31.01.06 - By Jim Amato: The city of Cleveland produced a world class light heavyweight in the late 1970's and early 80's who today is in a battle to beat paralysis. Pablo "Paul" Ramos was a ranked contender and met some of the division's best. There will be a fund raising dinner for Paul on February 10th. continue
31.01.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Arturo Gatti didn’t have much trouble disposing of formerly unbeaten Thomas Damgaard of Denmark on Saturday night. For Gatti, this was his first bout since he suffered a one-sided defeat at the hands of pound-for-pound king, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. It was an impressive win for Gatti, especially considering the shellacking he suffered against Mayweather just seven months earlier.
This was the first time that the Danish fighter had ever fought outside of his home country, and it mustn’t have been an easy transition for him to be fighting in Gatti’s home state of New Jersey. For Gatti, this was his first fight at welterweight in nearly five years, when he was knocked out by Oscar De La Hoya. continue
31.01.06 - ***Clottey’s only loss in his pro career came when he was disqualified in the eleventh round against current WBC Welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir*** - New York - DiBella Entertainment’s welterweight sensation Joshua Clottey (28-1, 18 KO’s) is capable of beating any welterweight in the world. Clottey has reeled off nine consecutive victories and has his eyes set on a world championship. This past Saturday night, Michael Jennings, #1 ranked contender by the World Boxing Organization and Antonio Margarito’s mandatory challenger suffered his first career loss to Young Muttley for the British Welterweight Title. continue
31.01.06 - By Gavin Stone: Australian super middleweights Anthony Mundine and Danny Green will have their long-awaited fight at Sydney's Aussie Stadium (Sydney Football Staduim) on April 19th. Promoters are billing the encounter as the biggest fight in Australian boxing history and are expecting a crowd of more than 40,000 people. continue
30.01.06 - By Aaron King: Russell Jordan says that he’s been thinking about winning a title since day one. Until recently, it’s hard to imagine that a title was on anybody’s mind when they heard the name “Russell Jordan.” It takes a certain brand of toughness and resiliency to be a fighter. It takes a degree of arrogance that most people just don’t have. For Jordan, it’s taken even more.
Russell’s trials began in late 2002. He won his first two fights by first round knockouts and was cleanly on his way as a legitimate prospect when he headed to Washington D.C. for a contest with Jose Luis Almanzar.
“Oh yeah,” Jordan said. “I remember that.”
In truth, it’s impossible to forget. It might have been too much for a young fighter if not for Jordan’s never-say-die approach and the help of his management. continue
Orange, CA – Young prospects Josesito Lopez and Timothy Ray Bradley Jr. will be featured on the first Thompson Boxing Promotions event of 2006 planned for Friday, February 17, at the Doubletree Hotel, Ontario. “We are thrilled to kick off our busy year with two championship co-main events,” said promoter Ken Thompson. “These young fighters will thrill all those attending.” continue
31.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Ismail Abdoul and Don Diego Poeder will do it again April 25 in Deinze, Belgium. This time the vacant EU cruiser crown will be at stake. Their first encounter, for the vacant BeNeLux, ended with an upset win for Abdoul. continue
31.01.06 - By James Slater: Quite remarkably, Shane Mosley’s hand has been raised on only three occasions in his last eight fights. He lost back to back against Vernon Forrest, of course, then engaged in a no-contest, before getting the nod over De La Hoya in their rematch. He then lost back to back again, this time to Winky wright. This means then, with no disrespect aimed towards either David Estrada or Jose Luis Cruz, that the debatable decision Shane was given over Oscar was his last truly meaningful victory. The question is, how much does he have left?
As he approaches his intriguing crossroads fight with Fernando Vargas, scheduled for February 25th, this is a question a lot of potential pay-per-view customers are no doubt asking themselves. As for Vargas, he too has some serious miles on his clock and the query as to what’s left in the tank is as relevant to him as it is to Shane. continue
30.01.06 - By Benjy Swan: Following Arturo Gatti’s impressive destruction of Thomas Damgaard on Saturday night at Atlantic city, there’s been a great deal of praise pouring out from the media about how great Gatti looked, saying things about his courage to continue fighting with an injured right hand and so on. However, is it me or am I the only one who saw the victory as being hallow and without any substance? continue
30.01.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: WBC featherweight champion, In Jin Chi lost his title on Sunday at the Fukuoka Kyuden Memorial Gymnasium, losing a 12-round split decision to Takashi Koshimoto, from Japan. For the 35-year old Koshimoto, it was the case of having too much speed, combined with a rock iron defense, that was the key to the victory over South Korean slugger Chi (to 30-3-1, 18 Kos). Fighting behind a lighting fast jab, Koshimoto (39-1-2, 17 Kos) was able to fight off Chi’s furious exchanges, keeping him at a distance, where he was unable to utilize his usual devastating inside work. It was Koshimoto’s second shot at a title, having lost on his previous attempt in 2000 to Freddie Norwood, losing by 9th round knockout to the hard punching American. Judges scores were: 114-113, 115-112 for Koshimoto and 116-111, for Chi.
30.01.06 - By Jim Amato: There are certain boxers from my past that in retrospect would be champions today. One such boxer was tough enough to be nicknamed "Bad." He was Bennie Briscoe from Philadelphia and brother you better bet he was just that, "Bad." He was probably the most feared middleweight of his era and it was a tough time just be a middleweight in Philly. If you were bad there, you were bad everywhere.
Briscoe turned pro in 1962 and would win his first fifteen contests. Among his victims were Charley Scott and Percy Manning. In a return with Manning in 1965, Bennie would suffer his first setback. That year he would also lose to Tito Marshall and Stanley "Kitten" Hayward. In 1966 Bennie would halt the highly respected George Benton. continue
30.01.06 - Talk about the best-laid plans… Just when things seem to go all his way, Richel Hersisia, Fight Production’s Dutch and Benelux heavyweight champion, has to swallow another set-back. Days after defeating Brazilian Rogerio Lobo in Germany on Jan. 14 in his debut for promoter Universum Box-Promotion, the 31-year-old contender from Den Haag was diagnosed with serious problems in his right shoulder which according to Dr. Alois Teuber require an immediate operation. continue
30.01.06 - John O’Donnell continued his rapid progression through the professional ranks with an impressive victory over the tough Zaid Bediouri at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night. The former junior amateur superstar, making his debut in Ireland as a professional, dominated the far more experienced Moroccan from the off with stinging combinations from behind his slick southpaw stance to claim a landslide decision. The knowledgeable crowd appreciated the display. continue
January 30th, 2006 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: Jersey City’s Arturo Gatti (40-7, 30 KO’s) faced unbeaten Thomas Damgaard (31-1, 27 KO’s) of Denmark Saturday night in Atlantic City and gave the fans another good show. This was the first time Damgaard fought outside of Europe and Arturo Gatti has to be the toughest opponent he ever faced. Damgaard’s last opponent was Bruno Sakabunda, who had a record of 1-6. Gatti’s last opponent was none other than possibly the best boxer in the sport, Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was 34-0 going into the fight.
It was a tough fight for both men and both showed a lot of heart and grit for eleven rounds. Damgaard was relentless in his close range attacks and Gatti had the better footwork and firepower.
Damgaard got off to a slow start, watching Gatti rack up the points, doing most of the punching, often times, to the body of the Dane, who kept his guard too high, leaving his body open. By the second round, Damgaard landed a few clean shots and began to press the action. Gatti boxed with discipline and put the first two rounds in the bank.
Gatti switched from conventional to southpaw often enough to throw Damgaard off his rhythm but Damgaard showed his quality by landing the more effective punches in the third round, initiated by a series of clean shots that rocked Arturo. continue
30.01.06 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank team up to present “HEART AND SOUL”, another evening of world class professional boxing at Cicero Stadium on Friday, February 17th. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Cicero Ave., just outside Chicago and is easily accessible from both the Eisenhower and Stevenson expressways. continue
30.06.06 - Featherweights Antonio Escalante and Jose Hernandez put on an outstanding display of heart, courage and superior boxing skills Friday night as they battled in a ten round co-main event from Cicero Stadium, just outside of Chicago, IL, as part of a terrific evening of world class professional boxing promoted by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
30.01.06 - By Tim Neilson: As soon as the opening bell sounded, it was immediately apparent that Damgaard was no where near as good as his 37-0 record would seemingly indicate, as he was methodically taken apart by Arturo Gatti in stopping him in the 11th round TKO in a work-man like fashion on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall at Atlantic City. For all the talk about Gatti (40-7, 31 KOs) being an over-the-hill fighter based on his humbling destruction by Floyd Mayweather on June 25, 2005, this proved that he is still a major player in the boxing world, perhaps even still champion quality material if matched carefully against the right fighter. Along the way, Gatti injured his right hand, although it hardly slowed him down enough to matter, considering even with only one good hand, he had the slow punching Damgaard badly outmatched and looking like an amateur.
I honestly believe if this fight had occurred 5 or 6 years ago, Damgaard would have stood an excellent chance at defeating Gatti, perhaps even knocking him out in the process. However, his reflexes looked shot, leaving him with the hand speed of a much older man than his 34 years would indicate. continue
29.01.06 - By Chris Ireland: Saturday night in Atlantic City, Arturo Gatti once again confirmed he was boxing's "Ultimate Blood and Guts Warrior," dispatching previously unbeaten and world ranked Thomas Damgaard in 11 entertaining, classic Gatti rounds. Despite injuring his right hand yet again and suffering a rib injury in training camp, Gatti was able to out-box and at times out-slug the Dane for most of the fight. This marked the beginning of Gatti's second journey up to welterweight, the first of which ended in his one-sided loss to Oscar De La Hoya. continue
29.01.06 - By Wray Edwards: Coming off of a brutal loss to Floyd Mayweather last June, in which he lost his WBC Light Welterweight Championship, Arturo “Thunder” Gatti stepped back into the ring to once again define the sport of Boxing. Lesser men might have hung it up after such a humiliating defeat as Arturo suffered at the hands of Pretty Boy. In an eleven round banger Gatti took on Thomas “Lionheart” Damgaard from Morkov, Denmark. The Danish fighter with an undefeated record of 37-0-0, 27 KO’s gave a good account of himself in a fight which sounded mild echoes of Gatti-Ward from time-to-time. continue
29.01.06 - By MIKE CASEY: You pick up the disturbing sounds coming down the jungle wire and you never want to believe the terrible news that follows in their wake.
When I heard that Jerry Quarry’s condition had deteriorated to the extent that he was no longer able to shave himself, it felt like a kick to the stomach. It was no less of a pleasant jolt to the system when I first learned that Bobby Chacon was similarly suffering from the ravages of pugilistic dementia and trying to make some bucks by rummaging around junkyards for aluminium cans.
Emotion is a private affair for me, which probably has much to do with turning fifty. Thankfully, I have never succumbed to the modern and supposedly therapeutic trend of telling every passing friend and acquaintance that I love them hugely. I take my grief in the same measured stride. I shed my tears privately and I can’t be a hypocrite and weep for those who don’t penetrate my heart. continue
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (January 29, 2006) – The Chinese New Year begins today. Happy 4704 – the Year of the Dog! Imagine that it was back in 1275 when Marco Polo first landed in China. Marco Polo was the Venetian traveler and author who introduced Europe to the unknown treasures of China, including spaghetti, fireworks, AND BOXING. In his book, The Travels of Marco Polo, he speaks of the excitement of watching bare-knuckled fights while placing bets with odds maker Confucius ‘The Greek’ Snyder. continue
28.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBC 168 lb champ Markus Beyer stopped Italian challenger Alberto Colajanni at 2:12 of the 12th and final round. Colajanni was first floored by a big southpaw left, survived the count, but was then caught and floored again. As British referee Larry O´Connell began to count the towel came in from Colajanni´s corner. continue
29.01.06 - By Craig Parrish: It has happened time and time again in Boxing. A great Fighter, with years of superb performances under his belt, takes a long layoff between fights. He is getting up in years, has slowed a bit, but still comes out and dominates opponents through desire, skill, and experience. No, he’s not the fighter that he once was, but he is still competitive. After the layoff, a fight is set. The Fighter, realizing that he is out of shape, hits his training regiment hard. But this time, the pounds don’t come off as quickly.
The workouts and sparring are harder to perform and harder to recover from. And worst of all, the snap in the punches is not there and the combinations are difficult to put together. He gets winded easy. And he gets frustrated. Slowly, the thoughts enter his mind “It’s okay. I’m a better fighter. I’ll just beat him with skill. Nothing to worry about. I don’t need to kill myself with this. I am the best. No problem.” continue
29.01.06 - Michael Jennings suffered the first defeat of his professional career as Young Muttley claimed the British welterweight title with a split decision victory. Muttley edged a tight verdict 116-113 on two of the judges cards, while judge Howard Foster favoured Jennings 115-113. 18-year-old Olympic silver medallist Amir Khan took just 75 seconds of the first round to knock out Belarussian Vitali Martynov on the undercard.
28.01.06 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Mikkel "The Viking Warrior" Kessler stopped former world Champion Eric Lucas in his most recent fight January 14, he is the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion with an unbeaten record of 37-0 (28 KO's). Kessler is currently in USA to support his stable mate, Thomas Damgaard, who faces former world champion Arturo Gatti tonight in Atlantic City, NJ. Here is what the WBA Super Middleweight had to say about his last fight and his future plans... continue
28.01.06 - By M.C. (Mike) Southorn: With James Burke out of the picture, at least temporarily (he had travelled to the US to defend The Title in The New World), it fell to the remaining British challengers to establish the pecking order. With the British economy in tatters, there were plenty of desperate young men looking to earn a meal with their fists. One of the foremost was William Abednego “Bendigo” Thompson. Born in 1811, the youngest of 21 children, Bendigo and his mother were forced into a work-house in 1826 when his father died. Upon leaving the workhouse, Bendigo forswore poverty and got a job as an iron-turner.
It was during this tenure that he developed his athletic prowess. Bendigo was first known in Nottingham as a cricketer – he could throw a pitch over 100m, and once, on a bet, he tossed a half-brick across the River Trent, some 70 metres. continue
28.01.06 - Promoter Gerald Evans of 1 World Productions has reported that tomorrow night's show at the Little River Casino is officially sold-out! Torrence Daniels is quickly becoming a star attraction in Michigan. Daniels weighed in at 120lbs while his opponent Juan Santiago came in over a pound heavy and refused to drop the weight. They were contracted at 122 after the Santiago camp had asked for the bout, with the 118lb Olympic alternate, at 126. continue
28.01.06 - Virgil Hill has won the vacant World Boxing Association cruiserweight title by unanimous 12-round decision over previously unbeaten Russian Valery Brudov. The three Judges all had Hill winning the 12-round match 118-110. Hill hadn't fought since losing the WBA cruiserweight belt to Jean-Marc Mormeck in May 2004. The WBA cruiserweight title was vacant because Mormeck was elevated to super champion status after winning a unification bout. continue
28.01.06 - By James Slater: Although enjoying more interest and enthusiasm of late, due in large part to the terrific brawl put on by O’ Niel Bell and Jean-Marc Mormeck, the Cruiserweight division has never really been as respected or loved by fight fans as much as boxing’s other weight classes. Since its conception, back in 1982, there have been only a handful of great fights held there. In fact, the first Evander Holyfield v Dwight Muhammad Qawi fight, held as long ago as 1986, would more than likely still top the list of best cruiserweight fights. And Holyfield, without a single doubt, ranks as the 195 pound division’s finest ever practitioner. But, shortly after cleaning out the division, “The Real Deal” moved up to compete as a heavyweight, in the process leaving the cruiserweight class a barren wasteland, bereft of talented fighters. continue
27.01.06 - By Shon Macklin: Tonight, Junior Middleweight Kassim Ouma stopped Francisco Mora in the 8th round at the Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarito, Arizona. The referee saw enough after a straight left hand thrown by Ouma put Mora down for the second time of the evening in the 8th. The first knockdown came in the second round, after an onslaught of punches shook Mora’s head violently, eventually staggering the fighter who refused to go down after the barrage of punches. Unfortunately for Mora, his legs could not keep him up and started to fold under the pressure. continue
27.01.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Though disappointed in the main event, where Marco Rubio made Aslanbek Kodzoev submit after 7, the undercard of Antonio Escalante and Jose Andres Hernandez made up for it. This is quite honestly another fight of the year candidate along with Mormeck vs. Bell. Whereas that fight had a lot of technical fireworks and skill this was more of a big punch, I hurt you, then you hurt me, type of brawl. continue
27.01.06 - By Bill Ross: - THE SETTING - Ali and Louis are at their peak abilities and bring their prime ring smarts, focus, conditioning and game plan into the fight. Both men also bring their reputations into the fight, well aware and respectful of each other's attributes. The fight is fought in Madison Square Garden and the ring is a standard size 24 foot square and gloves are red Everlast 10 oz. Ali wears white trunks, Louis wears purple. Ali weighs 212, Louis weighs 205.
