ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature former Junior Featherweight and Junior Lightweight titlist Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) and Junior Welterweight Jesus Pabon (17-2,11 KOs) in the 10-round main event on March 2. Friday’s show will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Hollywood, Fla., and will include aerial views from the Goodyear blimp. The card is presented by Acquinity Sports.. continue
Carl Frampton is aiming to impress on his second Commonwealth super bantamweight defence as he targets big showdowns with the hottest super bantamweight stars this year. Frampton faces Ghanaian bantamweight champion Prosper Ankrah on March 17 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield live on Sky Sports 1, HD and in 3D, and his team say that another devastating performance is needed in the first clash of a three-fight plan that includes Scott Quigg, Rendall Munroe and Kiko Martinez. continue
By James Slater - “When Foreman hit me, the floor came up to meet me,” Ron Lyle, who lost a classic to Foreman and won one against Shavers.
“Shavers hit so hard he could turn horse piss into gasoline,” James Tillis, who won a decision over an ageing but still dangerous Shavers.
George Foreman and Earnie Shavers (between them scoring a whopping 137 KO’s!) never met in the glory-filled 1970s; a great era when most of the fights we wanted to see happen happened. For whatever reason (and Earnie feels it was because he was too dangerous a proposition for “Big” George) the two biggest hitters the heavyweight division ever produced (in the opinion of many experts, anyway) never rumbled. But, oh, we wish they had! continue
On Thursday 1st March, some of the biggest names in British boxing will come together to discuss what the future holds for the sport following the recent events involving Derek Chisora and David Haye. From 7.30pm on BBC Radio 5 live, Mark Chapman will present the show live from York Hall in Bethnal Green and will be joined by a panel of special guests and a studio audience. The debate will ask if the sport has been damaged as a result of Chisora’s and Haye’s actions, what place boxing has in today’s society and what, if anything needs to change.. continue
Team Sauerland regrets to inform boxing fans that the March 17 show at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn has been postponed to April 21 after WBA / WBC / WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus has been flattened by tonsillitis. While preparing for the hotly-anticipated showdown with French power-puncher Anne Sophie Mathis, the “First Lady” fell sick.. continue
By James Slater - Ask just about anybody - fight fan or fight expert - and chances are very good they will tell you this Saturday night’s world heavyweight title defence by Ring Mag, IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO king Wladimir Klitschko against Jean Marc Mormeck is one of the biggest mismatches the division has seen in many a year. Seen as just too small, too lacking in power and possibly too old and past his best at age 39, Frenchman Mormeck will be shocking the absolute world if he somehow pulls off a win in Dusseldorf.
Klitschko, pretty much at his peak at age 35, mentally anyway, says he is looking for his 50th KO, and it will be enough of an upset if “Dr. Steel Hammer” fails to collect it in three days time. But any heavyweight, no matter their age, size or perceived lack of punching power, has to be given a chance. . continue
New York, NY – Sergio Martinez, one of boxing’s brightest stars, who makes his 2012 ring debut on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) at New York’s Madison Square Garden, will be featured on the next installment of the Emmy-nominated HBO series Ring Life, which will be available on the network as well as all the digital media platforms that distribute the series. continue
Thursday nights in Rhode Island just got a lot more exciting. After successfully bringing professional boxing back to the Ocean State in 2011 following an 11-month drought, Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports is proud to announce the launch of its 2012 Thursday Night Fight Series, which begins Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at the Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., with “Home Invasion,” the first of four events this year.. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February 28, 2012) -- Boxing fans can expect many happy returns this tax season. Former world lightweight champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS and former featherweight champion YURIORKIS GAMBOA will collide in a battle of the undefeated for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight will be televised live on HBO as the main event of World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET. The telecast will open with 10-round junior welterweight collision between top-10 contenders “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO and MAURICIO HERRERA.
These four warriors boast a combined record of 100-1-1 (68 KOs) – a winning percentage of 98%. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box U.S. and AT&T, tickets priced at $250, $150, $100, $50 and $25, not including applicable service charges, go on sale This Friday! March 2 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT and will be available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). continue
2 Def Entertainment is proud to announce that lightweight boxer Carl "Chi-Town Assassin" McNickles (7-3 6 KOs) will take on Danny McDermott (9-3-2, 4 KOs) on March 17, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on a boxing card promoted by Dibella Entertainment. continue
On Wednesday, March 7, four-time New York Golden Gloves Champion, Will "Power" Rosinsky (14-1, 8KO's) will be returning to where he made his professional debut when he takes on Zane "The Train" Marks (17-6, 10KO's) in the co-feature bout on the latest installment of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing series at BB King Blues Club and Grill in midtown Manhattan. continue
by Robert Jackson: Floyd Mayweather Jr., an enigma, inside a paradox, inside a man. Arguably the best of his era, for this man emotions and the debate surrounding him run high. So what will it take for him to be beaten? Size? Strength? Speed?
First of all Mayweather who began his career at Jr lightweight stands 5’8.5” tall has a 72 inch reach from finger tip to finger tip and walks around at 150lbs+. He currently campaigns at 147lbs but for his May 5, 2012 bout will for the 2nd time move up to 154lbs to face WBA champion Miguel Cotto.
Mayweather extols as his many tools, quickness, speed, a thorough in-depth boxing mind honed since age 3, by father Floyd Mayweather Sr., under-appreciated toughness, and underrated punching power.. continue
NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2012 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns in April for its 13th boxing installment with 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO, an all-new four-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. continue
By James Slater - In what could prove to be a good, high quality learning fight, unbeaten heavyweight hope Seth Mitchell (seen by many as THE best hope when it comes to the U.S bringing a major belt back to America any time soon) will face big and experienced Chazz Witherspoon on the April 28th Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson II card set for Atlantic City in New Jersey.. continue
by Matt McGrain: To call Alexander’s fight with Marcos Maidana last Saturday night at the Scottrade Centre, Saint Louis, a “crossroads” fight would have been an understatement. There have been few falls as pronounced as Alexander’s quite lately in boxing and all for no other reason than his losing a fight which was close to fifty/fifty going in and which, for the winner, meant a place on The Ring‘s pound-for-pound top ten. As is often the case, what caused his situation to become precarious was not a loss but the manor of the loss that hurt. Like Carlos Ortiz and a hundred others before him, Alexander appeared to quit, or something very like it, in what was a near-marquee event for boxing. As Larry Merchant put it, “Alexander made [the Bradley fight] the non-event of the year. And he’s going to catch it for that.”
After Bradley came a razor-thin disputed decision against Matthysse in a fight in which Alexander was a firm favourite, a decision that was booed in his hometown. continue
By James Slater - James “Buddy” McGirt, the former light-welterweight and welterweight champion, began training amateur fighters even while he was still plying his trade in the ring. Eventually, after hanging up the gloves in 1997, McGirt made the transition into training full-time.
Becoming known and respected as one of the best young trainers on the scene, Buddy worked with top names such as the late Arturo Gatti, Paulie Malignaggi and Antonio Tarver. continue
by Robert Jackson - When it comes to boxing, strength is a necessary component of a formula that includes, speed, quickness, toughness and stamina – which must be possessed by a fighter. But boxing strength has nothing to do with how many pounds one can lift as in Olympic style weightlifting, a one rep maximum as in powerlifting or how many reps can be performed at a certain weight as NFL prospects are now doing at the NFL combine.
Boxing strength is the kind of strength that must mesh efficiently with a fighters stamina while not building up a lot of tension which will tax that stamina over several 3-minute rounds.. continue
Las Vegas, Nev. (February 28)…It’s official. Boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather will return to the ring, step up in weight and challenge Four-Time, Three-Division World Champion Miguel Cotto for his WBA Super Welterweight World title in what will be an electrifying bout between two renowned ring kings. The event will take place on Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®.
As if the clash between Mayweather and Cotto isn’t enough to satisfy boxing’s most loyal subjects, the addition of WBC Super Welterweight World Champion and rising Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez against Six-Time World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley in a 12-round world championship contest should satisfy the entire sports kingdom.
“Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto,” which coincides with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo, historically one of boxing’s most popular weekends, is presented by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions. The mega-event is sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Alvarez vs. Mosley is presented in association with Canelo Promotions and Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions.
Tickets, priced at $1,500, $1,250, $600, $300 and $200 not including applicable service charges, are on sale now. There will be a total ticket limit of twelve (12) per person. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco "Paco" Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work in the world title bouts between WBO Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko vs Jean Marc Mormeck, and the interim WBO Cruiserweight belt between Ola Afolabi and Valery Brudov this Saturday, March 3, at the ESPRIT Arena, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in a K2 Promotions presentation. continue
The Mayweather vs. Cotto press conference will be broadcast LIVE via Ustream beginning at 10am PT/ 1pm ET on February 28. As this will be Mayweathers final fight before his jail time begins in June, it will be interesting to see what words will be said leading up to the main fight on May 5. Fans and boxing enthusiasts from around the world will be able to interact during the press conference through Twitter and Ustream’s Social Stream by tweeting either @FloydMayweather and @RealMiguelCotto using the hashtag #MayweatherCotto continue
Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) will take on Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel on March 31. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur,“ promoter Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference. “He needs to beat Wilczewski to put himself back in a position to fight for the world title.”
Abraham, who celebrated a successful return in January when he knocked out Pablo Farias in the fifth round, knows it´s make or break. “I know there is a lot of pressure but I will make a good fight and beat Wilczewski,” he stated. “I have high goals. I want to be world champion again.” Added coach Ulli Wegner: “We don´t fight any push-overs or easy opponents. It´s very simple, I expect a good fight from Arthur and a victory.”. continue
Coldwell Boxing is thrilled to announce that David Barnes will face former WBA light welterweight champion Vivian Harris at the De Veres Hotel, Bolton on Sunday 11th March 2012. After original opponent Giuseppe Lauri pulled out with the flu, promoter David Coldwell decided to postpone the show rather than bring in someone with little credibility or reputation at such short notice. continue
UNBEATEN heavyweight Richard Towers will be targeting Britain’s top heavyweights by the end of this year. That is the expectation of Hatton Promotions head man Ricky Hatton, who is tipping the 6ft 9in Sheffield man to crush his giant rivals in the heavyweight division. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - After successfully making a second defence of his WBO Africa Light Heavyweight belt, albeit controversially against Sweden based Ugandan Hamza Wandera, Braimah Kamoko has indicated his readiness to take on the big boys in the division in world boxing.
Banku claimed a 3rd round TKO to secure his win number 23 in 23 professional fights, but it was not without sweat. Wandera had boldly predicted beforehand that he was going to end the Ghanaian nicknamed Bukom Banku’s unbeaten record. Wandera served notice of his intention by scoring a knockdown of Kamoko in the very first round, the first time the Ghanaian showman had ever visited the canvas in his career. continue
The competitors in the two deepest weight divisions were the only boxers to take the ring on Monday at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships at the Fort Carson Special Events Center. As both weight divisions started the tournament with over 64 competitors, the two weight classes had one more day of competition than their counterparts.. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “I want this fight because I always fight the best and they say he's the best but I know I can beat him. I will prove to him, He has never fought a fighter like me. He is not a monster, I can beat him," replied Jorge Arce when asked why he wants to face Nonito Donaire. continue
At a time when the public image of boxing was being thoroughly dragged through the mud, following their WBO world light-heavyweight title fight Nathan Cleverly and Tommy Karpency reminded many that respect is the fundamental element of the sport.
In the post-fight press conference both were keen to praise their opponent, an all too often rarity in other sports. Cleverly opened, “I think Tommy showed tonight why he’s sparred world class fighters. He’s very tough, he knows his way around the ring and he’s very relaxed. He’s got good power and he’s a tough fighter.”
“So, it shows that at world level you can’t take anyone for granted and Tommy showed that tonight, he was very tough, if I take my eye off the game then someone like Tommy can punish me. It’s important that I kept my eye on the game and at this level it’s crucial.” he continued. continue
By James Slater - Although he came up short on the scorecards after going 12 thrilling, rough and tough rounds with “regular” WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin on Saturday night, 27-year-old Marco Huck sure did a lot better than most people thought he would in his heavyweight debut. “Kap’n’” Huck also proved he can hang with a top-rated, talented and unbeaten big man. continue
A 13-strong Irish Elite squad fly out to Germany tomorrow (February 28th) to begin a training camp in Hennef. London 2012 Olympians Michael Conlan, John Joe Nevin and Darren O'Neill have been included in the Irish panel. Current Elite champions Paddy Barnes, Michael McDonagh, Ross Hickey, Adam Nolan, Joe Ward, Tommy McCarthy and Con Sheehan are also included.. continue
Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), and Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs), participated today in a press conference at the "Intercontinental Hotel Düsseldorf" and talked about their upcoming clash next Saturday. WBA/WBO Superchampion, IBO/IBF World Heavyweight and “The Ring” Champion Klitschko and his contender Mormeck will face off at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Wladimir Klitschko: “Jean-Marc Mormeck has a major goal: To became the first World Heavyweight Champion from France. He is very experienced and also has had a lot of title fights in his career. His size makes it even more difficult for me to hit him. I will do anything to make sure to keep the belts that I have been unifying in the last years.” continue
By James Slater - It’s pretty hard to be able to tell from the mixed statement he gave to The Herald on Sunday, but former heavyweight contender David Tua could well be retired from the sport he helped make exciting for well over a decade. continue
By James Slater - Former WBO cruiserweight ruler Marco Huck still strongly believes he beat Alexander Povetkin this past Saturday night in Germany. Huck not only feels he beat the defending “regular” WBA heavyweight titlist, he claims he beat him up! Wanting an instant return fight, “Kap’n’ Huck” will unfortunately get no such thing. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Featherweight Champion, Adrien Broner, has the boxing world buzzing after his knockout win over Eloy Perez on HBO. But there was one fighter who wasn’t so impressed. “A lot of people think I beat Broner when we fought last year,” stated former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon. “I fought him in his own weight division and he still couldn’t do anything to me.”
Broner and De Leon faced off on March fifth of 2011 with Broner getting a one point advantage on two of the judge’s scorecards. “You need to have punching power to make Broner respect you,” he added. “I’d like to face him again in the near future. Right now I’m focused on winning the featherweight title.” continue
True to the card's name "New Blood" lived up to it's promise of excitement and action when the main event match up, welterweight contender Artemio "The King" Reyes Jr. crushed Mexico's Victor Correa with a first round demolition. Reyes over powered the shocked Correa by dropping him 3 times and ending the fight by way of knockout in the first round. continue
Less than two months into 2012, we probably already have the fight of the year locked down after fellow Mexicans Juan Jose Montes and Oscar Ibara traded non-stop bombs Saturday night in Guadalajara in their fight for the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight title.. continue
By James Slater - It’s no secret the great Floyd Mayweather Junior is unbeaten WBO 130-pound champ Adrien Broner’s idle/inspiration/hero. Just one look at “The Problem,” as the 22-year-old with the shining 23-0(19) record is known, let’s a fan know Mayweather’s style has had and does have a massive influence on Broner’s boxing approach.
Almost a carbon copy of the 35-year-old master, Broner holds his hands the same way Floyd does and he has a defence that is uncannily like “Money’s.” Not only that, but Broner sure has the cockiness and the utter self belief that Mayweather has in abundance. continue
The International Boxing Hall of Fame will host the 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, New York on June 7- 10th. With many exciting events planned, there will be something for everyone in “Boxing’s Hometown.” With less than four months remaining before the bell rings to kick off Hall of Fame Weekend festivities, the Hall’s staff and team of volunteers in Canastota are already busy planning details for the celebration. According to Hall officials, nearly 300 volunteers and many community organizations will contribute their time and effort to make the annual Induction Weekend a success. continue
Tony "Bomber" Bellew may have scaled the giddy heights of a world title challenge last year but don't be fooled into thinking that he's taking his next fight, a defence of his British light heavyweight title, any less seriously. continue
In one of the most exciting heavyweight title fight in recent years, WBA Champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) defended his belt against Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs). The 32-year-old Russian was off to the better start but seemed to tire when Huck hit him with huge power punches. The WBO Cruiserweight Champion had a huge seventh round, but Povetkin fought back and bruised his opponent´s face in the 11th. Both fighters gave it their all in the 12th, with Huck firing in some more power shots to wrap up a spectacular encounter in style. The judges scored the bout 116-113, 116-112 and 114-114 in favour of Povetkin. “It was a dramatic, a very exciting and a very close fight,” Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “Marco surprised me, he put on a very courageous performance throughout the entire 12 rounds, which I found very impressive. I thought Alexander maybe was not in the shape he should have been to win more convincingly. Maybe he underestimated Huck. But that is something for the trainers to analyse. It was a great evening for boxing. It showed that there are still exciting fights in the heavyweight division.” continue
STEPHEN FOSTER JR will be ringside to challenge the winner of next month’s British super-featherweight title fight between Gary Buckland and Paul Truscott. The Salford boxer had the world at his feet just a year ago, but was stunned when Ermano Fegatilli snatched his European crown. Foster Jr, 31, returned to winning ways earlier this month outpointing Yauheni Kruhlik, and he will be in Sheffield on March 24 to watch Buckland make his first defence at Ponds Forge Arena. continue
Action got underway at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships on Sunday with preliminary action in six of the seven non-qualified weight divisions. Fort Carson’s Special Events Center is playing host to the event throughout the week and the tournament got off to a great start with a full day of boxing action. continue
By Paul Strauss: Devon “The Great” Alexander impressed his hometown fans at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. He looked very comfortable at the new weight of 147lbs, whereas Maidana did not.
