BROOKLYN (November 30, 2006) – World light welterweight contender Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi returns to the ring February 17 against Edner Cherry in the 10-round main event on HBO live from the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs) hasn't fought since June 10, when he lost a gutsy 12-round decision to the then WBO light welterweight champion Miquel Cotto, suffering a fractured cheekbone and nasty gash over his eye in the process. continue
30.11.06 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy stands on the verge of his first comeback bout after a one-sided humbling at the hands of Joe Calzaghe—who many once considered an improbable conqueror. Lacy is set to take his second crack at the tough-but-unspectacular, Vitali Tsypko on December 2nd. The burning question, of course, is whether or not the man who enters the ring will be the wild-swinging, heavy-handed, ostentatious young warrior who took the title from Syd Vanderpool in 2004, or a shadow of that promising prodigy.
When a young, undefeated, and somewhat unproven titleholder is obliterated and embarrassed, as Lacy so clearly was, he rarely returns to live up to the promise he once showed. Often, such a loss permanently humbles, hobbles, and intimidates a fighter. Such a loss can break something inside that makes the spirit unwilling to motivate the body.
Before making any predictions about Lacy v. Tsypko, perhaps it is important to recall Jeff Lacy as he was before the breakdown. continue
30.11.06 - Lee Meager - who defends his British Lightweight Title against mandatory contender Jon Thaxton at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham on December 8th live on Sky Sports – has got that winning feeling. In addition to his own Championship achievements, the 28-year-old is surrounded by success as a member of Hennessy Sports – arguably the #1 promotional outfit in the country. continue
30.11.06 - If only one could turn back time. There is nothing that former European Champion Michel Trabant regrets more than "the biggest mistake of my life" - taking banned substances prior to his last fight in May. Half a year later, he now hopes to put his career back on track by joining the Sauerland Camp. "I still feel very sorry about what has happened and wish I could make it undone," Trabant vowed. "But I have learned from my mistakes. I am very happy that Sauerland give me a second chance." continue
30.11.06 - With just over a week before his highly-anticipated bout against Kassim Ouma, undisputed world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor will make a live guest appearance on ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning” today from Phantom Boxing Club in Miami, Florida to discuss his first title defense at home in Little Rock, AR. Taylor's second appearance on "Jim Rome is Burning" will air today at 4:30pm (ET) 3:30pm (CT) / 1:30pm (PT). continue
30.11.06 - By James Slater: The second fight between Iran Barkley and Thomas Hearns is almost fifteen years old now. It is a fight I will remember for many more years to come, however. It was an incredibly tough fight and in it both men suffered serious damage. Afterwards neither man was able to fight again for months, and indeed, both should have called it a career. It would have been a respectable and dignified way to go out for both and at the top level also. Yet frighteningly, Hearns fought as recently as February of this year and Barkley has also expressed his desire to box again! The brutal fight that these two greats engaged in may have done even more damage than was first thought. Their bitter struggle to decide the light heavyweight title should have been the last we saw of Tommy and Iran, without a single doubt.
The date of the rematch was set for March 20th 1992 and once again a world title fight would be contested in fabulous Las Vegas. Hearns, who was desperate for revenge for being KO’d by Barkley in three rounds back in 1988, viewed the fight as his chance at what he called “the big payback”. continue
30.11.06 - The hard man of New Zealand rugby league is launching a new career in the boxing ring. Former Warriors captain Monty Betham today announced he is retiring from early from his UK league contract and retiring as a player. The 28 year old has already begun intensive training in Auckland, to prepare for his first professional bout. Details of the first fight are expected to be announced in the New Year. continue
New York, November 29—DiBella Entertainment has signed Detroit, Michigan’s Ronald Hearns, (10-0, 8 KO’s), son of the legendary Former World Champion Thomas “Hit Man” Hearns, to an exclusive promotional agreement, it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. “I’m thrilled to be promoting Ronald Hearns,” said DiBella. “Ronald didn’t start fighting until after he graduated from college. He’s a bright, well educated family man. continue
29.11.06 - After an absence of over a decade professional boxing returns to Cork in the New Year with the "Valentine's Weekend Massacre" at the City Hall. Local hero Billy Walsh will top the February 17th bill and will be joined on the five fight card by his brother Pa. The event is being organised by Nowhere to Hyde Promotions, a new venture headed up by local businessman Gary Hyde. continue
29.11.06 - By Adrian Saba – Ten years ago, Bernard Hopkins was beginning his reign as Middleweight Champion and a quest to achieve greatness. Three years earlier, he was involved in his most important fight until that moment, a twelve-rounder against Roy Jones Jr., for the vacant IBF Middleweight Title (that was held by James Toney before that). Though both were not in their primes yet, Jones easily outpointed Hopkins and won the decision: 116-112 in all the scorecards. After that debacle, Bernard resurged and became the dominant figure of the Middleweights for several years, while Jones and Toney were hunting greatness in other places. During those years, ‘The Executioner’ was still dreaming of being named near to Monzon, Hagler, Greb, Robinson and other icons.
Bernard finally gained the recognition as ‘Undisputed’ 160-pounds’ Champion after defeating Keith Holmes and Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad. Is Trinidad-Hopkins the most memorable outboxing lesson in history? continue
PHILADELPHIA (November 29, 2006)—Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell will walk in to the preverbal “Lyons Den” on Friday night at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Abell. 9-0 with all wins coming by knockout will take on Aaron Lyons, 2-0 with one knockout in battle of undefeated heavyweight scheduled for six rounds. continue
29.11.06 - By Colin Shields: I raise this question based on a trend I have noticed about Amir Khan’s opposition. We all expect a young, inexperienced fighter to be fed the traditional fare of tomato-cans on his way up the rankings but, in Khan’s case, the opposition appears to be even more selectively chosen. Khan’s professional opposition to date: continue
29.11.06 - OPI 2000 and MATCHROOM SPORTS have announced today they will co-promote a big show at the famed Palalido in Milan, Italy on Thursday January 25, 2007. In the super lightweight division Ted "Dangerous" Bami (21-2, 11 KO's) will defend his European belt against the official challenger and former European champion Gianluca Branco (37-2-1, 20 KO's). Bami is well known in Italy for defeating Branco's stablemate Giuseppe Lauri last September in London. continue
29.11.06 - by Gabriel DeCrease: Joe Calzaghe’s long-awaited unification showdown with Jeff Lacy finally began to lighten the black cloud that long-hung over The Pride of Wales. It seemed as if Calzaghe was finally ready to step-up and prove the claim he’s been sticking to for years as he has proclaimed himself, time-and-again, the king at 168-pounds.
And now, that optimism is quickly diminishing. A date has been set for a fight with “The Contender” runner-up Peter Manfredo Jr. Calzaghe has been stripped of the IBF belt for failing to fight mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz. As Calzaghe says, not that he is to be trusted, "It's disappointing to give up the IBF but Stieglitz doesn't mean anything out of Germany," Nevermind all that. The alphabet soup is spoiled, and Stieglitz is untested and short on talent anyhow. But the point remains, Manfredo is not much better. He is simply vastly more famous Stateside because of national media exposure that had nothing to do with ring prowess. “The Prince of Providence” is a natural middleweight, who dropped two of his last four fights to a good-but-not-great Sergio Mora—winner of the tournament-final on “The Contender.” continue
BOSTON, Mass. (November 29, 2006) – The popular fightin' Clancy brothers, unbeaten heavyweight James Clancy and undefeated cruiserweight Mark Clancy, are both scheduled to box on Battle Zone at The Castle, December 15 at The Castle in downtown Boston. Born in Claire, Ireland and now living in Boston, five-time Irish National amateur champion James (8-0, 1 KO) faces former UBC International cruiserweight title-holder John Battle (14-17-1) in a six-round bout. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 29 – Ask heavyweight prospect Roman Greenberg what his favorite film is, and he won’t hesitate with the answer – The Godfather. Well, the unbeaten banger from Israel has an offer that fight fans can’t refuse on December 9th – to tune in to Events InDemand pay-per-view for Seminole Warriors Boxing’s “Night of The Heavyweights” show and see the future of the sport’s glamour division. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - NOVEMBER 29, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today a news conference will be held at the Hall of Fame Events Pavilion on Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. to announce the newest Hall of Fame Inductees. Inductees will be named in five categories: Modern, Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non- Participant and Observer. Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel of boxing historians cast votes. Voters from Japan, England, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, Puerto Rico and the United States are among those who participate in the election process. continue
29.11.06 - By Ted Sares: Everything that could possibly be written about Irish Jerry Quarry's life seems to have been written, and I am not about to add to the duplication. But one thing has haunted me since 1992. But let's set the stage, Jerry earned over $2 million as a fighter without ever being champion.
After losing to Ken Norton in 1975, he took two years off and then fought Lorenzo Zanon, 20-3-1 coming in, on November 5, 1977 at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. After having lost first 8 rounds, he made a desperate rally in the 9th and stopped the limited Italian by simply walking through him
His skills had badly eroded and it was painful to watch even though he won. Six years later Jerry tried to return as a cruiserweight and won two fights but it was obvious his skills were now gone completely. continue
29.11.06 - Promoter Dino Duva has a simple response to the public war of words being waged by his renegade heavyweight, Brian “The Beast” Minto. A recent winner over comebacking German Axel Schulz, Minto (27-1, 16 KOs) has been publicly proclaiming his promotional free agency, despite being under what Duva says is a valid contract with Duva Boxing. continue
29.11.06 - Carl Froch has thanked the record-breaking crowd at the Nottingham Arena last Friday for generating the best atmosphere he has ever experienced. The British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion stepped out in front of his biggest audience yet to defend his British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles against former domestic king Tony Dodson. continue
29.11.06 - By Jim Amato: Stan "Kitten" Hayward was just one of the many tough welterweights and middleweights that came out of Philadelphia in the 1960's and 70's. He battled the best his hometown had to offer and several other world contenders too. Hayward began his pro career in 1959. He won sixteen of his first eighteen matches. In 1963 he dropped a ten rounder to welterweight contender Jose Stable. continue
29.11.06 - Rocky Balboa is an inspirational story that depicts a man who honorably answers the call in his life. With the odds stacked against him Rocky finds something left to give. The greatest underdog story of our time is back for one final round of the Academy Award-winning Rocky franchise, former heavyweight champion Rocky Balboa steps out of retirement and back into the ring, pitting himself against a new rival in a dramatically different era.
After a virtual boxing match declares Rocky Balboa the victor over current champion Mason "The Line" Dixon, the legendary fighter's passion and spirit are reignited. But when his desire to fight in small, regional competitions is trumped by promoters calling for a rematch of the cyber-fight, Balboa must weigh the mental and physical risks of a high profile exhibition match against his need to be in the ring. continue
29.11.06 - Birthday boy Amir Khan will be hoping it's "Bon Anniversaire" on December 9 when he tackles tough Frenchman Rachid Drilzane at London's ExCel Centre. Khan will be celebrating his 20th birthday the day before the show, and says a perfect present will be a KO win over 28-year-old Drilzane. Undefeated in nine professional fights so far, Khan is looking to make it a perfect 10 on Frank Warren's mega-show in the capital, and appears over eight rounds for the first time. continue
Stamford, Conn. (Nov. 29, 2006) – VERSUS Fight Night this Thursday (9 p.m. ET) will feature Miguel Cotto’s electrifying 12-round unanimous victory over Paulie Malignaggi at Madison Square Garden this past June. This Saturday, he challenges Carlos Quintana for the vacant WBA welterweight title in Atlantic City. continue
NEW YORK, NY (November 29, 2006) – Undefeated super middleweight champion JOE CALZAGHE (42-0, 31 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, boxing’s current longest-reigning world champion, will make his landmark 20th title defense -- sixth-best on boxing’s all-time list -- against top-10 contender PETER MANFREDO, Jr. (26-3, 12 KOs), from Providence, RI. The Calzaghe-Manfredo world super middleweight championship rumble will take place Saturday, March 3, 2007, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales – the Welshman Calzaghe’s first fight on his home turf since September 10, 2005, when he successfully defended his title against Evans Ashira. continue
29.11.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - In 2006, SHOWTIME continues to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network by televising the most compelling championship fights on the first Saturday of every month. The memorable 20th anniversary year of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will conclude in sensational style on Saturday, Dec. 2, with an outstanding world championship doubleheader featuring two of boxing’s most dynamic performers, Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, live at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
In the first of the two co-featured main events on SHOWTIME, Margarito (33-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs), the exciting, hard-hitting, World Boxing Organization (WBO) 147-pound champion will defend his crown against WBO No. 5 contender Joshua Clottey (30-1, 1 NC, 20 KOs).
The second championship bout of the night will pit undefeated Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs) against fellow undefeated Puerto Rican, southpaw Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KOs), for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title. Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc., in association with Northeast Promotions and Caesars Atlantic City, will promote the twin bill. continue
29.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: The Martial Arts Delegation have today said YES to New Sweden Boxing Promotion in Gothenburg to stage a professional boxing "light" show January 27. All fights will be over six two-minute rounds, 10 ounce amateur gloves will be used in all fights, no headgears, the ringside doctors have the right to stop the fights at any time and all participants must be 20 years old or more on the evening of the show. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 29 – In a complete team effort, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, Golden Grain Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz today won the promotional rights to the WBO heavyweight championship bout between their fighter, unbeaten Sultan Ibragimov, and champion Shannon Briggs. The winning bid from Team Ibragimov was $2,501,000. Briggs’ promoter, Don King, came in second at 1,501,000. The bout will be presented at a site and date to be announced soon. continue
(CHICAGO, November 29, 2006) -- Legendary Mexican warriors Erik Morales and Jose Luis Castillo have confirmed plans to attend DECEMBER FRENZY this Friday night, December 1st, at Cicero Stadium. Both former world champions will be on hand to support Ricardo Castillo, younger brother of Jose Luis, as he faces Takalani Ndlovu for the IBO super bantamweight world title in the main event. continue
28.11.06 - Interview by Geoff McKay: Rico Hoye, fresh off a 10th round TKO over journeyman Sam Hill, sat down with ESB to chat about the fight, his future, his new trainer, and the light heavyweight division in general. Hoye rose quickly into title contention, with wins over the likes of Prince Badi Ajamu, and Montell Griffin.
He hit a stumbling block however, when, in only his 19th pro fight, he faced Clinton wood for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title. Since the loss, Hoye has been on the comeback trail with back to back wins. Here is what he had to say.
ESB: Hello Rico.
RH: Hey, how you doing? continue
Bronx, New York - Nov 28, 2006 NABF Jr. Middleweight Champion Andrey Tsurkan will defend his title against hard punching Thomas Davis on December 8th at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NY. Davis is remembered for his devastating first round KO over world rated Kendall Holt, Holt's only defeat. Tsurkan (24-2, 15 KO's), who is coming off the most important victory of his career, a title-winning TKO 5 over Hector Camacho Jr. will try to improve his #9 World Rating against the hard punching spoiler in Thomas Davis (10-3-1 6 KO's). continue
28.11.06 - SANTO DOMINGO--The huge "Gloria Dominicana" boxing event which will be held on December 18 at the Sports Palace is loaded with Dominican boxing talent besides main event star and national hero Joan Guzman. The undefeated WBO super featherweight champion is just one of seven Dominican boxers who will be fighting out of the red corner on the biggest boxing show staged in the Dominican Republic in 20 -plus years. continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 28, 2006) – One day before Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito co-headline a terrific world championship doubleheader on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, a spectacular 2006 season of late night Friday fistic festivities will end on Dec. 1 when unbeatens Mario Santiago and Timothy Bradley co-headline the final presentation of the year on “Shobox: The New Generation.’’ Santiago (16-0, 11 KOs), of Ponce, Puerto Rico, will face revitalized Salvador Garcia (14-3-2, 1ND, 7 KOs), of Whittier, Calif., by way of East Los Angeles, in the 10-round featherweight main event. continue
28.11.06 - Interview by Cris Neill: “My dream would be to fight for a major world title,” Matt Skelton admits to Eastside Boxing. He checks his vision of future glory before continuing; “But to be realistic it all lies in the hands of the promoters; it’s down to whether Frank Warren can get that big fight.”
Skelton, 39, has few illusions about the nature of his profession. But it’s the wisdom of maturity – as a man, as a fighter – which Skelton radiates, rather than weariness. He adds: “I look at Ricky Hatton and he was talking about world title fights when I first started, and then eventually he got his fight.
“Now Joe Calzaghe, he’s in the same sort of situation. He wants a big player in the game, a major fight; he’s been talking about it for a couple of years as well.
“But you’ve got to be realistic, otherwise you become disheartened and think ‘I can’t be bothered, the sport’s all a bit of a farce.’ Or you can just say ‘No, it’s a job, it’s your chosen career, ultimately you’re enjoying it, you’ve just got to get on with it and take each fight as it comes.’. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 28, 2006) – Silverhawk Championship Boxing's unbeaten light welterweight prospect Adrian Mora headlines Saturday night (Dec. 2) against veteran Anthony Ivy in the eight-round main event at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. continue
PROVIDENCE (November 28, 2006) – IWBF lightweight and featherweight champion Missy "The Fury" Fiorentino takes on six-time world title challenger Belinda "Brown Sugar" Laracuente in a six round, non-title super featherweight bout on Friday night's (December 1) "Jingle Bell Pop" pro-am show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. continue
28.11.06 - Ahmet Oener and Salvatore and Christian Cherchi declared that Arena Box-Promotion and the Italian promoter OPI 2000 will start a cooperation. They will together host events in Germany and Italy. "With OPI, we found a strong and reliable partner," said Oener. "This cooperation helps us to establish "Arena" as a big brand in the international boxing market." continue
28.11.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Miguel Cotto jumped rope, hit the mitts, worked the speed bag and posed in front of a painting of Joe Louis during a two-hour workout Monday in New York. The former 140-pound world champion faces fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana for the vacant WBA welterweight title in the second half of a world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the telecast's opening bout, Antonio Margarito defends his WBO 147-pound title against Joshua Clottey.
MIGUEL COTTO: “I feel really good about not having to lose the (other) seven pounds. (For once) I have been able to concentrate more on the fight than the weight.
“I believe I am going to be stronger and just as quick at (147 as I was at) 140. continue
28.11.06 - One of boxing’s most accomplished 160-pound fighters returns to action in a middleweight showdown when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: WINKY WRIGHT VS. IKE QUARTEY AND JEFF LACY VS. VITALI TSYPKO is seen live in HD from the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa SATURDAY, DEC. 2 (9:45 p.m. ET/6:45 p.m. PT/8:45 p.m. CT), exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for the event. continue
27.11.06 - By Matt Yanofsky: I had the pleasure to speak with former amateur star and current welterweight prospect "The Brick City Bullet" Alex Perez 6-0 5 KO's. Perez is scheduled to fight this Saturday in Atlantic City NJ on the Cotto vs Quintana/ Margarito vs Clotty card. Perez also served as a sparring partner for top prospect Joel Julio as well as Miguel Cotto. continue
27.11.06 - By Onur Tezucar: After watching Juan Manuel Marquez systematically break down Pilipino Jimrex Jaca, a fighter who I personally consider to be a poor man’s Pacquiao, a question arose in my head that I feel deserves more attention, namely, is it time that Manny Pacquiao move up in weight-class? To me, the answer unequivocally is, yes. Marquez, though, impressive, looked a step slower, while sustaining too much punishment from Jaca, who is slower and lighter punching than Pacman. continue
27.11.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Well, it’s now official and Sultan and Shannon should be getting it on barring any unforeseen “issues” on the aforementioned date in the aforementioned state. Sultan and his manager Boris Grimberg had the following to say regarding the news:
Sultan Ibragimov: I am just very happy. I hope nothing will get in the way of the fight like injuries, to either me or Briggs, and that it happens as it should. I am just very happy about it is all.
Boris Grimberg: Sultan’s promoter (Warriors, GBP, Golden Grain) won the purse bid and we are happy about it. We knew we had to offer enough money for Briggs to agree. If there isn’t enough money on the table, it’s not worth it and that might be used as the reason for the champ to avoid the fight. continue
27.11.06 - Per-Ake Persson: Polish cruiser Krzysztof Wlodarczyk won the vacant IBF cruiser title with a split points win over American Steve Cunningham November 25 in Warzaw. There was an alarming disparity in the scoring as American judge Joe Dwyer scored it 119-109 for Cunningham while the two other judges had it 115-113 and 116-112 for "Diablo". Promoter Andrew Wasilewiski of Hammer Knockout comments: continue
27.11.06 - By Ted Sares: A few years back in July 2001, Hector Camacho Jr, 32-0 with 18 knockouts at the time, fought Jesse James Leja, 42-5-2, 17 knockouts coming in, at KeySpan Park in Brooklyn. In the fifth round, a cut was opened across Camacho's right eyelid. At the end of the round, Dr. Robert Polafsky examined the cut which did not appear to be all that bad to television or ring side viewers. Then, after some fussing and debate, it was announced that the doctor had ordered the fight stopped. continue
27.11.o6 - Undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman, who heads a spectacular, pre-Christmas boxing show in his native Dominican Republic on December 18, isn't getting a holiday cream puff as an opponent. Instead of taking on a lightly-regarded challenger in the "Fight Before Christmas" card in Santo Domingo, Guzman and his manager, Jose Nunez, have elected to bring in slick and smooth Antonio "T Rex" Davis from Atlanta. Trained by Evander Holyfield's trainer Ronnie Shields, Davis owns a sparkling pro record of 22-2 with 11 knockouts. continue
27.11.06 - By MICHAEL KLIMES: The water is deep and I asked myself before I wrote this article – am I going to wade into it and let the water gradually drown me or shall I jump in head first? I decided on the latter.
In recent weeks, ‘Pretty Boy’s’ announcement that he was going to have one more fight and then retire has been (for numerous fans) a surprising low blow on whatever side of the debate one stand’s on. Following the civil war over ESB’s chat rooms and the Internet in general; it has dawned the debate about Mayweather’s reputation, his refusal to accept Margarito’s challenge and his general standing are bitterly contested issues. Mayweather, whether intentionally or not, has constructed a Berlin Wall in the boxing community with each side scanning the other for weaknesses and training their guns to fire at maximum velocity. It is almost impossible to set a general trend of opinion as the compass spins in crazy directions and no one is willing to compromise on unflinching dogmas. continue
(CHICAGO, November 27, 2006) Exciting prospect Andrzej Fonfara returns to Cicero Stadium this Friday night to take on Eberto Medina, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The five round welterweight bout is part of DECEMBER FRENZY, a nine bout evening of world class professional boxing, presented by 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
CICERO, Ill. -- Francisco Lorenzo will face Cristobal Cruz in the co-main event at Cicero Stadium this Friday night, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The super featherweight bout is part of DECEMBER FRENZY, a nine bout evening of world class professional boxing presented by 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
27.11.06 - Chicago favorite Ivan Rodriguez will face Fort Worth native, Benjamin Orozco this Friday night at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The bantamweight bout is part of DECEMBER FRENZY, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—The hottest young heavyweight in the world, Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter, and one of the craftiest pugilists in history, James “Lights Out” Toney, will meet in a World Boxing Council-ordered re-match on Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
The main event will be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and is being promoted by Duva Boxing, Goossen Tutor Promotions, Warriors Boxing Promotions, and Don King Productions. Tickets priced at $500, $300, $150, $100 and $50* go on sale Friday at 5 p.m. at the Hard Rock Live Box Office (open daily from noon until 7 p.m. ET), all Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: Miami-Dade (305) 358-5885, Broward (954) 523-3309 and Palm Beach (561) 966-3309. *Additional fees and/or service charges may apply. continue
26.11.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Juan Manuel Marquez made a strong claim that he deserves a rematch with Manny Pacquiao rematch by knocking out Jimrex Jaca in the ninth round of their scheduled twelve rounder. With victory, Marquez successfully defended the WBO interim featherweight crown, and he did so with more flare and drama than is typical of his fighting style. In fact, most people expected this to be a slow affair between two tactical boxers. Instead, it wound up being an entertaining little scrap with both fighters still exhibiting the outstanding boxing fundamentals which have defined their careers. continue
26.11.06 - Mike Cassell, The Philadelphia Boxing Report: Arriving only 5 days before his IBF Cruiserweight Championship match (instead of the agreed upon 10 days) with Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, USS Steve Cunningham entered the ring in Warsaw, with an attitude, a plan and enough confidence to easily defeat the awkward Wlodarczyk. After only 3 rounds, it was obvious to every one watching, that Steve was toying with the Polish fighter. He landed his signature one-two, right on the button, as Wlodarczyk continuously lunged forward, without effect aggressiveness. continue
Warsaw, Poland (November 26, 2006) — Steve “USS” Cunningham is demanding a rematch after his controversial split-decision loss to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in Poland. Cunningham dropped a controversial split decision on Saturday night. “I’m highly pissed. How can they continue to do this stuff? There needs to be a world governing body so this stuff doesn’t continue to happen.” The “stuff” Cunningham is referring to are a bunch of mitigating circumstances that happened in the days leading up to the fight continue
26.11.06 - By Wray Edwards: Two years ago when Juan Manuel Marquez went down three times in the first round of his 05/08/04 match with Manny Pacquiao, he looked almost bemused. On the third time down, with his (Marquez) left glove firmly planted on the canvass, Manny clocked Juan with a downward left which was illegal as hell, and should have been called with appropriate deduction for Manny. It was not and, as it turned out, that was one of several differences in Marquez' favor deciding the fight. IMO Juan won.
