Hungry Sam Peter Preparing for his Prey

samuel peterMandatory #1 Heavyweight challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter has jumped through so many of boxing’s circus hoops and waited so long to pounce on a heavyweight champion that he is already preparing diligently for the hunt of his dreams. Finally scheduled to challenge WBC King Oleg Maskaev on October 6 at Madison Square Garden, Peter began training a full eight weeks in advance of his big day.

Promoter Dino Duva says a Samuel Peter this motivated and hungry is bad news for Maskaev. “He reported to camp eight weeks before the fight. That means you will see the best Sam Peter ever. A new heavyweight champion will be crowned that night and God help Oleg Maskaev.” continue

European Boxing News: Bowe Takes On Peret; Uzelkov Fights Harding and More!

riddick bowe31.08.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: Undefeated Ukrainian lightheavy Vyacheslav Uzelkov, 16-0, takes on American veteran Eric Harding, 23-4-1, September 13 in Kiev with the vacant WBA I/C title at stake. The touted Uzelkov, already EE-EU boxing champ, is in for the toughest test of his career in Harding who over the years have fought some of the best in the world.

The co-feature to this National Boxing Promotion feature EE-EU jr middle ruler Ivan Gontsa in a defence against Roman Dzuman. NBP´s prospects such as cruiser Vitalyi Rusal, welter Valery Brazhnik and jr light Sergey Fedchenko make up the undercard. continue

Fight Promoter University DVD

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - With three sessions already in the history books, Roy Englebrecht's Fight Promoter University has not only revolutionized the promotion of boxing and mixed martial arts events, it has also changed the lives of nearly a hundred students who have completed the course and are now embarking on their own journey through the fight game. continue

Vivian Harris Arrives In England

vivian harrisVivian Harris arrived in England on Friday confident of beating Junior Witter for his WBC Light-Welterweight Title at the Doncaster Dome on Friday, 7th September. After completing his training in Las Vegas, America, Harris is aiming to win a third world title fight in Europe after twice beating Oktay Urkal in Germany.

"It's do-or-die time, nothing can stop me," he said. "I don't care about nothing, not the judging, not fighting in England, not Witter, nothing.

"I have trained hard and I am just going to go out there and do what I have to do to win that belt.

"I'm not a backwards fighter. I fight both ways. I throw straight punches, I don't throw roundhouse punches. I'm a technical fighter – I throw straight punches. That’s the advantage I have." continue

Juarez/Marquez Conference Call

OPERATOR: At this time I would like to welcome everyone to the Golden Boy Promotions John Manuel Marquez and Rocky Juarez conference call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host, Kelly Swanson. Kelly, you may begin your conference. continue

Calzaghe/Kessler Head To New York

joe calzagheUndefeated WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe heads to New York next week to publicise his mega-showdown against rival Mikkel Kessler set for November 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Record-breaking title-holder Calzaghe will meet face-to-face with WBC/ WBA World Champion Kessler for the first time at a press conference on Tuesday 4th September in The Landmarc at the mighty Time Warner Center in the heart of Manhattan.

Further promotional activity will see Calzaghe and Kessler filming a TV commercial for their fight with American TV giants HBO.

Calzaghe said, "I'm not a big fan of flying but for once I can't wait to get on the plane! I'm up for this fight big time and I when I see Kessler face-to-face and look straight into his eyes I will know if he has the fire in his belly. His promoter Mogen's Palle has been doing all of the talking so far so I will be interested in hearing what Kessler has to say for himself. continue

Huerto Wins Tougher Than Expected Decision Over Hinojosa

miguel angel huerta31.08.07 - By Scott Frake: Lightweight Miguel Angel Huerto (25-8-1, 17 KOs) won a much tougher than expected 12-round unanimous decision against 35-year old ring veteran Efren Hinojosa (29-4-1, 17 KOs) to capture the vacant NABF lightweight title on Thursday night at the Grand Plaza, in Houston, Texas. Hinojosa was knocked down twice in round two, although referee Laurence Cole ruled the 2nd knockdown a slip even though a short left hook preceded the slip.

The final judges’ scores were 120-106, 119-107 and 118-118-109, giving Huerta the decision. Ranked # 13 in the WBC, Huerta was coming off a disappointing controversial 12-round split decision loss to Almazbek Raiymkulov on June 14, 2007, a bout in which many felt that Huerta had been given a raw deal. continue

Lee Meager: I Khan do it quicker

Former British Lightweight Champion Lee Meager is out to do a better job on Laszlo Komjathi on September 7 than Amir Khan managed to do last year. Meager returns to action next week for the first time since he was out-pointed by fellow Hennessy Sports boxer Jon Thaxton for the domestic title in December.. continue

Ortiz Stops Clottey In 10th Round TKO

victor ortiz31.08.07 - By Scott Frake: Welterweight prospect Victor Ortiz (19-1-1, 14 KOs) stopped Emmanuel Clottey (24-8, 14 KOs) with seconds to go in the 10th round on Thursday night at the Grand Plaza, in Houston, Texas. For the most part, the fight was a tiresome affair due to Clottey’s (the older brother of WBC # 5 ranked welterweight Joshua Clottey) reluctance to want to mix it up in any real meaningful way during the fight. In the early part of the fight, the 20-year old Ortiz did all the fighting, while Clottey attempted to slip punches and get in position to counter.

Although known mostly as a counter puncher during his career, Clottey, 33, appeared unable (for whatever reason) to let his hands go even when Ortiz was wide open for punches. continue

Cotto-Mosley Media Tour Kicks Off Wednesday, September 5

shane mosleyLOS ANGELES (August 30, 2007) — To kick-off the exciting promotion of the highly anticipated Miguel Cotto and Sugar Shane Mosley Welterweight World Championship fight on November 10 at the “Mecca of Boxing”, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the fighters will engage in a three-city media tour starting Wednesday, September 5 in San Juan, Puerto Rico followed by stops in New York City on Thursday, September 6 and Los Angeles on Monday, September 10.

In addition, and as part of the promotional efforts, the fighters will travel from New York to Bristol, Connecticut on Friday, September 7 to be the live, in-studio guest analysts on the season ending edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, marking the first time the show has ever hosted opponents from the same fight. continue

DSP Events Presents "Last Man Standing"

Undefeated champion boxer, Jamie "Mr Business" Pittman takes the next step towards a world title challenge against WBA champion Felix Sturm, when he fights for the WBA Pan African title at Davistown RSL on Friday 14th September. Pittman, 14 fights, 14 wins, 7 Ko's, is the current PABA and WBO Asia Pacific Middleweight champion. continue

Calzaghe Vs. Kessler - Who Will Win The Unification Showdown?

kessler30.08.07 - By James Slater: To many fans, the upcoming and massively intriguing showdown between rival world boxing super middleweight rulers Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler has the look of a very winnable fight for the Danish boxer. The way Mikkel has dismantled opponents like German southpaw and one-time holder of the WBC 168 pound title, Markus Beyer, and out-boxed men like the unbeaten Mexican, Librado Andrade, has been mightily impressive.

While Joe too, has many great performances to his name - not least the complete and utter drubbing of would-be-star, Jeff Lacy. On the other hand, however, Calzaghe has also struggled with the likes of the tough, but somewhat crude Australian, Sakio Bika. continue

British Champ Napa Set For Haskins Clash

Frank Maloney returns for the new boxing season with a smashing bill at London's famed York Hall on Friday, September 21, 2007. The East End's celebrated bantamweight Ian Napa headlines the show with a British title defense in what is sure to be a thrilling contest between two razor sharp fighters. continue

Zab Judah Wraps Up Camp In Memphis

zab judahMemphis-TN-Thursday August 30, 2007-Prize Fight Promotions, Super Promotions and Bayou Promotions in association with Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, MS. Today announced the return of Zab “Super” Judah (34-5-0 25KO's), to the Prize Fight gym in Memphis. Judah is wrapping up his training camp, and preparing to face Edwin Vazquez (22-10-2, 8KO's) Friday, September 7, on the season finale of ESPN's Friday Night Fights, live from the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Biloxi Mississippi.

Judah's last outing was June 9, 2007, going head to head in a highly anticipated fight against undefeated WBA Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto before a sell out crowd at Madison Square Garden New York. He came out strong in the first round before suffering a low blow, another accidental low blow hurt him more than the first and from that point on was unable to fully recover. continue

Ibragimov/Holyfield Event Page Goes Live

The anticipation is building fast for the most awaited heavyweight fight of 2007, the October 13th battle in Moscow between WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov and living legend Evander Holyfield. But if you just can’t get enough info on Ibragimov-Holyfield, Seminole Warriors Boxing has stepped in to deliver the fight’s event page at / October13 . continue

Jonny Oakley catches up with Alfonso Gomez to find out why he can win a world title

alfonso gomez30.08.07 - By Johnny Oakley: Alfonso Gomez lives for a challenge. ‘I’ll definitely be a world champion by next year’ beams an accommodating and expansive California resident. The trade winds have caught his sails of late, most notably with his efforts in dethroning former two-division ‘world’ titleholder and crown prince of pain, Arturo Gatti.

Gomez is now a hot commercial property on network television and in the true spirit of his propensity to make an already demanding profession even more so; he has set his sights on becoming a world titlist by 2008. But it hasn’t always been this way. continue

Jürgen Brähmer and Mario Veit will meet in a highly charged rematch in Rostock Sept 15

Super middleweight contender Jürgen Brähmer (29-1, 23 KOs) is set to make the first defense of his WBO Intercontinental belt against nemesis Mario Veit (49-3, 23 KOs) on September 15 at the Stadthalle in the ideallic Baltic seaside city of Rostock, Germany. The bout will be a rematch of the highly dramatic May 2006 collision in Munich between the Universum stablemates in which the former WBO interim champion Veit recovered from a first round knockdown to seize the WBC International title from Brähmer via majority decision. continue

Susi Kentikian defends her WBA belt in Düsseldorf

susi kentikianSo far this year, fight fans have seen the "new generation" boxing stars from Hamburg's spotlight boxing team in three stellar cards in different cities. The next stop is on September 7 at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf with eight interesting fights on the program. The "ProSieben Fight Night" headliners will be fan favorite Susi Kentikian and newcomer Dimitri Sartison. Doing live commentary at ringside will be Regina Halmich and Jan Stecker.

Reigning WBA flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian (17-0, 13) will make her third defense in a ten-rounder against Shanee Martin (8-3, 4 KOs) of England. As usual, the five-foot tall power packet from the spotlight boxing stable will have to overcome the physical advantages of her larger (5'4 1/2) challenger. In a previous world title try, Martin lost a controversial hometown decision against then-GBU champion Victoria Milo. She also handed up-and-coming German talent Rebekka Herrmann (also on the card) her only defeat. continue

Witter dreams of unification fight

Junior Witter hopes beating Vivian Harris will lead to a world title unification fight or a long-awaited showdown with old rival Ricky Hatton. The WBC light-welterweight champion makes his second world title defence against mandatory challenger Harris, of New York, at the The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday, September 7. continue

“Soy nueva champion!”-Kendall Holt

holtPhoto courtesy of Luis Carlos Trout from 30.08.07 - By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Barranquilla, Colombia. World Boxing Organization Light Welterweight champion Ricardo Torres and WBO mandatory challenger Kendall “Rated R” Holt participated on Wednesday afternoon in the final press conference at the Barranquilla Plaza Hotel, for their championship match this coming Saturday at Country Club’s Salón Jumbo.

Holt, who arrived to Colombia’s happiest and most beautiful city on the Caribbean Coast last Tuesday night, affirmed that this is the fight he has been waiting for. Very optimistic and with a big, nice smile, the challenger hit Barranquilla along with his manager Henry Cortés, trainer Aros Gist, and cutman Darren Antola. continue

Kevin McBride’s New York City Press Conference Quotes

29.08.07 - McBride: “I’m coming here (NYC) to win. I’m a big heavyweight and I proved myself against (Mike) Tyson. A lot of people said Kevin McBride wouldn’t beat him and I did. Talk is cheap and I have to do it October 6. You’re supposed to be as good as your last fight, but I’ve changed my whole team, totally. Before the Tyson fight I benched 260-pounds; now I can do 460, and I feel strong. But I have to prove it in the ring October 6, on my own. I have a great team behind me now. continue

How About Dariusz Michalczewski in the Hall?

darius Michalczewski29.08.07 - By Ted Sares: With a final slate of 48 -2 with 38 ko's, "The Tiger" accomplished much in his career, but will it be enough to get him into the Hall when his time comes? Let's review his body of work.

Amateur record

Dariusz Michalczewski first took to the ring at age twelve. He came up through Poland's Government-run sports program and had a very successful amateur career before turning professional in 1991. His record was 133-15-2 with 83 KO's. Among his many amateur honors, he won the: continue

Lawton To Khan: "You’re a step backwards for me"

29.08.07 - Werrington’s Scott Lawton came face to face with Amir Khan today at a press conference held in the council chamber of Nottingham City Council. The pair will meet in the ring at the city’s National Ice Arena on 6th October when Khan’s Commonwealth lightweight title may be on the line. continue

Dat Nguyen Returns to Action Friday

dat nguyen29.08.07 - Undefeated featherweight prospect Dat "Dat Be Dat" Nguyen (11-0, 6 KO's) returns to action Friday, August 31 at the Casino Del Sol in Tuscon, Arizona, where he takes on Rio Rico, Arizona journeyman Baladan Trevizo (5-13-6, 1 KO).

In his most recent outing, a toe-to-toe slugfest with fellow prospect and stablemate Castulo Gonzalez (9-3, 3 KOs), Nguyen threw an amazing 886 punches in route to a hard fought 8-round unanimous decision victory. The bout, which aired live on the July 18 installment of ESPN2's Wednesday Night Fight's, will likely find itself as a candidate for fight of the year honors. Nguyen, who is trained by the heralded James "Buddy" McGirt, spent the majority of his time preparing for this bout with Victor Ramos at Ramos' Palm Bay, Florida gym, as McGirt was away working as a trainer for the third season of The Contender reality TV show. continue

Abell to take on Warner at Blue Horizon

After many fighters failed to step up to the plate, Levon Warner is willing to put it all on the line when he takes on exciting knockout artist Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell in the eight round main event on Friday September 7th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. continue

The Sun Rises Again*: Boxing Commentary

antonio margarito29.08.07 - By Christopher Roche: 1) With Vazquez vs. Marquez III seemingly a done deal, will we see any new trilogies emerge down the road?

The trilogy first emerged in the dramatic productions of ancient Greece. Famous tragedies such as The Oresteia and The Oedipus Cycle were woven together by the ancient authors, and the audience was treated to a dramatic ride as they followed the characters throughout their journey.

The sweet-science has carried on the tradition of the Ancient Greeks and produced amazing trilogies of its own. In modern times, Ali vs. Frazier, Ali vs. Norton, Duran vs. Leonard and Haugen vs. Pazienza are just some of the compelling trilogies from the 1970's and 80's. continue

Juan Diaz/Julio Diaz Presser Quotes

Don King hosted a press conference today in Chicago attended by Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz formally announcing their lightweight world championship unification match (WBA, WBO, IBF) at Sears Centre in nearby Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Oct. 13. Both proud Mexicans were respectful of one another, but said and reiterated the fight is of tremedous personal importance to each of them. continue

The Good the Bad and the Ugly....the Three Gunfighters of 2007/2008

felix trinidad29.08.07 - By Jack Presscot: Floyd Mayweather Jr., Tito Trinidad and Ricardo Mayorga. Three players in the three biggest fights of 2007. Forget what the World Was Awaiting. I knew all along that Floyd was all wrong for Oscar de la Hoya. Too fast, too slick and too crafty for the aging Golden Boy of Boxing. But when we heard that Pretty Boy had signed to fight the Manchester Mexican, now we were in for a real treat.

The British Fans will invade Sin City and take it over, much the way the Fab Four did. The Brits are amazing. They go completley over the top, Union Jack flags everywhere, faces painted, derbys, and loud, beer guzzling antics. continue

Abner Mares vs. Isidro Garcia for NABO Title

(Tucson, Arizona) – On Friday, September 7th, Desert Diamond Casino in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions is giving Southern Arizona boxing fans another taste of elite boxing. The scheduled seven bout fight card includes the NABO Bantamweight Championship bout where former Olympian Abner Mares takes on fellow Mexican, Isidro Garcia. Doors open at 4:00 PM with the first bout starting at approximately 4:30 PM. continue

Peak Roberto Duran Vs. Peak Pernell Whitaker - At 135, Who Would Have Won?

pernell whitaker29.08.07 - by James Slater: Yes, I know, many readers are tired of "Dream Fight" articles. On this very site there have been well written pieces of work devoted to the subject of who would have won in fights between all-time greats like Tyson and Foreman, Ali and Marciano, Dempsey and Tyson and Mayweather and Trinidad. But in this article I give what I feel is a realistic assumption of what would have happened if two of the lightweight division's most well known and, to a degree, most controversial figures, had met when each man was at his absolute peak.

What would have happened had the man known as "Hands Of Stone" clashed with the sublimely skilled boxer known as "Sweet Pea"? In This feature, I use my powers of suspension of disbelief and work out what would have happened had a bout between Roberto Duran and Pernell Whitaker occurred. continue

Buddy McGirt Jr added to Broadway Boxing

James “Buddy” McGirt Jr. (16-0, 9 KO’s) has made a name for himself fighting on DiBella Entertainment cards in New York City over the past year. His next fight will be no different as he will do battle with a true veteran of the fight game in Thomas Reid (35-18-1, 13 KO’s). “I want to put on a show for the New York fans. They always show great support for me and I will show them what I can do again on September 5th,” said the Long Island native. The bout will be apart of Broadway Boxing at Cipriani Downtown next Wednesday night in the heart of Wall Street. continue

Ibragimov Breaks Camp For Presser In NYC

sultan ibragimovHOLLYWOOD, FL, August 28 – According to WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov, a win over Evander Holyfield in Moscow on October 13th will come in part due to lessons the former Olympian learned from “The Real Deal."

“Like Holyfield, I know the value of hard work and determination, and I know never to take any opponent lightly,” said Ibragimov from his Florida training camp. “I don’t care how old Holyfield is, I don’t care who he’s beaten or who has beaten him. In my mind, he is the most dangerous opponent in the world, and I am training harder than I ever have to defend my title on October 13th.” Ibragimov, also an Olympian, is already preparing for his first title defense, but he will break camp briefly later this week to meet the United States media on Thursday, August 30, at the Historic Paramount Theater at Hard Rock Café in New York City. continue

Andre Berto to pay tribute to Legendary Promoter Jackie Leonard at September 29 bout

Winter Haven, FL August 28 ---Many sports fans say the younger athletes of today don’t remember or think about the legends that came before them This is not the case with DiBella Entertainment power puncher Andre Berto who was saddened to hear about the passing of legendary Promoter/Trainer Jackie Leonard today at the age of 89. “Jack was a great man. He really cared about his fighters and the sport of boxing,” said the 2004 Olympian. continue

The Brawl at the Beach

28.08.07 - By Ted Sares - Photo: Author with Mike Paschall - It was Saturday August 25, 2007 and I was ringside at the Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland for the Brawl at the Beach promoted by the very capable Jake the Snake Smith.

My host was ring announcer and good friend Brad Dudley known as The Auctioneer for his unique way of opening the venue (Brad is a professional auctioneer). He is also the Michael Buffer of the Beltway.

Of course, no activity in Ocean City is complete without a feast of shrimp, crabs and corn, and we put on our best imitation of James Toney as we went after the chow nonstop. Also available on the main drag were two great cigar shops where I dropped a near fortune on some Chateau Reals and legal Cubans. continue

Prize Fight "Fights At The Fitz" on Sept 1

the Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica Mississippi, Saturday, September 1st. This also marks their 66th straight sell out event at Tunica! The card features DeAndrey “Black Excalibur” Abron, 13-1 (10KO's) against Shane “The Irish Hitman” Benfield, 17-0 (9KO's) in a 12 round NABO Light Heavyweight Title bout. continue

Diaz vs Diaz: Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

juan diazHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.—Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. (Wednesday, Aug. 29) to see the highly anticipated lightweight world championship unification match pitting undefeated World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz against International Boxing Federation lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz in the first major boxing event ever staged at the new Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100, $75 and $35 can be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Sears Centre Box Office, select AMCORE Bank Outlets, by phone at 1-888-SEARSTIX, or on-line at continue

Tavoris Cloud Storms To Victory In Chicago

World ranked light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud scored a brutal fifth round knockout of Jose Luis Herrera this past Friday night in an outstanding battle that had the huge crowd at Chicago’s Congress Theater on their feet for the duration. With the win, Cloud ran his perfect record to 16-0 with 15 knockouts while Herrera moved to 14-4 (14KO’s. continue

Shaun George Calls Out Glen Johnson

shaun georgeBy Knockout Publicity: Recently, a press release was issued in which Glen Johnson called out the likes of Roy Jones Jr., Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson and Clinton Woods. Johnson claimed to be feared and ducked by the division's best. In that piece, Johnson failed to mention one fighter, a boxer whose name he avoids repeating as if it invoked The Candyman: Shaun George.

"Those guys are preocuppied," says George, 15-2 (7 KO), of Johnson's choice of opponents. "They're doing their own thing right now. It's clear they don't want to fight you. I'm willing and able. You're calling them out, well I'm calling you out. Let's make it happen. Stop ducking and dodging. You have a date coming up, I want in." continue

Happy Birthday, Herbie Hide!

Hamburg, August 28th 2007 – Officially former World heavyweight champion Herbie Hide celebrates his 36th birthday today. According to himself he feels like 26 instead. "I am getting younger and younger!" states the "Dancing Destroyer". And everybody who watches Herbie in his trainings sessions starts to believe that it might be true. continue

Who’s the man at Jr. Welterweight?

holt28.08.07 - By Craig Mastendri: With Ricky Hatton 43-0 31 KO’s moving up and facing Floyd Mayweather Jr. 38-0 24 KO’s in a highly regarded and widely anticipated mega showdown on December 08, 2007 at Welterweight, the championship picture at Jr. Welterweight is again uncertain! Whether or not, Hatton will return to 140 isn’t clear. It could well be six months to a year before that might happen, thus leaving the door open for someone to separate himself from the pack.

The money available, magnitude of the opponent, and outcome of the Mayweather Jr. fight are the key elements in determining what will happen after that point. It is the task of the titlelists remaining, to become the Champion to beat, during that period. Thus generating the attention and interest necessary to earn a shot at Hatton or capture the limelight for themselves. continue

WHO'S YOUR DADDY Part II : Monzon- Benvenuti

By Jim Amato: Nino Benvenuti may be considered among the best amateur boxers of all time. He had a great professional career too. His first loss was on a highly disputed decision to Ki Soo Kim. He would win two out of three in a legendary middleweight trilogy with the highly respected Emile Griffith. Eventually though his star would diminish. continue

Steve "USS" Cunningham to be honored by Blue Horizon

steve cunninghamPhiladelphia (August 27, 2007)—On Friday night September 7th, The Legendary Blue Horizon will honor the IBF Cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham for becoming the latest in a long line of world champions that come from “The City of Brotherly Love."

The ceremony will take place during a big night of boxing that will be headlined by heavyweight knockout artist Joey Abell (15-1, 15 KO’s) in a scheduled eight round bout.

Cunningham (20-1, 10 KO’s) won the IBF Cruiserweight belt on May 26th with a majority decision over Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in Wlodarczyk’s home country of Poland. continue

Rodriguez-Collins: Another argument for instant replay

27.08.07 - By Ted Sares: On last Friday night’s ESPN fight, all action fighter Delvin Rodriguez, a native of the Dominican Republic, met talented Keenan Collins (12-2-1 with 8 Kos) of Reading, Pa., who was coming off a split decision loss. D-Rod entered the bout with a 20-2-1 record with 12 knockouts, and was coming off a KO loss to Jesse Feliciano for the USBA welterweight title. In that televised thriller, Rodriguez, dominated the early rounds, but was eventually worn down and savagely taken out by the non-stop pressure of Feliciano. continue

McCall-Gomez: Arena Wins Purse Bid

oliver mccallMexiko City, August 27th 2007 – Once more arena Box-Promotion brought off a big coup when CEO Ahmet Öner won the purse bid for the next WBC International Heavyweight Championship between defending champion Oliver McCall and challenger Juan Carlos Gomez. With 550,000 US-Dollar arena launched the highest bid ever made for a bout for the WBC International Champion title. McCall who won the title in a bloody encounter against Sinan Samil Sam on June 16th in Ankara will earn $385,000 when he faces Sinan’s stable mate Gomez who gains $165,000.

It is the second time that Gomez and McCall clash. The Cuban “Black Panther” decisioned the “Atomic Bull” in October 2005 but was tested positive on cocaine after the fight which was declared a no contest. Gomez believes that he was screwed by his former promoter and swears that he never consumed cocaine. Sounds like unfinished business… continue

Fall Brawl at the Riveredge

READING, PA – AUGUST 27, 2007 – Professional ballroom-style boxing returns to The Riveredge Hotel & Restaurant complex in Reading, Pennsylvania on Friday September 14th with an exciting seven card lineup. The main event will feature heavyweight Dayton Wheeler of Reading's KING's Gym against Kerry Biles, who has been in the ring with the likes of Rob Calloway and Eric "Butterbean" Esch, and who also holds a TKO win over Muhammad Ali's nephew Ibn Ali. continue

AAPRP Annouces 2007 Award Recipients

Darien, Connecticut – August 27, 2007 – The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today the 2007 AAPRP Award Recipients. They are as follows. continue

Ibragimov-Holyfield on PPV

evander holyfieldWith just a month and a half to go before their historic heavyweight title fight in Moscow on October 13th, unbeaten WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov and his challenger, legendary four-time heavyweight king Evander Holyfield, will meet the United States media on Thursday, August 30, at the Historic Paramount Theater at Hard Rock Café in New York City.

