31.07.05 - Speaking from the War Zone Boxing Gym in Riverside, California after a blistering sparring session, Fernando Vargas spoke about his upcoming trip to Chicago. "I can't wait to get there. Both my trips this year for the Cinco De Mayo parade in May and the kickoff press conference in June were great experiences. continue
31.07.05 - By Justin Hackman: Jermain took some abuse in the media about his demeanor after the fight, before the decision: he looked defeated. Pro-Hopkins’ writers also made sure that everyone in the country read at least a few times that Duane Ford gave the final round to Taylor, a round which Hopkins clearly won. These are the same people that argue that a challenger must “take away the champion’s belt,” and that it is not right for Hopkins to lose in a close fight. These are the same people who argue that Hopkins giving Jermain the fight that he did at 40 is pretty darn good, thus earning him a win. In fact, not one of these arguments holds any validity.
First, looking at Jermain’s demeanor pre-decision: did he look defeated? Absolutely. Does his confidence or lack thereof play a role in scoring? Of course not—debate over. But let’s dig deeper still and recognize that the only reason Jermain looked defeated was because up until this match he had arguably never lost a single round in his 23 fight career. continue
31.07.05 - By Jim Amato - AUTHOR'S NOTE: In light of the very good possibility of Roy Jones Jr. returning to fight Antonio Tarver in a rubber match October 1, 2005, I decided to re-release the following article. It was posted right after Roy's stunning loss to Glencoffe Johnson... continue
Three of the foremost boxing analysts on television - Teddy Atlas, Brian Kenny and Al Bernstein - are Thursday night's special guests on the two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show airing 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). continue
31.07.05 - By Greg Nicholas: For me, two of the most under-rated fighters there has been are two former WBO world champions at both middleweight and super-middleweight - Chris Eubank and Steve Collins. They were so very different, with Eubank being a fighter of finesse and Collins taking him on with an ugly but effective style, but either of these individuals could/would/should of given Roy Jones Jr his toughest test. continue
31.07.05 - By Jim Amato: W.B.C. featherweight champion Injin Chi has been forced to pull out of his August 20th defense against # 1 contender Rocky Juarez of Houston, Texas. Chi pulled a hamstring while jogging. The unbeaten Juarez will meet an opponent to be named for the interim title. The winner will have to face Chi later this year. continue
30.07.05 - By John Way: In boxing, there are several types of exciting fighters. For instance, men like Arturo Gatti and Diego Corrales can comeback from the brink of defeat after taking horrifying punishment to score dramatic knockouts. Another kind of excitement is produced by rugged, body punching sluggers like Rocky Maciano or Julio Cesar Chavez. If rock chinned aggression isn’t your thing, then maybe you’ll appreciate the early round knockouts of hard chargers like Mike Tyson or Jack Dempsey. But one kind of boxer seems to appeal to all types of fans: the thunderous punchers who can summon up a fight ending blow at anytime, but crumble if someone whacks them on the jaw. You know, guys like Tommy Hearns, Earnie Shavers, and perhaps most of all, Julian Jackson.
Despite facing some of the best 154 and 160 pound fighters of his era, Jackson is surprisingly absent from most experts lists of all time great fighters. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 30, 2005) - Only 14 months into his pro boxing career, unbeaten Providence cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (8-0, 5 KOs), rated No. 13 by the NABF, is preparing for his ninth fight August 26 against Willie Herring (13-3-3, 2 KOs) with the vacant USNBC cruiserweight championship on the line. continue
30.07.05 - By M. Glass: In front of a raucous hometown crowd at Robart’s Arena, China Smith upped his record to 29-2 with a unanimous decision against veteran trial horse Louis Monaco, 14-30-4. In spite of the scoring (98-91, 98-91, 97-92) Monaco managed to land enough telling blows to make Smith’s task difficult. continue
29.07.05 - By Malik Lee: A week from tomorrow, we will see a rare event in the ring when two Championship belts holders clash with one super middleweight possibly coming out of the ring with more bling than when he entered. International Boxing Organization (IBO) belt holder Robin “Grim Reaper” Reid will fight International Boxing Federation (IBF) belt holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, Saturday Aug 6 at 6 pm pacific time not on pay per view airing on Showtime East from St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. continue
29.07.05 - Former two times WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has enlisted the services of the respected Floyd Mayweather Senior ahead of his assault on the cruiserweight division.‘The Dancing Destroyer’ has returned to his training base in Las Vegas in order to work with the father of WBC light welterweight champion and pound for pound contender ‘Pretty Boy’ Floyd Mayweather after a stay in Nigeria that followed the death of a close relative. continue
29.07.05 - By Wray Edwards: Almost nothing is the short answer. First-of-all a quick look at statistics might be in order. Some of us were required to take a course in statistics as a course prerequisite. One of the most elementary concepts in that discipline is the "bell-shaped curve". The physical size of adult humans in the population of this planet ranges in height from about three feet to eight feet, and from about forty pounds to one thousand pounds in weight, if you are to believe the tabloids. Naturally, the extremes are small in number as their physical characteristics significantly depart from the norm. Politics aside, the Heavyweight Division will, most probably, be doomed to mediocre action most of the time, from now on, while waiting for one of those rare guys like Ali, and rarer still, a Frazier to compliment his appearance.
If one looks at the number of people available between one hundred and thirty and one hundred and sixty in the world, it is they who constitute the largest pool of human talent. With variations from nation-to-nation due to nutrition and genetic differences the average size of a person falls into that category. continue
TAMPA, FL (July 29, 2005) – The roundcard girls won’t be the only knockouts in the ring at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL on August 6! Promoter Gary Shaw announced today a quintet of undefeated contenders who will be highlighting the nine-bout undercard of the Jeff Lacy-Robin Reid IBF/IBO super middleweight championship. SHOWTIME will televise the main event live, beginning at 9 P.M. ET/PT (Delayed on the west coast.) continue
29.07.05 - By Mike Casile - Somebody convinced Arturo Gatti that he had the skill and boxing ability to stand in the middle of the ring with one of the most dynamic fighters of the past ten years, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Buddy McGirt must not have watched the film on Mayweather, because Gatti, definitely had the power, but in no way could compete with the speed and accuracy of Mayweather. continue
29.07.05 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch will have an enforced two-month break from gym duties having gone under the knife to repair a damaged knuckle on his right hand earlier this week. The Nottingham boxing hero suffered the injury – a ruptured extensor hood - in April this year against Henry Porras in Hollywood when he coasted to an eighth round stoppage win. continue
29.07.05 - With a world title unification showdown against World Boxing Organization (WBO) 168-pound titleholder Joe Calzaghe all but set for later this year, International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy will first have to defend his crown against former world champion and current International Boxing Organization (IBO) super middleweight kingpin, Robin Reid, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
28.07.05 - Interview & photos by Wray Edwards: A week from this Saturday (August 8th) Winky Wright’s neighbor in St. Petersburg, Florida, twenty-eight year-old Jeff (Left Hook) Lacy, will meet Englishman Robin Reid at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. Undefeated Lacy will box thirty-four year-old Reid who has a record of 38-4-1 (27) and hails from Runcom, England. This is only Reid’s second trip to the U.S. He was here for his last match in 1993.
Lacy has been a busy boy lately besting Syd Vanderpool early last October, then about sixty days later he took on Omar Sheika at Mandalay Bay. Omar went the distance with Jeff in a close-fought contest and Lacy gave him props at the news conference after the fight. Just ninety days later Mr. Shaw had Jeff back at it versus 26-1-0 Rubin Williams who succumbed to Jeff’s power in round seven. Lacy, who is very personable and positive-minded, impressed the media with his sense of purpose and ability to back up his talk.
Eastside Boxing caught up with Jeff to ask him about his fight with Reid. Robin will match his IBO Super Middleweight pink slip against Jeff’s SM-IBF title.
ESB: Hello Jeff. When you fought Shieka and Vanderpool everybody considered them a step up for you, and that those fights might be a chance for you to learn some new approaches. continue
28.07.05 - Former two-weight Southern Area champion and European title challenger David Walker has dismissed the affections of the outspoken Deptford light middleweight Anthony Small. Small recently claimed on an Internet site that not only would he like to fight ‘Kid Dynamite,’ but that his team had actually attempted, unsuccessfully, to make the fight. continue
28.07.05 - Chicago boxer David Diaz and Chicago cruiserweight prospect and NBA star Kendall Gill will attend the 33rd annual “Fiesta del Sol” celebration on Saturday, July 30 on West Cermak Road in Chicago, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Between 2:30 – 4:30 pm Diaz and Gill will provide open-to-the-public workouts and sign autographs to promote their upcoming Aug 20 bouts at the Allstate Arena on the undercard of the Fernando Vargas-Javier Castillejo jr. middleweight showdown. continue
28.07.05 - By Craig Parrish: It seems today that we read more articles about why fighters WON’T take a fight as opposed to why they will. Somehow, the backstage machinations of Promoters, Agents, Sanctioning bodies, and Television Networks has taken precedence over what is, in essence, the purest of sports: Boxing. Although there has always been a shady element associated with the sport, it seems like these days it is at it’s most blatant. Money and fame have obviously replaced another key element that should define a fighter. To be the best. To fight the best. To be the man who beat the man who beat the man. The fortune is there, but where’s the glory? continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 28 – What do you get when you take four of the premier heavyweight contenders in the world (with 150 combined wins and a 118 knockouts), add a world cruiserweight title bout involving one of boxings most exciting young champions, and throw in a dash of a junior welterweight contender who hits like a heavyweight? You get a show so spectacular that they had to build a new arena just to hold the legion of fight fans who will be lining up to see it! continue
28.07.05 - Interview by Alexey Sukachev, “Soviet Sport”, Boxing.ru: Back in his Motherland newly crowned IBF light middleweight champion of the world Roman Karmazin is in the spotlights again. Defeating Kassim Ouma in an exciting tactical 12-rounder made “Made in Hell” the central figure in Russian boxing. Especially after the sorrowful upset by the hands of Ricky Hatton to future jr. welterweight Hall of Famer Kostya Tszyu, who is still considered as being nothing less than the “Pride of Russia”.
On Tuesday Karmazin made several statements about his fight with Ouma and his future plans and future opponents in an exclusive interview with yours truly right after a press-conference in KRC “Arbat”. Here is what the fourth title holder in Russian boxing history (along with Tszyu, flyweight Yuri Arbachakov and German-based welterweight Ahmed Kotiev) had to say... continue
EL PASO, TEXAS---El Paso's Juan Lazcano, Ring Magazine's #3 World rated lightweight, returns to the ring for the first time in over a year when he takes on California State Lightweight Champion, Marco Angel Perez on Friday, August 19 at UTEP's Don Haskins Center, according to promoter Oscar De La Hoya, head of Golden Boy Promotions. The Lazcano vs Perez, ten-round Main Event will be one of seven bouts on a nationally televised fight card billed as "JUAN AT THE DON." The first bout begins at 6:30 p.m. continue
28.07.05 - Former undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins, President of Golden Boy Promotions East, is ready to host the first official show of the east coast division and the start of a multi-event alliance between Hopkins, his partner Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions with the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
28.07.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Hamburg-based Spotlight Boxing have four dates booked during the fall but only one of them in Germany. They begin Sep 20 in Prague, continue Oct 25 in Vienna, Nov 15 in Gottingen and are back on Solden, Austria December 13. The shows goes out on EuroSport. continue
28.07.05 - By Evan Korn: As most boxing fans are aware, veteran judge Duane Ford gave Jermain Taylor the twelfth and deciding round in his title winning effort against Bernard Hopkins. Ford, who seemed to me to resemble a graduate of the Helen Keller School for boxing judges, and screwed up worse than Joan Rivers' plastic surgeon, in my opinion. continue
27.07.05 - RICARDO MAYORGA: I was a great champion at the welterweight level winning two or three titles. I went to the middleweight skipping 154 lb., although I did make one fight there. I think my history and welterweight and the decision to go to 154 lb. Is sufficient enough to give me a hot a the title.
