28.02.05 - On April 1st, cable giant SHOWTIME along with GoossenTutor Promotions, will once again find it’s way to Lemoore Ca. to broadcast their popular SHOBOX-The Next Generation show. Headlining the 10 bout event will be the undefeated NABF Featherweight Champion, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (14-0, 7 KO’s) as he defends his title against rugged Adrian Valdez (16-3-3, 9 KO’s) in a 12 Round title fight. continue
28.02.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: The pressure is on IBF Heavyweight champion Chris Byrd now. The highest powers of the sport - HBO, Don King and the IBF would like Byrd to defend his title against 6th-rated Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in April. Byrd's contracted minumum of $2.5 million per fight with his promoter King has reportedly been raised to $3 million (also added to entice Byrd is an automatic rematch clause should he lose his title).
Yet still Byrd is resisting this lucrative plan. Instead, Byrd says he prefers to fight Monte Barrett next. But there are a few problems with that idea. Byrd vs. Barrett is a non-draw. HBO does not want to televise it. Don King does not want to promote it. And presumably, the IBF would rather see a sanctioning fee from a fight with Klitschko in it than Barrett. continue
BOSTON (February 28, 2005) – The New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show turns its attention to the media this Thursday night (6-8 p.m.) as Showtime broadcaster Steve Albert and Las Vegas Review Journal journalist writer Kevin Iole are scheduled guests on Boston’s boxing station, WWZN 1510 The Zone. continue
28.02.05 - By Matt Clark: Australia's Shannan Taylor will challenge for the IBF Junior Middleweight title, in Melbourne on April 30th. Taylor, 43-3-2 (28 KO) will meet defending champion Kassim Ouma 21-1-1 (13 KO) of Uganda, in what will be his second crack at a world crown. In 2001 Taylor was defeated by Welterweight king Shane Mosley, in 6 rounds. continue
27.02.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Saturday night in Bayamon Puerto Rico, WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion, Miguel Cotto (23-0-0-19 KO's), entered the ring weighing 157-pounds, making him a Jr. Middleweight—defending his Jr. Welterweight Title over his 140-pound challenger, DeMarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (29-4-1-16 KO's).
Corley entered the ring wearing a ridiculous looking head mask that he designed himself. It resembled a Fly with dreadlocks, with big bulging round blackened eyes and black tubes coming off the sides of the head. Last time I checked, Halloween was in October, not February. Cotto entered in his usual, solemn manner, the Puerto Rican crowd screaming as he walked to the ring.
After Corley removed his costume and Cotto took off his robe, they got it on. This fight was a slugfest from the start. Both were throwing big punches and both were landing. continue
February 27, 2005 – By T.K. Stewart: In the end, DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley wouldn’t have had a chance in this one had they let him enter the ring with hatchets instead of gloves and with Lizzie Borden guarding his back. In a wild swinging brawl against Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto that exceeded everyone’s worst expectations, Corley put forth an inspiring effort that was cut short by a referee that was so hapless he couldn’t even prod the combatants to engage in the obligatory pre-fight handshake. continue
27.02.05 - By Wray Edwards: A really bad omen immediately preceded the prize fight between WBO Jr. Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto and his challenger Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley. Referee Enrique Falu lost control of the fighters during the pre-fight meeting at the center of the ring. Falu either had them, or let them touch gloves too soon, and both boxers backed away just as Falu was trying to give final instructions. He mumbled a few words and decided to give up. continue
26.02.05 - By Joseph Buro: Those were the words uttered by Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley, comparing Miguel Cotto to Zab Judah and Floyd Mayweather Jr. On Saturday night, Cotto stopped Corley in five competitive rounds before ten thousand die-hard Puerto Rican fight fans. Corley’s comments after the fight were in fact the very purpose of the broad cast. continue
26.02.05 - By JE - Despite the oft-repeated moaning about the supposedly sad state of heavyweight boxing, today's crop of heavyweight boxers are poised to rise to a credible level – a level equal to or better than most of the eras of the last century. The current "champions," Vitali Klitschko (WBC); Chris Byrd (IBF); John Ruiz (WBA); and Lamon Brewster (WBO) can only be described at this point as contenders.
Hopefully, this muddle will be cleared with some kind of tournament, though promotional considerations make this difficult at best. continue
26.02.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Miller Lite are proud to announce details
of their March 2005 installment of "THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING" on Friday, March 11 at the beautifully renovated Concordia Theater, 6134 W. Cermak in Berwyn, IL. Tickets, starting at $30 are available now by calling 312-226-5800. Doors will open at 7pm, first bell is scheduled for 8pm.. continue
26.02.05 - Promising Danish middleweight prospect Fawaz Nasir (7-0, 4 KOs) will be on the undercard when Polish contender Dawid Kostecki (17-0, 13 KOs) defends his WBC Youth light heavyweight title on March 12 in Poznan, Poland. The card is staged by Andrew Wasilewski´s Hammer-Knockout Promotions, and will also feature Norwegians Geir Inge Joergensen, Raidar Walstad, Kim Jensen and Daniel Peret. continue
26.02.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: "The WBC is fully involved in a reorganization process which will include as executives boxing commissioners and boxing lovers from all over the world who would like to participate in the many programs that are being planned for the betterment of boxing. There will be a meeting of the Board of Governors in the United States during the month of May where every single step of that organization process will be reviewed and approved. continue
26.02.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Australia’s Robbie “Bomber” Peden captured the vacant IBF super featherweight world title by stopping American Nate Campbell in the eighth round at the Vodafone Arena in Melbourne, Victoria on Wednesday night February 23. Going into this anticipated rematch a firm outsider in the betting, the local star entered the ring to Phil Collins' "In the air tonight" walked in by a large team of friends from his amatuer days- some world rated fighters in their own right.
When the opening bell rang the Brisbane, Queensland native got off to an impressive start taking the fight straight at his opponent, scoring well with the left hand coming in as Campbell tried to keep at range. Both let the right hand go but no real damage was done by eigther man. Late in the round, the well schooled Peden, 31, did a sly walk away move reminiscent of Jersey Joe Walcott, who he has said was his favourite all time fighter. Throughout this round and most of the contest, Peden (now 25-2, 14 KO)boxed aggressive and smart. continue
25.02.05 - Pensacola, FL – Roy Jones, Jr.’s Square Ring, Inc. has signed two of the elite amateurs from the 2004 class to promotional contracts. Mickey Bey, Jr. was the 125-pound 2003 U.S. National champion and 2004 US Olympic Team member and his younger brother Cortez, the 2003 125-pound runner-up. They join recently signed 2004 Light Heavyweight Olympic Gold Medallist Andre Ward (2-0, 1 KO) to the Square Ring team. continue
25.02.05 - Undefeated United States Boxing Association super middleweight champion Yusef Mack of Philadelphia and challenger Richard Grant of Brooklyn, N.Y., know the importance of their nationally and internationally televised 12-round title bout promoted by Guilty Boxing in association with Tecate Friday, Feb. 25, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
25.02.05 - By Curtis McCormick: Undefeated British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Matt Skelton has won all sixteen of his contests since turning pro in 2002 and the fearsome 250lb brawler looks forward to adding another trophy to his collection on Friday night as he meets Argentine strongman Fabio Moli for the vacant WBU crown. continue
25.02.05 - By Richard Fletcher: WHEN I was 18, I had spots, no confidence and still lived at home. Amir Khan might still be doing the last thing on that list but he's now at the centre of a tug-of-war that could determine how quickly he turns his fame into a fortune. Until Thursday of this week, no-one had reason to doubt that Khan would remain an amateur boxer until 2008, when Britain's Olympic silver-medallist hoped to go one better by winning gold in Beijing.
But now it's all changed. A row over ticket allocation for Khan's latest Amateur Boxing Association qualifier in Norfolk, England, has led to suggestions that the swarthy-skinned superkid could now turn professional within months rather than years. continue
25.02.05 - By Darrell La Montre: Having followed his career since the ‘96 Olympics, I’ve had my educated eye on Floyd Mayweather Junior for some time now. Ever since his early days on ESPN2, I’ve been telling everyone within earshot “This kid is special”. It was clear as day to me that he was born and bread to be a fighter. Fighting to him is as effortless as you and I taking a leak. continue
25.02.05 - After three brave challenges for a world title, Clinton Woods hopes fourth time will be the charm when he takes on feared Detroit puncher Rico Hoye for the vacant IBF light-heavyweight title at the Magna Arena, Rotherham, in a bout fittingly called “Destiny” – the exciting encounter will be broadcast delayed on boxing broadband channel www.SecondsOut.tv on March 5. continue
25.02.05 - Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to announce the “TURNING STONE DOUBLE HITTER,” on April 9; a blockbuster night of professional boxing featuring not one, but two exciting main events at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center in Verona, New York. continue
24.02.05 - By Frank Maloney: So far this year we've seen the first of the big fights between a super champion and challenger ending in victory for the champion, in this case Bernard Hopkins decisioning Howard Eastman in Los Angels last weekend. I never watched the fight because I always felt it was going to be a one horse race. The post fight reports I've read in the paper confirmed my hunch. Eastman is now screaming that Hopkins ran away from him, but isn't Hopkins the champion? It's up to him to fight his type of fight and for the challenger to rise up and take the title. When you get the opportunity to fight for a world title you have to put everything on the line. In all likelihood, you'll only get one opportunity in your career and you must grab it with both hands. Howard Eastman was fortunate enough to have had two such opportunities in his career but has let both slip through his grasp. continue
24.02.05 - By Harry Summers Jr.: Guyana-born Australian Gairy "Superman" St. Clair came out to Craig David's hit tune "Rise and Fall," which just about perfectly summed up his WBO featherweight title eliminator against Puerto Rican/American Shamir Isa Reyes. Tonight, 11 years into his professional career, it was finally St. Clair's time to rise. And unfortunately, the smooth-boxing southpaw Reyes had to fall. continue
24.02.05 - A pair of potentially explosive match-ups will be shown during SHOWTIME’s Free Preview Weekend when two-time time WBC Champion Jose Luis Castillo (51-6-1, 45 KOs) takes on former IBF titleholder Julio “The Kidd’’ Diaz (30-2, 22 KOs) and undefeated Jeff Lacy (18-0, 14 KOs) risks his IBF super middleweight crown against once-beaten Rubin “Mr. Hollywood’’ Williams (26-1, 15 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 5. continue
24.02.05 - Photo galleries of press conference, public workout and official weigh-in on www.boxing.de: Former light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski showed up highly motivated, agile and with excellent reflexes on Tuesday afternoon at a public workout in a big VW car market in Hamburg. continue
23.02.05 - By Mike Samuels: Bernard Hopkins did what Bernard Hopkins has done best for the last 12 years of his career. The Executioner put on a tactical display of masterful boxing against the tough and underrated Howard Eastman. It wasn’t action packed or exciting to say the least, but as he has been through out his entire career, Bernard Hopkins proved to be much more effective down the stretch in route to dominating Eastman for a record setting 20th defense of the middleweight championship.
