30.04.07 - Mashing-up top Russian Alexander Hrulev will bring super-featherweight hotshot Kevin Mitchell closer to starting off his Pie and Mash empire! The Dagenham Destroyer, who holds Commonwealth title, will challenge for the Vacant WBO Intercontinental on Saturday 26th May at the ExCeL London as chief support on the undercard of the big rematch between Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton. continue
30.04.07 - By Vanessa McConnell: As the “World Awaits” the clock is winding down to one of the most anticipated fights of all times. For years fans have wanted to see the best of both worlds go face to face in the ring and now fans have their way on May 5 when Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya enter the ring. Last week, Oscar De La Hoya held a press conference attended by over 700 media outlets from all over the world. He’s ready to go and can’t wait to step in the ring with Floyd on Cinco De Mayo. “I can and we strongly feel that, yes, it’s going to be a good fight. It’s going to be a great fight, but were ready for anything,” said De La Hoya opening the conference. continue
30.04.07 – Interview by Craig Hardie: Chauncy Welliver is a young Heavyweight veteran of 39 professional bouts sporting a 31-3-4 (11) record. Welliver of Spokane, WA has not had an easy run as a pro with proposed “Big” fights falling through due to politics including a bout with Kali Meehan, is now hoping his luck will change and the big names will come out to play. Welliver is currently in training for his May 30th date with Corey Williams in what will be a C.A.M and Washington State Heavyweight title fight. He kindly took some time out to give this writer the following interview.
Craig Hardie: Firstly thanks for taking time out from your training to speak with us, hows training been going?
Chauncy Welliver - Training is great, and I look forward to getting in the ring again. continue
30.4.07 - By Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB -- Last night at the Foxwoods Piquat Casino Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the WBA Lightweight World Champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz stopped the WBO Champion Acelino Freitas when Po Po’s corner called a halt to the action after eight rounds. It was a series of rounds in which very concentrated action was the rule. Freitas landed some pretty good shots only to have Diaz bore in with accurate, head-rocking retributions.
Generally, Juan was coming forward about ninety per cent of the time as Acelino tried to stay at boxing range from which he countered pretty well for about the first four rounds. Then during each successive round Po Po’s punches began to lose pop, started to wing, and increasingly left him vulnerable to Juan’s counters which were escalating in power and frequency. Every now and then Freitas would man-up with great effort and deploy some hits, but these efforts came farther apart with each round from the fifth through the eighth. The following photos portray what was a wild and entertaining event: continue
30.4.07 - By Ted Sares: The weekend got of to ominous start. After a great dinner of baked oysters and seafood chili at the AP Oyster Company in Mystic, we returned to our hotel in Stonington to watch my friend and former champ, Mike Anchondo, get knocked unconscious by a guy named “Darling,” Darling Jimenez to be exact. The fight was on ESPN. The next night we were at Foxwoods to watch Acelino Freitas do battle with Juan Diaz and the noise from the Brazilian fans was deafening. Songs, flag waiving, and the constant rhythm of big drums gave the affair the ambiance of a soccer match. continue
Veteran light heavyweight Rodney Toney has a famous last name, several disappointing outcomes against world-class opponents, and a master's degree in boxing experience from his 14-year pro career. Friday night in a rematch against Anthony "The Rowdy One" Russell, Toney starts what will likely be his final run towards a high-profile fight and lucrative payday. continue
NEW YORK CITY - Polish power puncher Pawel "Raging Bull" Wolak (14-0, 9 KOs) adds diversity and brings even more excitement to the "Tomorrow's Champions" pro boxing show, presented by Irish Ropes Promotions and featuring unbeaten middleweight sensation "Ireland's" John Duddy, on May 18 at the famed Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. continue
29.04.07 - By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - Photos by Richie Maldonado: Mashantucket, Conn. - While in New York earlier this month, Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz explained his reason for sporting a trimmed beard and moustache. "I'm not a sixteen-year-old kid anymore, I'm a world champion and I'm going to prove I'm a man," reasoned the humble and extremely likable twenty-three-year-old college student, who just happens to be the World Boxing Association's lightweight champion.
Under the caring and watchful eye of seasoned head trainer/manager Willie Savannah, Diaz's boxing career had been brought along at a much more guarded and slower pace than the Houston native would have liked, and the 135pounder has endured all the skeptics who've wondered aloud about the young fighter's quality of opposition, his supposed lack of punching power and his ability to rise to the occasion against the elite fighters in the division.
The junior University of Houston pre-law major aced the test Saturday night at the Foxwoods Resort Casino with his eight round technical knockout victory over Acelino Freitas, during their WBA/WBO lightweight world title unification bout, dethroning the Brazilian legend. continue
29.05.07 - Elite Promotions has entered into an agreement with a very promising Heavyweight Contender. Born in Havana Cuba and now making his home in Miami, Florida. Sporting an impressive professional boxing record that has been challenged by the best; 29 wins / 5 losses / 2 draws, with 16 wins coming by way of TKO...ELIESER CASTILLO has joined forces with Elite Promotions in a quest for a World Title shot within the next twelve months! . continue
New York- Staten Island’s Gary “Kid” Stark, Jr. (18-1, 8 KO’s) will take center stage in the main event vs. Miami’s Andres Ledesma (13-5, 8 KO’s) on Wednesday night, May 2, when DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub returns to the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City. continue
29.04.07 - Hennessy Sports promoted John Murray is not surprised that his British lightweight rival Amir Khan rejected an offer to fight him this Saturday on potentially the biggest event in boxing history, despite the Olympic Silver medalist’s false claim that he ‘played’ with him in sparring. Undefeated Manchester star Murray, 22, will have his 21st professional fight on the undercard of the highly anticipated showdown between Oscar de la Hoya, his US co-promoter, and Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand. continue
April 29th, 2007 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - Congratulations to WBA Lightweight Champion, Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz, who improved his unbeaten record to 32-0, with 16 KO’s and added the WBO Title to his currency after unmanning former Champion, Acelino “Popo” Freitas (38-2, 32 KO’s), who quit on his stool after eight rounds up at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut Saturday night.
With his wildly unorthodox style, Freitas was winning all his fights by knockout prior to his UD win over Alfred Kotey in September of 2001. His most exciting fight had to be his battle against Argentina’s Jorge Barrios, who put Freitas down in the eighth and the eleventh rounds. Freitas came back and put Barrios down in the eleventh and twelfth to go on and win that fight by TKO 12.
The 31 year-old Freitas has been on the decline since being KOed by Diego Corrales back in August of 2004 in a fight where Freitas was knocked down three times and then quit on his stool after the tenth round. It’s an irrelevant coincidence, but Mike Ortega was the referee in both fights that saw Freitas quit on his stool. continue
29.04.07 - Interview by John Martinez, Boxingrealm.com: On Friday May 4 at the Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas, NV Dominick “ The Southern Disaster” Guinn (28-4-4 19 KO’s) will enter the ring seen as just another “opponent” for a young, unbeaten heavyweight prospect on the rise named “ Fast” Eddie Chambers (28-0 16 KO’s).
The fight is scheduled for ten rounds and will be the principal bout featured on SHOWTIME NETWORK’S “ SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION” series that will telecast live beginning at 11PM ET/PT. I spoke with Guinn regarding his upcoming fight on SHOWTIME and what his thoughts were concerning those who now view him as a journeyman fighter. continue
29.4.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: The way Juan Diaz was pounding on his opponent, breaking him down as he's done to thirty-one previous fighters, you'd hardly believe his present victim is a Brazilian icon and a three time world champion. Acelino Freitas, a professional for twelve years, was clearly identified as the best opponent thus far in Diaz's career, and although there were few shaky moments early on, Diaz overcame and bypassed "Popo" in their race to unify their title. continue
MASHANTUCKET, Conn.—World Boxing Association lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz added the World Boxing Organization championship to his list of accomplishments tonight after Acelino “Popo” Freitas’s trainer Oscar Suarez threw in the towel during the one-minute break between the eighth and ninth rounds at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Juan Diaz: “I’m really happy to become a two-time world champion. I’m very elated right now. This was the biggest fight of my career but I have faced opponents who hit harder than Freitas did tonight. I took his best punches and gave back five or six when he got in two or three. continue
28.04.07 - By Miguel Velasco: Felix Sturm (27-2, 12 KO’s) won back his WBA middleweight title last night, defeating champion Javier Castillejo (61-7, 41 KO's) by 12-round unanimous decision at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The judges’ scores were 116-112, 116-112, and 115-113, all for Sturm. I personally scored the fight a draw, mainly for Sturm’s lack of work in three of the first five rounds, on top of him giving away the 11th and 12th round by running away from Castillejo and avoiding exchanges.
This bout was the revenge bout of their first fight, in which Sturm was stopped by Castillejo in the 11th round last year on July 15, 2006. Since then, much had changed with Sturm; He had abandoned his experiment with being more offensive minded – an attempt to please the German crowds, who were displeased with his conservative fighting style – and returned back to his old fighting technique, a style that mostly focuses on jabbing, side to side movement, and an occasional right hand. continue
Pittsburgh, PA – IBA World Super Featherweight Champion Monty Meza-Clay (23W-1L, 15KO) will battle former World Champion Carlos Contreras (21W–12L–3D, 13KO) in the 10 round main event at Heinz Field’s Coca-Cola Great Hall on Friday May 11th. The Champion Meza-Clay, known for his no nonsense action packed style, will look to place his stamp on the Steel City for the first time after entertaining casino crowds in the Tri-State area over the past several years. continue
28.04.07 - By John Martinez, Boxingrealm.com: In last night’s main event on a Top Rank promoted card at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston, TX, Sergio “ Maravilla” Martinez (39,1,1,20KO’s) scored a fourth round knock out against Saul “ La Fiera” Roman (26,3, 23 KO’s) as part of a WBC light middleweight elimination tournament. The winner is expected to face the victor between Vernon Forrest and Carlos Baldomir after they meet on May 19 for the rights to fight the winner of Delahoya/Mayweather for the official WBC title. continue
LAS VEGAS (April 28, 2007) - Denver's prodigal son Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnson isn't the only Colorado native returning home to fight May 18 for an IBA world title on the "Rocky Mountain Mayhem: Return of the Champ" card, promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado. continue
28.04.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Sometime around September ’06 a poster named “Ding” broke his lurker-like silence by making a thread on our Eastsideboxing forums stating quite clearly that Darnell Wilson was going to knock Daniel Judah out within 4 rounds in their upcoming bout. Of course at the time few took this for much more then a coincidence concocted by a die hard Wilson fan hyping his favorite fighter. However, almost eerily, after the 28th of that very same month, and the starching of Judah in 4, “Ding” returned to the boards with a vengeance claiming Wilson would next sign for a January fight against Dale Brown in Canada and that the “Cowboy” would not last much longer than did Zab’s brother. A few months and two brutal rounds later the coincidence started looking less and less coincidental. It didn’t take long for “Ding” to play fortune teller once again, and this time, unfortunately, for Koncrete Kelvin Davis, the thread and the prediction were none too kind in his favor.
The newest thread made by “Ding” targets Emmanuel Nwodo and the ESB board regulars are getting used to the fact that Darnell “Ding A Ling” Wilson is a bonafide ESB local. Will the “Ding String” continue to roll or will Nwodo put a Spinks Jinx on Wilson’s cruiserweight rampage? continue
28.04.07 - Fernando Zuniga stopped Ernesto Zamora in the fourth round with a brutal body shot at the Morongo Casino located in Cabazon, California in the main event of a II Feathers promotion. The Ecuadorian improved his record to (26-8, 20 KO’s) while Zamora dropped to (7-9, 5 KO’s) The stoppage was announced by Joe Martinez as 2:43 of the fourth when Zuniga landed a hard right hand to the body which put Zamora out for the count. The fight took place in the light heavyweight division. continue
28.04.07 - By Fritz Drexel: Light heavyweight Stipe Drews (32-1, 13 KO's) defeated WBA light heavyweight champion Silvo Branco (55-9-2, 34 KO's), winning a 12-round unanimous decision on Saturday night in Oberhausen, Germany. Branco, 40, who had recently won the the vacant WBA light heavyweight title in a 12-round decision over Manny Siaca, was no match for the 6'5" Drews, whose fighting style closely resembled that of Wladimir Klitschko, a former Universum fighter, only without his awesome power. From the very start, Branco, 6'0", had trouble reaching Drews, often missing badly each time he got within range of the towering Drews. continue
28.04.07 - FREDDYLOKZ talks about Chris Byrd, Jason Litzau, Mike Anchondo, Arthur Abraham and previews Freitas vs Diaz, Klitschko vs Brewster and of coure, Freddy answers viewers' questions again plus much more... Check out the sixth episode of "The 13th Round With FREDDYLOKZ". continue
27.04.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, at Wembley Arena, London, Britain's David Haye made a successful debut up at heavyweight. "The Hayemaker," now 19-1 (18) made the move from the cruiserweight boxing division with some ease against Poland's Tomasz Bonin, now 37-2 (20). And though he still intends to drop back down to the 200 pound weight class, in search of a world title there, the heavyweights were definitely served notice by Haye's fine performance of a few hours ago.
All it took David was a single round to dispatch the seven years older man. Coming out immediately with a hard and fast left jab to Bonin's head, Haye put his punches together in a relaxed and mature manner. It didn't take long before he had the Pole in serious trouble. A perfect left jab, followed by a flush right hand to the head, decked Bonin with less than a minute gone. Tomasz got back up, but David was in no mood to let him off the hook. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 27, 2007). . .Both Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather took part in the mandatory WBC 7-day safety weight check-ins from their respective training camps. Stepping on the scale in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and overseen by the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission President, Jose Penagaricano, De La Hoya weighed 158 pounds. "I'm ready and eagerly awaiting the sound of the bell." . continue
27.04.07 - By Wray Edwards - Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. Brazilian Acelino Freitas returns to the scene of his WBO Lightweight Championship victory over Zahir Raheem one year ago, to see if he can wrest Juan Diaz’ WBA strap away from the Houston law student. As Acelino and Juan posed at the scales, Joel Casamayor stood nearby to check out what might be his next opponent. El Cepillo looked great and I remembered what he told me in Vero Beach one day…he said “I want to clear out the division”. Maybe he’ll get his chance. continue
27.04.07 - WBC number one cruiserweight David Haye served notice to the heavyweight division last night at London's Wembley Arena by knocking out Polish hardman Tomasz Bonin in a single round. The massively powerful Haye shattered any illusions that the Londoner won't be able to carry his punch up to the heavyweight ranks when he dazed seasoned campaigner Bonin with a jab before finishing off the 231 lb Pole with hammering combinations. With the WBC ruling that current cruiserweight world champion Jean Marc Mormeck must face Haye next, the 26 year old Frank Maloney promoted "Hayemaker" feels that it is just a matter of time before he stands atop the 200 lb division. continue
27.04.07 - (Pictures of Odlanier Solis, Yuirorkis Gamboa, Yan Barthelemy and Herbie Hide by J.A. Treptow) - Cuba’s Olympic Champion Odlanier Solis started his professional career with a 1st round k.o. victory over the reigning German Champion Andreas Sidon. Solis knocked Sidon down twice with the right hook in only 47 seconds.
Manager Ahmet Öner: “That was boxing at its best. I am looking forward to Solis’ next fight in Ankara, Turkey on June 16th.”
Arena’s other two Olympic Champions Yan Barthelemy and Yuriorkis Gamboa impressed in their pro debuts as well. They both won after four rounds by unified decision after having their opponents down in round 4.
Former World Heavyweight Champion Herbie Hide had some problems with his opponent Pvel Polakovic from Czech Republic. But in the end the “Dancing Destroyer” knocked out Polakovic in round 6. continue
27.04.07 - By Jeremy “NR” Ebert: In two weeks, the most anticipated fight of 2007—and maybe since Barrera-Morales 3—finally rolls around the bend and the entire boxing world will be paying close attention. Oscar De La Hoya is THE biggest star in boxing today, as evidenced by the nearly one million PPV buys for his shellacking of Ricardo "BitchMouth" Mayorga... but he hasn't been considered the BEST fighter in boxing since his *dubious quote* defeat *dubious unquote* to Felix Trinidad. continue
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 27, 2007) – Boxing’s most exciting fighter, Arturo Gatti, returns to the ring on Saturday, July 14 when he challenges rugged brawler Alfonso Gomez of “The Contender” in a 10 round bout from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit Cintron will defend his crown against IBF #7 ranked contender and mandatory challenger Walter Matthysse in a 12 round co-feature bout. Caesars Atlantic City will host the welterweight doubleheader. continue
Per Ake Persson: April 27, Hamburg, Germany: Cuban pro debutant Odlanier Solis needed just two punches and 47 seconds of the very first round to stop German champ Andreas Sidon. Solis floored Sidon with a big right and as Sidon got up and was allowed to continue, another right left him out cold on his feet and the fight was stopped. Sidon needed help to get back to his corner but it took some time before he understood what had happened. continue
27.04.07 - By Steve Skinner: After a long boxing slump for us fight fans, we can finally say we’ve finally got a legitimate mega fight that’s worth more than the price of admission! Let’s face it-the upcoming De La Hoya-Mayweather fight is a very intriguing fight with so many angles and oddities that all us boxing fans know for fact that its going to be a complete sellout and will likely produce the largest gate in boxing history if nothing else. But even if you take the money and glamour out of the picture, you’re still left with what should be a good fight between two guys with great boxing skills. I know for fact that I’ll be shelling out the $49-55 for pay-per-view, and having a bunch of friends over.
Soon enough the fighters will leave their respective training camps with victory in mind for their highly anticipated Cinco De Mayo 2007 showdown to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Will the ever popular crossover superstar Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya reclaim the pound for pound crown he once wore so proudly, or will the smack-talking, speed, youth, audacity, and “gangsta” image and style of “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr. prove too much for Oscar at this late stage in his career? continue
27.04.07 - RICHARD SCHAFER, CHIEF EXEUTIVE OFFICER, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, INC .: Thank you Kelly and thank you to all of PR team. I think these weekly conference calls were terrific. They were attended cumulative by over 700 media members from different parts of the world. I think it was a big success in itself to give you weekly updates. Welcome everybody the World Awaits. The clock is ticking De La Hoya versus Mayweather. Ten days to go, it's going to be great, and a great fight week ahead. Every day something different is planned, a lot of activities, a lot of things going on. continue
FRANKLIN MCNEIL, NEWARK STAR LEDGER : Yesterday I asked Floyd a question regarding the weight. A lot of people have been talking about the weight and how it would affect him. And he stopped right away and said; hey it's not going to have anything to do with weight, smarts. Do you agree with assessment or not?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA : Yes, absolutely. I mean, I have to agree with it to a certain extent because, you know, a few pounds do make a different. I mean, when you have two smart fighters in that ring, you know, then you know, what is going to be the advantage. Well, I mean, the punching power, the speed, the weight, the, you know. continue
PROVIDENCE, RI - World title contender "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo, Jr., bouncing right back from his April 7 loss by controversial stoppage to undefeated WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, returns to the ring May 11 headlining "The Pride Is Back" against veteran Ted Muller in the 10-round main event at the new Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. "The Pride Is Back," promoted by Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES), is the inaugural show in "The Budweiser Night at the Fights" series, promoted by CES at Twin River. continue
27.04.07 - By James Slater: James Toney, according to some experts, nearly had his own lights put out in his last fight. Losing for the second time running to the incredibly powerful Samuel Peter, James took a whole load of head shots, that much is certain. Still, speaking immediately after the fight, "Lights Out" sounded as cocky and full of bravado as usual. "It's all good," he said, "I'm still the best fighter in the world."
And when asked if he felt he'd been fairly beaten his reply in the negative should have surprised no-one. What would his next move be though? After other recent setbacks, the draw with Hasim Rahman, for example, James leapt straight back into another big fight - the first meeting with "The Nigerian Nightmare." This is not the case this time, however, as instead Toney will box one Danny "Danny Boy" Batchelder on May 24th. I must confess, I hade never heard of the New Yorker with the 25-4-1 (12) record. I dare say I'm not the only one. continue
NEW YORK (April 27, 2007) – Classic fights, career defining moments and hard-hitting action from the most compelling and unforgettable prizefights of 2006 are recapped in “SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: 20 Years Later” premiering Saturday, May 5, 2007, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The 30-minute program features highlights from SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING’s 20th anniversary year with commentary from perennial play-by-play man Steve Albert and renowned color analyst Al Bernstein. continue
New York, April 27—Popular Gary Kid Stark, Jr. (18-1, 8 KO’s) had the right to be depressed after his controversial loss to Mike Oliver on Showtime’s nationally televised monthly series, ShoBox on February 16, the first setback of his pro career. Everyone but the three judges thought that Stark was the victor. continue
SANDWICH, Massachusetts (April 27, 2007) - Undefeated USBA super bantamweight champion Mike "Machine" Oliver headlines "Battle Zone 3" in a 10-round non-title fight against Vernie Torres on May 4 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. "Battle Zone 3," promoted by Alpha Omega Entertainment Group in association with Sprint, Mohegan Sun and NESN, will be taped live and shown on NESN on Thursday, May 24th at 8:00 PM/ET. continue
27.04.07 - Former two-time world heavyweight champion Chris Byrd will serve as special guest commentator on the Friday, May 4 edition of ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT). Byrd has worked previously as a guest boxing commentator for Fox Sports and KingVision and will be making his SHOWTIME debut. On May 4, he will join "ShoBox" announcers Nick Charles (blow-by-blow) and Steve Farhood (analyst) calling the two-fight heavyweight card.
A longtime Las Vegas resident, the personable, popular, well-spoken Byrd has a record of 40-3-1 with 26 knockouts. The southpaw won the WBO title by defeating Vitali Klitschko in December 2000 and the IBF crown by outpointing Evander Holyfield in December 2002. Now 36-years old, Byrd is coming off a seventh-round TKO victory on April 18, 2007. continue
27.04.07 - Record-breaking WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe says he wants his 21st title defence to be against top targets Mikkel Kessler or Jermain Taylor. 35-year-old Calzaghe made a landmark 20th title defence against Peter Manfredo last month and has dominated the 168lb division since ripping the title from British great Chris Eubank in 1997. continue
MASHANTUCKET, CT (April 26, 2007) -- ACELINO FREITAS and JUAN DIAZ, the WBO and WBA lightweight champions, respectively, addressed the media and each other at today's final news conference for their title unification fight at Foxwoods Resort Casino before meeting each other in the ring to unify their titles. Freitas (38-1, 32 KOs), from Brazil and Diaz (31-0, 15 KOs), from Houston, TX headline "FightCentennial!" -- the 100th professional boxing card hosted by Foxwoods. HBO's "Boxing After Dark" will televise the fight live at 10 P.M. ET/PT (Delayed on the west coast). continue
27.04.07 - By Ted Sares: Alfonso Gomez, 16-3 -2 with 7 ko's, lives in Tustin, California and was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is articulate, intelligent and highly personable...all traits that make this 26 year old middleweight one of the more popular fighters today. His amateur record was an impressive 80-10. Like so many young fighters, he originally started boxing as self-defense from the street toughs. He went professional in 2001. continue
27.04.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When I browsed through ESB’s headlines this morning, I was surprised to see the article penned by my colleague, Wray Edwards. The title of his piece was “De La Hoya Has No Chance”. With all due respect to Mr. Edwards (who’s both an outstanding writer and an excellent photographer), I disagree.
Contrary to the opinion of my colleague, I believe that De La Hoya does have a chance against Mayweather. In fact, I think he has a pretty good chance for a multitude of reasons. That’s what made this fight so intriguing to me since it was first announced late last year. Mayweather is naturally more gifted and younger whereas De La Hoya is naturally bigger and has more big fight experience. continue
27.04.07 - Hennessy Sports promoted John O'Donnell will face Mexican Christian Solano on the Oscar de la Hoya-Floyd Mayweather undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 5th. The Shepherds Bush welterweight competes alongside his Hennessy Sports teammate John Murray on arguably the biggest promotion in boxing history. The ‘Golden Pair’ will both box over ten rounds. continue
27.04.07 - Tickets for the hottest boxing event of the summer at the amazing O2 Arena in London, on Saturday 14th July - are now on sale! In a blockbuster fight card, British boxing's hottest young star Amir Khan faces the hardest test of his career when he takes on classy Commonwealth Lightweight Champion Willie Limond and the main event features London hot-shot Nicky Cook facing-off against top American Steven Luevano for the Vacant WBO Featherweight Championship of the World. continue
27.04.07 - Big punching Gavin Rees says he'll follow in the footsteps of stablemate Joe Calzaghe - and a string of other Welsh legends - and bring a world title home next month. The undefeated one-man war machine has been handed a crack at WBA World Light-Welterweight champion Souleymane M'Baye at the ExCeL London on May 26. continue
27.04.07 - By Wray Edwards: For the last six months or so, there have been literally thousands of ads for a home equity loan company featuring, IMO, a most obnoxious dork who hawks the financial product. It has gotten so that the instant this ubiquitous ad appears we immediately change the channel. Sometimes even that doesn’t work as they simulcast on many stations at exactly the same time. Oscar and Floyd’s promoters have evidently gone to school on this practice as the ultra-hype of their May meeting permeates every nook and cranny of TV media.
