Masoe & Leapai Score KO's!

30.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Former WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe and stablemate and fellow Samoan Alex Leapai scored predictable knockout victories at the Brisbane Convention Center on Friday night on a promotion also featuring six State of Origin Legend boxing bouts. continue

Brewster-Klitschko: Look for Lamon to stop Wladimir once again

lamon brewster30.06.07 - By Matt Stein: IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (48-3, 43 KOs) will attempt to exact revenge for an earlier stinging loss when he meets up with challenger Lamon Brewster (33-3, 29 KO’s) on Saturday, July 6th in Cologne, Germany. After Wladimir having failed to line up a unification bout with one of the other three heavyweight champions, Brewster appears to have gotten the chance by default rather than any accomplishment on his own. Add to that, Brewster recently coming off a long lay off due to eye surgery, probably didn't hurt his chances either.

Three years ago, in April 10, 2004, the two met for the vacant WBO heavyweight title in a bout that Wladimir appeared to take Brewster a little too lightly, maybe because he had seen how easy two other fighters – Charles Shufford and Clifford Etienne – had beaten Brewster as he attempted to knock him out earlier on. continue

Darnell Wilson Ding-a-Rings the bell of Emanuel Nwodo and any critic who thinks he don’t deserve a title shot!

nwodo29.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: The question of course being: Which 200 and under champ has the Cajones to give it to hims? Tonight on ESPN "Friday Night Fights," Darnell Wilson notched his fourth high caliber knockout win in a row against another quality cruiser in Emanuel Nwodo.

Though it was a grueling battle throughout with tides and turns in the action, Wilson was finally able to crack through Nwodo’s Liberty bell in the first of the last two rounds. Wilson knocked the African down in the final seconds of the third, did the same with more emphasis in the 10th and displayed what many observers felt was to this point the KO of the Year in the 11th. continue

Wilson-Nwodo: Sudden Lightening on Staten Island

nwodo29.06.07 - By Ted Sares: On June 29, Nigerian slugger Emmanuel Nwodo met streaking Darnell “Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson in 12-round USBA Cruiserweight Championship bout at the St. George Theater in Staten Island on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. Nwodo (21-3, 17 KO’s) is ranked eighth by the WBO, and had won 10 straight victories. Wilson, a winner of three in a row, was 21-5-2 coming in, including 18 wins by way of KO.

Nwodo had won the vacant USBA Cruiserweight Title a year ago by stopping Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas in three, but prior to that, he greatly impressed by icing tough Imamu Mayfield in one. continue

Boxing Commentary: Positively Alice In Wonderland

santana29.06.07 - By Carlos Acevedo It is exceptionally difficult to develop fighters today. Years ago it was more acceptable for boxers to suffer losses on the way up, and, consequently, they were matched harder than they are now. A few defeats usually meant tough competition, and if a fighter failed to win a world title, he could still earn a decent living along with a measure of fame as a club fighter, so long as his bouts were entertaining. It may be hard to believe, but once it was possible for clubfights in New York City to average 8,000 to 10,000 fans per show.

And this was on a weekly basis. Today, the availability of fugazi titles and the fickle demands of television executives forces managers and promoters to coddle their fighters. If a boxer can somehow sham his way into the ratings of some shady sanctioning body, then a big payday (and a possible “championship”) is just around the corner. So borderline prospects, a strange boxing cottage industry, are often overhyped and fed a steady diet of overcooked stiffs. continue

Grano Destroys Phipps

29.06.07 - Connecticut heavyweight prospect, Tony "TNT" Grano (10-0-1, 9 KOs) made quick work of Baltimore, Maryland's Jed Phipps (17-7, 10 KOs), Friday night at the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford, CT. Grano, who was making his professional headlining debut, exchanged jabs with Phipps for about the first :30 seconds of the bout, before unleashing a furious offensive attack that simply overwhelmed his veteran opponent. After trapping Phipps against the ropes, Grano unleashed a countless barrage of power punches that caused referee Johnny Callas to step in and issue Phipps a standing-eight-count. continue

My Farewell to Oscar De La Hoya

oscar de la hoya29.06.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: When I was a child my parents used to spend much time talking about boxing. Kid Pambelé, Sonny Liston, Alexis Argüello, Jack Dempsey, Nicolino Locche, Héctor “Macho” Camacho, and Muhammad Ali were regular guests in our conversations. Whenever I had a question, I just had to ask.

“Mom, can you tell me who defeated Pambelé?”

“Aaron Pryor."

“Dad, what does phantom punch mean?”

I never saw any of them fighting, but thanks to my parents’ conversations I knew that Roberto Durán had heavy hands and that Locche had toyed with Pambelé the first time they met. continue

Karmazin, Kirillov, trainer Boris Zykanov passes away at 60

29.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Boris Ivanovich Zykanov, the man responsible for leading Roman Karmazin to a world title, as well as arguably helping Dimitry Kirillov achieve the same, has passed away at the age of 60 in his sleep last Monday in Los Angeles. Zykanov was a second trainer-father, after Igor Lebedev, to both Kirrilov and Karmazin, and took care of both in the gym as a trainer, and in his home as another parent. continue

Sidorenko Stops Arnould in 7th round KO!

sidorenko29.06.07 - WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (20-0-2, 7 Kos) defeated challenger Jerome Arnould (14-3-1, 7 Kos) in a one-sided title match, dropping him in the 7th round of a scheduled 12-round bout on Friday night at the Palais des Sports de Marseille in France. Arnould, 22, ranked # 12 in the World Boxing Council, was no match for the much Sidorenko, who hurt him repeatedly with fast combinations, knocking him to the canvas in the 5th round.

Sidorenko, a native of Ukraine, continued to apply steady pressure on the inexperienced Arnould for the next two rounds before connecting with two consecutive right hooks in the 7th round, which sent Arnould to the canvas for the final time. continue

Stevie Johnston home again August 11 in Denver

LAS VEGAS (June 29, 2007) - Four-time world boxing champion Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnston returns home to fight Rolando Reyes on August 11 in the 12-round main event for the vacant IBO lightweight title, headlining Punchout at the Pepsi Center "No Mercy," promoted by Silverhawk Championship Boxing, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. continue

Pacquiao vs. Barrera II - GBP And Top Rank Reach Settlement

pacquiaoGolden Boy Promotions and Top Rank have reached a settlement of the various legal disputes including that pertaining to Manny Pacquiao. Bouts between Manny Pacquiao and marquee boxing fighters under contract to Golden Boy will be co-promoted by Golden Boy and Top Rank. Fights between Manny Pacquiao against fighters other than Golden Boy fighters will be promoted by Top Rank with Golden Boy retaining a promotional interest.

The first fight which will be presented under this arrangement will be Manny Pacquiao vs. Marco Antonio Barrera on October 6, 2007 at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy, and Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, both agreed that the settlement will be great for boxing as Top Rank fighters will be taking on Golden Boy boxing fighters in the months and years ahead. continue

Klitschko/Brewster Quotes

Klitschko-Brewster29.06.07 - Lamon Brewster: I am really looking forward to this fight. It will be terrific fight and I encourage everyone to come out July 7 and enjoy it.

Lamon Brewster on taking rematch after long lay off
If you remember, last time Wladimir and I met I had a full year off before that. I believe good sparring takes precedence over not being active in the ring. The time I had off helped me to reflect on my career and realize how bad I want it. I now have the opportunity of lifetime that a lot of people would dream of, an opportunity that I won't let pass me by.

Wladimir Klitschko on Brewster
Lamon Brewster is one of the toughest fighters in history. His will to win makes Lamon who he is. I respect Lamon, he showed a lot of heart and he deserved that win (Klitschko-Brewster I). continue

Mayweather calls Hatton's bluff Part II

floyd mayweather jr29.06.07 - By Yero Moody: Due to the overwhelming response I got from part one of this article I feel it is my duty to both clarify some points and add on a few key points. Let me first say I truly appreciate all the e-mails I received from the British fans who surprisingly don't share many of the negative views that I often read on some of these boxing websites. They may not necessarily agree with everything I've written but they were able to see that I was being objective.

There were quite a few fans who decided to turn me into an anti-Brit. That is totally laughable. I mentioned Joe Calzaghe only in comparison to Ricky Hatton because as I stated in part one Hatton has actually fought more than one popular, good opponent. continue

Ricky Hatton Offers Floyd Mayweather $10 million

ricky hattonBy Neil Thompson - 29th June 2007: When writing articles for, I try to be as balanced and as unbiased as possible, even when such an article includes one of my favourite fighters. All too many articles on ESB come across as one-sided propaganda and many don’t even pretend to appear objective. Some writers cannot put their view of a fight (or fighter) across without completely trashing the opponent. Well, you won’t get that from me. As many of my fellow ESB users know, I am a big fan of Ricky Hatton. I also have a healthy respect for the skills and talent of Floyd Mayweather.

On Saturday 23rd June 2007, Ricky Hatton proved many people wrong by destroying one of the toughest Mexican fighters of the last 10 years. Hatton proved the physically stronger and faster of the two. continue

HBO Boxing: Countdown to Hopkins/Wright

June 29, 2007 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty- minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright. The highly anticipated bout is set for Saturday, July 21 in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay. The fight is an intriguing match-up between two of the sport’s elite fighters, who will meet at 170 pounds. continue

Roach And Birmingham Confirm Hopkins And Wright “Coming To Fight”

bernard hopkins29.06.07 - By John Martinez, This afternoon an international media conference call was held to promote the Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright catch weight fight dubbed “Coming to Fight” to be held next month at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. BOXINGREALM.COM sat in on this call and this is the first in a two part series. First will be Freddie Roach.

According to Kelly Swanson of Swanson Communications, this conference call would be the first in a series leading up to the pay per view event. Today they gave up the trainers of both fighters to chat with. That would be Freddie Roach for Bernard Hopkins and Dan Birmingham for Winky Wright. continue

Paul Williams-Antonio Margarito Conference Call Quotes

In a highly anticipated match and can't miss candidate for Fight of the Year, WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will defend his belt against undefeated, No. 1-ranked and mandatory challenger, Paul “The Punisher” Williams in the main event of "Pride N' Punishment'' on Saturday, July 14, in the outdoor tennis stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The 12-round bout, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will be televised on HBO “World Championship Boxing.. continue

Darnell Wilson vs Emmanuel Nwodo on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights Tonight

Darnell WilsonDuva Boxing will present Friday Night Fights: Staten Island Knockouts on Friday night, June 29, at the St. George Theater (34 Hyatt Street), in conjunction with the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation. Duva Boxing president Dino Duva announced today that part of the proceeds from event ticket sales will go to the Atlas Foundation, which assists the needy and less fortunate in the New York area and throughout the country. Staten Island native and renowned fight trainer Teddy Atlas will be in his customary position as ringside analyst on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast, with Joe Tessatore delivering the blow by blow. The first bout of the evening is at 8:00 PM, and airtime for the broadcast is at 10:00 PM.

The main event will feature Nigerian import Emmanuel Nwodo against Darnell Wilson in 12-round USBA Cruiserweight Championship bout in a battle of knockout artists. Nwodo (21-3, 17 KO’s) is ranked no. 8 by the WBO, and has reeled off 10 straight victories. Wilson is a winner of three in a row, and has a ring record of 21-5-2, including 18 triumphs by way of KO. There will also be a tremendous undercard featuring local attractions, rising stars, and a possible surprise exhibition. continue

Roy Jones Reacts to Proposed Match with Felix Trinidad

roy jones jrNew York, NY, June 28, 2007 – Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. has an important fight coming up on pay-per-view TV July 14 from Biloxi, MS., against undefeated opponent Anthony Hanshaw. Jones has made it plain that if he loses to the 21-0-1 Hanshaw, he might take his gloves and head off into retirement. But Jones said that “what if” won’t happen, that he will beat Hanshaw and that he’ll then be more than happy to fight the un-retiring Felix “Tito” Trinidad.

“Will a fight between me and Tito happen?” Jones said in an interview with Puerto Rico’s big El Nuevo Dia newspaper Thursday. “I say it will because if two people, me and Tito, want it to happen, then nobody is going to be able to stop it. This would be a fight that could fill Madison Square Garden or Yankee Stadium. It’s a fight fan’s fight between two fighters who bring fireworks into the ring. continue

Carlos Baldomir Makes 30-Day Weight

28.06.07 - Former World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir weighed 166 1/2 pounds Thursday for his WBC-mandated weigh-in 30 days prior to meeting another ex-WBC 147-pound champ, Vernon Forrest, July 28 in Tacoma, Wash., for the WBC super welterweight interim title. continue

Mayweather calls Hatton's bluff!

floyd mayweather jr28.06.07 - By Yero Moody: Ricky Hatton was able to catch Jose Castillo at the right time in their perspective careers. Castillo is clearly not the same fighter he was when he fought Floyd Mayweather,Jr or Diego Corales. I'm not saying that to diminish Hatton's victory I'm merely stating was obvious to many observers.

Castillo is a shot fighter and his poor showing against Herman Ngoudjo prior to his bout with Hatton was a sign of his diminished skills. I'll readily admit I thought Castillo still had enough left in his tank to beat the rugged Hatton but I was wrong. Jose Castillo is not the fighter he once was and should consider retirement while he still has some measure of good health. continue

Calzaghe vs. Kessler in jeopardy

joe calzaghe29.06.07 - According to ESPN’s Dan Rafael, the Super middleweight (168 pound) unification bout between unbeaten Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler is barely holding together largely because HBO doesn’t have the September 22nd date available, a date that was previously agreed upon by the two fighter’s promoters Frank Warren and Mogens Palle. Additionally, the promoters want more money, reportedly in the neighborhood of $5 million, which is more than what HBO wants to pay for it, possibly because of Kessler's lack of name recognition in the United States.

The fight may have to be moved to a later date, perhaps as late as November - the date that HBO had requested in the beginning of the negotiations. continue

Interview With WBA No.1 Light-Middleweight Contender Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine

28.06.07 - By James Slater: Speaking to me over the phone during a break from the training he was still undergoing for July 7th’s Don King promoted fight-card (which will also feature world flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan vs. Nonito Donaire) a confident and upbeat sounding Joachim Alcine 28-0(18) was keen to speak about his upcoming world light-middleweight bout with champion Travis Simms. Here is what the friendly and accommodating thirty-one year old had to say. continue

Heavyweight Prospect Grano Headlines Tonight (Friday)

Connecticut heavyweight prospect, Tony Grano, the 2005 United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion, makes his professional headlining debut Friday night at the Connecticut Expo Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Grano (9-0-1, 8 KO) risks his undefeated record, when he takes on Baltimore, Maryland's Jed Phipps (17-6, 10 KOs) in the main event of Final Forum Boxing's "Battle at the Expo. continue

Exclusive Interview: Lou Savarese

lou savarese28.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The other night, I was afforded the opportunity to have a brief chat with former heavyweight contender, Lou Savarese, as he enters his final preparations for his upcoming bout with former champion, Evander Holyfield. Savarese was in great spirits and appeared confident he would beat Holyfield on Saturday night. Lou is a real class-act—it was a pleasure speaking with him.

Here’s how our brief talk went down:

G. Ciani: How is everything going in terms of training and preparation? continue

Ted the Bull’s Twelve Predictions: Holyfield-Savarese, Brewster-Klitschko, Sturm-Alcoba, Povetkin-Donald, Darchinyan-Donaire, Hanshaw-Jones, Vargas-Mayorga and More!

paul williams28.06.07 - By Ted Sares: I felt robust and cocky after successfully predicting several fights in a row (even calling the round in the Gatti-Baldomir fight and also predicting a draw). But then I was brought back to earth with my ill-advised prediction on the Briggs-Sultan disaster in which “The Cannon” shot blanks. I now undertake an effort at redemption by making twelve “tough” predictions. Call it hubris, chutzpah, audacity or just plain delusional, but this is how I see them playing out.

* Savarese -Holyfield: Holyfield by TD. The “Dream” continues. Lou is done. continue

Ibragimov And Chagaev To Unify Heavyweight Title Belts This October

sultan ibragimovHOLLYWOOD, FL, June 28 – This October, after almost eight years of splintered titles and heated debates, boxing will witness the crowning of a unified Heavyweight Champion of the World, as Sultan Ibragimov will put his WBO crown on the line against Ruslan Chagaev’s WBA belt in a bout pitting Champion against Champion in a quest for heavyweight supremacy. This bout, scheduled for October 13th, will take place at a location to be announced, in Moscow, Russia.

This historic event is not only the first unification bout between two European-born fighters and the first heavyweight unification bout held outside the United States, but it is the first heavyweight unification bout since 1999, when Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield engaged in two bouts with each fighter’s titles up for grabs. Since then, the titles have broken off and fight fans no longer can point to one fighter and say ‘that’s the champion.’ continue

Emmanuel Nwodo Training Camp Notes

nwodo28.06.07 - By Michael Amakor: Right in the middle of inner city Baltimore lies the graffiti like painted and spacious Mack Lewis boxing gym opened with much fanfare in 2002 and named after the owner who once trained former middleweight champion Vincent Pettaway and Reggie Gross. Adorning its walls are posters of long forgotten fights by local legends. Ocassionally Baltimore’s best products like former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and several others have found their way into its confines to train.

The reputation of the gym added to my determination to go there and interview the newly crowned and almost unknown USBA cruiserweight champion Emmanuel Nwodo, a new name making waves in the DC metro area and currently ranked number 10 by the International Boxing Federation IBF. That in itself was something but he is now scheduled for a clear the decks showdown in the DC/MD metro area against hewn from granite Darnell Wilson the recent conqueror of former champion Kelvin Davis on an ESPN covered fight card at the St. George Theater, in Staten Island, New York on June 29. continue

Oliver McCall Interview: “I don’t care if I lose, I’ll still fight Holyfield, Bowe, Tyson or Lewis. Just for the sake of boxing and the fans"

oliver mccall27.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Despite the fact that Oliver McCall is 42, and a grandpa of two wonderfully inspirational ankle biters, and is at an age when most fighters sell lean mean grilling machines, he still manages to fight on. Not for the sake of a measly club purse, because that is the best he can do, or for the sake of some deluded dream of a punch drunk, out of shape former, contender, but rather because he still finds pleasure in doing that which will be the signature summary of his life and because he still feels he has enough to give it one more title run.

At an age when most American heavies regard boxing as more hobby than career, Oliver is still fit and in fighting form. He also has the ring knowledge of his younger days, and the punch and “atomic whiskers,” to go with it. continue

What Will Felix Trinidad Bring To The Table?

felix trinidad27.06.07 - By Jim Amato: If...Felix Trinidad does decide to return to ring wars, how much impact will he have on the current state of the game ? He has not fought in over two years and that was a disappointing shutout loss to Winky Wright. Before that Bernard Hopkins took him to school. What makes him think he can be a factor now ? I know his return would generate a lot of dollars.

Felix is very popular with the fans and deservedly so. He is a great people person and he has been a credit to the game. My question is, does he really think he can beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.? In these last two idle years has, he discovered a way to beat Hopkins or Wright? continue

Marquez-Vazquez II Set for Aug. 4 in Rio Grande Valley

rafael marquezThe continuation of a slugfest and “Fight of the Year” candidate which was halted prematurely last March 3 takes place Saturday, Aug. 4, when Rafael Marquez defends his WBC super bantamweight title against former WBC 122-pound titleholder Israel Vazquez in “Vengeance!” at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. This is the highly anticipated rematch of an exhilarating, toe-to-toe, give-and-take battle that was won by Marquez (37-3, 33 KOs) when a broken nose forced Vazquez (41-4, 31 KOs) to retire on his stool after the seventh round.

Also on the card presented by Gary Shaw Productions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Romanza Productions and Golden Boy Promotions is World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero defending against Jorge Lacierva. continue

Simms/Alcine Conference Call Transcript

Four excellent fighters with a combined record of 98-1 with 69 knockouts will be featured in a sensational world championship doubleheader on Saturday, July 7, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).In a battle of unbeatens in the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING main event, local favorite “Tremendous” Travis Simms (25-0, 19 KOs) defends his WBA super welterweight title against unbeaten No. 1 contender Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs). “The Lord of the Flys,” undefeated, hard-hitting Vic Darchinyan (28-0, 22 KOs) risks his IBF and IBO flyweight belts against once-beaten, world-ranked Nonito “Flash” Donaire (17-1, 10 KOs) in the co-main event. continue

Furlan out to spoil Duddy’s Homecoming

The Italian Alessio Furlan is talking the talk ahead of his middleweight clash with John Duddy on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on July 14th. After 20 fights Stateside Duddy returns home for his first pro fight on Irish soil as he looks to press his claims for a shot at the European title. continue

Yusaf Mack: Pure Action on Wall Street

yusef mack27.06.07 - by David Pambianchi: On June 27th, 2007, amid flowing gowns, suits and Tuxedos, Yusaf Mack met Jose “Zeus” Vazquez for a schedule 10 round bout at Tommy Gallagher’s posh “Black-Tie Boxing” dinner event at Cipriani’s in New York City.

With a grand Roman numeral clock above a Corinthian archway flanked by tan marble columns all around, the fight hall exudes elegance. A ceiling rotunda above the boxing ring looms ornately decorated with the zodiac signs. And stepping up to the atmosphere and ambiance, the fighters did themselves and quests proud.

For the first three rounds, both fighters landed numerous punches and combinations with everything in the mix, left jabs, hooks and upper-cuts targeting the body and head, but clearly Yusaf scored better especially during the third with an intense flurry of fast and hard over-hand rights. continue

Vic Darchinyan-Nonito Donaire Conference Call Transcript

Question: Vic, do you have any opening comments?

Darchinyan: It is nice to be here in America training. My training session is very good. I am looking forward to this fight and I am going to show a good fight. continue

Evander Holyfield Week on ESPN Classic

El Paso, TX., June 26 -- In honor of Holyfield-Tyson II, which took place ten years ago tomorrow on June 28, 1997, ESPN Classic has anointed this week “Holyfield Week,” and has scheduled Holyfield classic bouts throughout the week. continue

Matt Skelton Added To Big Public Work-Out

Big-hitting heavyweight Matt Skelton has been added to tomorrow's public work-out at the 02 Arena. Bedford brawler Skelton will display his raw power alongside Amir Khan, Nicky Cook plus Kevin and Vinny Mitchell. The work-out is to publicise the big night of world championship boxing which makes it's debut at the sensational 02 Arena on Saturday 14th July. continue

Can Wladimir Klitschko avenge his loss to Lamon Brewster?

wladimir klitschko27.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster both deserve credit. On July 7, the two will square off for the second time. When first they met, the two battled for the vacant WBO heavyweight championship. This time they will be fighting for Klitschko’s IBF championship. For both, however, there’s more at stake than just the title. This one’s about legacy.

This bout is intriguing for numerous reasons. In their first bout, Klitschko dominated the early rounds by utilizing his superior size and skills. He used a jack-hammer jab to keep Brewster at bay while mixing in some left hooks and dropping the occasional right hand. Brewster was being battered mercilessly and was even dropped in the fourth round of the contest. It appeared the knockdown was the beginning of the end for Brewster. continue

Sycuan Ringside Promotions' Jorge Paez Jr. In Action Friday, June 29

Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ teenage super lightweight Jorge Paez Jr. returns to the ring Friday, June 29, when he faces Hector Rodriquez in a six-round bout in Mexicali, Mexico. The 19-year-old Paez Jr. has a record of 14-1 with nine knockouts and is coming off a first-round knockout of Eduardo Rosario May 12 in Nogales, Mexico. continue

Hrulev Clued Up On Kevin Mitchell

Unbeaten London prospect Kevin Mitchell will be facing a Russian version of private investigator Magnum in his next fight. Mitchell tackles tough super-featherweight Alexander Hrulev at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday 14th July and will be surprised to learn that he has been under surveillance ahead of their fight. continue

Carl Johanneson Seeks Revenge

Carl Johanneson is looking for revenge on July 13 when he steps into the ring with Leva Kirakosyan, who inflicted Johanneson's only loss in a British ring. Johanneson first stepped up against the formidable Armenian in December 2004 and history shows Kirakosyan, 25-4 (16), gained one of his 16 stoppages by knocking Johanneson out in the first round. continue

John Duddy fight July 14 in Ireland on PPV

john duddyNEW YORK (June 27, 2007) – “The Homecoming,” featuring unbeaten middleweight sensation “Ireland’s” John Duddy, will be broadcast live July 14 in the United States on cable pay-per-view starting at 5:00 PM/ET, 2:00 PM/PT from Dublin, Ireland.

The event is being produced by RTE and distributed for pay-per-view by Integrated Sports and will be available via iN Demand, DirecTV and TVN for a suggested retail price of only $19.95 including other bouts on the Irish card. “The Homecoming” will also be available via Closed Circuit throughout the United States. continue

Mundine Out Points Neivas

27-06-07 - By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine made a successful first defense by unanimously out pointing brave Argentine Pablo Neivas over 12 rounds at the Gold Coast Convention Center last night. Neivas was dropped by a right hand near the end of round three and again wobbled in round four. He came back strongly in the fifth and rained some wild shots on the champion who got caught by surprise somewhat as he Roy Jones like taunted Neivas and jumped around “Kangaroo style." continue

Amateur Boxing Standout Willis Looks to Make Splash In Pro Ranks

27.06.07 - 23 year old amateur standout Jonte Willis is ready to take the next step in his career by turning professional. The 2006 super heavyweight U.S. national champion is excited about his new career endeavor. continue

Ronnie "The Rottweiler" Kerner Unleashed!

27.06.07 - Former street enforcer & street thug, Ronnie “The Rottweiler” Kerner, a music and movie producer turned smoker circuit king who compiled a 17-1 record with 17 knockouts will soon be promoting his own shows under the banner Rottweiler Promotions Inc. continue

Brewster vs. Klitschko: Can Lamon Do It Again?

lamon brewster27-06-07 - By Paul McCreath: On July 7, in Germany, Wladimir Klitschko (48-3-0 with 43 KOs) will put his IBF heavyweight title on the line against challenger and former WBO champion Lamon Brewster (33-3-0 with 29 KOs) in a rematch that has the whole boxing world talking. While this is not a unification bout, it is a match that will go a long way towards establishing who is the true world's best heavyweight. Lamon is the man who handed Wladimir his last defeat three years ago with a 5th round stoppage. Can it happen again?

Predicting the outcome of a rematch is always rather tricky. You have to consider what happened in the first fight and also what may have changed since then to cause a different result this time. continue

Marc Fantich’s Fists of Fury Boxing Night at the Fights

By CeeCee Dogins – Worldwide Action Sports Magazine/Left Hook Magazine - Who says that Pro Boxing is DEAD?... Well let me be the first to say that Pro Boxing is still ALIVE and WELL in the Rio Grand Valley as Marc Fantich produces yet another of his sixth in a row of SOLD OUT pro-boxing events. continue

Hopkins/Wright Tickets Selling Fast

Ticket sales are surging, with eager fight fans crowding the box office lines for this summer's match-up between two of boxing's most venerable pugilists, Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Winky Wright, in "Coming to Fight" for Hopkins' Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight title, July 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue

Ibragimov’s Manager Boris Grinberg: “We started talking to Ruslan Chagaev's team two days after Sultan won the title!”

ruslan chagaev27.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Not even a damned month has gone by since Sultan Ibragimov had won the WBO belt for Shannon Briggs on June 2nd in Atlantic City. Not even have I had a chance to understand how exactly Sultan’s team went, from talking about a bout with Evander Holyfield, which in my mind was quite smart and understandable, to doing something that by now has made the skeptics understand why I, Wray, and many of Sultan’s die hard fans like him so much.