The belts have meant everything to Hopkins, which is the main reason he has stayed within the middleweight division and defeated mandatory after mandatory to most fans displeasure. Now with 20 defenses on his resume, the 40 year old champion has quite a lot of options on his plate to look at before retiring into the sunset. continue
23.02.05 - LAS VEGAS—Tickets go on sale Wednesday at Noon for the highly anticipated prizefight featuring three-time world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad facing World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association 154-pound champion Winky Wright scheduled for May 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Tickets priced at $1000, $750, $400, $250 and $150 will be available at any MGM Grand box office outlet. continue
23.02.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - Everyone in boxing knows Chris Byrd is a great guy, nice guy but as a heavyweight draw, the truth is he is a featherweight. Even the self-proclaimed world's greatest promoter Don King has struggled mightily to market the talented and likeable Byrd into a moderately popular attraction. continue
23.02.05 - A pair of potentially explosive match-ups will be shown during SHOWTIME’s Free Preview Weekend when two-time time WBC Champion Jose Luis Castillo (51-6-1, 45 KOs) takes on former IBF titleholder Julio “The Kidd’’ Diaz (30-2, 22 KOs) and undefeated Jeff Lacy (18-0, 14 KOs) risks his IBF super middleweight crown against once-beaten Rubin “Mr. Hollywood’’ Williams (26-1, 15 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 5. continue
23.02.05 - By Matthew Hurley: The upcoming fight between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao is one every boxing fan is looking forward to. It is a match-up of two little superstars whose fighting spirit has overshadowed the efforts of boxers who outweigh them by 20, 30 even 100 pounds. These two champions represent all that is good about the sport of boxing which leads me to a dilemma in this particular instance. When writing about an upcoming bout I usually try to don a reporter's hat of distant perspective. This article is different and if you are a fan of Manny Pacquiao, as I am by the way, you may elect to either discontinue reading or disavow my comments with stony silence or angry e-mails. continue
23.02.05 - Robbie Peden won the vacant IBF super featherweight title Wednesday night with an eighth round technical knockout of Nate Campbell. The Australian was leading on all three judges' cards - 68-66, 68-65 and 66-65 - when referee Johnny Wright stopped the fight in the eighth round, with Campbell bleeding from cuts to his eyes and nose. continue
23.02.05 - WBU World Welterweight Champion Eamonn Magee aims to defy his critics by successfully defending his title against the tough Dane Allan Vester on Friday 18 March at the Kings Hall in Belfast. The tough Ardoyne man was the victim of a vicious street assault that left him hospitalised and unable to walk for months and many felt that his career would be over due to severity of his injuries. continue
23.02.05 - by Kent Appel: The boxing world lost another of its warriors this past Sunday, February 20, 2005 when Jimmy Young of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died of an apparent heart attack. Young, who was just 56 years old at his passing was a leading heavyweight contender during the talent rich 1970's. He used his unorthodox style of fighting while backing up and avoiding the punches of his opponents while counterpunching in bunches to gain decisions over some of the best fighters of the era as well as coming close to winning the heavyweight title on two separate occasions. continue
23.02.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: Here we are. We're in the wackiest, most violent place in all of sports - the heavyweight jungle. It's a region where almost anything goes, anything can be said, but where there is only one ruling dominant king. Who is the real King of The Heavyweight Jungle today? Let's try to figure it out.
Hey, look over there, it's Chris Byrd, he's trying to RUN AWAY from a multi-million dollar payday which has been arranged by HBO and Don King. Byrd is apparently totally reluctant to step in a ring with Wladimir Klitschko in Germany in April. Is that the behavior of a king of the jungle? Or a pretender? Byrd says he's pushing for a much less dangerous and less interesting title defense against Monte Barrett. continue
23.02.05 - By Harry Summers Jr. WB0 #4 Gairy St. Clair and WB0 #8 Shamir Reyes both comfortably made weight ahead of their WBO featherweight title eliminator tonight. St. Clair, 35-3-2 (15), weighed in at 56.85 Kg, while 24-year-old Reyes was slightly lighter at 56.50 Kg. Humble by nature, both fighters displayed a lot of respect for the other, stating the contest is strictly business, while still maintaining a deep-seeded confidence that they will emerge victorious. continue
Darien, Connecticut –February 23, 2005, – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today the creation of a medical review board. At the urging of boxers, managers, promoters and commissioners, the AAPRP has developed a medical review board to address and render opinions on medical issues pertaining to boxing medicine. continue
22.02.05 – The names are legendary – Julio Cesar Chavez, Salvador Sanchez, Ruben Olivares, and Carlos Zarate – and they all share one thing in common: they hail from perhaps the greatest fistic hotbed in the world – Mexico. The latest superstar to represent the green, white, and red flag is Marco Antonio Barrera, who at 31 has confounded boxing experts by getting even better with each fight continue
22.02.05 – World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz promises to silence mandatory contender James “Lights Out” Toney in their impending title fight. Ruiz-Toney goes to purse bid February 28 in Miami and it has been mandated to be held within 90 days.
“I’m the real undisputed heavyweight champion of the world” Ruiz said. “None of the other champions will fight me. I’m the king of the heavyweight division; King Kong on top of the Empire State Building and all of the others are down on the street looking up at me. Toney’s nothing more than a tune-up fight for me before I start unifying the titles. He’s nothing more than an overweight middleweight. What’s he ever done to be the WBA mandatory contender? Nothing as a heavyweight! I’m going to switch his nickname around and put Toney’s lights out.” continue
22.02.05 - Like the New York baseball teams, top notch DiBella Entertainment prospect Andre Berto has been working hard in the warm confines of Florida, as he gets set for his Broadway Boxing bout against Vance Garvey (5-12-2) of the Bronx on Thursday night, February 24th at the Grand Ballroom in the Manhattan Center in New York City. continue
22.02.05 - David Barnes has withdrawn from his British Welterweight title defence against Bradley Pryce on March 4 at the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes due to a bout of influenza. An explosive fight was anticipated as Barnes and Pryce engaged in a heated war of words that has now been put on hold. Even now, the fiery Welshman has accused Barnes of faking it so that he can hold on to his prized Lonsdale belt. continue
22.02.05 - Record-breaking Ryan Rhodes, the former British Light-Middleweight champion, is ready for a spectacular comeback and has returned to premier promoter Frank Warren to get him on track for a third World title shot. Rhodes started his professional career with Warren a decade ago as an 18-year-old hot shot trail-blazing his way through the domestic division setting records to become the fastest ever outright winner of the Lonsdale belt in just 90 days and, at just 20 years of age, the youngest British champion in 57 years. continue
22.02.05 - By Steve Mckenna: News that promoter Mick Hennessy has linked up with Oscar de la Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions can only be good for a country that has seen its stock in the sport dip in recent years. Hennessy's exciting stable of fighters, including Junior Witter, Howard Eastman and Carl Froch, will now get the chance to showcase their talents on some of the biggest fight cards in world boxing.
Across the Atlantic, meanwhile, apart from Ricky Hatton's huge summer fight with Kostya Tszyu, there's little to get excited about. Both the BBC and Sky have reduced their coverage of the sport in recent months and there are few big attractions in the offing. Joe Calzaghe's search for a 'career-defining' fight appears further away than ever, Scott Harrison is at the crossroads, while Olympic sensation Amir Khan looks poised to stay in the non-paid ranks for the foreseeable future. continue
22.02.05 - Hamburg – Next Saturday former WBO light heavyweight world champion Dariusz Michalczewski returns to the ring on a big event promoted by Universum Box-Promotion: A championship triple header at the huge Color Line Arena of Hamburg. “This event has been a major subject for many months. We present three world title fights on the same evening and a sensational undercard. continue
PROVIDENCE (February 22, 2005) – Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. has announced its promotion of “Homecoming,” headlined by WBC Youth middleweight “Bad” Chad Dawson, fighting in his hometown for the first time Friday night, April 1 at a site to be announced in New Haven, Connecticut. continue
New York, Feb. 21--It's fight week in the Big Apple. Seven New York City products and a standout Olympian from Winter Haven, Forida, will be in action on 2005's third installment of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun slated for this Thursday night, February 24 at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center on 34th Street and Eighth Avenue in the Big Apple. continue
21.02.05 - By T.K. Stewart: - Bernard Hopkins continues to drink from his own, ever-trickling fountain of youth and demonstrated to the world yet again tonight that he can turn back the hands of father time as defiantly as he does the fists of middleweight title challengers. "The Executioner", at age 40, wielded a swift and precise axe this evening while showing he is still in top form despite nearly 17 years as a practitioner of prizefighting. Hopkins showed little sign of wear and sent Guyanese born Howard Eastman down to the guillotine while chopping up his 20th consecutive middleweight title defense with an economical twelve round unanimous decision.