Ibragimov vs.Holyfield, which is presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Boy, Golden Grain Promotions, Main Events, Yuri Federov Sports Lab, Real Deal Promotions and Sampson Lewkowicz in association with Nafta Moskva and the Seminole Tribe of Florida will be televised from Moscow, Russia via PAY-PER-VIEW, check your subscriber for local listings. continue

Kani Out Points Yodchanoi

26.08.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Local Israel Kani won a unanimous ten round decision over Thaland's Yodchanoi at the Novatel Twin Waters Resort in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, on Saturday night. In a good fight, the action was touch and go during the first five rounds before Kani's fitness told and he pulled away as the fight progressed. A tired Yodchanoi, a late sub, was dropped by a hard right in the final round. continue

Do They Know?: A Look At The 'Truth' About Floyd Mayweather Jr.

floyd mayweather jr.26.08.07 - By Vivek Wallace: As the very distant December 8th showdown between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ricky Hatton approaches, the questions, hypothetical's , and debates continue to mount. The more coverage I see of the pending fight, the more I begin to wonder whether fight fans and media are truly picking the man they think has the best chance to win?, or simply picking against the man that they most want to see lose?

Based on this tendency, the focus of my weekly piece today has shifted from the actual fight, to perhaps the most debated fighter within. Next week we will take a closer look at the Brit Phenom, Mr. Ricky Hatton, but today, we'll look at the man most love to hate, and at the same time apparently hate to love - Mr. Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue

Olympic Boxing Champ Barthelemy: Miami instead of Berlin

So far arena-CEO Ahmet Öner had planned to build up his Cuban Olympic gold medallist Yan Barthelemy in Germany before sending him to fight in the USA. Now the manager and promoter changed his mind. Instead of fighting in Berlin on September 2nd Super Bantamweight Barthelemy will stay in Miami to get ready for his US-debut. continue

Who's Your Daddy? Part 1: Foreman - Frazier

george foreman26.08.07 - By Jim Amato: This is a series on fights where one fighter seemed to "own" the opponent. What better series to start with then George Foreman and Joe Frazier. If there was ever a better example of styles make fights, I missed it. As great as Joe was and believe me he was great. He could have fought George a hundred times and never beat him. Joe was able to bull and back up the likes of good fighters like Oscar Bonavena, Buster Mathis Sr., Jerry Quarry, Jimmy Ellis and a great one named Ali, but he could not budge Big George. Against Foreman, he ran into a brick wall.

He could not move George but boy could George move him! It was simple arithmetic - Power versus power divided by size equals KO to the Big Guy. A case of pure and simple OUCH! In their dramatic first fight in Kingston, Jamaica in 1973, the astute, revered and sometimes hated Howard Cosell added to boxing lore with his famous "Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier" call on the fight. continue

Malinga retains WBC International bantamweight title

26.08.07 - By Colin Nathan: Southpaw, Vusi Malinga stayed on course for his proposed “World” title challenge against Japans WBC Champion, Hozumi Hasegawa, when he knocked out Alberto Rossel from Peru in the 5th round at the Nasrec Indoor Sports Complex in Gauteng, South Africa.

Rossel, from Peru, came into this country with a good reputation of mixing in world class opposition, but that was at mini-flyweight to flyweight in those respective divisions. Looking no more than a flyweight coming into this fight, he had only been stopped once and that was in 2000 as a mini-flyweight against former IBF mini-fly champion, Daniel Reyes in 4 rounds. Of his last 9 fights he had won 8, including 4 stoppages. continue

Results from Champion vs Champion; Calderon wins by split decision

ivan calderon25.08.07 - WBO strawweight champion Ivan Calderon (29-0, 6 KOs) won a split decision tonight over WBO junior flyweight boxing champion Hugo Cazares (25-4-1, 19 KOs) at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Calderon, 32, fighting for the first time at junior flyweight, dominated the early going with his quickness and defensive skills.

Cazares, however, caught up to him in the 8th round and knocked him down. Calderon recovered well and held off Cazares for the rest of the bout. The final judges' scores were 115-112, 115-112, 111-116, awarding Calderon with the decision.

(12 Rds WBO World Championship – 108lbs) continue

Vargas vs. Mayorga Postponed

Fans that have already purchased nearly $1 million worth of tickets to see a boxing match destined to be sold out featuring “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas vs. Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 8 will have to wait for the bout to be rescheduled after a routine blood test by Vargas on Friday revealed a severe iron deficiency. continue

Martinez Stops Dunne In 1st Round TKO!

kiko martinez25.08.07 - By Gary Jones: European super bantamweight champion Bernard Dunne (24-1, 14 KOs) was shocked by Spanish 21-year old knockout artist Kiko Martinez (16-0, 13 KOs), losing by 1st round knockout at the Point in Dublin, Ireland. Dunne, 27, was dropped seconds into the bout by a right-left combination, and then knocked down twice more by Martinez before the referee Terry O’Conner stepped in and halted the bout.

The fight started slowly with both fighters exchanging jabs in the opening seconds. Dunne suddenly opened up with several hard hooks, to which Martinez answered back with a left hand followed by a sharp two punch combination that dropped Dunne. continue

Mexico vs. Puerto Rico on Sept. 14

Popular Chicago super bantamweights Francisco “El Nino Azteca” Rodriguez and Ivan “The Baby Faced Assassin” Rodriguez will square off in a Mexican vs. Puerto Rican cross town showdown for the Illinois State Super Bantamweight Title on Friday, September 14th at the Congress Theater, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue

East Side Boxing Exclusive! Vargas-Mayorga Fight Is Off!

fernando vargas25.08.07 - By John Howard: It's official. The Vargas-Mayorga showdown on September 8th (SHOWTIME PPV) is off. Robert Ferguson (Vargas' nutritionist & conditioning coach) has just verified the official reason exclusive to East Side Boxing writer John Howard. Vargas was feeling lethargic during training and saw a doctor. Below is a statement from Ferguson for the official reason for the cancellation of this highly anticipated bout:

"In short, the doctor says he has sores on his stomach and as a result his blood is a little low and advises him not to fight in 2 weeks. Further, based on what the doctor is saying, we would have to reduce training intensity and that's not good when you have 2 weeks to go and we are looking at a 12 round fight." (More details as they come in).

Two Bouts Complete the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team in Houston

26.08.07 -(HOUSTON, TEXAS)—Two more boxers were named to the U.S. Olympic Team this afternoon at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team is now complete. continue

Middleweight Prospect Andy Lee makes It Eleven Wins Out Of Eleven With TKO Over Ciaran Healy

andy lee25.08.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, at The Point, Dublin, on the under card of the Bernard Dunne-Kiko Martinez European title fight, the super-talented Andy Lee scored his eleventh pro victory. Stopping the brave, but outgunned Ciaran Healy of Belfast at the end of the fourth round, Lee scored his eighth inside schedule win. Boxing in his native Ireland for the first time, the six foot, two inches tall twenty-three year old southpaw put his variety of punches together in fine style.

Looking for all the world like a white Thomas Hearns - at least with his long-limbed boxing style - Lee threw good, hard shots to both Healy's body and head. Throwing a number of fast and powerful hooks upstairs and down, Lee looked world class indeed. By the third round, he had things well under control and in the fourth he opened up in a bid to end matters. This he did courtesy of a wicked left hand to the midsection that almost doubled Healy up. continue

Ten U.S. Olympians are Crowned at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

25.08.07 - (HOUSTON,TEXAS) — Ten U.S. Olympians were crowned on Saturday night at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Two bouts will be contested on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions to determine the remaining two spots. continue

Vargas-Mayorga: Fernando's Last Stand

fernando vargas24.08.07 - By John Howard: I was invited to Valencia, CA, last week to watch "Ferocious" Fernando Vargas train for his upcoming fight with Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga. Vargas 26-4 (22 KO's) will fight Mayorga 26-6-1 (23 KO's) on September 8th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. This will be Vargas' last fight in a ten year career.

And what a career it has been! A roller coaster ride that started with his pro-debut back in '97, and his first world title in 1998, knocking out Yori Boy Campas in seven rounds for the IBF title and becoming the youngest champion in the junior middleweight division's history (21 years and 5 months).

This non-title fight is contracted at the catch weight of 162 pounds, the heaviest either fighter has ever fought. continue

The Championship Round Entries are Determined at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) – 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing Challengers’ bracket action concluded with 11 bouts on Friday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. All of the victors in Friday’s action will advance on to the finals to meet the winners bracket champions on Saturday at 7 p.m. continue

Eileen Miyoko Olszewski: “Hawaiian Mongoose” makes Poi Poi of “Destiny”

eileen olszewski24.08.07 - By David Pambianchi: Amid the decor of an Italian style courtyard, on August 24, 2007, Eileen Olszewski clashed with Suszannah “Destiny” Warner for a 4 round bout at the Bronx’s own majestic Paradise Theatre.

Non-stop action, both fighters fought intensely throughout every round. While Warner kept in the mix, during the first two rounds Eileen scored better and during the third round this tenacious mongoose connected repeatedly with a flurry of left hooks and landed a notable straight solid right. Warner fought brave and hard, but clearly most of that work and power landed on Eileen’s gloves, especially in the fourth round. New Yorkers experienced a great match, and Eileen received a Majority Decision. continue

Mosley-Cotto, Hatton-Mayweather: This Fall, Full Aces High till there are two Last Men standing

miguel cotto24.08.07 - By Francisco Lobo: Every once in a great while, two top-notch fighters are given a chance against each other that will forever set the course for the future of a whole division. A cascade of unpredictable, uncontrollable events has engendered such a confluence of natural talent this fall that it can hardly be trivial happenstance.

Likewise, not two but four of the most skilled, toughest, most imposing players in the welterweight division are eager to get at their most prized, overriding objective: seize an opportunity to control their own destiny and thus, follow the only right path to glorious triumph but being stitched tighter and tighter to an otherworldly fate at the same time. Therein lies what is the sheer magnitude of the two upcoming welterweight championship confrontations. continue

Hatton vs. Mayweather: How To Beat Floyd In One Easy Lesson

floyd mayweather jr24.08.07 - By Sean Mcdaniel: Leading up to to the huge showdown between undefeated boxing greats Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) and Floyd Mayweather (38-0, 24 KOs), very few people are giving Hatton much of a chance in the bout, aside from his fellow British compatriots. I have to agree with most of the crowd, Hatton doesn’t have a very good chance at beating Mayweather, 30, in the bout and nothing short of a lucky punch will help him. Having said that, let me lay out the secrets to beating Mayweather.

First of all, many of these are weapons that Hatton, now 28, already has in his vast armory of boxing weaponry, so there's very little learning curve that needs to take place for him to utilize the skills. continue

Calderon vs. Cazares Weigh-In

ivan calderon(Ivan Calderon in photo) 24.08.07 - By Jorge Guerrero: Unbeaten WBO strawweight champion Ivan Calderon (28-0, 6 KOs) weighed in at 107 lbs for his battle tomorrow night against Junior flyweight champion (108 lbs) Hugo Cazares (25-3-1, 19 KOs) at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Calderon, 32, is moving up in weight to take on Cazares, 29, the WBO junior flyweight boxing champion. Cazares is widely considered to be the best fight in the junior flyweight division, and with his knockout power and six inch size advantage, he’s going to have a definite advantage over Calderon.

For his part, Calderon, a former 2000 Olympian representing Puerto Rico in the light flyweight class, is also considered the best in his weight class, the strawweight division. Although he doesn’t have much power, he has exceptional boxing skills and often knocks down his opponents several times during his bouts. continue

Czyz benefit set for Sept. 7 in Clifton

24.08.07 - A fund raiser to help former champion Bobby Czyz pay mounting medical bills has been scheduled for Sept. 7 in Clifton. Admission to "Bobby Czyz Night" at Bliss Lounge (955 Allwood Road) will cost $20 and all proceeds will benefit Czyz, who was nearly killed in an April 13 car accident in Millstone Township. Czyz, a Wanaque native and Lakeland High School graduate, spent more than a month in intensive care after surviving the fiery wreck, but the two-time world champion somehow managed to avoid any debilitating physical damage. The accident also marked the continuation of a sad, trying stretch for Czyz. continue

Brian Minto and Verquan Kimbrough,Victorious! Mesi vs Minto ANNOUNCED! Karpency, Koval, Emerick, and Jones also Win

24.08.07 - By Craig Mastendri: Ted Arneault and the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort presented a Night at the Fights, Thursday evening August 23, 2007 in Chester West Virgina.

The first event of the co-feature was Brian “The Beast” Minto from Butler Pennsylvania taking on Ray Lunsford of Coldwater, Mississippi. Minto was coming of a controversial loss to Luan Krasniqi, and made very short work of Lunsford. Minto was all business when the bell rang, scoring a knockdown off of a short, straight, right around a minute into the fight. Lunsford beat the count but Minto pursued like a man on a mission. They exchanged again and Minto caught him flush with a very nice hook that put a fast and exciting end to the bout. The action was called to a halt by referee Rick Steigerwalt at the one minute and fifty-six second mark of round one. Immediately afterwards, Joe Mesi, who was at ringside came into the ring. Mesi accepted a challenge made by Minto, for a fight between them to be on PPV, at the Harv Auditorium, on the Mountaineer Racetrack and Casino site. continue

Andre Berto Added As Co-Main Event / Jermain Taylor vs Kelly Pavlik

andre bertoNEW YORK, Friday, August 24 - Unbeaten welterweight Andre Berto (19-0, 16 KOs) will get a chance to prove why the critics are raving about him when he faces world title challenger David Estrada on September 29 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Berto has been rated by nearly every major boxing publication and web site as one of the game's top talents under 25 years old.

Berto, 23, is that rare combination of speed and power, of finesse and brute strength. A member of the 2004 Haitian Olympic boxing team, Berto has been so dominant that 12 of his 16 knockouts have been in three rounds or less.

The Florida resident is thrilled to appear in his biggest fight in the co-featured bout to the middleweight championship between Jermain Taylor (27-0-1, 17 KOs) and Kelly Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs), which is being promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Top Rank Inc. continue

Andy can’t wait for first Bell

24.08.07 - Andy Bell has gone to Tenerife ahead of his forthcoming inaugural English Super-Flyweight Title but claims it has been no holiday. While most British people on the Spanish island arrive for a relaxing break, the Doncaster boxer has been training hard to get ready for his fight against fellow Yorkshireman Robert Nelson at the The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday, September 7 in a show to be screened live on Sky Sports. continue

Kimbrough wins IBC World Lightweight championship

23.08.07 - By Pat Testa: Verquan Kimbrough scored a lopsided decision over Rodney Jones Thursday night at Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming resort in Chester, W VA to win the IBC world lightweight title. Kimbrough,(18-1-1) of Aliquippa, PA, dominated the bout from the onset and never let Jones(27-7) establish any offensive threat. Relying on a punishing left jab, Kimbrough kept Jones at bay and dictated the action all 12 rounds. continue

Interview With Middleweight Contender, Kelly Pavlik - "I Plan On Sticking Around At Middleweight For A While"

kelly pavlik23.08.07 - By James Slater: Currently in the middle of preparations for the biggest boxing fight of his life - a fight with world's middleweight king Jermain Taylor on September 29th - Ohio's undefeated twenty-five year old Kelly Pavlik graciously took time out to talk with me earlier this week. Both confident sounding and accommodating, here's what the power-puncher had to say.

James Slater: I really appreciate you talking with me, Kelly. For my first question, do you feel as though this fight with Jermain Taylor has come at the perfect time for you at age twenty-five?

Kelly Pavlik: Absolutely. I turned pro young, so I figure I’m just entering my prime now. I feel I have a good eight years of my prime ahead of me still. continue

Cazares-Calderón: One for the knowleadgable fans!

ivan calderon23.08.07 - By Francisco Cairol: This Saturday, Hugo Cazares (25-3-1, 19 ko's) of Mexico defends his 108 mini flyweight crown against Ivan Calderón (28-0, 6 ko's), the current WBO strawweight boxing champ. This is a very interesting fight that the mainstream press, outside of Puerto Rico & Mexico, probably won't write that much about as they tend to ignore the lighter weights. I have never understood the obsession with the heavyweights as we all know their fights can be, not always of course, ponderous and boring while lighter weight fights usually have more action and skill. Anyway, whoever wins this one probably deserves to be in the pound for pound ratings.

Cazares has shown great improvement as champion and is a hard puncher which can be a rarity at 108 pounds. He has excellent wins over Nelson Dieppa, whom he took the title from and defended against, and also former champ Alex "el Nene" Sanchez both from Puerto Rico. continue

Former Olympians and World Champions Vernon Forrest and Evander Holyfield Deliver Motivational Message to Future Stars of the Sport

23.08.07 - Former Olympians and World Champions Vernon Forrest an(HOUSTON, TEXAS)—Four-time Heavyweight Champion and 1984 Olympic bronze medalist Evander Holyfield and reigning Junior Middleweight boxing Champion Vernon Forrest took time to speak with several young boxers on Thursday at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. continue

Eleven Boxers Advance on to the Final Round of the Challengers Bracket at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

23.08.07 - (HOUSTON, TEXAS)—The 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Boxing resumed competition today with 11 bouts being contested at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Members of the challengers’ bracket in each weight division battled to advance in the tournament. continue

Salita Injures Hand

23.08.07 - Team Salita regretfully announces that Dmitriy Salita has suffered an injury to his right hand while training in the Catskill Mountains and, therefore, will not participate in the September 5th event. "It's discouraging to have to pull out of the fight after so much hard work has been put in. The Wall Street Black Tie Boxing is a new concept, and I was looking forward to participating in the experience", said Dmitriy. Team Salita would like to thank all the fans and supporters, Dmitriy will be back soon and good news will follow shortly.

Notes from Ricardo Torres’ Training Camp in Barranquilla

ricardo torres23.08.07 - Barranquilla, Colombia. WBO Junior Welterweight titleholder Ricardo “Mochuelo” Torres (31-1, 27 KO’s) of Magangué is giving the final touches to his two-month preparation for his September 1 title defense against mandatory challenger Kendall Holt at the Cuadrilátero Gym in Barranquilla.

Motivated and totally focused on the challenger, Ricardo Torres, 27, is immersed in a training regime that includes trotting, vigorous speed mitt drills, and muscular strengthening exercises. According to his trainer, Mr. Orlando Pineda, the champ is in a great condition and ready to defend the belt. When asked about the training, Mr. Pineda used a Colombian idiom to express his feeling: “¡Ricardo está volando!”(Ricardo is flying), meaning he is more than happy with the results and that Ricardo is in excellent condition, both physically and mentally. continue

"Vargas vs. Mayorga: Countdown to the Brawl" Premieres Saturday on SHOWTIME

fernando vargasNEW YORK (Aug. 23, 2007)—SHOWTIME will premiere “Vargas vs. Mayorga: Countdown To The Brawl”—profiling two of boxing’s most colorful and explosive personalities—on Saturday night, Aug. 25, at 1 a.m. ET/PT (immediately following the ShoXC, live MMA event). The 30-minute documentary program will air at various times on the premium network until Sept. 8, when “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga will meet in the ring to settle a personal score for machismo and pride. (See next page for complete schedule)

The highly anticipated bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weight of 162 pounds and will air live on Sept. 8 on pay-per-view (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. continue

Ibragimov-Holyfield Tickets Now On Sale!

evander holyfieldHOLLYWOOD, FL, August 23 - Oscar De La Hoya, Mike Tyson, and Bernard Hopkins already have their seats. Now fight fans around the world can buy their tickets for the biggest heavyweight event of 2007, as unbeaten WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov defends his crown for the first time against the legendary "Real Deal", Evander Holyfield, on Saturday, October 13th, at the beautiful brand new Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.

Tickets, priced from just over $10.00 (300 rubles) to $3,000.00 (75,000 rubles). There are also a limited number of VIP tickets available. Tickets may be ordered by calling +7 (495) 228-0418 or +7 (495) 643-1825, or by visiting or continue

Meager on European Title quest

23.08.07 - Lee Meager is on a quest to earn a shot at European Lightweight Champion Yuri Romanov, starting at the The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday, September 7. The former British champion returns to action after losing his domestic belt in a non-title bout as support to Junior Witter’s WBC world light-welterweight title defence against Guyana’s Vivian Harris on the Hennessy Sports show which will be screened live by Sky Sports and is sponsored by continue

Miguel Huerta-Efren Hinojosa NABF Lightweight Title Bout Headlines Next VERSUS “Fight Night” LIVE on August 30 at 9 p.m. ET

huertoSTAMFORD, Conn. (August 23, 2007) – A night of lightweight action headlined by a 12-round showdown between Miguel Huerta (24-8, 17 Kos) and Efren Hinojosa (29-3-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant NABF Lightweight title will be featured on the next edition of Fight Night on VERSUS in collaboration with Top Rank Boxing, Thursday, August 30 at 9 p.m. ET from the Grand Plaza in Houston, Texas.

Huerta, a Mexico City native lost a controversial split decision to Kid Diamond in his last fight which was televised June 14 on VERSUS. Huerta took the action to Diamond and knocked him down in the 11th round with a left cross but came up short in the decision. He is currently ranked #12 by the WBC. The bout against Diamond was his only fight of 2007, but he stopped Antonio Ramirez via a sixth-round TKO in his previous fight on December 22, 2006. Hinojosa, originally from Mexico but now fighting out of Lakeside, California, last fought in December 2006, losing a unanimous 12-round decision to Nugaev Rustam in Russia. continue

Mayorga-Vargas Conference Call Quotes

mayorgaIn one of the most highly anticipated grudge battles of the year, two-time world champion Fernando Vargas faces three-time world champion Ricardo Mayorga at a catch weight of 162 pounds on Saturday, Sept. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on SHOWTIME PPV. Kermit Cintron will defend his IBF welterweight title against Jesse Feliciano, and Roman Karmazin faces Luca Messi for the WBA super welterweight Intercontinental crown in other 12-round bouts.

Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50 are on sale online at, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers including Wherehouse Music, Robinsons-May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations. Tickets are also available at the STAPLES Center box office and the box office at TEAM LA at Universal CityWalk. continue

The Winners Bracket is Set at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

23.08.07 - (HOUSTON, TEXAS)—There were 16 evening bouts contested on Wednesday at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Boxing in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Contenders in the flyweight, featherweight, light welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions competed to move one step closer to the Olympic team. continue

Alfredo "Salseri" Escalera Battles Hurricane Dean To Reach The States For One Special Reason!

August 23, 2007, (New York) -Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is pleased to announce a very special ringside guest at The Utopia Paradise Theater, for August 24, Friday Night Fights live on ESPN2.

Former World Super Featherweight Champion Alfredo “Salsero” Escalera 53-14-3 31 KO’s, returns to New York this week to root for his young son Alfredo Escalera, Jr., as he makes his New York debut fighting on the popular “Punchin at the Paradise” series. continue

Prize Fight Promotions signs amateur standout Mark Davis

23.08.07 - Prize Fight Promotions is happy to announce the signing of amateur standout, Mark Davis from Cleveland OH. Promoter Russ Young is ecstatic saying, "We are very excited about Mark Davis who was the 2005 and 2006 National Champion at 125. Trainer Mark Davis Sr. and adviser Joe Delguyd were very easy to deal with as we structured the deal with them. We've had Davis on our radar screen for about 3 years now since the 2004 Olympic Trials, when he made it all the way to the finals at the age of 18. The recommendation from Barry Hunter and Anthony Peterson helped make our decision. continue

Heavyweight Crowd-Pleaser Vinny Maddalone Set To Return In September

maddalone22.08.07 -By James Slater: Word is, raw, exciting and popular heavyweight boxing brawler, Vinny Maddalone is going to fight again on September 27th in New York. Having his first fight since his give-it-a-go shot against living legend Evander Holyfield, big Vinny will certainly want to put another win on his record.

Okay, his limitations were exposed in the fight with “The Real Deal,” back in March, but on a certain level Maddalone can offer his sport something. Not everyone can be a world champion - even though this lofty aspiration is still more than likely Vinny’s optimistic goal - and the fans always get good, value for money battles when the thirty-four year old steps between the ropes. continue

Exclusive ESB Interview With Miguel Cotto

miguel cotto22.08.07 - By Pepe Salazar: Monday, August 20th was the first day of training camp for WBA welterweight king Miguel Cotto. He still took time to speak with ESB. Miguel Cotto is an extremely well mannered and very respectful young man. As one speaks with him, the impression that comes across is that of a much focused individual. All of his answers are very clear and right to the point.

ESB: First of all congratulations on an already great career….

MC: Thank you.

ESB:… and thank you for speaking with us. continue

Rumble At The Stock Exchange: Abraham, De La Hoya, Hatton, and Wilson

ricky hatton22.08.07 - By Joseph Gonzaga: So I was chilling in my Beamer,listening to a song by Beyonce, when I realized that I can`t live by Beyonce alone. Sometimes I need to see some fights with lots of action and explosive knockouts. You got a problem with that? And that made me wonder what boxer`s stock is up and is consistently giving fans good returns in the ring and who`s stock is down and under performing. No hype, just the facts by Nasdaq Gonzaga. Be forewarned, as with any analysis of boxers, be prepared for twists and turns, because you will be surprised when I reveal the boxers who`s stock is down.

Boxing's Stock Watch

Darnell Wilson (22-5-3, 19 KOs): From along the endless highways of boxing`s vast outback came a loner, a cruiserweight named Darnell "The Ding-a-Ling Man"Wilson. Simply put, he is the hottest fighter in boxing. In his last four fights, he has recorded a human highlight tape of spectacular knockouts. continue

Holyfield Camp Notes And Q & A With Ronnie Shields

22.08.07 - By Marie Luna - - As four time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield reported to training camp for his unprecedented chance at a fifth world title, his trainer, the illustrious Ronnie Shields sat down with me and talked about what preparations they will focus on as they begin their run at yet another title.

ML: What are some of the things you will be focusing on to get Evander ready for his fight with Sultan? continue

Williams-Potter: Courage

danny williams22.08.07 - By Ted Sares: Heavens knows Danny Williams has had his ups and downs. Losing to ordinary Sinan Samil Sam was certainly not a highlight nor was being stopped by Audley Harrison in 2006. Certainly one of his “ups” was taking out heavily favored Mike Tyson in shocking and decisive manner when they met in Louisville, Kentucky in 2004 setting up a fight with Vitali Klitschko in which he himself was brutally stopped.