Last night 33 year old Marquez faced another young southie from the Philippines, Jimrex Jaca, who is ten years his junior. Touted as a boxer, Jaca went off that reservation and did a pretty good take on his island mate Manny P., albeit with a more balanced punch repertoire. This kid was pretty good, and gave Marquez just exactly what he needed to get back in the mix; a good, solid scrap for nine out of twelve rounds. The fight was as good as it gets for boxing fans. Enough rounds to test stamina, two men with comparable skill sets and a serious, classical KO (walk-off homer) which put the judges neatly out of the picture. continue
26.11.09 - By Sean Ocampo: In front of a massive Pro-Mexican crowd at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, former WBA/IBF Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel Marquez scored a scintillating 9th round knockout victory over Jimrex Jaca of the Philippines in their 12 round WBO Interim Featherweight title affair. With the win, Marquez improved his record to 43-3-1 with 32 knockouts to his credit. continue
26.11.06 - Last night in the packed house of the Garry-Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany the former three time heavyweight title challenger Axel Schulz was battered bruised bloodied and eventually beaten by the “All American Heavyweight” Brian Minto in a six rounds. After a seven year hiatus from the ring Schulz’s return billed as “Comeback of the Year” was disrupted by very determined Minto who traveled into hostile territory to take on the German born boxer. continue
25.11.06 - By Tony Nobbs: Australia's Olympic boxing team captain from Athens two years ago Jamie Pittman took his record to 12-0, 7 KO's by defeating former South African and WBC International 154 lb champion Wiliam Gare (21-13, 4 KO's) at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal, NSW on Friday night.
In the best performance of his short but budding professional career, Pittman, a southpaw, out boxed his more experienced opponent, winning each of the seven rounds contested (on Eastside's card anyway) before a slight cut appeared over his right eye in the eighth. Ref Gary Dean ruled he could not continue and the judges were called. Scores 70-63, 69-64, 69-65. Technical points decision. continue
25.11.06 - By James Slater: Carl "The Cobra" Froch, the unbeaten super middleweight sensation, dramatically finished off bitter rival Tony Dodson last night. Prompting the challenger of his British 168 pound championship to raise his arms to protect his chin with a cracking right uppercut, Froch finished the job in style with a wicked left to the body. Dodson hit the canvas in great pain and had absolutely no chance at beating the count. Now the holder of a Lonsdale belt for the rest of his life, Carl is anxious to move further up in class. Indeed, during the post-fight interview conducted by Sky Sports television, Froch mentioned both Mikkel Kessler and Joe Calzaghe as prospective future opponents.
Carl's promoter, Mick Hennessey, went further when discussing Calzaghe, however. Stating boldly that his man is the number one super middleweight in the world, Hennessey claimed Froch is clearly the man Joe should be fighting. continue
25.11.06 - Stoke's own Chris Edwards tonight (November 24th 2006) produced a performance that any boxer would have been proud of and pulled off one of the biggest boxing upsets ever seen in this part of the world. By stopping Dale Robinson in the 8th round not only did he take the biggest scalp of his career to date but also lifted the English flyweight title in the process. continue
PROVIDENCE (November 25 2006) – World cruiserweight contender Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey closes out an outstanding 2006 on December 1 with in an eight-round co-feature on "Jingle Bell Pop" against veteran Lloyd "Jabba" Bryan at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. continue
25.11.06 - By Jim Amato: For a decade ( 1952-1962 ), Joey Giambra was a mainstay among the middleweight elite, yet he never received a shot at the middleweight title. In fact, he received his only title shot at the tail end of his career battling for the newly created junior middleweight division. However, he was not successful. Nevertheless, in his prime, he was as good as any middleweight contender in the world. continue
25.11.06 - By John Howard: I just love a good barnburner fight. I'll take it over a boxing match any day. Give me George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle, Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns or Bert Cooper vs. Michael Moorer and I feel that I've gotten my money’s worth of action.
Even though the name of the game is boxing, I'll admit to having fallen asleep during one of Pernell Whitaker's fights. I forget which one it was, they seem to all run together. I know he's Max Kellerman's favorite fighter, with all due respect to Max, Whitaker's style bored me. I need a KO percentage of above 37% (Whitaker's) to keep my attention.
I was prompted to write this clip after watching Sergei Liakhovich being knocked out of the ring by Shannon Briggs a few weeks ago. The final minute of the twelfth round reminded me of the September 14, 1923 fight, or I should say war, between Jack Dempsey and Argentinean giant Luis "The Wild Bull of the Pampas" Firpo. In that fight, Dempsey, like Liakhovich, was knocked completely out of the ring. continue
25.11.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: When I interviewed Sultan last week I did so knowing I would be flying to Florida soon to see my brother, thereby making a face-to-face possible as well. While at the gym where Sultan trains part-time, I also caught up with Timur, his new trainer Anthony Hamm, and Sultan’s current trainer Jeff Mayweather. Here are some pics and quotes from the day: continue
25.11.06 - By Wayne Joseph Tulio: In the sport of boxing, a fight that results in a draw is normally controversial but what happened in a recent fight is not as controversial as some say. In a rematch underneath the widely talked about ‘Grand Finale’ fight last Saturday, Omar Nino Romero retained his WBC Light Flyweight title against former champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria through a majority draw. continue
25.11.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Corrie Sanders (41-3, 31 KO's) the former WBO heavyweight champion, moved one step closer to challenging for another heavyweight title, by destroying Colin Wilson (32-19, 20 KO’s) in two brutal rounds, on Friday night at the Convention Centre, in Mafikeng, South Africa. The Australian fighter, Wilson, seemed to be too brave for his own good, by attempting to trade punches early on with Sanders, who is noted for being an early round knockout artist. Not surprisingly, Wilson soon found himself in trouble early in the 2nd round, when Sander's devastating left hook began connecting with frequency. continue
24.11.06 - by Yero Moody: As a fan of the sport of boxing I frequently watch fights, visit boxing websites, read boxing publications and pay close attention to the opinions of writers, fighters, boxing analysts and fans alike. Quite frequently the question has arisen as to who are the best fighters in the sport right now. The Ring magazine has set the standard with their mythical Pound for Pound list which ranks fighters of all weight classes. With the retirement of Bernard Hopkins, the losses that the once invincible Roy Jones, Jr. has suffered and the inactivity of certain fighters the list frequently changes.
I've been paying close attention to all the fighters who've been mentioned on this list and the names that seem to remain consistently on the list. My focus in writing this is to focus on three of the best fighters of this era: Oscar De La Hoya, Shane Mosley and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and a question that is consistently being asked concerning them; Does their fire still burn? Since there is no specific measuring instrument to determine how much desire for greatness a fighter has within them we have to utilize certain criteria such as 1.)the level of opponents they seek and 2.) maintenance of skills. continue
24.11.06 - By Michael Montero: For months now (check out my articles from July and September) I’ve been claiming that Manny Pacquiao is indeed the true pound for pound king of boxing. After his dominant performance last Saturday over Erik Morales, a first ballot hall-of-famer, there should be little doubt in anybody’s mind – even the “Pretty Boys” should recognize. continue
By Per Ake Persson: November 24, Copenhagen, Denmark: WBA I/C jr middle champ Reda Zam Zam had no problems against Brazilian southpaw Mike Miranda. Zam Zam controlled the fight from the beginning and had Miranda under pressure. In the third the Dane hurt his opponent with left hooks to the body and followed up with a right-left hook combination to the head and the Brazilian went down. As he got up on unsteady legs British referee Paul Thomas wisely called a halt to the one-sided fight. Zam Zam is now 22-0. Miranda was billed as 26-1 coming in. continue
24.11.06 - Former heavyweight contender Axel Schulz returns to the ring against Brian Minto tomorrow at 10:45 pm Middle European Time (4:45 pm E.T. and 11:45 am P.T). The fight will be streamed live at www.sport.de. Directly after the fight users will also be able to view single rounds and the entire bout via Video-on-Demand on this website. continue
23.11.06 - In 2006, SHOWTIME continued to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network by televising the most compelling championship fights on the first Saturday of every month. The memorable 20th anniversary year of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will conclude in sensational style on Saturday, Dec. 2, with an outstanding world championship doubleheader.
The telecast’s opening bout on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) will feature exciting, hard-hitting Antonio Margarito (33-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs) defending his WBO welterweight title against dangerous WBO No. 5 contender Joshua Clottey (30-1, 1 NC, 20 KOs). In the second half of the co-featured main events, Puerto Ricans Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs) and southpaw Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KOs) collide for the vacant WBA 147-pound crown. The event will be promoted by Top Rank, Inc., and take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue
Hollywood, FL, November 23 – Amidst the aftermath of the Halemba Mine blast in the region of Silesia in Southern Poland, Seminole Warriors Boxing extends it’s condolences to the families, friends and victims of this tragedy. “This disaster will be on the hearts and minds of us all,” said Leon Margules, Executive Director of Seminole Warriors Boxing, who is in Poland for tomorrows Championship doubleheader held at the Torwar Sport Hall in Warsaw. continue
23.11.06 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch will be well supported on the Hennessy Sports ‘Outright’ promotion at the Nottingham Arena on Friday night when he defends his British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles against Tony Dodson. continue
PROVIDENCE (November 23, 2006) – The Contender 2 star Gary "Tiger" Balletto is a real fighter and that's the primary reason he is headlining the December 1 "Jingle Bell Pop" pro-am show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - NOVEMBER 23, 2006 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of two-time featherweight champion Willie Pep. He passed away peacefully yesterday at the age of 84.
Pep was born Guiglermo Papaleo on September 19, 1922 in Middleton, CT. He began boxing in 1940and would compete professionally for 26 years. During a remarkable career Pep reigned twice as featherweight champion of the world (1942-48, 1949-50). He compiled an amazing 230-11-1 (65 KOs) record that includes wins over Hall of Famers Manuel Ortiz, “Chalky” Wright and four-time rival Sandy Saddler. Celebrated the world over for his defensive and tactical abilities, the slick-boxing Pep once even won a round without throwing a punch. In 1945 he was named “Fighter of the Year.”
“Willie Pep defined the essence of boxing - hit and not get hit,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “’The Will o’ the Wisp’ left an indelible mark on the sport of boxing and the Hall of Fame joins the entire boxing community in mourning the loss of a legend.” In 1990, Pep was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
23.11.06 - IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham has been surprised to hear that Edison Miranda can´t wait to get back in the ring with him - as if the "Battle of Wetzlar" was not enough of a lesson for the Colombian. "King Arthur" (22-0, 17 KOs) proved his lion heart last September when he superbly outboxed his opponent despite fighting with a broken jaw for the last eight rounds. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (November 23, 2006) -- Undefeated contenders, "BAD" CHAD DAWSON and TIMOTHY "DESERT STORM" BRADLEY have rolled up their sleeves to help out the needy in their hometowns during this holiday weekend. Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs), the NABF light heavy champion, purchased hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys with manager Mike Criscio (see attached photos) to distribute to the needy in New Haven, CT. today. continue
23.11.06 - By Jacqui Snow: This Saturday, November 25th, undefeated cruiserweight contender Steve Cunningham (19-0, 10 KOs) will go after his first title when he travels to Poland to face off against Krzysztof "Diablo" Wlodarczyk (36-1, 27 KOs). At stake is the vacant IBF Cruiserweight belt. Cunningham won his place as contender for the title when he outpointed Kelvin "Koncrete" Davis by a wide margin in an eliminator last September. continue
23.11.06 - Back in August, Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams - fresh off a four-round destruction of former two-time world champion Sharmba Mitchell - and the #1 contender in the WBO Welterweight division, called out WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito.
It fell on deaf ears.
After disposing of his most recent opponent -- New Zealander Santos Pakau, who had won 29 of his 32 pro fights -- on the Floyd Mayweather-Carlos Baldomir undercard on November 4 in Las Vegas, the undefeated, hard-hitting southpaw (32-0, 24 KOs) from Aiken, South Carolina declared that he was more than ready to dish out his brand of punishment to Margarito and come away with his WBO championship belt. But this time Margarito has no choice but to listen. Williams is now the WBO mandated fight for Margarito. continue
23.11.06 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch and long-time rival Tony Dodson both scaled well inside the 12 stone super middleweight limit ahead of their highly anticipated showdown at the Nottingham Arena tomorrow night. Dodson was the first to step on the scales at this afternoon’s lively weigh-in, attended by scores of members from both camps. continue
23.11.06 - Carl Froch has promised the people of Nottingham a knockout when he defends his British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles against Liverpool’s Tony Dodson live on Sky Sports this Friday. A record turn out is expected at the prestigious Nottingham Arena when ‘The Cobra’ meets his long-term rival in a highly anticipated showdown that could see him win the Lonsdale belt ‘Outright’. The 29-year-old intends to reward his loyal supporter base with a spectacular performance. continue
23.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event outbid P 3 Boxing from Finland at today´s purse bids in Rome and will promote EBU 160 lb champ Amin Asikainen´s mandatory defence against German Sebastian Sylvester. Asikainen vs Sylvester II will go ahead January 20 in Germany. Amin won the first fight with on an eighth round tko. continue
22.11.06 - By Ted Sares: Sometimes fighters are reviled because they have done time in prison. Mike Tyson and Paul Spadafora ( former IBF champion, now resuming his career on parole after being convicted of shooting his girlfriend in Pittsburgh) immediately come to mind. So do Ike Ibeabuchi, Michael Nunn, and Tony Ayala Jr each of whom is now incarcerated.
Of course, who can forget the great Carlos Monzon who in 1989 was convicted for the homicide of his second wife. Monzon was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990, while still serving his sentence in an Argentinean prison. On a somewhat less serious level and more forgivable level, Diego Corrales and Naseem Hamed also might be mentioned. There are others too numerous to cite here. For these, the hard times followed the good times. continue
NEW YORK, NY (November 22, 2006) -- Boxing's longest-reigning world champion, JOE CALZAGHE, and PETER MANFREDO, Jr., runner-up on the first season of "The Contender" on NBC (the second season was televised on ESPN) and aired in 100 countries, will host a news conference announcing their super middleweight title tilt, Next Tuesday November 28, at the Hotel Gansevoort, located in New York's Meatpacking District. Joining Calzaghe and Manfredo at the news conference will be five-division world champion SUGAR RAY LEONARD, London-based promoter Frank Warren, pioneering reality TV producer Mark Burnett, and Jeff Wald, an executive producer of "The Contender." . continue
NEW YORK (Nov. 22, 2006) – A knockout winner and a fight fan’s dream, “Shobox: The New Generation” will conclude another fantastic year when promising undefeated featherweight Mario Santiago (16-0, 11 KOs) faces the streaking, always dangerous Salvador Garcia (14-3-2, 1 ND, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event Friday, Dec. 1, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast. continue
22.11.06 - By Troy Ondrizek: As the revolving door continues to spin with alphabet champions running in and out; we cannot wait until the future of the division arrives. Well that means its time again to look at three more candidates to see if they got the goods to be a true contender. continue
b>1. Manny Pacquiao 43-3-2 (33 KOs) - The man from General Santos City has taken over Floyd Mayweather's number one spot this month in my ratings because of his performance against Erik Morales the past weekend. He completely demolished the Mexican ring idol with tremendous power, lightning speed and pinpoint accuracy enroute to a third round knockout victory. The Pacman moves to another level with the impressive showing of his much improved skills in the ring.
However, his much anticipated rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera may have to wait for awhile due to promotional dispute between Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank. But there also have been reports about Pacquiao facing WBA Champion Edwin Valero this March in Macau. continue
22.11.06 - British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch - who meets long-term rival Tony Dodson in a real grudge match on Friday 24th November live on Sky Sports - has issued a call to arms to the people of Nottingham. “I want the people of Nottingham to march with me to the world title. I want them there every step of the way as I do what nobody else from Nottingham has ever done before – win a genuine world championship,” said Froch. continue
Las Vegas, NV (November 21, 2006): Las Vegas mourns the loss of a great man. Award winning photographer CJ Cansler has died today at Mt. View Hospital. He leaves behind a lovely wife and beautiful daughter that may never get over the loss of such a great man. CJ has been providing media outlets with the best pictures of fights, concerts, special events, concerts and more for over 10 years. He worked directly with the Las Vegas Tribune, the Los Angeles Sentinel, Xclusive Magazine, Urban Avenue Magazine, Urban Culture Magazine, The Humor Mill, InsideFighting.com, EastsideBoxing.com, 7zero2events.com and many more. continue
22.11.06 - Fight fans looking forward to December's mega show at the ExCel Centre are in for a sneak preview on Friday when boxing superstar Amir Khan performs a public workout in London. The 19-year-old, who celebrates his birthday the day before the December 9 show, will prove he is on the fast-track to glory when he climbs through the ropes at Victoria Station Train Station. And it will be a case of full steam ahead when he's put through his paces by top trainer Oliver Harrison. continue
22.11.06 - By Onur Tezucar: On December 2nd, the boxing public will be privileged to see two fighters knocking on the door of greatness when Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KO’s) takes on Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KO’s) for the vacant WBA Welterweight title and Antonio Margarito (33-4, 24 KO’s) battles Josh Clottey (29-1-1, 18 KO’s) for WBO Welterweight supremacy. Clearly, you can only applaud both Margarito and Cotto for taking such difficult fights on the wake of future bigger and better prize fights.
Both fighters could have showcased themselves on hand-picked mirage match-ups, that could have amplified there profiles against cupcake opposition. Yet with these match-ups, their courage and internal fortitude may just be their Achilles heel. With Fight of Year honor’s still up in the air, this Showtime card has dark horse fight of year written all over it. continue
22.11.06 - MSG Network will air a special “MSG Fight Night at Madison Square Garden” at 8pm Monday, November 27th featuring several of the undercard bouts from the Wladamir Klitschko vs. Calvin Brock world heavyweight championship fight that was hosted at Madison Square Garden on November 11th. The special will include the sensational Laila Ali in her Madison Square Garden debut defending her super middleweight WBC and WIBA titles against hardcore Shelley Burton, plus New York State heavyweight champion Derric Rossy defending his title against Shannon Miller. continue
22.11.06 - In 2006, SHOWTIME continued to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network by televising the most compelling championship fights on the first Saturday of every month. The memorable 20th anniversary year of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will conclude in sensational style on Saturday, Dec. 2, with an outstanding world championship doubleheader. The telecast’s opening bout on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) will feature exciting, hard-hitting Antonio Margarito (33-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs) defending his WBO welterweight title against dangerous WBO No. 5 contender Joshua Clottey (30-1, 1 NC, 20 KOs). continue
21.11.06 - By Jacqui Snow: (Special Thanks to Amy Smith) While children as young as four are being enrolled in extra-curricular martial arts classes, you'd probably be hard pressed to find a boxing class for youngsters in your town, so it's not surprising that the popularity of professional boxing has taken a beating, so to speak, at the hands of professional mixed martial arts. But it's disappointing, given boxing's long and proud tradition in the United States. 20th century America was rich with boxing superstars like Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammed Ali, to name but a few. A professional prizefighter was considered no less glamorous than the NBA or NFL star of today. continue
21.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: We have a running gag, me and Kassim Ouma, boxing reporter and boxing champion. Just about every time I see him now, he always prefers to ask me the questions, before me asking him questions. It's all in fun, because that's the kind of fun guy Kassim Ouma is. So that's the way we do it.
Actually, now that I think of it, the first time I ever encountered Kassim in person - in Indianapolis at the Forrest-Mosley rematch - he asked me the first question then too.
We crossed paths under the stands during the Antonio Tarver- Eric Harding rematch, it was just us two. And I said something like, Hey, You're Kassim Ouma, I saw you fight, you're a damn good fighter. Kassim was smiling, he's always perpetually smiling - that's the kind of guy he is - universally respected and admired by literally every one in the entire sport - and he quickly probed me, Do you think I could beat Oscar De La Hoya? continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 21 – 25-year old cruiserweight sensation Krzysztof Wlodarczyk will get his long-awaited shot at a world title on Saturday, November 25th when he takes on unbeaten US contender Steve Cunningham for the vacant IBF cruiserweight championship in a bout which will be televised live over the Internet at www.VideoSport.com/boxing from Warsaw, Poland. Also in action, undefeated cruiserweight contender Vadim Tokarev will make his first ring appearance since his stunning fourth round TKO of previously undefeated Felix Cora Jr. in May when he defends his NABF championship against Shane Swartz in a 12 round contest. continue
21.11.06 - By Ben Taffe: South African and former WBO heavyweight champion Corrie Sanders (40-3, 30 KO's) returns to the ring on Firday night, to face Australian heavyweight champion Colin Wilson (32-18, 20 KO's) at Convention Centre, Mafikeng, NWP, in South Africa. Corrie Sanders, 41, has been away from boxing for 2 years, following his last bout, a 2nd round knockout of Alexei Varakin on December 14, 2004. After that bout, Sanders retired shortly thereafter due to a back injury he suffered while training. continue
21.11.06 - Scott Harrison's WBO World Featherweight title defence against Nicky Cook is back on the ExCeL show on December 9. Following stringent medical and psychological examinations by British Boxing Board of Control physicians, Harrison has finally being declared fit to box. Scotsman Harrison, who had been in training whilst in jail in Spain, is now clocking up round-after-round of sparring in his Glasgow gym. Cook is currently in Tenerife where he is running and training at high altitude in preparation for a tough fight. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 21 – Team Miranda press release: In response to a recent news item that saw Wilfried Sauerland - promoter of IBF Middleweight ‘champion’ Arthur Abraham – state that he expects his fighter to be back in action in April while making no mention of his requirement to fight number one contender Edison Miranda by June 23rd, ‘Pantera’ took time out from his preparation for his HBO debut to make the following blunt comments.
“It was very interesting to read that Arthur Abraham has received offers to fight in the United States in April,” said Miranda. “I truly hope that the ‘champion’ is not looking to avoid his mandatory commitment to me. Remember, Arthur, we have a date to fight no later than June 23 and as the great Joe Louis said, “You can run, but you can’t hide.” I will hunt you down if I have to.”
