Amateur star Andrade to be honored

PROVIDENCE (July 31, 2007) – U.S. amateur boxing star Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, coming off of his highly controversial Silver Medal performance at last week’s Pan-American games in Rio de Janeiro, will be honored August 10 at “Takin’ It To The River,” featuring WBC No. 2 rated cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey, as part of “The Budweiser Night at the Fights” series at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Wasted Talent: The Tale of Hector "Macho" Camacho and Edwin Rosario

hector camacho31.07.07 - By Francisco Cairol: One of the worst things about being a boxing fan is seeing wasted talent. Those boxers who could have accomplished so much more in their boxing careers if only they had been responsible, trained harder and led better life. Today, I will write about Edwin "Chapo" Rosario and Hector "Macho" Camacho. You might say: "Wait a minute, weren't those guys multiple champions with a lot of great quality wins? True, but they could have done so much more.

Hector Camacho: 78-5-2 37 KOs. Hector Camacho had some of the best talent this writer has seen. He had unbelievably fast handspeed, great movements and decent power at Jr. Lightweight and lightweight. He won the WBC Jr. lightweight title in dazzling fashion over an admittedly shopworn Bazooka Limón in just his 22nd fight in August 1983. continue

SHOWTIME Boxing Programming Notes

Three days before SHOWTIME presents the highly anticipated rematch between the two best little men in boxing, Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez, the network will air their dramatic first fight - a “Fight of the Year” candidate from March 3, 2007. continue

Fights I would like to see made in 2007: Judah-Berto, Mesi-Holyfield, Forrest-Mayorga, Forrest-Mosley and More!

evander holyfield30.07.07 - By Ted Sares: Andre Berto-Zab Judah: Now that we know Berto can be hurt (by the same guy Judah demolished), this fight would be intriguing. If Zab wins, he is back in the mix, though it would help if he got a new trainer. If Berto wins, he steps up as the real McCoy and erases the Rivera embarrassment.

Albert-Duddy: Both fought Yori Boy Campas. Albert beat him up; Duddy almost got more than he could handle. Let’s see how important a common opponent can be as a standard.

Duddy, 21-0, 16 KO’s), has a solid chin, good power, and perhaps could stand up to Albert’s head shots, but his defensive lapses and propensity to cut and bleed could open the door to disaster. Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert, 21-1, throws punches nonstop and is a pretty complete package with incredible energy and the Nigerian boxer-trait of sticking to an opponent like glue and not giving an inch. continue

Fidel Castro Steps Up Pressure On Families Of Arena’s Boxing Stars

Hamburg, July 31st 2007 – They only wanted to be free, now their families have to suffer from it. Cuba’s “maximo lider” Fidel Castro steps up pressure on families and friends of arena’s stars Odlanier Solis, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Yan Barthelemy and the freshly signed Erislandy Lara and Guillermo Rigondeaux. As reported from Cuba there have been temporary imprisonments, houses and cars which were given to the Olympic Champions for their achievements have been confiscated. continue

The Heavyweight Scene: A crisis that ends or continues?

klitschko30.07.07 - By Adrian Saba: Finally, after several years, the Heavyweight division is getting better. Most agree that Wladimir Klitschko is the Top Heavyweight at the moment, but not the Champion, at least not officially. The rumors of his next opponent are still flying, nothing is certain, and he probably won’t fight soon –if the story about his hand injury is true-.

Surprising and pleasing information was announced last week: The IBF is planning a 4 man tournament to determine the next challenger for Klitschko, the participants are: Chris Byrd, Calvin Brock, Eddie Chambers and Alexander Povetkin. That should be interesting. The last IBF heavyweight tournament that I remember was done some years ago between Chris Byrd, Mo Harris, David Tua and Danell Nicholson. In that one, Byrd ended winning the belt. Now, the winner will only be Klitschko’s next rival for a 2008 fight. continue

Thaxton: Amir 'Khan' Get Me In The Ring For Free

London, England — July 31, 2007 - Jon Thaxton believes he has found a novel way to cut through boxing politics and secure a marquee showdown against Olympic Silver Medalist Amir Khan. With the assistance of his promoter Hennessy Sports, the British Lightweight champion has secured backing from Internet Casino giant that would allow him to fight his Commonwealth counterpart without the need for a purse from the event promoter. continue

Ibragimov/Chagaev expected to draw more than 14,000 Russian boxing fans

ruslan chagaevHollywood, July 30 - For the first time in Russian and International professional boxing history, fighters representing the post-Soviet countries will clash to unite the heavyweight world titles. It is also the first Heavyweight unification bout to ever take place outside the United States. The last heavyweight unification bout was held back in 1999, when the undisputed champion of the world was determined in a clash between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield.

Oscar De La Hoya, who is a co-promoter of Sultan Ibragimov, is among many celebrities and special invited guests that have confirmed plans to travel to Moscow on October 13th to witness this battle of epic proportions.

Sultan Ibragimov at 32, is in his prime and ready to unify the Heavyweight World Titles. During his five years as a professional boxer, this Russian star has twenty-one wins and one draw in his twenty-two fights, seventeen wins by knock-out. Sultan Ibragimov hoisted the Silver Medal with pride at the 2000 Olympic Games held in Sydney, Australia. continue

Pacquiao-Barrera: Tickets Go On Sale Today

Superstars MANNY PACQUIAO and MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA collide in a 12-round super featherweight title fight, Saturday, October 6. Promoted by Golden Boy and Top Rank, the Pacquiao-Barrera title rumble will take place at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $600, $400, $300, $200 and $100. continue

Duddy Continues Mission

john duddyNEW YORK CITY (July 30, 2007) – Prodigal son John Duddy triumphantly returned to the Emerald Isle for his first pro boxing fight there, stopping Alessio Furlan (19-9-5) in the 10th round of their July 14th bout, picked-up a few stitches in the process, and showed improvement working with his new head trainer, Don Turner.

Derry City, Northern Ireland-native Duddy (21-0, 16 KO’s), now fighting out of Queens (NY), also continued his mission to become only the third Irish-born middleweight to capture a major world boxing title at 160 pounds, joining “Nonpareil” Jack Dempsey (real name John Kelly) and Stevie “Celtic Warrior” Collins. Dempsey, who was from County Kildare but also fought out of New York City, was the world middleweight champion from 1884 to 1891. Dublin’s Collins won the WBO 160-pound title in 1994 and them moved up to super middleweight. continue

MSG to air Roy Jones Jr. vs. Anthony Hanshaw Replay

New York, NY, July 30, 2007 – MSG announced today that the network will air the cable television replay premiere of Roy Jones Jr.’s bout against talented contender Anthony Hanshaw on Saturday, August 4 at 8:00 pm. The 12-round bout, entitled “He’s Baack! Witness The Return Of A King,” was fought at the light heavyweight limit of 175 pounds and ended Jones’ one-year layoff. continue

Morales and Barrera: Is This The Last Hurrah For These Fighters?

erik morales29.07.07 - By Frank Cairol: There is one reason why I am not counting out either Erik Morales (48-5, 34 KOs) against David Diaz (32-1, 17 KOs)this Saturday night st the Allstate Arena, in Chicago, Illinois or Marco Antonio Barrera (63-5, 42 KO) against Manny Pacquiao (44-3-2, 35 KOs) in October 6, 2007: "The Last Hurrah factor." Some of the greatest fighters ever manage to turn back the clock a for one night and have that one "Last Hurrah" or great boxing performance. It's even more startling when these fighters are taught to be finished. The Following are some of my favorite examples:

1) Roberto Duran - Iran Barkley (1989): did anybody expect Duran to win this one? Duran had been knocked out by Hearns in 1984 and Barkley had knocked out Hearns. Plus, Duran was 37-years-old, and considered well past it at this point. But circular logic, or sometimes any sort of logic, has no place in boxing. continue

Larsen to take on Hamdan in Berlin on Abraham card August 18

Mads Larsen will continue his spectacular comeback on August 18 when he takes on Nader Hamdan in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. It will spell the Dane´s third fight after a break of over three-and-a-half years. He last saw off former WBO middleweight champion Hector Javier Velazco. "That was a step in the right direction," said the 34-year-old. continue

'Legends Of The Fall': Late '07 Action Features Mayweather/Hatton, Cotto/Mosley, And Many Others!!!!!

floyd mayweather29.07.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Seems like everyday us fight fans are greeted with new speculation on how the world of boxing won't be a draw much longer and how it has quickly lost ground to the UFC/MMA era.

A few weeks ago I did a piece with an article that ended in a plea to the 'Arums', the 'Kings', the 'Goosens', and 'Goldenboys' of the promotion world to step up and give us fight aficionado's something to finally rave about.

Although that article I wrote wasn't in fact the initiator, something with similar prowess - facts unknown - has prompted the promoters to act quickly and from the midst of nowhere, us fans can finally let the the questions end and the fights begin as this Fall is picking up where the sizzlin' Summer left off. continue

David Diaz, Erik Morales and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr In Chicago

Chicago fans are encouraged to join David Diaz, Erik Morales and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. along with many other professional boxers appearing at WAR FOR 4!, as they make their final preparations this Wednesday morning, August 1st, with their road work in Chicago's beautiful Grant Park and along the lake front. continue

Sizing Up The IBF Tournament with Brock, Byrd, Chambers, and Povetkin

povetkin29.07.07 - By Paul McCreath: Last week the IBF announced the creation of an elimination tournament to determine the next mandatory challenger for their belt holder Wladimir Klitschko. The four fighters chosen to compete are IBF # 4 rated Calvin Brock, #5 Chris Byrd, #10 Eddie Chambers, and #13 Alex Povetkin. Those numbers may have changed since but they were on the IBF boxing web site the day the announcement was made.

Now the first question that comes up regarding this development is why the IBF would not chose their #1 to 4 rated boxing fighters for this competition. The first part of that is easy. continue

If Hatton-Mayweather is made, Ricky’s “O” will go

ricky hatton29.07.07 - By Ted Sares: If this fight is made and there is a great and growing clamor for it, here is how I see it playing out.

Unless Ricky Hatton can pressure and back up Pretty Boy Floyd, 38-0, he will be in for a long night. PBF will frustrate him with in and out and lateral movement, avoiding Hatton‘s bombs to the body. Unlike Castillo, Mayweather will be hard to find for the incoming Englishman. And unlike De La Hoya (and his left hook), Hatton lacks the wherewithal to trap and stop Mayweather in his tracks, though he does possess a devastating left hook to the body. Like Mayweather, Hatton, 43-0, is undefeated. Unlike Mayweather, he fights in a wild, all-out, all-action, incoming style. If a purist is one who appreciates the technical aspects of the Sweet Science, Floyd Mayweather Junior is a purist’s delight and Ricky Hatton is a purist’s nightmare, albeit an entertaining one. Their two respective styles are in stark contrast. continue

Regina Halmich defeats Rodriguez - Menzer, Sahin also keep belts

Female boxing legend Regina Halmich (53-1-1, 16 KOs) successfully defended her WIBF flyweight world championship with a ten round unanimous decision over top-five challenger Wendy Rodriguez (18-4-3, 3 KOs) on Saturday night's big "Universum Champions Night" at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. Halmich boxed beautifully to compile a one-sided 98-93, 96-95, 98-93. Halmich plans to retire later this year after one more fight. continue

Vernon Forrest - Back To His Best With Win Over Baldomir; What Next For "The Viper?"

vernon forrest29.07.07 - By James Slater: Almost four years ago, while in Las Vegas for the De La Hoya-Mosley rematch, I ran into Vernon Forrest. I'd recently seen him being shocked to defeat two times by the ungainly yet hard punching Ricardo Mayorga. Vernon was now the ex-welterweight champ as a result of his two fights with the wild man from Nicaragua. Also fresh in my mind, however, were Forrest's two wins over the man who would be boxing on the big stage a few days from now - in "Sugar" Shane Mosley.

Forrest had looked sensational in becoming the first man to beat Shane and I knew, the losses to Mayorga aside, that he was a very talented fighter. Anyway, I asked him for an autograph, which he kindly and gladly signed for me. At the bottom of his signature he added "Vernon Forrest 3X world champ!" The message was clear; Vernon knew he'd reign again one day. continue

Vernon Forrest Wins WBC light-middleweight title against Baldomir

28.07.07 - By Sasha "Kozlov" Baranov: Light middleweight Vernon Forrest (39-2, 28 KOs) won an impressive 12-round unanimous decision tonight over Carlos Baldomir (43-11-6, 13 KOs) to win the vacant WBC light middleweight title tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. The final judges scores were 118-109, 118-109, 116-111. continue

Forrest vs. Baldomir round by round break down

vernon forrest28.07.07 - By Brian Blackwell: Light middleweight Vernon Forrest (39-2, 28 KOs) after having been away from the boxing ring for almost a year, he met up with former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (43-11-6, 13 KOs), who was fighting for the first time at junior middleweight. Forrest, 36, had last fought against Ike Quartey in August 2006, in a fight that many people thought Forrest had lost. While Baldomir, also 36-years-old, had lost his last fight to Floyd Mayweather Jr, in a humiliating experience for Baldomir, who was much too slow to deal with Mayweather's speed.

Round 1 – Forrest comes out looking in great shape, much better than his last fight against Quartey. Baldomir, however, looks old and flabby, as if he put on the extra weight too fast without proper training. continue

Mustafa Hamsho - Twice He Met Marvellous Marvin Hagler; Twice He Gave His All

28.07.07 - By James Slater: On two occasions, the first in 1981, the second three years later in 1984, tough Syrian-born southpaw, Mustafa Hamsho challenged the great Marvin Hagler for the marvellous one’s undisputed middleweight championship of the world. And while he failed to win on both occasions, Hamsho, fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, threw himself at the shaven-skulled legend with all his might. Fear was not a word in Mustafa’s vocabulary. continue

Futrell Decisions Camacho Jr!

hector camacho jr.29.07.07 - By Ron Hansen: In something of a shocker, junior middleweight Hector Camacho Jr. was upset by southpaw Don Juan Futrell (20-3-1, 10 KOs), losing a eight-round split decision on Saturday night at the Avi Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Camacho, 28, had problems with his endurance once again, looking in poor condition as if he hadn’t trained properly for the bout.

Futrell, 32, despite never having faced a fighter of Camcho’s class, found it surprisingly easy to land his punches on Camacho, who at this stage of his career no longer has the ring movement that he did six years ago, when he was considered a rising prospect in the light welterweight division. continue

Bobby Gunn to Donate Money To Iran Barkley

World ranked Cruiserweight Bobby Gunn has announced that he will donate a percentage of his fight purse to former three division world champion Iran “The Blade” Barkley, following his August 25th title fight in Fairfax, Virginia. Gunn, who was the chief sparring partner for Barkley during his camp prior to winning the IBF Super Middleweight Championship from Darrin Van Horn, is happy to be giving back to a long time friend. . continue

Boxing - Roughhousing: Two guns, six heads and three fouls

andrew golota(Andrew Golota, seen here taking a bite out of the shoulder of Samson Po'uha in 1995) 28.07.07 - By Ted Sares: There are different schools of thought as to what a boxing match should look like. Some like cerebral chess matches where the combatants use their technical skills to win in the manner of Chris Byrd beating Jameel McCline by a split decision; others prefer a slug fest or even a pier six brawl ala Maddalone-Minto or Katsidis-Earl. Watching Fast Eddie Chambers systematically dismantle an opponent maybe gives you something in the middle. What can be coma-inducing for some may be high drama for others. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Come-from-behind fights like Feliciano-Rodriguez, ebb and flow classics like Corrales-Castillo, and unexpected one-punch knockouts like Gary Stark Jr.-Andres Ledesma, Barkley-Hearns and Tate-Weaver are universally appreciated. continue

Scott Miller Joins Pro Ranks

Talented amateur boxer Scott Miller has signed professional terms with Impact Boxing and is scheduled, subject to satisfactory medicals, to make his debut on the undercard of Scott Lawton’s English title defence at Fenton Manor Sports Complex on 29th September. continue

Glen Johnson Ko’s Fred Moore In Front Of A Packed House

johnson28.07.07 - By Wray Edwards, all photos by W.Edwards: One of the current bricks in the cornerstone of professional Boxing, Glen Johnson, continued his relentless march towards another world championship. Miami residents braved a tropical rainstorm to fill the venue at the Sheraton Miami Mart hotel to watch the local and national hero strut his stuff. Bad Dog Productions in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing assembled a fun group of guys for the under-card, and threw what turned out to be a well-catered party with great food, Boxing action and heaps of celebrities. In some ways it was good that there was no TV coverage which often requires so much crowd control, that it hinders mixing and freedom of movement.

Glen entered the ring to great cheers as did Fred who is also popular in the area. Johnson has a habit of starting with caution to feel out his opponent, get warmed to the task and turn up the wick until he either stops the other guy or out-points him. In this case it was the latter, as with a stunning right and a left uppercut, Johnson dropped Fred to a pretty scary period of unconsciousness. As the medical team attempted to revive Mr. Moore, Glen toured the ring to receive his cheering reward from the great Boxing fans of the Miami area. This KO was not to be the only one of the night as there were two other instant decisions last night. And then there was the motel…unbelievable! continue

Baldomir/Forrest Weigh-In at 154 Pounds

TACOMA, Wash. (July 27, 2007) – Former World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir weighed-in at an even 154 pounds Friday, the day before he meets Vernon Forrest in a 12-round WBC super welterweight championship bout. Forrest also weighed-in at 154 pounds. “I didn’t have any issues with my weight since I spent more than three months in San Diego training for this fight,” said Baldomir, who has been followed by five members of the Argentine media along with a fully staffed documentary television crew since he touched down in Tacoma, Wash. four days ago. continue

Berto Wins Despite Being Knocked down

andre berto27.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Highly hyped undefeated welterweight prospect Andre Berto (19-0, 16 KOs) was knocked down in the 6th round of his 10-round bout with the tough Cosme Rivera (30-11, 21 KOs). However, Berto, 23, rallied to win by 10-round decision. Still badly hurt from the knockdown, which occurred shortly before the end of the round when Rivera connected with a powerful left hook, Berto made it out of the round on shaky legs. It didn't appear that he would have made it if there was more time left in the round, however, because he was very hurt.

In between rounds, however, Berto's corner decided to change one of his gloves, a move that extended the amount of time in the corner and gave the badly hurt Berto extra time to recover. continue

Sechew Powell Signs With Warriors Boxing

HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 27 – A native of the same Brooklyn neighborhood that produced former world champions Mike Tyson, Riddick Bowe, and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, junior middleweight contender Sechew Powell has shown the talent and desire to one day join those championship ranks, and Seminole Warriors Boxing and Bad Dog Productions are proud to announce that “The Iron Horse” is the latest standout to join their team as he continues on his quest for greatness. continue

A Few Comparisons: Paul Williams & Alvin Hayes, and Margarito & Benvenuti

antonio margarito27.07.07 - By Jim Amato: I was recently entertained by a very good fight between Antonio Margarito and Paul Williams. The tall, quick southpaw Williams dominated the early rounds with his speed and work rate and held off a late charge by a game Margarito to earn the decision.

Just a few post fight views. First off, Williams has a load of talent, and anyone can see that and he took his share of punishment in a very game fashion against the strong-willed Margarito. Williams' heart is not to be questioned, but what I envision in a future contest is him being tagged by a big hitter like Cotto and just folding up. My comparison here is Williams to Alvin "Too Sweet" Hayes against Jimmy Paul. OUCH! continue

Shamone Alvarez Headlines Friday Night Fights on August 31st

HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 27 – With his dominant 12 round win over rugged contender Jose Luis Cruz in June, unbeaten Shamone Alvarez showed that he was ready for prime time in the ultra-competitive welterweight division. On Friday, August 31st, ‘The Truth’ will look to build on the biggest win of his career when he defends his NABO title at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. continue

Mayweather To Fight Hatton in December

floyd mayweather jr.27.07.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs) and Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) are reportedly going through the final stages of plans for a bout in December 8, possibly to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mayweather, 30, retired from boxing after defeating Oscar De La Hoya in May 2007.

However, most boxing fans realized that Mayweather wouldn’t stay retired long, and after Hatton recently destroyed Jose Luis Castillo by 4th round TKO on June 13, 2007, Mayweather’s interested perked up. Hatton, 28, figures to be at a huge disadvantage going into the bout because he’s a natural light welterweight, and is two inches shorter than the 5’8” Mayweather. continue

Chazz Witherspoon Stops Griffis in 9th round TKO

chazz witherspoon(Chazz Witherspoon, pictured here) 27.07.07 - By Gary Jones: Undefeated heavyweight boxing prospect Chazz Witherspoon (19-0, 13 KOs) stopped Talmadge Griffis (24-7-3, 12 KOs) in the 9th round tonight at the City Center, in Saratoga Springs, New York. The fight was mostly dull, with the hulking 6'4" Witherspoon throwing almost exclusively jabs. When he did throw a right hand, on rare occasions, it was thrown without much power or speed, and lacked snap.

However, Witherspoon's punches had a wearing down effect on Griffis, as he appeared to fade over the rounds from eating a lot of jabs thrown by Witherspoon. In the 9th round, Witherspoon connected with several hard right hands that hurt Griffis and caused the referee to step in and halt the bout. continue

Amateur Boxing: Karl Dargan Closes Pan Am Games Competition with Light Welterweight Gold

(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – Light welterweight Karl Dargan (Philadelphia, Pa.) closed both the 2007 Pan American Games and his amateur career with a gold medal on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Dargan faced off with Jonathan Gonzalez Ortiz of Puerto Rico in the light welterweight final at the Riocentro Sports Complex Pavilion Two. In his second Pan American Games, Dargan reached the top of the medal podium, winning a 9-4 decision over Gonzalez Ortiz. continue

Should Zab Judah Move down To The Junior Welterweight division?

zab judah27.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Zab Judah (34-5, 25 KOs) the former light welterweight and welterweight champion of the world will return to boxing ring on September 7th against Edwin Vasquez (22-10-2, 8 KOs) at the Hard Rock resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. By selecting Vasquez, a fighter that has been beaten by the likes of Matthew Hatton, Ricardo Torres and Demetrius Hopkins, Judah’s trying to rebuild his confidence, if at all possible.

Zudah, 29, is coming off a 11th round TKO loss to Miguel Cotto in June 2007, a but in which Judah was dominated after the early rounds and thoroughly punished in the second half of the fight by the hard body puncher Cotto. continue

Glen Johnson Stops Moore in 5th round KO!

27.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (46-11-2, 31 KOs) destroyed an over-matched Fred Moore (30-7, 27 KOs) in the 5th round tonight at the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel in Miami, Florida. Still taking it slow after losing his IBF light heavyweight title to Clinton Woods in September, 2006, Johnson, 38, toyed with Moore for the first four rounds of the fight, allowing him to trade with him. However, in the fifth round, Johnson opened up with the heavy artillery and found that Moore wasn’t equal to the task of taking the shots. Late in the fifth, Johnson blasted Moore with two powerful shots to the head, sending him to the canvas. The referee, Frank Gentile, quickly moved in and called a halt to the bout at 2:45 of the 5th round.

Frank Maloney Mourns Fallen Giant James Oyebola

oyebola(James Oyebola pictured on right) 27.07.07 - The tragic death of former British heavyweight champion James Oyebola earlier today has sent shockwaves through the UK fight fraternity.

Having retired from the sport in 1996, the former fighter was making his mark as a manager, successfully steering fellow native Nigerian Ajose Olusegun to the Commonwealth welterweight title in June.

At 6 foot 9 inches tall, Oyebola was an imposing figure but was regarded by those who knew him as a "Jolly Giant".

In the early hours of this past Monday, Oyebola was shot at point blank range by a group of three young men in a crowded nightclub on Fulham Road in West London after politely asking them to stop smoking, following the nationwide ban England imposed upon the practice in public establishments on July 1. continue

Statement on behalf of the family of James Oyebola, former British Heavyweight Champion

27.07.07 - Brain stem death was confirmed at 12.39 today. James’ family would like to thank and praise the valiant efforts of the Critical Care Unit at Charing Cross Hospital. The family would like to say thank you for the world wide support they have received but would like to ask that their privacy be respected in this very sad moment of time. continue

Boxing Commentary: The Opportunity

shane mosley26.07.07 - By Eric R. Sloan: Every twenty years or so, the boxing gods provide us with potentially great contemporaries who must walk through one another to achieve boxing immortality. Today, the moons are in alignment once again for the welterweight division. A fighter today will be mentioned in the same breath as Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran. The candidates are or have been good champions. The opportunity will make one of them great.

The parallels are incredible. Playing the role of the body punching Roberto Duran is Miguel Cotto. With no losses on his record and a rabid fan base, Cotto never stops attacking. His throwback style of kill the body and then the head makes him dangerous and perhaps the betting favorite against any other welterweight fighting today. Cotto has not learned how to lose and he may well never. continue

Israel Vazquez Poised to Regain Title Aug. 4

LOS ANGELES, (July 27, 2007) – A few teenagers, out of school on summer vacation, stand near the weight room of the South El Monte Boxing Club watching Israel Vazquez (41-4, 30 KOs) pace around the ring as he gets loose for what will turn out to be an exhilarating sparring session. The teens, old enough to drive but not grow facial hair, have their mouths open, surprised and stunned to see first hand Vazquez’s unrelenting barrage of punches. continue

Povetkin to participate in IBF elimination tournament to face Klitschko

alex povetkinAlexander Povetkin is just two wins away from challenging world champion Wladimir Klitschko after the IBF has launched an elimination tournament to determine the Ukrainian´s next mandatory challenger. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner, unbeaten in 13 professional bouts, joins fourth-ranked Calvin Brock, former champion Chris Byrd (5) and Eddie Chambers (10) in the competition. Povetkin (11) will be in for a meeting with Byrd, while Brock comes face-to-face with Chambers. The two winners will then fight for the right to challenge Klitschko.

"Those are great news," Povetkin´s co-manager Kalle Sauerland stated. "This is the chance Alexander has been waiting for. We have no doubts he will prevail in this interesting tournament." continue

Eric "The Outlaw" Hunter vs. Tyrell Samuel Aug. 3

July 27, 2007 (New York)- Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing in association with the Atlanta KO Kings today announced an opponent change for the spectacular Friday, August 3 “Crossroads Collision” featherweight co-main event from Atlanta, GA, live broadcast on Showtime boxing series ShoBox: The Next Generation. continue

Glengoffe Johnson V Fred Moore… Nobody's Perfect, But Johnson Comes Mighty Close

johnsonBy Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB There are some things in life which make benchmarks by which many other things can be measured. While waiting for Clinton Woods to get over his recent dings and fight his IBF mandatory, Glen motors on doing what he does best: Boxing. In 1996 he is listed as having fought eleven times. Rather than wait around for Woods to get around to it, Glen continues to take on solid opponents with his throw-back classical style. His last two fights in the U.S. versus Richard Hall & Montel Griffin were highly competitive. The meat in that sandwich was his SD loss to Clinton Woods in Britian.

