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Gennedy Golovkin vs. Makoto Fuchigami on May 12th; Mayweather vs. Cotto Events leading up to the big match, Live on Ustream

KIEV, UKRAINE (April 30, 2012) World Boxing Association (WBA) Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and his noted trainer Abel Sanchez have arrived in Kiev, Ukraine where Golovkin will defend his world title on Saturday, May 12th against Japanese champion Makoto Fuchigami at the Ice Palace “Terminal”. continue


Under the Hood

By Ted Spoon: It's a paradox unique to boxing that while it speaks to the layman's inner fury it delights more distinguished figures. You'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who doesn't enjoy a tear-up, but although fighting and boxing are linked, they are polarities, and ironically the more boxing there is the less receptive the crowd are. continue


Weigh-In Live: Mayweather/Cotto" airs Friday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO; McCloskey and Frampton to perform Betfair Prizefighter draw

Apr. 30, 2012 – Boxing fans can get a ringside seat for one of the sport’s most dramatic pre-fight activities when HBO telecasts WEIGH-IN LIVE: MAYWEATHER/COTTO, the world championship fight weigh-in, featuring boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather and super welterweight title-holder Miguel Cotto. The half-hour special airs Friday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. continue


Chad Dawson: Is He Worthy Of Being In The Top-10 Pound-For-Pound?

By James Slater: Having finally managed to pound out a clear decision win over one time bitter rival, now respected fellow warrior Bernard Hopkins - a fighter it is almost impossible to look good against - “Bad” Chad Dawson is at the top of the light-heavyweight tree. continue


Who Next For Seth Mitchell? De La Hoya Mentions Michael Grant’s Name

By James Slater: Fresh off his exciting, back-from-the-brink TKO win over Chazz Witherspoon, unbeaten U.S heavyweight Seth Mitchell and his team are making plans for the next step in the Brandywine warrior’s career. There is talk of “Mayhem” returning in September, and co-promoter Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy spoke briefly about who it might be the 29-year-old former football player goes in with next. continue


Huck vs. Afolabi on Saturday; Lee Selby to fight on 5/25; Anwar-Daws on 5/19

The rematch is just around the corner. Once again Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) and Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) will fight it out for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Cruiserweight World championship, this time at the Messehalle in Erfurt on May 5. In December 2009, the two athletes squared off in Ludwigsburg. Back then Huck won an exciting bout by unanimous decision. Two-and-a-half years later both men believe that they have grown and developed into better boxers. May 5 will show who really has put in the work since then. continue


Vincent Thompson Eager To Get Back Into The RIng

By Exclusive interview by Charles C. White: Kindly taking time out of his busy training schedule, undefeated heavyweight "Viscious" Vincent Thompson had the following answers to my questions: continue


Malignaggi stops Senchenko to capture WBA 147 pound title; Grachev upsets Silakh

LOS ANGELES, April 29 - "The Magic Man" is back on top. Using pinpoint accurate punches and a punishing attack from start to finish, Brooklyn's Paulie Malignaggi stopped previously unbeaten Vyacheslav Senchenko in the ninth round on Sunday to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) world welterweight championship. continue


Paulie Malignaggi Destroys Vyacheslav Senchenko; Wins WBA Welterweight Crown With 9th-Round TKO

By James Slater: Who says Paulie Malignaggi can’t punch!? Tonight in Ukraine, the 31-year-old “Magic Man” used his full bag of tricks, and some of his rarely seen punching power, to snatch the WBA welterweight title with what was arguably the finest performance of his long, up and down pro career. continue


How to Make Boxing More Mainstream Again

By James Stillerman: The last couple of years in boxing contained numerous electrifying boxing matchups, including last year, Strum v. Macklin, Berto v. Ortiz, Wolak v. Delvin, Salido v. Lopez, and Donaire v. Montiel, among others which contributed to the sport being rejuvenated and capturing people’s imagination once again. continue


Schaefer Says Khan Could Be Just Two Wins Away From Mega-Fight With “Money” Mayweather

By James Slater: Despite losing to Lamont Peterson in a big upset last time out, Britain’s Amir Khan has not given up hopes of one day facing unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior. And Khan could be as close as just two wins away from his dream fight. continue


What Next For Chad Dawson, Bernard Hopkins?

By James Slater: Ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins finally ran out of miracles last night in his rematch with “Bad” Chad Dawson. The 47-year-old legend was widely out-pointed over 12 less than thrilling rounds (at least B-Hop was ruled a clear points loser by everyone on planet earth apart from judge Luis Rivera, who somehow, shockingly, disgracefully, unforgivably, had the fight all even at 114-114), and “The Executioner’s” amazing career might have seen its end. continue


Seth Mitchell Comes Through Mini-Crisis, Bombs Out Chazz Witherspoon In 3rd

By James Slater - Last night on the Dawson-Hopkins II card, unbeaten, hugely exciting U.S heavyweight hope Seth Mitchell came through the biggest crisis of his pro career to stop a game Chazz Witherspoon in the 3rd-round.

An ultra-exciting slugfest that saw both guys rocked, 29-year-old Mitchell finally won it in the 3rd, when two smashing rights slammed into 30-year-old Witherspoon’s jaw, prompting ref Randy Neumann to dive in and stop the fight. The official time was 2-minutes and 31 seconds. Mitchell is now 25-0-1(19). Witherspoon is now 30-3(22). continue


Dawson easily beats Hopkins, makes him look old; Mitchell stops Witherspoon

By Paul Strauss: Bad Chad Dawson described the rematch as a great fight? That's open to argument. Ugly would be a better description. What transpired tonight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City NJ wasn't pretty. Boxing fans know that isn't unusual with Hopkins. The old man is clever, tricky, slick and sneaky or dirty if you prefer. Bad Chad claimed to have been head butted at least eight times, without any warning from Referee Eddie Cotton. continue


Minto hammers Hicks

Former WBO world title challenger Brian "The Beast" Minto (36-5) destroyed heavyweight Matt Hicks (13-7) Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort. After Minto landed a devastating overhand right late in the initial stanza, the bout was halted at 2:48 of round one. The victory marks Minto's second win in his last 3 fights. continue


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Sillakh cruising along smoothly until he ran into a Grachev right hand

by Paul Strauss: Denis Grachev lived up to his nickname "The Pirate" when he stole the fight from top contender Ismayl Sillakh at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, TX. Up until the eighth round, Ismayl was going along smoothly, winning every round with his superior skills and athleticism. But, unlike the Ishmael in Herman Melville's Mobie Dick, this Ismayl wasn't going to escape.

It was fun listening as Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas expanded on his usual fight plan. He talked about Sillakh's tendencies, and how Grachev might exploit them. As the fight progressed, Grachev seemed unable to execute what Teddy felt needed to be done, and therefore Teddy went so far as to say the fight was not an interesting one. (Roy Jones, Jr. would fire Teddy for such an utterance. That is according to his design for a new boxing network. Roy only wants announcers who ballyhoo the fighters. Any negative comments would warrant dismissal. How boring. You would have to be an ignoramus, like those who enjoy MMA announcers, to want that kind of commentary. Oops, that slipped out.. continue


Malignaggi: "I will be returning to the United States a world champion again"

With three consecutive wins under his belt, Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi is in top form heading into his Sunday, April 29 showdown against unbeaten WBA Welterweight World Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and the former Junior Welterweight World Titlist has no doubt that he will be leaving the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine with the 147-pound title belt around his waist. continue


Huge Crowd Expected For Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson At Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City

Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and Caesars Atlantic City are pleased to announce that over 7,000 fans will be in the building for the epic battle taking place tonight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey between WBC and Ring Magazine Light-Heavyweight World Champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and former World Champion "Bad" Chad Dawson. continue


Brilliant Tony Bellew delivers brutal KO in Liverpool

boxingChamp defends British light heavyweight title with 5th round stunner against McIntosh

Tony Bellew sent a chilling warning to Euro champ Eduard Gutknecht after a stunning fifth round knockout of Danny McIntosh in his British light heavyweight title defence live on Sky Sports at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

The hometown star delivered an over hand right at the start of the fifth that was a fitting finish to The Big Bang billing, and there was only one winner from the start as Bellew bossed proceedings in front of his raucous army of fans.

Bellew rocked McIntosh in every round, finally flooring the Norwich fighter at the very end of the fourth round. McIntosh had a minute to recover, but it was not enough as Tony put the icing on a dominant performance with his devastating knockout blow. continue


Oosthuizen defeats Johnson

MIAMI, Okla. (April 28, 2012) -- Thomas Oosthuizen made the most of his United States television debut on ShoBox: The New Generation by producing a crowd-pleasing unanimous decision victory over Marcus "Too Much" Johnson. The 10-round super middleweight bout was scored 98-91 on all three scorecards. In the SHOWTIME® co-feature, unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Luis Orlando Del Valle scored a hard-fought, 10-round unanimous decision over Christopher Martin by the tallies of 100-89, 98-91 and 97-92. continue


Six Of The Best: Taking A Look At Half A Dozen Young Up-And-Coming American Heavyweights

boxingBy James Slater - Right now in the U.S, a bunch of exciting, promising young heavyweights well worth keeping an eye on are closing in on, if not the world title, then a major fight. Comprising of the unbeaten Seth Mitchell, the tall and athletic Skipp Scott, the “smallish” Bryant Jennings, the hard-hitting Joe Hanks, former Olympian Deontay Wilder and the genetically-gifted George “Monk” Foreman III, these six prospects/contenders may all be in reach of a title shot or big make-or-break fight in the coming months.

Let’s take a look at the six shining stars here. In no particular order, here are my six picks for the most promising young American heavies on the scene today:

Seth Mitchell. The highest-ranked of the bunch at present, the 29-year-old all-round athlete from Maryland is currently 24-0-1(17) and Mitchell is being looked at by some as America’s most promising young heavy. Set to face Chazz Witherspoon next (April 28th), “Mayhem” has already earned attention with wins over capable journeymen such as Zack Page (WU8), Taurus Sykes (KO5) and Evans Quinn (KO1) and, last time out contender Timur Ibragimov (TKO2). continue


Jackson Brothers Punch their Way to Victory

On Wednesday, April 25, at the Marin Center in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and co-promoter Lesley Commission of 340 Boxing Promotions presented "Boxing in Paradise V" to a sold-out crowd, who didn't go home disappointed. continue


Boxing Legends Thomas Hearns, Emanuel Steward List Their Ten Greatest Fighters Of All-Time!

thomas hearnsBy James Slater - Lists, lists, lists! We love ‘em, we debate ‘em, we get angry over ‘em and we are almost always passionate about ‘em. Seemingly more so whenever anyone compiles a list of “The Greatest” ….anything in the sport of boxing; be it the best-ever fighters, the best-ever trainers, the best-ever fights - people get involved whenever they read such a list.

Right now, the excellent Boxing News team in the U.K have a book out, entitled The 100 Greatest Boxers Of All-Time. Already causing debate, the 100 best-ever fighters according to the painstakingly put together book will not suit everyone. How could they?

Fans always have their favourites, and if they are not present in such a list, the criticism comes pouring out: “These guys know nothing about boxing! How could X not be on their list!. continue


Joe Hanks Scores First Round KO

Star Boxing's undefeated heavyweight contender Joe "The Future" Hanks made it a very quick evening on Friday night, brutally knocking out veteran Marcus Rhode in the first round at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Improving his record to 20-0-0 with 14 knockouts, Hanks drilled Rhode to the canvas three times before referee Gary Ritter called a halt to the bout at the 1:36 mark of the opening stanza. continue


Iceman John Scully: “Hopkins is no dummy! He knows he’s in there for a real fight. I don’t think he’d bet a million dollars on himself. Put it that way.”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with trainer Iceman John Scully, who is preparing Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) for his upcoming rematch against WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) this Saturday night. Scully spoke about the upcoming rematch and reflected back on the unusual circumstances that brought the first bout to a premature ending. He also shared opinions on other aspects pertaining to the current boxing landscape, including the upcoming May 5 fight between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto, as well as the June 9 contest involving Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Here is what Iceman had to say:

On how preparations have gone for Chad Dawson’s upcoming rematch against Bernard Hopkins:

“So far, so good. I mean we’re actually still in a little bit of preparation mode. It’s not done yet, but he feels great. He said to me several times over the last couple of weeks that this is the best he’s ever felt going into a fight. So I’ll take him at his word.”

His views on the first fight between Hopkins and Dawson:

“Well I mean Chad I think has gotten a bad rap from a lot of people. Like you’ll read articles online where people say Chad flung him to the floor, and he planned it out, and it was a calculated body slam. If you watch the video—and I challenge anyone to go to Youtube right now and watch it, watch it in real time—literally as soon as Hopkins ended up on his back he was off, like it actually happened in the blink of an eye, in the span of a second and a half. I mean it was no premeditated thing. It just happened. He was on his back and Chad got him off. That was his first reaction, was to get this guy off his back. I certainly don’t believe for a second that Chad thought in a million years that Hopkins would end up falling. I mean I clearly saw where Chad shrugged him off expecting him to maintain on his feet and just be bumped off. I was shocked when Hopkins hit the floor. I mean he looked like he got shot out of a cannon. So it happened. He fell. I can’t sit here and accuse the guy of lying and say he wasn’t hurt, but I do believe his injury whatever it was, I don’t think it was as bad as he has made it out to be, and I have my reasons for thinking that.” continue


Amanda Serrano comes up short in gallant effort to capture 2nd world title

Last night in Sweden, Amanda Serrano (14-1-1, 9 KOs) lost a unanimous decision against Frida Wallberg (11-0, 2 KOs) for the WBC Lightweight world title. Scorecards read 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92. "I gave it my all," said Serrano. "I know I landed some good shots in the fight and I'm not ashamed of my performance. Frida Wallberg is a great fighter and I take nothing away from her victory. I'm going to bounce back from this bump in the road and work my way back to the top. I want to thank all my fans who've been there for me and I promise I'll be back.. continue


Bellew and Cleverly pick Dawson to beat Hopkins tonight

Two men guaranteed to be tuning in to this evening’s blockbuster WBC World Light-Heavyweight clash are FWP’s brace of world class 175 lbers, Nathan Cleverly (current WBO king) and Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew (reigning British champion).Both shall be itching to secure a future date with whoever prevails in Atlantic City.

Here, they provide their take on how the blue-chip BoxNation televised dust up is likely to pan out.

Nathan Cleverly’s Assessment:

”I think Hopkins is a great fighter. He’s very clever technically and his leg work, his movement around the ring is always top class. He’s exceptional at taking away an opponent’s strengths. Above all, he knows how to win fights. Whenever he needs to step it up he always can. He usually does just enough to get his hand raised.

Dawson is also a quality fighter. For a start, he’s southpaw and that always causes problems. He’s also very big for the weight and can be very fast and explosive when he opens up. Unlike several of Hopkins prior opponents, I don’t think Dawson will be spooked by Hopkins attempts to get into his mind. Dawson appears a pretty cool customer and, at elite level, I think the top guys know how to handle the pressure. They don’t really get intimidated. continue


Hopkins vs. Dawson II analysis

By Glynn Evans: If Bernard Hopkins is no longer the finest pugilist operating in boxing today, he certainly remains it’s most remarkable says boxing writer Glynn Evans.

A product of the notoriously feral Raymond Rosen projects on the darker side of north Philadelphia and, for five years from the age of 17, an inmate at Pennsylvania’s Graterford Penitentiary following a flunked armed robbery, ‘BHop’ found boxing late (23) and even suffered defeat in his October 1988 pro debut.

Yet almost 24 years on, he has carved a rep as one of the most learned professors in the history of this Noble Art. Statistically, he is the most successful world middleweight champion in the division’s 123 year history and, since schooling Canada’s Jean Pascal, a quality young lion performing in his home city of Montreal last May, he has been styling himself as the sports oldest ever world champion at 46.

Following his inauspicious entry to this planet, it is a minor miracle that the man they call ‘The Executioner’ is still alive and at liberty today. Nevertheless, he shall be looking to exact yet another miracle this evening by conquering Connecticut’s ‘Bad’ Chad Dawson, easily his stiffest rival to hegemony at 175lbs, in their rematch at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. continue


Nazim Richardson: “Think about it! You look at the first two rounds with Chad Dawson, or you look at the first two rounds of Jean Pascal in his first fight with Bernard, and who looked better?"

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with world class trainer Brother Nazim Richardson, who is preparing WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) for his rematch with Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday night. In addition, Nazim is also preparing Sugar Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) for a May 5 clash against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs). Richardson spoke about the upcoming fights for Hopkins and Mosley, and also shared his views on Andre Ward as well as the upcoming that feature Floyd Mayweather Junior squaring off against Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao taking on Timothy Bradley. Here is what Richardson had to say:

Regarding Bernard Hopkins’ training and preparations for his rematch against Chad Dawson:

“Bernard’s a veteran, and as I told him not too long, a day or two ago I told him now he is a complete fighter. You hear people say this guy’s a complete fighter, that guy’s a complete fighter. Bernard now is a complete fighter because the one aspect he didn’t have it one time is he never knew when to rest. He never knew when to take a break. Now finally he’ll do that at times. He listens to his body and he’ll know when to take that break. So you know camp is different for us. Guys go into camp and say we have to have a great camp. Bernard lives the lifestyle of a fighter. So it’s not about camp. It’s just about him focusing on the task.”

His views on the first fight between Hopkins and Dawson:

“Yeah it was a disappointing outcome for all parties involved. You know people read into it and they start speculating, and you know something? That really kind of baffles me! I mean I’d understand that if we were talking about some of the newer kids, if we were talking a Danny Garcia, if we were talking about some of these new guys like Adrien Broner, because we’re still learning about these guys! But with a guy like Bernard, I don’t get it when people fall apart and say, ‘Hey you know, Chad looked strong early!’ And I ask them, ‘How many fights have we been in with Bernard Hopkins where the guy looks strong early?’ The one fight where the guy didn’t look strong early Bernard lost to Calzaghe! That was the one fight that Bernard put him on the canvas in the first round and he wound up losing that fight. You know with the Chad Dawson debacle in the first fight, like you always hear me tell Bernard, it’s nothing we haven’t seen. We’ve been here before. Robert Allen threw us out of the ring. The ankle was messed up. We had the rematch. You know it’s nothing we haven’t seen. You will hear other fighters say it, but with Bernard Hopkins it is actually true. The only thing Bernard Hopkins hasn’t seen is ‘Fan Man’ come down in the middle of his ring!” continue


Bernard Hopkins man, myth or legend in terms of Philadelphia boxing history?

boxingBy Doug Hattier: I’d like to start by saying that even though I am no longer hyper-opinionated; I would be negligent if I failed to mention that real Philly Boxing fans couldn’t give a shit about World Boxing History. Humbly speaking Philadelphia is an animal all to itself in the world of Boxing, but that argument I will save for another blog. Anyway this little exercise is going to attempt to place Hopkins in his rightful place amongst the Philly Titans.

In order to do this I have put together for your viewing pleasure a less subjective scale in order to try an objectively rate fighters from different eras. I am going to use the five point must system to rate what I think are the most relevant issues. Multiply era, record, quality of opposition and punch. I suppose we should call this system Doug’s Quotient or DQ for short, which is appropriate since if you can follow my logic you would be DQ’d for sure! Now comes the hard part, which is who should I compare and contrast him with, since I didn’t wait to the very last minute, for a change. I choose “Bad Bennie” Briscoe, “Smokin Joe” Frazier, Matthew Saad Muhammad, Joey Giardello and “Terrible Tim” Witherspoon. continue


Tony Bellew Scores Impressive One-Punch KO To Halt Danny McIntosh in 5th-Round, Retains British Light-Heavy Title

boxingBy James Slater: Tonight at The Echo Arena in his native Liverpool, British light-heavyweight king Tony “Bomber” Bellew lived up to his nickname in style as he scored an impressive one-punch KO over a game but outgunned and outclassed Danny McIntosh.

29-year-old Bellew landed a wicked right hand to the head in the 5th, scoring a KO at just 38-seconds of the round. McIntosh went down hard, landing flat on his back. Referee Terry O’Connor dispensed with a count and waved the fight off immediately. Bellew is now 17-1(11). Former European champ McIntosh, the older man by three years, is now 13-3(7).

After a relatively cagey opening round, in which both men got their jab working as well as trying to go to work with the right hand, Bellew took over completely. Bellew caught his man with a right to the head towards the end of the 1st and the two traded in exciting style. As things turned out, this was the challenger’s best round all night.

Bellew, an underrated boxer, really got his fine left jab going in the 2nd, and his powerful right hand was being fired behind it. Soon enough, a sharp right hand to the head wobbled McIntosh, sending his mouth-piece flying for the first of a number of times. Bellew went for the finish, with just seconds left in the session. A hurt and under fire challenger made it through the round. continue


Gonzalez-Rojas & Salgado-Honorio on Saturday night

LOS ANGELES, April 27 - World champions will collide tomorrow, Saturday, April 28, when current World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez takes to the ring at The Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico to defend his title for the fourth time against former World Champion Elio Rojas live on FOX Deportes at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. The broadcast also features the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Lightweight World Championship bout between Juan Carlos Salgado and Martin Honorio. continue


How To Defeat Floyd Mayweather?

by Andrew Hall: The first question is, can it be done? The answer to this question is a resounding yes. In fact, according to many people it has already been done by Jose Luis Castillo in his epic first bout with Floyd "Money" Mayweather. Since that fight, however, Floyd has improved so the question of how to defeat him remains a mystery. continue


Floyd Mayweather Jr. conference call transcript

Kelly Swanson

Thank you, everybody, for joining us today for Floyd "Money" Mayweather's conference call. As probably most of you know, yesterday Floyd did his open media workout, and it was a grand success. The gym was packed. And I have to commend Floyd as he did every single interview that was asked of him and he has been doing that throughout the whole promotion. He now is making himself available for this conference call. continue


Weigh-in: Hopkins vs. Dawson; John Molina ready to resume lightweight campaign; If Pacquiao beats Bradley

Bernard Hopkins 173.5 - Chad Dawson 174.5
Seth Mitchell 241.5 - Chazz Withersppon 231.5
Shawn Porter 153.5 - Patrick Thompson 153.5 continue


Late Replacement Foe Named For WBO 168-Pound Champ Robert Stieglitz: Australia’s Nader Hamdan

By James Slater: After suffering a terrible run of bad luck that saw not one but two big fights fall through due to injury suffered by his would-be challengers (Mikkel Kessler first, George Groves second), reigning WBO super-middleweight champ Robert Stieglitz has a late replace foe that will allow him to fight as planned on the big May 5th bill in Erfurt, Germany. continue


Wladimir Klitschko Still Interested In Facing Alexander Povetkin, Says He’ll Be “Disappointed” If Povetkin Loses To Hasim Rahman

By James Slater: Heavyweight top dog Wladimir Klitschko, the Ring Magazine, IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO king, has set his stall out. Set to take on 40-year-old Tony Thompson in a rematch in July, “Dr. Steel Hammer” is looking at facing a couple of young contenders afterwards. continue


Camil to sing before Cotto-Mayweather bout; Mussachio-Bailey on 5/19 - Boxing News

LOS ANGELES (April 27)...Renowned Mexican actor and singer Jaime Camil is set to sing the Himno Nacional Mexicano at "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Camil will have the honor of singing the anthem at the mega-event which coincides with the Cinco de Mayo holiday, traditionally one of the biggest boxing weekends of the year. continue


Sergio Martinez Headed to Canastota

CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 27, 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez will attend festivities planned for the 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 7-10th. continue


Dimitrenko faces Pulev for EBU title on May 5th

The European Heavyweight Title is up for grabs for Kubrat Pulev. On May 5 the boxing world will be watching the two World Boxing Organization (WBO) world champions Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) and Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) defending their cruiserweight and super-middleweight titles respectively at the Messehalle in Erfurt. But the championship bouts don´t end there. Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) and Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko (32-1, 23 KOs) will fight it out for the vacant European crown of the heavyweight division. continue


Minto Set To Return Sat.

