By Michael Collins: Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO’s) and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) will be meeting up for their grudge match on July 14th in Upton Park, and Chisora feels that Haye won’t be able to get away from him in the small ring that they’ll be fighting in. Chisora doesn’t see Haye as a legitimate heavyweight and instead feels he’s a cruiserweight fighting in the heavyweight division. continue
By Rob Smith: According to ESPN writer Dan Rafael, #4 WBC 154 lb contender James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KO’s) will replace Paul Williams to face WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO’s) on September 15th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a pay-per-view bout. Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, says the fight is done and ready to go.
It’s still kind of difficult to imagine having to pay to see Kirkland fight Alvarez, because Kirkland looked absolutely horrible in his last fight against Carlos Molina last March. Having to pay to see him fight now seems more than a little odd. And I also can’t quite stomach the thought of paying to see the inexperienced 21-year-old Alvarez fight, because he’s never actually fought anyone that I consider a good fighter. Look at the guys that Alvarez has fought in the past two years and you tell me if he deserves to be headlining a PPV bout continue
In exactly two weeks, on Thursday, June 14, DiBella Entertainment returns to New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom for the latest installment of its Broadway Boxing series. The card is headlined by Long Island's fan-favorite undefeated light heavyweight prospect, "Irish" Seanie Monaghan (13-0, 8KO's). The card, eight bouts in all, will also feature world-rated welterweight contender Thomas Dulorme (14-0, 11KO's), widely considered to be one of the top up-and-coming fighters in the sport today. continue
British boxing hero Amir Khan will be meeting members of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club today ahead of carrying the Olympic Torch through his home town of Bolton. The two-time world champion was named as an official Olympic torchbearer for London 2012 and is set to meet members of the Club, which is now one of the biggest youth centres in the UK. continue
By James Slater - We’re losing Floyd Mayweather Junior, the finest boxer on the planet today; one of the best of all-time. We’re not losing “Money” permanently - at least we hope not - but he will begin an 87-day incarceration and will sit inside a small, basic cell inside The Clark County Detention Centre in Las Vegas tomorrow.
With good behaviour, the sport’s box office king (well over a million buys on his last few pay-per-view fights) will serve considerably less than 87 days; maybe even less than a couple of months. But no-one, not even the 35-year-old megastar who is used to the finer things in life, can possibly know how the jail time will affect Mayweather - how the long, dark, solitary nights will affect his mind, how the forced introspection will bring up who knows what, maybe guilt continue
By Jim Price: Trainer Freddie Roach is once again picking his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao by a knockout win in his next fight on June 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao faces unbeaten Tim Bradley, and Roach believes he’s put together an ironclad plan for success for Pacquiao. continue
By Marcus Richardson: The International Boxing Federation ordered a 168 pound eliminator bout between Adonis Stevenson and Edwin Rodriguez. However, Rodriguez likely won’t take the fight according to Dan Rafael. Instead of Rodriguez, the 34-year-old Stevenson is going to get someone much further down in the food chain because most of the top 10 contenders are already scheduled with other fights or likely not interested in traveling to Montreal to face Canadian based Stevenson. continue
By Boxing Girl - The latest boxing rankings will be release any day now, and we at ESB would like to give the fans the opportunity to share their views on who they believe should be ranked where.
So far ESB has provided the most accurate ranking when it comes to a fighter's real position as was proven with it's #2 ranking of Carl Froch and Lucian Bute's #4 ranking. No more BS rankings for ABC belts, or paid off boxing big wigs, this is your chance to have the boxing fans input reflected in a ranking. Join in and share your top 10 for all the weight divisions!
HATTON PROMOTIONS ‘Road To Glory’ bill is close to a sell-out more than two weeks before it takes places. There are no more ringside tickets available for the show, the last few being sold just 24 hours after it was announced that VIP tickets had gone. Hatton Promotions CEO Ricky Hatton is confident that all 4,300 tickets will be shifted in the coming week. continue
By Marcus Richardson: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KO’s) is hoping to get Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO’s) to agree to come to Nottingham to fight him at the City Ground where Froch feels the fight will draw as many as 40,000 fans later on this year. continue
May 31, 2012 - Gary Shaw Productions, Sturm Box Promotion, Grange Old School Boxing and UFA Sports are happy to announce a world title unification bout featuring IBF middleweight champion Daniel "The Real Deal" Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) and WBA Super World champ, Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs). The 12-round 160-pound main event will take place in Germany on Sept. 1, 2012, at a location to be announced, with television network SAT1 broadcasting the event to millions around the world.
Said Promoter Gary Shaw, "This event is what boxing is all about. When you get two world champions agreeing to fight each other with no hesitation, you know the fans are going to be witnessing an unbelievable bout. Both guys are hungry to keep their titles and they're going to leave everything in the ring. Words can't describe how excited I am about this event. Geale and Sturm are true warriors who are going to "Bring It" come fight night. It's going to be an incredible night of boxing. The true winners will be the fans. continue
By Lewis Croft: Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch created yet another exciting chapter in the story of one of Britain’s greatest boxing exports. The three-time world champion stunned the world and silenced the critics in sensationally stopping undefeated, Canadian based Romanian, Lucian Bute to add the IBF title to his ever growing list of achievements.
For many years, Froch was an unsung hero. Outside of his native Nottingham, the name Carl Froch was yet to become a household name. continue
By Will Humphries: In the past month, two British, former Olympian heavyweights scored convincing fourth round knockout victories. But for David Price and Audley Harrison the similarities end there and at this juncture, both men’s careers are on vastly different trajectories. Price is the rising star of the heavyweight division and is primed to showcase his talents internationally. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 30 - Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan makes his 2012 ring debut when he returns to the venue of perhaps his most accomplished professional triumph when he meets undefeated phenom and current World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight World Champion Danny “Swift” Garcia Saturday, July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in a fight televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
In the co-main event, two of the United States’ top hopes for heavyweight world championship glory will face one another when undefeated Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and once-beaten Johnathon Banks fight in a 12-round contest.
“Khan vs. Garcia,” a 12-round super lightweight bout, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions with Mitchell vs. Banks presented in association with K2 Promotions. The event is sponsored by Corona and AT&T. The doubleheader will be telecast live on HBO World Championship Boxing at 11:00 p.m. ET/ PT in the United States and live on Sky Sports 1HD in the United Kingdom at 1:00 a.m. GMT on July 15. continue
By Sam Geraci: Since the tragic motorcycle accident that appears to have paralyzed Paul “The Punisher” Williams, one of this generation’s most exciting fighters, the handlers of rising superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have been searching for the ideal September 15th replacement in order to produce a mega fight that not only brings in the dollars but also establishes Alvarez as a true 154lb champion. continue
By Jamie Reynolds: Carl Froch should of almost guaranteed his place in the boxing hall of fame after demolishing former Super-Middleweight number one Lucian Bute in Nottingham, England on Saturday Night but that is not the reason this man has become the most exciting and highly anticipated boxers in recent times. continue
Interview by Sam Geraci - May 29, 2012 at Chicago Fight Club Gym at 4835 N. Elston, Chicago, IL, 60630
Sam: Congrats on your May 25th 9th round TKO victory over Joey Abell. How did you feel in that fight as compared to earlier in your career?
Oquendo: Thanks. I’m healthier now than I was in my twenties for the simple fact that I’m doing everything right from the training and management to going all-natural with natural supplements from the earth and even alkaline water. I feel great. My body is healing itself.
Sam: In that fight I thought I saw a few wrinkles from B-Hop. In particular the straight right hand followed by the quick footwork after the right.
Oquendo: We both did some work down at the 5th Street Boxing Gym and of course you pick up something from a fighter with footwork like Bernard. That was some veteran footwork moves I used on the 25th. continue
By James Slater - Back in November of 2010, ahead of his “Super Six” clash with Arthur Abraham, I wrote a piece in which I gave my arguments for why Britain’s Carl Froch should be a mega-star considering his amazing and constant quality of opposition, his exciting style, his big wins and his sheer desire to fight the best each and every time out - old-school is what I think they call it!
Anyway, some 18-months on from Froch’s virtual shut-out over Abraham, Froch’s greatness - yes, greatness - has been proven even more. continue
By James Slater - Naturally, all fight fans are still concerned with the wellbeing and the hoped for recovery of Paul Williams, and to some people the idea of moving so fast in getting a replacement opponent for Saul Alvarez - who Paul would have fought on Sept 15th if not for the ghastly bike accident he fell victim to on Sunday - will seem to be in poor taste.
But the boxing world moves on, and an article on Ringtv.com reports how powerhouse James Kirkland, a southpaw like the injured Williams, may now come in as the replacement for “The Punisher” and land the fight. continue
BOB ARUM: I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday weekend. I was just at the gym with Timothy at his public workout in Palm Springs yesterday [Thursday] and he looks tremendous and we’re looking forward to a great, great fight. One thing that I have to say that hit me immediately is how confident he is and his camp is about the battle that will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9.
TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I want to thank God for this opportunity and I want to thank my manager Cameron Dunkin, Top Rank, Bob and of course I want to thank Manny Pacquiao and his team for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. The time is already here, the moment. I am ready to take the throne. I’m excited. Training and preparation have been going great. I am in the best shape of my life. When we are done I will have sparred about 160 rounds. I have been training for almost three months now. I am on weight. I left the gym at 147 pounds today so I will probably be coming in kind of light the day of the weigh-in maybe 145 or 144. I am just eating a little bit more and I feel great. I am confident and I am ready to deliver.
CAMERON DUNKIN: This is the biggest fight for me and I am just so proud of Tim. continue
Champion coach Fritz Sdunek has been quoted on a Russian boxing website stating that „Vitali Klitschko would eat Marco Huck alive.“
WBO Cruiserweight champion Huck is surprised by the statement of Klitschko’s long-time coach. "I respect Mr. Sdunek a lot but I am surely no snack for either Klitschko brother", says Huck. "I guess there was a mistake in the translation. You only have to look at all the names currently discussed as possible opponent for Vitali for September to know that I would be a far better option than any of the guys they are talking about. At least I always come to fight. continue
By James Slater - Last seen being brutally destroyed by unbeaten Finnish big man Robert Helenius, former WBC heavyweight champ Samuel Peter will return to action on June 23rd. The 31-year-old “Nigerian Nightmare” lost to “The Nordic Nightmare” back in April of last year, and he was beaten up in a savage 9th-round.
Now set to return at the Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida on promoter Don King’s June card that will feature another heavyweight scrap, between DaVarryl Williamson and Tony Grano (can you say “fun fight?”), Peter wants to give it one more go. continue
CARSON, Calif. (May 29, 2012) – Former light heavyweight kingpin Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, hard-hitting world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez and IBF No. 1 rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga hosted a workout for the Southern California media at The Rock in Carson, Calif., as they wind down preparations for “Four Warned,” the upcoming June 2 Quadrupleheader which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME® (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
“Four Warned,” a rare four-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, features former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) facing unbeaten Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12-round cruiserweight fight, former undisputed junior middleweight kingpin Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) returning to the ring to meet undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s) in a middleweight bout, Austin Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) risking his perfect record and WBA Super Welterweight belt against Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s) and IBF number one rated bantamweight contender Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KO’s) facing IBF number five rated bantamweight contender Leo Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KO’s) for the vacant IBF bantamweight title. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 30 - Before the SHOWTIME televised quadrupleheader "Four Warned" takes place on Saturday, June 2 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the action will get underway with four additional intriguing matchups that are expected to have fans on their feet from start to finish. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 29, 2012) - On Saturday, June 2 two of the talent-rich welterweight division's top prospects, Joseph Elegele and Lanard Lane, will meet in the co-main event of the card headlined by the WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship fight between Beibut Shumenov and Enrique Ornelas at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., both of which will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes, as well as on a delayed basis on FUEL TV. continue
NEW YORK (May 29, 2012) - A light heavyweight world championship showdown-potentially the division's best matchup in years between two young fighters in their prime-has been confirmed for Saturday, Aug. 11, at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, when undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., defends his title against popular hometown favorite and former World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME®.
The co-feature will match budding Canadian knockout artist Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, (18-1, 15 KOs) of Montreal (Canada), againstan opponent to be announced in a super middleweight bout.
Cloud is known as a no-nonsense power puncher, who comes right at his opponents with few frills. Pascal may not equal Cloud in work rate, but his footwork and explosive combinations make for a compelling matchup between ferocious punchers. Both men will be coming in to not only win, but to make a statement as the best puncher in one of boxing's glamor divisions. continue
Kissimmee, FL: All Star Boxing, Inc. will return of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” to what been their home for more than 10 years, The Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL, on Friday, June 15. In the main event David Quijano (14-2-9 KO’s) of Caguas, Puerto Rico will face Raul Hidalgo (17-6-13 KO’s) of Chihuahua, Mexico in another classic matchup between Puerto Rico and Mexico schedule for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight Title at stake . continue
HATTON PROMOTIONS mega ‘Road To Glory’ bill is the hottest ticket in boxing. It looks a certainty that the show at Manchester Velodrome on June 16 will be a complete 4300 sell-out - All of the VIP ringside tickets have now been sold, there are very few ringsides left and while other price ranges are available they're selling fast. The bumper card is Hatton Promotions biggest so far, and there are even larger events are planned later this year. continue
NEW YORK (May 29, 2012) - In addition to the amount of wins, losses or knockouts a fighter possesses, another number exists that is often discussed in the buildup to a prizefight: age.However, history reveals that neither 43-year-old former Undisputed Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man’’ Tarver nor unbeaten 29-year-old top rated cruiserweight Lateef “Power” Kayode will have a clear advantage or be at a distinct disadvantage when they clash in the main event on Saturday, June 2 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The same goes for the evening’s co-featured bout between 40-year-old former Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion Winky Wright and undefeated 28-year-old Brooklyn native Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin.
Boxing’s history includes many instances of fighters in their 40's taking on 20-somethings, and SHOWTIME color commentator and boxing historian Steve Farhood assembled a list of marquee fights in which the result favored the more experienced fighters and the reverse, a list of bouts in which youth ruled the day. continue
by TMZ Staff - Authorities will perform an autopsy on Johnny Tapia today -- two days after the former boxing champ was mysteriously found dead in his home ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us the New Mexico Medical Examiner's office has scheduled the autopsy ... which will include toxicology testing to determine an exact cause of death. continue
HOBOKEN, New Jersey (May 30, 2012) - American boxing fans will once again have an opportunity to watch some of the most promising prospects from North of the border as FIGHT NOW! TV TM - America's only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel - airs the fifth and final edition of the popular "Fast & Furious Boxing Series" on June 8 live from the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. Viewers may also watch on Ustream - ordering information is available at ustream.tv and fightnow.com. continue
LONDON (29 May 2012) - British boxing legend Ricky Hatton will be on hand to share his thoughts during Primetime’s exclusive coverage of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley on Saturday June 9th, live on Primetime (Channel 480 on Sky and Virgin on Demand).
Hatton will be joined in the studio alongside the ever entertaining Steve Bunce and fight game expert Ronald McIntosh. All three are sure to provide a unique and in-depth analysis ahead of what is set to be a great night of boxing from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Two-time world champion, Hatton, has been in with the very best and knows better than anyone what Bradley is up against when he takes on Pacquiao having faced, and lost, against the diminutive Filipino himself in 2009.
However, the ‘Hitman’ believes that Bradley has all the tools to make it a tough night for the reigning WBO welterweight world champion and thinks we may be in for something very special when the two go head-to-head. continue
When a rising star faces a grizzled veteran, one of boxing’s oldest storylines comes into play. Whether it’s on a show in small venue or a 50,000 seat arena, fight fans from all four corners of the globe love these matchups. Throughout boxing history, up and coming pugilists tested their skills against the old mongoose looking to make a final run before exploring ventures outside of the squared circle. continue
Historically Cape Town, South Africa has been known in boxing for developing some outstanding talents over the years. One thinks of Happyboy Mgxagi, Sidney Hoho, Bashew Sibaca, Gary Murray, Nika Khumalo and Mzonke Fana to mention but a few of the stars who have emerged out of Cape Town. continue
By James Slater - According to the man with all the fight news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the eagerly-anticipated light-heavyweight rumble that is IBF king Tavoris Cloud defending against former world ruler Jean Pascal is set to be officially announced later this week.
The fight will take place in Montreal, Canada on August 11th. Rafael writes also of how official press conference to hype the fascinating fight will take place in New York on June 12th and in Montreal on June 13th.
This match-up has been worked on for some time now, and now that it is a 100-percent go, fans are almost certain to be treated to an exciting fight. Cloud, unbeaten at 24-0(19) loves to face guys who will stand and fight with him, and it’s almost a guarantee that Pascal, 26-2-1(16) will oblige him. continue
By James Slater - Fight fans are still trying to come to terms with the awful news that broke yesterday, which informed us how former two-time welterweight ruler and current top-ten contender Paul Williams had been left paralysed from the waist down after suffering a nasty motorbike crash. The 30-year-old ring warrior, in hospital awaiting Wednesday’s spinal surgery, is not in any way shape or form feeling sorry for himself, however.
According to his career-long trainer, father figure George Peterson, Paul is upbeat, smiling and joking and he is even vowing to fight again. continue
By James Slater - It looked like a natural fight to make immediately after Carl Froch had blown away Lucian Bute on Saturday night, and now it looks like Froch-Mikkell Kessler II will indeed be the next fight in the exciting careers of both the battling Brit and the classy Dane.
According to a piece on Ringtv.com, Froch has already been in contact with the man who out-pointed him in a classic fight back in April of 2010, and the plan is for the return to go ahead in either September or October - and chances are excellent the return will go ahead in Froch’s hometown of Nottingham. continue
by Pete Madzelan -- Dateline: Canastota, NY, January 25, 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today five-time world champion Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia will attend festivities planned for the 23rd Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 7-10th.
“During his championship career, Johnny Tapia always thrilled fans with his exciting style,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We’re looking forward to welcoming him back to the Hall of Fame and we know fans will be happy to see him in Canastota.”
Fighting out of Albuquerque, NM, Tapia compiled an impressive 150-12 amateur record. As a professional, he captured five world titles in three separate weight divisions. He reigned as WBO junior bantamweight champion (1994-1998), IBF junior bantamweight champion (1997-1998), WBA bantamweight champion (1998-1999), WBO bantamweight champion (2000) and IBF featherweight king (2002). Known for his passionate fighting style, the fan-friendly Tapia posted a pro record of 59-5-2 (30 KOs) that includes wins over Danny Romero, Arthur Johnson, Nana Konadu, Jorge Julio, Cesar Soto, Manuel Medina and Mauricio Pastrana. continue
New York, NY (5/29/12) - After reading reports that came out this weekend that Paul Williams was in a horrible motorcycle accident, which has left the former welterweight and junior middleweight world champion paralyzed from the waist down, a shocked and saddened middleweight champion, Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez commented on the tragic event. continue
There is no need to wait for the winner of Haye-Chisora, its not going to happen for you but if you are looking for a big fight, I'll stay in the U.K. after I win the Prizefighter tournament next month and we can get it on. If you can get past me, you might earn that shot at another title fight. You obviously won't get past me but I'm willing to offer you the opportunity to redeem your career. You can wait on the winner of Haye-Chisora or you can fight a real heavyweight in July or August. Look me up. I'm easy to find. - "Kingpin" Kevin Johnson
By James Slater - In shocking and sad news it has been reported how boxing star and former world champ at 147 and 154-pounds, Paul Williams has been involved in a nasty motorbike crash. Reports say “The Punisher” suffered the accident on Sunday in his native Atlanta.
Paul’s trainer and father figure George Peterson said the 30-year-old warrior will undergo surgery on Wednesday. Williams, a true fan-favourite, will undergo surgery that will stabilize the top half of his body. Sadly - and we can only hope that Paul manages to pull through and make a full recovery - there is a strong chance Williams will suffer permanent paralysis from the waist down as a result of his injuries.
All that we can do now is send out our condolences to Williams and his family and hope he does manage to regain his full health.
It really has been a sad day for boxing today, what with this awful news along with the tragic death of legend Johnny Tapia being reported. Williams, still very much a top contender, was to have fought unbeaten Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a very big and important fight on September 15th. Naturally, this boxing match is currently the last thing on the mind of Williams himself, his fans and friends and his family. continue
HATTON PROMOTIONS latest overseas star Zhanat Zhakiyanov is closing in on the European bantamweight title. ‘The Kazakh Kid’ is the number one contender for the EBU belt and expects to become mandatory challenger after the vacant title fight between Bristol’s Lee Haskins and Stephane Jamoye. Zhakiyanov, 24, scored his 18th win in 19 fights at the weekend knocking out useful Timur Shailezov in three rounds. continue
ADAM ETCHES and Scott Jenkins hope that boxing on Hatton Promotions ‘Road To Glory’ bill will be a stepping stone towards their first professional titles. The unbeaten Sheffield pair will be in action at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday 16th June. One of the show’s big attractions sees Scott Quigg challenge Rendall Munroe for the vacant interim WBA super-bantamweight crown. continue
By James Slater - The boxing world is still buzzing after British hero Carl Froch’s sensational stoppage win over the previously unbeaten and highly-ranked Lucian Bute. Experts and pundits such as Glenn McCrory and Steve Bunce have written pieces in which they rightly make the case for “The Cobra” being ranked right up there amongst the greatest British fighters of all-time.
High praise indeed, but Froch, a three-time world champion who holds wins over Bute, Arthur Abraham, Jermain Taylor, Jean Pascal, Andre Dirrell, Glen Johnson and others, deserves it. Really, Froch’s truly impressive quality of back-to-back opposition is enough to have made him special. But Froch is not done yet. Claiming after Saturday’s win that he feels as young and as full of energy as ever, the 34-year-old is already looking ahead to his next big fight or fights.
For Froch, the only slight concern after the 5th-round hammering of southpaw Bute was a sore right hand. Moments ago, however, Froch wrote on his official Twitter page that: “Just been to hospital and the x-ray on my right hand has come back clear. I will resume training in two weeks.. continue
Congratulations to Froch on the IBF World Title. The fight was very intense and interesting at the same time.
I was torn between the two fighters because I'm connected to both of them; one from my home town and the other is a good friend of mine. I knew it was going to be a tough fight because Bute was undefeated and Froch is an impeccable fighter. But it was evident early on who was going to be victorious. continue
By James Slater - Carl Froch, now a three-time ruler at 168-pounds, has a bunch of potentially great fights out there for him right now. Not exactly rejuvenating his career with his awesomely-impressive 5-round destruction of Lucian Bute, Froch certainly gave his career a shot in the arm (indeed, a victorious Froch said post-fight on Saturday that he would have retired had he lost to the defending IBF king).
The future, which didn’t look anywhere near as bright after Froch lost to Andre Ward in the final of the “Super Six,” is exceptionally promising for “The Cobra.. continue
Audley Harrison has announced he is seeking endorsement from the British Boxing Board of Control, to be the next challenger for the British Heavyweight Title.
Fresh from his clinical 4th round dismantling of Ali Adams to become International Masters Champion, Audley expressed his excitement and determination to get back to training and plans to resume training as soon as he arrives home in California later this week.
Harrison commented ‘I know after the Haye fight people didn’t expect to see me anywhere near a ring again, but I really enjoyed myself on Saturday night. The place was packed and to have most of the crowd cheering and applauding my finish, made me feel great’.
‘It took strength of character and belief in myself to not throw in the towel and call it a day; I proved to myself I still want to be a prizefighter. The explosive way I finished off Ali Adams, would be a handful for any heavyweight and I’m looking forward to building from this performance and getting myself back into the mix’.
Unfortunately, Harrison picked up an injury to his left shoulder, which will require a scan to see if any permanent damage. Harrison heads to Manchester this morning to see his consultant. ‘Hopefully it’s just a strain and I’ll be ready to go again in July,’ commented Harrison. continue
By James Slater - Fans are excited about unbeaten, 6’8” heavyweight hope Richard Towers. The Hatton-promoted giant has been making good progress after having turned pro relativity late (he is 32 already, and just 13-0(10)) and he was to have taken his toughest test to date on June 16th in Manchester. continue
Fighting in the main event of a six-fight Boston vs. New York card at the Boston House of Blues before 2500 delirious fans, and with a rock star in his corner, super lightweight boxing prospect Danny O'Connor knew he had to deliver in a big way.
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs) who is preparing for a June 9 bout against Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs). Bradley spoke about his upcoming fight against Pacquiao and also gave his views on Pacquiao as a boxer. He also shared opinions on other aspects of the current boxing landscape including Floyd Mayweather Junior’s recent win against Miguel Cotto, Lamont Peterson failing a drug test that led to the cancelation of his rematch with Amir Khan, his views on drug testing in boxing, and more! Here is what Bradley had to say:
Regarding training camp for his June 9 fight against Manny Pacquiao:
“Training camp has been phenomenal. You know this training camp has been very intense, more intense than any other training camp I’ve done. I think the hunger is definitely there. The determination factor is definitely in play. I’m skilled, I’m fast, I’m strong, and my body and my physique is in crazy shape right now. I’m pretty low on weight. I’m a little bothered by that, but other than that I’m doing great. I’m feeling great!”