Thank God that my problems outside of the ring are pretty much solved. My attorney has been taking care of everything and by his advice, I am concentrating totally on the fight and leave the rest to my attorney. At this point there is nothing going on outside of the ring. The one thing – the rape charges, I have gotten vindicated of all charges. They are trying to reopen the case but eventually it will die out. continue
27.07.05 - By Ben Gonzalez: It is now July and with more than half of the year behind us this is a good opportunity to reflect on some of the fights that have come and gone. This has been a year for upsets and it has been, for me at least, one of the more enjoyable years I have experienced as a boxing fan. There have been two high-profile wars, one fight that was so one-sided that you could say it barely qualified as a “fight”, and two champions have fallen. So lets start with what was chronologically the first fight of the five. continue
27.07.05 - By Scoop Malinowski / Boxinginsider.com - This is the first installment of a new feature called "Touched By Greatness." We asked former heavyweight boxer Justin Fortune to recall his memories about competing against all-time great Lennox Lewis. Fortune fought Lewis on July 2, 1995 in Dublin, Ireland - losing by 4th round TKO. For Lewis, it was his second comeback fight following his first loss - the second-round KO defeat to Oliver McCall. Before boxing Justin, Lewis defeated Lionel Butler in a WBC Eliminator in May of '95). continue
27.07.05 - DiBella Entertainment will present a New York City boxing extravaganza at the Broadway Boxing Summer Bash on Thursday night, August 25th, at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th Street and Eighth Avenue, featuring undefeated stalwarts Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita, Sechew “Iron Horse” Powell and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi all on the same action-packed card, it will be announced at Gallagher’s Steak House by DBE president Lou DiBella on Thursday, July 28th. continue
July 27-The heat will be on in South Florida and across the national television airwaves on Friday night, August 26. Some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division will be in action when Warriors Boxing Promotions in association with Cedric Kushner Promotions presents Heavyweight Heat - featuring a long awaited showdown between "Merciless" Ray Mercer (34-5-1, 25 KO's) vs. Shannon Briggs (42-4-1, 36 KO's), and the ring returns of top contenders David Tua (43-3-1, 38 KO's), and Jameel McCline (31-5-3,19 KO's) live on pay per view at the brand new Hard Rock Live Arena which is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. continue
27.07.05 - By James Allan: I was interested to recently read that Frank Warren hopes to set up a clash between Alex Arthur and Scott Harrison sometime next year. Frank has been quoted as saying that Harrison will go up in weight and that the fight will take place at Super – Featherweight or possibly even Lightweight. Scott Harrison has a fight in October and possibly a mandatory after that so Frank Warren would like to get the fight set up within the next nine to twelve months.
Now while there is no doubt that this would be a huge Scottish showdown and a good payday for both fighters, it is my belief that the longer the fight takes to materialise, the more beneficial it will be for Alex Arthur. The effort that it takes Scott Harrison to boil his huge frame down to the Featherweight limit has to take some kind of toll on him. continue
26.07.05 - Undefeated Mexican middleweight champion Gustavo Magallanes of Tijuana, Mexico, meets hard-hitting Rene Arostegui of Mexicali, Mexico, in the 10-round main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, July 29, at El Foro in Tijuana. continue
26.07.05 - By Ike Enwereuzor: An exciting matchup at Lugogog Indoor Staduim, Kampala, Uganda on Saturday July 30, 2005: Bassajja Kitooke of Uganda will take on Kenyan Lucas Omondi in a 10 round middleweight main event. Co-main event features former African Super featherweight champion Michael"Bomber" Kizza against China Kasumba in a 10 rounds featherweight attraction. continue
26.07.05 - WLADIMIR TO SAMUEL PETER: "IT IS TIME TO WALK THE WALK! If Samuel Peter is looking for a fight, Wladimir Klitschko is ready and willing to oblige him. Peter has challenged me to a fight," the former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion and 1996 Olympic Games gold medalist said. "Well, I wholeheartedly accept the challenge. Let's do it. I am ready. The question is, is Samuel Peter ready? continue
July 26, 2005 - Olympic gold medallist Audley “A-Force” Harrison (18-0 13KOs) returns to FSN’S Best Damn Sports Show Period when he headlines the ‘Best Damn Night of Olympians Period’ on August 18 facing Robert Wiggins (20-4-1, 12KOs) at HP Pavillion in San Jose, California. The bout is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and will air live in America. continue
26.07.05 - By Lee Hayes: I remember back in the mid-80's when I first started hearing buzz about a promising young light heavyweight amateur named Evander Holyfield. The first thing that struck me was his name, which I immediately fell in love with. The second was after I saw him fight. I loved his talent, and his aggression. He seemed to fight as if he had no fear. I remember when Main Events put Evander in against Lionel Byarm for his first professional fight. Byarm was 9-1-2 at the time. The word on the street was that Evander was being matched way too difficult so early. I had to agree. How many fighters face opponents with that type of record in their first pro fight?
Lou Duva insisted that he knew what he was doing, and that his kid Holyfield was not only ready for anybody, but that he would be fighting for the world heavyweight championship one day. Larry Holmes was uncontested heavyweight champion at the time - Holyfield was 6'2 177 lbs- and one couldn’t help but wonder if Lou had been nipping in the bottle previous to making his business decisions. continue
26.07.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Italian promoter Rosanna Conti Cavini won purse bids yesterday in Rome for EU 130 lb champ Willie Limond´s defence against Alessandro Di Meco. Limond however might relinquish the title though and go for a shot at EBU ruler Alex Arthur. continue
26.07.05 - Jarin Clay-Bey, the fifteen year old son of former U.S Olympian and heavyweight contender Lawrence Clay-Bey, had his first ever amateur fight last night on an amateur boxing show in Windsor, Connecticut that was put on as a benefit show by former world title challenger (and trainer of Lawrence Clay-Bey) Iceman John Scully. continue
25.07.05 - By Jim Amato - Ralph Citro's contributions to boxing have been numerous and he received recognition for his efforts a few years ago when he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in Canastota, N.Y. It was a fitting tribute to a boxing pioneer to receive this much deserved recognition before his passing. Ralph earned a reputation as a top flight cut man throughout his association with the sport. Nevertheless Ralph's contributions go far beyond that. continue
25.07.05 - By Michael Amakor: What can you say about the Cruiserweight Division? For the past several years, the cruiserweight division has been battling in the throes of obscurity, and the last time the division generated any excitement was when a certain 1984 Olympic bronze medallist by the name of Evander Holyfield beat Dwight Mohammed Oawi in a sensational fifteen round slugfest back in 1986 to win the WBA Title. Holyfield went on to unify the titles in the division before leaving the division to become a Heavyweight. continue
25.07.05 - By Andy Meacock: What’s in a name? It’s a good question. It’s a very good question if that name happens to be Klitschko. Klitschko is a name that tends to either provoke very positive or very negative reactions from boxing fans and journalists alike. The two brothers from Ukraine named Wladimir and Vitali have kept us all attentive and (in my case) amused for the past couple of months with their individual struggles to gain preferential treatment with the WBC and in Wladimir’s case the IBF.
Most of the articles I’m reading at the moment seem to be about big brother Vitali, so I’ll focus my attention on the younger sibling Wladimir.
Wladimir Klitschko’s current standing in the boxing world varies greatly depending on who you speak to. Some would say that he’s a young, talented heavyweight who is on the road to recovery after a learning curve that involved couple of unexpected losses and some would say that he is washed up, weak chinned and was over-rated to begin with. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (July 25, 2005) - The bad boy of "The Contender" - Ahmed "Babyface" Kaddour (19-2, 9 KOs) - is a special guest on Thursday night's two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show - hosted by Ted Bodenrader, Anthony Pepe, Rick Brutti and Joe Bills - airing 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). continue
NEW YORK, New York, July 25, 2005 -- Everlast Worldwide Inc. (Nasdaq: EVST), manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods and apparel under the Everlast brand name, today announced the appointment of Seth Horowitz as president and chief operating officer effective immediately. continue
Tacoma, Washington - Saturday July 30 will mark a great day for upcoming northwest sensation Walter Wright. He will be headlining his first ten round main event against Calvin Odom. “The Northwest boxing fan is in for a treat,” says promoter Brian Halquist. “Walter is the best fighter the northwest has produced since Greg Haugen.” continue
25.07.05 - She is a boxing beauty whose good looks have earned her the nickname "The Knockout." He is a boxing beast who graduated from "toughman" contests and improved enough to stay in the ring for 10 rounds with legendary heavyweight world champion Larry Holmes. She has appeared in the ring at the Playboy mansion and in the pages of “Playboy” magazine. continue
25.07.05 - By Jim Amato: Bernard Hopkins did not win the night he faced a fresh, legitimate challenger in young but talented Jermaine Taylor. I give Bernard credit for taking on such a tough challenge in the twilight of his career. Here's my thing, even if Bernard would have clocked Taylor with the first punch he landed, I still feel that there were several middlewights in my time (1965 to Present) that may have been able to handle Bernard. Though no fault of his own, Bernard came along at a time when serious challengers were few and far between. Yes he beat every challenger put before him and I agree he did not duck anyone. My question is, who did he really beat? Trinidad who we later found out thanks to Winky Wright, was lacking in the skills department. De La Hoya who was just in with a bigger, stronger man. Oscar was probably at his best at 147pounds.
I respect Bernard but he was never seriously challenged. Trinidad and De La Hoya were blown up welterweights. A lot of his challengers like Robert Allen, Antwon Nichols, Joe Lipsey, Keith Holmes and William Joppy were good fighters but not in the caliber of some world title challengers and former titleholders from days gone by. continue
25.07.05 - Foxwoods Resort Casino will play host to yet another knockout night of boxing, as ESPN 2’s “Friday Night Fights” returns Friday, August 5th at 8 PM. Fight fans will experience two of boxing’s most exciting heavyweight performers, as Hartford’s own Lawrence Clay Bey (18-4-0, 15 KOs) battles Derek “The One Man Riot” Bryant (21-3-0, 16 KOs) from Philadelphia. continue
25.07.05 - One could be forgiven to think that Danish cruiserweight Jesper Kristiansen, at the age of 33 and following two straight losses, has made the decision to retire from the ring with a bitter taste, especially considering that it was made in a small dressing room in far-away Siracuse, Sicily on the heels of a shelling by the hands of Vincenzo Rossitto. continue
24.07.05 - I am WBA International Light heavyweight champion Lolenga "Leopard" Mock. I am writing this letter to challenge Mikkel Kessler. If Rudy Markussen wants an elimination fight that will be good but they know what I will do to him so he will avoid me. I have been asking for a rematch with Mario Veit but he's scared to take a beating again. Special thanks to Team Palle for giving me the opportunity they gave me in my last fight against former champion Charles Brewer. continue
24.07.05 - By Peter Cameron: I can still vividly remember dragging myself into my living room at some ungodly hour to tune into the 2000 Sydney Olympics for the super-heavyweight final. I had to be at work in under six hours but I didn't care. After 32 years of near-misses, Britain was finally about to win its first boxing gold since Chris Finnegan's heroics in 1968. continue
23.07.05 - By Wray Edwards: More’s the pity. Standing in the magnificent hall of the Accademia Museum in Florence, Italy we looked up at one of the great accomplishments of western civilization: Michelangelo’s David. This work is a depiction of a young warrior just prior to doing battle. It is an example of a specific human effort which is both thematically and artistically complete and final. Suppose someone had come to Michelangelo and said, “Hey Mike, why don’t you do another one with him looking over his right shoulder this time?” He would be laughed out of town.
Yet, here we are, in the process of whetting our sadistic appetites for a re-match of what was arguably one of the most dramatic prize fights in the history of boxing. And should Castillo win the next contest, our avaricious mentalities will, of course, scream for the “rubber match.” The word “sadistic” applies, because the first pairing of Diego and Jose was a violent slug-fest which was not an example of an elegant ballet of the sweet science in which hit-and-not-be-hit is the ideal. It was a knock-down, drag-out hummer which stirred the hearts of all, except for a few purists who poo-pooed the crass nature of the contest. continue
July 23, 2005 - Bernard Hopkins' appeal of his split decision loss of the undisputed world middleweight championship to Jermain Taylor last Saturday has been denied by the Nevada Athletic Commission. continue
23.07.05 - California State Junior Welterweight Champion Rolando Reyes captured the vacant NABO 135-pound title by scoring an eighth-round TKO over Courtney Burton Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation." In the co-feature from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., Ahmed Kaddour became the first contestant from the NBC series "The Contender" to return to the ring when he registered an eight-round unanimous decision over Maxell Taylor. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 23 – With 11,992 fans in attendance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas last Saturday night to watch the middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor, it is obvious that boxing is alive and well in the hearts of fight fans. But while an intriguing matchup between two great warriors is always an enticing prospect for followers of the sweet science, it’s not always economically feasible to be able to see these megafights live and in person. continue
23.07.05 - 2004 Olympic trials bronze medalist Aaron Williams improved to 3- 0 (2 KO's) stopping Tihomir Dukic at 1:32 tonight at the Gold Coast Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Williams wasted little time establishing his jab from the opening bell. Around the midway point, an over-hand hand right deposited Dukic in his own corner. continue
22.07.05 - Photo by Wray Edwards/ESB: An Open Letter from Samuel Peter to Sinan Samil Sam and Wladimir Klitschko: In my last television appearance, I asked the heavyweight division and the rest of the world, “Who is Next?” Now I have a better question for both of the fighters who have been ordered by the WBC and IBF to fight elimination bouts with me: Who is man enough to fight me? Wladimir and Sinan, both of you have opportunities to meet me in the ring and try and prove you are the new mandatory challengers in two of boxing’s main sanctioning organizations, the WBC and IBF.