Tomorrow night thirty-eight year old, 5'11" Glen Johnson, 45-11-2 (30 KO's) from Miami, Florida will fight forty year-old, 6'3" Fred Moore, 30-6 (27 KO's) at the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel hosted by Bad Dog Promotions. As we have recently been bored to death by De La Hoya – Mayweather and Wright – Hopkins, it will be refreshing to watch Johnson man up and bang with a worthy opponent. When I spoke with Glen at the weigh-in, it was obvious that he still has that happy fire to get between the ropes and walk the longest ten feet in sports from his corner to center ring and face his limits. The weigh-in results and face-offs were as follows. continue

Chester Duo Team Up With Impact Boxing

Chester based novices Kevin Buckley and Chris Goodwin will both appear on Impact Boxing’s next event which is scheduled for 29th September at Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke. Opponents have yet to be secured for the duo who will be presented as part of the undercard to Stoke’s Scott Lawton’s English lightweight title defence against West Bromwich’s Dean Hickman. continue

Carlos Baldomir Press Conference Quotes

carlos baldomir26.07.07 - Former world champions and current top-rated contenders VERNON FORREST and CARLOS BALDOMIR collide for the vacant World Boxing Council 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.)

The following quotes are from Carlos Baldomir:

"I'm coming here to fight. I'm coming here to become a world champion. I’ll give it all that I got for my fans and I'm bringing back a title to Argentina." continue

Luis Yanez Takes Home Pan American Games Gold while Demetrius Andrade is Forced to Settle for Silver

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – Light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas) traveled to Brazil with one large goal in mind and he accomplished it on Friday, winning gold at the 2007 Pan American Games. Welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) was forced to settle for silver following a one-point loss to hometown boxer Pedro Lima of Brazil. continue

Erik Morales Confident

erik moralesIn Mexico, three-time world champion Erik 'El Terrible' Morales said he will beat world champ David Diaz and win his 4th world crown on Top Rank's 'War For 4' PPV in Chicago in August 4. "Diaz is a very raw fighter and he still has an amateur style of fighting," Morales said. "The difficulties will be that he is left-handed and he is fighting in his hometown. But I will win this fight with intelligence and by taking away his aggressiveness early in the fight. I expect a good fight, but in the end my boxing skills and experience will be the difference.

"Winning a fourth world title is really important to me," Morales added. "But I think the most important thing for me is to look good, win and prove to everyone I am still a top level fighter" continue


26.07.07 - By Jim Amado: I thought Francisco "Panchito" Bojado was a real blue chip prospect when he started his pro career. He was a true "heavy handed" fighter in the mold of Matthew Hilton and he had some boxing ability. He put me in mind of a young Fernando Vargas. Somewhere along the line his career sputtered. Now he has the Golden Boy team behind him and big things are expected of him. Will he be able to deliver? continue

James Oyebola Now Brain Dead; To Be Taken off Life Support

oyebolaFormer British heavyweight champion James Oyebola will have his life support machine switched off on Friday. Oyebola, 47, was shot in the head at close range in a London nightclub after asking three men to stop smoking in the early hours of Monday morning. His solicitor, Scott Ewing, said he was being kept alive so family members could pay their last respects.

"He is being artificially kept alive for members of the family to pay their last respects. But there's no chance, none whatsoever."

Oyebola, who was born in Lagos, won 18 of his 23 fights as a professional and was a bronze medallist at the 1986 Commonwealth Games. He retired in 1996 after winning the WBC international heavyweight title in 1993.

David Diaz Conference Call Transcript

Lee Samuels: Greetings everyone. I’m in Las Vegas today. Bob Arum, my boss, is in Los Angeles, and David Diaz is in St. Louis training with his trainers, Kevin Cunningham and Jim Strickland. And David the WBC Lightweight Champion is with us along with Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Strickland who are working hard with him. He’ll be in Chicago soon for the big fight, August 4th, The War For 4, Erik Morales versus David Diaz on Pay-For-View. continue

Mosley versus Cotto?

miguel cotto26.07.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The welterweight division has recently emerged as the best weight class in boxing. Filled with an abundance of talent, there are a multitude of outstanding potential match-ups on the horizon, most of which include reigning pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior squaring off against one of division’s other top dogs. However, there is one possible mega-bout which excludes Mayweather, and it might well be the most exciting in the division, if not all of boxing.

Rumors have recently surfaced regarding an upcoming showdown between ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley and Miguel Cotto. Separated by almost ten years in age, this bout represents one of the more intriguing encounters for a multitude of reason, not the least of which is the warrior-like mentality displayed by each fighter throughout his respective career. continue

Shannon Taylor vs. Sonni Michael Angelo For WBF 160 LB Title On September 14

26.07.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Shannon Taylor has already sparred 140 rounds as he prepares for his September 14 clash with “Jungle Boy” Sonni Michael Angelo for the WBF middleweight title at Cronulla Leagues Club in Sydney, promoted by the Grange Old School Boxing Gym. WBF President Mick Croucher confirmed today that the twelve round bout has been "signed, sealed and sanctioned". continue

Arena: Rigondeaux and Lara sign 5-year-contracts

RigondeauxHamburg, July 26th, 2007 - All speculations come to an end: Two-times Olympic champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and world amateur welterweight champion Erislandy Lara who had left their national team during the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro signed 5-year-contracts with Hamburg based arena Box-Promotion.

arena-CEO Ahmet Öner proudly stated that “the most talented boxers in the world fight for arena. Our stable looks into a golden future.”

Record-breaking Rigondeaux won 243 of his 247 amateur fights including titles at the Olympic Games 2000 and 2004 as well as World Championships 2001 and 2005. Like his fellow countrymen Odlanier Solis who had already signed with arena early this year, the 26-year old Cuban has been “hunted” by international promoters for years. Öner: “Rigondeaux is an exceptional talent. I am sure that nobody in the world can beat him.. continue

Calzaghe-Kessler Event Travel Exclusive Packages

Sports Network have teamed up with Event Travel to offer fight fans exclusive packages for Joe Calzaghe's mega fight with Mikkel Kessler on November 3, 2007. Set for the magnificent Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, the fight will see Calzaghe's WBO and Ring super-middleweight titles on the line, with Kessler's WBA and WBC crowns also up for grabs. continue

Witter-Harris set for Sept 7th

vivian harrisJunior Witter will be "living the dream" when he defends the WBC light-welterweight title against Vivian Harris in his home city of Doncaster on Friday, September 7. The former European, Commonwealth and British champion faces the New York-based mandatory challenger on a Hennessy Sports show to be televised live by Sky Sports at The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside, Yorkshire. Witter hopes victory over Harris will alert more people to his ability and set up even bigger fights against marquee names.

And in Harris, Witter gets the chance to show what he can do with another fighter at the top of the world rankings. continue

SHOWTIME Boxing Sports Programming Notes

26.07.07 - Three days before SHOWTIME presents the highly anticipated rematch between the two best little men in boxing, Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez, the network will air their dramatic first fight - a “Fight of the Year” candidate from March 3, 2007. continue

Mayorga, Vargas Talk About Press Conference Brawl, More

vargas, mayorgaThe following conversations with “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga took place at their Wednesday, July 25 press conference in New York. This is a follow-up to their July 11 press conference at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in which a brawl broke out. The fight release follows the conversations. The attached photos were taken with an 8' x 4' plexiglass barrier between them.

Fernando Vargas in response to the first press conference…

That’s what happens when cats do stuff like that at a press conference. Did you think I was just going to sit there and take that? I was prepared for it. He’s a bully and that’s the way bullies act, when it is convenient for them to act like that. But I knew it was coming, so I took my glasses off. If I had them on when he tried to hit me, they would have gone to the side of my face and I would not have been able to react and everyone would have grabbed us and it would have been over. And it would have looked like he got the best of me. All of my fans would have been saying, “look at Fernando, he just got smacked silly by Mayorga.. continue

Irish Boxing: City Hall to host "Battle on Leeside"

Following the knockout success of February's sell out show at the City Hall professional boxing returns to Cork next month when Nowhere to Hyde promotions presents the "Battle on Leeside". Local businessman Gary Hyde says he's delighted to be delivering on his promise to make boxing a regular fixture on the Cork sporting scene. "I said before my first show that this would not be just a one off so I'm delighted to be bringing a second show to the City Hall next month.. continue

Showtime Boxing Quotes: Rafael Marquez And Israel Vazquez

rafael marquezThe slugfest that was Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez will continue on Saturday, Aug. 4, live on SHOWTIME when World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Marquez makes his first 122-pound title defense against the belt’s previous owner, Vazquez, in “La VENGANZA!” at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. This is a highly anticipated rematch of an exhilarating, toe-to-toe, give-and-take battle that ended prematurely with Marquez (37-3, 33 KOs) forcing Vazquez (41-4, 31 KOs) to retire on his stool with a broken nose 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 (WBA) super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (26-2, 18 KOs) defending against Jorge Lacierva (32-6-6, 22 KOs). continue

Tank Williams takin’ it to Joe Mesi on Aug. 18 PPV

LAS VEGAS (July 25, 2007) – Bahamian heavyweight Sherman “The Tank” Williams has been waiting years for the opportunity he’ll finally get August 18 when he fights unbeaten “Baby” Joe Mesi in the 10-round co-feature on the “Pinnacle FiteNite” pay-per-view event live from South Towne Exposition Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. continue

Risky Business for No. 2 rated Matt Godfrey

matt godfreyPROVIDENCE (July 25, 2007) – “Takin’ It To The River,” featuring WBC No. 2 rated cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey, continues the “The Budweiser Night at the Fights” series, promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., on August 10 at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.

Godfrey (15-0, 9 KOs), who is also ranked No. 4 by the IBF and No. 6 by the WBA, risks his ratings as well as a world title shot within a year by fighting tough Derrick “D-Train” Brown (13-2-3, 11 KOs) in the main event. The unbeaten Providence cruiserweight puts his NABF title belt on the line. Matt also holds the NABA, USNBC and WBC Continental Americas crowns. continue

Donovan George to Shay Mobley: “Dead man Walking!”

By Cestus Press - As the August 4, 2007 showdown between undefeated super middleweight prospect Don “Da’ Bomb” George and seven year fight veteran Shay Mobley rapidly approaches, Mobley took an unexplainable verbal shot at “Da’ Bomb” during a recent press release which was posted on a internet website. continue

The World’s Heavyweight Boxing Champion Scoring A First Round Knockout - A Dying Spectacle?

mike tyson25.07.07 - By James Slater: There was a time when the heavyweight boxing champion of the world, the man seen as the most all-conquering and powerful of athletes, gave fans the spectacle of a ruthlessly quick and dominant one round annihilation of his challenger.

Legends like Joe Louis, Sonny Liston and, later, Mike Tyson, excelled in doing away with their rivals in ultra-quick and impressive fashion. Sending the message that they were simply the best and therefore their boxing challengers had no business daring to have the effrontery of even thinking they could possibly have a prayer of beating them, these former heavyweight kings were loved and idolised as result of their thrilling one round KO spectacles - “The Brown Bomber” in particular. continue

Julio Diaz Promises To “Give A Great War”

JOHN MARTINEZ, A proposed unification bout is rumored to be taking place on October 13 on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series pitting WBA/WBO lightweight king Juan Diaz against IBF champion Julio Diaz. The fight has all the credentials for being a candidate for “ Fight of The Year” and will know doubt solidify bragging rights for the victor. I spoke with Julio moments ago and asked him to size up his opponent and speak about what this fight means to him professionally and personally. continue

Progress Report on The Young Heavyweight Prospects: Povetkin, Dimitrenko, Platov, Chambers and Arreola

alex povetkin25.07.07 - By Paul McCreath: Back in December I wrote an article which outlined the 5 best heavyweight prospects in the world in my opinion.I thought now that over half a year has passed since then it would be a good idea to take another look at their progress so far this year.Today we will do just that.

#1. Alex Povetkin 13-0-0 with 10 KOs.If there is one fighter in the world who is universally recognized as the number one prospect among the heavies it has to be Alex. This 27-year old Russian, who is a former Olympic superheavyweight champion, has certainly not disappointed in 2007. He started the year with a 2nd round stoppage of veteran David Bostice in March, then followed with another two-round job against Canadian fat boy Patrice L'Heureux. While neither of these opponents were a world beater, it should be pointed out that Bostice went 12-rounds with Calvin Brock in 2005, and 10-rounds with Luan Krasniqi in 2006. He had won his only two fights since. continue

Bobby Gunn Fight Rescheduled For August 25th

Former IBA Cruiserweight king Bobby Gunn 17-3 {14 KO’s} has had his scheduled August 11th fight moved to the 25th of August. The fight, which will be taking place in Fairfax Virginia, was moved due to lack of time to find a quality opponent, as he was indifferent about the level of the current oppositional choices. Gunn was happy to be given an extension of time to find the right opponent. continue

Sam Langford ... "He even predicted where they would land"

sam langford25.07.07 - By Simon Henley: Sam Langford engaged in more than 290 fights during his career in different weight classes, ranging from lightweight to heavyweight. He was ready, willing, and able to meet any man who would get into the ring with him.

Physically, Sam was short and stocky with bulky shoulders and strong arms. His reach was very long for a man of his height. He was described as quick and slippery as an eel in action by Fleischer (1939 p 155). Langford's boxing skills were almost unlimited. He could fight at close quarters or a long range. He would attack the head or body with a two-handed barrage of punches that packed power in both fists. He would duck, feint, block, move in, move out, and shift his attack quickly upstairs or down. continue

Ishe Smith Signs With Seeno Group, Looks To Throw His Name In The Welterweight Mix

25.07.07 - By Brett Mauren: If boxing distributed belts for potential and raw athleticism Ishe Smith would be among the most decorated of champions in his era. Unfortunately for Smith behind each title belt is a world of negotiation and promotion. continue

Baldomir vs Forrest This Saturday; HBO Boxing After Dark to Air with Hopkins-Wright Replay

carlos baldomir25.07.07 - Former world champions and current top-rated contenders VERNON FORREST and CARLOS BALDOMIR collide for the vacant World Boxing Council super welterweight title, This Saturday! July 28. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, in association with Brian Halquist Productions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions, the Forrest-Baldomir title tilt will be broadcast live from the soldout Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 P.M. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)

The broadcast will open with the replay of last week's Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright 12-round light heavyweight fight. continue

Rigondeaux and Lara Join Arena Box Promotion

By Per Ake Persson: Arena Box Promotion have announced that Cuban amateur stars Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara have joined, what is arguably, the fastest growing stable in Europe. Both have signed five year contracts. The two disappeared from a Cuban boxing team in Rio de Janeiro recently and there has been wide speculation as to what has happend to them. The 26-year old Rigondeaux won Olympic Gold at bantam in 2000 and 2004 and world titles in 2001 and 2005. His amateur record is 243-4. continue

Dmitriy Salita Wants Gavin Rees

gavin rees25.07.07 - Number 3 rated contender in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and unbeaten in 28 fights as a professional Dmitriy Salita is challenging newly-crowned WBA super lightweight champion Gavin Rees:

"I'll fight you anytime, any place or anywhere!´Salita is one of the most popular fighters in America, regularly drawing large crowds and garnering high television ratings. Rees recently upset Souleymane M'Baye to win the WBA crown, he is unbeaten in 27 bouts as a pro.

"I'd love to fight him for the belt in Madison Square Garden, that would make history. I am, however, willing to fulfill my American dream of becoming a world champion in England. I will make all of my fans proud and my critics eat their words," said Salita.

Tye Fields-Cedric Boswell Heavyweight Clash Headlines Next VERSUS “Fight Night” LIVE

STAMFORD, Conn. (July 25, 2007) – Tye “Big Sky” Fields (37-1, 33 KOs) one of the rising stars in the heavyweight division will face one of his biggest challenges to date in Cedric Boswell (24-1, 19 KOs) in a 10-round clash that will headline the next Fight Night on VERSUS in collaboration with Top Rank Boxing, Thursday, August 9 at 9 p.m. ET from the Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. continue

Taylor vs Pavlik Official: Sept 29 in Atlantic City

kelly pavlikNew York, July 24—Undisputed and Undefeated World Middleweight Champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor will make the fifth defense of his two-year title reign when he faces the stiff test of number 1 contender (WBC, WBO) Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik on Saturday night, September 29, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, it was announced today by Lou DiBella, president of DiBella Entertainment.

“Taylor/Pavlik is a classic middleweight showdown, a true throwback fight,” said DiBella. “The tickets are reasonably priced and are already in high demand with a significant casino presale. Any fight fan wanting to see this historic battle should act fast and purchase their tickets as soon as possible.. continue

"Thoroughred" Andre Berto invades horse country in Saratoga

25.07.07 - Boxing’s sleek thoroughbred – undefeated welterweight sensation Andre Berto – the fight game’s version of three-year-old Triple Crown race winners Street Sense (Kentucky Derby), Curlin (Preakness) and Rags To Riches (Belmont Stakes), invades America’s horse country when he squares off against Cosme Rivera on ESPN/2’s Friday Night Fights this Friday, July 27 at Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga. continue


wladimir klitschko24.07.07 - By Carlos Acevedo: Every now and then Benito Mussolini would wrestle a young tiger in public to show off his vigor, and to display, symbolically, the power of Fascist Italy. At the time, not many people knew that the tiger had been declawed and defanged prior to its scheduled rumble with Il Duce. Inevitably, the poor tiger would go on to lose a unanimous decision. When Wladimir Klitschko pummeled the ghost of Lamon Brewster two weeks ago and the boxing mill began churning out a rumor that Klitschko might be facing Corrie Sanders soon, Benito Mussolini and his sacrificial tiger came to mind.

Wladimir Klitschko is rapidly becoming the asterisk heavyweight champion of the world. When the Ukrainian is not clubbing the prizefighting equivalent of baby seals (Ray Austin, Eliseo Castillo, Fabio Moli) he is looking ragged against mid-level opposition. continue

A Boxing Writer’s Crash Course on the International Fight League

24.07.07 - By Christopher Roche - Commentary - Brand identity, international teams and championship rings are no longer exclusive to leagues such as Major League Baseball or the NBA. The International Fight League (IFL) is capitalizing on the worldwide hunger for warrior sports, and it is breaking new ground with every show that takes place. Like baseball and basketball, the IFL has teams outside of America, but unlike those two sports, the IFL has something that would make those sports somewhat jealous: an average of 90% attendance at their shows. The first time I watched an MMA event was in the early 1990’s. read full article

Oscar De La Hoya Looking Towards Ricky Hatton as Future Opponent

oscar de la hoya24.07.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: Light middleweight Oscar De La Hoya (38-5, 30 KOs) has reportedly expressed an interest in fighting Super lightweight Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs), reporting that he would he has respect for Hatton and going on further about how the fight fans around the world would be excited at the prospect. Hatton, in turn, gushed to Reuters, "It would be an honor to share a ring with a modern day legend like Oscar,” obviously thinking of the huge payday in store for him if he were able to line up a bout with “The Golden Boy.”

However, aside from this, a bout between De La Hoya, 34, a natural light middleweight, and the rather diminutive Hatton, whom has already proven that he is less than impressive awe inspiring as a welterweight, probably won’t do much to increase De La Hoya’s worth, in part because of the huge size disparity between him and Hatton. continue

Sycuan Ringside Promotions' Celestino Caballero Training in Colon, Panama for Aug. 4 Title defense

COLON, Panama (July 24, 2007) – With the sun nearly set and the temperature still a warm and humid 85 degrees Fahrenheit, Celestino “The Towering Inferno” Caballero finds himself leaning on a rail outside a non-descript boxing gym. He looks up at the near-darken sky and realizes its best to head inside for more work. continue

Calzaghe: "Ol' Popkins Can Wait!"

bernard hopkinsUnbeaten WBO and Ring Magazine Super-Middleweight champion of the World Joe Calzaghe has hit back at Bernard Hopkins - and told him he must get in the queue if he wants to fight him. Following his laboured points win over Ronald "Winky" Wright on Saturday night, Hopkins was vocal in calling out the hard-hitting Welshman. "I want Joe Calzaghe next," Hopkins said. "Tell him to come over here, and I'm going to beat him, too."

But Calzaghe, who faces undefeated WBC and WBA World Champion Mikkel Kessler in a massive unification clash on November 3 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, says Hopkins has already had his chance - and passed it up. continue

Adailton DeJesus vs Roinet Caballero

HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 24 – In a world full of negativity, the WBA’s annual KO to Drugs event is a shining light for those looking for some positive news and to see one of boxing’s most influential entities giving back to the community.

This year, Seminole Warriors Boxing and its highly touted featherweight contender, Adailton De Jesus, will show their support by participating in the event, which is scheduled for August 16th at the Figali Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. continue

Badges Of Honour - Some Of The Worst Cuts And Facial Wounds In Recent Boxing History

julio cesar chavez23.07.07 - By James Slater: The Michael Katsidis-Csar Amonsot fight on Saturday night’s under-card in Las Vegas got me thinking. Not so much because of the fight, or the performance of either man - though both guys put on a brave and excitement-filled show - but because of the truly awful facial atrocities Australia’s Katsidis suffered on the way to his points win.

Quite simply, the gruesome damage his left eye had sustained was one of the worst and most bloody injuries I have seen in recent years. Surely, if they had stopped the fight - though “Rocky” was winning - no-one could have complained too loudly. continue

Sycuan Ringside Promotions' Carlos Baldomir Lands in Tacoma

TACOMA, Wash. (July 24, 2007) – After spending more than three months in Southern California, former World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. Baldomir is fighting for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship Saturday, July 28, when he faces veteran Vernon Forrest at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. continue

“Bad Boy” Albert is one to watch

albert eromosele(“Bad Boy” Albert) 23.07.07 - By Ted Sares: Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert, 21-1 with 10 KOs impresses the heck out of me. His punch volume is off the charts and is even greater than Kaseem Ouma’s. This 32 year old middleweight fights out of Miami, was a two-time Nigerian Olympian, and reportedly had some 568 amateur fights including a win over the aforementioned Ouma. He has won eleven straight since losing a UD to Haitian Julio Jean back in July 2005.

The fact that Jean then lost six straight and now sports a 7-11-1 mark suggests this lone loss may have been an anomaly, though a loss is a loss. He is trained by the highly competent Orlando Cuellar who has a stable of fighters that include former light heavyweight champ Glen Johnson. continue

David Tua marches on through Montana

SALT LAKE CITY (July 24, 2007) – One of boxing’s most feared punchers of all-time, David “Tuaman” Tua, takes the next step in his comeback when he headlines the August 18th “Pinnacle FiteNite” pay-per-view show against Mexican heavyweight champion Saul “La Cobra” Montana in the 10-round co-main event at the South Towne Exposition Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. continue

Old School Hopkins vs. New School Wright

bernard hopkins24.07.07 - By Vanessa McConnell: What good is a fight in Nevada without a showdown? The trash talking, threats, promises and defeats. Last weeks Bernard Hopkins vs. Winky Wright, what I like to call the “Old School vs. New School” at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas was nothing short of that. It was a little disappointing to hear that it was all for a pay hype. Bernard Hopkins put on a comical display of man eating open hand when he pushed Wright back with an open hand to the face, causing a near riot at the weigh-in on Friday. Everybody knows that it don’t take much to stir up heat in this part of the desert. Now he faces the Commission later this week to face fines and possibly suspension.

That petty incident cost him 10% of his $3 million purse, but some say it was a move that could have backfired because according to internet writer Michael Woods “boxing fans friends bitch about the PPV costs” and now the “$300,000 taken from his purse to go into the Nevada Commission’s kitty for (Bernard) starting the faux tussle.” continue

Amateur Boxing: Karl Dargan Moves on to the Championship Bout with a Semifinal Victory at the Pan Am Games

(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – Light welterweight Karl Dargan (Philadelphia, Pa.) ruled the ring for the U.S. team at the Pan American Games as the only U.S. boxer to compete in semifinal action on Wednesday. Dargan pulled out a slim 9-8 victory over Myke Carvalho of Brazil to earn a berth in the final round. continue

Bernard Hopkins beat-up Winky Wright

bernard hopkins23.07.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: It’s not too often that two elite boxers square off against one another and it’s even rarer when both are recognized amongst the sport’s top five pound-for-pound talents. That’s what made Saturday night’s bout between Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright so special. Despite the fact many observers felt we were in for a lackluster affair, boxing enthusiasts were fortunate enough to have been treated to an entertaining scrap.

Hopkins was wise enough to understand Winky’s jab was his key to success, and from the opening bell, it was clear that Hopkins was attempting to neutralize Wright’s jab. He did this, very simply, by trying to turn the bout into a fight, rather than a boxing match. By smothering Wright on the inside, Hopkins tried to prevent him from keeping his distance and establishing a rhythm. This strategy enabled Hopkins to disrupt Wright in the opening stanza. A brilliant counter right ultimately sealed the round for Hopkins. continue

It´s Showtime For Celestino Caballero

HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 23 – It’s been a long time coming, but on Saturday, August 4th, WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero will finally make his long-awaited return to premium cable airwaves when he defends his title on Showtime against perennial contender Jorge Lacierva. continue

Great Boxing Nicknames from the Last Thirty Years: Whose is the Best?

larry holmes(Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes, pictured here) 23.07.07 - By Christopher Roche: Boxing nicknames have been around since before Major League Baseball players wore numbers on their backs. Boxers are known for their flamboyance and creativity, but ironically, the most flamboyant and creative fighter who ever lived has the simplest nickname: “The Greatest."

Thousands of fighters have stepped through the ropes sporting curious, funny and outrageous nicknames, and I want to recognize some of my favorites from the last thirty-years. I came up with over sixty fighters that are worthy of mention, and I loosely organized them into categories for convenience. continue

Marquez/Barrios Tickets On Sale Now

Las Vegas – Traditionally, July 4 is the day reserved for explosive displays of festive fireworks. This year, however, Golden Boy Promotions is reserving Saturday, September 15, the eve of Mexican Independence Day, for a dazzling array of fireworks as they present four main event caliber fights on the same show. The evening will be headlined by the WBC Super Featherweight Championship bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Barrios. All the action takes place from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be broadcast live on pay-per-view. continue

Interview With Alfonso Gomez - "I Will Definitely Be A World Champion Next Year"

alfonso gomez22.07.07 - By James Slater: One week after his career best win over Arturo Gatti, Alfonso Gomez, 17-3-2(8) was keen to speak to me about any subject I cared to bring up as he spoke to me over the phone from his home in California. One of boxing’s genuine nice guys, here is what the twenty-six year old had to say.

James Slater: I know the Gatti fight is a week old now, and you’ve probably been asked all about it many times by now. But do you agree with those who say it was your career best performance to date?

Alfonso Gomez: Definitely. Also, aside from being my best performance, it was my biggest fight and I had to take the opportunity and seize the moment. To do that I prepared myself very, very well, mentally and physically. continue

HBO Boxing: Hopkins v Wright Replay

23.07.07 - It’s a special edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the light heavyweight showdown BERNARD HOPKINS VS. WINKY WRIGHT SATURDAY, JULY 28 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, will call all the action. continue

Linares Too Much for Larios; Andrade Destroys Muller!

linares23.07.07 - By Scott Frake: In a beautiful display of boxing, Jorge Linares (24-0, 15 KOs) stopped two-time world champion Oscar Larios (59-6-1, 37 KOs) in the 10th round on Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Linares, 21, originally from Venezuela and now living and fighting out of Japan, methodically beat down the 30-year-old Larios, dominating him in every round of the fight en route to the 10th round TKO. On the line was the WBC interim featherweight title, which now rests in Linares’ hands, making him to mandatory challenger for champion Injin Chi.

