(LONDON, ENGLAND) – Light welterweight Jamel Herring (Coram, N.Y./United States Marine Corps) dropped his first round contest to Kazakhstan’s Daniyar Yeleussinov on Tuesday afternoon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Yeleussinov won a 19-9 decision over Herring, a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, eliminating him from the tournament. continue
By Chip Mitchell: It’s been said if a team has two quarterbacks who get equal playing time, that team really has no quarterback. Just as one quarterback develops a little consistency and begins to gain confidence, the other quarterback is called in to satisfy his quota of playing time. There is no consistency in leadership. There is no foundation. The team becomes divided in its loyalties to each guy. Neither quarterback has a place to call home. continue
July 31, 2012 - Fight fans eager for a unique inside look at the powerhouse Sept. 15th HBO Pay-Per-View® middleweight world championship fight between rising undefeated superstar Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and the exceptional pound-for-pound ace Sergio Martinez should mark their calendars to catch an all-new edition of "Face Off," starring the two prizefighters. “Face Off With Max Kellerman: Chavez Jr./Martinez” debuts Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:45 a.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. continue
By Emilio Camacho, Esq. This past Saturday Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero moved up two weight classes and defeated Turkish welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin. After the fight, and after showing proper sportsmanship, Guerrero assessed his performance as positive and took the opportunity to challenge Floyd Mayweather at 147 lbs. continue
By James Slater: Rap megastar 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, could be the hottest new promoter in boxing. Fans have surely read all about 50’s new promotional company, TMT. Along with boxing superstar and good friend Floyd Mayweather Junior, 50 Cent has big plans for the future. continue
By James Slater: How good was 1970’s heavyweight contender Earnie Shavers? How powerful was the man who was once dubbed “The Puncher of The Century?” How would Shavers, given the nickname “The Dark Destroyer,” have failed in “dream fights” with the likes of Tyson, Foreman, Haye, Liston and today’s masters, the Klitschkos? continue
New York, NY (7/30/ 12) - On September 29, at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Worcester's favorite son Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KO's) will headline a special edition HBO "Boxing After Dark" Triple-Header when he takes on Union City, New Jersey's Jason Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KO's). At stake for Rodriguez against the heavy-handed Escalera is not only his undefeated record but also his standing in the world ratings. Rodriguez is currently rated #3 by the IBF, #4 by the WBC, and #8 by the WBA, at super middleweight. An impressive victory on September 29 will move him a giant step closer to a world championship opportunity. HBO will begin live coverage of the event at 9:30 PM ET/PT. continue
London, Great Britain, 30 July 2012 - The third day of boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games continued at the ExCeL with the first preliminary bouts of the Flyweight (52kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) categories in an exciting afternoon session. continue
NEW YORK, (July 29, 2012) Star Boxing's President Joe DeGuardia has survived a horrific and tragic fatal car accident while on his way home from "ROCKIN FIGHTS 4,"a sold-out event at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. continue
INDIO, CALIF. (July 30, 2012) - Following an impressive ShoBox debut in March, unbeaten bantamweight rising star Randy Caballero, will make his 10th appearance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on Friday, August 24 when he defends his NABO title against Mexico's Manuel Roman in the main event of the hit SHOWTIME Sports® series ShoBox: The New Generation. continue
London, Great Britain, 30 July 2012 - Charismatic Lightweight (60kg) Domenico Valentino and Heavyweight (91kg) Clemente Russo have today signed five year contracts with AIBA Professional Boxing (APB), further underlining the popularity of the new programme amongst the world's top boxers. continue
(LONDON, ENGLAND) – Team USA suffered its first loss of the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday as light heavyweight Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) fell to Damien Hooper of Australia in opening round action. The bout was closely contested throughout, but Hooper pulled out the win with a third round surge, claiming a 13-11 victory. continue
London, Great Britain, 30 July 2012 - The fast and furious boxing action at the London 2012 Olympic Games resumed at the ExCeL with the remaining first preliminary bouts of the Lightweight (60kg) and Welterweight (69kg) categories in the evening session. continue
London, Great Britain, 30 July 2012 - AIBA Road to London boxers continued to impress at the ExCeL, and none more so that Lithuania's Youth Olympic Games winner and AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships silver medallist Evaldas Petrauskas who showed his aggressive side against Hungary's Miklos Varga to claim the win. continue
(LONDON, ENGLAND) – The U.S. Olympic Boxing Team pushed its undefeated to streak to four on Sunday night with lightweight Jose Ramirez (Avenal, Calif.) and welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) both claiming first round wins at the ExCel Centre. Ramirez pulled out a 21-20 decision over France’s Rachid Azzedine and Spence closed the night for Team USA with a 16-10 win over Brazil’s Myke Carvalho de Ribeiro. continue
Turkish welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin failed to knock out Robert „The Ghost“ Guerrero but surprised and impressed most spectators with a great performance in an action-packed WBC interim championship fight on Saturday night at HP Pavilion in San Jose. After 12 close rounds local hero Guerrero was awarded with a unanimous decision win but admitted that "Aydin was the toughest opponent I had in my career so far. He is tough!“
The 28-year-old "Ghost“ from Gilroy (30 miles south of San Jose) started very busy, throwing a lot of punches in the first couple of rounds though Aydin was able to block most shots with his tight defense. Although Guerrero had the higher punch output and out-landed Aydin easily, Guerrero seemed impressed whenever the Turk came through with his devastating hooks to head and body.
Aydin rocked his opponent with two clean and hard uppercuts in the seventh but Guerrero lived up to his name, refused to go down and kept on fighting back throughout the whole fight. continue
By Ted Spoon: The city of Mendoza is located in that peculiar part of the world where the winter months are hot and the summer months are cool. Soaring above every structure and inhabitant is Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes which has done its part in inflaming the population, luring hikers and skiers from around the globe. continue
NEW YORK, (July 29, 2012) In front of a packed house on Saturday night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, hometown favorite Chris Algieri improved to 15-0-0 (7KO's), with an excellent performance against tough Texas fighter Raul Tovar in the eight round junior welterweight headliner at "ROCKIN FIGHTS 4". continue
London, Great Britain, 31 July 2012 - The action continued with the evening session on the third day of boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games. A capacity crowd at the ExCeL Arena welcomed the Flyweight (52kg) and Light Heavyweights (81kg) for ten bouts of high-octane drama. continue
London, Great Britain, 29 July 2012 - It was sensational at the ExCeL as the boxing event at the London 2012 Olympic Games went into its second day. The much anticipated Lightweight (60kg) and Welterweight (69kg) categories showcased some of the most talented boxers on the planet and the action did not disappoint. continue
By James Slater - Robert Guerrero, showing no signs of ring-rust, looked great last night in winning a wide 12-round UD over the strong, hard-hitting Selcuk Aydin. Afterwards, “The Ghost” wasted no time in calling out the man everyone wants to fight: Floyd Mayweather Junior.
“I’m the mandatory to Floyd. Hey, let’s make it happen,” the 30-1-1(18) talent said.
Mayweather is set to be released from prison this coming Friday (Aug. 3rd) and, as great, as big and as special as he is, Mayweather will not be engaging in any small tune-up fight when he returns to the ring. Mayweather, the biggest star in boxing today, will be expected to go right back in there with a big name, probably in a world championship fight. Could Guerrero get the big payday he wants and is deserving of?
Mayweather’s options are plenty, and he could box at either welterweight, light-middleweight or maybe even as high as middleweight. continue
By James Slater - Last night, on the under-card of the Guerrero-Aydin fight in San Jose, super-middleweight contender George Groves returned to the ring after an eight month layoff due to injury, and stopped tough, dangerous Mexican slugger Francisco Sierra in the 6th-round of a terrific action fight.
24-year-old Groves, the British and Commonwealth champ, landed a scorching right/left/right/left combo to the head to deck Sierra, then a crunching right/right/left/right combo to the head prompted Sierra’s team to chuck in the towel. The official time was 2-mins and 15 seconds of the 6th and Groves improved to 15-0(12). “Panchito” Sierra, the same age at 24, is now 25-6-1(22. continue
by Paul Strauss: Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero 30-1-1 (KO 18) gave his family and fans a huge win tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA when he moved up two weight divisions to take on the tough undefeated Selchuk "Mini Tyson" Aydin 23-1-0 (KO 17). Many thought Guerrero was making a mistake, especially considering he was coming back from shoulder surgery and a long lay-off. They questioned why take on such a tough opponent at the higher weight?
They need not have worried. Guerrero proved the heavier weight and rugged unbeaten opposition were too not too much for him. He is used to adversity, and has that strong minded confidence in his abilities that is necessary to be a champion. Off course Aydin was supremely confident too, coming into tonight's Showtime main event as a number one contender. In fact, he promised to "break Guerrero's jaw". continue
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Interim Welterweight World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Selcuk Aydin in front of a hometown crowd on Saturday in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.
Guerrero, who was moving up two weight classes after a 15-month layoff, was the more active boxer despite admitting having to shake off some rust in his return to the ring. The Gilroy, Calif., native threw and landed more punches while showcasing a surprising display of power and aggressiveness in an impressive debut in his new division.
“He’s a strong guy,” Guerrero said. “I want to take on the best and that’s why we challenged him. It’s my first fight back in a year and I took care of business. continue
London, Great Britain, 29 July 2012 - Several AIBA Road to London boxers took to the ring at the ExCeL during the first day of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games and there were some scintillating performances that showcased once again why this initiative is so highly regarded. continue
London, Great Britain, 29 July 2012 - It was the Bantamweight (56kg) and Middleweight (75kg) Men who got the show underway in spectacular fashion at the packed ExCeL as the London 2012 Olympic Games finally got underway. A pristine venue welcomed the boxers all eager to wow the capacity crowd and with 23 explosive contests ensuring the boxing got off to an electric start, it was a day to remember. continue
(LONDON, ENGLAND) – Middleweight Terrell Gausha (Cleveland, Ohio) has proven that he has a flare for the dramatic in the ring and he showcased that trait in explosive fashion with a last second stoppage win over Armenia’s Andranik Hakobyan in his Olympic opener. The bout went into the final minute in doubt and Gausha refused to leave it to the judges, putting Hakobyan down twice in the final seven seconds before the referee called a halt to the contest in the last second. continue
Undefeated Heavyweight David “Nino’ Rodriguez was awarded "What’s Up" Magazines El Paso’s Best local athlete for 2012. 6’5”, 240-pound undefeated heavyweight ended 2011 by knocking out Journeyman Byron Polley to improve his record to 36-0. Things looked great for El Nino in 2012 until a nearly deadly attack in January outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant derailed El Paso’s prized fighter almost four months to recover from the knife injuries. continue
(LONDON, ENGLAND) – American bantamweight Joseph Diaz, Jr. (S. El Monte, Calif.) claimed the first win of the Olympic Games on Saturday afternoon with a convincing 19-9 win over Pavlo Ischenko of Ukraine in first round action. The pair faced off in the first bout of the entire tournament with Diaz enjoying the distinction of the throwing the first punch of the 2012 Olympic Games. Diaz set the perfect tone for his American teammates, winning a 19-9 decision over his Ukrainian opponent in the U.S. opener. continue
By James Slater: At a time when the Olympics, one of the most glorious moments in all of sport are going ahead, there are plans afoot for a far less appealing sporting event to go ahead in Poland later in the year. continue
By James Slater - Viewed by many as America’s best unbeaten young heavyweight contender, former football player turned world class fighter Seth Mitchell will be back in action on October 6th in Atlantic City, reports Ringtv.com. “Mayhem,” last seen hammering out an exciting 3rd-round TKO over a game Chazz Witherspoon in April, injured his hand in the slugfest and his fight with Johnathon Banks had to be postponed - it will now happen on Oct. 6th, on an HBO card that will also feature the red-hot Adrien Broner (against a TBA which will not now be Hank Lundy, who lost a decision to Raymundo Beltran last night). continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: As most fight fans already know, the newly crowned WBC/WBA JR welterweight champion Danny Garcia will be fighting a re-match against Eric Morales in the new Barclays center in Brooklyn this upcoming October. Eric Morales is no doubt a future Hall-of-Famer however; he is way past his best. Though still a world class fighter, he lost convincingly the first time around against Garcia this past March. continue
By Michael Cook: After a 15 month layoff, the former two-time featherweight champion and former WBA/WBO interim lightweight champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (29-1-1 18 KO's) will return to the ring Saturday night to fight undefeated Selcuk Aydin (23-0 17 KO's) for the WBC interim welterweight belt. The fight airs on Showtime at 10 ET/PT live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, 30 miles from Guerrero's hometown of Gilroy, CA. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (July 27, 2012) – Upset-minded Raymundo Beltran won the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight title Friday night at Resorts Casino Hotel, beating top-ranked Hank Lundy by majority decision, 95-95, 96-94, 96-94, in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 27 - A virtual unknown to those other than hardcore fight fans at the time, current boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao introduced himself to the world in spectacular fashion on November 15, 2003 when he defeated Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. On Saturday, July 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT, FOX Deportes will bring this exciting moment in boxing history to viewers in a special classics edition of its Saturday night fight series beginning. continue
Former WBO world title challenger Brian "The Beast" Minto (36-5) returns to the ring Saturday August 18th at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Coming off a recent TKO victory less than 3 months ago at Mountaineer, Minto, a former WBO NABO heavyweight champ, will face Mike Sheppard (20-13) over 12 rounds for the vacant NABA US heavyweight title. A winner of 5 of his last 6 fights, Sheppard dropped a 10 round majority decision against fringe contender Nicolai Firtha in his last bid for the NABA US heavyweight title in 2010.
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By James Slater: They are two of the most dangerous, arguably avoided light-welterweights in the world, and they are two of the most aggressively exciting fighters in that weight class - on September 8th they will meet in a fight that will more than likely be brutal, savage and wickedly entertaining. continue
By James Slater: It’s been written and its been said a number of times how the educated, talented, generous and ultra-professional Klitschko brothers are great, great role models. The two big men never attract negative headlines and neither sibling ever seems to put a foot wrong. Even those fans who say they do not care too much for their somewhat cautious fighting style (Wladimir especially labelled safety-first by some fans) agree that Wladimir and Vitali are fine ambassadors for the oft-controversial sport they represent. continue
(July 26, 2012)—After the recent back injury suffered to former World Boxing Organization (WBO) Middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs), World Boxing Association (WBA) Middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) will now defend his title against highly regarded Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday night September 1, 2012 as the main event headlining HBO Boxing After Dark. continue
Stellar British and Commonwealth title wins over James DeGale and Paul Smith in 2011 established Hammersmith super-middleweight George Groves as one on British boxing’s brightest young lights. continue
Hammersmith star George Groves clearly has no intention of taking the easy path to his goal of a major international super-middleweight title. In his last three title starts, ‘The Saint’, 24, has seen off the formidable trio of Kenny Anderson (rsc6), James DeGale (pts12) and Paul Smith (rsc2). Now, following almost eight months out due to injuries, he shall concede height, reach, experience and home court when he returns in a potentially awkward eight rounder with Mexican banger Francisco Sierra tomorrow evening. continue
Cuban super featherweight sensation Rances "Kid Blast" Barthelemy will face dangerous spoiler Alejandro "Soma" Rodriguez (14-6, 7 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in the co-main event of Warriors Boxing Promotions' "Miami Warfare II" event on Saturday, August 18, at the MACC at the Doubletree Hotel in Miami, Florida. continue
by Michael Cook: On Friday July 27th Philadelphia's "Hammerin Hank" Lundy (21-1 11 KOs) will take on Raymundo Beltran (25-6 17 KOs) on ESPN's Friday Night Fights. The 10 round match is scheduled to be the main event live at Resorts Casino & Hotel in Atlantic, NJ. The card will also feature three other local Philadelphia fighters including super middleweight prospect Farah Ennis (19-1 12 KOs) vs Richard Pierson (11-2 8 KOs) in the co-feature on ESPN2. continue
Weights are in ahead of the much anticipated world title bout between Mexican Superstar Luis Ramon ‘Yori Boy’ Campas and Gold Coast’s Golden Boy, Les ‘Lock N Load’ Sherrington. Both fighters comfortably made the middleweight limit of 160 pounds or 72.5kg on the metric scale. Sherrington, who has dropped down a weight division for this bout is in the best shape of his career ahead of tomorrows fight. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (July 26, 2012) – With his thinly-veiled threat to Adrien Broner having gone viral in less than 24 hours, No. 1-ranked lightweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy of Philadelphia is making sure he doesn’t lose sight of the task at hand. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (July 26, 2012) – Listed below are final weights for all the participants in Friday night’s professional boxing event, “Title Wave,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports on July 27th, 2012. continue
Since its birth back in November 2008, the rising Finnish professional boxing stable Caramelito Promotions has promoted 14 shows. In early August it´s time for the next event when the stable´s cruiserweight boxer Janne Forsman (4-0, 1 KO) will battle Lithuanian Ruslan Bitarov in a scheduled six round bout. continue
Tomasz Adamek, 46-2, 28 KO's, will defend his IBF North American Heavyweight title on Saturday afternoon, September 8th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ when he takes on Travis Walker, 39-7-1, 31 KO's. The fight is also a voluntary eliminator for the #2 IBF heavyweight position. continue
Australian featherweight Brayd “The Great White” Smith hopes to take another rung up the ladder when he faces Thai Yong Sathong on Saturday night. Smith, 3-0, fights on the under card of stable mate Les Sherrington’s WBF middleweight title fight against Yori Boy Campas at the Gold Coast Convention Center. continue
Boucherville, Thursday, July 26th 2012 – InterBox is pleased to announce that Lucian Bute (30-1-0, 24 KO) will return to the ring in Montreal on Saturday, November 3rd 2012. His opponent will be undefeated Russian born Denis Grachev (12-0-1, 8 KO). continue
INDIO, CALIF., July 26 - The headliners on Saturday's TeleFutura "Sólo Boxeo Tecate" doubleheader at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. will get a run for their money when it comes to competition from the undercard as a host of local favorites, hot prospects and hungry veterans will all take to the ring before Ronny Rios vs. David Rodela and Julio Diaz vs. Henry Aurad close the show on a hot summer night in the Coachella Valley. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: With only seven day left to go before Floyd Mayweather Jr. is released from the Clark County Detention Center after serving his 90-day sentence, speculations and predictions on how he will look and what his next step will be ought to start accumulating in numbers on boxing websites and forums. continue
By James Slater: Vitali Klitschko Vs. David Haye in March of 2013, in England? This is the scenario Klitschko advisor Bernd Boente has gone on record as saying he can envisage - if Vitali can get past Manuel Charr in September and then has the urge to have “one last fight” before disappearing into a life of politics in his native Ukraine. continue
By James Slater: It’s all over the boxing web sites right now that rap megastar 50-Cent is poised to become the promoter of not only his best friend and “brother” Floyd Mayweather Junior, but also of the red-hot duo that is Yuriorkis Gamboa and Andre Dirrell. According to Dan Rafael’s article on ESPN.com, Mayweather, who will be released from jail a week tomorrow (Aug. 3rd) will likely part ways with Golden Boy and sign with 50-Cent’s TMT Promotions - not only that, but Gamboa and Dirrell are also “on the verge of signing with TMT Promotions.” continue
WORCESTER, MA (July 26, 2012) - Most established prizefighters take extended periods off between fights to recharge. Undefeated Dominican sensation Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs), however, practically lives in the gym continuing to train hard as he looks ahead to his first world title shot opportunity, hopefully, in 2013. continue
MONTREAL (July 26, 2012) - The much-anticipated showdown between 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), scheduled for August 11 live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME®, has been postponed to a later date due to a right-hand injury sustained by Pascal during a sparring session 1 ½ weeks ago. continue
HBO Sports, known for its innovative, award-winning productions, sets the stage for the September super middleweight title fight between Andre Ward and Chad Dawson with the documentary special 24/7 ROAD TO WARD/DAWSON debuts SATURDAY, AUG. 25 (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) returns to the ring on September 15. The International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight Champion will have to deal with Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) from Canada. The excitement of Coach Ulli Wegner´s prodigy is huge. During his last title defence on February 4 at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt (Main), Germany, the champion broke his left hand. “In round four I knocked down Cunningham on two occasions. That’s when it happened.” Consequently the 27-year-old had to undergo surgery to repair the damage. Now the injury has healed up and he is finally able to get back into the ring. continue
BoxingBet: You had a serious shoulder injury which didn’t let you face Marcos Maidana. How is your shoulder now?