Former WBO world title challenger Brian "The Beast" Minto (35-5 22kos) returns to the ring this Saturday at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Minto will face hard hitting, 6'4 250 pound Matt Hicks (13-6 12kos) in the feature heavyweight bout being presented by TNT Promotions. continue


Hopkins-Dawson II - Could The End Be Nigh For “The Executioner?”

By James Slater: As reported by Ringtv.com, living legend and reigning world light-heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins cut an angry figure during a 30-minute round table interview session with selected members of the media in Atlantic City yesterday. continue


10 Reasons Not to Bet Against The Executioner

By Teron Briggs: Saturday night, at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall “Bad” Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) will again attempt to pry the WBC light heavyweight title from 47 year old Bernard “The Executioner” “B-Hops” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs).” continue


Thomas Oosthuizen vs. Marcus Johnson tonight

NEW YORK (April 27, 2012) - Tonight well-spoken and articulate South African IBO super middleweight champion Thomas "Tommy Gun'' Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) will meet dangerous ShoBox veteran Marcus "Too Much" Johnson (21-1, 15 KOs), of Houston, Texas, in the 10-round super middleweight co-featured bout on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® tomorrow/Friday, April 27, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. continue


Weigh-in: Saunders vs. Hill

Billy Joe Saunders weighed-in today at 11st 5 1/2lb for his Vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Championship fight tomorrow night (28th April) at the Royal Albert Hall. continue


Bellew defends British title tonight against McIntosh

Tony Bellew tackles Danny McIntosh tonight in their hotly anticipated British light heavyweight clash at the Echo Arena in Liverpool live on Sky Sports 1HD – and the home town fighter is urging the city to back football’s Kick It Out campaign. continue


Shane Mosley vs Saul Alvarez: Keys to Victory, Four to Explore, and Official Prediction

By Vivek Wallace: In literal form, sugar is a white substance, known to be sweet; while cinnamon is a brown substance, known to have a little spice. When we analyze 'Sugar' Shane Mosley and Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, while the colors may be a bit backwards, without a doubt, the only gear these two men know is straight forward, as neither has ever been known to fight off the back foot. There lies the intrigue in this fight, and somewhere deep in the contest, there may also lie the unfortunate downfall for one of the two warriors. As we prepare for this classic showdown between the old bull and young pup, we take a look at "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and an "Official Prediction": continue


Larry Hazzard’s 10th Anniversary C.O.M.B.A.T.T. Awards Dinner & Celebration

By Lou McLaughlin: This past Tuesday April 24th I was privileged to attend the 10th Anniversary C.O.M.B.A.T.T. Awards Dinner & Celebration Reception at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. C.O.M.B.A.T.T. (Community Organization Making Boxing Alternatives Today for Tomorrow) was founded my Mr. Larry Hazzard Sr. Mr. Hazzard, is a retired professional boxing championship referee. continue


Hopkins-Dawson roundtable quotes; Royal Albert Hall running order

"ONCE AND FOR ALL: HOPKINS VS. DAWSON"

MEDIA ROUNDTABLE QUOTES

Bernard Hopkins, WBC & Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion continue


Weights: Sillakh 175, Grachev 174

AUSTIN, Tex. (April 26, 2012) – Weights for tomorrow night’s unprecedented clash of four undefeated fighters on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights being promoted by Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions at the Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas, are: continue


Oosthuizen-Johnson final quotes

MIAMI, Okla. (April 26, 2012) – All six fighters participating in an eagerly awaited tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, April 27, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Buffalo Run Casino. continue


Hopkins-Dawson undercard: Mitchell-Witherspoon, Porter-Thompson, More!; Hyland-Archuleta on May 12th

Atlantic City, April 26 - Before future Hall of Famer Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins steps into the ring to defend his WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight titles against "Bad" Chad Dawson this Saturday, April 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, fans will be treated to a full slate of undercard action that includes a heavyweight showdown between Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell and "The Gentleman" Chazz Witherspoon in the co-main event, and appearances by young talents Shawn "Showtime" Porter, Michael "Baby Face" Faragon, Lavarn Harvell, Michael Perez, Julian Williams and Phil "The Italian Sensation" Lo Greco. continue


On The Ropes Boxing Radio #166 featuring Adonis Stevenson, Nazim Richardson & Iceman John Scully - Now Available On-Demand!

by Jenna J - This week's 166th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with Super Middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson and top boxing trainers Nazim Richardson & Iceman John Scully.

On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:

• Adonis Stevenson's TKO2 victory over Noe Gonzalez. How impressive has Adonis's rise been up the super middleweight rankings?

• Could a fight with Lucian Bute be in Stevenson's near feature?

• Jermain Taylor's decsion win over Caleb Truax . Has Jermain shown that the stuggles of the past will once again prevent him from competing at the top level?

• Erislandy Lara TKO1 win over Ronald Hearns . Should Lara get a title shot in his very next fight?

• Lara's saying that he would go to 160-Pounds to get a fight with Sergio Martinez. Is that his best move right now?

• Abner Mares 's impressive decision win over Eric Morel, & Anselmo Moreno's TKO9 victory over David De La Mora. Who had the better performace and who would win a match up between the both of them?

• Floyd Mayweather Jr's statement on HBO's speaking out that he will never offer Pacquiao more then 40 million for a fight.

• The return of Antonio Margarito on may 26th against Abel Perry 18-5 9 ko. Is it a good idea for Margartio to return so soon after his eye problems from his last fight?

• Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch for the Ring/WBC light heavyweight titles . Who wins and why?

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Pirog-Ishida on May 1st in Moscow, Russia

Kirill Pchelnikov’s KP Boxing Promotion and Art Pelullo’s Banner Promotions will present a sensational world championship fight card on Tuesday, May 1, at Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. The fights will be televised in Russia on Channel 2. Check local listings for times. continue


Andre Ward To Be Made WBC “Champ In Recess” - Anthony Dirrell To Face Nikola Sjekloca For Regular WBC Title

By James Slater: The WBC have announced how unbeaten star and reigning WBC 168-pound champ Andre Ward, currently sidelined with a hand injury, will be made their “Champion in Recess” until he is able to resume his career. continue


Demetrius Andrade vs. Rudy Cisneros on May 5th; Hopkins-Dawson II on Saturday

BRONX, NY (April 26, 2012) - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an exciting pro boxing card featuring a legitimate star-in-the-making, undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade, on Saturday night, May 5 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue


HBO Sports to replay Mayweather vs. Corrales 2001 & Cotto vs. Mosley 2007 this weekend

April 26, 2012 – HBO Sports® held a fan vote to decide which classic fights they would want to see air on the HBO2 service leading up to the super welterweight world championship fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. The fans have chosen two riveting showdowns that highlight defining moments in the careers of both superstars. continue


Saul Alvarez vs. Shane Mosley on Cinco de Mayo weekend

LOS ANGELES, April 26 - It has long been understood that if you are a Mexican superstar fighter, you will be fighting on Cinco de Mayo weekend, which has traditionally become the date and stage for boxing's biggest mega-events. Thanks to precocious 21-year-old World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, it's clear that this fistic holiday tradition will continue well into the future. continue


Anthony Dirrell to face Nikola Sjekloca for WBC 168lb title; Andre Ward made champion in recess

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS

April 26, 2012 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: continue


Forbes replaces Gomez for Jessie Vargas fight on Mayweather-Cotto undercard

LOS ANGELES, April 26 - With Alfonso Gomez forced to withdraw from his scheduled May 5 bout against undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas on the "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" pay-per-view undercard due to a back injury, the call went out for someone willing to step up and face the unbeaten rising star on short notice. Former World Champion Steve "2 Pounds" Forbes answered the call without hesitation, ready to step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas to face Vargas in a 10-round welterweight bout. continue


TNT Set to Broadcast HBO® Reality Series 24/7 Mayweather/Cotto; Hopkins vs. Dawson on Saturday

Four-Part Series Replays Over Four Consecutive Nights on TNT, beginning May 1

HBO’s Emmy-Award®-winning reality series ‘24/7’ is coming to TNT, which will air replays of the all-new four-part series 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO on four consecutive nights, beginning Tuesday, May 1. continue


24/7 Mayweather-Cotto, Episode #3 on Saturday night on HBO; Spina-Biosse on May 24th

24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO

APRIL 28 EPISODE

Episode #3

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Pacquiao-Bradley undercard: Rigondeaux-Kennedy, Arce-Rojas & Jones-Bailey


LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 26, 2012) – If the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley, Jr. World Welterweight Championship pay-per-view undercard was a poker hand it would be two pairs of world title fighters, Arce High! Six gladiators will be going mano a mano in two world championship rumbles and a 10-round junior featherweight brawl. continue


Exclusive Interview With Heavyweight Contender Skipp Scott - “Me And Seth Mitchell Could Be A Great HBO Fight Down The Road”

By James Slater: 33-year-old Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott is an athletic and talented heavyweight who stands an impressive 6’8” and weighs a solid 245-pounds. Currently 14-1(9), the former kick boxer who had very little amateur boxing experience is looking for a breakout 2012. continue


Tyson Fury “Will Fight One Of The Klitschkos By March Or April Next Year” Says Promoter Mick Hennessey

By James Slater: British promoter Mick Hennessey truly believes he has a future world heavyweight ruler in his unbeaten contender Tyson Fury. Big plans are underway for the 23-year-old, 6’9” giant and Fury is well aware of the pressure on him to perform. Some experts suggest the 18-0(13) contender should forget all about facing the elite of the elite (I.E: the Klitschkos) for at least 18 months, but Hennessey says his man will not only be challenging the two brothers by next spring, but that he will be defeating them. continue


Oosthuizen vs. Johnson on Friday

NEW YORK (April 26, 2012) -- Tomorrow night, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will present an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. Headlining the seven-bout card will be highly regarded undefeated South African southpaw, Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13KO's) taking on his most dangerous opponent to date when he meets hard-hitting Marcus "Too Much" Johnson (21-1, 15KO's) in a 10-round super middleweight showdown. continue


Weigh-in: Bellew vs. McIntosh

Tension was rife as Tony Bellew and Danny McIntosh weighed-in for their British light heavyweight title fight at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue


Larsen-Di Giacomo, Braekhus-Balgoun on 6/2

Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs) will return to the ring on June 2, taking on Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-6, 19 KOs) as the Nordic Fight Night hits Herning. The former European Super-Middleweight Champion has been shaping up in Team Sauerland´s training facilities in Berlin. “It´s great to be back,” Larsen said. “I am in perfect shape after all the gruelling training with those German coaches. The fire is still burning inside me and I know that I can still compete at the top level. June 2 will be the first step. Di Giacomo is a tough guy, he has proven his class in recent fights, but to reach the top again, I will have to find a way past him.” continue


Sexton-Price on 5/19 for British heavyweight title; Cunningham wants Tarver bout

SAM SEXTON reckons Liverpool sporting fans will be sick of Norwich by the middle of next month. The proud Norwich heavyweight is predicting a sporting double starting on Saturday when Paul Lambert’s men face Liverpool at Carrow Road. continue


Senchenko vs. Malignaggi: A Competitive Match up?

By Sevak Sarkisian: As most boxing fans already know, former jr. welterweight titlist Paulie Malignaggi will be facing off against Vyacheslav Senchenko for the WBA welterweight world title on April 29th. Obviously these two fighters aren’t the biggest names in the sport however; they are both at the world class level. continue


Antonio Margarito - Abel Perry on 5/26; DelValle vs. Martin on Friday

(April, 25, 2012-Tucson, AZ) Taking very little time off, former three-time Welterweight World champion Antonio ''Tijuana Tornado'' Margarito will once again take to the ring. continue


Nick Casal - Ruslan Provodnikov 6/29; Hanks-Rhodes on Friday

April 25, 2012 - On June 29, Nick Casal (22-4-1, 17 KOs) and Russian born, Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs), headline the main event on ESPN "Friday Night Fights". The battle-tested veterans will square off in a 10-round bout for the vacant World Boxing Organization (WBO) Inter-Continental light welterweight title. The fight will take place at the Seneca Niagara Events Center in Niagara Falls, N.Y.. Banner Promotions, in conjunction with Boxing360 will jointly promote the event. continue


Hopkins vs. Dawson, Mitchell vs. Witherspoon on Saturday; Jhonson vs. Hernandez, Badou Jack vs. Alexander Brand on May 11th

The higher weight classes take the spotlight when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: BERNARD HOPKINS VS. CHAD DAWSON II AND SETH MITCHELL VS. CHAZZ WITHERSPOON is seen SATURDAY, APRIL 28 (10:15 p.m. ET/PT) from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for all the action, presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue


Ring Kings - “Money” Mayweather Predicting A KO, Golden Boy CEO Schaefer Counting The Money; Expects A Pay-Per-View Record

By James Slater: Not long to go now until the richest fight of the boxing calendar. Or at least Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer thinks the May 5th showdown between rival superstars Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto will be a cash bonanza of the highest order. continue


Floyd Mayweather Jr. quotes; Jhonny Gonzalez vs. Elio Rojas on Saturday

Floyd Mayweather; Seven-Time, Five-Division World Champion

“I can't overlook a guy like Miguel Cotto.

“I'm always looking to give the fans what they want to see. continue


Martinez vs. Chavez Jr. Signed for September

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: While it’s not necessarily hard to say that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is a pretty good fighter who is successfully slowly filling his father’s shoes, still his perfect record of (45-0-1) lacks serious competition. continue


Gerber-Harris on May 5th; Rhodes vs. Rabchenko on 6/16; Saunders-Hill on Saturday

The May 5 fight card at the Messehalle in Erfurt is going to be stacked up with big clashes for titles, like Marco Huck defending the World Boxing Organization (WBO) crown at cruiserweight against Ola Afolabi as well as Kubrat Pulev and Alexander Dimitrenko challenging for the vacant European Championship at heavyweight. Besides these highlights, the show is also going to offer some young guns who are trying to make themselves a name and entertain the crowd. continue


Malignaggi faces Senchenko on Sunday in PPV bout

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 24, 2012) - Former International Boxing Federation ("IBF") junior welterweight champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs) is excited about his world title challenge this Sunday againstWorld Boxing Association ("WBA") welterweight Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) is airing live in the United States on Integrated Sports Meida pay-per-view, live from Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. continue


McIntosh a no show for Bellew press conference

British champ vows to make Danny pay for lack of respect

Tony Bellew lashed out at Danny McIntosh in Wednesday’s (April 25) press conference after McIntosh failed to make it to Liverpool. continue


Sillakh vs. Grachev on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights

On April 27, undefeated Light Heavyweight contenders Ismayl Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs, ESPN.com No. 9, The Ring No. 10) and Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Austin, Texas. The card is presented by Square Ring Promotions. continue


Forbes Most Influential Athletes Of 2012: Manny Pacquiao At #4; The Only Boxer On List

By James Slater: For Manny Pacquiao you can chalk up another outside the ring victory over would-be ring rival Floyd Mayweather Junior. Just released, Forbes most influential athletes of 2012 list has Pac-Man ranked at number-four; Pacquiao being the only boxer present on the list. continue


Floyd Mayweather Jr. dreams Obama Entrance

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: While most people were very impressed when Manny Pacquiao was invited to visit the white house, Floyd Mayweather Jr. was indifferent. continue


Viloria vs. Romero III PPV Undercard; Ferrante-Smith on May 4th

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 24, 2012) - A strong undercard has been announced for the May 12th "Island Assault 4: The Battle" pay-per-view-event, featuring Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria vs. Omar Nino Romero III, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. continue


Frans Botha, Monte Barrett: Two Veteran Heavies Still Fighting The Good Fight

By James Slater: Both in their forties, veteran heavyweight contenders and former world title challengers Frans Botha and Monte Barrett keep on fighting. “Two Gunz,” of New York actually won his last fight, a 12-round decision over the now-retired David Tua, and Monte will face another New Zealander in July, when he will swap punches with Shane Cameron, 28-2(21). continue


The Harlequin of the Resin Pit

By Ted Spoon: While it's fun creating your own titles great descriptions deserve a little circulation, and the above expression perfectly defines both its subject and his environment. It was written by Edward J Neil and the fighter he was referring to was Maxie Rosenbloom. continue


Bute: I'm ready for Froch and for his fans

West Palm Beach, Tuesday April 24th 2012 – The International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super middleweight champion, Lucian Bute met the press on Monday April 23rd at West Palm Beach, Florida. continue


Woge-Hafner on Huck vs. Afolabi undercard on 5/5

Robert Woge (8-0, 7 KO´s) will face his next challenge on his way to the top on May 5 at the Messehalle in Erfurt. Further to the three boxing highlights of Marco Huck´s (34-2, 25 KO´s) World Boxing Organization (WBO) cruiserweight title defense, Robert Stieglitz´s (41-2, 23 KO´s) mandatory defense of his super-middleweight belt and the bout for the vacant European heavyweight title between Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KO´s) and Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KO´s), Robert Woge will take on his ninth opponent. continue


Technique Trainers vs Tactic Trainers

By Robert Jackson: Training for the fight game comes in various forms; some Coaches are teachers they tell their charge what to do, the best way to do it and what the consequences will be. Other trainers preach form, and correct punching/fighting mechanics. Another type of coach stresses fighting tactically, with tuned skills based on the ever changing fight landscape, this type of coach expects his/her charge to be fluent with fighting fundamentals. continue


Bad Boy Antonio Margarito Back In Action May 26th

By James Slater: According to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Mexican bad boy and former world ruler Antonio Margarito will return against a TBA on May 26th. The fight, which, according to Top Rank’s Carl Moretti, will be fought “between 154 and 160-pounds,” will take place in Tucson, Arizona and will be televised by Azteca. continue


Alfonso Gomez Forced To Withdraw From May 5th Bout With Jessie Vargas

By James Slater: The word according to a number of boxing web sites (who picked up the lead provided by writer Steve Kim) is that former “Contender” star Alfonso Gomez has had to pull out of his scheduled 10-round light-welterweight bout with unbeaten prospect/contender Jessie Vargas. continue


Senchenko vs. Malignaggi Fact Sheet

Vyacheslav Senchenko arriving in Ukraine


World Boxing Association (WBA) WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP - MAIN EVENT - 12 ROUNDS

VYACHESLAV SENCHENKO PAULIE "Magic Man" MALIGNAGGI continue


Tarver vs Kayode, Winky Wright vs. Peter Quillin, Austin Trout press conference quotes

Monday, April 23, from JW Marriott L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, Calif.


“It’s a whole new ballgame – welcome to the big time, brother” – Antonio Tarver continue


Kenny Bayless, Jay Nady Both In The Running To Land Mayweather-Cotto Gig

By James Slater: The word is, Kenny Bayless and Jay Nady are the two referees with the best chance of being named as the third man in the ring for the fast-approaching Floyd Mayweather Junior-Miguel Cotto super fight. continue


Hopkins-Dawson conference call transcript

Kelly Swanson

Thank you, everybody, for joining us. We are going to feature both Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson on the media conference call today. Both fighters are training hard in the hot, hot sun of Florida. So I think we're going to have a great fight. continue


Dustin Dirks - Thomas Ulrich on May 5th; Cancio vs. Juarez on June 2nd

Another exciting match-up is on the cards on May 5 in Erfurt: Light-Heavyweights Dustin Dirks and Thomas Ulrich, both from Germany, will square off in the Messehalle. Dirks is undefeated, having won all of his previous 23 fights (17 KOs). Ulrich on the other hand surprisingly lost his last bout back in April 2011 against the Lithuanian Sergej Razvadovskij. The record of the former European Champion stands at 32 victories (22 KOs) to six losses out of 38 fights. The fight in the Messehalle will determine who will play a bigger role in the future of the light-heavyweight division. continue


The Five Greatest 154-Pounders In History

By James Slater: Superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather has already owned a piece of the 154-pound title (see his close, split decision win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2007), and the 35-year-old legend will be shooting for the WBA version in his May 5th challenge of Miguel Cotto. continue


Boxing: Mayweather vs. Cotto - Value for ‘Money’?