As the fight started, it was immediately clear that Linares, who has been compared to the great fighter Sugar Ray Robinson, was much faster and had a wider array of punches than Larios. However, it was hoped by some that Larios would be able to compensate by applying a lot of pressure and using his superior ring experience to eventually wear down Linares. continue

European Boxing News: Former WBA middle champ Mariano Carrera returns to action on Saturday in Duesseldorf

23.07.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: Former WBA middle boxing champ Mariano Carrera returns to action on Saturday in Duesseldorf, Germany and take on Hungarian Janos Petrovic. Carrera won the title last year with an upset stoppage win over Spaniard Javier Castillejo in a fight of the year candidate but was later stripped of the title after a positive doping test. However, he only got a short suspension as it was viewed he hadn´t taken the forbidden stuff deliberately but as part of his medication for asthma. continue

Robbery! - - - Winky Wronged Again

winky wright22.07.07 - By Taj Eubanks: It is not my custom to go on tangents about close fight outcomes. Usually there are enough gray areas involved where many would be happy with the decision of the judges. This was not one of them.

Winky Wright (ironically the most judge-paranoid fighter this side of Bernard Hopkins) was on the wrong end of horrible judging last night. In a fight that had the normally united HBO announcing team split until the bitter end, Emmanuel Steward going for Bernard Hopkins and Harold Lederman clearly scoring for Winky, it was more clear than in any other fight of recent years (that I can remember) that this fight was headed to a draw.

Those that saw the fights were treated to more activity from both pugilists than was predicted. Both pressed the action in spurts and were in great condition. The fight was marred early by an accidental Bernard Hopkins headbutt that left Winky’s left brow dripping with blood. Despite this, Winky labored on. continue

First arrests after attack on promoter Ahmet Öner

Press Release: At Universum’s 250th event in Hamburg on May 20th arena-CEO Ahmet Öner and two attendants had been attacked by a group of 10-15 goons who had been hired by Klaus-Peter Kohl and his security company Pütz security. Now one of the thugs was arrested by a police task force in Rostock. Henning J. (nearly 7 ft. tall and weighing over 360 lbs.) had just been sentenced to 4 years in jail because of bodily harm and extortion under threat of force in a different case. 14 policemen brought the bouncer to Hamburg where he is waiting for his next trial.

Forgotten Gems: Vassiliy Jirov vs. James Toney

james toney22.07.07 - By Tim Foley: The cruiserweight division isn’t as glamorous as the weight classes above and below it, but certain fights have become classics. As proof, those who remember James Toney’s days of glory in the ‘80s and ‘90s seem to forget his brief foray in the cruiserweight division. However, one fight stands out as a brilliant display of pugilistic excellence.

James Toney’s excellence was on full display on April 26, 2003 in his classic bout with Vassiliy Jirov. Jirov was a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist in the light heavyweight division who had amassed a perfect 31-0 record going into the fight. He was defending his IBF cruiserweight title for the 7th time against Toney, who had previously won an IBF elimination bout against Jason Robinson to get his title shot. continue

Guerrero vs Juarez on Sept 15

Two-Time IBF world champion, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero is set to battle Olympic silver medalist and current #1 contender Rocky Juarez September 15th 2007 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the Co-feature to Juan Manual Marquez vs Jorge Barrios, televised live to millions tuning in on HBO PPV. The card labeled "Fireworks" was announced today by Oscar De La Hoya and Goldenboy promotions, solidifying the scheduled 12 round title defense that is bestowed upon "The Ghost". continue

Age Before Beauty: Hopkins Gets Temporary "Stay" Of Execution

bernard hopkins21.07.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Ok. So it wasn't the most eventful fight in the history of the sport but when it was all said and done, Bernard Hopkins (48-4, 32KO's) did everything that the so called 'experts' said he couldn't do.

'Winky' Wright (51-4, 25KO's) came to fight and did a great job all night pressing the action but apparently it was the 'weight' that broke the wagon as 'Winky' appeared slow and lethargic, not to mention very old right before our eye.

Two things were known well before coming into the fight. It would be very awkward - based on the styles involved - and there would be some questionable, if not down right foul play. The awkwardness was evident from the start, and the 'foul' affairs would culminate early on as well as Bernard Hopkins' head deeply pierced the eye brow of 'Winky' Wright. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr.....vs. The World's Greatest Boxers

22.07.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Universally recognized as the best fighter today in the sport, Floyd Mayweather often puts himself beyond our modern era by claiming that he is the greatest boxing fighter of all time. continue

Katsidis & Amonsot Turn It On!

katsidis21.07.07 - By Tony Nobbs: It may not have been the “show stealer” (that honor went to Jorge Linares) or end early as I suggested pre fight but it was still a dandy little championship twelve rounder as Michael “Rocky” Katsidis (23-0, 20 KO's) from Australia took a unanimous verdict over number 7 Contender and “some kind of tough” Czar Amonsot (18-3-1, 10 KO's) of The Philippines to retain his WBO “interim” lightweight strap on the Hopkins – Wright under card at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada today (Sunday 22nd July Australian time).

Entering the ring with his traditional ancient Greek warrior face mask, Katsidis “The Great” got of to that kind of start, in this his first defense and his first appearance in the US. Dominating the first three rounds on the cards, scoring a solid knock down, courtesy of a flush right hand in the second as Czar was coming in, the 26-year-old Rocky was controlling the action, though you wouldn't tell by his face as he had a slight nick and heavy bruising under his left eye. continue

Meza-Clay Victorious at Heinz Field

22.07.07 - by Pat Testa: Current IBA superfeatherweight champion Monty Meza-Clay scored a 6th round tko over replacement foe Lenny Devictoria last night at Heinz field in Pittsburgh. Meza-Clay was scheduled to fight former world title contender Luis Bolano in a bout that would propel Pittsburgh's Meza Clay into the top ten of the WBO, but Bolano showed up a whopping 17 pounds over the 128 pound weight limit and was scratched from the bout. continue

The Great Depression: British Boxing Gets A Check-Up

audley harrison22.07.07 - By Jonny Oakley: Expectation, it can be said, is the historical ailment of boxing. In a traditional right of passage, convention dictates that a challenger successfully achieves status as champion only after mounting a legitimate campaign, loaded with genuine intention, to emphatically dethrone the current ruler. This is not expected to be the defining performance of one’s career, but the commencement of a long reign of successful defences, where successful is taken to mean convincing enough to merit one’s assumed moniker, ‘champion of the world’.

Over a hundred years of boxing history testifies that our greatest champions have been at times both despotic and revolutionary. Despotic in defending their reign – Joe Louis proudly recorded 25 successful defences, while Larry Holmes has 20 defences, as does Bernard Hopkins. continue

Goossen Fighters Shine: Paul Williams, Tony Thompson, Andre Ward Post Impressive Wins

The future continues to look brighter for several members of the Goossen Tutor boxing stable after the results from Saturday night where one fighter captured a world title with an electrifying boxing performance for the ages; another produced a dominating technical knockout victory to earn a mandatory world title shot; an Olympic Gold medalist and rising star registered his most spectacular knockout win to date; and a young Mexican heavyweight knockout artist added another victim to his list in route to the heavyweight championship. continue

Hopkins Decisions Wright!

winky wright21.07.07 - By Ron Hansen: Boxing great, Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs), once again showed his ring expertise as he out-slugged the jab-master Winky Wright (51-4-1) over the course of their 12-round bout tonight at the Mandalay Bay Events center in Las Vegas, Nevada, winning a unanimous decision. Hopkins was clearly the bigger of two, and both his size and his power were big problems for Wright, who was unable to control the fight as usual due to Hopkins’ superior size and boxing ability.

Wright was cut over his left eye by a head-butt in the 3rd round, and instead of forgetting about it and staying focused, Wright appeared overly concerned with the eye, and complained bitterly to the referee, even when it was apparent that it was getting him nowhere. continue

Karl Dargan Moves on to the Medal Round at the 2007 Pan American Games

(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – Light welterweight Karl Dargan (Philadelphia, Pa.) joined his trio of teammates in the semifinal round with a walkover win over El Salvador’s Carlos Hernandez on Monday. Featherweight Luis Del Valle (Newburgh, N.Y./USA) dropped a close quarterfinal match-up to Abner Roman Cotto in his second bout of the tournament. continue

Fres Oquendo Wins Lackluster Decision over Elieser Castillo

fres oquendo21.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former two-time heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (28-4, 17 KOs) won a dull 10-round decision over Elieser Castillo (29-6-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Mahai Temple, in Miami, Florida.

In a rivalry between the Cuban Castillo and Puerto Rican Oquendo, the fight failed to live up to the pre-fight tensions that had built up between the two fighters and their fans. Oquendo, 34, controlled what little action there was in the bout, mostly jabbing on the outside, and making repeated, head down amateurish charges at Castillo, looking not unlike a bull, minus the horns and the power. The final judges’ scores were 99-91-98-92 and 97-93, for Oquendo. continue

A Trio of American Boxers Advance to the Semifinals With Victories at the Pan Am Games

(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – Boxing competition moved into quarterfinal action on Sunday at the Pan American Games and three American boxers recorded victories to advance to the semifinal round. Light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas), welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) and light heavyweight Christopher Downs (Fort Carson, Colo.) all earned wins in Sunday’s action. continue

Maccarinelli Defeats Braithwaite On Points - “Big Truck” Goes The Distance

wayne braithwaite21.07.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, in Cardiff, Wales, defending WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli won a hard fought points victory over the extremely tough former WBC champ, Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite. At the end of twelve exciting and quite gruelling rounds, the twenty-six year old Maccarinelli, now 27-1(20) raised his hands as he scored the most significant win of his career. But Braithwaite came to fight, that’s for sure.

Though many, myself included, predicted a mid-rounds KO win for Enzo, this never looked like being the case, as the tough thirty-one year old hung in there for the full thirty-six minutes of combat. Wayne tried using every single trick his experienced career had taught him. continue

Female boxing champs Halmich, Menzer and Sahin headline on Saturday

Monday's press event at the IGEDO Fashion Fairs in Düsseldorf looked more like a posh high society fashion show than a prefight press conference for Saturday's "Universum Champions Night" at Burg-Wächter Castello. The three glamorous female world champions headlining the card looked like fashion models as they posed in front of the flashbulbs of photographers. continue

Arthur stops Gogoladze in 10th round TKO

alex arthur21.07.07 - By Chris Williams: Super featherweight Alex Arthur (25-1, 19 KOs) stopped Georgian fighter Koba Gogoladze (20-2, 8 KOs) in the 10th round of their WBO interim battle on Saturday night at the International Hall in Cardiff. Arthur, 29, knocked Gogoladze down three times over the course of the bout, once in the 6th, eighth and tenth rounds. With the win, Arthur becomes the mandatory challenger for WBO Super featherweight champion Joan Guzman.

In the early going, the Southpaw Gogoladze, 34, created a lot of problems for Arthur, hitting hit with fast lead left hands, before quickly moving out of range with his fast feet. The first four rounds were clearly controlled by Gogoladze, who appeared to be completely outclassing Arthur up to that point. However, late in the fourth round, Arthur connected with a couple of tremendous right hands, giving a glimpse of what was to come in future rounds. Arthur was cut around the right eye in the fourth, coming from a clash of heads. continue

The X Factors: Bernard Hopkins/Winky Wright Fight Breakdown

20.07.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Despite the initial pessimistic buzz on the streets, the closer we get to tonight's showdown between Bernard Hopkins (47-4, 32KO's) and Ronald 'Winky' Wright (51-3, 25KO's), one can't help but feel the anticipation in the air. The melee at yesterday's weigh-in certainly added to the sudden hype as it appears the two actually have come to fight. continue

Katsidis defeats Amonsot! The birth of a new Blood and Guts warrior!

katsidis21.07.07 - By Iyzaslav “Slava” Koza: There is a new blood and guts warrior to take the place of retired boxer Arturo Gatti and his name is Michael Katsidis. Cut and bloodied in every place on his face that one can imagine the Greek Aussie didn’t stop punching until his body gave out in the way of a vicious 10th round assault spurred on by the notion that the ringside doctor could stop the fight.

If I were Czar Amonsot, I might be angry with the doctor because Katsidis was basically on autopilot once he heard the bout could be stopped and he could end up with a loss.

The fight started furiously with Katsidis moving forward and throwing short looping right hands on the button and the Filipino Amonsot boxing and looking to dictate the pace. Unfortunately for the loser the Aussie, a showman with an apparent fetish for wearing Brad Pitt’s attire from Troy, Katsidis wasn’t even aware that the Amonsat was trying to stop him. continue

Carlos Baldomir makes WBC Seven Day Weight for Showdown with Vernon Forrest

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (July 20, 2007) - Former World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir weighed 159.6 pounds Friday for his WBC-mandated weigh-in seven days prior to meeting another ex-WBC 147-pound champ, Vernon Forrest, July 28 in Tacoma, Wash., at the Emerald Queen Casino for the vacant WBC super welterweight title. continue

Katsidis v Amonsot Set to Steal The Show?

michael katsidis20.07.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Toowoomba, Queensland's WBO “interim” lightweight champion Michael “Rocky” Katsidis (22-0, 20 KO's) makes his US debut and the first defense of the title against 21 year old Czar Amonsot (18-2-1, 10 KO's) from Tagbilaran, Bohol, in The Philippines on the Bernard Hopkins – Winky Wright light heavyweight world title bill at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night (Sunday morning Australian time).

Katsidis, 26, a Sydney Olympian, two division Australian champion who has the makings to be another Arturo Gatti, won the title in February stopping Britain's Graham Earl after five hellacious rounds. With Amonsot being a southpaw action fighter, and Katsidis not one to take a backward step, do not be surprised if this fight ends up stealing the show. continue

Hopkins-Wright: Who Will Prevail?

20.07.07 - By Taj Eubanks: As Saturday evening approaches and the Bernard Hopkins-Winky Wright matchup nears, I find myself eager with anticipation as to how the fight will unfold. I have stretched my mind near its limits trying to analyze the fight from every angle, comparing and contrasting each veteran fighter’s weaknesses and strengths. The curious thing is, I simply cannot choose a winner. continue

Maccarinelli-Braithwaite - Can Enzo Stop “The Big Truck?”

wayne braithwaite20.07.07 - By James Slater: This Saturday, in Cardiff, Wales, big punching WBO cruiserweight king Enzo Maccarinelli defends against Ghanaian-born Brooklyn native Wayne “Big Truck” Braithwaite. Topping the bill in front of his passionate fans, twenty-six year old Welshman Maccarinelli will be looking to score yet another quick and spectacular KO win.

Coming off two first rounds wins in a row, the 6’4” Maccarinelli might have to put in a spot of overtime in derailing the man known as “Big Truck,” however. Then again, as Enzo once KO’d a man who took the colossal Nikolay Valuev the distance, another quick blast-out cannot be ruled out for the man with such awesome punching power. continue

Mini Brawl Erupts at Hopkins/Wright Weigh-In

20.07.07 - By Gary Jones: A minor brawl erupted at an earlier weigh-in today for Bernard Hopkins (47-4-1, 32 KOs) and Winky Wright (51-3-1, 25 KOs) when Hopkins, 42, suddenly reached over and pushed Wright, 35, in the face, causing both fighters and their teams to go berserk for a short period of time. continue

Vassiliy Jirov Interview: “Kenny and I didn’t hold a grudge against each other. Thank Darnell for the kind words!”

vassily jirov20.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Fresh off his comeback win over Kenny Craven, I spoke to Vassiliy about this as well as a few other current issues.

ESB: Hey, Vassiliy, been a while. Happy with the fight?

Vassiliy Jirov: Yeah, went as planned, and I was well prepared. Saw a few tapes on him and that was enough to figure him out. I was also happy that Craven and I spoke after the fight, didn’t hold a grudge against each other, and parted on good terms. I am extremely happy that it ended like that.

ESB: I know I can call Thell and ask, but I wanted to know what he told you regarding the fight? continue

Macklin destroys Udalov!

20.07.07 - By Chris Williams: Middleweight Matthew Macklin (18-2, 14 KOs) destroyed Ukrainian Anatoliy Udalov (9-3, 2 KOs) in the 1st round tonight at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Macklin, 25, making his first bout at middleweight, after having been knocked out by British junior middleweight champion Jamie Moore in September 2006, nailed Udalov with a scorching right hand early in the 1st round, sending him to the canvas. Udalov, badly hurt, go to his knees but was counted out there by referee Terry O’Conner. continue

Forty years ago: WBA launches heavyweight tourney

jerry quarry20.07.07 - By Mike Dunn: We are fast approaching the 40th anniversary of the start of the fateful eight-man World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight tournament that was employed to determine a successor to Muhammad Ali. On August 5, 1967, the tournament got underway with a doubleheader televised on ABC's Wide World of Sports featuring former Ali sparring partner Jimmy Ellis against Philadelphia up-and-comer Leotis Martin, and former WBA champ Ernie Terrell, who had recently been hammered in a title match with Ali, against California contender Thad Spencer.

The WBA had recently stripped Ali of the title for refusing to be inducted into the armed forces during the Vietnam War. Ali had been an active, if not a popular champion (his popularity as a pugilist and as a world-renowned figure who transcended his sport did not come until after his comeback in the early 1970s). continue

Lynes stops Mutley in 8th round KO

Young Mutley, seen here getting ready to take on Colin Lynes in tonight's bout at Wolverhampton)20.07.07 - By Chris Williams: British light welterweight champion Colin Lynes (30-3, 12 KOs) fought impressively tonight, knocking out Young Mutley (22-3, 12 KOs) in the 8th round at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Mutley, 31, never could get untracked from the moment the fight started, as Lynes fed him a steady diet of hard jabs and right crosses, which kept him largely under control. continue

Exit strategy: What is Oliver McCall thinking?

oliver mccall20.07.07 - By Jonny Oakley: Oliver McCall is still travelling the lonely road but is getting closer, step by step, to achieving the landmark of any memorable career and one that has eluded him to this very day- having people care about what happens to him.

The lonely road has been light years away from easy going, and at age 42, it certainly hasn’t been a short cut. After unexpectedly knocking out Lennox Lewis to steal his WBC heavyweight crown in 1994, McCall crumbled in the rematch and suffered an emotional breakdown in the ring as disastrous as it was bizarre. People under great pressure often testify to having invited further punishment, an act of complicity, having accepted their fate as the way things ought to be in the geometry of the situation. In tears, McCall dropped his guard and gestured Lewis forward. continue

Ike Quartey Looking to Get Back Into the Ring

Accra, Ghana July 19—Ghanaian Boxing superstar Ike “Bazooka” Quartey (37-4-1, 31 KO’s) is ready to start fighting again and is prepared to take on all comers. While he is busy preparing for the opening of his new hospital in Accra, he has already begun intense training back at home in preparation for his next battle. continue

Darnell Wilson Interview: “A title fight with Maccarineli, Cunningham, and Mormeck or an eliminator with Adamek, or Jirov is what I want!”

darrell wilson19.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Fresh off what has to undoubtedly be the knockout of the year Darnell Wilson wants what any real boxing fan should feel he deserves. Whether he looks crude, limited, a gatekeeper, a journeyman, or any of the other negative stereotypes to some, there is no doubting that he has worked his way up to deserving a title opportunity.

It doesn’t matter what division, what fighter, or which brand of politics, some want to cite to avoid the truth, but besides Miguel Cotto in recent years, no other top contender has shown such a high caliber level of accomplishment in climbing towards the doorstep behind which is championship glory. continue

Glen "The Road Warrior"Johnson vs "Fabulous" Freddie Moore

19.07.07 - Bad Dog Productions, Florida's newest and fastest rising boxing promotional company, in association with Seminole Warrior's Boxing will be holding a press conference for the upcoming pro boxing card,"Ring of Fire", the first of four scheduled events at the Sheraton Miami Mart Hotel. The july 27th show will feature former World champion Glen "The Road Warrior"Johnson in the main event facing the big-punching "Fabulous" Freddie Moore. continue

The Hatton Dilemma

ricky hatton19.07.07 - By Jonny Oakley: You’re Ricky Hatton, a surge of emotions in a sweat and liniment smelling dressing room, adrenaline still coursing through your veins. You have demolished a Mexican warrior held in the highest esteem in four short rounds, delivering a liver punch described by promoter Bob Arum as ‘perfect’. In the midst of shower steam and celebratory embraces a nagging doubt, like a neighbor creating a late night for an early riser, occupies that special place in the back of your mind.

You must have noticed in doubling up the hook, swooping into the clinch and solidly pursuing the midriff that the guy on the receiving end can’t time your advances well enough to land convincingly or evade effectively? continue

Calloway vs. Smith Headlines ESPN2 "Friday Night Fights" August 10th

20.07.07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO – Holden Productions brings nationally televised world class professional boxing back to Springfield on Friday, August 10th when heavyweight contenders Rob Calloway and Terry Smith collide in a 10 round match-up at the Springfield Expo Center. The event marks the first televised show in Spingfield since the April 7th Showtime event headlined by the late former world champion Diego Corrales, who lost a decision to Joshua Clottey. Corrales passed away one month later in a motorcycle accident. continue

Mike Oliver Dominates Carbajal

Promoter Rich Cappiello predicted that his prized fighter, Mike Oliver would "become a star on July 18th," and that's exactly what he did last night, earning a lopsided unanimous decision over Cruz Carbajal, in their IBF super bantamweight title elimination bout. "Mike did exactly what we expected him to do," Cappiello stated. continue

Andy Lee added to star studded line-up at the Point

andy leeMiddleweight sensation Andy Lee will make his Irish professional debut on the Bernard Dunne – Kiko Martinez undercard at the Point, Dublin on August 25th. The undefeated Limerick southpaw will feature in an 8 round bout on what promises to be one of the biggest nights ever for Irish boxing.

The Hunky Dorys Fight Night will also feature a second title bout with Belfast’s Brian Magee challenging for Tony Oakey’s British Light Heavyweight title. That contest will see history made with a British title contested outside of Britain for the first time ever.

Lee’s homecoming will be eagerly awaited by Irish fight fans as they get a chance to study his development up close under legendary American trainer Emanuel Steward. continue

European Boxing News: Valuev to Return on September 29

19.07.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: Former WBA heavy champ Nikolai Valuev will return September 29 and it could be in a EBU titlefight against Vladimir Virchis. The fight have July 30 as deadline for purse bids or agreement. Virchis´ manager Oleg Hug wants his man to be moved towards a world title but the question is what the promoter, Universum, says. The powerful and strong Ukrainian must be in with a good chance against the giant Russian. continue

Amateur Boxing Talent from Russia

tschineko19.07.07 - By Artem Korolev: In recent years, professional boxing has witnessed an influx of talented fighters from the former USSR. What most of these fighters have in common is successful participation in the Soviet-style amateur program. The recent Russian Amateur Championships in Yakutsk have demonstrated that the Russian amateur scene is still very much alive. In the following article we will examine some of the talent.

Islam Timurziev is a 24 year old superheavyweight from Nazran’, Ingushetia. At 186cm (6’1), Timurziev is a stocky, aggressive boxer, with plenty of physical strength and an outstanding punch. Timurziev has a style well suited to the professional game, holding his hands high and going to both the head and the body. He has a clubbing power in both hands, particularly his hooks and his straight right.

A European junior champion in 2001, Timurziev was initially kept back by amateur superstar Alexander Povetkin. However, with Povetkin going pro after the 2004 Olympics, the path was open for the 2003 world military champion, who won his first national championships as a senior in 2004. continue

Danny Green Hunting Tarver After Gunning Down Griffin

In front of 6,000 fans at Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia light heavyweight Danny Green introduced former American reality TV star Otis Griffin to the rough and tumble game that is world class boxing. Riding an 18 fight win streak, Griffin arrived in Australia with sky high confidence, vowing to lift Green's IBF Pan-Pacific and PABA titles and cage the vacant IBO Asia-Pacific as well. continue

Briggs wants shot at Klitschko

shannon briggsFormer WBO heavyweight champion, Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs is seeking a shot at Wladimir Klitschko, as he stated, "I've been calling out Klitschko for years and got no love."

Briggs, who was diagnosed with walking phenomena prior to his title defense against Sultan Ibragimov, mentioned, "No matter what his people are trying say, I was not 100% going into that fight.

Give me the opportunity to fight at full strength, and we'll see what happens. If Klitschko is so great, he should have no problem taking a fight with me." Wladimir, who stands at the top of the heavyweight division, recently retained his IBF strap by dominating Lemon Brewster in Cologne, Germany.

Brähmer vs Veit 2 on Sept. 15

It was announced today at a press conference that super middleweight contenders Jürgen Brähmer (29-1, 23 KOs) and Mario Veit (49-3, 23 KOs) will meet in a highly charged rematch on September 15 in the idyllic seaside resort "Yachthafenresidenz Hohe Düne" of Rostock, Germany. Veit upset Brähmer 13 months ago in a clash for the WBC International title and the German "100 Year Talent" Brähmer says he has improved since then. continue

Crow Soup: My Apologies To Paul "The Punisher" Williams

paul williams18.07.07 - By Taj “Yuma” Eubanks: There are those of us who frequent boxing website boards (Eastside Boxing boards, in this case) who take up the flags of our favorite fighters and become the standard bearers for them, especially if they are on the eve of a fight. Someone not familiar with the psychology of the hardcore boxing fan would be quite surprised by the levels of venom mustered in these discussions. Sometimes, I myself am quite surprised by the testosterone (and estrogen) on display on the boards.

What usually starts as a casual debate often devolves into name-calling, territorialism and chest-thumping, ending in one making the declaration which is the mortar upon which all late-night board battling stands, the all-important fight prediction. continue

Alfonso Gomez Speaks About Gatti TKO, Future Plans

July 19, 2007 – Following his seventh round TKO of Arturo Gatti last weekend in Atlantic City, Alfonso Gomez shared his thoughts on the win, his opponent, and who he wants to face next. Gatti announced his retirement after the fight, which took place July 14 on HBO. “I walked into the ring 100 percent confident due to my training,” Gomez said. continue

Calzaghe vs. Kessler: Someone's "O" must go! The Prediction

mikkel kessler18.07.07 - By Ted Sares: Back in October 2006, I called for a super fight between Joe Calzaghe, W 43 (32 KOs)-0 vs. Mikkel Kessler, 39 (29 KOs)-0. Well, the fight has now been made for November 3 and someone's O must go (unless of course it ends in a draw which is certainly not out of the question.) Together, these two fine boxers have a combined professional record of 82-0 (61 KOs) and a combined 75% KO percentage. Their fight is already being called the biggest non-heavyweight title unification fight since Leonard-Hearns in 1981.

Off their respective fights with Peter Manfredo Jr (and earlier with Sakio Bika) and Librado Andrade (and Markus Beyer), Kessler must be given a solid chance to slow down the Welshman's express train. continue

Green Crushes Griffin!

18.07.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Home town hero Danny Green (24-3, 22 KO's) closed in on a world title shot in the light heavyweight division by stopping ordinary American Otis Griffin (18-2-2, 7 KO's) in round three at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia last night. continue

Wilfred Benitez: The Under-appreciated Champion

Wilfred Benitez18.07.07 - By Simon Henley: It was though I was looking into the mirror. I've never been exposed to a fighter who could slide punches like this. No one. I mean no one can make me miss punches like that.

