By Jamie Savin: On July 7th Kell Brook steps into the ring with his toughest opponent to date the always dangerous and often avoided Carson Jones in an IBF Welterweight Title Eliminator. Jones has won his last 8 fights all by knockout and is riding a wave of confidence believing Brook will be victim number 9. Jones is a chance for Brook to showcase all his skills as a very intelligent counter puncher and showcase why his ranked as number 4 by The Ring. continue
NEW YORK (June 28, 2012) – WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, his opponent, top-rated contender TONY THOMPSON, Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions, Barry Hunter, Thompson’s trainer, and Travis Pomposello, EPIX CCO and executive producer of EPIX Sports, hosted an international Media Conference Call discussing the upcoming Klitschko-Thompson II world heavyweight championship rematch, which will take place Saturday, July 7, at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fight live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. The telecast and the live stream will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT. continue
By James Slater: Evander Holyfield turns 50 this coming October, yet he says the only way he will retire is if he is not given a world championship fight this year. Still hoping to become a five-time heavyweight ruler, the greatest cruiserweight in history is hoping one of the Klitschkos will throw him a bone, or failing that, a fight with "regular" WBA heavyweight titlist Alexander Povetkin will materialize. In truth, neither scenario looks too likely. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 29, 2012) - In his continuing effort to get back to the top of the American heavyweight scene, 2008 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada won a workmanlike eight-round decision over Puerto Rican-invader Alex Gonzales in the main event on tonight's "Takeover" card, presented by Big Six Entertainment, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue
CORONA, CA (June 30, 2012)— WBO number-two ranked Ruslan Provodnikov scored a scintillating second round stoppage over Jose Reynoso in a scheduled ten round Jr. Welterweight bout at the Omega Products Outdoor Arena. continue
David Haye and Dereck Chisora will show the public how their preparations are going for their big grudge fight when they perform a free-to-watch public work-out at Bluewater shopping centre on Saturday 7th July. continue
After a solid performance last weekend in San Antonio resulting in a 1st round KO against late substitute John Davis Charles, Hector Camacho Jr., is back in the gym preparing for his next fight. He will face tough Mexican brawler Luis Grajeda (12-1-9KO’S) on Saturday July 28th in Palomar, Chihuahua, Mexico. With a win over Grajeda, Camacho Jr. is slated to continue his fight to the top. Camacho will fight the Gotti of the Rockies, WBC World Rated David “Strictly Business” Medina (23-2-11KO’s) in the Light Middleweight Division in late September.
By Rob Smith: If Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO's) was looking for a quick path to a world title shot then he can't find one better than the IBF 168 pound elimination bout that's being offered to him in a fight against #2 IBF Adonis Stevenson (18-1, 15 KO's) for August 11th in Montreal, Canada. The winner of the Dirrell-Stevenson fight, if Dirrell agrees to accept the fight, will then become the mandatory challenger for IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch. Dirrell has already lost to Froch in 2009 by a 12 round split decision in the Super Six tournament. continue
SUNDAY IS VIVA LOS DODGERS DAY PRESENTED BY STATE FARM, CHEVROLET AND TIME WARNER CABLE
Sold out game's pre-game festival includes live performances from critically acclaimed Latin acts Ximena Sariñana and Alex Anwandter and an autograph session with former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion boxer Amir "King" Khan continue
New York, NY (6/29/12) - On Thursday, August 2nd, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) returns to Roseland Ballrom in midtown Manhattan with another installment of the ever-popular Broadway Boxing series. Headlining the card will be DBE's red-hot undefeated super middleweight contender, Thomas "Tommy Gun" Oosthuizen (19-0-1, 13KO's) squaring off against Florida's Rowland Bryant (16-1, 11KO's) in a 12-round clash for Oosthuizen's International Boxing Organization (IBO) title. In the co-feature bout of the evening, DBE's newly crowned WBC Continental America's light heavyweight champion, "Irish" Seanie Monaghan (14-0, 9KO's) will look to keep his perfect record intact before his army of supporters that are sure to pack the ballroom once again for what promises to be another exciting night of fights. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Sometimes when things seem grim because good opportunities vanish, new ones make a surprise appearance, resolving the situation. For Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, this may be the case. continue
By Rob Smith: Marcos Maidana (31-3, 28 KO's) took the time on Friday to quash a rumor that had been floating around the internet that he was going to be the next opponent for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez on September 15th. Maidana, however, said he's not been asked to take the fight by Golden Boy Promotions, but he's very much interested in facing Alvarez.. continue
By James Stillerman - For the first time in his professional boxing career, the 2004 U.S. Olympian, Jason “Big Six” Estrada 18-4, 5KOs is completely healthy and now he has his own promotional company, Big Six Entertainment looking after him, giving him a fresh start at making another run at becoming the best heavyweight pugilist in the world. Estrada`s journey to a world title fight continues on Friday night when he takes on the 1992 Puerto Rican Olympian, Alex Gonzales 20-6, 10KOs in a eight round main event bout, entitled “Takeover” at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. continue
By Marcus Richardson: David Haye (25-2, 23 KO's) doesn't see his fight with Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO's) lasting very long at all on July 14th at Upton Park. In fact, Haye sees the fight being over by the 6th round due to his speed and power advantage over the much slower Chisora. While there may not be all that much of a difference between the two fighters in the power department, it's Haye's hand speed that will give him a huge advantage in this fight if he chooses to use it. continue
Joe Diaz, the manager and trainer of former world champion and Mexican knockout king “Yori Boy” Campas who has fought in 12 world title fights against the superstars of the sport including Oscar De La Hoya, Felix Trinidad and Fernando Vargas just to name a few and boasts 79 knockouts from 100 wins as a professional, has sent a strong message to Australian world champion Les “Lock N Load” Sherrington ahead of their clash at the Gold Coast convention and exhibition center on July 28. continue
By Michael Collins: Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO's) is thinking seriously about moving up to 160 lbs to seek out a fourth division world title at that weight for his next fight if he doesn't get a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Cotto is interested in taking on one of the current middleweight champions - Daniel Geale, Felix Sturm, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Gennady Golovkin or Dmitry Pirog - for his next fight if one of those fighters are willing to agree to fight Cotto at a catchweight. Cotto's been fighting at 154 for the past two years, but he's small even for that weight class at 5'7". continue
What a shame! World Boxing Association (WBA) Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin will not be able to defend his title on July 14 in Hamburg. The fight night at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle has been called off due to an injury sustained by the challenger Hasim Rahman. The number one WBA ranked heavyweight needed an operation to remove a cyst on his right hand and therefore is not able to fight Povetkin. To find a fitting replacement for a Heavyweight title shot in such a short space of time is unrealistic. continue
By James Slater: Fresh off his wide (on the cards), yet somewhat debatable points win over "Fast" Eddie Chambers, Poland's Tomasz Adamek will look to keep himself busy as he continues his run towards a second shot at the world heavyweight title. continue
By James Slater: Boxing in Macao, China yesterday, heavyweight fringe contenders Sherman “Tank” Williams and Chauncy Welliver put on a 12-round fight that both entertained and surprised the fans. 39-year-old veteran Williams improved to 35-11-2(19) with a majority decision win over 29-year-old Welliver. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 29) - Before the July 14 world championship showdown between former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir "King" Khan and current WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada which will air on HBO World Championship Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions will open its video vaults on Saturday, June 30 to get fight fans ready for this meeting of the 140-pound elite by airing two of the combatants' most memorable fights on FOX Deportes beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. continue
By James Slater: First the fight was moved off the Haye-Chisora bill in London due to conflicting T.V contracts, and now the Alexander Povetkin-Hasim Rahman fight that was set for July 14th is off altogether. continue
Following the premier of Haye/Chisora: Beyond The Ropes on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546), a story came out regarding an altercation that took place in the gym between Dereck Chisora and his trainer Don Charles. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Tonight light welterweight contender Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KO's) will be facing 27-year-old southpaw Jose Reynoso (16-3-1, 3 KO's) in a scheduled 10 round bout that will be televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Omega Products International, in Corona, California. continue
By Rob Smith: World Boxing Council (WBC) president Jose Sulaiman says he's going to lend a helping hand in trying to put together a mega fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. It's not quite clear what Sulaiman thinks he can do to get the two fighters to reach an agreement, but it looks he's going to try and persuade Mayweather Jr. because he holds down the WBC welterweight title and Sulaiman considers him a friend. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 28, 2012) – Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR., and two-division world champion SERGIO MARTINEZ, along with their promoters Bob Arum, Fernando Beltran and Lou DiBella, will embark on a four-city / two-nation international media tour to promote their eagerly-awaited Méxican Independence Day middleweight championship battle, beginning on Tuesday, July 10. Chavez Jr. vs. Martinez will take place Saturday, September 15, at the Thomas & Mack Center, on the campus of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. continue
By Michael Collins: Not only will WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KO's) have his WBC title on the line for his first title defense next month against Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO's) on July 14th, but also the WBA light welterweight title will be on the line for the fight. For boxing who don't remember, the WBA title is Khan's old strap that he recently lost in a 12 round decision to Lamont Peterson last December. Peterson has since tested positive for synthetic testosterone, although he didn't test positive on the night that he beat Khan. continue
By Marcus Richardson: 6'5" Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO's) plans on taking advantage of his second opportunity in a fight IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO's) by taking the fight to him and trying to wear him down with pressure on July 7th at the Stade de Suisse, in Berne, Switzerland. continue
Sky Germany have confirmed that they will televise LIVE David Haye and Dereck Chisora’s heavyweight championship showdown from West Ham United’s Boleyn Ground in East London on Saturday 14th July. continue
NEW YORK (June 28, 2012) – EPIX (@EPIXsports) invites boxing fans from around the world to listen-in live! WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO and his opponent, top-rated contender TONY THOMPSON (#KlitschkoThompson), will host an international Media Conference Call Today! Thursday, June 28, beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT. They will be discussing their upcoming world heavyweight championship rematch, which will take place Saturday, July 7, at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fight live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. The telecast and the live stream will begin at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: The 10th Bob Rose Cup takes place at the Malvern Town Hall this Friday 29 June 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. The event has been held annually since 2003 by promoter Peter Maniatis and is firmly entrenched in Melbourne’s sporting calendar. continue
WBC Silver welterweight champion is already in great shape four weeks before his world title showdown against Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero on July 28th at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. "We started training camp early and I feel very strong already. I know I’ll be in the best possible shape when I step into the ring on July 28th", says Aydin. continue
BOB ARUM: Kelly’s opponent, Will Rosinsky, arrives in the LA area on Saturday and of course Kelly Pavlik – this will be his third fight since returning to action. Kelly is on his way to a title shot later this year if he is successful on July 7 at The Home Depot Center. We look for another terrific fight from Kelly and we are very happy to be a part of the project of bringing Kelly back to a world title. continue
By James Slater: Wanna see it again!? According to a piece on Fightnews, there is a date being held on stand by for a return meeting between stars Floyd Mayweather Junior and Miguel Cotto; New York's Madison Square Garden to host the rematch on December 1st. continue
By Vivek Wallace: 10-Minute documentary looking at one of the biggest problems facing the sport and the "Fix" soon to be implemented to help change it.
Weeks ago, Pacquiao vs Bradley became the billboard poster image of what most find to be wrong with the sport today. Agendas, politics, and corruption continue to find a way to destroy a sport rich in culture, yet poor in transparency. In the aftermath, the million dollar question has been how can we fix this visibly broken element of the sport? This million dollar question has apparently been met head on with an answer, as Punch-Tech Sports has designed a product that unquestionably addresses what most view as the sports most chief concern. continue
INDIO, Calif. (June 27, 2012) - Five of the six fighters who will compete on a special world championship edition of ShoBox: The New Generation this Saturday, June 30, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. participated in an open workout Wednesday at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Special Events Center. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 27 - "The Simple Man" will be back on June 30 when highly touted junior welterweight standout Antonio Orozco heads up the undercard leading up to the special Saturday night edition of ShoBox: The New Generation tripleheader at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. continue
By James Slater: New York's Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett, an exciting, gutsy fighter who has enjoyed a varied and memorable career, says he will have just two more fights before walking away and retiring. The 41 year old who has met everyone from Wladimir Klitschko to David Haye, from Nicolay Valuev to Hasim Rahman, says he will "beat up" Shane Cameron (who he meets in New Zealand in a week's time) and will then look to entice two-time rival David Tua into a third encounter. continue
Top Junior-Welterweight contenders Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs) and Jose “El Nino” Reynoso (16-2-1,3 KOs) will meet June 29 in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra from Corona Calif. Friday’s card, presented by Banner Promotions, will air at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3. continue
BoxNation’s 24/7 style documentary series following David Haye and Dereck Chisora’s journey to their colossal showdown at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park on 14th July, premieres tonight at 7:30pm, free to air on BoxNation (Sky Ch.456 & Virgin Ch. 546). continue
With the hunt for an opponent for World Boxing Council (WBC) Junior Middleweight Champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas still apparently ongoing, WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin "No Doubt" Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) would like to send the following reminder to his fellow champion: continue
Nonito Donaire With Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum and Trainer Robert Garcia
BOB ARUM: Those who follow boxing know that the 122-pound division is chock full of superstars. We have a long list of guys who will be making tremendous fights. HBO has recognized this and will concentrate on bringing to the public the best of 122 pounds in a series of bouts. We start off with the No. 1 guy in the division, Nonito Donaire who will be fighting a title unification fight against Jeffry Mathebula of South Africa and also a world champion. continue
By James Slater: Amazingly, in hindsight anyway, there were a number of fine boxing judges willing to pick Michael Spinks ahead of his mega-fight with heavyweight terror Mike Tyson - the late Bert Randolph Sugar among them. But, as we all know, the huge promotion that was dubbed "Once And For All" wound up being settled in a famous 91 seconds; Tyson, at his absolute peak, proving way too fast and powerful for the former 175-pound king. continue
By James Slater: The last thing a power puncher loses is, well, his power, and you can ask Mike Jones about whether or not this is the case with 37 year old Randall Bailey. "The Knock Out King" lived up to his nickname in challenging the unbeaten Jones for the vacant IBF welterweight crown earlier this month - taking Jones out in spectacular style in the 11th round - and now Bailey looks set to try and knock off another young fighter in Devon Alexander. continue
This summer marks the first time women’s boxing will be held as an Olympic event, and in addition to showing the ongoing progression of the sport, it also shows that it is no longer a “Boy’s Only” club. continue
By Sam Geraci: The following interview with Nate Jones took place on June 26, 2012 at Chicago Fight Club Gym at 4835 N. Elson, Chicago, IL 60630.
Nate Jones, one of the fastest rising trainers in the sport who works with top pros and amateurs like Floyd Mayweather, Fres Oquendo, Shawn Simpson, and Samajay Thomas, took an hour from his busy schedule to sit down for an interview to discuss his career, his life, his relationship with Mayweather, the Mayweather-Pacquaio fight, and the state of the game as far as corruption and PEDs are concerned.. continue
By James Slater: A good number of fight fans felt the fight would never actually happen, but rival middleweights Sergio Martinez (the accepted world's #1) and the unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez Junior (the WBC champ) are at last set to square off, on Sept. 15th in Las Vegas. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Ghanaian star soccer player Asamoah Gyan, already also a musician with a n award winning hiplife song to his credit, is adding boxing promotion and management to his sport repertoire and makes his debut promotion come next weekend in the Ghana capital Accra. continue
June 26, 2012 - This Saturday, June 30, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., Gary Shaw Productions' hard hitting Junior Middleweight contender, Freddy Hernandez (30-2, 20 KOs) and Golden Boy Promotions' Erislandy Lara (16-1-1, 11 KOs) will go toe-to-toe in a 10-round bout. continue
June 26, 2012 – Mexico City. From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán: The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Liver” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From June 24, translated from Spanish: continue
NEW YORK (June 26, 2012) - With all of the major world middleweight champions tied-up for the immediate future, America's No. 1 160-pound boxer Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) must remain patient, active and confident until he gets his impending title fight. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 26 - It promises to be a hot summer in Puerto Rico this year, and things will start heating up at the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in Caguas on Saturday, June 30 when two of Puerto Rico's rising lightweight stars, Michael "The Artist" Perez and Eric Cruz, headline a TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast in the main event of an explosive night of boxing featuring a host of the island's favorite battlers. continue
Universal Promotions will present the boxing event "Night Of Champions", to be held on Friday, August 31, 2012, at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina, Puerto Rico. For the main event, welterweight (147 lbs.) hometown prospect Thomas Dulorme (15-0, 12KO) will face Colombian fighter Iván Hernández (29-3, 23KO). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: No matter how much someone tries to ignore what other people say about them, in the end, the public opinion slowly makes it’s way deep into one’s head and remains there gnawing away until there is no more room to mentally block the pressure. continue
by Jenna J(Exclusive Interview by Jenna J) - I recently had a chance to catch up with WBC #5 WBO#8 ranked Heavyweight Contender Chauncy Welliver (53-5-5, 20KOs) ahead of his June 28th showdown with Sherman "The Tank" Williams (34-11-1, 19KOs) that will take place over Macao, Macao S.A.R., China. Chauncy touched on a variety of topics pertaining to the fight and his future in the Heavyweight division. Here is what he had to say.
Hi Chauncy, your fight with Sherman "The Tank" Williams is only a few days away, how was your preparation for this fight?
" Preparation could not have possibly gone any smoother. Joe Hipp has my boxing sharp and Ali Crosbie has my strength & conditioning top notch. I also feel good mentally. Really looking forward to the 28th "
Most People believe that tank Williams is you're toughest test to date. Do you believe he will be?
" I think the fight will be as easy as I made it. This fight was won in the gym & we wont know if he's toughest as I'll make it easy while playing his game of bombing away."
How do you expect to go about fighting Sherman Williams? Will go for a KO?
"I plan to fight any kind of fight he chooses. I'm ready. He wants to box? Ok. He wants to brawl? I hope, because I'm ready for a good ol' street fight type affair."
Chauncy you have won 18 straight fights, what will a 19th against Tank Williams do for you?
"Williams is a solid test & much better than my previous 18 on this run. I think he gets me the big fights, though he's not a big name, but he is respected in boxing circles" continue
By James Slater -- It's official: WBO lightweight king Ricky Burns will defend his title against London's Kevin Mitchell on September 22nd. The fight will go ahead in Glasgow at an exact venue to be determined.
A potential classic, one that has been in the making for some time, Burns, 34-2(9) vs. Mitchell, 33-1(24) will attract some audience at the end of the summer. Having the look of pretty much a 50/50 affair, what with both men possessing superb boxing skills, a good case could be made for either fighter winning. continue
By James Slater - Fightnews reports how as soon as the WBC receive the medical report on heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (who had to pull out of his scheduled Jun. 23rd fight with Mike Mollo due to an arm injury) there will be a purse bid for an Arreola-Bermane Stivern match-up, the winner to become the mandatory challenger for WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko.
A decent and somewhat intriguing fight, Arreola against the Don King-promoted contender from Haiti could have fireworks.. 31 year old Arreola, beaten only by Vitali (in a 2009 title challenge) and Tomasz Adamek, is almost always involved in good action fights, whereas "Be Ware" Stivern can punch. continue
(WASHINGTON, DC) – The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) is often synonymous with youth athletics, Pop Warner, summer pools, picnics in the park and great weekend events. However what many may not know, is that some of DC’s best and brightest boxers have trained in DPR sponsored boxing programs; a few nationally ranked fighters, such as Lamont Peterson, Seth Mitchell and Tiara Brown, currently work out/train from time to time in DPR boxing facilities and gyms; and that Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, the first African-American to capture a World Flyweight title and the newest member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, is a Roving Leader, working at the DC Department of Parks and Recreation – where he shares his wisdom, his talents and his time with the inner city youth of Washington, DC. continue
by Jenna J- On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former WBA/IBF Light Welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18KOs) who is set to face Danny Garcia (23-0, 14KOs) on July 14th. Amir spoke on a variety of topics including his upcoming title fight, Lamont Peterson's positive drug test, if he would have any interest in a rematch with Peterson, rumors of a possible fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr and whether of not this is his last fight at 140lbs. Here is what Amir had to say.
