Froch: Come on Joe, beat Kessler and fight me

joe calzagheCarl Froch is calling on Joe Calzaghe to fight him after his world title bout with Mikkel Kessler on Saturday. 'The Cobra' defends his British Super-Middleweight Title for the fourth time against former world champion Reid Reid at the Nottingham Arena on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners on November 9. Sky Sports will televise live.

Undefeated Froch wants to face the winner of the fight for Calzaghe's World Boxing Organization Title and Kessler's World Boxing Association and WBC Titles.

Froch is aiming to show the boxing world who the real number one in the super-middleweight division is the weekend after world champions Calzaghe and Kessler box in Cardiff, Wales. continue

Miranda wins: 5th round KO over Porras

31.10.07 - Nathan King: Edison Miranda (29-2, 25 KO) made an impressive super middleweight debut with a 5th round stoppage over Henry Porras (33-7-1, 25 KO) at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday, October 30. Referee Frank Santore stopped the fight at 2:45 seconds of the 5th round after a brutal combination from Miranda. This was Miranda’s first fight back after his May 19th knockout loss to Kelly Pavlik. Needless to say, he did it in impressive fashion. continue

Froch on Soccer AM

Carl Froch will discuss his British Super-Middleweight Title fight with Robin Reid and the fortunes of his beloved Nottingham Forest on Soccer AM this Saturday. The Hennessy Sports boxer is a season ticket holder with Forest and will be at the City Ground on Tuesday to see the League One game against Southend United. continue

Duddy taking a huge risk against Eastman

31.10.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Howard Eastman has lost four of his last six bouts, and ordinarily this signifies a fighter in decline. To be sure, at age 36 it is safe to say that Eastman’s best boxing days are probably behind him. Despite losing most of his recent fights, it should be noted that Eastman has continued to face quality opposition—a sign that he has now been delegated to the role of a stepping stone fighter. continue

Eastside Boxing’s Top 25 Pound For Pound Fighters: Mayweather, Pacquiao, Calzaghe, Cotto, Hatton, Pavlik, Mosley, Klitschko, Williams, Kessler and More!

mikkel kessler30.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The biggest source of contention when compiling a boxing pound for pound list generally centers on the number one position. While the majority of the boxing public will acknowledge Floyd Mayweather’s skill many deride his style and the lack of drama in the majority of his bouts. That can either be chalked up to his being so overwhelmingly better than his competition (Arturo Gatti, Carlos Baldomir) or his safety-first approach against fighters who approach his level of excellence (Oscar De La Hoya, Jose Luis Castillo).

The biggest reason for much of the criticism leveled at him has nothing to do with his fistic skill but with his equally charged mouth. continue

Luis Yanez and Rau’shee Warren Claim Olympic Berths at the 2007 World Boxing Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Flyweight Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) officially made history on Wednesday, becoming the first U.S. boxer since 1976 to go to two Olympic Games with a 25-11 victory over the Philippines Violito Payla. Light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas) had to wait over a week, but he enjoyed a successful debut, winning a second round stoppage over Australia’s Stephen Sutherland. The victory guaranteed Yanez a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, bringing the U.S. total to three. continue

Duddy To Face Eastman In Belfast

31.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Irish middleweight John Duddy will take on veteran contender Howard Eastman on December 8th at King’s Hall in Belfast Northern Ireland. Duddy, 22-0 with 17 KOs last fought on October 20th when he stopped Prince Arron in the second round. Eastman, 42-5 with 35 KOs last fought on September 28th dropping a unanimous decision and losing his British Commonwealth middleweight boxing title to Wayne Elcock. continue

Margarito / Casamayor Media Conference Call Transcript

Lee Samuels: On behalf of Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, welcome to the Antonio Margarito - Joel Casamayor media conference call. Antonio Margarito wants to make a statement – that he’s back. He’s got a big fight November 10 on “Fast and the Furious,” which features Miguel Cotto against Sugar Shane Mosley, Saturday, November 10, at Madison Square Garden, live on HBO Pay Per View. Antonio Margarito’s scheduled to fight Golden Johnson; it’s really a big fight. -- a 12 round fight in the welterweight boxing division. continue

Calzaghe v Kessler: What the Experts are Saying

joe calzaghe30.10.07 - By David Janke: In five short days, one man will stand atop the super middleweight division. For boxing fans around the world, those five days just can’t seem to go by fast enough. This is one of the most highly anticipated match-ups in recent memory – anytime two fighters of this caliber step into the ring together, it is sure to be an amazing fight.

That much, everyone agrees on. What almost no one agrees on is, “who will win?” It seems that fans and boxing analysts alike are up in the air on trying to predict the winner in this fight. It is speed versus power; experience versus youth. For every advantage Calzaghe has, it seems as though Kessler has a different one to even the score. continue

Demetrius Andrade and Michael Hunter Complete an Undefeated Day for the United States team

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) wasted no time in his bout with 2005 World Championships silver medalist Magomed Nurundinov of Belarus, riding an explosive first round to a 26-6 victory and a berth at the 2008 Olympic Games. Super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) finished off an undefeated day for the United States team with a 19-13 win over Iran’s Jasem Delavari. As the super heavyweight division athletes must make the top four to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games, Hunter stands one win away from punching his ticket for Beijing. continue

Talkin' Boxing with Harold "The Shadow" Knight

31.10.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: You know "The Shadow." World class junior lightweight boxer from Plainfield, New Jersey. He fought for a world title against Rocky Lockridge on national TV, losing a close decision. He also worked as the second assistant in the corner of Lennox Lewis from day one all the way until the Vitali Klitschko fight. Harold was a surprise ringsider at the recent Taylor-Pavlik war in Atlantic City. We had a chance to chat and talk some boxing with popular boxing man Harold Knight... continue

Marquez/Honorio Workout Quotes

Juan Manuel Marquez will defend his WBC Super Featherweight title against Ricardo Rocky Juarez live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on Saturday, November 3 from the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. In the co-feature, Robert Guerrero puts his IBF Featherweight title on the line against Martin Honorio. Marquez vs. Juarez headlines an exciting night of world-class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Romanza Productions. continue

Joe Calzaghe Fights For His Legacy

joe calzaghe30.10.07 - Matthew Hurley: As the clanging of the opening bell for the Joe Calzaghe – Mikkel Kessler bout draws ever nearer Calzaghe, a fighter who has amassed a ten year title reign at super middleweight, finds himself in much the same position as Marvin Hagler did way back in 1983.

Comparisons to the two boxing fighters’ fistic worth aside it is interesting that both men found themselves on the outside looking in until their opponents offered them the chance to step out of the shadows and show the inattentive world just how good they actually were. And right when that point was proven retirement came calling. continue

Barker: Froch could beat Kessler

30.10.07 - Unbeaten middleweight Darren Barker believes Carl Froch is a future world super-middleweight champion and could beat Mikkel Kessler. The Barnet boxer, who challenges Australian Ben Crampton for the Commonwealth crown on a Hennessy Sports show at the York Hall on November 14th, sparred with Kessler in Copenhagen last month. WBA and WBC super-middleweight champion Kessler used Barker as his sparring partner ahead of the fight Saturday’s fight with Welshman Joe Calzaghe, the WBO champion. Barker has also sparred with Froch, who he rates as better than Kessler. continue

Calzaghe/Kessler: Live On HBO, 9 PM ET

HBO Sports crosses the pond for an explosive super middleweight unification title fight when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: JOE CALZAGHE VS. MIKKEL KESSLER is seen live SATURDAY, NOV. 3 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT) from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, exclusively on HBO. The broadcast team of Jim Lampley,. Max Kellerman and Emanuel Steward will be ringside for the event, which will be presented in HDTV and in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue

Gary Russell, Jr. and Raynell Williams Punch Their Tickets for Beijing

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Bantamweight Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) became the first member of the U.S. team to officially earn a spot in Beijing with a 22-14 decision over fellow 2005 World Championships bronze medalist and 2004 Olympian Ali Hallab of France. Featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) followed quickly with an outstanding third round stoppage of Armenia’s Anat Hovhannisyan. continue

Reggie Johnson Interview - "I Want To Be In The Hall Of Fame!"

johnson29.10.07 - by James Slater: Former two-weight world champion Reggie Johnson, 42-7-1(25) has his first fight in over two years next month. Facing the super-tough Glen Johnson, the light-heavyweight will be boxing only his second bout in over five years. Refusing to call this a come-back and instead referring to it as a "get-back," as in get the title back, Reggie hopes to become the IBF 175 pound number one contender by defeating "The Road Warrior." If he can do it, a challenge of Britain's Clinton Woods could happen early next year. Becoming champion again, after already having captured titles at middleweight and light-heavyweight, will, Johnson hopes, put him in boxing's Hall of Fame.

Speaking to me late last week during a break from training, Reggie was most friendly and accommodating. Here is what the 41 year-old southpaw had to say. continue

The Retired Boxers Foundation: Online Petition To Create Boxers Pension Plans

The Retired Boxers Foundation is proud to announce an online petition asking all sports fans to sign their names to the petition that proposes a $1 surcharge on every boxing ticket sold for professional boxing, for the purpose of initiating a nationwide Professional Boxers Pension Plan. The petition is located here continue

Klitschko Ibragimov Close To Being Signed

29.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: A heavyweight title unification match up between IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko, 49-3 with 44 KOs and World Boxing Organization champion Sultan Ibragimov, 22-0 with 17 KOs is close to finalization. According to the bout is scheduled for February 23rd at Madison Square Garden and will be broadcast by HBO. The camps of both fighters have been in negotiations for the past few weeks and the contract is close to being signed. Neither fighter has a mandatory defense scheduled by their respective sanctioning bodies and both fighters have expressed the desire to unify all the heavyweight title belts. continue

Arthur Abraham ready to fight abroad

Undefeated IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is looking forward to his first fight on foreign territory as he takes on Britain´s Wayne Elcock in Switzerland on December 8. Today the two fighters met for the first time at a press conference in Basle. "It is my goal to make big fights in America, so Switzerland will be a good first step," King Arthur (24-0, 19 KOs) said. "I am really looking forward to boxing in Basle.. continue

Ike Ibeabuchi - The Return of the King, or is it?

ike ibeabuchi29.10.07 – By Andrew Wake: With the current heavyweight landscape showing little quality, with 44 year olds who have not beaten anyone but journeymen and no hopers in recent years getting title shots and with champions like Ruslan Chageav and Oleg Maskaev unknown to most of the general public, many people (boxing critics included) often talk about what might have been if one certain boxer could have controlled his personal demons and reached his full potential.

The boxer I speak of here is currently under lock and key at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada. The boxer I speak of is Ike “The President” Ibeabuchi. continue

Gamboa, Barthelemy To Give US-debuts On Miranda Card

arena’s Olympic Champions Yuriorkis Gamboa and Yan Barthelemy will give their US-debuts in Hollywood, Florida. Barthelemy wants to score his third win in his third pro-fight. At today’s official weigh-in the 27-year-old Cuban brought 117.5 lbs. His opponent Kevin Hudgins from Pensacola, Florida was overweighed at 119.75 lbs., which means that he had to lose another two pounds within two hours to make the limit of 118 lbs. continue

Ian Napa vs. Martin Power 2

Nearly two years to the date after Martin Power claimed a hotly disputed points decision to retain the British title over Ian Napa, he steps back into the fray to try and regain a title he never lost in the square ring on Friday, November 30, at the Newham Leisure Centre in London, England. This is one of the most eagerly awaited rematches for a British title and continues a line of eagerly contested domestic title fights promoted by Frank Maloney, which has seen fight fans appreciate the return to traditional boxing. continue

Brock Chambers: Living in America

By Jim Furo: Never has it been like this. In 1931, Ring magazine said there was one. In 1955 it stated that there, again, was only one that year. In 1992, it upped it to two. Now, according to many boxing fans, there may be as many as 7 or 8. The answer? Non American heavyweights ranked inside the top ten. Like many fight fans, I find this interesting, but it does not concern me all that much. After all, boxing, at the true center of its being, has always billed itself as having Champions of the World. Not just the United States, not just the U.K., but of the whole wide world. Contrary to its promise, from 1882 until 1999, the heavyweight division hardly lived up to that billing. continue

In Appreciation Of Chris Byrd

chris byrd28.10.07 - Matthew Hurley: When Chris Byrd decided to fight as a heavyweight after spending his successful amateur boxing career as a middleweight most people thought the undersized boxer was playing with fire. He had even less punching power than Evander Holyfield had when he moved up to heavyweight after winning the cruiserweight championship. Looking back it’s hard to believe how skeptical everyone was of Holyfield’s jump up in weight. Byrd laughed at the skepticism leveled at him and entered the ranks of the big men.

Initially Chris Byrd wasn’t a fighter I rooted for. I found his style a bit off putting as his defensive prowess and lack of power dictated distance bouts unless someone like the murderous punching Ike Ibeabuchi, who he fought in 1999, finally caught up to him and took him out. continue

It’s A Good Time To Be A Boxing Fan

29.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: It’s a good time to be a sports fan in New England. The Patriots loom so large over the NFL landscape that their shadow engulfs teams like the Washington Redskins who they beat yesterday 52-7. Not only are they firing on all cylinders but they’re playing with a chip on their collective shoulder after the “spy-gate” controversy at the beginning of the season. Didn’t teams like the Jets know that jabbing a sleeping lion with a stick only makes it meaner? Then there’s Boston College, now ranked number 2 in the country and reminding locals of the glory days of Doug Flutie and Gerard Phelan in 1984. continue

Brock vs. Chambers: The IBF Tournament Continues

29.10.07 - By Paul McCreath: This coming Saturday in Tacoma Washington the second half of the International Boxing Federation heavyweight tournament semi-finals takes place between contenders Calvin Brock and Fast Eddie Chambers. This is an intriguing match between on the one hand in Brock the fighter who was America's main hope not long ago and on the other the man many now see as the best prospect coming out of USA. continue

Fighters & Families features Tunney, Conn, Dave Anderson at South Street Museum

Fighting Irishmen: A Celebration of the Celtic Prizefigher and event sponsor Union State Bank will present "Fighters and Families," a symposium discussing boxing families on Tuesday night, November 20, at the South Street Seaport Museum. continue

Boxing: The Chill Factor

mike tyson29.10.07 - By Ted Sares: Mike Tyson’s is 88%. So is Bruce Seldon’s. Acelino Freitas retired with 85% and Ty Fields has 93%. Get this, the recently exposed Victor Oganov has fought 27 times and has a 100% chill factor.

What is it and what use, if any, can be made of it? First, it is simply the total number of knockouts divided by the total number of fights. Aleajandro Naco Berrio had had 31 fight with a 26 (KO 25) - 5 (KO 5) record in 31 fights. Thus, 30 KO’S divided by 31 bouts equals 93% which translates to pure excitement, and that is exactly what Naco is, pure excitement. Jason Litzau has an 87% mark and he too is very exciting. They bring to mind Tito, Gatti, Saad Mohammed, Jesse James Hughes, and other such exciting fighters. continue

Glen Johnson vs Reggie Johnson

This major press conference will feature Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and Reggie “Sweet” Johnson to set the stage for the greatest fight to hit Louisiana since the Leon Spinks VS Muhammad Ali fight at the Super Dome in New Orleans in 1978 where 63,350 people attended and Ali regained the Heavyweight Championship for the third time. Although, the site for this fight (The Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles) is a smaller arena it does hold 8500 seats and is expected to be a sell out. No fight of this magnitude has ever entered the state of Louisiana since Spinks/Ali. continue

Meza-Clay Returns On Nov 24

Pittsburgh, PA – Popular IBA World Super Featherweight Champion Monty Meza-Clay (25W-1L, 16KO) will return to battle on November 24, 2007 against an opponent to-be-announced at the Iceoplex @ Southpointe as the Main Event of an action packed night for tri-state area fans presented by World Class Fight Promotions. continue

Duddy confirms dream date at Kings Hall

It promises to be a real treat for Belfast fight fans and Duddy can’t wait. “I’ve always wanted to fight at the Kings Hall and now I’m going to get the opportunity. When I turned professional the two venues I wanted to fight in were Madison Square Garden in New York and the Kings Hall. I’ve been lucky enough to fight at the Garden now a few times so to add the Kings Hall to the list will be something special.. continue

Povetkin Stops Byrd in 11th round TKO

alexander povetkin28.10.07 - By Ron Hansen: In the International Boxing Federation eliminator tournament, Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) struggled last night in Germany with 37 year-old Chris Byrd (40-4, 21 KOs) before the fight was stopped in the 11th round when Byrd's father threw in the towel.

At the time of the stoppage, however, Byrd was still fighting effectively and landing counter shots against Povetkin. Though considered by many to be a future star in the heavyweight division, Povetkin looked mediocre against Byrd, showing very little power, speed or foot movement and only looked marginally better than the veteran Byrd. continue

Taylor Pavlik: Captain Bob’s Carnivàle

By Eric R. Sloan: “Step right up and for a mere $59.95 you can watch Kelly Pavlik, former middleweight champion of the world, fight a 166lb bearded lady who was raised by wolves in Alaska.” In the future, Bob Arum may bark the foregoing into a bullhorn at a county fair near you. In the meantime, he intends to sell more lucrative sideshows on pay-per-view, and the carnivàle known as Team Pavlik appears happy to oblige. Boxing is all about the money anyway, right continue

Will it be Brock, Povetkin or Chambers?

By Adrian Saba: In his last victory against Chris Byrd, Alexander Povetkin learned two things that he didn’t know: he fought more than ten rounds and he fought most of the fight with a cut above his eye, which always can be problematic. But he handled the situation pretty well and, for the first time, he defeated a Ring Top 10 contender and one of the most relevant and significant heavyweight boxers of the last generation –Byrd–. continue

USA Boxing Names the 2008 Olympic Coaching Staff

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – A trio of outstanding coaches will lead the United States boxing team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China next summer. USA Boxing National Director of Coaching Dan Campbell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will be joined by William “Willy” Price (Peshtigo, Wis.) and Robert Martin (Washington DC) in coaching the squad in Beijing. continue

Sebastian Sylvester and Larsen victorious On Povetkin-Byrd Undercard

sylvester sebastian28.10.07 - Sebastian Sylvester defended his European middleweight belt with a split decision over Italy´s Simone Rotolo. From the third round on, the Hurricane had to overcome a cut below his right eye which he had sustained in sparring. "I started out strongly but briefly lost my rhythm after the cut opened," the 27-year-old (27-2, 13 KOs) said. "I tried to focus on my defence in the following.."

Not that he neglected his offensive duties, though. In the fourth, he knocked Rotolo down with a thunderous one-two combination before cruising to an uncontested win. His dominance was not mirrored by the scorecards, though, with two judges ruling the contest 115-112 and 115-114, while the third one called the bout 116-112 in favour of the challenger. Even the Italian admitted he was "surprised" by the verdict. "I fought well but I don´t think I won," Rotolo said. "I was surprised when I heard the result." And Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer added: "Maybe the judge got mixed up with the corners.. continue

Boxing: Fall Season Brings Disappointment for Heavyweight Fans

By Paul McCreath: Back this past summer all of us heavyweight fans were looking forward to the fall season with great anticipation. For the first time in years we were promised a long list of meaningful bouts among the big boys that would perhaps sort things out a bit. All four of the alphabet belt holders seemed ready for action. Wladimir Klitschko, the International Boxing Federation champion, was negotiating for a voluntary defense. Different names were bandied about, among them Corrie Sanders, Evander Holyfield, Nicolay Valuev, and Sergei Liakhovich. In the end, Wladimir chose, much to the disappointment of his fans, not to fight at all until after the new year. continue

Jhonny Gonzalez Headlines 'Latin Thunder' on Nov 16th

CHICAGO - Fresh off an outstanding 3 GALLOS/SOLO BOXEO event in front of a packed Cicero Stadium, Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions,will team up with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions to return with LATIN THUNDER, another evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, November 16th. continue

Dino Duva Fined And Suspended

29.10.07 - Matt Hurley: New York State Athletic Commission chairman Ron Scott Stevens fined promoter Dino Duva $10,000 and suspended him for six months for leaving his seat during the Samuel Peter – Jameel McCline fight at Madison Square Garden on October 6th and looking at the scorecard of a judge after every round following the second. Duva left his seat and peered over the shoulder of New York Deputy Commissioner Michael Pascale who was keeping the master scorecard after each round. continue

With Six Weeks Still To Go, Ricky Hatton Already Looking In Superb Shape For Mayweather

ricky hatton27.10.07 - By James Slater: Last night, as a studio guest for Sky Sports television here in the U.K, Ricky Hatton looked as though he is almost ready right now for his upcoming super fight with pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather. Offering his expertise on the panel as his good friend Jamie Moore boxed his tougher than expected rematch with Andrew Facey, Hatton informed viewers of his current weight.

Already, after having put in a good deal of work with trainer Billy Graham, Hatton is down to 153 pounds. With just under a full two months to go until the first bell for "Undefeated," it's clear that "The Hitman" is leaving nothing to chance with regards to his preparations.

Viewers were also treated to some very recent footage of Hatton putting himself through his paces with Graham. It must be said, the 29 year-old looked absolutely magnificent even when only half way through the tough work of getting himself ready for the biggest fight of his life. continue

World Boxing Championships: Luis Yanez and Demetrius Andrade Win, Downs Out

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) grabbed his second victory of the 2007 World Championships, winning a 19-3 decision over Dmitrijs Sostaks of Latvia. Lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.) suffered the second loss for the U.S. team, dropping a 20-16 decision to Hrachik Javakhyan of Armenia in second round action on Sunday at the 2007 AIBA World Championships in Chicago, Ill. continue

Hasim Rahman to Headline Boxing Card in Reading Nov. 15th

READING, PA -- Big time boxing returns to the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA on Thursday, November 15th when Top Rank Promotions presents "Downtown Showdown," featuring former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim "The Rock" Rahman against veteran Sherman "The Tank" Williams in a ten round main event. The fight will be televised nationally on Versus "Fight Night Live," hosted by Wally Matthews and Bob Papa. continue

Alex Povetkin beats Chris Byrd

27.10.07 - By Ted Sares: Konstantin Tszyu seemed to have started it all, and it now seem to be steamrolling. The Russian boxers continue their dominance as Alex Povetkin stopped Chris Byrd in the eleventh round with a solid performance. Povetkin, now 14-0, proved to be a better fighter than a male model as he put a pretty good beat down on the affable Byrd who must now think about retirement or moving to Cruiserweight. continue

Jerry Quarry’s Last Hurrah: 15 Years Later

jerry quarry26.10.07 - By Steve Edwards: October 30, 2007 will mark the 15 year anniversary of Jerry Quarry’s final boxing fight, a debacle against an inexperienced club fighter with a losing record. On that date in 1992, Jerry stepped between the ropes for a final time to fight Ron “The Hammer” Cranmer, a fighter who was 3-4-1 going into the contest.

Viewing the fight without knowing the combatants, one would assume that Quarry, looking horribly bloated in his signature green trunks, was supposed to be an easy for Cranmer. For six rounds, Jerry was driven backwards by Cranmer, his only defense to cower and half-heartedly raise his arms or respond with a low blow. Cranmer decisioned Jerry in 6 agonizing rounds and went on to lose his next 4 fights before becoming inactive. Jerry, thankfully, never fought again. continue

Boxing: Damaged Goods

26.10.07 - By Ted Sares: Laverne Roach, 26-4, and Georgie Small, 38-6, met in February 1950. Small was a Brooklyn favorite having fought there many times. Roach was a tough ex-marine out of Texas. This was a televised fight from St. Nicholas Arena in New York City which, I recall, took place on a Monday night and I believe Don Dunphy may have been at the mike. At any rate and in retrospect, the setting was quintessential 1950’s. continue

British Boxing: Moore Stops Facey Again

British champion Jamie Moore cemented his status as one of the top light middleweights in Europe with a authoritative victory over determined English titlist Andrew Facey on a Frank Maloney/VIP shared promotion at Robin Park Arena in Wigan, England on Friday. It was the second time that Moore and Facey clashed but on this occasion the challenger from Sheffield stepped it up a notch and pushed the Mancunian hard for the first eight rounds of a scheduled twelve frames. continue

Molitor Defeats 3K Battery

By Jeff Bastasini: International Boxing Federation super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (25-0, 10 KOs) successfuly defended his title last night against challenger Fahsan 3K Battery (58-9-1, 35 KOs), winning an impressive unanimous decision at the Casino Rama, Rama, in Ontario, Canada. The final judges' scores were 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108. In a matchup of two southpaws, Molitor, 27, proved to be the much accurate puncher as landed his straight left often at the wide open and sloppy 3K Battery, whose defense was almost noixistent after the first few rounds of the fight. continue

Kermit Cintron and Paul Williams Come to Agreement

kermit cintron26.10.07 - Nathan King: According to earlier reports, International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron and WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams have agreed to a championship unification bout. It’ll be to unify their titles assuming that Cintron successfully defends his title on November 23 against Jesse Feliciano (15-5-3, 9 KO). The fight will be the main event on a February 2nd HBO card.

Williams (33-0, 24 KO) turned in an impressive decision victory over former long reigning champ Antonio Margarito on July 14. Williams controlled the fight throughout the first eight or nine rounds. Margarito came on towards the end, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the substantial lead that Williams had built. In the end, Williams’s superior hand speed and higher work rate turned out to dictate the fight. continue

Jose Luis Castillo Attempts To Pick Up The Pieces Of A Broken Career

27.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In a weekend that will see former heavyweight belt holder Chris Byrd step into the ring against Olympic gold medallist Alexander Povetkin, another fighter will once again try to resurrect his career with nearly everything going against him. When Jose Luis Castillo, 55-8-1 with 47 KOs was last seen in the ring he was following Ricky Hatton around on sluggish legs, desperately trying to get his offense going. Just when it looked like he might be gaining some ground in the fourth round Hatton connected with a wicked left hook body shot and BOOM, the fight was over. And so too did it seem Castillo’s career as a preeminent fighter. continue

World Boxing Championships: Michael Hunter Closes an Undefeated Day for the United States Boxing Team

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) capped an undefeated day for the United States with a 30-7 victory over Turkey’s Kurban Gunebakan. Hunter’s victory brings the day’s U.S. total to four as flyweight Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio); featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio); and middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) all earned second round victories. continue

World Boxing Championships: Javier Moli Beats Emil Maharramov. Gary Russell, Jr. Dominates his Opponent

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Seventeen-year-old light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) continued his outstanding performance at the 2007 World Championships in Chicago, Ill., defeating 2005 World Championships bronze medalist Emil Maharramov of Azerbaijan, 27-10, on Friday afternoon. continue

Calzaghe Kessler May Come Up Short Of 63,000 Mark

mikkel kessler26.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: According to promoter Frank Warren along with International Entertainment the Joe Calzaghe – Mikkel Kessler super middleweight unification bout scheduled for November 3rd has already sold upwards of 40,000 tickets. The fight will take place at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales and will be broadcast in the United States at 9 pm Eastern Standard Time on HBO.

