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Sartonk Launches Second Annual Ali-King Award

29 October 2013, Union City, NJ — SARTONK has launched the second annual Ali-King Award. Named after Martin Luther King, Jr. and Muhammad Ali, this essay contest is intended to promote literacy and critical thinking among boxing youth. Boxers and aspiring boxing writers are invited to submit essays on one of five topics, ranging from the social significance of boxing to comparative analyses of Ali and King.

“We want to encourage boxers to train their minds, as well as, their bodies,” comments Hasmig Tatiossian, Executive Manager at SARTONK. “By thinking about the lives that Ali and King led, we’d also like them to recognize the links between boxing and social consciousness,” she adds. Continue reading

World Series of Fighting launches WSOF Japan

LAS VEGAS (Oct. 29, 2013) – The World Series of Fighting continues to expand its global footprint with the launch of World Series of Fighting Japan (WSOF Japan).

World Series of Fighting launches its new Japanese division in a partnership with the long-running and highly respected Pancrase organization, a Tokyo-based group that has promoted mixed martial arts events since 1993 and is widely considered one of the most historically important organizations in the sport. Read more MMA News

Video: Curtis Stevens training camp interview

RingTV’s Bill Emes traveled to Easton, Pa., to document middleweight puncher Curtis Steven’s intense training camp for his challenge to WBA titleholder Gennady Golovkin on Saturday in New York City. Stevens, who looks lightning quick on the mitts, says the mouth of Golovkin’s trainer Abel Sanchez has written a check that “Golovkin’s ass can’t cash.” Continue reading

The Work of Liam Neeson, Paulie Malignaggi Highlight 2nd Annual Shadow Box Film Festival

“The films for this festival not only appeal to the boxing fan, but to anyone who is drawn to the art of great storytelling,” – Former Heavyweight Champion Michael Bentt,(Sonny Liston in the 2001 film “Ali”)

Since the very early days of motion pictures, boxing has always made for great drama. For decades, the movie industry has created legendary characters inspired by those who lace up the gloves and step into the ring like modern-day gladiators. Now there is a place where both those worlds collide. The Shadow Box Film Festival (2nd Annual) provides a venue for the screening of boxing films geared to the passionate fans of both art forms. Continue reading

Photos: Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez defeats Felipe Rivas in Cidra, Puerto Rico

Emmanuel RodriguezPuerto Rican flyweight prospect, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez ( 7-0, 5KO’s ) outpointed veteran Mexican, Felipe Rivas ( 14-15-2, 8KO’s ) at the Jesús M. Freire Statium in Cidra, Puerto Rico. All three judges scored 60-54.

Rodríguez boxing skills were superior, using a great stiff jab with lots of combinations to Rivas head and body.

“I want to thanks my trainers Ivan Calderon and Felix Pagan Pintor for their help. It really means a lot to me to have them in my corner” Rodríguez said, “Rivas was very aggresive but thanks God, we could handle him”.

Amateur boxing achievements by Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez: Continue reading

WSOF 6 Weigh-In Results

World Series of Fighting 6 main event fighters Josh Burkman and Steve Carl both weighed in at exactly 169.6 pounds at the official Weigh-In for the inaugural WSOF Welterweight World Championship title, which will take place on Saturday night at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. Continue reading

Sutcliffe Jnr Irish Title disappointment – but show must go on

Philip Sutcliffe Jnr’s dream of winning the Irish light-welterweight title on just his fifth professional outing was ended yesterday following the withdrawal of Michael Kelly from their planned November 2nd clash at the Our Ladies Hall venue in Drimnagh.

While Kelly’s withdrawal through injury means the Irish title will no longer be up for grabs, Stephen Sharpe speaking on behalf of KO Entertainment has ensured Irish boxing fans they can still expect one hell of a nights boxing come November 2nd. Continue reading