Hailing from the alleys of Philadelphia, Hopkins has always been the embodiment of a street fighter, and tonight was no different. Inside the cavernous Staples Center arena at the corner of South Figueroa Street and Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles, Hopkins showed the large crowd on hand that whether it be in the street or the ring he is the master of unarmed combat at 160 pounds. continue
21.02.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: It seems this issue has been butchered back and forth, with King agreeing, Byrd disagreeing to the fight due to the fight location, which Klitschko's camp wants to take place in Germany, and nothing concrete being announced or happening, so I feel I should weigh in with my thoughts. The bout is in the planning for April 16, but there are still a lot of things to be worked out before the fight can take place. continue
21.02.05 - By Bernie McCoy: It was probably "Boyz ' N the Hood" that did it for me....the movie that ended my dependence on movie critics. I remember reading one breathless critique that called the movie the "most realistic look at life in the inner city." My problem with that assessment was that it was penned by the blond daughter of the famous movie star, Ingrid Bergman. It escaped me how someone brought up in the lap of luxury would know the first thing about life in the inner city. continue
20.02.05 - Heavy handed Chicagoan Oscar Bravo, 21-2 (18KO's) headlines this Friday night at the Aragon Ballroom as Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Miller Lite presents "Night of Destruction", another installment of "The Best in Chicago Boxing." Bravo will appear in the super middleweight ten round main event headlining a terrific six bout event of professional boxing. Speaking about the action packed show, Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions stated "We've had two great evenings of boxing at the Aragon. continue
20.02.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins made history again as he improved his record to 46-2-1-32 KO's with a Unanimous Decision victory over Guyanese/British Challenger, Howard Eastman (40-2-0-35 KO's).
The Philadelphia native had a humble start to his pro career, losing his first pro fight in 1988 to another first time fighter, Clinton Mitchell. He followed that loss with a string of 23 wins in a row until losing again to a fighter named Roy Jones Jr. by UD 12 in 1993. Hopkins started his reign as Middleweight Champion in April of 1995, after facing then IBF Champion, Segundo Mercado in a rematch bout. Mercado floored Hopkins twice in their first match eight months earlier, which ended in a Draw. Hopkins won the rematch by TKO 7. continue
20.02.05 - Howard Eastman is hoping that Bernard Hopkins will honour his commitment to a rematch of their closely fought battle for the undisputed world middleweight Championship at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Pound for pound king Hopkins told Eastman’s promoter Mick Hennessy that Eastman deserved a second showdown following his outstanding effort. For the Londoner, it can’t come soon enough. continue
BOSTON (February 20, 2005) – This week’s New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show will be broadcast Thursday night (6-8 p.m.), live from the official “Championship Boxing Returns to Lowell” weigh-in at the Doubletree Hotel in Lowell, on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. continue
20.02.05 - Undefeated and newly crowned NABF Featherweight Champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero inks a new multi-year management contract. Co-managing "The Ghost" will be Shelly Finkel and Bob Santos. Many insiders consider "The Ghost" one of the premiere talents in boxing. Adding Shelly Finkel to the equation, Robert Guerrero now feels that the final piece is now in place in order to take it to the next level. continue
19.02.05 - By Aidan Monaghan: In what was a somewhat restrained effort by both fighters, punctuated by the periodic scoring power punches by Bernard Hopkins, Hopkins in fact retained his undisputed middleweight title against a persistent Howard Eastman via a unanimous decision, who actually was to a limited degree, in command early on. But from the middle of the fight onward, it was Hopkins who rose to the occasion with periodic and timely scoring power punches that were taken well by Eastman.. continue
19.02.05 - Jim Amato: WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito halted a dead game Sebastian Lujan in the tenth round. The bout was stopped by the referee because Lujan's left ear was nearly torn off his head, literally! I've never seen anything like it in all my years of watching fights. It was a pretty gruesome sight. Talk about "winning ugly"! As for the fight itself Margarito started slowly but his power began to surface in the middle rounds. By the time the bout was stopped he was in control. continue
19.02.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez California, "Mighty Mike" Arnaoutis (photo: Tom Casino/Showtime) upped his record to 13-0-2-6 KO's as he defended his NABO Jr. Welterweight Title, taking on the unheralded, former Lightweight, Roberto Santa Cruz (11-3-2 KO's).
The Greek pugilist has been a hot property as of late, fighting six times in 2004 and showing improvements with each performance. Arnaoutis is a fairly slick boxer with fast hands, who recently added some sneaky power to his arsenal. continue
19.2.2005: With the main event almost not happening, due to lack of opposition for local star Ahmed “The Riot” Mustafa, promoter Richard Nwoba was thrilled to come out well of his February 17 promotion at the Zamalek Club Basketball Court in Giza, Egypt. Mustafa is now undefeated in eight professional fights (8-0, 6 KOs), but his win was of a modest calibre since the opponent, Hemdy Metualy, was making his professional debut. continue
18.02.05 - Junior Witter has vowed to do his country proud when he appears on this Saturday’s promotion at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles alongside fellow Britpack team mates Howard Eastman and Carl Froch. “We are here to fly the flag for British Boxing,” said Witter, who will meet South Africa’s Lovemore N’Dou in a Commonwealth title defence and WBC eliminator after contracts were completed this morning. “We are here to show that boxing in Britain isn’t just about mismatches and fringe titles. continue
18.02.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com: Howard Eastman is making a convincing argument that he can and will remove long-standing Middleweight king Bernard Hopkins from his throne. It is not just what he has said but how he is saying it that is so striking to your objectivity. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 18 - Golden Boy Promotions is deeply saddened to announce the loss of Jorge Barrios Jr., the son of junior lightweight contender Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios and his wife Laura, who passed away Wednesday two hours after a premature birth in Argentina. continue
18.02.05 - It was 1998 in El Paso, Texas at the famed Sun Bowl where Oscar De La Hoya sent notice to the world that he was on his way to becoming boxing's biggest attraction. Some 45,000 fans jammed into the football stadium to watch the Golden Boy take apart Frenchman Patrick Charpentier in four rounds. continue
18.02.05 - By Paul Ruby - HBO has assembled an exciting middleweight card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles being broadcast live this Saturday evening as part of their “World Championship Boxing” series. In the main event, middleweight champ Bernard Hopkins takes on the man many feel is his toughest foe in the division today: Guyana-born, British-residing Howard Eastman. In the co-feature, 2000 Olympian and rising star Jermaine Taylor tackles “The Haitian Sensation,” Daniel Edouard.
Hopkins/Eastman: Depending on who you ask, Howard Eastman has anywhere between absolutely no chance of winning this fight and a very good chance of winning it. Though I’d prefer not to sound like a politician, I believe the real answer is that we really don’t know how good his chance is (though my gut reaction is that it’s about zero). continue
18.02.05 - In a much more difficult fight than expected, promising unbeaten southpaw "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis survived several anxious moments but did enough to successfully defend his NABO junior welterweight title with an exciting 12-round majority decision over Roberto Santa Cruz Friday on SHOWTIME. continue
18.02.05 - For decades, Municipal Auditorium was "THE" home to both amateur and professional boxing in San Antonio. The Alamo City's biggest fights were fought there until a fire ravaged the building on January 6,1979. After a multi-million dollar renovation following the fire, this grand Arena has been used for everything from concerts to plays to conventions -- everything but boxing, that is, due to City regulations prohibiting sporting events there after the renovation. continue
18.02.05 - Howard Eastman has sounded more than confident in the build up to his challenge to Bernard Hopkins on Saturday 19th February at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles – he has sounded certain. “I am going to beat him in five rounds,” he predicts. “Bernard Hopkins will not be denying me my destiny. He has never fought anyone like me before. I can punch harder than anyone he has met. I can take anything he can give out. What’s he going to do when he realises that?” continue
18.02.05 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: Undefeated "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (picture 1) and Roberto Santa Cruz (picture 2) each weighed the division-limit 140 pounds Thursday for their big 12-round NABO junior welterweight title fight Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation'' on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast). In the co-feature, Shamone Alvarez will face Jose Medina in an eight-round welterweight bout. Alvarez weighed 146 1/2 pounds Thursday; Medina tipped scales at 149. continue
17.02.05 - By Alton Silverman: I saw Zab Judah box long before his fights ever hit national television, and I knew that the young, energetic teenager I beheld before my eyes had the potential to truly become great. But, as the years went on, and as Zab racked in the customary confidence building fights to gain experience as a professional, it was becoming tough to gauge him because he rarely, if ever, faced adversity. He would blow many of his opponents out with a combination of lightning quick speed and solid power. continue
16.02.05 - By Don Caputo: To say that Bernard Hopkins, at forty years old, is in tremendous condition is a huge understatement to say the least; the undisputed middleweight king is a physical freak in the mould of the great late Archie Moore, the original ageless wonder who dominated the light heavyweight division well into his forties and beyond.
Hopkins as yet has shown zero signs of slowing down, if anything he is still gathering speed as he continues to dominate opposition and rule his division with an iron fist. His September knockout of Oscar De La Hoya was not only one of his finest performances to date, but it also made the statement that his speed, reflexes and power were all still firmly intact, seemingly booked in for the foreseeable future. The man eats, sleeps and breathes boxing, it’s as simple as that. continue
16.02.05 - By Darrell La Montre: First and foremost, I would like to preface by stating that I am of the belief that based on his boxing prowess, Bernard Hopkins (45-2-1 32 ko’s) is a great fighter. Not a good fighter, not a very good fighter, but a great fighter. He’s also a future legit Hall of Famer. I lost respect with the Hall of Fame when guys like Ken Norton (who never won a title in the ring), and Jerry Quarry (never won a title period) having been inducted simply for having fought during arguably the toughest era in Heavyweight history. continue
16.02.05 – For their dedicated work in and out of the ring, the Klitschko Brothers have received “The Golden Camera,” the most famous Media Award in Europe. Vitali, the World Boxing Council and RING magazine heavyweight champion, and younger brother Wladimir, a former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champ, were in attendance to accept the coveted award at a gala ceremony in Berlin, Germany. continue
16.02.05 - "The Mensa Mauler," undefeated heavyweight CHAZZ WITHERSPOON, will go toe-to-toe with the undisputed champion of late night radio, JIM BOHANNON, Feb.17 for 30 minutes begininng at 11 P.M. ET on the nation's No. 1-rated late night talk show, "The Jim Bohannon Show," heard in over 300 markets throughout the U.S. via WestwoodOne. http://www.jimbotalk.net/ continue
16.02.05 - Boxing manager Steve “Tank” Tankanow has come out firing on behalf of his World Boxing Association “regular” welterweight champion, Jose Antonio Rivera. “Tank” has been irked by some of Judah’s comments since capturing the undisputed world welterweight title February 5 with a stoppage of Cory Spinks, particularly about whom Zab says he intends to fight this year and specifically a name he hasn’t mentioned, Jose Rivera. continue
16.02.05 - Bradford’s Junior Witter intends to underpin his position as one of the world’s most highly regarded light welterweights by making an impressive defence of his Commonwealth title against South Africa’s Lovemore N’dou on Saturday night at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. “I have already proved I am the best in Europe and the Commonwealth,” began the 30-year-old switch hitter from Bradford. continue
16.02.05 - By Marcus Wood: Because Fitzsimmons retired over 85 years ago boxing in general seem to have forgotten just how great Bob Fitzsimmons actually was. The only references of him today is when your talking about past records e.g. Roy Jones Jr. is the only natural Middleweight after Bob Fitzsimmons to hold the Heavyweight World Title and Lennox Lewis is the first British World Heavyweight Champion since Bob Fitzsimmons. On all time pound for pound lists Fitzsimmons seems to be to low or left of all together.