By Martin ‘The Brain’ Potter of the One More Round podcast - On Saturday May 5th the world’s best pure boxer and pugilism’s premier money making machine – Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (42-0) - steps through the ropes once more for his annual appearance; this time against Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto (37-2). Like a fistic Father Christmas, Mayweather only appears but once a year, although instead of giving people what they want and fulfilling the wishes of millions boxing fans by fighting a certain Filipino, Floyd picks who he fights and the opponents he chooses are usually a gift to no-one but himself. continue


Towers-Wallisch on June 16; Frank Buglioni to fight on Saturday

UNBEATEN heavyweight Richard Towers is up for winning his first professional title at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday June 16. continue


Danny McIntosh challenges Tony Bellew on Friday; Hall vs. Webb on Saturday

Danny McIntosh says he plans to rip Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title away from him live on Sky Sports on Friday night (April 27) and add to the Everton mans FA Cup anguish. continue


Peter Quillin ready for Winky Wright on June 2nd

LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2012) - Undefeated middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin plans to crack Ronald "Winky" Wright's defensive shell, in addition to possibly becoming the first to knockout the four-time light middleweight champion, June 2 in their 10-round Showtime co-feature at Home Depot Center in Carson, California. continue


Tavoris Cloud, Jean Pascal Agree To Fight; T.V Date Is All That Remains To Be Finalised

By James Slater: According to invaluable web site Fightnews.com, fans can expect an explosive, hugely important light-heavyweight clash this summer. Former world ruler Jean Pascal told the site that he and reigning IBF king Tavoris Cloud have agreed to a fight, and all that remains to be worked out is a T.V date for the fight to go out on Showtime. continue


Tony DeMarco Finally Gets Honored

By James Stillerman - Thanks to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Tony “Boston Bomber” DeMarco 58-12-1,32KOs will soon have a life size statue of himself in a fighting pose exhibiting his fury and popular ready to knock you out style which will be erected in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts near the TD Garden. This is the same place where he fought a majority of his fights including defeating John Saxton to garner the 1955 welterweight title and his second fight with Hall of Famer, Carmen Basillo which was named the 1955 Fight of the Year by Ring Magazine and to this day is considered by many boxing experts as the best welterweight title fight of all time. continue


Rey’s Round by Round: Alvarez stormed Saunders

By Rey Anthony: Montreal, QC. Former 2008 Olympian and Columbian born Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (8-0-0 5KO) squared off against journeyman from Pittsburgh Rayco “War” Saunders (22-16-2 9KO) in a light heavyweight undercard show in Bell Center. The fight was held and televised April 20, 2012 on ESPN Friday night fights as the undercard for the Adonis Stevenson vs. Noe Gonzalez main event that ended in a quick second round TKO victory for Stevenson. continue


Chauncy Welliver: “To see my name being mentioned right there with Vitali Klitschko is definitely showing that the work is paying off!”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with the #7 WBC heavyweight contender “Boxing Panda” Chauncy Welliver (53-5-5, 20 KOs) who defeated Bert Cooper (38-15, 31 KOs) earlier this month. Welliver spoke about his victory, and also talked about his future, the possibility of a fight with Seth Mitchell, and recent rumors stating he is next in line for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. He also shared his views on other aspects pertaining to the current boxing landscape including HBO’s 24/7 series promoting the May 5 bout between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao, and more! Here is what Welliver had to say:

Regarding his recent unanimous decision victory against ‘Smokin’ Bert Cooper:

“First off going into it, and as we all know on these East Side Forums and things like that, people are going to be like oh he fought Bert Cooper! Yes. We did fight Bert Cooper. Was he the best available guy? Absolutely not, but we were scheduled to fight Oliver McCall for that fight. It was set, it was ready to go, twelve rounds, but Oliver got sick and Oliver said he wanted to give me the respect and if he wanted to fight me he wanted to be 100%. And that makes me feel good because I don’t want an excuse after the fight with oh he had the flu, or anything like that. So when I do fight Oliver McCall he will be 100%. So we were looking for an opponent. This was the week of the fight, and nobody wants to take a heavyweight title fight. It was a small card so we didn’t have huge finances to pay the guy, and Bert Cooper accepted. He was already training for a fight. He accepted the amount of money we offered, and he was a solid guy. This fight was all about learning stuff. We are in there working on changing my style a lot, so in this one we were actually able to do it. We treated it as a great big learning experience. Bert Cooper was definitely a strong man, but I won every round. I won fairly easily. I didn’t get tired, which is usually the case. I don’t get tired. But it was fun. It was good to get in the rounds. It was good to get a win, and it was great to be in there with a guy like Bert Cooper. Once again it wasn’t the step up we’ve been hoping for, but when those last minute things come up there’s really nothing we can do.” continue


Delvin Rodriguez vs. Austin Trout on June 2nd

BRONX, NY (April 22, 2012) World ranked junior middleweight contender Delvin "EL Peligro" Rodriguez has signed on to challenge defending World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout on Saturday, June 2nd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, it was announced today by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing. continue


Flashback - "Terrible" Terry Norris KO1 John “The Beast” Mugabi In A Shocker!

by James Slater: Back in March of 1990, a new boxing star shone brightly in the 154-pound weight class, as 23-year-old Terry Norris, with a pro record of 24-3(13) and a nickname of "Terrible," met the fearsome John "The Beast" Mugabi in a bout that would see the big-punching Ugandan attempt to defend his WBC light-middleweight crown. continue


Floyd Mayweather Delivers On “Speaking Out Debut” - Says He Could Get The President To Carry His Belts During Ring Walk!

By James Slater: And we thought Floyd “Money” Mayweather Junior was outspoken on the 24/7 shows he has dominated! Last night, Floyd’s own show, “Speaking Out,” debuted on HBO and the 35-year-old superstar sure delivered on his promise to “tell it like it is.” continue


Nielsen smashes Vega to win WBA Intercontinental Middleweight Title

Patrick Nielsen (14-0, 8 KOs) is the new World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental Middleweight Champion following a spectacular tenth-round KO victory over Gaston Vega (17-5, 6 KOs). Fighting in front of 2,758 fans at a boisterous Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, the 21-year-old stamped his authority on the battle early. In the seventh, he floored Vega with a powerful combination, but the Argentinian recovered and fought back. In a huge round nine, Nielsen knocked his opponent down again but then went down himself after an exchange. However, he quickly regained his composure and ended the bout in style in the tenth when he scored two more knock-downs for the referee to wave the bout off. “I am thrilled to be the WBA Intercontinental Champion,” Nielsen said. “This is a big win for me. It was a tough fight. I was provoked badly by Vega and his ‘slayer’ shirt so I wanted to make him pay. I am glad I knocked him out in the end.” continue


Roger Mayweather: “Pacquiao ain’t doing sh*t but taking them mother f*cking drugs and taking them f*cking steroids! That’s all the f*ck he’s doing!”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Roger Mayweather, who is currently training his nephew Floyd Mayweather Junior (42-0, 26 KOs) for a May 5 showdown against Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs). Roger spoke about the upcoming fight with Cotto and the expectations he has for his nephew going into that contest. He also shared his views on the upcoming rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, gave opinions on Cotto’s professional losses against Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao, and also talked about why he believes a fight with Manny Pacquiao is the logical next move for his nephew following the Cotto fight. Here is what Roger Mayweather had to say:

His views on Miguel Cotto as an opponent for his nephew:

“Well I don’t really see anything different than it was before. You know. I don’t see anything different. I don’t see nothing that amazing. I don’t see anything period, to be honest with you. I don’t think his ability has changed. With his boxing skills I don’t see anything. So I ain’t even talking about it. Cotto is just another fighter. That’s all he is. He ain’t nothing but another fighter. Period. Cotto can hit a little bit, but as far as boxing, boxing is really a whole different thing. Anybody could hit. They can hit and they can’t even fight. What does that mean? That don’t mean anything. So I don’t think I see any more in Cotto than I seen in him last time. So I don’t think it’s no different than what he was the last time. So I mean basically as far as my side’s take, the same Cotto I seen years ago is the same Cotto that’s here now. Like I said I don’t think nothing’s different and I don’t think nothing changed. I think it is the way it is.”

Regarding how his nephew Floyd has looked in training camp:

“Oh my nephew is fine. My nephew is fine. His training camp is going alright, and I mean my nephew is ready to go right now. If the fight was tomorrow he’ll take the fight tomorrow if the fight was tomorrow. So my nephew is always in shape. He ain’t going to go in that ring if he ain’t in shape. He’s going to do what he needs to do as far as conditioning. I mean he’s ready, so like I said if the fight happened tomorrow he’d be ready to fight tomorrow. So I don’t think there is nothing different than we always do. We always train. We always prepare himself. So hey! So that’s it.” continue


Abner Mares makes a believer out of Eric Morel; Moreno defeats de la Mora

By Paul Strauss: How many times have you witnessed a fighter get his clock cleaned only to make excuses afterward ranging from, "The sun was in my eyes" to "My porridge was tainted". Not so with Eric Morel. He flat out stated Mares was a better fighter, not only Saturday night at the Don Haskins Convention Center, El Paso, TX, but even if he was ten years younger and in his prime. "He's a great fighter" said the still scrappy 36 year old Morel 46-2-0 23 (23 KO's). Anyone (of the top guys) out there will have trouble with him. continue


Mathews defeats Crolla

By Michael Collins: Making his second defense of his British lightweight title, Anthony Crolla (23-3, 9 KO's) was stopped in the 6th round in a huge upset by Derry Mathews (30-6-1, 16 KO's) on Saturday night at the Oldham Sports Centre in Oldham, England. The fight was halted prematurely, however, by referee John Keane at 2:57. Crolla, 25, had been hurt by a hard hand from Mathews and was taking punishment when Keane stepped in to stop the fight with only three seconds left in the round. continue


DeGale destroys Sanavia; Nielsen stops Vega

By James Slater: Tonight in Denmark, 26-year-old European super-middleweight champ James DeGale scored a relatively straightforward 4th-round stoppage over Italy’s former WBC and Euro 168-pound ruler Christian Sanavia. continue


Braehmer defeats Meroro; Balszay stops Sartison; Gomez, Chagaev, Menzer and Chakhkiev also win

By Michael Collins: WBA World super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (25-2, 18 KO's) scored a 12th round TKO over former World Boxing Association 168 pound champion Dimitri Sartison (29-2, 18 KO's) on Saturday night in a very close fight at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Balzsay, 32, knocked th 32-year-old Sartison down with a right hand early in the round in what looked like a flash knockdown. continue


Stevenson destroys Gonzalez in two

By Paul Strauss: Emanuel Steward has got another live one. He just keeps getting one good fighter after another, and this one (Adonis) kind of dropped in his lap. Manny didn't even know who "Superman" was. Obviously Manny's good fortune was not dumb luck. Rather, his reputation as a great trainer lured the Haitian born Canadian to the Kronk Gym in Detroit. continue


Wlodarczyk's promoter: "Tarver did the dirty trick on us"

by Sylwester Jankowski (BoxingNews.pl): Andrzej Wasilewski, promoter of WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 33 KO), is disappointed that Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KO) withdrew from the fight with the Pole. continue


DeGale vs. Sanavia on BoxNation tonight

By Glynn Evans: The weight of expectation has placed an unwelcome burden on the muscular shoulders of Harlesden super-middleweight James DeGale since he annexed an unexpected gold medal for Great Britain at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. continue


"Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out" debuts Tonight on HBO

HBO Sports continues its tradition of innovative programming with FLOYD MAYWEATHER: SPEAKING OUT, a profile of one of boxing’s most intriguing and controversial figures. Hosted by acclaimed author and academic Michael Eric Dyson, the special debuts tonight (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. continue


Exclusive Interview With Heavyweight Contender Joe “The Future” Hanks - “I’m Looking Forward To Making Some Noise”

By James Slater: Unbeaten Newark, New Jersey heavyweight Joe Hanks is a skilful, gifted boxer/puncher who has already made waves with his athleticism, his power and his intelligent approach. continue


Erislandy Lara Makes Statement With KO Over Hearns, Wants Martinez, Williams, Molina, Kirkland or Alvarez Next!

By James Slater: 29-year-old Cuban light-middleweight contender Erislandy Lara made a big statement last night, as he iced Ronald Hearns inside a single round. Okay, 33-year-old Ronald is no Tommy Hearns, yet the boxer known as “The Chosen One” has never been as brutally manhandled as he was by the Cuban southpaw last night. Three times Hearns went down, and the loss may well have ended his pro career. Certainly, it will be tough for the young Hearns, 26-3(20) - all three losses coming via stoppage, to be able to get himself another title shot after losing so heavily. continue


Daniel Ponce De Leon - Eduardo Lazcano and Ishe Smith - Derrick Enni on May 4th

LAS VEGAS, April 20 - On Friday, May 4, a hard-hitting double-header comes to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., when FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX Deportes televise an exciting doubleheader featuring an all-Mexican clash between former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico Eduardo "El Chucky" Lazcano in the 12-round main event for the vacant WBC USNBC Super Featherweight Title, while in the co-feature, perennial contender and Las Vegas favorite Ishe "Sugar Shay" Smith tangles with Derrick Ennis in a 10-round junior middleweight showdown. continue


Taylor survives knockdown to defeat Truax; Lara blasts out Hearns in 1st round TKO

BILOXI, Miss. (April 21, 2012) – Jermain Taylor found himself in a very familiar place late in his fight – the canvas – but unlike in the past, Taylor returned to his feet and took home the victory. Taylor controlled a large majority of the 10-round middleweight bout before Caleb Truax floored him with a right hand early in the ninth. Taylor won the second straight fight of his comeback campaign via unanimous decision by the scores of 98-91, 97-92 and 97-94 in the main event of tonight’s ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader. In the SHOWTIME®-televised co-feature, Erislandy Lara demolished Ronald Hearns via TKO at 1:34 of round one in a scheduled 10-round junior middleweight bout from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. continue


Taylor down in win over Truax; Erislandy Lara destroys Ronald Hearns

By Paul Strauss: Jermain Taylor 29-4-1 (18 KO's) was looking for an impressive win over an undefeated Caleb Truax 18-0-1 (10 KO's). He came up short at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, Biloxi, MS. In fact, he was close to having a disastrous result. continue


Weigh-in: Mares-Morel, Moreno-De La Mora

The boxers who will compete in an eagerly awaited World Championship Doubleheader tomorrow/Saturday, April 21, live on SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), made weight Friday on their first attempts at The Garden restaurant in El Paso, Texas. continue


Miguel Cotto conference call

Oscar de la Hoya

Everybody’s all excited, ready to go. I know all the writers are getting their stories in. We have two and a half weeks to go until the fight. “Ring Kings: Floyd Mayweather versus Miguel Cotto,” and it will be for the WBA 154 pound title. Obviously the co-main event, Canelo Álvarez versus Sugar Shane Mosley, will be a 12-rounder for the WBC 154 pound title as well. continue


Weights: Nielsen vs. Vega, DeGale vs. Sanavia

Here are the weights from Frederikshavn ahead of tomorrow´s Nordic Fight Night:

World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental Middleweight Title: continue


Jermain Taylor: “I know that if I fight Bernard Hopkins 100 times that I would beat him 100 times no matter what”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - Yesterday’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former undisputed middleweight world champion Jermain ‘Bad Intentions’ Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) who is taking on undefeated Caleb Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) tonight in a bout that will be televised on Showtime Boxing. Taylor spoke about his upcoming fight with Truax and also reflected back on some key moments in his career, such as his victories against Bernard Hopkins, his fights with Kelly Pavlik and Carl Froch, and his recent comeback against Jess Nicklow after more than a two year absence from the sport. Taylor also touched on a number of other topics and shared his views on the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto as well as the rematch between Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins. Here is what Taylor had to say:

Regarding his fight against Caleb Truax:

“I’m feeling great. You know it’s my time to come back and I’m looking forward to getting back in that ring!”

On how much he believes he can improve on his previous effort against Jesse Nicklow when he returned from a two-plus year absence:

“You know in that first one it was just about getting all of the bugs out. I feel like when I go in there this time I’ll be a lot more calm, a lot more relaxed, and a lot more patient with my punches, and it will be a totally better fight.”

His views on his upcoming opponent Caleb Truax:

“I know he’s undefeated. I know he comes to fight. He’s a fighter! I know he likes to bring it, and I’m going to give him all he wants.”

Regarding his training and preparations for this fight:

“I have just been working on keeping the left hand up, throwing a lot of straight punches, not loading up with the right hand all the time, and just taking my time if I get a guy hurt. Just take my time and go ahead and get him out of there!” continue


Chávez, Jr. and Lee El Paso News Conference on Tuesday - open to public!


This Tuesday! April 24 at 12:30 P.M. MT

Sun Bowl Stadium Field

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

EL PASO, TEX. (April 20, 2012) – Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. and No. 2 world-rated middleweight contender ANDY LEE will host an El Paso News Conference Luncheon to discuss the details on their upcoming world title rumble, This Tuesday! April 24, on the field of Sun Bowl Stadium. Media may reports at Noon MT, with lunch served at 12:30 p.m. MT and the news conference beginning at 1:00 p.m. MT. Joining Chávez Jr. will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Fernanado Beltran. Lee will be with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward and Ron Rizzo of DiBella Entertainment. continue


Mares vs. Morel, Moreno vs. De La Mora analysis; Escalera-Brinson on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights

By Glyn Evans: British fight buffs get an opportunity to assess two Latino stars on the periphery of the sport’s pound for pound listings when BoxNation (Sky Ch.456/Virgin Ch. 546) televise the big ‘Battle of the Border’ world title double header from the Don Haskins Centre, El Paso, Texas on Saturday evening (early Sunday morning GMT). continue


Results from April 18 fights at the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark N.J. from First Round Promotions

By Lou McLaughlin: This past Wednesday April 18 Gabe LaConte and Greg Cohen’s First Round Promotions presented and evening of boxing at the Robert Treat Hotel’s ballroom in Newark N.J. The fight card showcased six rising New Jersey boxers. There was a very enthusiastic crowd in attendance. Each fighter’s families, friends, and fans gave loud vocal support. Among the boxing luminaries in attendance were Chuck Wepner, Randy Neumann (who also served as a referee), Lou Esa, and Kendall Holt. There were six bouts total for the well attended show. continue


Adrien Broner-Gary Sykes Official - Sykes: “If I Beat Him, I Will Automatically Become A Superstar”

By James Slater: Fairytales rarely happen in boxing, but don’t tell that to British super-featherweight Gary Sykes. The little-known (outside of the U.K, anyway) 28-year-old has just had confirmation that he will indeed face unbeaten, possible future megastar Adrien Broner on the May 19th Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan II under-card set for Las Vegas. continue


Carl Froch Expecting “One Of My Best Fights” Against Lucian Bute; “The Cobra” Feels As Though He’s In His Prime

By James Slater: No less a legend than retired heavyweight great Mike Tyson has picked British star Carl Froch to beat Lucian Bute in the fast-approaching May 26th IBF super-middleweight title showdown. When asked by Metro who his favourite fighters of today are, “Iron Mike” replied “Your guy, Carl Froch - he’s a real warrior. He will beat Lucian Bute.” continue


DeGale picked to beat Sanavia on Saturday; Saunders-Hill, Turner-Morris on 4/28

PUNTERS on Betfair are backing James DeGale to successfully defend his European super-middleweight title against Cristian Sanavia in Denmark on Saturday. With just one points defeat on his record, DeGale is a huge odds-on favourite for victory at just 1-8. continue


Crolla-Mathews on Saturday; Ashley Sexton to fight on 5/3

DERRY MATHEWS insists he wouldn’t have agreed to face Anthony Crolla unless Danny Vaughan returned to his corner. The Liverpool ace (29-6-1) had been trained by Oliver Harrison, but was re-united with former handler Vaughan for Saturday’s challenge against British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla (23-2). continue


Official ESB Countdown to Mayweather vs Cotto: A Look at Subplots and Caveats

By Vivek Wallace: When the fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto was signed, perhaps the biggest backdrop looming above was the fact that Mayweather agreed to let it all take place at 154lbs. Being the bigger draw between the two, one would think that Mayweather would pull the strings and have Cotto play puppet, eager to land a big payday with an outside shot at doing something monumental. Hesitant to join his co-P4P compadre as a catchweight king of sorts, Mayweather decided to give one major advantage to the man who stands across from him.....or did he? continue


Shane Mosley vs. Saul Alvarez prediction

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: When Shane Mosley crossed the ropes to face Manny Pacquiao last year in Las Vegas, some people expected to see an interesting fight. Sure most boxing enthusiasts weren’t kidding themselves by giving Mosley much of a shot at victory, still, his ring experience was the hope for those who did. continue


On The Ropes Boxing Radio #165 featuring Jermain Taylor, Roger Mayweather & Chauncy Welliver - Now Available On-Demand!

by Jenna J (Jermain Taylor photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME) - This week's 165th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with former undisputed Middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, top boxing trainer Roger Maweather & Heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver

On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani & our special co-host for this weeks show Chauncy Welliver.

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:

• Brendon Rios vs. Richard Abril controversy. Was this another black eye for boxing?

• Did weight have anything to do with Rios's poor preformace?

• Juan Manuel Marquez winning a lopsided decision over Serhiy Fedchenko. Will he be facing Brendon Rios next July 14th in Cowboys Stadium?

• Review of the first episode of Mayweather/Cotto 24/7

• Tyson Fury's TKO5 victoy over Martin Rogen as a southpaw. Has Fury finally turned the corner in his career and taking things more serious after weighing 245 3/4 the lightest of his career

• Chauncy Welliver's views on his recent victory, rumors of a Vitali Klischko match up and his take on the current state of the Heavyweight division.

• Jermain Taylor vs. Caleb Truax . How far can Taylor go in his comeback to the sport.


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Taylor vs. Truax and Lara vs. Hearns weights and quotes

BILOXI, MISS., (April 19, 2012) – All four fighters participating in Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader made weight at the Coast Nightclub at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., on Thursday, just one day before the exciting night of fights on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue


Mares - Morel, Moreno - De la Mora quotes

EL PASO, Texas (April 19, 2012) – The four fighters who’ll compete in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader this Saturday, April 21, live on SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, participated in the final press conference Thursday at Don Haskins Center. continue


Adamek vs. Chambers Press Conference

Loft 47, Newark, NJ - A press conference was held today for the upcoming NBC Sports Network Fight Night card, June 16 at Prudential Center, Newark NJ. The card features a 10 round bout between Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers. Co-featured on the card will be Bryant Jennings vs. Steve Collins. continue


PUEBLA - CINCO DE MAYO TIES INTO "RING KINGS: MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO" BY SECURING SPONSORSHIP FOR MAY 5 MEGA-FIGHT

LOS ANGELES (April 19) - Puebla, the Mexican city where the 1862 Battle of Puebla occurred, will make its presence known on the 150th anniversary of the battle and in recognition of the Cinco de Mayo weekend with their sponsorship of the "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto," the May 5 super welterweight world championship mega-fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The fight, which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, will mark the first time the City of Puebla will engage in an active sponsorship of a big-time boxing event. continue


Mayweather-Cotto for WBC Diamond strap

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS

April 19, 2012 – Mexico City.