- Sugar Ray Leonard (in A Fistful of Sugar)

This under appreciated pugilist began his career at age 15. Two years later, at the age of 17, he shocked the boxing world by outboxing the legendary Colombian champion Antonio "Kid Pambele" Cervantes to become the youngest fighter ever to win a world championship (a distinction that he still holds) in 1976.

A few years later, he decisioned the popular and rugged Carlos Palomino, he of beer commercial fame, to win the welterweight title. continue

Duva: "Kendall Holt is no Free Agent!"

18.07.07 - Contrary to published reports, boxing promoter Dino Duva says his fighter, Kendall “Rated R” Holt, is not a promotional free agent. “I have a valid enforceable promotional agreement with Kendall.” continue

Saving Boxing is as simple as blowing it up

lamon brewster18.07.07 - By Brett Mauren: Through half empty arenas nation-wide die hard boxing fans have yet to abandon their love for the sweet science, but it is no question the casual fan’s presence has decreased dramatically, posing the question: Was it ever about the boxing?

What HBO, SHOTIME, Espn2, and other telecasts have been lacking is not solid, entertaining boxing cards, it’s the hype. A huge aspect of boxing for years has been the sense of glamour at ringside, and star gazing through the first few rows.

What we perceive as boxing’s golden age probably ended at the beginning of the Mike Tyson downfall, along with the American heavyweight. continue

Should Wladimir Klitschko face Evander Holyfield next?

18.07.07 - By Dave Domenico: Since Wladimir Klitschko utterly dominated Lamon Brewster in the rematch earlier this month, Wladimir has solidified himself as the top heavyweight in the boxing division. As of now, you get a sense that Wladimir and his camp are scratching their heads. Whom can they fight now? Of course, the best choice is a unification bout but the other belt holders all have fights scheduled in October. continue

Five Fighters Waiting to be Exposed: Duddy, Lacy, Miranda, Fields and Mora!

john duddy18.07.07 - By Ted Sares: 1. John Duddy, 21-0. This future candidate for Hollywood ala Mark Wahlberg does not know how to slip punches. He also cuts and bleeds like a modern version of Chuck Wepner. An arguably shot Yory Boy Campas gave him almost more than he could handle.

Once the cherry picking stops and he gets in there with someone who can pop, say adios to “Irish John.” Like Duddy, James Moore emigrated to America and fights out of Gleason’s Gym in New York. He has the pop. So Does Andy Lee, 10-0, who recently iced veteran Carl Daniels in one of the years most devastating knockouts. These guys are the real McCoy. continue

Boxing Views: The Alphabet Ratings - Comedy or Tragedy?

18.07.07 - By Paul McCreath: A few days ago, I decided to do something I don't very often do, that is take a look at the boxing ratings of the various sanctioning bodies for the heavyweight division. The reason for my foolish dalliance was that I wanted to get some ideas of whom these clowns might be inclined to name as the participants in the next eliminators they order. As I started to read through the listings, I did not know whether to laugh or cry. continue

Most Feared Man in Boxing - Antonio Margarito - Turned Sore Loser

antonio margarito18.07.07 - By Yero Moody: On July 14, 2007 I eagerly awaited the long anticipated match-up between Paul "The Punisher" Williams and Antonio Margarito for Margarito's WBO welterweight title. This fight was scheduled to happen last year but due to legal issues it never took place. Fans wondered if Margarito who declared himself "the most feared man in boxing" had become leary of facing Paul Williams. This speculation further increased when a proposed deal for Margarito to fight Miguel Cotto developed.

Williams had been the long-standing WBO mandatory challenger and he voiced his discontent at every press gathering. When the deal fell through, Margarito decided to face his mandatory and the date was set. Most fans and experts predicted a win for Margarito because he was more experienced, stronger and seemed to possess a stronger will. I however, predicted a knockout victory for Williams. continue

Andrade seeking gold at Pan-Am games

PROVIDENCE (July 18, 2007) – Team USA boxing star Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade is in beautiful Rio de Janerio, not for the hot nightlife and gorgeous Brazilian women, rather to strike gold at the Pan-American Games. Andrade, the No. 1 rated welterweight in the U.S., is the two-time U.S. National Championships and National Golden Gloves champion. continue

Calzaghe/Kessler Heading For Sell Out

calzaghe vs kesslerLONDON (July 18, 2007) -- Promoter Frank Warren says more than 17,000 tickets have already been sold for Joe Calzaghe's WBO/WBA/WBC/The Ring World Super-Middleweight title unification fight against Mikkel Kessler on November 3. Together, they boast a combined professional record of 82-0 (61 KOs) and their fight is already being called the biggest non-heavyweight title unification fight since Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns rumbled in 1981.

The news came as Calzaghe admitted that the fight against the Dane will be the hardest of his 10-year reign as a world champion. (photo attached, courtesy Sports Network)- Speaking to the press in London yesterday, the 35-year-old Welshman added that it is a "dream come true" the mouth-watering showdown will be held at the Millennium Stadium in his home town of Cardiff.

Early indications suggest the show could break the 63,500 record attendance for an indoor boxing show, with around 70,000 tickets on sale. And Calzaghe is backing himself to send the majority of fans home happy. "I can't knock Kessler, he is a very solid all round fighter, but he has not fought me yet," said Calzaghe. continue

Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright Quotes

LAS VEGAS , NV (July 17, 2007) . . .Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright both arrived at the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada today for their light heavyweight championship fight Saturday night. Welcomed by promoter Oscar de la Hoya, whose company—Golden Boy Promotions—is promoting the fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and live on HBO Pay-Per-View, both combatants looked in excellent physical condition and expressed their readiness to fight. continue

Tua-Montana, Mesi-Williams & Greenberg headline Pinnacle FiteNite Show Aug 18

SALT LAKE CITY (July 17, 2007) – C.A.M. Boxing, Inc. and Sports and Entertainment Media, Inc. announced today that the new pro boxing pay-per-view series, Pinnacle FightNite, will emanate on August 18 from Salt Lake City, showcasing heavyweights David “Tuaman” Tua, “Baby” Joe Mesi and Roman Greenberg who sport a combined record of 107-3-1 with 85 knockouts. continue

Top Ten Heavyweights as of 07/18/2007: Klitschko, Peter, Chagaev, Maskaev, Ibragimov, Valuev and More!

samuel peter17.07.07 - By Hunter Breckenridge: This list is how I currently see the heavyweight division. Obviously, rankings such as this are subjective, and open to debate. I’m sure there are many other lists that would look different from this one. In the end, I tried to analyze the recent achievements of the top fighters in the division, and rank them accordingly. This is a continuation in a series of top ten lists that can be seen on my boxing blog, (shameless plug alert) Enjoy!

1.) Wladimir Klitschko - Four of his last five victories have been over Ring-ranked top ten opponents. His recent domination of Lamon Brewster added to this impressive streak. Wlad is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of the division. continue

Roy Jones Jr. and Pay Per View

roy jones jr.17.07.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: I was baffled when I discovered the latest Roy Jones Jr. fight (from last Saturday) was going to be aired on a pay-per-view basis. After all, HBO was airing a free card that very same night featuring some pretty big names, including Arturo Gatti, Kermit Cintron, Antonio Margarito, and Paul Williams. Why would they have a Roy Jones Jr. PPV fight the same night HBO aired a superior card for free? More importantly, who would buy it?

Roy Jones Jr. hasn’t won a significant fight in about four years. During that stretch, he had lost three consecutive bouts, two of which were brutal knockouts. He also looked mediocre (at best) in beating a sub-par opponent in his only victory. continue

David Tua Returns On August 18th - “The Tua-Man” Takes On Saul Montana

david tua17.07.07 - By James Slater: On August 18th, in Utah, David “The Terminator” Tua steps into the ring for the second time this year. Making slow progress in his latest comeback, it must be said, Tua, now thirty-four, takes on Mexico’s thirty-six year old Saul Montana - 48-14(42). Last time out, in February of this year, David out pointed Robert Hawkins over ten rounds in New York. The New Zealand-based puncher probably won’t have to go as many rounds as that in this upcoming bout.

Not to disrespect Montana, but his best days came down at cruiserweight and light-heavyweight, and quite a few years ago at that. Some fans may remember Montana’s fights with the likes of Virgil Hill, Vassiliy Jirov and James Toney. Saul lost to all three guys - all three times by stoppage. Not having a single noteworthy heavyweight victory to speak of, Montana will really have to go some to stick around against the big punching Tua. continue

Newly Signed DBE Prospect Witherspoon to Face Griffis on July 27

New York, July 17--Undefeated heavyweight prospect Chazz Witherspoon takes to the national stage when he takes on Talmadge Griffis (24-6-3, 16 KOs) next Friday, July 27, on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights at Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga. The DiBella Entertainment heavy hitter hopes to follow the same path as his cousin -- former heavyweight champion Tim Witherspoon -- on a road which leads to a title belt. continue

Vitali Klitschko vs Jameel McCline Presser

vitali klitschkoToday, at two o’clock, inside a conference hall of the Munich’s Olympiahalle, the WBC Champion Emeritus Vitali Klitschko began his return into a professional ring. On September 22, 2007, inside this same arena, Vitali Klitschko will face Jameel McCline. Ironically, even Vitali’s biggest critics have welcomed his return. This is due to the fact that in recent years the heavyweight division has lost its glamour, and Vitali’s return can and will bring more sensation to the boxing world.

Press conference started on time, as both Vitali and Jameel arrived early. Bernd Bonte, manager of Sport FIVE marketing company, opened press conference. He made an announcement that just couple hours earlier, tickets for the upcoming fight went on sale, and at the time of press conference over 1.5 thousand tickets were already sold. continue

Darnell Wilson comments on Chagaev vs Ibragimov: "Unquestionably, Wladimir Klitschko should fight the winner"

wladimir klitschko17.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With the first heavyweight unification bout in eight years scheduled for October 13th between Ruslan Chagaev and Sultan Ibragimov, it is important to create an objective perspective attitude regarding this significant fight.

That is why Slava’s agenda based plan is to have 3rd party observers from the boxing world weigh-in on it and show why exactly it is important to encourage other fighters, regardless of weight class, to follow suit.

First up, is top ranked, and highly avoided, vicious knockout artist Darnell “Ding-A-Ling” Wilson. continue

Felix Trinidad, Jermain Taylor Conference Call Transcript

Kelly Swanson: Swanson Communications. Thank you so much you guys. Thank you everybody for being patient. It's quite a feat to have three of the greatest fighters in boxing on the line at the same time. We are fortunate enough today to have both Felix Tito Trinidad and Jermain Taylor on the phone to discuss this Saturday's big contest between Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright for the light heavyweight title. continue

After The Weekend’s Action - Rating The World’s Ten Best Welterweights: Mayweather, Mosley, Cotto, Williams, Margarito, Cintron and More!

floyd mayweather jr.17.07.07 - By James Slater: This past Saturday saw the coronation of a new world champion in the welterweight division. Paul Williams out-boxed the tough Antonio Margarito and collected the WBO 147 pound title in the process. Williams is a welcome addition to the upper echelon of a weight class already deep with talent. “The Punisher” has made the welterweight division, already boxing’s most exciting weight class, even more appealing.

Not only that, but the twenty-five year old could well be a future super star. Floyd Mayweather remains the best in the world at welterweight, as well as being the linear champ. But “Pretty Boy” sure has some great possible opponents gunning for him now. Indeed, there are literally a dozen or more great fights that can be made at welterweight. If even half of these mouth-watering bouts are made, we fans are in for a superb couple of years or so. continue

Shawn Hawk Remains Undefeated

Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated prospect Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk upped his record to 15-0-1 with a first-round knockout of Roy “Bo” Skipper in a bout scheduled for eight rounds Saturday night in New Town, N.D. Hawk, originally from Thompson, S.D., and now living in Los Angeles, stopped Skipper, from Laurel, Mass., at 2:57 of the first round for his 13th knockout. continue

Susi Kentikian returns September 7

susi kentikianSpotlight Boxing's fourth big "ProSieben Fight Night" will take place September 7 at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf. In the first fight card under the new agreement, the wildly popular world champion "Killer Queen" Susi Kentikian (17-0, 13 KOs) will defend her WBA flyweight title against Shanee Martin (8-3. 4 KOs).

In the co-feature, heavyweight Sebastian Köber (9-0, 9 KOs) faces Edgar Da Silva (25-9, 19 KOs).

Other hot 'new generation' fighters on the card include WIBF super welterweight world champion Karolina Lukasik, super middleweight Dimitri Sartison and middleweight Gennady Golovkin -- all unbeaten, talented, young and hungry. continue

Derrick Gainer Returns Victorious

Former WBA Featherweight Derrick “Smoke” Gainer 41-7-1 {24 KO’s} returned to the ring Saturday with a split decision victory over the tough Carlos Navarro 27-6-1 {22 KO’s}. The fight between two southpaws was featured on the undercard of the Roy Jones -Anthony Hanshaw pay per view. continue

Green vs. Miranda 2 is the right fight

edison miranda17.07.07 - By Ted Sares: Super middleweight Allan Green (24-1, 17 KOs), should not be wasting his time fighting wannabe Rhode Island gangster Peter Manfredo, Jr. His destruction of capable Darrell Woods suggests that there may well be veracity to his claims that something was not right when he duked it out with Edison “Pantera” Miranda (28 - 2, (24 KOs, in March of this year in Puerto Rico. While he claims he was bothered by a problem with his digestive system, it might be that he could not digest Columbian Panther meat on that particular evening.

Still, Green is now back in the mix, make no mistake. Miranda, savaged by Kelly Pavlik, needs to get back in the thick of things and can do just that by proving his first win over Green was no fluke. Peter Manfredo Jr., a possible future opponent for Green, is still trying to redeem himself for his dreadful performance against Joe Calzaghe. He is at a different and lower level. continue

Oliver vs Carbajal Title Eliminator This Wednesday on ESPN2

Undefeated junior featherweight contender Mike "Machine Gun" Oliver (19-0, 7 KOs) and 15-year veteran, Cruz "Chucho" Carbajal (28-13-2, 24 KOs) square off in this weeks installment of ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights, from The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston, Mass. continue

Heavyweight Prospects Kevin Johnson and Damian Wills To Fight on Aug 3rd

NEW YORK (July 16, 2007) - Two up and coming heavyweight boxing prospects, Kevin “The Kingpin” Johnson (15-0-1, 6 KOs) and Damian “Bolo” Wills (22-1-1, 16 KOs), will have their chance to make a mark on the American heavyweight picture when they meet on the renowned SHOWTIME series – ShoBox: The Next Generation, Friday, August 3, from Atlanta, Ga. In the featherweight co-feature, Eric Hunter (7-1, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pa., will take on Joel Santiago (8-0, 2 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. continue

The Sun Rises Again* - Boxing Commentary on Williams-Margarito, Gatti-Alfonso, Taylor-Pavlik, Calzaghe-Kessler and More!

paul williams16.07.07 - By Christopher Roche:

Boxing Questions (and answers)

1) Is Paul “The Punisher” Williams the new big, bad wolf?

When I saw Paul Williams overwhelm Sharmba Mitchell in August of 2006, I knew I was watching someone special. I did not plan on writing about that fight, but Williams’ performance launched me to the keyboard. In that fight report, which appeared on, I took the liberty of editorializing a tad. I wrote, “Williams made a claim for the future best pound for pound titleholder, as he dazzled Mitchell with an impressive array of straight left hands and right hooks. “ Most observers probably thought I was crazy, especially since I am not a proficient prognosticator, but Williams clearly showed me something extraordinary. continue

“Ding-a-Ling Man” Calling Out Cruiser Champs

16.07.07 - Dino Duva co-promoter, along with Sal Musemeci’s Final Forum, of red-hot cruiserweight destroyer Darnell “Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (22-5-3, 19 KOs), says he is getting in touch with all the cruiserweight world champions to arrange a shot against one of them for his wildly popular fighter. “He’s coming off the knockout of the year over Emanuel Nwodo. Before that he knocked out Daniel Judah, Dale Brown and Kelvin Davis in sensational consecutive fights. The Ding-a-Ling Man is a legitimate star in boxing and he has earned a title shot. He’s one of the most exciting fighters in the entire sport!. continue

Dat Nguyen Makes TV Debut This Wednesday on ESPN2

Undefeated, Buddy McGirt trained featherweight prospect, Dat "Dat Be Dat" Nguyen (10-0, 6 KOs) makes his much-anticipated national television debut Wednesday night on ESPN2, when he takes on his most formidable opponent to date in fellow stablemate Castulo Gonzalez (9-2, 3 KOs), from The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. continue

Richard Hall: Antonio Tarver Is A Joke

antonio tarver16.07.07 - By Knockout Publicity: WEST PALM BEACH, FL-The paying consumer deserves to get their money’s worth. Give us warriors, men who persevere through adversity, throwback pugilists with brazen hearts equipped for battle. Richard “The Destroyer” Hall meets those criteria. In a lackluster boxing division void of entertaining stars, Hall looks to shake up the light heavyweights with his balls-out wanton and fan-friendly banging style. That is, if the opposition is up to the challenge.

Richard Hall comes to fight, a fact that stirs up apprehension in most 175 pounders. “I’m still hungry like the day I started boxing. At the same time, I’m disappointed. Nobody wants to step up to the plate and go to war. This is my dream. I love boxing.” continue

Pawel Wolak crushes another one! Impressive knockout thrills Atlantic City crowd

16.07.07 - By Mike Indri: Retired Boxers Foundation - While Arturo Gatti's decisive loss Saturday night essentially ended the career of a revered and beloved New Jersey boxing legend, Polish-born Pawel Wolak's promising career continues to rise at a meteoric pace. continue

Jirov vs. Craven: Chief Second Ron Lipton

16.07.07 - By Ron Lipton: Ken Craven who had a 200lb contract with Jirov unofficially weighed in with me and Bill Calogero across the street from the 4 Bears Casino Lodge in North Dakota at a clinic scale. He weighed 209. He had to weigh in at 7PM and dropped 11lbs in a matter of hours drying out and running. I only was able to train him for a week before the fight and he had to go home to Louisiana. I met him in North Dakota and he came in too heavy. He made 198 which is beyond amazing. continue

Random thoughts in the Boxing News: John Duddy, Roy Jones, Paul Williams Win Important Battles! And More!

roy jones jr.16.07.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: * It was sad watching Arturo Gatti on the receiving end of yet another brutal beating. It just goes to show that there are only so many wars one body can handle. Gatti is clearly long-past his sell-by date. Thank you for all the memories, Arturo. Please hang ’em up for good and please do not attempt anymore ill-advised comebacks.

* Former great Roy Jones Junior and rising middleweight contender John Duddy both won their respective bouts this past Saturday night. Both of these fights were aired on separate pay-per-view broadcasts on the same day HBO had a free fight card featuring superior bouts. It will be interesting to compare these numbers when the final tallies are released. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to discover Duddy’s bout outsold Jones’s. continue

Kevin Johnson vs. Damian Wills Set for a Crossroads Collision Aug. 3

July 16, 2007 (New York) –Star Boxing in association with the Atlanta KO Kings is proud to announce that on August 3rd world-rated Heavyweight contender Kevin “The Great American Hope” Johnson (15-0-1, 6KO’s) will clash with Damian “Bolo” Wills (22-1-1, 16KO’s) in a 10-round special attraction at the Far West Rodeo in Doraville, Georgia. This event will also be televised on SHOWTIME’S popular boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation. continue

Schmeling-Sharkey: Fight for The 1930 heavyweight Title

16.07.07 - By Sam Gregory: When Gene Tunney retired in 1928, he vacated the heavyweight title. Jack Sharkey, Young Stribling, Johnny Risko and Max Schmeling were all in line to fight for the vacated title. The New York Boxing Commission and the National Boxing Association ordered an elimination bout for the title and promoter Tex Rickard was the man to set the wheels in motion. continue

My Ten Least Exciting Fighters Alphabetically Listed

zahir raheem16.07.07 - By Ted Sares: The test I use is to ask myself: “If I know one of these fighters in on TV tonight, will I go out of my way to watch him.” Of course, if there is likelihood that their opponent might knock him out, that could change things.

Henry Akinwande: This Londoner by way of Nigeria is no Sam Peter. He hugs and holds, and is painful to watch. .Recent loss to Oleg Platov warrants Hall of Shame consideration. DQ against Lewis was legendary.

Shannon Briggs: Non-stop action during the prefight conferences, but once the fight starts; he becomes a gasping and flexing mummy. Lately, he has been awful to watch. It’s almost as painful as hearing his excuses. continue

Walker To Face 2000 Olympian On Live Pay-Per-View Card August 4

ROSEMENT, ILL. - Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. today announced the addition of true undefeated middleweight prospect Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker (15-0-1, 9 KOs) of Chicago to the already action packed “War For 4” card, a pay-per-view broadcast live from the Allstate Arena August. 4. continue

Road For Miguel Cotto: 'Paths Are Many, Destination Is One'

miguel cotto16.07.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Saturday night's highly anticipated matchup solidified the position of two young guns in boxing's 'Battalion of Young Stallions' - the welterweight division. It was a forgone conclusion, even prior to the fight, that Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto (30-0,25KO's) would be fighting Antonio Margarito (34-5, 24KO's) after his showdown with the lanky Paul Williams (33-0, 24KO's). Or so we thought.

Although Paul Williams came in as the underdog, it didn't take long for the packed house in attendance or the viewers at home to see that this 'up and comer' is more than adequate to get the job done for a long time. continue

La Sensación” set for Bernard Dunne

Brian Peters Promotions in association with Denis Hobson and Team Magee are delighted to confirm the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point, Dublin on Saturday, August 25th. Headlining the event will be the European Super Bantamweight title fight between champion Bernard Dunne and mandatory challenger Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez. continue

Paul Williams And Kermit Cintron - Two More Shining Lights Atop Boxing's Most Talent-Laden Division

paul williams16.07.07 - By James Slater: The welterweight division is extremely hot at the moment - with super exciting fighters like Miguel Cotto, Zab Judah and "Sugar" Shane Mosley all battling for 147 pound supremacy below the admittedly less than explosive but still far from boring (in my opinion, anyway) "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather. On Saturday night, however, in fights held on opposite coasts of America, an additional two fighters put on career best performances that put them right up there with the very best at 147. Both Kermit "The Killer" Cintron and Paul "The Punisher" Williams boxed in world title fights and came away with great victories.

From Cintron, who was fighting in New Jersey and defending his IBF title for the first time, we saw a devastating KO over the tough Argentine Walter Matthysse. continue

Thaxton: I’d KO Amir Khan

British lightweight champion Jon Thaxton has re-iterated his long-standing challenge to Amir Khan to meet him in what would now be an old-school showdown for two traditional titles following Khan’s win over Willie Limmond on Saturday night. The Olympic Silver Medallist captured the Commonwealth Crown when former holder Limmond failed to emerge for the ninth round at the O2 Arena in Docklands, but only after climbing off the canvas and surviving some torrid moments of his own in the sixth. continue

Roy Jones Jr. Decisions Hanshaw!

roy jones jr.16.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KOs) reached back for some of his old magic to pull out a unanimous decision win over previously unbeaten Anthony Hanshaw (21-1-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 117-110 and 118-109, in favor of Jones. However, it appeared that Jones actually lost the fight by at least two rounds on my scorecard.

At worse, I would call it a draw, but then that would be stretching it a lot. Jones looked nothing like his former self, throwing very few punches, mostly laying against the ropes and taking a massive amount of shots. continue

Barry Boy Michael Interview

15.07.07 - By Tony Pritchard – Nobbs: Barry Michael Sweetenham was born in Watford, England on June 2, 1955. He migrated with his family to Melbourne as a toddler and from humble beginnings, growing up in Commission housing in Williamstown, a suburb of Melbourne, developing a true grit and hunger that saw him become one of Australian boxing's great fighters of the 70's and 80's. Winning the IBF junior lightweight world championship in 1985 he embodied Australian pride in rings around the world for over a decade. continue

Sharkie's Machine: Thoughts on Roy Jones Jr.

roy jones jr.By Frank Gonzalez Jr. July 15th, 2007 - Its not that surprising that nobody cared much about the return of Roy Jones Jr. (51-4-0, 38 KO’s) and his fight against Anthony Hanshaw (21-1-1, 14 KO’s) that aired on PPV Saturday night, the same night HBO delighted fans with a -triple header of exciting and defining match ups.

I read a few articles about Jones vs. Hanshaw on the only real place for boxing news—the Internet. What really closed the door of interest about the Jones fight Saturday was that it was on Pay-Per-View. Why on Earth would anyone pay to see Roy Jones Jr. in a potentially boring fight, when they could catch three great fights for the price of subscription to HBO on cable TV? continue

Goodbye To Gatti - Again

15.07.07 - By Jim Amato: Arturo is probably my favorite boxer active today. What tremendous fights he has given boxing fans. The trilogy with Mickey Ward and his wars with Wilson Rodriguez and Gabe Ruelas, etc. He is a warrior in every sense of the word. As much as I like Arturo, I feel he has without a doubt reached the end of the line after being defeated by Alfonso Gomez. This was a fight that Arturo was not supposed to lose. Gatti could expect a tough fight but he was expected to go out a winner. continue

Cintron destroys Matthysse, Gomez retires Gatti and for Margarito, 8 times is not a charm

arturo gatti(A delirious-looking Arturo Gatti, pictured here shortly after being knocked out in the 7th round by Alfonso Gomez) 15.07.07 - By Mike Cassell: Kermit Cintron (28–1, 26 KO’s) vindicated himself on the boardwalk in Atlantic City against a very tough Walter Matthysse (26–2, 25 KO’s). Cintron destroyed Matthysse 29 seconds into the second round and retained his IBF welterweight crown.

Cintron just looked bigger, stronger and he looked like a more mature fighter, under the wings of Manny Stewart. Cintron has slipped slightly after his loss to Antonio Maragito, but showed he is a very talented young fighter. Cintron’s discipline, and pin point punches made a statement to the rest if the division. After the fight, he asked called out Shane Mosely. Hey Kermit, how about calling out Cotto? continue

Duddy stops Furlan in 10th round TKO

john duddy16.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Middleweight prospect John Duddy (21-0, 17 KOs) put on an exciting performance on Saturday night, stopping Italian Alessio Furlan (19-9-5, 8 KOs) in the 10th round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the National Stadium, in Dublin, Ireland. Duddy, 28, making his first appearance fighting in Ireland, knocked Furlan down in the first round with two powerful left hooks.

However, Duddy was unable to finish then job. The fight then turned into jab and hook clinic by Duddy, as he controlled the action for the next nine rounds. In the 10th round, Duddy knocked Furlan down twice, causing the referee to put a stop to the bout. continue

Henry Crawford continues his winning ways!