The main reason appears to be nobody is left that saw his fights and very few were ever filmed. But when was the last time you saw a Sugar Ray Robinson fight? And he's usually No.1 or 2 on all time pound for pound lists. Maybe it's that some of his fights were fought bare knuckles. But as best as I could find out, only 3 of his fights were fought that way. Fight fixing was happening in Fitzsimmons' era so how many of his fights were fixed? 2 were alleged to have been and they were against the same opponent, Jim Hall. continue
16.02.05 - Hennessy Sports would like to clarify details of the Setanta Pay Per View broadcast of the Saturday February 19th ‘EXXECUTION DAY’ promotion at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. We are happy to confirm that the live broadcast will hit the UK at 0100 GMT on the following Sunday. Junior Witter’s Commonwealth title defence against South Africa’s Lovemore N’Dou is scheduled to start at approximately 0115 GMT. continue
BOSTON (February 16, 2005) – NABA light heavyweight champion George Khalid Jones puts much more than his title belt on the line February 25 when he fights veteran Thomas Reid in the 12-round main event on “Championship Boxing Returns to Lowell” at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts. continue
16.02.05 - By Chris Ireland - Perhaps the worst thing a champion can do is give a deserving underdog his big break. Often he is facing an opponent long overshadowed, long ignored, and long overdue. Many times the opponent is unorthodox in style or appearance, and little is known of this hungry challenger. In some cases, he has spent his career toiling in the vineyards of boxing obscurity, fighting in small arenas for little pay. continue
16.02.05 - Argentinian WBU World Heavyweight Title challenger Fabio Eduardo Moli has promised to make it a double-upset for England when he defeats Matt Skelton on Friday 25 February at the Wembley Conference Centre. The tough-talker from Cordoba is from the same stable as Javier Alvarez who ripped Michael Gomez's WBU World Super-Featherweight title from him last Friday night in Manchester and has made it clear he will do the same to the Bedford battler. continue
16.02.05 - By Umar ben-Ivan Lee: It is looking more and more like the inactive Floyd Mayweather Jr. , who fought in January against a B-level opponent and only fought once in 2004 after fighting two B-level opponents in 2003, will not be fighting Arturo Gatti on the June 11 HBO PPV after all. Bob Arum, the promoter of Gatti, all but confirmed this in a recent interview with a Michigan newspaper. continue
16.02.05 - By Darrell La Montre: Roy Jones Jr. (49-3 38 ko’s) is a fistic legend and without a doubt a legitimate lock for the Hall of Fame. Having won titles at 160lbs, 168lbs, 175lbs (Undisputed), and Heavyweight (WBA title), he’s had one of the most amazing careers one can have in boxing, and sports in general. He’s done things in the ring that up to that point had never been done. Who will ever forget him tying own gloves behind his back and dodging two punches thrown by his opponent (Glen Kelly), before firing a hard right hand to the side of his head and knocking him out? That was truly magical. Or the amazing, rapid- fire flurries that he would habitually throw at 160 and 168lbs, often unleashing quadruple left hooks inside of a second!! continue
16.02.05 - Gairy “Superman” St. Clair is in the best shape of his life for his fight next Thursday the 24th against Shamir Reyes from America for the W.B.O number 1 ranking. St. Clair says, “I’m the fittest I’ve ever been and looking forward to a great fight with Shamir. I know Shamir well from when we were in the States together but the number 1 position is mine. My focus and preparation have been perfect. I will win the fight”. continue
15.02.05 - Stuttgart - On tuesday evening Spotlight Boxing promoted an event in south Germany’s Stutgart inside the athmospheric and elegant „Alte Reithalle“ of Maritim Hotel. In the main event Usbekian Mahamat Abdulaev defeated Argentine Juan Alberto Godoy with a spectacular knockout in round 3 in a contest at jr. welterweight. continue
LAS VEGAS (February 15, 2005) – Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz believes he is the most dominant heavyweight in the world today and challenges any of the other major world champions to put their belts on the line against him. “I am the top guy in the heavyweight division,” Ruiz said.. continue
15.02.05 - Kenyan super featherweight contender Athanaz “Nita” Nzau (17-4, 6 KOs) will challenge for his first title in three and a half years, when he tackles Spain-based Russian Leva Kirakosyan (14-4, 7 KOs) on neutral ground in Privas, France on March 15. The fight will be for the vacant WBF super featherweight crown, and Eurosport will televise live throughout Europe. continue
15.02.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza - After his latest victory this past Saturday night in Germany, it seems Nicolai Valuev is on his way to becoming an all around complete fighter. In dismantling Swede Attila Levin, in the third round of their encounter, Valuev has finally PUNCHtuated, and eliminated the final criticism that kept him at the back of the Heavyweight bus. By knocking out Levin, in such quick and impressive fashion, Valuev showed that not only can he use his size to box effectively, but he can also use it to generate substantial power.
This development was not something that came easy to the giant Valuev. According to his trainer Manvel Gabrielyan, Valuev was “working very hard at developing his power, at times throwing something like 7,000 punches a day.” Personally, that is where I think his strength lies. Valuev’s biggest asset is his ability to work hard, and constantly learn. continue
15.02.05 - Tacoma, WA – Othello’s Welterweight boxing prospect, David Torres will fight tough journeyman Cesar Vega (6-4) on Friday, February 25th at the Emerald Queen Casino’s “Battle at the Boat XXXV” boxing series. Torres, the undefeated Latino sensation (7-0, 5KO’s) will fight the semi-main event at the Emerald Queen with the first fight starting at eight pm. continue
15.02.05 - Unbeaten lightweight hope Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., son of legendary champion Julio Cesar Chavez, will box on the Erik Morales vs. Manny Pacquiao 'Coming With Everything' championship card at the MGM Grand on Saturday, March 19. Bob Arum of Top Rank made the announcement today. Chavez Jr. will box in a six-round bout during the HBO Pay Per View live broadcast. continue
15.02.05 - It will be the longest boxing event ever shown live on the internet. On Tuesday, February 15, www.boxing.de will do a 4-hour broadcast from 18:00 to 22:00 with seven live fights from a Spotlight Boxing show in Stuttgart, Germany. The broadcast, however, will not only impress with quanitity but also with quality. continue
15.02.05 - Tickets for Face Off, featuring Joe Calzaghe's World Super-Middleweight Championship clash against Brian Magee at the legendary Kings Hall in Belfast on Friday 18 March, will go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday 16 February) at 1pm. TICKET PRICES: £125 Ringside, £100, £75, £50 and £30 continue
Mashantucket, CT (February 14, 2005) - Northeast Promotions, in association with Cappiello Promotions, is bringing live boxing to Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The main event will feature an attractive heavyweight bout as Kevin "The Clones Colossus" McBride 34-4-1, 26 ko's, makes his return to the ring against Kevin "Big Dog" Montiy, 15-2-1, 12 ko's. McBride, who fights out of Brockton, MA by way of Clones Ireland, isn't looking ahead. continue
LAS VEGAS (February 14, 2005) – Pound-for-pound, the February 25th broadcast of Guilty Boxing’s weekly boxing series, “Guilty Fight Night,” promises to be a knockout with a powerful one-two punch featuring a pair of 12-round world-class fights. Daniel “El Olympico” Reyes (34-2-1, 29 KOs) and Omar “Lobito” Soto (13-2-1, 10 KOs) square-off in their IBF 105-pound title elimination match continue
BOSTON (February 14, 2005) – Recently retired Jesse James Leija, “The Texas Tornado,” and retribution seeking light heavyweight Eric Harding are Thursday night’s (Feb. 17) special guests on the New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show live on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. Leija (47-7-2, 19 KOs) will discuss his outstanding 15-year pro career continue
14.02.05 - By The Brown Bomber: Pending the results of Saturdays fight between Bernard Hopkins and Howard Eastman, Bernard continues to be regarded by most boxing institutions as the “pound for pound” best boxer out there. But is the term that was coined from the great Sugar Ray Robinson really applicable today? Two weeks ago I had a chance to chat with former WBA Light Weight Champ Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini on this very subject. continue
14.02.05 - By Darrell La Montre: Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (22-0, 19 KO's) is making some deafening noise in the anemic Heavyweight Division these days, and for good reason. Firstly, people are desperately looking for someone to liven up the sport’s flagship division, and help bring boxing back to the forefront. continue
14.02.05 - Legendary boxing trainer Emanuel Steward said that he believes that former Washington Redskins and Colorado wide receiver Michael Westbrook could develop into a heavyweight boxing contender. "If Michael had four, five, six fights under his belt, he would be taken seriously in the heavyweight division," said Steward on a conference call. continue
14.02.05 – It goes without saying that in 2005, boxing needs some new blood to rejuvenate the heavyweight division. Prize Fight Promotions believes it has just the fighter to do the job, and is pleased to present the triumphant return of up and coming prospect Adam Richards on February 19 at the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula, Mississippi. continue
14.02.05 - Fight Skool student Nigel Wright is aiming to be the first graduate on the new series when he challenges the English Light-Welterweight Champion Young Muttley for his title on Friday 11March at the Doncaster Dome. continue
13.02.05 - By Bernie McCoy: A seventeenth century French dramatist, Pierre Corneille, no boxing fan he, once said "When there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph." Those 300 year old words were proven conclusively once again over the weekend when two women boxers, Laila Ali and Layla McCarter both achieved triumph in the ring, one with peril, one without. Ali won an eight round TKO over Cassandra Geigger in Atlanta and on ESPN in what Teddy Atlas correctly called a "mismatch." Layla McCarter ventured to Edmonton, Canada and won a six round decision over hometown favorite and previously unbeaten lightweight Jelena Mrdjenovich.