When the fight between the WBC/WBA champion Kessler and the long reigning WBO champion Calzaghe was signed the people behind the scenes were anticipating nearly 63,000 ticket sales. However sales seemed to be dropping off and stagnating at the 30,000 range nearly two weeks ago. Much of the blame for that had to do with the time scheduling so the bout could be broadcast live in the United States, with the opening bell coming at nearly two in the morning in Wales. Also the undercard for the bout is severely lacking. continue

German Boxing: Öner Attackers Sentenced To Jail

26.10.07 - Four of the ten goons who attacked arena-CEO Ahmet Öner and two of his attendants at a Universum-fight night on May 19th had to appear before a court in Hamburg today. The members of the “special security crew” who had been hired by Klaus-Peter Kohl via his security manager Thomas Pütz were sentenced to were sentenced to imprisonment from 7 months (on probation) to 2 years (without probation) because of extremely dangerous “joined grievous bodily harm”. continue

Moore And Facey Make Weight, Full Undercard Supports Wigan Show

British light middle champion Jamie Moore and challenger Andrew Facey both comfortably made the divisional weight limit of 154 lb yesterday as they prepare to deliver a thrilling rematch tonight on a Frank Maloney promotion from the Robin Park Arena in Wigan, England, televised live by Sky Sports. continue

HBO Boxing: Countdown To Cotto Mosley Premieres On Nov 3

Oct. 26, 2007 - HBO Sports is presenting a thirty-minute special analyzing the upcoming HBO Pay-Per-View showdown between welterweight champ Miguel Cotto and world class challenger Shane Mosley. Their eagerly anticipated title bout is set for Saturday, Nov. 10 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. continue

Enzo Maccarinelli vs Mohamed Azzaoui on Nov 3

enzo maccarinelliEnzo Maccarinelli will now tackle unbeaten Mohamed Azzaoui on November 3 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The power-punching Welshman will put his WBO World Cruiserweight title on the line against the New Zealand-based Algerian, who is ranked number eight by the IBF, and number 15 by both the WBA and the WBO, and boasts a 22-0-2 record.

And he is in shape after fighting just last weekend on the undercard of the big Evander Holyfield-Sultan Ibragimov card in Moscow, stopping Henry Saenz in eight rounds.

"Azzaoui looks a tough fighter," said Maccarinelli. "It's never easy taking on someone at short notice, and I know he'll be in shape because he was coming off the back of a good win when he took the call to face me and he will be really up for taking the title from me. continue

Kassim Ouma Wins CBS Award

Middleweight contener Kassim Ouma’s unique life story takes center stage on national television this weekend. The former IBF World Champion Ouma gets back to boxing action next Friday on Telefutura, but first he will be featured in CBS Sports special. continue

Hatton Mayweather Getting Under Each Other’s Skin

26.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: A funny thing happened after the initial press conference for the December 8th showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. The festivities went pretty much according to plan with the genial Hatton thanking the crowd and offering Mayweather praise and then promising a victory over his formidable opponent. Then Mayweather strutted to the dais and the insults and for many, the overbearing attitude of the self-proclaimed “greatest fighter ever” took center stage. Mayweather even showed off his dancing skills with his partner for the television show “Dancing With The Stars”, Karina Smirnoff. continue

Tickets On Sale Now For "Pre Thanksgiving Showdown"

October 26 (Merrillville, IN)- Octavius James' One In A Million Inc. will be serving up heaping portions of whoop-ass and succulent servings of beat-down when they present the "Pre-Thanksgiving Showdown" on Friday, November 16th at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. A tasty feast of pugilism, this six-course event has become tradition for northwest Indiana fight fans kicking off the holiday season. continue

Who Was The Greater Fighter, Mike Tyson Or Evander Holyfield?

mike tyson25.10.07 - By James Slater: Although it is more than likely that Evander Holyfield will refuse to do what seemingly everyone else wishes he would do and retire, in terms of world class performances his career is almost surely over. Mike Tyson, on the other hand, shows no signs whatsoever of wanting to fight again and can be considered a hundred percent retired.

So with both great fighters with no further meaningful dates on the calendar other than the one that will see their enshrinement in The Hall of Fame, it's time to evaluate just who was the superior fighter of the two. Who had the overall greater career in boxing?

Though many would ordinarily jump right on an article that prompts a debate about who was the better man between two fighters when one of them has beaten the other twice, I have a feeling this will not be the case here. continue

Ruiz Petitions World Boxing Association

LAS VEGAS (October 25, 2007) – Team Ruiz has formally petitioned the World Boxing Association, on behalf of two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (42-7-1, 29 KOs), rated No. 3 by the World Boxing Association, to request reconsideration of its October 10, 2007 ruling that ordered an elimination fight between No. 1 rated Nicolay Valuev and No. 2 Sergei Liakhovich to determine the mandatory challenger for reigning WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev. continue

Conference Call Quotes - Eddie Chambers and Calvin Brock

ShoBox: The New Generation will celebrate its 100th telecast with arguably the finest match-up and most significant heavyweight fight in the series’ distinguished six-year history. The heavyweight “Battle for the Ages” will pit “Fast” Eddie Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) against Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock (31-1, 23 KOs) in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title eliminator Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). continue

Star Boxing Announces "PUNCHIN' at the PARADISE 6"

Bronx, NY - Thursday, October 25, 2007 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, just coming off of a momentous SOLD OUT event last Thursday in Manhattan is about to repeat last weeks success on November 9th when their popular fight series PUNCHIN at the PARADISE returns for it's sixth installment. America's number one Hispanic fight network-TELEFUTURA -will broadcast the event live. continue

Ricky Hatton Interview Transcript

ricky hattonOSCAR DE LA HOYA, PRESIDENT, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: Thank you very much. Well we're very excited to hear that Ricky Hatton is right on schedule. When we did the press tour, I've never seen him in better shape this early before a fight, so that's obviously an indication that this fight is, to him, everything.

And this is an indication of how big this event can be. The fight is sold out. I believe it's the fastest selling fight in history, including my fight with Floyd Mayweather, so that goes to show you the star power that Ricky Hatton brings to the table. We are over 10,000 seats sold on close circuit in Los Vegas alone. Again, that shows you the people that will be coming and traveling from England to support Ricky Hatton. continue

Camp Notes: Marquez/Juarez, Guerrero/Honorio

MEXICO CITY — Juan Manuel Marquez is in the final stages of training camp for his bout against 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ricardo Rocky Juarez for the WBC World Super Featherweight Title on Saturday, November 3rd at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. Marquez is training at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City under the watchful eye of his long-time trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain. He has trained hard and is ready for the upcoming bout, which was originally scheduled for September 15th in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue

Floyd Mayweather Interview Transcript

OSCAR DE LA HOYA: Thank you very much. It is my pleasure to introduce to you undefeated the boxing great Pretty Boy Floyd Mayweather versus British Icon Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton on Saturday, December 8, live from the MGM Grand garden arena. This fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view. We have great sponsors on board. It shows the invitation that the star power of Mayweather and Ricky Hatton together, we can attract these type of sponsors, like Rock Star energy drink, with Southwest Airlines and Tecate beer. continue

Povetkin on his way to stardom

In just two days, Alexander Povetkin will be stepping through the ropes for the biggest fight of his career. The unbeaten heavyweight hopeful, who has won all 13 of his professional fights (10 KOs), will battle out an IBF eliminator with former champion Chris Byrd. "I have been waiting for this chance for a long time," he said. "I will make the most of it.. continue

Calzaghe: "Kessler will have nowhere to hide on Nov 3!"

joe calzagheLONDON (October 25, 2007) -- WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler may think he's the new sheriff in town, but WBO/The Ring magazine super middleweight champion JOE CALZAGHE, aka SOUTHPAW JOE C WALES, the division's longtime deadliest shot, is ready to lay down the law in arguably the biggest world title unification showdown of non-heavyweight champions since the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns welterweight rumble of 1981.

"I'm poisonous" said Calzaghe. "Training camp has gone so well, the Surgeon General asked me to wear a warning on my trunks for this fight: 'Fighting Joe Calzaghe can be hazardous to your career and your title reign.' Kessler will find out the hard way. I'm going to fill his face full of leather and his heart full of pain. continue

Sadam Ali and Demetrius Andrade Earn First Round Victories at the 2007 Boxing World Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – 2007 World Championships action moved into the seventh session on Thursday afternoon at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill. Lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) both notched victories in their World Championships debut to bring the U.S. win total to eight. Ali recorded a 25-17 final over Jose Pedraza of Puerto Rico and Andrade won a 22-11 decision over Georgia’s Kakahaber Jvania. continue

Miguel Cotto Quietly Readies Himself For Sugar Shane Mosley

25.10.07 - Matthew hurley: There is an incident in Miguel Cotto’s young life that doesn’t get brought up much anymore when his fistic career is being discussed and judged. It’s an incident that nearly derailed the Puerto Rican star’s ascension to the upper crust of the boxing world. In August of 2001 Cotto was driving to a workout session at around five o’clock in the morning when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his car into a concrete wall. Cosmetically a scar on his left shoulder is all that remains of what could have been a fatal accident. continue

Rau’shee Warren Defeats Fellow 2004 Olympian in World Championships Opener

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Returning Olympian Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) had a score to settle in his 2007 World Championships debut on Thursday in Chicago. Warren faced off with 2004 Olympian Tulashboy Doniyorov of Uzbekistan, in flyweight preliminary action, winning a 20-8 decision. Doniyorov was a familiar face to Warren, having defeated 2004 Olympic teammate and fellow Cincinnati boxer Ron Siler in the 2004 Olympic Games. continue

Joe Calzaghe's Secret Weapon....Mikkel Kessler Better Watch Out!

joe calzaghe25.10.07 - By Wray Edwards: If Calzaghe is able to use his right arm to tie up Kessler's left as he did around 90 times against Lacy, Kessler's in trouble. It is a very effective tactic. When the boxers close for toe-to-toe action, Joe hooks his right over his opponent's left, then, gets it caught on the other guy's chest. As the other guy tries to free it up or punch with it, it gets even more wedged and immobilized. Joe does this mostly when the ref is to his left, with a poor view of the move. Doubt this? Watch the videos.

Meanwhile, Calzaghe cuffs away with his left, which distracts the ref from catching effective sight of what he's doing with his right, and builds busy points with the judges. Most refs, seeing that at least one hand is free for both guys, and that they are "punching", will not separate them. Many times, when Joe tries this ploy with the ref to his right, the ref will see it and reach out to pull the arm-lock apart. It is an amazing skill which is very effective. On the outside, Joe's boxing skills are also effective at points building and cutting up his opponent's face leading to a lot of TKO's. continue

Arthur Abraham vs Wayne Elcock on December 8

Undefeated International Boxing Federation middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (24-0, 19 KOs) will return on December 8 when he takes on Britain´s Wayne Elcock (18-2, 8 KOs) in Basle. "I am looking forward to my first fight in Switzerland," King Arthur said. "It will be a hard fight against a strong opponent. Elcock last defeated a strong Howard Eastman so there is absolutely no reason to underestimate him.. continue

Jamie Moore Closing In On European Title

You'll hear boxing fans lament, "They don't make fighters they way the used to," and few will argue with that point, but every now and then, there are rare exceptions. British light middleweight champion Jamie Moore is one such example, a hard as nails pressure fighter as tough as they come but also a southpaw who can stand back and take an opponent to school with his pugilistic skills. continue

Froch sees Reid as stepping stone to world glory

Carl Froch sees his forthcoming British Super-Middleweight Title defence against Robin Reid as a stepping stone to a world title fight. ‘The Cobra’ defends his title for the fourth time against former world champion Reid at the Nottingham Arena on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners on November 9. Sky Sports will televise live. continue

The Sun Rises Again*: Boxing Commentary, Cotto vs. Mosley Preview and More!

miguel cotto25.10.07 - By Christopher Roche: 1) With all the talk about Kessler vs. Calzaghe and Hatton vs. Mayweather, have we forgotten about Cotto vs. Mosley?

After his war with Zab Judah, it is great to see Miguel Cotto step back in the ring so quickly against a top-notch opponent. “Sugar” Shane Mosley presents a host of challenges for Cotto, but many of the obstacles Mosley presents are similar to the ones I thought would carry Judah to victory back in June. However, on that great night in the Garden, Cotto proved to the world that his determination and body attack are formidable obstacles for even the most talented fighters to overcome.

How does a thirty-six year old Mosley overcome the ferocity of the mighty Cotto? At this stage in Mosley’s career, some of his best attributes are vulnerable to diminishment, i.e. his speed and athleticism. continue

Countdown To "OctoberFists"

Monticello, N.Y. – Oct. 23, 2007 – With another exciting night of boxing at Monticello Gaming & Raceway just days away, Sweet Science Events Ltd. is proud to announce its impressive list of boxers who will take the ring during Octoberfists this Friday, Oct. 26. continue

Kermit Cintron Comfortable With Steward And The Kronk

24.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Over the years boxing trainer Emanuel Steward has become something of a fix-it man for damaged fighters. The trend started back in the mid to late 1990s when Manny jumped from camp to camp, bringing his offensive minded approach to such fighters as Julio Cesar Chavez, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya. In the end he found Lennox Lewis and stuck by the big man after switching camps from one time Lewis conqueror Oliver McCall to head trainer for Lennox in their rematch. His latest reclamation project has been Kermit Cintron, and so far the results have been impressive. continue

Marquez, Juarez, De La Hoya Interview Transcript

Golden Boy Promotions is bringing one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year to Southern Arizona when Juan Manuel Marquez will face Ricardo Rocky Juarez for the World Super Featherweight Championship on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Ariz. The touted battle of super featherweights will headline the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast live at beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The co-main event will be for the World Featherweight Title as Robert Guerrero puts his belt on the line against Martin Honorio. continue

Povetkin ready to beat his idol Chris Byrd; Larsen, Sylvester confident of success

byrd povetkinAlexander Povetkin vowed he was "full of respect" for Chris Byrd as the two heavyweights tuned up for their IBF eliminator in Erfurt on Saturday night. The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner today revealed how Byrd was among his idols but warned he won´t let it show in the ring. "I have the utmost of respect for Chris Byrd," Povetkin said at the official press conference. "He used to be one of my idols when I was younger. It was always my goal to get a picture with him - and now I have to fight against him. I am convinced I will win.."

The 28-year-old, unbeaten in 13 fights (10 KOs), and his American opponent are just two wins away from earning the right to challenge IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. But Povetkin claimed he hasn´t wasted a single thought about the potential showdown. "All my focus is on the fight against Byrd. I want to beat him first. It might well be the toughest fight of my career. I can think about Klitschko later.. continue

Zab Judah Returns On Nov 17

Prize Fight Boxing announced today the Gus Lightbourne Sports Complex on the magnificent Caribbean Island of Turks & Caicos will be the host venue for a night of star-studded boxing. Saturday, November 17, kicks off the first installment of the multi fight deal Prize Fight recently inked. In the main event, Three-Time World Champion Zab “Super” Judah (35-5, 25KO's) will be featured against Ryan Davis (20-6, 8KO's) in what's expected to be a twelve round slugfest. for the vacant IBC Jr. Middleweight World Championship Title . continue

Chicago's El Korita To Host Solo Boxeo Weigh-In Thursday Night

EL KORITA restaurant will be the place for Chicago fight fans Thursday night, October 25th as they host this week’s 3 GALLOS/SOLO BOXEO weigh-in on the eve of world class professional championship boxing set for Cicero Stadium on Friday, October 26th. continue

Aga Rylik Packs A Punch To Beat The World's Top Professionals In Her First Major Poker Tournament

24.10.07 - Poland’s top television journalist and former light welterweight female world champion Agnieszka Rylik has stunned the world of poker by finishing runner-up in her opening heat of the world famous PartyPoker Late Night Poker TV tournament. As well as being a massive achievement for someone who was a beginner at the game, it is also the first time a Pole has achieved so much in a major tournament. continue

Jorge Paez Jr. Returns on October 26

paezJunior welterweight prospect Jorge “MAROMERITO” Paez Jr., son of Mexico’s immensely popular former world champion Jorge “MAROMERO” Paez Sr., makes his Chicago debut this Friday night, October 26th in the featured bout at 3 GALLOS, an evening of world class professional boxing at Cicero Stadium presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

Said Pesoli, “We’re thrilled to have Jorge’s son battle in his Chicago debut this Friday night. “MAROMERO” is a long time friend of 8 Count and our fans are very excited to see his son fight. One of the biggest nights in recent Chicago boxing was presenting Jorge’s fight at the DePaul Athletic Center in 2003 in front of 3,500 people. continue

Michael Hunter Wins Impressive Victory in Opener While Deontay Wilder Drops a Heartbreaker at the 2007 Boxing World Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – The United States team suffered its first loss of the 2007 AIBA World Championships within minutes of recording its fifth victory. Super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) recorded a third round stoppage in his match-up with Andres Ruiz Ponce of Mexico, but heavyweight Deontay Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) dropped a 23-20 decision to Poland’s Krzysztof Zimnoch. continue

KEA Boxing: "Wildwood Wars" In NJ

October 24, 2007- Wildwood, New Jersey , – KEA Boxing is turning up the heat as they head into their 10th show on Saturday November 10th. After a very successful "Brawls at the Birchwood III" featuring light heavyweight prospect, Chucky "The Professor" Mussachio, 10-0, 5 KO's, KEA is taking the show into Mussachio's backyard. continue

US Olympic Hopefuls Win In Preliminary Round

24.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Light featherweight Raynell Williams and middleweight Shawn Estrada won their respective bouts in the preliminary round of the World Boxing Championships in Chicago. The victories marked the first step towards qualifying for the Beijing Olympic squad.

Williams defeated France’s Khedafi Djelkhir by a 28-18 decision. Estrada defeated Artur Zlatopoiski of Israel by a 25-5 decision. Both fighters are hoping to continue their march toward an Olympic berth. continue

Calzaghe Kessler Heats Up!

joe calzagheJoe Calzaghe has fired back at Mikkel Kessler who has vowed to knock out the Welshman and questioned whether he wants an all out war at the Millennium Stadium. After months in hiding, Kessler, who meets Calzaghe in the massive super-middleweight unification fight on November 3, has claimed that the undefefeated WBO World champion would use spoiling tactics in the clash of the titans and said he would not been keen on trading toe-to-toe.

But that has provoked a furious response from Calzaghe, who has promised to blitz the undefeated Dane - who holds the WBC and WBA world titles in only 10 days time.

"I'll fight Kessler any way he wants," said 35-year-old Calzaghe as the war of words between the two champions reached new levels. continue

Raynell Williams and Shawn Estrada add to the United States’ Win Total at the 2007 AIBA World Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – 2007 AIBA World Championships action rolled into day two on Wednesday with three sessions on tap at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill. Featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and middleweight Shawn Estrada (Downey, Calif.) got their U.S. team off to a winning start with victories in their first round contests. Williams entered the ring with 2004 Olympian Khedafi Djelkhir of France as the far less experienced boxer, but he emerged victorious following four rounds of boxing at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, taking a 28-18 victory. Estrada put an early end to his bout with Israel’s Artur Zlatopolski, winning a mandatory stoppage on the 20-point rule in the final seconds of the third round. continue

Scott Lawton Set For November Return

Werrington’s Scott Lawton will return to the ring at Stoke’s Kings Hall on 17th November only six weeks after facing Amir Khan. Lawton, the area’s most successful boxer since the 1930’s, is hoping to rebuild his career after suffering a 4th round stoppage defeat at the hands of the aforementioned Khan in a Commonwealth lightweight clash. continue

Documentary about amateur women boxing has its first New York screenings Oct. 24/25

NEW YORK – October 23, 2007 – After a national film festival tour, "Golden Gloves Documentary" brings its classic New York story home. The film will be screened at 7.30 on Oct. 24 at Piano's in Manhattan (155 Ludlow st.)and at 7.30 on Oct. 25 at 450 Union St in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn screening party will welcome viewers with an open bar and both screenings include opportunities to meet and talk to the filmmakers, and the stars of the movie, Current WIBA world Champion Melissa Hernandez, Dominga Regla,5-times Golden Gloves champion Jean Martin, Geneve Brossard and Bill Farrell from the Daily News . continue

Why boxing's REALLY in trouble – it’s not just the alphabets

oscar dela hoya23.10.07 - By Jason Peck: Imagine if the NFL only broadcast on premium channels like Showtime and HBO. Now imagine they have the audacity to charge $60 for the Superbowl.

I'll tell you one thing – it sure as hell wouldn't have 100 million viewers.

Ask The Ring Magazine about the biggest threat to boxing. Without skipping a beat, they’ll point to the sanctioning bodies and talk of the chaos and uncertainty sown by the alphabets. Many readers triumph this claim – very rarely does a day pass by when I log on to Eastside without reading someone who complains of the crisis as though he just thought of it. continue

Historical Significance: Calzaghe versus Kessler

23.10.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The super middleweight division is a relative newcomer amongst boxing’s seventeen weight classes. Created in 1984, the division lacks the rich history which helps define the legacy of so many others in boxing. The weight class is further undermined because it has never had an undisputed champion, and as such, it has never had a defining figure. There have been many great fighters who have passed through the 168 pound weight class. Some of the obvious stand-outs include names like Roy Jones Junior, Nigel Benn, James Toney, and Chris Eubank. In fact, the two biggest fights in the division’s history included the aforementioned names. One was a rematch between Eubank and Benn which occurred on October 9, 1993—a WBC/WBO unification bout that ended in a draw; the other happened on November 18, 1994 when James Toney lost his IBF championship via a unanimous decision against Jones. continue

Statement from Frank Maloney

I take off my hat to two of my fighters, Commonwealth light welterweight champion Ajose Olusegun and light heavyweight prospect Tony Salem. Both fighters were formerly managed by former British heavyweight champion James Oyebola who was murdered in cold blood by some mindless thugs. As long as these two men’s careers continue they have pledged that James will not be forgotten and they are both eager to win titles in honour of their former manager. continue

Sugar Ray Leonard Brings The Contender To Boston

Matt Hurley: The Contender – Season 3 finale will be held at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on Tuesday November 6th at 7 pm. Tickets for the event are priced at $45, $125, $200, and $300. The popular reality show will change venues from Pasadena, California to Boston, Massachusetts after the conclusion of the semi-final round. The remaining fighters are Jaidon Codrington, 16-1 with 12 KOs, Sakio Bika, 22-3-2 with 14 KOs, Sam Soliman, 33-9 with 13 KOs, and Wayne Johnsen, 16-1 with 9 KOs. The bout will be telecast on ESPN.

Taylor-Pavlik 2

kelly pavlik23.10.07 - By Nathan King: Don’t jump the gun when you read the title of this article. No news has been released about a rematch between these two combatants. Kelly Pavlik is pretty much set to face John Duddy on January 26th in Atlantic City, unless former champion Jermain Taylor exercises his right to a rematch by October 29th.

Either way, a Taylor-Pavlik rematch is inevitable, whether they fight each other in their next bout or have a fight in between (the latter much more likely). It is important to analyze what went on during the fight and evaluate what adjustments could be made in the rematch.

On September 29th, Pavlik became the new middleweight boxing champion of the world via seventh round knockout. The bout became an instant candidate for fight of the year, as it was expected to be in the pre-fight buildup. continue

Cuban Boxing Stars Gamboa and Barthelmy on Miranda-Porras Undercard

Miranda-Porras, a 10 round super middleweight bout, headlines a hard-hitting night of world-class boxing presented by Seminole Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainiment, in association with Arena Box Promotions and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Tickets, priced at $152, $102, $52, and $27, are on sale now, and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Live Box Office and all TicketMaster Outlets. continue

Darren Barker fights for Commonwealth Middleweight Title

Darren Barker will face Australia’s Ben Crampton for the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Title at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Wednesday, November 14th. Also on the Hennessy Sports show in association with title partners is the English Light-Welterweight Title fight between Lenny Daws (Morden) and Nigel Wright (Hartlepool). Sky Sports will televise. continue

Javier Molina Adds Wins his Light Welterweight Opener at the 2007 AIBA World Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) boxed in his first major international bout on Tuesday, but it didn’t show in his performance as he recorded a 36-17 victory over Jamaica’s Rikardo Smith. Molina was the second U.S. boxer to compete in the opening day of competition, joining bantamweight Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) in earning a first round win. continue

Mikkel Kessler’s Kingdom

mikkel kessler22.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Mikkel Kessler, 39-0 with 29 KOs from Denmark first thought about becoming a fighter at the age of thirteen when he saw heavyweight Brian Nielsen fight on television. As with most youngsters who dream of sports glory Kessler first latched onto an image and then convinced his parents to let him participate.

“My mother took me and two of my friends over to the C.I.K., a local boxing club,” he remembers. “My first impression of the gym was that it stank of sweat and the trainer was an old rough, bowlegged man. His name was Richard (Olsen) and he cursed a lot and smoked cigars. That day changed my life forever.”