Thoughts on his upcoming fight with Danny Garcia:
"We expect another tough fight, I've had some great wins in Las Vegas, beaten Maidana, beaten Zab Judah for ibf, so make this the third one against Danny Garcia. Danny Garcia brings a lot to the table really, he unbeaten, he has the WBC title, and I think when a fighters unbeaten he has a lot of confidence, and I'm sure he does not want to taste to defeat, so at the end of the day we are going to train hard, cause I have tasted defeat before and I don't want to taste defeat again"
Regarding Lamont Peterson's positive test and whether he believes he should be given back the belts he lost in December :
"Well basically Lamont Peterson is a cheat! We knew from day one that there was something there that I have never seen before, in the fight against me he was coming forward, and have never seen him come forward so much and be so aggressive and take so many shots and come back from them after being put down twice in the first round and him using his head and everything, it was a tough fight! "I knew there was something wrong in that fight and I'm glad that the Nevada commission, anti doping caught him and is cleaning up the sport of boxing. About the titles, I'll leave to the commission, the boxing board if they want to restate me or put it in the next fight, but I think they should restate me as champion." continue
Alexander Povetkin's World Boxing Association (WBA) World Heavyweight title defence against Hasim Rahman has been withdrawn from the show at West Ham United on Saturday 14th July. The fight was to feature on the card being topped by David Haye and Dereck Chisora's eagerly awaited WBO/WBA International heavyweight showdown. continue
By James Slater: For some time now, there has been talk of WBA welterweight champ Paulie Malignaggi making his first defence against fellow New Yorker Dmitriy Salita; so much so that, according to Salita himself, in speaking with ESPN.com, people in the gyms in the New York area, "think the fight is a done deal." continue
June, 25, 2012 - Hollywood, CA - From the end of World War II through the early 1950s, the Golden Era of West Coast Boxing was alive and well in Hollywood, California with regular shows at the legendary Hollywood Legion Stadium on Gower and El Centro. In the early 1960s, "The Brown Bomber" himself, Joe Louis, promoted weekly shows at The Moulin Rouge Night Club on Sunset Blvd. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Manny Pacquiao’s legal adviser Franklin Gacal has recently stated that fighting Floyd Mayweather Jr. should be team Pacquiao’s top priority. "I think the fight with Floyd Mayweather should be on top of the agenda when he meets with Bob Arum next week," stated Gacal. (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/06/25/12/mayweather-fight-still-tops-arums-agenda). continue
It is official: Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) will defend his title against Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) at the Sporthalle Hamburg on July 14. Originally the WBA-Champion was scheduled to fight in London but has now opted to do so in Hamburg instead.
“It is due to organisational aspects,” said Chris Meyer, managing director of Sauerland Event. “The English time schedule was too tight. We wouldn’t have been able to guarantee that the fight could have been broadcasted live in Germany. Therefore the heavyweight world championship will be staged in Hamburg.. continue
by James Slater - Mexican star Saul "Canelo" Alvarez sure has had a run of bad luck finding a suitable Pay-Per-View-worthy opponent for his September 15th fight in Las Vegas. First Paul Williams was tragically injured in that awful bike crash, ruling "The Punisher" out, then James Kirkland, still recovering from a shoulder injury, reportedly priced himself out, and then, this past Saturday, Victor Ortiz was shockingly beaten by late sub (for Andre Berto) Josesito Lopez.
So now the search starts anew for the Sept. 15th date. continue
by Pete Madzelan: He came like a streaking comet across the boxing sky...a flash—a bright brillance that had onlookers not quite knowing what they witnessed, but all agreeing that it was something special.
That happened in September of 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, on the undercard of Ken Buchanan—Ismael Laguna II. Ring Magazine described it this way: “The undercard...produced one fighter of special note, who will have to be watched as a future lightweight champion and definite current threat. His name is Roberto Duran. In the semi-final he knocked out Benny Huertas, a local scrapper of some note in 66 seconds.”
Red Smith of the New York Times described it as Duran “used only a minute or so to separate Benny Huertas from his intellect,” and in doing so, “won a rapturous following.”
That was true. And to prove it, just nine months later, this streaking comet on the boxing scene was challenging for a world championship. continue
By James Slater: "Bronze Bomber" Deontay Wilder did as expected on Saturday night, and bombed out shopworn former top contender Owen Beck. The tall and athletic Wilder showed his speed and power, as he sent Beck to the canvas four times in all, finally scoring a 3rd round corner retirement, Beck unable to come out for the 4th session. continue
By Ron Scarfone at Ringside - Heavyweight contender Tony “TNT” Grano (20-2-1, 16 KOs) won the vacant NABF heavyweight championship with an impressive win over former contender DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (27-7, 23 KOs). Williamson is past his prime at 43 years of age. The spectators booed because of the lack of action in rounds one and two. A straight right to the head from Grano wobbled Williamson and he barely survived round three. In round four, Grano hurt Williamson again from a straight right to the head. Two consecutive left hooks to the head knocked down Williamson and the referee stopped the fight at 2:27. Grano won by TKO.
Lightweight contender Angelo “La Cobra” Santana was a two-time Cuban national champion as an amateur. He now has success as a pro with a No. 15 ranking by the WBA and a record of 13-0, 10 KOs. Santana uses a southpaw stance. Santana had the toughest test of his career so far against former WBC Silver featherweight champion Justin “Le Voodoo” Savi (26-2, 18 KOs). An inadvertent headbutt in the first round caused Savi’s left eye to swell and close completely. A left hook to the head by Santana knocked down Savi in round two. In the third round, a right hook to the head knocked Savi down again. Savi got up, but took a flurry of unanswered punches to the head while in one of the ring corners. The referee waved it off at 1:51 of the third round and Santana won by TKO. continue
By James Slater - Philly's Eddie Chambers had to fight tough Pole Tomasz Adamek without the use of his left arm in last Saturday's important heavyweight clash, Chambers injuring his jab hand in the early going of the 12-rounder he ultimately lost by wide UD (a number of fans and experts had the fight much closer than the three judges).
Eddie, now 39-3(18) is currently and understandably downbeat right now, yet he was still kind enough to speak with ESB yesterday evening. Encouragingly, the slick contender says he plans to "get right back in there" once his arm has healed up.
Here is what Chambers had to say:
j.s. thanks for talking to ESB, Eddie. First of all, how is your arm?
E.c. well, its ok, not as great as I was hoping - I'm still waiting for the MRI actually. I've seen my family doctor, and he says the arm has a significant tear. We'll see in time how the healing process goes. continue
By James Slater - Well, Victor Ortiz did it again last night at The Staples Centre in L.A: he quit in a fight he was winning. Okay, far be it from me, or anyone else, to call a fighter a quitter or a coward for pulling out of a bout with as painful an injury as a broken jaw,(the injury Ortiz is suspected to have suffered last night against huge underdog Josesito Lopez) but the future sure looks bleak for "Vicious" Victor right now.
In light of the former WBC welterweight champ's previous behaviour (quitting against Marcos Maidana, deliberately butting Floyd Mayweather), its going to be tough for many fans to ever trust or believe in the southpaw again. We'll never know whether or not Ortiz, spitting blood, could have carried on for the last three rounds last night, but in past history, the great ones have battled through such an injury (think Ali against Norton for a famous example). Ortiz, even if he can come again, will never be called a great. continue
Boxing fans showed up in full force to provide a sell-out crowd for the inaugural "Live at the Lodge" event at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City, Calif.
The event, which showcased six exciting bouts was broadcast on TeleFutura's hit series "Solo Boxeo Tecate" and promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Fans in attendance also witnessed promoter Dan Goossen honor two of his former World Champion fighters when he presented Gabriel and Rafael Ruelas with awards commemorating the brothers on their storybook careers and dedication to the Goossen family.
Former WBA Super Bantamweight World Champion Rico Ramos scored a huge win over a very gritty Efrain Esquivias in tonights main event. The two fighters, who had battled more than once during their amateur careers had the capacity crowd on their feet for all 8 rounds of their brawl. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - In between rounds eight and nine of the Victor Ortiz versus Josesito Lopez broadcast, the Showtime cameras cut to a close-up of Canelo Alvarez. The expression on his face told the whole story. It was a familiar expression that reminded me of the way Felix Trinidad looked at about the same point in the contest when he was in attendance for the first fight between Shane Mosley and Winky Wright. A mega-bout showdown between Trinidad and Mosley was all but a done deal. It was inevitable. Mosley only needed to get by Wright. Winky, however, had other plans and successfully played the role of the spoiler. Trinidad had to look elsewhere, and instead wound up facing Ricardo Mayorga. In the case of Canelo, now that Lopez has killed the appeal of an Alvarez-Ortiz matchup, the young Mexican will now be forced to look elsewhere, too.
It was an explosive, action-packed double-header on Showtime! Prior to the start of the first bout, commentator Al Bernstein noted that the Lucas Matthysse versus Humberto Soto fight could wind up being a “fight of the year” type of encounter—and that is exactly what we got! Soto was the busier guy in the first two rounds and got himself off to an early lead with some great combination punching, as Matthysse had his typically slow start. Just after the bell to end the second, Lucas landed a big shot that actually dropped Soto in what may have been an official knockdown had it happened a split second earlier. Lucas carried that momentum into the third and fourth rounds, which were highlighted by terrific exchanges, punches in bunches, grueling body shots, and a lot of heart and determination on display from both combatants. Whenever one of them did something impressive, the other almost always fired back with something meaningful of his own. It was the textbook definition of a “crowd-pleaser”. continue
Sebastian “Coco” Madani won the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Welterweight title Saturday (June 23) in front of a sold-out crowd atSebastian “Coco” Madani won the vacant World Boxing Federation World Super Welterweight title Saturday (June 23) in front of a sold-out crowd at the Salle Chatenoud in Annecy, France, as he was awarded a hard-fought, but deserved, unanimous decision over tough Spaniard Jose Del Rio. continue
By Laz Izada - A packed house of 3,958 fans came out to take in the VIVA DON KING 2 show held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fl. In the anticipated heavyweight showdown main event Tony “TNT” Grano (20-2-1, 16 KO’s) took on veteran DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (27-7, 23 KO’s) for the vacant North American Boxing Federation’s (WBC) Heavyweight belt.
Thirty one year old Grano from Hartford, Conn with a huge northeast following was making his first appearance in Florida with Don King as his promoter. continue
By Paul Strauss: Vicious Victor Ortiz was on again off again over the past nine months. He had hopes of engaging in a rematch with Andre Berto. Their first fight was a great one. However, the rematch was postponed because of Berto's injury to his bicep. Ortiz regrouped and kept on training hard. Then the rescheduled date was cancelled because Berto tested positive for a banned substance. Ortiz was very disappointed, but he didn't want his two training camps to go to waste. Consequently, he agreed to take on a short notice substitute opponent named Josesito Lopez. Ortiz knew Lopez was no pushover, but he wanted a tough fight in hopes that it would prepare him for a possible matchup with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September.
Lopez eagerly grabbed at the chance to possibly move up to the top echelon, even if it meant moving up in weight from 140lb to 147lbs. He didn't care. He wasn't going to miss the opportunity, and was determined to make good in spite of the fact that he was just about everyone's underdog going into tonight's fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.
When the cameras caught the fighters warming up in the locker room, Ortiz looked extremely focused. His warm up on the punch mitts was impressive, as his punches looked fast, hard and sharp. He exhibited frightening foot speed as well, and gave the impression he was ready to attack with explosive power at the sound of the opening bell. continue
By Michael Collins: I bet Victor Ortiz (29-4-2, 22 KO's) is feeling pretty low right now after quitting after the 9th round in his fight against Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KO's) at the Staples Center, in Los Angles, California. Ortiz quit after the 9th round due to an injured jaw. Ortiz was getting punished in rounds seven through nine, and by quitting after the 9th, Ortiz may have saved himself from getting taken out by the surging Lopez. The judges had Ortiz ahead at the time of the stoppage by the scores of 86-85, 87-84 and 88-83. I had Lopez ahead by the score 88-83 at the time Ortiz quit. continue
By James slater: Over the last couple of months or so, it has seemed as though every time a boxing fan has looked up the latest fight news, he or she has read about how yet another fighter has failed a post-fight drugs test. In what has seemed like a crazy few weeks, we've seen name after household name shamed due to having taken either steroids or some other ilegal stimulant or stimulants. continue
By Ben Hoskin: Unheralded late replacement Josesito Lopez caused a major upset with Victor Ortiz failing to come out for the start of the tenth round. Ortiz told the referee his jaw was broken at which point the referee waved it off, leaving the scheduled match-up between Ortiz and Alvarez in serious doubt.
Its always difficult to take a tune-up when you already have a high profile fight penciled in and this tune-up has cost Ortiz both a huge purse and possibly tarnished his standing as an A class fighter. It’s possible he underestimated Lopez though to be fair it was a very good bout with some great exchanges and I actually had Ortiz one round up though there were at least four rounds that could have been scored for either fighter. Ortiz looked to be much the bigger man and its reasonable to believe he thought he would simply overpower his opponent who was coming up from the weight class below. One look at Lopez’ record however shows he is obviously very obdurate as he’s never been stopped in thirty five contests. Both fighters took heavy shots with each having to hold on after being buzzed on several occasions. What alarmed me from Ortiz’ standpoint was his continual punching the back of the head of his opponent. In the fifth stanza he actually put Lopez on the canvas after an illegal blow and amazingly the referee didn’t take a point away. continue
June 22, 2012 - Promoter Gary Shaw is concerned about the damage done in the sport of boxing after the news Friday that Antonio Tarver tested positive for a banned substance in a pre-fight drug test conducted by the California State Athletic Commission before his fight with Lateef Kayode.. continue
By Joseph Herron: Tonight, June 23rd, in San Antonio, TX, Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs) takes his first step towards a world championship in the talent enriched Junior Middleweight division when he enters the ring for the first time in 16 months. continue
SAN JACINTO, CALIF. (June 22) A determined Mike Dallas Jr. shined brighter than the desert sun that was beating down on the ring set outdoors at Soboba Casino Friday night. In his fourth consecutive fight on ESPN "Friday Night Fights" Dallas locked leathers with Javier Castro and displayed blazingly fast hand-speed throughout the title fight, which marked Dallas' first 12-round dance.
In round 6, Dallas caught his opponent with a heavy left and after seeing Castro stunned, unleashed a relentless assault forcing the referee to step in and stop the bout. Analyst Teddy Atlas was quick to comment on Dallas' maturing as a fighter and pointing out how he was displaying great boxing prowess as he switched to the body and avoided Castro's attempts to clinch.
The pride of Bakersfield, Dallas is trained by the 2011 Boxing Writer's Association of Americas (BWAA) Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter and managed by the "First Lady of Boxing" Jackie Kallen. continue
By Laz Izada: Hey, hey, hey boxing fans and especially you heavyweight fanatics. Come see the heavyweight showdown this Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock & Casino, in Hollywood, Fl. If you can’t make it to the almost sold out show, catch it on Pursuit Channel on DirecTV channel 608 and Dish Network channel 240. continue
By James Slater - Kept out of action for far too long due to his well-publicized wrangle with promotional outfit Top Rank, explosive featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa is at last a free agent; Top Rank having filed papers in federal court in Nevada dismissing its lawsuit against him.
This means that the superbly gifted Cuban star is now able to get on with his career, although it is not yet known for sure who the unbeaten fighter will sign up with. There is of course much speculation that Gamboa will sign up with Mayweather Promotions. continue
Exclusive by Geoffrey Ciani - At the conclusion of HBO’s rebroadcast of Timothy Bradley’s controversial split decision win against Manny Pacquiao, when the commentators finished their wrap-up of the previous week’s action, the stage was set for the evening’s main event—Julio Cesar Chavez Junior versus ‘Irish’ Andy Lee! Instead of making a timely transition, as is the trademark of HBO Championship Boxing, Jim Lampley informed the television audience, “The format calls for the fighters to walk to the ring now, but there has been a delay in Julio Cesar Chavez’s dressing room. It took awhile for him to provide a urine sample. Andy Lee has been gloved up and warming up for quite some time. We’re told that in the other dressing room, Chavez tried and failed to provide a urine sample and the Texas State Athletic Commission has elected to take the sample after the fight.”
It appears, however, that no urine sample was ever provided by Chavez after he brutally stopped the Irishman in round seven.
I spoke to Emanuel Steward, who is currently in Austria training heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for a July 7 title defense in a rematch against Tony Thompson. Regarding the Chavez-Lee fight, Steward said, “I’ve been reading myself on the internet some things about my reaction, and what I said, and what I did. I wanted to make it clear, and this is something coming from Emanuel Steward—not Team Lee, and from this and that, and all of whatever the other things are.” continue
LOS ANGELES, June 22 - Possessing the power and talent to make all fight fans sit up and take notice, 18-year-old phenom Andres "Jaguarcito" Gutierrez has been making some serious noise on the Mexican fight circuit and will face a stiff test when he faces off against Colombia's Onalvi Sierra in a 12-round bout for the vacant IBF International Bantamweight title on Saturday, June 23 at Gimnasio Municipal Miguel Hidalgo in Puebla, Mexico in a fight which will be televised in the United States on FOX Deportes. continue
By Maverick Fantana: Recently boxing has been shook to its boots by allegations which have often been backed up with test results that some of its participants are using PEDs. Of course this is not acceptable, especially in a sport with such Christian morals (Thou shalt not low blow). Fans have been asking questions, questions that need answers sooner rather than later. It is an area not many want to delve into but they must if they want to find the truth. I think this comes down to two real reasons. continue
By James Slater - The hype continues for the upcoming "Licensed To Thrill" Haye-Chisora all-London heavyweight showdown. Speaking out on his bitter rival once again, Chisora has vowed to not only defeat Haye, but to "punish him, stop him and retire him."
Always a confident fighter, Chisora, the younger man by four years, says he is a natural heavyweight whereas Haye is merely a cruiserweight; one who doesn't do his roadwork at that.
Interestingly, Chisora brought up one of Haye's cruiserweight fights when predicting what he plans to do to "The Hayemaker" on July 14th. The only time in his pro career he has been stopped was back in 2004, when Haye was stunned by 200-pounder Carl Thompson, and Chisora says he will do a similar job on Haye, only worse.
The mighty Wladimir Klitschko was unable to stop Haye in that much-hyped clash last summer (Chisora says Wladimir "played with Haye") and if Chisora can make good on his boast he will have made some statement - and he will have bagged himself some serious bragging rights. continue
OAKLAND, CALIF. (June 21, 2012) - Two young, exciting, classy, established world champions, both from the United States, both in their primes and both widely recognized as the best in their weight class, will clash when undefeated Andre "SOG'' Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) defends his WBA, WBC and RING super middleweight championships against once-beaten WBC and RING light heavyweight titleholder "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) of New Haven, Conn., in the main event of "Ward vs. Dawson - World Champions - Made In America'' on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. continue
By James Slater - In truth, not too many fans are what you could call massively excited about the upcoming July 7th rematch between heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko and southpaw challenger Tony Thompson. Most see "Dr. Steel Hammer" doing a repeat job on "The Tiger;" maybe even stopping him a little quicker this time around (it took 11 rounds back in 2008). Not too many people are picking the upset, that's for sure.
But 36-year-old Wladimir, 57-3(50) has never once said the return job will be anything near easy. continue
“Ortiz vs. Lopez,” a 12-round fight for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight Championship taking place Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., 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.
The co-feature will see former Three-Division World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto battle Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a 10-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title which is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader begins live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) with preliminary fights airing on SHOWTIME EXTREME at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In the featured SHOWTIME EXTREME fight scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior middleweight division, undefeated Jermell Charlo, of Houston, Texas, faces off against fellow prospect Denis Douglin, of New Jersey. Plus, unbeaten Texas knockout artist Omar Figueroa seeks another victory when he battles Mexico's Alain Hernandez in an eight-round super lightweight matchup. continue
By Sam Geraci at Ringside: In an all-action brawl that brought the crowd to its feet several times, Sergio Montes De Oca (6-1-1, 1 KOs) of Chicago, IL and Salvador Perez (2-1-2, 1 KOs) of Campeche, Mexico fought to a majority draw. One judge scored the bout 39-37 for Montes De Oca while the other two scored it 38-38. continue
By James Slater: Congratulations to New York heavyweight and friend of Eastsideboxing Tor Hamer, the classy, well-educated boxer who shocked fellow American Kevin Johnson to win last night's "Prizefighter: the international heavyweights." continue
Tomorrow, Saturday, June 23 Carson's super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (16-0, 9 KOs) will battle it out against former world champion Rico Ramos (20-1, 11 KOs) at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City as the main event on Telefutura. Earlier today, the pugilists stepped on the scale to record the official weights.
The Esquivias Vs. Ramos is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Thompson Boxing Promotions. Tickets priced from $32.50 to $103.50 are available and can be purchased online at www.goossentutor.com or at the Sportman's Lodge event center entrance.
EFRAIN ESQUIVIAS 123 lbs. vs. RICO RAMOS 122 lbs.