What more can anybody ask for? Some people question my jumping the gun on both the Holyfield and Klitschko fights but they should remember that Boris never actually said in they had begun negotiations the interview he did (at that, graciously, one day after the fight)for our site. continue

Mayweather-Hatton - Pure Boxing Class Vs. Bloody-Minded Aggression

ricky hatton27.06.07 - By James Slater: It's a fight seemingly everyone is talking about at present. "The Pretty Boy" against "The Hitman." Ricky Hatton Vs. Floyd Mayweather. This potential super-fight sure has got the juices flowing. Not only are both boxers seemingly chomping at the bit in anticipation of getting it on - the fans are absolutely craving the showdown too. The clash of styles the two vastly different personalities bring to the table make for a truly fascinating fight.

Can you imagine the build-up alone for this one? Floyd crawled deep under his last opponent - Oscar De La Hoya's skin - and as angry as he seems to be at Hatton right now, we can expect a highly intense series of press conferences for a bout between Manchester's finest and Grand Rapid's best ever. Then, after all the hoopla and nastiness is over with, we'd have the actual combat to look forward to. And everyone is already looking forward to it. continue

O’Neil Bell Returns Against Azille on August 8th

HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 27 – Former undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell still hasn’t let March 17th go. On that day in France, hometown hero Jean-Marc Mormeck turned a fight into a track meet in the final four rounds of his championship rematch with ‘The Supernova’ and heisted the WBA and WBC title belts via a controversial 12 round decision. continue

Floyd Mayweather Tired Of Hatton Trash Talking; Ready To Beat Him Back To England"

floyd mayweather jrLas Vegas, NV (June 27, 2007) Floyd Mayweather, the recently crowned super welterweight champion and recognized pound-for-pound best boxer in the world today, has heard enough trash talking from Ricky Hatton over the recent weeks and is ready to step in the ring and "beat him all the way back to England."

The announcement comes just days after Hatton's title defense win over Jose Luis Castillo Saturday night and less than two months after Mayweather's win over Oscar de la Hoya May 5th. continue

Anthony Mundine Scores Unanimous Decision Over Nievas To Retain Title

27.06.07 - By Gavin Stone: Anthony ‘The Man’ Mundine has defended his World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world title with a unanimous point’s decision victory over Argentine Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. continue

Quotes from Roy Jones, Jr. – Anthony Hanshaw Teleconference

ROY JONES: (re media reports that Tito Trinidad will come back and wants to fight him): “This will be the second time this should’ve happened. We should have fought back in the day but his loss to (Bernard) Hopkins ruined it. Let’s get it on now...I love it. But I can’t take Anthony Hanshaw light. And I won’t do that. I will take care of Hanshaw first, on July 14.. continue

Can Lou Savarese beat Evander Holyfield?

lou savarese26.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is slated to face Lou Savarese Friday night. This will mark the fourth bout in Holyfield’s latest comeback as he continues his quest to regain the undisputed heavyweight championship. Most people view this fight as nothing more than a stepping-stone for the aging Holyfield. In fact, a win over Savarese might well propel him into a title shot, warranted or otherwise.

This begs the question: Can Savarese beat Holyfield?

Most observers don’t believe he can, and at first glance, such an opinion is understandable. However, if one considers Holyfield’s recent performances, it is entirely plausible that big Lou has a good shot. After all, Holyfield is no longer the talented pugilist he’s best remembered as. continue

Holyfield Gets Some Bad News in His Quest For One Last Title Shot

evander holyfield26.06.07 - By Scott Frake: As of today, the four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield’s (41-8-2, 27 Ko's) chance at winning another heavyweight title appears to have grown even slimmer with the announcement of the unification bout between WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev and WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov. Holyfield, 44, had hoped to be the first challenger for Sultan Ibragimov’s initial title defense. Now with Ibragimov fighting Chagaev, that leaves Holyfield out in the cold.

Of course, there’s still a slight chance that Ibragimov will still choose to fight Holyfield after the fight with Chagaev, but that’s far down the line and there’s no guarantees that Ibragimov will even beat the tough Chagaev, who has style that be tough to beat. continue

American Heavyweights: An Endangered Species, but why?

26.06.07 - By Paul McCreath: I remember well when I was growing up in the 1940s and 50s, I used to look at and study The Ring boxing ratings every month when that magazine arrived, and I was hooked on heavyweights, even back then. Inevitably, the top-10 would include around eight Americans and usually towards the bottom the European champion and maybe a British fighter. You could count on seeing at least seven or eight Americans plus, of course, the champion of the world. continue

Darnell Wilson-Emmanuel Nwodo Undercard Announced

Staten Island, New York, June 26—Hall of Famer Lou Duva, his grandson Louie (Dino’s son) and Staten Island prospect Nicky DeMarco took a midday jaunt on the Staten Island Ferry today to announce the exciting under card put together by Duva Boxing for this week’s Friday Night Fights: Staten Island Knockouts headlined by the Darnell Wilson-Emmanuel Nwodo 12-round slugfest for the USBA Cruiserweight Championship on June 29, at the St. George Theater (34 Hyatt Street), in conjunction with the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation. continue

Mundine vs. Nievas Tonight!

anthony mundine26.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine makes the first defense of this, his second reign as World Boxing Association super middleweight “regular” champion tonight when he meets little known Argentine product Pablo Zamora Nievas at the Gold Coast Convention Center.

At Monday's press conference the pair came face to face with number 15 contender Nievas looking the bigger man. He will have a decided size advantage over the Australian phenomenon but that's about as good as it will probably get. With 12 knockouts ion his 17-1-1 record he has reasonable power but he has not faced anything like Mundine, who is probably the only remote threat to either Calzaghe and Kessler as number one 168 pounder today. continue

Jirov risks potential world title fight headlining “Thriller On The River”

NEW TOWN, North Dakota (June 26, 2007) – Former IBF champion Vassiliy “The Tiger” Jirov puts his potential world title fight against WBA title-holder Vigil “Quicksilver” Hill, or any of the other cruiserweight kings, on the line July 14 when he headlines “Thriller On The River,” launching the “Pinnacle FiteNite” pro boxing series, at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. continue

Ibragimov vs Chagaev in Moscow, Russia

ruslan chagaevHOLLYWOOD, FL, June 26 – This October, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Grain Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz, in association with Universum Box Promotions, will promote the first heavyweight title unification bout in close to eight years when WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov faces off against his WBA counterpart, Ruslan Chagaev, in Moscow, Russia.

The historic event presented by Nafta Moskva is not only the first unification bout between two European-born fighters and the first heavyweight unification bout held outside the United States, but it is the first heavyweight unification bout since 1999, when Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield engaged in two bouts with each fighter’s titles up for grabs. continue

Magee plotting Dunne's downfall

Bernard Dune’s mandatory challenger, Kiko Martinez looks set to get support from unlikely quarters ahead of their European super bantamweight title fight. The unbeaten Spaniard has put pen to paper on a deal with Belfast man Pat Magee and a major English promoter. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Moves to Cement Legacy and Hush Naysayers

floyd mayweather jr.By Taj “Yuma” Eubanks, June 25, 2007 - Last Saturday’s four-round barnburner between Manchester, England’s Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton and “El Temible” Jose Luis Castillo has set tongues a-waggin’ and left fans with baited breath, yearning for more.

Hatton’s dynamism in his destruction of Castillo marked a return to form, one that had seemed to go the way of the dinosaur since his win over Kostya Tsyzu launched him into worldwide prominence. With reportedly over 11,000 Brits making the trek across the pond for a weekend of hearty fun and rabble-rousing that culminated in the Hatton-Castillo match, America was put on notice as to the rock star-like following that The Hitman enjoys. continue

Nikolai Valuev: Zimin joins coaching staff

26.06.07 - Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has added Alexander Zimin to his coaching staff. "I want to win my title back and therefore I had to change something," Valuev said. "Alexander will help us a lot. He is a great addition, especially as far as tactics are concerned.. continue

Boxing Commentary: Will Paul Williams defeat Antonio Margarito? And More!

antonio margarito26.06.07 - By Christopher Roche: Boxing Questions (and answers)

1) Will Boxing continue its momentum and match up Ricky “The Hitman Hatton” and Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi?

By many accounts, professional boxing is having a great year. De La Hoya vs. Mayweather brought the sport tons of attention, and it definitely brought lost fans back into the fold. While the fight was not a thriller, it was by no means a disaster, and boxing basked in the glow of the global spotlight.

The De La Hoya vs. Mayweather bout was followed up with a brutal war put on by Kelly Pavlik and Edison Miranda. While the main event on that card failed to deliver much of anything, the Pavlik vs. Miranda match provided enough fireworks to more than make up for the slow headliner. continue

Rugged Roy Harris, The Pride Of Cut And Shoot, Texas

26.06.07 - By Mike Dunn: It is unfortunate that some fighters are remembered more for the fight or fights they lost than for any of the positive accomplishments they had in the ring.

Randall "Tex" Cobb won 43 fights out of 52 and had 36 knockouts to his credit. Not a bad record. But what is he remembered for? His lopsided decision defeat at the hands of heavyweight champion Larry Holmes in November of 1982. He knocked out Earnie Shavers and lost split decisions to Ken Norton and Michael Dokes. But those performances don't enter into the equation most of the time when people think of Cobb. continue

Larry Merchant versus Max Kellerman

merchant26.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: HBO has recently shaken things up on their broadcasting team. Long-time commentator Larry Merchant is no longer working on main attractions. Instead, as far as I can tell, he’s essentially been ‘demoted’ to HBO’s “Boxing After Dark”—a program which generally focuses on lesser known up-and-comers and smaller venue events. Filling Merchant’s shoes in his more familiar role is none-other than former ESPN 2 commentator, Max Kellerman. continue

Mundine vs. Nievas Preview

26.06.07 - By Gavin Stone: This Wednesday night Anthony Mundine will fight tough South American slugger Pablo Daniel Zamora Nievas (17-1-1) in the first defence in his second reign as World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion. continue

Joel Casamayor challenges Hatton, Mayweather

casamayorThe Ring magazine and linear World Lightweight Champion Joel Casamayor announced today he is willing to move up in weight and challenge The Ring’s world 140-pound champion Ricky Hatton as well as The Ring’s welterweight champion, Floyd Mayweather. “I have waited patiently for all these so-called lightweight ‘champions’ to fight me,” says Casamayor, who won the WBC title last October against the late Diego Corrales.

“I challenged Juan Diaz at the Freitas fight, but he is hiding behind his promoter’s skirt. I’m running out of patience waiting for this boy to grow into a man. continue

Martin Power Travels To Fight Jason Booth

Along with Wigan continuing in Premiership football next year, the city’s Robin Park Arena now hosts championship boxing for the first time when London based Martin Power defends his British bantamweight title against Jason Booth next month. continue

After Saturday Night's Action - My New Top-Ten Pound-4-Pound Ratings

hatton25.06.07 - By James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda: For the first time in a long while, Britain can lay claim to having not one, but two boxers near the top half of the sport's pound-for-pound best fighters in the world. With Ricky Hatton's superb performance in Las Vegas at the weekend, and Joe Calzaghe's maintained dominance four weight classes above "The Hitman," the U.K can be very proud of itself, boxing-wise.

To some fans/critics, however, the Brits have nothing to shout about with regards to Ricky's four round KO win. Astonishingly alleging that the fight with Castillo was fixed, Hatton's win is seen as tarnished in the eyes of these people. Quite simply, any such fixed fight assertions are nothing short of ludicrous and offensive. continue

AAPRP announces comprehensive listing of State/Tribal/Canadian Commission Pre-Fight Medical Requirements

Darien, Connecticut – June 25, 2007 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (the “AAPRP”) announced today the most comprehensive listing of State/Tribal/Canadian Commission Pre-Fight Medical Requirements ever compiled. continue

Gatti vs. Gomez: Has Arturo gone a Step Too Far?

arturo gatti25.06.07 - By Luke Tinkler: On the 14th July when the two hard hitting warriors collide the Broadwalk Hall, in Atlantic city, it will be sure to turn into a battle ground reminiscent of the opening scene in Saving Private Ryan.

These two extremely popular fighters love a brawl and this is why, I personally believe, this will be an amazingly exciting fight to watch - one deemed past his prime - the other perhaps underrated - both with a point to prove. Gatti has not been the boxer we know and fell in love with since the beating he received from certain boxer name Pretty Boy Floyd. continue

Felix Sturm vs Alcoba This Saturday

felix sturmThe "Universum Champions Night" on Saturday June 30th 2007 at the Porsche-Arena in Stuttgart features three world championships as well as other great fights: World Champion Felix Sturm (27-2-0 (12)) will jeopardize his WBA championship belt at middleweight at the "Universum Champions Night." His opponent will be the unbeaten WBA-Fedelatin-Champion Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba (14-0-0 (7).

The 28 year old Uruguayan Alcoba, who currently lives in Argentina, is called "El Carbonero" (the collier). He is a typical south american fighter and a tough challenge for Sturm. The fight will be shown live from 10 pm on ZDF. continue

The Time Tunnel: Gene Tunney

gene tunney25.06.07 - By Sam Gregory: Considered bright good looking and articulate; Gene Tunney was never as popular with fight fans and the press as the man he beat for the heavyweight championship of the world. When promoter Tex Rickard arranged for Gene Tunney to fight Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight title the original location of the fight was to be Yankee Stadium.

The New York State Boxing Commission refused to sanction the bout in New York because of Dempsey not honoring an agreement he made to fight the prominent black heavyweight contender Harry Wills. The bout was moved to Sesquicentennial Stadium in Philadelphia where Gene Tunney dethroned Jack Dempsey to become heavyweight champion of the world. continue

Houston to Host the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Trials

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing will travel south for the 2008 edition as Houston, Texas and the George R. Brown Convention Center will play host to the event. Eighty-eight of the nation’s top amateur boxers will vie for 11 coveted Olympic berths at the Olympic Trials, August 20-26, 2007. continue

Hatton's Performance Earned Him A Shot At An 'Oscar'?: Now What Does This Mean For Floyd Mayweather Jr.?

ricky hatton24.06.07 - By Vivek Wallace: After seeing the four round dismantling of Jose Luis Castillo (55-8-1, 47KO's) at the hands of British Phenom Ricky 'The Hitman' Hatton (43-0, 31KO's), questions began to immediately surface regarding who Hatton should attempt to face next. Although his 3 fight deal with American Banner Promotions and HBO have expired, it didn't take the answer to that question very long to surface as Ricky Hatton told reporters shortly after the fight that he received a congratulatory call from the 'Goldenboy', Oscar Dela Hoya, who was quoted as telling Hatton that after doing so much in his own career, he'd "love to come to England to fight him".

This move, in a major way showed two very significant things. First and foremost, it showed that even after the lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in arguably the biggest fight in boxing history, Oscar's still the most powerful and influential figure in the sports post "Iron" Mike Tyson era. continue

Australian Action: Kennedy Claims NSW State Heavyweight Title & Sherrington Retains Australian 168 LB Strap!

24.06.07 - By Tony Pritchard - Nobbs: Sometimes you don't need the biggest names to make great fights and this was again proven at the Blacktown RSL Club in West Sydney on Friday night. Headlining a Jeff Fenech Fight Night on Fox, in a tight and hard fought battle between two blue collar heavyweights Pat Kennedy (Aust # 8) captured the vacant NSW state heavyweight championship with a majority 8 round verdict over Brian Fitzgerald (Aust # 9). continue

Mussachio Barely Escapes at KEA’s “Brawls at the Birchwood III”

224.06.07 - By Christopher Roche, Ringside: Whippany, NJ-In a plush ballroom nestled in the foothills of Morris County, NJ, KEA Boxing hosted a boisterous crowd for some excellent boxing matches. “Smokin” Joe Frazier, Chuck Wepner, Alex Ramos and Bobby Joe Young joined an animated group for “Brawls at the Birchwood III”, from the Birchwood Manor. continue

Sharkies's Machine: Hatton Finishes Castillo In Four

ricky hatton24.06.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - June 23rd, 2007 - Saturday night in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KO’s) entered the ring at the Thomas and Mack Center wearing a blue Mexican Sombrero; to face one of Mexico’s highly rated, former Champions, Jose Luis Castillo (55-8-1, 47 KO’s).

Castillo is best remembered for his two fights against another fan favorite, (and now legendary) Diego Corrales, who was lost to us all after a motorcycle accident took him recently. Castillo also fought Floyd Mayweather twice, beating him the first time but losing the decision, then choking in the rematch, where Floyd dominated him. Guys like Castillo and Corrales were well regarded because they took chances in the ring. They come to fight. They showed big heart in tough matches. continue

Hilario vs. Martinez on July 13th

24.06.07 - Undefeated super featherweight prospect Wilton Hilario will face Juan Carlos Martinez in the eight round co-main event on Friday July 13th at Chicago’s Congress Theater as part of SUMMER SIZZLE, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue

Fewkes Set To Face Tontchev July 13

John Fewkes’ career has stepped up a gear with the announcement of his bout with skilful Tontcho Tontchev, 37-5 (21), at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England on July 13. Fewkes, 14-0 (2), has been taken along slowly since his first appearance in September 2004 which resulted in a second round stoppage of Mark Dane. continue

"The Hitman" KO's Castillo With Body Shot In Round Four!

ricky hatton24.06.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, at The Thomas and Mack Centre, Las Vegas, Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton retained his position as the world's number one light-welterweight with a devastating fourth round KO over Mexican warrior Jose Luis Castillo. A wicked left hand to the body ended things in quite shocking fashion in round number four. The lightly regarded IBO world title was on the line, and Ricky retained it.

Of more note, though, was the twenty eight year old's retention of Ring magazine's 140 pound belt. Without a doubt, Ricky solidified his position atop all things junior-welterweight with a win that was his best since stopping all-time great Kostya Tszyu back in 2005 - if not THE best of his career to date, period. continue

Ibragimov dominates Timo Hoffmann!

timur ibragimov24.06.07 - By Fritz Drexel: Heavyweight Timor Ibragimov (22-2-1, 13 KO’s) rebounded from two consecutive losses to defeat German heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (36-5-1, 20 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle, in Zwickau, Germany. The final judges’ scores were 99-94, 98-92 and 97-93, all for Ibragimov. For many people, the win for Ibragimov, 32, came something of a shock, considering his last poor performances subsequent to this bout against Calvin Brock and Tony Thompson, both of whom totally dominated Ibragimov en route to unanimous decision victories.

However, clearly Timo Hoffmann, a huge 6’7 ½”, 260 lb fighter, isn’t in the same class as Brock or Thompson, despite his superior size, which perhaps explains why Ibragimov was able to look so good in the process of beating him. continue

Zuniga decisions Echols

antwun echols24.06.07 - By Gary Jones: On Saturday night, Super middleweight Fulgencio Zuniga (19-2-1, 16 Kos) defeated former middleweight Antwun Echols (31-7-3, 27 Kos), winning an easy 10-round decision against the former knockout artist at the Thomas & Mack Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Echols, 35, a previous 3-time middleweight championship challenger, appeared old and slow early on against the younger Zuniga, who punished Echols with devastating shots from the start up until 8th round when Zuniga faded badly.

In some ways, Zuniga represents a mirror image of a younger Echols, a fighter with tremendous punching power but for some reason was never able to put it all together in one night to win a championship. continue

Sebastian Sylvester stops Asikainen to win back European middleweight title, in-form Larsen outclasses Velazco

Sebastian Sylvester clinched a dramatic 11th-round TKO-victory over Amin Asikainen to reclaim the European middleweight belt on Saturday night. It was in June 2006 that the unbeaten Finn had surprisingly stopped the German in the eighth round of their meeting in Hannover. But some 385 days and 11 hard-fought rounds later, the Hurricane eventually restored his pride. He sent Asikainen to the canvas three times, first in the seventh with a left hook and then again in the penultimate round when two thunderous rights connected. "I can´t believe it," the newly-crowded champion enthused afterwards. "It was a tough bout. But I never stopped believing in myself. I learned from my mistakes last year and stuck to my game plan. It feels great.. continue

Gurov loses disappointing decision to Cantatore

24.06.07 - By Miguel Velasco: Cruiserweight Alexander Gurov (39-6-1, 33 KO’s) lost a disappointing 12-round decision to Italian Vincenzo Cantatore (33-4-1, 27 KO’s) for the vacant European cruiserweight title on Saturday night in Rome, Italy. However, the 6’5” Gurov appeared to have easily won the fight, winning 11 out of 12 rounds on my scorecard. Gurov, a natural southpaw, controlled the fight from the opening bell, landing powerful straight left hand shots and hooks against the slower Cantatore. continue

Juanma Lopez Stops Andrade in 1st round KO!

24.06.07 - By Scott Frake: WBO Latino Super Bantamweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (18-0, 16 KO’s) destroyed Brazilian Giovanni Andrade (54-11, 44 KO’s) tonight, halting him in the 1st round of a scheduled 12-round bout at the Coliseo Jose’ Miguel Agrelot, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez, 23, and one of the newest stars in boxing, never really got a chance to get warmed up against Andrade, since the fight was over in an instant. In the first couple of minutes of the round, Lopez stalked Andrade, 37, who appeared to want no part of Lopez. continue

Gatti-Gomez tickets selling quickly

The ticket selling machine known as Arturo Gatti continues to hum along as he enters his 49th professional bout, it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Ringside tickets ($300) for the “Welter Skelter” doubleheader headlined by Arturo Gatti and “The Contenders” Alfonso Gomez on July 14 are sold out. Caesars Atlantic City also reports that there are only a limited number of second and third priced tickets ($200 and $150) remaining. continue

Holyfield-Savarese Undercard

EL PASO, TEXAS---Juarez' brightest young boxing star, the undefeated Miguel "Mickey Mouse" Roman (21-0), has been added in a feature bout on the June 30th, Holyfield vs Savarese card, scheduled for Saturday, June 30th at UTEP's Don Haskins Center. Roman (21-0, 15 KO's) is scheduled to take on Jose Alonso (29-13-2, 14 KO's) in a ten round Featherweight fight. continue

Castillo poised for an upset over Hatton

peter manfredo23.06.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: Tonight at the Thomas and Mack Arena, we'll be seeing history made when Jose Luis Castillo (55-7-1, 47 KO's) makes what will likely be one of the best comeback fights in recent memory when he destroys Britain' Ricky Hatton (42-0, 30 KO's).

For much of the past two weeks, a lot of the focus has been on Castillo, 33, of whom many fans believe isn't the same fighter he once was following his two brutal fights with Diego Corrales. Indeed, there may be some truth to this belief; however, if Castillo, a two-time light weight champion, has lost anything it's only a marginal amount of his extraordinary talent, which I believe is more than enough to beat the limited Hatton. continue

Browning upsets "Baby Face" Garcia!

julio garcia22.06.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Light middleweight Julio Cesar "Baby Face" Garcia (40-3, 34 KO's) was beaten in a stunning upset tonight, losing by 10-round majority decision to Troy Browning (20-0-1, 8 KO's) at the Mahai Temple in Miami, Florida. Garcia, still only 20-years-old and considered to be one of boxing's best prospects coming into this bout with undefeated Browning, was surprised by the constant pressure and aggression from the 39-year-old Browning, who showed that he wasn't going to roll over for Garcia like many of his previous opponents.

Though undefeated, Browning had never fought anyone near the class level of Garcia, which perhaps would explain Garcia's poor performance tonight as he may have thought he was in for an easy time against his older boxing opponent. The judges' scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 95-95.

Is Peter Manfredo Jr the perfect foil for Edison Miranda or visa versa?

peter manfredo jr.22.06.07 - By Ted Sares: The Pride of Providence is making a comeback after his poor showing against Joe Calzaghe in Cardiff, Wales in April. He has won two fights since then, but has not looked particularly impressive.

He stopped tough Ted Muller (19-10-2) in May and just this past week, beat tricky David Banks, 14-1-1 coming in, at Foxwoods. But against Banks, the less-than-ripped Manfredo seemed lethargic and very hittable. In fact, Banks had his way in the early going using Manfredo’s head as a landing zone for his fast rights. However, Peter’s body work finally slowed down the Portland (Oregon) native and enabled him to take the middle rounds, though his left eye was in danger of closing from round seven on. A late rally by Banks was not enough to pull it out. continue

Gutierrez outclasses Perez!

richard gutierrez22.06.07 - By Gary Jones: Welterweight prospect Richard Gutierrez (21-1, 13 KO’s) soundly defeated a badly outclassed Luciano Perez (15-6-1, 13 KO’s) on Friday night, winning a 10-round unanimous decision at the Mahai Temple, in Miami, Florida. Gutierrez, 28, still in the process of regaining his momentum following his close 12-round majority decision loss to Joshua Clottey in July 2006, appeared to treat his bout with Perez as a sparring match, almost carrying Perez for the duration of the fight rather than trying to take him out.

That’s not to say that Perez didn’t have his moments, because he clearly did look good times, particularly when he was landing his right hand. However, those moments were made possible by Gutierrez’s generosity, as he just didn’t seem to take Perez seriously an opponent, likely because of his lack of knockout power, not to mention his average boxing skills. continue

The Ten Greatest Heavyweight Fights of All Time Part Two

foreman22.06.07 - By Scott Crouse:

10. Floyd Patterson KO6 Ingemar Johansson: March 13, 1961.
9. Larry Holmes W15 Ken Norton: June 8, 1978.
8. Rocky Marciano KO13 Jersey Joe Walcott:September 23,1952.
7. James J. Corbett KO27 Joe Choynski: June 5, 1889.
6. Joe Frazier W15 Muhammad Ali: March 8, 1971.

5. James J. Jeffries W25 Tom Sharkey: November 3, 1899. continue

Exclusive Interview With Ronnie Shields - "I've Trained Evander To Score A Knockout!"

22.06.07 - By James Slater: Ronnie Shields is one of boxing's best current trainers. A former world class fighter himself, Ronnie is now busy preparing the legendary four-time heavyweight king, Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield for his June 30th fight with big Lou Savarese. Now looking forward to the fight, Ronnie was happy to take some time out to speak about this upcoming bout, as well as other things, to this writer. Here is what Mr. Shields had to say.

James Slater: Firstly, Ronnie, how does Evander feel going into the Savarese fight?

