By James Slater: Unbeaten at 12-0(12) - with no opponent thus far taking him further than the 3rd-round - Russian heavyweight hope Magomed Abdusalamov makes his ESPN Friday Night Fights debut this week. Going up against another unbeaten wannabe in the 8-0(6) Pedro Rodriguez of Cuba, the former kick boxer who now lives in Oxnard, California will be looking to impress on the network. continue
By James Slater: As fans have surely read by now, February 11th’s scheduled and much anticipated return fight between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz is set to be postponed due to a bicep injury suffered by Berto. Reportedly, Berto, who lost the first fight with Ortiz via 12-round decision, ruptured his left bicep muscle when throwing a punch in sparring. Ringtv.com reports that Berto will require arthroscopic surgery “as early as Tuesday.” continue
Patrick Nielsen (12-0, 6 KOs) will be looking for his 13th victory in as many fights when he takes on Jozsef Matolcsi (30-17, 20 KOs) at the first Nordic Fight Night at Broendby Hall on February 18. Nielsen could be in for an unpleasant surprise. Last February, his rugged Hungarian opponent – known as “Shatter-Machine” in boxing circles – lived up to his billing by shattering the career of former European Middleweight Champion Mahir Oral. The two-time world title challenger was getting ready for another ride when Matolcsi gave him a beating and stopped him in two rounds in Herning. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: While it has not yet been confirmed by team Berto, ESPN got news from a reliable source stating that Berto is hurt. (http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/7521608/andre-berto-injures-arm-fight-victor-ortiz-jeopardy-sources-say) continue
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) will face two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated rematch in Frankfurt on Saturday night. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 27-year-old Cuban. continue
By James Slater: Thought it would undeniably be a big deal and likely a sell-out event in the U.K, former two-time WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch says he will NOT be moving up in weight to fight reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) 175-pound boss Nathan Cleverly. “Clev’s” promoter, Frank Warren, recently spoke about the potential fight, saying he would sign the Welshman up for it “in a heartbeat.” continue
By James Slater: An interesting and possibly exciting heavyweight match-up will take place in Brisbane, Australia on March 18th, as Samoan slugger Alex Leapi will square off with once-beaten U.S heavyweight Kevin “KingPin” Johnson. This is the word according to invaluable website Fightnews.com. continue
By James Slater: This coming Saturday night (Feb. 4th) in San Antonio, Texas, WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez will meet dangerous power puncher and fellow Mexican Marco Antonio Rubio. An exciting, possible slugfest is anticipated and there will be much more on the line for unbeaten Chavez Jr than just his green belt. continue
By Michael Collins: There is next to no chance that WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) will be facing Sergio Martinez in his next fight or his fight after that, according to Chavez’s promoter Bob Arum. continue
By Michael Collins: Heavyweight David Price (12-0, 10 KO’s) will finally get a chance to make his American debut when he steps inside the ring on March 24th against a fighter by the name of Josue Blocus (16-2, 14 KO’s) on the undercard of the Mariusz Wach vs. Tye Fields card in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
By Michael Collins: WBC president Jose Sulaiman is reportedly upset with the criticism that he’s received from former World Boxing Council middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, who is disgusted with Sulaiman and the WBC for not forcing WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to give him a fight after Sulaiman had earlier said he was going to make Chavez Jr. fight Martinez. continue
By Michael Collins: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko rarely knocks out his opponents early in his fights, and that’s not likely to change on February 18th in his defense against Britain’s Dereck Chisora (15-2, 0 KO’s) at the Olypiahalle in Munich, Germany. Vitali doesn’t punch with a lot of speed but does have excellent power. He tends to bludgeon his opponents into submission, usually in the 2nd half of his fights. continue
By Michael Collins: Being 39-years-old and seven inches shorter and 30 pounds lighter than the 6’6” 245 pound IBF/WBA/WBC heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s), French challenger Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) will have to take a lot of chances on March 3rd if he wants to find a way to win this fight. He’ll be fighting in Klitschko’s adopted country of Germany in front of a huge crowd at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, and it’s going to be tough in almost every area for the former WBA/WBC cruiserweight champion Mormeck. continue
By Michael Collins: According to Steve Kim, a pay per view fight between IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) and Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO’s) is looking like a definite possibility for July 14th at the Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is looking to set it up, and appears that he’s close to having it done. Peterson and Marquez will first fight on another card together in Mexico City on March 17th before they meet up on July 14th. continue
By Michael Collins: Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO’s) will be looking to capture his 3rd world title this Saturday night against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KO’s) in a fight the vacant WBO super bantamweight title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This is basically a paper title, because it’s vacant and was given up by champion Jorge Arce. continue
By Michael Collins: British super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (23-0, 16 KO’s) is looking to accomplish some big things if he can get past Jamie Arthur (18-5, 4 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton, Lanchashire, UK. Quigg, 23, is ranked #3 WBA, #3 IBF, and could be fighting in a world eliminator bout in his next fight if his promoters are able to line up a fight. continue
JAMIE ARTHUR reckons his American moles have delivered the blueprint for shocking Scott Quigg this weekend. The Welshman starts a huge underdog when he challenges for Quigg’s British super-bantamweight title at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on Saturday (4th February). continue
By Michael Collins: It seemed clear that Timothy Bradley would be soon sharing the same right with Manny Pacquiao after Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter, signed Bradley to a contract with Top Rank last year. continue
By James Slater: Exciting Colombian slugger Breidis Prescott was in action over the weekend, scoring a straightforward, easy-looking 3rd-round stoppage of countryman and journeyman Joel Cassiani (6-9 with 3 coming in) in his homeland on Friday night. The win got Prescott, loser of his last two (a points loss to Paul McCloskey, a 10th-round TKO loss to Mike Alvarado) back into winning ways and the 28-year-old improved to 25-4(20). continue
By James Slater: In sad news, it has been reported by publication The Deseret News how former world title challenger and top-ranked middleweight Don Fullmer passed away yesterday morning, having lost a long battle with a form of Leukaemia. The 72-year-old died peacefully, surrounded by members of his family. continue
By James Slater: Not too long to go now until the most interesting heavyweight title fight on the immediate horizon goes down. Twice-beaten Brit Dereck Chisora (one defeat legit, the other time a blatant robbery) will soon be leaving for Germany, his big night against WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko set for Feb. 18th. continue
By Michael Collins: It's looking like Floyd Mayweather Jr. will take advantage of the Cinco de Mayo holiday on May 5th by taking on unbeaten Mexican Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO's) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Miguel Cotto is supposedly still a possibility but there's no word yet that Mayweather Jr. will take that fight. It would seem that due to the Mexican holiday on the 5th of May, Alvarez would be by far the better choice. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 157th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the 28 year old undefeated up-and-coming prospect Joe “The Future” Hanks (18-0, 12 KOs) who is scheduled to face Rafael Pedro (21-9-1, 15 KOs) this Saturday, February 4 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Hanks spoke about his upcoming fight, talked about his growth as a fighter, and revealed his future plans and goals in boxing. He also provided his opinions on the current heavyweight landscape and reigning heavyweight champions, brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Alright well sticking with heavyweights it is time for our first guest of this week’s show. He is an 18-0 undefeated heavyweight with 12 knockouts. He is making his debut appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We’re joined by Joe Hanks. How’s everything going today Joe?
JOE HANKS: Hey I’m alright. How are you doing?
JENNA: I’m doing well. Okay Joe, you have an upcoming fight on February 4 against Rafael Pedro. You’ll be defending your IBA America’s heavyweight title. Can you tell the fans a little bit about this matchup you have?
HANKS: Oh yeah, I have a fight coming up this week. It’s supposed to be a really big guy, a tough step up fight for me, and my first title defense. I’m getting a chance to get in there with a guy about 6’7”, 270 pounds. So you know it’s not the Klitschko brothers, but it’s going to be a good measuring stick for me to get in there with a guy as big as those guys. continue
Fantastic Frampton delivers brutal KO in title defence
Belfast boy dominates Hughes before killer punch – Ochieng lands English belt
Carl Frampton sent out a chilling warning to his rivals with a stunning seventh round knockout of Kris Hughes as he defended his Commonwealth Super Bantamweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brahmer (37-2, 30 KO’s) was successful in his comeback on Saturday night in stopping little known Jose Maria Guerrero (29-3-1, 11 KO’s) in the 4th round at the Grand Elysee in Hamburg, Germany. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton took one step closer to a clash with British champion Scott Quigg in stopping Kris Hughes on Saturday night by a 7th round TKO at the York Hall. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: (1/28/12) – Heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov stopped Darnell Wilson in four rounds in Hamburg, Germany today. A single right cross to the head dropped Wilson, who was counted out at 0:45. Boytsov (WBC #4, WBA #5, IBF #6, and WBO #4), advances his record to 30-0 (25 KO’s). Wilson, a former top contender as a cruiserweight who now fights often as a trial horse in Europe, falls to 24-14 (20 KO’s). continue
By Adrian Hernandez: This week, Goossen Tutor Promotions announced that Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) would be facing the Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (18-1, 14 KOs) on February 18th in a WBC title eliminator bout to be televised as part of a triple-header on Showtime Championship Boxing. continue
By James Slater: Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, in speaking with Ringtv.com, says there is a good chance unbeaten heavyweight hope Seth Mitchell could fight again on the under-card of the April 28th rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson. continue
By James Slater: Credit must go out to IBF super-middleweight king Lucian Bute who, InterBox president Jean Bedard told Fightnews.com, is desperate to give the fans a great fight against former two-time WBC champ Carl Froch. continue
Hatton Promotions exciting new signing Zhanat Zhakiyanov knocked out Thai rival Noppadol Khongchana in the first round to claim the World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian bantamweight title on Friday night. continue
By Michael Collins: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum had a bit of fun with WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Friday, offering him a flat payment of $45 million to fight Pacquiao presumably on June 9th, when Mayweather Jr. will be in jail serving his 90 day jail sentence, according to the Manila Standard. continue
By Michael Collins: The chances of a fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBC welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. taking place in 2012 appear to be dwindling with each day that goes by. continue
By Michael Collins: Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO’s) will continue with his comeback in April against an opponent still to be determined on SHOWTIME. According to Dan Rafael, Joachim Alcine (33-2-1, 19 KO’s) is one possibility for the 33-year-old Taylor to fight on that date. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 157th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured a special surprise interview with middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs), who recently was forced to pull out of a scheduled March 17 bout on the under card of the middleweight championship bout between Sergio Martinez and Matthew Macklin due to the lack of a suitable opponent. Lee spoke about his decision to pull out, and talked about his future plans in 2012. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Hi Andy.
ANDY LEE: Hi Jenna. How are you?
JENNA: I’m doing well. I thought maybe you could give the fans a little update and tell all your fans out there what your plans for 2012?
LEE: Well I have my heart set on fighting for a title this year. You know I’ve been a contender now for the last couple of years. Last year I had three good fights and moved myself up through the rankings and positioned myself well. I’m ready! This is my time, and this is the year really for me, my breakout year where I win a world title and hopefully do it in enough time to defend it this year, also. So I’m working hard here with Sugar Hill and Emanuel in the gym. I’ve done a lot of sparring with Ronald Hearns who’s getting ready to fight (Erislandy) Lara on February 11. Things are going well. So hopefully I’ll have a fight soon enough and I’ll be back in action.
JENNA: Alright well there has been a lot of talk about Felix Sturm. Are you ready to take that chance to go over to Germany to try and win that title?
LEE: Yeah there has been a lot of talk about it, but I don’t know. I know there was initial contact with Lou DiBella but I don’t think there have been any formal talks yet. If the offer was right I would definitely be willing to go over there. It would have to make sense, but I don’t see much danger in Sturm. He has a good style. He’s a very effective boxer, but I believe I can knock Sturm out. I think I’m much bigger and hit way too hard. I think we’ve seen in his last few fights that he’s just on the slide a little bit. So I would be very confident in stopping him, and going over there and getting a knockout or a late stoppage. continue
By Paul Strauss: No surprise tonight at the Northern Quest Casino and Resort, Airway Heights. Wash. Facebook fans knew what was going to happen, but after the stocky Russian Ruslan Provodnikov's 20-1-0 (13KOs) first round knockdown of over matched David Torres 22-2-2 (13KOs) they became impatient for the inevitable. They knew what the punchline was going to be and they wanted it delivered They weren't happy it took six rounds to accomplish. continue
From Frank Warren Promotions Limited: We have seen the press reports today in which James DeGale states that he is to split from his manager Frank Warren. This is not true; James DeGale is in fact under contract until 14 April 2013. Accordingly, you should be careful as to how you report Mr DeGale’s statement, if in fact you do. continue
By James Slater: Like most of us, writer Colin Hart was shocked and somewhat deflated to read that Audley “A-Force” Harrison was set to fight again. Hart, who has covered greats from Ali to Tyson in his long career, couldn’t resist penning an article about the scheduled Harrison-Ali Adams fight, which will go down in Essex on April 14th. continue
By James Slater: It’s arguable that, had they got down to business and actually fought when they should have, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao could have even wound up fighting a trilogy together; with fights one and two being so great and so fiercely fought that a rubber-match was needed. continue
By James Slater: Originally, former cruiserweight title challenger turned unbeaten heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks’ next step in the heavyweight division was to be a fight with powerful veteran DaVarryl Williamson, but “Touch Of Sleep” is now out and Detroit’s Banks, 27-1-1(18) will defend his NABF belt against Ohio’s Nicolai Firtha. The scheduled 12-rounder will go ahead on the under-card of the Feb. 18th Vitali Klitschko-Dereck Chisora clash in Munich, Germany. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - So it is official. The ageless warrior Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) will once again defend his WBC light heavyweight title against “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) on April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. This of course is a rematch of the disappointing October 15 clash that ended in a ‘No Contest’, after initially being ruled a TKO2 victory for Dawson when Bernard could not continue following a shoulder injury.
Now that the fight is happening what does that tell us? Well for starters, it certainly suggests that IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) did not want to risk taking a fight against Hopkins at 175. For Bernard, he basically had two choices—land a fight with Bute or rematch Dawson. A fight with Bute would have generated more money and interest. Bute is a big star in Canada and Hopkins is also popular there following his two exciting fights against Jean Pascal. The Hopkins-Dawson match, on the other hand, was a financial disaster. It was the worst major pay-per-view boxing attraction ever, and it left the fans that did purchase it extremely disappointed. Since Bute is also smaller and less talented than Dawson, it would make him a far less daunting task. Hopkins could not land the Bute fight, however, so he had little choice but to look in the direction of Chad. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 157th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and undefeated heavyweight Joe Hanks.
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:
• Bernard Hopkins & Chad Dawson agreeing to a April 28th rematch on HBO..
• Will the rematch play out any different than the first?
• Floyd Mayweather Jr demanding more then 50-50? Will the money be the reason we don't see this fight this time around?
• Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto rematch talks hitting a snag over weight. Should Pacquiao be made to fight over 147lbs?
• Guillermo Rigondeaux defeating Rico Ramos by TKO6. Rigondeaux vs. Doniare next?
• David Price's impressive TKO1 performance over John McDermott
• Teddy Altas choosing not to train Alexander Povekin ahead of his fight with Marco Huck
• Review of the debut episode of HBO’s “On Freddie Roach”
• Gamboa vs. Rios rumors. Is the weight to big of a leap for Gamboa?
Sheffield star returns from training camp with warning for Hatton
Kell Brook is back in Sheffield after a training camp in Spain, and has told Matthew Hatton that he will in prime shape when they meet at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on March 17, live on Sky Sports. continue
By James Slater: Future Hall of Famer, “Sugar” Shane Mosley, last seen dropping a wide, largely dull 12-round UD to superstar Manny Pacquiao, is not done yet. At least in speaking with Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the 40-year-old doesn’t think he’s anywhere near done yet. continue
By James Slater: Never in a bad fight, Colombian banger Breidis Prescott - last seen being stopped in the final round of a fight he was winning comfortably against unbeaten Mike Alvarado - will make a quick return to the ring. A mere two months after his heartbreaking 10th-round stoppage loss at the hands of Alvarado, and just four months after his debatable points loss to Paul McCloskey, Prescott, 24-4(19) will take a tune-up in his homeland tomorrow night. continue
By James Slater: It has been announced by a number of sources that world light-heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins will face Chad Dawson in a rematch of their controversial October 15th meeting on April 28th. The rematch was apparently agreed to by all parties yesterday. As fans know, the first fight was a huge letdown, with Hopkins being unable to continue after hurting his shoulder as he landed on the mat from a Dawson shove. continue
By Michael Collins: According to LA Times writer Lance Pugmire, Golden Boy Promotions is holding the Staples Center in Los Angeles for a potential Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson II rematch if it takes place. Peterson was supposed to give his decision on Thursday as to whether he’ll be fighting Khan next, but he’s still not said anything about it. continue
By Michael Collins: Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (11-0, 7 KO’s) will be making his first defense of his strap on Saturday night against the light hitting Kris Hughes (15-1, 1 KO’s) at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, UK. continue
By Michael Collins: WBO lightweight interim champion Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KO’s) was given the full WBO lightweight title by the World Boxing Organization on Thursday and the 28-year-old Burns was pleased as punch for getting the full title. continue
By Michael Collins: British heavyweight Dereck Chisora’s big fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is only a little more than three weeks away and already the 28-year-old Chisora looks as lean as he’s ever been as a heavyweight. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios is totally repulsed at the idea of watching Manny Pacquiao fight Miguel Cotto for a second time, and he’d much rather Pacquiao take on some new blood than to see him blast apart Cotto for a second time. continue
By Michael Collins: Carl Froch is waiting to see if he gets selected by IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute for his next fight. WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) says IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KO’s) needs to beat some A level fighters before he’ll bother fighting him because of how soft Bute’s opposition has been during the past three years while Ward was sweating it out in the Super Six tournament finals. continue
Two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) has arrived in Frankfurt, Germany. On February 4, the American veteran will face International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated rematch at the Fraport Arena. continue
Carl Frampton says he thrives on the pressure to perform as he defends his Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight title against Kris Hughes at a sold-out York Hall, Bethnal Green tomorrow night (January 28) live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 from 9pm. continue
By Michael Collins: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KO’s) isn’t being pushed too hard in the soft matchmaking for his fight against the unranked Tommy Karpency (21-2, 14 KO’s) on February 25th at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 26 - To round out the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing tripleheader headlined by the highly-anticipated rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto, Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment have announced two more high-impact fights from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday, Feb. 11. continue
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 26, 2012) - Former world champions Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto participated in a media conference call to discuss the upcoming rematch of the 2011 Fight of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 11, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
By Michael Collins: Bob Arum is reportedly going to be offering IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez for April in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, according to RingTV. continue
By Michael Collins: Bob Arum is still saying he doesn’t know who to contact in order to set up a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr., but he says he does want to put together a fight between the two stars for November this year – or at least that’s what Arum is saying he wants. You never know if that’s what Arum really wants or if he has other plans. continue
By Michael Collins: 40-year-old Shane Mosley is a name that’s being mentioned as a possible opponent for former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan to fight in his first fight in the welterweight division if Khan can’t get a rematch with IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson in his next fight. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “I’m in tip-top shape, the best I’ve been in for my entire career…” was the default statement from Dereck Chisora, a declaration that most fighter make in press conferences before their fights. continue
By James Slater: It’s still far, far, far from a done deal yet, but strong rumours suggest Floyd Mayweather Junior could face Miguel Cotto on May 5th. The far more intriguing Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight looks to be dead in the water (again), and it looks like Pac-Man - unwilling to budge on his 50-50 purse split proposal with Mayweather - has persuaded Cotto to look Floyd’s way due to the Filipino superstar’s insistence that he fight no higher than 147-pounds. continue
By Michael Collins: Former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi will have to travel to Ukraine if he wants to fight for a title against WBA welterweight Vyacheslav Senchenko after Malignaiggi and his promoters at Golden Boy Promotions lost the purse bid to Senchenko’s promotional team, who won with a winning bid of an unheard of $1 million. continue
Dereck Chisora says he will stop Vitali Klitschko in the eighth round of their world heavyweight title fight next month. Former British and Commonwealth Champion Chisora takes on World Boxing Council (WBC) World Champion Klitschko at the Olympiahalle Munich, Germany, on Saturday 18th February. continue
By James Slater: A while back (in 2008) I contributed an article to ESB in which I gave my honest opinion on the 50 finest boxers in the sport’s history. No easy task to compile, my list was met with some approval, some utter disgust and some opinion somewhere in the middle. continue
By James Slater: Reigning WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will fight a “Homecoming” fight on Feb. 25th in Cardiff, Wales, with the unbeaten 24-year-old defending his belt for the second time. Challenging “Clev” will be 26-year-old Tommy Karpency of Pennsylvania - and the southpaw challenger with the 21-2-1(14) record will be in no mood to allow the Welshman to enjoy his homecoming. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 156th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs). This is part 2 of the 2 part interview transcript where Hopkins discusses a variety of topics providing his opinions on what it will take for him to retire, why he believes he is in position to once again shock the world, what boxing fans can expect in 2012, and the current Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao situation. Here is the rest of that interview transcript:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Okay Bernard. Speaking of that, one of the things fans seem fed up about on the same token is the fact that for years they have demanded that fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather. It looks like we have a slim chance that it could maybe happen May 5. What’s your take on that whole situation now? Fans are accusing this one of ducking that one and this or that. What’s your take on the whole thing?
BERNARD HOPKINS: Yeah! I thought I had a chance of scoring a girl about twenty years ago, and she just gave me a kiss and shut the door on my face!
HOPKINS: Now let me tell you something. Whether the fight happens or not, I think at the end of the day the soap opera of it has kind of run its course. I think you’d agree with that?