MATTHEW VILLANUEVA 114 1/4 lbs vs. BRUNO ESCALANTE 115 lbs. continue
Lewison who lost in two ABA finals to David Dolan and David Price (disputed decision) has made an inauspicious start to his career winning 4 and drawing 1 from 6 fights. “Fights kept falling through and I lost motivation for the sport” said Lewison who weighed 18 stone 12 for his last fight when an unfit Lewison lost to Colin Kenna on points over 4 rounds. “I was a disgrace and an embarrassment to myself. I was not fit and in no condition. It will never happen again”. continue
MIAMI, FL (June 21, 2012) - Newly crowned International Boxing Federation ("IBF") Welterweight World Champion Randall "The Knockout King" Bailey is finally in position of leverage with his third world title belt and a recent "Knockout of the Year" performance against previously unbeaten Mike Jones. Now, it's time for this feared slugger to cash in, after 16 often frustrating years as a professional prizefighter.
Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) would love to welcome Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. when he gets out of jail in a few months but, if the price is right, Randall also wants to make it perfectly clear that he'll fight any deserving 147-pounder in the world.
"I've been avoided forever," Bailey said, "but now I'm coming off a world title fight win that ended with a punch people are going to be talking about for a long time. If I had a choice, I'd fight Mayweather next. I like the way Floyd's fighting. He's not running around so much to try to win on points. He's giving guys an opportunity to hit him and that's my type of fight. continue
By Michael Collins: There's little question that WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his promotional team will be pushing hard for as small a ring as humanly possible for Chavez Jr's September 15th fight against Sergio Martinez in Las Vegas. The idea here is for Chavez Jr. to be able to trap Martinez, and for him to fight an inside battle that will suit Chavez Jr's style of fighting. continue
PROVIDENCE (June 21, 2012) -- Professional boxing returns to Providence on June 29 with 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada headlining the "Takeover" card, presented by Big Six Entertainment, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue
by Fantana: Great fights are always like a great play. They take time to build up, in a non-gay way, before finally, vulnerably, exploding upon the world with their dramatic endings to be dissected and applauded. In Romeo and Juliet some of the characters have managed to live on forever in folklore and TV programs, most noticeably Romeo. I believe this to be the case with the Haye vs Chisora where the two main characters will forever be revered for this great battle we shall witness. Again, as in all great plays they are written by the English and contain intense rivalries, such as England vs France, England vs Germany, England vs anyone else who dares challenge us. The ingredients of Englishness, rivalry and intense buildup are what make fights, and plays, great. A real man, such as myself, can see this will be much like Englands current European Cup campaign, just that little bit special when some thought it might be a freak show.
Everything leading up to the Haye vs Chisora battle has clearly added to the excitement, the all British factor, the history between the pair, the fact David Cameron said he would be tuning into watch. It is hard not to compare this fight with other great heavyweight bouts such as Lewis vs Tyson or Cooper vs Bugner. Yet there remains one particular match up which has been etched into boxing fans memories since they first saw its grainy images on Youtube. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- As good gentlemen, former world champions Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez were face to face today in a press conference for their August 4 clash in “The War, Puerto Rico vs Mexico” at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer, to be televised on Pay Per View. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO's) will be facing Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO's) in a crucial bout on Saturday night for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles, California. The made up Silver title is meaningless, but what does have value is the victory for Ortiz. He stands to get a big money bout against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez if he can defeat Lopez on Saturday night. continue
Once again, Holly "The Preacher's Daughter" Holm (31-2-3, 9 KOs) is back on her throne as the Queen of Boxing, after avenging her loss last December to French knockout artist Anne Sophie Mathis (26-2, 22 KOs) with a unanimous 10-round decision on June 15 at Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Fan-favorite Holm captured the IBA, WBF and WBAN title belts, as well as the mythical women's pound-for-pound crown, with her victory over Mathis in their much anticipated rematch. Unlike her first fight with Mathis, the stylish blond southpaw from New Mexico stayed within her game plan to out-box Mathis, not engage in a brawl like she did last December.
Mathis, who had snapped Holm's seven-year, 24-fight unbeaten streak, lost for the first time in 26 bouts, when she dropped her second professional fight in 1995. continue
New York, NY (6/20/12) - Penn State graduate and New York heavyweight prospect, Tor Hamer, traveled to England to compete in the Prizefighter international heavyweight tournament, held today at York Hall, in Bethel Green, London. In addition to Hamer, the eight-fighter single-elimination competition consisted of Maurice Harris, Kevin Johnson, Albert Sosnowski, Tom Little, Tom Dallas, Noureddine Meddoune, and Marcelo Luiz Nascimento. continue
By Samuel Lee: The Middleweight division in boxing is probably the most competitive in the history of the sport. The name itself implies that this is the category for the "average" weight fighter. Not too heavy, not too light. Some have remained and dominated, such as Carlos Monzon, Marvin Hagler and Bernard Hopkins, while others have used it as a stepping stone from Welterweight/Junior-Middleweight or to Light-Heavyweight/Super-Middleweight. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 21, 2012) – The final press conference for one of the most oft-discussed fight cards of the year – “Ortiz vs. Lopez” taking place this Saturday, June 23 and televised live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from STAPLES Center – took place Thursday before boxing media and fans, who turned out for the free-to-the-public event.
With much at stake, popular former World Champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO's), of Ventura, Calif., will take on former NABF Champion Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO's), of Riverside, Calif., for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship in Saturday’s 12-round main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
In a collision of world-rated super lightweights in the 12-round co-feature, former Three-Time World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (59-7-2, 34 KO’s), of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, will be opposed by hard-hitting, top-rated contender Lucas Matthysse (30-2, 28 KO’s), of Trelew, Argentina, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas 140-pound title. continue
By James Slater: Earlier this week, the sport of boxing was shocked by news of yet another familiar name being caught taking illegal stimulants. British heavyweight giant Larry Olubamiwo, known as “The War Machine,” was banned from the sport for four years, his pro wins overturned, due to his admitting to taking banned substances including growth hormones. continue
By Rob Smith: In an utterly useless exercise the WBO put together a five-man panel to review the recent fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. At the end of their review the panel came to the conclusion that Pacquiao should have won the fight against Bradley. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: When a person says something about someone else, the verbal exchanges usually spiral into finger pointing and convoluted explanations as to what was really said. There is always drama when boxing promoters and their fighters say things about each other that are either misinterpreted, or simply don’t match. Recently, Timothy Bradley and Bob Arum mentioned a few things about each other, possibly launching a mistrusting relationship between the two.
"I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy," is what Timothy Bradley supposedly told Bob Arum after the Pacquiao fight, right before the decision was announced. The authenticity of this was claimed by Bob Arum, as he is the one who quoted Bradley making that statement. (http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing /sport/story/156469.html)
Timothy Bradley not only denies saying anything as such to Bob Arum, but also seems very frustrated with his promoter: “"I never told Bob that at all. He's a liar and I will tell him that to his face. I told Bob I did the best I can. I got injured. That was it. That's all I said to Bob. I didn't say, 'Bob, I couldn't beat that guy.' I would never say that, because I thought I won the fight,” angrily responded Bradley. continue
By James Slater - As a result of all the uproar, anger and controversy the recent official scoring of the Tim Bradley v Manny Pacquiao fight caused, the WBO, for which version of the welterweight title the June 9th bout contested, has had five judges re-score the fight.
The five officials, from all over the world, sat down and viewed a video of the fight earlier this week. Not surprisingly, considering the fact that most fans and experts had Pacquiao winning big over the unbeaten Bradley, all 5 WBO judges re-scored the fight for Pac-Man - and they scored it big for Manny. continue
by Paul Strauss: Society's thirst for the outrageous and bizarre is very evident. Just check out the popularity of the grocery store tabloids and reality tv. There's something inherent in a large segment of society, which attracts them to the "crazies" and the "irreverent". Witness "Iron" Mike Tyson's one man show that commands ticket prices starting at $70 plus dollars! What about the ad nauseam coverage of the Kardashian clan, which is most famous for a sex tape and 71 (or is it 72) day marriage! continue
‘Ortiz vs. Lopez’ Live This Saturday, June 23, From STAPLES Center, Los Angeles,
At 9 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®
LOS ANGELES (June 20, 2012) – Former World Champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KO's) of Ventura, Calif., former NABF Champion Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KO's) of Riverside, Calif., former Three-Time World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and hard-hitting, top rated contender Lucas Matthysse took part in a final media workout on Wednesday at Fortune Boxing Gym in Los Angeles, just days before they do battle on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, June 23 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. continue
By Rob Smith: Bob Arum needs to see the big picture and open his eyes about how much his fighter Manny Pacquiao is starting to deteriorate. Pacquiao just lost to Tim Bradley and you can make a very strong argument that Pacquiao deserved to lose his fight before that against Juan Manuel Marquez last November. continue
By Rob Smith: Former WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has already spoken by saying that he'd like to fight a rematch against Tim Bradley, who recently defeated the Filipino star by a controversial 12 round split decision. However, Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum isn't so thrilled at letting his cash cow fighter take a second bite out of the Bradley apple, because Arum doesn't see it as a fight that will interest the boxing public. He likes the idea of setting Pacquaio up with another in house Top Rank fighter in Juan Manuel Marquez instead. continue
Hamburg (GER), June 19, 2012. World champion Wladimir Klitschko wants to thank his fans and invites them to step with him into the ring for his next title defense. On the official Facebook page of the IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO and “The Ring Magazine” World Heavyweight Champion Klitschko fans have the chance from today until June 25 to sign in through an app. The names of all participants will then be printed on Wladimir’s boxing robe and trunks which he will be wearing for his next fight against Tony Thompson in Bern, Switzerland, on July 7.
„I have the best fans in the world and I want to say ‘Thank You’ for their great support”, says Klitschko who is preparing in his training camp for the fight. “Every single fan name on my boxing outfit will push me a little bit more. Together we are unstoppable.”
Mobilat, team sponsor of Wladimir Klitschko, supports this action happily: “A champion is always as good as his fans. This is for Wladimir as well as for Mobilat. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 20 - SHOWTIME EXTREME will bring some exciting undercard action home to fight fans on Saturday, June 23 when it televises two live co-featured undercard fights from Los Angeles' STAPLES Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue
By José Sulaimán - Proposed Solutions to Controversial Decisions -- The result of the recent Pacquiao-Bradley fight outraged the boxing fans of the world, the press, and even politicians in the U.S.A. The many damaging commentaries against boxing were unfortunate. It was certainly a bad decision - Manny Pacquiao should have never lost a fight that he so clearly won. Some are talking about investigations, but for what? It was to me nothing but a wrong appointment of one judge without enough experience for this type of fight, and one other - well-known as a good judge who, the same as any human being, just had a bad day. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: This year’s Forbes list of the top 100 highest earners in sport over the past twelve months has revealed that the two biggest names in the world of boxing are also the two highest paid athletes on the planet.
At No #1 position is Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather, who generated a total of $85 million (USD) in income from his two fights this financial year against Victor Ortiz ($40 million) and Miguel Cotto ($45 million).
Manny Pacquiao takes second place, with his earnings over the same period at $62 million, with his two fights over this same period against Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley generating $56 million with an additional $6 million coming from endorsements.
Mayweather’s elevation to the summit of the list sees the end of Tiger Woods’ 11 year reign at the top, who moves down to third position at $59.4 million. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 19, 2012) – Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and four-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and former world middleweight champion KELLY "The Ghost" PAVLIK will headline a spectacular all-action doubleheader, Saturday, July 7, under the stars at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, California. Donaire, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion, will rumble with International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion JEFFREY “Marvelous Mongoose” MATHEBULA in a world title unification fight to determine the division’s top dog. continue
NEW YORK (June 20, 2012) -- Heavyweight championship boxing makes an EPIX return next month with America’s latest line of offense! World champions WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO and ALEXANDER POVETKIN will defend their titles on Saturday, July 7 and Saturday, July 14, respectively, and both fights will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans. continue
By James Slater: Bob Arum is less than thrilled over the idea of a return meeting between his superstar Manny Pacquiao and the man who so controversially defeated him, in Tim Bradley, and many fans apparently feel much the same way (myself discluded, as I'd like to see whether or not Pac-Man could leave no doubt, and I mean No doubt, in a rematch). Pacquiao is reportedly interested in rematches of another kind: ones with Juan Manuel Marquez and/or Miguel Cotto. But where does that leave the warrior known as "Desert Storm?" Who should the new WBO welterweight king face in his first defence?
There are some potentially exciting fights out there for Bradley at 147. Amir Khan, for one example, wasted no time in calling Bradley out, straight after the Palm Springs man had shocked his friend and sparmate. If Khan can beat Danny Garcia in their upcoming 140-pound showdown, and then move up in weight as he's said is his plan, a fight with Bradley would make all the sense in the world - especially as these two have been close to meeting before and have had a war of words ever since their twice-aborted clash. continue
BRONX, NY (June 20, 2012) Interesting news came from the world of sports this week when Forbes Magazine announced that their annual list of top paid athletes is headed by two boxers, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at #1 and #2 respectively.
Its with great pride that the promoters involved in The Boxing Promoters Association had such a prominent role in re-establishing boxers as the top paid athletes in the world. It furthers our cause in doing our part in keeping our sport at the very top of every list in the future. continue
The 12-round main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature top Junior Welterweights “The Silent Assassin” Mike Dallas Jr. (18-2-1, 7 KOs) and Javier “El Zorro” Castro (27-4, 22 KOs) June 22. Friday’s show will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from San Jacinto, Calif. The card is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: Danny Garcia is a young fighter at the age of only 24. He became the new WBC Jr welterweight world champion this past March by defeating the legendary Erik Morales by a unanimous decision. Morales was obviously way past his prime, however he was still a world class opponent and by far the best opponent Garcia has faced thus far in his young career. Morales did give Garcia some trouble in the early rounds, and did win a few of them.
However, the fight became more one sided in Garcia’s favor as the fight progressed. That fight taught us more about Garcia then any of his fights because of the quality of the opponent.
I have little choice but to question his ring IQ because for a good portion of that fight Garcia was unwilling to impose his size and strength advantage. continue
Undefeated Heavyweight David Rodriguez has suffered a serious knee injury forcing him to pull out of the much anticipated match up with Heavyweight contender Manuel Quezada July 13th, Rodriguez will undergo Arthroscopy treatment comments Dr. Luis Urrea of El Paso Texas; David has great potential returning to the ring following surgery;. Due to the injury the fight has been cancelled Zef Ramirez Comments; I’m extremely disappointed but I know injuries occur I’m hoping for the best and after treatment we can get David back in the ring. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 19, 2012) - Former Three-Time World Champion Humberto "Zorrita" Soto will seek to join rare company among active fighters with 60 wins as he pursues his 60th professional victory when he faces the always-dangerous and hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse in a battle of world-ranked super lightweights in the co-featured fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, June 23 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. continue
By Rob Smith: Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says his fighter former WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacuqiao (54-4-2, 38 KO's) will be the one making the ultimate decision about who he'll be facing next rather himself. Pacquiao just lost to unbeaten Tim Bradley by a controversial 12 round decision in Las Vegas.
Initially, Pacquiao was gung ho for a rematch against Bradley, but since then there's been talk of Pacquiao facing 39-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez next in November instead of Bradley. If that happens, Arum won't have have any problems with it, as both guys are currently promoted by him and the Marquez fight is easily the bigger money bout compared to a rematch with Bradley.
Arum told examiner.com "I don't call the shots when it comes to who Manny fights next. continue
Former two time International Boxing Federation (IBF) Champion of the World, Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham, announced earlier today that he is now a promotional free agent, as well as stated that he is considering a move to the Heavyweight division. continue
June 19, 2012 - Televised live on Sky Sports this Wednesday, June 20, 2012, American heavyweight contender Maurice "Sugar Moe" Harris (25-16-2, 11 KOs) and Poland's, Albert Sosnowski (46-4-2, 28 KOs), will face each other in the Quarter-final bout 1 of the 8-man Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights II tournament, taking place at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. continue
By Michael Collins: ESPN writer Dan Rafael is reporting that WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was indeed drug tested before his 7th round TKO win over Andy Lee last Saturday night in El Paso, Texas. Rafael says that HBO analyst Jim Lampley wasn't aware that Chavez Jr. was tested before his fight with Lee.
Lampley said that Chavez Jr. hadn't been tested, which was true at the time, but Chavez Jr. was eventually tested before the fight. Rafael states that Chavez Jr's drug test was the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation as well as Top Rank president Carl Moretti. As such, that pretty much clears up the talk of Chavez Jr. not having been tested before win over Lee.
There's still no word about how much Chavez Jr. weighed for the bout since no weight was given by HBO. Roy Jones Jr., one of HBO's analysts, estimated that Chavez Jr's weight was in the neighborhood of 180 pounds for the fight. continue
By Rob Smith Boxing analyst Al Bernstein wasn't too impressed with Manny Pacquiao's performance against Tim Bradley on June 9th, and he feels that Pacquiao would lose to Floyd Mayweather Jr. if they were to fight now. Bernstein points out that there's been some wear and tear on the 33-year-old Pacquiao because of the numbers of grueling fights he's been in during his career. continue
By James Slater: Back in his big, bad heyday, when he felt his withering punching power was something no man could ever have a hope of standing up to, George Foreman would never have said any fighter was better than he was. Yet, as we know, Big George has mellowed these days (since his amazing 1987 comeback, when he reappeared as a jovial giant, capable of self deprecating humour) and today he makes a fine, honest commentator/historian. It's always interesting to hear what Foreman has to say about a fighter, and his recent comments on the recently departed Teofilo Stevenson were noteworthy.
Speaking with ESPN.com, Foreman basically said that had the Cuban amateur great turned pro, there would have been no Ali,Foreman, Frazier era the way we all know it. Foreman said the three-time Olympic gold medal winner "had the best right hand in amateur history," and when asked to compare Teofilo to the '70s heavyweight greets he himself was a part of, George replied that "he was better than all of us."
"He took his time like a pro," Foreman said when describing Stevenson's ring approach. "Then he came at you. He never turned pro - a shame. He'd have kept the heavyweight title the same way he did the amateurs.. continue
Andy Lee, Irish Kronk middleweight fighter put on a brave performance in his WBC world title challenge against champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas.
Lee to his credit went to the champion’s backyard with 20,000 Mexican cheering for Chavez Jr. at the Sun Bowl Stadium a long way from Limerick, Ireland. He prepared meticulously for the fight and did everything that was asked of him to promote the fight. He showed courage and heart and did his utmost and best in the fight. continue
By Michael Collins: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO's) figures to do well in his July 14th bout against the slow and plodding Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO's) as long as Haye chooses to move constantly. Haye doesn't have the greatest chin, and he also has limited stamina for a grueling toe-to-toe type of bout against Chisora. But more importantly, the 210 pound Haye will be out-weighed by more than 30 pounds on July 14th. continue
by Jenna J- The latest edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with boxing trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior, who touched on a variety of topics including the controversial decision in the Manny Pacquiao & Timothy Bradley fight, his thoughts on corruption in the sport, a possible fight between Pacquiao and his son, his views on Mayweather Jr's attempt to get released from prison early, how he believes his son will be affected from being in jail and more! Here is what Floyd Senior had to say:
His views on the decision in the Pacquiao-Bradley fight:
"I thought that Pacquiao edged him out, I don't think it was no gigantic edge, but I did think that Pacquiao pulled it off."
On whether he was surprised that Bradley got the decision:
"Of Course I was surprised about that particular part of it, I thought the fight was a close fight but I thought Pacquiao edged it out, so I definitely thought that Pacquiao was going to get the fight, no question in my mind. I was surprised!"
On if he believe there was corruption in the fight result:
"I think there is a lot of corruption going behind it, there is corruption anyways, look at the fight that Pacquiao just fought with Marquez the fight before this fight. He clearly got his ass whopped, and nothing was said about it, now all of a sudden it's a big deal now that he got a bad decision! Everybody has got a bad decision in boxing before! Now all of a sudden cause he is from the Philippines and he got a bad decision, now they are going to put the damn government in it! Bullsh*t that's all it is!"
His thoughts on his son's recent attempt to get released from jail, to be put under home arrest:
"We do what we do, and got to pay for what we do, but I just feel like he's done a whole lot for the state of Nevada. When he fills the house he makes them money, he makes them a lot of money, so I feel like they could just give him house arrest" continue
Orange, CA (June 18) - This Saturday, June 23 Carson's super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (16-0, 9 KOs) will go toe-to-toe against former world champion Rico Ramos (20-1, 11 KOs) at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City as the main event on Telefutura. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 18 - A big night of boxing at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. just got even bigger as the special Saturday night edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on June 30 which features the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Middleweight World Championship bout between champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage and Cory Spinks, has been bolstered by the addition of unbeaten featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. taking on Christopher Perez and Cuban junior middleweight star Erislandy Lara facing Freddy Hernandez in a pair of 10-round co-featured attractions. continue
By Marcus Richardson: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO's) will be fighting on September 8th in what could be the last fight of the 40-year-old Vitali's career against German based fringe contender Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO's) at the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, in Kiev, Ukraine.