Miranda was robbed of the IBF title against Abraham on September 23rd in Germany in one of the most controversial middleweight championship bouts in history. continue
21.11.06 - Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing agrees with the press and with the most of the fans in attendance that the official decision in the WBO Light Welterweight Championship fight between his fighter, "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis, and Colombian Ricardo Torres was questionable, and, like many others, is hoping the WBO will “do the just thing” by ordering a rematch between the two fighters and/or by keeping Arnaoutis in the #1 ranked position in their ratings. continue
21.11.06- By Per Ake Persson: Cuban heavy Juan Carlos Gomez, fresh off his one-year suspension, returns "home" to Hamburg where he started his pro career and will co-headline Arena Box Promotion´s show on December 15. Arena had first planned to have the show at a venue on the outskirts of the town but with Gomez on the bill they will now do it at the Sporthalle. Gomez, former WBC champ at cruiser, will take on former IBF king in the same weight division, American Kelvin Davis. continue
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., November 21, 2006 -- In the Holidays…Boxing’s pound for pound ring king “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather will return to his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan tomorrow to host his fifth annual Thanksgiving Feast giveaway. Mayweather, who support the giveaway through his own contributions, will arrive at the Madison Family Market in his childhood southside neighborhood at 2:00pm and hand out 500 turkeys with all of the trimmings—including potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce and pies—to 500 selected families. continue
WBO Welterweight champion Antonio Margarito(L) gets his ankle taped by trainer Javier Capetillo before he starts his full training workout for the media, showing that his ankle is perfectly fine for his upcoming WBO Welterweight title defense against dangerous contender Joshua Clottey - In 2006, SHOWTIME continued to live up to its billing as America’s No. 1 Boxing Network by televising the most compelling championship fights on the first Saturday of every month. The memorable 20th anniversary year of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will conclude in sensational style on Saturday, Dec. 2, with an outstanding world championship doubleheader. The telecast’s opening bout on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) will feature exciting, hard-hitting Antonio Margarito (33-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs) defending his WBO welterweight title against dangerous WBO No. 5 contender Joshua Clottey (30-1, 1 NC, 20 KOs). In the second half of the co-featured main events, Puerto Ricans Miguel Cotto (27-0, 22 KOs) and southpaw Carlos Quintana (23-0, 18 KOs) collide for the vacant WBA 147-pound crown.
ANTONIO MARGARITO: “Everything is great. I am very pleased and quite relieved. Today was a big day for me and I passed all the tests. I ran 45 minutes in the morning, and I just had a really good, hard workout. It was my first serious run and my first true workout since I twisted my right ankle last Tuesday. continue
21.11.06 - According to promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing, the fight proposed for Saturday at the Gerry Weber Stadion in Halle/Westfalen, Germany, between former heavyweight champion Axel Schulz and Brian “The Beast” Minto, as currently planned, would violate the promotional contract between Minto and Duva Boxing. “If I don’t hear back from them, to enter into a settlement with all parties by tomorrow,” says Duva, “there will be major legal ramifications to all parties involved in Germany and the US, including Shulz’s promoters, the German Boxing Commission, and German television network RTL.”. continue
21.11.06 - SANTO DOMINGO--One-third of the tickets available for undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman's Monday, December 18, title defense at the Sports Palace here have been sold. What was makes this all the more amazing is that one-third of the 18,000 available seats sold in their first week on sale and that they were sold even though the popular Guzman's title bout challenger has not been named. continue
21.11.06 - “If they don’t want it, bring on Malignaggi!” - Dino Duva, promoter for lightning-fisted super lightweight contender Kendall “Rated R” Holt (21-1, 12 KOs), wishes to send his best wishes to a new champion: “Congratulations to Ricardo Torres for winning the WBO Championship over the weekend against Mike Arnaoutis.” . continue
21.11.06 - Exclusive interview by Cris Neill: Undefeated super middleweight Carl Froch (photo by Chris Royle) has promised a bruising encounter ahead of his long-awaited clash with arch-rival Tony Dodson on November 24. The fight has been brewing for the past two-and-a-half years, with three scheduled dates cancelled due to injuries cited by Dodson. Highly-touted Froch, 28, the British and Commonwealth champion, says the delay has fuelled his desire to provide a memorable show in front of a vociferous home crowd at the Nottingham Ice Arena.
He told Eastsideboxing: “I want to hit him that little bit harder and that little bit more often. I’m really going to give him a pasting and I just hope the referee doesn’t jump in and save him. I want to give him some meaningful digs and yes there is a little bit of needle there, because I want to smash him if I’m honest.”
“I’m not sure he should be sharing the same ring as me, to be frank. I know he’s going to be fit, and game, and he’s going to come at me and mean business, so he’s not to be taken lightly. He’s also dangerous in the sense that he’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain. continue
NEW YORK (November 21, 2006) – Newly crowned IBA World middleweight title-holder
"Ireland's" John Duddy, rated No. 8 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBA, will be presented the prestigious Rocky Marciano Award as a distinguished champion on December 3 at the Boxerama XXV awards luncheon, celebrating the 25th American Association for the Improvement of Boxing, Inc. (AAIB), in White Plains, New York. continue
21.11.06 - The wait is over: Marco "Captain" Huck will be getting his first-ever title fight on December 16 when he clashes with Italy´s Pietro Aurino for the EU cruiserweight crown. Both fighters were originally scheduled to meet on November 4 before an arm injury forced the German to pull out of the bout at the end of October. continue
CHICAGO (November 20, 2006) -- Popular Chicago middleweight Freddie Cuevas has retired from the squared circle after an eleven year professional career, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Said the classy Cuevas, "It's been a good run and it's been an honor to fight in front of the fans of Chicago. continue
20.11.06 - By Vanessa McConnell: As 18,276 fans packed into the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, for what may turn to be the best fight of the year, as Super featherweights Erik Morales (48-5, 34 KO's) from Mexico and Manny Pacquiao (43-3-2, 34 KO's) from the Philippines, went head to head for the third time to settle the score in the rubber match. The house was full of Pac Man fans, many cheering wildly for the boxing star. After the Philippine, Mexican and American national anthem was sung the fight was on, and Even Pac Man had to agree that he never thought the fight would be over so quick. He knocked Morales out in 2:57 of the third round.
In the first round, Pacquiao was leaning in and out landing some powerful left right combinations, even while against the rope at times. Morales landed some nice jabs while Pacquiao was on the ropes, but Pacquiao was working his body with hard shots. At one point, Morales charged in and caught a big right hook by Pacquiao, knocking him off balance.
It seemed every time Morales hit Pacquiao, the "PacMan" returned the favor with powerful left hands, mixed with blistering right hooks, many of which Morales never saw coming. As the round ended, the crowd was on they’re feet going wild with every blow. continue
20.11.06 - By Grampton James: Roberto Duran is one of my favorite boxers, so it almost pains me to say that, I think a lightweight Floyd Mayweather would beat a lightweight Duran, prime for prime. Floyd showed amazing boxing ability at lightweight. At that weight he was a true master of the art. I've never seen anyone able to move not only as quickly and in such fluid rhythm, but as efficiently. No matter how much pressure was applied to him or how much he moved, the man just did not get tired. continue
20.11.06 - CLEVELAND—International Boxing Federation mandatory heavyweight challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin watched with great anticipation as IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko scored a seventh-round knockout at Madison Square Garden last Saturday in an optional defense over Calvin Brock. According to the IBF rules, Klitschko must now face his mandatory challenger, Austin. continue
20.11.06 - By Kirk Allen: Ukrainian heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (24-0, 14 KO's) easily defeated Billy Zumbrun 20-8-1, 11 KO's), winning by unanimoous 12-round decision on Saturday night in Desseldorf, Germany. For the giant 6'7" 249 lb. Dimitrenko, the outcome was never in doubt, as he dominated Zumbrun, throughout the 12-round bout. Using a mixture of quick left jabs, straight right hands, and right uppercuts, Dimitrenko controlled the pace of the bout, giving the shorter, 6-foot Zumbrun few chances to land. The final judges’ scores were 120-105, 119-107, 120-106, all for Dimitrenko. continue
19.11.06 - By Ted Sares: The MAB-Manny Pacquiao bout has not yet been made but if and when it is, it will be similar to the second Morales-Pacquiao fight, or at least the result will be. Once again, it would feature one fighter at the top of his game and moving with positive momentum and another who may be fading, though that will in no way harm his chances for future induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. "Pac Man" is going up the elevator and "The Baby-Faced Assassin," off his two fights with Rocky Juarez, seems to have slowed down. Here is how I see their rematch playing out, but first the breakdown:
Height and Weight:
Barrera, 63-4-0-1, stands 5 ft. 6 in and has about the same reach as Pacquiao who is 5’6 1/2. Manny always appears comfortable no matter what weight is designated. For his part, MAB always comes in fit and ready as well. continue
19.11.06 - By Rizwaan Zahid: September 6, 1997 Daniel Zaragoza, the legendary Mexican fighter took on a fighter who was not only undefeated, but nearly half his age. A 39 year old with 65 fights on his record, had two more knockouts than his 21 year old opponent had wins. For both it was the toughest fight of their careers at that point. This 21 year old was not any regular fighter, he was Erik “El Terrible” Morales. continue
19.11.06 - By Jim Amato: I recently learned that on December 10th, in Moscow, Russia, WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will "defend" his title against Peter Okhello. Born in Uganda, Okhello, 34, fights out of Japan. He has a record of 18-4 with 16 knockouts, and he has been stopped once. In 1999, Kali Meehan halted him in three rounds, while in 2005, Okhello lost a twelve round decision to Sinan Samil Sam. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 20, 2006) -- Up-and-coming welterweight prospect Alexis Camacho (13-0, 12 KO’s) completely dominated the action last night en route to a third round knockout at the Auditorio Municipal in Torreon, Mexico last night. The undefeated Camacho stalked and battered his opponent for the first two rounds before finally ending it in the third stanza. continue
Open Letter From Joan Guzman: Dear Mr. Pacquiao: Magnificent. Stupendous. Flawless. That is how you performed Saturday night in Las Vegas against Erik Morales. I write first to congratulate you on a brilliant fight.
Second, I write you, Pacman, to remind you that I believe I am the world's best at 130 pounds. I am sure we can agree to disagree and that and that your fans will similarly disagree with mine on that same point.
As you know, I am the WBO champion and you are the #1 mandatory. I have a title defense upcoming in my homeland, the Dominican Republic on December 18 as a part of the biggest boxing show ever held there. Should I be successful in that bout, I have made it clear to my manager, Jose Nunez, and to my co-promoters that I want them to work to make Guzman vs. Pacman for March, 2007. continue
CHARLESTON, South Carolina (November 19, 2006) - IBF Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion William "KO King" Guthrie returns to action November 30, headlining in an eight-round bout on the "Thursday Night Fights" show at The Plex in Charleston, South Carolina. "Thursday Night Fights" is presented by Jim Kelley Promotions in association with Silverhawk Championship Boxing. continue
19.11.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Manny Pacquiao easily destroyed Erik Morales in their highly anticipated rubber match this past Saturday night. It was a tremendous win for Pacquiao. That anyone could be capable of clobbering a fighter of Morales’s caliber with such ease is absolutely amazing. After all, Morales has been one of boxing’s elite for the better part of the last ten years, and against Pacquiao, he was reduced to nothing more than a helpless victim. Indeed, from the opening bell, it became apparent that he didn’t stand a chance against the hungry young fighter from the Philippines. continue
(Tucson, Arizona) --- Desert Diamond Casino and Golden Boy Promotions are putting on their sixth and final night of boxing for 2006 on Friday, December 8th. The biggest event was saved for last, with an NABO Championship bout, a headlining fight with Tucson’s own Nito Bravo, and a special appearance by boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya. The 7-bout fight card includes rising stars and seasoned veterans, all fighting tête-à-tête in the Diamond Center. Tickets range from $25 to $100 in advance and are on sale now. continue
19.11.06 - By Wray Edwards: Many fighters from Feather to Lightweight can remain competitive into their middle or even late thirties. Two critical factors which contribute to the long or the short of it are physical and mental battle scars. Having now lost four of his last five fights with ever increasing punishment, it is no wonder that as he sat on the canvass with the thousand yard stare, Erik Morales shook his head in resignation.
Even as he walked to the ring, he had the look of one on the way to the dentist for a root canal. With half-smiles and eyes down he seemed reluctant to even be there. Manny didn’t look much better, but at least had a game face. Here was a guy who had recently been clearly out-pointed by Zahir Raheem, stepping into the ring with, IMO, a rising, top five PFP fighter well on this side of the hill. What was he thinking? Knowing when to quit is half the game in Boxing. It enables one to avoid a senseless beating, especially at the end of a grand career. There are those who say, “He should have gone out on his shield.” continue
19.11.06 - by Alden "The Kid" Chodash: When Erik Morales signed to fight Manny Pacquiao for their first affair, Morales couldn't imagine that "Pac-Man" would eventually lead to Morales' downfall. Their first battle, though, showcased Morales at his finest. Their second, however, saw Pacquiao come back after an early points deficit to drop and stop Morales for the first time in the long career of "El Terrible". The beating Morales took was excused by some as caused by the dramatic weight loss which affected Morales' performance. Saturday night they completed the trilogy. continue
19.11.06 - By Onur Tezucar: In a fight similiar to Hearns vs. Hagler's three round war, Manny Pacquiao (43-3-2, 34 KO's) registered a spectacular third round knock out of Erik Morales (48-5, 34 KO's) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao, dare I say, looked bigger, faster, stronger, and more technically sound than ever before. Coming into the fight weighing 144 Lbs, I repeat 144 Lbs! To weigh 144 lbs. the day of 130 lbs Junior Lightweight Bout, typically is a sign of sluggish hand speed decline; obviously, not the case here. Pacquiao exhibited faster hands, while looking and banging like a true Welterweight. continue
19.11.06 - Chicagoland fan favorite, undefeated light heavyweight Mike Nevitt returns to the ring on Friday December 1st at Cicero Stadium as part of DECEMBER FRENZY, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. DECEMBER FRENZY, another evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by 8 Count Productions and Bob Arum's Top Rank Incorporated along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
19.11.06 - By James Slater: With his ruthlessly awesome destruction of Mexican legend Erik Morales in the rubber match of their series this past weekend, Filipino warrior Manny Pacquiao proved just how unstoppable a force he really is. As such, I believe it is now time to rate him right at the very top of boxing's pound-4-pound ratings. High praise? Yes indeed, but praise very much deserved nonetheless. Let's look at why he should be ranked at the absolute top. Firstly and most importantly, it looks to all the world as though Manny is simply unbeatable at present. Who, for example, would you bet on to defeat him? I honestly cannot think of another super featherweight in the world that would be considered capable of doing so. And perhaps even a large number of lightweights come to that. No, Pacquiao is here to stay for a long, long time yet in my honest opinion. And yes, I know I wrote a piece some months back saying how I felt that that other Mexican great, in Marco Antonio Barrera, would exact revenge over Manny if and when they fought a return bout. You know what? I've changed my mind!
With all due respect to Marco, a truly superb fighting machine in his own right, I now feel he would meet a similar fate to the one his countryman did on Saturday in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is just too strong, too frighteningly well conditioned and, most tellingly, too incredibly fast and powerful. Yes, in my opinion, the Filipino has to be ranked at the top in the mythical title stakes. continue
By Per Ake Persson: November 18, Duesseldorf, Germany: Ruslan Chagaev won the WBA heavyweight eliminator against John Ruiz by a close, split decision. After twelve it was scored 117-111 and 116-112 for Chagaev and 115-114 for Ruiz. There were no knockdowns and many rounds were very close. Ruiz made a bright, agressive start and used an effective right uppercut to get to Chagaev in the first two. In the third Ruslan moved a lot better and was able to score with his southpaw left. Ruiz bled from the nose and kept bleeding throughout the fight. John mauled his way on the inside but wasn´t effective and it seemed like Chagaev´s fight. But Ruiz came back in the ninth and made it close. continue
18.11.06 - By Ted Sares: In round three, Manny Pacquiao, 44-3-2, dispatched a completely beaten Erik Morales, 48-5, with a buzz saw attack and heavy and lightening quick hands. There was no particular drama involved, nor will it be a candidate for fight of the year....it was too short and one-sided for that. Erik made an attempt to fight back in round three but that only opened the door for Manny who closed matters out with his non-stop attack and brutal left hands thrown with the deadliest of intentions. When Morales went down for the last time, he shook his head at his corner. He knew he was a beaten man. He knew the long run had come to a close. continue
18.11.06 - By James Slater: Tonight, at London’s famous venue - The York Hall, Bethnal Green - local cruiserweight contender and European champion David “The Hayemaker” Haye returned to doing what he does best - KO’ing his opponents in style. Not only did he both retain his title and avenge a previous amateur loss when dispatching his Italian challenger, Giacobbe Fragomeni, in nine massively exciting rounds tonight, he also made himself the voluntary contender for world ruler O’Niel Bell’s two versions of the cruiserweight championship. In his previous outing, against the durable Ismail Abdoul, Haye was booed almost relentlessly by a crowd that wanted to see the action they had grown accustomed to from David. continue
18.11.06 - By Wray Edwards - Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - One constant piece of advice to those who enter the world of manly pursuits is “Do what you love.” If there is any fighter on earth who loves his work more than Sam Soliman it would be a surprise. Ringside at Mohegan Sun ESB witnessed the advent of his American cred as he battled Ronald Wright to a close finish in favor of Winky. His broad smiles and energetic heart won the crowd.
They cheered the new guy as enthusiastically in defeat as they did Wright’s victory. Last night in San Jacinto, California Enrique Ornelas and Sam (King) Soliman thrashed away at each other for ten rounds full of punch and counterpunch. On what was pretty much Ornelas’ home turf, the Aussie Soliman entered the ring a happy warrior in contrast to the hooded and deadpan Ornales (brother to Librado Andrade). Once again the sport of Boxing experienced an astoundingly quirky decision. Here’s what happened: continue
18.11.06 - By Scott Frake: Ruslan Chagaev (22-0-1, 17 KO's) won a split decision victory over John Ruiz (41-7-1, 28 KO's), to win the WBA eliminator, thus making Chagaev the mandatory challenger for Nikolay Valuev's WBA heavyweight title. Ruiz attemped to smother Chagaev's power by choosing to fight on the inside, a strategy that was only minimally effective, largely due to Chagaev's excellent inside work. continue
BOSTON, Mass. (November 18, 2006) - Unbeaten middleweight Jason "The Hammer" Le Houllier headlines Battle Zone at The Castle on December 15 against veteran Frank Houghtaling in the eight-round main event at The Castle in downtown Boston. The Alpha Omega Entertainment Group, in association with Sprint/Nextel and NESN, is promoting Battle Zone at the Castle. continue
17.11.06 - By David Lahr: Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KO's), the one-time WBC/WBO heavyweight champion, is rumored to be planning a boxing comeback, according to the German media. Apparently, Vitali is going to be training in Germany with Fritz Zdunek, his former trainer. Late last year, on November 9, 2005, Vitali retired from boxing after suffering an injury to his right knee while training for his title defense against Hasim Rahman. continue
SAN JACINTO, Calif. (Nov. 17, 2006) – Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime - Less than two weeks after the Democrats narrowly won back the Senate by a slim margin, majority ruled once again as world-ranked middleweight Sam Soliman and unbeaten heavyweight Travis Walker captured close decisions Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” Soliman overcame an early knockdown to record a 10-round majority decision over Enrique Ornelas, while Walker narrowly defeated 2004 Olympian Jason Estrada for the first time in four outings. SHOWTIME televised the Goossen Tutor-promoted doubleheader from the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, Calif.
Soliman (33-8, 13 KOs), of Melbourne, Australia, won for the 21st time in 22 contests by attacking Ornelas relentlessly and controlling the later rounds. Two of the judges scored the action-packed bout 95-94 for Soliman, while a third had it 95 apiece. continue
17.11.06 - By Jim Amato: Roberto Duran is already enshrined in the World Boxing Hall Of Fame. He is on the ballot for induction into the International Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2007. In reviewing his record I was absolutely amazed at what he had accomplished. This is a man who turned pro in 1968 and had his last fight in 2001! He competed in five decades. continue
17.11.06 - By Tim Neilson: Junior lightweights Manny Pacquiao (42-3-2, 33 KO's) and Erik Morales (48-4, 34 KO's) meet for third, and perhaps the final time, tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas. After their first two fights, it's difficult to determine who the better fighter was, considering the fights have been so evenly split. While the first fight went to Morales by 12-round decision, who seemed to have taken some ideas from Juan Manuel Marquez, by boxing Pacquiao rather than trying to exchange. continue
18.11.06 - By Dave Domenico: Last Saturday, Wladimir showed some real promise as being the best heavyweight in the world. His seventh round blow out of Calvin Brock demonstrated he is champion material. Wladimir showed poise in the ring, his ability to adapt to a frustrating opponent, and his mental stability in not panicking when being hurt. continue
17.11.06 - By James Slater: With the shocking news of former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick’s death still fresh in people’s minds, the twentieth anniversary of perhaps his most famous ring appearance will be upon us next week. Had Trevor lived, he more than likely would have had some attention bestowed on him once again due to his part in the Mike Tyson story and its beginning at world title level. Largely forgotten by the average fight fan, Berbick, the former WBC champ, was living an obscure life in Jamaica. Those who did remember him, however, were aware of how strange the Berbick life story had become. Or had been. Firstly, Trevor was telling anyone who would listen that the Tyson match had been a dodgy fight, one in which he had only lost because he’d been “Gotten to” beforehand.
Berbick claimed that his hotel room had been sprayed with some substance or another and as a result his equilibrium was seriously compromised. He went on to claim that the devastating left hook that Tyson finished him off with - a punch that famously decked him three times! - actually missed his head. This alone let those people close to Trevor know just how badly disillusioned he had become. continue
(Denver, Colorado, November 17, 2006, Gladiator Sports Management & Marketing) When asking Hector "Chin Checka" Saez about taking another fight in California, he quickly put up his best LL Cool J impression with. "I'm going back to Cali? Cali? Cali? Naw, I don't think so man!" You see, Saez had built a decent record for himself at 8-3 and decided to take his show on the road, to California for title shots. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 17, 2006) -- Three-division world champions and national icons MANNY "PACMAN" PACQUIAO, from The Philippines, and ERIK "EL TERRIBLE" MORALES, from Mexico, put it all on the line Tomorrow Night! in "The Grand Finale!" -- the 12-round WBC International title fight rubber match of their amazing super featherweight trilogy. continue
By Per Ake Persson: November 17, Cologne, Germany: John "the Quiet Man" came in 238 lbs / 108 kg fully dressed at today´s weigh-in in Cologne for tomorrow´s WBA eliminator at the Burg-Wachter Castello in Duesseldorf. His opponent Ruslan "White Tyson" Chagaev scaled 229,25 lbs / 104 kg. There were no staredowns as the two posed for the cameras, shook hands and left. continue
17.11.06 - By W. Gregory Guedel: It has become almost second nature for many boxing fans to forlornly criticize the "sorry state" of the Heavyweight division in the contemporary era. Casual observers who once were familiar with Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson now eschew the sport because they don't know (or can't properly pronounce) the name of a current title holder. Even seasoned fight reporters are quick to pass merciless judgment on boxing's Big Men these days. On ESPN's website, head boxing reporter Dan Rafael refers to the quality of present-day Heavyweights as "poor" and "terrible" and asks "Is this what the Heavyweight division has come to?"