It is my understanding that my promoter, Duva Boxing, has made significant offers to both of you to fight me in the very near future. I ask you to look the offers over carefully and please don’t try to hide behind your promoters or managers. Boxing fans around the world deserve to know who the next heavyweight king will be. Let’s settle this in the ring like honorable gentlemen. continue
22.07.05 - In what promises to be a heart-stopping thriller, all-action television favorite Oscar “El Torito” Diaz, 21-1 (11), will face all-action television favorite Emanuel Augustus, 31-24-6 (16), on August 26 at the Thunderbird Wild West Casino in Norman, Oklahoma and televised live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. The two super lightweights will headline a “rock ‘em sock ‘em” night of Duva Boxing in association with Holden Productions professional boxing. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 23, 2005) - In late October World Boxing Council No. 1 rated super middleweight contender Scott "The Sandman" Pemberton (29-3-1, 24 KOs) will fight No. 3 ranked challenger Danny "Green Machine" Green (20-2, 19 KOs) in Perth, Australia, Pemberton's promoter Jimmy Burchfield (CES) announced today. continue
22.07.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Universum won´t confirm it but at Don King Productions it´s a fact that WBO heavy champ Lamon Brewster defends the title September 28 in Hamburg against # 1 contender Luan Krasniqi. Ukrainian heavyweights Aleksander Dimitrenko and Taras Bidenko are confirmed for supporting bouts. Bidenko will take on Swiss Nuri Seferi with the Int´l German title at stake. continue
22.07.05 - Tickets are now on sale for 'The Final Countdown' featuring WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion JOE CALZAGHE and fight sensation AMIR KHAN at the Cardiff International Arena on Saturday 10 September. Welsh star Calzaghe headlines a superb show with the 17th defence of his title knowing that victory is crucial if he is to get his unification fight with IBF title-holder Jeff Lacy next. continue
22.07.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: So does anybody want to predict when Chris Byrd will announce Davaryll Williamson as the next challenger to his belt? Following the ridiculous landmark decision of “boxing organizations can stay corrupt” that awarded Williamson a higher ranking over Wladimir Klitschko in the IBF list (Klitschko just beat him in October), I fully expect Chris Byrd vs Davaryll Williamson to be made. In fact I think that we are in for another boring ( i.e. Klitschko-less, Peter-less) PPV, with that as the main event, once again proving absolutely nothing like most of King’s recent shows have done. It’s a complete and utter farce.
Don’t get me wrong, Wladimir Klitschko should have simply said “screw you” to the corruption of the IBF, foregone the predictable decision, and challenged a “real” top contender. Consequently while on the matter kudos for picking Brock, Wladimir, and kudos to Brock for fighting Klitschko. If I may digress that is precisely the type of fight we need (provided it does happen), because these are two semi top contenders and the winner clearly becomes the top one. Unfortunately TOS Williamson vs Chris Byrd is on the opposite end of the spectrum. continue
21.07.05 - Two sons of former world champions--Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Jorge Paez Jr.--join undefeated World Boxing Association North American Boxing Association bantamweight champion Jose Aguiniga on the nationally televised boxing card presented by Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Zanfer and Top Rank Aug. 12 at Laredo, Texas. continue
21.07.05 - By Peter Cameron: What is it with you Americans, eh? Honestly, why can't you admit that Vitali Klitschko is the best heavyweight in the world? And for that matter, why can't you accept that the number one heavyweight in boxing's blue ribband division is a European? In the not too distant past, many, if not most, of you refused to recognise Lennox Lewis as the top man, and now you refuse to accept the talented Vitali Klitschko. continue
21.07.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: I think it is pretty obvious from my articles that my favorite fighter in boxing today is the Kazakhstan native, Vassily Jirov. Besides being from almost the same cultural background, I think he has just as much if not more heart then anyone around today. So it is really hard for me to write critically about my most revered fighter. continue
21.07.05 - By Kirk May: Seeking to rebuilt his career after three decisive losses to James Toney, Joe Mesi, and Michael Moorer, Vassily Jirov is faced with a stern test of how much he has lost in his many thrilling wars. Despite sandwiching several wins in since his first loss to Toney, if Jirov prevails tonight, he will have his biggest victory in a long time. continue
20.07.05 - By Jim Amato: What was the worst thing that could happen to stall the upswing of Winky Wright's career? Answer: Jermain Taylor beating Bernard Hopkins for the undisputed middlweight championship of the world. After Winky terrorized Felix Trinidad, he seemed like the only one capable of giving Bernard a fight. Enter Jermain Taylor. Taylor's win will lead to a rematch that is being rumored to take place in October.
Say Bernard wins that one, more then likely there will be a rubber match. If Bernard wins the third fight he may move up to 175 pounds to challenge Antonio Tarver. He will also be calling out Roy Jones Jr. If this scenario takes place, Winky will be in a wheel chair before he gets his well deserved crack at the middleweight crown. continue
20.07.05 - By Eddy Manning: There is alot to like about Vic Darchinyan. Young, eager and exciting, the soft spoken Armenian turned Australian has the boxing world at his feet. Darchinyan is in the final stages of preperation for next Wednesday nights bout against Columbian Jair Jimenez. The bout will be a defense of Darchinyans IBF and recently gained IBO Flyweight titles. continue
20.07.05 -IWBF Bantam weight champion Lisa Brown has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with "A Ring of Their Own" promoters Rock & Sock Productions. Brown, 11-1-2, with 4 knockouts, just claimed a victory over Kelli Cofer on June 18 in Edmonton, Alberta, on an "A Ring of Their Own" card. Lisa is an exciting addition to the talented fighters already under contract to Rock & Sock, which includes Asa Sandell and Elena "Baby Doll" Reid. continue
PROVIDENCE (July 20, 2005) - Professional boxing returns to Providence August 26, featuring three championship fights at the Rhode Island Convention Center, Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc (CES) president Jimmy Burchfield announced today. continue
Brockton, MA (July 20, 2005) - Former world title challenger Rodney Toney, 27-4-4 17ko's will be taking on "The African Express," James Lubwama, 16-2 9ko's at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton, MA. ESPN2 Friday Night Fight's will televise what should be a dynamic outdoor event. continue
20.07.05 - By Lee Hayes: It was announced July 18th, that the IBF has ordered a box off between Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter and Wladimir "Dr. Steelhammer" Klitschko for a shot at Chris Byrd's IBF Heavyweight championship belt. It is this writers opinion that we will never see this fight come to play, and it won't be Peter's fault. Allow me to explain:
First, you should know that the WBC has also ordered a box off for it's number one contender position between Samuel Peter and Sinan Simal Sam. A peculiar statement considering that Hasim Rahman has been sitting in the WBC's number one contender spot waiting for a shot at it's champion Vitali Klitschko for just over half a year, and is currently scheduled to fight Monte Barrett, ths second ranked WBC heavyweight for what is still being dubbed the WBC Heavyweight Interim Title. Still, the point is that Peter and his team will have to chose who is the wiser opponent for the young Nigerian to face at this point in his career. continue
20.07.05 -Professional boxing returns to the Mecca of world-class thoroughbred racing when popular heavyweight contender Vinny Maddalone (24-2, 17 KOs) takes on local rising star Shannon Miller (11-0, 6 KOs) at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, August 19, 2005. Televised live by ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” the card will be held during the heart of the famed city’s horseracing season, one week prior to the 136th running of the Travers Stakes. continue
PENSACOLA, July 20 - Roy Jones Jr.'s Square Ring and Goossen Tutor Promotions are pleased to congratulate Andre Ward, who was honored last weekend at the 2005 Victor Awards for his Gold Medal winning performance in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Ward, 4-0 (2 KOs) as a professional fighting in the middleweight division, received this prestigious award last Saturday in Las Vegas, along with elite athletes and coaches from 15 sports. continue
20.07.05 - The Minter's and the Hatton's, two of British boxing's most famous dynasties, clash on Friday 23 September at Park Lane's Hilton Hotel. In the 1970's and early 80's, Alan Minter, the former British, European and Undisputed World Middleweight Champion, was the dominant force in British boxing. The new Millennium saw Ricky Hatton emerge as the exciting bright young star who last month sensationally defeated Kostya Tszyu to become the IBF World Light-Welterweight Champion. continue
20.07.05 - By Jim Amato: My first thought if there is a rematch...I'd go with Hopkins right now. Bernard will pick up the pace much earlier in the rematch. Also he knows he can take the best that Taylor has to offer. Bernard also knows now that he can hurt Taylor. If it would have been a fifteen rounder (the TRUE) championship distance, I feel Hopkins would have broke Taylor down and stopped him. A very similar scenario to Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns first fight. continue
20.07.05 - By Kevin Kincade: Some things in life are a mixed blessing. Originally, I was going to watch this fight with friends as it happened; but as a wise man once said, “If you want to hear God laugh, make a plan.” Fortunately for me, my friends taped the fight and gave me the tape. In the time between Saturday night and the time I got to watch the tape, I was able to read articles and posts concerning the bout and knew there was a bit of a question as to who won. Being the “problem solver”, as my fiancé’ likes to call me, I got out my note pad and prepared to review the tape over and over again to decide for myself exactly what transpired on the night of July 16th. What I saw caused me to immediately come to two conclusions: I had overestimated Jermain Taylor and Bernard Hopkins had overestimated himself.
Two facts about the fight are obvious: Bernard waited too long to get started and Jermain Taylor didn’t wait long enough to take his shot at the title. This fight was sold on the premise that Taylor was the heir apparent to Hopkins’ throne and the torch was about to be passed from great old king to great new king. Neither fighter looked “great” on this night. continue
20.07.05 - Today the 20th of July, the W.B.A. has officially sanctioned the Chris John vs. Tommy Browne World Featherweight title fight in Sydney on August 7th. Tommy Browne also fought for the WBC title against In-Jin-Chi from Korea in January this year in which he lost by points decision. Browne is very big for a Featherweight and also extremely tough. continue
20.07.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Italian lightheavy veteran Silvio Branco is out as co-challenger along with Stipe Drews for the EBU 175 lb title. Branco have been named official challenger for the WBA crown held by Fabrice Tiozzo and will concentrate on that. New challenger for the EBU title will be Pietro Aurino. continue
20.07.05 - Former undefeated IBA world middleweight champion, WBA # 8, wbc # 15, and IBF # 12 Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (24-1, 13 KOs) has been doing his own thing for a while, and came back after a one-year lay-off on April 30, when he gave previously undefeated Quentin “Happy” Smith a boxing lesson that had him hanging on for dear life to survive the ten-round beating, being “woppled” a couple of times. continue
19.07.05 - Dr. Jose Sulaiman, President of the World Boxing Council announced that the WBC Board of Governors approved the fight between No. 4 rated Fernando Vargas and the ex world champion Francisco Javier Castillejo as final elimination to determine the official challenger to the world super welter title, which will take place on August 20. continue
19.07.05 - The plot thickened surrounding Don King’s Global Glory pay-per-view event at the United Center on Aug. 13 after the World Boxing Council ruled Friday that the winner of the card’s main event—Hasim "The Rock" Rahman vs. Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett—will next face Vitali Klitschko in a WBC heavyweight title match.
The WBC sanctioned Rahman vs. Barrett as an interim WBC heavyweight championship after Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champion, postponed three matches with Rahman: April 30 (postponed due to Vitali’s jogging "thigh injury"); June 18 (postponed as Vitali needed more time to recover from "jogging injury"); and July 23 (Vitali’s "thigh injury" spread to his back, necessitating "minor back surgery") on April 19.
The WBC sent another strong message to Klitschko on Friday when its Board of Governors rejected Klitschko’s petition to fight another optional defense on Sept. 24 rather than face Rahman, his mandatory challenger. Now Klitschko must face the winner of Rahman vs. Barrett. continue
19.07.05 - Cruiserweight and amateur stand-out Aaron Williams will go for his third win as a professional this Friday night in a four rounder at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas, NV. William's 2- 0 with 1 K.O., is training in Las Vegas under the watchful eye of hall of fame trainer Jesse Reid. In his last fight, July 1st, Williams dropped Doug Robertson twice in round one on his way to a four round unanimous decision. continue
19.07.05 - Undefeated NABF Featherweight Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (15-0-1 8KOs) will be in attendance at this week’s boxing matches in San Jose Ca. First on the list is this Thursdays "Fight Night at the Tank" at 7:30 P.M. Then "The Ghost" will be at Saturdays Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fight at the San Jose St. Event Center, doors open up at 5:00 P.M.. continue
19.07.05 - Promoter Don King has announced that former World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association welterweight champion Ricardo "El Matador" Maryorga will face former International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Michelle Piccirillo for the WBC super welterweight championship as part of "Global Glory" at the United Center on Aug. 13. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 19, 2005) - Three-time world champion Diego 'Chico' Corrales and two-time world champion José Luis Castillo, who earlier battled in one of the century’s most fiery, historic fights, will host news conferences to announce “UNO MAS! . . .ONE MORE TIME!” -- the encore match of Corrales vs. Castillo for the world lightweight championship. The news conferences will take place on July 20 & 21 continue
18.07.05 - World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko would like to make one thing perfectly clear: He has always wanted to fight Hasim Rahman.“I read things, but I do not believe what I am reading,” Klitschko said. “Three months ago (April 20), a press release was sent out on my behalf stating that I would be ready to fight again in September. It included a letter from my doctor, Dr. Hyun Bae of Los Angeles.
“I am the world heavyweight champion. I am not ducking any fighters, especially Rahman. I want to prove that I am the best, but to be the best you have to fight the best. I read things that are totally unbelievable.’’ Shelly Finkel, an advisor to the Klitschko brothers, says that two weeks after the Klitschko press release, Don King convinced the WBC to hold a heavyweight fight for the interim championship on July 23.