Robert Guerrero, A My shoulder is great. I just can’t wait to put it to use. The rehab went great and I’m ready to go. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice chat with 21 year old junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison (8-0, 8 KOs), who is slated to square off against Calvin Odom (15-11, 11 KOs) this Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. The fight will be available on **FREE LIVE STREAM** as a part of Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Fight Night (CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ). Harrison spoke about his career, his upcoming match, and his future plans, and he also shared some views and opinions on the current boxing landscape. 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 junior middleweight prospect Tony Harrison. How’s everything going today, Tony?
TONY HARRISON: Oh man, everything is all good, blessed. I woke up to see another day, so you know. There ain’t too much wrong, you know I’m just sitting in Cali waiting for fight day.
CIANI: Great! Now you have a fight, you just mentioned, this Friday night against Calvin Odom. How has your training and preparations been going for that?
HARRISON: Training went pretty well. We got a lot of fitness done, sharpened up, I’m in good shape, did a lot of strength and conditioning, and we are ready to roll! We’re ready to go on Friday.
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Turkish welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin presented himself calm and confident at today’s final press conference for his WBC interim championship bout against Robert Guerrero this Saturday (July 28th) at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. continue
SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 25, 2012) - Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero and Selcuk Aydin met with members of the media at a final press conference at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 just three days before their 12-round showdown for the vacant WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, July 28 from HP Pavilion at San Jose which will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: It seems like Ricky Hatton might very well be the next possible opponent for Amir Khan, since Khan’s recent conqueror Danny Garcia will be fighting Erik Morales once again on October 20, 2012 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, as reported by Richard Schaefer on RingTV.com (http://ringtv.craveonline.com/blog/174043-garcia-morales-ii-malignaggi-quillen). continue
After spending time in Las Vegas last month with Freddie Roach and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., undefeated super middleweight Derrick "Take it to the Bank" Webster (13-0, 7 KOs) is now headed to Big Bear Mountain in California to help prepare WBA (Super) and WBC Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) for an upcoming title defense. Ward, a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist and reigning Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year, will be putting his belts on the line on September 8th when he faces current WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) in Oakland. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: In a recent interview with Examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/article/freddie-roach-calls-donaire-one-of-the-world-s-best-hoping-for-rigondeaux-fight), Freddie Roach talks about both Nonito Donaire and Guillermo Rigondeaux, and how he is impressed with both fighters for their own abilities and achievements. continue
By James Slater: Although a number of boxing experts have expressed the opinion that Dereck Chisora is both in need of and deserving of a good long break from boxing (and heaven knows, “Del Boy’s” recent schedule has been somewhat torrid: 12-rounds with Robert Helenius last December, 12-rounds with Vitali Klitschko in February and then five hard sessions with David Haye a couple of weeks ago - not to mention all the out of the ring “activities” the 28-year-old has gotten up to between bouts), Chisora himself seems to want to get back into the ring soon. continue
SAN JOSE, CALIF., July 25 - An unbeaten California favorite and one of England's top young stars will face stern tests on SHOWTIME EXTREME this Saturday, July 28 as the network presents Hugo "The Boss" Centeno vs. Ayi Bruce and George Groves vs. Francisco Sierra in separate eight round preliminary fights that will lead into the highly anticipated Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero vs. Selcuk "Mini Tyson" Aydin world title showdown at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. continue
July 25, 2012 - Gary Shaw Productions and Thomson Boxing Promotions' Darley Perez (25-0, 19 KOs), who was slated to face Australia's, Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23 KOs), will now face, Bahodir Mamadjonov (11-0, 7 KOs), at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, Calif. The 10-round main event in the lightweight division will air on ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" August 10, 2012. continue
TOTOWA, NJ - Main Events announced today they have officially signed an exclusive promotional contract with Steve "USS" Cunningham. Cunningham who has campaigned most of his professional career as a cruiserweight has decided to move up to the heavyweight division. continue
Les Sherrington and Yuri Boy Campas came face to face at the final press conference today at Lauxes restaurant. Both camps are highly confident that they are going to take out the win and it has really set the scene for a great spectacle. continue
by Chip Mitchell: World No. 4 ranked (No. 1 WBC) Henry “Hammerin Hank” Lundy, (22-1-1, 11 KOs) takes on Mexican native Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran, (25-6, 17 KOs) in the on Friday Night Fights main event. The NABF lightweight title is at stake in this one. However, Lundy has bigger things in mind and can’t afford any slip-ups. continue
By James Slater: A shockingly frail-looking and obviously very ill Muhammad Ali arrived in London yesterday, to enjoy the 2012 Olympic games and, if the ongoing rumours prove to be true, to have some role during Friday’s expected opening extravaganza. continue
The middleweight division is presently the most densely talented in Britain and top talent Billy Joe Saunders’ impressive recent advance to the Commonwealth title leaves him primly placed to enter the debate for hegemony. continue
Bethlehem, PA—Tickets go on sale Friday, July 27, for the world-class boxing card set for Friday evening, Sept. 21, at the Event Center of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem. Featured in the doubleheader main events are: light-heavyweights Gabriel Campillo, of Madrid, Spain, against Sergey Kovalev, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 10 rounds; welterweights Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, against Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, 12 rounds. continue
AL BERNSTEIN: GUERRERO LAYOFF, WEIGHT JUMP ADDS INTRIGUE TO AYDIN FIGHT
A 15-month layoff and a jump up from lightweight to welterweight for Robert Guerrero combine to give his title fight with Selcuk Aydin intriguing story lines, according to Al Bernstein, who will call the action Saturday, July 28 on the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing Series. continue
The Ring Magazine’s No. 8 ranked Lightweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs) will meet Ray Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs) July 27 in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s show will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Atlantic City, N.J. The card is presented by CES Promotions. continue
By James Slater: As fight fans have probably already heard by now, the intriguing August 11th light-heavyweight fight between IBF champ Tavoris Cloud and former world champ Jean Pascal is now off, due to a hand injury on the part of Pascal. continue
INDIO, CALIF., July 24 - An exciting doubleheader is set for this Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. featuring a battle between unbeaten Ronny Rios and the exciting "Dangerous" David Rodela in the 10 round junior lightweight main event and former World Champion Julio Diaz's return to the ring to take on Henry Aurad in the 10 round welterweight co-feature on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate." continue
LOS ANGELES, July 24 - With Kelvin Price forced to withdraw from his August 4 fight with unbeaten Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder due to a rib injury, Trinidad and Tobago's Kertson "Warrior" Manswell has answered the call to face the 2008 Olympic Bronze Medal winner in a heavyweight slugfest at the Mobile Civic Center Arena Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes. continue
Following his side-bet with Dave Haye prior to their heavyweight title fight at West Ham United, Dereck Chisora today presented a cheque of £20,000 to the founders of David Haye's charity of choice, the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust) in Central London. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 24, 2012)-Golden Boy Promotions, SHOWTIME Sports and CBS Sports will team up to showcase standout boxers from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games making their professional debuts live on the CBS Television Network. The initial live boxing broadcasts, which will be produced by SHOWTIME Sports, include two dates, Sunday, October 14 and Saturday, December 15 with additional dates to follow. continue
Las Vegas Legend and knockout king, Yory Boy Campas has touched down on Australian soil ahead of his upcoming Middleweight World Title and IBF Australasiain bout with Gold Coast’s own, Les ‘Lock n Load’ Sherrington. Sherrington, who claimed the same belts but in the Super Middleweight division earlier this year. Les is stepping down a weight division to middle weight where he is eagerly awaiting the his biggest fight of his career. continue
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (July 24, 2012) - Former world champion Sergei "The White Wolf" Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) has challenged undefeated Polish heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KOs). continue
“The War” between former two time world champion Rafael Marquez and former super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. on August 4 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, was postponed due to an injury suffered by Marquez in his right hand. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Slowly getting back into the fight game, Robert Guerrero (29-1-1) is ready to show the world that he is still one of the most impressive fighters in boxing. This coming Saturday, Guerrero will face Selcuk “Mini-Tyson” Aydin (23-0-0) at HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: After suffering his loss against Danny Garcia, Amir Khan has been faced with a wave of criticism and disappointment from his fans. Of course a loss like this, at this point in time, means very little, as any fighter could end up in such a position in their career. continue
By James Slater -- “Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder was hoping to take a significant step up in his next fight, scheduled for August 4th, against fellow unbeaten Kelvin Price, but Price has fallen out due to injury and now the 26-year-old who captured a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic games will face “Warrior” Kertson Manswell; so reports Fightnews.com.
The 35-year-old from Trinidad and Tobago is no top-notch fighter (neither, in all honesty, is 37-year-old Price), but his 22-5(17) record is decent enough and Manswell has been in with some top names: losing decisions to Ruslan Chagaev, Mike Perez (in “Prizefighter”) and Cedric Boswell, as well as being stopped by Bermane Stiverne. Manswell also holds wins over the likes of Corey “T-Rex” Sanders and Louis Monaco. In his last outing, in March of this year, Manswell was halted inside three-rounds by the huge Alexander Ustinov. continue
By James Slater - “Bomber” Tony Bellew is to face dangerous fellow slugger Edison Miranda on a big London show set for September 8th, the two light-heavies to contest the vacant WBC International title. Also set to appear on the show is former middleweight title challenger Darren Barker, who will return to action (against Italy’s Simone Rotolo) for the first time since his game challenge of Sergio Martinez.
It will almost certainly be the 175-pound showdown that is the fight of the night action-wise though. continue
The wait is finally over. Jack Culcay will step into the ring inside the o2 World Berlin, Germany and will take on Frederic Serre (13-6, 3 KOs) from France to fight it out for the WBA Junior-Middleweight Intercontinental Championship on August 25. "I am very excited to be fighting for my first professional title," said "Golden" Jack, whose nickname stems from winning the Amateur World Championships 2009 in Milan. He was the first German boxer to win gold after 14 years. continue
By Lewis Mageo: When it comes to the boxing landscape there are few who are perched higher then Floyd Mayweather Jr. His exploits this century have turned him into the highest paid athlete in the world with no equal in boxing as it pertains to record, publicity, and animosity from the public. However, Mayweather is at an age where many of the greats start to decline and one man who is waiting to pick up the slack goes by the name of Adrien Broner. continue
By James Slater: David Haye has not given up on landing a big fight with WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko - a fighter Haye says he thinks he can knock out - but he is also holding onto his dream of becoming a movie star. continue
Two division champion and current heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KO) is getting ready for his return to the ring which will take place on September 8th in Newark. The 35-years old Pole will face an American Travis Walker (39-7-1, 31 KO). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds. continue
By James Slater: What next for self-proclaimed superstar/future of boxing Adrien Broner? Well, considering his terrible “efforts” at making the 130-pound limit for Saturday night’s fight with the gutsy Vicento Escobeo, a full-time move up to 135, maybe even 140-pounds is what will be next for “The Problem” (as in Broner has a problem making weight!?) continue
By Rob Smith: It's looking like Amir Khan may soon pull the trigger on his famous trainer Freddie Roach and boot him for a trainer that can spend the needed time to try and turn Khan's sinking career around again. You just knew that someone would wind up a casualty after Khan's latest loss, a 4th round TKO to WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia. Roach may be the fall guy in this case if Khan lets him go. continue
NEW YORK (July 23, 2012) -- With a shot at International Boxing Federation (IBF) champion Carl Froch on the line, hard-hitting, world-ranked super middleweights Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, (18-1, 15 KOs) of Montreal, Canada, and Chicago’s Donovan “Da Bomb’’ George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) will clash in an IBF elimination bout titled “Shock Wave In Montreal’’ on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Aug. 11, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight World Champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) will defend his title against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) at the Stechert Arena of Bamberg, Germany on September 15. But there will be a second title bout in Upper Franconia. Middleweight Dominik Britsch (26-0-1, 9 KOs), currently ranked at number three by the IBF, will step into the ring in Bamberg. The 24-year-old will once again take on Roberto Santos (17-6-2, 9 KOs) from Spain to fight it out for the EU Championship. Their first meeting on February 25 in Stuttgart, Germany ended in a draw. The title stayed vacant. Now the rematch will prove who, out of the two of them, is the better fighter. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 23, 2012) World ranked cruiserweight professional boxer B. J. Flores has been named to the NBC broadcasting team for the 2012 Olympic Boxing Competition. Said Flores, “Representing NBC and being part of the Olympic broadcast is truly a great honor and a blessing. I am very much looking forward to seeing an improved USA Olympic Boxing Team with many experienced veterans leading the charge. Coach Abdullah has done a great job with this 2012 team and I predict that more medals will be won than in 2004 and 2008 combined.” continue
BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) are today delighted to announced that British heavyweight sensation David Price has joined the undisputed home of TV boxing. Price's promoter Frank Maloney has signed an exclusive deal with BoxNation to ensure that the current British and Commonwealth Champion's forthcoming fights, plus his exciting stable of fighters, will be broadcast LIVE on the dedicated fight channel. continue
By James Slater - It has been announced that unbeaten heavyweight hope, reigning British and Commonwealth champ David Price will next face Audley Harrison; the fight set for The Echo Arena in Liverpool on October 13th.
The Liverpool Echo also reports how Price’s promoter, Frank Maloney, is expected to soon announce a deal he has done for his fighter to box exclusively for pay-per-view channel BoxNation. For the next 12 months, beginning with the Harrison fight, Price’s bouts will go out on BoxNation. continue
By Rob Smith: Unbeaten welterweight prospect Keith Thurman (18-0, 17 KO's) was thrust into the spotlight as the co-feature last Saturday night in a fight against Orlando Lora (29-3-2, 19 KO's) on the undercard of the Adrien Broner - Vincente Escobedo fight televised by HBO at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Thurman, 23, scored a 6th round TKO after he knocked the 31-year-old Lora down with a left-right combination in the 6th.
The left hand did most of the work, as Lora was really hurt from the shot and ready to go down. Lora got back up and instead of turning to the referee to get checked over to try and continue fighting, Lora walked straight to his corner and that was the end of the fight.
Thurman was interviewed after the fight by HBO analyst Max Kellerman and said "I'm ready for a belt. Paulie Malignaggi, I want your belt. Tim Bradley, I want your belt. Floyd Mayweather Jr., your unbeaten. I think I can defeat you. We want everyone in the welterweight division. They call you world champions. Come get some of Keith Thurman." continue
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Promoter Mariusz Kolodziej of Global Boxing informed that his heavyweight fighter, Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KO), ranked #4 by WBC, won’t face an American veteran Michael Grant as previously planned. The Polish giant is planning to return to the ring in September. The name of his next opponent should be announced soon. continue
By Emilio Camacho, Esq. At its core, boxing is about fairness—or at least it’s supposed to be. For decades, we have seen other sports, for example, basketball (NBA) and football (NFL), adopt rules to advance, at least in theory, the fairness of competition. Yet, when it comes to world-class boxing—one of the most, if not the most, physically-taxing of sports for athletes—fairness seems to be disregarded more often than it should be. This disregard happens in three ways: by individual athlete, the system, or both combined.
At the individual level, a boxer—and this includes the boxer’s team—is responsible for meeting all the requirements to participate in a match. This includes staying away from banned substances (however this is not an article about Berto, Peterson, Tarver, Chavez, etc.) and, of course making weight. This leads me to Broner.
Boxers like Broner, who are supposed to be the future of the sport, should keep in mind that boxing is their full-time job. This job, more than others, requires commitment to a higher level of fairness and equality because the degree of permanent injury and death in boxing is high. This is why we have weight-classes and, surprisingly (pun intended) weight limits. In short, boxers like Broner have an obligation to advance fair competition and not purchase an exemption. Weight is important as can be seen in the Corrales-Castillo II fight, and Corrales’ refusal to fight a third time. continue
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (July 21, 2012) – The animal Elvin Ayala waited so long to unleash is finally on the loose. Working with new trainer Marshall Kauffman for the first time, Ayala (26-5-1, 12 KOs) let his hands fly Saturday night and earned a convincing knockout win over dangerous veteran John Mackey (13-8-3), stopping his opponent with a series of unanswered flurries 53 seconds into the ninth round of their scheduled 10-round main event at the Mohegan Sun Casino. continue
Juan Carlos Burgos emphatically showed the world that he is ready to become a world champion as he stopped previously undefeated Cesar Vazquez to retain the WBO Latino Jr. Lightweight championship in round three of a scheduled ten round bout at the Edgewater Hotel Resort in Laughlin, Nevada.
The card was promoted by Banner Promotions, Thompson Boxing & JEG Boxing and was seen all over the country on ESPN Friday Night Fights. continue
By Paul Strauss: Adrien Broner tries hard to be obnoxious and succeeds. First, he manages to get Vicente Escobedo to agree to make sacrifices and move down in weight, so the two of them can meet him at the junior lightweight limit. Then Broner makes a mockery of trying to make weight, joking about his failure to do so. His actions show a total disregard for the integrity of the sport, clearly demonstrating he has absolutely no respect for the sport or its fans. He proved he is a selfish, immature individual who has no idea what class truly means.
His punishment was only financial, and who knows how the final money numbers were reached, or who pays what. Vincente Escobedo will definitely come away with more money than he initially expected, but the ending of the fight has to be a tremendous disappointment for him, one that will stay with him long after the money is gone.
Broner is left thinking he can do as he pleases. His poor behavior will only magnify itself. The proper thing would have been to levy a suspension on this knuckle-head. He needs to be treated like the childish numskull his behavior warrants. He should be forced to sit idle, so he can think seriously about what he did and how unacceptable it is to the sport of boxing. Give the brat a "time out"! continue
Mike “El Cangri” Ruiz is the new World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Super Welterweight Champion after scoring an impressive ninth round stoppage over local favorite, and WBF North American titlist, Paul “The Truth” Delgado on Saturday night (July 21) at the beautiful Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA to pick up the vacant title. continue
By Kevin L. Johnston: Yesterday evening on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, boxing fans got to witness the professional debut of former UNLV Rebel Brett Rather, who also happens to be the great-nephew of famous journalist and television anchor Dan Rather. Brett, a decorated collegiate boxer, was certainly eager to please his hometown Nevada fans in his first fight with the big boys. continue
WBC Silver welterweight champion will certainly not "pull a Broner" at his championship clash with Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero in San Jose next week (Saturday, July 28th live on Showtime Championship Boxing). At the mandatory WBC 7 day weight check Aydin brought 149 lbs. to the scale – which actually means that he was closer to the official limit one week ahead of his fight than Adrian Broner was at his official weigh-in for Escobero. The WBC officially allows up to 154 lbs. seven days before welterweight title fights.
"The good thing about signing contracts in boxing is you know when you will fight and at which weight you will compete. So it’s actually quite easy to be in the limit in time when you know what you’re doing", said head coach Conny Mittermeier. "As I said before we’ve had a great training camp and Selcuk is in tremendous shape. You have to feel sorry for Robert Guerrero who will be steamrolled by a fighting machine."
"I can’t wait for the fight to finally begin", added Aydin. "Hey Robert, look at me – and stop looking past me. This is the guy who will break your jaw. I know that you haven’t been in the ring for more than a year now. So you know how it feels to take a long break. You will have to take another year off when I’m done with you!. continue
By Michael Collins: The Adrien Broner vs. Vincente Escobedo mismatch. I mean, the Broner-Escobedo fight is now officially on for tonight for their HBO televised bout at U.S. Bank Arena, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Escobedo's original purse of $150,000 has been bumped up considerably with him now making double the amount along with the $30,000 he received in weight penalties against Broner yesterday for failing to make the 130 pound weight limit during the weigh-in. Broner then had to make the contractually agreed on weight of 140 pounds for this morning's weigh-in. continue
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - In a thrilling fight in the main event of an exciting doubleheader Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME®, unbeaten Art Hovhannisyan (15-0, 8 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., turned back a determined bid by former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (29-6-2, 23 KOs), of Caracas, Venezuela, to win a hard-fought 10-round split decision.