Choosing the unbeaten 27-year-old Charr as an opponent is a controversial move for Vitali, because Charr has done very little to earn a title shot and he's pretty much a complete unknown outside of Germany. It's not as if Vitali didn't have other options available for him. He could easily face one of the following heavyweight contenders: Kubrat Pulev, Dereck Chisora, David Haye or Bermane Stiverne and he'd have few fans displeased with the choice. But Charr is someone that you would even dream of seeing in a title fight at this point in Charr's still early seven year pro career, because he hasn't fought anyone that you can consider worthy of a title fight. continue
Los Angeles (June 18) - Former NABF Lightweight Champion Josesito Lopez took the mound at Dodger Stadium yesterday afternoon on Father's Day and pitched a perfect strike that no one on the visiting Chicago White Sox would have been able to hit. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: This past Saturday, June 16, Timothy Bradley was greeted by many of his fans at the Cathedral City Civic Center. There, Bradley got to communicate with the crowd, and honored by being given the key to the city. Wearing a t-shirt with the writing: “Haters are my motivators” Bradley posed for photos and signed autographs. (http://www.mydesert.com/article/20120617/SPORTS03/206170326/Boxer-Timothy-Bradley-gets-hero-s-welcome). continue
By Robert Jackson: What this writer saw Saturday nite certainly validates Julio Cesar Chavez Jr as one tough HOMBRE as well as a much improved as a prize fighter. To Andy Lee’s discredit Lee failed to ‘stick and move’, boxing, as Manny Steward implored him to do during the intermission between rounds. Andy Lee laid on the ropes, didn’t fight in the middle of the ring and didn’t box and use lateral movement as Steward chastised him to do. To this writer it looked like Andy Lee didn’t have any legs left or maybe those legs were taken away by the body work put in by the Mexican. The punching power that Lee normally shows also left him on Saturday nite and Chavez Jr showed a great chin absorbing everything the Irishman had to offer.
This past Saturday nite Chavez Jr. gets an ‘A’ in all of the categories a championship caliber fighter must possess, after a slow start Chavez Jr. broke Lee down finishing him in the 7th round. Next up for Chavez Jr will be Sergio Martinez (hopefully) and many fans, critics and boxing insiders are making this fight a 50/50 fight based on the best fight of Chavez Jr’s career – against Lee. It was also said pre-fight that the Lee fight would be Chavez Jr’s last fight at 160lbs, so where will a fight against Martinez take place?? At 168??
Style wise the ONLY thing Lee and Martinez have in common is the southpaw stance which Chavez was able to circumnavigate against Lee. continue
By Michael Klimes: The death of the Cuban legend Teófilo Stevenson from a heart attack earlier last week opened a door in my mind about the relationship between politics and sport. I went back and watched some of the footage from his campaigns during the 1972, 1976 and 1980 Olympics. At each competition, he won the gold medal with ease as he gilded through the tournament with the unimpeachable authority of a prince. He looked like one to boot with his memorable smile and unforgettable looks. To be reminded of his natural athleticism as I watched him depose of his opponents by that dazzling straight right hand left me spellbound. I was unable to find the complimentary adjective. continue
By James Slater: This week (June 20th in 1960) Floyd Patterson managed to do something no other boxer had been able to do at that time - regain the heavyweight championship of the world. Former greats such as Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis had tried and failed. Yet Floyd, in his rematch with Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson, was able to make history and win back his heavyweight crown.
Floyd had been badly beaten by Johansson a year earlier. Knocked down seven times in a shocking third round by the Swede’s right hand punch - a blow soon to become famously known as “The Hammer of Thor” - Patterson’s title was gone. He was badly embarrassed and locked himself away to train for a return fight. Training like never before, Floyd lived like a monk, intent on restoring his pride and dignity. A full twelve months later, the twenty-five year old finally got his chance at revenge.
Coming into the fight about eight pounds heavier than he‘d weighed for the first bout, Floyd was much stronger physically than he had been in his initial encounter with the man he had so badly underestimated. This time he was at his very best. continue
By James Slater: It could be one hot night of boxing in Las Vegas on September 15th, Mexican independence day! According to Top Rank’s Bob Arum, rival middleweight rulers Sergio Gabriel Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Junior will settle their differences that night, at The Thomas and Mack Centre. While according to Richard Schaefer and Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy, Mexican star and reigning WBC 154-pound king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will meet former welterweight champ Victor Ortiz that September evening, down the road at The MGM Grand (subject to Ortiz coming though okay against the upset-minded Josesito Lopez this Saturday). continue
By James Slater: Marcos Maidana, one of the most exciting fighters in boxing today, will return to action on July 21st in Cincinnati. The Argentine banger will seek a win at welterweight following his wide points loss to Devon Alexander back in February. continue
By Dave Cacciatore: The clamor created by people on HBO has nearly launched Senator Harry Reid into an investigation into official scoring in the sweet science. Charges of fight fixing, gamblers betting late money on the underdog, and promotional allegiances and other half verified rumors have swirled the airwaves and internet. Many in the media seem to be quick to jump on and over-analyze any of these rumors with birther like zeal. However, who in the media is turning the question around and asking questions about the accuser crying loudest; HBO?
For all of the talk of the robbery, no one in the boxing community would seriously argue that was not the best Manny Pacquiao we ever saw. Manny looked slow at times. His conditioning was mediocre at best for a championship fight of this caliber. He never got off in combination. He never really hurt Bradley in the fight. And many rounds he was fighting only one out of every three minutes. These points are not in dispute and these points do not suggest that Pacquiao was deserving of a sweeping tide in the area of benefit of the doubt. continue
By James Slater: Freddie Roach has called him the best American prospect in today’s heavyweight division, and last night, on the under-card of Tomasz Adamek’s points win over a one-armed Eddie Chambers, Bryant Jennings improved to 14-0(6) with a ten-round shut-out over the durable Steve Collins, 25-2-1(18). continue
By James Slater: Who should superstar Manny Pacquiao fight next? Due to the massive outcry over the controversial scoring of the two officials that saw 33-year-old Pac-Man lose to underdog Tim Bradley last weekend, millions of fans want to see a rematch of that fight, so as to see justice served (most people, the same ones who are convinced Pacquiao easily beat Bradley, see Pac-Man scoring a KO in a sequel). continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - The difference in speed and athleticism was apparent in the opening seconds. “Fast” Eddie Chambers was as quick and elusive as his moniker suggests. Adamek looked confused and bamboozled, as Chambers tagged him with quick right hands that seemed to appear from nowhere. His catlike reflexes and awkward head and upper body movement left Tomasz baffled, off-balance, and frequently missing the mark. “Fast” Eddie was even showboating and gesturing in the very first round! It appeared as though it would be a long night for the Polish boxer. Adamek, however, has always exhibited several key attributes that have enabled him to overcome obstacles in the past: (1) great warrior heart, (2) a tremendous chin, and the most overlooked (3) a high ring IQ with a proven ability to adapt.
As we now know Chambers suffered an arm injury in the first round, which effectively reduced him to become a one-armed fighter for the remainder of the contest. Did this have an impact on the fight? Almost certainly! Would Chambers have been able to defeat Adamek with two working arms? It would appear like a strong possibility. We will most likely never know, though, especially if Team Adamek is smart and rumors from the Polish Press about a title shot against Alexander Povetkin prove true. Even with one arm, however, Chambers was still a formidable foe who proved a most difficult challenge for Adamek. Ultimately it was Adamek’s ring smarts, though, that enabled him to find a way to win the match, despite the inaccurate and biased picture that was being painted by television commentators. continue
McAllen, TX (June 16, 2012) - Earlier this evening, Texas fight fans experienced a great night of world class professional boxing at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas presented by Golden Boy Promotions. If you missed the live action or the TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" broadcast, below is a summary of the results: continue
By Jeff Meyer: Tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, Polish-bred heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (46-2-0, 28 KOs) received a gift unanimous decision over Philadelphia fighter “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-3-0, 18 KOs), winning the vacant IBF North American Heavyweight Title in the process. Chambers’ last fight was a unanimous decision over Derric Rossy four months ago, a fight that Chambers waited over a year to take after losing a brutal knockout title bout against IBF and WBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko. continue
By James Slater: After turning in his most impressive display so far in his ever improving pro career, WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Junior now looks ahead to a big, big fight against “universally accepted best middleweight in the world” Sergio Gabriel Martinez.
After proving way too strong, too vicious and too powerful for a game Andy Lee, 26-year-old Chavez Jr felt confident enough to predict a KO win over “Maravilla.” And you know what? For the first time, I’m looking at Martinez-Chavez as a competitive, tough-to-pick fight. I’m not saying the Mexican star will win; but I wouldn’t in any way call the fight (according to Arum, set for The Thomas and Mack in Vegas on Sept 15th - the same night Canelo Alvarez is to face Victor Ortiz, also in Las Vegas) a predictable win for the Argentine southpaw. I would have done a year or so ago, though.
Chavez, in scoring that ultra-impressive 7th-round stoppage over Lee, looked an absolute beast. continue
By John G. Thompson: Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO's) weighed a quarter pound less than Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KO's) the day before the fight, but this evening at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas Chavez was simply too big for Lee. He bullied Lee around the ring from the third round on and stopped Lee in the seventh to retain his WBC middleweight belt on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue
By Paul Strauss: Momentarily, there was hope. The first couple of rounds might have fooled a few Andy Lee fans, making them think there was a chance. There really wasn't. Everything was in favor of Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. First, the bloodline, then the location (El Paso, TX), then his size, his power, to go along with his better combinations, body punching, and so on. Andy Lee had a chance on paper. That's about it. continue
By Sam Geraci: In a crossroads fight to determine who is a top-ten fighter versus who deserves a title shot, Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 28 KOs) defeated “Fast” Eddie Chambers (38-2, 18 KOs) via unanimous decision in an entertaining fight in which Chambers fought courageously with one arm throughout most of the fight because of an injury. Two judges scored it 116-112 while one judge somehow scored it 119-109. From my couch, I scored it 116-114 for Chambers. Here’s what I saw: continue
By Michael Collins: A hulking WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KO's) overwhelmed a slender Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KO's) on size alone on Saturday night in getting a 7th round TKO stoppage at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The fight was halted after Chavez Jr. hurt Lee with a big shot along the ropes and the referee Lawrence Cole hastily jumped in and halted the fight a little too quickly in my book. The stoppage time was 2:21 of the round. continue
by Michael Collins: In another god awful decision that further blackens the eyes of boxing, a slow and plodding Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 29 KO's) won a controversial 12 round unanimous decision over American Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KO's)on Saturday night at the at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. continue
By Sam Geraci: After some minor controversies surrounding the venue of the fight and the weights of their gloves, it appears that tonight in El Paso, TX, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31KOs) of Mexico and Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) of Ireland are finally ready to step up in class to fight each other for Chavez’ 160lb WBC title. continue
Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe both expressed their desire to get a rematch on as soon as possible after a disappointing end to their interim World Boxing Association (WBA) super-bantamweight title clash. continue
By Adrian Hernandez: Tonight from the Convention Center in Pharr, TX, Telefutura “Solo Boxeo” will showcase undefeated Super Bantamweight Jerry Guevara (7-0, 5 KOs) from Brownsville, TX, in a six round special feature. continue
By James Slater: One fighter’s injury has led to another fighter getting a big opportunity. Lightweight Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios had to pull out of his scheduled July 7th fight with light-welterweight Maurico Herrera, which was set for The Home Depot Centre, L.A. Rios has an arm injury - and now HBO have replaced the telecast with former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik against former amateur star Will Rosinsky. continue
By James Slater: Former linear heavyweight champ Shannon Briggs - last seen losing heavily to WBC king Vitali Klitschko, and recently losing out on a substantial sum of money in a court case - is set to fight again. Next year. continue
Two new WBF World Champions were crowned on Friday night June 15, as Holly Holm dethroned Women’s World Welterweight Champion Anne Sophie Mathis in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Nadjib Mohammedi took the World Light Heavyweight crown from Doudou Ngumbu in Pennes Mirabeau, France. continue
By Bob Hoskins: 2012 will probably bring about the end to a fine career in the form of Vitali Klitschko as he looks to another career in politics. His younger brother may also ponder his future as the dearth of worthy challengers to his titles could well accelerate his retirement also. continue
NEW YORK (June 15, 2012) – An injury has forced heavyweight Chris Arreola to withdraw from his scheduled June 23 fight against Mike Mollo, which was slated to open the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast on SHOWTIME®. The premium network will move ahead with a doubleheader featuring two 12-round fights. continue
Los Angeles (June 15) - Former NABF Lightweight Champion Josesito Lopez will be spending a special Father's Day this Sunday at Dodger Stadium as he kicks off the official fight week for "Ortiz vs. Lopez" on Saturday, June 23 at STAPLES Center. Lopez will be giving his best impression of Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw when he takes the mound before Sundays game. Just prior to that, he will be signing autographs with fans at the "Viva Los Dodgers" event in lot 6 of the Dodger Stadium parking lot. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Recently, Floyd Mayweather’s lawyer and doctor had their say in how it seems the world boxing champion is being treated in jail. They claimed, based on no solid evidence, that Mayweather Jr. was being severely mistreated by not being allowed to properly exercise and by not being provided with proper dietary needs. continue
Controversy has broke out after the weigh-in of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Andy Lee world title bout in El Paso, Texas over the gloves for the fight. A representative for the Texas Commission refused a request made by Team Lee to have Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. gloves weighed to ensure they met the 10 oz regulations and conditions for the world title fight. Freddie Roach, Chavez's trainer also would not agree to Team Lee's request either. Team Lee were stunned as were many boxing observers and they could not understand what the problem was.
Texas is a state that has been mired in boxing controversy in recent years, but that doesn't seem to concern their commission officials enough to make them ensure a level playing field, apparently. continue
By John G. Thompson: Following the biggest win of his career, the new WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (29-0, 12 KO’s) reports that he is getting death threats on Facebook and Twitter. So instead of celebrating his victory over one of the generation’s best boxers, Manny Pacquiao, Bradley must contend with malicious criticism and now threats against his life. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 15 - The first fight between Bryan Vera and Sergio Mora in February of 2011 was one of the most competitive battles of the year, with Vera pounding out a close split decision win over the former World Champion. On Saturday, August 11 these two 160-pound standouts will do it again in Vera's home state of Texas and this time, the vacant NABO middleweight title will be on the line in the main event of TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" from the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio. continue
SCOTT QUIGG and Rendall Munroe were both ready for battle after weighing in for tomorrow (Saturday) night’s vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) interim world super-bantamweight title at Manchester Velodrome. continue
By James Slater: Vinny Maddalone is never, ever in a bad fight. The same can be said of unbeaten, much-hyped British heavyweight hope Tyson Fury. How then, can we expect anything other than a sizzling slugfest on July 7th? continue
London (June, 15) Vinny Maddalone, the Italian Stallion from New York, will be travelling to the UK and has told fans "Don't Blink" as he's looking to be the first to beat the 6ft 9inch Irish Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, when the pair square off at the Hand Arena, Clevedon, Somerset on Saturday 7th July. continue
By James Slater: Just when we were looking forward to a possible “fun” fight at heavyweight, between Chris Arreola and Mike Mollo, does the fight get cancelled. Various web sites have reported how “The Nightmare” has been forced to withdraw from the June 23rd fight that was set for the Ortiz-Lopez bill at The Staples Centre in L.A. continue
By James Slater: Fight fans were saddened by the passing of the legendary Cuban amateur Teofilo Stevenson this week; Cuban fans, along with everyday people from the small island where the three-time Olympic gold medallist was a God, especially. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice conversation with well respected boxing trainer “Iceman” John Scully, who will be training “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) for his September 8 date against super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs). Scully spoke about the upcoming match against Ward and the fact it is taking place at 168 pounds. He also shared his views on a variety of other topics including Manny Pacquiao’s split decision loss against Timothy Bradley, whether we will ever get to see Mayweather-Pacquiao, Carl Froch’s dominant KO win against Lucian Bute, this weekend’s heavyweight showdown between Tomasz Adamek and “Fast” Eddie Chambers, and Saturday night’s middleweight contest between Julio Cesar Chavez Junior and Andy Lee. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello everyone. This is Geoffrey Ciani from East Side Boxing and I am joined here by highly regarded trainer “Iceman” John Scully. How is everything going today, John?
JOHN SCULLY: Very well. I just got in from the gym and I’m ready to talk.
CIANI: Good! Good to hear. The news of the boxing world, John, of course is still last weekend’s between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. I was wondering if you could give the fans out there your views on the fight and the official decision that was rendered by the judges?
***CLICK PLAYER TO LISTEN TO ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY
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By Robert Jackson: “Any Publicity is good Publicity” is an addage commonly attributed to Hollywood movie stars and starlets, the meaning here is that, it’s better to receive bad publicity than no publicity at all, Ms. Lohan can attest to this. After last Saturday’s BIG fight controversy which will be replayed tomorrow night, one has to wonder whether this addage also applies to the ‘Sweet Science’? continue
Loft 47, Newark, NJ - Kathy Duva, Main Events CEO - "This is a tremendous fight between two great heavyweights. That is something that we don't get to see very much lately and something we intend to change. We actually started changing it back in January when we saw a fabulous heavyweight fight on NBCSN, and we saw it again in March." continue
June 14, 2012 - Illinois' Heavyweight contender, Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs), will step in the ring to challenge Riverside California's, Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs), on the undercard of the Victor Ortiz vs. Joseito Lopez fight, taking place at the Staples Center on June 23, 2012. The 10-round bout will open the Showtime telecast portion of their scheduled triple-header. continue
World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver world welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin held a press conference at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel in Istanbul to talk about his July 28th world championship bout against Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero. continue
This Saturday’s (16 June) big showdown between World Boxing Council (WBC) World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Irishman Andy Lee will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/Virgin Ch. 546). continue
Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Ken Thompson/Thompson Boxing Promotions will present a sensational championship fight card on June 29 at Omega Products Outdoor Arena in Corona, California. The main event and co-featured fights will be televised on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights live on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 at 10:30 p.m. ET. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 14) - Undefeated contenders Carlos Cuadras and Gilberto Ramirez have combined to deliver a 45-0 (38 knockouts) record, making them two of Mexico's most talked about rising stars. On Saturday, June 16 they will get the biggest tests of their respective young careers, when they co-headline Televisa's "Sabados De Corona" from the Palaya Mamitas in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in separate fights that will also be televised on FOX Deportes in the United States. continue
By Robert Jackson: This coming Saturday nite Mexico’s other favorite son will be going up against Kronk middleweight Champion Andy Lee. Chavez Jr. couldn’t have chosen a more worthy opponent this side of Sergio Martinez, and Martinez should get his crack at Chavez Jr. and the title if Chavez defeats Lee. continue
By James Slater: It seems Floyd "money" Mayweather is going to have to tough it out for the remainder of his 87 day jail sentence. As fans may have read, the 35 year old superstar recently had his legal team request that he serves the remainder of his time under house arrest instead of in the Las Vegas jail he currently resides. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: Last night June 13th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, N.J. First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions presented an exciting fight card as a fundraiser for Derek’s Dreams. There were several changes during the week in the participants. However the fights were very entertaining. Fights at the club level generally always provide more action and excitement then undercards of $ 70 PPV’s on television. continue
By James Slater: This Saturday night, in the adopted home of the hugely popular Tomasz Adamek - Newark, New Jersey - Philly’s “Fast” Eddie Chambers and “Goral“ will clash, and the winner will be a huge step closer to another crack at the world heavyweight title. continue
By James Slater: Showtime have a pretty good fight card set for June 23rd. All set to rumble at The Staples Centre in L.A, are welterweights Victor Ortiz-Josesito Lopez, and at light-welter Humberto Soto will face the hard-hitting Lucas Martin Matthysse; while up at heavyweight, WBC #1 contender Chris Arreola will step in with the returning Mike Mollo. continue
By P.H. Burbridge - So much is lost or ignored amidst the general discourse once a “controversy” fills the air.
If Saturday night in Las Vegas has proven one thing it’s that hypocrisy is alive and well in professional boxing. Fight fans seem to be up in arms that Manny Pacquiao wasn’t awarded the decision for what many believe a winning performance against undefeated American, Timothy Bradley. Some fans are “outraged” while other so called “boxing experts” openly call for the creation of a national regulatory body to intervene to avoid future “travesties of justice”.