WHAT LOUIS MUST DO TO WIN
Louis must score with his jab to offset Ali's rhythm and create openings for his power shots. Jabbing to Ali's body leaves Louis vulnerable to Ali's straight right counter (Ali's second best weapon after his jab) so Louis must concentrate his jab to Ali's head. continue
27.01.06 - Denver, Colo. – “Brawlroom Boxing” makes its return to the Denver area and its thirsty fight fans on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. Following a highly successful inaugural show back in September 2005; Tuesday Night Fights, LLC is anxious to bring another high-octane card to the Denver area. continue
27.01.06 - Six time world champion Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING team up with Miller Lite and TCF Bank to present another action packed evening of fantastic internationally televised professional boxing on Friday, January 27th at Cicero Stadium. continue
27.01.06 - Two-time world champion Arturo Gatti returns to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on Jan 28, 2006, in a 12 round showdown against undefeated welterweight contender Thomas Damgaard for the vacant IBA welterweight championship. The bout, which will be televised on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” series, will be Gatti’s first at welterweight.
Gatti (39-7, 30 KO’s) is the former IBF jr. lightweight champion and the former WBC super lightweight champion. The 33-year-old Jersey City, NJ resident by way of Montreal, Canada is returning to the ring for the first time since surrendering his WBC title to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on June 25, 2005 (TKOby 6). The Gatti-Mayweather bout was the highest-grossing non-heavyweight bout in Atlantic City, NJ history. In 2002 – 2003, Arturo Gatti and Micky Ward waged a thrilling trilogy that was recently selected by ESPN.com fans as the second-greatest boxing trilogy in history, behind only Ali-Frazier. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 27 – Former IBF junior middleweight champion Kassim Ouma has declared war on the 154-pound weight class in 2006, vowing to not only reclaim his crown but to clear out the division. He takes the first step of that journey on Friday, January 27th, when he squares off against Francisco Antonio Mora in a 12 round NABO title bout at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. continue
27.01.06 - Graham Earl’s manager Frank Maloney went to see his British and Commonwealth lightweight champion go through his final hard workout at the TKO gym in East London under the watchful eye of Johnny Eames yesterday before his fight with World class Russian lightweight Yuri Romanov on Friday night in Dagenham. continue
26.01.06 - By Marlon Bernardino: MANILA, PHILIPPINES---THE EMMANUEL “Manny” Pacquiao fever swept Metro Manila in the middle of scattered rain showers yesterday. The Philippine National Police–National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) under Deputy Director General Vidal Querol yesterday deployed at least 3,500 cops dubbed as “Troops from Task Force Pacquiao” who successfully secure the routes of the ticker tape parade, which pass through Manila and Quezon City. continue
26.01.06 - Former two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo faces Rolando Reyes in the 12-round main event (contracted weight is 137 pounds) Saturday, Feb. 4, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ER/PT, delayed on the west coast). Castillo will face WBC lightweight champion Diego “Chico” Corrales in a highly anticipated rubber match later this year. In the second half of a SHOWTIME doubleheader at the Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) campus, Jose Armando Santa Cruz will defend his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) lightweight title against Edner Cherry. continue
LOS ANGELES, January 26, 2006 – They have battled and defeated the best boxing has to offer; they have fought for world championships, for the roar of the crowd and for a place in boxing history. On Saturday, March 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., Mexican warriors Jesus Chavez and Marco Antonio Barrera will face each other in “The Ultimate Challenge” for just one reason. For pride. Chavez vs. Barrera, a 12-round IBF lightweight world championship fight, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and will be aired live March 25 on HBO’s World Championship Boxing beginning at 9:30 p.m. EST / 6:30 p.m. PST. continue
26.01.06 - Nikolai Valuev will most likely defend his WBA heavyweight title against American Owen Beck in April in Germany. "Although Nikolai has yet to sign a contract to fight Beck, everything has been agreed, we expect both sides to sign a formal contract within a week and the fight will be held on April 1 in Hamburg," Valuev's spokesman, Konstantin Osipov told Reuters. Last month, the 32-year-old became the first Russian to win the world heavyweight title when he scored a controversial decision over American holder John Ruiz in Berlin.
26.01.06 - By Grant Jeans: WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison had the chance to speak about his upcoming defence against the Dominican Republic’s Joan Guzman on 25th March at today’s conference call and said, “I’m going out to prove a point to the world that I’m the number one featherweight on the planet.”
Promoter Frank Warren began by welcoming everyone and introducing Harrison, Peter Harrison, Father and trainer to Scott, and manager Frank Maloney. Representing Guzman, who was unavailable as he was completing his roadwork on the Las Vegas strip, was Michael Marley, Vice President and Director of Public Relations for Sycuan Ringside Promotions, who promote Guzman.
Warren spoke of his belief that this was going to be Harrison’s toughest fight and how he admired the Cambuslang battler for insisting the bout be made.
“There’s no doubt about it this will be the toughest opponent but on the other hand it’s also going to be Joan Guzman’s toughest opponent. He’s not been in with any fighter like Scott Harrison, who is one of the toughest, most rugged boxers around. It has all the ingredients to be a fantastic fight, which I’m sure it will be.” continue
26.01.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted John O’Donnell – who boxes in Ireland for the first time as a professional this Saturday - believes that he is better equipped to progress to major titles than fellow domestic prospects Amir Khan and Kevin Mitchell. continue
26.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: New York Daily News writes that IBF heavy champ Chris Byrd will take on Wladimir Klitschko April 22 in Mannheim. Sauerland Event, site promoter, confirms that the matchup, date and site are on top of the list but that there is no final confirmation from Klitschko´s promotional outfit K 2. continue
26.01.06 - Today Gatwick Airport saw the biggest invasion of this country since 1066, led by the 'Pocket Beast from the East' lightweight sensation Yuri Romanov. Romanov who although boxes out of Russia is licenced under the BBBoC and maintains England is his spiritual home and it should be with the amount of British scalps he has hanging on his mantelpiece the one he dearly wants to add is the British and Commonwealth champion Graham Earl. continue
25.01.06 - By Jim Amato: At one time, Buster Mathis Sr. of Grand Rapids, Michigan was the best amateur heavyweight in the world. This was in 1964, after he had twice defeated another promising amateur named Joe Frazier. He was on his way to the 1964 Olympics Games in Tokyo but an injury sidelined him. Frazier took his place as an alternate. Joe won the Gold Medal and the rest is history. continue
25.01.06 - Contrary to rumours circulating on a certain internet chat-room forum that WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe has damaged his hand and that his fight with Jeff Lacy on March 4 at the M.E.N Arena is off, Sports Network would like to confirm that these rumours are untrue.
25.01.06 - The wait is almost over for Bernard Dunne. Following a gruelling training camp that saw him sacrifice his Christmas the Neilstown man says he is in the shape of his life ahead of Saturday night’s acid test against former European champion, Noel Wilders. continue
25.01.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted Matthew Thirlwall believes that his stunning win over former English champion Donovan Smilie in front of the SKY Sports cameras at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday night will set him up for a big 2006. continue
25.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU 160 lb champ Sebastian Sylvester will make a voluntary defence of the title April 1 in one of the featured bouts to WBA ruler Nikolai Valuev´s first title defence. Site is to be announced but Krefeld, Hannover or Braunschweig are considered. continue
WOBURN, Mass. – Two of the brightest, most exciting prospects in pro boxing, “Ireland’s” John Duddy (14-0, 13 KOs) and Yuri Foreman (19-0, 7 KOs), will be in action February 4 in “Super Brawl: The Battle of Boston,” presented by New England Ringside Promotions, in The Castle at Park Plaza in downtown Boston. continue
25.01.06 - Newly emerged Duva Boxing heavyweight contender Brian “The Beast” Minto, 23-1 (14 KOs), will return to action against veteran Andy “Sandman” Sample, 33-12-2 (22 KOs), this Friday night, January 27, at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on the undercard of the spectacular ‘COLLISION COURSE, A NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS’ pay-per-view event. continue
25.01.06 - by Eric B. Thompson: Day Two: Yargh. Yargh and yargh again. Didn’t really need that double whiskey nightcap in the lobby with your Welsh mates, did you? Bit of a hangover looming over me as I massaged my temples, made my way down to the breakfast buffet at the Miracle Isle Gaming Resort hotel in Vernon. With seasonal harness racing and soon to be added video gaming machines, the Miracle Isle’s one of the select establishments in the area, but as I’d spend maybe one or two waking hours there all weekend, my thrifty self, if traveling alone, will probably end up at a Motel 6 this year.
The only logistical problem of note all weekend was the parking situation at the IBHOF grounds—nowhere to park on the first full day for late comers such as myself. No problem, though. The local merchants across the street are more than happy to oblige, having roped off, reserved the outer reaches of their lots for the IBHOF visitors. I found a spot on my first try, at the McDonald’s. continue
25.01.06 - Inteerview by Per Ake Persson: EBU heavy champ Paolo Vidoz defends the title January 28 against Cengiz Koc in Berlin. I caught the champ at home in Gorizia just before he departed for Germany.
Q: You are fighting Cengiz Koc Jan 28, how do you see the fight?
A: I beat him the amateurs but the pros is a totally different game and I expect a very tough fight. continue
25.01.06 - By James Slater: Nothing did give, in the ring that is. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the mind of Ike "The President" Ibeabuchi. This did give and as a result he now languishes in a prison cell on a rape charge. What a shame. What a waste. This guy seemed to have it all; power, endurance, speed, grit and, under the tutelage of former welterweight champion Curtis Cokes, finesse. When he and the then likewise undefeated David "The Terminator" Tua hooked up on June the 7th 1997, the Tua man was an overwhelming favourite over the virtually unheard of Ibeabuchi. But what a fight the Nigerian, who had relocated to Texas U.S.A, had in store for the Samoan powerhouse!
Those who saw the fight witnessed the twelve most incredibly fast paced rounds ever in a heavyweight bout. Larry Merchant, doing commentary, said, quite early in the fight with conviction in his voice , "Something's got to give". But he was wrong, nothing did. These two strong, solid heavyweights went at it hammer and tongs for the full twelve rounds. In the process their punch-stat numbers, particularly Ibeabuchi's, surpassed those one would normally associate with welterweights! continue
25.01.06 - Undefeated teenage sensation Jorge Paez Jr. highlights an internationally televised card presented by Zanfer in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions Feb. 11 in Mexicali, Mexico. Paez Jr., the 18-year-old son of former International Boxing Federation featherweight champion Jorge Paez Sr., has a record of 6-0 with six knockouts. continue
25.01.06 - Former two-time world champion Virgil Hill of Pleasantville, N.J., and undefeated, No. 1 contender Valery Brudov of Russia meet for the vacant World Boxing Association cruiserweight championship on “Collision Course, A Night Of Champions,” an internationally televised pay-per-view card presented by Star Boxing and brought to you by Guilty Boxing, Silverhawk Boxing and Xyience Friday, Jan. 27, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. continue
25.01.06 - By Dino Alvarado: On January 21st, Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao (40-3-2, 31 KO's) scored a dominating victory over Erik "El Terible" Morales (48-3, 34 KO's), possibly forcing an end to the career of one of the all-time greats. Despite the impressive 10th round stoppage, the question always immediately switches to what the next move will be for the winner. continue
25.01.06 - Bayamon, Puerto Rico native, Mike Gonzalez heads back to Chicago this Friday
night as he appears in a six round lightweight bout against Edgar Pedraza, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – JANUARY 24, 2006 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of boxing journalist Jack Fiske. He passed away this morning at the age of 88. Born Jacob Quincy Finkelstein on July 15, 1917. In 1940, Fiske was a boxing reporter and columnist at the Newport News Daily Press, Alameda Times-Star and the Richmond Independent before joining the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle, where he covered boxing for over 40 years. His twice-weekly column, "Punching The Bag," was one of the most circularized boxing columns in the world and was regarded as the most consistent source of boxing information in the U.S. from 1947-1992. continue
24.01.06 - By Michael Montero: If you’ve checked out the heavyweight rankings lately like I have, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that things are pretty bad right now in professional boxing’s “glory division”. We have only but a few contenders with some promise, a few former contenders trying to get back into the elite, and four so-called champions, who in reality are nothing more than belt holders. Of the four titlists who claim to be heavyweight champion of the world, one has emerged as the leader of the pack. Can you guess who I’m talking about?
Hasim Rahman? No. He earned his WBC strap by beating up on four C-level fighters, blowing out an injured and under prepared Kali Meehan, winning a horrid UD over his buddy Monte Barrett, and finally being handed the belt when the real champion retired due to injury. Nikolay Valuev? No way. The beast from the east was given gift decisions over both Larry Donald and John Ruiz in his adopted homeland of Germany - land of the most biased judges in the entire boxing universe. His WBA belt means nothing and unless he stays hidden away in Germany forever, I don’t believe he’ll hold onto it for too long. Chris Byrd? Nope. continue
24.01.06 - “A Ring Of Their Own,” the only all women’s boxing series, begins weekly broadcasts on January 23. This is an expansion from the monthly format in 2005. Rock & Sock Productions has secured air time on several Comcast Sports channels and on Dish Network and Direct TV as well, via The Men’s Channel and Comcast broadcasts by satellite. continue
24.01.06 - Wayne McCullough will be the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights special in-studio guest analyst on January 27. He will be in our Bristol, Conn. Studio with host Brian Kenny. Each week, ESPN brings in a “guest” analyst who is in the news or has a connection with boxing news. Wayne’s connection is Saturday’s Morales-Pacquiao fight. Wayne fought Morales, he will be at Morales-Pacquiao II and was at their 1st fight. continue
“You know, fight guys are the most free-hearted people in the world” (Angelo Dundee, trainer, 1990 Hall-of-Fame Inductee)
“I love you all. Whether you were for me, or you betted against me, you bought a ticket to see me and I love you for that” (Carlos Palomino, former welterweight champion, 2004 Hall-of-Fame Inductee)
24.01.06 - by Eric B. Thompson: Okay, like most of you out there who are reading this and who’d be willing to own up, I confess to being a boxing junkie. Yes, I’m one of those breed of fans who just can’t get enough, borderline obsession so it seems. I confess to an unquenchable adrenaline rush at the sight of two sculpted, finely-tuned fighters dodging and parrying in the ring, all the more heightened by the roar of a crowd. Though I don’t have ESPN, Showtime or HBO, I confess to having the fight of the year for virtually every year since 1950 as well as a multitude of great runners-up. I confess to having a bookshelf full of good, literate boxing journalism, both classic and contemporary and that I savor each new addition to my library word for word over a martini, a glass of cognac, or a nice single malt. I confess to poring over statistics and pitting fighters of different eras and their legacies against each other. I confess to loving fight people on the whole and revel in the pleasure of their company, recognizing all the crass hype and trash talk for just what it is. I confess to an utter fascination with the immortals of the ring and their legendary stories… continue
24.01.01.06 - Two world-ranked boxers from the Philippines--super flyweight Zcy Gorres and super featherweight Czar Amonsot--highlight the nationally and internationally televised “Guilty Fight Night” card promoted by Guilty Boxing Friday, Feb. 3, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Gorres, ranked No. 4 by the WBO and No. 9 by the IBF meets Jose Alfredo Tirado in the 10-round main event while Amonsot, rated by 11 by the WBO, faces Antonio Wong in the eight-round semi-main event. continue
24.01.06 - Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell is getting ready to graduate to the next level. Since making his SHOWTIME debut in 2004, the southpaw has fought on the network a total of five times, defeated stiffer competition in each appearance, and has ascended to the top 10 in the International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior middleweight rankings. continue
24.01.06 - By Vanessa McConnell, photos © CJ Cansler: Jan. 21, 2006 was one of the most exciting nights in boxing history. Top Rank in association with Wynn Las Vegas promoted the one of the biggest fights of the year featuring three-time world champion Erik ‘El Terrible’ Morales (48-3, 34 KOs) from Tijuana, Mexico and two-time world titlest Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao (40-3-2, 31 KOs) from the Kibawe, Philippines in “The Battle”. The fight was broadcast live on HBO Pay Per View and millions of boxing fans caught a glimpse of the Morales fall from the top.