A better question to ask: Is this really true? As a group, are today's Heavyweights truly inferior in talent, skill, or desire to those of previous generations? Those who are exposed to the media's relentless lambasting of the present state of the division could certainly be led to believe this is the case. A favorite pastime of boxing neophytes is to compare present-day fighters with those from "the good old days", which might be any time period between last year and the title reign of James Figg. continue
17.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: There's been an awful lot of griping in the boxing community about the defensive-oriented style utilized by Floyd Mayweather Jr, especially in the WBC title-winning performance against Carlos Baldomir.
Fans and insiders have been complaining quite profusely about Floyd's fleet-footed pitter, patter, peck way of boxing but this viewpoint might be a little unfair. continue
17.11.06 - European Cruiserweight Champion David Haye puts it all on the line tonight at London's York Hall when the big punching British superstar places his crown at risk against old foe, Italy's Giacobbe Fragomeni in a contest that also will award the winner the number one WBC ranking. "The Haymaker" has waited seven years to avenge an Olympic trial loss to Fragomeni and has sworn to leave his opponent unconscious on the canvas before the end of the twelve round contest. continue
17.11.06 - One half of the popular Southern California-based “Bash Brothers,” Enrique Ornelas will face world-ranked Sam Soliman in the main event Friday, Nov. 17, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” True to the “ShoBox” mantra, the 26-year-old Ornelas will take on his toughest opponent to date in a 10-round middleweight bout. continue
16.11.06 - By Monte Cox: For generations of sporting men baseball and boxing were the two most popular sports in the world. It was not until the post WW 2 era that other sports started to gain in popularity. Not until the 1960’s did boxing begin to take a backseat to sports such as football and later basketball. In the Oct. 9, 2006 issue of Sports Illustrated a panel of 22 experts submitted their list for the All Time All Star baseball team. The SI listing is a who’s who of the greatest names in the history of baseball. In like manner, the IBRO (International Boxing Research Organization) published a listing of the greatest boxers of all time in IBRO Journal # 91 Sept, 27 2006.
The IBRO is an esteemed group of analysts who are well researched in the history of boxing. The IBRO membership had 30 historians participating in the poll. Votes were on a points based system. continue
16.11.06 - By Tony Nobbs: Self described “Australasian” heavyweight Kali Meehan (31-3, 25 KO's) returns to action in an Australian ring for the first time since signing with Don King 2004 when he defends his PABA heavyweight title against former South African champion Anton Nel (15-10-3, 11 KO's) at the Magic Millions Complex at Bundall on the Gold Coast tonight. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 16 – With weeks of intense training in the bank and a fight scheduled on the highly publicized “Superfighter” card in Australia, former World Heavyweight Champion, Oliver McCall was understandably upset when that card was postponed earlier this week. continue
CHICAGO (November 16, 2006) This past Friday night, November 10th at a packed Cicero Stadium, undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez improved his record to 9-0 with 8 knockouts on the 8 Count Productions CICERO CHILL event. Gonzalez, a native of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, now fighting out of Milwaukee, WI, won a six round unanimous decision over Marcus Brashears of Amarillo, Texas with all three judges scoring the bout 59-55. continue
16.11.06 - By Izyaslav "Slava" Koza There is a saying in the world of professional boxing, "Fighters who fight not to lose rather then fighting to win," which perfectly illustrates the difference between fighters who are draws and those who are bores. In other words, those guys who don't go out and try to take what they supposedly want, but rather wait for somebody else to serve it up for them on silver platter, won't put people in seats. In part, the heavyweight division today is considered rotten because roughly 90% of the fighters in it don't come out looking to win, but rather to not make a mistake and lose, which is why there is such a longing for the greats of the past.
Point being, I dare anyone to tell me Sultan Ibragimov does any such thing. For those who have seen him fight, you know that win, lose, or draw (even though he beat Austin in my eyes), fans will get their money's worth if Sultan is in the ring. Even if I can appreciate tactical boxing with little action, there is no substitute for the type of in your face game-plan that Sultan Ibragimov always brings to the table. continue
CHICAGO (November 16, 2006) Hot light heavyweight prospect Tavoris Cloud, kept his perfect record intact with a crushing fourth round knockout of Douglas LaFontsee this past Friday night, November 10th at the packed Cicero Stadium. The win for Cloud was part of another evening of world class professional boxing, presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
16.11.06 - By Jim Amato: Here we go again. Personally, I think Sergei Liakhovich's loss to Shannon Briggs set the division back about five years. Wladimir Klitschko's win over Calvin Brock may have solidified his claim as today's best heavyweight. Wlad has a great jab and is fairly mobile for a man his size. If he can keep you at the end of that jab, he has a very effective overhand right. Just ask Mr. Brock. continue
16.11.06 - THE DON: Young gun Don Broadhurst loves life as a professional and is hoping to build on the eye-catching start he made on his debut in Bolton. The Commonwealth Games Champion fights for the second time on Saturday night when he takes on Serbian Kemal Plavci at the Newport Centre in South Wales. And he has shifted around hundred tickets for the show - to go with the 300 he did on debut - as his popularity in Birmingham continues to grow. continue
16.11.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: When I first started getting into boxing discussion and following the sport a few years back, I won a VHS tape full of any recorded fights of my choosing the owner could fit on there. At that time, sharing clips was not really all that common, so I was lucky enough to obtain some fights I never watched live.
Without thinking, two of the bouts I selected involved a fighter by the name of Ike Ibeabuchi, who was still quite a hot topic, considering he was no longer active. For those who follow the sport, it’s pretty obvious that the bouts also involved David Tua and Chris Byrd and some very interesting circumstances. Before Wladimir Klitschko recently pulverized Byrd, the only time Chris had ever been stopped was against Ibeabuchi, but what was more intriguing was the manner in which it happened. continue
16.11.06 - DRL Promotions announced it has found an opponent for former WBO Super Featherweight Champion Mike Anchondo (26-1 19KO’S). Armando Cordoba (22-28-2 16KO’s) will be Mike’s first test in the Lightweight division. Mike Anchondo and Armando Cordoba are scheduled for an eight round bout on December 14, at the Marriott’s Battle in the Ballroom Show in Irvine, California. “I think that Armando is a good test for me at the Lightweight division. I’ve had some time away from boxing, and he’s fought the likes of Jose Cotto and David Santos. This is a great way for me to test the waters in the Lightweight division.” Added Anchondo
New York, November 16-DiBella Entertainment has signed Brentwood, New York’s James “Buddy” McGirt, Jr. (12-0, 7 KO’s), son of the legendary former World Champion and current top trainer Buddy McGirt, Sr., to an exclusive promotional agreement, it was announced today by DBE president Lou DiBella. continue
16.11.06 - By Jacqui Snow: It was supposed to be an easy victory for hard-hitting Brian Viloria (19-1, 12 KOs), who was defending his WBC Junior Flyweight title against Omar Nino Romero on August 10th. Instead, the popular Hawaiian-born fighter, whose sensational first-punch knockout of Eric Ortiz (24-4-1, 16 KO's) on the undercard of Pacquiao/Velazquez made him a star in the Philippines, turned in the worst performance of his professional career, allowing the underdog Romero to win a wide unanimous decision and claim the belt. continue
16.11.06 - By Onur Tezucar: "There’s an old saying in Tennessee, I know it’s in Texas, probably Tennessee. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me…can’t get, fool me again.” (George W. Bush courtesy of You-Tube). A very accurate description of the new Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Mega-fight” coming in May. Boxing will always captivate its hardcore fans, no doubt. However, in recent years, boxing has sadly lost touch with its casual fan. There are numerous reasons that can be attributed to, of course, such as, the weak Heavyweight Division, faded stars and poor marketing of the young, up and coming fighters, are just to name a few. Still, at the end of the day, boxing has failed to provide the public with the best possible match ups available.
On May 05, 2007, I'm afraid we will be seeing the funeral service of boxing as we know it. The star power that fighters like Mayweather and De La Hoya possess, will unite the hardcore and casual boxing fan, only to lose the casual fan to another stylistic dud these fighters will showcase. continue
16.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: EBU heavy champ Vladimir Virchis from Ukraine but promoted by Universum in Germany defends the title against Russian Dennis Bakhtov January 13 in Halle an der Saale. Virchis was originally to have defended the title December 2 in Berlin. Official challenger for Virchis is his stablemate Luan Krasniqi. continue
16.11.06 - On November 16, boxing fans can feel “The Heat” as the spectacular firefight between former Olympians Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen and Dante “Inferno” Craig for the USBA Junior Middleweight championship will be broadcast on the MSG television network at 8 pm, with replays at 12:30 am and noon on November 17. continue
16.11.06 - By Geoff McKay: A local sports club had put up some good money for a weekend basketball tournament they were hosting, so some buddies and I threw a team together in the hopes of earning a good payout for a weekends work. Now, to be sure, we were no superstars but we all had college experience and understood how the game should be played. Before out first match we stood sizing up our opponents, who sporting the most expensive shoes and fancy jerseys depicting their favorite NBA stars. The many air balls and missed lay-ups we observed in their warm-up didn’t do the outfits proud however, and we were left brimming with confidence. continue
16.06.06 - By James Slater: During the under-card of the May weather v Baldomir title fight the other Saturday (Nov 4th) I had the pleasure of speaking with former world champion and highly ranked light middleweight contender, Vernon “The Viper” Forrest.
With the controversy regarding his last fight - a points win over Ike Quartey - still fresh in his mind, Forrest was keen to speak on this subject and others. Here is how the interview went.
James Slater: First of all, have you an opponent lined up for your next fight yet?
Vernon Forrest: Er, we are in negotiations with a few people right now, but there’s nothing concrete yet.
J.S: So there’ll be no rematch with Ike Quartey then? continue
16.1106 - Lenny Daws’ ‘First Defence’ of his British light welterweight title will now take place at the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace on January 19th. Sky Sports will cover live. The Morden fighter was originally scheduled to meet his mandatory contender on October 20th at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, but Morrison withdrew on short notice with his representative Tommy Gilmour supplying a letter from a doctor stating that he was unable to compete because of ‘health problems.’ continue
16.11.06 - Superfighter News Statement From Stephen Duval Founder and CEO: It is with great regret that I announce the postponement of the Superfighter Pay-Per-View event scheduled for December 2nd in Melbourne and December 1st in the USA. The team will continue working until the inaugural Superfighter event is staged, with our intention to hold the tournament in the United States in early 2007. continue
Houston, TX (November 15th, 2006)-It has been nearly three years since heavyweight Dominick Guinn 26-4-1 (18 KO’s) last fought in his home state of Arkansas, and December 9th at the Alltel Arena in Little Rock on the under card of the Taylor-Ouma championship match-up the thirty-one year old former contender returns home to recapture the fire he once possessed when he faces tough journeyman Zack Page 12-8-1 (4 KO’s). continue
16.11.06 - By Onur Tezucar: There comes a time every year where you take a few moments to look down the boxing schedule and say to yourself, "I'd pay $50.00 to see that." This is one of them. On November 18, we will see something you rarely see these days, two fighters fighting for pride, honor and legacy. Both Manny Pacquiao (43-3-2, 33 KO's) and Erik Morales (48-4, 34 KO's), throughout their careers, have consistently fought the best opponents, never letting egos, contracts or fear impede their legacy in the annals of boxing history. Sure, they received handsome ransoms along the way, but never once did it alter there aggressive boxing styles.
Not once did they shy away from contact, nor did they fail to entertain. These guys care about legacy. You will not see a washed up 35 year old Morales or Pacquiao trying to sell a C class pay-per-view event in Idaho, hence Roy Jones. Why? Because they fought the best at their primes and give you, the fans, everything their 130 pound bodies got. continue
16.11.06 - In November 2005, Jeannine "Heartless" Garside (6-0-1, Windsor, Ontario) triumphed over veteran champion Lisa "Bad News" Brown (12-3-2) to capture her first world title with a record of only 3-0. The critics scoffed at her being a challenge to Brown but soon sang a different tune. Fighting through 2006, Garside slugged her way to a TKO over Kim Colbert and in June, fought the highly anticipated rematch with Lisa Brown, which ended in a draw. continue
15.11.06 - When the president of your country calls, you must answer. So it is with a punching patriot named Joan Guzman, the undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion and the fighter many see as Manny Pacquaio's worst nightmare. When Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez called Guzman, the champ replied affirmatively and enthusiastically. Would the lightning-quick Guzman headline an all-star fight card in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the baseball crazy nation? Yes. Would Guzman defend his world title and bring the sporting world's spotlight on a country which is already a tourist's dreamland? Yes again. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (November 15, 2006) - Boxers dream of fighting in the New York City but Juan "Hispanic Causing Panic" Lazcano apparently doesn't want to take a bite of the Big Apple, at least against Brooklyn's world light welterweight contender Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi. According to Malignaggi (21-1, 5 KOs), Lazcano (37-3-1, 27 KOs) turned down a February fight against him on HBO because he refuses to fight Paulie in New York City. continue
15.11.06 - By Ted Sares: Sometimes a fighter wins but really loses. The classic case of this involved Riddick Bowe's two brutal battles with Andrew Golota.
When Big Daddy met Evander Holyfield for the third time in the mid-90's, he did not look nearly as fit as the fighter who won the title three years earlier. His training routine has dropped off considerably, but his eating habits had increased considerably....and when those two elevators meet, it is not a good thing. And it showed during the last fight of this hard fought trilogy. A lethargic Bowe was decked by a Holyfield left hook in the fifth and he also appeared hurt in the eighth, but then he landed a big right hand during a furious exchange of bombs and that was it for the "Real Deal." In winning, however, it was clear something was very wrong with "Big Daddy." He was more vulnerable, his musculature had lost definition, he was lethargic, and he could not sustain a steady punch volume. All of a sudden, he appeared ready for a big fall. continue
15.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Most of the media did not bother to question Floyd Mayweather about all his excuses and double talk in refusing to fight WBO Welterweight champion Antonio Margarito. They do not ever dare question his habit of handpicking safe opposition.
And the media stands mute as they give Mayweather a free pass when he says he's the best fighter today, in fact, the media practically echoes these sentiments like a chorus of publicists. Even though astute ring followers know Floyd has artfully avoided the most formidable challenges at 140 and 147. continue
Orange, CA – On Monday, November 20, Thompson Boxing Promotions will stage the final 2006 show of its popular "Path to Glory" series, in what is predicted to be yet another sold-out event. Lightweight contender Josesito Lopez will step inside the ring with hard-hitting Adrian Navarrete of Durango, Mexico, in a 10-round main attraction for Lopez's WBC Continental Americas championship. continue
Alexander Dimitrenko – just unbeatable. Not even the devil could stop him on his way to a world title fight. The Argentinean Gonzalo Omar Basile, in his country known as the “Devil at Heavyweight”, was knocked down in the 1st round in front of 3.500 spectators at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. The Ukrainian, who lives in Hamburg, remains unbeaten with a superb record: 23 wins in 23 fights with 14 KO’s. He defended his WBO Interconti title for the third time. continue
15.11.06 - By Adrian Saba – As this year concludes, we can see a ray of light that illuminates 2007. It will be one of those memorable years with important activity in almost all weight classes. There are many plots that will be solved.
1. The announcement of the agreement between Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather was the main story of the day. It will become the most talked fight since Tyson-Lewis in 2002, a fight that will reach mainstream media and will be boxing’s most important topic until next May. A lot of people think that Floyd should win easily due to Oscar’s age and inactiveness. However, at 33, De la Hoya is not ‘old’ or ‘shot’. Sure he isn’t in his physical prime, but he is more experienced than ever before and mentally prepared for a Grand Event like this. The showdown will take place in the Light Middleweight division, which is something negative for Mayweather. continue
15.11.06 - By Jacqui Snow: In 1941, Anton Christoforidis made boxing history by beating Melio Bettina in a fifteen round decision to take the National Boxing Association title. In the 65 years since then, no other Greek fighter has held a professional boxing title, despite the fact that amateur boxing has always been very popular in Greece (it was even included in the first Olympics). continue
15.11.06 By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine (27-3, 21 KO's) warmed up for his WBA "regular" Super Middleweight title bout with a four round knockout over South American Champion Ruben Eduardo Acosta (12-2-4, 1 KO) at Newcastle, NSW, tonight. Mundine entered the ring singing his own rap song (ala Roy Jones Jnr). The bout was fought at a fast pace with the awkward Argentine proving a lively visitor for a few rounds. He threw many punches, had fast hands and caught Mundine with a clean right hand in the third that saw sweat spray. continue
15.11.06 - By Bernie McCoy: It's time that all fans of the sport of Women's boxing concede a most obvious point: HBO is right! There is no "depth" in the sport. Laila Ali has conclusively made that point again and again and again, on seven nights in seven different venues (make that six, Atlanta did a "twofer," which speaks volumes about Atlanta!) ranging from Baysox Stadium in Bowie, MD, in July 2004, against Nikki Eplion to Madison Square Garden last Saturday night, against Shelley Burton, with Berlin, Germany thrown in for international seasoning. Seven fights, seven wins, not one of the bouts in doubt much past the pre-fight instructions. HBO got it! There's no depth in the sport of Women's boxing. continue
15.11.06 - By W. Gregory Guedel: Boxing is a rough sport. As such, it attracts more than its share of rough characters, both in and out of the ring. Acts of brutal violence that would be considered felonious anywhere else are both expected and celebrated as part of The Sweet Science. However, it is not always easy for fighters trained to inflict pain and destruction to turn off their aggression after the final bell has sounded. As a result, the roll call of professional boxing’s elite is replete with names that were (or are) also present on a roll of a different sort – a list of penitentiary inmates.
The following selection of fighters represent world champions or top-flight contenders who served time either before, after, or during their ring careers. Covering eight weight classes, they are a formidable crew that could compete in any era – and some of them still do. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 15, 2006 ) -- Boxing's pound-for-pound most exciting star, MANNY PACQUIAO, dazzled a gym full of media yesterday at his open workout in Las Vegas, going non-stop for over two solid hours. And with just a few days and a few seats remaining, "The Grand Final!" the rubber match of the amazing trilogy between three-division world champions Pacquiao and Erik Morales, is poised to become the biggest fight financially of the trilogy. continue
15.11.06 - Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing proudly announce their next event, an eight-bout night of professional boxing at “the most spectacular and grandiose theater ever built in the United States,” the Paradise Theater in Bronx, New York, on Friday, December 8. Fighting in the main event will be Ukrainian strongman Andrey Tsurkan (24-2, 15 KOs) in a 12-round defense of his NABF Light Middleweight Championship. Star Boxing President Joe DeGuardia says that with Tsurkan, it’s nearly impossible to have a boring fight. continue
15.11.06 - In the same way that Julius Caesar came and conquered from the Mediterranean centuries ago, this week sees an Italian invasion taking place in London. Giacobbe Fragomeni and his Italian mob come to England with victory in mind, intending to put an end to the world title dreams of British boxing’s glamour boy David Haye at the York Hall, this Friday, November 17. continue
14.11.06 - By Hunter Breckenridge: On Saturday night, Wladimir Klitschko defended his IBF heavyweight title (And more importantly, his Ring Magazine number 1 rating) with an emphatic 7th round TKO of challenger Calvin Brock. After 4 relatively even rounds, Wladimir took over in the fifth, scoring at will with his jab, and eventually ended matters with a huge right hand in the 7th frame.
The win solidified his standing as the best heavyweight in the world. At this point, Klitschko has had 50 fights, and has fought against better opposition than any currently active heavyweight contender (can’t call Evander a true contender just yet). continue
14.11.06 - By Ben Yap: In recent years, there's been talk about how boxing is going down for the count, and how other sports, such as MMA are taking over. But I tend to disagree. MMA is becoming more and more popular without a doubt, but boxing is entering a new phase itself. When you really look at it, boxing is finally becoming a global sport. continue
15.11.06 - By Dwight Boyd:Super featherweight Manny Pacquiao (42-3-2, 33 KO's) will take on Erik Morales (48-4, 34 KO's) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas. This bout is the 3rd bout between the two fighters, with the first two fights being split with one victory a piece for each fighter. Morales, a marvelous fighter, who has won championships in several weight classes, is the more skilled fighter of the two. He's had epic battles with Marco Antonio Barrera, which will go down in history as being some of the most exciting boxing ever. continue
14.11.06 - By Stuart Cornwell: Last week, a day before Evander Holyfield took on Fres Oquendo in a heavyweight clash at San Antonio’s Alamodrome, I commented that, “beating a fighter like Oquendo is actually a better than par claim for a title shot in today’s heavyweight climate.” .... Well, here we are less than a week later, with Holyfield the official winner over Oquendo and with rumours circulating that Holyfield and his co-promoter Murad Muhammad are targeting the respective holders of the IBF, the WBA and the WBC heavyweight titles - the three belts Holyfield once held in unison. continue
14.11.06 - By Ernest Morales F.:The Champ entered the room. He was never known to be sociable or friendly. He wasn't a "nice guy", much less a gentleman. He hated his opponents, his opponent’s handlers, even his opponent’s families. When the final bell rang he wouldn't shake hands nor embrace. He was mean, real mean and, on that day, The Champ was again on a mission, but of a different nature.
In the corner of the room was a bed, a deathbed. On it lay a man stricken with a virus, the AIDS virus. The Champ recognized the man. Why? Because they were once enemies, bitter enemies. The Champ approached 'his enemy' and as he did so he smiled, an unusual loving smile, never seen before by most, not even by his closest associates.
He sat down by his former conqueror, the only man to defeat him while still at 135lbs in the Lightweight division, where The Champ was KING! First he uncustomarily shook his 'opponent's' hand and sat on his bed, the deathbed. Then The Champ did another thing that was 'out of character’; he embraced 'the enemy’, a long embrace and then to top it off, he kissed him, not once, but twice. continue
14.11.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Saturday night, the highly anticipated rubber match between Erik Morales and Manny Pacquiao will finally become a reality. When these two warriors first met in March 2005, Morales won a decisive unanimous victory against Pacquiao. In their second encounter early this year, Pac Man stopped El Terrible in the tenth round after having administered a prolonged beating on the Mexican warrior. Saturday night should prove once and for all, who’s the better fighter! Or will it? continue
NEW YORK (November 14, 2006) - Newly crowned IBA World middleweight title-holder "Ireland's" John Duddy, rated No. 6 by the WBO and No. 9 by the WBA, realizes that he's still developing into a world-class fighter. Ireland-native Duddy (18-0, 15 KOs), now fighting of out Queens (NY), learned an invaluable lesson in his last fight, September 29 in a unanimous 12-round decision title-winning performance at The Theatre in Madison Square Garden against former world champion Luis Ramon "Yori Boy" Campas (88-9) for the IBA World middleweight title. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI (November 14, 2006) - 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason "Big Six" Estrada left his Providence base today for Friday night's (November 17) fight against unbeaten heavyweight Travis "Freight Train" Walker on Showbox: The Next Generation from the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. Estrada-Williams is the co-feature on the card headlined by Sam Soliman-Enrique Ornelas. continue
14.11.06 - By Matt Stein: Oscar De La Hoya (38-4, 30 KO's), the current WBC Super welterweight champion, will defend his 154 lb. title against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (37-0, 24 KO's) on May 5th, 2007, most likely in Las Vegas. The 154 lb. limit should help the older, slower De La Hoya, primarily because he'll come in to the fight as the naturally bigger fighter than Mayweather, a fighter that as recently as 2005, was still fighting in the super light weight division (140 lbs). Besides that, De La Hoya, 5'10 1/2," will have a 2 1/2 inch height advantage over the 5'8" Mayweather.