It’s gotten so thick that they practically have to put on a “show” rather than a boxing match to entertain what will probably be a very large number of viewers who have quite limited experience with the sport. The hype has reached such a fever pitch that the sport of Boxing is now vulnerable to being judged by many potential fans reacting to what they see during this one event having paid a pretty hefty PPV fee. What could go wrong? Well, at the top of my list is the title above: “De La Hoya Has No Chance”…why?...let me count the ways. continue
Fairfax, VA --- International Boxing Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who has worked with 15 world boxing champions, including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and George Foreman, during his storied career, will make his third trip to Fairfax to serve as chief second for popular middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (27-3-2, 19 KOs) in his highly-anticipated rematch with Fontaine Cabell (21-6-2, 16 KOs) for the vacant 154-pound World Boxing Council (WBC) Continental Americas championship belt. continue
The two premier active Jewish athletes in America were at Shea Stadium yesterday, as undefeated boxer Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita and Mets slugger Shawn Green met for the first time. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Salita now fights out of Brooklyn, NY. Salita’s impressive ring record of 27-0-1 includes 15 victories by way of knock out. "I enjoy live baseball, it's exciting and relaxing," said Salita. "Shawn Green is off to a great start and it was an honor to meet a great athlete and a New York Mets star. Shawn was very cool and welcoming. We spoke about baseball, boxing and New York City. I hope to see him at one of my future fights." continue
L'Auberge du Lac Hotel and Casino and Bayou Promotions, LLC are excited to announce "Boxing at L'Auberge" on June 2, 2007 at 7:30pm, which will be the first boxing event at Louisiana premier gaming facility located in Lake Charles, Louisiana. L'Auberge is located approximately two hours east of Houston, Texas. Jimbo Stevenson of Bayou Promotions said that L'Auberge is keeping its tradition of top flight entertainment and has pulled out all the stops to bring in a great show. "Baby" Joe Mesi (35-0, 28KO's) will be in the main event against Rafael Pedro (20-5-1, 14KO's) in a WBC United States heavyweight title fight. continue
27.04.07 - By Isaac Mcarthy-Lee: If the volumes of pre-fight hype are to be believed, May 5th 2007 brings us the most momentous spectacle in the long and glorious history of boxing. Difficult to ignore, the packed schedule of public engagements and the frenzied press attention has garnered the richest stadium gate in boxing history, approximately $19 million dollars. Oscar de la Hoya is hoping to generate pay per view sales of around 2 million buys, smashing the non-heavyweight record of 1.4 million buys set by his (date) clash with Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad.
Yet beneath the well-documented surface of this magnificent boxing showcase lies a sad reality, a reality that is slowly eroding the sport from the inside out. Underpinning the sugarcoated exterior of public interest stirred up by de la Hoya-Mayweather is an image crisis slowly and progressively debilitating the sport. For example, the current heavyweight division, in terms of its pool of talent, is less than inspiring. continue
27.04.07 - Olympic champion Odlanier Solis starts his run at the World Heavyweight Championship with 117.2 kg. The three time amateur champion will be making his pro-debut tomorrow in Hamburg (19:30, arena Gym). Being 1.97 m of height, his opponent Andreas Sidon, reigning German Heavyweight Champion, is 11 cm taller but 11 kg heavier than Solis. continue
27.04.07 - Frank Maloney has put together a stacked undercard to support "Heavyweight Hayemaker", David Haye's heavyweight gamble against Polish hardman Tomasz Bonin, on Friday, April 27 at London's Wembley Arena. Chief support bout sees ex-WBU super middleweight titlist Tony Oakey looking to complete his comeback by challenging the reigning British light heavyweight champion Peter Oboh. Oakey, 23-2 (5), has won 4 straight contests since losing a razor thin controversial points decision to English champion Peter Haymer two years ago. continue
27.04.07 - Hennessy Sports promoted John O’Donnell and John Murray arrived in America on Tuesday ahead of their appearance on the Oscar de la Hoya-Floyd Mayweather undercard at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 5th. The ‘Golden Pair’ flew in to Los Angeles - the home of de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions - with their promoter Mick Hennessy and trainers Robert McCracken, (O’Donnell), and Joe Gallagher, (Murray). continue
By James Slater: "The Southern Disaster," Dominick Guinn, by his own admission, is a fighter capable of blowing hot and cold on any given night. On a good day he is more than able to score electrifying knockouts over the likes of Michael Grant, while on a bad day he can be out boxed by a Tony Thompson. But nevertheless, with a win over the once highly touted Audley Harrison to his credit, along with the fact that he's never even been down as a pro, much less stopped, Guinn could yet be a player on the heavyweight world scene. The next step in realising this goal takes place on May 4th, when he meets the unbeaten and highly regarded "Fast" Eddie chambers. Currently in training for this fight, Dominick very kindly gave this writer the following interview.
James Slater: Firstly, Dominick, how are preparations going for the Chambers fight on the 4th?
Dominick Guinn: Well. Training is going well. I'm rededicated now and I'm looking forward to keeping my hands up and putting on a good show. continue
27.04.07 - By Ron "Champ" Miller: Hello fight fans! Your humble correspondent is back. The man who tells it like it is. I'm in no one's pocket. I have no allegiances. I have no friends. The man you love to hate. The man of the hour, too sweet to be sour! You know THIS, man! I'm bringin' sexy boxing back. Read on. continue
FRED STERNBURG: We're less than 10 days away and with a combined record of 69 victories, one loss, and 47 knockouts, next Saturday's unification fight between lightweight champions, Acelino Freitas and Juan Diaz, has the potential of being the division's biggest title unification fight since Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo first clashed almost two years ago. In fact the two-year anniversary of that fight is May 7th. continue
26.04.07 - Happy Birthday, Ulli Wegner. The charismatic Sauerland coach, who has guided Sven Ottke, Markus Beyer and Arthur Abraham to world titles, turns 65 today. But even at an age where others seriously ponder retirement, Wegner is far from calling it a career. "I have not thought a single second about hanging up the gloves," he said. "I love what I do and I need the daily work. I am still keen to accomplish something special. I want my boxers to be the best." continue
25.04.07 - By James Slater: “Fast” Eddie chambers is a young and unbeaten heavyweight. Currently in possession of a 28-0 (16) record, the exciting fighter is taking it up a notch quality-wise in his next outing. Facing the experienced Dominick Guinn, a man who has never been stopped, Eddie will box in Las Vegas for the first time. In the middle of training for the Guinn bout, Chambers very kindly took time out to speak with this writer. Here is what he had to say.
James Slater: Firstly, Eddie, how are preparations going for the Guinn Fight?
Eddie Chambers: Pretty good. I’ve been training hard, I’ve had good sparring. I’ve been working with Fres Oquendo.
J.S: I spoke with Dominick earlier and he gives you an A+ as a fighter. How do you rate him? continue
25.04.07 - Although his fighter Kendall “Rated R” Holt (22-1, 12 KOs) has already proven himself as one of boxing’s best super lightweights, promoter Dino Duva thinks it may be just the beginning. “Kendall has now clearly established himself as the top mandatory challenger. The next step will be showing he’s the best 140 pounder in the world. Then he’ll continue on to show he’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in boxing,” said a confidant Duva. continue
25.04.07 - By Paul McCreath: On Friday, May 4 at the Palms Casino in Vegas, Showtime will present another heavyweight match of importance to American fans. While not a title bout or an eliminator, it does match the fighter, Eddie Chambers, that most fans consider to be the country's best hope for the future among the heavyweights against the man, Dominick Guinn, who used to be considered the best hope. continue
25.04.07 - By Jim Amato: This Saturday at The Foxwoods in Connecticut there will be a lightweight unification fight between WBO title holder Acelino Freitas and WBA kingpin Juan Diaz. Freitas of Brazil was a long time WBO Super Featherweight champion. He failed to win the WBO lightweight title in his first attempt when he was halted by the dangerous Diego Corrales in 2004. The now 31-year old Freitas claimed the vacated WBO crown in 2006, with a split decision over the slick Zahir Raheem. continue
25.04.07 - By Matthew Hurley: It didn’t come as much of a shock to read in Steve Kim’s recent column that HBO, in its egregious lack of wisdom, has decided to let veteran broadcaster Larry Merchant go and replace him with the completely unproven Max Kellerman. Kellerman has never been particularly liked at this address, and I’m only speaking in regards to his broadcasting skills (or lack thereof), but I place no blame on him. I also don’t think ageism was the final deciding factor because every show the young, exhaustingly enthusiastic Kellerman has hosted in the past has failed miserably. The blame belongs squarely on the HBO sports department bobble-heads Ross Greenburg and Kery Davis.
Larry Merchant remains the most compelling and, granted oftentimes, frustrating “expert analyst” in boxing. His indelible, halting on-mike persona has led many a couch potato to choke on his swill of beer and say to the belly scratcher next to him, “Larry’s three sheets to the wind.” Indeed, Merchant’s flubs, mixed metaphors and off-the-wall asides are as remarkable in their entertainment value as “unofficial” HBO scoring judge Harold Lederman’s shrill histrionics are annoying. continue
25.04.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Arise he did from instability and chaos. Arise he did, against all odds, to the echelon of greatness. Boxing was grandma's boy's salvation. Taught by his father and uncles, this extraordinary young marvel absorbed all their teachings and excelled beyond any limits. The kid sacrificed his childhood for the sport he loved. He's conquered every man they put in his path to the mountaintop (well, except one!). He is there now, on the verge of taking center stage in one of the biggest prizefights in history. continue
NEW YORK (April 25, 2007) – Extra! Extra! Read All About Him! A former paper boy will attempt to make headlines of his own on SHOWTIME when undefeated “Fast” Eddie Chambers (28-0, 16 KOs) faces Dominick “The Southern Disaster’’ Guinn (28-4-1, 19 KOs) in the 10-round main event Friday, May 4, 2007, on "ShoBox: The New Generation” (live on SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
Philadelphia, PA - Joined by students, teachers, local politicians and community members, Philadelphia light heavyweight boxing great Bernard Hopkins cut the ribbon today for the new playground he sponsored at the Charles Henry Elementary School in Philadelphia, where he attended as a youth. Hopkins used funds from his newly established foundation—The Bernard and Shirley Hopkins Make A Way Foundation—to build the $60,000 playground on a vacant lot next to the school. The project is the first for the Foundation. continue
24.04.07 - By James Slater: "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather is considered the best fighter on the planet right now, pound-4-pound. Does that mean then, that should Oscar De La Hoya - "The Golden Boy," as he's known - beat him on May 5th, he will be rated as so? If this is the case, then where exactly does Shane Mosley fit in? Ring magazine, as per usual, have put things in perspective in their latest issue. For they correctly state how Mosley convincingly beat Oscar, twice, years ago, but to no fanfare. At least no fanfare compared to what is being given to the fight that has been dubbed as "The World Awaits."
Yet we are supposed to believe, that should Floyd do what most expect him to do and beat De La Hoya on May 5th, this will confirm his all-time greatness. What then, does this say about Shane Mosley and his greatness? Is he a better fighter than Floyd? Didn't he beat a peak De La Hoya, twice, some years ago? He did. The question could be, why should "Pretty Boy" be getting the plaudits he is for facing Oscar now when Shane beat the six-time champ over five years ago?
What if Oscar shocks the odds and wins on May 5th? Again, what does this say about "Sugar?" Let's face it, if Shane had picked his opponents more carefully, as carefully as his critics say Floyd has picked his foes, he could well be unbeaten today. Would Floyd have chosen to fight a Vernon Forest or a "Winky" Wright, had he been in the position Mosley was when he did so? Maybe not. continue
FRANKLIN MCNEIL : OK and I'm going to get back to the sponsorship issue. Do you expect the sponsors to help finance future fights that don't include the name Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the level that they're doing so now?
OSCAR DE LA HOYA : Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. Sponsors just want to, I mean, they want to be able to work, not only with a good company and with, you know, they want to have a good experience's and that's what we bring to the table, you know. I mean, we've been working with a lot of sponsors in all our other events that we do. continue
RICHARD SCHAFER, CHIEF EXEUTIVE OFFICER, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS, INC .: Thank you Kelly and thank you to all of PR team. I think these weekly conference calls were terrific. They were attended cumulative by over 700 media members from different parts of the world. I think it was a big success in itself to give you weekly updates. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (April 24, 2007)…Rap artist 50 Cent (a.k.a. Curtis Jackson) will lead “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather into the ring for his WBC super welterweight championship fight against “The Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya on May 5 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view. 50 Cent will be performing his new song “Straight to the Bank,” for the very first time ever in front of a live audience. continue
24.04.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Not too long ago it seemed the unlikely “Klitschko Dream” might finally have a chance of coming to fruition. Of course, I’m referring to the dream held by Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko—the dream that each brother would simultaneously hold a portion of the heavyweight crown.
When a series of injuries prevented Vitali from defending his crown in late 2005, ultimately forcing him into retirement, it seemed the dream had died. As fate would have it, less than six months after retiring, Wladimir captured a portion of the heavyweight crown when he mercilessly pummeled Chris Byrd in a return bout between the two. Had Vitali been able to hold on just a bit longer, the dream would have been fulfilled (at least in part, for I believe specific details pertaining to the dream had all four belts—WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO—being split between the two). continue
24.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Cuban heavyweight Odlanier Solis makes his prodebut against 40+ veteran Andreas Sidon, 32-7, who last fought for the WBA I/C title, on Friday at the Arena Gym in Hamburg. Herbie Hide continues his comeback at cruiser and is in against Czech Pavol Polakovic. Flyweight Yany Barthelemy will face Russian Ravil Mukhamadiarov while Yuriorkas Gamboa, Arena´s third Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist turning pro, fights Alexan Manvelyan at featherweight. Heavies Pedro Carrion and Oczan Cetinkaya headline in an Int´l German titlefight. Steffen Kretschmann has been forced off the bill due to an injury. continue
April 24, 2007 (New York) It was a complete sellout crowd at Bally's Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City for Star Boxing's "Turf War"-a WBO Jr. Welterweight elimination bout between Kendall Holt and Mike Arnaoutis, televised live on Showtime's highly entertaining boxing series "ShoBox, the Next Generation". What ShoBox viewers weren't able to witness was Ray Robinson and Eric Hunter showcasing their skills in two show stealing undercard performances on Friday night. continue
24.04.07 - "A breath of fresh air in the form of David Haye, the European cruiserweight champion, is soon to envelop the world heavyweight scene and his inclusion will benefit the division," said promoter Frank Maloney. “David Haye is fresh blood in the heavyweight division, he has a gunslinger’s attitude and that is what makes him so exciting to watch. Every time he steps into the ring you know you are going to see something special." continue
24.04.07 - Interview by John Martinez, BoxingRealm.com: Moments ago I spoke with WBA lightweight champ Juan Diaz to get his thoughts on this Saturday’s unification showdown with fellow belt holder, WBO titlist Acelino “ Popo” Freitas. The championship fight will take place at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT and will air live, solely on HBO’s BOXING AFTER DARK at 10 PM ET/PT. The young champion vowed that he’s ready and willing to prove himself to the world.
JM: How was training camp Juan?
JD: It’s been real good. Today was our last day for sparring and tomorrow will just be hand mitts and light work.
JM: How did this camp differ (if at all) from other camps you’ve had?
JD: Well in terms of intensity, it’s been the same. I have to keep the intensity for every camp because I always give it my all no matter what or who it is. I know that every fight is important for me in order for me to get where I am today. continue
24.04.07 - By Christopher Roche: James Moore is an avid fisherman, and anything edible that he pulls from the sea is fair game for him to eat. Despite his love of seafood, neither tuna nor striped bass currently has Moore chomping at the bit. Moore is yearning for a quality fighter to step up and accept the challenge of facing his hard-nosed style. The 29 year-old Irishman hungers for top opponents, and he stresses that he wants them now. continue
24.04.07 - HBO’s late-night boxing series showcases an explosive unification bout between two top lightweight champions when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: ACELINO FREITAS VS. JUAN DIAZ is presented SATURDAY, APRIL 28 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) & 9:00 p.m. CT, from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Ct., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 24, 2007 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today world famous ring announcer and entertainer Michael Buffer has been named Grand Marshal of the 18th Annual Boxing Hall of Fame Parade of Champions scheduled for Sunday, June 10th at 1 p.m. "The Hall of Fame is extremely excited about welcoming Michael Buffer to Canastota,'" said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. "It is a thrill to have him as the 2007 Parade of Champions Grand Marshal." continue
NEW YORK, NY (April 24, 2007) -- There is only one way to describe the first week's sales for the Miguel Cotto vs. Zab Judah welterweight title fight -- X-Plosive! "We haven't had an arena fight sell this fast since Holyfield-Lewis in 1999," said Joel Fisher, MSG's Senior Vice President for Sports Properties. "Miguel Cotto has developed a tremendous following in New York, and Brooklyn's Zab Judah will have thousands of supporters. This should be a memorable night of boxing at The Garden."
Cotto, the undefeated World Boxing Association champion and the pride of Puerto Rico, defends his title against two-division world champion Judah in the main event of "X-Plosive!" Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Prize Fight Boxing, “X-Plosive!” will be broadcast live, Saturday, June 9, on HBO Pay-Per-View, from the main arena at Madison Square Garden. (NOTE: The Boxing Writers Association of America's 82nd Annual Awards Dinner takes place the night before, Friday, June 8, at the Copacabana in New York.) continue
24.04.07 - On Thursday, June 7, 2007 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers from 6pm to 11pm, boxers from the New York Police Department will duke it out against their counterparts from Los Angeles at “Heroes and Legends… a Night at the Fights,” a fundraiser to support Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit organization committed to assisting families who lost a loved one on 9/11. continue
VERO BEACH, FL – Brazilian 140 lb. fighter Juliano Ramos has signed a promotional agreement with DiBella Entertainment. “We are very pleased to announce that after several weeks of negotiations, we have entered into an agreement with DiBella Entertainment. We feel this relationship will provide Juliano with the best opportunity to reach his potential. Lou DiBella is a solid promoter who understands this business. continue
24.04.07 - Roberto Duran of DRL Promotions will meet with the media at 2 pm Sunday at the Grove Isle Hotel in Coconut Grove to discuss his May 2 boxing promotion at the Mahi Temple. Duran, with longtime partner Luis DeCubas of DRL Promotions, along with Marcos Socorro’s Florida Boxing Promotions, features former jr. middleweight champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas meeting Miami’s Eromosele Albert in the 10-round main event, with the co-featuring tabbing heavyweights Fres Oquendo of Puerto Rico and Damien Norris of Cuba fighting for the WBC Latin Heavyweight Title. continue
24.04.07 - By Ted Sares: Back in the day, Carmen Basilio would fight Sugar Ray Robinson, Kid Gavilan would fight Chuck Davey, Davey would fight Chico Vejar, Jake LaMotta would fight Robinson, and Gene Fullmer would fight anyone at any time as would Emile Griffith and Johnny Saxton. These guys would fight each other and if they lost, they would quickly regroup and get back into the unofficial round robin. Guys like Ezzard Charles, Jersey Joe Walcott, Tony DeMarco, Teddy 'Redtop' Davis, Art Aragon, Joe Miceli, Milo Savage, Spider Webb, Harold Jones, Jimmy Carter, Lauro Salas, and Paddy DeMarco would fight each other at important times in their careers. Great match-ups were the rule rather than the exception.
Some recent fights have been reminiscent. As fellow ESB writer Mike Indri says, "No one had to tell Kendall Holt the importance of his WBO Jr. Welterweight title fight eliminator bout against the rugged and dangerous "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis.” continue
24.4.2007: Middleweight contender Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (26-3, 13 KOs), who lost a close fight for the Commonwealth title against former world-title-challenger Howard Eastman (42-4, 35 KOs) this past Friday, is enraged about how the fight with the Guyana-born Englishman was allowed to progress. Ashira, and manager Jan Andersen, blames Eastman and referee John Keane for spoiling the fight, and denying the Denmark-based Kenyan a fair playing field. continue
PROVIDENCE (April 24, 2007) - Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) has signed undefeated cruiserweight phenom Aaron Williams (12-0-1, 8 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract, CES president Jimmy Burchfield announced. Williams, 21, is a nine-time U.S. amateur champion, highlighted by gold medals in the 2003 U.S. National PAL Championships as a heavyweight and International Junior Olympics. Williams, trained by former world light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustapha Muhammad, is co-managed by Pat Doljanin and Albert Falcon. continue
23.04.07 - Veteran sports writer Kevin Iole joins Yahoo! Sports as the site’s national boxing reporter and will provide in-depth coverage and analysis on the sport. Iole’s first assignment for Yahoo! Sports begins with the Super Welterweight Title fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5 in Las Vegas, NV. In his new role at Yahoo! Sports, Iole will provide daily contributions, and fans can read his articles at http://sports.yahoo.com, starting May 1. continue
(Cuban Olympic heavyweight Odlanier Solis, on right, seen here sparring with Vaughn Bean) 23.04.07 - He’s back! On March 24th the “Dancing Destroyer“ Herbie Hide from Norwich made his debut for Hamburg-based Arena Box-Promotion and impressed all spectators with a first round k.o.-victory. “I want to go back to the top as soon as possible”, states the two time world heavyweight champion (1994 and 1997 to 1999). In his last title bout Vitali Klitschko knocked out Herbie in round 2.
Now Herbert Okechukwu Madumagwu (Hide’s birth name) wants to fight and win titles in cruiserweight division. Herbie: “I have never been a real heavyweight – though I knocked out all of those heavy guys.” Who should be able to stop Herbie when it comes down to cruiserweight and when he keeps on working hard with arena’s head coach Steven Küchler? continue
23.04.07 - “We sold out show after show at Morongo during 2006,” said Al Franco. Franco, along with Willie Schunke, is part of the team that runs II Feathers Promotions. Franco and company plan to continue their successful run on Friday April 27th as they return to the Morongo Casino with seven bouts. The action will take place in the Morongo Casino’s ballroom. continue
22.04.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Don King and Ray Austin taunted IBF Heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko with their words leading up to the IBF Heavyweight championship fight last month. In unison, they questioned the Ukrainian's heart, chin, stamina and cojones. But when it came time to put up or shut up, Klitschko conquered his outspoken critics in style with a perfect quadruple left hook which ended the IBF/Marian Muhammad-forced mismatch with devastating vehemence. Austin and King then fled Mannheim, Germany with their tails between their legs, skipping the post-fight press conference and a chance to praise Klitschko for a remarkable job well done. continue
23.04.07 - By Keith Marder, CSTV - David Schacter has a chance to do something no other boxer in the storied history of the University of Nevada has ever done – win four consecutive national championships. For those of you scoring at home, four is the most championships an athlete can earn in a college career. continue
23.04.07 - By James Slater: In some ways, Dwight Muhammad Qawi reminds me of Joe Frazier. Like Joe before him, he is best remembered for his fights with a man who overshadowed him. Joe had Muhammad Ali, while Dwight had Evander Holyfield. Certainly, the first fight between “The Camden Buzz Saw,” - as appropriate a moniker as Frazier’s “Smokin’” nickname - and “The Real Deal” is the cruiserweight equivalent of “The Thrilla in Manila.” Dwight’s fighting style is not dissimilar to that of Philadelphia’s finest, either. Like Joe, having to overcome a height and reach disadvantage almost every time he fought, his work-rate and intensity were formidable. His chin, too, was rock-solid. And there are other similarities.
Joe still has very little time for Ali, and Dwight seemingly hasn’t too much respect for Evander. Joining the number of critics who claim the four-time heavyweight king used steroids throughout his long career, Dwight laid into the forty-four year old earlier this year on this theme. Claiming Evander used some illegal and energy reviving substance in their classic 1986 title
fight, Qawi flat-out called Holyfield a cheat. continue
23.04.07 - Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced details of MANO A MANO, the next action packed evening of world class professional boxing on Friday, May 11th at Cicero Stadium. MANO A MANO is presented by 8 Count Productions along with TCF Bank and Miller Beer. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 7:00pm with the first bell at 8:00pm. Tickets are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue
23.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Undefeated Ukrainain welter Yuri Nuzhnenko defends the WBA I/C boxing title June 9 in Kiev. Danish super middleweight Mads Larsen returns after a long layoff May 8 in Barcelona against Russian Vasily Andryianov. Larsen was last seen in 2003 when he first lost to Sven Ottke then beat Danilo Haussler inside four weeks. If all goes according to plan Larsen could get a bout on Sauerland Event´s show in June as well. continue
23.04.07 - Mads Larsen will return to the ring for the first time in over three-and-a-half years on May 8 when he takes on Vasily Andriyanov in Barcelona. In his last fight to date, the 34-year-old Dane won the European super middleweight title from Danilo Haeussler (October 2003) before a shoulder injury as well as a legal dispute with his Danish promoters kept him out of action. But after joining Sauerland Event earlier this year, the Golden Boy (45-2, 37 KOs) is now ready to make his highly-anticipated ring return next month. continue
22.04.07 - By Sam Gregory: Willie Pep is considered by many to be the greatest featherweight fighter of all time. Born Guglielmo Papaleo, September 19, 1922, he turned pro in 1940 at the age of 18. Coming off an outstanding amateur career in his home state of Connecticut; as an amateur fighter Pep won the Connecticut state flyweight and bantamweight championships in 1938 and 1939.
