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Hall Flags at Half-Staff For Ken Norton

norton44CANASTOTA, NY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion Ken Norton, who passed away today in Las Vegas. He was 70.

1992 Hall of Fame Inductee Ken Norton

“Ken Norton was one of the standouts of the talent-filled 1970s heavyweight division,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “He was a great fighter in the ring and a great person outside of it. The Hall of Fame joins the worldwide boxing community in mourning his passing.”

Born August 9, 1943 in Jacksonville, Illinois, Norton was a gifted football, basketball and track star in high school. He began boxing while in the Marine Corps where he compiled a 24-2 record. After turning pro in 1967 Norton quickly became a key player in the heavyweight division. He engaged in a classic three-fight series with fellow Hall of Famer Muhammad Ali (W 12, L 12, L 12). Norton captured the NABF title twice (1973 and 1975) and held the WBC heavyweight championship (1978). Continue reading

Left-Hook Lounge Radio 9ET/6PT

Tune in to tonight’s live broadcast of Boxings ONLY true sports talk radio show, where the fighters fight and the FANS do all the talking! This segment of “Left-Hook Lounge Radio”, hosted by ESB’s Vivek “Vito” Wallace, video guru Andre Gant, & Francisco Guzman, will take a look back at Mayweather vs Canelo, Garcia vs Matthysse, and the road that lies ahead for each of these warriors. Call in live at 949.943.1665. Or follow this link to hear what they think.

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Record numbers in Mexico! “The One: Mayweather vs. Canelo” bout was the biggest boxing event ever on Mexican television

12LOS ANGELES (Sept. 18) – Nearly 8-out-of-10 households in Mexico with a television set tuned into last Saturday’s “THE ONE: Mayweather vs. Canelo” mega-fight live on Televisa’s Channel 5. The 12-round majority decision fight, which Mayweather won, garnered a national rating of 41.1 points, which equates to a 77 percent share, 22.1 million viewers and 5.9 million television households, making it the highest-rated boxing program ever on television in Mexico. The telecast peaked with a National rating of 42 points (78.4 percent share/22.6 million viewers6 million television households) and the total program average from 8:00 p.m. CT to 12:30 a.m. CT was 30.1 points (16.2 million viewers/4.3 million television households).

“Boxing fans demanded “THE ONE” and when we gave it to them they responded with these record ratings,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “This proves that great fights with great fighters like Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez will always strike a chord with viewers and that Canelo is undisputed as the biggest star Mexican boxing has today.” Continue reading

Shane Mosley vs Anthony Mundine Update

photoSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA (September 18, 2013)—On Wednesday night October 23rd, It will be an historic night of boxing at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, Australia when former three world champion Anthony Mundine (44-5, 26 KO’s) battles six-time world champion and future Hall of Famer “Sugar” Shane Mosley in a twelve round Jr. Middleweight bout for the WBA International championship.

The fight is promoted by Vlad Warton’s Millennium Events and Golden Boy Promotions.

Warton, who has promoted big fights all over the world, believes that this fight will be undoubtedly one of the biggest fights in the history of Australia. Continue reading

Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez – strategies and conclusions

04The hype has been dispelled by harsh realizations, the euphoria (if any) has winded down and it may be time for some conclusions. Saul Alvarez and his team must have reached several revelations while Floyd Mayweather backed up braggadocio on Sept. 14.

Floyd Mayweather imposed his ‘blueprint” from the start and needed to make only small adjustments as the fight went on. He often anticipated his opponent’s actions taking advantage of the weaknesses he and his father mentioned before the fight. He used one small halfway-back movement on top of his usual routine to dampen Alvarez’s right hand. Floyd positioned himself as his opponents expected but he did not move in the direction his opponent expected. On top of that as an additional precaution he used this unobtrusive angle maneuver which seemed to hypnotize team Alvarez and they did not address that issue. FMJ’s game consisted of performing all the basics of boxing but performing them exceptionally well. His game reminded me of the Cuban amateur style, the same feet position and wide use of all defensive dimensions while throwing long-range scoring shots. Scoring shots favor speed and endurance while power punches consume a lot of fuel. His father’s instructions were “touch him to the body”, not “hit him”. Continue reading

Hopkins vs Murat on October 26h

004 Hopkins and Murat IMG_7077 Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins’ historic IBF World Light-Heavyweight title defence against Karo Murat on Saturday 26th October from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City will be LIVE and exclusive in the UK on the Channel Of Champions BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).