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The WBC super welterweight Diamond Belt will be at stake in the highly-anticipated fight between superstars Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue


Full Fights from ABNER MARES & ANSELMO MORENO Available Online, On Demand and on SHOWTIME EXTREME - Starting TONIGHT

SHOWTIME® Schedules Replays of Past Fights from Mares and Moreno

To Air This Thursday (TONIGHT) and Friday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME;

Fights Also Available for Viewing at Sports.SHO.com

In anticipation of this weekend’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader, SHOWTIME EXTREME® will re-air the much-discussed IBF Bantamweight World Championship bout, Abner Mares vs. Joseph Agbeko I, this Thursday (TONIGHT), April 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Mares’ redemptive rematch, Mares vs. Agbeko II, on Friday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. continue


Senchenko vs. Malignaggi undercard fights; Nielsen-Vega, DeGale-Sanavia, Narvaez-Cabrera on Saturday

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 19, 2012) - Ukrainians rank among the best contemporary boxers in the world. American fans will now get their first collective look at some of these standout fighters on the undercard of the April 29th World Boxing Association ("WBA") welterweight world title fight between undefeated world champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) and challenger Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KOs), airing live on pay per viewfrom Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. continue


Wladimir Klitschko Has His Eye On Two U.S Fighters: Chris Arreola and Seth Mitchell

By James Slater: It’s possible heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko is somewhat sympathetic to the current plight U.S fans are going through with regards to their not having had a heavyweight ruler in a long time - so much longer than anyone could have possibly predicted back when guys named Tyson, Holyfield, Bowe and Foreman were ruling the world. continue


Ronald Hearns vs. Erislandy Lara on Friday

Biloxi, MS (4/19/12) - Tomorrow night, in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, former undisputed 160-pound world champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) meets the undefeated Caleb "Golden" Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) in the 10-round main event. In the 10-round co-feature, former middleweight world title challenger Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20KO's) will be dropping down in weight and looking to establish himself as a force in the junior middleweight division when he takes on former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO's). The fight between Hearns and Lara was originally scheduled for February 11 as the co-feature to Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto II, but that was rescheduled after a Berto injury caused a postponement of the event. Both bouts will be shown live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) in association with Golden Boy Promotions. continue


Forging Kryptonite

By Ted Spoon: Save for the most red-blooded of Neanderthals, everybody is conscious of the fact that next to a battle of wills, boxing is a mash up of strategies. continue


Daniel Ponce De Leon-Eduardo Lazcano To Kick-Off Big May 5th Boxing Weekend In Vegas

By James Slater: In less than two weeks, fight fans from all over the globe will be arriving in vast numbers in Fabulous Las Vegas. Thousands upon thousands of, as Dan Rafael calls them “fight freaks” will be ready willing and able to part with a small fortune so as to enjoy the Cinco de Mayo boxing extravaganza that will be topped by superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior going in with Puerto Rican hero Miguel Cotto. continue


Froch vs. Bute live on Sky Sports 1HD on 5/26; Smith-Heffron on 5/18; Hall-Webb on 4/28

Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports are delighted to announce that Carl Froch’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight World title challenge against Lucian Bute on May 26 will be live on Sky Sports 1HD. continue


Julian “The Hawk” Jackson - Hall Of Fame Worthy?

By James Slater: Reading about how the two sons of legendary 154-pound and 160-pound banger Julian Jackson are soon to fight again got me thinking about the Virgin Island’s “Hawk” - the man who scored so many eye-catching KO’s, some of them of the one punch variety, in the 1980s and 1990s. continue


Gabriel Rosado - Joel Julio on 6/1; Askin-Dickinson on Saturday

Bethlehem, PA—The scheduled junior middleweight clash between Gabriel Rosado and Joel Julio on June 1 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem has been upgraded to 12 rounds for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title. continue


Moreno vs. De La Mora, Mares vs. Morel on Saturday

With just three days before their SHOWTIME World Championship Doubleheader, World Champions Abner Mares and Anselmo Moreno and their challengers, former Two-Time World Champion Eric Morel and bantamweight contender David de la Mora, worked out for the local media in El Paso, Texas, as they make their final preparations for this Saturday’s showdowns, live on SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. continue


Wladimir Klitschko Talks Future Competition

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In a recent interview with Jim Rome, Wladimir Klitshcko talked about his feelings about Chisora and Haye, and discussed why his boxing style is boring yet effective. He also, touched on the competition that he is hoping to face by the end of this year. The two opponents that Wladimir had mentioned are fairly accomplished fighters, and out of the possible rivalry, I like his choice. continue


24/7 Mayweather/Cotto Episode #2 Debuts Saturday Night; Hopkins-Dawson 2 tickets still for sale for April 28th fight

24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO

APRIL 21 EPISODE

Episode #2

Debut: SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) continue


Julian Jackson's sons fight on April 25th; Mares vs. Morel on Saturday

On Wednesday, April 25, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and co-promoter Lesley Commission of 340 Boxing Promotions will proudly present "Boxing in Paradise V" featuring knockout artist John Jackson (12-0, 11 KOs) defending his World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight Youth World Title for the first time against fellow undefeated Jesus "Chino" Selig (14-0-1, 9 KOs) of Douglas, Arizona, in the 10-round main event. continue


Patrick Nielsen vs. Gaston Vega on Saturday

Rising Danish middleweight star Patrick Nielsen (13-0, 7 KOs) has vowed to make Gaston Vega (17-4, 6 KOs) pay for presenting a “disgusting” shirt at Wednesday´s pre-fight press conference. Facing the media in Denmark´s capital Copenhagen, the 28-year-old wore a jersey of the Argentinian national team, with the number 11 and the words “The Nielsen Slayer” on his back. “I am proud to be Argentinian and I will take home the World Boxing Association (WBA) Intercontinental Middleweight Title on Saturday night,” Vega said. “This is a big title. To get it, I will defeat Nielsen in the 11th round. I am wearing this shirt to state my intentions. I will knock him out.” continue


Is Floyd Mayweather Taking Miguel Cotto Lightly?

By Robert Jackson: Following the early April release of Money Mayweather sparring footage, one has to wonder what’s going on in Camp Mayweather. Team Mayweather routinely denies access to Floyd’s sparring sessions, strictly forbidding outside videotaping of those sessions. Also in question are Floyd’s gentlemanlike pleasantries and respect given Miguel Cotto during HBO’s Face off hosted by HBO’s Max Kellerman. In an earlier faceoff, Shane Mosley was verbally overwhelmed by Mayweather’s verbal gestations. continue


Ten Years Ago This Week: Mayweather-Castillo I: “Money’s” Toughest Fight - And A Blueprint For Cotto To Use To Spring The Upset May 5th?

By James Slater: Exactly ten years ago this week (April 20th 2002) unbeaten superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather, then still calling himself “Pretty Boy” came through the single toughest, roughest and most controversial fight of his 42-bout pro career. continue


Adonis Stevenson fights Noe Gonzalez on Friday Night

MONTREAL (April 18, 2012) - International Boxing Federation("IBF") No. 2-ranked, dangerous Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs), is ready to take on the top super middleweights in the world. First, though, the sensational southpaw must get past World Boxing Council ("WBC") No. 2-ranked Noe "El Carbonero" Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs) in their much-anticipated unification showdown headlining this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights, live at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. continue


Forced To Pull Out Of Krasniqi Defence Due To “Near Burn Out,” Nathan Cleverly Hopes For B-Hop Fight In The Summer

By James Slater: As fans have probably read by now, unbeaten Nathan Cleverly, the reigning WBO light-heavyweight champ, had to pull out of his upcoming, April 28th defence against Robin Krasniqi. Officially a virus forced the 25-year-old out of the London date, yet “Clev’s” father and trainer Vince has told The Argus that his son was “close to burnt out,” having worked so hard and had virtually no rest at all. continue


Long Island KO Artist Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith to Continued His Return in New Legend / Old World Card Main Event April 21st!

By Coach "K": (April 17th) Long Island KO artist light heavyweight Joe "The Irish Bomber" Smith Jr. continues his knockout return in the main event of a New Legend and Old World Boxing this Saturday April 21st at the Cordon Bleu located at 96-01 Jamaica Avenue, Woodhaven, NY. continue


Mayweather vs. Cotto: Another Déjà Vu?

By Gideon Animanno: When two marauding warriors from different directions but with same destination, in search of glory happen to cross path, the resultant effect is epic in proportion. Come May 5, the boxing world will witness another night of a display of some of the sport's top talents. On that weekend of mexico's independence anniversary(cinco de mayo), Floyd mayweather jnr will square up against Peurto Rico's Miguel Cotto at the MGM grand in the desert 'sin city' of Las Vegas. This fight has been in the offing for about 7years or so, dating back to the days when both boxers were at Bob Arum's Top Rank Promotions but boxing's politics made sure fight fans would have to wait all this while before this bout happened. Better late than never, they say. continue


Taylor-Truax undercard for Friday; Stephen Smith vs. Franciso Urena on 5/11

NEW YORK (April 18, 2012) - This Friday night, in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, former undisputed 160-pound world champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO's) meets the undefeated Caleb "Golden" Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO's) in the 10-round main event. The 10-round co-feature will pit former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO's) against Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO's). Both bouts will be shown live this Friday, April 20, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The card is promoted by DiBella Entertainment (DBE) in association with Golden Boy Promotions. continue


Chávez Jr. - Lee tickets go on Sale 4/28

EL PASO, TEX. (April 18, 2012) – Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. returns to the boxing metropolis of El Paso, Texas for the first time in nearly six years, headlining “Viva Chávez!” on Saturday, June 16, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Chávez Jr., who will be making the third defense of the title he won last year, against No. 2-world-rated contender ANDY LEE, marks the first world championship fight to be held in Sun Bowl Stadium since June 13, 1998 when Oscar De La Hoya knocked out Patrick Charpentier in the second round to retain his welterweight crown. The Chávez Jr. vs. Lee world championship rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET. continue


Cory Spinks: “I had the opportunity to become the undisputed world champion. I can’t complain about my boxing career, but I have unfinished business!"

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The latest edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two division world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) who is scheduled to have a rematch against IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius K-9 Bundrage on June 23 in Hollywood, Florida. Spinks spoke about his upcoming match and reflected on their first fight. He also discussed his latest victory over Sechew Powell, and shared his opinions on a variety of other topics including Jermain Taylor, Zab Judah, Floyd Mayweather Junior versus Miguel Cotto, the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, his amateur career, his future plans, and more! Here is what Spinks had to say:

Regarding how he feels about the opportunity to get a rematch against Cornelius K-9 Bundrage in June:

“Oh I feel great! I know the first time I wasn’t Cory Spinks. You know everything has to be right in your camp, I mean as far as your trainer, your manager, and everything. You know. I got all this fixed and everything has been going great and I’m just looking forward to great things happening. So it’s just going to be another stepping-stone in my way, and I’m going in and I’m going to take care of business.”

His views on what went wrong in his first fight against Bundrage:

“A lot of people don’t know I have Chron’s Disease, and I had a flare-up the week before the fight. Not only that, I wasn’t trained properly and everything and I was sick. What Chron’s does is it affects your limbs and your muscles and everything. I shouldn’t have fought, but you know how naïve boxers can be. I tried to correct it but I didn’t get all of my mechanics back. I couldn’t move. I can barely punch and things happened. I’m not taking anything away from the guy because he did what he was supposed to do. But that will never happen again.” continue


Britain’s Gary Sykes To Face Adrien Broner On Khan-Peterson II Card In Vegas?

By James Slater: Known as “The Problem,” unbeaten, wannabe megastar of the future Adrien Broner has dazzled fans with his awesome skills; already being compared to those of the one and only Floyd Mayweather Junior. The unbeaten 130-pounder is next set to fight in Las Vegas, on the under-card of the Lamont Peterson-Amir Khan rematch on May 19th. continue


Andrade-Bryant on Mares-Morel undercard on Saturday

LOS ANGELES, April 17 - On Saturday, April 21, fight fans around the country will get the chance to see more of boxing's stars as Golden Boy Promotions and SHOWTIME® are excited to announce that additional bouts from the undercard of the highly anticipated world championship showdown between former World Champs Abner Mares and Eric Morel, will be televised. SHOWTIME EXTREME® will televise preliminary fights live from UTEP's Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas featuring longtime super middleweight contender Librado Andrade against once-beaten Floridian Rowland Bryant in a 10 round battle and 2008 Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas introduces himself to SHOWTIME viewers with an eight round junior lightweight contest against New Jersey's Rafael Lora. Also featured (time permitting) will be unbeaten junior middleweight phenom Chris Pearson. continue


Postponement, Postponement, Postponement! Let’s Hope The BIG Fight Doesn’t Go The Same Way!

By James Slater: Wow! Three fights, two of them “world” title fights, postponed in one day. Once-beaten, hugely popular 168-pound prospect/contender Fernando Guerrero has had to pull out of his scheduled bout this Friday, against Chris Fitzpatrick. Unbeaten British super-middleweight star George Groves then announced that he will be unfit to face Robert Stieglitz in the scheduled WBO title bout of May 5th - and now, undefeated Welshman Nathan Cleverly has announced he will not be defending his WBO light-heavyweight belt against Robin Krasniqi as planned for April 28th. continue


Fernando Guerrero injured, fight with Fitzpatrick off; Taylor-Truax and Lara-Hearns will still take place on Friday

NEW YORK (April 17, 2012) – Dominican southpaw Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KO’s) of Salisbury, Md., suffered a partially torn left biceps in training camp, forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Chris “The Irish Ghost’’ Fitzpatrick. The previously announced 10-round super middleweight fight between Guerrero and Fitzpatrick was tabbed to open a three-fight edition of ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, April 20. SHOWTIME® will move ahead with a live doubleheader (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. continue


Cleverly pulls out of Krasniqi fight due to illness - Breaking News

World Champion Nathan Cleverly has been forced to withdraw from his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Light-Heavyweight title defence against Robin Krasniqi due to a viral infection. continue


Paul McCloskey Now In The Frame For Shot At Juan Manuel Marquez On July 14th - Must Beat “Chop Chop” Corley First

By James Slater: Ireland’s Paul McCloskey, a very unfortunate loser to Amir Khan in his sole world title shot so far, has been craving another big fight ever since being stopped on that somewhat superficial-looking cut last spring. Well, “Dudey” may never get a second shot at Khan, but he is now just one win away from a possible shot at interim WBO 140-pound king and all-time great Juan Manuel Marquez. continue


Anthony Crolla - Derry Mathews this Saturday; West defeats Lopez

ANTHONY CROLLA has targeted winning a Lonsdale belt outright before becoming world lightweight champion. The popular Mancunian makes the second defence of his British crown against Derry Mathews (29-6-1) at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday night (April 21). continue


Shocker: George Groves Pulls Out Of Fight With Robert Stieglitz!

By James Slater: The way he’s going - and it may be no fault of his own, just a spell of unfortunate bad luck - unbeaten British super-middleweight star George Groves is going to reduce his fan base by a substantial margin. continue


Groves pulls out of Stieglitz fight due to injury

George Groves has withdrawn from his World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Super-Middleweight title fight against champion Robert Stieglitz due to an injury sustained in his Cyprus training camp. continue


If McCloskey beats Corley, he could face Marquez on July 14th

Paul McCloskey’s May 5 clash with DeMarcus Corley live on Sky Sports has taken a new twist after he was named as a possible opponent for Juan Manuel Marquez’s July 14 fight in Texas. continue


Canelo Alvarez & Sugar Shane Mosley Media Workout Quotes & Conference Call Transcript

Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion

"I have something Shane wants and I want something he has. He wants my belt, but I want his experience. continue


Victor Ortiz - Andre Berto 2 at the Staples Center on June 23

LOS ANGELES, April 16 - At long last, the rematch of 2011's Fight of the Year between former World Champions "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto originally scheduled for February 11 in Las Vegas, but postponed when Berto sustained an arm injury on January 30, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, this time for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship. In the co-main event, scheduled for 12 rounds in the super lightweight division, former Three Division World Champion Humberto Soto squares off against Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse. The doubleheader will be telecast live on SHOWTIME. continue


Victor Ortiz - Andre Berto II Press Conference Highlights

LOS ANGELES (April 16, 2012) Former World Champions Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto held a press conference on Monday in Los Angeles to formally announce their upcoming rematch of the 2011 "Fight of the Year" on Saturday, June 23, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. continue


Unbeaten Heavyweight Hope Richard Towers To Fight For First Pro Title In June; Will Face Unbeaten Michael Wallisch For European Union Belt

By James Slater: Being moved quite fast at pro level, 32-year-old British heavyweight hope Richard Towers will fight for his first title on June 16th. The 6’8” “Inferno” will face fellow unbeaten Michael Wallisch of Germany on the Scott Quigg-Rendall Munroe super-bantamweight showdown in Manchester (a bout that will be for the interim WBA title according to Boxrec). continue


Alvarado-Herrera: Fight of the year contender; Pedraza-Garcia on 4/27

Orange, CA (April 16) - This past Saturday Mauricio Herrera (18-2, 7 KOs) and Mike Alvarado engaged in a back and forth battle that qualified as a legitimate Fight of the Year contender. As soon as the bell sounded in the first round both warriors began exchanging and didn't stop until the final bell. continue


Froch vs. Bute A make of brake fight for both

by Joseph Webb: On the 26th of may will take place a fight that which I think could be a contender for fight of the year at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham UK. Between Carl Froch (28 2 0 Ko20 ) the former 2x WBC super middleweight champion. And Lucian Bute (30 0 0 Ko24) the current IBF super middleweight champion. continue


WBC Crashing WBA Party

By Eric Roman: May 5th, the world awaits as Floyd Mayweather Jr. challenges Miguel Cotto for the WBC Super Welterweight Diamond belt... wait, what? Back in February, the two PPV mega stars signed to fight for Cotto's WBA strap, leaving the other alphabet soup organizations to sit back and drool as the winner of the bout becomes the recognized 154lb champ. For two months, Jose Sulaiman allowed the WBA officials to bask in the glory of believing their belt will be raised by the winner of the most important fight of 2012, not quite. continue


Mayweather-Cotto News: May 5th Bout Will Be For Two “World” Title Belts; Floyd Says He Won’t Give Merchant An Interview After He’s Won!

By James Slater: Some interesting developments regarding the fast approaching Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto super-fight: the 154-pound clash, set for Cinco de Mayo weekend will be for two “world” title belts - the WBA strap that currently belongs to Cotto, and the WBC silver title. continue


Stevenson vs. Gonzalez, Alvarez vs. Saunders on ESPN FNF

MONTREAL (April 16, 2012) - Rising light heavyweight star Eleider "Storm" Alvarez takes on battled-tested veteran Rayco "War" Saunders in this week's ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. continue


Diamond 154lb title on line for Mayweather-Cotto fight

LOS ANGELES, April 16 - When kings of the ring Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Miguel Cotto meet on May 5 in the biggest boxing event of 2012, there will be even more on the line than Cotto's World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight World Championship belt and pound-for-pound supremacy. The two boxing superstars will also be fighting for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight Diamond belt when they step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in less than three weeks. continue


John "The Beast" Mugabi Set For Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend

CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 16, 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today junior middleweight champion John “The Beast” Mugabi will make his first visit to Canastota for the 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 7-10th. continue


Frampton vs. TBA on Bute-Froch undercard; Quintero-Sabaupan on Saturday

Carl Frampton will provide the chief support on the undercard of Carl Froch’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) World super middleweight title challenge to Lucian Bute in Nottingham on May 26. continue


Modern Day Master Juan Manuel Marquez Eyes July 14th Return - Potential Foes Are Rios, Alvarado, Gesta, Maybe Even Morales

By James Slater: So, who should Mexican legend and P-4-P fighter Juan Manuel Marquez face next? Plans are underway for the amazing 38-year-old to fight next on July 14th, on a big show planned for Cowboys Stadium in Texas. continue


Marquez dominates the professor

By Rey Anthony: MEXICO CITY, In his quest for redemption, Future hall of famer Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (54-6-1 39KO) outclassed WBO #4 contender Serhiy “The professor” Fedchenko (30-2-0 13KO) of Ukraine in a 12 round light welterweight battle for the interim WBO title in front of a packed New Mexico City arena in Distrito Federal, Mexico. Televised by HBO Pay-Per-View and promoted by Top Tank Inc. It was Fedchenko’s first professional fight outside of Europe. continue


Berto vs. Ortiz II and Matthysse vs. Soto tickets go on sale on Monday

LOS ANGELES (April 15)...Since the final bell rang on April 16, 2011, boxing fans and the media have been clamoring for the rematch between Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto. Originally scheduled for February 11 in Las Vegas, but postponed when Berto sustained an arm injury on January 30, Ortiz vs. Berto II is now set for June 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. and tickets go on sale TOMORROW, April 16 at 10 am PT. continue


Reyes vows to come back from loss

Las Vegas, NV (April 16) - Friday night was the completion of two very difficult weeks for Thompson Boxing's WBC Latino Welterweight Champion Artemio "King" Reyes (15-2, 12 KOs) who lost his father last week and laid him to rest Tuesday this week only to forge forward and face Alan "El Puas" Sanchez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights." Reyes suffered a knockout loss 2:08 into the first round. continue


Carl Frampton the next big thing

By Jonathan Elliott: I was in attendance at the Odyssey Arena Belfast, for the Tyson Fury vs Martin Rogan clash, when I had the fortunate chance of bumping into Carl 'The Jackal' Frampton, and my words to him were, "You are destined for big things" He thanked me with his humble response. continue


Arturo “Thunder” Gatti: The Human Highlight Reel Would’ve Been 40 Today

By James Slater: On this day in boxing history, two important things happened: in 1985 Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns met in what was arguably the best middleweight title fight in history - a fight that had THE best single round in boxing history. While on this day in 1972, future legend Arturo Gatti was born. continue


Hennessey Says Tyson Fury Could Be Back As Soon As June 3rd; Says The Aim Is To “Bring Over The Klitschkos”

By James Slater: Fresh off his fighter’s impressive 5th-round stoppage of tough Martin Rogan, Tyson Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessey is talking big. Very big. Hennessey, who says the unbeaten 23-year-old could be back in action as soon as June 3rd, also says that the longer-term goal is to “bring the Povetkins over here and the Klitschkos.” continue


Marquez defeats Fedchenko

By Michael Collins: Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KO’s) won the interim WBO light welterweight title on Saturday night with a wide 12 round unanimous decision victory over an over-matched out of his league #5 WBO contender Sergiy Fedchenko (30-2, 13 KO’s) at the New Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. Fedchenko fought like he was there just to survive and knocked out. continue


Robbery In Las Vegas As Brandon Rios Somehow Gets 12-Round SD Over Richard Abril

By James Slater: Last night at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios retained his “0” with a 12-round split decision win over Cuba’s Richard Abril. Oxnard’s Rios won by scores of 115-113 and 116-112, the third judge gave the score as 117-111 for Abril, the WBA interim champ. continue


Fury stops Rogan in 5th

By Michael Collins: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KO's) captured the Irish heavyweight title on Saturday night with a fairly easy 5th round KO win over a tired 40-year-old Martin Rogan (14-3, 7 KO's) at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury, 23, knocked Rogan down with a nice left to the body in the 5th. Although Rogan made it back to his feet, the fight was halted when the towel was thrown in by his corner to save him from any additional punishment. continue


Floyd Mayweather Senior: “It’s been proven already that my son can sell more tickets than Pacquiao!”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The latest edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior, who touched on a wide variety of topics including his son’s upcoming fight against Miguel Cotto, some of the fighters he currently works with, the upcoming fight between Shane Mosley and Saul Alvarez, the rematch between Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins, Oscar De La Hoya’s fight against Hopkins, Manny Pacquiao, Zab Judah’s dominant effort against Vernon Paris, and more! Here is what Floyd Senior had to say:

His views on the upcoming May 5 fight between his son Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto:

“Well I think that Cotto will probably give little Floyd a better fight than any of the other guys in quite awhile. I’m not saying that Cotto’s going to win, but I’m just saying that he’ll probably get a better fight than he did from Shane and he’ll probably get a better fight than he got from Margarito. To tell you the truth I don’t even know too many people that Cotto fought but Shane and Margarito. They were his two biggest fights that I know of.”