HOPKINS: I think this year to be honest with you is a year, or maybe six months of this year—but I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt. 2012 will determine whether this fight happens, because if it happens of course that’s what it is, but if we go deep into 2012 when we know the calendar is getting real short around November and nothing is announced months before that, because that’s how boxing works with dates, you can really look at about June or July. Now yeah, I know Floyd is supposed to go to jail in June. I don’t think he’s going to go. I really don’t. At the end of the day man, it’s like whether they fight, whether they don’t fight, if they fight, yes, that should become news. But I think right now you’re only going to get a certain mileage out of them whether they will or not. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: On Tuesday, January 24th, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, Goossen-Tutor Promotions hosted a press conference, which featured WBC #1 ranked Heavyweight Chris Arreola (34-2, 28 KOs), to promote the February 18th, “Triple Threat” special event. continue
By Young Runyon: Australian Heavyweight Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne has issued a warning to his next rival Colin Wilson and also revealed his aspiration to lift the Commonwealth Heavyweight title in the future. The undefeated boxer residing in Perth, Western Australia will challenge for the Australian Heavyweight title on February 17th at the Southport RSL. continue
Carl Frampton is not taking anything for granted in his opening fight of a massive year as he looks to extend his unbeaten record when he defends his title against Kris Hughes at York Hall on Saturday night live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 25, 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today five-time world champion Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia will attend festivities planned for the 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 7-10th. continue
The next installment of Hitz Boxing's wildly popular "Fight Night at the Horseshoe" series will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, featuring heavyweight contender "Merciless" Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) of Oak Lawn, Illinois; NABA-US Champion Yakubu "Black Mamba" Amidu (20-2-1, 18 KOs) of Los Angeles via Ghana; Vladikavkaz, Russia's undefeated welterweight prospect Alanbek Kozaev (19-0, 6 KOs); the unveiling of newly signed Cleveland-based junior welterweight prospect Prenice "Greatness" Brewer (16-1-1, 6 KOs); and a host of local favorites and warriors who have earned their spots through previous strong performances. continue
By James Slater: Former two-time WBC super-middleweight king Carl Froch gave a televised interview with Central Tonight this evening, in which he explained his comeback plans. Last seen losing a wide decision to the excellent Andre Ward in the long awaited “Super Six” grand final, “The Cobra” has had a good rest over Christmas and New Year but is back in the gym now. continue
By James Slater: Another week another story regarding David Haye. Or in this case, his manager and trainer Adam Booth. Booth, in speaking with The Telegraph, has asked WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko where the contract is for a fight between he and Haye. continue
By Michael Collins: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) is expected to be fighting WBO light welterweight Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) on June 9th. Bradley, 28, is pretty much the only one left of the five candidates that Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum were looking over for a fight in June. continue
By Michael Collins: Boxing fans wanting to see the big mega fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will have to wait until at least November, according to fightnews.com. They’re reporting that a big money bout between Mayweather and Pacquiao will take place in November in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. continue
By James Slater: The World Boxing Association (WBA) held a meeting yesterday in Panama, Fightnews.com reports, and during the meeting it was decided that the winner of the upcoming, Feb. 25th clash between “Regular” WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin and challenger Marco Huck must face former world heavyweight king Hasim Rahman next - within a period not to exceed 120-days. continue
By Michael Collins: According to fightnews.com, a possible deal between unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) and WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) could be announced in the next few days. continue
By Michael Collins: British heavyweight David Price (12-0, 10 KO’s) has just begun his career and still trying his way to the top, but his manager Frank Maloney is already expecting huge things from his fighter, and believes he’ll someday eclipse former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in career earnings in the ring. continue
By Michael Collins: Gary Hyde, the manager for unbeaten WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KO’s), hopes to have him fighting Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO’s) by this summer, according to boxrec.com. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 156th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with reigning WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) who recently just turned 47 years old. The ageless warrior spoke about his future plans and boxing, which include a return to the ring in 2012. Possible opponents include a rematch with Chad Dawson, a fight with Canadian belt holder Lucian Bute, or possibly a unification match at 175 pounds. Hopkins also shared his views on a variety of other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape. Here is part 1 of 2 from the complete transcript of that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move to our special guest for this week’s show, and he is a returning one making his ninth appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. He is the former undisputed middleweight champion of the world, and he is currently the reigning WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight champion of the world. We’re once again joined by Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. Bernard, how are things going today?
BERNARD HOPKINS: Everything is fine. Everything is good. You caught me at a good time so I’m fine.
JENNA: Awesome! That’s what we like to hear Bernard. So a lot of interesting things have certainly happened with you since your fight with Chad Dawson. You had a little bit of controversy involved in that, and you managed to not only get the loss overturned but also keep your Ring belt and your WBC belt. Now everyone is wondering what’s next for you, and that’s what I got to ask you: What’s next?
HOPKINS: Well I’m definitely not retiring. I will defend those belts because they need to be defended. I think belts should be won and lost in the ring, not given to anyone or taken from anyone. But things happen in this sport with the politics of boxing. In my case things worked out the way most people expected. At least I did. In 2012 as I turn the second chapter of my career, I also turn the second page of my age. January 15 came, Martin Luther King Day, and that to me is another milestone and another profound statement that I’m still going strong with dignity and respect. That to me is something to look forward to in 2012. continue
Promoter Ahmet Oner has shocked Sauerland Event by winning today’s purse bid for the intercontinental middleweight championship between Sauerland’s prospect Dominik Britsch and former i/c champion Benjamin Simon at the International Boxing Federation (IBF) office in New Jersey. continue
By Michael Collins: Bernard Hopkins, the WBC light heavyweight champion, feels that Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) has unfinished business with Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO’s) from their Super Six fight from October 2009, and he feels that instead of Froch looking to fight IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute next in April, Froch should be proving himself against Dirrell. continue
By Michael Collins: Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO’s) will be trying to add another belt to his growing collection next month against Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KO’s) on February 4th in a fight for the vacant WBO super bantamweight title on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) has been working Victor Conte, former Balco founder, who Berto hire to assist with his strength and conditioning for his rematch against Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) next month on February 11th, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
By Michael Collins: Former two time WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams (40-2, 27 KO’s) has been consistently ignored by big named stars like Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley throughout his 12 year pro career. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) has decided to go extra soft for his next title defense by choosing 39-year-old Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) to fight on March 3rd rather than a number of higher rated contenders in the heavyweight division. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: I’ve been a boxing fan since the 70’s going back to Wide World of Sports with Howard Cosell and championship fights broadcast at the dinner hour. Main Events and Peltz Boxing put together an excellent telecast on NBC Sports Program this past Saturday January 21st. continue
By Michael Collins: According to the liverpoolecho.co.uk, undefeated British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KO’s) will be vacating his titles to get out of having to face mandatory challenger David Price (12-0, 10 KO’s) and also to go after one or more of the World heavyweight titles. continue
By John G. Thompson: If there were one word boxing fans might use to summarize the 2011 boxing year, it would be “upsets.” While boxing’s perennial warriors – the Pacquiaos, Mayweathers and Cottos – continued to shape their legacies, other would-be legends fell short, some in rapid succession. April alone showcased upsets with undefeated fighters James Kirkland, Marcus Johnson, David Lemieux, and Juan Manuel Lopez. And even as recently as December fans were still being treated to some surprise upsets with the wins of Lamont Peterson and Brian Viloria. continue
By Michael Collins: You know the old say “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” I think this quote fits perfectly with a potential second fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, which could be taking place on June 9th if my guess turns out to be true. continue
Gary Shaw Productions has a fantastic stable of undefeated fighters making their mark in the boxing world. Five made the cut on ESPN's Super 25 prospect list, created by Dan Rafael. Shaw co-promotes some of his fighters with other top promoters like Lou DiBella, Javier Bustillo and Leon Margules. Below are Dan Rafael's write up's on Shaw's rising stars. Click here to see the entire list on ESPN.com. continue
By James Slater: As fans may know, WBC #1 ranked heavyweight contender Chris Arreola has his first fight of 2012 on February 18th, on the Paul Williams-Nobuhiro Ishida/Tavoris Cloud-Gabriel Campillo card in Corpus Christi, Texas. No official announcement has yet been made regarding who “The Nightmare” will face next month. continue
By Michael Collins: If former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) has any chance in the rematch against former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) on February 11th, Berto will have to try and get to the 24-year-old Ortiz early before Berto runs out of gas like he did last time. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) wants a rematch with IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs) to win his titles back and to prove to boxing fans around the world that his loss to Peterson last December was caused by outside forces rather than his own failing in the ring. continue
St. Petersburg, Florida (January 23, 2012) - When South Africa's world ranked light heavyweight contender, Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs), steps in the ring on February 3, 2012 against Edison "Pantera" Miranda (35-6, 30 KO's), he's going to have bad intentions on his mind. continue
By Michael Collins: British super middleweight champion George Groves (14-0, 11 KOs) expressed interest recently in trying to get a fight against former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) next year in 2013 after Groves picks up a little bit more of experience under his belt. continue
By Michael Collins: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) still feels he deserves a 50-50 split of the revenue in a possible mega fight against WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s). However, Mayweather Jr. doesn’t agree and sees Pacquiao as deserving less and won’t agree to fight him unless he’s willing to take a smaller cut of the pie. continue
By Michael Collins: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has revealed that he’s ready to make an announcement this week about who will be Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent for June 9th. As of now, there are still five candidates – Floyd Mayweather Jr., Lamont Peterson, Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, and Juan Manuel Marquez – but only one of them seems to be under any real consideration and that’s Cotto. continue
By Michael Collins: Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO’s) has shown zero interest in wanting to fight World Boxing Association (WBA) World super bantamweight champion Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KO’s) before and even after Rigondeaux made easy work of WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos in a 6th round TKO last Friday night. continue
By Michael Collins: WBA World super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KO’s) was pushed to the No.2 spot in the Ring Rankings for super bantamweight, up from his previous position of No.6. continue
Hobart, Tasmania - Australia (January 23, 2012) - Grange Global Promotions in conjunction with Main Event Television and Gary Shaw Productions present a night of world class boxing Wednesday, March 7th 2012 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania. continue
By James Slater: It seems there is a very good chance U.S fight fans will be able to see British heavyweight sensation David Price in action as soon as March. Fresh off his highly impressive 73-second destruction of the usually sturdy John McDermott, 28-year-old Price is the talk of the town. But he could soon be the talk of New York. continue
By Michael Collins: On paper, the February 18th heavyweight title fight between WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Kltschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) and challenger Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs) shapes up to be a bit of a mismatch due to the huge differences in size, experience, power and boxing skills.. continue
New York, NY (January 22, 2012) – Captain Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson kept his perfect record in tact following a one-sided six round unanimous decision over brawny veteran Shawn Rawley Wilson Saturday evening at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom. continue
By James Slater: I’m still trying to get over and forget the way limited but strong cruiserweight Denis Lebedev was able to put a serious ass whupping on one of my all-time fave fighters; James Toney. Sure, “Lights Out” had turned 43-years-old three months before the fight in Moscow, and yes he was fighting down at 200-pounds for the first time in a long time - but I was convinced the modern day legend would pull it off and bag himself a win; the most important win of his career since his 2003 thriller of a victory over another cruiserweight from Lebedv’s part of the world in Vassiliy Jirov. continue
By James Slater: Fresh off last night’s eye-catching blast-out win over the usually durable John McDermott, unbeaten 28-year-old heavyweight contender David Price is both red-hot and on the lips of many fight fans. It’s still early days for the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist who is 12-0(10) as a pro, but as good and as exciting as he’s looked thus far, it’s tough to not look ahead and wonder how far the 6’8” talent can go. continue
By James Slater: 30-year-old Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud, the reigning IBF light-heavyweight king, is unbeaten at 23-0(19) and he is currently in mid-training for his Feb. 18th fight with southpaw Spaniard Gabriel Campillo. continue
By Lewis Croft: Howard Foster deemed ‘Dirty’ Derry Matthews unfit to continue in the seventh round after suffering reoccurring problems with his nose and taking a mandatory 8 count in the 6th round of a ‘barnstormer’ against undefeated Italian and new IBO lightweight champion Emiliano Marsili. continue
New York, NY - (1/21/2011) - Earlier tonight before a sell out crowd at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom, DiBella Entertainment kicked off the 2012 season of its "Broadway Boxing" series with an exciting nine-bout card. Headlining the card was Brooklyn's undefeated NABF light welterweight champion, Gabriel "Tito" Bracero defending his title against former two-time world champion, DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in his native Liverpool, unbeaten 28-year-old heavyweight hope David Price scored a sensational, statement-making 1st-round TKO over experienced Essex man “Big Bad” John McDermott. Three times the powerful right hand of the 6’8” giant sent 31-year-old McDermott crashing to the canvas. continue
By Rey Anthony: Ciudad de Mexico – In a 105 lb. showdown between two pugilists from Mexico, Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon (11-3-0 6KO) scored a 12 round unanimous decision against Ivan “Polito” Meneses (16-10-1 9KO) at the Auditoria Plaza Contesa Friday evening January 20, 2012 the main event of the two fights that were televised in the United States via Deportes Telemundo. continue
By Michael Collins: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) took the opportunity to speak on the rumors about him having been chosen to fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao next by saying he hasn’t decided on his next fight, according to his twitter account. continue
By James Slater: Though there remains a flicker of hope from fight fans that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight will still happen, a number of news sources are reporting that it’s looking more and more likely that Pac-Man will fight Miguel Cotto next instead, in a rematch. continue
By Michael Collins: Bob Arum has made it known that if Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants to fight Manny Pacquiao in May, he’s going to have to back off his demand for a better than 50-50 purse split with the Filipino fighter. continue
By Michael Collins: Former 2008 Olympian super heavyweight bronze medalist for Britain David Price (12-0, 10 KO’s) did what was expected of him on Saturday night in defeating John McDermott (26-8, 17 KO’s) by a 1st round TKO in the British heavyweight title eliminator but in Liverpool, England. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Ricky Hatton wants to see former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan succeed with his career, which is why Hatton is advising the 24-year-old Khan to steer clear of Floyd Mayweather Jr. until Khan gets his confidence back and picks up some more experience. continue
By Michael Collins: International Boxing Federation (IBF) lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (30-3, 13 KO’s) dominated #1 ranked IBF contender Ameth Diaz (30-11, 21 KO’s) on Saturday night in a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision at the Caliseo Olympico de La Universidad de Guadalajara. continue
By Marcus Richardson: At 5’10”, Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KO’s) will be giving away a couple inches in height, three inches in reach and likely 10 to 20 pounds in weight to the 6’0” WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) in their fight next month on February 4th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. continue
Promoter Ahmet Oner is well known for promoting some of the best Cuban fighters like Yuriorkis Gamboa and Odlanier Solis. Tonight in Philadelphia Oner presents his next up and coming Cuban star in fast rising light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (8-0, 6 kos). As an amateur Barrera has beaten the likes of former world champion Chad Dawson and current World Boxing Association (WBA) titlist Beibut Shumenov. With only eight pro-fights the hard-hitting 29-year-old has earned himself the #9 spot in the WBA ratings and is very likely to fight for his first professional world title soon. continue
By James Slater: Believe it or not (probably not, seeing as there is practically no chance of it actually happening), but 51-year-old former three-weight world ruler Iran Barkley says he wants to have “one or two more fights” before he is finally ready to walk away and call it quits. continue
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - LAS VEGAS (Jan. 20, 2012) – In a night of knockdowns and stoppages on ShoBox: The New Generation, Guillermo Rigondeaux won a world title in only his ninth professional fight by knocking out the defending World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos at 1:29 of the sixth round. The co-feature resulted in a multiple knockdown thriller live on SHOWTIME® before Joel Diaz Jr. ended the contest by scoring a TKO over Guy Robb at 2:20 of round seven. In the opening bout of the night, super flyweight Matthew Villanueva TKOed Mike Ruiz Jr. at 1:04 in the seventh round from Pearl Theatre at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.
In his first title defense, Ramos never found his rhythm.
“Rico Ramos is a very good fighter,” Rigondeaux said after his world championship-capturing fight. “But I train very hard and when I train, no one can beat me.”
The quick and slick Rigondeaux scored a knockdown in the first session and threw a slew of rapid-fire power shots to end the affair but Ramos pulled through the early adversity. From there, Rigondeaux methodically controlled the pace, although both fighters seemed a bit tentative and unwilling to engage from the second through the fifth rounds.
In the sixth, Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs) bothered Ramos by holding and hitting. Joe Cortez warned Rigondeaux as Ramos (20-1, 11 KOs) recovered but Rigondeaux smelled blood in the water. continue
By Michael Collins: Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) is said to be in agreement with terms for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) for a fight that is expected to take place on June 9th in a venue still to be determined. RingTV is reporting that Cotto, 31, has agreed to the basic terms of the Pacquiao fight and the contract could be finalized this Monday. That’s also possibly when the fight will be officially announced to the boxing public. continue
By Michael Collins: WBC Diamond middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KO’s) has to beat Matthew Macklin (28-3, 19 KO’s) on March 17th to keep pressure on WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the World Boxing Council. continue
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime - By Paul Strauss: Showtime came away with a exciting triple header tonight in Vegas. For a while there at the Palm Casino Resort , it looked like the main event between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Rico Ramos might fail to measure up; although. Rigondeaux did manage to drop Rico in the first round with a straight left. Thankfully, that ended the overly cautious nature of the fight up to that point, and hinted at some real excitement. Instead, Rico went from overly cautious into a fright and flight mode.
Fans expected Rigondeaux to step things up and close the show, but he stayed cautious, and failed to pressure his obvious advantage. Neither man used much of a jab, and the overall punch count was dismal. But, Rigondeaux stuck to his plan, and although it was less than fan friendly, he knew what he needed to do. He continued to use his right jab as a range finder, and then would unleash his big left hand. Ramos cooperated by moving to his right, which was right into the southpaw's power.
The beginning of the end occurred in the sixth when Rigondeaux pressured Ramos into bent over posture to avoid the big left. Rigondeaux grabbed him with his right glove, and prevented him from moving. Then he uncorked a hard left uppercut to the body. Referee Joe Cortex stepped in with a warning for holding and hitting. Meanwhile Ramos moved back against the ropes and motioned to the back of his head to signify a foul. Clearly he was in distress. When Cortez allowed action to resume, Rigondeaux jumped all over Ramos, and forced him to back away.
Rigondeaux fired six straight lefts, mostly to the head, and then came the big shot underneath. It was another straight left to the right side of Ramos' body. He crumpled to the canvas, and the fight was over. Officially, it goes down as a sixth round kayo at 1:26 minutes of the round. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Former WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (42-4, 35 KO’s) ended his two-fight losing streak on Saturday night in stopping the inexperienced and badly over his head Omar Estrella (15-4-2, 10 KO’s) in the 6th round at the Bodega Del Boxeo, Ensenada, Baja, California, Mexico. continue
by John G. Thompson: Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KO's) won his first professional title this evening from the previously undefeated Rico "Suavecito" Ramos (20-1, 11KO's) at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on ShoBox: The New Generation. However, the undercard bout between Joel Diaz and Guy Robb certainly stole the show. continue
By Michael Collins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. is upset with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao for him changing his mind about him willing to accept less money to fight Mayweather. Last December, Pacquiao told the Manila Standard that he’d be willing to accept less money in order to make a fight with Mayweather. continue
By Michael Collins: Former IBF/WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (28-1, 22 KO’s) will be looking to get revenge next month when he faces the man who beat him last April by a 12 round decision in Victor Ortiz (29-3-2 22 KO’s). continue
Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime -By Marcus Richardson: WBA World super bantamweight interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KO’s) beat WBA World super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (20-1, 11 KO’s) by an embarrassingly easy 6th round stoppage on Friday night in a mostly dull fight at the Palms Casino Resort, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Rigondeaux, a two time Olympic gold medalist for Cuba, landed a perfect left to the body to take Ramos out on the 6th. The fight was entirely controlled by the 31-year-old Rigondeaux, who used left hand counter shots to take the fight away from Ramos.
It looked like Ramos lost his will to fight after getting knocked down by a left hand in the 1st round and countered a dozen or so times in the next couple of rounds. Ramos seemed to be afraid to pull the trigger on his punches out of fear of getting countered. He’d often throw a right hand and then fall into a clinch. It wasn’t a pretty fight to watch. The crowd booed the non-action at times and wanted the two fighters to do more than just look at each other.
Ramos looked really out of his class in this fight, both in hand speed and technical skills. Rigondeaux, who had 400 fights as an amateur star in Cuba, was like an instructor teaching boxing to a pupil pulled in off the street. It was sickeningly one-sided from start to finish. Hopefully we don't have to see Ramos again. continue
New York, NY - (1/6/2012) - At the press conference last week in New York City to announce DiBella Entertainment's HBO Championship Boxing St. Patrick's Day card at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Andy Lee, who was slated to fight in the televised co-feature bout of the evening, stated, "I want to thank Lou (DiBella - Lee's promoter) for letting me showcase myself on this show. There is nothing more I can wish for then to have this opportunity to fight at MSG on St Patrick's Day." continue
By Michael Collins: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KO’s) will be fighting Tommy Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KO’s) on February 25th at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK. continue
By Michael Collins: As the WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KO’s) has proven he’s one of the best fighters in the division in the last two years through eight title defenses. Yeah, pretty much the entire world thinks Huck deserved to lose to #1 ranked contender Denis Lebedev in December 2010, but hey, it’s Germany and when you’re the champion and fighting at home, that counts for a lot. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) will be taking a rare soft opponent in his next fight on March 3rd against Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) at the Espirt Arena in Dusseldof, Germany. continue
By Neil Goodman: There often nothing more exciting than a crossroads clash between two fighters; especially in the heavyweight division! Tomorrow night sees Price square-off against McDermott in a final eliminator, for the right to fight for the British heavyweight title. This is a classic instance of the ‘prospect’ being tested against the older veteran – the winner goes on, the loser goes home. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Have you ever heard of the 12-step program that many people use to fight addictive habits? It’s a program that guarantees that if you follow and complete all the steps, you will be cured. One of the most important ideas behind it is that without completing that very last step, success is unlikely. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 156th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features an exclusive interview with reigning WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins.
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:
• Will Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior finally fight?
• Is Bob Arum to blame for the fight not being made?
• Arthur Abraham’s stopping Pablo Ferias in the 5th round last weekend
• Where does Abraham go from here?
• Amir Khan dropping the appeal for his split decision loss against Lamont Peterson
• How has Khan’s actions since the Peterson fight affected his reputation among fans?
• Who should Bernard Hopkins fight next?