After a few ugly rounds early on in the fight, Devon started to get his rhythm and timing. He no longer needed to tie up Maidana, and began catching him with well timed right hooks and straight lefts.
Maidana was struggling, trying to find Devon. Occasionally he did get through with a lead right, or left to Devon’s kidney, but his punches lacked real steam. He seemed to be pushing them. Alexander got cut from a punch in the third round, and Maidana tried to target it with everything from his left hook, to his shoulder, even the hair on the top on his head. continue
By James Slater: Last night, on Frank Warren’s big Cardiff show, former WBO cruiserweight king Enzo Maccarinelli scored an explosive 2nd-round TKO over a game but out-gunned over-matched Ciaran Healy of Ireland. The wickedly powerful Welshman, never in a dull fight win or lose, landed some heavy body shots, decking the 37-year-old twice in the 2nd, forcing the ref to call the fight off shortly after the second knockdown. continue
By James Slater - Last night in Germany, Russia’s Alexander Povetkin and Serbian-born Marco Huck of Germany put on a great brawl of an action fight. The final decision after 12 rough, at times crude, but never less than entertaining rounds, saw older man Povetkin hang on to his “regular” WBA heavyweight belt and unbeaten record.
The winner by way of majority verdict - scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 116-113 - the 32-year-old Russian retained his belt for the second time and improved to 24-0(16). 27-year-old Huck, the former WBO 200-pound king, falls to 34-2(25) but he can certainly come again.
After a slow start in the opening round, during which the more polished Povetkin got his combos going and Huck at times threw a nice stiff left jab, the fight really broke into an all-action affair in the 4th. continue
Kronk Irish Middleweight Star, Andy Lee (27W-1L, 19KOs) is ready and available to fight World Boxing Council (WBC) World Middleweight Champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45W- 1D, 1NC 31KOs) on June 2 or 16. continue
By Michael Collins: In a truly ugly mismatch that arguably had no business ever being put together in the first place, WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KO’s) had an easy time beating American Tommy Karpency (21-3-1, 14 KO’s) by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom. The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 120-108 and 120-108.
It’s unclear why Cleverly had the need to be matched against yet another lower ranked fighter like the #11 WBO Karpency, as Cleverly’s last fight was against #13 WBO ranked Tony Bellew. Whatever the case, the WBO allowed and it made for a really boring one-sided fight that was never interesting even for a moment. Cleverly bounced around the ring all night long throwing over 1000 punches and showboating often against a guy that had no chance the moment the fight was signed. There’s much to say about the fight. Karpency mostly covered up while Cleverly bounced and threw body and head shots from every angle imaginable. Karpency couldn’t do much because he didn’t have hand speed, power or a good work rate to begin with, and the fight ended up looking like a sparring session. continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl): According to Polish journal "Super Express”, Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO) met with representatives of Polish television “Polsat” to talk about making a possible fight with Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO).“Del Boy” came to Poland on Thursday to rest after a tough fight with Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) which took place in Munich a week ago. Although Chisora didn’t beat the Ukrainian champion, he became one of the most recognized fighters in heavyweight division. continue
By James Slater: It looks like former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, now training in California with Robert Garcia, could make his ring return in Las Vegas on April 14th, on the under-card of the mouth-watering Yuriorkis Gamboa-Brandon Rios clash at The Mandalay Bay. According to a piece on Youngstown News, Pavlik could face never-stopped Scott Sigmon, 21-3(12) over a scheduled ten-rounds at a 166-pound catch-weight. continue
by James Slater: Challenging World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Ken Norton at Caesars Palace in June of 1978, was a 28-year-old known as "The Easton Assassin." His real name was Larry Holmes, and the man best known for being Muhammad Ali’s former sparring partner was having his first crack at the world title. The vastly experienced Norton may not have won the belt in the ring - instead being awarded the title when Leon Spinks refused to fight him instead of boxing Ali in a big money rematch - but the fight he and Holmes put on was a classic nonetheless. Holmes, the younger man by six years and with a pro record of 27-0(19) later called the fight "fifteen rounds of non-stop fighting." He was not wrong.
Holmes had torn a muscle in his left arm prior to the fight, and had to jab through the pain. This made the supreme effort he gave even more impressive. Norton was in no mood to lose his title in his first defence and he too performed admirably. continue
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 25, 2012) – Welterweight Jessie Vargas and junior middleweight DeAndre Latimore were victorious, as expected, in the co-featured fights Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME®. But it wasn’t easy for either of them.
In the main event, the undefeated Vargas, of Las Vegas, improved to 18-0 and nine knockouts with a hard-fought albeit lopsided 10-round decision over Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2, 15 KOs) of Detroit. Vargas won by the scores of 99-91 on the three judges’ scorecards even though there was hardly a moment the popular crowd favorite could relax. continue
By Luis Agostini: Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are taking part in the biggest boxing matches of the year. Just not against each other. After years of wrangling, negotiating, stall tactics and bluff calling from Team Mayweather and Top Rank Boxing, “Money” Mayweather and the Pac-Man will square off against Miguel Cotto and Timothy Bradley, respectively, in two of 2012’s hottest bouts. Their bouts have the potential to change the face of boxing forever – and possibly not in the way intended. continue
Here are the weights from Stuttgart, Germany: WBA Heavyweight Title:
Alexander Povetkin: 104 kg vs Marco Huck: 95 kg
EU Middleweight Title: Dominik Britsch: 72,3 kg vs Roberto Santos: 72 kg
NEW YORK, NY (February 24, 2012) – World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion ALEXANDER POVETKIN defends his title against cruiserweight champion Marco Huck Tomorrow! Saturday, February 25, in the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. The fight will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. Both will begin at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
The Povetkin-Huck rumble is the second of three heavyweight title fights airing on consecutive weeks, exclusively to the U.S., via EPIX and EpixHD.com. continue
London (Feb 24.) Last Saturday night promoter Mick Hennessy announced live on Channel 5 in front of millions of viewers “I’m absolutely proud and delighted to say that we have got a massive fight at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast on April 14th, Tyson Fury in a long awaited fight versus Martin Rogan.” continue
LAS VEGAS (Feb. 23, 2012) – The four boxers who will fight on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 24, made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
In the 10-round main event on ShoBox, one of the boxing’s top young prospects, unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KO’s) of Las Vegas, will be opposed by Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KO’s) of Detroit. Junior middleweight DeAndre Latimore (22-3, 17 KO’s) will return to the ring for the first time in 10 months when he takes on Colombia’s hard-hitting Milton Nunez (23-3-1, 21 KO’s) in the 10-round co-feature.
Nunez has stepped in on short notice to replace Ryan Davis who was forced to withdraw from his fight against Latimore this Friday night due to a failed medical exam. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (February 24, 2012) - From John L. Sullivan and Sandy Saddler, to Rocky Marciano and "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler, Massachusetts has been home for some of boxing's all-time greats. The 21st century, though, has been somewhat lean, quantity-wise, to the point that Bay State boxers in particular, New England fighters in general, have been unfairly given a bad rap for being built-up against inferior opposition, overrated and protected. continue
Adrian Granados, 143 vs. Jamie Herrera, 144 -- Edner Cherry, 130 vs. Guillermo Sanchez, 130
Paul Littleton, 162.5 vs. Cesar Martinez, 161 -- Dimar Ortuz, 195.5 vs. Francois Russell, 194
Junior Wright, 183 vs. Rogelio Saldana, 178.5 -- Juan Bustamante, 130 vs. Ryan Strickland, 125
Curtis Tate, 258 vs. Alejandro Otero, 211
Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has finalized details of an action packed undercard for this Friday night’s Windy City Fight Night 21 at the UIC Pavilion, featuring Chicago hottest young prospects. Headlining the undercard at Windy City Fight Night 21 are two former Chicago Golden Gloves winners, light heavyweight Junior Wright and super middleweight Paul Littleton.
Evanston born and raised, the 25-year-old Wright has made very quick work of his first two opponents in the pro ranks, stunning crowds in attendance with his knockout power resulting in first round stoppages.. continue
By James Slater: Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior will be celebrating today. Not only does “Money” turn the age of 35 today, but the all-time great can also celebrate the fact that he is as great, as special and as unbeatable-looking as he ever was. Despite now being at an age that has seen many great fighters who rely on their reflexes rather than their power begin to fade (think Sugar Ray Leonard, Ali), Floyd’s star continues to shine as brightly as it ever has; his skill set as intact as ever also. continue
By James Slater: The recent quote attributed to superstar Manny Pacquiao, where he said words to the effect that his upcoming June 9th fight Vs. Tim Bradley may be his last because he just doesn’t think it would look good for a bible/church ambassador to be seen fighting in the ring, sure got a lot of fans worried. continue
By James Slater: People are still trying to work out exactly what happened this past Saturday night in Munich, Germany when British heavyweights Dereck Chisora and David Haye wound up bringing the sport of boxing into disrepute by brawling at the Vitali Klitschko-Chisora post-fight press conference.
While the main subject right now is seemingly just what the appropriate punishment should be for both the license-holding Chisora and the non-license-holding “retired” Haye, some people are asking, was the whole thing staged. Just why a skirmish between Haye and Chisora would be staged is anyone’s guess (the idea that the brawl was put on to hype a future ring meeting between the two Londoners has to be ignored seeing how Haye’s manager Adam Booth has said that his fighter has absolutely NO interest whatsoever in fighting Chisora) - but a new video, filmed from an angle that allows the viewer to see the main podium, has surfaced. And what is witnessed in this short video is sure to add further confusion to the whole ugly mess that went down five days ago. continue
ORANGE, CA (February 23) - In an effort to clarify the false news that is circulating in the boxing world as it relates to the May 5 match up between junior welterweights, former two-time world champion Julio "The Kidd" Diaz and WBA #8 ranked Paul McCloskey, Thompson Boxing Promotions has issued the following official statement: continue
Feb. 23, 2012 - As International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight champion, Daniel "The Real Deal" Geale (26-1, 15 KOs), prepares for his highly anticipated title defense against mandatory challenger, Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15 KOs), on March 7, 2012, big opportunities lie ahead if he is to be victorious. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) light welterweight champion Erik "Terrible" Morales (52-7, 36KOs) is heavily entrenched in the Otomi Mountains of south central Mexico on the second leg of his training camp for his upcoming 1st defense of his title when he faces undefeated Danny "Swift" Garcia (22-0, 14KOs) of Philadelphia, PA. The twelve round bout will be held at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, March 24th, and televised live by HBO. The fight card that also features light middleweight James Kirkland versus Carlos Molina will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions. continue
NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2012 – HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns in May for its 14th boxing installment with 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY, an all-new, three-episode, all-access series, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports. Debuting SATURDAY, MAY 26 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), the series will follow two elite fighters as they prepare for their intriguing welterweight title showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 9. continue
By James Slater: It looks as though there is a good chance Dereck Chisora will face a severe punishment for his part in the Munich post-fight press conference brawl with David Haye - as well as for the “slap” he gave WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko and the “spit” he inflicted on younger brother Wladimir. continue
By Lewis Croft: After his controversial point’s loss to Philippine rival Manny Pacquiao last November, many felt yet again Juan Manuel Marquez failed to get a fair judgement on the score cards. Despite three previous fights, yet again Marquez feels justice has not been done and there is still unfinished business between the pair. As a result of the controversial nature of the bout a cry for a 4th instalment looked set. continue
By James Slater: Bobby Czyz, the former IBF light-heavyweight and WBA cruiserweight king, is one of the best former fighters you could wish to interview. A great guy who also called numerous fights for Showtime, Czyz, 44-8(28) was kind enough to share some of his stories with me earlier today. I had a bunch of questions ready for Bobby, yet he gave me such detailed answers I was unable to ask them all! continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghanaian boxer Prosper Ankrah has vowed to claim the Commonwealth Super Bantamweight belt on March 17 when he fights incumbent champion Carl Frampton at the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Ankrah (18-2, 13 KOs) suffered the only losses of his career the two previous occasions he fought outside Ghana but the Ghanaian is adamant he will be victorious this time when he faces the highly rated and unbeaten Frampton (12-0, 8 KOs) in what is also his first fight outside Africa.
“Losing those two fights in South Africa was really an eye opener and I learnt a lot from them so I will be ready this time. My coaches have prepared me very well and I’m in the form of my life. Nothing is stopping me from winning this title because there can be no stepping back now. I need this title to push for a world title and I’m winning,” Ankrah has exclusively told www.sportsinghana.com.
Sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control and promoted by Barry Hearn of Matchroom Boxing and set to be screened live in the UK on the famous Sky TV, the bout will be the second defence for Frampton who first won the title back in September last year and made a successful defence in January this year.
Ankrah who will be accompanied to the UK by his trainer Eben Amartey and Manager Ransford Anokye, has however shrugged aside any worries. He remains upbeat he will be victorious and is asking for the support of Ghanaians. continue
NEW YORK (February 23, 2012) - DiBella Entertainment has announced a solid undercard supporting the Sergio Martinez vs. Matthew Macklin card, entitled "THE REAL Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up", on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day), in The Theater at Madison Square Garden. continue
Boxing-online.com has caught up with World Boxing Organization (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin and WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck ahead of their clash in Stuttgart on Saturday night. Here is a wrap-up of what they had to say during the build-up. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Just recently, UFC’s Dana White and Floyd Mayweather’s right hand man Leonard Ellerbe got into a little verbal conflict. They exchanged a few rude sentences, showing the obvious disrespect and dislike for each other. continue
By Robert Brown: Last Saturday night we had two fighters in contrasting situations wanting to make big impressions on the boxing public for two entirely different reasons. We had Tavoris Cloud the light Heavyweight Champion of the world, who was determined to make a stunning impression in his first big major TV date to help launch his career and assist him in his dreams of getting fights against marquee names such as Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins. continue
Former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek will face "Dominican Dynamite" Nagy Aguilera of Newburgh, New York on Saturday, March 24th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn on the undercard to Zab Judah's Homecoming bout against Detroit's Undefeated Vernon Paris. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Before Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto square off for their May 5 main event, there is already one bout on the undercard that pits rising youth versus aging experience.
That of course involves veteran ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley’s return against emerging Mexican star Saul Alvarez. Even more interesting, however, is the rumored matchup between former undisputed junior middleweight champion Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) and the talented young Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs), which might also take place on that same undercard. If this actually happens the Quillin-Wright showdown will surely answer a lot of questions about where both fighters stand in the current boxing landscape.
At one time in the not so distant past Winky was on a short list of elite boxers in the game. He was first appraised with such universal recognition following a three fight winning streak that started with his upset victory against the aforementioned Mosley. Like Vernon Forrest before him, Wright was a tremendous talent who found himself stuck on the outside looking in until Shane Mosley gave him the chance to showcase his talents on the big stage. Wright seized the opportunity and put on a boxing clinic that was highlighted by a solid defensive guard, consistent punch output, and great conditioning. Despite all of Mosley’s talent and athleticism, he simply could not find a way around Wright’s impeccable blocking technique. Wright won a comfortable points decision after breaking Mosley’s will early.
