: Two great fighters who fought their way to the very top of their respected weight divisions have suffered crushing, humbling falls from grace this year; with Floyd Mayweather Junior and Kelly Pavlik both taking their humiliations in full public gaze.
Unbeaten Mayweather will serve time in prison starting on January 6th of next year, the result of his domestic violence misdemeanours, but at least his boxing career has a great chance of remaining where it is - on top - when “Money” is released in April (or sooner). Mayweather had a good year inside the ropes, scoring a fairly easy 4th-round KO over a young, dangerous fighter in Victor Ortiz. Indeed, Mayweather’s latest win saw him return to the top of the P-4-P ratings of some publications.
Former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik faces no such prospective return to glory when he fights again after putting his own issues behind him (if he ever will). “The Ghost’s” alcohol problems have been well documented. After having spent a substantial amount of time in rehab earlier this year Pavlik was reportedly feeling great and looking ahead to rebuilding his career up at super-middleweight. With a move to California and a switch of trainer planned (from long-time coach Jack Leow to Robert Garcia), Pavlik looked to be getting back on the right track.
Sadly, earlier this week, the Youngstown man’s issues with the booze resurfaced. Charged with operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol (OVI), Pavlik reportedly became abusive with the police officers who attended the scene that had seen the former champ crash into a light post. Fans and those people who care about Kelly are now asking if he will ever rid himself of his alcohol problems. It certainly doesn’t look good. Released on bond, Pavlik is still reported to be set to begin training on December 29th. continue
Responding to news of a supposed showdown between WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin and WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck scheduled for February 25, Greg Cohen, promoter of former unified heavyweight champion and current World Boxing Association (WBA) #1 contender and mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman, wishes to remind representatives of Povetkin and Huck (and anyone else who claims to be fighting Povetkin next), that Hasim Rahman will be Povetkin's next opponent.
"Rahman is Povetkin's mandatory. Povetkin already had an optional defense against Cedric Boswell." explained Cohen. "I have the letter from the WBA. Povetkin has until February 27 to fight against Rahman. The only way they could fight Marco Huck is if we stepped aside and we're NOT stepping aside."
The letter, from Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, Executive Vice President of the World Boxing Association, clearly states that "...According to rule 13 title matches are limited to a sixty-day period expiration date starting from December 27, 2011 in which the World Champion or official contender are forbid (sic) to participate in a different bout. The first 30 days would be considered as the free negotiation period."
Cohen says he doesn't know who is behind the stories and releases being put out to the contrary, but there is no doubt about what will happen on Team Rahman's end. "There have been several erroneous reports about Hasim fighting someone else or of someone else fighting Alexander Povetkin. We wish to state for the record that Hasim Rahman fully intends to enforce his mandatory status and face Alexander Povetkin early next year. continue
By James Slater: Season’s greetings! Here on Christmas Eve, as a test of fight fans’ pugilistic knowledge, I present twenty questions on all things boxing related. In four categories, the questions are as follows: (answers to be given on Boxing Day). continue
By JM Siasat: PARANAQUE CITY, Philippines – Rated number five Philippine bantamweight Monico Laurente of the Johnny Elorde boxing stable has won the main event of the traditional pre-Christmas “Boxing Kontra Droga” card when opponent Adelino Balongcas retired in his corner before the start of round seven improving his record to 21W-7L, 5KO’s.
It was all Laurente since round one as he displayed good boxing skills by jabbing and slipping making Balongcas lose his balance when throwing his power shots. Laurente made calculated moves, going to the body and attacking the head when there’s an opening dropping Balongcas once in round six.
“The plan is to get him a regional title next year” said his promoter and manager Johnny Elorde. “If there will be a chance to fight for the Philippine bantamweight championship then we will go for it” added Elorde.
Laurente expressed his satisfaction of the victory during my post fight locker interview “I wasn’t troubled with his southpaw stance. I trained to fight a southpaw and it hasn’t bothered me at all”.
The co-main event featured Ryan Origenes dominating a game Vic Racuma to win by Unanimous Decision.
Orlan Vasquez UD8 JR Estremos
Roman Canto UD6 Mark Costa
Randy Braga UD6 Vergel Poton
Jonathan Ligas SD6 Esteban Hayahay
Jeffrey Francisco UD4 Roy Lagrada continue
Next year’s major boxing highlight has been arranged: WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) will challenge the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) in Stuttgart’s Porsche-Arena on February 25, 2012. Both rivals have now struck an agreement.
“This will be the Heavyweight Fight of the Year without a doubt,” commented Kalle Sauerland. “There will be more action in this fight than we have seen in Heavyweight World Championship fights in many years. Two real gladiators with both speed and power: Huck has proven himself as the number one Cruiserweight in the world with hands of steel; Povetkin as the most exciting Heavyweight prospect seen since a young Tyson, and who last year crushed Chagaev to realise his dream of becoming World Champion. Speaking as a boxing fan who has missed big action heavyweight championship fights – the waiting is over!! I am not sure how long the fight will last but this will be an absolute must-see!”
For Marco Huck, it is a dream come true. After Alexander Povetkin defended his title against Cedric Boswell in Helsinki on December 3, Huck announced at the subsequent press conference that he wanted to challenge Povetkin. “Afterwards, we sat down and discussed the terms, and now we have reached an agreement,” said the 27-year-old. “I want to do what no other German has managed since Max Schmeling: I want to be heavyweight world champion. I am totally motivated and will give everything I have got to reach this goal.” continue
by Jenna J (Andre Ward photo provided by Tom Casino - Showtime) - This week's 154th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with reigning Super Middleweight champion Andre Ward & Light heavyweight contender Ismayl Sillakh.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Floyd Mayweather Jr. pleading guilty in his court case and receiving a 90 day jail sentence. How will this effect Mayweather's future? Is the May 5th still possible?
• Will Many Pacquiao now go in a different direction? And if he does, who would he be looking to step in the ring with?
• Andre Ward defeating Carl Froch by Unanimous Decsion to win the Super 6 boxing classic. Where do both fighters go from here? Lucian Bute?
• Who is the second best Super middleweight in the world today? Carl Froch?Lucian Bute? or Mikkel Kessler?
• Bernard Hopkins being ordered to face Chad Dawson in a rematch. Could we see Hopkins stripped of his WBC belt?
• 2011 OTR BOXING AWARDS.
Who was the fighter of the year ~ Best fight of 2011 ~ Knockout of the Year ~ Comeback fighter of the year ~Round of the year ~ Biggest upset ~ Trainer of the year ~ P4P BEST as of 2011?
• The return of both Jermain Taylor & Andre Direll. How will they do in there comeback fights?
By JM Siasat: At one point in time, Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27KO’s) also known as the Tijuana Tornado was touted as “the most avoided man in boxing” for his heart, size, strength, stamina and chin nobody wanted to deal with. A come forward pressure fighter who never stops coming throwing non-stop punches round after round.
His biggest career win came in July 26, 2008 when he fought Miguel Cotto for the World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight title. A fight some experts called a modern boxing classic, the Tijuana Tornado won by stopping Miguel Cotto in round eleven handing him his first defeat.
The stoppage of Cotto made Antonio Margarito the best fighter in the welterweight division and elevated his status as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world.
January 24, 2009 in his first WBA welterweight title defence against Shane Mosley marked a huge turning point in Antonio Margarito’s career, a night that will be forever remembered for two things; a brutal defeat and a failed attempt to load his gloves with plaster.
Coming of his best win to date, Margarito was a 4 to 1 favourite going into the bout with some expecting him to be the first fighter to stop Shane Mosley. In contrary to what many predicted, the fight featured Mosley dominating Margarito by throwing beautiful combinations and unleashing monstrous power shots landing at will. Mosley stopped Margarito in round nine. continue
By James Slater: With superstar and opponent of choice Floyd Mayweather Junior set to do jail time next year, P-4-P king Manny Pacquiao is looking for his next available opponent. According to his trainer Freddie Roach, who spoke with Ring.tv.com recently, his star fighter could do a lot worse than to fight newly crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBA 140-pound champ Lamont Peterson.
Peterson, fresh off that upset win over Roach fighter Amir Khan, is currently mulling his options; with some big money on the table for him to take that rematch with Khan. But Roach says that “Lamont is a great opponent for Manny if the Mayweather fight doesn’t happen. That is, if Lamont really doesn’t want to take the [second] fight with Amir Khan.”
Would the fans buy into the idea of Peterson, who is big for a light-welterweight, stepping up (in both weight and in class of opponent) and facing Pacquiao? I think they would. Sure, there would be the usual moaning and groaning about Pacquiao once again picking on a fighter from a lower weight class, but Peterson is a capable, ultra-determined fighter. Write him off, against Pacquiao or anyone else, at your peril.
There is more Ring Magazine-related news relating to 33-year-old Pacquiao, and it’s not good news. As per every year at this time, “The Bible Of Boxing” encourages readers to vote for their choices on a number of awards: Fight Of The Year, KO of The Year, etc. Well, as far as Ring Magazine’s readers stand on 2011’s Robbery of The Year, there was one fight that outdid all others: Pac-Man’s November points win over archrival Juan Manuel Marquez.
43-percent of the 2,270 fans who voted saw Pacquiao’s 12-round majority decision victory as the robbery of 2011, with the Paul Williams WM12 Erislandy Lara coming in second place with a fraction over 32-percent of the votes. continue
By Chip Mitchell: My colleague Robert Uzzell and I recently attended three major fight cards on the east coast. The events just so happened to take place on back-to-back-to-back weekends. Hey, who says all the good fights land in Vegas? As gas prices soared to about $3.80 per gallon, we wondered if Greyhound or even Air Tran would be a feasible option in the future. Nevertheless, we gassed up the vehicle and began our journey. continue
December 23, 2011....Bronx, NY 0 Sports Illustrated.com has named the Delvin Rodriguez-Pawel Wolak 1 its "Fight of the Year" in its annual Boxing Awards for 2011. The epic battle between these two warriors took place July 15th at The Roseland Ballroom in NYC, promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, and was broadcast live on ESPN2 as part of the popular "Friday Night Fights" series. The fight was an instant classic which ESPN quickly recognized by rebroadcasting it in its first ever unscheduled replay on the network. The fight was an unforgettable 10 round battle in front of an electrified, sold out audience as both fighters pummeled each other over the course of the entire contest.
When the dust settled the fight was scored a majority draw which ultimately led to the rematch on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito held on December 3rd at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden. In the rematch, in front of more than 20,000 fans, Rodriguez put on a career best performance as he hammered Wolak in route to a dominating victory.
Joe DeGuardia, founder and CEO of Star Boxing, is very proud to have this honor bestowed on the fight when there were so many worthy candidates. "I'm thrilled this fight was recognized as "Fight of the Year" by Sports Illustrated. All the credit goes to Delvin and Pawel and I'm honored to have promoted the Fight of the Year".
Results of NABF Championship Title Bout
In an extremely well fought fight, with two incredibly worthy opponents, Michael Medina (25-3, 19 KOs), Monterry, Mexico, defeated former champion Grady Brewer (28-14, 16 KOs), Lawton, Oklahoma, in a ten round decision, winning the NABF Junior Middleweight Title belt. continue
By James Slater: Both before and after his recent points win over inactive, oft-beaten former “Contender” Max Alexander, all-time great Roy Jones Junior said that he wants to win a major cruiserweight title, as “it’s the only think I haven’t done.”
The wide but lackluster points win over Alexander saw the 42-year-old legend win for this first time since August of 2009, and Jones improved to 55-8(40). And, despite looking faded to the point where his real fans have been wishing for the longest time that he would hang ‘em up, there is a suggestion that Jones could get a shot at a major 200-pound belt next year (let’s face it, he’s NOT gonna retire until he’s good and ready!)
According to a small piece in British Boxing News, there are reports in certain Polish media publications that say World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiser boss Krzysztof Wlodarczyk’s manager has expressed interest in a fight with the one-time superstar; with March of next year in Poland being a date put forward. There has been nothing beyond the mere talking stage so far, but it does seem as though a trend is growing whereby aging former greats from the U.S get a shot at a strong and dominant cruiserweight hailing from Europe (think Denis Lebedev Vs. Jones and James Toney recently).
Would it really be a massive shock if Jones landed a fight with the 30-year-old WBC ruler with the 46-2-1(33) record? No. It would, however, be a big upset if Jones proved to be competitive, much less actually won the fight. continue
By James Slater: When featherweights Juan Manuel Lopez and Orlando Salido met back in April of this year, Lopez was an unbeaten upcoming star who was defending the WBO title. Today, in light of Salido’s big upset stoppage win, it is the Mexican who is the champ, “Juanma’s” stock has fallen at least a little.
The “repeat or revenge” match looks set to take place (according to Fightnews and Boxrec) on March 31st in Lopez’ homeland of Puerto Rico, the scene of the first fight. 31-year-old Salido, 37-11-2(25) has enjoyed two wins since the biggest night of his pro career: one title retention against Kenichi Yamaguchi (WTKO11) and, last time out on Dec. 17th, an up from the floor non-title win over Weng Haya (WTKO8, Salido going down in the 3rd and 4th rounds).
28-year-old Lopez, 31-1(28) has fought just once since losing his belt and perfect record: a quick, 2nd-round blast out of Mike Oliver in October. Both guys will be determined to win the return - Lopez to prove the loss was a fluke, Salido to prove it wasn’t; but it must be said how the older man looked surprisingly vulnerable against Haya. Can the powerful southpaw known as Juanma get his revenge by way of KO next March?
A hugely intriguing fight, the loser of this one will have to take a big step back; especially if it’s Lopez. Two losses to the same guy can be devastating, and if Lopez were to lose again to Salido the stardom he wants and the massive fights he wants would fall by the wayside. I think the pressure will be on Lopez come March 31st, too. continue
There’s always a twist when an amateur turns pro, especially an outstanding amateur. The decision between becoming a professional or going for the gold medal is a decision that can affect an entire career.
If a fighter is living a comfortable life, does that mean he will spend more time as an amateur and attempt to make the Olympics? If a fighter is struggling financially, does he turn pro earlier to try to make a buck? It depends on a fighter’s hopes, dreams and needs.
There have been many Olympic medalists who have had extremely successful professional careers: 1960 light-heavy-weight Muhammad Ali (then known as Cassius Clay); 1976 junior-welterweight Sugar Ray Leonard; 1992 lightweight Oscar De La Hoya; 1996 featherweight Floyd Mayweather Jr., and others. Then there were Olympic medalists who never quite made it to the big stage such as 1996 middleweight Rhoshii Wells and 2000 bantamweight Clarence Vinson.
At Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (left) last Saturday, 2004 USA Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward faced England’s Carl Froch in the Super Six Tournament Finale. I thought Ward nearly pitched a shutout but it seemed the scoring was a bit off with two judges having it 115-113 (7-5 in rounds) and the third coming in at 118-110 (10-2 in rounds). Boxing writer Bernard Fernandez, of the Philadelphia Daily News, was on target with a score of 118-111 (9-2 in rounds with one even). In my opinion Ward won 10 out of 12 rounds. continue
LOS ANGELES, December XX - The Friday, Jan. 6 edition of SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation” promises to be one of its best to date, as Golden Boy Promotions announced today that the co-featured fight will be another intriguing matchup in the 135-pound weight class pitting unbeaten prospects Michael Perez and Omar Figueroa Jr. against each other in a 10 round battle for the World Boxing Organization - WBO Inter-Continental Youth Lightweight Title. The night of boxing is headlined by the NABA USA Lightweight Title fight between Luis Ramos Jr. and Raymundo Beltran at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Emmanuel Danso, Ghanaian the boxer aptly nicknamed Kwahu Mike Tyson, has sworn to achieve the dream he always harboured as a child to become a world boxing champion.
Danso, the first boxer to come out of the Kwahu area since Ramos Agyare, says the support he has from his manager Kwame Acheampong, his trainer as well as the Ghana Boxing Authority, behooves on him to reward all with a world title within two years.
First though, Danso must overcome compatriot Anyetei Sowah whom he fights in a Light heavyweight championship over 8 rounds next Monday December 26 on the undercard of the 'Put up or Shut up' promotion at the Lebanon House in Accra. The boxer says he is ready to demolish Sowah on the night.
"Boxing is my life and I'm very determined to bring glory to Ghana by winning a world title in the next 2 years.
"I expect bigger fights next year that will open the way to the top for me and nothing can stop me, not my next opponent.
"I thank my manager Kwame Acheampong for his motivation and I promise to win for him," unbeaten Emmanuel Danso told Ghana-based newspaper ALL SPORTS.
Backing Kwahu Mike Tyson with belief, inspiration and financing is the manager Kwame Acheampong who is popularly called To Be in the Kantamanto business hub of Accra. To Be is reposing a massive dose of confidence in Danso. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) #2 ranked light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (17-0 14KO) calls former champion Jean Pascal's excuses to back out of a WBC-ordered showdown against him transparent.
"They can't hide from me forever," said Sillakh of fellow top light heavies Jean Pascal (WBC #3 ranked), Chad Dawson (WBC #1 ranked), and Bernard Hopkins (WBC champion). "Enough excuses. Just get in the ring and fight. We're fighters."
Sillakh says Team Pascal's excuse that a fight between them would be hard to sell is laughable given the crowds Pascal has drawn to fight a long list of unknown foreign fighters in his adopted home of Quebec, Canada.
"I am the uncrowned champion and these guys at the top are all hoping to avoid me as long as possible before I take over the division. I understand that. But at the end of the day, someone has to step up and say I'm a fighter. I will fight. Pascal, you and I are both young and in our primes. Let's show the world who is the better man. I will even travel to Canada to make the fight happen."
Sillakh says he's hoping Pascal and his team will drop the façade and either get in the ring or get out of the way. continue
By Paul Strauss: These are all "iffy" fights, with the exception of Floyd's, so the predicted outcome might be for naught. But, just in case consider this:
Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Rocky Juarez.
It might be at a catch weight, but that's not the important ingredient. Some mention the possibility of Gamboa becoming the first man to kayo Rocky? Maybe. He certainly has the speed and power to do so. On the other hand, Rocky does too. He certainly could catch Gamboa and take him out. But, he has always had trouble with fighters who can box and stay busy. He is a notoriously slow starter, and never really puts out much of a high volume attack. It's cost him dearly in what might have been some big wins. Everyone knows Rocky has a great left hook, and a damn good straight right to go along with it. Put that against Gamboa's superior speed, athletic ability and tremendous power. All the ingredients needed for a great fight.
Rocky might have an edge in the chin department, which could be a big factor. Another check on Rocky's side is the fact that Gamboa might have a good jab, but he doesn't use it as much as he could or should. Keeping Rocky at bay has always been a key to beating him. In the past, Rocky hasn't been very good at getting behind his own jab on the way in, and as a result he runs into a lot of punches. But, he does have a tight defense, and Gamboa has been known to get reckless. If that happens, it will be Rocky's best chance to pull off an upset. It's been times just like that when Gamboa has been dropped. If Rocky's got anything left, and his timing hasn't deserted him, then he just might be able to pull off an upset. continue
Thank you, Christa. I'd like to thank everyone for taking time out of their morning, or afternoon, to join us for today's call which has the CEO of Golden Boys Promotion, Richard Schaefer on the line, as well as Amir Khan, and Amir's business manager Asif Vali.
At this time I'd like to send the call to Richard who will introduce everyone and give some opening statements about the fight that occurred on December 10th. Richard?
Thank you very much, Monica, and thank you all for being on this call. I know it's a holiday week for many and I really appreciate that you guys are taking time out of your schedule. I'd like make some opening marks, remarks, walk you quickly through where we stand and what the next steps are, um, as it relates to Amir and the fight and everything, and then turn it over for Amir for some comments and then opening it up for questions.
Well, first of all let me state that the purpose of this call is in no way or shape to attack or question the performance of Lamont Peterson and his team. I think Lamont fought a very good fight, it was an exciting fight. In fact, many people feel it was another fight of the year candidate, so this is absolutely nothing about taking anything away from Lamont Peterson. It is simply to look at the facts, present the facts, and give the people involved an opportunity to correct their mistakes. It's basically about doing the right thing.
So let's look at these facts. Let's look where we stand. There was clearly controversy after the fight on this scoring. I've ha, have hardly ever seen uh, the, the time it took for tabulating this card and announcing the decision. That was very strange in itself. continue
By Rey Anthony: Multiple news outlets have reported that Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently pleaded guilty to reduced misdemeanor charges that will settle his felony charges. The plea deal avoided him the trial on felony allegations that he battered his former girlfriend during an argument in September 2010.
The decision was handed this afternoon and Mayweather, 34, was sentenced 90 days in jail. He was ordered to report on January 6.The judge also ordered him to complete 100 hours of community service and pay a $2,500 fine.
The judge’s decision also possibly put an end to the much awaited bout between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. this summer. It was reported more than a month ago that Mayweather Jr.’s camp reserved the MGM grand arena on May 5, 2012 for “the biggest possible fight”. If Mayweather’s lawyer appeals the court’s decision, the outcome of that could be the deciding factor on Floyd’s next fight. For now that reservation needs to be cancelled.
The negotiations between the two fighters started two years ago. Allegations of Pacquiao’s steroid use from Mayweather’s camp surfaced. This prompted Team Pacquiao to file slander charges against them. Mayweather then demanded that Pacquiao undergo a random blood test in which Pacquiao initially refused but eventually agreed after further discussions with his advisers. Multiple exchanges of words from both camps took place in the two year period. Bob Arum was interviewed last month and said that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is scared to fight Pacquiao because “he has no chin”. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Quoted from Fightnews.com, the judge was asked to consider home detention instead of serving jail time by Floyd’s lawyers, and the response was: “I have considered it, yes, absolutely, and I have decided that the time he will spend in custody is appropriate….I will see you on January 6 at 10:45.”
Judge Melissa Saragosa did something that most people would not expect, and sent the champ to jail despite his upcoming promise to fight on May 5, 2012. Floyd will also be responsible for attending a 12-month domestic violence program, and fork over a staggering $2500 in fines.
So what does all this really mean? That is hard to tell. I assume that most people are writing off May 5th date as his next fighting, but I wouldn’t do that just yet. He will still have a month to train for his upcoming (maybe) fight, and while that seems a bit short, Floyd is never out of shape, and will have a lot to prove when coming back.
Jail time is unlikely to make a different man out of Mayweather Jr., as it shouldn’t. He will spend 90 days in a private area, I am sure, and will be more motivated to make things happen, since by now, with this news, his future in fighting Pacquiao is being seriously questioned by most. continue
By James Slater: Moments ago, in Clark County, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior was sentenced to six months in prison by judge Melissa Saragosa. The prison term, in addition to a 12-month domestic violence program and a $2,500 fine, is for the domestic violence Mayweather has been found guilty of committing on ex-girlfriend Josie Harris and for also threatening two of his children.
Sitting quietly in court today, Mayweather was informed that he must turn himself in at 10:45 on the morning of Jan. 6th next year. The 34-year-old was sentenced to six months but the final 90 days of the sentence were suspended.
This news of course puts “Money’s” immediate fighting future in serious doubt. Fans can certainly forget all about the planned, pencilled-in May 5th date at The MGM Grand that Mayweather was looking at. Today’s development also puts any chance of a Mayweather Vs. Manny Pacquiao fight - at least in the first half of 2012 - in serious doubt.
Mayweather WILL do time, and he will not be released until April of next year. Boxing is probably the last thing on the superstar’s mind right now anyway, but in coming out of jail in April, the controversy-plagued Pound-for-Pounder would need at least two months to get himself into peak fighting shape. Considering how he will turn 35 next February, we must ask ourselves if we have actually seen Mayweather Junior’s last fight. continue
By James Slater: There have been a number of excellent, quality fights this year, with a few possible choices presenting themselves when it comes to picking 2011’s Fight Of The Year. We saw a terrific all-action battle back in July, when light-middleweights Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak went to war for ten magnificent, throwback rounds. The draw fans witnessed on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights was good enough for the two warriors to do it all again (in December, with Rodriguez winning another exciting fight, this one by wide decision.)
But was Rodriguez D10 Wolak The FOTY?
What about the up-and-down thriller that was Victor Ortiz’ upset points win over defending WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto? The April battle thrilled everyone (including Floyd Mayweather Junior, who sat at ringside and soon decided to face winner Ortiz) - so much so that the two men will meet again in a Feb. 2012 rematch. Twice each the two warriors hit the mat in April, the action sending fans into a frenzy. There’s no doubt: Ortiz WU12 Berto is up there with the best fights of the last twelve months.
But how can we forget the quite superb WBA flyweight war that also took place in April? Back then, Mexico’s Hernan Marquez and Panamanian Luis Concepcion fought a fierce battle that produced some vicious see-saw action. “Tyson” Marquez survived a 1st-round knockdown, as did Concepcion (who also tasted the canvas in the 3rd and 10th-rounds), to come on and batter his ultra-brave rival to an 11th-round TKO defeat. These two also met again: with Marquez this time winning by surprisingly easy-looking 1st-round TKO.
But when it comes to my choice for the 2011 FOTY (and this year’s Round Of The Year, come to that), I go for the November 5th World Boxing Council (WBC) 154-pound eliminator that was James Kirkland Vs. Alfredo Angulo. continue
By James Slate - It looks like Cuban sensation Yuriorkis Gamboa will face experienced former world super-featherweight title challenger Rocky Juarez on March 3rd on HBO. The fight, up on Boxrec as happening at the lightweight limit, will put unbeaten Gamboa in a position to be able to become the first man to stop the tough 31-year-old from Houston, Texas. The fight looks like going down at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
29-year-old Gamboa, 21-0(16) is already a long-reigning featherweight champion (both the WBA and IBF 126-pound belts won), but the former Olympic gold medallist wants true superstardom. Reported to be close to a fight with lightweight star Brandon Rios (who has had weight problems at 135 and may have to move up, making the possible Gamboa fight a catch-weight affair), the Cuban defector has also called out the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior!