• Preview of the debut episode of HBO’s “On Freddie Roach”
• Preview of the upcoming super bantamweight title fight between Guillermo Rigondeaux and Rico Ramos
• DonYil Livingston taking a step up in class against Michael Walker this weekend
By James Slater: Yet more news has broken regarding the will-they-won’t-they Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Junior saga (groan!). As fans may have already read, Mayweather took it upon himself to call up Pac-Man on the phone yesterday, and the two superstars spoke about their would-be fight.
Apparently, Pacquiao said he can take the May 5th fight, but that he must have a 50-50 share of the purse split. This sounds reasonable enough to most fight fans (after all, the money the fight will generate will be absolutely astronomical) - but Mayweather has gone on record as saying no way; he will not agree to a 50-50 deal.
“He asked about a 50-50 split and I told him no, that can’t happen, but what can happen is you can make more money fighting me than you have made in your career,” Mayweather said on Sportscentre. “I also let him know I’m in control on my side but he needs to get on the same page as his promoter so we can make this fight happen.”
Mayweather, with his Tweeting (“Step up, Punk”) and his seemingly wanting the fight, had won over most of the media, leaving it up to Bob Arum to play the bad guy. But now, in light of Floyd balking at a 50-50 split that would likely net him close to $30 or $40 million bucks, it’s possible it will be Pacquiao - who is happy with taking just half of the purse - who will be back in favour with the experts.
Is Floyd’s ego forcing him to demand the lion’s share of the cash? Will Mayweather, if he refuses to budge (and it’s highly unlikely he will budge) be the person who prevents the mega-fight from happening?
Pacquiao, meanwhile, has said that if Mayweather does not agree, he will be forced to fight someone else; with a June 9th date being talked about. continue
By Eddie Pronishev: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) is giving IBF/WBA light welterweight champion only two or three more days to decide whether he’ll fight him again. If not, then Khan says he’s going to move on and look for another opponent to fight. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Right now the last person you’d think Amir Khan should be fighting at the end of 2012 is WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Khan was just beaten fairly convincingly by Lamont Peterson on December 10th and shown to have no ability to fight on the inside in losing a 12 round split decision. continue
by Michael Collins: Bob Arum will get the chance to use the large outdoor 40,000 seat arena he’s having built on the Las Vegas strip by putting his top money fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in there with fellow Top Rank fighter WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in a fight that reportedly will be taking place on June 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada, according to news from writer Michael Marley at examiner.com. continue
New Jersey (January 20, 2012) - A date has been set for the highly anticipated WBC world championship fight between, Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) and Japan's undefeated WBC bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 Kos). The showdown will take place on April 6, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. On the line will be Yamanaka's World Boxing Council (WBC) Bantamweight title. continue
By Michael Collins: Kelly Pavlik was really slathering on the compliments for Amir Khan recently by saying he thinks Khan’s got what it takes to beat undefeated WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to an interview at esnewsreporting.com. Pavlik likes Khan’s hand speed and thinks that, along with his height, it would be enough possibly for Khan to be the first to beat Mayweather. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten super-middleweight star George Groves, the reigning British and Commonwealth champ, is a level-headed person, not in the habit of talking any trash. Still, the 23-year-old is certainly thinking big with his career. continue
By Michael Collins: Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KO’s) will have all the advantages he needs to beat Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KO’s) next month with Alexander’s hometown and speed advantage in their fight on February 25th at the Scottrade Center in Saint Louis, Missouri. continue
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 19, 2012) Goossen Tutor Promotions presents a special world championship edition of ShoBox: The Next Generation featuring World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight world champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), who takes on WBA) interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs). continue
By Michael Collins: Responding to the comments Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently made about being open to fighting former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in which Mayweather said to Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole that he’d do the fight if it were at a 150lb catchweight, Martinez came out and accepted Mayweather’s offer by saying he’d like to fight him in November when he’s free. continue
By Lewis Croft: Paulie Malignaggi looks set to challenge undefeated WBA Welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko after a proposed defence against interim champion Ismael El Massoudi fell through. continue
By Michael Collins: Fightnews.com is reporting that 38-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO’s) could end up facing IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) in a fight that would take place at the Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas. continue
DANIEL PONCE DE LEON
"I trained really hard physically and mentally for this fight. Losing is not an option. I see myself winning, but I also know that my opponent has trained really hard and it's going to be a very competitive fight." continue
By Lewis Croft: Yet again the potential ‘super fight’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao has hit yet another hurdle. Years in the making, the fight we all want to see looked closer than ever after Floyd Mayweathers legal problems were put on hold. With the date set for May 5th, ‘Money’ took to social networking site, Twitter, to address the public and call out the Philippines star. “Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see.”. continue
By Michael Collins: I’m not longer even considering the remote option of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th. That’s not going to happen no matter how many times Mayweather calls Pacquiao on the phone. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum, trainer Freddie Roach and personal advisor Michael Koncz all dislike the idea of Pacquiao fighting that soon. continue
By Michael Collins: Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KO’s) will be moving up in weight next month against former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KO’s) in a fight for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight title on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Once again, the Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao rollercoaster makes yet another wild turn, with ABSCBN news reporting that Manny Pacquiao had personally spoken with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the phone, in hopes of making their fight a reality, (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/01/19/12/pacquiao-speaks-floyd-superfight). continue
By James Slater: Twice postponed, the intriguing British heavyweight match-up that is unbeaten Olympian David Price against battle hardened, experienced John McDermott goes ahead this coming Saturday night, and opinions are divided as to what will happen in the fight. continue
By James Slater: The latest word on the ongoing (and wholly annoying) Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao situation is that promoter Bob Arum has told Sports Illustrated that “if we can’t do a fight with Mayweather at the end of May, yes we will do a fight with someone else on June 9th.” continue
By James Slater: Just when it seemed the partnership that is (or was) Alexander Povetkin and Teddy Atlas was going well, it seems the pair may be on the brink of a split. So writes top scribe Ron Borges of The Sweet Science. continue
International Boxing Federation (IBF) intercontinental middleweight champion Dominik Britsch might face his mandatory challenger Benjamin Simon on March 9th in Turkey. Promoter Ahmet Oner confirmed today that a Turkish investor wants to bring the all-German middleweight affair to the city of Tekirdag. continue
Showtime’s Hall of Fame broadcaster Al Bernstein will emcee a special Fight Night Afterparty at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, following the much anticipated rematch between Andre Berto-Victor Ortiz. Bernstein and other boxing celebrities will be on hand at this event presented by Corporate Planners, Unlimited. For information on attending the party log on to www.FightNightAfterparty.com. continue
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (January 18, 2012) - Former world heavyweight champion Sergei "The White Wolf" Liakhovich is not fighting this Saturday because his scheduled opponent, "Fast" Eddie Chambers, failed in a timely fashion to notify Team Liakhovich that he was pulling out of their fight due to broken ribs, which resulted in the cancellation of their fight as well as insufficient time to find a suitable replacement for Chambers.. continue
By Michael Collins: A huge crowd is expected for the March 17th fight between Matthew Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KO’s) and unbeaten Kell Brook (26-0, 18 KO’s) at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire. The arena was set for 9000, but after 5000 tickets were sold in the first few days after the fight was announced, promoter Eddie Hearn decided to open up the rest of the arena for what could be 13,500 fans if the fight continues to sell tickets at a rapid pace. continue
By Michael Collins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. showed how badly he wants the fight with Manny Pacquiao by calling him on the phone to try and get a fight without Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum getting in the way. According to abs-cbnnews.com, Pacquiao agreed as long as he’s given a 50-50 deal. But it’s doubtful that we’ll see Mayweather-Pacquiao on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
By Michael Collins: WBO lightweight interim champion Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KO’s) must get through his defense of his title on March 10th against Paulus Moses (28-1, 19 KO’s) to get the fight that the 28-year-old Burns really wants, a bout against Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KO’s) in the summer. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Beside Mayweather Jr., Richard Schaefer, and a few others, now it seems that Oscar De La Hoya has also plugged himself directly into effort of materializing the dream match between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao this coming May. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 Ko’s) is no longer coming across as the intimidating, taunting fighter he once was in trying to land a fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) for the summer. continue
By Marcus Richardson: If Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is interested in really fouling things up for Golden Boy Promotions then he can do just that by selecting Lamont Peterson for Manny Pacquiao to fight in June rather than one of the other four options that are currently being considered for Pacquiao’s next fight. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (53-3, 49 KO’s) will be looking to add another knockout to his resume against Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) of France on March 3rd. This is kind of stay busy fight for Wladimir to relax, have fun and look to add his 50th knockout to his resume. continue
By Michael Collins: Challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KO’s) can’t afford to hang back and wait on WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) in their February 4th clash at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Last week’s 155th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with super middleweight contender Andre ‘The Matrix’ Dirrell (20-1, 14 KOs), who is coming off an impressive second round stoppage victory against Darryl Cunningham just before the new year. Dirrell spoke about his future, and also shared opinions on a variety of topics including Andre Ward’s victory against Carl Froch, his views on the whole Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao situations, Lucian Bute’s recent win against Glen Johnson, the prospects of his brother Anthony Dirrell facing Ward, the prospects of a showdown between Bute and Froch, and more! Here is what Dirrell had to say in the interview:
On how he felt about his performance in his recent second round stoppage victory against Darryl Cunningham:
“Well you know I do feel great. It was a great opportunity for me, but you know I would have loved for it to have gone a little further to find out exactly where I stood. In training camp I was working on defensive counterpunching, picking up with my jab work, and just overall I came out feeling great. So as far as I know I’m back to my old self. It’s going to take awhile to actually see that, but as far as I know I did great, I felt great, and I just can’t wait for the next one.”
Regarding how it felt to finally get back in the ring after his long absence:
“It felt good because like I said, I’ve been cleared for about a good eight months since my last fight. It was still just trying to go out there and find a TV date, find the right opponent, and just up and get everything running like it was before. So it did finally feel good when I finally got that opportunity. You can watch that fight. If you see the last fight, you can see I was a little emotional coming out towards the ring. I was feeling real good. I was amped up. The standing ovation felt great. The announcement of my name felt great. I was just really happy to be back in the ring. It just really felt good.” continue
By Michael Collins: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KO’s) was really hoping that Carl Froch would agree to fight him in the summer in a fight that would take place in Wales and make a lot of money for both Cleverly and Froch. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 20, 2012 - Former undisputed middleweight champion and 1993 Hall of Fame Inductee Marvelous Marvin Hagler will attend festivities planned for the 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend scheduled for June 7-10th in Canastota, NY. continue
Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) will celebrate a special homecoming on February 18. Fighting in Copenhagen for the first time in more than five years, the “Hardhitter” will challenge World Boxing Association (WBA) Interim Super-Middleweight Champion Brian Magee (35-4-1, 24 KOs) at Broendby Hall. “Rudy has knocked out everybody we have put in front of him,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “He has earned his world title shot and we are thrilled to bring him back to Broendby where he can count on the boisterous support of his hometown fans. Magee is incredibly tough but I am convinced that Rudy will beat him.” continue
By Michael Collins: Bob Arum will have Manny Pacquiao fight on June 9th in an outdoor arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Floyd Mayweather Jr., who will begin serving his 90-day jail term on June 1st, is apparently not in Arum's plans for Pacquiao. Arum wants to go with one of his four choices that he previously picked out for Pacquiao to fight rather than Mayweather. continue
By Michael Collins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. says his number #1 choice of an opponent for his next fight is still WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. However, that’s likely not going to happen, especially with Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum saying on Wednesday that his fighter can’t fight until the end of May at the earliest due to need to maximize revenue by having an outdoor 38,000 seat arena constructed for the fight. continue
By James Slater: Like the rest of us, former world light-welterweight king Ricky Hatton wants very much for all the silly games to end, and for Pound-for-Pound rivals Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao to get on with it and actually fight. Hatton, a fighter who enjoys a position on a small list of men to have fought both superstars, knows just how good both men are. continue
By James Slater: Former Cruiserweight turned heavyweight contender Johnathon Banks and former IBF heavyweight title challenger DaVarryl Williamson were to have met on the Dec. 10th Wladimir Klitschko-Jean Marc Mormeck card in Germany. However, as fans know, that fight fell through due to “DR. Steel Hammer” coming down with gallstones. The world title fight is now re-set for March, but the potential rumble that is Banks-Williamson will now go down as the chief support to Vitali Klitschko’s WBC title defence against Brit Dereck Chisora in Munuch on Feb. 18th.. continue
By Michael Collins: Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s), the IBF/WBA light welterweight champion, is refusing to passively accept the order from the WBA to fight an immediate rematch with Amir Khan. Peterson and his team are filing an appeal to the World Boxing Association so that they can overturn their decision. continue
By Michael Collins: In response to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum saying he wasn't sure who the representative for Floyd Mayweather Jr. so that he could start negotiations for a Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, Mayweather Jr. himself responded to Arum in a message on his twitter page telling Arum to contact Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions or Al Haymon to get the fight put together.
Mayweather said “I’m ready to fight Pacquiao [on] 5/5. Bob Arum knows the date can’t change. I have my guarantee. Call Schaefer & Al [Haymon] and stop lying to the public.”
Well at least now Arum won't have any more excuses about not knowing who the Mayweather representative is. Hopefully Arum can start working on putting the fight together and doesn't come up with another minor snag like not knowing who to even call.
It's disappointing that this was holding Arum back because if he's spinning his wheels at not knowing who to contact to start the negotiations, it would appear to give an indication that Arum might not be too interested in putting the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight together.
Oscar De La Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, said this on his twitter: “Let’s do this. Way to step up to the plate Floyd Mayweather. Let’s do it. Bob [Arum], now call Richard Schaefer. His Phone is on. You see Pac works for Bob Arum and Golden Boy works for the fighters. That’s the difference. Bob, call GBP.” continue
By Michael Collins: There are mismatches and then are really big mismatches that happen in boxing on a weekly basis. The February 18th fight between challenger Derek Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s) vs. WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitshko (43-2, 40 KO’s) is what you call a stratospheric mismatch. continue
LOS ANGELES (January 17, 2012) - Due to the fact that there was only to be partial representation of fight officials who were involved with the December 10, 2011 Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson bout at tomorrow's scheduled appeal hearing of the fight's outcome before the International Boxing Federation (IBF), Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan have decided to withdraw their appeal and focus their full attention on Amir's next fight.
Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan are pleased to have been vindicated by the World Boxing Association's (WBA) recent decision to mandate an immediate rematch and still hope that Mr. Peterson will honor earlier statements in which he asserted that he would be happy to agree to a rematch.
In that vein, Golden Boy Promotions and Team Khan would agree to a 50/50 split of worldwide revenues derived from a rematch (including those derived from the United Kingdom) should Mr. Peterson agree to participate and hope that this will be both financially and professionally satisfying to Mr. Peterson and his team. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Floyd Mayweather Jr., according to Fightnews.com, will be donating $100,000 to the Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada Affiliate in support of fighting breast cancer. The check presentation will take place Wednesday at 1PM at Mayweather’s boxing gym in Las Vegas. continue
By Michael Collins: Mustafa Ameen, the gentleman who for a short while was called the “Mystery Man,” for his presence at the Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson fight, revealed on Wednesday in an interview with the BBC Sport that he had pointed out a small error that WBA supervisor Michael Welsh made on his score sheet during the Khan-Peterson fight on December 10th in Washington, DC. continue
(Photo credit: Chris Farina/Top Rank) SAN JUAN, P.R. (January 17, 2012) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion ORLANDO “Siri” SALIDO (37-11-2, 25 KOs), from Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, México, and former WBO featherweight champion JUAN MANUEL “Juanma” LOPEZ (31-1, 28 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, took part in a news conference on Tuesday to announce their World Featherweight Championship rematch.
The news conference was attended by San Juan Mayor JORGE SANTINI and took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the Museo de Vida Silvestre.
"I am very happy to have this very important show in our city,” Santini said. “We know how good Orlando Salido is but we are also are very confident that Juanma will be at his best and will regain his world championship."
Lopez-Salido II will take place Saturday, March 10, and will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, P.R. on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) The SHOWTIME telecast will open with undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender MIKEY GARCIA (27-0, 23 KOs), from Oxnard, Calif., risking his record and rating as well as his impending world title shot in a 10-round featherweight battle against an opponent to be announced.
Here are what the fighters had to say on Tuesday: continue
By Michael Collins: Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KO’s) will try and prove that he’s still the best fighter in the featherweight division on March 10th in his rematch against WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KO’s) at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. continue
By Michael Collins: When the Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KO’s) vs. Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KO’s) fight was first signed, few boxing fans gave the 27-year-old Huck a shot at beating the former 2004 heavyweight Olympic gold medalist Povetkin. continue
By Michael Collins: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum could match Manny Pacquiao up in a second with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th if he wanted to, but Arum doesn’t want to do that he wants to have the fight make every penny it can make by waiting for an outside temporary arena is built. continue
By Michael Collins: If former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan really wants the rematch with newly crowned IBF/WBA light welterweight champ Lamont Peterson badly enough then Khan should be willing to fight Peterson in his home city of Washington, DC once again. continue
By James Slater: As fans can only guess who superstar Manny Pacquiao will face next (most seem to have pretty much given up on Pac-Man getting it on with fellow megastar Floyd Mayweather Jr, at least not in his next outing), ace trainer Freddie Roach has gone on record as saying if it’s not Mayweather next, then he’d like Pacquiao to face Tim Bradley.
Speaking with Ringtv.com, Roach said “we need some new blood in there.”
Adding that Bradley “causes a little bit of a problem,” Freddie said he’d prefer the unbeaten 140-pound champ over a Miguel Cotto rematch (the whispered choice of next foe according to the rumour mill).
“I’d rather go with Bradley, because the Cotto thing is probably going to end the same way, I think.”
Agreed. Pacquiao was given a good run for his money by Cotto in their 2009 fight, pushing Pac-Man hard for four-rounds. But then the southpaw dynamo took over and administered a beating. Who wants to see that again; especially seeing as how Cotto would have to boil down to 147, thus weakening himself?
I agree with Roach: if not Mayweather next (or Marquez, who has apparently moved on, knowing he won’t get a fourth crack at his arch-rival), then “Desert Storm” is the best name on the list Bob Arum has in his hand.
Bradley is tough, he is strong and he has fought up at welterweight, and acquitted himself well, before. The 28-year-old with the 28-0(12) record is also a rough fighter on occasion (Roach joked to Ringtv.com that Bradley has “two pretty good punches and a really good head butt.” It would be interesting to see if Bradley’s physical prowess could cause the perhaps past his best, one time 106-pounder any problems. continue
SAN JUAN, P.R. (January 17, 2012) – World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion ORLANDO “Siri” SALIDO and former WBO featherweight champion JUAN MANUEL “Juanma” LOPEZ will finally square off for their World Featherweight Championship rematch, Saturday, March 10. Their battle will be televised live from Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, P.R. on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) If the rematch is anything like their first rumble, more than palm trees will be swaying when these two warriors start throwing. The SHOWTIME telecast will open with undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender MIKEY GARCIA risking record and rating as well as his impending world title shot in a 10-round featherweight battle.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotion, Zanfer Promotions and the city of San Juan, tickets to Lopez-Salido II go on sale Today! Tuesday, January 17. Priced at $400, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, tickets can be purchased at www.tcpr.com or by phone charge by calling Ticket Center at (787) 792-5000.
“The stakes are high for the heated rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico,” said Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank. “There is no predictability in this rematch as the first fight showed.... Anything can happen!”
“SHOWTIME has made a name for itself by televising the most competitive fights in boxing,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. continue
by John Wight: Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday is occasion for both celebration and sadness. Celebration because it allows us to reflect on the huge impact he has had on the world both in and out of the ring. Sadness because it seems more than likely that he won’t be around to celebrate his 71st.
Indeed, if recent reports are to be believed, namely that he was found lying unconscious on the floor of his house soon after returning home from attending the funeral of Joe Frazier in November, Ali’s days are drawing to a close.
But what days they’ve been.
Who could have predicted when that young, gangly, loose-limbed boxer from Louisville, Kentucky took the light-heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics - a boxer whom the vast majority of sportswriters dismissed as lacking the technical know-how and power to make a significant impact as a professional – that he was about to explode onto the world stage like a hurricane unleashed, becoming not only the fastest and most beautifully aesthetic heavyweight in the history of the sport, but a thorn in the side of an establishment under which black America suffered apartheid, racism and structural injustice? Who could have guessed that this young man would become a beacon of hope to millions throughout the globe, and a cultural icon whose very name would remain an inspiration over five decades on?
At that first Liston fight in Miami in 1964 only a few insiders were aware of the anger, defiance, and political and religious consciousness bubbling away under the surface of Cassius Clay’s playful braggadocio and exuberance. continue
by James Slater: Esteemed Muhammad Ali biographer Thomas Hauser has said a number of times that Ali once told him, from the three fights of his that are most remembered, it is his shocking 8th-round KO win over the seemingly invincible George Foreman that means so much to Ali personally.
Ali told Hauser that, in his opinion, the Ali-Frazier III clash was the best in terms of giving fans sheer action and value for money, the Ali-Cleveland Williams fight was the one that saw Ali at his absolute best as a boxer, and the upset win over Foreman is the fight takes special place in Ali’s heart.
Today, as all the world knows, The Greatest hits the age of 70. My own favourite fight from the amazing career of the finest heavyweight of all-time has to be the Foreman fight. Here, in tribute to Ali’s milestone birthday, this article recalls that epic night in Africa from 1974:
Simply an unforgettable fight, Muhammad Ali Vs. George Foreman was such an incredible boxing match on so many different levels. continue
By James Slater: David Haye hasn’t gone away quite yet. Nor has “The Hayemaker” stopped training. Though the former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champ announced his retirement barely six months ago, Haye has told BBC Sport that he is in the gym every day, keeping himself in shape “in case a big fight comes.”
Haye explained how his people are “talking loosely with Vitali’s people,” and that if the fight is offered to him (or one with Wladimir, a rematch in this case) he will be ready and in shape to take it. Not only that, but Haye insists he will become heavyweight champion again if he is given the opportunity.
Vitali himself, over in London to promote his upcoming fight with Dereck Chisora, said that he and Haye are “miles away” from a deal; due to Haye “still acting like a champion with his demands.” However, Vitali is very keen (maybe even obsessed) with the idea of knocking Haye out. Haye is well aware of the reigning WBC heavyweight champion’s desire to flatten him.