Mosley made a better account of himself in the rematch, but Wright still emerged with a majority decision victory. It was only logical at this point that Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad now face the man who twice bested Mosley, and this paved the way for Wright to get a crack at the Puerto Rican superstar. continue
By Matt McGrain: Even in 1994 James Toney was something of a throwback. Unbeaten after forty-six fights, the former IBF middleweight and reigning super-middleweight champion of the world was considered by many the pound-for -pound best in the world having destroyed the respected Charles Williams in April of that year with the kind of highlight-reel knockout that takes a fighter over the top. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise begins a new season with a double dose of action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: DEVON ALEXANDER VS. MARCOS MAIDANA AND ADRIEN BRONER VS. ELOY PEREZ is seen SATURDAY, FEB. 25 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, exclusively on HBO. The team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
New York City, February 22 – The oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins, and former World Champion “Bad” Chad Dawson will meet again to settle their heated feud following their October 2011 bout, which was originally scored as a TKO win for Dawson, but later ruled a no decision by the California State Athletic Commission. The two are ready to resume their high-stakes rivalry on Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The 12 round bout for Hopkins’ World Boxing Council (WBC) and Ring Magazine light heavyweight world championships will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT. continue
World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetin (23-0, 16 KOs) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) faced the media today at the final press conference ahead of their showdown in Stuttgart on Saturday night. “I´m ready to become heavyweight champion,” Huck said. “I would not have taken the fight if I didn´t believe in myself. Povetkin is good, but I can beat him. We once did sparring together and he has bad memories of me. On Saturday I will be the new champ. He is going down!” continue
By Lewis Croft: In regards to the latest Twitter activity of Floyd Mayweather, Dana White, the president of the UFC took to Fuel TV and expressed his view towards what Floyd tweeted and his views on a Mayweather/Pacquiao showdown. continue
By Joey Poulton: February in Germany and the weigh in between Dereck Chisora and Vitali Klitschko erupts when Chisora slaps his opponent with an open hand. Its clear security should be upped at this point and the skulduggery that is the norm in top level boxing on a big fight night is now clearly evident. This would be the first unsavoury incident in what would lead to a big time heavyweight boxing match and an infamous press conference brawl that could see either, the apparently flagging heavyweight division reignited or two of Britain’s biggest boxing stars banned from the sport. continue
By James Slater: Former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champ Nicolai Valuev has given his take on the split Russian heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin and his former trainer Teddy Atlas have just undergone. Speaking with RIA Novosti today, the retired giant had things to say that, if he reads them, will likely annoy Atlas. continue
By James Slater: A number of people have been critical of unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder’s level of pro opposition. “The Bronze Bomber,” a 2008 Olympian (hence the nickname) has yet to be taken past the 4th-round and he has beaten up a number of guys who entered the ring with him whilst sporting losing records. Wilder fans say, “hey, give the guy a break; he’s being moved slowly as he’s only 26.” Fair enough, but what will the 20-0(20) contender possibly learn from his next fight? continue
By James Slater: “The Bible Of Boxing,” Ring Magazine, have just released their latest heavyweight rankings. Due to the unexpectedly impressive display British contender Dereck Chisora gave against WBC king (and Ring #1 ranked big man, behind only younger brother, Ring Champ Wladimir) Vitali Klitschko, there was some discussion amongst Ring writers that maybe “Del Boy” deserved to enter their top-ten.. continue
Another title is on the line on February 25 at Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart, Germany, when regional hero Dominik Britsch (26-0, 9 K.O.) is trying to win the vacant EBU-EU middleweight title versus Roberto Santos (17-6-1, 9 K.O.) from Spain. “It’s pretty cool to fight right on my doorstep as lots of fans are going to show up supporting me. I can’t wait for it!” says the 24 year-old Neckarsulm-native. continue
Gavin Rees will defend his European lightweight title against Anthony Mezaache in Paris on Friday March 23, live on Sky Sports.
The Welshman won the vacant belt in June against Andy Murray in Cardiff and the 31 year-old heads to the northwest of the French capital at the Gymnase Georges Racine in Clichy la Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine to retain the belt in his first pro fight outside the UK. continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl): Undefeated heavyweight prospect Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KO) is eager to stage a fight with Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO). 22-years old southpaw nicknamed “Szpila” (“The Pin”), who spent 18 months in jail for brawl in front of a disco, is noted for his aggressive behavior during weighs-in. Hard-hitting Szpilka believes that he will get a chance to face “Del Boy”. However, contrary to Klitschko brothers, he’s not going to abide Chisora’s provocations. continue
Singing sensation Courtenay Hamilton, former Miss Wales for 2010, will belt out the Welsh anthem Land Of My Fathers before Nathan Cleverly’s WBO World Light-Heavyweight title defence this Saturday night in Cardiff. continue
Some of the best prospects and contenders will collide next March 10 on the show “Juanma López vs Orlando Salido 2, The Rematch”, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that presents former two time champion Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez facing Orlando Salido for the WBO Featherweight title in a Top Rank presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Promociones Zanfer and San Juan City, to be televised on Showtime and Showtime Extreme. continue
Los Angeles (February 21, 2012)... Tickets for Floyd "Money" Mayweather vs. Miguel "Junito"Cotto, 2012's biggest night of boxing, go on sale next Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT. The WBA Super Welterweight World Championship between the undefeated Seven-Time, Five-Division World Champion Mayweather and Three-Division World Champion Cotto will take place Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The 12-round contest for Cotto's WBA Super Welterweight World title is presented by Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. (February 21, 2012) – Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and undefeated junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, JR. met the media today at The Beverly Hills Hotel to kickoff their two-city, coast-to-coast media tour. They were joined by their respective trainers, World-Famous Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, as well as Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - (February 21, 2012) Grind 2 Def Entertainment boxer Joaquin Zamora (18-4, 12 KOs) is scheduled to fight Bernardo Guereca (16-13-1, 3 KOs) in the co-main event on March 31, at the Hard Rock of Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico on a boxing card promoted by Team Tapia Promotions. Joaquin Zamora has been out of the ring for almost most a year. After a long layoff Zamora has regrouped and made some changes to his team to make a run at 154lbs. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February 21, 2012) – Eight-division world champion MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and undefeated two-time unified junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, JR. will go mano a mano in a battle of Top-10 pound-for-pound world champions. The Pacquiao vs. Bradley World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship collision will take place Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) has predicted a KO victory over WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) when they clash at Stuttgart´s Porsche Arena on Saturday night. “I plan to show my fans a great fight, which will end in a KO victory for me,” Huck said at today´s public training. “Povetkin is a great champion but I will defeat him and finally accomplish my goal of becoming word heavyweight champion.” continue
By James Slater: They don’t call Vitali Klitschko “Dr. Iron Fist” for nothing (see his 40 KO wins), and the reigning WBC heavyweight king is somewhat disappointed that his nickname wasn’t quite lived up to against challenger Dereck Chisora this past Saturday night. continue
By James Slater: Alexander Dimitrenko and Kubrat Pulev are set to square off for the vacant European heavyweight belt in Germany in March, with former middleweight king Arthur Abraham co-headlining the bill against Piotr Wilczewski for the WBO European super-middleweight belt. continue
The UK's Undisputed Home of Boxing BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) have secured more LIVE big-time boxing from America with Bernard Hopkins' rematch against rival Chad Dawson on Saturday 28th April from the famous Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former three division champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs), who is scheduled to challenge WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) on May 5. Mosley spoke about his upcoming fight with Alvarez and also discussed his future while providing opinions on the current landscape, including his views on the upcoming Mayweather-Cotto and Pacquiao-Bradley fights. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Let’s move things over to our final guest of this week’s show. He’s a returning one making his eighth appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We’re joined once again by the former three division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley. How’s everything going today Shane?
SHANE MOSLEY: I’m doing very well. I’m doing very good.
JENNA: Alright well Shane, let’s talk about the big news involving you that came out just this past week. You’ll be facing off against Saul Alvarez on the May 5 under card of Cotto versus Mayweather. How do you feel about the fight?
MOSLEY: Yeah I’m looking forward to the fight and it should be a good one.
JENNA: Okay so Shane, what do you think about the chance you’re getting to face a young champion like Saul Alvarez?
MOSLEY: I’m very excited and very happy that I’ve been given this opportunity. I’m looking to seize the opportunity to get myself another belt, to get back into contention, and fight these fights that I know I want to fight. continue
Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and undefeated junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, JR. will conclude their two-city, coast-to-coast media tour, This Thursday! February 23, with a New York news conference in The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers at Pier 60 (23rd Street and the Hudson River.) The news conference, which is open to the public, will begin at Noon ET. continue
Team Sauerland is delighted to confirm that Patrick Nielsen will be fighting for the vacant WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title when the Nordic Fight Night hits Frederikshavn on March 17. The 20-year-old Danish Boxer of the Year, who scored a spectacular flash KO against Jozsef Matolcsi at Broendby Hall, will face Gaston Alejandro Vega (17-4, 6 KOs) from Argentina at Arena Nord. “This will be the toughest fight of Patrick´s promising career,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said at a press conference in Frederikshavn. continue
By Jason Peck - It’s been a day or so since the brawl in Munich that captured more attention than the title fight itself, time enough to get a better feel for what happened. I’ve been reading message board, articles, press releases…I don’t know who to be more disgusted with, Dereck Chisora or the fans that minimized his poor behavior.
“Well, many would call his behavior unsportsmanlike, but I feel…” “may be inappropriate, but he’s an exciting prospect…” “Why punish them for making HW boxing exciting again?” “at least he got people talking…” “Well, Gabriel Campillo got robbed in Texas on the same night, and that’s bad for boxing too.” “Well, maybe is bad, but it’s not as bad as when Margarito loaded his gloves and Tyson bit someone’s ear off.” continue
In retrospect, it was very appropriate that light heavyweight title challenger Gabriel Campillo raised his arms above his head at the conclusion of his fight on Saturday night. To the live audience at the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, and the nationwide viewers of Showtime Championship Boxing, it appeared that Campillo was celebrating his dominant 12-round victory over IBF Champion Tavoris Cloud. continue
PROVIDENCE (February 20, 2012) -- 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada returns to the ring March 9 at home, headlining an entertaining "Who's Next?" card that will feature many of New England's most popular boxers, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue
by Luke Worthington - Safe to say that every man and his dog now know who Derek Chisora is, and not perhaps for all of the right reasons. Is it true that there is no such thing as bad column inches, or will this really be as damaging to the sport of boxing, and to both mens careers as people would have us believe....?
Rather than get carries away in all of the hysteria - lets try to have a look at the facts - and try to see it from both points of view.
Derek 'Del Boy' Chisora
In my opinion an underrated fighter, let himself down badly in his shambolic domestic battle against Tyson Fury, and by all accounts was robbed against Helenius and should be the European Champ. A European title (and a fair amounts of salesmanship) was deemed enough to get Audley Harrison a shot at World honours, so for the sake of argument we can say he was there on merit. continue
By Lewis Croft: The following is the Official Statement from Dereck Chisora in regards to the incidents in Munich.
"Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC World Heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regrettable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career. continue
By James Slater - BBC Radio: Is a life ban a possibility? Robert Smith, Head Of The BBB of C: Yes, of course it is.
A suitable punishment is now being looked at after the nasty brawl rival British heavyweights David Haye and Dereck Chisora got into in Munich, Germany on Saturday night. BBB of C head Robert Smith, speaking on BBC Radio this morning, said a full investigation will soon take place and that a lifetime ban could be possible for both fighters.
Chisora, an active fighter, may have his licence to box for a living removed. Haye, a retired boxer, may never have his license reissued to him if the strictest possible punishment is given. Currently, everyone associated with the sport has an opinion on what should happen to the two fighters: promoter Frank Maloney says the two should definitely be banned for life, while former two-time super-middleweight king Carl Froch says he thinks a lifetime ban would be too severe a punishment continue
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko suffered a partial tear of a ligament in his left shoulder when he successfully defended his title against Dereck Chisora on Saturday night in Munich, Germany. continue
By James Slater - As fans many be aware, former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight champ turned heavyweight contender (and former WBC title challenger) Tomasz Adamek will return to action on the March 24th Zab Judah-Vernon Paris card set for Brooklyn, N.Y. “Goral” is, according to Fightnews.com, currently working in the gym with Bobby Gunn, the man he stopped in four-rounds in what was his final fight as a 200-pounder, back in July 2009. continue
By John Wight - If the sport of boxing is to retain a shred of credibility and integrity after the shameful scenes in Munich at the weekend then Dereck Chisora must be given a lifetime ban.
In the hours since these ugly scenes took place, various high profile voices within the sport have attempted to mitigate Chisora’s thuggish behaviour by attempting to place equal blame on David Haye and even the Klitschkos. Such attempts should be recognised for what they are – a concerted effort to see the damage done glossed over in the interests of a future match-up between both fighters in the ring and the huge revenue it will be guaranteed to generate. continue
Pugilistic punters pessimistic: HAYE, YOU BET THE FIGHT WON’T HAPPEN! BOXING fans are betting that David Haye and Dereck Chisora will NOT settle their differences in a boxing ring during 2012 following the post fight brawl which marred Chisora’s plucky performance against Vitali Klitschko.. continue
By James Slater - Any plans reigning WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko had of fighting again in the summer have had to be put to bed. 40-year-old “Dr. Iron Fist,” a wide points winner over a game Dereck Chisora on Saturday night in Munich, injured his left shoulder in the 4th-round of his victory. It was noticeable when watching the fight that Klitschko’s left hand was being used less and less from the 4th-round on and now we know why. continue
By Dave Cacciatore - Sometimes you can learn a lot from a common thug; at least David Haye should have. Dereck Chisora was a trash talking, face slapping, water spitting fiend all the way up until the moments that the first bell sounded in his fight with Vitali Klitschko. He made no apologies but unlike his cornrowed compatriot from London he fought with no apologies either. And for that Chisora earned a certain level of respect that Haye lost when he stepped into the ring with Waldimir Klitschko.
Dereck Chisora did his best to back up his talk in the ring. He lost the vast majority of rounds but he made the fight. He applied constant pressure and was willing to wade into the deep waters with Vitali eating a lot of punches for the real estate needed to have a chance. He showed that he had a chin to take the shots, the heart to survive, and the balls to employ a dangerous strategy to win. This last commodity, balls, is the most precious attribute that a fighter can possess. continue
CHICAGO, IL (February 20, 2012) Chicago fan favorites Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados and Jaime "The Truth” Herrera kicked off a full schedule of media appearances on Sunday afternoon as they headed to Chicago’s Univision TV studios where they were interviewed at length by Enrique Rodriguez about their cross-town showdown set for this Friday night, February 24th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion.. continue
Lausanne, Switzerland, 20 February 2012 - On Monday 20 February, 64 boxers and 14 boxing coaches begin an exciting journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games. They will be taking part in the AIBA Road to London first training camp in Cardiff, Wales. As part of the AIBA 'Road to Dream' Program, this initiative will lead some good prospects from emerging countries to the pinnacle of their careers. continue
by Paul Strauss - Tavoris' mother must have thought she witnessed a miracle, because she fainted in the ring. Thankfully she's okay, but Showtime fans in attendance at the American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas are still in shock. They booed loudly when the decision was announced. Two visually impaired judges scored the fight for Cloud. Only Judge Denny Nelson, from Minnesota, got it right.
When Campillo strutted around to the four sides of the ring after the fight, he was met with loud cheering approval. They wanted to let him know they appreciated his performance. Cloud tried to win them back with his post-fight comments to Jim Gray, explaining that he had dropped Campillo multiple times and was the aggressor. He forgot that aggression is not enough. To be effective, it has to get the desired results. continue
Tommy Karpency: ‘It’s The Glory Not The Money That Motivates Me’ - You’ll struggle to find a more courteous or engaging character than American WBO World Light-Heavyweight title challenger Tommy Karpency. However, don’t expect the 26 year old Pat Nelson managed southpaw to bring his manners when he arrives as a guest at World Boxing Organization (WBO) monarch Nathan Cleverly’s homecoming bash at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena on Saturday. continue
By James Slater - Last night, heavyweight contenders Tyson Fury and Martin Rogan jointly announced how they will meet in Belfast on April 14th. The match-up, previously discussed only to fall apart, will see 40-year-old “Rogie” attempt to ruin the much younger Fury’s unbeaten record. continue
By James Slater - There is absolutely no doubt: British heavyweight Dereck Chisora shocked the boxing world last night in Germany - not by defeating defending WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko in their exciting 12-rounder (though “Del Boy” sure gave it his all in trying to do so), but during the bout’s post-fight press conference in Munich.
Where to start with all that happened?
The presence of David Haye had a whole lot to do with the absolute chaos that erupted last night. First calling out Vitali (for which Haye was almost removed by security on Klitschko manager Bernd Boente’s orders), Haye then wound up in a heated verbal exchange with Chisora. Soon the confrontation got physical. Just why Chisora was permitted to walk right into Haye’s face after leaving the podium we can only wonder. What on earth did the officials think was going to happen? continue
By James Slater - As the boxing world is still trying to take in the God-awful mess that went down at last night’s post-fight press conference between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora (when Chisora and fellow Brit David Haye came to blows in a truly ugly scene, with Haye hitting Chisora either with a fist or a with a fist that was holding a bottle), the sport got some far more tasteful publicity yesterday - from the President of The United States, no less! continue
By James Slater - Last night, on the Paul Williams WU12 Nobuhiro Ishida card that also saw heavyweight contender Chris Arreola crush Eric Molina in the very 1st-round, boxing saw yet another controversial, debatable decision on the part of the judges. IBF 175-pound champ Tavoris Cloud retained both his belt and his unbeaten record with a much tougher that expected split decision points win over Spain’s former WBA light-heavy champ Gabriel Campillo. continue
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Feb. 18, 2012) - Paul Williams dominated Nobuhiro Ishida en route to a 12-round unanimous decision shutout (120-108 three times) in the super welterweight main event of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. The SHOWTIME telecast was kicked off by a fight that left fans irate at the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas when Tavoris Cloud defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight title via split decision over Gabriel Campillo. The scores were 116-110 and 114-112 for Cloud and 115-111 for Campillo.
Williams (41-2, 27 KOs), of Aiken, S.C., stayed busier than Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs), of Osaka, Japan, throughout the entire fight, throwing 934 punches to his opponents 671. The consistent performance brought Williams a very convincing victory. His work rate and volume punching proved too much for Ishida. continue
Last night middleweight prospect Richard Pierson returned to action following nearly a two-year layoff, and reemerged back onto the boxing scene in an impressive fashion. At the end of the first round, Pierson (10-2, 7 KO), caught Anibal Acevedo (13-9-1, 11 KO) with a solid right hand to the ribs, and upon the bell sounding signify the end of the round, Acevedo laid out on the canvas and was unable to continue. continue
Lou McLaughlin - This past Friday night February 17, 2012 Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions held a very entertaining fight card at Nutley High School on Nutley, New Jersey. The eight bout card consisted card consisted of five 4 round bouts and three 6 round bouts with one 4 rounder having been canceled due to an injury received in training by one of the participants. They were young enthusiastic fighters who gave their all and provided fine entertaining action. Of a a calibre you do not find on most major PPV telecasts. continue
By Lewis Croft: The presence of David Haye inside the Olympiahalle was always going to cause a bit of controversy. It was the classic ‘elephant in the room’ everyone could see he was there and the much publicised Haye/Klitshcko saga continues.