“No matter what Don tells you, he then changed it from July 23 to Aug. 13, leaving Vitali no time to fight the winner on Sept. 24,” Finkel said. continue
18.07.05 - by Kostya Tszyu: Many things have been said and written about my health since the fight with Ricky Hatton in June and I want to assure you all that I am fine. Physically I am OK. I am doing some push ups each day and the good thing is I haven’t put on too much weight. When my body tells me it is ready, I will start doing more exercise, but right now I have been enjoying a good break. continue
18.07.05 - Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter’s manager, Ivalyo Gotzev, is declaring that the “moment of truth has arrived,” for a top contender to step up and face his man, now that the IBF has ordered a box-off between Peter, 24-0 (21), and Wladimir Klitschko, 44-3 (40), to determine its new number-one contender (on the heels of last week’s announcement that the WBC has also ordered a box-off between Peter and its top contender Sinan Samil Sam). continue
18.07.05 - It's a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents the exclusive delay broadcast of the showdown for the undisputed world middleweight title: BERNARD HOPKINS VS. JERMAIN TAYLOR, airing SATURDAY, JULY 23 at 10:15 P.M. ET/PT, on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team, which was ringside for the live event in Las Vegas, will call all the action. continue
18.07.05 - Ahmed “Hollywood” Kaddour, who recently appeared on “The Contender,” will become the first contestant from the NBC reality series to return to boxing when he takes on former West Virginia State Champion Maxell Taylor in the eight-round junior middleweight co-feature Friday, July 22, 2005, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” continue
18.07.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Middleweight King, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins lost a Split Decision and his Titles to young Prospect, Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor, who put enough rounds in the bank early Saturday night at the MGM in Las Vegas for Hopkins to overcome by the time he decided to make it a fight. It was a classic case of too little, too late. I expected Hopkins to win a decision by exploiting Taylor's mistakes and inexperience but that's not how it went down.
Taylor (24-0-17 KO's) started fast and took the fight to Hopkins 46-3-1-32 KO's), who was content to do next to nothing for the first four rounds, while Taylor made the most of a majority of the rounds. In the end, Hopkins landed at a higher percentage, but he focused too much on defense and not enough on offensive to beat the man who effectively outworked him most of the night. continue
Denver, Colo. – July 18, 2005 – Poor Boys Pro Boxing presented the "Summer Slugfest" on Sunday evening at the Denver Athletic Club. In a solid card featuring some fantastic Colorado talent, there were some surprises. In the main event, undefeated Denver fighter, Larry “Pitt Bull” Gonzales (8-1) was knocked-out in the second round of a scheduled six in a mild upset win for Russell “Hands of Stone” Jones (19-11). continue
WOBURN, Mass. (July 18, 2005) - Expansion into Rhode Island and Connecticut has transformed the New England Ringside Radio Show into the NER Radio Network, the most frequently aired boxing show in the world with broadcasts six nights a week. The original Thursday night two-hour New England Ringside Boxing Radio Show - hosted by Ted Bodenrader, Anthony Pepe, Rick Brutti and Joe Bills - airs between 6-8 PM/ET on Boston's Boxing Station, The Zone (1510 AM). continue
17.07.05 - On Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2005, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, through Sycuan Ringside Promotions, will host “Salute to America’s Heroes,” a six-bout boxing card at Camp Pendleton, Calif. The highlight of “Salute to America’s Heroes” will be a 10-round main event pitting former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Julio Diaz of Coachella, Calif , against Tomas Barrientes of Weslaco, Texas. continue
Waco, Texas July 17, 2005 – Boxing fans tune in tomorrow night to see 8 time World Champion Ann “Brown Sugar” Wolfe on ESPN2’s Tuesday Night Fights. Wolfe (20-1-14 ko’s) will be taking on Monica Nunez (9-3-4 ko’s) in an 8 round bout. The Wolfe/Nunez fight will be the co-main event and will be televised LIVE. The fights will begin airing at 9 PM eastern time. This will be the first of two fights for Wolfe before taking on her first man early this Fall. continue
17.07.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Overshadowed perhaps by the hoopla surrounding the loss of Bernard Hopkins to Jermain Taylor, there was a Super Bantam Title bout worthy of discussion involving WBC Champion, Oscar “Chololo” Larios and Wayne “Braveheart” McCullough. Yeah, I know his nickname is the “Pocket Rocket” but I think Braveheart might be more appropriate. There’s something about Oscar Larios. He always looks to be having a great time in the ring, often fighting with a big smile on his face the whole time. It cracks me up. Watching a guy do what he enjoys most in the world is infectious. But Larios wasn’t smiling much Saturday night when engaging Wayne McCullough in their rematch.
I thought Larios won their first fight convincingly, though McCullough kept it competitive. I didn’t even think that fight warranted a rematch but somehow it was made and as it turned out, it was a damn good fight—for the first five rounds at least. continue
17.07.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: EBU heavyweight champ Paolo Vidoz will take on mandatory challenger Michel Sprott from the UK in Germany with Sauerland Event promoting. The date will be either September 17 or October 1. Ukrainian, signed to Universum, Sergej Dzindziruk defends the EBU 154 lb title September 9 in Spain against Ruben Varon. continue
(LAS VEGAS, NEV.) - 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (Oakland, Calif.) added another prestigious award to his growing trophy case on Saturday night at the 2005 Victor Awards in Las Vegas, Nev. Ward was honored for his gold medal winning performance at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. continue
17.7.2005: Six bouts took place on July 16 in an outdoor arena at the Bahati Shopping Center in Nairobi, Kenya. Lightweight David Kiilu, cruiserweight Joseph Akhasamba, middleweight Joseph Njoka Ngandu, welterweight John Nguru, Light heavyweight Joseph Marwa and welterweight Joseph Miyumo all registered wins in front of a good crowd who enjoyed an afternoon of free professional boxing. continue
17.07.05 - By Jim Amato: Jermain Taylor has ended the long reign of Bernard Hopkins. Taylor won a split decision in a bout where youth took the early lead and age and knowledge fell short. Give Bernard his due. When he realized his title was in jeopardy, he came on like a true champion. At times it looked like he might overwhelm Taylor and salvage his title but Taylor was there to bring home the bacon and he did just that. continue
17.07.05 - By Wray Edwards: The old adage goes: “The challenger must take it away”. If that’s true, then the logical corollary would be: “The Champ must convincingly defend”. Both platitudes are, of course, patently ludicrous. The judgment outcome of a prize fight is not based on cleaver placement of dominant flurries in the final two or three so-called championship rounds. Each round of a boxing match is a closed compartment, the contents of which are isolated from the other rounds. Within a round it might be possible to coast for the first two and one-half minutes and then blaze away with showboat flurries, a la De La Hoya V Sturm in an attempt to “steal the round” as some put it.
Even that juvenile tactic will be neutralized if a good judge can discern that, at a more deliberate pace, the other fighter had accumulated superior contact points in the first 150 seconds than the end-of–the-round show-boater, and thereby has won the frame. Bernard Hopkins, rather than adapting and changing up on his previous ring strategies to confound this new challenge, elected to try his old wait for the right moment, so-called patient approach. It cost him his championships. He failed to recognize that Jermain Taylor’s ability to counter his plan past the sixth round had painted him into a corner from which it was too late for him to escape unless he could engineer a KO. continue
17.07.05 - By Colin Clive: Howard Eastman, 34, was in over his head, once again in losing to the talented Armenian Arthur Abraham (17-0, 15 KO’s) in their WBA Intercontinental title fight in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday. It was the second consecutive loss for Eastman, who recently was equally dominated by Bernard Hopkins on February 2005, losing by 12 round unanimous decision. Abraham controlled the bout from the very start, landing combinations that, for the most part, were unanswered by Eastman, who was limited to a passive counter puncher roll. continue
17.07.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: Brian Magee (23-2, 16 KO's) lost a 12 round split decision for the European super-middleweight title by unbeaten Ukrainian Vitali Tsypko (16-0, 9 KO's) in Nuremberg, Germany. The scores were 115-113, 115-113 and 114-115. Although Magee appeared more active throughout, he failed to land the cleaner, crisper punches. continue
17.07.05 - By Chet Mills: Vernon "The Viper" Forrest (36-2, 27 KO's), the Former WBC welterweight champion, returned to the ring in his come back fight, winning by 2nd round knockout over his hopelessly overmatched opponent, Sergio Rios on Saturday night. The fight marked the first time that Forrest had fought in 2 years, since losing to Ricardo Mayorga in July 2003. Forrest, 34, had taken the past two years off to recover from a left shoulder inury, which had prevented him training. continue
17.07.05 - by Kent Appel @Ringside: Main Events Promotions and Ringside Ticket Inc. presented a live fight card from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, portions of which were broadcast live on ESPN 2 on Friday Night Fights. The main event featured Jason Litzau of St. Paul, Minnesota verses Johnny Nolasco of Phoenix, Arizona in a featherweight fight scheduled for ten rounds. continue
17.07.05 - By William Peden: A compound of two unexpected first round knockouts, a sudden pull-out and a bomb scare completed a very strange return for boxing to British terrestrial TV. Frank Warren, making the popular move of taking his promotions from Sky TV to ITV (Channel 3) put on a spectacular show, sadly marred by an evacuation due to a code red fire or bomb alert.
As for the boxing itself, the coverage began with the British Heavyweight Title being contested between Matt Skelton and Mark Krence. Skelton, 37 and 17-0-0, has turned from being a lowly-regarded object of fun to one of Britain's top fighters, and continued his undefeated streak against Mark Krence, 28, now 21-3-0. The fight was taken by Krence at 20 hours notice after Danny Williams withdrew in the morning, citing a bad cold. Mark Krence is probably best known for taking Audley Harrison the distance back in 2002, and has an impressive victory under his belt against John McDermott. continue
17.07.05 - By Ben Gonzalez: I guess the first thing to get out of the way is that I had picked Hopkins to win this fight. But he didn't and now the boxing chat rooms will be abuzz with speculation regarding the future of Hopkins, not to mention the potential of Taylor. Taylor was the better man last night, and for that, he deserves the congratulations of all boxing fans. Two of the three scorecards were right on (That is, the judges that scored it 115-113 for Taylor), while the third, Jerry Roth, scored it 116-112 for Hopkins. continue
17.07.05 - By Jim Amato: Craig Weber kept his dream of getting a big fight alive as he halted former three time world champion Frankie Randall in the sixth round. It was an entertaining fight and although the aging Randall had his moments, Weber was clearly in charge of the fight. The end came at 2:43 of the sixth round when Randall took a knee after absorbing a barrage of punches indicating that he could not go on. continue
LAS VEGAS, July 16 – It’s always a special night when two world champions put everything they’ve worked so hard for on the line in search of a unification of their titles. Saturday, September 17 will be such a night when WBC super featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera looks to add another chapter to his storied career in a 12 round showdown against IBF 130-pound champion Robbie “The Bomber” Peden. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 16 – Continuing in it’s quest to revolutionize the business of boxing promotion and put the power back in the hands of the people who have worked tirelessly to entertain legions of fight fans, Golden Boy Promotions is pleased to welcome Marco Antonio Barrera and “Sugar” Shane Mosley as equity partners in the Los Angeles-based company launched by Oscar De La Hoya in 2001. continue
16.07.05 - By Bernie McCoy: The English author Samuel Johnson once said, "Self confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." Christy Martin is on the verge of a great undertaking and, it appears, she has the first requisite pretty well covered. "I'm in the best shape of my career," Martin told me by phone, recently, from her training headquarters in Florida. Given the fact that Christy Martin has been boxing, professionally, for almost fifteen years and has had over fifty fights, a "best shape ever" claim is no small boast.
"I had planned to go to Las Vegas (the site of the July 30 12 round bout with Lucia Rijker) earlier, but training here in Florida has gone so well, I just wanted to keep it going. I've had over 100 rounds of sparring with all shapes and sizes of fighters and I'm on the road every morning. Working in the heat and humidity is tough, but it pays off. The fact is that Jim (Jim Martin, Christy's husband and trainer) had me cut back a bit so I didn't peak too soon. If the fight was tonight, I'd be ready; a week from now, I'd be ready; so you know I'll be ready on July 30." continue
16.07.05 - WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko’s next fight will be against the winner of the Aug. 13 Hasim Rahman-Monte Barrett “interim” WBC heavyweight title bout. A letter from the WBC dated July 14 and sent to Klitschko, the management teams of Rahman and Barrett and Don King Productions, said that Klitschko, as WBC champion, will get 65 percent of the purse. The “interim” champion, whether it is Rahman or Barrett, will get 35 percent. The match will take place later this year. continue
16.07.05 - Per-Åke Persson: Universum promotes, as previously reported, at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg September 28, which is indeed a step away from the traditional Saturday night shows. September 28 should of course have rang a bell in my head but I asked Universum´s press department anyway. continue
16.07.05 - By Wray Edwards: Beside the usual discussions of past opponents, current skills, age, physical attributes and style comparisons, there is a whole other set of dynamics which sometimes are factors in the outcomes of boxing matches. Taylor-Hopkins is one of those pairings. There are two major considerations when one looks at a boxer’s image and persona. continue
15.07.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: Bernard Hopkins does not sound his usual totally confident self to me. Before he fought Trinidad, de la hoya, Allen, Eastman and Joppy he spoke with such supreme conviction and certainty in his voice that I knew there was no way he would be denied. Now Hopkins has achieved his quest - the 20 title defenses, the big money, the destruction of the big marquee opponent. Now Hopkins has nothing left to prove really. continue
15.07.05 - By John Way: As the show gets underway on Saturday night, I will be rooting for Jermain Taylor to thrash Bernard Hopkins. Taylor is one of my favorite young fighters in the world, and I believe that he has the potential to make a name for himself in Canastota someday. That being said, "Bad Intentions" will be squaring off against undisputedly the greatest middleweight since Marvin Hagler reigned in the 1980’s. And that may be selling him short. That’s right, this author is implying that the current 160 pound champ may be greater than "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler.