On what it is like to have all the 24/7 cameras around him throughout training and preparations:
“You know what? I think it’s great! I think it’s great that we give the fans and just the general public a view of like what my family and I are like as people, and how I am as a fighter, and pretty much all of Team Bradley. So I think it’s great! I enjoyed the first segment of 24/7. I thought it was wonderful. You know I got a lot of great feedback on it. It’s just me being myself. I didn’t have to act a certain way, it was just me in my day to day activities, and what I’m thinking, and just working when I work out. So it was great! My family is dealing with it very well, and I am just staying focused in the gym and not really worrying about the cameras.” continue
LOS ANGELES (May 27, 2012) - When unbeaten middleweight contender Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) steps into the ring on June 2 to fight four-time World Light Middleweight Champion Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs), America's top middleweight will have the added motivation of winning for his father, Pedro. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch thinks that Lucian Bute will not only choose not to fight him again in a rematch, he also believes that Bute may never fight again period after his 5th round TKO loss to Froch last Saturday night in Nottingham. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The Super Six Boxing Classic brought a lot of positive attention to the 168 pound weight class. Not only were the participants of this historically obscure division receiving praise and recognition, but so too were other members of the division. In particular, Lucian Bute was greatly benefited from the tournament. While the “super six” (and their subsequent replacements) were all fighting top notch opposition in one grueling contest after another, Bute was putting his skills on display against mediocre completion and undeserving title challengers. Even still, many observers inexplicably viewed Bute as the best in the division, despite the fact he never beat an elite level super middleweight.
Bute finally decided to step it up when he traveled all the way to Nottingham to take on Carl “The Cobra” Froch. From Team Bute’s perspective, this seemed like a safe move because even though Froch is a proven commodity at 168, he was coming off a one-sided loss at the hands of Andre Ward in the Super Six Final. It was a typical move for Bute who all too often targeted fighters who were coming off a low note. Although this was a gamble, and one Bute does deserve credit for taking, it was a strategic gamble because Bute was guaranteed a return bout in the comfortable confines of Canada in the event Froch should beat him. Now that the dust has settled and Froch thoroughly outclassed Bute, it is extremely unlikely that a rematch will ever even take place. The Cobra was simply that dominant and overwhelming in his performance! continue
By Marcus Richardson: Last night IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute was blasted out in five rounds by Carl Froch from Britain in a one-sided fight. Bute never really let his hands go in any real way and seemed to be looking to land one big shot to end the fight. Bute ended up waiting too long and getting hammered by Froch by big clubbing shots. Bute was hurt in the 3rd, 4th and then finished off in the 5th round by a storm of shots from Froch while trapped on the ropes. continue
By Rob Smith: There’s no question that Carl Froch looked great last Saturday night in stopping IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute in the 5th round in Nottingham. It was the perfect performance from Froch, who jumped on the hard hitting Bute and never really let him in the fight. After the bout, Froch was interviewed by Ifilmlondon and asked about whether he’d be interested in facing WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward next. continue
By James Slater - What a night British warrior and now three-time world super middleweight king Carl Froch gave fans last night in his home town! This writer, who had the Joy of sitting at ringside as "The Cobra" took the talented Lucia Bute apart, is still trying to take in the best British win in many a year. Indeed, Froch's superb win - and there really is no other word for it - has to rank right up there with Nigel Benn's tragic win over Gerald McClellan, Barry Mcguigan's win over Esubio Pedrosa and Ricky Hatton's humbling of the great Kostya Tszyu - and all the other legendary British wins we've seen over the years.
Froch, in the opinion of many experts, was in over his head last night, instead he rocked the boxing world and put himself firmly in anyone's top 10 pound for pound.
That said, here is my brand new P4P TOP TEN:
1 Floyd Mayweather (face it, he's never gonna lose!)
By Justin Cabarle: Mikkel Kessler is open to facing IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch in a rematch if he wants it. Kessler is well aware that Froch is still bothered by his earlier loss to him from two years ago in the Super Six tournament and Kessler wants to give Froch the opportunity to try and avenge the loss. continue
By Rob Smith: Both Andre Dirrell and Andre Ward made comments about Carl Froch’s win over IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute last night. Ward congragulated Froch for a job well done for fighting the right game plan against the Canadian based Bute. Froch stopped Bute in the 5th round last Saturday night in Nottingham, UK. continue
BOB ARUM: I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday weekend. I was just at the gym with Timothy at his public workout in Palm Springs yesterday [Thursday] and he looks tremendous and we’re looking forward to a great, great fight. One thing that I have to say that hit me immediately is how confident he is and his camp is about the battle that will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9. ^
TIMOTHY BRADLEY: I want to thank God for this opportunity and I want to thank my manager Cameron Dunkin, Top Rank, Bob and of course I want to thank Manny Pacquiao and his team for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. The time is already here, the moment. I am ready to take the throne. I’m excited. Training and preparation have been going great. I am in the best shape of my life. When we are done I will have sparred about 160 rounds. I have been training for almost three months now. I am on weight. I left the gym at 147 pounds today so I will probably be coming in kind of light the day of the weigh-in maybe 145 or 144. I am just eating a little bit more and I feel great. I am confident and I am ready to deliver. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (38-2, 33 KO’s) says he’s interested in facing IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KO’s) and as long as the fight is held on Showtime or HBO. Pavlik thinks he’d beat Froch. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye really enjoyed Carl Froch’s performance last night in stopping IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute in the 5th round to capture his International Boxing Federation title. continue
By Michael Collins: Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KO's) pulled off a huge upset on Saturday night in stopping IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-1, 24 KO's) in the 5th round to capture his International Boxing Federation 168 pound strap at the Nottingham Arena, Nottingham, UK. The fight was halted in the 5th with Froch tagging a badly hurt Bute at will with heavy shots. The bout probably should have been halted after the 4th round, as Froch had Bute badly hurt up against the ropes and was really working him over. The ropes seemed to be holding Bute upright.
Bute was also hurt in the 3rd round from some hard right hands from Froch. Bute could do very little against the seemingly stronger Froch, because the Romanian's left uppercuts and hard body shots failed to slow Froch down even for a moment. Froch just kept coming forward landing big right hands and not really respecting Bute's considerable power. Bute looked clueless at times, especially on the inside where Froch was able to really rough him up. Unlike Andre Ward, who gave Froch problems in close, Bute had no skills at all and was at Froch's mercy.
In the 4th round, Froch walked through a big left hand from Bute and connected with a nice right hand that had Bute on weak knees. Froch then ripped into him at will until the round ended.
Froch came charging out of the blocks in the 5th and connected with a huge left-right combination. He then fired on Bute as he stood in the corner. Froch landed some big uppercuts and hard right hands until the referee halted it. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Trainer Freddie Roach thinks his fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has something to prove to boxing fans when he fights Tim Bradley next month on June 9th in Las Vegas. Roach feels that Pacquiao has to put in a good performance against Bradley to prove to boxing fans that he’s still the same fighter he once was back in 2009. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (May 26, 2012) -- Fighter of the Decade, eight-division world champion, and boxing's No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter and box office attraction Congressman MANNY "PacMan" PACQUIAO took time from training for his upcoming defense of his WBO welterweight title against undefeated world champion and Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter Timothy Bradley, Jr. to make another boffo appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. continue
By Sam Geraci at Ringside - “Fast” Fres Oquendo of Chicago, IL, who is trying to work his way into a major fight with one the top ten heavyweights, showed that at age 39 and despite more than one year removed from a full fight, he his still quick enough with his jab and crafty enough with his counters to challenge anyone by stopping a very strong and surprisingly fast-handed Joey Abell from Everett, WA in the ninth round to capture the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship.
While there was give and take throughout the fight, towards the end of the third round, a round in which Oquendo was credited with a knockdown because the ropes held up Abell, Oquendo’s jab and ability to counter changed the momentum of the fight. Although Abell’s corner and many ringside felt that the fight might have been prematurely stopped, Oquendo was clearly on his way to stopping Abell, who was bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth. Oquendo improved to 34-7 with 21KOs while Abell fell to 28-6 with 27KOs.
After the fight Oquendo called out all fighters but called out Seth Mitchell, Chris Arreola, and the Klitschkos by name. Unfortunately, despite an impressive showing, after the fight Abell posted “I lost and I retire” on Facebook. continue
By James Slater: Tonight’s potential classic/thriller/FOTY between rival super, super-middleweights Lucian Bute and Carl Froch could prove to be the defining fight for the winner; heaven knows the pair of them may not have too much left after they’ve warred in Nottingham. continue
By Rob Smith: If WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) can pull off a huge upset against WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao next month on June 9th, Bradley will get a rematch against Pacquiao on November 10th, according to boxing news from the Manila Bulletin. Pacquiao, 33, has a rematch clause built into his control so that if he loses to Bradley, he’ll be able to get an immediate rematch against him instead of having to wait for Bradley to possibly fight someone else. continue
By James Slater: Whenever the subject of who was the greatest ever heavyweight champion of all-time comes up, it is usual for the names of Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson and Rocky Marciano to appear uppermost on most experts' lists. And rightly so. But though the name of Larry Holmes usually gets a position at or around the bottom half of any top-ten, "The Easton Assassin" is rarely, if ever, anyone's pick for the best, or second best, or third best, or even fourth or fifth best big man in boxing history. But is Holmes, who had the second highest number of successful world title defences ever at heavyweight, being done a general disservice?
Holmes himself, on the fabulous Champions Forever video of over 20 years back, claims that he was the best heavyweight of all. "The only guy I'd have had trouble with was Jack Johnson," Holmes boasted. Who knows, maybe a peak Larry Holmes would have been too much for a peak Ali, Louis or Dempsey? And we all know what Larry thought about the greatness of Rocky Marciano, don't we? Undeniably, with his great chin, awesome left jab (heavyweight boxing's best ever?) and underrated punch power, Holmes has to be seen as one of the true legends of the sport. But was he as great as he himself claims?
Let's take another look at Holmes' fine career in this article and assess what position his name should occupy in a list of the ten finest heavyweight kings of the ring. continue
by Justin Cabarle: IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s) not only intends on beating British challenger Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) tonight at the Nottingham Arena in Nottingham, UK, but Bute wants to completely dominate Froch by a shutout to where he doesn’t win a round. continue
By Michael Collins: Carl Froch is unhappy that the bookmakers overwhelmingly seeing him as the loser tonight in his fight against IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. Froch obviously isn’t new to being the underdog, as he was in that role in his fight against WBA World super middleweight champion Andre Ward last December. But for some reason it seems to bother Froch a lot more that a fighter he still considers unproven like Bute is being picked to beat him tonight. continue
By Marcus Richardson: 35-year-old Erik Morales (52-8, 36 KO’s) reportedly could be facing Marcos Maidana in a rematch in July or taking on the winner of the June 23rd fight between Lucas Matthysse and Humberto Soto, according to Examiner.com Morales was hoping to get a fight against Juan Manuel Marquez for July 14th, but the fight didn’t happen for various reasons. Now Morales has a couple of appealing options open to him. continue
By Rob Smith: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) believes that WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KO’s) lacks the experience needed for him to be fighting a guy like Khan at this early stage in his career. Khan and the 24-year-old Garcia will be meeting up on July 14th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
By Michael Collins: Promoter Frank Warren believes that Carl Froch will lose tonight when he faces IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute in Nottingham. However, Warren still wants Froch to fight one of his fighters WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly despite what happens to Froch in the Bute fight. continue
By Rob Smith: Former two time super middleweight champion Carl Froch may opt to retire if he gets beaten by IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute tonight in Nottingham, UK, says Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn. Froch really has his mind set winning the fight and it could send him into retirement if he loses the bout. As of now, Froch is considered an underdog and there’s a very high likelihood that Bute beats him. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KO’s) has looked absolutely horrible since moving up to the super middleweight division in 2009, and his success has been limited at best having lost three of his last six fights at that weight. However, it doesn’t matter because he’s been given a #1 ranking by the WBO and will be challenging arguably weakest of the super middleweight champions in WBO champ Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KO’s) on August 25th at the O2 World Arena, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany. continue
All eight fighters participating in “Four Warned,” the upcoming June 2 Quadrupleheader live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., participated in media conference calls on Wednesday and Thursday as they prepare for next week’s bouts.
Wednesday’s call featured Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, Lateef “Power” Kayode, Vusi “Marvelous” Malinga, Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz, Kayode’s Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams.
Thursday’s call featured Winky Wright, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Austin “No Doubt” Trout and Delvin “El Peligro” Rodriguez. continue
LINCOLN, R.I. (May 25, 2012) – Two years ago, Vladine Biosse burst onto the national scene at Twin River Casino, putting on a boxing clinic in a near-flawless win over “Irish” Joey McCreedy on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” a program available in more than 90 million homes throughout the country. Thursday night might’ve been his reintroduction. continue
By James Slater - Always-exciting heavyweight contender and former WBC title challenger Chris Arreola is still on a mission to make history as the first ever Mexican-American to hold the richest prize in sports (that being the world heavyweight title; remember when it really was THE richest prize in sports?)
Next up for “The Nightmare,” will be a fight against a TBA at The Staples Centre on the June 23rd Ortiz-Lopez bill. The last time Arreola fought at the venue, he was forced to remain on his stool after ten tough rounds with Vitali Klitschko. continue
by Vivek Wallace: In just a few hours the world of Boxing will get a chance to see two of the best super middleweights in the world go toe to toe as the U.K.'s Carl Froch (28-2, 20KO's) takes on Romanian (by way of Canada) Lucian Bute (34-0, 30KO's) in Nottingham. The fight many fight fans wanted to see was Bute against Andre Ward, however, politics prevailed and instead we find ourselves on the brink of seeing the next best thing. As we get ready for battle, we take a quick look at "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and an "Official Prediction":
CARL FROCH (KEYS TO VICTORY)
For Carl Froch, the keys to victory will be very interesting, considering that he's not only facing a very clever southpaw, but also one who has power in both hands and a good level of skill to combine with it. Froch's entire gameplan will both start and end with the jab. There's only two ways to keep a southpaw honest, and that's a solid jab, and a good right hand. In the past we've seen Froch deliver both, but the consistency in which he has done it isn't always there. Froch will need to keep the pressure on, as Librado Andrade proved to us in the initial showdown that Bute can be greatly troubled with pressure. continue
By Rob Smith: Both IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and Carl Froch made weight on Friday in Nottingham, UK for their fight tomorrow night at the Nottingham Arena. Bute came in at 167.75 lbs, and Froch weighed in slightly less at 167.3. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is siding with Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) to defeat IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute tomorrow night in their fight in Nottingham, UK. Haye thinks Frioch’s chin and heart will bring him ultimately to victory in a tough fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former undisputed junior middleweight champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) who will be squaring off against undefeated middleweight contender Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) on June 2. Winky spoke about his upcoming fight and talked about his career and his future. He also touched on a wide variety of subjects pertaining to the current boxing landscape including Floyd Mayweather Junior’s recent win against Miguel Cotto, middleweight champion Sergio Martinez, Chad Dawson’s victory over Bernard Hopkins, the upcoming fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Jermain Taylor’s future in the middleweight division, and whether people are too quick to count Paul Williams out against Saul Alvarez. Here is what Winky Wright had to say:
On how preparations have been going for his upcoming June 2 bout against Peter ‘Kid Chocolate’ Quillin:
“Oh man! Preparations have been great. Training camp has been great. I’m looking forward to the fight and I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring and doing my thing.”
On whether or not he expects any ring rust given this will be his first time in a professional boxing match in over 3 years:
“I’m pretty sure I’m going to have some ring rust, but you know that’s part of the game. In any thing you do if you take time off you’re going to have to get back in there and try and get that feeling back. But you know I’m ready for that. I know I’m going to have some things I’m going to have to work out while I’m in the ring, and then I’m going to get it right and just handle my business.” continue
By Larry Issac: Tim Bradley (28-0, 12 KO’s) doesn’t see himself as another one of Manny Pacquiao’s victims being led to the slaughter in their upcoming fight next month. Bradley feels his youth and boxing ability will get him past Pacquiao in an earth shattering upset win at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) doesn’t see himself in a must win situation on Saturday night against IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s), because he feels that even if he does lose the fight, he’ll perform well enough to still have options of trying to win other belts. However, Froch doesn’t see Bute escaping with his title tomorrow when they meet up at the Nottingham Arena in front of 9000 fans. continue
James Stillerman- Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin will put his undefeated record, 26-0, 20KOs and his United States Boxing Organization “USBO” belt on the line when he faces off against future Hall of Famer, Ronald “Winky” Wright 52-5, 25KOs, who will be fighting for the first time in three years, as they square off on June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California in a ten round middleweight fight. Quillin is ranked number five by the WBA and number 14 by the WBO. The 28 year old orthodox pugilist obtained the USBO belt with a third round technical knockout victory over former Contender fighter, Jesse Brinkley and then in his last fight he knocked out Craig McEwan in the sixth round. Kid Chocolate was kind enough to take time out of his training camp to answer my questions such as why he took this fight with Wright, how his is training camp is going, what are his plans for the rest of the year and much more.
James Stillerman: How is training camp going for this bout?
Peter Quillin: Training camp is going really well for me right now. I`m inspired that my family is here helping me out and I know the sky is the limit for me in this sport. continue
Delvin Rodriguez's life as a 32-year-old world ranked prizefighter, father and son looks to add another title on Saturday, June 2nd, as he gets a second chance to a lifetime goal, being called a 'world champion'. Although known as one of boxing's true warriors with a recent five-year span facing only the toughest fights in the welterweight and now junior middleweight divisions, Rodriguez gets a second opportunity to become a world champion, a title he's worked towards since he was 10 years old when he had his first amateur bout. continue
By James Slater -- Weigh-In Results: Bute 167.75 lbs; Froch 167.3 lbs -- It’s indicative of how great a match-up tomorrow’s IBF super-middleweight title fight clash between Lucian Bute and Carl Froch really is when a poll of 22 experts is almost split right down the middle when it comes to who will win. Ring Magazine’s web site asks the 22 media types who will win, and 12 pick unbeaten Bute to hold onto his title and perfect record in Nottingham, while 10 pick “The Cobra” to prevail and become a three-time champion in front of his hometown faithful.
Interestingly, every single expert predicts that the fight will go the distance. Most pick a close decision either way, but nobody sees a KO either way. Both warriors are incredibly confident ahead of tomorrow’s fight; a very real potential when it comes to this years FOTY. If we’re really lucky, we will see a classic, in which both fighters elevate themselves. No-one wants to see a controversial decision either way, and nobody is ever happy with a draw - but the May 26th war could be that, oh so close. And don’t forget, there will be a return fight in Canada if Bute loses. continue
LONDON (24 May 2012) - Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao has experienced a religious awakening in recent months but he knows his new found pacifism cannot be carried into the ring when he faces the undefeated three-time world champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday June 9th, live on Primetime (Sky Channel 480 and Virgin on Demand). The reigning WBO welterweight world champion is keen to impress, but he knows he will have his work cut out against the young and hungry Bradley who cleaned up the 140lb division before now moving up in weight to face the legendary Pacquiao. continue
VERO BEACH, FL (May 24, 2012) -- Heavyweight road warrior Sherman "Tank" Williams, a Bahamian sports legend, will travel halfway around the world to challenge WBO Asia Pacific and WBC Asian Boxing Council Champion Chauncy "Hillyard Hammer" Welliver on June 28 in Macau, China. continue
Duo greeted by mass of fans at the official weigh-in for IBF Title clash - Carl Froch and Lucian Bute weighed-in for their IBF super middleweight World title fight in front of the Capital FM Arena live on Sky Sports News.
The pair will clash for the belt at midnight in the Arena tomorrow night, and in blazing sunshine in front of a throng of Froch and Bute fans, both made the weight for the highly anticipated clash.
Undefeated champion Bute tipped the scales at 11st 13lb 12oz after hometown hero Froch came in at 11st 13lb 5oz. Both men were well supported in the shadow of the venue for the fight, which has finally arrived for both men.
“I’m buzzing now, that was a great reception and I want to thank the fans for turning out in force,” said Froch. “It’s a huge night for me, the biggest in my career – back in front of my people with this guy thinking he can come here and beat me – that’s just not happening.
“I’m on the edge of super stardom here – the chance to become a three-time World champion in Nottingham. I cannot let that go and I will pour every ounce of energy into taking that belt off him.. continue
By Michael Collins: The perception out there by some boxing fans is that former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch has seen better days in his career, and he’s now winding things down serving as an opponent for IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute to prove himself against in order to get bigger paydays and a big unification match against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward either this year or next year. continue
By James Slater: There could be another MMA warrior making the switch to boxing later this year. We’ve seen some lesser names make the switch, and we’ve also seen some high-profile boxers try their hand in the cage, yet the biggest star in all of MMA (arguably at least), in heavyweight Junior Dos Santos has told MMAfighting.com that “in three months” he will be ready “for any fighter in the world, in boxing and in MMA.” continue
By James Slater: Audley Harrison still believes. The 40-year-old who captured Olympic glory all those years ago (2000 in case you’ve forgotten), still believes in his T.V pulling power, and the athletic southpaw who at one time looked a sure thing for the world title, still believes in his fighting skills - recently telling Boxrec that, if he gets his mind right, he can beat a Klitschko!
More realistically for Harrison, is the possibility of a fight against one of Britain’s up-and-coming heavyweight hopes; David Price and Tyson Fury especially. Though neither unbeaten fighter is in any way rushing to test themselves against Harrison, “A-Force” says both guys need him if they are to attract the big, crossover T.V audience.
Harrison, who faces fellow former “Prizefighter” Ali Adams, 13-3-1(5) on Saturday night (Harrison actually won “Prizefighter,” back in 2009; Adams lost his opening fight, to Matt Skelton, in 2010), says he wants a fight with Fury or Price next. continue
By Robert Jackson: Dropping down in weight to make a big fight is an unusual occurrence in today’s boxing world, most times fighters move up in weight to make that BIG fight and the BIG money that goes along with it. During the post fight interview following Chad Dawson’s victory over Bernard Hopkins, Dawson called out 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward to fight and at 168lbs to boot. An interesting challenge considering the landscape of the 175lb division; but having conquered the 47 year old Hopkins, Ward is a logical opponent for Dawson stylistically. Ward fights in a similar style to Hopkins only more youthfully, and with quickness and energy. continue
By Rob Smith: Former two division world champion Cory Spinks (34-6, 11 KO’s) is hard at work getting ready for his June 30th rematch against IBF light middleweight champion Cornelius Bundrage (31-4, 18 KO’s) at the Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, California. continue
By James Slater: The first-ever WBO middleweight champion, Doug "Cobra" DeWitt had an amazingly exciting up and down career - during which he faced everyone from Thomas Hearns to Nigel Benn, to Matthew Hilton to James Toney.
Today an accomplished actor, Doug keeps himself in shape and he has a sharp memory.
Kindly taking the time to speak with ESB the other day, the fomer champ had the following things to say:
ESB: It’s great to be able to speak with you, Doug! I’ve always been a fan - I remember vividly your great fight with Nigel Benn. I know you lost that one but…..
Doug DeWitt: Thank you. Yeah, I never had enough respect for Benn. I respected him a lot more after the fight. It was a good fight. He butted my eye in the first 30-seconds and I had a tough night. continue
Junior welterweight prospect Danny O'Connor (16-1, 4 KOs) and opponent Daniel "The Hudson Valley Kid" Sostre (11-5-1) weighed in identically at 142.5 lbs. for their 10-round main-event showdown at tomorrow night's smash-hit Boston vs. New York fight card at the Boston House of Blues. continue
By Marcus Richardson: The September 15th pay-per-view card headlined by WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez vs. Paul Williams just got a little bit better with the addition of a title between WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KO’s) and former WBO super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (43-4, 35 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 170th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with reigning WBO light welterweight champion Timothy Bradley, former two time light middleweight champion Winky Wright & former world title challenger Tony Thompson.
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 positive tests that have derailed both the Peterson-Khan & Ortiz-Berto rematches. Did Golden Boy Promotions overreact calling these fights off?
• Saul Alvarez vs. Paul Willaims being set for Sept 15th on PPV. How much of a risk is Williams to Canelo?
• Amir Khan set to face Danny Garia for Garcia's WBC light welterweight belt. Is this the good selection for Khan?
• Nonito Donaire getting an upgrade in opponent for his July7th HBO date.
• David Price’s recent win over Sam Sexton. How far can Price go and can he be a serious threat to the Klitschko's?
• The latest edition of the 24/7 series. Does Timothy Bradley come off as the good guy compared to Pacquiao whose outside the ring issues seem to have been catching up to him?
• Roy Jones Jr set to once again appear in the ring. Is Roy risking his health by fighting this far past his prime?
• Lucian Bute vs. Carl Froch fight break down and official prediction.