Pep started his professional career by winning an unheard of sixty-two consecutive fights in three years. His first loss was in 1943 to world class lightweight Sammy Angott who outweighed Pep by 12 pounds. Pep went the distance with Angott, losing the fight on points in a 10 round decision. During Peps sixty-two consecutive wins, he challenged title holder Chalky Wright for the featherweight belt. In that title fight in 1942, Pep won a 15 round decision against Wright becoming the new Undisputed Featherweight Champion of the World and the youngest featherweight title holder at the age of 20. continue
ATLANTIC CITY – Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME’s popular fistic series “ShoBox: The New Generation’’ delivers boxing, pure and simple. Friday, in the “ShoBox’’ main event on SHOWTIME, World Boxing Organization (WBO) No-1 ranked junior welterweight contender Kendall Holt out boxed WBO No. 2 Mike Arnaoutis, pure and simple—at Bally’s Atlantic City. Holt won a unanimous 12-round decision. Two judges scored the WBO title elimination bout 118-109. The other had it 117-110. continue
(RENO, NV – April 23rd, 2007). July 6th marks the return of Let’s Get It On Promotions to professional boxing. “Heavy Hands,” the company’s first show, will be held at the Eldorado Hotel/Casino and promises to be an exciting event. The original Let’s Get It on Promotions was a partnership between legendary referee Mills Lane and promoter Tony Holden. In 2002 the country was shocked when news media announced that Lane had suffered a debilitating stroke in his home in Reno. All was halted until Lane’s sons, Terry and Tommy started setting up the infrastructure for the new company in 2005. The Nevada State Athletic commission granted Let’s Get It On Promotions a license in 2006. continue
21.04.07 - By Jim Amato: Ruslan Chagaev's victory over Nickolay Valuev to capture the WBA version of the title could be the start of a chain reaction that may change the whole landscape of the heavyweight boxing picture. There was immediate talk of a rematch with Valuev but nothing more has been said. Besides that, there have been rumors of Chagaev meeting former WBO titleholder Sergei Liakhovich, but as of right now they are just that, rumors. continue
20.04.07 - By David Bloch: Call me a glutton for punishment. Just a couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article regarding negotiations between Mikkel Kessler and Joe Calzaghe to face off in a unification match at Super Middleweight. The article drew mixed reaction, some were very supportive and in agreement, others in total disagreement, wanting to insult me almost as much as they like to insult Calzaghe. continue
21.04.07 - By Scott Frake: Middleweight Howard Eastman (42-4, 35 KO’s) won a tough 12-round unanimous decision over Evans Ashira (26-3, 13 KO’s) to regain the Commonwealth belt on Saturday night at the Dudley Concert Hall, Dudley, in West Midlands, England. Eastman, 36, was impressive in the early rounds of the fight, showing an excellent mix of punches which he used to keep the hard punching Ashira off balance. However, in the later rounds, Eastman appeared to tire somewhat, turning the fight into a wrestling and clinching affair from rounds 10-12. Eastman was stunned by a huge left hook by Ashira in the 12th round, forcing him to clinch even more in the final thirty seconds.
Other than that, Eastman mostly dominated the fight with his superior handspeed, ring movement and jab, all which kept Ashira at bay for most of the bout. Eastman, while winning most of the early rounds in a commanding fashion, he fell into his old practice of standing directly in front of his opponent and trading punches in the later part of the bout, thus allowing Ashira, 37, to land more often and turn the fight closer than it might have been otherwise. continue
20.04.07 - Poof! The “Magic Man” is back – and fighting on America’s No. 1 Boxing Network. One of boxing’s most recognizable and talented pound-for-pound fighters, the legendary Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver will make his highly anticipated return to the ring on Saturday, June 9, 2007, in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. A former WBC, WBA and IBF light heavyweight champion, Tarver (24-4, 18 KOs) will fight for the first time in one year when he battles Elvir Muriqi (34-3, 21 KOs) for the vacant IBO 175-pound title on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue
Middleweight contender Miguel Espino (15-2-1 5 KO's) wins the WBC CABOFE belt, inching closer toward his dream of becoming a world champion, by pounding out, a hard gut-wrenching 10 round unanimous decision over Sergy Stepkin (17-2 9 KO's) of Russia. The bout was action packed from the first round as both fighters had a preference to keep the fight it inside. continue
20.04.07 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - No one had to tell Kendall Holt the importance of his WBO jr. welterweight title fight eliminator bout against the rugged and dangerous "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis. "This is my life," the talented fighter from Paterson, NJ would say.
Headlining in Showtime's "Sho-Box, The Next Generation" series Main Event, staged in Arnaoutis's backyard of Atlantic City, would be a career defining, and life changing, fight for the twenty-five-year old boxer. continue
20.04.07 - By Stuart Cornwell: Jack Dempsey was one of the finest heavyweight boxers of all time. He was arguably the best of them all. In the minds of several generations of fight fans he stood alone as the eternal champion. The world of boxing remained his kingdom years after his retirement from the ring. Subsequent heavyweights, however great they were to become, were doomed to be measured against the standards set by Dempsey. His shadow loomed large, his place in the long line of champions transcended and re-defined the concept of a champion. The championship, an almost holy and intangible object which the bare-knuckle pugilists of yore had apparently been willing to give their lives to possess and defend, was further enhanced by the legend of Dempsey.
Later champions, (many of whom were good or great fighters, to be fair) who failed to honour the standards personified by Dempsey, were dismissed and accused of disgracing the championship. On their best days, the likes of Max Baer and Max Schmeling were bestowed the optimistic compliment that they showed the promise to perhaps become “the next Dempsey”. But following defeats and unsatisfactory performances they could be labelled “stiffs” and “bums”, the only reference to Dempsey was that they could not be compared to him, nor, for instance, could they have lasted a round with him in his heyday. continue
20.04.07 - Impact Boxing’s Gary Reid secured the British Midlands Area light-welterweight title and in doing so avenged his earlier defeat to West Bromwich’s Dean Hickman. The pair previously met at the same venue, Dudley Concert Hall, in February 2005 when Hickman prevailed on points despite having been floored by Reid in the first round. This time Reid made certain and took only half of the allotted rounds to see off Hickman. continue
20.04.07 - RICHARD SCHAEFER, CEO, GOLDENBOY PROMOTIONS : Thank you, Kelly, welcome and thank you for participating in today's call. It's the fourth actually and, you know, things are really heating up. Some of you might have seen, I hope most of you have seen the De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7 show, the premier last Sunday. continue
Rob Garcia (ph), who has been Oscar De La Hoya's strength and conditioning coach for many of his fights going back I believe to 2001, and Freddie Roach, two-time trainer of the year. They are joining us from Puerto Rico. Rob, if maybe you want to make some -- give some comments first and then we'll turn it over to Freddie. continue
20.04.07 - The big comeback roars on. Former world heavyweight champion Tommy 'The Duke' Morrison will box on a Top Rank fight card at the Grand Plaza Hotel in Houston, Texas on Friday, April 27. Morrison, 38, will take on 'Dynamite' Dale Ortiz, 28, in a four-round bout. This will be Morrison's second bout on his heralded comeback. On Jan. 22, he returned to the ring, fired a hard left hook and stopped John Castle in the second round in Chester, West Virginia.
"That was my first fight - and win - in 11 years," Morrison said. "I am determined to keep it going."
In the main event on April 27, Argentine fighter Sergio Martinez will take on Saul Roman of Mexico in a 12-round eliminator. Featherweight Jose Aguinia, from Oxnard, Ca., and Joe Morales of San Antonio will open the Telefutura telecast in an eight-round bout. Big puncher USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Ca. is also on the Top Rank fight card. continue
20.04.07 - FRED STERNBURG: We're less than 10 days away and with a combined record of 69 victories, one loss, and 47 knockouts, next Saturday's unification fight between lightweight champions, Acelino Freitas and Juan Diaz, has the potential of being the division's biggest title unification fight since Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo first clashed almost two years ago. In fact the two-year anniversary of that fight is May 7th. continue
NEW YORK CITY (April 20, 2007) - Unbeaten middleweight sensation "Ireland's" John Duddy headlines "Tomorrow's Champions," presented by Irish Ropes Promotions, on May 18 at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. Duddy (19-0, 15 KOs), rated No. 8 by the WBO, as well as No. 9 by the WBA and No. 13 by the IBF, faces Dupre "Total Package" Strickland (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in the 10 round, non-title main event. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland and now living in Queens (NYC), Duddy is the reigning IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion. continue
20.04.07 - Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion Matt Skelton has told challenger Michael Sprott that he needs to be struck by lightning if he is to knock him out on May 26th at the ExCeL London. Sprott, who puts his English title on the line, revealed earlier this week that he had been electrocuted a couple of weeks before his fight against Audley Harrison and it helped him spark-out the former Olympic Champion with one thunderous left hook. continue
20.4.07 - By Brett Mauren: It has been just under 25 years since a monumental night under the Florida sky, in which an explosive 14th round rally propelled the controversial Aaron Pryor to a knockout win over Nicaraguan fan favorite Alexis Arguello for the WBA light welterweight belt. It went down as an immortal moment in boxing history and may never be recreated, but the upcoming superfight on May 5 between Oscar De la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather seems to bare some striking similarities.
Arguello entered the Orange Bowl with a nation behind him, and a 77 and 6 record to his name. He would take on the “good guy” role in what developed into a battle of good vs. evil. Pryor would establish his persona through interrupting press conferences and calling out fighters he felt he was being ducked by, including an unexpected visit to world champ Sugar Ray Leonard’s press conference at Caesars Palace. continue
New York, April 20—DiBella Entertainment’s super flyweight star Jose Navarro (25-2, 11 KO’s), ranked second in the WBO, fourth in the WBC, sixth in the WBA, and seventh in the IBF, believes that he is number one in his division, and says that “three will be the charm” in his quest for a world championship . continue
20.04.07 - By Mark Pickering: UFC President Dana White today issued the latest battle shot at boxing and a challenge to the sport’s pound-for-pound best prizefighter, Floyd Mayweather. Speaking at the promotion’s press conference ahead of Saturday’s UFC 70 – Nations Collide card at the MEN Arena, Manchester, White was angered by Pretty Boy Floyd’s recent outburst that targeted the entire mixed martial arts fraternity.
The four-division world-champion described the sport as a fad and labelled the combatants as guys who couldn’t make it in the sweet science. Despite Mayweather being reluctant to step into the octagon and favouring the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 205-pound kingpin, Chuck Liddell, facing off with one of his colleagues White proposed a clash between UFC lightweight champion Sean ‘The Muscle Shark’ Sherk (155-pounds) and ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’, with the 36-year-old former amateur boxer financing the purse. continue
April 20, 2007 - Leading up to the super fight showdown between future Hall of Famers Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather -- set for Saturday, May 5 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present exclusive back-to-back weekends of four masterful ring performances, showcasing their considerable talents. On Friday, April 27 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) HBO 2 and Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay Mayweather vs. Judah 2006 and Mayorga vs. De La Hoya 2006. Mayweather’s unanimous decision over Zab Judah and De La Hoya’s sixth round KO of Ricardo Mayorga came a month apart last year and underscored their command in the ring. continue
19.4.07 - By Jim Amato: There is a point in the boxing career of almost every world class fighter in which he must test his skills against the elite of his profession. It is when they find out if they have what it takes or are they going to fall short of the mark. Recently, Peter Manfredo Jr. failed in his baptism under fire when he faced the talented Joe Calzaghe. There will surely be other fights for young Manfredo and maybe he will again face a stern test in what could be a career defining fight.
Several past greats have had that pivotal fight. That all important win that shaped their fistic future. Evander Holyfield was baptised into the upper level by a brawling, in your face boxing champion named Dwight Muhammad Qawi. Their first encounter was a toe to toe, I'll hit you, you hit me brawl. That day Evander out fought the dogged titleholder and showed the world he was destined for greatness. continue
20.04.07 - Bedford sports fans give thanks to David Walker of WBCME, who has scooped the nation by securing the No.1 boxer in the UK, the fabulous Joe Calzaghe, to come to the Park Hotel in Bedford, England on the night of 27th April and in a personal appearance, speak about his 10 year reign as one of the greatest ever British boxers on behalf of Keech House, a charity that cares for terminally ill children. continue
20.04.07 - IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will celebrate his long-awaited ring return on May 26 when he takes on Canada's Sebastien Demers in Bamberg, Germany. The undefeated 27-year-old (22-0, 17 KOs) has been out of action since his impressive points victory over Edison Miranda in September 2006. Back then, King Arthur saw off the Colombian challenger despite fighting with a broken jaw for the last eight rounds. continue
20.4.07 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - In arguably the most significant bout in the history of “ShoBox: The New Generation,’’ Kendall Holt and Mike Arnaoutis will square off in a WBO 140-pound title elimination bout Friday, April 20 on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In a battle of undefeated heavyweights in the co-feature, Mike Marrone faces Mulachy Farrell. continue
19.4.07 - By James Slater: Following on from my recalling of the boxing classic Foreman vs. Holyfield fight from 1991, and the interest it generated among ESB readers, I give here my interpretation of what would have happened had Big George met “Iron” Mike Tyson a year earlier, as originally planned. Who knows, if Foreman and Tyson had met in late 1990, a fight between George and Evander might never have happened; while the eventual meeting we saw between Mike and "The Real Deal" could have been staged five years sooner than it was. For what it’s worth, this is what I think would have occurred had Tyson and Foreman tangled in the first year of the decade that was the ‘90’s.
The date is June, 1990, and two former heavyweight champions of the world, George Foreman and Mike Tyson, have both recently appeared together on the same bill for the first time ever. Foreman, now just over three years into an improbable seeming boxing comeback designed to see him regain the title he last held two decades ago, flattened his first top-ten ranked opponent in the Brazilian, Adilson Rodrigues. continue
19.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: UPDATE: Approximately 90 minutes after the press release announcing that Felix Sturm had pulled out of the rematch against WBA 160 lb champ Javier Castillejo Universum sent out another and the fight is now back on again. So the rematch will happen: Javier Castillejo vs Felix Sturm II is on! continue
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.—International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks cleared a World Boxing Council “30-day weigh in” at 168 ¾ pounds today at the Don King Productions headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Spinks is moving up to middleweight to challenge WBC and World Boxing Organization champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tenn., on May 19 in a match televised on HBO’s World Championship Boxing at 10:15 p.m. ET/7:15 p.m. PT. continue
19.4.07 - By James Slater: Sixteen years ago today, the comeback dream of Big George Foreman was given its first chance to be realised. Following a ten year retirement, George, as we know, set foot back in the ring aged almost forty in 1987. The sneers and general disapproval were heard from almost everyone in boxing, but Foreman, who had been heavyweight king in 1973 and’74, was now being rewarded for his persistence with a shot at regaining his old crown. Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield was the new kid on the block and it was the bulked up former cruiserweight that the forty-two year old folk hero would face.
The fight, dubbed “The Battle of The Ages,” took place at The Convention Centre in Atlantic City on April 19th 1991. A sell out crowd was in attendance. And, despite the predictions of nearly every expert agreeing that the twenty-eight year old would have a relatively easy defence against the veteran, this was not the case. Expected by people like Ferdie Pacheco, for one, to fall at the hands of the much younger and fitter man, Foreman gave a most incredible showing. continue
NASSAU, The Bahamas (April 19, 2007) - Last night's homecoming for Bahamian native Sherman "The Caribbean Tank" Williams may not have lasted very long but it certainly was successful as Williams registered his eighth consecutive victory via a first-round knockout of Wade Lewis in a scheduled 10-round bout in Nassau. Williams (33-10-2, 19 KOs), now fighting out of Vero Beach (FL), is the reigning NBA, WBF Intercontinental and Caribbean Boxing Federation heavyweight champion. continue
(Merrillville, IN)- Last night, Chicagoland fight fans jammed Langel’s Pizza to see the official fighter weigh-ins for tonight's “Fist of Fury” event at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. Presented by Octavius James' One In A Million Inc. and Miller, the six bout card features Mia “The Knock Out” St. John vs. Brooke Dierdorff in the main event and many of the region’s most popular fighters in supporting . continue
19.04.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: A championship boxing match is in some ways like a political election to determine who is the better man to hold the office of world champion. Before election day, the combatants, in a sense, campaign for victory by talking to the public in interviews and doing press conferences.
We were present at yesterday's WBO Heavyweight title debate between incumbent champion Shannon Briggs of New York City and mandatory candidate Sultan Ibragimov of Russia. Which man is better suited to perform and function in the role of world champion of the people? . continue
(Chris Byrd, on right, against 40-year old Paul Marinaccio) 19.4.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Nearly one year after losing his title to Wladimir Klitschko, former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd made his return to the ring last night when he squared off against Paul “The Italian Hitman” Marinaccio. Despite the year layoff and rapidly approaching 37 years of age, Byrd looked sharp. He exhibited great reflexes, good movement, and slick defense—all trademark skills that enabled him to become heavyweight champion in the first place.
“The Italian Hitman” actually had a pretty smart approach last night. He laid back and made Byrd be the aggressor. Fres Oquendo was successful with this style when he faced Byrd, but unfortunately for “The Italian Hitman”, he lacked the tools, skill, and experience to cause Byrd any reason for concern. In fairness to Marinaccio, who celebrated his 40th birthday yesterday, he was a journeyman who only started boxing professionally five years ago. continue
19.04.07 - Atlantic City, NJ (April 19, 2007) Star Boxing is pleased to announce that the Grand Ballroom at Bally's A.C. has been sold out for Friday night's WBO Jr. Welterweight title elimination bout between "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (17-1-2, 9KO's) and Kendall "Rated R" Holt (21-1, 12KO's). The fight will air live on Showtime at 11PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue
19.04.07 - Middleweight contender Miguel Espino (14-2-1 5KO's) continues his march toward a world title when he faces Sergey Stepkin(17-1 9KO's) of Russia this Saturday April 21, 2007 at Palma High School in Salinas for the WBC - CABOFE (Caribbean Boxing Federation) title. With a five fight winning streak intact, the former "Contender (season one)" star believes he has what it takes to compete and be successful at the elite level as he stated, "Right now I feel I'm ready to take my career to the next level. continue
VERO BEACH, Florida (April 19, 2007) - Unbeaten super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (14-0, 8 KOs), along with his father/trainer James "Buddy" McGirt in his corner, returns home to his family roots in Brentwood (NY) for a May 2nd fight on DiBella Entertainment's "Broadway Boxing" card at the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York City. continue
(Matt Godfrey, pictured on right, throwing a jab againt Felix Cora Jr.) PROVIDENCE (April 19, 2007) - World cruiserweight contender Matt "Too Smooth" Godfrey made a major statement on April 6, loud and clear to be precise, when he stopped Felix Cora, Jr. in the second round of their ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event fight at Mohegan Sun Arena. "I am the best cruiserweight in the world," Godfrey looked back at his scintillating performance to describe the statement he made. "I'm ready to take on anybody in the world who's ranked ahead of me. An opportunity to fight (Jean Marc) Mormeck for his titles would be a gift from heaven for me."
Godfrey (15-0, 9 KOs), 26, recently moved up to No. 3 in the World Boxing Council ratings. He's also ranked No. 7 in the World Boxing Association and No. 9 in the International Boxing Federation.
"There's nobody out there who is as talented as Matt," Godfrey's manager Bret Hallenbeck added. "We believed Cora was a top 5 talent. We're coming after all of the top cruiserweights." continue
19.04.07 - Former British, Commonwealth and European Middleweight champion Howard Eastman sees victory over Evans Ashira for the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Title at the Dudley Concert Hall tomorrow night as a further step towards a third world title challenge. A win on the Hennessy Sports and GoldenPalace.com event, being covered live by Sky Sports, will also see ‘The Battersea Bomber’ claim back the second of the titles he relinquished in order to challenge then undisputed champion Bernard Hopkins in February 2005. continue
19.04.07 - David Haye 18-1 (17 KOs) meets Tomasz Bonin 37-1 (20 KOs) at Wembley Arena in London on April 27 in a bout that neither fighter, with a combined record of 37 knockouts from 57 fights – and just one loss apiece – can afford to lose. In yesterday's conference call, promoter Frank Maloney thanked journalists from The Times, Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Southwark News and LCC News for joining him ahead of the pair's heavyweight clash. continue
19.04.07 - Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (12-0-1, 9 KO’s) scored a brutal 3rd round knockout over Terry Porter, Wednesday night at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates. The first two rounds saw Williams dominate the action with his jab and thudding body punches. After a stern tongue lashing to pick-up the pace from trainer and former WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, Williams came out for the 3rd round as if he where fired from a canon. continue
19.4.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Danish paper Berlingske writes that Mogens Palle has offered Frank Warren no less than five million USD for WBO supermiddle champ Joe Calazaghe to face WBA/WBC counterpart Mikkel Kessler in Copenhagen in September or later. Warren has previously went public with an offer for three million USD for Kessler to face Calzaghe in July in the UK but Palle tells Berlingske the proposed contract didn´t arrive until yesterday and that he wasn´t impressed with what he read. The full reply from Palle to Warren is now public can be found at teampalle.dk. I´m sure there´s more to come...
Francisco Nohales and Sergio Palomo clash in what for now is an eliminator for the Spanish 130 lb title May 8 in Barcelona. The fight could be upgraded to championship level soon as the champ, Oscar Sanchez Sandoval, is injured. In supporting bouts Danish supermiddle Mads Larsen, now with Sauerland Event, returns to action and jr welter prospect Ali Chebah takes on localite David Racaj. The show is promoted by R2 Image and Events along with Tundra vs Barcelo. continue
19.04.07 - Ahead of his heavyweight debut on April 27, David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has issued a stark warning to his Polish opponent Tomasz Bonin. The 26-year-old Haye - currently the number one ranked cruiserweight contender with the WBC - has informed Bonin that he has never before been beaten by an Eastern European opponent - amateur or professional. continue
19.04.07 - Chicago favorite MACHO Miguel Hernandez returns to battle in Chicago for the first time in 15 months this Friday night at Cicero Stadium as part of the JUDGEMENT DAY professional boxing card presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Hernandez’s return home comes after three terrific battles as MACHO won the WBC/US Middleweight Title from Ryan Davis and battled former world champions Raul Marquez and Yory Boy Campas in outstanding fights. continue
19.04.07 - In the co-featured 12-round bout at Foxwoods Resort Casino on April 28, Agnaldo Nunes, 16-1-1 with 7 knockouts, of Piricicaba, Brazil, will defend the NABF and NABA super featherweight titles against Carlos Navarro, 27-4-1 with 22 knockouts, of Los Angeles, California. Now 31 years old, Nunes was an amateur star in his home country - a four-time Brazilian national amateur champion and an Olympic representative in 1996 and 2000. continue
19.04.07 - Photos: Rob DeLorenzo/Golden Boy Promotions - The only boxer from the Dominican Republic to win world titles in two weight classes will try to make it three when current WBO lightweight champion and former WBO 122-pound kingpin Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) steps up in weight to challenge fellow unbeaten and interim WBO lightweight titleholder Michael Katsidis (22-0, 20 KOs) on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. In the co-feature, undefeated Jorge Linares (23-0, 14 KOs) and ex-WBC 122-pound champ Oscar Larios (59-5-1, 37 KOs) collide for the vacant WBC featherweight belt.
Tickets for “Relentless” are priced at $100, $65, $45 and $25 and go on sale Thursday, April 19, at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center, Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone (714) 740-2000, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at all participating Ticketmaster retail locations.