The grouchy trainer took the young fighter under his wing and has been with him ever since. Kessler progressed rapidly after an amateur career of 44-3 and won his first title belt on November 29th, 2002 when he beat former WBC super middleweight champion Dingaan Thobela over twelve one-sided rounds for the IBA championship. continue

Povetkin, Byrd work-out

Four days ahead of their highly-anticipated IBF eliminator in Erfurt, Alexander Povetkin and Chris Byrd displayed their skills in public during Tuesday´s official press work-out. The former IBF/WBO champion was the first man in the ring. Instructed by father and coach Joe, Byrd proved his mobility and speed. "I am in great shape," he vowed. "I´ve been through so many twelve-round fights in my career. My experience will help me.. continue

Micky Ward Goes To Hollywood

22.10.07 - Matthew Hurley: The last time I bumped into “Irish” Micky Ward was in Lowell, Massachusetts in 2006 for the Golden Gloves tournament. I was in the bowels of the Lowell Auditorium during the weigh in session for the fighters and would later work as an apprentice judge for the tournament. I sat with Micky for a while and we chatted about the two fighters he had brought from his gym to compete and then, inevitably, tossed some words of praise for Arturo Gatti back and forth. continue

Travis Walker Files Protest With IBA

(Houston) – Munisteri Sports & Entertainment President Stephen Munisteri, on behalf of Travis “Freight Train” Walker, has filed a protest with the IBA concerning the premature stoppage of his bout with T.J. Wilson on Showtime on Friday night. Mr. Munisteri, an attorney, on behalf of Mr. Walker, has requested the IBA order an immediate rematch for the IBA Continental America’s Heavyweight Championship and in the event that Mr. Wilson refuses a rematch to declare the title vacant and allow Mr. Walker to fight for the title. continue

Ex-Olympian Battles UFC for Hearts and Minds of Youth

andrew maynard“I didn’t even like losing a conversation.”
- Andrew Maynard

22.10.07 - By Ron DiMichele: Andrew Maynard has climbed the big mountains before. At 20 years old, without a lick of boxing experience, Maynard promised Sugar Ray Leonard that if given the chance to train, he would bring home Olympic boxing gold. Four years later, at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, Maynard made good on that promise, capturing gold in the Light Heavyweight division.

“I couldn’t handle it at first,” says Maynard of his early boxing days. “I didn’t know how to box, so I couldn’t run. So I figured, you might as well just go take the punch and get it over with. Bang! There was no more afraid to get hit.” continue

Raphael Butler Continues Comeback

Raphael Butler, who once was considered the top heavyweight prospect coming out of the 2004 National Amateur Class having easily dominated the National Golden Gloves and starting his career 10 and 0 prior to some setbacks just notched his fourth win in a row, and 12th win out of his last 13 fights by easily defeating Sam Cummings despite breaking his hand last Thursday, October 18, 2007 on a Carlos Linus promoted card. That fight can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit this Thursday, October 25, as well as Sunday, October 28. continue

Jermain Taylor To Invoke Rematch Clause

By Matthew Hurley: In the aftermath of his 7th round knockout loss to Kelly Pavlik a disappointed Jermain Taylor said that he “most definitely” wanted a rematch with the Youngstown warrior. Taylor’s trainer Emanuel Steward seemed hesitant about the proposition and in the days after the fight the general consensus was that Taylor would take a break and come back against an opponent to be determined in 2008. continue

Boxing: Two from the 50’s

22-10-07 - By Ted Sares: The 50’s were pretty much my generation and admittedly, I am bias when it comes to boxing in that decade. Many have referred to it as the Golden Age of Boxing. If it was, then Teddy “Red Top” Davis and Eugene “Silent” Hairston were surely typical of the fighters who did battle on Friday Nights Gillett’s Cavalcade of Sports with Don Dunphy announcing. One was a top contender; the other just a very good fighter who offered great entertainment to fans who were becoming accustomed to something called television. continue

Mosley Cotto: Sugar Shane Still Sweet

shane mosley22.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As Shane Mosley continues his preparations for his fight with Miguel Cotto on November 10th at Madison Square Garden he is reveling in the fact that he is back on top of the boxing world and once again finding himself in a position to leapfrog back into the pound for pound rankings.

Should he defeat Cotto he will have not only cemented his Hall of Fame status but he will again be an important player in boxing. The sport now centers on the junior lightweight to middleweight divisions as it usually does when the heavyweight ranks are in a shambles. Mosley has been here before at the start of the decade and he’s happy to be back. continue

Alfonso S. Gomez Sets Sights On Chavez Jr

Alfonso S. Gomez’s career momentum continues to build with a unanimous decision win against veteran Ben Tackie Oct. 16. The 10-round welterweight bout headlined a Contender special event live on ESPN from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Cal. “I hope that I proved myself more with this win, and that this fight will turn the non-believers into true believers,” Gomez said. continue

The New John Ruiz: “The Hunger is Back!”

LAS VEGAS (October 22, 2007) – Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (42-7-1, 29 KOs), rated No. 3 by the WBA, has gone through a complete metamorphosis and his often criticized “clutch-and-grab” style has been replaced by an exciting, aggressive attack, flashing back to the days before he first captured the world title in 2001. continue

Wladimir Klitschko vs. Sultan Ibragimov or Ruslan Chagaev: Is Heavyweight Unification possible in the following months?

21.10.07– By Adrian Saba: It could have been said that the most relevant fight in the heavyweight division, months ago, was the rematch between Wladimir Klitschko and Sam Peter. After his victory against James Toney, Peter acquired prestige –it’s amazing what a single fight can do– but now that prestige has diminished. After his Pyrrhic victory over Jameel McCline, a man that wasn’t even close to the Top 20, a lot have been talked about the mistakes and errors of Peter, and it has been said that he possesses a “glass jaw," who knows. continue

Duddy vs. Pavlik: Why the Entitlement?

john duddy21.10.07 - By Ted Sares: Aside from beating an experienced fighter in Freddie Cuevas and getting by Yori Boy Campas, what has John Duddy done to deserve a shot at Kelly Pavlik? Sure, he is a popular fighter with great looks and lots of charisma who can sell out large venues, but it should take more than that to earn a big payday with the likes of the “Ghost.”


Even Peter Manfredo, 28-4, has paid his dues and so has Alan Green, 25-1. After losing badly to Edison Miranda, Green came back from serious health issues to take out a very rugged Darrell Woods in one. continue

Kevin Mitchell Relishes Johanneson Challenge

Sports Network will kick off the New Year with a bang when Kevin Mitchell challenges British Super Featherweight Champion Carl Johanneson at Bethnal Green's York Hall on January 12. One of British boxing's hottest talents, Mighty Mitchell is determined to add a Lonsdale belt to his Commonwealth crown - and says he will be too quick and too powerful for the champion. continue

“Who’s Your Duddy”?

22.10.07 - Eric R. Sloan: While still unofficial, word on the street is that Kelly Pavlik will make his first middleweight title defense against Ireland’s John Duddy in January. If so, then we already have a breath of fresh air in the division with a champion willing to take on a ranked middleweight opponent. Frankly, we haven’t had such for a long time. This isn’t to say that Jermain Taylor mismanaged his reign at the top, well okay maybe a little, but there aren’t that many good marquee match-ups at 160. That being said, it has been reported that Taylor has until October 29th to exercise his rematch clause. Note to Jermain: take an interim fight. continue

Ricky Hatton - How About Some Respect Where It's Due!

ricky hatton21.10.07 - By James Slater: It never ceases to amaze me how boxing fans and experts alike can be so tough to please at times. The ongoing criticism Ricky Hatton is undergoing as he prepares to meet Floyd Mayweather is a perfect example. Some people would have us believe Hatton is completely unworthy of his mega fight with "Pretty Boy." These nay Sayers not only give "The Hitman" next to no chance on December 8th, they also claim he shouldn't even be boxing Mayweather at all.

He's simply not good enough and he has not earned a date with the reigning pound-for-pound king, they say. Talk about utter nonsense! What does a fighter have to do these days to earn respect? One unbiased look at Hatton's resume as a professional boxer let's you know straight away that the 29 year-old has more than earned his right to be respected. continue

Marc “The Defender” Saggese: Toughest P4P Lawyer in the World

LAS VEGAS (October 22, 2007) – High profile defense attorney and professional boxer, Marc “The Defender” Saggese, arguably the toughest pound-for-pound lawyer in the world, has added “Nevada-licensed Boxing Promoter” to his already impressive portfolio. continue

McGirt Jr ready to breakthrough

VERO BEACH, Florida (October 22, 2007) – Undefeated super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (17-0, 9 KOs) plans to breakthrough in 2008 but, before he looks too far into the future, he has some unfinished business to take care of next week when he fights Canadian light heavyweight champion James “Notorious” Naugler in an eight-round co-feature on October 30 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. continue

Spina KO’s Miller; Sets-up Possible Brinkley Rematch

Providence, Rhode Island Super Middleweight, Joey ”The KO Kid” Spina, (20-1, 15 KO’s) punished the normally durable Shannon Miller, stopping Miller at 1:58 of round four to set-up a possible February rematch with Jesse Brinkley. Brinkley did his part by knocking-out Isaiah Hendersen in round one. continue

Can the “Hit Man” Hatton Leave Mayweather sleeping with the fishes?

ricky hatton20.10.07 - By Mike Cassell: It is very easy not to like Welterweight phenomenon Floyd Mayweather Jr. 38 – 0, 24 KO’s. He plays a spectacular bad guy, even when he is, dancing with the stars. He can be unapologetic, brazen, cocky, but more importantly, he can outbox pretty much any fighter on the planet, which makes all that other stuff mute.

There has always been plenty of fighters who loved to talk, but very few that could walk the walk. Floyd Mayweather Jr. can make a full grown professional fighter, look like a mere child in the ring. His hand speed is unmatched, his ring portability is amazing, and oh yeah, he has real punching power. continue

Povetkin, Byrd arrive in Erfurt

Alexander Povetkin and Chris Byrd have arrived in Erfurt. The two heavyweights will kick off the IBF elimination tournament with their highly-anticipated showdown on Saturday night. Byrd hit German soil on Sunday. After flying into Frankfurt International Airport, he was transferred to Erfurt where he used the afternoon to rest from the long journey and recover from the jet lag. continue

Oubaali Wins Big In USA Debut

Bronx, NY - Oct 21, 2007 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, hosted a night of spectacular star-studded talent, from the Manhattan Center, New York, in front of a SOLD OUT, standing room only crowd. Frenchman Jr. Welterweight Ali "Hurricane" Oubaali stole the show and electrified the crowd in his American debut. Showing everyone why he is the known as the "Hurricane", Oubaali was sensational, tearing through his game opponent Victorio Abadia with non-stop aggression and punching. continue

Johanneson, Fewkes Move On In Convincing Wins

British super featherweight champion Carl Johanneson resoundingly stamped his authority on the UK 130 lb division with his riveting win over ex-titlist Michael Gomez on Friday night on a Frank Maloney promotion at The Dome in Doncaster, England. The Leeds based slugger also exorcised any lingering demons resulting in his failed bid for the European title against Leva Kirakosyan over the summer with the expert six round dismantling of the hard punching and hyper motivated Gomez. continue

Bute Stops Berrio In The 11th Round

lucian bute20.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Lucian Bute, 21-0 with 17 KOs won the International Boxing Federation super middleweight title after stopping Alejandro Berrio, 26-5 with 25 KOs in the 11th round at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada.

Bute, from Romania now residing in Quebec, positioned Berrio, from Colombia into a corner, measured his man and then connected with an uppercut that stunned Berrio.

Bute then landed several unanswered punches before the referee called a halt to the bout. Berrio was making the first defense of his title, which he won in March of this year when he knocked out Robert Stieglitz.

McGee Wins NABC Light Welterweight Title by TKO5 Results from Indy

October 21, 2007 (Indianapolis, IN) - On Friday night, Octavius James/One In A Million Inc. promoted their first event in Indy, "The Circle City Rumble," before an enthusiastic crowd. In the first bout, Chicago super featherweight Evette Collazo (2-0, 2 KOs), a former 2-time Chicago Golden Gloves Champion, quickly over powered Milwaukee's Kelah Pollari (0-4). At 1:51 of round one, Pollari told referee Tony Gray, "I'm done," and the bout went into the books as a TKO. continue

Shaun George To Fight Eric Harding On December 6th

Light-Heavyweight prospect Shaun George seeks to take a big step towards his goal of winning a world title and closing out the year with a bang. Dangerous Philadelphian Eric Harding will need to conjure up all the will and heart that he's been famous for in his career on December 6, when he enters the ring with Shaun George. continue

Reminiscing On The Hall Of Fame And Donald Curry

21.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: It was 2003 at the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York and I had just experienced a rather surreal day that included watching Aaron Pryor get married on the grounds, Leon Spinks knocking back shot after shot of whisky at Graziano’s bar and keeping everyone entertained with his good humor and Matthew Saad Muhammad asking my father’s friend for legal advice while we all knocked back beers and ate antipasti. Without hesitation I will say that my first visit to the Hall of Fame was one of the most exciting weekends of my life. continue

Felix Sturm Settles For Draw

felix sturm20.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: World Boxing Association middleweight champion Felix Sturm, 28-2-1 with 12 KOs retained his title with a twelve round draw against Randy Griffin, 24-1-3 with 12 KOs at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Germany.

The fight started off briskly and was fought at a close clip right up until the final bell. Griffin, the number one ranked contender by the World Boxing Association applied constant forward motion but Sturm’s tight defense blocked many of his shot. The fight continued at a brisk pace until Griffin appeared to get the upper hand in the sixth round, forcing the champion back into the ropes.

Griffin had a strong seventh round and then Sturm was able to force the bout back into the center of the ring and began boxing at a more measured distance. Griffin remained the busier fighter while Sturm was more economical with his punches. continue

Wlodarczyk Destroys Alexander in 1st round TKO!

By Miguel Velasco: In his first fight since losing his International Boxing Federation cruiserweight title to Steve Cunningham by majority decision on May 26th, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (38-2, 28 KOs) made easy work of Dominique Alexander (16-4-1, 8 KOs), stopping him in the 1st round on Saturday night at the Expo Center, ul. Pradzynskiego, in Warsaw, Mazowieckie, Poland. continue

Duddy KO’s Young Challenger – Has Sights set on Pavlik

By David Janke: On Saturday night at Hunky Dory’s in Dublin, Irish middleweight John Duddy defeated Prince Arron from Manchester in two short rounds. Duddy’s promoter, Eddie McLaughlin, expressed hope that Pavlik-Duddy will come together in January or February, but confirmed that it hinges on Jermain Taylor’s decision whether or not to exercise his rematch clause with Kelly Pavlik. (The rematch is to take place above the middleweight limit of 160 at a catch weight of 166; Taylor’s decision is due by the end of the month.. continue

Kretschmann Decisions Corey Sanders

By Fritz Drexel: Undefeated German heavyweight prospect Steffen Kretschmann (10-0, 9 KOs) won an easy eight-round unanimous decision over American journeyman Corey Sanders (23-12, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Estrel Convention Center, Neukoelln, in Berlin, Germany. Kretschmann, 27, considered one of the best heavyweight boxing prospects coming out of Germany, won every round of the fight, as he controlled the action with a fast jab and a powerful straight left hand against the 32-year old Sanders. For his part, Sanders came into the bout weighing 358 lbs, and looking to be in poor shape. Normally weighing in for most of his bouts around 290 to 300, the added weight badly slowed Sanders down, so much that he was rarely able to land a punch because of the slowness of his delivery. continue

ShoBox: T.J. Wilson, Chuy Rodriguez Triumph

travis walkerSACRAMENTO, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2007) – It was over almost before it started. In a stunning upset, T.J. Wilson captured the International Boxing Association (IBA) Continental Americas heavyweight title with an unpopular, controversial 15-second, first-round knockout over previously undefeated Travis Walker Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation.

The amazing run of streaking, vastly improved Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez continued in the co-feature when he won his eighth in a row with a convincing, unanimous eight-round decision over previously unbeaten Omri Lowther in a good-action junior welterweight match.

The doubleheader, held outside at Raley Field, was promoted by Duva Boxing in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions. It aired on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue

“Bad Blood” in Chicago: Four Fights

20.10.07 – By Karl E. H. Seigfried: Last night at the Cicero Stadium, just west of downtown Chicago, four exciting fights went down on the “Bad Blood” card presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. Although the Illinois Super Welterweight Title fight between Rudy Cisneros and Jose Luis Gonzalez was cancelled, the fights that did go off offered a variety of styles and matchups. continue

Lucian Bute Wins IBF Super Middleweight Title over Alejandro Berrio, TKO 11!

19.10.07 - By Craig Mastendri: Lucian Bute’s perfect record improved to 21-0 17 KO’s over Alejandro Berrio who fell to 26-5, 25 KO’s as referee Marlon Wright stepped in and called a halt to the bout in the latter half of the 11th round. Berrio was out on his feet and slumped helpless in the corner as a result of a double straight left. continue

Paulie Malignaggi – His Achievements Are Catching Up To His Mouth

Matthew Hurley: “I’ve looked at tapes of Sugar Ray Robinson and I believe he over-commits a lot. He falls in a lot.” Such blasphemy is, quite frankly, never heard in regards to the man who the title “pound for pound” was created. Robinson is the fighter every fighter who came before him and after him is compared to. And when those words come from the mouth of a young upstart with little punching power and a mouth as outrageous as his hairdos and boxing trunks old school boxing fans not only cringe they begin to harbor animosity. continue

Gomez beats McCall; Gamboa and Solis Score TKOs

juan carlos gomez19.10.07 - Juan Carlos Gomez clearly decisioned World Boxing Council International Champion Oliver McCall in front of a sold-out crowd in Berlin’s Estrel Convention Center tonight. It was a major step for “The Black Panther” on his way to a shot on the World heavyweight title. Gomez dominated McCall for 9 rounds before he got caught by some massive blows of “The Atomic Bull” who almost stopped the Cuban in the 10th. But Gomez recovered to take home the fight with 116-112, 118-110 and 118-110 on the scorecards.

Gomez: “That was one of the toughest fights of my life. McCall proved that he is a great champion. After nine rounds I thought that I might be the first one to knock down McCall, but than he came back to me and nearly had me down. But with Allah’s help I managed this critical situation. Now I am going to win the World Championship – it’s showtime!” continue

Vic Darchinyan Stops Federico Catubay

By Tony Nobbs: Recently dethroned IBF & IBO flyweight boss Vic Darchinyan (29-1, 23 KO's) claimed the IBO super flyweight title with a tougher than expected final round TKO over game as they come fellow southpaw Federico Catubay (20-14-3, 11 KO's) at the Auburn RSL in Sydney's West tonight (Saturday). Going in, sports bookies never even bothered running with this fight as Sydney's Armenian Olympian Darchynian was such an overwhelming favorite. The fight went according to script for the most part but the 27 year old underdog from The Philippines did his very best to make a fight of it and displayed not only an array of awkward blows but literally more balls than Club Keno. He knocked Darchinyan of balance in the sixth round with a wide shot and only the ropes saved Vic from visiting the canvas. A knockdown could have been called but it wasn't. continue

Rocky Juarez: "We're Both Punchers And You're Going To See Something Great November 3rd"

19.10.07 - By John Martinez - - The year of 2007 has been good to boxing fans. In fact, it has been so good that picking Fight of the Year is proving to be difficult thus far and the year ain’t over yet. To name a few, we’ve witnessed Marquez/Vazquez I and II. Kelly Pavlik’s amazing takes no prisoner style. We have seen Nonito Donaire prove that Darchinyan can be dethroned. We watched as Cotto and Judah went to hell and back and lived to talk about it. All this and there are still more fights on tap in the coming weeks. continue

Mike Oliver Headlines "Freedom Fighters" Event On Nov 8

Cappiello Promotions President Rich Cappiello has announced an 11-bout Pro-Am boxing event to be held Thursday, November 8th at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. "This is not only going to be a great night of boxing, but a tremendous event in itself," stated Rich Cappiello. continue

Johanneson Stops Gomez In A Thriller!

carl Johanneson19.10.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, at the Doncaster Dome, in the north of England, British super-featherweight boxing champion Carl "Ingemar" Johanneson of Leeds met challenger Michael Gomez of Manchester in a highly anticipated domestic clash.

After six quite brutal rounds, the 29 year-old Johanneson finally got the win at two minutes and fifty seconds of round number six, as referee Mickey Vann called a halt to the proceedings. Gomez, upon bravely rising from a hurtful knockdown, had nothing left and as the champion went for the finish and jarred him with more hard shots Vann had no alternative but to rescue the 30 year-old. continue

Wilson Stops Walker in 15 seconds

20.10.07 - By Ron Hansen: In a shocking upset, heavyweight prospect TJ Wilson (12-1, 8 KOs) stopped Travis Walker (25-1-1, 19 KOs) in 15 seconds of the first round last night at the Raley Field, in West Sacramento, California. The huge, six foot six two hundred and eighty pound Wilson, 32, fighting only the second time in the past three years, immediately backed up Walker, 28, to the ropes with two left hands. Once Wilson got Walker in the corner, he trapped him there and unleashed a flurry of 12 consecutive shots, the last three of which were powerful right hands that had Walker looking hurt and unable to punch back. continue

Juan Carlos Gomez Out Works Oliver McCall! Wins the Rematch and the WBC International Title by Unanimous Decision!

19.l0.07 - By Craig Mastendri: Juan Carlos Gomez moved forward to 43-1 with 35 KO’s in a performance where he dictated the pace and controlled most of the action versus Oliver McCall who drops to 51-9 36 KO’s. The scorecards were unanimous, 118-110, 118-110, and 116-112. The win, puts the 34 year-old Gomez much closer to the opportunity against top opposition in the Heavyweight division. So far, Yanqui Diaz, Sinan Samil Sam, and McCall are his best competition. That seems sure to change soon enough. continue

Calzaghe – Pavlik: Is it meant to be?

By David Janke: Reigning super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe recently mentioned that he would stay at 168 to fight Kelly Pavlik. That fight would obviously garner huge attention whether it happens in Wales, Las Vegas, or New York. But The Ring champion’s claim is based on a huge underlying assumption: that he will defeat Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler on November 3rd in Wales. continue

Vargas And Mayorga To Fight At 168

fernando vargas18.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The Fernando Vargas – Ricardo Mayorga fight will now be fought at 168 pounds. The bout which was originally scheduled for September 8th was postponed when Vargas was diagnosed with anemia. Vargas’ camp contacted Mayorga’s camp requesting the weight change and Ricardo agreed. Neither fighter has ever fought above 160 pounds.

The fight, to take place on November 23rd at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, is being billed as Fernando’s farewell to boxing. Vargas, 26-4 with 22 KOs is coming off back to back losses to Shane Mosley. His struggles with his weight are notorious and when the fight was initially signed he remarked that after the second loss to Mosley he had ballooned up to nearly two hundred and thirty-five pounds. The fact that he requested an additional eight pound weight allowance doesn’t speak well for this so-called farewell to the sport. continue

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to Walk in Opening Ceremonies at the 2007 AIBA World Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – The 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team will complete their final preparations on Monday for the 2007 AIBA World Championships in Chicago, Ill., before participating in a unique opening ceremonies event in downtown Chicago. The 11-man team has been training at GOTIME Chicago since their arrival in the Windy City on Thursday, October 18. continue

Alexander Povetkin vs Chris Byrd: Povetkin "Hungry" For More

Alexander Povetkin is not just hungry for success. He is also hungry for Russian food. Just ask Ilona Aprelenko. The 35-year-old cooks for the 2004 Olympic gold medal winner whenever he trains in Germany. "She is a great cook", Povetkin stated. "Thanks to her delicious meals I am not missing anything during the hard practice sessions in Germany. It makes me feel at home.". continue

“Piolo” Castillo out-hustles Ledesma

Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (33-4, 22 KO’s) won a unanimous decisión over Colombian Andres Ledesma (14-6, 9 KO’s) at The Morongo Casino in Cabazon, Californiain front of an estimated 1,000 spectators. Castillo won the Cabofe WBC Superbantamweight belt. It was a hard fought battle at a grueling pace with Castillo’s agressiveness being the key to victory. Castillo was surprisingly knocked down during the last seconds of the fight. The scores were 97-92, and 95-94 (twice. continue

Didn’t Duddy Used to be Good? The Pride of Ireland vs. the Middleweight Champs: Pavlik, Sturm and Abraham

john duddy18.10.07 - By Jason Peck: It’s official – John Duddy is two fights away from a title shot against Kelly Pavlik. Should the Irishman emerge victorious he’ll become the first middleweight champ from the Emerald Isles in more than a century. All he must do now is beat one nameless fighter, possibly followed by another.

What a story that would make. But there’s a problem with the ending. Few expect him to last against Pavlik, much less take his title. I'd like to take the argument a step further: I don’t think Duddy can beat anyone holding a middleweight title right now, nor any of the top middleweight contenders.

I’ll admit – I jumped on the Duddy bandwagon when the gallant Gaelic whacked out opponents with a wave of his hand, especially ones far more experienced than he. Indeed, John Duddy was no “Dud.” continue

Martin Castillo vs Perez on Oct 26

Tickets are now on sale for the biggest SOLO BOXEO event of the year as Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and Top Rank Incorporated presents 3 GALLOS, an action packed evening of world class professional boxing this Friday night, October 26th at Cicero Stadium. continue

Hitman Hatton Interview Transcript

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, PRESIDENT, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: Thank you very much. Well we're very excited to hear that Ricky Hatton is right on schedule. When we did the press tour, I've never seen him in better shape this early before a fight, so that's obviously an indication that this fight is, to him, everything. continue

Ukraine Boxing Team Training at Warehouse Boxing Gym

The Ukraine Boxing Team is preparing for the World Boxing Championships at Warehouse Boxing Club & Gym in Highland Park, IL. The AIBA World Championships will be held in Chicago, October 23 to November 3, 2007 at the University of Illinois—Chicago Pavilion. For more information on the AIBA World Championships, go to: continue

Ricky Hatton Focused On Mayweather

ricky hatton18.10.07 - Matthew Hurley: Ricky Hatton has entered into the most rigorous training camp of his career for his upcoming showdown with Floyd Mayweather on December 8th. The old boxing axiom that reads, “it’s harder to hold onto your title than win it” is appropriate because the pressure of a good performance is always on the champion.

Should he lose, the critics come out of the woodwork claiming that said fighter was never as good as he was perceived to be when he won the belt. It’s a tough lesson to learn for any high caliber prize fighter and Hatton has been down that road before.