By Michael Collins: Undefeated British heavyweight champion David Price (13-0, 11 KO’s) is talking about wanting to defend his newly won Lonsdale belt a minimum of three times so that he can keep it and give it to his kids before moving up against better opposition. It’s unclear if the 28-year-old Price will do exactly that or if he’ll give up on that idea. continue
By Rob Smith: Instead of taking on the dangerous WBA regular middleweight champion Gennedy Golovkin, WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KO’s) is reportedly in talks with IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KO’s) for a fight - if they can come to an agreement – that will take place in the next few months. continue
By Marcus Richardson: The EBU has decided to order a rematch to clear up the controversial 12 round draw that took place between EBU cruiserweight champion Alexander Alekseev (23-2-1, 20 KO’s) and 41-year-old challenger Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KO’s) earlier this month on May 11th at theEWS Arena, Goeppingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.
The fight was scored as such: 114-114, 114-114, and 116-113 for the 31-year-old Alekseev. However, Arslan appeared to do more than enough to win the fight based on his total domination in the first half of the fight when he was able to out-slug a confused looking Alekseev on the inside. It wasn’t until the 11th round when Alekseev finally made some adjustments and was able to win some rounds by fighting on the outside. But it remarkable what a really dumb fight that Alekseev put in, because it’s not as if he didn’t already know coming into the fight how good of an inside fighter that Arslan is.
Alekseev has never been much of an inside fighter, and for him to fight Arslan’s type of fight round after round seemed like an insane thing to do. And the judges’ scores were just out of this world, because Arslan appeared to win the fight easily by a four to six round cushion. To have judges score the fight even, and one giving the fight to Alekseev, was just a joke. continue
By Michael Collins: Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KO’s) wants to make IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KO’s) pay for his decision to travel to Nottingham, UK and fight Froch in front of his own British fans in his home city of Nottingham, UK. Froch doesn’t like the way that Bute is showing courage by taking the trip, and Froch sees this as Bute dismissing him, as if the win is in the bag already. continue
By Rob Smith: There are more than a few boxing fans who think that WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has been on the downside of his career since his impressive catchweight assisted win over former WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto in 2009. Indeed, Pacquiao has looked like the shell of his former self in four fights since then, beating Joshua Clottey, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez. In each progressive fight, Pacquiao looks a little slower and less impressive. continue
By John G. Thompson: With so many boxing articles focusing on the will they or wont they question revolving around the sport’s two biggest stars Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Manny Pacquiao, attention has been diverted from one of the best matchups of the year taking place this Saturday between and undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and former WBC champ Carl Froch. If ever a fight was guaranteed to be a fan friendly affair, Bute vs. Froch promises to deliver; The fight takes place at 6pm (EST) on May 26th at the Nottingham Arena in the United Kingdom.
Fans have argued for years now whether the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao debacle is a black eye for boxing, or if the controversy will spill over into the main stream media enough to draw new fans and spectators into a sport with fewer marquee names than it had in the past. With Carl Froch vs. Lucian Bute this Saturday, you have a fight with the potential to turn casual sports fans into boxing fanatics. Unfortunately, both HBO and Showtime have passed on this match, and it seems unlikely that ESPN, Fox Sports, or Pay-Per-View will be getting contracts together for Froch vs. Bute in the next few days. continue
By Shawn Lin: In a mouth-watering match-up coming up on September 8th, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) will be defending his title against Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KO’s) in a still to be determined venue in the United States. The two fighters haven’t yet signed the contracts for the fight but it’s expected that they will. continue
By Eric Henninger: 6’2” southpaw Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KO’s) is finally getting a title shot after toiling away for six years in the middleweight ranks. Lee probably would have fought for a title as early as 2008 had he not been stopped in the 7th round by Brian Vera in a surprising upset in March of that year. That defeat setback Lee a total four years, and only now Lee is getting a shot against 6-foot 180 pound WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.(45-0-1, 31 KO’s) on June 16th at the Sub Bowl in El Paso, Texas. continue
By Michael Collins: Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO’s) wants to prove himself against WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KO’s) in their fight on July 14th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Khan is facing Garcia because his originally scheduled opponent Lamont Peterson tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
Khan was beaten by Peterson last December in one of Khan’s poorer performances of his career. Khan still believes he should have won the fight, and after finding out that Peterson tested positive for testosterone recently, Khan feels somewhat vindicated.
Speaking with RingTV, Khan said “I’ll win the fight in style and shut all the mouths of those people who doubted me, because I put on a great performance against Lamont Peterson…I believe I won it.”
I wouldn’t call Khan’s performance against Peterson as a great performance by him or anything close to that. continue
By Rob Smith: Former WBA World lightweight champion Brandon Rios (30-0-1, 22 KO’s) has emerged unscathed from his controversial 12 round split decision victory over Cuban Richard Abril last month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rios, 26, will be fighting #8 IBF 140 pound contender Maurico Herrera (18-2, 7 KO’s) on July 7th on the same card as WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire in his unification bout against IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Hard hitting knockout artist heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder (21-0, 21 KO’s) will be fighting on Saturday night against Jesse Oltmanns (10-2, 7 KO’s) in an eight round bout at the Oasis Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. That fight is going to be a mismatch, and it’ll be a surprise if Oltmanns makes it past the 1st round. continue
By Justin Cabarle: One can’t watch Floyd Mayweather Jr’s recent 12 round decision win over WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto earlier this month without noticing how much slower the 35-year-old Mayweather is compared to earlier in his career when he was lightning fast, and almost unhittable on defense. Against Cotto and Victor Ortiz, Mayweather looked like he’d lost a lot of hand speed, and his ability to move around the ring seemed to be impaired as well. Mayweather is now walking around the ring like a heavyweight instead of dancing and running around like he did during his prime.
It doesn’t look good for Mayweather if he intends on sticking around the sport for another two or three years. Unless Mayweather intends on carefully picking out beatable guys, I can see him losing if he takes on someone really good like Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan, Erislandy Lara, Andre Berto, Mike Jones or Saul Alvarez. Those would be really tough fights for Mayweather at this juncture of his career. I can even see someone like Paul Williams beating Floyd right now. And you can forget about Mayweather facing Sergio Martinez. If Floyd takes that fight, he’ll take a beating and likely get knocked out. Mayweather won’t have the size to keep Martinez off of him and he’d likely get pole-axed by one of Martinez’s huge left hand shots. Hopefully Mayweather Jr. doesn’t take that fight because it’s not a good match-up for him. continue
By Michael Collins: Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach is excited about all the flaws he’s seen in the game of Pacquiao’s June 9th opponent Timothy Bradley. Roach thinks Pacquiao will be able to exploit these flaws and punish Bradley and possibly get a stoppage in their fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
By Rob Smith: Former WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) will have settle for facing replacement opponent Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s) for the trusty WBC Silver welterweight title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Lopez, 27, will be stepping in for Andre Berto, who allegedly tested positive for the steroid Nandrolone. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 23, 2012) – Former World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz and popular contender Josesito Lopez held a press conference in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday to formally announce that Lopez will step in to face Ortiz, of Ventura, Calif., by way of Garden City, Kansas, for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight title in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
It was also announced on Wednesday that the Ortiz vs. Lopez event will include top-rated heavyweight Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KO’s), of Riverside, Calif., in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined. Those two fights will join the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.
Lopez (29-4, 17 KO’s), of Riverside, replaces Ortiz’s (29-3-2, 22 KO’s) original opponent Andre Berto who failed a pre-fight drug test. continue
By James Slater: According to both Ringtv.com and Boxrec.com, the search for unbeaten, exciting U.S heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell’s next opponent is over. “Mayhem” will face fellow 29-year-old former cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon Banks. The fight will take place at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on the under-card of the July 14th Khan-Garcia clash.. continue
With one of the most exciting come from behind wins in recent memory, Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20KOs) is on top of the world as the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion. Last October as he trailed on the score cards, DeMarco of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, Mexico, stopped two-time world champion Jorge Linares in the 11th round of their title bout. With the win, DeMarco realized a long life dream of being a world champion. Last March, DeMarco defended the title against Miguel “Mickey” Roman with a fifth round KO in his hometown of Los Mochis. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (5/22/12) – Fres Oquendo is back and making strong moves in the heavyweight division. This Friday, Oquendo meets hard-punching Joey Abell for the WBA Fedlatin title in Hammond, Indiana. In the event of victory – and he is heavily favored to win – Oquendo will reclaim his position among world-rated heavyweights and reestablish his eligibility to fight for the world championship. The Abell fight is Oquendo’s second since beginning his comeback earlier this year. Previously, he had been inactive for 16 months, disappearing entirely from heavyweight title chase.
Oquendo, born in Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, is revitalizing a career that was sidelined by two controversial losses in 2010. First, in Paris, Oquendo easily dominated France’s Jean-Marc Mormeck only to lose the decision after ten rounds. The incomprehensible verdict was excoriated by media and fans worldwide. Months later, Oquendo met Oliver McCall in the latter’s hometown of Hollywood, Florida. Although he appeared to win a lopsided majority of the bout’s 12 rounds, Oquendo again lost a decision. These reversals set Oquendo back immensely. World rated and a viable candidate for an elimination match at the beginning of 2010, he finished the year bereft of his minor titles, dropped from the rankings, and without prospects for a meaningful fight. continue
By Justin Cabarle: WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KO’s) took the time to defend his choice of facing little known IBF super bantamweight champion Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KO’s) to fight next on July 7th instead of the better known but arguably weaker Cristian Mijares. continue
Bethlehem, PA - An important eight-round light-heavyweight attraction has been added to the June 1 boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, and Darnell Boone, of Atlanta, GA, meet in an eight-round rematch which could jump-start one of their careers. continue
Germany's biggest selling daily tabloid newspaper Bild held a survey on its website and asked its readers if they supported ARD's (German TV) decision to withdraw from televising the David Haye and Dereck Chisora big heavyweight showdown.
A massive 72 per cent of the 24,366 who voted said "NO! I want to see the fight" that takes place on Saturday 14th July at West Ham United Football Club in east London.
ARD will televise in Germany Alexander Povetkin's WBA World Heavyweight title defence against Hasim Rahman which features on the card. The whole show will be televised live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546).
The overwhelming support by the German public to watch Haye v Chisora mirrors recent polls held by the Daily Mail Online which revealed that 71 per cent wanted to see it and 75 per cent in a poll held by boxing trade newspaper Boxing News.
May 23, 2012 - Two undefeated prospects from the Ural Boxing Promotions stable, Anton Novikov (24-0, 10 KOs) and Aslanbek Kozaev (20-0, 6 KOs), will make their California debuts on the undercard of the May 25, 2012 War At Woodland Hills 8 boxing show at the Warner Center Marriott. Novikov, is currently ranked #7 in the WBC ratings and is the sanctioning body's Baltic Welterweight Champion. Kozaev, is the EBU's External European Welterweight Champion and recently introduced himself to Manny Pacquiao at Wildcard Boxing Club with several tough rounds of sparring in anticipation for his bout with Timothy Bradley. continue
By James Slater - This week, former IBF and WBA 140-pound ruler Amir Khan would have either been celebrating his having gotten revenge over Lamont Peterson, who controversially out-pointed his last December (the result possibly subject to change due to Peterson’s subsequent failed drugs test embarrassment), or he would have been licking his wounds after having suffered a second loss to the Washington D.C man. continue
Bob ARUM: We are coming into the home stretch of this promotion. The western conference finals in the NBA are now set and you will see a great presence of this fight during the TNT telecasts. TNT is a great partner of ours. They had billboards on the broadcast of each of the (Monday) playoff games. We are really anticipating a tremendous push in the days and weeks ahead. The card is an outstanding card. In the main event we have the Congressman Manny Pacquiao defending his welterweight title against undefeated world champion Timothy Bradley and that fight speaks for itself. The popular Jorge Arce against Jesus Rojas, a top fighter from Puerto Rico. The IBF Welterweight championship with the undefeated No. 1 contender Mike Jones against hard punching former world champion and current No. 2 contender Randall Bailey; and finally the WBA Super Bantamweight Championship between former amateur world champion and current WBA world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux defending against young Teon Kennedy of Philadelphia who has 17 wins and only one defeat. A great card top to bottom and I am pleased that the star of the show, Manny Pacquiao, is here with us today. continue
By Michael Collins: Top Rank president Bob Arum likes what he sees of undefeated Timothy Bradley after seeing him in a recent training session. Bradley looks completely cut up and muscular at the same time. He says he’s ready to face WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao right now and take his title away from him. The two fighters will be meeting next month on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Bethlehem, PA-When Gabriel Rosado learned he was fighting Sechew Powell instead of Joel Julio on June 1, he and trainer Billy Briscoe booked themselves a trip to California for three weeks of training at Freddie Roach's famed Wild Card gym in Hollywood. "It's just what I needed," said Rosado, who meets Powell for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Junior Middleweight Title at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem over 12 rounds, or less. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Boxing fans always appreciate boxers who are willing to take big risks and tough challenges, and it is even better when two talented fighters agree to square off in a risky scenario where the outcome is uncertain. Fortunately for boxing fans there is a fight this Saturday that fits the bill when IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) travels all the way to Nottingham to defend his crown against former two time WBC champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-2, 20 KOs). This is a rather intriguing high stakes matchup, and one that Bute and Froch both deserve credit for taking.
For Bute it will be a huge step up in class. Bute has successfully defended his IBF title belt nine times, but mostly against mediocre competition and unworthy challengers. This will be the first time Bute has ever taken on an elite level super middleweight. Additionally, with the exception of a recent bout in his birth place Romania, this will be the first time in years that Bute has left the comfortable confines of Canada, as he travels into hostile territory for the first time on the big stage. Bute deserves credit for finally facing a live body and leaving his home turf. continue
by Andrew Hall: With the big fight looming it is appropriate to take a look at the underdog to see what he needs to do in order to pull off the big upset. This type of thing is not easy to do since the vast majority of people feel Bradley has no chance. What they fail to realize, however, is that Bradley has never lost a professional fight. He also has great hand speed, an abundance of tenacity, and he has some pop when he sits down on his punches. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is open to the idea of facing unbeaten British heavyweight David Price whenever the British heavyweight is open to taking the fight. Wladimir welcomes a fight against the big 6’8” Price if he wants the fight. continue
NEW YORK (May 22, 2012) - Training camp continues in full steam for the talented and confident boxers who'll be fighting on "Four Warned" - the highly anticipated quadrupleheader featuring a pair of boxing legends in dangerous assignments and two world championship fights on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif
In the main event, former light heavyweight champion and current SHOWTIME boxing analyst Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver (29-6, 20 KO's), of Tampa, Fla., will face unbeaten, hard-hitting Lateef "Power" Kayode (18-0, 14 KO's), of Hollywood, Calif., by way of Lagos, Nigeria, in a 12-round cruiserweight bout.
Former world champion Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO's), of St. Petersburg, Fla., returns to the ring to face undefeated Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (26-0, 20 KO's), of Brooklyn, N.Y., in a 10-round junior middleweight co-feature. continue
By James Slater: Living legend and future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Junior simply does not know how to quit, or he doesn’t want to quit or he cannot walk away for whatever reason. Now 43-year-old and having won just three of his last seven ring appearances, the one-time “Superman” will drop back down to light-heavyweight for a June 30th fight in Poland. continue
Philadelphia, PA--With only a couple of weeks before his first world-title opportunity, undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, has the look and mindset of a champion as he prepares to meet the hard-hitting former champion Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in one of the co-feature fights on the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. continue
It was officially announced today that popular contender Josesito Lopez, of Riverside, Calif., has been tapped to meet "Vicious" Victor Ortiz in the main event on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight title, live on SHOWTIME. Lopez, who had been training for a June 22 bout that was canceled days ago, replaces Andre Berto following Berto's failed pre-fight drug test which was revealed last Friday.
Ortiz vs. Lopez will headline a three-fight SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast (live at 9 p.m. ET/PT, tape delayed on the West Coast) that now will include top rated heavyweight Chris Arreola in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined and the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.
The event is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions and sponsored by Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. Soto vs. Matthysse is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. continue
By James Slater: Mexican legend and all-time great Juan Manuel Marquez will not be fighting at Cowboys Stadium on July 14th after all. According to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the reason is more than likely because no suitable opponent could be found for the interim WBO welterweight champ, at least not for a Pay-Per-View event. continue
LINCOLN, R.I. (May 23, 2012) – Reigning New England super middleweight champion Vladine Biosse has a bone to pick with whoever came up with the title, “Up For Grabs,” for tomorrow night’s long-awaited showdown at Twin River. “I earned that title in my first fight on ESPN two years ago,” Biosse said Wednesday in reference to his win over Joey McCreedy in July of 2010 on “Friday Night Fights” at Twin River. “There’s nothing up for grabs tomorrow night.” continue
by James Slater: Finally, heavyweight legend, the immortal Rocky Marciano, will be honoured by a statue of his likeness this coming September. The statue will be erected in “The Rock’s” hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts. The tribute will be a piece of work that depicts Marciano’s right-hand KO over Jersey Joe Walcott; fittingly a fight that took place 60 years ago in September.
Older fans and historians maintain how Marciano, born Rocco Francis Marchegiano on Sept. 1st in 1923, was the toughest, most determined heavyweight fighter of all-time. Certainly Marciano's statistics were perfect. Retiring unbeaten at 49-0 - surely the most famous numbers in heavyweight boxing - "The Rock" won every pro fight he had. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku - Ghanaian Patrick Okine has arrived in the UK after departing the country on Monday confident of claiming the Commonwealth Featherweight title when he faces current champion Lee Selby this coming Friday May 25 at the Newport Leisure Centre, Newport, Wales, United Kingdom.
Also at stake is the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) British Featherweight belt which Selby holds too. continue
Bethlehem, PA-World-rated welterweight Ronald Cruz , who has had all of his pro fights in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Prenice Brewer, who has boxed professionally in 13 different states, collide for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title 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
by Pavel Yakovlev - (5/21/12) - This Thursday, Boston junior-welterweight Danny O’Connor fights in his hometown for the first time in three years. An alternate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team and top prospect in his weight class, O’Connor will face New York’s Daniel Sostre in a scheduled ten rounder. The match takes place at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Avenue, just outside the walls of Fenway Park, the home stadium of the Boston Red Sox. With baseball season underway and the New York Yankees scheduled to visit in a month, the card is fittingly billed as “Boston vs. New York” in pro boxing.
The significance of the fight’s venue is not lost on O’Connor. “The only thing that would top this is fighting inside of Fenway Park,” he said. The 27-year-old describes himself as “a baseball fan and a big Red Sox fan,” and is emotionally primed to fight before an expected standing-room only crowd at the House of Blues. “It’s absolutely a dream to be able to fight in Boston,” he said. “Anytime I’m able to showcase my talent before my friends and family, it’s amazing.”
O’Connor (16-1; four KO’s) last fought in this city in 2009, when he outpointed Sebastien Hamel. These days he divides his time between Boston and Houston, where he trains at the Savannah Boxing Gym under top-flight coach Ronnie Shields. The pair have been working together since last July. continue
Robert Jackson: Bob Arum, continues to thrive. Amongst Arum’s Top Rank Promotions stable of fighters there’s Manny Pacquiao, Brandon Rios, Mike Jones and newly acquired Timothy Bradley. P4P ranked fighter Nonito Donaire also fights under the Top Rank banner. continue
MIAMI (May 22, 2012) - Highly-respected boxing trainer Orlando Cuellar has predicted a knockout victory for his fighter, undefeated prospect Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs), June 2 against Brazilian living legend and four-time world champion, Acelino "Popo" Freitas(38-2, 32 KOs), at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay. continue
By James Slater - Yet more news about David Haye; a heavyweight who “retired” a few months ago. Set to face fellow Londoner Dereck Chisora in an all-British grudge-match in July, Haye apparently chose this fight over an offered shot at WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko.
This is according to Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, who spoke with Press Association Sport.
“There was a contract from us for [Haye] to fight Vitali in September but he chose to fight Chisora instead because it’s an easier task,” Boente said. “I think he never really wanted to fight Vitali. The guy is always talking. He barks like a dog and he does that because he is mostly afraid.
“I don’t think it [Haye-Vitali] will happen. It will definitely not happen in September because we are already talking to a couple of different opponents for then and it is too close for Haye to fight him after his fight against Chisora.. continue
NEW YORK (May 21, 2012) – Training camp continues in full steam for the talented and confident boxers who’ll be fighting on “Four Warned” – the highly anticipated quadrupleheader featuring a pair of boxing legends in dangerous assignments and two world championship fights on Saturday, June 2, live on SHOWTIME® from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. continue
Whilst the world wide media have been focused on the issues surrounding the proposed Dereck Chisora versus David Haye in London on July 14th, elsewhere in the World a not too dissimilar scenario has been unfolding on the Islands of Malta. Unlike in the case of Dereck Chisora or David Haye, where no criminal charges have been instigated, former Commonwealth Champion Scott Dixon, the subject of the drama unfolding in Malta, has been on bail since 2009 awaiting trial for the alleged importation and distribution of narcotics. continue
DAVID PRICE has proven that he is the future of the world heavyweight division. The 6ft 8in scouser’s stunning fourth round stoppage of Sam Sexton to lift the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on Saturday night earned him rave reviews. Price and his team are now eyeing either a summer clash in the United States or a British title defence on home soil. Promoter Frank Maloney said: “We know David has an impeccable amateur pedigree, but to do a job like that on Sam in only his 13th professional fight was special.
“The only other person to beat Sexton was Dereck Chisora and I will let those who turned up at Aintree and watching on television decide who was the most impressive against him.”
Price, 28, had hoped to meet Tyson Fury for the British and Commonwealth crowns, but the Manchester Gypsy refused to meet the man who beat him during his amateur days.
The new champ and his team will meet this week to discuss potential opponents over the coming months.
Maloney added: “There are some credible British opponents who would be decent opposition and there has been interest from America for a while. continue
TUCSON, Ariz. (May 22, 2012) – Worthy of its name, FIREPOWER II will make an explosion over Tucson’s desert sky later this month, when it loads 8 fights into the boxing ring of CASINO DEL SOL RESORT, southern Arizona’s premier resort and casino. Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank Inc, is thrilled to announce its next fight card televised by TV AZTECA. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: 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 7-0 (6 KO). He is managed and trained by his father Abdur Rahim Muhammad. Qa’id is scheduled for his second 6 rounder in facing an opponent TBA June 13th at the Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey promoted by Gabe Laconte and Greg Cohen’s First Round Promotions. continue
By James Slater - Say what you want about the upcoming David Haye-Dereck Chisora grudge-match (and heaven knows, people everywhere seem to have an opinion on the “bad taste,” July 14th rumble that is fast-approaching) - but Haye seems to have a genuine, passionate dislike for his upcoming opponent, and vice-versa.
Haye, perhaps attempting to repair his own image a little, has told U.K tabloid The Daily Star that he is going to dedicate the fight to people everywhere who have been bullied by “men like Dereck Chisora.” Haye, who claims he has “always had respect for opponents as human beings,” says Chisora is pretty much the exception, as there is “nothing to like about this guy.”
It’s true in many ways that this fight has broken the old promoter’s rule of having a “good guy Vs. a bad guy.” What we basically have on July 14th is two “bad guys.” Who will the public root for? Both Haye and Chisora fell out of favour with a ton of fight fans due to the infamous Munich brawl back in February, and neither guy is what you could call hero-worshipped right now. Who knows, maybe the winner will wind up back in the public’s favour - if it’s a good, honest, fair and honourably-fought fight in the summer. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: This past week I had the opportunity to interview via telephone Atlantic City boxing trainer Abdur Rahim Muhammad. Among the many fighters currently under his tutelage are 5 undefeated up and coming fighters including his son Qa’id a knockout artist bantamweight 7 (6)-0-0. Not too many fans have heard much of Abdur. continue
By James Slater - Due to Andre Berto failing a random drugs test last week, his rematch with Victor Ortiz, scheduled for June 23rd in L.A, looks to be off (Berto is appealing before The California commission, so who knows what will happen). Golden Boy and Showtime almost immediately began searching for a late replacement for Ortiz, and everyone from Breidis Prescott to Erislandy Lara has called out “Vicious” Victor, claiming they would come in at five week’s notice and fight him. continue
by Vivek Wallace: The sport of Boxing is often referred to as the "theater of the unexpected", and thus far this year alone we've seen this very mantra play itself out on several fronts. Back in February, light heavyweight Rowland Bryant had a signed contract to square off against Russian Denis Grachev. Withstanding strong interest from both sides, politics would prevent the fight from happening, forcing the men to find new dancing partners. Fate would place both men under contract against opponents many viewed them to be inferior to. For Grachev it was the undefeated Ismayl Sillaykh, and for Rowland it was Librado Andrade. Unable to test skills against one another, individually these two men would not only take the challenge, but subsequently shock the world, opening many eyes and serving notice to an already loaded light heavyweight division. division.
In the aftermath of his solid victory over the same Librado Andrade that took the dangerous Lucian Bute to the brink, I had a chance to talk to Rowland Bryant. continue
The Cobra urges Nottingham fans to back Belfast star in chief support bout - Carl Froch believes Carl Frampton is a World champion in waiting – and has backed the super bantamweight star to wow the Froch Army on Saturday night in the Capital FM Arena, live on Sky Sports HD1 and in 3D. Frampton fights for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title against fellow unbeaten young gun Raul Hirales from Mexico as the chief support to Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title challenge to Lucian Bute, and The Cobra believes Frampton can be a big hit with the fans. continue
By James Slater - Red-hot heavyweight contender and new British champ David Price is already looking ahead to his next big fight, and the 13-0(11) big man wants to take another step up the ladder in terms of quality of opposition.