In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., talented, unbeaten super bantamweight Roman Morales (11-0, 6 KOs), of San Ardo, Calif., registered an impressive eight-round unanimous decision over Alexis Santiago (11-3-1 5 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nev.
Hovhannisyan, making his first start in 11 months, was victorious in a hard-hitting, fast-paced scrap by the scores of 95-93 twice and 92-96. Each slugger went down one time, Acosta late in the opening round, Hovhannisyan in the fifth.
"Both (blow-by-blow announcer) Barry (Tompkins) and I said that this was the kind of fight that you could make a case for for either guy,'' ShoBox expert analyst Steve Farhood said afterward. "It was a great, interesting fight. continue
TOTOWA, NJ - July 20, 2012 - Tomasz Adamek returns to Prudential Center in Newark, NJ on the afternoon of Saturday, September 8th when he takes on Travis Walker of Houston, the #12 contender, for the IBF's North American Heavyweight Title. continue
RIVERSIDE, CA (July 20) - Earlier today World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Welterweight Champion Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) met with Riverside's Mayor Ronald Loveridge to celebrate his recent upset victory over 'Vicious' Victor Ortiz. continue
(Photo: Sumio Yamada) By James Slater - It’s almost a week on from his shocking loss to Danny Garcia, and Amir Khan continues to be one of the biggest talking points in all of boxing. As fans may have read, Khan, wanting to do what’s best for him, has hinted at a major change in his training approach, with even a parting of the ways with Freddie Roach seen as a possibility by some. Well, one man who has come out and said he very much wants to become Khan’s new trainer is Enzo Calzaghe, the 63-year-old father of all-time great Joe Calzaghe.
Having recently got his trainer’s licence back, the knowledgeable Welshman stated the following to the guardian.co.uk:
“My next goal is to talk to Amir Khan and his team. We spoke before, about three years ago. I have always believed Amir is a great fighter, despite what people think. People say he should quit but I don’t think he should be quitting. I believe with the right trainer - and my C.V speaks for itself - he will be unbeatable.. continue
By Michael Collins: Tonight's HBO clash between super featherweights Adrien Broner (23-0, 19 KO's) and #1 WBO 130 pound contender Vincente Escobedo (26-3, 15 KO's) is in serious danger of being cancelled after Broner came in 3 1/2 pounds over the agreed upon 140 pound rehydration limit of 140 pounds during Saturday's secondary weigh-in. Broner already lost his WBO super featherweight title on the scales on Friday when he weighed in at 133.5 lbs, missing the 130 pound super featherweight limit. continue
By James Slater - You’ve almost certainly heard the rumours, the whispers, even the shouts that say Manchester warrior and all-round superstar Ricky Hatton is possibly going to make a “shocking return to the ring.”
The top web sites picked up the first inklings of this story a week or so again, and all Hatton himself or his lawyers, etc have said is the traditional “no comment,” leading many to wonder for real if the comeback rumours may have some meat to them - after all, if Hatton were happy and content in retirement, laughing at the latest rubbish to have been written about him, surely he’d simply come out and put all the nonsense to rest? The fact that Ricky has not done this, but has allowed the rumour mill to go into full swing - to the extent that former opponent Paulie Malignaggi has spoken out on the subject, stating that he is very much up for a return fight with the man who halted him late on back in 2008 - has seen to it that the story has snowballed. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 20, 2012) - "Showtime" is coming to SHOWTIME on Saturday, July 28 when top-rated welterweight prospect "Showtime" Shawn Porter steps into the ring at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., against his toughest foe to date, two-time world title challenger Alfonso Gomez for the NABO Welterweight Title. continue
FRESNO, CA - Ever since it gained worldwide notice in 1996, women's boxing has produced a series of great fighters, but two iconic names stand above the rest - Christy Martin and Mia St. John, and today they were in Fresno for a major Press Conference prior to their epic battle in just four weeks. Before a large crowd at the Downtown Club, Martin and St. John, along with local dignitaries, spoke of the importance of their upcoming fight, as well as the state of female boxing.
Today's Press Conference was the beginning of the four week countdown, when nearly a decade after their first bout in 2002, fight fans in the Central Valley will finally have the chance to see Martin and St. John meet again, in FINAL VICTORY. But this time the stakes will be even higher, as these two champions will fight for the final time and it will be for the WBC World Super Welterweight Belt in a big night of championship boxing on Tuesday evening, August 14th that will be presented by Table Mountain Casino, in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions. continue
By James Slater - You’ve got to hand it to Australian warrior Michael Katsidis - the former interim WBO lightweight champ always, always, always looks for the hard fights. Now aged 31 and coming, as he admits himself, towards the end of one of the most consistently thrilling boxing careers of recent years, “The Great” is currently in negotiations to face Mike “Mile High” Alvarado on the under-card of the bitter grudge-match that is Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Junior.
And, if Katsidis-Alvarado does get made, the support bout in Las Vegas on Sept. 15th could go on to be the best action fight of the night. continue
By Robert Jackson: A couple of days ago boxing trainer Danny Garcia confirmed his split with Victor Ortiz in the aftermath of Ortiz’ devastating loss to Josesito Lopez. A Victor Ortiz win against Lopez would have secured Ortiz a big fight against Canelo Alvarez on September 15, 2012. Now, Ortiz may not see action for 6 months or more after surgery which included implanting titanium rods to repair his broken jaw. This final event sees the trainer and fighter going their separate ways.
After a 6-month respite, whom might Ortiz choose to corner him on his return to the ring? We’re all aware of Ortiz’ up-and-down career so any choice that Ortiz makes would be based on chemistry, experience and training technique that could make Ortiz a more complete fighter. continue
MÉXICO CITY (July 17, 2012) – Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR. (46-0-1, 32 KOS), of Culiacán, México, and two-division world champion with the matinee idol looks, SERGIO MARTINEZ (49-2-2, 28 KOs), of Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina, may have been promoting their upcoming Méxican Independence Day World Middleweight Championship clash but it sounded more like they were preparing for a head-on collision! Chávez Jr. and Martinez concluded their four-city, two-nation media tour today, in México City, with each combatant verbally spitting in each other’s eye, predicting a decisive victory and emerging as the rightful Middleweight Champion of the World.
JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ, JR.:
"I want to prove that I am the best middleweight in the world and I will beat Sergio Martinez on September 15 to prove it. It will be a great night of boxing, a great night for boxing, and a great night of celebration for México as we will celebrate Independence Day and my great victory. This is a real fight between the two best middleweights in the world and one that history will remember for a long time.. continue
By Jeff Day: The reaction to Britain’s Amir Khan being knocked out in four rounds at the weekend by Danny Garcia has bordered on the hysterical. Yes, he was the big favourite against the unbeaten Philadelphian, but the way some members of the media have called for Khan to retire is ludicrous.
Boxing history is littered with fighters that were knocked out and came back to win world titles and at 25 years old, Khan can surely regroup and return. I believe coming back to Britain, dusting himself off and starting all over again could be just what the ring doctor ordered. continue
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (July 19, 2012) – The four fighters competing on an eagerly awaited doubleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow/Friday, July 20, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) made weight on their first attempts Thursday at Chumash Casino Resort. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Nonito Donaire’s stock skyrocketed after his impressive fifth round TKO of Vic Darchinyan in 2007, but it reached new heights after the stunning second round TKO of Fernando Montiel in February of 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Despite the fact that he has gained an army of fans and his popularity in the sport of boxing is through the roof, Nonito’s recent resume is far from impressive. Between the Darchinyan and the Montiel fights, Doanire’s competition has been less than impressive, and his three performances since the Montiel fight have also been unentertaining for the fans that expected much more. Many people wonder why such a roller coaster in his ring performances?
According to a recent interview that thaboxingvoice.com (http://thaboxingvoice.com/?p=2154) held with Donaire, Nonito attributes his lackluster fights to experimentation:
“I’ve kind of been experimenting with power and with counter punching a lot and just trying to do something different that I could bring to the table with the much tougher guys. The last three fights [the opponents] weren’t dangerous for me, with a better fighter I’ll be a lot smarter; [it was a fight] you can kind of experiment with and I took the chance to learn from it so now I’m a more [well-rounded] fighter. So when I do fight with someone on top like Mares or Rigondeaux, continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Soon after Amir Khan suffered his KO loss to Danny Garcia, rumors concerning the future of Freddie Roach coaching Khan had developed. In a various interviews Khan had mentioned Roach’s name, and how he would like to change up with Freddie.
Many boxing fans took their thoughts to forums, and countless fans had interpreted that Amir was either pondering or had already decided to move on and separate from Freddie Roach. continue
By James Slater: The busts, unfortunately, just keep coming. As fans are well aware, it seems as though every week there is another big name fighter named and shamed as a drugs cheat - and, whether the fighter took illegal substances on purpose or “by accident” or “by mistake,” it as to be agreed that boxing is going through a very tough time right now.
The latest former champion to have his good name ruined for life is Enzo Maccarinelli, the big-hitting Welshman who once claimed a version of the world cruiserweight title. Currently banned for six months for taking MHA (an illegal fat burner), Maccarinelli has so angered his trainer Enzo Calzaghe, that the father of the great Joe Calzaghe has vowed to never forgive the fighter he “treated like another son. continue
By Robert Jackson: In the past month or so we’ve seen fighters who were dismissed or overlooked grab the bull by the horns taking destiny into their own hands.
First there was Josesito Lopez just an afterthought in the way of a Canelo/Ortiz, ‘big fight’ scheduled for September 15, 2012. Lopez was supposed to be in a tuneup fight for Victor Ortiz who already had his ticket punched for the Canelo Express. 9 rounds and one broken jaw later, Lopez is now riding that train to Caneloville replacing the injured Ortiz.
This past weekend Amir ‘King’ Khan whose pre-fight banter suggested his ring superiority to P4P King Floyd Mayweather Jr, also got his ticket invalidated, losing by TKO to the unheralded and overlooked Danny Garcia. The WBA/WBC Champion Garcia now moves on to bigger and better things the 140lb division has to offer, leaving Khan ponder his future. continue
By Robert Brown: Recently Freddy Roach has become a rare celebrity trainer with a recent successful HBO documentary which chronicled his over 30 years involvement in the sport of boxing and his long and continuing battle with the rigors of Parkinson’s disease.
Roach has in his own way become as or even more famous than his growing stable of fighters, which include future hall of famer and multi division champion Manny Pacquiao and former 140lb champion Amir Khan, who recently lost his belts to Danny Garcia in a devastating and brutal KO and as a result Khan is reassessing his future and now deciding on whether to change trainers. continue
By Paul Strauss: Current boxing headlines contain rumors of possible breakups between several topnotch fighters and their famous trainers. The most notable is Amir Khan and Freddie Roach. Another shocker is Vicious "Victor" Ortiz and Danny Garcia.
We've had fighters such as Chad Dawson, Miguel Cotto change trainers without negative effects. Circumstances or the chemistry was not quite right. Finding it sometimes involves a lot of effort, and other times it might just be a stroke of luck. continue
By James Slater - Amir Khan has switched trainers before, more than once actually, and he may be about to do so again. In what would be a massive turn of events in his pro career if it actually happened, Khan has hinted he may part ways with ace trainer Freddie Roach: the man who rebuilt him after his shocking KO loss to Breidis Prescott.
Khan, still licking his wounds after that sizzler of an upset loss to new star Danny Garcia (who everyone, from Ajose Olusegun to Zab Judah, wants to fight next), spoke with The Daily Mirror and what he said sure sounded like he has plans for a major change.
“I want someone who is with me all the way through, like my conditioner Ruben Tabares is,” Khan said. “It’s hard when you’re with Manny [Pacquiao] and have to be the number two. Every fight is a big fight for me, I’m fighting top-10 guys and so I need the best guys with me all the way through. Now is the best time to sort these things out and my team will talk things over with Freddie.
“There are a few things I have to change to benefit me. Maybe we have to see if I’m doing the right training and have the right sparring.”
Khan has also spoken of the fatigue that can be picked up when he travels from the U.K to L.A, to The Philippines, and the 25-year-old is quite clear when he says it’s “hard being number two.” Does Amir feel Freddie, as great a trainer as he is, gives too much time to Pacquiao? Maybe. Khan has no ill feelings towards Roach, but maybe he is in need of a change, and a base camp set at home in the U.K? continue
By Sam Geraci: On July 13, 2012, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson announced his retirement after rising prospect Andrzej Fonfara convincingly outpointed him in Chicago in front of an overwhelmingly pro-Fonfara crowd.
If the fight was Johnson’s last, and there hasn’t been any indication in the past week to suggest otherwise, what a typical Johnson-like fight to go out on: on the road against a young, tall, and hungry prospect in a fight most big names who are due for one more big payday, especially Johnson, shouldn’t have taken. continue
By James Slater - Reigning IBF super-middleweight king Carl Froch, who will face Lucian Bute in a rematch clause-ordered rematch next year, and may also face Mikkell Kessler in another mouth-watering return in 2013, will fight first in November. “The Cobra,” speaking with BBC Radio Nottingham, said two dates have been “pencilled in” for a voluntary defence to take place in his hometown: November 3rd and November 10th.
Right now, Froch and his team are looking at a suitable opponent, but if Froch gets his way it will likely be former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik. For some time now, “The Ghost,” unbeaten in his 168-pound campaign, has been expressing interest in fighting Froch, and Froch says he’s had enough of Pavlik’s talk. continue
By James Slater - A meaningless victory? A return to action that bagged David Haye nothing but a pile of cash? This is what the critics said (or words to this effect) after Haye’s crushing 5th-round stoppage win over Dercek Chisora. However, according to “The Bible of Boxing,” Ring Magazine and its impartial staff of writers, Haye’s win means quite a bit.
The new Ring ratings have been published and the brand new heavyweight top-10 looks very interesting, with Haye back where he once was: as a top contender.
The new top-10 looks like this:
Champ: Wladimir Klitschko
1: Vitali Klitschko
2: Alexander Povetkin
3: Tomasz Adamek
4: David Haye
5: Kubrat Pulev
6: Robert Helenius
7: Denis Boytsov continue
British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves will headline the Wembley Arena on Friday 14th September.
But first the Hammersmith star is US bound when he takes on tough Mexican Francisco Sierra in San Jose, California, on Saturday 28th July in a ten round contest which can be seen live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546). continue
By James Slater - An amateur standout, 21-year-old Hugo Centeno Junior is a gifted 154-pound hot prospect of whom big things are expected. Managed by Joel De La Hoya no less, the 14-0(8) hope from Oxnard takes a step up on July 28th, when he faces Ayi Bruce on the Robert Guerrero-Selcuk Aydin card in San Jose.
Currently training at The Wild Card in Los Angeles, Centeno, who is trained by his father (who was a talented amateur boxer) is a modest, easygoing guy who says he is working as hard as he is so he can make his family both proud and comfortable. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Amir Khan’s chin has been a hot topic of discussion for boxing fans ever since Khan was stopped in just one round by Breidis Prescott back in September 2008. Cries of “He can’t take a punch” and “He has no chin” echoed through boxing circles. Other observers were less damning in their criticisms because, after all, Khan was tagged by a great shot that may have knocked out anyone. This single instance might not have told the whole story. The sampling size was simply too small to render a final verdict on Khan’s punch resistance. Now that Khan has since had ten fights, including several against world class opposition, we can reevaluate that question with the benefit of hindsight.
Khan has gone 8-2 since the Prescott loss. His first legitimate test came against a past prime Marco Antonio Barrera. Khan outclassed Barrera to win a technical decision victory. The fight was ultimately stopped because of a severe cut suffered by Barrera due to a clash of heads. Next up for Khan was WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik. With just 13 knockouts in 34 contests going into the fight, Kotelnik was not viewed as a puncher but he was a technically sound fighter with great fundamentals. Khan outboxed Kotelnik and was awarded a unanimous decision victory to capture his first world championship. In his second title defense Khan made his American debut and put on a workmanlike performance when he stopped former champion Paulie Malignaggi in the eleventh round. continue
Following my fight against Shane McPhilbin in March, I was extremely surprised and disturbed to have tested positive for a banned substance known as methylhexaneamine.
I purchased a product called Dexaprine that contained this banned substance from a combat magazine. The advert stated that it was an approved substance and I checked the ingredients which had no reference to any banned substance that I was aware of. In fact, it also stated that it was suitable for athletes. continue
By James Slater - Though a number of fans would probably prefer to see him walk away and enjoy his retirement as he awaits his call to get inducted into The Hall of Fame, it seems as though Mexican legend Erik Morales will fight on for a while yet.
Beaten soundly on points by new 140-pound star Danny Garcia in his last outing, in what was nevertheless a good action fight, one that saw Garcia take some shots, Morales is looking at returning to action in September. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: With David Haye’s spectacular victory over Derek Chisora this past Saturday night, the fist name that jumps to mind is Vitali Klitschko.
The fact that Haye was able to perform as promised, and even deliver a knockout win, is an achievement in itself. But now that this victory gives Haye a lift in the heavyweight division rankings, he needs to find a useful way to take an advantage of this opportunity.
For some time now, speculations of Haye vs. the older Klitschko brother have been circulating the boxing community. As a matter of fact, many boxing fans assumed that if Haye was to put on an impressive performance, he would be Vitali Klitschko’s final boxing bout before Vitali calls it quits.
Despite the fact that this was assumed to be a likely scenario, it turns out that Vitali has no plans in fighting Haye in the near future, if ever. During his press conference in Moscow to market his upcoming bout against Manuel Charr, Vitali had the following to say as reported by DailyMail.co.uk (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/boxing/article-2174364/Vitali-Klitschko-David-Haye-chose-Dereck-Chisora-September-super-fight.html?ito=feeds-newsxml): continue
LOS ANGELES (July 18) - Yesterday Riverside's Josesito Lopez and Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez convened with boxing aficionados at historic Olvera Street's Father Sera Park to officially announce their September 15 "Knockout Kings" fight. continue
By James Slater: In a couple of years, unbeaten giant David Price may well be the best British threat to the world heavyweight title. The 2008 Olympian who has already won the British and Commonwealth titles after having had just 13 pro fights, spoke with BBC Sport about his future plans and the Liverpudlian said a fight between he and Dereck Chisora would be a good move for him next year.
“Next year sometime if I’m still British champion and move on to another level, there might be an opportunity,” Price said of a fight with Chisora. “He would have to reapply for his British licence and there’s a lot of ifs and buts, although it’s a possibility. Chisora’s had some tough fights. He is going to have to have a bit of a rest, lower his expectations, drop down to domestic level and rebuild.
“A fight with Chisora would create interest and if the fans wanted to see it, I’d be happy to take part.”
Chisora is indeed in need of a rest after his 5th-round stoppage loss to David Haye (and his points losses to Robert Helenius - a robbery of a loss but still a hard fight - and Vitali Klitschko) and in the meantime Price is looking at defending his British and Commonwealth belts. Dropped by Sky Sports, Price explained how his manager Frank Maloney is “talking to a couple of broadcasters, including BoxNation.” A studio guest on the pay-per-view channel on Saturday, Price would be a welcome addition to BoxNation. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 20, 2012 - Before he steps into the ring at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on July 28th to throw heat against number one contender Selcuk Aydin for the vacant WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship, Gilroy's Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero, a three-time world titleholder, will throw heat of another sort when he takes the mound at the Oakland Coliseum to throw out the first pitch before Sunday's A's vs. New York Yankees game. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: After his recent fourth round TKO loss to Danny Garcia, Amir Khan has been on the very surface of most of the boxing forum discussions and articles. Despite the fact that Khan was able to climb the boxing rankings ladder, lately he has been descending as if it were an icy slide. With this recent loss, Khan’s stock has fallen, and the road back to the top might be a rough one. continue
By Ming Lai: Amir Khan is done. I can’t think of a single prize-fighter who suffered a devastating loss like Saturday night, and came back to be close to the fighter he was. Watching Kenny Bayless call a halt to the fight reminded me of Meldrick Taylor suffering that devastating KO loss to Julio Cesar Chavez. As we all know, Taylor was never looked the same again after that fight.
