31.07.04 – By Patrick Corcoran: In one of the most anticipated bouts of the summer, Erik Morales displayed myriad offensive skills, a sturdy chin, and an unexpected amount of defensive smoothness en route to a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Hernandez. With the victory, Morales climbed to 47-1 and unified the WBC and IBF super featherweight belts, while Hernandez dropped 40-4-1. The first round was more of a wrestling match than a boxing contest, with Hernandez racing forward and trying to impose his larger frame on the ex-122-pounder. Both men threw short punches entirely in close without succeeding in imposing their will on the other. Jabs were unheard of, and there was little strategic movement other than Hernadez’s straight-ahead charge. continue
31.07.04 – By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: In a nutshell, what I would basically like to say, before 20 different writers get off on talking about how Tyson is done and so on, is that “If you have to lose, that is the way you fuc--- get it done.”
As I thought about this match in the aftermath of that hellacious 4th round, I seriously considered the possibility that this was Iron Mike’s worst loss. However, the truth is that, that B.S. is not true. Mike didn’t come in like he did against Douglas, Holyfield (the second fight), and Lewis, coked out and looking to do what most Tyson opponents did in Mike’s prime, or in other words lay down and collect the check. continue
31.07.04 – Saturday night Luan Krasniqi beat his countryman René Monse for the second time in a contest for the European heavyweight championship, this time by technical knockout after round 6. His victory was repeat and new ground at the same time for the 33 year old German. Even though Krasniqi is now a two time European champion his win in front of 4,500 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart was his premiere of a successful title defense. After he won the crown of Europe for the first time in January 2002 against Monse he lost it in his next fight against Polish Saleta three months later. An insufficient preparation led to lack of stamina and to his loss by way of retirement after round nine. continue
31.07.04 - Fresh of his “body shot felt around the world” that crippled former world champion Leonard Dorin on July 24 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, WBC super lightweight champion Arturo Gatti has informed Main Events that he wishes to defend his title again before year’s end, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Gatti has made it clear that he plans to return immediately to training camp to prepare for a November or December bout. continue
31.07.04 - Former WBO and USBA welterweight champion Manning “The Spoiler” Galloway (60-17-1, 13 KOs) has replaced Frankie Randall as “Sucra” Ray Oliveira’s (46-9-2, 22 KOs) opponent in the International Boxing Union World welterweight championship match August 6, headlining “Clash for Cash: Under The Stars,” outdoors at historic Fraser Field in Lynn, Massachusetts. continue
30.07.04 – By Jeff Bastasini: British heavyweight Danny Williams probably ended Mike Tyson’s boxing career on Friday night when he knocked him out at 2:51 of the 4th round in Louisville, Kentucky. From the opening bell, 38 year old Tyson pounded on Williams, but he somehow survived the onslaught. Two points were deducted from Williams in the third round for hitting low and for hitting on the break. This was probably one of the biggest upsets of all time, as Williams is considered mostly a 2nd tier heavyweight by many in the boxing world.
“People forget this isn't a peak Mike Tyson. This was a Mike Tyson who was 38 years old," Williams said. ``I thought I could win."
After dominating the first three rounds, Tyson (50-5) just seemed to suddenly get really old and tired. He lurched around the ring slowly in the 4th round, and seemed visibly winded from the pace he had set in the fight. Williams (32-3, 27 KOs) was then able to take charge of the bout, punishing Tyson with unanswered punches. continue
30.07.04 – By Don Deane: Broadway Boxing made an appearance at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT Friday night featuring an IBF #2 ranking eliminator between Nate Campbell and Edelmiro “Tiger” Martinez. The support bouts were showcases of Lou Dibella’s young prospects.
Nate Campbell vs Edelmiro Martinez- Junior Lightweight IBF #2 Eliminator: Its an interesting situation if you sit back and wonder how Edelmiro Martinez earned a shot at the #2 ranking; or even why a sanctioning body would bother putting Campbell in this bout seeing how he got knocked out in his last fight which was, oddly enough, for the IBF #1 ranking. continue
Showtime to Replay Danny Williams' Stunning KO Victory Over 'Iron' Mike Tyson on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 9 P.M. ET/PT
Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME Pay Per View - SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will replay Friday's action packed fight that saw WBU International Champion Danny Williams stunning fourth round knockout victory over former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
The Tyson-Williams bout, which aired on SHOWTIME Pay Per View Friday, will be shown as part of the boxing card of the eagerly anticipated WBO lightweight title fight between undefeated defending champion Acelino "Popo" Freitas (35-0, 31 KOs) and WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales (38-2, 31 KOs) from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Making his first start in 17 months, Tyson (50-5, 2 NC, 44 KOs) came out strong and exchanged shots with Williams for three plus rounds at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. where 17,273 fans witnessed the fight card. Tyson took several overhand shots in the fourth round and the last sending him into the ropes and on the canvas, where referee Dennis Alfred of Louisville, KY stopped the bout at 2:51.. continue
30.07.04 - Heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg, unbeaten in 15 bouts with 12 of those victories coming by way of stoppage, is fighting at Wembley Arena on 10th September. Roman is on the undercard when the rising star of British boxing David Haye challenges IBO world cruiserweight champion Carl Thompson in a battle of big punchers at Wembley Arena. Don't blink is the advice as experts predict Haye vs. Thompson to be an explosive encounter. continue
30.07.04 - By Matthew Hurley: The middleweight showdown between champion Bernard Hopkins and challenger Oscar De La Hoya is fast approaching. Barring any injuries the biggest fight of the year will commence on September 18 in Las Vegas. In terms of the overall quality of the two fighters you couldn’t ask for much more, but there remains a caveat – according to most observers this fight lacks the dramatic appeal of a true super fight because the undersized De La Hoya, who looked horrible in his previous fight, has no chance of unseating the long reigning champion. Logic dictates that Hopkins walks De La Hoya down and dumps him to the ground sometime past the sixth round. But in boxing logic is the most illogical thing to rely on.
Make no mistake, Oscar will not enter the ring in the guise of the over-confident and over-stuffed fighter he was on the night he was given a scare by one Felix Sturm. continue
30.07.04 – Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (40-5-1, 28 KOs) will defend his title against Andrew Golota (38-4-1, 31 KOs) later this year at a site to be determined. Ruiz is the first and only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage.. continue
30.07.04 - By Fred De La Riva: This last weekend we were supposed to see how much Bojado had progressed in his boxing career. The 21 year-old was called the “second coming” by many a fight fan. Hell, I’ll admit it. I jumped on the Bojado bandwagon too, but have since jumped off. It’s not because the kid doesn’t have the talent. On the contrary, he is blessed with great hand speed and good power. He has had a decent team behind him and plenty of television coverage, but he lacked one thing. continue
30.07.04 - Unwavering confidence is what makes a fighter great. He must believe he can beat anyone in the world at any time. That’s why a competent team to develop him slowly is a must. Dino Duva of Duva Boxing, promoter for Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, says that because of the overwhelming amount of press attention and “buzz” from the fans Peter has received, he’s concerned his fighter will grow overconfident and sloppy before he’s actually fulfilled his promise as the “next heavyweight king.” continue
30.07.04 - From Las Vegas back to his hometown Leverkusen, Germany: Former WBO champion Felix Sturm will compete in an international middleweight contest three months after his sensational showdown against Oscar de la Hoya on September 18 at Wilhelm-Dopatka-Halle. continue
30.07.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Tonight former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson will fight for only the second time in the last 25 months. Last month Tyson turned 38 and filed for Bankruptcy reorganization. Since turning pro in 1985 Tyson has gone through what has been estimated at almost 400 Million dollars. In that time he became the youngest Heavyweight Champ in history, and a few short years later became the youngest ex-Champ in history. In the process of all that, Tyson became the most well known fighter since Muhammad Ali and was a major box office PPV attraction.