Those pontificating about a regulatory body supervised by the government are dreaming. That kind of talk has been going on almost as long as the “abolish boxing” chat has. When you hear folk’s pull the “we need a government controlled boxing commission” card it’s similar to the cry for stiffer gun laws after a high profile murder takes place. No one tries to understand the root cause of why one person killed another and they go straight to “it’s the system!. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - One thing that has been lost in the midst of all the controversy surrounding Timothy Bradley’s split decision victory over Manny Pacquiao is the fact that Pac-Man is starting to show his age. In particular, his once superhuman stamina is now in decline reducing Pacquiao to the punch output of a mere mortal. This is to be expected of a boxer Pacquiao’s age, especially one that utilizes such a dynamic style. The story of the fight, however, has almost exclusively revolved around the decision itself. Since most observers had Pacquiao winning comfortably (I myself had it 118-110 in his favor), the fact that Pacquiao is now beginning to noticeably slow down has been something that has escaped largely unnoticed from the public eye.
When discussing a hypothetical matchup between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior, which is something every die-hard and casual boxing fan has done to the point of exhaustion these past few years, Pacquiao possessed two key attributes that led many to believe he can become the first to defeat Mayweather. One of those keys was the sheer explosiveness of his fight game, which includes tremendous power combined with blazing speed. But the other and equally important key was Pacquiao’s magnificent work rate! Not only is Pacquiao widely viewed as the kind of guy who had the potential to overwhelm Floyd with combination assaults, but his impeccable stamina meant that he would have opportunities to hurt Floyd in every second of every round, for twelve full rounds! It now appears that one of Pacquiao’s biggest advantages in a potential showdown with Floyd is already no longer the great edge onlookers once believed. Let us examine further. continue
MONTREAL (June 13, 2012) – In front of a packed room of television cameras, radio microphones and sports writers at Restaurant 9-4-10 within Montreal’s Bell Centre, undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., and popular hometown favorite and former World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) held a press conference Wednesday to formally announce their upcoming world title showdown on Saturday, Aug. 11, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® from Bell Centre.
There was a respectful but intense atmosphere to announce what could potentially be the division's best matchup in years between two young fighters in their prime. Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who promotes Cloud, waved Canadian flags while sporting his signature U.S. jean jacket throughout the press conference.
The co-feature will match Canadian knockout artist Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, (18-1, 15 KOs) of Montreal , against an opponent to be announced in a super middleweight bout. continue
NEW YORK (June 13, 2012) -- Former World Champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, former NABF Super Lightweight Champion Josesito Lopez, former Three-Division World Champion Humberto Soto and top-rated super lightweight contender Lucas Matthysse participated in an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their participation in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event on Saturday, June 23, to be broadcast live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
“Ortiz vs. Lopez,” a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship taking place Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., 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. The co-feature will see former Three-Division World Champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto battle Argentinean knockout artist Lucas Matthysse in a 12-round fight for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title which is presented in association with Baja Boxing Promotions and Arano Box Promotions. Opening the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING tripleheader at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) will be top rated heavyweight contender Chris Arreola facing Mike Mollo in a 10-round fight. continue
By Ted Spoon - It is not only humbling, but startling what age can do to us. When the autumn of life begins the idea that was you gradually fades into a tattered semblance. The degree of change varies from one to the next of course; it is less forgiving in others. Before he left us Lionel Rose could have been another person.
A chiselled figure had become bloated, the features of an expressive face had sunken, and a distinct voice had deepened. To contemplate that this man used to be the best 118lbs fighter in the world was a good exercise for the brain. continue
On Saturday, June 16th, NBC Sports Network "Fight Night will return with Tomasz "Goral" Adamek vs. "Fast" Eddie Chambers at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The first fight will be 6:30pm at "The Rock" and the NBCSN broadcast will begin begin at 9PM ET. continue
by TMZ Staff: Floyd Mayweather just got knocked out by a Nevada judge ... who scoffed at the boxer's claim he is withering away in jail ... essentially ruling Mayweather is acting like a baby. continue
I would like to express my deepest apologies for the expression that appeared in the newsletter of yesterday calling the fight of last Saturday “the theft of the century,” which was an exaggerated and bad translation from the Spanish, blamed on ourselves. continue
New York, NY (6/13/12) - On Saturday, June 16, DiBella Entertainment-promoted middleweight contender "Irish" Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) will challenge Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1-1NC, 31 KOs), for the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight championship, at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. At today's final press conference, promoter Lou DiBella expressed supreme confidence in his fighter, but also called for fairness, in light of all the recent controversies that have afflicted boxing over the past few months. continue
by James Slater - Yesterday, ESPN Classic ran the first, most amazing, fight between the late Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward. Not having seen this absolute, well, classic, in quite some time, I was reminded of the toughness, the greatness and the sheer bravery of both gladiators. Much has been written about Gatti, and deservedly so - but Ward is also a fighter on whom not enough can be written in tribute (roll on “The Fighter II,” I say).
SHERMAN OAKS, CA (June 13) - With a week to go before he steps up to challenge #4-ranked WBO Latino Junior Welterweight Champion Javier Castro for his international title belt at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, CA - with a possible world title opportunity for the winner lying in the balance - Mike Dallas, Jr. took time out to discuss his upcoming June 22nd ESPN "Friday Night Fights" main event. continue
By James Slater - We never should have believed David Haye when he said he was going to retire from the sport of boxing at the young age of 31. We never did believe “The Hayemaker” would ever stop talking! And here we are now, some 11 months on from the former cruiserweight king’s “retirement,” awaiting his next big fight.
Set to face archrival Dereck Chisora next month (and the dislike between these two does seem to be for real, not some hype to promote the July 14th fight), Haye has gone into overdrive to promote a fight that has already received an absolute ton of press and fan attention due to what happened at that infamous “Munich Madness” press conference in February. Fans are split down the middle: some see the fight between the two men who brawled with the whole world watching as nothing but a black eye for the sport and have vowed to boycott the action, while others say they can’t wait to see the genuine grudge-match unfold. continue
June 13, 2012 - On August 10, ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" returns to the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif., when Gary Shaw Productions in associations with Thompson Boxing Promotions, presents a lightweight main event attraction featuring Columbia's undefeated power puncher Darley Perez (25-0, 19 KOs) against Australia's rugged tough guy, Michael Katsidis "The Great" (28-6, 23 KOs). The 10-round bout will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
World Boxing Federation Women’s World Welterweight Champion, and Pound-For-Pound Queen, Anne Sophie Mathis is just a few days away from her June 15 rematch with Holly Holm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mathis stopped Holm in their first fight last December by seventh round knockout, and is confident she will be able to win again. The WBF World title fight will be promoted by Fresquez Productions. continue
By John Wight - Manny Pacquaio has more than earned the right to retire from the sport of boxing and liberate himself from the clutch of hangers-on who follow him wherever he goes, demanding his time, energy, kindness, and money. The manner in which he responded to the biggest act of grand larceny ever suffered by one individual proved beyond doubt that he is a man and an athlete for whom the term ‘class act’ was invented. Boxing will certainly miss him when he goes, though judging by his demeanour in the ring after the Bradley debacle it appears less certain that he will miss boxing.
The axiom that familiarity breeds contempt has been evident over the past few fights involving Pacquaio, with more and more critical voices being raised over his legacy, ability, and those allegations that just won’t go away regarding PEDs. These are the bitter fruits of success in a world in which envy and hate are emotional counterparts to the bling, bluster, and bullshit that elite boxing has become.
For over a decade the Filipino sensation has entertained, inspired, and dominated the sport at every weight he’s fought at, doing so with a smile on his face and respect for every one of his opponents. Indeed, the humility he’s exuded throughout his career bears witness to a fighter who has never forgotten the poverty whence he came. continue
June 12, 2012 – HBO Sports returns with an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Saturday, June 16 (12:30 a.m. ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at Filipino star Nonito Donaire. “2 Days” is a revealing and intimate look at a 48-hour span in the life of a boxer in the lead-up to one of his fights and the next edition will focus on rising junior featherweight star Nonito Donaire. The feature is approximately 15 minutes. Donaire is set to return to the ring on Saturday, July 7 when he headlines an HBO Boxing After Dark card versus Jeffery Mathebula of South Africa from the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA (10:00 p.m. ET/PT). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: When Juan Manuel Marquez stated that he thought that the fight between Pacquiao and Bradley wasn’t even close, and that Pacquiao should have won by at least five points, he was being nice compared to how Andre Ward feels about the situation. continue
By Phenyo Molefe: In midst of the seas of controversy which have surfaced in the aftermath of Saturday’s main event in Vegas, I was prompted to review a tape of the action to ensure that my judgement of this fight was not impaired by prior expectation. A seemingly unlikely upset has polarised factions within the boxing world, with a greater leaning towards an unfair decision granted in Timothy Bradley favour. continue
By James Slater: As has been announced by Golden Boy, unbeaten Mexican sensation and reigning WBC light-middleweight king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez finally has an opponent for his September 15th fight in Las Vegas. With the tragically injured Paul Williams out and James Kirkland pricing himself out (also, James’ shoulder issue proved significant in him not getting the fight he wanted; and may still get at a later date), Alvarez needed a Pay-Per-View-worthy foe fast. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to BoxRec.com, Timothy Bradley’s win over Manny Pacquiao was solid enough to instantly skyrocket him to become the fourth top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
The list of the top five pound-for-pound boxers is as follows: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Wladimir Klitschko, Vitali Klitschko, Timothy Bradley, and lastly Manny Pacquiao. This list is not necessary erroneous, but bumping Timothy Bradley up and ahead of Manny Pacquiao seems a bit too soon.
Not only is the unpopular victory being disputed and looked into, but being placed ahead of let’s say Juan Manuel Marquez is a little bit absurd at this point in time. I understand that having a victory over Pacquiao is not just something to be proud of, but it’s groundbreaking in current boxing state of affairs.
Truthfully, I am in no way implying that a win over Manny Pacquiao doesn’t deserve a tremendous boost in rankings, it most definitely does, but in this case, not yet. continue
By James Slater - Whoever said Floyd Mayweather’s 87-day jail sentence would be relatively easy? Many fans wrote on this site that the near three month term (if Floyd serves his full sentence) would be quite easy for Mayweather, as he would spend the time training, etc. Well, according to a very interesting piece by The Las Vegas Review Journal, the 35-year-old superstar’s physical condition is deteriorating due to his being stuck in his cell for 23 hours a day.
The long spells left alone in his cell each day are due simply to Mayweather’s celebrity status. Reportedly, Doctor Robert Voy, a former chief medical officer of the U.S Olympic Committee, examined Floyd for 90-minutes on Friday and found Mayweather had a “dehydrated appearance, a loss of muscle tone and dry mucus membranes.. continue
June 12, 2012 - Once beaten cruiserweight contender BJ Flores (27-1-1, 17 KOs) has gone public, calling out undefeated Nigerian Lateef "Power" Kayode (18-0-1, 14 KOs) after his fight on Showtime Championship Boxing where he had a draw with five-time world champion, Antonio Tarver (29-6-1, 20 KOs). Flores contacted Gary Shaw Productions last week with his request. continue
Exclusive interview by James Slater - K2 boss Tom Loeffler says his middleweight, Gennady Golovkin, is one of the hardest punchers he’s even seen in boxing. Fans who have access to BoxNation will most likely agree with Loeffler. Last seen taking out the capable Makoto Fuchigama in the 3rd-round and before that the previously unstopped Lajuan Simon in the 1st, Golovkin thrilled BoxNation viewers.
The unbeaten 30-year-old is now 23-0(20) as a pro, and the Kazakhstan warrior holds the “regular” WBA title. Craving the big fights, the former amateur standout gets his chance next when, on August 25th, he will meet fellow danger-man/avoided fighter Dmitry Pirog. Loeffler sees this fight as Golovkin’s “coming out party,” and if the German-based banger wins, the bigger fights are expected to roll in.
“This fight with Pirog is definitely the toughest fight yet of my entire career, amateur or pro,” Golovkin says, as translated by Loeffler.
“Pirog is unbeaten and he is a [WBO] world champion. I’d say that, before this fight, my toughest, most difficult fight was my [4th-round KO] win over Lucian Bute (at the 2003 World Amateur Championships, held in Bangkok).. continue
It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® when HBO Sports presents MANNY PACQUIAO VS. TIMOTHY BRADLEY, the exclusive replay of the world welterweight title fight, SATURDAY, JUNE 16 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live coverage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, calls all the action. The telecast will be available in HDTV. continue
NBC Sports Network's second installment of Fight Night 36 premieres tomorrow night with a look at Heavyweight contender, Eddie Chambers as he prepares for his big fight against Tomasz Adamek on June 16th. NBC's Fight Night 36 follows Chambers as he leaves his home environment for the first time and trains at the legendary Kronk gym in Detroit. continue
Promoter Ahmet Oner: "If Vitali wants a worthy ending for his great career he should give Solis another shot!"
On May 19th Cuban heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis returned to action by outclassing IBF intercontinental champion Konstantin Airich in Pharr, Texas. It was Solis’ first fight since suffering a bad knee injury at the end of the first round of his WBC world heavyweight title fight against Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 in Germany.
Now the WBC awarded the Cuban’s comeback win with the no. 10 spot in their heavyweight ratings putting Solis in a position where he is a potential challenger for Klitschko’s title again. Vitali has already announced that he wants to fight again in early September in Kiev (Ukraine); lots of names have been discussed but no deal has been officially announced yet. continue
by Paul Strauss: For years Teddy Atlas has been harping about the need for national commission or governing body in boxing. Saturday night's travesty is prime evidence Teddy is right. Maybe we all need to write our senators and congressman about the need for a national commission. Such an organization would have to have the authority or governmental clout that would empower them to step in when something like the theft that occurred in Vegas is perpetrated.
Establishing such a governing body would be no easy task, and maybe that's one reason it has never been done, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be done. continue
By Robert Brown - This past weekend we had the 147lb battle between undefeated rising American super star Timothy Bradley and 8 time world champion and premier P4P king Manny Pacquiao.
Most experts thought that this match up would be competitive, but in the end Pacquiao would just be too strong and over power a very spirited Timothy Bradley. Before the fight HBO’s Harold Lederman stated that he had some reservations about 1 judge in particular that was selected for this fight “CJ Ross”, Lederman thought that this judge had given some incorrect score cards in the past and may be to influenced by crowd reactions and therefor felt that this judge was too inexperienced for this assignment and appeared to be uncomfortable with her selection, however Lederman was quiet comfortable with the other two selections Duane Ford and Jerry Roth because they were experienced judges who had been judging for decades. continue
By John Wight - "What is one million dollars compared with the love of eight million Cubans?"
These were the words of legendary Cuban heavyweight boxer Teofilo Stevenson in response to a lucrative multi-million-dollar offer to turn pro and fight Muhammad Ali after the Montreal Olympics in 1976.
They remain as powerful a testament to the nature and character of the Cuban Revolution today as they did when spoken over 30 years ago.
Today the word legend is bandied around so often in sport that it has almost been rendered devoid of meaning.
This isn't the case, however, when it comes to describing Stevenson, a man who dominated world amateur boxing over a career that spanned 14 years and three Olympic Games, returning on each occasion with a gold medal to make him one of only three boxers to achieve this remarkable feat (one of the other two men to have achieved this feat happens to be fellow Cuban Felix Savon). continue
By Michael Montero: Maybe the Mayans got it right, only they weren’t talking about the world itself. Perhaps historians misinterpreted the ancient scrolls prophesying the end of days. Possibly, conceivably, imaginably – it just may be – the storied Mayan prophecies were warning of a boxing apocalypse in the year 2012.
Boxing has always loved to shoot itself in the foot, but this year it seems the sport is trying to flat out commit suicide. Recently two important fights were cancelled due to failed drug tests as Americans Lamont Peterson and Andre Berto tested positive for PEDs. Just last week, the face of the sport in America reported to jail in order to serve out a punishment he was dealt for assaulting the mother of his children. continue
By Omar Calo: If you have some knowledge about boxing, and have been following the sport for quite some time now, I’m pretty sure you asked yourself the same question. Last Saturday’s when Timothy Bradley was awarded a split decision over Manny Pacquiao, it has been the worst decision I have seen since Trinidad - De La Hoya fiasco back in 1999. Of course, there has been other upsets after that horror, but that’s the best comparison I can come up with right at this moment. continue
by Christopher Lettera: Youngstown, Ohio bought the hype and took the ride. Atlantic City, New Jersey. September 29th, 2007. Pavlik fired what Teddy Atlas called his “.357 Magnum” of a right hand. Jermain Taylor's chest muscles twitched. The Ghost was anointed. The city collectively roared, took ownership.
Local working-class scholars Sherry Linkon and John Russo wrote that “Youngstown's story is America's story.” Youngstown is an immigrant city, a former industrial hub where from 1920 to the 1960s, factory furnaces burned and men worked and families were fed (read: an enduring image of classic American masculine success). After Youngstown Sheet and Tube closed in 77, after US Steel went away in 79 and 80, after Republic Steel went bankrupt, after countless working men came to understand the meaning of emasculation, after Kelly Pavlik rose from the canvas in 07, a great many of Youngstown's 66,000+ inhabitants wanted to believe and they cannot be faulted. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 11, 2012) – Bob Arum, Chairman and CEO of Top Rank, said today that he has submitted a formal request to the Nevada Attorney General’s office for a full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of Saturday’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship fight between defending champion Manny Pacquiao and challenger Timothy Bradley. The Pacquiao-Bradley welterweight title fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Due to Manny Pacquiao’s loss to Timothy Bradley this past Saturday night, it seems like Juan Manuel Marquez might have to wait a little bit longer for another chance at facing Pacquiao again. Team Pacquiao will now be directing their efforts and time into getting the decision either reversed, or a rematch actualized. continue
By James Slater - Whether you think Tim Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao or not, the official result, a 12-round split decision victory for Bradley, will stand. The boxing world is still trying to get over the shock - of both a bad decision in the eyes of millions and of Pacquiao’s seven year winning streak coming to an end - but Bradley, a Pound-for-Pound entrant even before the biggest, most controversial win of his pro career, must now be looked at as a fighter worthy of being put close to the very top of the mythical ratings.
Who deserves to be the top dog P-4-P right now? A guy currently incarcerated in a Las Vegas prison? Bradley? Pacquiao? Or someone else?
Here is my choice for today’s pound-for-pound top-10 continue
by Pete Madzelan - Let’s go back in time. Back to June 1982, and the heavyweight championship fight between champion, Larry Holmes and challenger, Gerry Cooney. The fight made cash registers jingle—it was a bonanza, brought on by a buildup that left nothing out. It was boxer-vs-puncher; youth-vs-age with the possibility of the changing of the guard. There was much written about Holmes’ age of 32, and Cooney was the perfect antithesis to aging emotions: young and powerful. And then there was this—the emergence of a White Hope. Something that Cooney didn’t want, but there it was: “Why can’t we be two fighters, two athletes, both trying to win.”
Originally, the fight was scheduled for March 15, 1982, but was postponed when in January, Cooney’s was injured—a partial tear of muscle fibers in the posterior of his shoulder. continue
Andy ‘Irish’ Lee (28-1, 20KO’s) is a fighter on a mission as he prepares to challenge unbeaten middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) for his WBC championship green belt on June 16 at the outdoor Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas.
The tall 6’2’’ Kronk fighter has just completed a 10 week training camp in preparation for his world title bout and is looking in great condition and extremely sharp in sparring. Lee has been trading punches at the Detroit Kronk Gym with aggressive sparring partners such as Mike Jimenez, Adonis Stevenson, Edwin Rodriguez, Don George and Brian Vera. continue
By James Slater - Houston’s heavyweight hope Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott has been working hard with heavyweight contender Tony Thompson in Washington D.C. Ahead of “The Tiger’s” July 7th rematch with world heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko, Skipp, all 6’8” and approx 250-pounds of him, was brought in to emulate the mighty “Dr. Steel Hammer” in sparring.
Currently 15-1(10) in his own pro career, Scott reports that 40-year-old southpaw Thompson is looking great in camp. Skipp is also of the (admittedly biased) opinion that Thompson might just be able to pull off the win in the rematch set for a sold-out crowd in Switzerland.
Kindly granting me an over the phone interview directly from Thompson’s camp this past weekend (June 9th), Skipp, always a pleasure to speak with, had the following things to say continue
Big Bear Lake, CA (June 11, 2012) – When junior middleweight Abel “Truth Serum” Perry received word that he’d be facing Antonio Margarito May 26, the Colorado City native was confident that a victory over the former three-time welterweight champion would lead to the kind of opportunity he’s dreamed of since day one. continue
By James Slater - Fans are still up in arms over the shocking split decision win Tim Bradley was awarded over superstar Manny Pacquiao on Saturday. The overwhelming majority of fans, and experts, feel Pac-Man did way more than enough to have won (for what it’s worth, I had Pacquiao winning 7 rounds to four with one even) and some are suggesting an official inquiry is the only way to go.