The boxing world has come out saying Khan fought the wrong fight, a reckless fight that Freddie Roach should be held accountable. I disagree. Khan is done, but he did nothing wrong. He got caught with a shot to his neck, below the right ear. It was a crushing blow from which he was never able to recover. Amir had just thrown what was the second punch of a 3 punch combination; a right uppercut. Danny Garcia caught him on the neck with a left hook that Amir never saw coming.
Did Khan do anything wrong? Was he reckless? Khan is beloved by many, fills seats, and attracts viewers because he fights with incredible speed and heart. To blast him for what he did on Saturday night? Shame on you, boxing fan. continue
Los Angeles, CA (July 20)...Tickets for "Knockout Kings," featuring World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez defending his title against breakout star Josesito Lopez, go on sale Today! Friday, July 20 at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. continue
New York, NY (7/19/12) - Earlier this afternoon, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) held a teleconference to officially announce their much anticipated HBO Boxing After Dark Triple-Header, which will take place on September 29, at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. The card, billed as "Road to Glory", is headlined by DBE's undefeated top-rated super middleweight contender Edwin "La Bomba" Rodriguez (21-0, 14KO's) squaring off against the hard-hitting, up-and-coming super middleweight prospect Jason "Monstruo" Escalera (13-0-1, 12 KO's). continue
By Emilio Camacho, Esq. Most experts picked Amir Khan to defeat Danny Garcia. Few gave Danny a real shot. Yet, I saw this coming. This is because Khan has a serious flaw seldom addressed even though it’s quite simple. If addressed, I believe Amir could climb up back to the top and, even though he is not likely to beat Maywheather or Pacquiao, he could handle anyone else for a while.
The issue is straightforward: someone has to tell Kahn that he is not Manny Pacquiao. Moreover, someone has to tell him that he will never be Manny Pacquiao. But let me elaborate on that.
For a while, I have seen Kahn trying to duplicate what Pacquiao does so effectively with everyone (except for Marquez and to a less extent in his last two fights). Pacquiao gets on his toes, jumps around an opponent, confusing him by coming from different angles and throwing multiple punches from these angles. Manny also jumps forward in a strange way to follow up punches in a manner that cannot be taught in the gym. In some instances, Manny also trades punches off the ropes and can turn around an opponent to mount an offense. continue
By Laz Izada: The much anticipated rematch between WBC Cruiserweight Champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (46-2-1, 33 KO’s) of Poland against Bayamon, Puerto Rico’s Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO’s) has been set for this September 22, in Wroclaw, Poland. continue
This Saturday, BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546) subscribers get the privilege to assess the man touted as the future of US boxing when Adrien Broner makes a second (and he insists final) defence of his WBO super-featherweight crown against Woodland, California’s Vincente Escobedo at the US Bank Arena, in his home city of Cincinnati. continue
By Robert Jackson: This writer wasn’t shocked regarding the outcome of the Khan/Garcia fight, in fact I saw it coming. Going back 4-fights to the Marcos Maidana fight, Khan had the troubling habit of not focusing on his current opponent, instead constantly referencing a future fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. This was again the case this past Saturday night, Mayweather was brought up pre-fight as a future opponent for King Khan to conquer. Overlooking his opponents had become a ‘bad habit’ that Khan needed to take care of and eliminate, focus is a very important trait of elite fighters. Mayweather NEVER says or elaborates on who he’s going to fight next.
Also troubling was Khan’s inability to ‘clinch’ correctly when hurt, Khan RAN the last 3 rounds of the Maidana fight and also ran throughout the Peterson fight. Garcia’s quick feet didn’t give Khan a chance to run, and Khan didn’t know how to clinch. What this writer saw was a digression of Khan’s skills, defensive holes you could drive a Volkswagen thru, an overall limited fighter. Sure Khan looked good against Zab Judah and Paulie Malignaggi albeit both men are on the downside of their careers, and in Paulie’s case no punching power. And sure there’s an upside to Khan who at 25 years old is just entering his prime as a fighter. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise continues with an action-packed doubleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ADRIEN BRONER VS. VICENTE ESCOBEDO AND KEITH THURMAN vs. ORLANDO LORA is seen SATURDAY, JULY 21 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, exclusively on HBO. The HBO broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
"Knockout Kings" pose together on Tuesday, July 17 at iconic Placita Olvera in Los Angeles as they announced their respective bouts taking place on Saturday, September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME®. (From Left to Right) Former World Champion Marcos Maidana, Former World Champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, Breakout Star Josesito Lopez, WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez and Welterweight Contender Jesus Soto Karass. continue
By James Slater: While fans, experts and fellow fighters are having their say on what Amir Khan should do with regards to his boxing future, the former champ has made up his own mind: he will not retire. Khan, still only 25 and having lost for just the third time in his exciting pro career (or just twice if you choose to ignore the controversial points loss to admitted drugs cheat Lamont Peterson) says there is no reason why he should quit.
Speaking with BBC Sport, the Bolton man says people like Carl Froch (who, it seems has been misquoted, with “The Cobra” not exactly saying Khan SHOULD quit, only that he himself would do so if he’d been KO’d so brutally two times) and others, who have supposedly urged him to retire, don’t know what’s best for him.
“People are going to say things after this fight, but people said things after the [Breidis] Prescott fight and you see how I came back from there,” Khan, 26-3(18) said. continue
By James Slater: Those fans who wanted to see unbeaten talents Adrien Broner and Yuriorkis Gamboa collide (and who in their right mind wouldn’t want to see this match-up take place!) may be in for a disappointment. According to Broner, known as “The Problem,” the problem is making 130-pounds. The 22-year-old who has already been compared to the incomparable Floyd Mayweather Junior, says he is still growing and that it is time for him to move up in weight. continue
Exclusive Interview by Jenna Jay - The 173rd edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with former 4 division world champion Roy Jones Jr (56-8, 40KOs), who discussed a wide variety of topics including his recent victory over Pawel Glazewski, potential bouts at cruiserweight, thoughts on Nonito Donaire, performance enhancing drugs, corruption in boxing, how long he sees his career continuing and much much more! Here is what Roy had to say. continue
By James Slater: You didn’t think David Haye would be humble or at all quiet after returning to action and hammering out a 5th-round stoppage over Dereck Chisora, did you! No chance.
Haye, feeling back to his best after smashing bitter rival “Del Boy,” has wasted no time in calling out reigning WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko. As we know, there is practically zero chance of Haye fighting the all-conquering Wladimir for a second time, but older brother Vitali, despite having one eye towards retirement, has an ache to punish and KO the Londoner who so insulted his family. And Haye is hoping to taunt his way into a second date with a Klitschko.
“It was a scary message,” Haye said of last night’s crushing win. “I’d be surprised if he (Vitali) wants to fight now. He will no doubt fight some chump and then retire to be a politician. If he wants to fight me then I’m ready.”
Although Vitali (who will indeed next fight a guy some fans have labelled a “chump,” in the largely unknown Manuel Charr) owes Haye absolutely nothing, I for one would love to see “Dr. Iron Fist” take on Haye before he walks away. Can you name another more intriguing, potentially exciting heavyweight title fight? Haye was outclassed by the younger, more athletic Wladimir, sure, but against Vitali - the ageing legend who was unable to put a dent in Chisora, the man Haye wrecked with his speed and power - Haye would have a much better chance. continue
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) will take on the challenge of his mandatory defence. The 27-year-old International Boxing Federation (IBF) Cruiserweight World Champion will face Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs) on September 15 at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany. continue
NEW YORK (July 18, 2012) - Hard-hitting, undefeated Selcuk "Mini Tyson" Aydin has two goals when he faces former Three-Division World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero for the vacant WBC Interim Welterweight World Championship on Saturday, July 28 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. - walk out of the ring a world champion and earn the respect of the American boxing fans. continue
By James Slater: Well, who saw that coming?! Danny Garcia, not known as an out and out banger, totally smashed Amir Khan last night in Las Vegas, sending the British superstar crashing to the canvas with a left hook out of nowhere in the 3rd-round. Bleeding and being out-boxed, the man known as “Swift” suddenly exploded and took full advantage of Khan’s suspect jaw.
Khan, showing amazing heart, tried his best to dig in and battle back on rubbery legs - and what a round that 4th-round really was - but he had gone and there was no chance of recovery. The same thing could now be argued about Khan’s boxing career; certainly the critics are saying Khan is finished and should retire. It will be a long road back, that’s for sure.
Khan is never going to acquire a great chin, and even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with his heart and guts, these attributes will not be enough. Khan came back from his shocking 1st-round KO loss to Breidis Prescott, and his controversial “loss” to Lamont Peterson cannot be held against him (Khan of course, was just given back the WBA 140-pound belt he was unfairly relieved of back in December; only to hold it, as things turned out, for a few days) but can the 25-year-old possibly climb back to the top again? continue
By Phenyo Molefe: Upton Park was charged with electricity, as the crowds shamelessly cheered their protagonists on, casting fuel to the flames which ignited Mayhem in Munich while they indulged in the atmosphere of Britain’s most anticipated bouts of recent years. The masses who refused to be deterred by unfavourable weather conditions, soon found their spirits elevated by the anticipation of carnage soon to be unleashed in the arena. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2012) - On September 8, 2012, Tijuana, Mexico's WBC Lightweight Champion, Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs), will put his title on the line when he faces Covina, California's, John Molina, Jr. (24-1, 19 KOs). The 12-round championship bout will take place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., as the co-feature to Andre "SOG'' Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) vs. "Bad" Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions, televised live on HBO® World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:15 PM ET/PT. continue
By John Wight: I was one of those who felt that the fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora should not have been allowed to take place. I felt and still feel that the events in Munich were ugly and a disgrace to the sport. For me it wasn’t so much the fact that Dereck Chisora got up from his seat and walked the length of the room to confront David Haye, resulting in the brawl that took place. For me it was more what took place after the brawl, when Chisora threatened to ‘burn’ and to ‘shoot’ Haye.
I am not some middle class twat spouting moral platitudes from on high when I say this. I know what a street fight looks and feels like and have been around the proverbial block. But boxing is a sport of skill and discipline and dedication, with the courage required of the fighters setting them apart from any other athlete in any other sport. Dereck Chisora and David Haye are role models, whether they like it or not, and young kids who go into the gym to get off the street are easily influenced by their behaviour.
I also felt that Frank Warren’s decision to circumvent the BBBoC and set up the fight using a boxing federation outside the UK was wrong. Boxing needs a solid governing body, like any sport does, and the danger of a promoter being able to promote any fight he wishes when he wishes, capitalising on events that have no place in the sport, outweighed in my view the undoubted interest there was in fight when it was announced. I felt at the time that Chisora should have been banned for life as a result of his behaviour both before and after his fight against Vitali Klitschko, even though during the fight itself he put in a brave performance. continue
NEW YORK (July 18, 2012) - At 30, Art Hovhannisyan (14-0-2, 8 KOs) is a six-year pro who remains highly regarded even though he has fought only 75 rounds in his career - an average of about 12 a year. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 18 - Two of boxing's most exciting young power hitters will be swinging for the fences at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday, July 21 when unbeaten rising star Keith Thurman and Texas titan Omar Figueroa both enter the ring against opponents eager to pin losses on their perfect records in fights that could steal the show before the main event which features the World Boxing Organization (WBO) 130-pound title fight between Adrien "The Problem" Broner and Vicente "Chente" Escobedo. In the televised co-main event, Thurman battles Mexico's Orlando Lora in a 10-round welterweight fight while Figueroa risks his undefeated record against slick California veteran Dominic Salcido in a 10-round lightweight fight, highlights of which will be shown on the HBO telecast. continue
(Photo: Naoki Fakuda) By Ben Hoskin: Alleged top ten p4p fighter Amir Khan was sensationally stopped in Las Vegas today by the highly unfancied Danny Garcia. Much of the build up centred on Khan’s last outing, a controversial defeat to Lamont Peterson who was subsequently found to be using a banned substance. Amir’s deficiencies in that fight were later blamed on having to fight an opponent “juiced up”. Todays events put that defeat to Peterson into perspective.
The titles up for grabs, the WBC and WBA were secondary to Khan in so much as he was, after victory, heading up to welterweight in a hoped for match up with Floyd Mayweather. In an eerily similar situation to the shock Ortiz defeat not so long ago, it appears another fighter has looked past an immediate opponent to the one on the horizon. Whilst Garcia may not be a household name, he was and still is undefeated which in itself should have warranted caution.
Much was made of Khan’s pedigree in the amateurs where he won Olympic silver and his professional record, yet it appears at times this very same pedigree can bring about his downfall. The Khan training camp seemed disjointed when master trainer Freddie Roach was absent for other boxing engagements. Seeing Khan and his sparring partner furiously trading seemed to me ridiculous. Surely sparring should be about working out strategies to beat your opponent not engaging in a proper tear-up? It wouldn’t have surprised me if the Garcia camp had watched this footage and seen the amateurish way Khan was jumping in throwing punches and leaving his right hand dangerously low after punching. continue
LOS ANGELES (July 17, 2012) - The stacked September 15 "Knockout Kings" quadruple-header at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. just got another shot of pugilistic adrenaline, with the addition of former Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos "El Chino" Maidana. The champion continues his quest for a second world title at 147 pounds in what promises to be an action-packed showdown against Mexico's Jesus Soto Karass. continue
I would like to thank all my fans and well wishers for the amazing support I've had from you since my defeat on Saturday night. Obviously the fight never went as planned but credit has to go to Danny Garcia who caught me with a good shot in the third round that I couldn't fully recover from.
I guess that's boxing, where one punch can change everything, it's the reason so many fans love the sport. Many fighters down the years have bounced back from defeat to prove their greatness and that's exactly what I intend to do. continue
By Sevak Sarkisian: Nonito Donaire is no doubt one of boxing’s best current talents. However, in his last three fights he has not been impressive. No doubt in my mind Donaire possesses all the natural and physical gifts a fighter can want. He has good reflexes, a great jab, awesome power, and exceptional athleticism. But his last fight (a super bantamweight world title unification match) against Jeffrey Mathebula revealed some flaws that a fighter of his caliber should not have.
Donaire did not try to fight a patient fight against Mathebula and almost exclusively was throwing power shots to the head. Since Mathebula was the much taller fighter Nonito should have banged at the body every chance he got. But instead he didn’t work his opponents body at all, and was constantly head hunting. Because of this at times throughout the fight he was being predictable. He also didn’t bother trying to set up any of his power shots to the head with feints, punches to the body, or jabs.
If Nonito has any desire to be a dominant figure at the higher weight classes, he will have to start doing those things. He has to set his power shots up, use his jab much more, and of course fight an overall patient fight. Being patient at the top level is crucial because not everyone is going to fold whenever you want. With all of this said, it must be taken into consideration that Donaire has been fighting world class fighters and has gone up in weight. I just would like to see him make the most out of his talents and use his skill and athleticism together instead of separately. continue
CINCINNATI, Ohio (July 18, 2012) -- R&R Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions invites the public to attend the official weigh-in for WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien "The Problem" Broner and his opponent Vicente "Chente" Escobedo Friday at 2 p.m. at the historic Fountain Square (520 Vine St.) in the heart of downtown Cincinnati. continue
On Saturday night, former three-time world champion Anthony Mundine scored a seventh round stoppage over former world champion Bronco McKart to make an emphatic statement in his American debut. The IBF North American Middleweight championship bout also marked the inaugural WEALTH TV Pay Per View card. Mundine dropped McKart three times in the pivotal seventh round and with the win; Mundine becomes a major player in the packed Jr. Middleweight and Middleweight divisions. continue
By Paul Strauss: Philly's Danny "Swift" Garcia 24-0-0 (15) stayed unbeaten and beat the odds makers by dethroning Amir "King" Khan 26-3-0 (18) at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas with a 4th Round TKO. Referee Kenny Bayless called a halt to the action at 2:28 of the round.
Danny came into tonight's fight as a sizable 6 to 1 underdog. Many thought "King" Khan would be too big, too fast, and hit too hard for the Philly tough guy. Danny's father spiced things up with a lot of nonsense trash talk, but Danny stayed calm and prepared for what was to come.
He knew Khan would come out fast, and try to get him out of there. His plan was to be ready, slip shots and counter and see what Khan had to offer. Through the first two rounds, it looked as though Khan had plenty to offer. Just as many of the experts thought, Khan seemed to be too fast and too long for Danny.
Moments into the first round, Khan was already tagging Danny with right hands. It didn't bode well for the underdog. Danny stayed calm though, and tried to time Khan's punches and counter with his own, but he was noticeably lagging in the speed department, which was needed to catch Khan with counters. continue
By James Slater: Fans have long since grown weary of David Haye’s talk of retirement or of possible retirement. Last year, after losing widely on points to Wladimir Klitschko, Haye announced his retirement - only to come back this past Saturday and make a small fortune in his winning fight with Dereck Chisora. Now, speaking with BBC, Haye says that the win over “Del Boy” could well be his final ring appearance: unless he can lure WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko into giving him a title shot. continue
Lake Tahoe/San Jose, Calif. (July 16, 2012) - As training camp winds down, take a look into the training camps of former Three-Time World Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO's) and undefeated WBC Silver Welterweight Champion Selcuk "Mini Tyson" Aydin (23-0, 17 KO's) as they prepare for their July 28 world title clash at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. which will be televised live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Guerrero has settled into training camp in the beautiful Lake Tahoe mountains where California meets Nevada at a high elevation; while Aydin moved his training from Stuttgart, Germany to San Jose to finish preparation for July 28. continue
By Jeff Meyers: Saturday evening at Upton Park in London, England, heavyweight David "Hayemaker" Haye (26-2-0, 24 KOs) defeated fellow Brit Dereck “Del Boy”Chisora (15-4-0, 9 KOs) in an impressive fifth round knockout victory two minutes and 59 seconds into the round. Haye effectively evaded Chisora's stalking the whole fight, with Chisora unable to land any harmful blows. Haye appeared to be biding his time to unleash his fury, and when he did, he caught Chisora flush on the jaw with a searing left-right combination that sent Del Boy tumbling to the canvas. Chisora gamely battled on, rising to fight, but Haye summarily dispatched Dereck soon thereafter with another series of punches that persuaded referee Luis Pabon to call the fight.
Now the Haye promotion train is running full speed ahead, since Chisora had never been stopped and went the full twelve rounds against arguably the supreme heavyweight reigning champion Vitali "Dr. Ironfist" Klitschko (44-2-0, 42 KOs). On paper, it seems that the Ukrainian behemoth (6'7", 252 lbs.) would face a daunting challenge from the brash Brit Haye, whose media shenanigans with both Vitali and younger brother/fellow heavyweight champion Wladimir "Dr. Steelhammer" Klitschko (58-3-0, 51 KOs) are well-documented.
Yet, giant hurdles exist for Haye to overcome before rationally concluding that Vitali Klitschko should be quivering in his boots right now. continue
The July 20 edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will feature two top contenders -- Ring Magazine’s No.8 ranked Junior Lightweight Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (29-1, 19 KOs) and undefeated Junior Lightweight Cesar “Saba” Vazquez (25-0, 16 KOs) in the 10-round Junior Lightweight main event. Friday’s card, presented by Banner Promotions, will air at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Laughlin, Nev. continue
After winning the World Boxing Federation North American title last December, Atlanta’s Paul “The Truth” Delgado is ready to step things up on July 21 at the Buckhead Theatre in his hometown when he takes on New Yorker Mike “El Cangri” Ruiz for the vacant WBF Intercontinental Super Welterweight championship. The fight will be the headliner of a show promoted by Delgado Boxing Promotions, in cooperation with Mezereon Management, that will also feature a long line of local up-and-comers on the undercard. continue
By Michael Collins: WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (24-0, 15 KO's) have finished off permanently any talk of Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KO's) ever facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. by totally obliterating Khan tonight in a 4th round TKO at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
All total, the 24-year-old hard hitting Garcia knocked Khan down three times in the fight before it was stopped in the 4th. Khan was actually fighting quite well until he got a little too overconfident late in the 3rd and ran into a big left hook from Garcia that planted Khan on the canvas. It was incredibly lucky for Khan that the knockdown occurred late in the round, because he badly hurt and wouldn't have survived the round had the knockdown occurred earlier in the round.