“It’s down to Vitali,” Haye said. “He seems very keen to do what his brother couldn’t do and put me on the canvas and knock me out. It depends on how much he wants to put me on the canvas.”
Haye has not gone into any detail regarding what kind of a deal he would need to agree to face Vitali, but from what “Dr. Iron Fist” said, we can assume Haye is demanding certain things in said deal. In no position to call the shots, Haye seems to be content allowing his future to be settled by fate - as he said, “if it’s meant to be, it will be, if it’s not, it wasn’t.” continue
On 14th April 2012 at the Brentwood Centre Essex, former Olympic and European Champion and World title challenger Audley Harrison, makes his return to the ring when he faces the up and coming prospect Ali Adams in a 10 round Championship contest.
Audley wants redemption for his performance against David Haye, where he has been the subject of mass criticism for his performance. Audley says he wants to come back and give it one last shot, but Ali Adams is determined to close the curtain on his career.
Audley said ‘I’ve never been more disappointed in myself as I felt that night…anyone can lose, but I didn’t lose with dignity, so I was never going to retire of that performance’.
After falling off the boxing radar when slipping to that famous defeat against Haye, many of the British boxing public will be looking to see whether or not Harrison deserves one last roll of the dice with Adams providing a very stern test.
Audley said ‘I’ve been sitting on the shelf for 15 months, so I’m grateful for this opportunity…with my right arm now healed, I’ll have too much for Ali Adams. I intend to show I still have a future in the game’. continue
ST. LOUIS, MO (January 16) - On Saturday, February 25, four of boxing's most compelling athletes will begin 2012 in pivotal HBO Boxing After Dark televised battles from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. In the main event, the pride of St. Louis, Devon Alexander "The Great," squares off against Argentinean knockout artist Marcos "El Chino" Maidana as the two junior welterweight stars move up to face off in a 10-round welterweight showdown. The co-featured fight will see Adrien "The Problem" Broner make his first title defense when he puts his WBO Junior Lightweight World Title on the line against unbeaten number one rated World Boxing Organization (WBO) contender Eloy "Prince" Perez.
"The main event features two top junior welterweight stars looking to make a statement as they move up to the welterweight division," said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. "Alexander will have his hometown fans cheering him on against Maidana, who is one of the most feared punchers in the game. In the co-feature, you have two young, undefeated fighters squaring off with a flashy, fast and strong Broner taking on a hungry, motivated and relentless Perez. These are must-win fights for all four fighters and a night boxing fans won't want to miss."
"I'm extremely excited to make my welterweight debut in such a big fight," said Alexander. "Maidana is one of the best fighters in the game right now and I believe that if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. Come February 25, I win this fight convincingly."
"I'm excited to be preparing myself to fight back in the United States against an elite opponent like Alexander on Feb. 25," said Maidana. "It's a great opportunity to prove myself and I won't let it go. I know it's a tough fight, but I love big challenges, especially in a new weight division. As always, I promise all the fans another war in the ring." continue
By Michael Collins: With his attempts at negotiating a fight with former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye going nowhere, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO's) decided to bail and take a stay busy fight against #15 WBC ranked fringe contender Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO's) on February 18th in Munich, Germany. continue
By Michael Collins: Amir Khan and Golden Boy promotions decided to cancel their appeal to the IBF on Tuesday, stating it would be pointless for it to move forward without two of the key players - referee Joe Cooper and WBA supervisor Michael Welsh - not being present during the hearing for questions. continue
By Michael Collins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. was supposed to have made an announcement about his opponent for his next fight this past week but he's purposely been waiting to see if he can the guy he wants WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao to step and take the fight on May 5th. Mayweather may have to give up soon, though, and pick his Plan B opponent, likely WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez, because Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum seems to have something holding him back from making the fight. continue
By James Slater: One of the toughest, most consistently thrilling warriors in the sport today, Mexico’s four-weight “world” champion Jorge Arce gets what looks like an easy fight for once next month.
Scheduled to face 41-year-old Brazilian Giovanni Andrade in Durango on Feb. 18th, Arce will defend his WBO bantamweight title.
Heaven knows, Arce - who has been to war with the likes of Cristian Mijares, Vic Darchinyan, Simphiwe Nongqayi and Wilfredo Vazquez Junior recently in his thrill-a-minute career - deserves a breather. Andrade, a pro since 1993, has been largely inactive since 2009 (just three fights since Nov. 2009) and he has suffered a number of recent defeats when he has been in the ring.
KO’d nine times in his 13 defeats (with 62 wins), Andrade will, in my opinion, do very well to last more than a few rounds against Arce, 59-6-2(45).
In fact, it’s a mystery as to why the WBO has sanctioned this fight as a title clash.
Arce wants bigger fights, and he also deserves them.
There will be nothing Andrade can do to stop the lollipop-sucking tough guy moving on to the fights he wants with the likes of Nonito Donaire or Wilfredo Vazquez Jr (in a rematch of their May 2011 classic). continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko came face to face with British challenger Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora, ahead of their world title clash on the 18th February in Munich, LIVE on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
The two heavyweights met alongside BoxNation’s designated mediator John Rawling for an HBO style ‘Face Off’, in which the war-of-words between the two really began to fly.
Watch what happened here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvJifCCqVMk
The heated discussion lead Chisora to claim that the Klitschko brothers are ruining heavyweight boxing and that he will knock the champion out in the eighth round. This in turn lead Klitschko to acknowledge that his trainer advised him not to fight Chisora, but he went against their advice because he wants to challenge himself against the most dangerous opponents in the heavyweight division, before getting angry that Chisora suggested he had been ‘juicing up’.
On the 18th February the two meet and see if they can back up their words, as Del Boy looks to do it all for Queen and Country and become Britain’s next World Heavyweight Champion. The hugely enticing contest will be shown live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
BoxNation is the first dedicated subscription boxing TV channel in the UK to bring together the biggest names in amateur, domestic and international boxing with an unbeatable schedule of matches from across the globe. continue
(Picture: Andreas Sauer) Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) believes speed will be key to defeat WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) when they clash in Stuttgart on February 25. Having made eight successful defences of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Title, Huck is ready to move up. “I want to write boxing history and become the first German heavyweight champion since Max Schmeling,” Huck said at today´s press conference in Stuttgart. “Povetkin is a very strong opponent, he has won everything as an amateur and now is the world champion. But I know I can beat him. I have trained hard. I am much faster than him.” Added his coach Ulli Wegner: “This is a very special fight that means a lot to everybody. We fancy our chances. One thing is clear, though. Marco can only win if he will be faster than Povetkin.”
Povetkin, who stopped American veteran Cedric Boswell in his first defence last month, expects a hard fight. “I have a lot of respect for Huck,” he stated. “He is fast, tough and very aggressive. I will be prepared for his speed. I will enter the ring in top shape and defend my title.”
Kalle Sauerland is convinced that the clash at the Porsche-Arena will be one to remember. “A lot of people have asked us why we match two of our best fighters against each other,” he stated. “The answer is simple: We want to make the most exciting fights out there. We owe that to the fans. Povetkin-Huck will be the most dramatic and thrilling heavyweight title clash in many, many years.”
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday and can be purchased at Team Sauerland´s webpage www.boxing-online.com. continue
By Michael Collins: With any luck, former IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KO's) could be getting another world title shot if he can get by #4 WBC ranked Vernon Paris (26-0, 15 KO's) in a International Boxing Federation light welterweight title eliminator on March 24th at the Aviator Complex in Brooklyn, New York. continue
By James Slater - BoxNation, the new channel from U.K promoter Frank Warren, really is fast becoming a must-have commodity for hardcore boxing fans. Yet more proof of this is the recent announcement of the fights the subscription channel will carry in the coming weeks.
There are three big heavyweight title fights already scheduled for this year - Vitali Klistchko-Dereck Chisora, Wladimir Klitschko-Jean Marc Mormeck and Alexander Povetkin-Marco Huck (forget the bogus “regular” belt that will be on the line, this fight will be exciting and well worth watching) - and BoxNation will exclusively televise two of them (leaving, we hope, SKY to show Wladimir-Mormeck.
Added to this, BoxNation will show the return fight between cruiserweights Steve Cunningham and Yoan Pablo Hernandez. With the Nathan Cleverly-Tommy Karpency and Ricky Burns-Paulus Moses fights also in the bag for the new channel, the need for the £10 a month subscription is clear. Simply put: fans will lose out on seeing great fights if they fail to sign on!
Talking of the Vitali-Chisora fight, the two recently took part in a fascinating Head-To-Head that went out on BoxNation. Well worth checking out, some of the highlights include: Chisora suggesting Vitali “juices up” - saying “I don’t juice myself like you, baby.” Chisora claiming he “swings both ways” and Vitali giving his pre-fight prediction “I will knock you out, six rounds at the most.” continue
By James Slater - In what should be a fun fight, heavyweights Kali Meehan and Travis Walker will meet on March 7th in Australia, where 41-year-old New Zealander Meehan is based. Set for 12-rounds, the bout will contest the IBF Pan Pacific belt. Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight title challenger Meehan (who lost a split decision against Lamon Brewster back in 2004), will likely enter the ring as the favourite, seeing how he will be fighting at home and that he has won his last three bouts. At 38-4(31), Meehan has been stopped just twice: by Danny Williams way back in 2001 and by Hasim Rahman back in 2004. But one thing 32-year-old Walker, 38-7-1(30) can do is punch. continue
By James Slater: According to promoter Bon Arum, in speaking to The Philippine Star, it took “30 minutes to get everything done.” Arum was referring to his star fighter Manny Pacquiao and he choosing the next opponent for the P-4-P king.
But, being tight-lipped, Arum will not say who it is that Pac-Man chose. Not until an official press conference set for this coming week some time. Why not? Is it because Arum knows the fans will be unhappy because the chosen next foe is not Floyd Mayweather? Maybe. But Arum has said that Mayweather “is not out of the picture.”
All Arum would say was that “Yes, he [Manny] has made the right choice.” Again, why the need for secrecy then?
It may not mean too much, but whispers coming out of The Philippines say that Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, was quoted as saying her husband has chosen Miguel Cotto as his next opponent, meaning, if true, that we will see a return of the November 2009 meeting Pac-Man and Cotto had. How will fans react if this proves to be true? Pacquiao against a guy he has already dominated and stopped, anyone? And at what weight will the reigning WBA 154-pound champ face Pacquiao at if a return happens?
Jinkee said her husband had been going though tapes and, in looking for a June opponent, picked Cotto. continue
King Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) celebrated a successful ring return on Saturday night when he knocked out Pablo Farias (19-2, 11 KOs) in the fifth round of their clash in Offenburg, Germany. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,000 fans and more than five million fans on German public TV giant ARD, Abraham punished his opponent with his trademark power punches. He knocked him down three times before the referee waved the bout off after two minutes in round five.
“It´s good to be back,” King Arthur said. “This was a good start, nothing more and nothing less. I am pleased with my performance and will keep working hard to get back to the very top. I want to be world champion again in 2012.”
Farias, the IBF´s number three, came out aggressively and was on the front foot throughout most of the fight. “It took Arthur a while to find the right distance,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “Once he had found it, we all know how hard he can punch. It was a good comeback victory.” Said Farias: “I started well but when he hit me with his power it was over. His punches are very hard.”
Promoter Kalle Sauerland believes that 2012 will be Abraham´s year. “He just knocked out the IBF´s number three in five rounds, that´s a very good start,” Sauerland stated. “King Arthur is back on track and he has great things ahead in 2012.” The victory made him the new WBO Europe Super-Middleweight Champion. continue
by Zachary Q. Daniels - The latest installment in Adam Pollack’s series on the heavyweight champions explores the career of Tommy Burns, whose contribution to boxing’s history is frequently reduced to being the fighter who lost the title to Jack Johnson. As Pollack’s excellent book makes clear, Burns had an extensive career, stretching from 1902 to 1920, including many successful title defenses. He emerges as one of the more underrated heavyweight champions.
As usual, Pollack uses first-hand local newspaper accounts to give a detailed picture of the boxing career of this largely forgotten fighter. Pollack’s review of Burns’ career begins with his early fights under his given name of Noah Brusso, starting in 1902. These early fights in Michigan are reviewed, the most significant of which occurred against more experienced contender Mike Schreck in 1903, resulting in Burns’ first loss. The next year he fought a rematch with Schreck, ending in a draw which many observers thought Burns had won.
Not long after this, in October of 1904, Burns had the first of three fights with future light-heavyweight champion “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien. In this fight, O’Brien won a 6-round decision. Later that year, Burns faced top middleweight contender Jack “Twin” Sullivan. While this fight ended in a 20-round draw, as Pollack’s research illustrates, many local observers felt that Burns deserved the decision.
Burns also engaged in a middleweight series with Hugo Kelly, the first bout ending in a 10-round draw, and the second ending in a 20-round draw. Kelly was a highly regarded middleweight contender with a claim to the title. In the first fight, the general feeling was that a draw was warranted; while in the second, most agreed that Burns deserved the nod, but for the fact that he had agreed to a draw if both were standing at the bout’s conclusion. As Pollack reports, “Burns’ stock went up with the draw decision, and he was treated as the victor.” He adds, “The Kelly fight made Burns a hot middleweight,” and there was talk of him challenging champion Tommy Ryan. continue
By Dave Cacciatore: “You throw the left hook like your slamming the door!” This was the first of many lessons given to me by Frank Jimenez. The stocky Mexican American boxing coach was not shy about telling you what your problems were in the ring or sometimes in life. He was the definition of an honest man and an honest fighter. Like so many professionals not named Mayweather or Pacquiao, Frank held down a day job during his fighting career. He sparred in backyards with truck drivers on occasion. And he fought in places like Tallahassee, Florida, Lincoln, Nebraska, and St. Paul, Minnesota. His record was not glamorous and he never had a fight on HBO or Showtime. But that is not the sum of a fighter's life, it is the class and dignity that he showed along the way. continue
By Rey Anthony: Las Vegas - All it took was one straight right to the jaw of Esteban Almaraz (10-5-0 4KO) at around the halfway mark of the first round of this welterweight showdown at the Hard Rock hotel and casino for prospect Yordenis Ugas (11-0-0 5KO) to dictate the pace of the fight and stay undefeated in his professional career.
The fight took place as an undercard for the Teon Kennedy and Chris Martin fight last night January 13, 2012 that was also televised under ESPN’s Friday Night Fights series.
Cuban born Ugas who currently lives in Miami, Florida was a member of the national Cuban team. He is a bronze medalist in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Esteban Almaraz also happened to be a warrior by heart. He is a US Army veteran who served 1 year in Iraq.
The first couple of rounds showed Ugas being careful picking his punches. His solid jabs, right hand and one-two combination continuously gave Almaraz trouble throughout the night. It was not until the 6th round when Almaraz, probably felt the need to step up his game. His barrage of punches prompted Ugas to be on the defense that ESPN announcer Teddy Atlas described as “Too patient and too respectful.” continue
By James Slater: Tonight, before a massive and adoring crowd in Germany, former IBF middleweight ruler “King” Arthur Abraham scored a comeback win over a game but overmatched Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias. Needing a good win after his bad losses in the recent “Super Six” tourney, 31-year-old Abraham finally got his power shots home after a sluggish start tonight.
Body shots got home for Abraham in the 5th, along with some shots to the head, and the smaller, somewhat fleshy-looking Argentine crumpled to the canvas three times. The official time of the ending was 2-minutes of the 5th.
Abraham is now 33-3(27). 24-year-old Farias is now 19-2(11).
Looking slow, his timing off in the early rounds, Abraham was even backed up on occasion by the much smaller, shorter man. Farias used a lot of movement and he was giving Abraham fits at times. Letting go with bursts at times, adopting his customary high guard at others, Abraham was made to look clumsy as he attacked. His punches missing badly, the Armenian-born star just couldn’t nail his man cleanly. Until the 5th-round.
The ending came suddenly and the finish will likely make fans forget the less than impressive earlier rounds. How much has Abraham got left? A good question indeed. There has been talk of the former middleweight king getting back down to 160, in search of another crown. But can the big-for-the-super-middleweight division fighter make it that low at age 31? It’s tough to see Abraham winning a major belt at 168. continue
By Rey Anthony: Las Vegas - An action packed main event made up for last week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights’ fight card disappointment. Last night, January 13, 2012 Christopher Martin (23-1-3 6KO) squared off against Teon Kennedy (17-1-2 7KO) in front of a packed audience in a scheduled 10-round contest at the Hard Rock Hotel and casino that was promoted by Top Rank promotions.
Both fighters coming off their first professional losses in their last fights fought toe to toe up until the final bell. Kennedy, the fighter from Philadelphia appeared more aggressive and threw more punches but Chula Vista, California’s Martin threw fewer but harder and more accurate punches.
From the opening round to the 6th, No matter how hard his opponent tried to land his combinations, Martin’s defense was more solid than Kennedy’s which allowed the former to connect through the latter’s guard more effectively. Kennedy caught Martin a couple of times against the ropes and the corner only for Martin to show enough speed and slick defense to roll against his opponent’s punches.
Both fighters appeared to have slowed down during the 7th round. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Offenburg, Germany, unbeaten heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev pounded out an easy-looking, one-sided 10th-round TKO over a reluctant Michael Sprott. Winning every round with basically his left jab and his thudding right hand to the head, 30-year-old Pulev saw Sprott pulled out by his corner after the end of the 9th-round. continue
By James Slater: As all boxing fans know, former three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali turns the milestone age of 70 this coming Tuesday. There are big, no, HUGE, celebrations planned to mark the occasion. Tonight in Louisville, at The Ali Centre, a host of big names - including another heavyweight great in Lennox Lewis, and Ali’s legendary trainer, Angelo Dundee - will be in attendance for a dinner/fundraiser; while on Feb. 18th in Las Vegas, superstars from music, movies and sport will gather at The MGM Grand to raise more money for worthy causes.
Ali’s place in history, not merely sports history, is secure. His legacy will live, quite literally, forever. But in sticking to Ali’s ring achievements and debating just where “The Greatest” deserves to be ranked in the long list of boxing masters, I give here my opinion on how high Ali should be rated all-time Pound-for-Pound.
Was Ali really the greatest? Or was he just the greatest heavyweight?
See if you agree with my top-10!
1. Sugar Ray Robinson: 173-19-6(108) Incomparable. Quite simply the finest fighter in history. Robinson was a man who could do it all - fight while coming forward or backing up. He could both give and take a punch and his speed, accuracy, stamina and courage were amazing. What’s more, he displayed all the aforementioned qualities whilst fighting opposition of the highest merit. Even guys who were never champion in Robinson’s day would more than likely become so today. Hell, even the journeymen were tough! And one last point - Ray, in over two hundred pro bouts, was never legitimately KO’d. continue
By Pepe Rodriguez: The Coahuila puncher, Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio, knows that Chavez Jr. is a dangerous fighter, but said: "I will face the best version of the legend's son, in his last fights he has shown great advances against major rivals, but I have the punch to knock him out, so I don´t want to risk with the judges, I'll go for the Knock out”. continue
Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers suffered displaced fractures of his left anterior ninth and tenth ribs in training and, therefore, has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled 10-round bout with Sergei Liakhovich on the inaugural NBC Sports Network's Fight Night card from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA on January 21st. . continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: With the way the media has been covering the potential of a Mayweather Jr. vs. Pacquiao fight actually coming to fruition, got many people thinking of what this could really mean in terms of significance in boxing history. continue
By James Slater: Tonight at York Hall in London, heavyweights Sam Sexton and Larry Olubamiwo met in a crossroads clash that had much at stake for both fighters. Both men were coming back from a significant amount of time out of action, and after nearly five completed rounds it was 27-year-old Sexton who got the win - but only in unsatisfactory but also unavoidable fashion. continue
By James Slater: As fans have surely read by now, the WBA has just ordered an “immediate rematch” between former IBF and WBA 140-pound champ Amir Khan and current two belt king Lamont Peterson. Of course, this does not mean the fight will definitely happen - the IBF have not ordered a return and Peterson could always opt to give up his WBA strap anyway and pursue another fight.
In fact, this is just what Khan fears; as he explained to Sky Sports News a while ago:
“I think Lamont Peterson knows he will get beat again so he wants to give up the title and go and chase the money,” Khan said. “Does Manny Pacquiao really want to fight someone who he’s easily going to beat? Freddie Roach would really prefer me to fight Peterson again. I think he knows he lost the last fight, and he knows he’ll lose if we meet again. I know if we meet again it won’t go the distance, I’ll knock him out.”
Peterson IS still in the running to face Pac-Man next, seeing as the chances of Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather getting it on this May look slimmer by the day - and who could really blame Lamont if he took such a massive fight if it were offered to him? I’d bet Khan or any other young fighter would do just the same if he were in Peterson’s shoes.
Still, Khan is hopeful of a return fight and a chance at avenging his controversial, much talked-about Dec. 10th points defeat. But Khan has made it clear the fight must be on neutral ground this time.
“I have a ten-week training camp, so I envisage the rematch to be in April or May,” Khan said. “I’ll never go back to Washington again. I’ll fight him again somewhere neutral, Vegas maybe.” continue
LOS ANGELES (January 13, 2012) - After a sound and fair analysis of the facts contained in the appeal filed by Golden Boy Promotions on behalf of Amir Khan with respect to the outcome of the December 10, 2011 World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title fight between Khan and Lamont Peterson, the WBA has ordered that an immediate rematch take place within 180 days. continue
By James Slater: Can cruiserweight champ Marco Huck, all 6’1.5” of him, compete against the heavyweight elite? We will get out first chance to find out on Feb. 25th, when the long-reigning WBO 200-pound champ goes in with “regular” WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin. continue
Frank Warren has won the right to stage George Groves’ British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Title defence against Kenny Anderson. The two fighters still have unfinished business after their first fight in 2010, when rising star Groves recovered from the only knockdown in his career to stop the Scotsman. continue
Claiming he is not "mentally ready" to fight, Cuban light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne has withdrawn from his scheduled rematch against charismatic light heavyweight slugger Edison "Pantera" Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs), scheduled for Friday, February 3, in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. continue
By Michael Collins: Former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) is probably feeling pretty pleased right about now with the news today that the World Boxing Association has decided to order an immediate rematch between Khan and the current IBFWBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s).