Ronnie Shields: Evander feels real confident, he's in great shape and we're just looking forward to the 30th now. continue

Baldomir-Forrest Tangle for WBC Interim Super Welterweight Title

carlos baldomirTACOMA, WA. (June 22, 2007) -- Former world champions and current top-rated contenders VERNON FORREST and CARLOS BALDOMIR collide for the World Boxing Council interim super welterweight title, Saturday, July 28. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Brian Halquist Productions, the Forrest-Baldomir title tilt will be broadcast live from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.

Tickets, priced from $50 to $250, go on sale This Monday! June 25, at 10 A.M., at the Emerald Queen Casino Box Office and at all TicketMaster outlets. To order online go to 0F003ED4E96CD298? bartistid=923310&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=33 continue

Hatton v. Castillo: Analysis & Prediction

22.06.07 - By Yero Moody: Fight fans here we go again! Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton v. Jose Luis Castillo in another great matchup in 2007. Hopefully, we'll be treated to some fireworks with no controversial endings or poor scoring from the judges. I'm still in awe of the destruction of Zab Judah at the hands of Miguel Cotto. continue

Povetkin and Donald visit Red Square

photo by Sergey Vinogradov: Unbeaten heavyweight hopeful Alexander Povetkin and American veteran Larry Donald visited Red Square yesterday following their official press conference in Moscow. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner is looking forward to the biggest challenge of his career: "I am excited to fight a strong man such as Donald in front of my home fans," the 27-year-old said ahead of the clash on June 30. continue

Top Irish Jr. Middleweight James Moore Headlines Bronx Card Packed with Rising Stars

June 22, 2007 (New York) - The 4th installment of the popular "Punchin' at the Paradise" series is back at Utopia's Paradise Theater, Thursday July 12th, in the Bronx, New York. Headlining the event will be undefeated Irish Jr. Middleweight prospect James Moore (11-0, 8KO's), taking on tough Mexican warrior Jesse Orta of Dallas, TX, in an eight round bout. This event is being promoted by Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing. continue

Aaron Williams Demolishes Tinsley, Makes ESPN’s Play of the Day

williamsUndefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (13-0-1, 10 KO’s) knocked out Deleon Tinsley on ESPN 2’s “Wednesday Night Fights at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Ct. Also, Williams’ stunning knockout made the #3 “Top 10 Plays of the Day” on ESPN’S Sports Center.Williams stunned Tinsley with right hands and left hooks in the 1st round. A combination, early in round two, dropped Tinsley for a six-count.

Moments later, two devastating right hands knocked Tinsley down and onto the judges table. A count wasn’t necessary, as referee Joe Cusano immediately waved the fight off at 1:18 of round two. The knockout brought the packed house and #2 WBC rated cruiserweight Matt Godfrey to their feet as Godfrey “high-fived” his CES stable mate from his ringside seat. continue

Travis Simms Press Conference Quotes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (June 21, 2007) — A press conference to formally announce the sensational Don King Productions-promoted fight card Saturday, July 7, at Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard took place Thursday in front of Arena at Harbor Yard. There will be three world title fights on the card, two of which will be shown on SHOWTIME featuring four fighters that boast a combined record of 98-1 with 69 knockouts. continue

Thaxton believes Earl?s withdrawal is bad for boxing

Jon Thaxton believes that Graham Earl’s decision to withdraw from their scheduled clash for his British Lightweight Title is ‘bad for boxing’. The long established Championship operators looked finally set to meet after Hennessy Sports submitted a successful purse bid for the right to stage the contest last week, beating off competition from Earl’s promoter Sports Network. continue

Let’s Get It On Promotions Announces ‘Heavy Hands’ Under card

RENO, NV – June 20th, 2007. Let’s Get It On Promotions is pleased to announce the under card for ‘Heavy Hands’ on July 6th at the Eldorado Hotel/Casino in Reno, NV. “We are excited to bring such a dynamic under card to go along with our main event, Jesse Brinkley vs. Dallas Vargas.” Says Let’s Get It On Promotions’ Terry Lane. continue

Yuri Foreman Interview: “Anthony Thompson lived with us for two months!” Leyla Leidecker’s Documentary “Golden Gloves” to be shown in San Antonio on June 22nd

yuri foreman21.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: On the 9th of this month, Yuri Foreman and his wife Leyla Leidecker celebrated a razor thin decision win over Anthony Thompson in MSG on the undercard of Cotto-Judah. Besides the joyful sentiment of a hard fought victory of such a nature, and the apparent title shot that accompanies it, now there is another accomplishment the Foremans can pride themselves on achieving. On June 22nd Leyla’s documentary film entitled, “Golden Gloves,” will be screened at the San Antonio Film Festival in George W. Bush’s home state of Texas.

Before they left, I had a chance to speak with both of them regarding those dual accomplishments. continue

Top Five Reasons Floyd Mayweather Jr. Will Never Fight Miguel Cotto

21.06.07 - By Mike Cassell: In case anybody is wondering, Miguel Cotto is the real deal. He showed the world exactly what he is capable of doing against “world class”, former title holder, Zab Judah. Last year, after Miguel Cotto totally destroyed a fabulous fighter in Carlos Quintana, Bob Arum gave an interview in Atlantic City, that should be played for every promoter and fighter in the world. continue

Ray Mercer vs. Kimbo Slice – Will You Watch?

21.06.07 - By W. Gregory Guedel: There are many events that occur in our beloved sport that cause one to sigh and mutter softly: “Only in Boxing…”. Another such spectacle has arrived – the upcoming mixed martial arts bout between Olympic Gold Medalist and former WBO Heavyweight Champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer and underground bare-knuckle fighter Kimbo Slice. Held under the auspices of the “Cage Fury Fighting Championships” series, the bout will be broadcast this weekend on pay-per-view from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue

Povetkin vs Donald: "To be or not to be"

Just nine days until up-and-coming heavyweight star Alexander Povetkin will lock horns with American veteran Larry Donald in Moscow. Today the pair came face-to-face at a press conference in the Russian capital. "This is a crucial point in Alexander´s career," co-manager Vlad Hrunov stated. "It will be a question of to be or not to be.. continue

What Lack Of Competition?: Promoters Of The Boxing World, Take Your 'Trophies' Off The Shelf!

ricky hatton21.06.07 - By Vivek Wallace: A few days ago I launched a piece which spoke of the blazin' competition in boxing's welterweight division. Personally, I like to keep my 'earz to the streetz' and live by what I call the G.E.W.T.W. creed, (Pronounced JUDO - which means GIVE 'EM WHAT THEY WANT).

So after taking a few days to gather some thoughts and soak up the great comments and feedback rendered, I felt compelled to do a spin-off to that article by taking a closer look at all the other weight classes in boxing. As I skimmed through my latest edition of THE RING MAGAZINE to view the other divisions and see how they'd compare, I was actually amazed. continue

Ricky Hatton - No Matter How He wins, His Fans Will Go Home Happy

hatton-castillo 21.06.07 - By James Slater: Ricky Hatton has a phenomenal fan base. Quite simply, his loyal followers adore him. How else can one explain how happy they are even when “The Hitman” is chugging his way through a tediously boring hit-and-hold type of fight? And, as we all know, this has been a spectacle Hatton has been guilty of putting on just lately. Certainly, his last fight, with Juan Urango, was such an affair. Not that you would’ve known it from the behaviour of Ricky’s supporters. There he was, stinking up the Paris, Las Vegas joint, and his fans were whooping it up and enjoying themselves as though a boxing classic was going on in front of their eyes. It’s a fact, no matter how Ricky wins, just as long as he wins, his admires go home more than content.

Now, no-one is begrudging Hatton his popularity. He is a genuine and great kind of guy. But he has fallen off somewhat in terms of crowd-pleasing fights just lately, hasn’t he? His crowd are still pleased, however. An that’s the point, Ricky simply cannot fail to give them what they want, as long as his hand is raised at the end of the contest - whatever kind of contest, excitement-wise, it has been. Maybe it’s because a whole lot of Ricky’s fans know him reasonably well outside the ring. After all, Ricky is a very approachable and friendly person. His head is well and truly on his shoulders, as are his feet on the ground. Indeed, many of his fans have had a drink( or ten) with him. continue

Q & A With Jose Luis Castillo

castillo21.06.07 - John Martinez, This Saturday HBO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will showcase what many believe will be a candidate for fight of the year when Jose Luis “ El Temible” Castillo (55,7,1, 47KO’s) challenges Ricky “ The Hitman” Hatton (42,0,0, 30 KO’s) for the WBC junior welterweight title at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. HBO will air the fight live beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.

I had a chance to ask the two- time world champion Castillo about the upcoming fight and this is what he had to say:

JM: How was training camp and how do you feel at 140?

JLC: I had a very good training camp and making 140 is much easier than 135 and I just feel better and stronger at this weight. continue

Roger Mayweather Interview

roger mayweather21.06.07 - By John Martinez, Earlier today I spoke with famed trainer and former world champion Roger Mayweather about his nephew’s (Floyd Mayweather Jr.) prospects against current WBA welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto and former three divisional champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley should they meet in the squared circle in the near future. What was supposed to be questions for predictions quickly became a discussion of just how little he believes that boxing scribes know about boxing. Here is what he had to say about the match ups, boxing scribes, and even Mike Tyson.

JM: What are your thoughts on Mosley vs. Mayweather? I ask this because recently one writer wrote that Mosley “ has the speed, the power, and raw athleticism” to beat Floyd. continue

Heavyweight Comebacks: Are They Futile? Golota, Holyfield, McCall, Mesi, Oquendo and Sanders

david tua20.06.07 - By Paul McCreath: In years gone by there was a common saying in the boxing world "They never come back." For many years this was mostly true. A few boxers tried comebacks, but aside from some minor successes, most failed. Then along came Sugar Ray Robinson, the former world middleweight champion. After losing a challenge for the light heavyweight title against Joey Maxim in June of 1952, he announced his retirement in December of that year.

Nearly two years later, he returned to the ring first for an exhibition bout, then in January of 1955 his first in a series of fights that would culminate in December when he regained his title with a second round KO of Bobo Olson. He had proven that sometimes they do come back. continue

David Rodriguez ESB Interview

20.06.07 - By Robert Jones: David "Nino" Rodriguez (25-0 24 KO's) is perhaps just a few steps away from a big fight, and his journey continues June 30th. Rodriguez will take on "Big" Rick Dyer on the boxing undercard of the Evander Holyfield and Lou Saverese fight as Holyfield continues his march towards another title shot. Nino took some time out of his last week of training to answer some questions in regards to his health, his upcomming fight, and his future. This is what the slugger had to say: continue

Forty-Seven Years Ago Today - Floyd Patterson Makes Boxing History!

floyd patterson20.06.07 - By James Slater: Exactly forty-seven years ago today (June 20th) Floyd Patterson managed to do something no other boxer had been able to do at that time - regain the heavyweight championship of the world. Former greats such as Jack Dempsey and Joe Louis had tried and failed. Yet Floyd, in his rematch with Sweden's Ingemar Johansson, was able to make history and win back his heavyweight crown.

Floyd had been badly beaten by Johansson a year earlier. Knocked down seven times in a shocking third round by the Swede's right hand punch - a blow soon to become famously known as "The Hammer of Thor" - Patterson's title was gone. He was badly embarrassed and locked himself away to train for a return fight. continue

Sylvester v Asikainen, Hoffmann v T. Ibragimov, Larsen v Velazco

sylvesterSebastian Sylvester will have revenge on his mind when he takes on European champion Amin Asikainen in Zwickau on Saturday. The unbeaten Finn (21-0, 15 KOs) handed his German opponent (25-2, 12 KOs) only the second loss of his career one year ago in Hannover where he clinched an eighth-round TKO victory. "History won´t repeat itself this time out," Sylvester vowed. "I did not listen to my corner the last time. I have learned from my mistakes. I have gotten over the loss and will make amends in Zwickau."

Coach Hartmut Schroeder is confident the "Hurricane" will avenge the painful defeat. "We have been waiting for the rematch for over a year," he stated. "It is almost that I am fed up with all the talking. Sebastian will win the title back - basta." continue

Legendary Nights to return in 2008

20.06.07 - In 2003, HBO Sports introduced “Legendary Nights,” a 12-part documentary series showcasing 12 of the most memorable fights that have appeared on HBO. The series notched a Sports Emmy for “Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthology.. continue

Womens Boxing In National Spotlight Tonight!

MASHANTUCKET, CT -- Three-time world champion Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt vies for her fourth world title tonight on ESPN2's "Wednesday Night Fights." In her way is five-time world champion, and women's boxing pioneer, Jane Couch, who defeated Clampitt via unanimous decision June 12th, 2004 in a bout that was eventually named Ring Magazine "Women's Fight of the Year.. continue

Simms, Darchinyan To Defend Titles on Showtime - July 7

darchinyanBRIDGEPORT, Conn. (June 20, 2007) -- World championship boxing arrives at Bridgeport’s Arena at Harbor Yard in a big way on Saturday, July 7 showcasing four fighters that boast a combined record of 98-1 with 69 knockouts.

In a battle of the undefeated, Norwalk’s own “Tremendous” Travis Simms (25-0, 19 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs), from Haiti now living in Montreal. In a second world title fight, undefeated Aussie knockout powerhouse Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (28-0, 22 KOs ), will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and International Boxing Organization (IBO) flyweight championships against once-beaten Filipino Nonito “Flash” Donaire (17-1, 10 KOs). continue

Sink or Swim time for Neil Sinclair

20.06.07 - Belfast’s Neil Sinclair knows he is drinking in the last chance saloon when he meets England’s “Fearless” Francis Jones at the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point, Dublin this Saturday. continue

KEA Boxing "Brawls at the Birchwood III" Sat. June 23rd

June 19, 2007- Whippany , New Jersey, – KEA Boxing is turning up the heat as they head into their 9th show on Saturday June 23rd. The "Brawls at the Birchwood III" is a preview of tomorrow's champions as there are 6 undefeated fighters on the stacked 9-bout card. The card also features several live underdogs. continue

British Boxing: Success At The Palace!

Promoter Frank Maloney was satisfied with the outcome of his first show for many years at the Crystal Palace's National Sports Centre on Friday night. The South London venue holds fond memories for Maloney, whose former star Lennox Lewis twice fought there. Lewis made two successful appearances at the attractive setting on the way to becoming the undisputed world heavyweight champion under Maloney’s guidance. continue

Wlodarczyk To Cunningham: Let's Settle The Score

steve cunninghamHollywood, FL, June 19 — Former world cruiserweight champion Krzysztof ‘Diablo’ Wlodarczyk is a warrior, and as such, accepting losses doesn’t come easy to him. The last man to beat him, current IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham, is the same way, and after Wlodarczyk gave the American a chance to redeem himself in May, he hopes Cunningham will do the same by agreeing to a rubber match to truly determine who the superior fighter is.

“I think a third match is the only true way to prove who is better,” said Wlodarczyk, who lost a razor-thin majority decision to Cunningham in May after beating him by split decision last November to win the vacant IBF title. “I won the first fight, he won the second, they were both very close, and the fans enjoyed both fights. I know that if we fight again, we will not only settle our score once and for all, but we will give the fans a memorable and meaningful fight.” continue

American heavyweight still looms large

ruizLAS VEGAS (June 19, 2007) – Media critics who bashed him unmercifully for years won’t admit it. Fans that trashed him don’t want to hear it, either. But American media members and fans alike do agree, in terms of their constant complaints that, today all of the major world heavyweight champions – IBF Wladimir Klitschko, WBA Ruslan Chagaev, WBC Oleg Maskaev, and WBO Sultan Ibragimov – are from Soviet bloc nations. Where are the American heavyweight hopefuls, they ask? Better, yet, which American has the best chance of bringing a world title belt back to America?

Underachieving Shannon Briggs? Out-of-shape Hasim Rahman? An exposed Calvin Brock? Juiced-up James Toney? continue

McCall: Next Stop? The World Championship

oliver mccallHollywood, FL, June 19 — Despite fighting in his opponent’s backyard in Ankara, Turkey, former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall moved a step closer to regaining the crown he once held on Saturday, as he battered and outpointed Sinan Samil Sam over 12 rounds to win the WBC international championship and earn a shot at the WBC crown currently held by Oleg Maskaev.

“Maskaev, Sam Peter, Vitali Klitschko, it don’t matter,” said McCall when discussing the fighters currently embroiled in their own battles for the WBC crown. “I already knocked out Maskaev once, I wouldn’t mind exposing Peter as all hype, and I could send Klitschko back into retirement. I just want my title shot and I’m gonna get my belt back. Mr. Sulaiman said the winner of my fight with Sam will get a title shot, and I know him to be a man of his word. I can’t wait!” continue

Santana- Cuello highlights Broadway Boxing

New York, June 19—Spanish Harlem’s Edgar Santana (21-2, 13 KO’s) will square off against Harrison Cuello (12-5, 9 KO’s) in the 10 round junior welterweight main event on DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Presented by FreeTheFan.Com at the Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center tomorrow night (Wednesday, June 20). continue

Kevin Mitchell Roots For Alex Arthur

Cockney ace Kevin Mitchell is backing fellow Brit Alex Arthur to win the Interim WBO World Super-Featherweight title - so he can rip it off him before the year is out. Edinburgh's Arthur challenges Koba Gogoladze on July 21 at the C.I.A in Cardiff in his first world title fight. continue

The Trackers; the Destroyers

kelly pavlik19.06.07 - By Ted Sares: There is something primal about fighters who track their opponents. With a savage incoming style that destroyed his opponents’ bodies, Julio Ceasar Chavez was one and so was Roberto Duran. They were seek and destroy fighters who defined this style during their respective reigns of terror. They would begin the chase as soon as the bell rang cutting off the ring and getting closer and closer until they made initial contact.

Said Johnny Ortiz, “Julio’s track them down and execute style of fighting will live on in fistic lore, whenever the greats are brought up in discussion, you can make book the name of Julio Caesar Chavez will be right there at the top of the list. It is only befitting for … ‘El Leon de Culiacan!” continue

Richard Hall signs with BYG Management

19.06.07 - Bust Your Grill Management announces the signing of former WBA Light Heavyweight interim titlist Richard "The Destroyer" Hall. Hall, 27-7 (25 KO), has earned a reputation as a fearless warrior, engaging in thrilling battles with Roy Jones Jr., Glen Johnson, Julian Letterlough, among others. continue

European Boxing News: Timo Hoffman to Take on Ibragimov!

timo hoffman19.06.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: Big Timo Hoffmann, Sauerland Event´s resurrected heavy, fights Timur Ibragimov in the chief support to Asikainen vs Sylvester June 23 in Zwickau. Hoffmann looked finished when he lost to Paolo Vidoz in 2005 but another change in trainer - Timo have had many trainers during his long career - to Uwe Schuster made the big man come alive again. He beat stablemate Cengiz Koc in an internal "eliminator" and knocked out Konstantin Onofrei in his last bout.

Ibragimov comes in with two straight losses but those have been at higher level than Hoffmann have competed in for a long time so it will an interesting crossroads fight. For Denmark, Norway and Finland it´s a big boxing night with Mads Larsen, Thomas Hansvoll, Cecilia Braekhus and Amin Asikainen on the bill and the show is partly televised in all three countries. continue

Star Boxing adds Fantastic Four to stable

June 19, 2007 (Bronx, NY)- Founder and CEO of Star Boxing, Joe DeGuardia is proud to announce the signings of world class welterweight Said Ouali, world class Jr. Middleweight Daniel "The Haitian Sensation" Edouard, 2004 US Olympic Heavyweight Devin Vargas, and top young Super Featherweight prospect Eric Hunter to the Star Boxing roster of fighters. continue

Haye and Solis: The Best of the Brand New Heavies

david haye19.06.07 - By Chris Kavanagh: Friday 27th April 2007 saw two significant new entrances in the pro ranks of the heavyweight boxing division: unexpectedly, it also saw two first-round knockouts of very credible fighters. David Haye and Odlanier Solis both made their professional heavyweight debuts around the same time, a few hundred miles apart, in London and Hamburg, and both were so impressive as to ratchet up hopes that we might be seeing some new talent in the division to answer all the lamentation of the last few years.

Haye and Solis met as amateurs back in 2001, having reached the final of the World Amateur boxing Championships. Solis came out on top, after both fighters were given counts as they exchanged heavy artillery. continue

The Shannon Briggs-Hasim Rahman Comparison

hasim rahman19.06.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: Hasim “The Rock” Rahman and Shannon” The Cannon” Briggs have dispelled one common myth, size doesn’t matter. In the “super heavyweight” era, Briggs and Rahman have been super disappointments. Neither fighter has been able to translate their physical attributes into the types of boxing careers they were expected to have.

The asthma riddled Bed Stuy Brooklyn born Briggs was a highly touted amateur. He began his pro career at 25-0, before getting shocked by Darroll Wilson. Briggs was however able to recover and earn a very highly controversial majority decision over linear Heavyweight boxing Champion George Foreman. Briggs’ reign was derailed in only 4 months after winning the belt by getting dropped 5 times en route to a 5th round TKO loss to Lennox Lewis. continue

Victor Oganov Interview: The ‘Destroyer’ says, “My dream is to win a fight on points. Honestly, that is what I train to do!”

oganov19.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Those that have been with me from the beginning, know that I try to focus on helping the boxing world meet up with, and find out about fighters, whose career, style, or personality are worth keeping an eye on. Since this is the standard by which I interview guys, there should always be something intriguing about any single person that takes the time out to speak with us.

The question that unbearably has to be asked is what makes Victor Oganov so special? I think the fans on this site are too smart to be fooled by a pretty professional record without much substance. Personally, I can’t blame them because, after all, that is a logical concern for fans who invest their time in watching a certain boxer progress through the ranks on his way to a title or the trash. Anyone can clearly see that Oganov’s opponents to date are, in the most generous of terms, sub-par in nature. Although I will not focus on the excuses regarding this, I will say that as with most guys who are not famous amateurs, managing and promotion are always and always will be major issues. continue

Gavin Topp Retires

gavin topp19.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Former Australian junior middleweight champion Gavin Topp has informed eastside that he's decided to retire. Gavin turned professional in 1995 after an amateur career of 19 bouts. In 1999 he unsuccessfully challenged for the Commonwealth title, losing on points to then WBC number 6 Tony Badea in Canada. The following year he won the Aussie title by out pointing fellow Queenslander Les Crowe. He made one defense, a decision win over Josh Clemshaw before retiring, making a comeback in 2005.

Gavin's biggest night of his career came last December 2 when he traveled to Germany to face former WBA & WBO champion Felix Sturm. “Toppy” was stopped on cuts by the German doctor in the 6th round. continue

Simms vs Alcine, Darchinyan vs Donaire on July 7

BRIDGEPORT, Conn.—Legendary boxing promoter Don King will present a boxing event with three world championships on Saturday, July 7 at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. The main event will feature Norwalk’s own undefeated World Boxing Association super welterweight champion ‘Tremendous’ Travis Simms (25-0, 19 KOs) defending his crown against undefeated WBA No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs), from Montreal. continue

Winky Wright-Bernard Hopkins Undercard

LOS ANGELES (June 19, 2007)…The undercard of Hopkins vs. Wright "Coming to Fight" will showcase two exciting World Championship bouts featuring the United States debut of two of boxing's most exciting rising stars. Veteran featherweight star and former WBC Super Bantamweight Champion Oscar "Chololo" Larios will have the opportunity to add another title to his extensive resume. However, he will have to get past the undefeated Venezuelan Jorge Linares as they battle for the vacant WBC Interim Featherweight Championship in a bout that will mark the U.S. debut for the young, powerful Linares. continue

"Mecca of Boxing" Premieres on Sunday, June 24

rocky marcianoMSG will premiere the new original documentary "Mecca of Boxing" on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. The one-hour special will look back at the countless heavyweight championships, world title bouts and epic boxing matches held at the Garden since the late 1800s. From John L. Sullivan winning the first heavyweight championship, to Marciano vs. Louis in 1951, to what many refer to as the ‘fight of the century’ Ali vs. Frazier in 1971, the Garden has been an integral part of the legacy of professional boxing in the United States.

This documentary will take viewers through the unbelievable history of boxing matches at Madison Square Garden, considered the ‘Mecca of Boxing.’ continue

Public Workout For Khan, Cook, Mitchell And Small

Boxing stars Amir Khan, Nicky Cook, Kevin Mitchell and Anthony Small will hit London for a public workout on Friday 29th June in the build up to their big night next month at the O2 Arena. The hotshots of British boxing will all go through a series of punishing work-outs with their trainers as they show fight fans what is in store when they feature on the first ever World Championship Boxing event to be staged at the fabulous 02 Arena on Saturday 14th July. continue

Victor Oganov Inks with GSP

TOTOWA, NJ (June 19, 2007) -- Promoter Gary Shaw announced today the signing of undefeated Top-10 super middleweight contender VICTOR "THE DESTROYER" OGANOV to an exclusive promotional contract. Oganov (26-0, 26 KOs), a native of Russia, now living in Australia, is currently world-rated No. 8 by the World Boxing Organization. continue

Hatton-Castillo: Intangibles = Intrigue

ricky hatton18.06.07 - By Andy Olsen: Saturday night sees the long awaited contest between Ricky Hatton and Jose Louis Castillo. The IBO Light Welterweight title is on the line, but belt pales into insignificance compared to what is at stake for both fighters careers. Opinion seems divided on who will prevail, with credible arguments provided behind either outcome. This article aims to examine these arguments in detail, and look at the “known unknowns” that accompany this fight (“things we know we don’t know” if you aren’t familiar with Mr. Rumsfeld’s somewhat infamous speech).

Something we can be fairly certain of though, this is going to be good. Both go into this fight with something to prove. But I feel, in terms of career standing, it is the champion who has more reason to deliver. continue

8 Count Productions Signs Francisco Rodriguez

CHICAGO'S 8 Count Productions has signed bantamweight prospect Francisco Rodriguez to an exclusive promotional contract, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. The 23 year old Rodriguez, born and raised in Chicago , sports a record of 8-1 with six knockouts. continue

Mercer vs. Kimbo Transcript

KIMBO: I expected to get to whatever level I could have gotten to. The fact that I got into this fight is all good. I will fight anybody. I don’t care how good he is and I can’t care who he has fought or how good he thinks he is. I’ll fight anybody. If I have to fight someone on a professional level, like this cat, I will tell my managers and my people to get me the right trainers and I’ll fight anybody on any level. read full story

Mayweather Sr. Says Pupil Tony Hanshaw Will KO and Retire Legend Roy Jones Jr. on July 14

18.06.07 - He's hasn't been lacking for clients since he and Oscar De La Hoya parted ways. Light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson is one of his newer pupils and so is undefeated junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman. Now unbeaten (28-0-1) super middle/light heavyweight Anthony "Tyger" Hanshaw is studying under Pugilistic Professor and Poet Laureate Floyd Mayweather Sr. continue

Paulie Pummels The Panther Postscript: What’s Next For Malignaggi?

lovemore ndouBy Taj “Yuma” Eubanks, June 18, 2007 - It is a joyous (and increasingly rare) occasion nowadays when one can sit down and watch a prizefight and feel fulfilled at its conclusion. Such was the case on Saturday night as Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (22-1-0, 5 KOs) turned in an impressive performance against Lovemore “The Black Panther” N’dou (45-9-1, 30 KOs) capturing the IBF junior welterweight strap in the process.