Garcia continued to tee off a Khan in the 4th, hitting him with huge shots while Khan tried gamely tried to fight back. However, it useless and Khan hit the deck twice more and the fight was halted by the referee. Khan probably should have clinched the entire round and tried other tricks to let his clear, like putting Garcia in headlocks and other such stalling tactics. But Khan tried to fight and got blasted out for his efforts. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 16 - Televisa's "Sabados De Corona" will be the show to watch on Saturday, July 21 when two of boxing's top talents, Johan Perez and Pablo Cesar Cano, square off for Perez' WBA Interim Super Lightweight World Championship and the vacant WBC Latino Super Lightweight title at the Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico. continue
By Brendan George: Australia's Anthony Mundine (44-4-26 KO’s) scored an impressive one sided victory in his American debut on Saturday night against former World Champion Bronco McKart (54-10-1-32KO’s) at the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
On the line was the IBF North American Middleweight title. “I’m the ‘Wonder From Down-Under’ baby. I got the skills that pay the bills!” Mundine proudly stated after his win. “I have mad respect for Mayweather. He’s the best P4P. I want to fight the best so I’m targeting him.. continue
by Ben Hoskin: David Haye emphatically made a statement in the heavyweight division with a fifth round stoppage of Dereck Chisora this morning (NZ time) in East London, England. The pattern of the fight followed the same course for each stanza with Chisora stalking Haye but never managing to connect cleanly.
Haye was continuously scoring with Chisora seemingly walking straight through Haye’s punches trying to bully him into a corner and catch him with his clubbing lefts and rights. The end came swiftly toward the end of the fifth when Haye caught Chisora flush on the jaw with a beautifully timed left cross. Whilst getting up on groggy legs it was only a matter of time before it was halted with a five punch combination.
What was plainly evident was the faster hand speed and experience advantage enjoyed by Haye. Chisora seemed intent on allowing Haye to throw punches till he wore himself out so he could capitalize in the latter rounds. However, he hadn’t bargained on walking flush into that left!
Where to now for both combatants? Chisora should look to take some time off as he’s had quite a busy schedule these last two years against very good boxers. He came in too heavy in my view and paid for it. If he gets his conditioning right, his toughness can result in more high profile contests. continue
Sherman Oaks, CA (July 16)- Cornelius "Da Beast" White more than lived up to his nickname Saturday night in the Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas by battering former world title challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky for 12 rounds to capture the vacant IBF International Light Heavyweight Title in what most insiders viewed an upset of "Beastly Proportions." continue
By James Slater: Tonight at an almost sold-out Upton Park in London, David Haye proved way too fast, way too powerful and way too accurate for a game Dereck Chisora, sending “Del Boy” down with heavy knockdowns twice in the 5th-round.
The official time was 2-mins and 59 seconds of the 5th, and despite Chisora getting up from both knockdowns, referee Luis Pabon waved the exciting fight off. The two bitter rivals, who spouted so much hate towards one another before tonight’s fight, embraced and gave each other respect after the fight was over.
Haye, who may now move on to another heavyweight title fight, is now 26-2(24). Chisora, who has a less positive-looking future, falls to 15-4(9). This was the first stoppage loss of Chisora’s pro career, and Haye went one better than Tyson Fury, Vitali Klitschko and Robert Helenius.
Haye’s power looked awesome tonight, it must be said, as did his hand-speed. Chisora chugged forwards all night yet he was wild with his best weapon, the right hand. Haye looked like he might tire at points, but he was evidently biding his time, waiting to launch his killer shots. This he did in the 5th, and Chisora’s reliable chin was broken.
Post-fight, Haye gave credit to Chisora’s beard, saying it was one of the hardest he’s ever cracked, and Chisora gave Haye credit for being the better man. continue
Once again, thanks to Juan Marshall of ProAm Fight Talk for his coverage of Saturday night's Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Here are the results for those of you (like me) who missed out. continue
By Paul Strauss: Polish fans at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago wanted desperately to boo Glen "The Road Warrior" Johnson 51-17-2 (35). After all they are loyal to their local hero Andrzej (Andrew) Fonfara 22-2-0 (12) and they wanted him to know it. But, their boos lacked vigor. Even they found it difficult to boo someone as nice and well respected as Johnson, who is also fondly known as "The Gentleman". Instead, Fonfara fans would jump to their feet each time their loyal favorite would mount any kind of attack, letting him know they liked what they saw. continue
By Michael Collins: David Haye (26-2, 24 KO's) may have effectively ended Dereck Chisora's career by knocking him down twice en route to stopping him in the 5th round on Saturday night at Upton Park, London, England. Chisora was caught by a series of fast and powerful shots from Haye in the 5th round that put Chisora down on his hands and knees.
To his credit, Chisora made it back to his feet and resumed fighting if you want to call it that. Chisora was actually just trying to survive by holding on. Haye was having none of it though. With little time in the round, Haye teed off with uppercuts and rights to the head of Chisora sending him down for the second time in the round. Again, Chisora got to his feet, but this time the fight was halted by the referee to save a badly hurt Chisora from being seriously hurt by Haye.
With this win Haye is going to be putting a lot of pressure on WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to face him in the ring. Vitali might prefer to retire rather than deal with Haye after watching what he did to Chisora tonight.
By Phenyo Molefe: “Either we do it in the ring or outside of the ring. Because I want him. If David don't fight me, Adam, I am telling you the God's honest truth, I am going to physically burn him. So you tell him I said that. I am going to find him”- Chisora continue
James Slater: Jamaican-born warrior Glen Johnson announced his retirement from boxing last night, after dropping a wide ten-round UD to the much younger Andrzej Fonfora, and the amazing 43-year-old is the kind of guy who can be relied upon to keep his word: there will be no change of heart from this ultra-professional, no-nonsense guy.
Johnson bows out with an somewhat loss-littered 51-17-2(35) ledger, but as fans know, a whole lot of Johnson’s defeats came as the result of a bad decision on the cards, or in some cases a blatant robbery. The former light-heavyweight king who also campaigned successfully as a super-middleweight turned pro way back in February of 1993 and his near-twenty year career saw him battle a who’s who of the 168 and 175-pound weight divisions. Wins over notable names such as Antonio Tarver (WSD12) Roy Jones Junior (WKO9), Montell Griffin (WTKO11), Clinton Woods (WUD12) and Allan Green (WTKO8) are sandwiched in between losses to guys like Bernard Hopkins (TKO by11 - the only stoppage loss on Johnson’s record), Merqui Sosa, Sven Ottke, Omar Sheika, Julio Cesar Gonzalez, and, in rematches, Tarver and Woods. continue
By Glenn Felton: The 14th July is a big night for the sport of boxing in the UK. We have David Haye squaring up against Dereck ‘Del Boy’ Chisora and Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia. They are both big fights in themselves but could well lead on to bigger things, with the possibility of the Haye Chisora winner squaring off with a Klitschko, and if Amir Khan is to win his light welterweight battle with Garcia, he could well push himself to the front of the queue for a money spinning date against Floyd Mayweather, with current rumours suggesting that ‘Money’ would be prepared to travel to the UK to take on Khan. continue
By Phenyo Molefe: Dereck Chisora's last fight came against the celebrated and highly regarded WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko who is in no need of an introduction; his conquests extend beyond what my words can afford him. That which was building up to be a fairly normal affair remains the most discussed, debated fight of the year which gave rise to the ”Upton Park Files” continue
By John G. Thompson: Jose Luis Castillo’s (64-11-1, 55 KO’s) trunks were covered in the blood of Ivan Popoca (15-2-1, 10 KO’s) by the fifth round this Friday the 13th evening. The match was televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights as part of a co-feature with the Glen Johnson vs. Andrzej Fonfara bout at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.
Thirty-eight year old Castillo who goes by the nickname “El Temible” (fearsome) has fought a who’s who list of fighters in his whopping 75 bout career. He’ll be best remembered as the man who came closest to beating the undefeated pound for pound great Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in 2002 at lightweight, and of course for his role in the 2005 match with Diego Corrales (RIP) which will be remembered as one of the most exciting fights of the last century. Castillo was stopped in the tenth round after having knocked Corrales down several times and seemed on the verge of victory. Castillo has won three of his last four bouts since retiring in the sixth round against Alfonso Gomez in 2010. All four of those bouts took place in Castillo’s native Mexico. continue
By Sam Geraci at Ringside: In the co-main event of the evening, the living legend from Mexicali, MX, Jose Luis Castillo, (63-11-1, 54 KOs) showed that he still has enough in his 38-year-old legs to put on the type of blood and guts performance that has defined his hall-of-fame career in continuing to bust-up a young and motivated Ivan Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) of Chicago, IL, throughout the fight to win by 8th round TKO on cuts. Even though some at ringside felt that the fight should have been allowed for one more round after Popoca appeared to have a strong 8th, Popoca’s face was in terrible condition and Castillo was landing whenever he opened up. continue
By James Slater: Former two-time heavyweight king “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon spends as much time in the U.K as he does in his home country these days. Exceptionally busy and as popular as ever, the 54-year-old is currently in London, doing some work for BoxNation ahead of tonight’s massive heavyweight grudge-match between David Haye and Dereck Chisora.
It was during a break from his live T.V work at the Upton Park Stadium that I was able to grab some of Tim’s time and speak to him about a number of things: tonight’s fight, his own great career and some other subjects. As sharp as a tack and happy to talk, the Philly legend who retired with a fine 55-13-1(38) record in 2003 was speaking with unbeaten heavyweight hope David Price as I called him (“You’ll have to call me back,” Tim said), yet he kindly gave ESB twenty minutes or so shortly after talking with the 2008 Olympian.
Always an interesting figure to talk with, Tim had the following things to say:
James Slater: Thanks so much for your time, Champ! I’ve just been watching you on BoxNation T.V. continue
by Ben Hoskin: I wrote an article several weeks back that was by and large castigated by many boxing fans through the forum site. The editor joined in too by referring to me as Bob Hoskins the actor! Whilst naturally being disappointed in the feedback, boxing is all about opinions and one man’s meat is another man’s poison. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 13 - With 23 wins and no losses and all of his victories coming by way of knockout, 2008 United States Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay "Bronze Bomber" Wilder is seen by many as the spark that can ignite the heavyweight division once again. On Saturday, August 4 "The Bronze Bomber" will step into the ring in front of his home state fans at the Mobile Civic Center Arena Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama to face fellow unbeaten heavyweight Kelvin "Price Is Right" Price, who hails from just down the road in Pensacola, Florida, in a showdown that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes and FUEL TV. continue
Exclusive Interview by Jenna Jay - The most recent edition of On the Ropes Boxing Radio featured an exclusive interview with Hall of fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who discussed a wide variety of topics including Wladimir Klitschko's recent rematch win over Tony Thompson, Haye vs. Chisora, Chavez Jr's performance over Andy Lee, Chavez Jr vs. Martinez, drug testing in boxing, his prediction for this tomorrows Amir Khan-Danny Garcia fight and much more! Here is what Emanuel had to say.
JENNA JAY: I have a very special guest, he's making his 26th appearance to On The Ropes, I'm joined by Hall Of Fame Trainer, Emanuel Steward. How's it been going today, Emanuel?
EMANUEL STEWARD: Everything is going very good today.
JENNA: Alright! Well that is definitely good to hear, and you, you're coming off a successful fight with one of your fighters, Wladimir Klitschko, over in Switzerland. He beat Tony Thompson, albeit a little quicker. How do you feel about the performance?
STEWARD: It was ok, it was good. It was nothing that devastating, but it was pretty much as we expected, Tony Thompson is kind of awkward difficult guy to fight, and physically a big guy also, so a lot of the techniques that Wladimir can use on smaller guys he was not able to use, which we knew that from the first fight. But for this fight, Tony Thompson has seemed to age a lot compared to the first fight. His body didn't seem to have the same hardness even though he's never been a adonis, the guy was never gonna win any contests for his body, but still he seemed bit more of an older type man than we expected. Wladimir had a lot of energy a was just physically too strong for him in addition to the Skill level.
JENNA: Now Manny, you're always about the knock out, that's what people want to see in Heavyweight boxing, how do you feel about the way that Wladimir finished things?
STEWARD: Well, to be very honest with you, I'm satisfied from Wladimir's viewpoint. But it just wasn't any one punch, it was just like, he overpowered him, and then to me, it looked like Tony just gave in from being physically overpowered that to me was what it appeared to be, it wasn't just a one punch. Wladimir was trying to set him up for that one beautiful right hand, and he only landed two really good right hands that I remember, off the top of my head. So at a certain point it was just Tony just felt the strength, and the youthness and the speed was just too much basically and he resigned.
JENNA: Ok Emanuel, where do you see Wladimir going from here after this victory?
STEWARD: Well to me it's gonna be a lot of fights where he's not gonna get any credibility, but i think, there's about 4 fights out there that I think are interesting. But the thing about the Heavyweight championship is as long as you hold onto that title there's always going to be something that comes up and they will having to come to the heavyweight champion. You're either going to have a guy that's come out overnight, and have one or two wins, and then everyone is going to go crazy; "oh this is the new star of the heavyweight division", and you'll have some guys like David Haye who'll talk himself up, and become a big star and a big challenger without even doing anything. But you know, one of the ideal situations, to me would be, you know Wladimir doesn't think it's going to happen, it would be for Dereck Chisora to win and if Chisora won, it'll make it a very promotable and interesting fight between Chisora and Wladimir, because Chisora's having signed to fight Wladimir once, maybe twice, but the fights were cancelled, due to Wladimirs injuries. He spit the water into Wladimir's face, slapping Wladimir's brother. And if he can beat David Haye in this fight, that would be very big... continue
By James Slater: Moments ago, as he was at the soon to be packed-out Upton Arena in London ahead of his fighter Dereck Chisora’s massive fight with archrival David Haye, ESN was able to speak with trainer Don Charles. continue
Gabriel "Chico Guapo" Campillo, 21-4-1, 8 KO's, the #3 light heavyweight in the world, will take on Russia's tough Sergey Kovalev, 18-0-1, 16 KO's, rated #13, on Friday, September 21st when the critically acclaimed NBC Sports Network Fight Night Boxing Series returns to the Events Center at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The 2,000 seat arena was sold out with standing room only for the June 1st NBCSN Fight Night show at the Sands. continue
By James Slater: James “Lights Out” Toney is not a guy you want mad at you! Remember, years ago, after he’d lost widely on points to Roy Jones Junior, Toney was so angry at his female manager Jackie Kallen that he reportedly threatened to go after her with a knife (today, Kallen says it was actually a gun the fighter threatened her with, thankfully not going through with the threat)?
Well, Toney is currently hopping mad at ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael. Speaking, once again with Elie Seckbach on video, the 43-year-old launched into the top scribe. Clearly annoyed at how Rafael, speaking the truth (Rafael says he is genuinely a fan of Toney and is saddened to see him fight, or to try and fight on, with diminished skills and slurred speech), said there is no way Toney should still be fighting much less against the Tomasz Adamek’s of the sport (thankfully, that fight is now off), Toney said how he’d come and “put something on” Rafael when he sees him next. continue
By James Slater: Falling to 35-8(26) after his brave but punishing 5th-round TKO loss to the unbeaten, much younger and much taller Tyson Fury, New York’s Vinny Maddalone now has to decide what he does next. Having been stopped for the fifth time in his exciting, blood and guts pro career, the 38-year-old would be excused for opting to walk away and fight no more. But that’s just not Vinny’s style. And as he says, fighting is all he knows. continue
By James Slater - Three-time king and reigning IBF super-middleweight champ Carl Froch was a guest on Sky Sports’ Ringside show last night (sat alongside him was one-time potential rival, the great Joe Calzaghe) and “The Cobra” spoke about what’s happening regarding his next fight. continue
Interview By Sam Geraci - The following interview with Glen Johnson took place on July 12th, 2012 at the Palmer House in Chicago immediately before Johnson made weight for his July 13th fight against Andrzej Fonfara at the UIC Pavilion.
SG: Let’s get right to it. What happens after this fight assuming that you win?
GJ: We’ll look at the fight and then see who wants to fight. They got Bernard Hopkins out there and we’ll see if he’s interested. Certainly, there is Kelly Pavlik. We’ll see. He says he wants to make another step up so we’ll see.
SG: How much longer do you intend to fight?
GJ: It all depends on how I’m feeling. I don’t really have a time slot. It could be in the next fight or it could be two more fights; I don’t know maybe a year or two years later.
SG: I mean, you don’t have the story like many boxers or athletes in that you have to fight do you?
GJ: I’m okay. I’m decent. I’m not where I want to be, but all of us are greedy in that way. continue
By Phenyo Molefe: In light of Saturday’s controversial bout I dusted footage of David Haye’s and Dereck Chisora ‘s last fights and this proved an even more important exercise seeing that David Haye has not fought since his loss to Wladimir almost a year ago. continue
WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan and WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia both came in at 139 pounds during Friday's weigh-in for tomorrow night's clash at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
Former world champion Jose Luis Castillo made weight easily today at the official weigh-in for his showdown tomorrow night (Friday, July 13) against Ivan Popoca at the "CROSSROADS" boxing event presented by 8 Count and Warriors Boxing at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
All the other main participants did as well.
Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) will face Popoca (15-1-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round welterweight co-main event in support of former world champion Glen Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) taking on "The Polish Prince" Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) in the 10-round light heavyweight main event.
Castillo claims his previous problems with weight have been due to mix-ups with contracted weights and conflicting information. "When I have proper time and I know in advance the correct weight on the contract, I have no problem," said the former champ. continue
By Glenn Cowie: This is a big fight for WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO's), moreso now he has been reinstated as WBA champion. Should he lose to WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KO's) on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, I feel he will find it hard to negotiate his way into the big fights he so desperately craves (Floyd Mayweather, Tim Bradley) whether that be at 140 or 147lbs. Khan has unbelievable hand speed and does punch with authority, although I do not believe he posses that concussive one punch like a prime Kosta Tszyu or Marcos Maidana. continue
By Jeff Day: The big Haye-Chisora domestic heavyweight clash this weekend has overshadowed (at least in the UK) what is a quality and genuine world title fight between Britain’s WBA light welterweight king Amir Khan and his WBC counterpart, Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia of Philadelphia (Puerto Rican parentage). Khan has been since been re-instated as WBA champion and so we now have a unification bout on our hands. The IBF have Peterson listed as their champion. They are clearly of the opinion that if they ignore the situation for long enough it will go away! continue
AMIR KHAN, WBA Super Lightweight Super World Champion
"Training camp has been brilliant. It was a long camp, but we paced it well. We were very professional and smart with the way we did things. It was a 15-week camp and I enjoyed every second of it.
"I did make a lot of mistakes in my last fight [against Lamont Peterson], but it was a wakeup call. I learned a lot from that fight.
"We will win the title. We will take the WBC belt home to the U.K. It is a title I have always wanted.
"I have fans all over who have traveled to Las Vegas for this fight. A lot of them came over for my fight against Peterson too and it means a lot to me. The U.K. press shows me so much support as well and I am grateful.
"I will knock Danny Garcia out. I will take the world titles home. I know Danny didn't train as hard as me. I promise I will knock him out. That is the only way. continue
NEW YORK (July 13, 2012) -- A boxing first! EPIX (@EPIXsports), the multiplatform premium entertainment service, will stream Saturday’s WBA Intercontinental / WBC International heavyweight titles fight between one-time world heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora and former two-division world champion David Haye live to U.S. fans on Facebook, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT, in addition to presenting it live on the network, streamed live on EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps on Xbox and other devices. U.S. boxing fans will be able to see the fight live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EpixHD and https://www.facebook.com/EPIXSports with an authenticated subscription or taking advantage of the free trial. The all-England grudge fight will take place at West Ham Football Club's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in London. continue
Las Vegas (July 12, 2012)...Fans around the world will have the opportunity to watch World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Lightweight Super World Champion Amir "King" Khan and WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny "Swift" Garcia weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. live online today on numerous web portals. continue
Interview By Sam Geraci: The following interview with Jose Luis Castillo took place on July 12th, 2012 at the Palmer House in Chicago immediately before Castillo made weight for his July 13th fight at the UIC Pavilion.