Haye revealed on BoxNation and via twitter that when he was asked to do a ringside interview with German Broadcaster RTL, his presence caused a stir with K2 manager, Bernd Boente, how tried to have security eject Haye from ringside. On his official Twitter, David Haye tweeted ‘Whilst ringside doing RTL interview, Bernd Boente (K2 manager) went crazy and called security to have me ejected!! HaHa How sad is he....’ Haye continued ‘I always had a feeling Bernd was to blame for trying to re-negotiate the agreed terms! Seeing Bernd with tears, foaming at mouth was classic!’. continue
Veteran boxing writer Bobby Cassidy will be the special guest speaker for Ring 8's monthly meeting this Tuesday evening (Feb. 21 @ 7 PM/ET at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. Cassidy is a well-known reporter for Newsday, as well as a playwright for the popular off-Broadway play, Kid Shamrock, he wrote about his father, Bobby Cassidy Sr., who also acts in the play. continue
Friday night's main event now sees Glenboig Eddie Doyle( 9-0) challenge Clydebank's Gary McArthur (16-4) for the vacant British Masters Light Welterweight title at the Wishaw Sports Centre on Friday 24th February . continue
WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion (Interim) Brian Magee (36-4, 25 KOs) defended his title on Saturday night in Copenhagen when he knocked out Rudy Markussen (37-3, 24 KOs) in the main event of the first Nordic Fight Night. After four open rounds, Magee landed a brutal left hook to the liver that sent his 34-year-old opponent down and out in the fifth. “It was a tough fight, Rudy was very strong but I caught him nice and clean,” Magee said. “I am pleased with my performance and very happy about the victory.” Said Markussen: “Things were going according to plan until he caught me. That´s boxing. I will be back.”
In the co-featured main event, Patrick Nielsen (13-0, 7 KOs) needed just 11 seconds to knock out Jozsef Matolcsi (30-18, 20 KOs). The 20-year-old landed a right hook and followed it up with a huge left to please his boisterous hometown crowd. Earlier, his brother Micki Nielsen (3-0, 3 KOs) clinched his third straight first-round KO victory, destroying Attila Szatmari (1-4). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I assume that most of you, if not all, have already heard the result of the Klitschko vs. Chisora bout. But, I must assure you, that watching the fight and reading what many have already reported on it is not the same. This fight is a must see for a few important reasons, but here, I will talk about the two details that I found to be the most crucial about the fight. These details are very educational, and lead to certain conclusions. continue
By Lewis Croft: Arriving at a London press conference in a three wheeled Reliant Robin like his character namesake Delboy, from British sitcom Only Fools and Horses, Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora announced to the world that in round 8, inside the Olympiahalle he would dethrone WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. It was no surprise to see both fighters in great shape Vitali Klitschko (17st 6lbs) and Dereck Chisora (17st 3lbs) but the weigh in itself was overshadowed by the events that occurred during the stare down. continue
By Fantana: Wherever you live in the world you will know that Vitali Klitschko was publically humiliated by British hero Desrek Chisora when he slapped him in the face at yesterday’s weigh in. Having been slapped in the face numerous times myself, the last one being this past valentine’s day, I can vouch that it does hurt. However, I am not the reigning heavyweight champion of the world and if I were I would have reacted differently than Vitali, as any real man, such as myself, would have. Looking back at the slap incident I have been able to make some astounding discoveries in not only the physical but mental differences between the two fighters. Using these scientific methods (i.e looking at things and pondering what they could mean) I am going to present reasons why Chisora will not only win the title tonight, but also destroy the Klitschko he is fighting. continue
SPOKANE, WASH.) – History was made on Saturday night as the first-ever U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing crowned three champions at the Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights, Wash. The trio of talented women is now just one step away from berths in the inaugural Olympic Games for women’s boxing. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: There has been a rumor going around, gossip stating that Oleg Maskaev (36-7-0) wants to come back and fight again. This turns out to be far from just a rumor, but more of a fact. Just a week ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Oleg in his home and talking to him a little bit about his boxing past, and present. We talked about things that have happened, and what he wants to achieve with his comeback. continue
ARLINGTON, TEXAS (February 17 2012) It wasn't long ago that Mike Dallas Jr. was fighting on ESPN "Friday Night Fights" as an undefeated young prospect. After two consecutive losses, with his back against the ropes, the 26-year-old from Bakersfield showcased a masterful performance against Miguel Gonzalez (20-3, 15 KOs) of Cleveland, OH.
Despite a cut above his left eye that was opened up by an accidental clash of heads in the opening rounds, Dallas displayed great foot and hand speed and landed several quick one-two combos on his way to a unanimous decision victory with scorecards showing 100-90 (twice) and 100-89. continue
By James Slater - Former WBA heavyweight champ David Haye has written on his Twitter page how he is intrigued enough by tonight’s fight between WBC king Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora to want to be there live. Haye, who had previously said he thinks Vitali will be too strong and powerful for Chisora and that “Dr. Iron Fist” will definitely win, has admitted that yesterday’s “slap” has tweaked his interest.
“On route to Germany as after that SLAP, I’m intrigued to see LIVE how Vitali Klitschko responds. The “slap” could be the worst move or the greatest move ever!,” Haye wrote. continue
Just a week away from his first with American Tommy Karpency, WBO world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has said he can’t wait to bring back world championship boxing back to Wales. World championship boxing has been absent from Wales since Joe Calzaghe’s superb super-middleweight unification fight with Mikkel Kessler in front of 55,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium in 2007. continue
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2012) – Welterweight Thomas Dulorme and junior middleweight Jonathan Gonzalez remained undefeated with impressive victories Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME®.
In the main event, Dulorme (14-0, 11 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, captured the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight title with a devastating 2:12, first-round knockout over late substitute Aris Ambriz (16-3-1, 8 KOs) of Azusa, Calif. Gonzalez (15-0, 13 KOs), of San Juan, P.R., opened the telecast with a solid, hard-fought unanimous 10-round decision over Billy Lyell (24-11-2, 5 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, at Chumash Casino Resort. continue
Johnathon Banks, 27-1, 18 KOs, defends his NABF title tonight in Munich, Germany, against rugged Nicolai Firtha, 20-9, 8 KOs. Banks, hailing from Detroit, Michigan is rated #5 in the world and is anxious to show his talent once again on the world stage. This fight will be shown in over 150 countries on the international broadcast of the Klitschko/Chisora show. Firtha is from Akron, Ohio and feels that this is his time to shine; he has been in with tough opponents such as Alexander Povetkin and Tyson Fury. continue
Sensational climactic end to the World Series of Boxing (WSB) regular season as Dynamo Moscow secure first place in Group A with a win against a full-strength Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder team. Paris United move up to third in Group B after overpowering the visiting Leipzig Leopards. Bangkok Elephants taste victory for the first time following a tight contest versus Los Angeles Matadors. continue
PAUL WILLIAMS (153 1/2 lbs.) vs. NOBUHIRO ISHIDA (155 lbs.)
TAVORIS CLOUD (175 lbs.) vs. GABRIEL CAMPILLO (173 1/2 lbs.)
CRISTOBAL ARREOLA (245 lbs.) vs. ERIC MOLINA (228 lbs.)
MALIK SCOTT (225 3/4 lbs.) vs. KENDRICK RELEFORD (TBA)
ALFONSO LOPEZ (165 1/4 lbs.) vs. JUSTIN WILLIAMS (161 lbs.)
GREGORIO GUTIERREZ (136 lbs.) vs. HECTOR GARZA (135 lbs.)
JULIAN BARBOZA (146 lbs.) vs. ARTURO LOPEZ (145 lbs.)
THOMAS WILLIAMS JR. (174 lbs.) vs. KENTRELL CLAIBORNE (177 lbs.)
Tickets are priced at $65 (VIP), $50 (Ringside) and $35 (General Admission), and can be purchased at the Rodeway Inn (610-398-1629), King's Boxing (610-587-5950) at Lehigh Valley Isshin Ryu Karate (484-554-8804) or online at eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6PM and first fight is at 7PM. For more information, visit www.kingsboxing.com - The Rodeway Inn is located at 1151 Bulldog Drive, Allentown, PA.
Monica Sears - Thank you, all for being here. Welcome, everyone, to today's call. I just wanted to start off by saying we will have Adrien Broner and Eloy Perez on the first half of the call, and then shortly after we'll joined by Devon Alexander and Marcos Maidana. Before Fight Week kicks off next week I will be sending around the full Fight Week schedule, either this afternoon or tomorrow, so we're very excited for this great event happening next weekend. And at this time I will turn the call over to the COO of Golden Boy Promotions, Dave Itskowitch. Dave? continue
One of Ontario’s best amateur boxers, undefeated featherweight prospect Tyler Asselstine (8-0, 5 KOs), has a second home in Montreal, where he fights Saturday night for the sixth time during his young pro career, against unbeaten Italian boxer Nicola Cipolletta (8-0, 2 KOs). continue
Los Angeles (February 17) - Seven-Time, Five-Division World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and reigning World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel "Junito" Cotto will officially announce their May 5 mega-fight with a press tour making stops in San Juan, New York City and Los Angeles beginning Monday, February 27. continue
DOVER, Del. — Tickets are still available for the Feb. 24 Friday Night Fights series at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. To purchase tickets online by Wednesday, Feb. 22, visit www.doverdowns.com/entertainment. Otherwise, available tickets may be purchased now through VIP Services at 800-711-5882 or at will call on Feb. 24 between 4-9 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The first bout will begin at 7 p.m. continue
By James Slater - As fans have surely read by now, today’s pre-fight weigh-in between defending WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko and challenger Dereck Chisora took an unexpected, newsworthy turn, as “Del Boy” decided upon himself to take a full-blooded slap at “Dr. Iron Fist’s” face during the traditional face-to-face.
Many were shocked by the so-called cheap shot, some expected as much from the somewhat zany, far-from-intimidated Chisora. In any case, there is word of a hefty WBC-ruled fine headed Chisora’s way, and Klitschko has vowed to “make him pay for his actions in the ring.”
Make no mistake, today’s weigh-in and it’s subsequent developments have got everyone talking!
But what does Chisora’s trainer, the calm, the professional and the mild-mannered Don Charles have to say about all the goings on? Very kindly taking time out to speak with me direct from Munich earlier today, Don had the following things to say: continue
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – The U.S. Olympic Team Trials Championship bouts are now set following three challengers bracket final round contests at Northern Quest Resort. All six competitors in Friday’s action were battling to stay alive in the first-ever Olympic Trials, and the intensity of the action reflected the night’s high stakes. continue
By James Slater - Moments ago in Munich, Germany WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko and his challenger Dereck Chisora officially weighed-in before tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated fight. 40-year-old “Dr. Iron Fist” came in at a solid 243.6-pounds, more or less his usual weight. The much younger “Del Boy” tipped-in at a decent-looking 241.2, the third-lightest weight of Chisora’s pro career.
The big news story from the weigh-in, though, was the slap Chisora unleashed right smack on Klitschko’s face as the two embarked on the customary face-to-face stare-down. Already being referred to as the slap heard around the world, the crazy and unpredictable move on the part of the, well, somewhat crazy and unpredictable Chisora visibly angered the usually mild-mannered Vitali. continue
Former world lightweight champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS and former featherweight champion YURIORKIS GAMBOA will collide in a battle of the undefeated for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box U.S., the fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing® beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET.. continue
Kell Brook’s ‘War of the Roses’ clash with Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17 has been given added endorsement as Sky will screen the show in stunning 3D.
The news that the Yorkshire vs. Lancashire clash will be in the new format confirms the magnitude of public interest that ‘War of the Roses’ has got as the explosive St Patrick’s Day night in Sheffield enters a new dimension. The show will also be available on Sky Sports 1 and HD1.. continue
Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs), and Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs), stepped on the scale today at the public weigh in at Karstadt sports in front of 1,500 fans. WBC World Heavyweight Champion Klitschko and challenger Chisora will fight against each other tomorrow at Olympiahalle Munich, Germany..
After the weigh in and while posing for a stare down picture in front of the media Chisora lost his nerves and slapped Vitali in the face. Vitali on the other side stayed calm and will give his answer tomorrow in the ring. continue
Here are the weights from Copenhagen, Denmark: Interim WBA Super-Middleweight Title:
Rudy Markussen: 76,1 kg vs Brian Magee: 76,2 kg
Middleweight: Patrick Nielsen: 73,2 kg vs Jozsef Matolcsi: 72,0 kg
Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) is convinced he has the power to beat WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion (Interim) Brian Magee (35-4, 24 KOs) at the first Nordic Fight Night in Copenhagen on Saturday night.. continue
The WBA heavyweight championship fight between regular champion Alexander Povetkin and Marco Huck is not the only fight in boxing its most famous weight class come February 25. The heavy-handed Edmund Gerber is trying to warm-up the crowd before the big spectacle that night when he takes on veteran Oleksiy Mazikin from the Ukraine. To quote one of Europe its most influential managers in boxing, Wilfried Sauerland, Gerber the biggest heavyweight-talent in Germany at the moment continue
By James Slater - In what could well be an early FOTY candidate, unbeaten stars Brandon Rios and Yuriorkis Gamboa will clash for the vacant WBA 135-pound title in Las Vegas on April 14th. This news has been confirmed by a number of sources, including Ringtv.com and Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports.
The mouth-watering match-up will go down at The Mandalay Bay. According to the news on Ringtv.com, Rios is already in training for the fight he has wanted for quite some time. continue
Matchmaker and long-time cornerman Dean Powell believes that 9-1 underdog Dereck Chisora is a very serious candidate to emerge as only the eighth Brit to hold a recognized world heavyweight championship when he fronts up to World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko in Munich’s Olympiahalle on Saturday night, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) from 8pm. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 16 - Unbeaten junior featherweight Randy Caballero is the hottest thing to hit the Southern California fight scene in years and Texas’ Omar Figueroa Jr. is coming off of the defining fight of his undefeated career. Together they will co-headline an exciting night of world class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Friday, March 16 that is a must-see for all boxing fans.. continue
By James Slater - This summer, we will see the latest inductees enshrined in The Hall of Fame in Canastota. Amongst those receiving the honour will be legendary “Hitman” Thomas Hearns; and rightly so. But what about the man who twice defeated the Kronk superstar, Iran Barkley? To me, the fact that Barkley has not been enshrined is a travesty. He definitely deserves the honour.
When one looks back at the incredible fighting career “The Blade” had, it becomes apparent how very tough and gutsy he was. He was more than just a face-first brawler, too - and there was more to Iran’s career than “just” his wins over Hearns: the fact that he won world titles at three different weights for once. And let’s face it, no boxer who is capable of nothing more than fighting with his face wins world titles in three different weight classes! continue
Former International Boxing Association (IBA) Cruiserweight Champion Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” will be fighting current IBA World Heavyweight Champion James “Lights Out” Toney April 7 in a 12-round fight at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS. continue
001/002/003 -- Thomas Dulorme and Aris Ambriz face off and pose after Thursday's weigh-in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The undefeated Dulorme meets Ambriz for the NABF welterweight title in the main event tomorrow/Friday, Feb. 17, on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Dulorme weighed 143 pounds, Ambriz 144.
004-005 -- Jonathan Gonzalez looks on as Billy Lyell tips the scale Thursday at Chumash. The unbeaten Gonzalez and Lyell clash in the ShoBox co-feature. Lyle, shown on the scale, weighed 153 3/4 pounds. Gonzalez made the contracted weight of 156 pounds, but he required five attempts to do it. continue
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS (Feb. 16, 2012) – A packed crowd attended the final press conference on Thursday at American Bank Center Arena to witness the jarring between promoters Don King and Dan Goossen and the fighters participating in Saturday’s SHOWTIME Championship Boxing event, live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
By James Slater - 29-year-old heavyweight talent Tor Hamer, 13-1(9), out of action since Dec. 2010 with an injury, makes his return in New York on March 7th, when he will face Haitian danger man Dieuly Aristilde. Hamer, promoted by Lou DiBella, faces a wild slugger who ruined the unbeaten career of one Elijah McCall; son of former champ Oliver.. continue
The ESPN telecast will represent the first ever boxing event held at University of Texas at Arlington's brand new College Park Center, which opened its doors this past December.
The state of the art 6,200 seat stadium is home to UTA's Mavericks men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. The event at the University of Texas - Arlington's College Park Center will begin at 7:00 p.m. CT with the ESPN "Friday Night Fights" broadcast starting at 8:00 p.m. CT.
