29.04.06 - By Dan Horgan: The heavyweight division is always looking for new blood, and some new blood appears to have arrived in the form of Mike Mollo. The WBC, IBF and WBO Latino heavyweight champion has already beaten the likes of respectable journeymen Troy Weida and Rogerio Lobo, and takes his biggest step up in competition next Saturday against former world title challenger DaVarryl Williamson. Recently, I caught up with Mollo and his trainer Al Bonanni to see what they had to say about their preparations for next Saturday‘s fight.
DH-(to Al Bonanni) I read that you have Mike doing some “old school training.” What tactics are you using to get Mike ready?
AB-Well, I’ve been having him chop wood, hit the tire with a sledge hammer, and do some medicine ball exercises, but we haven’t been using all old techniques. We’ve been using some machines like the rowing machine. However, we have been using no weights. continue
29.04.06 - By Izyslav “Slava” Koza: Well chalk up another bad prediction for me, since I thought Acelino Freitas (38-1, 32 KO's) was mentally done after the Corrales beating, and Zahir Raheem (27-2, 16 KO's) would not take the Morales win for granted. Regardless of what Max Kellerman thought, I saw the fight easily for Freitas, and only had it close on points because I was giving the close rounds to Raheem. continue
29.04.06 - By Jim Amato: Acelino Freitas of Brazil is the new WBO lightweight champion via a razor close and debateable twelve round decision over Zahir Raheem. Each boxer came into this fight with one career defeat. Raheem lost a disputed decision to the talented Rocky Juarez. Former champion Frietas was stopped by Diego Corrales. The scoring was 115-113 for Raheem, 115-113 for Freitas and 116-112 for the new title holder, Freitas.
29.04.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Ray Austin has always been a tough as nails competitor who gives all who face him hell in the ring. At 6’6” and roughly 250lbs, “The Rainman” is a man of immense stature that proposes problems even for the heavyweight division’s most skilled fighters. Austin hasn’t found a tremendous amount of luck when he has stepped up in level of opposition. Against Lance Whitaker, Zuri Lawrence, and Larry Donald; Austin’s first three attempts at stepping up in competition, Austin found himself fighting to a draw in all three contest. continue
29.04.06 - By Wray Edwards: Photo (C) Wray Edwards...For Lightweights age thirty is usually a turning point. Generally, the higher the weight, the older a boxer can be and still remain competitive. With 37 fights under his belt Acelino might just have peaked. He certainly has had some high-profile encounters and earned a real solid place in the Super Feather and Lightweight divisions. Though he has taken a couple of tune-ups since his drubbing by Chico, one wonders if his quit V Corrales has installed a permanent question mark in his warrior’s soul.
Raheem with ten fewer fights is less shop-worn and has recently had the most telling test in his confrontation with Morales. Zahir’s manager Cameron Duncan, with whom ESB conversed this evening, has an impressive swath of green in his BoxRec grid. He is deservedly proud of Zahir’s recent emergence. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 29, 2006) – Silverhawk Boxing officially announced today that it has hired Jeff Grmoja as its Vice President of Boxing Operations. Grmoja served in the same position the past few years for Guilty Boxing. “I’m extremely elated to be part of Silverhawk Boxing,” Jeff said. “I look forward to the many challenges ahead and I’m grateful for the confidence and opportunity Silverhawk has provided me.” continue
Rock & Sock Productions in association with K.O. Boxing and 7X Boxing Promotions announce A Ring of Their Own: "Women of Mass Destruction", June 23 at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton. Headlining this card in the main event will be Edmonton’s own WBC/WIBF Super Featherweight champion Jelena Mrdjenovich (15-1) battling Mia "The Knockout" St. John (43-6-2) in a 10 round bout. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 29 – As the highly anticipated, historical boxing event – “Tribal Pride” fast approaches, Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions are packing the card with the type of action-packed bouts both companies have built their reputations on. continue
29.04.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Nigerian heavyweight Samuel Peter, in stunning display of raw power punching, had little trouble stopping an overmatched, Julius Long, the 7" ft journeyman, in the 1st round of their bout earlier tonight at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. At the opening bell, Julius Long (14-8, 12 KO's) came out feebly attempting to keep Peter away using a weak jab, which, of course, had little effect on the huge Nigerian, who seemingly walked threw them as if they were a mere annoyances.
Once inside, Peter landed huge hooks to the head and body of Long, rocking him with every shot. Long wasn't standing for long, going down from a right hook by Peter. Badly hurt, Long got up and was immediately snowed under by a storm of punches by Peter. Finally, Long went down one more time, causing the refeee Arthur Mercante Jr. to halt the bout in round one, at the 2:35 point. continue
NEW TOWN, N.D. (April 29, 2006) – Brothers Lamont and Anthony Peterson (photo by Tom Casino) did not allow the spotlight of national television spoil their coming out party. The pair kept their undefeated records intact with dominant victories Friday on the SHOWTIME boxing series, “ShoBox: The New Generation.” continue
28.04.06 - By Aaron King - It’s been over seven months since Zahir Raheem pulled off the biggest win of his career, easily out-pointing Erik Morales in September. The multi-million dollar paydays he thought were flood his phone lines never came. Acelino “Popo” Freitas fought only once in 2005 and only twice since suffering a devastating knockout loss to Diego Corrales in August of 2004. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 28)—The “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya is still boxing’s golden one as witnessed by the extremely large turnout for his international conference call yesterday. More than 65 reporters—both English and Spanish media outlets—dialed in to hear Oscar’s thoughts on his upcoming world super welterweight championship against Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 6. continue
28.04.06 - By Karen Belford: Hello East Side People, it's good to be back once again. I've included a photo of me with my article. In this article, I want to take a look at a hypothetical bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Audley Harrison, since Wlad is now currently the hot fighter, at least for the time being, that is.
With the new IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko's (46-3, 41 KO's) recent win over Chris Byrd, I've noticed a tremendous amount of people giving the nod to the younger Klitschko as being the best heavyweight in the division, even though he's yet to beat a heavyweight as big and powerful as himself, something I would expect if he really was the best heavyweight in the division. However, after scanning the heavyweight ranks, I think there's really only one fighter that can give Klitschko a true test at this point in time and that's Audley Harrison (19-2, 14 KO's). Despite losing a narrow decision to Dominick Guinn in his last outing, I have supreme faith that Audley can adapt and make the needed changes to correct the problem. So, the problem he had in his last two fights, pertaining to his late start in turning on his offensive arsenal, this will be rectified by his next fight in 2006, believe me. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 28 – After his stunning seventh round stoppage of Lance ‘Mount’ Whitaker last December, the boxing world stood up and took notice of unbeaten Heavyweight contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Sultan Ibragimov, as one of the division’s brightest stars. The International Boxing Federation (IBF) obviously agrees, as the world sanctioning body has ordered an elimination bout between Sultan Ibragimov (19-0, 16 KOs) and always tough Ray ‘The Rainman’ Austin (24-3-3, 16 KOs) to determine the number one challenger to newly crowned champion Wladimir Klitschko. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 28, 2006) - Silverhawk Boxing officially announced today that it has hired Jeff Grmoja as its Vice President of Boxing Operations. Grmoja served in the same position the past few years for Guilty Boxing. "I'm extremely elated to be part of Silverhawk Boxing," Jeff said. "I look forward to the many challenges ahead and I'm grateful for the confidence and opportunity Silverhawk has provided me." continue
28.04.06 - By Matt Stein: Tonight, the amazing young Nigerian knockout artist, Samuel Peter, (25-1, 21 KO's) will take on Julius Long, a 7" ft journeyman, at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. Peter, indeed, represents the future of the heavyweight division, for with his awesome power and beautiful hooks, it's only a matter of time before he becomes one of heavyweight champions. Though, despite his short stature, the 6'2" Peter probably hits harder than any other heavyweight, which more than makes up for his lack of size, once he connects with one of his monstrous punches.
However, he's not without defects, as Peter tends to plod forward without throwing a jab, looking only to throw hooks and little else. Clearly, Peter needs to learn how to straighten out his punches and to use an uppercut, as well as jab, so he can avoid being so predictable in his fights. Of course, with the kind of power Peter has, I can't blame him for being seemngly reluctant to change what's already working for him. All the same, Peter's flaws were embarrassingly exposed against Wladimir Klitschko, who put on a boxing clinic against Peter, in Septermber 2005, making him look clumsy and uncoordinated in comparison. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 28 –Boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya will be a guest on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ Monday (May 1) before heading to Las Vegas for his May 6 showdown with WBC junior middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga. ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ is telecast on NBC beginning at 11:35pm. Other guests on Monday’s show include Dr. Phil McGraw and musical guest Franz Ferdinand. continue
NEW YORK (April 28, 2006) -- WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion "Ireland's" John Duddy (16-0, 14 KOs) has signed an exclusive contract with Irish Ropes. Duddy, now rated No13 by the WBA, has fought for Irish Ropes his entire pro career. The native of Derry, Northern Ireland lives and fights out of Queens (NY). continue
28.04.06 - By David Douse: Two of the most formidable fighters of the last decade or so once more climb into the ring over the next few weeks to see if they can again put on display the fistic excellence which has so rightly given them their reputations among the greats. Oscar De La Hoya takes on the very dangerous but sometimes erratic Ricardo Mayorga, and Bernard Hopkins attempts to defeat age and a two division weight jump in his quest for the lightheavyweight title against the man presently regarded as the best in the division, Antonio Tarver.
Making predictions always leaves you open to looking pretty foolish when thay don't work out but it is probably harder to predict the outcome of De La Hoya vs. Mayorga. They are of a similar vintage and each has possible advantages and disadvantages to be considered in the course of making a prediction as to the likely outcome. On balance I have to say that I favour Mayorga despite his undisciplined lifestyle outside the ring and his tendency to get knocked out occasionally. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 28, 2006) – Rubin “Hollywood” Williams vehemently denies that he was one of several fighters that avoided fighting Allan Green (20-0, 14 KOs), as reported on the most recent ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights show. continue
LOS ANGELES, APRIL 28 – It was a night few fight fans will forget. Two of boxing’s superstars, despite having already established themselves as the best of their era, fighting it out like hungry prospects eager for their first shot at boxing’s brass ring. When it was over on February 25th, “Sugar Shane” Mosley and ‘Ferocious’ Fernando Vargas had given fight fans an unforgettable night, with Mosley emerging as the victor after the fight was stopped in the 10th round. continue
28.04.06 - Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - Brothers Lamont and Anthony Peterson of Washington, D.C., grew up homeless, but they feel right at home in the ring. The up-and-coming, unbeaten junior welterweights are a combined 32-0 with 20 knockouts.
Lamont, who at 22 is 14 months older than Anthony, is 16-0 with seven KOs. Anthony is 16-0 with 13 KOs. In their SHOWTIME debuts, the talented three-year pros will co-headline an excellent fight card Friday, April 28, 2006, on “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The bouts will represent the 11th time that the Petersons have appeared on the same fight card.
Both Petersons have been matched tough. Lamont will face southpaw Mario Jose Ramos (16-2-1, 3 KOs,) of Phoenix, Ariz., in a 10-round bout. Anthony will meet Jermaine White (12-0, 7 KOs), of Gary, Ind., in an eight-round scrap. The card will originate from the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota, and will be promoted by Brian Young’s Prizefight Boxing. continue
28.04.06 - WBA Light Welterweight Champion Ricky Hatton's strength trainer and nutritionist Kerry Kayes is one of the world's preeminent bodybuilding coaches. The Manchester, England native's usual assignment of making Hatton as strong as possible for each fight developed an added dimension when it was announced that "The Hitman" would go up in weight to challenge reigning WBA Welterweight kingpin Luis Collazo on Saturday, May 13 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, MA. continue
28.04.06 - On May 10, 2006, Shaun George (11-0-2) takes on Matt Godfrey (11-0) in an attractive co-main event of unbeaten cruiserweights on ESPN’s “Wednesday Night Fights.” George, a Brooklyn native, is not only putting his undefeated record on the line when he steps in the ring with Godfrey, but also his NABA Cruiserweight Title, IBC America’s Cruiserweight Title and #15 WBA world ranking. Godfrey holds the current WBC USNBC Cruiserweight Champion. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 27 –Boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya will be a guest on ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ Monday (May 1) before heading to Las Vegas for his May 6 showdown with WBC junior middleweight champion Ricardo Mayorga.
‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno’ is telecast on NBC beginning at 11:35pm. Other guests on Monday’s show include Dr. Phil McGraw and musical guest Franz Ferdinand.
The De La Hoya vs. Mayorga pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on May 6 has a suggested retail price of $49.95, will be distributed domestically by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 56 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in high-definition television for those viewers who are HDTV capable. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. De La Hoya vs. Mayorga daily updates can be found during fight week at www.HBOPPV.com. continue
NEW YORK (April 27, 2006) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) Junior Bantamweight Champion Luis Perez (23-1, 15 KOs) will square off against mandatory challenger and No. 1-ranked IBF contender Dimitri Kirillov (28-2, 10 KOs) in the new co-featured bout on Showtime Championship Boxing’s world title doubleheader on Saturday, May 6, (9 p.m. ET/PT). continue
April 27 – When you’re a 5-foot-11-inch super bantamweight with a southpaw style and the type of fighting spirit that always brings the fans to their feet, it goes without saying you’re a special fighter. So, it makes perfect sense for two special promotional entities--Warriors Boxing Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions--to join forces and bring fight fans this exciting 29-year-old from Panama--World Boxing Association super bantamweight interim champion Celestino Caballero. continue
27.04.06 - By Justin Hackman: Boxing is unique in the sense that unlike any other sport, the truth lies in the intangible elements. While there are certainly intangibles present which prove to be powerful agents in other major sports, but as a result of a plentitude of contests per season, the main focus remains on statistics and figures which ultimately inhibit the diverse nature of a sport’s true beauty.
However, with a name fighter only competing a fraction of the times compared to other sports, the dynamics of boxing do not work in such a restrictive manner, as there is ample room made for intriguing discussion which cannot be limited by simple numbers. For example, a number of weeks ago, I examined the level of credibility (or lack thereof) in a definitive one through ten pound-for-pound list. The response from readers reinforced the notion that within the realm of logical arguments, a boxer’s merit can only be judged by the arguable, under-the-radar mechanics of the sport. continue
27.04.06 - By Aaron King: Allan Green walked into the ring Wednesday night having knocked out each of his two previous opponents in the opening round. The over-under going around my buddy’s place before the fight was 90 seconds. But Donnie McCrary, a former sparring partner of Green’s, proved to be much more than a sacrificial lamb for the up-and-coming star. continue
New York, April 27 - DiBella Entertainment has announced the airdates for the extremely -popular Broadway Boxing Presented by Turning Stone Resort & Casino headlined by the IBF Bantamweight Eliminator for the number one ranking featuring Silence Mabuza (18-1, 15 KO’s) of South Africa against Ricardo Vargas (39-11-3, 13 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico in the main event from New York City’s Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. continue
27.04.06 - By James Slater: Gene Fullmer was tough. Prior to his challenge for Sugar Ray Robinson’s world middleweight title he’d only lost three bouts. He was an aggressive, come forward guy who had great stamina and a solid chin. Among his vanquished opponents were Paul Pender, Rocky Castellani and Gil Turner. Gene had fought a trilogy with Turner, losing the first and then winning the following two. Fulmer had never been stopped in a professional contest. Going into the fight with Sugar Ray he was confident he could defeat the man who even almost fifty years ago was being hailed as the greatest boxer of all-time, pound-for-pond.
However, the 1957 version of Ray Robinson had seen a lot of ring action. He had been virtually untouchable as a welterweight, losing only once, to the “Bronx Bull”, Jake LaMotta and being held to a draw by the little known Henry Brimm. But Ray was now fighting as a middleweight and though he was undoubtedly a superb talent at 160 pounds, winning the title from LaMotta in 1951, his absolute prime had been on display down at 147. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (April 27, 2006 ) – Promoter Gary Shaw, president of Gary Shaw Productions, LLC., (www.garyshawproductions.com), announced today the signing of undefeated lightweight contender NICK CASAL to an exclusive long-term contract. Casal, 13-0 (11 KOs), from Niagara Falls, NY, has been promoted on a handshake agreement by GSP since making his pro debut June 5, 2004, beginning an impressive string of 10 consecutive knockout victories within a 11-month span. continue
27.04.06 - By Harry Hawkins: The bout that ended Michael Watson’s boxing career, and nearly his life, has been shelved by ITV bosses for almost 15 years; a stunning testament to such a brutal affair. But now former Champion Chris Eubank has made the fight available via his website www.chriseubank.com, with Watson’s consent. continue
27.04.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: On April 23rd of 2005, on the under-card of ESPN’s first PPV event at Cesar’s Palace in Las Vegas; Calvin Brock (photo by Carlos Kalinchuk) put on his breakthrough performance by defeating top ten ranked heavyweight, Jameel McCline. It was the first time that Brock was the underdog in his entire career. Calvin was just coming off a solid victory over the perennial nut-case Clifford Etienne three months prior. Jameel had just let the IBF title slip away from him in his previous bout against Chris Byrd, a bout in which McCline dropped the cagey Byrd, and still lost. Calvin came in confident and predicted a victory and subsequent title shot afterwards.