Last year Morales won a “riveting bout” against Pacquiao. The Jan. 21 fight was a rematch for the championship. Morales was sure that Pacquiao was not match for him, saying after the first fight, “I don’t think he’s going to learn how to do it any better than from the first time. His problem is not going forward because he is good coming forward. But his problem is going backward and that is what I will do, back up Pacquiao all night long.” I’m sure Morales was more than shocked and embarrassed when he lost the second fight. continue
24.01.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted Lenny Daws sensationally fulfilled his pre-fight prediction that he was going to surprise a few people with his performance against Colin Lynes at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday night to line up a Spring showdown against Nigel Wright for the British Light Welterweight Title. continue
24.01.06 - Chicagoland fan favorite Jose Hernandez, 19-2 (13KO’s) will square off this Friday night against Antonio Escalante, 10-1 (7KO’s) of El Paso, TX in the ten round featherweight co-main event of RING OF FIRE, a terrific evening of internationally televised professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
24.01.06 - Nicolay, I am demanding a rematch, now!!!!! As you know, your controversial and highly questionable decision over me on October 1, 2005, was and will continue to be a joke. The wonderful people of Germany who treated me like royalty while in their beautiful country, deserve more from you, a man who claims to be the best in the division. I welcome the opportunity to return to Germany and avenge my corrupt loss to you. What better way to thank Germany and the wonderful boxing fans by defeating you “Again” and this time not get robbed and come home with the WBA heavyweight title.
I witnessed the fight between you and John Ruiz and I have nothing to say about that ugly performance from both of you. I do expect you to do what you promised in the ring and after the fight, and that is Give me my rematch!!!! continue
24.01.06 - Rising WBC #8, WBO #10 and IBF #13 heavyweight contender, Shannon “Brooklyn” Briggs’, 45-4-1 (39 KOs), fight for the NABA and USBA Heavyweight Championships against Chris “Special K” Koval, 23-2 (18 KOs), is being moved to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on February 25. Originally slated for January 27, an ankle injury suffered last week by Briggs forced the rescheduling. continue
Pueblo, Colorado, Jan 24, 2006, Gladiator Sports Management & Marketing) Zeferino Ramirez and JewBoy Promotions proudly present their third show in three months with “Night Of Knock-Outs” to be held February 11th at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, Colorado. This is a first class promotion you don’t want to miss. continue
23.01.06 - By James Slater: People who appear to admire the sport of boxing greatly are filmmakers. There have been a lot of movies made with boxing as their subject matter. The reason for this is, I feel, due to the all too obvious drama involved in professional fighting. The life stories of certain boxers were literally begging to be given the big screen treatment. And along with these biopics, there have been many fine fictitious films made with boxing providing the story line. As a result, we have quite a few sympathetic and realistic films that seem to understand what is required of the men (and women) who throw punches to earn a living. In this article I take a look back at some of the most prominent of these movies made in the last fifty years or so.
Let’s start with Rocky. Although tarnished due to the unnecessary and clichéd sequels the original still stands up well as a gritty and well told story regarding the strength of the human spirit and the triumphs that can be possible to anyone. Surely even today there can be only a few people able to watch it and not be at least a little bit moved. continue
23.01.06 - By Francisco Chantango: At the still relatively young age of 29, it appears that the once great warrior Erik Morales (48-4, 34 KOs) is at the end of the road, following his 10th round stoppage loss to the Filippino sensation, Manny Pacquiao, in a fight that was totally one-sided following the 5th round. For Morales, it appears to be the case of going to the well one time too many, for he seemed to without any real energy or enthusiasm, as he was chased around the ring by the aggressive Pacquiao, who seemed hell bent on gaining his revenge for an earlier loss to Morales in March 2005. continue
23.01.06 – New England boxers, media, boxing fans & supporters all gathered in numbers around 400 at Pearl Restaurant on Charles Street in Providence this past Wednesday for an exciting party to kick off the 2006 season for CES. In attendance were most of CES’ stars as well as a special phone-in visit from Contender Peter Manfredo, Jr. and a special live appearance from Contender Alfonso Gomez. continue
23.01.06 - By Goran Dragosavac: I want to start this article with big a "Thank You" to the organizers and both fighters. Bob Arum has done another terrific job setting up an incredible fight that this turned out to be. For the most part, I personally like both fighters and it was sad to see one of them lose in the end. Morales has brought so much enjoyment to boxing fans over the years, and it is always sad to see him lose, and as someone said recently, "If Morales must lose, let it be against a person, and caliber of fighter like Manny Pacquiao."
In my books, Pacquiao-Morales 2 was one of the best matches I have ever seen, and there's honestly no shame in losing in such a fight like this. So, did the gloves really made that much difference, or is there more to it? continue
23.01.06 - Former two-time world champion Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnston (37-3-1, 17 KOs) and world light heavyweight contender Prince Badi Ajamu (24-2-1, 13 KOs) will be in action Friday night (Jan. 27) in separate fights January 27 in "Collision Course, A Night of Champions," featuring three world championship matches and two other title fights, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
Las Vegas, NV - With a total of nine fights on the card, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) today announced the remaining four bouts for UFC 57: LIDDELL vs. COUTURE 3 taking place at the Mandalay Events Center in Las Vegas Saturday, February 4, 2006. continue
23.01.06 - Interview by Grant Jeans: Wayne McCullough has tipped Edinburgh’s Alex Arthur to capture a world title in the near future after helping the British, Commonwealth and European champion prepare for his title defence against Ricky Burns on 18th February.
‘Amazing’ Alex Arthur is currently in his fifth week of training with McCullough in Las Vegas and the pair had just completed another gruelling session in the Pocket Rocket Gym when the Irishman took time out to speak on Arthur’s progress.
“Everyone knows that Alex Arthur has a lot more than a one punch knockout, he’s a strong guy, puts the combinations together well and has great all round ability. This is his fourth week with me now and he’ll be returning to Scotland next week.”
The former undefeated WBC bantamweight champion continued, “The change of scenery has done Alex the world of good, he is loving it in Las Vegas. Obviously the weather is a lot sunnier which is good for him when he goes running early in the morning and he’s not getting soaked by the rain.” continue
23.01.06 - Hamburg - Spotlight Boxing is starting into the year 2006 with a show at Universum-Gym of Hamburg, tomorrow on January 24. Boxinglive.TV will broadcast the first six fights live on the internet starting at 18:00 (CET). The last three contests will be broadcast by Eurosport live at 21:00. Main attractions of each broadcast is an interesting heavyweight clash. continue
23.01.06 - by Neil Thompson: From a loser, to being a prospect, to a contender, then a journeyman, and finally a World Champion. Johnny has done it all in his long career and despite the rumours may well continue for another two years providing he gets past tough Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli. If successful, big fights could come this way. Hot prospect David Haye is closing in on the top of the division and O'Neil Bell, the new unified World Champion is another winnable fight for Johnny. continue
23.01.06 - By Aaron King
1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (140)
Pretty Boy received a forced lesson in humility – set up for the biggest payday of his career, only to see it go down the drain when Zab Judah inexplicably lost to Carlos Baldomir. The fight’s still on, but with much less zip. Thanks Zab.
2. Winky Wright (160)
Fight with Jermain Taylor seems in peril, although it will happen sooner or later. He wants 50-50, and by all means, he shouldn’t get it. In the meantime, he has little room to move after a tougher-than-expected win over Sam Soliman. continue
23.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The rumors have been flying for a long time and today - as the tradition goes - Trygve Sundoe at Verdens Gang breaks the story. Norwegian Steffen Tangstad, former EBU heavy champ and CEO for MSE, is back in business and will work with an all-new TV channel with boxing and martial arts only. Wíth MSE, a company inside Viasat, Tangstad both bought and sold TV rights, promoted and managed a stable of fighters working closely with Universum. continue
23.01.06 - PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (5-0, 1 KO) plans to make some noise in the heavyweight division this year and the first major test of his young pro career will be February 12 against Yanqui Diaz (13-3, 8 KOs) in a six-round bout, on “The Contender Special – East Coast Pride” card, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. continue
22.01.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: This wasn’t the first time I incorrectly predicted the outcome of a boxing match, and surely it won’t be the last. I, for one, never understood the reasoning and the hype behind the Morales-Pacquiao rematch. After all, the first fight was a decisive victory for El Terrible, and I didn’t really see how Pacman could do anything differently to reverse the outcome of their first encounter. However, I was wrong – and now I guess I understand why so many boxing fans were so intrigued by prospects of this rematch.
Since their first encounter only ten months ago, a lot has happened. For Morales, he suffered the first loss of his career to someone not named Marco Antonio Barrera, as he was soundly defeated by Zahir Raheem in Morales’s debut bout at 135; for Pacquiao, he discovered that he has a right hand in addition to his left. continue
23.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Newly crowned BeNeLux cruiser champ Ismail Abdoul, 26-9-1, is one of those guys I really admire in professional boxing. Always in training, never fails to give his best, doesn´t care too much about who´s in the other corner with almost all important fights on the road at either lightheavy or cruiser. Ismail kindly took time out just before training was to begin in the gym in Gent for this interview. continue
22.01.06 - By Jay Briggsy - Calzaghe Vs Nigel Benn - When Benn was low you knew what was coming over - you knew it was hooks that were coming over, but even if you blocked you were left in pain. Benn naturally took risks, and was very dangerous. If you tried to fight at range, Benn could come under your punches and come up with hooks. It was difficiult to figure out his low style if you were a rangy boxer, and he hurt you bad. If you tried to trade with him inside, more often than not his fast hooks came out on top. continue
22.01.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: It was the 28th of September, and Germany was a buzz with anticipation of grabbing their first heavyweight title since Max Schmeling held it decades ago. Their warrior that night went by the name Luan Kransiqi. Kransiqi has been a solid contender for some time; he possessed victories over perennial contenders Lance Whitaker and Sinan Samil Sam. All three have been steady good fighters who just couldn’t take it to the championship level. This night Luan would overcome his previous mediocrity and try to rewrite history. Poor guy didn’t really know what he was up against. Lamon Brewster, the man who stood in Kransiqi’s way, did. Lamon knew he was going into possibly the most bias boxing country in the world, in Germany. He knew he was doing it on Schmeling’s 100th birthday. He knew Luan was a better boxer than he. continue
22.01.06 - It's a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents the exclusive delay broadcast of the highly anticipated super featherweight showdown ERIK MORALES VS. MANNY PACQUIAO 2, airing SATURDAY, JAN. 28 at 9:45 p.m. ET/ 6:45 p.m. PT, on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team, which was ringside for the live event, will call all the action. Morales vs. Pacquaio 2 was contested on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. continue
22.01.06 - By MICHAEL KLIMES: In boxing, the ultimate prize that can be bestowed upon a boxer is ‘pound for pound’ status. It is considered a worthy achievement if a fighter can become a world champion but if a boxer really wants to become great than he/she must ascend the ‘pound for pound’ rankings. In the last ten years, these rankings have featured such mouth-watering names as Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Shane Mosley and Bernard Hopkins. No one can deny these fighter’s records and pedigrees in their respective weight classes. Hopkins had been (until his twin defeats to Jermain Taylor) the king of the middleweight division, setting that impressive record of twenty world title defences. Similarly, Mosley and de la Hoya have been multi-weight world champions, bathing in the sun of victory. continue
22.01.06 - By Wray Edwards: Philippine superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao engineered sweet revenge tonight for his UD loss to Erik Morales last March. With superior punching power, a better chin and tighter conditioning, the twenty-seven year old slugger was just too much for the aging Mexican. As the song goes, “What a difference a day makes…twenty-four little hours.” In this example it was ten months. Teenagers often refer to those over thirty as “OLD”. In the case of Super Featherweight boxers they have a point. Morales is perilously close to the big Three-O and it was obvious. Additionally, a case might be made that fifty-two professional boxing matches have taken their toll to make it an old thirty for Erik.
Even though Manny is on a similar pace, his physiology seems more suited to the rigors of the sport. He is shockingly tough. Marquez hit Pacquiao so hard a worm-hole formed around his head threatening to warp him into a parallel universe. All that did was cause Manny to try harder. What happened in this fight appeared to be a minor changing of the guard at 130. Though the Pacster showed his usual balance problems, he obviously had a new arrow in his quiver: the straight right which Morales ate like Doritos all night long. continue
22.01.06 - By James Slater: I consider the sport of boxing to be unique in its ability to thrill and reward its fans. I also feel there is so much more depth to the sport than many people choose, or are able, to recognise. Some see boxing as a mindless and brutal spectacle with two men simply attempting to knock each other senseless. These people are missing a whole lot! Yes, boxing is a tough sport and, at times, fights can be brutal, but at the same time the talent on display can be a thing of beauty. The fight game is still referred to as “The sweet science”, and the object in the ring is to hit and not be hit. Boxers are capable of putting on a mesmerising and complex ballet of subtle movement to avoid oncoming blows and this is what I would point out were anyone to question my use of the word beautiful. continue
22.01.06 - Frank Maloney's amicable parting of ways with Sports Network after a five year stint as consultant to the top promotional firm marks the reemergence of the self-made South London man who took Lennox Lewis to the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. The charismatic longtime fixture in the UK boxing business has joined his brother, Eugene, in order to help run the family business, Maloney Promotions. continue
21.01.06 - By Brian "Mick" McDonald: Following the announcement of the April 8th fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Zab Judah, I began to contemplate, once again, the status of the sport of boxing and whether or not it is collectively headed in a direction that will help elevate it to the level of popularity it once had. Coincidentally, the announcement of the aforementioned fight happened on the day of the second Morales vs. Pacquio fight, which is another fight that falls into the same category: a Pay-Per-View non-title bout amongst two "big name" fighters. Granted, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is generally considered to be the pound for pound best fighter in the world the same cannot be said about Zab Judah. With a suspect chin, questionable training habits, and general disrespectful in-ring behavior, it's clear that Judah is getting the fight because along the way he has managed to make a name for himself by showing signs of stunning technical brilliance. The Cory Spinks fight was a great example of what Judah is capable of. But, after his lackluster performance against Carlos Baldomir, getting a chance to fight Mayweather is an honor that he hasn't necessarily earned. It is the NFL equivalent to inviting the Patriots to the 2006 Super Bowl based on their past accomplishments and their status as fan favorites. Unlike the NFL, and setting all logic aside, I believe that is the type of fight that is exactly what the sport needs. continue
21.01.06 - by Kent Appel @Ringside - Gary Shaw Productions and Ringside Ticket presented a six bout professional boxing card at the Pechanga Resort and Casino on Friday January 20, 2006, portions of which were broadcast live on Showtime Television on Showbox the Next Generation. The program was headlined by a fight for the vacant NABF Super Flyweight Championship that pitted Kahren Harutyunyan of Glendale, California against Nonito Donaire of San Leandro, California. continue
21.01.06 - By Jim Amato: From his professional debut in 1954 until his final bout in 1969, Youngstown, Ohio's L.C. Morgan would fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. It is boxers like Morgan that keep the game alive. He was not good enough to be a champion or a top contender but he was tough enough and talented enough to test anyone who thought they could be. continue
20.01.06 - BY MIKE CASEY He was instantly recognisable and as intimidating to behold as he was to fight. If you could ignore the flashing fists of Ted Kid Lewis for a few precious seconds, there was little comfort to be gained from contemplating his fearsome countenance. The large baleful eyes in the large jutting head were set into a wholly individual face that seemed permanently chunky and swollen.