HBO Boxing After Dark will televise the doubleheader beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Rockstar Energy Drink and Tecate will present the event. continue
18.04.07 - By Adeyinka Makinde: All I can say is thank God for the internet. How else was I going to find Ron Lipton? By 2000 I had researched and written out a pretty substantial chunck of my manuscript for the book which would be entitled 'Dick Tiger: The Life & Times of a Boxing Immortal.' I had interviewed members of Tiger's family, boxing people and also extensively researched newspaper archives from Nigeria, the United Kingdom and North America. Yet, as with other periods since I had begun my reseseach in 1996, I had stalled; feeling that there was always something else to come to complete the jigsaw. continue
18.04.07 - By Quenton Marselles: When De La Hoya fought Trinidad, it was tagged as the “Fight of the Millennium.” Now he’s going up against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the world is lost for words. There’s so much controversy and highlights surrounding the fight, this fight will be talked about for centuries to come. I caught up with Jeff Mayweather on his way to Memphis to get his take on the fight. He’s fought De La Hoya before and in his ten year boxing career he won the IBO World Title at the age of 34 and holds a record of 35-10-5. Jeff remembers his most memorable and biggest fight being his “mash with the champ” De La Hoya. continue
18.04.07 - Former British, Commonwealth and European Middleweight champion Howard Eastman, who is something of an all-round sportsman, continues the process of rebuilding towards another world title attempt this Friday, (April 20th). The Hennessy Sports boxer faces Kenyan Ashira Evans for the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Title at the Dudley Concert Hall live on Sky Sports as he aims to win back the second of his old belts. continue
(Miguel Cotto, seen here on left, taking a left jab to the face from Randall Bailey in 2004) 18.04.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: As we know by now sometimes pre-fight words offer clues to what will happen in the actual fight. Miguel Angel Cotto and Zab Judah spoke yesterday at their New York City press conference. It will be the last time they see each other before June 9th at Madison Square Garden.
While the press conference was without any fireworks, there still were some very interesting statements made and observances noticed:
I always try to watch what happens when the two fighters first make eye contact at the initial press conference, because you can always see something, like who is cooler or who's slightly uncomfortable, who is in charge or who accepts playing the supporting role. continue
18.04.07 - By Jim Amato: He was born in 1936 and he embarked on a professional boxing career in 1954. He won twenty five of his first twenty nine fights on his way to establishing himself as a top prospect by 1962. The imposing 6'2", Amos Lincoln was nicknamed "Big Train" and he looked like he was going to become a force to be reckoned with in boxing for some time. continue
18.04.07 - For Sheffield-based Patrick J. Maxwell, time is of the essence. The aggressive light-middleweight-cum-middleweight is targeting a world title shot and hopes to get there as soon as possible. “I haven’t got long left at 28 years of age,” Maxwell says. “I’m not old, but I’m not a young prospect anymore, either. I want to crack on now, leave all the politics behind, and, with the help of Desert Sky Promotions and Hayemaker, make my way towards titles. continue
18.04.07 - USBA super bantamweight champ Mike "Machine" Oliver (18-0, 7 KO) returns to the ring Friday, May 4, when he headlines Alpha - Omega's "Battle Zone 3" at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout will be broadcast on the New England Sports Network (NESN), with Oliver's opponent to be announced in the very near future. continue
18.04.07 - It's the fight everyone is talking about. On May 5th the whole world will be watching. De La Hoya – Mayweather: The World Awaits. One of the principals, Floyd Mayweather, held an open workout today to a throng of national and local media members who showed up at the newly opened Mayweather Boxing Gym in Las Vegas . Mayweather was joined by trainer/uncle Roger Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe. Mayweather's father Floyd Sr. was also on hand to view the action.
MAYWEATHER MEDIA DAY QUOTES - ON PREPARATION
"I'm very happy with the way camp is running for this fight. We're just doing what we do,
taking care of business. My job is to push my team to the limit. And my team's job is to push me to the limit. continue
Los Angeles, CA (April 18, 2007) – Call it conjecture. Call it wishful thinking. Anyway you want to call it, boxing’s gregarious gladiator – James Toney – is putting his “Lights Out” stamp on any talk that his certain hall of fame career is over. And so is his Neurosurgeon. Dan Goossen, longtime promoter of the seven-time, multi-weight class world champion and current heavyweight contender, revealed that Toney was given a complete medical examination in Los Angeles by Michael Levy, MD PhD. continue
18.04.07 - World renowned trainer Nacho Beristain brings his latest charge, undefeated bantamweight prospect Abner Mares to Chicago this Friday night, April 20th in a world title showdown against veteran Angel Priolo at Cicero Stadium. The Mares/Priolo WBO NABO world title bout headlines JUDGEMENT DAY, another action packed evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions along with TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. continue
Heavyweight prospect Eddie Chambers, pictured on right) 18.04.07 - One of the most highly anticipated weekends of boxing in Las Vegas history just got bigger. As a prelude to the “Cinco de Mayo” festivities on Saturday night, promoter Dan Goossen announced that Goossen Tutor Promotions will present the first-ever professional boxing event in “The Pearl” – the recently opened 2,500 capacity, state-of-the-art theater at the Palms Casino Resort – on Friday, May 4, 2007, airing live on “ShoBox: The New Generation” (SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT). continue
NEW YORK, NY (April 17, 2007) – The Big Bang Theory goes off the drawing board and into the ring with “X-Plosive!” -- the world welterweight championship featuring undefeated World Boxing Association champion MIGUEL COTTO, the pride of Puerto Rico, defending his title against two-division world champion ZAB “SUPER” JUDAH. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Prize Fight Boxing, “X-Plosive!” will be broadcast live, Saturday, June 9, on HBO Pay-Per-View, from Madison Square Garden.
Tickets, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50 and include a $4.50 facility charge, go on sale Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and can be purchased at the MSG Box Office, TicketMaster outlets & TicketMaster phone (866-448-7849), and online at www.ticketmaster.com / www.thegarden.com. continue
17.04.07 - By Paul McCreath: Until this past weekend, Nicolay Valuev (46-1, 34 KO's) was recognized as the WBA title holder at heavyweight and was subject to much debate as to his relative abilities. Most fans accepted the fact that his boxing skills were somewhat ordinary, but some felt that his gigantic size advantage over all opponents made him virtually unbeatable by an ordinary sized heavyweight. On the other hand, many felt he would be chopped down by the first top rated contender he faced. The issue of beating Rocky Marciano's record of 49 consecutive wins was a hot topic as well. Would it count if Valuev passed the 50 mark in wins considering that one no decision? . continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 17 – The most charismatic middleweight in the world, people’s champion Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda, checked in today from his training camp in Puerto Rico after another grueling workout in preparation for his May 19th bout with Kelly Pavlik, to send a message to Jermain Taylor. “I’m concerned that the fans of Memphis are paying a lot of money for tickets to our show on May 19th because they think they’re going to see a middleweight championship fight, but really, that’s false advertising because you’re just fighting another junior middleweight,” said the always quotable Miranda about Taylor’s title defense against Cory Spinks, who is making his 160 pound debut. continue
NEW YORK (April 17, 2007) – Mike Marrone (17-0, 13 KOs) will face Malachy Farrell (15-0, 12 KOs) in an eight-round battle of unbeaten, hard-hitting heavyweights on Friday, April 20, on “ShoBox: The Next Generation” live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Bally’s Atlantic City. In the main event that evening, the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) top two contenders in the junior welterweight division, Kendall Holt (21-1, 12 KOs) and Mike Arnaoutis (17-1-1, nine KOs), clash in a WBO 140-pound title elimination bout. The 12-round fight is one of the most significant fights for both contenders and arguably the most meaningful and compelling match-up in the six-year history of “ShoBox.” . continue
(Ruslan Chagaev, pictured on left, in between rounds of his bout with Nikolay Valuev) 17.04.07 - By James Slater: We saw an upset in the heavyweight division this past Saturday, yet another one. Is there not one big guy out there that can capture a world title and the defend it consistently? Well, maybe Wladimir Klitschko can. We will see. Still, more than a few fans were starting to worry out loud how Nicolai Valuev, all seven foot two of him, just might do this and break the most famous record in boxing history in the process. Now, however, as a result of southpaw Ruslan Chagaev's points win at the weekend, all Rocky Marciano's fans can relax. "The Beast From The East" was a fighter considered by many to have a long reign. Yet now he is just another former champion. So, who are the ten best in the world at heavyweight right now?
1. Wladimir Klitschko. IBF Champ.
Nickname: "Dr. Steel Hammer." Record: 48-3 (43) Last Fight: Won KO 2 Ray Austin. continue
17.04.07 - Given the lack of clarification on the terms of Frank Warren’s offer for British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion Carl Froch to challenge WBO champion Joe Calzaghe, Froch’s promoter Mick Hennessy has tabled a proposal of his own to stage the all-British super fight on a Hennessy Sports event either this July or September.
“After being made aware of Frank Warren’s comments over the last few days, I’m pleased to confirm that negotiations have started with his company Sports Network about a super fight between Carl Froch and Joe Calzaghe,” confirmed Hennessy. continue
Bronx, NY (April 17, 2007) - We are just days away from arguably the most important match-up in the six- year history of the popular SHOWTIME boxing series, "ShoBox: The New Generation". On Friday, April 20th, at Bally's Atlantic City, WBO #1 rated Kendall "Rated R" Holt (21-1, 12KO's) from Patterson, NJ is set to clash with the WBO #2 rated "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (17-1-2, 9KO's) of Atlantic City, NJ, in a 12- round WBO Jr. Welterweight Eliminator for the #1 mandatory spot. continue
17.04.07 - Although it was his very first time fighting in Florida, if you didn't know any better you'd think that Francisco "El Gato" Figueroa (who recently moved to Miami from the Bronx) had lived in the Southern Florida area his entire life. continue
17.04.07 - By James Slater: The heavyweight division is all over the place at the moment. No sooner does a fighter capture a version of the title, he goes ahead and loses it after a few defences at the most - or none at all in the case of one recent belt holder. The constantly changing picture in the weight class of the big guys was given yet another addition this past Saturday, with the upset win of Uzbeck challenger Ruslan Chagaev over defending WBA champ Nicolai Valuev. With this defeat for "The Beast From The East" a possible unification bout between the huge Russian and IBF king Wladimir Klitschko went out of the window. It seems we are no closer then, to a unified and universally recognised heavyweight champion.
With the division seemingly so open and constantly changing, it really is no wonder Britain's David Haye is moving up to join it. David still has unfinished business at cruiserweight, where he is determined to become world champion, but already he has made his goal of ruling among the heavies apparent. The first step in this campaign starts on April 27th, in London. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 17 – Ask your average sports fan about “Mean” Joe Greene, and they’ll tell you all about the Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But ask a boxing fan who “Mean” Joe Greene is, and you’ll most likely hear about the unbeaten middleweight sensation who has taken the New York scene by storm and is now ready to take on the world. continue
17.04.07 - Despite the entertainment generated by Britain’s top heavyweights in recent years, David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye feels the merry-go-round attitude of British heavyweights is ultimately damaging. Set to step up to the heavyweight division on April 27 against Poland’s Tomasz Bonin, Haye believes the key to success is found further afield. “I’m targeting the world heavyweight title not the British heavyweight title,” the 26-year-old stresses. “I’m not moving up to heavyweight to fight all my domestic rivals and end up going absolutely nowhere. continue
(Tucson, Arizona) --- Southern Arizona, come quench your thirst. The drought ends on Friday, April 20th, as Desert Diamond Casino brings back Rage in the Cage to the Diamond Center. Rage in the Cage will be pulling out all the stops for their RITC 93 show, complete with two championship titles. Tucsonan George Roop is putting his RITC Bantamweight Title on the line and local favorite, Robert “The Pounding Puerto Rican” Maldonado, is vying for the vacant Lightweight Title. continue
17.04.07 - By Quenton Marselles: Everybody wants to know the real reason why Floyd Mayweather Sr. is not training Oscar De La Hoya for “The World Awaits.” I had a chance to sit down with him for a brief moment to ask him what’s the deal. Without speculations, I will let you hear it from the horses mouth. There’s no hard feeling from Floyd Sr., he claims that they are still “cooler than a fan.” But why isn’t he coaching him for the fight is what everybody wants to know.
QM: Who’s choice do you think it was to fight, Floyd or De La Hoya?
FM: It was my sons choice to fight. He makes his own decisions. Whether he wins or lose, it’s his decision and he’s got to deal with it. continue
17.04.07 - Former World Super-Middleweight Champion Richie Woodhall has backed his young charge Jamie Cox to become a world champion. Woodhall held the WBC world title in the late 90's and now trains the 2006 Commonwealth Games Champion who makes his highly anticipated professional debut on Saturday 26th May at the ExCeL London. "Jamie has 'world champion' stamped all over him," began Woodhall, who trains Cox at his gym in Telford. continue
TOTOWA, NJ (April 17, 2007) -- "Jorge Farce should have been arrested for indecent exposure after the performance he put on Saturday night." spat out a disgusted and disappointed VIC DARCHINYAN, after watching Jorge Arce lose a lopsided unanimous decision to WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares. "I knew he was a fraud from day one which is why I wanted to be the one to beat him. To expose him to the world as a farce of a fighter. But he was so busy looking over his shoulder running away from me, he didn't see the brick wall ahead of him and he ran smack into it in Cristian Mijares.". continue
17.04.07 - After nine years of waiting and dreaming, the remarkable life story of Kassim Ouma takes another chapter when he returns home to his native Uganda this Saturday after receiving an official pardon for deserting the Ugandan Army. Ouma’s team recently received written assurance from the Ugandan Embassy in Washington, D.C. that he had been pardoned and cleared to visit home. continue
16.04.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When the final bell rang after Saturday night’s WBA heavyweight championship bout between Nicolay Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, I was most surprised to see the celebration taking place in Chagaev’s corner. There were congratulatory hugs, celebratory high-fives, and an overwhelming sense of joy and merriment—as if there was no doubt Chagaev would be crowned the new champion. In fact, team Chagaev was acting like one might expect after the decision was formally announced.
It was startling to see the confidence of team Chagaev. After all, this is boxing — a sport notorious for its controversial decisions. Furthermore, this wasn’t exactly a fight wherein one fighter completely dominated the other. On the contrary, this was a very close bout which could have gone either way. In fact, I scored it 114-114—a draw. continue
16.04.07 - Chicago's undefeated light heavyweight Mike “TENSION” Nevitt will face FOX-TV’s The Next Great Champ winner Otis “Triple OG” Griffin for the WBO NABO world championship this Friday night, April 20th, at Cicero Stadium in the featured attraction of JUDGEMENT DAY. JUDGEMENT DAY, an 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 TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. continue
16.04.07 - By Vanessa McConnell: "These are very exciting times for us. Everyone is talking and we believe the world will be watching," as I couldn't have said it better than Mark Taffet, HBO's Sr. Vice President of Marketing. "The World Awaits" no more as the fight of the century is approaching fast. Tickets are sold out but Dish Network is still taking orders. April 17 Floyd Mayweather will have a media day at the family owned and operated new state-of-the-art boxing gym 'Mayweather Boxing Club' in Las Vegas. Trainer Roger Mayweather and assistant trainer Leonard Ellerbe will join Floyd in hosting the grand opening for the gym as he prepares for the "super fight." continue
16.04.07 - By Ted Sares: On March 2, 2007, highly touted Samuel Miller, 16-0 with 13 ko's, met 39 year old Darrell Woods, 26-10 1with 18 ko's, in Tampa, FL in a classic young and promising boxing fighter vs. aging journey man. Those who are into due diligence would note that Woods was on a three fight win streak in which he had victories over such notable as Levan Easley and Emmett Linton, 33-3-2. continue
16.04.07 - By Matthew Hurley: So Floyd Mayweather Jr. tries to “keep it real” by saying “fuck” every time he can. Apparently the public is supposed to understand that where Oscar De La Hoya is a “bitch” Floyd, by “keeping it real”, is the guy we’re supposed to revere. Well, I’m not buying it. I’m a guy who says “fuck” all the time too, it’s part of my language but I temper it in my writing or when in mixed company. I also find guys who act like Floyd does to be severely lacking in mental discipline. But, Floyd, in my estimation, is the best fighter in the world and if acting like a lunatic helped get him to the top then who am I to judge.
I’m just tired of it.
There is nothing that Floyd says that is endearing. There is nothing that he says that is funny, ala Muhammad Ali when he denigrated his opponents – and Ali went too far sometimes, particularly with Joe Frazier. continue
NEW YORK, NY (April 16, 2007) -- It's raining ducats and dogs at Madison Square Garden's box office! Though tickets for X-Plosive! -- the June 9 world welterweight championship between undefeated defending champion MIGUEL COTTO and two-division world champion ZAB JUDAH -- don't go on sale until Wednesday, The Garden's Backstage Access members have been taking advantage of today's pre-sale perk to the tune of 500 tickets per hour! . continue
16.04.07 - By Ted Sares: Colombian Jose Luis "La Pantera" Herrera, 14-2 coming in, met Jorge "Locomotora” Castro, 129-11-3 with 90 ko's at the time, at the Municipal Patinódromo in Buenos Aires on January 27, 2007. Castro was looking for redemption having been decked twice and tko'd by Herrera in 4 rounds in April 2006, only the second stoppage loss in his long career. What made the loss even more shocking was that Castro was coming off a solid tko win over Derrick Harmon. Of course, in between, he had recuperated from a serious motorcycle accident and this likely played a role in his defeat. Given his awful showing, many thought it was time for Castro to finally end his long and glorious career and considered it a wonder (if not one fraught with danger) that he would fight again. "La Pantera," younger and five inches taller than the aging Castro, was poised to duplicate matters and send "Locomotora” out to pasture. continue
16.04.07 - Michael Sprott says he wants a shot at the new WBA World Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev once he beats Matt Skelton next month. Chagaev caused a major upset on Saturday when he beat the giant Russian Nikolay Valuev on points in Germany despite giving away 11-inches and 6 1/2 stone to the champion and Sprott is using Chagaev as the golden carrot to beat the Bedford scrapper at the ExCeL London. Sprott lost to Chagaev last year in Hamburg when he was stopped in the eighth round despite a brave challenge from the battling Brit. continue
New York, April 16—Wladimir Klitschko, the IBF and IBO world heavyweight titlist, will defend his belts against former world champion Lamon Brewster in “The Rematch” on July 7 at the 20,000-seat Cologne Arena in Cologne, Germany, it was announced by K2 Promotions.
In their first battle for the WBO championship, Brewster won the title with a fifth round technical knockout on April 10, 2004 in Las Vegas. The dramatic battle was stopped between the fifth and sixth rounds, after Klitschko had knocked down Brewster in the fourth round, but was saved by the bell. Brewster recovered and went on to score a spectacular win to take the title.
“This chance for revenge against Lamon Brewster is a dream come true,” said the 31-year old Klitschko. “He is without a doubt an extremely dangerous opponent, but I always hoped for chance to redeem myself. In the first fight, three years ago, I ran out of gas for some still unknown reason that I still can’t explain. But I am very happy to get back into the ring with Brewster.” continue
CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 16, 2007 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today former world heavyweight champion James "Buster" Douglas will attend festivities planned for the 18th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 7-10th. "James "Buster" Douglas shocked the boxing world to become heavyweight champion," said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. "We're excited about welcoming him to Canastota for the first time." . continue
16.04.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: There is a young American heavyweight hope. Yes, he's out there.
He's a teenager. He has a very famous name too, the exact same name of a former professional sports all-star. He comes from the region of the United States that Roger Mayweather claims has produced more world champions than any other part of the country. continue
16.04.07 - By Robert Jones: On Saturday Night, at the sold out Hughes Center in Russellville, Arkansas, JD "The Natural" Chapman defended his Arkansas State Heavyweight Title for the third time. He stopped a very game but overmatched Jason Curry in five one sided rounds. Chapman floored Curry six times in five rounds including three knockdowns in the fifth. The bout was mercifully stopped at 2:25 of round five. The 6’5½” inch Chapman weighed in at a solid and impressive looking 249 pounds, dwarfing his 6’2”, 211 pound opponent. continue
(Manny Pacquiao, pictured here, moments after stopping Jorge Solis in the 8th round) 16.04.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: WBC International featherweight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (44-3-2, 35 KO’s) halted Jorge Solis (32-1-2, 23 KO’s), in the 8th round of their scheduled 12-round fight on Saturday night at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas. Solis, 27, the # 4 ranked Super featherweight in the WBC, and previously undefeated, gave Manny Pacquiao, 28, a tougher time than many people expected, before being destroyed by Pacquiao in the 8th.
Solis, 5’8½,” used his height and reach advantage, along with some good head movement, to keep Pacquiao relatively off balance for the first seven rounds, trying to solve his style and land effectively against the Mexican fighter. However, despite this, Solis never really amounted to much of a threat to Pacquiao, mainly being limited to jabs, and occasional right hands that he was able to land as Pacquiao would charge in. continue
16.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: IBF and IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko will take on Lamon Brewster July 7 at the Arena in Cologne. Wladimir is currently busy shooting a movie in Germany. Vitali Klitschko could be - if everything works out - back September 1 in Germany for a tuneup fight before taking on the winner of Maskaev vs Peter. continue
April 16 2007 (Merrillville, IN)- Ozzie Guillen, manager of the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox and one of Chicagoland’s most beloved sports figures, has invited Mia “The Knock Out” St. John to be his guest at his 4p.m. press conference at Cellular Field on Tuesday, April 17. Fight fans are invited to a number of Fight Week opportunities to meet St. John and the other Octavius James’ One In A Million Inc. boxers before their April 20th “Fist of Fury” bouts at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN. continue
16.04.07 - Roberto Duran, in association with the Florida Boxing Promotions of Miami, presents a 7-bout professional boxing card at Miami’s Mahi Shrine Temple on May 2, featuring former jr. middleweight champion Yory Boy Campas vs. Miami’s Eromosele Albert in the 10-round main event. “I am proud to bring boxing fans in Miami a first-class boxing show,” said Duran from his home in Panama City, Panama. “I have been a promoter for 2 years now and I believe our group can do many shows in Miami featuring the top Latin boxers of today.” . continue
15.04.7 - Photo by David Martin Warr, DKP - Nikolai Valuev has vowed to bounce back stronger than ever after losing his WBA heavyweight belt to Ruslan Chagaev. The mandatory challenger handed the Russian Giant his first defeat in 48 contests when he clinched a close majority decision in Stuttgart on Saturday night. He was ahead 115-113 and 117-111 on two scorecards while the third judge called the bout a 114-114 draw. "It certainly was an exciting encounter and a great night of boxing - except for the outcome," manager Wilfried Sauerland stated. "It was very close."
Valuev (46-1, 34 KOs) was off to the better start and kept marching forward throughout the twelve rounds, working cleverly behind his left jab. However, it was Chagaev who landed the clearer punches. The crowd roared every time he got through with his southpaw left - even though it did little to impress the Russian Giant, who proved his great chin. Chagaev dominated the middle of the fight before Valuev upped pressure towards the end, firing in a few good combinations himself. continue
15.04.07 - David Haye seeks to emulate Evander Holyfield's outstanding record by becoming the first British boxer to hold the World Heavyweight and Cruiserweight titles and takes a significant step towards boxing's Holy Grail when he meets Tomasz Bonin, the WBC No.11 ranked fighter, at Wembley Arena on 27 April. Haye, "The face of British boxing" must be admired for shunning the plentiful cruiserweight opportunities and risking everything by stepping up to fight at heavyweight for the first time against a world ranked, rather than "safety first" opponent. continue
15.04.07 - Undefeated Chicago lightweight Rita Figueroa has suffered a rotator cuff injury and will be unable to face Mia St. John this Friday night, April 20th in Merrillville, Indiana as scheduled, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Mia St. John will still be fighting on the One in a Million, Inc. FISTS OF FURY event. For more information, please call 219-769-6600 or visit their website at OneInAMillionBoxing.com. continue
15.04.07 - Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (11-0-1, 8 KO’s) will appear on Bobby Hitz’ “Wednesday Night Fights” card, April 18th, in Hoffman Estates, IL, 35-minutes northwest of Chicago. “I’m in great shape,” Williams said after a recent sparring session with Montel Griffin at the Top Rank Gym. “I’ve been getting great sparring and Axel (conditioning coach Axel Murullo) has been killing me.” . continue
15.04.7 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: If for no other reason, Jorge Arce in one corner made this a fight to watch. And of course the fact that Arce, a legitimate star in the boxing world with his never-give-in mentality, was chasing history by trying to become Mexico's third three-time title holder didn't hurt either.