Certainly, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, as livid as can be, wants the Nevada State Athletic Commission to review the fight. Arum is also on record as saying he feels an age limit should be introduced for judges. Both Jerry Roth and C.J Ross, who scored the fight in favour of Bradley, are in their 70s. Arum says people of that age and above have less of an attention span.
However, according to a piece on Fightnews.com, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer said he does not think an inquiry, or any disciplinary action against the judges, will take place. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: “I’m very proud of Manny. I thought he fought a very good fight. I thought that was one of the best fights since the (Miguel) Cotto fight. I told him he gave the 11th round away. Bradley was very tough and very durable. I thought we clearly, clearly won the fight,” Roach said. (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/06/11/12/manny-had-best-performance-cotto-roach). continue
Studio City, CA (June 11) Imagine coming to America at age seven, having never worn, let alone owned a pair of shoes in your life. That is only one of many hardships overcome by brothers Rafael and Gabriel Ruelas on their way to simultaneously becoming World Champions and adored by their fans and the world of boxing. continue
By Paul Albano: First, this wasn’t a controversial decision. I just looked up the word ‘controversy’ and the dictionary seems pretty insistent on the notion that a controversy involves some form of disagreement. Well, there’s no disagreement here. Pacquiao and Bradley fought. Pacquiao won said fight.
And it wasn’t close. Should Manny have pressed harder to get rid of Bradley, and take the fight out of the judges’ increasingly grossly incompetent hands? Sure, I suppose so. Just as we should all read more classic novels and eat less sugar and stop removing the ‘Do Not Remove’ tags from our futons and mattresses. And does Bradley deserve some credit? Why yes, yes he does. Bradley got beaten up for twelve rounds and he didn’t quit. No sir. He just continued to get beaten up. So a doff of the cap to Mr. Bradley—he’s a gentleman amongst men, and he gets beaten up with grace and dignity. continue
Kazim Sharif - So after one of the most shocking defeats of the year, where we saw the Pacman lose his WBO welterweight belt to Tim Bradley, many predicted including myself that Amir Khan would call Tim Bradley out for a third time.
My predictions were right because Khan tweeted that he would fight Bradley as soon as he moved up a weight. continue
The UK's No.1 heavyweight, David Price, is hoping the England football team can follow his lead and produce a knockout performance against the French when the two sides meet in the Euro 2012 tournament today. continue
by Paul Strauss: Manny Pacquiao totally dominated the action at the MGM Grand last night. Timothy Bradley won two, possibly three rounds at most, but he still managed to remain undefeated and steal a victory. Rather, the theft was committed by the judges. Bradley wasn't stupid enough to claim victory in the post-fight interview.
What he did admit was that he was "rocked a couple of times" by Manny. He was being too conservative. It was more than a couple of times. In fact, Manny was blasting him backwards most of the night. About all Bradley proved was that he has a good chin.
The whole night had a weird flavor to it. Leading up the main event, Jorge Arce was to face Jesus Rojas. It was another one of those Mexican vs Puerto Rican matchups that promises lots of action, and the first one round was definitely a sample of what fans hoped would be what was to come. continue
By Reni M. Valenzuela - Boxing will not run out of controversies because boxing is no longer a sport, but pure business. And that mainly caused its demise as the Sweet Science it used to be. Yet crocodiles are well and alive in the squared ring events these days, alas, ever feasting on the game.
The latest joke is bad, so bad for boxing. continue
By James Slater - For every person that is currently moaning and groaning about the controversial split decision win Tim Bradley was last night awarded over Manny Pacquiao, there is another person complaining over how the mega-fight that was Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao will never happen now.
It certainly does look even more doubtful now that that fight, at one time the biggest and most exciting match-up in all of boxing, will ever get made. continue
By James Slater - Wow! Where to start with what happened in Las Vegas last night? First of all, congratulations must go to Tim Bradley, a tough, determined hardworking fighter who said all along he’d shock the world by defeating superstar and P-4-P king Manny Pacquiao. And, despite what many people feel about the split decision that went in favour of “Desert Storm,” Bradley did what he promised he’d do.
With the win, Bradley has changed his life forever and he has well and truly entered the big time in boxing. The shock Bradley caused, and the shock the decision of the judges caused, cannot be taken in fully right now. It will take time for this one to sink in. Pac-Man losing a close decision in his second home of Las Vegas? No way would anyone have predicted that. But it happened, and now we look to the future.
The return is already pencilled in for November 10th, courtesy of that rematch clause Pacquiao was smart enough, at things turned out, to have in the contract. continue
by Ben Hoskin: This afternoon whilst watching events live from Las Vegas (New Zealand time), I believe we may well have seen the finale of one of the most remarkable boxers to grace the sport. The Pac-man has finally succumbed to father time and tasted defeat for the first time since 2005. My personal take on the fight was he'd actually won. He started off very slowly and tanked the first three stanzas but was pretty dominant from rounds four till nine, rocking Bradley on several occasions. Round ten was pivotal as Manny totally switched off and allowed his opponent a "freebie" which gave Bradley renewed hope after it seemed to me his resolve was nearly gone in the middle rounds. Rounds eleven and twelve were hard to score and i'd score them even. My scorecard read six rounds to four with two even for the Pac-man. continue
‘Vicious’ Kieran Farrell has hailed new trainer John Breen as “the final piece of the jigsaw” as he prepares for the first of what the Heywood youngster hopes will be many title fights. 21-year-old Farrell, 12-0, meets fellow unbeaten fighter Joe Elfidh of Harworth on Coldwell Boxing’s Friday, June 22 Viva La Vicious show at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Bolton, with the Central Area lightweight crown at stake. After recently linking up with Coldwell Boxing and Belfast coach Breen, who has trained several world champions including Dave ‘Boy’ McCauley and Paul ‘Hoko’ Hodkinson, Farrell believes he is now ready to begin in earnest the long, arduous journey towards a world title. continue
By James Slater - “Knock Out King” Randall Bailey lived up to his nickname last night at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Boxing on the big Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley card, the 37-year-old grabbed the vacant IBF welterweight title with a smashing 11th-round KO of the previously unbeaten and highly-touted Mike Jones.
The ending came at the 2-mins and 52 second mark of the 11th, when Bailey put Jones down with a crushing right uppercut to the jaw. Jones was out cold. Bailey, a former WBO light-welterweight and interim WBA light-welterweight champ, is now 43-7(37). 29-year-old Jones, hailing from Philly, is now 26-1(19).
Miami’s Bailey got the job done in the end, but he sure did leave it late! Looking like a slow, even disinterested plodder in the early and middle rounds, Bailey just wasn’t letting his hands go. Jones wasn’t doing too much himself, especially for a young fighter approaching his peak, yet he was winning the rounds. In many ways, Jones let a clear points win slip through his hands. Still, it would be unfair to take the great victory away from Bailey. continue
By James Slater - "That was the heavyweight carnival to end all heavyweight carnivals," Jerry Izenberg
It was one of the biggest boxing promotions of its day. Exactly 30 years ago this coming Monday, June 11th, 1982, heavyweight king Larry Holmes defended his fight against unbeaten Irish/American Gerry Cooney. Known for his nickname of “The Great White Hope” (a tag Gerry himself never liked) and for his lethal left hook, Cooney was on his way to becoming the next boxing superstar; in fact it could be argued he had already become so - as the star-studded audience that Las Vegas evening proved. continue
London, Great Britain, 9 June 2012 - A sensational night of pugilistic action saw ten of the World Series of Boxing's best boxers take to the ring at the ExCeL London, the venue for the boxing event at the Olympic Games, for five adrenaline and power packed bouts as the WSB crowned five World Champions in the British capital. A packed arena welcomed the competition's top athletes who put on a real show to the delight of the crowds. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Where to even begin?! There were so many questions going into last night’s mega bout showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, and many of these questions were actually answered. For starters Manny Pacquiao showed that he is still at an elite level. His speed, power, and timing simply proved too much for Bradley’s abilities. To his credit Bradley came to fight, but time and time again he was rocked by left hands that just could not miss the mark. That was essentially the story of the fight.
I myself scored it 118-110 for Pacquiao, and I did not think the rounds were particularly hard to score. I gave Bradley rounds 10 and 11. I can see an argument for maybe giving him the final round, and if you really wanted to stretch it, maybe the first and the second both of which I believed were close, yet clear rounds for Pacquiao. That the judges somehow awarded this decision to Bradley is maddeningly inexplicable!
Before we even get into the decision, which was more shocking to me than when the first bout between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holfyield was ruled a draw, let us examine the fight itself. Right from the onset it was apparent that Bradley was the fastest opponent Pacquiao has faced in quite some time. Bradley started well and seemed to have the edge tactically, as Pacquiao began cautiously and had not quite timed Tim’s rhythm. This pattern continued through most of the opening stanza until a booming left from Pacquiao caught Timmy on the forehead. This in itself might not have been enough to steal the round for Pacquiao, but a few follow up lefts in the waning seconds ensured that he did. continue
Tim Bradley SD Manny Pacquiao
Jorge Arce ND 2 Jesus Rojas
Randall Bailey TKO 11 Mike Jones
Guillermo Rigondeaux TKO 5 Teon Kennedy
Jesse Hart TKO 1 Manuel Eastman
Andrew Ruiz UD 4 Tyler Larson
Mikael Zewski TKO 3 John Ryan Grimaldo
Ernie Sanchez UD 8 Wilton Hilario
Former World Champion Julio “La Sombra” Zarate captured the vacant World Boxing Federation Latin Super Bantamweight title on Thursday night when he defeated Mexican countryman Francisco Dianzo at the Discoteca New York in Puebla, Mexico.
Zarate was a class above Dianzo, who failed to be a serious threat with his considerable punching-power, and dominated the proceedings from the first bell with good hand speed and nice moment. Zarate looked on top of his game, and never let Dianzo get the initiative. continue
By James Slater - Currently in Las Vegas with his fighter, WBA/IBO middleweight king Gennady Golovkin, Tom Loeffler very kindly spoke to ESB last night. Talking about Golovkin’s upcoming fight with the likewise unbeaten Dmitry Pirog and other things, Tom had the following comments:
ESB: Thanks for taking the time to speak with the web site, Tom. Fans are excited about Gennady Golovkin. The fight with Dmitriy Pirog is official now? And where will the fight take place?
Tom Loeffler: Yes, the fight is set for August 25th on HBO. The venue for the fight is not determined yet. We’re co-promoting the fight with Art Pelullo and he and Gary Shaw are working on the venue. It will be in the U.S and we’ll probably know exactly where in a week or two.
ESB: Will the fight be a unification, for Pirog’s WBO belt and Golovkin’s WBA?
T.L: It’s not clear what the position is with the WBO title, but Gennady’s WBA and IBO titles will be on the line. It’s not clear yet what will happen with regards to Pirog’s mandatory defence against the WBO interim champ, Hassan N’Dam N’jikam (of France). Gary Shaw is working on getting the [August] fight sanctioned by the WBO also. continue
by Charles White: Former amateur light middleweight star and current trainer "Sugar" Ray Phillips has gone on record to state that he believes that the young, undefeated Timothy Bradley (28-0 with 12 knockouts) is going to dethrone superstar Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2 with 38 knockouts) tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. "Big Sugar" Ray has been studying film of Bradley and believes that the young fighter has the determination and skill set to upset the welterweight king. continue
by TMZ Staff - Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs can add one loss to his nearly-impeccable fighting record -- because he just suffered a trouncing in court ... for nearly half a million bucks. Shannon's ex-publicist Kali Bowyer sued the boxer, claiming she helped him earn $2.8 million back in 2009 -- but was never paid commissions. continue
By James Slater - Kelly Pavlik, now campaigning as a super-middleweight, got rid of some ring-rust last night at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas. “The Ghost” also, finally, got rid of a stubborn, over-matched Scott Sigmon - getting the doctor/referee ruled TKO stoppage after the end of the 7th-round.
30-year-old Pavlik is now 39-2(34). 25-year-old Sigmon, who was stopped for the first time in his pro career, is now 22-4(12).
For round after round after round, the taller, more powerful and just plain superior Pavlik did as he pleased against Sigmon. Before the fight, the two had nothing but animosity towards one another and it was real, as opposed to mere hype. Pavlik vowed to “hurt this kid,” and hurt him he did. Raking an advancing Sigmon with left jabs, straight right hands, left hooks and uppercuts to the chin from both sides, Pavlik also dug in a number of hurtful shots to the body. continue
Amir Khan looking forward to ‘crazy’ Pacquiao-Bradley fight live on Primetime. Boxing superstar Amir Khan shared his thoughts with Primetime ahead of Saturday night’s super-fight between Manny Pacquiao and Tim Bradley. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 8 - On Saturday, June 9 boxing fans will be treated to a night of classic fight action, as FOX Deportes reaches into the video vault of Golden Boy Promotions to present fights featuring Oscar "Golden Boy" de la Hoya and former World Champion "Vicious" Victor Ortiz. The special broadcast will air on FOX Deportes beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 8 - U.S. Bank Arena will have a "Problem" on its hands on Saturday, July 21 when undefeated WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner returns home to Cincinnati, Ohio to make his second world title defense against former 2004 United States Olympian and number one rated WBO 130-pound contender Vicente "Chente" Escobedo in the main event of the HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast. continue
by Vivek Wallace: In only a few hours the world will watch as Filipino phenom Manny Pacquiao (54-3, 38KO's) takes on American Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley (28-0, 12KO's). For years Pacquiao has been known as the sports co-P4P King, however, as dominant as he has been during his assault on the ranks, nowhere in that lineup encompassed an undefeated talent graced with both youth and ability. This Saturday night that all changes as Bradley sets out to test his mettle amongst a front-runner within the sports elite echelon for the first time. The battle that lies ahead may not be easy for either man, but to get an idea for what they'll need to do to earn the victory we now take a look at the "Keys to Victory", "Four to Explore", and an "Official Prediction":
TIMOTHY BRADLEY - KEYS TO VICTORY
For Timothy Bradley the keys to victory are quite interesting. Not only do they require great ability to execute, but more importantly, great discipline....something Bradley hasn't always shown. Critics of Bradley have always noted his 'face first' style, identifying how easy it is to hit the young gun with something wicked and stun, or potentially stop him. continue
June 8, 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: PACQUIAO/BRADLEY, the world championship fight weigh-in, featuring international superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated challenger Timothy Bradley Jr. The half-hour special airs tonight at 6:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. continue
AS VEGAS, NEV. (June 8, 2012), -- It’s good to be king. It’s even better to be MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO, boxing’s Fighter of the Decade. Pacquiao, who is not only an eight-division world champion and a Congressman, is also a die-hard Boston Celtics fan. And with Game 7 of the Celtics-Miami Heat playoff game beginning just hours before Pacquiao enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend his WBO welterweight title against undefeated world champion Timothy Bradley, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum isn’t even going to try to beat City Hall. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - There are many things to consider when trying to determine a winner in Saturday night’s mega bout showdown between Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs). With so many questions surrounding Pacquiao following his controversial victory in his third bout against Juan Manuel Marquez last November, and Bradley being such a young, hungry, and determined fighter, this might well have the makings of a “perfect storm” scenario that could enable Bradley to score the upset. On the other hand, Pacquiao has always had difficulty with the future Hall of Fame Mexican. All three of their contests were extremely close and disputable. So this could also turn out to be the type of favorable match-up where Pacquiao once again comes across looking like Superman, as he has so many times before. So which will it be? In all likelihood, as is so often the case when viewing two polar extremes, the truth probably lies somewhere in between.
Pacquiao’s struggles last time out against Marquez came as somewhat of a surprise. Despite the fact they had already had two razor-close battles in lower weight classes, the common perception was that Pacquiao had improved too much and become naturally too big for the 38 year old Mexican. The last time Marquez ventured north of lightweight was to face Floyd Mayweather Junior. In that fight he looked soft, slow, and lacked the power and speed to remotely compete with Floyd. Against Pacquiao, however, he appeared strong, bulky, muscular, and used impeccable timing and counterpunching technique that rocked Pacquiao throughout the contest. Indeed Marquez actually looked bigger than Pacquiao! It was almost ironic that after beating up one big guy after another, it would take a smaller man in the form of an old nemesis to finally make Pacquiao look human again. continue
By James Slater - Retirements are coming thick and fast in boxing right now. Just days after big stars and former world champions “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ronald “Winky” Wright announced they were hanging up the gloves at the age of 40, comes the news that Mexican bad boy Antonio Margarito has decided to quit the sport at the age of 34. continue
By Alex Mcmillan: In the fall out of his (again) controversial points victory over Juan Manuel Marquez, varying theories surfaced as to why Manny Pacquiao had failed to impose himself as he once did. Firstly, a lot of credit went to Marquez, who fought a solid, thinking fight and was able to diffuse Pacquiao’s much heralded explosiveness with a degree of comfort. Incredulous – again – upon hearing the judge scoring, it’s perhaps fair to say that Marquez emerged from the bout with far more credit than its winner. continue
By James Slater - Ring legend Thomas Hearns, who will be immortalised further when he is inducted into The Hall of Fame this very weekend, has given his opinion on tomorrow’s big Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight from Las Vegas. “The Hitman,” no stranger to big Las Vegas fights himself, is one of those experts who is giving unbeaten WBO welterweight title challenger Bradley a chance of scoring the upset.
And Hearns, who will be joined by fellow greats Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and others in Canastota, knows of what he speaks. Back in January of 2011, as the unbelievably well-conditioned warrior known as “Desert Storm” was getting ready to face the then unbeaten Devon Alexander, Hearns spent some time working with Bradley, training him and even sparring with him. Hearns attempted to do what his great trainer Emanuel Steward did for him all those years ago, and unlock the secrets of being able to throw power punches. continue
By Lou McLaughlin: This coming Wednesday, June 13th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, N.J. First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions will present a fight card of nine bouts as a fundraiser for Derek’s Dreams. continue
by Paul Strauss: Do you believe either camp? Do you believe Bob Arum or Alex Ariza? Do you believe common former opponents who might have their own agenda? Frankly, it gets a bit tiresome listening to all the flaptrap. Thankfully Michael Koncz hasn't been flapping his jaws.
The truth is Manny and Timothy don't believe it. They believe in themselves. That's the reason they've gotten to this point in their careers. It isn't because of what they read or hear, or even have been told in many cases. Rather, it's because they have tremendous belief in themselves. It's more than mere confidence. That can quickly dissipate with the first hard shot.
It goes deeper, much deeper. Special people, champions, seem to have the ability to remain unwavering in their beliefs, no matter what the challenge. In fact, the bigger the challenge, the stronger they get. With fighters, it might mean overcoming tremendous fatigue necessary to make that last ditch effort to pull out a win, or rising from a knockdown. Jack Dempsey called it the ability of champions "to get up when they can't". continue
The idea that the Abner Lloveras-Ryan Quinn showdown next Friday is an extreme contrast of styles might be somewhat overstated.
Both fighters seem more than willing to do whatever it takes to win, even if that means stepping outside of their comfort zone when they face one another Friday, June 15th, 2012 at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. continue
Former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super Flyweight Champion "Marvelous" Marvin Sonsona is in Oxnard, California, preparing for his fight against Orlando Cruz with budding superstar trainer Pablo Sarmiento of Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez fame. continue
by Robert Jackson: When Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley meet in the ring Tomorrow night in the Las Vegas’ MGM Grand it will be the 30th title fight for the champion Pacquiao and the 17th fight under the Guidance of Trainer Freddie Roach. 140lb champion Bradley will be fighting in his 2nd fight at the 147lb weight class.
What sets these two fighters apart and the attributes that will determine their chances for winning will be discussed, followed by a prediction.
Trainers provide a pre-fight program for a fighter to prepare them for battle so that’s where we’ll begin.