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - July 15, 2007: Atlantic City, NJ - It took talented Henry Crawford just thirty five seconds to dispose of lightly regarded Fort Smith, Arkansas native Josh Hammock, on the non-televised portion of the Arturo Gatti-Alfonso Gomez undercard Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. continue

Tony Thompson destroys Krasniqi in 5th round TKO!

tony thompson16.07.07 - By Gary Jones: WBO # 4-ranked heavyweight Tony Thompson (30-1, 18 KOs) completely dominated German-based heavyweight Luan Krasniqi (30-3-1, 14 KOs), winning a 5th round TKO in a WBO eliminator match on Saturday night at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Thompson, 35, now the WBO mandatory heavyweight challenger for the winner of Ruslan Chagaev-Sultan Ibragimov bout, was simply too fast and much too busy for the 36-year old Krasniqi, who had problems handling the massive punch volume that Thompson, a southpaw, was putting out over the course of the five rounds. continue

Dimitrenko stops Tann in 5th round TKO!

alexander dimitrenko16.07.07 - By Fritz Drexel: Undefeated heavyweight Alexander "Sascha" Dimitrenko (26-0, 16 KOs) easily stopped Malcom "The Showstopper" Tann (23-4, 12 KOs) in a 5th round TKO on Saturday night at the Color Line Arena, in Hamburg, Germany.

It took a couple of rounds for the 6'7" Dimitrenko to get untracked, but once he started opening up with combinations, Tann was reduced to that of a punching bag status. In the fifth round, Dimitrenko landed a flurry of unanswered punches, causing the referee to step and halt the bout when he saw that Tann was helpless against the ropes. continue

Lying In The Bed You Make: What’s Next For Antonio Margarito?

antonio margarito15.07.07 - By Taj Eubanks: Last night’s HBO offering was stacked from top to bottom with a little bit of everything: a young knock-out artist seeking to repair a tarnished reputation (Kermit “The Killer” Cintron), the legendary veteran seeking to muster one last riveting performance (Arturo “Thunder” Gatti), and the (reputedly) most-feared man in boxing defending his crown against the explosive, undefeated challenger (Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito and Paul “The Punisher” Williams). While all the fights were wonderful to watch and satisfied our thirst for action, the final event of the night was the center of the boxing world’s attention.

For in this fight lay far-reaching implications for the future of the welterweight ranks, boxing’s new (and true) glamour division. Would the rugged, volume-punching Margarito put on a dazzling performance, showing us why (seemingly) no one has wanted to fight him and why some (who shall remain nameless) even turned down eight million dollars to fight him? continue

Late results from Morongo Casino

15.07.07 - Bantamweight Michael Franco (8-0, 6 KO’s) defeated Manuel Sarabia by unanimous decision in the main event at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California on Friday’s “Battles in the Warzone”. Sarabia (15-19-8, 10 KO’s) came in as a forty fight veteran and was a solid test for Franco. continue

Can Steve Molitor Lead a Boxing Boom in Ontario?

molitor15.07.07 - By Paul McCreath: In recent years boxing has not exactly been thriving in the Province of Ontario, Canada. Unlike its neighboring Province of Quebec where especially in Montreal there is a real boom underway, boxing has been in the doldrums for years in Ontario. There are few active fighters and usually only about two or three cards promoted each year.

One of the problems has been the requirement that anyone doing business with any of the province's casinos was required to have a provincial gaming license. Since casinos are normally the main boxing centers around the rest of North America and no promoter had the required license in Ontario, the best potential sites to hold boxing cards were not available. continue

Mayfield, Saleem and Perez top Lion Heart’s “Brick City Battles”

July 15, 2007-Newark, NJ-Lion Heart Boxing Productions is putting together an ambitious, eclectic ledger of bouts, as professional boxing makes its triumphant return to the "Brick City" a.k.a. Newark, NJ, on Thursday night July 19 at the luxurious Robert Treat Hotel. Lion Heart expects a ten-bout card featuring heavyweights through lightweights. continue

Sharkies Machine HBO's Triple Header- Cintron Destroys Matthysse; Gomez stops Gatti, Williams Decisions Margarito

kermit cintron(Kermit Cintron, on left, seen here moments after knocking down challenger Walter Mattysse in the 2nd round) By Frank Gonzalez Jr. July 14th, 2007 - Saturday night in Atlantic City, fan favorite and ripened legendary warrior, Arturo Gatti (40-9-0, 31 KO’s) came to the end point of his exciting career. His opponent, 26 year-old Alphonso Gomez (17-3, 8 KO’s), systematically picked him apart with aggression, jabbing and combination punching that proved more than Gatti (at 35 years old) could handle.

With Mickey Ward in his corner as a trainer, it was a feel good situation that concluded in disaster. Not on account of Ward’s instructions but because Gatti simply could not keep up with Gomez, who always beat him to the punch and was able to take what few punches Gatti managed to land during the course of seven rounds. continue

Williams Defeats Margarito to Win WBO Title; Arreolla Stops Berry in 1st round KO!

paul williamsCARSON, Calif. (July 14, 2007) – No. 1 contender Paul Williams captured the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous decision over champion Antonio Margarito before a sold-out crowd of 8,023 Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The event was presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and televised on HBO “World Championship Boxing.”

In other action, Cristobal Arreolla and Andre Ward remained perfect with TKO victories. Arreola destroyed Derek Berry in less than one minute of the first round, while Ward recorded a third-round stoppage of Francisco Diaz. Ricardo Cortes opened the evening by earning a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Spearman. After Williams dominated the initial six rounds of the action-packed affair by putting on a virtual clinic of jabbing, moving and outworking the popular Margarito (34-5, 1 NC, 24 KOs), the champion rallied in the late rounds to plead his case. continue

Gatti-Gomez: The Prediction and the Outcome

arturo gatti14.07.07 - By Ted Sares:

The Prediction:

I hate it when two of my favorites fight each other and that’s just what’s going to happen later this summer when fading Arturo Gatti meets up-and-coming Alfonso Gomez. My heart says “Gatti” but my brain is telling me something else. Let’s take a closer look.


Alfonso Gomez, 16-3 -2 with 7 ko's had an impressive 80-10 amateur record. He went professional in 2001 and fought Ishe Smith in just his second fight and then met tough Jesse Feliciano in his fourth. continue

Jirov’s back in cruiserweight mix

NEW TOWN, North Dakota (July 14, 2007) – Returning to his trademark aggressive, body attack style, Vassiliy Jirov (37-3-1, 30 KOs) positioned himself in the cruiserweight division with a second-round TKO win against veteran Kenny “The Raven” Craven last night (Saturday, July 14) at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. continue

Gomez destroys Gatti in 7th round TKO!

arturo gatti14.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Tonight the career of one of the most popular and exciting fighters of the not too distant past may have come to an end. Though it is difficult to say for sure whether Arturo Gatti (40-0, 31 KOs) will return to the ring, and knowing him he may well, it is clear that a defeat of this nature to an opponent of this nature, like Alfonso Gomez (17-3-2, 8 KOs), puts an exclamation point on the the 35-year-old Gatti's career, stopping him in the 7th round of a one-sided fight.

Arturo had brief moments of his young and fleeting boxing glory, but they were few and far between and generously interspersed with moments of him being a shot fighter. continue

British Boxing Results: Review of events at the O2 Arena

michael sprott14.07.07 - By Andy Olsen: Now that was some night of boxing. The old adage “styles make fights” holds true today. In the three major contests, from the Frank Warren show, we saw two superb fights, with good technical work and all out brawling evident. Skelton v Sprott redefined horrendous, but I’ll come to that later.

As I stated in the preview, the action began at 8PM. We were witness to an intriguing contest, yet the fact remained that beating Steve Luevano was just too big a task for home town favourite Nicky Cook. Traffic problems around the arena led to many of Cooks’ fans missing the fighter’s entrances to the ring. Speaking of the entrance, I would love to know what went through Luevano’s mind when the less than intimidating lyrics to “I’m forever blowing bubbles” rang out over the Speakers. continue

Amir Khan-Willie Limond - Khan Knocked Down And Hurt bad, Rallies To get TKO Win

amir khan14.07.07 - By James Slater: There were serious alarm bells for twenty year old super prospect Amir Khan in London tonight. Taking on the experienced Scotsman Willie Limond for the twenty-eight year old's Commonwealth lightweight title, the Olympic silver medallist was knocked down and was badly hurt, perhaps even close to being stopped, in the sixth round of a great fight. Khan showed heart and resolve by getting up from his first genuine trip to the canvas, dropping the tough Limond in the following round. Some answers were given in tonight's fight, yet even more were asked.

Can Khan hold a big shot? He said his win proved he could, yet it must be remembered that Willie is no huge puncher - having only eight KO's from his twenty-eight wins (One loss). continue

Tony Thompson Stops Luan Krasniqi

tony thompsonBy Per Ake Persson: July 14, Hamburg, Germany: American heavy Tony Thompson stopped German Luan Krasniqi in five one-sided rounds in the headliner of Universum´s big show at a sold out Color Line Arena. Krasniqi took a steady beating from the beginning, had lost all four completed rounds and while not knocked down referee Mark Nelson stopped it at 2.39 of the fifth. There were no protests but the crowd bood both the stoppage and Krasniqi´s lethargic performance. It was as if he had no clue in how to get through Thompson´s long reach and tricky southpaw style.

Thompson scored with his left hand almost at will and wobbled Krasnigi in the first. At the end of the fourth both the doctor and referee checked the German in his corner and told him it would be stopped if he didn´t get going. Krasniqi did better in the fifth but was then hurt by hooks to the body, backed into the ropes and it was stopped. continue

Quick Q And A With Manchester's Michael Gomez

14.07.07 - By James Slater: Last night, at the Leva Kirakosyan-Carl Johanneson rematch in Barnsley, North Yorkshire, I was seated next to former British and WBU super-featherweight champion, Michael Gomez. Gomez, now aged thirty, was extremely lively and animated as the main event took place. Telling me that he is scheduled to face the winner, the Manchester tough guy who holds wins over the likes of Alex Arthur, Craig Docherty and, of course, last night's eventual victor in Kirakosyan, informed me how he would beat either man. Here is what Gomez had to say both before and after last night's European super-featherweight clash. continue

The British leg of the Boxing Marathon: Skelton vs Sprott, Khan vs Limond

14.07.07 - By Andy Olsen: Fight fans in Britain can enjoy as much as 9 hours worth of fight action on our screens tonight. Stateside main events, Gatti-Gomez and Margarito-Williams, are both to be shown on Sky Sports. Before this however, there is a decent enough card shown on ITV, emanating from the brand new O2 Arena in London. Later than I’d planned, I thought I’d offer a brief preview. The Sports Network promotion begins on ITV4 at 8PM our time.

Amir Kahn tops the bill, aiming to relieve Willie Limond of his Commonwealth lightweight crown. There is also a heavyweight contest between Michael Sprott and Matt Skelton, with a potentially huge opportunity going to the winner. In addition to this, Nicky Cook gets his long awaited shot at the WBO featherweight title. continue

Mijares Punishes Kikui; What’s Next For Cristian?

mijares14.07.07 - by Nick Mathur: Tonight, WBC Super Flyweight champion Cristian Mijares schooled game challenger Teppei Kikui at Gomez Palacio, Mexico en route to a tenth round stoppage victory. Mijares thrilled the 12,000 people in attendance by winning every round, and accumulating enough damage on his opponent in the process until the referee humanely chose to call an end to the fight.

Although Kikui was not regarded as a dangerous opponent for Mijares, Cristian was able to showcase his skills tonight in front of his adoring hometown fans. He demonstrated a complete arsenal of punches: a great jab, a fast southpaw left hand, and effective uppercuts with both hands. continue

Pittman Dominates Gonzales

13.07.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Unbeaten Australian Jamie “Mr business” Pittman improved to 14-0, 6 KO's) by dominating Filipino veteran Nonoy Gonzales (22-20-2,12 KO's) to take the WBA-PABA and vacant WBO Asia Pacific middleweight boxing titles last night at the Crowne Plaza in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast. continue

Margarito-Williams Bout Sheet, Weights & Weigh-In Photo

paul williams13.07.07 - Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions - In what amounts to a pick ’em fight, WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will defend against unbeaten, No. 1 ranked Paul Williams tomorrow, Saturday, July 14, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

The scheduled 12-round bout between Margarito (34-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs) and Williams (32-0, 24 KOs) is the main event of a terrific fight card Saturday presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions.

“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,’’ the event’s promoter, Dan Goossen, said. continue

Green demolishes Woods in 1st round KO!

allan green13.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Super middleweight Allan Green (24-1, 17 KOs) had little trouble tonight, destroying Darrell Woods (26-11, 18 KOs) in a 1st round KO on Friday night at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Green, 27, wasted little time in restoring his tarnished image, as he knocked Woods down with a big right hand shot in the first half minute of the fight. As soon as Woods got to his feet, Green was immediately upon him, landing a flurry of vicious combinations.

Woods, badly hurt and trying to clear his head, grabbed a hold of Green to buy some time. However, as soon as the referee separated them, Green was on him again, throwing lighting fast shots, mostly to the head as Woods futilely attempted to cover up on the ropes. continue

Pryor-Arguello and the Sandinistas

aaron pryor14.07.07 - By Jonny Oakley: All’s fair in love and war, so the saying goes, and Alexis Arguello must have thought he was going to war when he fought Aaron Pryor for the first time in November 1982, because he brought with him a small army to the Miami Orange Bowl and with generalship of his battlefield, the square ring, he was their commandant.

Arguello’s rise to prominence had been long and arduous, and like so many of boxing’s true greats the interference of politics always presented him with his own personal struggles and a symbolic struggle for his followers. Political turmoil arrived at the peak of Arguello’s powers to add fuel to a smoldering fire, to provide the backdraft to an oxygen starved career, and provide it with a war all of its own. continue

Is Roy Jones Jr. Making a Mistake in Fighting Hanshaw?

hanshaw14.07.07 - By Ron Hansen: Boxing great Roy Jones Jr. (50-4, 38 KOs) will take on Anthony Hanshaw (21-0-1, 14 KOs) tonight at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, in Biloxi, Mississippi. Though he was obviously picked because Jones thought he was a soft opponent, Hanshaw may actually turn out to be more than what the 38-year-old Jones expected, especially with Jones' history of knockouts in recent years.

It's been a year since Jones last fought, beating Prince Badi Ajamu last July. However, in choosing Hanshaw, 29, a fighter with an excellent jab, and combined with good power with both hands, I see another possible knockout loss for Jones. continue

McCall’s managers Lee Holliday, & Frank McCall: “We want Peter, and with us money is not an obstacle!”

oliver mccall13.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: With Oleg Maskaev and his promoter Dennis Rappaport looking to avoid fighting Samuel Peter, citing money, and God knows what else, the question is who will step up to the plate and get it on with Sam Peter for the interim belt? The WBC looks about ready to announce an interim bout, and while their credibility is already on life support with champion on top of champion being created without actually fighting, the promises they are making and the rankings they are faking, won’t bring them back from critical into somewhat stable condition.

When Oliver McCall beat Sinan Samil Sam in Turkey, he was promised a title shot and the #2 spot by none other then, the president of the WBC, Jose Suliman. continue

World Boxing Council To Order Interim Heavyweight World Championship

The promoter of WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Oleg Maskaev of Russia, has indicated it believes that it should be awarded the promotional rights to his upcoming fight against mandatory challenger Samuel Peter of Nigeria, which would render bout contracts presented by Don King Productions invalid. continue

Gomez-Gatti: Does Arturo Have Enough Left to Get Past Alfonso?

arturo gatti13.07.07 - By Gary Jones: Arturo Gatti (40-8, 31 KOs) makes his ring return on Saturday night when he takes on The Contender series star Alfonso Gomez (16-3-2, 7 KOs) at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight isn’t for a title, but rather more like a tune-up for Gatti, who plans on taking on rising star Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. later in the year, in November.

Other than his “Contender” appeal, Gomez, 26, seems to have mainly been selected because he’s a slower, plodder-type fighter, the kind that Gatti has traditionally done well against. However, at this stage of his career nothing is a given for Gatti, 35, whom is starting to show his age and has badly lost two out of his last three bouts. continue

Kirakosyan destroys Johanneson in 4th round KO!

Carl Johanneson13.07.07 - By Tim Neilson: European Super featherweight champion Leva Kirakosyan (26-4, 17 KOs) tore British challenger Carl Johanneson (28-3, 18 KOs) apart, knocking him down four times en route to a 4th round knockout in their revenge bout tonight at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England. Johannseson was down once in the 2nd, twice in the 3rd and another time in the 4th.

Johannseson, 28, the British Super featherweight champion, was no match for Kirakosyan’s superior power, just was the case in their first fight in December 2004, at which time Kirakosyan flatted Johanneson in the 1st round. This time, however, Johanneson lasted a little longer, but proved that his fighting strategy against Kirokosyan hadn’t improved much in the past three years. continue

Vintage KO Sends Donaire Looking For More World Titles

nonito donaireSan Leandro, CALIF. (July 13, 2007) -- Newly-minted IBF/IBO flyweight champion NONITO "THE FILIPINO FLASH" DONAIRE is still celebrating the biggest victory of his career, six days after uncorking a vintage left hook that knocked out the previously undefeated and seemingly invincible defending champion Vic Darchinyan at 1:38 of round five. The world title fight was broadcast nationally on SHOWTIME.

"I'm calling that punch "Pinoy Noir" because of its silky smooth delivery and powerful finish," said Donaire. "I'll tell you one thing, "Pinoy Noir" goes with everything and complements a wide range of fighters, especially the ones who have title belts around their waists!" continue

Duddy V Furlan: Weign In Details & Quotes

13.07.07 - Quotes - John Duddy: "I’m hoping people are going to see a lot of power and speed and my fights usually have plenty of blood, sweat and tears as well but hopefully not my blood or my tears. I think outside the ring the atmosphere will be pretty hot and I’m sure the crowd will enjoy it but it will be pretty hot inside the ring as well and I’m looking forward to a great victory." continue

Glen Johnson: The Road Warrior Comes Home

HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 12 – Former world light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson is used to traveling into his opponents’ backyards to display the skills that have earned him a reputation as one of the top 175-pound fighters of this era. continue

Shawn Hawk Fights July 14

Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ undefeated prospect Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk appears in a six-round heavyweight bout July 14 in New Town, N.D. Hawk, who has a record of 14-0-1 with 12 knockouts, is scheduled to meet Bo Skipper of Laurel, Mass., who lists a mark of 11-4-2 with seven knockouts. continue

Paul Williams-Antonio Margarito: Final Press Conference Quotes

williams-margarito 13.07.07 - Photos by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions-- On Saturday, July 14, 2007, in the outdoor tennis stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., undefeated and World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 1 welterweight contender Paul “The Punisher” Williams (32-0, 24 KOs) looks to commemorate the holiday of Bastille Day by ending another reign of terror – that of WBO Welterweight Champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (34-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs).

Cristobal Arreola (20-0, 18 KOs), of Riverside, Calif., via East Los Angeles, will take on Derek Berry (12-8-1, five KOs), of Rialto, Calif., while Ward (12-0, 7 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will face Francisco Diaz (16-1, eight KOs), of Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Billed as “Pride N’ Punishment,” the long-awaited, highly anticipated 12-round confrontation between arguably the hardest-punching, most bitter rivals in the 147-pound division is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and will be televised on HBO “World Championship Boxing.. continue

HBO Boxing To Replay Tarver vs Hopkins and Taylor vs Wright

July 13th, 2007- Leading up to the light heavyweight fight between Bernard Hopkins and Winky Wright --- set for Saturday, July 21st at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, to be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View --- HBO Sports will present the exclusive back-to-back replay of two hard-hitting fights showcasing both athletes’ remarkable talents. continue

Interview with Antonio Margarito

antonio margarito12.07.07 - By Brad Marchetti: Tony Margarito can flat out fight. Some guys have flashy handspeed. Others dazzle with fancy footwork. There are the punchers who can end a match in the blink of an eye. But some guys can just flat out fight. Mexican Tony Margarito is one of those guys. He doesn’t do anything particularly special. He just comes forward and throws hard straight shots tucked behind a great chin until the other guy just mentally crumbles under his savage pressure. Ironically Margarito really doesn’t look like a fighter.

When I met him at Thump Boxing gym in Miami for a promotional photo shoot for Gatorade, nobody really knew who he was or even had a clue that he was the W.B.O Welterweight Champion. continue

Fres Oquendo Returns Against Elieser Castillo

Elite Promotions in association with DeCubas Inc. has put together another exciting night of championship boxing. On July 20th, ESPN Friday night Fights, fight fans will be in store for one of the best matched heavyweight fights ever to take place in Florida. The electricity surrounding this fight have heated up as Elieser Castillo 29-5-2 and Fres Oquendo 27-4 face off for the WBO Latin American Heavyweight Title. continue

All Or Nothing For Carl Johanneson

13.07.07 - Nothing has been easy in the career of British super featherweight champion Carl Johanneson, who first joined the professional ranks just over seven years ago in the small American town of Baysboro, North Carolina. Although the 28 year old challenges European champion Leva Kirakosyan tonight on a Frank Maloney promotion at the Metrodome in Barnsely, England, Johanneson has fought an uphill battle all the way to reach this high point. continue

Gatti Will Bring The Thunder Against Gomez

arturo gatti12.07.07 - by Nick Mathur: On Saturday, July 14th, Arturo Gatti will take on Alfonso Gomez at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Gatti, often referred to as “the human highlight reel,” will look to thrill his huge following one more time, as a win against Gomez will likely position him for a fight against one of the many noteworthy names in the talent-rich welterweight division.

Gomez, who will do his best to upset these plans, is a young man who has gained public recognition and a modest level of popularity after appearing on the first season of The Contender. continue

Winky Wright Conference Call

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, PRESIDENT, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: Thank you. Thank you, Kelly. Thank you very much all the media for participating on this call with Winky Wright. As you know, he will be facing Bernard Hopkins July 21 at the Mandalay Bay, which will be – which will be a very, very intriguing card (ph), not just the main event that we all know will be exciting, but the three televised fights will give you lots of entertainment starting with a 12-round WBO internal lightweight championship. continue

Bernard Hopkins Conference Call

KELLY SWANSON, HOST: OK, thank you very much, operator, and thanks everybody for joining us today on the Bernard Hopkins conference call. Just to go over some details, the Hopkins Wright “Coming to Fight” is July 21st, it’s Saturday, July 21st, at the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue

Roy Jones Jr: "This is going to be pain and torture for Hanshaw"

roy jones jr.12.07.07 - BOXING LEGEND ROY JONES JR.: (Arrived one hour, 45 minutes late for the press conference at the IP Casino-Resort-Spa) "I am dishing out torture Saturday night. Can you all say "and still"? I will not touch Hanshaw until Saturday night. I wil tear his ass up! They (Hanshaw camp) are professionals and so is my camp. I am getting ready to go! The games are over Saturday night and the tourture chambers opens up. This ain't gonna be like Mayweather-De La Hoya with all that talking and, when the bell rang, northing happened. This is going to be pain and torture for Hanshaw!"

UNDEFEATED TONY HANSHAW: "(Referring to Jones being so tardy) I was about to fall asleep up here. I have worked too hard for this. This is my whole life! I am ready to rock and roll. On Saturday night, I will put Roy Jones' old ass on the canvas. continue

Wright/Hopkins Undercard: Katsidis, Larios and Linaris

12.07.07 - The "Coming To Fight" undercard combatants are clenching their fists in anticipation of their bouts on this summer's action-packed night of boxing that will crown three world champions including the winner of the Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Winky Wright, Saturday, July 21 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Margarito A Slight Favorite To Defeat Williams This Saturday

margaritoLOS ANGELES (July 12, 2007) – In what amounts to a pick ’em fight, Las Vegas sports books list World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion Antonio Margarito as slightly more than a 6/5 favorite to defeat unbeaten, No. 1 ranked Paul Williams this Saturday, July 14, at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

Margarito is a minus 125 favorite in some desert community sports books, meaning if you like the defending champion, you bet $125 to win $100. If you think Williams will triumph, you bet $100 to win $105.

Margarito (34-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs) risks his WBO belt against Williams (32-0, 24 KOs) in the main event of a stellar fight card Saturday presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. continue

Ibragimov/Chagaev Lands In Moscows Khodynka Arena

HOLLYWOOD, FL, July 12 – On Saturday, October 13th, World Heavyweight Champions Sultan Ibragimov and Ruslan Chagaev will not only achieve their dream of unifying the heavyweight crown, they will get to do it in front of an expected crowd of over 14,000 at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia.It’s an arena worthy of such a historic event, and one that will truly settle the question of who the best heavyweight in the world today is. continue

Lamon Brewster speaks on Wladimir Klitschko Fight

lamon brewsterBy Knockout Publicity - "Relentless" Lamon Brewster, 33-4 (29 KO), is currently at home in Indiana resting up following his unsuccessful attempt to repeat his knockout ways over IBF Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. For the first time, he speaks on trainer Buddy McGirt's decision to stop the fight in the sixth round and his future plans.

"I didn't think that being off for 15 months would affect me," says Brewster. "The first time I fought him, I was off for 13 months. The difference is that last time I was in the gym training. Coming off of the eye injury, it was difficult because I couldn't train. I was rusty, even though I had a good training camp.. continue

Calzaghe vs Kessler: Tickets On Sale Now

It's the fight that the world has waited for...Joe Calzaghe v Mikkel Kessler is on! Tickets are now on sale for the biggest boxing show ever staged in Britain on Saturday 3rd November at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Call See Tickets now on 0870 060 3794 or visit and

Joel Julio Stops Bundrage in 8th round TKO!

joel julio12.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Junior middleweight prospect Joel Julio (32-1, 30 KOs) beat former star from “The Contender” reality TV show, Cornelius Bundrage (26-3, 15 KOs), stopping him in the 8th round on Wednesday night at the Kodak Theater, in Los Angeles, California. Bundrage was hopelessly outclassed from the start, and it appeared only a matter of time before he was knocked out by Julio. In the 3rd round, Julio dropped Bundrage to the canvas, and then again in the 8th round, prompting the referee to stop the bout shortly thereafter as Bundrage took repeated punishment against the ropes.

Julio, 22, known for his awesome power, came out strong in the first round, throwing every punch with knockout intentions. It was immediately clear that Julio was much more skilled than Bundrage, proving to have faster hands, more power and the ability to throw combinations in bunches. Several times during the initial round, Julio unleashed a series of unanswered blows, driving Bundrage back each time to the ropes, where he mostly pawed with his jab in hopes of driving Julio back. continue

Paulie Malignaggi Previews Cintron-Matthysse, Williams-Margarito, Gatti-Gomez and more

malignaggi12.07.07 - By Christopher Roche: Part 2 of my candid interview with the new World Champion -- If you watched Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi's post-fight interview, after his victory over Lovemore N'Dou, you would have seen his accurate prediction Ricky Hatton vs. Jose Luis Castillo. Many boxing fans had a hard time calling that bout, and the writer's survey I participated in was evenly split between Hatton and Castillo. However, Malignaggi correctly called the fight for Hatton, and he actually gave Castillo no chance. I listened to Malignaggi when writing up my pick, and I finally called one correctly.

Malignaggi's explained that his method in breaking down fights is simple and logical: leave your biases at the door and look at the matchups. Malignaggi told me over the phone, "I do not have a biased opinion. I take performances in the ring and analyze them and put matchups together.. continue

Mickey Ward, Wahlberg and Labor Unions Team Up In Fight For Children

12.07.07 - Legendary boxing warrior "Irish" Micky Ward has joined forces with celebrity actor Mark Wahlberg and Labor leaders throughout the country, to support and assist inner-city children in making their dreams become a reality. continue

Melee At Vargas-Mayorga Presser In LA

Don King from Don King Productions and Kathy Duva from Main Events formally announced the showdown between two-time world champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga in the Chick Hearn Press Room at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles today.