Fresh off his impressive 4th-round dismantling of the tough and game Sam Sexton, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist told Talk Sport that he would like to either face a serious domestic rival next time out, or failing that have his American debut. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior who discussed his son’s recent victory against Miguel Cotto. Mayweather also shared his views on a wide variety of topics including Manny Pacquiao versus Timothy Bradley, Lamont Peterson testing positive for a banned substance, a potential fight between his son and Saul Alvarez, Shane Mosley, Chad Dawson’s victory against Bernard Hopkins, the upcoming fight between Dawson and Andre Ward, a potential fight between his son and Amir Khan, and more! Here is what Mayweather Senior had to say:
Regarding comments he made before his son faced Miguel Cotto when he stated he believed it would be a difficult fight for his son:
“Alright then. That’s what I said, and that’s what I meant, and that’s what it was. I never said my son was going to lose. I said he was going to have a tough fight, and I figured that out from my own personal reasons. I figured it all out! I knew he would always have a tough fight with Cotto. If you notice Pacquiao put a hurting on Cotto and made Cotto quit. So I just took all that little stuff right there and added it all up, and I figured out how it was going to come out, and I figured out how Pacquiao is doing all the things that he’s doing. So I just figured that out, and figured out how Cotto’s thing is going to go with little Floyd. Like I said if he don’t get Pacquiao to take the test, little Floyd is going to go down the same pill. So I’m just telling you how it is. Little Floyd could whop them all! He could whop all of them, but sometimes if you don’t get on top of things then you won’t be whopping anybody. That’s for sure!”
On whether he watched the fight live in attendance or on TV:
“I watched it on TV.”
On why he decided to watch on television rather than from the audience:
“Oh yeah! I had my reasons. I had my reasons why I didn’t go. You know those are my personal reasons why I decided I didn’t want to go.” continue
Chicago-based heavyweight veteran Fast Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) will take on Coon Rapids, Minnesota, southpaw Joey "Minnesota Ice" Abell (28-5, 27 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship in the 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing's "Fight Night at the Horseshoe" event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, this Friday, May 25. continue
Colombian slugger Breidis "The Khanqueror" Prescott (25-4, 20 KOs) says he'll gladly step in and rumble with Victor Ortiz, now that Ortiz is in search of a substitute opponent on June 23 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Known as a strong, all-action puncher at light welterweight, Prescott says he'd have no trouble stepping up in weight to face Ortiz. "I'm ready to go, let's do it! If they want an exciting fight to take the place of his cancelled rematch with Andre Berto, look no further. I'll be there to drop bombs on June 23.. continue
Wilfy Dee: Liverpool’s own David Price continued to stampede through the heavyweight rankings, at least on a domestic level, with his four round demolition of Sam Sexton at the Aintree Racecourse in Merseyside last night. Sexton(15(6)-3-0) who’s only other 2 losses came from the hands of Derek Chisora(15(9)-3-0). Price has now taken his record to 13 wins in as many attempts, stopping 11 of his opponents usually in spectacular fashion. Now all the conversation has inevitably turned to whether or not he has what it takes to dethrone one of the Klitschko brothers who have long reigned supreme over one of most decorated divisions in the history of Boxing.
Towering in at 6’8”, Price’s presence in the heavyweight division is definitely starting to create a bit of a buzz as more and more people are seemingly sitting up and starting to take notice. This side of the pond anyway is particularly getting a little excited as we can just about smell the rise of a another British Heavyweight Superstar. However, I am also aware of how us Brits are a little susceptible to get a little carried away with ourselves whenever the possibilityy of Sporting glory presents itself. So, I am doing my very best to take all things into account to assess the situation as unbiased as possible to try merit merely a guess to what may lie in Mr. Price’s near future. continue
By James Slater: Boxing has always had its share of controversy and it always will have. We’ve seen the sport Mob-controlled in years gone by, we’ve seen greedy promoters shamelessly steal from their fighters and put their fighters’ health in jeopardy due to their throwing their talent into blatant mismatches, and we’ve seen many other unsavoury things.
However, the last five months or so really have hit the Sweet Science hard. Very hard. Back in December, we had the controversial Amir Khan-Lamont Peterson fight, with the dodgy scoring, the debatable actions of the referee and the infamous “man in the hat” at ringside. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 21 - Two of Mexico's rising stars will be in the spotlight at The Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on Saturday, May 26 when Tlanepantla's Pablo Cesar Cano faces Colombia's Fidel Monterrosa and Cancun's Sergio Thompson squares off against Argentina's Juan Ramon Solis in co-headlining bouts to be broadcast on Televisa's "Sabados De Corona" in Mexico and on FOX Deportes in the United States. continue
Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) celebrated a spectacular debut at light heavyweight on Saturday night in Copenhagen when he knocked out Allan Green (31-4, 21 KOs) in the fourth round. Fighting in front of 15,000 wild fans at PARKEN Stadium, the Viking Warrior landed a huge left hook that sent his American opponent down and out and made Kessler the WBC Light Heavyweight Silver Champion. Green had a big first round, knocking Kessler down with a series of punches, but the 33-year-old Dane came back in style, finding his range and his target in the next rounds. In the fourth, he then ended the fight with one vicious left. “This was a great victory for me,” Kessler said. “I had to get rid of the ring rust in the first round. But once I got going, everything went according to plan. I am glad I could give my fans a spectacular victory. Their support was fantastic.”
Coach Jimmy Montoya praised Kessler´s power: “Mikkel has always had a lot of power in both hands. He prepared Green well to the body. He opened him up and then he caught him. And that was not a lucky punch.. continue
by Ted Spoon - There usually comes a time in every fans life when they subscribe to the theory that ‘the old fighters couldn’t fight’, not when compared to their ancestors anyway.
At first there is something irresistible about it; standing in an age of cultured gymnasiums and nutrition we feel dastardly equipped to pop some old geezers bubble. “The world has moved on” we insist with a knowing grin. continue
On Saturday night at Sampson Boxing's WBA KO Drugs event at Coliseo Miguel Grau in Callao, Peru, a packed house watched hometown hero Kina Malpartida (14-3, 4 KOs) successfully defend her WBA female super featherweight title with a TKO 6 over Thailand's Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth. continue
By James Slater - Though he came in at a fraction below 170-pounds for his fight last night with Allan Green, and though he could certainly make the 168-pound limit easily enough if he wanted to, Mikkel Kessler showed us he is a genuine force at light-heavyweight. Kessler, a former three-time champ at super-middleweight, scored a brutal KO over Green, his left hook sending him into oblivion in the 4th-round.
Now the holder of the practically meaningless WBC “Silver” title at 175-pounds, the 33-year-old Dane will be looking for a genuine belt to make his own soon. And there are a few good-looking fights that he could get in the coming months.
Ring Magazine ruler and world #1 Chad Dawson is tied up with his almost-signed fight with #1 super-middleweight Andre Ward (the last man to have beaten Kessler), so he is unavailable at present, while IBF king Tavoris Cloud is set to face former champ Jean Pascal in August, ruling him out for the time being. Maybe Kessler will be able to get a date with WBA ruler Beibut Shumenov (who defends his belt against Enrique Ornelas on June 2nd), but a fight with WBO boss Nathan Cleverly seems to look more likely in the eyes of many. continue
One of the most anticipated rematches in women’s boxing is less than a month away, as WBF World Welterweight Champion Anne Sophie Mathis and challenger Holly Holm prepares for their second clash on June 15 in the latter’s home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. While Frenchman Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs) won their original meeting in December of last year by devastating seventh round knockout, Holm (30-2-3, 9 KOs) is still considered one of the best pound-for-pound female campaigners in the sport, and without a doubt the second best in the welterweight division. continue
LONG ISLAND (May 21, 2012) - Judges weren't involved an any of the final outcomes this past Thursday (May 17) night as all seven fights ended in stoppages on the "Bombs Away In Long Island" professional boxing card, presented by Bob Duffy's Ring Promotions in association with Winner Take All Productions, at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. "Bombs Away In Las Vegas," sponsored by Westbury Jeep and Westbury Fiat, was taped live and airs for free on May 24, exclusively on www.boxing.com. Ringside reporters are Randy Gordon and former middleweight contender John Duddy. continue
2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (18-1) won a wide unanimous decision to dethrone IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich (23-6-2, IBF#12 / WBO#11) in front of 2,500 fans at Pharr Convention Center in Pharr (Texas).
After a 14 months layoff due to the bad knee injury he had suffered in his World Boxing Council (WBC) world heavyweight championship bout against Vitali Klitschko, Solis clearly dominated the one-sided bout from the opening bell without showing the devastating speed and power which had led him to quick KO wins over former world title challengers Monte Barrett and Carl Davis Drummond in 2009 and 2010.
In the third round "La Sombra" stepped on the gas for a nice combination which seemed to hurt Airich but the game German managed to survive the attack. But whenever Airich tried to get close enough to put pressure on Solis, the Cuban defector and former amateur standout showed his excellent defensive skills. After taking a little break in the middle rounds Solis went for the knockout in the 11th and 12th but Airich hung in there despite losing his mouthpiece twice in the 11th. In the end, the judges scored the bout 118-110, 119-109, 119-109 in favour of Solis. continue
Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing returned to the Times Union Center in Albany, New York last night with a sensational ESPN Friday Night Fights card. In front of an enthusiastic crowd of Capital Region boxing fans, Philadelphia's Raymond "Tito" Serrano and defending NABO junior welterweight champion Karim "Hard Hitta" Mayfield headlined in a scheduled ten round battle. Throwing bombs with bad intentions from the opening round, Serrano and Mayfield engaged in a terrific clash that had the local fans on their feet throughout. continue
Australian Heavyweight prospect Lucas "Big Daddy" Browne departed his home city of Perth, Western Australia today for a three week training camp in England. Browne, 12-0 (11 KO), will spend the first week in Manchester preparing with the legendary former Junior Welterweight and Welterweight world champion Ricky "Hitman" Hatton and renowned trainer Mike Jackson, before transferring his base to Sheffield to spar with European title challenger Richard Towers, 13-0 (10 KO). continue
By James Slater: Tonight before his loyal fans in Liverpool, unbeaten heavyweight contender David Price scored the biggest, most important win of his pro career as he despatched Sam Sexton in the 4th-round. Flattening Sexton with a massive right hook that landed flush on the jaw, Price sent his man flat on his back, prompting referee Howard Foster to end the fight.
The official time was 2 minutes and 7-seconds of the 4th and 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Price is now 13-0(11). Sexton, the former Commonwealth champ, is now 15-3(6).
Price began the fight by snapping out his fast, accurate and stiff left jab; the weapon blasting Sexton’s head back a number of times. Possessing fast hands for such a big man, Price unloaded a flashy combo against the tightly-defended 27-year-old. Price also went to the body.
The 2nd-round was also all Price, the 6’8” 28-year-old again showing patience behind his jab; some left hooks and right hands also being slung by the big man. Price was showing Sexton, so much the smaller man, plenty of respect, but he won another round with apparent ease. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (May 19, 2012) - The nationally-acclaimed New York City Fire Department Boxing Team (FDNY) defeated the Mass Corrections Officers Federated Union Boxing Team (MCOFU), 7-2, tonight in the "Battle of the Badges 4" at Fox Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. FDNY took a 3-1 advantage in the amateur boxing series. continue
EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, will continue its series of live world championship broadcasts when it presents undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion LUCIAN BUTE against two-time World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight champion CARL “The Cobra” FROCH. 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, England, exclusively on EPIX, Saturday, May 26, beginning at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT. EPIX will stream the fight live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans on EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps on Xbox, Roku players, and more. continue
By Michael Collins: Fighting for the first time in 11 months, former WBA/WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KO's) took out American Allan Green (31-4, 21 KO's) in the 4rh round on Saturday night to win the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver light heavyweight title at a packed house at the Parken in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kessler put Green down with a huge left hook to the head in the 4th round to get the knockout win and to claim the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title.
Kessler was surprisingly knocked down in the opening round after getting hurt by a nice right hand from Green and then knocked down by a clubbing shot. Kessler was dominating the majority of the round until the knockdown. Kessler came back in the second round, hurting Green badly with a left hook to the head late in the round. Kessler almost finished Green but missed with a nice left hook that would have put Green down had it connected.
In the 3rd round, Kessler landed well with left hooks and right hands to the head, hurting Green again with another big left hook. Green pretty much stopped throwing punches and just circled the ring looking confused and more than a little shell-shocked at the change in tempo in the fight. continue
By James Slater: As fans have surely read by now, former WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto failed a recent random drugs test, coming up positive for norandrosterone, and his scheduled June 23rd rematch with Victor Ortiz is now in serious doubt. continue
By John G. Thompson: Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (16-0-1, 10 KO’s) handed Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-1, 8 KO’s) his first loss and it was a brutal one for the WBO NABO light welterweight title on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” In the duel undercards at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY local favorite Kevin Rooney, Jr. lost to Anthony Jones and undefeated Jason Escalera fought to a draw with Nick Brinson. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with light heavyweight contender Allan Green (31-3, 21 KOs) who is taking on former super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) tonight in Copenhagen, Denmark. Green shared his views on the Kessler bout and also spoke about his career. Additionally he provided opinions on various aspects of the current boxing landscape including Chad Dawson’s recent victory over Bernard Hopkins, and Dawson’s upcoming fight against Andre Ward. Here is what Green had to say:
His views on his upcoming fight against Mikkel Kessler:
“I’m feeling pretty good. You know I have been training and stuff over here. I’ve been feeling pretty good. I feel strong. My weight is where I need to be so I’m ready.”
Regarding the fact that he was originally supposed to meet Kessler in Group Stage 3 of the Super Six before Kessler pulled out with vision concerns:
“You know I have no malice towards him or anything like that. I wasn’t hard up to fight him because of that. I’m just happy I’m fighting, I’m happy I’m back in the ring, I’m happy it’s against an opponent like Mikkel Kessler, and I’m looking forward to winning.”
On what he believes a victory against Kessler will do for him at this stage of his career:
“It will do a lot. It will put me either back where I was or above that. It should wash away most of my ignominious performance in the Super Six Tournament. You know I don’t have to lose all the weight to make weight. I don’t have to go in the ring weak. So I can go in and pretty much be myself.” continue
Los Angeles (May 18, 2012) - Andre Berto was recently advised that he has tested positive for low levels of 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone or nandrolone precursors. So far, neither Andre Berto nor his lawyer have been provided with any laboratory documentation other than a 1-page, summary report of the laboratory's findings. Mr. Berto's lawyer has requested the complete laboratory documentation package, including all chain of custody documentation and scientific data supporting the laboratory's summary report. continue
By Vitali Shaposhinikov: In April of 2011, I wrote an article titled: Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fans: Where's the Balance? (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/654140-pacquiao-vs-mayweather-jr-fans-the-balance-is-exceedingly-uneven), and an interesting fan discussion had followed. At the time, the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather Jr. dilemma was already in full force, and one of the major topics on boxing websites and forums was the direction of blame. Who was to blame for their fight now getting organized? continue
By James Slater - It’s the heavyweight fight of the year that everyone is talking about……..for all the wrong reasons. Due to the enormous amount of controversy the fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora has caused (the fight set for July 14th in London, a reported 20,000 tix already sold), everyone has an opinion on it: should it happen? Is it bad for boxing? Has the power of The BBB of C been permanently undermined due to the fight being allowed to go ahead (with sanctioning provided by The Luxemburg commission, even through the fight will take place in the U.K)?
Well, President Don Jose of the WBC sure has his opinion on the upcoming fight, and “humble servant of boxing” Sulaiman ain’t happy. The ruler of the WBC has vowed to remove licences from everyone involved in the fight (if it happens, and there is still a chance, albeit a small one, that it could fall apart) - including U.K promoter Frank Warren.
However, as has been reported by a number of sources, the WBA and the WBO will sanction the fight; with two minor titles, one from each rival organisation, being on the line in the all-London fight. continue
By James Slater - Reports are surfacing (I read the story on ESPN.com) that say former WBC welterweight champ Andre Berto has failed a random drug test ahead of his planned June 23rd rematch with Victor Ortiz. According to ESPN.com, Berto tested positive for the steroid norandrosterone.
Promoter Lou DiBella told ESPN.com that “I know he tested positive. I learned it in the last half-hour. I have nothing else to say.. continue
BAD BOYS BOXING GYM, PHARR, TX - Jerry Belmontes and Odlanier Solis held their final workouts in preparation for their fights this coming Saturday. Lightweight Jerry Belmontes, 15-0, 5 KOs, takes on 8 rounds against Dominican Ramesis Gil, 7-3-5, 5 KOs, in the main event to be televised internationally by TeleFutura on their Solo Boxeo Tecate series. The telecast begins 10:00PM ET. continue
2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis will step into the ring with 267.5 lbs. for his comeback fight after a 14 months layoff due to the knee injury he suffered when challenging WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in March 2011.
This is about the same weight „La Sombra“ had when he annihilated former world title challengers Monte Barrett (in October 2009 in New York) and Carl Davis Drummond (in March 2010 in Key West).
Weights from McAllen – Solis 267.5, Airich 225.75
Reigning and defending IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich weighed in at 225.75 lbs. The fight at the Convention Center in Pharr (Texas) is promoted by Main Events and ARENA Box. Highlights will be shown in the Telefutura „Solo Boxeo“ broadcast tomorrow night.
By James Slater - Big things are expected of exciting, ultra-promising heavyweight contender David Price; the man who captured a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. So far unbeaten as a pro at 12-0(10), the 6’8” Liverpool man has turned heads with his KO power, his right hand especially impressing fans and experts. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Seems any time you here the name Floyd Mayweather, you hear the name Manny Pacquiao, and vice versa. Anywhere and everywhere you look in the sport one name seems synonymous with the other, and a quick glimpse down the list of pending headliners tells us that the Summer of 2012 will be no different. Only two weeks ago we watched as Floyd Mayweather showed a side many didn't know he still possessed; and in 3 weeks from now, Pacquiao will attempt to show us why he should be regarded as the best. Standing in his way is a man that few outside the hardcore circle know.....but if the past is any indication, that could soon all change.
As we draw closer to the showdown between Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao it seems so many subplots have found center stage that the men themselves have barely needed to promote. The intriguing thing about the unusually high volume of subplots to gain headlines lately is that they've all fallen to one side, as Pacquiao finds himself in a "fight" before the fight, (based on recent comments made); while Bradley has had nothing whatsoever to distract him from the mission at hand.
When we look at the major distractions on one end and the level of dedication and determination on the other, the operative question becomes a tale of two words which contain the same letters in the beginning, yet result in two totally different outcomes in the end. At this stage it's any ones guess whether or not this is an "UPSET" in the making; or simply a "SETUP", providing leverage for the fight we all actually wanted to see? On the surface the resumes pale in comparison, leading some critics to say Bradley doesn't even rate to share the same ring as the Filipino warrior. A closer glimpse at the man behind that modest resume tells us that if anyone could make the most of a shot you didn't think he should get, it's the precise man who lucked up and finally got! continue
Argentinean lightweight contender Israel "Cachito" Perez (23-2-1, 13 KOs) has signed a managerial agreement with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez's Maravilla Box and a long-term promotional agreement with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. 33-year-old Perez, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a former WBA Fedelatin Super Featherweight Champion, and as an amateur, represented Argentina at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Perez is currently undefeated in 15 fights. continue
This Saturday (May 19th) Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis (17-1) will return to the ring after a 14 months layoff due to the bad knee injury he suffered when challenging WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne (Germany) in March 2011. Ain Pharr (Texas) "La Sombra“ challenges IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich (23-5-2). continue
by Jenna J - This week's 169th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. and Jimmy Montoya and former world title challenger Allan Green
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:
• Bob Arum and Richard Shafer's comments about a Pacquaio/Mayweather fight on HBO's fight game with Jim Lampley. Are both promoters open to the fight as they say?
• Amir Khan's camp trying to get the result of the Peterson fight turned into a No Contest. Should it be overturned?
• Face off Tim Bradley vs. Manny Pacquiao. Is Pacquiao really focused at the task at hand?
• Allan Green/Mikkel Kessler fight preview
• Ward vs. Dawson weight debate. What weight should the fight be contested at?
• Gennedy Golovkin's dominate TKO3 win from this past weekend. What's next for G.G.G
• Morales-Marquez rumored for July 14 at Cowboy's stadium.