Before every reader of Eastside Boxing tries to break down my door, allow me to say that whether Hopkins is better than Hagler was, is a big maybe, and while it’s impossible to tell, evidence certainly seems to suggest that such a conclusion isn’t completely irrational. Hopkins is the most underrated fighter active in boxing, and there can’t be much doubt about that, when one takes a measured look at his career. continue
15.07.05 - By Derek Tang: I don’t know about you, but Hopkins vs. Taylor is the fight I have been waiting to see for the longest time. Undisputed Middleweight Champion, Bernard Hopkins (46-2), will be defending his belts for the 21st time when he faces undefeated Jermain Taylor (23-0) tonight on HBO PPV. continue
15.07.05 - Howard Eastman is unfazed at the prospect of fighting in front of a partisan home crowd when he takes on unbeaten German based Armenian Arthur Abraham in a WBA Intercontinental clash that doubles as a WBC eliminator at the Versicherung Arena in Nuremberg tomorrow night. “I’m actually looking forward to it,” said the Battersea Bomber today after weighing-in at 72.1kg. “It is a privilege to be able to box in different places around the world. continue
15.07.05 - The Board of Governors of the World Boxing Council, presided by doctor Jose Sulaiman, announces from its offices in Mexico City that a final decision has been taken in regards to the heavyweight division, as follows: continue
15.07.05 - Former two-times WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide has offered to save the day by stepping in to challenge British and Commonwealth Cruiserweight champion Mark Hobson next Friday following the withdrawal of original opponent and mandatory contender David Haye. “Give me that job,” said Hide. “I don’t care about the timeframe; I will come in on just seven days notice and knock Hobson out in spectacular style. continue
15.07.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Tonight in Las Vegas, Nevada, live underdog Russian Roman Karmazin completely outclassed a fighter touted to be a superstar in the making. Walking into the ring accompanied by AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, Roman did almost as much right as one could do against a dangerous volume punching opponent like Kassim Ouma.
First and foremost Karmazin employed a killer body attack in the early rounds of the fight. The shots were very discouraging and detrimental to Ouma who was sent to the canvas, after a short dance, from a brilliant one, two that hit Ouma square in the left kidney. Seconds later Ouma missed a straight to the head, and found himself on the canvas again. As most people can imagine I probably woke the neighbors up jumping and screaming. Credit should be given to the Ugandan for getting up and continuing on through the hailstorm of punches by Karmazin. continue
LAS VEGAS (July 15, 2005) – Undefeated and world-ranked Sultan Ibragimov, one of the most exciting and highly regarded heavyweight contenders in the world, headlines a nationally televised card featuring two 12-round bouts promoted by Guilty Boxing during September in Atlanta. The co-main event matches Ebo “The X-treme Machine” Elder, generally considered as the most promising contender in the lightweight division, in a World Boxing Association 135-pound title-elimination bout against Prawet Singwangcha. continue
15.07.05 - Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Bobby Hitz/Hitz Boxing Promotions, will present a sensational championship fight card on Friday, July 22, 2005, at the Allstate Arena, located at 6920 N. Mannheim Road in Rosemont, Illinois. The featured fights will be televised live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” continue
15.07.05 - By Bradford Scott: This Saturday night middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins (46-2-1, 32 KO's) will once again try to prove that he is an all time great when he will puts his middleweight titles on the line against undefeated Jermain Taylor (23-0, 17 KO's) on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
14.07.05 - DiBella Entertainment's Leavander Johnson (34-4-2, 26 KO's) is the new IBF Lightweight champion and has his sights set on Erik Morales (48-2-0, 34 KO's), but Johnson feels that the Mexican standout is ducking him. Johnson's last victory was an impressive seventh round knock out over Stefano Zoff to capture the vacant IBF title. Johnson once again has established himself as one of the top lightweights in the world. continue
14.07.05 - Photo by Carlos Kalinchuk/ESB - Calvin Brock Telephone Call Transcript: Moretti: There has been a lot of press recently regarding the Vitali Klitschko situation, saying he hasn’t fought reputable opponents in the past and that he’s ducking this guy and that guy. We have an agreement in principle with the Klitschko camp. There is nothing more that we relish than to fight Klitschko for the heavyweight title. There are a lot of politics involved that are out of our control, but we have all the faith in Calvin Brock. We always knew he could box – he beat McCline and we knew he could fight. We just want to have the opportunity to prove the naysayers wrong because he is a worthy opponent. We think he could beat Klitschko or we wouldn’t put him in the ring with him.
Why would we be speaking about this fight since the WBC has not sanctioned it?
Moretti: They haven’t not sanctioned it. There is a letter from the WBC stating that they will give Klitschko a Sept fight and that the winner must face the winner of Rahman-Barrett. continue
14.07.05 - By Danny Serratelli: When Bernard Hopkins made his pro debut against Clinton Mitchell back in 1988, Jermain Taylor was only 10 years old. On that night Hopkins dropped a four round majority decision in Atlantic City in a light heavyweight fight. While Mitchell didn’t do much after that with his boxing career, he is to this day one of two men to defeat Bernard Hopkins in a professional fight, and he is in good company with Roy Jones Jr. continue
14.07.05 - By Frank Maloney: This week sees something quite big happen in regards to boxing in Britain. Terrestrial television, roughly the equivalent of "Network" TV in America, is returning to the sport here in the UK. This is similar to when NBC started showing boxing in the US a couple of years back; it provides a much larger audience base than what one gets with subscription, satellite or cable television broadcasts. continue
14.07.05 - By Bradford Scott: Toney, Byrd and Vitali Klitschko all need each other. They all have something to prove, and here’s why: James Toney has recently started to make believers out of past non-believers, like myself. continue
14.07.05 - Back in April 2004, Ex-boxing champ "The Cincinnati Kid" Tim Austin was acquitted of two rape charges which carried a maximum sentence of twenty years in the state penitentiary. A Hamilton County (Ohio) jury deliberated just 40 minutes before finding him not guilty. "I just feel relief," a teary-eyed Austin said after the verdict. "It's been hard on us as a family, and I know it's been hard on (the accuser's) family." continue
14.07.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Philadelphia native, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (46-2-1-32 KO's) has successfully defended his Middleweight Title (a record) 20 times. Outside of the then electrifying, Roy Jones Jr., who was 21-0 when they fought in 1993; Hopkins' opponents have not been great Middleweights. Jones beat Hopkins by UD 12 in a fight so boring, that it almost knocked me out watching it. Since then, Hopkins has never lost a fight.
Besides his reputation as a sneaky, dirty fighter, Bernard had tenacious talent but hardly anyone was paying much attention to him until 2001, when he faced Puerto Rican sensation and former Welterweight Champion, Felix Trinidad, who had just moved up from Jr. Middleweight. Trinidad was dangerous because of his punching power but he was one-dimensional in terms of his boxing skills.
Hopkins exploited Trinidad's deficiencies all night, winning every round and ultimately knocking Tito down and out in the 12th round. After his annihilation of Trinidad, Hopkins emerged at long last, a big Star. Better late than never. continue
14.07.05 - By Bradford Scott: Recently, Samuel Peter has cemented the fact that he is the premier up in coming heavyweight, who has been making noise in the division by convincingly knocking out opponents, albeit 2nd and 3rd tier heavyweights, but he still looks like he doesn’t mess around. He comes to fight. continue
14.07.05 - By Michael Montero: Right now it seems that everybody is attacking Vitali Klitschko. The American boxing press has been slamming him lately for inactivity, ducking and calling out the wrong fighters. While people have good reason to be upset – one question remains on my mind – why are people letting Chris Byrd get away with the same thing? continue
14.07.05 - World-ranked lightweight Luis Arceo of Tijuana, Mexico, faces Shamir Reyes of Brooklyn, N.Y., in the 10-round lightweight main event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, July 22, at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
14.07.05 - Hennessy Sports are pleased to announce that Howard Eastman’s Championship clash with German based Armenian Arthur Abraham at the Versicherung Arena in Nuremberg on Saturday night will be shown delayed in the early hours of Sunday morning on Sky. It will be featured in the marquee broadcast that commences at 1am and will also include Bernard Hopkins defence of his undisputed middleweight title against Jermain Taylor in America. It will be repeated at 10.30am. continue
14.07.05 - By Lee Hayes: Vitali Klitschko's perceived dominance of the heavyweight division appears to be more distant and imagined the longer his reign continues. He appears far more focused on his original, and apparently only goal in boxing, which is to hold a heavyweight belt at the same time as his brother Wladimir Klitschko. This sort of thing is what regulates boxing to the freak show circus that Butterbean did in the past. Can you imagine if Michael Spinks has stated that his only single boxing goal was to be the first sibling to win both a gold medal and a world title? Could you imagine Spinks then retiring immediately after winning the WBA light heavyweight championship from Eddie Mustafa Muhammad? Unfortunately, boxing only seems to be a hobby to the Klitschko's, and one can see this happening if they ever do win simultaneous title belts. Not really the thing great champions are made of. continue
14.07.05 - Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime: Focused and determined, well-conditioned IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy works out and then poses after a training session in St. Petersburg, Fla. With a world title unification showdown against WBO 168-pound titleholder Joe Calzaghe all but set for later this year, the unbeaten Lacy faces a stern test when he defends his crown against former world champion and current IBO super middleweight kingpin, Robin Reid, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
14.07.05 - Promoter Dino Duva says he is ecstatic to announce the WBC has ordered a box-off between its highest-rated available contenders, #4 Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter, 24-0 (21), and #3 Sinan Samil Sam, 24-2 (15) to determine it's new #1 contender. "We're very happy about the WBC's decision to recognize Samuel as a candidate for their top spot in the ratings," exclaimed Duva. continue
14.07.2005 - By Per-Åke Persson: Nothing is confirmed but EBU heavy champ Paolo Vidoz from Italy could be making his mandatory defence against the mandatory challenger, Brit Michael Sprott, October 1 in Germany with Sauerland Event promoting. The winner is then to take on Cengiz Koc in a voluntary defence. Purse bids for Vidoz vs Sprott should have been held Tuesday July 12 but the parties now have until July 18 to reach an agreement. continue
14.07.05 - (MOSCOW, RUSSIA) – Team USA emerged from their first day of the 2005 AIBA World Cup in Moscow, Russia at the Malaya Sport Arena of Olympic Complex, with five victories over Belarus. 2004 Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the charge over the Belarusian team, setting the tone early for his U.S. teammates. continue
14.07.05 - By Neil Goodman: The UK is poised, hopefully, for an injection of interest in the sport of boxing. Firstly Amir Khan, British Olympic Silver medallist, has predictably turned pro with Frank Warren at the reins. Khan is all set to ditch the head guard and singlet, for his first professional contest on the 16th July, having beaten his amateur nemesis in his final amateur outing.
Secondly the rumblings and rumours of a switch back to terrestrial television for Sports Network had been rife for a while, have now come to fruition. It had only ever been a matter of time until strained relationship between Frank Warren and SKY broke down to the point whereby the transition took place.