It was for all purposes a very entertaining bout from ESPN. Jameel came out snapping his jab and clinching, a poor man’s version of what Lennox and Wladimir do. Brock would slip inside and work the body a little, and looked to counter on the outside. Brock was consistent early on, but I felt that Jameel fought better in spurts. continue
New York, April 27—Duva Boxing president Dino Duva calls Brian Minto a “real sleeper in the heavyweight division.” Minto, a native of Butler, PA, has put forth a nifty 23-1 career mark, registering 14 victories by way of knockout. “The Beast” will square off against a top quality opponent in Billy Zumbrun (19-6-1, 11 KO’s) of Ogden, Utah, in the eight-round co-feature heavyweight matchup, this Friday night, April 28, at the Mohegan Sun. ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will televise from 8:00 to 10:00 PM/ET. continue
27.04.06 - The "Irish Rover" Bernard Dunne returns to Dublin on June 3rd for what promises to be another sensational night of professional boxing. The undefeated Dublin puncher is closing in on a European title shot but before that can happen he needs to secure win number 21 of his career at the National Stadium. continue
27.04.06 - By Geoff McKay: The end looked like it should have. Alan Green stood in the middle of the ring with his hand raised by the referee, having been declared the winner by knockout in his bout against journeyman Donnie McCrary. After all, the matchmaker had gone as far as to apologize for bringing in so limited an opponent as McCrary.
However, there was no jubilant celebration after the victory, no throngs of supporters jumping into the ring. Greens’ trainer looked like he had just been rescued from a burning house as Green himself tried to smile for the cameras. He was unconvincing though, he couldn’t really force his lips into a grin and the #1 symbol he gave with his hand was halfhearted at best. continue
By Neil Thompson - 26TH April 2006 - FLOYD MAYWEATHER – Has now been a ‘world champion’ at super featherweight and lightweight and an alphabet title holder at junior welterweight and welterweight. He has beaten world class fighters like Castillo (twice), Corrales, Judah, Chorley, Gatti and Hernandez. Unfortunately he left the 140 lb division without proving his dominance over the rival champions which will harm his legacy in the future but these fights could still happen as both Cotto and Hatton will move up to 147 within the next couple of years. continue
26.04.06 - By Jim Amato: Just watched another typical Jameel McCline performance. Jameel won a conclusive ten round decision over veteran Rob Calloway. Rob is a veteran of over 60 fights and after being dropped in the first round, he used all his guile to survive and go the distance. The scores were 99-90 twice and 96-93. As far as Jameel goes, I'd like to keep it real. For all his size, strength and athletic ability, he never reached the heights that many felt he would attain four years ago. continue
26.04.06 - By Aaron King: The World Boxing Association will no longer list Jermain Taylor as middleweight champion. WBA officials say that he hasn’t been stripped of the title, only that he is removed from the rankings until an investigation requested by Felix Sturm is completed.
According to Robert Mack, the WBA’s legal director, “It is my understanding that there was a request by representatives of Felix Sturm questioning whether Taylor had met all the requirements necessary to be the unified champion.
“The Sturm people raised the issue of whether Taylor had technically met the requirements such as having his last defense actually sanctioned before the bout, having a supervisor at the bout, a number of matters,” Mack added. continue
LOS ANGELES, April 26 - One of boxing’s most promising young prospects, super lightweight Jorge Paez Jr., son of former world champion Jorge Paez Sr., has signed a multi-year deal to be co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions and his future already looks brighter. continue
26.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Ukrainian heavy Vladmir Virchis has replaced Danny Williams as mandatory challenger for EBU champ Paolo Vidoz. Deadline for purse offers or agreement is May 16. Virchis was last seen losing a close call to Ruslan Chagaev but is the highest available challenger in the EBU ratings. continue
26.04.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Cedric Kushner has launched Gotham Boxing; a New York based promotional company aimed at displaying New York’s boxing talent on a monthly basis. Gotham’s first show will be on May 24th and has some popular local flavor in the likes of Super Middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, who sports a record of 4-0 (3KO’s), and Heavyweight Tony Grano, who has stopped all three of his opponents.
Female boxer Noriko Kariya will add some grace to this card, and for substance Light Middleweight contender Matt Vanda will take his 34-1 (21 KO’s) into the ring against overmatched Jay Krupp. J.D. Chapman will face Edward Gutierrez, an opponent he defeated last December. In the co-feature, Brooklyn based Heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs will look to add another notch to his bedpost, by putting Chris Koval to sleep. Koval and Briggs will be battling for the USBA Heavyweight title. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 26, 2006) – Silverhawk Boxing today announced that it has reached an agreement for Prince Badi “The Boxing Prince” Ajamu (25-2-1, 14 KOs) to fight former undisputed light heavyweight champion Roy Jones, Jr. (49-4, 38 KOs) on July 29 at a site to be determined. Prince Badi, rated No. 5 by the World Boxing Council, is the reigning NABO, WBC Continental Americas, WBC CABOFE, IBC Intercontinental and Pennsylvania State light heavyweight champion. continue
26.04.06 - A quick reminder that 23-year-old heavyweight powerhouse JD “The Natural” Chapman, 21-0 (19 KOs), will appear in a televised supporting bout on tonight’s broadcast of ESPN2 “Wednesday Night Fights” live from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Chapman will face fellow undefeated prospect Matt Hicks, 7-0 (7 KOs), in a “Somebody’s 0 Must Go” battle of heavyweight punchers. Hicks vs. Chapman will be cable television debuts of both men. continue
26.04.06 - Interview by Geoff McKay: A month ago boxing fans were questioning who Sergei Lyakhovich was, and why he was getting a shot at the WBO heavyweight title. Today, Sergei is sitting on top of the world, having pulled off an upset of Lamon Brewster. ESB sat down with Sergei to discuss the fight, his future, and adjusting to life in the United States. Here is what he had to say.
ESB: Hello Sergei
ESB: First of all, could you take us through the fight quickly?
SL: Everybody saw what happened in the ring. We tried, me and Kenny Weldon, we had a tactic to take his left hook away. I move, you know, I don’t stay in one place, sometimes a stay in one place, but I move side to side. He throws a very awkward hook. I don’t want to really reveal too much, what I did, was I took away his left hook. I don’t want to talk too much about it because there might be a rematch down the road. continue
26.04.06 - Alejandro “Terra” Garcia defends his World Boxing Association super welterweight title against local favorite and former world welterweight champ Jose Antonio Rivera Saturday, May 6, 2006, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The 12-round title bout will be promoted by Don King Productions and originate from the DCU Center at Worcester, Mass. continue
26.04.06 - Red hot light middleweight contender Gary Woolcombe has been added to Maloney Promotions' highly anticipated Froch - Magee British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Championship fight card at the York Hall in London on Friday, May 26. "Hot Stuff" meets fellow Londoner Gilbert "The Hurricane" Eastman in a scheduled ten round contest for the British Southern Area title. continue
26.04.06 - Interview by Ike Enwereuzor, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime
Ike: What do you know about your next opponent for April 26, Donnie McCrary?
Green: Its funny you ask that question. I used Donnie McCrary for preparation for the Jaidon fight. He is a good boxer with fast hands. He can make you look bad he has a defensive style. He got robbed 3 fights ago against Walid Smichet 14-1, he got a draw in this guys hometown and country.
Ike: How is training coming along for this fight?
Green: My training is going great. I had veteran Atwun Echols (31-6) and Ray Smith (4-0) for sparring. I make weight easy due to a clean lifestyle. Alot of fighters drink, smoke and dont diet. Their vices makes my job easier.
Ike: You have been challenging all the Super Middlewights including Lolenga Mock who fights Lucian Bute in Canada May 16, 2006. Your thoughts about that fight? continue
26.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Jr middles Lukas Konecny and Ante Bilic were to have been featured in separate headliners on Spotlight Boxing´s show in Prague May 9 but will now square off against each other in a solid main event. At stake are the IBF I/C and WBO I/C titles. Bilic holds the WBC Youth title already. continue
26.04.06 - By Larry Hawthorne: On April 22, 2006 boxing fans witnessed a true demolition of a champ’s title being brutally taken away in a savage one-sided beating. The destruction came by benefit of Wladimir Klitschko´s hands and Chris Byrd´s face. While Byrd may disagree with the stoppage, however, it was totally clear that Byrd's gallant effort amounted to just that, a gallant effort. continue
26.04.06 - By Dino Alvarado: Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's) slaughtered Chris Byrd (39-3, 20 KO's) via 7th-round knockout last Saturday. The performance was nothing short of outstanding; Klitschko imposed his size and overwhelmed Byrd the entire fight with a stinging jab and powerful right hand. It seems that trainer Emanuel Steward may be on the verge of finding Wladimir's true potential.
Now, with that said, to declare Klitschko "officially back" is overreacting, plain and simple. Let's face it; Byrd didn't have the strength to give Klitschko a hard time six years ago the first time these two met, so why would the result of the rematch be any different? That brings me to the original question: What did Wladimir prove against Chris Byrd? Well, he proved what we already knew; if you put a small and weak fighter in front of him, Klitschko will dominate. He knew he could do whatever he wanted because no matter what mistakes he made, he was never going to pay for it.This is not to say Byrd is a terrible boxer; it's just a bad match-up for him, and he provided the ideal opponent for Klitschko. continue
25.04.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Floyd Mayweather, Jr is the reigning pound-for-pound king in boxing. Possessing a unique combination of speed, power, and incredible defensive prowess, Mayweather is widely considered the most talented boxer in the world, and for very good reason. Mayweather has dominated his competition in every weight class he’s fought in having won titles in all four divisions. continue
25.04.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: As most observers had suspected, Wladimir Klitschko once again defeated Chris Byrd in dominant fashion. The first time was back in October of 2000 when Klitschko captured the WBO title from Byrd; this time, Wladimir earned himself the more prestigious IBF championship. Many people are viewing this as the end of the road for Chris Byrd. After all, so long as Wladimir Klitschko is around, Byrd stands virtually no chance of becoming the undisputed champion of the world. Or does he? continue
25.04.06 - Due to the heavy amount of emails that East Side Boxing has received and I personally have received regarding my articles, I have decided to start my own mailbag.
You may email me your boxing related questions at email@example.com
If your email is submitted by midnight, Friday, central time, I will do my best to include them in the following Monday’s mailbag response.
My boxing knowledge is over a vast area; however my specialty is old time fighters, dating back to the origins of the sport. I am willing to answer any boxing related question, regarding any pugilist that you may have interest in. I am also open to giving my opinions on any fantasy match-ups that you may wish to discuss. continue
25.04.06 - By Laz Izada: This afternoon in Midtown Manhattan at the popular Palm West Restaurant the press conference for Cedric Kushner’s new “Gotham Boxing” series was held. The first card named “The Premier” will take place on May 24th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. The featured main attraction will be a heavyweight matchup between power punching knockout artist Shannon Briggs 46-4-1(40 KO’S) versus Chris Koval 20-3(18 KO’S) from Youngstown, Ohio. The winner will take home the Vacant USBA Heavyweight Title. Briggs a native of Brooklyn has already captured two U.S. Heavyweight Titles, the NABA, and the NABO versions. continue
25.04.06 - The double world championship fight card presented by promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Dennis Hobson and Robert Waterman/Fight Academy on Saturday, May 13, 2006, at the TD Banknorth Garden, located on Causeway Street in Boston’s Downtown North section, will feature talented young fighters from New England, Ireland, and Brazil, including five undefeated young prospects. continue
25.04.06 - The normally confident and talkative British and Commonwealth Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch was uncharacteristically quiet when asked to contribute to a Maloney Promotions press release publicising the Nottingham man's upcoming clash with Belfast's hard hitting southpaw and former IBO Champion Brian Magee taking place at London's York Hall on Friday, May 26. continue
by Neil Thompson - April 25, 2006 - David Haye, the cruiserweight contender from South London, England is considered the UK’s most promising prospect. A talented amateur who at the age of 21 captured a silver medal at the 2001 world championships, losing only to the Cuban favourite in the final. Over a year later he turned professional and was tipped for great things. At 6’ 3’’ tall, David Haye is a big cruiserweight. He has awesome one punch knockout power, he has impressive speed, nice footwork, a good array of punches and a flashy style. He is also a man with a plan. Already struggling with the 200lb weight limit, the plan involves winning a legitimate cruiserweight alphabet title as soon as possible before moving up to heavyweight to take on the big boys. Since Britian has only produced a handful of world class heavyweights over the last 100 years, there are heavy expectations resting of Haye’s young shoulders.
After turning professional David ripped through his first 9 opponents by stoppage, none lasting beyond 4 rounds. For his 10th fight he took on a huge jump in class against the fading but still world rated Arthur Williams, a fight which was considered a premature move for a novice like Haye. continue
PROVIDENCE - Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. has signed World Boxing Council No. 18-rated super welterweight Ossie Duran (20-5-1, 9 KOs, former Commonwealth (Great Britain) light middleweight and welterweight champion, to a promotional contact. Duran, now fighting out of Providence via his native Ghana and adopted home in England, makes his CES and United States debut May 18 in a six-round "Special Attraction" against an opponent to be determined. continue
25.04.06 - By Jim Amato: History in any sport can embrace or deny you. You may be admired by the masses or reviled. Winning or losing is not always the issue. In using a terrible but sometimes relevant cliche, "It's not if you win or lose, it's how you play the game." That cliche so rightfully applies to the recent Wladimir Klitschko - Chris Byrd, IBF heavyweight title fight. Chris Byrd, a smallish heavyweight by today's standards, has had a nice run as the IBF heavyweight titleholder. continue
NOTRE DAME, IN (April 25, 2006) -- University of Notre Dame defensive star and newly-named team captain TOMMY ZBIKOWSKI held a news conference on campus today at the Isban Auditorium of the Guglielmino Athletics Complex to discuss his professional boxing debut. He will retain his NCAA football eligibility. continue
25.04.06 - BOSTON — Photo by David Martin Warr / DKP - World Boxing Association welterweight champion Luis Collazo, like heavyweight champions Lennox Lewis, John Ruiz and many other world champions before him, has returned to the Pocono Mountains in the state of Pennsylvania to train to fight Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on May 13.
Collazo (26-1, 12 KOs), from Brooklyn, N.Y., likes training in the seclusion of the Poconos because it allows for little else than focusing on boxing. Focus is important when preparing to face The Ring magazine and Boxing Writers Association of America recipient of the Fighter of the Year designation in 2005.
The undefeated Hatton (40-0, 30 KOs), from Manchester, England, has set aside his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Association junior welterweight titles won in his last two appearances to move up to 147 pounds to face Collazo, who thinks “The Hitman” made a miscalculation when he signed the contract. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (April 25, 2006) - Bad blood is brewing between WBC USNBC super middleweight champion Joey "KO Kid" Spina (17-0-1, 12 KOs) and challenger Jessie Brinkley (26-3, 17 KOs), a semifinalist in The Contender television reality series, as they both train in Las Vegas at the same gym for their 12-round co-main event in "Put Up or Shut Up," promoted by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), on ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights, May 10 at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue
25.04.06 - Bulgaria's former European super-featherweight champion Tontcho Tontchev has been added to the impressive Maloney Promotions bill at the historical York Hall on May 26th. Tontchev will appear in a six round contest as part of his new promotional agreement with Maloney Promotions after a sensational knockout of highly-rated British lightweight Dean Phillips on his return to London earlier this month. continue
New York, April 25 — ESPN has labeled the April 19, 2006 Kermit Cintron vs. David Estrada IBF welterweight elimination bout an Instant Classic and will replay it on Tuesday, April 25 at 9 PM on ESPN Classic. Estrada is promoted by DiBella Entertainment. continue
24.04.06- By Geoff McKay: Recently there have been unconfirmed rumors that Vitali Klitschko is considering a possible comeback. Klitschko, 34, the elder brother of IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko, announced his retirement last year after injuries forced him to postpone, and finally cancel a fight with mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman.
Before Vitali’s retirement, the Klitschko brothers had stated publicly that they sought to hold heavyweight belts simultaneously. After some unexpected losses by Wladimir that goal looked as though it was out of reach, however Wladimir’s recent destruction of Chris Byrd may have provided some motivation for Vitali, who was names WBC champion “emeritus” after he retired. This meant that should he come out of retirement, he would immediately be named number one contender and be put in line for a title shot.