Malignaggi’s winning effort was impressive for two reasons: 1) it showed that the Brooklyn speedster was not ruined by the beating he suffered at the hands of Miguel Cotto last year, and 2) it served notice that Malignaggi is a force to be reckoned with in the division. continue

Paulie Malignaggi tosses shutout against Lovemore N’dou

paulie malignaggi18.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When Paulie Malignaggi challenged Miguel Cotto for the WBO junior welterweight crown just over a year ago, he was overmatched by a superior foe. Despite the loss, Malignaggi put forth the type of effort which improved his own standing even though he didn’t win. His brave performance resonated with the fans and, to date, Malignaggi is still the only fighter to have ever lasted the distance against Cotto in a title bout.

Despite fighting just once since his courageous outing against Cotto, Malignaggi managed to land another title shot against 140 pound IBF champion, Lovemore N’dou. Many observers questioned the fact Malignaggi received another title shot so quickly, especially since he hadn’t beaten any top rated contenders in the interim. continue

Australian Boxing: Boxing Explosion On June 23

Red Hot prospect William Kickett, undefeated from 4 Fights will be taking on the tough Thai, Thongcharoen Sunwannasil in the Main Event. Australia’s greatest trainer Johnny Lewis predicts rising star William Kickett will be the ``next Lionel Rose’’. continue

Interview With Oliver McCall - "Let Me and Vitali Klitschko Fight!"

oliver mccall18.06.07 - By James Slater: Fresh off his fine win over Sinan Samil Sam at the weekend, Oliver "The Atomic Bull" McCall is feeling great. Not only is he the new WBC International heavyweight champ, but the forty-two year old is now in line to get a shot at the real thing in the coming months. A chance at what Oliver calls total redemption and a second term as WBC boss is now the motivation for the hard-headed warrior. Speaking to me over the phone earlier this evening, Oliver was keen to speak about possible fights with Vitali Klitschko and the winner of the Sam Peter and Oleg Maskaev match. A return, too, with Sam was not something McCall ruled out.

Here is what the jubilant "Atomic Bull" had to say. continue

Dave Tenny, Veteran Cutman, Joins Rivera Promotions

WORCESTER, Mass. – Dave Tenny, a 30-year veteran of the sport of boxing with more than 30 world championship fights as a top cutman, has joined Rivera Promotions, the newest promotional team that hopes to ignite the world of boxing in New England. continue

Hattons Celebrate Father's Day -- Vegas Style! (photos)

hatton LAS VEGAS (June 19, 2007) -- Photos by Paul Speak: Most sons get to spend Father's Day with their dad. Ricky and Matthew Hatton are no exception. Yesterday, the Hatton brothers chilled around the pool of their rented home in Las Vegas with their dad, Ray. They followed this with a good old fashioned home cooked meal for dinner. Being in the gambling capital of the world, the Hattons got into the spirit of Vegas and had a few rounds of cards. Not high stake poker for these guys but a simple game of "crash." Lessons have been learned from their previous visit to Vegas in January.

With both brothers looking sharp in training all that remains is the final touches to what has been the best training camp to date. Come Saturday, the Thomas & Mack Center will explode to the sound of an estimated 10,000-plus British fans cheering their hero in a near-capacity house. And as they start to sing, "There is only one Ricky Hatton," Las Vegas and Jose Luis Castillo will wonder what has HIT them. continue

Dirrell-Stevens: Curtis Stevens lacks killer instinct

curtis stevens18.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Earlier this year, I was ringside when Curtis Stevens won a unanimous decision against Darnell Boone in a lackluster affair. It was one of the least interesting bouts I’d ever seen. The thing I remember most about the fight was the unbearably slow pace and absolutely lethargic punch output by the up and coming prospect, Stevens.

Therefore, it came as no surprise when Stevens was outworked and out hustled this past weekend; I was convinced he’d ultimately meet his match at the hands of a more active fighter. What was surprising, however, was watching Stevens succumb to a fighter as inexperienced as Andre Dirrell. Curtis Stevens has skills, but he cannot seem to use them effectively. He is a pressure fighter who cannot properly apply pressure. continue

Sprott And Skelton Rescheduled For The 02

It's already a heavyweight card with a staggering seven titles on the line but the 02 Arena show on Saturday 14th July is now a real heavyweight show with the addition of big boys Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott. The pair were due to meet last month at the Excel but Sprott withdrew from the fight due to an injury and they will now clash on the mega show alongside WBO World title challenger Nicky Cook and Olympic Silver Medallist Amir Khan. continue

'8 Is Enough': An In-Depth Look At The Elite 8 In Boxings Deepest Division: Williams, Cotto, Mayweather, Cintron, Clottey, Margarito, Mosley and Collazo

shane mosley18.06.07 - By Vivek Wallace: When it comes to sports on an international platform, for whatever reason, the sport of boxing is generally one that comes up close to last. In an era that encompasses Golf great Tiger Woods, preceded by international Basketball icon Michael Jordan, unfortunately, few have found time to enjoy the sport known to it's aficionado's as the 'sweet science'.

Level of competition plays a key role in the question of 'why' Boxing has seemed to fizzle in the minds of sports fans globally, but all that could soon come to an end as things in one division in particular, (welterweights), have amped up a few notches. To put it in lyrical terms: "THINGS ARE HEATIN' UP LIKE MIAMI IN THE SUMMER WITH FIGHTERS ROUGH AND RUGGED LIKE A HUMMER"!!! continue

Manfredo a true throwback fighter

PROVIDENCE (June 18, 2007) - When the "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo, Jr. enters the ring Wednesday night to headline the "Cha-Ching In The Ring" show, it'll mark his third fight within a 74-day period, an unheard of schedule today for a top 15 contender. Manfredo (27-4, 13 KOs), rated No. 14 by the IBF, lost by controversial stoppage in the third round to WBO super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe in Wales on April 7. continue

Paulie Malignaggi Wins IBF 140 Lb Title!

paulie malignaggi17.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Brooklyn, New York's Paulie Malignaggi boxed his way to a convincing unanimous decision over Lovemore Ndou from Sydney, Australia, at Uncassville, CT on Saturday night (US time) to run away with the IBF junior welterweight belt. 26 year old Malignaggi was too fast of hand and foot for the 35 year old Ndou who did not do near enough with his hands to stay competitive. Malignaggi set the theme for the 12 rounder in the first minute of opening round as he jabbed, jabbed and jabbed some more.

Ndou landed a short right over the top and a left hook seconds later but Malignaggi carried the round and simply kept doing what works for the remainder. Ndou had good rounds in four and five, caused a slight nick, but for the most part walked up in front of Paulie who began letting combinations go in the last half and circled to his left with ease, finding home with the right more as the fight went on. Lovemore came out hard in the final round but Malignaggi closed in style. continue

Ahmet Öner: "Our first night in Turkey was a complete success!"

Hamburg, June 18th 2007 – Sinan Samil Sam’s wounds after his loss to Oliver McCall (Sam suffered a bad cut under the left eye in round 3) just start to heal while arena-CEO Ahmet Öner already offers a positive summary of the event in Ankara’s Atatürk SporSalonu. continue

8 Count Productions heads to Congress Theater on July 13

Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced details of SUMMER SIZZLE, their next world class, action packed evening of professional boxing set for Friday, July 13th at the newly remodeled, fully air conditioned Congress Theater. Tickets for this event can be purchased in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. continue

Aaron Williams Makes CES Debut This Wednesday

Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (12-0-1, 9 KO’s) will make his Classic Entertainment and Sports debut this Wednesday on ESPN 2’s “Wednesday Night Fights” at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Ct. Williams, fighting out of Las Vegas, NV, will meet Deleon Tinsley (7-1-1) of Orlando, FL in a six rounder. The Williams/Deleon fight will serve as the chief support for Peter Manfredo vs. David Banks. continue

Why Holyfield vs. Ibragimov will sell and why we must want it to!

evander holyfield17.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: By now, as most of us know after winning the WBO heavyweight championship belt on June 2nd from Shannon Briggs, Sultan Ibragimov is slated to make his first voluntary defense against Evander Holyfield. While there will undoubtedly be a lot of criticism stemming from this choice of opponent, as there generally is in boxing regarding most any decision anybody makes that one or two ignorant people do not like, it seems like a terrific business move, and a historically important choice, coming on the part of the Ibragimov team.

Before I explain why, and people start leaving comments below calling me a bias suck up to the Ibragimov team (which by the way isn’t all too untrue I guess), let me attempt and offer up a brief explanation regarding the significance of this boxing decision. As of right now the current crop of titleholders is to put it mildly but bluntly insignificant in the eyes of the boxing public. continue

Erdei Stops Blades in 11th round TKO

zsolt erdei18.06.07 - By Gary Jones: Making his eighth title defense, WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (27-0, 17 KO’s) stopped hopelessly overmatched American George Blades (21-3, 15 KO’s) in the 11th round on Saturday night at the SYMA Sport & Leisure Center, in Budapest, Hungary. Erdei, 33, originally from Hungary and now training in Germany under trainer Fritz Sdunek, had little trouble with Blades, ranked # 15 in the WBO.

In fact, from the opening bell, I wondered why Blades was even given a shot at the title considering his low ranking and meager skills. He never had chance, as it turned out, because Erdei completely dominated him in the process of giving him a boxing lesson for 11-rounds until the fight was stopped in the 11th after Erdei staggered Blades with a left jab, right hand combinations. continue

Danny Green Gets Otis Griffin In IBO Eliminator

Green Machine Promotions have pleasure in announcing an IBO light heavyweight world title elimination bout between our own Danny Green and the USA's Otis Griffin. The bout will also be a defense of Danny's IBF Pan Pacific and WBA PABA regional titles. The bout has also be sanctioned for the vacant IBF Intercontinental title, so there is plenty at stake. continue

Olusegun Wins And Maloney Prospects Move On

17.06.07 - Ajose Olusegun claimed his first title by unanimously out pointing Gary Reid to win the vacant Commonwealth light welterweight title at London's Crystal Palace on Friday night. The Nigerian born 27 year old was heavily favoured to defeat Reid, a Jamaican born Stoke on Trent resident, but was forced to raise his game to contain his gallant opponent. continue

McCall: “I will give Sam a re-match!“

17.06.07 - After beating Sinan Samil Sam in his hometown Ankara new WBC International Champion promised “The Bull from the Bosporus” a re-match. McCall: “It was a tough fight, Sam did not step back though he was seriously injured. I will give him a re-match wherever he was, either Ankara or maybe Istanbul.” continue

Oliver McCall Outpoints Samil Sam - "The Atomic Bull" Is Back!

mccall17.07.06 - By James Slater, photo: J.A. Treptow: Oliver McCall is back, back, back! Scoring a points win many felt he was incapable of doing in the backyard of Turkish tough-guy Sinan Samil Sam, McCall earned his most meaningful victory since his ten round stoppage of Henry Akinwande back in 2001.

Not only did "The Atomic Bull" punish Sam for a unanimous decision triumph, he also set himself up for a shot at regaining his old WBC heavyweight title. With the winner of last night's clash promised a title chance pre-fight by none other than Jose Sulaiman himself, the forty-two year old can now look forward to boxing the eventual winner of the Maskaev/Peter/Vital Klitschko situation. continue

Don “Da’Bomb” George: Destroys Cory Phelps in Rochester

By: Cestus Press - Cestus Management’s undefeated super middleweight dynamo Donovan George needed just seventy-four seconds to discard Cory Phelps. The fight took place this past Thursday night on the under card of the Hasim Rahman-Tauras Sykes contest from Rochester, New York and was promoted by Top Rank who is the promoter of Donovan George. continue

Morales-Diaz Tickets

ROSEMONT, Illinois – It will be the Battle of Midway when three-division world champion ERIK “El TERRIBLE” MORALES, making his Chicago debut and seeking his record fourth world title in as many weight divisions, rumbles with WBC lightweight champion and Chicago native DAVID DIAZ in the main event of “The War for 4!” Promoted by Top Rank Inc., in association with Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Promotions, “The War for 4!” world championship extravaganza will take place Saturday, August 4 from the Allstate Arena. continue

Juan Castaneda Signs with Gary Shaw

TOTOWA, NJ (June 18, 2007) -- Gary Shaw announced today the signing of undefeated Mexican buzzsaw JUAN CASTANEDA. Trained by Juan Castaneda, Sr. and managed by Cameron Dunkin, the 5'7 super featherweight is 7-0, with 6 KOs and hails from La Paz BCS, Mexico. continue

Erdei punishes Blades; Arslan dethrones Brudov!

erdei17.06.07 - Unbeaten WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (27-0, 17 KOs) scored a dominating eleventh round stoppage of George "Honey Boy" Blades (21-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday at the SYMA Arena in Budapest, Hungary. Erdei was very accurate with his full arsenal of punches as he methodically broke down his challenger.

Blades was staggered after a hard right in round six, but Erdei patiently stuck to his game plan, which was working flawlessly.Things heated up in the tenth when Blades tried to launch an aggressive attack, but Erdei continued to win the exchanges. In round eleven, referee Joe Cortez decided to step in and end the one-sided affair even though Blades didn't appear to be particularly hurt. Time was 2:27. continue

Reid’s Commonwealth Disappointment

When Gary Reid left the Potteries for London to meet Nigerian Ajose Olusegun it was more in hope than in expectation. The boxing intelligentsia expected Gary to last between 4 and 6 rounds in last night’s Commonwealth light-welterweight title clash. He confounded the experts however and was still on his feet at the end of 12 gruelling rounds during which he had succeeded in frustrating the very classy African by withstanding everything that he had in his prolific arsenal. continue

What Now Roy Jones?

16.06.07 - By Jim Amato: OK...You're Roy Jones Jr. and you got your butt whipped by Antonio Tarver again. You managed to go the distance but in doing so you sacrificed any chance you had of winning. Tarver is just a tough nut for you to crack. He's a tall, rangy southpaw with good power but you already knew that. You remembered the shot he caught you with in the second fight. You were not going to get hit with that shot again. No way that was going to happen. continue

Bute decisions Bika!

bute15.06.07 - By Scott Frake: Super middleweight Lucien Bute (20-0, 16 KO’s) defeated Sakio Bika (22-3-2, 14 KO’s), winning an easy 12-round decision tonight in an IBF eliminator tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Early on, Bika, 28, proved to be a tough opponent for Bute, as he pressured him constantly, using rough house tactics - mostly holding and hitting, headbutts and rabbit punches - on the inside as he had done against Joe Calzaghe in their bout in October 2006.

However, Bute, 27, kept his composure, avoiding getting lulled into brawling with the tough Bika, instead firing jabs and combinations from the outside and using his superior boxing skills to outwit the slower Bika. continue

Kid Pambelé, the boxer whom the gods loved

15.06.07 -By Jaime Castro-Núñez: After a whole morning trying to resell the contraband cigarettes he had bought at dawn, boyish Antonio Cervantes stopped on top of the Cartagena Walls, sat next to the now-rusted cannons that the Spanish Empire had placed to defend the city against piracy in the Sixteenth Century, put the cigarettes next to the artillery, and contemplated the Caribbean Sea. He heard the tolling of the bells...taan, taan. He did not need to hear them to understand that it was twelve o’clock. He was hungry enough to hear the cats fighting in his empty stomach. He took a second breath, decided to visit boxing manager Nelson Arrieta, and resumed work, voicing with a renovated energy: “Cigarettes, cigarettes.” continue

Vitali Klitschko to fight Jameel McCline on September 22nd in Germany

vitali klitschko15.06.07 - By Gary Jones: Former WBC/WBO heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KO’s) is preparing to make his boxing comeback bout against Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KO’s) on September 22, which will take place in Germany, according to the latest boxing news from ESPN. Vitali, 35, has been out of boxing for the last couple of years, last fighting in December 2004 against Danny Williams, whom he stopped in an 8th round TKO.

If Vitali can get by McCline, 37, then the big Ukrainian's next bout will be against the winner of the WBC heavyweight Oleg Maskaev’s bout against Samuel Peter, which takes place on September 29, 2007. Vitali was supposed to be fighting Maskaev instead of McCline, however, Vitali declined to go forward with the bout, letting Sam Peter, the number one ranked challenger in the world boxing council go take the bout instead. continue

Ricky Hatton Boxing Media Conference Call Transcript

15.06.07 - FRED STERNBURG: We are nine days away from a fight that every boxing fan around the world has been looking forward to and no one can agree on who will win. It’s that close. Their styles are so similar. The only thing people agree on is it’s going to be action packed. We have the privilege today to have undefeated two division world champion Ricky Hit Man Hatton from Manchester, England. He’s been in Las Vegas for a week now. Ricky, in his second reign as junior welterweight champion will be defending his titles against two time WBC lightweight champion, Jose Luis Castillo. And we’re also privileged to have Ricky’s trainer, Billy Graham on the line. continue

Ndou vs. Malignaggi Saturday Night!

lovemore ndou15.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou (45-8-1,30 KO's) from Sydney, NSW, Australia, by way of South Africa defends his IBF 140 pound boxing title against Brooklyn, NY born and bread and Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (22-1,5 KO's) over 12 heats in Uncasville, CT on Saturday night US time.

Australian fight fans will begin filling into pubs and clubs around the country around 11 am Sunday morning to watch the 35 year old Ndou who first entered the world top ten in 1998, hopefully make a successful first boxing defense of the title he was “awarded” after stopping Perth based Tunisian rival Noefel Ben Rabah in February. continue

Gunn To Challenge For IBF International Title

Promoter Han Kim of Sugar Han Productions has announced that on August 11th, Bobby Gunn will headline his card and challenge for the IBF International Cruiserweight Title against an opponent to be named. The card, which will take place at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia, will also feature top Cruiserweight Emmanuel Nwodo if he is successful June 29th against Darnell Wilson. continue

Big George Foreman’s Comeback, And How It Changed The Heavyweight World

george foreman15.06.07 - By James Slater: There is little doubt that the return to the boxing ring of former heavyweight king George Foreman added excitement and intrigue to the sport of boxing.

Indeed, when Foreman scored his miraculous seeming win over WBA and IBF title holder Michael Moorer in 1994 people the world over, not merely dedicated fights fans, once again knew who the heavyweight champion was. This was obviously good for boxing. Yet did George, in his unlikely comeback, actually do more harm than good to the big boys’ weight class? Would the current situation with the aging Evander Holyfield, for example, who is still fighting at age forty-four, be happening were it not for Big George’s amazing accomplishments? continue

Bernard Dunne Update

Bernard Dunne might be in training ahead of his next European title defence but despite that he’ll be a ladies man this weekend………..just don’t tell his wife Pamela! Bernard will return to Dublin this weekend from his training camp in Belfast to squeeze in two media dates ahead of next Saturday nights Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point. continue

Holyfield-Savarese Training Camp Notes

evander holyfield15.06.07 - Evander Holyfield has been in training camp for about six weeks, and according to trainer Ronnie Shields the four-time world heavyweight champion is ahead of schedule: “I wish the fight was this Saturday. I’m going to bring him down now even though there’s still two weeks to go before the fight. That’s how ready he is” . . . It was nearly 20 years ago when Shields began his first tour of duty as Holyfield’s trainer. In their first bout together Holyfield stopped Carlos DeLeon to unify the cruiserweight championship.

What is different between the Holyfield then and now? “I don’t see any difference. Still the same speed and he works just as hard. Evander is wise and he uses his knowledge to the fullest. I guess some people as they get older they find it harder to have goals. He’s not like that. He always sets goals for himself” . . . Holyfield will end sparring late next week. He’ll arrive in El Paso on Sunday, June 23. continue

Figueroa signs with LoNano

Light welterweight prospect Frankie "El Gato" Figueroa has signed an exclusive managerial contract with Sal LoNano, president of S&L Boxing, it was announced today. Figueroa (16-2, 12 KOs), fighting out of the Bronx (NY), is the reigning WBC International Mundo Hispano welterweight and New York State light welterweight champion. He has won eight in a row, six by knockout, including a four-round stoppage against Ilidio Julio (35-10-1) in his last fight on April 13. continue

The Ten Greatest Heavyweight Fights of All Time - Part One

muhammed ali15.06.07 - By Scott Crouse: We’ve recently been reminded once again of the abysmal and dreadfully dull state of today’s heavyweight division. It’s become a painfully monotonous pattern that after every heavyweight fight we are left disappointed, frustrated, and yearning for heavyweights who fight like they actually give a damn.

Whether the future will deliver such fighters only time--and a great deal of patience--will tell. In the meantime, while we obsess over such a future we can remember the past, enjoying the fights and fighters who took pride in their ring-performances and understood their role as warriors and entertainers, and much like the ancient gladiators fought in such a way as to “win the crowd,” not put them to sleep. continue

WBC President Sulaiman: “Sam-McCall winner gets a shot at the World title!” - Weigh-In Photos

15.06.07 - photos: J.A. Treptow -WBC President Jose Sulaiman arrived in Ankara last night to witness the „Bull Fight” between “The Bull from Bosporus” Sinan Samil Sam and “The Atomic Bull” Oliver McCall. And he brought a special “present” for the fighters with him to Turkey. Sulaiman promised that the winner of the bout will get a shot on the World Championship after reigning Champion Oleg Maskaev, mandatory challenger Samuel Peter and “champion emeritus” Vitali Klitschko have sorted out who will be the man to beat. continue

Rahman/Sykes; Kid Diamond/Huerta: In a Night of Questionable Decisions, Rochester is the Real Winner

hasim rahman15.06.07 - By David J. Kozlowski - ROCHESTER, NY – Ron Resnick knows how to run a good boxing event. That’s good, since his Resnick Productions, in association with Top Rank, brought “War at the Armory II” to Rochester, the first big boxing event in the area in some time. Hasim Rahman headlined the main event, with Kid Diamond in the featured bout; the event was nationally televised on Versus.

The main event was a lackluster affair in which the NABF Heavyweight Championship was awarded to Hasim “the Rock” Rahman, who improved to 42-6-2 (33), rather than the game Taurus “the Bull” Sykes. The Rahman who fought Sykes was a far cry from the man whose thrilling upset victory over Lennox Lewis in 2001 gained him respect and the heavyweight championship of the world. continue

Weights For Olusegun vs. Reid Commonwealth Title Fight

The weigh-in for the vacant Commonwealth light welterweight title took place at Frank Maloney’s South London Fitness Academy yesterday afternoon. Only one pound separated the principals when they stepped on the scales amid the buzzing atmosphere today as Stoke on Trent resident Gary Reid came in at 140 lbs to Ajose Olusegun’s 139 lbs. continue

Is Mikkel Kessler Getting Cold Feet about Facing Calzaghe?

kesslerBy Neil Thompson - 15th June 2007 - For the past 12 months I (and many other fans) have been demanding for a super-fight between the real world champion and number one Super Middleweight, Joe Calzaghe and the WBC/WBA alphabet champion, and recognised number 2 of the division, Mikkel Kessler of Denmark.

In October 2006 I even wrote an article about it entitled "The Fights we Need for 2007". What was stopping this fight from happening was, as usual, the promoters. Arguments over money, venue and date were ruining the chance of this potentially great fight from happening. continue

Arturo Gatti-Alfonso Gomez Conference Call Transcript

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (June 14, 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

Povetkin to take on Larry Donald on June 30

povetkin15.06.07 - Up-and-coming heavyweight star Alexander Povetkin will face the biggest challenge of his career on June 30 when he takes on Larry Donald in Moscow. After winning all 12 of his professional bouts, the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner is ready to take the next step. "He has done incredibly well as a professional boxer and has even succeeded our expectations," manager Wilfried Sauerland lauded. "If he beats Larry Donald, he could move into the top ten of the rankings."

Together with his coach Valery Belov, Povetkin is shaping up in Tschechow, a suburb of Moscow. He was originally scheduled to take on Monte Barrett, but after the American pulled out on short notice, Donald has been lined up for the clash. continue

Wright/Hopkins: Hopkins Arrives In LA To Train With Roach

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 14, 2007) . . . Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday and began training with new trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym. Hopkins is already entrenched in a vigorous regimen in preparation for his summer blockbuster fight against Winky Wright in "Coming to Fight," on July 21st at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas , Nevada live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Will Felix Trinidad make a comeback?

felix trinidad14.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Recently, rumors have surfaced regarding a possible comeback by former pound-for-pound great, Felix “Tito” Trinidad. Puerto Rican newspapers have recently hinted that he’s interested in making a comeback which has caused a lot of ‘chatter’ in the boxing community. Furthermore, recent reports have even suggested Trinidad has been sparring with former conqueror, Ronald “Winky” Wright.

That begs the question, will Trinidad make a comeback, and if so, what type of impact will it have on the boxing world?

A Trinidad comeback makes all the sense in the world. He is still young enough tomake some noise and receive a healthy sum of money for his efforts. continue

Nate Campbell Returns July 6th in Tampa

Tampa, FL – The 4th of July celebrations will not be the only source of fireworks during the holiday weekend as I.B.F #1 ranked mandatory challenger Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell continues his quest for the World Title on Friday July 6th, from Entertainment Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. continue

EDNER CHERRY OUTPOINTS WES FERGUSON…Starfight Does It Right…Now That’s How You Put On A Boxing Show

cherry14.06.07 - By Wray Edwards, all photos © Wray Edwards/ESB -- big photo gallery --
Last night at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida, an SRO crowd of fight fans were treated to an evening of well-matched Boxing which was carried on ESPN’s “Wednesday Night Fights”. The Main Event featured Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (21-5-2, 10 KO’s) from Wauchula, Florida versus Wes Ferguson (16-1-1, 4 KO’s) from Las Vegas, Nevada in a ten round lightweight fight. Edner’s alias comes from his hitting style which often includes maxed-out, looping punches calculated to drive his opponent into the floor.

The under-card was a series of fights in which very competitive opponents went toe-to-toe. The careful pairings led to all of the fights (for which I was able to stay) going the distance. Notable among them was a really frisky pop-and-bang contest between lightweight ladies Jenna Shiver and Mercedes Mercury. As you will see in the photos, they really mixed it up and generated plenty of reaction from the fans; More about that below. The Cherry-Ferguson fight was an example of two young boxers (24 and 21) prepared to go all the way with maximum effort, and here’s the photographic proof and brief comments. continue

Mijares headlines July 13 PPV in Mexico

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (June 14, 2007) - The hottest smaller-weight boxer in the world, WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares, headlines the July 13th "The Gladiators" pay-per-view event live from the Gomez Palacio in Durango, Mexico. continue

Quotes from Atlas, Duva, Nwodo conference call

14.06.07 - LOU DUVA: "I think there is going to be a knockout, and I know that they are going to a be a lot of celebrities, including Pernell Sweatpea Whitaker, the newest boxing Hall of Famer.