Of course, beating Tyson has to be the pinnacle of his career, but I think there may have been a fight back in 2000 when he fought Mark Potter, 14-2 coming in, for the vacant BBBofC British heavyweight title and the Commonwealth (British Empire) heavyweight title that was even more remarkable. continue

Hatton/Mayweather At MGM Grand In Las Vegas

floyd mayweatherThe records are pristine and spectacular – a combined 81-0 with 55 knockouts. However, the stage is now set for “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather or Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton to face a blemish on their record Saturday, Dec. 8, something both men are willing to go to war to prevent. Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions are proud to present “UNDEFEATED”, a historic night of boxing featuring two undefeated champions battling for Mayweather’s World Welterweight Championship at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Tickets for “UNDEFEATED” will go on sale Monday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. PST

A fast sellout is expected as the fight already has the world buzzing in anticipation of seeing two of boxing’s premier, undefeated superstars finally meet in the ring. continue

Kevin McBride’s Career Resurrected by New Manager

For now, at least, Irish heavyweight champion Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride is best known as the fighter who knocked “Iron” Mike Tyson into retirement. McBride, however, can change his legacy if he defeats Andrew Golota on October 6, and then eventually attains his nearly lifelong dream of becoming the first Irish-born heavyweight champion of the world. continue

European Boxing News: Moses Stops Kudriaytsev; Byrd and Povetkin Possibly To Fight Eliminator Bout on Oct 27th

22.08.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: Namibian lightweight Paulus Moses impressed viewers all over Europe last night when he in Donetsk stopped Ukrainian Andrei Kudriaytsev in the ninth round of a WBA I/C titlefight. Moses was on top in most of the rounds but the strong Kudriaytsev kept trying and had a few good rounds. Moses got in full control in the eighth and stepped up the pace in the ninth scoring three knockdowns and it was stopped. continue

Maureen Shea to open Black Tie event Sept. 5 at Cipriani Wall St.

maureen shea22.08.07 - Maureen Shea, 11-0, will open the show for the Black Tie New York City Boxing event at Cipriani on Wall Street on Wednesday September 5th. Shea will step into Cipriani's as the first bout of the evening, scheduled for eight rounds. Maureen will be the first female boxing on Wall Street!

Black Tie Boxing NYC is hosted by Tommy Gallagher Productions in association with Dibella Entertainment, and the black tie event features undefeated headliner Dimitry Salita, 27-0-1; Jorge Teron 17-0-1 and Michael Grant, 42-3.

"Team Shea is honored that Tommy Gallagher personally asked Maureen to be on the card, and we promise to deliver a great start to an excellent night of boxing!" said Luigi Olcese, manager for Maureen Shea. continue

Eight Boxers Advance to Final Round Action at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) — Competition continued today for the 36 boxers in the light flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions at the 2008 Olympic Team Trials—Boxing at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. continue

Twenty Boxers Move on to Third Round Action at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

(HOUSTON, TEXAS) — Athletes in the flyweight, featherweight, light welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions donned their gloves once more at the evening session of the 2008 Olympic Team Trials—Boxing at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. continue

The Under-hyped Bound-To-Be-Great: Harris-Witter, Holt-Torres, Calderon-Cezares, Soto-Guzman, and More!

vivian harris21.08.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Vivian Harris v. Junior Witter: This fight represents an absolute make-or-break moment for both fighters. Both are natural-talents whose paths to superstardom--for one reason, or another--were always partially obstructed. These were guys who priced or arbitrated themselves out of the wrong fights, lost at crucial moments, or were in the wrong place at the wrong time to work the boxing rankings into shots at the big time. But neither one is shot, or ancient, or suffering any career-damaging detriment.

The road is clear leading each man into the ring to meet the other for what might well be a fight of the year candidate. The ingredients are all There. Both guys are sensing this late opportunity to lay claim to the keys to the kingdom at 140-pounds and use the WBC strap, which Witter holds, to bait the big-fight hook. continue

Boxing Views: An Idea to Bring About Unification

21.08.07 - By Paul McCreath: We have read a lot of articles in recent months about the many things that ail boxing. There are numerous theories but the one thing that most fans agree on is that there are too many champions. The average casual follower of the sport has no idea any longer who the champions are. continue

Fight Forecast: The unsung will sizzle, the hype will fizzle in the fall (Part One)

shane mosley21.08.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: This will be the first of two installments. The second will include forecasts for the fights that should prove to be unsung wonders and a series of closing observations.

Riding the momentum of the biggest boxing bonanza in recent memory (“Golden Boy”” v. “Pretty Boy”) and pulling out all the stops to out-hustle the octagon, the fight game has lined up a number of high-profile match-ups for the fall and is putting its muscled shoulder to the wheel to generate some big-time hype. I fear, in advance of these top-dollar duels, that the lineup is bound to deliver a lot of damning disappointment on the main stage. Good thing the undercard matches are shown before the main events. continue

Ricardo Lopez - Is His Legacy Really Respected?

ricardo lopez(Ricardo Lopez, in photo, retired in 2001 with a record of 51-0-1, 38 KOs) 21.08.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: Both and have released recent all time pound for pound lists. While both lists factored multiple eras ranging from Jack Johnson to Floyd Mayweather Jr., one of the most well rounded and dominant fighters of any generation were left off both lists.

I have always been one to defend the champions from the lower weight classes. Many of them don't receive the recognition they deserve due to a lack of television exposure. Boxing fans in the United States don't follow the lighter weight classes as much because American pugilists are rarely seen fighting under 126 pounds. continue

Andrew Golota Vs. Kevin McBride - 2007’s “Most Fun To Watch” Heavyweight Fight?

andrew golota21.08.07 - By James Slater: On the under-card of Oleg Maskaev’s Madison Square Garden WBC title defence against Samuel Peter in October, there is a heavyweight clash that just might be the fight of the night - from a crude, wild swinging and unpredictably entertaining standpoint anyway. For Andrew Golota, “The Foul Pole” himself, and “The Clones Cyclone,” Kevin McBride, collide on the support bout to the world championship match. The possibilities this match-up brings are really quite numerous. Indeed, both big men are nothing if not unpredictable.

We all know Golota’s track record. He is capable of winning a big fight, quitting in one while winning and being blown away within seconds of the first bell. While for McBride’s part, he is big and strong and has no shortage of bravery, but is also easily beaten on any given night. continue

European Boxing News: Kessler Begins Training Today for Calzaghe Bout; Hide Challenges EU Champ Fragomeni

21.08.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: WBA and WBC supermiddle boxing champ Mikkel Kessler began the training today at the CIK Gym in Copenhagen with six rounds of sparring with stablemate Lolenga Mock. Kessler will now do the heavy physical preparations in his new home in Monaco and then return to Copenhagen for sparring September 17. Herbie Hide, down to cruiser and based in Hamburg with Arena Box Promotion, is the official challenger for EU champ Giacobbe Fragomeni. continue

The Rise and Fall of Prince Naseem Hamed - Part 1

naseem hamed21.08.07 - By Andy Olsen: This two part article is on fallen champion Prince Naseem Hamed. It aims to provide a bit more of a balanced aspect to his career than the ones which have recently surfaced. Of course, the old saying in boxing, “the last look is the lasting look” has a certain amount of truth to it; it’s why his career is viewed in the way it currently is.

Hamed lost his way, was exposed by a true great, and limped out of the game with a truly dire performance. Adding to this his jail term for his act of sheer idiocy behind a steering wheel, and it makes said commentary of his career understandable, to say the least. But it is these facts which cloud over how meteoric his rise was. continue

2007: The remake of Philippine Boxing Supremacy: Condes, Donaire, Pacquiao, Penalosa and Others!

gerry penalosa21.08.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: Despite a few setbacks, 2007 is not only a year to remember but also a busy year in terms of Philippine boxing is concerned. The year marks another commencement wherein boxers from the 7, 107 group of islands shocked the boxing world once again with their impressive performance inside the ring.

For starters, Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire, Jr. (18-1-11) knocked Out formerly undefeated Australian-based Armenian, Vic "The Raging Bull" Darchinyan (28-1-22) to capture IBF/IBO flyweight titles in the fifth round on July 07, 2007 at Harbourd Yard Arena in Connecticut, despite the fact that many did not expect "The Filipino Flash" to win the bout. continue

Joel Casamayor signs with GBP

casamayorTwo-division World Champion Joel Casamayor has fought and beaten the best from his days as one of the greatest amateur boxers to his stellar stay in the professional ranks. Now, the current WBC Lightweight Champion wants the big fights to cement his legacy and has enlisted Golden Boy Promotions to help him reach those heights in the coming years.

“Joel Casamayor is a brilliant boxer and one of the most underrated champions of the last 25 years,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “We are honored to have him on our team and with his talent and our promotional ability, we will get Joel the big fights he deserves and let the world see just how good he is.” continue

Twenty-four Olympic Hopefuls Advance in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

21.08.07 -(HOUSTON, TEXAS) — Day two of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials—Boxing began this afternoon at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Athletes in the light flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and super heavyweight competed for the second day in a row, in the hopes of keeping their Olympic dreams alive. continue

Derry Matthews Headlines York Hall

Liverpool hotshot Derry Matthews heads to London's famous York Hall for the second defence of his WBU World Featherweight Championship on Saturday 13th October. The classy 23-year-old, who is one of the leading candidates for the prestigious Boxing Writers' Young Boxer of the Year award, takes on undefeated East Ender Matthew Marsh to be televised live on Setanta Sports. continue

Herbie Hide on his way to the next championship

herbie hideWhen he heard about the news the “Dancing Destroyer” lived up to his name and started dancing for joy. The European Boxing Union (EBU) officially declared former World Heavyweight Champion Herbie Hide mandatory challenger of EU-Cruiserweight Champion Giacobbe Fragomeni from Italy.

Hide: “That’s fantastic! It’s great to fight for a title again. I will show everybody that I still have what it takes to win the gold. I promise this will the first but not the last champion belt I win for arena. The EU title is just a step on my way to the World Championship.”

First of all Hide has to beat Fragomeni which won’t be easy to do. The reigning EU-Champion is currently ranked on No. 5 in the WBC ratings and lost only one of his 24 fights. In November 2006 European Champion David Haye stopped the Italian in round 9. continue

Chris John - The Mighty Dragon

chris johnBy Harry Summers: Chris John showed superior strength and skill in a bout that was full of action until Zaiki Takemoto retired on his stool at the end of the 9th round. Takemoto won the first round as the champion was slow to start but came alive in the 2nd using a strong jab and constant pressure.

John dropped Zaiki Takemoto in the 6th and the 8th pushing the Japanese Warrior, who was brave. For his own good his corner stopped the fight at the end of the 9th.

Chris John looked very strong he said he felt great and would fight anyone his management put in front of him. “It’s not up to me but Marquez, Juarez, Pacquiao, Barrera. I am ready and I would like to fight in Vegas, I will give my best for my country I will win at all costs. I would like to thank my Indonesian followers who came to support me in Japan; they were just great, unbelievable, thank you.” continue

Tito Trinidad: The Return of the King

felix trinidad20.08.07 - By Jack Presscot: It was back, September 18th 1998, that I sat in a sportsbar in the Western United States, livid, and disgusted at the fact that Oscar de la Hoya was sticking his tongue out in victory, being carried on his brother's shoulders after the great and ancient Julio Cesar Chavez's corner had thrown in the towel.

Chavez to his credit had fought valiantly, and given hope to the Mexican fans sitting with me, but like Joe Louis before him (against Marciano) Chavez could fight Oscar, but couldn't beat both a prime Oscar and Father Time. Two ignorant "non boxing fan" female Oscar fans sat laughing at me, and rubbing it in that "Oscar was the Greatest of All Time"....I told them, "Oscar is god damned lucky this wasn't 1989, at Jr. welterweight" but they had no idea what I was talking about. continue

Boxers Who Have Worn Out Their Welcome: Barrera, Eastman, Holyfield, Jones, Ruiz, McCall, Vargas and More!

roy jones jrAugust 20, 2007 - By Jimmy Bryght: Have you ever been sitting on your couch, easy chair or, if you're a bachelor, milk carton with a six-month old Sunday paper on it so you don't get honeycomb butt, and been watching a favorite TV show and witness the same commercial ten damn times during the viewing? Sure, the advertisement may have been entertaining at first but after seeing it so many times don't you wish it would just go away?

I feel the same way about certain boxers. There they are, the same names, loss after loss, yet they still manifest themselves on Pay-Per-View and won't go away no matter how many times you shut your eyes and make a wish. Feel the same? Sure, you do. Here's my adjective-laden laundry list of complaints: continue

Ali-Norton III - Over Thirty Years On, Who Really Won?

muhammed ali20.08.07 - By James Slater: “Norton must fall, Norton must fall!” That was Muhammad Ali’s mantra going into his rubber match with San Diego’s Kenny Norton - in a boxing fight that took place thirty-one years ago next month.

Pumping up both himself and the huge crowd inside Yankee stadium, Ali passionately repeated the three words over and over. He meant it, too. Desperately he wanted to get rid of the man who had previously beaten him, broken his jaw and held him to the closest of close decisions in fight number two. Ali and Norton had a history, that’s for sure. continue

Hernandez Steps In For Lontchi To Box Edwards For NABA Title Aug. 31 At Seneca Niagara Casino; Jones vs. Clay In The Semifinal

21.08.07 - Niagara Falls, NY—Jose Hernandez, of Atlanta, GA, will challenge Johnnie Edwards, of Florence, SC, for Edwards’ North American Boxing Association (NABA) featherweight title over 12 rounds on Friday evening, Aug. 31, at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel. The non-televised fight will be the first boxing event held in the 1,904-seat Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, 310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY. First of seven fights begins at 7.30 p.m. continue

'8 Is Enough': Who Has The Edge After Round 9 (Hatton/Mayweather Jr.)

floyd mayweather jr20.08.07 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks installment of my weekly countdown to the Hatton/Mayweather Jr. showdown, we take a look at the two fighters in the championship rounds of a fight few predict will actually ever reach that stage. We know that Hatton's going to come straight forward and try to impose his will on Mayweather from the beginning. We know that Mayweather is going to fill his opponent out for a couple rounds before he develops a strategy and decides to mount his own attack. What we don't know is what's gonna be left in the tank for either fighter after the preliminary agenda's are over and the fight itself hangs in the balance.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24KO's) is 16-0 when the score card reads round 9 and beyond, while Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31KO's) is 12-0 in the same frame. What that means would come down to who you ask. continue

Miranda Readies For Return

edison mirandaHOLLYWOOD, FL, August 20 – The call came into the Seminole Warriors Boxing offices this week, and there was no mistaking who was on the other end of the line.

“I’m back,” said Edison “Pantera” Miranda, who has rebounded from his May loss to Kelly Pavlik and is back in the gym in San Juan, Puerto Rico, preparing for a late-October return at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood.

“I’ve been working out for hours every day and I feel great,” said Miranda, who after a successful run at middleweight will now compete in the 168-pound super middleweight division. “At 168 my punches are sharper and harder, my speed is still there, and I feel like I can jump in the ring right now.” continue

Evander Holyfield: Is he our generation's George Foreman?

evander holyfield19.08.07 - By Brandon Desmond: On April 19th, 1991, I was 10-years old. It was a fight I will never forget. The come-backing George Foreman saw his latest efforts pay off as he was granted a shot at the then 29-year old undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Evander Holyfield.

Aside from the fact that he was "old," and he had been the world champ back in the '70s, I didn't know all that much about him, but I do remember routing for "Big" George. After all, due to his age (42 at the time) he had been written off by most of the sports media, and was the underdog. What ensued was, in my opinion, one of the greatest heavyweight wars of all time. George Foreman would walk away without the title in, what I think, may have been a symbolic passing of the torch. continue

Why This Isn't A Bad Time For A Good Fight?: A Look At The Trinidad/Jones Showdown

felix trinidad19.08.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Never in a million years did anyone expect to see a boxing headline with the names Roy Jones Jr. and Felix 'Tito' Trinidad but five years after initial talks died, it took the act of a King - Mr. Don King - to not only resurrect the names, but succeed in bringing together two men who will go down as nothing less than boxing icons. The skeptics, haters, and all in between will argue that this fight is years too late and that both men need to retire, but the voice of reason in every true fight aficionado out there would easily beg to differ with good cause.

In Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38KO's), you have a man who is arguably one of, if not the - according to trainer Emanuel Steward - most talented fighter of this era. Being such an outspoken individual gave many fight fans something to rave about when Jones was unfortunately knocked out by Glen Jones and Antonio Tarver, but all that said was that he's human. continue

John Domintates Takemoto!

john19.08.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Chris John retained his WBA featherweight title by stopping number six contender Zaiki Takemoto in Kobe, Japan on Sunday night. The end came after the ninth round when the challenger's corner called it off. John upped his record to 40-0-1, 21 KO's, while Takemoto drops to 21-7-1, 12 KO's.

John scored knockdowns in rounds six and eight and was completely dominant in the ninth. The champion was ahead by 8, 9 and 11 points at the conclusion. No nonsense John, a super star in Indonesia, wants to fight in the US as he looks to expand his popularity and establish himself at the Pound For Pound top by facing the best the 126 and 130 pound weight classes have to offer. He holds a win over Juan Manuel Marquez, rated number 3 P4P by Ring Magazine. continue

Jeremy Williams Wins Split Decision Over Gomez

jeremy williams20.08.07 - By Chris Williams: Former heavyweight contender Jeremy Williams (42-5-1, 35 KOs), now fighting as a cruiserweight, struggled in winning a eight-round split decision over Gary Gomez (18-9-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the South Town Exhibition Center, in Sandy, Utah. The final judges' scores were 78-75, 75-77 and 77-75.

Williams, now 35-years old, was fighting for the first time in two and half years and he looked rusty, slow and weak compared to his previous form. His defense was also porous, as he showed little ability to defend against punches. More alarming than his lack of speed, was his complete absence of power, which was nonexistent for the entire bout with Gomez. continue

Nelson planning for a Bradford Double

20.08.07 - Robert Nelson is on a mission to ensure Bradford has two champions at the The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday, September 7. Nelson challenges fellow Yorkshireman Andy Bell for the inaugural English super-flyweight title as chief support to Junior Witter’s WBC world light-welterweight title defence against Guyana’s Vivian Harris on the Hennessy Sports show which will be screened live by Sky Sports. continue

Quillin Destroys Corral In 1st Round KO!

peter quillin20.08.07 - By Gary Jones: Middleweight prospect Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin (14-0, 12 KOs) made short work of Humberto Corral (10-6, 7 KOs), knocking him out at 1:38 of the 1st round on Saturday night at the South Town Exhibition Center, in Sandy, Utah. Quillin, 24, considered one of the best prospects in the middleweight division and a rising star, nailed Corral with a right hook and left upper cut that sent him to the canvas in the 1st. Corral attempted to get up but was badly hurt and quickly counted out by referee Lynn Moore.

Quillin, who's father is originally from Cuba, has now knocked out nine out of his last ten opponents dating back to June 2006. Quillin prefers to score 1st round knockouts, said afterwards, "I like to see if you're man enough, and take what I'm giving out in the first round." continue

Yoan Pablo Hernandez Destroys Bispo in 1st round KO!

yoan pablo hernandez20.08.07 - By Scott Frake: Undefeated cruiserweight boxing prospect Yoan Pablo Hernandez (12-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Brazilian Daniel Bispo (19-8, 13 KOs) in the 1st round on Saturday night to capture the vacant WBA Fedelatin title at the Max Schmeling Halle, in Berlin, Germany. Hernandez, a 6’4” former 2004 Olympian for the Cuban team, knocked an overmatched Bispo down twice in the 1st round. After the 2nd knock down in which Hernandez landed two powerful body shots that sent Bispo to the canvas in agony clutching his midsection, the referee Klaus Griesel stopped the fight at 1:01 of the 1st round.

Hernandez, 22, a natural southpaw and considered one of the best prospects in the cruiserweight division, knocked Bispo down seconds into the fight after connecting with a left hook to the head followed by a chopping left. Bispo got up, looking stunned at having been sent down so quickly. After the action resumed, Hernandez landed a sweeping right hook-left hand combination causing Bispo to grab a hold of him to keep from falling again. continue

King Arthur dusts Gevor in spectacular fashion

arthur abraham19.08.07 - Arthur Abraham clinched yet another spectacular victory as he knocked out mandatory challenger Khoren Gevor in the 11th round of their clash in Berlin. Backed by the jubilant crowd in the Max-Schmeling-Halle, the IBF middleweight champion (24-0, 19 KOs) picked up speed in the second half of the fight.

From the eighth round on, he constantly connected with dozens of power shots - only for Gevor to prove his great chin. Things got worse at the end of the eleventh when King Arthur launched another furious assault. A vicious left hook eventually dusted his brave opponent. "It was a tough fight," Abraham said afterwards. "But whoever wants to take my belt away from me must be punished." continue

Frenkel Stops Swartz in 1st round KO

alexander frenkel20.08.07 - By Ron Hansen: Unbeaten cruiserweight boxing prospect Alexander Frenkel (12-0, 9 KOs) destroyed journeyman Shane Swartz (18-6, 12 KOs), knocking him out in the 1st round on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle, in Berlin, Germany. Frenkel, 22, originally born in Kirovgrad, Ukraine, and not living and fighting out of Germany, landed a right hand-left hook combination that sent Swartz to the canvas, where he lay motionless for a minute. The fight was stopped at 0:50 of the 1st round.

Frenkel, 6’1” 195 lbs, is one of the best cruiserweight prospects in Germany, and along with Yoan Pablo Hernandez, another German-based cruiserweight, are considered future boxing stars of the sport. continue

Twenty-two Boxers Advance to the Second Round at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing

20.08.07 - HOUSTON, TEXAS) — Competition for the 2008 Olympic Team Trials—Boxing began today at the George R. Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Twenty-four bouts took place this afternoon in the light flyweight, bantamweight, lightweight, welterweight, light heavyweight and super heavyweight divisions. continue

Hunky Dorys Fight Night: Lee faces Healy in all Irish clash

20.08.07 - Unbeaten middleweight sensation Andy Lee will make his Irish pro debut against Belfast battler, Ciaran Healy on this Saturday’s Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point, Dublin. The Limerick southpaw, who competed at the 2004 Olympics has racked up 10 straight wins since turning professional in March of last year. continue

The 2008 Olympic Team Trials – Boxing Brackets are Set in Houston

20.08.07 - (HOUSTON, TEXAS) – The U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing draw was completed on Sunday night at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. Forty-four quarterfinal bouts will be contested in Monday’s opening day action with the winners advancing to the second round of winners’ bracket action. continue

Is The Tua Man a NUA Man? Greenburg, Quillin and Williams all Victorious

david tua18.08.07 - By Craig Mastendri: Pinnacle Promotions in Association with Integrated Sports put on Saturday evening’s August 18, 2007 boxing card, featuring David Tua in the main event of the evening, at the South Towne Exposition Center, in Sandy, Utah. Tua came in at his best weight in years at 237.5 lbs, and gave us a glimpse of flashback to the David Tua many remember as a Title Holder and top contender in the late nineties.

He faced a journeyman and former contender in the Light Heavyweight, Cruiserweight, and Heavyweight divisions, Saul Montana 48-15 with 42 KO’s. Tua now 48-3-1 with 41 KO’s started slowly and feeling out Montana, who came out throwing, using his jab, and trying to put together combinations. Tua ate a few jabs and blocked a few shots, allowing Montana to get comfortable with his pace. continue

Curious Omissions: What the boxing press gave too little time, and why

czar amonsot(Czar Amonsot, in photo, before his bout with Michael Katsidis) 18.08.07 - By Gabriel DeCrease: Perhaps it is the hangover of the De La Hoya/Mayweather fiasco lingering, that sense that the trend in boxing coverage is leaning ever-closer to the bonfire of international celebrity. As boxing has, over the last decades, been supported more by its cult of devotees and less by the revolving door of casual observance, a greater number of fighters have been celebrated--and celebrated for their skill or old school determination instead of their ability to appear wholesome, eloquent, or dashing giving a thumbs up on a cereal box.

I think that the decline in mainstream interest in boxing has provided a rare-moment in sport when a generally knowledgeable fan-base can elevate fighters like Bernard Hopkins, Winky Wright and, to a lesser degree, Carlos Baldomir to a place of distinction for specific achievements that have little to do with cross-over appeal. continue

Larsen cruises past Hamdan

larsen19.08.07 - Mads Larsen continued his successful comeback on Saturday night when he outclassed Nader Hamdan in Berlin. In only his third fight since October 2003, the former European super-middleweight champion floored his opponent with a strong left hand in the third round before cruising to an uncontested 80-73, 80-72, 80-71 victory.

He almost stopped Hamdan in the eighth when he connected with a few strong lefts but the Australian survived until the bell. "This was one of the best days since my comeback," Larsen said afterwards. "I am pleased with my performance but I still have to get better. I am at about 50 percent of what I can do. I need to keep improving - I am never satisfied." continue

Mitchell vs Stepkin added to Bakersfield card

20.08.07 - Cota Boxing Promotions has added Russian middleweight contender, Sergey Stepkin (17-2, 9 KO's) vs Eric Mitchell (20-4-1,10 KO's) as the co-feature to Miguel Espino vs an opponent TBA at the Double Tree Hotel in Bakersfield Ca, September 21st 2007. Mitchell who has been inactive for the last year is excited to step back in the ring as he stated, "I'm happy to be back in action. Manny Cota has promised to keep me busy so I'm ready to fight my heart out. My fight with Stepkin is going to be a crowd pleaser. I'm coming to take him out early." continue

Tua hooks Montana in Round One; Greenberg stops Reed, Williams decisions Gomez

david tuaSALT LAKE CITY (August 18, 2007) – A vintage double left hook to the head gave David “Tuaman” Tua an impressive first round knockout victory against Saul “La Cobra” Montana in tonight’s main event on the Pinnacle FiteNite pay-per-view show, promoted by C.A.M. Boxing, Inc. in association with Sports and Entertainment Media, Inc. and Gotham Boxing, at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah.