It will be interesting to see what this will do to the WBC heavyweight picture. If Vitali does indeed come out of retirement, there is a possibility Rahman will have three mandatory challengers out there. First is Oleg Maskaev, his current number one contender. Next comes Toney, who the WBC has mandated a mandatory rematch for against the winner of Maskaev Rahman, and finally Vitaly. With this many challengers it might be prudent to revert to old school Ultimate Fighting Championship scheduling, where fighters fought three and four times in an evening. continue
24.04.06 - IRELAND'S biggest bookmaker Paddy Power will sponsor Cavan boxer Andrew Murray. The deal kicks into place on June 3 at the National Stadium where Murray fights on promoter Brian Peters' show. Dublin based Bernard Dunne tops the bill. Paddy Power, Head of Communications at the bookies, said: "We're delighted with Andrew's progress on both sides of the Irish Sea. continue
24.04.06 - BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Undefeated top-10 heavyweight contender Calvin Brock will appear in-studio on the April 28 broadcast of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Brock will discuss his upcoming June 24 bout against fellow-undefeated heavyweight contender Timur Ibragimov (21-0-1, 13 KO’s). continue
New York—Cedric Kushner has launched a new boxing promotional company entitled Gotham Boxing, which will make its debut with The Premiere at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center on Eighth Avenue at West 34th Street on Wednesday night, May 24, featuring Brooklyn heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs vs. Chris Koval in the main event for the vacant USBA Heavyweight Championship, it was announced today. continue
24.04.06- By James Slater: Shannon Briggs had just controversially beaten heavyweight phenomenon George Foreman. He had beaten the ageless wonder on a controversial and highly debatable decision. A decision that caused so much anger it was the subject of an official senate investigation. The verdict stuck, however, and in the fight that turned out to be the final ring appearance of Big George, Shannon lifted the linear heavyweight championship. And while it was true that not a lot of people would have listed him as the best big man on the planet, he had stood up to Foreman's punches well and used his fast hands to scrape home for his points win. And in the age old saying, he had beaten the man who had beaten the man. Still, the man Shannon fought in his next fight had a lot more people on his side when HE claimed to be the best heavyweight in the world. That man was Lennox Lewis, and he held the WBC belt. Now the two would meet, with the hope for a clearer picture atop the heavyweight ladder. Of course, Evander Holyfield had still more supporters on his side (he held the WBA and IBF versions of the championship) than either Shannon or Lennox, but the ideal plan was for the winner between these two to then face Evander and, hey presto - an undisputed heavyweight champion! continue
New York, April 24—Granite fisted heavyweight slugger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will return to action on Friday night, April 28, as he headlines a 1-2-3 punch of Duva Boxing heavyweights live at the Mohegan Sun. ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will televise the action. continue
24.04.06- I am prepared to offer Wladimir many millions to fight a rematch with Samuel Peter as soon as possible.” Dino Duva. Promoter Dino Duva says there can be no doubt who the number-one contender in the heavyweight division is now that new IBF king Wladimir Klitschko has destroyed former champion Chris Byrd. continue
24.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler's next title defence is set for June 9 at the Brondby Hall in Copenhagen. This is the same venue where he won the title against Manny Siaca and earlier this year also stopped Eric Lucas. Opponent is still to be announced. continue
24.04.06 - By Lee Hayes: The plan was in place. Chris Byrd was going to beef up with muscle, stand in the face of Wladimir Klitschko and make him work until he tired out. “Walk him down” as the Byrd’s had referred to it in the past. Chris looked terrific in training. He had the hand speed and technique to land solid shots on the face and body of a slower, larger opponent. He had told several boxing insiders, including Friday Night Fights analyst Teddy Atlas that he was going to “go for” Klitschko right from the first round. It seemed to me at least, very possible.
The past has taught us that there are two ways to beat Wladimir Klitschko. To punch fast and hard, and make him panic, or to out last his massive offensive onslaught and merely let him burn himself out. Byrd may not have been capable of the first method -although I personally believed he could- but he certainly had shown through out his career that he was capable of the second. continue
24.04.06 - By Marcus Wood: If you were to think of each weight division in boxing as a person in a bar it could give an interesting insight. Welterweight and Light Welterweight are the life of the place, cracking jokes, knocking back drinks and always getting attention. Middleweight would be the cool, classy guy always looking relaxed as he moved from woman to woman collecting numbers. Light heavyweight is the guy in the background, listening to stories, having a casual drink and just generally taking it easy despite the other night when he was really interesting. continue
24.04.06 - Undefeated Cruiserweight, Aaron Williams (7-0-1, 5 KO’s) has been added to Joey Spina/Jesse Brinkley card May 10th at the Foxwoods Casino. Williams, who lives and trains in Las Vegas, won a six round unanimous decision over Alejandro Virgen in his last outing, March 24th. “I’m very happy to be a part of this card. Joey (Spina) and I train together and I’m looking forward to fighting on the same card as him”, said Williams, who celebrated his 20th birthday this month. continue
23.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Danish media reports the tragic death of 33-year old ex-IBC supercruiser and Danish heavy champ Tue Bjorn Thomsen. Apparently Thomsen got into a brawl at a nightclub and someone used a knife and stabbed him to death. Thomsen´s last fight was in the fall of 2002 but he never really retired, just sort of faded away, and told this reporter last year he didn´t rule out a comeback. continue
23.04.06 - By Lee Hayes: Alexander Povetkin is probably the best prospect to ever come out of Russia and in to the ranks of professional boxing. From his outstanding amateur career of 125-3 to his gold medal in the 2004 Summer games in Athens in the Super Heavyweight division. Everything seems set for Povetkin to become a very successful pro.
At the age of 26, he’s come along at just the right time to turn up the heat on the plus 200 pounders and his team has been moving him at a very fast pace. It hasn’t been the norm for Eastern European heavyweight to take a fast route to the top, in fact the usual method is to develop a massive undefeated record against less than journeyman quality opponents. Cheers to Povetkin for refusing to fall in to such unproductive tactics. What’s not to like about this guy? He even avenged his three amateur losses and beat those opponents. That’s rare now a days, it seems. continue
23.04.06 - By Craig Parrish: Jack Johnson. Dempsey. Louis. Marciano. Ali. Foreman. Frazier. Holmes. Tyson. The list goes on and on and on. For the last century or so, the heavyweight division has been ruled by fighters from the United States. Occasionally, as in the case of Max Schmelling, a fighter from another country would come along and surprise everyone. But the division was quickly retaken by the Americans. continue
23.04.06 - By Jim Amato: I personally think that Wladimir Klitschko is a fine boxer for a big man, but he lacks what his brother Vitali had - an iron constitution. This is a trait that Sergei Liakhovich proved he had when he fought and beat a very tough boxer named Lamon Brewster. continue
23.04.06 - By Jeff "Big Bazooka" Linenfelser: Saturday night in Superior Wisconsin a superb show of Professional Boxing skills were displayed, the card was put on by Sharky Promotions (UWS Campus) and featured Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters 14/1/0 against Ted Muller 17/7/2 in a 8 round match. Walters pressed the action from the bell against hard hitting Muller until he was caught in round 1 and dropped , beating the count he pressed on. continue
23.04.06 - By Geoff McKay: It might not be so today, but there was a time when the heavyweight Championship of the world was the greatest title in sports. The man that held that title truly was King of the world, the most universally recognized athlete on the planet. The truth is that today we have no King. The truth is that more people would recognize the name Andrei Arlovski, former UFC heavyweight champion, than would recognize the name of his countryman, Sergei Lyakhovich, WBO heavyweight champion.
I thought it might be fun to take a look at those men that perhaps, could pick up the crown, dust it off, and, like a modern day Napoleon, place it upon their head. The tough part was deciding who exactly might achieve such a feat. It seems as though no one is safe these days, and a championship is within everyone’s grasp. Recently, we have seen John Ruiz lose his title to a giant Russian fighter that very few of us have laid eyes on. continue
NEW YORK (April 23, 2006) – In a terrific matchup of unbeaten flyweights, IBF champion Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan will defend his crown against IBF No. 8 contender Luis Maldonado Saturday, June 3, 2006, on SHOWTIME. The 12-round world title fight, which was announced by SHOWTIME Sports & Event Programming General Manager Ken Hershman, will precede the highly anticipated rubber match between WBC Lightweight Champion Diego Corrales and former two-time WBC titleholder Jose Luis Castillo. continue
23.04.06 - Fight of the Year winner Antonio Escalante returns to Chicago on Friday, May 12th to face Juan Ruiz for the WBO/NABO Super Bantamweight title at the Aragon Ballroom as the headline bout for "War by the Shore," it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue
(Denver, Colorado, April 23th, 2006, Gladiator Sports Management & Marketing) Undefeated featherweight prospect Manuel “Manos Del Muerte” Perez has signed on the dotted line to face fellow undefeated prospect Rashiem Jefferson on May 5th at the New Alhambra in Philadelphia. They will face off for Jefferson’s WNBC featherweight title (The WBC‘s national title). The bout will be promoted by Power Productions. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. April 22nd, 2006 - Congratulations to the new IBF Heavyweight Champion, Wladimir Klitschko, who used his jab and combination punching to pummel Chris Byrd in their rematch in Mannheim Germany Saturday night. Wladimir has experienced the glory of success and the agony of defeat since his first meeting with Byrd back in October of 2000. Though Klitschko utterly dominated Byrd in 2000, this time it was worse.
In the opening moments, it was a tactical boxing match that the six-foot-six, Wladimir slowly started to control with his long, menacing jab. Byrd managed to score a few good shots to the body but nothing of any consequence.
By the second round, Klitschko was turning his jab into a hook and catching Byrd with regularity. Byrd went defensive and focused more on avoiding being hit than anything else. Though Byrd bobbed, weaved and blocked many shots, he was getting tagged enough by jabs alone to lose the round. Wladimir let loose his right hand a few times to punctuate the point before the bell. continue
(OMAHA, NEB.) – Over 300 of the nation’s top boxers from across the country will travel to Omaha, Neb., April 24-30, for the 2006 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. 2004 Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) is scheduled to compete in his first-ever National Golden Gloves in Omaha. continue
22.04.06 - By Chris Ireland: Last night in Germany, Wladimir Klitschko Mannheim steam-rolled Chris Byrd to once again become a heavyweight champion and make the biggest statement any heavyweight has all year. Klitschko silenced critics who said too much had changed since Klitschko's win over Byrd in 2000, when "The Steel Hammer" was considered the future of the heavyweight division. Read on to see how Klitschko did it! continue
22.04.06 - By Jim Amato: Although I know that in boxing you should take nothing for granted, I just can't see Sergei losing to Kevin McBride. Hey, beating Tyson at this stage of his career should not get you a title shot, but it worked for Danny Williams, so, why not? I would have rather seen McBride-Valuev. That may have set a combined weight record for a heavyweight title fight. continue
22.04.06 - by Kent Appel: The Steel Hammer Wladimir Klitschko dominated almost every round in this fight held in Mannheim, Germany with very effective use of the right hand lead to the head in most rounds which led to a spectacular seventh round knockout of Chris Byrd of at 41 seconds of the round to win the IBF heavyweight title from Byrd and the vacant IBO title as well. Klitschko improves his record to 46-3, 41 by KO while Byrd falls to 39-3-1, 20 by KO. continue
22.04.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Wladimir Klitschko won as expected but employing a somewhat interesting strategy, something that I always wanted to see a fighter employ against Chris Byrd. It's common knowledge that Byrd loves to swat away his opponent’s punches, a tactic that was often successful in dissuading his opponents from throwing punches, considering when they did, they sometimes would injure their hands when Byrd picked off their punches. Tonight, what Wladimir Klitschko did, however, is rather then let Byrd swat away his punches, he turned the tables and did the exact same thing to the American. continue
22.04.06 - By Matt Stein: Today, we'll get a chance to see if Wladimir Klitschko (45-3, 40 KO's) can continue his recent success when he takes on Chris Byrd (39-2-1, 20 KO's) for his IBF heavyweight title and for the vacant IBO belt, in Mannheim, Germany. To be sure, a lot of things have changed for Wladimir in the past five years, some of it good, and a lot of it bad, however. He's lost to fighters that he probably would have never dreamed of losing to, such as Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster, while giving them a career boost in the process, and causing many of Wladmir's most loyal fans to write him off as a potential heavyweight champion. continue
21.04.06 - Guaynabo, Puerto Rico —‘The Golden Boy’ Oscar De La Hoya is rigorously preparing for his May 6 WBC super welterweight championship against Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
De La Hoya is using an extreme and “back to the basics” training regime to prepare for the unpredictable Mayorga. The extreme training drills include intense speed mitt drills, exhausting speed bag interval training, inverted gravity boot sit ups and abdominal strengthening exercises. He is already on weight for the fight and has demonstrated superb conditioning and focus symbolically represented by his nearly shaven head and serious demeanor. The Golden Boy is back! continue
21.04.06 - By Ike Enwereuzor: WBO Intercontinential Super Middleweight Champion Lolenga "The Leopard" Mock of Kinshasa Congo (25-9 9KO's) , now fighting out of Denmark, will collide with unbeaten Romanian WBC Continential Super Middleweight Champion, Lucian "Le Tombeur" Bute (16-0 15KO's) on May 16, 2006 at Bell Center. Mock is ranked No.7 by WBA and WBO while Bute is undefeated and ranked No.8 by WBC. continue
21.04.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former Olympic Gold metal champion Vassily Jirov (36-3, 30 KO's) made a successful return to the cruiserweight division on Thursday night, winning a hard fought 10-round decision over Luke Munsen (18-5, 13 KO's), at the Coeur d'Alene Casino, in Worley, Idaho. The final judges scores were, 95-94 | 94-93 | 98-91, all for Jirov. As is his custom, Jirov jumped on Munsen from the the start of the fight, throwing huge body shots to Munsen's midsection. continue
21.04.06 - Bay Area fans will get the long awaited opportunity to witness their rising superstar and one of boxing’s most accomplished fighters when Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (16-1-1 9KO’s) makes his Bay Area debut May 18th in San Jose Ca, at the HP Pavilion in the main event (Opponent TBA). To help promote the fight, “The Ghost” will sign autographs at the San Jose Sharks street rally Tuesday, April 25th at 6pm PST held on Autumn St. in front of the HP Pavilion. continue
21.04.06 - By Lee Hayes: Let me start by stating that I do not hate Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko. They are simply boxers, and sportsmen in a sport I love. I do not know them personally, only of them. This article is not so much about them as it is a commentary about boxing fans and their fleeting loyalty and admiration. The Klitschko’s simply pose as the best modern example, because they are brothers, and have been juxtaposed against one another, usually willingly. The fact is they used to do commercials for HBO standing back to back taking advantage of the general populations confusion as to whom was whom. “Which one’s Wladimir? Which one’s Vitali?” Many of you have probably seen the ad I am referring to.
Last month I wrote an article regarding the way boxing fans often lose their loyalty to an undefeated fighter simply for suffering a loss. continue
21.04.06 - By- Danny Serratelli, ringside: Last night Newark, New Jersey’s Super Middleweight contender Jerson Ravelo, 16-1, 11 KO's, returned to Lou DiBella's Broadway Boxing Series and scored his second consecutive 1st round Knockout. In his first fight after about a year and a half layoff, Jerson returned last month making his first appearance on the Broadway Boxing series. He scored a first round against Raynard Darden, 9-13, 4 KO’s. Last night the knockout came against an opponent who gave Jeff Lacy some trouble until Lacy caught up with him in round number 8. continue
21.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: TeamPalle.dk announced that an opponent for WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler will be announced soon. Next up for Kessler should then be - if all goes according to plan - hardpunching Russian Mger Mkrtchian, who´s now sidelined with a handinjury, for a defence in early September before taking on the winner of Mundine vs Green in a mandatory defence. continue
21.04.06 - Cedric Kushner will announce the launch of his new boxing promotional company Gotham Boxing on Tuesday, April 25, at 12 noon at the Palm West in New York City. The first fight card has been appropriately titled “The Premiere” and will feature Brooklyn heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs on May 24 at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. Briggs, a native of Brooklyn, is world rated in the heavweight division at #7 WBC, #11 WBA, #6 WBO and #10 IBF.
21.04.06 - By Jarrett Blakeley: When I arrived at the Palm Beach County Convention Center there was a buzz in the air. I knew this was going to be a great night of fights, but there was even more excitement than I anticipated. Kermit Cintron and David Estrada were at a crossroads and everyone knew that they would keep coming and putting pressure on each other until one of them broke. I predicted this would be the 2006 Fight of the Year, and it very well may have been.