"What the Atlas Foundation does for the people of Staten Island and New York is just fantastic, really something special.. continue

Larry "The Legend" Donald talks about Valuev, Klitschko and his upcoming fight against Alexander Povetkin

14.06.07 - Interview by James Slater: Larry "The Legend" Donald gets an unexpected opportunity at re-emerging in the world's top-ten on June 30th. Due to Monte Barret's withdrawal, Larry now faces unbeaten Russian prospect Alexander Povetkin. This is a big fight for both men. For Donald, now aged forty, the bout offers him one last shot at the big time. While for the twenty-seven year old with the 12-0 (10) record, the fight will provide him with his biggest test to date. Larry holds a fine 42-4-3 (24) record and has faced some of the biggest names in the heavyweight division - defeating more than a few of them.

Currently in training for the fight with his coach Colin Morgan, the softly-spoken Donald very kindly took time out to speak with this writer. Here is what he had to say. continue

The Fog Machine

berto14.06.07 - By Carlos Acevedo: On the Jermain Taylor-Cory Spinks telecast in May, HBO aired "highlights" of an undercard bout between rising prospect Andre Berto and opponent Martinus Clay. Berto drubbed Clay for 6 repetitive rounds while the usual suspects—-the referee and the seconds—-looked on indifferently.

Clay, battered and outclassed, finally took matters into his own hands and surrendered during the seventh. Clips of Berto landing precise combinations were shown, accompanied by glowing commentary from Jim Lampley. But what HBO never mentioned was that Martinus Clay was 12-13-2 going into the bout. continue

Wayne McCullough withdraws from June 23rd fight

14.06.07 - McCullough made the decision following a delay in confirming a suitable opponent for the bout. The Belfast native had agreed to fight Mexico’s Francisco Mateos earlier this week but a delay in confirming Mateos travel arrangements led to McCullough’s withdrawal. continue

3 Reasons Floyd Should Fight Cotto: But Will He?

floyd mayweather jr.14.6.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Coming into last Saturday night's 'X-Plosive' showdown between Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25KO's) and Zab Judah (34-5, 25KO's), many questioned whether or not Cotto was ready for this increase in oppositional quality. His answer to fans as well as critics was loud and clear. Low blows aside, there wasn't a whole lot that Cotto did wrong as he managed to shift the spotlight to a more mainstream focus.

Present in Cotto's fight game was alot of grit and determination, while absent was the chin that most began to openly question. A far from flawed performance by Cotto prompts immediate attention to a man who is far from short of it after his victory over Oscar Dela Hoya. continue

Erik Morales Seeks Record Fourth World Title

erik moralesROSEMONT, Illinois – It will be the Battle of Midway when three-division world champion ERIK “El TERRIBLE” MORALES, making his Chicago debut and seeking his record fourth world boxing title in as many weight divisions, rumbles with WBC lightweight champion and Chicago native DAVID DIAZ in the main event of “The War for 4!” Promoted by Top Rank Inc., in association with Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Promotions, “The War for 4!” world championship extravaganza will take place Saturday, August 4 from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, ILL. and broadcast live on pay-per-view.

The pay-per-view broadcast will also feature two additional world title boxing fights and the Chicago debut of undefeated welterweight contender Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., son of the legendary three-division world champion and Mexican icon Julio Cesar Chavez. Tickets for the fight, priced at $300, $200, $100, $50 and $35, go on sale June 13. continue

Jones Jr-Hanshaw Press Quotes

roy jones jr.Thursday, June 14, 2007 – Quotes from He’s Baack! Witness The Return of a King: Jones vs. Hanshaw” Los Angeles press conference at the historic Los Angeles Sentinel, the West Coast’s largest African American newspaper. “He's Baack! Witness The Return Of a King: Jones-Hanshaw” is a scheduled 12-round bout which will be on top of a packed and exciting undercard. The PPV TV will be distributed by In Demand and produced by Madison Square Garden Network.

Ken Miller, Editor, Los Angeles Sentinel: It’s an honor to welcome the media for this historic occasion, for arguably one of the greatest athletes not just in the sport of boxing but in all sports in the history of our country. It’s a red-letter day for us because we championed many of the causes that are important to the African American community on a daily basis. continue

Ralf and Graciano Rocchigiani To Train Richel Hersisia

Graciono Rocchigianni10.6.2007: Photos by Marianne Mueller: After three weeks of camp, up-coming WBA Intercontinental heavyweight title challenger Richel Hersisia is making very nice progress with his new training team of former ‘world’ champions Ralf and Graciano Rocchigiani, reports manager Olaf Schroeder after visiting the Duisburg training headquarters of the German boxing legends, where his Dutch client prepares for his clash with WBA # 7 Taras Bidenko (June 30 in Stuttgart, Germany).

“I am convinced we are going to see the best ‘Dutch Sonny Liston’ ever, about that there’s no doubt for me – and in three weeks we will know if it’s enough to overcome Bidenko,” says the Fight Production boss, “Richel’s already done with four sparring partners and one of them ended up in hospital!”. continue

Cotto, and Sugar Shane Mosley, and Floyd Mayweather Jr! Oh my!

miguel cotto14.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: "Cotto and Sugar and Floyd! Oh my!" Okay, I admit, the title of this article sucks. It’s cheesy and unimaginative and I’m ashamed I was unable to muster up something better than a word-play on the famous Wizard of Oz slogan. Be that as it may, I’m still enthusiastic about the prospects of eventual showdowns between three elite pugilists in the welterweight division.

Of the three aforementioned fighters, the match-up I’m most interested in seeing, and the one that makes most sense, is a showdown between reigning pound-for-pound king, Mayweather, and former pound-for-pound king, Mosley. Ever since Mayweather bested De La Hoya last month, many boxing observers have deemed this a logical follow-up for Floyd. continue

Unfinished Business: Is A Cotto-Judah Rematch Necessary?

By Taj Eubanks, June 13, 2007 - Hot on the heels of the most exciting match of the summer comes a truckload of controversy. Message boards across the internet are filled with feuding fans that are divided into two factions regarding the outcome of Cotto-Judah. While no one disputes that the explosive contest was a cause celebre, there is a 1000 lb. elephant in the room that the Justice for Judah faction state that they can no longer ignore. This group of fans feels that the low blows that Zab suffered at the hands of Miguel Cotto irrevocably altered the course of the match, sapping Judah of much-needed energy and leaving him vulnerable to Cotto’s onslaught. continue

Sam vs McCall Sold Out

14.06.07 - With an audience of 6,500 spectators the Atatürk SporSalonu will be sold out when “The Bull from Bosporus” Sinan Samil Sam and “The Atomic Bull” Oliver McCall clash in Ankara on Saturday. Therefore arena-CEO Ahmet Öner advised to set up a large screen (24 m²) in front of the hall for “public viewing.. continue

Ajose Olusegun: "The Best Don't Want To Fight Me!"

14.06.07 - Ajose Olusegun has been waiting for 18 months for the chance to fight for a title and the opportunity finally arrives on Friday night when he fights Gary Reid for the vacant Commonwealth light welterweight title. continue

Boxing Commentary: Cotto vs. Mayweather next? And More!

floyd mayweather14.06.07 - By Christopher Roche: Boxing Questions and answers: Cotto vs. Floyd next? Should Canada teach America how to Promote? Will Women's Boxing ever become viable? 1) Given Miguel Cotto's TKO over Zab Judah, should Team Cotto and Top Rank aim for Floyd Mayweather, Jr.?

After Cotto's performance on Saturday night, there is no doubt that Top Rank is now playing with a stacked deck. Team Cotto is a juggernaut. A colleague, who attended Cotto's open workout in the Bronx, NY, on June 2, reported that when Team Cotto pulled up in their bus, it was as if the Beatles landed in America again. The passion that Cotto generates is incredible. Team Cotto also has big sponsors and crossover marketing, not to mention another classic win on the Eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. continue

Irish Fighters & Writers Recap: McDonagh, Moore Shea & Snipes

14.6.07 - By Christopher Roche: New York-Renaldo Snipes has a habit of turning up in the most unlikely of places. On November 6, 1981, the 25 year-old Snipes landed in Pittsburgh, PA on ABC’s Wide World of Sports to challenge Larry Holmes for the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Last night, in Lower Manhattan, Snipes participated in a panel discussion sponsored by the Irish Arts Center ( regarding Irish boxing history. continue

Maccarinelli vs Braithwaite in Cardiff on July 21

Dynamite punching Enzo Maccarinelli has promised to puncture 'Big Truck' Wayne Braithwaite when they meet at the Cardiff International Arena on July 21. It is now confirmed that the 25-year-old from Swansea will make the third and hardest defence of his WBO World Cruiserweight title against the power-punching Guyanan who has knocked-out 18 of his 24 opponents. Big Mac is relishing the opportunity to match Braithwaite's firepower with his own - that has sparked out 16 of 27 opponents inside the first three rounds - and is confident of making him blow-out. continue

Boxing's Unsung Heroes - The Great Losers

13.06.07 - By Paul McCreath: We are all aware of boxing's many superstars. The names of fighters like Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Roy Jones Jr., Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, and the like are recognized by all boxing fans, but have you ever thought about the fact that in every fight that has a winner, there is also a loser? For every fighter that has a great record there has to be an equal number who lose most of the time. continue

Oh, Dear, James Toney Is Caught Using Illegal Substances For A Second Time

james toney13.06.07 - By James Slater: As all readers of The L.A Times newspaper will now be aware, James "Lights Out" Toney has been caught using illegal substances for a second time. After his last fight, a dreary points win over Danny Batchelder, James was found to have had two illegal stimulants in his urine sample. He has been fined $2,500 and been banned for a solid year.

Apparently, Toney's system had in it the steroids Boldenone and Stanozolol. This is disgraceful news. We all know Toney was found guilty for having used Nadrolone in his title fight with John Ruiz some time back, yet many of us, myself included, believed James' pleas of innocence for that one. A torn bicep, and the prescribed medication for same still being in his system at the time of the ahead-of-intended-schedule fight, was given as the reason for the three-weight champion's failed post-fight test that time. continue

Gutierrez and Garcia Headline Double Main Event on June 22

Pembroke Pines, Florida, June14 th, 2007 – Two of boxing’s hottest, young guns are scheduled to be the co-headliners in a spectacular double main event on June 22nd, in a nationally card televised live on ESPN2 from the extraordinary Mahai Temple in Miami, Florida. Richard “Baby Face” Garcia 40, (34kos) 2 -0 and Richard Gutierrez 20 (13kos) 1-0 are the featured fighters on a card that includes a pair of ten round Junior Middleweight bouts. continue

Amir Khan Gets Some Porridge

13.06.07 - Amir Khan says he is planning to beat Willie Limond at his own game - by building up his strength with daily portions of Scottish specialty porridge. Khan has been knocking back bowlfuls of the health food as he prepares himself for his July 14 clash with Scotsman Limond at the O2 Arena, London, for the Commonwealth lightweight title. continue

Arthur Abraham to take on Khoren Gevor in second mandatory title defence

13.06.07 - It was at the training camp on Majorca where Arthur Abraham learned about his next opponent - the undefeated IBF middleweight champion will make his second mandatory defence against Universum´s Khoren Gevor. "That is no surprise for me," King Arthur stated. "I only took one week off in Armenia after my last fight and then started practicing straight away. I will be ready.. continue

Ricky Hatton Gets the Royal Welcome, Caesars Palace Style!

hatton vs castilloLAS VEGAS, NEV. (June 13, 2007) -- photos by Shane Sims/Banner Promotions - Undefeated two-division world champion RICKY "HIMAN" HATTON received the royal welcome from Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and the entire Royal Court at Caesars Palace today. "I have come to bury Castillo, not to praise him ," declared Hatton, the emperor of the 140-pound division. "Great Caesars ghost! Castillo is going to suffer the most unkindest cut of all on June 23."

Hatton (42-0, 30 KOs), from Manchester, England, in his second reign as junior welterweight champion, defends his title against two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (55-7-1, 47 KOs), from Hermosillo, Mexico, Saturday, June 23, at the Thomas & Mack Center. Promoted by Banner Promotions and Fight Academy, in association with Caesars Palace and Wynn Las Vegas, the 12-round Hatton-Castillo rumble will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 P.M. ET / 7 P.M. PT. continue

HBO Boxing After Dark: NDou vs Malignaggi; Dirrell vs Stevens

13.06.07 - HBO’s late-night boxing series showcases an action-packed doubleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: LOVEMORE N’DOU VS. PAULIE MALIGNAGGI AND CURTIS STEVENS VS. ANDRE DIRRELL is presented SATURDAY, JUNE 16 at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn., exclusively on HBO. continue

Juan Carlos Gomez: “Allah will lead me to the World Championship!“

13.06.07 - Former World Cruiserweight Champion Juan Carlos Gomez presents himself well prepared for his fight against Dennis Bakhtov (Russia) this Saturday in Ankara. The Cuban is in good physical shape and self-confident as always. Gomez: “I have been received very friendly in Turkey. If I had felt that good in Cuba I would never have escaped.. continue

Carl Froch made European mandatory - set to ignite world boxing

13.06.07 - The path to the summit is clearly mapped out for Carl Froch, the future face of world boxing. The Nottingham ‘Cobra’ has three Championship fights in the pipeline, including a challenge for the WBC Title currently held by Mikkel Kessler. First up for the 29-year-old is a mandatory defence of the British Title he has already won outright, against former WBC champion Robin Reid. A purse bid for the Championship had been scheduled for today, but has been delayed in light of the recent surgery Froch has undergone on the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his right knee. continue

Recalling The Night Tommy Hearns Won The WBC 154 Pound Championship

tommy hearns12.06.07 - By James Slater: After his heartbreaking loss to “Sugar” Ray Leonard, his first ever as a professional, Tommy Hearns regrouped with decent wins over Ernie Singletary, Marcos Geraldo and Jeff McCracken. With revenge over Leonard uppermost in his mind, Tommy set his sights on winning another world title.

He moved up seven pounds and challenged the incredibly talented Puerto Rican, Wilfred Benitez, for his WBC light middleweight title. Winning this would prove that Tommy was still one of the finest fighters in the world and that he had suffered no ill effects as a result of the Leonard defeat. The fight was set for December the 3rd 1982 at the Super Dome in New Orleans. continue

Guzman Accepts Pacquaio Fight, Terms, Waits For Contract From Top Rank

Two time WBO champion Joan Guzman has released an official statement as rting that he has accepted to fight Manny Pacquiao at any location, on any date. Guzman’s manager, Jose Nunez stated: “We haven’t outpriced ourselves, we have agreed to the terms that Top Rank has presented us with last Wednesday and we are ready and willing to take on Pacquiao whenever he pleases. continue

Jane Couch: On the Road Again

12.06.07 - By Bernie McCoy: "I love Foxwoods, it's my fourth time. I fought Leah Mellinger and Liz Mueller there in addition to the first Clampitt fight and now this one, so it's my fourth. I know all the officials there, I feel like I'm home, it's a great place." This was Jane Couch, last week, answering my question about going back to Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut for a return ten round bout with Jaime Clampitt on June 20. continue

Adamek’s successful in move to Cruiserweight

12.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When news broke that Tomasz Adamek was moving up to the cruiserweight boxing division, it didn’t matter whether you were a fan, a critic, or a neutral observer—most questioned the wisdom of this decision. After all, it wasn’t too long ago when Adamek was being dubbed “the next best thing” in the light heavyweight division. continue

Derric Rossy In TKO Win Over Ronald Bellamy

Rossy12.06.07 - By Wray Edwards: If Boxing is going to make a comeback as a mainstream popular sport in the United States, it will have to be managed by those who want to consolidate their influence rather than protect sacred cows named WBC, IBF, WBO, IBF, WBF and some state commissions. Home town Boxing such as we see in Philadelphia, New York, Miami, L.A., Chicago, Las Vegas and other cities has to be duplicated in smaller cities like Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Tampa, and others. Also, when Boxing events are held in any city, the production values should be complimentary to the fans. That’s one reason I attended this weekend in Jacksonville, (where I live) Florida…to see what we were being offered this time.

This past weekend, Final Forum presented an evening of Boxing which had its ups and downs. Twelve eager young men stepped through the ropes in a series of matches and mismatches which thrilled and angered the crowd. There was a round card girls contest, a couple of passable fights and music, a lot of music. For some reason, a DJ was hired who filled every moment not devoted to Boxing or the contest, with the most dreadfully loud (can’t hear yourself think loud) rap music. It was the most oppressively irritating atmosphere of any venue I have ever experienced. There were, however, some boxing matches to watch. The main event was the WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship between Ronald Bellamy and Derric Rossy. continue

Pernell Whitaker Enters Boxing Hall Of Fame

pernell whiataker12.06.07 - By Sam Gregory: Sunday June, 10th at The Boxing Hall-of-Fame in Canastota, New York Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist was officially inducted in the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame. In a brief speech in front of the crowd of several hundred boxing fans Pernell paid homage to all the people involved in his illustrious career.

He talked about his amateur career saying, “I think I had a pretty good amateur career, I fought 500 times and only lost 14; you do the math.” He mentioned the trainers and managers that have all helped him along the way. His lawyer who was there to “make sure everything went the way it was supposed to and nobody took advantage of me.” continue

Calderon vs Cazares on August 25th

11.06.07 - In August 25 one of the most awaited showdowns in the mini flyweight division will become a reality when undefeated WBO straweight champion Ivan 'Iron Boy' Calderon (28-0, 6 KO's) moves up in weight to face WBO mini flyweight champion Hugo Cazares (25-3-1, 19 KO's). The official announcement was made by Puerto Rico Best Boxing Promotions at a spectacular press conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The fight will be held at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. continue

Oliver McCall: “I bet my purse that I will knock out Sinan!”

11.06.07 - photo by J.A. Treptow: Sinan Samil Sam, Ahmet Öner and Oliver McCall at the press conference in Ankara -- At the press conference for their big fight next Saturday in Ankara the "bulls" Sinan Samil Sam and Oliver McCall pawed the ground big time. In front of ten running TV-cameras in noble Sheraton Hotel the “Atomic Bull” snorted: “I knocked out Lennox Lewis in round 2 and Henry Akinwande in round 10 – I am sure that Sinan will go down somewhere in between.. continue

HBO Boxing replay of Cotto-Judah

11.06.07 - It’s a special edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the welterweight title fight MIGUEL COTTO VS. ZAB JUDAH SATURDAY, JUNE 16 at 9:30 p.m. (ET/PT) & 8:30 p.m. CT on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at Madison Square Garden, will call all the action. continue

At The Boxing Hall Of Fame

 "Bull and Finito Lopez"11.06.07 - Photo: "Bull and Finito Lopez"
-- By Ted Sares: Hey, I can talk about eating at diners, stopping at yard sales or to look at antiques and visiting neat little towns on the way to Canastota. Great towns like Saratoga Springs, NY where we watched the Bikers heading up to Lake George for a big rally, or where we took in the Art Galleries, but this is about getting to Canastota so let’s cut to the chase.

We arrived at the Hall on Friday, June 8 in 96 degree heat and just in time to see the inductees getting their fists cast. The first fighter I talked with was Canastota’s’ own Dickie DiVeronica, a welterweight contender and fellow cigar smoker. Dickie fought professionally for approximately 15 years and his achievements are in the 1970 edition of the Ring Record Book. His career totals was 53-11 and he was ranked as high as third.

Now these conversations are important to me. I can confirm certain assumptions I have and I can learn some new facts. For example, Dickie mentioned that Carmen Basilio would be at the banquet and this indicated that he was still able to get around. continue

Where Does “Super” Judah Go From Here?

11.06.07 - By David J. Kozlowski: In the elevator leaving the fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, the doors opened and a voice said “This is the Zab Judah elevator—going down.” That was the fight in a nutshell. After looking great in the first round, moving to his right and keeping Miguel Cotto off-balance, Zab fell flat. He stopped slipping punches and was hit more frequently. He threw fewer and fewer meaningful shots. When he did catch Cotto, he moved in too quickly and smothered his own punches. And once his eye swelled up, he became a punching bag. continue

Oisin Fagan – No ordinary school teacher

Oklahoma based elementary school teacher Oisin Fagan has returned to his native Dublin for his summer holidays. However this is one teacher who won’t be enjoying a typical summer break. Instead the Portmarnock man will climb into the ring at the Point in Dublin on Saturday week (June 23rd) as he clashes with Chill John on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night. continue

Vanda-Kost headlines Friday’s show in Minnesota

ST. PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS (June 11, 2007) – Former IBA Americas light middleweight champion Matt “The Predator” Vanda continues his mission to return to world title contention when he faces bitter cross-town rival Kenny “KO” Kost on Friday night in the 10-round main event, headlining “The Brawl In St. Paul: A Father’s Day Special,” at “The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium" in St.. Paul. continue

Judah no match for Cotto

cotto11.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: In the lead-up to the highly anticipated match-up between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah, I pondered what I considered to be a very important question pertaining to this bout: Is Judah smart enough to beat Cotto? Having witnessed their bout this past weekend, there is no doubt, the answer is a resounding no; Judah clearly wasn’t smart enough for Cotto.

Judah looked good in the first round and was able to take advantage of Cotto’s typically slow start. After that, it was all down-hill for Judah. He simply didn’t have any answers for Cotto’s relentless determination. The shame in all this is, had Judah fought a smarter fight, not only could he have been more competitive, but he may have even had a chance at winning. The biggest mistake Judah made was not taking advantage of an obvious weakness which should have been exploited. continue

Frank Maloney's Summer Madness!

11.06.07 - Frank Maloney has announced two great shows for British boxing fans in the lead up to the summer holidays. A new venue for Sky’s Friday Fight Night is introduced as Martin Power clashes with Jason Booth to decide the British Bantamweight title on July 6 at Robin Park Arena in Wigan, England. continue

Caesars Palace Welcomes Ricky Hatton

Granted as Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth, two-time IBF jr. welterweight world champion, and former WBA super lightweight and welterweight world champion, boxer Ricky Hatton deserves nothing short of a royal welcome when he arrives at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Ricky will arrive on a Double Decker bus and pose for pictures under the iconic Caesars Palace marquee, on the same grounds where boxing legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns and Muhammad Ali have all done battle. Following this photo opportunity, Ricky will arrive at the main entrance of Caesars Palace where Caesar, Cleopatra and the entire Royal Court will welcome him into the hotel. continue

Mack-Vasquez headlines, Grant & Acevedo on card June 27

Pro boxing goes upscale when “Black-Tie Boxing” comes to New York City on June 27 as caviar and champagne replace hot dogs and beer, tuxedos and gowns become required attire and fashion models serve as round card girls, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. continue

Golota destroys Bates

golota11.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Andrew Golota finally made his long-awaited return to the ring. It had been over 24 months since we last saw him. That, of course, was back in May 2005 when he was obliterated by then-WBO champion, Lamon Brewster. Golota lasted just 51 seconds. It was the latest disappointment in a career defined by disappointment.

Considering the long lay-off, it’s understandable that Golota’s first fight back was against an unheralded journeyman. In fact, Golota squared off against the very same fighter who Evander Holyfield chose as his comeback opponent after a lengthy layoff—Jeremy Bates. Apparently, Bates is now a stepping-stone fighter for aging pugilists eager to hit the comeback trail. continue

Pacquiao Vs. Soto - Will Manny Fall To Humberto Too?

manny pacquiao11.06.07 - By James Slater: We all saw what the excellent Humberto "La Zorrita" Soto did to Manny Pacquiao's brother, Bobby, at the weekend. The question is, will the Mexican tough guy be able to do the same thing to the pound-4-pound great? In fact, the bigger question is, will "Pac-Man" and "La Zorrita" even fight? Some more cynical boxing fans believe the plan of Bob Arum was to put Manny's lesser known brother in with Soto, knowing he'd more than likely lose, therefore prompting the reigning super featherweight king to attempt to avenge his kid brother. Was this Arum's plan all along?

Maybe. If so, it appears to have worked, for Manny has already gone on record saying he'd like to get Soto in the ring so as to "See what stuff he's made of." And Manny has a fight scheduled for October 6th in Canada. Will Humberto Soto's name replace the question mark that's currently next to "Pac-Man's," as he becomes his next opponent continue

Clampitt Battles Couch In Rematch

On Wednesday, June 20th, Jaime "The Hurricane" Clampitt looks to avenge her 2004 defeat to Jane Couch at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Couch took their first battle on June 12th, 2004 via razor thin decision, and pulled out of a subsequent rematch that following December. Jaime, who fought the first fight just two days after her trainer, Tiny Ricci, passed away, put on a courageous performace and the two combatants combined to earn Ring Magazine's recognition as 2004 "Female Fight of the Year. continue

Bobby Gunn Returns With A Bang!

Former IBA Cruiserweight Champion and WBO title challenger Bobby Gunn 17-3 {14 KO’s} was victorious in his return Saturday night against last hour replacement Elijah Dickens. Dickens retired on his stool after the first round where he nearly got knocked out of the ring by a short right hand. Dickens, 0-6 was not the choice opponent but Gunn felt liable to fight him after original opponent Antoine Barrett did not show up for the weigh in. continue

Boxing Returns To Boston

Brockton, Massachusetts - "Night of the Rising Stars," promoted by Cappiello Promotions, marks the return of professional boxing to Boston for the first time since December, 2006. The exciting six-bout card, to be held Saturday, June 23 at The Roxy, will feature some of the areas most promising young fighters. "This is going to be a great night of boxing," promoter Rich Cappiello exclaimed. continue

7 Pounds South: Why the Other (Junior) Welterweights Are Set To Ignite The Summer

ricky hatton11.06.07 - By Taj “Yuma” Eubanks, June 10, 2007: Countless reams of paper and bottles of ink have been used and vast hours have been spent singing the praises of the oh-so talent-rich welterweight division. Many moons have passed since a collection of pugilists of this caliber has treaded the hallowed stomping grounds of men with the last names of Robinson, Leonard, Duran, and Hearns.

There is a new order, one that has galvanized and provided buoyancy to a sport desperately in need. With its flagship product, the heavyweight division, being in worse shape than the Boston Celtics on draft day, the welters are inhabited by no less than nine outstanding pugilists: Cintron, Cotto, Collazo, and Clottey; Mayweather, Mosley, and Margarito; Williams and Judah. continue

Cotto Wins a Classic Fight at The Garden

miguel cotto(Miguel Cotto, seen here apologizing to Zab Judah after landing a low blow in the 1st round) 11.06.07 - By Nick Mathur: Last night, Miguel Cotto was victorious over Zab Judah in a competitive, high action fight that has every making of a rematch. While Cotto was hurt numerous times during the bout, he was able to accumulate a substantial amount of damage on Judah with a consistent work rate and body attack.