“The Hitman” is one of those fighters who finds himself in a unique position. Because he is such a huge star in his native England and has established a fan base in the United States, the belts don’t really mean that much anymore. continue

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. In “Latin Fury”

By Matthew Hurley: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. of Mexico, 33-0-1 with 26 KOs will face off against Ray Sanchez of Albuquerque, 20-1 with 15 KOs at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque on December 1st in a junior middleweight contest. The pay per view card will also feature former flyweight and super flyweight champion Jorge Arce of Mexico, 47-4 with 36 KOs against Wyndel Janiola from the Philippines, 19-4 with 9 KOs. continue

Tarver & Forrest Headline SHOWTIME Championship Boxing Season Finale

(October 18, 2007) – Talk about saving the best for last! SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present a world title tripleheader as its season finale featuring light heavyweight champion ANTONIO “MAGIC MAN” TARVER, super welterweight champion VERNON “THE VIPER” FORREST and flyweight champion NONITO DONAIRE, on Saturday, December 1. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, the Tarver-Forrest-Donaire world title extravaganza will be televised live from Foxwoods Resort Casino, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.) Tickets, priced at $250, $150, $125, $100 and $75, are on sale now and can be purchased at or by calling (800) 200-2882. continue

Margarito-Johnson, Casamayor-Santa Cruz and Oritz-Maussa Highlight Mosley Cotto PPV Undercard

NEW YORK, NY (October 18, 2007) – Boasting a combined record of 156 victories – 109 by knockout – against just 23 losses, the three-bout pay-per-view undercard for “Fast & Furious!” promises to live up to its name! Former welterweight champion ANTONIO MARGARITO will take on GOLDEN JOHNSON in a 12-round battle for the vacant World Boxing Organization Intercontinental welterweight title, two-division world champion JOEL CASAMAYOR will defend his World Boxing Council interim lightweight title against former WBC interim lightweight champion JOSE ARMANDO SANTA CRUZ and power-punching phenomenon VICTOR ORTIZ will be taking a big step up when he faces former super lightweight champion CARLOS MAUSSA in a 10-round welterweight rumble. continue

Miguel Cotto: On The 'Brink'?, Or Not What You Think?

miguel cotto18.10.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Explosive.... Thunderous ... Powerful ..... Entertaining ...Dominant. The list goes on. For a young stud who's known for giving fight fans what they want, the list of adjectives are perhaps endless. A professional prize fighter for only 6 years, and already, this young man has placed himself at center stage in the sports 'Battalion of Young Stallions', the very deep welterweight division.

For years, his position among the ranks was carefully crafted, leaving many cynics to believe that he was a bit sheltered, and in a sense non-deserving of the sudden praise that became synonymous with his name. That belief wasn't helped by the fact that his demeanor isn't that of a typical 'KO Artist'. A family man and moderate outside of the ring, the young Miguel has demonstrated the sheer ability to go from a rather 'quiet' storm to a brute 'hurricane' inside. continue

Alejandro “Ñaco” Berrío and Lucian Bute Collide Tonight!

By Jaime Castro-Núñez: International Boxing Federation super middleweight champion Alejandro “Ñaco” Berrío (26-4, 25 KOs) of Cartagena, Colombia, hopes to retain his belt tonight by defeating southpaw Lucian Bute (20-0, 16 Kos) of Galati, Romania, at Montreal’s Bell Centre. The 31-year-old Berrío will be making the first defense of the crown he captured last March when he knocked out the Russia-born Robert Stieglitz in Rostock, Germany. continue

Amir Khan vs Graham Earl on Dec 8, Live On ITV1

Amir Khan has got the 21st birthday present he wanted: a showdown with Graham Earl. Unbeaten Khan makes the second defence of his Commonwealth Lightweight title on his milestone birthday against the Luton scrapper at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 8th December live on ITV1. The Bolton hotshot, ranked number six by the WBO, disposed of English Champion Scott Lawton in the fourth round earlier this month with a punch-perfect display to set up his dream date against 'The Duke'. continue

Carl Froch: "I would knock either of Berrio or Bute out"

Carl Froch is moving nearer to the main prize: a fight against the winner of Mikkel Kessler-Joe Calzaghe. The Cobra’ defends his British Title for the fourth time against former world champion Robin Reid in his home city of Nottingham on a Hennessy Sports show in association with on November 9. Sky Sports will televise live. continue

Kirilov Edges Navarro, The Untold Story, Plus The Great Action Of The Ibragimov Holyfield Undercard

edwardsBy Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB at ringside in Moscow, Russia. After the really intense boorishness and brutality caused by the Russian TV hacks at the weigh-in, one wondered how nasty it might get ringside. The next morning at the hotel I witnessed Leon Margules (Warriors Boxing) lay down the law to the Russian event managers and gophers. The result was that the American photogs were placed in a special slot at the apron and the Russian media were forbidden to come near us. They were restricted to the other side of the ring. We felt vindicated and protected by Leon’s timely actions and professional authority.

What then followed was one of the best organized, rapid fire presentations of boxing matches one could wish for. Every pair of fighters from the first to the seventh contest, were brought to the ring in quick succession, and the series of bouts were completed right on time. The match-making was excellent as there was only one mismatch, and good fighting throughout the program. As you will see by the photos that follow, these guys really went at each other with serious intent. Also, the Navarro-Kirilov contest was an action-filled, even fight with a surprise ending, which touched everyone’s feelings, and demonstrated the absolute best in sportsmanship and human kindness. continue

Mayweather Hatton: Win Or Lose, Will This Be "The Hitman's" Last Fight?

18.10.o7 - by James Slater: Though he says he hasn't really give it much thought, Ricky Hatton did recently ponder the notion of what he may do once his super fight with Floyd Mayweather is over and done with. The possibility is there that Hatton will feel satisfied enough with a win to call it quits on a great career. While there is also a chance that were he to lose to "Pretty Boy," he would feel so low he'd hang 'em up due to feeling so badly dejected. There is the possibility then, however vague it may perhaps seem, that the Ricky Hatton we watch on December 8th is the last one we will see in a boxing ring. continue

Enzo and Joe Calzaghe Conference Call Transcript

Fred Sternburg: Welcome everybody. We’re two-and-a-half weeks away from the most highly anticipated fight of the year. Undefeated super-middleweight champions Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler who will be meeting to unify, for the first time, the super middleweight championship of the world. It will be on November 3 at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Ticket sales are way over 30,000 already so I think if we haven’t passed the indoor European record for boxing, which was set at Calzaghe’s last defense, against Peter Manfredo, we’re pretty darn close to it. continue

Johanneson, Gomez Weigh-In For Tonight's British Title Clash

19.10.07 - British super featherweight boxing champion Carl Johanneson came face to face with fiery ex-British titlist Michael Gomez yesterday at the Rockingham Arms Hotel in Doncaster, England as the pair weighed in before tonight's Frank Maloney promotion at the Doncaster Dome. continue

Gomez Wins, Mora Draws

alfonso gomez17.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Alfonso Gomez didn’t let a potential showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. get in the way of concentrating on the tough opponent in front of him, Ben Tackie. Gomez, 18-3-2 with 8 KOs battled the road tested Tackie, 29-8-1 with 17 KOs to a unanimous decision victory. The scores were 98-92 twice and 97-93.

Gomez, who was coming off a knockout victory over a depleted Arturo Gatti, proved that despite the fact that he lacks one punch knockout power he makes up for that deficiency with punch output. Gomez is a busy fighter who uses his aggression and volume punching to win rounds. Tackie, who fought tooth and nail with the former Contender star couldn’t quite keep up. continue

Mayweather To Meet Obama

LAS VEGAS (October 18)—When one door closes, another one opens. Fresh off his month-long experience on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather will meet privately with presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (IL-D), as the Candidate makes a stop in Las Vegas as his ongoing presidential campaign continues to roll throughout the country. continue

McCall - Gomez Weigh In Photos

WBC International Champion Oliver McCall (No. 2 in WBC rankings) and Juan Carlos Gomez (No. 4) presented themselves well prepared and in perfect physical shape at the official weigh-in at “Kroyman’s” car dealership for their big clash this Friday night in Berlin’s Estrel Convention Center. “The Atomic Bull” weighed in at 235 lbs. while “The Black Panther” brought 228 lbs. 9 fights are scheduled for arena’s “Champion’s Night” featuring 5 heavyweight bouts and 4 international championships. The show starts at 6 p.m., Gomez and McCall will step into the ring at about 11 p.m. (German time). continue

Gomez-McCall Undercard: Olympic gold medallist Gamboa takes on Kebede

It’s just one more day to go to arena’s “Champion’s Night” in Berlin’s Estrel Convention Center featuring 4 international title fights with the big main event between “Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez and “The Atomic Bull” Oliver McCall. Within the last days before the fight there have been some changes on the undercard. Two unbeaten arena-stars had to pull out of their fights because of injuries suffered in the last week of sparring. “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin (welterweight) and Konstantin Airich (heavyweight) won’t have a chance to add victories to their “clean slate”-records. continue

Peter Maskaev: Updated Breakdown

samuel peter17.10.07 - By Ted Sares: The two win Sam Peter got over James Toney set him up to face newly crowned World Boxing Council Champion Oleg Maskaev for the Title. But it was not to be. Instead, Peter fought Jameel McCline and was lucky to escape with a decision. Once again, he is set to fight Oleg on February 8, 2008.

Peter upped his overall game against Toney. His technique was better, his ability to counter Toney's left hooks was splendid, and his stamina at 257 pounds was remarkable. However, his stock has fallen badly as a result of being put on Queer Street in round three by McCline.

Maskaev is coming off a solid TKO win over Hasim Rahman in which he surprised by taking the Rock's bombs without noticeable effect. He just kept coming forward until he prevailed. But that was in August 2006. Since then, he has suffered an injury that may affect his game plan. continue

Mads Larsen Added To Povetkin Byrd Card

Mads Larsen will make his fourth fight after his comeback on October 27 when he takes on Emiliano Cayetano in Erfurt. The former European super-middleweight champion is eager to put himself back into a position for a title fight. "I want to fight for international titles again soon," the Golden Boy stated. "My goal remains a world title fight." continue

Kelly Pavlik versus John Duddy?

By Geoffrey Ciani: Rumors have recently surfaced regarding a potential championship boxing fight between Kelly Pavlik and John Duddy. Although nothing has been finalized, the prospects of a match-up between these two undefeated middleweights promises to be an exciting encounter—while it lasts, that is. Which begs the question, would John Duddy have any chance of beating Kelly Pavlik? Of course, in boxing, anything can happen, so Duddy would certainly have a chance, albeit, a very slim one. Although the sport is often defined by the improbable, I’m hard-pressed to realistically envision a scenario—any scenario—wherein Duddy could prevail. In my view, it seems unreasonable to believe he has any shot at dethroning the newly crowned middleweight king. continue

Zappa v Langham Saturday night: Someone's 0 must go!

On Saturday night at the Auburn RSL in Sydney's West, former IBF and IBO flyweight boss Vic Darchinyan meets Filipino Federico Catubay for the vacant IBO super flyweight belt. In a battle of unbeatens, the main support act sees 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham (9-0, 5 KO's) challenge 2006 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Lenny Zappa (10-0, 7 KO's) for the Australian lightweight title the Sydney fighter won on November 24 last year. continue

The 1st Annual Perfect Fighter Draft: Hopkins, Whitaker, De La Hoya, Mayweather, Foreman, Dempsey, Tyson, Holyfield, Jones, Ali, Lewis, and Frazier

roy jones jr17.10.07 - By Raymond Markarian: Boxing is missing that instant impact type athlete. In recent history, every other sport has had their share of heroic champions. Michael Jordan was for basketball what Tiger Woods is for Golf. But where is our boxing hero? His time is long over due. Unfortunately, there are no drafts in boxing. A successful boxer cannot be groomed and ready overnight. Fighters are not necessarily picked out of college to become professionals. The average American sports fan does not have the patience to wait for the next boxing legend. We want results. We want our boxing savior.

Here is our twelve team boxing draft. The idea is to create “The Perfect Fighter.” Each selection is used to represent a unique quality in this new indestructible boxer. The First Annual “Perfect Fighter Draft” will focus on the intangibles of past and current champions. continue

Felix Sturm vs Randy Griffin This Saturday

Felix Sturm is a busy man when it comes to boxing in the last months. He dethroned the Spaniard Javier Castillejo in a Rematch in April 2007 and secured the WBA belt for the second time before risking it again just eight weeks after in Stuttgart against the unbeaten Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba of Uruguay continue

Alex Arthur In Another Battle Of Britain

WBO interim super-featherweight champion Alex Arthur will defend his title on December 15 against Steve Foster Jr in a mouth-watering Battle of Britain. Arthur makes the first defence of the interim crown at the Meadowbank Arena, Edingburgh, after he won the title against Koba Gogoladze in July. continue

Chicago's '8 Count' Kicks Off Fall Blitz This Friday Night

Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions kicks off an outstanding fall season of world class professional boxing this Friday night, October 19th at Cicero Stadium with BAD BLOOD, an action packed evening headlined by a terrific featherweight battle between Chicago fan favorite Jaime “SUPERFLY” Sandoval and tough Mexican veteran Juan Carlos “EL PEZ” Martinez. continue

Interview With Travis "Freight Train" Walker - "Samuel Peter Is Tailor-Made For Me!"

travis walker16.10.07 - by James Slater: Travis Walker was given the nickname of "Freight Train" by a reporter who had seen one of his earliest pro fights. The reporter was so impressed with Walker he wrote in his notes that the young heavyweight looked as though he went through his opponent just like a train. The nickname stuck. Now, with an unbeaten record of 25-0-1(19) the 28 year-old Walker is itching for his big chance at the top. In the meantime, Travis faces former amateur star T.J Wilson this Friday (October 19th) in Sacramento. After this fight, Travis, no slouch himself as an amateur, hopes to get a shot at a big fight.

With training for the fight wrapped up, Travis very kindly gave this writer the following interview earlier today. Here is what the six foot four inch big guy had to say. continue

Calzaghe Continues To Talk A Good Game

17.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As the super middleweight unification match between Joe Calzaghe and Mikel Kessler draws ever nearer the WBO champion has been more assessable to the media than usual. Part of that has to do with the fact that the fight could break the indoor attendance record in Cardiff, Wales of 63,000 spectators at Millennium Stadium. With a little over two weeks until the opening bell nearly 35,000 seats have already been sold. Another part has to do with the American audience that will be watching on HBO. Calzaghe, who has not fought on American soil, knows that his future may lie in the United States. continue

Frank-Cauthen: No Decision ruling stands

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing announced today that the New York Supreme Court agreed with Star Boxing, Team Cauthen and the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) over the "no decision" ruling that reversed the original hotly contested controversial decision after the USBA Jr. Middleweight Title and #2 IBF ranking fight, between Raul Frank (27-5-3 13KO's) and Terrance Cauthen (32-3 9KO's. continue

Eddie Chambers vs Calvin Brock On Nov 2

NEW YORK (Oct. 17, 2007) – ShoBox: The New Generation will celebrate its 100th telecast with arguably the finest match-up and most significant heavyweight fight in the series’ distinguished six-year history. The heavyweight “Battle for the Ages” will pit “Fast” Eddie Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs) against Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock (31-1, 23 KOs) in an International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight title eliminator Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). continue

Jeff Lacy Added To Hatton Mayweather Card

jeff lacyBy Matthew Hurley: Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, last seen struggling to gain a majority decision over Vitali Tsypko in December of 2006, will make his ring return on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather – Ricky Hatton bout against Peter Manfredo on December 8th in Las Vegas. Lacy, 22-1 with 17 KOs is best remembered for losing his IBF super middleweight title in a lopsided decision to Joe Calzaghe in March of 2006.

The heavily hyped American entered the bout as a betting favorite but Calzaghe proved to be too much for the young boxing fighter. Manfredo, 28-4 with 13 KOs, was stopped by Calzaghe in the third round in April of this year. He has since won two in a row. continue

Upcoming Bouts: Spinks-Phillips, Tarver-Green, Ouma-Roman, and McCullough-Martinez

16.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As 2007 winds down the boxing scene continues to add to its already impressive year end schedule. European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez, 17-0 with 14 KOs will take on former world champion Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” McCullough, 27-6 with 18 KOs. The bout has been signed for December 1st in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This will be McCullough’s first fight since losing by TKO in the 10th to Oscar Larios in 2005. continue

Fireball Fewkes Ready To Ignite In Doncaster

John "Fireball" Fewkes, one of the premier light welterweight prospects in Britain, will see action this Friday on a Frank Maloney promotion at The Dome in Doncaster, England, as chief support for the greatly awaited confrontation between British super feather champion Carl Johanneson and fiery ex-titlist Michael Gomez. continue

WBC Announces Maskaev Peter for Feb. 8

16.10.07 - By Brett Mauren: It was announced today by the World Boxing Council that Oleg Maskaev and Samuel Peter will get the opportunity to settle some unfinished business, or un-started business for that matter. continue

Guzman – Soto Flies Under The Radar

joan guzman16.10.07 - Matthew Hurley: The last three months of the year are jam packed with terrific match ups of what has already been an exciting several months for boxing. But one match up has flown under the radar because its participants aren’t as well known as a Shane Mosley or a Miguel Cotto. However, when Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman 27-0 (17) defends his WBO junior lightweight championship against Humberto “Zorrito” Soto 42-5-2 (26) it could well outshine such recent big fights like the Marco Antonio Barrera – Manny Pacquiao rematch. It has the potential to be explosive.

Joan Guzman, from the Dominican Republic now fighting out of Brooklyn, New York, a former WBO super bantamweight titlist, won the WBO junior lightweight strap when he defeated Jorge Barrios by split decision in 2006. He successfully defended the title against Antonio Davis later that year and now looks for a win over Humberto Soto to put him in line to fight the prized cash cow of the division Manny Pacquiao. continue

Ibragimov/Holyfield Replay On ESPN Classic

By Matthew Hurley: On Saturday, October 20th ESPN Classic will air the replay of the Sultan Ibragimov – Evander Holyfield WBO heavyweight title fight. The broadcast will start at 8 pm Eastern Standard Time. Ibragimov, 20-0-1 won a unanimous decision over the former champion by scores of 118-110 and 117-111 twice. continue

Tickets On Sale For Miranda's Return On Oct 30

HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 16 – In his 26 years on this planet, Edison Miranda has never shied away from a challenge. On October 30th, at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, he will begin his latest task – winning the super middleweight title – when he makes his 168-pound debut against Costa Rican banger Henry Porras. continue

Peter v Maskaev At MSG On Feb 2, 2008

The fight for the undisputed WBC heavyweight world championship between world champion Oleg Maskaev and interim world champion Samuel Peter will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 2, 2008, as per the official statement of Don King Productions. The promotion rights for this fight were won by Don King Productions with an offer of $3,107,000.00, of which 55% will be for Maskaev and 45% for Samuel Peter. continue

'3 For The Money': A Look At Kessler/Calzaghe, Mosley/Cotto, and Mayweather/Hatton!

joe calzaghe15.10.07 - By Vivek Wallace: In only a few weeks, November 3rd to be exact, the sport of boxing will officially kick off any fight fans dream scenario as three fights in a 5 week frame will all have major implications in their respective divisions, each with potential to be fight of the year candidates. Few fights in recent years have had the ability to leave fight aficionado's second guessing their picks to win, but in this case, even the best of handicapper's would require a second opinion.

One that still probably wouldn't solidify his gut feelings. On paper, it seems as though each of these fights can go either way, but as we continue to see in this sport, paper burns. In a quick snapshot, we take a good look, as well as a devil's advocate perspective at each of these matches which will make up what appears to be a very 'Formidable Fall.' continue

Zepeda Fighting To Honor His Corner Woman WHo Knocked Out Breast Cancer

(Indianapolis, IN) – Tomorrow, Thursday, October 18 at 6 p.m. sharp, popular Indy night spot Claude & Annie’s will host the official weigh-ins for Friday night’s Circle City Rumble. “Merciless” Mary McGee, Francisco “Panchito” Zepeda and “Downtown” Louis Brown are just a few of the boxers who will be on hand to meet fans and take photos at this free event. Claude & Annie’s, conveniently located at 5162 Pike Plaza just north of Lafayette Square Mall, will be showing fight films and offering a Play Station 2 Fight Night competition from 6-8 p.m. continue

'Latin Fury': Julio Cesar Chavez Jr v Ray Sanchez

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will go into his most significant fight when he takes on hard-punching hometown hero Ray Sanchez III on Top Rank's 'Latin Fury' PPV which is scheduled at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. on Saturday, Dec. 1. continue

Joey Spina To Fight Shannon Miller On Oct 20

In the COLLISION COURSE co-main event, Joey "The KO KID" Spina will fight the tough and experienced Shannon "Trouble" Miller (23-37-8 17KOs) of Columbus, MS. Miller, who had had difficulty in his career, is coming off of three straight wins including the knockout of the then undefeated Charles Cavallo. continue

Sultan Ibragimov Out-Boxes Evander Holyfield…A Slide Show Of The Big Fight!

Ibragimov beats Holyfield14.10.07 - By Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edward/ESB at ringside in Moscow, Russia -- click here to view photo gallery -- Zowie!!...when the tenth round started, nobody at the apron could believe that the fight was already almost over. "Time flies when your having fun." Though both fighters sized each other up for a good part of every round, when the leather flew, it did so in earnest. Both fighters got deadly serious about seven times every round. The Russian crowd, which gave Evander a pretty good cheer when he came to the ring, really got into the fight and chanted "Sultan!, Sultan!" many times during the bout.

This fight produced so many great images that I could hardly decide which to include here. So-much-so that the under-card report will have to wait. I have never had the opportunity to capture so many contact shots in one contest. So with that in mind let's get to the pics and you will see just how powerful the fight was: continue

British Boxing: Reid Prepares for Fewkes Showdown

Impact Boxing’s Gary Reid returns to the ring in Doncaster on Friday night for the first of three fights under a new promotional deal with Frank Maloney. Potteries based Reid will face the hitherto undefeated John ‘Fireball’ Fewkes over 8 rounds on a Sky televised event from Doncaster Dome, the fight being part of the undercard of a British super-featherweight title contest between holder Carl Johanneson and challenger Michael Gomez. continue

Hatton in action in Dublin this weekend, Prince Arron looking to claim the middleweight throne

This Saturday’s Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin will see one of boxing’s most famous fighting families at the National Stadium. Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky features in an 8 round contest on the card as he looks to press his claims for a shot at the British welterweight title. continue

John Duddy Looks For A Title Shot

By Matthew Hurley: Ireland’s popular middleweight contender John Duddy, who was scheduled to face Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium on October 20th,will instead fight a late substitute in England’s Prince Arron who has only twelve bouts on his ledger. Alcoba had to withdraw from the fight because of a detached retina. The injury may prove the end of the 28 year olds career. continue

DiBella Hits Hollywood!

DiBella Entertainment President Lou DiBella will produce a motion picture entitled “Love Ranch” which will begin filming in Albuquerque, New Mexico in late January. The drama will tell the story of a couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada and how their relationship is put to the test when infidelity becomes involved. continue

'El Veneno' to Host 'Bad Blood' Weigh-In this Thursday Night

“EL VENENO” Chicago’s outstanding Mexican seafood restaurant, will host the open to the public weigh-in this Thursday night, October 18th in preparation for BAD BLOOD, an evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. The action packed evening of boxing is set for the following evening, Friday, October 19th at Cicero Stadium. continue

“Piolo” Castillo vs Attah at The Morongo Casino!

The WBC Caribbean Super Bantamweight title will be at stake on Friday October 19th as Ricardo "Piolo" Castillo (32-4, 22 KO's) of Sonora, Mexico takes on Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (24-4, 8 KO's) at The Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California. WBC Youth Light Welterweight champion Pavel Miranda (14-1, 8 KO's), will also put his crown on the line against Jose Bermejo. continue

Evander Holyfield Remains Defiant And Delusional

evander holyfield14.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Going into his WBO title shot against champion Sultan Ibragimov, Evander Holyfield was on a rather peculiar four bout winning streak. All of the bouts took place in Texas, this because of his license suspension by the New York Athletic Commission after his 2004 loss against Larry Donald. His opponents were marginal at best and allowed Holyfield to delude both himself and some of his many fans who truly wanted to believe that “The Real Deal” had indeed somehow turned back the clock. After twelve rounds against Ibragimov all he proved was that the sand has run out of his hourglass.

But Holyfield, whose stubbornness and tenacity made him one of the greatest and most beloved fighters of his time remains what can only be regarded as delusional. If he couldn’t beat Sultan Ibragimov, a decent heavyweight fighter, where does he go from here? continue

2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to Compete in the 2007 AIBA World Championships

The 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team will compete in their first major international event, October 23-November 3 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Ill. The 2007 AIBA World Championships hold extra importance for the newly crowned team as it will serve as the first international Olympic qualifier for the 2008 OIympic Games in Beijing, China. The 11-man squad has been in training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., since September 17 in preparation for the event. continue

Mayor Lionel Rivera and Local City Leaders to Welcome the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera will join local city leaders in welcoming the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team to Colorado Springs with a reception on Monday evening at the Penrose House. Rivera joins the El Pomar Foundation, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation and the United States Olympic Committee in hosting the event, which will include over 120 local city and civic leaders. continue

McCline to File Official Protest to WBC!

WBC #9 rated contender Jameel McCline plans to file an official protest with the WBC later this week. "After watching the fight on tape, not only do I think I won, but I think that I would have stopped Peter if the referee (Mike Ortega) did not give him so much time to recover from the knockdowns in round three. Also, Judge Bill Costello had the fight 10-2 in rounds, which is absolutely ridiculous.. continue

Julio Diaz Quits; Evander Holyfield Doesn't Know How To!

julio diaz14.10.07 - by James Slater: One of the weekend's big world title fights, the one at lightweight, between Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz, surprised me. The other, at heavyweight, between Sultan Ibragimov and Evander Holyfield didn't. Nor did what the loser had to say afterwards. The Diaz-Diaz fight surprised me in that the tough and capable Julio Diaz, the IBF 135 pound champ, wound up quitting on his stool after eight rounds.