LAS VEGAS (May 17, 2012) - Unable to secure a unification title fight against the other 175-pound world champions, World Boxing Association (WBA) Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov returns on June 2 to make his fourth title defense against former super middleweight world title challenger Enrique Ornelas (33-7, 21 KO's) at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. in a fight that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FIX Deportes and will be televised on a delayed basis on FUEL TV. continue
By James Slater: Fans of the Eddie Hearn-promoted, Sky Sports-televised “Prizefighter” series will be excited about the latest instalment, of The International Heavyweights, that is set for June 20th at the historic York Hall in the heart of London. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Is it me, or is there something wrong with the following Tweet posed by The Ring this morning: “According to Nevada commission -- Pacquiao's base purse is $6 million, Bradley's, $5 million.” (https://twitter.com/#!/ringmagazine). continue
Philadelphia, PA—In perhaps the biggest night-ever for Philadelphia fighters, three of them will appear as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card on June 9 at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV. continue
Readers of trade magazine Boxing News voted overwhelmingly in favour of watching David Haye's showdown with Dereck Chisora. The poll, in today's edition (May 17), revealed that 75 per cent of readers would watch boxing's biggest grudge fight in recent history set for West Ham United's Boleyn Ground on Saturday 14th July. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF/WBA light welterweight champion Lamont Peterson finally spoke out about his testing positive for synthetic testosterone recently in an interview with the BBC. Peterson says he's not a cheat, and he plans on trying to clear his name when he appears before the Nevada State Athletic Commission next month to try apply for a boxing license. continue
New York, NY (5/17/12) - It has been exactly two months since Middleweight kingpin Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez defended his crown against Matthew Macklin on St. Patrick's Day, scoring a thrilling 11th-round TKO over the Irishman before a raucous sold-out crowd at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in easily one of the most entertaining fights shown live on HBO in 2012. Martinez now awaits the upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight Championship bout between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee, which will take place on June 16, in Laredo, TX, to see who he will face next. While he waits, Martinez has kept himself extremely busy, especially in his native country of Argentina, where his popularity continues to soar to super stardom levels. Most recently, Martinez was asked to participate in the upcoming season of Bailando por un Sueño, which is Argentina's version of "Dancing with the Stars" and considered the most popular television program in the entire country. Last year, Mike Tyson was one of the contestants on the show. continue
By Michael Collins: Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KO’s) will have to downsize his ambitions a bit on Saturday night by going after the WBC Silver light heavyweight title against contender Allan Green (31-3, 21 KO’s) at the Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark. The Silver strap is just yet another one of the WBC’s many titles they have for fighters to go after. continue
By Ted Spoon: It's not without its history but an unfamiliar feeling resonates when you utter 'Japanese Boxing'. It doesn't roll off the tongue; certainly not like Mexican or British boxing. We're aware of it. Well-rehearsed fans will be able to construct a good list of the Far East's most distinguished sluggers, and our Oriental ancestors would happily recall their combative deeds, but they are instances which have struggled to stay afloat upon an ocean colonised by Westerly warriors. continue
By James Slater: As fans may be aware, talks are well underway regarding a fight between unbeaten Andre Ward, the world’s premiere super-middleweight, and once-beaten Chad Dawson, the best light-heavyweight in the world at present. According to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, a deal for September 8th is “close,” and the fight will be for Ward’s title at 168-pounds. continue
By James Slater: There is no doubt unbeaten heavyweight hope Deontay Wilder has talent. The Bronze medallist at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 (amazingly, America’s sole medal winner in boxing in the games) is fast, athletic and he can punch. Already 21-0(21) as a pro, the 6’7” boxer with the long 84” reach has won each and every fight with almost ridiculous ease (save his October 2010 win over the experienced Harold Sconiers, who scored a flash knockdown before succumbing in the 4th-round). continue
By Michael Collins: Two-time former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (43-4, 25 KO’s) is gunning for a fight against WBA junior middleweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., and is hoping he can get a fight against him as soon as possible. Mundine will be turning 37 on May 21st, and I wouldn’t give him much chance of ever getting his dream fight with Floyd at the rate he’s going. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Manny Pacquiao’s recent well recognized statement about his opinion on gay marriage has got him in trouble with a local Los Angeles community. "God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, if they so are in love with each other, not of the same sex to adulterate the altar of matrimony,” said Pacquiao in a recent statement about the sensitive topic. continue
FRANK MALONEY is predicting that heavyweight bruisers David Price and Sam Sexton will make British heavyweight boxing proud once more. The pair clash on Saturday at Aintree Racecourse, home of the 4 ½ mile Grand National where Maloney stages a marathon show. continue
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today that this entity will gift WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao with an exclusive diamond ring before his fourth title defense on June 9 against WBO junior welterweight king Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
By James Slater: Recently, I got in touch with Emanuel Steward and Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, asking them for their opinions as to who the ten greatest-ever fighters in history are. Both greats kindly got back to me, and I was also given another expert’s personal top-10: that of Showtime commentator and all-round boxing brain Al Bernstein. continue
I was surprised to say the least at the Board’s press statement dated 9th May 2012 in relation to the Haye v Chisora fight at West Ham and particularly the references to the Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe. I am also concerned at the threats made to our members and other licence holders of the Board of Control to withdraw their licences if they participate in the show. continue
By James Slater: They are two of the greatest Mexican fighters in all of boxing history, yet modern day legends Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez have never faced one another in the ring. This could change on July 14th at Cowboys Stadium in Texas according to a news piece on Ringtv.com. continue
By James Stillerman - Ringside Around 1,200 individuals packed the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA to support their two popular local pugilists, “Irish” Joey McCreedy who suffered a unanimous decision loss to Shujaa El-Amin aka Dion Savages and Sean Eklund who prevailed over James Ventry by a unanimous decision. The Chicago Fight Club Promotions (“CFC Promotions”) presented “Homecoming” which was the first boxing event in Lowell in seven years. continue
Allan Green (31-1, 21 KOs) continued his war of words with Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) today at the final press conference in Copenhagen. Three days ahead of their World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver) clash at Denmark´s famous PARKEN Stadium, Green claimed that the Viking Warrior was a long way past his prime. “He used to be a joy to watch, a great fighter, but that was before he fought Calzaghe,” the 32-year-old American stated. “He has not been the same fighter since. I don´t know if it is mental or physical wear, but he´s just not been on the same level any more. Mikkel will not be worth a nickel when he will be in the ring with me. I will break his a** into two halves. I want him to be at his best on Saturday night, the best he can possibly be, and for his sake it better be enough!” continue
HBO Sports, known for its innovative, award-winning productions, sets the stage for the June pay-per-view showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley when the documentary special 24/7: ROAD TO PACQUIAO/BRADLEY debuts SATURDAY, MAY 19 (10:15-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. continue
A massive 71 per cent of the public would pay to watch David Haye's big heavyweight showdown with Dereck Chisora, a poll held on the Daily Mail online revealed. The bitter rivals meet in the ring on Saturday 14th July at West Ham's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in one of boxing’s biggest ever grudge fights. continue
By James Slater: It looks like we can cross off the name Michael Grant with regards to who will be the next opponent for unbeaten, exciting heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell. “Big” was the man Oscar De La Hoya recently mentioned as being near the top of the list as far as next opponent candidates go, yet the word now is it could well be Chauncy Welliver who lands the next date with Mitchell. continue
TAMPA, Fla. (May 15, 2012) – Less than three weeks before Antonio Tarver steps into the ring to continue his campaign at cruiserweight by taking on the unbeaten power puncher Lateef Kayode, the “Magic Man” held an open workout on Tuesday before a packed house of his hometown media at Calta’s 24/7 Fitness. continue
Warriors Boxing, Bluewave Boxing and Newhouse Promotions are proud to announce the signing of 2005 and 2006 United States Amateur Champion and undefeated super featherweight Mark "Too Sharp" Davis (16-0, 5 KOs) to an exclusive promotional agreement. continue
DILLIAN ‘THE VILLAIN’ WHYTE has delivered a knockout punch to David Haye and Dereck Chisora by refusing to spar with both fighters. The exciting London heavyweight prospect has sparred with them in the past, and when their summer grudge match was announced the rivals turned to unbeaten Whyte for help. continue
International Boxing Federation (IBF) #12, WBO #11 rated heavyweight Konstantin Airich arrived in the United States yesterday to adjust to time and weather conditions for his IBF intercontinental championship bout against Odlanier Solis this Saturday (May 19th) at the Convention Center in Pharr (Texas). continue
By Robert Jackson: Following his May 5, 2012 victory Floyd Mayweather ceremoniously called out P4P co-king Manny Pacquiao to fight him, admonishing promoter Bob Arum at the same time. In the days since, Floyd’s next fight has been a hot topic of discussion on the net and social networks. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: On May 5 in Las Vegas, on the undercard of the Mayweather Jr. (43-0-0) vs. Miguel Cotto (37-3-0) showdown, the twenty-one year old Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (40-0-1) proved to the boxing fans that he is a difficult opponent for anyone who shares the ring with the young Mexican star. The older well seasoned Shane ‘Sugar’ Mosley (46-8-1) was unable to stand ground and keep up with the pace of the younger and stronger Alvarez. continue
July 7 show set to sizzle after duo clash at press conference
Kell Brook’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight clash with Carson Jones on July 7 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield promises fireworks after the pair clashed at today’s press conference at the venue. continue
Argentinean welterweight contender Hector "El Tigre" Saldivia (41-2, 32 KO) has signed a managerial agreement with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez's Maravilla Box and re-signed another long-term promotional agreement with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing. continue
WORCESTER, Mass. (May 14, 2012) - Undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez is ready, willing and able to replace No. 1 contender Anthony Dirrell, who was recently injured in a motorcycle accident, and fight No. 2 rated Nikola Sjekloca for the vacant World Boxing Council ("WBC") 168-pound title. continue
By Paul Strauss: Those with wisdom answer, "Neither side!" The cast of characters: Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank; Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions; Floyd Mayweather, Jr and his Money Team; and Manny Pacquiao and the Pacman Team. continue
By James Slater: “Oh my God, that was Leon Spinks,” unknown fight fan, Las Vegas, May 5th 2012
Ever since I’ve been interested in boxing I’ve found the Leon Spinks story to be a fascinating thing. I’m too young to remember Spinks’ 1976 gold medal glory at the Montreal Olympics, and I’m too young to remember the gap-toothed warriors’ upset win over the great Muhammad Ali that came two years later. continue
By James Slater: Not too long to go now until the potential 2012 FOTY that is Lucian Bute-Carl Froch for the Romanian’s IBF 168-pound crown. All set to thrill his passionate hometown Nottingham fans, fans he says he cannot even think about letting down, former two-time WBC king Froch is pumped up for yet another tough fight (really, not close to enough praise is given to the consistent quality of Froch’s opposition). continue
SCOTT QUIGG is shocked that bookies’ have made him red hot favourite to beat Rendall Munroe next month. Quigg challenges Munroe for the vacant interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super-bantamweight crown on Hatton Promotions ‘Road To Glory’ bill at Manchester Velodrome on Saturday 16th June. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former two-time WBC super middleweight champion Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch (28-2, 20 KOs), who is challenging IBF champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) on May 26 at the Nottingham Arena. Froch spoke about his upcoming fight, shared his opinions on what he thinks of Bute as a boxer, and also discussed other aspects pertaining to his career including his experience in the Super Six and his loss in the Final to Andre Ward. Here is what The Cobra had to say:
Regarding his upcoming fight against Lucian Bute:
“Yeah I’m very excited about fighting in the UK for a change, and for it to be on my home soil so to speak in Nottingham, I’m very excited about it.”
His views on the type of reception Bute will receive from the audience:
“You know he’s the away fighter. He’s not going to be well received. They’re going to be polite and they’re going to be honorable, because he’s a fighter and the fight fans got a lot of respect for both ends. But he’s going to get booed. I’m going to get cheered. I’m the home fighter. He’s the away fighter. He’ll get plenty of respect before and after the fight. I’m sure he will. He comes across very well. You see he’s a gentleman. He’s very polite and he speaks well. So it’s not like when Andre Dirrell came over and he was very mouthy, and a bit cheeky, and leery and a bit arrogant, you know. Lucian Bute is none of them so he’ll be alright.”
His views on the recent announcement that Bute was suffering from a foot problem:
“Yeah I heard about it! I was a bit worried that he was going to pull out, and it seems that the antibiotics he’s been on from the doctors has cleared up the infection and he’s okay! He’s fit and healthy to fight. So it’s good news! I don’t think it would have affected him too much. I think it was a toe or a foot infection that spread up his leg a little bit, but if he’s got antibiotics then that will be straight on top of it and clear it up. I’m sure it’s fine and I’m glad he’s not going to delay the fight. We could do without that to be honest.” continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Say it like it is: Alex Ariza has recently answered some fan questions via Twitter, and his responses were exceedingly shocking. As a big part of team Pacquiao, one would expect team members to take care in making sure that whatever they say causes minimal harm to their co-workers, yet Ariza’s responses were clearly emotional and most likely honest. continue
By Sam Geraci, Chicago, IL: After Floyd "Money" Mayweather's crowd-pleasing Cinco de Mayo victory over 154lb champion Miguel Cotto, fans and sportswriters have been calling for a clash between Mayweather and Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao, the other top pound-for-pound fighter of the world. continue
By James Slater: Due to an injury suffered by “White Buffalo” Frans Botha, another veteran will step in to face unbeaten Italian southpaw Francesco Pianeta this Wednesday in Frankfurt, Germany: former WBC heavyweight king Oliver McCall. continue
By James Slater: You can add Britain’s Junior Witter to the list of fighters who want a shot at newly crowned WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi. 38-year-old Witter made a small piece of boxing history this past Saturday night, in becoming the oldest-ever British welterweight champion. The talented switch-hitter out-pointed Colin Lynes in a what was a must-win fight for the former WBC 140-pound boss. continue
By James Slater: Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto may have lost more big fights than he’s won - see his defeats at the hands of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior - and he has had a long and hard career; yet there is nothing to suggest he should not fight again. Cotto acquitted himself very well against “Money” during May 5th’s blockbuster, to the point where he gave the sublime Mayweather his toughest fight in a number of years. continue
Undefeated heavyweight and WBC #15 World rated David "El Nino" Rodriguez (36-0-34ko's) has agreed to face the tough and former World Boxing Council (WBC) Caribbean heavyweight champion Manuel " El Toro" Quezada (29-7-19ko's) for the WBC FECOMBOX (Mexican National) heavyweight title, this exciting matchup will take place at The Firelake Grand Casino in Shawnee Oklahoma, undercard to be announce shortly. continue
Cobra banking on fans to scare Canadian – final 400 tickets released
Carl Froch believes his loyal fans with be the twelfth man when he takes on International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham on May 26, live on Sky Sports. continue
Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) and Allan Green (31-3, 21 KOs) worked out in front of the Danish media in Copenhagen today. “It´s chilly here but I will heat it up on Saturday,” Allan Green stated ahead of the WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver) showdown. “I feel strong, I feel fast, I feel fit. I am full of energy and I am here to bring the belt home. Kessler is going down.” continue
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
WBC SUPER WELTERWEIGHT DIVISION STATUS
On July 20, 2011, the WBC ordered a final elimination bout between the #1 and #2 rated boxers, Alfredo Angulo and Vanes Martirosyan. The WBC intended to determine the mandatory contender of the division. Vanes Martirosyan declined to participate in the ordered final elimination fight. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - It appears that super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) will likely be taking on the light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) some time later this year. With no real viable options at their own weight classes, Dawson recently called out Ward following his April 28 victory over Bernard Hopkins. In publicly issuing the challenge Dawson stated that it did not matter what weight the bout took place at, even insisting that he would be willing to drop down to 168 to make the fight happen. This has since been a hot topic of debate among boxing fans. What weight should the fight take place at? There are effectively four schools of thought at play. Let us quickly examine each.
1. The Fight Should Take Place at 168
Chad Dawson is the one who called Andre Ward out and said he was willing to do the fight at 168. Ward accepted his challenge. If Dawson wanted the fight at 175 then he should not have publicly stated that he would be willing to venture south. continue
TOTOWA, NJ - Main Events brings boxing fans a tidal wave of action over the next month with three rapid-fire promotions scheduled for national television audiences. However, merely keeping boxing lovers busy was not the goal of Main Events head Kathy Duva. Committed to making matches that really count, Duva stacked all three shows with appealing fights that really matter in boxing's big picture. continue
Warriors Boxing Promotions' President, Leon Margules, wishes to congratulate all four of his fighters who were victorious this past Friday, May 11.
Making his nationally televised ShoBox: The New Generation debut in the co-main event of a Warriors Boxing event entitled "Shootout at Texas Station", from the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, undefeated super middleweight Badou Jack "The Ripper" (11-0, 8 KOs) survived a close fight against awkwardly confusing opponent Alexander Brand (17-1, 15 KOs). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to Manny Pacquiao’s coach Freddie Roach, the Filipino sensation underperformed in his last fight against Juan Manuel Marquez due to numerous personal life difficulties that had surfaced right before their fight back in late 2011. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "My sports career is nearing completion, but sport has always had a place in my heart and it always will have,” said our PhD heavyweight boxing champion Vitali Klitschko in a recent interview. (http://www.worldboxingnews.net/2012/05/vitali-my-sports-career-is-nearing.html) continue
Vy Vitali Shaposhnikov: Ever since Oakland’s unbeaten super middleweight Andre Ward (25-0-0) held the trophy for coming out a winner in the Super 6 tourney, boxing fans have been anticipating and patiently waiting to hear what was next on Ward’s agenda. continue
By Rey Anthony: HBO, the giant cable network synonymous to boxing showed a new series last Saturday May 12, 2012 called “The Fight Game with Jim Lampley”. It’s the network’s obvious attempt to be the US version of UK’s boxing oriented show “Ringside”. continue
By Rey Anthony: Remember when you were in High School and you have that very hot girl that you were able to get? You went out for a long time when one night you attended a house party but unfortunately after going out with her for a long time, she did not leave with you after the party. She left with someone else. You were heart broken. You tried to get her back but did not succeed. Then after a while you heard that the only reason why she left you for him was because he drugged her. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: Yesterday I was curious to know who will be fighting on the upcoming Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley undercard, and to my surprise there was one match-up that actually seems to have the potential to be a competitive fight. To be honest, I’m a little surprised the promoters decided to put it on the undercard. Truthfully, they could have used the opportunity to once again showcase a young prospect against a faded veteran. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) - Former flyweight foes Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and Christina Cruz (New York, N.Y.) opened 2012 Women's World Championships with first round victories in Qinhuangdao, China on Sunday. Esparza, who competes in the flyweight division, took her first step toward international qualification for the 2012 Olympic Games in London with an opening bout win in the qualifying tournament. continue
By James Slater - David Haye has been talking about his upcoming, July 14th fight with fellow disgraced Londoner Dereck Chisora. Many fans, and a number of prominent boxing experts, are up in arms over how this fight is even taking place in light of the infamous Munich brawl Haye and Chisora put on back in February (with Chisora being suspended indefinitely and Haye, a “retired” non-BBB of C licence carrying fighter escaping punishment).
Yet the match-up is proving a hit with the fans, already shifting a reported 20,000 tickets. Fighting with the aid of a Luxemburg Boxing Federation licence, the two British heavies will settle their differences in the correct place at least. Watch this fight if you want. Don’t tune in if it stirs you up inside. It’s as simple as that, really.
But Haye is already talking about what he would like to do after he’s beaten Chisora; a man he constantly refers to as a “lunatic” and an “idiot.” Haye, who told us all he’d retire at age 31 and then stick to the safe side of the ropes, is now hoping a July win will lead to a shot at WBC king Vitali Klitschko.
“I’ll take on Dereck and see what the landscape is,” Haye told Gareth A Davies of The Telegraph. “Yes, I’d like to meet Vitali after that. All I’m going to do now is focus on this idiot and get him out of there.” continue
By James Slater - Next up for unbeaten Russian heavyweight hope Magomed Abdusalamov will be never-stopped, Philly-born Maurice Byarm, 13-1-1(9), who will meet the powerhouse at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas on July 6th.
A southpaw like “Mago,” Byarm has been beaten only by another exciting and promising heavyweight up-and-comer in Bryant Jennings, who he lost a reasonably close ten-round decision to back in January. It will be very interesting to see if Abdusalamov can go one better than Jennings and become the first man to halt 29-year-old Byarm. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward who shared his views on a wide variety of topics including Floyd Mayweather Junior’s victory against Miguel Cotto, what’s next for Mayweather and Cotto, the upcoming heavyweight showdown between David Haye and Dereck Chisora, Lucian Bute’s title defense against Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch, the potential of Saul Alvarez following his victory over Sugar Shane Mosley, and more! Here is what Steward had to say:
His views on Floyd Mayweather’s victory against Miguel Cotto:
“I thought it was a very good fight for boxing. I was very impressed with Floyd. I thought he fought a very good fight. He did what was necessary, not just in terms of winning the fight strategy-wise, but also he did what was necessary to kind of reinvent his image as an exciting fighter. The Victor Ortiz fight was starting to become interesting and unfortunately there was the butt and that situation, but this fight here he I think not only established himself as an exciting fighter but was also an entertaining person in the ring. For the most part I’ve always said that Floyd made big, big money mainly from the 24/7. The 24/7 has been phenomenal! That’s what I really think, as he said, he created and he made the 24/7, and that’s what he’s made money from to me more so than electrifying performances. He himself admitted if he would have stepped it up, he probably would have stopped Shane, he probably would have stopped Marquez, and some of those other guys. He’s been a phenomenal attraction mainly from 24/7 more so than from his fights, but this last fight his performance I thought really made him a star that lived up to the star billing that he created with the 24/7.” continue
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (May 15, 2012) -- Undefeated Irish super featherweight Patrick "The Punisher" Hyland improved his record to a perfect 26-0, registering his 12th knockout when the action was halted by the referee Benji Estevez in the fourth round as veteran Frankie Archuleta (27-10-1, 14 KOs) was being pounded in tonight's main event, headlining "Irish Invasion," at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. continue
By Michael Collins: WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria (31-3, 18 KO's) finally avenged his loss to Omar Nino Romero (31-5-2, 13 KO's) from six years ago by stopping the now 36-year-old Romero in the 9th round last night at the Ynares Sports Arena, in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Viloria, 31, hurt Romero with a powerful chopping right hand that send him retreating to the ropes where Viloria staggered him with a hard right hand. Referee Mike Ortega then stepped in to halt the fight at 2:07 of the round.
Romero was penalized for a low blow in the 5th round, and was cut over his left eye in the same round. In the 4th round, Viloria staggered Romero with a nice left hook to the head late in the round. Viloria flurried on Romero while he attempted to cover up on the ropes. To Romero's credit, he was able to make it out of the round despite eating a lot of hard punches from the faster and harder punching Viloria.
Viloria established early on that his left hook and right hand were going to be big problems for Romero, as he seemed to have no real way of stopping either of the shots. Viloria was able to hit him pretty much every time he made the effort. However, a lot of the fight was a chess match with Viloria picking his spots to land rather than just jumping on Romero and flurrying. One had the sense that if Viloria went all out early in the fight he would have had a good chance of blowing Romero out because of his speed and power advantage in the fight. continue
By Rob Smith: European Boxing Union (EBU) cruiserweight champion Alexander Alekseev (23-2-1, 20 KO's) retained his title on Friday night with a very lucky 12 round draw with 41-year-old Firat Arslan (32-5-2, 21 KO's) at the EWS Arena in Goeppingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Alekseev fought well enough to deserve to lose by at least four to six rounds. He fought really poorly throughout the fight, and was basically dominated in a strange inside fight.
For some reason Alekseev decided to fight on the inside against Arslan until late in the fight when it finally seemed to dawn on Alekseev that he needed to try and fight Arslan from the outside rather than fighting his fight in close. Alekseev fought well in the 11th and 12th rounds after he switched his fight plan up, and Arlan wasn't able to do much with him at that point.
However, Alekseev fought on the inside from rounds one through ten, and I could only give him three rounds at the most because he was just getting nailed repeatedly by Arslan and not pulling the trigger nearly enough to win rounds. The judges scored the fight 114-114, 114-114 and 116-113 for Alekseev. continue
By Rob Smith: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KO's) kept his unbeaten record intact on Saturday night with an easy 3rd round TKO win over Makoto Fuchigami (19-7, 10 KO's) at the Ice Palace "Termial," in Brovari, Ukraine. Golovkin hurt Fuchigami with some hard right hands in the 3rd and pounded away at him until the referee stepped in and halted the massacre.
The fight was never competitive for an instant, as the 30-year-old Golovkin knocked Fuchigami down once in the 2nd and another time in the 3rd with straight hands to the head. Fuchigami, bleeding from a cut he sustained over his right eye in the 2nd, could do little other than run from Golovkin to try and survive. Fuchigami didn't have the power to stand and trade with Golovkin, and instead he constantly moved in circles throwing mostly pawing jabs. Golovkin looked like a cat chasing his prey, because Fuchigami was in the survival mode from the earliest point in the fight.
Fuchigami was cut from a Golovkin right hand in the 1st near the end of the round. In the second round, Golovkin pinned Fuchigami in the corner and knocked him down with a short right hand to the head, a shot that Fuchigami never saw coming. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum is very excited about how well his money fighter WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has been looking recently in his training with Freddie Roach at the Wildcard gym as Pacquiao gets ready to take on one of Arum's unbeaten stable fighters Tim Bradley on June 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Obviously, Arum doesn't want to see his cash cow Pacquiao beaten at this point because it mess things up for future pay-per-view bouts, as well a future fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue
KIEV, UKRAINE (May 12, 2012) Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin defended his WBA and IBO Middleweight titles on Saturday night with a brutal third round stoppage of OPBF Champion Makoto Fuchigami at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Kiev, Ukraine. continue
In another busy weekend for the World Boxing Federation, Women’s World Bantamweight Champion Renata Szebeledi retained her title and Attila Baran captured the vacant Intercontinental Super Middleweight crown in Hungary Saturday night, while Klara Svensson took home the female ditto at Light Welter on a show in Germany the day before. continue
By James Slater: Fans are buzzing about unbeaten 29-year-old heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell right now, so much so that at the recent Mayweather-Cotto fight, “Mayhem” was practically mobbed by fans and internet reporters. A genuine down to earth nice guy, the warrior from Brandywine was still showing signs of battle from his exciting three-round slugfest with Chazz Witherspoon (note the blackened right eye in the photo of Mitchell) - yet he is proud of his back-from-the-brink victory.
Happy to speak with just about anyone, Mitchell was mostly asked about who he will fight next. Seth told me that he will leave it up to his team, yet he agrees that Michael Grant’s name is in the frame.
Here, in no particular order, I list five fighters who I think would make great opponents for Mitchell, 25-0-1(19) in the coming months:
1: Michael Grant. Grant, 48-4(36) is big, powerful and experienced. Coming off stoppage wins over Tye Fields and, last time out, Frans Botha, the 39-year-old veteran would be a perfect test for the emerging Mitchell. Grant, a one-time world title challenger, actually looks the favourite to land a date with Mitchell; possibly as soon as June. continue
Dear Mr Smith, I refer to the press release which you issued earlier this week in which you state that any member of the British Boxing Board of Control who participates in the Haye v. Chisora fight “will be deemed to have terminated” both his membership of your Board and his licence. As you know I am Dereck Chisora’s manager and even if I am not at the fight I will be ‘participating’ in accordance with your definition of this word in the press release.
I write to make two complaints about your press release. The first is that there are no substantive grounds to revoke my licence and the second is that you have not properly complied with any procedural requirements. continue
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 12 May 2012 - Following the conclusion of the AIBA American Olympic Qualifying Event Rio de Janeiro 2012 in Brazil, a further 38 boxers from ten different weight categories have qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Please note that each boxer's participation needs to be confirmed by its respective National Olympic Committee. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) who is scheduled to face David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) on July 14. Chisora spoke about his upcoming fight with Haye and also discussed their high profile brawl. He also shared opinions on various aspects of the current boxing landscape including Floyd Mayweather’s recent victory against Miguel Cotto, Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming match with Timothy Bradley, the highly anticipated showdown between Carl Froch and Lucian Bute, and more! Here is what Chisora had to say:
His views on the fact that I fight between him and David Haye is now a reality following their high profile brawl at the Klitschko-Chisora post-fight press conference:
“We knew it was going to come together the moment I left Munich. You know this was no staged thing. I don’t like David Haye, and when I saw him there I was very annoyed with him. Then he started things and swung the first punch, and he was so happy about the first punch which is fine. After everything that happened I came back and said, ‘Frank, make it happen!’ And then the board told me I wasn’t fit enough to carry a license. So we went somewhere else.”
Regarding when he first started disliking Haye:
“My first fight which I had with the younger Klitschko. He got involved in that one and that’s why the younger brother decided not to fight me.” continue
By James Slater - It seems Irish warrior Andy Lee is all that stands in the way of a Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Junior middleweight title showdown. According to a piece on Ringtv.com, both fighters and their promoters have agreed the financial split, yet all the other details still have to be ironed out (“Chavez wants to fight Martinez next and Martinez wants to fight Chavez. A lot of the work is done,” Bob Arum told Ring) continue
By James Slater - For some time now, there has been talk of a ring return planned by 1990’s heavyweight star Donovan “Razor” Ruddock. The Canadian powerhouse himself stated that he would be returning to the ring, even appearing on a video (which wound up on You Tube), looking to be in shape and as ready to fight as he could be at age 48. But then nothing happened - which, fans felt, was maybe for the best. continue
By Paul Strauss: Willie Nelson 17-1-1 (11KOs) took his fight with Yudel Jhonson 12-1-0 (8KOs) on short notice. It was a gamble, but he won the bet last night at Texas Stadium Casino by scoring an upset UD win over Yudel Jhonson.