Another factor in De La Hoya's favor, is that he has already fought Shane Mosley, a former P4P boxer, who, in my opinion, is a better fighter than Mayweather can ever hope to be. Mosley is just as fast, but is much more powerful puncher than Mayweather. De La Hoya, although losing twice to Mosley, fought him very tough and came close to winning each time. If Oscar can do that well against someone as good as Mosley, than I give him a good chance at beating Mayweather. continue
New York, November 14—Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing is pleased to announce an agreement that it has entered into a partnership with Ronnie “The Rottweiler” Kerner. Gotham will serve as one of the producers of Kerner’s documentary, television and reality series projects, and Kerner will have an interest in all Gotham Boxing fight promotions. continue
14.11.06 - By Jim Amato: There has been a tentative agreement for a bout next May between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr.... Good God this is a potential blockbuster ! It will be for Oscar's title at 154 pounds. A few random thoughts...Rarely does Oscar De La Hoya take a fight that he doesn't think he can win. That is not saying he ducked anybody. I have great respect for Oscar. He fought the best out there in his era...Whitaker, Trinidad, Quartey, Vargas, Hopkins, Mayorga... He ducked no one, a true champion. continue
On Friday December 1, 2006 boxing fans will get an early holiday treat as one of the hottest heavyweight prospect’s in the world and a rematch of a sizzling fight highlights a terrific boxing card promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions that will take place at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. continue
14.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: It really is becoming a pleasure to listen to all-time great pugilist specialist Lennox Lewis offer his unique insights on the HBO telecasts. Here is a summary of Lewis's commentary during the Klitschko-Brock match.
Round 1: "(Klitschko's gameplan.) Basically stay tall, jab a lot, work the jab until you see an opening. Then throw a combination."
"Calvin needs to get inside of Klitschko now."
"You definitely have to control the fight with a jab just like Emanuel says."
Round 2: "It's difficult for Calvin to get in."
Round 3: "Right now (Brock) can only get to the body, so he's hitting the body." continue
PROVIDENCE (November 14, 2006) - Popular knockout artist Gary "Tiger" Balletto returns to action, after his recent stint with The Contender II, as the headliner on the December 1 "Jingle Bell Pop" Pro-Am show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence. Balletto (30-3-2, 25 KOs), former IBU World lightweight champion, hasn't fought outside of The Contender II since Halloween Night in 2003. continue
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Lion Heart Boxing Productions proudly announces today that it will hold a Live Professional Boxing event at the Valley Forge Convention Center in Valley Forge, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania on November 30, 2006. In the Main Event, North American Boxing Council (NABC) Welterweight Champion and Welterweight contender Antonio Mesquita (33-0, 27 knockouts) will defend his title against an opponent to be announced. continue
14.11.06 - By Mike Cassell - “The Philadelphia Boxing Report” - As the Heavyweight division is currently taking a standing 8 count, a fighter is emerging that could change the face of Heavyweight boxing. His name is Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell. The 6’ 5” 247lb., ex-football player is making a big noise in the fighting city of Philadelphia, and that noise is usually his opponent slamming into the canvas. continue
14.11.06 - FRED STERNBURG: It’s “The Grand Finale!” – Three-Division World Champions Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales – will get it on for the third and final time to determine the best man in the ring. They each own a victory over each other. Both fights have been complete sell outs in Las Vegas and have sold well over 700,000 Pay-Per-View buys combined so we’re looking forward to another outstanding event where these guys just won’t give up an inch of ground inside the ring. Bob Arum yesterday announced at Manny Pacquiao’s workout that we’re already looking for in excess of 10,000 extra seats just to accommodate closed circuit spectators in Las Vegas because it looks like it’s headed to a complete sell out. We will be on HBO Pay- Per-View live on November 18th from Thomas & Mack starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. To tell you a little bit more about the event it’s my pleasure to introduce the CEO of Top Rank and the promoter, Bob Arum. continue
15.11.06 - Mundine "the motor mouth" has been at it again responding to the media when questioned about a potential showdown – rematch between him and Sam Soliman. Last week he is on record as saying “What for ? Who wants to see him fight me? He fights like an Orang-utan”. Stupid pathetic remarks from a desperate man who is starting to realise that he is close to being cornered. Speaking from LA where he is preparing to face rugged Mexican (former WBC World Youth Champ) Enrique Ornelas, Soliman had this to say about Mundine.... continue
Stamford, Conn. (Nov. 14, 2006) – Bobby “The Sniper” Pacquiao (27-11-3, 12 KOs) defends his WBC Continental Americas Lightweight Championship against Hector “El Artillero” Velazquez (45-11-2, 1NC, 32 KOs) in the 12-round main event of the next VERSUS Fight Night card in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing on Thursday, November 16 at 9 p.m. ET from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. continue
13.11.06 - Undefeated junior welterweight “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (17-0-1, 9 KOs), a proud representative of his homeland of Greece, will come bearing the gift of leather on November 18 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas when he takes on hard-punching Ricardo Torres (29-1, 27 KOs) for the vacant WBO title to top the undercard of the “Grand Finale” PPV featuring the Erik Morales vs. Manny Pacquiao rubber match. continue
13.11.06 - By Kirk Allen: Former heavyweight champion John Ruiz (41-6-1, 28 KO's) will return to the ring on Saturday night, when he fights Ruslan "White Tyson" Chagaev (21-0-1, 17 KOs) in a WBA elimination bout in Dusseldorf, Germany. The winner of the bout, will be the mandatory challenger for Nikolay Valuev, the WBA heavyweight champion.
Just last year, in December 2005, Ruiz narrowly lost his WBA heavyweight belt to Valuev, in a controversial majority decision ((scored 114-116, 113-116, and 114-114) loss in Germany. Strangely enough, Ruiz was both the busier fighter and the stronger puncher, often punishing the 7-foot Russian Valuev with combinations and powerful right hand shots.
However, the judges appeared to be more impressed with Valuev's more consistent work in the later rounds of the right, during which time Valuev landed mostly jabs. Since then, Ruiz has been inactive, possibly still upset about his decision loss to Valuev. continue
13.11.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani @ Ringside: Saturday night, Wladimir Klitschko defended his newly-acquired IBF championship against undefeated challenger, Calvin Brock. For Klitschko, this was his first fight since winning the title from Chris Byrd; for Brock, this was an opportunity to continue his winning streak and a chance at capturing a portion of the world championship. continue
13.11.06 - By James Slater: The current heavyweight scene may be relatively thin, at least when comparing it to eras gone by. Still, there are some good fighters amongst today’s big men. Not least “Dr. Steel Hammer” himself, Wladimir Klitshcko, who dispatched previously unbeaten contender Calvin Brock in impressive fashion Saturday night at The Garden. And while he may never deserve to be rated anywhere near as highly as the great man who watched him crush Brock in seven rounds, in Muhammad Ali, Wladimir is certainly the best heavyweight in the world today. Here, in this article, I give my choice for the best ten heavies fighting at present. continue
(Denver, Colorado, November 13th, 2006, T's KO Fight Club) Shane "Hurricane" Swartz, fresh from his upset win over one of the division's very best in Dale Brown, will be traveling to Warsaw, Poland to fight an eliminator for the number one spot in the IBF. He will take on undefeated Vadim Tokarev in a twelve rounder for Tokarev's NABF and IBF Inter-Continental cruiserweight titles. continue
13.11.06 - By Scoop 'The Truth" Malinowski: Warning: Mayweather fans may experience stress, anger, frustration and or severe denial after reading this unconventional viewpoint.
"He never expected this. He never expected a Margarito to come out of nowhere and challenge him. He's off balance. He's confused."
"Mayweather was just concentrating on boxing and his record label. Margarito's thing was, This is something I've never had before. So Mayweather kept pushing him away, pushing him away. The more he pushed him away, the more the desire built inside him," said the very well-informed east coast boxing trainer.
"And when he erupted like that, Floyd became the ant looking up at the mountain, with all the fire and lava coming out of it. In amazement. And Margarito took advantage of that. Because he got to a point where he built up and he built up and when he exploded, it wasn't anything Floyd could do about it. continue
(Denver, Colorado, November 13th, 2006, Gladiator Sports Management & Marketing) Hector "Chin Checka" Saez will be taking yet another trip to California for yet another title shot. This time he will be fighting Jesus "Chuy" Rodriguez for the USBC (United States Boxing Council) junior welterweight championship to be contested over eight rounds. continue
(Chicago, November 13, 2006) World class professional boxing returns to Cicero Stadium on Friday, December 1st as Ricardo Castillo faces Takalani Ndlovu in an IBO super bantamweight world title fight which headlines DECEMBER FRENZY. DECEMBER FRENZY is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
13.11.06 - The 12-round victory by four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, which nearly ended in a KO and could propel the 44-year-old legend into a shot at a record fifth world title, can be seen now over the Internet. Holyfield-Fast Fres Oquendo, which ended in a verdict disputed by some, can be purchased by going to www.foxsports.com. continue
LAS VEGAS (November 13, 2006) - Two-time world heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz (41-6-1, 28 KOs) broke training camp Thursday in Las Vegas and is in Germany for Saturday night's (Nov. 18) mandated WBA elimination fight against No. 2 rated challenger Ruslan "White Tyson" Chagaev (21-0-1, 17 KOs) in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Ruiz-Chagaev winner will be the mandatory challenger for WBA heavyweight champion Nicolay Valuev.
"Training camp was great," Ruiz said before departing for Germany. "I'm very happy with the way training has gone. We're ready for the fight. There's still a week to go and I'll be training a little over there. Training camp felt different from past camps. It was totally different. I worked on some new things and I really enjoyed it; not just the training but learning, moving on to bigger and better things, in my career and life." . continue
13.11.06 - DRL Promotions is happy to announce the return of former WBO Super Featherweight Champion Mike “The Powerful” Anchondo (26-1 19KO’S). Mike Anchondo is scheduled for an eight round bout and is part of December 14, Marriott’s Battle in the Ballroom Show in Irvine, California. His opponent is to be announced in the next couple of days. continue
MINNEAPOLIS (November 13, 2006) - Much more is at stake than bragging rights when a cast of Minnesota all-star caliber boxers clashes Friday night (November 17) in Boxing is Back! at The Target Center in Minneapolis. The Contender Season One star Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante (27-8, 15 KOs), of Shakopee (MN), headlines against St. Paul super middleweight Troy "TNT" Lowry (27-6, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant Minnesota State middleweight championship. continue
13.11.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: On Friday night, former undisputed heavyweight champion, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, continued his quest to become five-time heavyweight champion of the world when he scored a unanimous decision victory over heavyweight contender, “Fast” Fres Oquendo. The victory seemingly puts Holyfield right back into the mix of a wide-open heavyweight division. continue
SAN ANTONIO--And, on the Seventh Day, Evander Holyfield rested. The four-time world heavyweight champion, who scored a stirring victory over Fast Fres Oquendo here Friday night in the Alamodome (as seen on PPV in 130 countries), went to church Sunday morning. But Holyfield did not rest long. "After the fight, after working so hard on the whole promotion for six weeks, the grueling training regimen and then going 12 hard rounds, I told Evander he should at least take a week off. So I surprised when Evander phoned me this afternoon and said he was ready to go back to work. He does not want time for rest and recreation. I listen to him not only as a boxing legend but as my business partner and co-promoter," Murad Muhammad of M& M Sports said.
"But Evander said. 'Let's move on the next task.' That is how deeply focused this great athlete is on his quest to make history as the first five-time heavyweight champion. " (Holyfield's company is called Real Deal Events. continue
13.11.06 - Reports coming from England have Italian cruiserweight Giacobbe Fragomeni cutting a wide swath through a host of British sparring partners as the Continental visitor prepares for his European title challenge against Champion David Haye at London's York Hall this Friday, November 17. continue
12.11.06 - By Marcelles "Quenton" Brown: The look on Calvin Brock’s face before his fight between Klitschko showed how scared he was going into the fight, and the way he stumbled around the ring in the first few minutes, proved that he was overestimating his footwork, too. He was obviously nervous and as many predicted, he lost the fight. In the first round, Brock was slipping and sliding around the ring and grabbing Klitschko’s legs like he really didn’t want to fight. At one point, Brock clumsily fell to the canvas after being knocked off balance by Wladimir. continue
12.11.06 - By Vanessa McConnell: For twelve weeks, 16 Ultimate Fighters lived, played and fought together on the "Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback." It all came down to the thirteenth week final show aired live on Spike TV Nov. 11th, from the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Team "Mojo" and Team "No Love" went head to head to eliminate 12 fighters and the allow the best four to advance to the finals for a chance to win $100,000, a $100,000 sponsorship from XYIENCE and a title shot. read full story
12.11.06 - By KIRK LANG: IBF heavyweight title holder Wladimir Klitschko, fighting in his first main event at Madison Square Garden, destroyed American Calvin Brock’s dreams of becoming a champion this past Saturday with a perfect 1-2 combination in the seventh round of their scheduled 12-round affair.
A huge right hand sent Brock face-down on the canvas. Lying there as if he had been hit by a human-sized fly swatter, Brock somehow made it to his feet. However, referee Wayne Kelly, seeing Brock was on wobbly legs, called it off at the 2:10 mark. Before the fight-ending shot, Klitschko had stunned Brock earlier in the round with another straight-down-the pike right hand that followed a left hook. Klitschko closed the show in spectacular fashion but the fight itself was far from spectacular. "It wasn’t one of his better performances," said Emanual Steward, Klitscko’s trainer, "But with that said, it’s hard to be perfect every night." continue
12.11.06 - By Jim Amato: He was born to humble beginnings on January 7, 1945 in Jalisco, Mexico. He would become a professional boxer at the age of eighteen. For years he fought fellow novices, losing some but winning more. He was making a name for himself though. In 1966 he climbed up the ladder with a win over rugged Memin Vega. Two fights later he drew with Geraldo Luna. continue
12.11.06 - Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (10-0-1), will serve as a sparring partner for former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd, according to Williams’ trainer Eddie Mustafa Muhammad. Byrd is preparing for the Superfighter Tournament in Australia next month. “Aaron will be working with Chris for the next three weeks,” said Muhammad. continue
12.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Sauerland Event have applied to the local council in Orebro, Sweden, which administrates the new martial arts law, for permission to stage a professional boxing show at the huge (14 000 seats) Globen Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, January 20, 2007, writes Dagens Nyheter, DN. DN writes that Sauerland plans to have WBA heavy champ Nikolai Valuev in a defence of the title against an opponent to be announced. Chris Meyer, CEO for Sauerland Event, confirms that they have applied for permission to stage a pro boxing show but declines to comment any further on the matter. Sauerland is represented by Kristina Tunkrans in Sweden. continue
12.11.06 - NEW YORK - America's only world heavyweight champion, WBO belt holder Brooklyn Shannon Briggs, sat ringside as IBF champ Wladimir Klitschko easily disposed of unprepared Calvin Brock Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. To put it mildly, Briggs was unimpressed by the mismatch.
"I told everyone that Brock-oli was green as grass," Briggs said. "He looked like a rank amateur. The guy was a total flop on the US Olympic team and he was a total flop in the Garden. Is he animal, vegetable or mineral? After this showing, I think he can be stored in the vegetable section with the rest of the Brock-oli. I knew he was a pretender contender from Jump Street. That was an embarrassment to our whole country. You can stick a fork in Brock. Hush, hush, Sweet Charlotte and like that. No heavyweight from Brooklyn would perform like that in the Garden, that is for sure.
On the flip side, Briggs, who was behind on the three scorecards when he nearly decapitated WBO champ Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich November 4 in Phoenix, knocking Liakhovich out with seconds remaining of the 12th and final round at Chase Field, congratulated Klitschko. continue
November 12, 2006 -By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - New York - Wladimir Klitschko, who earlier in the week had said he really can’t be considered the best heavyweight boxer without all the titles being unified, did wonders for his calling as the top dog of all the heavyweights with his impressive 7th round knockout victory of highly touted and previously undefeated Calvin Brock. continue
12.11.06 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Wladimir Klitschko, making his first defense of the IBF title he won from Chris Byrd, faced undefeated American Calvin Brock at Madison Square Garden Saturday night. Brock had already registered an impressive and televised victory against two-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline. Brock also scored the frontrunner for “Knockout of the Year” against Zuri Lawrence with a sickening left hook. continue
12.11.06 - By Christopher Roche - Whippany, NJ (Ringside)-On a night when our nation’s Marines were blowing out the candles in celebration of the birth of their Corps., Wayne “Lights Out” Johnsen caused a blackout. KEA’s latest show was a smashing success, and it was capped off in dramatic fashion. In front of a near capacity crowd, at the opulent Birchwood Manor, Johnsen needed only 33 seconds to dispatch formerly undefeated Josh “The Hammer” Hammock of Portsmouth, Arkansas. continue
12.11.06 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr - Sharkies Machine -Heavyweight Contender Calvin Brock brought his unbeaten record of 29-0, with 22 KO's to Madison Square Garden Saturday night in hopes of winning a major Title and fulfilling his dream. The reigning IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's) would be his biggest obstacle he ever faced. He was not ready.
The Fight: Round 1
Brock was noticeably nervous in the early going and Klitschko used his jab proficiently to control the action. Brock was so nervous that he threw a punch and fell from his own momentum. It was ruled a slip. Klitschko had no problem in round 1.
Klitschko continued using his jab and controlling the tempo. Brock finally landed a few left hooks and a couple of body shots, to shed a little light on an otherwise dim performance to that point. Brock's balance was dangerously poor. Klitschko was technically superior and used the basics to handle the nervous Brock, who too often stood in front of WK and lost the exchanges. continue
12.11.06 - By Sean Ocampo: IBF/IBO Heavyweight Champion "Dr. Steel Hammer" Wladimir Klitschko successfully defended his title by winning a devastating technical knockout against previously unbeaten Calvin Brock at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. Klistchko literally flattened Brock by sending him face first to the canvas. With the win, Klitschko has now defended his IBF title for the first time since winning it against Chris Byrd earlier this year. continue
11.11.06 - By Jeff Bastasini: Wladimir Klitschko (47-3, 42 KO's) successfully defended his IBF heavyweight title tonight by stopping previously unbeaten challenger Calvin Brock (29-1, 22 KO's) in the 7th round at Madison Square Garden in New York. After getting off to a slow start in the first 4 rounds, Wladimir suddenly came alive in 5th round, when he opened up with a volley of crushing jabs, followed by two huge right hands that changed the course of the fight. continue
11.11.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The fight between Calvin Brock and Wladimir Klitschko was just getting warmed up as a somewhat competitive first few rounds were punctuated by a Klitschko cut caused by an accidental butt. Brock for his part was working well by trying to come in under Klitschko’s jab and was having some success with body shots and grazing shots as Klitschko tied up rather then attempting to risk any sort of infighting. Though Klitschko was capitalizing on the jab when the distance between them was at arm’s length when Brock ducked under it with a high guard he didn’t just lose round after round. continue
11.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: After Wladimir Klitschko's workout on Tuesday, cruiserweight contender Jonathan Banks was telling some of us media members how Dr. Steelhammer is improving more and more, each training camp he becomes noticeably better, with new moves added to his arsenal. It wasn't just the words being spoken, it was the convincing way they were spoken. Curious to hear more, I asked Klitschko trainer Emanuel Steward about this. He had some fascinating comments:
"Wladimir's becoming a complete fighter. For the first time I've ever had a heavyweight that I could always see weaknesses when I would train a guy to beat if I was ever in the other corner. Wladimir is gonna be the one I don't think I could train no man to beat the way he is. I'm serious. I've never had a fighter - I went from Holyfield and all the guys I've worked with, never, Lennox - (Wladimir) is a very, very committed, very difficult to beat fighter. Because he won't let you fight him. He makes you fight what he wants you to fight. But the biggest thing which I think people are not looking at is his speed for a big man. Tremendous speed." continue
11.11.06 - By Ted Sares: I watched the fight tonight and two things were crystal clear. 1) Evander Holyfield needs to retire right now and 2) Fres Oquendo won the fight. How the judges could give it to "The Real Deal" is beyond my wildest imagination. Sure, he knocked Oquendo down in the first round, but it was a flash knockdown that did no damage. In fact, Fres may have won the rest of the round. continue
11.11.06 - By Tim Neilson: Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO’s) returns to the ring tonight to defend his IBF heavyweight title against former Olympian Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KO’s) at the Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight is a contrast of stylish boxing over raw punching power, with Wladimir having the clear advantage in the power department. Though, Brock can punch plenty hard, too, judging from his 22 knockouts on his record. However, the real power lies with Wladimir, who will likely be unloading on Brock with everything he's got early on. continue
Nov. 11, 2006 - Leading up to the highly anticipated super featherweight showdown between ring warriors Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales -- set for Saturday, Nov. 18 in Las Vegas and carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of their thrilling first two encounters. continue
11.11.06 - By Matt Stein: IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's), perhaps the best of the current crop of the four heavyweight title holders, will make his first defense of his newly won title against unbeaten Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KO's) on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York city. Brock was the best available opponent for Klitschko, since the other top heavyweights were already scheduled for other fights. Previously, Wladimir was working on setting up a fight with Shannon Briggs. However, the Wladimir camp opted for the unbeaten Brock, whom they felt was the more deserving opponent, largely due to his more active ring career.
For Klitschko, the 6'6" 241 lb Ukrainian heavyweight, he'll have a considerable size advantage over the smaller, 6'2" 224 lb, Brock. Just based on the size alone, Brock will have his work cut out for him in trying to make contact with the towering Klitschko's often vulnerable chin, mostly since Wladimir prefers to fight on the outside, shooting long jabs and straight rights at his target. Brock's shorter arms and slower hand speed will be a handicap, and force him to hope that he can counter Wladimir after he misses a punch. Not entirely impossible, of course, based on Wladimir's 2nd round loss to Corrie Sanders in 2003. However, not always easy do now that Wladimir has a completely new style taught to him by Emanuel Steward, his trainer. continue
Houston, TX (November 11th, 2006)- Former heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn and wife Monique welcomes their newest addition Samirah Guinn to the family. The 8 lb. 1 oz. 22 in. healthy baby girl was born yesterday morning at 8:23 AM at Sugarland Memorial; the newcomer is Guinn’s fifth child and “last addition” as he puts it. “I am very happy with a healthy baby girl, we are so blessed and very thankful.” . continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 11, 2006) -- Promoter Gary Shaw announced today the signing of undefeated junior welterweight contender and former amateur standout TIMOTHY "DESERT STORM" BRADLEY (16-0, 10 KOs). Gary Shaw Productions will co-promote Bradley with Thompson Promotions. Bradley, 23, from Palm Springs, CA, trains in Coachella, CA under Joel Diaz. continue
11.11.06 - Mike "Mike-Mike" Oliver, the recently crowned USBA 122 pound champion, has officially 'called out' unbeaten Irish star Bernard Dunne (21-0) today through his promoter, Rich Capiello. Oliver, now 17-0 with 7 stoppages, won the USBA crown just two weeks ago with an dominating unanimous decision over NABF champion Adam "El Torito" Carerra (18-1) of Cathedral City, California at the Mohegan Sun Casino. continue
10.11.06 - By Ted Sares: First off, there is no way in hell he is going to retire. Let's get that absurd thought out of the way at the outset. There are too many mega purses out there for him and he knows it better than anyone else except perhaps his uncle. Pretty Boy's problem seems to be one of attitude and out-of-ring demeanor. What he need is a good Public Relations spokesperson. God knows he has few, if any, problems in the ring. Sure, if he retired now, he would end up being a slam dunk in the International Boxing Hall of Fame....but his legacy as a premature retiree would haunt him forever.