This comes after Khan was beaten by Peterson on December 10th by a 12 round split decision in a fight where Khan was docked two points for pushing off. Khan and his promoters from Golden Boy filed an expensive appeal after the fight, pointing to the point deductions, which they felt was needless and scoring problems and the presence of the mystery man, Mustafa Ameen, who was seen sitting and talking with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh during the fight. Ameen should not have been permitted to sit with Welsh during the fight, says Golden Boy.
Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, told RingTV “I just received a half hour ago, a letter from the WBA on their official decision that they are going to order an immediate rematch. I think that it’s the right decision, and I hope that we can get the rematch done.”
The International Boxing Federation will be meeting next week on January 18th to render a verdict on the Khan appeal.
Khan and Schaefer were looking to have the fight result overturned to a ‘No decision.’ They didn’t get what they wanted on that end, but they did get the main they thing were asking for, which was a rematch. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: World Boxing Organization (WBO) African boxer of the year Braimah Kamoko AKA Bukom Banku makes a return to the ring on February 25 when he makes a defence of his WBO Africa Light heavyweight belt against Kenyan Hamza Wandera in Accra. continue
by Will Humphries: On 17th March Kell Brook will continue on his quest for a 2012 world title shot when he steps into the ring against Matthew Hatton. ‘The War of the Roses’ clash was greeted with a mixed reception following its announcement earlier this week however, with many fight fans disappointed in the choice of opponent for the undefeated Yorkshireman. continue
By James Slater: As fans may have read, there are currently talks underway for super-middleweights Lucian Bute and Carl Froch to meet in two fights; one in Bute’s backyard of Canada, the other in Froch’s backyard of Nottingham. continue
New York, New York, (January 13, 2012) Middleweight contender and New York City native Giovanni “EL Chico Malo” Lorenzo has heard the rumors about a proposed Andy Lee/Peter Quillin bout for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. continue
By James Slater: It has been confirmed (by STV.com) that reigning interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) lightweight king Ricky Burns will make the first defence of his crown against former WBA 135-pound boss Paulus Moses on March 10th at a venue still to be confirmed (in the U.K).
Plans for the Scot to face Anthony “Million Dollar” Crolla fell through, reportedly due to money issues. So the experienced Namibian known as “The Hitman” gets first crack at the belt Burns won by defeating Australian warrior Michael Katsidis back in November.
Talking the fight up, Burns’ manager, Alex Morrison, told STV that Moses is a tougher fight than Crolla would have been.
“He will be a dangerous opponent,” Morrison said of Moses, 28-1(19). “He has several KO’s under his belt. Crolla was on the cards but we couldn’t agree terms. I think this will be a tougher test than Crolla would have been.
“If Ricky wants to be recognized as the world’s best lightweight then he’s going to have to face tough fighters. There’s no doubt Moses is in that bracket.” continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s 155th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior, whose son Floyd Mayweather Junior is arguably viewed as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world today. Mayweather shared his opinions on a variety of topics, including the Bob Arum and Manny Pacquiao situation, potential fights for Floyd Junior against Saul Alvarez or Miguel Cotto, the upcoming rematch between Andre Berto and Victor Ortiz, Amir Khan’s upset loss against Lamont Peterson, Freddie Roach, Pacquiao-Marquez III, and more! Here are some questions and answers from that interview:
JENNA J: Alright well Floyd, the first thing first thing I got to ask you, it recently came out that your son will no longer be going to jail as originally planned on January 6. He now will be going to jail in June, which makes him open to fight on May 5. What were your thoughts when you heard this news?
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SENIOR: That was good. I mean you know, he’s doing just like a good American with what he’s doing, because hey! All it is, he’s going to pay his debt still. Whatever debt they got for him, he’s still going to pay the debt but he’s also distributing something to the state of Las Vegas. He’s doing a lot for the economy.
JENNA: Yeah there’s been a lot of talk now about who your son’s going to fight now on May 5, and one thing that seems to be very clear is—
MAYWEATHER: It’s very clear that Pacquiao is scared and is not going to fight my son! So that right there is already laid to the side. He’s not going to fight Pacquiao on the 5th—trust me!
JENNA: Now that’s a question I have for you. It seems Bob Arum actually had May 5 open as a possibility if it was Marquez, but all of a sudden when your son became available for that date it became—
MAYWEATHER: He doesn’t want it! He don’t want it! They already know that Pacquiao’s going to get his ass whopped! They already know that. It’s so plain to see a blind man can see it. continue
Scottish hero Ricky Burns will take on former world champion Paulus Moses in his homecoming fight at the Braehead Arena on Saturday 10th March, televised live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546). continue
By Michael Collins: While it seems that Top Rank promoter Bob Arum isn’t too excited about matching his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao up with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in May, Arum also doesn’t appear to want Mayweather fighting one of his guys WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto. Arum told the Manila Standard “They are not going to get him [Cotto].” continue
By Michael Collins: Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KO’s) and WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KO’s) will go at it once again this time on March 10th at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Sergio Martinez may have to wait a lot longer before he gets a shot at WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) because the talk is that Chavez Jr. will opt to fight WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) in the Summer rather than face Martinez, as the WBC is hoping he does. continue
By Michael Collins: It’s looking more and more like Bob Arum and his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao will choose to skip the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight in May for an easy fight against one of the four fighters – Timothy Bradley, Lamont Peterson, Juan Manuel Marquez and Miguel Cotto – that has been mentioned as possible opponents for the 33-year-old Pacquiao to fight. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch and IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KO’s) are still in negotiations for a two-fight deal in 2012. The first fight will take place on April the 14th, in Montreal. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KO’s) is facing one of the smaller super middleweight contenders in Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KO’s) of Argentina on Saturday night in the main event at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. continue
By Michael Collins: You can remove Robert Guerrero’s name as a possible opponent for Floyd Mayweather Jr. for his next fight on May 5th. Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions has ruled Guerrero out for that fight, saying to Dan Rafael of ESPN “It’s not going to be Guerrero.” continue
By Marcus Richardson: Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO’s) is still holding out hope that he gets picked by Bob Arum to fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO’s) next in June. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: As the Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao drama escalades, so do the various statements from the respective teams. The potential of fight has not only become one of the most anticipated and sought after, but also the most convoluted in terms of speculations and assumed lies.
The core question for why this fight has not yet happened and why it is being avoided is: who is stalling the fight? Is Bob Arum trying to hang on to his cash cow for as long as he possibly can? Is Manny Pacquiao trying to avoid Mayweather Jr. for whatever reason? Or is maybe Floyd all talk and no walk? Nobody has the real answer, and I can promise you, nobody will ever know.
Looks like the people from TMZ got in touch with Freddie Roach, and he has informed them that Manny Pacquiao could finally decide if Mayweather Jr. will be his next opponent in May within the next 48 hours (http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/11/manny-pacquiao-floyd-mayweather-fight-freddie-roach/#.Tw5KeYGz-_0). Roach also seemed to be personally hurt by Floyd calling Manny a “Punk” in his recent Tweet update: “He should look in the mirror. He’s been ducking us for 2 years,” said Roach.
On another note, according to PhilBoxcing.com (http://philboxing.com/news/story-65092.html) Manny Pacquiao and Michael Koncz both voiced the fact that it is Mayweather Jr. they hope to fight in May: “We are not ducking the fight. From a business perspective we are not going to throw away an additional $30-$40 million. Be a man (Floyd) and step up to the plate. Fight at the end of May and the fight is done.” continue
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2012) - In what was already set to be an exciting showcase of the top young talent, on the Jan. 20 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, Tom Brown, Goossen Tutor Promotions matchmaker, has added a special 8-round super featherweight attraction between two undefeated prospects Guy Robb and Joel Diaz Jr. after Brandon Gonzales pulled out of his fight against Caleb Truax due to a leg injury. The fight, which 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), is headlined by a World Championship bout between World Boxing Association (WBA) super bantamweight world champion Rico Ramos (20-0, 11 KOs), who takes on WBA interim champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs). continue
(Photo by DiBella Entertainment/Ed Diller) New York, NY - (1/11/2012) - Earlier today, before a standing-room only crowd of media at Ainsworth Prime inside Madison Square Garden, Lou DiBella officially announced his St. Patrick's Day card (Saturday, March 17th) that will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Headlining the show will be THE REAL Middleweight Champion "Maravilla" Martinez (48-2-2, 27KO's) defending his crown against top-rated Irish middleweight contender, Matthew "Mack The Knife" Macklin (28-3, 19KO's).
The card which will be aired live on HBO's "World Championship Boxing", will also feature Ireland's fellow world-rated contender, Andy Lee (27-1, 19KO's) as well as a stacked undercard of some of the New York City and tri-state area's most promising and exciting Irish fighters. The card entitled, "THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up", is promoted by DiBella Entertainment and will be shown live on HBO beginning 10PM ET/7PM PT.
Tickets are priced at $505, $355, $205, $125 and $65 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office or through Ticketmaster, at ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 745-3000. Call DiBella Entertainment at (212) 947-2577, or visit www.dbe1.com and @loudibella on Twitter for more information.
"I want to thank everyone involved who made this fight possible; HBO, Madison Square Garden, our sponsor Corona, and, of course who I believe to be two of the best middleweights in the world, Sergio Martinez and Matthew Macklin," said DiBella. continue
(Photo credit: Matchroom Sport) Kell Brook: This fight has been a long time coming but I am just so pleased that we’re going to get it on – I want to prove on March 17 that I’m the number one Welterweight in Britain. Matthew is a proven fighter and as tough as they come and the Hatton’s have done so much for boxing. But this feels like my big night and it’s a dream come true to be headlining the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield. I remember watching Johnny Nelson and Ryan Rhodes fighting in The Full Monty back in 1997, and now it’s my turn to be the big draw – I can’t wait.
Matthew Hatton: I always knew that Kell and I would fight. I’ve got nothing but respect for Kell and there’s no doubt that he’s a real talent, but I am peaking at the right time and we’ll see just how talented he is on fight night. There’s local rivalry there with the War of the Roses but for me, this is truly a fight with worldwide significance as we are two of the best Welterweights in the World. I want to prove that I am the number one Welterweight in Britain but talk is cheap and on March 17 we will have a definite answer.
Eddie Hearn: This is the sort of fight that I love to be involved in – a classic British battle between two great fighters. I fully expect this to catch the imagination of fight fans and the general public and really be something very big when we get to fight night. We talked to World champions for Kell but nothing that was put on the table excited me as much as this fight.
Ray Hatton: The fight was talked about a year ago but that was too soon. Kell is a fabulous talent but he’d been too inactive. He’s been impressive in his last fights and Sky Sports see a winner in him so the time is right now for this fight to happen. continue
By Michael Collins: Team Pacquiao are saying that a May 5th fight with unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. simply doesn't make economic sense at this point in time with Mayweather wanting the fight to take place in the 16,800 seat MGM Grand arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
By James Slater: Rewind to January 1991, and unbeaten heavyweight contender “Merciless” Ray Mercer, a 1988 Olympic gold medallist, was on his way towards becoming a pro champion. Although Mercer never quite managed to win the big one (the undisputed title), he did thrill the fans with some unforgettable action fights, and he did become the WBO heavyweight king. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 155th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. and super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell.
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. having his 90 day jail sentence pushed back until June so he can keep his May fight plans.
• Mayweather calling out Pacquiao via Twitter for a May 5th bout.
• Rumors regarding Alvarez & Guerrero. Who will Mayweather Jr. face on this May fight date.
• Bob Arum's inconsistent statements regarding Manny Pacquiao's next bout date. Does Top Rank have any interest in making Pacquiao vs. Mayweather?
• Manny Pacquiao's statement to the press that he want's Floyd Mayweather Jr next. Does Pac really want this fight or will he choose someone else?
• The return of both Jermain Taylor & Andre Dirrell. What do their bouts before the new year say about their future in boxing?
• Reports that Lucian Bute is in talks about having a 2 bout deal against Carl Froch. What would meeting Froch in the ring do for Bute's often questioned resume?
• Kelly Pavlik moving to California to begin training with Robert Garcia. Can Pavlik really recover from his outside the ring issues to have a successful return? Who will he face in the fall?
(Picture: Team Sauerland) King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) has promised to make a spectacular comeback on Saturday night when he takes on Argentinian Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany.
“I will start the year with a victory and also end the year with a victory,” the former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight Champion said at today´s final press conference. “I am determined to be world champion again in 2012.”
Ulli Wegner believes Abraham will make a winning return. “Arthur has worked hard in the preparation,” the German coaching legend said. “He will be in top shape on Saturday night. He needs to bounce back with a convincing performance.”
Meanwhile, Farias is convinced he can pull off an upset on Saturday night. “It is my dream to win the world title and defeating Abraham will be the next step on my way to the top,” he stated. “Abraham is a big fighter, but I am here to win.”
In the co-featured main event, World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) will defend his title against up-and-coming Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). “I am really looking forward to this fight,” Weber said.
“I have everything to win and nothing to lose.” Replied Stieglitz: “I will not under-estimate Weber. I am here to take care of business.” continue
By Michael Collins: WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KO's) is hoping to get a fight with former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO's) in the Summer in Wales if he can get th 34-year-old Froch to agree to the fight. Cleverly, 24, has to first get by his next challenger American Tommy Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KO's) on February 25th at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales. This will be Cleverly's third title defense of his World Boxing Organization belt, and he's expected to easily win that fight against the non-WBO ranked Karpency. continue
By Michael Collins: Manny Pacquiao might not be interested in fighting WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, but future star, WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO’s) is more than ready to face him and is waiting for the word that he’s got the fight. continue
By James Slater: Ever since the ultra-exciting, bloody and not to mention controversial 2003 battle between defending heavyweight king Lennox Lewis and challenger and current World Boxing Council (WBC) king Vitali Klitschko, there has been talk of what would have happened had a rematch taken place.
Fans to this day argue how Lewis, now long since retired, should have given Klitschko a return, seeing how he only managed a TKO win due to horrific cuts “Dr. Iron Fist” had picked up in the brawl. Lewis was behind on all three judges’ scorecards at the time of the enforced corner retirement of Klitschko (at the end of the 6th-round) and to many experts the champ look exhausted.
Vitali has ever since claimed Lewis verbally promised him a rematch, but that he soon opted to retire without granting him one. The 40-year-old was in London this week for the press conference duties his upcoming fight with Brit Dereck Chisora demanded, and he again spoke about the Lewis fight - a fight some say was the last great world heavyweight title fight.
Klitschko revealed that one person and one person alone prevented a Lewis-Klitschko II: Lewis’ mother, Violet!
“I have a dream to fight Lennox. I think about that fight often, it was my biggest one,” Vitali said. “Lennox promised to give me a rematch. He invited me to come to London to talk person to person. I came, and it was Lennox and his mum. I spoke for about 30-minutes; his mum scanned me from top to bottom. I flew back to Germany and he rang me and said he would not fight - the decision of his mum.” continue
By James Slater: Reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) light-heavyweight champ Tavoris Cloud, one of the most exciting, all-out action fighters around today, will see more action on the Feb. 18th Paul Williams-Nobuhiro Ishida card set for Corpus Christi, Texas.
Unbeaten Cloud, 23-0(19) will face former World Boxing Association (WBA) 175-pound champ Gabriel Campillo of Spain. The February card will also feature WBC #1 ranked heavyweight contender Chris Arreola in action against a TBA (with Arreola’s trainer Henry Ramirez saying his charge will face a “top name”).
The Cloud fight looks the most interesting of the three thus far (unless Arreola winds up facing a Tomasz Adamek or someone!)
30-year-old Cloud has had his share of disappointing, enforced layoffs in his career. Set to fight this past New Year’s Eve, against Zsolt Erdei, the power-punching Floridian saw the fight fall through due to an Erdei injury. Having won the IBF belt back in August of 2009, with a win over Clinton Woods, Cloud has been able to defend his crown just three times in the following two years. Wanting to be more active but seemingly having trouble getting guys to agree to fight him, Cloud will no doubt be pleased he has the 33-year-old Spaniard to rumble with.
Campillo, known as “The Handsome Man,” is a clever southpaw who has gained a lot of experience with fights in Europe. Twice going in with current WBA champ Beibut Shumenov (a close points win in fight-one, a close points loss in the return), the 33-year-old also holds wins over Lolenga Mock and Hugo Hernan Garay. Last time out, Campillo fought a rematch of a points loss to Karo Murat, picking up a draw in October of 2011. continue
British duo to clash in “War of the Roses” at Motorpoint Arena Sheffield
Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton will meet in the “War of the Roses” at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17 – live on Sky Sports.
The top two ranked Welterweights in Britain will clash in a classic Yorkshire versus Lancashire derby to lay to rest any debate on who is the best Welterweight in the land.
The bigger picture for the fight though is the chance to fight for a World title later in 2012, and Brook, who is ranked in the top ten of all the governing bodies, is delighted to be facing Hatton in this hometown blockbuster.
“This is a fight I’ve wanted for a long time and to get it at the Sheffield Arena means the world to me,” said Brook, 25. “When I first sat down with Eddie, he told me that his vision was a sell-out night at Sheffield Arena and now we’re here. It is a competitive division and we’re both trying to achieve the same goal, so I know that by putting him out of the equation, it gives me a clearer run at the title. I want people to stand up and take notice of me and these are the kind of nights that makes that happen. continue
Promoter Frank Warren has planned a big year for Welsh star Nathan Cleverly that could include a title defence at Cardiff City's ground in the summer followed by a unification showdown in September.
The World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight Champion from Cefn Fforest must first defends his title for the third time on Saturday 25th February at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena against American Tommy Karpency, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546). continue
By Michael Collins: Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KO's) is challenging former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO's) to fight him next with the winner of the fight facing one of the Klitschko brothers. Tarver, 43, is interested in facing IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, whereas Haye, 31, is hoping to get a big payday cash out fight against his brother WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Tarver wants to face Haye so one of them can move on and get that big payday against their desired Klitschko brother. I guess the loser has to make the most of whatever fights they can dig up and won't be getting the big payday. continue
On February 4th, BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546), the UK’s only dedicated boxing channel, continues its commitment to bring subscribers the very best in Championship boxing from all around the world, by showcasing Yoan Pablo Hernandez’s first defence of his newly won International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight championship against Steve Cunningham, live and exclusive from the Fraport Arena in Germany. continue
By Marcus Richardson: According to Steve Kim, lightweight contender John Molina (23-1, 19 KO’s) is a possibility for former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios’ next fight on March 3rd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. continue
By Michael Collins: Earlier today Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer informed Ringtv that the World Boxing Association has contacted him and informed him that they’re ordering an immediate rematch between IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) and Schaefer’s fighter Amir Khan (26-2, 18 Ko’s). continue
By Marcus Richardson: British challenger Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s) has the odds really stacked against him in his first and possibly his last world title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) on February 18th in Munich, Germany. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: While this is not a boxing news update or article, I feel that this is especially relevant to current boxing news surrounding Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
What I have noticed in the comments section of the many pieces on this topic, is that there is an obvious division of the fans and why they believe their favorite fighter will win the proposed dream match. I assure you, despite what some of my readers may think, I am a fanatic of neither fighter, and love to watch both of them go to work in the ring.
Still, having said that, I believe that there are many points of view that make very little sense. Right now, I would like to talk about and open up a discussion on why so many Pacquiao fans insist that because Pacquiao sent people out with a knockout, he is better and is likely to beat Mayweather Jr. in the same fashion? Does a knockout rate specify the boxing ability of any given fighter?
Many people talk about Pacquiao’s monstrous power, which I also think he has, but where is the overwhelming evidence that he is a knockout artist?
The following are knockout percentage rates of a few different fighters as per Boxrec.com:
By Michael Collins: Someone needs to tell Bob Arum that Manny Pacquiao is saying his cut is okay and he’s ready to take on WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. because Arum is still going on the belief that Pacquiao needs more time for his cut to heal. Arum is meeting with Pacquiao today in the Philippines to assist him in picking out his next opponent.
If Pacquiao really wants the Mayweather fight, then something productive should come from this meeting. If not, then you'll have to assume that Pacquiao really didn't want the Mayweather fight.
Pacquiao told Manila Standard writer Ronnie Nathanielsz “There is a possibility of fighting Mayweather in May and I’ll discuss what is best for us to do…[the cut is] fine and there’s no problem.”
Arum has an issue with the size of the MGM Grand, which is where Mayweather wants the fight to take place. The Grand only seats around 16,800 fans, and Arum wants to have a bigger arena that seats 45,000. Arum figures that $20 million will be lost if he agrees to let Pacquiao fight Mayweather at the MGM Grand rather than a larger venue.
Of course, Arum doesn’t seem to recognize that even more money will be lost if never takes the leash of Pacquiao and lets him fight Mayweather. The fight will generate huge profits on pay per view, both at home and in small theaters nationwide. Holding back on the fight just because the venue isn’t big enough is a narrow way of looking at the fight. continue
By Michael Collins: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has come up with another reason why he’s reluctant to match his fighter Manny Pacquiao, pointing out that Mayweather may not receive his boxing license to fight in Nevada by the Nevada State Athletic Commission before May 5th due to Mayweather’s criminal case.
Mayweather’s 90-day sentence was delayed until June 1st upon arguments from his attorneys that he stands to make a lot of money for his May 5th fight for himself and for Nevada.
Arum told ESPN.com “I don’t even know if Mayweather will be licensed before he serves hit time.”
It appears Arum is using the shotgun approach to excuse making for not putting his cash cow fighter Pacquiao in with Mayweather. Arum’s other excuses have to do with Pacquiao’s cut needing more time to heal. Arum feels seven months is needed for this particular cut, not the normal six months. Having seen Pacquiao’s cut, it didn’t look that bad at all compared to some of the really ones I’ve seen that healed up just fine with the customary six months.