“Pinnacle FiteNite” is a pro boxing pay-per-view series emanating for a wide variety of venues across the county.

Tua (48-3-1, 40 KOs), ranked No. 13 by the WBC, unleashed his lethal left hook on Montana (48-15, 42 KOs), positioning himself closer to another world title fight. “I’m grateful for this opportunity,” Tua said after the fight. “I was never gone and this was not a comeback fight. This time I was able to train to fight, not train to lose weight. I hope to soon get an opportunity to fight for the world title.” continue

Dhafir Smith Steps In To Fight Jonathan Reid On August 24th!

20.08.07 - Pennsylvania based veteran Dhafir Smith 17-16-5 {4 KO’s} has stepped in to challenge Contender season 1 star Jonathan “Reid Dawg” Reid 34-6 {19 KO’s}. The fight which will be the co-main event at the New Alhambra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be fought at catch weight of 165 lbs. continue

Tua Demolishes Montana in 1st round KO!

david tua18.08.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Heavyweight David Tua (48-3-1, 41 KOs) wasted little time tonight stopping former light heavyweight Saul Montana (48-15, 42 KOs) with a sensational knockout in the 1st round of a scheduled 10-round bout at the South Town Exhibition Center, in Sandy, Utah.

Showing both speed and combinations, Tua, 34, landed a series of huge shots in the first round culminating with a couple monstrous left hooks that sent Montana to the canvas in a heap. Montana, however, looked badly out of shape and terrified from the moment the fight got underway. Tua, who has been plagued with weight problems for the past six years, came into the bout at 237 lbs, the lowest weight for him since 2001. continue

Abraham Stops Gevor in 11th round KO!

arthur abraham18.08.07 - By Chris Williams: IBF middleweight boxing champion Arthur Abraham (24-0, 19 KOs) racked up another successful title defense tonight, stopping Armenian challenger Khoren Gevor (27-3, 15 KOs) in the 11th round at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. Abraham, 27, making his fifth title defense of his IBF belt, dominated Gevor over the course of the bout, punishing him with combinations and thoroughly outclassing him. In the 11th round, Abraham finished off Gevor with a big right hand that dropped him to the canvas.

In the earlier rounds, Gevor, ranked #4 in the IBF, attempted to take the fight to Abraham with mixed results, as his weaker shots were no match for Abraham’s powerful right hand. Instead of adjusting and trying to box, Gevor continued with trying to trade with Abraham going into the latter part of the boxing fight, and took a considerable amount of punishment for all his efforts. continue

Chicago's 8 Count Signs Polyakov And Fonfara

19.08.07 - Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has signed two of boxing’s hottest prospects, middleweight Victor “The Ukranian Tiger” Polyakov and welterweight Andrezej Fonfara, to exclusive promotional contracts, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. continue

Mike Alvarado Returns To Chicago On Friday

19.08.07 - Popular welterweight prospect Mike Alvarado puts his undefeated record on the line as he returns to Chicago for his third straight fight this Friday night, August 24th at the Congress Theater against Mexican prospect Jorge Alberto Padilla. The Alvarado/Padilla ten round bout is featured at “EL BRAVO,” another action packed evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Team Williams Sends Escalera Diapers & Chicken Basket!

aaron williams18.08.07 - In response to Alfredo Escalera, Jr turning down a fight with unbeaten cruiserweight prospect, Aaron Williams (14-0-1, 10 KO’s), Team Williams has sent Escalera diapers and a basket of chicken.

“Escalera is a fraud, pure and simple,’ said Williams’ co-manager, Patrick Doljanin. “Our promoter, Jimmy Burchfield, was contacted and an offer was made to fight Escalera on ESPN 2, August 24th. We accepted the fight immediately. Jimmy was then told that Escalera did not want to fight Aaron.”

“I’m sure their going to try and spin-it a million different ways, but the fact is, he refused to fight Aaron and we’re letting the fans know. This is an example of a guy living off his father’s name.” continue

Calzaghe-Kessler: Undefeated Warriors Clash For Unification In November

joe calzaghe18.08.07 - By Billy Borst: WALES, U.K.- Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler have a few things in common. Both fighters hold a title in the super middleweight division, both have been dubbed knock out artists, and between the two of them, not one loss can be accounted for. They will lose one common ground come November, however. On November 3rd, 2007 one man will emerge from the ring finally defeated, and the other will emerge as a unifier of their division.

Calzaghe (43-0, 32 KO’s) and Kessler (39-0, 29 KO’s) each hold a very important part of the super middleweight division. Calzaghe holds the WBO super middleweight title, and Kessler holds the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles. Both men are putting up their earnings in hopes they will leave the ring victorious on the 3rd of November. Calzaghe, dubbed “The Pride of Wales” will be fighting with his people behind him, at Millennium Stadium, Wales, United Kingdom in what is arguably the most anticipated fight in boxing as of now. continue

Hatton-Mayweather: Why Ricky Will Steal Floyd's Heart

ricky hatton17.08.07 - By Sean McDaniel: Up to this point, most of what I've read on various boxing sites have been fans mostly assuming that Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs) will be having an easy time of it against Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs) on December 8th, forgetting completely about what a powerhouse Ricky is, his overall tenacity, and his superior stamina and ability to break Mayweather down over the course of the bout to wreck him. I'm fully aware about Mayweather's attributes, namely his hit and run style of offense, and how he tends to make his opponents look bad.

However, Mayweather has never fought a tough fighter like Hatton, who is not only younger than him, but also has the type of precision accuracy to beat him. Mayweather, like most counter punchers, depend on his opponents to make miss punches so that he can make them pay for their mistakes with pot shots. continue

Tua Continues His Slow Climb To The Top

david tua17.08.07 - By Ron Hansen: Former heavyweight contender David Tua (47-3-1, 40 KOs) continues with his agonizingly slow ring return when he takes on former light heavyweight Saul Montana (48-14, 42 KOs) on Saturday night at the South Town Exhibition Center, in Sandy, Utah. Fighting his sixth fight since coming off a two year lay off from 2003 to 2005, Tua, 34, has done little to turn up the dial on his career, mainly focusing on lower level opposition while trying to fine tune his rusty boxing skills.

So far, it hasn’t worked sufficiently enough for Tua to feel comfortable fighting better opposition, which is why Montana, another C-grade fighter, has been brought in for Tua to face. For all his delay in improving his opposition, Tua, perhaps, is taking a page out of Shannon Brigg’s strategy book of getting a shot a heavyweight title, by fighting tomato cans until finally they thrust him into a title shot, regardless of opposition faced. continue

Litzau Stops Lucero in 2nd round TKO

jason litzau18.08.07 - By Scott Frake: Featherweight challenger Jason Litzau (22-1, 19 KOs) blitzed an already shell shocked Emmanuel Lucero (23-5-1, 14 KOs), stopping him in the 2nd round on Friday night at Harrah's Rincon Casino, in Valley Center, California. Lucero, 28, coming into the fight, had lost four out of his last six fights, including three by knockout and didn't look with it from the very beginning of the fight.

Litzau, 24, knocked him down in the first round after connecting with a left hook to the midsection and another to the head, causing Lucero to stumble backwards and bump into the referee, before falling to the canvas. In the 2nd round, Litzau connected with a chopping right hand that sent Lucero to the canvas for the final time. The referee, Jose Cobian, swiftly moved in and halted the fight at 2:48 of the 2nd round. continue

Weights From Utah: Tua-Montana, Williams-Gomez, Greenberg-Reed and Others!

DAVID TUA 237 ½ lbs.
SAUL MONTANA 242 lbs. continue

Jeremy Williams Makes Comeback as a Cruiserweight

jeremy williams17.08.07 - By Chris Williams: Former heavyweight contender Jeremy Williams (41-5-1, 35 KOs) will be making a comeback fighting as a cruiserweight against Gary Gomez (18-8-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the South Town Exhibition Center, in Sandy, Utah.

It’s perhaps too late in the game for Williams now to be moving down to the cruiserweight division, a move he should have made shortly after turning pro in 1992, but he has an goal, he says, to become the champion of the world and will continue on with his stalled career. Gomez, 32, doesn't figure to be much opposition to Williams, so we'll not likely learn how much he has left until he steps it up against better opponents (hopefully, soon for his sake) in the future. continue

Minto vows knock out over Lunsford!

brian mintoButler, PA (August 17, 2007) Five months after his disappointing loss to long time heavyweight contender Luan Krasniqi, Brian “The Beast” Minto 27-2 (16 KO’s) is set to return to the ring this Thursday night (August 23rd) at the Mountaineer Race Track in Chester, WV to take on the battle tested Ray Lunsford 19-7-2 (7 KO’s) in a scheduled eight round heavyweight match-up.

Minto, who is ready to get back in the win column plans on banging out a swift victory over the Arkansas born boxer, “This is going to be a one to two round fight, I am knocking Ray Lunsford out!” Minto who last seen action this past March losing out a unanimously to Luan Krasniqi is ready to get back in action and erase his last go around, “I am anxious and ready to get back on the winning track and keep on reaching for my goal of becoming champ”, explains Minto. continue

Joey Abell returns to the Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday September 7th

Philadelphia (August 17, 2007)—Fresh off his explosive knockout victory on the big David Diaz-Erik Morales Pay-Per-View card in Chicago, Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell will be back in familiar surroundings when he headlines a big night of boxing as Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions present a big night of action at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia on Friday night September 7th. continue

Calderon 111.5 Pounds; Cazares 121 Lbs

17.08.07 - Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon, minimum WBO champion, made 111.5 pounds in the last pre weighin for his August 25th Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum showdown against mexican WBO mini flyweight Hugo Cazares, who weigh 121 pounds, eight above the 113.4 limit.

Cazares (25-3-1, 19 KO's) arrived to Puerto Rico this early morning and apologized to the fans and press for his high weight.

"I apologize because of my weight. I have problems with my flights, delays, and arrived this early morning to Puerto Rico, and cannot train recently", said Cazares. continue

Gunn Presents Ronnie "The Rottweiler" Kerner With Belt And Gives Donation To Iran "The Blade" Barkley

17.08.07 - In front of a packed house at the Inwood Boxing Academy in New York City, former smoker circuit king Ronnie “The Rottweiler” Kerner was presented with a special championship belt which represents him as the five boroughs champion of New York City’s smoker circuit boxing. The belt was presented by former IBA Cruiserweight champion and WBO Title challenger Bobby Gunn, who is a former, unsanctioned fighting legend himself. continue

Juarez Will Beat Marquez: "When We Beat Them, It'll Make That Much Sweeter"

rocky juarez17.08.07 - By John Martinez - - During a discussion with trainer Ronnie Shields, I asked him to handicap the upcoming WBC super featherweight championship clash between the reigning king, Juan Manual Marquez (47-3-1,35KO’s) and his charge, Rocky Juarez (27-3,19KO’s). Who do you think he picked?

The fight between Marquez and Juarez is intriguing because most people are not giving Juarez much of a chance to win this battle on September 15. They believe that Marquez will be equipped with a better skill set, experience, size advantage, and power. While it is true that Marquez has faced the likes of Pacquaio, Chris John, Derrick Gainer, and of course the future Hall of Famer, Marco Antonio Barrera, we mustn’t forget that Juarez still yet to be as seasoned as already faced Barrera twice in one year. continue

ESB Exclusive Interview: David Estrada

david estrada16.08.07 - By Keith Terceira: On September 29th at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, world ranked welterweight David Estrada (21-3) faces top prospect Andre Berto (19-0) on the Jermain Taylor-Kelly Pavlik under card. While many in the boxing world already consider Andre Berto the heir apparent in the division, some minds may have changed a bit or at least, a wait and see approach adopted after Cosme Rivera’s flash knock down of Berto last week. Giving Berto his props, Andre displayed the size of his heart when he quickly recovered and went on to easily win the bout…

David Estrada had gotten little respect until losing to Sugar Shane and his comeback showing against Kermit Cintron. Even after his performance against world champion Cintron some are still writing off and writing of Estrada as a fringe contender in the division. One thing his performance did get him was a contract with Yaseen Malnik and the Seeno Group of Miami. continue

BIg Mac Out To Regain Crown!

Enzo Maccarinelli16.08.07 - WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli will be out to reclaim his Kilvey Hill Cement Run title this Sunday (19 August). The hammer-fisted Swansea star came third in the charity event last year and has even upped his training following his hard-fought victory over former WBC World Champion Wayne Braithwaite last month.

The Kilvey Cement Run is held in honour of its founder, the late amateur boxer Nigel Page. Nigel's daughter Kirsty Page was the inspiration behind the charity event when she suffered complications during her birth at Singleton Hospital 18 years ago. continue

De La Hoya vs. Mayweather Jr: The Rematch.....The World Awaits, Part 2

oscar de la hoya16.08.07 - By Jack Presscot: And there I was at the MGM Grand on the day of the Weigh in, of the most anticipated and hyped boxing match in the History of our fair sport. I was part of the largest crowd in history for a weigh in. And let me tell you, that was a pro Oscar crowd if ever I've seen one. Pretty Boy, Uncle Roger and 50 Cent were all heavily booed, and when Team DLH hit the Stage, it reminded me of when they announced a new pope at the Vatican after the death of John Paul II. The fans went crazy for Oscar, and after the stare down, there was no doubt in their minds that Oscar was going to win.

I tried to talk some sense into them, in the lobby of the MGM Grand after the spectacle. I reminded them that this was no longer 1997, and the Oscar of the nineties, the juggernaut who plowed through an ancient Chavez and Camacho, the slick fighter who wasted Hernandez and Ruelas was a mere memory. continue

De La Hoya/Chavez III?

oscar de la hoya16.08.07 - By Eric R. Sloan: On September 18, 1998, a torch of sorts was grudgingly passed to Oscar De La Hoya when he defeated an aged Julio Cesar Chavez—for a second time. Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. was twelve years old. Fast forward to the present day and Chavez, Jr. is now a man.

Unlike most other mini me versions of boxing greats, Chavez, Jr. appears to be special. Physically bigger than his father, Chavez, Jr. is being allowed to develop slowly—perhaps too slow. There is some speculation that he will settle at the middleweight division; however, he is currently dismantling journeyman fighters in light middleweight/junior middleweight/super welterweight division. Ironically, the same division occupied by the Golden Boy himself. continue

Hearns Stops Aguirre in 2nd round KO!

17.08.07 - Middleweight Ronald Hearns 15-0, 12 KOs), the son of legendary fighter Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, stopped Edson Aguirre (12-8-1, 4 KOs) in a 2nd round KO on Wednesday night at the Frontier Field in Rochester, New york. Hearns, 28, knocked Aguirre down once in the first and then finished him off at the bell in the 2nd round, knocking him down with a two big right hands. Aguirre did little in the bout to distinguish himself, instead focusing on trying to defend against Hearn’s right hands, which had created problems for the mismatched Aguirre from the opening moments of the fight. continue

Alfredo Escalera JR Makes His NYC Debut

August 16, 2007 (New York) -Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing is proud to announce Alfredo Escalera Jr, (14-0, 11KO’S) the son of former World Champion Alfredo “Salsero” Escalera, will make his New York debut live from the Utopia Paradise Theater, broadcast on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. continue

Witter expecting a tough fight against Harris

16.08.07 - Junior Witter claims his WBC light-welterweight title showdown with Vivian Harris in Doncaster on September 7 will decide who is the best ten stone fighter in the world. The Bradford switch-hitter faces his New-York based challenger in his second defence of the most-coveted world title at the The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday, September 7 in a show to be screened live on Sky Sports. continue

U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing Weight Class Previews for the Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Heavyweight and Super Heavyweight Divisions

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The four largest weight division showcase a great deal of talent, but only four boxers will emerge with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing crown. 1984 Olympic bronze medalist and former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (Atlanta, Ga.) will make the trip to Houston to see the boxers looking to follow in his large footsteps. continue

Gilbert Venegas Back On Solo Boxeo This Friday Night

6.08.07 - Chicagoan Gilbert Venegas, fresh off his outstanding “Fight of the Year” candidate battle with world ranked Jesus Soto-Karass returns to the SOLO BOXEO airwaves this Friday night, August 17th. Venegas, 10-4-3 (7KO’s), heads to his native Texas where he will take on heavy handed welterweight prospect Michel Rosales, 11-1 (10KO’s) in the eight round co-main event from the El Paso County Coliseum. continue

Caballero Craves Unification: Vazquez And De Leon Don't Want To Hear About It

celestino caballeroHOLLYWOOD, FL, August 15 – Following the third successful defense of his WBA Super Bantamweight Championship over Jorge Lacierva on August 4th, Celestino Caballero wants to make one thing clear – he wants to unify the 122-pound title and if his fellow champions aren’t ready to do so, they need to vacate their belts.

“For boxing to get back to where it used to be, we need one world champion in each weight class,” said Caballero (27-2, 18 KOs). “The only way to do that is for all the title holders to fight each other, but unfortunately, it seems like I’m the only champion who feels this way.”

The 31-year old Caballero, a proud native of Colon, Panama, feels that champions Israel Vazquez and Daniel Ponce Dve Leon are freezing him out of a possible unification. continue

Karmazin-Messi, Cintron-Feliciano Conference call Quotes

16.08.07 - Kermit Cintron will defend his IBF welterweight title against Jesse Feliciano in one of three 12-round fights Saturday, Sept. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on SHOWTIME PPV. In another, Roman Karmazin faces Luca Messi for the WBA super welterweight Intercontinental crown.

In the highly anticipated Sept. 8 main event, two-time world champion Fernando Vargas faces three-time world champion Ricardo Mayorga at a catch weight of 162 pounds. continue

European Boxing News: Kessler Signs Contract for Calzaghe Bout; Reda Zam Zam To Take On Donquiz on September 14

15.08.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: WBC and WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler signed today at a press conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, his part of the contract for the megafight November 3 in Cardiff against WBO ruler Joe Calzaghe. Kessler told reporters he didn´t view fighting away from home would be a problem. Mogens Palle stated that negotiations with Sports Network´s Frank Warren had been long and very hard. continue

Heavyweight Haye will have his day

david haye15.08.07 - By Marc Andrews: The Heavyweight division is struggling. That is a poignant fact. The once great flagship weight class that provided such excitement and anticipation is now lumbering along slowly, like some of the giants now operating in it. The big names have retired or are just shadows of the fighters they once were. A cavernous hole has been left behind that cannot be plugged by the current crop of heavy combatants. It has at present lost its prestigious mantle to the busier, more competitive and often thrilling lighter weight classes of boxing.

A heavyweight champion of yesteryear would instantly have been recognizable across the globe, and be acknowledged as the man to beat. He would possess the skills and self character to set himself apart from the competition. continue

My Pound for Pound Dozen Right Now: Calzaghe, Mayweather, Pacquiao, Hatton, Marquez, Klitschko, Taylor, Vazquez, Cotto and others

floyd mayweather jr15.08.07 - By Ted Sares: These lists are extremely difficult to compile; they are subject to subjective analysis and to continual change. In fact, I have a top 100 list in my forthcoming book and it was pure torture to finally hit the send button. However, like many other on-line writers, I cannot resist the compulsion to do them. With this as my initial benchmark, my next will be posted on January 1, 2008 and then quarterly thereafter:

1. Manny Pacquiao (Jr. Lightweight)- This popular champion from the Philippines, at 44-3-2, has destroyed Mexican legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales with his in and out whirlwind style and heavy hands. Under Freddy Roach, he continues to improve adding new dimensions to his already formidable arsenal. continue

Undefeated Knockout Artist Victor Oganov Looking For 27th Consecutive KO on September 1; Kirkland Looks To Keep Going, In Co-Feature

NEW YORK (Aug. 15, 2007) – Victor Oganov is “The Destroyer.” The World Boxing Organization (WBO) No. 8 super middleweight contender has fought 26 times and knocked out each of his opponents in seven rounds or less personifying his nickname. Oganov (26-0, 26 KOs), of Syktyvkar, Russia, will look to continue that dominance when he battles former world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (19-2-1, 16 KOs), of Padilla, Colombia, for the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) super middleweight championship on Saturday, Sept. 1, in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation (SHOWTIME, 10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue

Cotto to Defend World Title Against Mosley at Madison Square Garden

miguel cottoNEW YORK, NY (August 15, 2007) – “Fast & Furious” is the only way to describe this epic rumble between two of boxing’s top pound for pound superstars -- undefeated WBA world welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO and four-time world champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY. Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, “Fast & Furious” will take place Saturday, November 10, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. The 12-round world welterweight title fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

An exciting undercard and ticket information will be announced at a later date. continue

King Arthur ready for Gevor, America

arthur abraham15.08.07 - IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is set to make his next fight in America if he wins Saturday´s meeting with mandatory challenger Khoren Gevor. "Arthur is the best middleweight in the world and we´re planning to bring him to the States," manager Wilfried Sauerland said at today´s press conference in Berlin. "There has already been a lot of interest in him and I´m sure he would be a huge hit."

More trouble than a potential opponent could give him the x-ray scan at the airport. Two titanium plates and 22 screws inside his jaw usually make the alarm go off at the security check. King Arthur broke his jaw in two places during his spectacular victory over Edison Miranda back in 2006. Not that the injury bothers him any more. continue

Looking Back - The Best Of A Decade; 90’s Heavyweights, My Top-Ten: Holyfield, Lewis, Tyson, Bowe, Foreman and More!

mike tyson15.08.07 - By James Slater: In this article, I look back at the decade that was the 1990’s and it’s ten finest heavyweights. The following choices are men that, while not all champions necessarily, were, in my opinion, the best over the decade.

Some of the names you will read may have been heavyweights that featured uppermost in the top ten from a previous decade (or two, in one incredible fighter’s case) while others still may be names that went on to achieve more in the following decade. But in this list, the names written are the ten most dominant, most talented and/or most successful big men from the entire ten years that made up the 1990’s. Here we go. continue

Godfrey relinquishes 3 title belts

godfreyPROVIDENCE (August 15, 2007) – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) president Jimmy Burchfield announced today that Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey and his manager, Brett Hallenbeck, have agreed to relinquish his NABA, USNBC and WBC Continental Americas cruiserweight title belts.

Godfrey (16-0, 9 KOs) will retain his NABF cruiserweight championship. He is rated No. 2 by the WBC, as well as No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, by the IBF and WBA.

“Matt has his sights set on a world title,” Burchfield explained. “He wants to give young fighters an opportunity to fight for these three title belts he’s been so proud to wear.” continue

Glen Johnson: Are There Any Real Fighters Left?

glen johnsonHOLLYWOOD, FL, August 15 – With two spectacular wins in 2007 over Montell Griffin and Fred Moore, former World Light Heavyweight Champion Glen Johnson has proven that, like a fine wine, he is only getting better with time. And if his performances in the ring didn’t speak loud enough, the refusal of any of the big names at 175 pounds to fight him shouts to the world that just as in the time leading up to his breakout year in 2004, Johnson is the most feared man in boxing.

“I guess I should wear this as a badge of honor, but truthfully, it disgusts me that fighters who call themselves World boxing Champions won’t give me a shot,” said Johnson (46-11-2, 31 KOs). “I’ve earned my way here, I always put on exciting fights, and I give the fans their monies’ worth. Shouldn’t that be worth anything?” continue

Exclusive Interview With Ronnie Shields on His Departure From Juan Diaz's Camp

15.08.07 - By John Martinez - - Moments ago, I spoke with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields about an news flash that was published on by Karl Freitag. The news brief referenced Shield’s decision to work the corner of the only four-time heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield for his fight against WBO heavyweight belt holder Sultan Ibragimov instead of being present when WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz battles IBF titlist Julio Diaz on October 13 in their unification bout. He gave a very honest assessment of what went into his decision to work Holyfield’s corner and how the situation came about. continue

Boxing Commentary: I want to be an alphabet bandit, too!

george foremanAugust 15, 2007 - By Jimmy Bryght: Money. How much is enough? In an interview several years ago with billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, an MSNBC analyst asked Donald the same question. Trump answered, "Just a little more." For those of us who have to add loose change to a Planter's Peanuts jar so that we can afford a few packs of cigarettes at the end of the month, 'enough' would mean that we'd be able to get out of debt and keep the bills paid up. For those who have the greenbacks to send their kids to private school, pay someone to detail their car at work and to throw away milk two days before the expiration date, 'enough' is never enough. continue

Calderon vs Cazares will be shown in the US on PPV Dish Network

15.08.07 - The awaited showdown between WBO strawweight champion Ivan "Iron Boy" Calderon (28-0, 6 KO's) and mini flyweight Hugo Cazares (25-3-1, 19 KO's) will be shown live on "Pay Per View" for the United States, exclusively on Dish Network in August 25 at Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in a presentation of the Puerto Rico best Boxing Promotions. continue

U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Boxing Weight Class Previews for the Featherweight, Lightweight and Light Welterweight and Welterweight Divisions

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, and welterweight divisions promise to offer a great deal of excitement with all four weight divisions showcasing numerous elite challengers for the top crown. 1992 Light Welterweight Olympian and former welterweight world champion Vernon Forrest (Atlanta, Ga.) will be on hand to take in all the action at the event. continue

IBA World Title Fight Highlights September 18th Melee on the Mountain at Table Mountain Casino: Garcia-Lopez, and Mora-Jauregui

Friant, CA, August 15, 2007 – After kicking off the “Melee on the Mountain” boxing series in April with an unforgettable 12 round war between Isidro Garcia and Cesar Lopez, Table Mountain Casino in association with Roy Englebrecht Events is pleased to announce the return of the hottest new fight series on Tuesday, September 18th, with an IBA world junior welterweight title fight between current champion Adrian Mora and former world lightweight champion Javier Jauregui in a bout that has fight of the year written all over it. continue

King Arthur works out with Hertha Berlin players

arthur abraham14.08.07 - King Arthur Abraham welcomed two special guests at the Max-Schmeling-Gym today. Germany international Malik Fathi and fellow Hertha Berlin team-mate Christian Mueller joined the IBF middleweight champion for a special training session. "They did well but they were fortunate that I did not test their chin," the champion joked.