Boxing seems to have taken more and more of a backseat, even the flagship Saturday Fight Night has been demoted to Fridays (obviously the programme title has been adjusted accordingly). With ITV attracting 7 million viewers to watch an amateur bout on a Saturday evening, the timing now seems right for boxing to be embraced back into the mainstream. continue
14.07.05 - Undefeated and former World Boxing Organization junior featherweight champion Joan Guzman of the Dominican Republic faces the WBO’s No. 1-ranked featherweight, Terdsak Jandaeng of Thailand, on a nationally televised card promoted by Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Northeast Promotions and Goossen Tutor Boxing Aug. 26 in White Plains, N.Y. continue
13.07.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: Living legendary artist LeRoy Neiman was commissioned to portrait both Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor for the official fight program and posters of the July 16th mega fight. He said that after studying both fighters, he had a strong feeling of who would prevail this Saturday night. continue
CHICAGO, IL (July 13, 2005)--- With the luck of the Irish, Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing Promotions found a four leaf clover when Match Maker Jim Borzell contacted him about introducing Duddy to Chicago’s strong Irish community. Jr. middleweight contender John “IRISH” Duddy (10-0, 9 KO’s), who’s good looking, soft-spoken, quick and exciting, took a chance relocating to the US when he began his professional career in 2003. continue
13.07.05 - All photos © Chris Royle: IBF Super Middleweight Champion Jeff Lacy will defend his crown against former world champion and current IBO super middleweight kingpin, Robin Reid, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
13.07.05 - By Paul Ruby - At an age where most boxers are more than a decade removed from their prime, Bernard Hopkins is seeking to eclipse twenty consecutive title defenses. To suggest that Bernard Hopkins’ physical ability is impressive would be an understatement; it is simply amazing. Hopkins, however, will be faced with a young, hungry test Saturday evening in Las Vegas when he steps between the ropes to take on 2000 U.S. Olympian Jermain Taylor on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Experience facing youth is scenario that has been played out consistently in the annals of boxing history and there is typically only one certainty – the winner will not get the credit he deserves. When Marciano defeated Louis or De La Hoya took down Chavez, the loser was “too old” and the victor did not get the credit he deserved. When an undefeated prospect like Zab Judah gets stopped by a wily, tough vet like Kostya Tszyu or Fernando Vargas gets beaten by Felix Trinidad, pundits suggest that the loser is not a talented fighter, but merely a prospect who had been “protected” and subsequently “exposed.” Suffice it to say, the cry Sunday morning will be that either Hopkins got old overnight or Jermain Taylor has been exposed. continue
13.07.05 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Tuesday evening at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, California, young Cristal Morales of Oxnard California, debuted in her first televised fight. Her record consisted of a lone Draw. 0-0-1. She had a tight frame at 128-pounds. Her trunks were loose fitting. This was a hungry fighter lucky for the chance. continue
13.07.05 - Heavyweight Brian "The Beast" Minto dominated Jermell Barnes from bell to bell to win an impressive 8 round unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 79-73) in front of a capacity crowd at a Duva Boxing promoted show in Butler, PA. The Beast was in control throughout and had the durable Barnes in trouble on several occasions. continue
NEW YORK CITY (July 13, 2005) – Unbeaten Irish middleweight John Duddy’s (10-0, 9 KOs) next fight, versus veteran Patrick Coleman (29-11, 20 KOs), has been moved back two days to July 22 and moved from 115 Bourbon St. in Chicago to Rosemont, Illinois. Duddy-Coleman will fight in an eight-round co-feature on the Bobby Hitz-promoted ESPN2 Friday Night Fights show. continue
13.07.05 - Gary Shaw announced today that he has signed undefeated New Zealand heavyweight sensation SHANE “THE MOUNTAIN WARRIOR” CAMERON to an exclusive promotional agreement. Cameron will challenge IBF Pan Pacific heavyweight champion Roger Izonritei of Nigeria, (brother of former heavyweight contender David Izon), for Izonritei’s title on the undercard of the Jeff Lacy-Robin Reid IBF/IBO super middleweight championship, Saturday, August 6, at the St. Pete Times Forum, in Tampa, FL. continue
13.07.05 - by MIKE DUNN: When Jim Corbett was an ex-champion, he had the great fortune of being well-acquainted with the manager of the man who became heavyweight champ in 1899, burly Jim Jeffries of California. Bill Brady was Jeffries' manager of record. The same Brady had been Corbett's manager when Corbett had beaten John L. Sullivan by a knockout in the 21st round to win the title in September of 1892.
Corbett had been doing fine in retirement, making a nice living on the stage as an actor and, for a time, as the owner of a saloon on Broadway. But Corbett was restless. He was only 33 years old, young and healthy. He wanted to return to the ring and he wanted to win back the heavyweight title.
In March of 1897, Corbett had lost the crown to Bob Fitzsimmons in Carson City, Nevada, succumbing to a single blow to the solar plexus by Fitz in the 14th round. Corbett, embarrassed and enraged by the defeat, immediately demanded a rematch. Fitz, who had been treated disdainfully by Corbett and didn't like him, had no inclination to grant one. continue
12.07.05 - Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions along with Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated and Miller Lite present another installment of The Best in Chicago Boxing series as Solo Boxeo de Miller/"Night of Thunder" takes place at the Aragon Ballroom on Friday, July 15, 2005. Tickets, starting at $25 are on sale now by calling 312-226-5800 or by visiting Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. continue
12.07.05 - By Chet Mills: Earlier today, Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine was denied in his lawsuit against the IBF to attempt to stop Davarryl Williamson from becoming the next mandatory challenger to IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd. The judge, William Martini, ruled that the IBF had the right to replace Klitschko with Williamson. As for Wladimir, it appears he will have to get back in line and let his fists do the talking for him from here on out if he wants a shot at the title.
22.07.05 - Highly regarded youngster Adalberto Borquez of Tijuana, Mexico, faces veteran Margarito Lopez of Philadelphia in the 10-round super bantamweight event on the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card presented by Guilty Boxing Friday, July 15, at El Foro in Tijuana, B.C., Mexico. continue
12.07.05 - By Tomasz Blanco: You know, I get the feeling that not too many of you, the readers, are pleased with the current state of the heavyweight division. Hopefully this article will cause you to forget the fact that John Ruiz does indeed holds a belt. You see, what most people in the western hemisphere don’t know, is that there is a myriad of great, exciting heavyweights coming up. continue
12.07.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: This Thursday, July 14th, boxing fans will have a real treat on their hands, as one of the most sensational fighters in boxing today, Kassim “the Dream” Ouma, squares off against highly regarded Russian, Roman Karmazin. The fight will be a twelve round affair, scheduled to determine who gets to keep Ouma’s IBF belt. The legendary Oscar De La Hoya will be doing the promotional honors, in presenting this fight to the boxing audience on HBO Latino’s “Boxeo De Oro.”
This is the first thing that I would really like to discuss because it has driven me nuts ever since I heard the fight was made. This is a great fight between two well respected fighters who know their trade. One, Ouma is a superstar in the making because once he starts throwing punches, he really doesn’t stop until the final bell rings. continue
12.07.05 - By Malik Lee: Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins holder of the IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC middleweight championship belts will enter the ring for the defining fight of his career against the “Next in Line” (named by HBO PPV) to his throne Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor Saturday, July 16 at 6 pm pacific time from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
12.07.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: You two say you’re the best in the division, and that your willing to fight the other champions, yet nowhere do you mention that you wish to fight each other. Why is that? I understand you two are promoted by Don King, but just remember this isn’t Football, or Baseball, this is Boxing. continue
12.07.05 - Per-Åke Persson: WBC 175 lb ruler Tomasz Adamek´s mandatory defence against German Thomas Ulrich could go ahead in Germany on October 15. Adamek´s manager Andrei Gmitruk said yesterday that there was no deal signed though. Gmtiruk´s "Boxing Europe" stage a small show without Adamek Aug 5 in Warzaw. continue
12.7.2005: Originally it was supposed to be the second instalment of the “Showdown at Shark Palace” boxing series, at the Shark Palace Hotel, and the main event was to have been a grudge-match between UBO Intercontinental cruiserweight champion Joseph Akhasamba and compatriot Christopher Sirengo, but the venue is now changed, and Sirengo has pulled out. continue
12.07.05 - By Kevin Kincade: You’re heart’s pounding so hard you feel it could explode from your chest at any moment. You find yourself throwing punches in the air, knocking over drinks and chips and hearing banging on the walls to quiet down from your neighbors or your wife suddenly opens the door to the entertainment room to see if you and one of your guests have suddenly decided to kill each other, “What the Hell is Going On In Here?!”
Though not the first such “moment” I experienced, by far the most powerful occurred while watching HBO on February 10th, 1990.
I was in my second semester of college, earning a degree I would never use and tuned in on a Saturday night to watch yet another 90 second destruction in the ongoing saga of Iron Mike Tyson. continue
12.07.05 - It has be confirmed that “The Punisher” Jose Perez Jr the former 5 time National Amateur Champion will start off his summer with the biggest fight of his professional career. The fight is scheduled for July 23 at the San Jose State Events Center, San Jose, CA, Jose will be Fighting along with Julio Caesar Chavez Jr. and Hector Camacho jr. continue
11.07.05 - By Trainer Ice John Scully: "Ray Oliveira is doing fine. We went to the Emergency Room after the fight and a CAT scan came back fine. Ray is a warrior, big heart in the way of Gatti, Ward and Holyfield. He wanted to keep going and was very upset that they stopped the fight but he was just not up to par. continue
11.07.05 - By F.Weber, Boxing.de – A large group of experts as well as the team of Kotelnik question the victory of Junior Witter over Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday in Nottingham. The 27-year-old Ukrainian fought on foreign turf against the European super lightweight champion from England. The fight went twelve rounds and the official judges scored the contest twice 115:114 and once 117:111. continue
11.07.05 - By Jeff Bastasini: After one year away from the ring, the old grizzled ring veteran Hector Camacho, now 43, returned to the ring on Saturday night, winning a sloppy and foul plagued 10 round decision over unknown Raul Munoz from Topeka, Kansas. To say that Camacho has lost some speed, as well as boxing ability, would be an understatement to the extreme. continue
11.07.05 – By Tim Foley: It seems like boxing has tragedies more frequently than other sports. The boxing world lost a truly great fighter and person in Julian Letterlough on July 7th, 2005. As a fan, I love fighters who give everything they have and leave it all in the ring. Mr. KO, as he was called, was a man who did just that.
Many people who are not boxing fans always speak of how much damage the sport of boxing can do on a person physically and mentally. He was a man who learned from his mistakes and used boxing as a way to turn his life around. Not many people reflect upon the positives that boxing can do for a person. After spending a seven year stint in prison for assault, he vowed to turn his life around. Boxing was step one in a rehabilitation process. Step two was being a terrific role model for his son, Julian Jr.
He provided fans with many memorable moments inside of the ring. His war with Julio Gonzalez on ESPN was the first fight I was privileged to see involving Mr. KO. It was a back and forth battle with five total knockdowns (Letterlough down twice, Gonzalez down three times). Although Mr. KO came up short, he still knew he was part of something great. continue
LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2005 – Legendary artist LeRoy Neiman, known by fight fans around the globe for his unique style and ability to capture the true essence of the sweet science with each stroke of his brush, has been commissioned to create the artwork for the upcoming middleweight Superfight between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor, which will take place on Saturday, July 16, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue
11.07.05 - Thursday night's New England Ringside Radio Show will be broadcast live from MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the site of Saturday evening's PPV show between undisputed middleweight champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins (46-2-1, 32 KOs) and unbeaten middleweight title contender Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (23-0, 17 KOs). continue
11.07.05 - Former EBU jr middle champ Mourad Louati, who´s now trainer and co-manager of Dutch heavyweight Richel Hersisia, says he will take his partner Olaf Schroeder to court. The two have collaborated since Louati´s fighting days but of lately things have apparently turned sour. continue
10.07.05 - By Jim Amato: Unbeaten Kelly Pavlik is now supposed to take on Columbia's Fulgencio Zuniga on July 30th. Zuniga sports a 17-1-1 record. he's a big hitter with 16 KO's, eight in the first round and five in the second round. In June of 2003, he met Daniel Santos for the W.B.O. light middleweight title and lost a twelve round decision. continue
10.07.05 - By Wray Edwards: Sometimes we forget how really dangerous the sport of boxing can be. In the heat of the action, with the crowd cheering and two highly trained athletes demonstrating marvelous talent, it is all too easy to overlook the obvious threat to life and limb which is ever present in this awesome sport. All who were present for the fight, or watching it on TV, were treated to a pristine example of professional competence and I’m not referring to the boxers.
Both thirty-six year-old Ray Oliveira and thirty year-old Emanuel Augustus were blessed by the presence of Referee Steve Smoger as the third man in the ring last night. As of this writing it appears probable that Steve’s actions averted a tragedy in the ring. continue
10.07.05 - by Per-Åke Persson: IBF I/C supermiddle champ Robert Stieglitz stopped Tanzanian challenger Francis Cheka on a fifth round retirement in the headliner of SES´ show at the Herrenkrug. Cheka, under severe pressure, simply pulled a "no mas" but no one could blame him. Fact is I felt German referee Heinrich Muehmert should have already stepped in during the fourth when Stieglitz hit Cheka with just about everything in the book. continue
10.07.05 - By Scoop Malinowski: This is an important week in heavyweight boxing. This is the week the N.J. Judge will determine if Klitschko or Williamson deserves the next shot vs. IBF belt wearer Chris Byrd. Klitschko says it should be him as he was ranked higher than Williamson thanks to a win over the American last October. Williamson and all of his backers claim the sudden vault in the rankings earlier this year over the man who dominated him last year was fair and equitable and had nothing to do with foul play. continue
09.07.05 - By Jack Welch: George Foreman has recently come out saying that he thinks if he were Mike Tyson’s manager, Tyson could once again become a great boxer and an American icon. Never mind the fact that Tyson has been convicted of rape, threatened to eat another man’s children (the man happened to be childless) and once bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield’s ear; all Mike needs is some TLC from the 70s version of the bad boy of boxing who turned himself into a hamburger eating, grill selling lovable bear of a man. continue
09.07.05 - By Michael Amakor: On July 16th, Undisputed Middleweight Champion of the world Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins defends his WBA, WBC,WBO and IBF titles against WBC Continental Americas Middleweight Champion, Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on HBO. continue
08.07.05 - By Chris Ireland: "We all seem to need a threat from the outside. The other, who is dangerous and who could hurt us. And we need the champion to save us from that."