It seems almost as if Tyson has come full circle. Since losing his WBA/WBC title to Evander Holyfield in November of 1996, Tyson has fought 9 times going 5-2 with 2 NC. When Tyson steps into the ring to fight British Heavyweight Danny Williams on July 30th, it will no doubt mark the beginning of what is surely his last chance to redeem himself. continue
29.07.04 - Critically-Acclaimed Series Continues Sun., Aug 1 at 8:00 PM Local - Fox Sports Net's one-hour documentary series, BEYOND THE GLORY, continues with an all-new episode featuring world famous boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard. In this episode, BTG tells the story of how this underweight, underprivileged youngster from Wilmington, North Carolina, worked against all odds to become an Olympic gold-medalist and the world welterweight champion. continue
30.07.04 - This weekend two different heavyweight collisions on two different continents will draw the attention of the boxing fans. In Stuttgart, Germany, Luan Krasniqi, 26-1 (13), will be making the first defense of his second reign as European heavyweight champion Saturday night. On Friday former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson will celebrate his comeback against British Danny Williams in Louisville, KY, USA. continue
29.07.04 - All Photos © Tom Casino - Showtime/PPV: Mike Tyson weighed 233 and Danny Williams weighed 265 Thursday in Louisville. Tyson, a former undisputed heavyweight champion, faces Williams in the main event Friday, July 30, on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
The pay-per-view telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Straight Out Promotions will present the event, which will be distributed by SHOWTIME Pay Per View and carries a suggested retail price of $44.95... continue
29.07.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - This Friday night former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson 50-4, (44) fights for the first time in 17 months. His opponent is British Heavyweight Danny Williams 31-3 (26). At 38, time is running out for Tyson if he hopes to ever again challenge for a piece of the title, something he hasn't held for nearly eight years. Since arriving in Louisville this week where the fight is being held, Tyson has said all the right things. continue
29.07.04 - Former undisputed heavyweight champion Hasim ``The Rock'' Rahman knocked out Terrence Lewis in 43 seconds into the second round Wednesday night. Rahman landed a strong left jab early in the 2nd round, which broke the nose of Lewis and dropped him to the canvas. continue
29.07.04 - One time highly promising Boxer Tony Ayala Jr., was sentenced to 10 years in prison Wednesday for violating terms of the probation he was serving from a burglary conviction. After he was stopped for speeding and charged with possessing drug paraphernalia. Ayala later on refused to submit to a drug test earlier this month. continue
28.07.04 - By Janne Romppainen: It is often said that charisma is one of those things that you are born with: either you have it or you don’t. Some performing artists have the natural-born skill to make their audience excited with everything they say or do. The former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson certainly fits this category. Few people in all sports are followed with the same intensity and enthusiasm as this former teenage star who has now reached the respectable age of 38. Even though the boxing pool is filled with colourful personalities and knockout artists, no fighter since Muhammad Ali has received the same kind of mega-sized publicity the world over. continue
29.07.04 - By Phenyo Molefe - firstname.lastname@example.org - Behold yea all as former heavy weight boxing champion of the world Mike Tyson bids to take his last journey to the top in what been an illustrious boxing career yet filled with clouds of darkness in recent years. continue
28.07.04 - MIKE TYSON: “I cannot dwell on the past. Most of my past was not euphoric. The future seems so much brighter than the past. The layoff between fights has not been fun. I have been miserable with myself. My professional life is going great now, though my personal life stinks (laughing). I do not have anyone. I am alone.
“I am 38. I am not Moses. You (the media) make me out to be Moses. I am only three or four years older than the world champions. Age is in the mind. As long as you are physically in good shape, age should not matter. continue
28.07.04 - Danny Williams (left) and Mike Tyson pose after Wednesday's press conference in Louisville. Tyson, a former undisputed heavyweight champion, faces Danny Williams in the main event Friday, July 30, on SHOWTIME Pay Per View.
The pay-per-view telecast will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Straight Out Promotions will present the event, which will be distributed by SHOWTIME Pay Per View and carries a suggested retail price of $44.95 continue
28.07.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Forget Mike Tyson and his umpteenth comeback, the real boxing story this weekend is the return of “El Terrible”. Erik Morales, the most under appreciated great fighter of the last decade, takes on Carlos “Famoso” Hernandez this Saturday on HBO pay per view. Make no mistake, this is no walk over for the great little man from Tijuana. Hernandez, out of Los Angeles, is a formidable foe. But a quick glimpse at Morales’ record and his notorious bent for abandoning his boxing skills in favor of machismo make all of his fights dangerous.
This corner has to admit right up front that Erik Morales represents everything I love about boxing. Never have I been let down by a Morales fight. In that sense he reminds me of my all time favorite fighter, Thomas Hearns. I know when I put my money down that Erik will respond with an effort that will enhance his warrior reputation and make me sit back in my beloved leather recliner and pump my fist in exasperated reverence. continue
28.07.04 - This week is fight week, and two exciting rematches will highlight DiBella Entertainment's fourth installment of Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun on Friday night, July 30, Nate Campbell (24-2-1, 21 KO's) faces Bronx native "Tiger" Martinez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) in the main event, and Aneudi "El Estudiante" Santos of Freeport, NY (11-1, 9 KO's) squares off against Sam Reese of Hampton, Virginia in the co-feature. continue
28.07.04 - Universum heavyweight prospect Alexander Dimitrenko, 14-0 (10), is facing a new opponent for his fight on July 31 in Stuttgart. The 22 year old Hamburg based Ukrainian was originally scheduled to fight American Ross Puritty. Instead he will now take on British Julius Francis on the same occasion. continue
28.07.04 – Lynn has a long, rich boxing history and August 6 the “Sweet Science” is heading outdoors to the new Fraser Field for “Clash for Cash: Under The Stars,” headlined by “Sucra” Ray Oliveira (46-9-2, 22 KOs) and Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall (59-15-1, 42 KOs) fighting for the vacant IBU world welterweight title. continue
28.07.04 - Courtesy of www.boxing.de: On Saturday two-time European heavyweight champion Luan Krasniqi will make the first defense of his second reign. After regaining the European laurels five months ago from title holder Sinan Samil Sam the 33-year-old German will be challenged on July 31 by his countryman Rene Monse, 14-1 (7). continue
27.07.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - On September 7th 1979 the Entertainment Sports Programing Network debuted, more commonly known as ESPN the all sports cable network. Myself being a huge Sports enthusiast watched a lot of ESPN up until about 1993-94. At one time I couldn't go to bed until I watched Sportscenter. Make no mistake about it, Boxing is my passion and has been since I was about five years old. However, I am an avid follower of both NFL and College Football, and watch it all day Saturday and Sunday in the Fall and Winter.
When ESPN debuted I was ecstatic and thought the concept was brilliant. Twenty five years later ESPN is so big and influential, that calling it's concept brilliant may actually be an understatement. What I loved about it when it first aired was that they covered Boxing and devoted a lot of broadcast time to it. Today that's not the case. Like with all other big business and corporations, ESPN is all about numbers and the bottom line. They now seek tabloid headlines a majority of the time in order to draw ratings. continue
27.07.04 - MIKE TYSON: "I am very appreciative to cities like this and the way the fans here have come out to support me. I may be calmer before this fight than usual, but the fire with be there come Friday."
DANNY WILLIAMS: "Mike Tyson has had his day. Now it is time for Danny Williams to take over “ trust me. Tyson will be vicious as ever when he gets into the ring, but so will I. He has tremendous power, but I am ready for that and anything else he has to offer. I feel less pressure for this fight than for any fight before. Everybody expects Tyson to knock me out in one or two rounds, so all the pressure is on him. Tyson is hungry, but I am hungrier. He is here just to pay his bills. I am here to make a name for myself." continue
27.07.04 - Chad Van Sickle built his record by taking any fight he could get, any where he could get it. He even took fights on the shortest of notice, because of this, Van Sickle ended up on TV three times including two ESPN2 Friday Night Fight shows. In both of those cases Van Sickle fought in his opponents’ home towns and both times despite the crowd being against him Van Sickle came out victorious. continue
27.07.04 - Four days before he steps into the ring, Mike Tyson trades some verbal jabs with Roy Firestone as part of an extensive interview on AOL for Broadband's "Time Out With..." hosted by Roy Firestone. Roy's interview with the controversial former boxing champ touches on a number of topics, including his preparation routine for his upcoming fight, the scandals that have been part of his life, and how he plans on regaining the heavyweight championship. continue
27.07.04 - By Don Deane: In part one we looked at potential fights with Joe Mesi, John Ruiz, James Toney and Lamon Brewster. In the second installment we further beat the dead horse that is the heavyweight division by breaking down possible matches with Chris Byrd, Nicolay Valuev, Juan Carlos Gomez and Audley Harrison.