The fight with Juarez, 28-9-1(20) will be a decent 135-pound (or thereabouts - as the March fight, if it actually happens, may also be a catch-weight bout; at 133-pounds) test for Gamboa. If he can carry his incredible speed and withering power up with him, Gamboa could, in my opinion, make a statement by taking Juarez out in the middle rounds of the 12-rounder. continue
One of boxing's hardest punchers and most exciting warriors, Edison "Pantera" Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), fresh off a sensational TKO win over WBO #7 light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, is already back in the gym looking and forward to his next bout.
"I felt really good in there. Probably the best I have felt in years," said the energized Miranda. "I trained hard and was in great shape. Kariz hit me a few times, but I was able to walk right through them. I knew I could hurt him with the left and as soon as I saw the opportunity I took advantage of it."
Miranda dropped Kariuki in round five with a devastating counter hook. Kariuki was able to get up, but never recovered. Shortly after, the fight was stopped by referee Allan Huggins.
With the victory, the Colombian slugger is sure to move up in the WBO rankings. The current WBO Champion, Nathan Cleverly, is currently without an opponent for his Feb 25 homecoming fight in Wales. continue
By Fantana -- click here to listen to the interview -- At Christmas I like to ring my friends to spread cheer and joy. Also to ask where my card and presents are, just in case they forgot to post them. But let us not forget about those at Christmas, who not only have jobs, but have to work. One of these people is Eddie Chambers, who is set to fight on January 21st 2012. This means over the holiday season he will not have time off to spend with whom he pleases, he will have to get up early and train hard. Whilst most of us enjoy tucking into a few bottles of port and mince pies, Eddie Chambers is sacrificing these joys to get in shape. Thinking of him last night, in a non-gay way, I decided to give the cracking guy a call. continue
By Paul Strauss: A reader felt the article referenced above was disrepectful. That's probably true, but unintentional. It's hard to avoid hurt feelings when leveling criticism. Problems often when generalizing. Qualifications and exceptions aren't included with the criticism. The following remarks are an attempt to remedy that deficiency. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 153rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with rising American heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs), who is coming off an impressive second round stoppage victory against ring veteran Timur Ibragimov (30-4-1, 16 KOs) on December 10. Mitchell spoke about his victory, discussed his future plans, and also shared his views on the current heavyweight champions Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
Regarding how he evaluates his performance in his second round stoppage victory against Timur Ibragimov:
“As far as my performance, I thought that it was my best performance to date as far as the stage that I was on and my opponent, and his record, and the people that he’s fought. After reviewing the fight there are a couple of things I saw that I could have done better as far as using angles and moving my head a little bit more. Not to take anything away from performance, overall I thought I did a good job as far as the stage. I thought it was good.”
On what he feels allowed him to become the first boxer to stop Ibragimov inside the distance:
“I think a lot of heavyweights or my opponents when I get in the ring, when they look at my physique they know that I’m going to be strong but they underestimate my athletic ability and my equipment. I think a lot of the shots they don’t see coming. They catch them off guard, and my pressure with the way I cut the ring off, I think that surprises them. They’re not able to handle my speed and pressure throughout the course of a fight. I definitely wanted to stop him, but I didn’t want to go out there too reckless. I just wanted to stay behind my jab, and I thought if I did stop him the knockout was going to come around round seven or eight. You know he ran into the left hook, and then I caught him with the right hand and dazed him, and then I just kept following up, and hurt him and got him out of there.” continue
By Money Messer: There are those who would like you to believe that Chauncy Welliver (51-5-5) has the chance to be the future heavyweight Champion of the world. They point to his 51 heavyweight wins, his 350 heavyweight rounds without going down, his #6 WBC ranking, his #11 WBO ranking, and they say that his chance is right around the corner. At 28 years young, for the heavyweight division, youth is one of Team Wellivers major asset claims. This does not however, keep Team Welliver from also letting folks know how much experience the man has in the ring, both in heavyweight prize fights and in top heavyweight sparring camps. continue
By Ian Wallwork: Cruiserweight vs heavyweight was a theme in 2011 and it looks set to carry on into the new year. First we had David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko, though some argue Haye is at home in the heavyweight division, and two months later Tomasz Adamek simulated fighting Wladimir's older brother, Vitali Klitschko. Next up could be World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck vs WBA Heavyweight belt holder Alexander Povetkin.
We last saw Huck in October when he scored a sixth round knockout over Argentinian journeyman Rogelio Omar Rossi. Since winning his WBO title in 2009 he has been a generous and active champion, taking on his mandatories and beating them all. Most his fights have been decisive, save a split decision over another cruiserweight who has moved up to heavyweight, Denis Lebedvev.
A fight with Povetkin doesn't make a lot of sense for Huck while there are still challenges at Cruiserweight. Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and Guillermo Jones hold the other belts in the division and at least one must be game for a unification fight. So why Povetkin?
Maybe Huck has grown bored of Cruiserweight. We all know it isn't a glory division, but neither is heavyweight these days. It is possible that Huck wants to become a two division world champion, and Alexander Povetkin would be his safest option. Here's why. continue
By JM Siasat: 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre “SOG” Ward (25-0, 13KO’s) justified his place as one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world as he dominated Carl “The Cobra” Froch in Showtime’s Super Six Tournament in front of 5,626 fans in Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City NJ.
Ward first fought in the said tournament as an underdog against Mikkel Kessler, but to the surprise of many he turned out to be better than most people thought of, a statement underlined by the fact that he dominated each and every opponent on his way to being the tournament champion.
Ward who now holds the Ring, World Boxing Council (WBC) and WBA world super middleweight title displayed excellent boxing skills as he jabbed, slipped and moved making Froch look confused on how to fight the talented boxer hailing from Oakland California.
“I had a bad night first of” said Froch (28-2, 20KO’s) who suffered his second professional defeat. “I really can’t get anything going but obviously that’s due to Andre Ward’s slick defence skills. I wasn’t able to let my shots go he’s very slippery and very tricky” told Froch testifying to Ward’s superior boxing skills.
The super six winner remained humble as always in his post fight interview. “My Olympic run was supernatural and me coming in here without any experience and winning this thing against great fighters was supernatural” said Ward who also out landed Froch in the fight. “It was just a tough hard night, Carl is a great fighter all these fighters are great fighters that’s why you never hear me disrespect them before the fight I know what I'm getting into I just want to be a little better than them on the night of the fight” added Ward. continue
By Rey Anthony: Last week the World Boxing Council (WBC) ordered the rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson for the light heavyweight title. The two fighters first met last October 15 2011 at the Staples center in Los Angeles, CA. It initially ended in a controversial 2nd round TKO win for Dawson after he accidentally lifted Hopkins off the ground and pushed him through the ropes.
Hopkins lied on the canvass appearing to be in pain claiming that the fall dislocated his shoulder. Gary Shaw, Dawson’s promoter was visible from ringside gesturing in anger and showing his disbelief on Hopkins’ actions.
A hearing by the California State Athletic Commission last December 13, 2011 overturned the decision to a No Contest after referee Pat Russell admitted to the commission after seeing the fight on video that he “saw some things that he did not see during the fight.” The decision came in too late notably for the people who bet on Hopkins winning the fight because of the excellent performance that he showed against Jean Pascal when they fought in December of last year that ended up in a Majority Draw and again in May of this year when Hopkins won a 12th round Unanimous Decision.
Many skeptics are stating that a rematch will not make any business sense especially after the fact that the fight sold less than 40,000 Pay-Per View buys and less than 3,000 ticket sales. continue
German singer Frank Zander invited more than 2.500 homeless people to his 17th annual Christmas dinner on Monday at Estrel Hotel in Berlin, Germany. World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight champion Marco Huck and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight champ Arthur Abraham were among the 150 celebrities who helped Zander to feed the poor as voluntary waiters, serving 2,800 portions of roast goose, 9,000 potato dumplings and 600 kilograms of red cabbage. continue
By James Slater: Crazy cards, as in crazy score-cards turned in by the three judges at ringside. This year, we have unfortunately witnessed way too many bad decisions; some as blatantly bad as any in boxing’s rich history. Where to begin? With the worst, the craziest first, I guess. continue
By James Slater: Fans are already excited about the rematch of the April thriller between welterweights Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, with the Feb. 11th fight officially announced. But the card looks set to deliver even more value for money, with a quality fight as support.
Dan Rafael of ESPN.com has written how light-middleweight contenders Erislandy Lara and Ronald Hearns have verbally agreed to fight at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. According to Lara’s promoter Luis DeCubas, the fight will take place at a maximum weight of 157-pounds.
DeCubas says Lara is a threat to “anyone at 154.” The 28-year-old Cuban southpaw was last seen losing a highly contentious decision to Paul “The Punisher” Williams; the July fight up there with the most controversial fights of 2011.
A former amateur standout, Lara, 15-1-1(10) well and truly made a name for himself at pro level against Williams, even though he was judged a loser. Hungry and ready, he says, for the best at 154, Lara will be welcomed back by the U.S fans.
32-year-old Hearns, 26-2(20) was last seen being stopped in the 7th-round by defending WBA middleweight ruler Felix Sturm. The son of the great Thomas Hearns was a big underdog going into the February fight, and as expected Sturm was just too good for him. “The Chosen One,” as Hearns is known, gave it his best shot, however. Having campaigned down at 154 prior to the Sturm shot, Hearns will no doubt feel more comfortable against Lara.
Hearns will have a significant height advantage over Lara, and having been in with a physically strong 160-pounder in Sturm, Hearns fans will feel Ronald has a genuine shot at beating Lara. Neither guy is a massive puncher, yet both guys can box well. continue
(Photos: Phil McCarty/Hogan Photos) LOS ANGELES (Dec. 19, 2011) – Ten months after a classic and spirited slugfest that is a definite “Fight of the Year” candidate, former World Champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s), of Ventura, Calif. and Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s), of Winter Haven, Fl., will slug it out again on Saturday, Feb. 11, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. EST/PST, delayed on the West Coast).
The eagerly awaited 12-round fight is a rematch of a fiercely contested, multiple-knockdown affair on April 16 that Ortiz won by a unanimous decision (114-112, 114-111 and 115-110) while capturing Berto’s World Boxing Council (WBC) 147-pound title. Both fighters were knocked down twice in the fight, with Berto being dropped in the first, Ortiz going down a round later and each of them hitting the deck in a wild sixth round that many are calling the Round of the Year.
“Repeat or Revenge: Ortiz vs. Berto II" is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50, are on sale and are available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino).
Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
By Ted Sares: 2011 could well be described as an odd year in boxing. We had “Toegate.” We had the horrid Lara-Williams decision, the Hopkins-Dawson debacle, and the strange ending of Mayweather vs. Ortiz. There were many strange referee jobs this year as well including the dangerous non-stoppage of Holly Holm and the low blow fest on Joseph Agbeko. 2011 also saw the Mexican fighters make a strong showing including Juan Manuel Marquez’s sparkling performance in “defeat,” and Canelo’s emergence as a phenom. Antonio Tarver continued to shine as both a commentator and a boxer. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I assume that the majority of you boxing fans have already read somewhere that Lou DiBella is clearly hinting of a possibility of Floyd Mayweather Jr. facing Sergio Martinez in the event that the Pacquiao fight with Mayweather Jr. does not come to fruition.
According to various sources, DiBella stated that during his conversation with the Mayweather Jr. representatives, they touched on the idea of Floyd and Sergio, and seemed interested.
To tell you the truth, in terms of Mayweather Jr., I not only think that this fight has a bigger chance of actually happening, but I also truly believe that it would be more entertaining as well as competitive than a fight against Pacquiao.
Martinez is a good fighter with a big heart, and would do much better against Mayweather Jr. than Pacquiao would. The main difference is that he can fight tall, while Pacquiao likes to minimize his stance.
Mayweather’s superb ability to fight at a distance and pick his shots will be the cause for havoc for Pacquiao. Most believe that Pacquiao’s volume will win him the fight, but personally, I think that his volume is the very thing that will be the main cause for his loss. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghana’s Patrick Allotey is pledging victory over Burkina Faso’s Patrice Sou Toke when the duo face off in the main bout of the ‘Put up or Shut up’ boxing extravaganza billed for the Lebanon House in the heart of Accra on Boxing Day December 26.
At stake is the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight International silver title with the three judges from Ghana, Nigeria and Burkina Faso to give both boxers and even field. Unbeaten Allotey (19-0, 15 KOs) admits that the fight against Sou Toke, also unbeaten (14-0, 7 KOs), is an open contest which anyone can win. But the Ghanaian is adamant he will claim victory to enhance his world title ambitions.
He told Ghana based newspaper ALL SPORTS:
“This is the most important fight of my career, I’ve done all the hard work in training so I expect to win no matter how tough the opponent is. So I’m calling all my fans in Chorkor and all over Ghana to come and cheer me with their support. I am not promising a knockout but if it comes, good.”
Patrick Allotey is also grateful for the continued support of his management team. “I thank my manager Freddy Annan and I’m also most grateful to my co-manager Kwabena Amaning for all their support. Without them, I won’t be where I am now. I promise to become world champion for them,” Patrick Allotey said.
Allotey against Sou Toke is one of eight bouts put together by Landmark Promotions on the ‘Put up or Shut up’ bill to whet the appetite of boxing fans in Accra on Boxing Day. World title chasing prospects Maxwell Awuku, Rafael Mensah, George Ashie and Kwahu Mike Tyson Emmanuel Danso are some of the boxers also fighting to thrill fans at Christmas.
By Robert Brown: I realize in writing this article that there already has been a raft of pieces written about Joe Frazier already, however since Joe Frazier made a huge impact on me as a person both as a fighter and as a man, I believe it is my duty to pay tribute to Joe Frazier considering the unfortunate news of his passing due to a battle with liver cancer.
Joe Frazier also known as “smokin Joe” impacted the boxing world in a variety of ways not only as a fighter but also as a manager and trainer, although he did not manage and train a lot of big name fighters he spent a lot of time training youngsters out of his Joe Frazier gym in Philadelphia and famously looked after Willie Monroe who beat the great middleweight champion Marvellous Marvin Hagler in his early career.
Joe Frazier is most famously known for his famous battles with Muhammad Ali but well before that he proudly represented the US Olympic team in the Heavyweight division when Buster Mathis Snr pulled out due to an injury concern, Joe Frazier would then famously and somewhat unexpectedly return with the gold medal.
Joe Frazier would become Heavyweight champion in somewhat unfortunate circumstances, he would win the title from Jimmy Ellis who won an ill-conceived tournament to gain the title as a result of Muhammad Ali being exiled from boxing, so right from the start Joe Frazier faced an uphill battle with boxing fans for him to be recognized as the legitimate Heavyweight champion, Joe Frazier realized this so that is why he campaigned all over the country and all over the world to help facilitate Muhammad Ali regaining his license because Frazier knew himself deep in his own heart that he could not consider himself the real champion until he fought Ali. continue
By Ian Wallwork: Kell Brook announced his arrival in the States on Saturday when he scored a fifth round win over the willing, but lacking, Luis Galarza. Brook, voted Britain's 2009 young boxer of the year, fought of the undercard of another fight you might have seen, Carl Froch vs Andre Ward.
Brook said to RingTV: "I'll take Mike Jones, I'll fight him in Atlantic City, and I'll destroy him."
Travelling to America with his promoter Eddie Hearn, Brook knew he needed to show fans in America something special. He has made a name for himself in Britain already, going 26-0 and beating Matthew Jennings, Lovemore N’Dou and Rafal Jackiewicz.
The plan was always to take the Sheffield-born welterweight across the Atlantic in an Amir Khan style. You can’t blame him; in the USA there are bigger fights and more money. Hearn, who also promotes Carl Froch, set up the Galarza fight to introduce Kell Brook to American boxing fans.
Brook dominated Galarza over five rounds, making stage one in the plan a success. You might think the next stop would be a step-up in opposition, but something gradual. Maybe a top-ten fight against another prospect, or a tough fight against a veteran like Jan Zaveck. Nope. continue
LOS ANGELES (December 19, 2011) - In April 2011, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto gave boxing fans one of the best fights of the year, with both men hitting the canvas twice before Ortiz rallied to victory and captured Berto's World Boxing Council (WBC) Welterweight World Championship.
On Saturday, February 11, these rugged and determined fighters will meet once again, this time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., in a highly anticipated 12-round welterweight rematch live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
"Ortiz vs. Berto II: Repeat or Revenge" is presented by Golden Boy Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and SHOWTIME. Coming off of its groundbreaking promotion during the blockbuster SHOWTIME PPV® event featuring Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley in May 2011, SHOWTIME will again receive promotional support from the network's parent company, CBS Corporation, whose assets include the CBS Television Network and local radio and television stations, among others. The Ortiz-Berto rematch marks the first time that SHOWTIME and CBS will join forces in support of a boxing event televised live on the premium network. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Russian heavyweight star Alexander Povetkin has told website RT that he is definitely willing to face Wladimir Klitschko in the ring and that the only reason he never fought him when the fight was first set was because he was injured.
Annoyed at the talk that he is avoiding a fight with the Ring Magazine, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO ruler, the WBA “regular” champ says the fight will happen “sooner or later.”
“Sometimes the Klitschko brothers claim I don’t want this fight,” Povetkin said. “Meanwhile, some people tell me that the Klitschko’s don’t want this fight. It doesn’t make any sense. Let it just be fair and square, it was only serious injuries that stopped me from fighting Wladimir, and all those who are close to me know that’s true. I hope we see each other in the ring sooner or later and settle our scores in the best way we can - by boxing.”
Interesting indeed. Most fans thought trainer Teddy Atlas prevented the fight with Wladimir from happening, by pulling his man out because he felt he simply wasn’t ready yet. Povetkin sure sounds as though he is ready now!
However, as fans may have read, it looks like it will be World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight boss Marco Huck next for Povetkin, with the 200-pounder currently bulking up for the fight. Povetkin told RT that he would prefer to see Huck fight interim WBA cruiser champ Denis Lebedev in a rematch next (a fight many fans also want to see, due to the close and debatable points win Huck picked up over Lebedev a while back) - but that he will fight Huck if he has to. continue
Promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that Dereck Chisora's title challenge against World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546).
Londoner Chisora faces the three-time world champion at the Olympiahalle Munich, Germany, on February 18th - the first British fighter to challenge for a world title in 2012.
BoxNation viewers' saw Chisora's European title challenge last month against Robert Helenius in Norway when he was robbed by the judges' of a stunning victory.
If Chisora gets himself into the same physical and mental condition as he did against Helenius, he's got a chance of pulling off an incredible upset over the long-standing world champion who's ruled the division with his brother Wladimir, the WBA Super/WBO/IBF World Champion.
Warren said, "I'm delighted that BoxNation have secured the rights to this fight for viewers to watch live in the UK," continue
(Photo Wende) Rudy Markussen and Patrick Nielsen set a new TV2 Fight Night viewing record last Saturday when they clinched spectacular victories in front of a boisterous crowd in Herning.
The viewing figures peaked at 772,000 during Patrick Nielsen´s win over Michael Schubov, notching a peak commercial market share of 31 percent.
On average, 643,000 viewers watched the Vild med dans star as he clinched the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Youth Middleweight Title, translating into an average market share of 26 percent.
Markussen´s fourth-round TKO victory over Steven Bendall drew an average market share of 30 percent (543,000 viewers). “These are tremendous viewing figures that once again show how much interest there is in Danish boxing,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said.
Added Frederik Lauesen, Head of Sport at TV2: “We are very pleased with the viewing figures. It was a great night of boxing.” continue
By James Slater: “This is by no stretch of the imagination the end of Carl Froch,” so said “The Cobra” himself whilst speaking in the third person. Disappointed at having lost widely on points to Andre Ward (widely on one of the three cards, anyway - the one card that most accurately reflected Saturday night’s “Super Six” grand final), the 34-year-old is already making plans to return “bigger and better” than before.
Eddie Hearn, Froch’s promoter, told BBC Sport that he is already talking with International Boxing Federation (IBF) 168-pound ruler Lucian Bute. Hearn also said that a return fight between Froch and the only other man to have beaten him, in Mikkel Kessler, is also a real possibility. What Froch wants to do, however, is fight in his homeland once more.
Fully deserving of having a bout on home soil, Froch - a man who can give “Road Warrior” Glen Johnson a run for his money nickname-wise - has boxed five of his last six bouts abroad. Not since his close points win over former “Super Six” entrant Andre Dirrell, back in October of 2009, has “The Cobra” enjoyed a fight in the U.K. But will either Bute or Kessler be persuaded to come over and fight Froch in England?
It would be a massive occasion for British boxing if either the Dane or the Canadian-based Romanian did agree to rumble with Froch in the U.K. Bute has already expressed interest in getting it on with the former WBC boss from Nottingham, but getting “Le Tombeur” to fight outside of Canada has proven very tricky - with just five of the southpaw’s fights taking place away from Canada, these going down in Romania and America. How much money would Bute want to fight in England? continue
By Paul Strauss: The best answer is to just point out the facts. Friday night Matt "Predator" Vanda got TKO'd by Marco Antonio Rubio. Phil "The Drill" Williams was TKO'd by Andrezj Fonfara. But, don't stop there. Look further. In Vanda's last six fights, he has lost four times. His claim to fame was his draw against Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. In a rematch, he was soundly defeated. Vanda has also lost to Peter Manfredo, Jr., and Luis Ramon "Yory Boy" Campas (Yes, he's still fighting!). There are several other losses on his record to guys whose names have long since been forgotten, or were never known in the first place. continue
By James Slater: Based not only on last night’s magnificently dominant win over a very good, very tough, very game fighter in Carl Froch, but also on his great wins over the likes of Mikkel Kessler and Arthur Abraham, Andre Ward now has to be ranked near the top of the mythical Pound-for-Pound charts the fans so love to debate.
Ward is clearly a very special talent, his gifts making fine fighters look like relative novices. But how high should Ward, 25-0(13) be placed on the P-4-P charts? Here I give my top-ten list:
1: Floyd Mayweather, Welterweight: 42-0(26)
2: Manny Pacquiao, Welterweight: 54-3-2(38)
3: Sergio Martinez, Middleweight: 48-2-2(27)
4: Andre Ward, Super-middleweight: 25-0(13)
5: Nonito Donaire, Super-bantamweight: 27-1(18)
6: Juan Manuel Marquez, Light-welterweight: 53-6-1(39)
By James Slater: Fans witnessed a near boxing masterclass last night in Atlantic City: one put on by the magnificent Andre Ward. In winning The “Super Six” grand final with what should have been a near shut-out over an always-game Carl Froch (once again, we were also unfortunately given some utterly crazy scoring, with two judges giving Ward a slim margin of victory at just 115-113!), 27-year-old Ward proved how special a fighter he really is.
Hard to hit, blindingly fast of hand and possessing underrated, stinging power (check out Froch’s marked up face after the fight for proof), Ward won by ten rounds to two on this writer’s card. Now clearly the best 168-pound boxer in the world (Ward would, in my opinion, beat Lucian Bute, the only other fighter who could dispute Ward’s super-middleweight dominance, with relative ease) “S.O.G” has said himself that last night’s superb win “is only the beginning.” It’s scary to think how good Ward, 25-0(13) could become.
The immediate future will likely see Ward face WBC mandatory Andre Dirrell, but after that there could be some bigger fights for him (if there is anyone at 168 who can come close to testing Ward). It’s tough to see anything but a few good years of dominance for the deeply religious man from Oakland.
As for Froch, he has lost just twice as a pro and cannot be written off as finished. Vowing to “come back stronger,” the 34-year-old says he would love a rematch with Ward (unlikely to happen but you never know) and that there are “other big fights out there.” continue
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Dec. 18, 2011) - Andre Ward is the Super Six World Boxing Classic champion and the No. 1 super middleweight in the world. Ward dominated England's Carl Froch to win a unanimous decision by the scores of 118-110, 115-113 two times in front of 5,626 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The victory unified the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council super middleweight titles and also earned Ward The Ring Magazine belt as well as the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic cup.
A frontrunner for Fighter of the Year, Oakland, California's Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) scored an impressive victory, which has anointed him as the man to beat at 168 pounds. After the hard-fought unification bout, Ward had one word for his impressive evening and undefeated run through the two-plus year tournament: "Supernatural".
"It's supernatural. These are all great fighters. That's why you don't hear me talking badly about them before the fight. I know what I'm getting into. I just want to be a little bit better on the night of the fight."
Ward was more than a little bit better and proved once again that he can fight any type of fight and win convincingly. Despite being the faster, slicker boxer, Ward stayed in the pocket at many times throughout The Final and exchanged with the heavy-hitting Froch. However, Ward also displayed his superior defense and boxing ability.
"He's very good defensively," Froch said of Ward. "I couldn't get my shots off. I never found myself in the range. Ward was either too close and smothering me or too far away." continue
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Dec. 18, 2011) – Andre Ward is the Super Six World Boxing Classic champion and the No. 1 super middleweight in the world. Ward dominated England’s Carl Froch to win a unanimous decision by the scores of 118-110, 115-113 two times in front of 5,626 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The victory unified the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council super middleweight titles and also earned Ward The Ring Magazine belt as well as the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic cup.
A frontrunner for Fighter of the Year, Ward’s (25-0, 13 KOs) exploit has anointed him as the man to beat at 168 pounds. After the hard-fought unification bout, Ward had one word for his impressive evening and undefeated run thought the tournament: Supernatural.
“It’s supernatural. These are all great fighters. That’s why you don’t hear me talking badly about them before the fight. I know what I’m getting into. I just want to be a little bit better on the night of the fight.”
Ward, of Oakland, Calif., was more than a little bit better and proved once again that he can fight any type of fight and win convincingly. Despite being the faster, slicker boxer, Ward stayed in the pocket at many times throughout The Final and exchanged with the heavy-hitting Froch. However, Ward also displayed his superior defense and boxing ability.