Arce made a name for himself early in the year 2005 when he overcame adversity to stop "Hussy" Hussein in a bout which nearly received Fight of the Year honors. Ever since, Arce has been one to watch regardless of his opposition. The move to the super-flyweight class was made quite recently and although Julio Ler and Hawk Makepula, the only two men Arce faced at the weight, didn't rank as serious opposition, Arce was expected to take care of newly-crowned WBC kingpin Cristian Mijares in similar fashion. If anything, the Mijares match seemed to rank as a tune-up fight for lucrative matches against Fernando Montiel and a mega-bout against reigning flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan. continue
15.04.07 - Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions finishes out an outstanding month of world class professional boxing this Friday night, April 20th by presenting JUDGEMENT DAY at Cicero Stadium as two of the hottest young undefeated prospects in the sport, Abner Mares and Jonathan Oquendo return to Chicago. JUDGEMENT DAY is presented by 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions along with TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. continue
15.04.07 - Joe Mesi (35-0, 28 KO’s) destroyed mismatched opponent Ron Johnson (21-21, 12 KO’s), needing only one round to stop him on Saturday night at the The Hughes Center, in Russellville, Arkansas. Although, he was originally supposed to be fighting Marvin Hill, that fight was cancelled at the last second, making it necessary to fight a replacement to salvage the fight. Unfortunately, Johnson proved to be no match for Mesi, getting knocked down twice before the fight was stopped in the 1st round. Mesi, 33, reportedly would like to step it up and start fighting tougher opponents than the type of fighters that he has been fighting since returning to boxing.
LAS VEGAS (April 15, 2007) - Denver's prodigal son Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnson returns home to Denver to fight there for the first time in 6 1/2 years when he headlines "Rocky Mountain Mayhem," promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, on May 18 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Johnston (40-4-1, 18 KOs) will defend his IBA World lightweight title belt against Dominican knockout artist Luis Ernesto "The Butcher" Jose (27-4-2, 24 KOs) in the 12-round main event. continue
14.04.07 - By Miguel Velasco, Photos by David Martin Warr, DKP - Nikolay Valuev (46-1, 34 KO’s) was given what I consider to be a raw decision tonight in Germany, losing by 12-round majority decision to challenger Ruslan Chagaev (23-0-1, 17 KO’s), in a fight that Valuev appeared to easily dominate for the entire boxing bout. Aside from a few slow rounds at the beginning of the fight, when Valuev appeared to be getting warmed up, he turned it up a notch starting in the 3rd round, and controlled the action with his jab/right cross combination, easily outworking the shorter Chagaev the rest of the way. The judges, however, saw it different, awarding the majority decision to Chagaev by the scores 114-114, 117-111, and 115-113.
I personally had Valuev winning nine rounds to three, and cruising to an easy decision over the short Uzbek fighter, giving him a boxing lesson in the use of the jab in the process. In the first four rounds, Chagaev, rarely landed at all, and the few that he did land, were more of a desparate type. He was often wild with his punches, looking like a cross between Axel Schultz and Arthur Abraham, though not as skilled as either of them. As for his power, he really showed next to zero against Valuev, particularly in the early rounds when he was mostly moving from side to side along the ropes and trying to stay away from Valuev. Chagaev basically stayed completely away from Valuev for the first four rounds, which is why I gave the those rounds to Valuev. continue
NEW YORK CITY (April 14, 2007) - IBA World middleweight champion "Ireland's" John Duddy and Irish Ropes Promotions are sponsoring a June 2nd dinner-dance fundraiser in the Manhattan Room at the famed Rosie O'Grady's (149 West 7th Avenue) for Thomas Jefferson High School students in Brooklyn. Duddy (19-0, 15 KOs), rated No. 8 by the WBO and No. 9 by the IBF, reigns as the IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion. The native of Derry, Northern Ireland has been living in Queens, New York for several years. continue
14.04.07 - Honours were declared even at the end of a gruelling contest between Chris Edwards and Dale Robinson at Altincham Leisure Centre tonight. The British and Commonwealth title bout was later described by promoter Frank Maloney as one of the best flyweight contests that he had ever witnessed. By the end of the bout both fighters were bleeding profusely from cuts above both eyes and the doctor had been summoned to each of them during hostilities in order to adjudicate whether they could continue. Fortunately for the crowd he determined that both Edwards and Robinson could carry on. continue
TRENTON (April 14, 2007) – Chuck Cavallo, “The Italian Assassin,” will put his undefeated boxing record on the line May 4 when he faces Michael Eatmon in a grudge rematch at The Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge in Fairless Hills, Pa. The light heavyweight from Yardville won a unanimous six-round decision over Eatmon last August but afterwards the North Carolina fighter insisted that he should have won. Since then, Eatmon has repeatedly called for a rematch with Cavallo. continue
(Anthony Shuler, on left, landing a left hook to the head of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the 1st round) 14.04.07 - Welterweight prospect, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (31-0-1, 24 KO’s) easily destroyed opponent Anthony Shuler (20-5-1, 14 KO's) tonight, stopping him in the 2nd round at the Alamodome, in San Antonio, Texas. Chavez Jr., 21, the son of the boxing great, Julio Cesar Chavez, dropped Shuler with a series of withering left hooks in the 2nd round. Shuler made it to his feet on shaky legs. However, shortly after, Chavez met him with another huge left hook to the head, sending Shuler down to the canvas for the final time. The referee stopped the fight almost immediately after seeing that Shuler was badly hurt. With this win, Chavez Jr. will step up his level of competition when he moves on to his next bout in June against Michael Stewart.
In the first round, Chavez Jr., like his usual custom, showed that his offensive is his best defense, as he attacked often with his powerful left hook, neglecting to worry about in coming shots from Shuler, who was able to land often in this round. continue
14.04.07 - Jamie Moore kept his world ambitions on track when scoring a unanimous victory over Sebastian Andres Lujan at Altrincham Leisure Centre last night. Referee Phil Edwards judged Moore to have won by 119 to 110. Much had been expected of Lujan, 27, who had twice fought for a world title; the most recent a points loss to Sergiy Dzinziruk in a challenge for the WBO light middleweight title. continue
14.04.07 - TUNICA, MS In response to the recent allegations made by Octavious James and One In A million Promotions in regards to the April 13th Ruben Galvan versus Zab Judah bout Prize Fight Boxing has issued this response. First and foremost Ruben Galvan has been paid in full by Prize Fight. Ruben received his check from Prize Fight employee Jamie Diaz before he ever left Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, MS. continue
April 14 (Tunica, MS)- Press Release- Brian Young, promoter of Zab Judah and last night’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card, stiffed Judah’s opponent Ruben Galvan and he blames it on ESPN. “Brian Young told me that he had to wait for ESPN2 to pay him, before he could pay Ruben,” said Galvan’s promoter, Octavius James of One In A Million Inc. “Zab was paid. John Lewis, head of the Mississippi commission instructed Young to pay Ruben immediately. Young has not responded, only to blame ESPN.” . continue
14.04.07 - By Jim Amato, Photo by David Martin Warr, DKP -- Rocky's record is safe but I almost have to feel for previously undefeated Nikolai Valuev. Challenger Ruslan Chagaev was awarded a twelve round majority decision and with it the W.B.A. heavyweight title. One judge had it a draw. The other two scored it for Chagaev. I had Valuev winning by a couple of rounds and I thought that I was being generous to Chagaev.
Nikolai had his jab out there in Chagaev's face the entire fight. Ruslan landed the harder shots with occasional straight lefts to the head and body but for the most part Valuev kept him on the outside. Neither man was seriously hurt in a contest I found rather boring.
14.04.07 - By David Pambianchi: Sandstone sheets lie buried under snow. After a three hour drive, I arrive at a place unfamiliar, Bluestone Wild Forest in the Catskill Preserve, looking for comfort, searching, rediscovering myself by looking back into myself. I come for the same reason that I box. We all visit some hideaway to stop and think, to explore, understand, stimulate curiosity, tie up loose ends and try to get answers. Lonely places and situations confront and test us, no people distractions, no disguise hides, no safe place to run, I see myself, as myself, say my name out loud, and hear only my footsteps crunch in snow. continue
14.04.07 - All photos by Naoki Fukuda -- Blaze Of Glory Weights From Alamodome: Manny Pacquiao 128¾ Vs. Jorge Solis 130 (Solis had to weigh in three times) - Jorge Arce 115 Vs. Cristian Mijares 115 - Brian Viloria 108 Vs. Edgar Sosa 108 - Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 151 Vs. Anthony Shuler 150. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 13 – Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson, deep into training camp for his May 16th bout with Montell Griffin at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, had some choice words for promoter Gary Shaw, who recently stated that Johnson would have to “wait his turn” for a shot at his fighter, WBC champion Chad Dawson. A fighter the promoter said “nobody wants to fight.” . continue
(Michael Nunn, pictured on right, having words with James Toney in their 1991 bout) 13.04.07 - By Ted Sares: Here we go again. Over the past year I have done related articles on Vinnie Paz, "Boom Boom" Mancini, "Macho" Camacho, Nigel Benn, Steve Collins, Virgil Hill, Dariusz Michalczewski and others. Now it’s time to look at Michael "Second To" Nunn.
Style: When you think of Nunn, you think of words like stylist, speed, sharp reflexes, great technique, and solid defensive skills...but he also had an unappreciated ability to take out his opponents with power punching….and the record bears this out. He was a rangy and slick left-handed boxer who gave his opponents fits and was a master of the slip and slide move. These were his trademarks in the ring and provided great entertainment. Unfortunately, his career defining fight ended by a sudden and brutal knockout at the hands of James Toney in a fight that affirmed Toney's nick name of "Lights Out." continue
14.04.07 - KELLY SWANSON: Hello everybody. Thank you again for joining us for another installment of our weekly conference call series for the May 5 welterweight Oscar de la Hoya versus Floyd Mayweather for WBC’s Super Welterweight Championship. At this time I’d love to turn the phone over to Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions. Richard? . continue
13.04.07 - By Jim Amato: I saw that Joe Mesi's next fight is against Marvin Hill on Saturday in Russellville, Arkansas. WHAT IF he wins? Maybe we can promote a Mesi fight in Nankin, Ohio, a "suburb" of the metropolis of Ashland. Geez, talk about fighting in the sticks. continue
13.04.07 - By Scott Frake: Former Welterweight boxing champion Zab Judah (34-4, 25 KO's) ended up with a disappointing no contest in tonight's bout with Ruben Galvan (27-11-2, 10 KO's), at the Fitzgerald's Casino hotel, in Tunica, Mississippi. Shortly after the bout got under way, Judah opened up a bad cut on the forehead of Galvan, which appeared to come from a flurry of punches. However, it was difficult to conclusively tell whether it was from a punch or an elbow, considering the the speed and the amount of punches that Judah quickly landed in the first minute of the fight. It didn't help that Galvan was hopelessly overmatched, and was near defenseless to stop any of Judah's fast punches. continue
13.04.07 - By James Slater: Nobody can see into the future. But it's fun to try. For this article, I looked into my imagined crystal ball and came up with a number of results that may or may not actually happen in the sport of boxing in the coming weeks. To be sure, this piece can be taken primarily as fun. But still, my gut instincts were involved when conjuring up the events that I think will occur in the ring throughout the remainder of 2007. And I take my instincts seriously. As a result, I genuinely believe we will see the following happenings unfold soon.
In no particular order, my predictions are as follows.
Prediction One: Joshua Clottey will win a version of the welterweight title.
His win over the incredibly brave Diego Corrales aside, Clottey has proven himself time and again. His fast hands, rock chin, respectable punch power and ring smarts allowed him to push the Mexican fighter not too many other guys want to face, in Antonio Maragrito, all the way with only one hand. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 13 – The match-up between two of the premier heavyweights in the world and fierce rivals Shannon Briggs and Sultan Ibragimov will finally settle their score when they square off for Briggs’ WBO Heavyweight Championship at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, on Saturday, June 2nd. Briggs vs Ibragimov, a 12 round WBO Heavyweight Championship bout, is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Golden Grain, Nafta Moskva, and Main Events. The event will be hosted by Caesars Atlantic City. continue
13.04.07 - Hennessy Sports are pleased to announce that Junior Witter will make the second defence of his WBC light welterweight title against former world champion Vivian Harris in the UK this summer. The right to stage the Championship was due to have been decided by a purse bid at 6pm GMT today, but Witter’s promoter Mick Hennessy was able to agree terms with his counterpart Gary Shaw beforehand. Former undefeated British, Commonwealth and European champion Witter won the title by dominating former world champion DeMarcus Corley at the Alexandra Palace last September and made his first defence at the same venue in January, stopping Mexico’s Arturo Morua in nine rounds. continue
NEW YORK CITY (April 13, 2007) - Fresh off of his 19th victory on March 16 against Anthony Bonsante before a sold-out house in The Theater at Madison Square Garden, "Ireland's" John Duddy returns to the ring May 18, headlining a card against an opponent to be determined at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan. The Derry, Northern Ireland-native Duddy (19-0, 15 KOs), rated No. 9 by the WBA and No. 13 by the IBF, is the reigning IBA World and WBC Continental Americas middleweight champion, who now fights out of Queens (NY). continue
13.04.07 - By Sam Gregory: Many boxing historians including myself consider Joe Louis, “The Brown Bomber” to be the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time. Louis’ record was 69-3 with 55 of the wins coming by way of knockout. Joe Louis held the heavyweight title for eleven straight years defending the title a record twenty-five times until announcing his retirement on March 1, 1949.
When Louis announced his (1st) retirement he requested that Ezzard Charles and Jersey Joe Walcott fight for the right to succeed him. Louis considered them, Charles and Walcott, to be two of the most outstanding heavyweight contenders of the era.
The first of the four fights took place in Chicago on June 22, 1949. Ezzard Charles won the vacated NBA Heavyweight Title in a unanimous decision over Jersey Joe Walcott in fifteen rounds. continue
13.04.07 - All photos © www.boxen.com: Undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev will not only hold an 11-inch height advantage over Ruslan Chagaev but also outweigh his opponent by almost 90 lbs. The official weights from Stuttgart: Valuev: 319 lbs (144.7 kilogram) - Chagaev: 228 lbs (103,5 kilogram).. continue
12.04.07 - By Ben Yap: You gotta love James Toney. Here's a guy that stepped up to fight the best the Heavyweight division has to offer. He hasn't taken on tomato can after tomato can, but instead he has consistently fought top 10 fighters including a boxing legend in Evander Holyfield. But where does he go from here? continue
SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 13, 2007) -- Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank -- Hello Mr. and Mrs. Boxing Fan and ships out at sea, let's go to press! THE GLOVE BOAT. Boss-publicist Lee Samuels from Top Rank received a ship-to-shore S.O.S. email from the offshore coordinator on the Skandi Neptune from Subsea7, one of the world’s leading subsea engineering and construction contractors, with a desperate request -- the coordinates for the"Blaze of Glory!" pay-per-view signal! "We are a vessel currently in the North Sea and would like to book the pay per view fight on sat 14th Apr. We have Sky boxes on board and also 4 techno mates we have remote satellite that is currently tracking Astra 28.2 E, question is can we receive the fight with this system on this satellite?" Top Rank's PPV technical team is on the case to make sure this request is not deep-sixed... continue
(Gerald McClellan, seen here taking a knee in the 10th round of his tragic bout with Nigel Benn in 1995) 12.04.07 - By James L. Boyle: In response to Ted Sares articles Crossing The Line and Blood Sport, I want to start off by saying that I'm in full agreement that blatant mismatches should be avoided. It's dangerous, and when you get a former world champion with a record of 58-3, going against a club fighter with a 10-6 record, the former champion is obviously going to win every time. However, being a fan of the sport for over 30 years, I've also seen way too many fights stopped when they didn't need to be. This is professional boxing, folks. It's not the PGA, the NBA or even the NFL. While most of today's popular sports such as baseball, basketball, and football were developed within the last 100-150 years, boxing is an ancient sport, and also in essence a barbaric one.
While one of the objects of the sport is to hit your opponent while not being hit in return, it is also one in which the goal is to knock your opponent out. Such a sport will always have it's tragedies. We have taken this barbaric sport and shoved it into the ultra-civilized (and I use that term loosely) and politically correct world of the 21st century. Can the two co-exist? In today's sporting world, people are concerned with making boxing safe. It is almost an oxymoron. continue
ORANGE, CALIF. (April 13, 2007) -- Undefeated jr. welterweight contender TIMOTHY "DESERT STORM" BRADLEY takes on Nasser “The Silencer” Athumani tonight at The Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. Bradley, who is coming off two nationally televised ShoBox victories will clash in a grueling 10 rounder against African Champion Athumani, who is known for his dangerous southpaw style and powerful punch. But Bradley has his eye on bigger game. continue
12.04.07 - By Danny Serratelli, ringside - KEA boxing successfully started to expand their horizons last night, putting on a solid 8-bout show from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina . KEA has been doing shows in NJ consistently for almost 3 years and in their first venture outside the Garden State, they featured good talent in an action packed night highlighted by several brutal knockouts. continue
12.04.07 - By Jim Amato: You would think that a boxer who won his first 52 bouts would get some recognition, especially if he won 50 of those boxing fights by knockouts. Quite an impressive streak that Rodolfo "Gato" Gonzalez started in 1959. Nevertheless, there would be many turns ahead for Rodolfo on the road to stardom. continue
April 12, 2007 - By Ron Lipton - I was standing in the upper loft of Floyd Patterson’s gym in New Paltz NY. It was 1990 and Floyd and I were alone. All the boxing and training for the day was over and everyone was gone but me. We were discussing the traveling arrangements for some upcoming fights where I was going to work the corner with him and do the 8 hours of driving while he was traveling with me in the same car.
We were all done talking about it and the conversation turned to one of the heavyweights in the gym, a guy named Richie Ozipinski, a friend of mine who tipped in at about 235lbs, a wonderful decent solid guy who supported his wife and 6 wonderful children. He wanted to have a few amateur fights for the fun of it. He was slow of foot and hand but had a right hand on the heavy bag like a ton of bricks. No real left hook to go with it but a slow and very heavy right hand.
I mentioned the power of it and Floyd shook his head in the negative. “He won’t be able to land it in a real fight so it doesn’t matter how hard it is on the bag.” It was the perfect segue to my comment as I am not a guy to pull punches with anyone. continue
12.04.07 - FREDDYLOKZ talks about Clottey beating Corrales, Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo in Wales, Frank Warren and Kessler-Calzaghe. Freddy also takes a look at "Blaze of Glory": Pacman vs Solis, Chavez Jr., Brian Viloria and Jorge Arce on the undercard. Finally, Freddy answers viewers' questions plus much more... Check out the fifth episode of "The 13th Round With FREDDYLOKZ". continue
12.04.07 - Jamie Moore weighed in at 156 lb yesterday ahead of his light-middleweight clash with Sebastian Andres Lujan at Altrincham Leisure Centre tonight, Friday, April 13, 2007 in Manchester, England. Lujan, weighing in at 154 lb, poses a significant threat to the talented Salford resident having fought at the highest level and Moore, soon to be awarded an honorary degree in Sports Science by his local University, believes that a convincing victory will propel him into the WBC's top five. continue
12.04.07 - Manchester’s John Murray has hit back at Amir Khan, stating his domestic rival is ‘either seriously confused or lying’ and believes he is a ‘hypocrite’. Khan, 20, claimed after his 12th professional win on Saturday that he had “played with” Murray during a sparring session and that his domestic rivals are just looking to earn a pay-day by calling him out. But Murray, 22, insists he has NEVER sparred with Bolton’s Olympic silver medallist and that all he was doing by offering him the chance to fight him in Las Vegas on the May 5th Oscar de la Hoya-Floyd Mayweather undercard was answering KHAN’s challenge to his British rivals to step up and face him. continue
SAN ANTONIO (April 12, 2007) -- Photo: Chris Farina - Top Rank -- The final news conference for "Blaze of Glory!" -- Saturday's four-fight Pay-Per-View extravaganza -- had the eight principals facing off at The Alamodome for the final time before Friday's Official Weigh-in, which will be open to the public.
Manny Pacquiao: "I know my opponent Jorge Solis has worked hard and is determined to win. This will be a great fight for both of us, both of our countries and all of our fans. But there can only be one winner and I have every intention of leaving the ring the way I came in -- as champion."
Justin Fortune: "We never underestimate an opponent. But a physically fit and strong Manny Pacquiao is impossible to beat, and Jorge Solis, you can call this fight Mission Impossible."
Jorge Solis: "When I heard that I was fighting Manny Pacquiao in the main event on pay-per-view I got so excited I started jumping up and down. I couldn't sleep - not scared - but because of the excitement of it all. I came to San Antonio to win. As the saying goes in my hometown, I am taking home all of the marbles. I hold the pride of Mexico in my two fists. Manny's winning streak over my countrymen will end Saturday night. Be ready Manny, no excuses!" continue
12.04.07 - Two days before his first mandatory title defense, undefeated WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev today came face-to-face with Uzbek challenger Ruslan Chagaev. It was a peaceful encounter, though, as both camps tried to play down the importance of the Russian Giant´s enormous 11-inch height advantage. "It has not affected our preparations at all," Valuev´s coach Manuel Gabrielian said at the official press conference. "Niko is used to fighting smaller opponents. It won´t make a difference for him." . continue
PUERTO RICO (April 11, 2007)… Inside a packed Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Puerto Rico, "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya held a media workout Tuesday, where he's rigorously preparing for his May 5 "The World Awaits" WBC super welterweight championship against Floyd Mayweather . Below is a collection of quotes and photographs from Tuesday's event:
KEEP TALKING FLOYD, KEEP TALKING—
"All the talking he's been doing, now he's gonna have to fight me, he's gonna pay for it all. This is a totally different fight for me. I have to be careful, aggressive and still I have to think and fight my own fight. continue
New York - Staten Island’s Gary “Kid” Stark, Jr. (18-1, 8 KO’s) will take center stage in the main event vs. Miami’s Andres Ledesma (13-5, 8 KO’s) on Wednesday night, May 2, when DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Presented by StubHub returns to the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center in New York City. The highly anticipated undercard features DiBella Entertainment rising star James “Buddy” McGirt, Jr. (14-0, 8 KO’s) and Irish standout James Moore (10-0, 8 KO’s). continue
(Nikolay Valuev, on left, seconds after dropping Owen Beck in the 3rd round) 11.04.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: This Saturday, reigning WBA boxing champion Nikolay Valuev is slated to defend his title against undefeated challenger, Ruslan Chagaev. As a long-time fan of the heavyweight division, I can’t help but admitting that I’m not especially excited for this one. Perhaps part of the problem is that—ever since Valuev won the title—WBA title bouts haven’t typically been televised in the US (his bout with Barrett notwithstanding).
Luckily, unlike most of his previous defenses, this one’s going to be televised. Even still, my hunch is we are looking at a lackluster affair. I hope I’m wrong, and regardless, I’ll still be tuned in, but I think the biggest problem is the choice of opponents. Since winning the WBA boxing title from Ruiz, Valuev has defended his title three times. On the bright side, he’s been active—especially for a heavyweight. On the dark side, successful defenses against Owen Beck, Monte Barrett, and Jameel McCline are hardly the type of wins that get boxing fans excited. continue
New York, NY, April 11, 2007 – MSG, a world class sports and entertainment network, has acquired the television rights to air the WBA boxing heavyweight championship fight between WBA champion Nikolai “Giant Russian” Valuev and undefeated heavyweight contender Ruslan Chagaev. The fight will be telecast live on MSG from Stuttgart, Germany on Saturday, April 14 at 4:30 pm ET. It will be re-broadcast on MSG the following Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm, additional airings will occur throughout the month of April. International boxing commentator Dave Bontempo will call the action for the fight. continue
11.04.07 - JD Chapman’s manager Scott Hirsch has confirmed that immediately following his fight with Jason Curry this Saturday that Chapman will be heading to Memphis, Tennessee for a month to learn from the legendary Emanuel Steward. With full-time commitments to HBO and World Champions like Wladimir Klitschko, Jermain Taylor, and Kermit Cintron, the Kronk Master no longer takes on many young prospects. Chapman will join fellow undefeated prospects middleweight Andy Lee, and Cruiserweight, Jonathan Banks fighting under the tutelage of Steward. Steward said “We are excited to get to work with the kid. We’re going to have him train along side Jonathan Banks and Andy Lee and see what he’s got.” . continue
LONDON (April 11, 2007) -- Promoter Frank Warren has offered middleweight champion JERMAIN TAYLOR the chance to do what 20 other men couldn't -- dethrone boxing's current longest-reigning world boxing champion JOE CALZAGHE in a battle of undefeated world champions. Warren has offered Taylor four million dollars to come to the UK in September to challenge Calzaghe for Calzaghe's super middleweight title and has agreed to having the WBO assign an American to referee the fight. Inasmuch as the fight would be at 168 pounds, Taylor's title would not be at stake. continue
(Joe Mesi, pictured here, after stopping George Linberger in February 2007) 11.04.07 - By Paul McCreath: Having an undefeated record does not make a fighter unbeatable nor does it make him the best in his division. For that matter, it does not even make him a good prospect. What it does do, however, is attract the attention of the fans and usually the big promoters. We all wonder, how good is he really? How good will he be in a year or two? Is he a future boxing champion or in the case of the woeful heavyweights, is he the savior of the division? Today, we will look at the heavyweights with the longest unbeaten records and try to predict what their future may hold. Keep in mind, these are not necessarily the best right now or the best hopes for the future.