Freddie Roach as previously mentioned, has trained and cornered Pacman for 16 fights and steady improvement in the skills department had been made by Manny under his watch. continue
By Michael Collins: Former IBF/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (38-8, 27 KO's) is hanging up the gloves after toiling away for 18 years as a pro, according to the latest boxing news. The 34-year-old Margarito says his body is breaking down and he needs to step away from the sport. This news isn't all the surprising because with Margarito's right eye badly injured from his loss to Manny Pacquiao two years ago, it was only a matter of time before it caused him to retire. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Timothy Bradley, despite being confident that he will succeed in dethroning Manny Pacquiao this Saturday night, doesn’t believe that a victory would provide him with an option to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue
New York, NY (6/8/12) - Yesterday afternoon before a packed room at the elegant Marco Polo Ristorante in Brooklyn, NY, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) held the final press conference for the next installment of Broadway Boxing coming next Thursday, June 14, at New York City's famed Roseland Ballroom. Headlining the card is Long Island's extremely popular undefeated light heavyweight prospect, "Irish" Seanie Monaghan (13-0, 8KO's) who will be fighting for his first title when he takes on Romero Johnson (11-6-1, 6KO's) with the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight championship on the line. In addition to Monaghan, featured undercard participants Will "Power" Rosinsky, Gabriel "Tito" Bracero and Floriano "L'Italiano" Pagliara were also in attendance.
After the Director of Public Relations for DiBella Entertainment, Kevin Rooney Jr. thanked everyone for coming out and acknowledged those involved with the card, he spotted newly crowned WBA Welterweight Champion Paulie Malignaggi in attendance and presented him with the challenge of DBE's WBA #3 rated welterweight Thomas Dulorme (14-0, 11KO's), who will also be fighting on June 14. Brooklyn's Malignaggi, set to make the first defense of his belt in October at the Barclays Center, smiled and said, "You are a matchmaker now too?," which sent the room into an uproar of laughter. continue
by Rupiardi Mukkakakila: Four-belt heavyweight world champion has announced that he would like to fight David Price in his next title defence. The Ukrainian, nicknamed Dr. Ironfist due to his doctorate in sports science, is undefeated in his last fifteen fights and aims to make a sixteenth extension by squaring off man-to-man with Liverpool’s David Price. At this stage in the mystery Price is but a whisper; a rumour drifting from the cherry red lips of the Ukrainian champion. He has not said officially that he will fight price, but he has admitted that the prospect Price is a candidate. continue
Vy Vitali Shaposhnikov: As expected, Juan Manuel Marquez will be in Las Vegas this coming Saturday, and will likely be attending the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley bout. Marquez’s intention is of course far from simply attending the fight and enjoying the entertainment that Sin City has to offer; he will be there to discuss a potential fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice discussion with highly regarded and well respected boxing trainer Roger Bloodworth, who is currently preparing heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) for a match-up against fellow heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) on June 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Bloodworth spoke about the upcoming contest, talked about his working relationship with Adamek, and gave his views on Chambers as a fighter. He also spoke about the upcoming mega-fight this weekend between Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) and Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), and whether he thinks a Pacquiao victory would bring us any closer to a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. Here is a complete transcript from that interview:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello everyone. This is Geoffrey Ciani from East Side Boxing and I am joined by world class trainer Roger Bloodworth. How’s everything going today, Roger?
ROGER BLOODWORTH: Everything is going good.
CIANI: Good! Good to hear. Well Roger your fighter Tomasz Adamek has a big fight coming up against Eddie Chambers on June 16. I was wondering if you could tell the fans out there what you think of Chambers as a fighter—his strengths, his weaknesses, and the overall package?
BLOODWORTH: Well you know Eddie’s a fast fighter, a good boxer, not a big puncher but he’s beaten a lot of people with skill and with quickness.
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By James Slater: Top-rated cruiserweight contender B.J Flores, 27-1-1(17) has won three fights in a row since travelling to Australia and unsuccessfully challenging IBO cruiser boss Danny Green in November of 2010. Still hungry, very much so, 33-year-old Flores has one particular guy on his mind right now: the unbeaten Lateef Kayode. continue
By James Slater: Fifteen years ago today in Sacramento, California, two unbeaten heavyweight juggernauts collided in a fight that put both guys’ rankings and perfect records well and truly on the line. In many ways this fight - between the 16-0 Ike Ibeabuchi and the 27-0 David Tua - was one of the last “old-school” examples of match-making; where two young fighters, who could so easily have been protected from each other as a title shot was awaited, were instead willing to rumble with one another to see who was tougher. continue
By James Slater: This past Saturday, unbeaten, powerful, yet raw cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode looked to have done enough to have out-pointed veteran star Antonio Tarver. The fight in Carson was, however, scored a draw after 12 somewhat messy, at times wild, at times exciting rounds (I for one enjoyed the fight; I don’t know about you?)
Nigeria’s Kayode, trained by the great Freddie Roach, soon got himself into hot water due to letting loose with an angry tirade which was brought about by disappointment and frustration. Indeed, Lateef’s outburst became the talking point of the fight a whole lot of people expected more from.
I called Kaoyde up this evening, and the 29-year-old came across as a nice guy, who was genuinely apologetic for all the things he said after the fight, one which brought his pro record to 18-0-1(14). Kayode is also desperate to get Tarver into the ring for a second time. continue
By James Slater: David Haye and Shane Cameron each have a big, must-win fight coming up: Haye against fellow Brit Dereck Chisora, New Zealand’s Shane Cameron against former Haye victim Monte Barrett. And, in what both teams feel will be great preparation, Haye has paid for Cameron to fly over this Friday for three weeks of hard sparring. continue
Its official: Arthur Abraham is going to challenge World Boxing Organization (WBO) Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz for his crown at o2 World, Berlin. Sauerland Event and SES-Boxing are proud to present this fight as the main event on August 25. continue
By James Slater: The great career of long-reigning WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko looks set to come to an end this coming September 1st. Reports from various sources state how the 40-year-old “Dr. Iron Fist” will defend his crown against unbeaten 27-year-old Manuel Charr at the huge Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex in Kiev in his native Ukraine; and the word is this will almost certainly be Vitali’s final fight.
Looking at heading into politics full time (Fightnews.com reports how Vitali will take part in parliamentary elections in Ukraine on October 28th), the hugely popular heavyweight will be missed when he’s gone. Rest assured though, Vitali’s swansong will be a victorious one. At least most experts, fans and betting people are sure the largely unknown Charr, 21-0(11) will not cause the upset. continue
Former Middleweight World Champion Kelly Pavlik on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
Reports from Pacquiao-Bradley Weigh-in and International Boxing Hall of Fame
Former Middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (38-2, 33 KOs) and Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (22-3, 12 KOs) will meet in the 10-round Super Middleweight main event June 8 on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas. The card is presented by Top Rank Promotions. continue
"I will defeat Canelo on Mexican Independence Day in front of his countrymen!"
New York, NY (6/5/12) - Fresh off his revitalizing victory over DeAndre Latimore as part of the Mayweather-Cotto undercard on May 5, at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, NV, Puerto Rico's Carlos "El Indio" Quintana is ready to take down Mexico's next rising Golden Boy, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, who holds the WBC junior middleweight title. continue
The Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe (Luxembourg Boxing Federation) convened a special general meeting in Luxembourg tonight to discuss the European Boxing Union (EBU) vote and to decide whether they are remaining on course to back the David Haye v Dereck Chisora fight at West Ham United in London on Saturday 14th July and to develop the sanctioning of the show in the UK..
The vote of the 12 members was 8 votes IN FAVOUR and 4 votes against.
Therefore the LBF is backing the show along with the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), who's International and Intercontinental titles will be contested, and the promotion will definitely go ahead.
By James Slater: Back in December of last year, the two best super-middleweights in the world, in the unbeaten Andre Ward and the now three-time world ruler Carl Froch, met in the final of the “Super Six.” Ward won what looked like a wide decision (yet two judges only had the Oakland man winning by a margin of two points) and he is now recognised as THE best 168-pounder in the world - you can rank Froch at #2, courtesy of his hugely impressive annihilation of the previously unbeaten Lucian Bute. continue
Amir "King" Khan, Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion
"I have seen him fight and he has a dangerous style. He is tough, but he has never faced anyone like me.
"When I beat your son, am I still going to be overrated? Maybe it's Danny who is the one who is overrated. (Speaking to Danny Garcia's trainer and father Angel Garcia in response to be accused of being overrated.). continue
By James Slater: Manny Pacquiao must not only win, but win in commanding style against Timothy Bradley this Saturday night in Las Vegas. Trainer Freddie Roach, speaking to The Washington Post, made it clear enough: if his star pupil struggles and “looks bad” against the unbeaten Bradley, he will personally tell Pac-Man to retire from boxing.
Roach says Bradley, 28-0(12) is a good fighter, but no “killer.” The ace trainer says he feels Pacquiao should be able to “eat Bradley up as he comes forward,” and anything other than a dominant win - I/E a KO victory - will not be enough to please him and to make a statement to those critics who do feel as though the Filipino dynamo is on the slide.
“I think Manny should look really good in this fight,” Roach said. “If he looks bad, he retires. At least I’ll tell him to. And he may be the first one who will listen to me.. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (June 4, 2012) World Boxing Organization (WBO) Interim Cruiserweight World Champion Ola Afolabi watched with interest on Saturday night as cruiserweight contenders Antonio Tarver and Lateef Kayode squared off in a twelve round bout on SHOWTIME from The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. continue
By James Slater: Go back a few years ago, and London heavyweight and former undisputed cruiserweight champ (apart from the IBF belt that was the property of Steve USS Cunningham) David Haye was ruffling a fair amount of feathers with his soon to be infamous “severed heads” t-shirt stunt - where Haye wore the offending garment that depicted a victorious “Hayemaker” standing above the beheaded bodies of both Klitschko brothers. continue
By Michael Collins: In a day of retirements, Ronald "Winky" Wright (51-6-1, 25 KO's) has decided to finally hang up his gloves following his one-sided 10 round unanimous decision loss to highly hyped middleweight contender Peter Quillin last Saturday night. Wright, 40, was knockdown down in the 5th round and wasn't ever really competitive in the fight. Shane Mosley also has reportedly retired today.
Wright announced his retirement on his twitter page today, saying "It was fun while it lasted. I did what I set out to day and that was to be great. Part of being a good boxer is knowing when to call it quits. If I can't be the champion again, there's no need to keep boxing. But I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for always supporting me.
Wright was one of the best junior middleweights in the game from 2001 to 2006, beating fighters like Shane Mosley, Bronco McKart, Felix Trindad and Ike Quartey. Wright came up short in fights against Fernando Vargas, Bernard Hopkins and Paul Williams. continue
By Michael Klimes: The past couple of weeks have been both triumphant and tragic for a number of figures in boxing. Britain’s best fighter of the moment, Carl “The Cobra” Froch, needed to prove himself after losing a one sided fight to the exceptional Andre Ward last December. Froch, not one to duck opponents or take easy bouts, came back to his hometown of Nottingham where he had not fought in three years. His challenger was the slick but slightly overrated IBF Champion Lucien Bute, who is based in Montreal, Canada. The Romanian fought away from home for the first time and stumbled at the toughest hurdle of his career. continue
By James Slater - Fans have read by now that both “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Ronald “Winky” Wright have decided to call it quits in their excellent careers; both men announcing their decision to walk away at the age of 40. No-one will disagree with the logic both special fighters have applied, as both former champs had been on the slide for some time.
It was back in January of 2009 when Mosley put on his last great performance, brutally stopping Mexican warrior Antonio Margarito in the 9th-round of what was an upset. continue
CARSON, Calif., (June 3, 2012) – The age-old question of who wins out – experience or youth – was only half answered Saturday night on a compelling night of fights on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIPS BOXING. Former Light Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6-1, 20 KO’s), age 43, and unbeaten 29-year-old Lateef Kayode (18-0-1, 14 KO’s) fought to a 12-round draw while 28-year-old Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (27-0, 20 KOs) took out 40-year-old former undisputed 154-pound champion Winky Wright (51-6-1, 25 KOs) by unanimous 10-round decision in the final two of four televised fights from The Home Depot Center.
Austin “No Doubt” Trout” (25-0, 14 KOs) and Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (20-0-1, 11 KOs) both registered impressive unanimous victories in the first two televised fights.
Kayode, who had graduated from ShoBox to the big stage and was fighting in his first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING bout, controlled the fight early on leaving Tarver to rally in the latter rounds. Tarver and Kayode each took a 115-113 score from different judges, with the third calling it 114-114. continue
Monday, June 4, 2012. Paul 'The Punisher' Williams, wishes to send his sincere thanks and appreciation to his fans worldwide for their prayers, cards and wishes he's received since his motorcycle accident just over a week ago. "I feel the love and support from everyone and it's overwhelming, I am very thankful to all of my fans and friends who have rallied around me in a time when I need them the most". Williams asks that all future letters and cards please be sent to: 3060 Will Rogers Place, Atlanta 30316.
By James Slater - Antonio Tarver and the unbeaten Lateef Kayode gave us an entertaining battle last night in Carson, CA, and the two cruiserweights with such contrasting styles should meet again. The draw pleased nobody, least of all either fighter, yet “Magic Man” Tarver, who has some magic left but not too much, said post-fight that he doesn’t think he’ll face Kayode again.
So what will the 43-year-old former light-heavyweight king do next? One thing I certainly think Tarver, 29-6-1(20) should NOT do is get in a ring with either Klitschko brother. Tarver has said for some time now that he feels he can defeat a Klitschko and bring a heavyweight title back to America. In light of how slow he looked at times against the crude, raw Kayode, and in light of how he was far from hard to hit, with the right hand especially, Tarver would surely get annihilated by either Wladimir or Vitali. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 5 - Following a hard-fought 10-round battle with Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin this past Saturday night at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., former Undisputed Junior Middleweight World Champion and longtime middleweight contender Ronald "Winky" Wright has decided to retire at the age of 40. continue
By Michael Collins: 40-year-old Shane Mosley has retired from boxing, according to reports from RingTV. The news isn't all that surprising given how badly Mosley was beaten last month in his losing effort against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez, who at 21 is the same age as Mosley's son. Mosley retires without having won a fight in three years since his victory over Antonio Margarito in January 2009. continue
Cecilia Braekhus (20-0, 5 KOs) defended her WBA/WBC/WBO Female Welterweight Titles at the Nordic Fight Night in Herning, Denmark on Saturday night, beating highly-rated Jessica Balogun (22-2, 10 KOs) on points. The First Lady was ahead 99-92, 97-93 and 97-93 on the scorecards. “Jessica was a tough opponent, we knew each other very well, but I did what we had trained for and I am happy about the win,” Braekhus said. “This was a good victory for me.”
Braekhus stamped her authority on the battle early, landing good one-two combinations and uppercuts. Balogun kept pressing but had most attacks absorbed by the First Lady´s defense. In the later rounds, Braekhus turned it on again and showed her superior boxing skills as she cruised to a clear points victory. “This was a great performance against a very tough challenger,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “Now Cecilia will go on vacation, take a rest and then defend her title collection against the winner of the Holm-Mathis fight in what will be the female clash of the year.. continue
NEW YORK (June 7, 2012)-Building off its Emmy® Award-winning campaign in 2011, SHOWTIME Sports® will introduce a new documentary series titled ALL ACCESS in June. The first installment, ALL ACCESS: Victor Ortiz, will premiere on Wednesday, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®, ahead of the former welterweight world champion's headlining fight against Josesito Lopez on the June 23 edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, and in place of the previously announced FIGHT CAMP 360° series on the event. Following the premiere, ALL ACCESS: Victor Ortiz will re-air multiple times on CBS Sports Network, SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME®, and will be available anytime on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®. continue
Philadelphia PA- Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, who challenges WBA bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs), of Cuba, on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card, has had to overcome two fairly recent family life-shattering incidents that would have broken less-resolute fighters. continue
by Paul Strauss - Forty-three year old Antonio Tarver did a good job with the young whippersnapper Lateef Kayote over the course of twelve rounds. Two of the three judges couldn't agree on who won the fight, and the third judge felt it was a draw.
Essentially it boils down to two rounds. One judge felt those two rounds should go to Tarver, the other felt they were Kayote's. The third felt it should be one a piece or even. The result is a draw, and Tarver keeps his title. Antonio was understandably happy with keeping his title, but he was very unhappy he didn't get the win.
Tarver admitted he started slow, and agreed the early rounds were won by Kayote, but he felt he deserved every round from the six on. At least one judge agreed with him. He had a good argument. continue
June 4, 2012 - Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) heads out to South Lake Tahoe today for training camp in preparation for his upcoming bout with Selcuk "Mini Tyson" Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs). On the line will be the WBC Interim Welterweight World Title, with the winner being the mandatory challenger to face pound for pound king, Floyd Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs). continue
LOS ANGELES, June 4 - 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 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. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - It was a night where three once great fighters were all entering contests against younger foes. 36 year old Acelino Freitas took on 22 year old fellow countryman Michael Oliviera, 40 year old Winky Wright did battle against 28 year old Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, and 43 year old Antonio Tarver squared off with 29 year old Lateef Kayode. These three boxers have all clearly seen their best days behind them. The results from their efforts wound up being mixed and quite interesting.
Most observers viewed Freitas’ fight against Oliviera as a formal passing of the torch type of match. After all Freitas was a big star in Brazil for years and Oliviera was considered by many an emerging young star in the making. Freitas last fought all the way back on April 28, 2007 when he lost by stoppage against Juan Diaz. That fight took place at 135 pounds in the lightweight division, and Freitas’ peak fighting weight was at 130. His fight against Oliviera, however, was at 154 pounds. The fact that he had been inactive for so long and was fighting well above his best weight gave good reason to tip Oliviera to win. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In the midst of all the drama that has lately taken place surrounding Alex Ariza and camp Pacquiao, it seems as though Freddie Roach just took his anger a step further. continue
June 6, 2012 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Undefeated Puerto Rican super prospect Thomas Dulorme (14-0, 11 KOs) will face battle-tested Alberto Herrera (8-6-1, 5 KOs) in the co-main event of DiBella's Entertainment Broadway Boxing card on June 14, 2012 in the Roseland Ballroom Theater in New York, N.Y. continue
LAS VEGAS (June 2, 2012) - World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Association (IBA) Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KO's) battered a game Enrique Ornelas (33-87, 21 KO's) from the opening bell en route to dominant victory by unanimous decision at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Shumenov revealed after the fight that he had injured his right forearm 10 days ago during a sparring session. It didn't prevent him, however, from pitching a complete shutout, winning each round on all three judges' scorecards in the 12-round main event. Shumenov was the aggressor, throwing hard rights to the head and body, especially effective were his well timed uppercuts.
Ornelas was unable to counter Shumenov, who threw powerful combinations and then avoided Ornelas' late counters. Shumenov, a 2008 Kazakhstan Olympian, lives in Las Vegas and his fourth successful title defense was at the same venue in which he first captured the WBA crown. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 6, 2012) – Top Rank announced today that the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley world welterweight championship event at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be available live on both pay-per-view television and online. The four-bout pay-per-view card, produced and distributed live online by Top Rank for $54.95, boasts interactive features unique to the digital platform through MLBAM’s (MLB Advanced Media) technology. The enhanced and unique viewing offers a four-shot, multi-angle dynamic player that will allow viewers to interact and feel an enriched experience. The live online pay-per-view is exclusive to U.S. viewers. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 5, 2012) -- American Idol's JESSICA SANCHEZ is confirmed to sing the National Anthem before the Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley World Welterweight Championship, Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Sanchez will be singing before a live audience of over 16,000 fans and tens of millions of viewers worldwide watching it live on Pay-Per-View. continue
By Rob Smith: Former WBO super featherweight champion Acelino Freitas (39-2, 33 KO's) showed that he still has a lot left in the tank in returning from a five-year retirement to stop previously unbeaten Michael Oliveira (17-1, 12 KO's) in the 9th round on Saturday night at the Hotel & Casino Conrad, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Oliveira was able to lure the 36-year-old Freitas out of retirement, perhaps thinking he'd add a famous name to his resume. However, Freitas looked incredibly good, dominating Oliveira from start to finish and knocking him down three times to get a stoppage.
Freitas first struck blood in the 3rd round when he connected with a strong left hook late in the round that sent Oliveira into the ropes. It was ruled as a knockdown because the ropes held Oliveira up, keeping him from falling. In the 9th round, Freitas battered a bruised Oliveira, knocking him down with a hard chopping right hand early in the round. After Oliveira got back to his feet, Freitas teed off on him with combinations, batting him against the ropes until he dropped him with a left hook to the head. The fight was then halted at 2:19 of the round with Oliveira flat on his back bleeding from his nose. continue
By James Slater: Ever fancied writing a letter to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior but felt as though the Pound-for-Pound king would not find the time to read it? Well, now may be the best time to send Floyd a message and be assured that “Money” will actually take the time to read it. continue
Tacoma, WA (June 3, 2012) - Junior Lightweight sensation Joel Diaz kept his perfect record in tact following an impressive fifth round stoppage of title contender Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero Saturday evening at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA.