Mayweather will almost surely have to meet with the Nevada Commission due to his conviction and criminal case. However, it’s hard to imagine that the Nevada Commission would say no to licensing a hugely popular fighter like Mayweather when he could potentially bring in millions of badly needed dollars to the Las Vegas, Nevada community for a fight against Pacquiao or anyone else for that matter. The Nevada Commission won’t shoot themselves in the foot by denying Mayweather his license. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Now that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has officially called out Manny Pacquiao on his Twitter page this very morning (http://twitter.com/floydmayweather), saying: “Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see. My Jail Sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up Punk,” and Manny Pacquiao has been verbally pushing for a Mayweather Jr. bout as well, Bob Arum’s name and any respect that he has earned over his many years in boxing promotion is on the line.
Over the past few months, it has become awfully clear that Bob Arum is directly responsible for the mega-fight not being realized. Slowly, boxing fans are starting to boycott both fighters, due to the fact that their fight, despite having all the tools needed to make it happen, is being avoided.
Arum’s name is like a shining star when it comes to this discussion, but it’s not shining in a positive light, instead, it has become, evidently, the only reason for the mess in giving the fans a fight that they have all been patiently waiting and asking for.
Now, it seems like we have finally reachd the pinnacle of the possibility and probability of their bout finally happening, as both fighters made it clear that this is the fight they want.
Mayweather Jr. fights whomever he wants, being a spectacular self promoter that he is. When Mayweather Jr. is calling out Pacquiao the way he lately did, I wholeheartedly believe that this is indeed the fight he wants to happen, and happen now. continue
By Michael Collins: Floyd Mayweather Jr’s patience with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and his loyal promoter Bob Arum has seemingly run out in judging by Mayweather’s taunting post on his twitter site today. Mayweather said this about Pacquiao: “Manny Pacquiao, I’m calling you out. Let’s fight on May 5th and give the world what they want to see. My jail sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up, Punk!”
Mayweather hasn’t had much luck in convincing the Filipino star in agreeing to the fight lately.
Just last week, Mayweather specifically had had his attorneys get 90-day jail term delayed from January 6th to June 1st, hoping to get a big multi-million dollar fight with Pacquiao on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
But instead of getting the fight, Mayweather was immediate rejected by Pacquiao’s promoter Arum, who ruled Mayweather out as a candidate for Pacquiao’s next fight. Arum said he was still going to go ahead and stick with his original plan of matching Pacquiao with one of four fighters – Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez – that he has put together for Manny. Arum’s excuse was that it was too soon for Pacquiao to fight Mayweather because Pacquiao needed more time for his cut to heal. continue
By Michael Collins: Heavyweight contender and fellow Brit Dereck Chisora thinks former IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) needs to shut up and stop complaining about his loss to Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) in the media. Khan, 25, was beaten by Peterson by a 12 round split decision on December 10th by the scores of 115-110 for Khan, 113-112 and 113-112 for Peterson.
Chisora told thesun.co.uk “Loads of fighters get robbed but it’s how you come back – that’s the most important thing. So Amir needs to shut up, put his gloves on, train hard and then go and knock that guy out in less than four rounds. I know I’m in the most dodgy, corruptest [sic] in the whole world. So if the decision goes the wrong way, just take it and jog on.”
Khan hasn’t taken the loss very well at all, blaming the defeat on the judges, referee, points being taken away for him shoving Peterson, not being given credit for a second knockdown, Peterson not being deducted points for coming in with his head, and the presence of a mystery man who sat down with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh. Taken as a whole, Khan feels he’s got enough evidence to have his loss overturned and changed to a no contest.
Khan’s promotional company Golden Boy Promotions has filed an expensive appeal to the IBF and WBA to force Peterson to not only give Khan an immediate rematch, but also to have the titles taken away from Peterson and given back to Khan by having the result changed to a no contest. Having the title stripped or Peterson forced to give Khan a rematch seems like a foolish and needless thing to do, because Peterson has few options for a similar big money fight and all he needed was space to come back on his own to a rematch instead of being pressured constantly and discredited by Khan. continue
By Michael Collins: The promoters for IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KO’s) and former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) are working to put the finishing touches on a two-fight deal between the two fighters that will see Froch traveling to Montreal, Canada to meet the 31-year-old Bute in the first fight on April 14th.
The second fight will be four months later on August 4th in Nottingham, England. Depending on how competitive and well received the initial fight is, there could be a second fight in Froch’s home town of Nottingham, England. It goes without saying that Bute gets the better deal out this compared to Froch, because the first fight is guaranteed and the second is contingent out how well the first fight goes.
Froch, 34, may need a knockout to win a fight against Bute in Canada unfortunately, because it’s often very difficult for visiting fighters to win decisions win fighting there.
Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn from Matchroom Sport told ESPN writer Dan Rafael “At the end of the day we need the second fight to be relevant and appealing.”
Froch isn’t in a power position to bargain right now because he just lost his World Boxing Council title last month to WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the finals of the Super Six tournament in a fight that was pretty much a one-sided affair from start to finish despite two very odd scores from a couple of the judges working the fight. You would be hard pressed to give Froch more than two rounds in that fight and that was against a fighter that had two fractured bones in his left hands. Ward fought with a pre-existing injury on his left hand that he suffered in training camp. continue
By Marcus Richardson: British challenger Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s) sees himself as the one to rid boxing of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) when they meet next month on February 18th. continue
By Michael Collins: Lamont Peterson's trainer Barry Hunter teed off on Amir Khan yesterday, taking issue with Khan's blaming his loss on other people instead of himself. Khan was beaten last month by a 12 round split decision in Peterson's home city in Washington, DC. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It seems that Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have chosen his next opponent for his May 5 date. Most of us had hoped that the mega fight between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao would be the very fight to take place comes May, but with Bob Arum’s evading tactics, this seems less likely.
Recently, Manny Pacquiao has stated that once Arum arrives in the Philippines, he would persuade his manager and promoter to do whatever it takes to get Mayweather Jr. in the ring.
In other words, Manny openly stated that is it indeed Mayweather Jr. that the Filipino superstar wants to face as an opponent, and not anyone else on their very underwhelming list.
Now, thesweetscience.com reports that Mayweather Jr. vs. Robert Guerrero is almost a done deal, and is close to being signed (http://thesweetscience.com/news/articles-frontpage/13901-floyd-mayyweather-robert-guerrero-almost-signed-sealedmarkarian).
This should be upsetting news for many boxing fans out there; as once again, an opponent without a grain of chance is going in against Mayweather Jr. On one hand, since just recently Arum stated that Pacquiao would not be available to fight May 5 in Las Vegas, it is understandable that Floyd looks for another opponent quickly. I guess out of the available roster, a fight against Guerrero could turn out to be fairly interesting for a few rounds. continue
By Michael Collins: Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KO’s) must a very brave fighter because he’s about to go where no fighter have ever gone and come out on the other side with a victory by taking on Devon Alexander (22-13 KO’s) in his home city of Saint Louis, Missouri on February 25th. continue
By Michael Collins: Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s) is a huge underdog in next months’ fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) on February 18th, but Chisora sees this as clear win for him over the big 6’7” Vitali. Chisora has spotted some flaws in Vitali’s game that he feels will enable him to wear down and stop the big Ukrainian by the 8th round in their fight at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. continue
By Graeme Spindel: In it's short, 27-year history, the 168 lb. weight class that sits between the more historical divisions of middleweight and light-heavyweight, lays boast to some of the most scintillation fights, performances and fighters of any weight anywhere in the world. It has seen the most iconic Brits, the best pound-for-pound Americans, and the most effective Europeans. Here we look at my chosen top half-dozen list since the SMW creation based on quality of fighter, competition and performance, as well as longevity and intangiables combined.
#1 Joe Calzaghe
Britain's Calzaghe lays boast to many impressive scalps at the weight that include former champions Chris Eubank, Robin Reid, Richie Woodhall, Charles Brewer and Byron Mitchell and reigning champions Jeff Lacy and Mikkel Kessler. A sharp-handed southpaw who landed tight left uppercuts behind spearing right jabs and frequently unleashed multi-punch combinations. Calzaghe was unblemished in his 43 fights at the weight, making 21 world title defenses and unifying all four major world titles. He proved his completeness in ability and versatility in knocking down legend Eubank, outbrawling Brewer, stopping Mitchell, outboxing Lacy and changing tactics mid-fight against two-title king Kessler. He landed more than 1,000 punches as underdog against fellow world champion Lacy, which is unheard of. There can be little doubt that Joe Calzaghe is the greatest super middleweight of all-time.
#2 Nigel Benn
Another Briton, the once-wild Benn calmed down his game after moving from middleweight to super-middleweight. He travelled to Rome, Italy for his world title chance at the weight and battered local hero Mauro Galvano to lift the crown with right hands and body shots from a bob and weave crouch, rather than the hooks and overhand swings from a standing position as was his previous trademark. continue
By James Slater: Right now, if you asked a number of boxing experts/guys who hold top positions in the sport, who is it who is stopping a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight from happening, they would tell you: Bob Arum. This is certainly the opinion of writer Dan Rafael and rival promoter Oscar De La Hoya.
Pacquiao, these Arum critics (rightly) argue, is being made to look bad by Arum; what with the “there is not enough time for Manny’s cuts to heal for him to fight on May 5th,” and “We need a bigger venue than The MGM Grand” excuses being put forth by the Top Rank boss.
Well, it seems Pacquiao has had enough and wants Mayweather next whatever.
In speaking with Eddie Alinea of Philboxing, Pac-Man said the following:
“I’ve said this over and over before and I’m saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Junior to be my next opponent and I haven‘t changed my choice despite recent developments,” Pacquiao said today. “I am meeting with my promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given preference than the four others on the list I will fight next. continue
Newly-crowned International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) is eager to get back into the ring with two-time world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). The duo will collide for the second time in four months during Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt on February 4, with Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) and Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) clashing for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title and European Light Heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) defending his title against mandatory challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs). “It is going to be an exciting night of boxing,” Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer said at today´s press conference in Frankfurt. “The three title fights promise a lot of excitement, especially the rematch between Hernandez and Cunningham. Their first fight was very dramatic. I think it´s a 50-50 fight, with Hernandez being the favourite because he is the world champion.”
Hernandez knocked down Cunningham in the first round of their meeting in October, but the American veteran recovered and fought back. After six rounds, the fight was stopped on cuts, with Hernandez ahead on the scorecards. “It was a great feeling to become world champion,” Hernandez said. “However, the ending was a bit unfortunate. I am the better fighter and I am happy to prove it again to erase any doubts. I have a lot of respect for Cunningham, he is a great fighter, very skilled and very fast, but he will not get his title back.”
German coaching legend Ulli Wegner believes the 27-year-old Cuban will be the next big thing. “Yoan Pablo is very special,” Wegner stated. “Ever since he joined me in 2005, we have had a very close relationship. He has the potential to be a huge fan favourite in Germany. Whenever we have joint public appearances, I realise how popular he is with the fans and the media. He has great things ahead.” continue
King Arthur Abraham´s hotly-anticipated ring return has electrified German boxing fans. While a crowd of 1,000 people attended Sunday´s open work-out at the Europapark Rust, all 4,000 tickets for Saturday´s fight against Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) have been sold. “I am very grateful for the support of the fans,” King Arthur (32-3, 26 KOs) said. “I will put on a great show. 2012 will be a big year for me. I want to be world champion again.” continue
By James Slater - 40-year-old Shannon Briggs, the last American fighter to hold a slice of the heavyweight title, has recovered sufficiently from his brutal and painful loss to Vitali Klitschko to the point where he is making fresh comeback plans.“The Cannon” was on the receiving end of a wicked and prolonged beating at the hands of the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king in October of 2010; the damaging loss putting him in a German hospital for a considerable amount of time. However, Briggs, in speaking with The Miami Herald, says the false reports put out after the fight were offensive.
“There were all kinds of rumours out there that I was in a coma and those were not true,” Briggs said. “ I have given my body enough time to recover and I am very proud of my conditioning since I returned to the gym. I’m 40 but thankfully, I haven’t been in many wars. The Klitschko fight was the obvious exception.”
Briggs says he is looking at a fight in either March of April, and that he is aware he will have to pace himself and see where he goes after the initial fight back. But is Briggs making a big mistake by opting to fight again?
The kind of sustained beating Briggs suffered for 12-rounds is the kind that will have left its mark. Briggs, as game as they come, may never be the same again due to what he went through in the name of pride 15-months ago. continue
By James Slater: Today at The Landmark hotel in London, WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko and his Feb. 18th challenger Dereck Chisora met, with the two further hyping their upcoming meeting. Chisora, 15-2(9) arrived in an imitation “Only Fools And Horses” three-wheel van (for those fans who are familiar with the classic U.K comedy), while “Dr. Iron Fist” pulled up in a classy silver Audi.
The champ and the challenger were all smiles as they continually (and, it must be said, somewhat strangely) shook hands, patted one another on the back and acted like old friends. Okay, it’s good to see two pros acting as such, with none of the trash-talking that has become so dull as of late, but a little bit of needle can go a long way towards shifting tickets.
Still, despite the pleasantries, “Del Boy,” dressed in a Muhammad Ali cap and T-shirt, had some interesting things to say to the beaming WBC ruler.
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: The burgeoning careers of two Ghanaian boxers have received a massive boost with their impending trip to Canada for a 4-week training camp aimed at honing their skills.
Lightweight Thomas Okaidjah Aryeetey and Light Heavyweight Charles Fianu have been invited by Canada based Angel Face Management Inc. as part of a 4-man Forleson Boxing Managemenet team to train with the HUF Gym located at 1640 Crestview Ave. Mississauga Ontario, L5G 3P9 and box competively whilst there.
To be accompanied by Forleson Boxing General Manager and Team Leader Francis Korley Botchway and trainer Daniel Ansah, the boxers are expected to depart Accra for the training trip by the end of this month based on visa acquisition success.
When in Canada, they will be staying at Canada's Best Value Inn located at 650 Evans Ave, Etobicoke, ON M8W 2W6, and be transported to and from the airport, the gym and the match by President of Angel Face Management.
"The four week training camp will include various drills and sparring within the HUF Gym and will conclude with a competitive match for the two boxers. This camp will serve as a great opportunity for both boxers to gain international experience.
"We hope to host this training camp anytime between January and May, dependant on when their visa will be granted," wrote Olga Rosa Heron, Matchmaker of Angel Face Management in their invitation letter to the two Ghanaian boxers. continue
By Rey Anthony: Hollywood, FL, USA – An exciting showdown between two super bantamweights took place at the Westin Diplomat resort Saturday evening January 7, 2012. Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-5-1 20KO) went up against Jose Rojas (18-1-1 13KO) in a scheduled 8 round contest televised on Telemundo. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: On February, 4th, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire is making his debut as a 122 pound fighter when he faces former Super Bantamweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. for the vacated WBO 122 pound title. continue
By James Slater: By the time you read this, former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik could already be in Oxnard, California with new trainer Robert Garcia. According to a news report on MFMJ.com, Pavlik will leave Youngstown behind him as he tries to put his alcohol issues behind him also.
Having parted with long-time trainer Jack Loew, “The Ghost” and his promoters Top Rank are hoping the new location will allow a fresh start. Mike Pavlik, the former champ’s dad, says his son is hoping to get a fight in April or May.
Pavlik, who spent time in rehab earlier last year, but then reportedly had another drink-driving issue where he hit a lamppost just before Christmas, has not boxed since May of 2011. Back then, in moving up to super-middleweight, Pavlik struggled to pound out a majority win over Alfonso Lopez. Still only 29-years-old, Pavlik is, on paper, young enough to be able to come again. However, a number of fans have stated that they have given up on the man who ruled the 160-pound division in 2007 and 2008.
If, and only if, Pavlik has truly beaten his alcohol demons, will the exciting puncher will have a shot at reaching the top again. Beaten, remember, by Bernard Hopkins and Sergio Gabriel Martinez only (both on points), Pavlik, 37-2(32) could conceivably win an alphabelt title under new trainer Garcia. If the hunger is still there, and if Pavlik can keep focused and get a couple of confidence-building, momentum-building wins under his belt, fans just might buy into the idea of him going in with a Robert Stieglitz, a Mikkel Kessler or maybe even a Lucian Bute. continue
By James Slater: Boxing legend, icon and global superstar Muhammad Ali turns the milestone age of 70 this month (Jan. 17th) and there are some big celebrations planned. On the big day itself, Ali will visit his hometown of Louisville, at the famous 850,00 visitors a year museum that was built there in his honour.
There will be a fund-raiser entitled “Seven Days For Seven Decades,” during which films dedicated to the life and times of Ali will be shown, Ali exhibits will be on display and there will be a dinner and after-dinner speeches.
There remain a few $1,000 tickets for the birthday dinner evening which Ali will attend - along with those members of his entourage that are still with us; Angelo Dundee among them.
Without doubt the single most important and influential athlete of the 20th Century, Ali has been battling Parkinson’s disease for over thirty years now, yet he has managed to keep going, even out-living a number of his former opponents: Joe Frazier and Sir Henry Cooper among them.
It is not known how much Ali will actually enjoy his forthcoming birthday. Unable to communicate apart from though virtual sign language with his wife Lonnie, Ali has kept his personal appearances down to a minimum in recent years. Bravely appearing before the prying cameras of the media when the need arises - such as at the funeral of former archrival “Smokin’” Joe late last year - Ali will again dominate the sports headlines in nine days time. continue
Report by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC: Edgar Sosa started with the right foot in 2012. The 'Little Giant' is back after defeating the filipino Roilo Golez by TKO in round 7 at the Polanco Forum of Mexico City. continue
By James Slater: Welsh legend Joe Calzaghe has given his doubts about his former rival Bernard Hopkins ever agreeing to face fellow Welshman and current World Boxing Organization (WBO) light-heavyweight champ Nathan Cleverly. Speaking with BBC Radio Wales yesterday, the unbeaten former 168 and 175-pound king said he doesn’t think Hopkins “has any intention of fighting Nathan.”
“Hopkins will only fight if he gets a big payday and a big name,” Calzaghe explained. “Nathan is in the early part of his career and I’m not sure you can build that fight up. He is not known in America. And Nathan, who is an up-and-coming fighter, is too dangerous for Hopkins.”
Clazaghe, who won a close, somewhat debatable split decision over B-Hop in 2008, is probably right: Hopkins will almost certainly wind up his amazing career against a more recognizable name in the U.S (with talk of Hopkins facing maybe Lucian Bute or, in a return meeting, Chad Dawson). Calzaghe suggests 24-year-old Cleverly, 23-0(11) should continue to gain experience as he grows as a fighter.
“Nathan is still very young, in the early stages of his reign, and he will keep improving as he gets more experience of world title fights.”
As fans may know, Cleverly’s next fight will be a “homecoming” affair on Feb. 25th, against the never-stopped Tommy Karpency - a fighter Calzaghe has never heard of. continue
The New Home of Boxing, BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456, Virgin Ch. 546), have added another world title fight to its exciting schedule, Robert Stieglitz's World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Super-Middleweight title defence against Henry Weber next Saturday (14th January) from Germany.
The UK's only fight dedicated subscription channel now has FIVE world title fights in the coming months all live and exclusive with more to be added:
Friday 20th January - Derry Mathews v Emiliano Marsili (IBO World Lightweight Championship)
Saturday 18th February - Vitali Klitschko v Dereck Chisora (World Boxing Council -WBC - World Heavyweight Championship)
Saturday 25th February - Nathan Cleverly v Tommy Karpency (WBO World Light-Heavyweight Championship)
Saturday 10th March - Ricky Burns (WBO World Lightweight Championship) continue
By James Slater: Yesterday evening’s SKY Sports News broadcast was practically dominated by the ongoing Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson controversy, which took a new twist when footage was revealed of a “mystery man” seen at ringside seemingly talking to and maybe even influencing official Michael Welsh.
Khan has been bitter about his upset points loss ever since Dec. 10th, and the new video evidence certainly gives the former WBA/IBF 140-pound champ a case when it comes to his demand for an instant return. The “mystery man” had no right to be where he was, talking to a scoring official, and it has only just come to light who the man actually is.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer, in speaking to SKY Sports News, had the following to say:
“His name is Mustafa Ameen and the IBF have confirmed to us his name, and they have confirmed to us that he is involved in an official capacity with the IBF,” Schaefer said, clearing up the “mystery man” issue. “However, he was not in Washington in an official IBF capacity, but the IBF asked the Washington commission to issue him a credential so that he could attend the fight.
“We have been informed today by the WBA that they will order an immediate rematch. We will get a written confirmation by next Tuesday. That means that no fighter can take an interim fight, that the next fight for Peterson would be a rematch. We hope the IBF will follow suite because that’s the least that they can do.”
So, did Ameen influence the actual scoring of the fight? Will the International Boxing Federation (IBF) go along with the WBA and also order ain instant rematch? One of the most controversial title fights of recent years, Khan-Peterson has certainly generated a lot of negativity, with many fans feeling the sport is as corrupt as ever. Hopefully, a rematch will happen and a clear, fair winner will be found. continue
By James Slater: As fans have surely read by now, superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior, who was expected to be languishing inside a jail cell by now, has had his 90-day sentence delayed. Mayweather, a huge cash draw, is expected to generate around $100 million for the struggling Las Vegas economy, and the judge who agreed to delay his sentence fully understands this.
So Mayweather, as his advisor Leonard Ellerbe is quoted as saying by Yahoo! Sports, will still be able to fight on the May 5th Mexican independence day weekend he had been looking at for months. Ellerbe said an opponent will be announced next week.
But don’t expect that opponent to be fellow megastar Manny Pacquiao!
According to articles on Yahoo! Sports and Boxing Insider, Pac-Man promoter Bob Arum is in no way keen for a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight to happen as soon as May 5th. Nor does Arum want it at as “small” an arena as The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Arum has listed a number of issues that will almost certainly prevent the fight the world wants to see from taking place on May 5th.
Arum has spoken about plans to build a special 40,000 seat arena on the Vegas strip for the fight, so as to make as much money as possible from live revenue. Arum says this arena would not possibly be ready before the end of May at the earliest. Arum also spoke about the cut Pac-Man suffered in his November fight with Juan Manuel Marquez; with Bob saying Manny may not be fully healed by May 5th. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/Showtime) INDIO, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2012) – During a weekend when SHOWTIME® is available in more than 60 million homes as a part of the premium network’s Free Preview Weekend, a pair of lightweights took full advantage by capturing minor titles – and the adoration of fight fans – with impressive, entertaining performances from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Luis Ramos Jr. won a close, 10-round unanimous decision over veteran Raymundo Beltran to take home the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fedelatin Lightweight title. In the opening bout of ShoBox: The New Generation, Omar Figueroa Jr. scored a knockout at the end of six to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Intercontinental Youth Lightweight title when Michael Perez told the doctor that he couldn’t continue before the start of the seventh.