While neither the Ibragimov-Holyfield fight or its aftermath shocked me in the slightest. Okay, I did feel Evander had a shot at winning a decision, the fact that he failed to do so was no upset, however. "The Real Deal's" post-fight comments came as no surprise either. That the sadly more disillusioned than ever former great cannot see that time has long since been called on his majestic career is, unfortunately, something we have all come accustomed to. Holyfield simply will not do the sensible and decent thing and retire. continue

Duddy back in Ireland

WBO rated No. 2 contender John Duddy (21-0, 16 KOs) broke training camp in the Pocono Mountains this past weekend and arrived in Ireland for Saturday night’s fight in Dublin only to discover that his scheduled opponent, Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba, had withdrawn due to a detached retina. Alcoba has been replaced by 19-year-old Prince Arron (10-2) in the 10-round main event. continue

Video: BJ Flores Knocks Out Sample

15.10.07 - BJ Flores is now 20-0-1 (13 KO's) and ranked #12 by the IBF as a cruiserweight. The two time national amateur champion is currently a promotional free agent and entertaining offers. With one of the best jabs in boxing, Flores shows an arsenal of body punches and blistering combinations en route to the second round knockout. continue

Juan Diaz: "Pacquiao ought to fight a young Mexican warrior like me"

Juan Diaz (33-0, 17 KOs) “I thought Julio was going to box me more but he came to fight. That surprised me. I was able to lure him into my kind of fight, a toe to toe action fight. Julio had decent power which also surprised me. It’s great if Pacquiao moves up to the lightweight limit of 135 pounds. I’d like to show my talents against a fighter of his skills. Pacquiao just fought an older Mexican warrior. Now he ought to fight a young Mexican warrior like me. Joel Casamayor wants to fight everybody. He’s an older fighter. I’d rather fight the best young fighters out there. continue

Sharkie’s Machine: Juan Diaz Silences Julio Diaz in Nine

juan diazBy Frank Gonzalez Jr.: October 14th, 2007 - Julio “Kidd” Diaz’ (34-4, 25 KO’s) bark turned out to be bigger than his bit on Saturday night, where in Chicago, he finally got to fight WBA/WBO Champ Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (33-0, 17 KO’s).

It was a RARE unifying title bout that would see the winner possesses three of the four major recognized title belts. So, congratulations to Juan Diaz of Houston Texas, who after two years of being hounded by Julio Diaz to fight, took him on and fought aggressively for eight straight rounds until Julio’s corner called it a night. It would be Juan Diaz by TKO victory over the man who talked so much but was unable to convincingly win a single round.

Both guys did have moments in the first round and arguments can be made that that round was even. But Juan Diaz pressed the action and kept Julio Diaz going backwards the whole fight. continue

Kassim Ouma Back In Action On Nov 2

Former World Junior Middleweight Champion Kassim "The Dream" Ouma is ready to get back into the ring and back on the road to a world title in 2008. Mexico's Saul Roman has shown the warrior's heart necessary to battle "The Dream", and on Friday, November 2nd, these two junior middleweights will go to war when Golden Boy Promotions returns to the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California for an unforgettable night of world-class boxing action on TeleFutura's Solo Boxeo. continue

Juan Carlos Gomez: "I will end the career of ‘The Atomic Bull’!”

They couldn’t have spent the weekend before their big fight more different: While WBC International Champion Oliver McCall went to Genezareth church in Berlin-Neukölln this Sunday and was invited for tea afterwards his challenger Juan Carlos Gomez helped electing “Miss Venus 2007” in noble “Adagio” nightclub Saturday night. “Venus” is the name of the world biggest exhibition for adult entertainment which take places in Berlin’ Estrel Convention Center next weekend – the venue of arena’s “Champion’s Night” on October 19th. continue

Ruiz Destroys Tisdale

15.10.07 - By Gary Jones: Former World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John Ruiz (42-7-1, 29 KOs) destroyed journeyman fighter Otis Tisdale (25-19-1, 15 KOs) in the 2nd round on Saturday night at the Sears Centre, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Ruiz, 35, knocked Tisdale down twice in the 1st round and another time with a right-left combination in the 2nd prompting the referee Pete Podgorski to stop the one-sided affair at 0:45 of the 2nd round. continue

Boxing: Limbo Kings

samuel peter14.10.07 - By Adeyinka Makinde: The recent awarding to Sam Peter of the ‘Interim’ heavyweight championship by the WBC following his points win over Jameel McCline brings to mind the less than satisfactory history of such arrangements.

Aesthetically, such ‘championships’ have tended not to please the senses and sensibilities of fans, but nonetheless have been used over the decades by boxing authorities as a means of striking a compromise of sorts where a champion is unable to defend his title and his ‘outstanding’ challengers are given an opportunity to stake a claim to the title while anticipating that such title will revert to the winner in the event that a champion is unable to defend in the future. For instance, in 2006, Hasim Rahman was awarded the WBC’s interim heavyweight title after his victory over Monte Barrett and this was upgraded to the full championship following Vitali Klitshko’s retirement. continue

Ibragimov Holyfield Replay On ESPN Classic

Ibragimov Decision over Holyfield for WBO Heavyweight Title to be Replayed on ESPN Classic Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 P.M., ETESPN Classic will televise the exclusive replay of Sultan Ibragimov's victory over Evander Holyfield Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m., ET. Ibragimov scored a 12-round unanimous decision over Holyfield to remain the WBO Heavyweight Champion Saturday at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia. continue

Jesse Brinkley Finds New Foe

After an unexpected drop-out of COLLISION COURSE main event fighter Donnell Wiggins, Jesse Brinkley will now fight Isaiah Henderson (11-6 7KOs) from Kansas City, MO. Known as "The Prophet", Henderson has jumped on this opportunity to face the former season-one Contender star. All of Henderson's bouts have been in Missouri, his home state and his most impressive victory came against the then undefeated Jesse Shewmaker last June. That victory came after of avenging a loss to fellow Missourian Shawn Hammock. continue

Floyd Mayweather Ready To Dance Again Monday NIght

LOS ANGELES (October 14)—Welterweight champion and boxing's king of the ring Floyd Mayweather is asking you to tune-in and vote for him Monday night on this week's Dancing With The Stars (ABC, 8pm ET/PT). The boxing superstar, who found himself in the bottom two last week, is submitting himself to the demands of learning technical ballroom dance routines in addition to training for his welterweight championship against Ricky Hatton on December 8 at the MGM Grand and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Holyfield-Ibragimov musings from the only disappointed sports fan in England

sultan ibragimov14.10.07 - By Joe Mills: I went into last night’s WBO World Heavyweight championship fight pitting champion Sultan Ibragimov against aging legend Evander Holyfield fully intending to compile a detailed and comprehensive round-by-round report. However, as tends to happen every so often in Boxing, emotion took over. Instead of logging the subtle intricacies of each fighters performance I found myself shouting encouragement to the screen. And the subject of my garbled advice was one Evander “The Real Deal” Hoyfield.

As you may have gathered from the title of this article, I am English. And on a day that featured our football (soccer for those who play football with their hands) team winning a European championship qualifier and our Rugby team reaching a World Cup final I was the only disappointed sports fan possibly in the whole country yesterday evening. continue

Kirilov Decisions Navarro, Wins Vacant IBF Super Flyweight Title

Dimitri Kirilov15.10.07 - By Ron Hansen: Super flyweight Dimitri Kirilov (29-3, 9 KOs) won a hard fought 12-round unanimous decision over Jose Navarro (26-3, 12 KOs) to win the vacant International Boxing Federation super flyweight title on Saturday night on the undercard of Holyfield-Ibragimov at the Khodynka Ice Palace, in Moscow, Russia.

Kirilov, 28, overcame a poor start in which he appeared to lose five of the first six rounds to come on strong in the second half of the fight to pull out the decision. The final judges' scores were 116-112, 114-113 and 114-113. I personally scored it 114-113 for Kirilov, who used his powerful right hand to take control of the bout after being badly outlanded in the early going. Though Kirilov continued to outworked by the busy Navarro, Kirilov's punches were harder. continue

Sandoval vs Martinez on Oct 19

Chicago fan favorite Jaime “SUPERFLY” Sandoval declared himself “100% ready” for battle this Friday night as he takes on Juan Carlos “EL PEZ” Martinez this Friday night, October 19th at Cicero Stadium. continue

McCall vs Gomez This Friday

Photo by D.Hiller: (Oliver McCall at the East Side Gallery in Berlin. McCall is training for the Gomez fight at the Wiking Box Gym) Today arena-CEO Ahmet Öner celebrated his 36th birthday. His office team gave him a cake in the looks of a championship belt as a present. In one week his boxers want to follow up by presenting their promoter real gold at arena’s “Champion’s Night” in Berlin. Former European Champion Sinan Samil Sam wants to clear his name from the loss he suffered on June 16th in his hometown Ankara by beating Croatia’s Ivica Perkovic in a WBC Mediterranean Championship bout. continue

Enzo Maccarinelli-Ezra Sellers - A Fight With '1st Round KO' Written All Over It!

14.10.07 - by James Slater: The news that WBO cruiserweight king Enzo Maccarinelli will make his next title defence against 39 year old veteran Ezra Sellers - on the under-card of Joe Calzaghe's unification showdown with Mikkel Kessler - is not good. Indeed, can this fight possibly get past the opening round stage? Well, of course it is possible, but likely? I think not. Sellers, like the WBO champion, is a big puncher, the problem is the amount of wear and tear on the 28-7(25) southpaw from Washington D.C. Also, Ezra has been far from active over the last three years. continue

Calzaghe Kessler Continues To Heat Up

joe calzaghe14.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As the super middleweight showdown on November 3rd between WBO champion Joe Calzaghe and WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler draws closer the tensions between the two fighters continues to combust. Both fighters were respectful of one another when the fight was finally signed but with the notion of contending in the biggest fight the division has seen since Thomas Hearns and Sugar Ray Leonard held their long awaited rematch at 168 pounds in 1989 in Las Vegas, and in front of over 60,000 people at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales nerves and the anxious desire to just get in there are swirling about the two combatants.

“He’s going to be in for a big surprise,” Kessler remarked recently. “He’s never fought a guy like me before, that’s why he’s going to be in trouble. I hit harder than him and I’m going to hit him directly. I’m going to show everyone I’m a bigger champion than he is.” continue

Giovanni Lorenzo: "I Want To Fight Taylor To Get My #1 Ranking"

Undefeated WBC #2 middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo has informed his promoter Main Events that he would like to challenge recently installed WBC #1 challenger Jermain Taylor, it was announced by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. In its latest rankings the WBC dropped Lorenzo to #2 and installed Taylor in the #1 spot. continue

Juan Diaz Bullies Julio Diaz to Unify Lightweight Titles

13.10.07 - By Sean Ocampo: It was a dominant performance coming from WBA/WBO Lightweight Champion Juan "Baby Bull" Diaz as he imposed his relentless style to stop International Boxing Federation Lightweight Champ Julio "Kidd" Diaz during their unification fight at the Sears Centre in Chicago, Illinois. Juan unified his World Boxing Association/World Boxing Organization Titles along with IBF Title with his dominant performance. continue

Mollo Destroys Binkowski

13.10.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Rising heavyweight challenger Mike Mollo (19-1, 12 KOs) blitzed Art Binkowski (16-2-3, 11 KOs) last night, stopping him in the 2nd round at the Sears Centre, in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Mollo, 27, ranked #8 in the World Boxing Association, knocked Binkowski down three times in the 2nd round before the fight was stopped by referee Gerald Scott at 1:25 of the 2nd round. It was the fourth consecutive win for Mollo since being stopped in the fourth round last year by the hard punching DaVarryl Williamson. Looking like a prime version of Joe Mesi, Mollo attacked Binkwoski from the opening round, tagging him with powerful hooks to the head and body. continue

Juan Diaz Defeats Julio Diaz

juan diaz13.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz imposed his will on Julio Diaz in a grinding performance that earned him the unified World Boxing Association, World Boxing Organization and International Boxing Federation lightweight belts when Julio did not answer the bell for the 9th round.

Going into the bout most assumed that the only way for Julio to win the fight would be to establish his jab and counter punch Juan from the center of the ring. He was unable to keep the stronger Juan Diaz off him and “The Baby Bull” was able to establish his rhythm and dictate the pace of the bout. In refusing to allow Julio any room to box Juan took “The Kidd” out of his game plan and systematically broke him down. continue

Rhode Island Boxing Results: Mesi and Estrada Score KOs

12.10.07 - Joe Mesi: “I’m pleased. Obviously any quick ending to a fight is pleasing. A made a few mistakes; it had been a few months since I’d last fought. I was still surprised. Shannon is durable and courageous. I didn’t expect this (1st round KO). I didn’t want to expend too much early, but I guess I expended enough. This was my first fight for CES and Jimmy Burchfield. I think three more fights, stepping up each time, and I could be in line for a title shot. I hope to be back in the top 10 soon. I feel like I’m getting back to where I was. My timing, conditioning, and weight are all back.” continue

Mesi Destroys Miller in 1st round TKO

12.10.07 - By Scott Frake: Former heavyweight boxing contender Joe Mesi (36-0, 29 KOs) destroyed an overmatched Shannon Miller (15-4, 9 KOs) tonight in the 1st round at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Mesi, 33, making his seventh appearance after being suspended two years for a diagnosed brain bleed, came out strong in the first round, ripping powerful hooks to the head and body and driving the 33-year old Miller back with every shot. continue

Hlatswayo Retains Title On The Road

12.10.07 - By Tony Nobbs: South African Isaac “The Angel” Hlatswayo (27-1, 9 KO's) retained his International Boxing Organization world welterweight title with a commanding unanimous decision over game local Robert Medley (18-1, 12 KO's) at the Panthers Outdoor Pavilion in Penrith, West Sydney, NSW last night.

Going in a clear favorite, Hlatswayo, 30 gave an impressive overall performance dominating the action from the second round and controlling the pace throughout, scoring a heavy knockdown in the fifth round. continue

Holyfield Loses Decision To Ibragimov

evander holyfield12.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Evander Holyfield lost out on his bid to win a fifth heavyweight title belt in dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to the defending WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov. The final scores were 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111.

Ibragimov remained undefeated while Holyfield, who turns 45 next week, fell to 42-9-2.

Holyfield came out aggressively in the early rounds and managed to momentarily stun Ibragimov with a right jab at the end of the second round. But as the fight progressed Holyfield’s forward momentum began to slow and the crafty Russian began to pick his punches, landing economically. In the sixth round Holyfield’s punch output slowed considerably and the champion took advantage with hooks and carefully placed counter shots. continue

Upcoming Big Fight Predictions – Part 1: Holyfield vs Ibragimov

12.10.07 - Neil Goodman Whilst Holyfield continues his seemingly never ending fight against old father time; tonight he must also contend with the WBO Champion, Sultan Ibragimov. The champion, undefeated, toppled Shannon Briggs off his perch and in doing so added to his reputation as perhaps the sleeper of the division. continue

Borgata to Host Guzman-Soto Nov. 17

LOS ANGELES (October 12, 2007) – In a fall filled with spectacular fights, one of the best may take place on Saturday, November 17th, when two of the premier boxers in the 130-pound weight class, WBO Junior Lightweight Champion Joan Guzman and former Interim Featherweight Champion Humberto Soto, look to move closer to a 2008 mega fight, by scoring a victory in their bout. continue

Maccarinelli vs Sellers On Calzaghe-Kessler Undercard

WBO World Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli is preparing for war after being paired with power-punching monster Ezra Sellers for his next title defence. The 27-year-old Swansea fighter will meet highly-experienced KO specialist Sellers on November 3 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff in a fight to be televised live and exclusively on Setanta Sports. continue

Will Wladimir Putin Attend The Match Between Sultan Ibragimov And Evander Holyfield?...and Weigh-in Results

Holyfield vs Ibragimov 12.10.07 - Wray Edwards ringside in Moscow, all photos © W.Edwards: Back in the day, American President Theodore Roosevelt was a devotee of outdoor adventures, physical fitness and Boxing. He was known to have been very interested in the sport and was not a stranger to the ring. I overheard a couple of people at the Moscow airport discussing whether President Putin would attend the matches to watch a hero of the Russian Federation defend his world title. I joined the conversation by offering that it might be a good idea if Sultan won, but the downside, if Evander Holyfield, won might be unacceptable.

They replied by saying, "Did you not see our President in the woods with his shirt off a few months ago? He is a tough guy. Putin knows that in the Olympics and in Boxing, some win and some lose from every country. He is fair-minded, and would congratulate any brave man or woman who competes with honor, win or lose. It's called being a good sport." He is, of course very welcome, but IMO he might watch it on TV, and enjoy the event at a safe distance. continue

Johanneson And Michael Gomez Clash Head To Head

Carl Johanneson and Michael Gomez went face to face at earlier this week at an explosive press conference at Doncaster, England's Rockingham Arms Hotel. British super-featherweight champion Johanneson arrived in the back of a horse drawn cart with promoter Frank Maloney. As soon as they arrived, former British champion Gomez was out of the hotel and tried to get up in the cart and intimidate Johanneson with both fighters having to be pulled apart by Gomez’s trainer Bobby Rimmer and Maloney. continue

Photos: Joe Calzaghe Presentation

12.10.07 - Photos by Mark Harnell / - Joe Calzaghe celebrating his 10th year as world champion at his father's gym in Wales. Frank Warren presented him with a special award listing all of Joe's world title fights. The banner in the background does the same. continue

Bobby Gunn To Fight December 7th in Atlanta

Former IBA Champion and World ranked Cruiserweight Bobby Gunn 18-3 {15 KO’s} will attempt to continue his winning streak on December 7th at Club Europe in Atlanta, Georgia. Gunn is excited about his first trip to the Peach State and hopes to get another major fight in the near future. continue

Pacquiao Will Remain At Super Featherweight

manny pacquiao12.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: At the post fight press conference for Marco Antonio Barrera – Manny Pacquiao, Barrera maintained a level of dignity throughout the proceedings but couldn’t resist getting in a dig at his two time conqueror when he invited WBA super featherweight champion Edwin Valero onto the dais. When asked by a reporter if he thought anyone could beat Pacquiao, Barrera gestured over his shoulder and said loudly, “Valero."

Despite what appeared to be a genuine respect between Barrera and Pacquiao make no mistake, deep down Barrera will forever resent Pacquiao and while his hyping of Valero may in the end help make that intriguing match up possible it was a rather classless thing to do particularly after Pacquiao praised Barrera to the hilt; this despite Barrera’s rather lackluster showing. continue

Zsolt Erdei Returns Nov 24, Virgil Hill vs Firat Arslan On Undercard

For the first time, the "Universum Champions Night" rolls into the historic city of Dresden, Germany. The November 24 fight card at the Freiberger Arena will feature two world title fights, including the long-overdue mandatory defense of WBA cruiserweight titleholder Virgil Hill. Virgil "Quicksilver" Hill (50-5, 23 KOs), will face interim champion Firat Arslan (27-3-1, 18 KOs), who has been waiting patiently for his shot at the belt. Despite losing a purse bid in September, Universum has managed to get Arlan the home advantage in Germany. continue

Mosley v Cotto: Miguel Cotto Weighs 157 at 30-Day Weigh-In

World welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, looking fit and trim, came in at 157 pounds today in San Juan for his 30-day pre-fight weigh-in. Cotto was far under the limit for this date and said he is anxious to take on Sugar Shane Mosley at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 10. "I am very satisfied with all of my training and work we have done so far," Cotto said. "There is no doubt I will be in my best-ever condition on November 10.. continue

European Boxing News: Klitschko, Kentikian, Kessler, Wlodarzcyk, Joval, Salif, Sanders and Others!

12.10.07 - By Per-Åke Persson: Spotlight Boxing and ProSieben again join forces and promote a show in Hamburg December 7 with World Boxing Association female fly champ Susianna Kentikian on top. Also on the bill are middleweight Gennadyi Golovkin, supermiddle Dmitri Sartison, jr light Vitaly Tajbert, middleweight Sebastian Zbik and heavyweight Sebastian Koeber. continue

Kessler Calzaghe: Joe Calzaghe Guns For Number 21

joe calzaghe12.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As World Boxing Organization super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe winds up his training camp for his long anticipated unification showdown with WBA/WBC champion Mikkel Kessler he quietly celebrated a remarkable achievement in his boxing career. Calzaghe, boxing’s longest reigning champion, marked an astonishing ten-year run as a world champion this month. Such lengthy reigns are rare in any sport but in boxing you can count them on one hand. In an age when champions are stripped of their belts for myriad reasons outside of losing it in the ring, Calzaghe has maintained a level of excellence that remains unparalleled.

“If someone had told me ten years ago that I would still be a champion today,” he said, “I wouldn’t have believed them.” continue

Vanda Faced With "Kaos"

Middleweight Matt "The Predator" Vanda steps into the ring on November 17th for his third Minnesota super-fight of 2007 when he takes on highly regarded middleweight Andy "Kaos" Kolle (14-1, 11 KOs) from Fergus Falls , MN . "Capital Punishment" is promoted by Minnesota-based Tony Grygelko's Seconds Out Promotions at Myth in Maplewood , MN . continue

Mesi, Miller Quotes and Weights

JOE MESI: “This is my first fight under the CES banner. Since my reinstatement I’ve had six tune-ups, which I was entitled to after 2 years off. We used to run our shows in Buffalo, but needed a promoter to help us and after talking to jut about every promoter, we signed with CES and Jimmy Burchfield. He’s a great guy who has been promoting shows in the Northeast. I’m very comfortable with him. He’s a father figure who looks after his guys. This fight I’ve dedicated to Kevin Everett. continue

Holyfield vs Ibragimov PPV Broadcast

Four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield seeks to become an unprecedented five-time world heavyweight champion on October 13, 2007, in Moscow, Russia when he challenges WBO World Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov in a 12 round bout that will be broadcast in the U.S. on Pay-Per-View. continue

Barrera And Morales - Who Was The Greater Fighter?

marco antonio barrera11.10.07 - By James Slater: Now that they are both almost certainly retired from the sport that made them both loved and respected, it is time to think about who should go down as the overall superior fighter - Marco Antonio Barrera, or Erik Morales. Both men, quite rightly, are recognized as true legends of the sport of boxing. Both are definite locks for The Hall Of Fame also. But who gets the vote as the finer athlete, "The Baby Faced Assassin," or "El Terrible?"

The initial answer to this question seems to be Barrera. Marco won their three fight series 2-1, after all. But there must be other factors included in making such a decision, surely? For example, the name Junior Jones pops up. Junior is a guy who beat Barrera twice - once via a stoppage that was not called such officially only because of Barrera's corner-men jumping in the ring and thus causing a DQ result - and then again by a close points decision. continue

Buchanan Looks to Electrify in Sycuan Showcase

One of boxings more colorful up-and-comers, Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan, will headline a five-bout fight card when he squares up against Ted Muller in a 10-round main event at the Sycuan Casino Showcase Theater in El Cajon. continue

Juan Diaz vs. Julio Diaz – Prediction

11.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The Juan Diaz – Julio Diaz lightweight unification bout presents a nice contrast in styles which should make for a very entertaining affair. Because of Juan’s bullish aggression and Julio’s more disciplined boxing approach this match up should come down to whether or not Julio can keep Juan in the center of the ring and bust him up with straight shots down the middle. However Julio has shown in the past, particularly against a prime Jose Luis Castillo, that relentless aggression can break him down. And relentless aggression is what Juan is all about. continue

Francisco Zepeda Fighting For The Cause On "Circle City Rumble"

On October 19th, when Shelbyville's Francisco "Panchito" Zepeda steps into the boxing ring, he won't be the toughest fighter in the room. "My cutman, Viccki Marconi, just knocked out breast cancer," Zepeda said. "I'm a fighter, but she is the real warrior.. continue

Naito Outclasses Daiki Kameda To Retain WBC Title

Daisuke NaidoTOKYO, JAPAN - By Mark Pickering: Daisuke Naito outclassed teenage prodigy Daiki Kameda today to score a deserved unanimous decision win in the first defence of his World Boxing Council flyweight crown.

Naito looked to overwhelm 18-year-old Kameda early, which made for a fast-paced opening that favored the champion and vocalized the heavily pro-Naito crowd.

An attack-minded Naito was rarely troubled by the challenger, who was bidding to become the youngest world champion in Japanese boxing history.

With Kameda clearly behind on the score cards, his frustrations come to the fore in the final round as he resorted to foul tactics. continue

Travis Walker Returns to ShoBox on Oct. 1

NEW YORK (Oct. 11, 2007) – In the first of three consecutive ShoBox: The New Generation telecasts that will feature promising heavyweight prospects, hard-hitting, undefeated Travis Walker will defend his International Boxing Association Continental Americas (IBA) heavyweight title against former national amateur champion T.J. Wilson on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast. continue

Raymond Joval Returns Home To Fight For A Good Cause

Star Boxing's Raymond Joval (37-4 16KO's) returned to his native Holland this week marking the first time he has fought in his homeland in three years. Joval fought former two-time French Champion Alban Mothie (26-17-3) in an eight round middleweight bout. continue

The Sun Rises Again*: Boxing Commentary, Musings on Jermain Taylor, Jim Gray vs. Jameel McCline & More

11.10.07 - By Christopher Roche - Boxing Questions (and answers)

1) Where did the Jermain Taylor fans go on September 29? For those of us at Boardwalk Hall for the Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik fight, it was amazing to witness the disintegration of Taylor’s fan base. Taylor was a very popular fighter for years, and he has all the pedigree. continue

David Diaz To Be Honered In Chicago On Friday

david diaz Chicago’s Carl Schurz High School has proclaimed Friday, October 12th, “David Diaz Day” in honor of his induction into the Schurz Sports Hall of Fame. Diaz’s induction will take place at an all school pep rally as part of Schurz's homecoming celebration prior to their Friday night football game in which the Bulldogs will take on Taft High School at Lane Tech Stadium at 7pm.

Diaz is the reigning World Boxing Council Lightweight World Champion, a title he defended on

August 4th in a classic battle against three division world boxing champion Erik Morales at the Allstate Arena, just outside of Chicago. continue

HBO Boxing Presents Diaz vs Diaz Plus Pac-Barrera Replay This Saturday

HBO’s late-night boxing series heats up with a spectacular matchup of two lightweight titleholders when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: JUAN DIAZ VS. JULIO DIAZ is presented SATURDAY, OCT. 13 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT), from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill., just outside Chicago, exclusively on HBO. The HBO Sports team of Bob Papa, Larry Merchant and Lennox Lewis will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, as well as closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. continue

World Boxing Council Cares About Kids

10.10.07 - By David Pambianchi: On Oct. 9, 2007, the Gotham Comedy Club hosted WBC Cares’ First Anniversary Benefit celebration. From a Bronx after-school program, then, perhaps an orphanage in Turkey, to a Philippine children’s hospital and around the world and back, WBC Honorees donate time and money to battle poverty and illness, providing medicine, clothing, toys and whatever children may need anywhere on the planet. continue

Holyfield Readies Himself For Last Shot

10.10.07 -Matthew Hurley - For the past several years many boxing fans, media scribes and even state commissioners have been trying in vain to convince former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield to retire. The sentiments were genuinely heartfelt because most who have been calling for him to hang up his gloves truly admire and care about, not just the fighter, but also the man. continue

Kessler Promises to Harpoon Wales' Favorite Son, Calzaghe

mikkel kesslerCARDIFF, WALES -- While boxing's current longest-reigning world champion JOE CALZAGHE was feted today marking 10 years of superstardom and 20 consecutive successful title defenses, his opponent MIKKEL KESSLER tried to rain on Joe's parade and issued a few choice word to The Sun's Gavin Glicksman.