Unusually tall (6’3 ½”)for the junior middleweight division, Nelson, age 25, was trying to continue to right himself after suffering his first defeat against Vincent Arroyo last April at the Event Center in Laredo, TX. The thirty year old Jhonson planned to stay unbeaten and remain part of the excellent crop of Cuban fighters such as Gamboa, Rigondeaux, Lara, etc.
Lefty Jhonson started with the style popular with several of the top Cuban fighters. That style incorporates excellent balance, good defense, coupled with sharp, hard counter punching. In southpaw Jhonson's case, that means throwing a hard, knockout left. Another characteristic of the Cubans is punching accuracy, both around the guard, or straight up the middle, and Jhonson was is no exception. continue
(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – The United States´ two heavyweights claimed the final two spots on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team on Friday with key semifinal victories at the Americas Qualifier Tournament in Brazil. Heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) completed a five-year journey to fulfill his Olympic dream while super heavyweight Dominic Breazale (Alhambra, Calif.), a newcomer to the sport completed his meteoric rise to the top of the sport. The two heavyweight victories guarantee Team USA nine of 10 Olympic berths in men´s action in London. continue
Allan Green has arrived in Denmark. One week before his WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver) showdown with Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) at PARKEN Stadium, the 32-year-old American (31-3, 21 KOs) and his coach Anthony Wilson landed at Copenhagen airport. “I am here to beat Mikkel Kessler and take the belt home,” Green said when meeting crews and photographers upon his arrival. “I plan to put a lot of hurt on him. I have seen almost all of his fights, there is nothing he can do to surprise me. I know what to expect.. continue
By John G. Thompson: Underdog Willie Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KO’s) put on the best performance of his career this evening against his undefeated opponent and Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Jhonson (12-1, 8 KO’s) at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The undercard on Shobox: The New Generation featured two previously undefeated super middleweights - Badou Jack “The Ripper” (11-0, 8 KO’s) and Alexander Brand (17-1, 15 KO’s). Jack won a very close split decision, a result booed by the crowd in attendance.
Thirty year old Jhonson may have only fought a dozen professional fights so far, but possesses an extensive amateur background. Before defecting from Cuba to Miami to begin his professional career, Jhonson won Silver for Cuba at the 2004 Olympic Games, as well as a host of gold and silver medals in various international competitions from light flyweight up to welterweight. Jhonson is a 5’10” (178 cm) southpaw now competing in the light middleweight division. He has not fought since last October, when he won via third round TKO, albeit against a fighter with a losing record. Actually, despite Jhonson’s amateur pedigree, his professional competition thus far has been limited. continue
Promoted by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and Warriors Boxing Promotions, Team Puerto Rico member Jorge "Machito" Maysonet ( 7-0, 6KO's - 135lbs ) demolished Gabriel Díaz ( 5-7, 1KO ) in one round. After Díaz was dropped three times, the referee stopped the fight at the 1:26 mark. A double right to the body and head sent Díaz's to the canvas first. The second knockdown was with a left hook to the body and the third one was with a solid right hand to Díaz's face. continue
By James Slater: According to a number of reputable boxing web sites (I read the news on Doghouse and Bettor), a fascinating, potentially thrilling light-middleweight title fight clash could go down at The MGM in Las Vegas on September 15th - between reigning WBC champ Canelo Alvarez and top-ranked warrior James Kirkland. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 11, 2012) – After losing his perfect record in his ShoBox: The New Generation debut, Willie Nelson survived a highlight reel knockdown to upset Yudel Jhonson by unanimous decision.
The 10-round junior middleweight SHOWTIME® main event was scored 97-92 twice and 95-94. In the evening’s co-feature from Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev., Badou Jack defeated Alexander Brand via split decision by the scores of 77-75 two times for Jack and 77-75 for Brand in the eight-round super middleweight bout.
When ShoBox fans last saw Nelson, he entered his bout against Vincent Arroyo as the favorite with a sparkly undefeated record. The gritty Arroyo turned in a career-best performance and knocked down Nelson three times en route to a majority decision victory.
Tonight’s scenario was much different for Nelson (18-1-1, 11 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, as he entered the ring as an underdog against the unbeaten Cuban amateur standout Jhonson (12-1, 8 KOs), of Miami, Florida. continue
By James Slater: Amir Khan may have lost out on his “No Doubt” rematch with Lamont Peterson, who controversially defeated him on points in December of last year, yet he is on the verge of landing a much bigger fight - maybe even two. continue
May 11, 2012 – NEW YORK -- HBO Sports® reported today that 1.5 million pay-per-view buys were generated from the May 5 super welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (5/10/12) Azea Augustama is one of the world’s brightest up-and-coming light heavyweights. Since turning pro in 2009, he has won 13 of 14 bouts, including eight victories by knockout. So far, Augustama has impressed many with his mobile footwork, fast hands, razor sharp left jab, combination punching ability, tight defense, and capacity to easily throw any shot from a wide variety of angles. The 5’11” fighter patterns his style after that of Sugar Ray Leonard, and in the ring, the resemblance shows.
In his lone loss, Augustama dropped a split decision to Denis Grachev. Many observers felt the fight was so close that the decision could easily have been given to Augustama. In some ways, the debatable verdict reflects well on Augustama, as Grachev has since moved on to knockout top contender Ismayl Sillakh.
Prior to turning pro, Augustama was one of the most decorated amateur in the world. Fighting at the 178 lbs weight class, he represented Haiti in the 2008 Olympics, and won the gold medal in the 2008 U.S. National Golden Gloves. continue
The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of two-time junior welterweight champion Eddie Perkins. He passed away at home last evening surrounded by his family. He was 75.
Born March 3, 1937 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Perkins moved to Chicago when he was just a year old. Perkins compiled a 26-10 amateur record before turning pro in 1956. continue
There is a first time for everything! The youngest female boxing promoter in the nation, Bucks County native Brittany Rogers will promote her second boxing event this weekend. It features a 10-round contest for the vacant Pennsylvania Welterweight Title between Terrance The Heat Cauthen and The New Ray Robinson on Saturday, May 12, at the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), 120 Pheasant Run, Newtown, PA 18940. continue
KIEV, UKRAINE - Gennady Golovkin, 160 vs. Makoto Fuchigami, 159 - WBA and IBO Middleweight World Title -- Saturday, May 12, 2012 -- Ice Palace "Terminal" Brovari, Ukraine -- TV/BoxNationTV
WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin and his noted trainer Abel Sanchez are in Kiev, Ukraine where Golovkin will defend his WBA & IBO titles on Saturday, May 12th against Japanese champion Makoto Fuchigami at the 5,000 seat Ice Palace “Terminal.” At the time of this call, there were a couple hundred tickets remaining.
Known for his devastating knockouts and fan friendly style, the undefeated Golovkin sports a record of 22-0-0 with nineteen stoppages while the southpaw Fuchigami is 19-6-0 with 10 KO’s and enters with a nine bout-winning streak, eight by knockout.
ABELL SANCHEZ: We had a great training camp in Big Bear. We got here about 2 weeks ago. Things are going well, we had great sparring. The weight is good. Now it’s just a matter of waiting for D-day and I hope everyone enjoys it. continue
By Ted Spoon - In each of us there are certain qualities that tend to define us. In others we see qualities they can’t. Sometimes we're impelled to speak up, suggest perhaps how they may use them to escape the daily grind.
In boxing it's rather difficult to hide your talents and for the especially gifted fighters this can turn into something of a cancer. continue
When IBF #3 rated welterweight and USBA champion Carson Jones challenged undefeated Kell Brook, he wasn’t sure if the highly-touted Brit would accept. Brook, 27-0 (18 KO’s), set his sights on newly-crowned WBA champion Paulie Malignaggi or the winner of the upcoming Mike Jones-Randall Bailey IBF championship match, but neither bout would be immediately available. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 168th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with former two time super middleweight champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch, Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, and world title challenger Dereck Chisora
On the Ropes Boxing Radio is back to bring you the latest in boxing news & upcoming fight discussion! Join me Jenna J, the Hostess, along with my amazing Producer and Co-Host Geoffrey Ciani.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Floyd Mayweather Jr's tougher than expected decision win over Miguel Cotto. Did Mayweather carry Cotto?
• Mayweather's purse announced to be 32 million + PPV. So what's next for boxing's pound for pound king?
• Where does Miguel Cotto go from here?
• Saul Alvarez's impressive 12 round victory over Shane Mosley?
• Alvarez vs Kirkland or Cotto next?
• Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan May 19th bout called off. A positive test and admission of taking testosterone pellets before and after the last Khan fight calls a halt to the rematch.
• David Haye vs. Dereck Chisora officially announced for July 14 in London. Who wins and why?
• News that Lucian Bute has had foot infection that has effected his training for his upcoming bout with Carl Froch.
One of boxing’s fastest rising stars, southern California native Timothy Bradley, who is preparing for the biggest prizefight of his pro career against worldwide superstar Manny Pacquiao, will be showcased on the all-new HBO feature presentation PORTRAIT OF A FIGHTER: TIMOTHY BRADLEY, set to premiere Saturday, May 12 (12:45 a.m. ET/PT) on HBO. The feature will debut immediately after the HBO premiere of FACE OFF WITH MAX KELLERMAN: PACQUIAO/BRADLEY. continue
TORONTO (MAY 10, 2012) - 24 year-old NABA Super Featherweight champion, LOGAN COTTON McGUINNESS (16-0-1, 8 KO’s), has handled the potentially treacherous transition from boxing prospect to boxing contender with brutal flair. continue
Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, Former Three-Division World Champion: "Selcuk is coming to the United States and he wants to prove a point. He's an unknown Turkish guy who was ducked by Floyd Mayweather and now he's coming to fight and make a huge statement. This is his chance for him to prove to American boxing fans that he's the real deal.
"I have to be ready for a guy like this. He is trying to creep up on me and shock the world. He's one of those tough guys that tries to knock everyone out, which makes for a really exciting fight, and I'll be ready.
"I know this is going to be a great fight for Bay Area fans. Some people say they are hungry like a lion, but I'm hungry like a cockroach...nothing is hungrier than a roach.. continue
Dear Fans, No one was more shocked and upset by the cancellation of next week's fight than me. I had been training hard for almost eight weeks and was ready to put on a dazzling performance and win my belts back. I know many of you purchased tickets for the fight and had planned to make the trip to Las Vegas next weekend. For any inconvenience or hardship this cancellation has caused, I am truly sorry. continue
TUCSON, Ariz. (May 10, 2012) – Worthy of its name, FIREPOWER II will make an explosion over Tucson’s desert sky later this month, when it loads 8 fights into the boxing ring of CASINO DEL SOL RESORT, southern Arizona’s premier resort and casino. Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank Inc, is thrilled to announce its next fight card televised by TV AZTECA. The event will be taking place at the Casino Del Sol AVA Amptheatre Saturday, May 26th, and will feature in its main event, Mexican strongman Jesus Soto Karass (24-7, 16 KOs) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa. continue
by Qasim Sharif: As more and more revelations are surfacing about the Lamont Peterson drug scandal and the concrete fact that the fight dubbed No Doubt has been officially called off, what can we expect in the next couple of days. One thing for sure is that Khan as he did after the fight will not let this rest easily. As all fight fans are aware he was adamant he had been robbed by the referee, he then established another element which was not quite cleared up about " the man in the hat". And now we have learned that Lamont failed sample A and B of his tests, the script looks like its come straight out of a movie scene.
Ultimately Khan either gets his belts back and the Washington commission rule the previous monumental clash between the two a no contest,or the belts get vacated and a new opponent is selected for Khan.
But the question is who? Now we all know that irrelevant of perception Khan trains hard, often away from the comfort of family and close ones, in a complete different country even. I'm sure Amir will still want to put on a show for all the fans that have been let down. continue
The final press conference for Saturday night's "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. "Island Assault 4:The Battle," presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET - 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. continue
For the past few years, two-time world champion Randall "The Knockout King" Bailey has been one of the most avoided boxers in the world, largely due to his awesome punching power, which has put 36 of his 42 victims to sleep. The ageless Floridian gets an overdue opportunity on June 9 to capture his third world title as he takes on Mike Jones for the vacant International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Welterweight Championship, in the 12-round co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view card, live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
Winner set for IBF shot in the fall – tickets on sale 9am -- Kell Brook will face highly ranked Carson Jones at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7 as an IBF World title shot draws a step closer. Jones is ranked at number three by the IBF – two spots above Brook – and the stakes couldn’t be higher as the victor would move into pole position to fight for the title in the fall, which is being contested by current number one Mike Jones and number two ranked Randall Bailey on June 9 in Las Vegas.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday May 11 priced £30, £40, £60, and £100 from the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield box office on 0114 256 5656 and at www.motorpointarenasheffield.com. VIP packages will be sold exclusively by Matchroom Sport for £150 on 01277 359900 or at www.matchroomboxing.com.
The Sheffield star thrilled a packed home crowd in the Arena in March when he dismantled Matthew Hatton in a master class that drew record viewing figures on Sky Sports for non-pay-per-view boxing.
The 25 year old from Oklahoma has won his last eight fights inside the distance, and currently holds the USBA welterweight title, which he defended for the second time in April with a seventh round stoppage over Allen Conyers in his hometown, the 34th win and the 24th by KO. continue
Ali Adams today finishes his four days of sparring with leading German heavyweight Francesco Pianeta. Pianeta ranked 30th in the world was chosen by promoter Steve Goodwin as the ideal sparring partner for Adams being a 6 foot 5 southpaw.
Ali has spent the last four days with trainer Don Charles in Germany and wants to leave nothing to chance for his date with destiny. continue
The United States moved their total number of qualified boxers to seven with quarterfinal victories by lightweight Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) and middleweight Terrell Gausha (Cleveland, Ohio) on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro. Super heavyweight Dominic Breazale (Alhambra, Calif.) moved one step closer to qualifying his spot with a win in his quarterfinal bout as well. continue
WBA and IBO 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”. Known for his devastating knockouts and fan friendly style, the undefeated Golovkin sports a record of 22-0-0 with nineteen stoppages while the southpaw Fuchigami, 19-6-0 (10KO’s), enters the twelve round clash with a nine bout-winning streak, eight by knockout.
A native of Kazakhstan and living in Stuttgart, Germany, Golovkin returns to action following a brutal first round knockout of Philadelphia based contender Lajuan Simon on December 9th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Simon had not been previously stopped over his eight-year career, including a twelve round war with then world champion Arthur Abraham and going the distance with Sebastian Sylvester, both in 2009.
Fuchigami, ranked #9 by the WBA, is coming off a tenth round stoppage of Kyung –Suk Kwak on April 9th in Tokyo. Prior to that he won the OPBF Middleweight Title on December 12, 2011 with a ninth round knockout of Koji Sato in Tokyo, his career best victory. continue
by Andrew Hall: Many years ago Floyd Mayweather accused Manny Pacquiao of taking anabolic steroids. In response to this, Pacman filed a lawsuit against him. Regardless of who is right, should Olympic Style drug testing be implemented in professional boxing? continue
By Paul Strauss: There is little difficulty in spelling out differences between pugilistic endeavors vs. other athletic pursuits. It's obvious to even the most sedentary of us that they don't get socked in the kisser when participating in other sports. It's also true that to be successful, all sports require a "competitive nature" and the "will to win". All sports involve dedication, determination and self-sacrifice. With team sports, it's necessary to place team before "self". Golf and tennis are individual, but again there's no threat in getting your brains beat out. This potential for getting pulverized isn't the only thing that gives boxing its peculiar flavor. continue
By James Slater: Almost four full days on from last Saturday's big Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight, and fans are still talking about "Money" here in Las Vegas; and not the gambling kind. Almost as soon as the May 5th Mayweather-Cotto bout was over and done with, fans began talking once again about a possible Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight.
"Floyd's got to fight Pacquiao," the fans can be heard saying again and again. Mayweather of course faces his June 1st jail term, and he may not fight again afterwards - but fans, and Team-Pacquiao, live in hope that the mega-match will go down. Speaking with Ringtv.com yesterday, Pac-Man trainer Freddie Roach said that the way to beat Mayweather is with constant work and pressure, and that his guy Pac-Man is the fighter to do it. Roach also said Mayweather has problems with facing southpaws: Mayweather's second weakness along with having a problem fighting all-out for three full minutes a round, Roach said. continue
Chairman of the newly established Pacific Rim Boxing Championship (PRBC), Mr. Edwin Puni is calling for all boxing fraternities in the region to take the safety and welfare of boxers seriously. continue
LOWELL, MA (May 9, 2012) - Shujaa El-Amin - aka Dion Savage (12-3, 6 KOs) - spoiled tonight's "Homecoming" for popular brawler "Irish" Joey McCreedy (13-6-2, 6 KOs), who was fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time as a professional boxer. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 9 - A failed pre-fight drug test administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), coupled with the Nevada State Athletic Commission's (NSAC) legal inability to hold a formal hearing on the matter of licensing Lamont Peterson for his Saturday, May 19 rematch against Amir Khan until Tuesday, May 15, has forced the cancellation of the event.
Ticket refunds for "Peterson vs. Khan II" will be available at your point of purchase. Ticketmaster may be reached at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.
Event ticket refunds for fans traveling from the United Kingdom are available at www.sportscorporation.comor by calling +44 (0)845 163 0845.
Two European title rematches top undercard for July 7 Sheffield show
Gavin Rees and Derry Mathews meet again for the European lightweight belt on the undercard of Kell Brook’s July 7 show in Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, which features another European title rematch in Kerry Hope vs. Greg Proksa, live on Sky Sports. continue
FIGHT CAMP 360°, the acclaimed documentary series, which launched during the Super Six World Boxing Classic, returns ahead of the highly anticipated June 23 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING featuring Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto. SHOWTIME Sports® will produce three episodes of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Ortiz vs. Berto II, shining its unique spotlight into the lives and personalities of both of these compelling young fighters as they prepare for the rematch of the 2011 Fight of the Year (USA Today, The Ring magazine). The first episode will premiere on Wednesday, June 13, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®.
The series-which has been called "gritty" and "outstanding" by ESPN and "the most groundbreaking concept the sport has seen in years" by MaxBoxing-will again give fight fans unfiltered access behind the scenes of the sweet science. Episode one will highlight the lives of Ortiz and Berto over the last four months, including Berto's rehabilitation for the torn left biceps injury that postponed the bout. Episode two, premiering Wednesday, June 20, at 10 p.m. on SHOWTIME, will bring fight fans the intensity of the final preparations for this career-defining fight.
In addition to the two 30-minute preview episodes in anticipation of Ortiz vs. Berto II, SHOWTIME Sports will produce a 15-minute wrap-up episode to premiere one week following the fight on Saturday, June 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. continue
CHICAGO, IL (May 9, 2012) Tickets are now on sale for ESPN Friday Night Fights' "CROSSROADS", set for Friday, July 13th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. Presented by 8 Count Productions and Warriors Boxing, the event will be headlined by a ten round light heavyweight clash between former world champion Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson and Chicago's popular world ranked contender, "The Polish Prince" Andrzej Fonfara. continue
David Price believes a hideaway camp in Germany will lead him to title glory next weekend. The 6ft 8in heavyweight is now winding down preparations ahead of his vacant British and Commonwealth title clash against Sam Sexton (15-2) at Aintree racecourse on May 19. Price, 28, recently returned from two weeks in Berlin where he sparred´with Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev who lifted the European crown last weekend. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J & Geoffrey Ciani) - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with heavyweight contender Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) who is coming off of an impressive third round technical knockout victory against Chazz Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs). Mitchell spoke about the fight, which included an early scare after Witherspoon landed a couple of shots that left Seth dazed. He also talked about his future plans in boxing and what he learned from this challenge where he was able to overcome adversity and persevere for the win. Here is what Mitchell had to say:
Regarding his third round stoppage victory against Chazz Witherspoon:
“I mean there was a scare in the first round. I got caught. I just came out flat. Chazz did a great jab dictating with his jab, and I wasn’t using my upper body movement as much. I got caught and was able to survive and get out of the first round. That was my whole thing. Once I got dazed and got caught with a couple of shots to tie up and not try to be macho. I made sure I got out of the first round and got my head together, and fortunately I was able to go out there and finish strong.”
On whether anything about Witherspoon surprised him:
“Well no, I respected Chazz. I knew that he had a great jab and I knew he would fight you. He was actually stronger than I expected him to be, though. He was definitely stronger than I expected him to be. But with everything else, I knew he could move a little bit, I knew he had a long reach, and I knew he had a great jab and that he would punch you on the inside. When he got hit you know he would stand there and fight you. So I expected everything that he brought to the table, it was just that I didn’t expect him to be as strong.” continue
By Wilfy Dee: Nowadays you can’t load up a webpage, flick through a magazine or check your tweets without seeing something in relation to or directly linked with the inevitable demise of the professional sport of boxing. Unless, you have absolutely no interest in Boxing or Full-Contact/Non-Contact Sports . Then this is quite achievable. continue
WBA/IBF/IBO/WBO and the "Ring Magazine" World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his IBF mandatory challenger Tony Thompson held a media conference in Bern, Switzerland, today. The two will face off at Stade de Suisse Bern on July 7. Tickets are on sale on www.ticketcorner.ch The fight will be broadcast live and exlusively on RTL in Germany, in the US it will be shown on EPIX. continue
By Neil Goodman: A five months ago this fight seemed inevitable, but then the buzz went quiet. Chisora’s license was then suspended and Haye remained retired. Rewind further back still and Frank Warren stated quite clearly that he wanted no part of promoting an event between the Mayhem in Munich duo. So, that was that; an exciting encounter dead in the water.
Many people were not disappointed with this outcome; primarily because those in the fight game felt the disgrace heaped on the sport, should not be rewarded with what seems to be a highly lucrative bout. But nothing helps build a fight than a small (or BIG) dose of controversy.
From my personal perspective, I felt Chisora’s indefinite ban was harsh. Yes, he behaved badly pre and post Klitschko fight; that said he seemed to be wearing the punishment of both protagonists (primarily because one did not hold a license - therefore fell outside of the scope of the BBBC’s powers). If you break down the individual incidents; the initial slap was not great. This said, throughout the history of the boxing far worse has happened and fighters have not been banned or even suspended. Next up, Del Boy spat water in the face of Baby Brother. Once again not Chisora’s finest moment, but all part of the mind games and as the saying goes, ‘Worse things happen at sea’. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "It's a freak show under freak rules," said Wladimir Klitschko about the Haye vs. Chisora fight planned for July. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/boxing/17993451). “It's a spit in the face of the British Boxing Board of Control. To get a license for this man [Chisora] is disgraceful for the sport. How can you have such an event featuring a man who has shown his behavior to the world, especially considering what he did at the press conference, where he threatened Haye. It's something that isn't good for the fans and sport. How's it possible that this is happening on British soil?" continued Klitschko. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Manny Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is now even more confident that his fighter will beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. due to the result of Mayweather Jr. vs. Cotto this past Saturday. continue
London will play host to the boxing event of the year. Upton Park is the chosen venue for two spectacular heavyweight encounters on July 14 presented by Frank Warren and Sauerland Event. Former world champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) will face off with fellow Englishman Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs), while current WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) will defend his title against mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) the very same night.
The official announcement of these two fights was made today at the home ground of the English Football Club West Ham United, the very same place where the bouts will actually take place in front of an estimated 40.000 strong crowd.
Not too long ago, a fight between Chisora and Haye seemed impossible. After showing great spirit during a fight against the current WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko, “Del Boy” failed to show the same class outside of the ring. The post-fight press conference was attended by David Haye, who verbally provoked Chisora, who then lost his temper. The following confrontation ended in chaos. Therefore, boxing fans around the world will be looking forward to seeing this feud being settled inside the ring. “I just don’t like him,” said Chisora. David Haye replied in cool fashion: “That is exactly why he is the perfect opponent for me. He will get a slow, concussive beating.. continue
HBO’s Emmy-Award®-winning reality series ‘24/7’ is returning to CNN, which will air replays of the all-new, all-access series 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY, beginning Saturday, May 19 at midnight ET/PT. In the lead-up to the HBO Pay-Per-View® telecast on June 9 in Las Vegas when world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao meets undefeated challenger Timothy Bradley Jr., CNN will present four consecutive weeks of original 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY programming, beginning Saturday, May 19 (12 midnight ET/PT) with 24/7: ROAD TO PACQUIAO/BRADLEY, an all-new 30-minute documentary special that focuses on the fighters’ personal stories. continue
Another intriguing fight has been added to the undercard of this Friday's ShoBox: The New Generation telecast (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) presented by Warriors Boxing, entitled "Shootout at Texas Station", from the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, as undefeated Cuban American Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy (15-0, 11 KOs) will now face Denmark, via Nigeria's Robert "Super" Osiobe (11-4, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight battle. continue
By Lewis Croft: As expected Frank Warren announced today that the all British heavyweight grudge match between former WBA Heavyweight champion David Haye and former British and Commonwealth Champion Dereck Chisora will take place at West Ham’s, Upton Park on July 14th.