On whether he believes weight can be a factor give his son will be moving up to 154 for the first time in years:

“Weight can play a factor in anything, but you know little Floyd is probably going to be faster than Cotto anyway. Plus he’s smaller so he’ll probably get around quicker than Cotto. One thing I think is that Cotto ain’t never fought nobody with that style of fighting. That’s what Cotto’s complication is going to be right there. He never fought nobody that has his shoulder like that. I think Cotto is going to get countered quite a bit, and even though Floyd is older I think little Floyd is faster. When you speak about size, I’ve seen little Floyd box light heavyweights, I mean bigger guys and stronger guys than Cotto. They have 16 ounce gloves on but it don’t matter any time you got a guy that big fighting a guy Floyd’s size. But we all did! I did, Roger did, me, Roger, and Jeff—we all fought bigger guys like that, and Floyd does it, too.” continue


Terrazas stops Palma; Ramirez defeats Barboza

Mexico’s middleweight hopeful Gilberto "Lefty" Ramirez kept his undefeated record and his World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth title by a unanimous decision (97-93, 100-90 and 100-91) over Costa Rican veteran Jaime “El Indio” Barboza , tonight at the Municipal Auditorium in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. continue


Wladimir Klitschko On Next Challenger Tony Thompson: “He Gave Me One Of My Toughest Challenges. He Cannot Be Ignored”

By James Slater: Though he will enter the ring in Berne, Switzerland as a whopping betting favourite on July 7th, Ring Magazine, WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko says he will in no way be looking past or failing to give full respect to his challenger (and rematch opponent) Tony Thompson. continue


WBC Silver Heavyweight Champion Bermane Stiverne Returns Saturday Night

By Laz Izada: This Saturday night April 14th Don King Productions presents boxing at Casino Miami Jai-Alai. The card features Miami hometown appeal as Joey Hernandez and Bermane Stiverne will be featured in separate bouts. continue


Weight A Minute! Brandon Rios Will Fight Above The 135-Pound Limit Again - Tips-In At 137 For Abril Fight Tonight

By James Slater: So much for Robert “Bam Bam” Rios “feeling great” due to getting a nutritionist so as to be able to continue to make the 135-pound lightweight limit. Yesterday, at the weigh-in for tonight’s WBA title fight with Richard Abril, Rios came in at 137 and then, after being given 45-mins to try and lose the two-pounds, he came back and scaled 139! continue


Q & A with Atlantic City’s rising Bantamweight KO Artist Qa’id Muhammad fighting April 18 at Newark’s Robert Treat Hotel-First Round Promotions

By Lou McLaughlin: Last night I was given the opportunity to interview via telephone Qa’id (Kid Dynamite) Muhammad. Qa’id from Atlantic City who is a bantamweight whose record is 6-0 (5 KO). He is managed by Vito Mielnicki and Abdur Rahim Muhammad. This April 18th he is scheduled for his first 6 rounder in facing Steven Johnson 7 -4 (KO 4) at the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey promoted by Gabe Laconte and Greg Cohen’s First Round Promotions. continue


Jhonson-Hernandez; Jack-Brand; Barthelemy-Martinez on May 11th

Tickets go on sale today (Saturday, April 14 at 10 AM) for "Shootout at Texas Station", the Friday, May 11, ShoBox: The New Generation-televised night of professional boxing in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. continue


Katsidis comes up short against Mensah

By Paul Strauss: Michael Katsidis “The Great” looked familiar Saturday night at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, but he just wasn’t the same guy. He fought his usual fight, which is pressure, pressure and more pressure. He out threw Albert Mensah, and definitely created more wind than the Tornado from Ghana, but he just couldn’t cause as much damage. continue


Fury-Rogan: Weights

FURY VS ROGAN:

WEIGHTS & FINAL VIDEO ROUNDUP! continue


Weights: Alvarado 140, Herrera 140

Las Vegas (April 13) - Tomorrow, Saturday, April 14, from the Mandalay Casino in Las Vegas a junior welterweight collision will erupt between Mauricio Herrera and Mike Alvarado LIVE on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. (SRP $44.95) as part of the telecast that will feature Juan Manuel Marquez versus Sergey Fedchenko for the interim WBO Jr. welterweight championship, and Brandon Rios versus Richard Abril for the interim WBA lightweight championship. continue


Unheralded Albert Mensah Upsets Michael Katsidis Via Majority Decision - The End For “The Great?”

By James Slater: Last night at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, unheralded, largely unknown Albert Mensah of Ghana made a name for himself at the expense of a past-his-best, possibly even finished Michael Katsidis. After ten thrilling rounds that saw a ton of phone booth action, the bigger, thicker set and younger Mensah pulled out the majority verdict. continue


Mares -Morel, Anselmo quotes

Abner Mares, Eric Morel and Anselmo Moreno participated in a media conference call on Friday to discuss their fights on the upcoming SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast on Saturday, April 21, which will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME® (9:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. continue


Nonito Donaire v Cristain Mijares on July 14th

By Sevak Sarkisian: On July 14th the super gifted Nonito Donaire will be stepping into the ring with former two time super flyweight champion Christian Mijares. Nonito just won the vacant WBO super bantamweight world title this past February against Wilfredo Vazquez junior. Vazquez fought a smart fight and used his skills and defense. It was Donaire’s first time fighting at super bantamweight and it was clear he doesn’t operate as efficiently as he does at the lower weight divisions even though he managed to squeak out a split decision win. continue


Felix Sturm Stops A Game Sebastian Zbik At End Of 9th-Round, Retains WBA middleweight Crown

By James Slater: Tonight in Cologne, Germany, in a bitter grudge-match that was given the tagline “Bad Blood,” Felix Sturm successfully retained his WBA middleweight title with a highly impressive stoppage of a very game Sebastian Zbik. continue


Abril vs. Rios winner to get $50,000 bonus; Sergio Martinez to appear on ESPN Deportes tonight

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (April 14, 2012) -- Eyes on the prize baby. Eyes on the prize. Undefeated former lightweight champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS and World Boxing Association (WBA) interim lightweight title holder RICHARD ABRIL will be fighting for more than the vacant WBA lightweight title and guaranteed purses Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, they will be fighting for a $50,000 bonus that will be awarded to the winner. continue


When the Boston Gob shut his Trap

By Ted Spoon: The best heavyweight between Gene Tunney and Joe Louis was Jack Sharkey. How does that sound? It probably doesn't sit very well. Surely Max Schmeling with his triumph over Louis gets the nod? If not then it must be Max Baer who scrambled Schmeling and Primo Carnera? Truth be told Sharkey was more inconsistent than the lot of 'em. The problem is there were times when he looked supernatural. continue


Kelly Pavlik-Scott Sigmon Fight Back On - And Now It’s A Genuine Grudge-Match!

By James Slater: Former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik will have his second fight under new trainer Robert Garcia on June 8th in Las Vegas. “The Ghost” has told Vindy.com that as soon as the contract for his fight with Scott Sigmon arrives, he will sign it. continue


Tyson Fury Disrespectful Of Martin Rogan, Tells Boxrec.com He’ll Start A “Bum A Month” Club With Tomorrow’s Bout

By James Slater - When it comes to overachieving Belfast heavyweight Martin Rogan, all I would say to any heavyweight contender out there is this: underestimate him at your peril. “Rogie” may be 40-years-old now and he may have been inactive as of late, but he is as tough as they come and he can darn sure fight - just ask British heavies Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison, who were both shocked by the likeable part-time taxi driver.

Well, it sure seems unbeaten, heavily hyped Tyson Fury is at the very least putting on the act of disrespecting Rogan, who he will clash with tomorrow night, with the Irish heavyweight title at stake. continue


Sturm meets Zbik on Friday; Martin Murray to fight on June 16th

A grudge of Groves-DeGale dimensions has been brewing over in Germany of late between world class middleweights Felix Sturm and Sebastian Zbik. And British fans shall be able to watch the rivalry unfurl this evening when the former puts his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super title on the line against ex World Boxing Council (WBC) ‘interim’ king Zbik at the Lanxess Arena, Cologne, live on BoxNation (Sky Ch.456, Virgin Ch. 546). continue


Rios vs. Abril on Saturday on BoxNation; Nielsen-Vega on 4/21

Box Nation’s commitment to delivering fans live coverage of the very best fighters and fights from all around the globe continues this weekend when they showcase Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios, arguably the best lightweight on the planet, attempt to regain the World Boxing Association (WBA) title he surrendered to the scales last December. continue


Fedchenko vs. Marquez break down; Sturm-Zbik analysis

By Glyn Evans: After counterpunching Manny Pacquiao silly in November, only to be denied by a decision that appeared to be based more on commerce than sport, Mexican ring master Juan Manuel Marquez resurfaces at the New Mexico City Arena, Mexico on tomorrow night. continue


Freddie Roach: Senchenko's jab the difference vs. Malignaggi

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 12, 2012) - Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach predicts the jab of World Boxing Association ("WBA") Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko will be the difference in hisApril 29 world title defense against challenger Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, airing live on pay per viewfrom Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine . continue


Official ESB Countdown To Mayweather vs Cotto: HBO 24/7 Kicks Off....Prepare for 'Reality' TV!!!

By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks EastSideBoxing Countdown to Boxing scribe Vivek "Vito" Wallace takes a look at what fight fans can expect as we tune in to the premiere of HBO's "24/7: Mayweather vs Cotto". If the past is any indication, prepare for a wide range of emotions. Some will laugh, some will pout, a few may even cry......but all will tune-in.....here's a few reasons why: continue


Ali Adams - Audley Harrison on May 26th; Foster Jr-Elizabeth on 4/21

With only six weeks until the big title fight on 26th May we thought it was about time to have a word with ‘The Tiger’ Ali Adams who takes on the world renowned Audley Harrison in a 10 round heavyweight dust-up. continue


Martial Arts Mix-Up?: Why boxing presents a better product than MMA

by James Harrison: Saturday, April 14, begins a three-month stretch that features bouts of boxing and mixed-martial-arts (MMA) fighters we have grown to love. Amongst the list of boxing household names are Marquez, Hopkins, Mosley, Cotto, Mayweather, Khan, Peterson, Tarver, Winky, and Pacquiao. continue


Eubank Jnr vs. Allison on Fury-Rogan undercard on Saturday

Belfast (April 12) Chris Eubank junior has promised double trouble for his next opponent - because this time he will be using BOTH fists.

Fury vs. Rogan and Eubank Jr vs. Allison, proudly presented by Hennessy Sports, will be broadcast live on Channel 5. continue


Seth Mitchell & Chazz Witherspoon Conference Call Transcript; Adamek vs. Chambers tickets go on sale Saturday, 4/14

Kelly Swanson

Thank you, everybody, for dialing in today. I'll tell you, we are feeling the heavyweights. We have on the phone with us both Seth "Mayhem" Mitchell from his training camp in Clinton, Maryland, which is right outside of Washington, D.C.; as well as "The Gentlemen," Chazz Witherspoon, calling in all the way from Oakland, California. continue


On The Ropes Boxing Radio #164 featuring Floyd Mayweather Sr. & Cory Spinks - Now Available On-Demand!

by Jenna J - This week's 164th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with top boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior and former two division world champion Cory Spinks.

On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:

• The recent installment of HBO's Mayweather/Cotto Faceoff. Is there to much mutual respect between the two fighters, and does it mean we won't get an entertaining 24/7 series?

• New in studio boxing show featuring Jim Lampley. What will show like this do for the sport of boxing?

• Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. vs. Andy Lee on June 16th. What can fans expect when these two meet in the ring?

• Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers fight set. What does this fight mean for both men?

• Manny Pacquiao's team’s choice to use Ruslan Provodnikov as a sparring partner. How can someone with Rulsan's style help prepare Pacquiao for Bradley?

• Claims that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has become a stationary fighter. Is Floyd starting to show signs of his age?

• The upcoming split fight card featuring Juan Manuel Marquez and Brendon Rios. What fighter has the tougher challenge in front of him this weekend?

• Tyson Fury's fight with Martin Rogan. Is Fury focued on this fight and will he be in shape for it after reportedly weighing over 320lbs at the end of December.


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Margules Outraged and Disappointed at Urango Comeback Reports

Promoter Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing wishes to issue the following warnings to the fighter and those involved with former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight world champion Juan "Iron Twin" Urango's supposed comeback fight on April 26 at the Centro Bancomer in Mexico City, reportedly against Mexican veteran Cristian Chavez (23-18, 11 KOs). continue


Stieglitz: Groves first, then Abraham! Pulev: European title first, then the Klitschkos?

Three top highlights at Erfurt´s night of boxing: Boxing fans will not only be looking forward to the WBO cruiserweight world championship between Marco “Captain” Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) and Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs) but also to two other world-class title bouts. Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) will defend his WBO super-middleweight belt against Georg Groves (14-0, 11 KOs). The heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) and Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) will fight it out for the vacant European title. continue


Lamont Peterson vs Amir Khan who will prevail?

By Jonathan Elliott: Their first fight was a great spectacle and even without all the controversy that has resulted in a rematch to take place, I for one would still be calling for more. continue


What Could Floyd's Statement Mean

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: I assume that if not all of you, then most of you have already heard of what Mayweather Jr. had said in an interview with the LA Times, but if you had missed it, here is his direct quote regarding his potential future bout again Manny Pacquiao: “No, I don't think it's going to happen. It's because of Bob Arum. It's not my fault." (http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-mayweather-pacquiao-20120411,0,5295936.story). continue


Thomas Oosthuizen vs. Marcus Johnson on 4/27

NEW YORK (April 12, 2012) -- Six hungry prospects with a combined record of 88-4-5 with 61 knockouts will clash in a trio of vitally important fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 27, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. continue


Fury-Rogan this Saturday


"IRISH FANS WANT ME TO KO ROGAN"

TYSON Fury has been overwhelmed by the support he expects to receive when he battles with Martin Rogan at Belfast's Odyssey Arena on April 14 on the Hennessey Sports 'Unfinished Business' show. continue


“The President” Ike Ibeabuchi - The One That Got (Put) Away

By James Slater: How great could Nigerian powerhouse Ikemefula Charles Ibeabuchi have become had he not lost the plot and got himself put away for the charge of attempted rape (in Las Vegas in 2009)? We will of course never know, but fans still talk, while somewhat in awe, about the man better known as Ike Ibeabuchi and his hugely impressive wins. continue


McCloskey to face Corley on May 5th

Paul McCloskey will face DeMarcus Corley on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast live on Sky Sports – and the winner could land a shot at the World Boxing Council (WBC) light welterweight crown. continue


Mayweather-Pacquiao Latest (Groan) - Floyd Tells The L.A Times It Won’t Happen, Roach Says “There’s Nowhere Else For Them To Go”

By James Slater: Even though he is, by his own admission, currently working his ass off for a fight that will happen in less than a month, unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior is still being peppered with questions about a fight that has an average at best chance of happening. continue


Heavyweight Warrior Vinny Maddalone To Return To Action, Will Face Chris Koval On May 2nd

By James Slater: “Real-Life Rocky” Vinny Maddalone, 34-7(25) will fight for the first time in almost seven months on May 2nd , as promoter Joe DeGuardia hosts another show at Russo’s on the beach in New York. Maddalone, now aged 38, will go in against experienced journeyman Chris Koval. continue


Lamont Peterson: Khan will fight the same way he did last time; he always fights the same

By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson sees Amir Khan fighting the same way in their rematch as he did in their first fight last December. Peterson thinks Khan is beyond changing, seeing him as a forward and backwards type of fighter. continue


Thompson: I’m going to KO Wladimir and take his belts

By Marcus Richardson: 40-year-old Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO’s) thinks he’s got the skills to beat IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO’s) in their rematch on July 7th in Switzerland. Thomson failed miserably last time he fought Wladimir four years ago in an 11th round TKO in Hamburg, Germany in 2008. Now four years older, and even slower than he was then, Thompson thinks he can get a knockout this time. continue


Rios vs. Abril, Alvarado vs. Herrera Press Conf Quotes; Reyes-Sanchez on Friday Night Fights

LOS ANGELES. (April 11, 2012) – Undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., his opponent, World Boxing Association (WBA) interim lightweight champion and Cuban expatriate RICHARD ABRIL (17-2-1, 8 KOs), hosted the Final Las Vegas News Conference today in the Mizuya Lounge at Mandalay Bay. Joining Rios and Abril were Top 10 contenders “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO (32-0, 23 KOs), of Denver, MERCITO and MAURICIO HERRERA (18-1, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., who will take on each other in a 10-round junior welterweight fight. The participants discussed their upcoming career-defining fights on this Saturday’s world championship pay-per-view card originating from Las Vegas and México City. continue


Alvarado: I'm taking Herrera into deep waters on Saturday

Los Angeles (April 11) - This Saturday, April 14, from the Mandalay Casino in Las Vegas a junior welterweight collision will erupt between Mauricio Herrera and Mike Alvarado LIVE on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. (SRP $44.95) as part of the telecast that will feature Juan Manuel Marquez versus Sergey Fedchenko for the interim WBO Jr. welterweight championship, and Brandon Rios versus Richard Abril for the interim WBA lightweight championship. continue


Roger Mayweather: Pacquiao wouldn’t last five rounds with Floyd Jr.

By Rob Smith: Roger Mayweather, the trainer and uncle for undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., doesn’t see Manny Pacquiao as even being a decent opponent for Floyd Jr. Roger sees it as an easy 5th round TKO win for Floyd and he really wants to make the fight happen after Floyd gets done dispatching WBA junior middleweight champion on May 5th. continue


Results from New Jersey Golden Gloves' Open Class Finals of April 7th

By Lou McLaughlin: This past Saturday night April 7, I had the pleasure of attending the N.J. Open Class Finals for the Prudential Center Ameriahealth Pavilion in Newark. There were also a few sub-novice bouts added. It was fun to see these young guys competing just for the glory of a trophy and the chance to be on the New Jersey state team and compete in the National Tournament of Champions later this spring in Mesquite, Nevada. These young men both the winners and losers gave their all in three round bouts of two minutes duration. continue


Bute’s promoter says they were never in talks with Andre Ward

By Michael Collins: IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute’s promoter Jean Bedard of InterBox was sort of stunned when he read WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Andre Ward’s comments lately made to Sports Illustrated where Ward said he was upset that Bute had decided on facing former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch on May 26th when he was already in talks with Bute about a possible fight. continue


"Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" Camp Notes

Las Vegas, NV (April 11) - Floyd "Money" Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley are deep in training for their respective May 5 bouts taking place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. For Mayweather, being back in the gym feels just right as he trains at the Mayweather Boxing Club surrounded by familiar faces and teammates while Cotto is honing his skills at his camp in Orlando, Fl. for the second time. Meanwhile, at an altitude of 7,000 feet, California's Big Bear Lake is playing host to both Caneloand Mosleywho are readying themselves to face off in the co-main event. While each of their training camp experiences are different, there is one common theme - Mayweather, Cotto, Canelo and Mosley are intensely focused on their approaching May 5 bouts. continue


CEO Richard Schaefer Agrees to Long-Term Golden Boy Promotions and Golden Boy Enterprises Contract Extension

LOS ANGELES, CA (April 11). . . Golden Boy Promotions and Golden Boy Enterprises announced today their Chief Executive Officer Richard Schaefer has agreed to a long-term contract extension with the companies that will ensure the continued success of the thriving sports and entertainment enterprise. Schaefer, along with company President Oscar de la Hoya, has been greatly responsible for growing the business into the leading boxing promotional company in the world. continue


Hernandez vs. Ashanti, Stiverne vs. Herring on Saturday

MIAMI—Don King hosted the final press conference today before Saturday’s first boxing card at the new and improved Casino Miami Jai-Alai that will feature WBC United States super welterweight champion Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (20-1-1, 11 KOs) against Shakir “The Assassin” Ashanti (16-12, 4 KOs), from New Bern, S.C.. continue


James Toney-David Rodriguez Rumoured For June 15th In Texas

By James Slater: It was always going to be the case that, if he won his April 7th fight with Bobby Gunn, James “Lights Out” Toney would fight on. Well, the 43-year-old did get the win, his first stoppage win in quite some time, and even though he came in at a heavy 248-pounds, the future Hall of Famer was happy enough with his 5th-round corner retirement victory. continue


Edner Cherry faces Juan Carlos Martinez on Saturday; WBO announces referee & judges for Marquez vs. Fedchenko

(Winter Haven, FL) Former World Title Challenger, Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry headlines “Solo Boxeo Live,” Saturday, April 14th at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, IL. Cherry 29-6-2, (16 KO’s) will meet Juan Carlos Martinez in the 10 round main event. The bout will be broadcast live (11:00 pm EST) on Telefutura and is presented by Warriors Boxing and 8 Count Productions. continue


24/7 Mayweather/Cotto Episode #1 Debuts Saturday Night on HBO

HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured 14 Sports Emmy® Awards, returns for its 13th boxing installment with 24/7 MAYWEATHER/COTTO, debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 14 (9:45-10:15 p.m. ET/PT). The four-episode, all-access series follows two elite fighters in one of boxing’s most competitive divisions as they prepare for their intriguing pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 5. continue


Katsidis vs. Mensah on Friday Night Fights; Jhonson-Hernandez on May 11th

Studio Interview with Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez

Former interim Lightweight titlist Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-5, 23 KOs) and Albert “Tornado” Mensah (19-3-1, 7 KOs) will meet in the 10-round Junior Welterweight main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra on April 13. Friday’s show will air at 11 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas. The card is presented by Millennium Events. continue


Unbeaten Contender Denis Boytsov Says He Wants The Klitschkos, Says “They Spoil The Heavyweight Division With Their Perfection”

By James Slater: Unbeaten at 30-0(25), Russian heavyweight hope Denis Boytsov faces durable journeyman Domminick Guinn this Friday night (on the under-card of the Felix Sturm-Sebastian Zbik middleweight title clash in Germany), yet the 26-year-old said in an interview with Sportbox.ru that he wants the Klitschkos in the very near future - WBC king Vitali especially. continue


Mike Tyson Tells The Mirror, Today’s Heavyweight Scene Is “Pretty Good,” Says “It’s Not The Klitschko’s Fault There Isn’t Enough Competition”

By James Slater - Retired great and former two-time heavyweight king Mike Tyson is about to hit the stage for his “Undisputed Truth” one-man show in Las Vegas. The former “Iron” Mike, now at peace with himself at age 45, is said to be planning a show that will “make you laugh, cry - go through every emotion.”

