David Tua (52-4-2) is in training to fight the gigantic Russian Alexander Ustinov (28-1). The IBF has Ustinov ranked at seven the WBA ten. Tua’s career is on last chance lane a decade removed from fighting a world class opponent in Hasim Rahman. Tua’s much storied litigation against former manager Kevin Barry put his career on hold and he has only managed to pull the pig skins on twelve times in the last decade and that intermittency – it goes without saying – has not served his career well.
With Tua’s mental space preoccupied with both his legal mire and the following financial hole he has found himself in his focus has been askew.
Over the years Tua has offered philosophical assurances that he is back and ready to fight, but that sentiment was only evident in totality in 2009 when he blew Shane Cameron out of the water in two destructive rounds. Continue reading
It’s been thought that WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner (27-0, 22 KO’s) will give up his newly won World Boxing Association 147 lb. title without defending it rather than facing the likes of Marcos Maidana and Keith Thurman. Broner, however, is now saying he wants to fight Maidana and then Lucas Matthysse after that. There’s no word from Broner about whether he’ll bother defending his title against WBA interim welterweight champion Keith Thurman, who has already said he wants to fight Broner next.
Broner said this about Maidana and Matthysse on Thursday on his social media site: You a damn fool if you think Chino Maidana can beat me. LOL! And when I’m done with this b**ch Chino Maidana, I’m go f*** Matthysse up. Easy money.”
I like how Broner throws in one of Floyd Mayweather Jr’s “easy money” comments, because that’s something that Mayweather Jr. says all the time.
If Broner is serious about wanting to face Maidana and Matthysse in back to back fights, he may not be the WBA champion for long. Continue reading
Boxing, as all other sports out there, is primarily a job. For many fighters boxing begins as a way to keep in shape and possibly compete in sports, and then slowly transitions into a financial backbone for their lives, lavish or not. Money is the main deciding factor of against whom, when and where a fight is to take place. Checks organize venues and marketing. Bigger checks create the roster for the night. And the colossal final checks come back as profit.
Of course anything you buy has a price, a value that can be manipulated based on demand. But what if you can get back the same, but spend half the amount to getting it? It’s hard to imagine that organizing a fight in China is anywhere near as expensive as it is in the States, and that goes for the venue as well as the marketing. The main benefit is as we all know the fact that Top Rank along with MP Promotions will be saving a ton of money by not paying the kind of taxes they would in United States. Continue reading
DEERFIELD, Fla. (August 2, 2013) – Two-division world champion John David “Action” Jackson, one of the most respected trainers in boxing today, has joined Iron Mike Productions as co-head coach of the promotional company’s stable of world-class fighters.
Acquinity Sports, under CEO Garry Jonas, partnered with Hall of Famer Mike Tyson to form Iron Mike Productions, whose inaugural promotional event is the August 23rd “Tyson Is Back!” card, airing on ESPN Friday Night Fights, live from Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
Jackson (36-4, 20 KOs) was world light middleweight and middleweight champion in the late eighties through the mid-nineties. He has trained Bernard Hopkins and Shane Mosley, among the more notables, and his present fighters include three-time world champion Randall Bailey and world light heavyweight challenger Sergey Kovalev. Continue reading
HBO is working to finalize a deal to show the October 5th fight between IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO’s) and WBA champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO’s) live in the United States, according to Dan Rafael. If HBO can swing this, it will be a big deal for American boxing fans, because they don’t get to see too many fights of the Klitschkos anymore.
HBO is selective in which fights of the Klitschkos they televise in the U.S, and rightfully so with Wladimir facing the likes Jean Marc Mormeck, Francesco Pianeta, and Mariusz Wach in the past two years. If HBO had aired any of those mismatches, it would have likely brought in poor ratings. Continue reading
In something of a slight step up in competition, highly hyped heavyweight Hughie Fury (8-0, 5 KO’s) will be fighting cruiserweight Shane McPhilbin (8-7-1, 5 KO’s) next month on September 14th at the Magna Centre, Rotherhan, Yorkshire.