Rematch anyone? Four years ago Chris Byrd beat Klitschko by TKO after a shoulder injury ended Vitali’s night. Going into that tenth round Klitschko had taken at least 7 of the 9 rounds on all three scorecards. This fight would have commercial appeal due to many factors. First, Byrd is a belt holder and nothing draws a crowd like a heavyweight championship fight. Second, Byrd is the only active fighter to have defeated Klitschko. And third, it has been quite awhile since the first fight. A further look at each fighters’ activity since their April 2000 meeting shows each fighter beating reasonable competition. Byrd is 6-1-1 since the Vitali fight with good decision wins against Holyfield, Harris, Oquendo and Tua. Vitali is 7-1 with his good wins against trial horses like Bean, Norris, Donald, Purity, Sanders and Johnson. continue
27.07.04 - Don’t blink is the advice on September 10th when the rising star of British boxing David Haye challenges IBO world cruiserweight champion Carl Thompson in a battle of big punchers at Wembley Arena on September 10th.
Thompson has been involved in some of the most thrilling bouts in Britain in recent years including two classic wars with Chris Eubank and his unforgettable back from the brink KO of Sebastian Rothmann in February where one desperate punch clawed victory from the jaws of defeat and earned the Bolton fighter the IBO crown. continue
27.07.04 - In one of the most eagerly anticipated match-ups of 2004, Acelino “Popo” Freitas (35-0, 31 KOs) will put his undefeated record and WBO lightweight crown on the line against WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales (38-2, 31 KOs) Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at 9 p.m. ET/PT* on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Banner Promotions will present the event from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn.
DIEGO CORRALES : “I am more ready than I ever have been in my entire life. I have never been in better shape. I have left everything on the table. On fight night, it is show and tell time. If Freitas wants to go glove to glove, he cannot go forever. I am not letting this opportunity pass me by. He is a good guy, but when we hit the scales, it is on. Come hell or high water, I am coming home with the [WBO lightweight] belt. Nothing is going to stop me.” continue
27.07.04 - With one show left on Sports Network’s calender this Friday (30 July), featuring a potential thriller between Graham Earl and Steve Murray for the British Lightweight title, boxing’s number one organisation are delighted to announce its first shows for the new season.
Kicking off will be the dynamite punching Welshman ENZO MACCARINELLI who headlines the Newport Sports Centre in Wales on Friday 3 September. The all-action 23-year-old puts his WBU World Cruiserweight title on the line for the fifth time as he marks himself out to be one of the hottest talents in the division. continue
26.07.04 - Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (50-4-2, 2 NC, 44 KOs) will take his initial step toward reclaiming a world title when he faces WBU International Champion Danny Williams (31-3, 26 KOs) in a 10-round showdown live on pay per view, Friday, July 30. The TYSON-WILLIAMS pay-per-view telecast from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Straight Out Promotions will present the event, which will be distributed by SHOWTIME Pay Per View and carries a suggested retail price of $44.95.
Rounding out the SHOWTIME pay-per-view telecast, WIBA Super Middleweight Champion Laila Ali (17-0, 14 KOs) will make her second title defense when she meets Monica Nunez (9-1, 5 KOs) and Nelson Dieppa (20-1-2, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO junior flyweight crown for the fourth time when he battles undefeated Ulises Solis (18-0-1, 13 KOs).. continue
26.07.04 - Fresh off a sensational victory over WBC #9 world ranked welterweight Christopher Henry on Saturday night at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, DiBella Entertainment's welterweight contender Joshua Clottey once again clearly illustrated that he is a force to be reckoned with in the division. continue
26.07.04 - Emmett Linton (24-4-2, 12KO’s) will face an up and coming prospect Dorian “Quiet Storm” Beaupierre (11-1-2, 5KO’s) at the Battle at the Boat XXX. The bout will be the main event on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. continue
26.07.04 – Tuohy Sports & Entertainment (TSE) presents the inaugural FIST Celebrity Golf Challenge, benefiting Fighters’ Initiative for Support and Training (F.I.S.T.), August 11 at the Hyannis Golf Course (MA). continue
26.07.04 - British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion MATT SKELTON has been ruled out of his fight this Friday (30 July) at the York Hall against Alfred Cole due to a viral infection. The undefeated Bedford puncher was scheduled to face Cole in a ten-round contest but was struck down with an infection last week leaving him unable to train. continue
26.07.04 - World featherweight champion Injin Chi of South Korea knocked out Eiichi Sugama in the 10th round to defend his WBC featherweight crown on Saturday night in Seoul, Korea. Sugama, a former Japanese national champion, came close to pulling off an upset when he rocked Chi late in the 6th round, sending him to the canvas. After getting up, Chi was visibly hurt as he walked back to his corner. However, Chi recovered and by the end of the 9th round, he was unloading with devastating hooks and uppercuts on his Japanese opponent. In the 10th round, Chi cornered Sugama and drilled him with a flurry of punches that caused Sugama to collapse to the canvas. The referee then stopped the fight and Sugama needed to be revived as he had lost consciousness.
“Actually, my condition was poor today, so I tried to end the fight as early as possible but it didn’t work,” Chi said. “But I felt that Sugama was getting weak, too, so I held on.” continue
26.07.04 - Undefeated Ukrainian jr. welterweight contender Andreas Kotelnik, 23-0 (10), would like to take WBC champion Arturo Gatti litteraly who announced “I’ll fight anybody at 140 right now” after his impressive stoppage victory over Leonard Dorin this weekend. continue
26.07.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - It was reported last week in The Detroit Free Press that former IBF Middleweight, Super-middleweight, and Cruiserweight Champ James "Lights Out" Toney (67-4-2, 43 KOs) will be fighting later this year. His opponent is Cruiserweight Rydell Booker (22-0, 12 KOs) and the fight is scheduled for September 23rd. The bout will take place at the Pechanga Casino outside of San Diego and will be shown on Fox Sports. At stake will be the IBA Heavyweight title.
This will be Toney's first bout since stopping a severely eroded legend named Evander Holyfield last year. Since beating Holyfield, Toney has made Boxing headlines for two reasons. The first being that he ruptured his Achilles Tendon while training for a scheduled bout with Heavyweight contender Jameel McCline, the other is because he's been calling out every top fighter in Boxing from Middleweight to Heavyweight. continue
25.07.04 - by Christopher P. Cook / www.germanupdate.com: Returning from a week-long trip in Germany, I was able to watch first-hand several of Germany's top prospects in action. First, I want to thank everyone in Germany for an amazing experience, I have never enjoyed myself as much as I did while in Germany. If any of you are able to attend a boxing match in Germany, take a look at SES! They put on a fabulous show. And to my interpreter, Lexi, thank you so much for being there, you made my great trip an amazing one. continue
25.07.04 - By Patrick Corcoran: Two tough old cusses from boxing’s deepest division were the center of attention in Atlantic City Saturday night. 140-pounders Jesse James Leija and Arturo Gatti both staved off old age for another night in sterling performances over game opponents. There were whispers that Leija and Gatti wouldn’t be so fortunate. Both fighters are close to a decade removed from being a prospect and have been through more wars than Boeing in the meantime, so it’s not a surprise that much of the boxing public expected one or both of them to show their age.
Four times Arturo Gatti has been half of the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year. He typically fights with such a spectacular disregard for defense that even Gatti’s slower fights are explosive, and his best fights are legendary. He has developed a rabid following in venues across the country. Arturo Gatti is the sport’s most crowd-pleasing fighter, but such status does not come without a heavy toll. And so it is not surprising that leading up to Saturday night, there were many wondering aloud if this would finally be the night where Gatti grew old. continue
25.07.04 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Miller Lite presents "Hawthorne Heat," an action packed night of Chicago's best professional boxing at the Hawthorne Race Course on Friday, August 13, 2004. Featured in the eight round main event is Illinois State Middleweight Champion, "Macho" Miguel Hernandez, 11-1 (7KO's). continue
25.07.04 - This was the question some 3m German viewers asked themselves last night (ARD TV) while watching the Interim WBA International Heavyweight Title between Russian Champion NIKOLAI VALUEV v. unbeaten and former amateur star RICHARD BANGO (16-0-0 / 12 KOs).