I arrived a full hour before the first fight, so I began drinking. As all of you know, when I drink, I drink hard. I drink like these guys fight, I just keep coming. The bartenders couldn’t even handle it, they were on the ropes. No one drinks and writes, and holds in a piss like Jarrett Blakeley. I really thought Teddy Atlas was going to come over and interview me, you know, to ask me how I do it. ‘You’ve drank seven beers in the last hour and you haven’t even seen the inside of the bathroom. You must have had a great camp. How do you feel?’ continue
NEW YORK - April, 21-Sylvester Stallone, creator and star of the award-winning motion picture "Rocky," will receive an unprecedented honor from the Boxing Writers Association of America. Stallone will receive the first BWAA award for lifetime cinematic achievement in boxing at the organization's 81st annual Awards Dinner to be held May 5 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. continue
20.04.06 - By Jim Amato: Cleveland, Ohio heavyweight Ray Austin must be wondering what is going on. Just last year, he outpointed the highly regarded Owen Beck. Now where do you think Mr. Beck is going to be June 3rd? Well, he'll be in Germany to face the newly crowned WBA titleholder Nicolay Valuev. Ray Austin is probably thinking, "Why not me?" continue
20.04.06 - Even though he was already NABA, and NABO Heavyweight Champion, and world rated at #7 WBC, #11 WBA, #6 WBO and #10 IBF, Shannon Briggs says he knew he needed one more puzzle piece to go all the way. Enter well-respected new trainer Jeff Mayweather, uncle of world champion Floyd Jr., and experienced voice in the corner, which Briggs says will make the big difference when it counts. continue
20.04.06 - Interview by Geoff McKay: Ivaylo Gotzev is a man that knows talent when he sees it. After spending time scouring the amateur ranks for up and coming fighters, he has found himself managing both Samuel Peter, and recent WBO titlist Sergei Lyakhovich (photo by Tom Casino). Recently, ESB sat down with Mr. Gotzev to discuss his plans for his prospects, and the state of the heavyweight division.
ESB: Hello Mr. Gotzev. The first question I am going to ask concerns Sergei Lyakhovich. Are we going to see an immediate rematch with Lamon Brewster?
IG: I’ll answer you this way. There is definitely an opportunity for a rematch, and Lamon gave us the opportunity so were not going to be greedy like everybody else in the game, we want to do what’s right for heavyweight boxing and boxing in general. The rematch will be granted under the right terms, financial terms. If I was in the other corner, and I was managing Brewster, I would have a really long sit down with him and think about it because he took a pounding. continue
PROVIDENCE (April 20, 2006) – Two of the premier women prizefighters in the world, Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt (16-3-1, 7 KOs) and Missy “The Fury” Fiorentino (13-1, 6 KOs), headline the “Let It Ride” boxing show, promoted by Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES) and sponsored by Lincoln Park, Thursday night, May 18 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. continue
20.04.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: On Wednesday night, welterweight Kermit Cintron (26-1, 24 KO’s) knocked out David Estrada (18-3, 9 KO’s), in the 10th round of an IBF eliminator for the title the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The fight was action packed from the onset with both fighters throwing huge shots and using little in the way of defense. Cintron landed huge right hand shots in the early going. However, Estrada, to his credit, fired back each time, although without the same devastating power as Cintron possessed. continue
20.04.06 - WORCESTER, Mass.— World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia defends his title against former world champion and local favorite Jose Antonio Rivera, reviving the legendary Mexican-Puerto Rican rivalry in boxing at the DCU Center in Worcester on May 6. continue
20.04.06 - As speculation continues to mount surrounding the selection of "Super" Joe Calzaghe's (photo by Tom Casino) next opponent, the Welsh Wizard goes into his scheduled July 8 outing at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium still riding high from the utter domination of Jeff Lacy less than two months ago. "Against Lacy, I think that I fought the best I ever have and also I think that maybe he took the fight for granted," said Calzaghe. "I had Lacy on my mind morning, noon and night for a few months. I had never been so psyched up and so focused on any fight. It was a dangerous contest and I knew I had to perform. I set myself a standard in the last fight and now people will be expecting that kind of performance from me all of the time."
It's still not clear who WBO/IBF Super Middleweight Champion Calzaghe, 41-0 (31), will face on the 8th of July but the sharply skilled southpaw comments on recent reports that American fighter Peter Manfredo, who received widespread notoriety on both side of the Atlantic for appearing on NBC's "The Contender" TV program, is being considered. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 20, 2006 – The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today popular actor Mario Lopez has been named Grand Marshal of the 17th Annual Boxing Hall of Fame Parade of Champions scheduled for Sunday, June 11th at 1 p.m. “The Hall of Fame is extremely excited about welcoming Mario Lopez to Canastota,'” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. continue
Atlanta, GA - April 20, 2006 Strong Arm Promotions, a premier boxing promotions company located in Atlanta, GA, is bringing its inaugural fight night to the ATL with the “Battle at Brookhaven” - a live show that will feature seven premium boxing matches at Atlanta Live at the Dekalb Events Center on Friday, April 28 from 7-11PM. continue
20.04.06 - CHICAGO — Legendary promoter Don King has signed undefeated Chicago heavyweight prospect Mike Mollo (15-0, 9 KOs) to a promotional agreement. Mollo will make his debut under the DKP banner on May 6 against International Boxing Federation No.7-ranked DaVarryl Williamson (22-4, 18 KOs) at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. continue
20.04.06 - Chris Byrd (39-2-1, 20 KOs) defends his IBF heavyweight title against IBF No. 1 contender and former WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (45-3, 40 KOs) on Saturday, April 22, at the new SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany, on HBO. The scheduled 12-round bout is promoted by K2 Promotions and will be carried live on HBO at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT. It will be replayed later that night on HBO at 10 p.m. ET/PT. continue
20.04.06 - By James Slater: Big George Foreman was one year removed from his superb effort against heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. George had proven all the sceptics wrong as he’d gone the full twelve rounds with Evander and although he’d lost - by only three points on one scorecard - he’d given the much younger and faster man all the trouble he could handle. Foreman gave a performance that all people aged forty and over could be very proud of.
He became universally popular, even loved, as a result. From the Holyfield fight on, George would be cherished as not only as a boxer who also happened to be a preacher, but as a latter day folk hero. The way he had gone twelve toe-to-toe rounds with an undefeated twenty eight year old while aged forty two himself was something hardly anyone had thought he was capable of doing beforehand. Now, for the first time, it started to dawn on everyone just what a unique and incredible man George Foreman was. As one newspaper’s headline said- Foreman was a fighter capable of defying all logic. continue
BLOOMFIELD, NJ (April 20, 2006) – Main Events returns to North Bergen’s Schuetzen Park for “Back to the Future III”, the third in a series of planned boxing events in north Jersey, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The main event features a 10 round featherweight contest between undefeated WBA #13 ranked featherweight Jason Litzau (17-0, 15 KO’s) and awkward Nepalese southpaw Debind Thapa. continue
PHOENIX – April 20, 2006 - Undefeated cruiserweight prospect "El Peligroso" BJ Flores and Main Events Inc. have come to an agreement to part ways, giving the young and talented fighter the opportunity of free agency. At 15-0 with 10 knockouts, the highly skilled and charismatic Flores is looking to elevate his career to the championship level. continue
19.04.06 - MIAMI— Photos: David Martin Warr / DKP - World Boxing Council super welterweight champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga will be fighting one of the most popular boxers in history on May 6, “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya, and his training regimen is evidence that he is taking this fight seriously.
Mayorga started his training here on Feb. 23 at the new Fight Club gym. The first interval of training began with a 3-mile morning jog each day at 7 a.m. After his jog, El Matador eats breakfast and takes a nap.
Gym training begins at 1 p.m. His work consists of stretching, skipping rope, exercises and strength and conditioning for an hour. Then it’s into the ring where his coaches are stressing technique with pads for 30 minutes. The workout concludes with warm-down exercises. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 19, 2006) – An injury has forced former two-time World Boxing Council lightweight champion Stevie “Lil’ But Bad” Johnston (38-3-1, 17 KOs) to pullout of his May 26 championship fight against Herman “Black Panther” Ngoudjo (13-0, 9 KOs) at the South Coast Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. continue
19.04.06 - by Kent Appel: About five and a half years ago, in October, 2000, Wladimir Klitschko and Chris Byrd fought for the first time and that time Klitschko dominated the fight, scoring two knockdowns on the way to a unanimous twelve round decision. Will this Saturday's fight turn out any differently? I don't know but I have a feeling it will be a closer fight with the edge going to Klitschko by a close decision. continue
19.04.06 - by Geoff McKay: Each and every one of us possesses our own unique talents, skills, and physical attributes. As we make our way through the world we attempt to develop strategies for succeeding in our environment that best utilize our individual strengths, while avoiding methods that will highlight our weaknesses. It is very much the same in professional boxing. Different boxers with different physical capabilities will develop different styles. In the end, when a fighter has polished his or her style, they establish what is known as their “ring identity”.
Over and Over again we hear analysts like Teddy Atlas, and George Foreman, speak of “ring identity”, and how important it is to a fighter. A fighter with a well formed ring identity is confident and relaxed. A fighter who hasn’t yet established a ring identity, or has begun to doubt his own, can become hesitant, and unsure of himself. continue
LOS ANGELES, APRIL 19, 2006 – For close to 15 years, boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya has captivated the world with his exploits in and out of the ring. ImpreMedia's newspapers, in particular, La Opinión, the leading Spanish language daily newspaper based in Los Angeles, has been following De La Hoya's accomplishments from the beginning to the peak of his career. From earning multiple world boxing titles to capturing a Grammy nomination, De La Hoya also started his own promotional company and has been giving back tirelessly to the community. continue
19.04.06 - By Frank Maloney: When we've all been expecting some really good fights for this coming year, it seems that boxing has gone topsy turvy once again. Here in Britain, were all waiting for Ricky Hatton to fight the likes of Gatti, Mayweather or Corrales but it seems that his new advisors have decided to take him another way at the moment. In the long run, only time will tell if he has made the right decision or if the people who are guiding him know how to play in the big pool. continue
19.04.06 - Interview by Geoff McKay: Known as the most avoided fighter in Women Boxing, Sumya Anani recently suffered an upset loss to Terri Blair. East Side boxing sat down with Sumya to discuss the fight, and women's boxing in General.
ESB: Can you tell us about the fight? (What do you think went wrong, what went right?)
SA: Full credit to Terri, she lives up to her name of the 'Road Warrior'. Going into the 10th & final round, I was ahead on points. I was caught with a good shot I didn't see. I jumped straight up but the ref stopped the fight. I protested! There was only 23 seconds left in the fight, & I was the defending Champion. Anyway, she was fighting fit; I was only gym & training fit. That was not good enough against a tough & hungry fighter. Prior to the Blair match, I've only had 3 fights since early 2003, the last one being 14 months ago. I did not choose to be so inactive! In 2004 & 2005 I had the misfortune to receive the WBAN Award for being the "Most Avoided Fighter". Maybe now I will be less avoided! It was not my best performance. I definitely want & need to be more active in the ring. continue
[New York] April 19, 2006 – SportsNet New York (SNY), the television home of the New York Mets and New York Jets, today announced a landmark agreement with DiBella Entertainment, a full-service sports and entertainment company and New York’s leading professional boxing promoter, to televise Broadway Boxing Presented by Turning Stone Resort and Casino. continue
19.04.06 - Orange, CA – Undefeated junior middleweight Enrique Gutierrez will now headline the popular “PATH TO GLORY” Boxing Extravaganza on Monday, April 24, at the Doubletree Hotel Event Center in Ontario, California. Future super featherweight contender Dominic Salcido sustained a hand injury during training that will upset his plans to be the main event boxer for the first time in his career. continue
19.04.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night will be the second time that Wladimir Klitschko squares off against Chris Byrd. A lot has changed since these two pugilists first met back on October 14, 2000 when Wladimir pummeled Byrd mercilessly en route to a shut out decision. In the aftermath of that bout, many were of the opinion that young Wladimir would be the future of the heavyweight division. Indeed, many considered him to be the heir apparent to Lennox Lewis’s throne. Since that time, Chris Byrd has captured the IBF version of the heavyweight crown which he’s now held for over three years, whereas Wladimir has suffered some devastating setbacks at the hands of Corrie Sanders and Lamon Brewster.
The main question surrounding this bout is whether or not enough has changed since their last encounter to make things more competitive. continue
19.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: It will be Brit Steven Bendall that replaces Dirk Dzemski, who´s out with a bad cold, as challenger for EBU 160 lb champ Sebastian Sylvester on Saturday in Mannheim. Bendall was already standing by as opponent just in case. As Sauerland Event´s matchmaker puts it "this is the time of the year when a boxer quite easily can catch a cold". Bendall is approved by the EBU and have permission to fight from the BBBC. continue
New York, April 19—It’s fight week, and the ever-popular Broadway Boxing Presented by Turning Stone Resort & Casino returns to the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center with knockout artist and Broadway Boxing standout combatant Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (11-0, 10 KO’s) returning to the ring this Thursday night, April 20th. continue
19.04.06 - By Lee Hayes: I recently did an analysis of the upcoming fight between IBF heavyweight champion Chris Byrd and former WBO heavyweight titlist Wladimir Klitschko in an attempt to give an unbiased break down of this Saturday, April 22nd’s rematch of the two combatants. My conclusion was that Chris Byrd would probably win this fight, and possibly even by a stoppage. The response was a bit surprising. I had expected the usual suspects to attack my reasoning and tell me that Wlad the Great was going to steam roll Byrd - and they did, but what I was not prepared for was the slight increase and respect for Byrd. It was a pleasant welcome to a very tiny club.
The last time I had written an article about a possible clash between these two was when their rematch was mentioned by the Klitschko camp, shortly after Byrd had beaten Jameel McCline by split decision. Many Klitschko supporters had sunk to referring to Byrd as a “coward” for rejecting the offer to return to Wladimir’s hometown for the second time to face the big Ukrainian. “Coward” is something that Chris has never been, and I was very surprised by the negative tone and resentment that many readers had toward the always honorable Byrd. Some sank as low as to insult his wife and manager, Tracy Byrd. I personally had always admired Byrd for insisting on fighting the “big boys” and for jumping from an amateur career that was spent mostly in the middleweight and super middleweight division, right up to the heavyweights. All this after only three professional fights. continue
Los Angeles, April 19 – One warrior has been a two-time world champion and looking to do it again; the other a former #1 world contender is seeking a first-time shot. Such are the stakes when former 2-time world champion Sharmba Mitchell steps in the ring to do battle with Mexico’s Jose Luis Cruz on the Goossen Tutor Promotions – in association with Ringway Promotions – presentation of ESPN2’s “Wednesday Night Fights” on May 3rd from Cathedral City, CA. continue
19.04.06 - By Kieran Redmond: I am quite alarmed to have read so many articles on this site placing Byrd as the clear favourite in this match up. I have gone through this fight in my head a million times and I can only find one way in which Byrd can possibly win, which is if the stamina of Wlad fails him. Outside of the stamina issue I do not think Byrd really stands a chance. Hear me out first and then the war of comments can begin. continue
19.04.06 - By James Allan: For almost the entire twentieth century, their American counterparts treated British Heavyweight boxing and boxers as a kind of running comedy. Bombardier Billy Wells, Joe Beckett, Phil Scott, Brian London, Richard Dunn the list of much maligned British Heavyweights could fill an entire column. The fighters who did gain some credibility did so through putting up brave but losing efforts.
Tommy Farr fought well against Joe Louis but clearly lost. Don Cockell managed to stay upright for nine rounds against Rocky Marciano, when he was expected to fall in one. Henry Cooper had Muhammed Ali out on his back in their first fight when he landed a wicked left hook that sent Ali falling to the canvas. Only the bell and Angelo Dundee’s quick thinking saved him, though to be fair once Ali’s head had cleared he punched Cooper’s eyes to shreds in the next round. continue
19.04.06 - The amazing Peterson brothers, who long ago won their toughest fight – growing up homeless in Washington, D.C. – will co-headline on “ShoBox: The New Generation” on SHOWTIME on Friday, April 28 (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In a 10-round bout, older brother Lamont (16-0, seven KOs) faces southpaw Jose “The Baby Faced Assassin” Ramos (16-2-1, three KOs). In an eight-rounder, Anthony (16-0, 13 KOs) take on undefeated Jermaine White (12-0, 7 KOs). Brian Young’s Prizefight Boxing will promote the doubleheader from the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, N.D. continue
19.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: German middle Dirk Dzemski has been forced to pull out of Saturday´s fight against EBU champ Sebastian Sylvester due to a bad case of the flu. Sylvester vs Dzemski was to have been the chief support to Klitschko vs Byrd in Mannheim. This was a voluntary defence by Sylvester. If it can be reschuled or if the champ now must must his mandatory challenger, Javier Castillejo, is up to the EBU. continue
19.04.06 - By Tim Neilson: Wladimir Klitschko, 30, will be fighting Chris Byrd this Saturday, April 22nd in Mannheim, Germany. Based on what I've been reading, many people are under the impression that Wladimir (45-3, 40 KO's) will simply be too much for Chris Byrd, who at 6'ft, is a liliputian compared to compared to the 6'7" Klitschko giant.
Based on size alone, you would think that this will be an easy fight for Wladimir, right? Wrong! Although Wladimir beat Chris Byrd, winning a 12-round decision in October 14, 2000, Wladimir is nowhere near the same fighter, having been knocked out twice since then and on the verge of another knockout in his last fight against Sam Peter, in September 24, 2005.