Lewis was known as the Aldgate Sphinx after the tough area of London from which he hailed and the quite terrifyingly impassive _expression he carried into battle. Like the eyes of the shark, those menacing peepers of Ted’s were emotionally dead yet vibrantly alive in their scope and intelligence. continue
20.01.06 - By Ike Enwereuzor: Lolenga Mock, originally from Rep. of Congo, now fighting out of Denmark, is currently ranked number-four in the super middlweight division by the WBO and number-five by the WBA. He's the WBO Intercontinential super middleweight champion and the WBA International light heavyweight champion. Mock is hoping to return to the ring on March 24, 2006 against Lucian Bute. This is what the WBO Intercontinential champion had to say.. continue
20.01.06 - By Aaron King: Former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall was seized by police in Nashville, Tenn. late Thursday. The policemen restrained him with the use of a stun gun after he tried to escape from the scene where they were arresting him for trespassing in a public housing development. This episode is the latest in a long line of troubles for the 40-year-old ex-champ. McCall, like many fighters before him, can’t seem to stay out of the limelight for the more ill-famed reasons. continue
20.01.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: By 2004, during the Olympic games in Athens, I had decided to get rid of my television and try and focus on other pursuits of entertainment as well as self-development. Of course, seeing as I was also an avid boxing fan, it seemed inconceivable to miss the Olympic gold medal matches set to be televised during the closing days of those games. It was a conflict of interest that, thankfully, I was able to solve.
One of the hot names being thrown around the boxing forums at the time was Russian “super” heavy Alexander Povetkin. Coming of outstanding boxing pedigree, he also overcame the tougher half of the brackets in his quest to the final and there was really little doubt as to who would finish on top, as his opponent from Egypt was considered a severe underdog even by severe underdog standards. This fight would effectively, if based on all the in print information available online, be a showcase for the Russian who was known for knocking guys out despite the helmets and extra padded “pillow” gloves. So it was with a heightened curiosity that I asked an acquaintance to watch the gold medal round matches on his TV. continue
20.01.06 - Bernard Hopkins hangs up his gloves for a moment to put on his promoter’s cap. He and his top ten ranked Junior Welterweight nephew, Demetrius Hopkins, will be traveling from Philadelphia to Tucson on Wednesday in time for fighter weigh – ins on Thursday at The Desert Diamond Casino Sports Bar. All fighters, including Kassim Ouma, Vicente Escobedo, Rock Allen, Otis Griffin and David Lopez, will be available for comment. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (January 20, 2006) – Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Yuri Foreman (19-0, 7 KOs) makes his Boston debut February 4 against Jimmy LeBlanc in “Super Brawl: The Battle of Boston,” presented by New England Ringside Promotions and headlined by middleweight sensation “Ireland’s” John Duddy (14-0, 13 KOs), in the 10-round co-feature at The Castle at Park Plaza in downtown Boston. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 20 – With just a little over a month remaining before their highly-anticipated IBA Light Heavyweight Title fight on February 24th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Light Heavyweight gladiators Glen Johnson and Richard Hall are chomping at the bit to get at each other, but on Saturday, January 21st, the gloves will be off as both boxers meet the press and officially announce their showdown. continue
20.10.06 - Andy Meacock: I wrote an article last September after Erik Morales lost to Zahir Raheem. In my article, I speculated on the possible reasons that Morales looked so bad that night against Raheem. At the time I mentioned a few possible reasons such as a bad match up of styles, long-term fatigue and that I felt Morales was not suited for the 135lp division. continue
20.01.06 - Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime: Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire lived up to his billing as one of the top young fighters in the world and captured the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) super flyweight title with a game, hard-fought 10-round split decision over Kahren Harutyunyan Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation" on SHOWTIME. In exactly the type of fight that typifies what the "ShoBox" series is all about, virtual unknown Israel Hernandez won the co-feature with a shocking fourth-round knockout over previously undefeated Tyrone Harris. The doubleheader from Pechanga Resort & Casino was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Donaire (14-1, 8 KOs), of Castro Valley, Calif., by way of General Santos, Philippines, scored a second-round knockdown with a counter left hook en route to winning by the scores of 97-92 twice and 94-95. The physically gifted, powerful former amateur star turned back a determined late challenge by Harutyunyan despite injuring his left hand in the early rounds. continue
20.01.06 - By Kevin Purcell: Throughout the history of boxing, many superb fights have been tainted by a controversial decision from the judges at the end. Cries of ‘fix’ are often heard which sometimes prompt investigations, e.g. Lewis-Holyfield 1. Then there’s the old ‘hometown’ decision, where the guy fighting in his native city gets the nod from the judges despite obviously losing. Scott Harrison – Victor Polo being a recent example. continue
20.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: IBF I/C jr middle champ Marco Schulze, a big local ticket seller, defends the title February 25 in Oranienburg. Co-headlining is WBO I/C 147 lb ruler Jan Zaveck. Michele Piccirillo vs Lukas Konecny for the vacant EBU 154 lb title is postponed from February 24 to March 11 with site remaining Bergamo. Luca Messi, who will face the winner is in the chief support. continue
New York, January 20 - Three of DiBella Entertainment's promising undefeated contenders will be joined by two hard-hitting veterans when they take to the national television stage during February in bouts which are sure to bring some heated action to the chilly winter temperatures. First, on Friday night, February 3, the DBE tandem of Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell (18-0, 11 KO's) and Andre Berto (9-0, 7 KO's) both put their unblemished pro records on the line on another edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, Showtime's popular series featuring boxing's up and coming stars. continue
20.01.06 - “FERNANDO’S CONFIDENCE IS MUCH HIGHER”: Head trainer Danny Smith can’t help but get excited when talking about Fernando Vargas’ progress in training camp: “Fernando’s confidence is much higher than it was prior to the last two fights. He’s made some adjustments to his training and to his approach. He’s become ‘Old School’. He doesn’t [even] run on the treadmill any longer. He’s gone back to outdoor workouts” . . . continue
20.01.06 Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime: In an excellent doubleheader on “ShoBox: The New Generation” Friday on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Kahren Harutyunyan faces Nonito Donaire for the vacant NABF super flyweight championship and undefeated, hard-hitting Tyrone Harris meets once-beaten, power-punching Israel Hernandez in an eight-round junior lightweight bout.
KAHREN “ARMENIAN ESSENCE” HARUTYUNYAN (13-2-3, 0 KOs): “I am familiar with Donaire and know he is a good, strong, smart fighter. But sparring and fighting are two different things. For once I have had time to prepare for an opponent. I am physically and mentally ready. Most of my fights, I have taken on very little notice. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 20, 2006) – For the first time in boxing history, the reigning world heavyweight champion will officiate a championship weigh-in! WBC heavyweight champion HASIM RAHMAN will be the man on the microphone when superstars ERIK ‘EL TERRIBLE’ MORALES and MANNY PACQUIAO have their Official Weigh-In before they meet in ‘The Battle!’ – the sequel to their epic 2005 championship fight. continue
20.01.06 - “LITZAU WHO?” That was Carlos Contreras’ response when asked about Jason Litzau, his Jan 28 opponent at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on the Gatti-Damgaard undercard. Contreras also offered the following opinions as well: On Litzau as a boxer: “He is an unknown fighter for me. I’ve heard he has a good record. But he has never fought a real good fighter.” continue
LAS VEGAS (January 19, 2006) – Former two-time world champion Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnston (37-3-1, 17 KOs) and world light heavyweight contender Prince Badi Ajamu (24-2-1, 13 KOs) will be in separate crossroads fights January 27 in "Collision Course, A Night of Champions," featuring three world championship matches and two other title fights, at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
19.01.06 - Denver, CO - Recently it was announced by the promoters of Nicolay Valuev that he would not only defend his WBA Heavyweight Title on April 1st in Germany, but that they had also narrowed their list of potential opponents down to five. That list included myself, Barrett, Beck, Austin & Holmes. I want to make is abundantly clear to everyone, that I am ready, willing and able to accept the challenge, be it in Germany or in a phone booth at the airport, I want Nicolay, now we shall see if Nicolay wants me.
I have spoken with Don King and he assured me that my name was in the mix and that he would work on making this fight a reality, but there is one easy way to make this fight happen and that is for Nicolay to tell his team and Don King that he wants to defend against me; DaVarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson. continue
19.01.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Hall of Fame trainer and HBO boxing analyst Emanuel Steward thinks Manny Pacquiao will avenge last year's decision loss to Erik Morales in this weekend's big rematch showdown in Las Vegas.
"I'm going with Pacquiao," says Steward. "I think he will win because I think he learned from seeing Morales lose the fight (to Raheem). He'll use more boxing skills and it will help him keep on balance in the fight. I think he'll fight this fight a little more intelligently. I think he will." continue
19.01.06 - By James Slater: The great sport of boxing has inspired some of the very best work on the page by some of the very best writers. Certainly Norman Mailer and Budd Schulberg have produced absolute classics while using boxing as their muse. Mailer’s The Fight from 1975 is possibly his best book, and the legendary titles that Schulberg wrote while immersed in the fascination of the ring; On the Waterfront from 1954 and The Harder They Fall from ‘56, are respected as the masterworks they are. continue
19.01.06 - Frank Warren today announced Frank Maloney will be released from his exclusive consultancy agreement in January 2006, although fighters currently managed by Frank Maloney including Scott Harrison, Andy Morris and Gary Young etc. will continue to be exclusively promoted by Sports Network. continue
19.01.06 - Peter McDonagh is leaving no stone unturned in preparations for his Irish title fight with Michael Gomez in Dublin on January 28th. The Galway man has turned to world famous paranormalist Uri Geller for assistance as he bids to score the win of his career against Gomez. continue
19.01.06 - Ricky Hatton, the reigning IBF and WBA super lightweight champion, told BBC Radio Five Live that his next fight will take place in America and will be against one of four possible fighters before he gets to take on Floyd Mayweather. Hatton will next fight Arturo Gatti, Acelino Freitas, Diego Corrales or Jose Luis Castillo. "I don't know who it will be yet, it is genuinely still being negotiated but I expect to know by the weekend," Hatton told BBC Radio Five Live.
Hatton added that, providing he wins this fight, he will then certainly be given a super lightweight division unification bout against WBC champ Mayweather.
"As far as I'm concerned a fight with Mayweather is a done deal for this year," he said. "For those that believe Mayweather is not going to happen, I just look forward to proving them wrong as I did my doubters in 2005. continue
PROVIDENCE (January 19, 2006) – USNBC cruiserweight champion Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey (10-0, 4 KOS) faces the stiffest test of his young career February 12, when he fights battled-tested veteran Ernest "M-16" Mateen (28-11-3, 10 KOs) in a six-round bout on "The Contender Special – East Coast Pride," at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. continue
MERRILLVILLE, IND.- Pride, power and boxing glory returns to the legendary Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, IN as Octavius James/One In A Million Inc, The Midwest’s Premiere pro boxing team, host Light Welterweight Johnny Novak 14-1(6ko’s) in the much anticipated “Slug Fest 2006,” Feb. 24,2006. continue
Columbia, SC (January 19, 2006) - The Columbia Regional Sports Council is once again proud to announce another White Rock Boxing and Head Hunters Boxing Promotions collaboration. Take in an a night of professional boxing, January 21, at the Stanick Roofing Warehouse located at 2150 Dutch Fork Road in White Rock. The action starts at 8:00 pm, doors open at 7:00 pm. continue
January 19, 2006 - Harold Lederman, the world famous fight judge who is now best known as the "Unofficial Ringside Judge" for HBO Boxing, has become a voting member of the WBM Pro Boxing Poll. Lederman is a veteran fight judge of hundreds of high profile and world championship bouts. Since 1985, he has been a broadcaster for HBO Sports as part of the team that commentates for HBO World Championship Boxing, HBO PPV and HBO's Boxing After Dark. continue
19.01.06 - By Neil Thompson: Personality wise, I have always disliked Naseem Hamed. During his rise to the top of the Featherweight division and during his 5 year reign as World Champion, I always found his ring entrances embarrassing, his post-fight interviews annoying, his trash talking pitiful and his showboating disrespectful. Throughout his career he’s tried to emulate his idols persona (Muhammad Ali), like Ali he’s tried to talk and boast like the great one himself but unfortunately Hamed never possessed either the wit or humour to pull it off and simply came across as annoying. I’ve watched Hamed many times humiliating an opponent he’s beating easily with over the top showboating, hurting his opponent with his fists then stepping back to smile at his foe and to showboat some more. This desire to not only beat his opponent but to humiliate and ridicule him aswell left me with a deep desire to see him get his comupance. Such arrogant behaviour was not only for the cameras, by all accounts he was an arse out of the ring aswell. continue
19.01.06 - A pair of promising prospects from Hall of Fame trainer Lou Duva’s camp adorns the next professional boxing card at Turning Stone Resort and Casino. The night of action at the Event Center on Friday, February 24 will be televised live on ESPN2. In the Main Event, Duva prodigy Oscar “El Torito” Diaz (23-1, 11 KOs) of San Antonio, Texas will face Rochester southpaw Russell Jordan (12-2, 8 KOs). continue
19.01.06 - 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Darren Barker is looking forward to boxing at the home of British Boxing for the first time as a professional this Friday. The Barnet light middleweight takes on the tough Richard Mazurek over eight rounds on the undercard of the Hennessy Sports HS:BOX promotion, being covered by SKY Sports, at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, a venue he knows well. continue
18.01.06 - By James Perks: Lets face it, the Heavyweight division is in a bit of a mess at the moment. We don't have a globally recognized champion and the division is hardly heaving with up and coming talent. Up until late last year, most would have given that title to Dr. Vitali Klitschko. However, persistent injuries put his somewhat lackluster and short lived title reign to bed late last year. So, as 2006 begins, who are the guys that can realistically look at becoming the man in this division over the next 12 months?
James Toney - Whether you love him or you hate him, (and I know, there’s a lot of both on ESB) this guy is a real character and he adds much needed color to this otherwise dull division. He may be foul mouthed, and look like he spends far too much in Burger King and not enough time in the gym, but Toney gets it done in the ring. His displays at heavyweight have varied from a wonderful systematic breakdown of an aging warrior Evander Holyfield, to a less convincing 10 round decision over little known Rydell Booker. There’s no question that Toney has the ability to rule this division. His talent is unmatched, needless to say. However, he is 37 years old and can't have too much gas left in the tank. I think he can beat most of the heavyweights in the division, if not all, and I expect him to score a lopsided victory over Hasim Rahman in March. Is he the savior of the Heavyweight boxing in the long term? No. Could he become a World champion unify a couple of major titles and have a reign as the top guy in the division? Most certainly. continue
18.01.06- By Scoop Malinowski: Sources from American TV show ESPN Hollywood report that Mike Tyson told them in Las Vegas this past weekend that the 39-year-old former heavyweight champion is interested in fighting again. And specifically mentioned Jermain Taylor as a potential future opponent. continue
18.01.06 - The ‘Morden Massive’ will be in full effect on Friday night after moving into action to support Hennessy Sports promoted Lenny Daws in his final eliminator for the British Light Welterweight Title against Colin Lynes. "There could be people hanging off the rafters at the York Hall," said the unbeaten Daws yesterday. continue
18.01.06 - By Craig Parrish: With the sixth installment of the “Rocky” series, “Rocky Balboa” currently filming, I wanted to look back at the one that started them all, “Rocky”. The original film is arguably the best boxing film ever, and by far the finest film of the career of its writer and star, Sylvester Stallone.
The making of the film is now legendary. Stallone was a struggling actor when he watched the Chuck Wepner / Muhammad Ali fight, a bout in which the club fighter Wepner knocked Ali in the 9th round (a cause of much debate) and nearly went the distance. So inspired was Stallone by the performance of the “Bayonne Bleeder” that he cranked out the script for “Rocky” in a couple of weeks. Once the script was written, Stallone had a hard time selling it as he insisted the only way he would sell was if he starred as Balboa. continue
NEW YORK (Jan. 18, 2006) - Lightweight contender Rolando Reyes has signed to fight former two-time World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo in the main event Saturday, Feb. 4, on SHOWTIME. Showtime Sports & Event Programming General Manager Ken Hershman, and co-promoters Bob Arum and Gary Shaw made the announcement on Wednesday. continue
18.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: There is still no decision made regarding WBA 175 lb champ Fabrice Tiozzo´s next fight. Tiozzo´s promoter Michel Acaries is working towards a defence May 27 in Lyon or Paris against either Australian Paul Murdoch, whom Tiozzo should have fought in December but was forced to withdraw due to a bad cold, or mandatory challenger Silvio Branco. continue
18.01.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: WBC Light Heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (30-0 21 KO's) is coming to America this week. On January 30th and 31st Jose Sulaiman and the WBC will honor Adamek in Cancun, Mexico as the "WBC Champion Revelation of the Year 2005."