Valuev (7'4" - 2.18 m.) under his recent new management (Sauerland Events) has a new training camp and it seems we are starting to see some changes. He is becoming much faster and fitted. His opponent from last night was not just another "journeyman".. it was unbeaten RICHARD BANGO, Nigerian born and based in Barcelona. He was former Olympic finalist in 1992 and among his "all 16 wins" record he has fought in places like London, Las vegas, New York, Canada, Portugal, Madrid ... and never was defeated even by points... but last night Bango tasted the fury from the "east" and referee John Coyle had to stop the contest in the 6th round (1:50 min.)). continue
24.07.04 - A three-part editorial series by Phillip Przybylo: There is no inclination on my part to dissect the erroneous decisions boxing fans are subjected to nearly every weekend. Nor will I take a hard look at the backroom corruption that is the life of many prominent promoters. These are reasons why much of the sporting public are not members of the boxing public, but I will concede those issues to more experienced veteran journalists like Pedro Fernandez, Charles Jay, Thomas Hauser, and Thomas Gerbasi.
However, there are other reasons why boxing is losing its favor with its fans, with the American sports world, and with the potential future lifeblood of it--the youth. Some are intangible and others are clearer than a Pernell Whitaker-Julio Cesar Chavez fight (which, by the way, was pretty clear). I have sat back and watched enough. I am compelled to speak out. continue
24.07.04 - By Jim Amato: Just recently Juan Diaz brought a world title to his hometown of Houston. Juan's victory over Lakva Sim allowed the twenty year old to claim the W.B.A. lightweight title. On the undercard another favorite son of Houston qualified himself as the # 1 contender for the I.B.F. featherweight title. Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez took a hard fought decision over the talented Zahir Raheem. Although the referee took a ridiculous amount of points away from Raheem, I still had Rocky as the better man despite the padded point total. continue
23.07.04 - By Mike Dunn: He was just three days away from his 45th birthday, on the downside of one of the truly remarkable careers the sport of boxing has ever seen. When he entered the ring that was set up in the Montreal Forum that cold December night in 1958, light-heavyweight champion Archie Moore was a 3-1 favorite to turn back the challenge of a strong-armed but crude Canadian fisherman named Yvon Durelle, the pride of Baie-Ste. Anne, New Brunswick.
Durelle, the Canadian and British Empire champ, couldn’t match his opponent’s experience or ring longevity, but the 29-year-old challenger was certainly no wallflower. He brought a sturdy 81-20-2 record with him that memorable night and a well earned reputation as one who made up in rugged aggression what he lacked in artistry. continue
23.07.04 - Heavyweight Oleg Maskaev showed some of his old form tonight, earning a split decision over previously unbeaten David Defiagbon (21-1) in a 10 round bout. It was the 7th straight victory for 35 year old Maskaev (29-6, 24 Ko’s), who had previously been a top heavyweight contender until suffering three knockout losses within a two year period. Maskaev was the stronger puncher throughout the 10 round bout and had Defiagbon on the run. Maskaev knocked Defiagbon down with a big right hand in the 6th round, and appeared to have him hurt again in the 10th. However, despite Maskaev’s strong performance, one judge still shockingly had it 95-94 for Defiagbon. The other scores were 98-92, 96-93 for Maskaev.
23.07.04 - By Jose Sanchez: The Combatants: On paper, the Arturo Gatti vs. Leonard Dorin fight should by all accounts be an exciting slugfest and possibly even a ‘fight of the year’ candidate. Both fighters are known for being in the type of exciting give and take action fights that boxing fans love to watch. Arturo Gatti being the more popular fighter, his Italian heritage and power making him basically the real life Rocky Balboa. How many fights have we seen with Arturo bleeding from a huge cut, down on the scorecards, only to pull the fight out with one of this dramatic late round finishes? Even fights were Gatti does not end up victorious are exciting for the fans because he is always in the fight to the very end with his punching power, and of course his heart will not let him give up. Gatti is as much known for his heart as he is for his action fights. These qualities have made Arturo Gatti into perhaps the most ‘exciting’ fighter to watch at any skill level. Needless to say, if you come to see an Arturo Gatti fight, you definitely are going to get your money’s worth. continue
Waco, Texas July 23, 2004 - YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! That's the only thing RPM Boxing could say when they checked out Laila Ali's opponent for her next bout on the undercard of the Mike Tyson fight. Recent reports have it that Ali will be fighting a girl by the name of Monica Nunez (9-1-4 ko's) from the Dominican Republic.
RPM Boxing checked out this girl's record and found that most of her opponents barely had any fights or no fights at all. Not only that, but Nunez has fought girls at weights as low as 119lbs. And, she has never fought at Light Heavy Weight which is 175lb... that's a 56lb difference. continue
23.07.04 - Former undisputed heavyweight champion and current WBC No. 8/WBA No. 10 contender, Mike Tyson, will take his initial step toward reclaiming a world title when he takes on WBU International Champion Danny Williams in a 10-round showdown live on pay per view, Friday, July 30. The TYSON-WILLIAMS pay-per-view telecast from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
23.07.04 - The “human highlight film”, Arturo Gatti, returns to Atlantic City, NJ on July 24 to make the first defense of his WBC super lightweight crown when he battles former WBA lightweight champion Leonard Dorin. The electrifying fight card will take place at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall and will be hosted by Caesars Atlantic City and Bally’s Atlantic City. continue
23.07.04 - WBO light heavyweight world champion Zsolt Erdei, 19-0 (13), will do a home game in his second title defense. On September 11 the 30 year old Hungarian will take on Spaniard Alejandro Lakatus in his home town Bupapest. The site is the huge Kisstadion with a capacity of 15,000 seats. Local organizer of the event is Zsolt Damosy. continue
23.07.04 - A tidal wave of heavyweight proportions will hit the Jersey shore this Friday night, July 23, when Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presents Oleg Maskaev vs. unbeaten David Defiagbon in the main event, and Brian Minto vs. Vinny Maddalone in the co-feature at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. ESPN/2's Friday Night Fights will televise beginning at 9:00 PM/ET with Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas calling the action. continue
23.07.04 - Nemiroff, a Ukrainian international spirits producer, will serve as lead-sponsor for the July 24 WBC super lightweight world championship bout featuring champion Arturo Gatti and Leonard Dorin, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. continue
22.07.04 - The following release is being issued by George Arzt Communications, Inc. on behalf of Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP: Judge K. Michael Moore, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, located in Miami, today issued an order granting the WBC #2-ranked heavyweight boxer and former WBC cruiserweight world champion, Juan Carlos Gomez, an injunction preventing his former promoters continue
22.07.04 - Promoter Chris Webb/Straight Out Promotions has added a women's world title fight to the Mike Tyson vs Danny Williams fight card on Friday, July 30, 2004, at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. A total of nine fights are scheduled for the card. WIBA light heavyweight world champion Laila Ali, 17-0, with 14 knockouts, will defend the title against Monica Nunez, 9-1, with 5 knockouts, in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds. continue
22.07.04 - Dear Juan: I already have two solid nicknames for our world title unification bout. We could call it "D-Day" or we could call it "One Of These Diaz." Are you listening and reading, Mr. Kery Davis at HBO? But allow me to digress. First, let me welcome you to the exclusive club of world boxing champions. continue
22.07.04 - Last week the Board of Control set 26-year-old Lee Meager on a direct collision course with English lightweight champion, Danny Hunt. The showdown is due to take place on the 30th September at Wembley Arena. "This will be the first step of my journey to prove that I'm the best lightweight in Europe," said Salford-born Meager... continue
22.07.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Over the last few month's it's been reported that former WBO Heavyweight Champ Wladimir Klitschko may be fighting on Showtime later this year. As we all know, HBO has either exercised their option to drop Wlad as one of their house fighters, or they are planning to. Regardless if HBO drops Wlad or keeps him on for one more fight, as usual they will come out on top. HBO definitely endorses the saying what have you done for me lately.
I know HBO presents themselves as the elite Boxing paragon of the World. The problem I have with that is they could care less about Boxing or the fighters. Yet they act as if everybody gets a fair shake with them. Not according to some of the fighters who have been involved in contract wrangling with them. On top of that they constantly put down the sanctioning bodies as if they are above reproach. Too me they are just as corrupt as the alphabets are. continue
21.07.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Regardless of the outcome of Mike Tyson’s upcoming fight against Daniel Williams the former heavyweight champion has carved an indelible niche into the minds of sports fans around the world. In terms of modern sports athletes no one has so polarized the public as has Iron Mike Tyson. You love him or you hate him. continue
21.07.04 - By Derek Tang: "Iron" Mike Tyson (50-4, 43 KOs), former two-time world heavyweight champion and youngest man ever to capture a heavyweight crown (at 20 years old), is finally making that long-awaited return and hopeful comeback to the ring. continue
21.07.04 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - Novirasputin@hotmail.com - It seems that Nicolai Valuev has been finding TBA’s ever since he first laced up his boxing gloves. Everyone from decent challengers to roadside roadkill has, at least on hearsay alone, promised to fight the man known as “the Beast from the east.”