Nicolay Valuev currently holds the longest unbeaten streak. The WBA beltholder is 46-0-0 with 34 KOs and 1 no contest. This Russian 33-year-old giant may be around for awhile yet. His size alone - 7 feet tall and around 330 pounds - will make him very hard to beat. continue
11.04.07 - Howard Eastman continues the process of regaining his triple crown when he faces Evans Ashira for the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight boxing Title at the Dudley Concert Hall on Friday April 20th live on Sky Sports. Former British, Commonwealth and European champion Eastman relinquished his championships in order to challenge then undisputed champion Bernard Hopkins in 2005. Two world title eliminators followed, before he regained the domestic crown by knocking out old friend and fellow Londoner Richard Williams in December. continue
11.04.07 - Mogens Palle is wondering whether WBO super middleweight champ Joe Calzaghe, who now admits he broke his left hand in his "cartoon fight" with no-hoper Peter Manfredo Saturday night in Wales, will actually face any credible or capable opponent in London July 21. "Where can promoter Frank Warren find a doctor who would advise a boxer who breaks his hand to fight on two month's rest? I find Calzaghe and Warren to be like "Alice In Wonderland" as things just get "curiouser and curiouser" with them. Maybe I should say it's "Joe In Warrenland," Palle said. "We know now that Warren has another punch bag, cartoon type opponent in mind for July. Warren's next trick will be Dennis Inkin or someone of his limited ilk who Joe can beat up with his injured left hand tied behind his back,." Europe's leading boxing promoter for 50 years said. continue
11.04.07 - One punch king Michael Sprott reckons an electric shock before his fight against Audley Harrison helped him knockout the former Olympic boxing Champion. In February at the Wembley Arena, the Reading puncher landed a blockbuster left hand in the third round that sparked out Harrison to claim the Commonwealth boxing title. In the build up to the Harrison fight, Sprott received an electric shock from a faulty wall socket in a house that he was renovating that caused his left arm to violently spasm and since then his punching power has doubled. continue
By David Bloch – 11/04/2007: Rocky Marciano was a class act. Forget about his 88% knock out ratio. Forget about his 49-0 undefeated fight record.
Rocky Marciano overcame his physical and technical limitations to become the Heavyweight boxing champion of the world through sheer determination, focus, iron fists and no shortage of granite in his unquestionable chin.
Despite a small stature of just 5'9, ranging between 175-190lbs and one of the most technically flawed fight styles in any undisputed champion of any weight, Rocky Marciano was able to beat much bigger, more technically talented boxers throughout his entire career. Untimely death has a morbidly curious way of bolstering the legacy and memories of those it touches, yet for Marciano, death need not have taken him so young. continue
11.04.07 - "Armed and Dangerous? He's more like Armed and Shameless" Apparently, word of boxing's best kept secret made its way to Robert Allen's training camp. The former world title challenger abruptly withdrew from next week's scheduled showdown with Jameson "Jamie Kang" Bostic, Team Bostic found out earlier Wednesday. Surely, Allen (38-5-0-1 NC, 27KO) has a good reason for pulling out just a week before the fight. continue
Marco Huck´s IBF cruiserweight eliminator against Vadim Tokarev has been moved back to May 26 after the 22-year-old was flattened by a stomach flu. Captain Huck (18-0, 14 KOs) was originally scheduled to take on the unbeaten Russian on May 5 in his hometown of Bielefeld. "Marco got sick last week and complained about stomach problems," coach Ulli Wegner revealed. "He went to see a doctor who then made the diagnosis." . continue
10.04.07 - This week's camp notes reflect how two great champions— Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather—use different methods to achieve in-ring success. Both combatants hope that their way is better than the other and as there is only a month until their May 5 showdown, "The World" awaits the answer.
DIET DELIGHTS—FROM POWER PROTEINS TO POPEYES
DE LA HOYA
For the May 5 fight Oscar De La Hoya is adhering to a strict, complex-carbohydrate diet that gives him optimal, day-long energy. continue
(Lennox Lewis, on right, fighting Shannon Briggs in 1998) 10.04.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Last night, while comfortably sitting on the sofa couch, I aimlessly flipped through the channels when I stumbled across ESPN 2 which happened to be airing a replay of the 1998 WBC boxing championship bout between Lennox Lewis and Shannon Briggs. Since I hadn’t seen the fight since way back when, I was very interested in giving it another look.
Unfortunately, by the time I discovered the replay it was already in the midst of the second round. This, of course, was after the nice flurries Briggs scored early-on when it appeared he had Lennox in some serious trouble. What surprised me most was how sharp and precise Lennox looked, even after having been badly rattled by Briggs. Likewise, I was shocked to see how much more athletic and fluid Briggs looked back then compared to the muscle-bound, stationary boxing target of today. continue
10.04.07 - FAIRFAX, VA – Former world champion William Guthrie (35-4-2, 24 KOs) will make his National Capital region debut when he fights on the May 12th Lange-Cabell card at the Patriot Center, JACKIE “FIRST LADY OF BOXING” KALLEN, head of Ice Promotions announced today. His opponent has not yet been named. continue
10.04.07 - Chicago fan favorite Rudy Cisneros returns to the ring this Friday night, April 13th at Cicero Stadium to battle Leshon Sims as part of RESURRECTION, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. RESURRECTION, is presented by 8 Count Productions, along with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm. continue
10.04.07 - (IBO Editorial) - The I.B.O. congratulates Wladimir Klitschko on his stunning victory over Ray Austin in defense of his I.B.O. Heavyweight Title. The continuing and growing pattern of the best boxers such as Ricky Hatton and Wladimir Klitschko fighting for I.B.O. Titles is partly the result of the I.B.O.'s belief that top-flight boxers, promoters and managers - the sport's truly frontline people - need not have a sanctioning body dictate to them just whom they will fight next. They have discovered the importance of staying independent, which the I.B.O. is unique in offering. continue
10.04.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Before I dive into the fray of the heated and long-standing Joe Calzaghe-debate that has had pundits beating each other’s brains out in a brutal war of words on the pages of every boxing publication in the civilized world, let me say, I have—as many of you know—been a vocal depreciator of Calzaghe for years. I have said—of the pre-2006 Calzaghe—that he was sloppy on defense, prone to occasional, loose-fisted slapping, tentative against hard-punchers, and sometimes unwilling to hunker-down and get physical enough to finish a beaten or sub-par opponent.
That said, the press and public are, in the wake of his unsurprising easy-bake victory over Peter Manfredo Jr., denying Joe the praise he rightfully deserves and focusing completely on Manfredo’s lame-duck performance in which he looked less like a top-tier boxing contender, and more like a guy that played one on television. Hmmmm? There are also, naturally, those cries that the stoppage was outrageous and premature—that Manfredo was denied a fair shot at champion-status. continue
10.04.07 - Frank Maloney Puts Together Stacked Undercard For Moore vs. Lujan
Light middleweight Jamie Moore's much awaited fight this Friday against former two time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan will be supported by a solid undercard from Frank Maloney Promotions at the Altrincham LC in Manchester, England. The main co-feature pits bitter rivals Chris Edwards, 10-12-2 (3), and Dale Robinson, 19-3-1 (9), in a rematch for the vacant British and Commonwealth Flyweight titles. The two tangled previously last November and journeyman Edwards pulled off a career best performance with a shattering slugfest that stopped Robinson in the eighth round. continue
New York, April 10—It is a story made for a Hollywood script. The bratty kid, just nine years old, comes to the boxing gym every day, badgering the Hall of Fame trainer for a chance to be involved in the fight game. The trainer embraces the youngster’s passion for boxing even though he is not yet a teenager. The relationship is forged, and 10 years later, the kid becomes a heavyweight contender. continue
10.04.07 - WBA heavyweight boxing champion Nikolai Valuev is unsure whether Saturday´s clash with mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev will be the toughest fight of his career. "That is something we will find out in the ring," the Russian Giant said at today´s public work-out. "This fight is no different from my previous bouts. I am always prepared for my opponents." The biggest and tallest champion of all time (47-0), who is closing in on Rocky Marciano´s dream record of 49 fights without defeat, will use the remaining four days to "preserve my great form". To get in the right frame of mind, he won´t just be working inside the gym. "I will go for walks and also go fishing," he stated. "I found a nice little shop here in Stuttgart where I will buy a new fishing rod today." continue
(Amir Khan, on right, landing a left hook to the midsection of Stefy Bull) 10.04.07 - By James Slater: There surely cannot be a fight fan out there who hasn’t let his feelings known about the poor collection of fights we were witness to on Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales. Practically anyone with so much as a passing interest in the sport of boxing felt the need to vent their anger at the quite appalling level of quality the fights on Frank Warren’s latest show had. And this anger is well justified. But did the main event and it’s three chief supporting bouts tell us anything else, other than the fact that Mr. Warren needs to let his stable of fighters in there with much more serious tests?
Firstly, the Michael Jennings-Takaloo fight. In hindsight, probably the best boxing fight of those that were televised. Still, this fight too lacked competitiveness. With Takaloo looking to have been suffering from a combination of being ring rusty, weakened at the weight and old as a fighter at thirty-one, Michael Jenning’s speed and work rate were simply too much for him. continue
SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 10, 2007) -- Icebergs in San Antonio? There is going to be a whopper at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas this Saturday night! JUSTIN FORTUNE, trainer of boxing's pound-for-pound most exciting fighter, the reigning "Fighter of the Year" and Congressional candidate MANNY "PAC-MAN" PACQUIAO (40-3-2, 33 KOs), from The Philippines, warned undefeated top-rated contender JORGE "COLORADITO" SOLIS (30-0-2, 23 KOs), from Mexico, that he will be heading into boxing's one-man natural disaster when he faces three-division world champion Pacquiao in their 12-round WBC International super featherweight boxing championship fight. continue
10.04.07 - WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe confirmed today that he fractured his hand against Peter Manfredo Jnr last Saturday night at the Millennium Stadium. Calzaghe, boxing’s longest reigning world champion, cracked the scaphoid bone in his left hand in the third round just before his barrage of unanswered blows caused the referee to step in and call a halt moments later. The win meant he equalled heavyweight great Larry Holmes and long-time rival Bernard Hopkins in fourth place on the all-time list of world title defences. Promoter Frank Warren is now looking for Calzaghe to get back into action in July with American Jermain Taylor as the number one target. continue
10.04.07 - Potteries’ boxing promoters, Impact Boxing have today announced that their next event will take place on 12th May at Stoke’s Fenton Manor Sports Complex for the first time. The seven-fight bill will feature local favourites and regulars on Impact shows Jimmy Doherty and Danny Johnston. Shelton’s Imran Khan together with Burslem based light-heavyweight Justin Jones will each make their second appearance in the pro ranks. Khan will be seeking to continue his winning ways whereas Jones will be looking to go one better than last time when he drew with fellow debutant Richard Collins. continue
(Wladimir Klitschko, seen here entering the ring before his bout with Corrie Sanders in 2003.) 10.04.07 -By Scoop Malinowski: Phil Anselmo, the lead vocalist of Down and formerly of mega-group Pantera, feels IBF Heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko is missing a beat with his current ring entrance song "Can't Stop" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. And he'd like to help.
Anselmo, whose heavy metal/hard rock music has sold over 30,000,000 records and sold out several world tours, is a big fan of boxing. That may be an understatement. Anselmo actually studies overseas fight DVDs which he buys from fight film dealers, watches all boxing on TV and even trains boxing and has an advanced knowledge of boxing technique and strategy. Anselmo counts Emanuel Steward as a good friend. "Nothing against the Chili Peppers but ("Can't Stop") takes away from the intensity and credibility of (Wladimir Klitschko's) dominance," said Anselmo last Friday, moments before ESPN2's telecast of Godfrey-Cora in Connecticut. continue
10.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Cruisers Vincenco Cantatore and Aleksander Gourov are reportedly close to a deal to fight for the vacant EBU title June 23 in Rome, Italy. AMI Production, headed by Michel Acaries, have cancelled their big April 27 promotion. Instead the mainbouts - EBU supermiddle champ David Gogiya´s defence against Cristian Sanavia and Christophe Rodriguez vs Jose Lopez Bueno for the vacant EU flyweight title - will take place June 1 in Ajaccio on the island of Corsica along with Andrea Sarritzu´s already scheduled defence against Bernard Inom. continue
New Jersey, April 10, 2007 - KEA Boxing Promotions is coming to South Carolina ! After establishing a reputation for displaying world-class talent at top-notch venues in New Jersey for the last several years, KEA has decided to take the show on the road. The April 11 show will feature an exciting night of world-class professional boxing at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina . KEA plans on raising the bar this year by promoting shows all over the country. continue
Orange, CA – When a fighter who is coming up through the ranks is faced with adversity, he not only has something to prove but realizes that in the presence of immediate danger, he has no option but to take apart his opponent. Such is the scenario for Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (18-0, 10 KOs) who will square off against Nasser “The Silencer” Athumani (15-3-1, 13 KOs) on Friday, April 13 at The Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Bradley, who is coming off 2 nationally televised ShoBox victories will clash in a grueling 10 rounder against African Champion Athumani, who is known for his dangerous southpaw style and powerful punch. continue
09.04.07 - By David Bloch: Mikkel Kessler and his promoter Mogens Palle have been making huge noise about a potential unification bout between Kessler and Joe Calzaghe, yet it seems, if Frank Warren is to be believed, that Kessler has turned down an opportunity to fight Joe due to the fight being too short notice. (four months)
Despite Kessler having an easy time with Andrade in a fight that he was never really tested in, Kessler feels that he needs more time to prepare for Calzaghe when he is dealing with a formal contract – yet informally, Kessler will tell anyone he can that he'll fight Calzaghe in Calzaghe's own bedroom if it gets him the match.
Joe Calzaghe has spent a decade defending his WBO championship belt, defining the belt as being the best in the division due to the amount of tough contenders he has beaten during in his twenty defences as champion. continue
09.04.07 - Carl Froch has offered to end the search for Joe Calzaghe’s next opponent and has told the Welshman that fighting him in London this July will make him more money than if Russian Denis Inkin was in the other corner.British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion Froch, 29, is currently ranked third by the WBO and promoter Mick Hennessy has asked the governing body to match the undefeated Nottingham fighter in a final eliminator with Calzaghe’s #1 ranked challenger Inkin, after #2 Lucian Bute opted to fight for the IBF crown. continue
09.04.07 - Continuing with their busy month of April featuring three world class professional boxing events, Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has finalized this Friday night’s RESURRECTION card set for Cicero Stadium. 8 Count Productions is presenting back to back events at Cicero Stadium on consecutive Fridays, April 13th and 20th. Tickets for both events can be purchased in advance by calling 312-226-5800. RESURRECTION, is presented by 8 Count Productions, along with Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated, TCF Bank and TECATE Beer. continue
09.04.07 - By Matt Stein: WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (46-0, 34 KO’s) defends his boxing title on Saturday night against mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev (22-0-1, 17 KO’s), known as the “White Tyson,” at the Porsche-Arena, in Stuttgart, Germany. Valuev, 33, will be making his fourth defense of his title, the title which he originally won in a 12-round majority decision victory over John Ruiz in December 17, 2005, is taking on a fighter – Chagaev – who is almost a foot shorter, at 6’1”, 228 lbs, and 100 pounds lighter than Valuev. Naturally, this has been a common occurrence for Valuev, who since winning his title, has towered over virtually every opponent, except for the 6’6”Jameel McCline, although, even he, seemed small next to the bear-like Valuev. continue
By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff Wales, in front of a huge crowd of 35,000, WBO Super Middleweight Champion, Joe Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KO’s) made his 20th successful title defense over journeying American, Peter Manfredo Jr. (26-4, 12 KO’s)
Fluidity, agility, excellent timing and impressive speed make Calzaghe one of the most impressive boxing fighters on the planet.
Manfredo has done well in capitalizing on his newfound fame resulting from his participation in the television “reality” series, “The Contender,” where he made it to the Contender Championship fight and built a good fan base with his ‘blue collar’ approach to the sweet science. continue
09.04.07 - Leading up to the junior middleweight championship match between future hall of famers Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather — set for May 5 and carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View — HBO Sports presents the exclusive four-episode series DE LA HOYA/MAYWEATHER 24/7 in the weeks before the showdown. The first half-hour episode of DE LA HOYA/MAYWEATHER 24/7 debuts SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (10:30 p.m. ET/PT & 9:30 p.m. CT), with two more episodes debuting subsequent Sundays – APRIL 22 and 29 – at the same time, while the fourth episode debuts THURSDAY, MAY 3 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT), just two days before the fight. The first three episodes debut immediately following new episodes of “The Sopranos” (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) and “Entourage” (10:00 p.m. ET/PT). continue
09.04.07 - WBO heavyweight champion, Shannon Briggs threw out the honorary first pitch at the Florida Marlins game this past Saturday. The champ signed autographs for fans and made it an extraordinary day for one special kid, Pat Pedraja, who is fighting leukemia. Pedraja, who is 11 years old, founded the popular website www.DrivingForDonors.com to help save the lives of people who need bone marrow transplants. After receiving a team jersey from owner Jeff Loria, Briggs took fun pictures with All-Stars Miguel Cabrerra and Dan Uggla. All in all it was a great day for Americas only heavyweight champion. Shannon Briggs' first title defense against undefeated Russian southpaw Sultan Ibragimov, is scheduled for June 2nd at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
09.04.07 - The World Boxing Council officially announces today that the proposed fight between the WBC World heavy weight champion Oleg Maskaev and the former WBC world champion and current WBC Champion Emeritus Vitali Klitschko will not take place at this time, as the representatives of Maskaev , Klitschko and Samuel Peter did not reach an agreement to that effect. continue
(Joshua Clottey, pictured on left, landing a solid right hand to the side of Diego Corrales' head) SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI (April 7, 2007) – Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - It was too much, too soon for Diego “Chico” Corrales Saturday on SHOWTIME boxing. Attempting to move up two weight classes against a dangerous, world-ranked, full-fledged welterweight, the three-time world champion was battered and beaten up by Joshua Clottey, who scored two knockdowns en route to registering a clear-cut, dominant 10-round unanimous decision.
Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions co-promoted the hard-fought boxing match before a near-capacity crowd of 2,300 at The Shrine Mosque. The crowd-pleasing bout aired on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
It was an exciting, albeit one-sided slugfest from the outset. As expected, there was little dancing or posing and the boxers performed with as much determination and courageousness as any one could expect. Both stood their ground on the inside and connected with their best shots. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 7, 2007 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary trainer of champions Angelo Dundee will attend festivities planned for the 18th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 7-10th. "Angelo Dundee has trained some of boxing's best fighters," said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. continue
07.04.07 - By Ted Sares: First the good. Joshua Clottey vs. Diego Corrales fought ten full rounds of hard core, rock and roll. While we might well have seen the end of one great boxing career, we also may have witnessed the emergence of a new star in Clottey. The Ghanaian warrior showed that his great effort against Antonio Margarito was no fluke. With a 31-2 record “The Hitter” now has to be taken seriously as a top welterweight who is difficult to hurt and who punches with lightening quick combos. Watching Diego hit him with solid body shots that seemingly had no effect suggests that Ricky Hatton might be made to order. Time will tell. At any rate, this was an entertaining fight and was clearly “The Good” part of this piece’s title. By the way, the referee in this one was superb. continue
07.04.07 - By John Howard: While writing this article I feel what Judas must have felt like after betraying Jesus. I like Oscar. I feel he's a positive in a sport that's lacked some positives throughout its history. He's the epitome of what a role model should be. From the very beginning when he promised to win an Olympic gold medal for his dying mother, a star was born. There's no doubt a movie will be made about his life and Oscar will play the lead role. Who else could they get to fill his shoes? His fights have generated almost a half-billion dollars in sales alone. He's the only fighter in the history of the sport of boxing to win a world title in six different weight classes! But on May 5, 2007, I feel the Golden Boy's star will become tarnished like some cheap metal alloy. continue
07.04.07 - By Bob Webb: On the undercard at Cardiff’s Millenium stadium tonight, Lightweight Amir Khan of Bolton easily disposed of late opponent Doncaster’s Stefy Bull in three hurtful boxing rounds. The ref, Marcus MacDonald stopped the fight after Bull had taken a 7 count on one knee following a furious Khan assault to head and body and appeared reluctant to continue. He was stopped at the one minute and forty-five second mark.
It was never a contest from the moment of the contract signing. Bull, though a natural Light-Welter, had a mere 5 KOs on his record of 24 wins from 29 fights and was never going to trouble Khan with his punch. From the opening bell it was also evident that he couldn’t match Khan in terms of hand-speed, footwork or in any boxing department whatsoever. continue
[Simi Valley, CA] The Retired Boxers Foundation is proud to announce a partnership with Brian "The Hawaiian Punch" Viloria and his family, establishing "The Brian Viloria Champs for Youth Fund" under the umbrella of the Retired Boxers Foundation. Brian Viloria is a light flyweight with a record of 19-1-0-1 with 12 knockouts. continue
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 7, 2007 -– Hall of Fame and Boxing Legend, Roberto Duran rebels in any good fight inside a boxing ring, but not in untruths and verbal fights outside the ring. In an effort to set the record straight about a April 3, 2007 Press Release that erroneously reports Bobby Bostick has announced the signing of WBC number two ranked welterweight contender Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia , Duran released today the following DRL statement. continue
SPRINGFIELD, MO (April 7, 2007) -- From ringside at The Shrine Mosque in Springfield, MO, where he was promoting Diego Corrales' super welterweight debut, against Joshua Clottey, Gary Shaw commented on super middleweight boxing champion Joe Calzaghe's third-round TKO victory over Peter Manfredo, Jr., the first alumnus from "The Contender" to challenge for a world title. continue
07.04.07 - By Bob Webb: As expected by most fans on this side of the water and regardless of the hype put up by the Peter Manfredo camp, Joe Calzaghe defended his WBO Super-Middleweight boxing crown against The Contender finalist in some style within three rounds at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium tonight. I can only gather that Manfredo considered this to be an earner as should Joe because the ending was never in doubt from the moment that Manfredo’s gown came off to show a soft midsection and some mugging to the camera.
Joe Calzaghe, in contrast, appeared fit and super concentrated on the task in hand. He knew what we all did: that Peter Manfredo was no great opposition, but he had to make light work of the job and he did. A shame therefore that when the stoppage came there were furious protests from the Manfredo camp and there may have been some justification considering that Manfredo was neither seriously hurt nor out on his feet. continue
07.04.07 - By Ted Sares: 24-year-old Filipino Angelito "Lito" Sisnorio was coming off a fourth-round TKO to reigning WBC flyweight boxing champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam, 63-2 coming in. Wonjongkam had won 63 in a row coming in! It was the Filipino’s third successive defeat. He then fought former WBC flyweight boxing champion Chatchai Sasaku, 58-3, at the Wat Sing School in Thailand on March 30. Sasakul had won his last six fights, four by stoppage, while the Filipino won only five of his 11 fights. Sasakul is the fighter who battered, yes battered, Manny Pacquiao for six rounds before Manny caught him with a devastating combination to win the title by a sensational eighth-round knockout in 1998. continue
07.04.07 - Stoke based flyweight, Chris Edwards is scheduled to challenge for the vacant British and Commonwealth titles at Altrincham Leisure Centre on 13th April. As Edwards put the finishing touches to his preparations for his rematch with Dale Robinson he spoke about the forthcoming bout. “I’m better prepared than I have ever been before and I’m really pleased with the way that my training has gone,” said Edwards. continue
07.04.07 - By Paul Vincent: As everyone is already aware, Joshua Clottey and Samuel Peter are both very good, up-and-coming fighters. Of the two, Clottey is by far the more skilled, better-conditioned and all-around superior fighter. But Peter is certainly not without his assets, as his 22 KO’s in 29 fights attest. So what is the common theme between these two men, separated by 100 lbs. and numerous divisions? continue
CARDIFF, WALES (April 7, 2007) -- He came, he saw, he conquered...AGAIN! Boxing's current longest-reigning world champion JOE CALZAGHE successfully defended the super middleweight title he has held since 1997 for a landmark 20th consecutive time, the most of any British champion and tied for fourth on boxing's all-time list with Larry Holmes and Bernard Hopkins. Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KOs), from Newbridge Wales, made top-five contender Peter Manfredo, Jr. (26-4, 12 KOs), from Providence, RI, the latest victim of his undefeated professional career, when the referee stopped the fight at 1:30 of he third round when the brave Manfredo was unable to respond with even one punch against Calzaghe's barrage of leather-lined bombs.
