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Weigh-In Video – Burns vs. Crawford: Is the Rickster ripe for the pickings?

The reeling Rickster hopes to rebound from the run of fights in which he's struggled to look right. After passing the eye test Terence Crawford gets his first title opportunity versus two weight champion Ricky Burns. Ricky Burns entered the world seen when a hardnosed body punching Roman Martinez from Puerto Rico was denied a win by the Scot who after a shaky start managed to dust himself off to [...]

Chavez vs. Vera 2: A more focused Junior makes the rematch a can’t miss fight

They say the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, but telling that to Mexico's legendary fighter Julio Cesar Chavez would be downright disrespectful. No, young Julio isn't cut from the same cloth as his father Chavez Sr. Honestly speaking the same could apply to the majority of the modern day fighters in contrast to the 200-300 fight warriors from days of old. That said becoming a boxer [...]

Stieglitz vs. Abraham: Will the rubber match bring closure to this rivalry?

The fate of each fighter’s legacy is at stake this Saturday night when Robert Stieglitz takes on Arthur Abraham in what could be the final installment of a trilogy from the GETEC Arena in Germany. Legacy is a word used quite often in sports. Peyton Manning's legacy was the key talking point for pundits and fans alike in the lead up for the Super Bowl. Nearly every time Lebron James looses [...]

Can Kevin Johnson throw a wrench in the plans for a Fury vs Chisora rematch stadium fight?

This Saturday night from the Copper Box Arena in London Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury will be featured in stay busy fights on Box Nation. Ok so maybe that's not how long time U.K. promoter Frank Warren would want it phrased but that's exactly what this card is and for those who are hardcore enough (or just bored) it will be televised here in the states by Intergrated Sports with an asking price [...]

Is Top Rank moving Mikey Garcia too quick for a fight with Manny Pacquiao?

Much has been said of late about the plans laid out by Top Rank C.E.O. Bob Arum for Mikey Garcia's in 2014. All signs point to Yuriorkis Gamboa as the next opponent for Mikey on May 17 according to widely reported stories from Bob Arum and just today 50 cent was on twitter saying it's basically a done deal. With Gamboa's recognizable name in and around the featherweight and lightweight divisions [...]

Garcia vs. Burgos: Is Burgos just a stepping stone for Mikey’s big plans for 2014?

Fresh off a banner year for boxing in 2013 this Friday and Saturday will be the busiest fight weekend so far for 2014. And since the rematch between Jhonny Gonzalez and Abner Mares is postponed due to injury this will also be the last major network (not HBO2 Macua) championship fight card until March, when the boxing year will really heat up. Normally one of the major network premium channels will [...]

Peterson vs. Jean/Rosado vs. Charlo: Showtime fights this Saturday feature “real” matchups

by Chris Carlso, photos © Paul "Paparazzi" Jones/ESB -- Counter programming was the norm last year and this Saturday night marks the first battle in the ongoing war that turned cold between HBO a.k.a. Top Rank and Company and Golden Boy now in exclusive cahoots with Showtime who is broadcasting their event from the nation’s capital city Washington D.C. Showtime who may not lead HBO in subscribers [...]

Pascal vs. Bute: A Canadian Super Fight

For many boxing fans stateside and abroad this Saturday’s HBO fight between Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute will be just another fight that should produce some form of entertainment. To the fans that put the North in North America this fight might as well be their version of Sugar Ray Leonard versus Marvelous Marvin Hagler or Oscar De La Hoya versus Floyd Mayweather. This is not just a run of [...]

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Full Recap: Truax/Duran battle to a disputed draw and a controversial knockout in the main event

The night started out at the Target Center from chilly Minneapolis with a rematch from a spirited first fight featuring Milwaukee prospect Adrian Martinez fighting Duluth native Trevor Marmon. The 1st round was evenly fought until the fighters exchanged left hooks with Adrian getting the better of it forcing Marmon to hold avoiding a knockdown. Beginning of the 2nd round Marmon got to the body [...]

Espn2 Friday Night Fights kicks off the season from Minneapolis at the Target Center

The season premiere of Espn2’s Friday Night Fights will begin in sub zero degree weather at the Target Center from Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the main event IBF Super Featherweight Champion Argenis Mendez takes on unbeaten challenger Rances Barthalemy and serving as the co-feature is local attraction Caleb Truax squaring off with tough as nails Ossie Duran. The event is promoted by Iron Mike Productions, [...]

Floyd Mayweather: And the winner is…

Every December the boxing world buzz burns hot with the topic of who will Floyd Mayweather face next and what are the chances that it will be Manny Pacquiao. All signs point to Amir Khan as the winner of the Money May Sweepstakes for May, 3 2014. With numerous recent reports it would seem the only thing that needs to be figured out now is the place and undercard. Obviously it needs to happen [...]

Broner vs. Maidana: Will Chino shut Broner’s mouth or will Adrian’s speed be too much of a problem for Marcos?

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME - The old saying "If you build it they will come" rings true for boxing. In 2013 the two biggest networks and promoters have improved the quality of their product despite engaging in a Cold War. Both networks have done a great job building events along with lowering the average price of admission causing attendance to rise and the best example of this would be San [...]