Unfortunately, it seems hearsay alone won’t force even the neediest of “punching bags” to step into the ring with the Russian giant. Oh sure, boxing commentators and fans write him off in their articles with comments like “he is an ugly, unskilled freak,” or “he will be exposed,” but when it comes down to writing him off in the ring and putting his ass away in the ring, apparently all the superman David’s have apparently lost the slingshot needed to slay Goliath. continue
20.07.04 - BERT RANDOLPH SUGAR'S latest weekly column --"Sugar 'N Spice" -- can be read EXCLUSIVELY at www.cmxsports.com. Sugar, the world-famous boxing historian and sports bon vivant, is the Senior Boxing Analyst at-large for CMXsports, where he is also part of the new Latin boxing broadcast series, "CMX Boxeo de Campeones," which made its debut, May 28. continue
20.07.04 - By Bernie McCoy: Agile, mobile and hostile was the intentionally alliterative description that Alonzo S. "Jake" Gaither, that wonderful gentleman and legendary football coach at Florida A&M, used to describe the qualities he looked for "in his boys." Those qualities are also extremely helpful when assessing a good fighter. Laila Ali is agile, mobile and hostile in the ring and those attributes were on display Saturday night, on a PPV telecast from Bowie, MD, as she dismantled a game, but decidedly, overmatched Nikki Eplion.
Eplion had exhibited a touch of a hostility of her own during the pre-fight press conference, stating, "I don't think she [Ali] will have an answer for [my] big left hand." Eplion's plan also included adjusting to "anything she has to bring to the table" and, true to her plan, Eplion came out with hostile intentions in the first round. continue
20.07.04 - Unbeaten heavyweight star MATT SKELTON will face his first American test against Alfred Cole at London’s York Hall on Friday 30 July. The British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion takes on Cole in a ten-round International contest which features as chief support to GRAHAM EARL’s British Lightweight Title defence against STEVE MURRAY. continue
20.07.04 - By Mike Dunn: British boxing legend Henry Cooper is still remembered for it. More than 41 years after the fact, Cooper remains a beloved figure in his native England and when fans reminisce about old ’Enery, they talk about the potent left hook he landed to the jaw of 21-year-old Cassius Clay. And they talk about what might have been ...
On June 18, 1963, the young, brash American Clay entered the ring in venerable Wembley Stadium in London to take on the 29 year-old Cooper, who was a top flight fighter in Europe and the British Empire, but who was not considered by most to be a serious threat to derail Clay’s title ambitions. continue
20.07.04 - Hard-hitting heavyweight prospect JOHN McDERMOTT is relishing the prospect of his first title opportunity with the news that he has been nominated by the British Boxing Board of Control to fight Mark Krence for the Vacant English Heavyweight title. The 24-year-old from Horndon features in a six-round contest next Friday (30 July) at the York Hall on the undercard of GRAHAM EARL and STEVE MURRAY's British Lightweight title fight which will serve as a warm up for his title challenge anticipated for the Autumn. continue
19.07.04 - Now into its second full month of production, the first internet broadcast boxing series, presented by CMXsports and promoted by Guilty Boxing – “CMX Boxeo de Campeones” – returns This Friday July 23, LIVE from the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA. Five-time world featherweight champion AND CMXsports color analyst, MANUEL MEDINA makes his 2004 debut, against Mexican countryman LEONARDO RESENDIZ´ continue
19.07.04 - This Thursday, July 22nd, the Los Angeles Athletic Club will once again play host to an exciting night of boxing as Thompson Boxing Promotions features "Fight Night", a pompous evening of sheer power and toughness. The four-bout card is made-up by the hardest punching machines in Southern California. continue
19.07.04 - By Richard Landis: Arturo Gatti does well in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. He siphons fans out of Jersey City and its environs to sell-out the canvernous hall where Miss America is more well known there than boxing but, if Gatti keeps winning, he could be asked to MC the annual beauty pageant. After all, he is Mr. A. when it comes to selling tickets.
Is Dorin intriguing enough to challenge Gatti? Dorin's best effort was a draw with Paul Spadafora over a year ago in Pittsburgh, Pa. In that fight, Spadafora used reach advantage to jab and fend off the hard charging Dorin. Spadafora sustained a cut, yet back-peddled under pressure and hung-on to jab his way to the draw. Dorin, for his part, stormed inside, determined, used right hands and pressure (although he got countered) to attack even when out-punched. The scores were close: 115-113 Dorin; 115-114 Spadafora; 114-114 Draw. In this corner, we scored it 116-112 for Dorin. continue
19.07.04 - The Alex Bunema vs. Emmett Linton title fight has been scrubbed from the ESPN2 July 30th card at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. As of late Sunday night it was discovered that Bunema had obtained an injury that would not allow him to fight until late August. This main event was the talk of the boxing world and now we are just left to wonder about what the results might have been. continue
19.07.04 - Cory Spinks is the only prizefighter in boxing history whose father and uncle both won world heavyweight champions. “I always have had the name,” Spinks said. “Everyone has heard of Leon and Michael Spinks. I am proud of them, but I always wanted to make a name for myself, too.’’ continue
19.07.04 - By Kent Appel @ringside: The Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, USA was the scene of a Goossen Tutor Production that featured two headlining fights on Sunday July 18, 2004, as well as five other supporting bouts. One of the main events was a heavyweight bout that featured comebacking heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson of North Preston, Nova Scotia, Canada verses Gilbert Martinez of Sacramento, California. continue
19.07.04 - By Frank Lotierzo - GlovedFist@Juno.com - Joe Louis and Sonny Liston have to be considered two of the greatest Boxer-Punchers in Heavyweight History. Another thing which draws Louis and Liston together is, they were good friends while Liston was working his way up the Heavyweight ladder on his way to the title. Liston idolized Louis and handed Joe cash during the sixties when they both lived in Las Vegas. At one time the debate used to be between Louis and Dempsey as to who was the greatest Heavyweight Champ of all time. Then it was between Louis and Rocky Marciano. continue
19.07.04 - By Matthew Hurley: Saturday night “The Human Highlight Film”, Arturo Gatti, will take on Leonard Dorin in a twelve round light welterweight bout on HBO. With the dearth of televised boxing finally coming to an end this potential “fight of the year” matchup is a nice mid-summer present to boxing fans. There aren’t too many fighters who seem so perfectly matched in machismo to give hungry fight aficionados the thrills they need to re-energize their passion for their beloved sport of boxing. These two fit the bill. continue
19.07.04 - London based ELVIS MICHAILENKO will face on mid September Swedish GIOVANNI ALVAREZ for the vacant WBA International Light Heavyweight Title (175 lbs.). This will be as rematch of their recent contest held in Copenhagen where Elvis defeated Giovanni on a very close point decision and after the fight it was discovered the Swedish had a broken knuckle. The winner of this Championship should then face British, Commonwealth and also former WBA International Champion PETER OBOH. continue
19.07.04 - By R.Hingley - email@example.com - The up and coming Hopkins De La Hoya megafight has, on many occasions been compared to the Hagler Leonard superfight of the eighties, and for good reason….
Lets start with Hopkins, like Hagler, Bernard is the ageing dominant middleweight of his generation who has made numerous mandatory defences of this unified crown and has struggled to sucure big pay-days through out his career. A throwback to the old days when a fighter had to earn his shot at the title and would defend it with pride.
Now De La Hoya has and always will be compared to Leonard and rightly so, both the golden boys of their generation, known by far more than just the boxing hardcore and transcended the sport. Disliked by some for getting undeserved title shots and big money fights while deserving contenders were pushed to the back of the line, the comparison is almost uncanny, especially as they were both heading for the biggest challenges of the respective careers. continue
18.07.04 - By Wray Edwards: Kermit Cintron and Teddy Reid stole the show last night. Their contest was similar to the “main event”, in that both matches featured young bucks on the way up, against old warriors on the way down. For sheer drama, Kermit and Teddy’s bout eclipsed much of what followed. Both fighters went to the very edge of endurance and courage. continue
Referee Gonzalez Assists Rocky To A Win, and Cintron Wins By Stunning KO!