The show will run for an initial week in The City of Entertainment, but already there is talk of the show being extended and taken on the road if it proves successful. And Tyson sure has some story to tell, doesn’t he! continue


Rios: I'm not going to get beat by this unknown Abril

LAS VEGAS, NEV (April 10, 2012) – Undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and his opponent World Boxing Association (WBA) interim lightweight champion and Cuban expatriate RICHARD ABRIL (17-2-1, 8 KOs), of Miami, Fla., hosted a Las Vegas media workout at the Top Rank Gym today. These two warriors face off for the vacant WBA lightweight title on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay. Here’s what they had to say: continue


Luis Del Valle - Christopher Martin on 4/27; Cherry-Martinez on Saturday

April 10, 2012 - Luis "Orlandito" del Valle (15-0, 11KO's) has championship blood running through his veins. In 1992, his cousin, Rafael del Valle, traveled to England and defeated local champion Duke McKenzie in the first round, becoming the WBO bantamweight World Champion. continue


Dannie Williams learns from defeat by Lundy

ST. LOUIS (April 11, 2012) - His disappointing loss March 30 to North American Boxing Federation ("NABF") lightweight champion "Hammerin' Hank" Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs), headlining ESPN Friday Night Fights, will serve as an invaluable learning experience for "Dangerous" Dannie Williams (20-2, 16 KOs). continue


Dirty dancing – what is and what should never be in professional boxing

By Doug Hattier: Boxing once to be the greatest sport, and will again, lost a lot of its appeal because of the Dirty Business outside of the Ring. Considering the rules of boxing barely fills one page you would think it wouldn’t take a genius to administer them. Which leads to the question of who signs the referee’s checks? Are they more concerned with the “Golden Rule” or the “Golden Boy”? here is the Uniformed Boxing Rules. continue


Floyd Mayweather And Miguel Cotto Face Off On The Big Screen

Centennial, Colo. - April 10, 2012 - This Cinco de Mayo, boxing superstar and seven-time World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather will take on current WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto in the big screen event, Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto Fight Live on Saturday, May 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Broadcast in high definition to nearly 440 movie theaters nationwide from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the highly anticipated match-up will give fans a ringside seat as Mayweathersteps up in weight to challenge Cotto for the super welterweight championship. Also featured on this blockbuster card, will be young superstar Canelo Alvarez facing six-time World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley. continue


Fury-Rogan, Gesta-Cuero, Alvarado-Herrera on Saturday

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 10, 2012) - FIGHT NOW TV TM - America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel - will deliver exciting boxing from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean this Saturday (Apr. 14) starting at 5 PM/ET. continue


The Ten Most Shocking Moments In Boxing History: One Writer’s List

By James Slater: There have been numerous times in the long history of the great sport of boxing when something happened, either in the ring or outside of if, that resonated around the globe - a time when something happened that was so shocking it simply proved too hard to believe. continue


Floyd “Money” Mayweather-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez: A Super-Fight Coming Near You Soon!

By James Slater: Though he is only 21-years-old and is still fully growing into being a “world” champion, unbeaten Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has repeatedly claimed he is ready “to fight the best.” Right now, the best in boxing is Floyd Mayweather Junior, and if (when) “Money” gets past Miguel Cotto on May 5th (and after the 42-0 superstar has served his time in prison, beginning June 1st), you can see it coming a mile off: Mayweather Vs. Alvarez next Cinco de Mayo weekend. continue


Hearn still wants Maidana for Kell Brook on July 7th, but will have to settle for a lot less

By Michael Collins: Eddie Hearn, the promoter for unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook (27-0, 18 KO’s), would still very much like to see Brook facing WBA light welterweight champion Marcos Maidana on July 7th in Sheffield. Maidana’s adviser already said that’s not going to happen because the money being offered isn’t good enough for Maidana to take the fight when he can make better money fighting elsewhere. continue


Chavez Jr’s weight advantage won’t help him against Andy Lee on June 16th

By Rob Smith: If WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) is smart, he’ll try and come into his June 16th title defense against challenger Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KO’s) as light as he was when he defeated John Duddy in 2010. Chavez Jr. was light and quick on his feet in that fight. Granted, Chavez Jr. got rocked in the 6th round and was hit quite a bit, but he still was a whole lot better than he’s looked in the fights since then. continue


Saunders-Hill on April 28th; Sergio Martinez on Y Factor

Southampton middleweight Tony Hill believes he can pull off a stunning upset against Billy Joe Saunders at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday 28th April. continue


UK Boxing News: Browne-Butlin on 4/21; Byrne-Holmes on April 28th

KNOCKOUT artist Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne is threatening to run British boxing’s top heavyweights out of town. continue


Pulev to take on Dimitrenko for vacant European Heavyweight Title on May 5

A real heavyweight highlight is on the cards for the spectators at the Messehalle Erfurt on May 5. Not only will Marco Huck take on Ola Afolabi to defend his WBO Cruiserweight Title but there is also a bout for the vacant European Championship when heavyweights Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) and Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) meet in the ring. continue


Rios-Abril Flash Quotes From Today's LA Press Conference

LOS ANGELES. (April 9, 2012) – Undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and his opponent, World Boxing Association (WBA) interim lightweight champion and Cuban expatriate RICHARD ABRIL (17-2-1, 8 KOs), of Miami, Fla., hosted a Los Angeles news conference today at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel to kickoff Fight Week for their WBA lightweight title tilt. Hostilities quickly broke out and they had to be separated by their respective camps when they began shoving each other during their photo op. Here’s what they had to say. continue


"Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" Televised Pay-Per-View Card Set

LOS ANGELES, April 9 -The "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" pay-per-view card is set and some of the toughest competitors in boxing today will be featured when undefeated rising star Jessie Vargas faces-off against perennial contender Alfonso Gomez and, in the opening pay-per-view bout, exciting 154 lb. contender DeAndre "The Bull" Latimore takes on former World Champion Carlos "El Indio" Quintana. The two 10-round bouts will take place prior to the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight Championship between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto and the Canelo Alvarez vs. Sugar Shane Mosley WBC Super Welterweight title bout Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 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


Pacquiao vs Mayweather the great debate

By Jonathan Elliott: Pacquiao vs Mayweather one of the most talked about fights in the history of boxing unfortunately unlike Hagler vs Hearns, Ali vs Foreman, Gatti vs Ward we are not talking about it because of what we have witnessed inside the ring but for what we haven't witnessed is what strives the talking point. continue


Senchenko vs. Malignaggi PPV promotional video

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 9, 2012) - Here is a promotional video for the April 29th World Boxing Association Welterweight Championship bout between defending champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and challenger Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi, airing live in the United States from Donetsk, Ukraine, starting at 1 PM/ET: continue


Juergen Braehmer vs. Vikapita Meroro on April 21

By Marcus Richardson: Former WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (37-2, 30 KO’s) has finally found an opponent to fight on April 21st and will be taking on little known light heavyweight Vikapita Meroro (21-3, 9 KO’s) at the Sport and Congress Center, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommem, Germany. continue


Freddie Roach Says Pac-Man “Carried” Margarito, Mosley - Says He Wants A KO Over Tim Bradley

By James Slater - Has superstar and P-4-P #1 (or #2, depending on which publication you are reading) Manny Pacquiao slipped a little? Has the 33-year-old southpaw sensation lost his ability to render an elite fighter unconscious?

Pac-Man fans were somewhat disappointed with their hero’s winning fights with Sugar Shane Mosley and, last time out, that squeaker of a majority verdict over archrival Juan Manuel Marquez. Whispers that Manny might, just might, have lost an amount of his chilling power were heard after the wide yet largely dull win over the ageing Mosley (a fight that also angered many, what with the constant touching of gloves the two so-called, should-be, rivals engaged in during the “action.”) And after the “gift” win over the Mexican great known as “Dinamita,” these whispers became more than a touch louder. continue


Fernando Guerrero vs. Chris Fitzpatrick to Open April 20 ShoBox: The New Generation Telecast

Dominican southpaw Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KO’s) of Salisbury, Md., will make his fifth appearance on ShoBox: The New Generation when he faces Chris “The Irish Ghost’’ Fitzpatrick (15-1, 6 KO’s) of Las Vegas, Nev., in a 10-round super middleweight fight on Friday, April 20, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. continue


Koncz sees Bradley as becoming a superstar if he’s competitive in losing to Pacquiao

By Rob Smith: One way of looking at Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Timothy Bradley is to see it the way Pacquiao’s close adviser Michael Koncz sees it. He thinks Bradley can become a superstar merely by being competitive with Pacquiao while still losing the fight. I’ve never heard of anything sillier than that, but I wonder if Koncz is trying to plant a suggestion into the brain of Bradley, that’s it okay for him to lose the fight because he’ll still wind up a superstar. It’s kind of funny because it makes no sense at all. That’s not how things are done in the U.S unless you’re executive and you still get paid handsomely for failing. continue


Roberto Duran Movie “Hands Of Stone” To Start Filming In Puerto Rico June 4th - Legend De Niro On Board For Another Raging Bull!

By James Slater - The last time movie legend Robert de Niro made a boxing flick, the success level - at the box office and with the critical reception the movie received - was only minimal. The film in question was 1992’s Night and The City, itself a remake of a 1950’s classic starring Richard Widmark. The remake, though a quirky, watchable affair, is sadly no classic.

But before Night and The City, there was a movie that is recognised the world over as not only De Niro’s finest hour, but as THE best boxing movie ever made: 1980’s Oscar-scooping Raging Bull. Twice De Nero’s considerable acting talents have been used in films depicting life and action in the ring, and that number will soon grow to three. continue


Malignaggi: Senchenko won’t be able to handle what I’m bringing on April 29th

By Rob Smith: WBA World welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KO’s) will be defending his title for the fourth time against 31-year-old former IBF light welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (30-4, 6 KO’s) on April 29th at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. continue


The Thunder that left Asunder

By Ted Spoon - Two losses (each surprising and decisive) make Kostya Tszyu devilishly hard to rate.

Quarried rather than born, as some would claim, a unique mix of Korean and Mongolian blood when into the Aussie-based Russian. The result was a fighter who consolidated the spirit of a grunt with the scope and perfect indifference of a general. continue


Cotto’s trainer has tough job to come up with a strategy to beat Mayweather

By Marcus Richardson: Cuban trainer Pedro Diaz is going to have to fall back on all his years of amateur experience to try and find a specific strategy that his fighter WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) can employ to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5th in their fight in Las Vegas. Diaz hasn’t been working with Cotto for very long, but he helped him get past a slowed Antonio Margarito last December in Cotto’s 10th round stoppage. continue


Fourth Edition Of The Irish Boxing Review Out Now

by James Slater - A fine read that takes a most interesting look back at big fights such as the controversial Paul McCloskey-Amir Khan clash as well as taking an in-depth look at warriors Matthew Macklin and Martin Rogan (who will face Tyson Fury for the Irish heavyweight title this Saturday night), the 2012 issue of The Irish Boxing Review by author Steve Wellings will be of huge interest to fight fans the world over. continue


Wladimir must take care of Thompson to get to bigger fight against Arreola

By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO’s) could be facing contender Chris Arreola in November or December this year in the United States in one of Wladimir bigger fights. However, before Wladimir gets to the Arreola fight, he must get past 40-year-old Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO’s) on July 7th in Switzerland. continue


Pacquiao working out early for Bradley fight

By Jerome Wilson: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has decided to get an early start to his training camp by taking part in some early training without trainer Freddie Roach in the Philippines. Pacquiao, 33, has been working on his conditioning to get ready to start his training camp on April 16th for his June 9th fight against unbeaten Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue


Darley Perez defeats Alain Hernandez

ORANGE, CA (April 8) - WBA #5, IBF #8, WBO #8, WBC #12, undefeated Colombian boxing king Darley Perez improved his record to (25-0, 19 KOs) and impressed the boxing fan-filled ballroom at Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California when he knocked out Tijuana's Alain "Konan" Hernandez whose record dropped to (18-10-1, 10 KOs) with a four-punch combination 2:59 into the second round of their scheduled 8-round round lightweight fight this past Friday night on Thompson Boxing Promotions' April 6 edition of "Path to Glory". Referee Raul Caiz Jr. stopped the fight without a count as the overwhelmed Hernandez fell through the ropes. continue


Ariza: Pacquiao can destroy Bradley in less than five rounds

By Jerome Wilson: Alex Ariza already is coming with the knockout predictions for Manny Pacquiao in his big fight with Timothy Bradley on June 9th. Ariza, Pacquiao’s high visibility strength and conditioning coach who assists the Filipino star with his conditioning, is convinced that Pacquiao can obliterate the 28-year-old Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) if he follows his conditioning regimen for the fight. continue


Pacquiao Feels Boxing Fans Are Not Interested In Another Bout Against Marquez

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to numerous sources, Manny Pacquiao had stated that while there is a possibility that he will face Juan Manuel Marquez one more time, it will have to be later in his career, as Pacman believes that most people would not want to see them fight again so soon. continue


RING KINGS: Mayweather vs. Cotto Analysis and Prediction

by Chip Mitchell: Analysis of Ring Kings: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Miguel Cotto scheduled to take place May 5, 2012 at The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue


Boxing Politics killing the sport?

By Jonathan Elliott: "Boxing Politics" a phrase which is heard more often than not, a phrase which many believe is killing the sport which so many fans adore or at least once did. So why has the popularity of boxing dropped to an all time low, much of the blame has to lie with the promoters who seem to dictate the sport and are to afraid to let their up and coming prospects etch a loss on their record at least until they can cash in on them. continue


The United States Wins Six Gold Medals at the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – The United States national anthem was a familiar melody on Saturday night at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada following Team USA’s six gold medal performances at the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships. The United States squad won six of their seven championship bouts and 17-year-old middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) announced herself to the world with a convincing win over Canada’s own golden girl. continue


Tyson Fury Says Depression Allowed Him To Balloon Up To 23 Stone (322-Pounds) - Has Shed The Weight For Rogan Fight

By James Slater: In a most revealing interview with U.K tabloid The Daily Star, unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury has spoken of how he packed on five stone (70-pounds) just before Christmas and that it took him the best part of two months to “get his head straight and lose the weight.” continue


Hopkins-Dawson: Does Bernard finish on his feet this time?

By Rob Smith: The only question I have about the April 28th rematch between WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s) and Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KO’s) is whether Hopkins will finish on his feet or go out on the canvas clutching an injured limp. I’m hoping Hopkins finishes the fight on his feet like a warrior, but I have a sinking suspicion that there will be some kind of physical breakdown for the 47-year-old Hopkins. I don’t expect Hopkins to win this fight. continue


James Toney Has Enough Left To Halt Bobby Gunn, “Lights Out” Scores 5th-Round Retirement Win

By James Slater - Well, a 43-year-old, 248-pound version of James Toney had more than enough left to be able to halt a brave but outclassed Bobby Gunn last night in Mississippi. “Lights Out” showed he still has some quick reflexes and a few of his old classy moves as he slowly broke Gunn down over five-rounds.

Finally, after giving it his best shot, Gunn, the reigning bare-knuckle heavyweight champ, remained on his stool at the end of the 5th-round. The official reason given was that of a broken hand sustained by “The Celtic Warrior” in the 4th-round. continue


Rios defeats Sanchez; Centeno stops Prieto

Anaheim, Calif. (April 7, 2012) - Earlier tonight, Southern California fight fans were treated to a night of world class professional boxing at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, Calif 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


Rogan: Fury is still out of shape and I’m going to smash the fake

By Michael Collins: In response to the comments that unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KO’s) made to the Daily Star where Fury said he had gained and lost 70 pounds of fat recently by overeating, his opponent for next Saturday Martin Rogan (14-2, 7 KO’s) said Fury is still overweight and said he’s going to knock him out when they meet for the vacant Irish heavyweight title at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. continue


Chris Arreola vs. Wladimir Klitschko Rumor

By Vitali Shaposhnikov: While there is very little doubt in Chris Arreola’s heart and ability to show his warrior spirit in the ring, he also clearly carries limited to no hesitation when it comes to self marketing. continue


Zbik: I’ll pulverize Sturm

By Rob Smith: Former WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10 KO’s) faces WBA World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KO’s) next Friday on April 13th at the Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. continue


Bradley: I’ve studied Pacquiao’s tapes; I know how to beat him

By Jerome Wilson: Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) has already sized up WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao after having seen him for a number of years and recently studying his important fights on video. Bradley feels he’s ready for anything that that Pacquiao brings to the ring on June 9th in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue


Arreola: I’ll beat Wladimir; I’m going to be heavyweight champion by the end of the year

By Michael Collins: Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KO’s) sees himself being crowned as a world heavyweight champion by the end of 2012 after he faces IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO’s) in their proposed fight in November or December in New York. Arreola firmly believes he’ll wear Wladimir down and stop him inside the distance in a rough fight. continue


Margarito possible ring return

By Marcus Richardson: Antonio Margarito could possibly be back in the ring as early as June, says fightnews.com. Margarito, 34, has had plenty of time to recover from his last fight, a loss to WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto last December. Margarito’s surgically repaired right eye remains a concern, however. This the eye that Margarito has had operated on three separate times in the past year, and it didn’t respond well under heavy bombardment from Cotto last December, swelling up and closing by the 9th round. continue


How will Khan do against Peterson if he can’t push off or pull down on his head in their rematch

By Marcus Richardson: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) is getting his rematch with IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) on May 19th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan campaigned for the rematch after losing to Peterson in a big upset last December in Washington, DC. continue


The Ezzard Charles- Archie Moore Wars - “The Cincinnati Cobra” A Step Ahead Of “The Ole Mongoose”

By James Slater: Both Ezzard Charles and Archie Moore were consummate craftsmen of the ring. Their ultra slick moves continue to inspire fighters today, and both men regularly pop up in greatest-ever fighters lists. Yes it is probably up at heavyweight, and their tussles with the unbeatable Rocky Marciano, for which they are best known - and both men really tested “The Rock” severely; Archie decked the heavyweight king early on, before finally being stopped in the ninth round of a great battle, Ezzard tangling with Rocky on two occasions: losing an extremely close decision the first time and being stopped in the eighth in fight-two, but not before almost tearing Marciano’s nose clean off his face - but the two men are arguably the two best light-heavyweights in history. continue


Ariza looking to get Pacquiao in best shape possible for Bradley fight

By Marcus Richardson: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning trainer Alex Ariza is more than a little worried about Pacquiao ‘s fight coming up against the smaller Timothy Bradley on June 9th. Ariza wants to make sure that Pacquiao has a good camp and comes into the fight in the best possible shape to avoid any fatigue problems like the ones we’ve been seeing from Pacquiao in recent fights. Ariza wants to put Pacquiao though a tough camp where he comes out of it in excellent shape and ready to fight hard for 12 rounds if he has to. continue


Mayweather with reach advantage over Cotto

By Jerome Wilson: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto is likely going to lose his World Boxing Association title on May 5th against Floyd Mayweather Jr. One of the most important reasons why Miguel is going to lose this fight will come down to basic reach. Mayweather will beat anyway due his faster hands, different punching angles and better overall talent, but Mayweather’s reach will the most important factor that will enable him to handle Cotto with ease. continue


Exclusive Interview With “Fast” Eddie Chambers Ahead Of The Adamek Fight - “I Need This!”

By James Slater: On June 16th in Newark, New Jersey, a fine, intriguing and highly important heavyweight match-up between two top contenders will go down. Polish hero Tomasz Adamek, 45-2(28) will meet Philly’s “Fast” Eddie Chambers, and the winner will be a huge step closer to another crack at the heavyweight title. continue


TONEY-GUNN Weigh-in: Toney 248, Gunn 210

By James Slater - The weights are in for tonight's IBA heavyweight title fight between modern day legend James Toney and all-round tough guy Bobby Gunn.

"Lights Out," who had scaled a low 199 for his losing effort against Denis Lebedev in November, has clearly gone back to his old ways, tipping in at a hefty 248; the second highest weight of Toney's pro career. continue


Marlen Esparza, Tiara Brown and Claressa Shields Win Semifinal Bouts at the 2012 Women’s Continental Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – A trio of U.S. women moved on to the finals of the 2012 Women’s Continentals Championships with semifinal wins on Friday at the NAV Centre in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas), featherweight Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) and middleweight Claressa Shields (Flint, Mich.) each enjoyed wins on Friday while bantamweight Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) lost her semifinal bout. continue


Ariza: Bradley isn’t a technical fighter; he fights like Pacquiao

By Rob Smith: Alex Ariza, the strength and conditioning trainer for WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, expects his opponent Timothy Bradley to be coming right at him on June 9th looking to slug it out with him instead of boxing. Ariza doesn’t see Bradley as a technical fighter and thinks he’ll just come looking to trade in this fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue


Official ESB Countdown to Mayweather vs Cotto: Measurin' Mayweather - A Tale of Legacy & Lunacy

boxingIn this weeks segment of our countdown to Mayweather vs Cotto, boxing scribe Vivek "Vito" Wallce takes a closer look at Floyd Mayweather jr. For the purist out there, it's his talent that defines him. For others, it's the antics that overshadow that talent. Today, we take a look at both, and realize that what we see may not forever be....as the end has yet to be told:

How good is Floyd Mayweather jr.? This is the million dollar question that fight fans all around the globe continue to ask themselves. Some remember the Olympic run in which he fell short of the gold. Others reflect on the beginning portion of his career where he became a pro on the heels of that Olympic fall with a chip on his shoulder, annihilating everyone placed before him. Then you have that contingent who loved what he did in those days, but consistently ask themselves now "What has he done for us lately"? In recent years, Mayweather hasn't been quite as active as we once saw, and when he has fought, many have taken it upon themselves to question the level of competition he faced. In his last six fights Mayweather faced very recognizable names in the sport, but to many, only one (Hatton) was viewed by most to be truly at the top of his class. But that's at first glance. When we dig a little deeper, things become a bit more transparent. continue


A Quarter Of A Century Ago Today: Sugar Ray Shocks Marvellous Marvin In The Fight Of The Decade!

boxingBy James Slater - Who remembers where they were and what they were doing at approx 8 P.M today U.S east coast time? Chances are high that, if you are a fight fan and you were over the age of, say, eight or nine back on this day of April 6th in 1987, you were watching the superb boxing exhibition the great Sugar Ray Leonard was putting on in his fight with the equally great Marvellous Marvin Hagler.