Although the two fighters share a similar sounding first name, their career paths, as exampled by the weekend's bouts, couldn't be more dissimilar. Ali, the self proclaimed "best" in the sport, has been brought along with utmost care, by husband/manager Johnny McClain, the fighter comfortably ensconced in the promotional cocoon of Absoloot Boxing. continue
13.02.05 - By Jim Amato: As the month of February closes, HBO will showcase Miguel Cotto defending his W.B.O. 140 pound title against "Chop Chop" Corley. The junior welterweight division is red hot right now and the hard hitting Cotto is right in the thick of it. With the upcoming Kostya Tsyzu-Ricky Hatton fight being a sell out. continue
12.02.05 - Eric Harding survived a furious onslaught by David Telesco over the closing rounds to win the USBA light heavyweight title Friday with a 12-round decision at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Harding won on all the judges' cards (117-111 twice and 115-113). Harding was able to stop a two-fight losing streak as he improves to 22-3-1, Telseco falls to 29-6-1 after suffering his second consecutive defeat. continue
12.02.05 - Action-Packed Show In Tanzania A Success...It was an action-packed night of professional boxing on Friday (February 11) when the Amana Hall in Dar-Es-Salaam opened its doors to the enthusiastic local fans. Seven fights were on the bill, and almost all of them provided crowd-pleasing excitement. continue
11.02.05 - Glen Johnson didn't exactly come out of nowhere to win the Edward Neil Award as the Boxing Writers Association of America's 2004 Fighter of the Year. A native of Jamaica who now lives and fights out of Miami, "The Road Warrior," so known for taking bouts on short notice and on the other guy's home turf, has been a pro since 1993. continue
11.02.05 - All systems are go for DiBella Entertainment's undefeated middleweight sensation Jermain Taylor (22-0, 16 KO's) as he gets set to square off against the upset-minded Daniel Edouard (16-0-2, 9 KO's) on Saturday night, February 19, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 2000 Olympic Bronze Medalist endured a heavy duty training camp in Miami, Florida, in preparation for the 10 round co-featured attraction on the Bernard Hopkins-Harold Eastman fight card. continue
11.02.05 - By Steve Mckenna: BRITISH boxing fans are set for a boost with the news that Joe Calzaghe has agreed to take on Brian Magee. The Welshman is poised to defend his WBO super-middleweight title for the 16th time at Belfast’s King’s Hall on March 18. OK, so Calzaghe v Magee doesn't exactly set the pulse racing, but it's a damn sight more enticing than the champion's last two fights against Kabary Salem and Mger Mkrtchian. continue
11.02.05 - By Cosme Rivera: Dear Zab, Congratulations! You lived up to your nickname, “Super,” knocking out Cory Spinks and I have tremendous respect for you and your team. I know how hard you’ve worked to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world. You earned your title shot and took advantage of your opportunity. Now it’s my turn. I am your mandatory challenger. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 11 – WBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios successfully defended his crown for the sixth time last night at the Palace Indian Gaming Center in Lemoore, California, defeating former world champion Wayne McCullough via unanimous 12 round decision. With the victory, Larios has cleared the way for a unification bout with WBO 122-pound titlist Joan Guzman. continue
11.02.05 - By Coach Tim Walker – firstname.lastname@example.org - From the beginning of the bout you could tell that Kenny Kost was smaller and bit slower. Andre Ward started the bout off with a blazingly clean left jab and an un-telegraphed left hook. Kost who had been verbally attacking Ward via the media and Internet was losing the round until he caught Ward with a baseball right hand-left upper hook type punch that buckled the knees of Ward. continue
11.02.05 - The Ann Wolfe Camp cannot believe the recent comment made by Johnny "Yahya" McLain that, "We've tried to make that fight so many times." The Wolfe Camp would like to set the record straight. Ann Wolfe's promotional company Prize Fight Promotions has been trying to put together the Ali/Wolfe fight for the past few months. continue
11.02.05 - Matt Skelton has been warned to expect a dirty fight when he faces Argie madman Fabio Eduardo Moli for the Vacant WBU World Heavyweight title on Friday 25 February at the Wembley Conference Centre. The hardman from Villa del Rosario in Cordoba has threatened to give the Bedford battler a brutal going-over before taking the title home. continue
10.02.05 - By Coach Tim Walker – On the eve of his nationally televised bout with Oscar Larios on the “Best Damn Sports Show Period”, Wayne McCullough, also know as the Pocket Rocket, graciously granted me a brief interview. During our conversation he was very specific about his goals, his experience and his position in the world of professional boxing. The fight is scheduled at 8pm on FOX Sports Net (FSN).
Walker - Wayne what do you figure your chances are against the younger Larios?
McCullough - I’ve been a champion before and have been in camp for a while. I know that he is the younger man and is considered the best 122-pounder in the world but I think he is going to be in for a big fight tomorrow night. continue
NEW YORK (Feb. 10, 2005) – Since his “ShoBox: The New Generation” debut last year, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis has shown that charisma, style and speed can captivate an audience and confuse an opponent. The WBO No. 6/ IBF No. 14 140-pound contender will make his fourth SHOWTIME and “ShoBox” appearances when he defends his NABO junior welterweight title against Roberto Santa Cruz on Friday, Feb. 18, 2005. continue
10.02.05 - The February 19th ‘EXXECUTION DAY’ event – staged by Golden Boy Promotions - at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles just got more historic. In addition to Howard Eastman’s challenge to undisputed middleweight king Bernard Hopkins, it now also features Britain’s other two leading talents: European light welterweight champion Junior Witter and British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch. continue
10.02.05 - Promoter Frank Warren today announced that undefeated WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe will head to the Kings Hall in Belfast on Friday 18 March to defend his title against Brian Magee. It is important to note that this will subject to final approval from the World Boxing Organisation and Universum's Peter Kohl who promotes the Interim champion Mario Veit. continue
09.02.05 - Unbeaten Brooklyn junior middleweight Yuri Foreman (16-0, 7 KO's) will face Jesus Soto of Mexico (11-2-1, 10 KO's) in the main event of the third installment of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun slated for February 24, 2005 at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. continue
09.02.05 - Cestus Management's junior welterweight sensation "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis finally has a name for his latest challenge: Roberto Santa Cruz. With eleven wins against only two defeats, Santa Cruz will no doubt prove to be a stern test for the fiery Hellenic warrior, who will be defending the WBO-NABO light welterweight crown he captured by stopping Jesse Feliciano inside a single round. continue
09.02.05 - By Matthew Hurley: It's a troubling question, but one this corner finds an answer to at every verbal stumbling block presented by those who disagree. Should heavyweight contender Joe Mesi be allowed to fight again? It's a question the Nevada State Athletic Commission has so far responded to with a resounding "No!" And if you are suspended as a fighter in Nevada you simply can't get licensed anywhere in the United States. Under federal law, as long as a fighter's suspension in Nevada is ongoing all other states are required to uphold that suspension. It must be honored, which should indicate the severity of the reasons involved for such a heavy penalty. Joe Mesi and his father have decided otherwise. They want the Nevada ban lifted so they can fight elsewhere. They steadfastly believe that Joe should be allowed to continue his pursuit of the heavyweight championship. It's a belief many, indeed most, contest. continue
09.02.05 – Professional boxing returns February 25 to the home of “Irish” Micky Ward for the first time in more than a decade when NABA light heavyweight champion George Khalid Jones headlines NER Promotions’ inaugural professional boxing show, “Championship Boxing Returns to Lowell,” February 25 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts. In the last pro show held in Lowell, Ward stopped George Andujar in the third round of their September 10, 1994 match. continue
09.02.05 - Undefeated World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman, who recently inked a multi-year promotional agreement with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, has signed to meet World Boxing Council super bantamweight champion Oscar Larios in a 122-pound unification bout April 9 in El Paso, Texas, it was announced today. continue
09.02.05 - The career dream of European heavyweight champion Luan Krasniqi is within reach. On April 16 the 33-year-old German is fighting the one year younger American Lance Whitaker in an official WBO heavyweight title eliminator. „That’s great news for me“, Krasniqi said, who last defended his European belt on 4th December 2004 with a draw against Timo Hoffmann in Berlin „I’m close to reach the biggest dream of my career. continue
09.02.05 - Taurus "The Bull" Sykes (22-1-1), the 29 year old Brooklyn heavyweight that has been the talk of the New York gym scene over the last few years is finally ready to crash the gates of the heavyweight division and claim his rightful place in 2005 as the hottest prospect in the heavyweight division. Step-one in 2005 will be the task of dismantling Friday Ahunanya (20-2-1) on March 4th in Hobbs, NM. continue
09.02.05 - A pair of potentially explosive match-ups will be shown during SHOWTIME’s Free Preview Weekend when two-time time WBC Champ Jose Luis Castillo takes on former IBF titleholder Julio Diaz and undefeated Jeff Lacy risks his IBF super middleweight crown against once-beaten Rubin Williams on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, March 5th. continue
09.02.05 - By Neil Goodman: Howard Eastmans date with the Executioners axe is now less than 2 weeks away, both bookmakers and boxing writes alike all must be tipping Hopkins to successfully defend his Middleweight title for a record breaking 20th time.
Hopkins has been quoted on numerous occasions as saying the end is near and that he will not be boxing on past his 40th Birthday. Well, words are one thing and money often makes fighters speak a different language!