“He’s very good defensively,” Froch said of Ward. “I couldn’t get my shots off. I never found myself in the range. Ward was either too close and smothering me or too far away.”
Ward was too quick for Froch. Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) seemed tight throughout the fight and frustrated by Ward’s ability to slip punches. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) By Paul Strauss: Finally, the long awaited Super Six World Classic Champion of the super middleweight division is anointed, and it's the man who remains undefeated. Someone of whom announcer and former champion Antonia Tarver said, "There's no blueprint (out there) to beat him." He, of course was speaking about Andre "S.O.G." Ward.
It seems like forever since the tournament started. There were injuries, delays, with a bit of controversy thrown in for good measure. But, tonight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. it all came to an exciting conclusion for Showtime's Super Six fans. The thinking going into this contest was that it would be a classic matchup of a puncher versus the boxer. Carl "The Cobra" Froch of course was considered the puncher.
But, speed, superior reflexes, and skill accounted for the difference. Froch said it best, explaining in the post fight interview with Jim Gray that he couldn't get anything going. As announcer Al Bernstein said, "His honesty is refreshing." Froch made no excuses. He said he had a bad night, because Ward had a good night. Good is probably an understatement. He did almost everything right.
In the pre-fight media meetings, Ward and his trainer Virgil Hunter said they would fight Froch both from a distance and inside. Tarver thought that might be a mistake because, he felt Ward would be going into Froch danger territory. But, Ward did it and pulled it off. The key was he didn't just move inside, He did it at the right times, and he didn't just move inside, he moved way inside, so much so that he smothered Froch's inside game. Ward kept his punches short and sharp. The result was frustration on Froch's part.
Ward has heard and ignored criticism that he isn't a big puncher. But, he is so effective with his strategy, management of distance, punching accuracy with short, sharp shots. continue
By Marcus Richardson: WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) ended WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s dream tonight by beating him by a fairly lopsided 12 round unanimous decision to win the Super Six tournament and take home the trophy at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The judges’ scores were way out of touch with the actual fight except for the judge that scored it 118-110 for Ward. The other two judges saw it as a close fight for some reason, scoring it 115-113 and 115-113. You’d have to have given Froch a lot of mercy rounds to see the fight that close, because frankly Ward dominated the entire fight. I only saw Froch maybe getting one round at best.
Froch was just too slow and was getting clocked by Ward in every round. Ward even had Froch stunned a couple of times. Using his jab and straight right hands, Ward cruised through the first six rounds, hitting Froch with nice shots and picking off or dodging Froch’s slow attempted.
By the second half of the fight, Froch was desperate and in need of a knockout. His beak was a bright red from the shots Ward had bounced off it and it’s a wonder how it wasn’t broken. Ward continued to dominate in the second half of the fight, nailing a now sad looking Froch with lefts and right hands, and falling into him a lot for clinches.
Ward looked like a combination of Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather Jr. in there. Froch just looked like Froch. He was too slow and falling further behind. At the end of the 8th, Froch nailed Ward with his best shot of the night, a beautiful right hand. Too bad it happened after the round had ended and Ward had put down his guard. Froch got a tongue lashing from referee Steve Smoger for that. Ward got the better of Froch on the inside in the 9th, 10th and 11th rounds. Froch did come out firing on all four cylinders in the 12th and was doing a reasonably good job until Ward staggered him at the end of the round. continue
Patrick Nielsen (12-0, 6 KOs) won the first title of his promising career in Herning in Saturday night when he cruised to a clear points victory over Michael Schubov (13-7, 6 K0s). The 20-year-old Dane was in control throughout, doing damage with his right jab. He cleverly kept his opponent at bay and fired in southpaw lefts to body and head. In the ninth, a right sent Schubov down, but he scrambled back to his feet and lasted until the end. The scores were 100-89, 100-89 and 99-90 in favour of Nielsen. “I think Patrick did really well tonight,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “He was in full control and pleased his fans. He has a great future ahead and he proved it again tonight.” continue
By Kevin L. Johnston: Tonight concludes the tumultuous Super Six World Boxing Classic which will crown, at least for the time being, either Andre Ward or Carl Froch as the best super middleweight in the land. Of course, Lucian Bute is waiting in the wings to fight the winner of tonight’s bout which will ultimately prove without a doubt who the best super middleweight in the world is. But that’s a debate for 2012; for the time being the two finalists deserve nothing but praise, as do the promoters and organizers of the Super Six Tournament.
It would have been so easy to cancel the Super Six after so many bumps in the road. We’ve pretty much seen it all along the way, from Jermaine Taylor epically melting down once again in the 12th round against Arthur Abraham then withdrawing from the competition, to Mikkel Kessler’s eye injury and Andre Dirrell’s neurological concerns after receiving a cheap shot from Abraham, to Ward’s need to push back the date of the final after suffering a cut over his eye in training that required stitches. Showtime and all parties involved deserve immense credit for staying the course and finishing the competition despite setback after setback.
Now that the final bout is here, who holds the stylistic edge in the ring tonight? Although I love Froch and all that he stands for, I think Ward will cruise to an easy points win tonight. There really are just two fights you need to watch to understand the justification of this prediction: Froch vs. Jermain Taylor and Froch vs. Andre Dirrell. Froch won both of these fights but looked stellar in neither. continue
by John Wight: Carl Froch will put it all on the line again tonight in Atlantic City when he steps through the ropes to face undefeated current World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight and former Olympic champion Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six World Classic super middleweight tournament. Froch, who is the current WBA champion, comes to the fight the bookies' underdog and with the added pressure of reversing the recent fortunes of British boxing on the world stage after a series of high profile defeats in recent weeks, culminating in Amir Khan's loss to Lamont Peterson last week in Washington DC.
But Froch is a man who plows his own furrow and for whom putting it all on the line is the very essence of who he is. For make no mistake here we have a throwback in the very real sense of the word, a man with a fighter's heart and pride, whose priority since turning professional at the age of 25 has never been the size of his bank balance but the size of the challenge in front of him as he strives for genuine and undisputed greatness. The grit and integrity of an athlete who is willing to face whoever wherever, whether in Helsinki in the dead of winter or Atlantic City under the glare of the spotlight, stands at odds in a sport and in an age where so-called champions balk at the very idea of performing outside their comfort zone.
But Carl Froch stands on a different plane to the majority of boxing's elite fighters. He's had to work for any recognition he's achieved, recognition that remains criminally negligent measured by his achievements, and he's had to face the very best in his division in fight after fight. Not for him the luxury of padding out his career with journeymen or opponents just looking for a last payday before heading for the door marked retirement. Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Mikkel Kessler, Andre Dirrell, Glen Johnson Arthur Abraham, the names trip off the tongue as a who's who of the best in the sport. continue
By James Slater: Boxing superstar, politician, movie actor and singer Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao celebrates his 33rd birthday today. With all he has accomplished (let’s concentrate on his boxing career), the Filipino icon could walk away today and he would be content with all his ring achievements.
A conqueror of eight weight divisions, Pacquiao’s trophy cabinet is crammed full today. Yet there is one more massive fight, one more name on his resume, that keeps the reigning WBO welterweight king motivated: a super-fight with fellow megastar Floyd Mayweather Junior. Fans the world over are sick and tired of the on/off/on/off, maybe-on-again saga that has accompanied this would-be fight. The latest word from Pac-Man is that “Money” wants a staggering $100 million for himself for the fight!
The negotiations for this fight have fallen apart so many times, any word of fresh negotiations must be taken with a massive pinch of salt. Still, promoter Bob Arum is reported to be set to begin new talks in January. We can only hope the fight gets made - finally - before it’s too late. Indeed, is it already too late for Pacquiao to be able to win the thing?
Age 33 is, as history has shown us, an age when greats have began to slow down. It was age 33 when the great Ali began his slow fade, as was age 33 the time when Sugar Ray Leonard began to realise he was no longer the subliminal force he once was. And it must be said that last time out, in his third fight with archrival Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao looked far from impressive. A sign that age has caught up with him, or was that fight simply a case of the southpaw dynamo going in with his “bogeyman?”
We won’t be sure until Pac-Man has his next fight. Whether this next fight is against Marquez, in a fourth clash, against Mayweather, in a fight the whole world wants to see, or against someone else, the pressure will be on Pacquiao (and his trainer Freddie Roach) to deliver. If Pacquiao can revert to his old form and defeat either Marquez or Mayweather and look good doing it, all talk that age has caught up with him will be forgotten. Of course, neither “Money” nor “Dinamita” are fresh-faced youngsters themselves, but both men look, for now anyway, to have aged better than Pacquiao has. continue
By James Slater: Whatever you think of The WBC, you have to concede that it must have been an exciting few days in Las Vegas just recently due to the organisation’s convention being held there. Gathered in “Fight Town” have been so many great fighters - both active and retired - the whole atmosphere must have been truly something special.
Thanks to the roving camera of web site Fightsaga.com, a most interesting meeting between two such great fighters was captured on film this past Friday. Living legend Sugar Ray Leonard and former accomplished pro turned even more accomplished trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior met up, and the two former fighters, now in their mid/late 50’s, engaged in a friendly debate about their September 1978 meeting.
Back then, Leonard was already a massive star, the 1976 Olympic gold medallist sporting a 13-0 pro ledger and well on his way to professional gold. Mayweather was not too shabby himself at 15-1 (the loss coming via 2nd-round stoppage defeat to Tyrone Phelps - the loss subsequently avenged). Had “Big Floyd,” as Mayweather would become known in his 2000 training days, when looking after his son “Money” as well as greats like Oscar De La Hoya, beaten Leonard, he would have changed his life forever.
Instead, Leonard rose to the occasion of his stiffest test to date well, scoring two knockdowns in the 8th and TKO’ing Mayweather in the 10th-round of the welterweight meeting. However, to this day, Mayweather believes that if it wasn’t for a hand injury he would have won the fight - as he said to Sugar Ray in Vegas this past week. continue
Fighting in front of a more-than-sold out crowd filled with boxing royalty,World Boxing Council(WBC) #1 and WBO #3-rated middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike TKO 5 over always-tough Matt "The Predator" Vanda (44-14, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Sampson Boxing in Association with Promociones del Pueblo night of boxing in the South Pacific Ballroom at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 153rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former light heavyweight champion of the world “The Magic Man” Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) who is seeking a fight against reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) sometime next year. Tarver spoke about the possibility of facing Klitschko, and also discussed a wide range of topics including the Super Six Final matchup between Andre Ward and Carl Froch, a potential fourth fight with Roy Jones Junior, the California State Athletic Commission officially changing the Bernard Hopkins versus Chad Dawson result to a new contest, Abner Mares and the current state of the bantamweight division, his take on the Floyd Mayweather Junior-Manny Pacquiao situation, and more! Here is what “The Magic Man” had to say:
Regarding how soon fans can expect to see Antonio Tarver back inside the ring:
“Well you know if I had it my way I would fight every three months. But you know, with the state of the game right now it’s kind of hard. I’ve been patient. I know my man Al Haymon is working diligently to make sure that we have every opportunity to do the things that we want to do, and that’s unify the cruiserweight championship. If we can’t do that then I want a shot at the heavyweight title. I’ve been really beating the bushes with that and it seems like nobody is listening, but I really, really feel like I can go up and do something great. I can get in great shape around 215 pounds and once again shock the world, and I want to do that before I retire or at least have that opportunity.” continue
Photo Credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Dec. 16, 2011) – A small but vocal contingent of British fans invaded Friday’s official weigh-in at Circus Maximus at Caesars Atlantic City in for the culmination of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, breaking into chants and song in support of the man they traveled over two thousand miles for, Carl Froch.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) champ, who weighed in at 167 ½ pounds, will square off with WBA champ Andre Ward, 168 pounds, in the Tournament Final, live on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
At stake on Saturday: both belts, the vacant The Ring magazine championship, the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and, most importantly, super middleweight supremacy.
Tomorrow, after a grueling journey for both men, one of the most significant fights in the history of the super middleweight division will crown an undisputed champion in one of boxing’s deepest divisions.
Attached is the official bout sheet with weights for the event is attached. continue
HOUSTON, TEX. (December 16)...Tickets for the explosive Jan.28 HBO World Championship Boxing televised doubleheader featuring Mexico's future Hall of Famer Erik "El Terrible" Morales defending his WBC Super Lightweight title against unbeaten number two rated WBC super lightweight contender Danny "Swift" Garcia and Austin native James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland facing "King" Carlos Molina, go on sale this Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. CT. continue
By Tony Pill: This saturday night Carl Froch has his defining fight as a prizefighter. The fight takes place in Atlantic City against unbeaten american Andre Ward and is for the 'Super Six' title.
The general public and a great section of boxing fans could be forgiven for never hearing of such a tournament. Whereas stateside it seems to have been a great success. The top six rated super middleweights were all pitched against each other in a revolutionary concept, and eventually our very own Nottingham man landed himself in this prestigious final.
The man in the opposite corner is unbeaten professional and olympic gold medallist Andre Ward. Accumulating 23 victories with 14 stoppages, Ward is featured in the pound for pound ratings and touted for great things. His first fight in the tournament was against the then world champion Mikkel Kessler. The Dane was a firm favourite to win the tournament, an old foe of Joe Calzaghe and the only man to later stamp a loss on Carl Froch's record.
The american boxed beyond expectation and comfortably made easier work of the contest than anticipated. The fight was unfortunately stopped in the eleventh round due to a cut sustained by Kessler, caused by an accidental head clash. It was then in the judges hands who had Andre Ward unanimously ahead. The american's hand was raised and he was crowned world champion. With their progression through the tournament, it is widely thought the two most deserving competitors made it to the final. continue
By James Slater: The grand final of the revolutionary idea that was The “Super Six” is soon to be upon us. It’s been one long road, with a number of postponements, pull outs and arguments, but at last, tomorrow night in Atlantic City, we will have the fight that will crown the world’s best super-middleweight boxer (although Lucian Bute would disagree!).
So far we’ve seen ten fights, fights ranging from absolute classic (Mikkel Kessler WU12 Carl Froch), highly controversial (Andre Dirrell WDQ11 Arthur Abraham) and big upset (Andre Ward WTD11 Mikkel Kessler). The best fight of the lot might just have been saved for the grand final, however!
The results so far:
Arthur Abraham KO12 Jermain Taylor.
Carl Froch WS12 Andre Dirrell.
Andre Ward WTD11 Mikkel Kessler.
Andre Dirrell WDQ11 Arthur Abraham.
Mikkel Kessler WU12 Carl Froch.
Andre Ward WU12 Allan Green (Green having stepped in to replace Taylor)
Glen Johnson KO8 Allan Green (Johnson having replaced Kessler) continue
By JM Siasat: In a not so popular interview, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (53-6-1, 39KO’s) talks his third meeting with Manny Pacquiao and vents out his frustrations on Bob Arum.
“November 12th we worked with intelligence, worked with speed, counterpunching and side steps. All experience I have in this sport was complicated to him and the whole fight was like he didn’t know what to do.
So possibly wanting to make the fight with Mayweather and the bets influenced everything even Bob Arum realized.
When I got up in the press conference Bob Arum told me its business. What does that make you realize? (Referring to the reporter) I didn’t slap him because he is very old. The truth is I'm a respectful person and educated. I was very pissed when he told me it’s just business.
I was like oh yeah? Well let’s see now how your business goes, but you get mad when he tells you its just business. It’s like yeah you take care of your business but who takes cares of my hard work? My 18 years of career and the illusion of supposedly beating the best pound for pound fighter?”
Because of things like these that make you want to retire of the sport I love so much but it’s disgusting. continue
by James Slater: Ace trainer Freddie Roach hasn’t enjoyed the best of years here in 2011: at least two of his star fighters have not shone as brightly as they might have this year. Manny Pacquiao was deemed mighty lucky by most to have kept his welterweight title in his unexpectedly close points win over archrival Juan Manuel Marquez in their third meeting last month, while 140-pound star Amir Khan lost in a shocker to Lamont Peterson last weekend.
As a result of both results, some critics are suggesting Roach’s fighters do not know how to fight on the inside. Freddie must still be ranked as one of the best trainers out there, however, his past achievements undoubted. But who are the fighters Roach feels are the best he’s ever worked with?
In a fascinating article in The Los Angeles Daily News, Roach spoke with Michael Rosenthal about the fighters he has worked with in his over twenty year career as a boxing trainer. Roach, in no surprise, says "Pac Man" is without a doubt the most disciplined boxer he has ever worked with. Whereas when it comes to the most skilled fighter he's trained, Roach lists former multi-weight champ James "Lights Out" Toney. Speaking first about the Filipino dynamo, Roach praised his amazing work ethic.
"Manny's the most disciplined fighter I've ever had," Freddie said. "He trains like mad and pushes himself to the limit. He's just amazing."
One fighter who never had, or is ever likely to have, Pacquaio's love of training for a fight, is James Toney. However, Roach says, hands down, the 43-year-old is the most skilled boxer he's been associated with. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - By Robert Jackson: This year’s ending edition of ‘Just the facts’ will discuss the merit of both fighters, expose their weaknesses and finally predict a winner, so keep reading.
When it comes to skills the 2004, 178lb Olympic Gold medalist Andre Ward hasn’t lost a fight since he was 13 years old. His international experience is 2nd to none in the amateur ranks. As a professional Ward has faced a litany of opponents with a combined record of 388-68-14, and other then the early ‘usual suspects’ that all up-and-comers fight, as Ward’s advanced to the upper echelon of the division he’s only fought in-their-prime top fighters like Edison Miranda, Allan Green, Mikkel Kessler and Sakio Bika. Though moved carefully Ward has avoided the typical journeyman fighters that most prospects fight to build themselves up, to instead fight killers and other top guys of the division. Ward can fight outside, is especially good on the inside and can switch stances and fight effectively. Ward’s defense is also very subtle but effective.
England’s Carl Froch has developed as a fighter as the Super 6 has played out. He gutted out a close victory against Andre Dirrell who outboxed him but forgot his amateur pedigree and in the end Froch took the fight from him. After that Froch sought to improve his skillset and made a fine showing in a loss against Mikkel Kessler, then in his best effort of the tournament – outboxed Arthur Abraham his following fight to earn the victory.
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 153rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the reigning WBO junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs). Bradley spoke about his previous victim Lamont Peterson’s (30-1-1, 15 KOs) recent upset victory against Ami Khan (26-2, 18 KOs). He also discussed a possible rematch with Peterson, a potential fight with Khan, and shared his views on how he believes a rematch between Khan and Peterson would unfold. Here is what Bradley had to say in the interview:
His views on Lamont Peterson’s upset victory against Amir Khan last weekend:
“You know what? I thought Peterson was going to bring a good fight, but I didn’t think he was going to win the fight and he proved me wrong. Peterson brought it too Khan, and I said if he brought it to him he has a good chance of winning the fight. Then I did say it’s in his hometown, so that will definitely help him as well with the boxing fans, and whatever anybody wants to say with the judges, or ref, or whatever. So I mean he put on a great performance. It was a great fight, man! I really enjoyed watching it. It was fun to watch. It was a crowd-pleasing fight and I really enjoyed it at home.”
His views on Khan’s performance in his split decision loss against Peterson:
“Well you know, like I’ve always said, payback is a bitch and karma is a bitch. When I was down he kicked me into the mud, and I hated it! You know what I mean? There was nothing I could do because of my situation that I was in and I was going through legal issues. I couldn’t really talk. I couldn’t really say anything and voice my opinion on why I didn’t want to fight Khan at that given moment. But now Peterson beat him. I beat Peterson a couple of years ago. A lot of people are saying he’s better now than he was a couple of years ago. He probably wasn’t ready for me at the time when he did face me. But you know he’s still pretty much to me, he’s probably mentally stronger, but as far as skill-wise he’s at the same level and I beat him. It’s just funny to see. I know styles make fights, but my style is tailor-made for Khan, and everybody will see that when we do face each other. I think it’s still a great fight to be held somewhere in the future. Now that he’s lost, it’s a little further away now. So Khan’s got to do some rebuilding now or win back his titles. I hear there is a rematch clause going on in effect. If Peterson wants to do that—hey, whatever. You know like I said I’m on my own mission. I got a purpose in this boxing game and I’m definitely going to be following the plan that we have structured.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 153rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the newly crowned WBA/IBF junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) who beat Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) by split decision last Saturday. Peterson spoke about his victory over Khan, and also discussed his future which includes possible rematches against both Khan and the only man ever to defeat him in the professional ranks, Timothy Bradley. Peterson also gave his views and the Super Six Final matchup between Andre Ward and Carl Froch. Here is what Peterson had to say in the interview:
On how he has felt the last several days since scoring an upset victory against Amir Khan:
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. So I just pretty much feel like the same old me, and I’m just doing the things I normally do. I’m just chilling out and just anxious to get back in the gym really.”
Regarding how confident he was going into this fight given the fact he was an 11:1 underdog:
“I was pretty confident. I knew his style, and I knew my style would match up good with his. I just knew that me and my coach had a good game plan and I knew that I would go in there and execute.”
On whether he sensed a change in the fight during the third round where he began having more success:
“I sensed it in the second round. I was starting to hit him with clean shots. You know he was still punching, but with a lot of the punches I think I was starting to deflect his punches. He wasn’t landing as much, and like I said I was coming forward and hitting him pretty cleanly. I knew at that point. You could see me when I went back to my corner, and I was just shaking my head and I knew I had him. Then I went out in the third round, and that’s where I really picked it up from there.” continue
By Lawrence Yearsley: Blood Tubs; as they were called, were the notorious unlicensed (although occasionally licensed,) boxing venues in Manchester during the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. By tradition they were usually seedy, or run-down neighbourhood buildings where anybody fit, willing, and able enough to indulge (including amateur and professional boxers alike,) could earn a bit of extra money by fighting their hearts out on a semi-regular basis. And more often than not these fights took place in a ring of oddball dimensions with each boxer wearing a different size and weight of gloves to those of his opponents. continue
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) will meet again in Frankfurt on February 4. Hernandez had dethroned his American opponent on October 1, winning a technical decision in Neubrandenburg. The fight was stopped on cuts, with Hernandez ahead on the scorecards after scoring a first-round knockdown. “The rematch will be a real treat for boxing fans,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Hernandez against Cunningham, that´s as good as it gets in the cruiserweight division. Their first fight was a thriller and I am sure the rematch will be even more exciting.” continue
German boxing fans are looking forward to an all-German middleweight affair after the International Boxing Federation (IBF) officially named Benjamin Simon mandatory challenger for IBF intercontinental champion Dominik Britsch. Simon had won the i/c title in May 2010 and successfully defended it in November 2010 before being forced out of the ring to a 10 month lay-off because of a hand injury. continue
Exclusive interview by Charles White: Kindly taking time out of his busy training schedule, undefeated heavyweight Malik "King" Scott had the following answers to my questions. Don't miss this fun and informative interview. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Without dismissing Robert Guererro’s ability in the boxing ring, because I do believe that he is as tremendous fighter, his claim that he would prove to be a real challenge to Floyd Mayweather Jr. simply won’t do.
In a recent interview with RingTV.com (http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/170717-qaa-guerrero-wants-mayweather), Guerrero discussed his proposed fight with Floyd, and tried to explain why he would be more effective in the ring than some others who have also tried but fell short.
“Me and Floyd Mayweather make sense. I've been studying him and breaking him down. I've got the keys to beating him. I've got him figured out. I know Floyd like the back of my hand,” said Guerrero in his recent interview. This is a very redundant sentence, and strikingly similar words have been pronounced by virtually every single fighter that ash crossed the ropes to face Mayweather Jr. Word have been shown ineffective when trying to blueprint Floyd.
Of course as many others, Robert mentioned Mayweather’s age, trying to claim that his skills are now diminishing at a very fast rate: “Floyd's going to be 35 years old on Feb. 24. His skills are starting to diminish. I'm 28 years old and a southpaw and I bring a lot to the table. Psychologically too. Being intelligent, I've been doing countless hours of studying Floyd Mayweather, and, you know, honestly, from a psychological standpoint, he's insecure. He's more insecure than a lot of people think that he is."
Is Mayweather Jr. insecure? Well, perhaps he is, but it also depends who you ask. If you ask a Manny Pacquiao fan, than yes, they will agree with Robert’s assumption. Personally, Mayweather Jr. doesn’t strike me as an insecure individual. He has fought and beat many great names. Sure he is holding on dearly to his zero loss record, but he is aware his own abilities and what he is capable of in the ring. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 153rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with reigning WBA/IBF Light Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson, Heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell, former Light Heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver, & also current WBO Light Welterweight champ Timothy Bradley.
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Lamont Peterson's huge upset win over Amir Khan by Spit Decision.
• Did Amir Khan get robbed in the home fighter’s town?
• Were the point deductions by the referee called for?
• Was this fight a case of Peterson winning the fight, or Amir Khan losing it?
• Where do both men go from here? Peterson vs. Khan 2 or a Peterson-Bradley rematch?
• Bernard Hopkins getting his TKO2 loss overturned by the California Boxing Commission. Where should B-hop go now?
• Vitali Klitschko vs. Derek Chisora announced for February 18th.
• Roy Jones Jr. winning by unanimous decision in his return fight. How much does RJJ have left for this final boxing run?
• Andre Ward vs. Carl Froch. Who is going to win the Super 6 Final?
LAS VEGAS (December 15)...Since the final bell of rang on April 16, 2011, boxing fans and the media have been clamoring for a rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto. Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment are proud to announce that it's now official and tickets for "Ortiz vs. Berto II" will go on sale this SATURDAY, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. PST. The 12-round welterweight fight is set for Saturday, Feb. 11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing at 10 p.m. EST/PST (delayed on the West Coast).
Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50 go on sale Saturday, Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. PST. and will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith's Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS
December 15, 2011 – Las Vegas
Thursday was the last working day of the WBC’s 49th annual convention, led by WBC President Jose Sulaiman at Mandalay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Delegates can enjoy a free day on Friday and the fight card here on Friday night.
Several issues were discussed at Thursday’s general assembly meeting, but most of the day was devoted to mandatory title defenses. continue
By James Slater: A day or so ago, the result of the October fight between Ring Magazine and World Boxing Council (WBC) light-heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins and challenger Chad Dawson, originally ruled a 2nd-round TKO win for Dawson and then demoted to a technical draw, was changed again: this time to a No-Contest.
Fans are well aware of what happened in the ring that night, when Dawson “flipped” Hopkins off him as he lunged in, resulting in B-Hop hitting the mat hard and injuring his shoulder. Anyway, the WBC, currently holding its annual convention, this year in Las Vegas, has just ordered a rematch between the two 175-pounders. But as Dan Rafael wrote on his Twitter page, just because the organisation has ordered the rematch, it doesn’t mean it will actually come to pass.
Will we see a Hopkins-Dawson II? Do fans really want to see it?
Recently, Hopkins said he had “zero interest” in giving Dawson a rematch. But minutes ago via his own Twitter page, Hopkins wrote how “WBC did the rite thing hopefully me n chad give yall another fight!!”
So, has Hopkins had a change of heart? Does he want to keep his WBC strap and is he willing to follow the organisation’s orders so as to keep hold of it? continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2011) – Saturday’s blockbuster super middleweight showdown between Super Six World Boxing Classic finalists Andre Ward and Carl Froch has captivated the attention of the boxing world – especially those in the 168-pound division. Andre Dirrell, Arthur Abraham, Glen Johnson and Lucian Bute are predicting World Boxing Association super middleweight champion Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will be the last man standing and proudly lifting the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup in victory come Saturday, Dec. 17, from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Of the recently polled crop of 168-pounders, only Mikkel Kessler feels Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) has what it takes to hand Ward his first career loss.
Kessler and Abraham are the only boxers who have faced both Super Six finalists.
Dirrell, who served as Ward’s Olympic teammate in 2004 and suffered a tough split-decision loss to Froch early in the Super Six, feels Ward will not be influenced by Froch’s past fights and will stick to a carefully laid-out game plan.
“Ward will make his own assessments from the fights that Froch has had,” Dirrell said. “I believe that Froch has gotten better since he fought me. I believe he’s grown with each fight so it will be a different fight. You could take the game plan that I had and use it against Froch. But Andre Ward is pretty set with his own game plan.” continue
By James Slater: One of the hottest, most exciting fighters in British boxing today, unbeaten 24-year-old Welshman Nathan Cleverly is aiming for an even bigger year in 2012. This year, the man from The Cefn Fforest won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-heavyweight title outright and then defended it in a thriller with unbeaten puncher Tony Bellew.
Now set for a second defence of his WBO belt - The South Wales Argus reports that “Clev” will meet Chicago-based Polish warrior Andrzej Fonfara in his Feb. 25th “Homecoming” fight at The Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff - Cleverly is hoping for bigger fights by the end of next year.
“I need to step up progressively to fight the big names, I’m only 24 so I’ve got time on my side,” Cleverly told South Wales Argus. “Hopefully I’ll get the big unifications fights towards the end of 2012 against the likes of Hopkins and Dawson; that’s my goal.”
Cleverly, 23-0(11) is also interested in facing WBA champ Beibut Shumenov but he must first come through that February defence unscathed. Again, the Welsh web site lists Fonfara, 19-2(10) as the next opponent for Cleverly (yet Boxrec have the 24-year-old Pole down as facing Phil Williams tomorrow night - maybe Fonfara will be able to fight again in just over two months?).
An aggressive fighter who has won his last seven fights by stoppage, Fonfara has never met anyone in Cleverly’s class before. Stopped just once, by Derrick Findley in the 2nd-round back in 2008, down at middleweight, Fonfara has since moved up and won a minor title at 175. It’s tough to say what kind of a fight we can expect if Fonfara does meet Cleverly next year. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - By John G. Thompson: Prior to the Showtime Super Six Tournament, I knew very little about two-time WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s). I’d heard him calling out the all-time great super middleweight Joe Calzaghe at the end of Calzaghe’s career and even after he retired, though at the time it seemed more like a publicity stunt than an intriguing matchup. The first Froch fight I had seen was in December 2008 against Jean Pascal for the vacant WBC title.
This was one of the most exciting bouts of the year, with great two way action and Froch earned the unanimous decision in his hometown of Nottingham in the UK. Against Pascal Froch showed a great chin and a willingness to trade punches. The next fight I saw with Froch had him knocking out the former middleweight champion Jermaine Taylor. So we all know Froch can bang, but if he fails to land that big fight changing blow against his opponent in the Super Six finale, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (24-0, 13 KO’s), does Froch have any chance of out-boxing him or beating him on points?
During the Super Six Tournament boxing fans around the world have learned a little more about Froch. In his two razor thin decisions with Mikkel Kessler (a loss) and Andre Dirrell (a win) we saw Froch display the same solid chin he had shown against Pascal as well as a willingness to trade punches. However, in his more recent bouts against Arthur Abraham and Glen Johnson, Froch has shown a different side – one that can box. He boxed beautifully against both utilizing his jab and moving away from his opponents for the most part. I had only seen Froch as a come forward fighter, so this nuance to his game was impressive. continue
HOUSTON, TEX. (December 15) - To kick off the 2012 boxing year, Golden Boy Promotions and Box Latino Promotions will deliver a night of boxing that no fight fan will want to miss when future Hall of Famer Erik "El Terrible" Morales defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight title against unbeaten Philadelphian Danny "Swift" Garcia and James "Mandingo Warrior" Kirkland, fresh off of his thrilling fight against Alfredo Angulo, battles "King" Carlos Molina on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas in an HBO Boxing After Dark televised doubleheader that airs at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Tickets, priced at $250, $125, $75, $50 and $25, go on sale on Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 a.m. CT and may be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Reliant Stadium box office south ticket windows.
"Danny Garcia is a strong, fast, young fighter," said Morales. "I have always said that I want to fight the best. Garcia is one of boxing's future stars and is highly rated, but I feel I will beat him without any problem. His time is not now."
"To be able to face legend like Erik Morales and headline an HBO fight card is what I have been waiting for my whole life," said Garcia. "I am going to work hard and make a statement on national television that I have what it takes to not only face one of the greats, but to beat him too." continue
By James Slater: Today in Munich, Germany, WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko and his next challenger Dereck Chisora met at a press conference to officially announce their Feb. 18th fight. The press conference took place a day later than originally scheduled due to “Del Boy” missing his flight yesterday.
Today the two men posed for the traditional face-to-face photos, with both guys smiling like they meant it for long periods. There is no bad blood here, and neither was there any real trash-talking. At one point the challenger reached out to touch “Dr. Iron Fist’s” green belt, and both men beamed. Interestingly, 40-year-old Klitschko then spoke of how the fight might be one of the toughest of his long career. Perhaps worryingly for Klitschko fans, Vitali went as far as to say Chisora has a “50/50 chance of winning the fight.”
Klitschko also stated that he will “fight likes it’s my last fight.” Vitali also predicted that he will “knock him out with my right.”
As experienced as any world champion out there, Vitali has seen it all, done it all as far as press conferences go. Realising that talk is cheap, Klitschko doesn’t have to talk tough - he simply fights tough when the bell rings. As such, it was left to Chisora to provide most of the sound-bites today.
“I know my opponent and I know he hasn’t seen anything like me,” Chisora said. “They call him The Doctor here and I call myself the most dangerous plague in the world. It will be the shock of his life.” continue
By Robert Jackson: With Money Mayweather having announced his next fight date to be May 5, 2012 – Cinco de Mayo, a revered date in Mexican history, other than fighting Pacquiao, a suitable fighter to face Mayweather is being sought. Victor Ortiz could be in the running depending on his rematch with Andre Berto, Robert Guerrero has expressed interest in fighting Mayweather and now add to the list one Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Canelo Alvarez the latest star of Mexican boxing at 21 has made a name for himself by defeating 39 opponents with no loses and 1 draw. His recent victory over Kermit Cintron represents the best victory of his career albeit Cintron seemed a little bit over trained, and, past it in his last few bouts. Promoted by Golden Boy, Alvarez has been moved carefully having fought many non-descript opponents and of late journeyman fighters – Lovemore N’Dou, Matthew Hatton (brother of Ricky) and Jose Miguel Cotto (brother of Miguel) to name a few.
Canelo’s style can only be described as rough, a finished product in the making. With good instincts and toughness Canelo has fought his way into the fighting public’s imagination and many give him a good chance against Mayweather. Canelo has offered a 150lb catchweight to Mayweather in order to fight him in May, no response to this overture by Mayweather’s team has yet been made. Even at this catchweight, the ‘big boned’ Alvarez could possibly weigh 170lbs on fight night after rehydrating himself, dwarfing Mayweather by a possible 20lbs (Ortiz outweighed Mayweather by 15lbs).
Before discussing whether Canelo has the goods to beat Mayweather let’s look at the politics of such a fight. Canelo is currently the WBC super welterweight champion and has as his mandatory opponent James Kirkland. Kirkland also promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, was a big underdog going into his last fight against Alfredo Angulo and after a 1st round knockdown went on to dominate and stop Angulo in the 6th round. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - By Dominic Sauboorah: It really is a pick ‘em fight. Andre Ward (24-0-0). The flashy, handsome and charismatic fighter showed to many that he’s one for the future when he managed to win a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
He’s still undefeated as a professional but despite this some say that he lacks much power, due to his low knockout rate. Nevertheless at this moment in time he’s the reigning WBA super-middleweight champion which has to count for something.
Ward is considered to be one of the best defensive fighters in the world and is also seen to many as one of the pound-for-pound greats in the world, alongside the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Floyd Mayweather Jnr. His style of fighting has attracted many people from around the globe to watch him, picking his opponents off at range, wearing them down and generally outclassing them from start to finish. He’s beaten the likes of Mikkel Kessler, Allan Green and Arthur Abraham. All hard hitting and pressurizing fighters, yet he managed to walk them down and prove to many how he’s the best super-middleweight in the world. Nevertheless his next opponent from Nottingham might beg to differ.
Carl Froch (27-1-0). Easily one of the most exciting fighters Britain has to offer and this is proven by the fact that he’s the reigning WBC super-middleweight champion. His record speaks for itself whereby he’s won 20 of his fights by way of knockout. Quite clearly Froch is a powerful puncher. He’s proven that against the likes of Jean Pascal, a natural light-heavyweight fighter and Glen Johnson, the man who successfully beat Roy Jones Jnr. Carl Froch is considered to have the best chin in the sport of boxing as he’s taken the best punches of Pascal and Johnson yet refused to switch into defensive mode, let alone hit the canvas. continue
LOS ANGELES, December 15 - TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" will head to the Woodland Community Center in Woodland, California tomorrow night, Friday, December 16 for a pre-holiday event featuring California prospects Alan Sanchez of Fairfield and Alberto Herrera of Riverside battling it out in an eight round welterweight main event that will pack some heavyweight firepower. Plus, unbeaten San Diego lightweight Guy Robb risks his perfect record against Palm Springs' Hugo Ramos in the six round co-main event. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In a recent interview with Examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/boxing-in-las-vegas/that-s-been-the-biggest-surprise-of-all-manny-pacquiao-george-foreman), former world champion George Foreman explains his views on Manny Pacquiao as well as on Pacquiao’s proposed fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Dec. 15, 2011) - The SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final contestants, World Boxing Association (WBA) world champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will hit the scales live from Caesars Atlantic City tomorrow, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. ET. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan has appealed his defeat at the hands of Lamont Peterson last weekend is looking to have the defeat overturned so that he can have the win. Khan lost the fight by the scores 113-112, 113-112 for Peterson, 114-111 for Khan. The two points that Khan deducted for pushing off in the 7th and 12th rounds were deciding factors in the fight, and Khan feels they were unfairly taken from him by referee Joe Cooper. Khan was also given credit for a 1st round knockdown where he didn't even land a punch. He knocked Peterson down by bumping him with his arm, and Cooper failed to see this and gave Khan the knockdown.
Khan told the BBC Sport “We have appealed. In the next seven to ten days we should find out and it could be overturned. I was treated unfairly during the fight…The referee was from Washington so he was always going to favor the home fighter. He walks the streets of DC, so if he was fair and took points off Peterson he’d be hated in Washington. I don’t think he’ll be refereeing a big fight again. I want a rematch in a neutral venue.”
Khan seems convinced that he's got a really strong case to get the loss changed to a victory, as he believes this to be a case of foul play. It’s going to be very difficult for the results to be overturned, however, because Khan was clearly pushing off on Peterson throughout the bout and the referee gave Khan ample warning to stop pushing on two separate occasions before he took the first point off from Khan in the 7th. Khan continued to push just as before following the point deduction, and the referee then took off another point in the 12th.
Khan isn't going to endear himself with boxing fans by trying to get the results of the fight overturned because it really didn't involve anything controversial. Khan was clearly breaking a rule by reaching out and shoving Peterson away on the two occasions he lost points. Khan also was given plenty of warnings to stop pushing by the referee.
Pushing off isn’t allowed in boxing and it’s the rule book stating that. Khan got away a lot of pushing in the fight. One site counted over 50 pushes by Khan. In the last round, an exhausted looking Khan seemed to increase the amount and the strength of his pushing off of Peterson, and it almost looked as if that was Khan’s main defense aside from his running. His game had completely deteriorated to pushing off, grabbing Peterson’s head to pull it forward, putting him in headlocks and running. Khan was taking punishment and not dealing with it well on the inside. continue
By Vivek Wallace: How good is Amir Khan? For the better part of roughly 6 years now, many have asked this very question. On 26 nights, the rhetorical response to this rhetorical question was "good enough"; however, twice now, we've learned that perhaps maybe not, as Bolton's badboy and all the hoopla surrounding him was figuratively laid to rest....again. At one point, the general consensus was that the only way to defeat him would be by way of knockout. After suffering such a fate and vowing never to see it repeat, Khan improved his durability with a measured toughness that would prevent it from happening again. Thus far it has worked, but D.C. native Lamont Peterson was crafty enough to find yet another way to defeat Khan. A more conventional way....perhaps the harder way.....which merely cost him 12 grueling rounds, a sore pair of ribs, and a ton of heart.
In the aftermath, now that Khan has learned there is indeed more than one way to defeat him, what next? Underground rumors had it that Goldenboy Promotions was setting the stage for a potential Mayweather showdown. Now that we know that dog won't hunt, again we ask the rhetorical question surrounding Khan: What next? Does he stay at 140 and attempt to do with Peterson what he vowed never to "waist his time" doing again with Prescott, and attempt to remove a pass blemish? Does he attempt to face another cupcake with decent name recognition to attempt to regain confidence?
Each of those options are on the table for consideration, but one other option remains available, and despite the strong contingent that would disagree, perhaps this option remains the most prominent and perhaps the most necessary. That option? Consider a new trainer. Recent Hall of Famer Freddie Roach remains one of the most sought after and equally humble trainers in the sport, but one common flaw found even amongst the greatest in his stable parallels the reason for the latest setback in the kingdom of Khan. When you look at Roach's main pupils, (Pacquiao, Chavez, Khan), each man steps in the ring with the same blueprint. Flurry, move, flurry, move. In a recent interview with Percy Crawford at FightHype.com, Floyd Mayweather Snr. recently spoke about the fact that he couldn't understand why a fighter with Khan's size doesn't have a solid jab? continue
By James Slater: Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBA light-welterweight king Amir Khan is still fuming over what he and his team think was an unfair points loss to big underdog Lamont Peterson. Last Saturday’s fight was a terrific action fight, but the thing that dominated the headlines was the controversy that was attached to the bout.
As fans know, Referee Joe Cooper took it upon himself to twice deduct points from Khan for pushing. If the second point had not been taken away as it was in the 12th and final round, Khan would have kept his belts. Khan, speaking with The Manchester Evening News, spoke of suspicious activity at ringside minutes before the decision was announced:
“One of the Golden Boy guys got the score sheets and it said ‘Khan, Khan, Peterson’ and the next thing it was ‘Peterson, Peterson, Khan.’” Khan said.
Curious indeed. It was said on air that the unofficial word going around at ringside was that Khan had got the verdict. But, of course, he never, he lost, and the world moves on. Khan now says he will use the loss as “a learning curve” and come back stronger. Despite the fact that Peterson’s manager/trainer/father figure Barry Hunter has said he will explore all options for his fighter’s first defence, Khan seems sure he will get an immediate return with the Washington D.C man:
“I’ll come back stronger,” Khan said. “Even Lamont was very shocked that he got the decision. I knew after the 12th round we had won the fight. But no excuses. People who were watching and who know what the fight was all about will know that I’ll come back stronger. That’s why I want the rematch straight away, just to prove to everyone. continue
By James Slater: As fans probably know, there are currently a number of boxing greats gathered in Las Vegas for the latest WBC convention. Legends such as George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Mike Tyson are in town, and members of the media are falling over themselves trying to get interview after interview. continue
Los Angeles, CA (Dec. 14, 2011) - When SHOWTIME and five of the world's most respected professional boxing promoters formalized the strategy behind the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC, it was their intent to create a tournament that would deliver a boost of excitement for boxing fans worldwide and pique the interest of the casual fan, while showcasing the tremendous array of talent in one of boxings hottest divisions - the Super Middleweights. continue
LOS ANGELES (December 13) - The holidays came early today for Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins when the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) overturned the decision that dealt the oldest champion in boxing history a controversial technical knockout loss to "Bad" Chad Dawson on October 15 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The outcome of the hearing, which took place at the CSAC's regularly scheduled meeting, changed the TKO loss to a no decision on Hopkins' record, leaving no doubt that he is still the light heavyweight world champion.
"Justice was served today," Hopkins said. "I am thrilled that the California State Athletic Commission did the right thing and removed that loss from my record. Mistakes happen, but what you do to fix those mistakes is what counts."
"I'm very pleased that the California State Athletic Commission did the right thing and ruled that the result of Hopkins-Dawson was a no decision rather than a TKO loss for Hopkins," said Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer. "As the old saying goes, 'there's a reason that pencils have erasers' and I commend the Commission for having the courage to correct an error which wrongfully put a blemish on Bernard Hopkins' record. We now look forward to making Bernard's next history-making fight." continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) - NEW YORK (Dec. 13, 2011) – With four days remaining until the dramatic conclusion to the Super Six World Boxing Classic, finalists and world champions Andre Ward and Carl Froch assembled with their camps at the Edison Ballroom in New York City for the promotion’s final press conference before the teams head 100-plus miles down the road to Atlantic City. The Final will air LIVE this Saturday, Dec. 17 on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Press traveled from around the country and across the pond to attend today’s press conference, filling the midtown Manhattan venue with writers, photographers and cameramen. Froch arrived more than fashionably late but Ward stayed poised as usual. Once on stage, the two men agreed that Saturday’s fight is unequivocally the battle for the super middleweight supremacy – but on little else.
Here’s what the principal participants had to say during today’s media gathering:
Andre Ward, WBA Super Middleweight Champion
“This fight should be dubbed, ‘No Excuses.’ If Carl Froch beats me, there won’t be [any] excuses. I beat Carl Froch, there shouldn’t be any excuses. No judges, no referees, no nothing. May the best man win. continue
Promoter Frank has confirmed the dates in 2012 when World Champions Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns will return to action, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546).
Welshman Cleverly, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight Champion, makes a glorious homecoming on Saturday 25th February at the Motorpoint Arena (formerly the Cardiff International Arena) in Cardiff.
The exciting 24-year-old will headline the show in his first fight in his home city since featuring on the undercard of Joe Calzaghe's super-middleweight unification fight against Mikkel Kessler at the Millennium Stadium in November 2007.
Cleverly's had a great year in which he was crowned world champion when Juergen Braehmer failed to arrive for their showdown in May and he beat late-replacement Alex Kuziemski in the fourth round at the O2 Arena.
In October he was involved in a thriller against Tony Bellew, beating his bitter rival on points in an action-packed fight at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
The challenger for Cleverly's third defence of his title will be announced shortly. continue
New York, NY - (12/13/2011) - This past Saturday, on Dec. 10, in front of a packed house at the Bell Centre in Montreal, former junior middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19KO's) turned in one of the most impressive performances of his 12-year professional career in winning an exciting 12-round decision over the highly regarded hometown favorite David Lemieux (25-2, 24KO's).
Going into the fight, many viewed Alcine as a sacrificial lamb for the extremely dangerous Lemieux, who wascoming off his first loss eight months earlier. All of the pre-fight talk leading up to the bout focused on how Lemieux was rededicated to the sport, had switched trainers, and was ready to resume his quest toward a world title. No one seemed to be paying much attention when Alcine calmly stated beforehand that he was finishing up his best ever training camp and that it was going to show come fight night.
When the fight started, Lemieux came out hard and fast as expected, bombing away with both hands looking to put an end to the fight quickly. Alcine had prepared for that though,DBE keeping a high guard to block many of the shots and staying on his toes moving effortlessly around the ring. Alcine, now 35 years old, was looking more like the fighter who, in 2007, went into the backyard of undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Middleweight Champion Travis Simms, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to take Simms' title in dominant fashion via 12-round unanimous decision.
By the middle rounds, it was clear that Lemieux was tiring and Alcine, 13 years his senior, was the fresher of the two, boxing beautifully and even staggering the heavy-handed Lemieux on a few occasions. continue
Dereck "Del Boy“ Chisora is 27 years old and is rated in the Top 15 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) world rankings. From 2010 until 2011, Chisora was the Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion. In his last fight, Chisora lost a very controversial split decision against Robert Helenius in Helenius’ hometown of Helsinki, Finland. Every boxing fan that watched this fight thought that Chisora clearly won and should be the real European champion. Dereck Chisora‘s fight record is 15 wins (9 KOs) with two defeats.
Dereck Chisora: "Wladimir Klitschko did not fight me last year so I am now going to get the world championship belt from his older brother Vitali. I will show Vitali that his time is over and make him retire. After I beat Vitali, if Wladimir wants revenge I will also fight him and take all their heavyweight championship belts back to London!“
Vitali Klitschko is 40 years old with a professional record of 43-2 with 40 KOs. His two defeats came only as a result of injuries and he never lost his title in the ring. Klitschko has the highest knock out percentage of any world champion with 93 percent. Vitali Klitschko is only the fourth boxer along with Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis to win a heavyweight championship belt for the third time. It will be Klitschko’s 16th World Heavyweight Championship fight in Munich.
Vitali Klitschko: "Chisora has proven in his last fights that he is very strong with his infighting. His great performance against Helenius showed that he should be the European champion but I won’t be intimidated by his trash talking.” continue
By Robert Jackson: Witnessing the events that took place on Saturday night past, this writer would have to say that Amir Khan has only two chances to win if he ever faces the man known as Money Mayweather; slim and none.
Taking a page out of the Marcos Maidana handbook, Lamont Peterson turned Saturday night's match into a brawl and had Khan on his bicycle early in the fight. Having hurt Khan several times throughout the fight all Khan could do was push off with his elbow and forearm, front headlock, and hold the DC native to stop his advance. Khan also was pushing Peterson’s head down when Peterson was on the inside doing his work. It’s true Khan did flurry while retreating but many of his flurries caught arms and shoulders and did not land cleanly. And yes, Khan was the quicker man, but many of his punches were wild ‘keep off me’ punches.
At this point in Khan’s career I would have to say that Khan’s trainer – Freddie Roach has a big reclamation job ahead of him to rebuild Khan’s confidence and fighting technique – which left him on Saturday night. I also don’t see Khan moving up to 147lbs just yet, there are plenty money making/career rebuilding fights for him at 140 including a rematch with Peterson, squaring off against Brandon Rios who’s entering the division and maybe an eventual matchup with Timothy Bradley that seems more likely now after the Peterson fight. Marcos Maidana and Breides Prescott may also have a say in that move, in Maidana’s case he may be at 147lbs waiting when Khan eventually gets there. Roberto Guerrero might also want a piece of the action.
If Mayweather was anywhere near a TV on Saturday past he couldn’t of been too happy because a potential BIG payday went out of the window with Khan’s failure. In any case that fight would’ve been ‘easy work’ for Money whether or not the outcome had been different. As most fight fans know Mayweather is a different kind of animal in the ring, the kind a ‘½ stepping’ fighter my not want to face. What I mean by that statement is the condescending attitude Khan had towards Peterson and his subsequent underestimation and mental lapse in this regard. Even the most focused and prepared fighters have been beaten by Mayweather and this would also be the case with Khan. continue
By James Slater: Former heavyweight king Riddick Bowe was a telephone guest on last night’s edition of The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour, and in quite disturbing fashion the 43-year-old slurred his way through a short Q and A session.
Inactive since his laboured points win over a guy named Gene Pukall (back in December 2008, when “Big Daddy” tipped-in at a fleshy 271-pounds), Bowe, 43-1(33) seems hell-bent on further risking his health by making yet another comeback.
Asked why he is coming back and if the planned return will be legit, as opposed to just talk to gain publicity, Bowe insisted he will indeed be back soon.
“I look around and there’s no-one really out there,” Bowe said of today’s heavyweight division. “I think I can be champ again.”
But where, Bunce asked, will Bowe fight? Will he even be able to get a licence to box in the U.S?
“I don’t care, wherever I can get a promoter,” Bowe replied. “As long as I’m fighting. It’s a good time for me to come back, so I can put smiles back on peoples’ faces. This comeback is for real, I’m not doing any playing. I’ve been there and done that; I’m ready to go.”