Promoted by Sports Network, in association with The Tournament of Contenders, Calzaghe-Manfredo was broadcast live on HBO from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, in front of over 35,000 spectators -- the largest crowd to ever attend an indoor event in Europe. continue
07.04.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: If all it takes to get a stoppage win is a shoeshine combination on a high-guard opponent on the ropes, any guy with enough arm punching handspeed would have more knockouts then Mike Tyson. To be honest, I thought Calzaghe still would have won and still would have dominated, but I also thought the hometown referee would do exactly what he did in stepping in way too early. continue
07.04.07 - Team Klitschko Release: Recently, mass media has been overflowing with various interpretations of the situation, which developed as a result of negotiations between Vitali Klitschko, Oleg Maskaev and Samuel Peter. Two parties have already laid out their reasons for the termination of negotiations, making it impossible to carry out the fight that was supposed to take place on June 2nd between Vitali Klitschko and Oleg Maskaev, who holds the title of world boxing champion under WBC. continue
07.04.07 - Undefeated Puerto Rican lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez thrilled the packed house at the PAR A DICE Hotel and Casino on Saturday night with a devastating fifth round knockout of Jaime Alvarado in the main event of RUMBLE IN PAR A DICE 2007 in Peoria, Illinois. RUMBLE IN PAR A DICE 2007 was promoted by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Gonzalez took the first four rounds with outstanding short power shots and terrific defensive skills slipping numerous power shots from the tough Mexican veteran Alvarado in the scheduled eight rounder. continue
07.04.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, in the main support bout to Calzaghe-Manfredo, lightweight sensation Amir Khan made it twelve wins out of twelve with an impressive third round stoppage of the experienced Stefy Bull. Bull, now 24-5-1 (5) tried to get on his bike and ride out Khan's initial storm, but Amir would not be denied. Though he may have been a touch over anxious at times, Khan put his punches together with lightening speed. A KO win clearly on his mind, the twenty year old got what he wanted.
In the first, Bull, a southpaw, was under pressure immediately as Amir came out for business. Stefy went on the back foot and did well to get through the torrid opener - clearly Khan's round. The only bad point of the session for the unbeaten lightweight came when one of his blows landed low on Bull, and a short time-out was ordered by referee Marcus McDonald. continue
07.04.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on the under-card of Joe Calzaghe-Peter Manfredo, defending WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli made extremely short work of Canada's Bobby "The Machine" Gunn. As expected by many beforehand, Gunn, aged thirty-three and with a now 16-3 (1 no-contest) record, was in way over his head. This was made apparent with little over a minute of the opening round gone as Enzo's wickedly powerful fists made Gunn's legs dip and had his nose busted up. continue
By Per Ake Persson: April 7, Hamburg, Germany: Jr middle Lukas Konecny stopped tough Frenchman Serge Vigne in seven of a scheduled non-title ten rounder that headlined SES´ show at the Universum gym. Vigne was down twice in the fifth and down again in the seventh before the fight was stopped with the fourth knockdown. continue
07.04.07 - By James Slater: Twenty-one year old heavyweight prospect Mike Marrone of Florida is currently 17-0 with 13 KO's. Managed by the great Lou Duva and trained by Gus Curren, Michael is now in the middle of training for his next fight. On April 20th, in a bout to be televised live on Showtime, he meets fellow undefeated big guy Malachy Farrell. And, as the saying goes, someone's O must go. Confident of providing an exciting fight as well as emerging the victor, Mike very kindly gave this writer the following interview yesterday from his training camp. Here is what he had to say. continue
(Travis Walker, pictured on right) MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 7, 2007) – Despite frigid Minneapolis temperatures outside, unbeaten heavyweight Travis Walker turned up the heat in the Target Center and handed George Garcia his first defeat with a 10-round split decision Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.”
In the co-feature, actor and heavyweight boxer Art Binkowski overcame three first-round knockdowns from local favorite Raphael Butler and scored a dramatic technical knockout 37 seconds before the end of the eighth and final round. SHOWTIME televised the Goossen Tutor Promotions doubleheader.
Walker (23-0-1, 17 KOs), of Colorado Spring, Colo., by way of Tallahassee, Fla., captured the International Boxing Association (IBA) heavyweight crown by winning his fourth bout in Minnesota and second consecutive bout on SHOWTIME. Additionally, he also became the first heavyweight from Tallahassee to win a pro heavyweight title. continue
07.04.07 - FRED STERNBURG: On behalf of Top Rank and M.P. Promotions welcome to today’s conference call. This is Manny Pacquiao’s 2007 debut. Boxing’s pound-for-pound most exciting fighter, the consensus fighter of the year for 2006, and Congressional candidate Manny Pacquiao will be talking about his title defense which will be on April 14, a week from Saturday, at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas and, will be broadcast live headlining a great Pay-Per-View extravaganza. continue
07.04.07 - Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Three-time world champion Diego "Chico" Corrales and world-ranked welterweight contender Joshua Clottey each weighed in officially Friday at 149 pounds for their 10-round fight Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from Springfield, Missouri. Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions will promote the event sponsored by the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. continue
07.04.07 - WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev feels he is "perfectly prepared" for his first mandatory title defense which is just seven days away. The Russian Giant (46-0, 34 KOs) will battle it out with Uzbek challenger Ruslan Chagaev (22-0, 17 KOs) in Stuttgart next Saturday. As always, he is brimming with confidence. "Everything has gone according to plan in practice," Valuev stated. "The two training camps in St. Petersburg and Kienbaum were pretty hard but very good. I am ready for Chagaev." continue
(Matt Godfrey, seen on right, fighting in the southpaw stance in the 1st round against Felix Cora Jr.) 06.04.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Unbeaten Cruiserweight prospect Matt Godfrey (15-0, 9 KOs) dominated an overmatched Felix Cora Jr. (18-2-2, 9 KO’s), stopping him in the 2nd round by TKO, on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. Godfrey, a fighter known for his excellent power and ring smarts, switched to southpaw in the 1st round to throw off the timing of Cora, a natural southpaw. Surprisingly, the tactic worked, as Godfrey was able to land well in the 1st round, mostly using a powerful left hook as his main weapon to due damage.
In round two, Godfrey switched back to a right handed boxing stance, and immediately began to land left-right combinations. Cora had his moments, though, in the round, landing several left hooks, but nothing big enough to stall Godfrey's progress for long. continue
07.04.07 - By Bob Webb: Whatever the actual outcome of the fight tomorrow (Saturday the 7th) night at Cardiff’s impressive Millenium Stadium to which I am not yet privy, right now I can only see it one way and that’s a sure win for Joe Calzaghe over his over-matched challenger from the US, Peter Manfredo Jnr. That’s not to say that an upset is not on the cards. If there’s one thing certain in boxing, it’s that there are no dead certs. Just don’t bet your hard-earned spondulicks on Manfredo. continue
06.04.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: In the film Cinderella Man, Art Binkowski was the first victim of James J. Braddock’s Cinderella like rise to the top. Tonight, however, Binkowski made his own Hollywood boxing highlight reel by coming back from behind to stop his opponent in the eighth and final round.
The bout started quickly with Binkowski, a late minute replacement, coming right at Butler and getting clipped in the opening moments of the fight. Two more devastating knockdowns where in Binkowski completely turned and twisted around from his opponent. It was a wonder why the ref would have let the fight and Binkowski get out of the first round after the last vicious knockdown but obviously it was the correct decision. continue
(Photo: Vitali Klitschko, seen here, badly bleeding and bruised after the 5th round of his fight with Lennox Lewis in 2003) New York, April 6 — K2 Promotions confirmed today that an agreement was not able to be reached between all of the parties involved in trying to secure an immediate world heavyweight championship fight between Vitali Klitschko and Oleg Maskaev. “We exhausted every effort,” said Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions. “Klitschko vs. Maskaev would have been a truly historic event in Moscow. However, the deal was so complex and changed so many times and with issues still unresolved, we were not able to finalize it. In the end we ran up against deadlines from the television networks.” continue
06.04.07 - Jonathon Oakley: The Beginning…The development of boxing in Tsarist and early Communist Russia. Given the current domination of the heavyweight division by fighters from nations of the former USSR - 3 of the four major world title belts in this division are held by two Russians (Valuev and Maskaev) and a Ukrainian (Klitschko) – It seems an intriguing opportunity to offer an assessment how boxing in the former Soviet Union grew, developed and evolved into a major force in the sport’s global context.
Indeed, the influx of highly rated fighters from former Soviet states to the professional heavyweight boxing ranks extends, innumerably, way beyond a handful of world champions. Further down the scale, Ukrainians Virchis and Dimitrenko and Russian Ibragimov endeavour to secure world title fights, while Uzbekistan’s Chagaev challenges Valuev for the WBA version of the title on the 17th of this month. continue
Philadelphia (April 6, 2007)—Chazz Witherspoon thrilled a boisterous sold out crowd at The Legendary Blue Horizon by stopping the durable Charles Davis at 19 seconds of round seven of a scheduled eight round heavyweight boxing bout to cap off “The Night of the Undefeated.” Witherspoon had Davis in trouble through out yet ate some shots from the 204 pound Davis. Witherspoon hurt and subsequently dropped Davis in round six and finished the job shortly after the bell rang for round seven. continue
06.04.07 - By Jim Amato: I won't vote for Virgil Hill when he finally becomes eligible for induction into the Hall Of Fame. Granted, there are lesser boxers inducted, but that doesn't make it right. Adding another less than "great" fighter just compounds the problem that has evolved. Over the years, the International Boxing Hall Of Fame has become lax in their criteria for induction. I've been casting my vote for the last two years. I would have never voted for Barry McGuigan. To me, Pipino Cuevas was border line and he beat Angel Espada, Billy Backus, Clyde Gray, Pete Ranzany and Harold Weston Jr. He didn't just win fights, he destroyed his opponents. He broke bones! . continue
06.04.07 - Photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank - LOS ANGELES,CA. --- Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound most exciting fighter and three-division world champion MANNY “PAC-MAN” PACQUIAO(R) and undefeated Mexican dynamo JORGE “COLORADITO” SOLIS pose during media day for their upcoming WBC International Super Featherweight title fight on Top Rank's 'Blaze of Glory' Pay-Per-View, Saturday April 14 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. This will be Pacquiao's first fight in Texas since knocking out Marco Antonio Barrera at The Alamodome in 2003. continue
06.04.07 - By Sam Gregory: When Billy Conn turned pro on January 28, 1934 at the age of 17 he was immensely under-rated, certainly a fighter who wasn’t thought of as boxing Hall-of-Fame quality. Getting off to a slow start as a professional prize fighter, Conn lost six of his first fourteen fights. Than in September of 1935, other than one draw, Billy Conn managed to string together a 26 fight win streak. By the age of 19 Conn, also known as, “The Pittsburg Kid” had defeated three former world champions; and in July of 1939 won the vacated World Light Heavyweight Championship by beating Melio Bettina. During the 26 fight win streak of his light heavyweight career Conn beat fistic greats Fritzie Zivic, Babe Risko, Vince Dundee and Teddy Yarosz.
Billy Conn always fought the best fighters possible as exemplified by fighting and winning back to back non-title fights against the reigning world middleweight boxing champion Fred Apostoli just five months before winning the light heavyweight title. A month after winning the title, Billy Conn kayoed future heavyweight title challenger Gus Dorazio in eight rounds while still retaining the light heavyweight crown. continue
06.04.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: As fight-fans eagerly and cantankerously await and debate the upcoming rematch of the highly controversial cruiserweight boxing title-fight between Pole, Krysztof Wlodarczyk, and American, Steve “USS” Cunningham, I wonder, is all this attention grown out of genuine interest in the fight? I doubt it. The buzz is born of pure, unadulterated spite that flows both ways across the continental divide. continue
06.04.07 - Tomasz Bonin is looking forward to his return to London for his bout with David Haye on 27 April following his controversial loss to Audley Harrison when challenging for the WBF Heavyweight boxing title in June 2004. In the intervening years Bonin’s stock has rocketed and he is now ranked No. 11 by the WBC while Harrison’s rating has dropped and the Pole will be seeking to further improve his position while blocking Haye's heavyweight aspirations. continue
Miami, FL - April, 6 2007 -- This Saturday, April 7, 2007 the Florida Marlins square off against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Throwing out the honorary first pitch; will be America's lone heavyweight boxing champion, Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (48-4-1 42KO's). Fans that arrive early can get a signed picture of the WBO champ between 5:15-5:45pm. First pitch is at 6:45, game starts at 7:05. Briggs' first title defense on June 2nd against undefeated Sultan Ibragimov (20-0-1 17KO's), will now take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The fight was originally scheduled to take place in Russia, but has now been moved to the states.
06.04.07 - By Nick Mathur: On April 13th, Zab Judah is scheduled to take on opponent Ruben Galvan in a tune-up fight that will be televised on ESPN2. If Judah wins, he will then take on welterweight boxing titlist and rising star Miguel Cotto in June in a fight that should present an interesting stylistic matchup between the measured Cotto, a devastating body puncher, and the incredibly fast southpaw Judah, who is also capable of punching with authority. Many boxing fans seem to think that Judah has a slim chance of winning this fight. Cotto has looked sensational in his last couple of bouts, while Judah is coming off of consecutive losses to Carlos Baldomir and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
However, people who dislike Judah because of his brash behavior should not overlook the fact that he is likely the most dangerous fighter that Cotto will have faced in his boxing career to date, and might be capable of pulling off the upset. It is evident that Miguel Cotto is a better fighter at welterweight than he was as a junior welterweight. continue
06.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham is looking to return to the ring late May with a voluntary defence for his boxing title against an opponent to be announced. Abraham will then - if all goes well - take on Edison Miranda in a much anticipated rematch. "King" Arthur won their first fight under controversial circumstances but suffered a broken jaw and has been out since September. Abraham´s return - May 26 is reportedly the working date - could also feature EBU ruler Amin Asikainen´s oft postponed mandatory defence of the belt against Sebastian Sylvester. Asikainen is currently in training camp on the island of Tenerife. continue
06.04.07 - By James Slater: Lou Duva is about as experienced a guy in boxing as you could ever hope to come across today. With nineteen world champions to his credit, Lou has proved himself as one of the greats time and again. Lou turns eighty-five in May yet shows no signs of slowing down. As passionate about the sport as ever, the veteran is currently working with undefeated heavyweight prospect Mike Marrone - who meets fellow undefeated big guy Malachy Farrell on April 20th. Graciously giving this writer some of his time, Lou was keen to speak about his heavyweight slugger among other things.
James Slater: It's great to talk with you, Lou. What is it about Mike Marrone that you like?
Lou Duva: For me, it was always about talent [with fighters] but now I'm kind of off that. I look for character more these days. If a guy has character, that's what I'm interested in. Mike has it. I can't say enough about him, I think he's a great prospect. continue
06.04.07 - By Scott Frake: On Thursday night, former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese (46-6, 38 KO’s), stopped Matt Hicks (10-2, 10 KO’s) in the 1st round at the Grand Plaza Hotel, in Houston, Texas. Savarese, 41, making his 3rd fight since making his boxing comeback in 2006, overcame a rough start to the fight, during which time he was pummeled often by Arkansas native Matt Hicks, before rallying after Hicks tired and knocking him down twice with right hands before the referee stepped in and stopped the bout immediately after the 2nd knockdown. Savarese, looking slightly heavier than in his prime years, started out slowly in the 1st round, trying to size up his opponent. continue
05.04.07 - By Michael Demmie, BoxingRealm.com: It was March 4th, 2006 at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Undefeated IBF/IBO Champ, Jeff Lacy, began to make his way down to the ring. Lacy was a dominating, concussive puncher comparable to a young Mike Tyson. He was the favorite in the bout that was supposed to be his coming out party. This was to be a mere formality to confirm to the world that the true king of the Super-Middleweight boxing division was indeed the St. Petersburg-born, red-blooded American Lacy.
It was a classic scenario of young lion killing old lion to take over as the head of the pride. It was nothing personal, just business, or law of nature, if you will. The packed arena looked dark and gloomy as he continued his march to the ring apron. Even amongst the jeering and boos, the walk was nothing new to Lacy. He was born for this. It was his time. But, as the camera zoomed in on Lacy’s face, something was different. continue
05.04.07 - CHICAGO -- “I’ve been in the gym preparing for three weeks already and everything is running smoothly,” said Chicago-based featherweight Jose Hernandez while training at JABB Boxing Gym as he prepares for his showdown with former world champion Rocky Juarez on May 5th. “This is a terrific opportunity for me, it’s a real step up to fight someone of Rocky’s caliber but I feel I’m truly ready for this fight.” . continue
05.04.07 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Three-time world champion Diego “Chico’’ Corrales (40-4, 33 KOs) will move up two weight classes when he returns to SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, April 7, 2007, to take on world-ranked challenger Joshua Clottey (30-2, 1 NC, 20 KOs). SHOWTIME will televise the 10-round welterweight bout at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions will promote an event sponsored by the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, from The Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri. continue
LOS ANGELES (April 5, 2007). . .Both De La Hoya and Mayweather took part in the mandatory WBC 30-day safety weight check-in from their respective training camps. Jose Penagaricano, the President of the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission, supervised De La Hoya's weight check which took place yesterday at the Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Puerto Rico where the champion trains. De La Hoya's weight: 164.5 pounds. continue
(Samuel Peter, pictured here, following his bout with Wladimir Klitschko) 05.04.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: So after many rumors and much confusion it appears WBC heavyweight boxing champion Oleg Maskaev will be defending his title against number one contender, Samuel Peter. This is what should have happened in the first place. Peter deserves a title shot; he earned it.
The WBC has been jerking Peter’s chain for sometime now. This all started back in September of last year when Peter squared off against James Toney in a title boxing eliminator bout. Under ordinary circumstances, this is a simple concept: Two highly ranked opponents square off against one another and the winner gets a shot at the title. Pretty straight forward, no? Well, one should think so, but oftentimes, things aren’t always what they seem. Peter beat Toney and earned the right to face Oleg for his WBC crown, only, he never got a title shot. continue
05.04.07 - FREDDYLOKZ talks about the Corrales-Clottey boxing fight (Saturday on Showtime), Joe Calzaghe vs Peter Manfredo in Wales, Solis vs Pacman, Freitas-Diaz and Miranda taking on Pavlik. Freddy also reviews Gonzalez vs Pacheco, answers viewers' questions and much more... Check out the fourth episode of "The 13th Round With FREDDYLOKZ". continue
LOS ANGELES, April 5 – Ever since he first broke onto the world boxing scene after representing his native Mexico in the 2000 Olympics, junior welterweight Francisco Bojado was destined for stardom. Charismatic, powerful and possessing the skills only seen once a decade, Francisco “Panchito” Bojado took out everyone in his path as he raced up the boxing ranks, only to have two disappointing losses derail his progress. continue
05.04.07 - Fresh off of an impressive decision over Jason Estrada on “ShoBox: The New Generation” in November 2006, the undefeated Travis Walker (22-0-1, 17 KOs) will make a triumphant return to SHOWTIME when he faces fellow unbeaten George “El Torito” Garcia (13-0, 4 KOs) in the 10-round heavyweight main event on “ShoBox” Friday, April 6, 2007. continue
05.04.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Vitali enters the arena to light boos. The sounds of 'Hotel California' announce the arrival of this mysterious warrior from a place called Ukraine. America still didn't know much about Vitali and there had to be some pessimism after seeing his loss to Chris Byrd and brother Wladimir's defeat at the hands of Corrie Sanders a few months earlier. But still, the presence of this gigantic six-foot seven statuesque behemoth was an arresting sight. The crowd was abuzz as Vitali approached the canvas battlefield.
Dressed in a black robe, Klitschko paused as he reached the boxing ring steps. It was about an eight-second delay. He just stood there, as if to gather all of himself, every last ounce of his powers for the moment of truth of his life. For the vicious struggle he knew that was now just moments away. Life would never be the same when this fight was over. continue
NEW YORK (April 5, 2007) – As three-time world champion Diego Corrales prepares for the fight of his life, how does he remain calm? How does one of the most recognizable figures in boxing today cope with the lofty expectations that come with being such a talented boxer? Determined to go down as one of the best prizefighters in history, how does Corrales relieve the tension? “I try to keep busy with a lot of activity, and just do things constantly,” he said. “I love outdoor stuff.’ continue
05.04.07 - By James Slater: I was recently reading a short piece on legendary heavyweight king George Foreman. And while I concur that the man was/is a true phenomenon from the world of sport, the piece I read was a perfect example of how George is now too highly praised among fight fans. The article erroneously gave Foreman the distinction of never having lost a fight - ANY fight - until the shock upset to The Greatest, Muhammad Ali - in 1974. According to this logic then, Big George never lost as an amateur. Not true. The young Foreman was actually defeated four times while fighting when wearing a vest. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 5 – Glen Johnson and Montell Griffin, two of this era’s premier light heavyweights, and former world boxing champions who have never crossed paths despite both being in the ring with the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Antonio Tarver, and Julio Gonzalez, will finally meet in a 12 round bout on Wednesday, May 16th at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida to determine the number one challenger to IBF world 175-pound champion Clinton Woods. continue
05.04.07 - By Phillip Pastrano/John Martinez, Boxingrealm.com: This Saturday night, April 7th, SHOWTIME NETWORK will broadcast live from The Shrine Mosque in Springfield, MO beginning at 9PM ET/PT to showcase Diego “ Chico” Corrales’ welterweight debut against top contender, Joshua “Hitter” Clottey in a scheduled ten round clash.
This afternoon I spoke with Clottey as he was preparing to board his flight from New York to Missouri for Saturday night’s face-off. He touched briefly on his past hand problems, the looming battle with Corrales, and more.
Thank you very much for taking the time to speak to me on your busy week for your fight Saturday night. What are your thoughts going into your fight? continue
05.04.07 - By John Way: This Friday, light welterweight contender Damian Fuller kicks off a whirlwind comeback campaign of three fights in only five weeks. Plagued by managerial problems, Fuller’s budding career stalled after a hard fought draw with John Brown on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in July, 2005. Damian has only had two fights since then, notching inconsequential wins over weak opposition. At twenty-nine, the biological clock is clearly ticking for the slick southpaw fighting out of Flint Michigan. This revelation is at the root of Fuller’s approaching surge in ring activity, which he hopes will culminate in a series of hard-earned paydays, and, more importantly, a title shot. continue
05.04.07 - Amir Khan has stated this week that he is ready for his British lightweight rivals and insisted that they need to fight him now. History making WBC World Youth Champion John Murray has accepted the boxing challenge. Bolton’s 2004 Olympic silver medallist has claimed ahead of only his 12th professional fight this weekend that he is ready to face the likes of British lightweight champion Jonathan Thaxton. continue
05.04.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: Floyd: "I've seen Oscar fight, he got a lot of boxing gifts. When I say gifts, Oscar knows when he fought Pernell Whitaker, he lost. Oscar knows when he fought Ike Quartey, he lost."
Rebuttal: At least he fought them. You would have priced yourself out of getting slaughtered by Bazooka Quartey. And you probably would have dodged Whitaker too for a no-hoper like Henry Bruseles or Sharmba Mitchell. continue
NEW YORK, NY—Acelino Freitas and Juan Diaz each predicted a victory today at a press conference 24 days before their historic unification lightweight title fight April 28 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The two fighters meet April 4 at a press conference in The Friar’s Club in midtown Manhattan. Tickets for the April 28 bout are at $250, $150, $100 and are available at Foxwoods box office at (800) 200-2882 and on at www.Foxwoods.com.
“Both of these guys come at you,” said Arthur Pelullo, President of Banner Promotions and promoter of record for the fight.
“I want to thank Popo Freitas for giving me this opportunity,” said Juan Diaz of Houston, the WBA lightweight world champion. “I feel unstoppable. Come April 28, I will give it my all.”
“I want to thank Don King for giving me the opportunity of fulfilling my dream of fighting one of his fighters,” said Acelino Freitas. continue
05.04.07 - By Jonny Oakley: Friday night and the MetroRadio Arena, Newcastle, saw the inaugural meeting of the Sugar Ray Leonard Cup. This Ryder Cup-esque arrangement pitted Team USA, comprised of 6 boxers from ESPN’s the Contender series under the expert Guidance of Sugar Ray Leonard, against Team Great Britain, Captained by Belfast’s Barry McGuigan. The old adage of ‘styles make fights’ appears to have been heeded by those responsible for recruiting the US competitors. Exponents of a variety of styles were on display, including Alfonso Gomez (15-3-2), popular brawler and boxer in the classic Mexican mould, big-hitter Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (25-2) and slick technician Walter ‘2guns’ Wright (13-2). continue
05.04.07 - By Dave Domenico: Well, It was recently reported that Sam Peter will now face Oleg Maskaev for the WBC boxing title next, not Vitali Klitschko. I, for one, feel that Vitali was slighted, but whatever, it is a dead issue now. As of now, Peter will face Maskaev, no later than this summer. In the end, I am glad this matter is now over and we’re getting on with it because frankly, it was dragging on too long and was becoming absurd. Garbage like this has tested the patience of an avid boxing fan like myself as well as many others. Now, here is my list of speculations about this situation. continue
05.04.07 - LOS ANGELES-- Featherweight star Ricardo "Rocky" Juarez and rising boxing sensation Jose Andres Hernandez will square off in 12-round grudge match for the WBA Fedelatin Featherweight Championship vacant title, as the featured undercard televised bout for the highly anticipated May 5 super fight between "The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya and "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather as it was announced today by Golden Boy Promotions. The fight is part of the three televised bouts that will take place from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue
04.04.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani In boxing, timing is everything. Whether it’s timing an opponent’s rhythm, timing a perfect punch, or carefully choosing an opponent at the proper time, timing is an essential part of boxing both inside and outside the ring. As such, I was most perplexed when rumors first surfaced regarding a potential match-up between pound-for-pound elites Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright. Now that it appears this fight is about to become a reality, all I can ask is—WHY?