Whilst the stats speak for themselves, Bernard is essentially the self-made Middleweight king. He fought hard to get his opportunity and once the holder of a portion of the Middleweight title has done his utmost to ensure that it is he who remains in control of his destiny. continue
09.02.05 – By Tim Foley: Vivian Harris…step it up!!! This is your time to shine and your golden opportunity has come, but only if you choose to step up to the plate. With the Arturo Gatti vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight seemingly flushed down the toilet, this should be your best chance to jump right into the elite 140 pound race. June 11th is a date that you should circle because Arturo Gatti will be in Atlantic City and you should be there as well. continue
PHILADELPHIA, Februrary 9th- Acclaimed sportswriters Edwin Pope and William Nack will receive A.J. Liebling Awards, for excellence in boxing journalism, at the 80th annual Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner May 6 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. It has been several years since the BWAA presented Lieblings, which are authorized by a vote of the organization's officers and board members. continue
09.02.05 - Ringside Radio Welcomes John Ruiz and Trainer Norman Stone in Two Hour Special from 3-5pm (CST) Saturday, February 12th. Other guests include: WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champ Rob Calloway and Kansas City Promoters Joe Kelly of Titan Entertainment & Robert Merritt of Ten Count Promotions. In the Kansas City Metro area listen to Ringside Radio on 1140 AM. continue
08.02.05 - Former World Boxing Association featherweight and World Boxing Council featherweight champion Luisito Espinosa of Stockton, Calif., meets Cristobal Cruz of Mexico in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Tecate Friday, Feb, 18, at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium in Stockton. continue
08.02.05 - Old-time cowboys loved their home on the range. But World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Joan Guzman, the pride of the Dominican Republic, loves his home east of San Diego, in the "Valley of Sycuan." To prove his affection for his warm relationship with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which is an offshoot of the hugely successful Sycuan Resort & Casino in El Cajon, Calif., Guzman has entered into a new, multi-year promotional contract. continue
08.02.05 - By Coach Tim Walker - email@example.com - With the Judah Spinks fight in the books lets turn our attention to the rest of February. We have four major fight cards next weekend, two the following weekend and finish the month up with two more. The biggest card of all of those is of course HBO’s Hopkins/Eastman, Taylor/Edouard and Montiel/Nacorro card.
Starting with next week (February 10-11)
FOX jumps back into the ring with an Oscar Larios vs. Wayne McCullough, Andre Ward vs. Kenny Kost, and Cedric Boswell vs. Gilbert Martinez card. The most interesting thing about this card is that James Prince is pitting his Olympic Gold Metal winner against a highly motivated Kenny Kost. Kost is certain of the position that he has been placed in and according to sources he is coming to take Ward out! continue
08.02.05 - Unbeaten Brooklyn junior middleweight Yuri Foreman, 16-0 with 7 KO's, will headline 2005's third installment of DiBella Entertainment's Broadway Boxing Presented by Mohegan Sun slated for February 24th, 2005 at the Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center. DBE will host a press luncheon at Gallagher's Steak House on Wednesday, February 9, beginning at 11:30 AM to announce the card. continue
08.02.05 - Egyptian light middleweight prospect Ahmed “The Riot” Mustafa (7-0, 5 KOs) will continue his rise towards bigger things, when he returns to the ring on February 17 at the Zamalek Sporting Club Basketball Hall in Giza, Egypt in a six-rounder against an opponent still TBA. continue
07.02.05 - By Coach Tim Walker – firstname.lastname@example.org - Sometimes you just gotta believe even if it is only you believing. For those who impugn the integrity of boxing or even debase themselves by attacking boxers on personal levels now is a time to give props. The singular act of avenging a loss and beating Corey Spinks does not make Zab Judah the best to ever lace up a pair of gloves nor does it excuse his actions against referee Jay Nady for stopping his bout with Kostya Tszyu. Hopefully in the eyes of boxing’s hopeful it will add even more spice to the welterweight division. With Oscar and Shane coming back to the already rich 147-pound weight class doesn’t it make the title fights even more appealing with Judah at the helm? continue
07.02.05 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The World Boxing Council declares Wednesday, February 2, a day of world mourning in boxing for the sad death of the extraordinary heavyweight champion, Max Schmeling of Germany, who will continue to be a legend forever. Boxing in the 20th Century was led to greatness by two unforgettable immortals: Schmeling and Muhammad Ali, who wrote golden pages of drama, prestige, courage and talent in world boxing. continue
SANTA YNEZ, CA (February 7, 2005) – “The Mensa Mauler,” CHAZZ WITHERSPOON, 2-0 (2 KOs), professional boxing’s only heavyweight on a full academic scholarship, returns to the ring on the undercard of boxing's 2005 season premiere at the Chumash Casino Resort, in Santa Ynez, CA, Friday, February 18. Chazz will be facing David Johnson, 2-11-3, from Los Angeles, CA. First bout begins at 5:30 P.M. continue
07.02.05 - By Wray Edwards: Friday night, February 4th turned out to be a festive evening of pulchritude and mild violence for the citizens of Jacksonville, Florida. As one of the smallest cities to host the NFL’s Super Bowl, the people of JAX decided to go all out to make everyone involved feel welcome and well served. Due to a shortage of hotel rooms, the resourceful citizens provided cruise ships on the Saint Johns River estuary as an unique answer to the need for accommodations. Actually, according to many Patriots and Eagles fans, that was a refreshing departure from the usual urban hotel scene. continue
New York, Feb. 7-Duva Boxing's trio of young prospects - Kendall Holt, Oscar Diaz and Shaun George - all coming off impressive nationally televised victories in the past week, have established themselves as serious contenders on the fight scene. Holt and Diaz are of particular interest because they fight in the 140-pound division, the hottest category in boxing these days. continue
07.02.05 - ORANGE, CA - Thompson Boxing Promotions is picking up where they left off in 2004 with a stellar five-bout card this Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario. In the main event, world-ranked Miguel Angel Huerta will step in against Jesus Santiago in a 10 round Lightweight bout. continue
07.02.05 - By Coach Tim Walker – email@example.com - Sources report that it could really be true? After months and months of calling out the best light welterweight fighters in the world from Floyd Mayweather Jr. to Ricky Hatton to Kostya Tszyu, Junior Witter finally realizes that he will never get any of those fights unless he brings his high power act to the States and beats a recognizable name. That is not to say that boxing isn’t appreciated greatly in other countries but the States is where the big show goes down. Is Witter one of the best in the game? Yes he may be one of the best in the game but the problem isn’t whether he is or isn’t, the problem is that big fish like Mayweather, Tszyu and now Hatton feed in a different pond. Outside the die-hard boxing fan the name Junior Witter doesn’t invoke response. continue
BOSTON (February 7, 2005) – Unbeaten heavyweight “Baby” Joe Mesi and former world-class super middleweight/middleweight “Dangerous” Dana Rosenblatt are Thursday night’s (Feb. 10) special guests on the New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show live on WWZN 1510 The Zone in Boston. Mesi (29-0, 25 KOs) talks about his once mercurial career now on hold for nearly a year due to medical issues that led to the suspension of his license. continue
07.02.05 - British Welterweight Champion David Barnes and challenger Bradley Pryce have come out slugging before their fight at the Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes on Friday 4 March. Mancunian Barnes, 27, makes the fourth defence of his title against the tough Welshman and both have opened a war of words that they aim to settle on the night. Unbeaten in 17 fights, Barnes is one of the hottest talents in Britain and underlined his credentials with a stunning sixth round stoppage of rival James Hare to win the title outright. continue
06.02.05 - By Don Caputo: "I beat the man who beat the man who beat the man, I guess that makes me the man." He was right, that's how it works in boxing and when Riddick Bowe seized the heavyweight crown from Evander Holyfield in their epic first encounter he was indeed the man of the division. Bowe, for whatever reason, failed to fulfill his enormous potential and achieve the level of greatness his kind of talent demanded. Lennox Lewis holds the distinction of being the only truly great super heavyweight to have emerged but make no mistake about it, Riddick Bowe was blessed with all the tools to have been even greater in my opinion, perhaps even rival Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali for the mythical top spot. But, as we all know, talent is only one of the intangibles required to determine greatness in an historical sense and unfortunately for Bowe he fell short in the other crucial areas much in the same way Mike Tyson did. continue
06.02.05 - By Wray Edwards: The other day as we were driving back from watching some sparring, we saw a woman who was "jogging" along the sidewalk. A pretty common sight you might say, but there was a difference: she was running backwards. A curious talent, one thinks, for all but linebackers and forwards. Not so last night. Last night we saw the concept of what might be called "retro-running" endlessly demonstrated by Corey Spinks in his "defense" of the undisputed (WBC, WBA, IBF) Welterweight crown versus challenger Zab Judah. continue
06.02.05 - Highly regarded Michael Lozada of Tijuana, Mexico, meets hard-hitting Antonio Cervantes of Ensenada, Mexico, in the 10-round super featherweight main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing in association with Tecate Friday, Feb. 11, at El Foro in Tijuana, Mexico. The 21-year-old Lozada, a fine counter-puncher, has a record of 13-1-1 with eight knockouts. continue
06.02.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Zab Judah (33-2-1-24 KO's) scored a TKO 9 victory over Welterweight Champion, Cory Spinks (34-3-0-11 KO's) Saturday night in front of Cory's hometown fans in St. Louis. This redeeming win over Spinks evens their records against each other at 1-1 and invites a rubber match that might ultimately settle the score.
In December of 2003, Cory Spinks rose to fame, when he put on a boxing clinic that demonstrated how the refined application of the sweet science could tame a savage, brawling beast in the ring-Ricardo Mayorga.