Cotto was well in control during the later stages of the fight, and referee Arthur Mercante had decided that it was in Judah’s best interest to stop the fight in the 11th round, giving Cotto a hard earned victory that skyrockets his standing on both the welterweight rankings, as well as the overall pound for pound list. Judah gave a good account of himself despite being on the losing end of this contest. continue

Sinan Samil Sam Ready For Oliver McCall

11.06.07 - Sinan Samil Sam can’t wait for the WBC International Championship next Saturday in his hometown Ankara to begin. The “Bull from Bosporus“ paws the ground. Sinan: “For me we could step into the ring tonight. I’m definitely ready to go. I want to proof to all my fellow countrymen and to the world that I deserve a title fight.. continue

Ndou arrives in Connecticut for World Title Defence vs Malignaggi

(Uncasville, USA: June 10, 2007) – International Boxing Federation (IBF) super lightweight world boxing champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou has arrived in Uncasville, Connecticut in the USA for his first world title defence against Paulie Malignaggi at the Mohegan Sun Casino this coming Saturday night June 16, 2007. 35 year-old Ndou completed his final sparring session on Friday and has been in training camp in Las Vegas since May 28. The South African born Australian citizen has been sparring with a number of different boxers including Americans Emanuel Augustus and Wes Ferguson. continue

Walstad full of confidence ahead of Dunne showdown

Reidar Walstad is counting down the days to what he believes is his destiny – to rip the European super bantamweight title away from Bernard Dunne. Both men are in the final stages of their preparation for the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point, Dublin on Saturday, June 23rd. However Walstad says he’s unfazed by reports that Dunne has been sparring with former World title challengers ahead of the contest. continue


Wray EdwardsBy Wray Edwards, all photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. -- Briggs-Ibragimov Photo Gallery -- Glen Johnson vs Montell Griffin Photo Gallery
-- The past few months have been action-packed in the world of Boxing. So much so, that some pretty good pics have been pushed aside by circumstances. The Johnson-Griffin fight was filled with great action which produced these images from the Glengoffe-Montel event, and last weekend's Heavyweight contest in Atlantic City was picture rich as well. The round card girls were delicious as usual. Be still my heart! So, just feast your eyes.

The Ibragimov-Briggs fight was tactical, but had some great action. The co-feature between Shamone Alvarez and Jose Luis Cruz for the NABO Welterweight Championship was a very solid contest with both boxers leaving it all in the ring. The pics of their contest are very good examples of how most of the fight unfolded. These picture galleries allow for great enlargements and downloads. ESB is expanding its graphic capacities to compliment the fine articles of all of its writers. I would like to thank Scott Foster, with whom I trade on a regular basis, for the lead photo. See you at the fights. continue

Antonio Tarver Returns to Form; Dawson TKO's Ruiz

dawsonHARTFORD, Conn. (June 9, 2007) – Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson set up a possible showdown with each other for later this year with victories Saturday on SHOWTIME. The brightest young star and one of the most accomplished veterans of the light heavyweight division won exciting contests Saturday on SHOWTIME at the Connecticut Convention Center.

Former two-time world champion Antonio “The Magic Man” Tarver did enough to get past determined Elvir Muriqi to win a controversial close majority boxing decision and the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) 175-pound title. And undefeated 24-year old “Bad” Chad Dawson registered a sixth-round TKO over Jesus “Chuy” Ruiz in the first defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) title. continue

Cotto Serves Brutal Notice to the Welterweight Division

By Taj Eubanks, June 10, 2007 - Last night’s highly-anticipated war between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah was so explosive that it seemed more head-on train collision than welterweight showdown. While Judah (perpetually criticized for a myriad of past misdeeds) gave a good account of himself, it was Cotto who ruled the night. continue

Cincinnati's Tommy Ayers

10.06.07 - By Jim Amato: The State of Ohio has turned out many outstanding boxers. Champions like Joey Maxim, Ezzard Charles, Johnny Kilbane, Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, Aaron Pryor and the hard punching Harry Arroyo. Top contenders like Earnie Shavers, Ray Anderson, Billy Wagner and a fighter who should have been a champion named Jimmy Bivins. continue

Rachman-Condes Fight Date Delayed Again?

June 10 - The contracted IBF championship fight between champion Mohamed Rachman (61-5-5, 31 kos) and Philippine challenger Florante Condes (21-3-1, 20 kos), scheduled for June 16, appears to be headed for a possible second postponement if the champions camp and promoters have their way. continue

Julio Cesar Chavez Junior Avenges His Father - KO’S Grover Wiley In Three

julio cesar chavez jr.09.06.07 - By James Slater: Tonight at Madison Square Garden, on the under card of Cotto-Judah, twenty-one year old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr improved to 32-0-1 (25). His latest win was significant only in that it saw the son of a boxing legend avenge his all-time great father. With some vicious body work, young Julio destroyed the man who had actually ended the career of “J.C Superstar” himself in Chavez senior. With his father as near to actually working his corner itself as possible, Julio Jr, weighing in at 150 pounds even, gave the tough Grover Wiley a good working over.

Wiley came to fight, however, as he had done when upsetting Julio’s dad back in 2005. Wiley hadn’t won a fight since, though, and was no match for the younger member of the Chavez family tonight. Put down near the end of round one - courtesy of a big right hand to the head that hurt him, followed by a wicked left hand to the body - Wiley, weighing in at 149 and a half pounds, was left in a heap in a corner. continue

Upbeat DiBella Capitalizes on “Broadway Boxing’s” Momentum

10.06.07 - By: Christopher Roche, New York, NY-Those were the words of Lou DiBella at Jimmy’s Corner Restaurant in Times Square during the press conference for the upcoming Jaidon Codrington vs. Omar Sheika fight. The main event on June 20th features light-heavyweights Codrington and Sheika, in what could turn out to be a fight of the year candidate. Codrington (15-1, 11 KO’s) and Sheika (26-8, 17 KO’s) have both been stopped in the past, and they both have knockout power. Codrington is the rising star, while Sheika is the crafty veteran. continue

Mayhem In The Light Welterweight Division

The boxing world’s eyes will be focused on the light welterweight division’s two world title fights this month. First up is Paul Malignaggi’s clash with Lovemore N’dou for the IBF title on June 16 and a week later Ricky Hatton, Britain’s hero and top pound for pound fighter, takes on Jose Luis Castillo for the IBO equivalent. continue

Don “Da’Bomb” George: Returns to Action in Rochester

By: Cestus Press: On June 14, 2007 Cestus Management’s super middleweight powerhouse, Don “Da’Bomb” George, returns to action in Rochester , New York . Top Rank, which promotes Donovan George, is hosting a fight card which features former undisputed heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman. The main and co-main event are to be televised on the Versus Network. continue

Golota stops Bates in 2nd round KO!

andrew golota09.06.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former heavyweight contender Andrew Golota (39-6-1, 32 KO's) dismantled an overmatched Jeremy Bates (21-14-1, 18 KO's), destroying him in the 2nd round of a scheduled 10-round bout in Katowice, Poland. Golota, 39, making his first appearance in two years since being taken out by Lamon Brewster in the 1st round on May 21, 2005, appeared rusty and slow as the bout started out. However, it didn't matter, because the short, slightly paunchy 5'10" 243 lb Bates was even slower and was no match for Golota's power shots, as it turned out.

Bates began the fight pressing Golota, trying to get him to back up. Golota, though, showed that he could punch with authority even while being pushed backwards, punishing Bates with ripping hooks and short right hands. Bates was stunned briefly by left hook by Golota in the 1st round. However, Golota was unable to follow up with anything meaningful due to Bate's constant clinches. continue

Williams-Brown chief support on "Cha-Ching In The Ring"

PROVIDENCE (June 9, 2007) - A Special Cruiserweight Attraction bout between nine-time US National amateur champion Aaron Williams and tough Derrick "D-Train" Brown has been added as chief support for THE June 20th "Cha-Ching In The Ring," featuring "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo, Jr., on ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue

Foreman squeaks by Thompson in battle for Jerusalem!

09.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: If there was ever an ironic stereotype for the term “bittersweet victory” it must unquestionably fall on the shoulders of tonight’s bout between Yuri Foreman and Anthony Thompson. Usually the statement walks hand in hand in with the understanding of a “Pyrrhic victory” in describing how one fighter gets the win with devastating cost to himself, but usually that refers actual physical punishment not punishment in a marketability sense. continue

Cotto pummels Judah! Tell me something I don’t know!

09.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Though at this point many people are giving Miguel Cotto tremendous props for his beatdown of Zab Judah, I don’t really understand what the big deal is. For once I am confident enough to brag and point to the nature of my pre-fight analysis which clearly stated and explain why this was exactly what everybody could expect. Of course nothing I, or any other writer says, means much if the two fighters don’t put out, however, Miguel Cotto has rarely disappointed, and in a weird way neither has Zab Judah which is why predicting on this fight was safe bet. continue

Soto destroys Pacquiao in 7th round TKO

bobby pacquiao10.06.07 - By Ron Hansen: WBC # 2 ranked junior lightweight Humberto Soto (42-5-2, 26 KO’s) stopped Bobby Pacquiao (27-13-3, 12 KO’s), the younger brother of Manny Pacquiao, in the 7th round on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York city. From the start, Soto, 27, who appeared considerably larger, attacked Pacquiao viciously, landing big left hooks to the body, one of which hurt Pacquiao. Towards the end of the round, Soto knocked Pacquiao down with a left hook to the back of the head, although it appeared more like Pacquiao had been knocked down due to the shot catching him off balance.

In the 2nd round, it was more of the same with Soto dominating Pacquiao, 26, backing him up and landing hooks to the body and head. Unlike his brother, Manny, Bobby Pacquiao showed little of the handspeed that his brother if famous for. Indeed, Soto, a fighter not known for his hand speed, was in fact the quicker fighter of the two. Pacquiao, a southpaw, did little this round this round other than landing an occasional jab. continue

Edison Miranda Can Still Be A Champion

edison miranda09.06.07 - By Nick Mathur: Last month, Edison Miranda was thoroughly beaten up by Kelly Pavlik and ultimately knocked out in the seventh round after being on the canvas twice in the preceding round. The two engaged in a competitive, crowd pleasing battle and exchanged numerous shots that probably would have been enough to wreck almost any other middleweight in the world.

Pavlik, universally regarded as one of boxing’s brightest prospects after such a fantastic showing, fought with a style that was the polar opposite of what his moniker, "The Ghost," would suggest. He did not attempt to be an elusive target for Miranda, and showed no apparent fear of Pantera's vaunted punching power as he willingly absorbed hard punches in order to land his own. continue

Adamek stops Pineda in 7th round TKO

10.06.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: Former WBC light heavweight champion Tamasz Adamek (32-1, 22 KO’s) halted Luis Pineda (21-6, 18 KO’s) in the 7th round to win the IBO cruiserweight title on Saturday night at the Spodek arena, Katowice, Slaskie, in Poland. Adamek, 30, looked nothing short of sensational in his new weight class, moving and fighting like a light heavyweight and appearing very light on his feet for the entire bout. continue

Ngoudjo wins split decision victory over Bailey

09.06.07 - By Gary Jones: Former two-time light welterweight champion Randall Bailey (35-6, 32 KO’s) lost a close 12-round split decision to Montreal fighter Hermann Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KO’s) on Friday night at the Uniprix Stadium, in Montreal, Canada. The final judge’s scores were 115-112, 114-112 and 112-115. The victory earns Ngoudjo, 27, a title shot against IBF super lightweight champion Lovemore N’Dou from Australia. continue

Cotto too much for Judah!

09.06.07 - By Scott Frake: WBA welterweight champion, Miguel Cotto (30-0, 25 KO's stopped Zab Judah in the 11th round tonight at the Madison Square Garden, in New York. Judah started off well, winning the first round easily over the slower Cotto. However, Cotto did what he often does when he gets hurt, namely throw low blows, which he effectively did to slow down Judah's attack by tagging him squarely in the groin. continue

Miguel Cotto vs. Zab Judah: More Than Meets the Eye

miguel cotto08.06.07 - By Andrew “Drew” Huntley: Welcome the first of what will hopefully be a regular weekly column. In many cases, I’ll be discussing forgotten fighters, and fights from years past, but, since this weekend will feature one of the better welterweight match-ups that I’ve seen in quite some time, so I figured that it’s appropriate to give my thoughts on this encounter.

So, without further ado, let’s discuss the upcoming bout that’s scheduled to take place between Miguel Cotto ( 29-0, 24 KO’s) and Zab “Super” Judah (34-4, 25 KO’s). Cotto is the reigning WBA welterweight titleholder and an impressive victory over would clear the way for big money fights against the likes of Shane Mosley or the winner of the upcoming Antonio Margarito/Paul Williams match-up. continue

Remembering Roberto Duran

09.06.07 - By Christian Giudice (Author: Hands of Stone: The Life and Legend of Durán) - On Sunday, Roberto "Hands of Stone" Durán will grace a Canastota, NY stage with his presence, the final curtain call for a boxing manchild who never ceased being what the public needed him to be, one with the people.

Now, more than ever, the fighter - once a petulant champ - appears comfortable in his skin, fine with who he is. Not all fighters can say that. continue

Max Kellerman To Join HBO's "World Championship Boxing" Team

NEW YORK, June 8, 2007 – Veteran HBO Sports boxing commentator Larry Merchant has agreed to a new contract, it was announced today by HBO Sports president Ross Greenburg. “We are delighted to have one of sports television’s most respected broadcasters continue to call them as he sees them,” said Greenburg. “Larry is an institution at HBO. Sharing the workload with Larry will be Max Kellerman, which essentially gives us two formidable broadcast teams on ‘World Championship Boxing’.. continue

Ganoy defeats Di Ricardo

08.06.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Big punching Ranee Ganoy, a Sydney based Filipino, dubbed the “Aussie Destroyer” after several impressive knockouts over local fighters headlined the Angelo Di Carlo's Ace Boxing Promotions Foxsport card at Brisbane's Mansfield Tavern in Queensland on Friday night. Ganoy successfully defended his IBF Pan Pacific lightweight title with a unanimous 12 round decision over under rated Indonesian Joey Di Ricardo. continue

Jermain Taylor may need Kelly Pavlik

kelly pavlik08.06.07 - By Brett Mauren: Before any bells had even rung on May 19, even HBO’s commentators were calling the main event for that night between Jermain Taylor and Cory Spinks a walk out bout, claiming the real show was between middleweight boxing prospects Edison Miranda and Kelly Pavlik. The fact that Taylor-Spinks, a bout close to home for each, was able to draw boos just may have proved them right.

It goes without saying that Jermain Taylor is one of the world’s elite fighters, and is almost impossible to contest that his reign as champion hasn’t included an impressive string of boxing fighters, but harder to contest that any of those fights were enough to write home about. continue

Cotto/Judah: Analysis & Prediction

08.06.07 - By Yero Moody: For fight fans 2007 has been great thus far with more great match-ups to come. We still have Ricky Hatton v. Jose Castillo, Antonio Margarito v. Paul Williams, Bernard Hopkins v. Ronald "Winky" Wright and hopefully Joe Calzaghe v. Mikkel Kessler although something tells me Calzaghe will be fighting in another subpar fight against another C level fighter. Even if that fight doesn't happen this year 2007 has been great! Although Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya didn't deliver the goods as they both said they would at least they fought each other finally. continue

“I’m here, don’t rush,” says Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres

08.06.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: After an exhaustive, three-week nationwide hunt that included internet, phone calls, news reports, and mouth-to-mouth messages, WBO Light Welterweight champion Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres appeared yesterday morning at Cuadrilátero gym in Barranquilla. “I’m here, don’t rush,” said an out-of-shape Torres to the many journalists that were waiting for him at the entrance of the gym. continue

Zab Judah: Crisis or opportunity?

08.06.07 - By Zhenyu Li: When standing at the crossroad, every crisis is an opportunity. After a year's suspension from boxing and suffering back-to-back major losses, the former undisputed welterweight champion Zab "Super" Judah is standing at the crossroad. On June 9th, he will take the challenge to square off against the undefeated two-division world champion Miguel Cotto. Zab Judah's back is against the wall. Can he turn this crisis into an opportunity. continue

Vassiliy Jirov headlines "Pinnacle FiteNite"

jirovNEW TOWN, North Dakota (June 8, 2007) - Former IBF cruiserweight champion Vassiliy "The Tiger" Jirov, 1996 Olympic gold medal winner and Outstanding Boxer, headlines the "Pinnacle FiteNite" pro boxing show Saturday night, July 14 at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.

Jirov (36-3-1, 30 KOs), born in Kazakhstan and now living in Arizona, is ranked No. 14 by the WBA. He captured the IBF cruiserweight title in 1999, stopping "King" Arthur Williams in the seventh round, and Vassiliy successfully defended his crown six times against Dale Brown (KO10), Saul Montana (TKO9), Alex Gonzales (KO1), Terry McGroom (KO1), Julian Letterlough (TKO8) and Jorge Fernando Castro (DEC12). continue

Tarver vs. Muriqi Undercard Stacked with Talent

Hartford CT (June 8, 2007) – Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has stacked the undercard of the June 9th doubleheader on Showtime. Headlined by the come-backing Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, Saturday’s undercard boasts some of the East Coast’s finest young prospects. This event will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Tickets are priced $35, $50, $100, $200 and $500, and are available through TicketMaster outlets, by calling (860) 525-4500, and at Tickets also may be purchased at The Connecticut Convention Center by calling (860) 249-6000. continue

Shamrock-Baroni Conference Call Quotes & Photos

08.06.07 - MMA legend and former UFC middleweight champion Frank Shamrock and foul-mouthed, trash-talking, knockout-artist Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni clash for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight (185-pound) championship in the main event of a spectacular MMA cage fight card on Friday, June 22, at the HP Pavilion at San Jose, Calif. If Baroni can fight 1/64th as tough as he talks, Shamrock could be in for a long night.In a second world title fight on a Strikeforce-EliteXC cage fight card that will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME® PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT), Joey “Dream Smasher” Villasenor and Murilo “Ninja” Rua will clash for the vacant EliteXC middleweight title. read full article

Rahman vs Sykes; Kid Diamond vs. Huerta on Versus, June 14

STAMFORD, Conn. (June 8, 2007) – Nick Charles, one of boxing’s finest and most recognizable blow-by-blow announcers has joined VERSUS and will make his network debut on the next Fight Night on VERSUS in collaboration with Top Rank Boxing, Thursday, June 14 at 9 p.m. ET from the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York. continue

Final Forum Boxing Brings Boxing Action Jacksonville, Florida

forum boxing08.06.07 - By Wray Edwards: This Friday night at the Morocco Shrine Events Center in Jacksonville, Florida there will be a fight card composed of boxers in Final Forum’s stable, as well as local talent. The Main Event will be a 12 round WBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship contest between Derric Rossy, 15-1-0, 9KO’s from Medford, New York and Ronald Bellamy, 14-6-0, 9 KO’s from Vanceboro, North Carolina. Also an eight round heavyweight fight between Travis Walker, 23-0-1, 17 KO’s, from Tallahassee, Florida and Cornelius Ellis, 10-13-1 from Wilson, North Carolina should produce some fireworks.

The last Boxing attraction of any note was Librado Andrade’s contest in JAX in parallel with the Superbowl. Final Forum’s leader, Sal Musumeci is sailing along with such events as the fight between Taurus Sykes and Hasim Rachman in Rochester, NY on June 14th, and Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson versus Emmanuel Nwodo, June 29th, on ESPN’s FNFs for the USBA Cruiserweight title on Staten Island. Jacksonville boxing fans are growing in number with each event which comes to this city. Here are the weigh-in results continue

Oliver McCall Arrives In Turkey For Sam Fight

08.06.07 - Ahmet Öner, CEO of Hamburg based arena Box-Promotion, received a special guest in Ankara (Turkey) yesterday. “The Atomic Bull” Oliver McCall and his team arrived before all other fighters of the arena event on Saturday June 16th in the Turkish capital. McCall (currently ranked on no.4 in the WBC) will face WBC International Champion Sinan Samil Sam (currently ranked on no.2). The winner of the bout is very likely to become the next No.1 contender for the WBC World Heavyweight Championship. continue

Antonio Margarito And Paul Williams Give Their Takes On Cotto-Judah And More

LOS ANGELES (June 8, 2007) -- In a highly anticipated match and can't miss candidate for Fight of the Year, WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will defend his belt against undefeated, No. 1-ranked and mandatory boxing challenger, Paul “The Punisher” Williams in the main event of "Pride N' Punishment'' on Saturday, July 14, in the outdoor tennis stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The 12-round bout, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will be televised on HBO “World Championship Boxing.” . continue

Stevie Johnston challenges top lightweights

LAS VEGAS (June 8, 2007) - Four-time world lightweight champion and reigning IBA title-holder Stevie "Lil' But Bad" Johnson has issued challenges to two of the three Diaz world lightweight champs - (WBA/WBO) Juan, and (IBF) Julio - as well as leading contender Joel Casmayor for a proposed title fight August 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver. Johnston's promoter, Silverhawk Championship Boxing, recently sent substantial purse offers to representatives of the aforementioned lightweights with the understanding that a potential television deal would considerably increase the offer. None have yet to accept the challenge to fight Johnston. continue

Chad Dawson Boxing Workout Picture

chad dawson07.06.07 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - Two days before his first WBC title defense Saturday on SHOWTIME, unbeaten light heavyweight boxing champion "Awesome" Chad Dawson held a spirited 90-minute open media workout with trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. on Thursday in Hartford, Conn.

Dawson (23-0, 1 NC, 15 KOs), of New Haven, Conn., will risk his belt against hard-hitting Jesus “Chuy’’ Ruiz (19-4, 17 KOs), of Long Beach, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Mexico, in the co-featured bout on Saturday, June 9 on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Mark DeLuca headlines “Pro Boxing”

BOSTON (June 7, 2007) – Former highly-decorated amateur boxing star Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca headlines “Pro Boxing,” presented by Rising Star Promotions, tomorrow night (Friday, June 8) at Freeport (IBEW) Hall in Dorchester, Massachusetts. DeLuca (1-0, 1 KO), fighting out of Whitman (MA), was the gold medal winner at the 2004 National Silver Gloves Tournament, among his more notable amateur achievements. The highly touted southpaw passed on an opportunity to fight for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to turn pro this past April 7, defeating Elija Dickens who was unable to continue after spraining his ankle in the opening round. DeLuca’s opponent is super middleweight Steve Young (0-1) in a four-round bout. continue

Yuri Foreman vs. Anthony Thompson: The battle for Jerusalem!

07.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Based on my previous article, analyzing this Saturday’s upcoming Judah vs. Cotto boxing fight, I think a question most readers would ask me is, “then what is the point of you ordering the bout?” While I would not really think of doing such for one bout that in my mind was decided as soon as it was signed, there is in fact one other reason for getting the PPV on the 9th. By itself, Cotto-Judah is a decent fight but in conjunction with its under-card really makes it a worthy card to pay and watch. That bout is the one serving as the title bout of this article. For those who know and for those who care to know, this will affectively be the biggest showdown between two Israeli fighters in the history of boxing. continue

Gotthard Hinteregger: Still Having Dreams At 40

Having turned 40 years of age and after 39 professional fights in a career that started 10 years ago, and which included winning IBF and WBO Intercontinental titles, “The Cougar” is still sharpening his claws for more prey. “I feel young and fresh and I won’t quit before I get my last chance at a title,” says reigning Austrian superwelterweight champion Gotthard Hinteregger, 28-10-1 (15 KO’s). continue

Judah vs Cotto: "Boxing at its Best!"

miguel cottoBy Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - June 7, 2007 -- When world champion Miguel Cotto steps into the Madison Square Garden ring this Saturday night to defend his World Boxing Association welterweight title against former undisputed champion Zab Judah, there will be 20,000, filled to the rafters, fans packed into boxing's Mecca.

Legendary promoter Bob Arum proudly announced at yesterday's MSG press conference that this would be the first wall-to-wall sellout at "the world's most famous arena" since 1983, when the great Roberto Duran knocked out undefeated Davey Moore (TKO 8: 06/16/83), taking the Bronx native's WBA light middleweight crown with his magical performance. continue

As James Toney And Roy Jones Approach The End - Who Was The Greater Fighter?

07.06.07 - By James Slater: Although both men’s careers are still sputtering on, it’s quite undeniable that James Toney and Roy Jones Jr are, as they say in America, pretty much done. Indeed, Toney looked damn awful in his last boxing outing, against the unheralded Danny Batchelder, and Jones hasn’t looked anywhere near his old self since his ascension to the heavyweight division back in 2003. continue

The Myth regarding Cotto-Judah!

07.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: On June 9th, Miguel Cotto will take on Zab Judah in Madison Square Garden on HBO PPV. In the lead up to this boxing contest it seems that too many fans are making the incorrect claim and showing conviction regarding the notion that Zab Judah is somehow the best fighter that Miguel Cotto has ever faced. continue

Azumah Nelson KO 1 Pat Cowdell - The “Terrible Warrior’s” Most Frightening KO

azumah nelson07.06.07 - By James Slater: Whenever the subject of devastating knockouts comes up, I am always reminded of one fight in particular. Or should I say, I’m always reminded of the brutal termination of one fight in particular. This awesome KO was not scored by a heavyweight, either. Nor was it scored by a fighter who’s name would spring out instantly when one was thinking about huge punchers. This is not to suggest that the man who is the subject of this article was not a capable puncher, it’s just that he is more than likely better known for his craftsmanship and excellent boxing skills, as opposed to his hitting power. He had this in his armory, too, however, as all those who can recall the fight written about here will know all too well.

Azumah Nelson, one of the greatest ever fighters to come out of Africa, was making the second defence of his WBC featherweight boxing championship. He was about to score a knockout that was nothing short of chilling in its robbing of another man’s consciousness. continue

Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres is missing in action!

ricardo torres07.06.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: WBO Light Welterweight champion Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres of Magangué, Colombia, is lost and has not started to work out for his second boxing title defense against No.1-ranked and mandatory challenger Kendall “Rated R” Holt. The Torres-Holt bout is scheduled for Saturday, August 4 at All State Arena in Chicago, IL.

Ricardo Torres (31-1-0, 27 KOs), who captured the belt last November when he defeated “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis of Greece, successfully defended his crown last April 28 at Coliseo Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia, against brave Arturo “El Silencioso” Morúa. After the fight, his trainer Orlando Pineda ordered one week for medical examinations and gave his pupil another one for absolute rest, so the WBO boxing champion took the opportunity to visit family and friends in his hometown, but the week-vacation was over and he never returned to Barranquilla for training and sparring. continue

When Monaco Was King

luis monaco(Louis Monaco, on right, facing Peter McNeeley in July 1996) 07.06.07 - By Steven Shabo: It was supposed to be an easy fight. They got the opponent they wanted. Everything was set. After all, their man was a celebrity now. Despite being stopped in one round by Mike Tyson, Peter McNeeley had showed the boxing world he had courage.