Even more disturbingly than what he’d said previously, Bowe then called out David Haye. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: On the night of December 3rd of this year, I was sitting at home watching some of the undercard fights for the Cotto vs. Margarito match-up on the Top Rank website. They were all obvious showcase fights. continue
By Tony Nobbs: The Australian boxing fraternity is mourning the passing of one our esteemed members. Former national champion and world title ring official Trevor Christian passed away at Napean Hospital in Western Sydney on Sunday night after a long battle with cancer. He was 69. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) - NEW YORK (Dec. 12, 2011) – Long regarded as one of the world’s premier super middleweight contenders, Andre Dirrell will return to the ring for the first time in 21 months when he faces Darryl Cunningham in the co-feature of a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 30, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif.
Dirrell (19-1, 13 KOs), of Flint, Mich., has not fought since winning by 11th-round disqualification over Arthur Abraham in The Super Six World Boxing Classic on March 27, 2010. Cunningham (24-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, has been victorious in 17 consecutive starts and has not lost since December 2007.
The ShoBox main event will spotlight another comeback — that of former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain Taylor (28-4-1, 17 KOs), of Little Rock, Ark., in a scheduled 10-round middleweight bout. Taylor’s first start in 26 months represents a return to the division he once dominated. Taylor will face Jessie Nicklow (22-2-3, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, Md.
In the opening bout of the telecast, former Cuban amateur standout Luis “El Leon” Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) of Cork, Ireland, meets southpaw Alexander “The Great” Johnson (12-0, 5 KOs, 1 NC) of Oxon Hill, Md., in an eight-round showdown of undefeated light heavyweights. continue
By JM Siasat: In the morning of December 11, 2011 boxing fans witnessed a boxing upset when Brian Viloria won by 8th round TKO against the Ring’s #9 ranked pound for pound fighter in Giovani Segura at the Ynares Sports Arena Pasig City Philippines. As the fight happens there was another story being told on the other side of the world, thousands of miles away in Washington DC was the Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson bout.
Amir Khan was a favourite going to the fight and was expected to beat a live underdog in Lamont Peterson.
The speed of Amir Khan was a factor and with it he scored a knockdown in the first round. As the fight went on Peterson seem to have Khan figured as he took the battle on the inside forcing the champion to circle around the ring for the rest of the fight.
It was one of those fights that are tough to score as the bout featured a guy who throws and lands more and the other guy landing clean and telling blows.
Just like many boxing fans, I had Khan winning more rounds. But there was another factor, it was referee Joseph Cooper.
As the challenger took the fight to the champion, Peterson would lean and mix his punches making the champion push. Rounds seven and twelve was a huge turning point as the referee took a point from Amir Khan for the pushes.
Khan was unhappy with the point deduction and was very happy with another one in round twelve so as his promoter Oscar De La Hoya being seen on the background. Khan would then feel the urgency and tries hard to finish strong in round twelve.
After twelve rounds of action Peterson was announced as the new WBA world light welterweight champion with two judges scoring 113-112 for Peterson and 115-110 for Khan.
Soon after the fight Amir Khan would say on his facebook “CHEATED NOT DEFEATED”. continue
By James Slater: So now who is the world’s best 140-pounder? What Lamont Peterson did on Saturday night whilst going to war with Amir Khan was shake up the light-welterweight division big time. Ahead of the exciting fight, most experts agreed Khan was the world’s premiere 140-pounder. But not any more he isn’t.
No way can Khan be looked at as such; not until he gets revenge (if he can actually do so) against the Washington D.C warrior. But if Khan is no longer the best at 140, who is? Peterson?
Here I give my own opinion when it comes to ranking today’s ten best light-welters:
1: Timothy Bradley. WBO champ. 28-0(12). Holds a win over Peterson and also boasts that unbeaten record. Until anyone proves otherwise, “Desert Storm” has to be ranked as the best in the world today at his weight.
2: Lamont Peterson. WBA/IBF champ. 30-1-1(15). Would now be ranked at #1 if not for the loss to Bradley. Peterson now has a number of options: return fights with Khan and Bradley being the two most interesting and exciting.
3: Amir Khan. 26-2(18). Can Khan regain his position atop the division? A return with Peterson would be a hugely important fight, as would the winner of that match going in with Bradley. Khan should, in my opinion, delay his move up to 147 long enough to have two more fights in his current weight class.
By James Slater: German newspaper BILD has reported how reigning WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko will make the next defence of his title in February of next year, against former British champ Dereck Chisora.
“Dr. Iron Fist,” in speaking with the publication, said Chisora “is an interesting opponent. For me he clearly won the European title fight against [Robert] Helenius.”
Chisora was, in the opinion of practically all experts and fans alike, blatantly robbed of a deserved points win back on September 3rd in Finland. But, as things have turned out, some good has come from the “loss” the warrior known as “Del Boy” suffered at the hands of the hyped Helenius. Poetic justice it really is for Chisora to get a shot at Vitali, when twice he was within touching distance of a shot at younger brother Wladimir.
But what chance does the 27-year-old with the 15-2(9) record have of winning the fight that is set for Munich, Germany on Feb. 18th?
Although 40-year-old Klitschko is a totally different, far more accomplished fighter than Helenius is, Chisora’s impressive performance against the unbeaten Finn showed that at the very least the 6’1” Brit can hang tough, even dominate, a modern day giant (“The Nordic Nightmare” stands a fraction below 6’7” and has a reach of 79” - measurements comparable to those of Vitali). A fine inside fighter who has good head movement, Chisora may well make the action incredibly interesting, not to mention exciting, when he rumbles with Klitschko in a little over two months time. continue
By Martin Salt: Amir Khan lost his WBA/IBF World Light-Welterweight titles on Saturday night to Lamont Peterson in Washington DC, USA and it has caused a hotbed of debate from all corners of the boxing world. In this writer’s opinion, Lamont Peterson won the fight by the narrowest of margins, a contest which could have gone either way.
Amir Khan spent most of the build up talking about his future and that this was his last fight at Light-Welterweight. Rather fine tuning his pre-fight preparations, Khan was clearly pre-occupied with all the talk of a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
During this time Peterson was training hard, doing small pre-fight interviews with plenty of respect for his opponent and taking time out to remember his roots by visiting centres for disadvantaged children. For Peterson the fight with Khan was clearly the culmination of a ‘Cinderella Man’ style rise to the top of boxing and he was treating the opportunity with all the respect it deserved.
With the exception of trainer Freddie Roach, Amir Khan and his entire team did not seem to respect the challenge of Peterson and had been looking forward to another defence against a less than serious threat.
In the first round Khan should have finished the fight, catching Peterson off guard with the volume and speed of his punches. Instead, Khan appeared to slow down and began showing off in a style reminiscent of Prince Nazeem Hamed, putting his gloves in the air and gesticulating for Peterson to come on to him. Peterson did and wobbled Khan in the third round with several hard left hooks to the head. From then on it was a fight which neither boxer had a clear advantage. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 152nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the reigning Heavyweight Champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) who recently had a scheduled December 10 title defense against Jean Marc Mormeck postponed until March 3 due to health issues. Klitschko spoke about his future plans for 2012, and also shared his views on a variety of other topics including a potential fight between his brother Vitali Klitschko and David Haye, the Pacquiao-Mayweather situation, recent victories by heavyweight contenders Alexander Povetkin and Robert Helenius, Antonio Tarver, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It is now time for our final guest of this week’s show. He’s making his fourth appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. He’s the reigning IBF, WBO, WBA,and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion of the world. We’re joined once again by Wladimir Klitschko. How’s everything going today, Wlad?
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO: Now the question how am I doing—I’m doing fantastic! Believe it or not, you’re going to probably be really surprised with my good mood, but I assure you life without pain is beautiful! It’s so enjoyable and I’m very happy and eventually it will be over and I’m recovering well. It’s the first day that I’m completely free of all the other days that I wasn’t really feeling well. But now it’s all great and fantastic and I’m very, very, very happy about that.
JENNA: Now how difficult was it for you in the training camp dealing with this kidney stone problem, and what ultimately made you decide to have surgery to take care of it?
KLITSCHKO: I’ll tell you something. I never ever shared my health issues with the public, or anyone else but my doctor. And you’re obviously not my doctor, but—and I was hiding actually. It happened last Thursday and I was trying to keep it as cool, as calm, and as not visible as possible. But it looks like with my face and my name it’s not that easy, especially in Europe. Probably in the States it would be easier, but somehow the information went out and all of it became more official. Of course I understand that I also have to explain to the fans, and also I have to give certain statements. I couldn’t share my health issues and my status at that time and show up at the press conference on Monday. But now I am showing up and giving interviews and sharing my experiences that I have collected in the past. So I have to tell the fans, I feel sorry for the fans and especially for Mormeck with his team because he was preparing, and also a lot of the undercard fighters because we set up such a great, great show, which we’re actually not canceling. We’re postponing it until March 3. It’s going to be at the same stadium in the same city. So it’s all going to be the same and the same opponent, but it’s going to be postponed. I’m happy about that, too. So what happened was difficult, but it’s not dramatic to my career. I will continue as planned, and I’m also very, very happy about that part. So there is no complications to my health that could affect my boxing career and I’m super happy about that. continue
Los Angeles, CA (DEC. 12, 2011) - With super middleweight supremacy on the line when WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward takes on WBC titleholder Carl Froch in the SUPER SIX WORLD BOXING CLASSIC FINAL on Saturday Night, December 17 in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, matchmaker Tom Brown of Goossen Tutor Promotions has put together an explosive undercard featuring several members of their talented stable against boxers with impressive records and high knockout ratios. continue
By Marcus Richardson: The dream that Golden Boy Promotions had for their little golden goose former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a mouth-watering mega bout in 2012 may have gone up in smoke with Khan’s royal plucking by Lamont Peterson last night in Washington, DC. Peterson won the fight by a 12 round split decision over a constant fouling Khan.
Say what you want about the win being a questionable one, what’s not questionable is that Khan struggled against a guy that was pretty well handled by Timothy Bradley two years ago in a one-sided 12 round decision win. Golden Boy Promotions has said that Khan is a future super star, a future number #1 pound for pound star. Khan wasn’t supposed to struggle like this against a fighter like Peterson if he was truly worthy of all that bluster by his promotional company.
Khan went life and death with Peterson last night, and definitely didn’t look any better than him. I myself would have been okay with either fighter getting a close decision or even the fight being scored a draw. It was close. But for a fighter that that Golden Boy were grooming to put him in with Mayweather, this was a terrible setback. You can’t shield your eyes from what happened in the ring last night.
Khan was royally exposed as a fighter with not even the basic fundamentals of how to fight on the inside. What we saw instead was Khan yanking on the back of Peterson’s head and trying to shove his down to the canvas in an ugly, ugly manner. And along with this illegal tactic, Khan used headlocks, and pushing all night long to try and cover up the fact that he can’t fight on the inside. continue
By James Slater: Fans are buzzing about unbeaten 29-year-old heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell right now (myself included). Fresh off his impressive, important stoppage win over the previously unstopped Timur Ibragimov, “Mayhem” sure has a bright future. continue
By James Slater: Return fights usually happen in boxing if, A: the first fight is terrifically exciting or, B: the result of the fight proves to be controversial. Well, last night’s 140-pound world title battle between defending champ Amir Khan and new WBA/IBF ruler Lamont Peterson ticked both boxes.
Whether or not you agree with the majority verdict Peterson was awarded (not to mention the two point deductions referee Joe Cooper chose to make, for Khan’s shoving the challenger off him), you must agree that a rematch is a must. Everyone enjoyed the sensational two-way action in D.C; with a number of experts predicting the great fight will bag this year’s FOTY award.
A studio guest on U.K television’s SKY Sports, was former world champ Steve Collins. Collins nailed it perfectly by stating the rematch will be much, much bigger and a perfect place to stage it would be Las Vegas. Team-Khan are now pushing for an immediate return, in Vegas, on March 31st.
“We want a rematch, maybe in Vegas, on March 31st,” Shah Khan said to BBC Sport.
Going into last night’s fight, expectations were not all that high; at least not as far as seeing such a classic fight. Most felt we’d see a good fight, with the tough local man giving his all but ultimately falling short on the cards by quite a way. Instead, Peterson now enjoys genuine star power. With his amazing back story, his humble, guy-next-door attitude and his amazing heart, guts and courage, Peterson also has the respect of the fans - even more so now that he is a world champion.
Both men look set to earn a bundle by way of a demanded return clash. But will the rematch see the titles change hands again? Did Khan overlook Peterson somewhat ahead of last night’s fight? Or, does Peterson simply have the physical toughness and the resolve to be able to once again withstand Khan’s early attacks, before coming on to make it his type of fight? These burning questions will be answered with a part-two. Hopefully, however, we won’t have so much controversy next time. continue
By James Slater: Though the outstanding main event, upset, controversy, FOTY candidate that was Lamont Peterson WM12 Amir Khan is rightly dominating the boxing headlines right now, unbeaten U.S heavyweight Seth Mitchell, boxing on last night’s D.C under-card, sure made a massively noteworthy statement of his own. continue
Roy Jones Jr. made the first step towards a world championship in his fifth weight class on Saturday night, when he won the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title with a clear unanimous decision over former ”Contender” participant Max Alexander at the Atlanta Civic Center. continue
By Paul Strauss: Amir Khan claims he had two opponents in the ring Saturday night at the Convention Center in Washington, District of Columia. The first was his scheduled opponent Lamont "Havoc" Peterson and second was Referee Joseph Cooper. Khan bad mouthed all of D.C. as well, saying that it's no wonder there haven't been any big fights there in quite some time. He insinuated that you have to knock out a guy to win in D. C.
Khan feels his title was stolen from him by the referee, because the referee reeked havoc on two occasions, when he took two points from King Khan for pushing. Announcers Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Larry Merchant were in agreement it was a bad call both times. They believed that before any such penalty is imposed, a referee should give what they called "A hard warning", explaining a referee should stop the action, and specifically point out to the fighter that a point will be deducted if the fighter commits the same offense again.
Really! Is that necessary? Even the most inexperienced fighter knows if he gets warned twice for the same offense, he will then lose a point if it happens again. It certainly is true that fighters and fans alike do not enjoy having a referee inject himself into a fight. More importantly, they do not want the outcome of a fight to be decided by a referee's call. Without the two point deduction, Lamont Peterson would not have won a SD. So, everyone wants a rematch, assuming a referee's action wouldn't be a factor. Both Peterson and Khan expressed a readiness to do just that, but will the promoters agree. Can Khan make the junior welter limit again? Prior to the start of this one, it was thought it would be Khan last fight as a junior welter.
Regardles, what actually happened in this fight? What stood out the most was Khan's superior hand and foot speed, and combination punching. He was more willing to take chances than Peterson and to let his hands go. Peterson realized his initial Plan A wasn't working, so by his own post-fight admission he went to Plan B, which was to turn the fight into more of a brawl. Every chance he got he pressured Khan back against the ropes, where he could trap him and pummel him with shots to the body and head. continue
WITH VITALI Klitschko set to fight Dereck Chisora and David Haye consecutively in 2012, William Hil offer 5/2 that he will knock out BOTH of them. ‘Chisora was denied a victory in his last fight by some creative scoring but looks a little out of his depth’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe. continue
By JM Siasat: In a Boxing shocker, the Ring’s #9 ranked pound for pound fighter Giovanni Segura (28-2-1, 24KO’s) suffered his second professional defeat at the hands of Brian Viloria (30-3, 17KO’s) by 8th round TKO. Segura came in the fight as a huge favourite with a promise to knock out Viloria as he challenges for the WBO world flyweight title.
Segura wasted no time putting pressure soon as the fight started while Viloria looked cautious as he gauged and felt the distance in the opening seconds of the first round. Midway through the round Viloria started to land his counter left hooks. Viloria finished the round strong as he connected the harder, cleaner punches. continue
Firstly, we would like to congratulate Lamont Peterson on his performance against Amir Khan. Not only has he shown that he is a tremendous fighter inside the ring, but also a great man out of the ring.
Following the decision in the fight, Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions intends to make inquiries with the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, the IBF and the WBA regarding the performance of referee Joseph Cooper and will also be seeking clarification regarding certain ambiguities with respect to the scores of the fight.
We look forward to an immediate rematch with Lamont as confirmed by Lamont and his manager/trainer Barry Hunter.
By Nicholas Dash: After Bredis Prescott emerged from the murky reaches of Colombia to carry out a hit on Amir Khan, before submerging in to the waste lands of the forgotten, Khan could have been forgiven for lying to himself about his own prowess in an attempt to find lost faith in himself. Perhaps nothing but a lie would suffice in the immediate aftermath of that loss, but any continued projection of potential greatness had to be based on facts.
After Khan's latest setback, on a road to redemption that many felt had skipped key destinations, Golden Boy Promotions are unlikely to convert the non-believers by granting Khan a safe passage to another title; there will not be another Malignaggi or Judah to reconstruct the story, as tired plots will no longer appeal. There will be no more belief in a character who avoids worthy former adversaries and certainly no more talk of crossing paths with Mayweather this May, or any month thereafter. Khan's fondness for machismo suggests his future points towards his reinvention as a Gladiator of sorts, albeit one that at times appears to be trying to escape the arena. This reinvention presents a framing of his identity that would actually allow for the suffering of defeats, baring the battle scars acquired in many wars.
Khan's conditioning is his saviour. He exemplifies power, defined as Speed x
Strength. However, his confidence in that power leads him to flurry excessively and sometimes wildly, as indicated by the Lamont Peterson check-hook on his way to the canvas in the first round, providing an ominous warning of what lay ahead. Khan’s excesses are a combination of confidence and a carryover from Khan's amateur days, it causes him to momentarily expend all energy, at which point a pressure fighter will expose his inability to fight effectively going backwards, and then expose him on the inside before Khan rallies.
Physically, Khan is built in the mould of a sprinter, he favors power endurance, executing high intensity work in repeated bursts of activity characterized by intervals. This is opposed to a lower intensity, yet consistent plateau of activity in a cardiovascular based strategy, employed by Peterson & Maidana, allowing them to catch out Khan as his output dips. continue
By Rob Smith: In what may be the biggest upset tonight in the world of boxing, WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria (30-3, 17 KO's) defeated former WBO light flyweight champion Govanni Segura (28-2-1, 24 KO's) by an 8th round TKO on Saturday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines. continue
By Rob Smith: First the good news: 42-year-old Roy Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KO's) ended his three-fight losing streak on Saturday night in defeating Max Alexander (14-6-2, 2 KO's) by a 10 round unanimous decision by the scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 to win the UBO Intercontinental cruiserweight at the Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. continue
By John G. Thompson: It has been quite a year for boxing upsets and Lamont Peterson’s (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) upset this evening over the IBF and WBA Super World Light Welterweight Champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) will certainly be remembered as one of the biggest. On paper the two boxers look very close in terms of their records, size, and age; however, Khan was perceived by most as the clear favorite. Nevertheless, Peterson made a huge statement in front of his hometown crowd at the Convention Center in Washington, D.C., on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Golden Boy Promotions highly hyped fighter IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan was exposed once again tonight in losing his straps to challenger Lamont Peterson by a well-deserved 12 round split decision in front of a huge crowd at the Convention Center in Washington, DC. The judges scored it 113-112, 113-112 for Peterson and 114-111 for Khan.
Initially, Khan fought well for the first two rounds, getting credit for a knockout he didn’t deserve in the 1st round after Peterson slipped to the canvas. The bout dramatically following the 2nd, however, as Khan suddenly started to tire and Peterson began to time him and land hard shots to the body and the head. Khan wasn’t looking so great at that point.
Khan’s trainer had him change tactics stating in 5th with Khan adopting the all out running strategy that he used against Marcos Maidana to squeak out a 12 round decision last year. Although it worked initially, you could see that Khan was going to run out of gas sooner or later because he was running for his life and looking god awful in doing so. I know Golden Boy thinks they have a real gem in Khan, a future pound for pound star, but he is so awful to watch when he’s running for his life. The only good thing about Khan in this fight was his hand speed. Other than that, he looked sloppy and amateurish to the extreme. Golden Boy might want to cut their losses or downgrade their expectations for this guy. It might take a lot of super careful matchmaking to build him back up.
Khan looked nothing like a future star of anything and certainly not someone who deserves a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. next year. What a nightmare that fight would have been.
At any rate, Khan was fouling at a consistent basis from the first round on using a lot of the same types of fouls that he was able to get away in fights against Maidana and Zab Judah. Specifically we’re talking about giving Peterson a hard shove when he was trying to work on the inside and then cranking down on his head to hammer him with a shot while he was defenseless. continue
By Ken Neir: Middleweight contender David Lemieux's once promising career took another hit on Saturday night when he suffered his second consecutive loss in getting beaten by a highly motivated former WBA junior middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19 KO's) by a 12 round majority decision at the Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 152nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former four-division champion Roy Jones Junior (54-8, 40 KOs), who is scheduled to face former Contender star Max Alexander (14-5-2, 2 KOs) tonight at the Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Jones spoke about his upcoming fight, talked about his future plans, and also shared his opinion on a variety of topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape, including Manny Pacquiao’s controversial win against Juan Manuel Marquez, Floyd Mayweather Junior, Nonito Donaire, the Klitschko brothers and the current heavyweight landscape, and the possibility of a fourth fight against long time rival Antonio Tarver.
Fans can order the Jones-Alexander fight TONIGHT on pay-per-view for just $9.99 at www.ustream.tv/royjones - the action begins at 7:00pm EST.
Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Speaking of Hall of Famers, our next guest is a fighter that will no doubt get elected the first time he’s on the ballot. He’s making his second appearance to On the Ropes. He is a four-division champion, at 160 pounds, 168, 175, and heavyweight. We are once again joined by “Superman” himself, Roy Jones Junior! Welcome back to On the Ropes! How are you doing today?
ROY JONES JUNIOR: I feel good! I feel wonderful. Seriously I’ve been feeling a little better than in the last four or five years. I feel pretty good. I’m very enthusiastic about the return. I kind of can’t wait to get in there and see how my skills look to myself, because this is my first time working with the new trainer I’m working with and me him have worked out pretty good and things are feeling good. So I want to see if it looks as good as it feels for real. continue
By James Slater: Back in the 1990s, when British boxing was able to boast a number of fine middleweights and super-middleweights, York’s Henry Wharton was smack bang in the middle of the action; trading leather with big names like Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Robin Reid. continue
WEST WARWICK, RI - 2004 United States Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada got back in the win column last night with a commanding, shutout victory over spoiler Joseph Rabotte before a packed house at the West Warwick Civic Center in the inaugural show for Big Six Entertainment. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Dusseldorf, Germany, unbeaten middleweight star Gennady Golovkin scored a sensational 1st-round KO over the usually durable (previously unstopped) Lajuan Simon of Philadelphia. The 29-year-old from Kazakhstan landed a sizzling left hook to the jaw of Simon and sent him crashing on his back.
Smiling whilst flat out on the canvas, 32-year-old Simon was totally gone and had no chance at all of beating the count. The official time was just 2 minutes and 17-seconds of the opener. Golovkin, who was defending his “regular” World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight belt, is now 22-0(19). Simon is now 23-4(12).
An incredible performance from a fighter many experts say has been avoided by his fellow 160-pounders, Golovkin scored a win that will force fans to sit up and take notice. Whether or not tonight’s ultra-impressive win will encourage the other middleweight rulers to want to get it on with Golovkin remains to be seen, however.
Golvkin wants a piece of “Super” WBA champ Felix Sturm, but based on the recent showings by both men, there looks to be only one winner there. Still, this match-up would be huge in Germany if it could be made. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 152nd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, former 4 division world champion Roy Jones Jr., and also the current WBO light welterweight Timothy Bradley
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Miguel Cotto's TKO10 REMATCH victory over Antonio Margarito
• Was the doctor being overcautious in stopping the fight?
• Should Antonio Margarito retire?
• Where does Miguel Cotto go from there? Chavez Jr. or Mayweather Jr.
• Abnar Mares rematch win vs. King Kong Agbeko.
• Anselmo Moreno UD upset victory over Vic Darchinyan
• Erik Morales vs. Danny Garcia & James Kirkland vs. Carlos Molina announced for Jan 28th.
• HALL OF FAME 2012 INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED, with Tommy Hearns, Freddie Roach, Michael to sharp Johnson, Al bernstien, & Michael BUffer amoung the 13 men elected.
• Robert Helenius controversial SD win over Dereck Chisora.
Does Nordic Nightmare's stock drop after this fight?
• Alexander Povetkin KO 8 win over Cedric Boswell. Is Povetkin the best heavyweight after the Klitschko's?
By James Slater: According to both Dan Rafael of ESPN.com and boxrec.com, Paul Williams will likely make his return to the ring on January 21st, with Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida currently looking like the frontrunner as far as “The Punisher’s” opponent goes. As fans may know, 36-year-old Ishida, who rose to huge prominence with his April 9th upset TKO of the previously unbeaten James Kirkland, was originally approved by HBO as a Williams opponent; only for the network to subsequently change its mind and accept Erislandy Lara instead. Showtime may not be as picky as HBO, however.
It goes without saying how 30-year-old Williams, inactive since that “gift” of a win over Cuban Lara in July, badly needs to win in January. Ishida, who has won one fight since his big win over Kirkland (an easy 1st-round TKO over a guy who was making his pro debut) will be in a position to be able to earn millions if he can upset the lanky southpaw. Ishida, by the way, has never been stopped as a pro.
Williams, 40-2(27) has to be made the betting favourite, simply because of all the things his talents have achieved for him. A former ruler at welterweight and light-middleweight, Williams may have benefited from a nice rest; his batteries recharged and his motivational levels as high as can be. The scheduled 12-rounder will presumably take place at 154-pounds - arguably Williams’ best fighting weight.