18.07.04 - Reporting from Ringside, Carlos Kalinchuk - - < Photo Gallery > > -At the tender age of twenty, in front of 6,000 excited fans at the Reliant Arena in Houston Texas, Lightweight Juan Diaz 25-0 (12 KO’s) pounded out a tough win over rugged Mongolian Lavka Sim 19-4-1 (16 KO’s) to earn a Unanimous Decision victory. Diaz made good on his first chance at a title shot as he came away with the WBA Lightweight Championship.
Although Diaz showed tremendous energy and stamina with his uppercuts and rapid-fire combinations to the body, Sim preferred to fight on the inside with short but very accurate right hooks and overhand rights. continue
18.07.04 - By Janne Romppainen: When Roy Jones defeated John Ruiz for the WBA heavyweight title in 2003, big headlines were made. Jones was only the second light-heavyweight champion who had won a heavyweight title and the first middleweight in over hundred years who had achieved that. The accomplishment was fine no matter how it is put, but the factor that made it historical was that Ruiz had a title belt. However, apart from WBA nobody considered Ruiz to be the best heavyweight in the world at the time, but he was rather in the lower part of top-10. continue
18.07.04 - Reporting from Ringside Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk - Photo Gallery! - In the opening bout of the evening, Mexico’s Alexis Camacho improved his record to 2-0 when he knocked out Welterweight Steve “Chaos” Verner 2:55 seconds into round one. Somebody must have told Verner that, “After you take a hard shot, all boxers make a face” because that’s about all the offense he could muster in return as Camacho blasted him with a one two over hand right combination that sent him sprawling. Verner got up but he was clearly out as referee Sam Garza waived off the fight.
The second bout featured rising Super Featherweight upstart Jason Litzau 10-0 (10 KO’s) of St. Paul Minnesota. Litzau banged from start to finish as he used Frank “The Tank” Martinez 6-7-2 (1 KO) as a punching bag. continue
18.07.04 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME PPV: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson hits the slip bag during his closed training session Saturday in Phoenix as a reflective Team Tyson (Freddie Roach, Carlos Lewis and Tom Patti) look on. Tyson makes his long awaited return to the ring against Danny Williams in the main event Friday, July 30, on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. continue
17.07.04 - Interview by Carlos Kalinchuk: This Tuesday, Eastside Boxing spoke at length with boxing Manager James Prince. Although his name will elicit a vast variety of opinions, one can’t ignore the positive influences he’s had on boxing and Houston’s crime ridden fifth ward community. For those of you who don’t know, fifth ward is what Compton is to Los Angeles. It’s not the safest place to be at night but nonetheless, James has placed one of the finest boxing gyms right in the heart of an area that’s more noted for the trouble it brings than the positive results it produces. “I decided to plant a positive seed right here in the middle of all the negativity would be a good thing to get the kids and everybody and opportunity to do something different” said James. This is my entire interview with James. continue
17.07.04 - By Tony Nobbs: Middleweight Sam Soliman spent five days training on the Gold Coast a fortnight ago in preparation for todays IBF eliminator with old foe Raymond Joval in Los Angeles. While on the sunshine state’s holiday strip, the Victorian fighter worked with seasoned trainer Rod Waterhouse. “Training up here is good for climate as I’ll be going from a Melbourne winter to a California summer” said ‘King’ Soliman. continue
17.07.04 - Carlos Kalinchuk: As part of an effort to exploit undefeated Jr. Middleweight Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour’s talents, the 17-0 Kaddour will be featured in an 8 rounder on tonights televised Laila Ali under card in Maryland. Obviously, if Kaddour wins, he’ll begin to be featured on much larger fight cards. Because of his current Promotional Company, American Television has really eluded him thus far. But as luck would have it, it appears his current European promoter is going through major financial troubles so his contract may end soon enough. Consequently, because of this current agreement, very few know him here in the US but he’s anxious to separate himself from his old promoter and begin to fight in what he considers the greatest country in the world. continue
17.07.04 - By Jim Amato: Unbeaten Anthony Hanshaw of Mansfield, Ohio moved his record to 18-0 by crushing Victor Maciel in 79 seconds of the first round. The fans had barely settled in their seats when a four punch flurry by Hanshaw ended the proceedings. It was Hanshaw's thirteenth career knockout. It was also his eighth first round blitz. Despite his record Hanshaw is not really a one punch KO artist. continue
17.07.04 - Carlos Kalinchuk: This afternoon HBO in association with Miller Brewing Company and Main Events, filled in the last remaining square before the fighters step in the ring tomorrow night at the Reliant Arena in Houston Texas. In a room that was meant to accommodate 30 people comfortably, it looked as though over a hundred plus people turned out for what is expected to be this biggest fight card of the year. continue
17.07.04 - By Jim Amato: The boxing community lost a true warrior when Henry Hank of Detroit recently passed away. He was born in 1935 and began his long professional career in 1953. In less then two years he was fighting the likes of Virgil Akins. By 1959 Henry was good enough to mix it up with the best middleweights and light heavyweights in the world. Fighting men like Holly Mims, George Benton, Jesse Bowdry, Hank Casey, Randy Sandy and Gene Armstrong. continue
16.07.04 - By Jason Peck: In "On The Waterfront," the late, great Marlon Brando plays a second-rate prizefighter who threw fights for his gangster brother: "I coulda been a contendah, Charlie," he laments. Nowadays, the judges are the ones who ought to be remorseful, for they have become the suspect party in a boxing match. Now the action happens not with the fighters, but with the forces that control them. continue
Featuring Cintron, Reid, Juarez, Raheem, Diaz and Sim; Plus Interviews!
15.07.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk - Photo Gallery - This afternoon in front of half a dozen or more TV camera’s and a large host of press contingency at the Reliant Arena in Houston Texas, HBO in association with Miller Brewing Company did their last major press conference before this Saturdays huge fight card here in Houston Texas. Main Events’ Carl Moretti emceed the event as all six major combatants and their trainers (or team members) were brought up one at a time to give their insight to Saturdays Mega-Card. continue
15.07.04 -Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime: Six days before the three-year anniversary of the first "ShoBox: The New Generation" telecast on SHOWTIME, fans across the country were treated to the type of fights they have come to expect on the popular boxing series: competitive matchups, hard-fought bouts, exciting, non-stop action and determined efforts by young, talented boxers trying to establish and make a name for themselves. continue
15.07.04 - Question: Can you tell us what camp has been like so far and how Mike is doing?
Answer: Mike is doing very well. He has been in training now for three months. I told him to get ready for me for when I come. I had been in South Africa and my very first day here, he was doing 10 rounds on the mitts. He is in good shape and good spirits. I think the first day of training for this fight, he was in better shape than he was for the Etienne fight completely last time. So he has rededicated himself and he is working hard. continue
15.07.04 - Promoter Chris Webb/Straight Out Promotions has added a 12-round middleweight fight to the Friday, July 30, 2004, Mike Tyson vs Danny Williams fight card at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Chris said today, "We're very pleased to announce that Randy Griffin of Louisville will fight Julio Garcia of Las Vegas on the undercard of Tyson vs Williams. "Randy is a tremendous talent and has the potential to become world champion. continue
15.07.04 - By Kent Appel: This coming Sunday, July, 18, 2004 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, USA, heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson of North Preston, Nova Scotia, Canada hits the comeback trail against journeyman heavyweight Gilbert Martinez of Sacramento, California. Johnson enters the bout with a record of 34-2-1, 25 by KO while Martinez is 18-7-2, 7 by KO. continue
15.07.04 - Two exciting rematches will highlight DiBella Entertainment's fourth installment of Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun on Friday night, July 30, when Bronx native "Tiger" Martinez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) faces Nate Campbell of Jacksonville, FL (24-2-1, 21 KOs) in the main event, and Aneudi "El Estudiante" Santos of Freeport, NY (11-1, 7 KO's) squares off against Sam Reese of Santo Domingo, DR in the co-feature. continue
14.07.04 - By Carlos “Stiff-jab” Kalinchuk: This Tuesday, Rap mogul and Boxing Manager James Prince confirmed that he is on the verge of signing James “Lights Out” Toney. If all goes well (as it appears to be), James Toney will join a bevy of other fighters who are currently being managed by James Prince. Prince currently manages Diego Corrales, Steve Forbes, Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Ricardo Williams, and Ronald “Winky” Wright (to name a few). “We are on the verge of signing James Toney too so we are continuing to grow and develop our fighters so they are treated fairly and with dignity. In fact this deal with Toney is so serious, he will be here personally tomorrow so we can iron out the details.” continue
14.07.04 - David Estrada (16-1, 8 knockouts) will have the opportunity to fight for his first pro title when he battles Olympic Silver Medallist Nurhan Suleymanoglu (14-0, 6 KOs) for the vacant United States Boxing Association (USBA) welterweight crown Thursday, July 15, on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on SHOWTIME. continue
14.07.04 - By Don Deane: One early lesson in science teaches that two elements combined with an adhesive substance will yield one larger whole. So in tribute to boxing fan science teachers everywhere, this article takes the combination of scouring the heavyweight rankings, along with a request from an editor to come up with a piece on Vitali Klitschko, add adhesion, and voila!!....magic.