In a few months Adamek will be moving his wife and two children to America. The Polish born fighter is ready to conquer the world and believes it's best that he be based in America in order to become the superstar champion he believes he is destined to be.
The unbeaten 29-year-old Adamek is primed and ready to defend his WBC title against anyone - Hopkins, Jones, Tarver, Glen Johnson or any of the other 175 lb. champions - if his promoter Don King still has the mojo to make it happen. In this interview, Adamek lays down the gauntlet as to just who is the best light heavyweight in the world: continue
18.01.06 - Inside of the ring, Nonito "Flash" Donaire does it with flair. The highly regarded youngster, who has knocked out eight of his 14 opponents within the initial six rounds, is charismatic, talented and extremely entertaining to watch. "Donaire has incredible hand speed, good power and can make his opponent miss by a half-inch while standing right in front of him," said Mike Houser of the Nevada Appeal, who named Donaire his "Prospect of the Year." continue
18.01.06 - Ex-boxing champ Tim Austin predicts this week's Mega fight between Erik Morales of Mexico and Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao will be a real cracker and he issues a challenge to the winner.
"I see Manny winning this time and I am looking forward to a third fight," said Austin, the super bantamweight banger who hails from Cincinnati Ohio. "I think it’s going the distance and these two will put on an even greater fight." continue
18.01.06 - A FIERY ONE-TWO --- Two-Time World Champion Manny Pacquiao(R), of the Philippines hits the mitts with chief trainer Freddie Roach during media day for his upcoming mega showdown against Three-Time World Champion Erik Morales, Tijuana, Mexico on Top Rank's big "The Battle" championship card hosted by Wynn Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, January 21, live on HBO Pay Per View.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Wynn Las Vegas, 'The Battle!' will pit the world's two best super featherweights battling in a 12-round WBC International super featherweight title fight. Pacquiao, 40-3-2 (31 KOs) and Morales, 48-3 (34 KOs) will go mano-a-mano in the sequel to their exciting March 19, 2005 championship rumble and consensus "Fight of the Year" candidate. HBO Pay-Per-View will broadcast "The Battle!" Live, Saturday, January 21, from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.
New York, January 17, 2006 – Evander Holyfield, four time world boxing heavyweight champion, has signed on to endorse a brand new line of Grant Boxing equipment that will be available at retail. Grant Boxing, Inc. began when owner Grant Elvis Phillips, at 28 years of age, established himself as the youngest trainer and manager of a world champion in professional boxing ever. continue
17.01.06 - By M.C. (Mike) Southorn: Following his retirement from the ring, Tom Spring joined his former manager and corner man, Tom Cribb in the promotion of another up and coming talent named “Tom”, this one dubbed Tom Cannon. Born in 1790 in Eton, Cannon had been fighting sporadically on the fairground circuit since the age of 19. An all-around athlete who was also an expert cricketer, Cannon was discovered by Cribb and Spring in 1824. continue
17.01.06 - By John Way: Traditionally ridiculed as a career graveyard for flabby light heavyweights, the cruiserweight division is the ugly middle sister of boxing, decried by experts and hardcore fans alike as an example of modern day title fragmentation and proliferation of sanctioning bodies. All told, until last Saturday, the division hasn’t even had a unified champion for a long time: since Evander Holyfield was twenty-eight in fact (yes, that long ago!). In mean time, would-be comedians of pugilism have spent more time cranking out unfunny punchlines at the expense of fighters like Orlin Norris and Rick Parkey, than Zab Judah spent clinging to Carlos Baldomir last weekend.
The most puzzling criticism aimed at the little big men is the "fact" that the 200lbs class is plagued by a talent level shallower than a trailer park kiddy pool at high noon in July. What? Last time I checked, many cruiserweights are among the most gifted fighters in the business, blessed with the punching power of heavyweights, combined with the athleticism of middleweights. Honestly, if boxing scribes insist on picking on a division, they should drop down twenty five pounds to light heavyweight, a group ruled by three thirty seven year olds, a Polish Sausage, and a well protected European with all the stamina of a middle aged chain smoker. Make no bones about it, the cruiserweights deserve respect rather than contempt. continue
17.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: 200+ amateur fights, 37-0 in the pros, countless of tough sparring sessions, 34-year old Danish welter Thomas Damgaard, a southpaw, have seldom failed to excite with his brawling take no prisoner style of boxing. He is currently in training for the biggest fight of his long career as he takes on another crowdpleasing veteran in Arturo Gatti January 28 in Atlantic City. continue
17.01.06 - By Jim Amato: Youngstown's undefeated middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik was slated to meet dangerous Juan Luis Zertuche on the undercard of the Erik Morales-Manny Pacquiao rematch. A hand injury has forced Kelly to withdraw from the fight. Zertuche will now meet either Anthony Thompson or Fernando Zuniga. continue
17.01.06 - By James Slater: Over Five months have passed since the legendary "Hitman", Thomas Hearns made the shocking decision to return to the ring at the advanced age of forty six. After his win over the little known John Long, Hearns declared how this victory was just the start and how he intended to keep fighting for a whole lot longer. I can safely assume I wasn't the only person who was disheartened by those words, not to mention worried. However, after the Long fight nothing else happened for the rest of 2005. Had Tommy returned to his senses? I dearly hoped so. The thought of such an awesome fighting machine getting beaten by some nondescript guy who would've been unworthy even of providing adequate sparring for "The Hitman" in the days of his prime sent an absolute shiver down my spine.
But then, last week, on Friday the thirteenth of all days, the news broke that I hoped would not. Tommy's comeback will indeed continue. He is scheduled to box one Shannon Landberg on February the 4th this year. A decent fighter on the club circuit, Landberg has a respectable 58-10-3 (26) record and also has a couple of names on his record; Markus Beyer out pointed him over ten and Mads Larsen stopped him in four. continue
17.01.06 - By Jim Amato: The 140 pound weight class continues to remain the most exciting weight class in boxing. Zab Judah's loss of his 147 pound title by upset to Carlos Baldomir may have stalled Zab's proposed bout with WBC 140 titleholder Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now the WBC has named Junior Witter as the mandatory challenger for Mayweather's title. If Floyd decides to stay at 140, a bout with the dangerous Witter could be a thriller. continue
On February 10th, 2006, Maryland history will be made at Boxing Xtreme Fitness in Millersville as BXF Boxing will host the state’s first all female fight card. The February 10th show is part of the BXF Live! Friday night fight series, a monthly show hosted at the 15,000 square ft. fitness center the second Friday of each month. continue
17.01.06 - BY MIKE CASEY: Greatness, like fine wine, often requires a good deal of time to be fully appreciated. In boxing, greatness can be subtle or brutal, deceptive or immediately apparent. You see its tantalising flashes, but the picture is never complete until the fighter has sufficiently matured and revealed the full range of his gifts to the sometimes slowly adaptive eye.
When Carlos Monzon began his steady climb to the ranks of boxing’s finest middleweight champions, I was fifteen years old and still blind to the more obscure and abstract layers of the noble art.
In Monzon’s case, I was also somewhat resentful. He had just won the world championship by knocking out Nino Benvenuti in Rome, and I had wanted Benvenuti to win. Nino was a playboy and an Italian, and how I wanted to hang out in sunny Italy like him and be thrillingly distracted by beautiful women. continue
17.01.06 - By Jim Amato: Last weekend's upset wins by Carlos Baldomir over Zab Judah and O'Neil Bell over Jean Marc Mormeck just got me warmed up. This could be a VERY good year for boxing fans, at least over the next four or five months. Next up, the rematch between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao on January 21st. The first one was a thriller. I see no reason that this bout will be any different. So what if Morales lost to Zahir Raheem recently. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - JANUARY 17, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum announced today the newest class of inductees to enter the Hall. Living inductees include junior flyweight champions Michael “Little Hands of Stone” Carbajal (USA) and Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez (Mexico), historian / publisher Hank Kaplan (USA), and promoter / manager Jarvis Astaire (UK). continue
17.01.06 - Wray Edwards: Some people call it a “Guardian Angel”, others “my little voice” or the “handwriting on the wall”. The protagonist is often depicted with a little man on one shoulder, representing common sense and moral choice; and a devilish looking creature on the other, representing less admirable motivations. The one whispers in the guy’s ear “Now let’s think this through, there’s more at stake here than just money and fame.” Then the imp on the other shoulder cajoles, “Ah come on, let’s go for it. You can do it. You are da man. What could go wrong?” Well, a lot could go wrong…and did.
When Diego Corrales’ camp decided to follow up with Castillo a second time, there were many who adamantly objected to the advisability of a third match. Where were these objections to the second meeting? Public avarice for more of the same convinced Showtime and others that a larger venue and more promotion would convince the Boxing goose to lay bigger and better eggs at the Thomas & Mack. continue
17.01.06 - Hamburg – German middleweight contender Felix Sturm will challenge WBA world champion Maselino Masoe, 26-2 (25), on March 11 in Hamburg. Sturm, 24-1 (11), was originally scheduled to face Masoe on November 26, but was forced to pull out due to an elbow injury. He is now completely healed and back in training according to trainer Michael Timm. continue
17.01.06 - 9-time National Amateur Champion, Aaron Williams registered his 6th win in the pro ranks when he KO’d James Johnson with a vicious right-hand to the body, Friday night in Cicero, IL. Johnson (19-21) was counted out at 2:35 of round the 1st round. The teenage sensation’s Hall of Fame Trainer, Jesse Reid, was very pleased with his young charge’s performance. “Aaron shows incredible maturity and ability for a boxer who’s only 19 years old”, said Reid. continue
16.01.06 - By Cris Neill: Danny Williams has promised fireworks ahead of his clash next month with Matt Skelton.
The Brixton Bomber, 32, is set to face British champion Skelton, 38, at the London Excel Arena on February 25, with the winner going on to challenge for a world title.
It could be second time lucky for Williams, after his first title fight against Vitali Klitschko last December ended in an eighth round stoppage loss.
Williams was due to meet Skelton in July last year, but withdrew at the last moment, citing a bout of flu. Skelton fought the unfancied Mark Krence and won a seventh-round stoppage. Aside from the prospect of a world title shot, there’s a sense of unfinished business between the two fighters. continue
16.01.06 - Tickets in the $50 price category no longer are available for the world championship boxing card “Collision Course, A Night Of Champions,” Jan. 27 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. Former two-time world champion Virgil Hill and undefeated, No. 1 contender Valery Brudov of Russia meet for the vacant World Boxing Association cruiserweight championship. continue
16.01.06 - Belfast's own boxing hero Brian Magee has sworn to finish the job started by St. Patrick in 450 AD and rid Ireland completely of the emerald isle's last remaining snake, Carl "The Cobra" Froch, vowing to drive the brash Nottingham man into the sea. Maloney Promotions are thrilled to stage this most anticipated domestic super middleweight dustup since the classics of Benn and Eubanks on March 31st at the famous Kings Hall in Belfast. continue
15.01.06 - By Travis Marks: For close to fifteen years the mercurial James “Lights Out” Toney has entertained the public. Whether be in or out the ring, Toney has a way of capturing a crowd. On May 10, 1991 Toney arrived into stardom following his upset knockout win over then pound for pound dynamo Michael “Second To” Nunn. Toney, trailing in the fight all night stopped Nunn in the eleventh round and in the process became the IBF Middleweight champion. Following that win Toney went on to fight and defeat a virtual who’s who in the Middleweight and Super Middleweight. Mike McCallum, Iron Barkley, Reggie Johnson, and “Prince” Charles Williams are opponents who were conquered by “Lights Out.” During that time span Toney revealed that he was not only a super talent in the ring; he also had the gift of gab. His pre and post fight interviews were always entertaining. continue
Coming off a terrific performance last weekend against Butch Hajicek on the SHOBOX undercard in Cicero, IL, “MACHO” Miguel Hernandez, 18-3 (9KO’s) will battle Ryan Davis, 19-4-2 (8 KO’s) of St. Louis, MO for the WBC USA Middleweight Title on Friday, February 10th at the United Bank Center in Miami, FL, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
15.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler retained the title with a tenth round stoppage over brave but outclassed challenger Eric Lucas. Lucas lost all nine completed rounds, was badly cut on two places around the eyes and was taking a beating when his corner threw in the towel at 1.51 of the round. There were no knockdowns but LucasÂ´ face began to swell already in the second from the steady stream of sharp, precise jabs from the champion. continue
15.01.06 - By Neil Thompson: After over 8 years and 17 defences of his WBO Super Middleweight title, Joe Calzaghe could be facing his most difficult challenge to date in the current IBF champion Jeff Lacy. Joe Calzaghe has been widely considered the best supper middleweight on the planet for a long time now and has undoubtedly the most impressive record in this division. Victories over world class fighters such as Chris Eubank (former 2 weight world champion), Richie Woodhall (former WBC champ), Byron Mitchell (former WBA champ), Robin Reid (former WBC Champ), Charles Brewer (former IBF champ) aswell as stopping the tough Omar Sheika. Unfortunately Joe has also had his fair share of hand picked challengers who should have never been allow to challenge for his title, such as Tocker Pudwill, Will McIntyre and Miguel Jimenez etc. Calzaghe is the official longest reigning champion in the world of boxing. But is his long running stint as the divisions number one almost over ? …… many believe so.
With the rise of America’s Jeff Lacy, many in the US believe he is already the best in the division. Mr Lacy has been IBF champ for only 15 months but in that short period of time has already seen off 4 challenger including a very impressive display against Calzaghe’s old nemesis Robin Reid. continue
15.01.06 - Bernard Dunne will finally get in on with former European and British Champion Noel Wilders at the National Stadium, Dublin on January 28th. However Wilders will cross the Irish Sea armed with a warning for Dunne – be careful what you wish for! Dunne had been scheduled to meet the Yorkshire man last October but Wilders pulled out at short notice leaving his stable mate Sean Hughes to step into the breach. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, January 15 – It’s an itinerary fit for a king – the “World Cruiserweight King” that is. From Monday, January 16th to Thursday, January 19th, Undisputed World Champion O’Neil Bell - fresh from his title-unifying knockout win over Jean-Marc Mormeck on January 7th - will meet and greet with members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida and tour the Tribe’s reservations to celebrate his stirring victory and ascension to the elite level of the boxing world. continue
15.01.06 - By James Slater: In April of last year James "Lights Out" Toney got the chance to fulfil his vow of becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. He won a points verdict over WBA champ John Ruiz, in a surprisingly entertaining fight, at New York's Madison Square Garden. It had also appeared at the time that James had kept his other promise; to rid the sport of one of the most ungainly and dull heavyweight title holders in recent memory. He promised he would prevent any further possibility of us fans being subject to the sorry spectacle of a John Ruiz "fight."
Toney weighed in at a high 233 pounds but this didn't affect his stamina and it was Ruiz who was looking the more tired in the late rounds. The decision was unanimous and James enjoyed his fourth reign as a world champion. continue
15.01.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted Lenny Daws takes on proven championship operator Colin Lynes on Friday 20th January at the York Hall in Bethnal Green in what promises to be a sensational final eliminator for the British light welterweight title vacated yesterday by Junior Witter. The standout Morden fighter was due to meet former Commonwealth champion James Armah, but an alternative opponent had to be sourced when contract issues ruled the Ghanaian out. continue
RESEDA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2006) - Lightweight champion Diego "Chico" Corrales suffered a rib injury while training this week forcing the postponement of his world title defense rematch against José Luis Castillo. Castillo-Corrales III, promoted by Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions, was scheduled to take place Saturday, Feb. 4, and televised live on SHOWTIME from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Bob Arum and Gary Shaw announced that they are looking for a new opponent to fight Castillo on Feb. 4. continue
15.01.06 - Commonwealth and European light welterweight champion Junior Witter is another Hennessy Sports fighter set for a massive 2006 after being officially installed by the WBC as the mandatory contender to their light welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. A purse bid was due to be held today for his contest against Gianluca Branco to establish who would fill that position, but the Bradford switch hitter woke up to a letter from the governing body this morning that read:
"You have been officially appointed as mandatory challenger for the super lightweight division as per the agreement at our convention in October, since Gianluca Branco has withdrawn from the final elimination bout ordered by the WBC."