Coach Ulli Wegner certainly liked what he saw. "Christian Mueller is very talented. Let´s keep him here. He would be a good welterweight," the coach noted - only for Hertha Berlin´s assistant coach to turn down the offer. "No chance," Harald Gaemperle replied. Berlin will lock horns with defending Bundesliga champions Stuttgart in their home opener on Saturday, while Abraham will make his first fight in Berlin as the reigning IBF champion. continue

All that is wrong with Boxing

evander holyfield14.08.07 - By Anthony Coleman: As a boxing fan who desperately tries to recruit more soldiers into the boxing militia, I always find more hesitation than enthusiasm for enlistment. There are quite a few reasons for this disposition, yet the overwhelming consensus opinion is suspicion of the legitimacy of the sport itself.

Many fear that the sport is plagued by crooked judging, too many world champions, and most importantly the champions not fighting the best available opposition. Yet, sadly there are title fights that will take place this fall which will justify, the critic’s suspicion about boxing. Now I must say that this has been a great year for boxing. We’ve been blessed with the two fantastic Marquez-Vazquez wars, Pavlik-Miranda, Cotto-Judah, and Earl-Katsidis. continue

Roy Jones Jr vs. Tito Trinidad – Two legends fighting to prove they can still do it

roy jones jr14.08.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: On January 26th 2008, Felix “Tito” Trinidad will end his 2 ½ year hiatus from boxing and return to the ring to face former undisputed Light Heavyweight king and pound for pound superstar Roy Jones Jr at a catch weight of 170 lbs. Jones, who has racked up two straight victories since his straight losses in 2004 and 2005 will be facing his first big test since the losses.

Trinidad, who struggled mightily with weight fluctuation between his most recent contests as well as embarrassing losses in two of his last four fights, will be looking to see if his legendary power will travel up to the Super Middleweight/Light Heavyweight division. continue

Nikolai Valuev to return on September 29

valuev14.08.07 - The Russian Giant is back! Nikolai Valuev will return to the ring on September 29 when he takes on Jean-Francois Bergeron in Oldenburg, Germany. "I want to be world champion again," the previously unbeaten 33-year-old vowed. "I am eager to get back into the ring."

Valuev, who won the WBA belt from John Ruiz in December 2005, made three successful defences before Ruslan Chagaev clinched a close majority decision in April. "I have learned from the first loss of my career," Valuev stated.

"I have something to prove and the fight against Bergeron will be the first step. I will beat him no matter what." The Russian Giant (46-1, 34 KOs) has nothing but the best memories of Oldenburg. "That´s where I won the eliminator against Larry Donald back in October 2005. It was a tough fight. On September 29, I will again put myself into a position to fight for a world title." continue

Boxing Beauty Asia Mays Dies at 24

asia may14.08.07 - By Vanessa McConnell I read an email from a dear friend the other day and it said: I am "AWAY FOR A MINUTE"! NO WORRIES--I AM GOOD! I ask for two things: 1) Keep me in your prayers, thoughts, meditation or "whatever you may call your communication with The Most High" and 2) IF you speak with me- DON'T ask why you haven't seen me or if I am checking my page for messages. I Love You, God Bless You and May His Blessings CONTINUE to RAIN on you causing YOUR CUP TO OVERFLOW! Live Life With Love & Peace UnCaged...

I didn’t understand the email until I got a text message later that day saying: Asia was found dead in her home yesterday morning, possible suicide (there‘s no shame in death no matter how it happens). "Asia Mays, 24, passed away unexpectedly at her residence on August 8, 2007 in Colorado Springs. She was born September 3, 1982 in Fayetteville North Carolina to the union of Norman and Kim (Punson) Mays," as it was published in The Gazette. continue

Larsen confident ahead of 50th fight

14.08.07 - Saturday´s clash with Nader Hamdan will not only be Mads Larsen´s third fight after his comeback but also the 50th of his career. The former European super-middleweight champion is looking forward to what will be "a tough Saturday night". "I have seen him on tape and he is a good, strong guy," Larsen (47-2, 37 KOs) said of his Australian opponent. "It will be a tough fight." continue

The Sun Rises Again*: Boxing Commentary: Gatti, Morales, Berto, Taylor, Pavlik and More!

kelly pavlik14.08.07 - By Christopher Roche, - With all the big fights this year, will Taylor vs. Pavlik be 2007's showcase event? 2007 will be remembered as the year of the non-heavyweight. Great match-ups have been made throughout the lower weight classes, and like in the 1980's, the welterweights and middleweights have come to the forefront. Next month Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik will keep that trend going, when they square off in Atlantic City, NJ.

Taylor and Pavlik bring a lot to the table, as they are both highly accomplished fighters, and they are both in their prime. What many people do not consider, however, is their promotional teams, the men and women behind the scenes who help make the show possible. Taylor is handled by DiBella Entertainment, and Pavlik is aligned with Top Rank, two of the best companies in the business. continue

Ken Norton vs. Ron Lyle: A Fight I really Wish Would Have Taken Place

ken norton(Ken Norton, seen here in between round in his battle against Larry Holmes in June 1978) 14.08.07 - By Jim Amato: It should have happened; It could have happened. Ken Norton and Ron Lyle, two have the best heavyweights of the "Glorious 70's" era of boxing could have created quite a stir if they would have met. By 1973, Ron Lyle was an upcoming, undefeated prospect while Norton was already a contender due to his win over clever Henry Clark. In February of 1973, Lyle made his Madison Square Garden debut and was taken to school by veteran tough guy Jerry Quarry. One month later, Norton shocked the world when he broke Muhammad Ali's jaw and scored a well deserved upset decision.

Norton was now a star and a close decision loss to Ali in a rematch established Kenny as a major player. The two bouts with Ali garnered Norton a title shot against George Foreman. This fight was a disaster for Kenny as he was halted in the second round. In the meantime Lyle would fight his back into contention. continue

Escalera ducking Aaron Williams

PROVIDENCE (August 14, 2007) – Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc. (CES) president Jimmy Burchfield reports that Team Escalera has turned down an opportunity for undefeated cruiserweight prospect Alfredo Escalera, Jr. (14-0-1, 11KOs) to fight CES’ unbeaten nine-time U.S. amateur champion Aaron Williams (14-0-1, 10 KOs) in the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights opening 8-round bout on August 24 in New York City. continue

Magee and Oakey ready to make history

14.08.07 - History will be made on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point, Dublin on Saturday, August 25th when Tony Oakey defends his British light heavyweight title against Lisburn’s Brian Magee. The eagerly awaited contest will be the first ever British title fight to be staged outside of Britain since the prestigious Lonsdale belt was first awarded in 1909. Portsmouth native Oakey will enter the ring as champion but the bookies are leaning towards the challenger with Magee installed as the pre fight favourite. continue

Öner: "Gamboa will be World Champion next year!"

14.08.07 - On September 21st, 2007 arena will make it a dozen in Lübeck’s „Hanse-Halle“. Just one year after promoting his first show in Hamburg arena-CEO Ahmet Öner will present his 12th event. At arena’s first night on September 9th 2006 reigning WBC International Middleweight Champion Mahir “The Lion” Oral had knocked out Dirk Dzemski from Magdeburg to win the EBU EU-Championship. continue

“El Gato” Figueroa All In & On Track

MIAMI (August 14, 2007) – Newly crowned NABF light welterweight champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa, in a reality short time period, has gone from counseling rebellious teens to tormenting opponents in the ring. The Spanish Harlem-born, Bronx-raised Figueroa (17-2, 13 KOs), now fighting out of Miami, captured his NABF title belt on July 28, stopping former NABA champion Ubaldo Hernandez in the 12th round. continue

Tito Trinidad to fight Roy Jones Jr?

felix trinidad13.08.07 – By Adrian Saba: Boxing keeps surprising us with the announcement of new events. Puerto Rican and boxing legend Felix “Tito” Trinidad has –according to some sources- signed to fight against former P4P King and boxing great Roy Jones. The fight would take place in early 2008, possibly at Madison Square Garden. Trinidad is currently 34 years old; Jones is 38.

Trinidad’s first comeback aimed a rematch against Bernard Hopkins, but it was truncated by Winky Wright. During the last months, Trinidad’s new comeback was rumoured, with names as Oscar de la Hoya and Floyd Mayweather being mentioned as potential opponents. Jones, on the other hand, is himself on a comeback and trying to regain glory in the Light Heavyweight division. His last win was on a fight against Anthony Hamshaw. The unexpected Trinidad-Jones fight would happen at 175 pounds or at a catch weight.

Interview With Tony “The Tiger” Thompson - “Promoters Have Kept The Top Guys Away From Me!”

tony thompson13.08.07 - By James Slater: 30-1(18) heavyweight contender, Tony “The Tiger” Thompson of Washington D.C is one of the division’s most talented fighters. Yet due to the big fights having eluded him - due, Tony says, to the fact that top name fighters have ducked him - “The Tiger” is not as well known as a man with his skills should be.

To add to the frustration for the thirty-five year old southpaw, a shot at reigning WBO champ Sultan Ibragimov has been delayed due to the champion opting to face Evander Holyfield instead - despite Tony having earned his chance with a win over Luan Krasniqi in a WBO elimination bout this past July. continue

My Pound For Pound Rankings: Calzaghe, Mayweather, Pacquiao, Hopkins, Hatton, Marquez, Taylor, Vazquez, Cotto and Wright

ricky hatton13.08.07 - By Gerard Wilson: This is a topic that many people constantly debate over, who is boxing’s #1 man on the hill, Pound-For-Pound. There are many Pound for Pound lists out there with rankings that stir up debate. Below I have listed the top 10 fighters in the world Pound For Pound in my humble opinion. This list will definitely see some movement after the huge fights slated for the fall and winter of 2007 Feel free to chime in with your opinions in the comments section.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Welterweight)- The undefeated Welterweight champion recently relinquished the WBC Junior Middleweight strap that he won from Oscar De La Hoya. Although I don’t always agree with his choice of opponents, Mayweather is clearly the best boxer on the planet. continue

Abraham v Gevor public work-out

arthur abraham13.08.07 - IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and mandatory challenger Khoren Gevor attracted a huge crowd today in Berlin when they proved their skills in a public work-out. "We´ve done all we can to keep the title in Berlin," Sauerland coach Ulli Wegner stated. "If Arthur´s strong hands find their target, it will be very difficult for Gevor."

Over 200 fans and dozens of media members gathered in the Axel-Springer-Passage to get a close look at the two fighters. Gevor was in ring first. "We are very well prepared," his coach Fritz Sdunek revealed before closely following Abraham´s training session. continue

The fighters that Floyd Mayweather Jr. didn’t face

floyd mayweather jr13.08.07 - By Adrian Saba: He is the P4P King since 2005, when Hopkins was losing his bout against Jermain Taylor and Jones was already out of the Top10, and nobody can negate the fact that he has had a great career and is a future Hall of Famer. Floyd Mayweather has done a brilliant job in climbing weight classes, and winning titles in all of them; he has wins over exceptional fighters (Corrales, Castillo, De la Hoya) and has been defeating contenders through many weight classes.

You could say that he has beaten the best at 130, at 135, 147 and 154 –not at 140-, but…what fighters he could have fought to make his resume even better? In every weight division he fought there has been one fighter that Mayweather missed. Of course he didn’t duck those fighters (well, nobody knows), but at the end of the day he did not face them. continue

'Point Given, Point Well Taken': A Look At Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ricky Hatton (Volume 2)

floyd mayweather jr13.08.07 - By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks installment of the Hatton/Mayweather Jr. chronicles, we take a look at the odds against Brit phenom, Ricky Hatton. For some reason, people continue to say that Mayweather Jr. has taken the 'easy' fight and that Hatton is tailor made for Mayweather, but after watching slightly over 5 hours worth of footage on the two fighters before writing this piece, I can honestly say that anyone who feels comfortable writing Hatton off in this match should strongly reconsider because the odds could - I emphasize COULD - be lower than you think.

When you compare the talents and ring mechanics of the two, to say that Floyd is the better technical boxer is indeed a no-brainer, but very visual in the footage I broke down between the two fighters was the fact that Hatton has clearly stepped up his game to another level every time the 'lights' got brighter. continue

A Look Back At “The Saviors of Boxing” - De La Hoya vs. Mayweather

floyd mayweather jr13.08.07 - By Steven Shabo: It was billed as “The Fight To Save Boxing.” It promised to be the defining fight of both fighters’ illustrious careers. It promised to generate excitement for a sport known for letdowns and disappointments. In short, it promised everything. But now that it’s over and done with, one must ask, did Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather actually save boxing? Was the highest grossing bout in boxing history even a good fight? Are De La Hoya and Mayweather really great fighters? Or was the public hustled into thinking they witnessed two legends giving the fans one for the ages?

Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather are without question, dominant fighters of their eras, but neither comes close as great fighters in the historical sense. continue

"Fearless": The Drama Of The Three-Time World Champion Gerry Penalosa

gerry penalosa13.08.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: The newly crowned WBO Bantamweight Champion Gerry "The Fearless" Peñalosa (52-6-2, 35 KOs), a former WBC Super Flyweight (1997) & WBF Super Flyweight (2004), has proved his critics wrong when he knocked out Jhonny Gonzales (34-6, 29 KOs) in the 7th round with a vicious hook to the ribs on Saturday night at the Arco Arena, in Sacramento, California.

Prior to the fight, however, boxing analysts considered it a 50-50 chance for Gerry Penalosa to win the bout, suggesting that he was too old. Up to the point of the knockout, Gonzales really dominated the fight using his height and reach advantage to throw combinations, effectively keeping Penalosa on the outside. Boxing aficionados in the arena, who watched the fight, presume that it was a fight that can make or break Penalosa considering his advanced age of 35. But you can never disregard the experience of a fighter. continue

Q & A With WBA 126 Lb Champion Chris "The Dragon" John: Still Searching For Respect!

13.08.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Chris John is a champion still searching for respect. Even though the World Boxing Association Featherweight champion has an unbeaten 39-0-1, 20 KO's record and holds victories over P4P star Juan Manuel Marquez and former world champion Derk Gainer, the little known and humble 27 year old Indonesian sits outside looking in as he goes about his business, widely ignored by the big names.

Chris turned professional in 1998, winning the Indonesian title in 1999 and the PABA in 2001. He had long been touted as a future champion by those in the know, even before he hit the world top ten. continue

Boxing World Cup III: The Philippines versus Puerto Rico

13.08.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: After majority of the Mexicans kissed the canvas (Five wins to One loss) on Saturday night in dramatic bouts between the Filipinos at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, the Filipinos are now dubbed as The New Force to reckon with in the World of Boxing! Because of the impressive win by the team Philippines, the legendary boxing icon, Oscar "The Golden Boy" Dela Hoya, who initiated and promoted the fight, will most likely go to the Philippines (as what he transpired to the press before the fight if ever the Philippines will win) to present the World Cup trophy to the President of the Philippines, her Excellency Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo at Malacañang Palace. continue

The Nation’s Top Boxers to Face Off at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing, August 20-26

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Boxing now stand only one week away with 86 of the nation’s top boxers vying for an Olympic berth, August 20-26, in Houston, Texas. The athletes will arrive on Saturday, August 18 before opening competition in the double elimination tournament on August 20. continue

King's Triumphant Return: Demetrice King returns August 24 in Jackson, MI

13.08.07 - On August 24, respected Michigan promoter Gerald Evans of 1 World Productions, in association with Murack Corporation, will host a night of boxing at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Banquet Hall in Jackson, Michigan. "The Battle to be King" will feature in its main event a "much better than his record" heavyweight returning from the biggest victory of his career. continue

Hatton vs. Mayweather Ticket Update

12.08.07 - By Paul Speak: There has been a lot of speculation in the press and media about the availability of tickets for this fight. The venue has still not been finalised. I have liaised with Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Goldenboy Promotions. Richard has informed me that it is hoped a venue will be confirmed within the next week. continue

Daniel Ponce De Leon Boom-Boom's Rey Bautista

daniel ponce deleon12.08.07 - By Sean Ocampo: It was a total annihilation for WBO Super Batamweight Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon as he knocked out undefeated Filipino Rey "Boom-Boom" Bautista in just one round during the main event of "The World Cup of Boxing". The Philippines however defeated Mexico five wins to one for the coveted World Cup.

It was fireworks during the early seconds of the first round, as both fighters unloaded their best punches but it was clear that Ponce De Leon's power is too much too handle for the 21 year old Bautista. continue

Sacramento Fury: Bautista vs. Ponce de Leon - Part Two

ponce deleon11.08.07 - By Ted Sares: Sudden fury it was as Daniel Ponce De Leon (31-1-with 28 KOs), took out undefeated Rey "Boom-Boom" Bautista (23 -0 -with 17 KOs) with a brutal left handed attack in the first round saving the night for Mexican fans. Daniel wanted to add the rising Filipino star to his list of victims and he did just that with his first round assault.

I had hoped this might have the potential of being another Meza-Garza, Benn-Barkley or Marquez-Vazquez type shootout, but there was no shootout here. Just a show of violence and malice aforethought on the part of Ponce de Leon. It was more like a Brewster-Golata or Lewis -Ruddock type fight and it was a shocker in its one-sided and quick ending. continue

Maskaev and Peter: Two bangers with a big chip

sam peter11.08.07 - By Mike Cassell/Philadelphia Boxing Report - WBC Champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5-26 KO’s) and upcoming challenger Sam Peter (28-1-22 KO’s) have a combined 62 victories, with 48 ending in knockout.

Both of these guys can hit, and both of them have a serious bone to pick with a division that is selling more “bull’ than tickets.

Peter had a shot at beating the man regarded as the “real” Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko, but fell short in later rounds where conditioning means everything and Klitschko easily proved that fact. continue

Rob Calloway Wins Again

rob calloway11.08.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Former WBF heavyweight champion, “The All American PrizeFighter” Rob Calloway (66-7-1, 52 KO's) dropped Terry Smith (30-3-1, 18 KO's) in round 8, en route to registering his 9th (8 inside distance) straight victory at the Expo Center in Springfield, Missouri on Friday August 10.

Scores 96-93, 96-93 and 96-94. Smith holds a win over former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis who was seriously injured in New Zealand in June as he did road work preparing for a bout with IBF Pan Pac heavyweight champion Shane Cameron. Rated # 15 by the WBO at cruiserweight where he has campaigned since December, Rob took this heavyweight bout as he has “found it impossible to find a cruiserweight opponent." continue

Remembering Bob Cleroux - Heavyweight Contender From The Sixties

11.08.07 - By Paul McCreath: If one was to look back at the better heavyweights to come out of Canada in the last 50 years the first name that would come to mind would be George Chuvalo. George was one of the toughest battlers to ever enter the ring. While a bit short on technical skills, George could take a punch like no other. continue

Muhammad Ali Vs. Cleveland “Big Cat” Williams - “The Greatest’s” Punch-Perfect Fight

muhammed ali11.08.07 - By James Slater: Just over two years into his first reign as heavyweight champion of the world, Muhammad Ali danced and punched his way to victory in absolutely blistering harmony against his big-hitting challenger, Cleveland “Big Cat” Williams. Ali was making his seventh defence and his speed and athleticism never looked better as he did so.

Though Cleveland was past his best as a fighter, his decline assisted by the bullet wound he had suffered in his stomach, he was still a good contender. He could also punch extremely hard. The Ali of the 1960’s, however, was almost impossible to hit cleanly, as Williams was to painfully discover. continue

Penalosa Stops Gonzalez in 7th round KO!

gerry penalosa(Gerry Penalosa in photo) 11.08.07 - By Scott Frake: In a shocking upset, former Super flyweight champion Gerry Penalosa (52-6-2, 35 KOs) stopped WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (34-6, 29 KOs) in the 7th round tonight at the Arco Arena in Sacramento. Penalosa, 35, was way behind in the fight, having lost the first six rounds on my scorecard when he suddenly landed a powerful left hook to the body of Gonzalez, sending him to the canvas a second later where he counted out by referee Pat Russell.

In the opening rounds, Gonzalez, 25, was all over Penalosa, showing almost zero respect as he poured it on looking for an early knockout against the veteran Penalosa. Up until the seventh, it looked as if Gonzalez was going to have easy time of it, since Penalosa hadn't been able to match Gonzalez's enormous workrate and was being whitewashed in the process. continue

Forrest-Mosley II? Will Shane See The Forrest Through The Trees?

11.08.07 - By Jim Amato: There is a line in an old Phil Collins song. It goes: "Just when I thought I had made it, you walked back into my life." Shane Mosley is one of my favorite boxing fighters. How could you not like him? He was a very under rated lightweight champion, maybe an all time great at 135. In the process, he's defeated "Golden Boy" De La Hoya twice and he also has two wins over Fernando Vargas at higher weights, BUT two men seem to have his number: Winky Wright, who was just too big for Shane, and then there was Vernon "The Viper" Forrest, having defeated Mosley on two occasions. Well guess what, Shane, The Viper's back and he's lookin' good. continue

Godfrey Wins Close Decision Over Brown

11.08.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Matt Godfrey (16-0, 9 KOs) won a 10-round unanimous decision victory over Derrick “D-Train” Brown (13-3-3, 11 KOs) at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island on Friday night to retain his NABF cruiswerweight title. Godfrey, ranked # 2 in the WBC, struggled through a fight that turned out to be about as interesting as watching paint dry. Although he appeared much more skillful then Brown, Godfrey seemed content to jab his way to victory, taking few chances to make the bout more eventful. continue

Shaun George Thrashes Matthew Charleston

10.08.07 - By Knockout Publicity - The light heavyweight division's most avoided fighter took another step towards becoming a world title contender with a four round drubbing of Matthew Charleston at the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho. George, now 15-2 (7 KO), was in control of the fight from the opening bell, displaying a varied assault that was nearly impossible to defend against. George worked the body religiously, weakening Charleston and setting up violent fireworks upstairs. continue

Mckart Decisions Ornelas to Win Vacant NABF Title

bronko mckart11.08.07 - By Scott Frake: Middleweight Bronko Mckart (51-7, 31 KOs) won a split decision over Errique Ornelas (25-4, 15 KOs) to win the vacant NABF middleweight title on Friday night at the New Alhambra, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mckart appeared to easily win the first three rounds, knocking Ornelas down once in the 3rd round. However, Ornelas came on starting in the 4th and controlled the action until the ninth round, when Mckart retook control of the fight. Mckart was cut above his left eye in the seventh round, but it wasn’t a factor in the fight. The final judges’ scores were 114-113, 114-113 and 113-114.

In rounds 1-4, the southpaw Mckart, 36, showing that he still has much of his boxing skills intact despite his age, landed right hooks and straight left hands, often catching Ornelas as he was moving in for an attack. During the third round, Mckart timed Ornelas perfectly and dropped him with a wide sweeping right hook as Ornelas was attempting to land a left hand. continue

Williams Demolishes Brownfield in 1st round KO!

10.08.07 - Cruiserweight prospect, Aaron Williams (14-0-1, 10 KO’s) needed just 1:15 to demolish Jeff Brownfield, Friday night, at the Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI. ”I did what I had to do,” said Williams after the bout. “I’ll be back in the gym next week and get ready for the next fight.”

Williams was originally scheduled to meet Derrick Brown. Brown dropped a close, but, unanimous decision to Matt Godfrey in the main event for Godfrey’s NABF Cruiserweight belt. continue

What lies beneath Super-Bantamweight Supremacy?

11.08.07 - By Francisco Lobo: It has not passed one whole week since fans at ringside in Hidalgo, Texas, and Showtime Championship Boxing watchers at home were held obviously entertained since watching Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez go toe to toe for the Super-Bantamweight Supremacy. The question now, however, is who in the super bantamweight division is on par with Marquez and Vazquez? At present, there is Celestino Caballero, the 5'11" rangy Panamanian who presently holds the WBA super bantamweight title after having defended it last week to the tough Jorge Lacierva. Caballero appears to be the dark horse of the division tournament. Is he really, though? continue

Duddy Targets a European Middleweight Title

john duddy10.08.07 - By Dan Fitz-Simons: Much to the disappointment of his U.S. fans, middleweight contender John Duddy will fight his next three bouts in Ireland and Continental Europe. Duddy’s handler, Eddie McLoughlin, says that John’s next fight will take place in Belfast in early October, as soon as the cut he received from a head butt in the Furlan fight heals. The King’s Hall in Belfast is only a short bus ride from the Derry Destroyer’s home town, and the match is expected to pack the arena with fanatical Duddy fans from his native Northern Ireland.

Duddy’s shotgun technique usually begins at the bell in round one, guaranteeing fight fans an exciting evening. But Duddy’s popularity is not limited to the Emerald Isle; in New York his brawling, crowd pleasing style sold out Madison Square Garden three times. Duddy himself related an incident in a Manhattan bar where everyone stood up and sang “The Eye of the Tiger” as he tried to get out the door. continue

Clottey Decisions Flores; Hoping to take on Cotto, Judah, Williams, Mayweather or Cintron next

joshua clottey10.08.07 - By Tim Nielson: Welterweight challenger Joshua Clottey (32-2, 19 KOs), putting in a workman-like performance, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Felix Flores (22-6, 16 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The final judges’ scores were 97-93, 99-91, and 100-90, all for Clottey. This was a supposed to be a stay-busy fight for Clottey, however, he was forced to work a little harder than what was expected by Flores, 31, who was making his first appearance in the ring in 14 months.