First up is the mandatory challenger Joe Mesi (all WBC legal issues set aside for the moment). Although Mesi gives up 6 inches in height he still only is 1 inch shy in reach. That seriously negates a size differential because Mesi will be able to land punches sooner on his way in. Mesi built a record early on beating up scrubs and then all of a sudden switched to fringe contenders. Mesi’s string of good wins (Jirov, Barrett, Williamson, Davis, Curry, Izon, Griffis) over the last 2 years have put him in a rare deserved mandatory position. With that said, he stands no chance. Klitschko is too big and too strong for Mesi who is just a big cruiserweight. continue
14.07.04 - The American Association of Professional Ringside Physician’s (AAPRP) Board of Directors met with Senator John McCain in Washington, DC on Tuesday, July 13th, 2004 to discuss boxing safety and the new federal legislation. continue
14.07.04 – Two highly respected boxing warriors, “Sucra” Ray Oliveira and Frankie “The Surgeon” Randall fight for the vacant IBU world welterweight title, headlining “Clash for Cash: Under The Stars,” Friday night, August 6, outdoors at the new Fraser Field in Lynn (MA). In the 10-round co-feature, 1996 Olympic bronze medallist Lawrence Clay-Bey faces veteran Frank Wood for the vacant New England heavyweight championship. continue
14.07.04 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational championship fight card on Friday, August 13, 2004, in the ballroom at Pechanga Resort & Casino, located at 45000 Pechanga Parkway in Temecula, California. The fights will be televised live on ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights." continue
14.07.04 - By Fiona Manning: It was high noon at the Ten Goose Gym in Van Nuys, CA. The mood was friendly, fun and joking on this balmy Jule 4 vacation weekend as three top world contenders shook out, preparing to spar round-robin style.
Australia’s Robbie “The Bomber” Peden, heir apparent to the IBF 130 pound title, getting ready for a TBA opponent on the July 31 undercard of Erik Morales and Carlos Hernandez, was teaching Diego “Chico” Corrales (who faces Acelino Freitas on August 7) the Australian _expression “Aussie, Aussie, Oi, oi, oi!”
“But what does it mean?” Corrales was saying as the odd man out, non-English speaking Mongolian 135 pound slugger Lakva Sim (who faces rising superstar Juan Diaz on July 17) ignored everybody and stared at himself in the mirror.! continue
14.07.04 - By Matthew Hurley: He sat on the wooden bench in front of his locker with his head in his hands. His hands… His hands were swollen and bruised. Without warning he hit the red metal locker with a clenched left fist and then shook his head in disgust.
Douglas Carpenter had just suffered through a brutal workout in which he had been knocked to the canvas four times in three two minute rounds. He felt inadequate. He felt humiliated. He felt less than a man. continue
14.07.04 - Ringside Promotions By Sycuan, boxing's newest and fastest -growing promotional entry, is ready, willing and able to promote a true tournament involving all the world champions at 122 pounds, it was announced today by Glenn Quiroga. continue
14.07.04 - Oscar De La Hoya calls him boxing’s next superstar. Eight of the last nine men he has defeated haven’t heard the bell for the second round. Yet he has never set foot in a United States ring. Who is this mystery man? continue
14.07.04 - Promoter Frank Warren is delighted to announce that Sky Box Office will broadcast exclusively live Mike Tyson’s fight against Danny Williams on Friday 30 July. Williams faces the biggest test of his career as he takes on the legendary two-time world champion from Catskill, New York. continue
14.07.04 – For Alexander "Sascha" Dimitrenko a dream was coming true: The opponent of the 22 year old heavyweight fighter from the Universum boxing stable for his fight on the July 31 show in Stuttgart is somebody well known in Germany and highly respected in boxing gyms around the world: Experienced and seasoned American Ross Puritty (37).
"I wanted him as opponent and now I’m happy that my management could realize it", Dimitrenko said. “Now I have the chance to show that I can box variable and that I can punch hard. I don’t like to be compared with the Klitschko brothers. But everbody else compares us. That’s why I enjoy the idea to face the man who defeated Wladimir and lost to Vitali. Puritty fought against the best. Now it’s time to show my talent to all boxing experts. This is going to be a difficult fight. It’s the best test I can get.”). continue
14.07.04 - Teddy Reid, 22-5-1, with 16 knockouts, of Adelphi, Maryland, will fight Kermit Cintron, 23-0, with 21 knockouts, of Reading, Pennsylvania, for the interim World Boxing Organization welterweight world title on July 17 in Houston. The scheduled 12-rounder is one of three fights that will be televised on HBO's "Boxing After Dark." continue
14.07.04 - Nearly five years since their action-packed world title fight, WINKY WRIGHT and FERNANDO VARGAS will meet again, promoter Gary Shaw announced today. Wright and Vargas will be spectators at Shaw's Thursday USBA welterweight championship card between Nurhan Suleyman and David Estrada at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. The fight will be televised nationally on SHOWTIME's SHOBox: The New Generation, 11 P.M. ET / 11 P.M. PT. continue
14.07.04 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME PAY PER VIEW: Former undisputed heavyweight champion and current WBC No. 8/WBA No. 10 contender, Mike Tyson, will take his initial step toward reclaiming a world title when he takes on WBU International Champion Danny Williams in a 10-round showdown live on pay per view, Friday, July 30. The TYSON-WILLIAMS pay-per-view telecast from Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., will begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Straight Out Promotions will present the event, which will be distributed by SHOWTIME Pay Per View and carries a suggested retail price of $44.95.
Do you have some opening comments. How are things going? How is training going?
Danny Williams: I came in two weeks ago, and have been training really hard. I am going to be in fantastic shape. I am just ready to rumble. continue
13.07.04 - No punches are pulled as real-life boxing contenders Lennox Lewis, Ronald "Winky" Wright, Lou Savarese and Jameel McCline; award-winning actor Andre Braugher ("Homicide: Life on the Street"); and fan favorite David Eigenberg ("Sex and the City") guest-star in a knockout installment of THE JURY. continue
13.07.04 - Roy Delgado (12-2) will return to the ring in a light welterweight dual with undefeated Midwest prospect Isaac Mendoza of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Delgado will be taking on the light punching Mendoza July 20th as the co-main event. 10-0 Mendoza has never fought outside of Missouri or Oklahoma and has only 5 KO's on his record but should provide a significant test for Delgado who is coming off a 8 month layoff. continue
13.07.04 - Co-promoters Duva Boxing and Warrior’s Boxing are proud to announce that on August 5, the heavyweight division’s dynamic young powerhouse, Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (19-0 17 KO), will continue his unstoppable march to the world heavyweight championship live at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and televised nationally on Showtime network’s Sho-Box “The Next Generation.” continue
13.07.04 - Former two-time 154-pound world champion FERNANDO VARGAS announced today that he will be attending the pro debut of his protege, jr. welterweight phenomenon DANIEL CERVANTES, Thursday, July 15, at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Cervantes is scheduled to face Aldo Merino, from Mexico, who is also making his pro debut, on the undercard of the Nurhan Suleyman-David Estrada USBA welterweight championship fight, which headlines SHOWTIME's "SHOBox: The New Generation," at 11 P.M. EDT / 11 P.M. PDT. continue
13.07.04 - By Patrick Corcoran: A bit like assuming interest rates will remain low forever, we’ve all gotten used to Oscar De La Hoya competing at the top of this game. It just kind of grows on you, watching De La Hoya flash left hooks on HBO every few months, and we’d prefer that this pattern remain in place. But just like with those low rates, an end to the Golden Boy as an elite fighter is inevitable. It simply can’t go one forever, much as we might like. However, while interest rates will be hiked up only a quarter or half percentage point at a time and drawn out over a number of years, De La Hoya’s demise will likely be much more sudden, most likely occurring over the space of twelve rounds on September 18.