"Joe is a great champion but I'm going to beat him," said Kessler. "I'm going to be 200 per cent better than my last fight and he's going to get a big surprise. I've seen some of his fights and he's never fought a guy like me before, that's why he's going to be in trouble. I hit straight, I hit hard, I hit directly. I'm going to show everyone I'm a bigger champion than he is." /homepage/sport/ boxing/article329362.ece continue

Saleem vs Fields This Friday

Undefeated Heavyweight Furuq “The Dream” Saleem of Newark, New Jersey will face upset-minded Sedrick Fields in yet another big bout that will take place on a card promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions on Friday October 12th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. continue

Steve Foster Jr Wants Mathews Rematch

Steve Foster Jr has vowed to knock out Jean Marie Codet on Saturday night - and then beat Derry Mathews and regain his old WBU featherweight title. The hard-as-nails Salford-based fighter dropped a points decision to Mathews last October in a shock defeat and lost his crown. continue

Duddy set for Kings Hall date on road to World glory

Unbeaten Derryman John Duddy looks to be just 2 fights away from the clash of his dreams – a world title showdown with the new poster boy of the middleweight division, Kelly Pavlik. Duddy tackles former world title challenger Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba at the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium on October 20th before another planned outing at the Kings Hall, Belfast on December 8. continue

Did Barrera make a good account of himself?

marco antonio barrera By Geoffrey Ciani: Boxing fans witnessed the final chapter in the illustrious career of Mexican legend, Marco Antonio Barrera, when he lost a unanimous decision in his rematch with Manny Pacquiao last weekend. Going into this bout, most observers in the boxing community assumed Barrera would once again lose against the relentless Pacquiao and the majority opinion prevailed.

This begs the question: Did Marco Antonio Barrera make a good account for himself in his farewell bout?

The answer to this question largely depends on one’s expectations going into the bout. Essentially, there are two schools of thought. On one hand, there are those who feel Barrera did not take enough risks to try and win the bout. People from this group tend to believe Marco simply showed up to “survive” with no intentions of winning. continue

Juan Diaz Enters Bout Without Head Trainer

10.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: This Saturday night when Juan Diaz takes on Julio Diaz in a lightweight unification match up he will be without longtime trainer Ronnie Shields. Shields is already in Russia with Evander Holyfield, preparing the aging legend for his bout against World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov. continue

Ibragimov, Holyfield Moscow Notes

A few days ago Sultan visited Red Square wearing a USA track suit. Moments after entering he was confronted by Kremlin workers lugging bags of Russian clothing gear who insisted that he change into their nation's colors . . . I guess none of them noticed the ticket checker at the Kremlin entrance who was wearing a New England Patriots baseball cap . . . continue

Team Ruiz Challenges Team Liakhovich

CHICAGO (October 10, 2007) – Team Ruiz has challenged Team Liakhovich to publically produce an official WBA letter, according to a release Team Liakhovich distributed earlier today, ordering Team Liakhovich to begin negotiating with former WBA champion and present No. 1 rated Nikolay Valuev for an elimination bout to determine the WBA No. 1 mandatory contender. continue

Boxing: The Hall Of Fame – A Tale Of Two Fighters

larry holmes10.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Last week I received my ballot for the 2008 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions. Of the forty-five boxers listed, as a voter I am allowed to vote for up to ten modern era fighters. The modern era category begins at 1943. Fighters are eligible for Hall of Fame consideration after being retired for five years. The three fighters who receive the most votes will be inducted into the hall during the June ceremonies in 2008.

Like many voters I do have some problems with certain hall of fame policies, particularly the fact that three modern era fighters are voted in each year. I personally feel that the boxing hall of fame should follow the strict rules of enshrinement that the baseball hall of fame adheres to. Mandating three modern inductees a year waters down the hall of fame itself because it opens the door for lesser fighters. continue

Golden Boy Inks Jeff Lacy

2000 United States Olympian and Former World Super Middleweight boxing Champion Jeff "Left Hook" Lacy has accomplished more in a few short years than most fighters do in an entire career, but Lacy is far from done in his quest for greatness and will now have Golden Boy Promotions in his corner to guide him. continue

Rob Calloway: I will be World Cruiserweight Champ!

St. Joseph, Missouri, October 10, 2007 – “All-American Prizefighter” Rob Calloway wants his chance to prove that he should be recognized as the cruiserweight champion of the world. Having just won the WBC Continental Americas, IBF International and NABA Cruiserweight championships, Calloway has his eyes on the top. continue

Interview with Mrs. Golota 'I'm so proud of him"

andrew golota10.10.07 - By Scoop Malinowski - Who would know more about Andrew Golota than his wife Mariola? Now, after Andrew has captured the International Boxing Federation North American Heavyweight title by defeating Kevin McBride his past Saturday night, Mrs. G reveals the story from her perspective of one of this modern era's most fascinating, most talented, and most beloved heavyweight prizefighters. If you want to learn Mariola's unique perspective, as well as her best and worst night's of Andrew's boxing journey, and much more, just keep on reading.

Question: Andrew has come a long way in 16 years hasn't be?

Mariola: "Whoever is crazy enough to keep doing something for 16 years when it's not working out [smiles]? Andrew never really quit or retired, maybe he took off a leave for two years but he always bounced back to boxing." continue

McCline-Peter More Interesting Than Pacquiao-Barrera

10.10.07 - By Scotty Crouse: This past Saturday night boxing fans witnessed a rarity in the sport, something that occurs about as infrequently as a Paulie Malignaggi knockout. No, it wasn’t that HBO and Showtime both had competing televised fights forcing boxing fans to choose which one to watch live and which one to record for later, a decision for hardcore fans akin to a woman deciding which pair of shoes to buy with her Nordstrom gift certificate. continue

Holyfield, Ibragimov Arrive In Moscow, Russia

HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 10 – The Champion is in Moscow, so is his challenger preparing for the highly anticipated WBO Heavyweight World Title bout featuring, Sultan Ibragimov and Evander Holyfield. In support of this event, Mitchell Cypress, Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, is traveling to Russia. Ibragimov, the current WBO Heavyweight Champion, is one of the featured fighters on the Tribe’s very own Seminole Warriors Boxing Promotions Team. Chairman Cypress and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are pleased to be hosting a special pre-fight dinner for these two warriors at one of their newly acquired properties known as Hard Rock Café Moscow on Thursday, October 11th at 7:30pm. continue

Calzaghe's Decade Of Dominance

It's Joe Calzaghe's Decade of Dominance tomorrow (11 October) as he celebrates the 10th anniversary of his famous victory over British great Chris Eubank to win the World Boxing Organization World Super-Middleweight title. The undefeated Welshman has made 20 successful defences of his belt in that time and also added the IBF crown to his illustrious record. continue

Byrd, Povetkin, Chambers And Brock - Who Will Win Their Heavyweight Tourney And Challenge Wladimir Klitschko?

alexander povetkin(Alexander Povetkin in photo) 10.10.07 - By James Slater: The first fight in a series of heavyweight elimination bouts which will give us a worthy challenger for International Boxing Federation king Wladimir Klitschko is soon to be upon us.

On October 27th, in Erfurt, Germany, former world champion Chris Byrd and the unbeaten Russian, Alexander Povetkin, will meet in fight number one. Then, on November 2nd, in Tacoma, Washington, the unbeaten Eddie chambers will box the once-beaten Calvin Brock in fight number two. And finally, some time in early spring next year, the two winners will meet to decide who gets a crack at Wladimir himself. continue

Liakhovich Clarifies Situation

WBA #2-rated former World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Champion Sergei "White Wolf" Liakhovich (23-2, 14 KOs) and his manager, Ivaylo Gotzev, say they're enraged at the "weak attempts" being made by former WBA Champ John Ruiz and his people to discredit Liakhovich's hard-earned reputation. Responding to a press release issued today, in which Ruiz's legal advisor, attorney, Anthony Cardinale, tries to paint Liakhovich as a reluctant warrior for his refusal to face Ruiz this Saturday in Chicago, Gotzev paints a clearer picture of the situation. continue

Press Conference: Hlatshwayo vs. Medley

GRANGE OLD SCHOOL BOXING will hold a Press Conference for the media at 11:30am on Wednesday 10th October 2007 for the IBO welterweight world title fight between Isaac Hlatshwayo from South Africa and Australia's Robert Medley. The press conference will be held at the Johnny Lewis Gym, Level 2, City of Sydney PCYC, 51 Cathedral Street (cnr Riley St), Opposite Domain Carpark in Woolloomooloo, Sydney, NSW. continue

Alex Dimitrenko vs Timo Hoffmann on Nov 17

The boxing hotbed of Magdeburg, Germany, has another big event on the horizon. Topping the November 17 "Universum Champions Night" at Bördelandhalle, WBO #2 heavyweight Alexander "Sascha" Dimitrenko (26-0, 16 KOs) from the Universum stable faces his toughest challenge in longtime contender Timo Hoffmann (36-5-1, 20 KOs) of Sauerland Event in an important crossroads bout. The huge 6'7 super-sized heavyweights faced off today at a press conference to officially announce to fight. continue

Cotto – Mosley Undercard: Margarito, Casamayor and Ortiz

antonio margarito09.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The undercard for the Miguel Cotto – Sugar Shane Mosley bout at Madison Square Garden on November 10th has been announced and, surprisingly, it features a stellar group of boxing fighters. Antonio Margarito, Joel Casamayor and prospect Victor Ortiz will all fight on the card and all three bouts will be shown on the HBO pay per view telecast.

The main event features another matchup co-promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Arum and De La Hoya finally settled on the undercard this past weekend.

“Instead of doing what so many promoters, including ourselves, have done in the past and put on a junk undercard, we decided we would pack this card so we could show how great the sport is, and how many great fighters there are in the sport,” Arum said. continue

Heavy(weight) Business For Fight Production!

At first glance, heavyweights Richel ‘The Dutch Sonny Liston’ Hersisia and Frankfurt’s own Willi ‘De Ox’ Fischer don’t seem to have much in common. But they are actually stablemates at Fight Production and share a manager in Olaf Schroeder, who seems to have developed a taste for the ‘Big Boys’. Oh, and they both sport impressive records with Hersisia being 30-2 (24 KO’s) and Fischer 34-6-1 (22 KO’s). Ingo Barrabas of recently caught up with Schroeder for a quick heavyweight exchange. continue

Hatton – Mayweather Closed Circuit Tickets Still Available

09.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The December 8th welterweight championship boxing bout between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas sold out its 16,000-seat capacity in less than one hour. Now MGM Mirage, which owns the MGM Grand along with major hotel and casino resorts Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, Treasure Island, New York – New York, Luxor, Monte Carlo and Excalibur, has announced that close to 10,000 closed circuit tickets for the MGM Grand have already been sold. continue

Sam Peter would surely KO Andrew Golota

09.10.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: When Oleg Maskaev was forced to pull out of his boxing title defense against Sam Peter due to a back injury, it appeared the entire card was in jeopardy. Determined to keep the card afloat, Don King pondered a replacement for Maskaev. It didn’t take long for him to find one. That opponent, of course, was none other than Andrew Golota. continue

Barrera And Morales – The Hall Of Fame Awaits

erik morales09.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: With his defeat at the hands of Manny Pacquiao complete Marco Antonio Barrera decided to call it a career. Finishing a Hall of Fame run with a final professional boxing record of 63-6 (42) Barrera’s departure comes on the heels of the retirement of his greatest rival Erik Morales. Morales 48-6 (34), also a first ballot hall of famer, retired after losing a close decision to David Diaz in August. That the two men who stalked each other for nearly a decade and did battle in three epic wars retired in the same year signifies the end of a remarkable era in boxing.

Barrera and Morales were only part of a group of fighters who dominated the sport but all of them, from Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley to Bernard Hopkins and Roy Jones to Felix Trinidad and Fernando Vargas, are now long in the tooth and will soon be hanging up the gloves. All of them provided excitement and intrigue but there was something truly special about “The Baby Faced Assassin” and “El Terrible." continue

Miguel Espino announces John Bray as Trainer

Oct, 9 2007 - When Miguel Espino and John Bray united back in 2000, it was just another fighter/trainer type relationship. Bray, recovering from a stroke at the time, saw Miguel as a fighter with a lot of potential. Miguel in return hired Bray to be his trainer while believing that he had the tools to get him to the top. continue

Evander Holyfield Quotes II

Holyfield: After I did Dancing with the Stars, I came back and they said, “You can fight anywhere except in New York.” I said, ‘I don’t want to fight in New York anyway.’ Well, I kept training and all the sudden we got the license to fight in Texas. So the guys said, let me come down and watch you train. So it just so happens, in the first day of sparring – with Adam Richards, he came in to hit me and I went “ooh (and ducked it). continue

Team USA’s Franchon Crews and Tyler Lord-Wilder Win Gold

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Middleweight Franchon Crews (Baltimore, Md.) and light heavyweight Tyler Lord-Wilder (Lansing, Mich.) both won Women's Pan American Championships titles with convincing victories in final round action on Tuesday in Guayquil, Ecuador. It is the second Pan American Games Championships gold for both Crews and Lord-Wilder. Light flyweight Marlen Esparza (Houston, Texas) and flyweight Cheryl Houlihan (Norton, Mass.) both won silver medals at the event. continue

October - A Key Month In The Life And Career Of The Incredible Henry Armstrong

henry armstrong09.10.07 - By James Slater: In the month of October many pertinent moments in the life and career of the legendary three weight world champion Henry Armstrong occurred. It was during this month, in the year 1939, that “Homicide Hank” engaged in a spell of ring activity that was simply incredible in its energy. Also, for a sadder reason, the month of October is known as a key month in the life and times of the fighter born Henry Melody Jackson because this is the month in which he passed away - in 1988. October was also the month in which Henry lost his final world title. But let’s focus here on that astonishing burst of ring activity from almost seventy years ago.

Henry had won the featherweight championship, the first of his three world titles, in August of 1936. Fighting a rival from Mexico who engaged him in some five contests, Armstrong won a decision over Baby Arizmendi to capture the 126 pound championship. continue

Record ticket sales: the last fight of Regina Halmich is sold out!

09.10.07 - Important information: 800 tickets will be available on an extra stand! What for a run on the tickets for the last fight of Record World Champion Regina Halmich at the dm-arena in Karlsruhe on November 30th 2007. continue

Switching Gears (for the fate of boxing)

09.10.07 - By James Bedell: As I watched Peter v McCline unfold Saturday night, I couldn’t help but notice that my mind was wandering to other issues pertaining to this fight and the outcome. Who will the winner face? Will they try to unify, or just fight some bum? Why has it been so long since Peter last fought? How was McCline even approved as a challenger? What the hell is an “interim” title? It seems to me that the politics of boxing have gotten WAY out of hand in the past twenty five or thirty years. We have seventy three heavyweight champions, about 300 interim champions, etc, etc.(Don’t even get me started about the “super” and “regular” champions.. continue

Duva Boxing's Samuel Peter Shows "Heart of a Champion" In Victory Over Jameel McCline

"Samuel Peter has the heart of a champion, great fighters have the heart to win when they are down,” said Dino Duva, promoter of the WBC interim Heavyweight Champion following his fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Peter, the knockout artist known as the Nigerian Nightmare, was having a nightmare of his own, when challenger Jameel McCline knocked him to the canvas late in the second round, and several times in the third. But Peter rose from the canvas, dusted himself off, and proceeded to dominate McCline the rest of the way. Add to the mix that Peter had badly injured his left hand during training camp, and you have an even more impressive performance. continue

Interview With Former WBC Bantamweight Champ Miguel “Happy” Lora

loraBy Jaime Castro-Núñez, photos courtesy of M. Lora -- A couple of days ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with former WBC bantamweight champion Miguel “Happy” Lora. I caught him in his native Montería, in Northern Colombia, surrounded by family and friends.

Jaime Castro-Núñez: “Happy,” thanks for accepting this interview and welcome to eastsideboxing…

Miguel Lora: Good afternoon to all of you, it´s a great pleasure for me to share part of my life here in eastsideboxing. continue

HBO Boxing To Replay Pacquiao-Barrera Rematch

pacphoto by Naoki Fukuda - It’s a special edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK when HBO Sports presents the exclusive replay of the super featherweight showdown MANNY PACQUIAO VS. MARCO ANTONIO BARRERA II SATURDAY, OCT. 13 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, calls all the action.The fight, which took place Oct. 6 and was carried live on HBO Pay-Per-View, featured the highly anticipated rematch. Pacquiao scored a unanimous decision victory.

Following the PACQUIAO-BARRERA II replay, HBO will present the previously announced HBO BOXING AFTER DARK lightweight unification title matchup between Juan Diaz and Julio Diaz from Chicago. HBO2 playdates for both fights: Oct. 14 (9:00 a.m., 4:45 p.m.) and 16 (11:00 p.m.). Times are ET/PT.

Griffin is ready for Sturm

For two weeks Randy Griffin has been preparing in arena’s gym in Hamburg for his fight on October 20th in Halle/Westfalen (Germany) against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. Now the “Gentleman” is ready to go: “I can’t wait to step into the ring. My sparring with Alpaslan Agüzüm and Kofi Jantuah was great. I am going to blow away Sturm.. continue

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - The Rebirth of a Living Legend

09.10.07 - By Jack Presscot: He stands 6'0 tall, and has the lanky built of a young Thomas Hearns, all arms and legs, he has 34 wins, 1 draw and no losses, amazing for a man with little amateur experience, including a knockout victory over the wiley Grover Wiley, who as Oscar before him, defeated an old version of the elder Chavez. I was in Las Vegas Nevada in April of 2005 to watch this young lion on the undercard of the first Morales-Manny Pac war. continue

Juan Diaz And Julio Diaz Set To Unify Title

By Matthew Hurley: On Saturday, October 13th two men named Diaz will get into the ring to unify the lightweight title. Juan Diaz 32-16-0, the WBO and WBA champion will square off against IBF champion Julio Diaz 34-25-3 at the Sears Centre in Illinois. The bout will be broadcast on HBO’s Boxing After Dark. The other lightweight champion is the one most regard as the best of the bunch WBC champion Joel Casamayor who fights Jose Armando Santa Cruz at Madison Square Garden on November 10th. continue

Peter/McCline Replay Sunday Night at 1 am on SHOWTIME

Peter-mcclinePhoto by David M Warr / DKP -- Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter survived three early knockdowns and earned a unanimous decision victory in the first defense of his World Boxing Council (WBC) interim heavyweight title against Jameel “Big Time” McCline on Saturday night’s edition of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at Madison Square Garden. The main event of the one-fight telecast was presented by Don King Productions in association with Madison Square Garden and Duva Boxing. Judges ringside scored the fight 115-110, 115-111 and 113-112. The announced attendance was 7,102. continue

Maccarinelli Talking While Wilson Waits

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli (27-1, 20 KOs) has responded to the public challenge of KO artist Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (22-5, 19 KOs). Wilson and his co-promoters, Dino Duva of Duva Boxing and Sal Musumeci of Final Forum, issued a release last week, daring opponent-shopping Maccarinelli to face him on the November 3 Calzaghe vs. Kessler undercard at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. continue

'Boxing Bonanza': Several Marquee Matchups - Calzaghe-Kessler, Holyfield-Ibragimov, Cotto-Mosley and Hatton-Mayweather - Light Up The Sport Of Boxing!

08.10.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Last Saturday night kicked off one of the best stretches of boxing in quite some time. Although the Pacquiao/Barerra rematch didn't quite live up to the hype in the minds of some, to me personally it was hard not to tip your hat to one of the gutsiest warriors of our time in Barerra, as well as the man standing across from him (Pacquiao) who is suddenly viewed as a challenger to Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the sports Pound for Pound spot. continue

Holyfield/Ibragimov Undercard: Navarro Won't Get Fooled Again

American super flyweight star Jose Navarro (26-2, 12 KO’s) has never been more prepared for a fight. The 2004 Olympian will go up against Dimitri Kirolov (28-3, 9 KO’s) for the vacant IBF Super Flyweight title on Saturday night, October 13th at Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. “I am fighting for my family and for my pride. Unlike the first time in Japan, I will not be robbed of this opportunity. I will bring the belt back home to the states”, said Navarro who arrived in Moscow over the weekend. continue

Interview with Golota trainer Sam Colonna

golota08.10.07 - By Scoop Malinowski - "I know he can do better." -- Well-respected American trainer Sam Colonna comprehensively explains his man Andrew Golota's IBF North American Heavyweight title-winning victory against Kevin McBride in New York City on Saturday night.

Question: Tough start in the first round, Andrew started off a little stiff and slow and got hit with a few heavy hits. Were you worried about it?

Sam Colonna: "Yeah, I was very worried in the first round because Andrew was getting hit with some big shots. He was right in front of him, like, the gameplan was out the window. continue

Marquez vs. Juarez on Nov 3rd at Desert Diamond Casino

Golden Boy Promotions is bringing one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year to Southern Arizona. Juan Manuel Marquez will face Ricardo Rocky Juarez for the World Super Featherweight Championship on Saturday, November 3rd at Desert Diamond Casino. The touted battle of super featherweights will headline the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast. The co-main event will be for the World Featherweight Title as Robert Guerrero puts his belt on the line against Martin Honorio. continue

What's It Like To Be Hit By Sultan Ibragimov?…Exclusive Interview With Sultan's Sparring Partner Danny Batchelder

08.10.07 - By Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB. So with all the yap-yap about whether Sultan should fight Evander, and the prognostications about the eventual outcome, it occurred to me that there should be at least one guy out there who has spent more time in the ring with Ibragimov than any of his opponents or fans. After all, a Boxing match only puts two guys together for thirty-six minutes at most. The opponents, hopefully, see each other at their best, but only for that short time. On the other hand, a sparring partner spends weeks and weeks with the boxer in training. continue

Mayweather - Hatton Closed Circuit Ticket Sales Nears 10,000 At MGM Grand

In less than three weeks, nearly 10,000 closed circuit tickets for the Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton welterweight championship fight Saturday, Dec. 8 in Las Vegas, have been sold at MGM Grand. The mega-bout, whose 16,000-seat live gate sold out in less than one hour, will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be produced and distributed live by HBO-Pay-Per-View at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST. continue

McCline Raises Questions About Peter

peter vs mccline08.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley, Photos by David M Warr / DKP: Although the heavyweight division remains basically wide open, the consensus by many is that Wladimir Klitschko is the number one man but the not true heavyweight champion of the division. Not until he fights a rematch against Samuel Peter, who decked Klitschko three times in their bout in 2005 before losing a unanimous decision.

Peter went on to fight James Toney twice in WBC elimination bouts. He won the first by split decision. In the second bout, which Peter won by unanimous decision, he seemed to be a fighter with marked improving skills. continue

Pacquiao - Barrera Fails To Ignite

08.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In a long anticipated rematch between Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao the early fireworks many expected fizzled out fast. Instead of explosions the bout provided intermittent periods of combustion enveloped in a rather dull tactical match that saw a wary Barrera try to stay on the outside and establish his jab while Pacquiao relentlessly pursued. The lack of sustained drama often sapped the enthusiasm from the crowd and even seemed to lull Pacquiao into complacency at times. continue

Raul Marquez Wants Kelly Pavlik Now

HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 8 – Former world junior middleweight champion and current top ten rated middleweight contender Raul Marquez has gotten into the title mix at 160 pounds the old-fashioned way – he earned it – and now he wants to step into the ring as soon as possible with new champion Kelly Pavlik to determine once and for all who the best middleweight in the world is. continue

Ruiz waiting on Liakhovich

SAN JUAN (October 8, 2007) – Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (41-7-1, 28 KOs) is disappointed that former WBO title-holder Serguei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (23-2, 14 KOs), rated No. 2 by the WBA, hasn’t signed a contract to fight him Saturday night in Chicago. continue

The "New" Andrew Golota is back! Warsaw native stops McBride in Madison Square Garden slugfest

golotaBy Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - Photos by David M Warr / DKP - - New York - Fighting for only the second time in close to twenty-nine months, Polish heavyweight contender Andrew Golota admirably battled his way to a sixth round technical knockout victory against 288 lb. Kevin McBride Saturday night at the Mecca of Boxing, Madison Square Garden.

McBride, of Brockton, Mass., by way of Clones, Ireland and to be forever known as the man that hammered the notorious, and once lethal, former undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson into retirement (06/11/2005), started off well and caught Golota with several big right hands that wobbled the "Powerful Pole." continue

Andrade Stops Mack In War

07.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Librado Andrade out of La Habra California, last seen taking unending punishment from Mikkel Kessler, improved his record to 26-1 (20) by stopping Yusaf Mack 23-2 (14) from Philadelphia, in a slugfest on the under card of Barrera – Pacquiao. Referee Jay Nady stopped the super middleweight contest, for the USBA title belt, after Mack hit the canvas three times in the seventh round. continue

Gammer Calls Time On His Career

08.10.07 - By Mark Pickering: Former British heavyweight champion Scott Gammer has decided to call time on his career in the wake of his points defeat to John McDermott. Gammer, 30, was bidding for a second tilt at the prestigious Lonsdale belt and a rematch against Danny Williams who handed the Pembrokeshire man his first pro defeat in March to capture the crown. continue

Raheem Wants To Be Crowned in 2008

Just over two years ago, former United States Olympian Zahir Raheem had reignited a stagnant career with a solid win over world champion, and future hall of famer, Eric Morales. According to Zahir, the date of September 10, 2005 will go down as both his best day, and his worst. continue

Daniel Santos Defeats Jose Rivera

peter vs mccline07.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley, Photos by David M Warr / DKP: Daniel Santos of Puerto Rico stopped Jose Rivera on an eighth round TKO in a WBA junior middleweight title eliminator on the under card of the Samuel Peter – Jameel McCline main event at Madison Square Garden Saturday night.