Ishida had no problems coping with the southpaw stance when he fought Kirkland, but will the older man by six years cope as well with Williams’ fast hands, incredible reach (82” for Williams, a fraction over 72” for Ishida) and awesome work-rate? Or will the man from Georgia make a comeback statement by becoming the first man to halt Ishida? An intriguing fight to be sure. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten 140-pounder Timothy Bradley will be a most interested observer of tomorrow night’s WBA/IBF 140-pound clash between champ Amir Khan and once-beaten challenger Lamont Peterson. The one loss on Peterson’s record came, of course, at the hands of the man known as “Desert Storm,” and Bradley feels Khan will repeat his own points victory.
Speaking with my desert.com, Bradley, 29-0(12) said Peterson will have problems with Khan’s speed:
“[Khan’s] movement and quickness and jab will give him problems,” Bradley said. “Peterson will come and make it a hell of a fight and he has a chance for an upset, but Khan is polished. Peterson will have a good chance but I favour Khan because he’s quicker and he throws his combinations and he gets in and out. That’s what I did when I fought Peterson.
“I’d be surprised if he stopped Peterson. If he stops him, then he’s the real deal.”
Many fans think Khan has already proven he is “the real deal,” and that the only fight left for him to cement his claim as the best in the world at 140 is a fight with Bradley. But, as we all know, Bradley reportedly turned down all offers to face Khan back in July of this year. Khan has spoken of his desire to “get Peterson out of the way first” and then move up to 147, where he hopes to meet superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior in a super-fight. As such, Khan may have forgotten all about Bradley.
Still, the reigning WBO 140-pound boss says he still has Khan in his sights. Bradley had nothing much to say in response to questions about Khan’s “grow some balls” dig, which was hurled at the Palm Springs man (at the Bradley-Casamayor fight recently): continue
NEW YORK (Dec. 9, 2011) – Through the last two years, no four men have been closer to the action in the Super Six World Boxing Classic than SHOWTIME announcers Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein, Antonio Tarver and Jim Gray. Appropriately, the entire team will again sit ringside on Saturday, Dec. 17 as Andre Ward and Carl Froch battle for super middleweight supremacy in The Final LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Each member of the Super Six broadcast team offered their commentary on the historic bout.
Gus Johnson, Play-by-Play Announcer
“We’re witnessing two fighters who haven’t reached their peak yet. This fight is going to go a long way in determining what path they take. The winner has the opportunity to launch into super stardom at 168. The winner will have the chance to potentially become a household name moving forward.
“These two men are meeting each other at the right time. They’re young. They’re strong. They’re hungry, humble and – maybe most importantly – they really want to test themselves. It’s tailor made. Ward-Froch will be cataclysmic.”
Al Bernstein, Expert Analyst
“Andre Ward is the consummate boxer-puncher. We thought Mikkel Kessler was the most skilled fighter in the tournament and Andre dominated him. In this match, Ward must bring the kind of ring generalship that allowed Andre Dirrell to do well against Froch – even in losing. The Ward jab needs to be established early and he must punch in combination, while mixing in just enough lateral movement. continue
"I always said when I was younger, I wanted to fight in different states and different areas of the world because I want to be the best and prove that I'm the best.
"We know how good Lamont is. He's strong. He's only lost one fight in his whole career. It's going to be a tough night and you have a lot of support here, but I think we will have a lot more support [than people think].
"It's been a long time since you had a big fight in DC, and we want to bring big fights back here again."
Lamont Peterson, #1 Rated IBF Super Lightweight Contender continue
Philadelphia heavyweight contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers takes on former World Heavyweight Champion Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich on Saturday, January 21st when the NBC Sports Network (currently named VERSUS) brings its inaugural NBC Sports Network Fight Night broadcast to the City of Brotherly Love.
Making his first hometown appearance since 2008, Chambers, (36-2, 18 KO's), who learned to fight in Philly's legendary gyms, will have his hands full when he faces "The White Wolf" of Scottsdale, AZ (25-4, 16 KO's) at Philadelphia's Asylum Arena. A former Russian Olympian, Liakhovich is an aggressive, heavy-handed competitor who rarely takes a step backwards and always makes great fights. His epic 2006 brawl with Lamon Brewster, when the native of Vitebsk, Belarus won the WBO Heavyweight Championship, is still characterized by many boxing pundits as the best heavyweight fight of the past ten years.
Opening the television broadcast at 9 p.m. will be a blistering junior middleweight battle between "King" Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia (18-5, 10 KO's) and Jesus Soto-Karass of Tijuana, Mexico (24-6, 16 KO's). "Soto-Karass made his reputation in two wars with Mike Jones," NBCSN Fight Night's Hall of Fame matchmaker Russell Peltz said, referring to a recent pair of thrilling bouts involving Soto-Karass and Jones, the world's number one welterweight contender. "Rosado vs. Soto-Karass is a huge fight in Philly," he commented. "It's the kind of bout where records don't matter. It's all about the fight in the ring and there will be action from the first bell."
"Our ambition with this series is to make interesting, competitive fights that are relevant to the markets where they take place," said promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events. "In short, fights that people would pay to see. I think that this card delivers on all of those counts and I can't wait to experience the atmosphere at the Asylum when the fighters touch gloves." continue
Photo: K2 Promotions/Horstmüller GmbH - Only one day left before World Boxing Association (WBA) World Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his title against Lajuan Simon. Today the two fighters stepped on the scale:
He’ (Victor Ortiz) in his little fantasy world. Only f*ggots surf. He is a wannabe punk rocker… —Brandon Rios
“I do it for my fans and I do it for my family. I don’t do it for myself. I don’t have the pleasure of waking and losing weight, running. I hate that sh*t but I do it for my family and my fans out there because I want them to have a good time and see that this is me.”— Rios.
In some ways he IS similar to Margarito but mostly the differences are stark. Unlike the “Tijuana Tornado” who is no longer an elite fighter, Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOS) is now coming on as one of the most exciting fighters in boxing. “Bam Bam” is exciting because of his unrelenting incoming style and brute power, and he has endeared himself to fans with the fact he is never in a dull fight. Says Bob Arum, Well, we got a lot of young guys causing buzz…We got ’JuanMa’ [Lopez], [Yuriorkis] Gamboa and [Guillermo] Rigondeaux, who are going to be causing a lot of buzz. But yeah, he’s [Rios] is the one.”
Style-wise, Rios stalks stuns and closes like Tony used to do, but he begins the stalk faster, has more power (with either hand), and he closes off the ring better. He also has far more all-around technical skills to go with his propensity to be a warrior. “I’m very aggressive; I like to come forward a lot. I’ve always been like that—I like to put a lot of pressure on my opponent. But lately, my trainer still lets me put on pressure, but he wants me to box more. continue
On December 16, and to coincide with the WBC Convention, Sampson Boxing in Association with Promociones del Pueblo will proudly present a night of world-class professional boxing featuring five regional title fights at the fabulous Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the night's potentially explosive 12-round middleweight main event, WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated Marco Antonio Rubio (52-5-1, 45 KOs) of Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico, will risk his lofty rankings against Saint Paul, Minnesota's always tough Matt "The Predator" Vanda (44-13, 24 KOs). The two veterans will be vying for the vacant WBC Latino middleweight title.
In the 10-round co-featured bout, hot featherweight prospect Javier Fortuna (17-0, 13 KOs) from La Romana, Dominican Republic, will make the second defense of his WBC Youth Intercontinental featherweight title against Miguel Roman (37-8, 28 KOs) from Juarez, Mexico.
On the fiercely competitive undercard, Panama City, Panama's Azael "Turbo" Cosio (12-1-2, 9 KOs) will go against Oklahoma City's Ronnie "The Natural" Warrior Jr (13-5-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight scrap for the WBC Latino welterweight title.
Somebody's "O" must go in a couple of other clashes.
Undefeated Samuel Rogers (10-0, 5 KOs) from the US Virgin Islands will face also undefeated Jamar Freeman (9-0-2, 5 KOs) from Wilson, North Carolina, in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC FECARBOX light middleweight title; and undefeated knockout artist John Jackson (11-0, 10 KOs) from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands will take on undefeated Keandre Leatherwood (9-0, 6 KOs) from Birmingham, Alabama, in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Youth World light middleweight title. continue
By Steve Farhood: On December 17, every eye in boxing will be glued to the super middleweight battle between WBA titlist Andre Ward and WBC titlist Carl Froch, who will clash in Atlantic City in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
The super middleweight division was born in 1984, when Scotland's Murray Sutherland was crowned IBF champion. Since then, many of the greatest fighters of their generation, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Roy Jones, James Toney, and Joe Calzaghe, have engaged in 168-pound title bouts.
Ward-Froch will be the 76th unification bout in boxing, and the sixth at super middleweight. Given the immense stakes, it will be one of the most critical contests in the division's 27-year history.
To date, the 10 most significant super middleweight title bouts:
1. Roy Jones W 12 James Toney, November 18, 1994, Las Vegas (Jones retains IBF title): Those who insist Jones ducked the best available opposition conveniently choose to forget this fight. Toney, 44-0-2, is ranked second pound-for-pound, Jones, 26-0, seventh. Toney drains himself making weight, rehydrates until he is a bag of water, and performs accordingly. Jones scores a knockdown in round three en route to a clear-cut decision win.
2. Sugar Ray Leonard D 12 Thomas Hearns, June 12, 1989, Las Vegas (Leonard retains WBC title; Hearns retains WBO title): The legends are rematched eight years after their historic unification battle at welterweight. While both are past their primes, they produce a thrilling duel, with Leonard, 35-1, suffering knockdowns in rounds three and 11, and Hearns, 46-3, barely surviving round 12. Almost no one agrees with the decision, including Leonard, whose thought before the announcement of the decision is, "The only uncertainty left was the margin of [my] defeat."
3. Joe Calzaghe W 12 Mikkel Kessler, November 3, 2007, Cardiff, Wales (Calzaghe retains WBO title, wins WBC and WBA Super titles): The Welshman and the Dane fight for three belts before a crowd of almost 50,000 at Millennium Stadium. In a crisply fought bout, Kessler, 39-0, is stronger for five rounds, but Calzaghe, 43-0, rallies to take a well-received unanimous decision. Having made 21 defenses, Calzaghe is finally recognized as a legitimately great fighter. "I had plans for this fight," Kessler says, "but he just crushed my dreams." continue
By James Slater: Two exciting, give their all pro fighters both announced today that they will box no more. Britain’s heavyweight contender Danny Williams told Boxrec.com that his fighting days have come to an end, while Polish light-middleweight Pawel Wolak announced via his Facebook page that he too is walking away from boxing.
Both men rose to prominence with some amazing fights, and nothing but wishes of the best kind go out to both men. 38-year-old Williams won the British and Commonwealth tiles, he challenged for the WBC crown and is probably most famous for his sensational upset stoppage win over former champ Mike Tyson. Williams’ final record reads 44-11(33). It was his loss this past Saturday, to Leif Larson (TKO by2) that prompted “The Brixton Bomber” to hang ‘em up.
“Look, I have no aspirations. I know I can’t win any titles. I just love fighting. Last weekend basically showed that my punch resistance has totally gone - I have no punch resistance,” Danny said to Boxrec.
Williams had been reported to have announced his retirement a few months back - only for Danny to obtain a Latvian licence and box on abroad. Now, however, the end looks to be for real.
As for 30-year-old Wolak, his retirement announcement has come as quite a shock. Sure, the New Jersey warrior lost a heavy decision to Delvin Rodriguez in their eagerly awaited return this past Saturday, but that was only Wolak’s second defeat. “The Raging Bull” unfortunately never got as far as challenging for a world title, but he made a huge impression on the sport anyway. Wolak’s July rumble with Rodriguez may well go on to win 2011’s FOTY award. Such an award would prove fitting. Wolak’s final record reads 29-2-1(19). He was never stopped as a pro. continue
By James Slater: Living legend Bernard Hopkins will turn the age of 47 in January and he is still recovering from the shoulder injury that was inflicted on him in his technical draw of a fight with Chad Dawson (who, as all fans know, flipped B-Hop to the mat in an illegal move - a move that saw the initial result of a 2nd-round TKO win for “Bad” Chad demoted).
Yet, despite his advancing years and his less than impressive showing in October, Hopkins, who is still undergoing therapy for the shoulder separation, is thinking big for his next fight. In fact, he is thinking huge! Always one to look for a challenge, Hopkins was quoted by Ringtv.com as saying his next fight of preference is one with unbeaten IBF super-middleweight champ Lucian Bute. Would this fight - one that would (presumably) take place at 168-pounds, thus meaning B-Hop would have to weigh-in at his lightest weight in seven years - prove to be one risk too many for “The Executioner?”
Hopkins, 52-6-2(32) has earned a reputation as a man who is capable of making predictions against him look foolish, and ahead of his fights with Antonio Tarver, Kelly Pavlik and Jean Pascal many good judges thought he would lose, maybe by stoppage - only to be proven wrong by the amazing Philly master. But if a fight with Bute is made, I’d have to lean towards the Canadian star who was born in Romania.
31-year-old Bute scored a near shut-out over another ageless wonder, in Glen Johnson last time out, and his confidence is such that he would feel capable of doing something similar against Hopkins. Sure, B-Hop loves facing southpaws, but Bute is both a wicked body puncher and a fighter who sets a fast pace. continue
By James Slater: According to a couple of ultra-reliable sources (Ringtv.com, ESPN.com), a doubleheader is in the works for January 28th on HBO that would feature Erik Morales against Danny Garcia and James Kirkland against Carlos Molina.
An intriguing and potentially exciting doubleheader, Morales would be defending his WBC light-welterweight belt and Kirkland and Molina, both highly rated 154-pounders, would be defending their rankings.
At a first look, the idea of the ageing Morales going in with a fast, young and hungry fighter like Danny “Swift” Garcia looks like a bad idea for “El Terrible.” An incredibly slow starter who takes a number of rounds to get going, Morales, 52-7(36) could well lose a decision to Garcia. I guess the Mexican legend will feel he would have a great chance to take the 23-year-old from Philadelphia out in the later rounds. Garcia is coming off a split decision win over former champ Kendall Holt, this being the biggest win of his 22-0(14) pro career. But is he ready for a warrior like Morales?
Garcia has beaten another ageing former champ in former lightweight ruler Nate Campbell (another points win), but beating Morales would be something entirely different. Do Garcia’s handlers feel as though their man is now ready for a great like Morales? Maybe the timing of this fight would suit the young man perfectly; maybe it would be a case of too much too soon. Again, an intriguing fight. continue
By Robert Brown: The heavyweight division is arguably the weakest the division has ever been in the division’s entire history in terms of its current depth and quality.
Recently it has come to light that a fight between former WBA world champion David Haye and current WBC Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, I understand there are plenty of fans that would love to see David Haye knocked out and I also understand there are plenty of other boxing fans that would love to see the beginning of the end of the Klitschko dominance in the Heavyweight division and as a result the disappointing anticlimactic performance given by David Haye against Wladimir Klitschko probably would not affect the pay per view sales a hell of a lot and probably makes good business sense but even though with the knowledge and the understanding of the world we currently live in sometimes what makes good business sense is not necessarily good for the health of the sport, in my opinion such a situation exists in this case with this particular fight and another circus act like the one that took place between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye may do irreparable damage from which the Heavyweight division may not recover.
It is my personal belief that even though the contenders to the Klitschko’s crowns in isolation appear to be relatively weak, there are certainly some challenges that have shown themselves recently to be worthwhile contenders, and in my opinion would put up a much tougher fight than David Haye, for example you’ve got the fellow Brit Derrick Chisora who’s last fight against Robert Helenius was an extremely respectable showing, and I myself thought Chisora won the fight in a close decision even though he lost.
After the European fight last weekend it was established that Robert Helenius and Dereck Chisora would defiantly be a much tougher fight than Haye because However out of those two Chisora probably deserves the fight more because he was set to fight Wladimir twice, Wladimir pulled out once because of an injury and second to fight Haye those are the reasons why Chisora is much more deserving of this fight than Haye or Helenius would be. continue
By James Slater: Whilst watching the recent Nigel Benn-Gerald McClellan “The Fight of Their Lives” documentary on ITV, and being reminded that, as an amateur, “The G Man” beat the great Roy Jones Junior (with Jones, according to the documentary, saying he would not fight McClellan as a pro) - I couldn’t help but shudder anew at the thought of Jones boxing on.
Of course, the 42-year-old IS boxing on; this coming Saturday in fact. Running the risk of ending up in a similar condition to that of the former world champ from Freeport (with Jones already suffering quite nasty and brutal stoppage defeats at the hands of Antonio Tarver, Glen Johnson and, most recently and most brutally, Denis Lebedev), Jones will fight again as a cruiserweight against one-time “Contender” Max Alexander.
Why Jones, a smart guy who knows all about his friend’s appalling condition (Roy reportedly lends a hand cash-wise when he can) chooses to risk his own health is beyond me. Imagine how horrific it would be if Jones did wind up as damaged as McClellan! That would be too much to bear. Hopefully it won’t happen, but until the day he finally realises he is no longer the Roy Jones Junior he once was, the risk will be all too real.
This Saturday’s fight (which will be available on Pay-Per-View for just $9.99 and will contest the meaningless UBO cruiserweight bauble) is, on paper, one even a faded Jones should be able to win. As shot as he is, Jones still has fast hands and the ability to flitter his way around the ring. Alexander, no big puncher even on his best day, has been inactive and the 30-year-old has not won a fight since way back in 2007; this via a decision. Despite his lack of power and of recent wins, Alexander, 14-5-2(2) says he plans on stopping Jones by the 6th-round and of “ending Jones’ career,” (the quote courtesy of 8count news). continue
By James Slater: As fans have surely read by now, former multi-weight world champion Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns has been elected into the Boxing Hall of Fame and will be inducted at The Hall in Canastota next June.
A truly exceptional talent, Hearns had many gifts. Far from being a puncher and nothing more, Tommy could also box superbly (see his fights with Sugar Ray Leonard, Wilfredo Benitez and Virgil Hill), he had limitless courage and heart (see his wars with Marvin Hagler and his second encounter with Iran Barkley, and, at the end of Tommy’s career, when practically everything but his heart and courage had deserted him, his gruelling battle with Freddie Delgado), and Hearns was exciting just about every single time he fought.
It was when displaying his ability as a pure puncher, however - one that could at any second turn the lights out - that Hearns became such a fan favourite. All boxing fans love to see a dramatic, memorable KO, and Hearns was a master at providing them.
Here, by way of a tribute to Tommy’s deserved entrance into The Hall of Fame, I list his five best KO wins. In reverse order:
5: KO1 James Schuler. March 1986, Las Vegas.
We will never know how great Schuler could have gone on to become. A fine amateur, “Black Gold” was tragically killed in a freak car accident a mere seven days after his loss to Hearns; the only loss of his promising career. Hearns was truly explosive and blindingly fast the night he put Schuler away in little over a minute, though. In his first fight back after the loss to Hagler, Tommy showed he had lost none of his sharpness or his ruthlessness. continue
Photo: Casino/Showtime - NEW YORK (Dec. 6, 2011) -- In anticipation of one of the most significant fights in the history of the Super Middleweight Division, Super Six World Boxing Classic Finalists Andre Ward and Carl Froch held a media conference call to discuss the Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, live on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Dec. 17 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
After a two-year, grueling journey, Ward, America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist and World Boxing Association (WBA) champion, will face World Boxing Council (WBC) champ and British superstar Froch in the tournament Final to determine the world’s best 168-pound fighter.
The winner of the high stakes matchup will claim both world championship belts, the vacant The Ring magazine championship and the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup.
The fighters, their trainers and promoters will take part in the final press conference next Tuesday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City beginning with lunch at 11 a.m. and the press conference to follow at 12:30 p.m. A complete fight-week media schedule will be distributed in the coming days.
Here’s what the fighters and promoters had to say on Tuesday: continue
Former WBO Title Challenger Brian "The Beast" Minto (35-4) will face Tony Grano (18-2-1) in an NABF Heavyweight Title Eliminator on Saturday January 28th at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Both coming off wins, Minto and Grano will battle for the right to eventually face WBC#5, NABF Champ Johnathon Banks (27-1-1). continue
By James Slater: Four years in the making, ITV boxing documentary The Fight of Their Lives, which is dedicated to the unforgettable, tragic and controversial Nigel Benn-Gerald McClellan super-middleweight title fight from February 25th of 1995, ran last night on U.K television. And a moving, upsetting and also fascinating hour the film really is.
The fight boxing will never forget has never been screened on British T.V ever since that fateful night almost seventeen years ago, and the footage that is contained in the documentary gives a stark reminder as to why. Chilling is the only word to describe the events of that savage night; events both inside and outside the ring. From the early knockdown of Benn, which sends him through the ropes, to the disturbing blinking and twitching of McClellan in the later rounds, to the accidental head-clash that first forced “The G-Man” to take a knee in the fight, to the unexpected ending, when Gerald took a final knee in the 10th-round - the activity in the ring that night saw to it that viewers went through a rollercoaster of emotions.
The new documentary focuses also on those people who were outside the ring that night: the screaming fans, McClellan’s corner, also screaming, especially when their man scores the knockdown in the 1st, only for the referee to fail to hit the count of ten, and the various commentators; many of them later being criticised for claiming McClellan quit in that 10th-round.
The referee, France’s Alfredo Alfaro, is also featured in the film. Much has been written about his handling of the count in the 1st-round. Some say Benn was down for ten seconds or more, others claim otherwise. Alfaro claims Benn was up at “8,” Nigel’s former trainer Kevin Sanders concedes that if he had been McClellan that night, he’d have thought he’d won the fight in that opener. “We were very lucky that night,” he says. The night of the fight, Alfaro, amazingly, was under the impression that Benn had an allowance of 20-seconds in which to resume fighting, as he had fallen through the ropes. Benn had not fallen off the ring apron, however, and was allowed just a standard ten-count - which Alfaro says Nigel beat. continue
Calls and messages of support following my supposed “loss” to Robert Helenius, have compelled me to break my silence. On Saturday, the whole world saw yet another travesty in our beloved sport of boxing when the judges dubiously awarded the vacant ECB belt to my opponent, Robert Helenius. So bad was the call that I felt I could have just stayed away in north London and watched Helenius’ “coronation” as European Boxing’s Lord and Emperor in the comfort of home on the telly!
I am not one to moan and bleat about a bad result. The heavyweight I am is built to take knocks and trips, my champion instincts cajole me to stand up when I fall or lose; and the disciplined professional athlete in me is ever gracious even in the most unjust defeats.
And as Saturday’s is one – and a glaring, blatant one – I feel it’s only fair that I demand an immediate rematch against Helenius.
The thousands who came to see the fight in that massive Hartwall Areena on Saturday will at the very least privately admit shock and surprise at the decision. Millions other boxing fans watching the bout on the small screens; and starved of a true and exciting heavyweight champion for years, felt as sour in the mouth as I did after the fight.
For me, these are the people who matter because the fans are more important judges than anyone else in my trade and industry. continue
King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) will make his hotly-anticipated comeback on January 14 when he takes on Argentina´s Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias in Offenburg, Germany.
“We are looking forward to seeing Arthur back in the ring,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said. “We have found a tough opponent for him. The fight against Farias will be no walk in the park.”
It will be Abraham´s first fight since losing to WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I want to put on a good fight for my fans,” King Arthur said. “Of course I have learned from my defeats. But now is the time to look ahead and get ready to fight again. I want to win back the hearts of my fans, and in order to do so, I need a convincing victory. January 14 will be the start of something new for me. I want to begin the new year with an exciting victory and then set my sights on a world title again.”
Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) has never been beaten by knockout or decision. His only loss was a disqualification when he punched after the “break”-command. “We have analysed him on tape,” coach Ulli Wegner said. continue
World Boxing Association (WBA) middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin will defend his title against Lajuan Simon on Friday night at the Intercontinental hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany. Originally, the bout was scheduled on Saturday night’s fight night Wladimir Klitschko vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck in the 53,000 seat ESPRIT arena, which was cancelled on Monday.
Gennady Golovkin: "I had a great training camp and I am happy that the fight is going to take place. I am also excited to be working together with K2 Promotions. I am looking forward to follow in the footsteps of the Klitschko brothers and want to be as successful as they are.”
Wladimir Klitschko: "It is good that Golovkin’s fight will take place. He is a very talented fighter and I am sure that he will beat Felix Sturm next year if he dares fighting Golovkin.”
Golovkin, who lives in Stuttgart, Germany, won the silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games and was a two time world champion as an amateur. He 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. Lajuan Simon is from Philadelphia (USA) and has a fight record of 23 wins (12 KOs) with three draws and two defeats.
In the second title fight, Isa Akberbayev, 8-0 with 5 KOs, from Kazakhstan will fight for the vacant IBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight title against local favorite Armin Dollinger, 21-2 with 8 KOs from Munich, Germany. Further fights are planned. continue
By James Slater: James Kirkland and Delvin Rodriguez, exciting fighters both, are fully deserving of a big fight. “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland emerged victorious in a must-win fight back on November 5th, when the 154-pound southpaw got off the deck to sensationally stop Alfredo Angulo in a thriller in Mexico. While Rodriguez won in commanding style this past Saturday, in his return match with the teak-tough Pawel Wolak.
The word according to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, is that the two light-middleweights could be matched together in February as part of the in-the-works Marcos Maidana-Devon Alexander welterweight fight. If HBO’s plan comes off (according to Rafael the card that could feature Kirkland-Rodriguez is being talked about presently), the supporting bout could top the main event as far as action and value for money are concerned.
Another potentially thrilling boxer Vs. puncher clash, with Kirkland being the latter, Rodriguez the former - this fight could even produce more fireworks than Kirkland’s win over Angulo and Rodriguez’s win over Wolak did! Okay, maybe I’m getting carried away, but whenever either of these two 154-pound contenders fight, there is a great chance we will see something special.