The room was packed with media, and all went well until the trash-talking Mayorga approached the podium and Vargas immediately removed his sunglasses. Vargas initially maintained his composure while Mayorga repeatedly referred to him as “fatty” as well as other terms not normally deemed acceptable in public company. Vargas grabbed his crotch and gestured to Mayorga and said, “Here’s your fatty.. continue

Showtime Boxing To Become Video Game

New York) July 12, 2007 -- Showtime Networks Inc. has announced that it has licensed Destination Software, Inc. to create video games based on the popular Showtime Championship Boxing series. The games will be released in late Fall 2007 on both the Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ platforms. continue

Ten Most Exciting Fighters Today - Revised version: Cotto, Berrio, Diaz, Gatti, Hatton and More!

lamon brewster11.07.07 - By Ted Sares: Back in March, I listed the following fighters alphabetically. In so doing, I asked myself whether I would pay money to see each guy fight. A lot has happened since then so let's see how it has impacted this list. And remember, boxing fans are fickle and I am no exception. I'll revisit the new list in December and I'm sure it will change again.

1. Jorge "La Hiena" Barrios, 47-3-1-1 (33 KOs). He definitely stays. Barrios always comes to fight and his opponents better be ready to rumble. Are you hearing me, Juan Manuel Marquez?

2. Middleweight Alejandro "Naco" Berrio, My favorite when it comes to excitement. Chill or be chilled is what happens when this Columbian bomber is in the ring. He is now a world champion and actually has a "kiss and punch" combination in his skill-set. continue

Mayorga/Vargas Official For Sept.8

LOS ANGELES—Two of boxing’s most popular and colorful personalities, two-time world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga, have agreed to face each other in a scheduled 12-round match fought at a catch weight of 162 pounds in what promises to be a knock-down, drag-out, fight-to-the-finish slugfest at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, Sept. 8. continue

Calzaghe-Kessler World Title Unification Set for Nov 3

joe calzagheIn arguably the biggest world title unification fight between non-heavyweight world champions since the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns rumble of 1981, undefeated super middleweight champions JOE CALZAGHE (43-0, 32 KOs), from Newbridge, Wales, and MIKKEL KESSLER (39-0, 29 KOs), from Copenhagen, Denmark, will finally step into the same ring to determine the undisputed world champion! Promoted by Frank Warren's Sports Network, in association with Team Palle, the Calzaghe-Kessler world title unification fight will take place Saturday, November 3, at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

"This is the only fight I want because a victory over Kessler will mean the most to my career at this point. More than the beating I gave Jeff Lacy when we unified our titles, and even more than my win over Chris Eubank, which began my world title reign 10 years ago," said an excited Calzaghe. "I'm No. 1 in the division today and I'll be No. 1 in the division after we fight. November 3 can't come quick enough" continue

Roman Martinez vs Daniel Jimenez August 25th

Superfeather weight prospects Román "Rocky" Martínez (16-0-1, 10 Ko's) and Daniel "Azuquita" Jiménez (17-1-1, 10 Ko's) will collide in August 25 th Bayamón Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum program as the coestelar fight of the Iván Calderón-Hugo Cázares showdown, presented by the Puerto Rico Best Boxing Promotions. continue

Who Should Wladimir Klitschko Fight Next?

corrie sanders(Corrie Sanders, on right, preparing to blast Wladimir Klitschko with a left hand in their bout on March 8, 2003) 11.07.07 - By Paul McCreath: Now just to set the record strait, this is not an article about who I would like to see Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs) fight next. We are talking here about the fights that are possible sometime in the fall, not the ones we would all like to see.

Anyone who has been paying attention lately will know that all three of the other belt holders are tied up just now. Ruslan Chagaev, the WBA champ, and Sultan Ibragimov, the WBO champ, are signed to meet on Oct.13 in a unification bout, while Oleg Maskaev will defend his WBC title on Sept.29 against Sam Peter. continue

WBC: Maskaev vs Peter In Jeopardy

From WBC President Jose Sulaiman: “Due to the fact that the WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Oleg Maskaev of Russia, has refused, through his representative, to sign the contract to fight mandatory challenger Samuel Peter of Nigeria, the President of the African Boxing Union, Houcine Houichi, has sent a recommendation for the WBC to not only continue in court on the case presented by the champion’s representative, but to also unfreeze the heavweight championship by immediately ordering an interim heavyweight world championship between Samuel Peter and the highest rated available contender in the WBC ratings, according to the WBC rules.

A Preview for the Remaining Fights of 2007

kelly pavlikBy Anthony Coleman: The first half of 2007 is already in the books and to be honest so far it has been a typical year in boxing. There have been a few great fights, a few surprises, too many bad fights and a whole lot of rightful complaining about the current state of the sport we love. Yet there are still months of boxing to go before the year is over and it will produce some fights, which on paper, looks great. However, there are some fights that seemingly have no other options but to suck. So with out further ado here are my choices for the fights I’m looking forward to seeing, and the fights that I will avoid like the plague.

Fights I would pay to see: continue

Gatti vs Gomez Conference Call Transcript

ALFONSO GOMEZ: I am training very hard for this fight. It is the hardest I have ever trained. My family, friends and promoters are impressed about how seriously I am taking this fight. To me, this is a make or break fight. I am 26 years old and have been a professional for 6 years, been fighting for 17 years and it is my time to shine. I have to do my best and I am going to go in there and fight my hardest. continue

Pacquiao-Barrera II - Does Marco Have Any Kind Of A Shot?

barrera11.07.07 - By James Slater: One of the most eagerly awaited rematches in recent lower weight-class history finally takes place in October. On the 6th, in Las Vegas, Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao meets fellow great Marco "The Baby Faced Assassin" Barrera. The result should be another exciting fight in both men's respective careers. For quite a while, however, it seemed the rematch of 2003's fight may not happen. Did Barrera really want to step back in the ring with the Filipino phenomenon? Now we have our answer. Marco, in true Mexican style, has rose to the challenge.

And at the tail end of his legendary career at that. Indeed, you have to admire the man from Guadalajara. Pushing the mid-thirty mark, badly beaten in his last fight and clearly not the near-flawless fighting machine he was in the late '90's/early 2000's, Marco now chooses to square up with the man who gave him his worst ever beating. continue

Calzaghe/Kessler Official For Nov.3 In Cardiff, Wales; Warren Signs Deal With Setanta

Top promoter Frank Warren has signed a multi fight deal with Setanta Sports to broadcast fights involving his stable of boxers, including WBO super-middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. Their cameras will be ringside when Calzaghe takes on WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler on November 3, and Warren is backing the deal to be a major success. continue

Wladimir Klitschko turns down invitation

LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2007) – In an effort to give the world an opportunity to see the best Heavyweight Champions fighting each other on a road to a potential Unification of all four heavyweight belts, Nafta Moskva, the sponsor of Sultan Ibragimov, and the promotional team of Golden Boy Promotions, Warriors Boxing, Golden Grain Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz in association with Universum Box-Promotion, have secured the necessary financial backing to invite IBF World Champion Wladimir Klitschko to participate in a title defense of his World Title on the big October 13th card “HEAVY COLLISION” from Russia. continue

Oscar De La Hoya To Attend Ibragimov vs Chagaev

LOS ANGELES (July 11, 2007) - Golden Boy Promotions’ President Oscar De La Hoya and CEO Richard Schaefer will be in attendance when Golden Boy co-promoted WBO World Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov and WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev square off to unify their titles on October 13th in Moscow. continue

ESPN Ranks Rafael Marquez 4th in pound-for-pound rankings

marquezHIDALGO, TEXAS-- Highly regarded boxing columnist, Dan Rafael, just released his current rankings for Boxing's best POUND-FOR-POUND fighters. Close to the top of the list is Mexico City's, RAFAEL MARQUEZ, coming in at #4.

Marquez, the WBC World Super Bantamweight Champion, will be defending his coveted title against former two-time World Champion, Israel Vazquez, on Saturday, August 4th at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. The highly anticipated rematch between the two, entitled "La Venganza," will headline a seven bout card that begins at 6:30 pm.

In his column today, Dan Rafael justified his #4 ranking of Marquez. "He's won titles in two divisions, is undefeated for almost seven years, makes excellent fights and knocks guys out," Rafael pointed out. "He's about to face his most dangerous opponent, former champ Israel Vasquez, in a rematch of their outstanding March fight. What more can you ask?" continue

Jay`s In For Kevin Mitchell

Boxing's number one East Ender, Kevin Mitchell, will get some help from Albert Square favourite Jamie Borthwick on Saturday night when he carries his championship belt into the ring. Borthwick, who plays tearaway Jay Brown in the long running soap, has become friendly with Mitchell and his brother Vinny. continue

8 Count Productions Ready for Huge Night of Boxing

Chicago’s 8 Count Productions has finalized plans for SUMMER SIZZLE, an outstanding night of professional boxing set for the Congress Theater this Friday night, July 13th. Tickets for can be purchased in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions office at 312-226-5800. continue

Johanneson In High Stakes European Revenge Bid

11.07.07 - Carl Johanneson puts everything on the line this Friday when he challenges European super featherweight ruler Leva Kirakosyan on a Frank Maloney promotion at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England. 28 year old British Champion Johanneson, 28-2 (18), has only lost twice in a seven year pro career and one of those was to Kirakosyan, who needed only a single round to KO the Leeds based pressure artist in London on December 12, 2004. continue

“Simply the best”- a brief look at Chris Eubanks’ career

chris eubank11.07.07 - By Andy Olsen: Recent press has not been kind to Chris Eubank. Stories of his arrest for an anti war protest, and his dire financial situation have taken precedence over ones of his career. A discussion I had with some of the kids, at the school I teach at confirmed this. They had only heard of him from these stories. When I was their age, Eubank was known, for a variety of reasons, by pretty much everyone in Britain. I thought I’d take this time to share my memories of one of the most charismatic personalities British boxing has ever produced. Oh, and one of our better fighters to boost.

Born in Dulwich, England, in 1966, Christopher Livingstone Eubank had a somewhat troublesome youth. Run-ins with the law led to his father sending him over to America, where he launched his pro career. Eubank made his debut in 1985, with points wins over fellow inexperienced fighters. By 1988, he returned to Britain. The wins continued to pile up, albeit against modest opposition. But the opposition wasn’t the main reason why people had begun to watch. continue

Roy Jones Coach Merkerson Rips Hanshaw Trainer Mayweather Sr. As 'The Only Bum Around Here'

BILOXI, MS, July 10, 2007 – Bad blood between the Roy Jones Jr. and Anthony Hanshaw camps continued to boil Tuesday as the two prepare to fight in a scheduled 12-round bout for the IBC light heavyweight title Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Now it seems that members of the Jones team are hotter than the mid-July Mississippi temperatures. continue

Winky Wright Conference call Quotes

10.07.07 - The former junior middleweight champion and middleweight contender, Winky Wright (51,3,1,25 KO’s) spoke with the world media just hours ago to discuss his upcoming showdown on July 21 against The Ring Magazine’s Light Heavyweight Champion, Bernard “ The Executioner” Hopkins (47,4,1,32 KO’s). Hopkins’ Ring Magazine belt will be on the line and the fight will be carried live on HBO PPV from the Mandalay Bay Events Center. continue

Vassiliy Jirov headlines “Thriller On The River” Saturday Night at 4 Bears Casin

NEW TOWN, North Dakota (July 10, 2007) – World championship implications are on the line Saturday night (July 14) when former IBF champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Vassiliy “The Tiger” Jirov meets battle-tested veteran Kenny “The Raven” Craven (28-18, 23 KOs) in the 10-round main event on the “Thriller On The River” show, launching the “Pinnacle FiteNite” monthly pro boxing series to be broadcast from a wide variety of venues, at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. continue

Archie Moore versus Roy Jones Junior

roy jones jr.10.07.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Earlier this year, when visiting the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York, I purchased The Ageless Warrior, by Mike Fitzgerald. It’s a book about the life and career of boxing legend, Archie Moore. On my commute to work this morning, I finally got around to begin reading it.

I was a bit surprised to discover the Foreword was written by none-other than former middleweight champion, Jake LaMotta. Being LaMotta and Moore were both contemporaries fighting in the same era, this seemed a fitting start to the book. Immediately, visions of DeNiro’s portrayal of LaMotta entered my thoughts, and I found myself reflecting on how different the sport was back in those days. continue

Paulie Malignaggi speaks out

BROOKLYN (July 10, 2007) – IBF light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (24-1, 5 KOs), coming off of his masterful title-winning performance against Lovemore N’dou, is back home in Brooklyn and the outspoken, colorful boxer with a flair for controversy recently offered his views on everything from what it’s like to be a world title-holder at 26 to whom he has in his crosshairs. continue

Faruq Saleem: The Unknown 36-0 Heavyweight

10.07.07 - By Paul McCreath: If someone asked the average fan which heavyweight from around the world currently has the longest undefeated streak, it is likely that few could answer correctly. How can this be? A few months ago the answer would have been easy. Everyone knew about Nicolay Valuev as he piled up victory after victory. How could we forget the great debate about whether Valuev would break Rocky Marciano's boxing record if he reached 50 wins? Fortunately for all concerned except Valuev himself, the streak ended at 46 or 47 depending on whose records you accept as official, when he was defeated by Ruslan Chagaev this past April. continue

Vitali Klitschko vs. Jameel McCline…Press conference on July 16th

10.07.07 - Report & photo courtesy of - On July 16th, inside the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany, Vitali and Jameel will meet at a joint press conference to announce their upcoming fight. The fight will take place inside the same Olympiahalle, in Munich, Germany on September 22. Shelly Finkel, a matchmaker for the K2 Promotions, confirmed this information. continue

Happy Birthday, Leon Spinks - Former Heavyweight Champion Of The World

leon spinks10.07.07 - By James Slater: Though he was talented enough to capture both an Olympic gold medal and the heavyweight championship of the world, Leon Spinks, who turns fifty-four this Wednesday, is a man known to most fans as a somewhat tragic figure.

Known as “Neon Leon” during his most famous years, Spinks was a guy who soon lost both his money and then, seemingly, his way. Not too long ago, there was an article published in a British newspaper that told the tale of how Leon was now reduced to cleaning out toilets somewhere in the U.S for a living. This pretty much sums up how things went from bad to worse for “Neon Leon.” Like his brother Michael, Leon was able to capture a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal. continue

Mijares latest Mexican boxing warrior

HOBOKEN, New Jersey (July 10, 2007) – The latest boxing sensation from Mexico, WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares, headlines Friday night’s “La Batalla” pay-per-view event live from the Gomez Palacio in Durango, Mexico. continue

DiBella`s Connecticut Defenders To host Baseball All-Star Game

Norwich, CT, July 10—Lou DiBella, president and managing partner, is pleased to announce that the Connecticut Defenders will host the Eastern League All Star Game on Wednesday night, July 11, at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. continue

James Moore Open Workout Quotes

July 10, 2007 (New York) – Irish Jr. Middleweight James Moore (11-0, 8KO’s) held an open workout at the legendary Gleason’s Gym to talk about his upcoming fight with Chris Overbey. The fight takes place this Thursday, July 12 at the Utopia Paradise Theater, Bronx, NY. continue

Abraham to defend IBF middleweight title in Berlin on August 18

arthur abrahamIBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will make his second mandatory title defense on August 18 when he takes on Khoren Gevor in Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Halle. "We have reached an agreement with Universum today," Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer stated. "The fight will be promoted and organised by us. By choosing Berlin we do not only have a home game but the Max-Schmeling-Halle is also a perfect arena for such a quality fight."

Abraham, unbeaten in 23 bouts (18 KOs), last stopped Sebastien Demers inside three rounds. He is currently shaping up in Zinnowitz, a tiny village at the Baltic Sea. Coach Ulli Wegner has called the training camp the "most brutal of all time". It´s much worse than that, finds King Arthur. continue

Nicky Cook Ready For Steven Luevano

Nicky Cook promised to make pie 'n' mash of WBO featherweight title rival Steven Luevano today when he dropped in for a bit of a knees up at world famous Roy's Pie and Mash shop in Hornchurch. Undefeated Cook, who meets Luevano at the O2 Arena on Saturday night in a challenge for the vacant belt, was also presented with a special meat pie in order to commemorate the fight. continue

Furious Hanshaw Vows To Knock Jones Jr Out Saturday Night

BILOXI--Undefeated Tony "The Tyger" Hanshaw is done kissing up to his Saturday night PPV TV opponent, boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. Hanshaw is furious that Jones ordered hotel officials and security at the host IP Casino-Resort-Spa not to let Hanshaw and his training team use the first-classs ring and other boxing equipment which had been set up for both fighters. continue

Vassiliy Jirov Interview: “I would go on the (Ali G) show, if Borat invited me!”

vassily jirov09.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: On July 14th the “Russian Tiger” returns to the cruiserweight jungle against Kenny Craven in the main event of a card out in North Dakota. Vassiliy has been in the gym ever since learning of the possibility of fighting James Toney this September in Moscow. However, Toney’s problems with accusations regarding steroid abuse have left that opportunity in limbo.

While that may seem terrible, the Jirov team is only thinking positive, and thinking ahead to getting together with Virgil Hill for a championship rumble in the very state Vassiliy fights in roughly 2 weeks from now. Hill a former protégé of Thell Torrence is currently one of the titleholders at cruiser. continue

HBO Tripleheader on Saturday: Gatti-Gomez, Cintron-Matthysse and Maragarito-Williams

HBO spans the country with a tripleheader of welterweight action when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: ARTURO GATTI VS. ALFONSO GOMEZ, KERMIT CINTRON VS. WALTER MATTHYSSE AND ANTONIO MARGARITO VS. PAUL WILLIAMS is seen live SATURDAY, JULY 14 (9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ and the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. An HBO Sports team will be ringside at both venues of the tripleheader, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue

Wladimir Klitschko considering a rematch with Corrie Sanders

corrie sanders09.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: According to the latest boxing news, IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is considering a possible rematch with South African heavyweight Corrie Sanders (42-3, 31 KOs) for his next bout. Wladimir previously lost to Sanders, 41, by 2nd round TKO in March 2003, a bout which saw Wladimir knocked down four times before the referee finally halted the one-sided destruction in the 2nd.

Wladimir, however, was never able to land a rematch with the hard-punching Sanders, who ultimately was defeated by Wladimir's brother, Vitali, in a "revenge of the brother" scenario in April 2004. continue

Duddy-Furlan PPV in U.S. Saturday live from Ireland

NEW YORK (July 9, 2007) – “The Homecoming,” featuring unbeaten middleweight sensation “Ireland’s” John Duddy, will be broadcast live Saturday (July 14) in the United States on cable pay-per-view starting at 5:00 PM/ET, 2:00 PM/PT from Dublin, Ireland. continue

After his loss to Klitschko, Can Brewster Ever Regain his Championship form?

lamon brewster09.07.07 - By Gary Jones: Going in to last Saturday night’s bout between IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 Kos) and challenger Lamon Brewster (33-4, 29 KOs), a sizable a mount of people thought that Brewster had a decent chance at another upset of the giant Ukrainian fighter.

However, one look at Brewster’s body language going into the ring, most people would have quickly changed their mind if they thought about it. Brewster, 34, appeared demoralized before he had even thrown a punch in anger, looking much like he didn’t want to be in the ring facing Wladimir at that moment. There was zero eye contact of any kind from Brewster. continue

“Tank” Williams at Morongo!

“We’ve been blessed with a lot of local support and it’s the main reason our shows keep selling out,” said Al Franco. Franco, along with Willie Schunke, is part of the team that runs II Feathers Promotions. II Feathers returns to the Morongo Casino’s ballroom venue on Friday, July 13th with eight scheduled bouts. Heavyweight, Sherman “Tank” Williams (33-10, 19 KO’s) is slated to headline against an opponent to be announced. continue

David Diaz Special Guest at Last Night's Chicago Fire Game

WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz was the special guest on Saturday night, July 7th at the MLS Chicago Fire showdown with Toronto FC at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, just outside of Chicago. Diaz signed autographs and took pictures with fans before the game and was awarded a Chicago Fire jersey prior to the game by midfielder Diego Gutierrez. He also participated in the coin toss with both team captains along with game officials. continue

Ibragimov’s manager Boris Grinberg: “I want to send Jim Lampley a message entitled, “Sultan, Sultan, Sultan. Only Bernard Hopkins can help promote heavyweight unification on HBO!”

sultan ibragimov08.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: There are many fans who call me on my bias for certain fighters, one of whom is current WBO heavyweight boxing champion S-U-L-T-A-N, I-B-R-A-G-I-M-O-V (that one is for you Jim Lampley). While those of you who read my work consistently know that does not interfere with me being objective regarding even those guys I like, I cannot be as kind to boxing TV giant HBO. Their disinterest regarding doing something that even their favorite Wlad was not able to do, in unifying the titles, completely falls by the wayside.

All we heard was the same generic questions asked Wlad after the bout in, “do you want unification?” and “do you consider yourself the champ?” Rather than: continue

Vitali Klitschko: “Boxing fans have been waiting for a long time for such a fight and they deserve it…”

08.07.07 - Interview courtesy of - What do you think of this fight?

Vitali: Wladimir proved that three years ago he lost to Brewster due to an outside influence.

You mentioned that the World Chess Champion Wladimir Kramnik was present at Wladimir’s fight. What did he think? continue

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Lamon Brewster II. Final words after The REMATCH

wladimir klitschko08.07.07 - Photos & report courtesy of - Klitschko-Brewster Photo Gallery - The press conference started about an hour after the fight. Wladimir and Emmanuel Steward arrived early, and Bernd Bonte, Wladimir's PR manager, opened press conference, and reminded everyone what this fight means in a brooder view. Before the journalists started asking questions, Wladimir addressed those who gathered. "I am sure that all of you want to hear what I thought about the fight.

Before I do that, I also want to address another question you might have. My loss to Lamon in 2004 damaged my image and my heart. I was hurt and I was eager. I waited for this fight for more than three years. It was very important to win this fight. Today, I could not and had no right to lose," Wladimir spoke. "I also want to thank my trainer Emanuel Steward, who celebrated his birthday tonight. My victory is the result of his hard work." continue

Ticket Drawing for 'War for 4' at 'Summer Sizzle' This Friday

CHICAGO - As part of SUMMER SIZZLE, a world class evening of professional boxing presented by Chicago’s 8 Count Productions this Friday night, July 13th at the Congress Theater, undefeated super middleweight prospect Donovan “DA BOMB” George will be present to participate in a ticket drawing for “WAR FOR 4!” a world championship extravaganza headlined by a showdown between WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz and three division world champion Erik Morales on August 4th at the Allstate Arena. continue

Boxing Commentary: The Winners Are… 2007 First Half Superlatives

miguel cotto08.07.07 - By Christopher Roche: Since June 30th marked the halfway point for 2007, I decided to survey a handful of internet boxing writers, regarding the first half superlatives. To get things started I offered five candidates, covering several categories, such as “Fighter of the Year” (First Half). The writers were not beholden to the nominations. They could choose whomever they wanted and write as much or as little for each, but they had to make their picks based on the first half of 2007, January 1-June 30th. Below are the categories, candidates and responses.

Candidates for Fight of the Year (First Half)

Miguel Cotto vs. Zab Judah continue

Open Letter From Emmanuel Nwodo Regarding The Darnell Wilson Fight

08.07.07 - Former USBA Cruiserweight Champion Emmanuel “Chukwu” Nwodo was knocked out in a brave effort against Darnell Wilson June 29th on ESPN2. Nwodo suffered a serious eye injury while twice coming off the canvas to take a lead on the scorecards heading into the 11th round. The exhausted Nwodo was hit with a right hand from Wilson which stunned him. Nwodo attempted to move away from Wilson and survive the round but was caught on the ropes and was knocked out cold by a Wilson left hook before regaining consciousness and congratulating the new champion. continue

Campbell KO´s Alcorro In An Awkward Fight

Campbell08.07.07 - By Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB, photo gallery. Now that's just wrong. I get back to the house and turn on the TV for a change-of-pace, and there's my ugly mug on ESPN FNF's shooting pics of the Campbell fight. Forgot about the tape delay. It was handy, however, as Alcorro was right over us during the KO and we had no way to shoot it. Theoretically this fight was a stepping stone for Campbell to raise his stock enough for a shot at one of the Lightweight belts. Though he is listed as the number one contender by the IBF, he called out just about everybody in the division during a pre-fight interview.

The under-card was quite good with the "co-main event" between Patrick Lopez from Venezuela and Fernando Angulo also from Venezuela (& Sucumbios, Ecuador) going the distance with a lot of Boxing action. Back to the fight between Campbell and Alcorro. Their contest was pretty competitive (as seen in the photos below) but as Lopez began to slow down there was much holding. continue

Castillo vs Oquendo

Just coming off of a June 22nd ESPN Friday Night Fights, we're back again. For all the fans who attended the packed auditorium last friday, prepare to purchase your tickets even sooner for this one. In what promises to be a SOLD OUT event, boxing fans will have a night of professional boxing with a talent filled card. continue

Sharkie's Machine: Donaire KO's Darchinyan in Five

donaire07.07.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. 7-7-7 didn’t turn out to be lucky numbers for Vic Darchinyan (28-1,22 KO’s) Saturday night in Connecticut, where he defended his Title against Nonito Donaire, the brother of a former beaten Darchinyan opponent, Glenn Donaire.

Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (18-1, 11 KO’s) had superior boxing skills and used his jab to keep Vic out of range and ineffective. Donaire repeatedly landed counter punches that were clean and hurting Darchinyan, who didn’t appear very strong against the bigger Donaire.

I thought Donaire was winning every round as he easily out-boxed Darchinyan, consistently landing clean counter shots when the reckless Vic came forward. continue

Simms-Alcine-Darchinyan-Donaire Post Fight Quotes

donaireJoachim Alcine: “I definitely think I won the fight. I think Simms won maybe three rounds . Simms was an awkward fighter. For all his talking before the fight, I thought he would be more aggressive. He’s not a bad boxer but I thought he was a bigger puncher. I tasted his power early and knew it wouldn’t be a problem for me in the fight.

“It wasn’t the best of me that people saw tonight because of Simms’s awkwardness. I felt after the first few rounds I was behind so I picked it up as the rounds went on.

“Now I know I’m good enough to fight anyone in the division. I will fight anybody. I’m here to stay.” continue

Alcine, Donaire Dethrone Previously Unbeaten World Champions Simms and Darchinyan

travis simmsBRIDGEPORT, Conn. (July 8, 2007) – Forget the date. Forget the odds. There was nothing “lucky” about what transpired Saturday on SHOWTIME. Nor was there anything “fluky.’’

New world champions Joachim “Tia-Joa’’ Alcine (World Boxing Association super welterweight) and Nonito “The Filipino Flash’’ Donaire (International Boxing Federation/International Boxing Organization flyweight) did exactly what they had to do to dispose of previously undefeated defending titlists “Tremendous” Travis Simms and Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan, respectively, in the co-main events on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. continue

Klitschko V. Brewster II: Where Does Wladimir Go From Here?