Rivera of Worcester Massachusetts, whose previous two losses came against two top tier fighters in welterweight Luis Collazo and junior middleweight Travis Simms was facing yet another southpaw in Santos. Rivera had commented before the bout that he would be more aggressive in this fight but that game plan quickly fell right into the counter-punching Santos’ hands. Rivera pursued Santos from the opening bell but the quick, elusive Santos was blocking shots and making Rivera pay with a comprehensive attack. continue

U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada switches gears for Friday’s fight

PROVIDENCE (October 7, 2007) – 2004 U.S. Jason “Big Six” Estrada was training for his first title fight as a pro on October 12 against NABO heavyweight champion Joshua Blocus at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Blocus, however, pulled out of the verbally agreed upon championship match and now the NABO No. 14-rated Estrada is matched Friday night against former NABC title-holder James Northey (11-1, 8 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature on “Clash of the Titans.. continue

Banner Re-signs Eric Aiken

Banner Promotions president Art Pelullo has re-signed former IBF featherweight world champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken to an exclusive promotional contract, and signed jr. middleweight contender Jason “The Hammer” Le Houllier and heavyweight prospect Shane “Shotgun” Andreesen to exclusive promotional contracts, as well. continue

Brunson On Brink Of World KO Record

Just three days out from his bid to break the world record for consecutive first round knockouts, middleweight Tyrone Brunson has left nothing to chance, honing already monumental skills to a razor's edge for his scheduled appearance on a Settles Entertainment promotion this Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the Chez Paree Club in Carter Lake, Iowa. continue

Pacquiao-Barrera II - Where Was The Fire?

pacman barrera07.10.07 - by James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda - Though I also experienced some of the same problems ESB's Ted Sares encountered, via the T.V coverage, when watching Manny Pacquaio's return encounter with Marco Antonio Barrera - due to a transmission that was affected because of lack of pictures at times - I saw practically all of last night's action. Certainly enough to see that both men put on a performance that was far lower in quality than was expected - especially in "Pac-Man's" case.

Though he won by wide (too wide, in this writer's opinion) scores from two of the three judges that gave him a unanimous decision, Manny lacked both intensity and fire. He also appeared to lack the ability to listen to trainer Freddie Roach in the corner at times. Indeed, last night's win was achieved by a less than spectacular and great looking Pacquaio. Sure, he is still a fine, fine fighter. But for the first time in a long while he had the appearance of a beatable fighter. continue

Mary McGee Championship Fight To Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Month

After a whirlwind weekend at the 24th Annual Circle City Classic in Indianapolis, undefeated lightweight boxer "Merciless" Mary McGee (11-0, 6 KOs) has returned to Gary to get back to business. "What a great weekend and what a great city," McGee said. "But now it's back to training and staying focused on winning my first title on October 19th at the Circle City Rumble in Indy.. continue

Khan Avoids Floor To Stop Lawton In Four

07.10.07 - By Joe Mills: What a difference a weekend can make. After Amir Khan’s July struggle with Scotland’s Willie Limond and in light of British Lightweight Champion Jon Thaxton’s impressive career resurgence and formidable power, most were picking Thaxton to starch Khan should that fight ever materialise. continue

Clay steps in for Medina to face Yorgey in rematch on October 12th

The only man to put a blemish on the ledger of undefeated Harry Joe Yorgey, Martinus Clay will now face Yorgey in an anticipated rematch on Friday October 12th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia in the main event of a big night of boxing promoted by Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions. continue

Pacquiao Wins, via Unanimous Curtain Call! Leuvano, Andrade, and Forbes Victorius!

pacman barrera07.10.07 - By Craig Mastendri, photo by Naoki Fukuda-- The rumor’s, the build up, and the hype disappeared. Manny Pacquiao, decidedly remained after 12 rounds of boxing action! The Judges cards, were 118-109, 118-109, and 115-112. My scorecard was 117-110 in favor of Pacquiao, it’s very hard to see scoring rounds Six through Twelve, any other way, than Manny’s way. Despite getting off to a slow start, he warmed into action, and delivered the vintage “Buzz Saw” attack, that the “Philippine Super Star” is known for. Hand speed, power stamina, and determination are still included in the “Trade Mark” Routine.

Pacquiao, overcame a technically consistent, “Cautious” pace, jab, counter right hand attack that favored Barrera, in the first few rounds. A round of rust, a round of warm up, and a round of getting tested, delivered the awakening. Manny began applying swarming, aggressive, fiery, and accurate pressure with the straight left hand. He steam rolled a steady performance by MAB! The entire second half of the fight was one sided for the “Pac Man.” continue

British Boxing: Marsh Warns Mathews

WBU World Featherweight title challenger Matthew Marsh has promised to end Derry Mathews' hopes of fighting Amir Khan. Yesterday Mathews said he wanted a crack at British boxing's golden boy Khan - despite defending his crown against Marsh at Bethnal Green's York Hall on Saturday live and exclusive on Setanta Sports. continue

Samuel Peter-Jameel McCline Post Fight Quotes

Samuel Peter (29-1, 22 KOs): When you were down did you think you were done? No, no. I am the champion and I needed to defend my belt. When I went down I knew I had to stand up.

I broke my left hand during training camp and both of my hands were hurting me tonight.

I did not over look Jameel McCline. I am going back home to bring the WBC heavyweight championship back to Africa.. continue

British Boxing: Familiar face for Macklin

Matthew Macklin will be confronted with a foe familiar to all Irish fight fans at the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, October 20th. Macklin meets Italy’s Alessio Furlan who was last seen trading blows with John Duddy at the very same venue last July. continue

Sharkie’s Machine: McCline Drops Peter Three Times and Still Lost

peter vs mccline07.10.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr, Photo by David M Warr / DKP: The last time a Heavyweight got dropped three times in a big fight and won was when Wladimir Klitschko got dropped three times by Sam Peter but still out-boxed Peter and put enough rounds in the bank to win the fight.

Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, Sam Peter (29-1,22 KO’s) gave an exhibition of himself that could become the boxing blueprint for future opponents on how best to beat him. Peter keeps his hands too low on defense and is vulnerable to uppercuts and hooks.

Jameel McCline (38-8-3, 23 KO’s) was the substitute opponent whose credentials include his big size and experience of losing to most of the “quality” Heavyweights he’s fought. continue

Kostya Tszyu: A New Book, My First Movie and Mayweather-Hatton

By Kostya Tszyu: I returned home to Sydney last week after spending a week in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan with my wife Natasha and three children. It is the 70th anniversary of large immigration from Korea to live in these two countries and as I have Korean heritage through my father Boris Tszyu’s family, I was invited to go to this special celebration. We met relatives from my father’s side who I have never seen before and I enjoyed myself. continue

Aaron Williams Demolishes Carrol in 1st Round

Cruiserweight prospect, Aaron Williams (15-0, 11 KO’s), need just 2:18 to dispatch Ryan Carrol (6-1, 4KO’s) Saturday night in Cleveland. Williams dropped Carrol with a right to the chin, mid-way through the round. Carrol beat the count only to be dropped again. This time, a vicious Williams’ left hook to the body sent Carrol down for the final time. continue

Meehan Stops Williamson!

08.10.07 - By Scott Frake: One-time heavyweight title challenger DaVarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson (24-5, 20 KOs) was shockingly stopped at the end of 6th round on Saturday night by Australian heavyweight Kali Meehan (33-3, 27 KOs) at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Meehan, ranked #15 in the World Boxing Association, launched a a huge right hand at the bell in the sixth round, crushing Williamson and sending him sagging to the canvas. Williamson, 39, was able to stagger to his feet to make it back to his corner. However, the combination of the brutal knockdown and the fact that he could barely walk, caused the bout to be stopped at the end of the round. continue

Samuel Peter Beats Jameel McCline

peter-mccline07.10.07 - By Ted Sares, photo David M Warr / DKP-- After getting through the anger and frustration of having an electrical storm wipe out my plans to watch and cover Pacquiao vs. Barrera, I was relegated to watching Jameel McCline fight Sam Peter in what I though would be a blow out for Peter.

The first round was won by Peter who showed excellent technical skills with a double and even triple jab.

But at the very end of the second round (which Peter was winning), he was felled for the first time in his career by a McCline uppercut that stunned him. During the third, Sam hit the deck two more times and was on the very brink of disaster thanks to some brutal overhand rights from “Big Time.” continue

Ibragimov Vs Holyfield To Air On Espn Classic Tonight!

It’s the most important heavyweight fight of 2007, and perhaps one of the most historic ever, as the legendary Evander Holyfield attempts to win a record fifth world heavyweight title when he squares off against WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov on Saturday, October 13 in Moscow, Russia. continue

Mathews Up For Khan Challenge

WBU World Featherweight champion Derry Mathews has thrown down a challenge to rival Amir Khan following his win over Scott Lawton at the weekend. The undefeated Scouser, who defends his belt against Matthew Marsh at the York Hall on Saturday night live and exclusive on Setanta Sports, says he wants to bulk up and taken on golden boy Khan in a battle of Britain. continue

Impact Fighters Get Ready For Action

As the dust settles after Saturday night’s contest between Scott Lawton and Amir Khan the remainder of Impact Boxing’s boxers together with their coaches are busy preparing for a busy month of October. continue

Golota Destroys McBride

andrew golota08.10.07 - By Gary Jones: Heavyweight contender Andrew Golota (40-6-1, 33 KOs) stopped one-time Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride (34-6-1, 29 KOs)in the 6th round on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Golota, 39, staggered McBride with a big left hand in the sixth round and then finished him off with a flurry of punches, prompting referee Arthur Mercante Jr to step in and halt the bout. Golota was hurt in the first round after getting hit with several right hands that drove him back several steps. Later on in the round, Golota was hurt a second time by a powerful left hand.

McBride, however, appeared to punch himself out in the process of trying for a knockout and never regained his stamina for the remainder of the bout. For the next five rounds, McBride was visibly out of breath and could barely manage more than a few punches landed. continue

Jones vs. Cardona Nov. 9 at New Alhambra

Philadelphia, PA—Undefeated Mike Jones, fresh off his 11th consecutive knockout, takes on former world title challenger Israel “Pito” Cardona in the 8-round welterweight main event Friday evening, Nov. 9, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue

European Boxing News: Dimitrenko, Halmich, Hill, Irkin, Arslan, Kessler, Akinwande and Others!

By Per-Åke Persson: Universum´s show November 24 in Dresden feature as previously announced WBO lightheavy champ Zsolt Erdei. In the co-headliners World Boxing Association interim cruiser ruler Firat Arslan will finally face champion in recess, Virgil Hill and Wold Boxing Council Int´l supermiddle titleholder Denis Inkin defends against Argentinian Martin Abel Bruer. continue

Tony Hirsch Added To Oct 13 Brunson Card

Promising light middleweight Tony Hirsch has been added to the Settles Entertainment fight card headlined by Tyrone Brunson's attempt to break the world first round KO record this Saturday, October 13 at Chez Paree Club in Carter Lake, Iowa. continue

Gerry Cooney - It All Looked So Good For Him Once!

gerry cooney05.10.07 - By James Slater: Some thirty years ago this year, heavyweight power puncher Gerry Cooney boxed as a professional for the very first time. And what promise this huge heavyweight - huge not only in stature but in punching power also - showed as he punched for pay for the very first time. “Gentleman Gerry” stopped one Bill Jackson in a single round on the 15th of February in Long Island, New York.

The KO was the first in a number of devastating and quick destruction jobs the big Irish-American would score. Some good names fell at Gerry’s feet too. Both former heavyweight title challengers Ron Lyle and Jimmy Young went out in quick time, as did former heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton. continue

8 Count Productions Blitzes Chicago For Fall Season

Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced details of three terrific evenings of world class professional boxing at Cicero Stadium over the next 45 days. These shows will also feature the debut of the 8 Count dancers along with a night club atmosphere similar to the David Diaz/Erik Morales lightweight world championship event at the Allstate Arena in August. continue

Sandoval v Martinez on Oct. 19

Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced further details of BAD BLOOD, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, October 19th at Cicero Stadium. continue

Bring on Vitali Klitschko versus Sam Peter! The Winner must face Maskaev

Dave Domenico: First, let me say this. Vitali Klitschko should get one last chance to make a fight. If he is injured again and delay’s another bout he must retire for good. With that said, let us now focus on Saturday’s WBC interim championship match between Sam Peter and Jameel McCline. The fight was surprisingly interesting and showed that Sam Peter is quite beatable and limited. continue

Montiel TKOs Melendez in Final Round

fernando montiel05.10.07 - By Neil Dennis: Fernando Montiel (35-2, 26KOs) once again defended his WBO Super Flyweight title with a TKO victory over talented veteran Luis Melendez (25-2, 20KOs). The fight proved a challenge, but not a big one for Montiel as he dominated through most of the fight. Although his accuracy wasn’t quite high as Melendez’s early on, his workrate more than made of it as it ground down the challenger.

By round six, Montiel seemed to toy with Melendez, even doing the “Ali shuffle” before laying into Melendez at one point. Near the end of the round, Montiel dropped Melendez with a flurry of punches punctuated by a right hook. Unfortunately for Montiel, Melendez’s spirit was far from broken. continue

Calzaghe Hits 10-Year Mark as World Champion on Oct. 11th

Boxing’s current longest-reigning world champion JOE CALZAGHE will mark the 10th year of his monarchy on Thursday, October 11. Calzaghe captured the vacant WBO title, October 11, 1997, knocking down two-time world champion and British boxing legend Chris Eubank twice en route to a dominating unanimous decision on scores of 118-109, 118-111 and 116-111. continue

Monte Barrett Says McCline Can Beat Peter

By Scoop Malinowski: Ran into Monte "Two Gunz" Barrett at the Training Grounds Gym this afternoon, and he likes the chances of Jameel McCline tonight against WBC Interim champ Samuel Peter.´"McCline has it here (pointing to his heart), he has heart," says Barrett. "It's just that sometimes his fear overtakes his confidence. He has the skills to beat Peter. But he has to be careful because Peter's an animal. continue

McCline and Peter Will Fight Despite Allegations

By Matthew Hurley: The New York State Athletic Commission made the correct decision in allowing the Jameel McCline versus Samuel Peter WBC interim title bout at Madison Square Garden to proceed tonight. The bout seemed in jeopardy when the Daily News reported that McCline had received in excess of $12,000 worth of illegal steroids and growth hormones between 2005 and 2006. However McCline has never tested positive for any illegal substance so the allegations remained just that. continue

Andrew Golota's New York City Adventure

andrew golota05.10.0 - By Scoop Malinowski: Though Andrew Golota has never held a world title during his 15-year professional career, he is - to this day - treated by many as a People's Champion. Yes, he messed up a few times, but most ring observers know in their heart of hearts Andrew defeated Chris Byrd and/or John Ruiz in 2004 and should have come away with at least one of those world title belts. Yes, he made a few mistakes along the journey, but more importantly, he showed to all that even if you do mess up and make mistakes, you can still do good, you can still succeed, in some form.

All week long I've witnessed how people gravitate toward the man when they see him, as if he is some kind of familiar face, some kind of friend, an inspiration...from the pizza shop's owner's brother in Jersey City ("Knock him out Golota!"), to the tourists walking along Seventh Avenue ("Can we please have a photo with you?" Sure.), to heavyweight boxer Jameel McCline. "I don't know why I like him so much, I just know he was one of the first guys I worked with as a sparring partner," said Jameel after Thursday's weigh-in. continue

Pacquiao-Barrera II - Don't count Barrera out just yet!

05.10.07 - By Francisco Cairol: Many people think tha Manny Pacquiao will completely steamroll Marco Antonio Barrera this Saturday. While that is understandable, specially when one remembers their first fight, I think that's wrong. I have a feeling Barrera wasn't at his best on that first fight. You can see he was flat and listless although that takes nothing away from Pacquiao's total dominance. This time, I think it's Pacquiao who isn't at his most focused. As a matter of fact he didn't look that into it when he fought Oscar Larios or Jorge Solis. continue

Manny Pacquiao vs Marco Antonio Barrera Weigh-In Photos

Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Manny Pacquiao 130 v Marco Barrera 130
Steven Luevano 126 v Antonio Davis 126
Librado Andrade 168 v Yusaf Mack 168
Francisco Bojado 144 v Steve Forbes 142. continue

Holyfield Heads To Moscow

TOTOWA, NJ (October 5, 2007) - Four-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield is only a day away from flying to Moscow for his historic Oct 13 world championship bout against WBO world heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, said Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. Holyfield is scheduled to arrive in Moscow on Sunday morning. continue

Team Maskaev Speaks Out!

oleg maskaev04.10.07 - We have been trying to take the high road, however after reading the ridiculous comments by Dino Duva, silence can no longer be considered a virtue. It is time to look at the facts and end his pattern of deception and sheer nonsense.

What is the Status of Maskaev’s Injury?

ANSWER: He had multiple herniated discs and a bulging disk, which were discovered thru an MRI. We received the results late on a Thursday night and I called Don King first thing Friday morning. It was only after the MRI did we know the extent of the injury, although for a few weeks prior to that he felt a strain. It was only after roadwork on Thursday that he severely injured his back and we promptly made arrangements for the MRI to be taken immediately. continue

Froch v Reid, November 9th

Carl Froch will make the fourth defence of his British Super-Middleweight Title against former world champion Robin Reid at the Nottingham Arena on Friday, 9th November. Hennessy Sports in association with title partners have moved the show back a week, which allows WBC number one Froch to know the winner of Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler, who fight for the WBO, WBC and WBA titles on November 3. continue

Juan Carlos Gomez: “Stop talking bull, McCall!”

05.10.07 - Just a couple of days before heading to Germany to face "Black Panther" Juan Carlos Gomez on October 19th in Berlin "The Atomic Bull" Oliver McCall started pawing the ground. On the WBC International Champion called Gomez a cheater and stated that he felt no respect for him. Now former World Cruiserweight Champion Gomez strikes back: "We invited McCall to come to Germany. He could even come to visit me at home. But just because he calls himself "The Atomic Bull" he got no reason to talk bullshit! I wasn't on drugs at our last fight. I haven't been cheating, somebody trapped and cheated me.. continue

McCline-Peter: Will Jameel Expose Samuel?

By David Math: Lost in the title shuffling, disappointment, and constant uncertainty that continues to raise question marks in the Heavyweight boxing division is a man with a willingness to fight anyone at any time -- his name is Samuel Peter. The Nigerian Nightmare rose to the top of the division by dominating lesser opponents with his superior strength and relentless predatory mentality, stalking weaker fighters with an unbreakable chin and shocking power in both hands. continue

Big Fight Predictions Part II: Pacquiao-Barrera, Mayweather-Hatton, Cotto-Mosley, More

Pac vs Barrera II04.10.07 - By Neil Thompson , photo by Naoki Fukuda - Earlier this year I wrote an article on the big fights for the first half of 2007. As we have some great fights coming up (from now until the end of the year) I thought I’d do ‘part 2’.

In ‘Part 1’ I predicted a controversial points win for De La Hoya over Mayweather but to his credit, Floyd proved me wrong although it was a lot closer than many people (especially the Mayweather fans) expected. The next 3 predictions I got right, Hatton beat Castillo, Cotto beat Judah and Marquez beat Barrera. My 5th and final prediction was Winky Wright to beat Hopkins which, as you all know, was wrong. So 3 out of 5 wasn’t a bad result but I hope to improve on that score with my next set of predictions. continue

Perez Stays Unbeaten With Knockout Over Fedorov, Undefeated Bey Jr. Stops Gonzalez

Yonnhy Perez fights better than he spells. The talented, undefeated bantamweight with the unusually spelled first name – it is pronounced “Johnny” – improved to 14-0 with 11 knockouts with a dominant, impressive fourth-round stoppage over comebacking Alexander Fedorov (18-4-1, 10 KOs) Friday on “ShoBox: The New Generation.’’ continue

Peter – McCline Bout In Jeopardy

By Matthew Hurley: Once again a boxer is under review for steroids. In the past two weeks steroids has run rampant around the sport and it’s becoming a wearisome topic. Now the interim heavyweight title fight between Samuel Peter and Jameel McCline on Saturday night is coming under review by boxing authorities in the commission after a report that McCline had received upwards of $12,000 worth of steroids and other related growth hormones in the last two years. continue

Barrera – Pacquiao: Calm Before The Storm?

By Matthew Hurley: At the final press conference between Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao both fighters seemed rather subdued. There was no macho posturing and no real animosity shown between the camps. The only needle thrown into this cuddly pillow fight was Barrera pointing at Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and telling him that his hand wraps have always been the same. This came on the heels of Roach’s allegation that Barrera doesn’t properly wrap his hands and that he will be under scrutiny during the session before the fight. continue

Roy Jones – Trinidad Set For January

felix trinidad04.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: According to a report released by boxing writer Gabriel Montoya, Don King has “officially” announced the date and venue for the, depending upon your opinion, long awaited or now much maligned showdown between former greats Roy Jones and Felix Trinidad. The bout will take place on January 19th at Madison Square Garden and be broadcast on HBO pay per view. In an interview with Montoya, King commented that “This is what the people want. They want warriors. This fight will be the fight of the century."

That bluster aside, King always spouts such rhetoric and this fight, without question is coming years too late. Both fighters, first ballot Hall of Famers, will always deserve the respect that they have garnered over years of swapping leather in the ring, but neither is anywhere near close to their respective primes. continue

Clinton Woods - The Best Of The Four Alphabet Champions At Light-Heavyweight?

04.10.07 - by James Slater: Okay, so Bernard Hopkins is the REAL world champion at light-heavyweight. "The Executioner" holds Ring magazine's prestigious belt and is recognised, rightly, as the world's number one at 175 pounds. However, in alphabet terms - the main four that is - there are a couple of guys in with a shout at being hailed as the best 175 pounder below B-Hop. One of them, Britain's Clinton Woods, the IBF champion, just might be that guy. continue

Joe Mesi fighting mad

Former world No. 1 heavyweight contender “Baby” Joe Mesi (35-0, 28 KOs) has angrily responded to disparaging remarks made by his October 12th opponent, Shannon Miller (15-3, 9 KOs). Mesi-Miller headlines “Clash of the Titans,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC USNBC heavyweight title at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

James Moore Added To Star Boxing Card On Oct 18

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing announced today the addition of undefeated fighting Irishman James "Jim" Moore (12-0, 9KO's) to the already sensational action packed "Boxing At The Ballroom" card, Thursday October 18th. Moore is returning for the third time to the Manhattan Center where he made his professional debut back in 2005, to face Chad "Taz" Greenleaf (10-7-1, 4KO's) in a scheduled six round bout. continue

Live From New York, Andrew Golota!

golota04.10.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: World-renowned heavyweight boxer Andrew Golota was right on time at 11:30 for the final press conference for his Saturday night showdown with Kevin McBride. Golota enjoyed the conference, doing many interviews, embracing with his old friend and spar-mate Jameel McCline who seemed very happy to see the "Andrzej" as he calls Andrew. The two sparred together a decade ago and became friendly during the Ruiz-Golota event three years ago.

During the long-winded speeches Golota sat next to DaVarryl Williamson of Colorado. Golota, a serious skier, was surprised to learn the Denver resident named "Touch of Sleep" had never tried skiing. continue

Ruiz v Liakhovich Oct. 13 in Chicago

Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (41-7-1, 28 KOs) has signed a contract to fight former WBO title-holder Serguei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (23-2, 14 KOs) on October 13 in Chicago. Ruiz and Liakhovich are rated No. 2 and No. 3 in the WBA, respectively. “I’ve been in Puerto Rico training for a fight here on October 31,” Ruiz said, “but, instead, last night I was offered a contract for a fight next week against Liakhovich. It’s on short notice but if that’s what it takes to get another title shot, I’m willing to take the fight, and we’re asking the WBA to make the winner either the mandatory challenger or No. 1 contender.”

Peter-McCline Final Press Conference Quotes

photo by Tom Casino/Showtime - SAMUEL PETER: “Everybody will see a great fight. My gloves will do the talking on Saturday night. I am home and this belt belongs to me. I am taking over the division, so McCline can just be there for me so that I can bring him down. If McCline is a beast, then welcome to my jungle. I have been blessed already in my life. My Lord has been good to me. Now, let’s do this in the ring come Saturday night.. continue

Jason Estrada takes on James Northey In Co-Feature, Mesi-Miller Headlines "Clash Of The Titans"

PROVIDENCE (October 4, 2007) – 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada takes on dangerous heavyweight opponent James Northey in the eight-round co-feature on October 12 in “Clash Of The Titans,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Interview with Bernard Hopkins

bernard hopkinsBy Mike Cassell 10/3/07 - I recently got to sit down with Light Heavyweight Champion, Bernard Hopkins. He was his usual honest self, talking about The De La Hoya photo scandal, as well as the future of the middleweight division. He was at Comcast Sports Net, helping to promote the “Fighting City” series of matches recently recorded for broadcast, in which he was a guest analyst. He doesn’t always say what you want to hear, but he always says what he believes, and you have to respect that.

Mike Cassell: What is going on with those pictures of Oscar De La Hoya on the internet. The media is really grabbing onto it. Are those pictures real? continue

Manny Pacquiao - Marco Antonio Barrera Prediction

04.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley, photo by Naoki Fukuda : With all the so-called “distractions” surrounding Manny Pacquiao many in the Marco Antonio Barrera fan base are hoping that the “Pac Man” enters his bout against the “Baby Faced Assassin” this Saturday night at the Mandalay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas unfocused and unprepared for a very prepared Barrera. The problem with that notion is that this isn’t the Barrera who tore apart Prince Naseem Hamed in April of 2001 as a huge betting underdog. This Barrera probably won’t be any better than the one who lost to Juan Manuel Marquez by decision in March of this year – albeit a very close decision. continue

Green vs. Duddy: Why Not?