Let's return, then, to the point in Wladimir's career where, I feel, he was ruined as a fighter and that was in his fight against Ross Purity, on December 5, 1998. Purity, a hard punching journeyman with a dismal 24-13-1 record, was punched silly by Wladimir for 10 rounds, but then the fight suddenly changed late in the 10th, when Purity landed a hard right to Wladimir's chin, hurting him badly. The round ended with Wladimir taking vicious head shots from Purity. In the following round, Purity immediatley pounced on Wladimir, who out on his feet and almost helpless. His corner, seeing that Wladimir couldn't do anything to keep Purity off of him, ran into the ring and stopped the fight before Wladimir could take any further punches to the head. continue
19.04.06 - By Karen Belford: After reading a tremendous amount of vile posts made towards me in my last article about Audley Harrison, I decided to continue to write rather than letting the cretins stop me from speaking my mind and telling it like it is. For those of you who don't like my opinions, all I can say is: Too bad because I'm not quitting, so stick it where the sun don't shine! continue
19.04.06 - The open letter from George Linberger has generated a response from Mitch Green. His thoughts are as follows...
George 'Stinky Cheese' Linberger: I had not even heard of you until now. Now I know you as the guy Butterbean knocked out in like 19 seconds. continue
17.04.06 - By Travis Marks: Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis, Kermit “Killer” Cintron, Antonio Diaz and David Kamau are not names that are going to strike fear into the hearts of any world class boxers but they are significant nonetheless. These four men are the best opponents that boxing’s most avoided fighter, Antonio Margarito, has beaten thus far. Antonio Margarito for years has been calling out the best fighters in the welterweight only to be ignored. But is Antonio Margarito the next Vivian Harris or is he the next Winky Wright?
At this point last year Vivian Harris was the reigning WBA light welterweight champion. Like Margarito, Harris made it known to anyone who would listen that he was being avoided and ignored by the top fighters in his weight class. Harris became the champion when he dethroned Diosbelys Hurtado by knocking him out in the second round of their bout. The expectation was for that win to propel him into stardom but he was brought back to reality when he was kept off of television for his first three title defenses.
Harris was forced to go to Germany twice to defend his title against local favorite and very tough Oktay Urkal. After successful defenses he began calling out “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Arturo Gatti. The brunt of Harris’ attack was aimed at Mayweather. continue
CICERO, Ill. - Two action packed women’s bouts featuring four undefeated female prospects have just been added to the LIGHTNING STRIKES April 21st professional boxing card at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Stated Pesoli, “These are all very tough skilled women with heavy hands. Our crowds have really enjoyed seeing Rita Figueroa’s battles and our matchmaker Jerry Alfano has done a great job matching up these girls. continue
Huntington, NY, April 17, 2006 — On May 18, Frankie G Productions along with Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions return to the Huntington Townhouse in Long Island with an absolutely stellar card. The co-main event spotlights hot up and coming prospect Joe Greene (9-0 7 KOs) of Brooklyn, facing Newark’s Eric Graham (10-3-2 5 KOs) in an 8-round affair. The second half of the co- main event marks the return of “Contender” cast member Jimmy Lange (26-3-1 18 KOs) facing an opponent to be determined. continue
17.04.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: It has been nearly ten years since the entire world was introduced to the future savior of the heavyweight division. This fighter was so skilled, so strong, and so intelligent, that there was no question of whether he would be a top five all-time great. To be honest, I was just as equally impressed with him as the experts of the time were. The majority of boxing fans were equally as enamored by him, and just as intrigued for he came from such an unknown boxing region.
This region has in the past couple of years, come to dominate the division. We were mesmerized by him, and when he entered the paid ranks, his first couple of years suggested nothing other than his eventual climb to the summit, and his inevitable conquering of then champ, Lennox Lewis. However, Wladimir Klitschko found a way to supersede all of his experience and talent and he went from the savior of boxing and the heavyweight division; to being the prodigal son, coming back from exile and trying to capture the love and admiration of boxing fans the world over. continue
17.04.06 - Benna Ford of Superior, WI and Fond-Du-Luth Casino of Duluth, MN present "Superior Showdown," a six bout evening of professional boxing on Saturday April 22nd at the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI. Minnesota Light Heavyweight champion Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters (13-1, 10 KO's) returns to action in the 8 round main event, as he takes on tough veteran Teddy Muller (17-6-2, 7 KO's) of Moline, IL. continue
17.04.06 - Upon hearing the news that Mitch "Blood" Green signed on to face Butterbean this summer, Ohio-based heavyweight hopeful George "The Terminator" Linberger decided to take his campaign public. Linberger had been attempting to secure a fight with Green ever 2005 became 2006. Green's handlers flirted with the idea, but in the end settled for a fight with Butterbean - whom Linberger defeated in his last bout to date (October 2005). The following is an open letter from Linberger to Green. continue
SANTA FE, NM (April 17, 2006) – Debbie Cushner, Double D Enterprises and Aurelio Martinez, InsideBoxing.com have teamed up to bring world-class professional boxing events to the Land of Enchantment. The first show is scheduled for May 5 at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe, New Mexico. The boxing event will also be in celebration of Mexican holiday “Cinco de Mayo”. The Cinco de Mayo show will highlight a trifecta of headliners. continue
17.04.06 - By James Slater: Twenty year old Mike Tyson was making his first challenge for the heavyweight title. Defending WBC champ Trevor Berbick may have been the more experienced fighter, but not too many people expected to see him hold on to his belt. Although many people erroneously claimed that Tyson would become the youngest heavyweight champion in history were he to do as anticipated and win, in fact he would become the youngest ever holder of the WBC heavyweight title - Floyd Patterson's record for being the youngest ever WORLD champ at heavyweight while aged twenty one would remain intact whatever happened on the night of November 22nd 1986. Maybe Tyson would go on to claim linear honours before reaching the age Floyd had been when he'd done so, but time alone would tell us this. Still, even winning a portion of the heavyweight title while only a few months out of his teen years would be an incredible achievement for "Iron Mike". The crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton watched with keen anticipation to see if he could do so.
Before the fight there had been some minor controversy regarding the apparel the boxers would wear into the ring. Tyson, as had been his custom wanted to wear black. Unfortunately Berbick, who had the right to chose as champion, wanted to do the same. Tyson chose to accept a fine rather than change his colors. If, however, Trevor had hoped to unsettle the young contender with such mind games, he was to be badly disappointed. continue
17.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Frenchman Jackson Chanet, the defending EBU 168 lb champ and WBA # 1 challenger, was ahead by six points on two cards and one point on the third going into the eleventh of his fight against the hard punching Mger Mkrtchian Friday (April 14) night in Reims when he got caught. Chanet was down and out for a long time but luckily made full recovery. continue
17.04.06 - Brothers Lamont and Anthony Peterson of Washington, D.C., grew up homeless, but they feel right at home in the ring. The up-and-coming, unbeaten junior welterweights are a combined 32-0 with 20 knockouts. Lamont, who at 22 is 14 months older than Anthony, is 16-0 with seven KOs. Anthony is 16-0 with 13 KOs. In their SHOWTIME debuts, the talented three-year pros will co-headline an excellent fight card Friday, April 28, 2006, on “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
Denver, Colo: DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (22-4, 18) will return to the ring on Saturday, May 6, 2006 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts versus “Magnificent” Mike Mollo (15-0, 9) as part of the Don King promoted card featuring Jose Antonio Rivera vs. Alejandro Garcia to be broadcast by SHOWTIME. continue
16.04.06 - By Chris Acosta: There are certain requirements we expect from our heavyweight champions. We want them to be overwhelming forces of humanity. We like them to exude a commanding presence. And most of all, we want them to revel in all manner of bloodletting, concussion, and broken bones.
Chris Byrd isn’t the most imposing figure in the world. At 6’1” and around 210 pounds he’s about two decades behind the status quo in terms of size and he just doesn’t look the part of a heavyweight champion. In fact, he looks like the kind of mild-mannered guy who probably got picked on in elementary school. If you didn’t know he was a professional boxer, you wouldn’t think twice about cussing him out for cutting you off in traffic. He seldom scores a knockout and never has at the elite level. Byrd also lacks the kind of aggression you’d think a small heavyweight would need to exert to compensate for a lack of size. continue
16.04.06 - Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is pleased to announce the signing of top 140-pound boxing sensation, “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis. Arnaoutis is the latest member to join Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing thriving stable of fighters and will now be part of an unstoppable star studded hit squad which has the likes of Antonio Tarver, Montell Griffin, Roberto Benitez, Tarvis Simms, Nate Campbell, Kevin Johnson and Vinny Maddalone. continue
16.04.06 - By Karen Belford: Audley Harrison (19-2, 14 KOs), who I still personally feel is one of the best heavyweights in the division, has decided to continue on with his career rather than retire, according to the latest news from the BBC. I can't tell you all how happy I am to receive this news, since I still think that the 34-year-old Harrison has the ability to make a mark in the heavyweight division, despite his recent bad luck with his two loses. continue
16.04.06 - CHICAGO - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions has announced a massive spring schedule of events featuring Chicagoland’s most popular fighters. Said Pesoli, “It’s an incredibly busy time and our crowds continue to grow, our fight cards this year have been terrific with fantastic bouts and we’ve had a chance to showcase Macho, Luciano and Freddie on other shows in Louisiana, New York City and California. continue
16.04.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: For those of you who actually anticipated a competitive match-up between Audley Harrison and Dominick Guinn last night; don’t you feel foolish now. This bout was in all essence a title eliminator. Title eliminators are fought all the time to see who earns the opportunity to compete for a world title. Just like when Owen Beck and Ray Austin squared off back in September to decide who would face the winner of Valuev and Ruiz. Ray Austin beat Beck, though Beck is undeservedly fighting Nicolay Valuev for the WBA title in June, but that is another topic we’ll cover later. Now don’t start complaining that I have my information wrong, no there wasn’t a world title shot on the line, or was there? Yes there was, but not in the same sense as Beck and Austin.
Basically the loser between Guinn and Harrison would for all intensive purposes, be eliminated from ever being a true world-class fighter, thus reasonably thinking, void of the opportunity of fighting for a world title. Now being a world title contender doesn’t mean you need to be a world-class fighter; just ask Kevin McBride, who now might get the first shot at Sergei Liakhovich’s WBO crown, or the previously mentioned Owen Beck, but once again that is another topic to be discussed later. continue
16.04.06 - By Eric Duran/ Ringside: Junction City, Kansas showed up in droves to support local middleweight David Medina on Saturday, April 15th. Promoter Zef Ramirez and JewBoy Promotions put on an action packed card for the estimated 1000 fans. In the main-event, Middleweight Prospect took on David Medina took on slick-boxer Al Salinas in a eight round bout for the Global Boxing Union Championship. The under card consisted of 3 female bouts, including up and coming prospect Chantell Cordova, and a light heavyweight bout between Miguel Pasillas and Nathan "The Heat Mizer" Aguilar. continue
April 15, Magdeburg, Germany: By Per Ake Persson: Hard punching WIBF supermiddle champ Natascha Ragosina stopped American Carlette Ewell at 1.23 of the fifth round in the headliner of SES´ promotion at the Maritim Hotel. Ewell was hurt by a right, but kept punching back when tagged by another right and went down. She was allowed to continue but took a beating and Belgian referee Daniel Van De Wiele made a well timed stoppage. The vacant GBU title was also at stake. continue
15.04.06 - By Dan Horgan: The day is November 6th, 2004. A packed crowd at the Glendale Arena in Phoenix Arizona is eagerly awaiting the much-anticipated rematch between long time division champ, Kostya Tszyu, and slick southpaw Sharmba Mitchell. Much debate fills the crowd as to who will win this fight and who is indeed the best Light Welterweight in the world. continue
15.04.06 - By Dan Mocci: Five-and-a-half years after their first encounter, Chris Byrd and Wladimir Klitschko are set to do it again. The first bout, which took place on October 14, 2000 at the Kölnarena in Köln, Germany, proved to be an absolute mismatch. Then WBO Heavyweight Champion Byrd, fresh off a title victory over the senior Klitschko brother, entered hostile territory and promptly lost every single round on every single scorecard. The only impressive part of Byrd’s showing was the trademark toughness he displayed in rising from 9th and 11th round knockdowns en route to unanimous decision loss. For the record—if it matters—the scores were 120-106, 119-107, and 118-108.
That night, it was Byrd that walked away having lost his last 21 rounds (big brother Vitali was shutting Byrd out when he quit after the 9th with an injured heart…or, shoulder). Following the fight, the story was to play out that Byrd would remain a fringe contender—a tricky opponent for up-and-comers and top-ten guys. It was Wladimir Klitschko that walked out of the ring as the heir apparent to the quickly looming post-Lennox Lewis era. In fact, if the story played out correct, the 24-year-old “Steelhammer” would have ushered in the post-Lewis era the hard way by knocking Lewis into retirement. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (April 14, 2006) – Classic Entertainment & Sports (CES) presents a doubleheader of championship boxing, “Put Up or Shut Up,” May 10 on ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The co-main events feature WBC USNBC champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (11-0, 6 KOs) and NABA title-holder Shaun George (11-0-2, 5 KOs) in a cruiserweight unification bout continue
14.04.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Heavyweight Audley Harrison, the former Olympic Gold Medallist, lost a unanimous 10-round decision to Dominick Guinn 26-3-1 (18 KOs), on Friday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. As was the case in Harrison’s recent loss to British heavyweight Danny Williams, Harrison 19-2 (14 KOs) seemed to fight without any fire or determination, treating the fight as if it were a casual stroll in the park. Harrison failed to mount any kind of attack until the 10th round, when he was already hopelessly behind on the score cards. Both fighters were hurt on the last round as they fought tooth and nail trying to land a knockout shot. For Harrison, this loss probably signals the end of a once promising career. The final judge’s scores were 98-92, 97-93, and 97-93.
14.04.06 - By Steven Ettori: Boxing fans this Friday night April 14 on ESPN 2 don’t miss out in the heavyweight main event clash between Audley “A Force” Harrison 20-1(14KO’S) and Dominic “The Southern Disaster” Guinn 25-3-1(18KO’S).The card will take place at Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage,CA and is being promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions. This is a critical fight for both former top 10 heavyweight contenders looking to be back in the heavyweight mix and top 10 rankings. The stakes are high as the loser would fall to former contender/ journey man status. continue
14.04.06 - Ricky Hatton has officially given up the IBF Junior Welterweight title in order to pursue the WBA Welterweight title of Luis Collazo on May 13 in Boston, MA. Below is the letter Team Hatton sent to IBF President Marian Muhammad to notify that organization of his decision. Hatton remains the WBA Light Welterweight Champion.
Dear Marian Muhammad & The IBF Team,
It is with the greatest regret that I must surrender my IBF Light Welterweight Title. Winning the IBF Championship was without doubt the greatest night of my life and to have to give it up outside of the ring is truly a painful experience. Much worse than the punches I had to take to wrestle the title from Kostya! continue
14.04.06 - By Lee Hayes: It’s official. The Nevada State Athletic Commission has made it’s ruling and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has received his purse of 5 million dollars. Zab Judah however will have to await further investigation and a further review of his part in the 10th round brawl that took place after Saturdays fight was delayed when he hit Mayweather low, followed by a vicious, unsportsmanlike clubbing right hand to the back of Floyd’s head. continue
14.04.06 - By Vanessa McConnell: It’s bad enough Judah got his backside whipped, now who knows when he’s going to get paid. Some say “not bad for his first million dollar fight,” but the way the outcome of this week's hearing by the State of Nevada Athletic Commission, it may be politics rather than the low blow that stands in his way of receiving his purse for the fight. The board was smart enough to recognize that they were being insulted and praised all in one breath by Don King, who was adamant that Floyd Mayweather Jr. should have been disqualified for his uncle’s, Roger Mayweather, behavior during the fight. continue
CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 13, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today 3-division world champion and Hall of Famer Wilfredo “Bazooka” Gomez will attend festivities planned for the 17th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 8-11th. Fighting out of Las Monjas, Puerto Rico, Gomez turned pro in 1974 and won the WBC junior featherweight title with a 12th round kayo over Dong-Kyun Yum and successfully defended the title 17 times, each win coming by knockout. continue
12.04.06 - By Jim Amato: Well, Nikolay Valuev has finally freed us of the clutches of John Ruiz. Will John decide to retire? We'll see. Rumor has it that Valuev is going to defend against fringe contender Owen Beck instead of giving Ruiz a rematch. In a lot of these cases, money talks and BS walks. If Ruiz does decide to retire here is a little retrospect on his career. No, John was far from exciting. He gave a new meaning to the phrase "Winning Ugly." But...He won. He was a major player in the heavyweight picture for a long time.