A year ago this fight would not have captured the public’s imagination as it has now, following Dereck Chisora’s points defeat to WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Kiltschko back in February, a brawl erupted between Haye and Chisora in the post-fight press conference that made headlines around the world.
The fight has had to be sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation after the British Boxing Board of Control withdrew the licence of Dereck Chisora following the scenes in Munich. continue
By John Wight - In British boxing, words such as ‘intergrity’, ‘ethics’, and ‘honour’ no longer exist. Tacky does not come close to describing the news that Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora and David Haye will face one another in July at Upton Park. More appropriate would be 'despicable'.
To recap, Chisora’s license was withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control after a series of disgraceful incidents before, during, and after his February 18 fight with Vital Klitschko in Germany. continue
THANKS A MILLION, MR HAYE? Bookmakers William Hill are hoping that David Haye’s comeback to the ring in a controversial fight against Dereck Chisora will rival their seven figure betting turnover on the Haye- Audley Harrison showdown. ‘This could be the biggest ever betting turnover for a fight between two British heavyweights if it captures the public imagination like Haye-Harrison. We took over a million on that one and we’re optimistic that this fight could rival that amount’ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe. ‘It remains to be seen which of the boxers the public will get behind, but Harrison’s defeat by Haye was very good news for us financially.’ continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - With Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory against Miguel Cotto this past weekend, that makes five common opponents who Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have both faced and defeated. This marks a total of a dozen fights. What, if anything, do these twelve contests tell us about a potential match-up between Pacquiao and Mayweather? Let’s take a look and examine the facts.
Obviously in this instance Pacquiao clearly put on the better performance. He dominated Oscar from start to finish, and this was an amazing feat considering Pacquiao had just one fight at the 135 pound limit before skipping over 140 to meet Oscar at 147. At the same time, Oscar had to compromise and go down in weight. He had not fought at the welterweight limit for close to eight years. Even if De La Hoya was weight drained and malnourished, however, Pacquiao still made a statement, if for no other reason than overcoming the gargantuan size advantage enjoyed by De La Hoya. In many ways, this represented a passing of the torch from one mega star to the next. continue
By Chris McHugh: As Super Six finalist Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch sets out to become a three-time world champion against IBF super-middleweight king Lucian ‘Le Tombeur’ Bute, I ask you where does the Nottingham hero rank in the list of all-time greatest British fighters?
When it comes to boxers stepping out of their comfort zone and heading into uncharted territory, there are few in the game to rival Froch when it comes to having the guts to test themselves against the best in the business, wherever that may be. continue
May 8, 2012 - Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the June 9th HBO Pay-Per-View® welterweight world championship showdown between international icon Manny Pacquiao and fast-rising star Timothy Bradley Jr. should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of "Face Off," starring the prizefighters. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Pacquiao/Bradley” debuts Saturday, May 12 at 12:30 a.m. ET/PT on HBO. continue
By Eric Roman Sr: At this point we've all seen and heard it before, fighter's just don't seem to know when to hang them up, on Saturday May 5th, 2012, “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-8-1 39ko's)gave everything he had in an attempt to prove all of his naysayers wrong, and although he took one of the worst beatings he's received in recent memory, he reminded us of just how special of a pugilist he truly once was.
The young cinnamon colored hair champion known as Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1 29ko's) won a poised, near perfect unanimous decision over the old savvy veteran, and proved he is likely to be the heir apparent to the Pound for Pound throne, but something about that fight caught my attention, not just the natural ability of the young Mexican Lion, but it was that look in Mosley's eyes, his heart, his chin, you knew how bad he wanted it, you knew he'd leave his life in that ring if he had to.
Sure, it wasn't the smartest thing to do, but who are we to criticize him, we're the first to complain about a boxer who run's around the ring all night long, or lays down when a fight gets rough. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 9 - After making his hometown debut in March with a blistering first round knockout win over Lonnie Smith, top junior lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo will look to keep that momentum going in the same venue on Saturday, May 12 as he takes on Santa Clarita's Juan Ruiz in the 10 round "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" main event at the Woodland Community Center in Woodland, California. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2012) - America's No. 1 middleweight contender, undefeated Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs), fully understands that an impressive victory June 2 over four-time world light middleweight champion Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) should get him much closer to his dream of fighting for a world title. continue
HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (May 7, 2012) – Boxing’s Commander-In Chief, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, began his U.S. training camp today at Hall of Fame-elect trainer World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif.
Pacquiao is in his final five weeks of intense workouts as he prepares for his world title defense against undefeated junior welterweight champion TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY.
Pacquiao began the day with a 6:45 a.m. run from Griffith Part up the Hollywood Hills to the landmark Hollywood sign. He shaved a minute off his personal best time, running the 3.5 mile course in 22 minutes.
Later that afternoon, Pacman worked out for three hours with Roach at Wild Card, going 10 brisk rounds on the mitts followed by two hours of conditioning and hitting the bags. continue
MIAMI (May 8, 2012) - Undefeated Michael "The Brazilian Rocky" Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs), rated No. 12 by the World Boxing Council ("WBC"), is set to battle Brazilian living legend and four-time world champion, Acelino "Popo" Freitas(38-2, 32 KOs), June 2 at Conrad Punta Del Este and Resort Casino in Uruguay. continue
by James Slater: One of the great things about Las Vegas is the fact there is always a very real possibility you will run into a celebrity of some kind - from the boxing world if I'm very lucky. Well, yesterday, as Fight Town was calming down after the huge Cinco De Mayo weekend that was topped by the great Mayweather-Cotto fight, I ran into heavyweight legend and Hall of Famer Ken Norton. continue
by Vivek Wallace: After months and months of waiting, the evening of May 5th, 2012 is over and fight fans around the globe finally have an answer to one of the sports biggest questions: Can Floyd Mayweather defeat Miguel Cotto? After 12 hard fought rounds there was one result to follow, many questions answered, and very few left to be raised. Now that the fight is in our rearview mirror and the results are in, we take a look back at many of the questions as previously raised about American Floyd Mayweather:
Has Floyd Mayweather Lost A Step?
The last time we saw Floyd Mayweather in the midst of a tough challenge, it was against Mexican Jose Luis Castillo in his first fight at lightweight back in 2002. Never before had anyone seen him pushed to the limit, and after years of near flawless efforts, the fact that someone saw him was able to touch him up a little gave fight fans reason to believe he had actually taken a loss. Eager to remove all doubt, Mayweather would take an immediate rematch and silence his critics once and for all in a very systematic performance. Beyond that point, Mayweather had a few not-so-easy nights against the likes of Oscar De la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, and a few others, but nothing like he would encounter in perennial contender Miguel Cotto. continue
by Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro - Back in May 2011 I interviewed former IBO Light Welterweight World Champion Colin Lynes, just as he was preparing to take part in the excellent Matchroom Sport promoted Prizefighter series. It was a real pleasure, as here was a man who during his illustrious career had done it all, won British, European and World honours, yet he seemed to genuinely enjoy discussing all aspects of the sport and his career. continue
By Lewis Croft: The highly anticipated rematch between WBA and IBF Light-Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and Britain’s Amir Khan, may now be in serious doubt following a routine Olympic-style drug test showing that Peterson had tested positive for a banned substance. The reports suggest that Peterson had tested positive for synthetic testosterone that can be used to increase muscle strength and aid shorter recovery time. However at this time there is no evidence to suggest allegations that Peterson is guilty of any wrongdoing. continue
by Jorge Alarcon-Swaby: It was 4PM PDT and I was already sitting at Barney's Beanery bar in West Hollywood. I had a cold Corona in hand and I was eating a Philly Steak sandwich while patiently waiting for at least two of the twenty nine TV's in the bar to switch from the NBA Playoffs to the HBO PPV Telecast.
At 6:07 finally the HBO Telecast pops up in the TV in front of me and the one behind, Cinco de Mayo officially begun for me. It feels familiar and I know why.
Floyd Mayweather has used Cinco de Mayo as a promotional tool once again, the first time he did it was in 2007, when he faced Oscar De La Hoya on the same historic holiday. This time he is not facing a Mexican superstar like Oscar De La Hoya, but he did provide Mexican fans an under card featuring twenty one year old Mexican superstar Canelo Alvarez.
Alvere'z whole purpose in this under card is to provide more PPV buys from Mexican fans. He is in fact facing a 40 year Sugar Shane Mosley so any anything less than a dominant performance will be a disappointment. continue
This past Saturday, two of DiBella Entertainment's former world champions, Carlos "El Indio" Quintana and DeMarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, both traveled to their opponent's hometown to score impressive upset knockout victories. Ironically, in both bouts, all four boxers were southpaws. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (May 7, 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
by James Slater in Las Vegas - Supserstar Floyd Money Mayweather showed his true greatnerss last night at a sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old won yet another belt with a wide 12round UD (too wide on the cards: Money had to WORK to get the win last night, despite what the three cards read), yet he gave his fans so much more - arguably the most entertaining fight of his now 43-fight pro career.
Cotto, showing great durability, really came to fight, as was expected, and the hugely pro-Puerto Rican crowd felt their hero had done enough to have won the fight. This was not the case, despite the defending WBA 154pound king having somer genuine success on a number of occasions, the 8th being a real rough ride for Floyd - and Mayweather's win was deserved. What we saw last night was a FOTY candidate and Mayweather had to show his granite chin at times.
The defensive skills of Mayweather are still firing on all cylinders; it was simply a case of Cotto fighting one of the best fight of his career. Mayweather boxed, he fought and he even sluged at times. The fans, nearly al of those crammed into the MGM, may not like him, but they must agree that the one-time Pretty Boy showed heart and guts last night, as well as superb skill and class. continue
May 7, 2012 - Press Release: This past weekend in Germany, heavyweight contender Maurice Harris (25-16-2, 11 KOs) who hails from East Orange, NJ, dropped a disputed decision to undefeated local favorite and hometown hero, Edmund Gerber (19-0, 13 KOs). Everyone who watched felt Harris was robbed. The scorecards read 78-74 and 79-73 twice, all in favor or Gerber. continue
Ceire Smith and Sinead Kavanagh will get Ireland's campaign at the 7th AIBA World Women's Championships underway with last-64 bouts in Qinhuangdao, China tomorrow.Katie Taylor, who is aiming for her 4th AIBA World lightweight title in-a-row, has received a bye into the last-32 and will meet either Rim Jouini (Tunisia) or Juliana da Rocha Canedo (Portugal), who meet tomorrow, on Monday afternoon. continue
Marco Huck retained his WBO cruiserweight title against British challenger Ola Afolabi by a controversial slight margin, a draw by majority decision on Saturday. Afolabi dropped Huck in the second round, but referee Robert Byrd called it a slip. Afolabi pretty much dominated the first five rounds leaving Huck with a bloody nose at the end of the third and extremely tired after the 5th round. Afolabi worked the body, threw good combinations and appeared to have the fight under total control while trainer Ulli Wegner tried to urge Huck to finally "do something" if he wanted to defend his belt. In the sixth, the pace slowed but Huck finally woke up. Huck rocked Afolabi with power shots in the ninth, Afolabi was wobbled, but was saved by the bell. The 12th round was stunning, both fighters, completely exhausted, giving everything to win this final round.
East Side Boxing scored the fight 116-112 for Ola Afolabi. Judges Paul Thomas of Britain and Ingo Barrabas of Germany scored it 114-114. Nelson Vazquez of Puerto Rico awarded it 115-113 in favor of Marco Huck. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Being a boxing fan/writer is by far the greatest occupation anyone can hope for. The drama and excitement it brings can only be described and appreciated by those who truly love the 'sweet science'. Indeed, the past few weeks have made this job a lot easier, as match-ups at domestic and world level have lived up to their hype, thus giving writers, like myself, the extra initiative to work those late hours. continue
Floyd Mayweather; Eight-Time and Five-Division World Champion - "Tonight we gave the fans what they wanted to see. We matched the best with the best. Cotto was a very tough competitor and he won some rounds. He pushed me to the limits and this is what it's all about.
"Miguel Cotto fought his ass off tonight and I want to congratulate him and his team.
"You've seen me in flashy cars, but I want you to know that I do give back to the community. This is what it's all about. It's not about making a lot of money. It's about giving back. I don't want be on TV and not give you guys [the fans and media] what you deserve.
"Cotto is a good puncher. He didn't win more than 30 fights for nothing. I was the first fighter to fight him at a weight that he was comfortable with. I actually came into the fight weighing 147.
"Things happened tonight and we both had to fight. But the main thing is that we got the victory.
"I think tonight was a cool fight. The fans were happy. It's about impressing fans and giving them what they want to see. continue
Veteran boxing promoter Lenny Fresquez has predicted that "The Reckoning," featuring a June 15 rematch between French knockout-artist Anne Sophie Mathis and Holly "The Preachers Daughter" Holm, will be the 2012 Female Fight of the Year.
"The Reckoning," presented by Fresquez Productions, will be held at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue
Boucherville, Monday, May 7th 2012 – Lucian Bute has been bothered by an infection in his foot since last Saturday. However, the condition is improving and InterBox and Lucian Bute are confident that Lucian will be able to fight according to schedule. A specialist/doctor has prescribed antibiotics to Lucian Bute to treat the infection. He will meet with doctors again later this week to ensure that the foot is healing according to schedule. continue
Eamonn O’Kane roared to victory in the all-Irish Betfair Prizefighter Middleweights at the King’s Hall in Belfast, but saw fellow Dungiven fighter Paul McCloskey stopped by ‘Chop Chop’ DeMarcus Corley.
O’Kane defeated JJ McDonagh in the final and was a deserved winner, not least for his part in the fantastic opening quarter-final of the night. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist kicked off the night with a thunderous three round tussle with Anthony Fitzgerald, with the pair roaring out of the blocks and trading lusty blows for the full nine minutes, before O’Kane was given the split decision.
His reward was a semi final with Ryan Greene, who had seen off the challenge of Ciaran Healy in the second quarter final. A clash of heads and a nasty gash affected Greene in the opening round, but even without that he might not have survived the crunching right that floored the Lurgan man after two minutes, giving O’Kane a first round stoppage and crucial recovery time for the final. continue
HOBOKEN, NJ (May 7, 2012) - Four of the leading flyweight boxers in the world will be in action Saturday on the "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
Lowell light welterweight Sean Eklund has been fighting in the shadows of his famous uncles, "Irish" Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, since the day he first put on a pair of boxing gloves. This Wednesday night, the 28-year-old Eklund (10-4, 2 KOs) will be fighting his way out of his uncles' shadows, at home in Lowell for the first time as a professional boxer, in the eight-round "Homecoming" co-feature against James Ventry (7-13-1, 4 KOs). continue
Press Release: Marco “Captain” Huck is the new and old WBO Cruiserweight World Champion. On Saturday night the 27-year-old fought out a draw against mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi in front of 5.500 fans at the Messehalle in Erfurt. After twelve drama-filled rounds, judge Zoltan Enyedi gave the fight to the German with 115:113. Both Ingo Barrabas and Paul Thomas scored the bout 114:114
“It was a good fight,“ said Huck. “I am a real fighter and warrior, which is why I still have my title.” And it seems that the prodigy of Ulli Wegner was correct with his evaluation. To begin with Ola Afolabi was more agile and active and managed to take charge of the fight.
Round three started with some great combinations by Huck, and his British opponent was clearly affected by it. But in round four the challenger, coached by Fritz Sdunek, landed a strong left hook to the chin of the German during an infight. And it seemed as if the champion was on the verge of losing his belt after a deep cut opened up above his left eye. continue
On Friday May 11, 2012, professional boxing will return to Calgary, Alberta in an exciting card dubbed "The Year of the Dragon" at the beautiful Chinese Cultural Center in downtown Calgary. Presented by Teofista Boxing, the anticipated card will mark the return and homecoming of highly regarded Canadian light welterweight Steve 'The Dragon' Claggett and the professional debut of Canadian amateur star 'Irish' Cam O'Connell. continue
Carl Froch is personally representing 888poker.com – and fans can play The Cobra online ahead of his IBF World title fight with Lucian Bute on May 26.
888poker.com are also backing the huge night of boxing at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham as Froch aims to take Bute’s belt and become a three-time World champion, with the fight broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK and shown in over 30 countries worldwide. continue
By Nicholas Dash - “Miguel Cotto is flat-footed” was Floyd Mayweather’s dismissive assessment of Manny Pacquiao’s victory over the Puerto Rican in 2009. Yet, Miguel Cotto would remain on his toes from the 1st to the 12th yesterday in the memorable May 5th matchup. Mayweather would remind us late-on that he could skip too, but for the majority of the fight he would choose not to, electing for a pace that he could sustain. A substantial difference in speed opened up a chasm on the scorecards while encouraging a familiar swelling to reveal itself on Cotto’s face. Miguel Cotto was most often caught with right hands whipped around the side of his sturdy guard, and any suggestion of a stoppage was deemed plausible. Then, a change came.
In the middle rounds Cotto was still bouncing with his will intact, appearing to be the younger, fresher fighter. At one point countering a Mayweather right hand with such a sharp jab that it rendered a look of confusion on Floyd’s face as he realised that his reflexes had not picked up the incoming bomb until it landed. Floyd still remained effective throughout this lull, with a phenomenal accuracy and range of shots, however, the snap in his punches deserted him for extended periods. Twice at the end of late rounds Cotto evaded Mayweather flurries with the surprising ease he had shown early against Margarito in their first encounter. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) –Terrell Gausha (Cleveland, Ohio) and Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) picked up where their U.S. teammates left off last night with dominating wins in their opening bouts of the Americas Qualifier. Super heavyweight Dominic Breazale (Alhambra, Calif.) closed the night with a comeback win to keep his Olympic hopes alive. continue
Light welterweight Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y.) and light heavyweight Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) are now one victory away from clinching berths in London following a win in Sunday’s action at the Americas Qualifier tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yet light flyweight Santos Vasquez (Reno, Nev.) didn’t fare as well in his first round contest. continue
There will be a special post-fight edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio following the highly anticipated junior middleweight showdown between WBA champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather Junior (42-0, 26 KOs).
The show begins at 2:00am EST.
Fans are encouraged to call in and share their thoughts at (724)444-7444, caller ID 93463.
You can listen to the show by clicking play on the player.
By Ziggy Shah - After months of vigorous training and hard work, it’s all gone quiet in the Mayweather camp. No longer can you hear the shouts, ‘Get in the dog house’ or the voice that constantly reminded everyone, ‘He ain’t ever fought anyone as good as me’. Gone also is the thudding of the heavy bag accompanied by the rap music that blared in the early hours of the morning. continue
BRONX, NY (May 5, 2012) - 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius "Boo Boo" Andrade continued his march towards a world title shot, knocking out Rudy Cisneros at the end of the first round in tonight's "ESPN Boxing: FNF Special Edition," presented by Corona Extra, at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Andrade (17-0, 11 KOs), a fast-rising junior middleweight from Providence, is rated No. 6 in the World Boxing Organization ("WBO") and No. 7 in the International Boxing Federation ("IBF"). The gifted, young southpaw established his lightning-quick jab early, followed with some solid body punching, and closed the show with a perfect right, left combination that dropped Cisneros (12-4, 11 KOs) with three seconds left in the opening round. Chisneros, a Contender, Season Two participant, was taken out of the ring on a stretcher because he was dizzy. He reportedly was healthy in the locker room and taken to Backus Hospital for precautionary reasons only.
Andrade, who is co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and Banner Promotions, explained that he simply followed the game plan. "The game plan was to use my jab to set-up opportunities," he said. "I kept throwing punches early and saw that he dropped his right....and there it goes! I knew he'd walk into it. continue
Floyd Mayweather Jr. UD 12 Miguel Cotto
117-111, 117-111, 118-110
Saul Alvarez UD 12 Shane Mosley
Jessie Vargas UD 10 Steve Forbes
Carlos Quintana KO 6 DeAndre Latimore
Omar Figueroa TKO 2 Robbie Cannon
Keith Thurman TKO 3 Brandon Koskins
Antonio Orozco TKO 3 Dillet Frederick
Braulio Santos UD 6 Juan Sandoval
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Isn’t it interesting how boxing matches are sometimes made: two fighters scuffle, one is retired and one gets a hefty fine and a suspension from boxing for their inappropriate behavior. Despite the fact that all fingers should pointing to the fight not happening, the fans can feel something else going on, a game of hyping up a potential match. Just like everyone thought, this is exactly what is happening now to out famous British clowns. continue
by Vivek Wallace: Las Vegas - For years, American Floyd Mayweather and Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto have been on a collision course. Promotional politics had kept them away from one another for quite some time, but as with all things in life, no method of prevention could possibly withstand the grasp of the inevitable. Fight fans around the globe have been somewhat torn on who would have won had the two met in the past, yet the fighters themselves apparently agreed at one point.
When asked about the the potential showdown in the early years, Mayweather had always pointed to his superior skills as a bona fide reason for delivered victory. Miguel Cotto, in a very odd way practically agreed, stating that he "would never think of him", (Mayweather), because "he was better than [me] on all levels and he was a great champion". Fast-forward a few years and suddenly, things have changed. continue
By Ted Spoon - To this writers mind history's greatest heavyweights are incorrigibly difficult to arrange. James J Jeffries’ amazingly quick rise, Rocky Marciano's perfect run, Lennox Lewis’ victory over the heir apparent - in each there are aspects unique to them, and depending on how you value those aspects will influence the number you stick by their name.
The consensus is a different ball game and two men customarily make up the tip of the iceberg.
If Muhammad Ali or Joe Louis are not numero uno it tends to disturb our innate love of order, and if neither are in second place you can be sure of some keyboard hysterics. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO) – Heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) and light welterweight Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y.) got Team USA off to a winning start with a convincing victories in their opening bouts at the 2012 Americas Qualifier tournament in Rio de Janeiro. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - This week’s edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured predictions for the upcoming junior middleweight championship bout between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto. Hostess Jenna J, heavyweight contender Chauncy Welliver, and yours truly all shared our views on the fight. Here is what we had to say:
JENNA J: This is a fight that everyone’s talking about. It’s had the 24/7 series to promote it: Floyd Mayweather Junior versus Miguel Cotto for the WBA junior middleweight championship of the world. You know I have no doubt with who’s going to win this fight. I honestly believe it will be Floyd Mayweather Junior, but I don’t think he’s going to have as easy of a time as a lot of people think he’s going to have. I think that Miguel Cotto is a very capable very strong fighter. He’s a guy that’s accustomed to 154 pounds. I think early on in this fight he can actually give Floyd Mayweather Junior some issues. I think he can even win a couple of the early rounds. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win three of the first five rounds, but the one thing about Floyd Mayweather Junior is he figures out opponents. continue
Tommy Murphy, the President of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association, has hailed the performances of Ireland's young female boxers following the conclusion of the 2012 Girl 1,2,3,4,5 & 6 National Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin last night. continue
Casablanca, Morocco, 05 May 2012 - Following the conclusion of the AIBA African Olympic Qualifying Event Casablanca 2012 in Morocco, a further 48 boxers from ten different weight categories have qualified for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Please note that each boxer's participation needs to be confirmed by its respective National Olympic Committee. continue
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 Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who shared his views on a wide variety of topics including the upcoming fight between Andy Lee and Julio Cesar Chavez Junior, Chad Dawson’s majority decision victory against Bernard Hopkins, where Hopkins ranks all time among middleweights, Wladimir Klitschko’s upcoming rematch with Tony Thompson, Seth Mitchell’s third round stoppage win against Chazz Witherspoot, his upcoming May 6 Boxing Clinic in Las Vegas, the upcoming mega bout between Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto, and whether he believes Shane Mosley has a good chance at scoring the upset against Saul Alvarez. Here is what Steward had to say:
His views on the fact that Andy Lee will be getting a title shot against Julio Cesar Chavez Junior:
“Well I’m very, very happy for the fact that I think he deserves it, especially in view of the recent guys that I’ve been seeing fighting for the titles or whatever. He’s been still I think one of the most highly recognizable and active fighters in the middleweight division. To me when I think of the middleweight division as a regular American fan I think of basically Sergio Martinez, Chavez, and Andy Lee. So I feel it’s good that he’s getting his opportunity now. We’re very excited about it, and very excited about his chances of winning the title, also.”