Tickets are priced at $20, $30, $50 and $100 VIP tickets (which include a pre-fight reception). Tickets are available at the UTA College Park Center box office and can also be ordered online at www.UTAtickets.com, or by phone at (817) 272-9595. continue
(SPOKANE, WASH.) – Six action-filled bouts highlighted Thursday night’s competition at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Women’s Boxing at the Northern Quest Resort. The winners bracket competitors returned to action on Thursday to battle for a coveted spot in Saturday’s championship bout. The challengers bracket boxers took the ring as well, fighting for their tournament lives in three contests. continue
By Marc Livitz: It goes without saying that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Such trains of thought are often what shapes us as individuals and allow us to make decisions in our lives. There are things we say for the right reasons; just as there are mumblings we choose to keep to ourselves. Perhaps it is to maintain the status quo or simply to avoid conflict. We choose to do so because for most of us, our actions can lead to consequences. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV (February 16, 2012) – Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY, JR. will embark on a two-city, coast-to-coast media tour, beginning in Beverly Hills, Calif., Next Tuesday! February 21, to announce and celebrate the Pacquiao vs. Bradley World Welterweight Championship. Pacquiao and Bradley, who have won 11 world titles between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship on Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View. Joining Pacquiao and Bradley on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Joel Diaz, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, tickets to Pacquiao vs. Bradley will go on sale Next Friday! February 24 at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT, and will be priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Promoters have a very important role in the sport of boxing, and that role is to advise and create the right environment for fighters to fight important and entertaining fights, while earning an optimal amount of money. Throughout history there have been dozens of great famous promoters, but one name will always stand out when the word promoter and boxing are used together in one sentence: Don King.. continue
Training camp is close to coming to a finish and WBO world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has taken time to reflect on his preparation for The Homecoming at the Motorpoint Arena on February 25th.
Cleverly opened with, “Preparation has been excellent and I’m very, very satisfied with the way it’s gone. Mentally I feel focused and just so excited to go now.”
“I feel as though this is one of the better camps that I’ve done, it’s the best I’ve been in terms of mental focus. I’ve had the right preparation and the right length of time to train for the fight, I was given good notice. It’s been a good camp and one of the best I’ve done.” continue
The host Mexico Guerreros (6-3) team is set to play the spoiler role this Friday night against the undefeated Baku Fires in a highly-anticipated pay-per-view event in Group B action of the innovative World Series of Boxing ("WSB"). continue
MONTREAL (February 16, 2012) - Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward predicts a world title for his newest Kronk Gym-boxer, super middleweight sensation Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, who defends his International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Inter-Continental belt Saturday night in Montreal, in the 12-round main event that is also an IBF voluntary eliminator for the No. 2 position, against former NABF champion Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzales (27-1, 14 KOs). continue
NEW YORK, NY (February 15, 2012) – World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion VITALI KLITSCHKO (43-2, 40 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine, defends his title against world-rated contender Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs), of London, England This Saturday! February 18, in Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. Klitschko vs. Chisora kicks off the first of three heavyweight title fights, which will be broadcast live to the U.S. on three consecutive Saturdays, exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. The EPIX live telecast and the EpixHD.com live stream will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT.
Travis Pomposello: I’d like to start off by just taking a look back in time for EPIX. March 19th, 2011, EPIX launched its boxing program, with Vitali Klitschko defending his title against No. 1 contender Odlanier Solis, which was a real honor and privilege for us in our inaugural fight. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: This Saturday night on February 18th, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX, WBC #1 ranked Heavyweight Chris Arreola (34-2, 28 KOs) will make his long awaited return to the ring in a WBC title eliminator bout versus Rio Grande Valley, TX, native Eric “The Drummer Boy” Molina (18-1, 14 KOs). continue
By Adrian Hernandez: Entering his twelfth year as a professional fighter, “The Punisher” Paul Williams is lacing up the gloves for the 43rd time this Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. Yesterday during his media workout, the two-time world champion informed the fight fans in attendance what they should expect to see live on February 18th. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The 158th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, who is a former two division world champion and current trainer of his nephew, pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior. Roger spoke about his nephew’s upcoming May 5 bout against Miguel Cotto. He also shared his opinions on various other topics pertaining to the current boxing landscape, including Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley, Victor Ortiz’s license hearing, the announced fight between Shane Mosley and Saul Alvarez, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, whether or not he believes a fight between his nephew and Pacquiao will finally happen in 2012, and more! Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: It’s time for our first guest of this week’s show. He is a former world champion fighter and he is also the trainer and uncle of Floyd Mayweather Junior. We’re joined on the line once again by Roger Mayweather. How’s everything going today Roger?
ROGER MAYWEATHER: Oh everything is well.
JENNA: Okay. Well Roger, there has been big news going around boxing. It revolves around your nephew. His next fight has been announced. He’ll be facing off against Miguel Cotto on May 5. What are your thoughts on this fight?
MAYWEATHER: Oh yeah, yeah! He’s fighting Miguel Cotto. Well we got to do the same thing for Cotto we did for Ortiz. I don’t think that my nephew fighting Cotto will be any much more trouble than other guys that he fought before.
JENNA: Well I mean the decision surprised some people out there. How long did you know about this choice of opponent for your nephew?
MAYWEATHER: Oh I don’t think that my nephew pretty much cared. My nephew believes he can beat anybody. Boxing is what you believe and how you feel about yourself. So I don’t think that the way they change opponents that it will be any different than the last opponent that he was going to have before. continue
By James Slater - Welsh powerhouse Enzo Maccarinelli, 33-5(26) never fought for the British title back when he was an up and coming cruiserweight contender in the early 2000s. Instead, the man from Swansea captured the WBU belt, followed by the more prestigious WBO strap as he became world famous. Now, his career on the rebound after suffering four defeats in his last nine fights, the 31-year-old is close to challenging for the domestic belt all these years after turning pro.. continue
By James Slater - It has been reported by a number of web sites (and is up as happening on Boxrec.com) that Mexican great Juan Manuel Marquez will return to action in his homeland on April 21st, against little-known Argentine Cesar Rene Cuenca. The fight is set to go down at light-welterweight and the 31-year-old southpaw from Buenos Aires will be taking a huge step up in class. continue
By James Slater: World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora is being called by some people one of the most inexperienced world title challengers of the last 50-years going into his fight this Saturday night with the mighty Vitali Klitschko. A huge underdog on paper, there are, however, those - promoter Frank Warren and pundit Steve Bunce for two - who feel Chisora might just do it and that an upset could be in the air.
It will certainly go down in boxing history if Chisora does manage to shock “Dr. Iron Fist,” and the result would go down in the books as one of the biggest upsets of all-time. In fact, it could be argued that a Chisora win, a KO win especially, would deserve to be ranked right alongside the following earth tremblers that did go down! continue
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature Junior Welterweights Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (20-2, 15 KOs) and “The Silent Assassin” Mike Dallas Jr. (17-2-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event February 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Arlington, Texas. The card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
Team Oliveira has collectively decided to drop undefeated WBC South American middleweight champion Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira down one weight class to junior middleweight, starting with his Brazilian mega-fight against four-time world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas, which is tentatively scheduled for May 19 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. continue
Promoter Frank Maloney today won the purse bids for the British & Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship between David Price and Sam Sexton. Maloney beat all other promoters at the bids held at the British Boxing Board of Control's offices in Cardiff. A date and venue will be announced in the next few days and the fight will be televised Live on SKYSPORTS HD1 continue
Former WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Gabriel "The Handsome Man" Campillo (21-3-1, 8 KOs) and his outstanding support team, landed in in Corpus Christi, Texas, at 4 pm yesterday, in advance of Campillo's challenge for unbeaten Tavoris Cloud's (24-0, 19 KOs) IBF championship at American Bank Center Arena this Saturday night. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “I don't think so, because even though Bradley is a great boxer, and he has skills, he needs the power. He doesn't have that power. Pacquiao has the speed and Pacquiao has the power. The difference in this fight is power. The difference will be the power punches that Pacquiao has,” answered Juan Manuel Marquez when asked whether he things Bradley can beat Pacquiao in their June clash. continue
By James Slater: Wildman Ricardo Mayorga may be looked at as more of a trash-talking novelty act than a serious contender these days, but the Nicaraguan warrior is still on the lookout for serious money fights. A number of boxing web sites picked up on the fact that the former welterweight and light-middleweight champ revealed on a radio show recently that he is hoping to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Junior next. continue
By James Slater: “There is a lot on the line,” Chris Arreola’s trainer Henry Ramirez told the gathered media recently whilst speaking about his fighter’s bout with once-beaten Eric Molina. There is indeed, seeing how “The Nightmare” may be, as Ramirez put it, “one fight away from a fight with [Wladimir] Klitschko.” continue
WILLIAM HILL are offering 3/1 that the heavyweight title fight between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora will go the distance this weekend – and punters have been predicting that Vitali will win in either Round 2 – a 12/1 chance – or Round 3 – 10/1. continue
Britain’s only two reigning world champion boxers, Nathan Cleverly and Ricky Burns have given messages of support to Dereck Chisora, who bids to become the third this Saturday when he takes on Vitali Klitschko for the World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Championship in Munich. continue
by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl): Despite recent news, former two division champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) will be returning to the ring in March. 35-years old Pole is planning to fight on March 24th on undercard, at which the main event of the show will feature a bout between Zab Judah and Vernon Paris which it’s going to be an eliminator for International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title. The show will take place at Aviator Sports Complex in New York and will be televised by NBC Sports. The Adamek’s opponent should be announced shortly. continue
Carolina, Puerto Rico (February 14, 2012) - World Boxing Association (WBA) NABA welterweight champion, Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), wrapped up training camp and will travel to the United States after sparring with WBA welterweight champion, Marcos "El Chino" Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs). The two trained together at Dulorme's boxing gym in his hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico. continue
The White Wolf, Sergei Liakhovich will take on Philadelphia's hot Bryant Jennings in a 10-round co-feature, while heavyweight Tomasz Adamek makes his first ring appearance since facing Heavyweight King Vitali Klitschko on Saturday, March 24th when the NBC Sports Network's "Fight Night" boxing series comes to Brooklyn's Aviator Sports Complex. In the main event of the evening, Brooklyn's Zab Judah takes on unbeaten Junior Welterweight Vernon Paris in a mandated fight for the #1 position in the IBF. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) who is scheduled to face WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs)on June 9. Bradley spoke about his upcoming fight with Pacquiao and also shared opinions on other current boxing news, including his views on the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto, as well as the rematch between Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Okay Geoff, well let’s move things over to our final guest of this week’s show and he’s involved in one of the biggest fights coming up this year. We are joined once again by the WBO light welterweight champion of the world Timothy Bradley. How’s everything going today Tim?
TIMOTHY BRADLEY: Oh you know everything is going well. Everything is lovely right now and I’m excited.
JENNA: Alright, well that’s the big news out there, something that’s getting the fans excited. You’ll be facing off against Manny Pacquiao on June 9 at the MGM Grand. How do you feel about getting this opportunity?
BRADLEY: You know what? This is a long time dream of mine. It’s been a long time coming. Eighteen years of my life I’ve prepared for this moment. I seized the moment over in England. I definitely want to seize this moment as well. I’m getting a crack at one of the best fighters pound-for-pound in the game. I’m very excited! I definitely want to thank Manny Pacquiao for challenging me; and my manager, manager of the year Cameron Dunkin; my wife; and Team Bradley, and especially Top Rank for making this happen. So I’m very excited and I’m ready to shock the world. continue
With viable opponents for the Klitschko brothers dwindling down to former cruiserweight title holders and a fighter who lost two of his last three fights, there are few boxing insiders who don’t feel that there is a need for a jolt of adrenaline needed for the heavyweight division. And one heavyweight is now entering the race and calling out the Klitschko’s, with the power and record to excite fans and rekindle interest in a Klitschko title fight like no fighter since David Haye. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (February 14, 2012) – Five-division world champion THOMAS “Hit Man” HEARNS will join former world heavyweight champion LEON SPINKS, and former top heavyweight contenders EARNIE SHAVERS, CHUCK WEPNER and GEORGE CHUVALO, at a special autograph fan festival, This Saturday! February 18, in the lobby of the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nev., from Noon to 2 p.m. PT. continue
By James Slater: As fans have possibly read by now, fast-talking, ultra-confident-sounding heavyweight contender Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora has predicted an 8th-round KO ahead of his fight with WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko this Saturday night in Germany. The former British champ says his speed and unpredictability will be too much for 40-year-old Vitali to be able to cope with and that he will enjoy “a magic round-eight.” continue
British world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora says that he’ll be too wild and unpredictable for World Boxing Council (WBC) World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko this Saturday night in Munich. continue
By James Slater: Still a fighter who gains attention even though he has not set his size 17 feet in the ring for the past 15 months or so, 40-year-old Audley Harrison is currently getting ready to give it one more go. Set to face little-known former “Prizefighter” participant Ali Adams in April, “A-Force” has officially gone on record as saying he will retire from the sport if he loses to the 30-year-old with the 13-3-1(5) pro record. continue
London (Feb 13.) Nottingham’s former International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title challenger Jason “2Smooth” Booth is looking forward to making his debut on Channel 5 this Saturday (18th February) when he enters the ring and challenges Sheffield’s Kid Galahad for the WBC International Super Bantamweight title. “I’m really looking forward to making my Channel 5 debut; I wish it had come 5 years earlier.” said Booth. continue
by Batosz Biszczanik/BoxingNews.pl: Huge heavyweight contender and World Boxing Council (WBC) International title holder Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KO) is currently training for his another fight. On March 24th, the nicknamed “Viking”, will take on a fighter who is even bigger – Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KO). 32-years old Wach believes, that the win over 6’8 tall Fields will be another step for a world championship bout, which could possibly take place in 2013. continue
By Matt McGrain: Jimmy Carroll was born in Lambeth, London, seemingly in 1852, six years before the great John L Sullivan. Carroll was not unlike Sullivan in many ways, most notably in the sense that he was a born fighter but also in the sense that he bridges the gap between bare-knuckle and gloved boxing, straddling both eras with ease. Throughout the early 1870’s he first fought in fairgrounds and the brutal booths before graduating to the quasi-organised world of gloveless fighting, a cruel combination of boxing and wrestling.
Carroll excelled. For obvious reasons, sources are scarce but the boxing scribe and former great American lightweight champion Billy Edwards describes Carroll as “invariably the winner” in these often merciless encounters. The idea that Carroll emerged from a decade of bare-knuckle boxing unbeaten is a difficult one to believe but it is clear that he was held in high regard. Although Carroll may have visited America as early as 1878 and may even have boxed a draw with a young Billy Frazier, later to be a top contender of Carroll’s era, it was during his 1887 visit that he made his real mark.
Stepping off the boat, Carroll had behind him around fifteen years of some of the toughest boxing imaginable. He was 35 years old, and was about to prove himself amongst the hardest men in the country - and the world.
Proof of Carroll’s reputation can be found in the match made for him in early February of 1888 against Mike Daly. Daly was an established gloved contender who claimed a share of the world lightweight title at this time, and not the type of fighter an English pug tended to land coming off the boat. Carroll was different.
The fight itself was a near disaster and absolutely made him as a top contender, the type of thrilling battle that appeared in American pulp fiction. Here was a fighter that could deliver such thrills for real. As we will see, Carroll was a boxer first, a defensive specialist second and a slugger only third and only when necessary. He started his fights slowly and measured his man for the kill, but here his plan was changed for him. Daly rushed Carroll immediately but the Englishman dropped his shoulder and cleverly moved out of the way, countering Daly’s body blows with left jabs and hooks. Carroll had an excellent and oft-used hook, which was not always the case for fighters brought up without the protection afforded by gloves, the easiest punch with which to break the hand. Carroll adapted his style quickly. continue
By James Slater: If a recent reported statement by superstar Manny Pacquiao is to be believed, those critics who say a super-fight between Pac-Man and Floyd Mayweather Junior will never happen may have reason to say “I told you so!” continue
By James Slater: 40-year-old veteran Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett isn’t planning on retiring any time soon. Coming off his rematch win over win over Samoan powerhouse David Tua, who scored a 12th-round knockdown and busted Barrett’s jaw in the process last August, will next face a man Tua crushed via impressive KO three years ago, in Kiwi Shane Cameron. continue
By James Slater: The May 5th card that will go down at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas continues to grow. The main event of Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto is a big enough deal on its own, while the chief support of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez against “Sugar” Shane Mosley is a fight that could top a bill all by itself. But there is more.. continue
Adil Anwar is gunning for a British title shot after defeating Tyrone Nurse in the final of the Prizefighter Light Welterweights II at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall.