The big punching and less than disciplined Mayorga lost his WBA and WBC Titles to IBF Champion, Spinks, rendering the son of former Heavyweight Champion Leon Spinks, the 'undisputed' Champion at Welterweight and a new Star on the rise. continue
06.02.05 - Zab Judah was asked what was the difference in this fight and the last fight? “Hunger and determination was the difference in this fight. I begged and prayed for a second chance after the first fight. I took a big risk moving up in weight from 140 pounds and it was my first fight at 147 pounds. He did exactly what I thought he’d do He was running from my left hand, which made him pull back and let me take him to the body.“ continue
06.02.05 - By Umar ben-Ivan Lee: New York fighters should fight in St. Louis more often. From now on in New York boxing circles New York will be known as the place were Zab Judah dethroned undisputed welterweight champion Cory Spinks and were the Queens-native Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett scored a thrilling knockout victory over the game Jamaican Owen "What the Heck" Beck. continue
06.02.05 - photos: Tom Casino / Showtime: Before a record crowd for an indoor arena and millions more watching on SHOWTIME, Zab "Super" Judah won the WBA/WBC/IBF welterweight title with an impressive ninth-round TKO over defending champion Cory "The Next Generation" Spinks Saturday on SHOWTIME. In an excellent co-feature between boxers ranked in the top 10 in each of boxing's four major governing bodies, Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett scored a ninth- round TKO over previously undefeated Owen "What The Heck" Beck in a scheduled 12-round heavyweight elimination bout. The telecast, which aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast) from the Savvis Center, was promoted by Don King Productions. continue
05.02.05 - Kendall Holt snapped David Diaz's head back a number of times before the referee stopped the fight at 2:26 in the eighth round in a junior welterweight tussle Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation." In the junior welterweight co-feature from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn., Oscar "El Matador" Diaz out-brawled Al "Speedy" Gonzales over 10 action-packed rounds to take a unanimous decision 97-93 and 96-94 twice. SHOWTIME televised the Duva Boxing doubleheader at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The telecast represented the 56th in the popular "ShoBox" series, which debuted on SHOWTIME in July 2001. continue
05.02.05 - The original encounter last October, where Hungarian Jozsef Matolcsi came back from four knockdowns to stop Fight Production’s Austrian Gotthard “The Cougar” Hinteregger, 24-7-1 (12), in round eight was such a spectacular fight that ‘Boxing News’ called it the second best fight of 2004 in Britain. It now looks like the mandated rematch will also take place in Britain, as Matolcsi´s promoter Krzysztof Zbarski and Hinteregger´s ditto, Olaf Schroeder, are targeting a working-date of March 25 somewhere on the isles to settle the score. continue
05.02.05 - Howard Eastman’s historic showdown with undisputed world middleweight champion and pound for pound king Bernard Hopkins at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles on February 19th is to be featured on both Setanta Sport and the BBC. “I am delighted to officially announce that the country will have a wide selection of media outlets through which they can follow Howard Eastman in his challenge against Bernard Hopkins,” confirmed Eastman’s promoter Mick Hennessy.
“Setanta Sport will be offering UK viewers the chance to watch HBO’s live coverage of the fight and the three top supporting contests from the undercard for £14.95. continue
05.02.05 - By Umar ben-Ivan Lee: The City of St. Louis will witness its first major boxing event in years on Saturday. This event has been made possible due to the success of Welterweight champion Cory Spinks, the legacy of the Spinks name in St. Louis, and the support of the local business community along with the political establishment. Don King was given an offer he couldn't refuse to host this fight at the Savvis Center which is a venue that has never hosted a major boxing event and is showing its inexperience in its dealing with the public and the press in the days leading up to the fight. continue
04.02.05 - By Steve Mckenna: IT'S amazing how one fight can dent a boxer's reputation so badly – but that's exactly what's happened with Scott Harrison. The WBO featherweight champion's gruelling battle with Victor Polo not only gave him a badly bruised face – but it's also resulted in his good name being sullied in the media over the past seven days. There was always the suspicion that Harrison was a bit one-dimensional and would struggle against a skilful fighter who moved well. Manuel Medina suggested that was the case in their first fight and, for a few rounds, so did Walter Estrada. But Polo confirmed it – so much so that the decision to award Harrison a draw was attacked as 'home-town' robbery by many. continue
04.02.05 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: Zab Judah (left) weighed 146 pounds and Cory Spinks tipped scales at 147 during Friday's weigh-in in St. Louis. In the first true championship fight of the year, Spinks will defend his undisputed welterweight title against Judah in the Don King Productions-promoted main event Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast). Monte Barrett (left) tipped scales at 218 pounds and Owen Beck weighed 234 during Friday's weigh-in in St. Louis. Barrett battles Beck in a Don King Productions-promoted 12-round heavyweight elimination Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast). continue
04.02.05 - By Coach Tim Walker - firstname.lastname@example.org - I love watching Bugs Bunny cartoons. Bugs whether dressed in drag or tuxedo usually came out the victor no matter the circumstances. One of the show’s best subplots was to show my beloved Bugs tricking that week’s jovial nemesis into thinking that the gun wasn’t loaded. The unknowing butt of this cruel yet entertaining prank would then go on to shot himself in the proverbial foot. Sometimes the joke would stray a bit higher and to the rear, which made the joke even funnier. That seems to be what some laughable sanctioning bodies and some gluttonous promoters are doing, shooting themselves in the proverbial foot. continue
04.02.05 - Cestus Management's junior welterweight sensation "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis is still in the gym, training hard and sparring even harder, despite the fact that his opponent, Michael Warrick, has fallen out of their scheduled bout with a reported broken rib sustained during sparring. Although Warrick has now exited stage left, Team Cestus and "Mighty" Mike aren't about to throw up their hands in defeat. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 4, 2005 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of heavyweight champion Max Schmeling. He passed away Wednesday, February 2, at the age of 99.
Born in Klein Luckaw, Brandenburg, Germany on September 28, 1905, Schmeling turned pro in his native land in 1924. He won the German and European light heavyweight championships and German heavyweight championship before defeating Hall of Famer Jack Sharkey for the vacant world crown in 1930. After successfully defending his title against Young Stribling, Schmeling lost the 1932 rematch to Sharkey. In 1936, Schmeling scored a 12th round knockout over then unbeaten Joe Louis. In the rematch two years later, Louis, who won the world title in 1937, scored a 1st round knockout. Schmeling continued to box until 1948 when he retired with a 56-10-4 record. After retiring from the ring, Schmeling worked for many years for Coca-Cola in Germany. continue
03.02.05 - Tickets have today officially gone on sale for the most explosive fight of the year: Kostya Tszyu vs. Ricky Hatton for the IBF Light-Welterweight Championship of the World. Hatton, Britain's most exciting fighter, faces Tszyu, the reining champion and pound-for-pound best, on Saturday 4 June at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester in what is this summer's hottest ticket. It's the biggest fight staged in Britain for the last 10 years so make sure your there! continue
03.02.05 - ST. LOUIS—History will be made on Saturday when a sold-out crowd of over 22,000 people will pack Savvis Center—the most people to ever witness a boxing match at an indoor arena—for Spinks vs. Judah II: Arch Rivals… Meet Me in St. Louis, which is being broadcast on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Promoter Don King, who has made a career of making and breaking incredible records, said this event will rank among his finest. continue
03.02.05 - Photo: Tom Casino / Showtime - CORY “THE NEXT GENERATION’’ SPINKS (34-2, 11 KOs): “I really want to thank Don King and SHOWTIME for bringing this fight to St. Louis and, of course, for the great support I am getting from the fans here. This is a dream come true for me. I know my mother and grandmother are looking down at me now, and that they are proud.
“This is not an easy fight, but I do not get paid exhibitions like a lot of guys. All my fights are tough. I thank Zab for taking this fight. I know what it is like to fight in the type of environment he will be in on Saturday. I fought in Italy where nobody was rooting for me. So I have been through it. continue
03.02.05 - Julio Diaz Wednesday voluntarily relinquished his International Boxing Federation lightweight championship. What follows are quotes from Scott Woodworth, executive vice president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions, which promotes Diaz, explaining the champion’s reasons and regrets for this action: “Julio today voluntarily relinquished his IBF junior featherweight championship, and we at Sycuan Ringside Promotions wholeheartedly endorse this unselfish act. continue
03.02.05 - Italy's Gianluca Branco has decided to relinquish his position as the mandatory challenger for the European light welterweight title rather than fight current champion Junior Witter. Hennessy Sports, who won the purse bid for the contest, had intended to place the fight on February 19th Eastman-Hopkins promotion at the Staples Centre in LA, but Branco's team declined to complete the necessary contracts.. continue
03.02.05 - By Don Caputo: Oscar De La Hoya’s standing as a pound for pound elite in boxing has clearly diminished over the past couple of years, in fact I’ve seen more than a few lists in which he doesn’t even appear in the top twenty. Losses to arch rival Shane Mosley and middleweight king Bernard Hopkins along with a very fortunate points win over unknown Felix Strum which could easily go into the gift decision category have taken a heavy toll on the his reputation.
De La Hoya, realizing what has been painfully obvious to the rest of us for some time now, has decided he is too small to compete successfully as a middleweight or even at junior middleweight and has wisely announced that he will be moving back down to the welterweight division where many feel he was at his best. I don’t think any boxing fan can deny that he is an all time great; he shone arguably brighter than anyone in an era that featured the likes of Felix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr and Lennox Lewis not because he was the best but because of the package he came in. continue
03.02.05 - By Jim Amato: Vicki LaMotta the ex-wife of the Raging Bull Jake LaMotta has passed away. She was 75 years old. Her marriage to LaMotta was a major plot in the movie on Jake's life taken from his book "Raging Bull". Robert DeNiro played Jake while Cathy Moriarty portrayed Vicki. Rest in peace.
03.02.05 - Tickets for Fernando Vargas’ return to the ring on March 26 (televised on HBO) went on sale today in Corpus Christi. In the first four hours alone over $100,000 of tickets were sold. Vargas (25-2, 23 KO’s) will face Ray Joval (33-3, 15 KOs) at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.
“I’m in the best shape of my life. My last few losses have been complete robberies. I am not only ready for Glen Johnson, I’m ready for a rematch against Antonio Tarver. Antonio’s scared of me, he knows I can take him out.”