There are too just too may challenges out there for him. Miguel Cotto. Ricky Hatton, Antonio Margarito, Sugar Shane Mosley and Oscar De La Hoya come to mind. As well, Paul Williams looms. Now I am not saying he should fight and beat each of them, but wins against Antonio, De La Hoya and Sugar Shane would cement his greatness. I would more than settle for that. Moreover, a fight with the Golden Boy would not be that daunting, and I think, style-wise, he has the goods for Margarito. Sugar Shane may be another story, however. Let's examine that thought in more detail. continue
10.11.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Well, perhaps the title is a bit misleading, since I can’t fathom ever really disliking any boxer, seeing as I can even handle John Ruiz, but this Margarito aura crap has to stop. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been around for years, amateur and professional, and to carry on about how he is scared of Antonio Margarito, at least to me, is ridiculous. As I have said before, the word “fear,” in the world of professional boxing, is very misleading because if off the street bums are not afraid to be dusted by the best why would somebody who is much stronger? continue
10.11.06 - By Scott Frake: Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfied, 44, won a close 12-round decision tonight over Fres Oquendo at the Alamodome in San Antonio. In the process, Holyfield (40-8-2, 26 KOs) knocked down Oquendo (26-4, 16 KOs) with a big right hand hook in the first round. However, Oquendo was more stunned than hurt and immediately got back up to last out the round. During the next four rounds, Oquendo, 33, dominated the action, mostly behind a jab and straight right, which had the slower Holyfield under control and unable to mount much of an offensive attack. continue
10.11.06 - Former two-time world title challenger Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (25-2, 13 KOs) has a few things he needs to get off his chest. The 1996 Olympian has a beef with former world super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy and Contender-star Ishe Smith, who he is calling out to step up or shut up. The following is an open letter from Ashira, who last year, just like Lacy, lost on points to Joe Calzaghe. continue
10.11.06 - By James Slater: Well, first of all, if Floyd Mayweather does live up to his promise of retiring after just one more fight, boxing will lose its current number one genius. Because, and make no mistake about it, despite the quite baffling attacks of criticism some “experts” have been levelling at “Pretty Boy’s” abilities just recently, he is without a shadow of a doubt THE best fighter on the planet right now. He also deserves to be ranked as one of the best of all-time. For Floyd to have started collecting world titles at super featherweight, to eventually move up to where he is now is quite an achievement in itself. To have thoroughly dominated the linear champion of the world at 147 pounds is even more so.
Despite the fact that Carlos Baldomir entered the ring weighing 162 pounds - in other words as a fighter boxing above the middleweight limit - and for Mayweather to have done so at only 149 pounds and still won with supreme ease, is really very impressive. continue
By Per Ake Persson: November 10, Hamburg, Germany: Alpaslan Aguzum won the WBC Int´l welterweight title by split decision over South African Joseph Makaringe at the Sporthalle in Hamburg after a tough fight. Two judges scored the fight 116-112 and 115-113 for Alpaslan while the third judge had it 115-112 for Makaringe. It was a very even and hard to score contest. Aguzum boxed on the move and scored with the cleaner punches while Makaringe chased. The South African had a point deducted in the eleventh round for a low blow. continue
10.11.06 - New York’s landmark sports and entertainment arena plays host to a heavyweight championship matchup when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. CALVIN BROCK is seen live from Madison Square Garden on SATURDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT & 9:00 p.m. CT). The HBO Sports team of Jim Lampley, Larry Merchant and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event. For the past two years, heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KOs) has been on a mission to rebuild his career and capture a heavyweight title. With his dominating victory over the resourceful Chris Byrd last April on HBO, the 30-year-old Klitschko secured a heavyweight title and served noticed that he is a force in the division. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 10, 2006) -- Back-to-back media events concluded a busy week for boxing's pound-for-pound most exciting fighter, MANNY "PACMAN" PACQUIAO, as he prepares for "The Grand Finale!" -- the rubber match between Pacquiao, the pride of the Philippines, and fellow three-division world champion and national icon ERIK "EL TERRIBLE" MORALES of Mexico. Pacquiao and Morales, each with a victory over the other, have fought before two sellout crowds in Las Vegas and a combined pay-per-view audience of over 700,000. This time it's for keeps. The deciding fight of their amazing trilogy -- a 12-round WBC International super featherweight championship -- takes place next week! . continue
10.11.06 - by Stuart Cornwell, photo by Ramon Hermandez. Against a backdrop of excessive finger wagging and the shrill protestations of boxing writers and other all-knowing members of the boxing community, Evander Holyfield will enter the ring at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on Friday night to continue his quest to regain the heavyweight titles he once so proudly held. Facing him will be former contender Fres Oquendo. Some twenty-four hours before fight time I have seen Holyfield quoted as a 6/4 underdog.
Oquendo is a capable fighter with his own ambitions of acquiring a title belt. Most observers believe he should have been awarded the IBF title three years ago when he seemingly outboxed Chris Byrd in front of three incompetent or dishonest judges. Since then Oquendo has produced nothing remarkable but remains on the fringes of world class. Certainly a win over him could be viewed as adequate currency in Holyfield’s scramble for a title shot. continue
10.11.06 - By Ted Sares: Ed Brophy is the Executive Director of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Cannastota , NY. In 1990, as a consequence of an initiative by Ed to honor Canastota's world boxing champions Carmen Basilio and Billy Backus, the city of Canastota inaugurated the new museum, which showcases boxing's rich history. Award winning artist Richard T. Slone was named their official artist of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997 and remains so to this day. Since 1990, the IBHOF, under the leadership of Brophy, has added one wing to the Museum and an event pavilion adjacent to the Hall. The Hall holds annual induction ceremonies in early June as the highlight of a four-day celebration of boxing and its legends. These ceremonies are attended by many former world boxing champions, boxing celebrities and Hollywood celebrities. continue
10.11.06 - WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison has been handed a last minute lifeline that could see him finally defend his title against Nicky Cook at the ExCeL London on December 9. The Scottish two-time world champion has been languishing in Malaga's Alhaurin de la Torre jail since October 6 on alleged assault charges but was sensationally granted bail by the Spanish courts and will head back to Glasgow tomorrow (Saturday. continue
10.11.06 - Hennessy Sports promoted Lee Meager will feature in a Heavyweight showdown for his British Lightweight Title when he meets Jon Thaxton at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre on December 8th live on Sky Sports 1. After claiming a championship, many fighters are rewarded with an easy first defence, but Lee Meager has always been prepared to do things the hard way if need be. continue
10.11.06 - New York—Heavyweight Champion of the World Wladimir Klitshcko weighed-in at 241 lbs. and the no. 3 ranked contender Calvin Brock tipped the scales at 224 ½ lbs. at the main event weigh-in this afternoon at Madison Square Garden Theatre Lobby. Klitschko will make the first defense of his titles when he squares off against Brock, on Saturday night, November 11, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The undercard weigh ins will all take place at 3:00 PM Friday at the Garden's Theater Lobby.
The world championship contest will be presented by K-2 Promotions in association with Main Events, and will be televised live by HBO Sports World Championship Boxing (10 PM/ET, 7 PM/PT) and RTL (live in Germany) from the “Mecca of Boxing.” continue
10.11.06 - Two Star boxers will make be making appearances this weekend, as heavyweights Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson and Vinny Maddalone, both members of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing stable, will fight on separate shows. Asbury Park, New Jersey’s undefeated future heavyweight champion Kevin Johnson (11-0-1, 5 KOs) will face Brooklyn journeyman Rodney Ray at Birchwood Manor in Whippany, New Jersey, on Friday, November 10. continue
09.11.06 - David Haye gets the opportunity in London's York Hall on November 17 to live up to his potential and make his mark on the world scene by defending his European Cruiserweight title against Giacobbe Fragomeni and at the same time, winning a WBC final eliminator. The timing couldn't be better as the sport of boxing is desperately looking for a star or even a savior. continue
09.11.06 - By Coach Tim Walker – I love the sport of boxing! I like football, especially the cowboys and hurricanes, basketball, golf and hockey. But I absolutely LOVE boxing! My home DVR records every program that has the word “box” in it. I watch the classic bouts as well as all of the ESPN, Showbox, HBO and virtually every pay per view card. Hell I even watch the Contender series. However, when I ponder boxing schedules and see fights pitting the likes of Oleg Maskaev vs. Peter Okhello I cringe. We are a sport of fans who denounce Floyd Mayweather for taking on Carlos Baldomir though Baldimor is a good fighter and the linear champion of the division. To refresh your memory, Mayweather beat Baldimor, who beat Judah, who beat Spinks, who beat Mayorga, who beat Forrest, who beat Mosely, who beat De La Hoya, who beat Sweet Pea himself. Get the picture? continue
09.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: By now it's pretty apparent The Floyd Mayweather Show was a considerable failure last Saturday night, maybe that's why no one is releasing the pay-per-view numbers which must be unexpectedly low. Perhaps those figures are so embarrassingly low, they'll need to be concealed like those from June 10th [smile].
The public's had enough of lousy set-up fights and most everyone knew 35-year-old Carlos Baldomir was handpicked as a perfect, slow and old punching bag for Floyd to look fabulous against. Everyone, I mean everyone, whether they have the guts to admit it or not, knew Antonio Margarito was the fight that should have been made. And all those who played a role in ducking and dodging and preventing it deserved what they got.
Why should Oscar bend over backwards and give Mayweather the golden opportunity of a lifetime he's been practically begging two years for? Oscar De La Hoya is in a another stratosphere than Mayweather, he's a living legend of boxing because he has confronted and battled each and every formidable warrior there was to meet. He didn't always win but Oscar gave the sport and the business and the paying customers the events they wanted to see. continue
09.11.06 - In 1995 the doctors said Ann-Marie Saccurato would never walk again. In November of 2006, in front of an estimated crowd of 4,000, Ann Marie Saccurato (12-1-2) of White Plains, NY made the ultimate comback. She defeated two-time world champion Jelena Mrdjenovich in Mrdjenovich’s hometown of Edmonton, Canada to become the new WBC Lightweight championof the world! The 10 round fight was Saccurato’s first shot at a world title. continue
09.11.06 - by Slava Koza: Valuev says "I saw the Liakhovich vs. Briggs bout on Russian TV "ORT" in St. Petersburg. I believe that the Liakhovich team chose the wrong strategy for the fight. If Liakhovich would have boxed more actively, and in such a way that Briggs would not be able to hit that hard in the 12th, he would have won. I feel bad for Liakhovich. In the Brewster fight, I think he won against a more technical and better boxer then Briggs. continue
09.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Croatian lightheavy Stip Drews have vacated the EBU title to concentrate on a world title shot. Mandatory challenger for the title is Drews´ stablemate in Universum, Thomas Ulrich, who will now face the highest available challenger. Drews is the official challenger for WBA titleholder Silvio Branco and is in line for a WBC eliminator as well. continue
09.11.06 - By Marcelles (Quenton) Brown: Photos by Naoki Fukuda - Last weekend's WBC Welterweight Championship fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. (37-0, 24 KOs) and Carlos Baldomir (43-10-6, 13 KOs) is still the talk of the town. Everybody from Nelly, Denzel Washington, Suge Knight, Boys II Men, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Mike P, Tyler Perry, to my man Fareed Samad was ringside as Floyd fought one of the most surprising and disappointing fights of his career. The entire fight card was packed with impressive and very competitive fighters promoted by Goossen Tutor and HBO Pay-Per-View.
By the time the main fight came to the ring, the crowd was ready for some action and to see Floyd take him out quickly, but that wasn’t the case. The fight surprisingly went the full twelve rounds, leaving everyone near disappointed. Everybody knows that Floyd won by unanimous decision, but we still want to know what’s really going on? Floyd hurt his hand in about the fifth or sixth round, maybe that’s what slowed him down, right? Some might say that this is not one of Floyd’s better fights, maybe the worse. continue
New York, November 9—DiBella Entertainment heavyweight contender Fres Oquendo (26-3, 16 KO's) looks to continue on the road to a title shot when he faces former world heavyweight champion Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield on Friday night, November 10th at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The "Big O" has turned back such top heavyweights as David Izon and Obed Sullivan during a decade in the pro ring wars, but Holyfield represents the biggest marquee name for Oquendo to tackle. continue
09.11.06 - Undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez battles this Friday night, November 10th at CICERO CHILL in a scheduled six round bout against Marcus Brashears. CICERO CHILL, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing, is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
09.11.06 - by Per Ake Persson: AMI, headed by Michel Acaries, promotes its annual mega show December 2 in Bercy - and it´s also a mega-title event. French star Brahim Asloum drops down to miniflyweight and takes on Spaniard Rafael Lozano for the vacant WBA I/C crown in what is a rematch of the Olympic finals in 2000 where Asloum won. At cruiser Valery Brudov and Luis Andres Pineda clash for the WBA interim title. continue
09.11.06 - By Jaroslaw Drozd: FOR WWW.BOKSER.ORG- JD: You were born in Clinton, MO, but throughout most of your life lived in Bismarck, North Dakota. Could you tell us a bit about your childhood and the first steps of your career?
VH: I actually lived in Grand Forks, ND. When I was a boy about 8 years old, we lived on a farm in ND, I watched Golden Gloves boxing on television out of Chicago. I asked my dad if we ever moved to the city (which was Grand Forks - a total of 45,000 people), if I could box. When we did move to the "city", Grand Forks, my dad came home from work and he asked me if I still wanted to box. I told him I did and he took me to the gym.
JD: Why did you choose boxing instead of some other athletic pursuit?
VH: I've been an athlete all of my life. I boxed and I played basketball, wrestled, football, baseball and track. I wasn't that great of a student at the time and my family needed the money as well. They could have never paid for my college. My senior year of high school, I was on the US boxing team, so it just made sense to continue with boxing. continue
09.11.06 - Evander Holyfield :“I’m honored to be here in San Antonio today and have the opportunity to display my talent. I look forward to putting on a good show Friday night. Everyone will see my talent and be able to decide for themselves. At age eight, I was told that I could be the world heavyweight champion if I never quit and I never have. My goal is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion again. Fres can be champ, but, after me. It is my season now. continue
09.11.06 - Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will immediately fight for his title after its been reported that Orlando Salido, who captured Guerrero’s IBF belt this past Saturday, tested positive for steroids. Guerrero, know for his exceptional punching power stated, “I hit this guy with some nice shots early in the fight and he didn’t budge. Usually when I hit guys with shots like that, they slow down. It had me thinking. It’s sad that he had to go to desperate measures in order to compete with me. continue
08.11.06 - BOB ARUM: Hello everybody. I’m looking over the box office report as we talk. There are more than 13,000 tickets that have been sold so far, there are less than 4,000 remaining. We’re on pace to sell this fight out. Maybe even a couple of days before the fight. This is really something that boxing used to be -- a fight that’s captured the imagination of so many people; a fight where people clamor to buy tickets. This is a fight that belongs on pay per-view. Why? Because both of these guys come to fight and it’s going to be an interesting entertaining fight. continue
08.11.06 - By Ted Sares: By listing the following possible inductees into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, I am not necessarily advocating for their induction as much as I want to stir your juices and fuel some reasonable arguments. I'll leave the decision up to you.
Arturo "Thunder" Gatti: (40-8, 31 KO's) If being an exciting fighter is a reason for induction, Gatti should get in when he is eligible......but is that the right criterion. But all Gatti's positives can be used as negatives. Should a Hall of Famer be in a life and death struggle every time out? Sue, he was "Mr. Excitement," sure he was Rocky Balboa, sure he came from behind after taking tremendous punishment.................but guys like Ezzard Charles, Archie Moore and Michael Spinks avoided such wars because they had superior skill-sets. Moreover, does beating "Irish" Micky Ward twice erase losing to Ivan Robinson twice? On the other hand, if Matthew Saad Muhammad got in, how can you keep Gatti out? As Jim King said in an article from Wail Magazine entitled, "Undeserved Hall of Famers?," ".....As for a real life Rocky? That's nice, but in real life there should be no Rocky's in the Hall. Just Apollo Creeds....." What do you think? continue
PROVIDENCE (November 8, 2006) – When promoter Jimmy Burchfield first heard that Ishe Smith reportedly was having problems finding a suitable opponent, he immediately contacted Golden Boy Promotions and offered his junior middleweight, Ghana native Ossie Duran, for Smith. “I told them Ossie would fight Smith anytime, anyplace,” Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. president Burchfield explained. continue
08.11.06 - The British Boxing Board of Control today agreed that the ten round flyweight bout between Stoke’s Chris Edwards and Huddersfield’s Dale Robinson scheduled for the Kings Hall on the 24th of this month will be for the English title. Edwards now becomes the third fighter managed by Impact Boxing to contest English honours this year. The contest will also now be the most significant professional bout to have taken place in the Potteries to date. continue
08.11.06 - Stuart Duncan today announced he has signed Uganda’s hottest prospect Badru “The Striker” Lusambya to a long term deal that will see him training out of Australia under the watchful eye of Dave Hedgcock & Ray Giles. Campaigning at Jnr Middleweight Bardu has notched up 14 wins from 14 outings with 13 KO’s. The big punching Ugandan had 36 amateur fights winning them all . Badru will reside and train from Duncan’s training Camp “Troopers” in the Grampian Mountain Ranges in Victoria and commute to Melbourne for sparring. continue
08.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Vitali Klitschko was present on Tuesday at brother Wladimir's afternoon media workout at Grand Central Station in New York City. Vitali was friendly and amiable in accepting questions about rumors of his own return to the ring. Feeling his aura and words, you got the sense his spirit want to compete again in the combat zone - but only with the permission of the body.
"About me, I retired because I have big injury. If I'm not 100% ready to fight then there's no way to come inside the ring. I'm right now not ready. And I am not ready to give you answers for this question. If I come to the ring you have to bring good performance for boxing fans, without that, no way, no way to make comeback."
Vitali looks in very good shape and he reportedly was in the Poconos working out with his brother - though not pushing his body to the extreme limits that are required of a top class professional heavyweight contender . continue
08.11.06 - By Vanessa McConnell: When he came into the professional boxing arena with an amateur record of 120-17-1, 103 KO’s, there was no doubt that DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson was made for boxing. Don King calls him a “thinking fighting” man and didn’t hesitate signing him to a contract with Don King Productions in Dec. 2004. Now the heavyweight from Aurora, CO stands at 6’4”, weighing 220 lbs with a professional record of 23-4, 19 KOs and proud to be self managed and training with George Durbin. continue
08.11.06 - WBO World Featherweight Champion Scott Harrison will be unable to defend his title against Nicky Cook on December 9 after failing to secure his release from a Spanish prison, promoter Frank Warren has confirmed today. However fight fans shouldn't be too disappointed, as Harrison will be replaced on the huge ExCel Centre card by one of the world's hardest punchers, WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli, who will defend his 14'4 crown. continue
08.11.06 - 18 months after first being scheduled to clash, British super middleweight champion Carl Froch and former title-holder Tony Dodson finally came face-to-face yesterday. The pair both appeared in a mock courtroom at the ‘NCCL Galleries of Justice’ museum in Nottingham ahead of their clash on the Hennessy Sports ‘Outright Promotion’ in the champion’s hometown on November 24th. Sky Sports 1 will cover live from the Nottingham Arena. continue
08.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Former heavyweight title challenger David Tua scored a decent 7th round KO over Maurice Wheeler by a body shot last Friday in New York City and as a result placed himself amongst contention for a crossroads, "Do or Die," "Now or Never" match. If successful Tua could be in the hunt for a possible title shot later in 2007.
We asked Tua to comment on certain figures from the current heavyweight landscape:
Wladimir Klitschko: "World champion. Good champion. Certainly another guy I'd love to have an opportunity to challenge. (Impressed by him?) Certainly. He's a champion. I mean he has some great things that he does best and he does well. And he capitalize on it."
Nikolay Valuev: "That guy shouldn't fight. That's too big, man [smiles]. If I was the commissioner, No, no, I'm gonna have to say, No, We're gonna ban you from boxing. Go play basketball or football." continue
NEW YORK, Wednesday, November 8th - World Middleweight Champion Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor will don boxing gloves instead of a Santa suit, but he’ll get the opportunity to deliver a present when he defends his title at home in North Little Rock, Arkansas for the first time on Saturday, December 9 at Alltel Arena. Taylor (25-0-1, 17 KOs) will put his title at stake in front of his hometown fans which will be aired on HBO's World Championship Boxing beginning at 10:00PM (ET) / 9:00PM (CT) / 7:00PM (PT) when he takes on former World Champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (25-2-1, 15 KOs). continue
08.11.06 By Karl E. H. Seigfried – In a galaxy that exists on a vibrational plane only slightly different from our own, on a planet our scientists refer to as Earth-B, sports history has taken a different course. In the early twenty-first century, boxing remains the premier sport, as it was on our planet during the first half of the previous century. Small children still dream of growing up to become Heavyweight Champion. Important matches are not on pay-per-view, but carried on prime-time network television. There is only one belt in each division, the UNCLE (United Nations Comprehensive Lambasting Executive), and rankings are determined by record and merit. On the nights of world championship fights, all business around the world stops as families crowd around television sets to cheer on their heroes. continue
08.11.06 - By Adrian Saba - The significance of Floyd Mayweather’s achievement has been overlooked by most fans and obscured by two main factores: the quality of his opponent and the fight itself. The analogy of the matador and the bull is appropiate, it was an artistic display - but it wasn’t epic. Boring? I understand why many people found it boring. To watch a schooling is fine for ten or twenty minutes, then it becomes tedious and unnecessary, especially when there are no knockdowns. continue
08.11.06 - by Ernesto Morales - The Kid was only 5 years old when his dad, Don Goyo, had him sparring with his two very talented, older brothers EVERY DAY! Gregory Jnr and Frankie were both good enough to turn pro at early ages and had a combined 34-7-1 record. Gregory as an amateur represented Puerto Rico a couple of times in international competition, turned pro at 16 and won his first 10 pro fights before losing 2 razor thin boooooed decisions before calling it quits. One loss came to eventual Alexis Arguello conqueror; the more experienced Vilomar Fernandez, then 11- 1. He got disgusted and helped his father train his other brothers, sparring with them on a daily basis.
Frankie turned pro at 15 years old and won all but one of his first 24 fights. After losing 2 straight, one to the vastly experienced 32yr old Chris fernandez, who had 2 recent wins over yet world champ Saoul Mamby, who also defeated Doc McClendon twice, Angel Robinson Garcia, future 147lb world champ, Angel Espada and future world WBC 140lb champion Miguel Velasquez Fernandez, all in his opponents home turf. He also went the distance losing close decisions to Bruno Arcari and Ken Buchannan. continue
08.11.06 - The most interested observer of Saturday night’s WBO heavyweight title match between Shannon Briggs and Sergei Liakhovich was the man who will next challenge for the crown – mandatory challenger Sultan Ibragimov, who is ready to put his unbeaten record up for grabs against the WBO title belt now held by Briggs. continue
November 8, 2006 -- Dominic Pesoli's 8 Count Productions and Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions have teamed up once again to present CICERO CHILL, another outstanding evening of world class professional boxing this Friday night, November 10th. The eight bout CICERO CHILL event, broadcast internationally on SOLO BOXEO De Miller, takes place at Cicero Stadium, located at 1909 S. Laramie , just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. continue
STAMFORD, CT (November 7, 2006) – VERSUS will showcase two of Roberto Duran’s great comeback fights from 1983 on Fight Night: Top Rank’s Legends of the Ring, hosted by Michael Buffer on Thursday, November 9 at 9 p.m. ET. The Duran Comeback: Roberto Duran vs. Pipino Cuevas and Roberto Duran vs. Davey Moore will bring boxing fans back to the scene of the Hall of Famer’s pair of triumphs that electrified the boxing world. continue
07.11.06 - By Kirk Allen: Wladimir Klitschko (46-3, 41 KO's), the IBF heavyweight champion, will take on super talented Calvin "The Boxing Banker" Brock (29-0, 22 KO's) on Saturday, November 11, at the Madison Square Garden, in New York. Rarely, do we get to see two top fighters such as these meeting up in the ring, it seems now a days. However, it appears that Wladimir may already be looking past Brock, based on Wladimir's comments in the press about wanting to fight the WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev in 2007. Bear in mind, the likelihood of this ever happening, at least in the short term, is remote to say the least. More than that, however, it seems to indicate that Wladimir is taking Brock far too lightly as an opponent.