SG: Jose, thanks for giving the time right before your weigh-in to sit for a few minutes. It’s an honor.
JLC: No, No, Thank you.
SG: Because we don’t have too much time, let’s get right to it. As a someone who has watched you over the years, I gotta ask: other than the money, why do you keep on fighting?
JLC: Since I lost to Ricky Hatton I lost my desire to box. All of a sudden I have it back again and I want to show the world that I am still a champion. continue
Friday, July 27th, will mark the return of one of Tijuana's more dedicated club show promoters when PM Promotions returns to the border town's boxing scene after a three year hiatus. Led by former two-time super flyweight champion Diego "Pelucho" Morales, bother of Erik "Terrible" Morales, PM Promotions presents "War in Downtown" at the Mutualista Hall located between 4th Ave. and F. Martinez Blvd. in downtown Tijuana. The hall is only one street over from the legendary Avenida Revolucion, a mere five minute cab ride from the San Diego border. continue
By Young Runyon: Eastsideboxing.com recently caught up with two-time Olympian Brad "The Pocket Rocket" Hore. After representing Australia at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, Hore thought he had had enough of the fight game. It wasn't until his Commonwealth Games opponent Don Broadhurst contacted him and told him he was moving "Down Under" that Hore's fire was reignited. He will make his debut on July 27th at the Sands Hotel, Maroochydore over 6 rounds. continue
By James Slater: Moments ago before a large, enthusiastic crowd in London, bitter heavyweight rivals David Haye and Dereck Chisora officially weighed-in for this Saturday’s ten-round battle. With top M.C Michael Buffer having been brought in to oversee the proceedings, the two men who appear to have a genuine dislike for one another took to separate scales.
With a metal fence dividing them, Haye and Chisora watched as the other’s weight was announced. Haye, looking as ripped as ever, came in at an even 210-pounds, while Chisora, also looking in fantastic shape, tipped-in at 247-pounds. There were no surprises over the poundage of either man: Haye weighed a fraction over 210 for his last two bouts - with Audley Harrison and Wladimir Klitschko - and “Del Boy” has weighed in the 240s for most of his pro fights.
Then the traditional face-off took place (albeit with a fence dividing the two men - “there will be no fence between them on Saturday night,” announced Buffer, to loud cheers) and Chisora removed his familiar union jack face scarf to taunt Haye. “I’m coming for you,” Chisora said. “We’re gonna have the same records; I’ve got three losses and you’re gonna have three losses.. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: Nontio Donaire has now been in the headlines for a long time. For a while he has been climbing the victor ladder, and now, he has reached a point where he is a world class champion. After his recent win against Jeffrey Mathebula, people are wondering who Donaire will fight next. continue
By James Slater: Though he was not there to either enjoy it or receive it in person, boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather won The Fighter Of The Year award at last night's glitzy ESPY awards. In winning the prestigious award for the fourth time, the 35 year old beat other talents Andre Ward and UFC's Jon Jones.
The 43-0 star gave a short statement from his Las Vegas prison cell:
"Thanks to all the fans who voted for me and helped me win at tonight's ESPY's," Floyd wrote. "Your continued support is appreciated."
Mayweather, who has thus far fought just once in 2012 - the box office smash that was his May 5th points win over a game Miguel Cotto - has been receiving a ton of fan mail during his 87-day jail sentence, and he says the support has been most helpful in his getting through the ordeal of being locked up. No doubt awards like the one he was handed last night are also keeping "Money's" moral up. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 12, 2012) - Three-time world champion Anthony "The Man" Mundine (43-4, 25 KOs) makes his United States debut Saturday night (July 14), headlining the "When Worlds Collide" pay-per-view event, live from Pearl Theater at Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. continue
DAVID HAYE is expected to have the last laugh over Dereck Chisora, according to the betting on Betfair. As the feud between the British heavyweights reaches boiling point, Haye is the big odds-on favourite at 4-11 to win at Upton Park on Saturday night. continue
By Kazim Sharif: Before the eagerly awaited and one of the hottest showdowns within the light welterweight division, news from various credible sources are indicating that Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KO's) has been reinstated as the WBA champion as he heads into his fight this Saturday night against WBC light welterweight champion Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KO's). We were all made aware that Lamont Peterson was stripped but three days before the WBA decided to reinstate Khan. This now adds a twist and a whole new dimension to the fight. Khan walks in to the fight with extra motivation knowing he has got back his title he held for so long. Not only that but the ring magazine have these two as the number 1 and 2 in the division respectively and have also put the ring magazine belt on the line. We will now see 3 genuine titles on the line.
Khan said to the telegraph.co.uk "I'm glad the WBA are reinstating me, it means I walk in the fight as world champion, there is a chance to win the WBC belt not only that but the ring magazine belt is on the line, we will see who is really the best in the 140 division". continue
All four principal fighters were respectful and professional to each other at two separate press conferences were held today, one at the MAJESTIC STAR CASINO in Gary, Indiana, and one at PLAYBOOK SPORTS BAR in Niles, Illinois, to discuss this Friday's (July 13) "CROSSROADS" boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. continue
LOS ANGELES(July 11, 2012) - Mexican Independence Day weekend will come alive in one-of-a-kind fashion on Saturday, September 15 when "Knockout Kings" featuring undefeated Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez taking on boxing's breakout star and upset-minded Josesito Lopez for Canelo's World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Championship, takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME. Fans can expect fireworks all night long with the unparalleled quadruple-header, which also features WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defending his title against former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon. continue
By James Slater: Watching a live build up show on BoxNation tonight, I was surprised to hear promoter Frank Warren and top scribe Colin Hart talk of how the fight, for all intents and purposes a heavyweight title eliminator, and also a “title fight” in it’s own right (WBA and WBO baubles on the line), will be fought over just ten-rounds and not 12.
Hart said he found out just this lunch time, and the veteran writer said that, in his opinion, the shorter fight favours Haye, who Hart feels has suspect stamina. I must say, I agree with Hart. Haye has been known to fade in the later rounds of fights in the past, and Chisora has been known to come on strong in rounds 8 through 12. Now, on Saturday, “Del Boy” will have to get the job done in just ten sessions. Will Haye, even if he does begin to fade around the 8th be able to suck it up and get through the last couple of rounds?
Promoter Warren, however, says the shorter fight will favour his man Chisora, because with the pace the younger man will set, there will be no chance of him “flagging” in the later stages. continue
July 11, 2012 - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico - Undefeated super-welterweight prospect, Puerto Rican Thomas Dulorme (15-0, 10 KOs), completed his academic studies and graduated from the Lyceum of Arts and Technology, in Hato Rey, specializing in Drafting (AutoCad) with the rank of Summa Cum Laude. The graduation was held this week at the Centro de Bellas Artes in Guaynabo, PR. continue
CORK, Ireland (July 11, 2012) - A frustrated World Boxing Association ("WBA") Super Bantamweight Champion Guillermo "El Chacal" Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs), upon learning that Nonito Donaire plans to move up to the featherweight division after his next fight, has labeled Donaire, "The Filipino Phony." continue
By James Slater: Closer and closer we get to the British heavyweight grudge-match of the year, and still both David Haye and Dereck Chisora are confidently predicting a KO win. Neither guy is willing to blink; both men convinced they have what is needed to render the other unconscious.
But while Chisora, who says he will be “at his craziest” in this fight, says he will stop Haye in the 7th; Haye is predicting a much faster ending. Speaking with ESPN.com, the former cruiserweight king said the last time he felt as good as he does now was ahead of his unification battle with Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli - and Haye says we may well see a similar fight to the two-round annihilation job he did as a 200-pounder back in 2008.
“Unfortunately for Dereck he is fighting the best me,” Haye said. “He is fighting the best-ever Hayemaker. The best I have felt like this is before the Enzo Maccarinelli fight. You saw the result of that fight and I think you will see something similar. continue
By James Slater: Those fans who saw it as a huge mismatch as soon as it was announced may well breathe a sigh of relief: Tomasz Adamek will not be squaring off with 43-year-old James “Lights Out” Toney on September 8th as was originally mentioned as the plan some days back. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 11 - With five unbeaten prospects and one of boxing's most exciting young competitors making up the undercard for Saturday night's world championship showdown at the Mandalay Bay Events Center between Amir Khan and Danny Garcia, attendees will be treated to a one of the best collections of rising stars seen in one place this year, making it a must see event for all fight fans.
Also, the stakes will be even higher in the main event as with Khan and Garcia now rated numbers one and two respectively by Ring Magazine, their fight will be waged for the prestigious Ring Magazine World Championship in addition to Garcia's WBC title.
Heading up this talented undercard lineup will be Maryland action hero Fernando Guerrero, who meets New Hampshire's Jose Medina in a 10 round super middleweight fight. Also hitting the ring this weekend will be unbeatens Phil Lo Greco, Daquan Arnett, Jamie Kavanagh, Abner Cotto and J'Leon Love. continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to the BoxingChannel via ABS-CBN News (http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/07/11/12/roach-no-thrill-4th-pacquiao-marquez), Manny Pacquiao’s famed trainer Freddie Roach believes that the best way to continue Manny’s boxing career is to fight Timothy Bradley in a rematch. continue
Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan (Right) is greeted by fans on July 10, 2012 upon his arrival at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for his July 14, 2012 world title fight against WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas which will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®. continue
By Jeff Day: Sometimes the old game leaves you questioning your conscience and one such occasion will be this Saturday night at Upton Park – home of West Ham United FC in London’s east end – when the much publicised David Haye-Dereck Chisora heavyweight contest takes place.
The fight has created huge interest in the UK with sections of the media who normally take no interest in the noble art giving the fight column inches and airtime. Of course, this is in the main only because of the events that took place in Munich back in February after the Klitschko-Chisora WBC Heavyweight Title fight and is perhaps a sad indictment of the times that such events have put boxing back into the mainstream rather than the exploits of a Carl Froch or Ricky Burns.
Chisora’s slapping of Vitali Klitschko at the weigh in, the spitting of water in brother Wladimir’s face in the ring before the first bell and of course the brawl involving Haye, him and members of their teams created publicity boxing cannot buy. Unfortunately, what has been lost in all of this is Chisora’s valiant challenge for Vitali’s crown. He gave the veteran champion arguably his toughest fight since his meeting with Lennox Lewis in 2003.
Like it or not, 30,000 tickets have been sold and subscriptions to British tv channel BoxNation are apparently increasing greatly. There has even been debate on the BBC between Frank Warren – Chisora’s manager – and Robert Smith the General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control. continue
David Haye and Dereck Chisora will settle their differences in the ring after their press conference brawl in February LIVE from Upton Park, West Ham, London on BoxNationTV.The two men will meet on July 14th in one of the most eagerly anticipated all-British fights in recent years! continue
By James Slater: Boxing legend and former middleweight king Jake LaMotta, “The Raging Bull” himself, today celebrates his 91st birthday. After all the ring wars he went through and after all his well-documented out of the ring exploits, old Jake is still in amazing shape, both mentally and physically.
Truly a phenomenon, La Motta, who retired from the ring with an astonishing 83-19-4(30) record in April of 1954, has outlived his famous ring rivals by a considerable amount of time. The sublime Sugar Ray Robinson has been gone for over twenty years, Frenchman Laurent Dauthuille, against whom Jake scored that flabbergasting, come-from-behind, last 13-seconds of the 15th-round KO, passed away back in 1971. continue
LAS VEGAS, NEV. (July 10, 2012) – Who really deserves to wear the World Middleweight Champion’s crown? Undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight champion and the Son of the Legend, JULIO CÉSAR CHÁVEZ JR., and SERGIO MARTINEZ, the two-division world champion with matinee idol looks, will settle that question in their long-awaited middleweight battle, Saturday, September 15 – Méxican Independence Day weekend – at the Thomas & Mack Center, located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Chávez Jr. vs. Martinez World Middleweight Championship event will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, Zanfer Promotions and DiBella Entertainment, in association with Wynn Las Vegas, AT&T and Tecate, tickets to the Chávez Jr. vs. Martinez World Middleweight Championship Event will go on sale This Thursday! July 12 at
3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. Priced at $600, $400, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, they can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center box office and Town Square Las Vegas Concierge. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.unlvtickets.com. To charge by telephone call (702) 739-FANS.
"This is the fight I've always wanted,” said Chávez Jr. “Martinez has said a lot of bad things. Let's see if he wants to go to the center of the ring and fight like a man.. continue
By James Slater: 21-year-old light-middleweight Liam Vaughan made the brave decision to move out to L.A recently, leaving behind his native Liverpool. Spotted by trainer extraordinaire Freddie Roach, Vaughan, known as “Punch,” now trains at The Wild Card Gym and lives in Freddie’s apartment. continue
Some Puerto Rican prospects will fight in the undercard of “The War, Puerto Rico vs Mexico” where former world champions Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez will face on August 4, 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
EPIX presented one-time heavyweight title challenger DERECK CHISORA, along with Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren and Travis Pomposello, EPIX CCO and executive producer of EPIX Sports, on an international Media Conference Call on Monday, July 9, to discuss Chisora’s upcoming WBA Intercontinental/WBO International heavyweight championships rumble against former two-division world champion DAVID HAYE. The all-British heavyweight war will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, from the West Ham Football Club's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in London, This Saturday! July 14, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans.
You don’t have to look any further than this press conference encounter to see where the bad blood began which led to the making of Haye vs. Chisora
As has become the custom, EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of this world championship rumble on its jumbotron in Times Square in New York City (Broadway between 44th and 45th Sts.)
Travis Pomposello: First off, I want to thank all of our fans who are listening on the fan line today you know who can’t ask questions but can listen in to hear what Dereck and David have to say. continue
by Robert Jackson: Although it’s still not certain who Canelo will be fighting come September 15th 2012, it’s certainly interesting to hear all of the speculation about possible opponents. Some boxing insiders have Ricardo Mayorga as the fall opponent, others are riding the Jose Lopez gravy train, yet others speculate on K9 Bundrage being the man.
Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga has been the opponent du jour for many of the top fighters including Oscar De La Hoya, Tito Trinidad, Shane Mosley and most recently Miguel Cotto who was on the comeback trail. continue
HBO Sports serves up a blockbuster super lightweight title match when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: AMIR KHAN VS. DANNY GARCIA is presented SATURDAY, JULY 14 (11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for the event, which will be closed-captioned for the hearing impaired, presented in HDTV and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By James Slater - Various boxing web sites are talking about “upset king” Josesito Lopez facing Mexican star Saul Canelo Alvarez on September 15th (the fight, for Canelo’s WBC light-middleweight title, is up as happening on Boxrec.com) and with Alvarez’ well-publicised problems in finding an opponent for his Las Vegas bout, maybe it will indeed be the Riverside warrior who lands (or has already landed) the fight?
First it was Paul Williams for Alvarez, but Paul tragically suffered terrible injuries from a bike crash, then it was James Kirkland, but “The Mandingo Warrior’s” troublesome shoulder injury had not sufficiently healed, ruling him out - then it was Victor Ortiz, and Canelo’s search was over; for a while. Step in 27-year-old Lopez, and the script was torn up again.
Lopez, 30-4(18) rose to the occasion as some late replacement in his June 23rd fight with Ortiz, out-toughing him, busting his jaw in more than one place and ultimately forcing him to remain on his stool after the completion of the 9th-round of a thoroughly entertaining battle. continue
NEW YORK: (July 11, 2012) Star Boxing has signed undefeated middleweight contender George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah to an exclusive promotional contract, it was announced today by Joe DeGuardia, its President. "We're very excited to bring George aboard to Star Boxing's extensive team of world class fighters. He's an undefeated middleweight who fits into the mix very well of highly ranked contenders in the division" said DeGuardia of Tahdooahnippah who sports a record of 30-0-1 (22KO's). continue
July 10, 2012 - Gary Shaw Productions is happy to announce the signing of undefeated middleweight prospect, Tureano "Reno" Johnson (9-0, 6 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Johnson, who represented the Bahamas in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, had an extensive amateur career and brings a lot of experience to the professional ranks, as he's started his career with nine consecutive victories. continue
By Brendan George: Former 2 time WBA Super Middleweight World Champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4 25 KO’s) continued his preparation yesterday at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas Nevada, for his upcoming bout against former WBO Light Middleweight Champion Bronco ‘The Superman’ McKart (54-9 33KO’s) to be held July 14th at the Palms Resort and Casino Las Vegas. Promoter Vlad Warton from Millennium Events stated “The stage is set for a fantastic night of international championship boxing with two former World Champions going toe to toe, I can assure you the winner of this bout can expect big things before the end of the year is out”
With Mundine shortly closing out his preparation for his upcoming bout, it’s clear he is taking this fight very seriously and he’s training the house down. “I’m glad to be in Vegas preparing for my first fight in the USA and I can’t wait to get in the ring and put on a great show” Mundine stated. continue
By Ted Spoon - Think of a boxer hailing from Cornwall with chalky complexion and red locks and a certain blacksmith is sure to pop up. This one didn’t travel to New Zealand however, he never won a world title, and a full head of hair made up the tip of his figure.
Caucasian fighters and bent noses go together like English football and disappointment, but this fellow’s conk was pleasantly straight; a sure tribute to the trickery that rolled off a record of 113-14-9. Just a handsome brute he wasn’t, and after moving one reporter with his rich dialect it was believed that he could “make Gene Tunney cerise with envy.. continue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 10, 2012) – Matt Godfrey’s body might not heal as quickly as it used to after 23 professional fights, and certain injuries might linger longer than normal, but there’s no reason why the Providence, R.I., cruiserweight can’t contend for another shot at a world title. continue
Monica Sears - First of all, I want to say happy Monday to everyone and thank you for taking the time to be on today's call regarding the Amir Khan and Danny Garcia World Championship Fight. I wanted to get the call turned over to the guys quickly because they're taken a break from training camp. Just two notes, we have Amir's media day tomorrow at 2:30 at the Wildcard Gym so everyone in L.A. hopefully we will see you out there, and we will be sending out a full fight week schedule in the next couple days with a full week of activities starting on Tuesday next week so we're real excited for that.
Now I'd like to turn the call over to the President of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar de la Hoya. Oscar
Oscar de la Hoya
Thank you very much, Monica. Thank you very much to all the media for being on the call, the fighters. The main event is Amir Khan vs. Danny Garcia. This will be a 12-rounder for the WBC Super Light Weight World Championship. It is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Khan Promotions. This fight will be taking place July 14 at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I want to thank the sponsors, Corona and AT&T, for doing a wonderful job in every fight that we promote. continue
By Gary “Digital” Williams - The young man who was America’s youngest boxer in 2011 comes back to action headlining an eight-bout Keystone Boxing Promotions card on Saturday, July 14 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Now an 18-year old, DC welterweight Dusty Harrison will be in a scheduled six-round contest against veteran Reggie “Two-Guns” Nash of Grand Rapids, MI. Harrison (6-0, three KOs) is coming off a second-round TKO over Joey Ortega on May 12 at the Convention Center. continue
As the new season fast approaches, not just the world’s famous football clubs are busy announcing new signings of star players, also the World Boxing Federation is adding some further big names to their high-quality staff that are sure to add value to the organization, which is on the fast-track to becoming a major player on the world scene. continue
July 9, 2012 Oakland, CA - Today at Oracle Arena in Oakland Calif, undefeated WBA and WBC super-middeweight champion, Andre "S.O.G." Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) and WBC light-heavyweight champion, "BAD" Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) hosted a press conference to discuss their upcoming championship bout, taking place September 8, 2012 at Oracle Arena televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
"The road I've taken to this point has not been easy. Being back on HBO is a big thing, but fighting on HBO in my hometown is huge. To be great you have to fight the best. Chad has beaten the best so these are the type fights I want to take. I will put on a great show for all the fans that come out to Oracle Arena." - Andre Ward
"This is a big fight for me. I know their will be a huge crowd for Andre, but I'm not afraid. I'm happy to be the underdog in this fight. I haven't been the underdog in a long time and I'll do what I have to do to win this fight" - Chad Dawson continue
By Vitali Shaposhnikov: According to numerous rumors, Saul Alvarez might end up facing Ricardo Mayorga on September 15, 2012. At fist I thought that this had to have been some kind of a joke; an unidentified source spreading false information. Unfortunately after spending some time on the internet searching through places known to provide authentic information, it seems as though this is not only true, but is favored by name boxing fans. continue
By James Slater: Bad news for fans of Australian warrior, the always-exciting Michael Katsidis: according to the man with all the news, Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, the 31-year-old has had to pull out of his scheduled August 10th fight with the unbeaten Darley Perez as he has a knee problem.