A quarter of a century ago today it happened: 30-year-old Sugar Ray pulled off one of the finest, most talked about, most controversial, most thrilling comebacks in the history of boxing. Dazzling Hagler (and two of the three judges; one more so than the other official - remember that crazy ten rounds to 2 tally Mr. Guerra turned in for Leonard!), the supposed ring-rusty, detached retina-suffering former welterweight king won the fight and the middleweight title, but the fierce debating began as soon as the scorecards were read out by the late, great Chuck Hull (for my money THE best ring announcer ever). continue


Groves-DeGale rematch a possibility if Groves beats Stieglitz

By Michael Collins: A rematch between British super middleweights James DeGale (11-1, 8 KO’s) and George Groves (14-0, 11 KO’s) is a possibility if the 24-year-old Groves beats WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KO’s) on May 5th, and DeGale (11-8 KO’s) defeated Italian Cristian Sanavia (45-5-1, 13 KO’s) on April 21. continue


Dmitriy Pirog Will Defend WBO Middleweight Title Against Nobuhiro Ishida On May 1st

By James Slater - It has been announced how Russia’s WBO middleweight king Dmitriy Pirog will make his next defence against Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida. The fight will go ahead on May 1st, in Moscow. It had been hoped 31-year-old Pirog, unbeaten at 19-0(15) would face IBF champ Daniel Geale (maybe this fight will happen next providing Pirog wins on May 1st), but he instead goes in with 36-year-old Ishida. continue


Chauncy Welliver Wins Wide, Ten-Round UD Over “Smokin’” Bert Cooper

By James Slater - Last night in Jefferson City, Missouri, “Hillyard Hammer” Chauncy Welliver improved to 53-5-5(20) with a wide, near shut-out ten-round UD over an ancient Bert Cooper (yes, Bert Cooper!). Winning almost every round with his youth and speed, 28-year-old Welliver retained his WBC Continental American heavyweight title via scores of 100-90 and 99-91, 99-91. 46-year-old “Smokin’” Bert gave it a go but he is simply too old and slow to be able to fight anywhere near affectively these days. The one-time Joe Frazier protégé is now 38-24(31). continue


Lee looking to beat Chavez Jr. and head to stardom

By Rob Smith: Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KO’s) has had the good luck of being picked out by WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s management to face him next on June 16th at the Sun Bowl, in El Paso, Texas. This is a fight that you’d have likely never have seen, but Chavez Jr. has to start facing quality fighters and not just fringe level contenders if he wants to earn respect from boxing fans. continue


Christina Hammer Reigns Supreme

Despite a game effort from South African challenger Julie Tshabalala, World Boxing Federation Women’s World Middleweight Champion Christina Hammer impressively dominated the proceedings to retain her title with a unanimous decision on Thursday night, April 5, at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic. continue


Rios vs. Abril and Marquez vs. Fedchenko card going for $44.95 on HBO PPV

By Rob Smith: The April 14th split site fight card between Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 22 KO’s) and Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 KO’s) fighting in Las Vegas, and Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KO’s) facing Sergiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KO’s) in Mexico, will be going for $44.95 on HBO pay-per-view, according to Dan Rafael. continue


Lucas Browne: “I intend on making a statement in England!”

Thunderous punching Australian Heavyweight prospect Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is looking forward to the next chapter in his exciting career. Standing an imposing 6’4” and weighing around 118kg or 260lbs, Browne will make his international debut by fighting in Oldham, England on April 21st on a Hatton Promotions card. continue


Mosley ranked #3 by WBC for fight against Alvarez on May 5th

By Rob Smith: The World Boxing Council has given 40-year-old Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO’s) an inflated ranking of #3 in the junior middleweight division as Mosley heads forward to a title shot against undefeated WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KO’s) next month on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue


Froch’s goose is cooked against Bute on May 26th

By Michael Collins: If you were to pick the worst possible guy for Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) to fight coming off of his mostly one-sided loss to WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward from last December that fighter would have to be IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s). With his big power, excellent boxing skills, huge size and hit & retreat fighting style, Bute is pretty much impressive for a slow fighter like Froch to beat. continue


Emanuel Steward: “Cotto’s going to have to have a definite solid plan because Floyd Mayweather Junior is one of the best all around boxers I ever saw”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The latest edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward who provided his views on a wide variety of topics including James Kirkland’s controversial disqualification win against Carlos Molina, Danny Garcia’s points win against Mexican legend Erik Morales, the cancelation of the fight between Yuriokis Gamboa and Brandon Rios, Sergio Martinez’s recent victory over Matthew Macklin, whether or not Edwin Rodriguez is ready for the best at 168, and whether he believes that strategy is the most important thing for Miguel Cotto going into his fight with Floyd Mayweather Junior. Here are some excerpts from that interview:

His views on the controversial disqualification victory James Kirkland had against Carlos Molina:

“Well if you noticed I didn’t say anything during the broadcast because I was just totally, totally, totally confused. I know the referee is supposed to complete the count even if the bell rings, but when the corner man got into the ring he was proper in doing that if the bell had rung. I was just so confused when the referee looked like he was going to get a scorecard. I don’t know what he was doing. After talking to somebody on the other side of the arena, he comes over and motions that the fight was over. It looked almost like some of the Golden Boy people were telling him to disqualify him, and he did what he was told to do. That’s what it seems like it appeared to be. It’s bad regardless that it ended that way, and I really have so much respect for Kirkland himself and for Anne Wolf for saying they didn’t want that type of ending. They would rather have taken the chance on getting the knockout in the next round or so or losing it. But they were willing to take that risk. They wished the fight had continued. So I have much respect for them for that. continue


Cotto Deserves Respect

By Josean Fernandez: As Max Kellerman stated during HBO’s Face Off “Miguel Cotto IS one of the best fighters of this era”. Now, I wouldn’t necessarily claim Max Kellerman the most astute boxing historian but he makes a point that is contradictory to the many articles and comments that I’ve read since the fight was announced. continue


Q & A interview with Atlantic City’s Super Middle weight Gabriel “GPHAM” Pham

By Lou McLaughlin: This past week I had the opportunity to conduct a telephone interview with Atlantic City’s rising super middle weight Gabriel Pham. Pham is promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions. The undefeated fighter is 4-0-with 2 KO’s. He is a tall and rangy southpaw for the 168 lbs weight division standing 6’ 3” reminiscent of the 70’s welterweight superstar Tommy Hearns who at 147 lbs. had a height of 6 ft. Gabriel’s height advantage coupled with a tricky southpaw stance can make him a force to be reckoned with as he advances through the super middle weight ranks He will be fighting at Bally's Event Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 14. continue


Bradley open to drug testing for Pacquiao fight

By Marcus Richardson: Undefeated WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley says he doesn’t mind if they have Olympic style random blood testing for performance enhancing drugs for his May 5th fight against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao. Bradley, 28, says he has no problems whatsoever with that kind of drug testing, and he’s okay with it if they do implement it. However, it doesn’t look as if that’s going to happen, as there isn’t any random blood testing that will be done for the Pacquiao-Bradley fight. continue


Dana White, shut up and cover your own sport

By Ian Sims: Never one to shy away from media attention or public scrutiny, Dana White president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was the recipient of another crippling blow leaving his organization in disarrangement. continue


Kessler-Green: Mikkel moves up in weight to take on fringe contender

By Michael Collins: Former super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KO’s) will be looking to find success in a new weight division next month when he moves up to light heavyweight to take on former super middleweight contest in the Super Six tournament Allan Green (31-3, 21 KO’s) at the Parken in Copenhagen, Denmark. Green, 32, could no longer make weight in the super middleweight division and was forced to move up to 175 to try and turn things around. continue


Darchinyan battles Yamanaka on Friday

Australian based boxing trainer, Johnny Lewis, has worked the corner of many world champions including Kostya Tszyu and Jeff Fenech. Right now he is currently guiding the corner of Vic Darchinyan for his upcoming fight against Shinsuke Yamanaka. Here is what he had to say about training one of boxing's best little fighters. continue


Adamek vs. Chambers on June 16th

TOTOWA, NJ - Main Events announced today that Tomasz Adamek and Eddie Chambers will face off in a battle of heavyweight contenders, on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Prudential Center, in Newark, NJ. The fight is the feature bout of the fourth edition of NBC Sports Network's nationally televised "Fight Night" boxing series. The TV broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. continue


Upcoming fights on BoxNation

Following today’s announcement of the ABA finals and the double World title event from USA and Mexico as additions to the BoxNation schedule, BoxNation’s bumper schedule will feature an incredible 10 live events between today and May 6th. The schedule features the best action from amateur to world level , from the UK, Europe and the USA, and includes an unbelievable 12 world title fights. continue


"Floyd Mayweather: Speaking Out" debuts Saturday, April 21 on HBO

HBO Sports continues its tradition of innovative programming with FLOYD MAYWEATHER: SPEAKING OUT, a profile of one of boxing’s most intriguing and controversial figures. Hosted by acclaimed author and academic Michael Eric Dyson, the special debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 21 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) continue


Márquez/Rios/Arum conference Call Transcript

Méxican legend and three-division world champion JUAN MANUEL MÁRQUEZ and undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS will headline a world championship pay-per-view event that’s so big its main events are originating from two different countries! continue


Hopkins-Dawson: Bernard back in the ring with his nightmare match-up with Chad

By Michael Collins: I bet 47-year-old WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s) wished he didn’t have to fight a rematch against former two-time WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (30-1, 17 KO’s). Hopkins looked befuddled against Dawson last October in their brief two round fight that ended with Hopkins being dumped on the canvas by Dawson in the 2nd and injuring his left shoulder in the fall. continue


Fresh Off His Quick KO Win Over Cox, Denis Lebedev To Face Jean Marc Mormeck Next

By James Slater: Fans hoping to see once-beaten 32-year-old interim WBA 200-pound champ Denis Lebedev step up his quality of opposition from that of ageing former champs look to be in for a long wait. Just hours after the Russian southpaw’s 2nd-round KO win over fellow lefty Shawn Cox (a mere 37-years-old), Lebedev’s manager Vladimir Hrunov has announced his fighter will face former champ Jean Marc Mormeck in his next defence. continue


Roach wants Pacquiao to stop Bradley

By Marcus Richardson: Freddie Roach seems to predict knockout for his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao fight after fight no matter who he’s taking on. Roach predicted Pacquiao KO’s in his fights with Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez. Pacquiao failed to KO any of them, and appeared to lose the fight to Marquez but the judges gave it to him. Now Pacquiao is facing unbeaten Timothy Bradley on June 9th, and Roach badly wants Pacquiao to stop the 28-year-old Bradley. continue


Tomasz Adamek-Eddie Chambers Signed For June 16th - A 50-50 Fight!

By James Slater: It has been officially announced that former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight ruler-cum heavyweight title contender Tomasz Adamek will face fellow heavyweight campaigner “Fast” Eddie Chambers on June 16th in the Polish hero’s adopted backyard of Newark, New Jersey. continue


Carlos Baldomir, Juan Urango: Two Tough Ex-Champs Set To Fight On

By James Slater: It proves tough for one-time elite fighters to call it quits these days. We’ve all grown accustomed to seeing 40-something ex-champions soldiering on after short, or even long, layoffs - and two well known stars (or near stars) of the light-welter and welterweight divisions are set to engage in further battle soon. continue


Rios-Abril, Marquez-Fedchenko fact sheet

FACT SHEET

12 Rounds - World Jr. Welterweight Championship

JUAN MÁNUEL MÁRQUEZ SERGEY FEDCHENKO

Three-Division World Champion WBO European continue


Freitas-Oliveira on 6/2

Anticipation is building for the June 2nd Brazilian boxing showdown - History In The Making -- featuring the return of living legend, four-time world champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas against undefeated, rising star Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira, at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay. continue


McIntosh ill, fight with Bellew postponed until April 27th

Tony Bellew’s British light heavyweight title defence against Danny McIntosh at the Echo Arena in Liverpool has been postponed until Friday April 27 after McIntosh withdrew with a chest infection. continue


Hank Lundy wants Antonio DeMarco's WBC strap

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 4, 2012) – There’s a time and a place for everything in a boxer’s life, including the time to sit back and reflect on recent accomplishments. “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy, who vaulted to No. 2 among lightweights in this month’s World Boxing Council (WBC) rankings after dominating Dannie Williams this past Friday, will let the world know when he feels he’s done something significant. continue


Marquez must beat Fedchenko on 4/14 to push forward to Pacquiao rematch

By Marcus Richardson: 38-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez might have looked a little too good in his last fight against Manny Pacquiao, because he’s not being given an immediate rematch despite fighting Pacquiao better than anyone has since he fought Pacquiao for the second time in 2008. Marquez will now have to work his way back into another fight against Pacquiao by beating up on Sergiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KO’s) on April 14th in their fight on HBO at the New Mexico City Arena, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico. continue


Senchenko not impressed with Malignaggi

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 4, 2012) - World Boxing Association ("WBA") Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko plans to make a major statement in his April 29 world title defense, live on pay per viewfrom Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, against former International Boxing Federation ("IBF") junior welterweight titlist Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi. continue


Denis Lebedev Scores Explosive 2nd-Round KO Over Shawn Cox, Retains Interim WBA Cruiser Belt

By James Slater: Moments ago in Moscow, Russia, interim WBA cruiserweight champ Denis Lebedev, fighting before a passionate home crowd, scored an impressive, explosive one-punch KO over challenger and fellow southpaw Shawn Cox of Barbados. continue


Sour Grapes Never Taste Good

By Ted Spoon: Excuses in boxing, though unashamedly flung about, are more unwelcome than anywhere else in competition. The act of two guys fighting tends to produce decisive results, and when one fails there are no team mates on which to lay blame. continue


Ranking “The Four Kings” - Leonard, Hearns, Hagler, Duran: Three Experts Place Them In Order Of Greatness

By James Slater: It was a golden era of boxing the likes of which may never be seen again. From 1980 - beginning with Roberto Duran’s sensational points win over “Sugar” Ray Leonard and, perhaps fittingly, ending with Leonard’s rubber-match of a points win over “Hands of Stone” in 1989 - to the very end of the decade, four men fought from welterweight up to super-middleweight, giving their all and giving the entire world a thrill. continue


“Juanma” Lopez’ One-Year Suspension Is “Nuts” Says Bob Arum

By James Slater: As fight fans have probably read by now, Puerto Rican star and former WBO featherweight king Juan Manuel Lopez has been suspended a full year by The Puerto Rican Boxing Commission, for his post-fight, mid-ring accusation that referee Roberto Ramirez Senior stopped his rematch fight with Orlando Salido “due to a gambling issue.” continue


Mauricio Herrera talks about his April 14th fight against Mike Alvarado

Los Angeles (April 4) - In just under two weeks, on Saturday, April 14, from the Mandalay Casino in Las Vegas a junior welterweight collision will erupt between Mauricio Herrera and Mike Alvarado LIVE on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. (SRP $44.95) as part of the telecast that will feature Juan Manuel Marquez versus Sergey Fedchenko for the interim World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. welterweight championship, and Brandon Rios versus Richard Abril for the interim World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship. continue


Ronald Cruz - Prenice Brewer on 6/1

Bethlehem, PA—World-rated welterweight Ronald Cruz fights for the second time in his backyard when he collides with Prenice Brewer, of Cleveland, OH, in a scheduled 12-round contest on Friday evening, June 1, on the inaugural boxing show in the new 1,800-seat Events Center at the Sands Resort Casino Bethlehem. continue


Lee Selby back in action on May 25th

Welsh star Lee Selby will return home for the first time in nearly a year on Friday 25th May to defend his British and Commonwealth Featherweight titles at the Newport Sports Centre. continue


April 6, 1987, “A Date Which Will Live in Infamy in the Anals of Boxing History"

By “Dinosaur” Doug Hattier: The twenty-five year anniversary of this date will remind me of that slap in the face to every real boxing fan. Every fan knows what was Hagler and the long hard road he had to take to get there. Unlike the alphabet soup champions of these last few eras, who get a shot at a title after going undefeated fighting 20 tomato cans, Hagler etched his stellar career in granite. Early in his career he faced the likes of Philly’s finest in “Bad Bennie” Briscoe, “Willie the Worm” Monroe, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart and Bobby “Boogaloo” Watts in their back yards to be defeated twice questionably, but avenged later by KO’s. After being ducked for years, on his 47th fight reminiscent of golden era fighters, he faces New York City’s super tough 45-3-1 Vito Antuofermo in Vegas and butchers the champ for 15 rounds to the tune of 50 facial stitches. continue


McGuiness-Major on May 12th

TORONTO (April 4, 2012) – North American Boxing Association super featherweight champion Logan Cotton McGuiness defends his title May 12 in the 12-round main event against challenger Meacher “Major Pain” Major, headlining the Hershey Centre Fight Series, at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. continue


West vs. Lopez on April 14th

Seven world time champion and the only Mexican fighter to win four full-fledged world titles in as many divisions, Erik “Terrible” Morales along with his promotional outfit Box Latino, return to Baja California to present an explosive night of professional boxing on Saturday, April 14th, 2012. In the main event, Moreno Valley, CA’s Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (14-1-3, 4KOs) will defend her World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight title for the third time versus quite possibly her toughest opponent yet, the tough Claudia Andrea “Chica 10” Lopez (18-5, 4KOs) of Trelew, Argentina in a scheduled ten round championship bout from the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gymnasium in the beautiful seaside town of Rosarito, Mexico. The West vs. Lopez championship tilt will be televised live in Mexico by mega channel Televisa as part of their weekly boxing series “Sabados de Corona”. continue


New Jersey’s Golden Gloves Open Class Finals at Newark’s Prudential Center Saturday April 7th

By Lou McLaughlin: Nearly every big name elite boxing champion starts his career at a young age in amateur competition of the Golden Gloves. Name any elite champion of the past 40 years-Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, or even New Jersey’s “The Real Rocky” Chuck Wepner started competing for the glory of trophies. continue


Rios, Alvarado, Gesta, Herrera workout quotes

LOS ANGELES (April 3, 2012) – Undefeated former World Lightweight Champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and Top-10 world-rated contenders “Mile High” MIKE ALVARADO (32-0, 23 KOs), of Denver, MAURICIO HERRERA (18-1, 7 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., and MERCITO “No Mercy” GESTA (24-0-1, 12 KOs), a native of Cebu, Philippines who now fights out of San Diego, held media workouts today at a jammed Fortune Gym in Los Angeles. All four are in deep training for their career-defining battles which take place next week in Las Vegas, Nev. These warriors, who boast a combined record of 103-1-1 (64 KOs), will be featured in a world championship pay-per-view event that’s so big its main events are originating from two different countries! continue


“Relentless” Lamon Brewster Interview

2204-2006 WBO World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Discusses Retirement, Legacy, Memories, and What He’s doing now

April 3rd, 2012- Los Angeles, CA- Former WBO World Heavyweight Boxing Champion “Relentless” Lamon Brewster is the last boxer to defeat current heavyweight boxing ruler and IBF, WBO, and WBA World Champion Wladimir Klitschko. Lamon retired after his fight with Robert Helenius in January of 2010. Today, Lamon is happy and staying quite busy in Los Angeles, California. He is currently involved in several different ventures, and recently took time away from all of the hustle to discuss his retirement, memories, and boxing legacy. continue


Marcus de Oliveira: Power Punching Brazilian Light Heavyweight Readies to Conquer American Rings

Marcus Vinicius de Oliveira(Photo: Rick Fisler) by Pavel Yakovlev: (4/1/12) - Marcus Vinicius de Oliveira is a study in contrasts. Amiable, joyful, and soft-spoken, he sounds hardly like the tigerish boxer that has wreaked terror on South American light-heavyweights in recent years. But the Brazilian’s ring accomplishments belie his friendly personality. Since turning pro in 2006, de Oliveira has displayed skill and killer instinct in accumulating a record of 22-1-1, including 20 knockouts. de Oliveira’s bombing power, in particular, is conspicuous: 14 of his stoppages have involved his opponents laid out unconscious, down for the full count.

“Always since I started boxing, I knock out a lot of guys, says de Oliveira. “I was always a knockout puncher. Even in the beginning, when I hit the other guys, they fall and they don’t get up. When the bell rings, for me, it’s all about the knockout...I know I only need one punch.”

Maybe South America’s light-heavyweights can start sleeping easier at night. That is because de Oliveira recently relocated to Miami, where he will henceforth campaign for Don King Promotions. On April 14th, de Oliveira makes his American debut at Miami’s Jai Alai Fronton. The card is expected to be the first in a series of boxing promotions in Miami, organized by King and his Director of Boxing, Al Bonanni. According to Bonanni’s colleague, boxing trainer Ricky Fisler, “Don and Al are going to reestablish Miami as a center of big-time boxing, just like it was with Chris Dundee back in the 1960s. Marcus is going to be a big part of it.” continue


Juan Manuel Lopez handed down a 1 year suspension

By Michael Collins: Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez's career is going to be sidelined for a while, as earlier today the 28-year-old Lopez was given a 1-year suspension along with a $10,000 fine and 100 hours of community service by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission for Lopez's off the cuff critical comments he made about referee Roberto Ramirez moments after Lopez had been stopped in the 10th round by WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido last month on March 10th. continue


Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to defend WBC title against Andy Lee on June 16th in Texas - News

Michael Collins: WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO's) will be facing a good opponent in Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KO's) for his next title defense on June 16th at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Top Rank has just reported that the deal is done. Lee is a considerable improvement over the guys that Chavez Jr. has been facing and it's somewhat of a surprise that Chavez Jr. has agreed to take this fight. continue


Is Pacquiao vs. Bradley a prelude to Pacquiao vs. Mayweather?

By Robert Jackson: It would never be right for a non-fighter to say that any fighter that fights in the ring to put food on the table for his family is a coward, lacks heart, or is a fraud. With that being said, the old boxing cliché “styles make fights” comes to mind, and many times certain styles for certain fighters are just all wrong and their handlers know it and avoid those fights at all costs. One could also say that those bad matchups are: high risk – low reward fights, and they usually are. continue


Mexico’s Gilberto “Lefty” Ramirez groomed for the big time in boxing in the Middleweight Division

GUADALAJARA, Jalisco. – Monday thru Saturday, Mazatlan’s Gilberto “Lefty” Ramirez (20-0, 18 KOs) can be seen at the Julian Magdaleno Gym of Guadalajara in intense preparation for his fourth defense of the World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth Middleweight title. He is fighting Costa Rica’s World Boxing Council (WBC), on April 14 in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico, but he is looking far beyond this international bout. continue


Ring Magazine’s New Top-10 P-4-P Ratings “Leaked” - Mayweather Replaces Pac-Man At #1!

