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This Day in Boxing History: Margaret McGregor vs. Loi Chow

In the late 1990s, boxing promoter Jim Rupp and manager Bob Jarvis had been working on a first-ever co-ed bout between Martin O’Malley and Christy Martin. O’Malley was an accomplished amateur boxer who had recently turned professional. Martin was one of the best female boxers worldwide. However, the fighters and promoters never made the match happen. Nonetheless, an idea was born, and Rupp [...]

This Day in Boxing History: Ali vs. Spinks II – September 15, 1978

Approximately 13 years before Muhammad Ali ever stepped into a boxing ring with Leon Spinks, then Cassius Clay had overcome great odds by defeating Sonny Liston to become World Heavyweight Champion. Ali went on to successfully defend that title nine times against such legendary boxers as George Chuvalo, Cleveland Williams, and Floyd Patterson. However, Ali was stripped of the belt because [...]

Mayweather vs. Maidana II: Fight Preview and Analysis

On May 3, 2014, Marcos Maidana lost a majority decision to Floyd Mayweather. Although falling short on the judges’ scorecards, the Argentine hit Floyd Mayweather more times than any Mayweather opponent in history (221 times according to CompuBox). On September 13, 2014, Maidana will get another bite at the apple as he becomes the second person ever to earn a rematch against Floyd Mayweather. What [...]

The Mayweather-Pacquiao Business Paradox

In 1964 Walter Neale presented the Louis-Schmeling paradox. Named after two World War II-era heavyweight champions, the Louis-Schmeling paradox describes sports business as different from any other business when it comes to the potential benefit of a monopoly. Generally speaking, monopoly is the ideal market position of any given business. Under a monopoly, competition is either comparatively [...]

Chris Algieri vs. Manny Pacquiao: About the Fighters

On November 22, 2014, WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion Chris Algieri will move up in both weight and opponent caliber as he challenges Manny Pacquiao for the WBO Welterweight Championship. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is as accomplished as he is well-known. A world champion at a record-breaking eight weight classes, he has fought and beaten nearly every world-class fighter available. Moreover, like [...]

Rankings, Belts, Weight Classes and Mandatory Challengers: A Guide for the Casual Boxing Fan

WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF leave casual fight fans referring to the sweet science as “Alphabet Soup.” Add to these the dozens more obscure sanctioning bodies and multiply that by the number of weight classes – 17 total – and the number of belts, champions and challengers can be dizzying. Fans are left confused as to who is really the champion, why so often the two best fighters are never mandatory [...]

Cory Spinks Finds New Career in Retirement

Sitting ringside at Strike Gym’s “Boxing at the Creek” amateur fights, Cory Spinks reflects on his illustrious boxing career and discusses his new career training amateur boxers. As an amateur boxer, Cory Spinks won championships in both the Police Athletic League and Golden Gloves. After making the leap into professional fighting, he became a World Champion at both Welterweight and Junior [...]

Ringside Report: “Knockout” with Floyd Mayweather Sr. on NUVOtv

Saturday’s fights opened with Baltimore’s Cory Cummings (17-6, 13 KOs) battling Haitian amateur standout Azea Augustama (17-1, 9 KOs). Azea left the casino victorious but exposed, having won a narrow decision (76-75 on all three judges’ scorecards) after being knocked down early for the first time in his professional career. Next, knockout artist Ahmed “The Egyptian” Elbiali (5-0, 5 [...]

Weigh-In: “Knockout” Reality Show Finals with Floyd Mayweather Sr.

On June 6, 2014, boxers weighed in at Casino Miami Jai-Alai in anticipation of NUVOtv’s Saturday broadcast. The fighters were professional and focused. There was no pushing or trash-talking, and very little posturing. Floyd Mayweather Sr. even refrained from reciting his poetry. “Water, Pedialyte, and Gatorade is all you can drink,” shouted Jorge Curtiellas of the Florida Boxing Commission [...]

Press Conference: “Knockout” Reality Show Finals with Floyd Mayweather Sr.

NUVOtv’s “Knockout” will broadcast from Casino Miami Jai-Alai in Miami, Florida on Saturday June 7, 2014. “Knockout” is a tournament-style reality series wherein young boxers are trained by world-renowned trainers Floyd Mayweather, Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah. Scheduled televised fights include: Dennis Douglin (16-3, 10 KOs) vs. Charles Whittaker (40-15-2, 24 KOs) (10 Rounds) Azea [...]

Peace Through Fighting: The Humanity of Boxing

“Boxing is a science that adds humanity to a peoples’ conduct & courage to their national character. With boxing, trifling quarrels do not produce assassination and revenge is never finished by murder.” Pierce Egan, 1820 "Boxing is egalitarian. In the ring, rank, age, colour and wealth are irrelevant.” Nelson Mandela “Politics is comparable to boxing. The only thing is that in politics [...]

In The Ring With Ahmed “The Egyptian” Elbiali

In the segment In the Ring, boxing writer Bill Barner interviews fighters from inside the ring in an effort to gain more insight into their fighting styles. In May 2014, Barner interviewed Super Middleweight Ahmed “The Egyptian” Elbiali. Born in Egypt, Elbiali immigrated to the United States at a young age. As an amateur, Elbiali dreamed of being an Olympic fighter, but those dreams were [...]