Topping Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 87,” Diaz was in complete control throughout the contest. The aggressive 20-year-old Palmdale, CA native decked Lucero in the third round and dominated the fourth, giving spectators a preview of what was on tap. In the fifth, Diaz came out like a man possessed and decked Lucero twice, forcing the referee to mercifully halt the bout at 1:37.
Diaz improves to 10-0 with 9 knockouts. Lucero, a Scranton, PA native from Mexico City, slips to 23-11-1 with 14 KO’s. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 4, 2012) – IT’S FIGHT WEEK! Fighter of the Decade Congressman MANNY “Pacman” PACQUIAO and undefeated world junior welterweight champion and Top 10 pound-for-pound fighter TIMOTHY “Desert Storm” BRADLEY will make their Grand Arrivals, in custom-designed buses displaying their images, Tomorrow! Tuesday, June 5, at the MGM Grand porte cochere and inside the main lobby. Bradley will arrive at Noon PT followed by Pacquiao at approximately 12:30 p.m. PT. With only five days to go before their world championship collision, these warriors are approaching the boiling point! continue
HBO’s Emmy-Award®-winning reality series ‘24/7’ is coming to truTV, which will air a marathon replay of all four installments of the new series 24/7 PACQUIAO/BRADLEY on Saturday, June 9 at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT, just a few hours before the intriguing welterweight title showdown takes place in Las Vegas. continue
BROOKLYN, NY (June 4, 2012)—Sadam Ali remained perfect as he thrilled a packed house at the Aviator Sports Complex when he took out Franklin Gonzales in the eighth round of the Welterweight contest. That result was the perfect ending for Ali as it a was successful evening for Ali’s first promotion with his new company Worldkid Promotions.
Ali thrilled his legions of fans with a diverse attack as he used both hands and continued to back Gonzalez up. Ali had Gonzalez throughout the contest and finally was able to score a knockdown in round eight.
Ali closed the show in spectacular fashion as a thunderous combination that sent Gonzalez down for a second time and the bout was stopped at 2:22 of round eight. continue
INDIO, CALIF., June 4 - After nearly two long years, former Two-Division World Champion Cory Spinks will finally get the chance to even the score with International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Middleweight World Champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage, when the two will meet up in an intriguing title fight rematch that headlines a special Saturday night edition of ShoBox: The New Generation on June 30 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It has now been a few days since Floyd Mayweather Jr. had surrendered to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many people are curious as to what will happen to Floyd physically as well as psychologically as he spends his time alone in a tiny jail cell. continue
By James Slater - Primo Carnera, one of heavyweight boxing’s most maligned, yet fascinating figures, died 45-years ago this month. The Italian colossus has had books, documentaries and even movies dedicated to his amazing life story, yet to most fans, “Da Preem” is known as a fighter who unwittingly fought in fixed contests and as a fighter who was almost devoid of boxing skill.
But Carnera, whatever his critics may say, sure had heart and courage; and Primo always trained hard and fought the very best.
Due to his freakish height and overall size, Carnera was instantly seen to be a potential money spinner by the less than scrupulous characters that were orbiting around the boxing world in The United States at the time of his 1930 arrival - namely the Mob. Whether he could fight or not, they knew Primo would make them vast amounts of cash. continue
Now former World Boxing Federation World Super Flyweight Champion Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes lost his title at the scales when he failed to make weight before his title defense against fellow countryman Victor “El Nene” Zaleta on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, Mexico. continue
By James Slater - As fans know and are very excited about, light-heavyweight warriors Tavoris Cloud and Jean Pascal will rumble in Montreal, Canada on August 11th. Unbeaten IBF king Cloud will travel to defend his crown, and former world 175-pound ruler Pascal will do his best to take it.
Cloud, as fearsome a puncher as you could name today, is expecting an exciting fight and no way does the 30-year-old Floridian see himself losing. Cloud, 24-0(19) is in training already, and the man who will be making the 5th defence of his belt can’t wait for August.
Very kindly taking the time to speak with me from his hotel room yesterday evening (U.K time), Tavoris had the following things to say: James Slater: Thanks so much for taking the time to speak with me, Champ! We’re all excited about your upcoming fight with Jean Pascal. It’s fair to say this is the biggest fight of your career so far, even to you?
Tavoris Cloud: Yes, I’d say this fight, which will be my fifth defence, in Montreal, against a marquee name, is the biggest so far. Yeah, I agree with that. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to Bild.de (http://www.bild.de/sport/mehr-sport/vitali-klitschko/letzter-kampf-gegen-charr-24457222.bild.html), it seems as though Vitali Klitschko may have already decided on his next opponent. continue
by Paul Strauss: Up until the eighth round, boxing fans at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA saw a very close fight between the right handed Gabriel "King" Rosado 20 (12)-5-0 and southpaw Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell 26 (15)-5-0 for the WBO Inter-continental light middleweight title. That changed in the eighth round, when Rosado had Powell in real trouble after crowning the Iron Horse with a good left uppercut. Then in the ninth round, Rosado put him down twice, and referee Steve Smoger called a halt to the action. The official time was 2:43 of the round.
Initially, the NBC Sports Network fight was a tactical one. Despite the fact that Rosado had the reach advantage, he wanted in close where he could work the body and throw uppercuts. continue
By James Slater: Ahead of his fighter, unbeaten IBF 175-pound king Tavoris Cloud’s big fight with Jean Pascal, trainer Al Bonanni kindly took the time to speak with ESB about the August 11th showdown set for Canada.
J.S: This massive fight with Pascal, is this one of the fights you’ve chased after for such a long time?
Al Bonanni: I wouldn’t say ‘chased,’ but yes, this fight was one of three or four that we’ve wanted for Tavoris. This fight was probably the easiest to make and Don King has done a good job.
J.S: Of the three or four names you wanted for Tavoris, who else was in there?
A.B: Well, we’d like a unification with WBO champ Nathan Cleverly, and also the WBA champ, Shumenov. We’d also still like to fight Hopkins, but he’s not interested. And Chad Dawson, I have no good feeling towards him. He signed to fight us after making us wait for 18 months and then pulled out. He doesn’t have the stomach to fight Cloud. But any of these fights would be good, but we have the Pascal fight; which was the easiest to make. continue
by Rupiardi Mukkakakila: Rising welterweight star Kell Brook badly wants Amir Khan up close and personal, but he believes he needs three fights to prepare. The Sheffield-born star, son of a local butcher, has told the boxing media that he wants Amir Khan to come up to welterweight, where Brook is waiting with wrapped up two gifts - his fists. The undefeated challenger has been lobbying for bigger fights for a while now and after his recent performances, no one can doubt that he deserves one. continue
Bethlehem, PA—Powerful junior middleweight contender King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, PA, says he should be the one to fight Saul Canelo Alvarez in September. “Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man,” Rosado (left) said after his impressive ninth-round knockout over world-ranked Sechew Powell, of Brooklyn, NY, on Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (below right). continue
Late last year eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao began a journey of spiritual renewal, which now includes leading daily Bible study classes. He has embraced The Bible and its teachings, making The Bible his “manual for living his life.” Eschewing many of the vices he claimed were poisoning his life, here, for the first time, Manny gives a thorough first-person account on his new-found spirituality and how it has affected his life as a world champion boxer, an elected public servant and a family man. It is candid, raw and enlightening.
There are several ways to view this feature. This link will take you to two different folders – one for web viewing and one for hi-res download. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4nwmz8padtvlnzw/5WKiRACcCN
Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), boxing’s only eight-division world champion and the lone congressional representative from the Sarangani province in the Philippines, will be defending his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight championship crown against undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday, June 9, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
Now that James Kirkland is injured an unable to face WBC junior middleweight champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the world's uncrowned #1 junior middleweight contender, Carlos Molina, would like the fight. continue
By Rob Smith: As I expected, James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KO’s) will be unable to fight WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KO’s) in their previously scheduled September 15th fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, because Kirkland reportedly reinjured his bad shoulder while training today. continue
By John G. Thompson: This Saturday night Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime bring a thrilling boxing card to the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Former light heavyweight champion and US Olympian Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) takes on undefeated Freddie Roach-trained Nigerian Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s). Also on this excellent card, up-and-coming boxing star Austin “No Doubt” Trout (24-0, 14 KO’s) looks to tackle his biggest challenge to date in the rugged scrapper Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KO’s). As if these two fights were not intriguing enough, former champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25 KO’s) makes his ring return after three years of inactivity against undefeated Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KO’s).
Tarver, who played heavyweight champion Mason Dixon in Rocky Balboa in the latest installment of the franchise, put on weight for the roll and perhaps should have stayed in the heavyweight division. Instead he came back down to light heavy and was dominated by long time middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins who was moving up in weight. Now at age 43 and fighting to defend the International Boxing Organization cruiserweight title he won last year against Danny Green, Tarver takes on the most dangerous foe he has faced since losing two decisions to Chad Dawson in 2008. Tarver has been inactive as of late, focusing on his new career as commentator for Showtime, with just one bout in each 2009, 2010, and 2011. continue
By James Slater - Remember when, at the peak of his fame in Great Britain, WBO middleweight king called boxing “a mug’s game?” Well, the 45-year-old legend might just be about to risk making a mug of himself by making a sensational return to the ring some 14 years after his last fight!
The monocle-wearing, eccentric former two-weight champ had admitted he has felt the urge to fight again after watching his son box; even to the extent of getting in touch with former archrival and fellow Brit Nigel Benn. continue
Dereck Chisora will host an open training session on Sunday 3rd June at 2pm at Boxfair, which takes place within the SENI combat sport show. The event takes place over the Jubilee Bank Holiday at the official Olympic boxing venue, the ExCeL centre. continue
The British Boxing Board of Control had an embarrassing climb down today - withdrawing its threat to automatically terminate all of its members’ licences if they participate in the Haye v Chisora fight. continue
LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2012) – Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and four-division world champion NONITO “The Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and undefeated former world lightweight champion BRANDON “Bam Bam” RIOS will headline a spectacular all-action doubleheader, Saturday, July 7, under the stars at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. Donaire, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior featherweight champion, will rumble with International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion JEFFREY “Marvelous Mongoose” MATHEBULA in a world title unification fight to determine the division’s top dog. Rios, in search of more worlds to conquer, will battle steel-fisted Top-10 contender MAURICIO “El Maestro” HERRERA, in a 10-round junior welterweight bout for Southern California bragging rights. The fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT. continue
By James Slater - The word “easy” seems to have been floated around somewhat in the lead-up to next Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight. Unbeaten 140-pound champ and current Pound-for-Pounder Bradley said a while back that he genuinely believes he will have an “easy night” against Pac-Man on June 9th. While earlier this week, inside his famous Wild Card gym in L.A, Pac-Man trainer Freddie Roach said he expects a commanding, possibly quick, win to be scored by his star pupil.
A number of boxing experts - former Pac-Man foes Ricky Hatton and Sugar Shane Mosley amongst them - see a long, hard night for both men. And writers such as Dan Rafael says they will not be all that shocked if the man known as “Desert Storm” pulls off the upset next weekend. But Roach, well known for his spot-on accurate pre-fight predictions, says his warrior will definitely win, and win by KO.
“When people get knocked out, there shouldn’t be a rematch,” Roach said, clearly firing back at Bradley’s recent publicity stunt where he had return fight posters made up, with November 10th the date of “the rematch.. continue
LOS ANGELES, June 1 - After hearing the terrible news about former World Champion Paul Williams being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident this past weekend, World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, who was scheduled to fight Williams in September, commented on the tragic situation. continue
Kell Brook has vowed to emulate stablemate Carl Froch after watching the Nottingham man become a three-time World champion on Saturday night. Froch took just five rounds to destroy previously unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute in front of a sold out Capital FM Arena and the show smashed Sky Sports viewing figures set by Brook when he fought Matthew Hatton in March. continue
By Michael Montero - This Saturday night in Carson, California Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, 29-6 (20 KOs), defends his IBO cruiserweight title against undefeated contender, Lateef Kayode, 18-0 (14 KOs), a native of Nigeria now living and training in Los Angeles. The stacked undercard features a great match between undefeated WBA 154 pound titlist Austin Trout and proven contender Delvin Rodriguez, who has truly earned his title shot the hard way. Also on the card, the biggest test of middleweight prospect Peter Quillin’s promising career as he takes on future hall of famer Winky Wright. All three bouts will be shown live as a triple header on Showtime Championship Boxing at 9pm.
At age 43 and fighting well above his best weight of 175 pounds, conventional wisdom would say that Tarver might be biting off a little more than he can chew, but the Orlando, Florida native has never been conventional. Antonio was considered an “old” amateur when he won a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games as a 27 year old – skip forward a decade later and he starred opposite Sylvester Stallone as the fictional heavyweight champion, “Mason Dixon” in the film Rocky Balboa. continue
by Paul Albano: Whether we’re conscious of it or not, there are a lot of things that factor into the decisions we make. Or at least the big decisions. Usually, this involves some informal weighing of the probability and severity of risk versus the probability and awesomeness of the reward, with something like opportunity cost tossed in there somewhere as well (I’m no economist or social scientist, if that isn’t already clear). But you get the basic idea. continue
By James Slater - Unfortunately yet another fight set for this year has fallen through. Rising heavyweight star Seth Mitchell was to have taken on the durable and experienced Johnathon Banks on the July 14th Amir Khan-Danny Garcia card in Las Vegas, but “Mayhem” who has just turned 30, injured his right hand during his April 28th slugfest with Chazz Witherspoon. continue
By Justin Cabarle: 43-year-old IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KO’s) has an important fight this Saturday night against unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KO’s) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. A lot of people see this as a toss-up fight, but Tarver. He believes he’s going to win this bout with ease and then move on to hopefully face IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in the near future.
Tarver said to fighthub “I’m going to win the heavyweight championship. If Wladimir Klitschko fights me I’m beating him, and bringing the heavyweight title back to America.”
You got to respect Tarver for having ambition and a goal that he’s shooting for. However, right now it wouldn’t see like a realistic option because he’s not even fighting in the heavyweight division. Tarver did fight at heavyweight for one fight two years ago, beating Nagy Aguilera by a 10 round unanimous decision. continue
By Marcus Richardson: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. will begin serving his 87-day jail term at the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is Mayweather’s punishment for domestic abuse of an ex-girlfriend from an incident that took place two years ago in September 2010. continue
December 22, 1989 was the day Delvin Rodriguez moved to the United States from the Dominican Republic with his family in search of a better life. odriguez has the chance to cap his journey this Saturday night, June 2 when he challenges WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., just outside of Los Angeles, in a fight that will be featured on "Four Warned" a rare quadrupleheader event that will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. continue
By Jim Price: WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao says he’s ready to defend his title against unbeaten Tim Bradley next month on June 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao has been working for months to get ready for this bout and has reportedly been doing a lot of sparring with his number one sparring partner Ruslan Provodnikov recently to get in tip top shape.
Pacquiao said to philboxing.com “I am ready.”
Pacquiao is finishing up sparing and his strength trainer Alex Ariza noticed the drive in him, saying he ‘Just keeps pushing and pushing and pushing. That’s Manny Pacquiao.”
Hopefully, Pacquiao isn’t working himself to the bone for this fight because he is after all an aging fighter who is coming off of one of his worst fights since 2008 in a questionable 12 round decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez. The 2008 fight just happens to be the previous bout that Pacquiao had against Marquez, and like the recent fight, Pacquiao’s win over Marquez was highly questionable. I had Marquez winning both fights. continue
By Ted Spoon - Some fighters use references to help buffer their lobby. For Thailand’s Khaosai Galaxy it was ‘Mini Tyson’. A decade prior somebody went by ‘Pocket Cassius Clay’.
Jose Legra didn’t require the tag, not historically anyway. Few would contend that the swish featherweight was in the same strata as ‘The Greatest’, but with a journey that included altercations with Alexis Arguello, Eder Jofre, Vincente Saldivar, Howard Winstone and Johnny Famechon he was no less willing than that heavyweight who is partly worshiped for ducking nobody. continue
By Jim Price: Responding to a mass swarm of negative responses from boxing fans who are seemingly gleeful about unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. going to jail today to start serving his 87-day jail term in Las Vegas, Nevada, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward took the occasion to speak up in defense of Mayweather on his twitter page. continue
By Vladimir S: WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KO’s) has decided to side step a mandatory fight against the WBA regular middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in order to take an arguably much easier fighter against the lighter hitting IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KO’s) on September 1st in a still to be determined venue in Germany.
The 33-year-old Sturm hasn’t been in a big hurry to get in the ring with the hard hitting Golovkin for obvious reasons. The Geale fight is a much safer bout for Sturm, because Geale is more of a boxer along the same lines as Sturm, but with even less power. Sturm was supposed to be fighting Golovkin by September 30th.
However, Sturm was given permission by the International Boxing Federation to step around the Golovkin fight to face Geale in the unification bout. Unification bouts usually come first with sanctioning bodies unfortunately. In this case it’s a fight that’s little more than a foxhole for Sturm, because it gives him the opportunity to avoid the Golovkin fight for a little while longer. continue
By Rob Smith: WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner (23-0, 19 KO’s) made it clear to former lightweight contender Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23 KO’s) that he has no interest in facing him, as he doesn’t see that as a worthwhile career move right now. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is ecstatic about Froch’s win over IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute last Saturday night, and Hearn believes that Froch has got the talent to unify all of the belts before he hangs up his gloves at some point in the future. continue
By Vladimir S: WBA World middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 15 KO’s) was hoping to get a fight against the WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm, but the German fighter chose another avenue rather than getting in the ring with the hard hitting Golovkin. Sturm will be fighting IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale on September 1st in Germany.
With Sturm no longer available, Golovkin and his promoters at K2 Promotions quickly fell back on their Plan B, a unification bout against WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KO’s) on August 25 in a still to be determined venue in the United States.
The fight is still yet to be finalized but it looks promising right now.
K2 Promotions manager Ton Loeffler said to Dan Rafael at ESPN “It’s not finalized yet but everything from our side is final and we look forward to the fight going ahead. We can’t force Felix Sturm into the ring with Gennady even though it’s the mandatory fight…If we can’t get the fight with Sturm then were looking for the next biggest fight we could make that with Dmitry Pirog.. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Now that James Kirkland has pulled out of the September 15th pay per view fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez because of a shoulder injury, Golden Boy Promotions and Alvarez have few options now for quality fighter if they're looking for a beatable opponent. The mistake here was making this a PPV bout before Alvarez had a big enough fan base for him to attract a lot of fans in the United States. continue
May 31, 2012 - Today a purse bid took place at the International Boxing Federation (IBF) convention in Honolulu Hawaii and Gary Shaw Productions has outbid Golden Boy Promotions garnering the right to promote an IBF elimination bout between # 3 Luis Franco (11-0, 7 KOs) vs. #12 Gary Russell Jr. (19-0, 11 KOs). The winner will be the mandatory to fight current belt holder, Australian, Billy "The Kid" Dibb (34-1, 21 KOs) for the IBF featherweight championship of the world. The winning bid was $220,000. continue
CARSON, Calif. (May 31, 2012) – All eight fighters participating in Saturday’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING “Four Warned” event and the SHOWTIME EXTREME fighters participated in a final press conference on Thursday, just two days before the highly anticipated 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
By Jim Price: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is reporting that his rematch against 40-year-old Tony Thompson is already sold out for their July 7th bout at the Stade de Suisse, Berne, Switzerland. This is pretty incredibly news because very few people care for this fight and see it as nothing more than a mismatch. continue
By James Slater - The curse of the postponed fight strikes again! Big-punching Enzo Maccarinelli has reportedly injured a hand in training camp ahead of his British Boxing Board-ordered rematch with former British cruiserweight champ Shane McPhilbin and has had to pull out of the rematch that was scheduled for June 22nd. continue
By Michael Collins: IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch (29-2, 21 KO’s) is making it pretty clear that he’d rather face Mikkel Kessler right now rather than trying to avenge his recent defeat against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward. It’s a smart move by Froch, because he doesn’t match up well against Ward at all because of Froch’s lack of hand speed and inside fighting ability.
Froch told Sky Sports Ringside “Of course, he’s [Ward] got a win over me. I’ve got a blemish on my record that I’d like to straighten out, as I do with Mikkel Kessler. Of the two, I’d rather get it on with Kessler first. This is a fight for the fans…I told you before, I’m gifted.”
Somehow I think the rematch with Ward will be one of those things that are put off and eventually forgotten about by Froch, because he simply will never be able to defeat a fighter like Ward without hand speed or an inside game. Ward was able to smother Froch’s offense last December and completely extinguish it just by staying close to him. continue
May 31, 2012 - Leading up to the welterweight championship bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley -- set for Saturday, June 9 in Las Vegas and televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View® -- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of two action-packed fights. continue