Katsidis, 28-6(23) was due to face the 25-0(19) Colombian on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Last seen losing a thriller on FNF’s, to Albert Mensah of Ghana in April (by the way, what’s happened to the talented Mensah since his career-biggest win?), Katsidis had also lost his previous fight before that, to Scotland’s Ricky Burns. continue
After Wladimir Klitschko’s one-sided KO win over mandatory challenger Tony Thompson last Saturday in Bern (Switzerland) boxing fans and experts all over the world desperately look for somebody to bring back some action and excitement to the boring heavyweight division.
Today the IBF called for a box off to determine the next mandatory challenger of the younger Klitschko brother including European champion Kubrat Pulev (No. 3 in the IBF ratings), former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (No. 4), Cuba’s 2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (No. 5) and Alexander Ustinov from Russia (No. 6).
In the first round of the box off Pulev is scheduled to fight Solis who just returned to action from a 14 months lay-off due to an injury suffered when challenging WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 in Cologne, Germany. In his comeback fight in May in McAllen, Texas, the 32-year-old Cuban defector – who is co-promoted by Ahmet Oner (ARENA Box) and Kathy Duva (Main Events) – scored a lopsided twelve round decision win over Konstantin Airich to claim the IBF intercontinental championship. continue
By Sam Geraci - A source has expressed that despite all of the lists of potential opponents, Nonito Donaire is most likely going to fight Jorge Arce and Saul Alvarez is most likely going to fight Ricardo Mayorga in their next bouts. continue
By Michael Collins: Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO's) has reportedly declined an IBF super middleweight title eliminator bout against #2 IBF Adonis Stevenson (18-1, 15 KO's) that was going to be scheduled for August 11th in Montreal, Canada. However, super middleweight fringe contender #12 IBF Don George (22-2-1, 19 KO's) has agreed to face Stevenson. The winner of the George-Stevenson fight will be the mandatory challenger for IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch.
There's still no word as to why the 28-year-old Dirrell turned down the fight, but it likely came down to the money not being right. It was perhaps a long shot anyway, because Dirrell has only fought once since 2010, and taking a puncher like Stevenson would be a high risk fight for a fighter with so much ring rust like Dirrell. continue
By James Slater: Much to the annoyance of his opponent, Dereck Chisora and the co-promoter of the fight, Frank Warren, David Haye today failed to show up for an international tele-conference call to further hype this Saturday’s big London grudge-match.
The reason for Haye’s no-show is not known, yet Warren and co are not happy with his lack of participation. Still, the money is already in the bank, with Warren declaring that 30,000 tickets have now been sold. No further hype is needed for this fight! Warren, who spoke first on the media call, said he feels his man Chisora will “be too mobile, too fast” for Haye.
Chisora, like Haye, is never at a loss for words and he was in a boisterous, ultra-confident mood.
“David Haye is a drama queen,” he said. “I really don’t care to be honest [that he never showed up for the call]. I’m not here to box; I’m here to fight. It will be a fight! I’ll be all over him like a baby’s rash. He’s never fought anyone like me. Trust me, he’s getting knocked out. He’s going to go down in round-seven. continue
Paterson native Pierson (11-2, 8 KO) was supposed to fight a few weeks ago for the WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight Title, but never had a chance to enter the squared circle and fight for the belt as three different opponents fell through. continue
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing wishes to congratulate his two budding superstars after their impressive victories at Friday night's "The Moment of Truth" boxing show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. continue
By James Slater - Ever since Tyson Fury opted to vacate the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles instead of defending them against his mandatory, David Price, the critics have claimed unbeaten hope Fury is “ducking” the former Olympian who once defeated him on points in an amateur meeting.
Yet Fury, fresh off his one-sided win over a brave but outgunned Vinny Maddalone, has told The Manchester Evening News that he is not ducking Price at all, and that he will fight him one day - but only when the fight has grown into something big.
“I can see it happening, but it is another fight that I’ve got nothing to gain from,” Fury told the publication. “What will I gain from beating him? Nothing. If one of us won the world title, then it would be a good defence. I don’t think it should be wasted on the British title. It deserves to be a big fight.. continue
"It's going to be one of those fights where we're both going to come to ring center and bombs away and when I hit him right he's going to go. I'm definitely not going to let it go to the scorecards."
Former world champion Jose Luis "EL Temible" Castillo (63-11-1, 54 KOs) is already on weight and ready for his appearance in the co-main event of 8 Count Productions and Warriors Boxing's "CROSSROADS", boxing event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights next Friday, July 13. continue
By Paul Strauss: Fans at the Home Depot Center, Carson, CA were treated to two very entertaining fights, both of which went the distance. That was a bit of a surprise considering big punchers were involved in each contest.
Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik 40-2-0 (34) came first in his fight against undefeated EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Will "Power" Rosinsky 16-2-0 (9). Kelly came away with a UD, but the super middleweight had trouble with his shorter, quicker foe. Rosinsky's hand speed and foot speed helped prevent Kelly was finding his rhythm. Kelly consistently managed to land the more punishing shots, especially a left hook to the body, but he couldn't land the clincher.
He came closest in the second round when he landed a short right hand right on Rosinsky's chin. In a flash Rosinky was down and for a brief moment looked like he might be in serious trouble. However, he used his head, moved well and struck back with quick combinations to keep Kelly from getting through anymore big shots. continue
Professional Boxing needs to address the issue of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) in the sport; the present anti-doping tests and procedures are inadequate and are in need of a major overhaul to protect the health and safety of fighters. continue
By James Slater: We had a somewhat enjoyable, if predictable, night of heavyweight boxing last night, and this coming Saturday we will see another heavily-hyped showdown between two premiere big men. David Haye and Dereck Chisora, two men who seem to have genuine dislike for one another, will clash in the much maligned fight that has been given the tagline “Licensed To Thrill.”
Looked at by some as a close, tough fight to call, Haye himself is convinced he will hit way too hard for “Del Boy” and that he will KO him in any round he chooses to. Speaking with Daily Star, “The Hayemaker” predicted a destruction job on the man he brawled with at that Munich press conference back in February of this year. continue
By James Slater: Now that his totally pointless return fight with Tony Thompson is history, heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko must move on and fight someone who will at least give him a test and get the fans excited. But is there such a heavyweight in existence (aside from his brother Vitali, who he will of course never fight)?
The way Wladimir tells it, the heavyweight division he and his brother so thoroughly dominate is not bereft of talent, and that there are a number of good up-and-coming fighters out there. Post-fight last night in Switzerland, “Dr. Steel Hammer” mentioned guys like Chris Arreola, Seth Mitchell and Tyson Fury as possible future challengers for him. At least if the all-conquering 36-year-old fought one of those guys it wouldn’t be a case of another fighter being recycled for a pointless rematch (although Arreola has already been in with big brother Vitali, being retired on his stool after ten tough rounds). continue
By Sam Geraci at Ringside: In the first bout of the evening, which took place at 126lbs, Victor Pasillas (2-0, 1 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA, who is trained by Robert Garcia, completely dominated Jesus Adame (2-10, 0 KOs) of Guasave, Mexico, to win via third round TKO after a barrage of unanswered punches. Pasillas won every second of every round and scored one knockdown in the second with a right hook. continue
By Sam Geraci at Ringside: In the co-main event, Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) looked sluggish and unimpressive in defeating Wil Rosinsky (16-2, 9 KOs) via unanimous decision with two scores of 98-91 and one score of 97-92. While Rosinsky was effective at times with the overhand right, ultimately, Pavlik’s size and ability to walk through Rosinksy’s power lead to a knockdown in the second and a wide unanimous decision on all scorecards.
After the fight, Pavlik expressed that he is ready for bigger fights and would like to take on any of the top fighters at 168lbs but realizes that those fights might not be in the near future. From ringside, based on this performance, it is clear that Pavlik is far removed from the fighter that defeated Jermain Taylor and fought a close fight with160lb King Sergio Martinez. Throughouth the fight, Pavlik was unable or unwilling to throw the thudding jab followed by his dynamic right that was once the best in boxing. In addition to the absence of the one-two, Pavlik was also slow in countering with his left hook and unable to avoid the overhand right. continue
by Christopher Lettera: Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland. This author watching from Youngstown, Ohio via a free Epix trial (and a crisp, professional presentation from the Epix team, I’ll add, with insightful input from Freddie Roach.) continue
By Rob Smith: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO's) improved upon his performance from four years ago by knocking out 40-year-old Tony Thompson (36-3, 24 KO's) in the 6th round on Saturday night at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland. Wladimir dropped Thompson two times in the fight - once in the 5th and the final time in the 6th - to get the stoppage at 2:56 of the 6th round. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko once again displayed his dominance by scoring a sixth round stoppage against American contender Tony Thompson. Klitschko utilized good ring smarts and superior punching power to systematically break Thompson down. The first round started cautiously with both fighters becoming reacquainted with each other in a tentative feeling out process. Tony was exhibiting his trademark awkward movement and Wladimir was measuring him with the left rangefinder. It was a relatively even round without much action, but Klitschko landed the two best shots of the round even if Tony threw a little more.
Thompson tried jumping on Wladimir to start the second but the champion was prepared. Klitschko followed this with a nice right hand followed by a short crisp combination. Later in the round another Klitschko right snuck in, and then a series of big rights backed the challenger into the ropes. Thompson was wrestled down to the canvas a couple of times in this stanza, and Wlad’s superior strength was evident. Klitschko was patient and measured, and his approach was paying off in round two. In between rounds Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward told Klitschko he was mentally wearing Thompson down with pressure, and this certainly appeared to be the case. continue
By James Slater - Maybe it’s still a little early to get carried away over unbeaten Russian slugger Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov; after all he’s still just 14-0(14) as a pro. However, the southpaw’s opponents, one by one, have been carried away from the ring after trying to deal with his uncommonly heavy hands (“shovels,” as the 31-year-old refers to his dangerous hands).
Raw, yet possessing raw punching power, the Oxnard-based terror has yet to be taken past the 4th-round and ten of his wins came in the very first round. continue
By John G. Thompson: Up and coming Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (20-0, 15 KO’s) scored an exciting TKO over former champion Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-14-3, 23 KO’s) tonight on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In the undercard, Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (15-0, 15 KO’s) kept his 100% knockout percentage intact, stopping Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-2-1, 9 KO’s) in the second round. continue
By James Slater: Kell Brook’s Sheffield fans were treated to a great, FOTY candidate tonight, as their hero had to dig deeper than ever before to win a close, majority decision over the dangerous and tough Carson Jones. Brook managed to prevail in the end, keeping his perfect record by scores of 116-113 and 115-113, with the third judge having it all even at 114-114, and he is now 28-0(18) and mandatory challenger for the IBF welterweight title currently held by Randall Bailey. Jones, who came to fight, is now 34-9-2(24).
Very much a fight of two halves, Brook boxed brilliantly in the first five or six rounds, proving way too fast and clever for the aggressive-minded American. Boxing calmly and patiently despite all the pre-fight words the two seemingly bitter rivals had for each other in the build-up, Brook was fast, sharp and accurate. At this early stage, it looked like Brook would shine.
The 26-year-old’s skills remained on display in the 2nd through fifth rounds, as his quick hands fired off jabs, right hands and left uppercuts. Jones tried some rough stuff in the 3rd, as he ploughed in with his shoulder and head (being given a warning). continue
CANASTOTA, NY - JULY 2012 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of light heavyweight and heavyweight standout Jimmy Bivins. He passed away yesterday at McGregor Home in East Cleveland, OH. He was 92. continue
By Brendan George: It is expected to be announced tomorrow that former 2 time WBA Super Middleweight Champion Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine will fight for the IBF North American Middleweight title in his scheduled bout with Bronco ‘The Superman’ McKart on July 14th 2012. The promotion dubbed “When Worlds Collide” is promoted by Vlad Warton of Millennium Events and will be held at the Palms Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, USA. continue
By James Slater: Tonight in Somerset, U.K, unbeaten 24-year-old heavyweight contender Tyson Fury put on a faultless display in hammering out a 5th-round TKO over the always-game Vinny Maddalone. The heavily-hyped 6’9” Fury hit an advancing, brave Maddalone with every shot in the book, finally prompting the referee, Ian John-Lewis to dive in in the 5th.
The official time was one minute and 35-seconds of the 5th-round and Fury is now 19-0(14). 38-year-old Maddalone, who may now look at retirement, is now 35-8(26).
From the outset, Fury used his fast reflexes and his crisp left jab against the aggressive New Yorker, landing right hands off the jab. Maddalone tried to land his best punch, the overhand right, but Fury was just too quick for him. The visiting fighter was shocked by Fury’s speed and power in the opening session and his face was reddened.
The 2nd saw more good, long boxing from Fury, yet he unfortunately and tastelessly felt the need to showboat; teasing with the right hand. More crisp jabs caught Maddalone, as well as a right uppercut to the head. Already, it looked like a brutal night for the tough man from Queens, who could not get inside. continue
by Christopher Lettera: Wednesday, July 4th. Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2), Dr. Iron Fist, the first pro boxing champion to earn a Ph.D, a current mayoral candidate in the 2012 Kiev mayoral election, was, along with fellow protesters, sprayed with tear gas in his home city. Vitali, head of Ukraine’s liberal UDAR party, stood against a bill passed by parliament that made Russian rather than Ukrainian the official language in many formal settings in Ukraine. This was not a fight fought for a purse or for a belt but for cultural preservation. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 6 - FOX Deportes will bring a world championship doubleheader to fight fans around the world on Saturday, July 14 when Jesus "Negrito" Silvestre meets up with Edwin Diaz for the vacant WBA Interim Strawweight World Championship at El Palenque De La Feria En Tepic Nayarit in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico. In the co-main event, the championship action continues as the WBA Female Bantamweight World Title will be on the line in a fight between Janeth "Cuisilla" Perez and Riyo Togo. continue
Exclusive Interview by Geoffrey Ciani - I was recently afforded the opportunity to have a nice discussion with world class trainer Ronnie Shields, whose fighter Erislandy Lara scored an impressive victory last weekend against Freddy Hernandez. Shields spoke about Lara’s performance, and also shared his views on a potential eliminator bout between Lara and Vanes Martirosyan. Additionally he provided his opinion on the prospects of having an eight man tournament in the 154 pound weight class, and how he believes Lara would fare against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior. He also spoke about the upcoming heavyweight championship bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson, as well as the upcoming unification match between Nonito Donaire and Jeffrey Mathebula this Saturday. Here is what Ronnie Shields had to say:
GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello everyone. This is Geoffrey Ciani from East Side Boxing and I am joined by world class trainer Ronnie Shields. How’s everything going today, Ronnie?
RONNIE SHIELDS: Everything is doing great man! I had a great gym in today, so everything is looking up.
CIANI: Good! Good to hear. Now Ronnie, your fighter Erislandy Lara just beat Freddy Hernandez this past weekend. I’m wondering if you could tell the fans out there how you would evaluate his performance?
SHIELDS: Oh man! I give him a 10 because he did everything that I asked him to do. The thing that people really don’t understand is that we only had like three and a half weeks to train for this fight, because that’s when the fight was made. It was about three and a half weeks before the fight, so it didn’t give us a whole lot of time. But you know Freddy Hernandez came. He’s a good strong challenger and he put up a great fight, but Lara was just too much for him.
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By Vitali Shaposhnikov: With taking time off to look after his cancer stricken wife, Robert Guerrero’s climb back to the top of the boxing food chain has been taking too long. Guerrero is a tremendous fighter, with very high potential for becoming a big star in boxing. continue
By Rob Smith: Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KO's) weighed in at the lowest weight of his career during Friday's weigh-in for his bout against 38-year-old journeyman Vinny Maddalone (35-7, 26 KO's) on Saturday night at the Hand Arena, Clevedon, Somerset, UK. Fury, 24, weighed 245.5 pounds, which was a quarter pound lighter than his last weight in his mismatch against 41-year-old Martin Rogan last April.
That's the fight that Fury fought in the southpaw stance the entire fight and easily won by a 5th round TKO. When you take fights that are so easy that you can win fighting in a southpaw stance then you really need to not be taking that fight in the first place. I'm not sure what's going on with the matchmaking for Fury, but I think they need to step it up soon before he develops a lot of bad habits that are going to get him knocked out when he finally faces his first quality opponent.
Maddalone, 38, probably isn't going to be good enough to beat Fury, but you never know. Fury's defense is still pretty horrible and he has a habit of turning his head to the side when he's about to get hit with a head shot. I can only imagine what would happen to Fury if he fought Wladimir Klitschko and he pulled that number. continue
Glen "Road Warrior" Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) is working hard with trainer Orlando Cuellar, co-Trainer Hamlet McKenzie and strength and conditioning coach Steve Arintok at Thump Boxing Gym in Miami. continue
By James Slater - A few months back, heavyweight powerhouse David Tua announced how he was “retired…..for now.” The 39-year-old, who had struggled to find his old form in two tough distance fights with New York’s Monte Barrett, spoke of sorting out some personal issues and it sounded as though he had had enough of fighting.
Tua’s financial difficulties are well known, and it seems the Samoan slugger wanted to sort out these and others things before getting his head right to fight again. continue
By Rob Smith: 5'10" challenger Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KO's) towered over little 5'6" WBO super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KO's) during Friday's weigh-in for Saturday's bout at the Home Depot Center, in Carson, California. Donaire weighed in at half pound under the 122 pound limit at 121.4 pounds, and Mathebula came in slightly heavier at 121.8. The real interesting part of the weigh-in came when the two fighters came together for a stare down.
Mathebula literally towered over the smallish Donaire, and left me and a lot of boxing fans wondering what's going to happen tomorrow night. If you've seen Donaire's past fights, you'll noticed that he's pretty much always had the advantage in height. He's always been a taller fighter when fighting at flyweight, super flyweight and bantamweight. Even recently, despite moving up in weight, he's taken on fighters below him like Omar Narvaez. In his last bout, Donaire finally fought someone his own height in Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Donaire didn't look good in that fight. He got a hit a lot, and he wasn't able to hurt Vazquez Jr. with his shots.
Could it be that Donaire is only good when fighting smaller guys three to five inches shorter than him? I don't know, but I think we could see Donaire struggle tomorrow night if he's not able to hurt Mathebula and put him away. continue
NEW YORK, NY (July 6, 2012) – Great news for boxing fans! EPIX, the premium entertainment network, will begin its exclusive live U.S. telecast of WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO’s title defense against top-rated contender TONY THOMPSON 30 minutes earlier than originally announced. The Klitschko vs. Thompson II world heavyweight championship telecast will begin at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT This Saturday! July 7, from Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland. EPIX will stream the fight live as part of a special free trial offer for boxing fans on EpixHD.com and on EPIX apps on Xbox, Roku players, and more. continue
PUNTERS on Betfair are confident that Kell Brook has what it takes to defeat Carson Jones when the pair go head-to-head at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday. Undefeated in 27 fights, Brook is the big odds-on favourite at 2-13 to win in front of his home crowd.