Leeds man Anwar and Huddersfield fighter Nurse were unbeaten going into the 23rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight man, one night tournament so there was plenty at stake in the all-Yorkshire final, with local bragging rights, both boxers ‘0’s’ and the title and £32,000 winner’s cheque. continue
Report by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro: ‘Mighty’ Kevin Mitchell made a welcome return to the ring on Friday night, when he took on Spain based Dominican Felix Lora in a ten round non-championship bout in front of a packed house at York Hall in Bethnal Green. continue
By James Slater: Yesterday in Clearwater, Florida, legendary trainer and corner-man Angelo Dundee was laid to rest. The boxing master passed away last week at age 90, and yesterday the funeral services took place. The star attendee was without doubt Muhammad Ali, the former three-time heavyweight king whose amazing boxing career was guided and at times masterminded by the man his friends and family knew as “Angie.” continue
By James Slater: Last night in his native Argentina, 140-pound top contender Walter Matthysse proved way too strong and powerful for young hopeful Angel Martinez of Mexico. It was all one-way traffic, with 29-year-old Matthysse winning the rounds before the 20-year-old prospect was pulled out at the start of the 6th-round. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “I know his weaknesses, his favorite combinations. In my mind, I'm definitely going to win. I'll take it to this guy,” said Timothy Bradley when talking about his biggest fight yet against Manny Pacquiao. continue
By Michael Collins: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez will be facing 40-year-old Shane Mosley on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto undercard on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oscar De La Hoya, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, made the announcement moments ago on his twitter page the the Alvarez-Mosley fight is a done deal. continue
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (February 10, 2012) - Star Boxing's Demetrius "The Matador" Andrade turned in an electrifying performance, destroying former world title challenger Angel "Toro" Hernandez in two rounds, in tonight's ESPN Friday Night Fights main event on an entertaining card, presented by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, at Mohegan Sun Arena. continue
February 10, 2012 - Robert Guerrero states, "Look at the facts Paulie, why did I turn you down? You're a tremendous puncher? NO! You make for fan friendly fights? NO! You are a HBO or Showtime approved fighter? NO! Fact is, Eric Gomez at Golden Boy said you wouldn't be approved to fight on a date that isn't a Pay Per View. So if our promoter can convince a network that you are worthy enough to be on your own date, then let's rumble. I got a Shark Tank waiting." continue
Dear Robert: For the past 3 months, you and your team have attempted to trick the media and boxing public into believing that you were on a short list to fight the best fighter in the world, Floyd Mayweather. You also called out every Golden Boy Promotions boxer you could between 135 to 147 pounds, proclaiming your health after shoulder surgery and your readiness to step into the ring in a big fight on May 5th. Every time you had a big bowel movement, your publicist sent an email blast about it. continue
LOS ANGELES (February 10, 2012) - For 12 rounds last December, Lamont "Havoc" Peterson and Amir "King" Khan battled it out in one of the most compelling championship bouts of 2011. When it was over, controversy raged over the officiating and the final judges' verdict, but in the end Peterson won a split decision capturing Khan's world championship belts. On Saturday, May 19, the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. will host the highly anticipated Unified Super Lightweight World Title rematch the boxing world has clamored for as Lamont Peterson will defend his WBA World Super Championship and IBF World Championshipagainst Khan in a fight televised live on HBO's World Championship Boxing. continue
by James Slater - After learning how to fight in prison in the early 1970s, the great Dwight Muhammad Qawi - the man who would go on to achieve worldwide fame as "The Camden Buzzsaw" - turned pro and set about providing the light-heavy and cruiserweight division with some of the best fights in boxing history. In April of '78 in Washington D.C., after having had absolutely no amateur career, Dwight boxed a six-round draw with a guy named Leonard Langley. Following the draw, and then a points win and then a points loss, the 25-year-old romped to a straight 18 wins; during which time he captured the WBC 175-pound world title. Beating the legendarily-tough Matthew Saad Muhamad, via a 10th-round TKO in 1981, Braxton soon after changed his surname to Qawi; due to how he'd adopted the Muslim faith.
Three retentions followed, including a second stoppage win over Saad Muhammad, before Dwight ran into WBA light-heavyweight champ Michael Spinks. A disappointing 15-round points loss later, Qawi announced he was moving up in weight. Eventually weighing-in at around 190-pounds, the 5'6" fighter, who could be aggressive and also box in a deceptively effective defensive manner, won his second "world" title. continue
By James Slater - Retired heavyweight great Lennox Lewis has been granting a lot of interviews just lately, and in a talk with British tabloid The Mirror, the 46-year-old legend had quite a few interesting things to say: about the Klitschkos, David Haye and the overall state of the weight class he once dominated. continue
Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton will perform the live draw for Prizefighter Light Welterweights II at the sold-out Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, live on Sky Sports 1, HD1 and in 3D – and Adil Anwar is the favourite with new sponsors Betfair. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 10, 2012)–-SHOWTIME Sports® has named award-winning sportscaster Barry Tompkins and renowned boxing historian Steve Farhood to serve as the announce team for the inaugural presentation of live undercard boxing on SHOWTIME EXTREME—Saturday, Feb. 18 live at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The two-fight SHO EXTREME telecast immediately precedes the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader featuring Paul Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida and Tavoris Cloud vs. Gabrielle Campillo, live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
Team Sauerland is delighted to announce that the Nordic Fight Night will hit Frederikshavn on March 17, featuring the very best of Danish boxing as well the biggest fight in women´s boxing. At the Arena Nord, highly-rated WBA & WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (19-0, 5 KOs) and top-ranked contender Anne-Sophie Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs) will determine the undisputed pound-for-pound queen. A full Danish card as well as a Danish main event will be announced shortly. “We are thrilled to come to Frederikshavn,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “We will present an unforgettable night of exciting, high-class and dramatic boxing action.”
In one of the main fights of the night, Braekhus, the 30-year-old “First Lady” from Norway, and Mathis, the famed and feared French power-puncher with a KO record of over 80 percent, will battle out supremacy in women´s boxing. With unbeaten Braekhus holding three major titles and Mathis having destroyed pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm in December, the two are widely considered the best female boxers on the planet. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 9, 2012) – Aris Ambriz (16-2-1, 8 KOs) of Azusa, Calif., will replace the injured Jose Reynoso and face unbeaten Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight title in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation next Friday, Feb. 17, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO's) has accepted terms for a rematch with Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO's) on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
CAGUAS, PUERTO RICO- Showing in great shape, former tow time world champion, Juan Manuel "Juanma" Lopez, and world ranked Jonathan "Polvo" Oquendo and Jose "Chelo" Gonzalez, were weighed today at 30 days from their March 10 title bouts at the Lopez vs Salido II The Rematch show to be held at the Roberto Clemente coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in a Top Rank presentation in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions and Promociones Zanfer to be televised on Showtime.
Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), weighed in 143 pounds of a 144.9 pounds maximum by the Puerto Rico Boxing Comission. The Puerto Rican fighter will face Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) in the rematch of their April 2011 bout when Salido beat Lopez by TKO in Puerto Rico.
“We are working hard. I'm feeling good, very good", Lopez said. “This time will be different (against Salido)". continue
By James Slater - Will Lamont Peterson choose to fight a return match with Amir Khan next, or will he - as has been suggested in certain quarters - opt to face Mexican modern day legend Juan Manuel Marquez in his next bout? Khan, in speaking with Sky Sports News earlier this evening U.K time, says he is almost sure the man who controversially took his WBA and IBF 140-pound titles back in December of last year will choose to give him his rematch.
Khan didn’t go into specifics, but he did reveal that Peterson has been offered “a massive deal,” and that he believes the return fight is “literally now 99-percent there.”
Fans are well aware of the controversial nature of Peterson’s Dec. 10th points win over “King Khan;” what with the long delay in the reading of the scorecards, the well-documented odd behaviour of the now infamous “man in the hat” at ringside, and Khan’s official post-fight appeal. Hopefully the two will now settle everything by way of a second meeting in the ring. continue
By James Slater - Due to Tyson Fury deciding to vacate both his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles, we will not be seeing a fight between he and fellow unbeaten David Price. This was reported yesterday. Today, however, it has been confirmed that the BBB of C along with The CBC have ruled that unbeaten Price, the mandatory challenger for both titles, will face Sam Sexton for the vacant belts. continue
By James Slater - Though superstar Manny Pacquiao has signed his name on the contract for his June 9th WBO welterweight title defence against unbeaten 140-pound champ Tim Bradley, Bradley, in an exclusive interview with The Desert Sun said yesterday that he has not yet signed the contract.
Bradley, 28-0(12) said the fight is definitely a go, however. The man known as “Desert Storm” also promised Pacquiao and the fans who opt to tune in on June 9th, a very, very tough, hard-fought fight - for both he and Pac-Man.
“I haven’t signed anything, but we’re negotiating that,” Bradley told The Desert Sun. “They’ll get back to me by the end of the week or Monday or Tuesday next week, and we should finalise things shortly. I’m just happy Manny wants to fight me. I definitely earned this fight in every way and I’m just excited. I’m not only excited, I want to win
“This fight won’t be a walk in the park. It’s going to be a tough, tough, hard-fought fight for myself and Manny Pacquiao. We’ll definitely see what I’m capable of doing and I’ll see what I’m capable of, fighting the best in the world.” continue
With highly deadly venom, a Cobra is known for its decisive and quick movements at the moment of an attack. For trainer Victor Godoy, his most successful pupil, Tijuana light flyweight Javier "Cobra" Mendoza, possesses the traits to carry the name. "My trainer gave me the name," Mendoza says with a smile as if he remembered the moment he first heard it. "He says I am very precise with my punches, like a cobra." continue
Matchroom Sport can confirm that the IBF have made Carl Froch the mandatory challenger to Lucian Bute’s and his super-middleweight title. The former two-time WBC champion had been linked to a “home and away” clash with Bute and now the 34 year-old looks set to challenge the Canadian for the title after the IBF installed him as the number one contender for the belt. continue
World title bout with Bute could be staged outdoors
Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title challenge against Lucian Bute in May could be heading outdoors after a massive response from the public has led promoter Eddie Hearn to secure a bigger venue. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who discussed a wide variety of topics including Yuriokis Gamboa, the upcoming fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Jean Marc Mormeck, Alexander Povetkin’s heavyweight title defense against cruiserweight champion Marco Huck, his experience winning the 1963 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, Floyd Mayweather Junior’s amateur boxing career, Lennox Lewis, Deontay Wilder, Seth Mitchell, David Price, Tyson Fury, the upcoming heavyweight matchup between Vitali Klitschko and Dereck Chisora, his desire to see Andy Lee get a shot at the middleweight title in 2012, and much more! Here is a transcript from that interview:
JENNA J: Well speaking of great trainers it’s time for our final guest of this week’s show. He’s one making an unprecedented 21st appearance to On the Ropes Boxing Radio. We’re once again joined by Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. How’s the day treating you Emanuel?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Oh everything is going fine so far. I’m getting ready to head out and start working with Gamboa. I’m heading to Florida.
JENNA: Okay speaking of Gamboa, it’s been a little bit vague about who his next opponent is going to be. What have you heard?
STEWARD: The last I heard, well way back it was Rocky Juarez. The last I heard was maybe they were trying to make a fight directly with Rios, which would be a big fight for boxing. I as a fan and a spectator would be very excited about the fight. You know Rios is a bigger stronger guy, and he’s not just bigger but he’s a physical type fighter where he takes advantage of his size. He’s very tough. Some guys can have a physical advantage but they are guys who move around and box a lot and they don’t take advantage of it. He’s a good fighter and a very physical tough rough kid, mentally and physically. If they do fight it should be an exciting fight. It would be Gamboa’s great amateur background, and speed, and skills. He’s an extremely strong and determined physical guy like Rios. So it should be an interesting fight. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Yes, it is true that both Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao have been involved in a very irritating and hope-slaughtering drama with each other. It is also clear that both fighters have enormous egos, which in turn created a ripple effect affecting the potential of making the fight come to fruition. continue
The contracts have been signed and filed with the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and tickets will go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, Feb 9th. Brooklyn will be the host site on Saturday, March 24th when Zab "Super" Judah fights in his native borough for the first time in his storied pro career vs. "The Iceman," Detroit's undefeated Vernon Paris. This is the mandated junior welterweight elimination bout for the right to become the number one contender in the IBF. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 8, 2012) -- The four fighters who will compete in 12-round bouts on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Feb. 18, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, and their respective promoters took part in a national media conference call on Wednesday. continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) has set his sights on a quick return after receiving some bad news earlier this week. On Saturday, the 27-year-old defended his IBF Cruiserweight Title with a spectacular points victory over Steve Cunningham. On Monday morning, a routine check of his left hand, which was still swollen, revealed that it was broken. On Tuesday, the Cuban then underwent surgery. “I want to be back as soon as possible,” Hernandez said. “I can still do running exercises. But I have to rest my left hand for seven weeks before slowly returning to full practice.” continue
BRONX, NY (February 7, 2012) - Star Boxing president Joe DeGuardia has announced that former world title challenger Angel "Toro" Hernandez (30-10, 17 KOs) has replaced an ill Derek Ennis for Friday's night's main event against 2008 US Olympian Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs) on ESPN Friday Night Fights at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue
By James Slater: As Carl Froch has said himself, and as any fight fans must concede, “The Cobra” is one-hundred-percent entitled to a relatively easy ring opponent for his planned May 5th return. With the top names Froch has been in with in his last half dozen or so fights (think Ward, Kessler, Dirrell, Abraham, etc!!) he is more than entitled to ease his way back into the win column with a “safe” opponent.
But, as Froch himself also said, that’s just not the two-time WBC super-middleweight champ’s style. Website Livefight.com did a great job in getting to speak with Froch earlier this week, and the 34-year-old future Hall of Famer (in my opinion anyway - how about yours?) spoke about the names that are being mentioned as possibilities for his in-the-works May 5th bout. continue
By James Slater: David Price Vs. Tyson Fury, arguably the best all-British heavyweight showdown between young and highly promising fighters, will not be happening any time soon - if ever. Unbeaten Fury, who lost to 2008 Olympian Price as an amateur, has officially vacated both his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles. continue
Grzegorz Proksa will defend his European middleweight title at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17, live on Sky Sports.
The unbeaten Pole defends the belt for the first time on the undercard of Kell Brook’s blockbusting welterweight clash against Matthew Hatton after beating Sebastian Sylvester in Germany to claim the vacant strap in October.
Proksa imposed himself on the former World champion from the first bell and silencing the partisan home crowd in Mecklenburg-Western in the process, before forcing Sylvester to quit on his stool in the third round.
The 27 year-old has registered 19 wins inside the distance in his 26 victories as a pro, and promoter Eddie Hearn said he is delighted to have added the Surrey-based champ to a fantastic championship bill.
“I didn't think this show could get any better but Grzegorz inclusion makes March 17th an incredible night’ said Hearn. “We are trying to bring value to British fight fans and those lucky enough to be at the venue or at home watching on Sky Sports are in for a real treat.” continue
David Price's promoter Frank Maloney has blasted Tyson Fury for vacating his British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles and preventing a fight against Price. Price became the mandatory challenger to Fury's British belt when he won the English heavyweight title with a 73 second knockout of John McDermott and it had been hoped the fight would be made though Fury, dismissed as "Chicken Fury" by Maloney, has disappointed Team Price by vacating his titles. continue
This coming Friday WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight Champion Kevin Mitchell is set to face Spain based Felix Lora in a non-championship bout at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green, London.
27 year old Mitchell returns to the ring for the first time since stopping John Murray in July last year at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and this fight is said to be a warm up ahead of a challenge for Ricky Burns’ new acquired WBO World Lightweight crown.
With such an important bout waiting in the wings ‘Mighty’ Mitchell will surely be looking to impress in front his home crowd, in similar style to his utter destruction of arch rival John Murray last year.
Earlier today I caught up with Kevin at the pre-fight media workout at his home gym - the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, London - to talk about the John Murray fight as well as the upcoming fight against Felix Lora and more. continue
London (Feb 8.) Hennessy Sports have announced this morning that Tyson Fury has vacated his British and Commonwealth Heavyweight titles in pursuit of being a household name on his journey to become Heavyweight World Champion. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: For those of you who were thrilled to see Andre Berto get back into the ring against Victor Ortiz for the second time, and then let down by the new of Berto’s injury causing the fight cancellation, don’t you worry, the fight is on for June 30, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (http://www.fightnews.com/Boxing/ortiz-berto-rescheduled-for-june-30-107678). continue
By Jason Peck: Welterweight champ Manny Pacquiao won his first title as a 112-pound flyweight – but SO WHAT? say many sportswriters and fans. Others have gained as much weight or more. Examples are drawn, lists compared: Roy Jones Jr. gained 33 pounds from middleweight to heavyweight titles. De La Hoya gained 30 pounds from super-featherweight to middleweight titles; Manny Pacquiao’s title-to-title weight gain stands at a mere 33. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 7 - In 2011, Pablo Cesar Cano made the leap from prospect to contender, capping off his year with a stellar effort in a late notice world title fight against the legendary Erik "El Terrible" Morales. Now gearing up for a title run at 135 pounds, the Tlanepantla product will make his first start of 2012 on Saturday, February 18 in the Televisa "Sabados De Corona" main event against once beaten Francisco Contreras from The Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. continue
New York, NY (February 7, 2012) -- Undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin has taken a three-day reprieve from training camp in Big Bear to visit New York City. Golovkin boasts a record of 22 wins with 19 KOs and is considered one of the brightest stars and biggest punchers in the sport today.
It has been Golovkin's dream to fight in Madison Square Garden and he has been invited to attend the NY Rangers game at The Garden tonight.
Golovkin: "This is my first time in New York and it is a great city. I love the energy of the people and I can help them celebrate the Super Bowl victory of the New York Giants. There are great boxing fans in New York - at the airport people were already asking for my autograph."