Carried on the shoulders of gladiators, boxing's darkest villain entered the ring to take on its most glorified hero. The raucous, sold-out crowd in Atlantic City set the stage for our savior, Arturo Gatti, to emerge from the fireworks as he entered and put an end to his antagonist's menace. That storybook ending, however, would not be realized. Instead, evil had its way. After six brutal, one-sided rounds of execution and destruction, the champion had his belt torn from his waist.
Picture The Joker walking into the Bat Cave and ripping the cape right off of Batman's back. It was at that moment when Floyd Mayweather solidified his stance as boxing's version of Darth Vader, leading his evil empire of bandits, bad guys, and black hatters to the chorus of boos and hisses. continue
09.07.05 - Per-Åke Persson: Spaniard Ivan Pozo won the vacant EBU 112 lb title last night (July 8) in Vigo with an unanimous points win over Italian Andrea Sarritzu. The judges scores: 117-111, 116-111 and 116-111. Fred Galiana, colourful character if there ever was one, passed away July 4 at the age of 74 due to pneumonia. He also suffered from Alzheimer´s. continue
09.07.05 - By Jim Amato: This bout is actually being discussed and rumor has it that both boxers are interested. I am not sure but I am assuming that the bout will be fought at 147 pounds. A very interesting proposed match up. Floyd is on a roll and Mosley trying to come to terms with his four losses, two each to Vernon Forrest and Winky Wright. Still you must remember that Shane has twice defeated De La Hoya. Floyd is the best young fighter I've seen since a prime Roy Jones Jr. and before that Sugar Ray Leonard himself. continue
08.07.05 - Looking back at an outstanding Saturday night that saw several of his stable’s hot young prospects score victories, promoter Dino Duva says he’s very excited about the way things progressed. “In addition to Sam Peter further asserting himself as the future of the heavyweight division, we had three other kids who looked great that night. Oscar Diaz turned in another exciting, fan-friendly performance and came away with a win.” continue
08.07.05 - By Jim Amato: The cruiser weight divsion brings up some interesting scenarios. First of all I DETEST all these weight divisions. When I first started following boxing, there were the original eight standard weight divisions. Then eventually, the 140 and 130 pound weight classes were accepted. Now it has become ridiculous! continue
08.07.05 -By Michael Montero: There is no denying the fact that HBO has been the king of boxing in the U.S. for years – nobody even came close to competing with them. However other networks have been making noise as of late: NBC with “The Contender”, ESPN and it’s “Friday night fights”, even Fox Sports has given us a couple interesting fights with “The Best Damn Boxing Show Period” - and then there’s Showtime.
If you would have told me a couple years ago that Showtime would soon be right up there with HBO (in the boxing world) I would have called you crazy – but the boys at Showtime have made some great strides and are actually threatening to dethrone the king. If you split 2005 into a twelve round bout (12 months = 12 rounds) between HBO and Showtime then we’d be smack dab in the middle of round 7 – and I’ve have to say it’s anybody’s fight. Let’s look at the highlights so far. . . continue
NEW YORK CITY (July 8, 2005) - Undefeated Irish middleweight John Duddy (10-0, 9 KOs) faces veteran Patrick Coleman (29-11, 20 KOs) July 20 in the eight-round main event of a Bobby Hitz-promoted show at 115 Bourbon St. in Chicago. Derry, Ireland native Duddy, now fighting out of Queens (NY), has quickly become one of the most exciting prospects in boxing. continue
08.07.05 - By Fiona Manning: Former light heavyweight contender was shot dead last night in Reading, Pennsylvania. According to criminal defense attorney Michael L. Marley, Letterlough’s boxing manager, “He was shot in the back by a coward.” continue
08.07.05 - Both challengers on the Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ event at the Nottingham Arena on Saturday night had to make two trips to the scales at the official weigh-in on Friday afternoon. Matthew Barney – who takes on standout British and Commonwealth champion Carl Froch – was the first to step on. The Southampton man came in a fraction over the 12 stone barrier, despite stripping completely off. continue
New York, July 8—Who will be the king of Queens? It will be Queens vs. Queens when undefeated knockout artist Jaidon Codrington (8-0, 8 KO’s) of Queens (by way of Bridgeport, CT) will headline the August 4th edition of Broadway Boxing when he faces Levan Easley (17-11-2), also of Queens, in a 10 round bout for the vacant New York State Super Middleweight Title at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center, it was announced today by promoter Lou DiBella at Gallagher’s Steak House. continue
08.07.05 - By Geoffrey Ciani: On Saturday July 16, undisputed middleweight champion of the world, Bernard Hopkins (46-2-1), will face what may be his toughest challenge to date since winning the undisputed middleweight crown in September 2001. The challenge comes to the champ as an undefeated young prospect. Jermain Taylor (23-0) is the man many experts feel is the "heir apparent" to Hopkin's middleweight throne.
There are many unanswered questions going into this title bout between old & young. On July 16 we should soon have some answers concerning these top dogs in the middleweight division.
How will Taylor handle his first real taste of adversity? Can Hopkins deal with the speed & strength of his younger opponent? Will Hopkins continue his reign of dominance or can Taylor exploit an aging champion? continue
08.07.05 - Hamburg/Nottingham – Jr. welterweight top contender Andreas Kotelnik will be in action this weekend, other than the majority of his stable mates who are taking several weeks off during the promotional summer break of Universum Box-Promotion during July and August. On Saturday, July 9, the 27-year-old Kotelnik is challenging European title holder Junior Witter in the champion’s backyard in Nottingham, England. continue
08.07.05 - There was definite tension in the air when British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch and his mandatory challenger Matthew Barney came head to head for the first time on Thursday ahead of their highly anticipated grudge match on the Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ promotion at the Nottingham Arena this Saturday. continue
08.07.05 - Women's boxing superstar CHRISTY MARTIN, will appear in-studio on ESPNews' "The Hot List" at 5:10 P.M. ET and ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights," 9-11 P.M. ET Tonight. Known as "The Coal Miner's Daughter," Martin, 46-3-2 (32 KOs), will take on undefeated Lucia Rijker, 17-0 (14 KOs) in the WBC women's super lightweight championship -- "Million Dollar Lady" -- the richest event in women's boxing history.The winner is guaranteed a cool $1 million! continue
07.07.05 - OPERATOR: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to the Golden Boy Enterprises Vernon Forrest Conference Call. At this time all lines have been placed on a listen-only mode, and the floor will be open for questions following the presentation. continue
07.07.05 - FSN’s one-hour documentary series BEYOND THE GLORY returns with a new episode profiling boxing legend Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins. In this episode, BTG tells the life story of a young boy from the rough streets of Philadelphia, who learned the importance of defending himself at an early age. After a childhood filled with crime and violence, Hopkins defeated the odds and transformed himself from street fighter and jailhouse warrior to boxing legend and decorated champion. BTG: BERNARD HOPKINS airs Sun., July 10 at 6:00 PM local.
Hopkins spent his childhood in the Raymond Rosen Projects, where the years were marked with violence, neglect and the ever-present influence of destructive street culture.
In the hopes of steering her family away from that kind of life, his mother moved the family to the suburb of Germantown. It was there that Hopkins’ career really began, as he lit up the amateur boxing circuit, trying to resist the temptations of the street. continue
07.07.05 - Dutch and Benelux heavyweight champion Richel Hersisia, 24-1 (19), will no longer be trained by Mourad Louati, so much was confirmed by manager Olaf Schroeder of Fight Production, following a meeting between the three parties the previous weekend in Den Haag. continue
07.07.05 - By James Allan: It was a nice surprise when I picked up the TV listings paper this week and saw that the Jamie Moore v Michael Jones match up would be on SKY Sports this Friday. There first fight was a cracker, with Jones losing his title and unbeaten record to late replacement Moore. Their second fight ended in controversy with Moore being disqualified for hitting Jones low. This is a real grudge match and it should be a cracker. continue
07.07.05 - By Harry Summers: Naoufel Ben Rabah has signed a contract to fight Mexican, Arturo Morua in an officially sanctioned IBF World Title eliminator on September 5th in Texas and the fight will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotion's with the winner becoming the mandatory for "The Hitman" Ricky Hatton's IBF Junior Welterweight title and will be shown live on HBO Latino. continue
07.07.05 - Ever since 1840, the first Monday of every year kicks off the “Mule Day” celebration in Columbia, Tennessee. On Thursday, July 7, the city which served as the ancestral home to James K. Polk will be declared “Spider Day”, as undefeated welterweight contender Tim “Spider” Webb (born James Timothy Webb) will be given the key to the city in a ceremony to be held at City Hall. continue
07.07.05 - Interview by Fiona Manning: They call him a throwback. On July 16, nine days after he turns 35, Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” McCullough, Ireland’s best export since Guinness aims to show those two blind judges who ruled against him last February that he is still championship material.
McCullough, 27-5, 18 KOs, who fought WBC super bantamweight champion Oscar Larios to a disputed decision loss, gets the first rematch he has ever been granted in his long professional career.
“People still come up to me every day here in Las Vegas saying I got robbed in that fight,” said Wayne by phone from his home where he is training in his own gym in the final week before meeting Larios at the MGM Grand.
“Those two judges were incompetent. They took away from a good fight. Judging like that is bad for the sport. If they were going to rule against me, they could have given me a draw. That way Larios could keep his belt and we’d still have a rematch.” continue
07.07.05 — The battle for supremacy continues, as Dana Pitcher Productions proudly presents an epic 40 plus round professional fight card aptly entitled “Fistic Carnival” (A Hurricane of Blows), on Saturday August 6, 2005 at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana. The main event will be a ten round contest featuring world heavyweight contender Cissie Salif 17-4-2(16 KOs) vs. the hard hitting Willie Perryman 8 wins, 6 by KO. continue
07.07.05 - By Scoop Malinowski:
Status: Boxing promoter.
DOB: January 21, 1953 in: Southwark, London, ENG continue
06.07.05 - Per-Åke Persson: German jr middle Marco Schulze will now defend the IBF Int´l title against Hungarian Laszlo Buranyi on Saturday (July 9) in Magdeburg. Schulze was originally set take on Austrian Gotthard Hinteregger for the IBF I/C crown but Hinteregger has pulled out due to illness. Spotlight Boxing bring in the likes of heavyweight Alexey Mazikin and welter Marco Cattikas on the undercard. continue
06.07.05 - Lee Meager will attempt to put a tough time behind him when he takes on Scotland’s Martin Watson over 10 rounds on the Hennessy Sports ‘Trailblazers’ event at the Nottingham Arena on July 9th. The Salford fighter certainly has not had a good time of it recently. In fact, if it weren’t for bad luck, he would have no luck at all. continue
06.07.05 - By Colin G. Davis: When the name of Evander Holyfield is mentioned in articles or postings, there's a more than even chance it will be accompanied by the words "all-time great." His claim to this status is obviously taken for granted by many people, but I believe it to be an overestimate. Already I can hear the cries of outrage, the rattle of keyboards as abuse is hurled at my head, but let's calm down and spend a few minutes examining the only evidence that really matters: Evander Holyfield's record.
He seems to have been around for so long, it's hard to realise he's had no more than 48 fights (38-8-2). As my title indicates, it is his heavyweight career I want to examine, specifically his career since he first won the WBC, WBA and IBF titles from Buster Douglas in October 1990. continue
05.07.05 - “Who’s next?” asked a ferocious Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter after vanquishing yet another opponent in brutal fashion. “Samuel Peter is ready to fight anybody,” said Duva Boxing President, Dino Duva. “We want the best names out there.” Duva says he was still a little unsure if his young, pulverizing puncher was ready for a title shot, but after watching him annihilate Taurus Sykes in two rounds Saturday night at the Events Center in Reno, those doubts are gone. continue
05.07.05 - By Fiona Manning: The face of California boxing changed dramatically this week with the closure of two of the most successful, long-running gyms that defined the sport here. LA Boxing Club, the site of many TV shows and movies closed this week, sold two weeks ago to owners who will demolish it to build a Korean church. The tough as nails Hoover Street Gyms whose ‘hood’ locale was not for the faint-hearted is also gone. Kaput. continue
05.07.05 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today the 2005 AAPRP Award Recipients. “Deciding this year’s awards were especially difficult since we had so many deserving candidates”, stated Dr. Richard Weinstein, Awards Committee Chairman. “ We are very pleased with our choices since each award recipient has contributed to improving safety in boxing.” They are as follows: continue
LOS ANGELES, July 5th - Bernard Hopkins, currently the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world and the self-proclaimed "Executioner" with 20 title defenses has not requested one single exception to his numerous mandatory title defenses. None. He fought each and every one of his mandatories when due, except now just one. Sam "King" Soliman stands alone. Go down the list of Hopkins' past challengers and you'll find mandatory names like Eastman, Allen, Hakkar, Daniels, Echols, Vanderpool, and on and on - names that aren't on anyone's radar screen or for that matter capable of beating Hopkins. continue
05.07.05 - by MIKE DUNN: Watching a fighter who possesses the equalizer -- that is, one-punch knockout power -- is a lot like watching a pure home run hitter in baseball. You can't take your eyes off the action because you never know when the big one is going to come.