Ruiz beat a lot of fighters that on paper he should have lost to. Holyfield, Kirk Johnson, Fres Oquendo and Andrew Golota, all come to mind. What I am leading up to is that John made the most out of his raw ability and his gameness. Yes, he was out boxed by Roy Jones Jr. and out foxed by a possibly "juiced" James Toney. Throw the Tua debacle out the window. If John Ruiz had nothing else, he had courage! continue
12.04.06 - Kassim Ouma will face dangerous Mexican bomber Marco Antonio Rubio in the featured undercard attraction on the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Ricardo Mayorga ‘Danger Zone’ promotion, Saturday, May 6 from MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout, announced today by Golden Boy Promotions also will be part of the live broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
12.04.06 - Anything in the Cotto bout surprise you? “I was surprised by the way Cotto came out in round one. He was throwing more punches than I expected and fighting in a different style than I’d seen him fight. He was using his jab more . . . After the first round I said I better get busier or this is going to be a long night.” continue
12.04.06 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO pay-per-view fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Ricardo Mayorga. The highly anticipated bout is set for Saturday, May 6 in Las Vegas. The fight is an intriguing matchup in the 154-pound super welterweight division between the accomplished De La Hoya and the slugging Mayorga. continue
12.04.06 - By James Slater: It was Halloween,1992. Earls Court in London was the venue and Lennox Lewis was having his first real test against a world class fighter. No disrespect to Gary Mason, but Donovan "Razor" Ruddock would be Lewis' real breakthrough opponent. If he could defeat the man who had given Mike Tyson such a hard fight twice, as well as destroying capable men such as former champ Michael Dokes, then Lewis would undeniably be not only a world rated heavyweight but one perhaps good enough to rise to the very top. The fight against Ruddock was billed as an official eliminator for the world title, with the winner pencilled in to face new linear and universally recognised champion Riddick Bowe. Could Lewis become Britain's first heavyweight champion of the world for almost one hundred years? Bob Fitzsimmons was the last Englishman to hold boxing's ultimate title and now Lewis, although he'd won his Olympic gold medal in Seoul while representing Canada, was only one victory away from having the chance to follow in Fitzsimmons' footsteps. All that stood in his way from a shot at the title was the murderous punching Ruddock! continue
12.04.06 - Tennessee Commission claims hands are tied and must abide by decision in the ring. The IBA chooses to do the right thing. Is anyone listening?? The old adage ‘If something can go wrong, it usually does’ seems a perfect fit for last weeks IBA Title Fight in Nashville, Tennessee. The number one rule given to any fighter before the start of combat is to ‘protect yourself at all times’. Who could argue with that? continue
12.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Cyril Thomas and Alberto Servidei clash for the vacant EBU 126 lb title May 20 in Saint Quentin. Servidei will warm up April 28 in Scandicci on the undercard to a fight for the Italian lightheavy crown between Leonardu Turchi and Remo Tatangelo. Polish lightheavy Dawid Kostecki defends the WBF title May 6 in southern Poland where he is a big drawing card. continue
MERRILLVILLE, IN- Live Pro boxing makes its return to the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. “Vengeance” on Apr. 14th, State champions and challengers return to Langel’s Pizzeria, 2833 Highway Ave., in Highland, IN to meet face-to-face at the weigh-in just one night before for the action-packed card. continue
11.04.06 - By Barry Green: In my previous article I wrote of the state of American boxing in the first half of the 1970s. That decade featured many fantastic fighters and long-reigning champions. Twelve in particular stand out for their longevity and their achievements.
So, who was the ‘fighter of the decade’? There as so many contenders as this truly was a decade which saw many a dominant champion. Therefore, I have broken it down to consider 12 great champions, of which nine were outstanding in their relative division, the other three make the grade as they captured crowns at separate weights (rare in the days of fewer titles and even fewer meaningless alphabet diadems).
The criterion I aim to use to evaluate who the top men are is purely based on their fights at world title level. Who were the dominant champions? Was the division at the time a particularly talented one? Did they beat many great fighters during the decade? The ‘pros’ and the ‘cons’ shall come under scrutiny in determining whose achievements and dominance was best overall. continue
Atlanta, April 11 —Dana Pitcher released his updated sensational card today, proudly announcing its worldwide flavor with three continents and several countries represented. This event features champions and prospects fighting to increase their standing in the rankings. continue
11.04.06 - By Jonathan Reck: Boxing like other sports all over the world has its problems. Controversial scoring by judges have always been in the fight game. For some reason, they see the fight different than most everybody else watching at home and the people around ringside. Since the turn of the millennium, we have had quite a few controversial decisions, for example, Roy Jones Jr. v Antonio Tarver, Oscar De La Hoya v Felix Sturm, David Tua v Hasim Rahman II, Scott Harrison v Victor Polo, Marco Antonio Barrera v Erik Morales II, and Chris Byrd v Fres Oquendo, to name a few. continue
New York, April 11 - The Malignaggi-Cotto and Taylor-Wright championship mega fights in June are not the only DiBella Entertainment attractions on the horizon. The month of April promises to be a particularly busy month, with a trio of DBE main events set for the next two weeks. Olympian Andre Berto (10-0, 8 KO’s) will make his ESPN2 Friday Night Fights debut this week on Friday, April 14th, when the Winter Haven, Florida native steps back into the ring against Horatio Garcia (14-6-1, 9 KO’s) at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA. continue
11.04.06 - Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime - Diego “Chico’’ Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo are signed, sealed and ready to deliver once again LIVE on SHOWTIME on Saturday, June 3 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The world’s most talented and courageous lightweights will collide in their eagerly awaited rubber match for Corrales’ WBC title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 12-round world title bout will be co-promoted by Top Rank, Inc., and Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas.
DIEGO CORRALES (40-3, 33 KOs)
“Castillo says this is like thunder and lightning, and he is the thunder. But thunder is noise. Lightning is action. Lightning destroys tress and houses. This June 3 is the last time you will see Castillo and I together. Castillo will not have to go far to see me. I will be right in front of him. continue
11.04.06 - Frank Warren has once again called the bluff of Clinton Woods' promoter Dennis “zipper neck” Hobson - and offered him the chance of winning almost a million pounds on the outcome of a fight with Joe Calzaghe. Fright Academy and Hobson first expressed an interest in having money on a fight between WBO/IBF super-middleweight champion Calzaghe and IBF light-heavyweight champion Woods a fortnight ago, offering a £100,000 side bet that his man would emerge victorious. continue
WORCESTER, Mass.—Former world champion and local favorite Jose Antonio Rivera gets a second chance to win a world championship match in his adopted hometown when he challenges World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia at the DCU Center on Saturday, May 6. Tickets priced at $35, $50, $100 and $250 are on sale at the DCU Center Box Office, all area Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at (617) 931-2000 or (617) 228-6000. continue
11.04.06 - Jarrett Blakeley: April 19, 2006. The Palm Beach Convention Center. As the lights go dim there is an electricity in the air. At first the music sounds far away but in a moment you feel it through your entire body. The darkness is pierced by a ray of light and the crowd explodes as Kermit ‘The Killer’ Cintron begins his march towards destiny. Women in four inch heels are practically jumping out of their dresses and the men cheer passionately for their young hero. continue
10.04.06 - By Travis Marks, photo by CJ Cansler: He dominated and outclassed, Arturo Gatti, Diego Corrales, Phillip N’Dou, Angel Manfredy, Demarcus Corley, Sharmba Mitchell and Genaro Hernandez. He used his boxing skills to out box Jose Luis Castillo (in their second bout), Carlos Hernandez, Victoriano Sosa and Goyo Vargas. He went toe to toe with both Jesus Chavez and Emmanuel Augustus and forced their respective corners to stop the bouts. But the performance put forth on Saturday night challenging IBF welterweight champion Zabdiel “Super” Judah, a natural southpaw might have been “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s best to date.
He didn’t shut out Zab Judah like he’s done to so many opponents, but he did something that most boxers don’t do when things are going wrong, he stuck to the script.
Along with his brain trust (head trainer and uncle, Roger Mayweather and strength/conditioning coach, Leonard Ellerbee), Mayweather devised a game plan on how to approach the fight in a way that would result in his hands being raised in victory. continue
10.04.06 - By Kostya Tszyu: Last weekends battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Zab Judah in Las Vegas was very interesting. Zab fought well in the first four rounds. I think the combination of his speed and southpaw style gave Floyd some trouble. But, as all great boxers do, Floyd found the answers within himself. I had Floyd winning, but not by the same big margin that some of the judges and commentators had. I thought Zab won five of the rounds. continue
April 10, 2006 - Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions and Dennis Hobson and Robert Waterman/Fight Academy will present a sensational world championship fight card on Saturday, May 13, 2006, at the TD Banknorth Garden, located on Causeway Street in Boston’s Downtown North section. The main event will be televised live on HBO’s “World Championship Boxing” series. continue
10.04.06 - They say the punch that does the most damage is the one you never see coming. The one we never saw coming this past Friday in Nashville was the third man in the ring. We at Team Gunn want to share our thoughts on the worst officiated fight in recent title fight history. Before that, we do want to speak on the positive. continue
10.04.06 - By James Slater: Prior to January 1990, most boxing experts laughed at George Foreman’s attempt to once again rise to the top of his profession. They were insulted that a man of forty years of age was participating in the toughest sport of all. Many people either feared for Foreman’s health or they feared for the integrity of boxing as a whole. What if George, who was much overweight they claimed, got seriously hurt in the ring? Allegedly, one casino owner even went as far as insisting that George would never fight at his place for fear of Big George suffering a heart attack!
Who knew then, that George was in superb shape, not only for his age, but in superb shape period? We all know now that Foreman was, and is, something of a freak of nature. He is one of the strongest, best preserved and flat out incredible sportsmen to ever have walked the earth. What George told us all along - namely that it should be his opponents we should fear for, and not him - turned out to be true. The first respectable name on George’s resume to testify to this fact was Gerry Cooney. continue
The 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues with a world championship doubleheader Saturday, May 6, 2006, on 10.04.06 - SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In one of the 12-round world title fights, Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-1, 23 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association super welterweight belt against local favorite and former world welterweight champion Jose Antonio Rivera (37-4-1, 24 KOs). continue
New York, April 10 - When promoter Lou DiBella signed Olympian Andre Berto a little over a year ago prior to his pro debut, the president of DBE called the Winter Haven, FL native his “most hotly recruited fighter coming out of the 2004 games." Recalls DiBella: "I spent more time scouting Andre than any other Olympian.” continue
10.04.06 - By Aaron King: Entering last Saturday’s welterweight bout between Floyd Mayweather and Zab Judah, Bob Arum, Don King and numerous others proclaimed that boxing’s allure was reaching new corners of the American demographic. Unquestionably, the fight piqued the interest of the black community to unprecedented heights. Arum and Mayweather appeared on "Quite Frankly" with Steven A. Smith a few days before the contest. continue
10.04.06 - By Vanessa McConnell, photos by CJ Cansler -- Sworn Enemies Photo Gallery -- Last weekend's fight card at the Thomas & Mack arena was more than what fans, security, the police or even the boxers themselves could have imagined. Actually, Floyd Mayweather Jr. anticipated something illegal or bad was going to happen, so him and his entire camp came with their game faces and bandana’s on. All it took was one false move on Judah behalf and it was an all out battle in the ring and the arena. With about 15,170 fans packed into the arena, they all got more than their monies worth as Mayweather’s camp tried to beat down the entire Judah entourage.
Mayweather paced himself throughout the fight. He came out aggressively but you could tell he was not giving Judah all he had. Without a doubt, Mayweather launched great body attacks and right hand shots that bloodied Judah's nose and mouth, which eventually became a target for Mayweather to focus on. Judah briefly had Mayweather on the ropes in the fourth round, however, he was unable to keep him there for long, as Mayweather seemed to get juiced up being on the ropes and turned the attack on Judah, thus gaining advantage of the fight once again. continue
09.04.06 - By Tony Nobbs: In what will be a battle of former world champions, Brisbane's Robbie “Bomber” Peden hopes to face Thailand's Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai in an IBF elimination bout in the next couple of months. The winner is then expected to fight Mexico's ageless war horse Manuel Medina for the vacant world crown later in the year.
Eastside spoke with Peden and teed up this interview while he was in the Northern NSW country town of Lismore last weekend supporting his father Brian's team at the Arthur Maloney Glove Club's amateur tournament.
Robbie proved a popular figure at the tournament, held at the Workers Club where he fought as a youngster, catching up with all the old faces, signing autographs and being photographed with many. He took the time to answer the following questions during the week. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 10, 2006) – Silverhawk Boxing announced today that it has signed a pair of Detroit fighters, unbeaten heavyweight Leo “Paco” Nolan (24-0, 10 KOs) and world-rated super middleweight Rubin “Hollywood” Williams (27-2, 16 KOs), to exclusive promotional contracts. “We’re thrilled to sign a 24-0 heavyweight prospect like Leo Nolan and a proven world-class contender, Rubin Williams,” Silverhawk Boxing CEO Tim Doyle said. continue
10.04.06 - Polish heavyweight prospect Art Binkowki will face tough Benton Harbor, MI native Tipton Walker in a special attraction bout just added to the LIGHTNING STRIKES April 21st professional boxing card at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
By Per Ake Persson: April 8, Kiel, Germany: Lightheavy Thomas Ulrich floored Nicarguan Henry Saenz seconds into the first but had to settle for an unanimous decision after ten non-title rounds. It was scored 98-91 on two cards and 100-91 on the third. Saenz was tough and rattled Ulrich in the third and clearly stunned him in the sixth. Overall the German dominated the fight behind a fine jab and left hook. continue
09.04.06 - By Lee Hayes, PHOTOS: DAVID WARR / Don King Productions - Bullies have been around in the sport of boxing since the very first day men started exchanging blows. It’s natural for a man that likes to hurt or harm others to drift towards a “legal” way to beat the living hell out of another. In fact, not only is it natural, but bullies have always had a place in boxing, and they often attract huge followings. Aggressors like John L. Sullivan, “Sailor” Tom Sharkey and Stanley Ketchel were notorious for fist fights and punching any man that looked at them with the whatever they conceived to be an insult. Every generation of boxing has had them. From Jack Sharkey and Rocky Graziano, all the way up to Sonny Liston, George Foreman, Roberto Duran and Mike Tyson.
Intimidation gives a boxer a huge psychological advantage over his opponent. Sending fear in to another fighters mind is just as devastating as a perfect body blow or a concussion to the brain. It can freeze an opponent, like many of Mike Tyson’s opposition through out his career. And it can cause the man across the ring from the bully to stay mainly on defense, for fear of his life. Much like most of the men that faced George Foreman in the first round of his run as top enforcer in the heavyweight division. Sometimes a fight can be won before the bell is even rung. No, even before the contracts are signed. Floyd Patterson was so convinced that Sonny Liston was going to beat him that he carried along a disguise in order to leave the ring incognito. Just the grimace out of the corner of “Iron” Mike Tyson right before the bell signifying the start of the first round in any of his early fights, seemed to turn his opponents in to flesh statues. Veritable punching bags, with no hope of a victory. continue
NEW YORK (April 9, 2006) – “Ireland’s” John Duddy (16-0, 14 KOs) makes his first WBC Continental Americas middleweight title defense June 10 against veteran Freddy Cuevas (25-8-1, 17 KOs) in a 10-round bout on the Cotto-Malignaggi pay-per-view card at the famed Madison Square Garden. The Irish middleweight sensation Duddy is now rated No. 13 by the World Boxing Association. continue
NEAR GLOBE, AZ.--Undefeated boxing prospect Jorge Paez Jr. ran his professional undefeated streak to 7-0 (all by knockout) Saturday night at the Apache Gold Resort and Casino. The 18-year-old Paez, who is promoted exclusively by Sycuan Ringside Promotions, decked Ricky Alexander twice before the referee stopped the scheduled four-round bout at 2:28 of the opening round. continue
09.04.06 - By Dan Horgan: With all of the ups and downs of Montell Griffin’s 13 year career, one would think that he would hang the gloves up for good and call it a career. However, at the age of 35, Montell Griffin seems hungry as ever and is ready to take on all comers. See what the former world champion had to say in this exclusive interview. continue
09.04.06 - Interview by Per Ake Persson: Polish heavy and former EBU champ Przemyslaw "Chemek" Saleta, 43-7, has relocated to Florida and when I got hold of him he was in Las Vegas. So the first question was what are you doing there?
A: I´m here training and sparring with Chris Byrd who is in training for his fight against Wladimir Klitschko April 22 in Germany. It works very well, I hope I can help him and that I can learn a lot from him. He is so smart and relaxed in the ring.
Q: So how do you see Byrd vs Klitschko?