Carson Jones has been talking up his chances ahead of the welterweight world title eliminator bout, but odds of 13-2 suggest that the Oklahoma native has it all to do this weekend. The draw trades at 33-1. continue
By James Slater - More bad news for fight fans, as the curse of the injured boxer strikes again. Unbeaten Middleweight Dmitriy Pirog has had to pull out of his scheduled Aug. 25th bout with the likewise unbeaten Gennady Golovkin due to a slipped disc.
ESPN.com reports how Pirog, who trains using sledgehammers and tires, pulled his back whilst hitting a large tire with the hammer. Pirog wanted to go ahead with the fight, yet a trip to the specialist in Moscow put paid to that. continue
Montreal, Thursday, July 5th 2012 – InterBox and Lucian Bute met with media representatives at the Cage aux Sports restaurant in the Montreal Bell Centre this afternoon. Team InterBox revisited Lucian`s last bout on May 26th and revealed the future plans for Lucian and Carl Froch.
Here below is a detailed resume of declarations by Lucian Bute, InterBox president Jean Bedard, Matchroom Boxing president Eddie Hearn and Head Trainer Stephan Larouche. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Heavyweight challenger Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KO's) plans on putting heavy pressure on IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO's) tonight to see if he can break him in their fight in Berne, Switzerland. Thompson agrees that he fought the wrong fight last time he mixed it up with Wladimir four years ago in his 11th round TKO loss, but this time he's not going to stand on the outside letting the big 6'6" Ukrainian dictate the pace of the fight.
Thompson said "You have to be more aggressive...You have to go out there and knock him out. I think me and my team have put together the perfect game plan to go in there and be more aggressive and be the boss in the ring and eventually go for the knockout."
Thompson no doubt has seen Wladimir's losses to Corrie Sanders, Ross Puritty, and Lamon Brewster and noted how Wladimir seemed to fall to pieces when he was put under pressure. The loss to Sanders was so quick that Wladiimr crumbled fast from one sustained assault from Sanders. But Wladimir was definitely worn down by Brewster and Puritty when they pressured the big Ukrainian. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 5 - On Saturday, July 14, Golden Boy Promotions will team up with Southcoast Promotions to present an action-packed night of fights at the Humble Civic Arena in Humble, Texas which will be televised on TeleFutura's "Sólo Boxeo Tecate.". The 10-round super middleweight main event will see unbeaten Mexican rising star Marco Antonio Periban risk his perfect professional record against San Diego's James Parison. continue
By Rob Smith: WBA World welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KO's) is interested in defending his title against WBC Silver welterweight champion Josesito Lopez (30-4, 18 KO's) in his first defense of his title, according to Steve Kim. continue
By James Slater: It has been announced how Super-middleweight rivals Carl Froch and Lucian Bute have agreed to fight a return match next year in Montreal, but that the two will fight opponents to be determined first, in November of this year.
Britain’s Froch ripped the IBF 168-pound title from the previously unbeaten Bute with a terrific performance in May, and the rematch clause ahead of the fight in Nottingham allowed Bute to demand a chance at revenge.
The 31-year-old southpaw could have demanded the next go at “The Cobra,” yet most fans felt he would have been unwise to have done so in light of how badly he was beaten up in those five one-sided rounds on May 26th.
And so it has been agreed that the two will fight selected opponents - Froch in the U.K, Bute in either Montreal or Quebec City - in November. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 5 - Some local scores will be settled this Saturday night at The Hangar at the Orange County Fair & Event Center when Golden Boy Promotions presents exciting matchups with Southern California flare on the Jesus Soto Karass vs. Euri Gonzalez undercard which feature up-and-coming Los Angeles area boxers looking to make names for themselves under the bright lights. continue
By Marcus Richardson: Undefeated junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KO's) has expressed his desire to take the WBC offered 154 lb elimination bout against #3 WBC Erislandy Lara (17-1-1, 11 KO's) to try and become the mandatory challenger for WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez. continue
By James Slater - Moments ago in New Zealand, local hero Shane Cameron scored the biggest win of his pro career as he brutally knocked out New York's Monte Barrett. "The Mountain Warrior" levelled "Two Gunz" with a massive right hand in the 4th round, the shot leaving the 41 year old out cold. The scary-looking KO came after the 34 year old former cruiserweight had pretty much dominated the short fight.
Cameron, who has now won six in a row since his own crushing loss at the hands of David Tua, is now 29-2(22). continue
The World Boxing Council has started the process of the free negotiations for the final elimination bout between Erislandy Lara and Vanes Martyrosian to determine the mandatory contender in the super welterweight division. continue
by Pavel Yakovlev - (July 4, 2012) - Last week, Uzbekistan’s Timur Ibragimov won the WBA Pan-African heavyweight title by pounding out a unanimous decision over Wiseman Dlomo. The final scores were 117-110, 117-112, and 116-112. Dlomo, a hard-hitting South African, took a beating for most of the fight, but stormed back to rock Ibragimov in the tenth round. The match, promoted by Husan Shirmatov, took place in Namangan, Uzbekistan, and marked Ibragimov’s first appearance as a professional in his home country. Weights were reported as 228 lbs for Ibragimov against 280 lbs for Dlomo.
According to Russian media, the bout was gruelingly contested and featured several dramatic turns. Ibragimov dominated the first nine rounds, connecting frequently with rights to the head. Dlomo was cut over the left eyebrow in the third, and knocked down in the fourth. Rocked and bloodied in the middle rounds, Dlomo appeared headed for a certain knockout defeat. But during the mauling and infighting in the tenth, the South African connected with power punches, twice sending Ibragimov to the canvas. continue
Former world champions Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Román “Rocky” Martínez showed great condition today in the 30 day weigh in for their upcoming bouts against Mexicans Rafael Marquez and Miguel Beltrán Jr. in “The War, Puerto Rico vs Mexico” to be held on August 4, 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 James Slater: Does it happen in other sports - faded former champions, who now possess diminished skills, getting opportunities as big as the ones they enjoyed when they could do their thing. It seems to happen in boxing all the time, more so these days than ever before? continue
Quotes from Today's Moment of Truth Press Conference at Hard Rock in Las Vegas
A press conference was held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to discuss tomorrow night's (Friday, July 6) Sampson Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions', boxing event entitled "The Moment of Truth" at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.
Featherweight prospect Javier "El Abejon" Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) and former IBF Featherweight Champion Cristobal "Lacandón" Cruz (39-13, 23 Kos), as well as co-main event fighters Magomed "Mago" Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) and Maurice "Freight Train" Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs) were all respectful but all are determined to emerge victorious. continue
By Michael Collins: 2004 U.S Olympian and former Super Six tournament contestant Andre Dirrell (20-1, 14 KO's) says he's willing to face super middleweight knockout artist Adonis Stevenson (18-1, 15 KO's) in an IBF 168 pound elimination bout to become the mandatory challenger to IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch. continue
Whilst all the recent media focus has been on next week’s highly controversial Heavyweight clash, between David Haye and Dereck Chisora, another, and probably far more significant, Clash of the Titans takes place this coming Saturday, with the long awaited showdown, between former British Cruiserweight Champion Leon ‘Solid’ Williams and current Southern Area Champ Tony ‘Conqueror’ Conquest, taking place at York Hall in Bethnal Green. continue
By James Slater: Good news for U.S fight fans who love a good old fashioned heavyweight slugfest: Wealth T.V in America will cover this Saturday's clash between the unbeaten Brit that is 23 year old Tyson Fury and the 38 year old New Yorker that is Vinny Maddalone. The card, from Somerset, U.K, will go out at 5pm eastern time. continue
by Rick Whiteside: There was standing room only at the SKYCITY Casino in Auckland, New Zealand for the weigh-in of Shane Cameron and Monte Barrett who are fighting tomorrow night. Both fighters traded insults, with Barrett clearly agitated at Cameron for no apparent reason. He ranted at Cameron, "this is no Rocky movie. I'm going to punish you. You had to fly to London to spar with David Haye to gain confidence to fight me." Cameron ignored most of the tirade, calmly remarking that Barrett had "bad breath." Barrett then began flapping his hands around the stage, indicating that Cameron was all talk before launching into expletives about what he was going to do to Cameron. continue
The Luxembourg Boxing Federation and a number of licence holders have today issued legal proceedings against the British Boxing Board of Control in relation to its behaviour over the Haye v Chisora fight on 14 July 2012. This is not something anyone wanted to do and neither is it a step we took lightly, but we felt we were left with no option. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Due to injury suffered by national Super Bantamweight champion Raymond Commey who was billed to defend his title against Emmanuel Quartey in the main bout, Ghanaian soccer star Asamoah Gyan’s purported maiden boxing promotion originally scheduled for this Friday July 6 in Accra has been postponed to 1st September. continue
By Prince Dornu-Leiku: Nigerian female boxer Helen Joseph says she is ready and fired up to claim the vacant IBF Female Featherweight belt when she faces Dahianna Santana of the Dominican Republic in Ghana on August 25. continue
Former WBO world title challenger Michael "Cold Blood" Clark (42-7) returns to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio on July 21st at Promo West Pavilion. A former NABF, NABA and WBC continental champion, Clark will face undefeated, yet untested, Jake Giuriceo (16-0) of nearby Youngstown for the Ohio State super lightweight title. continue
Undefeated Featherweight Contender & Former Titlist on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights
Undefeated Featherweight southpaw Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) will meet former Featherweight titlist Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-13-3, 23 KOs) July 6 in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra. Friday’s card, presented by Sampson Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions, will air at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 HD, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN3 from Las Vegas. continue
By James Slater: For some time now, fans have wanted to see gifted 26 year old heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder take a fight that means something; a fight that is at least a little risky and will teach "The Bronze Bomber" something. continue
By Phenyo Molefe: Last week saw Le Roy Neiman laid to rest. I believe that boxing lost a man who helped capture some its golden years, its participants and their bouts, casting images upon varied tapestry throughout the years, aided by brush strokes and colourful sketches. He is undeniably thee most recognised sports artist and helped cast light on a niche so often misunderstood by its own establishment. continue
By Srithar Visuasam: On Friday night 29 June 2012, the 10th Bob Rose Cup held by Peter Maniatis Promotions took place at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. In front of a full house, there was plenty of action in the seven fight card. continue
Boxing coach Michael Timm will leave his long term employer, Universum Boxing-Promotion on the first of August. The 50-year-old will join the German Boxing Association (DBV) at the Olympic Training centre in Schwerin, where he will become the head coach from the first of August. continue
Kevin Mitchell says he more excited to be facing World Boxing Organization (WBO) World Lightweight Champion Ricky Burns than if he was matched with hot babe Kelly Brook. Promoter Frank Warren has made one of the best fights of the year, pitching the English and Scottish rivals at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd September and Mitchell is really fired-up for the Battle of Britain. continue
Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs), and Tony Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs), participated today in a press conference at the "Hotel Bellevue Pallace Bern" and talked about their upcoming clash next Saturday. WBA/WBO Superchampion, IBO/IBF World Heavyweight and “The Ring” Champion Klitschko and his contender Thompson will face off at the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland. continue
HBO’s hit late-night boxing franchise presents a double dose of all-out ring action when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: NONITO DONAIRE VS. JEFFREY MATHEBULA AND KELLY PAVLIK VS. WILL ROSINSKY is seen SATURDAY, JULY 7 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Roy Jones Jr. will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
By James Slater: Writer Michael Marley has reported how former WBA heavyweight champ Mike "Dynamite" Dokes is seriously ill with stomach and liver cancer. The former Olympian who turns 54 next month is fighting hard but he is expected to join heavyweight great Joe Frazier, who sadly passed away from liver cancer a few months back. continue
Team Sauerland is delighted to announce that Frederikshavn will host the hotly-anticipated showdown between WBA / WBC / WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (20-0, 5 KOs) and Anne Sophie Mathis (26-2, 22 KOs) on September 22 when the Nordic Fight Night returns to Arena Nord. “It´s finally on,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “This will be the biggest fight of Cecilia´s career and we are thrilled to stage it as close to Norway as possible. There will be so many Norwegian fans coming over to support their First Lady in a clash that will surely go down in the history books. There are so many intriguing questions: Who is the best female fighter in the world? Can Cecilia use her superior skills to outbox Mathis? Or will Mathis overpower Cecilia to clinch another spectacular win away from home? We will finally have all the answers on September 22, and I am confident they will all be in Cecilia´s favour.” continue
Interview by Chris Strait: Zachary Wohlman adapts to his surroundings. I'm not just speaking of his having the rare ability to train at the wild card gym even in the beginning of his pro career; sparring against some of the best, and learning from trainers Freddie Roach and Eric Brown. I'm speaking of the very reason he began boxing in the first place. Most boxers describe themselves nowadays as warriors, at least on these shores. However, Zac Wolhman said he fell in love with "boxing, not fighting", and it is that which guides and facilitates his learning curve. It was not always that way. Writer Chris Strait sat down with "Kid Yamaka", as he prepares for his 4th pro fight next week, against Jose Martell of Arizona, in his own backyard of Hollywood, CA. continue
By Michael Collins: In a move that doesn't surprise me one bit, heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KO's) will be facing soon to be 44-year-old James Toney (74-7-3, 45 KO's) on September 8th at the at the Prudential Center, in Newark, New Jersey. continue
By John G. Thompson: As reported through various media outlets, NBC’s cable sports channel the NBC Sports Network has not only renewed its “Fight Night” series, but increased its number of scheduled matches from six to sixteen, with at least six broadcasts to air per year on Saturdays. In addition to the cable channel’s broadcasts, NBC Sports President Jon Miller has announced that they will try to schedule one or two “Fight Night” shows on network NBC. continue
Ricky Burns and Kevin Mitchell have promised a Battle of Britain when they clash at the SECC in Glasgow on Saturday 22nd September.
Scottish star Burns, a two-time and two-weight world champion, meets English ace Mitchell in one of the most highly anticipated fights in recent years, to be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation. continue
By James Slater: A 154-pound Super Six? Well, not exactly, but Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya has shared with Ring.tv his idea for an eight-man tourney that would feature some of the top names at light-middleweight, and Oscar says he'd like to have the tournament fought and wrapped up significantly quicker than it took for the Showtime Boxing Classic to reach its conclusion. continue
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO- World Boxing Organization (WBO), by president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announces today the referee and judges who will work this Saturday, July 7, in the heavyweight title bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Tony Thompson, to be held at the Stade de Suisse, Berne, Switzerland. continue
"He's never fought anybody that hits as hard as I do. If they did, they weren't around long enough to test him like I will be. He has to know it's not going to be easy fight. He's not going to just come in and walk me down like I'm 2-17." continue
By Robert Jackson: Manny Pacquiao WILL be fighting on November 10, 2012, but against whom? Names on the Pacquiao short list are the usual suspects: Mayweather, Cotto, Marquez; as well as recent foe Timothy Bradley. No one else will satisfy the insatiable urges of boxing fans, especially those loyal to the Philippines native son. continue
July 2, 2012 – HBO Sports® debuts an all-new installment of “2 Days” when the feature segment returns Saturday, July 7 at 12 midnight (ET/PT) with a behind-the-scenes look at Cincinnati’s own rising sensation Adrien Broner. continue
By James Slater: Fans of the heavyweight division could be in for a treat this weekend, as three relevant, potentially explosive heavyweight match-ups take place over Friday and Saturday night. continue
By James Slater: It may or may not be his last fight, but Vitali Klitschko's next fight has been officially announced today - the reigning WBC heavyweight king will meet the unbeaten but largely unknown Manuel Charr on September 8th in Moscow. continue
Saturday 30 June 2012 @ Lion's Den Fitness Center, Middletown, Connecticut
(Main Event) Rising Super Bantamweight Danny Aquino, Meriden, Connecticut, raised his record to 12-1 (7 KO's) with a second round technical knockout of Felipe Almanza of Lorica, Columbia. Almanza fell to 19-28-4. continue
By James Slater: Living legend Roy Jones Junior, seemingly unable or just unwilling to retire, bagged himself a reasonably big win last night in Poland. Facing the unbeaten Pawel Glazewski, the 29-year-old entering the ring with a 17-0(4) pro record and a #9 WBC ranking at light-heavyweight, 43-year-old Jones had enough left to score with flashy-looking punches as he out-speeded the Pole to win by scores of 96-93 and 96-94. Glazewksi got the third card at 95-94. continue
By James Slater: The unlikely ring return of Scott Harrison, the former WBO featherweight champ who this past Friday fought for the first time in over six years, got me thinking. Harrison, at age 34, faces a long road if he’s to stick with it in his mission to become a champion all over again. But there have been unlikely comebacks before - and some of them have actually worked. continue
INDIO, Calif. (July 1, 2012) – Cornelius “K9” Bundrage defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Middleweight World Championship for the second time against Cory Spinks, the man he won it from nearly two years ago. In a rough-and-tumble fight, Bundrage dropped Spinks four times en route to a seventh-round technical knockout. In the co-featured bout on ShoBox: The New Generation, 2011 Prospect of the Year Gary Russell Jr. pounded Christopher Perez onto the canvas four times before scoring a third-round technical knockout. Opening the telecast from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Erislandy Lara won an entertaining, bloody unanimous 10-round decision over Freddy Hernandez by the scores of 99-90, 98-91 and 95-94. continue
by Geoffrey Ciani - Undefeated WBC junior middleweight champion Saul Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) has a September 15 date reserved at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The question still remains, who will he face? Canelo was originally scheduled to face Paul Williams, but an extremely unfortunate motorcycle accident suffered by Williams made that an impossibility. Most recently the 21 year old Mexican was expected to take on former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, who only needed to get by Josesito Lopez. That plan was foiled when Lopez successfully played the role of spoiler with a very spirited effort. Tonight on Showtime, two fighters emerged to help narrow the field down—Erislandy Lara and IBF champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage, with their respective victories against Freddy Hernandez and Cory Spinks. Along with WBA champ Austin Trout and contender James Kirkland, this essentially narrows the field down to four. Who is the best choice for Alvarez?
Lara would probably present the most difficult style matchup for Alvarez, and this was evidenced by his performance last night against Hernandez. Lara used his unique blend of talent and technique to win a unanimous decision, but it was not always easy. Despite being stopped in a single round against Andre Berto, Hernandez is a tough and durable guy who knows how to fight. He sometimes made things a bit ugly, but Lara’s more dynamic style and superior craftsmanship won the day. Lara utilized outstanding footwork to control and dictate the range. He used quick accurate punches, often throwing just one or two at a time, and his precision timing was impeccable. He throws thunderous short straight lefts, and his lead right hook is a work of art. Lara is also a capable body puncher and is quite difficult to hit clean. continue
Interview by Sam Geraci: At 6’ 2” and nearly 230lbs, Elijah McCall (10-1-1, 9 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall, is a rising prospect with athleticism and dynamic punching power looking to make a name for himself in the heavyweight division. In The following interview that took place on June 30, 2012 at the Chicago Park District Boxing Gym at 39 West 47th Street, Chicago, IL 60609 McCall discusses his unique family background, his competitive nature, the transition from football to boxing, and his goal of ten fights in twelve months. continue
By Paul Strauss: Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage 31-4-0 (19) stopped Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks 39-7-0 (11) again, but the way he did it did nothing for his chances to land a fight with Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. His fight with Spinks at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA resembled a barroom brawl more than it did a boxing match. continue
by Alden "The Kid" Chodash: The saddest thing about the Bradley-Pacquiao controversy is how mislead the public has been. Cries of fix, scandal, and incompetency are frequently heard amidst social media venues like Twitter and various boxing forums, but is it possible that such opinions are shaped by the media itself? Promotor Bob Arum, who ironically is slated by some to be the source of the controversy, has refused to proceed with a rematch without an investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. But isn't there some distinction between a promoter and a judge in terms of the fight's significance to them? continue
By James Slater: Promoter Bob Arum met with superstar Manny Pacquiao this week, and the subject of conversation was just who the Filipino icon will fight next. Arum told Yahoo! Sports that Pac-Man will "definitely" fight on November 10th, and that a rematch with either Tim Bradley (who caused that unbelievable shock on June 9th) , Miguel Cotto or archival and former three-time foe Juan Manuel Marquez are strong possibilities. continue