The Middleweight champion has a full schedule this week. In addition to the Rangers game tonight he has meetings with the major US television companies. On Wednesday morning he will meet with the Ambassador from Kazakhstan and will then attend a special event planned for him at the Consul General office later in the afternoon.
Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: "We are excited about this trip for Gennady. It has been his dream to fight in Madison Square Garden and this trip is a big step to making this dream a reality. We plan to use the same marketing campaign that we used when Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko fought in New York." continue
By James Slater: Having all but vanished since his disappointing March 2010 points loss to superstar Manny Pacquiao, former IBF welterweight champ Joshua Clottey will resurface in March. A fight is set for “The Grand Master” in his homeland of Ghana, with the 34-year-old set to face Atlanta, Georgia’s Xavier Toliver over 12-rounds at light-middleweight. continue
by Robert Jackson: Prior to announcing his May 5, 2012 dance partner as Miguel Cotto; Floyd Mayweather Jr had limited his selection of opponents to 3-men: Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Manny Pacquiao! With the $40M offer rejected by Team Pacquiao that left just 2, Cotto and Alvarez.
GoldenBoy who promotes Alvarez and work in a symbiotic relationship with Mayweather probably figured it too soon to match young Alvarez with the P4P King! GoldenBoy needs to keep the redheaded Mexican undefeated as long as possible to maximize his earning power and continue to mold him into boxing's next big star.
So that left Miguel Cotto who refused Manny Pacquiao's invitation to fight him at the147lb limit even though Pacquiao was able to fight Antonio Margarito above that limit. Cotto who's free-agent status began at the beginning of 2012, resisted former promoter Bob Arum's convincetations for 'a few dollars more' to shrink down to 147lbs and revenge his 2nd defeat as he had done his first. continue
By James Slater - Retired heavyweight great Lennox Lewis, the last man to defeat Vitali Klitschko, has attempted to give some more advice to fellow Londoner David Haye. Speaking at The Laureus Awards and quoted by The Guardian, all-time great Lewis said Haye should definitely return to the ring but that he should do what a number of fans have said all along: fight a contender or two BEFORE challenging either Klitschko brother.
“David should come out of retirement,” Lennox said Monday night. “He should come back, but he should not think about the Klitschkos right now. He should beat a couple of other people, so people actually think, ‘yeah, you know, he can do it this time, he can beat a Klitschko.’ There is a lot of money for him on the table which is important for any fighter. If he beat a couple of other fighters first, he could build himself back up.” continue
By James Slater - According to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, it’s likely exiting slugger Michael Katsidis, now based in the U.S, will make his ring return in Las Vegas, on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on April 13th in Las Vegas. Set to face tough, durable (never-stopped) Albert Mensah of Ghana, “The Great” will be having his first fight since leaving long-time trainer Brendan Smith.
Looking for a fresh start up at light-welterweight (with further fights at 135 also being something of a possibility for the Australian crowd-pleaser), 31-year-old Katsidis, 28-5(23) and last seen losing in an upset to Scotland’s ever-improving Ricky Burns, could have a tough night with Mensah. Known as “The Tornado,” the man from Accra is no big puncher at 24-3-1(10) but he is durable and he will likely be hugely motivated for this, the biggest fight of his career (let’s hope he doesn’t freeze - all but one of Mensah’s pro fights have taken place in his homeland and he has never fought under the bright lights of Las Vegas before). continue
Los Angeles (Feb. 6, 2012) - An IBF Elimination bout that was scheduled to take place between John Molina Jr. and Marvin Quintero was recently called off and replaced by a junior welterweight attraction between Mike "The Silent Assassin" Dallas Jr. and Miguel "Silky Smooth" Gonzalez, that will take place February 17, and air on ESPN "Friday Night Fights." continue
February 7, 2012 - Hot Puerto Rican prospect, Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), was scheduled to face Jose Reynoso (15-3-1, 2KOs) on ShoBox February 17, but will have to find another opponent due to a hip injury suffered by Reynoso while training in California. Charlie Perez, manager of Reynoso, informed Gary Shaw that Jose was taken to the emergency room where his hip was popped back into place after the doctor told him that he had a hip contusion. Reynoso left the hospital in crutches. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 7, 2012) – Both Elvin Ayala and “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy have reached the point in their careers where they can no longer hide behind past accomplishments without facing each test the sport of boxing has to offer. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) number three ranked Cruiserweight B.J. Flores is looking for a world title shot and may have just received it….with a catch. Flores (27-1-1, 17 KO’s) was extended an offer by K2 Promotions to face number-ranked Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8 KO’s) on March 3rd (25 DAYS AWAY) in Germany on the Wladimir Klitschko – Jean Marc Mormeck world Heavyweight title card. continue
New York, NY (Feb. 6, 2012) - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defended his version of the WBC Middleweight Championship this past Saturday, February 4, and as long as Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez follows suit in his upcoming matchup against Matthew Macklin on March 17, promoter Lou DiBella expects the two to meet to determine who is the full and real WBC Middleweight Champion. continue
By Michael Collins: The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada wasn’t a good enough venue for Bob Arum to want to match his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao up with Floyd Mayweather Jr., but it apparently is more than good enough for Arum to match Pacquiao up with WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley on June 9th. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: US based Ghanaian pugilist Osumanu Adama is ready and fired up to claim the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Middleweight belt come March 7 in Australia, he has exclusively told Ghana-based newspaper ALL SPORTS from his training base in the US.
The former Ghana Middleweight champion now fighting out of Joliet, Illinois takes on home favourite and champion David Geale at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Wednesday March 7.
It will be only the second defence for Geale who won the title back in May last year in Germany but one which the Australian (26-1, 15 KOs) has earmarked as his last on home soil and is seeking to impress his countrymen as well as set up bigger fights.
“Victory is imperative in order to set up a unification fight abroad in the middle of the year.
“Whilst his team negotiates with (WBC Diamond Middleweight champ) Sergio Martinez, (WBO Middleweight king) Dmitry Pirog and (WBA Super World Middleweight champion) Felix Sturm, Daniel (Geale) never looks past the fight ahead and remains totally focused on the next challenger,” read a statement on Geale nicknamed the Real Deal’s official website http://www.danielgeale.com.au.
But Adama nicknamed Machine Gun (20-2, 15 KOs) who has been training fervently under the guidance of his coach Joseph Awinongya, is as confident as ever. continue
By James Slater - We all wish they were fighting one another, but fight fans the world over realise they will have to wait a while longer to see superstars Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao get it on in the ring. In the meantime, the two P-4-P rivals have not at all uninteresting alternate fights all but set for the summer: Mayweather’s May 5th fight with reigning WBA 154-pound king Miguel Cotto now official, Pacquiao’s planned June 9th bout looking like being against unbeaten 140-pound ruler Timothy Bradley.
Both fights are not to be sniffed at (even though both match-ups come a distant second to a Mayweather-Pac-Man collision), yet most fans will tell you that both mega-stars will be entering the ring against fighters they will most certainly defeat. Make no mistake, it would be a big, maybe even huge upset if Cotto were to beat Mayweather and the same if Bradley were to topple Pacquiao. But which man has the better chance of turning the upset into reality? continue
By James Slater: Filipino sensation Nonito Donaire, currently nursing a badly damaged left hand which was left covered with blood during his 12-round points win over Wilfredo Vazquez Junior (somehow scored a split decision for “The Filipino Flash” when it appeared to most people that a wide UD would have been way more accurate), is now looking towards his next fight. continue
By James Slater: According to a news article at nzherald.co.nz, heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver has called out big-hitting David Tua, with the backers of “The Hillyard Hammer” guaranteeing Tua a purse of $500,000 should the fight come off. continue
IBF No. 2 eliminator Feb. 18 at Bell Centre in Montreal
MONTREAL (February 6, 2012) - Super middleweight sensation Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, now being trained by Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward in Detroit, is prepared to successfully defend his International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Inter-Continental belt February 18 against former NABF champion Jesus "El Martillo" Gonzales (27-1, 14 KOs) in the 12-round main event that is also an IBF voluntary eliminator for the No. 2 position. continue
In the 10-round main event at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware, on Friday, February 24, World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Burgos, 28-1 with 19 knockouts, of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico, will make his first defense of the title against former International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight world champion Cristobal Cruz, 39-12-3 with 23 knockouts, also of Tijuana. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “Since my fight didn't work out w/ Berto, I want @AmirKingKhan@caneloalvarez and @antoniomargarito let's do this! ” posted Victor Ortiz (29-3-2) on his Twitter account.
I have to say that I respect Ortiz for calling out names that would make for pretty exciting fights. I think that he is a good fighter with heart and hope. He is enthusiastic, charismatic, and most importantly confident. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: In two weeks, Eric Molina meets Chris Arreola in high-stakes showdown between Mexican-American heavyweights in Corpus Christi. With just 19 pro fights under his belt, Molina is a heavy underdog. But the boxing world must take notice: Molina clearly does not regard himself as disadvantaged against his highly-rated foe. Rather, Molina approaches the fight intending to win.
In Molina’s view, being Mexican-American is an “equalizer” – an intangible mental quality -- that puts him on the same footing as Arreola. “What people don’t realize here, is that you got two Mexicans in the ring who are going to go for it all,” he explained. “For me, there’s more to this fight than what people see. I got the same kind of blood running my veins that he has. I got the same heart, the same arms, the same fists. We’re both Mexican, and that means I got a 50/50 shot to beat him. I am just as Mexican as him, and that means I can take everything that he’s got.”
A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Molina draws strength from the fact that the fight takes place before his own people. He clearly feels that, in the ring, he and the onlookers will experience a common identity, and that the feeling will make him that much stronger. Molina stated, “This is a big fight for people where I’m from. The odds are against us, for people from here. That makes all of us that much tougher in everything that we do. I’m taking all that into the ring with me on fight night. It ain’t going to be an easy fight for him.”
Molina exudes self-confidence when he points out that people from his region have had to strive for what they have in life: it is ingrained in their character to persevere. This aspect of Molina’s background makes him regard the Arreola fight as a chance to transcend hardship. “I’ve had to struggle every day in boxing, not knowing when or who I’d fight against next,” he explains. “I’d train every day not knowing if my hard work would lead to anything. Arreola hasn’t had to deal with that. He’s had everything, the big money, the big fights, the opportunities, the title shot. What fighter wouldn’t want that? I want what he has…I want to take that for myself. This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for. A chance to take the whole bag of marbles.” continue
By James Slater: Many people (myself included) fully expected Steve “USS” Cunningham to avenge his Oct. 2011, 6th-round TD setback at the hands of Yoan Pablo Hernandez in last night’s IBF cruiserweight rematch. Instead, Cuban southpaw Hernandez again beat Cunningham, and he also came close to stopping Cunningham (this time in the 4th-round when he scored two knockdowns; last time scoring a hurtful knockdown in the opening session). continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Title with a spectacular points victory over Steve Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) in Frankfurt on Saturday night. The pattern was similar to their first meeting last October, with Cunningham fighting back after two knock-downs in the fourth round. After an exciting fight, Hernandez was ahead 116-110, 116-110 and 115-111 on the scorecards. “This is a big victory for me,” Hernandez said. “But I take my hat off to Steve, he is a great, great fighter and once again proved his world class. But our strategy worked today and I am very happy about the outcome.” continue
By Paul Strauss: Strange goings on Saturday night at The Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Nonito "The Filipinio Flash" Donaire managed to throw more punches; throw harder punches; land punches at a greater percentage; knock down Wilfredo Vasquez, Jr. (WV2); demonstrate better ring genership and defense, and still have one judge score the fight for WV2? If that judge happened to be a baseball umpire, fans would be yelling, "What ya, blind!" continue
By James Slater: World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Junior showed his toughness and heart last night in San Antonio; battling both a determined Marco Antonio Rubio and the fatigue his struggle to have made weight caused him. Big for a 160-pounder, 25-year-old Chavez Jr admitted he struggled to make the weight, yet he dug deep, traded shots with Rubio - the last two rounds of his 12-round UD win being especially thrilling - and came out a clear winner. continue
London Heavyweight Ali Adams has enlisted the permanent help of a hypnotist in his build up to the most important fight of his career in his Heavyweight Championship contest against former Olympic Champion Audley Harrison on 14th April 2012. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly expects the Welsh and British boxing fans to be at their very best when he makes his long awaited homecoming on February 25th. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: Alexander Alekseev won the vacant European Boxing Union (EBU) cruiserweight title by outpointing Enad Licina in Frankfurt, Germany. The scores favored Alekseev unanimously by margins of 118-110, 116-112, and 118-112. Alekseev (WBC #10, WBA #12, WBO #6) enjoyed considerable advantages over his foe in height, reach, skill, and experience, and consequently dominated nearly every round of the match. Nonetheless, Licina, a stocky, rugged Serbian fighter, showed tenacity and fought on gamely during the early and middle rounds. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: In defense of his EBU light heavyweight title, Eduard Gutnecht won a close, hard fought decision over Vyacheslav Uzelkov. The scorecards were unanimous at 115-114, 116-112, and 117-111. As a result of the win, Gutnecht improves to 23-1 (9 KO’s), while Uzelkov falls to 25-2 (16 KO’s). This writer favored Gutnecht, 115-114. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev: Yoan Hernandez retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) cruiserweight title by with a hard-fought, unanimous decision over Steve Cunningham (IBF #4, WBO #10) in Frankfurt, Germany. The scores read 116-110, 116-110, and 115-111. Hernandez scored two knockdowns in the fourth, very nearly stopping Cunningham during the round. But Cunningham recovered and seemed to get the better of the action in the sixth through 11th rounds. Both fighters rocked and hurt each other in the 12th round, trading evenly despite being exhausted. continue
Anaheim, Calif. (February 4, 2012) - Earlier tonight, Southern California fight fans were treated to an explosive night of boxing at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, Calif.. The five-fight card was presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate. If you missed the live action or the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
By James Slater: According to a news article that went out on RIA Novosti in Russia, 40-year-old Richard Hall could be one win away from facing World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight titlist Denis Lebedev in April. Hall will face Grigory Drozd in Moscow on Feb. 8th, and Lebedev’s promoter, Vladimir Hryunov says that Hall sees that fight as “a stepping-stone to a shot at Lebedev.” continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Russian big man Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov has been getting a fair amount of ink just lately, and fans were anxious to see the 6’3” southpaw’s Friday Night Fights debut last night on ESPN. Magomed won, improving his pro record to 13-0(13) - with nobody yet extending him beyond the 3rd-round - but his victory was less than impressive due to the awful physical condition of his opponent, blown-up cruiserweight Pedro Rodriguez of Cuba, who is now 8-1(6). continue
By James Slater: Last night in Manchester, reigning Commonwealth light-heavyweight champ Ovill McKenzie scored a crushing 3rd-round stoppage over former British super-middleweight ruler Tony Dodson. As his team had said beforehand, 32-year-old McKenzie, known as “The Upsetter,” was just too strong and too powerful for Dodson. continue
By Paul Strauss: Isaac Chilemba 18-1-1 (9 KO) gambled and won in taking on short notice what might be the biggest fight of his career against knockout puncher Edison "Pantera" Miranda 35-6-0 (30 KO) at the Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas. Not surprisingly he started out a bit tight and cautious. As usual Miranda was all about pressure and trying to land his big right hand. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Nonito Donaire’s (27-1-0) stock has been on a very sharp and aggressive rise ever since his demolition of Vic Darchinyan (37-4-1) in 2007. Then, after many great performances, Donaire was able to claim yet another tremendous and unquestionably memorable knockout victory by sending Fernando Montiel (46-4-2) to the canvas in February of 2011. continue
By Peter de Lange: My first reaction was "they got it wrong again" when I heard that Miguel Cotto would be Floyd Mayweather's next opponent. Everybody knows that the biggest fight out there is Mayweather against manny Pacquiao and the powers that be in the world of boxing failed to put it together again. I figured that this is why boxing is no longer a mainstream sport and is losing ground to the growing industry of MMA/UFC, if you can't make the show that everybody wants to see then why should anybody care? continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: As soon as the Mayweather Jr. vs. Cotto fight was officially announced, it was unbelievably tempting for me to jump on my computer and pound the keys on my keyboard until my frustrations, surprise, and peace was typed out in a form of a news article. Nevertheless, I decided to wait, as by the time I got the news, there were already dozens of pieces written on this very topic. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1) is a fighter with a famous name and the benefit of the doubt accompanying him since the beginning of his career. Of course this would be the case; he is the son of Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. (107-6-2), a boxer the world is unlikely to ever forget. continue
The Prime Division-
The heavyweight division is the arena where past kings of the ring were ordained. Where the strongest and the biggest of men were pitted against each other, much like the gladiators of the past. continue
By Michael Collins: WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) struggled but was able to make the weight on Friday during the weigh-in in San Antonio, Texas, for Saturday’s fight against Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KO’s). Chavez Jr., looking almost sickly and badly dehydrated, weighed in 159.5. Rubio, 31, easily made the weight at 159 and looked as if he was ready to step into the ring at that moment and start fighting. continue
By Robert Jackson: Turning down a $40M guarantee offered by Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight, may have its virtues, but could also come back to haunt Manny Pacquiao. Recently released unofficial documents show that Pacquiao purses have not in most cases reflected the stated guarantees for those fights. With Cotto now facing Mayweather and Marquez looking to be facing Lamont Peterson, the next available opponent for Manny Pacquiao’s next fight may be the newly signed to Top Rank fighter Timothy Bradley. continue
Carl Frampton will make the second defence of his Commonwealth Super-Bantamweight title as the chief-support bout on the undercard of Kell Brook vs. Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17. continue
By James Slater: Amir Khan was hoping to face Lamont Peterson in a return fight of their December 2011 thriller in his next fight, yet the sequel didn’t materialise (and may never do so). Victor Ortiz was just days away from his rematch with the man he beat in yet another thriller last April, in Andre Berto, yet the fight fell through due to a Berto bicep injury. continue
