HBO Sports rings in the holiday season with an action-packed doubleheader from deep in the heart of Texas when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: NONITO DONAIRE VS. JORGE ARCE AND GUILLERMO RIGONDEAUX VS. POONSAWAT KRATINGDAENGGYM is seen SATURDAY, DEC. 15 at 9:30 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT), from the Toyota Center in Houston, exclusively on HBO. The HBO broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant 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 reading
Tonight on “The Pugilist KOrner”: Steve Cunningham, Deontay Wilder, Ice-man John Scully, and Sam Garcia
Blog Talk Radio’s “The Pugilist KOrner” is proud to present former IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve “USS” Cunningham, American Heavyweight Contender Deontay Wilder, expert trainer and former Light Heavyweight title challenger John “Ice-Man” Scully, and talented young, expert trainer Sam Garcia of Team Garcia Boxing. Continue reading
Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 Kos) is in Nuremberg. The WBO Champion got to Franconia yesterday, after fighting his way from Berlin through the snow-ridden Germany. His opponent, Mehdi Bouadla (26-4, 11 KOs) flew out to Germany this morning. In the afternoon, the two fighters met for the first pre-fight appointment, the open workout session.
However, it was Ulli Wegner who was the cause for the biggest surprise of the day. Abraham’s coach, who is normally known for being quite tough on his fighter, was full of praise for his prodigy. “I have to admit, that Arthur has been giving it a 100 percent during every single training session. I just hope that he will show up with the same attitude once he stands inside the ring with Mehdi Bouadla,” said the 70-year-old. “As a coach you have to make sure that your prodigy keeps his feet firmly on the ground, but he definitely deserved it to be praised.”
Abraham himself was seemingly surprised about the positive acknowledgment by his trainer. He was almost lost for words. “Praised by Mr. Wegner? I am not really used to that. I don’t know what to say.” Continue reading
LOS ANGELES, December 11 – Since 2001, ShoBox: The New Generation has delivered boxing’s top prospects and future world champions to fight fans’ living rooms across the country. On Friday, January 11 that tradition continues at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., when undefeated junior lightweight rising star Ronny Rios squares off against former World Champion Rico Ramos for the vacant NABF Featherweight Championship and Florida power-puncher Daquan Arnett takes on fellow unbeaten prospect Brandon Quarles. Also featured in a special attraction will be local hero Randy Caballero’s return to the ring in front of his hometown fans for the first time since this past summer. Continue reading
By Bill Phanco: Former two division world champion Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO’s) will be fighting on March 9th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The possible opponent will be picked from one of these fighters: Nathan Cleverly, Beibut Shumenov and Tavoris Cloud.
It’s safe to say that Cleverly won’t be the one getting the fight because he has a mandatory title defense coming up against his mandatory challenger Robin Krasniqi in February, and he’s got to take that fight if he doesn’t want to risk getting stripped by the World Boxing Organization for failure to defend against his mandatory.
Hopkins will be turning 48 in January, and that’s pretty old for a fighter still looking to compete at the world class level. Hopkins looked like he’d lost something from his last two fights with Chad Dawson. He was beaten by Dawson last April by a 12 round majority decision, and before that Hopkins had fought to a 2nd round no contest with him in October last year. Continue reading
New York, NY (12/11/12) – On Wednesday, December 19, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will present the latest installment of its popular Broadway Boxing series, with a special-edition Hurricane Sandy benefit card taking place at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. It will air live on FIGHT NOW TV-America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel-starting at 9 p.m. ET. Proceeds from the show, which will include a silent auction of sports memorabilia, will be donated to the American Red Cross. The main event features Queens, NY, contender Will “Power” Rosinsky (16-2, 9KO’s) taking on Otis Griffin (24-10-2, 10KO’s) in a 10-round light heavyweight matchup. Continue reading
By Paul Strauss: For fear of being maudlin, there are plenty of us out there with feelings of sadness and regret. It’s the kind of feeling we get when one of our hero’s does something we thought impossible. They lose. It’s often unexpected and painful. We knew all along it was possible, but still we refused to believe it. It’s the kind of feeling that overwhelmed people when Gene Tunney beat Jack Dempsey, or when Rocky Marciano beat Joe Louis. “It can’t be!” That is the thought that flashes across our mind’s eye. It won’t go away. It like the image is stuck on “play”! We want to awaken from the nightmare, but reality has just given us another smack up side the head.. There’s no way to shake it off. Our hero is human after all.
Saturday night at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV, Manny Pacquiao was the victim of a sensational kayo at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez (JMM). It was a decisive finishing blow that ended a sensational fight. Referee Kenny Bayless saw no need to administer a count. Some so called experts thought the fight shouldn’t occur. They boo hoo’d it, fearing it might prove to be less than thrilling. What foolishness. We can only hope they’re ashamed of themselves for even thinking such thoughts…
The fourth and greatest of their fights was action packed from beginning to its dramatic conclusion. The end was in doubt right up until JMM’s final punch landed. It was a powerful short right landing flush on the nose and chin of Pacman. Continue reading
Tacoma, WA (December 11th, 2012) – Philly product Zahir Raheem, training out of Stone Mountain, GA, is coming out of retirement to once again chase the dreams of becoming a world champion. Raheem (31-3-0, 18 KO’s) has signed a promotional contract with Halquist Productions, a company based in University Place, WA, that also promotes Battle at the Boat boxing and CageSport MMA at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Continue reading
By Phenyo Molefe: We all bore witness to what transpired on Saturday evening, to that which shook boxing and those who grace its pastures. I took account of the fight as it unfolded before us but have decided to treat the bout to further review and flee from any hurried assumptions, unveiling how it truly unfolded. Having watched all three previous meetings between these combatants just hours before their fourth encounter, I was further shocked by that which has evolved.
Seldom have I heard an audience voice itself as charged as what the masses did, Marquez has found favour with those seeking his redemption.
Although respect is abound Pacquiao and Marquez both have something to prove. The bout begins with some jousting and notable movement by both fighters as they size each other up. Manny throws the jab and quickly follows through with his left, seeking Marquez’s head. Marquez looks to counter Manny as he has done in previous contests and has already begun paying attention to Manny’s body. It looks like this is going to be a better start than what we saw in their second encounter and may very well surpass their third meeting. Continue reading
By Steve Mabbott: Ricky Hatton wants Manny Pacquiao to retire from boxing due to the bad KO loss that Pacquiao suffered last Saturday night at the hands of Juan Manuel Marquez. Hatton doesn’t see any point in Pacquiao dragging out his career at this point. Continue reading