Heading into the evening – after being on the losing side of many tight distance fights – Beltran declared, “The judges are my enemies.” Coming out of this evening’s fight, it’s doubtful that his position has changed.
Ramos (21-0, 9 KOs), of Santa Ana, Calif. and Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs), of North Hollywood, Calif. engaged in a crowd-pleasing, 10-round rumble that exemplified aggression and fortitude. The fight included swings in momentum where both fighters landed solid power shots – and demonstrated equally solid chins. But as the scores were announced, Beltran listened with disgust as Fritz Werner awarded the bout to Ramos 96-94 while James Jen Kin and Daniel Sandoval scored the contest 97-93 to make the decision unanimous.
“I was a little nervous about the decision because I knew it was a tough fight,” said Ramos. “[Beltran] was a tough fighter with a great record but I proved that I could hang in there and take punches.” continue
By Rey Anthony: Key West, FL, USA – The only televised undercard during the ESPN’s Friday Night Fights between Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (14-1-0 8 KO) and Steve Martinez (11-1-0 9 KO) ended up in a possible robbery with the former winning the scheduled 8 round fight between the two young light middle weights from New York via split decision against the latter. continue
By Rey Anthony: Key West, FL, USA – ESPN’s much awaited Friday night fights opened the year with a main event that did not live up to its hype. The scheduled 10-round super middleweight showdown televised on ESPN3 resulted in Dyah “Ali” Davis (21-2-1 9 KO) won a unanimous decision against Alfonso Lopez (22-2-0 17 KO) in front of a packed audience in Mallory square. continue
By Paul Strauss: Unfortunately for fans and ESPN announcers Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas, there wasn't much excitement at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. At least not in the ring. Joe and Teddy had plenty of time to talk about upcoming fights, past fights and college football bowls. The telecast also switched back to the studion and Bernardo Osuna for input and commentary. Primarily, Bernardo reported on yet another example of the unfairness of our justice system. continue
Floyd Mayweather is NOT properly licensed to fight in Nevada on May 5 ... despite having the judge's blessing ... and TMZ has learned state officials are demanding to speak with Floyd in person before they will allow him to fight. continue
By Marcus Richardson: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweathr Jr. caught a lucky break earlier today when his 90 day jail term was successfully delayed by his attorneys until June 1st instead of starting today. This will enable Mayeather to fight on May 5th as he had been hoping to.
However, Bob Arum, the Top Rank promoter of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, didn’t show much enthusiasm for making a fight with Mayweather and his No.1 money maker Pacquiao in May. After learning the news about Mayweather receiving a delayed jail term, Arum told Mlive.com “I don’t think it has any impact. No impact at all. Manny isn’t going to be ready to fight until summertime.”
Pacquiao suffered a cut [not a big one] over his right eye from his fight with Juan Manuel Marquez last November. However, the cut didn’t look like an especially deep one and six months is usually the amount of time a cut is needed for it to properly heal. It will be exactly six months in May from the time that Pacquiao suffered the small cut.
It doesn’t sound like Arum is very interested in making the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Previously, there was talk of Pacquiao fighting in April or May against one of the following fighters: Timothy Bradley, Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson and Juan Manuel Marquez. Arum is going to go ahead and look to match Pacquiao up with one of those guys as he had previously planned instead of put Pacquiao in with Mayweather. continue
By James Slater: Strangely enough, back when all-time great Larry Holmes was plying his trade in the late ‘70s and early-to-mid 1980s, fans and experts were complaining how the heavyweight division was on its downside; that the great fighters had pretty much all gone. Holmes himself is still angry today over the way he failed, as he puts it “to get his just due.”
Today, however, fans would give anything to see a fighter like Holmes - and the guys he fought, such as Tim Witherspoon (a great battle), Earnie Shavers, Mike Weaver, etc - in action. In fact today, fans look back at Holmes’ era as a great era indeed. Larry himself sure does, and in a recent interview with Leighton Ginn of The Desert Sun, “The Easton Assassin” spoke of how bad the heavyweight division is today - to the extent that the man on the street no longer knows who the world heavyweight champion actually is!
“The Klitschko brothers aren’t carrying it [the sport],” Holmes said. “People are asking me every day, ‘Who’s the heavyweight champion?’ I don’t know. I feel sorry for boxing today because the heavyweight division carried boxing and the middleweights carried boxing. The only thing that’s carrying boxing now is the middleweight division, and people aren’t thinking about the other weight classes.”
Holmes went on to say how he feels boxing will “come back”, but that a “rising star is needed to take over boxing.” Larry may be guilty of over exaggerating as he claims the currently bad condition of boxing (as fans know, the Klitschko brothers are huge stars in all of Europe, where not only the heavyweight division but all of boxing currently thrives) but it’s hard to argue with him when he says that his era - and that of a few years before him, when Ali and Frazier were warring - was a very special time indeed.
Larry, like a number of U.S fans, seems despondent over the fact that America no longer plays a massive role in the heavyweight division. The “rising star” Holmes years for is surely of American origin. But will America ever climb back to dominate the sport’s most important weight class the way it did for almost a hundred years? Looking around for upcoming U.S heavyweight prospects, only Seth Mitchell looks promising. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten as a pro and a highly decorated amateur boxer, 30-year-old Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev has been making noises in the heavyweight division for some time now. An immensely strong fighter who has a great engine and seemingly unlimited stamina, “The Cobra” has already beaten good, experienced fighters such as Matt Skelton (KO4), Dominick Guinn (WU8), Paolo Vidoz (WU8), Derric Rossy (TKO5) and, last time out, Travis Walker (WU12).
Pulev may not be the prettiest fighter in the world to watch, nor is he the most lethal puncher, but the 6’4,” approx 250-pounder gets the job done. So far, aside from picking up the odd cut, Pulev has shown no weaknesses. Next up for the IBF international titlist is a scheduled Jan. 14th fight with well-travelled Brit Michael Sprott, 36-17(17).
The fight is set for The Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany (according to Boxrec) and will be a 12-rounder with the IBF strap on the line.
36-year-old Sprott may have seen better days - having lost his last two, including a bout that contested a semi-final of May 2011’s “Prizefighter” tournament, when Sprott lost a decision against Tye Fields - but he gave Alexander Dimitrenko a good argument back in September and the Reading man might just test Pulev in a similar fashion. The former British and Commonwealth champ has been halted some eight times as a pro, but only good fighters have stopped him - and the last stoppage Sprott suffered was that amazing night against Audley Harrison in April of 2010, when “A-Force” actually showed his fighting heart and desire.
Pulev is no banger at 14-0(6), so aside from a wear-his-man-down type stoppage, I can’t see Sprott being halted in this one. Pulev does look too big, too strong and too fresh for the visiting fighter, however. continue
“What made Mike Tyson so special was the way that he knocked people out so savagely” – Emanuel Steward
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - With his vast wealth of knowledge, experience, and success, Emanuel Steward is undoubtedly one of the greatest trainers the sport of boxing has ever seen. Steward has trained and/or managed 41 World Champions, including former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and the reigning heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko. Steward’s success with training heavyweights for world championship fights is simply impeccable. I had the opportunity to speak with Steward in his area of expertise regarding one of the most popular and thrilling heavyweight champions of all time—“Iron” Mike Tyson. Steward has followed Tyson’s career since his days as an amateur and thus has a unique insight into the man who was once viewed as “the baddest man on the planet”. Steward shared his views on one of the most enigmatic personalities in sports history and provided opinions about his career, his legacy, and his recent induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. This is Part Two of a new series with Emanuel that will explore past champions, historical fights, mythical match-ups, great rivalries, memorable fighters, and Steward’s own personal experiences as a world class trainer.
GEOFFREY CIANI: Emanuel, Mike Tyson was recently inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame this past year and I’m wondering, when was the first time you had the opportunity to watch Mike box and what were your initial impressions of him?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Well the first time that I saw Mike Tyson actually box was in 1983 I guess. Actually I think it was the National Golden Gloves Finals and he was fighting a boxer who was on my Detroit team named Craig Payne. I definitely thought that Mike won the fight. I’d heard so much about this little guy with the great punching power and I thought he won the fight, but nevertheless they gave it to Craig Payne. Since then I had watched Mike and he has got to be in my mind one of the most amazing fighters, or characters, or personalities ever that I have experienced in my lifetime because of the unbelievable impact that he has had on boxing that pretty much in its own strange way equaled Muhammad Ali. This is weird because of arguments with a lot of the people who say he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame because he never won a big super match with a big fighter of his era. The truth of the matter is there wasn’t too much around in his era at the time when he was in his prime, anyway. You know but the impact that he had on boxing is undeniably one of the greatest. The fact fighters today are still wearing black, they didn’t used to wear black a lot and he made black popular. Black never was popular in the past. All of the fighters wanted, and the champions in particular wore white. continue
WILLIAM HILL offer odds of 4/6 that there WILL be a rematch of the fight between Amir Khan and Lamont Peterson during 2012 as the row over the fight rages on with questions being asked about a ringside ‘mystery man’ . continue
By James Slater: “Relentless” Lamon Brewster, 35-6(30) fought a vast number of great fighters and great fights as he proved himself to be a genuine great in his own right. The last man to beat the seemingly untouchable Wladimir Klitschko (TKO 5 in April of 2004), Brewster also went in with such big names as: Andrew Golota (KO1), Siarhei Liakhovich (L12 in what many experts say was the last great heavyweight battle), Kali Meehan (W12) and Robert Helenius (TKO by 8, in Brewster’s final fight).
Very kindly taking the time to speak with ESB earlier today - on subjects such as how to beat Klitschko, Mormeck’s chances at doing this and who is the best, Wladimir or Vitali - Lamon had the following things to say. Enjoy the interview:
James Slater: It’s a real pleasure to be able to speak with you, Champ! First of all; people still talk about your great win over Wladimir Klitschko, you are the last man to have beaten him. So many have failed to do the same since - how did you do it?
Lamon Brewster: Well, I built up so much endurance in the gym for that fight. The plan was to take him to the later rounds. The thing was, we’d seen the Ray Mercer fight (from June of 2002), and although he beat Mercer, I knew that if Mercer could push him back and put some pressure on him the way he did, then me, being younger [than Mercer] would be able to do the same. I knew that Wladimir wasn’t a mentally strong person. Wladimir cannot handle pressure. I went to his body every time I got close and I knew each punch was taking something from him - even if he never knew it. I made him punch when he didn’t want to; continue
by Ian Sims: Just as boxing has its fair share of glorified fighters that fans flock to in herds there’s also a number of marquee trainers in the sport that always seem to end up with a handful of the elite talent. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to TMZ (http://www.tmz.com/2012/01/05/mike-tyson-las-vegas-hotel-intruder/#.TwVsBSNSQmg), someone had recently broken into Mike Tyson’s Cosmopolitan hotel suite while Tyson was asleep, in an attempt to rob the former heavyweight world boxing champion.
Tyson and his family were in Las Vegas for the Stevie Wonder New Year’s Eve concert, and headed for the hotel after the affair. Tyson was awakened at night by light noise and a glimpse of a flashlight. The intruder was never caught, as he was able to escape before anyone realized what was happening.
Maybe the robber had a knife or a gun, but if not, and if Tyson got his hands on this person, I have very little doubt this individual would end up in the intensive care unit in a nearby hospital.
Temper is something that Tyson has been able to curb for the past few years, but when in danger, and the family’s well being is threatened, I feel the animal would come out, and Tyson would lose it instantly.
Perhaps it was a good thing that Tyson never got to the robber, for both Tyson and the trespasser. I hope that the hotel security and management is embarrassed by this, and make sure that nothing similar ever happens again, as this is a perfect way for a hotel to lose a lot of business. Imagine if Tyson was hurt in this scenario?
By James Slater: Historians call it Muhammad Ali’s peak performance; his defining, shining moment of true brilliance in a career filled with majesty. This is the Ali-Cleveland Williams fight from 1966. “Ali never danced like that again,” one writer wrote. “That version of Ali would have beaten any heavyweight in history, both before and after his prime,” a recent ESB poster wrote.
You know what? I agree with both statements!
It was just over two years into his first reign as heavyweight champion of the world when Ali, the aged 24, danced and punched his way to victory in absolutely blistering harmony against his big-hitting challenger known as “Big Cat” Williams. Ali was making his seventh defence and his speed and athleticism never looked better as he did so. Though Williams was past his best as a fighter, his decline assisted by the bullet wound he had suffered in his stomach, he was still a good contender. He could also punch extremely hard. The Ali of the 1960’s, however, was almost impossible to hit cleanly, as Williams was to painfully discover. continue
By James Slater: Reports have come out saying how promoter Bob Arum will fly to The Philippines this coming Sunday (Jan. 8th), to sit down and talk next opponent talk with superstar Manny Pacquiao. Arum, as always, says he will let Pac-Man and Pac-Man alone have the final say on who he fights next (with team members Freddie Roach, etc also having an input on the eventual decision), but it is Arum who has the short-list the fighter must choose from.
Arum has also told ESPN.com that the date of Pacquiao’s next fight is still to be determined.
“I’m not married to May 5th (the date that was pencilled in by the soon-to-be-incarcerated Floyd Mayweather, who reportedly wanted Pacquiao on that date),” Arum said. “Manny could fight on another date. If Manny’s opponent is Marquez, I’d be much more married to the date.”
May 5th will fall on Mexican Independence Day weekend, so it would be a natural for Pacquiao to fight Mexican great Marquez on that date. But who will Pac-Man choose from his list of four?
Who would the fans prefer Pac-Man fought next? continue
Andre “Son of God” Ward, received today from World Boxing Council (WBC) President, Jose Sulaiman, the green andgold championship belt that accredits him as the new WBC Super Middleweight World Champion, which won last Saturday December 17 within the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, that came to a dramatic conclusion at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Ward (25-0, 13 KOs), from Oakland, California, USA, was crowned as the new champion, after having defeated the champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds, being more faster, busier and landed cleaner, harder punches and did not allow Froch to get anything going.
A desperate Froch came on late, but the result was never in doubt as Ward prevailed by surprisingly close scores of 115-113, 115-113, 118-110.
Robert Guerrero closes in on May 5th fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.continue
January 5, 2012 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The WBC approved the Chavez-Martinez bout if both fighters win their respective bouts.
The World Boxing Council unanimously approved that the WBC middleweight champion of the world, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., should defend mandatorily against Sergio Martinez, but leaving open an opportunity for both parties to agree as both had TV dates already reserved, Chavez on February 4th and Martinez on March 15th.
As no news of any agreement was received at the WBC offices, and per virtue of February 4th being a month away and March 15th about two months away, the Board of Governors of the WBC has ruled to accept both engagements according to the rules, but with the indication that the winner and WBC champion after the 4th of February must defend mandatorily against Martinez, if he wins over Mathew Macklin, classified in the past convention by request of Mr. Lou DiBella.
The WBC offices will be waiting the requests in writing to approve the bouts.
Philadelphia, PA - When Eddie Chambers, of Philadelphia, PA, boxes Sergei Liakhovich, of Scottsdale, AZ, in the 10-round main event on Saturday evening, Jan. 21, at the Asylum Arena, he will take another step on the journey he hopes will lead him to the heavyweight championship of the world.
Chambers, 29, who moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh as a young pro in 2002, already has boxed for the IBF version of the crown. Although he was stopped in the 12th round by Wladimir Klitschko in 2010 in Germany, he now knows what he must do to get back there and win.
In the long history of Philadelphia boxing, few have challenged for boxing's richest prize. Despite its reputation as a great boxing town, only two men, Sonny Liston (below) and Joe Frazier, lived in Philadelphia when they won the world heavyweight title. Terrible Tim Witherspoon twice earned pieces (WBC, WBA) of the crown in the 1980s.
Chambers black and white
Liston lived here when he dispatched Floyd Patterson in one round in 1962 at Chicago's Comiskey Park to become Philadelphia's first world heavyweight champion.
Six years later, Frazier (below), originally from Beaufort, SC, knocked out Buster Mathis in Madison Square Garden to gain recognition as world champion. He won the undisputed belt in 1970 against Jimmy Ellis then cemented his heavyweight legacy by outpointing the comebacking Muhammad Ali over 15 rounds in 1971.
Former International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight Champion & Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-finalist King Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) returns on January 14 when he takes on Pablo Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) in Offenburg, Germany. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 31-year-old.
Q: Arthur, January is not a popular fight date for most boxers because it means that you have to train through the Christmas and the New Year festivities. What was it like for you?
AA: “I trained all the time. No matter whether it was Saturday, Sunday, Christmas or New Year´s Day – I did not miss a single training session. On the days when Ulli Wegner was not available, his assistant Georg Bramowski took care of me. I did not complain about the hard training. It´s part of an athlete’s life. It´s not that bad to skip the sweets and the good food during Christmas time.”
Q: Are you looking forward to your ring return?
AA: “Yes, very much so. That´s why it was ok for me to train so hard in the past weeks. I have not fought since May. It has really been a long break.”
Q: You have been target to a lot of criticism after your losses in the Super Six tournament. How have you dealt with it? continue
(Photo credit: Star Boxing) U.S. Olympian Demetrius Andrade headlines
Feb. 10 ESPN FNF show vs. Derek Ennis
NABO Junior Middleweight Title Fight at Mohegan Sun
BRONX, NY (January 5, 2012) -- Star Boxing will once again showcase one of the most promising boxers in the world, undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade, February 10 against rugged Philadelphian Derek "Pooh" Ennis in a 10-round bout for the vacant North American Boxing Organization ("NABO") junior middleweight title, headlining an ESPN Friday Night Fights show at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
"We're excited to be going back to beautiful Mohegan Sun for another ESPN Friday Night Fights show with Demetrius Andrade, one of the top young boxers in the world, headlining what will be a very entertaining and competitive card," Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia said. "This is going to be a breakout year for Demetrius, who will be fighting close to his family, friends and fans in Providence. Ennis is a tough Philadelphia fighter who figures to give Demetrius the toughest test of his young pro career."
"We love fight night at Mohegan Sun Arena and it's a perfect fit when there is an exciting card like this one in our building," added Thomas L. Cantone, Mohegan Sun, Vice President Sports and Entertainment.
One of the most gifted all-around boxers, Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs) has been favorably compared to a younger, heavier Floyd Mayweather, Jr. because of their similar styles, featuring lightning-quick feet and hands, superior defensive acumen and dominant victories. In Demetrius' five fights that have gone the distance, for example, he has won 30 of 34 rounds on the scorecards. continue
By Paul Strauss: In a two part ESPN feature about Rocky Graziano, Teddy Atlas offers his opinion that Rocky Graziano avoided Jake "The Raging Bull" LaMotta. Teddy explains that in his opinion, Rocky knew Jake would "take him apart". Really? Teddy's claim is doubtful. In fact, the truth is Rocky probably wasn't afraid of much of anything or anyone. You be the judge, but it would appear the facts line up against Teddy. continue
By Robert Jackson: Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko have RULED boxing’s heavyweight division for over 5 years now and it seems there are no challenges in sight to their throne(s).
Chris Arreola after a preliminary fight or 2 is gearing up for another run at the title this time against Wladimir, we all remember what happened the first time he challenged for a title against Vitali.
David Haye talked himself into a big payday fight against Wladimir and then did nothing but point out he’d broken his foot during training after a lopsided loss.
Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson put forth a lackluster effort against Vitaly, losing by decision. Well at least he didn’t get the hell beat out of him.
Tony Thompson and Eddie Chambers who were supposed to face off against each other this past November, ended up not fighting each other – both guys were earlier KO victims of Wladimir.
Sam Peter – now a journeyman, gatekeeper, officially lost to both brother’s (even though I thought he beat Wladimir the 1st time).
James Toney has nothing left but his mouth; he needs to hang them up.
Hasim Rahman – past it, his 1 punch KO over Lennox Lewis is a distant memory, most recent memories saw him losing to Wladimir in 2008 by TKO. continue
In an unprecedented turn of events, the Daniel Ponce de Leon versus Omar Estrella ten round featherweight bout is now scheduled for Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico, on Saturday, January 21st.
Originally the contest was set for Mexico City but now it will be set for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium with the full support of the Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante, the director of the Tijuana Boxing and Martial Arts Commission Juan Carlos Pelayo and the Tijuana Boxing Commissioner Alejandro "Terra" Garcia.
The Ponce de Leon-Estrella bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa and presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales' Box Latino.
"Now that I have been told that the fight will be in my hometown, my motivation has just increased by 1000%," Estrella stated minutes after the change of venue relayed to him. "To fight in my hometown in such an important fight for my career and against such a great fighter like Ponce de Leon is like a dream come true. I have been working very hard in the gym since I thought the fight was going to be in Mexico City and I knew that conditioning would be a big part of it but now that it is here, I am even more motivated to win this fight in front of my family, friends and Tijuana."
Estrella trains under the watchful eye of two-time world champion Raul "Jibaro" Perez at the Gaspar "Indio" Ortega gym in the tough neighborhood of the Zona Norte, the same neighborhood that gave birth to current World Boxing Council (WBC) 140 lbs. champ Erik "Terrible" Morales who happens to be Estrella's promoter," I want to thank Erik and the rest of Box Latino for this opportunity. I know it is a tough fight because Ponce de Leon is a good fighter but I know that I have the style to beat him and I will be ready to give the best of me in the ring." continue
By James Slater: Exciting slugger Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola, currently the #1 ranked heavyweight in the World Boxing Council (WBC) charts, is set to return to action on Feb. 18th, on the under-card of the scheduled Paul Williams-Nobuhiro Ishida bout in Atlantic City.
This is the word according to the Mexican/American’s long-time trainer Henry Ramirez, who spoke with Fighthype.com recently. There is no word yet on who 30-year-old Arreola, 34-2(29) will face, but Ramirez informed Fighthype that the opponent will be “a higher calibre than what he faced in 2011.”