By James Slater: WBA middleweight champ Felix Sturm will fight at home in Germany once again on April 13th, when he will meet countryman and former interim WBC 160-pound titlist Sebastian Zbik (the fight is up now on Boxrec). The all-German showdown will no doubt prove a big hit in Deutschland, but some fans can’t help wondering if 33-year-old Sturm, 36-2-2(15) couldn’t have picked a better, possibly tougher challenger for his next bout. continue
PUNTERS on Betfair are backing Julio César Chávez Jr. to make a successful second defence of his World Boxing Council (WBC) title at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday. Chavez is the 2-7 favourite to defeat Marco Antonio Rubio and retain the 160lb crown. continue
By Anthony Ivey: Undefeated flyweight contender Daniel Lozano is preparing to make another statement in his division on Friday Feb. 10th at the Al La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. Lozano, 10-0, was recently crowned the WBC USNBC champion and is showing no signs of slowing down. "Training is going great and I feel ready as always,"states Lozano."I'll shine and do my best". Lozano is confident about his future, but he is not about to overlook the next step. continue
Tensions rose and a scuffle broke out between heavyweight prospects Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (12-0, 12 KOs) and Pedro Rodriguez (8-0, 6 KOs) at todays' Superbrawls weigh-in for tomorrow's (Friday, February 3) ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. continue
A press conference was held today to discuss the Warriors Boxing and Sampson Boxing ESPN Friday Night Fights-televised boxing event entitled "Superbrawls", scheduled for tomorrow, (Friday, February 3), in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater: When the tickets go on sale for the fast-approaching May 5th fight card that will be topped by mega-star Floyd Mayweather Junior going up in weight to challenge reigning WBA light-middleweight king Miguel Cotto, they will disappear fast. Of that I’m sure. Not only is it always a big deal when “Money” fights, his fight with Cotto is probably the best fight the 34-year-old could have taken next to the one we all wanted with Manny Pacquiao. continue
GOBBLER'S KNOB, (Groundhog Day 2012) -- At approximately 7:26 A.M. ET today, Punxsutawney Phil -- the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators -- emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn, and proclaimed, in his native Groundhogese, that the “Filipino Flash,” NONITO DONAIRE, would win the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight title when he rumbles with former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., This Saturday! February 4, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas! The fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT! continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (February 2, 2012) -- The fuse has been lit for a super middleweight explosion March 17 on HBO between an undefeated Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Donovan "Da Bomb" George, live from the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 2, 2012) – Thomas Dulorme (13-0, 10 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will face surging southpaw, Jose Reynoso (15-3-1, 2 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., by way of Mexicali, Mex., for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) welterweight title in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Feb. 17, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 2) - On Saturday, Feb. 18, Paul "The Punisher" Williams, Tavoris "Thunder" Cloud and Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola will bring their aggressive, knockout power and crowd-pleasing all-out action style to the great fans and city of Corpus Christi, Texas. The stacked fight card will emanate from the 9,200-seat American Bank Center Arena in an event presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. On the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing world championship doubleheader (LIVE at 10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), the Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida bout will be promoted in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Canelo Promotions. The Cloud vs. Gabriel Campillo bout will be promoted by Don King Productions in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC. Arreola will battle Eric Molina to headline the preliminary bouts on SHOWTIME Extreme. continue
By Paul Strauss: Several of the articles written about Angelo's passing are titled "Muhammad Ali's Trainer Dies". There seems to be something not quite right about describing Angelo that way. He wouldn't have minded though, and in fact probably would have been flattered. He was a humble man, but he also knew how to handle the public and the media. Even in death he would know the answer to the question: "Who is a bigger media favorite than Ali?" No one. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: Leading up to the Top Rank special event at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX, on February 4th, most of the media attention has been focused on WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Three Division World Champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: On Wednesday, February 1st, at Jesse James Leija’s “ChampionFit Gym”, Pound for Pound fighter Nonito Donaire put on an intense show for the crowd who came out to support “The Filipino Flash” during the week of his major world title fight against former WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. continue
By James Slater: Back in September of 2010, in what has to rank as one of the most exciting interviews I have ever done for ESB, I had the privilege, the pleasure and the honour of speaking with all-time great trainer/corner-man Angelo Dundee. Thanks to Rachel Charles, I was able to call the then 89-year-old up on the phone and sit and talk boxing with a man who had picked up a whole lifetime of pugilistic knowledge. continue
By James Slater: In sad news, it has been reported that legendary trainer-cornerman Angelo Dundee passed away a short time ago, aged 90. The lifelong boxing brain passed away peacefully in Miami; surrounded by family members. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - With the official announcement that Floyd Mayweather Junior (42-0, 26 KOs) will be facing Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO) on May 5, curious fans will now turn their attention to Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs). Who will Pacquiao’s next opponent be? With Mayweather and Cotto now officially eliminated from consideration there are basically three names left: Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KOs), and Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs). Although many from Pacquiao’s camp felt as if Cotto would have been an ideal opponent for Pac-Man at this time, that was strictly looking at things from a financial perspective. Fans don’t care about boxing finances, though. They care about seeing good fights where the outcome is difficult to determine beforehand. As such, Pacquiao’s remaining three options all represent more interesting challenges for Pacquiao than Cotto.
There was simply no reason for a Pacquiao-Cotto rematch! When they did fight Pacquiao defeated him decisively. He proved he was beyond a doubt the better man that night. Rematches are typically reserved for extremely close fights, contests that end with a controversial decision, or both. None of that was applicable here, and even though Cotto was competitive through the first four rounds he was also dropped twice during that duration. From that point forward, Cotto more or less went into full retreat mode. He was reluctant to fight. Now some fans might claim losing two extra pounds to make the 145 catch contractual catch weight drained Cotto and weakened him. While there might be some truth in this, the average fan that purchased the fight will likely not care. They will simply remember Pacquiao’s dominance and nothing more. Cotto’s unwillingness to fight during the final eight rounds made this an unappealing contest for those who remember the first fight. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: The return of unbeaten world title aspirant Braimah Kamoko against Sweden based Ugandan Hamza Wandera on February 25 in Ghana will now take place at the Accra Sports Stadium instead of the previously announced Accra International Conference Centre, we can report. continue
By Robert Jackson: The just announced the Mayweather/Cotto fight scheduled for May 5, 2012, has to be a shocker to Top Rank boss Bob Arum. In the days preceding this announcement, Top Rank was dangling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. like a carrot or piece of raw meat in front of Cotto face to keep him from bolting the Top Rank camp for greener pastures. continue
By James Slater: It’s official: Pound-for-Pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior, 42-0(26) will face Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 5th - Cinco de Mayo weekend. continue
By Michael Collins: WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO’s) may not have lucked out and gotten the big paying fight with WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th, but he will be fighting on the undercard of the fight against an opponent to be determined, according to Oscar de La Hoya. continue
Las Vegas, Nev. (February 1)...It's official. Boxing superstar Floyd "Money" Mayweather will return to the ring, step up in weight and challenge three-division World Champion Miguel Cotto for his WBA Super Welterweight World title in what will be a gargantuan showdown between two future Hall of Famers who bring excitement and fierce competition every time they step into the ring. Mayweather vs. Cotto will take place on Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be televised live on pay-per-view. continue
After a long wait, Erik Morales' Box Latino returns to their hometown with "Sangre y Patria (Blood and Country)" set for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium on Saturday, February 11th. In the main event, super bantamweight Oscar "Finito" Gonzalez (27-1, 21KOs) will take on Mario “Maka” Briones (21-1-1, 15KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, for the vacant WBC International super bantamweight title. In the co-main event, Tijuana KO artist Javier "Cobra" Mendoza (15-2-1, 12KOs) will look to strike against Armando "Chiquita" Vazquez (20-7, 4KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, in his second defense of his WBC Continental Americas light flyweight title. The double explosive twelve round co-main events will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa as part of their weekly series "Sabados de Corona". continue
By Michael Collins: Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) will be moving up in weight on May 5th to challenge WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) for his title at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather announced the news at his license hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission in Las Vegas. continue
By William Shropshire: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is expected to announce his fighter’s next opponent possibly by Friday. It’s assumed to be WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) who gets the call by Arum after Miguel Cotto took himself out of the running choosing to fight WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue
By Mel Dixon: While most fight fans are accustomed to the existence of two boxing codes, a new setup has emerged in the UK called the Queensbury Boxing League. It launched at the start of 2011 in relative obscurity but has since gained television coverage on Sky's Premier Sports. continue
By Michael Collins: British heavyweight Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s) has been looking really sharp in training and appears to have dropped a lot of tonnage in getting ready for his important bout against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) on February 18th in Munich, Germany. continue
Things got hot today at the final press conference prior to the rematch between International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs). “That is my belt, it is coming back to me,” Cunningham shouted during the face-off. “You better hug it tonight. I am the real champion. Nobody is going to help you this time. I live, eat, sleep boxing. Nobody ever helped me. No referee helped me up off the ground when I got knocked down. I am worried, I am worried for you! I am the real champ.” continue
HBO Sports’ flagship boxing series returns with an action-packed card headlined by two of the sport’s fastest-rising stars when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. VS. MARCO ANTONIO RUBIO AND NONITO DONAIRE VS. WILFREDO VAZQUEZ JR. is seen live SATURDAY, FEB. 4 at 10:00 p.m. (ET)/7:00 p.m. (PT) from the Alamodome in San Antonio, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will call all the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By Michael Collins: It appears that Amir Khan’s two-year campaign to try and talk his way into a mega fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. may have been for naught as Mayweather expressed displeasure with Khan’s fighting style in his last fight against Lamont Peterson and felt that Khan should have been disqualified in the fight, which turned out to be a loss for Khan. continue
By James Creed: Pundits and long-time fans of the sport have a tendency to look back on the past with determined reverence. They were the good times. Boxing had superstars that were household names amongst even non-fight fans. continue
By Michael Collins: Manny Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum completely blew it by not agreeing to the tiny three pound catchweight that Miguel Cotto was asking from Pacquiao and Arum for him to fight the Filipino star again. Cotto fights at 154lbs and he wanted Pacquiao to agree to fight him at 150lbs so that he wouldn’t have to strip off too much weight and end up too weak to fight. continue
By Michael Collins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. had to settle for fighting WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto for his next fight on May 5th because he couldn’t get his #1 choice Manny Pacquiao to agree to fight him. Mayweather said this on his twitter page on Wednesday: “I’m fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5th because Miss Pac Man is ducking me.” continue
By Robert Jackson: With the Ortiz/Berto rematch postponed – probably permanently, many wonder what’s next for the Vicious one. Ortiz has expressed an interest in facing the Alexander/Maidana winner, while Vanes Martirosyan has expressed his interest to step down from 154lbs to 147lbs and step in for the injured Berto and face Ortiz on Feb 11, 2012. continue
By Vivek Wallace: With Manny Pacquiao officially out of the Floyd Mayweather jr. hunt for what is traditionally known as the most festive weekend in the sport, seems the stage could be set for what many could dub the next best thing. Although no official word has come, and no official agreement has been reached on either front, rumblings in the underground have it that fight fans could be presented what would be an incredible card, as four of the sports more perennial names would square off.
All the heavy brass in Goldenboy Promotions would deny this on record, but Mayweather/Cotto and Alvarez/Mosley seem to be a very hot topic in certain circles, and what started as a luke warm whisper has suddenly become a deafening roar....even if it is only by sheer fan desire.
Pacquiao has made it clear that he will only face Cotto if Cotto agrees to sacrifice his weight again, coming down to 147lbs. Cotto's response has been very candid, making it very clear that he will not make such a mistake again, regardless of how much money is attached to the request. Some would raise an eyebrow at Cotto for declining an offer to make more than he probably ever has against Pacquiao in a rematch, but in opting for Mayweather, Cotto quickly learns a bird in the hand beats two in a bush. In simple terms, Cotto has lost to two men in his career. He has avenged one of those losses, (Margarito), but rather than risking the odds of defeat to the man who gave him the other loss, (Pacquiao), he could set out to face the man, (Mayweather), who most feel could defeat that man. continue
Bellew’s Liverpool clash to be aired live on Sky Sports – tickets on sale at 9am
Matchroom Sport are delighted to announce that they have joined forces with David Coldwell and Coldwell Boxing for Tony Bellew’s British light-Heavyweight title defence against Danny McIntosh on ‘The Big Bang’ card at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on Saturday April 14, live on Sky Sports. continue
Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs) is responding to pre-fight interviews with South Africa's WBC #6, WBA #13, and World Boxing Organization (WBO) #14-rated Isaac "Golden Boy" Chilemba, whom he will face in the 10-round light heavyweight main event of this Friday's (February 3) ESPN Friday Night Fights broadcast from the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. continue
BOMBS AWAY SATURDAY, MAR. 17, LIVE ON HBO AT 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT
AT THE THEATER AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
NEW YORK, NY (February 1, 2012) - Earlier today DiBella Entertainment hosted a media teleconference to announce "Bombs Away", the much anticipated March 17th (St. Patrick's Day) co-feature fight between top-rated Super Middleweight contenders Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez and Donovan "Da Bomb" George being shown live on HBO.The card, headlined by Middleweight Champion, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez (48-2-2, 27KO's) defending his crown against Matthew "Mack the Knife" Macklin (28-3, 19KO's), is entitled, "THE Real Middleweight Championship - Get Your Irish Up" and will take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.HBO will begin live coverage at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. continue
By Michael Collins: It isn’t Marco Antonio Rubio’s lack of height that may hurt him this Saturday night in challenging WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KO’s) for the title on HBO at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It’s the weight advantage that Chavez Jr. will almost surely have going for him that will cause Rubio major headaches in this fight. continue
BRONX, NY (January 31, 2012) - Honors keep rolling in for Star Boxing's world ranked Junior Middleweight Delvin Rodriguez, the latest being yesterday's announcement by the Boxing Writers Association of America ("BWAA") that last July 17th Star Boxing-promoted event between Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak, aired live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, had been selected as the BWAA Fight of the Year. continue
By Michael Collins: Floyd Mayweather Jr. agreed to fight WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto at the full 154 pounds on May 5th to try and capture his tile. When asked why he didn’t try and get a catchweight handicap like Manny Pacquiao has sometimes used against fighters to get an edge, Mayweather said “I can’t fight a guy that isn’t comfortable. I don’t get anything from that. I want them to be at their best.” continue
By Michael Collins: A fight is considered a terrible mismatch when one fighter doesn’t even have to use their right hand to win it. They can literally jab their way to a victory without even once using their right hand. The March 3rd fight between IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) and 39-year-old Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KO’s) is a pretty good case for that. Wladimir, 6’6”, has arguably the best jab in the heavyweight division and a powerful left hook that does with it. continue
By Michael Collins: Oscar De La Hoya isn’t saying who he plans on matching against Golden Promotions fighter Saul Alvarez on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto on May 5th, but the word is already leaking out that 40-year-old Shane Mosley is the guy that will likely get the fight. Mosley has already said to ESPN that he’d like to fight Alvarez next. continue
Four top cruiserweights showcased their talents today in Frankfurt prior to Team Sauerland´s big show at the Fraport Arena on Saturday night. In four days, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) and two-time world champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) will meet again, while Enad Licina and Alexander Alekseev clash for the vacant European Cruiserweight Title. “I deserve to be world champion and I will prove my worth on Saturday night,” Hernandez told the press after today´s session. “He is good, but I don´t consider him a world champion,” Cunningham said of his opponent. “I am here to take home the title and become world champion for a third time.” continue
Los Angeles (Jan 31, 2012) - At the end of the year, when several highly respected publications, including ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Yahoo! Sports named Andre Ward their Fighter of the Year, it seemed that the people around the 2004 Olympic gold medalist were even more thrilled than he was. Though grateful for the awards he had earned, the WBA and WBC super middleweight World Champion was waiting for "the big one." continue
LOS ANGELES (January 31) - Due to a left biceps injury sustained while training on Monday, January 30, Andre Berto will be unable to compete in his scheduled February 11 SHOWTIME televised bout against Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., forcing a cancellation of the event on that date. All parties involved are actively seeking a possible postponement date for Ortiz vs. Berto II. continue
BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546), the UK's only dedicated boxing channel, will televise a sensational world-title doubleheader featuring superstars Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Nonito Donaire this Saturday (4 February) live from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. continue