07.07.07 - By Dave Domenico: Earlier tonight, I watched what turned out to be a boxing clinic from the opening round, almost like a bad sparring session, as Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs) completely dominated Lamon Brewster (33-4, 29 KOs) though six rounds, ultimately winning by 6th round TKO, after Brewster failed to come out following the sixth round. continue

Klitschko/Brewster: The big jab-down

wladimir klitschko07.07.07 - By Ted Sares: “Wladimir by stoppage. Savage redemption.” That was my documented prediction (I’m 4-1 going into tonight), but I’m not so sure that’s what I saw. Stoppage, yes; savage, not really because not enough rights or left hooks landed to make it savage. Still it was a thorough beating.

I have seen beat-downs, but this was the first jab-down I have witnessed since Holmes-Ledoux. At least 165 jabs landed on poor Brewster’s unprotected face. Buddy McGirt was correct in stopping the fight given the possibility of further damage to Lamon’s eye. Still, I certainly expected more from “Relentless.” I suspect this may be the end for him as a serious contender. continue

Donaire Gives Darchinyan The High Five to Win the Title by KO

BRIDGEPORT, CONN (July 7, 2007) -- Ask newly-crowned IBF/IBO flyweight champion NONITO DONAIRE if he has a lucky number and he may respond with 07-07-07...the date he pulled off the "upset of the year" by starching the previously undefeated and invincible defending champion Vic Darchinyan with the "knockout of the year." continue

Klitschko Cautious but Effective In Stoppage Win Over Brewster! HBO Disappointing in Avoiding Unification!

wladimir klitschko07.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Wladimir Klitschko has just defended his version of the heavyweight title when his opponent Lamon Brewster, who had claimed he needed to be killed in order to lose, quit on his stool at the end of the 6th. His trainer, Buddy McGirt, tried to fry up the skillet but it was obvious Brewster was not interested in doing anything after the first round ended.

My prediction for the fight was off in that Klitschko needed very little of his Ruiz arsenal this time around, but this was partly because Brewster was stuck in one place most of the fight and did not move at all. Rather thAn moving forward trying to engage Klitschko at close range, Brewster focused on dodging and slipping the Klitschko jab, which he was only able to do while his four round stamina training did not betray him. continue

Andy Lee destroys Hengstberger in 2nd round KO!

08.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Unbeaten Irish middleweight Andy Lee (10-0, 7 KOs) stopped his substitute opponent Thomas Hengstberger (12-5-2, 3 KOs) in the 2nd round of their scheduled 8-round bout on Saturday night in Cologne, Germany. Lee, 23, fighting on the undercard of Lamon Brewster-Wladimir Klitschko, showed blazing hand speed earlier on, knocking Hengstberger down with a straight left hand in the first round. From there, Lee appeared to toy with Hengstberger, who looked completely overwhelmed by the quicker Lee, and had difficulty landing any punches of his own. continue

Botha decisions Mirovic!

08.07.07 - Heavyweight Francois Botha (45-4-2, 28 KOs) returning to the ring after five years of inactivity, showed that he still has much of his former boxing skills largely in tact, as he won an easy 12-round lopsided decision over Australian Bob Mirovic (28-19-2, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Carousel in South Africa. Botha, now 38-years old, was the aggressor throughout the fight, landing combinations in his frequent attacks on the larger, 6’5” 265 lbs Mirovic. continue

Klitschko to World: “I’m Backkkkkkkk!”

07.07.07 - by Paul Vincent: We all heard the whispers. The doubts. The naysayers; the haters. Yeah, sure, Wladimir Klitschko looked better under Emanuel Steward, they said. But so what? Did you see Samuel Peter knock him down 3 times? One good shot on the kisser and he’s done. Again. “No chin. No heart.” “Yeah, and why won’t he rematch the guys that beat him? He’s afraid.” Here’s Wladimir Klitschko’s response to his critics: Klitschko TKO 6 Brewster. continue

Wladimir Klitschko: The Return of the King

06.07.07 - By Zhenyu Li: The last time we saw the Ukrainian giant at the summit of the sweet science is about more than four years ago when the WBO heavyweight king with a splendid record of 38-1, 36 KOs stopped Jameel "The Big Time" McCline by a 10th round TKO in Mandalay Bay. continue

My Final Predictions For Simms vs Alcine, Klitschko vs Brewster, Darchinyan vs Donaire

07.07.07 - By James Slater: Not long now until fight time. Whether you are watching the massively intriguing Klitschko-Brewster rematch, the clash of the undefeated in Simms-Alcine, or the fight on the under-card in Connecticut in Darchinyan-Donaire, you are only a few hours away from the opening bell. All three fights could prove to be great fights. The heavyweight showdown, in particular, has had a ton of ink devoted to it and its outcome. continue

Klitschko-Brewster 2: Don’t Expect This One To Be Competitive

klitschko, brewster07.07.07 - By Nick Mathur: Tonight, Wladimir Klitschko will battle Lamon Brewster in Köln, Germany for Klitschko’s IBF heavyweight championship belt. The fight is a rematch of their 2004 encounter, which Brewster won by knockout at the end of the fifth round. He endured a steady beating for the first four rounds, and was even down for the first time in his career, before Klitschko finally wilted under Brewster’s constant pressure.

Some people would say that history tends to repeat itself. Those who predict that Brewster will be able to score another huge upset against Klitschko this Saturday have a few reasons upon which to justify their predictions. Brewster is one of the biggest punchers in the division. The old axiom stating that, “it only takes one punch” is especially true among the heavyweights. Klitschko has been knocked out three times, and has been on the canvas on multiple occasions. While he has shown more poise and greater ability to deal with pressure since his loss to Brewster, his durability has always been the most scrutinized aspect of his fight game. continue

The Record behind the Boxing Record

06.07.07 - By Ted Sares: Some fighters finish their career with great records that no one ever knows about. Others, like Salvador "Chava" Sanchez's 44-1-1 record, Ricardo "Finito" Lopez's slate of 51-0-1 (38 KOs), Khaosai Galaxy's 49-1 (43 ko's) and Rocky Marciano's perfect 49-0 are well documented. The great Gene Tunney only dropped only one fight finishing with a remarkable 82-1-3-and 2 no contests. Of coures, Terry Marsh won every domestic amature boxing title and went on to retire as the undefeated British, European and World Champion. continue

Klitschko-Brewster: Lamon’s best shot and the problem with Wladimir!

06.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: Tommorow night, IBF heavyweight titleholder Wladimir Klitschko will attempt to avenge his last suffered defeat as he steps into the boxing ring against his most recent conqueror Lamon Brewster. While most fans rightfully favor Klitschko in the bout, most don’t really understand the purpose or reason why they do so. continue

"FightNight III" at the Arena gym: Solis beats Colliander

solis06.07.07 - Olympic gold medallist Odlanier Solis beat Sweden’s Aldo Colliander by unanimous decision at the arena Gym in Hamburg. Because of an injured ankle, Solis had done no sparring in preparation for the fight. Manager and promoter Ahmet Öner: “No other promoter in the world would have let Solis fight under these circumstances. But he wanted the fight and I knew that he would win anyways. Nobody can stop this man!"

Solis’ fellow countryman Yuriorkis Gamboa impressed the 800 spectators in Hamburg with a spectacular 2nd round t.k.o. victory over Joel Mayo from Chile. Right after the fight, Gamboa went to the airport to fly to Miami where he will meet his wife and his daughter who have just escaped from Cuba for the first time in eight months.

Campbell destroys Alcorro!

nate campbell06.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Lightweight Nate Campbell (31-5-1, 25 KOs) had little problems tonight with Wilson Alcorro (35-8-3, 23 KOs), stopping him in the 6th round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the Florida State Fairgrounds Hall, in Tampa, Florida.

From the start, Campbell, 35, backed up Alcorro, landing big right hands. Alcorro, 33, fought back fiercely but was beaten back every time by the more powerful Campbell, who kept pumping in right hands. Although badly outclassed, Alcorro tried to take the fight to Campbell best as he could, backing him up against the ropes where he was able to land some decent body shots. continue

DaVarryl Williamson stops Wheeler in 3rd round KO!

07.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson (24-4, 20 KOs) stopped Maurice Wheeler (10-10-1, 1 KOs) in the 3rd round on Friday night at the Florida State Fair grounds Hall, in Tampa, Florida. Williamson, the # 4th ranked heavyweight in the WBA, knocked the Southpaw Wheeler out with a big right hand shot in the 3rd. It had been a little over a year since Williamson had fought. continue

Wladimir Klitschko versus Lamon Brewster II. The third and … final step before the rematch

06.07.07 - Friday, the sixth of July. The hall inside an advertisement company Ströer Sales & Services GmbH was filling up just before two o’clock. The weight-in was about to start. Before we go into details about what took place today at the weight-in, we would like to review stats of Wladimir Klitschko and Lamon Brewster’ weights in their prior fights. continue

Ali vs. Chuvalo - Tough Guy George Draws Up The Blueprint On How To Beat “The Greatest"

george chuvalo06.07.07 - By James Slater: Forty-one years ago this year, Canadian tough guy George Chuvalo met “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali, for the heavyweight championship of the world in Toronto. Ali was making the third defence of the title he’d won two years earlier against Sonny Liston, while George, vastly experienced with a 34-11-2 record, was making his first attempt at boxing’s ultimate prize. What followed proved to be a quite revealing fight, especially in hindsight.

The bout was tried to be made in various other locals, before George’s home country of Canada finally gave the match a home. George, pushing thirty, was intent on making the most of his big chance. continue

Klitschko-Brewster Weigh-In Photos

06.07.07 - All photos courtesy of Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 243 pounds and Lamon Brewster at 227 pounds for their title fight rematch tomorrow in Germany. Klitschko has a ring record of 48-3, with 43 victories coming by way of knockout. Brewster is 33-3, with 29 KO’s. HBO World Championship Boxing will broadcast live from Germany at 5:00 PM/ET and 2:00 PM/PT, and replayed 10:30 PM/ET/PT. continue

Klitschko/Brewster: Can Lamon Pull Another Upset?

lamon brewster06.07.07 - By Gary Jones: With Saturday's bout between IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (48-3, 43 KOs) and challenger Lamon Brewster (33-3, 29 KOs) fast approaching, seemingly few boxing writers or fans are giving the hard-punching Brewster, 34, much of a chance against the younger Klitschko brother in their rematch in Koln, Germany. So far, the general consensus had been that Wladimir has measurably improved since then with six consecutive wins, with several of them of them being against quality opponents, such as Chris Byrd, Calvin Brock and Ray Austin.

The fans and writers also point to Wladimir's change of fighting style, which now resembles a cross between Lennox Lewis' clinch and slug style with an added element of the ring movement of a prime Muhammed Ali. Gone, perhaps to trainer Emanuel Steward's relief, is this old style of stand of Wladimir standing in front of his opponents and trying to mow them down with power shots. continue

So Whatever Happened To Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy?

Jeff Lacy06.07.07 - By Wray Edwards - Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. My guardian angel must be a Ninja. On the way to the Campbell-Alcorro weigh-in I was thinking "It's about time for me to look up Jeff and see what he's doing." After all, Calzaghe didn't kick him off the planet…hell, Joe couldn't even knock him down. With very few exceptions, all boxers suffer defeats. A brief survey of Wlad's career, and many other boxers, demonstrates that one or two defeats often has fans jumping ship on a guy like he's been "exposed" or he's a "bum" or "overrated". The condemnation of WK after Brewster was relentless. Now he's God's gift to Boxing. The thought never occurred to me that Jeff would not be back.

So I walk into the weigh-in venue at the Hilton Garden Inn (East) in Tampa and there's Jeff talking with friends, looking fit and in good spirits. "Hey man how are you doing" I ask. "Oh hey, good to see you" he replies. When you like a person and haven't seen them for a long time, it's a really great lift to find them well and on the mend. From the many times and places I was lucky enough to see Jeff box and interact with fans and the media, it was easy to respect and admire this young boxer. With his friendly nature, great heart and good looks he makes the room a better place. Jeff agreed to speak exclusively with ESB about his recent convalescence and future plans. With a brief preface, here is what he had to say. continue

Andy Lee takes on Hengstberge this Saturday in Germany

andy lee06.07.07 - By Scott Frake: Irish middleweight prospect Andy Lee (9-0, 6 KOs) returns to action on Saturday night, fighting on the undercard of Klitschko vs. Brewster in Koln, Germany. Lee’s opponent, Thomas Hengstberge (12-4-2, 3 KOs), from Austria, is a last minute replacement for Engin Erdogan. The change of opponent doesn’t figure to matter much for Lee, 23, who will likely stop Hengstberge before the distance.

Lee, a blazing fast southpaw and considered one of the top middleweight prospects in boxing, not too long ago moved to Detroit to train with Emanuel Steward. He’s still relatively unknown at this point, despite his extraordinary talent, due to it still being the early stages of his professional career. However, he’s quickly gaining notoriety, in large part because he’s been fighting on the undercards of stable-mate Wladimir Klitschko, whom he also spars with quite frequently. continue

Travis Walker Issues Challenge To Hasim Rahman

travis walker(Houston) – NABF top five-rated heavyweight, Travis “The Freight Train” Walker, through his management team headed by Stephen P. Munisteri of Munisteri Sports & Entertainment have informed Joe Dwyer, Chairman of the NABF Championship Committee, that Travis Walker is willing to challenge Hasim Rahman for the NABF title.

In a letter dated July 6, 2007 from Munisteri to Dwyer, Munisteri points out that Travis Walker’s management team and promoter originally offered to stage an NABF Interim Heavyweight Title fight between Travis Walker and a suitable highly ranked opponent at the NABF Convention in Cancun, Mexico.

However, since Hasim Rahman was rated higher than Mr. Walker and his promoter was willing to stage an NABF Interim Title bout the NABF sanctioned the June 14, 2007 Hasim Rahman vs. Taurus Sykes bout as a title fight. Now that Mr. Rahman has won the NABF Title, Travis Walker through his management team have informed the NABF that Mr. Walker is willing to challenge Rahman for the NABF Title. continue

Joel Julio vs Cornelius Bundrage set for July 11

BLOOMFIELD, NJ (July 6, 2007) – Welterweight contender Joel Julio returns to the ring on July 11 in a special Wednesday edition of “Friday Night Fights,” it was announced today by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Julio will challenge Cornelius Bundrage of “The Contender” in a 10 round contest from the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, CA. ESPN2’s broadcast will begin at 11:00 pm ET. continue

Too Many Boxing Titles

shane mosley06.07.07 - By Scott Crouse: Founder and former editor of Ring magazine, Nat Fleischer, once told a story related to him by James J. Corbett which illustrated the tremendous popularity of the heavyweight champion of the world. Corbett said he was scheduled to appear on stage in a vaudeville show in Hamilton, Ohio and ended up lodging at the same hotel as President McKinley who was there for a speaking engagement. When the President heard that Corbett was at the hotel he invited the champ to his room and after chatting awhile they walked together to the lobby on their way to their respective assignments.

A large crowd had gathered and was shouting choruses of “Corbett, Corbett” as the two dignitaries walked by. Corbett overheard some people in the crowd wondering who the gentleman was walking with the champ, and they agreed it must be his sparring partner, Con McVey. President McKinley took it all good-naturedly and said to Corbett as they were about to part: “We live and learn Mr. Corbett. I never before realized how much more popular a champion boxer is than the President!” continue

Officials Named For Forrest/Baldomir

TACOMA, WA. (July 6, 2007) -- With Floyd Mayweather, Jr. electing to keep his World Boxing Council welterweight title instead of the WBC super welterweight title he won from Oscar De La Hoya in May, former world champions and current top-rated contenders VERNON FORREST (38-2, 28 KOs), from Atlanta, and CARLOS BALDOMIR (43-10-6, 13 KOs), from Argentina will now be fighting for the newly-vacated WBC super welterweight title, Saturday, July 28. continue

The Lion roars! Luan "The Lion" Krasniqi ready to pounce on Tony "The Tiger" Thompson!

luan krasniqi"The Lion" is ready to fight. About a week before the big collision against the Tony "The Tiger" Thompson, Luan Krasniqi has now finished the sparring phase of his preparations. In recent weeks, Krasniqi has been mostly secluded in his hometown of Rottweil with his trainer Torsten Schmitz and his best friend/training partner WBA interim world champion Firat Arslan.

The Universum heavyweight has has a arduous training camp in advance of the WBO eliminator and the opportunity for a world title shot that will follow.

When one observes Luan Krasniqi in training, it quickly becomes clear that he is totally focused on July 14th. Untiringly and with full concentration, he accomplishes every training task trainer Torsten Schmitz puts in front of him. continue

Nate Campbell And Wilson Alcorro Set To Rumble At The Florida State Fairgrounds Hall

nate campbell06.07.07 - By Wray Edwards; Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB: Billed as "Friday Night Fireworks" One Punch Productions brings Nate "The Galaxy Warior" Campbell (30-5-1, 24 KO's) From Jacksonville, FL and Wilson Arcorro (35-7-3, 23 KO's) from Monteria, Colombia to Tampa for Lightweight action. Mr. Campbell is blessed with great talent and cursed with inconsistent use of it. On the one hand he has a victory over Kid Diamond (Almazbek Raiymkulov), and on the other he pulled a Mayorga in front of Robbie Peden back in February of '05 which promptly earned him a no-see'um, one punch KO. ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" will carry the event.

ESB asked Nate about the incident and he said "I made a mistake, and it made me a better boxer." IMO he has been much more workmanlike since that go-to-sleep call (we can't call it a wake-up call now, can we?). Rated in the top five by some and the top ten by most, Campbell comes off his March victory over Ricky Quiles with an eye towards fighting often and fighting hard to earn a title shot. The under-card fighters looked ready as they weighed in as follows. continue

Booth vs. Napa Sure To Be A Classic

The vacant British bantamweight title will be at stake when Jason Booth clashes with Ian Napa this Friday, July 6 at the Robin Park Arena in Wigan, England but more importantly, the future prospects of each man hangs in the balance of this greatly anticipated showdown. continue

Simms-Alcine-Darchinyan-Donaire Final Presser Quotes

Simms, Acline06.07.07 - Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime: Only two days remain before four confident, talented world-class fighters with a combined record of 98-1 with 69 knockouts will be featured in a sensational world championship doubleheader this 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, popular local favorite “Tremendous” Travis Simms (25-0, 19 KOs) of Norwalk, Conn., defends his WBA super welterweight title against supremely-confident No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs) of Montreal, by way of Haiti. continue

Jones Jr-Hanshaw Camp Notes

July 4, 2007, Las Vegas, NV – Twenty-nine year old Anthony Hanshaw arrives Sunday in Biloxi, MS with his mission to upset superstar Roy Jones, Jr. and make an instant name for himself in the boxing world. The Jones-Hanshaw 12-round main event fight headlines a scheduled nine-bout card, which will be distributed live via pay-per-view worldwide from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Saturday July 14. continue

Ward-Arreola-Cortes July 5 Open Workout Quotes

In a legitimate “Fight of the Year” candidate, World Boxing Organization (WBO) Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito (34-4, 1 NC, 24 KOs) will defend his title against unbeaten, No. 1 contender Paul Williams (32-0, 24 KOs) in the main event on “Pride N’ Punishment” Saturday, July 14, 2007, at the outdoor tennis stadium at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. continue

Minto to face Lunsford!

05.07.07- Four months after his hard fought decision loss to Luan Krasniqi in Germany, the entertaining heavyweight Brian Minto 27-2 (16 KO’s) is set to step back in the boxing ring July 27th at the Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, WV in a scheduled eight round bout against the Arkansas born boxer Ray Lunsford 19-7-2 (7 KO’s). continue

Riddick Bowe Takes On Paul Phillips In August - “Big Daddy” Gives It One More Go

riddick bowe05.07.07- By James Slater: Former heavyweight king Riddick Bowe, (42-1, 33 KOs) returns to action early next month in Kentucky. Now only a few weeks short of his fortieth birthday, “BigDaddy” refuses to hang up his gloves for good. It looked as though the once great heavyweight had retired, though. After his last fight, a very close and unimpressive split decision points win over journeyman Billy Zumbrun (who has just been stopped by the also-returning Michael Grant) Riddick disappeared from the radar.

It seemed he’d seen sense and quit the sport he once excelled in. But now, despite the fact that he was grossly overweight and looked awful against Zumbrun, and despite the fact that he is showing serious signs of ring obtained damage - most alarmingly via badly slurred speech - Bowe is scheduled to box once again. Team Bowe are certainly not taking any chances with his latest comeback foe, however. continue

WBC Names Floyd Mayweather Emeritus Champion

Floyd Mayweather, the World Boxing Council double world champion at welterweight and super welterweight, has informed the WBC of his final decision to keep the WBC welterweight championship and relinquish the super welterweight championship that he had won in a great fight against Oscar de la Hoya. continue

'Relevant or Evident': Can Roy Jones Jr. Rise The Top? Or Is He Simply Shot?

roy jones jr.05.07.07- By Vivek Wallace: On the evening of July 14th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, the world of Boxing will welcome back a man who needs no introduction.

Somewhat missing in action over the last few years, but highly rated prior to, Roy Jones Jr. has set the table for what he plans to be a very successful campaign to regain his once undeniable pound for pound status.

Still basking in a frame of mind that stands far from a lack of confidence, Roy Jones Jr. was recently quoted as saying that he read a magazine and noticed that of the two top pound for pound fighters listed, (assumed to be Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao), neither could throw 5 and 6 punch combinations like him. To his credit, as good as the two fighters are that he is assumed to be talking about, Roy was probably right in that assumption. continue

1940's Middleweight Contender Pete Mead Passes Away

05.07.07 - By Jim Amato: One of the toughest and most respected middleweight contenders of the 1940's passed away recently. Pete Mead died on July 2nd. He was 83 years old. Mead began his 56 fight professional career in 1942. In 1946, he made his first of several appearances at New York's Madison Square Garden with a six round decision over Tommy Merrill. continue

Hopkins/Wright Training Camp Notes

It’s the glitz and glam of Hollywood for one; the lights and action of the Las Vegas strip for the other. Veteran pugilists, light heavyweight champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins and two-time world champion Winky Wright, have dutifully gotten down to business in their respective training camps in preparation for their July 21 summer blockbuster match-up at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Here’s a look at what is going on deep inside the trenches. continue

Simms And Stripes Forever

SimmsPhoto: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME: While many in the U.S. spent the Fourth of July celebrating the birth of our country at picnics or barbeques, etc., it was business as usual for "Tremendous" Travis Simms, who concluded serious training for his major "Fistic Fireworks'' showdown Saturday with Joachim Alcine at Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn., on SHOWTIME.

"There is no such thing as a day off or a holiday for me with my big fight coming up on Saturday,'' said the undefeated local fan favorite, Simms, of Norwalk, Conn., who defends his WBA super welterweight title against fellow unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Alcine, of Montreal by way of Haiti, in the main event of a world championship tripleheader.
"Today is just another day of hard work for me.'.

The Simms-Alcine scheduled 12-rounder and the eagerly anticipated world title fight between IBF/IBO flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan of Sydney, Australia, via Armenia, and Filipino Nonito Donaire will be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Mathis fought the best during golden era of heavyweights

05.07.07- By Mike Dunn: He wasn't quite powerful enough to be a slugger or speedy enough to be a ring tactician, but he was a legitimately good heavyweight. He is another one of those fighters who is remembered more for his losses than his achievements, however, and probably doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Buster Mathis had his ring career during what is considered to be a golden era of heavyweights. In March of 1968, he fought unbeaten Joe Frazier for a limited version of the heavyweight title in the first boxing card staged at the "new" Madison Square Garden. continue

Malignaggi is Quietly Budding into a People's Champion

PaulieBy Christopher Roche, Photo by Raquel Gonzalez, Part 1 of my candid conversation with the new world champion : IBF light-welterweight world champion Paulie "Magic Man" Malignaggi is rarely described as "quiet". Malignaggi normally sports a penchant for castigating his opponents with an avalanche of pre-fight banter. The silver-tongued Brooklyn, NY native is also well known for his multi-colored hair, elaborate ring attire and animated gestures, including an introductory throat slash, which he performs before the opening bell of his bouts.

While Malignaggi portrays a flashy image, the reality is he is extremely down to earth and fan-friendly, and his winning the world title will not change that. The newly minted champion likes to keep things status quo and close to home. For example, four days after winning the title over Lovemore N'Dou, Malignaggi was right back where he came of age by supporting the grassroots "Broadway Boxing" series in Manhattan, albeit with some extra bling around his waist. Just days removed from the biggest night of his professional life, Malignaggi was doing what he always does, shaking hands with fans and mentally critiquing the prospects that were competing in the ring. continue

ESPN Deportes to Showcase Over 20 Hours of Boxing Coverage at the 2007 Pan American Games

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 2007 Pan American Games team will enjoy a bright spotlight in Rio de Janeiro as ESPN Deportes is scheduled to broadcast over 20 hours of boxing coverage. Boxing action will kick off preliminary action on July 20 at the Riocentro Sports Complex Pavilion 2. continue

Vic Darchinyan and Boxing’s Undefeated Best

darchinyanThere is a certain mystique about a world-class boxer with an undefeated career record. It is even more impressive when they are considered one of the best boxers in their weight class. Using THE RING magazine’s current world ratings, there is en elite group of only thirteen boxers in the world today rated Champion, No.1 or No.2 in their division, without a loss on their record.

IBF/IBO flyweight world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan is on that list.

The 31 year-old Armenia born 2000 Olympian and Australian citizen has the second best career knockout record of the group at an incredible 78.57%, only behind Puerto Rican star Miguel Cotto. continue

Ornelas vs. McKart Aug. 10 in Philly

Philadelphia, PA—Enrique Ornelas, of La Habra, CA, and Bronco McKart, of Monroe, MI, box for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight title over 12 rounds on Friday evening, Aug. 10, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue

Klitschko, Brewster Press Training Photos and Report

Klitschko/Brewster04.07.07 - Photos & report courtesy of - The second part of the pre-fight activities is an open workout or more commonly known as the press training. In the old days it started out as a boxers’ desire to put on a show before the fight for boxing fans. Though today it has turned into a mass media event, with so many journalists and media representatives, there’s barely enough room for a few fans.

That’s just what happened today at two o’clock, where the press training was held inside the Mercedes-Benz Shopping Center in Kohl. Inside the hall a ring was set up next to sparkling models of Mercedes cars. As always the challenger was the first to train inside the ring, followed by Wladimir. continue

David Diaz Featured Guest of Chicago Fire Saturday Night, July 7th

WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz will take a break from training to be the special guest of MLS' Chicago Fire this Saturday night, July 7th. Diaz will meet fans at the pre-game Fire Fest and be presented with a Chicago Fire jersey just prior to kickoff of the Chicago Fire/Toronto FC match at Toyota Park, 7500 S. Harlem. Fire Fest, located inside Gate B, opens at 6pm with kickoff scheduled for 7:30pm. continue

Klitschko-Brewster: Tale of the Tube

lamon brewster04.07.07 – By Morgan Morgan Field: Looking forward to the Wladimir Kiltschko - Lamon Brewster, a fight which Klitschko (48-3, 43 KOs) will attempt to cement himself in the public conscience. A search of YouTube clearly shows the two contrasting visions the public has of him. At the time this writing, the number one search result is the pummeling Wladimir received from Lamon Brewster (33-3, 29 KOs) in 2004, whereas the second result is Wladimir's one-handed destruction of Ray Austin in March, 2007.