27-year-old Kirkland, who has seemingly put that April shocker of a 1st-round defeat to Nobuhiro Ishida behind him, has been captivating fight fans for a few years now; what with his raw power, his seeming disdain for defence and his sheer work-rate. While 31-year-old Rodriguez is no slouch when it comes to turning in the odd classic (see his July draw with Wolak.) Matched together, as hungry as they are, Kirkland, 30-1(27) and Rodriguez, 26-5-3(14) would almost certainly send the fans home happy. continue
Maybe it was his voice, his attitude, or the outspoken tendencies of the late sportscaster Howard Cosell, but there always was energy in the fights he announced. He announced many historic matches and today’s generation deserves that same energy. History was made in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, not only for Philadelphia, but for the sport of boxing. Cosell would have enjoyed it. continue
It’s a special lineup of boxing action when the replay of BRANDON RIOS VS. JOHN MURRAY AND PAWEL WOLAK VS. DELVIN RODRIGUEZ, is presented this THURSDAY, DEC. 8 at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO Latino. The Spanish language broadcast team of Mario Diaz and Raul Marquez who were ringside for the live event at Madison Square Garden in New York, will call all the action. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - DECEMBER 6, 2011 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include multi-division champion Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, two-division champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, “Let’s Get Ready To Rumble” ring announcer Michael Buffer, trainer Freddie Roach, broadcaster Al Bernstein and journalist Michael Katz. continue
Promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing wishes to congratulate Poland's World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion Krzysztof "Diablo" Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 36 KOs) for his 11th round TKO victory over former world champion Danny Green at Challenge Stadium, in Perth, Australia, last Wednesday night. continue
Photo credit: Naoki Fakuda - By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghanaian boxing fans had banked their hopes on compatriot Joseph King Kong Agbeko to beat Mexican Abner Mares in the rematch of their controversial fight barely four months ago. But it was not to be as after staying awake all Saturday night to watch the fight in the early hours of Sunday, Agbeko disappointed without putting his opponent under any pressure.
In the end, the unanimous decision of 118-110, 118-110 and another 118-110 scored by all three ringside judges, just proved how one-sided the fight was. Agbeko even failed to take advantage of a cut suffered above the eye by Mares as early as round 2 with the Mexican proving the better fighter even as he bled profusely all fight long.
“The earlier our boxers learn how to box and not to coax the better for them and boxing in Ghana. Clottey and Agbeko should simply learn boxing and keep their mouths shut. They should learn from Zoom-Zoom,” an obviously disappointed Ajaaku commented on the famous Ghanaian website Ghanaweb's report on the fight.
Another very disappointed person is Jerry Kwame Ayensu, a close pal of Agbeko and once a member of the boxer’s PR team. “Because overtime Agbeko has shown beyond all reasonable doubt that he is the king in that division.
“So as it happened this way, I just think he could have done far better. I am also sure Agbeko’s corner failed to do their job right on the day, their failure to urge him on to take advantage of the cut suffered by Mares in the 2nd round was very sad,” a visibly disappointed Mr. Ayensu told ALL SPORTS. continue
Photo: Casino/Showtime - By Mark Wilson Smith: On the 17th of December, Britain’s Carl Froch will face Andre Ward in what will not only be the final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, but also a unification bout for their respective WBC and WBA titles. Despite the Super Six having some problems with postponements and fighters withdrawing from the tournament, it has for the most part been a great success. Packed with high calibre boxers, it is certainly a real achievement for Froch to reach the eagerly anticipated final.
Froch is certainly not the only British fighter to be a star in the Super Middleweight division, from the early 1990’s to present day, there has been no less than seven world champions hailing from Britain and Ireland. Champions, and for the most part the divisions best boxers. From Froch himself to such fighters as Eubank and Benn, we look at the careers of those seven men that have dominated the Super Middleweight division.
The only boxer currently still active on this list. His toe-to-toe war with Jean Pascal, in which he first won the vacant WBC title, was truly thrilling. It was many people’s choice for THE fight of 2008. His first defence against Jermain Taylor was also packed with excitement from start to finish. However, in that particular fight Froch was outclassed for large parts of the bout. Trailing behind on points going into the last round, Froch never gave up and showed a true champion’s heart to stop Taylor with only seconds remaining. continue
NEW YORK (Dec. 5, 2011) – Less than two weeks from one of the most important fights in the history of the super middleweight division, the trainers for world champions Andre Ward (World Boxing Association) and Carl Froch (World Boxing Council) are brimming with confidence as training camp begins to wind down.
Virgil Hunter: “Froch Really Doesn’t Have a Clue What He’s Getting Into.”
Rob McCracken: “…Carl Has Done More in the Division than Ward…”
The eagerly awaited inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Final is slated for Saturday, Dec. 17, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Says Virgil Hunter, who trains Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif.: “We’re real pleased with how it’s all going in camp. We never actually left. We had a setback (after Ward was cut on Sept. 22), but we never stopped. We just modified things when we couldn’t spar. We’ve been sparring for about three weeks. continue
By Neil Dunne: It was an icy cold Saturday night and I was strolling back from my local co-op. Wrapped up warm I was wearing my winter boots, beanie hat, hiking coat and all, my mind was wandering about what lay ahead. I was carrying a bag full of my favourite beverage and had a pocket full of sweat snacks, I was prepared and excited about the boxing marathon I was about to watch on the TV.
The previous evening Martin Murray had challenged Felix Sturm for his version of the middleweight title. I had missed the fight live so the repeat that kicked off the evening on sky sports was the perfect warm up.
Being as impatient as I am I couldn’t resist to look at the result the morning after the fight so I had a picture in my mind of how it might unfold. As it was a draw and being contested in Germany I had expected that Murray had done enough for the win especially considering a few months earlier there had been no reward for the performance of Matthew Macklin against the same champion in the same country.
It was a fantastic effort from Murray who’s experience is dwarfed in a boxing ring when you compare it to record of his opponent. Despite the fight being close, however, and a draw being a satisfactory result for me, I felt Sturm had done enough to win. Murray definitely outworked Sturm in some rounds but the German looked bigger and stronger through-out and landed the cleaner punches in my opinion. continue
The scheduled fight for Saturday, 10th December, at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf between IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko and his French opponent Jean-Marc Mormeck had to be cancelled due to a kidney colic of Klitschko.
Last Saturday Wladimir Klitschko underwent an operation removing a kidney stone. After initial recovery, he had to cancel his participation at a RTL TV show last night due to recurring pain.
Prof. Dr. Peter Albers (head of the urology department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf): ”In his current state it would not be reasonable to compete in a world championship.
After two surgeries within 24 hours, everyone needs time to recover”, so the doctor. continue
By Martin Salt: Wladimir Klitshcko has been forced to pull out of his WBA/WBO/IBF and Ring Magazine Heavyweight title defences this weekend against Jean-Marc Mormeck.
Wladimir Klitshcko was admitted to hospital last week with stomach problems and had kidney stones removed. At the time it was hoped that the Ukrainian would still be able to fight Mormeck this coming weekend but his management team has persuaded him to pull out.
Wladimir’s manager Bernd Bonte has indicated that his fighter is in too much pain to fight but is sad to pull out.
It is a unfortunate end to the year which has been another solid and dominating one for both of the Klitshcko brothers who now between them are the undisputed kings of the heavyweight division.
Expect Wladimir Klitshcko to be back quickly in the new year, probably against Mormeck in a rearranged bout. Will Vitali Klitshcko finally get it on with former WBA Heavyweight champion David Haye. continue
By Jim Dorney: Britain has some good fighters on the scene at the moment, and continues to punch above her weight (if you’ll pardon the pun) – Amir Khan has arguably the highest profile, but Carl Froch has also solidified his reputation, and there are a number who are starting to make an impact – Nathan Cleverly being one, whom I believe may have a very bright future indeed. However – the fighter who is receiving perhaps the most press hype at the moment in Britain is Tyson Fury.
Having followed Fury's career with interest, I find him somewhat of a frustrating enigma. At his best (which I'd argue we saw against Dereck Chisora), he shows above average skills, good combinations, effective counter-punching & a decent chin. Not enough to promise world-class potential (at least not yet), but enough to warrant some of the attention being lavished on him. Chisora, for his part, looked dangerous at some points - most notably in the second round, but might have ultimately scuppered his chances by coming in too heavy. How well he does against Robert Helenius will prove most interesting, and could reflect well on Fury, especially if he gives a good account of himself - which I suspect he will (whilst I doubt he'll win).
Conversely, his most recent performance against Neven Pajkic represented several steps back as far as I'm concerned. He looked disorganized, in poorer shape than he did against Chisora, and frankly without much of a game plan other than outright banging his opponent out - something which his critics argue the referee did more than a little in assisting him with as far as getting the result... continue
By James Slater: The smoke is still clearing from Saturday night’s controversially-scored heavyweight clash between Finn Robert Helenius and Brit Dereck Chisora. Many fans and experts (including ace trainer Freddie Roach no less) have called the 12-round split decision that was awarded to the unbeaten “Nordic Nightmare” one of the worst in a year that has seen its share of debatable officiating from the three wise men who have that privileged, well paid seat at ringside (think Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara, Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez III).
I myself had “Del Boy” winning by a three-point margin; while other writers and fans had the Londoner winning by an even bigger margin. I have yet to hear from anyone outside of a diehard Helenius fan who had the new European champ winning. The question is: will the two big men do it again in a rematch?
Aside from the controversy necessitating a return match, the fight on Saturday produced the type of great action that usually leads to a second, or even third fight. For although the shoddy scoring has dominated the headlines, it must not be forgotten how exciting the 12-rounder was (even though the referee, with his constant warnings to Chisora, had a good go at ruining the flow of the action).
At times the two traded in edge of your seat fashion, the two heavies taking turns landing heavy shots. Practically everyone who saw the fight immediately called for a part-two, and hopefully the powers that be will see to it. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov is an exciting 30-year-old who has been turning heads (literally) with his natural, raw punching power. A good amateur who picked up a lot of experience before moving to the U.S where he now lives in Oxnard, the 6’3” approx 230-pounder has romped to a straight 12-0 as a pro, with all the southpaw’s wins coming via KO; ten coming in the very first round. continue
By James Slater: Unfortunately, news has been released reporting yet another postponed fight in a year that has been filled with them. This one, however, could not have been avoided; as Ring Magazine, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko underwent surgery to remove a kidney stone this past Saturday.
Early reports suggested the 35-year-old was feeling fine and that Saturday’s fight with Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck would likely go ahead as planned. But now it has been announced that “Dr Steel Hammer” is in too much pain to fight. According to reports from Frankfurt, Germany, a new date of March 3rd is being looked at as the replacement date.
“We hope to know in two or three days,” Bernd Boetne, the Klitschko’s manager said as quoted by ESPN.com. “Mormeck is also ready to accept it [the new date].”
In truth, Klitschko-Mormeck is not a fight fans are particularly excited about. Most people simply feel the ageing former cruiserweight ruler is both too old and too small (not to mention lacking in heavyweight punching power) to be able to last too many rounds with the mighty Klitschko; let alone actually win the fight.
Still, it’s tough not to feel some sympathy for “The Marksman” right now. Having undergone a hard training camp that left him feeling confident enough to predict how he would “shatter Klitschko’s glass jaw,” the 39-year-old will now have to push his body through a second grueling training camp. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: Last night at a sold out crowd at Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto displayed a beautiful boxing clinic to come up with a TKO victory over Antonio Margarito in the 10th round. The doctor stopped the fight with 3 seconds into the 10th round to prevent Margarito's eye from getting worse. In my opinion, the fight should have kept on going. If Margarito and the referee wanted the fight to go on, I don't see why the doctor had to stop it. There have been other boxer's who have had their eyes worst than Margarito and have fought until the final bell. Margarito's eye against Pacquiao was worst and Pawel Wolak's first fight against Delvin Rodriguez was hugely inflamed and fought the rest of his fight.
The fight should have continued until the final bell. I would've rather seen Miguel Cotto win a unanimous decision and Margarito giving it his all rather than leave room for speculations. Some people will wonder what would have happen in the remainder 3 rounds. We will never know how the championship rounds would have turned out.
Miguel Cotto fought the perfect fight. Congratulations goes to his trainer for putting an excellent game plan. In my pre fight analysis, I wrote, "For Miguel Cotto to win his best chance is to outbox Margarito. He needs to out jab Margarito, throw 2-3 combinations and move away. I don't see Cotto standing toe to toe with Margarito." Cotto did exactly that. He displayed great boxing skills and was able to avoid most of Margarito's punches. The fight was a carbon copy of their first fight with the difference being Cotto avoiding the mistakes from his first fight. We saw Cotto throw beautiful combinations and dance around Margarito. Cotto also was holding Margarito most of the fight, which we didn't see that in the first fight. It was a tactic that worked to his advantage. continue
By Marcus Richardson: I know this is kind of an unpopular subject but I think WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto got saved by the ringside doctor’s decision to halt last night's fight before the 10th round because Antonio Margarito’s right eye was almost closed. Cotto had been stunned earlier in the 9th round from a big left hand from Margarito, and didn't look the same after that shot. Cotto was also looked gassed. If you're a Cotto fan, the ringside doctor showed great timing to stop the fight when he did. The stoppage really taints the fight, leaving victory with a question mark over it. Boxing fans will never know whether Cotto would have ultimately folded again like last time because of the stoppage. Cotto looked great for nine rounds last time they fought, and got hurt in the 10th when he got tired. I think we were about to see the same thing last night but the doctor halted the fight before Margarito could get to Cotto. I think Cotto was about to crack mentally and get stopped. That doctor was Santa Claus in disguise for Cotto last Saturday night. I'm sorry but I don't count that as a win for Cotto. I see as an exhibition fight or one with an asterisk next to it.
Margarito said after the fight “I asked for at least one more round, they wouldn’t give it to me. I felt like this was a continuation of the first fight. The last few rounds were going to be mine.“
You can't respect a victory when it's tainted by having a doctor end it prematurely when the outcome was still in doubt.
Margarito landed a lot of hard shots in that 9th, which was by far his best round of the fight. Cotto was starting to gas like he had the last time he fought Margarito. Going into the 10th, the fight was still very much up in the air due to Margarito’s pressure and high volume punch output.
In the earlier rounds, Cotto had been running constantly and clinching when Margarito would come inside on him. But in the 9th, Margarito was catching up to Cotto and hammering him when he would try and clinch. There was literally no escape for Cotto. He was taking a pounding and looked worried. I think Cotto would have been hurt in one of the last three rounds if not for the doctor stepping in to stop the bout.
The weird thing is that the doctor waited until perhaps the worst possible time to stop it from Margarito’s perspective. Why didn’t the doctor stop the fight in the 7th or 8th, when Margarito was getting hammered and looking helpless? I think the doctor really saved Cotto by stopping this fight, I really do. continue
(Photo Wende) By Rob Moore: It has been a little while since I felt the need to write another article for ESB. Most fans on ESB are sufficiently well informed that it is is quite rare that I feel the need to make a point that has not already been covered as well or better by another writer. However, having expressed my disgust with a number of title decisions in Germany recently, notably the Huck v Lebedev and Sturm v Macklin fights where champions were gifted decisions, I felt I should redress the balance.
I wanted to express how heartened I was to see a much fairer set of score cards being returned in the Sturm v Murray contest on Friday and how I felt this was at least in part down to the disgust expressed by fans on websites such as ESB. It was a clear a victory for the fans and public pressure. I wanted to applaud all of you. The days when a foreign challenger had seemingly no chance of winning on points in Germany are maybe coming to an end.
Having written half the article, I was privileged enough to watch the Helenius v Chisora fight. A genuine heavyweight battle. Chisora more than redeemed himself after coming in out of shape for the Fury fight, and won by 5 rounds on my card. As we all know, a majority decision was gifted to Helenius. I am old enough to know better, but I still feel a sense of deep outrage when I see a guy robbed in this way. I do not apologise for using the word “robbed”, for that is exactly what is was.
I like to believe that I am a fairly typical boxing fan in that I am a supporter of boxing the sport first and foremost and do not wish to see any fighter, whether from my homeland or not, receive anything less that fair treatment. I boxed only as kid and never showed anywhere near the talent to consider professional boxing. It was still enough to tell me that inside the ropes is one of the most honest places a person can ever be. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Russian star Alexander Povetkin made a successful first defence of his World Boxing Association (WBA) “regular” heavyweight strap last night in Finland, as the 32-year-old stopped tough and durable veteran Cedric Boswell in the 8th-round.
Now 23-0(16), Povetkin put on an impressive display against a fighter who may be old in years at age 42, but is fresh and was very hungry. Boswell, in being stopped for the second time in his long career, is now 35-2(26).
But what next for Povetkin? Seen by many fans as the best challenger for the mighty Wladimir Kitsch (or Vitali), Povetkin has said himself that he would like to take the fight at some stage in his career. However, fans hoping this may be the next fight for Povetkin are likely to be disappointed. At yesterday’s post-fight press conference in Finland, WBO cruiserweight king Marco Huck approached the podium and called Povetkin out.
Wanting to try his hand up at heavyweight, Huck, who has defended his WBO 200-pound belt eight times, said he needs “a new challenge,” and he wants Povetkin next. Povetkin seems interested in the fight, and he replied “let’s get it on.”
The match-up would prove a big hit in Europe, where both Huck and Povetkin are big names. At just over 6’1” to Povetkin’s 6’2,” Huck wouldn’t be giving too much away in height. Not an especially big heavyweight, Povetkin would not be expected to easily out-strength Huck or blast him out. Some fans may feel annoyed if Povetkin chooses to get it on with a cruiserweight when there are bigger, more legit fights out there for him against heavyweights, but I’m sure Povetkin-Huck would prove intriguing enough to attract a significant audience. continue
By James Slater: Brandon Rios, who lost his WBA lightweight title on the scale ahead of his fight with Britain’s John Murray, kept his unbeaten record with an 11th-round TKO over the brave former European champ last night, but his 135-pound days are almost certainly over. continue
By James Slater: Back in July, on ESPN’s Friday Night fights, light-middleweights Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak put on an unforgettable war of a fight; a fight so good it may win this year’s FOTY award. The fight ended up being scored a draw not too many fans could argue too strongly over, but the action was so scintillating (not to mention gruesome, with Wolak’s right eye ending up looking like a balloon!) that a return was a must. continue
WEST WARWICK, RI – 2004 United States Olympic heavyweight Jason Estrada returns to the ring for the first time since January on Friday, December 9th at the West Warwick Civic Center in West Warwick, Rhode Island. continue
Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) made a spectacular first defence of his WBA Heavyweight Title, knocking out Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) in the eighth round of their clash in Helsinki, Finland. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,738 fans at a rocking Hartwall Areena, Povetkin looked sharp from the first bell, cleverly picking his opponent apart. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner took away Boswell´s jab and landed good combinations throughout. He turned it on in the seventh when he pelted the brave American with powerful shots – only for the bell to save him. In the eighth, Povetkin then finished him off with a series of hard punches that knocked Boswell down and out. “This was a good win for me,” he stated afterwards. “The preparation with Teddy Atlas had gone very well. I did what I was supposed to do in the ring and I am happy about the result.” continue
By Nicholas Dash: The mind presents the greatest challenge to be overcome in pursuit of success. One can imagine the images and following thoughts of trepidation Miguel Cotto's mind may have conjured up in preparation for this night. Knowing that imagined failure would be experienced almost as if it were real, the strategy for coping with doubt would be executed continuously from the moment he first heard the word "rematch".
The fight was a personal proposition, this was not business, so remaining composed required more than simply a professional approach. Cotto had to utilize enough emotion to be supremely focused whilst remaining aware of himself and the dangers of being consumed by the urgency of impulsive emotions like anger in the quest for vengeance. A task made harder by the incompatibility of rationale and strong emotion and the shared pain felt by his family. Yet, Cotto succeeded.
Unlike the first encounter, Miguel often turned Antonio Margarito with a tight pivot, burying his head on his opponents chest where leverage for punches favoured the Puerto Rican. Still, he would typically wait for his opponent to offload first from the disadvantaged position he had placed him in, before exploiting him. Cotto was more economical with his punches, while forcefully removing any possibility for fear to emerge through engaging in vicious exchanges where balance, accuracy and sharpness favoured Cotto. He repeatedly pushed the Mexican fighter around the ring, keeping him off balance with the aid of his lower centre of gravity and a considerable physical presence. Cotto's conditioning was phenomenal, physically answering the questioning of the commentators as to whether he could sustain the output he had initiated, by skipping around the ring throughout the contest. In the middle of the fight Cotto worryingly abandoned his jab as Margarito began to close the distance, flashbacks were abated as Cotto demonstrated a comfort in close quarter combat.
Having cut Margarito's eye in the 3rd round with a raking thumb jabbed in to the eye of Margarito, Cotto targeted the eye with prejudicial precision. The eye responded to the attention it was receiving by swelling in a manor that suggested some residual damage from the torture session conducted by Pacquiao last November, and it would eventually cause the stoppage of this fight. continue
Photo: Casino/Showtime - ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2011) – In the first defense of his International Boxing Federation bantamweight world title, Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) left little doubt this time that he is still the IBF king at 118 pounds with an electrifying unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-4, 22 KOs) in the main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME®.
Mares, of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, also took home the World Boxing Council Silver bantamweight belt with scores of 118-110 on all three judges’ scorecards in the 12-round rematch of their controversial August fight which Mares won by majority decision in Las Vegas.
In an equally thrilling co-feature, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) of Panama City, Panama, was victorious in his United States and SHOWTIME debut defending his World Boxing Association Bantamweight Super title with a 12-round unanimous decision against former two-time world champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) of Sydney, Australia, by scores of 116-111, 117-110, 120-107.
Cut above the eye by an Agbeko jab in the second round, Mares relied on the handy work of cutman Miguel Diaz. “I asked Miguel, ‘Are we going to stop the fight?’ And he was like ‘What? I’m the best. No way we’re stopping this fight,’ “said Mares, who landed 183 power punches to 107 for Agbeko. “(The blood) bothered me a few times because he was only going for my eye, but I knew I could get through it.”
SHOWTIME announcer Al Bernstein scored the fight 116-112 for Mares while Antonio Tarver had it 115-113 in favor of the champ.
“Tonight they saw the real Abner Mares,” Mares said. “I’ve beat him once and now I’ve beaten him again.” continue
By Rob Smith: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 Ko's) took apart Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO's) tonight, stopping him in the 10th round after cutting and closing his previously injured right eye. The fighters battled in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden in a sometimes back and forth fight. Margarito just didn't have the hand speed or the power to really pose much of a threat in the fight. This is what some boxing fans were afraid of when the fight was put together, seeing it as a case of Bob Arum putting Cotto in with a shot fighter in Margarito. Well, Margarito looked like he had too many miles on him tonight, which is sad because a lot of people paid a lot of money to see this fight and it wasn't even remotely a competitive fight.
At the start of the 10th round, the ringside doctor stepped in and called a halt to the fight due to Margarito's right eye being completely shut. Margarito wasn't really fighting a competitive fight and there were no signs that he was coming on and about to win. Cotto did a great job of moving, hitting and cinching Margarito to keep him from doing much.
The fight unfortunately wasn't nearly as appealing as the first fight due to Cotto's constant movement, but at least he avenged his defeat and got the win. Cotto can now, if he wishes, fight WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in early 2012. That's a fight that their mutual promoter Bob Arum wants to put together in an in house. As far the fight goes, Margarito was cut early on around the right eye, and the eye closed up in the 7th. Cotto took some shots from Margarito but it was mostly one-way traffic.
Margarito looked a lot slower than he used to be and he wasn't much of a threat to Cotto. That's not to say that Cotto is unbeatable at this point, because there are a number of fighters in the division that would give him problems if Arum was to put Cotto in with them. Personally, I'd like to see Cotto fight some guys that are actually in their prime and not partially hampered from injuries or old age. Look at the guys that Cotto has been matched against in the past year: continue
Photo: Casino/Showtime - By Paul Strauss: Not surprisingly, Joseph Agbeko thought Abner Mares 23-0-0 (13KOs) got a California decision at the Honda Center in Anaheim.. But, then King Kong never did do well in this country. In the post-fight interview with Jim Gray, Joseph "King Kong" Agbeko 28-3-0 (22KOs) said that prior to the fight he was asked by some in the media if he was worried about being able to win a decision in California. He said he told them no, but now he knows what they were talking about. He now realizes that (in his opinion) the only way he could get a win is by knockout.
Well, he's in the minority. All three judges scored the fight the same 118-110. Announcers Steve Albert, Al Bernstein, and former champion Antonio Tarver all felt Mares won the fight, but by a close margin. The unofficial press row judges agreed. Agbeko was right about one thing, though. He fought a good fight. The scoring is deceptive, because even though on paper the outcome appears one-sided, the fight was not. The rounds were closely contested and difficult to score.
Referee Dr. Lou Moret gave a very precise, cautionary talk to each fighter in the dressing room prior to the start of the fight. He emphsized he would not allow rabid punches, low blows, and pulling behind the head. He warned both fighters that repeated violations would result in disqualification. Neither fighter expressed any concern with adhering to the rules; although, Mares did admit to Jim Gray that he would have to be especially careful about the low blows because of the controversy concerning the first fight. After reviewing film of the fight, Referee Russell Mora admitted he should have deducted points from Mares for low blows. He also admitted he incorrectly signaled a knockdown for Mares, when the blow causing it was illegal (low).
There was none of that tonight, other than a few incidental moments. But, what was of concern was a cut over the outside area of Abner Mares right eye, which occurred in the second round. The cut was ruled the result of a punch, so there was early concern that the fight might end in a TKO for Agbeko, even if he was losing on points. continue
By Gerardo Gomez: Tonight's fight between Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29KOs) vs Antonio Margarito (38-7-1, 27KOs) is the highly anticipated rematch that many boxing fans have been waiting for. Miguel Cotto tip the scales last night at 152 1/4 lbs while Antonio Margarito came in ripped at 152 1/2 lbs. This is the type of fight that boxing fans love to see. All the ingredients are there for an all out war. You have the Puerto Rico vs Mexico rivalry.