He showed them he had heart when he charged across the ring and tried to take out the baddest man on the planet. And since then, things had only gotten better. McNeeley had won his last five fights by knockout and had even appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial. As a result, CBS Sports decided to sign the young white heavyweight to a six fight contact with his first boxing bout scheduled for July, 1996, in Denver. continue

Holyfield/Savarese Notes and Quotes

07.06.07 - Evander Holyfield and Lou Savarese are in full swing at their respective training camps in Houston, TX. As of this week both fighters will have begun sparring . . . On Thursday, May 31 Evander visited the Houston Texans mini-camp and gave the NFL players a motivational speech about what it takes to become a boxing champion. The team then presented Holyfield with a personalized jersey saying “Real Deal” across the back and the number five emblazoned on both sides—five in reference to Evander’s quest to win his fifth world heavyweight championship . . . Both fighters aren’t expected to arrive in El Paso until one week prior to the fight . . . continue

Showtime Championship Boxing: Award-Winning Announcer Steve Albert Hits Trifecta

NEW YORK (June 7, 2007) – Esteemed play-by-play announcer Steve Albert is being honored this month with the “Trifecta.” On Friday, June 8, Albert will receive the Sam Taub Award for excellence in broadcast journalism from the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA); on Monday, June 11, Showtime Networks Inc. will celebrate Albert’s 20 years as host of the acclaimed SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING series with an intimate cocktail reception for family, friends and colleagues; and finally, the renowned World Boxing Hall of Fame has just announced that Albert will be inducted to the Hall on Oct. 13 in Ontario, Calif., for his overall contributions to the sport. continue

"Tyger" Hanshaw Growls At Roy Jones Jr

June 6, 2007, CHICAGO, IL – It took him three press conferences to get there but undefeated boxer Anthony "Tyger" Hanshaw has started growling at his July 14 PPV TV opponent, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. Murad Muhammad, whose Murad Productions is co-promoting the Biloxi, Ms., fight with Square Ring in association with IP Casino-Resort-Spa, has on Tuesday accused Hanshaw, who is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, of singing "a lullalby" to the 38-year-old Jones. continue

Larsen vs. Velazco set for June 23

07.06.07 - Mads Larsen will continue his way back up the super-middleweight division on June 23 when he takes on Hector Javier Velazco in Zwickau, Germany. It will only be the Golden Boy´s second fight in over three-and-a-half years. He celebrated a successful return last month in Spain where he clinched a unanimous points decision over Vasily Andriyanov. But Velazco will be of a different calibre, and Larsen (46-2, 37 KOs) is prepared for a difficult fight against the former WBO middleweight champion (35-6, 16 KOs). continue

Sturm vs Alcoba on June 30, Halmich vs Rodriguez on July 28

felix sturmWorld Champion Felix Sturm (27-2-0 (12)) will jeopardize his WBA championship belt at middleweight at the "Universum Champions Night." After a very successful recapture of the belt against the Spaniard Javier Castillejo on April 28th on Oberhausen, he will try now to keep this belt for a long time.

It will be Sturm’s first appearance in Stuttgart and his opponent will be the unbeaten WBA-Fedelatin-Champion Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba (14-0-0 (7)). The 28 year old Uruguayan Alcoba, who currently lives in Argentina, is called "El Carbonero" (the collier). He is a typical south american fighter and a tough challenge for Sturm. continue

Showtime To Pay Tribute To Life & Times Of Late, Great Chico Corrales Saturday

NEW YORK (June 6, 2007) - SHOWTIME will pay tribute to the late, great Diego “Chico” Corrales with a three-fight marathon and a memorial feature on Saturday, June 9. Beginning at 6 p.m. ET/PT, the network will re-air Corrales’ classic bouts against Joel Casamayor, Acelino Freitas and Jose Luis Castillo, respectively, on SHOWTIME TOO. At 10 p.m. ET/PT, SHOWTIME will unveil a special Corrales memorial tribute as part of the live SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader featuring Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson. continue

Tarver-Muriqi-Dawson-Ruiz Final Press Conference Quotes

dawson07.06.07 -Photos: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME-- Former undisputed light heavyweight champion, Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, undefeated World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion “Awesome” Chad Dawson and 175-pound contenders Elvir Muriqi and Jesus Ruiz discussed their upcoming world title fights at Wednesday’s final press conference.

On Saturday, June 9, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Tarver (24-4, 18 KOs), of Tampa, Fla., takes on the New York-based Muriqi (34-3, 21 KOs) for the vacant IBO 175-pound belt. Muriqi has won 21 of his last 23.

In the SHOWTIME co-feature, Dawson (23-0, 15 KOs), of New Haven, Conn., makes the first defense of his WBC belt against Mexico’s hard-hitting Ruiz (19-4, 17 KOs). The world title doubleheader is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, in association with Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and AT Entertainment. continue

MSG To Televise Adamek-Pineda, Andrew Golota Comeback

New York, NY - MSG, a world class sports and entertainment network, has acquired the exclusive television rights to air the International Boxing Organization Cruiserweight Championship bout between the former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Tomaz “Goral” Adamek and World Boxing Council Association Fedelatin champion Luis “El Lenador” Pineda. The match is one of the largest fight cards ever staged in Poland, and will air live on MSG on Saturday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m. ET. International boxing commentator Bob Sheridan will call the blow-by-blow for the telecast. continue

Sultan Ibragimov versus Evander Holyfield?

evander holyfield06.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Since winning the WBO heavyweight boxing championship from Shannon Briggs this past weekend, various rumors have surfaced regarding potential challengers for the newly crowned champ, Sultan Ibragimov. Amongst the possibilities, one name has been mentioned more often than the others—Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield.

When pondering this potential match-up, the first question that jumps to mind is does Holyfield deserve a title shot? Well, I guess that depends on what you mean by “deserves”. Holyfield, after all, has strung together three consecutive victories since beginning his boxing comeback in August of last year. The most notable came against former top ten contender, “Fast” Fres Oquendo. continue

Roy Jones-Anthony Hanshaw Tickets

roy jones jr.June 6, 2007, BILOXI, MS — Is Mississippi burning? The Gulf Coast region, still bouncing back from the utter devastation of Hurricane Katrina, is having its typical hot and humid summer weather. But what's on fire in the area is the box office for the Roy Jones-Anthony Hanshaw PPV boxing show, which will take place on July 14 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

Murad Muhammad, president and CEO of Murad Productions, revealed Tuesday to a well-attended press conference crowd at the host IP Casino-Resort-Spa that nearly $1million dollars worth of tickets, priced at popular prices, have already been sold for the show in which ring legend Jones tries to prove he's far from finished in boxing against the undefeated Hanshaw. continue

The Mini-Titans: Valero, Zarate, Lopez, Galaxy, Gomez, Zamora & Zaragoza

edwin valero(Edwin Valero (22-0, 22 KO's), the undefeated current WBA super featherweight champion, pictured here. Valero, 25, holds the world's record by winning the first 18 fights of his career by first-round knockout.) 06.06.07 - By Ted Sares: José Isidro Cuevas González, alias Pipino Cuevas, with an impressive KO percentage, was a breaker of jaws, noses and eye sockets. His left hook was something to behold.

But then he met up with another Killing Machines by the name of Thomas Hearns, 28-0 with 26 Kos, in August 1980 and he was never quite the same. The “Hitman” destroyed Cuevas in two rounds with a straight right that was also something to behold. In so doing, he won the WBA Welterweight Title. But hold on, these two guys were welterweights and that rules them out as “mini-titans.” continue

Back against the Wall: The Last Stand of Zab Judah

zab judah06.06.07 - By Taj Eubanks: The eyes of the boxing world will be trained on Madison Square Garden this weekend as Miguel Cotto and Zab “Super” Judah match fistic wits in their much-anticipated welterweight bout. And while much ink has been dedicated to the intriguing style matchup between the two--Cotto’s heavy-handed, merciless pressure and Judah’s quicksilver, staccato attack—the real story is what happens AFTER the bout.

Zab Judah’s star has been on the rise for the better part of a decade, a wunderkind whose potential seemed limited only by his desire. Those in the know patted themselves on the back as Judah tore through the junior welterweight ranks, leaving destruction in his wake. continue

Warriors Weigh-In Thursday: Fans Invited to Meet the Fighters and Win Tickets to Solo Boxeo

(Merrillville, IN)- Langel’s Pizza, 2833 Highway Ave. in Highland, Indiana will have a decidedly international flavor this Thursday night when fighters from Mexico, Columbia, Costa Rica, England and, of course the US, arrive for the official 6 p.m. weigh-ins for Friday night’s “Warriors” event. Fans are invited to meet the boxers and win tickets to the internationally televised card from the Hudson-Campbell Sports Center in Gary, IN. continue

Malignaggi and DiBella Impress at the Hoboken International Film Festival Film Review

malignaggi06.06.07 - By Christopher Roche - - Back in the 1980’s, the State of New Jersey’s slogan was: “New Jersey and You, Perfect Together”. That slogan can also be applied to the marriage of boxing and film. There is no other sport that lends itself so gracefully to the silver screen, and that is one reason why I attended the premiere of Magic Man, a documentary starring Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, at the Hoboken International Film Festival.

Last night Hoboken, NJ, which is a favorite destination for, hosted renowned boxer Malignaggi and promoter/producer Lou DiBella for the initial screening of their collaborative documentary film. continue

Malignaggi setting trap for "Black Panther"

BROOKLYN (June 6, 2007) - Outspoken boxer Paulie "The Magic Man" Malignaggi has been relatively quiet, at least for him, as he prepares for his June 16th title challenge against IBF junior welterweight champion Lovemore "Black Panther" Ndou on HBO BAD at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KOs) recently returned home to New York City, working out at famed Gleason's Gym, after several weeks of intensive training and sparring in Vero Beach (FL) under the guidance of his trainer James "Buddy" McGirt. continue

Chad Dawson on "Friday Night Fights" This Week

NEW YORK (June 6, 2007) – The personable and talented World Boxing Council (WBC) Light Heavyweight champion “Awesome” Chad Dawson will appear as an in-studio guest June 8 on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” (8 p.m. ET/PT on ESPN2). The next evening, June 9, the undefeated Dawson (23-0, 1 NC, 15 KOs) will make the first defense of his crown when he faces hard-hitting Jesus “Chuy’’ Ruiz (19-4, 17 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. continue

Evans Ashira: The African Warrior Speaks!

evans ashira6.6.2007: Former two-time world title challenger Evans “The African Warrior” Ashira (26-3, 13 KOs) has had time to reflect on his controversial decision loss to Howard Eastman in April for the Commonwealth middleweight title, where he felt he was victimised for being a free agent. In this interview Ashira speaks about what is going on, and how the future looks for him.

Evans, tell us a little bit about how you are doing and what is going on after what happened in England?

Right now, I am looking to return some time in July. People know how the fight with Eastman went down: I was on my own, fought him in his back yard, and only had two and a half weeks notice for the fight, but still kicked his ass all night. But he had everything to his advantage, from the promoter to the time-keeper. The biggest let-down however was the referee, who did not even think about doing his job properly. continue

How great was Bob Foster?

06.06.07 - By Jim Amato: The saying goes that "you are only as good as your era." Okay, where does that leave Bob Foster? He is now considered one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time. Is it justified? Was he just a champion at a time when the contenders were pretenders? Should he suffer from the stigma of, "Right place, right time"? I hardly think so and here is why: continue

Margarito-Williams Press Conference Quotes

margarito-williams06.06.07 - Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions: WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (left) and unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Paul Williams square off as promoter Dan Goossen looks on after Tuesday's press conference at Morton's Steakhouse at Burbank, Calif.

In a highly anticipated match and can't miss candidate for Fight of the Year, Margarito will defend his 147-pound crown against Williams in the main event of "Pride N' Punishment'' on Saturday, July 14, in the outdoor tennis stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The Margarito-Williams 12-rounder, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, will be televised on HBO “World Championship Boxing.”

"The winner of this fight is the preeminent welterweight in the world -- and that includes (Miguel) Cotto or anyone else in the 147-pound division," Dan Goossen said. continue

All Roads Lead to Canastota - Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend June 7-10th

Duran, Whitaker, Lopez, Hagler, Norton, Arguello, Basilio, Carbajal, Buchanan, Douglas and Bramble among 50 boxing stars to attend

CANASTOTA, NY - JUNE 6, 2007 - The opening bell will soon ring for the 18th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, June 7-10th. A huge gathering of boxing legends of yesterday and today has been assembled to participate in festivities in Canastota. continue

Is Judah smart enough to beat Cotto?

zab judah05.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Zab Judah is clearly one of the most talented pugilists in the fight game. Possessing a unique blend of speed, power, and raw athleticism, Judah has exhibited sensational natural abilities throughout his career. In addition to his physical gifts, Judah has also displayed a fine array of skills, both offensively and defensively.

Unfortunately for Judah, there is one aspect of his game where he suffers miserably—ring intelligence.

Indeed, Judah is one of the least intelligent prize fighters to ever lace up the gloves. He’s easily distracted, usually unable (or unwilling) to stick with a fight plan, he has trouble making adjustments, and too often, he lets his ego get the best of him. Throughout his career, Judah’s sheer stupidity has acted as a counterbalance to his raw talent. continue

Ibragimov Ready For All Comers

HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 5 – It was the culmination of a lifelong dream, and finally, Sultan Ibragimov can call himself ‘Champion’ after scoring a clear cut 12 round unanimous decision over Shannon Briggs last Saturday night to win the WBO Heavyweight Championship. “I am proud to be a World Champion, and while I will enjoy some time off to visit with my family back home, I will be back in the gym soon because now the truly hard work begins,” said Russia’s Ibragimov, who befuddled the much bigger Briggs with his speed and tactical brilliance at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. continue

Larry Merchant to work the Cotto-Judah fight for HBO

larry merchant05.06.07 - HBO boxing commentator Larry Merchant will work this Saturday night’s Cotto-Judah fight, even though his HBO contract has expired following the May 19th Spinks vs. Taylor bout. As of now, his new contract is reportedly being ironed out with HBO executives and they are working on the terms. As of late, Merchant has been a subject of controversy because of rumors of his contract not being renewed and his position being replaced by newly hired analyst Max Kellerman.

However, since the rumors began, there has been an enormous amount of public support for Merchant in the various boxing websites on the net, including this one Merchant, with most people dead set against him being replaced. Merchant, 76, has been with HBO since 1978, after having previously worked as a sports columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News and the New York Post, and a general columnist with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner

Oliver McCall: Atomic Bull looks to charge Sam on June 16th

oliver mccallHOLLYWOOD, FL, June 5 – With an unbeaten streak of ten fights, and with only one defeat in his last 25 fights, former world heavyweight champion Oliver McCall is on a torrid hot streak that he hopes will carry him to another championship. But first, “The Atomic Bull” has to get by rugged battler Sinan Samil Sam (27-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday, June 16th at the Ataturk Spor Salonu in Ankara, Turkey for the WBC International Heavyweight Title.

“This is going to be a great night for me,” said the 42-year old McCall, one of only two men to knockout future Hall of Famer Lennox Lewis. “You’re putting “The Atomic Bull” in Turkey, and when Sam tastes my power he’ll be running like a chicken.” continue

The Women’s Finalists and Men’s Semifinal Competitors are set at the 2007 U.S. Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 2007 U.S. Championships women’s final round competitors and men’s semifinalists were determined on Tuesday in Colorado Springs, Colo. The men’s flyweight division opened Tuesday evening’s action with a bout between two-time Golden Gloves champion Aaron Alafa (Visalia, Calif.) and Juan Leija (Alvin, Texas). Alafa got off to a quick start, taking a 7-2 lead after the first round. He continued to add on to his advantage over the next four minutes, moving out to a 22-12 lead at the end of the third. He went on to win a 31-14 final decision to move on to the semifinals. continue

Heavyweight unification? What happens next with champions Klitschko, Ibragimov, and Chagaev

wladimir klitschko05.06.07 - By Paul McCreath: With the defeat last weekend of Shannon Briggs in a WBO title match, Don King has lost his last belt holder in the heavyweight division. Many posters and writers have put most of the blame on King for the fact that we currently have four different alphabet champs instead of one unified world champion, due to his prior reluctance to match Briggs against the other champions. It is no secret that while Don King talked often about unifying the titles, his actions spoke louder than his words. Nothing ever happened.

A few months ago for a short time, all four belt holders were Don King fighters, yet we saw no unification fights. Later, he had three of the four champs for an extended period, but still no unification took place. continue

Jones vs. Carrasquillo July 20 at New Alhambra

05.06.07 - Philadelphia, PA—It may not be for the vacant state welterweight title, but the two hottest 147-pounders in Pennsylvania collide when Mike Jones takes on Doel Carrasquillo over eight rounds—or less--Friday evening, July 20, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue

Randall Bailey faces Ngoudjo in IBF elimination bout Friday

randall bailey(Randall Bailey, on right, landing a left to the face of Miguel Cotto in December 2004) HOLLYWOOD, FL, June 5 – Two-time world junior welterweight champion Randall Bailey has put in the long hours in the gym and has done his job in spectacular fashion when the bell rings. Now, after a two year, seven fight winning streak that includes five knockout victories in a row, Bailey is one win away from a shot at regaining his title and once again ruling the 140-pound division.

But to get that shot, Miami, Florida’s Bailey must get through tough Canadian contender Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo (15-1, 9 KOs) Friday night in a 12 round IBF elimination bout in Ngoudjo’s hometown venue, Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. continue

Cotto-Judah News Conference and Weigh-in, Live, Worldwide

NEW YORK, NY (June 5, 2007) -- The final news conference and the official weigh-in for "X-Plosive!" -- the world championship boxing extravaganza headlined by undefeated welterweight champion Miguel Cotto defending his title against two-division world champion Zab Judah -- will be streamed live worldwide via Yahoo! Sports, one of the most-trafficked sports sites. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Prize Fight Boxing and Madison Square Garden, “X-Plosive!” will be broadcast live, Saturday, June 9, on HBO Pay-Per-View, from the main arena at Madison Square Garden. continue

Vitali Klitschko to fight Jameel McCline in September?

vitali klitschko05.06.07 - By Scott Frake: According to the latest boxing news, former WBC/WBO heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KO’s) is reportedly trying to set up a potential bout with journeyman Jameel McCline (38-7-3, 23 KO’s) for Vitali’s comeback bout, which will likely take place in September. Apparently, McCline is the leading candidate among several possible opponents (DaVarryl Williamson and Roman Greenburg).

Klitschko’s advisor, Shelly Finkel said, "He's the leading available guy we're thinking of. We're working on it," according to Dan Raphael of ESPN. The bout will take place in Germany, where Vitali will almost certainly draw a huge crowd, where Vitali started his professional boxing career in 1996. continue

Alexander Povetkin - A Heavyweight Ruler For The Future?

povetkin05.06.07 - By James Slater: Twenty-seven year old Alexander Povetkin is far from the finished article at the moment, and it is still way to early to tell if he is capable of one day going as far as reigning as a world champion. But so far, the Russian, who is currently 12-0 (10) has definitely looked like the real goods. Blessed with excellent balance, hand speed, power and the ability to throw a variety of shots, Povetkin looks like a guy who WANTS to fight.

His left jab - a punch he can hook off well also - is sharp and crisp, and sets up his other punches. These include a dangerous looking right uppercut, tasty looking lefts to the body and right and left hooks to the head. Versatility, variety and tenacity are attributes the former amateur star has indeed. The question is, how far can these qualities take him? continue

Juan Diaz & Ruslan Chagaev To Attend Boxing Writers Association of America 82nd Awards Dinner

juan diazJUNE 5th - The World Boxing Association (WBA) World Champions Ruslan Chagaev and Juan Diaz will be in attendance at the Boxing Writers Association of America 82nd Awards Dinner. The event will be held in New York City on Friday, June 8th at the Copacabana. Ruslan Chagaev became the WBA Heavyweight Champion last April 14th in Stuttgart, Germany, after achieving what appeared to be an impossible task beating the 7-foot Russian giant Nicolay Valuev.

That night the "White Tyson" displayed a perfect strategy on the ring that gave him a historical victory.

Juan Diaz is considered by many as one of the hottest fighters in the game. The "Baby Bull" was crowned the WBA Lightweight Champion in July 2004 after defeating Lakva Sim and now can count six successful defenses of the title, including a unification bout against then WBO champ Acelino Freitas, last April 28th. continue

Bostick Sets Record Straight Regarding Kermit Cintron

05.06.07 - by Rob L Russen/RR Media Blitz: Bobby Bostick is the president/CEO of Bobby Bostick Promotions (BBP) a new face in the world of professional boxing promotions. Yet one that has made major in-roads as a company in a very short period of time. Bobby Bostick has determined that it is now time to set the record straight regarding reports that Kermit Cintron, IBF Welterweight Champion, currently under a four year promotional agreement with BBP, is skipping camp and rejoining Main Events. In just three fights with BBP, Kermit Cintron has won two titles including the IBF World Welterweight Championship. continue

Krasniqi Ready For Tony Thompson

luan krasniqi05.06.07 - The "Universum Champions Night" on July 14th at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg will feature the return of Universum heavyweight Luan "The Lion" Krasniqi. Heavyweight contenders Luan Krasniqi (30-2-1, 14 KOs) and Tony "The Tiger" Thompson (29-1, 17 KOs) are set to meet in a WBO title eliminator. The winner will earn a shot at newly crowned world heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov. After his last victorious bout in Stuttgart in March 2007 against Brian "The Beast" Minto, Krasniqi is back on track and ready for this chance.

“I saw Ibragimov's win over Shannon Briggs on TV Sunday night. If one could say anything about this heavyweight fight, it's that on this evening two average boxers stood in the ring. "It was not a fight for the public - little motion and barely any high quality boxing action - a below average world championship fight without a great new champion." continue

Liakhovich Wants Ibragimov

liakhovich05.06.07 - Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich says he’s surprised and offended by the pre-fight comments of new champion Sultan Ibragimov and would like to be the first to face him. “It was a good win for you Saturday night,” said Liakhovich of Ibragimov’s unanimous decision over Shannon Briggs, “however, I take offense to your comments that I was ‘afraid’ of Briggs when I fought him. Just pick a place and a date if you want to fight. Let’s see how tough you really are.”

Liakhovich, who was ahead on the scorecards before losing his title to Briggs via last-second knockout last November 4, says he’d be willing to travel to Ibragimov’s backyard of Russia, if need be. “Let’s make it happen and you’ll see how scared I am,” insisted the “White Wolf” who says he has fully recovered from injury and is eager to get his title back. continue

After Wright Who's Left?: Will This Be The 'Executioners' Last Meal?

bernard hopkins05.06.07 - By Vivek Wallace: At age 42, the phenomenon known to us as Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins will set out to climb yet another mountain in what could be the last time we see him enter the great 'blue abyss'. For Hopkins it's been a long journey getting to this point in a career that has seen many twist, and even more subplots. An enigma of sorts, there's many thoughts that come to mind about a man who to some is easy to read, yet to most very hard to understand. The chronicles of his life speak his spirit, and the words off of his tongue tell his tale.

If asked to describe him, we know there are many things he 'is', but particularly one thing we know he isn't, and perhaps never will be. That one thing we know he isn't is afraid.......Afraid to stare directly in the eyes of any obstacle and dare it withstand his wrath. continue

Manfredo returns for "Cha-Ching In The Ring"

PROVIDENCE (June 5, 2007) - "The Pride of Providence" Peter Manfredo, Jr. goes right back into the ring June 20, headlining "Cha-Ching In The Ring," on ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Manfredo (27-4, 13 KOs), star of The Contender I television reality show, bounced right back from his WBO super middleweight title loss by controversial stoppage in the third round to Joe Calzaghe on April 7 with an impressive ninth-round TKO of veteran Ted Muller (19-10-2) on May 11. continue

A Review of George Foreman's Book, "God In My Corner" (c) 2007

george foreman05.06.07 - By John Howard: If you're looking for a book on boxing don't buy George Foreman's latest book "God In My Corner." Let me suggest something by Bert Sugar, Thomas Hauser, or the late Jack Newfield for that. But if you're looking for a book to lead you through the journey of life while being happy and content, then this is the perfect book for you.

This isn't a book on boxing but a spiritual journey. The last time I got this pumped up reading a book was when "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren came out. At times, while reading Foreman's book, I felt like I was reading the New Testament with a little Old Testament thrown in for good measure. George gives more spiritual advice than the Dalai Lama. In his book, Foreman remembers Grants Pass, Oregon as the place where he started to turn his life around. continue

Ray Anderson

05.06.07 - By Jim Amato: Back in the early and mid 1970's, northeast Ohio had three world class light heavyweight contenders campaigning for a world title shot. Ray Anderson of Akron would be the one who was fortunate enough to receive a shot at the brass ring. The other two, John Griffin and Billy Wagner of Cleveland fell short of their title fight dreams but they did wage two memorable wars against each other. continue

Tshifhiwa Munyai Returns June 15

05.06.07 - Tshifhiwa Munyai makes his fourth UK appearance in 12 months when he fights at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on June 15 and the Johannesburg resident’s return to the Capital is good news for London’s boxing aficionados following his previous three victories. continue

Sultan Ibragimov Interview: The champ speaks before starting his joyous homecoming!

sultan ibragimov04.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Though by the time most people see this interview, the new WBO heavyweight champion of the world will be on a plane headed back to Russia, his thoughts and reactions will linger in some form here in the US. Still in disbelief, and surprisingly stoic disappointment, regarding the nature of his victory against Shannon Briggs, Sultan talked about Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and of course himself and his newly won title.

ESB: Hey Sultan! Of course I have to congratulate you with the sensational victory. You deserve respect and that title. continue

The 2008 Olympic Boxing Team Trials – Boxing Participants are Set at the 2007 U.S. Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 88 boxers competing in the 2008 Olympic Team Trials – Boxing were set on Tuesday at the 2007 U.S. Championships in Colorado Springs. Twenty-three Olympic hopefuls added their names to the participant list on Tuesday night with victories in second round action. Flyweight action opened the competition and Timothy Ibarra (Brighton, Colo.) enjoyed a Colorado advantage in his bout with Jorge Abiague (Portland, Maine). Ibarrra took the first lead, but Abiague pulled it to a tie at the midway point in the contest. continue

Sultan Ibragimov outclasses Shannon Briggs

sultan ibragimov04.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When WBO heavyweight Shannon Briggs attacked Sultan Ibragimov in the first round of their scheduled twelve-rounder, I suspected we’d see a very competitive fight. In fact, it appeared as if this one might resemble Briggs’s prior bout when he captured the WBO title from former champion, Sergei Liakhovich. My suspicions, however, proved to be incorrect. We did not get a competitive fight and the bout looked nothing like the contest between Briggs and Liakhovich.

After winning the first round, everything else went downhill for Shannon Briggs. He did not have the aggressiveness, the accuracy, or the stamina to compete with the younger and hungrier Ibragimov. Briggs was thoroughly outclassed in every imaginable facet. continue

Gary Reid Enlists Big Guns

04.06.07 - Stoke’s Gary Reid has stepped up preparations for his encounter with unbeaten Ajose Olusegun which is scheduled to take place on 15th June at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. Reid, who hopes to secure the Commonwealth light-welterweight title, has enlisted the support of British light-middleweight champion Jamie Moore who is currently ranked at number 5 in the world by the WBC. continue

Is it Time for Shannon Briggs to stop lifting weights?

shannon briggs04.06.07 - By Gary Jones: After watching Saturday's night's poor performance by Shannon Briggs where he slowly plodded around the ring, barely able to throw a handful often out of breath from having to carry his huge 273 lbs frame, it seems it's time for Shannon to stop lifting weights and immediately lose 40 lbs of excess muscle so he can put his boxing career back together.