Regarding how he feels about the type of exposure the Chavez-Lee bout will be receiving:
“Well it’s HBO, that’s the main thing. HBO is still I think the biggest and most watched boxing network today. So it will be great exposure. I’m just excited about the fight! There will be a lot of excitement because I think is the first really live challenging fight that Julio Junior has fought in. Most of the fights he’s fought, to me for the most part, have been all about the Julio Cesar Chaves Junior show and opponent, but not necessarily with a real fighter as an opponent. So it will be a challenge for everybody involved. I think Julio has improved a lot as a fighter, and I think his last fights with Manfredo and that fight with Rubiuo really showed his progress. He’s becoming a full professional fighter. There was a lot of criticism earlier in his career when he was a professional fighter that was getting his amateur background, and I think it was very smart the way he was matched by Top Rank and I’m quite sure his Daddy had something to do with the approval of his opponents. He was trying to move him much like he himself, Julio Senior, did. He didn’t have any amateur fights either, so he just compiled a lot of professional fights and got his amateur experience as a professional. I think he did the same thing with his son, but I think that Junior has turned out to be a very good solid fighter right now.” continue
LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2012) – Boxing’s Commander-In Chief, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, arrived at LAX International tonight aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 where he, Hall of Fame-elect trainer World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH and the rest of Team Pacquiao were greeted by throngs of fans and international media. Here’s what they had to say: continue
Team Samoa head trainer Richard Brown is mourning the death of fellow team mate, Junior Seau, Samoan former star linebacker who played 13 of his 20 NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers. PRBC Chairman Edwin Puni said, “As soon as I heard the news about Seau, I called Richard in Samoa.. continue
by James Slater in las Vegas - It was a boisterous atmosphere inside a packed, open to the public, official Ring Kings, MGM Grand, weigh-in today in Las Vegas. Betting favourite and unbeaten star Fl;oyd Mayweather Junior came in at 151-pounds, and was greeted by a cascade of boos. While WBA 154 pound champ Miguel Cotto came in at exactly 154. Huge cheers welcomed the Puerto Rican legend.
Both men looked great, in top shape, and a selection of top names of the sport were also in attendance in Fight Town. A hugely popular Paulie Malignaggi was a fan fave, as was his possible next foe, Devon Alexander. Zab Judah was also posing for photos and signing autographs. This writer also ran into former heavyweight champs Tony Tucker and Leon Spinks, as well as new U.S heavyweight hope Seth Mitchell. continue
When popular super middleweight "Irish" Joey McCreedy (13-5-2, 6 KOs) headlines the May 9th "Homecoming" show at Lowell Memorial Auditorium, it'll be a dream come true because, by all rights, the 27-year-old fan favorite is lucky to be fighting after he suffered a career-threatening injury six years ago. continue
LAS VEGAS (May 4, 2012) - World Boxing Association ("WBA") Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov returns on June 2 to make his fourth title defense against former super middleweight world title challenger Enrique Ornelas at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. in a fight that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes. continue
WBO Championship Cruiserweight Title: Marco Huck: 90,0 kg / 198.4 lbs vs Ola Afolabi: 90,3 kg / 199.1 lbs
WBO Championship Super-Middleweight Title: Robert Stieglitz: 75,6 kg / 166.7 lbs vs Nader Hamdan: 75,5 kg / 166.9 lbs
EBU Championship Heavyweight Title: Kubrat Pulev: 111,4 kg / 245.6 lbs vs Alexander Dimitrenko: 116,8 kg / 257,6 lbs.
World ranked contender Ola Afolabi is once again primed for battle this Saturday night, May 5th in the highly anticipated rematch against defending WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany. continue
by James Slater At Ringside - It was a good, value for money night of boxig last night at The Joint, HardRock Cafe just off the Vegas strip. Mexican banger and former WBO 122pound champ Daniel Ponce de Leon hammered out a shutout ten-rounder over a very game Eduardo Lazcano, while 154pound contender Ishe Smith stole the show with an immpressive 4thround TKO over Ayi Bruce.
Southpaw De Leon hit Lazcano with EVERY shot in his arsenal, yet the rock-chinned Lazcano took it all without goig down. Seriously tough, Lazcano showed an amazig chin. Straight lefts, right hooks, uppercuts, body shots from both sides and a ton of jabs connected flush, yet De Leon could not put his man away. continue
Number 7 ranked Junior Middleweight Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia will take on Number 9 contender Sechew Powell of Brooklyn, NY (26-4, 15 KO's) on Friday, June 1st in the main event on NBC Sports Network's Fight Night boxing series, live from the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, PA. The 12 round fight will be for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Title. The NBC Sports Network telecast beings at 9PM ET. continue
Dudey believes big win leads to a World title shot – Collins and McGuigan deliver their verdict
Paul McCloskey says he must win impressively against ‘Chop Chop’ DeMarcus Corley tomorrow night to land another World title shot.
Dudey faces the former World champion as the main event on a huge night of boxing at Belfast’s King’s Hall, with the former unbeaten European welterweight king facing Chop Chop after the all-Irish Betfair Prizefighter Middleweights battle it out for the trophy and £32,000 winner’s cheque.
Corley won his world title in 2001 with a first round stoppage of Felix Flores and made two successful defences against Ener Julio and Randall Bailey before dropping a split decision to Zab Judah in July 2003. continue
Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd Mayweather and WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto pose on May 4, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the weigh-in for their May 5, 2012 world championship mega-fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue
By Kevin L. Johnston: Hardcore boxing fans and pundits alike all think they have the blueprint for finally defeating Floyd Mayweather, Jr. The truth is, all one can really do is speculate… so speculate, I will. But first, let’s take a quick trip down Memory Lane.
Once upon a time there was a vicious Puerto Rican body puncher who used to wing left and right hooks to his opponents’ midsections with such vigor, that even a corrective lens-less, astigmatic grandpa could see the grimace on his opponents’ faces in standard definition. continue
Floyd Mayweather Jr 151 vs. Miguel Cotto 154
Saul Alvarez 154 vs. Shane Mosley 154.5
Jessie Vargas 146 vs. Steve Forbes 146.5
Deandre Latimore 154.5 vs. Carlos Quintana 154
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 tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 5, 2012) – Pacquiao Nation – it’s time! Boxing’s Commander-In Chief, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, arrives in the U.S. Tonight! Saturday, May 5. Pacquiao, Hall of Fame-elect trainer, World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH and the rest of Team Pacquiao are scheduled to land at LAX International on Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 8:05 p.m. PT. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: Tonight (early Sunday morning Australian time) in Messehalle, Germany, Australian Nader Hamdan (43-9-1, 18 KOs) takes on German Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) for his WBO super middleweight title.
The challenge came about by surprise, with WBO #15 Hamdan called up only a week ago after Stieglitz’s original opponent, Briton George Groves pulled out with injury. continue
By John Wight: Floyd Mayweather Junior steps into the ring once again in Vegas this weekend, this time to challenge Miguel Cotto for his WBA light middleweight strap. But where Floyd Mayweather is concerned, belts and titles have long ceased to matter. What does matter is an unbeaten record that has remained intact in 42 fights over 18 years as a pro. This is an astonishing record, made more so by the fact that he will step into the ring on Saturday night betraying no evidence of either mental or physical defects after such a long career as an elite level fighter.
The brash, arrogant, bling persona he exudes in public has perhaps had the effect of distracting from his ring craft. This is a shame, because in terms of what he brings to boxing, FMJ is one of the best athletes to ever grace the sport in any era. Indeed, he has succeeded in elevating defence and counterpunching to an art form distinct from any of the other aspects of the sport. In other words, you know that you are describing a special talent when you watch each of his fights not expecting his opponents to win but to see how much they can test and push him. Only a few fighters have reached this level of greatness – Ray Robinson, Ali in his prime, Tyson in his prime, etc. continue
by Glynn Evans: Britain presently has a surfeit of talent at 168lbs and a man likely to feature in the futures of Carl Froch, Brian Magee or, particularly, James DeGale and George Groves is current WBO supermiddle czar Robert Stieglitz. (In the latest WBO rankings, DeGale is rated fifth, Groves third). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: "I'm not Antonio Margarito, I'm not Yuri Foreman. He's facing Floyd Mayweather. This is a little different,” warned Mayweahter Jr. in a recent interview. “I don't want them to remotely put in his mind that this is going to be an easy task. I don't think he thinks this is going to be an easy task," continued Floyd. "Even though Antonio Margarito cheated, he's not that fast and he was still able to hit [Cotto] with those shots," reminded everyone Floyd. continue
By Alex McMillan: In the midst of the latest chapter of the will they, won’t they drama of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, the former eventually settled on a fight with light middleweight Champion Miguel Cotto. Cotto is much loved and well respected, both as fighter and, by all accounts it appears, as man. One assumes that really the latter details – his popularity – are what has brought him the fight. Floyd needs a light-middleweight belt about as much as he needs a rematch with Ricky Hatton. But Cotto brings a following, fanatical fans, a ‘road to redemption’ story, the very real desire to fight for the memory of his father, and ultimately of course, box office.
Meanwhile Pacquiao fights Timothy Bradley. A less fashionable fight, certainly. Not a tremendous story, less than fanatical support (even fighting within the United States one suspects Pacquiao will be more popular), and certainly far less box office. Conventional wisdom seems to hold the belief that Mayweather is taking a much bigger risk: fighting a bigger man, at a higher weight, using bigger gloves than he’s generally preferred. And not asking for a catch-weight, as Manny did. (Though the fact Floyd insisted Juan Manuel Marquez did for their own bout seems to have generally escaped that particular area of comparison). continue
EL PASO, TEX. (May 4, 2012) – Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. will return 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. After initial concerns from The University of Texas System regarding the world championship event from taking place at the Sun Bowl Stadium in The University of Texas at El Paso, Chancellor Francisco Gonzalez Cigarroa, announced last week that he will allow the event to take place as previously scheduled. Chávez Jr., who will be making the third defense of the title he won last year, will be battling No. 2-world-rated contender ANDY LEE, marking the first world championship fight to be held in the 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 10:00 p.m. ET. continue
WITH FLOYD MAYWEATHER preparing for his final fight before going into custody, William Hill are offering 7/1 that the much ANTICIPATED SHOWDOWN BETWEEN HIM AND Manny Pacquiao will take place before the end of the year. ‘If this fight is to be made surely it has to be sooner,rather than later. Despite Mayweather’s incarceration it is still not impossible that it could be fitted in during 2012.’ Said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe. continue
SHANE MOSLEY believes he can still win another world title before bowing out of boxing. Sugar Shane enters the last chance saloon when he challenges for flame haired Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s World Boxing Council (WBC) light-middleweight crown at the MGM Grand Garden on Saturday night.
Their mouth-watering 12 rounder is the chief support when Miguel Cotto risks his World Boxing Association (WBA) super world light-middleweight crown against the world’s top fighter, Floyd Mayweather.
Mosley, 40, has promised his fans watching live and exclusively on BoxNation that he is ready to cause a big upset against the fast emerging Mexican superstar.
The three time world champion and future Hall of Famer said: “I know I must sound like a broken record, but I still love the sport. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 3 - On Friday, May 4, the night before the biggest boxing event of 2012, Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions will get things started in style at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with a five-fight card featuring a talented array of fighters looking to steal the show from Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto before their Saturday mega-fight. continue
Canelo Alvarez, World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion
“I can only say good things about Sugar Shane Mosley. He is a great champion, but I have trained hard for this fight, and I feel that I am going to win it. It is going to be a victory for all of Mexico.
“Mosley is a great fighter and despite his age, he has taken very good care of his body.
“Even though Mosley is a veteran fighter, he can still beat a lot of young guys. I’m prepared for the best Mosley ever.
“You really can’t compare him [Mosley] to anybody, he is a complete fighter. He’s fast, he’s strong…he’s everything. I have never faced anybody like him.
“The key in this fight for me is not to get desperate. I have to take my time and stick to my game plan.
“This is just another test, another gate that I have to walk through. With Mosley being who he is, I feel that I have entered the big leagues. There will be way bigger fights and better things for me. continue
Having pushed Alex Povetkin to the wire in an audacious World Boxing Association (WBA) World Heavyweight title challenge in February, Serbian icon Marco ‘Kapt’n’ Huck makes a swift return to battle this Saturday, intent on clearing up some unfinished mess at 200lbs. continue
By James Stillerman- Here is my list of the top fifty pugilists of all time. When coming up with a list like this it is extremely difficult to do because there are so many great fighters that it is hard to determine which fighter is better than the other, especially when there are only fifty openings. It is also tricky to make this list because it is tough to compare fighters to one another when they fight in different eras and weight classes and putting in current fighters who may increase or decrease their stock as they continue to box.
Nevertheless, after a careful and comprehensive research of hundreds of boxers throughout the last 100 years, I settled upon the men who I though did enough to achieve this lofty standing, among the boxing greats. So, without further ado, let the controversy begin. continue
Las Vegas (May 3)...Fans around the world can witness Seven-Time and Five-Division World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto step on the scale before they step into the ring by watching the "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto" official weigh-in live online on May 4 beginning at 5:45 p.m. ET/2:45 p.m. PT.
Also weighing in on the live stream will be WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, Six-Time and Three-Division World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley, welterweight rising star Jessie Vargas, former World Champion Steve Forbes, super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore and former World Champion Carlos Quintana.
Below please find the websites that will be streaming the exciting weigh-in online continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: By far, one of the most common topics surrounding big fights, is undoubtedly the “what if” discussions and analyses. Of course most of those are nothing more than brainstorming, assuming and hypothetically predicting. Nonetheless, it is an important factor in not only building up fights, but also in hyping up expectations. continue
On May 19, Mikkel Kessler will move up in weight, clashing with Allan Green for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver). Today the Viking Warrior opened his gym during a media workout in Copenhagen. Here is what the three-time world champion had to say about his preparation for a historic night of entertainment at Denmark´s most famous football stadium, which also features the live screening of the UEFA Champions League Final and a top undercard. continue
by Jenna J - This week's 167th edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio features exclusive interviews with Hall of Fame boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, former fighter turned top trainer Iceman John Scully, heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell, and light heavyweight contender Denis Grachev.
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, and also Heavyweight Correspondent Chauncy Welliver.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION:
• Chad Dawson becoming the new Light Heavyweight champion of the world with his points with over Bernard Hopkins
• What's next for Chad Dawson? Andre Ward?
• Where does Bernard Hopkins go from here? Should he reconsider continuing his career and retire?
• Seth Mitchell's tougher than expected TKO3 victory over Chazz Witherspoon. Did Mitchell's limitations get exposed in this fight?
• Denis Grachev's shocking TKO8 upset of Ismayl Sillakh.
• Paulie Malignaggi's surprising TKO9 over Vyacheslav Senchenko. What's next for Paulie after grabbing the WBA welterweight belt? Devon Alexander?
• Floyd Mayweather Jr vs Miguel Cotto bout this weekend. Who wins this fight and why?
World Boxing Organization (WBO) world light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly says he expects a rematch with former foe Tony Bellew to happen in the future and it’s potential is too big not to happen again. continue
World ranked contender Ola Afolabi has arrived at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany for his highly anticipated rematch tonight against defending WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Marco Huck.
Below is a link to an excellent new Fight Day video of Afolabi just hours ahead of the bout.
On December 5, 2009, Afolabi, born in London, training out of Los Angeles, California, challenged Huck in Ludwigsburg, Germany, losing a very close decision.
Joining Afolabi at ringside will by WBA and IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin who defends his titles on Saturday, May 12th against OPBF and Japanese Champion Makoto Fuchigami in Brovari, Ukraine.
ABOUT K2 PROMOTIONS K2 Promotions currently promotes the unified heavyweight champions, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. continue
TEAM MADDALONE…NY Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone, 232 pounds, won a bruising war with tough Chris Koval, 229 pounds, by a fourth round stoppage Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing show at Russo’s On The Bay, in Howard Beach, NY last night. Scheduled for ten rounds, they decided to fore go the customary feeling out process & started banging it toe to toe from the opening bell with Maddalone landing a thunderous right that flattened Koval early in the opening session. continue
Undefeated super middleweight Badou Jack "The Ripper" (10-0, 8 KOs) of Sweden says he's planning on having a great time when he makes his ShoBox: The New Generation debut on Friday, May 11 against Colombia's also undefeated Alexander Brand (17-0, 15 KOs). continue
LOS ANGELES (May 2)...The wait is finally over. After an injury-plagued 2011 campaign, Three-Division World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero will return to the ring on Saturday, July 28 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. to face unbeaten power puncher Selcuk "Mini Tyson" Aydin for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Welterweight World Championship in a fight to be televised live on SHOWTIME. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: This past week I had the opportunity to telephone interview the current WBA light middleweight champion Austin “ No Doubt” Trout. Austin lives and trains in his hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico. The undefeated southpaw champion 24 (KO 14) will be defending his title June 2 against Delvin Rodriguez at the Home Depot Center, Carson, California. Austin won his title in a WBA title eliminator against Rigoberto Alvarez. continue
Saul Alvarez is widely expected to become a Mexican legend, but the flame haired kid insists he’s in no hurry for greatness. He makes the fourth defence of his World Boxing Council (WBC) light-middleweight title against three-weight world champion Shane Mosley on Saturday’s colossal ‘Ring Kings’ card in Las Vegas. continue
On Saturday evening at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Puerto Rican national treasure Miguel Angel Cotto faces the ominous task of trying to snap the 42 fight unbeaten streak of the sports ‘pound for pound’ leader Floyd Mayweather (The fight shall be broadcast live and exclusive in the UK on BoxNation, Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546) continue
Normally at a press conference only the fighters of the main event are in the spotlight. But this was not the case on Wednesday afternoon in Erfurt. The spectators of the big fight night on May 5 are also keen to find out which coach comes up with the better strategy for the world championship bout between the cruiserweights Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi. continue
TAMPA, FL, May 2 – With the training camp for his June 2nd SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event against unbeaten Lateef Kayode heating up, former light heavyweight champion and current IBO Cruiserweight champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver took time out from his busy schedule to check in with his thoughts on another high-profile matchup – the May 5th meeting between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. continue
MIAMI, FL (May 2, 2012) - Two-time world champion Randall "The Knock-out King" Bailey, arguably the biggest pound-for-pound single puncher in boxing, finally gets an opportunity to exorcise years of demon-like frustrations on June 9, when he takes on unbeaten Mike Jones for the vacant International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Welterweight Championship, in the 12-round co-feature on the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley pay-per-view card, live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater: Fight fans always love a big upset, and the thousands of fans currently in Las Vegas will be hoping for, if not an upset or two on the big “Ring Kings” card, then at least competitive action. According to the majority of the experts, however, both Floyd Mayweather Junior, in his fight with Miguel Cotto, and Saul Alvarez, in his fight with Sugar Shane Mosley, will win big. continue
LOS ANGELES (May 2, 2012) – Pacquiao Nation Unite!
Boxing’s Commander-In Chief, Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, arrives in the U.S. This Saturday! May 5. Pacquiao, Hall of Fame-elect trainer, World-Famous FREDDIE ROACH and the rest of Team Pacquiao are scheduled to land at LAX International on Philippine Airlines Flight 102 at 8:05 p.m. PT. continue
LOS ANGELES, May 2 - Many great fighters have come from the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico, one of those being World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Welterweight World Champion Miguel Cotto, who hails from the city of Caguas and now carries the torch passed to him by the last great Puerto Rican pugilist, Felix "Tito" Trinidad. continue
By Robert Jackson: This latest edition of ‘Just the facts’ will look at two fighters, former Top Rank stablemates, who while many years late will be facing each other on Cinco De Mayo. Both fighters attributes and past accomplishments will be analyzed and discussed followed by a prediction, so read on. continue
By James Slater: If anyone had retained the slightest hope that rival superstars and Pound-for-Pounders Floyd Mayweather Junior and Manny Pacquiao would ever fight, what “Money” had to say yesterday in Las Vegas surely crushed any fading chance of the mega-fight happening. continue
RICKY HATTON will be roaring for Miguel Cotto in Saturday’s epic battle against Floyd Mayweather Jr, but reckons he’s backing a loser. ‘The Hitman’ will be tuned in to BoxNation watching the legends clash in front of a sell-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden, Las Vegas. continue
HOBOKEN, NJ (May 1, 2012) - "Island Assault 4: The Battle," presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing May 12 at 9:00 PM/ET - 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. "Island Assault 4: The Battle" will also be available in Canada to Super Channel subscribers. For on-line PPV viewers go to Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. continue
By Michael Collins: Rather than taking on a higher ranked and arguably better quality fighter for his third defense of his World Boxing Organization 160 pound title, WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KO's) chose another soft touch in 36-year-old, #11 WBO, Nobuhiro Ishida (24-8-2, 9 KO"s), beating him by an easy 12 round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe, Moscow, Russia. The final judges' scores for this mismatch were 119-109, 120-108, and 117-111. continue
For the first time, HBO transforms two channels into fight-day boxing destinations with a sensational five-hour block of Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto fight-related programming just hours before their pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas. MAYWEATHER/COTTO HBO ROADBLOCK happens SATURDAY, MAY 5 (4:00-9:00 p.m. ET/1:00-6:00 p.m. PT). continue
By James Slater: “Magic Man” Paulie Malignaggi fully rejuvenated his boxing career with that superb, upset stoppage win over Vyachesav Senchenko this past Sunday in Ukraine, and the 31-year-old is now a two-weight world champ. continue
By James Slater - Boxers in general can be terribly unreliable when it comes to making good on their retirement vows. Bernard Hopkins, for example, told us all he would walk away at the age of 40, yet he has recently said that this past Saturday’s points loss to Chad Dawson will not force him to quit the sport.
Floyd Mayweather Junior, now aged 35 but arguably looking better than ever, doesn’t look like a guy ready to retire, but “Money” has spoken about his walking away plans. continue
By James Slater - Unbeaten Timothy Bradley is not a cocky guy, yet he is an immensely strong person - both mentally and physically - and the ludicrously well-conditioned Palm Springs man has convinced himself that he will not only defeat superstar Manny Pacquiao on June 9th; but that it will be a relatively easy job for him.
Speaking with writer Chris Robinson earlier in the week, “Desert Storm” said: “I truly believe it’s going to be an easy fight. continue
RICKY HATTON has vowed to give his talent stacked stable a new television home after Hatton Promotions split from Sky Sports. The boxing world was shocked when the television network decided not to give the European Promoters of the Year any further dates after their Manchester Velodrome super show on Saturday June 16. continue
By Gianluca Di Caro: It’s been rather lean times for boxing in the Capital so far this year, which in turn has meant that local fighters, especially those from the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town deep in the heart of London’s East End, have barely been in action. continue
Los Angeles, CA (April 30) - Though they left Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City Saturday night with different results, both future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins and heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell made statements that their careers are going strong and continuing after delivering compelling performances to a packed house in New Jersey and to homes across the country on HBO World Championship Boxing®. continue
By Ziggy Shah: Ever since the May 5th WBA Super World light middle weight clash between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto was announced, I have been counting down the days like a prisoner waiting for his release date. There are many other fantastic match-ups in the boxing calender this month, but this one has definitely vitalized my my boxing senses.
Admittedly, like many other fight fans, my initial reaction fight was, "What about Manny?" It is a question that has been on the lips of many die-hards across the globe, who are desperate to crown either boxer, champion of this era. But, I guess as long as politics and money are a part of the hurt game, the dream match-up seems unlikely. Anyway, more on that, if and when it happens.
For now, it's Mayweather v Cotto! The build up to the fight has been fantastic, no trash talking, no silly little scuffles, just the utmost respect being shown throughout by both gladiators. And as the blood, sweat and tears induced by months of training begin to stop dripping, pundits have begun pushing their pencils and analysing what they believe will happen at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. continue
Las Vegas, April 30 - Long live the kings of the ring Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez and Sugar Shane Mosley as they prepare for "Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto," the biggest fight of 2012 taking place this Saturday, May 5 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. continue
Las Vegas, Sunday, May 6, 2012 legendary boxing Icon, Emanuel Steward is returning to Las Vegas to conduct a boxing clinic at, The Palms Casino located at 4321 W. Flamingo Rd.
Steward has been in boxing for over the past fifty plus years, he himself was a former U.S. National Golden Gloves Champion. In 1996 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, as manager/trainer. He has trained/managed more than 44 World Champions, his work continues today. Presently Steward is training World Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko and Jr. Middle Weight World Champion, K9 Bundradge, Adonis Stevenson, Andy Lee and top prospect Tony Harrison in addition to being HBO’s Expert Boxing Analyst.
”I began these clinics because I want to share my years of experience in around the ring, in addition to my proven winning methods,” Steward says. “I have seen the good and the bad. I have learned valuable lessons, which I want to pass along to those truly interested in the sport.” Says Steward.
Steward’s clinics have become a must-attend event for amateur and professional boxers, trainers, conditioning coaches, officials, MMA enthusiasts, and boxing fans.
In The Sport of Boxing there is no standardized requirements or certifications for one to become a boxing trainer, manger, or cut man. “The liability factor is great when it comes to the safety of the fighter, this is a serious safety problem in boxing, these clinics are designed to address these issues. This boxing clinic will provide knowledge and insight into what I have learned in the Sport of Boxing.” Says Steward
The clinic runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Palms Casino located at 4321 W. Flamingo Rd. Las Vegas. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. The clinic fee is $99 per person; amateur boxers and coaches receive a reduced fee of $30 with their *USA Boxing Passbook (*Must show passbook at registration.) continue