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Fight Talk Live (Ward vs Rodriguez Post Fight Wrap-Up)

fighttalklivepremiereTonight will be the premiere live broadcast of “Fight Talk Live”. Similar to ESPN’s “AROUND THE HORN”, fight fans will be able to not only watch live, but also interact and post live questions for the fellas to chew on! The live broadcast will begin approximately 15min after the end of the fight! (Sidenote: “Left-Hook Lounge Radio” goes live Tuesday evening with a 2hr showcase of the pending Pacquiao vs Rios showdown).

(Fight Talk Live Information Below)

The Format: Similar To ESPN’s “Around The Horn”. Your hosts will be Vivek Wallace (EastSideBoxing Resident Scribe), Andre Gant (“Boxing Decoded Series” Producer), & Latino Boxing scribe, Francisco Guzman. Continue reading

Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov improving slightly, expected to survive

abduslamov45Sampson Lewkowicz, wishes to thank the boxing world for their prayers and donations to badly injured Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov and has some cautiously optimistic news to convey.

“Mago still in an induced coma but is beginning to respond positively. I expect him to live. On behalf of the family and myself, I now ask you switch your prayers to his recovery. He has a very long road ahead.”

Today marks 14 days Abdusalamov has been in an induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The 32-year-old married father of three young daughters, had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2. In hospital, Abdusalamov came down with a 104-degree fever, which led to him suffering a stroke. Continue reading

Solis pulls out of fight with the Kingpin

Odlanier Solisby Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson

I wanted to let Eastside Boxing and the rest of the world know that the I have just been advised that Odlanier Solis has pulled out of our fight scheduled for November 26, 2013, In Sunrise, FL. 

Apparently, his promoter and manager signed him up for a guaranteed ass whooping that he wasn’t willing to receive. I’m sorry for all those that were looking forward to seeing me end Solis’ career but what can I do, this is the worst part of boxing, specifically the heavyweight division.

Guys like Odlanier Solis are either too afraid or too fat to fight on a consistent basis.  I’ve asked my team to continue to find the toughest and best fights out there regardless of who, where and when, and I will continue to chase opportunities across the globe.

Ustinov wins wide 12-round decision over Tua, “The Tuaman” announces his retirement

tua-ustinov (8)Moments ago in New Zealand, Russia’s Alexander Ustinov won a wide 12-round decision over Samoan slugger David Tua. The one-sided nature of the fight surprised many and after the 12 rounds were complete there was only one winner. Ustinov won by scores of 119-110, 119-109 and 119-108.

Tua, in good physical condition, tried his best but the bigger, taller man controlled the action with his superior reach and Ustinov was also way busier. Afterwards, Tua announced his retirement from boxing. Ustinov, who improved to 29-1(21) is now looking for a big fight, maybe even a title shot being a possibility.

So we say goodbye to the 40-year-old Tua, who walks away with a 52-5-2(43) record. A major force in the heavyweight division in the 1990s and 2000s, Tua burst onto the scene with a chilling KO over John Ruiz. Continue reading

Andre Ward lays down gauntlet by declaring to knockout ‘delusional’ Froch in rematch

Super-middleweight king Andre Ward has laid down the gauntlet to Carl Froch, declaring he can knockout the ‘delusional’ British star in a world title unification rematch.

The WBA Super and Ring Magazine world champion has opened the door to a potential blockbuster matchup against the reigning IBF world champion Froch, should both men come through their upcoming battles.

Ward faces off against the unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez in Ontario, California this weekend, a fight you can see live and exclusive on BoxNation, with Froch taking on the rising George Groves in a grudge match later this month.

Should both prevail, Ward is convinced that a super-fight could be next up for the 168-pound division’s two top dogs.

“I think a fight with Froch is definitely something that could happen,” said Ward. Continue reading

Ustinov Outpoints David Tua

ustinov2323Hamilton New Zealand was the scene of a battle of differing proportions—6’8” Belarussian Alexander Ustinov squared off against Kiwi Samoan 5’9” David Tua who also gave up 50 lbs in weight.

Round One: Feeling out round. Ustinov controls the action, with Tua backing up.

Round Two: Round is Ustinov’s but Tua is more aggressive and loosening up his left hook.

Round Three: Ustinov’s round. He continues to keep his left low but Tua won’t throw a right hand. Tua mostly missing with his left hook, but connects with a few. Continue reading

Andre Ward – 167.8, Edwin Rodriguez – 170

This afternoon at the Ontario Airport Hotel, Super WBA title challenger Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez weighed in at 170 pounds, two pounds over the Super Middleweight division limit of 168, while Andre “S.O.G.” Ward scaled in at a healthy 167.8 pounds.

The Dominican born fighter forfeits his eligibility to compete for the Super WBA 168 pound title.

Preliminary weights:

Sergio Mora 161 vs. Milton Nunez 160
John Molina 141 vs. Jorge Pimentel 142
Oscar Molina 153 vs. Carlos Sanchez 155
Charles Huerta 126 vs.Jonathan Arrellano 126
Brandon Gonzalez 167 vs. Jonathon Nelson 166
Juan Funez 126 vs. Carlos Gonzalez 129
DonYil Livingston 158 vs. Tony Hirsch 161
Justin DeLoach 154 vs. Robert Hill 154

Tomorrow night’s fight card is slated to take place at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California…the main event of the evening will be broadcast on HBO, with a start time of 10PM EST.

VIDEO: Devon Alexander – ” A Lot of People Didn’t Make It, But I Did”

IBF Welterweight World Champion Devon Alexander has always turned to the gym as an escape from the rough life of gangs and drugs that plague North St. Louis.

Now the 26-year-old southpaw is a once-beaten, two-division champ with Hall of Fame aspirations. Check out this video to hear Alexander discuss his upcoming showdown with Shawn Porter, Saturday, Dec. 7, LIVE onSHOWTIME (8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT).

Judah vs. Malignaggi is a 12-round welterweight fight taking place on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Continue reading

Go with Andre Ward – It’s easier

41Once again, come this Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA, fans will be treated to one of those battles where “Someone’s ‘O’ has got to go”. HBO’s main event will feature Andre S.O.G. Ward, 26-0-0 (KO14) versus Dominican Republic’s Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriquez 24-0-0 (KO16).

Both fighters are quality individuals, having exhibited excellence from the amateurs into the professionals. Andre is talked about in P4P terms. Edwin has been compared to past greats. How can you pick a winner? It’s hard to cheer for one over the other. They are both worthy. They both have the “bona fides”. They both conduct themselves well. They’re likable and avoid all the braggadocio and trash talking engaged in by so many. Continue reading

Why me?

golovkin433I’ve seen Gennady Golovkin fight about 6 times. Each time I’ve watched him on television (on 4 of the 6 occasions), Golovkin has been spectacular. I go to see this guy fight live twice, and while the results were great for Golovkin, I feel like I got the short end of the stick. WHY ME?

Let me explain…

The first fight I saw on television was Golovkin vs. Mikhail Makarov. Gennady pretty much took Makarov’s heart in this fight and won in the second round. A straight right dropped Makarov in the second. The punch was hard and Makarov backed up and took a knee. He got up and went on the attack. Gennady took his time and threw another well-placed right hand and Makarov went down and the fight was over. Makarov got up and kept wiping his face as if he was making sure his nose was still attached. KO-2 Continue reading