Hughie, 18, the cousin of unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, has been very busy since turning pro in March of this year. Hughie has squeezed in 8 fights in four months, albeit against weak opposition. McPhilbin will continue of this type of match-making, but he’s clearly step up from Hughie’s last two opponents Moses Matovu (4-29-4) and Ivica Perkovic (19-21, 14 KO’s). Continue reading
Mike Alvarado (34-1, 23 KO’s) and the recently beaten Ruslan Provodnikov (22-2, 15 KO’s) have reportedly agreed to terms for a fight televised by HBO on October 19th at the First Bank Center, Denver, Colorado, USA. Top Rank finalized the deal, according to Yahoo Sports.
Top Rank president Todd duBoef said to Yahoo Sports “What this fight shows is the value of putting on a great performance in the ring, win or lose. Provodnikov had a great performance against Bradley, and thought he was on the losing side, he’s coming right back in the main event in a significant fight.” Continue reading
August 1, 2013, Shanghai, China — “YAO! — IS HE TALL” — Former NBA star Yao Ming (ctr) meets superstar Manny Pacquiao(L) and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (L) Wednesday in Shanghai,China. Pacquiao and Rios are in town for a Wednesday press conference to announce their upcoming mega fight in November. Both fighters are making a stop in Shanghai as part of their world-wide media tour which will also include other stops in Singapore, New York and finally ending up in Los Angeles. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
FREDDIE ROACH – “Boy would I like to get him into the Wild Card for a few weeks.”
MANNY PACQUIAO – “I felt like a baby standing next to him. I kept looking up wondering how far it would be until I saw the top of his head.”
BRANDON RIOS – “Too big for me. TOO BIG.” Continue reading
Hard hitting Ghanaian IBF Intercontinetal Lightweight champion and mandatory challenger to the Commonwealth belt, Richard Commey has arrived in Scotland across from London with his trainer, Carl Lokko to spar with world champion, Briton Ricky Burns ahead of the Burns’s impending defence of the WBO Lightweight belt against Raymundo Beltran on September 7.
According to Coach Lokko, Commey will also use the opportunity to prepare for his upcoming IBF International Lightweight title fight against a yet-to-be named opponent on September 7 whilst still waiting on the opportunity to face Stanley Matthews later in the year for the Commonwealth belt of the same weight. “We are going to Scotland tomorrow, we have been invited by Ricky Burns the world champion for a one-week sparring camp for his upcoming fight as well as Richie’s upcoming fight. We are very busy,” Coach Lokko revealed to the Ghana based website, www.sportsinghana.com from their UK base Monday morning.
‘Boxing is dead’ is a term I read, and heard, frequently in recent years. If any truth lay in that statement, 2013 proved to be boxing’s resuurection. Drama, brutality, courage and the art of boxing, 2013 provided every element, when combined, makes this the greatest sport in the world. Continue reading
NEW JERSEY (July 31, 2013) – Ever since Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) pulled off the unthinkable by defeating Felix Sturm on Sturm’s home turf of Germany in September of last year, Geale has essentially cemented himself as one of the elite 160 pounders in boxing. With the prestige and pageantry associated with such esteem comes the responsibility of self-improvement, a trait that often associates itself with the kind of high caliber athlete with an obsession for competition. It wasn’t enough for Geale to take a bite out of the world stage nor was it completely satisfying when he became the No. 1 fighter in his home country of Australia.
That is why Geale is thrilled to have his next fight scheduled on U.S. soil. Immediately following his victory over Strum, Geale made it apparent that he had all intentions to make a name for himself in America, but had unfinished business in Australia with Anthony Mundine, in which he scored a unanimous decision victory. He is still adamant about growing his brand in America. Continue reading
Fight fans can look forward to a real stacked up card on August 24. With European Light Heavyweight Champion Juergen Braehmer defending his title (against Stefano Abatangelo) and super-middleweight contender Arthur Abraham (against Willbeforce Shihepo) trying to get in position for another world title shot, the show is already loaded with highlights. Now the Sport- und Kongresshalle Schwerin will also play host to a special heavyweight attraction. Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KO´s) and Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KO´s) will fight it out in an IBF final eliminator with the winner to challenge for the world title.
Pulev, maybe the most avoided heavyweight in recent times, cannot wait to step into the ring again. In 2012, the current IBF International and European Champion made it to the top of the rankings, beating Michael Sprott, Alexander Dimitrenko as well as Alexander Ustinov – all of them inside the distance. But as fighters like Tomasz Adamek, Tyson Fury and Ruslan Chagaev refused to be matched with the 32-year-old Bulgarian, his career came to a brief halt at the start of 2013. Continue reading