In the opening rounds, Clottey looked very impressive often throwing 3-5 punch combinations and multiple hooks. None, however, seemed to have any effect on Flores, who just kept coming forward to land his shots – mostly to the body – any chance he could get. continue

Joe Mesi off Aug. 18 Utah PPV show

SALT LAKE CITY (August 10, 2007) – Unbeaten heavyweight “Baby” Joe Mesi has pulled out of his August 18 fight against Sherman “Tank” Williams due to a back injury he suffered this week in training camp. The eight-round cruiserweight battle between former WBO heavyweight title challenger Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams (41-5-1, 35 KOs) and Salt Lake City favorite Gary “Pit Bill” Gomez (18-8-1, 7 KOs) has been upgraded to a pay-per-view fight. continue

Fields Stops Jenkins in 7th round!

tye fields10.08.07 - By Ron Hansen: Heavyweight prospect Tye Fields (39-1, 35 KOs) stopped last minute replacement Dominic Jenkins (12-7-1, 6 KOs) in the 7th round on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 6’9” 257 lb Fields completely dominated the over-matched Jenkins, hitting him with an enormous amount of punches in every round. However, as usual, Field’s punches were mostly arm shots thrown with little power or form, hence his ability to throw a lot of them.

In virtually every round, Fields, 32, would back Jenkins up against the ropes and then unload on him with non-stop shots, many of them missing, of course. However, due to the sheer volume thrown, Jenkins was reduced to that of a heavy bag for Field’s punches. continue

Amir Khan vs Scott Lawton on October 6

On 6th October Scott Lawton, Stoke’s English lightweight champion, will step out of the shadows and into the national spotlight when he becomes the challenger to media golden boy Amir Khan. The contest will take place over the championship distance of 12 rounds at Nottingham Ice Area on 6th October. The event is to be promoted by Sports Network (Frank Warren) and the bout will be shown live on ITV. continue

"Mean" Joe Green Decks Darryl Salmon To Hook The NABA Middleweight Title

grrene10.08.07 - By WRAY EDWARDS, All photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. At the Seminole Hard Rock Live arena last night, twenty-one year old Joe Green, 16-0 (12KO’s) from Queens, New York scored a first round KO of Darryl Salmon, 28, 16-2 (4 KO’s) from Ozark, Alabama. On the under-card there was plenty of decisive action which left only two bouts to the discretion of the Judges. All of the other fights ended when the refs stepped in to prevent unacceptable punishment.

Every event at the Hard Rock Live draws great crowds and the Seminole Tribe and Warriors Boxing really know how to put on a good show. One feature which is a fan fave when the Round Card Ladies “attack” the crowd with a mortar from the ring. While the Round Card ladies hold tightly rolled t-shirts, their wrangler loads the shirts into a gas-powered launcher which fires the souvenirs in graceful arches into the crowd. The launcher is powerful enough to even reach the nosebleed seats, and the between fight event really adds to they party atmosphere. Speaking of the girls…you would be well advised to hit “continue” as one of the ladies wore the coolest bathing suit I’ve ever seen. continue

Sherrington Defeats Connell

10.08.07 - By Tony Nobbs: In a ten rounder that never rose to any great heights, local Les Sherrington (17-4, 10 KO's) won a unanimous shut out decision over Victorian vet Sean Connell (10-11-2, 4 KO's) at the Southport RSL on the Gold Coast, in Queensland tonight (Friday), retaining his Australian 168 lb belt. continue

Sacramento Fury: Bautista vs. Ponce de Leon - Part One

daniel ponce deleon09.08.07 - By Ted Sares: When undefeated Rey "Boom-Boom" Bautista (23 -0 -with 17KOs) and Daniel Ponce De Leon (31-1-with 28 KOs), the WBO Super Bantamweight Champion, face off this coming Saturday in Sacramento, you just know there is a good possibility of it being another Meza-Garza, Benn-Barkley or Marquez-Vazquez type shootout.

De Leon hopes to add the rising Filipino star to his list of victims. Bautista, on the other hand, wants to become the next boxing icon and to bring home a world title to his home province, Bohol, in the Philippines. There will be no surprises here. These two will be like Old West gunfighters eager to engage in a shootout. Another “Boom Boom” by the name Ray Mancini engaged in one of these cock fights with Arturo Frias in 1982 and there was more action in 2:54 of the first and only round in that one than in most 10-round fights. continue

Hennessy: Vivian Harris a real threat

Promoter Mick Hennessy sees Junior Witter’s WBC light-welterweight title defence against Vivian Harris as tougher than Ricky Hatton’s last fight. The Yorkshire boxer faces Guyana’s New York-based former world champion at the The Dome at Doncaster Lakeside on Friday, September 7 in a show to be screened live on Sky Sports. continue

Can the Viking Warrior (Kessler) tame the fire of the Italian Dragon (Calzaghe)?

kessler09.08.07 - By Robert Smith: November's showdown between super middleweight kingpins Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler is the biggest in the division's history. With the fight out on Setanta Sports in Britain which nobody has subscribed to, you can expect a bumper crowd of 60,000+!

Calzaghe and Kessler aren't household names to the UK and US public like Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn were in UK and Sugar Ray Leonard and Tommy Hearns were in US, but to every genuine boxing fan this is one not to miss! It will define a division. Both Calzaghe and Kessler have claim to some portion of the lineal title (Chong-Pal Parks to Fulgencio Obelmeijas, to In-Chul Baek, to Christophe Tiozzo, to Victor Cordoba, to Michael Nunn, to Steve Little, to Frank Liles, to Byron Mitchell, to Bruno Girard -- vacated the WBA now owned by Kessler, the vacant WBA won by Byron Mitchell who lost it to IBF champion Sven Ottke with Calzaghe winning and never losing the IBF), both have been at super middleweight their whole careers and both will be at their best on the night. continue

Q & A With “Young” Les Sherrington - Australian 168 Lb Champion

09.08.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Heading a six bout bill by leading promoter Jamie Myer, Australian super middleweight boxing champion Les Sherrington (16-4, 10 KO's) makes his second defense against Victorian veteran Sean Connell (10-10-2, 4 KO's) over ten rounds at the Southport RSL on Friday night. continue

Peter-Maskaev Presser Quotes

maskaev vs peter09.08.07 - PHOTO BY SUMIO YAMADA - Samuel Peter (28-1, 22 KOs): “This fight is very important to me because I have to take over this division. I have been working a long time for this opportunity. I was born a fighter, I was born a champion. I feel that I went to school for boxing and come October 6, it is time for me to graduate.

“This is the world championship fight, SHOWTIME has given me this opportunity and SHOWTIME will have the next new WBC heavyweight champion and then the future world Champion. This will be the best fight SHOWTIME is going to have. Everything has come together in my fighting game. I can beat anyone, anytime. I will knock anyone out. I will knock Maskaev out in round three, I will stop him.

"Come October 6, I will show you what will happen and then I will take on the next champion.. continue

Erik "El Terrible" Morales Loved by Filipinos!

10.08.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: The enmity involving countries when it comes to boxing is concern is inevitable. People from different ethnicity will surely go through out for its bet or their countrymen when there is a fight. They are all set to spend their money or even cross the globe just to watch and support their boxing hero. continue

Ken Norton Celebrates His 64th Birthday

ken norton09.08.07 - By Jack Carlisle: One-time heavyweight champion and notable challenger Ken Norton (42-7-1, 33 KOs) celebrates his 64th birthday today. One of the hardest punchers during the 1970s, Norton is widely known for his three epic battles with Muhammed Ali, and also for his two-round destruction by the equally murderous punching George Foreman. While he never actually won a heavyweight title during this time, he was the first to win a championship without a title bout when the WBC gave him a title in March 1978.

Norton, an outstanding high school athlete and former U.S. Marine, initially took up boxing while in the service, where he quickly established himself as one of the best boxers in the country. He soon after turned professional, and piled up a string of knockout victories before being upset in a knockout loss to the 6’4” southpaw Jose Luis Garcia in July 1970. Although Norton would later avenge the defeat in 1975, in by stopping Garcia in the 5h round, the earlier loss revealed Norton’s difficulties when facing power punchers, a problem that would continue to haunt him at various times throughout his career. continue

Bio: Samuel Peter

09.08.07 - Those looking for the next Mike Tyson should keep their eyes on Samuel Peter. There is no hotter heavyweight prospect in the fight game today. When his boxing abilities catch up to his vaunted punching power, The Nigerian Nightmare may be unstoppable. At age 26, with a 76-percent knockout ratio, the time for him to win his first world title may be now. continue

Maskaev-Peter, Golota-McBride, Rivera-Santos on Oct. 6 at MSG

maskaev vs peter09.08.07 - PHOTOS BY SUMIO YAMADA - World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev will make the second defense of his title against WBC No. 1-ranked mandatory challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Oct. 6 in a highly anticipated championship match scheduled for 12 rounds. Tickets priced at $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50 (more than 14,000 tickets will be $150 or less!) will go on sale soon at the Garden box office and all Ticketmaster locations or by calling Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171, 201-507-8900, 631-888-9000, or 914-454-3388. Ticketmaster purchases are subject to convenience charges.

The main event will also be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) and is being promoted by Don King Productions and Duva Boxing in association with Madison Square Garden. continue

Bio: Oleg Maskaev

ß9-08-07 - It has been said in athletics, "When you have someone's number, you always have their number," and that was certainly the case when it came to heavyweight Oleg Maskaev in his two fights with Hasim "The Rock" Rahman. continue

The Best Divisions in Boxing

floyd mayweather jr.09.08.07 - By Pepe Salazar: No doubt about it, boxing is having a great year. A lot of exciting fights have already taken place in 2007, and several more are slated for the remaining five months. It’s time to take a look at which divisions are contributing towards this great year boxing is having, and which division continues asleep even in the middle of a boxing renaissance.

Based on the recognizable stars, level of excitement, and the best fighting the best, the following are the best divisions in boxing:

1.) Welterweights (147 lbs) - The welterweights are red hot right now, particularly Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is also the universally recognized #1 pound for pound fighter in the world. continue

Boxing Promoter Threatens Publicist

Within hours after learning of the press release by publicist Rob Russen announcing his consideration of a lawsuit vs promoter Bobby Bostick for failure to pay for services rendered Bostick called Russen and said "I'm going to make you a party to the Kermit Cintron lawsuit and I'm going to sue your for slander" in an attempt to intimidate the publicist. continue

Wladimir Klitschko: Who Should He Fight Next?

wladimir klitschko09.08.07 - By Dave Domenico: The heavyweight boxing division seems to be getting better. A little better anyway. Amidst all the politics and lack of clarity in the division there is one fighter who sits at the top of the rubble. IBF Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (49-3, 44 KOs).

Wladimir is the consensus top heavyweight and most credible champion among most boxing experts, fans, and critics. Despite not being the unified champion, Wlad is certainly the top dog and man to beat right now. Having successfully defended his boxing title for the third time last month against his nemesis Lamon Brewster, Wlad has enough time left to have one more fight before the end of the year. continue

Greene Destroys Salmon in 1st round KO!

joe greene09.08.07 - By Scott Frake: Undefeated middleweight prospect Joe Greene (16-0, 12 KOs) showed both enormous power and a completely nonexistent defense in the process of knocking out Darryl Salmon (15-2, 4 KOs) in the 1st round on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida.

Greene, 21, a 2-time National Golden Gloves champion and 2004 World U-19 (under 19) boxing champion, was knocked down early in the first round by Salmon. However, Greene immediately got up and quickly disposed of Salmon soon after with three consecutive left hand shots followed by a right hand as Salmon was falling to the floor. In the opening stages of the 1st round, the southpaw Greene wasted little time with a feeling out period and immediately jumped all over Salmon, 28, throwing every punch with knockout intentions. continue

Legendary Boxing Promoter Don King To Accept Award From The NABJ

International Boxing Hall of Fame promoter Don “Only in America” King will be in Las Vegas on Friday to accept a Sam Lacy Pioneer Award from the Sports Task Force of the National Association of Black Journalists at their 32nd Annual Convention being held at Bally’s. The task force is comprised of black print and broadcast sports journalist from across the country. continue

Palacios Defeats Azille in 6th round TKO!

francisco palacio09.08.07 - By Chris Williams: Cruiserweight Francisco Palacios (12-0, 6 KOs) stopped one-time title challenger Louis Azille (19-4-2, 15 KOs) in the 6th round of a scheduled eight round bout on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. Azille, 36, had been dominating the fight up to the sixth round, when he suddenly made the mistake of letting his guard down for a moment, allowing the relatively light-punching Palacio, 30, to tag him with a thunderous right uppercut followed closely by a left hook that sent Azille down on his back.

Soon after getting up, Palacio landed two scorching right hands that staggered the veteran Azille, prompting the referee Tommy Kimmons to stop the fight at 0:55 of the 6th round. continue

Oleg Maskaev Talks About Samuel Peter, The Klitschko Brothers And More

oleg maskaev08.08.07 - Interview by James Slater: Coming across as both relaxed and confident, WBC heavyweight champ Oleg Maskaev, who has boxed the overwhelming majority of his fights in America, says he will not be intimidated or at all phased when he faces once-beaten powerhouse Samuel Peter in mid-ring in Madison Square Garden on October 6th. After winning the title so late in his career, Oleg really is a fighter who is massively determined to hold onto it for some time yet.

Here is what the Kazakhstan-born WBC king had to say as I spoke to him over the phone earlier today.

James Slater: Firstly, Oleg, you must be happy the fight is finally set after all the delays that went on?

Oleg Maskaev: Yes. There were many problems leading up to the fight, but none of them were because of me, you know? I was ready to fight someone. Whether it was Vitali Klitschko or Samuel Peter. I was ready and looking forward to a fight. continue

Hernandez Stops Pabon in 2nd round TKO!

jesus pabon(Jesus Pabon, shown here moments after being stopped by Luis Hernandez in the 2nd round) 09.08.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Unbeaten lightweight Luis Hernandez (8-0, 7 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Jesus Pabon (10-1, 7 KOs) in the 2nd round of a fight scheduled for six rounds on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood, Florida. After a fairly slow first round in which Pabon out-boxed the slower Hernandez, both fighters traded knockdowns in the 2nd round.

However, after Pabon, 27, was knocked down for a second time in the round, the referee Frank Santore Jr. stopped the fight after deciding that Pabon wasn’t in condition to keep going. The time of the stoppage was 2:38 of the 2nd round. Hernandez, 24, was appearing in only his second fight in five years, after having been injured severely in an automobile accident five years ago. continue

NABA Title Bout between Greene and Salmon to Headline ESPN2

HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 8 - Seminole Warriors Boxing is proud to announce the introduction of the ultimate equalizer in the sport of boxing, “Fight Text”. This state-of-the-art feature will allow you, the fight fan, to score the fight in the comfort of your own home, at the sports bar or live in the arena by simply using the text message feature on your mobile phone. continue

Erik Morales – The Hall Of Fame Awaits

erik morales 08.08.07 – By Matthew Hurley: With all apologies forwarded to David Diaz, as his tenacity is truly inspiring, the night of August 4th as he charged forward like a bull against his nemesis, my heart was with Erik Morales. As a writer who has never affiliated himself with any promoter or network I will admit, and write unapologetically, that when a fighter captures my heart I will be there with him for the long haul.

I, along with most fans and media scribes didn’t know how much “El Terrible” had left. Having said that, we all assumed it wasn’t much. He’s been through too much through a punishing career and looked like a spent bullet in his brutal knockout loss to Manny Pacquiao in their third fight. I just crossed my fingers and hoped I wouldn’t be witness to a Joe Louis – Rocky Marciano moment that so many of my elders lament. continue

Macklin and McCloskey set for Point

Irish fight fans look set for a feast of boxing on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Point, Dublin on Saturday, August 25th with the addition of Matthew Macklin and Paul McCloskey to an already star studded line-up. continue

Israel Vazquez reaches Super stardom

israel vazquez08.08.07 – By Anthony Coleman: On Saturday night, Israel Vazquez reached the pinnacle of his boxing career. He not only avenged his earlier loss to Rafael Marquez, but he did it in impressive fashion. He survived some brutal cuts over both eyes, and showed absolute courage and world class skill in knocking off one of the very best fighters in the sport today. More importantly he received two things that he has long sought throughout his career: recognition and respect.

The road to the top has been a long one for Vazquez. Like most little fighters, he fought on undercards to bigger named fighters, and for smaller purses. In his first attempt at a world title, he would be stopped in 12 rounds by Oscar Larios (the fighter he had blitzed in one round back in 1997). Even after he picked up his first world title in 2004, he was still was considered just another title holder; a solid boxing professional yet not one of the very elite. continue

Boxing - A “Tomato Can’s” Life

08.08.07 – By George Ulrich: We’ve all used the term “Tomato Can" used in boxing, most of the time not thinking about what we’re really saying. We use this term in this sport we so love to refer to the bottom tier of opponents that the “up and coming” fighters usually face to build their record. Are we really being fair to that guy that just laced up his gloves knowing that there’s no way he’s going to win on this night? What must he be thinking on the walk to the ring? Is it a walk of fear? Does he hesitate before entering the arena? continue

Shannon Briggs: "I want Klitschko in the Garden"

shannon briggsFormer WBO Heavyweight champion, Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs says he's ready to step back in the ring and is targeting Wladimir Klitschko. The Brooklyn native mentioned, "Nobody can beat a healthy Shannon Briggs. Pneumonia prevented me from performing up to my ability. I just want a chance to show the world that I'm worthy. I want Klitschko in the Garden." The former champ will begin training in October and plans to have two more fights by the years end.


Briggs, who's had roles in Hollywood (Transporter 2), (Bad Boys 2), makes his "Broadway" debut in August, as he's just finished shooting a movie called "Whackness" starring Ben Kingsley. A happy Briggs said "I love acting in movies. I belive I was born for the big screen. Anyone who know's me, knows I'm a movie fanatic. So to me, its a dream come true to be in the movie industry." With another role in a movie coming up, Briggs plans to extend his acting career after he's finished with boxing.

Which Boxer From The 1984 U.S Olympic Team Had The Greatest Pro Career?

08.08.07 – By James Slater: As hard as it may be to realize, it is twenty-three years since the superb team of amateur boxers from The United States of America dominated the Olympic games in Los Angeles. The team was chock-full of talent and many medals - mostly gold - were won. Many of the boxing fighters went on to become household names as professionals. Men like Evander Holyfield, Pernell Whitaker, Meldrick Taylor and Mark Breland. But who had the finest pro career of them all? Of course, no-one could ever profess to having the definitive answer - such a thing comes down to opinion only. And in this article I give mine. continue

Bautista against Ponce De Leon: Who's the BEST?

ponce de leon08.08.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: Undefeated challenger Rey "Boom-Boom" Bautista (23 -0 -17), the reigning WBO Intercontinental and WBO Youth Super Bantamweight Champion, and WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (31-1-28) will be the main attraction of the incoming Boxing World Cup this coming August 11, 2007 at Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA.

Both are considered pillars of their respective boxing teams. In other words, they will carry their respective native land in their shoulders and to attest whose the best in the world in their division. At 27, Ponce De Leon was known to be a knockout puncher adding to his recognition when he easily demolished a Thai Challenger, Sod Looknongyangtoy (25-0, prior to the fight), in just 52 seconds in the very first round! While Bautista, 21, is also a vicious puncher and a very aggressive fighter. continue

Tua-Montana, Mesi-Williams & Greenberg-Reed headline Pinnacle FiteNite

SALT LAKE CITY (August 7, 2007) – “Don’t Blink” should be stamped on all tickets for the August 18th “Pinnacle FiteNite” pay-per-view event in Utah. Fans ordering PPV should be warned in advance not to go to the refrigerator or the bathroom during the 3-hour, 4-fight minimum show. continue

Boxing Commentary: The WBA Tournament - Are These Guys Crazy?

nikolay valuev07.08.07 –By Paul McCreath: Word has just leaked out that the WBA have decided to put their heavyweight boxing champion, Ruslan Chagaev on the shelf. It seems he is rumored to have hepatitis B and will be out of action indefinitely, perhaps even permanently. This was the reason for the cancellation of his unification bout with Sultan Ibragimov the WBO champ.

Now it makes pretty good sense to do something with the title while we are waiting to find out if Chagaev can ever fight again, so what the people at the WBA have apparently decided is that they will put Chagaev out to recess or on vacation or something and they will hold a tournament to come up with a new champion. Whether he will be an interim champion or go by some other name, who knows? At any rate, Chagaev would meet the winner of the tournament if he ever comes back. Does this sound like the WBC deal with Vitali Klitschko to anybody? continue

Universum vs Sauerland: Khoren Gevor vs Arthur Abraham

Finally the wait is over: Universum middleweight Khoren Gevor in a world title fight! The #5 of the IBF rankings is the mandatory challenger of world champion Arthur Abraham. Both fighters, who are German citizens with Armenian roots, will face each other on August 18 at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin. continue

Toney's Steroid Suspension Cut in Half

james toney07.08.07 – By Gary Jones: According to the latest boxing news, thirty-eight year old James Toney (70-6-3, 43 KOs) has had a stroke of luck by having his year-long suspension for steroids cut in half by the California State Athletic Commission. Toney’s suspension effectively ends as of November 24, which should give him plenty of time to arrange a fight and get in shape by then.

Toney had recently tested positive for steroids after his last fight on May 24, 2007, a split decision over Danny Batchelder in San Jose, California. Before that, Toney had at one time been banned for 90 days for testing positive for steroids following his 12-round unanimous decision victory over WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz in April 2005. Unfortunately for Toney, the bout was subsequently ruled a no-contest afterwards, taking a way his victory over Ruiz. In that case, it was given by the New York Athletic Commission. continue

Hennessy smokes Warren’s loafers

Carl Froch will defend his British super-middleweight title against former WBC world champion Robin Reid at the Nottingham Arena on November 2nd after his promoter Mick Hennessy won the purse bid for the right to stage the highly anticipated clash earlier today. Hennessy saw off competition from Frank Warren to land the Championship, which will headline a live Sky Sports event. continue

Wilfred Benitez: Forgotten Champion?

wilfred benitez07.08.07 – By Francisco Cairol: When people talk about all time great boxing fighters there are some who seem to get lost in the shuffle. When people mention the greatest Puerto Rican fighters, they tend to mention Wilfredo Gomez and Felix Trinidad. Some knowledgeable people also mention the very worthy Carlos Ortiz.

There is one name that, unexplainable to me, is hardly mentioned nowadays: Wilfred Benitez (53-8-1, 31 KOs). Is it because he kept on fighting too long? was it because his style wasn't alwasy crowd pleasing? I am not going to get into whether he was as great as or greater than Felix Trinidad, Gomez or Ortiz in this article but he definitely needs to be mentioned in their company. A list of the great Latin boxing champions would have to include names like Duran, Chavez, Kid Gavilan, Wilfredo Gomez, Sanchez, Arguello etc. continue

Boxing World Cup: More than a FEVER

08.08.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: The Philippines and Mexico are now ready to cheer on their respective boxers for the much awaited boxing world Cup this Saturday, August 11, at the Arco Arena, in Sacramento, California, between two great Rivals of Boxing today. continue

Hatton can make history

ricky hatton07.08.07 – By Steve Hewitt: The greatest fighters in boxing are, like Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31 KOs), typically, those that manage to exceed the sum of their parts. Unlike those countless fighters that have relied upon a big punch to get them out of jail, Ali, Ray Robinson et al always managed to find a plan b, or even c to switch to. The best fighters tend to possess blinding hand and foot speed, certainly, but there are plenty of super fast fighters out there who have failed to make the big time, let alone the hall of fame.

No, what the elite fighters have all managed to do is combine good speed, a decent chin, a fair punch and fearless ring generalship to create a formula for huge success. Ricky Hatton is due to face such a fighter in Floyd Mayweather Jr: and many predict humiliation for the likable Brit. continue

Bob Arum / Don King / Floyd Mayweather Jr To Attend NABJ Convention

NEW YORK, NY, August 7 - Is boxing down for the count? Or is it in the midst of a renaissance? Why is it not the mainstream sport it once was? And what are today’s industry leaders doing to ensure its survival? These questions and more will be discussed and debated during a workshop at the 32nd annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair at the Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. continue

Is Mayweather-Hatton the Leonard-Duran of this generation?

floyd mayweather jr06.08.07 – By Adrian Saba: Is it really Boxer vs. Brawler? Mayweather is the antipode of Hatton; not only their fighting styles are different, also their personalities. Leonard’s fulgurant style and personality was also the opposite of Duran. That’s already one similarity. Mayweather and Leonard are both pure boxers, although Mayweather is better defensively and belongs to the subcategory of slick boxers, while Leonard was a boxer-mover: the quintessence of the boxer/dancer. Duran was a complete fighter that had a predisposition to brawl, especially as he moved up weight classes.

It is a mistake to think that Duran was a basically a crude brawler… “Manos de Piedra” was a complete and skilled fighter, and to realize that you only have to watch his lightweight fights. Hatton is a pure brawler with a terrific workrate and dynamism, and can’t really be compared to Duran because he isn’t as skilled or complete, however, just as Duran was supposed to be the brawler and bring the action in his 1980-superfight, Hatton is supposed to do the same against Mayweather. continue

Sturm vs Griffin On Oct 20

Halle, the city located in East Westphalia, will be in the focus on 20th October for another boxing highlight of 2007. The GERRY WEBER STADION will be the venue for the „Universum Champions Night“ and the title defence of Universum middleweight Felix Sturm (28-2-0 (12)). continue

Kevin "The Great American Hope" Johnson Puts the Heavyweight Division on Notice

kevin johnsonThis past Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation, the STILL undefeated Kevin Johnson (16-0-1, 6 KOs) earned the moniker “The Great American Hope” by dismantling contender Damian “Bolo” Wills (22-2-1, 16 KO’s) in what has to be the most dominating performance displayed by any young American Heavyweight prospect.

From the opening bell, Wills came out attacking with ferocity pushing Johnson back to the ropes with the hopes of taking away Johnson’s key weapon—the jab. What happened afterwards had everyone in attendance doing “oohs and ahhs”. Johnson unleashed a jaw dropping arsenal of punches including uppercuts, left hooks, and straight rights—every punch delivered with precision accuracy to Wills face.

Johnson punished Wills all night with his devastating left jab continue

Former Boxing Champs Collide Friday!