03.02.05 - Interview by The Brown Bomber: In an exclusive ESB interview on the eve of what appears to be a simple warm-up match against Sam Reesse (16-11-4), the former WBC & IBF light heavy weight champion says he’s ready for the best. With stunning victories early in his carrier against the likes of James Toney, Ray Lathon, and Roy Jones Jr., we ask the question does Montel Griffin still have a chance at a Light Heavy Weight title? continue
03.02.05 - CORY SPINKS (34-2, 11 KOs): “I trained hard, feel great and am ready to go. I wish the fight was today. I am planning to have fun in the ring. It is great to be back home. This is such a blessing to have this fight in St. Louis. For a guy to grow up in the ghetto like me and then end up in the record books for the most fans at a fight here is outrageous. When they first told me the place was a sellout, I broke down in tears. continue
03.02.05 - Sports Network's Fight Skool returns for it's second series on Friday 11 March and the door will open for the start of term at the Doncaster Dome. Following a successful first series, Fight Skool returns to showcase the hottest young prospects in Britain developing their talent, experience and profile with the aim of turning them into the stars of tomorrow. continue
03.02.05 - By Janne Romppainen: As we look back at the best fights of the year 2004, the ones that probably come to our minds first are the brutal and exciting punch-outs such as Pacquiao - Marquez, Trinidad-Mayorga or Barrera-Morales III, which we were lucky enough to witness. Among all these great fights a bout in last April for the undisputed welterweight championship between Zab Judah and Cory Spinks went with relatively little notice. Even so, that fight was one of the best of last year too at least for puritans who like to see boxing matches with skills and tactics included. It was technically a high-levelled fight which was very close and exciting one literally until the final bell, and it was climaxed in the last rounds where both participants had to listen to the count. At the end of the day Spinks retained his crown via close, some thought questionable, points verdict. In the upcoming Saturday these two ringmasters are going at it again, and the beforehand-predictions about the winner are nearly even. continue
03.02.05 - Tacoma – Northwest cruiserweight giant slayer, Gary Gomez (13-4-0, 5KOs) will face Rayco Saunders (14-3-1, 6KOs) in the 35th installment of the Battle at the Boat boxing series on a special Friday night edition, February 25th , at the Emerald Queen Casino. The first action-packed bout is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. continue
03.02.05 - Chicagoland fan favorites David Diaz and Al "SPEEDY" Gonzales head to the East Coast this week to battle in separate ten round junior welterweight showdowns televised live on Showtime's Friday Night Boxing Series, SHOBOX "The New Generation" beginning at 10PM Chicago time. Undefeated and world ranked Diaz will face off in the main event against Kendall Holt of Paterson, NJ while "SPEEDY" faces off against Oscar Diaz of San Antonio, Texas. continue
02.02.05 - Photo: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME: Undisputed welterweight champion Cory Spinks works the mitts during a workout Wednesday in St. Louis. Spinks defends his titles against former two-time 140-pound world champion Zab Judah Saturday on SHOWTIME. SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will come out with both fists blazing on Feb. 5 when its first telecast of 2005 features a grudge rematch between WBA/WBC/IBF Welterweight Champion Cory Spinks and former two-time world champion Zab Judah. In a sensational co-feature, two boxers ranked in the top 10 in each of boxing’s four major governing bodies will square off when Monte Barrett faces undefeated Owen Beck in a 12-round heavyweight elimination bout. SHOWTIME will televise the doubleheader at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). continue
02.02.05 - On February 15th WIBF jr. featherweight world champion Silke Weickenmeier, 17-3-3, is defending her title on the Spotlight Boxing event at "Alte Reithalle" of Stuttgart. Two weeks prior to her 10th world title fight - which will be broadcast live and free of charge on the internet on www.boxing.de – the beautiful 25-year-old woman from Speyer (Southern Germany) answered the questions of Boxing.de. continue
LOS ANGELES, February 2 – They’ve risen steadily up the ranks, taking on all comers, and establishing themselves as two of boxing’s most exciting young stars. Now, on Thursday, February 17, Daniel Ponce De Leon and Johnny Gonzalez will attempt to move one step closer to the top when they square off against their toughest opposition yet in a pair of elimination bouts to be televised on HBO Latino’s “Oscar De La Hoya Presents Boxeo De Oro” live from The Avalon in Los Angeles, California. continue
02.02.05 - Manchester hardman Michael Gomez has thrown down an audacious challenge to WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison to step up a division and fight him in a sensational all-British clash. All-action Gomez wants the fearsome Scot next and believes he can beat him after watching his controversial title defence against Victor Polo last Friday that ended in a draw with the Glaswegian retaining his crown. continue
02.02.05 - By Matthew Hurley: There is an image of Meldrick Taylor that is haunting. It's not of him falling from a right hand thrown by Julio Cesar Chavez and being stopped with two seconds remaining in their classic encounter. It's not a selected image of any bout that came afterwards as this once great fighter quickly fell to pieces in the ring in subsequent fights. It's not even a recent image of a man whose mind is clouded and whose mouth seems stuffed with cotton when he speaks. It is an image of man, a fighter, teetering on the precipice of tragedy. He sits, slippers on his feet, and stares at the television set watching himself stumble to his feet against Chavez only to have referee Richard Steele steal away his moment of glory. He freezes the picture with his remote control, his eyes far away, and then he rewinds the tape and watches it all over again. He watches his life come apart in seconds on the television screen. When he's had his fill he turns the television off and rests his head in his hands. continue
02.02.05 - MONTE BARRETT (30-3, 16 KOs): “This is a great opportunity for me and I thank SHOWTIME and Don King for making it happen. I am ready for anything. It really does not matter what people think of me as a fighter. I know who I am. The only respect I am looking for is from my family and my camp. I am a diamond in the rough. It is my time to shine. I am in excellent position to control my own destiny. After all I have gone through and overcome, it is inevitable that I will become world heavyweight champ. continue
02.02.05 - All the drama and excitement from the October 2, 2004 Jeff Lacy-Syd Vanderpool IBF world super middleweight championship fight, will be featured on next Monday's episode of the popular series "Caesars 24/7," which will air Monday, February 7, at 10 P.M. ET/PT on A&E. The episode, entitled "Against All Odds," will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look of fight week, following Jeff, promoter Gary Shaw and trainer Dan Birmingham as Jeff prepares to become the first member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team to win a world title. continue
02.02.05 - World Class Boxing at its finest returns to The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This Hard Knocks at The Hard Rock event will consist of six scheduled bouts, beginning at 8:15 PM. The event will be broadcast live on ESPN's Friday Night Fights and features two main events, Puerto Rican Powerhouse, Ricky "Showtime" Quiles, takes on Edner Cherry and Canadian Warrior - "Cowboy" Dale Brown, battles, up and coming prospect Shelby Gross. continue
02.02.05 - Interview by Frank Gonzalez Jr.: On January 21st, Charlotte, North Carolina's Heavyweight Prospect, Calvin Brock stepped up and scored an impressive, third round knock out victory over HW contender, Clifford Etienne at the Reliant Center in Houston Texas.
I spoke with Calvin a week after his KO victory and took the opportunity to ask a few questions.
Frank Gonzalez: Tell me a little bit about growing up in Charlotte. Who were you mentors and what made you want to become a Boxer?
Calvin Brock: Charlotte is a great place and God's been blessing me here. When I was eight years old, I got some boxing gloves as a Christmas present. I would box with my friends in the yard and eventually I ran out of friends to box with because they didn't like it. But I decided I wanted to keep doing it. That's what God wanted me to do with my life and I kept doing it, I loved it. I got started fighting in the gym when I was 12 and been boxing ever since. continue
PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA (Groundhog Day 2005) -- Sage, prophet and soothsayer, Punxsutawney Phil, emerged from his burrow on Gobbler's Knob this morning, began shadow boxing, and proclaimed in his native language -- Groundhogese -- that there will be six more weeks of training before Manny Pacquiao knocks out Erik Morales in their March 19 HBO PPV extravaganza at the MGM Grand's Garden Arena in Las Vegas NV!!!! continue
01.02.05 - Hard-hitting and world-ranked Hector Velazquez of Tijuana, Mexico, faces slick-boxing Marcos Licona of Westminster, Calif., in the 10-round featherweight main event on a nationally and internationally televised “Commotion at the Ocean” professional boxing card presented by Sycuan Ringside Promotions Friday, Feb. 11, in San Diego. continue
01.02.05 - WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will headline the Feb 18 edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights Main Events Special” from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Margarito defends his crown against WBO #2 contender Sebastian Lujan in the 12 round main event. continue
01.02.05 - By Cris Neill: 'Thirty-six punches in 12 seconds! That's impossible!' I passed the newspaper I was reading to my friend and he agreed. 'That's way too fast, he wouldn't be throwing proper punches.' It was 1994, and I had made my first acquaintance with Naseem Hamed. A Sunday Times article had described him as one of the most outrageously talented boxers in emerge from the UK in years. Looking at his picture, the jug-eared, bambi-eyed kid didn't look like a fighter. It seemed unbelievable that his trainer, Brendan Ingle, thought he could be as great as Muhammad Ali.
More than a decade, 37 fights and a defeat later, Hamed is planning a comeback, this time against an unnamed opponent in the Middle East. "I've not said anything publicly until now but I plan to fight again in the summer," Hamed told the Sheffield Star. "We have not selected my opponent but the fight will take place in the Middle East and that is definite." continue
01.02.05 - TICK … TICK … TICK …: Good news, boxing fans. The countdown to Spinks-Judah II on SHOWTIME is down to five. This Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on West Coast), World Boxing Association/World Boxing Council/International Boxing Federation (WBA/WBC/IBF) Welterweight Champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks and Zab “Super” Judah will collide again, this time in St. Louis, the hometown of the champion. continue
01.02.05 - Sal Musumeci’s “Final Forum” and Sampson Lewkowicz “Matchmaker” Proudly presents “The Russians Are Coming"....The Russians are coming to The Theatre of “Madison Square Gardens” on March 3, 2005. Sultan Ibragimov Silver medallist of Olympics 2000, undefeated as a professional with a record of 14-0-12 KO’s will defend his WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight title Vs. Al “Ice” Cold former IBF Champion of the world, with a record of 34-13-3-16 KO’s continue
01.02.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: I have personally always that fighters who go through adversity early in life, make the best fighters, champions, and legends. Just speaking in a current sense if you know the stories of Hopkins, Tsyzu, and Morales you know why these guys will never lose that focus or that determination and desire that has made them the very best examples of our sport. continue
01.02.05 - By Chris Acosta: In terms of talent, we know that Arturo Gatti isn't in the same league as either recognized Jr. Welterweight champion Kostya Tszyu or pound for pound claimant Floyd Mayweather Jr. It's not that Gatti isn't a world class boxer in his own right. He is in fact, more polished than most fighters with his gutsy reputation and is at a point in his career where his versatility is finally asserting itself far more cohesively than in the past. His tremendous heart, never questioned and the source of what has endeared him to the boxing public, is now the ultimate back-up plan, tucked beneath gradually added layers of strategy and discipline. continue
01.02.05 - It's official - two-time WBC world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo will take on IBF lightweight champion Julio 'Kidd' Diaz on Saturday, March 5 live on Showtime from Mandalay Bay Casino & Resort in Las Vegas. Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, made the announcement today. Castillo vs. Diaz will be in the main event. In the opening title bout, to be presented by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, the IBF super middleweight champion Jeff 'Left Hook' Lacy of Tampa will be in a title defense. continue