You have the good guy vs villain side. You have Cotto trying to avenge his first loss in which he believes he was a victim of Margarito's use of plaster of paris. And you have Margarito's side who claims that he is a clean fighter and will seek to repeat the same beating that he gave Cotto in his first fight to end all doubts. Oh, and did I mention that these two boxers really hate each other! One thing is for sure, tonight's fight is going to be a war, there is no doubt about that.
Miguel Cotto really believes that Antonio Margarito had his gloves loaded when they first fought in 2008. Many boxers and boxing analysts have debated whethere Margarito did used or didn't used plaster of paris in his fight against Cotto. Some say that he did, others say he didn't. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has to this date denied that Antonio Margarito had his gloves loaded. They insist that they inspected Margarito's hand wraps and nothing was found in them.
Cotto comes into this fight motivated to demonstrate that he was cheated after suffering his first defeat. He not only carries that hand wraps scandal as a motivation but he also carries the loss of his father as the source of his motivation entering into tonight's fight. It will be interesting to see how Cotto comes out in the first round. What adjustents and/or changes has he been working on? Will Cotto stick to the basics and try to out box Margarito? continue
By Rob Smith: If you wanted to see a textbook version of a gift decision then tonight's controversial 12 round split decision victory by heavyweight Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KO's) over visiting fighter Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO's) is the fight you need to see. Helenius won by the judges' scores of 115-113 for Helenius, 115-113 for Chisora, 115-113 for Helenius.
However, Helenius looked like the loser in this fight, at least in my scoring, by a fairly lopsided decision. Helenius had no answer to Chisora's pressure and superior inside work. I had a bad feeling about this fight early on when I saw the referee all over Chisora, warning left and right. It was as if Chisora was fighting the referee and Helenius.
I scored it 9 rounds to 3 for Chisora, and I feel I was being overly generous in giving one of those rounds to Helenius. Chisora had him backing up and covering up most of the fight, and really did an excellent job of working on the inside against the tall 6'6 1/2" Helenius. With this win, Helenius captures the vacant EBU heavyweight title and makes a claim for himself that he deserves a shot against one of the Klitschkos.
It's just too bad the judges' scoring seem to run counter to what actually took place in the ring tonight, as Chisora worked Helenius over to the body and head all night long. The wasn't even really close. Chisora was simply a much better fighter than the lanky, soft in the body Helenius.
By James Slater: As fans have probably read by now, unbeaten lightweight sensations Brandon Rios is no longer the WBA 135-pound champ. Unable to make the 135-pound limit at the second time of asking (Rios scaled 136.4 at the first attempt, and then 135.6 after stripping down - then gave up and agreed to forfeit his belt), the warrior who had said previously that tonight’s fight with Britain’s John Murray would be his last at lightweight now faces a non-title affair with Murray.
How much has Rios, 28-0-1(21) taken out of himself in getting down as low as he was able to manage? Does the possibility that Rios may be weight-drained give Murray more of a chance of scoring the big upset tonight in New York? Team-Murray certainly feel as though Rios - who has massive fights with the likes of Yuriorkis Gamboa and Marcos Maidana in his sights - has/is underestimating the former European champ; as trainer Joe Gallagher wrote via Twitter:
“Rios and team had no idea who John was after John had walked up to Rios to acknowledge him and his team. How much homework has been done?”
If Rios has looked past Murray, and if he did take things relatively easy in the gym whilst prepping for tonight’s expected thriller, the would-be superstar could be in big, big trouble. Murray, a huge betting underdog, has put everything into training; knowing as he does that tonight’s fight is the chance of a lifetime. continue
By James Slater: 39-year-old heavyweight contender Amir “Hardcore” Mansour improved to 16-0(12) last night in Dover, Delaware, as he scored a dominant 6th-round TKO over Colombian slugger Epifiano Mendoza; 32-12-1(28) coming in. continue
(Photo: Casino/Showtime) - SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Dec. 2, 2011) – Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell recorded his ninth consecutive stoppage after Canadian Renan St-Juste could not continue to fight following what appeared to be a separated left shoulder at 2:54 of the fourth round in the ShoBox: The New Generation main event. The evening’s opener featured Jhonatan “Momo” Romero scoring a 10-round split decision over Chris “The Hitman” Avalos in an action-packed super bantamweight bout by the scores of 96-93, 96-94 for Romero and 95-94 for Avalos.
The doubleheader originated from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just up the 101 Freeway from where International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko will battle in a highly anticipated rematch tomorrow on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING LIVE at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®.
After a measured first couple of minutes, Dirrell (24-0, 21 KOs), of Flint, Mich., established his power by backing up St-Juste (23-3-1, 15 KOs) with a right hand late in the opening round. The southpaw St-Juste, who also boasts some fuel in his fists, repeatedly loaded up with his left hand and missed wildly. Facing a 5-inch heigh disadvantage, the shorter St-Juste failed to get inside on Dirrell. Ever patient, Dirrell dictated the fight’s pace and seemlessly switched between orthodox and southpaw stances.
In the fourth, an awkward clash caused a head butt to Dirrell’s forehead that sent him to the ground. Seemingly incensed, Dirrell stood up, regained his composure and proceeded to attack his opponent. After taking a few shots, St-Juste attemped to hold on to his surging opponent but Dirrell merely spun him around. continue
By Jason Peck: Cheer for Miguel Cotto, who gets his shot at revenge this weekend that I would deny against an opponent that I would gleefully ban for life. But cry for boxing, which didn’t set the example it should have with the dismissive punishment it gave to Antonio Margarito.
Margarito claims he knew nothing about the illegal knuckle pad that jeopardized his career two years ago when he fought Shane Mosley. His dastardly trainer did it, not he, and when the hammer fell Margarito made sure everyone else took the blame. We want to believe he’s telling the truth – that a man who for so long championed the “do or die” warrior mentality would ever stoop so low. Evidence says otherwise, and I’ll get to that later.
Now little more than two years later after committing boxing’s ultimate sin, he’s getting his second major payday, when he takes on Miguel Cotto in a rematch of the controversial 2008 bout – a fight now tainted with allegations that Margarito cheated in that fight as well. Prior to that he received a dream fight against Manny Pacquiao in a title shot he never earned. And the only danger to Margarito’s career is an eye injury, not his past transgression.
Honest fighters would kill for a Cotto fight. If cheating would earn unheralded welterweight contender Mike Jones a Pacquiao payday, then I’d heartily suggest he cheat. What other message is being sent here? continue
By John G. Thompson: When then unbeaten Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s) of Puerto Rico and Mexico’s Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO’s) met in the ring at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas back in 2008 fans expected a great showing from two of the world’s premier welterweights and the fight did not disappoint. HBO boxing analyst Max Kellerman declared it “a modern boxing classic” after the two fighters went to war over the course of eleven rounds. Cotto showed superior boxing skills but eventually succumbed to one of the most relentless attacks in memory. Therein lies the dilemma for Miguel Cotto; he did very little wrong and still lost the fight. So with their long awaited rematch this Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, the question becomes, what will Cotto do differently?
Cotto boxed extremely well in the first fight. He took most of the early rounds moving away from Margarito and countering the hell out of him. Unfortunately for Cotto, none of his power shots seemed to bother his opponent who just kept coming at him. While Margarito showed no regard for Cotto’s power, Cotto did seem to be affected by Margarito’s power shots. Eventually, Margarito’s sustained attack took a toll on Cotto and both he and his corner called it quits after Cotto went down twice in the eleventh round as a result of a severe accumulation of punches.
So if Cotto fought a good fight with an excellent game plan and proved to be the superior boxer what could he do differently in order to win? The most obvious thing is to stay off the ropes. Backing up his opponent the entire evening, Margarito did his best work when Cotto’s back hit the ropes, occasionally rocking him with shots. Between rounds Cotto’s corner yelled at him to stay off the ropes. Another element which could use a change is Cotto’s vulnerability to uppercuts. Not specific to this fight, Cotto has always been vulnerable to the uppercut, often ducking low with his hands up high, head forward and chin exposed. Margarito exploited this at times throwing two or even three uppercuts in a row (as his corner told him to do), and this defensive lapse must be fixed prior to the rematch. continue
By Rob Smith: Showing why he was ranked #1 by the WBC, unbeaten super middleweight contender Anthony Dirrell (24-0, 21 KO's) made easy work of 39-year-old No.2 ranked WBC contender Renan St Juste (23-3-1, 15 KO's), stopping him in the 4th round with a series of hard power shots to become the WBC mandatory challenger to champion Carl Froch. continue
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) world title challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (42-6) won a six round unanimous decision over a game but over-matched "Lightning" Larry Ventis (5-2) at Promo West Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Clark used superior speed and skills as well as effective counter-punching to dominate the Detroit native in the junior welterweight main event. Scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-54. continue
By Padre: On the 3rd of December, fight fans will be presented with another epic bout, by two warriors of the sport. The Garden has been sold out and PPV tickets are showing good numbers. Why shouldn’t they, we all remember what took place three years ago and these combatants are not known for disappointing fights.
Predicting the outcome however, has drawn the line down the middle. What will happen in this fight is what is on everyone’s mind. Will we see a replica of the first fight, Miguel Cotto coming on early and a stalking Antonio Margarito finally catching up with his foe? Or will Cotto pace himself better and be able to fight his way to victory? I believe that the outcome of this fight will be determined by one Margarito.
Barring the incident of the hand wraps, the last fight played out how I thought it would. I believed that Margarito would be able to absorb the punches of Cotto and slowly stalk, wear down and finish his opponent. Those who use Mosley as an example that Margarito can be taken out, should remember that Mosley was fully developed Jr Middleweight/Middleweight and even at Welterweight was always an explosive and power packing fighter. Also Margarito has the ability to walk through punches, is not afraid of taking shots to get in one. Cotto, though a better boxer than Margarito is actually built for him. Cotto has never been able to elude punches, slip them effectively, counter well and not fall for traps.
Cotto has been known to sit in the pocket and trade instead of retreating or counter punching. If not for the handwrap incident and his fight with the Pacman, I would be looking for a complete replay of the first fight. continue
Dereck Chisora (15-1, 9 KOs) continued his provocation of World Boxing Association (WBA) / WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) today at the final press conference at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. The two 27-year-old contenders will clash for the vacant European Heavyweight Title on Saturday. “They say Helenius is a great hero in Finland but let me be honest they don´t have many heroes in Finland,” Chisora stated. “Where I come from we have Wayne Rooney, John Terry and Andy Murray, we have darts, we have snooker, where I come from everybody wants to be a hero. I am competing with many athletes and me taking your unbeaten record will be the best thing I have ever done for my career. I will knock you out.” continue
NYC, NY December 3....Before a raucous crowd of over 4000 people at the famed Madison Square Garden, combatants Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak weighed in for their highly anticipated rematch tonight on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito fight with over 20,000 expected to attend the sold out Madison Square Garden. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Challenger Martin Murray (23-0-1, 10 KO's) gave it a good shot but failed to get the win on Friday night against WBA World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KO's) in a fight that was scored a draw at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. The final judges scores were 116-112, 115-113 Murray and 114-114. Sturm retains his WBA title with the draw. continue
By P.H. Burbridge"You know where you are, Robert Johnson? You are standing in the middle of the crossroads. This is not just any crossroads. I put this "X" here for a reason, and I been waiting on you." (A "vision", as told by Henry Goodman).
Robert Johnson regarded by many as the greatest bluesman of all time and who according to legend famously sold his soul to the devil in exchange for a musical endowment that the world had never seen would probably smile at Antonio Margarito’s exploits.
Margarito it would seem has made his very own deal with the devil and has reaped the benefits of a life and career built possibly on deception.
Saturday, December 3rd the Miguel Cotto – Antonio Margarito rematch is taking place 3 years after their first infamous meeting in July of 2008. That fact reaffirms for many that boxing is still as dirty as ever. Some purists are having a difficult time understanding how a fighter caught red handed committing boxing’s original sin could even be allowed back into a professional prize ring let alone be awarded back to back title fights. All you can say is “it’s good to have connections”…. Now, we know why Bob Arum takes such an exorbitant % right off the top. The man had his license revoked in California so they bring him back in Mexico where apparently you can kill a small family in Iowa and still be licensed to fight.
And then somehow after beating a fighter who no one had ever heard of or since Roberto Garcia, Bob Arum had this “vision” that a fight between Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao, the #1 guy in the sport was a “must see” for fight fans! Hell, it was a moral mandate! continue
The Hilton Anaheim hosted the opening press conference for the scheduled SHOWTIME televised New Years Eve World Championship doubleheader at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena, where Don King and Dan Goossen met with the press to discuss what everyone who is anyone should be doing with their New Year's Eve plans this year. continue
By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the Boxing Clever Podcast: Alcoholics, they say, are always alcoholics no matter when they had their last drink. Fighters - another breed of men who punish their bodies in pursuit of a high - it seems, are always fighters no matter how long ago they retired.
Whilst an addict's need for a high is tempered by the cash needed to fund his hobby, the filthy lucre is a vital ingredient that, when added to the thrill of the fight, makes a heady cocktail that many former boxers - no matter how great - find hard to resist. So has the recently retired, and now seemingly un-retired, former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye decided to come back for the thrill, the money or simply a shot at redemption?
Having recently read the excellent book 'Making Haye' I am of the belief that Haye never really had any intention of retiring and that it was just another game he was playing in order to firstly get a shot at one of the Klitschkos, and secondly force either a rematch with Wlad or a bout with Vitali. It seems his strategy worked. Twice.
Although I am of the belief that money is a motivator for David Haye, I don't (and many will disagree with me) believe it is the driving force behind his proposed 'comeback'. And despite the fact I have mentioned the thrill of fighting as being addictive to many former fighters; continue
By Robert Jackson: This Cotto/Margarito fight has blown up into a BIGGER affair due to Cotto’s gestation's regarding the loaded wraps issue so stay tuned and get another helping of ‘just the facts’!
In the area of trainers the nod has to go to Robert Garcia an ex-champion himself now trainer of several highly touted fighters including Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios and Antonio Margarito who’s entering his 2nd fight under Garcia’s tutelage. Margarito and Garcia didn’t fare so well the 1st time out against P4P King Manny Pacquiao, in a bout where the TJ Tornado suffered major damage to the right side of his head including a broken orbital bone and right eye damage that needed surgery to repair. The eye damage was so severe that Margarito almost wasn’t licensed by the NY Athletic commission to participate in this rematch. At this point in Margarito’s career he’s as complete a fighter is he can be and no amount of new method or technique will change him, the best that Garcia can do is get him in good fighting shape, spar him well in the gym and give him moral support. Antonio is a ‘search and destroy’ fighter , that’s his advantage and disadvantage.
Cotto for this fight is being trained by ex-Cuban Olympic coach Pedro Benitez Ph.D who’s cornering his first pro fight but brings with him years of international boxing experience albeit at the amateur level. Scheduling conflicts between Miguel Cotto and former trainer Emmanuel Steward caused an end to their 2 fight relationship, during which Cotto won the WBA Jr. Middleweight title and successfully defended it once. Under Steward Cotto settled down into his fighting and fought in a very mature style, not wasting anything and fighting more cautiously. Benitez has introduced Cotto to new training methods and techniques and seems to be opening Cotto up adding more versatility and agility to his fighting style, this should bode well for Cotto. continue
By Nicholas Dash: One minute and twelve seconds remaining of the fifth. In retreat across the battlefield, Miguel Cotto sought refuge in the cage that contained him. A storm, or ‘tormenta’ in the language that united them, engulfed Miguel and his foe, Antonio Margarito. continue
By James Slater: Amir Khan, the reigning WBA/IBF 140-pound champion and the general consensus for THE best light-welterweight in the world today, was talking with BBC Sport yesterday. Khan gave props to his upcoming challenger, Lamont Peterson, calling the once-beaten contender “a good box-fighter,” but the subject soon changed to Floyd Mayweather Junior.
Khan said the fight he craves is also a fight the fans very much want to see:
“It’s definitely a public demand fight,” Khan said of a clash between he and Mayweather. “We’ve been in talks, with Golden Boy, they definitely want the fight and so do I. I want to get Lamont Peterson out of the way and then try to get a date for 2012. I am the best fighter he can face; if it’s not Manny Pacquiao, it’s me.
“I know Floyd has never faced the type of speed and power I have, or the angles. I have the best trainer in the world, and he will give me the advice I need to beat Floyd Mayweather. I’m sure we could sell out Wembley Arena. The fight would be one of the biggest in British boxing history.”
While Khan may be guilty of exaggerating by saying a fight between he and Mayweather is both a public demand fight and the best possible match-up for Mayweather outside of one with Pac-Man (I’d rather see “Money” in with Sergio Martinez, for just one example of a better, more intriguing choice), the British star against the global superstar sure would be a big deal - and no longer can fans simply write off Khan’s chances: of getting the fight or of actually winning it. continue
NOTE: WEIGHTS (Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - (Dec. 1, 2011) – Unbeaten, top-ranked super middleweight Anthony Dirrell tipped the scales at 167 pounds and fellow world-ranked southpaw Renan St-Juste weighed in at 166 ½ pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
Dirrell (23-0, 20 KOs), of Flint, Mich., and St-Juste (23-2-1, 15 KOs), of Canada, will square off in the 12-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Dec. 2, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The telecast will originate from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just one night before the highly anticipated rematch between International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
Hard-hitting ShoBox alum Chris Avalos measured 121 ¾ ounds and Jhonatan Romero weighed in at 121 pounds. Avalos (19-1, 15 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., will make a ShoBox-record sixth appearance against Colombia’s Romero (19-0, 12 KOs) in a 10-round co-feature battle of up-and-coming super bantamweights.
Prior to Thursday’s weigh in, the world-ranked super middleweights gave their picks for the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, on Saturday, Dec. 17 on SHOWTIME®, while Romero gave his predictions for Saturday’s Mares-Agbeko bantamweight world championship showdown and the bantamweight world championship co-feature between Anselmo Moreno and Vic Darchinyan. (Picks are below).
Dirrell is ranked No. 1 in the World Boxing Council (WBC) and No. 3 in the World Boxing Association (WBA). St-Juste, the WBC’s No. 3-rated contender, represents the first top-10 fighter Dirrell has faced. The bout will serve as a title eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title currently held by Super Six World Boxing Classic finalist Carl Froch.
Friday’s event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Since Manny Pacquiao’s third controversial fight against Juan Manuel Marquez a few weeks ago, the media has been going wild. People are convinced that Pacquiao’s performance against Marquez is a tell of how he would most likely perform against Mayweather Jr.
I clearly understand why boxing fans come to such notion, but in reality it’s a false perceptive. Folks out there assume that since Pacquiao had evident trouble with Marquez’s counter punching, he will also suffer a similar fate against Mayweather Jr.
I think this will not be the case.
The difference between Mayweather Jr. and Marquez, is that while Mayweather Jr. is an opportunist, punching whenever he feels and sees an opportunity to hit without being hit, Marquez is a volume counter puncher, hitting back no matter what the response might be.
Pacquiao is defensively limited, thus was getting hit with most of Marquez’s counters.
He is also like Marquez, wanting to throw higher volume. In essence, both Marquez and Pacquiao like to let their hands go; Pacquiao more aggressive and Marquez more defensive.
Mayweather’s volume will likely come short, and will not work in the same fashion as Marquez’s. Mayweather will have to look for opportunities, and there won’t be too many of them. One thing both Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao can do well, is move on their feet. continue
On Saturday 3rd December we see an intriguing bout between Prince Arron (21-3-1) and Brian Rose (17-1-1). Arron, 23, had an indifferent start to his career losing to Anthony Small and Danny Reynolds within the space of a few months and the later lost to top Irish fighter John Duddy. continue
Thursday December 1st NYC, NY ...Top Rank in association with Star Boxing held the final pre fight press conference today at BB King's restaurant in Times Square for the much anticipated rematch between Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak. continue
Thanks, everybody, for joining us today. Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We are really grateful that we're on the call today with the one and only Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir 'King' Khan.
Just a side note before we get to the call, I've learned recently that last week Amir was selected as Fighter of the Year by the British Boxing Board of Control. It's the first time he's won that honor. So congratulations to him on that and also today we have learned that the BBC has nominated him for Sports Celebrity of the Year. If everybody knows about that program, that's a very big program that you compete in over in the U.K. with many different athletes from all different sports.
So, as I mentioned, Amir Khan is on the phone with us. He's joined by his trainer, Freddie Roach. We also have Asif Vali from Khan Promotions. And now, to make the formal introductions and talk a little bit more about Capital Showdown on Saturday, December 10th, Khan vs. Peterson, is Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar?
Oscar De La Hoya
Thank you very much, Kelly. We are delighted to be on this call with the one and only Amir 'King' Khan. Obviously he's the best 140-pound fighter in the planet. He's a Unified Champion. We are thrilled to be presenting Capital Showdown from Washington, D.C. So, we're really, really excited about going down to our capital. continue
LOS ANGELES, December 1 - A world championship doubleheader featuring the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and WBC Silver Bantamweight Championship rematch between Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko and the WBA Bantamweight Super World Championship bout between Anselmo "Chemito" Moreno and Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan is just the icing on the cake of what promises to be a night of boxing to remember on Saturday, December 3 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. continue
By James Slater: We’ve all seen fighters ‘pretend’ to have an intense dislike of their opponent, quite often in an effort to sell tickets and nothing more. We’ve seen fighters refuse to shake hands at any other time pre-fight than at the final face-to-face in the middle of the ring, we’ve heard rival fighters threaten to kill one another, and we’ve seen boxers having to be separated at press conferences. However, most of the time, after the fight, the two “make up” and shake hands and even hug.
I do not think we will be seeing such a sight on Saturday night in New York; now matter who has emerged the winner of the fascinating, currently simmering Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito rematch. Quite simply, these two have an utterly genuine dislike, even hatred, for each other. Both men had plenty of nasty words for each other at yesterday’s final press conference, and the poison the two warriors have a need to rid themselves of promises a quite savage battle.
31-year-old Cotto, who insists (as do many other people) that Margarito used loaded gloves when he upset him by 11th-round stoppage back in 2008, has called the Mexican “a criminal,” and he has vowed to make him pay for cheating and putting his life at risk by fighting with illegally wrapped hands. Cotto, in light of the damage Margarito’s eye took in his losing fight with Manny Pacquiao, has vowed to “play with his health as he played with mine” - meaning the Puerto Rican will have no qualms targeting the eye of his rival.
33-year-old Margarito, 38-7(27) fired back yesterday, saying Cotto can “hit my eye as much as he likes. continue
By James Slater: Last seen boxing as a 271-pounder back in December of 2008, former heavyweight king Riddick Bowe is planning to “shock and amaze the world” with a comeback that will begin in January of next year and will reveal an in-shape “cut up” Big Daddy..
Speaking with Mailonline.com, the 44-year-old who could have been a true great back in his 1992 to 1995 prime years, says he is coming back primarily because the excitement is lacking in today’s Klitschko-dominated heavyweight division.
“There is no-one to watch anymore,” Bowe said. “I am hoping to be back some time in the month of January. The world will be shocked and amazed by me looking the part and being the part because I am going to be cut up.
“Where is the excitement? There is no-one like Mike Tyson. No-one like myself.”
Bowe, 43-1(33) certainly will surprise fans if he sports a “cut up” physique in his return. Never exactly svelte even in his heyday, Bowe has scaled as high as the 280s when boxing at veteran stage. Even older now and having been inactive for the last three years and for 12 of the last fifteen years (one fight in 2004, one in 2005, one in 2008), it’s unlikely Bowe will be able to get himself into the great shape he thinks (is deluding himself ?) he will. continue
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Title Challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (41-6) returns this Friday to Promo West Pavilion in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He will face late sub jr. welterweight "Lightning" Larry Ventis (5-1) of Detroit in the main event of the six bout card being promoted by Troy Speakman. A former NABF, NABA and WBC Continental champion, Clark has dropped only one of his last 8 fights and makes his third ring appearance in the last 9 months. Ventis is coming off a unanimous decision victory last month in the Motor City against journeyman Gabriel Morris. continue
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2011) – In a potential candidate for Fight of the Year, unbeaten Abner Mares will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Bantamweight Championship titles against former two-time IBF 118-pound champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, Dec. 3, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. continue
By James Slater: In surprising news, it has been reported by The New Zealand Herald that New York’s Monte Barrett, winner over David Tua back in August, failed that bout’s post-fight drugs test. The two veterans met on August 13th in New Zealand, with 40-year-old “Two Gunz” climbing off the floor in the 12th and final round to win a points decision and the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific and Oriental heavyweight belts.
The return followed a July 2010 meeting that saw Tua on the floor (for the first time in his long career), with the decision being given as a draw. Barrett received much praise for the manner in which he travelled to New Zealand to beat Tua, but now some of the lustre has come off Monte’s big win. But are the accusations - that Barrett tested positive for methlyhex-anemine - to be believed? Not according to Barrett, they’re not.
“We’ve asked the WBO to overturn the result of the match,” Tua lawyer Blair Edwards said. “We have also asked for the return of the belts Barrett has in his possession and we have asked for David’s rankings to be reinstated to where they were before the fight.”
James DeGale's challenger Jose Maria Guerrero has called him a fool and told him he'd better finish him off early or get beat. Spanish hitman Guerrero challenges DeGale for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Super-Middleweight title on Friday 9th December at the Liverpool Echo Arena, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546). continue
In addition to Wladimir Klitschko, the most dominant heavyweight champion defending his World Boxing Association (WBA), IBF, WBO, and IBO world titles against Jean-Marc Mormeck and the co-feature of Gennady Golovkin defending his WBA middleweight title against Lajuan Simon, there will be two more title fights on the December 10 show. continue