It added: The WBC is very proud of you; you participated in an elimination bout beating Lovemore Nâ€™Dou in a great fight and we would like to wish you the best of luck in your career." continue
15.01.06- Two powerful forces will collide when world heavyweight champion Hasim 'The Rock' Rahman of Baltimore takes on challenger James 'Lights Out' Toney of Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the World Heavyweight Championship hosted by Caesars Atlantic City at the famous Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, March 18. "This is the biggest heavyweight title fight around," said Bob Arum of Top Rank. "It's a very competitive fight and I personally cannot wait to see it." continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (January 15, 2006) – The televised undercard of the “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas and “Sugar” Shane Mosley “SHOWDOWN” will treat boxing fans to two career-defining battles. WBO Bantamweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends his title against the legendary Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, and undefeated Calvin Brock puts his unblemished heavyweight record on the line against Zuri Lawrence. “Showdown” is presented by Main Events and Golden Boy Promotions, will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. continue
15.01.06- Former undefeated British, Commonwealth and European champion and undisputed world title challenger Howard Eastman will face Miami based Colombian Edison Miranda in a final eliminator this spring for the right to challenge IBF champion Arthur Abraham. "I got goose bumps when my promoter Mick Hennessy gave me this news," said Eastman, from Battersea, yesterday. "I have not felt like this for a long time. He has given me the opportunity to spring myself back into contention.
"Because of whatâ€™s happened recently I need to prove to people that I can go in there and take these guys out properly. There can be no room for doubt; you must make sure that the result comes your way. I have only failed to do that on three occasions in my whole professional career. continue
Mary Jo Sanders is The Ring Magazine's 2005 Female Fighter of the Year. At 5'7", Mary Jo "KO" Sanders is the daughter of former Detroit Lions great Charlie Sanders. A naturally gifted athlete, she's a crowd pleaser, a great boxer, and a solid puncher; willing to stand toe-to-toe with the toughest. Her motto is "dream big, believe in yourself, and treat others the way you wish to be treated.". In the ring, where most fear to tread, Mary Jo has found a home. continue
11.01.06 - Former linear champion, and #8 ranked heavyweight in the world according to the just-released WBC rankings, Shannon “Brooklyn” Briggs, 45-4-1 (39 KOs), has been voted the “Comeback Fighter of the Year” by the Boxing Press Group, an international coalition of over 600 boxing “magazine, newspaper and internet website authors, beat writers and boxing leaders.” continue
Queensbury, NY ? TheDailySports.com Boxing Promotions has signed Heavyweight Robert ?The Brawler? Bentley to a promotional contract. Bentley, who resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas currently, has a 2-4-1 (2 KO) record. ?I see potential with Robert. Not only is he big, 6? 8?, 260 lbs, he has tremendous punching power. His record is deceiving. Of his seven pro fights, he fought opponents with a combined fight total of 32. continue
Tucson, Arizona) --- On Friday, January 27, 2006, all eyes will be on Tucson as ?Friday Night Fights? on ESPN2 makes its dramatic return to Desert Diamond Casino. Together, Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions will put on an impressive lineup featuring six bouts that will reach over 90 million people worldwide. Tickets to this guaranteed high-energy event are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, the Desert Diamond Casino Box Office, or at www.desertdiamondcasino.com. continue
10.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Turkish heavy Sinan Samil Sam has returned to Universum and will be trained by Fritz Sdunek. Sam, then with Sauerland Event, looked pretty flat when he was outboxed by Oleg Maskaev in a WBC eliminator in November of last year. He is managed by Ahmet Oner. Polish Hammer Knockout Promotions begin the new year in Busko January 21 with jr welter Rafael Jackiewicz on to against Frenchman David Sarraille. Lightheavy Dawid Kostecki is featured in the chief support. continue
10.01.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Sports in general hold us hostage by our addiction to them. The role that sports play in our lives can be monumental; depending on the person. For me and many others boxing is my sports fix. Now in regards to the most important sport to us; I ask you this; who is the most important fighter? Yes it’s definitely a loaded question that has been the discussed in several different forms. I’m not asking about the best Heavyweight of all time. Nor am I asking about who is the best pound-for-pound fighter to ever grace our presence. I am simply asking; who is the most important fighter ever to lace-up the gloves? Several fighters come to mind when thinking about this subject. People will declare that Muhammad Ali was; maybe a vote or two would go to Joe Louis or Sugar Ray Leonard. There are arguments for several dozen fighters spanning a multitude of decades. continue
10.01.06 - Coming off an outstanding evening of professional boxing this past Friday night which featured huge SHOBOX televised wins by hot prospects Joel Julio and Raul Martinez as well as victories by local favorites MACHO Miguel Hernandez, Omar Reyes and Reynaldo Reyes, Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, is proud to announce details of its next action packed card. continue
Miami, FL (January 10,2006) By Laz Izada: Get ready South Florida fight fans, the heavyweight division should be an exciting one in 2006. Now that Vitali Klitschko has retired, which heavyweight will emerge ahead of the pack? Veteran heavyweight basher Shannon Briggs who defeated Foreman in ‘97, wants part of the action. He has recently returned to the ring with a vengeance, looking for another title shot. continue
10.01.06 - First, of course, we at Sycuan Ringside Promotions congratulate Carlos Baldomir on his terrific performance and tremendous victory in capturing the World Boxing Council welterweight championship Saturday night in New York City. We’re thrilled by that awesome showing, one that has catapulted both Carlos and Sycuan Ringside Promotions to the forefront of the boxing world. continue
New York, January 9 - DiBella Entertainment's welterweight sensation Joshua Clottey (28-1, 18 KO's) is capable of beating any welterweight in the world. Clottey has reeled off nine consecutive victories and has his eyes set on a world championship. The only blemish on Clottey's impressive record came on November 29, 1999 when he was disqualified for a low blow in the eleventh round against current WBC Welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir. continue
09.01.06 - By Wray Edwards: Yeah!! Let’s get him. Everybody pile on. How is it possible that the pleasant, friendly guy we met in Tampa, Florida at the Lacy-Reid fight could now be so reviled and dismissed? As a writer one strives to make generic comments about sportsmen. You are what you do during the time you do it. If boxer X acts like a "bottom feeder" he is literally "making a name for himself" during those actions. There have been times when Zab was complimented and praised for his positive accomplishments.
Accusing someone of acting like a jerk does not mean you "hate" them. You are simply (assuming your observations are accurate) reporting…and that’s the gig. Judah could have redeemed himself at any moment last night by just accepting responsibility for his actions. Instead, he compounded his transgressions and dissappointed us all. continue
09.01.06 - By Rev. Marc Axelrod: The first fight with Leon Spinks was basically supposed to be a warmup for a possible 4th bout with Ken Norton, who had just eked out a decision win over Jimmy Young. And Ali didn't take the young Olympic champion very seriously. As I recall, Ali lost the first 6 or 7 rounds of the first Spinks fight, and it is hard to win a decision when you give up that many rounds, even when you are Ali. The guy who scored it 143-142 Ali should have never been allowed to judge a fight ever again.
I remember thinking at the time that maybe Ali lost on purpose, especially when he was praising young Leon to the hilt after the fight. But the truth was that Ali took too much of a beating for it to be on purpose. continue
09.01.06 - By James Allan: I don’t often take a pleasure in hearing of a champion’s defeat. Boxers have to work long and hard to reach the top of the fight game and no matter how arrogant or obnoxious they may be, I always feel some sort of pity for them when they lose their titles. However, in Zab Judah’s case I must confess that a smile found its way on to my face when I heard that he had lost to Carlos Baldomir. continue
09.01.06 - By James Slater: Ray thought Tommy was shot. That's what his critics said, and this was the only reason he was granting Hearns a very long overdue rematch. "The Hitman" was thought to be damaged goods by many so called experts and "Sugar Ray" himself , they claimed, considered Tommy to be no way near the threat to him he once was. There may be some truth to this, Ray always did stack every possible advantage in his corner-just ask Mr. Lalonde or Mr. Hagler- and maybe the form Hearns had shown in his last few fights had convinced him that a relatively easy, financially huge, KO win was a definite were he to grant Tommy the wish he'd been dreaming of for eight long years. Whatever Leonard's reasons for taking the fight, Tommy was ecstatic. He didn't care at all what Leonard thought of him. He knew what he had left inside and that "Sugar Ray" would be rudely awakened if he was entering the ring with him for the second time with any comfort coming from allusions of overwhelming superiority. Hearns was massively motivated at the chance of defeating a man he knew he was better than. All he'd needed to prove it was Leonard's name on the contract, and now he had it. He was absolutely resolute he would not lose to Ray Leonard for a second time. The hype began for "The War." continue
09.01.06 - by MIKE DUNN: I happened to come across the book "Facing Ali" at a neighborhood book store recently and purchased a copy. The book was written by Stephen Brunt in 2002 and published by The Lyons Press.
The premise of the book is what grabbed my attention. Brunt tracked down and interviewed 15 of Ali's opponents and shared what it was like to face the man and the legend in the ring. The result is quite entertaining.
Brunt presents his interviews in chronological order, starting with Ali's very first professional foe, Tunney Hunsaker of Fayetteville, West Virginia. The first five chapters are devoted to Ali's early career extending through his first reign as champion (1960-67). Henry Cooper, George Chuvalo, Brian London and Karl Mildenburger are subjects along with Hunsaker.
Chapters six to nine are devoted Ali's return from exile (1970-73) and include interviews with Joe Frazier, Jurgen Blin, Joe Bugner and Ken Norton. continue
09.01.06 - By Ralph B. Rimpell: We all know by now Zab Judah (34-3, 25 KOs) lost his undisputed welterweight crown this past Saturday night to Carlos Baldomir (42-9-6-12 KOs) of Argentina. The shock of his loss has worn off and most of us have accepted the results. Judah losing last Saturday night is likely the biggest boxing upset for the year 2006.Unlike ringside judges who scored a unanimous decision victory for Carlos Baldomir, I scored the fight a draw. I can respect the judge’s decision. continue
09.01.06 - By Justin Hackman: When a weight class stumbles over its own two feet and fails to rise once again, boxing fans scratch their heads and reminisce about the “glory days” of Tyson, Holyfield, Holmes, Frazier, and Ali. However, what fans must realize is that we are on the cusp of breathing new life into the heavyweight division. The big men are unique in the way that all it takes is one guy to get a heavyweight fire going--one guy worthy enough to be recognized by fans as the best out there. This fighter will be one of two who need to meet in the ring once more:
Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster.
Klitschko and Brewster remain the two fighters in the division young and talented enough to be crowned king. continue
09.01.06 - Whilst talking about standout British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch last week, Tony Dodson said: ‘I just want to get him in the ring.’ This is despite the fact that approximately 48 hours previously he had turned down the opportunity to fight his rival on February 17th in a domestic blockbuster that would have been over 12 rounds, despite the fact that no title would be on the line given Froch’s mandatory commitments. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2006) – Two-time world heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz (41-6-1, 28 KOs) has petitioned the World Boxing Association for an immediate rematch against Nicolay Valuev for the WBA heavyweight title. Last month, Ruiz lost a controversial decision to Valuev in Berlin. Ruiz' petition is based on the WBA's rule 7.3 (see below) that allows for a rematch based on a controversial decision in a championship match. Valuev won by 12-round decision by scores of 114-114, 116-114, 116-113.
"I'm focusing on our WBA petition," Ruiz said. "I enjoyed everything about our trip to Germany other than the decision. The German people were great to me. I deserve a rematch and would fight him again in Germany if I had to. I remember thinking mid-way through the fight that it was the easiest fight I'd had in a long time. continue
08.01.06 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - The stage was set. The Theater at Madison Square Garden would play host to Zab Judah's mandatory World Boxing Council welterweight title defense against light hitting Carlos Baldomir, almost a 15-1 betting underdog, in a fight that would amount to presumably nothing more than a mere prelude to the undisputed welterweight champion's tentatively scheduled mega-fight against boxing's pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue
08.01.06 - By Travis Marks @ ringside, photo Tom Casino / Showtime: The most intriguing match up from last night fight card at Madison Square Garden was O’Neil “Supernova” Bell versus “The Marksman” Jean Marc Mormeck. In this bout we had two very strong champions who are at their physical peak fighting to unify the three major titles in boxing. Mormeck entered the bout as the WBA and WBC champion and Bell entered as the IBF champion. Mormeck was considered the number one cruiserweight by The Ring magazine following his dominating decisions win over Guyanese, Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite. Bell was the underdog and was coming in two fights removed from a fight with Dale Brown in an elimination bout that most observers thought that he lost.
In handicapping this match up there were a few things that very obvious. Mormeck is an impressive physical specimen. He’s built like an Adonis. His back in huge has a sculpted body and is just looks really strong and sturdy. He looks more like a body builder than a boxer. Bell is pretty tall and lanky with a great reach. He has real knock out power but has also been vulnerable to knockdowns but saved for his second career fight (which he lost by KO to Mohamed Benguesmia) he has always gotten up to gain victory. Both men fight coming forward and love to engage in wars. continue
08.01.06 - In less than three short weeks, British and Commonwealth Champion Graham Earl will boldly come face to face with the most dangerous European fighter in the talent laden lightweight division, Yuri Romanov, as the two headline Maloney Promotions' exciting fight card from Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England on Friday, January 27th. continue
08.01.06 - Promoter Dino Duva says a big fight for his heavyweight prospect, Brian "The Beast" Minto (23-1, 14 KOs), is just around the corner. “We’re looking at some real possibilities for a premium TV fight against a contender or even a world title shot for Brian. We hope to have something for him in the first half of 06.”
Duva feels Minto, who scored three impressive victories in three consecutive months to close out the year (TKO 7 Vinny Maddalone, KO 2 Forrest Neal and TKO 3 Troy Weida), has established himself as a legitimate young heavyweight contender. “Brian has looked better every time he’s fought this year; he has proven to be a contender who needs to be seriously watched in the heavyweight division.” continue
08.01.06 - By Andy Meacock: The world of boxing never ceases to amaze me. Every year we see huge upsets and unfortunately for Zab Judah last night was his turn to suffer. Madison Square Garden witnessed Zab Judah give an uninspired effort which resulted in him losing a close decision to the little known Carlos Baldomir.
Prior to the fight there had been so much talk about a Zab Judah – Floyd Mayweather match up on April 8th. With Mayweather in mind, Judah obviously didn’t prepare a good enough strategy for Baldomir and paid the price. It could be argued that the fight was a draw as Judah seemed to get the better of the fight up until round sixth and Baldomir controlled the fight from that point on. continue
08.01.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr., photo by Tom Casino /Showtime - Congratulations to Argentina’s new WBC Welterweight Champion, Carlos Baldomir (41-9-6-12 KO’s), who outworked and outscored the inconsistent and foul former Champion, Zab Judah (34-3-25 KO’s) of Brooklyn New York. This victory for Baldomir shakes things up in a division Judah was perceived to have locked up—so long as he could successfully avoid fighting WBO Champ, Antonio Margarito.
Baldomir demonstrated that just because the boxing media insists certain fighters are great doesn’t make it true. Make no mistake, Zab Judah is a dangerous puncher and has a flair for the flamboyant, but Saturday night belonged to the underdogs. O’Neil Bell got off to a bad start but shocked a lot of fans when he knocked out power punching and body punishing, Jean Marc Mormeck in 10 and Carlos Baldomir bested Zab Judah. This could be a good start for 2006. Cheers!