This is one fight that really makes no sense to me. Hopkins and Winky are both in the twilight of their respective boxing careers, and as such, I sincerely believe that each would be better off pursuing different avenues—especially Winky Wright. This is a lose-lose situation for Wright any way you slice it. If he loses, it may jeopardize some lucrative matches down the road; if he wins, he won’t get the proper credit he deserves because Hopkins will retroactively be labeled as a “shot” fighter. continue
April 4, 2007 Cardiff, Wales UK At a special one-on-one press conference Tuesday for IBA World Champion Bobby Gunn and WBO World Champion Enzo Maccarinelli, the press was all about Bobby! Although the presser was scheduled just moments after Bobby arrived in Wales after a 10 hour journey, he appeared fresh as a daisy. Because of the scheduled time of the conference, Team Gunn arrived about one hour late, prompting the press to inquire if Bobby Gunn was attempting to upstage the WBO Champ by making him wait. continue
04.04.07 - “Any night’s alright to fight, but I’m ready for this Saturday in Peoria” said undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Gonzalez. Gonzalez will face Mexican Jaime Alvarado in the main event at RUMBLE IN PAR A DICE 2007, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. Tickets for RUMBLE IN PAR A DICE 2007, starting at $35; can be obtained in advance by calling 1-800-PAR A DICE, ext 5813. The PAR A DICE Hotel and Casino is located at 21 Blackjack Blvd. in East Peoria, just 2 hours south of Chicago. continue
Philadelphia (April 4, 2007)—On Friday April 6th at The Legendary Blue Horizon a terrific night of boxing will take place at the venerable building that will feature no less then four fighters will come into the ring sporting undefeated records. The main event will be a scheduled eight round affair between heavyweights Chazz Witherspoon (16-0, 12 KO’s) and Charles Davis (17-12-1, 4 KO’s). The two co-features will each take place in the light heavyweight division as Max Alexander (13-0-1, 2 KO’s) takes on Demetrious Jenkins (21-14-1, 16 KO’s) and Chuck Cavallo (13-0, 4 KO’s) battles Mike Word (4-7-3, 4 KO’s) . continue
04.04.07 - By Tim Neilson: Former Super Featherweight and Lightweight champion Diego Corrales (40-4, 33 KO’s) risks possibly ruining his career on Saturday night when he moves up two weight classes from the lightweight (135 lbs) division to the Welterweight level to fight Joshua Clottey (30-2, 19 KO’s), a very tough fighter and a legitimate contender in the welterweight division. For many, Corrales’ move to jump up two levels, skipping the super lightweight class altogether, as seen as a likely suicidal move, almost surely doomed for failure from the beginning. Even for a fighter without as many tough fights behind them, it would be a tough task to accomplish.
However, for Corrales, 29, who has had six very tough fights in the past seven years against opponents, such as Floyd Mayweather, Joel Casamayor, and Jose Luis Castillo. In each case, Corrales took a lot of physical punishment, particularly in terms of head shots, due to his all-action style of fighting. continue
04.04.07 - Green Machine Promotions have pleasure in announcing a IBO world boxing title elimination bout between Danny Green and Puerto Rico’s Manny Siaca on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 at Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. In what promises to be one of his toughest bouts yet, Green 23-3 (21 KO’s) tackles the highly rated KO specialist Siaca, 20-6 (18 KO’s), who has fought for the world title on 6 occasions and is well known for sending Anthony Mundine to the canvas and taking away his WBA super middle weight world title in May 2004. continue
04.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Cuban defectors and Olympic Gold Medalist winners who are now signed to Arena Box Promotion, Odalinier Solis, Yuriorkas Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy will all turn pro at the Arena gym in Hamburg April 27. The three were to have to made their debuts in the US in April but those plans have been scrapped and they will now fight over there in May. Arena´s gym seats about 600 and tickets are expected to go fast. continue
04.04.07 - By Robert Jones: Every once in a while, while rummaging through old boxing records, you come across a fighter you have never heard of before. By no means do I claim to be a boxing expert, but I would have surely thought I had heard of the vast majority of past greats. It’s fighters like Freddie “The Tacoma Assassin” Steele (125-5-11 60 KO’s) that put me back into my place.
Steele was born in 1912 in Seattle, Washington. As a skinny, short 12 year old, Steele walked into a boxing gym for the first time. Steele had become a fan of local Seattle fighter Tod Morgan, who fought 220 times in his career. Because of his idolization of Morgan, Steele decided to see what this “boxing” was all about. continue
(Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., on right, being punched by Carlos Molina) 04.04.07 - By James Slater: Though he has had over twice as many boxing fights as Amir Khan, the jury is still very much out as to whether or not the son of the great Julio Cesar Chavez is a better prospect than the twenty year old Olympic silver medallist. And despite the perceived advantage of having had more fights than Khan - at thirty wins and one draw to Amir's eleven wins - Julio has boxed more than his fair share of stiffs when having these fights. Amir boxed a guy with a winning record sooner than did Julio and, overall, his quality of opposition has been better.
Indeed, the Mexican icon's son appears to be going about his young career in a completely different fashion to the equally young Brit. In typical Mexican style, Julio seems to be having fights in quick succession, but against a lesser quality of foe. In short, the twenty-one year old is taking the quantity over quality route. But which fighter has the best chance at becoming a real force in his chosen weight class? Khan, boxing at both lightweight and light welterweight, does seem to have been steered away from big punchers so far. Consider, in two of his last four fights Khan boxed opponents who had NO knockouts on their records. continue
04.04.07 - On the heels of his upcoming WBO Cruiserweight boxing Title fight in Cardiff, Wales, IBA Cruiserweight World Champion Bobby Gunn recently paid a visit to Nashville, Tennessee. Having fought four of his last five fights in Middle Tennessee, Bobby Gunn has developed a rather extended fan base here and it was quite obvious by the amount of fan support and excitement the Champ generated wherever he went. continue
04.4.07 - By John Martinez, BoxingRealm.com: On April 11th, The Citadel’s McAllister Field House will host a night of professional boxing that will include “ The Atlantic City Express” Bruce Seldon in the main event of the evening. Seldon is currently in the midst of a comeback for the title that he once held- heavyweight champion of the world. He will be looking to make his opponent, Travis Fulton, become the third victim by stoppage in his latest campaign for glory. continue
New York, April 3—Two number one ranked middleweight contenders will clash for top challenger status in the division when Edison Miranda (IBF top rated contender) and Kelly Pavlik (ranked first in the WBC) collide in “The Right to Fight” on Saturday, May 19th at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The thrilling middleweight contest will be the co-feature on the Jermain Taylor vs. Cory Spinks “Border Battle” middleweight boxing championship card. continue
03.04.07 - By David J. Kozlowski: Boxing has been relegated to the world of “fringe sports,” joining such pastimes as soccer, lacrosse, and anything with “extreme” in the title. In days past, that wasn’t the case. Boxing has a glorious history from Joe Louis to Rocky Marciano to Muhammad Ali. Today, for good or bad, Rocky Balboa may be the country’s favorite fighter, and the sport may be breathing its last breaths. Amidst this slow fade, the positive visibility of sweet science has continued in part because of one man—the “Golden Boy” Oscar De La Hoya.
“Sugar” Ray Leonard owned the boxing world in the early 80’s. As his star began to fade, the public was awed by a seemingly unbeatable “Iron” Mike Tyson. One loss to James “Buster” Douglas in 1990 and one prison sentence later, he was out of the spotlight—Tyson didn’t fight from 1991 and 1995. Lucky for boxing, a 19-year-old from East L.A. captured Olympic gold in Barcelona (1990) and fought his first pro fight on November 23, 1992 (a first round knock-out of Lamar Williams). continue
PHILADELPHIA (April 3, 2007) - Cheer on boxing's up and coming superstars as CN8, The Comcast Network broadcasts six weeks of Golden Gloves action featuring athletes from Baltimore, New England, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. beginning Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. with the New England Regionals. CN8 is co-producing these telecasts with TVSN, the worldwide media rights holder for Golden Gloves. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, April 3 – On March 10th, if you sneezed or bent down to tie your shoe lace after the opening bell of the main event at Madison Square Garden, you were simply out of luck – the show was over. Sultan Ibragimov stunned the spectators, who had barely settled into their seats, with the suddenness and ferocity of his attack, capped with a thunderous left uppercut that sent his opponent, Javier Mora, sprawling. It was all over in 46 seconds of the first round – a record for the quickest knockout in a main event bout in Madison Square Garden history!. continue
03.04.07 - By Brad Marchetti: KEA Boxing Promotions has put together a stellar Boxing show for April 11th at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. One of the rising stars of the light-heavyweight division Dyah "Ali" Davis, 25, (9-0-5 KO's) will be featured on the card. Davis is the son of 1984 Olympic Gold medalist and once great prizefighter Howard Davis Jr. Howard trains Dyah at his MMA gym in Coconut Creek, Florida. After witnessing the Vitali Klitschko vs. Lennox Lewis fight in 2003, Dyah sensed that boxing was his calling and he decided to drive down from New York to pursue a career in pugilism with his father in his corner. Despite having no amateur experience, Dyah is a physical specimen with lots of upside. continue
03.04.07 - by Gabriel DeCrease: Felix Sturm has lost two boxing fights, and those losses, both for better and worse, are the fights that he is presently most known for. Say what you will about the how’s and why’s, but if he does not dominate in his upcoming rematch with Javier Castillejo, he will be sentenced to live out what might have been a brilliant prime in the no-man’s-land of the bottom-half of the divisional top-twenty. That, after all, is where former alphabet-soup hard luck cases go to die. Guys like Robert Allen (who will appear here again later), Howard Eastman, and Rodney Jones can tell you all about it. I think they are sailing a ghost ship somewhere out there together. Javier Castilliejo should be there to, flying a tattered, bootlegger’s banner, but he is not. Therein lies the latest sticky situation Felix Sturm finds his career troubled by.
Remember when…Oscar De la Hoya ordained himself a middleweight-contender, the boxing sanctioning bodies acquiesced without even having to be told, the matchmakers went to work, the public grew giddy with anticipation of yet another addition to the legend of the sport’s only remaining crossover star. continue
03.04.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Krysztof Wlodarczyk vs Steve Cunningham: the rematch for the IBF cruiserweight boxing title goes ahead May 26 in Katowice, in the south of Poland, in the biggest ( 12 000 seats) sporthall in Poland. Welter Rafael Jackiewicz defends the IBC 147 lb title in the chief support. Jr middle Damian Jonak goes for the WBC Youth interim belt. Hammer Knockout promotes. continue
03.04.07 - New York- On April 11th Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the Paradise Theatre (Bronx, NY) for a special edition of “Punchin’ at the Paradise 3” to be televised on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights. NABF Super-Welterweight Champion Andrey Tsurkan (24-2, 15KO’s), a Ukrainian born Bronxite, defends his title against Sammy Sparkman (19-5-1, 8KO’s) of Columbia TN in a special 10-round co-feature attraction. continue
NEW YORK, NY (April 3, 2007)- "Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for a former world boxing champion fighter who always refers to himself in the third person. Goes by the name of ROY JONES, JR.. Last seen heading south . . . waaaaaay south and as far away as possible from super middleweight contender ANTHONY HANSHAW. Approach with extreme caution and for heaven's sake, bring plenty of backup -- backup contracts. He is armed with amendments and codicils and brother, he isn't afraid to use them!" continue
03.04.07 - By Jim Amato: On May 19th in Memphis, on the under card of the Jermain Taylor - Cory Spinks middleweight boxing title fight there will be a battle to see who is next in line for a title shot. Undefeated Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio will take on once beaten Edison Miranda of Columbia. The survivor should be the next opponent for the winner of Taylor - Spinks. If you're looking for fireworks, Pavlik - Miranda should provide them.
Kelly Pavlik will be 25 years old the night of the fight. He will bring in a record of 30-0 with 27 knockouts. He stands a little over 6' 2," and has a 75" reach. Edison Miranda is 26-years-old. He sports an impressive 28-1 boxing ledger, with 24 KO's. He will be at a disadvantage in height standing 5' 11" but he listed with a reach of over 76". His only loss was in an attempt to win the IBF middleweight title last year losing a decision to dead game defending champion Arthur Abraham. Although he fought the majority of the fight with a broken jaw Abraham won by scores of 114-109, 115-109 and 116-109. continue
CANASTOTA, NY - APRIL 3, 2007 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame will host the 18th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend in Canastota, New York on June 7-10th. With over 20 events planned, there will be something for everyone in "Boxing's Hometown." The Hall's staff and team of volunteers in Canastota have been busy planning details for the celebration. According to Hall of Fame officials, nearly 300 volunteers and many community organizations will contribute their time and effort to make the annual Hall of Fame Weekend a success. continue
03.04.07 - Japan’s Emiko Raika and Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovich meet April 13 at the Shaw Conference in Edmonton, Alberta to battle for the WBC Super Featherweight boxing crown and Prize Fight Network will webcast the event exclusively on a delayed basis beginning April 18. Mrdjenovich, ( 19-2-11 KO’s) is ranked #5 in the world and is the current WBC champion, with Raika, (16-1-2, 6 KO’s) ranked #2 by the WBC, the mandatory challenger. Mrdjenovich faces Raika after winning an 8 round decision over Belinda Laracuente in February. Raika’s last outing was a 10 round victory against Terri Blair in December 2006. continue
LAS VEGAS, April 3 – The night before the super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, some of the world’s best fighters will be in action as Golden Boy Promotions presents “Fiesta Boxeo” at MGM Grand. The eyes of the world will be on Las Vegas for the biggest boxing weekend in decades which kicks off Friday, May 4 with the championship bout between World Boxing Organization (WBO) light flyweight champion Hugo Cazares and challenger Wilfrido Valdez Perez. continue
02.04.07 - By Sam Gregory: At the turn of the 20th century four of the greatest boxers to ever set foot in the ring came to be known as “The Black Foursome of the Teens.” Those four fighters will forever be remembered at the height of pugilistic history. The four fighters are heavyweights Joe Jennette, Jack Johnson, Sam McVey and possibly greatest of the four, Sam Langford.
Sam Langford is considered one of the greatest fighters to ever set foot in the ring from any era. He fought successfully against fighters in every weight class from lightweight to heavyweight. Like so many other great black fighters that happened to be born at that time, very few were given the chance to fight for a title; Langford was no exception. Langford was born on March 4, 1883 in Nova Scotia. Standing only five feet seven inches tall, in his 21 year boxing career Langford fluctuated in weight between 139 and 204 pounds. continue
RICHARD SCHAEFER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: Good morning, good afternoon. The world awaits De La Hoya versus Mayweather, everyone is talking on May fifth, the whole world will be watching. As we all know, Saturday May fifth, MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO boxing Pay Per View. It’s going to be the biggest fight in the history of the sport. Again, I’m just amazed here. We have over 100 people on this conference call, and I’m really excited to announce that we will bring a series of weekly conference call to you for this fight. continue
New York, April 2—Two number one ranked middleweight boxing contenders will clash for top challenger status in the division when Edison Miranda (IBF top rated contender) and Kelly Pavlik (ranked first in the WBC) collide in “The Right to Fight” on Saturday, May 19th at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. The thrilling middleweight contest will be the co-feature on the Jermain Taylor vs. Cory Spinks “Border Battle” middleweight championship card. continue
MINNEAPOLIS (April 2, 2007) - Two bouts on the undercard of Friday night's (April 6) "Heavyweight Invasion" card could be a preview of a Minnesota boxing showdown revival in the not too distant future. "Heavyweight Invasion" is co-promoted by Minnesota-based Tony Grygelko's Seconds Out Promotions and Goossen Tutor Promotions at the Target Center in Minneapolis. "Heavyweight Invasion" is headlined by a 12-round championship match for the vacant IBA Americas heavweight championship between Travis "Freight Train" Walker (22-0-1, 17 KOs), 2003 National Golden Gloves champion, and George "El Torito" Garcia (13-0, 4 KOs). continue
02.04.07 - By Ted Sares: Let’s break this super fight down and come up with the odds. Record: During his amateur career, Oscar De La Hoya's record was 223-5 with 163 knockouts and he was a Gold Medal Winner at the Barcelona Olympic Games.
Floyd Mayweather also had a successful amateur career with a record of 84-6. He won national Golden Gloves championships in 1993 (at 106 lb), 1994 (at 112 lb), and 1996 (at 125 lb). He represented the U.S. in the 1996 Olympics and was on his way to a gold medal before a controversial loss forced him to accept the bronze medal.
As a pro, Oscar is 38 -4 with 30 ko's. He has a ko percentage of 71%. Pretty Boy is 37-0 with 24 ko’s and a ko perectage of 65%. Pretty Boy has won four world boxing championships in four different weight classes, from Super Featherweight to Welterweight, and is a six-time world champion. To most observers, Two of his defeats should have gone the other way. continue
02.04.07 - A super middleweight title fight tops an exciting doubleheader from across the pond when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JOE CALZAGHE VS. PETER MANFREDO, JR. AND AMIR KHAN VS. STEFFY BULL is seen live SATURDAY, APRIL 7 at 5:00 p.m. (ET)/2:00 p.m. (PT), and replayed later that same day at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on HBO. The WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING team will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HD-TV and in Spanish language on HBO Latino. continue
02.04.07 - Marco Huck wants to lift the cruiserweight belt rather sooner than later, and the undefeated 22-year-old will celebrate a special homecoming on May 5 when he takes on Russia´s Vadim Tokarev in an IBF Cruiserweight boxing Eliminator. Huck (18-0, 14 KOs) was thrilled to hear that his home city of Bielefeld has been chosen as the venue. "It has always been my dream to fight in front of my home fans," he vowed. "I am delighted that the biggest fight of my career will take place at home. I will not disappoint my fans.". continue
02.04.07 - Carl Froch has asked World Boxing Organisation president Francisco Valcarcel to do the right thing and match him in a final eliminator against Russia’s Dennis Inkin for their Championship, currently held by his long-term rival Joe Calzaghe. Welshman Calzaghe, 35, has held the WBO title for ten years but his last mandatory defence, a 12 round domination of American Jeff Lacy, was over a year ago. continue
02.04.07 - By John Way, photo by Sumio Yamada: Last Friday, former world champion Oscar Larios moved one step closer to another world boxing title by beating low level journeyman, Luis Cid by unanimous decision. Don't be fooled, the victory over the mediocre Cid did nothing to enhance Larios' world rating; instead, this fight was signed with the intention of keeping him sharp for a far more imposing challenge: In Jin Chi. After beating Cid in convincing fashion, Larios will fight Chi for the WBC featherweight championship on May 26. A hard working but inconsistent performer, Larios has evolved as a fighter over the years; from a straight-forward knockout artist to a crafty accumulation puncher. His two title tiffs with Belfast's Pocket Rocket, Mr. Wayne McCollough were miniature classics of the ring. The boxing clinic he put on against Cesar Soto was a stirring display of skill and strength. His vicious Fight Of The Year type brawl with Israel Vasquez on ESPN's Friday Night Fights was the type of elite match up typically reserved for the premium cable networks. Most recently he's remembered for a courageous duel with pound for pound sheriff, Manny "The Destroyer" Pacquiao, peeling himself off the canvas twice to last the twelve round distance. continue
02.04.07 - In a play on words, the old adage “Watch what you wish for” came back to bite prospect Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (14-0-1, 6 KOs) following a recent post-win challenge issued to Philadelphia’s Malik Scott (27-0, 10 KOs). In negotiations between the two fighter camps, Team Johnson did an apparent “about-face” as their financial demands far exceeded the customary budget for a ShoBox event, normally a ploy to act as if you are willing, when in fact you are not. continue
02.04.07 - CHICAGO -- Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions is preparing for an outstanding month of April with three events featuring world class professional boxing including back to back Friday nights, April 13th and 20th, at Cicero Stadium. Tickets for all shows can be obtained by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. Said Pesoli, “It’s great to be this busy, it truly validates that our hard work at putting on terrific events with great fights and huge crowds has paid off. The fans in Chicago and this month in Peoria have really spoken up. The prospects on these shows have great opportunities to become tomorrow’s world champions.” . continue
02.04.07 - John: Okay. We would like to first just thank the -- thanks to the media for joining us on the call to talk about Border Battle, May 19th, FedEx Forum Memphis, Tennessee, middleweight champion Jermain Taylor defending his title against another boxing champion Cory Spinks in what should prove to be a great fight. We are proud to introduce right now the president of DiBella Entertainment, Lou DiBella. Go ahead Lou. continue
(Henry Maske, on left, warily watches Virgil Hill) 01.04.07 - By Miguel Velasco: Former German boxing hero, and the owner of four McDonald's fast food stores, Henry Maske (31-1, 11 knockouts), in possibly one of the most boring fights I’ve ever seen in my life, won a 12-round decision over Virgil Hill, the WBA cruiserweight champion, on Saturday night in Munich's Olympic Hall, in Germany. The final judges’ scores were 117-110, 116-113, and 117-110, all given for Maske, who was making his ring return after 10 years away from the sport. He probably should have stayed retired, because he fought like someone who was shadow boxing with air rather than an actual fighter. When the final judge’ decision was announced, I shocked, to say the least, because Hill had put on a virtuoso performance, badly out-boxing Maske the entire fight.
Unlike the judges, I had Hill winning 11 rounds to 1, and I was being very generous by giving Maske the one round, because he did next to nothing all fight, rarely throwing punches other than badly aimed jabs. In fact, Maske looked more like a statue out there than actual fighter, often standing completely still for long moments, studying Hill with a look of seemingly great concentration on his face that somehow made him look ridiculous. continue
31.03.07 - By Scott Frake: Jhonny Gonzalez (34-5, 29 KO’s), had little trouble defending his WBO bantamweight boxing title on Friday night, defeating former IBF champion Irene Pacheco (33-2, 24 KO’s) by 9th round TKO, and perhaps sending him into retirement in the process. The 36-year-old Pacheco appeared too old, and too small for Gonzalez, having difficulty matching up with him from the start of the bout, as he was out-gunned.
Pacheco, a former flyweight boxing champion, who held the IBF title for four years and six title defenses until losing it to the hard-punching Vic Darchinyan in December 2004, seemed to be a completely different fighter from his earlier championship years when he was knockout his opponents. However, Gonzalez, 25-years-old, had a lot to do with him looking bad, of course, with his long reach, and punishing hooks, which Pecheco was ultimately destroyed by during the course of the bout. continue
31.03.07 - Although the Euro Heavyweights have kept a firm grasp on titles lately, American contenders are battling for a chance to loosen their grip on the belts. On April 20th two undefeated prospects look to make a statement in boxing’s glamour division. Malachy Farrell (15- 0, 12 KO’s) of Chicago, IL and Mike Marrone (17-0, 13 KO’s) of Vero Beach, FL, put their spotless records on the line when they meet on the undercard of Kendal Holt v. Mike Arnaoutis. continue
By Dave Dominico: I recently read an article from ring magazine offering its opinion of the Klitschko, Maskaev, and Peter debacle. I really felt the article made a very good argument, and I would like to reiterate that here on this site to hopefully put an end to any bickering. As of now, It appears that vitali klitschko will face Maskaev in June for the WBC heavyweight boxing title. The controversy was based on #1 contender Samuel Peter’s right to face Maskaev next, and his camp felt he was unfairly pushed aside. The argument comes down to who has the fight to fight Maskaev next? Peter or Vitali K.? My vote goes to Vitali, and true to my style, here are five reasons why: continue
Sycuan Ringside Promotions officials expressed surprise Saturday that a proposed bout between undefeated World Boxing Organization junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman of the Dominican Republic and Michael Katsidis for the Australian’s WBO lightweight interim title is “official.”
“We’re more than a little surprised to read that Guzman’s manager, Jose Nunez, has gone on record saying Guzman’s fight against Katsidis is ‘official,’ a done deal,” said Glenn Quiroga, president of Sycuan Ringside Promotions. continue