A: I think the difference now and five years ago will be confidence and not skills. I feel that Wladimir isn´t what he used to be and Chris` confidence is so much higher. But then again the fight takes place in Germany ... continue
09.04.06 - Zeferino Ramirez and JewBoy Promotions are taking their act on the road, from Colorado to Junction City, Kansas. Ramirez will present a five bout professional fight card full of talent and interesting match ups. The card will be held Saturday April 15th at the Junction City Marriott Convention Center. continue
08.04.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The fight between Pretty Boy Floyd and Zab Judah really lasted about five rounds and after that, it turned into a typical “Pretty Boy” clinic. Zab Judah admittedly came out very confident and very strong, much like he did against most of his overmatched foes, and even if you watch the tape against Carlos Baldomir, and Kostya Tsyzu as well. Mayweather was seemingly tense, and anxious and for those five rounds it seemed like Judah was going to give Mayweather, a Castillo like bout, but unfortunately for Zab Judah, championship bouts last more then five rounds. continue
08.04.06 - Heavyweight Cliff Couser of Las Vegas, Nev., stopped Troy Beets of Ocean Springs, Miss., by technical knockout at 1:51 of the third round in the main event scheduled for 10 rounds on Tony Dane’s World Wide Boxing benefit professional boxing card April 7 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. Couser, 238, won when the referee, on advice of the ringside physician, stopped the bout because of a broken left hand suffered by Beets, 229, earlier during the third round. continue
08.04.06 - By Lee Hayes: It’s really the curse of modern pugilism. It can be significant, but just as many times it can mean absolutely nothing. It’s that ‘O’ in the loss column on a fighters record, and nothing is more misleading in boxing. Some would blame it’s origins on all-time great heavyweight champion slugger Rocky Marciano, and his uncanny 49-0 (43) professional boxing record. But it’s a little more complicated than that. Undefeated fighters have always attracted a lot of fans and supporters. It’s only logical, because nobody wants their favorite fighter to get too comfortable with the idea of losing, nor do they as fans want to get accustomed to the feeling of disappointment one can’t help but feeling after watching a favorite lad getting shell shocked in between the ropes. But lets really examine the significance of an undefeated record and put the whole myth in to perspective.
My first introduction to the intoxication of the mythical “unbeatable” boxer was reading about the legendary John L. Sullivan when I was around eight or nine years old. My grandfather had given me his fairly extensive life time collection of boxing memoriballia, and I started right at the beginning with Greco ties to early combat sports and in to the historical record of the life of James Figg. But, it wasn’t until I hit 1878-1880 that I found a single fighter that enthralled my young imagination. continue
08.04.06 - By Tony Nobbs: Australian heavyweight champion Col “Kid Coal Miner” Wilson scored a round 5 stoppage of former title holder Nathan “Nasty Boy” Briggs at the Chandler Complex in Brisbane on Friday night. Southpaw Wilson was making the 4th defence in this, his second reign. Briggs, the #4 contender, got of to an encouraging beginning-as he did in their first encounter last December before his broken hand became a factor- out boxing a plodding Wilson and landing some effective punches to both the head and body through out the opening 4 rounds. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 7 – After news reached Warriors Boxing Promotions that IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods and his promoter, Fight Academy, had announced an optional title defense against Jason DeLisle on May 13 without first receiving an exception from the IBF for this defense - which would bypass mandatory contender Glen Johnson, the Hollywood based promoter quickly jumped into action by filing an official objection with the sanctioning organization. continue
07.04.06 - By Jonathan Reck: For me, June 17th, 2006, holds what might be the biggest middleweight title fight since "Sugar" Ray Leonard’s comeback win against "Marvellous" Marvin Hagler in 1987. That’s 19 years, which in boxing terms, is a very long time. The fighters, Winky Wright and Jermain Taylor, are both at the top of their game, dominating their opposition. Winky Wright is a boxing specialist, who tends to rely on his counter punching ability as well as his superb defence, to win his fights. continue
07.04.06 - By Travis Marks: So they say that they are “Sworn Enemies.” IBF welterweight champion Zabdiel “Super” Judah and pound for pound king, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather would like you to believe that their disdain for each other rivals that of the Palestinians vs. the Jews, the Capulet’s vs. the Montague’s or even the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox. This is just not the case. Zab and Floyd are friends, homeboys if you will, but this is about money and they have to get down to business.
On January 7th of this year when Zab lost his WBC welterweight championship to the unheralded and lightly regarded Carlos Baldomir, Mayweather called Judah offering words of encouragement. That was an odd occurrence since Zab and Floyd hadn’t spoken for along time before that night and had been bashing each other in the media. Floyd told Zab that a true champion perseveres even after defeat. Sworn enemies don’t act in that manner.
So how exactly did these two men become enemies? Well, throughout this promotion we’ve been hearing about the infamous sparring session in which Floyd and Zab actually got in to the ring with each other. There are so many different versions of this story that no one can really ascertain what really happened. One thing we do know is that at that moment things changed between these two ultra competitive talented pugilists. continue
PROVIDENCE (April 07, 2006) – USNBC cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (11-0, 6 KOs) puts his title on the line against NABA cruiserweight title-older Shauna George (11-0-2, 5 KOs) in a unification bout headlining the “Put Up Or Shut Up” card May 10, on ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights, at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue
07.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: WBA 147 lb champ Luis Collazo is set to defend the title May 13 against Ricky Hatton - or is he not? One who says he is not, at least not the way things are now, is Sauerland Event´s CEO Christian Meyer. "The WBA have as of April 6 not approved the fight", states Meyer, who´s say he´s in daily contact with the organisation, "and as far as we are concerned, Collazo must take care of his mandatory defence which is against Oktay Urkal before taking on anyone else." continue
Miami, FL, April 7 - Miami based Coalition Boxing proudly announced today the addition to the Coalition Boxing Team of Champion Junior Welterweight Juan “Twin Irons” Urango. The current IBF Latino, NABO, and WBC Latin American Champion has been given a clean bill of health and looks to add the IBF Junior Welterweight title to his impressive credentials. continue
07.04.06 - By Jim Amato: To many people, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is The Roy Jones Jr. of our time. He is an undefeated three weight division title holder, now going after his fourth crown. His opponent is Zab Judah, a flawed champion but, nevertheless, a champion.
Judah showed so much promise early in his career. A second round kayo loss to Kostya Tyszu did much to diminish his rising star. He rebounded and defeated the classy Cory Spinks to win the welterweight title. Then came the disappointing loss to Carlos Baldomir in his last fight. Few gave Baldomir a chance to defeat Zab but he hurt Zab in the middle rounds and just dogged him to win a fair verdict. Did Zab take Baldomir too lightly? Why not, everybody else did. I don't think that fight should be a fair barometer for Zab's chances against Mayweather. continue
07.04.06 - Two-time Olympian and 2002 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Andrew Singh Kooner will throw punches as a professional on both sides of the Atlantic under an innovative co-promotional agreement between UK based Hennessy Sports and Canada based Groupe Yvon Michelle and Adam Harris. The 27-year-old Bantamweight was born in Kettering to Indian Parents in 1979, but enjoys dual citizenship given their decision to relocate to Tecumseh, Ontario three years later. continue
07.04.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY: ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.--Take it from the president. The first-ever boxing promotion partnership between Sycuan Ringside Promotions (owned and operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation) and Warriors Boxing (Seminole Tribe of Florida) is getting rave reviews at the ongoing annual National Indian Gaming Association convention here. continue
AS VEGAS (April 7, 2006) – Caribbean heavyweight champion Sherman “The Caribbean Tank” Williams (29-10-2, 16 KOs) added the NBA World title belt to his display case with a sensational third-round TKO of veteran “Dangerous” David Washington (15-9, 9 KOs) last Friday night at the new Ybor City Multi Fight Complex in Tampa, Florida. continue
06.04.06 - By James Slater: Right now, most boxing fans agree when it comes to answering the question - who is the best fighter on the planet, pound-for-pound? Practically everyone agrees Floyd Mayweather holds the distinction. However, we boxing fans do not usually find it so easy to avoid disagreeing. But how many personal opinions would be vehemently defended were a top ten list of the Pound-for-pound greatest fighters in history brought up? Never could such a list please everyone, surely? Deep down though, us fans love contesting other's beliefs when it comes to one boxer's superiority over another. And nothing is more guaranteed to get some (friendly) arguments going than a list of the ten finest boxers of all-time. Such a topic is a dead cert to inspire some fun, back and forth, debating. And, let's never forget, someone's opinion remains only that, an opinion.
With that said, I would now like to list my ten choices for the greatest ever boxers, pound-for-pound.
1. Sugar Ray Robinson. Incomparable. Quite simply the finest fighter in history. Ray was a man who could do it all - fight while coming forward or backing up. He could both give and take a punch and his speed, accuracy, stamina and courage were amazing. What's more, he displayed all the aforementioned qualities whilst fighting opposition of the highest merit. continue
April 6, 2006 - Mexico City. From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: The promoters for the final eliminator in the featherweight division between Nicky Cook of Great Britain and Gamaliel Diaz of Mexico have concluded their free negotiations and arrived at an agreement for the fight. continue
LITTLE ROCK, April 6th – Undefeated and Undisputed World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor knows something about big fights, as he’s coming off two epic wins over Bernard Hopkins and is now preparing for a third straight mega fight, this one against Winky Wright on Saturday, June 17th at the FedexForum in Memphis, Tennessee. So who better to ask about this week’s long-awaited HBO pay-per-view event Saturday, April 8th battle between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Zab Judah than the champ himself? continue
CANASTOTA, NY – APRIL 6, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today 3-division world champion from Mexico Erik “El Terrible” Morales will attend festivities planned for the 17th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 8-11th. “Erik Morales is one of boxing’s most exciting performers and a real fan favorite,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. continue
06.04.06 - By Tyson Craemer: The sport of boxing no longer has the appeal it once valiantly personified. This lack of interest can be rightfully placed on the demise of the heavyweight division. Thought to many as the greatest prize in sports, the heavyweight championship drives the boxing public. Boxing had a good run in the 90’s, but towards the end of the decade, it really took a dive. The Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis, although a great title holder, was more of a lackluster ambassador for the sport as his performances were fairly dull and his promotion was little to none. The average sports fan may have not even known who Lewis was, where as Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield were household names.
Since Lewis’ retirement, the heavyweight division has seen no apparent frontrunner. Vitali Klitschko, thought to be the savior of the heavies, recently retired after a short stay as the WBC champion. We currently have four heavyweight title holders, still, there has yet to be a unification to distinguish which one is the true champion. continue
NEW YORK (April 6, 2006) - Guillermo "El Felino" Jones will face Steve "USS" Cunningham for the IBF cruiserweight title when the 20th anniversary celebration of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING continues on Cinco de Mayo weekend with a world championship doubleheader Saturday, May 6, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. continue
06.04.06 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank present LIGHTNING STRIKES, a terrific evening of professional boxing on Friday, April 21st at Cicero Stadium. Tickets, starting at $30 are on sale in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue
06.04.06 - Frank Warren has hit out at Joan Guzman after the mandatory challenger to WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison pulled out of their fight. Guzman signed a contract to take on Harrison in Belfast on May 20, but has gone back on his word and has now declared he is moving up to super-featherweight. " After talks with Guzman's camp, they made it clear that Joan has no intention of facing Harrison," said Warren. continue
06.04.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: According to reports from ESPN, former WBO heavyweight champion, Lamon Brewster, suffered a detached retina in his left eye during the fight with Sergei Liakhovich. Apparently, the injury occured in the first round of the fight after Liakhovich landed a jab to Brewster's (33-3, 29 KOs) left eye. Immediately after the punch landed, Brewster was blinded in the eye, seeing only a "Yellow blur."
Following the injury, Brewster fought the remainder of the fight with only one good eye. Perhaps more important, the injury helps explain all the wild swings and misses Brewster made thoughout the fight, as he bravely tried again and again to hit Liakhovich (23-1, 14 KOs), with his powerful left hook. Personally, I have no reason to doubt his claims, since Brewster has always been a straight shooter and never appeared to be one for making up excuses for his past defeats. Brewster is expected to recover fully from the injury, following 4 hours of surgery on the eye.
TAMPA, April 6- Adding yet another national name to an already outstanding card, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing and One Punch Productions are pleased to announce the addition of undefeated WBO #1 ranked Jr. Welterweight "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis to the Nate Campbell vs. Isaac Hlatshwayo IBO Lightweight Title / IBF Lightweight Eliminator card set for this Friday, April 7 to be televised on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. continue
06.04.06 - Promoter Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Friday, April 21, 2006, in the Rollins Center Ballroom at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, located at 1131 North DuPont Highway in Dover, Delaware. The featured fights will be televised on Comcast’s CN8 Network on a delayed basis. continue
05.04.06 - By Tim Neilson: After reading Slava's latest article, I felt that I had to shoot from the hip and give the some predictions about Judah's chances against Floyd Mayweather Jr.(35-0, 24 KOs) on Saturday night. First of all, they're not good and I'm not just saying this because of his last fight, a dismal twelve round loss to Carlos Baldomir on Janaury 7, 2006. No, in fact, I don't think Judah has looked good since 2001, when he was brutally stopped by Kostya Tszyu, in the 2nd round. That fight, more than anything, seemed to change Judah (34-3, 25 KOs), and making him seem mortal whereas before, he seemed like he was destined for greatness. Since then, Judah has lost twice, while winning 7 of his bouts. continue
05.04.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With a few days to go before Saturday's fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Zab Judah, for some reason I am seeing a disproportionate amount of people picking against Pretty Boy Floyd and going with Zab Judah. Yeah, it’s freaking me out to, and I can’t get over the fact that the best pound for pound fighter on the planet is dismissed by albeit a minority, still an exceptionally and surprisingly strong one. Now it could be there is something all these guys know that I don’t, but logically speaking, from my couch commando view, there is no real visible reason that I can see that will give Judah the edge over Mayweather.
Now don’t get me wrong, I can foresee a few scenarios where Mayweather loses the fight, but those are based on inherent weaknesses he can’t control. For instance, if Mayweather injures one or both hands seriously during the bout, Zab has enough skill to use that to his advantage and take the fight. Similarly, Mayweather can get sick the day of the fight, or have some such other incident, that will be beyond anything he can do in training or focus on in his head. continue
05.04.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: Nick, please forgive me for the belated praise, for you are more worthy of it, than this simple writer can give. It has been almost a month since the passing of the former world title challenger, and I just found out about the news. I have decided to share with you that lack knowledge of Carmine Barone, a little glimpse of what greatness truly is. So you may ask; who is he, and why is he so great? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, then you are a little poorer inside than you need to be. continue
05.04.06 - The Pride Fighting Championships is widely considered the best Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting organization in the world. Now, for the first time in television history, the Pride Fighting Championships produce three bouts for the U.S. television market to air exclusively on FSN. Such noted fighters as Phil Baroni, Yuki Kondo, Denis Kang and Mark Weir step into the ring for fights that can only be seen as part of FSN PRIDE FIGHTING SPECIAL on Sun., April 9 at 9:00 PM local. continue
05.04.06 - The eagerly awaited clash for the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight title fight between Brian Magee and Carl Froch will be backed up with Britain's fast rising light-middle star Gary Woolcombe in his first big test against hard punching Southern Area light-middleweight champion Gilbert Eastman over ten rounds. continue
05.04.06 - Boxing super-star Amir Khan will take on former European Lightweight title challenger Laszlo Komjathi at Belfast's Kings Hall on May 20 in his seventh professional outing. The Olympic Silver Medallist, now unbeaten in six fights with five knockouts, has already KO'd Vitali Martynov and Jackson Williams in his first two fights of the year and now aims to make the Komjathi, the former Hungarian Lightweight Champion, his third early night.
Komjathi's last fight was in January this year when he extended former World Amateur Champion Willy Blain over eight rounds.
The 30-year-old from Hajduhadhaza started off his career against John Bailey - a future title challenger of Ricky Hatton - and in his second fight he faced DeMarcus Corley who would later claim the WBO World Light-Welterweight crown.
He took Italian Stefano Zoff the distance for the European Lightweight title two years ago and more recently took Giuseppe Lauri - who Junior Witter takes on later this month for the European Light-Welterweight title - into the tenth round of their IBF Intercontinental title clash before he was stopped for only the second time in 35 fights. continue
05.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU President and WBC vice president Ruben Martinez could be facing up to three years in jail and a big fine if he is found guilty by a Spanish court for the charges brought against him in regards of money that is claimed to have "disappered" from the Spanish Federation. continue
05.04.06 - By Jim Amato: On April 4th former WBC super welterweight champion Eckhard Dagge of Germany died of cancer. He was 58 years old. Eckhard was an accomplished amateur who won 66 of 80 contests. When he was not picked for the 1972 Olympic team in Munich, he decided to turn pro in 1973. He won his first thirteen fights beating the likes of Matt Donovan, Denny Moyer, Manuel Gonzalez and former world champion Billy Backus. He lost his first fight in 1974 to future world champion Jose Manuel Duran. Dagge was stopped in round eleven. This was for the European 154 pound title. A year later, Dagge halted Duran in a rematch to claim the EBU crown. continue
MEMPHIS-April 5th- Looming as the biggest middleweight title match up since the glory days of Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard 20 years ago, Undisputed and Undefeated Middleweight World Champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor will put his belts on the line against Winky Wright on Saturday night, June 17th, at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. DiBella Entertainment, Gary Shaw Productions and Prize Fight Promotions will present the boxing extravaganza. continue
04.04.06 - By James Slater: It’s 1973. George Foreman has recently shocked the boxing world. In a match-up with reigning champion Joe Frazier, underdog Foreman surprises everyone, particularly Frazier, by extinguishing “Smokin’ Joe” in just two rounds. He is instantly reckoned to be invincible and ,to many, a new breed of heavyweight has arrived. To these people, men like the vanquished Frazier and other former champions such as the great Muhammad Ali, are simply too small and not in possession of anywhere near enough power to overcome the gigantic new ruler. To more than a few experts the prospect of a showdown between The Greatest and Foreman is one they do not relish. They fear for Ali’s well-being.