As most of you know, that is the date when De La Hoya is to come before his own personal Alan Greenspan, Bernard Hopkins, and logic dictates that the man who blasted Tito Trinidad and William Joppy into oblivion will have a similar impact on Oscar. After years of taking on all comers in every division, big bullies and smooth slicksters alike, Oscar has finally signed on for a fight he can’t handle, or so goes the common view. continue
13.07.04 - WDVE-FM welcomes and Michael Acri Boxing Promotions, in association with Pittsburgh Brewing, present "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting!" “ starring "The Pittsburgh Kid," undefeated former IBF lightweight champion PAUL SPADAFORA! Spadafora, 37-0-1 (14 KOs), returns to the ring fresh from his successful jr. welterweight debut “ a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Ruben Galvan, April 29. Spadafora's 10-round jr. welterweight bout headlines an action-packed card, Saturday, July 17, at the Chevrolet Amphitheatre at Station Square in downtown Pittsburgh. The first bout starts at 7:30 P.M. continue
13.07.04 - Promoter Chris Webb/Straight Out Promotions had added a 12-round world championship fight to the Friday, July 30, 2004, boxing event at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The main event and co-featured bouts will be televised on Showtime Pay Per View. The telecast will begin at 9:00 P.M. Eastern Time, 6:00 P.M. Pacific Time, and have a suggested retail price of $44.95. continue
13.07.04 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions has added a second world championship fight to the sensational Freitas vs Corrales fight card on Saturday, August 7, 2004, in the Fox Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino, located on Route 2 in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The main event and co-featured fight will be televised on Showtime. continue
13.07.04 - WBO World Cruiserweight Champion JOHNNY NELSON will return to Germany to make the thirteenth defence of his title against Rüdiger May on September 4. Nelson, from Sheffield, defeated German Alexander Petkovic in Bayreuth last November with a commanding performance over the number one challenger to retain his title. continue
13.07.04 - European heavyweight champion Luan Krasniqi (26-1) defends his title against René Monse (14-1) on July 31 at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany. The fight headlines a seven-bout all heavyweight card, with the exception of a cruiserweight title bout. continue
While Juarez Chooses To Talk With His Fists!
13.07.04 - By Carlos Kalinchuk: This Saturday undefeated 1996 U.S. Olympian Zahir Raheem (25-0, 15 KO’s) will step into the unfriendly confines of the Houston Reliant Arena to fight undefeated 2000 U.S. Silver Medalist and Houstonian Rocky Juarez (20-0, 14 KO’s) in a 12 round eliminator bout for the IBF’s #1 ranking. The winner of the bout will become the mandatory challenger for very tough IBF Champion Juan Manuel Marquez. continue
13.07.04 - By Wray Edwards: Going down Highway 95 to Miami, the closer we get to the city, the less the speed limits have any meaning, and you are suddenly in the movie "Fast and Furious". Having survived the hair-raising ride through all the lumpy construction, one takes the off ramp to Biscayne Boulevard, and suddenly sees what looks like a GIANT nurse's hat. It is the American Airlines Arena, site of the Casamayor/Seda and Castillo/Moorer boxing matches.
After dropping a few names, ESB is given full press credentials (the ones with the RED dot), and we are ushered to the hallowed enclave at the apron of the ring. Tito Fuentes is playing Latin music so loud your teeth hurt. Antonio Tarver who is dressed all in white, and wearing a lot of silver and diamond bling, is sitting behind us with friends. Two rows behind Antonio sat Leila Ali. Both boxing celebs are gracious, and pose for pictures. Tarver spends time between fights signing autographs, and schmoozing with fans and insiders. He seems to know that it's nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice. continue
13.07.04 - Three European championship bouts will take place on the first of two Universum Box-Promotion Summer 2004 events on Saturday, July 17, at the Stadthalle in Zwickau, Germany. In the main event Thomas Ulrich (26-1, 18 KOs) takes on former WBA world champion Silvio Branco (49-7-2, 30 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the vacant European light heavyweight championship. continue
13.07.04 - British Lightweight Champion GRAHAM EARL believes challenger STEVE MURRAY will need a chainsaw to stop him when they face each other again on Friday 30 July at the York Hall. Earl cut down Murray, the part-time tree surgeon from Harlow, in two pulsating rounds last February and is aiming to finish the job even quicker this time. continue
12.07.04 - Christopher P. Cook, GermanUpdate.com: The first weekend in July saw two cards taking place in Germany. Opening up the month on the second, at Boxtempel in Berlin, light middleweight Alexander Sipos (7-0-0, 4 KOs) TKO'd Gabriel Botos (2-30-3, 1 KO) in the fifth round. Also on the card, undefeated super featherweight Rashad Ismayilov (12-0-0, 3 KOs) won a points victory over Ondrej Skala (1-9-1, 0 KOs), welterweight Arthur Nowak (7-3-0, 2 KOs) defeated Michal Durovic (3-13-2, 0 KOs) in a rematch of their April meeting, and light heavyweight Mathias Kempe (2-0-0, 1 KO) scored a points win over debut Radek Seman. continue
12.07.04 - STEVE MURRAY has joined heavyweight stablemate Danny Williams in America to prepare for his British Lightweight title challenge on Friday 30 July at the York Hall. Murray was told by his trainer Jimmy McDonnell to join him and Williams -- who takes on Mike Tyson on the same night in Kentucky -- at New York’s legendary Gleeson’s gym. continue
12.07.04 - Two "towers" of heavyweight boxing, Michael Grant and Ray Austin, 6'7" and 6'6" respectively, will highlight co-main events on Cedric Kushner Promotions' "Heavyweight Heroes: The Search for the Next Great Heavyweight" series on Thursday night, July 29 at the Oakland Arena in California. continue
12.07.04 - In a good, hard-fought bout in which both boxers got credit for a knockdown in the fifth-round, former WBA junior lightweight champion and current WBA No. 3/IBF No. 5 and WBC No. 11 contender, Joel Casamayor, scored a unanimous 10-round decision over previously undefeated, former NABO featherweight champion Daniel Seda Saturday on SHOWTIME. continue
12.07.04 - Tuohy Sports & Entertainment (TSE), in association with Super Star Promotions/David’s Gym, will promote “Battle Zone At The Tent,” Tuesday night, August 10 at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Hyannis. Promoter Hank Tuohy, of Sandwich, announced he has formed a partnership with fellow Cape Cod boxing promoter David Gonsalves continue
12.07.04 – The World Boxing Association has officially sanctioned the October 2 title match between WBA welterweight champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (37-3-1, 24 KOs) and No. 1 contender Thomas “Lionheart” Damgaard (34-0, 26 KOs) on the Trinidad-Mayorga show at Madison Square Garden, New York City. continue
30.06.04 - By Frank Lotierzo: On May 21st 1966 Heavyweight Champ Muhammad Ali made the fourth defense of his title stopping Henry Cooper in the sixth round. Forty days later on June 30th 1966 future Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson was born. Who would've ever thought it, but Mike Tyson turns 38 years old today. It seems like just a few short years ago we were watching him fight James "Quick" Tillis and Jesse Ferguson on ABC and Mitch Green on HBO. Hard to fathom that those fights took place in between February and May of 1986. It certainly doesn't feel like 18 years ago too me. I thought I was getting old watching Muhammad Ali's 50th Birthday party on TV back in 1992, I still can't believe Tyson is 38.
I remember watching Muhammad Ali as a kid thinking that he would be forever young. While watching Tyson I felt the same thing, that youth was his forever. Following Tyson on his way up (1985-90) through Buster Douglas, I was between 25 and 30. Man did those years fly. I don't care what anyone says, but following Boxing in the 70's & 80's was better and more fun than it has been from the 90's through today. That was a time when the good fighters actually fought each other on a regular basis. On top of that we saw good/outstanding fights almost every weekend on NBC, ABC, and CBS with the big fights reserved exclusively for HBO and PPV. continue