Briggs, once an exciting fighter, is no longer effective since putting on all the muscle, which has slowed his punch output to a trickle. On Saturday night, Briggs, 35, was barely able to throw a pitiful 10 punches and the majority of them were jabs. Like in his last fight against Liakhovich, Briggs came off looking musclebound, slow and old. continue

Who Is Shaun George?: The Boxing World's About To Find Out

shaun george04.06.07 - By Vivek Wallace: On the evening of Friday, May 18th, a number of people around the country found themselves flicking through television channels looking for entertainment. For those in the 'know', it was already a plan to tune in to the ESPN2 live coverage of the nationally televised matchup between Shaun George (14-2-2, 6KO's) and 'KO KING' Richard Hall (27-7, 25KO's). For those who didn't know and happened to stumble across the action accidentally, one thing for sure, they walked away having witnessed the skill of a man who is well on his way to becoming a very 'household' name in the light heavyweight division.

Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Shaun George and he gave us at East Side Boxing a glimpse of not only the man, but the myth's associated with his name, as well as his intentions while he's a 'player' in the 'game.' continue

Sultan Ibragimov’s Manager Boris Grimberg: “Klitschko is the only other champ who wants to unify!”

sultan ibragimov03.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: It has been less then 24 hours since Sultan Ibragimov took the WBO title away from ex-champ Shannon Briggs in a tactically brilliant effort. Even though the dust has not yet settled, and the wheels of celebration have not stopped spinning, it is important for us as fans to look to the future and push the new kid on the block towards unification. Sultan’s promotional team, thankfully, does not usually disappoint. continue

Sultain Ibragimov Beats Shannon Briggs to the punch and removes a serious obstruction in the WBO pipeline

Ibragimov-briggs03.06.07 - By Wray Edwards: Whenever the WBO or WBC gets bogged down with a boxer who is more of an obstruction than an attraction, it needs to find a good plumber to ream out the pipes and get the excitement flowing again. For the recent past, a sickly and over-bulked fighter has blunted the point of the spear which the heavyweight champion represents for each sanction. Though potentially a powerful puncher, which breeds caution in his opponents, Shannon Briggs' only chance to prevail against Sultan would have come from a smaller ring, better footwork and superior hand-speed. These attributes were not available to him…so he lost.

Sultan, on the other hand, had listened to Jeff Mayweather and did as he was trained to do. When ESB spoke with Jeff the night before the fight, the plan was to stick and move, not cross the feet, and stay cool and focused when getting hit from time-to-time. There's noting wrong with being cautious when messing around in front of Shannon Briggs. Sultan showed adamantine dedication to his fight plan. Throughout the fight Sultan worked behind feints and jabs to deliver a mix of body shots and head shots at a ratio of about two to one respectively. I can now disclose some of the things I was told off the record until after the fight. continue

Julio Cesar Chavez And Edwin “Chapo” Rosario - Two Great Lightweights On A Collision Course

edwin rosario03.06.07 - By James Slater: Puerto Rico’s Edwin “Chapo” Rosario turned pro in 1979 and, after winning his first twenty-one bouts, all but one by KO, he fought Jose Luis Ramirez of Mexico in a contest that would decide the vacant WBC 135 pound championship. Edwin won the fight, held in May of 1983, unanimously on points over twelve rounds and was a world champion.

He made two successful defences, before losing the crown in a return bout with Ramirez. In a vastly different fight from their first meeting, Ramirez rose from two early knockdowns to prevail by TKO in the fourth. Rosario’s reign as a world champ was over, for the time being. Being the crowd pleaser he was, Rosario was given another chance to rise to the top. continue

Tough Opponents, Tough Guys

ernie shavers03.06.07 - By Ted Sares: Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield fought some pretty tough guys at a pretty constant rate. Hell, they even fought each other. Among others, Holmes fought Gerry Cooney, Michael Spinks (twice), Earnie Shavers (twice), Kenny Norton, Mike Weaver (twice), a prime Tim Witherspoon, and Mike Tyson. Evander fought just about everyone including Dwight Muhammad Qawi (twice). Chris Byrd, James Toney, Michael Moorer (twice), Tyson (twice), Holmes, Bowe (thrice), John Ruiz (thrice), Lennox Lewis (twice), Hasim Rahman, and Big George Foreman. Talk about tough.

Light Heavyweight journeyman Etienne “ET” Whitaker is still fighting and his resume is qualatatively impressive. On May 5, 2004, rugged Omar Sheika, 23-6, scored a second round KO over road warrior Whitaker, 31-12-2 coming in. No big deal, except Whitaker had been fighting the very toughest opposition out there. continue

Briggs-Ibragimov: You Brag, I Move - Observations on an Uneventful Heavyweight Title Fight

shannon briggs02.06.07 - By Brian McDonald: With his WBO heavyweight title on the line, Shannon Briggs faced Sultan Ibragimov in what wasn't necessarily billed as a must-see fight, it did however ultimately look more promising on paper. Ibragimov, in only his 22nd pro bout, was smaller, faster, and busier and as a result walked away with the belt. In the early rounds, Ibragimov appeared to be intimidated and fearful that Briggs would pick up where he left off with Serguei Lyakhovich. However, by the fourth round, Briggs despite a few bursts of energy had settled into the kind of lethargic game plan that makes questionable his respect for his Champion status.

He spent the next 8 rounds looking to land a big right that never hit home. Throughout the fight Briggs threw a lazy jab that would, on occasion, get countered by Ibragimov with most often a mere glancing blow. The ring was clearly too big for the styles these fighters brought to the ring. continue

Ibragimov decisions Briggs! Welcome to the Sultanic era of boxing!

shannon briggs02.06.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Sultan Ibragimov has just become the newest WBO heavyweight champion after defeating Shannon Briggs via unanimous decision in Atlantic City, NJ. Ibragimov moved sensationally and avoided most of Briggs low but high voltage output throughout the entire 12 rounds. Rarely with his back to the ropes Ibragimov lunged forward whenever cornered and forced Briggs to avoid his shots and moved out of range after the controlled bursts of aggression had ended.

However, the real shocker in the fight came whenever Briggs actually scored, and Sultan rather than back down, pressed forward and pushed Briggs to exchange blows which really stunned the former champion. I had the bout 119-109 just like one of the three judges, who probably gave Briggs the first, but the other two scored the bout closer than they really should have with scores of 117-111 and 115-113. Even so the result was not in doubt. continue

Brock decisions Gonzalez

02.06.07 - Calvin Brock (31-1, 23 KO's) had to get up off the canvas after being knocked down in the 3rd round, to win a unanimous decision tonight over Alex Gonzalez (18-5, 8 KO's) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The knockdown did little damage, aside from embarrassing Brock, who had expected an easy time against Gonzalez. continue

Ibragimov decisions Briggs!

02.06.07 - Heavyweight Sultan Ibragimov (21-0-1, 17 KOs) easily defeated Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs), the WBO heavyweight champion, winning by 12-round unanimous decision tonight to capture the WBO heavyweight title at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Briggs, 35, did very little in the bout and appeared to be conserving his strength for the later rounds. Ibragimov, 32, capitalized on Briggs' reluctance to mix it up by winning round after round, powered behind hard left hands shots, and blistering jabs. continue

Primo Carnera - “The Ambling Alp”

primo canera02.06.07 - By James Slater: Born in Sequals, Italy on October 26th, 1906, the man known as “The Ambling Alp,” Primo Carnera, remains one of the best known and most fascinating off all heavyweight kings. And not always due to reasons that could be called flattering. With many of his fights now pretty much accepted as having been set-ups, due to the huge influence the American mob had over the naïve and unsuspecting Carnera, the huge Italian’s place in history is that of a curiosity, more so than as a great and legendary champion.

This is not to suggest that Primo was without courage though, for he very definitely had guts. His merits and accomplishments as a boxer, however, are fully deserving of the questionable way in which they are looked upon by historians. Quite simply, no-one can be sure which of Primo’s fights were on the level and which were not. continue

Pressure From Hatton & The Scale Will Spell Castillo's Doom

ricky hatton02.06.07 - by Nick Mathur: On June 23rd, Ricky Hatton and Jose Luis Castillo will battle at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, in a fight that is sure to produce a lot of action between two of the sport's most rugged athletes. Hatton is coming off of a convincing unanimous decision over tough, but limited Juan Urango in January, while Castillo scored a razor thin split decision victory over prospect Herman Ngoudjo on the undercard of that fight.

The opinions of analysts and boxing enthusiasts seem to be divided as to who will emerge victorious in June. Some favor Hatton because of his aggression and ruthless body punching. However, these happen to be staples of Castillo's fight game as well, as he comes into the fight being the more seasoned professional with much more experience at the elite level. continue

Cooper’s Thunder Nearly Derailed Clay's Title Hopes

muhammed ali02.06.07 - By Mike Dunn: British boxing legend Henry Cooper is still remembered for it. As we approach the 44th anniversary of the famed encounter, Cooper remains a beloved figure in his native England and when fans reminisce about old ’Enery, they talk about the potent left hook he landed to the jaw of 21-year-old Cassius Clay. And they talk about what might have been ...

On June 18, 1963, the young, brash American Clay entered the ring in venerable Wembley Stadium in London to take on the 29 year-old Cooper, who was a top flight fighter in Europe and the British Empire, but who was not considered by most to be a serious threat to derail Clay’s title ambitions. continue

Unbeaten Kirkland stops Duran, Bradley Impressively outpoints Camarena

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (June 1, 2007) – Two of boxing’s most talented prospects, James Kirkland and Timothy Bradley, kept their undefeated records in tact and took the next step toward word title shots with impressive victories Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.” continue

Briggs-Ibragimov Under-card Weigh-In Report

calvin brock01.06.07 - By Wray Edwards: Photo © by Wray Edwards. After the weigh-ins we had a chance to speak at length with Jeff Mayweather regarding Sultan’s training, Shannon’s weight and other issues. Jeff said that “In more than one way, it was a good thing that Ibragimov had the draw with Austin. That got Sultan’s attention to the need for improvement, and pretty much led to me being brought on board to work with him. We are much alike regarding many issues. Even though I live in Las Vegas, I don’t make the party scene or any of that. I enjoy my work so much that there is no need to make the scene.”

He went on to say that, “Sultan is also a serious person about his profession and takes great pleasure in training and preparing for each event.” Jeff also told me a few things, off the record, which I can’t mention until after the fight. We also ran into Sultan in the lobby and he looked relaxed, fit and friendly. The under-card is filled with some local heroes and some better known guys like Calvin Brock. The weights were as follows: continue

Augie "Kid Vegas" Sanchez: The testosterone-torqued volley

augie sanchez(Augie Sanchez, seen here getting treatment after having been knocked out in the 4th round by Naseem Hamad in August 2000) 01.06.07 - By Ted Sares: Augie "Kid Vegas" Sanchez was a solid fighter who had a great amateur background and even beat Floyd Mayweather once, but he lost a chance to represent the United States in the 1996 Games by losing twice to Mayweather in the Olympic Box-Offs.

As a professional, Sanchez, 28 - 3 (25 ko's), achieved a good degree of success, but there had been questions about his chin that were eventually answered in brutal fashion. He had beaten Jorge Paez, Daniel Jimenez and Nestor "Chino Lopez and was a considered a very hard puncher with an 81% KO percentage. continue

Miranda suggests defeat to Pavlik was due to weight loss. Will now be moving up to the Super middleweight division

edison miranda01.06.07 - By Gary Jones: Middleweight Edison Miranda (28-2, 24 KO's) is blaming his recent May 19th, 7th round TKO defeat by Kelly Pavlik on weight loss, according to ESPN. Miranda states, in part, that he didn't eat for the last two days before the fight (Thursday and Friday) and was in a weakened condition for the bout. Even then, he failed to make weight on his first try at the weigh-in, and was forced to take off extra weight to make the next weigh-in attempt, which he successfully made.

Miranda goes on to say, he'll be moving up to fight in the super middleweight division (168 lbs). If what Miranda says is true, it would help explain his lethargic appearance against Pavlik, in which he seemed weak from the very start of the bout. His usually tremendous punching power was seemingly gone, and he appeared to be throwing pitty-pat punches at Pavlik. continue

Briggs vs. Ibragimov - Fight Highlights - Satellite Transmission

01.06.07 - This match-up between two of the premier heavyweights in the world and fierce rivals, Shannon Briggs and Sultan Ibragimov, will finally take place when they square off for Briggs’ WBO Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, June 2nd at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue

Contender Jesse Brinkley Returns to Fight in Reno on July 6th

RENO, NV – June 1st, 2007. Northern Nevada’s Jesse Brinkley will face off against Dallas Vargas from Toledo, Ohio in the ten-round main event on the professional boxing card, titled “Heavy Hands”, on July 6th at the Eldorado Hotel Casino in Reno, Nevada. Brinkley (26-5-0, 17 KOs) appeared on NBC’s boxing reality show The Contender in 2005. Brinkley is now out to get his career back on track after some tough and controversial losses. continue

Vitali Klitschko should Face Hasim Rahman in his comeback. They have unfinished business!

01.06.07 - By Dave Domenico: The last we’ve heard, Vitali Klitschko is planning his return to boxing this September to continue the Klitschko dream of both brothers being simultaneous champions. Vitali Klitschko has a match tentatively scheduled against a yet to be named top ten opponent. There was a recently posted article that mentioned a potential matchup between Rahman and IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko (Vitali’s brother). That particular fight makes no sense to me. continue

Vargas vs. Mayorga: Fernando's final fight of his career on September 8th?

fernando vargas01.06.07 - By Scott Frake: Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KO's) has stated that he will be fighting for the final time against Ricardo Mayorga, with the bout being tentatively scheduled for September 8th, and taking place at the Staples center in Los Angeles, California. Win or lose, Vargas, 29, says that this will be the end to his boxing career.

At this point, there has been no indication that the fight will be on PPV, according to Shelly Finkel, the co-manager for Vargas. Having had trouble making weight in his last two bouts in the junior middleweight division (154 lbs), his bout with Mayorga will reportedly be fought at a catchweight of 162 lbs. However, with nothing on the line in the fight, other than pride, it would seem that the weight issue means little. Vargas, a former IBF/WBA light middleweight champion, has lost three of his last seven bouts, including his last, both TKO losses (10th round TKO on February 2006, and 6th round TKO on July 2006) to Shane Mosley. continue

Wladimir Klitschko-Hasim Rahman a Possible Future bout?

01.06.07 - By Gary Jones: Does a potential bout with Wladimir Klitschko (48-3, 43 KO's), the IBF heavyweight champion, and the often troubled Hasim Rahman (41-6-2, 33 KO's) intrigue you? If so, that's what's being bandied about in the latest boxing news grapevine, coming from Dan Rafael from ESPN. Apparently, reps from the Klitschko brothers have spoken to Top Rank, Rahman's promotional outfit, about a potential fight in the fall. Ideally, Wladimir Klitschko would prefer to fight for unification match with one of the other three heavyweight title holders, however, the likelihood of that happening is remote at best due to the reluctance of the promoters involved. So that will likely leave us with Rahman vs. Klitschko. continue

Sarritzu retains, Sanavia wins European titles!

02.06.07 - WBO #1 Andrea Sarritzu (26-3-4, 8 KO's) retains his European flyweight title against mandatory challenger Bernard Inom (17-1, 8 KO's) with a split draw (115-113, 113-115, 114-114) last Friday in Ajaccio, France. It was an entertainment fight with Sarritzu the better man in the central rounds and Inom in the last rounds. continue

EliteXC Quotes & Weights; Complete "Dynamite USA" Fight Card/Weights

01.06.07 - Shields fights Pariente in the main event Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT). In the co-feature, Persey takes on Wiezorek. Time permitting, the fight between Calvan and Phan is scheduled to be televised in its entirety. If not, Phan-Calvan highlights are scheduled to be shown during the one-hour SHOWTIME telecast. continue

The return of Andrew Golota

andrew golota01.06.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The last time boxing fans saw Andrew Golota in the ring was over two years ago. That, of course, was back when he challenged Lamon Brewster for the WBO heavyweight championship. It was a short night for Golota. He was caught with a thunderous shot just nine seconds into the bout and never recovered. Two knockdowns later, the fight was halted after just 51 seconds.

It appeared to be a career-ending loss, but boxing is a sport which champions ‘the comeback’. For the second time in his career, Andrew Golota is making a return to the squared circle after a lengthy lay off. At 39 years of age, it’s easy to write Golota off entirely. After all, he never lived up to his potential in his prime and he fell short of the mark in his previous comeback. Why should things be any different this time around? continue

Gatti Vs. Chavez Jr. Pencilled In For November - Arturo’s Looking To Go Out In Style

arturo gatti01.06.07 - By James Slater: It is by far a done deal yet, but there is a strong possibility that Arturo “Thunder” Gatti and Julio Cesar Chavez Junior will meet in a November showdown. The coming to fruition of this intriguing match-up depends on a good many things happening first, however. Needless to say, the most important thing is that both men come through their next fights okay. In fact, Julio has two bouts scheduled before any potential fight with “The Human Highlight Real” can take place.

Grover Wiley (the man who famously retired Chavez Senior) must be taken care of on June 9th, in a fight that will be staged on the under-card of Miguel Cotto-Zab Judah in New York, and then Julio must come through his next fight unscathed also - a bout with an as yet unnamed foe on August 4th, which will be chief support to David Diaz-Erik Morales in Chicago. continue

Million Dollar Man, Million Dollar Question: Is Floyd Mayweather Jr. The G.O.A.T. Or The Hoax?

floyd mayweather jr.01.06.07 - By Vivek Wallace: For years fans and skeptics alike have debated the true worth of Floyd Mayweather Jr. His performance on May 5th in the heavily touted showdown with Oscar De La Hoya in hindsight was somewhat bitter sweet in the sense that he solidified his position as one of the all-time greats in the mind of some, yet based on the way he did it, lost some points in the minds of others.

Looking at the names on his resume' answers this question to a degree, but it's the names that aren't on there that formulate other questions. This article should help narrow that debate as we take an in-depth look at both sides of the spectrum. continue

Ibragimov’s Manager Pulls a Yoel Judah

Hollywood, FL, June 1 - Taking a page from Yoel Judah’s public relations guidebook, heavyweight title challenger Sultan Ibragimov’s manager Boris Grinberg, tried to impersonate his fighter on nationally syndicated radio show “Through the Ropes”, hosted by Marc Lichtenfeld. After Grinberg answered a few questions, the eagle-eared Lichtenfeld remarked, “Sultan, you sound just like your manager Boris Grinberg.” The guest replied, “Well, maybe because I was running today.” Lichtenfeld playfully put Sultan/Boris on the hot seat, trying to get him to admit his identity. After the host cut the interview short moments later, he laughed as he told his listeners about the ruse. continue

Clay vs. Liston: Fake or Legitimate?

cassius clay01.06.07 - By Mike Dunn: Did Sonny Liston throw one or both of his fights with Cassius Clay? A lot of people think so, including boxing insiders. Many others don't believe it. Some think Liston may have thrown the second fight in Lewiston, Maine, but not the first one. In any case, controversy has been a shadow over the two Clay-Liston fights and that shadow remains to this day. Unsatisfactory endings to both bouts (in February of 1964 at Miami Beach and in May of 1965 at Lewiston) have created speculation and cast doubts about the veracity of Liston's performances.

In simple terms, this is what happened in the two encounters: Liston lost his title to Clay (who would soon change his name to Muhammad Ali) in the Miami Beach bout when Liston refused to come out of his corner for the seventh round. Liston, who had received a thrashing at the hands of the younger, quicker Clay, claimed that his left shoulder had been injured. continue

Mickey Tollis: 1927-2007

01.06.07 - Former Australian welterweight champion Mickey Tollis passed away on May 23, three days prior to his 80th birthday. In 1944, Tollis turned professional in Newcastle, NSW, where he grew up, knocking out Bob Hazel in round 4. Halfway through his career he moved to Melbourne training with master Ambrose Palmer. continue

HBO To Replay Cotto-Torres, Judah-Corley

June 1, 2007 - Leading up to the world welterweight title fight between Miguel Cotto and Zab Judah -- set for Saturday, June 9 in New York City and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive back-to-back replay of two action-packed fights showcasing their considerable talents. On Friday, June 8 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) and Saturday, June 9 at 11:30 a.m. (ET/PT), HBO2 will replay Cotto vs. Torres 2005 and Judah vs. Corley 2003. In September 2006, Cotto displayed his power by knocking out Ricardo Torres in the 7th round in Atlantic City. On July 12, 2003, the elusive and crafty Judah scored a split decision victory over DeMarcus Corley in Las Vegas. continue

Calzaghe Accepts Kessler Offer!

joe calzaghe01.06.07 - By Iain Axon, Promoter Frank Warren says Joe Calzaghe will go to Denmark and fight Mikkel Kessler. Earlier this week, Warren agreed to an offer made by Kessler's promoter, Mogens Palle, but has so far heard nothing back from the Dane. "It's not a done deal until it's signed but we've accepted," Warren told BBC Five Live. "It's now up to Palle to send a contract."

Long term WBO super-middleweight king Calzaghe has been linked to a fight with his WBC/WBA counterpart following victory over Peter Manfredo Jr in April. Both fighters - neither of whom have tasted defeat before - were keen to secure home advantage, but Calzaghe is so confident of victory, he is prepared to sacrifice a partisan crowd. continue

Sultan Ibragimov: "Gee, He Looks Like Such a Regular Guy"

shannon briggs31.05.07 - Interview by Wray Edwards: HOLEY COW!!! BRIGGS WEIGHS IN AT 273…WITH SULTAN AT A MERE 221. Almost every time I show a picture of Sultan to someone who has not seen him before, they almost always say something like, "He doesn't look like a boxer." All that proves is that many people have a preconception of how a boxer should look. Most would point to Ken Norton or some other v-shaped six-packer and say, "Now that's what a boxer should look like." We've all seen really ripped-looking hunks get stretched by skill rather classic musculature. Ibragimov is a very unusual person as boxers go.

Recently, Sultan and his team generously agreed to travel to the Seminole Hard Rock in Miami to give East Side Boxing an exclusive interview. Naturally, the main reason for this meeting was to discuss his championship fight with Shannon Briggs on June 2nd in Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall. For me, however, the interview presented an opportunity to speak with him in a more relaxed setting than our previous chance encounters allowed, because they were at weigh-ins or ringside. Even at those times, I got the impression that here was a very interesting person, aside from his Boxing activities. It was a great opportunity to try to connect the man with his sport, and here is what he had to say continue

World Boxing Council News

01.06.07 - By Edward Thangarajah: When the International Boxing Hall of Fame decided to induct Dr. Jose Sulaiman this year, I said that they were 15 years behind time. I told my boxing friends and scribes that they should have done it when Dr. Sulaiman stood boldly and took many decisions which helped promote and foster the magnificent poor man’s sport of boxing. continue

Miguel Cotto Conference Call Transcript

31.05.07 - LEE SAMUELS, TOP RANK: The champ is here. He just had a tremendous media day in his home town in Puerto Rico, a tremendous turnout of fight press, print press, cameras, Internet, it was just phenomenal. Ricardo Jimenez is with him in Puerto Rico. Bob Arum, of course, is here in Las Vegas with me. We’re talking about Miguel Cotto, the two-division world champion against Zab Judah, Saturday, June ninth, Madison Square Garden, live on HBO Pay-Per-View. We have some tremendous, exciting announcements, which will be delivered by my boss the Hall of Fame Promoter, Bob Arum. continue

Floyd Mayweather Sr. Predicts Victory for Dawson and Hanshaw

floyd mayweather sr.31.05.07 - By John Martinez - - Lately, the self proclaimed “ World’s greatest trainer” Floyd “ Joy” Mayweather Sr. has been a very busy man. He has been tasked with preparing current WBC light heavyweight king “ Bad” Chad Dawson (23,0,15 KO’s) for Dawson’s first defense of his title against Jesus “Chuy” Ruiz (19,4,17KO’s) on June 9 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. The fight will air on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 10 PM ET/PT.

In addition to training Dawson, Floyd has been tapped to coach Anthony “The Tyger” Hanshaw (21,0,1, 14 KO’s) for his big fight PPV against Roy Jones Jr. on July 14 in Biloxi, MS. This afternoon, I got a chance to talk with the colorful trainer about his fighter’s upcoming battles and… oh yeah, I guy named Oscar. continue

Conference Call Quotes: Antonio Tarver-Elvir Muriqi

31.05.07 - Legendary former undisputed light heavyweight world champion Antonio “Magic Man’’ Tarver (24-4, 18 KOs), of Tampa, Fla., makes his eagerly anticipated return to the ring when he faces New York-based Elvir “The Kosovo Kid” Muriqi (34-3, 21 KOs) for the world IBO light heavyweight crown on Saturday, June 9 on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Kirkland-Duran, Bradley-Cimarena conference call quotes

31.05.07 - Two of boxing’s most-talented, world-ranked and unbeaten prospects look to elevate their status to legitimate world title contenders when James “Mandingo Warrior’’ Kirkland (18-0, 16 KOs) and Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (19-0, 11 KOs) co-headline in separate bouts Friday, June 1, on "ShoBox: The New Generation” (SHOWTIME, 11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Kirkland, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 13 junior middleweight contender, will face Ossie Duran (23-5-1, nine KOs) in the 10-round main event. Duran has never been knocked out. continue

SPOTLIGHT: Meet Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik

kelly pavlik31.05.07 - By Taj Eubanks: Youngstown, Ohio is a town that could truly be called “Anytown, USA.” Lying approximately 65 miles southeast of Cleveland (dominion of LeBron “King” James) and 62 miles northwest of Pittsburgh (where Super Bowl XL champion “Big” Ben Roethlisberger holds sway), this town of roughly 82,000 people once prospered because of its robust production of the very same material that not only made people like the Carnegies rich, but literally built America---steel.

The decline of the steel industry in Youngstown two decades ago left many jobless. While the automotive industry and Youngstown State University (two of the town’s largest employers) and a visionary young mayor have helped get the city moving in the right direction, a whopping 24.3% of city residents still live below the poverty line. continue

Rob Calloway Wins Again

31.05.07 - Rob Calloway took his record to 65-7-1, 52 KO's by stopping Chris Thomas (16-8-2, 14 KO's) in round three in Kansas City, Missouri on May 30. Calloway has now scrored eight straight knockouts since a unanimous points loss to three time world heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline on April 4 2006. This was the All American PrizeFighter's second win in three weeks, as he stopped “Twin Tyson” Cliff Couser (25-12-2, 13 KO's) in round two in Tulsa, OKlahoma on May 10. continue

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