Rocky Marciano stood 5-foot-10 and weighed less than 190 pounds in his prime. His reach was a mere 68 inches. But Rocky had something that made up for his relative lack of size among heavyweights. He had the equalizer. That was never more in evidence that on the night of Sept. 23, 1952 in Philadelphia's Municipal Stadium. Rocky was challenging the cagey champion Jersey Joe Walcott for the crown. Before 40,379 onlookers that fateful night, a bleeding, banged up Marciano turned almost certain defeat into sudden victory in the 13th round with a perfectly thrown, compact right cross that separated old Jersey Joe from his senses and his title. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (July 5, 2005) - The thrice-weekly New England Ringside Radio Show, effective this week, expands into Connecticut on WXTC 990AM in Hartford, New England Ringside president Rick Brutti announced today. continue
05.07.05 - Shane Mosley and Judd Burstein announced today that Shane and his wife Jin were going to assume Judd Burstein's role as Shane's boxing business representative. Mr. Burstein will still continue in his role as Shane's lawyer, but his services will be limited to traditional legal services such as reviewing contracts and providing advice to the Mosleys. He will no longer act as the representative for Shane's business negotiations. continue
05.07.05 - World ranked heavyweight FAST Fres Oquendo and hot local featherweight prospect Frankie Tafoya will be special guests this week on KO CHICAGO RADIO, presented by Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions, home of THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. KO CHICAGO RADIO hits the airwaves every Wednesday at 5:30pm on WJJG AM-1530. Fight fans are encouraged to join in the lively discussion by calling 708-493-1530. continue
05.07.05 - British and Commonwealth Super-Featherweight Champion Alex Arthur has seen red over French President Jacques Chirac's comments regarding Scotland's traditional dish - haggis. Proud Scotsman Arthur, who is in training for his historic European title challenge against Russian Boris Sinitsin on Saturday 23 July at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Stadium, continue
05.07.05 - By Kevin Kincade: Do you ever stop to think about why they do it; the fighters? Everyone who logs on to ESB is a fight fan; this is a passion we all share. But did you ever stop to question why these chosen few do it and why we are drawn to watch? Why do we feel compelled to watch two men engage in hand-to-hand combat with no more protection than a cup, a gum shield, two 10 oz gloves, and their individual skills of self-defense?
Boxing is the granddaddy of all sports. It is the purest, most simplistic, most naked form of competition and is as old as man; actually, it’s older. All you have to do is tune into any nature special on social animals and, sooner or later, you will witness the plight of the aging Alpha Male; fending off challenge after challenge to his right to dominance over the group until he finally succumbs to a stronger adversary as much as he succumbs to the great adversary of us all, time. For those who do not know, the Alpha Male is the one male in the pride, pack, herd, group that has dominion over all the females and decisions the group, as a whole, makes: which prey to bring down, where to nest, which pride members get the prime choice in food, etc., etc. In other words, He’s The Boss. continue
05.07.05 - Per-Åke Persson: WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei´s defence against Frenchman Medhi Sahnoune will be rescheduled for the early fall and could end up on Universum´s show in Karlsruhe September 10. There´s also a big show set for Hamburg later that month that will again feature big heavy Alexander Dimitrenko. continue
05.07.05 - Promoter Rick Glaser proudly announces the signing of Buffalo, New York's 140-pound punching terror, Vincent Arroyo, to a long-term promotional agreement."Although Vincent was a two-time National Junior Champion, he's been waiting two years for the opportunity to turn professional," said Glaser. continue
Cincinnati, Ohio July 4, 1985. 1980-1985 Jr. Welterweight Champ & 1996 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Aaron 'The Hawk' Pryor is pleased to announce the pro debut of his son, Aaron Pryor, Jr., this Saturday, July 9th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After a three year amateur career amassing 30+ wins, Jr. is ready to enter the professional ranks. Jr. has been in Detroit at Kronk Gym training with Emanuel Steward in preparation for this fight. continue
04.07.05 - Bradford’s Junior Witter – who defends his European title against mandatory contender Andreas Kotelnik at the Nottingham Arena live on ITV2 on Saturday night - believes that he would have knocked out the Kostya Tszyu that fought Ricky Hatton last month inside five rounds. “Lets face it, Tszyu was a shadow of what he used to be,” began Witter. “I don’t know if age caught up with him or if it was the fact that he had only boxed three rounds in two and a half years, but he definitely wasn’t right. continue
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04.07.05 - By Barry Green: With the arguable exception of a Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright fight, Ricky Hatton vs Floyd Mayweather is the best match-up in boxing. The major stumbling block if this fight is to happen appears to be the venue: USA or UK? On one hand, American fans argue that Hatton only fights in his hometown of Manchester and a champ can’t call himself thus unless he defends his crown in what is widely regarded as the ‘home’ of world boxing. While British fans counterpoint with the fact that Hatton is the real 140 pound king, earning this title as “The Man who beat The Man” so therefore is fully entitled to his pick. I agree with the UK camp here, and not just because I’m a candy-ass Limey myself, solely for the reason that the sweet science is, after all, a global sport and not merely something that the USA has carte blanche over...at least it shouldn’t be anyway. Here’s why... continue
04.07.05 - British Heavyweight Champion Matt Skelton will be at the SunSport Online offices tomorrow to answer questions for his forthcoming all-British clash against Dynamite Danny Williams. The Bedford brawler faces Mike Tyson's conqueror Williams on Saturday 16 July at the Bolton Arena with not only the British Title on the line but pride. continue
03.07.05 - Joe DeGuardia, president of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, sends his congratulations to his heavyweight, Robert Wiggins, for his impressive TKO 4 victory over Courage Tshabalala on July 1. The fight, at the Plymouth Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA, and televised nationally on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, saw a surging Wiggins make Tshabalala quit on his stool after four rounds to avoid suffering a sustained beating. continue
03.07.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Danny Green (20-2, 19 KO’s) scored a fifth round stoppage of out gunned American James Crawford (40-11-2 17 KO’s and 2 NC) in front of a sold out Challenge Stadium in Perth, West Australia on Sunday night. In his first outing under new trainer Ismael Salas, it was a composed and dominant victory for Green who used the straight left to a treat, setting up the stoppage with damaging body shots and consistent pressure. The win perhaps bringing the long awaited domestic super fight with Anthony Mundine one step closer. continue
03.07.05 - Golden Boy Promotions, in a continuing effort to bring the best boxers from around the world to fight fans on a consistent basis, is pleased to announce the signing of highly regarded super bantamweight prospect Jonathan Oquendo to a promotional contract. Oquendo, 4-0 with 2 knockouts, becomes the first signee of Golden Boy Promotions to hail from the boxing rich island of Puerto Rico. continue
- A triumphant Samuel Peter poses after scoring an impressive second-round knockout over Taurus Sykes Saturday on SHOWTIME. RENO, Nevada (July 2, 2005) - Undefeated, hard-hitting heavyweight Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter kicked off the Fourth of July weekend with a bang as he impressively tamed "The Bull," knocking out Taurus Sykes at 2:07 of the second round Saturday on SHOWTIME. The bout at the Reno Events Center was promoted by Duva Boxing and aired at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Peter (24-0, 21 KOs), of Las Vegas, Nevada, by way of Akwaibom, Nigeria, lived up to his billing as the division's most prolific young slugger as he turned what figured to be his toughest test into yet another landslide victory. continue
03.07.05 - By Aidan Monaghan: That's what Samuel Peter demanded following his 2 round destruction of Taurus Sykes on Saturday night in Reno Nevada, set up by a right hand to the side of Sykes head by Peter, that hurt Sykes, and lead to very accurate combination punching in a determined and aggressive final attack by Peter for another 15 seconds resulting in the one lone knockdown of the match and a stoppage of the action at 2:07 of the round. continue
03.07.05 - Per-Åke Persson: Big Ukrainian heavy Alexander Dimtirenko knocked out aging German Andreas Sidon in the second of what proved to be a mismatch. The 40+ Sidon looked every bit his age during the short encounter that was elevated to main event status when WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei fell ill and had to pull out of his defence against Frenchman Medhi Sahnoune. It was scheduled for twelve. continue
03.07.05 - By Jim Amato: Author's note: In light of Tommy Hearns plan to embark on a comeback, I thought this piece was appropriate. It should remind us of how GREAT a fighter Thomas Hearns was 20+ years ago. I hope Tommy changes his mind and stays retired letting the fans keep their fond memories of him. continue
02.07.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Shannan Taylor and Lovemore Ndou recorded inside the distance victories at the Panthers Leagues Club while Nadel Hussein scored a fifth round stoppage at the Belleview Centre in Bankstown in Sydney’s West on Friday night. Former WBC welterweight challenger Taylor took his record to 43-3-2, with 29 via the short route by scoring a one sided seven round TKO of jet lagged Argentine Sergio Acuna ( 28-14-2, 11 KO’s) in an over the limit non title bout.
A controlled kind of performance by the 33 year old IBF # 3 jnr middleweight despite being deducted a point for a low blow in the fourth round and warned several times by referee Brian Mc Mahan. Acuna’s only chance for victory was to win by DQ and he did his best to explore the possibility. He began complaining in the second round of shots below the belt and managed to stall the inevitable, surviving longer than he was expected. Acuna was also guilty dipping forward with his head coming in as Shannan used a peak a boo type defence. continue
02.07.05 - Hamburg – Zsolt Erdei canceled the defense of his WBO light heavyweight title scheduled for tonight at Color Line Arena of Hamburg against Frenchman Mehdi Sahnoune because of a gastroenteric influenza. continue
02.07.05 - By Tony Nobbs: Hometown hero Danny Green (19-2, 18 KO’s) will start a prohibitive favourite when he faces American James Crawford (40-10-2, 17 KO’s) over ten heats at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia, on Sunday. continue
02.07.05 - Hennessy Sports would like to make it clear that, despite rumours circulating yesterday, Matthew Barney has not withdrawn from his mandatory challenge to British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch on the ‘Trailblazers’ event at the Nottingham Arena on Saturday July 9th. continue
MIAMI, FLORIDA, JULY 1 - Undisputed middleweight champion Bernard Hopkins will face undefeated middleweight Jermain Taylor in a fight being billed as "NeXt in Line" on Saturday, July 16 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The championship card will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with DiBella Entertainment and televised and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9pm ET/6:00pm PT.
This past Wednesday, Hopkins participated in a national conference call with more than 35 reporters from across the country. He had this to say about his opponent, his legacy, and his future. Below please find the transcript for your usage.
BERNARD HOPKINS: I'm preparing to execute on my experience and abilities that I've been doing for over a decade, and as far as I'm concerned, come July 16th, the only difference will be that I will not look like others, at least referring to old versus young or whatever words they might use. I'm going to show the world that 40 is not a death sentence and I'm looking forward to going at it in three weeks. continue
01.07.05 - Photo: Chris Farina/For SHOWTIME - Undefeated Samuel Peter (left), who weighed 243 pounds, and once-beaten Taurus Sykes, who tipped scales at 235, ham it up after Friday's weigh-in in Reno. continue
01.07.05 - Ahmed "Hollywood" Kaddour, who recently appeared on "The Contender," will become the first contestant from the NBC reality series to return to boxing when he takes on an opponent to be announced in the eight-round junior middleweight co-feature Friday, July 22, 2005, on "ShoBox: The New Generation." continue
July 1, 2005 - Dino Duva, promoter of undefeated heavyweight Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, is calling on boxing’s sanctioning bodies to make the winner of Saturday’s fight between Peter and Taurus “The Bull” Sykes (at the Events Center in Reno, Nevada and televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing) the mandatory number-one contender to their world titles. continue
01.07.05 - (Photo: Chris Farina/For SHOWTIME)Undefeated Samuel Peter (left) and once-beaten Taurus Sykes pose after Thursday's press conference at Peppermill Hotel & Casino in Reno, Nevada. Peter, the NABF/USBA champion, faces the toughest fight of his career when he faces Sykes, the NABA titleholder, in an important 12-round heavyweight fight Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
SAMUEL PETER: "This is going to be an easy fight. I am ready. I do not know if Sykes has nightmares now, but he will after Saturday night.
"It does not matter what people say because I know I am the true heavyweight champion. All I ever have been looking for is the chance to prove myself. After this fight, I am not going to see what happens; I am going to make things happen. continue
01.07.05 - Promoter Frank Warren is delighted to announce that he has concluded a deal with ITV to bring big-time boxing back to terrestrial television. ITV will broadcast 20 Sports Network shows per-year featuring the best talent in British and World boxing that will include IBF World Light-Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton, who sensationally defeated Kostya Tszyu earlier this month, undefeated WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe and WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison. continue
JULY 1 (MIAMI, FL) While training for his July 16th fight against Jermain Taylor, Bernard Hopkins took time out of his day to respond to the news of his ESPY Award nomination in the Best Boxer category. "The ESPY's represent the overall sports world and it's an honor to be recognized for my achievements this past year," said Hopkins. continue
01.07.05 - By Per-Åke Persson: Everything was alright at the weigh-in today at the Spielbank Hamburg for tomorrow´s show at the Color Line Arena. WBO 175 lb champ Zsolt Erdei scaled 174 lbs while challenger Medhi Sahnoune came in at 173. continue