By Ted Sares: If world rated super middleweight Allan "Sweetness" Green, 24-1, 17 KO's, beats three-time title challenger Sherwin Davis on October 19 and Ireland's John Duddy, 20-0 with 16 KO’s, wins over Uruguay’s Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba,18-5, 12 KO's, I see a natural match up of the two. “Sweetness” returns for the first time since undergoing major abdominal surgery which may have contributed to his poor showing against Edison Miranda. He is coming off an impressive first round icing over tough Darrel Woods in July and looks to be fit and ready. continue

Peter-McCline Weigh-In Photos

Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Peter holds up his WBC interim heavyweight belt Thursday during the weigh-in at Madison Square Garden.

All Weigh-In Results.. continue

Freddie Roach – One Of Boxing’s Good Guys

freddie roach03.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: One of the great trainers in boxing, and also one of the most underrated, is Freddie Roach. Roach is now finishing his preparations with his fighter Manny Pacquiao for his rematch with Marco Antonio Barrera this Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. There are many reasons to like a person but the main one lies in the foundation of that person’s character. And Freddie’s character is unimpeachable.

Roach runs Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California and has trained some great fighters but he is from my neck of the woods, Massachusetts, so I have an even greater affinity for him. continue

Aaron Williams Returns This Saturday Night on Fox Sports Card in Cleveland

Cruiserweight prospect, Aaron Williams (14-0, 10 KO’s), returns to the ring this Saturday night in Cleveland, as Ron Johnson’s America Dream Productions presents “Put Down the Guns and Pick-up the Gloves,” October 6th at The Cleveland Plain Dealer Nautica 2014 Sycamore Street, downtown Cleveland. Doors open at 6:00 pm, first bout starts at 7:00 pm. continue

Kelly “The Monster” Pavlik

By Scotty Crouse: I’ve often heard Teddy Atlas declare, “There are no monsters in the ring.” With all due respect to Teddy, I disagree. I saw one with my own eyes Saturday night in Atlantic City, wreaking havoc and causing destruction at Boardwalk Hall. It was vicious and left nothing standing in its path. Its name was Kelly “The Monster” Pavlik. No, “The Ghost” just doesn’t work anymore. continue

Oliver McCall: "I beat Lennox Lewis in England, beat Sam in Turkey, and I’m going to beat Gomez in Germany"

HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 3 – It is just a couple of weeks before Oliver McCall before his long-awaited rematch with Juan Carlos Gomez on Friday, October 19 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany. The former World Heavyweight Champion and current WBC International Heavyweight Champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall is gearing up to not only put on the fight of his life, but to send Gomez packing via a spectacular knockout. continue

Andy Lee Scores 1st Round KO

andy leeBronx, NY - Oct 03, 2007 It was standing room only last night for Star Boxing's Bourbon Street boxing event in Chicago. The crowd was up on their feet the entire night with the room filled with enthusiastic fight fans. The night got off to an exciting start when undefeated Jr. Welterweight prospect "The New" Ray Robinson (5- 0) set the pace with a first round knockdown en route to a unanimous decision victory against 21 fight veteran Jason Jordan. All the scorecards were in favor of Robinson 40-34.

Jason Cintron (6-0-3KO's) the younger brother of World Champion Kermit won a split decision after going six grueling rounds with Damon Antonie (6-19-1 3KO's). 2004 Olympic team captain Devin Vargas (13-0 5KO's) went for gold pummeling tough veteran Josh Gutcher (18-7-5KO's) with power and speed. The undefeated heavyweight threw everything he had, mercilessly dismantling Gutcher when, the fight was stopped 1:38 into the fourth round, giving Devin a TKO victory. continue

ShoBox Quotes: Perez-Fedorov, Bey-Gonzalez

One night before Samuel Peter defends his World Boxing Council (WBC) interim heavyweight title against Jameel McCline on SHOWTIME, talented, unbeaten Yonnhy Perez (13-0, 10 KOs) will collide with Alexander Fedorov (18-3-1, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). continue

Cuban Boxers Gamboa And Barthelemy To Make US-Debuts

03.10.07 - Photo by JA Treptow - For the first time arena-CEO Ahmet Öner sends out two of his most promising talents to fight in the USA. On October 30th Olympic gold medallists Yan Barthelemy (bantamweight) and Yuriorkis Gamboa (super featherweight) will give their US-debuts at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. continue

St. Patrick’s Day Brawl: Duddy vs. Pavlik?

By Dan Fitz-Simons: Almost immediately after Kelly Pavlik’s victory over Jermain Taylor, fight promoter Bob Arum announced his proposal for a bout between Pavlik and Ireland’s John Duddy at Madison Square Garden. But before Duddy can take on Pavlik, he will have to defeat Uruguay’s Noe Tulio Gonzalez Alcoba (14-1) whose only loss was to WBA middleweight champion, Felix Sturm in Germany this summer. Alcoba is stepping in as a last minute replacement for the Spain’s light middleweight champion, Pablo Navascues, who was forced to pull out because of an ankle injury. The Duddy-Alcoba fight is scheduled for October 20, in Dublin. continue

“The Contender” Recap

boxing03.10.07 - By Neil Dennis: So far, the current season of “The Contender” has been proving to be a vast improvement over the last, in which lackluster Grady Brewer walked away with the championship. With Jaidon Codrington and Sam Soliman showing their stuff and Miguel Hernandez giving Wayne Johnsen a run for his money, the show has redeemed itself by playing up the fights and playing down the sappiness. This week was no different as they scheduled two fights.

To look at the two cards that were made, it seemed like quite a mismatch in favor of the Blue Team. In the first fight that played out tonight, the ever-spirited Donny McCrary (23-6, 13 KOs) found himself against “The Scorpion” himself, Sakio Bika (23-3, 14 KOs). continue

Contender Boxer Suspended For Illegal Substances

04.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Nevada State Athletic Commission director Keith Kizer recently revealed that middleweight boxer Joey Gilbert has been suspended for testing positive for upwards of six banned substances after a recent bout. Gilbert was a former fighter on the hit reality television series The Contender during its first season run in 2004. continue

Ali Oubaali Makes American Debut

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing today announced the long over due American debut of Moroccan sensation Ali "The Hurricane" Oubaali (19-3, 16 KO's). Oubaali came to the states 20 months ago to realize his dream of becoming a world champion. With a record of 19 wins, and a non-stop punching style, he is determined to achieve that dream. continue

McCloskey set for Frias

Paul McCloskey is confident that there will be a double celebration for Derry at the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on October 20th. McCloskey will share the spotlight with fellow county man and friend John Duddy as both look to extend their impressive unbeaten records. continue

The Best Fighters in Britain

ricky hattonBy Neil Thompson (03.10.07) - For a small set of islands the United Kingdom of Great Britain doesn’t do too bad in the sport of boxing. We have 2 fighters who currently make most peoples top P4P lists, along with a decent enough collection of various alphabet champions and tough contenders. Below is my list of the best P4P British fighters of today. Obviously its all subjective and all about opinions so almost everyone will see it slightly differently. My list is as follows:

1. Ricky Hatton 43-0 (31)

If you were to ask 100 British boxing fans as to who is the best P4P fighter in Britain, the vote would be split, almost evenly, between Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe. My vote would be for Hatton. The Manchester ‘Hitman’ is arguably the most popular fighter in the UK. Prior to his win over Kostya Tsyzu, the critics were saying “Hatton's protected”, “he only wants to fight in Manchester”, “he only fights old, blown up lightweights” and “he’s scared to fight Mayweather." continue

Winner of Thaxton-Stewart to be Commonwealth mandatory challenger

The winner of British lightweight champion Jon Thaxton against Dave Stewart will be made mandatory challenger for the Commonwealth Lightweight Title, held by Amir Khan. Thaxton makes the second defence of his British Title against Scotsman Dave Stewart at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday, 5th October on a Hennessy Sports show in association with title partners Sky Sports will televise. continue

Arthur Williams Nears World Title Shot

Former IBF cruiserweight champion "King" Arthur Williams will have world title aspirations next Saturday, October 13, 2007, when the steel-tough veteran will appear on the same bill as middleweight Tyrone Brunson's attempt to break the world KO record at the Chez Paree Club in Carter Lake, Iowa on a Settles Entertainment promotion. continue

Should Showtime televise the Sam Peter-Jameel McCline under card?

By Geoffrey Ciani: In recent years, Showtime Boxing has brought many great fights to the fans. This all started around the time of the unforgettable encounter between Jose Luis Castillo and Diego Corrales. This fight, which was an instant classic, acted as an impetus for great things to come. Less than a month later, Showtime televised another sensational bout, as boxing fans across the globe watched the undefeated Ricky Hatton dethrone long-time junior welterweight champion, Kostya Tsyzu. continue

Dysfunctional Heavyweight Division Stinks-up Boxing's Big Autumn: Quotes from the Peter vs. McCline Conference Call

samuel peter03.10.07 - By Chad Edward: Kelly Pavlik and Jermain Taylor ignited boxing's big autumn Saturday, but this afternoon in New York City the over 200-pound gorilla stinking-up the room beat it's chest at the Samuel Peter versus Jameel McCline WBC Championship fight conference call.

"Am I a tougher fighter [than Oleg Maskaev]?" repeated "Big Time" McCline, who is replacing Maskaev, "I don’t really know."

Maskaev's manager, Dennis Rappaport, called Don King, the event's co-promoter, two weeks ago to pull his fighter due to herniated discs in his back. McCline, already scheduled to fight DaVarryl Williamson on the undercard, was quickly promoted to the main event. continue

Sam Peter/Jameel McCline Showtime Conference Call Transcript

Photo by Tom Casino / Showtime -- Hard hitting, recently crowned WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare'' Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) defends his new title against Jameel "Big Time'' McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) Saturday, Oct. 6, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). continue

Allan "Sweetness" Green Back In Action On Oct 19

MIAMI, OK -- Exciting world rated super middleweight Allan "Sweetness" Green returns to the ring for the first time since undergoing major abdominal surgery to battle three-time title challenger Sherwin Davis on October 19th at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Green is coming off an impressive first round knockout victory over former champion Darrel Woods in July. Previous to that, Green made his HBO debut in losing a hard fought decision to power-punching contender Edison Miranda. continue

Ibragimov: Brittle Beltholders Belittle Heavyweight Division

HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 3 – Heavyweight legend Mike Tyson said it best when he called boxing a “hurt business”. But unfortunately for fight fans who once considered the heavyweight division to be the sport’s glamour division, the boxers who are supposed to represent the best of the class are too busy nursing various aches and pains to actually get into the ring and fight. continue

Picking The Fighter/Fight Of The Year - It's Gonna Be Tough This Year!

israel vazquez02.10.07 - by James Slater: With less than three months of this year to go, many boxing writers (myself included) are no doubt thinking already who will likely be given the award for fighter and fight of the year. This year such decisions will be extremely tough though. For although we've had more than our share of postponed fights in '07 - five no less, in September alone - overall the year has been a very good one for boxing already. We've had some brutal wars - Katsidis-Earl, Diaz-Freitas, Pavlik-Miranda, Cotto-Judah and most recently, Pavlik-Taylor.

We've had a genuine super-fight in Mayweather-De La Hoya. And we've had some great, classic boxing exhibitions, such as Williams-Margarito and Forrest-Baldomir. continue

What are you Watching…Barrera vs. Pacquiao II on HBO PPV or Peter vs. McCline on Showtime?

By Christopher Roche, Brickcity In yet another sign that boxing is having a great year, fans will find themselves in a quandary this Saturday night, as two nationally televised cards will hit our screens. Marco Antonio Barrera and Manny Pacquiao will undoubtedly put on a great show, as they face off in a rematch of their 2003 bout. Their bout on Saturday night, from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, promises to be a thriller, and passions will run high. Barrera has won 6 of his last 7, and Pacquiao is on a five fight-winning streak. Both men are giants of the sport, and they are icons in their respective countries. continue

Frank Warren Wins Libel Actions

Boxing promoter Frank Warren has today claimed a treble in libel victories. The first libel action was against The Daily Record that alleged in an article in March 2007 that Warren had corruptly fixed the outcome of the Derry Matthews-John Simpson WBU World Featherweight title clash in Liverpool The Daily Record accepted that the allegations were false and promptly apologised and paid substantial damages. continue

Hlatshwayo vs. Medley + Dawson vs. Geale - 12 October 2007

(Smeaton Grange, Sydney: October 2007) - GRANGE OLD SCHOOL BOXING will promote an incredible boxing card containing two world title fights on Friday evening 12th October 2007 in the outdoor pavilion at the Panthers Leagues Club in Penrith, NSW, Australia. continue

My Pound for Pound List: Pacquiao, Mayweather, Marquez, Calderon, Vazquez, Calzaghe, Wright, Cotto, Casamayor and Others!

floyd mayweather jr.02.10.07 - By Francisco Cairol: It's not the best time to do a pound for pound list seeing that some current boxers on the list have important fights that they could lose but I'll go out on a limb update in a couple of months if needed.

1.) Manny Pacquiao - He's my number one based on quality of opposition, mainly Morales, Barrera & Juan Manuel Marquez. I guess since the all time pound for pound man Sugar Ray Robinson was a technical Marvel it has been hard for magazines and experts to give credit to effective slugging. Not that the original Sugar Ray couldn't slug it out, quite the contrary, but he was very slick and technical. Manny Has improved his game and is less of a one handed fighter with better balance. Having said that I have a gut feeling he is going to have more trouble with Barrera than expected. I think he might even lose. If he blows Barrera away easily I'll happily eat some crow but i think that Barrera has one last great fight in him and that Manny might have more distractions than usual and that's saying a lot. continue

8 Reasons to Love Boxing more than Football

Raymond Markarian: Grab your beverage and look around the arena. The crowd is waiting for the moment. There are celebrities sitting in the front row, die hard fans in the upper deck, and good looking ladies scattered around the stadium. In this event, the crowd is divided. Half of the faithful is carrying the flag that represents the challenger while the other half of the crowd is chanting the champion’s name. continue

Talkin' Boxing with Andrew Golota

By Malcolm Markowski: One of the world's most popular heavyweights Andrew Golota arrived in New York late Monday night. He participated in the media workout at the Madison Square Garden mall at 11 a.m. before heading off for a media press conference at Kredens Polish restaurant in the Ridgewood section of Queens (66-36 Fresh Pond Road) at 1:30, the food of which Andrew called "the best Polish food I've ever had." Golota was swarmed as usual by the Polish media and many of the workers and onlookers who all got photos taken with the former Olympic bronze medalist. continue

World Title challenger steps in for Duddy

John Duddy has been hit with a late change of opponent for his headline bout on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the National Stadium on October 20th. The New York based Derryman had been set to meet Pablo Navascues but the Spaniard has been forced to withdraw courtesy of an ongoing ankle injury which had seriously disrupted his preparations for the bout. continue

Calzaghe – Kessler Contends For Fight Of The Year

joe calzaghe02.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: I always know a big fight is coming up when my father gets psyched for a marquee showdown. My father is a fight fan, but one who doesn’t watch every match – he gets his daily reports on the fight game from his son. But for whatever reason the super middleweight showdown between Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler on November 3rd has completely enamored him.

It’s a bit odd considering he’s only seen Calzaghe fight twice against Peter Manfredo and Jeff Lacy and has only seen clips of Kessler but there is something about fights staged in soccer arenas in Europe with thousands of rabid fans that creates an atmosphere that transcends the sport. That and the fact that he thinks Calzaghe is one of the best technical fighters he’s seen in years. continue

Sam Peter Open Workout Quotes

A public workout was held today at Madison Square Garden featuring hard-hitting, recently crowned WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare'' Peter (28-1, 22 KOs) who will be defending his title against Jameel "Big Time'' McCline (38-7-3, 23 KOs) Saturday, Oct. 6, on SHOWTIME live at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue

Officials Announced For Pacquiao – Barrera

Matthew Hurley: The officials assigned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the Manny Pacquiao – Marco Antonio Barrera fight on October 6th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Resort Casino have been announced. The referee will be Tony Weeks and the judges will be Tom Shreck, Glenn Trowbridge and Jerry Roth. continue

Barrera v Pacquiao: Barrera Has Nothing To Lose

By Matthew Hurley: When Marco Antonio Barrera steps into the ring against Manny Pacquiao on Saturday, October 6th he basically has nothing to lose. That’s because most people feel that his first fight with Pacquiao back in November of 2003, which he lost by an 11th round TKO, is a harbinger of things to come in the rematch. Also, there is no official title on the line. Pacquiao and Barrera are bigger than the belts but “The Baby Faced Assassin” is a marked underdog against the Filipino whirlwind. continue

Taylor-Pavlik with full undercard report

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - Photos by Sumio Yamada- Atlantic City, NJ - For the 10,000 plus in attendance at the Boardwalk Hall and the millions watching on HBO, undefeated world middleweight champion Jermain Taylor and undefeated top ranked challenger Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik brought their best, and fought their best, in a world title fight reminiscent of Zale vs. Graziano, Robinson vs. Basilio and Hagler vs. Hearns. DiBella Entertainment and Top Rank, co-promoters for this fittingly served night of boxing at it's best, aptly named the fightcard pitting the two best middleweight fighters in the world "Throwback", and both fighters delivered, giving career enhancing performances.

From the opening bell of round one the predominately Pro-Pavlik crowd, with an approximately 6,000 making the trip from their hero's hometown of Youngstown, Ohio made their presence felt; screaming, cheering and waving their towels in such a constant and frenzied manner that left many believing that the ever-vibrant, open-24 hours-a day Atlantic City was actually a "Ghost Town"!
Taylor, the pride of Little Rock, Arkansas, started fast and peppered Pavlik was his stiff jab. continue

Travis Walker to Fight Third Top Heavyweight Prospect in 11 Months

Heavyweight contender Travis Walker 25W-0L-1D has agreed to fight his third fellow prospect in less than a year. Walker, who fought three-time National Amateur Champion, and Olympian, Jason Estrada, in November of 2006, and fellow undefeated prospect, George Garcia who was #2 in the amateurs in March of 2007, now has agreed to fight another top prospect and former amateur star T.J. Wilson on Shobox on October 19, 2007 in Sacramento, California. continue

Williamson looking to avoid being checkmated

Denver, CO -- DaVarryl "Touch of Sleep" Williamson (24-4, 20 KO) will risk his World Boxing Association #4 rating when he steps into the ring on October 6, 2007 vs. Kali “Checkmate” Meehan (32-3, 26 KO) – WBA #15 at Madison Square Garden in New York in a scheduled 12-round bout for the North American Boxing Organization Heavyweight Championship. continue

Hank Lundy to take on former three-time world title challenger, John Brown on Oct 12th

Undefeated Jr. Welterweight, “Hammering” Hank Lundy takes a major step up in competition when he battles former three-time world title challenger John “The Eastern Beast” Brown to highlight an exciting undercard on Friday October 12th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. continue

What if…Hopkins vs. Pavlik?

kelly pavlik01.10.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: There’s something magical about watching a fighter rise from the canvas to comeback and knockout his opponent. This is especially true in championship bouts. When Kelly Pavlik survived the second round onslaught from middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, it was a testament to his championship character. When he then proceeded to stop Taylor five rounds later via brutal knockout, it capped off one of the most exciting middleweight fights in the past twenty years.

The newly-crowned 25 year old middleweight boxing champion has a bright future. Having decisively beaten Jermain Taylor, he has clearly solidified his position as the division’s top dog. continue

Oscar De La Hoya Gets His Gold Medal Back

By Matthew Hurley: On Monday afternoon Top Rank promoter Bob Arum returned Oscar De La Hoya’s gold medal to him in an ongoing truce between his promotional firm and Oscar’s Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar had given the medal to Arum on his 65th birthday back in 1996 while still under contract with Arum and Top Rank. continue

Tony Thompson Stops Couser

Los Angeles, CA (October 2, 2007) – Following his impressive victory over Cliff Couser last Thursday at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California, Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) declared himself ready for his WBO World Heavyweight Championship Challenge early in 2008. “I'm looking forward to the winner of (Sultan) Ibragimov and (Evander) Holyfield taking on his mandatory fight with me," said Thompson, who gives the undefeated Russian (21-0-1, 17 KO) a slight edge to retain his WBO World Heavyweight Title against the former undisputed champion in Moscow on October 13. continue

Calzaghe v Kessler: Joe Calzaghe Promises To Lift Welsh Spirits

Patriot Joe Calzaghe has vowed to put a smile back on the faces of Welsh sports fans when he fights Mikkel Kessler on November 3 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Calzaghe watched in disbelief as Wales crashed out of the Rugby World Cup to Fiji at the weekend, a result which left a nation in mourning. And he says he'll make up for the shock defeat when he puts his WBO and Ring super-middleweight titles on the line in his titan scrap against WBC and WBA champion Kessler next month. continue

Holyfield Set For Another Title Shot

evander holyfield01.10.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Most people in the boxing community, but not all, wish that legendary fighter Evander Holyfield would retire from the game. Sometimes enough is enough and “The Real Deal” lived up to his nickname longer than most of us expected. He was a great fighter. Unquestionably he was the greatest cruiserweight of all time and arguably a top 15 heavyweight of all time. And yet he continues to fight at the age of 45.

Holyfield will take on Sultan Ibragimov at the Khodynka Arena in Russia on October 13th on Showtime. Evander can’t be blamed for thinking that he can win a belt considering how low the level of competition is in the heavyweight division right now. continue

Ibragimov v Holyfield A Hot Ticket.... In The US

HOLLYWOOD, FL, October 1 – Despite taking place halfway around the world at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia, October 13th’s highly-anticipated showdown between WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov and challenger Evander Holyfield has become one of the sport’s hottest tickets - not only in Russia, but here in the United States, where fans have been clamoring for the opportunity to witness history in the making. continue

“Ding-a-Ling Man” Darnell Wilson Calls out Enzo Maccarinelli

Cruiserweight knockout artist Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (22-5, 19 KOs) is publicly inviting WBO Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli to prove to the world he is truly “in it for the glory” by facing him. Maccarinelli (27-1, 20 KOs) is reportedly looking for an opponent for his November 3 title defense at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Wilson, and his co-promoters, Dino Duva of Duva Boxing and Sal Musumeci of Final Forum, think he’s the perfect man for the assignment. continue

Team Gilbert Statement

Today's news regarding a suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission came as a complete shock to Team Gilbert and Joey Gilbert personally. We were informed of the suspension through the media and at this time are yet to hear from the commission or see the report ourselves. We were surprised by the information used in the article as Joey has never tested positive in pre, post or random drug testing for steroid, performance enhancing or illegal substances. Joey is a dedicated athlete and member of the community who over the years has brought three national titles and two middleweight titles home to Reno. continue

Pavlik TKO 7 - The Amateurs are over! This is the PROS!

kelly pavlik30.09.07 - By Craig Mastendri: Kelly Pavlik took the Middleweight boxing Championship via TKO victory in the seventh round in valiant fashion. The replay shots of the KO sequence, showing the slow motion rippling effect, that contorted across Taylors cheeks sparked terminating intention.

A straight right Taylor didn’t see, delivered a “Whoa Effect”, that Pavlik has spoken about in his power. A picture perfect view of a knockout shot! As Taylor’s head swiveled back to center, his eyes did a semi conscious re-take. Taylor tried to react but, but the ability to defend was already a done deal. Kelly, earned, signed, sealed, and delivered the result. continue

VERSUS Fight Night Oct 4: Fernando Montiel-Luis Melendez

A 12-round showdown between Fernando Montiel (34-2, 25 KOs) and Luis Melendez (25-2, 20 KOs) for the WBO Super Flyweight Championship will be featured on the next edition of Fight Night on VERSUS in collaboration with Top Rank Boxing, Thursday, October 4 at 9 p.m. ET from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. continue

Thaxton: Amir Khan needs to show more respect and bottle

British Lightweight Champion Jon Thaxton says Amir Khan should show a bit more respect and bottle. Thaxton makes the second defence of his British Title against Scotsman Dave Stewart at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, on Friday, 5th October on a Hennessy Sports show in association with title partners Sky Sports will televise. The Norwich boxer aims to impress against his fellow Hennessy Sports boxer and send out a warning to British rival Khan, the 2004 Olympic silver medallist. continue

Joe Calzaghe: "It was a shock to see Taylor lose to Pavlik"

The longest reigning world champion in boxing, Joe Calzaghe, has promised not to take Mikkel Kessler lightly after watching Jermain Taylor's shock loss on Saturday night. WBO/WBC middleweight champ Taylor, who had been mentioned as a future opponent for Calzaghe, was stopped in the seventh round by heavy-hitter Kelly Pavlik and now the unbeaten Welshman has promised he will not be complacent when tackles the undefeated Dane on November 3rd at the Millennium Stadium. continue

A 'Grave' Prediction: Stay Tuned For A Tale Of The 'Ghost' And The 'Executioner'

kelly pavlik30.09.07 - By Vivek Wallace: On the eve of the month that culminates in Halloween, the sport of boxing seems to be right on par. In the midst of the middleweight divisions newly formed 'Bermuda Triangle' stands a guy known as 'The Ghost' who sits firmly atop.

Below him to the left is the former champion that he dismantled known as the guy with 'Bad Intentions', and to his right is the divisions elder statesman, aptly known as the 'The Executioner'. Slightly north in the super middleweight division stands two nickname-less fighters who are equally scary in talent, thus, need no introduction in Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler. continue

Boxing: Third Fight-Nothing Changes!

02.10.07- By Colin Nathan-Orient Theatre-East London - I called it the “Soap Opera” of South African Boxing, when Irvin Buhlalu defended his South African Lightweight for the third time against Challenger, Benedict Dlamini. All their fights have had some sort of controversy, the first fight ending with only two minutes gone in the last round, and Buhlalu winning on a close decision. continue

Ricardo Mayorga: The Comeback!

02.10.07 - By Jack Presscot: He has been described as a caveman with boxing gloves. Or a throwback to the era of fighters like Dempsey and Marciano, who would take three punches to give one. The last time we saw him was May of 2006, when Oscar de la Hoya, pre-contraversial photos, gave him a savage beating in the ring. It started in the first round, when Oscar simply timed his wide, looping punches, and shot a quick left hook that crashed against Mayorga's once iron jaw. continue

Kelly Pavlik Prepares For The Future

30.09.07 - Matthew Hurley: In the immediate aftermath of Kelly Pavlik’s thrilling victory over defending middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, Taylor commented that he would love to fight an immediate rematch as stipulated by the contract both fighters signed before the bout. Speaking in humble tones at the post fight press conference Taylor lamented his wildness in the second round when he had Pavlik hurt and on the canvas. continue

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