Ramirez went on to say how his charge is hoping to land a crack at Ring Magazine, IBF, WBA, WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko later in the year. As fans know, Arreola has already been in with current WBC ruler Vitali - giving “Dr. Iron Fist” a decent challenge back in September of 2009 - and “The Nightmare” is arguably one of the best available challengers for “Dr. Steel Hammer.”
Arreola fought at a quite remarkable pace last year, picking up five wins as he dropped some weight. Refocused on the job in hand - namely that of winning the world title - Arreola fought from January right through to November with scarcely a break in sight. Now looking to face a top-ranked foe before hopefully getting in there with Wladimir, Arreola could face a number of guys next month.
Who would the fans like to see the approx 235-pound warrior in with so as to earn a shot at the younger Klitschko brother?
I’m sure a return with Tomasz Adamek, the only other guy to have beaten Arreola, would appeal to fans everywhere (and Adamek himself has spoken about a return with the man he out-pointed back in April of 2010). continue
By James Slater: For months now, deserving middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio has wondered aloud if he would ever get “regular” World Boxing Council (WBC) champ Julio Cesar Chavez Junior into the ring. The hard-hitting Mexican earned his shot a while ago, yet waited and waited for his go at the illustrious green belt. Yesterday, however, the official press conference for Chavez Jr Vs. Rubio (along with Wilfredo Vazquez Jr against Nonito Donaire in a super-bantamweight meeting) took place.
Rubio, unbeaten since his failed attempt at winning world middleweight king Kell Pavlik’s hard wear back in Feb. 2009, was all smiles as he posed for photos. Happy at finally getting his chance against a fighter he is sure he can beat - by KO at that - Rubio was met by a stern-faced “Son of a Legend.”
Chavez Jr, unbeaten at 44-0-1(31) has clearly been stung by the allegations Rubio hurled at him over recent months. Denying he has been ducking and dodging Rubio in any way, the 25-year-old used some scary words in explaining why he is unafraid.
“Rubio has said in the past that I would never face him,” Chavez Jr said. “But I’m here now. If I have to die in the ring, then I’ll die in the ring. I really want to win this fight!” continue
by Will Humphries: As the bell tolls for the start of 2012, Britain’s most well-known boxing star, Amir Khan, faces a make or break year. But the next twelve months are not pivotal in terms of proving his talent or class, he has long since accomplished this.
More pertinently this year Khan will either, as he desires, become a super-fight, pound for pound megastar fighter, or alternatively, fall into the all too familiar mould of the tenacious but inconsistent British boxer Stateside. His most recent loss to Lamont Peterson, regardless of its controversial nature, checked the previously surging momentum of his ascent to the zenith of contemporary boxing, a fight with Floyd Mayweather. But in rebounding from this setback and to rediscover the path to boxing greatness, Khan’s challenge is more complex and of greater scope, than avenging the Peterson defeat or overcoming any other pugilistic tests.
When Khan won his Olympic Silver medal in 2004, he returned home to a hero’s welcome. Success at the Olympics, a fan-friendly fighting style and a winning smile, Khan was the identikit British boxing star. And yet with his untimely and shocking KO at the hands of Breidis Prescott, 4 years on from his Athens glory, came a chorus of cheers and a sense of comeuppance. With his relocation to America came his tentative steps to redemption, which culminated in a courageous leap through a grueling 10th round with Marcos Maidana back to where he belonged; atop of his pedestal as a celebrated champion. A successful and emphatic victory in a unification bout with Zab Judah perpetuated his pathway to the highest echelon of boxing and after overcoming mandatory challenger Peterson it seemed 2012 would be the antithesis to the fabled apocalyptic stanza, and in fact prove to be the coronation of King Khan.
Except of course, Lamont Peterson (and referee Joe Cooper) had other ideas. And so with defeat returned the raft of criticism that Khan has battled against his entire career. His relationship with the British public and press has been more hit and miss than his recent trend of throwing flashy but haphazard combinations. But what causes this relatively frosty and spiky relationship between an elite British fighter and a population renowned for staunch and loyal support? Something is just not quite right. continue
by Frakata: After winning Showtime's Super Six Tournament, Andre Ward has become universally considered the undisputed Super Middleweight Champion of the World. The other champions of the division are WBO Champion Robert Stieglitz and IBF Champion Lucian Bute..
Sometime during the first half of 2012, Andre Ward will most likely take on Lucian Bute which is arguably the second biggest fight that can be made in boxing today. If Ward gets past Bute and obtains the IBF Championship, Ward should then move on to Sergio Martinez if he agrees to moves up to the division after he fights Mathew Macklin.
Two days before the beginning of 2012, Andre Dirrell knocked out Darryl Cunningham in a comeback fight after 21 months of inactivity. That knockout could have Dirrell picking up where he left off at the top of the division better and faster than anyone could have predicted. Dirrell should now take on one of the likes of George Groves, Glen Johnson or even perhaps Carl Froch who is coming off a one sided loss to Andre Ward, in a risky but exciting fight that would launch Dirrell to the top. Assuming he wins his next fight against a top 10 opponent with an impressive display of skill and class, which is very possible, Dirrell could be fighting the winner of Kessler vs. Stieglitz scheduled for this April for the WBO championship in a test of a fight given that Kessler lost to Andre Ward but defeated Carl Froch. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 3, 2012) - Hall of Fame promoter Don Chargin, advisor for World Boxing Association ("WBA") and International Boxing Association ("IBA") light heavyweight World champion Beibut Shumenov, has responded to a press release issued by Frank Warren Promotions that claimed Shumenov turned down a unification offer to fight World Boxing Organization ("WBO") titlist Nathan Cleverly.
The press release announced that Cleverly will be defending his WBO title February 25 against Tommy Karpency in Wales. It also claimed: An offer went to WBA title-holder Beibut Shumenov to face Cleverly, but he said he would not be ready in time - although it could happen later this year.
Back in November, Chargin reached out to Warren, after reading stories that Cleverly was interested in a unification fight against Beibut. Chargin spoke twice to Warren's matchmaker, Dean Powell, but Don didn't hear back until he received an email yesterday.
"I thought that it was strange to get an email just yesterday asking what it would take to get Beibut to come to the UK, especially where we had been talking by phone, and they never responded to our offer weeks ago for Cleverly to fight Beibut in Las Vegas," Chargin said. "The next day they announce a fight between Cleverly and Karpency? The truth of the matter is Beibut never turned down any fight against Cleverly because they didn't make an offer to us. We offered them a fight against Shumenov in Las Vegas and they never even responded to that offer, which, to me, means they turned it down. To say Beibut wouldn't be ready in time to fight Cleverly in two months is quite amusing. Beibut's been ready to unify since he first won the WBA title. I am terribly disappointed that they would make false statements like that." continue
Andy Lee (27W-1L, 19KOs), Irish Kronk middleweight star sees 2012 has the defining year of his professional career and the fearless Irishman has set his sights on winning a world title in the next 12 months.
Team Lee strongly believe their fighter has earned his place to challenge for a world title in 2012, the popular Kronk fighter is the hottest property in Irish professional boxing and in recent years has scaled the heights of world middleweight boxing to be presently positioned in the world rankings as WBC #6, WBA # 2, and WBO #1.
In March 2011, Lee ranked WBC #14 and WBA #5 signed a multi-fight promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment Inc. with the goal of developing and advancing his career aspirations. The Kronk fighter believes premier promoter Lou DiBella will progress his title ambitions and raise his stock value in boxing from being a world title contender to being a world champion in 2012.
The Irishman’s debut under the DBE promotional banner took place on March 12, 2011 and was broadcast live on HBO from the Foxwood Casino, Connecticut. The fight was an epic battle dubbed the ‘Celtic War’ against the then unbeaten world ranked Scotchman Craig McEwan (19W, 1OKOS).
The fight was a barnstormer with both fighters trading heavy leather from the opening bell. Lee relentless in his determination and courage throughout the fight caught McEwan with a devastating overhand left in the 10th round sending his opponent crashing to the canvas. Referee Steve Smogger, concerned about the health and well being of McEwan stopped the fight immediately without a count. continue
By James Slater: The country of Germany really has become THE place to see world heavyweight title fights as of late. Many of the Klitschko brothers fights have taken place in Deutschland (three of Vitali’s last four bouts, Wladimir’s last six fights), and we have also seen “regular” World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champ Alexander Povetkin win his belt in the country.
German fight fans are in for a busy schedule of heavyweight action starting on February 18th and finishing on March 3rd. First up will be the latest defence by WBC king Vitali Klitschko, who will face determined Brit Dereck Chisora in Munich. There are not too many fans or experts out there willing to give “Del Boy” much more than an outside chance, but Chisora sure made “next big thing” Robert Helenius look ordinary back on Dec. 3rd.
If that same fit and focused Chisora turns up on Feb. 18th we may have a very interesting fight on our hands. Vitali is head and shoulders above “The Nordic Nightmare” but Chisora at least proved he can cope well against a big, tall guy. Of the three upcoming heavyweight title fights set for Germany in the three weekend schedule, this match-up looks the most appealing from where I am.
The following Saturday, in Stuttgart, WBO cruiserweight ruler Marco Huck steps up in weight to tackle the aforementioned Povetkin. Huck feels he is big enough and good enough to not only beat the undefeated Russian star, but to also be able to move on and defeat Wladimir Klitschko. The Povetkin-Huck fight could well be an exciting affair, with the two “small” heavyweights being quite evenly matched in both speed and power. I can see Huck taking a hard-fought points win. Whether or not “Kap’n” Huck then goes ahead with his planned challenge of Wladimir will depend largely on what happens in Dusseldorf on March 3rd. continue
By James Slater: 25 long years ago this month, British slugger Nigel Benn turned pro. Flattening a guy named Graeme Ahmed in two-rounds in his native London, “The Dark Destroyer” was on his way towards thrilling the British, and later, American public in a number of electrifying fights.
Win or lose, Benn rarely disappointed in the action stakes.
Who can forget his amazing Oct. 1988 battle with Jamaican-born Anthony Logan? Defending his Commonwealth middleweight title for the first time, Benn almost came a cropper. Decked heavily towards the end of the 1st-round, Benn was still shaky in the 2nd. Under real fire - “Benn, floored in the 1st-round and on the receiving end of a 22-punch flurry in the 2nd, pulls out a left hook to knock out Logan,” is how Boxrec describes the action - Benn scored the first, and arguably most dramatic, desperation KO of his career.
“Benn in most dangerous when he’s hurt,” former lightweight king turned commentator Jim Watt once said of Benn. How right he was!
Known after the Logan rumble (a fight KO magazine later called a “British Hagler-Hearns”) as a vulnerable big puncher, Benn, refusing to change his style any, finally lost due to his hot-headedness. Going in with the accomplished Michael Watson in another Commonwealth title showdown, Benn punched himself out in the early rounds and was decked by a stiff jab in the 6th. Benn was embarrassed and relocated to the U.S soon after the epic that had gone down inside “The Super Tent.” continue
By James Slater: The El Paso Times is reporting that unbeaten heavyweight contender David Rodriguez, 36-0(34) is recovering from a vicious, cowardly knife attack that left him needing a hundred stitches in his face. The incident took place this past Friday in Scottsdale, Arizona. continue
Kell Brook will make his first appearance of 2012 at the Sheffield Arena on March 17.
The unbeaten Welterweight star is back from his successful debut in America and promoter Eddie Hearn was quick to secure Brook to sign for another hometown show against an opponent to be named at a press conference next week.
The 25 year-old blasted Luis Galarza away in five rounds in Atlantic City on December 17 to extend his unbeaten pro record to 26 fights. Brook will fight in the Steel City for the third time in ten months and the WBA Inter Continental champion is looking forward to the biggest show of his career so far.
“America was a great experience and a valuable one for the future, but I’m delighted to be headlining a massive show in Sheffield,” said Brook. “This is a huge night for me – the biggest show to come to Sheffield in many years and I'm ready to put in a devastating performance against a tough opponent.”
Hearn added: “Kell was a big hit in America – he performed well, charmed the fans and pundits and learnt so much in the process. Now it’s time to kick on in 2012 and when we first sat down the plan was always to aim for a big showcase fight at Sheffield Arena as soon as possible. March 17 is a massive fight for Kell Brook and for British boxing and fans can also expect a top undercard with Matchroom’s talent on display.” continue
By James Slater: Charles “Sonny” Liston had a superb year in 1960. He went through everyone in his path to secure the ranking of number one contender for the heavyweight title. Men named Cleveland Williams (in a rematch), Roy Harris, Zora Folley and Eddie Machen were the fighters unlucky enough to have faced this version of the fighter who is best known nowadays for twice losing to Muhammad Ali. And although his exact birth date is something of a mystery -meaning it is possible that, physically, Sonny may even have been slightly past his very peak by this time - there is no doubting the fact that this was the best he ever looked as a fighter. This was the best anyone ever saw of Liston - this was the year of 1960. But it is the Williams fight in particular that the article you are reading focuses on.
In their first encounter, the year before, the crowd had been treated to a quite magnificent and highly entertaining slugfest. There had been plenty of action in the three round fight. Williams hurt Sonny on a couple of occasions with his own shots before going down twice in the third round - the second knockdown bringing an end to the action. Now Cleveland had another chance against Liston. continue
By James Slater: Wish list time! If 2012 is to be a great year for boxing, a year that sees the noble art stave off a takeover in popularity by “rival” combat sport UFC and MMA, we need to see the best fight the best as much as possible. Quite simple really.
Anyway, in playing at picking and choosing, I list (in no particular order) the fights I would really love to see get made in 2012:
Yuriorkis Gamboa Vs. Brandon Rios.
These two don’t seem to like each other and the rival lightweights (Gamboa has yet to box above 127-pounds but his move to 135 is imminent) both have an electrifying, all-action style. Speed and power Vs. speed and power. This one would be a classic, I’m sure.
Andre Ward Vs. Lucian Bute.
Just who is THE best super-middleweight on the planet? If these two superb, unbeaten fighters met, we would get our answer. Quite simply the most intriguing and most important 168-pound match-up that could take place today.
Manny Pacquiao Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez IV. continue
By Michael Collins: Sergio Martinez is out as WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s next opponent. In place of the hard hitting Martinez, Chavez Jr. will be facing number #1 ranked World Boxing Council contender Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KO’s) on February 4th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
This fight is no less dangerous for Chavez Jr. than a fight against Martinez, because Rubio can punch with big power all night long. Rubio says he wants to knock Chavez Jr. and expose what a fake he is as a champion. It’s pretty clear that Rubio doesn’t have much respect for Chavez Jr. after seeing some of his fights, and like a lot of people, he sees Chavez Jr. as someone that somehow isn’t legit. This is going to be Chavez’s chance to prove that he’s the real thing because for the time in his career he’ll be facing someone that has some power and can really give some problems.
It’s going to be interesting to see how Chavez Jr. deals with the power shots from Rubio. Chavez Jr. was hit cleanly quite often in his win over Zbik last June. It’s scary to think of Rubio landing those same shots with his kind of power. I know Chavez Jr. can take a punch but there are limits of what any fighter can take when they don’t have any head movement like Chavez Jr. His trainer Freddie Roach had Chavez Jr. running around the ring a little in his recent win over Manfredo. It’s not hard to imagine that’s what Roach’s game plan will be to try and defeat Rubio. Roach teaches his fighters to move rather than to try and defend in a pocket. continue
By Michael Collins: It’s always interesting to see Bob Arum come up with excuses when his feet are held to the fire about why doesn’t he match some of his fighters such as Manny Pacquiao and/or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. against more dangerous opposition that could potentially knock them out or badly beat them.
In a recent interview at esnewsreporting.com, Arum’s excuse for not letting Pacquiao fight Sergio Martinez at a 150 pound catchweight was as follows: “I’m not interested in Sergio Martinez. Sergio Martinez should have his promoter put him on pay per view to see how he draws. The public doesn’t know who Sergio Martinez is.”
That’s pretty funny. How can the boxing public not know who Martinez is when HBO has been showing his fights for the past couple of years? How could you miss Martinez’s fights against Arum’s fighter Kelly Pavlik, where Martinez gave Pavlik a beating in taking his WBC and WBO belts last year? How about Martinez’s fight against Kermit Cintron, where Martinez got ripped off after knocking Cintron out but having Cintron argue that he was knocked down by a headbutt and not a straight left hand.
Martinez also had two exciting fights against Paul Williams, Sergiy Dzinziruk and Darren Barker and Arum is saying the boxing public doesn’t know who Martinez is? That’s a pretty lame excuse if you ask me. I’d rather Arum just say Martinez is too dangerous for Pacquiao. That would sound better rather than dumping on Martinez by claiming he’s an unknown. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) thinks he was jobbed out of his IBF and WBA light welterweight titles against Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) in their fight in Washington, DC last month, but it’s hard to see how Khan deserved to get a win in this fight.
Khan showed no ability to fight on the inside, fouled constantly and was given credit for a knockdown where he clearly shoved Peterson to the canvas with his elbow. The referee warned Khan three times about his constant shoving of Peterson before taking off his first point in the 7th. Khan failed to stop shoving and lost another point in the 12th.
The judges had to go with what they saw in the fight and with Khan’s point deductions, his constant running and has ability to fight on the inside without grabbing Peterson’s head, he didn’t deserve to win the fight.
So I don’t see any real point in Peterson giving Khan a rematch unless it’s worth it financially and Peterson can pick whatever venue he wants to fight. Khan needs to learn how to accept his defeats without finger pointing and crying about it. He seems completely in denial about how horrible he looked in that fight.
Khan didn’t clue one how to fight on the inside and he wasn’t being fouled by Peterson. It was the other way around. Khan’s excuses for shoving and pulling down on Peterson’s head were frankly pathetic. Khan said that he literally had to grab Peterson’s head and pull down on it because he kept coming in with his head. That’s a pretty lame excuse because Khan did the same fouling tactics against Zab Judah and Marcos Maidana.
So does that mean everyone is leading their heads when they fight Khan? He doesn’t deserve a rematch in my opinion and he needs to accept his loss, learn from it and try and improve. He might want to consider dumping his trainer Freddie Roach or listen to him if he’s actually teaching him anything. continue
“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” -
By Phenyo Molefe: Chisora is never divorced from varied forms of controversy, both in his personal and boxing life. He sometimes seems to oscillate between questionable lines of normally accepted human behaviour and eccentricity, however that be said, Chisora is undeniably entertaining.
After months of inactivity, he has graced us with an active and entertaining half year starting off with his bout against Tyson Fury. I take no credit from Fury for these two rising stars gave us one of the better heavyweight bouts this year. I am very impressed with the developments I have noted in Tyson Fury and the immense potential he possess, but this account is concerned with Chisora. I do hope we will bare witness to the rematch in our life times when both candidates are fighting fit. Even in defeat and at the end of a beating Chisora continues to win my respect. He is not without blame, but I find conviction in noting that his efforts were hampered by a ball of Fury, an ill advised strategy and prolonged inactivity owing to the postponed bouts with Wladimir. However he still looked dangerous and offered us moments of excitement as he summoned the energy to launch unexpected onslaughts.
In his second outing after being exorcised of his titles, Chisora came out with noted intensity, chasing to break and dominate his foe. Bobbing and weaving, hooking and mauling, it looked like a page from Joe Frazier’s finer days. Chisora fought like a man possessed, seeking solace by landing his lithium boulders in heated barrages. Robert seemed dazed by the feverish pace and persistence of that which stood before him. He found himself being consumed by Dereck’s fire and unable to mount a tangible offence. continue
By James Slater: Who are the ten best Pound-for-Pound fighters on the planet right now as we approach the first day of a new year? Back at the start of 2011, no fighter looked like toppling superstar Manny Pacquiao from the top spot, but is Pac-Man still the ultimate best?
2012 looks sure to give us some great fights, and the P-4-P rankings will endure another reshuffle as a result. But who are the ten best as we speak?
1: Floyd Mayweather Junior: Fights possible for 2012: Vs. Manny Pacquiao, winner of Victor Ortiz-Andre Berto II, Amir Khan.
2: Manny Pacquiao: Fights possible for 2012: Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (IV), Lamont Peterson, Tim Bradley, Miguel Cotto.
3: Sergio Gabriel Martinez: Fights possible for 2012: Vs. Matthew Macklin, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Andre Ward (according to a news article on Ringtv.com, where both men say they are open to a catch-weight meeting).
4: Nonito Donaire: Fights possible for 2012: Vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Junior, Jorge Arce.
5: Juan Manuel Marquez: Fights possible for 2012: Vs. Manny Pacquiao (IV), Tim Bradley, Erik Morales. continue
(Photo credit: Tom Casino/SHOWTIMEBy James Slater: The way former middleweight king Jermain Taylor tells it, he should never have moved up in weight to fight as a 168-pounder. Had “Bad Intentions” taken another route and stayed at 160-pounds, he would not have been a part of the recently concluded “Super Six” and he would not have lost to Carl Froch (non-tourney) and Arthur Abraham.
But as we know, the Arkansas man was persuaded to leave the middleweight division and his run of bad luck appeared to have finished his career. Last night, however, 33-year-old Taylor returned to winning ways for the first time in over two years. With original promoter Lou DiBella’s backing and support, the former middleweight ruler scored a rust-remover of an 8th-round TKO over tough Jessie Nicklow.
Taylor said post-fight that he feels great as a middleweight, and that he felt good in the fight last night (although he did say, not surprisingly, that he felt a little rusty). Taylor added that he will take one step at a time (he hurt his right hand in last night’s fight, which may mean a delay before his next bout), but that he will “fight anyone.”
As with any comeback of a former world champ, the long term goal for Taylor will be to become champion all over again. Today’s 160-pound division is ruled by Sergio Gabriel Martinez of Argentina, and it would take a brave fan to predict Taylor beating the southpaw. Even in his prime years, when he was beating the likes of Bernard Hopkins and Cory Spinks, Taylor would have had a tough time with the tall, hard-hitting Martinez. But Taylor, after a few more comeback wins, would perhaps have to be given a real shot against the reigning alphabelt rulers: Felix Sturm and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. the two most prominent. continue