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Former female champions Jeri Sitzes and Ada Velez collide on Friday night in an anticipated six round bout at the Springfield Expo Center. Friday’s event is being nationally televised by ESPN2 and is headlined by an exciting heavyweight bout between Rob Calloway and Terry Smith. It 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

Barrios Injured, Rocky Juarez To Face Marquez

marquezLOS ANGELES – When one door closes, another door opens and that is exactly the case when Ricardo Rocky Juarez will have a shot at Juan Manuel Marquez and his WBC Super Featherweight World Title at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on “Fireworks” live on Pay-Per-View on September 15th. An opening to fight Marquez became available when Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios was diagnosed with multiple retinal tears, requiring immediate surgery during a routine pre-fight eye examination on Friday, August 3rd, in Los Angeles. Due to the injury and prescribed recovery time from surgery, Barrios was forced to withdraw from his scheduled fight with Marquez.

Juarez (27-3, 19 KO’s), a 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist, has been involved in some tough battles in the past, including two hard fought wars against Marco Antonio Barrera, and is ready for the opportunity to win his first World Championship against Marquez. continue

Ashley Theophane’s US Boxing Diary

Ashley Theophane one of Britians top Light Welterweight Stars shares his experiences from his 3 month training trip to New York - 2nd July to 7th July 2007: I arrived in New York over the weekend. I met up with Dmitriy (Salita) on Monday afternoon. He picked me up from where I’m staying and took me to his gym, Starrett City. We met with Francisco Guzman, Dmitriy’s trainer there. He’s a cool guy and has a lot of knowledge about boxing, also a very good technical trainer. I really enjoy working with him. continue

Paul Williams: The Man On The Outside Looking In

paul williams06.08.07 - By Gerard Wilson: Standing at six foot-one inch tall, southpaw WBO Welterweight boxing Champ, Paul “The Punisher” Williams has seemed to become the forgotten man in the highly talented welterweight division. I might be exaggerating a bit, but he seems to be conveniently forgotten like that “not so appealing” female that many of us have had at least once in our lives.

On July 14th of this year, Williams defeated Antonio Margarito for the WBO Welterweight boxing crown. For Margarito this fight was supposed to lead him into a fall (November to be exact) showdown with Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto. However, Paul Williams spoiled those plans with his ring generalship and high volume of punches. After the fight, Bob Arum (the promoter for both Margarito and Cotto) was quoted as saying to ringside press: “Williams did not win this fight in my opinion”. From there, the wheels began to turn for a possible bout between Miguel Cotto and Sugar Shane Mosley. continue

HBO Boxing After Dark: Ponce De Leon vs Bautista; Gonzalez vs Penalosa on Aug.11

HBO’s late-night boxing series heats up with an explosive doubleheader when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: DANIEL PONCE DE LEON VS. REY BAUTISTA AND JHONNY GONZALEZ VS. GERRY PENALOSA is presented SATURDAY, AUG. 11 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Cal., exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports 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. continue

Malignaggi counters Chavez Jr.

malignaggiBROOKLYN (August 6, 2007) – IBF light welterweight boxing champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (24-1, 5 KOs), still savoring his masterful title-winning performance against Lovemore N’dou, is home in Brooklyn fuming about Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (33-0, 26 KOs) and his team openly challenging him.

Not only has Malignaggi accepted their challenge, “The Magic Man” promises to embarrass the Mexican fighter and his entire family in the process, offering the Mecca of Boxing – Madison Square Garden – as the ideal venue to settle the issue.

“All Chavez has is his last name,” Malignaggi spewed. “He’s gotten more press for beating nobodies than anybody in boxing history. All he’s ever fought are cab drivers and busboys. He’s nobody! I was a better prospect before my first pro fight than he is after 33 pro fights. I will embarrass him, his father, his entire family, and ruin his blood line. continue

Lionel Rose MBE Recovering From Stroke

07.08.07 – By Tony Nobbs: Former world bantamweight champion Lionel Edmund Rose MBE left a Melbourne hospital today and is home in Warrugal, country Victoria, recovering from a stroke he suffered last week.

His cousin and Australia's leading ring official Brad Vocale told eastside “Lionel's best mate Brian Ebbige told me that he is a fighter and is determined to beat it. His wife Jenny and son Michael are with him, he's home now. He's affected on the left side. He's taking light fluids and l foods. He's still got his sense of humor and is having rehab every day.” continue

Mexico’s Best Ever - The Five Greatest Mexican Fighters Of All-Time: Chavez, Sanchez, Morales, Lopez and Barrera

julio cesar chavez(A young Julio Cesar Chavez, in picture) 06.08.07 - By James Slater: After Erik Morales’ desperately close brush with history making on Saturday - in which he was unfairly denied the glory of becoming the first ever fighter out of Mexico to have won world titles in four different weight classes, because of the three judges who felt David Diaz had done enough to have beaten him - it’s time to draw up a new poll of Mexico’s finest ever boxing fighters.

Had “El Terrible” been give the nod in Chicago that a whole lot of people felt was due him, who knows? Morales might well have had a chance at being very near the top of such a list. Toppling the superb fighting machine that was the great Julio Cesar Chavez, however, is something not too many fighters from Mexico have ever come close to doing - in the opinion of most fans, that is. continue

Tavoris Cloud Returns To Chicago On August 24

World ranked light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud returns to Chicago to battle on August 24th at the Congress Theater in a featured ten round bout as part of “EL BRAVO,” the next evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Boxing vs. MMA: Why we shouldn't have to pick a side

quinton jackson(Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, in photo) 06.08.07 - By Brandon Desmond: In a recent article on written by David Cavalli, a very important point was made. A boxer would never agree to a fight with an MMA fighter with MMA rules. And an MMA fighter would likely feel the same way about a boxing match, so why would anyone argue about who would win?

A completely useless argument indeed. I feel, though, that a more important point needs to be made: Why must fight fans be made to choose a side? Scouring the internet, you will find article after article claiming that either Boxing or MMA is the "better sport." Every last article (at least that I can find) chooses a side and attempts to steer the reader toward that particular sport. I think this is ridiculous. continue

Arthur: Guzman's Scared Of What's Under My Kilt!

06.08.07 - Interim WBO World Super-Featherweight boxing Champion Alex Arthur believes Joan Guzman is scared of fighting Scotsmen because of what is under their kilts! The Edinburgh hotshot beat Koba Gogoladze last month in Cardiff with a superb performance to claim the Interim crown and is now desperate to get Guzman in the ring to prove who is the true king of the division. continue

'Point Given, Point Well Taken': A Look At Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ricky Hatton (Volume 1)

floyd mayweather jr.06.08.07 - By Vivek Wallace: It's been slightly over two weeks now since the world of Boxing learned that in addition to the numerous showdowns scheduled for the fall, a fight of mega proportions will also take place in Las Vegas between consensus Pound for Pound Champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ricky Hatton.

Ever since that great news dropped, those of us who keep an 'ear to the streets' have heard the rumblings both in main stream media as well as the 'underground' that not only have questioned the fighters' reasons for taking the fight, but also questioned their abilities as well. In an effort to shine light on both men, this piece was designed to identify the 'flip side' of every proverbial coin tossed among them. continue

Godfrey & Williams backed by strong supporting cast

PROVIDENCE (August 6, 2007) – Some of the top, young boxing talent in New England will serve as strong support Friday night (August 10) for Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey, WBC rated No. 2 cruiserweight, and his unbeaten stable-mate Aaron Williams in the main event and co-feature, respectively, on Takin’ It To The River,” part of “The Budweiser Night at the Fights” series at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Israel Vazquez Regains Super Bantamweight Supremecy

vazquezJohn Martinez, @ Ringside -- click here to view photo gallery -- In last night’s battle for the WBC super bantamweight title, Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez waged a war for the ages. Both men came into this fight supremely confident that this time around the action would be better than their first encounter and it was. Each man was also on record laying claim that he would be the last man standing with the belt around his waist. That man was Israel Vazquez who saw his record improve to 41,4, 31 ko’s with his stoppage in the sixth round over Rafael Marquez, handing Marquez his first loss in seven years.

From the start, Vazquez was determined to press the action and force Marquez on his heels with a committed attack to the body and a concerted effort to stay in Marquez’s chest behind a quick jab and his daunting left hook. continue

Video: Arthur Abraham And Coach Wegner

06.08.07 - Video copyright: Sabotage Films - The relationship between IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and his coach Ulli Wegner is certainly a special one. That´s why three documentarians have been keeping a close eye on the duo ever since January. They are in the middle of producing an insightful 90-minute documentary about the champion and his mentor. A new trailer, which provides an incredible behind-the-scenes look, has just been released. continue

Lopez Stops Dianzo in 10th round TKO

juan manuel lopez06.08.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: WBO Latino Super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (19-0, 16 knockouts) stopped Hugo Dianzo (31-12-1, 15 KOs) in the 10th round on Saturday at the Allstate arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Lopez, 24, a former 5-time Puerto Rican champion and 2000 Olympian, easily controlled the bout the entire time, but he failed to ignite the interest of the fans at ringside due to his lackluster effort against Dianzo.

Much of the blame, however, must rest on his opponent, 32-year-old Dianzo, who was coming off a 20-month layoff and appeared clumsy throughout, often coming head first at Lopez resulting in numerous clash of heads. One of which resulted in an ugly gash on the left side of Dianzo's head in the second-round, which bled steadily from then until the 10th, when Lopez hit Dianzo on the gash, causing it to pour blood, prompting the referee to step in and halt the bout. continue

It Came From Montana: The Odyssey of Tye Fields

06.08.07 - By Steven Shabo: Tye Fields has heard it all from the “Great White Hype” to the “Powder Puff Giant.” He has been ravaged by boxing critics and fans alike and despite an impressive record, (38-1, 34 KO’s) this Montana native has endured relentless criticism throughout his entire career. continue

As Diaz Decisions Morales - "El Terrible" Still "El Magnifico" - Even In Defeat

diaz vs morales05.08.07 - By James Slater, photos by Naoki Fukuda: Despite the fact that Mexican legend Erik "El Terrible" Morales came up short in his quest to become his country's first ever four-time world champion, the incredible warrior that is Morales still proved a whole load of people wrong in Chicago last night. How many times have people referred to Erik as a shot fighter? And how many times has he proven them wrong? Well, even in losing (for what it's worth, I felt Morales did enough to have won) Morales, now 48-6(34) proved a whole load of people wrong again last night while boxing in the windy city.

At times during the great bout, I was asking myself how Morales was managing to fight so well. His hands were still fast, his punch resistance was admirable and his own power - up at 135 pounds, even - was formidable. This was proven time and again through a blisteringly entertaining battle. continue

Solis stops Mayol in 8th round KO

By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: Ulises "Archie" Solis of Mexico (25-1-2-19) successfully defended his IBF junior flyweight boxing crown via 8th round knock out against The Filipino Brawler, Rodel "Magnum/ Batang Mandaue" Mayol (23-2-18) of the Philippines on Saturday night. The fight was an eye-popping one, with both boxers unleashing hard shots from the opening bell. continue

Vazquez Evens The Score; Marquez Looking For Rematch

israel vazquezPhoto: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - NEW YORK (August 5, 2007) – La Venganza! It was vengeance, vindication and redemption for a jubilant Israel Vazquez Saturday night on SHOWTIME. Vazquez stopped Rafael Marquez in a rematch to regain the World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Bantamweight world title that he lost to Marquez earlier this year at 1:16 of the sixth round in an old-school, classic and bloody slugfest.

The main event of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast from the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Texas had everything: tremendous offensive technique; non-stop, two-way action; a touch of controversy; and the contemplation of a third fight. continue

Aaron Williams In Co-Main Event This Friday Night

Fresh off his smashing ESPN 2 performance, undefeated cruiserweight prospect, Aaron Williams (13-0-1, 9 KO’s) makes his Rhode Island debut this Friday night, August 10th, at the Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI. Williams has been training in the +100 degree, desert heat of Las Vegas. “It’s been hot and a tough camp and I’m in great shape,” said Williams after his Friday work-out. “I’ve had great sparring and Axel (conditioning coach Axel Murillo) has been trying to kill me, as usual.. continue

Diaz Decisions Morales! "I'm Not Going To Fight Anymore." - Morales

erik morales04.08.07 - By Sasha "Kozlov" Baranov: WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (33-1-1, 17 KOs) defeated former three time division champion Erik Morales (48-6, 34 KOs) tonight at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, Illinois, winning a close 12-round unanimous decision, and in the process preventing Morales, 30, from winning a fourth division title. Immediately afterwards, Morales announced his retirement, saying “I'm not going to fight anymore. I've taken far too many punches, particularly to the head area. Punches to the head are really beginning to bother me.”

The loss was particularly troubling for Morales, as it was his fifth in his last six fights. In the first round, it appeared Morales would go out a winner, when he knocked Diaz down late in the round. However, Diaz, 31, scored a knockdown of his own in the next round, dropping Morales with a big left hand. continue

Why Erik "El Terrible" Morales Failed to Win

By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: Great determination to win was best referred to David Diaz performance against El "Terrible" Erik Morales on Saturday night, as he gritted it out and outworked the former boxing champion Morales over the course of the 12-round bout. Many had opposed and didn't believe that Diaz, described as a Boxer, could topple the odds and beat the harder punching Morales. continue

Sharkies Machine Vasquez TKO's Marquez in 6!

rafael marquez04.08.07 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME - In a serious candidate for Fight of the Year, and a third round that could be the Round of the Year, Israel Vazquez won a spectacular, bloody, exciting, give-and-take slugfest and the WBC super bantamweight title with a sixth-round TKO over Rafael Marquez in their highly anticipated rematch Saturday on SHOWTIME.

By Frank Gonzalez Jr. Wow! That’s the best word to describe the rematch battle between WBC Super Bantam Champion, Rafael Marquez (37-4, 33KO’s) and Israel Vasquez (42-4, 31 KO’s). This is what its all about, the two best fighters in the boxing division facing each other. continue

Marquez/Vasquez II: Boxing At Its Best!

06.08.07 - By Alden "The Kid" Chodash: Last Saturday night, the two biggest stars of the lower divisions in boxing once again showed us why we love this game. But following such a great ring encounter there was some good news and bad news. The bad news was that one fighter, Rafael Marquez, had to fall short of winning. The good news is we'll probably get to see a third. continue

Marquez-Vasquez: Macho Time In Hidalgo

rafael marquez04.08.07 - Photo: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIMEBy - Ted Sares: Talk about a cock fight; talk about give and take, talk about a blood fest. This one had it all. Two Mexican warriors, one possessing a lethal straight right; the other owning a chilling left hook. Both skilled.

Each action-filled round began with Israel Vazquez, 42-4 starting strong, and then slowing down just a tad as both fighters exchanged on a more even basis in the middle of each stanza. Rafael Marquez, 37-4, seemed to finish the rounds stronger. In between, a bloody and savage battle ensued with both blasting away at an incredible work rate and landing chilling shots to each other‘s head and body. Both had suffered nasty cuts around their eyes and blood flowed freely. After only four rounds, I asked myself, “how much more can they take?” continue

Francisco Palacios to face Azille, replaces Bell

By Knockout Publicity: Francisco "The Wizard" Palacios has stepped up to the challenge against Louis Azille, participating in his first eight-round assignment this Wednesday. Palacios, 11-0 (5 KO), answered the call to duty on five days notice, replacing O'Neill Bell, who pulled out for "undisclosed reasons." Nonetheless, Palacios enters the ring with a composed mindset. continue

The Welsh Connection: Calzaghe, Maccarinelli and Rees

joe calzaghe04.08.07 - By Johny Oakley: Three recent victories, three world titles, three questions echoing in the valleys, as yet unanswered. The most significant convergence in their respective roads to world title status of all three athletes in question is the Welsh connection. Or, more precisely, the Welsh-Italian connection. Enzo Calzaghe’s recently relocated Newbridge Boxing Club, now housed inside a disused rugby club, is currently the centre of the universe for speculators on British boxing.

The rugby player was once the chief exponent of the pride of Wales, the hallowed turf of Cardiff Arms Park his domain. Now, jab and hook have supplanted ruck and maul to emerge as the premiere imagining of the pride of Wales, the Millennium Stadium their domain – having replaced Cardiff Arms park as the national stadium. continue

Shaun George ready to "Destroy" Matthew Charleston

By Knockout Publicity: Fresh off of a thrilling victory over Richard Hall this past May, Shaun George of Brooklyn, NY is poised to impress in his West Coast debut against the well-traveled Matthew Charleston. "I'm ready," assures George, 14-2-2 (6 KO). "I'm in good shape. I've been wanting to hit someone for the longest." The fight will take place at the Coeur d'Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho. continue

Vazquez Stops Marquez in 6th round TKO

rafael marquez04.08.07 - By Scott Frake: WBC super bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez (37-4, 33 KOs) was shockingly stopped tonight by challenger Israel Vazquez (42-4, 32 KOs) in the sixth round tonight at the Dodge Arena, in Hidalgo, Texas. Shortly after being knocked down by a tremendous left hook thrown by Marquez, the referee Guadalupe Garcia stepped in and stopped the bout despite Marquez seeming to be alright and fighting back without any problems. At the time of the stoppage, Marquez had a comfortable lead in the fight and had Vazquez cut around both eyes.

In the opening rounds, both fighters stood toe-to-toe, trading huge shots at close range. Like in the first fight, it appeared that Marquez was getting the better of Vazquez, tagging him with powerful jabs and right hands. Marquez, though, was stunned briefly in the third round, but appeared to recover well and continue slinging bombs nonstop. continue

Vasquez Stops Marquez To Regain WBC Title

HIDALGO, Tex. (Aug. 4, 2007) – Sycuan Ringside Promotions went three-for-three Saturday at the Dodge Arena, highlighted by Israel Vazquez’s sensational sixth-round knockout of Rafael Marquez to regain the World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title. continue

Chavez Jr. Stops Brown in 5th round TKO

julio cesar chavez jr.04.08.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Undefeated light middleweight prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (33-0, 26 KOs) completely destroyed his overmatched opponent Louis Brown (15-3), stopping him in the fifth round of a scheduled 10-round bout tonight at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, Illinois. Chavez Jr., only 21-years-old, punished Brown from the outset, hitting him with powerful double hooks to the body, and completely outclassing him.

Along the way, Chavez Jr., the son of the boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez, knocked Brown down once in the fourth round. The beating continued into the fifth round, in which Chavez Jr. used Brown as target practice for his hooks. Finally, after landing two solid shots to the head, the referee Gerald Scott stepped in and halted the bout at 2:42 of the fifth round. As usual, Chavez Jr. focused mainly on his offensive attack, caring little about defense, and it showed as he took a lot of return fire from the 34-year-old Brown.

Cincinnati Middleweight Roy Dale Passes Away

04.08.07 - By Jim Amato: A very good fighter from the state of Ohio passed away recently. Roy Dale, a middleweight from Cincinnati who boxed fifty professional contests from 1969 to 1980 has died at the age of 58. Dale won nine of his first ten fights but in fight # 11 he was stopped Philadelphia's Richie Kates. No shame there. Kates would go on to meet WBA light heavyweight champion Victor Galindez in two brutal title fights. continue

Caballero decisions Lacierva!

caballero04.08.07 - By Gary Jones: WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (27-2, 18 KOs) had a tougher than expected time tonight against Jorge Lacierva (32-7-6, 22 KOs), grinding out a grueling 12-round decision victory tonight at the Dodge Arena, in Hildago, Texas. Early on, Lacierva, 29, was able to land his right hand with effectiveness as Caballero, 31, opted to trade with him on the inside.

However, as the fight progressed, the southpaw Caballero used his long jab followed by a beautiful straight left hand to pull away from the much shorter Lacierva and finish in a commanding fashion. The final judges' scores were 115-112, 116-111, 116-110, awarding the decision victory to Caballero.

Unfortunately, the bout was plagued by fouls, as Lacierva had a point taken away in the sixth round for a low blow. However, the fouls also were coming from Caballero as well, since he was repeatedly warned for clinching.

Theophane would treasure a fight with Graham Earl

With everyone in the lightweight division calling out Amir Khan, it seems strange that Ashley 'Treasure' Theophane would rather take on Graham Earl. Earl, recently turned down a fight with Jon Thaxton but seems to want Amir Khan. Earl is due to have a warm-up fight on October 6th and Theophane nicknamed 'Treasure' wants to be in the opposite corner. Why is this continue

Pascal Decisions Ikeke

pascal03.08.07 - By Ron Hansen: Undefeated Super middleweight prospect Jean Pascal (18-0, 13 KOs) won an impressive 12-round decision over Kingsley Ikeke (23-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre in Montreal, Canada. Pascal, 24, was defending his NABF super middleweight title, and had a relatively easy time of it against former middleweight title challenger Ikeke, winning essentially ever round of the fight. The final judges’ scores were 118-110, 117-111, and 115-113. Pascal made it immediately clear that he meant business in the first round, throwing every punch as if he were trying to take Ikeke’s head off.

With power reminiscent of a combination of Jeff Lacy and Edison Miranda, Pascal blasted Ikeke with left-right combinations in the opening rounds. Though Ikeke was landing a lot of punches of his own, they were mostly limited to jabs or weakly thrown punches that had little impact in slowing down Pascal’s impressive offensive attack. continue

Soliman & Bika Make the Cut for "The Contender" series

04.08.07 - By Tony Nobbs: World title challengers Sam Soliman and Sakio Bika are the two Australian boxing fighters who made the final cut for the third series of “The Contender." Sixteen super middleweights , a crop of young pro's and seasoned vets will battle it out with a cool US $750,000 grand prize at the end of the rainbow. continue

Kevin Johnson Defeats Wills

kevin johnson03.08.07 - By Chris Williams: Undefeated heavyweight boxing prospect Kevin Johnson (16-0, 6 KOs), defeated Damian Wills (22-2-1, 16 KOs), winning a 10-round lopsided decision on Friday night at the Far West Rodeo, in Doraville, Georgia. Johnson, 27, using mostly his jab, pecked Wills for 10 continuous and thoroughly frustrating him in the process.

While fighting, Johnson often bantered back and forth with the ringside girls, who happened to be cheering for Wills for much of the fight. In the first round, Wills, 27, spent a good deal of time bulling Johnson to the ropes, where Wills would land shots to the head at close range. continue

Holyfield-Ibragimov - Lewkowicz Declares Unequivocally: "There Was No Step Aside Money"

03.08.07 - By John Martinez, In my earlier interview with world renowned Sampson Lewkowicz, advisor and international match maker to a list of pugilists, including the WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, he offered insight into the how and why the clash between the current champ and former four time heavyweight champion of the world Evander Holyfield is taking place later this year. continue

Marquez and Vazquez Revisit "Chinatown"

rafael marquez04.08.07 - By John "N.S.U." Way: "Now I damn near lost my nose back there. Now I like it. I breath through it all the time." In the aftermath of his fight with Raphael Marquez earlier this year, Israel Vasquez must have been especially able to sympathize with Jack Nicholson’s ‘Inspector Gittes’ of "Chinatown" fame. Considered one of the greatest motion pictures of all time, "Chinatown" sported an impressive ten Academy Award nominations, with Nicholson notably-and controversially-besting Al Pacino for the Best Actor honors.

Spending more than half the film with his painfully maimed schnoze in a sling, Gittes’ wound takes a backseat only to Vasquez’ obscene olfactory injury suffered in the Marquez fight. continue

Mayweather vs. Hatton: It’s about speed!

03.08.07 - By Dave Domenico: I for one, am excited that Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Ricky Hatton will face off late this year in what could be the a ‘potential” fight of the year candidate. I have been interested in this fight ever since Hatton defeated Jose Luis Castillo in such a brutal manner. Now, to both men’s credit they are laying their undefeated records on the line along with their pound for pound status. To me, that is more important than belts at this point. continue

Johnson Decisions Wills; Hunter defeats Samuel

damian willsDORAVILLE, Ga. (August 4, 2007) - The popular fistic series ShoBox: The New Generation delivered an exciting night of boxing on Friday, August 3 with heavyweights Kevin “The Kingpin” Johnson and Damian “Bolo” Wills in a fast passed, highly entertaining battle that had the near capacity crowd at Far West Rodeo on their feet for part of the evening. Johnson won a unanimous decision with two judges scoring the bout 99-91 and one judge 100-91.

In the co-feature, stylish super bantamweight Eric Hunter scored a unanimous decision victory against the much bigger Tyrell Samuel. Two judges scored the bout 79-73 and one 78-74.

Johnson, (16-1, 6 KOs) of Douglassville, Ga., pulled out all the stops for a spectacular showing against Wills in 10 round heavyweight match-up. Wills, (22-2-1, 16 KO’s) of Los Angeles, Calif., came charging out of his corner as the bell sounded for round one and attempted to lure Johnson into an immediate slugfest. Johnson was more than willing to engage Wills as the two fighters battled throughout the round. continue

Ruslan Chagaev deeply disappointed

Due to an acute chronic illness, WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev is unable to compete in the world championship unification bout on October 13 against the WBO world champion Sultan Ibragimov. At the moment Chagaev’s illness makes normal intensive training over a several week period impossible, which means that the Universum-backed world champion will be unfit for the scheduled bout on October 13 in Moscow. continue

Super Bantamweights in the Spotlight! Marquez, Vasquez & Caballero Showcase Boxing’s Most Talent Rich Division this Weekend!

caballero03.08.07 - By Rob Tierney, - It’s a connoisseur’s weekend! Erik Morales is making another comeback, Kevin Johnson is looking to crack the Heavyweight ranks, and Boxing’s most talented division is in the spotlight. Morales’s return and Johnson’s emergence has captured most of the interest thus far. However, it’s what Super Bantamweights Rafael Marquez, Israel Vasquez, and Celestino Caballero have in store that is most intriguing to some in what might just be the Sport’s finest hour this year.

While the general media has neglected to pay the division its fair due, the 122 pound weight class has forced the fight game junkies and the Boxing video archive collectors to cancel their plans for the upcoming weekend. With the help of the Showtime Network and HBO PPV, four fights including two world titles are on the line all within the 122 pound division. continue

Forgotten Warrior Uriah Grant - The Man Who Beat Tommy Hearns!