By James Slater: According to a news article that has appeared on the Manila Bulletin, the new issue of “The Bible of Boxing,” Ring Magazine (the May issue, set to hit the stores soon) will have an updated top-10 Pound-for-Pound listing. One that sees Floyd Mayweather Junior sitting atop the legendary magazine’s listings. continue


Mayweather vs. Cotto Face Off with Max Kellerman airs tonight at 8:45 p.m. ET/PT on HBO

Apr. 3, 2012 - Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the May 5th HBO Pay-Per-View® mega-fight between undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather and super welterweight title-holder Miguel Cotto should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of "Face Off," starring the two elite ring warriors. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Mayweather/Cotto” debuts tonight (Tuesday, Apr. 3 at 8:45 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. continue


Emanuel Steward Tells BBC Egos Preventing Mayweather-Pacquiao Clash; Recalls How Leonard-Hearns Super-Fight Was “Made On A Handshake In About 30 Minutes”

By James Slater: Legendary Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward sounded like a worried man when speaking with BBC Sport this week. The master of Kronk said, in an interview with the world service, that boxing has changed drastically from the glory days of yesteryear: a time when the best fought the best. continue


James Kirkland’s Shoulder Surgery Goes Well, A September Return A Possibility - “Canelo” One Fighter On Team-Kirkland’s Radar

By James Slater: It has been reported that top-ranked 154-pounder James Kirkland’s recent shoulder surgery was a complete success, with the southpaw puncher now expected to go through a couple of weeks with his right arm in a sling and then two or so months of rehabilitation. Kirkland’s attorney, Michael Miller, told Ringtv.com that he hopes for a September return for his all-action fighter. continue


Clottey says Kell Brook’s management turned him down for a fight

By Michael Collins: Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (36-4, 21 KO’s) says he recently spoke to unbeaten welterweight contender Kell Brook’s “people” about a fight but they weren’t interested in fighting the 34-year-old Clottey. This is rather strange, as Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn says he wants Brook to fight a big name for his next fight on July 7th and Clottey would certainly fall into the category of being a big name, wouldn’t he? At the very least, Clottey is a DRAMTIC improvement of Brook’s last two opponents Luis Galarza and Matthew Hatton. Clottey is definitely better than those guys in my estimation. But why doesn’t Brook’s management want Clottey? Is he too dangerous for the unbeaten Brook? continue


Huck vs. Afolabi press conference quotes

The “Captain” returns to the cruiserweight division. It will be the ninth time that Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) will put his World Boxing Organization (WBO) title on the line when he steps into the ring on May 5. Huck still has fond memories of the Messe Erfurt, having won his previous fight at the same venue against the American Matt Godfrey back in August 2010 by KO in the fifth round. continue


EPIX to show Froch vs. Bute on May 26th

NEW YORK, NY (April 3, 2012) – Undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion LUCIAN BUTE will make his 10th world title defense when he battles two-time World Boxing Council super middleweight champion CARL “The Cobra” FROCH, Saturday, May 26. Promoted by Matchroom Sport, Ltd. and InterBox, the Bute vs. Froch World Super Middleweight Championship will be televised live in the U.S., from Nottingham Arena, in Nottingham, England, exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fight live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. continue


HBO to air Saul Alvarez special on April 12th; Hammer-Tshabalala on April 5th

One of boxing’s most fascinating stars, Mexico native Canelo Alvarez, who at the age of 21 holds a world super welterweight title belt, will be showcased on the all-new HBO feature presentation PORTRAIT OF A FIGHTER: CANELO ALVAREZ, set to premiere in prime time Thursday, April 12 (9:15 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO. continue


Anthony Crolla battles Derry Matthews on April 21st

ANTHONY ‘MILLION DOLLAR’ CROLLA has laughed off Derry Mathews’s claim that he branded his big fight rival a “stepping stone”. continue


Froch vs. Bute to be shown in U.S; Rhodes-Rabchenko on June 16th

IBF World title clash also streamed on EpixHD.com and shown in Times Square, NYC

Carl Froch’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) World super middleweight challenge to Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on Saturday May 26 will be televised live by EPIX in the U.S. continue


Lebedev vs. Cox pre-fight analysis

By Glynn Evans: There’ll be gunpowder in the air when Russia’s Denis Lebedev opens the defence of his World Boxing Association (WBA) ‘interim’ cruiserweight title against Barbados banger Shawn ‘The Sniper’ Cox at the Crocus City Hall, Myakinino on Wednesday (April 4th), live on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546). continue


McKart vs. Medina on April 28th

Universal Boxing Organization™ World Middleweight Champion Bronco “Superman” McKart (53-9-1, 32 KOs) is set to defend his title on April 28 at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio against streaking Mexican Jose “Stinger” Medina (17-9-1, 7 KOs). continue


Fury wants to stop Rogan on April 14th

London (April 3rd) TYSON Fury has been overwhelmed by the support he expects to receive when he battles with Martin Rogan at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on April 14 on the Hennessey Sports ‘Unfinished Business’ show. continue


Bellew-McIntosh on 4/13; Crolla-Mathews on 4/21

By Chris Walker: Dave Coldwell’s “Big Bang” that hits Liverpool’s Echo Arena on April 13th is the beginning of a bumper eight days showcasing a whole host of Merseyside sporting talent. That period concludes with Derry Mathews challenging Manchester’s Anthony Crolla for the latter’s British lightweight title, and the Liverpool man is confident that Liverpool will have plenty to brag about when all is said is done. continue


Robinson-Cauthen on May 12th

Newtown, PA—The New Ray Robinson, of Philadelphia, PA, and Terrance The Heat Cauthen, of Trenton, NJ, will headline the first professional boxing card at the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), located at 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA. continue


Saturday, May 5th: A Stacked Card………In Germany! Stieglitz-Groves, Huck-Afolabi & Dimitrenko-Pulev

By James Slater: As it turns out, there will be two very, very big boxing cards going down on Saturday, May 5th. Fans know all about the massive show that will bring a ton of excitement inside The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, with superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior topping the announced four-bout bill against Puerto Rican great Miguel Cotto - but there is another big night planned that night, in Germany. continue


Floyd “Money” Mayweather: If He Beats Cotto, Sergio Martinez, Amir Khan AND Saul Alvarez And Then Quits, Where Would He Rank All-Time?

By James Slater: It seems we can pretty much forget about a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight (many fans forgot about it a while ago, truth be told; as sick as they became due to the on/off/maybe on/maybe off super-fight). Over the weekend, 34-year-old “Money-May” spoke about the possibility of him making the move up to middleweight and taking on Sergio Martinez. continue


Darchinyan-Yamanaka on Friday for WBC bantamweight title

April 2, 2012 - After eight grueling weeks of intense training, Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) is ready to leave everything in the ring when he challenges World Boxing Council (WBC) bantamweight champion, Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs) for his title on April 6 in Tokyo, Japan. continue


Schaefer interested in Hopkins vs. Cleverly bout

World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly’s chances of a showdown in the UK with American great Bernard Hopkins have been given a boost by Richard Schaefer CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. continue


Afolabi ready for May 5th fight against Marco Huck

World Boxing Organization (WBO) Interim cruiserweight world champion, Ola Afolabi just arrived in Germany today to start the final preparation for his May 5 rematch with WBO Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. Both fighters will be present at the official press conference scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 3 in Erfurt, Germany. continue


Where Are The Colombian Prospects?

Jaime Castro-Núñez - On November 30, 2009 I wrote an article about Colombia’s best prospects and I think it is time to make an update on these fighters. ESB readers understand the fact that many Colombian boxers have fancy records, only to be schooled when fighting in the US, so most of the times we really don’t know about their boxing abilities until they match here. That is so true that when Ricardo Torres faced Miguel Cotto in 2005 the wise Larry Merchant exclaimed Who knows what we have here! Two years have passed since my 2009 article and I hope readers are by now familiar with some of the boxers I believed would entertain the USA audience in the following years. continue


Arthur Abraham - just right for DeGale or Groves?

Joe Poulton - After watching the super middle weight fight between Arthur Abraham and Piotr Wilczewski for the WBO European super middleweight title at the Sparkassen-Arena in Schlewig Holstein, Germany, it now seems clear that perhaps Abraham is there for the taking. Abraham looked in terrific shape before this latest encounter against the tough Polish fighter Piotr Wilczewski, but failed to ignite any sort of excitement that was perhaps promised in the build-up. continue


Q & A interview with Atlantic City’s fast rising Light Heavy weight Lavarn Harvell

by Lou McLaughlin - This past week I was given the opportunity to interview via telephone Atlantic City’s rising light heavyweight prospect Lavarn Harvell. Larvarn is trained and co-managed by Abdur Rahim Muhammad. His manager is Vito Mielicki and promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions. In only his second pro fight against Joe Njau (Viewable on YouTube) he showed that he already possessed an educated jab. He is able to land double and triple jabs followed by powerful right crosses. Like a seasoned professional he sets everything off the jab. He prefers to stay on the outside and use his jab but when he has to can get inside and slug. His aggressive skills are coupled by a startling facial resemblance to Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe-hence his ring nick name “Baby Bowe”. His last fight in Mississippi was a scheduled six rounder. However Lavarn ended the match by TKO at 2:01 of the first round. Next up he fights on the undercard of the Bernard Hopkins / Chad Dawson rematch at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, After a year away from boxing due to a hand injury he is determined to fight often and move fast up the ranks. continue


Viloria vs. Romero III PPV to take place on May 12

HOBOKEN, NJ (April 1, 2012) - The "Island Assault 4: The Battle" pay-per-view-event, featuring a trilogy showdown between three-time world champion Brian "Hawaiian Punch" Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) and former two-time world champion Omar Nino Romero (30-42, 12 KOs), has been rescheduled from its original March 31 date to Saturday night, May 12, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. continue


McCline defeats Castillo

HAMILTON, NJ (MARCH 31, 2012)—Former four-time world Heavyweight title challenger, Jameel “Big Time” McCline scored an eight round split decision over veteran Livin Castillo in front of a near capacity crowd at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey. continue


Algieri stops Mathis

BRONX, NY (April 1, 2012) 'The Fighting Pride of Huntington, New York, Chris Algieri proved once again why he is a fast rising star in the junior welterweight division as he stopped Rochester's Winston Mathis in the second round before a sold out, "loud and proud" hometown crowd at The Paramount on Saturday Night, March 31st. continue


Lennox Lewis Announces September 29th “Done Deal” Rematch With Vitali Klitschko - An April Fool’s Or Not?

By James Slater -- For a while now, “retired” heavyweight great Lennox Lewis has been casually dropping hints that he might, just might, come back to face reigning WBC heavyweight boss Vitali Klitschko in a long awaited return of their epic 2003 battle.

Lewis, now aged 46, said recently that he would “take off the pyjamas and go back to the gym for $100 million (which particular currency Lennox never stated).” While Klitschko, now aged 40 (41 in July) has been almost begging for a rematch ever since being busted up and halted on cuts by “the strongest man I’ve ever met in my career.. continue


Kevin Johnson Scores 9th-Round TKO Over A Game Alex Leapai

kjohnsonBy James Slater - Earlier today in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Atlanta’s Kevin “King Pin” Johnson turned in one of the best performances of his career to TKO a brave and game Alex Leapai in the 9th-round of a good action fight. Dropping the warrior known as “Lionheart” in the 9th, Johnson got the win at the 2-minutes and 22 seconds mark.

32-year-old Johnson is now 26-1-1(12). Leapai, the same age, is now 25-4-3(20).

Both men had promised a KO win leading into today’s fight, and both guys tried their best to deliver on the prediction. Leapai, giving away a fair amount of height and reach, bulled the action early on, succeeding in trapping Johnson on the ropes and scoring with eye-catching hooks with both hands. An all-action affair was shaping up and for a while it looked as though Johnson might be out-toughed and beaten. continue


Mixed Fortunes For Two Heavyweight Veterans: Botha Loses, McCline Wins

boxingBy James Slater - Two veteran heavyweights, who once fought on the big stage, were in action last night. 43-year-old Frans Botha fought in France, against the much younger Carlos Takam of Cameroon. The ageing “White Buffalo” was stopped in the 11th-round.

While in New Jersey, former four-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline squeaked out an eight-round split decision win over Ecuador’s Livin Castillo.

Botha, now 48-7-3(29), has now lost three of his last four outings, all by stoppage. Last night’s loss, in a fight for the WBO Africa belt, proves that the once-formidable warrior has next to nothing left. Takam, 25-1(20) who has fought all his bouts in either France or Belgium, was simply too young and too strong for Botha. If he has any sense, Botha will now hang up the gloves on what has been an eventful career to say the least.

As for “Big Time” McCline, the 41-year-old is now 41-11-3(24) overall and 2-1(1) in the comeback he launched after his loss to Chris Arreola. continue


Thompson stops Linares in two

boxingBy Rob Smith: Well, so much for the July 7th rematch between Antonio DeMarco and Jorge Linares. That fight just went down the tubes tonight with Linares (31-3, 20 KO's) getting obliterated by the hard hitting but slow of hand Sergio Thompson (22-2, 20 KO's) in a 2nd round technical knockout defeat at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California.

Thompson dropped Linares with a left-right shot to the head in the 2nd round after flurrying on him with nonstop punches. Linares had been hit with a big right hand before the flurry started and Thompson just unleashed a blizzard of punches that ended with the combination that knocked Linares down. Linares stayed on one knee and looked like he was uncertain about getting up. He eventually did but he was cut above his left eye.

The referee took him over to the ringside doctor and the was immediately halted. Who knows? Some doctors would have likely let the fight continue but it really didn't matter. Linares was in trouble with Thompson. This guy hit too hard and was tagging him with huge right hands from the 1st round of the fight. Linares wasn't going to be able to hold up under those kinds of right hands and the barrages of punches that followed them. Thompson would attack in waves where he's stun Linares with a big right and then follow it with flurries. continue


Pavlik stops Jaco in 2nd round!

By Rob Smith: Coming off yet another long layoff, former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (38-2, 33 KO's) added an easy 2nd round TKO to his knockout collection on Saturday night with a victory over little known 35-year-old Aaron Jaco (15-3, 5 KO's) at the Illusions Theater, in San Antonio, Texas. Pavlik put Jaco down in the 1st round with a nice left hook to the head, and then put him away for good in the 2nd round with a second left hook that put Jaco on the canvas. Jaco stumbled as he was getting back to his feet. He briefly spoke to referee Jon Schorle and let him know he didn't want to continue.

Pavlik looked like he meant business in the 1st round, almost immediately landing a big left hook that sent a surprised Jaco flying into the ropes. That was a huge shot and Jaco survived well. However, looked really afraid after that shot and constantly moved around the ring throwing practically no punches to speak of. It was a textbook version of a fighter in the survival mode just trying to last as long as possible. Pavlik mostly jabbed Jaco hard to the head while trying to line him up for a big shot. He finally got the opportunity when he caught Jaco by the ropes and landed a quick left hook that sent Jaco down to one knee. Pavlik really didn't put everything he had in the shot but it was so fast that Jaco was hurt by it. He got back to his feet and immediately ate another hard hook to the head. Pavlik didn't really go after him with any urgency and instead let him make it out of the round. continue


Abraham defeats Wilczewski; Gutknecht decisions Averlant

boxingBy Michael Collins: Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KO's) defeated an over-matched, under-powered Piotr Wilczewski (30-3, 10 KO's) by a 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night by the scores 118-109, 118-109 and 119-108 at the Sparkassen-Arena, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

Abraham controlled basically the entire fight with his powerful jab and combinations. Wilczewski couldn't match Abraham's power and it was pretty obvious even from the start that he wasn't going to be a threat to Abraham. Most of the rounds saw Wilczewski landing more punches while Abraham covered up in his turtle shell defense. Wilczewski mostly landed on Abraham's guard. In strategic points in the round, Abraham would lower his guard and come alive with wild attacks with most shots missing. He was able to land it least two good shots for every ten punches thrown.

In the 11th round, Abraham hurt Wilczewski while in the process of throwing one of his flurries in the last 30 seconds of the round. continue


Carlos Molina: “I just want to get a second opportunity to do even better than I did the first time against James Kirkland”

by Geoffrey Ciani (Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with junior middleweight contender Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) who recently suffered an extremely controversial disqualification loss at the hands of James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) last weekend. Molina spoke about all of the unusual circumstances surrounding the end of that contest and the inexplicable disqualification issued by the referee. Here is what Molina had to say:

His views on the fact that he was disqualified in his bout against James Kirkland last weekend:

“That’s terrible! That’s the thing about boxing that I hate the most is when something like that happens. The fans and the fighters don’t get an opportunity to finish the fight. That’s just terrible.”

On whether he felt he was effectively following his game plan up until the point he was disqualified against Kirkland:

“Yeah, yeah, I was. That was the game plan. I was trying to frustrate Kirkland. That was our game plan from the beginning. I thought we were going good and everything was going good in the tenth round. You know I wasn’t hurt when I went down and I was feeling good.”

Regarding what was going through his mind when he was knocked down at the end of the tenth round and subsequently disqualified:

“Yeah at the end of that round I heard the bell ring, and then after he threw a shot at me he bumped into me, and I was kind of leaning in and I went down. More than anything I was pissed! I was pissed off that it happened and then the ref was counting me. I was like sh*t, you know that just made the fight closer with that. But more than anything I was pissed! I never ever thought that he was going to go out there and disqualify me. You know I didn’t even see my corner go in or anything. Then he said he didn’t go in. He just said he was on the outside of the ropes, but on top. Then I guess the ref warned him and told him to get back downstairs. So he did. Then the next thing you know, I see the ref going over by Kirkland and he was talking over there somewhere by Kirkland’s side. He was talking to somebody and then he waved it off. That was bullsh*t. I didn’t know what to think or say. I was trying to get an explanation from the ref right then and there, and he said my corner went in and that’s it.” continue


Hernandez Hammers Oluoch in Tacoma!

Tacoma, WA (April 1, 2012) – Lightweight hopeful Jose “Loco” Hernandez took another step in the right direction after pounding out a unanimous decision over Peter Oluoch Saturday evening at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.

Headlining the 86th edition of Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat”, Hernandez picked his spots but did so with bad intentions, firing vicious shots every time he moved his hands. Oluoch had his moments and hung in tough, but Hernandez’ hard punches ultimately earned him the victory. continue


Takam Stops Botha, New WBF Champ; Ju Hee Kim Retains WBF World Title

France-based Cameroonian Carlos Takam is the new World Boxing Federation International Heavyweight Champion after scoring his biggest victory so far on Saturday night in Noisy-le-Grand, France, stopping former World Champion Francois Botha in the eleventh round. The 31-year-old Takam, a 2004 Olympian, improved his impressive professional record to 25-1 (20), while South African Botha falls to 48-7-3 (29), and could be at the end of the line after an impressive career that saw him capture IBF and WBF world titles, and included fights against some of the sport’s biggest names. continue


Marquez-Fedchenko clash two weeks away

By Rob Smith: 38-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez’s fight against Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KO’s) is only two weeks away on April 14th at the New Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. Marquez, 38, will be battling for the interim WBO light welterweight title, which seems rather unimportant given the past accomplishment for Marquez. However, he wants the strap because it adds yet another world title in another weight class for him. The real goal for Marquez is to fight WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao to try and avenge his two questionable losses in the past. continue


De La Hoya thinks Linares needs to dump Roach

By Rob Smith: Promoter Oscar De La Hoya wasn't in the mood to pull any punches after one of his best fighters in his Golden Boy Promotions stable Jorge Linares (31-3, 20 Ko's) suffered his second loss in a row by knockout last Saturday night against Mexican power puncher Sergio Thompson (22-2, 20 KO's) in a disappointing 2nd round TKO loss in a WBC lightweight title eliminator bout at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. continue


Lebedev in dangerous fight against Cox this Wednesday for WBA interim cruiserweight title

By Rob Smith: Russian cruiserweight contender Denis Lebedev (23-1, 17 KO’s) will be facing an opponent with power perhaps even better than his own in his fight against Shawn Cox (16-1, 15 KO’s) on Wednesday, April 4th for the interim WBA cruiserweight title at the Crocus City Hall, in Myakkinno, Russia. Lebedev has mostly been the bigger puncher in his fights, but the 37-year-old Cox may have more power with his left hand power shots. However, that doesn’t mean that Cox is going to win. continue


Mayweather not impressive in sparring session

By Marcus Richardson: Floyd Mayweather Jr. recently allowed one of his sparring sessions to be shown on the net as he gets prepared for his May 5th fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. All I can say after watching the session is that Cotto has got a real chance of beating Mayweather if he can jab a lot and take the fight to Mayweather. continue


Kirkland to have shoulder surgery to repair damage from Molina fight

By Marcus Richardson: Junior middleweight contender James Kirkland’s controversial 10 round disqualification victory over Carlos Molina may turn out to be a costly one, as Kirkland reportedly suffered two tears in his right shoulder, according to ESPN. Surgery will be performed on Kirkland’s shoulder on Monday to try and repair the problem and it’ll keep Kirkland out of action for the next three months while he recovers. continue


Khan plans on trying not to get hit against Peterson in the rematch

By Marcus Richardson: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) will be looking to alter his fighting style for his May 19th rematch against IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (30-1-1, 15 KO’s) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan says he’s going to try and keep Peterson from landing shots by being “slicker,” according to RingTV. continue


Arum needs to maneuver Pavlik around the best fighters at 168

By Rob Smith: Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (38-2, 33 KO’s) showed last Saturday night that he’s capable of beating a 3rd tier super middleweight that had only fought once in the past six year in Aaron Jaco (15-3, 5 KO’s) by a 2nd round TKO, but Pavlik isn’t in the same league as the better fighters in the super middleweight division and he’s going to have to be kept away from them by his promoter Bob Arum is Pavlik wants to find success at super middleweight. continue


Froch has it tough against Bute on May 26th

By Michael Collins: Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) wants nothing better than to impress his home boxing fans at the Nottingham Arena on May 26th by defeating unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s), and then turning around and fighting him again in another big money fight this time in Bute’s adopted country of Canada in fight that will take place in Montreal. continue


Mayweather could move up to middleweight in the future to go after title

By Michael Collins: Undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr’s immediate goal is to snatch the WBA junior middleweight title from champion Miguel Cotto next month on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, Mayweather says he’s thinking of moving up another division after that to go after one of the middleweight titles. A fight between Mayweather and Sergio Martinez is something that Mayweather is eying. He’s not satisfied with camping at 154 to defend against all of the less than popular fighters in that weight class. continue


Pavlik to fight on June 8th on ESPN2

By Marcus Richardson: Kelly Pavlik (38-2, 33 KO’s) will be fighting a day before Manny Pacquiao’s next fight on June 8th in Las Vegas, Nevada in a fight that will be televised on ESPN2 in the United States. Pavlik likely won’t be taking on anyone of note in the fight, because his promoter still wants to take it slow with him before possibly setting him up with some big fights in 2013 if Pavlik doesn’t have any problems against the weak opposition he’s going to be fed. continue


Abraham defeats Wilczewski to secure world title shot

Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) secured another world title shot with a clear points victory over Piotr Wilczewski (30-3, 10 KOs). Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 6.000 fans in Kiel and over seven million viewers on German ARD TV, the 31-year-old German dominated the fight from the first bell, pressuring his spirited opponent with hard series of punches throughout. continue


Jose Luis Castillo signs with Blue Wave Boxing

Mexico's Jose Luis Castillo, arrived today at the Wynn Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and signed an exclusive boxing promotional contract with Blue Wave Boxing President Luis DeCubas Sr. and Blue Wave Boxing Senior Advisor Eddy Marin based out of Miami Florida. continue


Amir Khan/Kell Brook Engage In War Of Words Via Twitter; Khan Says “I’ll Never, Ever Fight Him Now”

By James Slater: In yet more Twitter feuding between two top name boxers, Amir Khan and the unbeaten Kell Brook have been exchanging insults on the platform. Khan has been so angered by the comments of Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn (Brook saying he will KO Khan and “make him do that silly dance again”) that he has vowed to “never box him now.” continue




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