In an incredible 25 year career, record-breaking Hopkins is the longest reigning middleweight champion in boxing history and became the oldest ever world champion when he won the WBC World Light-Heavyweight title against Jean Pascal in 2011. He then broke his own record when he beat Tavoris Cloud in March this year to win the IBF World Light-Heavyweight title.

Now he aims to become the oldest fighter ever, at 48, to defend a world title if he beats the mandatory and number one ranked German challenger Murat who at 29 is almost twenty years younger than the American legend. Continue reading

Martinez vs. Garcia / Martirosyan vs. Andrade / Donaire vs. Darchinyan: Saturday, Nov. 9 Live on HBO

Web-P9187494 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (September 18, 2013) — The Lone Star State will play host to an exciting triple-header featuring two world championship fights and a grudge rematch between former world champions that’s been building for over six years. Two-time World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior lightweight champion ROMAN “Rocky” MARTINEZ will defend his title against undefeated former WBO featherweight champion MIKEY GARCIA; 2012 Fighter of the Year NONITO “Filipino Flash” DONAIRE and former two-division world champion VIC “Raging Bull” DARCHINYAN will be looking to settle each other’s hash in a 10-round featherweight rumble and undefeated No. 1 and No. 2 contenders and one-time U.S. Olympians VANES “The Nightmare” MARTIROSYAN and DEMETRIUS “Boo Boo” ANDRADE will battle it out for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title This boxing extravaganza will take place Saturday, November 9, at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. All three fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Continue reading

David Haye: “Each of my sparring partners would make Fury look silly in a fight”

David Haye plans to destroy Tyson Fury on September 28 in Manchester, and believes his roster of sparring partners would do a similar job, too. Haye on his website Hayemaker.com:

“I have no doubt whatsoever that the guys brought over for me to spar would do a number on Fury in a fight,” he said. “That’s what has made this camp so great. Rather than bringing over the typical sparring partners – guys used to just taking punishment – I have brought over a load of top-ten heavyweights, some of them unbeaten, with lots of ambition and pride.

“I have also brought over big, big punchers. So while Tyson Fury is falling into a false sense of security by sparring the likes of Steve Cunningham and Eddie Chambers – powderpuff punchers – I am testing myself against men who clearly hit a lot harder than Fury does.” Continue reading

Orlando Cruz & Orlando Salido Interview Transcript

In a great traditional battle between Puerto Rico and Mexico, No. 1 Contender Orlando Cruz, in his first world title shot, will battle former two-time World Champion Orlando Salido for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Featherweight Championship. The two fighters are on the call today from their training camps. Orlando Cruz is in Buffalo, NY and Orlando Salido in Mexico. In three weeks they will face each other in the ring. Also on the call is All Star Boxing’s Tuto Zabala, Jr., who is Cruz’ promoter and Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank, the promoter of the card. Continue reading

Tyson Fury: “David Haye Is Getting Smashed”

Hennessy Sports and Hayemaker Boxing are delighted to announce that the official Fury vs. Haye weigh-in, scheduled for Friday, September 27, will take place inside the Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester, and be open to the general public.

There is a limited amount of free tickets released through the Phones 4 U Arena Box Office and also eventim.co.uk, which carry a booking fee of £2.50 per transaction up to four tickets and are on sale now.

The weigh-in itself will commence at 12.30pm (doors open at 11.30am) and every boxer scheduled to appear on the Fury vs. Haye fight card will tip the scales.

Of course, due to the expected high demand, fans are urged to snap up their tickets as soon as possible for this event. Continue reading

Judge CJ Ross Steps Down

The now famous (or infamous) Judge CJ Ross has decided to step down from judging following the backlash resulting from her poor job officiating last Saturday’s bout between Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, effectively putting an end to her 22 year career as a boxing judge. Ross’s scorecard of a draw stood in sharp contrast to the other two judges who awarded to the fight to Mayweather 117-111 and 116-112, as well as many fans and pundits who saw Mayweather pitch an almost shutout performance. Continue reading

Frankie Gavin Interview

Brilliant British welterweight champion Frankie Gavin endeavours to complete his domestic apprenticeship on Saturday evening then vault to the world stage where he believes his prodigious talent is best suited.

The 27-year-old Brummie southpaw, still England’s only ever world amateur champion, can secure the Lonsdale Belt outright if he dispatches Manchester’s former two-weight national champion David Barnes in the third defence of his crown at the Copper Box Arena on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Continue reading