The two videos now topping the world's most visited site under the search phrase 'Klitschko,' show one of the two faces that Wladimir may put forward in four days. In 2004 Wladimir Klitschko had gone from heavyweight champion heir-apparent to the second-string Klitschko, behind his brother Vitali, whom had become the WBC heavyweight champion with an 8th round destruction of Corrie Sanders. continue

Maccarinelli: I´ll Dump Braithwaite

04.07.07 - WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli appeared to have bitten off more than he could chew today - as he tried to come to terms with 35 tonnes of Big Truck! Maccarinelli defends his crown against Wayne "Big Truck" Braithwaite at the CIA, Cardiff, on July 21 on a bill containing three world title fights. continue

Mormeck-Haye gets green light for September 28 in France: Haye promises to ‘beat Frenchman like Rodney King’

mormeck04.07.07 - WBC number one-ranked cruiserweight contender David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye will fulfil one of his career ambitions on September 28 in Paris, France, when he finally locks horns with WBC and WBA cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck. The 26-year-old Bermondsey puncher sealed the deal hours before the bout was scheduled to go to purse bids, and will now battle Mormeck for the right to be crowned undisputed cruiserweight champion.

Elated and straining at the leash, Londoner Haye promises: “Mormeck won’t last three rounds with me. This is going to be like George Foreman versus Joe Frazier or Lennox Lewis versus Mike Tyson. It’s going to be that one-sided. I’m going to travel to his back garden and beat Mormeck like Rodney King!” continue

Solis vs. Colliander in Hamburg

04.07.07 - At the press conference on Tuesday in Hamburg, arena-CEO Ahmet Öner stated that Swedish heavyweight star Aldo Colliander had declined a very good offer to fight Cuban Olympic Champion Odlanier Solis at arena’s fight night in Hamburg this Friday. continue

Emmanuel Steward: “I am sure Klitschko will knock out Brewster”

klitschko-brewster04.07.07 - On Monday, following Wladimir’s last training called Emmanuel Steward, Wladimir’s trainer. Since Emmanuel was about to go to sleep, we kept this interview brief and asked him few questions about the upcoming fight and his thoughts of Wladimir’s training camp

Emmanuel, this was the first time that Wladimir held his training camp in Austria? Why did you choose Austria this time?

As you know our prior camps were held in Majorca but during summer it’s very hot there. In Austria the weather was much cooler. That’s primary why we picked Austria. continue

Santiago-Velázquez Title Eliminator added to Forrest-Baldomir Card

TACOMA, WA (July 4, 2007) -- Undefeated featherweight MARIO SANTIAGO will take his biggest step toward a world title when he takes on top-10 contender HÉCTOR VELÁZQUEZ in a 12-round WBC featherweight title elimination bout with the winner becoming the WBC's No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger in the featherweight division. continue

Duddy set to turn up the heat

Derry’s John Duddy is winding up his training camp at the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania ahead of his homecoming bout on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on July 14th. Duddy will arrive in Dublin this weekend ahead of his ten round bout with Italy’s Alessio Furlan accompanied by new trainer Don Turner. continue

Margarito – Arreola quotes from July 3 open workout

04.07.07 - Photos by Jan Sanders - HBO/Goossen Tutor -- Margarito:: “I am always excited before a fight but I think I am even more excited for this one. People are talking about this fight and that is great. They know its going to be a great fight. Seeing people turn out to support me today gives me more motivation to win. And, believe me, I didn’t think I could be more motivated."

“Williams is undefeated so he doesn’t know how to lose. But he has never been in the ring with anybody like me. The fans know that I will give my best.”

“They are talking about a lot of big fights for me in the future, but my future is July 14. I must win or I can forget about any immediate big fights for me.. continue

Odlanier Solis back in action this Friday

“I don’t care who I am fighting. I want to be World Champion as soon as possible.” Big words of Olympic gold medallist Odlanier Solis at arena’s press conference on Tuesday. At the upcoming fight night on Friday (July 6th) in Hamburg the Cuban wants to follow up his words with action showing another big performance. continue

Warren Signs Tony Bellew

04.07.07 - Liverpool light-heavyweight sensation Tony Bellew says he wants to follow in the footsteps of former world champion John Conteh after signing professional terms with Frank Warren. The 23-year-old, a three-time ABA heavyweight champion, is hoping to emulate the feats of his home city's most famous fighter. continue

The Day Evil Visited Conway, New Hampshire

04.07.07 - By Ted Sares: I tried to sit down tonight to write a piece, but I jus couldn’t concentrate. Yesterday, something very evil visited the small resort town in which I live. It was a clear, sunny and beautiful day when the visit came. It was about 9:30 a.m. on a Monday when the shooter apparently entered a retail store in this town known for retail stores and outlets, and also for scenic mountains and forests. People ski and hike here; they don’t kill other people here. continue

Alcine, Darchinyan Open Workout Quotes

vic darchinyan
04.07.07 - Photos: Ed Keenan/EMC - Four super-exciting, world-class fighters with a combined record of 98-1 with 69 knockouts will be featured in a sensational world championship doubleheader this 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, popular local favorite “Tremendous” Travis Simms (25-0, 19 KOs) of Norwalk, Conn., defends his WBA super welterweight title against supremely-confident No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs) of Montreal, by way of Haiti.

“The Lord of the Flys,” undefeated, hard-hitting Vic “The Raging Bull’’ Darchinyan (28-0, 22 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, via Armenia, risks his IBF/IBO flyweight belts against once-beaten, world-ranked Filipino Nonito “Flash” Donaire (17-1, 10 KOs) in the co-feature. The event is promoted by Don King Productions with Darchinyan-Donaire being promoted in association with Gary Shaw Promotions, LLC. continue

Bernard Hopkins/Winky Wright make own Declaration

LOS ANGELES (July 3)…As the country prepares to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow, two of boxing's most "independent" fighters— Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins and Winky Wright—recall their most significant personal and professional moments of independence that have led them to their July 21 "Coming to Fight" light heavyweight championship battle at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View. continue

Thell Torrence Interview: “Audley sacrificed his fight date for Vassiliy’s [Jirov] sake. That shows Character!”

vassily jirov03.07.07 - By Izyaslav “Slava” Koza: On July 14th, my favorite fighter, the Kazakhstani native, Vassiliy Jirov, will be making his long awaited return to the boxing ring. Currently the “Russian Tiger” is in training under the watchful eye of legendary mentor Thell Torrence.

A former fighter himself, Torrence was managed and trained by the celebrated Eddie Futch who also helped guide Torrence on the road to becoming a great coach in his own right. Now, Thell tries to raise a new generation of fighters and attempt to guide them to the type of success his previous apprentices, Ken Norton, Riddick Bowe, Montell Griffin, Virgil Hill, Mike McCallum, and others have tasted under, and thanks, to his tutelage. continue

Exclusive Interview with Salt Lake City House of Rep. Greg Hughes (Green Gloves Management)

03.07.07 - By Vanessa McConnell: When boxing issues crossed the legislature in Salt Lake County, Utah, State House Representative Gregory H. Hughes took a special interest in the sport. He met Ricky "Flash" Newman and started training for health purposes. He began to familiarize himself with the sport in Utah and the Athletic Commission and his love for the sport led him to become a manager for upcoming prospect Chris Fernandez (13-3). Along with his partner Gary, they formed Green Gloves Management and positioned themselves to take Fernandez to the top of his game. continue

Interview With “Tremendous” Travis Simms - “ I Want To Be The Best In The World, Pound-4-Pound!”

travis simms03.07.07 - By James Slater: Travis Simms, the reigning WBA light-middleweight champion of the world, is really up for his upcoming July 7th fight with the likewise unbeaten Joachim Alcine. Both men let the insults fly at their press conference last week, and now “Tremendous” says he wants to punish Alcine for disrespecting him.

After taking care of the tough Canadian, Travis, now aged thirty-six and engaging in only his second fight following a near two-and-a-half year enforced layoff, says he wants to become not only the undisputed champion at 154 pounds, but the best on the planet, pound-4-pound. Firstly, though, the southpaw WBA king must defeat the confident sounding Alcine. Someone’s O must go, as they say, and on Saturday, as both men will be bringing unblemished records into the ring with them, unless the draw occurs this will indeed be the case. continue

A Look At The Career Of Sammy (The Clutch) Angott - The Only Man To Ever Beat A Prime Willie Pep

03.07.07 - By Carl Thompson: “Sammy Angott was a spider, he'd hold you, wrestle you, not let you fight your fight." (Hank Kaplan)

“Had Angott been around to tie up Houdini, that great escape artist would have lost his reputation.” (Harry Winkler)

"The first unpopular lightweight champion." (Nat Fleischer) . continue

Krasniqi and Dimitrenko Back In Action On July 14

dimentrenkoThe "Universum Champions Night" on July 14th at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg will feature the heavyweight contenders Luan “The Lion” Krasniqi (30-2-1, 14 KOs) and Tony "The Tiger" Thompson (29-1, 17 KOs), who are set to meet in a WBO title eliminator. The winner will earn a shot at newly crowned world heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov.

“I expect him to be a dangerous opponent. He isn't the quickest, but he has an unwieldy style of boxing. However, I will be fully prepared to step into the ring and compile a victory bit by bit," commented the 35-year-old Krasniqi. continue

Antonio Margarito Throws Opening Pitch at Dodgers Stadium

LOS ANGELES (July 3, 2007) – In a sun-soaked evening at Dodgers Stadium, WBO welterweight champion Antonio Margarito put his boxing gloves aside and stepped onto the mound to deliver the first pitch between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, Monday, July 2. continue

Lovemore Ndou wants his World Title back

lovemore ndou(Sydney, Australia: July 3, 2007) – The “Black Panther” Lovemore Ndou has arrived home in Sydney after a holiday in Las Vegas. He may not have returned with the IBF super lightweight world title after his points loss to Paulie Malignaggi on June 16, but he isn’t giving up just yet. He wants the IBF world title back.

“I give respect to Paulie Malignaggi and congratulate him on the win, but I wasn’t allowed to fight my fight that night,” said Ndou.

35 year-old Ndou was not happy with the style of fight the referee was enforcing during the match on the HBO network’s “Boxing After Dark” series. continue

Oliver - Carbajal Title Eliminator Headlines July 18 ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights

Brocton, MA - Cappiello Promotions has announced that undefeated super-bantamweight contender Mike "Machine Gun" Oliver (19-0, 7 Kos) will take on former WBO bantamweight champion Cruz "Chucho" Carbajal (28-13-2, 24 Kos) in an IBF super bantamweight title eliminator on July 18 from The Castle at Park Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts. continue

Marquez vs. Barrios Tickets On Sale

juan manuel marquezTraditionally, July 4 is the day reserved for explosive displays of festive fireworks. This year, however, Golden Boy Promotions is reserving Saturday, September 15, the eve of Mexican Independence Day, for a dazzling array of fireworks as they present four main event caliber fights on the same show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and broadcast live on pay-per-view. The evening will be headlined by the WBC Super Featherweight Championship bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge Barrios.

Also on tap is a middleweight showdown between former World Champion Kassim ‘The Dream’ Ouma and ‘The Contender’ season one winner Sergio ‘The Latin Snake’ Mora as well as a super lightweight battle pitting former Olympian Francisco ‘Panchito’ Bojado against former World Champion and ‘The Contender’ season two runner-up Steve Forbes. A fourth world class fight will round out the show and be announced in the near future. continue

Undefeated Shawn Hawk flying high

NEW TOWN, North Dakota (July 3, 2007) - Unbeaten cruiserweight sensation Shawn "The Sioux Warrior" Hawk continues his march towards a world title July 14 in "Thriller On The River," launching the "Pinnacle FiteNite" pro boxing series, at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, North Dakota. continue

Andre Berto Headlines ESPN2's Friday Night Fights on July 27

bertoNew York, July 2—The strength, speed, power and stamina of the thoroughbred will be on display at Saratoga throughout its upcoming summer racing meet. DiBella Entertainment's undefeated "thoroughbred" – future boxing champion Andre Berto – will showcase all of those qualities and more in Saratoga on July 27 when the welterweight star takes on Cosme Rivera on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Berto (18-0, 16 KOs), the 2004 Olympian, squares off against ring veteran Rivera (30-10, 21 KOs) in the toughest test of his promising, young career in the headline bout of the annual summer boxing card. continue

Showtime Workout Quotes: Tremendous Travis Simms

Four excellent, exciting 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) of Norwalk, Conn., defends his WBA super welterweight title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Joachim “Ti-Joa” Alcine (28-0, 18 KOs) of Montreal, by way of Haiti. continue

Interview With Paul “The Punisher” Williams - “I’ll Do What I Do best - Punish!”

paul williams02.07.07 - By James Slater: Currently in preparations for the July 14th Antonio Margarito fight with his trainer George Peterson in Puerto Rico, Paul “The Punisher” Williams very kindly took time out to speak with this writer at the weekend. Here is what the polite and softly-spoken welterweight banger had to say.

James Slater: I really appreciate your time, Paul. Firstly, how has training gone for the big fight?

Paul Williams: Oh, training’s gone real well. The weight’s coming off just fine now, and the sparring’s been real good. I’ve had a great camp. The weather is beautiful here in Puerto Rico and we are all just looking forward to the 14th now. continue

Roach, Brimingham, De La Hoya Conference Call

KELLY SWANSON, SWANSON COMMUNICATIONS: Thank you, everybody for joining us today for the first part of a series of conference calls we'll be doing for the exciting Hopkins Versus Wright "Coming to Fight," presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with the Winky Promotions, sponsored by Southwest Airlines, Tecate Beer and Rockstar Energy Drink. Again, the fight is July 21at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, live on HBO pay per view. continue

HBO: Klitschko-Brewster II This Saturday

wladimir klitschkoTwo heavyweight knockout artists have a score to settle when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO VS. LAMON BREWSTER II is seen live SATURDAY, JULY 7 (5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT), from the Cologne Arena in Cologne, Germany, with a replay later that same day at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The HBO Sports broadcast team will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.

HBO2 playdates: July 8 (9:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.) and 10 (midnight). Times are ET/PT. continue

Judges Named For Brewster/Klitschko 2

Cologne, July 2—The judges and referee for the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Lamon Brewster World Heavyweight Championship on Saturday night, July 7, have been named. Sam Williams of Michigan will serve as the referee, and the three judges are Michael Fischer of Germany, Denny Nelson of Minnesota and Alfred Buqwane of South Africa. continue

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Lamon Brewster: The Best Heavyweight Fight This Saturday!!!

wladimir klitschko01.07.07 - By Chris Acosta: You take two major league punchers. One is the better boxer, the other more aggressive. One is questionable of chin and stamina, the other in regards to defense. They are both capable of hurting the other. And neither is known for being dull.

If you’ve been in the doldrums about the heavyweight division for the last couple of years, then this could very well be a reason to get excited. Wladimir Klitschko could have very easily taken on an easier assignment while waiting to unify the heavyweight title. He could have let some other “champion” deal with an iron-chinned opponent with tremendous heart and power; an opponent who stopped him in five rounds three years ago. continue

Amir Khan: The Going Gets Tough

Amir Khan says fighting Willie Limond for the Commonwealth Lightweight Championship on July 14 at the O2 Arena will be the start of a new era. It's the Olympic silver medallist's first big championship fight - and he knows that quality match ups will now come thick and fast if he produces the expected win. continue

Mark Thompson Gunning For Vuma And Recognition

Undefeated British contender Mark Thompson has landed a huge opportunity to face impressive South African champion, Vincent Vuma, for the WBC International Light Middleweight title this Friday, July 6 at Robin Park Center in Wigan, England. continue

Ivan Rodriguez faces Rungea on Friday 13th

CHICAGO - Popular Puerto Rican prospect Ivan Rodriguez returns to the ring in a rematch against Vineash Rungea on Friday, July 13th at Chicago's Congress Theatre as part of SUMMER SIZZLE, an evening of world class professional boxing, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue

Akinwande decisions Oleinyk

henry akinwande01.07.07 - By Fritz Drexel: 41-year old heavyweight Henry Akinwande (50-3-1, 30 KO’s) won an impressive 10-round unanimous decision on Saturday night, beating Andriy Oleinyk (12-8, 10 KO’s) in a mostly one-sided affair at the Olympisky Sport Hall, in Moscow, Russia.

Fighting on the under-card of Povetkn-Donald, the 6’7” Akinwande, looked a lot closer to 30-years-old than his current 41, as he showed that he still has most of his excellent offensive tools – jab, hooks and uppercuts – that he had in his youth, as he was able to easily control the fight with his Russian counterpart Oleinyk, hitting him at will with a staggering number of varied shots, while not taking much in return. The final judges’ scores were 100-90, 100-90 and 100-90, all for Akinwande. continue

Prospect Johnson on Roy Jones' Card July 14

He’s bold and he’s brash. He’s cocky and confident. There is an air of the young Cassius Clay in the personality of super middleweight prospect Ron Johnson. The 9-1, 168-pounder even has the nerve, the temerity, the gall and the chutzpah to grandly label himself “The American Dream.. continue

Jorge Paez Jr Wins

Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ teenage super lightweight sensation Jorge Paez Jr. won his second straight bout by early knockout, battering and then stopping Carlos Urrea in the second round of their fight Friday, June 29, in Mexicali, Mexico. continue

Roman destroys Alonso in 5th round TKO!

miguel roman01.07.07 - By Gary Jones: Featherweight prospect Miguel Roman (22-0, 16 KO’s) won an impressive 5th round TKO over Jose Alonso (32-13-3, 15 KO’s) at the Don Haskins center in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday night.

Roman, nicknamed “Mickey Mouse,” put on a body-punching clinic as he drove blistering hooks to the midsection of ring veteran Alonso from the opening seconds of the fight, giving him few opportunities to catch a breather from his constant assault. Alonso was hurt twice in the first round left hooks to the sides, and stepped backwards, wincing badly each time.

In the 3rd round, Alonso went down to the canvas after getting tagged with another monstrous left hook to the body from Roman. Miraculously, Alonso made it up, but he continued to take severe punishment, mostly to the body, for the remainder of the round. continue

Diaz/Morales: David Diaz Jets to Mexico for Press Conference

Chicago based WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz leaves Monday afternoon for Mexico City for an international press conference with three division world champion Erik “EL TERRIBLE” Morales to be held on Tuesday. The press conference is in anticipation of their showdown, “WAR FOR 4!”, on Saturday, August 4th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, just outside of Chicago and broadcast live on pay-per-view. continue

Date set for Lawton’s Title Defence

Stoke’s Scott Lawton (20-3-1) will defend his English Lightweight title against Dean Hickman (15-3-1) on 29th September at Stoke’s Fenton Manor Sports Complex. The British Boxing Board of Control made Hickman the mandatory challenger to Lawton’s title late last year and the fight was originally scheduled to take place in February this year. continue

Rodriguez Destroys Dyer in 2nd round TKO!

david rodriguez01.07.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Heavyweight prospect David Rodriguez (26-0, 25 KOs) blasted out previous unbeaten Rick Dyer (13-1, 13 KO’s) in the 2nd round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the Don Haskins center in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday night. In a battle of two unbeaten knockout artists, Rodriguez, 29, got off to a bad start early in the first round, as Dyer, who stands at 6’8” 276 lbs, was able to back Rodriguez up with jabs and hard lefts to the head.

However, late in the first round with Dyer appearing to be already exhausted, Rodriguez landed a left to the head, the a left-right combination to Dyers’s midsection, and then a huge right hand that staggered Dyer, and then followed with a left hand that dropped him to the canvas with only seconds to go before the end of the round. continue

Meza-Clay Strikes Again July 21st in Pittsburgh!

Pittsburgh, PA – IBA World Super Featherweight Champion Monty Meza-Clay (24W-1L, 15KO) will battle former Two-Time World Title Challenger Luis Bolano (42W–7L, 32KO) in the 10 round main event at Heinz Field’s South Plaza on Saturday July 21st. continue

Jimmy Lange to host Diego Corrales Benefit

World Boxing Council Continental Americas 154-pound Champion Jimmy Lange announced today that he will host a benefit event for the family of recently deceased former world champion boxer Diego Corrales on Thursday, July 26 at the DoubleTree Hotel Crystal City ( 300 Army Navy Drive , Arlington , VA ). continue

Hopkins and Wright: two wrongs can make a Wright

01.07.07 - By Mike Cassell/The Philadelphia Boxing Report - A few years back, it amazed me to listen to who I thought were knowledgeable boxing writers talk about Ronald Winky Wright (51-3-1 with 25 KO’s). They said the 35-year-old south paw was boring. They said he wasn’t good enough to handle the upper echelon of his division. It seemed to be the general consensus of everyone, including the fans. The funny thing about that, was that he was not really seen enough to make such an abrasive assessment. continue

Ricardo Torres will defend his title in Barranquilla

ricardo torres01.07.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: If mandatory challenger Kendall Holt (22-1-0, 12 KOs) wants to take home the World Boxing Organization Junior Welterweight belt, he will need to keep training hard and get ready to travel to Barranquilla, the most beautiful and exciting city in Northern Colombia. The Torres-Holt bout, initially scheduled for Saturday, August 4 at All State Arena in Chicago, IL, has been taken off of the Morales-Díaz card.

In fact, last week Colombian promoter Billy Chams, 57, surprisingly won a purse bid for the Junior Welterweight fight between his protégée Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres of Magangué and Kendall Holt of Paterson, NJ. Cham’s bid of $181,000 edged out Top Rank’s of $168,000. continue

Roy Jones: "I'll take care of Hanshaw-then its Tito!" July 14th PPV a prelude to Jones-Trinidad Mega fight

roy jones jr01.07.07 - By By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - While a bit difficult to hear over Tuesday's jumbled conference call, the legendary Roy Jones Jr. did apparently at least, sound like the Roy Jones of old, rather than simply an old Roy Jones.

"I ain't ready to give it (boxing) up just yet," stated the former pound-for-pound king who began his dominant reign following a convincing victory (UD 12, 05/22/93) over Bernard Hopkins, picking up the than vacant IBF middleweight crown in the process, his first of what would eventually amount to seven major championship belts. Almost eleven years, to the day, Jones' dominance came to a crashing, and crushing, halt under the fists of archrival Antonio Tarver (TKO 2, 05/15/04). continue

Oscar "Shotgun" Albarado

01.07.07 - By Jim Amato: He was a hard banger and a crowd pleaser who battled some of the best welterweights of his era. Eventually he would move up to 154 pounds and win a world title in that division. He thrilled crowds in his home state of Texas and would also become a popular draw on the West Coast. His name was Oscar Albarado and they called him "Shotgun." continue

Holyfield decisions Savarese

evander holyfield30.06.07 - By Scott Frake: Former four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (42-8-2, 27 KOs) showed brief flashes of his former greatness on Saturday night while winning an exciting 1-round decision over 41-year old Lou Savarese ( 46-7, 38 Kos) at the Don Haskins center in El Paso, Texas. Holyfield, 44, knocked Savarese down in both the 4th and 9th rounds and had Savarese badly hurt on both occasions, however, he was unable to finish him off. Holyfield opened a cut on the forehead of Savarese late in the 1st round from a left hand. The final judges’ scores were 99-87, 98-90, and 96-91, all for Holyfield.

In rounds one and two, both fighters looked very slow and lethargic, throwing very little punches of note. Holyfield appeared to win both due to several combinations, but Savarese made it close largely because of his more powerful shots, mainly uppercuts. continue

Williams-Margarito, Gatti-Gomez And Hopkins-Wright - Two Great Nights In July

30.06.07 - By James Slater: Sometime we Brits have it good when it comes to boxing. Sometimes even better than you guys in the States. Two such nights are coming up in July. Not only will Sky T.V (the premiere channel in the U.K when it comes to the big fights) be showing the hugely exciting Paul “The Punisher” Williams Vs. Antonio Margarito showdown, the Arturo Gatti Vs. Alfonso Gomez clash AND the Bernard Hopkins Vs. Winky Wright fight a week later - they are also showing them FREE. continue

Darchinyan in Connecticut for Next World Title Defence

(Bridgeport, USA: July 1, 2007) Australia's best boxer and IBF/IBO flyweight world champion Vic "Raging Bull" Darchinyan has arrived in Connecticut in the USA for his next world title boxing defence this Saturday night July 7 against Nonito Donaire at the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport.

"I've had some great training and sparring sessions in Los Angeles during the last two weeks," said Darchinyan. "Everyone will see my power again this weekend and I am ready for another knockout win!" continue

Duddy & Turner form powerful 1-2 punch: Preparing for “The Homecoming” July 14 in Dublin, Ireland -- Live PPV in US

NEW YORK CITY (July 1, 2007) – IBA middleweight boxing champion “Ireland’s” John Duddy closes training camp this week in the Pocono Mountains, where he’s been preparing for his first pro fight in Ireland, headlining “The Homecoming” July 14 in Dublin. continue

Lou Savarese: An ILL Fated Comeback?

30.06.07 - By Jim Amato: On April 5th former heavyweight contender Lou Savarese had his third fight since 2004 when he met Matt Hicks ( 10-1 with 10 KO's ) in Houston. Hicks' only loss was by knockout to J.D. Chapman in 2006 Big Lou will turn 42 in July. He has a very respectable 45-6 record with 37 knockouts. continue

Povetkin dominates Donald, wins every single round

povetkin30.06.07 - Alexander Povetkin confirmed his status as the hottest heavyweight prospect in the world as he clinched a unanimous points victory over Larry Donald. Fighting in front of a ferocious home crowd in Moscow, the 27-year-old started out strongly and won every single round on the scorecards.

"It was tough fight against a very experienced opponent but I am pleased with my performance," Povetkin said after the shutout decision, which spelled his 13th win in as many bouts.

"I don´t know how long it will take me to get a title fight but I am definitely ready." continue

Sturm Dominates Alcoba

felix sturm01.07.07 - By Ron Hansen: WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (28-2, 12 KO's) defended his on Saturday night, winning a tougher than expected 12-round unanimous decision over the inexperienced Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba (14-1, 7 KO’s) at the Porsche arena, in Stuttgart, Germany.

The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 118-110 and 116-112. Alcoba, ranked # 15th in the WBA, had a tough time dealing with Sturm’s quick jab, which as it turned out, was all that Sturm needed to beat Alcoba on Saturday night. The fight was far from easy for Sturm, as he was hit quite often by Alcoba, making the fight tougher than he probably expected. continue

Supreme Boxing Skill Vs. Fan-Friendly Style: Which Is More Important?

floyd mayweather jrBy Taj “Yuma” Eubanks, June 30,2007 - In the wake of news which indicates that the long-anticipated matchup between reigning pound-for-pound auteur “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton could become a reality in the near future, the usual back-and-forth rages between fans of either fighter.

Aside from the usual banter about who hasn’t fought who, which man is a media creation and which pugilist will finally be exposed, the main barb being hurled with abandon is that while one possesses much more talent, the other is flat-out more exciting and therefore more beloved. In other words, the classic brawler vs. boxer debate, which begs the question: If a fighter could only possess either a superlative boxing skill set or a rip-roaring, crowd-pleasing style, which would be the better attribute to have? continue

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