Judah’s big money fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr., who successfully avoided fighting Ricky Hatton by moving up to 147 after beating Arturo Gatti, who was arguably the weakest Champion in the 140-pound division, seems irrelevant now and if Floyd wants a Title at 147, the signpost up ahead says Baldomir, who says he wants Mayweather next. continue
08.01.06 - Travis Marks @ ringside: Cruiserweight contender Steve Cunningham continued his winning ways by stopping Lloyd “Jabba” Bryan at 1:40 of the fifth round. Cunningham who was the mandatory for O’Neil Bell’s IBF title was scheduled to fight for the championship in December. In a strategic move, Cunningham stepped aside to let Bell fight for the unification bout against Jean Mark-Mormeck. Cunningham’s win sets up a showdown for the Undisputed Cruiserweight title later on this year. With his victory Cunningham now raises his record to 19-0 (10 KO’s) and Bryan falls to 21-12 (9 KO’s). continue
08.01.06 - By Wray Edwards: There is no way Judah won this fight. The operative word here is “fight”. Baldomir fought and Judah (photo: Tom Casino /Showtime) goofed his way through most of the match. From the very beginning when he fouled Carlos by hitting below the belt instead of touching gloves, Judah was a complete disappointment. Zab managed to counterpunch, on occasion, but for the most part couldn’t get his tranny in forward gear.
It is not often that the writer prays, and probably one of the hardest tasks in the universe to ask of Deity is to request home country, home town judges to render a fair decision. Evidently our God is a mighty god, for even though Arthur Mercante Jr. did his best to rescue Zab from Baldomir’s onslaughts, judges Gualtiero Cavalieri, Melvina Lathan and Julie Lederman scored the fight punch-for-punch. Counterintuitive to the press row bias and that of the broadcast commentators, with the exception of Al Bernstein, the judges rendered a fair decision. continue
08.01.06 - “Have Promoter’s License Will Travel” has long been the motto of Gerald Evans and his 1 World Productions, as the hard-working Detroit native has embarked on no less than three separate multi-show series in three separate Michigan cities in the past six years. continue
08.01.06 -By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Unbelievable is the best way to describe the two fights that were showcased on Showtime tonight. First, we got to see what is sure to be an early candidate for fight of the year in the bout between Jamaican O'Neil Bell and French Jean Marc Mormeck. Then, as if out of nowhere, Carlos Baldomir woke up at the exact half way point of the fight to take what people should undoubtedly see as a deserved decision and not controversial as the Judah camp claims, but more on that later continue
08.01.06 - Universum Box-Promotion celebrated a successful opening into 2006 on Saturday night. At the atmospheric Kulturhalle of Munich, Germany, Croatian light heavyweight contender Stipe Drews and Uzbekian heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev were able to score convincing victories in the main events.
Drews became a two-time European champion by winning a unanimous twelve round decision over Italian Antonio Brancalion by scores of 117:109, 118:109 and 119:108.
Stipe Drews was holding the European belt from 2002 through 2003 but lost a WBC world title eliminator in August 2004 to Paul Briggs in Australia. Against Brancalion he improved his record to 30-1 with 13 knockouts, retained his WBO intercontinental title and added the European crown. Brancalion dropped to 25-6-2 with 7 knockouts. continue
08.01.06 - On January 27, 2006 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, 4 time World Champion, Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill will be going for the WBA Cruiserweight Title once again. This time against undefeated Russian, Valery Brudov (30-0). This time on his quest to become 5 time World Champion. This time back where he first one the World Title in 1987. This time with Silverhawk Boxing promoting the event. continue
08.01.06 - Coming off a tremendous 2005, America's No. 1 Boxing Network picked up right where it left off with an incredibly exciting, action-packed world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME. Let the network's 20th Anniversary Celebration of televising meaningful, competitive fights begin!Huge underdogs Carlos Baldomir and O'Neil Bell got the year off to a rousing start by registering major upsets in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING co-features. continue
07.01.06 - Interview by Travis Marks: Jamaican Born O’ Neil Bell (photo: Tom Casino / Showtime) has been fighting professionally for seven years in the cruiserweight division. Bell has been blessed with phenomenal power and engages in very exciting bouts. He feels that he is boxing best kept secret and he can’t wait to ascend to stardom.
Bell is currently IBF cruiserweight champion and is looking to add the WBC and WBA titles by defeating Jean Marc Mormeck this Saturday night. This unification bout is the first match for the undisputed cruiserweight championship in over 17 years when Evander Holyfield held the titles.
This bout is part of a great card that is being promoted by Don King Productions and will be shown live on Showtime at 9pm EST. Zab “Super” Judah will be co-featuring as he defends his WBC belt against tough veteran Argentinean Carlos Baldomir. At the final press conference held in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden for this great boxing card Eastsideboxing.com sat down with Bell asked him a few interesting questions. continue
07.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The German Federation, the BDB, have handed out a one year suspension to Cuban heavy Juan Carlos Gomez for testing positive to cocaine after winning over Oliver McCall October 15, 2005. The suspension is in effect from December 16, 05, (the day the b-test came back positive) to December 16, 2006. The fight was fought under the supervision of the WBC though so the BDB have nothing to do with any change of the results. continue
07.01.05 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Accolade- Best Fight of the Year: Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Torres - I must be one of only five or six people in the world who thought Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Torres was the best fight of 2005. Obviously, Corrales and Castillo is the favorite and I really can’t say anybody is wrong for that choice, but as a complete fight, I thought Cotto vs. Torres was better.
First and foremost, it’s because nobody expected it to be a great fight and that says a lot. Most people, including myself, figured it would an easy knockout for Cotto of a guy with a nice padded record in Torres. Wrong! When something exceeds my expectation, it is only fair to reward it properly in my mind. Nobody knew a damn thing about Torres and now it is clear that he is another potential star in a who’s who of Hollywood 140 pound division. continue
CICERO, Ill., (Jan. 6, 2006) – On a cold night in Cicero, Joel Julio raised the temperature in the gym with a spectacular third-round knockout over Robert Kamya Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the exciting co-feature, Raul Martinez knocked down Andres Ledesma three times en route to an eighth-round TKO. The doubleheader, which took place at Cicero Stadium in Cicero, Ill., was promoted by Main Events Inc. and aired at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on west coast). continue
07.01.05 - By MIKE CASEY: I thought of little Jimmy Wilde recently as I watched a documentary about a wonderful cinematic discovery made in the town of Blackburn in the so-called Black Country area of northern England. Sealed in barrels in a photographic shop, untouched and unseen for more than 70 years, were 800 original nitrate negatives of pioneer film makers, James Kenyon and Sagar Mitchell.
Mitchell and Kenyon ran a late Victorian and Edwardian film company and shot various film projects long before Hollywood was born. Among other things, they captured what is believed to be the first moving film of the Manchester United soccer team in the opening years of the twentieth century.
The film collection was acquired by the British Film Institute and painstakingly restored to its original glory. The results are astounding. continue
WOBURN, Mass. (January 6, 2006) – Unbeaten middleweight sensation “Ireland’s” John Duddy (14-0, 13 KOs) headlines “Super Brawl: The Battle of Boston,” presented by New England Ringside Promotions, in the 10-round main event February 4 at Cyclorama (Center for the Performing Arts) in Boston’s historic South End. continue
06.01.06 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - WBC mandatory challenger and No. 1 contender Carlos Baldomir (left) and undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah square off after Friday's weigh-in at Madison Square Garden, Judah, who weighed 146 3/4 pounds, defends against Baldomir, who tipped scales at 146 1/4, in the main event of the Don King Productions-promoted world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from The Theater At Madison Square Garden. continue
06.01.05 - By James Slater: As we await the return to the ring of Oscar De La Hoya I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at a fight of his that still invokes huge debate, some six plus years on, as to its real winner. The subject of Trinidad v De La Hoya is perfect material for a discussion or friendly argument between boxing fans in a bar. And indeed it has caused some heated verbal exchanges too! Some feel Trinidad deserved the win which put the first loss on the De La Hoya resume, while others claim Oscar was the victim of a terrible decision by the judges, either due to incompetence or even something more sinister. No proof exists of any wrong doing but I add my name to the list of people who feel Oscar was shafted. To my mind there is just no way Felix won.
Some readers may feel I am simply biased in favour of De La Hoya. And it is true that I am a huge fan of his. But I also greatly admire Trinidad too. I was gutted when Bernard Hopkins Beat “Tito”. I wanted to see him prove he was the best middleweight in the world and then move on to the final phase of his goal, which, if you recall, was the acquiring of a super fight at super middleweight with the great Roy Jones jnr. continue
06.01.06 - Heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo will return to the ring and make his DiBella Entertainment debut when Broadway Boxing Presented by Turning Stone Resort and Casino gets the 2006 season underway on Thursday night, February 16 at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. A Chicago native of Puerto Rican heritage, he boasts a 24-3 career mark, including 15 victories by way of knockout. continue
New York, January 6th - Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) and Fox Sports New York (FSNY) have announced four air dates for DiBella Entertainment's holiday installment of Broadway Boxing presented by Turning Stone Resort & Casino from the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. continue
06.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Danish media have taken a big interest in WBA 168 lb ruler Mikkel Kessler, who is in final preparations for his showdown against Canadian Eric Lucas. Most interviews concentrate on the "human aspect" but I concentrated on boxing when I caught the champ on his cellphone after a workout January 5.
How is training going?
Very well thank you, we close out the sparring on Saturday and I´m in great shape.
How many rounds of sparring will you have done come Saturday?
I believe I will have done 160 rounds by then. continue
06.01.06 - Jean-Marc Mormeck has often been asked when fighting in the United States, why he has yet to adopt an intimidating nickname like so many other boxers do. The good-natured Frenchman responded to such a question at a press conference prior to his SHOWTIME-televised unification win on April 2 in Worcester, Mass., that he would take submissions from Americans on his web site. Mormeck then decided to let fans make the final decision on Sho.com/boxing . continue
06.01.05 - Munich - Universum promoted heavyweight from Uzbekistan Ruslan Chagaev (photo right), 18-0-1 (15), weighed in at 106 kg prior to his rematch tomorrow against American Rob Calloway, 56-5-1 (43), 95 kg, at Zenith in Munich, Germany. Chagaev and Calloway fought to a technical 3rd round draw on Oct. 5, 2002, after an accidental headbutt opened a deep cut on Calloway’s eye in round two. continue
06.01.06 - By Ralph Rimpell: Any hardcore boxing fan knows Zab Judah (34-2, 25 KOs) is an extremely talented fighter. This young man possesses speed, punching power, and is a southpaw to boot. At the beginning of his professional career, he was often compared to as Pernell Whitaker Jr., because of his ability to evade punches. Judah became a star when he defeated former champion Terron Millet and retained his International Boxing Federation Junior Welterweight championship on August 5, 2000.
Judah would have a chance at superstardom, ala Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De la Hoya, when Judah met the respected and long reigning champion Kostya Tszyu in a highly anticipated junior welterweight unification match on November 3, 2001. He, by his own admission, would become careless and lose by a controversial second round stoppage. continue
LAS VEGAS (January 6, 2006) - Two-time world champion Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnston (37-3-1, 17 KOs) fights former NABF and WBC Fecarbox lightweight title-holder Steve "The Mongoose" Quinonez (31-9-1, 11 KOs) in "Collision Course, A Night of Champions," featuring three world championship matches and two other title fights, January 27 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue
06.01.06 - When a puncher, who has enjoyed knocking unconcious 21 of his 26 professional victims – like heavyweight Richel Hersisia – decides to go the full 12 rounds, you know something unusual has happened. This is, indeed, the case here, as the 31-year-old Dutchman has teamed up with Germany’s WBC ‘world’ supermiddleweight champion Markus Beyer’s marketing firm 12Rounds, who will take up PR responsibilities for Hersisia and attempt to create a higher public awareness of his ring exploits. continue
06.01.06 - By Jim Amato: I just had the pleasure of watching a replay of Liston-Patterson I. Although Sonny crushed Floyd in an impressive fashion, in the words of the great Max Schmeling, "I see something." It was up close on the slow motion replay. I saw how often Floyd's bobbing and weaving style made Liston miss badly. I've always felt that Liston along with George Foreman had the perfect style to thwart Joe Frazier. With Big George, I have no doubt, since he has twice proved his point. However, with Frazier facing Liston, I'm not so sure anymore.
I have Liston ranked high among my all time heavyweights. He's #6 on my list behind Ali, Joe Louis, Larry Holmes, Jack Johnson and Foreman. He had the jab, the strength, the power and the killer instinct. Liston was a big heavyweight in his era. Circa 1971...The Joe Frazier who beat Muhammad Ali in Madison Square Garden on March 8th was one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Frazier was never better before and he was never the same after. continue
06.01.06 - By Craig Parrish: Lew Jenkins was one of the most naturally talented, tough as nails Fighters the boxing world has ever seen. He was also one of it’s greatest Hell-Raisers, widely known for his infamous run-ins with Police, lack of training, womanizing, and getting in the ring so drunk he could barely stand. Lew Jenkins was born in Texas in 1916. His family was farm laborers and they spent many years living in wagons and tents, traveling from farm to farm to harvest cotton. continue
05.01.06 - By Jim Amato: He was one of the best heavyweights of his era and possibly one of the best heavyweights to have never claimed the title. He fought the best of the late 1950's and 60's with a high degree of success. Eddie Machen was born on July 15, 1932 in Redding, California and he entered the punch for pay ranks in 1955. Eddie won all eleven of his bouts during his maiden year including a knockout over highly regarded Howard King. continue
05.01.06 - GARY SHAW: I would like to welcome everybody to the conference call. As I said about some of the other fights, this fight will be no different than last time other than the outcome. You have two great fighters; two great warriors that you all know will go toe to toe for all 12 rounds. Manny has not used any excuses but all the outside distractions that were there in ’04, in ’05 will not be there in ’06, that we guarantee you. Manny has been training hard.
FREDDIE ROACH: Training has been going very well. Manny is very focused. He is much more focused than the last time around. And you know this guy beat us last time and we want revenge in the worst way. And he is training very hard. We have some great sparring partners for this fight and everything is going real well. Everything is right on schedule and I can’t wait for this fight to happen. continue
05.01.06 - Joel Julio will face his toughest test when he puts his perfect record on the line against World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas Champion Robert “The Doctor” Kamya. The 10-round junior middleweight battle will headline the “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast on Friday, Jan. 6, 2006. In what promises to be an action-packed co-feature, Raul “The Cobra” Martinez will risk his undefeated record against streaking Andres “Andy Boy” Ledesma in an eight-round bantamweight battle. continue
05.01.06 - Glen Burnie, MD - Ballroom Boxing returns on January 26th, 2006 with an exciting title fight between two local Heavyweights. The first show of the eleventh season will feature a main event battle between Baltimore's own Brandon "The Beast" Cabell, 8-1-1(2) and Silver Spring native Tony "The Tiger" Thompson, 25-1(15) for The Maryland State Heavyweight title. continue
05.01.06 - Photo: Tom Casino - ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH (34-2, 1 NC, 25 KOs): “I am not playing anymore. I am focused and my mind is right. I know where I want to go. I am not looking past anybody. You have to give Baldomir his due. He did what he had to and worked his way to get to No. 1. But it is time to hurt and destroy.
“To be fighting on SHOWTIME at Madison Square Garden is really big for me. It is big for New York and for all of boxing. This is going to be a great fight and I look forward to putting on a great show.