03.08.07 - By James Slater: It’s a sad fact in all sports, not least boxing, that some athletes get almost completely forgotten as soon as they head into retirement. World titles may have been fought for, even won, yet still these guys disappear from the fans’ consciousness faster than a badly placed bet. Former world class, indeed world champion, boxer Uriah Grant is one such athlete. continue


Marquez-VazquezPhoto: TOM CASINO/SHOWTIME : The four fighters competing in the 122-pound world title fights Saturday on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) made weight easily Friday. Former WBC champion Israel Vazquez (left) and defending WBC super bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez each weighed in at 121 pounds. Challenger Jorge Lacierva tipped scale at 121 pounds, while reigning WBA 122-pound titleholder Celestino Caballero weighed 121 1/2.

03.08.07 - by Francisco Lobo: With its passionate characters, perfectly matched pugilistic confrontation and rearranged expectations, Golden Boy Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and Showtime Boxing Championship present the highly antecipated, most awaited rematch between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vasquez for the WBC Super-Bantamweight Championship of the World at the Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas this coming Saturday Night, August the 4th. continue

Sampson Lewkowicz Talks About Ibragimov-Holyfield

03.08.07 - By John Martinez, Moments ago, I spoke with world class manager to five champions, Sampson Lewkowicz about one of his charges, WBO heavyweight champ Sultan Ibragimov, to confirm the details of the transatlantic showdown on October 13 for Ibragimov’s WBO heavyweight title. Lewkowicz said the fight was agreed to in full in a span of just three hours. Here is what he had to say. continue

Quiet Storm: 3 Reasons For Silence Among Mayweather/Hatton Fight Skeptics

floyd mayweather jr02.08.07 - By Vivek Wallace: How sweet it is. At long last, two of the best undefeated fighters in the game are preppin' up for a December boxing showdown as Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24KO's) and Brit phenom Ricky Hatton (43-0, 31KO's) get set to wage war.

Now that the moment of reckoning is only months away, with the i's dotted and the t's crossed, somehow, someway, a select group of skeptics still find a need to criticize the actual boxing matchup.

An avid fight aficionado and mouthpiece of the masses, I, as well as most others, would relish the opportunity to see two undefeated, highly gifted pugilist square off. continue

Kevin Johnson : "I am like a Hoover vacuum, I'm going to clean out the division"

August 3rd, 2007 (Doraville, GA) – Undefeated Heavyweight Contender Kevin “The Great American Hope” Johnson (15-0-1, 6KO’s) arrived in Doraville, GA yesterday in his usual peak condition, ready to put on the performance of his career against the hard hitting Damian “Bolo” Wills (22-1-1, 16KO’s) this Friday at the Far West Rodeo. Johnson’s registered his best weight ever at 229lbs. Wills dropped 5lbs since March officially weighing 259lbs. continue

Mixed Martial Arts Fighting vs. Boxing: Much Ado About Nothing

quinton jackson(Chuck Liddell, on left, taking on Quinton "Rampage" Jackson) 02.08.07 - By David Cavalli: It seems the hot topic for fight fans in recent months has been who would win, the mixed martial arts fighter (MMA) or the boxer? Sports shows, fight forums, boxers and MMA fighters have all expressed their opinion one way or another. It was around the time of his fight with Oscar De La Hoya that Floyd Mayweather made it clear that he could beat whomever the world of mixed martial arts had to offer.

I heard Dana White, the head of the UFC, mixed martial arts biggest and most successful organization, rip into boxing announcer Jim Lampley on an ESPN radio show recently. The reason for White's criticism was due to the fact that Lampley had reportedly made disparaging comments about UFC style fighting. continue

Rigondeaux and Lara arrested!

Hamburg, August 3rd, 2007 – The professional careers of Cuban superstars Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara may have come to an end before it even started. Police arrested two-times Olympic champion Rigondeaux and reigning Welterweight World amateur champion Lara while they were waiting for their German visa at a secret place in Brazil. The two Cubans defected from their national team during the Pan American Games. Because they hadn’t had their passports with them police has to figure out their identities. The consequences are not clear yet. Most probably Rigondeaux and Lara will have to return to Cuba. continue

The Fighting Frenchman: Scott LeDoux

ledoux02.08.07 - By Ted Sares: Scott LeDoux was a road warrior out of Minnesota who fought the very best during the golden age of heavyweights in the 70s. Big boppers like Frazier, Ali, Quarry, Norton, Foreman, Shavers, Chuvalo, Terrell, Mike Weaver, Jeff Merritt, Mac Foster, Joe Bugner, Leroy Jones, Jimmy Young, and Jimmy Ellis, among many others, roamed the landscape.

Known as the ‘Fighting Frenchman,” he toiled at his trade from 1974 to 1983. During the earlier part of his career, he met Roy “Cookie” Wallace, Rodney Bobick, Terry Daniels, George “Scrap Iron” Johnson, Ron “The Butcher” Stander and Larry Middleton. Aside from a cut eye stoppage to Cookie Wallace in 1975, Scott ran his record to a fine 18-1-1 going into a bout against rugged Duane Bobick, 34-0 coming in. continue

WBC to Honor Jess James Leija at Marquez-Vazquez II

HIDALGO, TX (August 3, 2007) -- The World Boxing Council will honor a true ring warrior, former world boxing champion and famous son of Texas, Jesse “James” Leija, by presenting him the WBC green & gold belt on Saturday, August 4 at The Dodge Arena in Hidalgo Texas, during the super bantamweight title rematch between Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez. continue

Taylor-Pavlik: The Pre-fight Feature

kelly pavlik02.08.07 - By Jim Amato: September 29th, 2007 - Will this be the day that puts Youngstown, Ohio back on the fistic map? Undefeated knockout artist Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik (31-0, 28 KOs) of Y'town meets world's middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (27-0, 17 KOs) who is also unbeaten.

This is the fight at 160 pounds that the fans wanted to see. Kudos to the management of the fighters and the promoters for putting this together. It reminds me of the old days where a true champion meets the real # 1 challenger. The Calzaghe - Kessler bout at 168 pounds serves the same purpose. continue

Thursday's Final Presser Quotes: Marquez-Vazquez-Caballero-Lacierva

In a rematch of a leading candidate for Fight of the Year, Rafael Marquez will defend his WBC super bantamweight boxing title against former champion Israel Vazquez this Saturday, Aug. 4, on SHOWTIME at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Tex. continue

Preview of Marquez-Vazquez II

rafael marquez02.08.07 - By Anthony Coleman: This past March, Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez were in the midst of an excellent battle that looked like it was turning into an all-time battle; but the fight had one of the most anti-climatic endings in recent boxing history when Vazquez quit on his stool because he couldn’t breathe out of his severely damaged nose.

The fight cost him his 122 pound title and robbed boxing fans of a definitive ending to, what was for seven rounds, a great fight. Now, five months later, Marquez and Vazquez will finish the business they started in the first fight and hopefully give boxing fans the all-time classic fight that they are capable of delivering. Now the question going into the rematch that is on boxing fans mind is who should be the favorite going into the rematch. continue

Mean Joe Green vs Daryl Salmon

Rising middleweight star “Mean” Joe Greene (15-0, 11 KOs), one of the best prospects to come out of New York City in years, will face his biggest test to date on Wednesday, August 8th, when he looks to win his first professional title in a 12 round NABA championship bout against Daryl Salmon (16-1, 4 KOs) in the main event of ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights. continue

Why is Mayweather avoiding the best available opposition?

floyd mayweather jr.02.08.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: So it’s official! Reigning pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather Junior will be facing Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton in his next bout. Unfortunately, there are better fights out there for Mayweather, but for whatever reasons, he doesn’t seem interested in pursuing them.

After beating Oscar De La Hoya, Mayweather has become one of the most sought after fighters in the 147 pound weight range. Fortunately for Mayweather, there are a slew of worthwhile contenders to choose from. In the welterweight division alone, you have Shane Mosley, Miguel Cotto, and Paul Williams. Rather than accepting the challenge from one of these elite boxing fighters, Mayweather has set his sights a little lower—on a junior welterweight. continue

Junior Witter hoping to lift Rovers for United clash

Witter, who has become a football fan since being converted to a follower of Doncaster, will be a guest on the pitch for the game against the Premiership champions which marks the official opening of Rovers' new home - the Keepmoat Stadium. continue

Holyfield gets his chance!

evander holyfield02.08.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev has recently withdrawn from a scheduled unification bout with WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov. As a result, former four-time champion, Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield, will finally get the opportunity he’s been waiting for ever since losing his last title bid against Chris Byrd in 2002—another title shot!

For years, Holyfield has stated he wanted to retire as undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. After losing the undisputed title to Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe in 1992, the closest Holyfield came to accomplishing this goal was in back-to-back bouts against Lennox Lewis in 1999. continue

Max Alexander Returns on Sept 7

Philadelphia (August 1st, 2007)—On Friday night September 7th, light-heavyweight Max Alexander will look to stay undefeated when he takes on Corey Phelps in a scheduled ten round bout that will headline a big night of boxing that will be promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.. continue

Rafael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez: Preview, Analysis, & Prediction

rafael marquez02.08.07 - By Alan Kindred: Want to see a good fight? In a rematch of their exciting slugfest fought five months ago, WBC Super bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez (37-3, 33 KOs) vs. will take on the knockout artist Israel Vazquez (41-4, 30 KOs) at the Dodge Arena, in Hildago, Texas. Exciting fights are what the sport of boxing needs.

Last March, Marquez-Vazquez gave an effort which can considered as one of the best boxing fights of the year, if not the best. This Saturday night they are going to war again. They both have aggressive come forward styles with excellent power for there weight class. Pound for pound, they are among the hardest punchers in the sport. Also to be considered is the fact that of their combined seven losses, six were by stoppage. continue

British Boxing: Keith Chadwick reviews an eventful season for Impact boxers

As the season draws to a close all concerned with Impact Boxing can be justifiably satisfied with the progress that the embryonic stable has made over the last twelve months. The highlight of the season has to be the emergence of Chris Edwards as force to be reckoned with. continue

Chagaev Out; Holyfield To Fight Ibragimov On Oct. 13 In Moscow

evander holyfieldHOLLYWOOD, FL, August 2 – After the sudden withdrawal of WBA Heavyweight Champion Ruslan Chagaev from his October 13th unification bout with WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov due to undisclosed medical reasons, Seminole Warriors Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, Main Events and Golden Grain Promotions, in association with Sampson Lewkowicz and Yuri Federov’s Sports Lab, are pleased to announce that stepping up to the plate in an attempt to win the heavyweight championship of the world for a fifth time is Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield.

Ibragimov-Holyfield sponsored by Nafta Moskva, will take place on the original date of Ibragimov-Chagaev, Saturday, October 13, at the state of the art Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia. Broadcast plans for the bout will be announced once they are secured. continue

Valuev vs Bergeron on Sept 29, Euro News

02.08.07 - By Per Ake Persson: Former WBA heavy champ Nikolai Valuev returns to action September 29 in Oldenburg, Germany, against Canadian Jean-Francois Bergeron. Valuev have thus relinquished his position as mandatory challenger for EBU ruler Vladimir Virchis. Bergeron´s NABA title could be at stake. Valuev is rated # 1 by the WBA while Bergeron is # 13. continue

Ray Hatton: "Hatton-Mayweather Fight Has Been 18 Months In The Making"

ricky hatton02.08.07 - Ray Hatton today told talkSPORT, the UK’s only national commercial speech radio station, that the ‘super-fight’ between son Ricky and welterweight champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, has been on the cards for 18 months. Speaking to Alan Brazil and Graham Beecroft on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, Hatton said: “We’ve been talking to people from Mayweather’s camp for 18 months.

"We’ve had dialogue going back as far as that. We’ve had conversations, ‘let’s be careful who the lads fight, try and keep them unbeaten, let’s try and make it over 80 fights’ which is a bit of a record for two unbeaten fighters to get in the ring. But it isn’t that easy in boxing. continue

Erik Morales Conference Call Transcript

Lee Samuels: Thank you very much. This is a very exciting time for Top Rank. We are in Chicago. The Three-Time World Champion, Erik Morales, is with us here in Chicago and he's getting ready to do battle with David Diaz, a WBC Lightweight Champion. It's war for four this Saturday night at the All State Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. It's a very, very exciting fight. continue

The Sun Rises Again*: Boxing Commentary

mikkel kessler02.08.07 - By Christopher Roche: This edition contains guest commentary from undefeated Long Island, NY welterweight Tommy “The Razor” Rainone. “The Razor’s Edge” appears near the end of the column.

Boxing Questions (and answers): 1) After he fights Mikkel Kessler, will Joe Calzaghe answer Bernard Hopkins’ call?

After Hopkins’ unanimous decision win over Ronald “Winky” Wright, “The Executioner” called out none other than Joe Calzaghe. Calzaghe has some business to attend to against Mikkel Kessler on November 3, but I do not believe Calzaghe needs to even defeat Kessler to make a match with Hopkins. continue

Boxing family loses one of its youngest!

01.08.07 - By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - Christopher Marrone, a Vero Beach High School varsity wrestler and football player, died last week in a tragic one-car accident. According to a article, the popular 17-year-old student athlete never made it home following a voluntary football workout. continue

Davis Defeats Bobo!

antonio davis01.08.07 - By Scott Frake: Featherweight Antonio Davis (24-3, 12 KOs) systematically tore apart previously undefeated prospect Leon Bobo (16-1, 2 KOs), stopping him in the 5th round of a scheduled 12-round bout for the vacant WBO NABO featherweight title on Wednesday night at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia. Bobo, 28, considered an up and coming prospect, with fast hands and a southpaw style, was simply overwhelmed by Davis’ superior power and pressure, as Bobo was knocked down twice in the 5th round before ultimately quitting after the round had ended.

The knockdowns, however, appeared to be more of a case of Davis pushing Bobo to the canvas, but the referee missed it on both occasions. It hardly mattered in the long run, because Davis was pounding Bobo at will from the 2nd round until the 5th. continue

Andy Morris Out For Revenge

Former British Featherweight Champion Andy Morris is out for revenge when he meets John Simpson on Frank Warren's big DebRA charity dinner show at the Grosvenor House on Friday 7th September. This will be the third meeting between the two 9st warriors. Morris beat the tough Scotsman on points in November 2005 to win the Vacant British title and then last December in London, Simpson stopped the Mancunian in the fifth round on a cut to take the title. continue

Israel Vazquez-Celestino Caballero Workout Quotes

Vazquez02.08.07 - Photos vy Tom Casino / Showtime - In a rematch of a leading candidate for Fight of the Year, Rafael Marquez will defend his WBC super bantamweight title against former champion Israel Vazquez this Saturday, Aug. 4, on SHOWTIME at the Dodge Arena in Hidalgo, Tex. In the first half of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast), Vazquez’ Sycuan Ringside Promotions’ stablemate, WBA 122-pound titleholder Celestino Caballero, will defend against Jorge Lacierva.

The world championship doubleheader is presented by Gary Shaw Productions and Sycuan Ringside Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets, priced at $25, $35, $50, $75, $100, $200, are on sale through all Ticketmaster outlets and on-line at Tickets also may be purchased at the Dodge Arena box office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (central time) plus the day of the event, online at, or by phone at 956-668-7740. continue

Baby Joe” Mesi battles “The Tank” on way towards 2008 world title shot;

SALT LAKE CITY (August 1, 2007) – Former WBC top contender and unbeaten heavyweight “Baby” Joe Mesi takes another step towards his goal of a world title shot on August 18 against veteran Sherman “The Tank” Williams in the 10-round co-main event on the "Pinnacle FiteNite” pay-per-view show at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah. continue

Why Mayweather has taken the lesser risk in Hatton

floyd mayweather jr01.08.07 - By Jameel ‘Sugar J’ Jassat: Well it looks like the Hatton camp was serious when they called out the Pretty Boy from retirement. The general murmur after the Castillo fight from ringside observers led some to believe that Hatton was only calling out Mayweather Jr to bolster his credentials for a potentially massive pay day. Thankfully, Ricky put his money where his mouth is and backed his talk in pursuing the fight.

So naturally, it is only right to give credit where it’s due and I take my hat off to Hatton. (No pun intended.) To take this fight only serves to emphasize his desire to take on the best there is in his radar. Make no mistake, Ricky Hatton knows the odds are against him and come fight night he will be standing opposite the number one pound for pound pugilist and master of the sweet science Floyd Mayweather Jr. continue

Fight Report - Giacobbe Fragomeni Vs. Vincenzo Rossitto Plus Under-Card Bouts

By James Slater: Tonight, in Pavia, Italy, thirty-seven year old Giacobbe Fragomeni met the six years younger Vincenzo Rossitto in an all-Italian match-up that contested the vacant European Union cruiserweight championship. Both men had previously been in with the big punching David Haye - Fragomei losing in the ninth round of a terrific battle in November of last year, and Rossitto losing much quicker, in two rounds, back in 2005. Both Italian warriors had regrouped after losing to "The Hayemaker," however - with Vincenzo wining four fights, three by KO, And Giacobbe gaining a sole victory, by KO, since he'd come oh, so close to defeating Haye in a great fight. continue

Chad Dawson-Antonio Tarver, Clinton Woods-Julio Gonzalez II - Both A Go For September 29th?

chad dawson01.08.07 - By James Slater: Word is there will be two intriguing light-heavyweight title fights taking place on opposite sides of the Atlantic on the same day in September. WBC boxing champ, “Bad” Chad Dawson is rumored to be close to signing to defend against Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, while IBF king, Clinton Woods looks set to hook up once again with Mexican tough guy Julio Gonzalez.

At least according to sources this writer has been privy to, anyway. September 29th was the date I heard as given for these two quality 175 pound match-ups. The Tarver-Dawson fight I heard about on a well know boxing radio show, while Woods-Gonzalez II being on was reported in British trade paper, Boxing News. continue

Calzaghe: Kessler Needs Lessons From Schmeichel

Mikkel Kessler is going to feel like former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel when they clash at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on November 3 says World super-middleweight ring king Joe Calzaghe. The undefeated Welshman reckons WBA/WBC World champion Kessler will be in for the same hammering as Jeff Lacy, who Calzaghe hit with a staggering 1007 punches in their fight last year, and will unable to cope with the southpaws lightning fast power punches that have knocked-out 32 of his 43 opponents. continue

Steve Cunningham versus Tomasz Adamek

adamek01.08.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The cruiserweight division has recently emerged as one of the best weight classes in all of boxing. With names like Jean-Marc Mormeck, O’Neil Bell, Enzo Maccarinelli, Marco Huck, and David Haye, just to name a few, there are a slew of great potential match-ups on the horizon.

Of all the bouts that can be made, there is one which intrigues me more than any other, and that’s a showdown between reigning IBF champion Steve Cunningham and former light heavyweight champion, Tomasz Adamek.

Steve Cunningham captured the IBF title when he defeated the popular Polish pugilist, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk via majority decision in a rematch this May. continue

Eastside Talks To Brendan Smith, Trainer - Manager Of Mick Katsidis

01.08.07 - BY TONY PRITCHARD - NOBBS: On July 22 on the under card of Hopkins-Wright, fight fans around the globe witnessed the show casing of one of the fight games most exciting young talents Mick Katsidis, who with Czar Amonsot, waged what has been labeled an epic battle and a "show stealer" by many of the world's press, who previously, were unaware of the WBO interim lightweight champion from Toowoomba, Queensland. With Mick still in the US, we spoke to his trainer-manager Brendan Smith a week after the fight.

Q: Before the Amonsot fight I wrote on that Mick had the "makings of another Gatti" and the fight could "steal the show". A few people were critical but now that seems to be the case.. continue

Hatton Vs Mayweather!

floyd mayweather They are two of boxing's best, two of the most exciting fighters in the sport today, and both are undefeated. They stand atop their weight divisions and fight fans are in for a thrill as pound-for-pound king of the ring and welterweight champion " Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather will meet British icon and junior welterweight champion Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton on Saturday, December 8 for the 147-pound championship. With a combined record of 81-0, this is the biggest match-up of two undefeated welterweights since the record setting mega-fight between Oscar de la Hoya and Felix Trinidad in 1999.

The fight, officially announced today and aptly named " UNDEFEATED", will be promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Mayweather Promotions and produced by and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. With several sites interested in hosting this special event, a location will be announced shortly. continue

The First WBO China Zone Professional Boxing League Rumbled

01.08.07 - By Zhenyu Li: Beijing, China. (July 30, 2007): The first CPBO (China Professional Boxing Organization) WBO China Zone Professional Boxing League sponsored by the Beijing Oriental Dawn was held in Tong Zhou affiliate of Beijing Sports University in Beijing, July 28, 2007. continue

Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, no longer invisible

kelly pavlik01.08.07 - By George Ulrich: Yesterday it was announced at a press conference in New York that Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor is indeed a reality for September 29th. With Pavlik’s KO of Edison Miranda, he could no longer be ignored by Taylor, thus creating a dream fight for many boxing fans. Pavlik is the number one contender for both the WBA and WBC championship belts which belong to Taylor. Pavlik also holds the NABF title himself. Here’s a few quick thoughts on the match up that many boxing fans demanded.

In his last two fights, Taylor has looked very uninspiring against Kassim Ouma and Cory Spinks, especially against Spinks, whom came close to beating Taylor. continue

Shaw Inks Bowie Tupou

TOTOWA, NJ (August 1, 2007) -- Undefeated heavyweight BOWIE TUPOU has signed an exclusive promotional deal with Gary Shaw Productions. A native of Tonga, Bowie, who is 6'2 and 270 pounds, is expected to make his U.S. debut later this summer. continue

Taylor/Pavlik Presser Quotes

kelly pavlikThe following are quotes and the press release from Tuesday’s Taylor vs. Pavlik press conference at Tavern on the Green.

Lou DiBella, President, DiBella Entertainment “This is a great fight for Jermain Taylor. This is a great fight for boxing. We are very excited that we could bring this fight to Atlantic City. I have always wanted to promote a fight in Atlantic City and now I have the opportunity to do that. I live in the area and this is my backyard. With a strong urging from Ken Condon, we priced the tickets so that they are affordable for all boxing fans. To get a fight of this magnitude and have the top ticket price at only $400 scaled down to $50, all boxing fans will have the opportunity to watch this great middleweight championship bout.” continue

Mayol vs. Solis: A Prologue of The Incoming World Cup of Boxing

01.08.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: While Erik Morales and David Diaz are collectively taking on most of the front page headlines in the boxing news this Saturday, few have mentioned the fight on the undercard between Rodel "Batang Mandaue" Mayol (23-1-0-18) against seasoned champion, Ulises "Archie" Solis (24-1-2-18), whom the boxing world widely considers as one of the finest light flyweight champion of the world today. continue

Morales and Diaz arrive in Chicago

Morales-DiazPhoto: WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz and three division world champion Erik "EL TERRIBLE" Morales make their arrival at the Chicago Hilton in downtown Chicago on Tuesday morning in preparation for their world championship bout this Saturday night at WAR FOR 4! The Morales vs. Diaz showdown headlines the WAR FOR 4! extravaganza which takes place Saturday, August 4th at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL and broadcast live on pay-per-view.

Tickets are available in advance by calling Ticketmaster at 312-559-1212 or by visiting their website at Further information can also be obtained by visiting the Allstate Arena website at WAR FOR 4! is presented by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Incorporated and Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. The pay-per-view telecast, Beginning at 9 pm ET/6pm PT, has a suggested retail price of $44.95, will be distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. HBO Pay-Per-View is the leading supplier of event programming to the pay-per-view industry. For your daily Morales vs. Diaz fight week updated visit

Lennox Lewis wants Vitali Klitschko?

31.07.07 - By Sasha "Kozlov" Baranov: According to the latest boxing news, former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis (now retired) has expressed interest in fighting a rematch against Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs) if they can offer him enough money. Kommersant, a Russian news site, has come out with a report stating that Lewis, 41, would like to fight Klitschko if they could offer a sum to which Lewis would find agreeable. How much that is unknown, but it would likely be in the tens of millions. continue

Morales-Diaz: Can Erik Win His 4th Title in Different Weight Classes?

erik morales31.07.07 - By Joshua "Trvaz" Travilla: After coming from a bad 3rd round stoppage loss to the Filipino superstar Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, in November 2006, Erik "El Terrible" Morales, (48-5, 34 KOs), will once again prove his mettle to be the first Mexican Warrior to win a legitimate world boxing championship crown in 4th different weight category. However, Morales, who has now lost four out of his last five fights, has his work cut out for him against the tough Diaz.

This time around, the pride of Zona Norte Tijuana Mexico will climb into the ring with a lot of determination to affirm himself and unearth once again his self - esteem and reputation among boxing communities against a formidable opponent in the person of David Diaz, a southpaw just like his former opponent Manny Pacquiao who quickly took Morales out on last November 18, 2006. continue

Sports Network Statement Regarding Khan-Earl

31.07.07 - Recent reports in the media have said that Amir Khan will fight Graham Earl on December 8 in London. These reports are premature and inaccurate and are to be disregarded. Khans next officially scheduled fight is on October 6th at the Nottingham Arena against an opponent to be confirmed. No further dates or venues featuring Khan have been announced by Sports Network and any announcements will be made by way of press release or press conference.

Roy Jones Jr. vs. Bernard Hopkins: Does anyone still want to see this?

roy jones jr.31.07.07 - By Gerard Wilson: Who can remember that feeling of excitement on Feb. 2nd 2002 when Roy Jones Jr. (51-4, 38 KOs) and Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) fought on the same HBO World Championship Broadcast? Roy was getting set for one of his many light heavyweight boxing championship sparring sessions against Glen Kelly at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

Also, on that same broadcast Bernard Hopkins was set to defend his undisputed middleweight crown against Carl Daniels at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. The outcomes of both of these bouts seemed like a formality, as viewers watched these two champions walk through their respective opponents. continue

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