Lower down in the world rankings, a fight occurs that propels another big hitting heavyweight to the forefront. In a match-up between former champ Jimmy Ellis and the hard punching Earnie Shavers, Shavers puts himself in a position to perhaps one day soon challenge Foreman, courtesy of a devastating first round blitzing of Ellis. This is a prospective fight that doesn’t scare the experts, this is a bout that would surely provide an exciting, if short, slugfest between two proven destroyers. Surely, it has got to happen? continue
04.04.06 - Just as you would expect, Aussies and New Zealanders boxing each other provided plenty of exciting fights on Saturday night (apr 1) in Aucklands ABA Stadium. Round after round of action provided the crowd, ranging from corporate newcomers to the regular fight fans, with one of the best night’s of boxing seen in New Zealand in some time. continue
04.04.06 - Fans can catch the exciting replay of last Saturday's excellent WORLD HEAVYWEIGIHT CHAMPIONSHIP bout between Sergei Liakhovich and Lamon Brewster on SHOWTIME Wednesday, April 5, at 11 p.m. ET/PT. In a legitimate Fight of the Year candidate, Liakhovich captured the WBO heavyweight title with a hard-fought, well-deserved, upset 12-round unanimous decision over defending champion Lamon Brewster on April 1 on SHOWTIME. continue
04.04.06 - MERRILLVILLE, IN.- After a nearly six-month wait, Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc. returns to the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza, in Merrillville,IN one of the nation's top entertainment venues, with a slate of hot fighters battling to build even hotter records in “Vengeance,” set for April. 14th. continue
04.04.06 - By Craig Parrish: A few days ago we took a poll of boxing fans to get their opinion of which actor has portrayed a boxer the most convincingly on the silver screen. Although the poll was meant to ascertain which actor looked themost like a true fighter in the ring, the fans seemed to expand upon it and chose which actors they felt did the best job overall.
The results were a little difficult to tabulate, so basically the performers were judged upon the amount of positive comments/votes they received in the comments. Below is the list of the top ten, judged by true boxing fans:
1) Robert DeNiro, RAGING BULL continue
04.04.06 - Frank Maloney today called into question the heart and commitment of Joan Guzman, who has been quoted as saying that he will not be traveling to Belfast to take on Scott Harrison, the WBO Featherweight Champion. Maloney, the charismatic manager of Scott Harrison said. "I am sick of reading reports about Scott Harrison and the accusations that he is running scared of Joan Guzman. continue
Atlanta, April 4 —Dana Pitcher is pleased to announce that crowd pleaser featherweight boxer Jorge "Baby Face" Lacierva will return to action on Tuesday night, April 18, as he headlines a knockout card of Dana Pitcher Productions Boxing LIVE at Wild Bill's Concert Hall. Lacierva, 27-6 (18 KOs), will tangle with Columbia's "El Doberman" Renaldo Hurtado 37-8 (28 KOs) in a 10-round main event battle. continue
04.04.06 - Super-featherweight hot-shot Kevin Mitchell aims to derail Argentinian train Angel Hugo Ramirez at the York Hall on Saturday 13 May. Unbeaten Mitchell headlines the Brat Pack show alongside top talents Ross Minter and Danny Hunt when he makes the second defence of his IBF Intercontinental title against the Buenos Aires puncher nicknamed El Tren. continue
04.04.06 - By Barry Green: It is difficult to believe that 30 years ago this month America had just ONE world boxing champion. A perusal at the list of world champions as of March 1976 sees only the incomparable Muhammad Ali sat atop of the division that is generally held in the highest esteem in the US.
Other than that the closest they came to world domination in the seventies was the opening of a new McDonald’s at Woolwich, London in 1974. However, soon enough their grip on the sport was once again as tight as a duck’s arse and they dominated the 1980s and 90s just like they did pre-1970
Today, the sport of boxing has seemingly come full circle, as the overhanging query is: Are we seeing the end of American-led dominance in the sport just like in the Seventies? Before we discuss this day and age, it is sensible to evaluate the similarities between now and 1976. continue
04.04.06 - As announced during his sensational nationally televised ESPN2 appearance on Friday night, WBC #8, WBO #8, IBF #10, NABA and NABO heavyweight champion Shannon “Brooklyn” Briggs, 46-4-1 (40 KOs), will return home on May 24 at the Hammerstein ballroom in New York City to face Chris “Special K” Koval, 23-2 (18 KOs), for the vacant USBA heavyweight title. continue
04.04.06 – The list of fighters who have showcased their talents on SHOWTIME reads like a Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, Kostya Tszyu, Thomas Hearns, Johnny Tapia, Ricky Hatton, Joe Calzaghe and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler are only a select few of the legendary boxers who have thrilled millions of viewers since SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING’s initial telecast in March 1986. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 3 – For 17 years Ricky Quiles has toiled in the boxing gym, fought and won all over the United States, waiting for his one opportunity to shine. On Thursday, May 18, Quiles finally gets that long-awaited world title shot when he faces former world champion Julio Diaz for the interim International Boxing Federation lightweight championship on a history-making card. This is the first time two Tribes--the Seminole Tribe of Florida and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation--have joined forces to help present a world championship boxing card. continue
03.04.06 - By Chris Acosta: You can only have things your way for so long. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has had it his way so much you’d think he was endorsed by Burger King. Every time you think an opponent has a chance to beat him, he reminds us that logic is always in his corner. He plays the bad boy act but underneath all the bling and regrettable commentary he is a supremely dedicated athlete.
One by one, his challengers are eaten up and pooped out right in front of our eyes and we wonder how someone can make good, solid professional fighters appear so…human. Enter Zab Judah.
Now Zab isn’t my favorite guy in the world and in his last bout, a shocking loss against unheralded Argentinian Carlos Baldomir, he looked like an ordinary human and not the champion who was supposed to have defended his IBF title. continue
03.04.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: After having shot the “Superbabes” episode of Seeking Madam Mushroom Saturday afternoon, I was in the mood to just sit back, pound some beers, and watch some boxing. Fortunately for me, there was a heavyweight title fight on that I had forgotten about; unfortunately for me, it was on Showtime. However, so determined was I to get a much-needed boxing fix, I decided it was about time I bit the bullet and ordered Showtime. Afterwards, I was thrilled by this decision. continue
03.04.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The Sinan Samil Sam vs George Arias fight April 8 in Kiel will be for the vacant WBC Int´l heavyweight title while the co-feature, Alexander Dimitrenko vs Fernely Feliz is for the vacant WBO I/C belt. Czech jr middle Lukas Konecny takes on Costa Rican Humberto Aranda May 9 in Prague when Spotlight Boxing returns to the T-Mobile Arena. Both men hold intercontinental titles but this is a non-title fight. Konecny comes off a loss to Michele Piccirillo while Aranda beat Marco Schulze last time out. continue
03.04.06 - By Laz Izada: Power punching, heavyweight knockout artist Shannon Briggs 46-4-1 (40 KO’S) was the studio host with Brian Kenny, on ESPN 2 “Friday Night Fights”. At the start of the show Kenny asked him which heavyweight he wanted and Briggs didn’t hesitate to mention he wanted Wladimir Klitschko 45-3 (40 KO’S). Yes Wlad Klitschko, the Ukrainian “Steel Hammer” ranked # 1 by the IBF, WBO and # 2 by the WBA. continue
03.04.06 - By JE Grant: Unheralded Serguei Lyakhovich, 23-1 (14 KOs), Belarus, 238 ½, stunned defending WBO titlist Lamon Brewster, 33-3 (29 KOs), Vero Beach, Fla., 232, by taking the title with a unanimous 12-round decision. The clear favorite going in, Brewster figured to wear down Lyakhovich, a fighter who had been inactive since December 2004. Instead it was Lyakhovich who was able to remain stronger in the closing rounds to pull out the improbable victory.
The fighters traded hard shot in the first five rounds. Brewster, noted for his sharp left-hooks, instead landed with flush right hands. Lyakhovich (sometimes spelled Liakhovich) retaliated with skillful jabs and crunching right hands to the body. Brewster was clearly slowed by the hard body punches and was rarely able to mount an assault with combinations. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI – On Wednesday, May 10th, Joey “The KO Kid” Spina looks to make the third defense of his WBC United States (USNBC) super middleweight crown when he battles Jesse Brinkley, a semi-finalist in last years NBC reality show, “The Contender.” For Spina, another defense of his crown on May 10th will surely move him up the ladder in the WBC world ratings, where he currently holds the #22 position. He is also ranked #11 by the NABF. continue
April 3 ; Sydney Australia: Aussie light heavy Jason “the Nailer” Delisle has been training the house down since Xmas with the possible rematch with Clinton Woods looming. Speaking from his home in Sydney he said, “This is one of the sports where you have to put the horse before the cart and I have been training all year for this. Yes it will be disappointing if I don’t get the fight, however if I am fortunate enough to get another crack at him - this time I will do it properly. continue
02.04.06 - By Chris Acosta: That was one of the many sarcastic quotes from one of the Naked Gun movies played by the hilariously deadpan Leslie Nielson. And at the time of the film which played in the early 90’s, it was a fairly accurate quote too. Having gotten into boxing in the early 80’s, I was intrigued by the absence of white fighters competing at the elite level. I remember Bobby Czyz and Ray Mancini but they were always a level below the very best. continue
02.04.06 - By Chris Acosta: Photo by:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Every once in a while, heavyweight boxing gives you something special. It’s a rare occurrence though and so you can forgive yourself for allowing your low expectations to take a while to recognize the obvious.
In the heavyweight division nowadays, the negative criticism makes an appearance in any and every article commenting on the big men. You hear it so much that even the most optimistic of us begin to wonder if we ourselves could make a run at the title after a few weeks of sit-ups and early-morning roadwork. And many cynical reporters forget that some people out there really do believe their every tired metaphor and thus tune in elsewhere. All in all, a dismal situation for a sport which is at its healthiest when the heavies are in full bloom. continue
CLEVELAND (April 2, 2006) - The Cold War may be over, but the Russians refuse to go away. Despite being a huge underdog and having remained inactive for the past 16 months, Belarus native Sergei Liakhovich shocked the sports world by scoring a 12-round unanimous decision over champion Lamon Brewster to capture the WBO heavyweight title Saturday on SHOWTIME. continue
02.04.06 - By Kostya Tszyu: Next weekend Floyd Mayweather Jr and Zab Judah meet in the ring at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, USA and I will be watching here in Australia very closely. I am really looking forward to this fight. It is an interesting match and in some ways very exciting. Speed against speed, both of them are young and both are very good boxers. They are very confident in themselves. continue
02.04.06 - UNDERCARD POST-FIGHT QUOTES: Kevin McBride: “My timing was off a wee bit not having fought in 10 months but this man was not going to hurt me. I’m just glad to be back in action and fighting for Don King. Every fight I gain experience. I’m on the road to winning a world title. I want the Russian giant Nicolai Valuev.” continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. April 2nd, 2006 - Photo by Tom Casino / SHOWTIME - The HW division is like water. It is formless. The time is ripe for someone to step up, take over, and become the form that towers over the others.
Congratulations to “The New” WBO, Heavyweight Champion of the World, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich of Belarus, who was ranked 13th by the WBO before his undisputed Unanimous Decision victory over Lamon Brewster. For Sergei, it was an impressive display of skillful boxing, strategic use of round time, defensive mobility, heart and will to win. Congrats also go to Lamon Brewster, who has been a good Ambassador for the sport during his reign as WBO Champion. All good things come to an end and Saturday night in Cleveland, Brewster’s time was up...for now. continue
01.04.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Well, in retrospect, he didn’t really shock me and a few other writers who actually picked Liakhovich to win, but I’ll be a liar if I claim I was not on the edge of my seat. The shock came from the fact that he didn’t back down when Brewster finally started to go after him. Rather than clinch, the Belarus native did what true fighters do and that is, of course, fight back! No half hearted clinches, (even though, as a cheerleader, I was yelling for some), no running, no hiding but fighting. continue
01.04.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: In a fight that went back and forth with non stop action, Sergei Liakhovich (23-1, 14 KOs) came out on top, winning a 12 round decision over WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster(33-3, 29 KOs), at the Wolstein center in Cleveland, Ohio. The first few round were controlled by Liakhovich, who used his superior size and reach to land powerful jabs to the face of Brewster. continue
BOB ARUM, CHAIRMAN, TOP RANK: I want to welcome you to this conference call. It’s really a pleasure as we get down to crunch time. We have the best fighter in the world, “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, on this call. Floyd, I know, can’t wait for April 8th to show everybody once again how truly talented he is. In my opinion, yesterday [March 29, 1966 - Ali v. Chuvalo] was my 40th year in boxing and “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, next to the early Muhammad Ali, is the best fighter that I’ve ever seen. continue
01.04.06 - By Michael Klimes: In the Oxford Dictionary the word Houdini is defined as ‘a person skilled at escaping,’ after the notorious magician.
A former British boxer that used to be a magician in the ring was Naseem Hamed or The Prince (as he liked to call himself). Hamed, with Chris Eubank, Michael Watson, Nigel Benn and Lennox Lewis was once one of the finest British fighters of the 1990s. He may even have been the best.
Hamed was a precocious little man. He started off his professional career boxing as a bantamweight but quickly moved up a division to the featherweights where he rapidly stood out as something outstanding and unique. Indeed, Hamed possessed many qualities that only come to naturals: He was a brilliant switch hitter that could change his stance with ease, he could launch bone breaking punches from either hand with lethal precision, had wonderful reflexes and an exciting, crowd pleasing style. The Prince on form was a delight to watch. continue
01.04.06 - Tickets for the highly-anticipated Carlos Baldomir-Arturo Gatti WBC World Welterweight Championship will go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 1 at 11:00 am ET, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Main Events is promoting the evening of boxing, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions of San Diego and Caesars Atlantic City. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 1– For 17 years Ricky Quiles has toiled in the boxing gym, fought and won all over the United States, waiting for his one opportunity to shine. On Thursday, May 18, Quiles finally gets that long-awaited world title shot when he faces former World Champion Julio Diaz for the interim International Boxing Federation Lightweight Championship on a history-making card. continue
01.04.06 - It wasn't the spectacular message Anthony "The Messenger" Thompson was hoping to send to his opponent, Darnell Boone, but the World Boxing Association No. 13 super welterweight contender kept his positive momentum rolling with his sixth straight victory -- a unanimous, 10-round decision over Boone Friday on "ShoBox: The New Generation." continue
31.03.06 - by Ike Enwereuzor: WBO heavyweight champion Lamon "Relentless" Brewster (33-2, 29 Ko's) will be making his fourth title defense against dangerous and once beaten Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich (21-1, 14 Ko's) on Saturday April 1, 2006, at the Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio, which will be televised on Showtime Network. Here's what the WBO heavyweight champion had to say about is upcoming fight with Liakhovich:
Ike: How is training coming along for your fight with Liakhovich on Saturday April 1st?
Brewster: Everything is going great. Training is going real good and I'm feeling great. I have been down here in Florida training with Buddy McGirt. I'm on a mission and I got nothing else to say but it's not going to be an easy fight. continue
31.03.06 - By Jim Amato: I recently did a piece on the classy former WBC bantamweight champion, Greg Richardson out of Youngstown, Ohio. I just came across a flyer for a 1994 match between Greg and an upcoming kid named Marcos Antonio Barrera. At the time, Greg was a former world champion, while Barrera was 30-0 with 21 knockouts. Richardson's name would look very good on Barrera's list of opponents. For Greg, a win over the red hot Barrera would propel him back into the ratings. continue
New York, March 31—Dino Duva is pleased to announce that granite fisted heavyweight slugger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will return to action on Friday night, April 28, as he headlines a 1-2-3 punch of Duva Boxing heavyweights live at the Mohegan Sun. ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will televise the action. Peter, 25-1 (21 KOs), will tangle with Detroit’s 7-foot-tall Julius Long (14-7, 12 KO’s) in a 12-round main event battle for his NABF heavyweight championship. In addition, the evening will also feature surging heavyweight contender Brian “The Beast” Minto, 23-1 (14 KOs), who will face Billy Zumbrun (19-6-1, 11 KO’s) of Ogden, Utah continue
Per Ake Persson: March 31, Potsdam, Germany: Latvian heavy Edgars Kalnars headlined Elite Box Promotion´s inaugural Friday Night Fights at the Blue Box (das Blaues Haus) and knocked out Romanian Patriche Costel in the second of a scheduled eight rounder. Costel´s southpaw stance seemed to give Kalnars some problems in the first but in the second Costel went down and out from a bodyshot that didn´t seem that hard. continue