Why Wladimir would choose to look past Brock, a fighter that is as good as any of the current heavyweight champions, is beyond me. In particular, Brock is one of the best boxing technicians in the game, and not only fights smart, but also with a lot of toughness. If there's anyone that can find a hole in Wladimir's leaky defense, its Brock, who will be surely studying hard to find out all of Wladimir's faults. continue
07.11.06 - He is a diamond in the rough, a fighter so good he has trouble finding opponents willing to step into the ring with him. But now, through the efforts of its international matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz, Golden Boy Promotions will see to it that number one lightweight contender Prawet Singwangcha gets his just due and his shot at WBA lightweight champion Juan Diaz, as it was announced today that the Los Angeles-based promotional firm has secured the promotional rights to the Thai battler. continue
07.11.06 - Beginning November 17 fight fans can watch the action of "A Ring of Their Own" Border War from the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta, which originated November 4, by turning in to iN Demand Pay Per View. "AROTO" continues their tradition of the best competition in women’s boxing with this night of fights that saw three world champions emerge at the end of the evening. continue
Tuesday, November 7, SAN ANTONIO--Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield hit San Antonio by storm Monday. Moving faster than a politician who thinks he is behind in the polls the night before Election Day, Holyfield covered nearly all of this very large metropolis. Holyfield, who just turned 44 and is campaigning to become the first-ever five-time heavyweight champion., fights slick Latino champ Fast Fres Oquendo as the main event of a spectacular card promoted by Murad Muhammad of M & M Sports and Real Deal Events this Friday night at the Alamodome. continue
07.11.06 - by Jaroslaw "Yaras72" Drozd, translated from the excellent Polish boxing site www.bokser.org - Jaroslaw "Yaras72" Drozd: Tony, you're barely 28, and already have been a pro boxer for more than twelve years. Aren't you bored with this yet?
Antonio Margarito: Bored? Not at all, in fact I'm anxious to fulfill a lifelong dream of mine, to become the undisputed welterweight champion of the world.
JD: Just kidding with that first question. Tell me, though, how come Antonio Margerito became a boxer, and not a football or basketball player, for instance? When did you make the decision?
AM: I was never much of an athlete. You can ask me about any other sport and I'll have a difficult time giving you an answer. I once did a tv interview on a sports program that talks about soccer the majority time it's on. continue
McALLEN, TEXAS---Nine-time world champion and Golden Boy Promotions, President, Oscar De La Hoya, will be in McAllen on Thursday, November 9th to officially introduce main event fighters Juan Manuel Marquez and Jimrex Jaca to the Rio Grande Valley Media and fight fans. De La Hoya will host a 1:30 pm, Media Conference at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. continue
07.11.06 - by Jaroslaw Drozd, translated from www.bokser.org: Steve, thanks for finding some time for the interview, which is sure to draw many Polish boxing fans. I must say that with every passing day more people are interested in you, and this trend will probably last right until November 25...
Steve Cunningham: I look forward to this fight and the polish boxing fans, you guy's have a great reputation here in america for being great fans of the sport and your countryman. continue
07.11.06 - Giacobbe Fragomeni, scheduled to meet European Cruiserweight Champion David Haye in a WBC final eliminator, is confident that he can leave a second lasting impression on the hard-hitting Englishman when they re-acquaint themselves at London's York Hall on November 17. "Haye is all flash and no substance," said Fragomeni. "Anyone can get a record and be called a glamour boy if managed right." . continue
07.11.06 - By James Slater: Whilst seated ringside at the "Pretty Risky" May weather v Baldomir bout last Saturday, I bumped into unbeaten welterweight sensation Paul Williams. Paul was mixing with members of the media minutes after wining his bout on the under-card of the main event. After stopping his game but overmatched late replacement opponent, Santos Pakau, "The Punisher" graciously took time out to talk to me and the result was the following interview.
James Slater: Firstly, how do you rate your performance tonight, that guy had some hard head didn't he?
Paul Williams: Yes sir. I mean, I'd rate my performance near the top, I always want to put on a good show for the fans and I believe I did that. continue
MINNEAPOLIS (November 7, 2006) - Former world heavyweight title challenger and Minnesota boxing icon Scott "The Fighting Frenchman" LeDoux is largely responsible for bringing pro boxing back to his home state. LeDoux, 33-13-4 (22 KOs) as a pro boxer, successfully lobbied to reinstate the Minnesota Boxing Commission to create more opportunities for the state's best boxers to fight at home. continue
NEW YORK (November 7, 2006) - Irish Ropes Promotions has closed its boxing gym in Far Rockaway and opened a new office directly across the street from Madison Square Garden at 1 Ten Plaza on the 36th floor. Irish Ropes promotes one of the hottest fighters in the world, newly crowned IBA World middleweight title-holder "Ireland's" John Duddy, rated No. 6 by the WBO and No. 10 by the WBA. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 7 – Not content to rest on his laurels and take the rest of 2006 off after a spectacular (yet ultimately controversial) performance against IBF belt-holder Arthur Abraham in September, Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda, the uncrowned middleweight champion will finish off the year by taking on rugged contender Willie Gibbs on Saturday, December 16th. continue
07.11.06 - By Mark Law: Think back to 1989. You’re reading the May issue of “The Ring” and Michael Moorer is on the front cover. It’s the year-end awards for 1988 and he’s a recipient. At the time he seemed like a light heavyweight version of Mike Tyson and had everything going for him; power, a love of violent movies, and he was from Detroit’s legendary Kronk gym and therefore had the renowned Emmanuel Steward in his corner. Before his first year as a pro had ended, he had picked up an alphabet belt. Okay, just about anybody can win an alphabet belt (e.g. Bruce Seldon (you’ve gotta laugh!)) and he won his by flattening the undistinguished Ramzi Hassan, but we had to marvel at his progress. At the time, who could have predicted the path his career would follow? And looking back now, just how good was he? Where would he rank in history?
As a light heavyweight, he was never beaten and won all his fights by knock out. Let’s forget his blowouts of no-hopers like Adrian Riggs and Dennis Fikes. Who did he beat that would make us sit up and take notice? Well….. there was Victor Claudio, who fought in the 1984 Olympics (anybody remember this guy?). continue
LAS VEGAS (November 7, 2006) - Undefeated cruiserweight Shane "The Hitman" Benfield and super featherweight prospect Jaime "Superfly" Sandoval have signed promotional contracts with Silverhawk Boxing. Benfield, 31, is from York, South Carolina, where he owns a construction company and boxing gym used by local youths for the past eight years. He was 25-5 as an amateur, rated among the top 10 light heavyweights in the country, six-time South Carolina Golden Gloves champion and Southeast Coast title-holder. continue
07.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Khoren Gevor has withdrawn - the day before the purse bid was to take place at the EBU office in Rome - from his position as mandatory challenger for EBU 160 lb champ Amin Asikainen. With neither Gevor nor his stablemate at Universum, Felix Sturm, interested in the EBU title it means that the new official challenger for Asikainen will be the man he beat to win the title, Sebastian Sylvester, who´s promoted by Sauerland Event. continue
07.11.06 - “We said this would be Kendall Holt’s coming out party and that’s exactly what it was,” says promoter Dino Duva of his fighter Kendall Holt’s electrifying, nationally televised performance last Friday. Holt (21-1, 12 KOs) looked sensational in picking up the NABO Light Welterweight Title via unanimous 12-round decision over world-ranked and highly regarded South African Isaac Hlatshwayo on Showtime’s ShoBox “The New Generation” series. continue
07.11.06 - Now former WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich and his manager Ivaylo Gotzev are preparing an interesting case for review, in hopes of being granted an immediate rematch against Shannon Briggs.
Liakhovich lost his belt to Briggs by TKO at 3:07 of the twelfth and final round on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, after he fell through the ropes and onto the scorer’s table. Upon seeing Liakhovich fall through the ropes, Referee Bobby Ferrara waved the fight seven seconds after the final bell should have rung, without issuing a 20 count (per the WBO rules) to the still conscious champion.
“If you were watching on television, the Showtime clock stopped after Sergei’s first knockdown,” explains Gotzev. “But what we’re talking about is the official clock. If you watch the tape with your own stopwatch, you will see that Sergei doesn’t fall through the ropes until 2:59 of the round. continue
06.11.06 - British super middleweight champion Carl Froch is looking forward to finally coming face-to-face with long-term rival Tony Dodson. Despite being scheduled to fight three times over the last 18 months the pair have never met before – with Dodson withdrawing each time through injury before a press conference was held. It’s judgement day tomorrow, however, with the pair scheduled to go heads up in a courtroom ahead of their long awaited showdown on November 24th at the prestigious Nottingham Arena. continue
New Jersey, (November 6, 2006 ) – KEA boxing is stepping up to the next level as they head into their 7 th show in Whippany, New Jersey on Friday November 10th. After adding two more undefeated prospects to the card, this is surely KEA's most impressive lineup to date. Lyndhurst's electrifying super middleweight, Wayne "Lights Out" Johnsen 13-1, 8 KO will be featured in the main event. continue
06.11.06 - By Yero Moody: As we ponder in the aftermath of Floyd Mayweather Jr's (37-0, 24 KO's) easy victory over tough Carlos Baldomir (43-10-6, 13 KO's), one is left to wonder, what’s next for the highly touted, best pound for pound fighter in the world? Many fans are demanding that Floyd face "tougher" challenges, from the likes of Antonio Margarito, Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton or Shane Mosley. Some fans are saying that Mayweather, 29, is doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing considering that fact that he is attempting to become the best fighter ever. continue
06.11.06 - By David Lahr: IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko defends his newly won title against Calvin Brock (29-0, 22 KO's) on Saturday night at the Madison Square Garden, in New York. Klitschko, one of four heavyweight title holders, and considered by many to be the best of the bunch, still has a lot to prove to earn that claim in many boxing fan's perceptions. Although, by beating undefeated Calvin Brock, a fighter that has largely been untested, I don't figure Wladimir is going to be changing many people's minds about him. Obviously, it's going to take more than beating the weak-punching Brock to erase the image of Wladimir Klitschko being viciously knocked out Corrie Sanders in 2003, and Lamon Brewster in April 2004. In both cases, Wladimir was exposed as having a weak chin and poor recuperative powers when hurt.
If it were just those two fights, then I could possibly blame it on fatigue or the fact that he was not ready for the Sanders, a quick southpaw fighter with devastating power. However, Wladimir was also knocked down by Davarryl Williamson in their bout in October 2004, and against Samuel Peter, Wladimir was knocked down 3 times and close to being stopped. continue
New York, November 6 — Boxing fans are welcomed to attend the public workouts of world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, his challenger, undefeated Calvin Brock, and super middleweight women’s champion Laila Ali, the fighting daughter of legendary heavyweight champ Muhammed Ali, on Tuesday afternoon, November 7, in Grand Central Station at Metrazur Restaurant as the trio preps for Saturday night’s big fight card at Madison Square Garden. continue
06.11.06 - By Ted Sares: A source of continual controversy and interest has been who should be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame if and when their time comes. Here is an intitial list of five I compiled (with brief back-up narrative) to stir your juices and to hopefully fuel some thoughtful arguments. What do you think? I'll tally the results at the end of the thread if there are enough posts. continue
06.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Most of us knew Floyd Mayweather was going to beat the 35-year-old Argentine veteran Carlos Baldomir. And no doubt about it, technically he did look very good in doing so. Strangely, for all his wizard-like talents, it seems Floyd just does not make the grade as a superstar performer who can effortlessly electrify an arena with energy and excitement. Many fans left the show early, they did not care to get the full value of what their tickets entitled them to. continue
06.11.06 - By Shannon Briggs: I don't have a Ph.d. I barely made it through high school. But I must agree with Dr. Waldimir Klitschko when he says there should only be ONE world heavyweight boxing champion.
That makes all the sense in the world. But maybe Klitschko didn't get Saturday night's late fight result from Chase Field in Phoenix, where I dramatically separated WBO champ Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich from his senses. I tried to knock the rugged Belarussian out in the fifth row at ringside but he only flew as far as the scorer's table. I am just glad he did not get seriously hurt; he's a tough customer and he will bounce back. It was a great KO and it came with one second left in the bout.
There is a new sheriff in town, in the heavyweight ranks, and his name is Shannon Briggs. There is one world heavyweight champion and, putting my usual Brooklyn modesty aside, when I look in the mirror I see him.
But talk is cheap, I will prove that I am THE MAN in the ring. With the expert guidance of my great promoter, Don King, and my wonderful manager, Scott Hirsch and my training team headed by Chuck McGregor, I plan on capturing the other three title belts and becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion. continue
06.11.06 - By Mike Cassell - “The Philadelphia Boxing Report” - I thought it was bad in Philly, when we snow balled Santa Claus, and continually harass our athletes, until they leave our city and win Championships elsewhere, but the crowd at Chase field in Arizona started booing by the 2nd round during the WBO heavyweight fight on Saturday night between Serguei Lyakhovich 23 – 2, and Shannon Briggs 48 – 4. continue
06.11.06 - The sold out signs have gone up at the Point in Dublin ahead of Saturday night's European Title fight between Bernard Dunne and Esham Pickering. Demand has been phenomenal for the event which for the first time ever will see a Dubliner fight for the European title in his native city. Managing Director of Ticketmaster Ireland, Eamonn O' Connor confirmed that the event is now a complete sell out with 7,000 boxing fans hoping to witness Dunne lift the European Super Bantamweight title. continue
06.11.06 - Defending World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich appeared to be cruising to a decision win in a relatively uneventful contest under a full moon at Phoenix's Chase Field Saturday night until Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs exploded in the last 30 seconds in the 12th and final round to score two miraculous knockdowns--the last of which left Liakhovich outside the ring, sprawled out on the timekeeper's table as referee Bobby Ferrara waved off the action with one second to go in Arizona's first-ever heavyweight world championship. continue
06.11.06 - By Geoff McKay, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - The year is 1936. The black and white footage shows a young Max Schmeling in an overcoat, his dark hair slicked back, confidently smiling as he answers reporter’s questions about his upcoming bout with then undefeated sensation Joe Louis. During the interview Schmeling utters his now famous line,
“I have seen something”. What Schmeling had seen in fact was that Louis often dropped his hand after throwing a punch, and that this left an opening for a counter shot. The 10 to 1 underdog used what he had seen to score a dramatic 12th round KO over Lewis, shocking the boxing world in the process.
Shannon Briggs pulled off a modern day rendition of this classic event tonight when he knocked out Sergei Lyakhovich in the dying seconds of the twelfth round in Chase Field.
Now, to be sure, Sergei Lyakhovich is no Joe Louis, and Briggs isn’t exactly Max Schmeling, however, Briggs had mentioned several times that he saw a weakness in the style of Lyakhovich, and shortly into the fight it became apparent what that weakness was. continue
05.11.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Friday night, heavyweight pugilist David Tua was originally scheduled to face former cruiserweight titlist, Kelvin Davis. Davis, however, pulled out of the bout. It then looked as if Tua’s new opponent would be Ross “The Boss” Purrity, but a training injury forced Purrity out as well. Next up was Abraham Okine, although, he too would ultimately back out. Finally, on less than 24 hours an opponent was found, and Tua was slated to face Maurice Wheeler. continue
05.11.06 - By Christian Twiste: This past Friday, Heavyweight David “Tuaman” Tua headlined Gotham Boxing’s card at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, but up-and-comer Mean Joe Green was the rising star, high-lighting the endless ups and downs of boxing. Despite winning by KO in the 7th round, Tua’s performance was lackluster at best against an opponent, Maurice Wheeler, who—with a record of 10-8-1—was also lackluster at best. continue
05.11.06 - By Christopher Roche: The only risk involved in the Floyd Mayweather vs. Carlos Baldomir fight last night was whether or not the audience could stay awake for all twelve rounds. When one fighter is content to throw one punch at a time, parry and run, there is a risk the fight will be boring. Baldomir was reduced to flailing at Mayweather, often missing badly, and Floyd nearly shut him out on his way to a unanimous decision. continue
Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime - Shannon Briggs (right) lands a shot to the head of WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich (left) Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Briggs scored a dramatic TKO victory with one second remaining in the contest at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. SHOWTIME televised the fight at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Less than 30 seconds separated Sergei Liakhovich from the first defense of his world heavyweight title Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Ahead on all three scorecards, the champion only had to survive the 12th round to retain his crown for the first time. In a shocking turn of events, however, he ended the evening on the scorer’s table at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Visibly struggling for breath throughout the world championship match due to asthma, Shannon Briggs scored one of the most dramatic knockouts in recent years when he stopped Liakhovich at 2:59 of the final round to capture the World Boxing Organization (WBO) heavyweight crown. SHOWTIME televised the Don King-promoted fight card at 9 p.m. ET/PT continue
05.11.06 - 2004 US Olympian super featherweight Vicente Escobedo will face Ramon Guevara this Friday night, November 10th at CICERO CHILL, it was announced today by Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions. The eight bout world class CICERO CHILL professional boxing card, broadcast internationally on SOLO BOXEO De Miller, is presented by 8 Count Productions and Golden Boy Promotions, along with Miller Lite and TCF Bank. continue
05.11.06 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Floyd Mayweather Jr, coming off many distractions (see Roger Mayweather's predicament) and disadvantages (coming into the ring thirteen pounds lighter than his opponent) once again maintained his undisputed "Pound-for-Pound" title via near-shutout win over universally recognized welterweight kingpin Carlos Baldomir. Mayweather was also making his third appearance in the welterweight division, first against a natural and strong welterweight, and first appearance against a fighter who clearly outweighed him the day of the fight. So the buildup of this bout suggested Mayweather's biggest struggle and possibly first defeat could occur. continue
05.11.06 - Timo Hoffmann has put his career back on track after claiming an impressive points verdict over Cengiz Koc. The German Oak controlled the spectacular heavyweight encounter from the first bell on as he kept the pace high throughout and constantly pelted Koc with barrages of punches. Much to the delight of the boisterous crowd, all three judges ruled the contest in his favour (96-93, 98-91, 97-94). "I am relieved," Hoffmann enthused afterwards. continue
Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime: Briggs floors Liakhovich for the first time with 26 seconds remaining in the final round of the WBO heavyweight championship Saturday on SHOWTIME.
04.11.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Before going into an in depth analysis of Shannon Briggs terrific come from behind knock out win over Sergei Lyakhovich, let me say that I 100% disagree with Jim Gray and Showtime regarding the crapiness of this fight. IF as boxing fans, or journalists, these folks expect bombs out fireworks every time out, then more then likely, especially with heavyweights they will be wrong. Obviously your Gatti’s and Wards, and Mormeck’s and Bells, sell better to the Rocky crazed everyman fan, but personally, I can enjoy a great tactical match-up almost as much and sometimes even more. I have yawned my way through high punch output, shoe shine wars before, and was on the edge of my seat for Hopkins Taylor two, and one of the few wanting to see 3, so to me this was a terrific and sensational bout from a tactical standpoint. continue
04.11.06 - By Jim Amato: Talk about a nightmare. What it must be like to lose your prize possession within seconds of retaining it. How badly Sergei Liakhovich must feel right now after losing his WBO heavyweight title to Shannon Briggs in the waning seconds of the final round. The deep inner pain Sergei is feeling now surely hurts worse then any punches Briggs landed. continue
04.11.06 - By Karen Belford: New WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather (37-0, 24 KOs) won a unanimous 12-round decision over Carlos Baldomir(43-10-6, 13 KOs) tonight at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas. Along the way, however, Mayweather, 29, was far from impressive, choosing to stay mostly on the outside rather than mixing it up with the tough Baldomir. Of course, Mayweather did what he had to do to win, and easily controlled the fight, often making Baldomir, 35, look like an unskilled amateur fighter. continue
04.11.06 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Before I delve into my thoughts regarding the headline of the article, let me just say that I fully expect Floyd Mayweather to win this fight. I don’t know if it will be easy or hard but I do believe that in this instance, and knowing the type of consistent professional Mayweather is, victory can be almost guaranteed. Now I know that Mayweather, while confident in his ability cannot think this way because it might hinder him, but provided that he is in his usual psychological and physical groove, we can think this way for him. continue
04.11.06 - By MICHAEL MARLEY, Former Manager, Shannon Briggs: PHOENIX -- The cynics will tell you that, beneath all the tinsel and glitter surrounding Shannon Briggs, you will find only more tinsel and glitter. The knockers say that that Briggs is an impostor who has been playing a role, pretending to be a top heavyweight fighter, for so many years.
That Briggs, the mouthy moptop from Brooklyn, is the boxing equivalent and just as artificial as naugahyde.
They are wrong, so damned wrong, it is not even funny. Because whether he whacks out Sergei Liakhovich or not here tonight (I, Michael Marley, who predicted that Carlos Baldomir would crunch Zab Judah and retire Arturo Gatti, now predict Briggs by KO 7), Briggs will go back home to South Florida a winner.
What makes him a winner regardless of the outcome of this, his second title chance in a career where, it has been noted, he has been chiefly known for being known? I am so glad you asked, dear reader.
Because he goes back to the Miami area to a nice house he shares with his lovely wife, Alana, and their two sons. continue
04.11.06 - Atlantic City, NJ - Tough luck and injury plagued, Kendall Holt was once labeled a "can’t miss" prospect - before enduring his hardships, along with an unthinkable knockout loss (Thomas Davis TKO 1) in 2004. Out of action for well over a year, Holt was pitted against the dangerous and undefeated South African fighter Issac Hlatshwayo (25-0); who had beaten fellow South Africans Phillip N’dou and Cassius Baloyi, as well as Nate Campbell. continue
04.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Israeli heavyweight hope Roman Greenberg retained the IBO I/C title with an impressive sixth round knockout of Russian Alexei Varakin. Greenberg ended matters with a single punch, a right uppercut and Varakin went out flat on his back. However, up until then it had been a tough struggle for Greenberg and in the fourth it looked like an upset was in the making. Roman appeared to be tiring and didn´t seem to know how to handle his opponent´s wide left hook and right hand. continue
FAIRFAX, VA (November 4, 2006)– Popular Great Falls, VA middleweight JIMMY LANGE (27-3-1, 19 KOs) will battle Puerto Rican native FONTAINE CABELL (22-6-1, 17 KOs) of Alamonte Spring, FL in the ten-round Main Event of Major League Boxing’s six-bout card scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2006 at the Patriot Center. Tickets go on sale this Monday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Nov. 4, 2006) – Photos by Ed Mulholland / For SHOWTIME - In an exciting, hard-fought bout, once-beaten Kendall “Rated R’’ Holt dealt previously undefeated Isaac Hlatshwayo his first loss and captured the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) super lightweight title with a super impressive, 12-round unanimous decision in Friday’s main event on “ShoBox : The New Generation.’’ Holt scored three knockdowns and won going away.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights on the Duva Boxing-promoted co-feature at Bally’s Casino Ballroom, Shamone Alvarez was credited with a flash knockdown in the first-round en route to winning a majority eight-round decision over fast-closing Enrique Gutierrez. The doubleheader aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
03.11.06 - One-time heavyweight contender David Tua (46-3-1, 40 KO's) returned to the ring tonight, stopping southpaw Maurice Wheeler in the 7th round at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Despite his poor record (10-9-1, 1 KOs), Wheeler, a last minute replacement, had little trouble hitting Tua, for the most part landing anything he threw at the Samoan fighter. However, with very little power, Wheeler's punches had little effect on Tua, who kept constantly plodding slowly forward for most of the bout, forcing the action. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 3 – The cheers had barely died down from WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Celestino Caballero’s spectacular third round stoppage of 46-1-1 Somsak Sithchatchawal on October 4th when bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez started making noise about moving up to 122 pounds to fight ‘Pelenchin’ for his title. continue
By Per Ake Persson: November 3, Skive, Denmark: Supermiddle Lolenga Mock won the vacant EU title when Frenchman Franck Mezaache was forced to retire with a possible broken right hand and didn´t come out for the sixth round. Mock was ahead on points and had floored his opponent late in the second but appeared to have a lot of problems with Mezaache´s movement, longer reach and dangerous left hooks. Mock was stunned in the fourth but then came the injury. Some in the crowd booed but, again, Franck has a long history of bad hand injuries. continue
03.11.06 - By Tony Nobbs: In the latest WBA rankings “Triple A Man” Sam Soliman (photo by Wray Edwards / ESB) was listed at number three in super middleweight division. Soliman, who has a November 17 ShoBox date with Mexican Enrique Onealas at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California, has had no luck calling out World Middleweight Champion Jermain Taylor.