“No boxer in any division will do what I want to do in 2006 if I get the opportunity. I am calling out everybody. This is going to be a beautiful year.’’ continue
05.01.06 - On January 28 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, two-time world champion Arturo Gatti (39-7, 30 KO’s) will challenge Thomas Damgaard (37-0, 27 KO’s) for the IBA welterweight championship . . . Damgaard arrived at his Copenhagen training camp on Nov 15. Among those who are sparring with Damgaard is former European Champion Maxim Nesterenko. Trainer Poul Duvill expects Damgaard to spar at least 120 rounds by fight week . continue
05.01.06 - HBO Boxing fans will be treated to a special preview leading up to the highly anticipated super featherweight rematch on Jan. 21 that will be carried by HBO Pay-Per-View between former champions Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao ( Morales vs. Pacquiao 2). HBO Sports will present the exclusive re-broadcast of four of the fighters’ most memorable fights on back-to-back weekends this month. continue
05.01.06 - By John Way: Traditionally one of the most colorful weight classes in boxing, the welterweight division has recently been experiencing something of dry spell, featuring mostly imported talent from lower weight classes, like Floyd Mayweather, Zab Judah, Cory Spinks, and Shane Mosely. With closest thing to a high profile welterweight fight coming in the form of Judah’s title defense against oft beaten Argentine, Carlos Manuel Baldomir this Saturday, it’s time to look back in history when the welterweight champion was a byword for excellence. Squashed in between Sugar Ray Robinson, and Sugar Ray Leonard, Jose "Pipino" Cuevas was the meat between the bread in a proverbial 147lbs. sandwich, establishing himself as one of the greatest knockout artists of all time. continue
05.01.06 - From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The World Boxing Council is confirming the celebration of the Night of Champions in paradisiacal Cancun, Mexico, from January 28 to 31. The Night of Champons is intended to be the greatest boxing ceremony in the history of the sport with the number of great champions of the present and past who have confirmed their attendance. continue
05.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU 135 lb champ Juan Carlos Melero Diaz defends against French-based Romanian Mihaita Mutu February 3 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Ex-WBC jr middle titleholder Javier Castillejo is featured on the undercard as well as Oscar Sanchez vs Jesus Garcia Simon in a Spanish 130 lb titlefight. Former IBF welter ruler Michele Piccirillo and Lukas Konecny clash for the vacant EBU 154 lb title in Bergamo February 24. continue
05.01.06 - By M.C. (Mike) Southorn: Tom Cribb was born in Hanam, about 5 miles from Bristol, 2 July 1781. He left home to seek his fortune in London when he was only 13, and he wound up working on the wharves before joining the Navy. Upon his release from the Navy in 1804, Tom returned to London, flat broke. He had taken up boxing while in the Navy, and he decided to try his hand at prizefighting. His first fight took place at Wood Green on 7 January 1805. George Maddox was the opponent. The following month he beat Tom Blake for a purse of 40 pounds. In July of that same year he suffered his only defeat in 16 fights against George Nichols in a fight that went 52 rounds.
But it was October 8th 1805 when Tom Cribb had his first significant fight: The opponent was Bill Richmond, an American - a former slave who had fought his way to freedom and crossed the Atlantic to try to win The Title, which, at that time was still in the hands of Henry Pearce. The bout lasted 90 minutes and the American was defeated. This was probably not the first such trans-Atlantic battle, but it was one of the first: The United States was learning the sport of boxing. continue
05.01.06 - While 2005 was very good, 2006 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for the Duva Boxing stable of fighters. Led by the Future King of the Heavyweights, Samuel Peter, Duva Boxing’s fighters, including undefeated heavyweight Mike Marrone, talented heavyweight contender Kirk Johnson, crowd-pleasing welterweight Oscar Diaz, smooth-boxing cruiserweight Shauna George, lightning-quick super lightweight Kendall Holt, slick southpaw lightweight Damian Fuller, and red-hot young prospect Raymond Biggs Jr., are all poised to take major steps forward in professional boxing. continue
05.01.06 - NEW YORK—Don King Productions has announced seven great undercard matches featuring five undefeated fighters supporting an already fabulous “Undisputed” event Saturday at the Theater at Madison Square Garden headlined by world welterweight king Zab “Super” Judah, from Brooklyn, making a mandatory defense against World Boxing Council No. 1-ranked contender Carlos “Tata” Baldomir, from Argentina. continue
05.01.06 - Exclusive interview for East Side Boxing from the Gomez camp. By Wray Edwards: The Boxing game is just that: A Game…both in and out of the ring. As with any sport one must, presumably, play by the rules. Trouble is there is no one book of rules for it as there is for Baseball, football and most other sports. State commissions, national and international sanctions, promoters, managers and lawyers all hop around like Ring-Tailed Lemurs trying to stake out various jurisdictional and financial territories. It’s getting to the point that the soap operas which crop up before, during and after many of the matches almost seem an integral part of the process. Sometimes it appears that the boxers are fated to be pawns in a game which, ironically, glorifies single combat and self-reliance.
The current career of “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez is no exception. The former Cruiser Weight Champion (40-1-0, 33 KO’s) has been fighting at Heavyweight since his August, 17th 2002 debut versus Daniel Frank in Berlin, Germany. Except for an ill-fated, brief visit to the U.S. with Team Freedom, he has remained under the management of Universum and Peter Kohl. Gomez built a respectable European career after defecting from his native Cuba. continue
04.01.06 - Fight Production, the German management company of Dutch heavyweight powerpuncher Richel Hersisia headed by Olaf Schroeder, today confirmed that a three-fight deal for the current Benelux champion has been signed with German promotional powerhouse Universum. The first outing of the package will see Hersisia, 26-1 (21 KO’s), take on Brazilian champion Rogerio Lobo, 38-14 (32 KO’s), live on DSF television already on January 14 on a show in Aschersleben staged by Universum partner SES Boxing. continue
04.01.06 - An excellent night of boxing in Dublin on January 28th has just got better with the addition of Atlanta Olympian and former IBO Champion, Brian Magee to the card. The Belfast super middleweight is facing the biggest year of his career and he wants to kick it off in style with a win at the National Stadium. Magee is pencilled in for a shot at British and Commonwealth champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch at the Kings Hall in March so he can’t afford any slip-ups in Dublin. continue
04.01.06 - By James Slater: In the wake of his scintillating fight with Jose Luis Castillo and all the writing that has been dedicated to this epic brawl, another excellent fight featuring Diego “Chico” Corrales is unfortunately not being held in the same high esteem as it perhaps should be by many fight fans, overshadowed as it has been. The fight I am referring to is the first bout between Corrales and Joel Casamayor. This fight, but for its sudden termination at the end of round six due to facial injuries suffered by Diego, would, in my opinion, have gone on to be just as good as, if not better than, the brilliance of Corrales v Castillo. Had the twists and turns that still lay in store for the two fighters in this up and down thriller been allowed to unfold, then this fight would have been a boxing match destined for the time capsule, possibly alongside the super fight “Chico” would be involved in some nineteen months later.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying the stoppage, by doctor Margaret Goodman, was a bad call. A fighter’s health is, and always should be, paramount. I think she made a good and brave decision. However, this doesn’t mean I can’t moan about the stoppage and how it brought a halt to a fight I believe was heading into its all-time classic phase, does it? I know what you’re thinking, “Don’t be greedy, you got your super fight in May 2005, think yourself lucky.” And I do, believe me. It’s just that moments like these are so special and rare these days and we’ll never know now whether or not Corrales v Casamayor would have gone on to become held in this high regard in the years to come. continue
January 4, 2006 - Rock & Sock Productions, in association with i’mtwicemoviesite.com inc., descends upon Hollywood as the all-women’s boxing series “A Ring of Their Own” kicks off their 2006 season on January 27 at the world famous Hollywood Palladium, and looks forward to another year of exciting toe-to-toe action. continue
04.01.06 - World Boxing Council 2005 awards - Boxer of the Year: Floyd Mayweather Jr
Boxer of the Year Honorary Mention: Jermain Taylor (United States).
Other nominees were: Winky Wright (USA), Thomasz Adamek (Poland), Marco Antonio Barrera (Mexico), and Jorge "Travieso" Arce (Mexico). continue
04.01.06 - Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - ZAB JUDAH (34-2, 1 NC, 25 KOs) "I am excited to be fighting at Madison Square Garden (M.S.G.). I am going to show my fans that I am starting the New Year off right."
"When Baldomir sees the caged lion across from him, he will know he met his match.”
Regarding comment about Baldomir being pumped for this fight:
“Like a basketball, it is fully pumped up, but when a Rottweiler bites it, it pops.” continue
03.01.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: Undisputed welterweight champion Zab Judah works out during an open media workout Tuesday in New York. Judah puts all his belts on the line against WBC No. 1 contender Carlos Baldomir in Saturday's main event on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the first half of the Don King Productions Jan. 7 world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from the Theater at Madison Square Garden, WBC/WBA cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck meets IBF cruiserweight champion O'Neill Bell for the undisputed world cruiserweight title. continue
03.01.06 - By Kevin Kincade: I know, I know. There’s only one “Greatest”; but let’s open our minds, get past the rhetoric, and examine the in-ring accomplishments of this often overlooked and unheralded champion. The argument of “who was the best heavyweight who has ever lived” generally falls on the shoulders of two men: Joe Louis and Muhammad Ali. But is the answer so locked in that No One can challenge it? Is it really heresy to suggest that “The Easton Assassin” not only measures up to these two titans; but, quite possibly, surpasses them?
Is it that obscene of a question to ask? His numbers are comparable: 20 successful defenses, 7 years as world champion, 48 consecutive victories; or, to put it another way: only Joe Louis held the title longer (and he was inactive as a champion for 4 years during WWII), only Joe Louis made more title defenses (Muhammad Ali made 19 total defenses over the course of two reigns), and Holmes came within one win of tying Marciano’s record of 49-0 (and Holmes was 3 years older than Marciano when he racked up his 49th fight, while eclipsing Rocky’s defenses by 14). Folks, that’s not too shabby. continue
03.01.06 - By Per Ake Persson: World Sporting Promotions and partners promote in Monte Carlo March 18 with Israeli heavweight hopeful Roman Greenburg on top in a titlefight. Belgian puncher Jackson Osei Bonsu is featured on the undercard. Highly ranked supermiddle Rudy Markussen takes on Russian veteran Alexander Zaitsev on the Kessler vs Lucas show January 14 in Copenhagen. continue
03.01.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Many prospects come and go without ever achieving their perceived greatness. Their flames are put out as fast as they were ignited. Every now and then though; a prospect comes along and reinforces our belief that they will become something. In the early ninety’s a young man out of Brooklyn came onto the scene and showed us immense promise. He started to fulfill that promise when he received a controversial decision over the great George Foreman. With that victory Shannon Briggs became the Linear heavyweight champion. No belt is placed around the waist of this type of champion. Instead they are considered the best at that time; regardless of what a sanctioning body wants us to think. Shannon received an opportunity in his next fight to gain one of those aforementioned belts. However, after Shannon gave Lennox Lewis a scare early on; Lewis roared back and stopped Briggs in five rounds. It was after that fight that Shannon Briggs’ flame began to dim. He kept it burning ever so lightly for four years. Then all of a sudden he suffered an embarrassing loss to Jameel McCLine. At that point it seemed that what was once a great career had finally ended un-poetically. Then Shannon Briggs emphatically came roaring back feasting on no name fighters. Shannon has now re-ignited our interest in him, and showed us that some prospects can make a name for themselves; even if it takes thirteen years. Shannon is about to fight Chris Koval for the vacant USBA heavyweight title. He has stopped his last nine opponents within the distance; including a sixteen second knock out of his last opponent. Shannon took the time to talk with me while training for his next match to talk about his standing in the division and his plans for conquering it. continue
03.01.06 - Mike Gonzalez, 4-0 with four knockouts, returns to the 8 Count Productions’ ring this Friday night, January 6th on the SHOBOX, The New Generation professional boxing card at Cicero Stadium as Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, Kathy Duva’s Main Events Inc., along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank present a terrific evening of action packed, world class boxing. continue
02.01.06 - By James Slater: The coming year surely can’t be any worse for the big boy’s division than the last twelve months. We saw the linear champion, and man with the most potential to bring some order to the whole sorry mess, in Vitali Klitschko retire. We were witness to two of the most dreadfully boring heavyweight fights in history with Chris Byrd vs. DaVarryl Williamson and Hasim Rahman vs. his buddy Monte Barrett. And finally, in England, we saw the sorry spectacle that was the Danny Williams vs. Audley Harrison ‘fight’, which, in a way, put the division in perspective. Imagine an undefeated Olympic Gold medallist and heavyweight prospect from years ago putting on such a lacklustre and pathetic showing. What a waste. Yes, surely, the following twelve months will be better than the last.
Prediction one… James Toney will defeat Hasim Rahman.
In March the new linear champ (as put there by the WBC’s votes, not by anything else) and now two time ruler, Hasim Rahman will defend against former middleweight king James Toney. As this is for the ‘real’ heavyweight title, it deserves to be spoken of first. Expect to see a successful challenge from the man who calls himself “Lights Out”. But don’t expect his nickname to be a possibility for “The Rock”. Nor will there be fireworks. continue
Kinder, LA—The Pavilion at Coushatta hosts another evening of professional boxing January 21, 2006. Coushatta Casino Resort and Bayou Promotions have arranged a fight card designed to excite boxing fans everywhere. The main event features Olympic medalist and WBC Continental Americas champion Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez (24 wins, 16KO’s). His opponent is hard-hitting knockout artist Backlin Medrano (10 wins, 9KO’s). continue
“You call that a sound?” Roared Bundini, “oyé” his eyes bulging out of his head. His eyes looked ready to be extruded from his skull. Plop would fall to the floor.
“Foreman hits Ali. Muhammad is dead,” Elmo said.
“He’ll never hit him. My man will dance. My man will know how to prance. He’s a genius, he’s god, your man’s a pug. Foreman’ll be looking for the rug.’
31.12.05 - By Michael Klimes: This is an extract from a freestyle rap contest before rap was invented that took place in 1974 between Elmo Henderson and Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown. It is recounted in Norman Mailer’s book simply entitled ‘The Fight’ which retells ‘The Fight’ of boxing history, otherwise known as ‘The Rumble in the Jungle’ in a magnificently blunt writing style. continue
01.01.06 - BY Per Ake Persson: Danish promoter Bettina Palle signed lightheavy Anders Hugger Nielsen and Claus Bertino, a heavyweight. Both, especially Hugger Nielsen, have good credentials from the amateurs. They will make their debut on the Kessler vs Lucas show January 14 in Copenhagen with Hugger Nielsen, 136-36 with the vest on, in against Martin Nielsen, 13-0-1 in the pros and 30-12 in the amateurs. continue
31.12.05 - By Paul Ruby: And, I will end with my wish-list for 2006:
1. Mayweather, Judah, Gatti, Mosley (or any other high-profile opponent): For the love of God, can someone please give Antonio Margarito a shot!
2. HBO or Showtime: Put Jorge Arce on the TELEVISED undercard of a big-time fight with a couple hundred thousand people watching. He’s the most exciting little guy in the sport and his following should be much bigger.
3. Nacho Beristain: You’re a great trainer - one of the best in the last 20 years - but a horrible manager! You’re running the careers of the Marquez brothers into the ground, so why don’t you turn the matchmaking side of your duties over to someone who can set them up with great fights and paydays they deserve. The way it stands now, you’re sending Juan Manuel Marquez to Indonesia to fight Chris John for about $32,000. It doesn’t take an MBA to figure out that’s far less than he should command! continue
31.12.05 - By M.C. (Mike) Southorn: While Tom Johnson and Ben Brain’s workmanlike approach to the sport and respect for the institution of The Championship had saved boxing from its first modern dark age of fixed fights and fake fighters, neither of them had achieved the kind of star status that had Figg or Broughton before them. They set the stage, however, for the next star in English boxing, Daniel Mendoza. Mendoza, an English Jew of Spanish heritage, grew up in London’s East End and had worked first as a laborer, then as an actor before he began his boxing career. He was small of stature at only 5’7” and he weighed only 160 lbs, nevertheless he had developed an elusive boxing style that made him either a forerunner to Corbett, Tunney and Ali or a throwback to the ancient Greeks, depending on your sense of history. continue
31.12.05 - Interview by Troy Ondrizek: J.D. “The Natural” Chapman is a twenty-two year old prospect from Arkansas. He carries and record of 19-0 (17 Ko’s) along with his big right hand. The argument against Chapman ever achieving greatness is his lack of refinement in the ring. He lacks some basic boxing skills, but is a natural athlete that is learning his craft as he goes. J.D. has no amateur training, in fact the only fighting he did before boxing was the “toughman” competitions. Just like Eric Esch or better known as Butterbean; did before him; J.D. is looking to turn “toughman” success into boxing success. However, very unlike Butterbean; Chapman is looking to be a real contender in the division and expects that under the tutelage of former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer; to accomplish his task of being champion. J.D. is learning his craft from one of the best boxers of the 90’s. With new experience and skills gained after every match; Chapman is building up his record and his boxing repertoire. Just as much as J.D. has to prove that he is a legit contender, Moorer is doing the same at proving he is a world class trainer. These two men are learning together and proving to everyone that they are for real. J.D. took the time to talk to me and wanted for his fans to get to know him a little. continue
31.12.05 - The WBO congratulates Don King on his initiative to organize a World Championship boxing match for Allied Troops in Iraq. Said WBO President Francisco Valcarcel, "We support all of the Allied Troops in our fight for freedom for Iraq. Our troops have represented the free world in an exemplary fashion, and their courage, dedication and accomplishments are an inspiration to us. continue