In the meantime, Soliman was granted a WBA rating at 168 pounds, thus helping him target a return with Anthony Mundine who won a split decision over Sam in 2001. Mundine went on to win the WBA regular belt out pointing Antwun Echols in 2003 before losing it to Manny Siaca the following year. Mundine, who fights Argentine Ruben Acosta on November 15 took the 'BA number one spot with a twelve round UD over Danny Green in May and is in prime position to again fight off for the regular belt (number two is Jeff Lacy), after Mikkel Kessler assumed “Super Champion” status by knocking out WBC counterpart Markus Beyer on October 14. continue
Houston, TX (November 3rd, 2006)-The discussion regarding the upcoming Superfighter Tournament and its potential participants battling it out in a one-night eight-man heavyweight elimination tournament with the victor receiving a five million dollar grand prize has brought out various names that want to take a shot at the cash, and the former heavyweight contender Dominick Guinn is no different, come December 1st in Melbourne, Australia the ‘Southern Disaster’ would like to see his name added to the list of candidates going toe to toe for the big money prize. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (November 3, 2006)….On the eve of his welterweight championship bout against Carlos Baldomir Saturday night (Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, HBO Pay-Per-View,) pound for pound great Floyd Mayweather, Jr. will appear tonight on NBC's Last Call With Carson Daly airing at 1:30am ET/PT. Mayweather talks about his life outside of the ring, his preparation for tomorrow night's bout and the future. Mayweather will present Daly with a limited edition IceLink Watch—a sponsor of the fight—featuring Mayweather's image on the watch face. continue
Nov. 3, 2006 -- HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO pay-per-view super featherweight showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Erik Morales. The intriguing third chapter of their compelling rivalry will take place once again under the hot lights of Las Vegas as each is determined to prove who is the superior ring warrior. Both fighters have won once in this series, which has been filled with drama and excitement. continue
03.11.06 - Photo by Tom Casino - Liakhovich to Face Briggs, Diaz to Square Off With Angulo on Saturday, Nov. 4, At 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING From Chase Field, Phoenix, Ariz.
SERGEI LIAKHOVICH (23-1, 14 KOs):
“I will test Brigg’s chin. We‘ll see what he’s got.”
“I’m a fighter. I need to feel my opponent out first before I do something different.”
“Look who Briggs has fought. He has knocked most of them out, but, to me, it means nothing.” continue
03.11.06 - The nephew of former heavyweight champion Trevor Berbick, 52, was charged with bludgeoning him to death, using a metal pipe, and leaving his body in the courtyard of a church in Kingston, Jamaica, nearby where Berbick lived. According to AP, the 20-year-old nephew of Trevor Berbick, was in constant disagreement with Trevor over land, which he felt belonged to him and his mother. continue
03.11.06 - Undefeated featherweight prospect Jason Litzau makes his first appearance on HBO on December 16 when he battles Jose Hernandez in a 10 round co-feature bout that will open the “Boxing after Dark” broadcast, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. The main event features what is expected to be a 10 round middleweight war between Edison Miranda and Willie Gibbs. Miccosukee Resort & Gaming will host the exciting evening of boxing. HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” telecast will begin at 9:30 pm ET/PT. continue
03.11.06 - Texas fans were sorely disappointed when Juan Manuel Marquez’ Lone Star State debut against Jimrex Jaca earlier this month was scrapped due to VISA issues on the part of Jaca. Golden Boy Promotions has heard the fight fans of this great state, and on Saturday, November 25th, at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, Marquez - the WBO featherweight champion - will be back to defend his crown against Jaca in a much anticipated revisit. continue
03.11.06 - Last night, undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (10-0-1), showed a national T.V. audience and a crowd of 7,000+ Youngstown fight fans why he’s one of the most talked about young fighters in boxing as he stopped Mike Word in 2:35 of round 2. In his first fight under the watchful eye of former WBA Light Heavyweight Champ Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Williams showed a powerful jab, hand-speed, power and the kind of cunning you normally don’t see in a 20 year old boxer.
The soft spoken Williams was happy with his performance. “This was my best fight, I’m very happy to be working with Eddie (trainer Eddie Muhammad). My punches were short and I worked the body. I’ll be back in the gym next week so I can fight in December.” continue
03.11.06 - By Wayne Joseph Tulio: In boxing, fighters side stories sometimes make a fight more interesting, and this crossroads fight between two warriors for a bantamweight title, if it eventuates is certainly that. Gerry Penalosa, former WBC super flyweight champion is getting probably his last shot at the big stage against tough Mexican Jhonny Gonzales for the WBO bantamweight championship. continue
03.11.06 - A hotly anticipated battle of super featherweights takes place tonight at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England and twenty four year old challenger Femi Fehintola has unshakeable confidence that his silky skills will see him to the British title now held in the iron grip of Leeds based hardman Carl Johanneson. continue
03.11.06 - Tom Loeffler: We are really excited about this show. We are bringing the heavy weight boxing back to the Mecca of boxing at Madison Square Garden. Wladimir Klitschko has really established himself as you know, the permanent heavyweight champion and exciting Calvin Brock is undefeated. US Olympian 22, with actually 29 you know, with 22 knockouts. We are also excited about having Laila on the show. continue
03.11.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Swinging For The Fences: Shannon Briggs, promoter Don King and Sergei Liakhovich get into the swing of things as they pose at home plate after Thursday's heavyweight weigh-in at Chase Field in Phoenix. Briggs weighed 268 pounds, 30 more than Liakhovich, who tipped scales at 238.
By Grampton James: Granted, I don't have access to much footage of Lyakhovich's previous fights, so it is difficult for me to form a sincerely educated opinion with such limitations, but from what I have seen, I have a good idea of the way he fights.
Lyakhovich is a straight foward pressure fighter. He's a swarmer type that hs a high punch output with a decent, but not exteremely powerful punch. His strong feat is his relentlessness and stamina, but he has decent boxing skills as well. continue
03.11.06 - In a terrific Battle of Britain on December 9, Andy Morris will defend his British featherweight title against John Simpson at London's ExCel. It will be the second time the two stylists have duked it out, with Morris, 14-0 (4) looking to confirm the superiority he displayed in Glasgow to win the Lonsdale belt last year. Fighting for the vacant title that night at the Braehead Arena, the Wythenshawe Warrior won a clear and unanimous verdict over Simpson 13-4 (3. continue
02.11.06 - By Ted Sares: As the bell rings for round one, Shannon surprises the Wolf by launching an all-out attack from the get-go.............almost like a mugging. The Wolf, who was ko'd by Mo Harris, backs off and tries to tie him up, but this time, unlike the Lennox Lewis fight, the deadlocked fighter does not let his opponent off the hook and clubs him to the canvas with heavy punches. Sergei gets up at nine, but is immediately pounced upon by a whirlwind, let-it-all-hang-out blitz from his much bigger opponent (Briggs weighs 268 pounds, 30 more than Liakhovich). continue
02.11.06 - By Adrian Saba – For boxing, one of the important dates of this year is right in front of us. In two days, Floyd Mayweather, Carlos Baldomir, Shannon Briggs and Sergei Liakhovich are going to step into the ring. The first two are going to fight each other in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The latter will confront at Chase Field, in Phoenix, Arizona. Many boxing fans have already decided which event they will follow, some will probably do everything to watch both. There is an abundance of arguments to defend the quality of each event. But if you have not decided yet, you will want to look at the following guide. continue
02.11.06 - by James Slater: The "Pretty Risky" Mayweather vs Baldomir press conference began as any other big fight media gathering. The main dignitories all got up and had their few minutes at the microphone, introduced by the fight's promoter Dan Goosen, a number of sponsors said a few words. As did Marc Ratner's replacement as head of the Nevada State Athletic commission. Then it was the fighter's turns to speak - the real reason we were all assembled, of course.
First up, it was the soft-spoken, yet hard punching, welterweight sensation Paul "The Punisher" Williams. Saying only a handful of words the reserved Williams said only that he was focused and prepared to do his job yet again. He fights an eight rounder on the undercard, and should he do as expected and emerge victorious he will remain the number one contender to WBO champ Antonio Margarito - a guy Williams seems desperate to fight.
Next up, Robert Guerro, the IBF featherweight champ and his challenger, Orlando Salido (through his interpretor) spoke. Both sounded confident, yet again had comparatively little to say. Then the two big guys held the mike.
Carlos Baldomir, again through an interpretor, spoke of how much stronger he would be and how he would show who had "the bigger balls", he or Floyd. He also wished to express how he had been misquoted by Dan earlier, when it was said he'd made the remark that both of Mayweather's eyes would be closed by round 4. Despite his good intentions , however, Carlos was met with some boos, and more derision. It was clear, as expected, that Floyd had the far greater number of admirers in attendance. Then the fireworks started. continue
02.11.06 - René Dettweiler is determined to make the most out of his surprise shot at the EU-heavyweight belt. The clash with Great Britain´s Michael Sprott has been lined up on short notice after cruiserweight Marco Huck had to pull out of his meeting with Pietro Aurino due to an arm injury. "Of course it was a bit of a surprise," said Dettweiler of his first-ever title fight. "But I have been practicing anyway. It´s not a problem for me to fight against such a strong opponent. I consider it a big opportunity of which I will try to make the most of." . continue
02.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: Floyd Mayweather has already given us over a dozen excuses and reasons to not fight Antonio Margarito for the last eight months. Now Floyd has created yet another.
Speaking with David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press, Mayweather seems to have learned it's the smartest and safest policy to just ignore Margarito when confronted with a question about battling his apparent bogeyman. "I don't really want to talk about this guy (Margarito)," said Mayweather this week. "Because I see certain things that Bob Arum does that don't make any sense. He says I'm the best fighter in the business, I'm the best fighter since Muhammad Ali. But then he's talking about me ducking and dodging a fighter. He kicks me out of his boxing gym, then wants me to fight his fighter. How can you do talk about doing future business with me if you're conducting yourself with disorderly conduct? He's a grumpy old man." continue
02.11.06 - In a crossroads fight, Duva Boxing will pit two of the brightest young super lightweights when Kendall Holt (20-1, 12 KO’s) squares off against unbeaten Isaac Hlatshwayo (25-0, 1 NC, nine KOs) for the vacant North American Boxing Organization (NABO) 140-pound crown Friday, Nov. 3, on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” In the co-feature from Bally’s Casino Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J., Shamone Alvarez (15-0, 10 KOs) will take on Enrique Gutierrez (10-0, eight KOs) in a welterweight attraction. SHOWTIME will televise both bouts live at 11 PM/ET (delayed on the west coast). continue
By Neil Thompson, 2nd November 2006. In the first part of ‘Fights We Need For 2007’ I concentrated on Joe Calzaghe v Mikkel Kessler as one of the major fights I would like to see in the new year. Another match up I am just as eager to see is a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Marco Antonio Barrera.
Marco Antonio Barrera, 63-4 (42), has had an excellent career, he’s been a 3-weight world champion, and he’s beaten fighters like Erik Morales, Paulie Ayala, Naseem Hamed, Johnny Tapia and Kennedy McKinney. The ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ will probably be considered the greatest Mexican fighter since the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez. Barrera has been fighting professionally for 17 years and won his first world title 11 years ago. He first won the WBO Super Bantamweight title in 1995 against Daniel Jimenez.
Then after defending his title 8 times he suffered a shocking defeat to Junior Jones and also lost the rematch. However, 2 years after loosing his title he regained it against Richie Wenton. Although 3 fights later he controversially lost it again to arch rival Erik Morales. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 2 – In the Heavyweight division, a fighter is always just one punch away from glory. When you’re a three-time holder of the sport’s most prestigious crown, your odds are even better, so with boxing’s glamour division wide open and in need of a spark of life, Michael Moorer has returned to provide that spark, beginning with a 10 round bout against hard-hitting Cliff Couser on Saturday, December 9th at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. continue
02.11.06 - British super middleweight king Carl Froch and upcoming challenger Tony Dodson will finally go eyeball-eyeball next Tuesday in the champion’s home city. The long-term rivals are both set to appear at Nottingham’s ‘NCCL Galleries of Justice’ museum to promote their highly anticipated showdown on Friday 24th November at the prestigious Nottingham Arena, being shown live on Sky Sports. continue
02.11.06 - By Scott Frake: David Tua's (45-3-1, 39 KO's) bad luck continued recently, when it was revealed that his latest opponent, Abraham Okine, failed his medical eye exam, making it necessary for Tua to find yet another fighter for tonight's bout at the Roseland Ballroom, in New York. At this point, it appears that 36-year-old Maurice Wheeler (10-8-1) will get the shot at Tua. However, for Tua, this has got to be disappointing, in that he was previously scheduled to fight Kelvin Davis, Ross Puritty and Abraham Okine, most who would have likely given Tua a better shot at getting the rust off of his long dormant boxing skills than tonight's opponent. continue
02.11.06 - By Scoop Malinowski: One of the more colorful heavyweight contenders of the last decade is back on the scene. David Tua, who holds stoppage wins over three heavyweight champions (Maskaev, Ruiz and Rahman) will box on Friday night November 3rd at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City - against Abraham "The African Assasin" Okine (14-2, 8 KO's).
The 34-year-old Tua (45-3-1, 39 KO's) was in a jovial mood as we talked some boxing at the Palm Restaurant press conference: The former 1992 New Zealand Olympic bronze medalist had some profound thoughts when asked to comment on the Liakhovich-Briggs WBO Heavyweight title clash this weekend.
"I believe Briggs has got a puncher's chance. He can box as well, he can get up and move. From a fighter point of view, you just hope the right guy shows up for that fight. Because you can have the best camp, every day you go to the gym and do everything right but then on that night you just don't feel the best. But as a fighter you stay in there, you hang in there, you keep trying things out." . continue
02.11.06 - America’s only undefeated heavyweight contender Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock will be a guest on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show tomorrow, Friday, November 3rd at or after 8:45 am EST. America’s #1 urban radio program, The Tom Joyner Morning Show has 8 million listeners in more than 115 markets. Check www.BlackAmericaWeb.com for your local affiliate. continue
MINNEAPOLIS (November 2, 2006) - A Minnesota all-star caliber pro boxing show billed, Boxing Is Back!, is on tap Friday night, November 17, featuring many local favorites including archrivals Anthony "The Bullet" Bonsante and Matt "The Predator" Vanda in separate bouts, at the Target Center in Minneapolis. continue
02.11.06 - Fight fans in the Atlantic City area better hurry and get their tickets for this Friday’s (November 3) Duva Boxing event at Bally's Hotel and Casino, as only a few seats remain. Topped by New Jersey’s own Kendall “Rated R” Holt (20-1, 12 KOs) taking on tough unbeaten South African Isaac Hlatshwayo (25-0, 9 KOs) for the WBO NABO Super Lightweight Title in the 12-round main event, this exciting night of boxing also features “hometown boy made good” Shamone Alvarez (15-0, 10 KOs) against fellow undefeated welterweight prospect Enrique Gutierrez (9-0, 7 KOs) of Santa Rosa, California, in a ten-round showdown. continue
02.11.06 - Photos: TOM CASINO / SHOWTIME - FIGHTING MAD: They don't meet until Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), but WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich and challenger Shannon Briggs nearly came to blows before Wednesday's press conference in Phoenix .
When it was his turn to speak, Briggs continued his verbal assault on Liakhovich. Calmer heads prevailed and headliners Liakhovich, Juan Diaz, promoter Don King, Fernando Angulo and Briggs posed after the press conference ended. Diaz puts his WBA lightweight title and unbeaten record on the line against Angulo in the opening bout of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING world title doubleheader at Chase Field in Phoenix.
SHANNON BRIGGS (47-4-1, 41 KOs): “I feel great and am in the greatest shape of my life. I was living my life and having fun, but I have to leave that behind. continue
02.11.06 - On November 3, boxing fans can feel “The Heat” as the spectacular firefight between former Olympians Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen and Dante “Inferno” Craig for the USBA Junior Middleweight championship will be broadcast on the HDNet television network. A terrific match-up with world title fight implications for the winner, Olympic Bronze Medalist Cauthen (32-3, 9 KOs) and 2004 US representative Craig (17-5-1, 13 KOs) went to war at an all-star night of Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York. continue
01.11.06 - By Adrian Saba: Today the point won’t be discussing who was the last Heavyweight Champion. Some would say that there is no Champion since Lennox Lewis retired in Febraury 2004, others will try to explain that the belt has no guardian since Vitali Klitschko left boxing one year ago. During this year, the Eastern European fighters became the elite of the division; that is the summary of all. Valuev defeated Ruiz and that included him in the Top10, Wladimir Klitschko regained the #1 contender place by beating Chris Byrd, Liakhovich pulled an upset in his amazing fight against Lamon Brewster and Maskaev ended the comeback story of Hasim Rahman. continue
ERIE, PA (November 1, 2006) – MICHAEL ACRI BOXING PROMOTIONS announced today that Mexican fireball Jesus Francisco “Panchito” Zepeda will rumble with “The Pittsburgh Kid,” undefeated former International Boxing Federation lightweight champion PAUL SPADAFORA in a 10-round junior welterweight bout. Spadafora – returning for his first fight in over two years – will headline Acri’s 22nd annual Erie Boxing Classic, Wednesday, November 22, at The Avalon Hotel (16 West 10th Street) in Erie, PA. The first bout will begin at 8 P.M. EST. continue
01.11.06 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Monday night, I was afforded the honor of having the opportunity to speak with former undisputed champion and four-time heavyweight champion of the world – Evander ‘Real Deal’ Holyfield. Finishing up his final preparations for a bout with Fres Oquendo on November 10, Holyfield seems as focused as he’s ever been. In fact, after my brief chat with the former champion, one thing is certain: Holyfield is determined to become heavyweight champion of the world for a record fifth time. Indeed, he’s looking for a story-book ending to cap off his illustrious career and he’s ready to take on anyone and everyone in order to fulfill his dream.
Here’s what he had to say:
Q: How's training coming along?
A: I've been training for eight to ten weeks and I've been working hard to get myself back in the shape where I can do the things that I had once done – and a little bit more. So I think people will be real pleased when they see my performance and they will see that I haven't lost anything and I'm actually gaining more. continue
STAMFORD, CT (November 1, 2006) – Undefeated middleweight Kelly Pavlik headlines the next edition of VERSUS Fight Night, in conjunction with Top Rank Boxing, on Thursday, November 2 at 7 p.m. ET. Pavlik will take on Lenord Pierre in the 12-round main event in Pavlik’s hometown of Youngstown, Ohio. Pavlik headlined the first-ever Fight Night card in July when he stopped veteran Bronco McKart on a sixth-round TKO. The bout, originating from the Chevrolet Centre in Youngstown, will be for the WBO, NABO and IBA super middleweight titles. He is the current NABF champion. continue
01.11.06 - By Per Ake Persson: Universum have been forced to make some changes to the their shows November 18 in Duesseldorf and December 2 in Berlin after heavyweight Luan Krasniqi suffered a serious knee injury while doing roadwork. He was to have headlined the show in Berlin. Taking his place there is now middleweight Felix Sturm, who takes on Australian Galvin Topp in a fight that was originally scheduled for November 18. continue
01.11.06 - David Haye is preparing hard for the biggest fight of his professional career as not only will he be defending his European title, but his bout against Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni will also be a final eliminator for the WBC Cruiserweight title on November 17 at York Hall in London, England. Haye, who normally trains in the South Beach section of Miami, has stayed in London and has carried on his training at the 3rd Space gym. continue
01.11.06 - Shannon Briggs, the World Boxing Organization No. 3-ranked heavyweight, worked out for the media today at Central Boxing Club in preparation for the world heavyweight championship appearance on Saturday night against defending WBO champion Sergei Liakhovich at Chase Field in Phoenix. Briggs and his camp entered the gym wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “The Great Black Hope” on the back and “Shannon Briggs, Made in Brooklyn, USA” on the front.
“People are talking about all of these Russian heavyweights,” Briggs said. “I am the Great Black Hope. Rahman was the last line of defense. Now I am the first line of offense.
“I have sparred 108 rounds to prepare for this. I fight three guys every day and on Saturday night there will only be one – so it will be easy. I have scored 29 first-round knockouts and I plan to have 30 after I get done with Liakhovich on Saturday. continue
Merrillville, IN - As their history making bout for Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. in associates 8 Count Productions "Night of Champions" approaches, "Merciless" Mary McGee (7-0, 4 KO’s) and WIBA America Women’s Super Lightweight Champion Rita "La Guera" Figueroa (9-0, 3 KO’s) are locked in a war of words as they prepare for their November. 17th, 2006 Main Event match-up at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville, Indiana. continue
01.11.06 - World Boxing Council welterweight title holder Carlos Baldomir (left) and 1994 and 2001 Professional Bull Riders World Champion Adriano Moraes from Sao Paulo, Brazil discuss strategy for their upcoming championships. Baldomir defends his belt against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saturday at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Moraes looks for his third title in the $3.5 million PBR World Finals Thursday through Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Photo Courtesy of Jan Sanders. continue
LAS VEGAS (Nov 1, 2006) - Two-time world heavyweight champion John "The Quietman" Ruiz (41-6-1, 28 KOs) is training in Las Vegas with his new head trainer, Manny Siaca, Sr., for his November 18 mandated WBA elimination fight against No. 2 rated challenger Ruslan "White Tyson" Chagaev (21-0-1, 17 KOs) in Dusseldorf, Germany. The Ruiz-Chagaev winner will be the mandatory challenger for WBA heavyweight champion Nicolay Valuev. continue
01.11.06 - It’s official. Former pound-for-pound kingpin Roy Jones, Jr. will be taking his act to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Dec. 9 in an effort to regain a foothold atop the light heavyweight division. Jones is scheduled to defend his minor NABO light heavyweight belt - which he won in July by defeating Prince Badi Ajamu - against former WBA belt holder Manny Siaca.
Although "RJ" is coming off a win in his last fight - against Ajamu - it was his first victory in more than two-and-a-half years. He is 1-3 in his last four starts. After barely defeating Antonio Tarver over 12 rounds in November 2003, Jones would lose three fights in a row, two by knockout. However, it should be noted the defeats came at the hands of Tarver and Glen Johnson, two men who were at the top of the division when Jones fought them. continue
CHICAGO (November 1, 2006) -- Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Tavoris Cloud will face Douglas LaFontsee next Friday night, November 10th, at CICERO CHILL, the next huge card of world class professional boxing at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue