Liston, Foreman and Tyson - The Three Most Intimidating Heavyweights Of All-Time?

mike tyson29.11.07 - By James Slater: According to the man who was the last to face him in the ring, Chuck Wepner, Sonny Liston was probably the "best intimidator" in all of boxing. "Some guys were so scared, they could barely get into the ring." says Chuck on the BBC television documentary Reputations. Having fought the man, Wepner knows of what he speaks.

Though he managed to go 9 tough rounds with the then ex-heavyweight king (being forced to retire on his stool prior to the start of round 10 after being severely cut) there were many other good, even great, heavyweights that were so scared by Liston they never had a hope of lasting that long, much less actually beating him. continue

Bob Arum and Rabbi Hecht Team Up to Spread Chanukah Cheer

New York - (November 29, 2007)—It is the holiday season and Bob Arum is in the spirit of giving back. Arum has donated hundreds of tickets to Rabbi Shea Hecht of New York to give out to various charities and organizations so that they can attend the Holiday Havoc boxing event at The Paradise Theater in the Bronx on Thursday evening December 6. continue

Murray and Meager lead Manchester invasion

The British invasion of Las Vegas begins on Friday (December 7) when Hennessy Sports duo John Murray and Lee Meager feature on a Golden Boy promotion at the MGM Grand Conference Center. “BRITISH INVASION – THE U.K. VS. THE WORLD” is a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo will broadcast the event beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. continue

HBO Boxing To Replay DLH Mayweather And Hatton Castillo On HBO 2 As A Special Preview To Mayweather Hatton PPV Event

November 29, 2007 - Leading up to the world welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton -- set for Saturday, December 8 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive back-to-back replay of two action-packed fights showcasing their considerable talents. continue

Cintron-Williams Postponed: Kermit Cintron Out Until March!

kermit cintron29.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The scheduled welterweight unification bout between International Boxing Federation champion Kermit Cintron and World Boxing Organization champion Paul Williams is being postponed. The two fighters were set to meet on February 2nd if Cintron got past challenger Jesse Feliciano on November 23rd. Cintron found himself in a rugged bout against his overlooked opponent but managed to stop Feliciano in the tenth round. He did however damage his right hand.

According to Cintron he hurt his hand with the very first punch he threw. At fights end, after raising his gloved fists over his head in celebration the fighter crumpled to the canvas in apparent agony. He thought he had broken the hand and was understandably disappointed with his performance. Two days later Cintron’s trainer Emanuel Steward said that the hand wasn’t broken but just badly bruised. continue

Rocky Marciano Statue Winds Up In Boston Not Hometown

29.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: There is a bit of controversy brewing over the proposed statue of legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano. During its annual meetings conducted earlier this month in the Philippines the World Boxing Council voted to erect a statue of Marciano in either Boston or Rocky’s hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts. It has now been determined that Boston will be the site and Marciano’s family is not particularly thrilled with the decision. continue

Amir Khan vs Graham Earl: Khan Is A Hot Ticket

Amir Khan is planning the biggest birthday party ever against Graham Earl on Saturday 8th December in front of a sell out crowd. In excess of 7,000 tickets have been snapped up for his Commonwealth Lightweight title defence against former champion Graham Earl at the Bolton Arena. And with the fight falling on the same day as Khan's 21st birthday, it will be an electric atmosphere inside the arena . continue

Ricky Hatton Interview Transcript

RICKY HATTON: Hello everybody. Thank you for joining us this morning. Yes, I'm sure every fighter says the same thing when there are travel preparations. They all say they're in the best shape of their life. But just don't want this to be true again, but the training is going absolutely fantastic. And my sparring partners were exceptional. No perfect mirror image to me opponent. I've had several sparring partners. continue

Grzegorz Proksa: I’m waiting for my turn

proska29.11.07 - Marek Rugowski: Your next fight is scheduled for the middle of December. Do you know your opponent?

Grzegorz Proksa: The opponent will be announced in a couple of days. The bout is scheduled for six rounds.

M.R. This time you are moving down to light middleweight, does it mean the training was harder?

G.P. Well, it was harder that usual, but mainly because the preparation time was short. Laszlo (Veres – Proksa’s trainer, ed.) pushed me to the limit, to be sure I’ll be in shape, even thought it’s only a six-rounder.

M.R. So, how about the future, then? Are you going to compete at 154 lbs? continue

Looking Back At The Career Of Britain's Herol Graham - The U.K's Finest-Ever Fighter To Never Win A World Title

herol graham29.11.07 - by James Slater: Twenty-nine years ago today (November 28th) Herol Graham, the finest British boxer in history to never win a world title, boxed as a pro for the very first time. A six rounds points win over one Vivian Waite saw the beginning to an ultra-talented fighter's career.

Herol, a southpaw, would rack up a very impressive 38 wins (21 inside the distance) without defeat, collecting not only the British, Commonwealth and European titles at light-middleweight, but also the same trio of championships up at middleweight as well. Some mesmerising displays of boxing genius were witnessed from Graham along the way. Seemingly impossible to hit cleanly to the head, Graham frustrated and then defeated some excellent men during his dazzlingly brilliant prime years. continue

Kirkland-Conyers, Angulo- Meliksetian Weights and Quotes

28.11.07 - JAMES KIRKLAND (20-0, 17 KOs) “I feel good about my conditioning. I made the weight, but I didn’t agree to fight at 152. I agreed to fight at 154. Making the weight was like taking out one of my kidneys.”

“I figure out my opponent’s game plan in the ring and take advantage of what I learned and practiced.” continue

De La Hoya Picks Hatton Over Mayweather

29.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: As the World Boxing Council welterweight showdown between Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather fast approaches an interested observer, Oscar De La Hoya, has been whispering in the challenger’s ear. De La Hoya, whose Golden Boy Promotions is promoting the bout, has picked Hatton to beat Mayweather. This, of course, must be taken with a grain of salt considering that Oscar is still looking for a marquee opponent to take on in 2008 and a fight with Hatton would be a mega event. continue

Pacquiao-Marquez II Official For March 15

Los Angeles (November 29) - Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Romanza Boxing Productions and MP Promotions, are proud to announce that on Saturday, March 15, 2008, Juan Manuel Marquez will defend his WBC Super Featherweight Title against number one contender Manny Pacquiao at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Mayweather Hatton: Will the weight affect Ricky Hatton?

hatton mayweather28.11.07 – By Cesar Pancorvo: That is a question that circulates the mind of a lot of fans interested in the Mayweather-Hatton bout, which will happen on just two weeks. Many will try to discredit Mayweather taking this fight by saying he’s not facing a real Welterweight, that he’s fighting a Light Welterweight and ducking a lot of talented men in his own division (like Cotto, Williams, Cintron, Margarito, Mosley), a division where he’s the supposed Champion.

I say: Shouldn’t we all show a little respect for these two Champions who are fighting each other? This situation is not like Bernard Hopkins fighting Winky Wright sixteen pounds above Wright’s best weight; these are two Champions of adjacent weight classes. continue

British Boxing: Edwards on Schedule

It is just over a week until Stoke’s Chris Edwards steps between the ropes at Wigan’s Robin Park Centre in his bid to become Britain’ first super-flyweight champion and according to Impact Boxing Edwards’ preparations have gone well. continue

Packed Undercard On Tonight's Maloney Boxing Bill

Tonight's Ian Napa vs. Martin Power British bantamweight title rematch at London's Newham Leisure Centre is supported by a full undercard featuring some of the top up and coming talent in the UK, among them light middleweight contender Gary "Hot Stuff" Woolcombe and unbeaten featherweight Akaash "Kash" Bhatia. continue

Bookmakers fear another KO by KIKO

Kiko Martinez is back in Ireland tomorrow evening for a super bantamweight showdown with Irish boxing legend Wayne McCullough. The Spaniard last visit to Ireland was a costly one for William Hill, and one that the bookmakers definitely want to forget. continue

Cult Classic: Danny Nardico vs. Charley Norkus

sares28.11.07 - By Ted Sares: Danny Nardico (50-13-4, 35 KOs), was an ex-Marine who had been awarded multiple Purple Hearts in WWII. He holds the distinction of being the only man in boxing history to put Jake LaMotta on the deck (in a 1952 fight in Florida, LaMotta was knocked down in the 7th by a right hand and his corner stopped the bout between the 7th and 8th rounds). Nardico put together a string of wins and knockouts to move into middleweight contention during the 1950s. Not unlike Charlie Norkus, he fit into an exciting mold of a hard-hitting, aggressive puncher without much defense. He never did get a title shot, but he entertained as a rugged combatant and fought very tough opposition.

Charley Norkus out of Queens, New York, was also a top ranked heavyweight fighter. In a professional career that began in 1948, he amassed a record of 33-19 (22 KOs). continue

Boxing Notebook: Ibragimov vs Klitschko

28.11.07 - By Michael Montero: Come February 23rd, boxing fans need to step up…I’m going to keep this short, simple and to the point because the facts speak for themselves. On February 23rd in New York City, Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov (two guys who are actually walking the walk and not just talking the talk) will meet to unify titles. This is the first time any heavyweight titles will be unified since 1999 and it’s about damn time! continue

Duddy vs. Eastman – “Eastman Will Bring Out The Best In John Duddy”

28.11.07 – By Matthew Hurley: There is another fight taking place on December 8th other than the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton. John Duddy, 22-0 with 17 KOs, the immensely popular but relatively untested middleweight contender, will take on former European champion Howard Eastman, 42-5 with 35 KOs at King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It’s a fight that Duddy hopes will propel him into a title shot against middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik who is scheduled to fight a non-title rematch against Jermain Taylor on February 16th. continue

Hatton Mayweather 24/7 - Dec 2 Episode

28.11.07 - Last Chance: Mayweather v Hatton Tickets are still available at

Episode #3 - Debut date: SUNDAY, DEC. 2 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT): With one week to go before their bout, Floyd Mayweather intensifies his workout regime and Ricky Hatton adjusts to his new Las Vegas training camp. continue

Tony Thompson: The unfair world

tony thompson28.11.07 - Andrew Wake: A large portion of the boxing world rejoiced last week when it was announced that Ukrainian IBF and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko will meet Russia’s WBO king, Sultan Ibragimov, at New York’s Madison Square Garden in late February. The match up, which is to be broadcast on HBO, is the first unification in the heavyweight division since Lennox Lewis famously outpointed Evander Holyfield, at the second time of asking, in November 1999 and, while this partial joining of the world crown is much appreciated, there is one man that has the right to feel aggrieved.

On the evening of Saturday Feburary 23rd Tony “The Tiger” Thompson will switch on the TV at his Washington home and, as the two champions from the former Soviet Union begin to trade punches, say to himself “I should be in that ring”. continue

Povetkin Chambers in Berlin on January 26

28.11.07 - Alexander Povetkin and Eddie Chambers will battle out their highly-anticipated IBF eliminator in Berlin on January 26, Sauerland Event confirmed today. After advancing past the first round of the four-way box-off, the two heavyweight hopefuls now clash for the right to challenge IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko. continue

Alonzo Butler vs. Dominick Guinn on Dec 28

Promoters Art Pelullo/Banner Promotions, River Rock Casino Resort, and West Coast Promotions will present a sensational fight card on Friday, December 28, 2007, in the River Rock Show Theatre at River Rock Casino Resort, located at 8811 River Road in Richmond, British Colombia. This event will be the first telecast of the 2008 boxing season on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”. continue

Kim Poulsen Beats Veteran Buckley In London

28.11.2007: Danish super featherweight prospect Kim “Golden Boy” Poulsen (20) added another victory to his resume on Wednesday November 28 at the Café Royal in London, England, when he decisively outscored 290-fight veteran Peter “The Professor” Buckley over six rounds. continue

Goldenboy wins Diaz – Katsidis purse bid

juan diaz28.11.07 - Andrew Wake: It seems that Aussie banger Michael Katsidis is due to face lightweight top dog Juan Diaz in early 2008. After a meeting today at the World Boxing Organisation’s headquarters in Puerto Rico, it was announced that Oscar De La Hoya’s Goldenboy promotions have secured the rights to stage this exciting match up.

The winning purse bid, which was handed directly by Oscar De La Hoya to WBO president Francisco Valcarcel, amounts to $1.5 million dollars and will be split 80/20 with Diaz receiving $1.2m and Katsidis the remaining $300,000.

At this time it appears the preferred fight venue is in Houston, Texas, but no provisional date as been set. The WBO have, however, stated that the fight must take place on or before February 27th 2008. continue

Floyd Mayweather – “My Body Is Tearing Down”

28.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: Was it gamesmanship or was it a revealing look into what happens to a fighter’s body, even the best in the world, as it begins to break down after years of punishment? On the second episode of HBO’s documentary series 24/7 on the upcoming Hatton – Mayweather welterweight fight the “Pretty Boy” was full of his usual profane bluster and provided glimpses of his noted intense training regime. But towards the end of the program there was a moment that finally humanized the all too often ego driven fighter. continue

The Best Undefeated Fighters

28.11.07 - By Matt Yanofsky: Boxing has its fair share of undefeated fighters most however have not been tested. Even with the southern circuit helping build up records of plenty young fighters {see JD Chapman, and David Rodriguez} there are some world class fighters who have yet to taste defeat. Here are the 15 best fighters in the world pound for pound with out a loss along with 10 more who are worth an honorable mention. continue

Tarver, Forrest, Donaire Press Conference Quotes, This Saturday On SHOWTIME

28.11.07 - Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime: SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present an extraordinary tripleheader as its season finale when IBO light heavyweight champion Antonio “Magic Man’’ Tarver defends against Danny Santiago, Vernon Forrest risks his WBA 154-pound crown against former IBF welterweight kingpin Michele Piccirillo and Nonito Donaire, fresh off his knockout victory over previously undefeated Vic Darchinyan in the Upset of the year, makes the initial defense of his IBF flyweight belt against mandatory challenger Luis Maldonado. continue

Exclusive Interview With Edison Miranda - "At 168 Pounds People Will Get The "Pantera" They Wanted At Middleweight!"

edison miranda28.11.07 - by James Slater: 26-year-old Edison "Pantera" Miranda, is now a fully fledged super-middleweight. No longer having to "kill himself" to make 160 pounds, the exciting Columbian feels his destiny of becoming a world champion will still be realised. The first step back after his shock loss to Kelly Pavlik was a bout with the capable Henry Porras this past October.

After winning that fight in fine style ( a TKO in round 5) Edison is now looking ahead to bigger and better things in his new weight division. Scheduled to box again early next year, Edison very kindly gave this writer an exclusive interview yesterday. Speaking through an interpreter, here is what the 29-2(25) warrior had to say. continue

InsideBoxing Request Judges be Disciplined and Banned!

November 27, 2007 - In an email sent to both José Sulaimán Chagnón , President World Boxing Council and Ron Scott Stevens, Chairman of New York State Athletic Department, InsideBoxing on behalf of readers, and boxing fans around the world, requested that both organizations take strict measures against the official judges of the Joel Casamayor vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz contest. continue

Bob Arum – “We’ll Announce Pacquiao’s Next Opponent By the End Of The Week"

27.11.07 – By Matthew Hurley: In an interview with boxing writer Steve Kim, Bob Arum acknowledged that Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent has been determined. “Manny and I have sat down and he chose who he will fight next. We will have an announcement by the end of the week.” Pacquiao is scheduled to fight on March 15th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. continue

Ian Napa Primed For Martin Power Rematch

Bantamweight Ian Napa looks to even the score against arch-rival Martin Power as the two reprise their highly contested 2005 British title fight this Friday night at London's Newham Leisure Center on a Frank Maloney promotion. continue

Who is Edwin Valero?

edwin valero27.11.07 - By David Janke: Edwin Valero is known only to the most die-hard boxing fans. Although he is a top-ten ranked junior lightweight by The Ring magazine, he fights on the fringe of notoriety as far as US boxing fans are concerned. The fact that he is unable to fight in the United States does not help. But those fans and insiders who have seen Edwin Valero fight know exactly who he is, and what he is capable of becoming as a boxer. Those who are familiar with Valero realize that this guy might be something special.


Valero is nicknamed “Dinamita,” or “Dynamite.” He does hold an alphabet belt - he is currently the WBA Super Featherweight Champion. Originally from Venezuela, Valero currently lives and fights out of Tokyo. His claim to fame is the fact that his first 19 professional bouts were all knockouts – in the first round. (To this day, he still maintains a 100% knockout ratio; a few opponents somehow ventured past round one.) continue

Turner plans on Duddy being his lucky No. 21

NEW YORK (November 27, 2007) – Veteran trainer Don Turner believes WBO No. 2 rated middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy (22-0, 17 KOs) will become his 21st world champion. First, though, Duddy has to get past former European champion and 2-time world title challenger Howard “The Battersea Bomber” Eastman (42-5, 35 KOs) on December 8 in the 10-round main event at King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. continue

Chavez Jr. Tries To Establish His Own Legacy

27.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: There are a lot of questions surrounding the young heir apparent Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. His detractors point to the quality level of his opposition and the lack of a proper amateur background while his supporters choose to observe and appreciate his slow but steady maturation in the ring and the filling out of his twenty-one year old body. Indeed it’s his physical stature, once seeming so frail, that is now beginning to catch the attention of both fans and boxing insiders. He is growing into his lanky frame and his skill set is growing along with it. continue

Tarver-Green, Katsidis-Guzman, Hopkins-Wright And More: Five great Fights That Almost Happened

27.11.07 - By Jason Peck: These fights are not imaginary. They are not pointless dreams. All these bouts were under negotiations at one point before being called off. No surprise there –many great fights suffer that fate. But to make my list, there must still exist a chance – however slight – of the fight in question actually happening. continue

Roy Jones Jr - Felix Trinidad Quotes

jones v trinidad27.11.07 - Photos by: David Martin-Warr/DKP - ROY JONES JR.: “I haven’t felt this excited about a fight in a very long time. You haven’t seen me this pumped up in a long while. I have my fire and energy back. I don’t know how I lost it, but I know I got it back.

“Some of the odds makers have me as a five-to-one favorite. They don’t know what they’re talking about. I should be a 50-to-one favorite. I’m revved up for this fight. How can I not be excited? I’m fighting Tito Trinidad. Tito says it won’t last two rounds. I’m going to be nice and give him two more rounds and beat him in four.

“I can fight at practically any weight right now. I can drop down to 168 pounds and take on (Joe) Calzaghe. I’ll fight him anywhere he wants. Jones Jr. is back and ready to fight.. continue

Joe Gans: The Old Master

27.11.07 - By Keith Terceira: Born in Baltimore, November 25, 1874, though a reporter at his death bed placed his birth date in 1871, this rare fistic phenomenon came from a poor family and went to work early in life on the Baltimore docks as a oyster shucker and fish monger. Joe was reported to have been born under several names Gamp, Gans, and Gaines but early on took the name Gans and for all eternity, it stuck. continue

Oleg Platov vs Danny Williams on Abraham-Elcock undercard, Adamek to return on Cunningham-Huck undercard?

27.11.07 - By Per Ake Persson: IBF I/C heavy champ Oleg Platov defends the title against British veteran Danny Williams on the undercard to Abraham vs Elcock December 8 in Basle. Henry Akinwande and Steve Herelius will clash for the vacant EU heavyweight title. EuroProm in France promotes the fight with date and site to be announced. continue

Joe Calzaghe Up For BBC Wales Sports Personality

27.11.07 - Voting has opened for the BBC Wales Sports Personality 2007 and Undisputed World Super-Middleweight Champion Joe Calzaghe is a hot favourite to win the award for a third time on Sunday 2nd December. continue

Pavlik-Taylor 2: Taylor And The 166-Dollar Question

jermain taylor26.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Tickets for the Kelly Pavlik – Jermain Taylor rematch to be held on February 16th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas went on sale yesterday. The rematch will be held at a catch weight of 166 pounds, which was stipulated in the contract for the first bout, should Taylor invoke the clause.

Taylor had intimated before taking on Pavlik in September that he had been having trouble making the 160-pound limit and would be moving up to the super middleweight division in the very near future. One thing he didn’t count on was losing to Pavlik in such destructive fashion and, whether he cares to admit it or not, that Kelly himself had to drain himself to make 160 and that 166 is a much better fit for the big, powerful middleweight champion. continue

Chavez Jr vs Sanchez This Saturday

26.11.07 - "I worked 15 years to get to this fight and after Saturday night, I'll be the man - the first to beat Julio Cesar Chavez Jr," said Ray Sanchez at Top Rank's 'Latin Fury' press conference on Monday in Los Angeles. Am I ready for a fight like this? We're going to find out Saturday night," Chavez Jr said. continue

Jorge Arce hits Albuquerque this Saturday

26.11.07 - Dynamic, wildly-popular Jorge Arce of Los Mochis, Mexico has arrived into Albuquerque for his 'Latin Fury' showdown against Medgoen Singsurat of Thailand on the JC Chavez Jr vs Ray Sanchez fight card at Tingley Coliseum on Saturday night. continue

Povetkin To Fight Chambers In Elimination Bout in Berlin

26.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: According to ESPN heavyweight contenders Alexander Povetikin, 14-0 with 11 KOs and Eddie Chambers, 30-0 with 16 KOs will meet on January 26th in Berlin in an International Boxing Federation elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for champion Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko, 49-3 with 44 KOs and the IBF king is scheduled to partially unify the heavyweight title against World Boxing Organization title holder Sultan Ibragimov, 22-0-1 with 17 KOs at Madison Square Garden on February 23rd. continue

Joe Calzaghe Names Bernard "Mary Hopkins"

calzagheUnified Super-Middleweight king Joe Calzaghe has re-named Bernard Hopkins as Mary Hopkins* after the American's latest attempt to back out of a showdown. Hopkins trainer Nazim Richardson said that his man should meet the winner out of boxing dinosaurs Roy Jones Jnr and Felix Trinidad rather the face the hard-hitting undefeated Welshman.

Calzaghe, who previously said that Hopkins would do his best to talk his way out of a fight against him, has likened Hopkins to Mary Poppins from the 1962 classic movie: He said, 'As of now Bernard Hopkins should be called Mary Hopkins. Every time he says my name it's: SUPERCALZAGHE FRAGILISTIC EXPIALIDOCIOUS!'

'In fact, there is more fight in Mary Poppins than Hopkins. I'd have more respect for him if he just came out and said: "Joe, look, if I fight you I'm going to get my ass seriously beat. continue

Manny Pacquiao Continues To Juggle Options

26.11.07 - by Matthew Hurley: Last week The Philippine Star quoted a source close to the Manny Pacquiao camp that the Filipino fighter had decided upon World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz as his opponent for the open date of March 15th at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. It was no secret that Pacquiao’s two most viable opponents were either Diaz, who promoter Bob Arum seemed to prefer and who is promoted by Top Rank, or Juan Manuel Marquez, who most fans and media scribes preferred. In the end, the choice may finally come down to Pacquiao himself. continue

Danny Green Ready For Stipe Drews

26.11.07 - World rated light heavyweight contender Danny Green has entered the most crucial phase of training camp in preparation to his title challenge of WBA Champion Stipe Drews at Challenge Stadium in Green's hometown of Perth, Australia on December 16, 2007. continue

Bobby GUNNing for Tomasz Adamek!

Former IBA champion and world ranked Cruiserweight Bobby Gunn 18-3 {15 KO’s} is hoping for a fight with former WBC Light Heavyweight and current IBO Cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek. Gunn was recently mentioned for a fight with Antonio Tarver, but was passed by for Danny Santiago. “I watched the fight of the Antonio Tarver and Elvir Muriqi again recently. Elvir showed me that he is a true warrior, and I believe Tarver didn’t like the pressure he applied. This is honestly why Tarver won’t fight Glen Johnson a third time. Tarver didn’t want to fight me because he would be pressured to death!. continue

10,365 Fans On Their Feet Rooting For Jesse Feliciano At Staples Center!

jesse felicianoLos Angeles, CA - Coming into his fight against the IBF Welterweight Champion Kermit Cintron (29-1, 27KO's), Saturday night at the Staples' Center, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing promoted, Jesse "El Rayo" Feliciano (15-6-3, 9KO's) understood that many saw him not only as a huge underdog to take Cintron's title, but that he would be lucky to even last six minutes in the ring with the powerful Cintron. "I was a 20-1 underdog," said Feliciano. "No one expected me to even go the first two rounds with Cintron, but I proved everybody wrong" To many, including Cintron and his team, this was to simply be a tune-up bout, a formality if you will, before Cintron's unification bout against WBO titlist Paul Williams scheduled for early 2008.

However, what Team Cintron failed to take into consideration while preparing for Feliciano was his heart, determination and cast-iron chin. The very same assets that would propel Feliciano into putting on the performance of a lifetime, winning over the thousands upon thousands of fans packed into the Staples' Center, and showing Cintron that he was not going to act out the role the champ had expected him to play. continue

Elad “Kosher Pitbull” Shmouel Headlines At Blue Horizon On Dec 7

Philadelphia (November 26, 2007)—On Friday night, December 7th, Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions will give boxing fans an early holiday treat as a huge night of boxing is planned for The Legendary Blue Horizon on North Broad Street. December 7th also marks the annual Children’s Holiday Show. Patrons are encouraged to bring toys that will go to agencies that will disperse the toys to less-fortunate children for the holiday season. continue

Calzaghe Continues To Goad Hopkins

26.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In the wake of Joe Calzaghe’s spirited victory over Mikkel Kessler to unify the super middleweight crown there has been much speculation as to who the pride of Wales will take on next. At ringside after the decision was announced in his favor Calzaghe said that he wanted to fight Bernard Hopkins and that he would even be willing to fight the current light heavyweight title holder in the United States. continue

Paulie Malignaggi punches back at critics

NEW YORK (November 26, 2007) – International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi, rated No. 2 by The Ring, believes stylish boxing skills like his are far less appreciated in today’s knockout-crazed world of boxing than it’s ever been. continue

Five fights that will change the Heavyweight division

liakhovich26.11.07 – By Adrian Saba: Many people will disagree with me, but I think that the Heavyweight division has been getting better in the last two years, and it will, fortunately and inevitably, get even better in the following months. This in crescendo has happened because the fighters who are now on top have changed, and because the presence of Don King has (luckily) decreased.

In 2004 and 2005, which were –in my opinion– the worst years for the Heavyweight division, most top contenders were linked somehow to Don King; let’s remember who were two top contenders in that time: Chris Byrd and John Ruiz, obviously not very exciting fighters. The top dog was Vitali Klitschko, who was exciting, gallant, brave, but had many injuries and was inactive during all 2005. continue

Hagar Finer: "After being ripped off against Julia Sahin, I hope the judges won't give any gifts to Regina Halmich"

WIBF flyweight champion Regina Halmich (53-1-1, 16 KOs) is set for the maybe last fight of her career against Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer (14-4-3, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the dm-arena in her hometown of Karlsruhe, Germany. The arena has been sold out for weeks. Halmich and Finer were on hand at today's press conference Karlsruher Castle. continue

One In A Million Boxing Announces Holiday Contest for Local Charities

In the spirit of the holiday season, Octavius James, CEO of One In A Million Inc., has announced a contest awarding $2000 to one northwest Indiana charitable organization that has provided exceptional service to their community. The winner, chosen from submitted essay entries, will be announced on December 14th during the “Holiday Boxing Bash” at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, IN. continue

Shaun George Aims To Knock Out Eric Harding December 6th

Donna Brooks has no doubts in her mind about the skill level of Shaun George. "I've seen it since day one when we signed him," said Brooks, president of Hall of Fame Promotions. When Shaun George enters the ring on December 6 in Newark, NJ's Robert Treat Hotel, the rest of the world will see what she sees, and so too will Eric Harding. continue

November 25th - A Significant Date In Two Boxing Legends' Careers

tommy hearnsBy James Slater: Today, November the 25th, in the years of 1977 and 1980, marks the anniversary of two very significant dates in the careers of two rival boxing legends. Thomas Hearns, the one and only "Hitman" from Detroit, boxed his very first pro fight on this very day of November, while his great adversary, Sugar Ray Leonard, won what was arguably his finest, and at the same time most controversial, victory on the 25th of the month we are now in.

Tommy defeated one Jerome Hill via a two round KO in his hometown of "The Motor City," while Ray made the great Roberto Duran quit in round eight of their historic rematch in New Orleans. Strange how a certain date on the calendar can prove to be so important in the lives of two fighters who proved to be so important to each other. continue

“Mean” Joe Greene Headline NYC Boxing Show Dec 13

NEW YORK CITY (November 26, 2007) – Some of the Big Apple’s best and brightest boxing prospects will showcase their talents December 13 on the “Holiday Hits” pro boxing show, co-promoted by Ring Promotions and Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, at The Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. continue

Damian Taggart ready to put Harte and soul into the pro game

This years All Ireland series might be behind him but Tyrone football manager Mickey Harte has another important date in his diary before 2007 draws to a close. Harte who led his native county to a historic All Ireland football final win in 2003 and again in 2005 is now looking to guide fellow Tyrone man Damian Taggart to success in the squared circle. continue

Headliners Announced For Dec 14 Solo Boxeo Card

25.11.07 - Headliners have been announced for the massive nine bout Chicago SOLO BOXEO televised DECEMBER FURY event set for Friday, December 14th at Cicero Stadium. Advance tickets for DECEMBER FURY, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHCAGO BOXING, are available in advance by calling 312-226-5800. continue

Floyd Mayweather vs. The All Time Greats

floyd mayweather jr.24.11.07 - William Pinkard II: I just got tired of reading ignorant post after ignorant post regarding how Mayweather would have stacked up favorably to all time great pound per pound fighters such as Ali, Robinson or Leonard.

It is shocking that ignorance like this in other countries may get a person hung, but since we live in America with freedom of speech the boxing community that tunes into East Side Boxing has to read some get on here and debate in favor of Mayweather (which I do many times defending his greatness in this era), but in their debate and comparing Mayweather to the greats they must not have done their research.

They leave out many many facts, or simply do not know.. continue

Hatton Mayweather Trainer Conference Call Part II

GEORGE WILLIS: Roger, I have to ask you to explain something. Why do you think Floyd is more skilled than Ali?


GEORGE WILLIS: You said that Floyd was more skilled Ali.

ROGER MAYWEATHER: Is more skilled than Ali, what the *&*^ do you mean, why do I say it? continue

'Attention On Deck': Ricky Hatton, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Now At Center Stage!!!

24.11.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Now that the Mayorga/Vargas brawl-fest is over, so are all the other preliminaries, which sets the stage for Ricky Hatton's quest to dethrone the sports mythical pound for pound Champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. This year has been arguably the best year the sport of boxing has seen for quite some time. After witnessing a slew of mega-fights that were incredible enough to employ the famous 'fight-of-the-year' moniker, fight fans now stand at the cusp of yet another mega fight that in the end could turn out better than all others. continue

Mayweather Hatton Trainer Conference Call Part I

KELLY SWANSON: Thanks everybody for calling in. I’m sure as some of you saw on your alert for this call, we asked the question, “Will someone be talking turkey?” And of course, here in the States, we have thanksgiving on Thursday but, as I think, most of you have seen even from 24/7, HBO’s show that aired its premiere episode on Sunday, we have some very talkative trainers training these magnificent athletes. continue

Mayorga Out Performs Vargas

mayroga vsargas24.11.07 - By Bill Calogero, TheDailySports. com: Ricardo Mayorga won a majority decision over Fernando Vargas to capture the WBC Continental Americas Super Middleweight Title on Friday night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The bout was promoted by Don King and Main Events and was broadcast live on PPV.

“The Brawl” as it was billed, was yet another good fight for this very resurgent year in Professional Boxing. Both fighters showed a real dislike for each other for the very long promotional period. One of the reasons for the delay was that the fight was at a “catch-weight” of 166lbs. Ricardo Mayorga had to gain over twenty pounds. Fernando Vargas had to lose almost one hundred. continue

Paul Williams Vs. Kermit Cintron - After Friday Night's Fight, Who Would Pick Against "The Punisher?"

paul williams24.11.07 - by James Slater: They are scheduled to meet next February, but due to Kermit Cintron's (allegedly) badly damaged right hand, that date looks tentative at best right now. But if and when reigning WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams and IBF boss Cintron do meet, who among fight fans and experts will be expecting a win for the Puerto Rican? Not too many after Friday's fight in L.A, where Kermit, who improved to 29-1(27) struggled badly with the underestimated Jesse Feliciano. Let's face it, Cintron looked bad. In fact, he looked beatable and bad.

Expected beforehand to blow Feliciano, 15-5-3 going in, clean away, Cintron instead had a hell of a time keeping from losing in a huge upset. Ok, Kermit got the job done in the end, scoring a TKO win in round 10 that made the judges' and their scorecards redundant, but in getting such a hard and toughly earned win his stock almost certainly fell some. continue

De La Hoya To Help Hatton Train For Mayweather

24.11.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: According to the latest boxing news, the Weekly Standard is reporting that Oscar De La Hoya has has helped train Ricky Hatton for his December 8th bout with five-time world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. at the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas, Nevada. De La Hoya, who has made it public his desire to fight Hatton as soon as possible, has recommended sparring partners for Hatton. continue

Mayorga Wants Cotto And Mayweather

24.11.07 - By Ron Hansen: Moments after the dust settled in Ricardo Mayorga's majority decision over the washed up Fernando Vargas, Mayorga made it clear that he wants to move down down in weight the welterweight division to challenge either Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Miguel Cotto. Mayorga said, "In February I'm going to start working to go down to 147lbs," he said. "I'm coming after Cotto and I'm coming after Mayweather and I want to show the world that I'm the champion of the 147lb division." continue

Raynell Williams Wins Gold at the Olympic Test Event in Beijing, China

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) won his first international gold medal with a championship round victory over Arturo Santos of Mexico at the Olympic Test Event in Beijing, China on November 22. Lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.), heavyweight Deontay Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), and super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) all took home silver medals from the event. continue

Cintron-Feliciano: Gaining Respect-Part Two

kermit cintron24.11.07 - By Ted Sares: A while back, I wrote a piece about fighters who gain respect in a losing effort. Had I known in advance how the Feliciano-Cinton fight would play out, I would have delayed issuing the article.

Yes, welterweight Kermit Cintron, 29-1 won, but it was Jesse Feliciano, 15-6-3 who gained the most respect in this entertaining duke for the IBF welterweight title. Perhaps those who witnessed Jesse’s come-from-behind destruction of highly touted Delvin Rodriguez were not all that surprised by his gusty showing that gave Cintron almost more than he could handle. Maybe those who knew that Jesse had come out even in his trilogy with tough Alfonzo Gomez were not surprised by his stamina and ability to absorb punishment. continue

Mayorga Weighs His Options And Will Move Down

24.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: In the aftermath of his exciting, close decision victory over Fernando Vargas, Ricardo Mayorga did what he always does – he became a proverbial good guy. The fighter best known for his outlandish behavior and crass remarks in pre-fight press conferences as well as his free-swinging ring style, reveals himself to be nothing more than a marketing master when his check is safely in the bank and the fighting is over. continue

Boxing Results: Erdei Decisions Mendoza, Litzau Defeats Ruiz, More!

24.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: World Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei, 28-0 with 17 KOs won a split decision over Tito Mendoza, 36-8 with 28 KOs at the Feiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. Mendoza was able to hurt the champion in the third round but Erdei recovered and pulled the victory out with his superior boxing skills. It was the ninth successful defense for Erdei. The scores were 116-112, 117-111 for Erdei and 117-111 for Mendoza. continue

Mayweather-Hatton 24/7 Episode 2 Tonight, Mayorga-Vargas Replay On ESPN Classic

Debut date: SUNDAY, NOV. 25 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT) - Other HBO playdates: Nov. 26 (11:30 p.m.), 27 (4:30 p.m., 11:00 p.m.), 28 (9:30 p.m.), 29 (10:30 p.m.) and 30 (10:15 p.m.), and Dec. 1 (10:30 a.m., 12:40 a.m.), 2 (9:30 p.m.), 7 (8:30 p.m.) and 8 (9:30 a.m.). continue

Interview With Joe Calzaghe: "Hopkins is running scared!"

calzaghe24.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: Undisputed Super Middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe has today (24/11/07) reacted to Nazim Richardson’s claim that his man, Bernard Hopkins, should duck the unbeaten Welshman and instead face the winner of the upcoming Roy Jones v Felix Trinidad bout.

Joe has been chasing a fight with the 43 year old former Middleweight king for years and when Hopkins called out Joe and talked of his desire to fight at New York’s Yankee Stadium, in an interview after he beat Ronald “Winky” Wright, it seemed the match up might eventually be possible. But recent events and the comments made by Richardson, have cast a huge doubt on what would be a mega fight for fans on both sides of the Atlantic. continue

Don King Visits U.S. Troops in Iraq

ARLINGTON, Va. – Legendary promoter Don King packed quite a punch during a special visit to troops in Germany and Iraq as part of a USO/MNC-I expeditionary entertainment tour during Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 22-25). After dining with military personnel at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany on Thanksgiving, he spent time with wounded service members, rubbed elbows with redeploying soldiers at Ramstein Air Base, posed for pictures and signed autographs. continue

Zsolt Erdei, Controls Tito Mendoza, Despite A Split Decision! Firat Arslan, Imposes His Will On Hill, In A Unanimous Fashion!

24.11.07 - By Craig Mastendri: WBO and Lineal Light Heavy Weight Champion Zsolt Erdei, stretched his record to 28-0 with 17 KO’s at the Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Sachsen, Germany, with a victory over the durable and game, but limited challenger in Tito Menodza. Who’s record fell to 36-8 with 28 KO’s. The most note worthy aspect of this fight is the fact that Judge Glenn Hirch somehow saw a way to score the fight 117-111 in favor of Mendoza. That scorecard must have employed some “New and Improved” methods of calculative scoring. continue

Meza-Clay Scores TKO Win

Monty Meza Clay scored a sixth round tko win over Pasqual "tiger" Rouse last night in an exciting featherweight bout at the Southpointe Iceoplex in Canonsburg, Pa. Rouse started out fast as both fighters looked to mix it up from the opening bell. It appeared the tiger's fight plan was to get off first in an effort to neutralize the constant pressure that Meza-Clay applies, and for a short while it was successful.Rouse landed straight right leads several times, while Meza-Clay was content to attack the body of Rouse. The first round ended with two hard rights from Rouse to the head of Meza-Clay. continue

Mayorga Decisions Vargas; Cintron Survives Rugged Challenge

fernando vargas24.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: In an exciting brawl at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, Ricardo Mayorga, 29-6-1 with 22 KOs scored a majority decision over Fernando Vargas, 26-5 with 22 KOs.

Mayorga started strong in the first round with a wild barrage of punches that kept Vargas on his back foot. As the round progressed Vargas’s legs looked a little shaky and a combination ending with a left hook to the body put Fernando on the canvas. Vargas rose, clear eyed, but his legs still looked wobbly and his punches seemed slow.

In the second round Mayorga again attacked Vargas with winging punches, wobbling him a second time, but Vargas began to measure his opponent. continue

Jantuah and Diaz draw – IBF I/C Middleweight Title remains vacant

In the main event of Friday night’s show in San Sebastian, Spain, middleweight veteran Kofi Jantuah (31-3-0) and local hero Ruben Diaz (12-1-1) came to a draw after 12 close rounds in a fight for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Championship. It was Jantuah’s first fight after signing with Hamburg based arena Box-Promotion. The 33-year-old Ghanaian tried to take the “Bull from Pamplona” by the horns but Diaz proofed to be a tough contender. continue

Karmazin Stops Garcia

23.11.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Former International Boxing Federation light middleweight champion Roman Karmazin (36-2-1. 23 KOs) made easy work of former World Boxing light middleweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-3, 23 KOs), knocking him out in the third round tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Karmazin, 34, ranked # 4 in the IBF, stopped Garcia, ranked # 11 in the WBA, with a series of brutal hooks to the head in round four. The referee Raul Caiz moved in and halted the bout at 1:24 of the fourth round. continue

Trinidad – Jones Press Conference

23.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: On the day his two former opponents Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga will step into the ring against each other, Felix Trinidad attended a press conference with Roy Jones Jr. to hype their fight on January 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York. Where Vargas and Mayorga seethed and barked at each other every time they were within earshot of one another Trinidad and Jones kept things civil to the point of becoming almost cuddly. The two even embraced and smiled for photographers. continue

Hearns Vs. Delgado - The Worst Night in "The Hitman's" Career, Or What Can Happen When Fighters Don't Know When To Quit!

tommy hearns23.11.07 - By James Slater: This weekend, two fighters many people are calling pretty much close to shot, or at the very least far removed from what they once were - in Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga - meet in a crossroads battle. Though both men will likely put on a show that will entertain the fans that love nothing more than a good toe-to-toe slugfest, the reality is both guys should've hung 'em up by now - "El Feroz" especially.

Instead, in a fight that could well be detrimental to their health, Vargas and Mayorga are hours away from climbing into a boxing ring with one another and then attempting to destroy each other. Whoever wins and whoever loses, both guys may well wind up badly hurt, for that's what can happen when two past their best, shop-worn former talents insist on carrying on with their careers as prize fighters. continue

Mayorga Wins Majority Decision! Vargas Announces Retirement!

By Craig Mastendri: Ricardo Mayorga left disappointment at The Staples Center for the predominantly partisan Fernando Vargas crowd. Ricardo Mayorga breathed game saving life back into his Victory with a very late rally. Scoring a knockdown with just seconds left at the end of the 11th round, in a round he appeared to be losing, to re-stake his claim to the Win continue

Is Mayweather Better Than Ali And Ray Robinson?

23.11.07 - By Ron Hansen: In the latest boxing news, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (38-0, 24 KOs) has said that he's better than both Muhammed Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson, claiming "I respect what Robinson and Ali did for the sport. But I am the greatest, and this is my time." Mayweather, who fights Ricky Hatton on December 8th, also said "I can quit today and be known as the best fighter that ever lived." For me, it's difficult to imagine Mayweather, 30, being as good as either of the two fighters when he's likely not even the best welterweight, let alone the best fighter of all time. continue

Pavlik vs Taylor II

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (November 22, 2007) -- The storied middleweight division has been rife with legendary rivalries. In the ‘40s Rocky Graziano had Tony Zale, in the ‘50s Sugar Ray Robinson, Carmen Basilio, and Gene Fullmer had each other and in the ‘60s Nino Benvenuti had Emile Griffith. However, for the past 40 years the middleweight division has endured a void -- great champions without great championship rivalries. continue

Three Decades of Great Mid-Weight Fighters: Hagler, Leonard, Duran, Mancini, Arquello, Pryor, Mayweather, Hatton, Cotto, Vargas, More

marvin hagler21.11.07 - By Ted Sares: If the 50s represented a golden age of boxing and the 70s were the golden age of heavyweights, then surely the 80s, 90s and this decade are reflective of great fighters who did battle in the 141-162 range.


The 80s are a memorable time. Hagler gives Minter an awesome lesson in how to destroy an opponent in 1980. The boxing world waits for Leonard and Hearns in 1981, Hagler-Hearns in 1985 and Leonard-Hagler in 1987 Sugar Ray replaces Ali as the right man for the right time. His charisma permeates. Hagler, Hearns, Duran and Leonard face off against one another and Sugar comes out on top in the unofficial round robin. continue

Q & A with Siraphop Ratanasuban: Vice President of One Songchai Promotions

Interview by Tony Nobbs: One Songchai Promotions ( is a name synonymous with the very best of boxing and Muay Thai in the Asian country where both are national sports with nightly shows held to capacity crowds and millions of school children dream of becoming champions and escaping a life of poverty.

This success stems from hard work and commitment, looking after the interests of fighters while consistently providing audiences with top level match – ups for reasonable prices, at stadiums Lumpini and Rajadamnern, since 1975. continue

Bobby Pacquiao Defeats Trejo

By Scott Frake: Super featherweight Bobby Pacquiao (28-13-3,13 KOs) stopped Fernando Trejo (30-13-4, 18 KOs) tonight at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California, after Trejo suffered an arm injury in the 4th round, prompting for the referee Tony Crebs to stop the bout at 1:14 of the 4th round. Trejo, 33, apparently broke his arm in the 4th round. It was a bad turn of luck for Trejo, who was easily beating Pacquiao, 26, the younger brother of super featherweight Manny Pacquiao. continue

Baldomir Wins Majority Decision Over Perez

By Scott Frake: Former World Boxing Council welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (44-11, 13 KOs) survived a scare tonight, winning a 10-round majority decision over Luciano Perez (15-7, 13 KOs) tonight at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, in Cabazon, California. Baldomir, 36, looking in poor shape compared to his championship form of a year ago, struggled badly with Perez, a fighter that will never be mistaken for a champion. The final judges' scores were 97-93, 96-94 and 95-95. continue

A Month To Forget For British Boxing Fans: Lewis, Naseem, More!

lennox lewis21.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: RULE BRITTANIA reads the headline of a well known British boxing magazine. On its cover stands the elated figure of David Haye, draped in the WBC and WBA crusierweight belts he has just ripped from rugged Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck.

The Bermondsey man’s seventh round victory in Paris, coupled with Joe Calzaghe’s recent unanimous win over Mikkel Kessler, has marked November 2007 as one of the greatest ever in British boxing history but the Wakester would like you step into his imaginary time machine and travel back with him to a time when things weren’t so rosy. To a time that British boxing had fell to its knees. To a month to forget. Back to April 2001. continue

A Confident Ricky Hatton Settles Down In Las Vegas

21.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In the shadow of Floyd Mayweather’s latest proclamations of being the greatest fighter who ever lived, Ricky Hatton has settled into a rented house in Las Vegas for final preparations for his December 8th showdown with the welterweight champion. Hatton is awaiting the arrival of his father and his manager while enjoying the Vegas atmosphere with his brother Matthew and a friend. continue

Can David Haye Make An Impact At Heavyweight?

21.11.07 - By Jake Roberts: On November 10th, David ‘The Hayemaker Haye’ produced the finest performance of his professional career by knocking out the teak tough Frenchman Jean-Mark Mormeck in Paris, France. It was an upset of sorts because Mormeck was considered the man at cruiserweight, and had suffered only one loss in the last 10 years. That was to the Jamaican O’Neil Bell, which he avenged six months later with a convincing unanimous decision to reassert his dominance in the 200-pound division. continue

Pacquiao Leaning Towards Diaz As Next Opponent

21.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: According to sources at the Manila Times, Manny Pacquiao has decided to fight World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz in his next bout. Pacquiao had flown to the United States to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with Promoter Bob Arum and to go over proposed contracts for his return to the ring. The two opponents at the top of the list were Diaz and World Boxing Council super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez whom Pacquiao fought to a draw back in 2004 . continue

Boxing: Giving Back

retired boxing21.11.07 - By Ted Sares:

Everyone’s just shut the book and forgotten about me.

—Paul Ingle

Along the way, I came to believe that fighters themselves were among the best human beings I knew. They were mercifully free of the macho bullshit that stains so many professional athletes. They were gentle in a manly way …

—Pete Hamill continue

Vargas – Mayorga Prediction

By Matthew Hurley: The Fernando Vargas vs. Ricardo Mayorga bout remains intriguing because it pits two well past their prime but still exciting fighters against each other. Despite withering skills and diminishing returns in recent bouts, both men are fueled by machismo which will result at some point, probably early, in several toe-to-toe exchanges. That’s good for fans that are willing to shell out the fifty bucks for the pay per view event. continue

'Bombs Away': Fernando Vargas/Ricardo Mayorga Tonight!

By Vivek Wallace: In a very rare Friday night Showtime pay-per-view telecast, fight fans will get a chance to see a true 'head-bangers brawl' when Nicaraguan wildman Ricardo Mayorga (28-6-1, 23KO's) squares off against Mexican Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22KO's). Although neither man stands close to the mythical pound for pound ledger, this is a fight that remains at a high interest level among fight fans because it pairs two of the most animated figures to ever lace a pair up. continue

Vargas Mayorga Weigh-In Photos

Photos: Jorge Garcia/For SHOWTIME PPV - Both Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga weighed 164 pounds for their highly anticipated 12-round fight tomorrow/Friday night at STAPLES. After weighing in and posing, the fighters stepped on the stage for a not-so traditional face-off. They were separated only by a sheet of plexiglass, but that did not prevent their war of words from continuing. continue

Last PPV Of 2007: Edwin Valero and Jorge Linares To Defend Titles in Cancun Dec15

edwin valeroCancun, Mexico (November 21)— Two of boxing’s electric, young champions, Edwin Valero and Jorge Linares will be defending their titles in “Cancun Night of Champions” Saturday December 15th at the Plaza de Toros in beautiful Cancun, Mexico LIVE on DirecTV, Dish Network, and In Demand Pay-Per-View (Suggested Retail Price $29.95) with coverage beginning at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. Both fighters are promoted by Teiken Promotions.

“It is a pleasure and honor to be able to present this show to the world live via Pay-Per-View from the historic Plaza de Toro in Cancun, Mexico. Proud to be co-promoting with Lou DiBella and Pepe Gonzalez, this promotion features two of Teiken’s undefeated Champions,” said Akihiko Honda, president of Teiken Promotions. continue

Hatton Mayweather: Could Two Fighters Be Soooo Different?

21.11.07 - By Coach Tim Walker – Many analyst, commentators and even fans seem to think that the upcoming December 8th showdown between P4P champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Rick Hatton is a snoozer. For all of you thinking that let me say that you can’t really know boxing if that thought lingers in your mind. No recent fight has shown as much potential to go down in the history books as this fight. Floyd the brash cash talking slickster with skill likened in recent times only by Roy Jones, Jr. and Ricky the man who carries the love of Manchester on his shoulders. Both fighters are ultra talented and undefeated. continue

Mayweather Hatton: Why Are The Heart And The Head Different?

21.11.07 - By Kenny Rushby: Ricky Hatton versus Floyd Mayweather. Now from a UK perspective, I'm not sure how 'big' a name Hatton is, but from what I've read, I don't think he's as well respected in the rest of the world as he is here. Obviously we've seen him in more fights than you, so let me enlighten you a bit... Ricky may not have the names on his CV, but like Joe Calzaghe, he's gaining them as quick as he can. It takes a while for us to crack the US market, and in Calzaghe's case, it's probably a bit too late for the new guys like Cotto - it'll be the names he knows now, Roy Jones and Hopkins. continue

Mayorga, Vargas Fight On Fumes And Pride

21.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: Although the Ricardo Mayorga – Fernando Vargas fight will have no real bearing on boxing’s future it has captured the imagination of many boxing fans primarily because of the reputation of both fighters. Neither of them are anywhere near their primes but it is their past that continues to intrigue their fans. And even at this late stage in their careers both men continue to approach the game with the same burning machismo and absolute willingness to go out on his shield. continue

The Most Exciting Fighter In The World Today - Michael Katsidis Or Kelly Pavlik?

kelly pavlik21.11.07 - by James Slater: To this writer's way of thinking, when it comes down to just who is the most exciting and constantly thrilling fighter currently slinging leather, there are only two names that need to be considered. Enter Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik and Michael "The Great" Katsidis. Both guys are quite simply pulse-quickening when in action.

Every time out. Never in a bad fight, both Youngstown's Pavlik and Australia's Katsidis are real throwback warriors, warriors who would have fit very neatly into the boxing scene of the 1950's. No, I wasn't around then, and if you want an accurate review of how golden and great the '50's really were, then you could do a lot worse than to either ask Ted "The Bull" Sares, or read certain sections of his new book. continue

Cintron Not Looking Past Feliciano

20.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Kermit Cintron is scheduled to partially unify the title when he takes on WBO champion Paul Williams on February 2nd but before that anticipated showdown he will step in the ring this Friday night against Jesse Feliciano in what must be viewed as a tune up fight. Cintron, however, refuses to look past his opponent and insists that ever since he lost to Antonio Margarito in 2005 by knockout in the fifth round he views every fighter as potentially dangerous. continue

Tshifhiwa Munyai Back In Action

Commonwealth bantamweight champion Tshifhiwa "The Atomic Spider" Munyai returns to action on Friday, November 30 as chief support to the Ian Napa vs. Martin Power British bantamweight title rematch at London's Newham Leisure Centre. continue

Undefeated James Kirkland on ShoBox, Friday Nov. 30

Hard-hitting World Boxing Council (WBC) No. 11 154-pound contender James Kirkland (20-0, 17 KOs) hopes to continue his ascension to the top of the junior middleweight division when he takes on the dangerous Allen Conyers (11-2, nine KOs) Friday, Nov. 30, 2007, on ShoBox: The New Generation (live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT delayed on the west coast). continue

Floyd Mayweather / Ricky Hatton – Thirty-Six Minutes Of Mayhem?

floyd mayweather jr.21.11.07 - By John Carter: Floyd Mayweather, current undisputed P4P king, 38 fights, 38 wins and 24 victories by way of KO. He is a multiple ( five ) weight champ, winning the WBC 130lb strap back in 1998 and slicing his way through the divisions to recently relieve ATG Oscar de la Hoya of his 154lb light middleweight belt, like him or loathe him, Floyd Mayweather already has an incredible resume.

Richard Hatton, likeable, amiable and himself a more modest 2 weight world champion. He currently holds no championship belts but is in possession of the ring’s 140lb Jnr Welterweight gong. continue

Jeff Lacy On The Comeback Trail - Hatton/Mayweather Undercard

21.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: When Jeff Lacy climbs into the ring on December 8th against Peter Manfredo on the undercard of Hatton – Mayweather he will be attempting to do more than just defeat the man in front of him – he will be trying to save his career. Despite only losing once in twenty-three professional bouts, that loss kicked off a painful downward spiral that included mental anguish and physical injuries that could very well have derailed the fighter’s career permanently. But Lacy insists that despite what he’s gone through he’s recovered in both capacities and is ready to get himself back into title contention. continue

Linares, Valero Speak Before Cancun Night Of Champions

After coming back from the 45th annual WBC Convention that was held in Manila, Philippines, a group of reporters stayed up late and spent the night in Narita, Japan. From there, they were able to interview champions Jorge Linares and Edwin Valero, who belong to the same boxing group, Teiken Promotions, led by famous promoter Akihiko Honda. continue

Majestic Star Casino To Feat. NABC Female Champion "Merciless" Mary McGee

On Friday, December 14th, Octavius James' One In A Million Inc., wraps up another successful year of boxing with their final event of 2007, The" Holiday Boxing Bash," at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana. Headlined by newly crowned NABC Women's Light Welterweight Champion, "Merciless" Mary McGee (12-0, 7 KOs), the card also features the highly anticipated rematch between cross-town rivals Jermaine White of Gary and Ruben Galvan of Hammond, plus, in separate bouts, local standouts Don Moore and Jimmy Perez Jr. continue

Larry Holmes - A Top-Five Heavyweight Champion Of All-Time?

holmes20.11.07 - By James Slater: Whenever the subject of who was the greatest ever heavyweight champion of all-time comes up, it is usual for the names of Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Jack Johnson and Rocky Marciano to appear uppermost on most experts' lists. And rightly so. But though the name of Larry Holmes usually gets a position at or around the bottom half of any top-ten, "The Easton Assassin" is rarely, if ever, anyone's pick for the best, or second best, or third best, or even fourth or fifth best big man in boxing history. But is Holmes, who had the second highest number of successful world title defences ever at heavyweight, being done a general disservice?

Holmes himself, on the fabulous Champions Forever video of 20 years back, claims that he was the best heavyweight of all. continue

Jeff "Flash" Malcolm - Evergreen Road Warrior!

20.11.07 - BY TONY PRITCHARD - NOBBS: Australia's last century maker Jeffrey Alexander Malcolm was born in the Riverina, NSW, on May 9, 1956. Retired now for just five years, “Flash” was a defensive wizard who fought as a professional for 31 years, amassing a total of 138 bouts (100-27-11, with 36 KO's), winning countless titles and being rated in the top 5 by the WBA in his mid forties. continue

Ricky Hatton Set For Grand Stage In Vegas – Lacy Set For Return To Ring

20.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: Ricky Hatton is wrapping up training camp in Manchester, England and preparing to fly to Las Vegas on Thursday to finish preparations for his December 8th welterweight title fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. Hatton and his team will use a local gym, as of yet undetermined, to put the finish touches on what has already been a grueling eight week camp. Hatton, whose desire to fight in Las Vegas was finally fulfilled in his last two bouts against Juan Urango at the Paris and Jose Luis Castillo at the Thomas & Mack Center will take on Mayweather at the MGM Grand. Since winning his first major title from Kostya Tszyu in 2005 Hatton has desperately wanted to establish himself on boxing’s main stage. In the past 30 years that stage has generally been Las Vegas. continue

Ozell Nelson To Train Jermain Taylor

20.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor has handed over head training duties to former assistant trainer Ozell Nelson for his rematch with Kelly Pavlik on February 16th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Taylor recently parted ways with Kronk trainer Emanuel Steward after a disappointing four fight run. Fighter and trainer never quite seemed to click but there is no animosity between the two. continue

UNIFICATION! Wladimir Klitschko vs Sultan Ibragimov

ibragimov vs klitschkoNEW YORK, NY, November 20 – Photo by Wray Edwards /ESB - For several years, fight fans have longed for the day when the heavyweight championship of the world would be unified and one man would reign atop the sport’s glamour division. On Saturday, February 23rd, at ‘The Mecca of Boxing’, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, that day will be one step closer when IBF & IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov meet to unify their titles in a bout destined to bring cl! arity to the heavyweights once again.

Klitschko and Ibragimov, a 12 round heavyweight title unification bout, headlines a historic night of boxing presented by K2 Promotions and Seminole Warriors Boxing and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. continue

Mayorga, Vargas Final Press Conference Quotes And Photos

Photos: Jorge Garcia/For Showtime PPV - Two-time world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) clash in what will be a street-style brawl at STAPLES Center the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23. Tickets, priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50, are on sale online at, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weigh of 166 pounds. Vargas and Mayorga will fight in a highly-anticipated main event of a card that begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is being distributed by SHOWTIME® PPV. continue

Ellerbe Talks About Hatton vs Mayweather: "This fight isn’t going 12 rounds. Period"

20.11.07 - John Martinez, Moments ago, I spoke with WBC welterweight king Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s adviser and co-trainer Mr. Leonard Ellerbe. During the Q&A, he was quick to dispel any thoughts that Ricky Hatton will still be standing for the twelfth and final round. In addition to this prediction, he had a message that Team Mayweather hopes to get out regarding the upcoming Presidential elections. continue

Vargas-Mayorga – Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

20.11.07 - Matthew Hurley On Friday, November 23rd the day after Thanksgiving Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga will engage in a pay per view battle in what amounts to nothing more than tasty leftovers. There’s nothing wrong with this fight, in fact, for as long as it lasts, it should be a lot of fun. But pay per view? A bout between two fighters who have combined to lose five of their last seven fights should not be promoted with a price tag approaching fifty dollars. Still, Vargas and Mayorga both pride themselves on making exciting fights and the two also love to revel in their respective machismo. continue

Cintron-Feliciano Media Roundtable Quotes

cintron20.11.07 - Photos: Rick Guzman/For SHOWTIME PPV: Kermit Cintron (28-1, 26 KOs), of Reading, Penn., will make the second defense of his International Boxing Federation welterweight championship against Jesse Feliciano (15-5-3, 9 KOs), of Los Angeles, in one of the top fights this Friday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME PPV. Two time world champion Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) fight in what promises to be a street brawl in the main event of a highly anticipated pay-per-view telecast that begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT and is being distributed by SHOWTIME® PPV.

Also on the stellar card, former IBF 154-pound champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin (35-2-1, 22 KOs), of St. Petersburg, Russia, now fighting out of Los Angeles, will take on former two-time World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Alejandro “Terra” Garcia (25-2, 24 KOs), of Tijuana, Mexico, for the WBA Intercontinental championship. continue

Mayweather v Hatton: Both Camps Confident Of Victory

20.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: According to BBC Sport, Ricky Hatton’s fitness coach, Kerry Kayes, says that his fighter is in the best condition of his professional career and that the Hatton camp learned from the mistakes made in Hatton’s first and only other foray into the welterweight division. On that night in May of 2006 at the TD Banknorth in Boston, Massachusetts Hatton took on welterweight contender Luis Collazo for the World Boxing Association title in less than prime condition and was lucky to escape with a close unanimous decision. continue

Godfrey/Williams Cancelled

PROVIDENCE (November 20, 2007) – Saturday night’s scheduled “Pinnacle FiteNite: The Heat’s on In Hartford,” featuring NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey and Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams, has been cancelled due to Pinnacle FiteNite reneging on its financial funding and television agreement. continue

The Hitman Comes to America This Week- Mayweather-Hatton

LAS VEGAS, NV (November 20, 2007) . . . Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton and his team—brother and fellow fighter Matthew, trainer Billy Graham, nutritionist Kerry Kayes, assistant trainer Lee Beard and agent Paul Speaks—will settle in Las Vegas Friday for his world welterweight championship mega-showdown against Floyd Mayweather, Saturday, December 8 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View . continue

Tuaman & The Terminator: A tale of two Tuas

david tua20.11.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Oftentimes, a boxer’s career can be broken down into two distinct chapters. There are several famous examples of this, including: Muhammad Ali before and after his license suspension, Mike Tyson before and after prison, and, most notably, the two careers of “Big” George Foreman separated by a ten year retirement. Another less obvious example is the unusual case of David Tua.

Earlier in his career, during a time when I like to refer to Tua as “The Terminator”, he showed tremendous promise that was highlighted by four keynote victories. The first of these came on HBO’s “Night of the Young Heavyweights” back in March of 1996 when “The Terminator” easily dispatched promising young contender, John Ruiz. At this time, Ruiz was the biggest test to date for the young “Terminator”. It took Tua a mere 19 seconds to finish Ruiz, who was mercilessly pounded by a vicious barrage of punches. continue

Doctor Clears Kelly Pavlik to Begin Full Contact Training Today

CLEVELAND (November 20, 2007) -- Undefeated World middleweight champion KELLY PAVLIK was certified 100% ready to resume full training today, clearing the way for Pavlik's first title defense against former world champion Jermain Taylor. Earlier this month, Pavlik had incurred superficial lacerations and abrasions to his hands and forearms while trying to repair a broken window at his home. The 14 stitches he received to repair the lacerations have already been removed. continue

The Battle of King’s Hall: Duddy vs. Eastman

20.11.07 - By Dan Fitz-Simons: On December 8th John Duddy, “the Derry Destroyer” (22-0) 17 KOs, will take on middleweight veteran Howard Eastman, “the Battersea Bomber” (42-5) 35 KOs, at the King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The fight against Eastman, a seasoned gatekeeper of the middleweight division for over a decade, will be a decisive turning point in Duddy’s career. A win against a skilled journeyman like Eastman would legitimize Duddy’s resume and enhance his ring savvy. continue

Rocky Marciano To Be Honored With Statue In Massachusetts

20.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The World Boxing Council announced that it plans to erect a statue in honor of heavyweight boxing legend Rocky Marciano in his home state of Massachusetts. During the annual WBC convention in Manila the secretary for the sanctioning body, Gabriel Penagaricano said the organization approved of the statue and was is now seeking the permission of US authorities to set up the statue in either Marciano’s hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts or in Boston. continue

Revisiting Holyfield-Lewis I

lennox lewis19.11.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: As I awaited the reading of the scorecards in Saturday night’s super featherweight showdown between Joan Guzman and Humberto Soto, I was about ready to flip the channel, figuring a Guzman victory was a foregone conclusion. For whatever reason, I decided to wait for the official announcement—after all, in professional boxing, you just never know. I’m glad I stayed tuned, for what happened next was rather humorous.

Before the verdict is read, HBO has a tradition of listing the judges one-by-one and citing some previous fight that each scored in the past. As Bob Papa began listing the judges’ names, he came upon the name “Jean Williams” and proceeded to explain how she had previously scored the fight between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield which ended in a draw. continue

Andrey Tsurkan defends NABF Title vs Yuri Foreman on Dec 6

On Thursday night December 6th, DiBella Entertainment, Top Rank and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents “VS. FIGHT NIGHT LIVE” at the Utopia Paradise Theater in the heart of the Bronx. In the main event, it will be a 10 round Junior Middleweight battle of talented Eastern Europeans, as NABF CHAMPION and Ukraine born Andrey Tsurkan (25-2, 16 KO’s) defends his title against undefeated Yuri Foreman (23-0, 8 KO’s), born in Belarus in a 10 round Junior Middleweight bout. continue

Mike Tyson Issues Statement To Public

By Matthew Hurley: Before starting his one day prison sentence after pleading guilty back in September to a misdemeanor DUI and a single felony count of cocaine possession former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson issued a statement to the public. “I just want to say how happy I am today that the judge has granted me freedom stemming from an arrest one year ago. I am thankful to everyone who has helped me through a very difficult time. To my family, friends and fans around the world who sent letters and provided support, I thank you.” continue

Anyone For Emmanuel Augustus?

20.11.07 - By Tony Nobbs: He's fought the best the US and the world has to offer and now American crowd pleaser Emmanuel Augustus (35-29-6, 18 KO's) is Down Under looking to fight the best Australia has. Augustus, 32, is living in Sydney and has been training with Paul Grech at the Pound For Pound Gym in Marrickville since September. continue

Hatton/Mayweather 24/7: A Build Up Or Let Down?

floyd mayweather jr.19.11.07 - By Vivek Wallace: From the day the Floyd Mayweather Jr./ Ricky Hatton fight was announced, fight fans all around the globe have been chompin' at the bits, eager to soak up any ounce of information relative to the fighters, their fight camps, and anything else remotely involved with this fight.

Last night, HBO released 24/7, which was supposed to be a snapshot of the fighters and their respective roads to stardom which have culminated to this big stage in which they're set to take part in. Although this 24/7 piece was envisioned as a way to whet the appetite of fight fans in the interim, after watching it, many - (myself included) - felt that it did everything but that. continue

Wayne McCullough Vs. Kiko Martinez - Will "La Sensación" Become The First Man To KO "The Pocket Rocket?"

19.11.07 - By James Slater: Kiko Martinez, the unbeaten super-bantamweight puncher from Spain, was last seen utterly destroying the previously undefeated Irishman Bernard Dunne in less than ninety seconds of the very first round. Now, just over three months later, the 21-year-old Martinez is getting ready to step into the ring with another fighting Irishman - this one a modern day legend. continue

Hopkins Continues To Weigh His Options

19.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: According to Bernard Hopkins’ trainer Nazim Richardson, the former middleweight champion and current light heavyweight champion should ignore super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe’s challenge and wait for a possible showdown with longtime rival Roy Jones Jr. Jones faces off against Felix Trinidad on January 19th at Madison Square Garden in New York. After a bout with Jones, Richardson hopes that Hopkins will retire. continue

Joe Calzaghe In P4P Rankings

Following his sensational win over Mikkel Kessler, undisputed super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe has been installed at No. 2 in Dan Rafael's pound-for-pound rankings. The unbeaten Welshman has hopped over target Bernard Hopkins who trails him at No. 4 and is amongst the worlds elite fighters like Floyd Mayweather Jnr, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Calzaghe is joined by fellow Brit Ricky Hatton who is in at No. 10. continue

Boxing vs MMA... Let's Get Real!

boxing vs mma19.11.07 - By Wray Edwards: Boxing is a formal sport which has very specific limitations that are critical to the rhythm and flow of combat. Such limitations as not hitting a person who is down or rabbit punches also reflect emphasis on sportsmanship. It is a symphony of movements (rounds) which require an attention span tuned to protracted dynamics. Its origin is classical just as are the works of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and other artists who wrote for those who could pay attention for more than fifteen minutes. The weapon and target limitations are intended to narrow and refine the fighting art. “Shootfighting” is, potentially, a thirty minute form, but due to its nearly unlimited nature, match-ending injuries or submissions are common. continue

Chris Edwards Ready for December Date with Destiny

December 8th promises to be one of the busiest nights in British boxing history when Ricky Hatton faces Floyd Mayweather Jr in Las Vegas. Hatton faces the biggest fight of his life as he attempts to get the better of the best ‘pound for pound’ boxer in the World. Earlier the same evening British boxing’s rising star Amir Khan defends his Commonwealth lightweight title against Graham Earl in Bolton where Michael Jennings defends his WBU title and Dean Francis also defends his Commonwealth title. continue

Team USA Goes Undefeated in Semifinal Action at the Olympic Boxing Test Event in Beijing

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – All four United States competitors have advanced to the championship round with semifinal victories on Wednesday at the Beijing Workers’ Indoor Arena in Beijing, China. Featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio) and lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.) both recorded their third victories of the tournament while heavyweight Deontay Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) earned their second wins of the event. continue

British Boxing: Dean Francis Re-Signs With Warren

Commonwealth Light-Heavyweight champion Dean Francis has re-signed with Frank Warren - and is targeting a showdown with IBF World Champion Clinton Woods. Francis, who has also held the British, European and WBO Intercontinental super-middleweight crowns under Warren's guidance, will defend his Commonwealth belt at the Bolton Arena on December 8. continue

Floyd Mayweather Continues To Polarize Boxing Fans

floyd mayweather jr.18.11.07 – By Matthew Hurley: When it comes to Floyd Mayweather Jr. his arrogance and obsession with his money and jewelry and how much more he can attain always threatens to overshadow his talent in the eyes of many boxing fans.

In particular those boxing fans who attend local club shows to cheer on fighters who will never hit the big time and who, in so many ways, represent the lives they live in their modest blue collar worlds. Mayweather’s world is not only alien to them but his attitude is an affront to their struggle. It is why he has become such a polarizing figure in the boxing community. continue

JD Chapman Cracks Top 10!

24-year-old heavyweight prospect JD "The Natural" Chapman (28-0, 25 KOs) has officially cracked the top 10. The 6' 6" Arkansas-based power puncher has moved up to #10 in the WBO's most recent ratings, in addition to his #13 WBA and #14 WBC rankings. Manager Scott Hirsch says he's happy the world sanctioning bodies have been paying attention to his slugger's steady improvement. "JD has looked better in every successive outing and I'm very happy the world bodies recognized that.. continue

British Invasion: UK vs The World Dec 7, The Night Before Hatton-Mayweather

On December 7, the night before Manchester's Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton represents the United Kingdom in his long-awaited showdown against "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, a host of Hatton's countrymen will invade the MGM Grand Conference Center to take on opponents from around the globe in a British invasion not seen on these shores since The Beatles landed in 1964. continue

Bob Arum On Pacquiao’s 2008 Schedule

Matthew Hurley: According to Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao’s choice of opponents has been whittled down to two – World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz and WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez. After viewing Joan Guzman’ unanimous decision victory over Humberto Soto for the World Boxing Organization’s super featherweight title, Arum effectively eliminated him from the running. continue

Pacquiao Set To Make Decision On Next Opponent

manny pacquiao18.11.07 – By Matthew Hurley: According to the Manila Bulletin Manny Pacquiao may be leaning toward World Boxing Council lightweight champion David Diaz as his next opponent. Pacquiao is scheduled to get back in the ring on March 15th at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

Pacquiao watched with interest the Joan Guzman – Humberto Soto fight for the World Boxing Organization super featherweight title this past Saturday. The winner would become another player in the Pacquiao sweepstakes, which already included Diaz and former foe Juan Manuel Marquez. Guzman won a clear-cut unanimous decision over Soto, utilizing his superior speed and boxing skills. He then called out Pacquiao. continue

Erdei vs Mendoza, Hill v Arslan This Saturday

"Universum Champions Night" will land at the new Freiberger Arena in the historic city of Dresden for the first time on November 24th for the big world title twinbill featuring WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei and the long awaited cruiserweight between WBA cruiserweight champion Virgil Hill and interim champion Firat Arslan. continue

McCloskey-Tontchev Clash on Duddy Eastman Undercard

18.11.07 - Paul McCloskey looks set for the biggest test of his professional career when he meets Olympic Silver medallist and former European Champion Tontcho Tontchev at the Kings Hall, Belfast on Saturday, December 8th. continue

Godfrey ranked #1 at cruiser, fights Jeremy Williams on Saturday

NABF cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (16-0, 9 KOs) moved into the No. 1 contender position in the World Boxing Council’s newest ratings. The WBC reportedly will order a title elimination match between Godfrey and No. 2 rated Rudolf Kraz (12-0, 9 KOs) to determine the mandatory contender for newly crowned champion David “Hayemaker” Haye (20-1, 19 KOs), who recently stopped WBC/WBA title-holder Jean Marc Mormeck (33-3) in the seventh round. continue

Joan Guzman Too Slick for Humberto Soto

joan guzman18.11.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr, This Jr. Lightweight contest had the potential to be a great fight but Humberto Soto (43-6-2, 27 KO’s) couldn’t land enough body shots to slow down WBO Jr. Lightweight Champion, Joan Guzman (28-0, 17 KO’s), who used has speedy hands and incredible agility to practically waltz to victory.

Soto is a good fighter that brings respectable power and toughness to the ring. Guzman is a slick, defensive fighter who can subdue opponents with his polished boxing skills and his ability to get into their heads. He was successful in all areas of his expertise Saturday night in Atlantic City, where he brought Soto’s five year winning streak to an end. continue

Boxing Updates: Klitschko - Ibragimov Official For Feb 23 At MSG, Tyson Back To Jail, More

18.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Mike Tyson was sentenced Monday to 24 hours in jail and three years' probation for drug possession and driving under the influence. Tyson pled guilty in September to charges filed after being stopped by police at a traffic light for driving erratically. Police discovered a disheveled Tyson wiping white powder off the dashboard of his car and subsequently found a bag of cocaine on his person. continue

Chicago's 8 Count presents December Fury on Dec 14

18.11.07 - Just off their outstanding LATIN THUNDER/SOLO BOXEO event in front of a packed Cicero Stadium this past Friday night, Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presents DECEMBER FURY, another evening of world class professional boxing set for Friday, December 14TH. Tickets for DECEMBER FURY are available in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions offices at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm. continue

Alex Arthur Out To Break Foster And English Hearts

Alex Arthur says he'll put a smile back on the faces of Scottish sports fans next month - and break English hearts. Arthur tackles Steve Foster Jnr on December 15 at the Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, in the first defence of his Interim WBO World Super-Featherweight title. continue

Guzman Defeats Soto, Mares Stays Unbeaten With Decision Over Marchiano

guzman18.11.07 - By Mathhew Hurley, photo by Sumio Yamada/Sycuan Ringside Promotions: Joan Guzman, 28-0 with 17 KOs successfully defended his WBO super featherweight title over Humberto Soto, 43-6-2 with 27 KOs with a unanimous decision at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The scores were 117-111 (twice) and 118-110.

Guzman used his superior speed of hand and foot to keep Soto slightly off balance throughout the fight. In the early going Soto was able to score points with constant pressure while Guzman would sling quick shots from the outside and then back up to the ropes in an apparent desire to incorporate new trainer Floyd Mayweather Senior’s patented shoulder roll, chin tuck behind the left shoulder defensive maneuverings. continue

The World Boxing Council Heavyweight Rankings Saga

18.11.07 – By Matt Yanofsky: As well documented, the World Boxing Council’s heavyweight situation as been a mess for quite some time. Their “full champion” Oleg Maskaev has not fought since defeating the incredibly undeserving Peter Okhello by unanimous decision in December of 2006. Since then, Samuel Peter won his second eliminator in January 2007 by dominating James Toney and assuring himself a title shot at Maskaev. continue

Gary Woolcombe Back In Action November 30

Light middleweight Gary ‘Hot Stuff’ Woolcombe proved the old adage that while all the best fighters tend to get beaten sometime, the great ones learn from the experience and come back stronger. continue

Boxing: Crisis in a Weight Division

18.11.07 – By Adrian Saba: Four days ago, I received an email from a friend (also a boxing fan), he was asking me: “Why do you think a division becomes weak?” It took me six seconds to think about a simple answer: “Talent”. A boxing weight division becomes weak and powerless when it lacks talent, because this makes a huge sector of fans lose their appetite for it. The fighters are thought to be mediocre and a crisis develops, and a new star or group of great fighters must emerge to solve the chaos. This is a pattern that happens almost always. But why a weight division loses it’s talent. continue

Dimitrenko Stops Hoffmann: Wild Night in Germany

alexander dimitrenko17.11.07 - By Jim Furo: Well, that's the fight game for ya. Sometimes you can wait months for a fight to come around that, when it does happen, turns out to be a mismatch, a disappointing and/or all around dull affair that made you wonder why you cared that much to begin with. Then there are those other times, the moments when a fight sneaks up on you and takes you by surprise because you had not paid it that much attention...until you started to watch it. Saturday's match between Alexander Dimitrenko and Timo Hoffmann turned out to be one of those kind of fights.

Maybe it's because I did not think too much of the opponents that I wasn't particularly looking forward to it, but what was written off as sure to be dull affair became a very good heavyweight fight. continue

U.S. Boxers Earn Berths in the Semifinal Round at the Olympic Test Event in Beijing

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Four U.S. boxers have earned berths in the semifinal round at the Olympic Test Event, November 17-22 in Beijing, China. All four American athletes competing in the event, featherweight Raynell Williams (Cleveland, Ohio); lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.); heavyweight Deontay Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) and super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) remain undefeated in China. continue

Aaron Williams Co-Main on Godfrey / Jeremy Williams Card, Nov. 24th

Undefeated cruiserweight prospect and 9-time national amateur champion, Aaron Williams (15-0, 11 KO’s), will be the chief support for Matt Godfrey / Jeremy Williams NABF Cruiserweight Championship. Williams takes on upset specialist and durable, Kendrick Releford in the 8-round co-main event, November 24th on “Pinnacle Fight Night: The Heat is On in Hartford” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. continue

Abell Decisions Oruh, Ward Stops Cantrell

ST. LUCIA (Nov. 17, 2007) – Photos by Tom Casino: Two previously undefeated fighters were handed their first loss on Friday night in paradise. In the main event, hard-hitting heavyweight Joey Abell (18-1, 1 NC, 17 KOs) of Minneapolis, won a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Teke Oruh (14-1-1, six KOs) of Nigeria. The judges at ringside scored the bout 98-92, 96-94 and 95-95 in favor of Abell, who was a last- minute replacement for Mexican heavyweight contender Chris Arreola. Two weeks ago, Arreola withdrew from the fight after his close friend was shot and killed. continue

Super Middleweight - Let the golden era begin! Kessler, Green, Miranda, Zuniga, Lacy Mundine, Berrio, More

mikkel kessler17.11.07 - By Jim Dorney: Let me begin by applauding both Mikkel Kessler & Joe Calzaghe for a fantastic fight. Theirs was truly a battle for the ages, and rarely have I seen such skill, power, will & desire to win in two fighters, who despite their determination conducted themselves like true gentlemen throughout.

Both men have come through the fight as winners - Calzaghe won the fight, the titles & the final recognition as the elite fighter he has always been, whilst Kessler proved without doubt that he is a great fighter in his own right by giving Calzaghe the best fight of his career & hurting him on a number of occasions, especially early on. Kessler won the hearts of many British fans, and only strengthened his hold over his Danish fan contingent by his great performance. The question is - what happens next? continue

Holiday Greetings from Ted the Bull

Thanksgiving Day is a traditional North American holiday intended to offer thanks at the end of the harvest season. In the US, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November and in Canada, on the second Monday of October. continue

Color World Champ Andrade Gold

PROVIDENCE (November 18, 2007) – How tough is Olympic-bound boxer Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade, the United States’ best bet to medal next year in China? Andrade recently dominated the AIBA Men’s World Championships in Chicago, capturing a gold medal in the 152-pound division, despite competing with impacted Wisdom teeth that were extracted last week. continue

Guzman Decisions Soto

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (Nov. 17, 2007) WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman out-boxed, out-slicked and out-worked challenger Humberto Soto en route to winning a 12-round unanimous decision, Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Borgata Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. on the acclaimed HBO series Boxing After Dark. The one-sided scores were 117-111, 118-110 and 117-111. It was Guzman’s second title defense. The 12-round championship bout was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in associate with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Top Rank Inc. continue

Exclusive Joachim Alcine Interview - "I'm Not Going To Run Away From Anyone!"

Joachim Alcine16.11.07 - By James Slater: Canada's Joachim "Ti-Joa" Alcine won the World Boxing Association light-middleweight championship this past July with a points win over Travis Simms. Now in training for his first defence, the 31-year-old Alcine, currently 29-0(18) meets Panama's 24-year-old Alfonso Mosquera on December 7th. Joachim is obviously in no mood to slip up in his very first defence, and to add to the determination he has to come out with his world title intact is the fact that defence number one takes place in front of his hometown fans. Alcine doesn't want to let the 19-5(7) Mosquera spoil the party.

In a break from training yesterday, the extremely polite and easygoing 31-year-old from Quebec graciously gave this writer the following interview. continue

World Boxing Council 2007 Convention Results From Manila

With the closing of the very successful 2007 WBC Convention in Manila, Philippines, the following measures were taken: The current WBC sanction fees structure will be modified in order to adjust to the current times and prevent the common problems that arise from this difficult topic. The WBC is a non-profit organization and none of it's officers earn a single penny from boxing. continue

Expect Change in MMA Soon!

By Coach Tim Walker – I few weeks ago I called into a local radio talk show to voice my opinion about the state of MMA and boxing and the intensifying comparison between them. I like MMA. It is exciting. However, I love boxing. So it is obvious that my opinion could be skewed if I were not a level headed writer. When I write an article I make every effort to present the issue with an unbiased viewpoint. No exception here. continue

Bowe To Give MMA a Try: I ain't got nothing else to do"

By Ron Hansen: Former two-time heavyweight champion Rick Bowe (42-1, 33 KOs) has recently announced that he plans on fighting begin fighting in the MMA, with an up coming scheduled bout on December 12th. According to Bowe, "I've got to make a living." Bowe, however, is forty years-old, which would make the likelihood of him finding any kind of success very remote. Not only would Bowe have to take off a considerable amount of weight, he'd have to likewise learn a lot of the MMA submission holds, which would take a lot of time. continue

Hasim Rahman Stops Zuri Lawrence but Zuri Gains Respect

hasim rahman16.11.07 - By Ted Sares: Zuri Lawrence won my respect tonight. Yes, the same Zuri Lawrence who almost got decapitated by Calvin Brock last year and was then blown away by Dominic Guinn in two rounds. Here is a guy with a 23-12 record who is a feather fisted slapper and has never stopped a professional opponent. Here is a guy with a porcelain chin who took tonight’s fight in Reading, Pennsylvania with Hasim Rahman for the NABF heavyweight title on short notice and had no time to prepare. In his first seven professional fights, his record was 1-2 -3-1. It was not very promising start, though he did dominat Jameel McCline in 2005 winning a UD.

Who would have guessed it would beyond first round let alone into the tenth? As it turned out, Zuri was stopped (but still on his feet) with seconds to go in the tenth and was even leading on one of the cards 88-84. continue

Where, oh where, is Wladimir Klitschko?

16.11.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The state of professional boxing is often defined by the state of its keynote weight class—the heavyweight division. Although the various alphabet titles are splintered and we are currently without an undisputed champion, one fighter stands, both literally and figuratively, head-and-shoulders above the rest and that fighter is Wladimir Klitschko. continue

Fernando Vargas Quotes

Photos: Jorge Garcia/For Showtime - Fans that have purchased over $1 million in tickets to see two-time world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) in what is anticipated to be a street-style brawl at STAPLES Center will get their chance when the two meet on the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23. continue

Hopkins: A Letter To The Boxing Community

16.11.07 - by Bernard Hopkins: I am shocked and appalled at the decision by the New Jersey States Attorney General Anne Milgram and her office to dismiss Larry Hazzard from his services as longstanding head of the New Jersey State Athletic Commission. I am standing up to renounce this decision and I encourage all members of the boxing community—fighters, trainers, judges, promoters, commissioners, television networks, and the media—to join me in protesting this decision. continue

War of Words: Tito Trinidad vs. Roy Jones Jr

felix trinidad15.11.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: It is a pleasure to welcome the return of Felix Trinidad back to big time boxing at the New Yorker Hotel across from Madison Square Garden on Eighth Avenue, the same hotel Muhammad Ali did press interviews from his hotel bed after the Frazier defeat some 36 years earlier.

It's always been a pleasure to cover the beloved five-time world champion Felix Trinidad, who always seems in a great mood and full of smiles at any boxing functions, whether it be entering the ring for a major fight, shaking out at a media workout, or even sitting through a press conference with a horde of boxing media, hosted by Don King with a two-hour agenda worth of talking points to address. continue

Calzaghe vs. Hopkins: What's All The Fuss About?

16.11.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: It seems as if every time I check a boxing site lately, I see news about Joe Calzaghe and Bernard Hopkins attacking one another about this or that. I don't know about you guys, but I don't have the least amount of interest in watching Calzaghe beat up on an old 42 year-old fighter like Hopkins. Last time I checked, Hopkins was beaten twice by Jermain Taylor, a fighter that Calzaghe would tear apart if given the chance. For me, that takes any suspense out of a potential match between Calzaghe and Hopkins. continue

MMA vs Boxing

HARTFORD (November 16, 2007) – Mixed-martial-arts fighter Dan “The Upgrade” Lauzon is scheduled to make his pro boxing debut on November 24 against Las Vegas high profile defense attorney Marc “The Defender” Saggese (3-0, 3 KOs), known as the toughest pound-for-pound lawyer in the world, in a four-round cruiserweight bout televised on “Pinnacle FiteNite: The Heat’s On In Hartford” show, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue

Cunningham - Huck lands in Bielefeld, Germany

Marco "Captain" Huck will celebrate a special homecoming on December 29 when he takes on IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham in his home city of Bielefeld. After comprehensively beating Vadim Tokarev on points in a title eliminator back in May, the undefeated 23-year-old has now set his sights on a belated Christmas present. "It´s like a dream coming true," he said. "My first world title fight will also be the first fight in my home city. That is perfect. It´s almost too good to be true.. continue

Ricky Hatton vs Floyd Mayweather: Hatton Continues To Exude Confidence

ricky hatton15.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As his fight with Floyd Mayweather for the WBC welterweight title creeps ever closer Ricky Hatton is not only supremely confident of his chances against the “Pretty Boy” but is convinced that he will be the fighter leaving the ring with his perfect record in tact. Hatton weighed in this week at a primed and muscular 148 pounds before his daily workout.

In the past several weeks HBO cameras have been following the amiable British fighter around for the reality series 24/7 and his jovial disposition has become a perfect counterpoint for Mayweather’s brash, expletive filled personality which was first revealed for all to see on HBO’s last 24/7 documentary leading up to his fight with Oscar De La Hoya. continue

Photos: Ricardo Mayorga - Fernando Vargas

15.11.07 - Photos: Jorge Garcia/For Showtime- “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga will meet in the ring to settle a personal score for machismo and pride. The highly anticipated bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weight of 162 pounds and will air live on Nov. 23 on SHOWTIME pay-per-view (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. continue

Message to the Boxing Gods

By Raymond Markarian: Message to the Boxing Gods: Boxing, we love you, but miss the heavyweight division. The good heavyweights out there desire to be recognized. Force us to discover. Heavyweight boxing needs this but so do we. Give us a hero that destroys Goliath and becomes our Odyssey. Clean up the vortex in the heavyweight division and find us a conqueror. Please be righteous and think about the fans. We wish for heavyweight combat but need a reason. Provide a champion that leaves us no doubt. Give us an answer at your earliest convenience…. continue

“Season’s Beatings” December 5th At The Hard Rock: Powell - Cauthen Title Eliminator To Headline

When December rolls around and holiday well-wishes are in the air, a select few world-class fighters will hold off on spreading cheer. Instead, on Wednesday, December 5th, they will be handing out season’s beatings to their opponents as Seminole Warriors Boxing and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing finish out another stellar year of boxing events at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood Florida with a star-studded card featuring an IBF junior middleweight title elimination bout between Sechew Powell and Terrance Cauthen, and separate bouts featuring the return of former WBO world champion Juan Urango to Florida, and rising heavyweight star Kevin Johnson. continue

Exclusive Joshua Clottey Interview - "I Want A Fight With Kermit Cintron Bad!"

joshua clottey15.11.07 - By James Slater: Accra-born Brooklyn native, Joshua "The Hitter" Clottey is one win away from a world title fight with International Boxing Federation welterweight king Kermit Cintron. Clottey meets the unbeaten Shamone Alvarez on December 20th in a final eliminator for the IBF 147 pound championship and is convinced he will emerge victorious.

Clottey actually feels he has already done enough to have earned his big chance, and is non too thrilled to be boxing Alvarez. Desperate to get it on with Kermit Cintron, however, Joshua has no choice and so boxes the 24 year-old southpaw who is currently 19-0(11) in Las Vegas just before Christmas. Currently in training for the big fight, the 30 year-old with the 31-2(19) record kindly took time out earlier today to speak with this writer. Here is what Clottey had to say. continue

Rahman Gets Knockout, But Does Little To Turn Heads

15.11.07 - By Brett Mauren: Hasim Rahman’s rejuvenated physique would prove not to be a foreshadow Thursday night after all. The Wobbly Rahman was forced to put forth one of his career’s most intense efforts just to narrowly survive his battle of endurance with replacement opponent Zuri Lawrence. continue

Jeff Lacy - Peter Manfredo Interview Transcript

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, PRESIDENT, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: Thank you very much. We are getting closer to UNDEFEATED December 8 th. We have a tremendous lineup of fights just like we promised. The boxing fans deserve not only a tackler main event, but from top to bottom, a card that people will remember for many years to come. continue

Star Boxing: Harding vs George on Dec 6

Bronx, NY - Nov 15, 2007 - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, announced today the exciting Light Heavyweight match up between dangerous Philadelphian Eric "Magic 2000" Harding (23-4-1 7KO's) and Brooklyn, NY's, Shaun George (15- 2-2 7KO's) on Thursday, December 6, 2007 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. continue

Joe Calzaghe Joins The 4 Title Elite

joe calzaghe15.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: When Welsh pugilist prince Joe Calzaghe masterfully beat the previously undefeated “Viking Warrior” Mikkel Kessler in Cardiff recently he didn’t only silence the doubters that had criticised him for the best part of a decade and prove himself to be the greatest Super Middleweight fighter in history, he also became the first Non-American to join an elite club that boasts only four other members.

The club I speak of hear is the “All four major titles in one division” club.

In a world where alphabet titles seem to change hands more often than Z list celebrities embarrass themselves for cheap publicity it seems almost unfathomable that only five men have collected the WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF titles in the same weight class but it’s true and the man from Newbridge, South Wales is possibly the greatest of all, a point he could prove if he gets his dream fight against another member of this exclusive society…….............Bernard Hopkins. continue

Joan Guzman - Humberto Soto Weigh-In Photos

Photos by: Teddy Blackburn/Golden Boy: Undefeated WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (right) weighed 129.6 pounds, while challenger Humberto Soto (left) tipped the scales at 130 pounds during Friday’s weigh-in at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. HBO will televise the 12-round junior lightweight championship bout while Golden Boy Promotions in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions and Top Rank Inc. will serve as the promoters.

Undefeated Paul Spadafora Gets Licensed! Returns to the ring next week

ERIE, PA (November 15, 2007) -- Undefeated former IBF lightweight champion PAUL SPADAFORA was issued his license and Federal ID by the state of Pennsylvania today and announced that he will return to the ring next week, ending an eight-month hiatus. continue

Dimitrenko vs Hoffman Tomorrow Night

6'7 super-sized heavyweights Alexander "Sascha" Dimitrenko (26-0, 16 KOs)from the Universum stable and "The German Oak" Timo Hoffmann (36-5-1, 20 KOs) of Sauerland Event faced off today at the press conference for Saturday's showdown at Bördelandhalle in the boxing hotbed of Magdeburg, Germany. continue

Ricky Hatton Begins Final Preparations Against Floyd Mayweather

ricky hattonLAS VEGAS, NV (November 15, 2007) . . . Ricky Hatton, nearing the end of his 13th week of training camp in Manchester, England, is starting to pack his bags as there are only 10 days left before he leaves his hometown and heads to Las Vegas to set up the final weeks of preparation for his December 8 mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather at MGM Grand. The fight will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Hatton estimated that he has experienced the most intense training camp ever training seven days per week rotating between sparring, road-work and weight training. "Without a doubt sparring is the most important part of my training," said Hatton. "It allows me to judge my timing and practice maneuvers and tactics." continue

Amir Khan Tickets Nearing Sell Out

Bolton Arena has revealed it is closing in on a sell out for the December 8 Amir Khan fight as details of the VIP package were announced. Amir’s 21st birthday bout with Graham Earl is heading towards the capacity 7000 mark with just a ‘few hundred’ tickets remaining at prices £50, £75 and £100. continue

Sin City Boxing Joins Forces With Boxing Manager Miles W. Bailey

"Slick" Nick Sampson & Macke Roberts of Sin City Boxing proudly announce the signing of an boxing advisor agreement with Albany, New York based boxing manager Miles W. Bailey. Under this agreement Sin City Boxing will advise Miles W. Bailey and his entire stable of fighters which include world ranked & former NABA welterweight champion Chris "The Mechanic" Smith 20-4-1(13 KO's). continue

Joan Guzman v Humberto Soto: Final Press Conference Quotes

by Teddy B. Blackburn/ Golden Boy Promotions - After nearly one year of inactivity, WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) makes his highly anticipated return to the ring when he battles the veteran Humberto Soto (43-5-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J., on HBO “Boxing After Dark” at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. continue

Americans Mostly Missing in Upcoming Heavyweight Action: Brewster, Holyfield, Briggs, Byrd, Brock, Austin and McCline

lamon brewster15.11.07 - By Paul McCreath: The next few months hold great promise for heavyweight fans as most of the top heavies are either signed for meaningful action or at least in the late negotiating stages for big fights. Hopefully more of these proposed matches will actually take place than what we saw this fall with the many postponements and cancellations that were so disappointing.

The biggest upcoming bout is the so far still unsigned unification match between International Boxing Federation belt holder and uncrowned real champion Wladimir Klitschko and the World Boxing Organization champ Sultan Ibragimov. The match seems almost set for late February and will at least eliminate one of the surplus champs for a time, although the unification is not likely to be long lasting. At least it is an attractive fight but neither fighter is American. continue

Ward/Cantrell, Abell/Oruh Weigh In Photos And Quotes

photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Undefeated 2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (left) weighed 167 pounds, while Roger Cantrell (right) tipped the scales at 166 ½ pounds during Thursday’s weigh-in at the Bay Garden Beach Resort on Reduit Beach in Gros-Islet, St. Lucia. SHOWTIME will televise the 10-round super middleweight bout Friday at 11 p.m. ET/PT, while Dan Goossen (middle) of Goossen Tutor Promotions will serve as the promoter. continue

Clear Channel to Broadcast from ShoBox Event in St. Lucia

Rodney Bay, St. Lucia (November 15, 2007) – Innovative media giant ClearChannel Radio, in conjunction with Goossen Tutor Promotions, has come up with a creative vehicle designed to promote the Simply Beautiful Island of St. Lucia and its very first world class professional boxing event tomorrow night. continue

Rahman vs Lawrence Tonight

Former world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman of Baltimore, Md. will take on Zuri Lawrence of Wappingers Falls, N.Y. at the Sovereign Center in Reading, Pa. Rahman, 44-6-2, was scheduled to fight Sherman Williams but he came down with a very bad sore throat and flu-like symptoms earlier this week. continue

The Sun Rises Again*: Boxing Commentary, Calzaghe vs. Hopkins & More

bernard hopkins15.11.07 - By Christopher Roche: Boxing Questions (and answers) -1) Is Joe Calzaghe vs. Bernard Hopkins a fight that we really want to see? In a past column, I echoed Hopkins’ proposal for a bout against Calzaghe in Yankee Stadium, at 161st and River Ave., in the Bronx, NY. The South Bronx would be an amazing venue for a marquee boxing show. With the imminent closing of the venerable House that Ruth Built, Hopkins and Calzaghe would cap the building’s history with an international stamp of greatness that hearkens back to that facility’s Golden Era when boxing ruled the world.

In addition to the pomp and circumstance and the nostalgia of a match in Yankee Stadium, a Hopkins vs. Calzaghe pairing would be a great fight. continue

Duva Suspension Lifted!

Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing is happy to announce that after a hearing on the matter, the suspension he received in October has been retracted by the New York State Athletic Commission. Duva, promoter of Interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter, had originally been suspended for six months and fined $10,000 for attempting to look at the master scorecards during Peter's nearly disastrous first title defense against Jameel McCline, October 6 at Madison Square Garden. continue

Joey “The K.O. Kid” Spina Returns Nov.24th

Providence, Rhode Island Super Middleweight, Joey “The KO Kid” Spina, (20-1, 15 KO’s), returns Saturday, November 24th. at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT. This will be Spina’s second fight in almost a month, as he nears a potential showdown with former Contender star, Jesse Brinkley. continue

WBC Convention Update: Pacquiao Mandatory for Marquez, Casamayor-Santa Cruz Rematch Ordered

The 2007 WBC Convention in Manila continues the meet with great success and today all the ratings in each weight class were discussed with open discourse for all promoters and managers. During the afternoon session, the mandatory defenses and final elimination bouts were voted by the WBC Board of Governors. continue

The Drama that could be Jones-Trinidad!

felix trinidad14.11.07 - By Coach Tim Walker – – Boxing is quoted as being the theatre of the great unknown. It is filled with villains and heroes, good guys and bad guys, those we love and those we love to hate. Jones and Trinidad is all that and possibly more.

There are those who praise Trinidad for walking thru divisional champions on his way to the hall of fame. Many of those same people loath Jones for the perception of brilliant talented not fully taken advantage of…on the way to the hall of fame.

Trinidad is the warrior-like fighter who ducks no one. He has taken on champions, contenders and Olympians alike and battered them into submission. continue

Michalczewski Rocchigiani III

Per Ake Persson: It´s on: Graciano "Rocky" Rocchigiani vs Dariusz "Tiger" Michalczewski III will happen at the TUI Arena in Hannover May 24. Bild Zeitung broke the story today in Germany. The 43-year old "Rocky" is fresh out of jail while "Tiger" Michalczewski has already been in a healthspa / diet clinic to shed some weight. The fight is made at 84 kg / 185 lbs. Michalczewski won their first fight back in 96 under dubious circumstances but stopped the somewhat faded Rocchigiani in 2000 in Hannover. Both fights were huge ticket sellers. There is one hurdle left writes Bild: both have to pass extensive medical checkups. continue

Chicago's Friday Night Solo Boxeo Main Event Gets Upgraded

This Friday night’s SOLO BOXEO card, LATIN THUNDER, received an upgrade in the main event as David “THE DESTROYER” Lopez of Nogales, Mexico will now be taking on Dominican spoiler David Toribio in a ten round middleweight bout at Cicero Stadium, it was announced Wednesday evening by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Guzman – Soto: 2007’s Hidden Gem

14.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The officials assigned to the World Boxing Organization super featherweight title bout between Joan Guzman and Humberto Soto at the Borgata Hotel Casino Spa in Atlantic City on November 17th have been announced. The referee will be Harvey Dock and the judges at ringside will be Lynne Carter, Jean Williams and Don Trella. The bout will be broadcast on HBO’s Boxing After Dark with a replay of the Miguel Cotto – Shane Mosley fight to air beforehand. continue

Getting Respect: Katsidis, McCline, Malignaggi, Codrington and Jones

jameel mccline14.11.07 - By Ted Sares:

Loved By Many, Hated By Few, Respected By All --Anonymous

Michael Katsidis

Many fighters are respected for the way they fight. Michael Katsidis, as just one of many examples, is a warrior and gets respect accordingly. So does Jamie Moore. But some gain it by losing. Some, like Paulie Malignaggi, even use the newly earned respect as a launching pad to a title. Five quickly come to mind.

Jameel “Big Time” McCline

“Big Time” is one who gained it by his fine showing against Samuel Peter. continue

Norman Mailer dies at 84

14.11.07 - By Matthew Williams: Some of you may be wondering who Norman Mailer was. Many of you will be familiar with his name and familiar with his work. A few of you may have followed Mailer’s career closely and understand why the man is worthy of an article on this website. continue

Tribute to Aboriginal Boxing Hero Dick Blair

Show 70 of the Sweet Science weekly national radio program is to be dedicated to a tribute to the great Australian Aboriginal middleweight hero Dick Blair. Blair, originally Richard Phillips, was part of a fighting family of middleweight brothers from Fingal in Tweed Heads in NSW and after turning professional in 1964 he won the Australian middleweight title in 1968. Dick retired in 1975 with 85 bouts to his name and the impressive record of 46-31-5. continue

"Ring of Fire 3" - November 21, 2007 Miami Sheraton Mart

Three 8-round battles will ignite Bad Dog Productions' Ring of Fire 3 on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 21, 2007. Fists will be flying faster than turkeys from pilgrims when BDPs latest signing, Jose "El Temible" Varela, the 6'2" 154 pounder fighting out of Puerto Rico (21-2, 14 ko's) takes on Las Vegas-based veteran James Crayton in the main event. A native of Nicaragua, Varela uses his incredible height, reach, and power to blast out his adversaries. continue

Joe Calzaghe: Hopkins Is All Talk!

joe calzagheUndisputed super-middleweight king Joe Calzaghe has told Bernard Hopkins to get a career as a chat show host because all he is good for is talking. Calzaghe has chased a showdown with Hopkins for the last few years but the elusive American has always talked his way out of a fight against the unbeaten Welshman who is now regarded as one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world.

Hopkins has been very vocal recently calling out Calzaghe after watching him dethrone Mikkel Kessler; adding the WBC/WBA crowns to the WBO title that he has held for the last 10 years.

The Philadelphian did famously agree to fight Calzaghe in 2002 for $3 million only to come back the next day and demand double the figure.

The Pride of Wales said, "I'll give it to Ol' Popkins he's the king of talk. He's boxings version of Oprah Winfrey and they should give him his own TV show because he loves the sound of his own voice. continue

Hector Camacho Jr Touched By The Spirit of St.Lucia

It was a proud moment for super middleweight boxer Hector CAMACHO, Jr. (42-3-1, 24 KOs ) today when he visited Camille Henry Middle school located in Castries. Just as the children were begining their day, they were gathered together by their teachers so that seasoned boxer could visit and speak with them of his hopes of inspiring their minds and encouraging them to reach for their goals. continue

Lou Savarese Joins Ring Promotions

NEW YORK (November 14, 2007) – Former world heavyweight contender Lou Savarese has become a partner in New York City-based Ring Promotions, joining former New York boxing commissioners, Bob Duffy and Tony Mazzarella. continue

Jeff Lacy and Daniel Ponce De Leon Return December 8th

14.11.07 - By Nathan King: Jeff Lacy and Daniel Ponce De Leon will make their returns to the ring on December 8th on the Floyd Mayweather Jr. – Ricky Hatton undercard. Lacy (22-1, 17 KO), a former super-middleweight titlist, will make his return since receiving shoulder surgery last December. His opponent will be Peter Manfredo Jr. who was made popular from the hit TV show the Contender. continue

Frank Maloney Praises New World Champion David Haye

david hayeBritish boxing has moved to the forefront of the world stage this past Saturday, when David Haye sensationally knocked out WBC/WBA Cruiserweight Jean-Marc Mormeck in the Frenchman's back yard of Paris. The people who have been tolling the death bells of the sport will have to keep at it because this was one of the best performances by a British boxer that I have witnessed in my 27 years in boxing.

It wasn't a classic performance necessarily but it was full of thrills and excitement as two gunslingers came together with the sole intention of blasting each other out.

Haye proved his boast beforehand that he is the most exciting fighter in the world today by climbing off the floor in the fourth round to stop the Frenchman in the seventh. continue

Alex Arthur: Scotland Has Struck Gold With Me

Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond may want to get his hands on the North Sea oil reserves - but top Scottish boxer Alex Arthur says he's a ready-made national treasure. The interim WBO World Super-Featherweight champion insists he's worth millions to the economy north of the border, and will prove it by unifying the 9'4 division. continue

Carl Froch given final eliminator for WBC world title

14.11.07 - Carl Froch has been given a final eliminator for the WBC super-middleweight title against Denis Inkin after being confirmed by the world governing body he is number one in their ratings. The unbeaten British champion, who won his 22nd fight by forcing former world champion Robin Reid into retirement on Friday, will face Inkin (31-0, Russia) for the right to fight Joe Calzaghe (Wales), the WBC champion. continue

Blue Horizon Boxing Presents The Annual Holiday Show

On Friday night December 7th, Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions presents a big night of boxing that will take place at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Some of the bouts that have been put together includes a six round featherweight battle of undefeated fighters, Jules Blackwell (6-0, 2 KO’s) of Phoenixville, PA and Paul Fernandez (2-0-1, 2 KO’s) of Philadelphia. continue

'Welter-Skelter': Mayweather, Cotto, Williams, Margarito And Cintron....a Very Scary 'Formidable Five'!

antonio margarito14.11.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Damn....Is this not a helluva time to be a boxing fan? Only days after the Mosley/Cotto showdown, fight fans who follow the neck-deep talent in the welterweight division still find themselves ablaze knowing that the best has still yet to come. Analyzing the division, at a distance, it looks like a '3-Horse' race, but the one thing I've noticed, slowly but surely, is that possible legends-to-be are born in this division on a near fight by fight basis.

A perfect example of this was when Antonio Margarito -- once seen as the man who none of the perennial 'players' in the division wanted to face -- received his chance to display his skill set in front of the masses. After a bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. failed to materialize and no one else stepped up to the plate, the only challenger who was brave enough to prove his mettle against such a formidable opponent was the relatively unknown at the time, and even less comprehensible Paul Williams. continue

Chicago's '8 Count' Set for Terrific 'Solo Boxeo' Show This Friday Night!

Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced final details of LATIN THUNDER, an outstanding evening of world class championship boxing set for this Friday night, November 16th at Cicero Stadium. Tickets for LATIN THUNDER are available in advance by calling the 8 Count Productions offices at 312-226-5800. Cicero Stadium is located at 1909 S. Laramie, just minutes from the Eisenhower and Stevenson Expressways. Doors for this event will open at 5:30pm with the first bell at 6:30pm. continue

Tarver & Santiago / Forrest & Piccirillo Conference Call Transcript

SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING will present an extraordinary tripleheader as its season finale when IBO light heavyweight champion Antonio "Magic Man'' Tarver defends against Danny Santiago, Vernon Forrest risks his WBA 154-pound crown against former IBF welterweight kingpin Michele Piccirillo and Nonito Donaire, fresh off his knockout victory over previously undefeated Vic Darchinyan in the Upset of the year, makes the initial defense of his IBF flyweight belt against mandatory challenger Luis Maldonado. continue

Final Eliminator: Juan Carlos Gomez v Vladimir Virchis

For the first time Arena Box-Promotion and Universum directly clash when Juan Carlos Gomez steps into the ring with Vladimir Virchis in a "Final Eliminator" for the WBC Heavyweight Championship, which was announced by WBC-President Dr. Jose Sulaiman in Manila today. Either WBC International Champion Gomez (currently No. 2 of the rankings) or European title holder Virchis (ranked on No. 1) will get the chance to challenge the reigning World Champion by the middle of 2008. continue

Triumph And Tragedy – The Ray Mancini Story

ray mancini13.11.07 - By Matthew hurley: Tonight ESPN Classic presents Triumph And Tragedy – The Ray Mancini Story at eight o’clock. The hour long documentary will cover the tragic bout between Mancini and the doomed Deuk Koo Kim that took place on November 13th, 1982 for Mancini’s World Boxing Association lightweight title. The repercussions of that day, beneath a hot blazing sun and broadcast on CBS, are still being felt in the boxing world today.

Going into the fight Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, from Youngstown, Ohio had established himself as a marketable boxing star. He was a fighter on the cusp of transcending the sport and being embraced by the Hollywood glitterati. He had won the title on a first round knockout over Arturo Frias and had made one successful title defense against Ernesto Espana, stopping him in the sixth round. continue

Kell Brook will take on Mark Thompson on Amir Khan Undercard

The next British boxing star in waiting Kell Brook will take on Mark Thompson in a Final eliminator for the British Welterweight title. Undefeated Brook from Sheffield faces Thompson at the Bolton Arena on Saturday 8th December after Sports Network won the purse bids to stage the contest. Main event on the show features Amir Khan's Commonwealth lightweight title defence against Graham Earl. continue

Mayorga Talks About Vargas

Fans that have purchased over $1 million in tickets to see two-time world champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) in what is anticipated to be a street-style brawl at STAPLES Center will get their chance when the two meet on the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23. Tickets priced at $300, $150, $100 and $50 are on sale online at, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 or (714) 740-2000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds at a catch weigh of 166 pounds. continue

Andre Ward Visits School

Andre WARD (13-0, 8 KOs) took some time away from his schedule earlier today to visit a school of admiring children and spend time with them speaking of the pay off of hard work and the goodness of values. Andre’s team also participated in the meeting allowing the children to have the opportunity to try out boxing techniques with Andre’s long time experienced trainer, Virgil Hunter. continue

Miguel Cotto: "I'm ready for anyone" - Williams, Hatton, Mayweather or Margarito?

miguel cotto13.11.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: In the aftermath of World Boxing Association welterweight champion Miguel Cotto’s close decision over Shane Mosley, Cotto claimed, “I’m ready for everyone,” meaning Floyd Mayweather Jr, Ricky Hatton, Oscar De La Hoya, Paul Williams and Kermit Cintron. However, interesting as this might be, none of the above mentioned fighters appear to be available to fight Cotto in the near future.

A couple of the names, Mayweather, and De La Hoya, may in fact never fight Cotto. There’ a chance, of course, but it would seem improbable that Mayweather would be interested in a bout with Cotto, since it would obviously be a messy fight, one that would involve a lot of hard exchanges between the two. De La Hoya, based on reports, has an agreement with his wife that he’ll never fight a Puerto Rican fighter, which would rule him out as well. continue

Duva Working Hard at World Boxing Council Convention!

13.11.07 - Looking to protect the interests of several of his fighters, most notably Interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter, promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing is at the WBC Convention in Manila, Philippines. continue

Javier Castillejo Stops Mariano Carrera in Sixth Round Of Rematch, Sets Up Rubber-Match With Felix Sturm

13.11.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, in Baden-Wurtemberg, Germany, Javier Castillejo of Spain stopped Argentine Mariano Natalio Carrera in six very watchable rounds of boxing at middleweight. Setting up a third fight with current WBA middleweight champ Felix Sturm, the amazing 39 year-old Spaniard also avenged what was first thought to have been a loss to the 27 year-old from Argentina. Stopped in the eleventh round of their December 2006 fight, Castillejo's loss was later ruled a No-Contest due to Carrera's failed drugs test. Tonight, however, Castillejo scored a most emphatic win to clear up any doubts there may have been about who is the better fighter. continue

Guzman vs Soto this Saturday on HBO Boxing

NEW YORK (Nov. 13, 2007) – After nearly one year of inactivity, WBO junior lightweight champion Joan Guzman (27-0, 17 KOs) makes his highly anticipated return to the ring when he battles Humberto Soto (43-5-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. on HBO “Boxing After Dark” at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT. continue

George Foreman KO's Michael Moorer - Thirteen Years on, Still Boxing's Ultimate "Feel Good" Moment

george foreman13.11.07 - By James Slater: It is just over thirteen years since George Foreman shocked the world by knocking out the much younger Michael Moorer to regain the heavyweight championship of the world. November 5th was the date, The MGM Grand in Las Vegas was the venue, and surely there has not been a more joyous moment in heavyweight boxing since. In short, what George did was something that defied logic.

To recapture the heavyweight title over twenty years after losing it was an unforgettable achievement. Foreman was a beloved figure even before his sledgehammer right hand collided with Moorer's chin in round number ten. Afterwards, as he knelt in a prayer of thanks in a corner of the ring, now a two-time heavyweight king, "Big" George became something else altogether - a genuine folk hero to millions. continue

Cotto handles Mosley – will Mayweather step up?

12.11.07 - By Evan Young, Miguel Cotto won a close, but clear, unanimous decision over Shane Mosley on Saturday night at the famed Madison Square Garden, New York, New York. Both men were in great condition and ready to battle. Many of the rounds were close but Cotto seemed to be landing the heavier and cleaner shots. Through the first six rounds Cotto marched forward behind an educated left jab and a diversity of head and body shots. continue

Jermain Taylor And Emanuel Steward Part Ways

By Matthew Hurley: ESPN has reported that Emanuel Steward has stepped down as trainer for former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Steward was in Taylor’s corner for four fights and the results were disappointing. The then champion struggled to a draw with Winky Wright and then looked lackluster in two successful defenses against junior middleweights Kassim Ouma and Cory Spinks. Their last fight together was a knockout loss to Kelley Pavlik. continue

Pound for Pound List {As Of 11/11/07}: Mayweather, Cotto, Pacquiao, Hopkins, Hatton, Pavlik. Vazquez and Wright

13.11.07 - By Matt Yanofsky:
1. Floyd Mayweather {Welterweight} - Floyd Mayweather’s once again becomes the clear number one pound for pound fighter after defeating the legendary Oscar De La Hoya in May. All of the Mayweather critics must give him respect for not only taking the fight at too high of a weight, but also using Oscar’s gloves and winning in Vegas where De La Hoya is a favorite. To no surprise, Floyd has come out of retirement and will be fighting Ricky Hatton on December 8th. The fight will be for Mayweather’s WBC and Ring Magazine Welterweight Championship. continue

Casamayor Gets A Gift

casamayorBy Taj Eubanks: -November 12, 2007 - photo by Naoki Fukuda -What was a great night of boxing was sullied by yet another inexplicable travesty for which boxing has come to be known. My own personal crusade to make boxing relevant again to friends and acquaintances suffered a huge setback last night as lineal lightweight champ Joel Casamayor received his Christmas stash a month early in an atrocious majority decision “win” over victim Jose Armando Santa Cruz.

When the scores were announced (114-113 twice for Casamayor, 113-114 for Santa Cruz), it was clear that this was not just one of the worst decisions of the year. It was one of the worst decisions ever, joining such travesties as Lennox Lewis-Evander Holyfield I and Bobby Pacquiao-Carlos Hernandez. continue

Godfrey- Williams headlines “Pinnacle FiteNite: The Heat’s On In Hartford”

Championship pro boxing returns to Hartford on Saturday night, November 24 -- “Pinnacle FiteNite: The Heat’s On In Hartford” -- as NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey defends his title belt against former WBO heavyweight title challenger Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue

Duddy - Eastman in Belfast on Dec 8

Pro boxing is all about risk and reward. Taking chances is what prospects have to do in order to become legitimate contenders, which is why WBO rated No. 2 middleweight “Ireland’s” John Duddy (22-0, 17 KOs), fresh off of his explosive win by second-round TKO of Prince Arron in Dublin, is fighting former European champion and 2-time world title challenger Howard “The Battersea Bomber” Eastman (42-5, 35 KOs) on December 8 in the 10-round main event at King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. continue

Roy Jones - Jr Felix Trinidad: Boxing Titans Meet at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK—Two of the greatest boxers in history, Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr., will face each other in a battle boxing fans have been waiting for years to see at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. The bout will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008 and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Casamayor – Santa Cruz Decision Leaves Bad Aftertaste

casamayor12.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley, photos by Naoki Fukuda: In the aftermath of the terrific Miguel Cotto – Shane Mosley fight I found myself unable to enjoy myself as I waited for the post fight press conference. Everything about the card had proceeded as most people had hoped for. Young Victor Ortiz was sensational, registering a first round knockout over Carlos Maussa and Antonio Margarito made an explosive comeback from his loss to Paul Williams with a scary demolition of Golden Johnson in one round. And then the main event lived up to its pre-fight hype. Both fighters gave everything they had on a level of fistic sophistication. So what went wrong?

Three men who I feel had no business even being in Madison Square Garden somehow found themselves ringside with scorecards in their hands holding the fate of a young fighter named Jose Armando Santa Cruz in their collective hands. Ron McNair, Frank Lombardi and Tony Paolillo. continue

Malignaggi - Ngoudjo Live On Showtime, Jan 5

Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KO’s) will take on IBF mandatory challenger Herman Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KO’s) for Malignaggi’s IBF Junior Welterweight Title on January 5, 2008. The bout will take place at Bally’s Main Ballroom in Atlantic City and will be televised LIVE on Showtime Championship Boxing with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. continue

Floyd Mayweather - Ricky Hatton Undercard

LOS ANGELES – It's only fitting that the December 8 "UNDEFEATED" Floyd Mayweather vs Ricky Hatton featured undercard fights bring the same high caliber competition as the evening's main event super bout. Former super middleweight world champion Jeff Lacy returns to the ring against former 'Contender' star Peter Manfredo Jr., WBO World Junior Featherweight Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon defends his crown against Eduardo Escobedo and rising star Wes Ferguson looks for payback in a rematch against Edner Cherry to put a perfect ending on the sweet science. continue

Manny Pacquiao: World Boxing Council Champion Emeritus

WBC President Jose Sulaiman oversaw a busy and productive day at the general assembly meeting on Tuesday at the WBC's 45th annual convention at the Manila Hotel. Some of the resolutions of the day include: Manny Pacquiao was awarded an Emeritus Championship at a very emotional ceremony last night. Manny joins the following WBC Emeritus champions continue

The future of Floyd Mayweather

floyd mayweather jr.11.11.07 – By Adrian Saba: After knowing the result of Cotto-Mosley, many Floyd Mayweather fans started dreaming about the next steps of the idol. Assuming he beats Hatton, it would be logical if next year he faced Cotto, who is not only a P4P Top10 but also the Welterweight’s top contender. Recently, Mayweather said that he would not fight Cotto because there was no money in that fight; that is obviously not true, we all know that a Mayweather-Cotto bout would give generous dividends to both fighters and to the promoters.

Cotto had a very competitive fight against Mosley yesterday, and showed some weaknesses that Mayweather will analyze and study, and he may opt to challenge the Puerto Rican –well, only if he beats Ricky Hatton next month, which is not certain–. In 2005, Bob Arum refused the possibilities to materialize a Cotto-Mayweather bout, mainly because Cotto was still young and had a lot to learn. continue

Star Boxing News And Results

Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing hosted a tremendous night of fights at the Utopia Paradise Theatre in the Bronx Friday night. Jr. Lightweights Francisco Lorenzo and Guadalupe Rosales waged war from the first bell and the action was frenzied throughout as both fighters took turns pummeling each other round after round with little to separate the combatants. The tenth round was fast and furious and had the near capacity crowd on its feet urging on each fighter. After all was said and done, Lorenzo pulled off the upset over the WBC ranked sixth Rosales, with scores of 96-94 twice and 97-93. Lorenzo improves his record to 30-4, 14KO's and Rosales drops to 25-2, 15KO's. continue

China Smith Ready To Set Fire On The Heavyweight Division

Former two time NBA Heavyweight Champion China “The Dragon” Smith 33-4 {26 KO’s} has plans to make his much anticipated return to the ring shortly. Smith, at age 29 is hoping to become a fixture in the wide open heavyweight division. continue

Buckley and Goodwin to Box in Stoke Again

The talented Chester duo of Kevin Buckley and Chris Goodwin will take to the ring again when they turn out at Stoke’s Kings Hall on 17th November. Both men will be looking to continue the winning starts that they have made to their fledgling careers. continue

2007, One Of The Greatest-Ever Years For British Boxing - Come December Will It Be Even Sweeter?

Jean-Marc mormeck11.11.07 - by James Slater: Just what is happening with British boxers right now? No sooner does one fighter hailing from the U.K capture a world title, does another one come along and prove he is the best in his weight division. British fans have been delighted by the fistic greatness put on show by the likes of Ricky Hatton and, more recently, Joe Calzaghe this year, as both men either rose to or remained at the very top of their respective weight divisions.

And then, last night in France, things got even better for British boxing, as cruiserweight powerhouse David Haye punched out Jean-Marc Mormeck to take the number one position at 200 pounds. continue

Jimmy Lange-Hosted Boxing Benefit Raises $5,170 for Family of Diego Corrales

World Boxing Council (WBC) continental Americas super welterweight champion Jimmy Lange today announced that $5,170 was raised and will be distributed to the family of the late world champion Diego “Chico” Corrales as a result of last month’s benefit event hosted by the popular Northern Virginia contender. continue

Heavyweights Abel, Oruh and Andrew Ward Featured This Friday On ShoBox On SHOWTIME

One of boxing’s hottest young heavyweights, Joey Abell (17-1, 1 NC, 17 KOs) will bring his devastating knockout power to ShoBox when he faces unbeaten heavyweight Teke Oruh (14-0-1, six KOs) at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in beautiful Gros Islet, St. Lucia on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007. The 10-round heavyweight bout will headline an attractive fight card from the Eastern Caribbean Island airing live on the SHOWTIME acclaimed series ShoBox: The New Generation, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). continue

Nino Rodriguez returns Decemeber 21st

Fresh off his win over the then undefeated 6’9” Rick Dyer, the undefeated heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez 26-0 (25 KO’s) returns to the ring December 21st at The Barn in Las Cruses, NM to face the battle tested “Dangerous” Damon Reed 43-12 (30 KO’s) in a scheduled ten round heavyweight bout to be televised live on Telefutra. continue

Miguel Cotto's Youth Prevails, While It Was Age In Shane 'Mostly'

miguel cotto11.11.07 - By Vivek Wallace: After all the anticipation, the results are in, and in many ways, the fight lived up to the hype. Last night, fight fans were able to see a rare moment in sports when a sudden 'star' rises from what is categorically termed as goodness, to the cusp of greatness. It was quite a moment in time for avid fight fans and the tense aura in the Madison Square Garden was so thick moments before the fight that you could slice it with a knife. When referee Benjy Estevez Jr. finally dropped his arms as they were parallel to the deck - signaling the start of the fight - it was both the initiation, and culmination of one man's hell of a journey.

From the opening bell there were signs that most who predicted a Mosley victory - (myself included) - would be in for quite a surprise. continue

(Yawn) De La Hoya fights in May against…ZZZzzzzz

12.11.07 - By Jason Peck: What is a super-fight, you may ask? Simple. It’s an overly-hyped sparring session with a name more suited for a shitty, straight-to-video action flick (Klitschko-Rahman: Search and Destroy, Judah-Mayweather: Sworn Enemies, Dixon-Balboa: Skill vs. Will, etc.), name recognition as the selling point, far too much press coverage and – more often than not – an unsatisfying end that detracts from fights with actual potential. continue

Pre Thanksgiving Showdown Weigh-Ins This Thursday

This Thursday, Langel's Pizza, located at 2833 Highway Ave. in Highland, Indiana, will host the official fighter weigh- ins for One In A Million Inc.'s annual "Pre-Thanksgiving Showdown." Beginning at 6 p.m., fans are invited to this free pre-fight event to meet the fighters and win tickets to Friday night's "Pre-Thanksgiving Showdown" at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville. continue

DBE Signs Junior Middleweight Sergio Martinez

New York, NY November 12—DiBella Entertainment has added to its roster today, signing talented Junior Middleweight Sergio Martinez (40-1-1, 21 KO’s). The southpaw has fought all over Europe and South America in his 10 year career. Martinez has fought twice in the United States, most recently earlier this year in Houston where he knocked out Saul Roman (27-4, 24 KO’s) in the fourth round of a twelve round WBC Light Middleweight Title Eliminator. continue

London Calling. Haye vs. Mormeck

david haye11.11.07 - By Jim Furo In what had already been a good month for U.K. boxing, David Haye has now gained the top honors in the cruiserweight division with a seventh round knockout over Frenchman Jean-Marc Mormeck.

The fight, taking place in Mormeck's backyard, and at the same arena where he won the title in March, was an interesting fight on many levels. For starters, in this era of the divided championship belt, Mormeck was that modern day boxing rarity, a champion of his weight class that was not only largely recognized as being the best of his division, but also one that carried unified titles in both the WBC and WBA championship belts.

Other weight divisions could be criticized for having many title holders, but no real champ. Most would admit that at cruiserweight, Mormeck was, simply put, the man to beat. continue

David Haye KO's Jean-Marc Mormeck To Win WBC, WBA Titles

11.11.07 - Photo ©Jane Warburton/MMG - David Haye has skyrocketed to the top of the cruiserweight division by knocking out Jean-Marc Mormeck in seven rounds tonight on a Don King Promotion at Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France to forcefully annex the WBC and WBA world titles. The 27 year old Londoner started off fast, working behind a heavy jab to launch a bruising body attack but the champion closed the distance and shook Haye with a cracking combination at the end of the second. continue

HBO Boxing: Cotto, Mosley Replay

HBO Sports presents MIGUEL COTTO VS. SHANE MOSLEY, the exclusive replay of their welterweight championship showdown, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 at 9:45 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at Madison Square Garden in New York, will call all the action. continue

Cotto rises to "Greatness" with good win over Mosley!

By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - November 11, 2007, New York - The fight was super-hyped, and rightfully so, as undefeated welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto was facing his most difficult challenge in four-time, three-division former world champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley, for Cotto's World Boxing Association title belt. continue

Miguel Cotto Decisions Mosley In A Thriller

miguel cotto10.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In a scintillating bout before a raucous crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City, WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto retained his title with a unanimous decision over a very tough and spirited Sugar Shane Mosley. Cotto won by scores of 115-113 twice and 116-113.

The fight started off briskly with Mosley going to the body immediately, apparently trying to send a message to Cotto that there were two body punchers in the ring. Cotto would counter Mosley’s tactic by trying to establish his jab, which he did, snapping Mosley’s head back on several occasions.

The early rounds were contested entirely in the center of the ring with Mosley slinging those intermittent body shots while focusing primarily with a right hand over the top that would eventually cut Cotto over the right eye later in the fight. continue

Rita Figueroa Returns Back In Action On Nov 16

Undefeated junior welterweight Rita “LA GUERA” Figueroa will return to the ring this Friday night, November 16th at Cicero Stadium as part of LATIN THUNDER, an evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Chuck Mussachio Captures a Split Decision over Victor Paz, Pawel Wolak Dominates Jonathan Reid

By: Danny Serratelli, ringside- KEA Boxing's "Wildwood Wars" lived up to its billing last night from the Oceanfront Arena in the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood, New Jersey. In KEA Boxing's 10 th show to date, "The Polish Raging Bull", Pawel Wolak, 18-0, 13 KO's was very impressive in a dominant performance over "The Contender" Season 1 participant, Jonathan "Reid Dog" Reid, 34-8, 18 KO's. continue

Tarver vs Santiago, Forrest vs Piccirillo on Dec 1

IBO light heavyweight champion ANTONIO TARVER and his opponent Danny Santiago, WBC super welterweight champion VERNON FORREST and his opponent, mandatory challenger Michele Piccirillo, and IBF/IBO flyweight champion NONITO DONAIRE will host a special back-to-back-to-back media conference call Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 13, beginning at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. continue

Cotto Defeats Mosley: A Passing of the Torch

miguel cotto10.11.07 - By Ted Sares: Once again, the excitement is almost palpable as these two outstanding fighters enter the ring. Everything that needs to be said has been said and the time has come to get it on. It’s Cotto, 30-0 and Mosley, 44-4, in a what was hyped as a “Fast and Furious” match up and that’s exactly what we got.

In the first five rounds, it was give and take with Mosley’s right and fast combos against Cotto’s left hooks and surprisingly effective jabs. But then Cotto also started using his right effectively in the sixth. The seventh round was the first slow one, and going into the eighth, I had Cotto ahead in a close fight. continue

Star pugilists align for House of Pain poker event

Mark Pickering: Stars pugilists from boxing and mixed martial arts will duke it out on December 2nd in a celebrity poker event in Swansea, Wales. The inaugural event at Aspers Casino is being promoted by Welsh mixed martial arts promotion House Of Pain who has assembled a star-studded cast from the world of British sport. continue

Cotto Wins A Close And Exciting Decision!

10.11.07- By Craig Mastendri: This fight was one of those marvelous times when the pre-fight hype and build up, lived up, and matched up with expectations when the bell finally rang! So far, Boxing’s big fourth quarter has come through again with another excellent fight. Fans were treated to a fight that had ebbs, flows, physical banging, and tactical switching, speed, defense, power, and tested wills continue

Scott Lawton Comes Home

Werrington lightweight Scott Lawton will return to a Potteries ring for the first time this year when he appears at Stoke’s Kings Hall on 17th November. Having fought for both British and Commonwealth titles this year, Scott faces Northampton’s Leonard Lothian who recently proved a tough challenge for Stafford’s Rob Hunt. continue

Margarito KOs Johnson In First Round

antonio margarito10.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Antonio Margarito came out like he promised against Golden Johnson, aggressively. He knocked down Johnson in the first round with a vicious barrage in the first minute of the fight, capped off with a tremendous left uppercut and then forced an eight count shortly thereafter. Johnson desperately tried to hold off the onslaught but Margarito, who wanted to make a statement in the fight, left no doubt, dumping his opponent to the canvas for a third time forcing referee Wayne Kelly to stop the fight at 2:38 of the opening round.

“It was all in the preparation,” he said in the ring afterward. “This is the new Antonio Margarito. We started too slow in the Paul Williams fight and now we start fast. I want the big names, Cotto, Mosley. I demand a match. If not them, Kermit Cintron, Hatton. We’re ready for everyone. continue

Lenny Daws Ready For Next Fight

Lenny Daws is aiming for a second professional win over Nigel Wright for the English Light-Welterweight Title to get him back into contention for the British Title. The rematch is chief support to Barnet's Darren Barker versus Australian Ben Crampton for the Commonwealth Middleweight Title in a clash of two unbeatens at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners Sky Sports will televise. continue

Alex ‘The Bull’ Ready to Charge

Werrington based heavyweight Alex ‘El Toro’ Ibbs is seeking to secure his third successive professional victory when he enters the ring again at Stoke’s Kings Hall on 17th November. Ibbs will turn out against Pudsey’s Lee Mountford who hasn’t registered a victory since September 2005; Mountford’s tally reads W 4 L 15 D 3. continue

Darren Barker v Ben Crampton

Darren Barker is aiming to complete a Commonwealth double when he boxes Australia's Ben Crampton at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners The Barnet boxer believes he is in the best form of his career for his fight with unbeaten Crampton (20-0-1) for the vacant Commonwealth Middleweight Title. Sky Sports will televise the show that also features an English Light-Welterweight Title fight between Lenny Daws and Nigel Wright. continue

Casamayor Gets Dubious Decision Over Cruz

joel casamayor10.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Round One. Cruz catches Casamayor with a left hand to the left elbow when Casamayor comes in slightly off balance knocking him down. Smoger calls it a knockdown. Santa Cruz is aggressive while Casamayor looks rusty.

Cruz 10-8

Round Two. Casamayor is holding a lot. Cruz continues to come forward. The bout is slowing down because of Casamayor’s holding.

Cruz 10-9

Round Three. Casamayor continues to circle and back away, flicking out a right jab and then hold Cruz whenever the taller, rangier fighter gets in close. Cruz continues to be the aggressor but no significant punches are landed. continue

Erdei vs. Mendoza, Hill vs Arslan

"Universum Champions Night" will land at the new Freiberger Arena in Dresden for the first time on November 24th for the big world title twinbill featuring WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei and the long awaited cruiserweight between WBA cruiserweight champion Virgil Hill and interim champion Firat Arslan. continue

Victor Ortiz Knocks Out Carlos Maussa In The First Round, David Haye Knocks Out Mormeck

10.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: “Vicious” Victor Ortiz, 20-1-1 with 15 KOs knocked out Carlos Maussa, 19-5 with 17 KOs at one minute forty-seven seconds of the first round with a sharp left cross to the right cheek. Ortiz, a young, exciting contender who is naturally right handed but fights southpaw measured the awkward 36 year-old Maussa from the opening bell and then backed him into the ropes. He missed a right uppercut but the left hand was already on the way. The punch drew blood and the full ten count from referee Johnny Callas. continue

Susi Kentikian Returns To The Ring On Dec 7

They are the next generation of German Box-Champions: Susi Kentikian, Vitali Tajbert, Sebastian Zbik and Sebastian Köber of the spotlight boxing-Team are young and very talented. On Dezember 7th 2007 they will step into the ring in their hometown of Hamburg and once again demonstrate their power – at the fifth „ProSieben Fight Night“. continue

Mancini-Kim: Beyond the brink

ray mancini09.11.07 - By Ted Sares: I am always amazed at how many people forget about this savage battle. I say savage because it was not a one-sided beat down as many have been led to believe, though Mancini landed an inordinate amount of head shots throughout the fight. I saw it “live” on TV on November 13, 1982 (though I cannot recall where I was at the time).

Deuk Koo Kim was 17-1-1 at the time and had fought all but one of his fights in Seoul, South Korea. He needed to lose several pounds before the fight to make the weight and many claimed he was dehydrated going in. Ray Boom Boom Mancini was 24-1 at the time and was the World Boxing Association lightweight title holder. continue

Mosley/Cotto: Fight Plans, Keys To Victory

10.11.07 - by Vivek Wallace: To all my fight aficionado's out there, tonight is one of the grand moments we've all waited for. Now that the drumroll has sounded, it's time to rumble and after viewing the weigh-in yesterday, it's evident, the fellas are ready. An ode of the late great NYC rapper, 'Bigge Smalls', once stated: "The key to success is day and night, perform like Mike....Either one Tyson, Jordan, Jackson, ACTION!!!! And there's no better word to end that sentence with, as ACTION will be the operative term in a fight of this caliber. continue

Dimitrenko: Special "Training" Session For Hoffmann Fight

WBO #2 heavyweight Alexander "Sascha" Dimitrenko had an unusual kind of training session in advance of his big November 17 "Universum Champions Night" against 'The German Oak' Timo Hoffmann at the Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. continue

Mosley Cotto: Questions That Are About To Be Answered Once And For All

09.11.07 - By Taj Eubanks: It’s that time again. The critical week before a fight when all the fans and pundits come out of the woodwork like flies at a barbecue, prognosticating, quarreling and extolling the virtues of their favorite fighter. The message boards on this site alone are jammed with more traffic than midtown Manhattan at noon. continue

Carl Froch Retains British Title

carl froch09.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Carl Froch, 22-0 with 18 KOs turned back the challenge of former World Boxing Council champion Robin Reid, 39-6-1 with 27 KOs to retain his British super middleweight title at the Ice Arena in Nottingham, England. Reid’s corner halted the bout due to a shoulder injury at the end of the fifth round.

Froch, who is currently rated number two by the WBC, has been calling out undisputed super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe for some time now. Although he did recently offer praise to the champion before and after Calzaghe’s title unifying victory over Mikkel Kessler. But after defeating Reid, he is again calling out the champion. continue

Carl Froch Vs. Robin Reid Fight Report - "The Cobra" Makes Reid Quit!

09.11.07 - By James Slater: Tonight, at The Nottingham Arena, U.K, defending British super-middleweight champion Carl Froch did away with challenger, former world champ Robin Reid, in 5 impressive rounds - forcing the former World Boxing Council king to stay on his stool at the end of the fifth.

Froch, aged 30 and now with a pro record of 22-0 (18) proved too much for veteran Reid, who, at age 36, fell to 39-6-1(27) in a fight that will surely signal the end of his career. Reid, nicknamed "The Reaper Man" gave it a good go, but in the end "The Cobra's" speed, youth and power proved to be too much - overwhelming him and forcing both him and his knowledgeable trainer, Brian Hughes, to accept defeat. continue

Godfrey Williams: Youth vs. Experience

PROVIDENCE (November 9, 2007) – Undefeated NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey, rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council, is positioned for a world title fight in 2008. The 26-year-old from Providence has some unfinished business, though, defending his title belt November 24 against outspoken Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams in the 12-round main event headlining “Pinnacle FiteNite: The Heat’s On In Hartford” at the Connecticut Convention Center. continue

Yahoo to Stream Live Cotto vs Mosley Non-PPV Undercard Bouts for Free

Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank announced today that Yahoo Sports! will exclusively stream live the non-pay-per-view bouts from the four-bout pay-per-view boxing extravaganza headlined by the Miguel Cotto-Sugar Shane Mosley world welterweight championship fight. continue

Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley Weigh In

mosley cotto09.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley, Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank -- Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley weighed in this afternoon for their bout at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. The two fighters will be contesting for Cotto’s World Boxing Association title belt. Both fighters came in under the 147 pound limit. The two fighters weighed in at 146.25 pounds, respectively. Both men looked to be in excellent condition and conducted a brief but intense staredown.

Antonio Margarito also came in at 146.25 pounds for his fight with Golden Johnson. Johnson did not make weight, missing the limit by ½ pound. He will weigh in again. Joel Casamayor came in at 134 pounds for his lightweight bout with Jose Santa Cruz who weighed in at 134.75 pounds. Victor Ortiz came in at 141.5 pounds for his junior welterweight bout against Carlos Maussa who weighed in 142.5. Massau was ½ pound over the stipulated weight agreement and will weigh in again.

From Fatton to Hatton - Training Camp Photos

09.11.07 - All photos © Allan Stevenson - The Mayweather vs. Hatton pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, will be produced and distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View and will be available to more than 61 million pay-per-view homes. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. continue

Guzman Soto Undercard Announced

09.11.07 - If you want to see some of Philadelphia's best young fighters, all you have to do is to take a quick trip down the highway as the area's best up-and-coming fighters will be featured on the off-television undercard of the HBO Boxing After Dark November 17 show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ. continue

Pavlik's Injuries Diagnosed as "Superficial" - Taylor Rumble a Go for Feb 16!

NEW YORK, NY (November 8, 2007) -- World middleweight boxing champion KELLY PAVLIK suffered minor injuries to his hands and forearms while repairing a broken window at his house on November 5, but the prognosis is excellent and his rematch against former world champion Jermain Taylor remains on schedule for February 16, 2008. continue

Boxing: Grading The Divisions

miguel cotto08.11.07 - By Tim Sparks: Aficionados of other sports -- the NFL, college basketball -- regularly rank which conference or which division is best. Contrary to the general public's belief, there are divisions in boxing other than heavyweight, so I thought I'd give this grading thing a try for the sweet science.

It's a timely endeavor: This week is bookended by mega-fights in boxing's best division, the welterweights (147 lbs.), and perhaps the sport's second-best division, the super middleweights (168 lbs). As good as this past Saturday's super middleweight bash featuring Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler was, the upcoming Saturday welterweight bash between Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley should be even better. But the super middleweights bolstered their case Tuesday night when "The Contender" finale produced a legitimate fight of the year candidate. continue

Maccarinelli Guns For Haye Mormeck Winner

08.11.07 - Setanta Sports will televise David Haye's challenge for the WBC/WBA World Cruiserweight titles against champion Jean-Marc Mormeck this Saturday in Paris. Special guest in the Setanta studio giving his expert commentary will be WBO World Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Maccarinelli who aims to get the winner into the ring for a big unification showdown next year. continue

Figueroa plans to close out 2007 in grand style

VERO BEACH, Florida (November 9, 2007) – NABF light welterweight champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa makes his first title defense Friday night (November 16) against fellow southpaw Noel Rodriguez at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Figueroa-Rodriguez will be the 12-round main event airing live on Telemundo. continue

Mosley vs Cotto: Hatton, Mayweather Pick Mosley Over Cotto

NEW YORK, NY - With "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather and Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton heavily entrenched in preparations for their own welterweight championship showdown December 8 (tickets are still available at, both undefeated fighters took the time to weigh in on the welterweight mega-contest between their division rivals Miguel Cotto and Sugar Shane Mosley this Saturday, November 10th at the "Mecca of Boxing," Madison Square Garden. The 12-round world welterweight title fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. continue

Paul Williams Breaks Down Mosley-Cotto

mosley cottoPhoto by Chris Farina - Top Rank -- LOS ANGELES, November 8 – Unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams will be intently observing Saturday nights Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosely event when one of the upcoming high-profile bouts in the 147-pound division take place at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“I’ll definitely be watching the Miguel Cotto-Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito-Golden Johnson fights so I can see who'll be on my list to fight next year,” said Williams, who not only won the WBO world title on July 14th with an action-packed victory over Margarito, but showed who is now the "most feared man in the welterweight division." “I’m ready to get back in there right now, and watching these fights will just get me more pumped up for my return.. continue

Casamayor Set To Resume His Career

08.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: When Joel Casamayor, 34-3-1 with 21 KOs steps into the ring on November 10th against Jose Armando Santa Cruz, 25-2 with 14 KOs he will do so with his former trainer Joe Goossen. Goossen has a unique bond with the fighter that goes back several years and culminated in Casamayor’s first fight with the late Diego Corrales. Casamayor won that bout, stopping Corrales in the sixth round and then fighter and trainer went their separate ways. And Goossen’s direction led him into the camp of Corrales. continue

Another One From The "I Can't Believe He's STILL Fighting" Column - Frankie "The Surgeon" Randall

08.11.07 - by James Slater: Remember Frankie "The Surgeon" Randall, the fighter who used his talents to dissect the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, becoming the very first man to defeat him? Well, he's back. According to, Randall, now aged forty-six, will box the unbeaten Vernon "Iceman" Paris on December 13th in Dearborn, Michigan. Paris is a mere nineteen years-of age, and will be meeting a Randall who has not fought for almost two-and-a-half years. Not only that, but "The Surgeon" has not operated successfully for over four-plus years. What can Randall, 59-18-1(42) possibly have left today. continue

Graham Earl: I´ll Put Manners On Amir Khan

Aye Carumba! Graham Earl says Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan reminds him of Bart Simpson - and needs to respect his elders. The pair meet at the Bolton Arena on December 8, where Khan will make a second defence of his Commonwealth title on the day he celebrates his 21st birthday. Tension has been mounting between the two ever since the fight was announced, with the pair clashing at press conferences held in Bolton and London last week. continue

Klitschko Ibragimov Close To Being Set For February

wladimir klitschko08.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: According to an Associated Press report International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, 49-3 with 44 KOs will partially unify the titles when he takes on World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov, 22-0-1 with 17 KOs at Madison Square Garden on February 23rd. Negotiations for the match are still ongoing but both sides plan to make an official announcement by the end of the week.

Ibragimov’s promoter and lawyer Leon Margules maintains that signing the fight is near completion. “We have a few small things to clear up,” he said, “but both sides want this bout to happen.” continue

Cotto vs Mosley Press Conference Quotes

NEW YORK, NY (November 8, 2007) – Just days before the highly anticipated welterweight championship bout between undefeated WBA world welterweight champion MIGUEL COTTO and four-time world champion SUGAR SHANE MOSLEY, scheduled for Saturday, November 10 , at the "Mecca of Boxing," Madison Square Garden, both fighters addressed the media at the final press conference. continue

Officials For Cotto – Mosley And Current Betting Line

08.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The New York State Athletic Commission today announced the officials assigned to the Miguel Cotto – Shane Mosley World Boxing Association welterweight title bout at Madison Square Garden on November 10th. The referee will be Benji Estevez while the three judges scoring the bout are Glen Feldman, Winn Kintz and Peter Trematera. continue

Boxing Video: Tavoris Cloud vs Jose Luis Herrera

08.11.07 - Boxing’s hottest light heavyweight prospect Tavoris Cloud of Tallahassee, Florida is currently featured on in his terrific fifth round knockout of Jose Luis Herrera from this past August 24th at Chicago’s Congress Theater. continue

Bika Earns Contender Title in a Stunning Showdown

sakio bikaBy Nathan King: In what immediately became a fight of the year candidate, the slugfest between Jaidon Condrington and Sakio Bika at the Boston Garden will be one very few will forget.

The action began immediately when Bika (25-3-2, 15 KO) knocked Codrinton (18-2, 14 KO) down in the early seconds of the first round. Codrington arose and a wild slugfest quickly ensued in which Codrington returned the favor by catching Bika with a sharp left hook sending him to the canvas just moments after the first knockdown. The rest of the round it seemed that Bika had trouble just staying on two feet. continue

Battle of Britain: Calzaghe vs. Woods

07.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: British local TV network Yorkshire television have reported that negotiations for a 175 pound match up between Sheffield’s International Boxing Federation champion Clinton Woods and pound for pound great Joe Calzaghe have begun and are at an advanced stage. “It’s a fight I definitely want,” Woods told Yorkshire TV’s interviewer “I feel confident I can beat him. I’d be the first guy to beat him and it’s a massive fight. It would be the battle of Britain. I’m the light heavyweight champion and he’s talking about coming up to my weight so let’s get it on.. continue

Kevin Johnson Added To Star Boxing's "Punchin at the Paradise 6" Card

Bronx, NY - Nov 07, 2007 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing announced today that newly ranked (WBA #14) heavyweight contender Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (16-0-1 6KO's) of Asbury Park, NJ, will be in the big apple this week for a busy week in and out of the ring. continue

Polish prospect Fonfara to fight in Chicago on Nov 16

07.11.07 - Chicago favorite Andrzej Fonfara returns to the ring on Friday, November 16th as he faces Dave Saunders at Cicero Stadium in a six round junior middleweight bout, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Miguel Cotto versus Shane Mosley: The Facts, The Fictions...

cotto mosleyBy Vivek Wallace, Photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank -- From the day that this fight was signed, fight fans openly pondered the potential outcome of this mega fight. Cotto fans raving about his power, Shane fans raving about his speed. All sounds good in theory but then reality sets in.....

On the evening of November 10th in the Mecca of sports, New York's Madison Square Garden, no comment spewed by fans of either man will matter when these two masterful pugilist step into that 'great blue abyss'.

In an effort to sort out the fact from the fiction for the unbiased reader who can appreciate an unbiased writer, carefully, I examine what most fight aficionado's view as the 'Wise 5'....As in the (5) major points that any fan or betting man had better consider before attempting to put his money, or his words where his mouth is when it comes to such a huge mega fight. continue

Cotto, Mosley Ticket Demand Forsces The Garden to Open Mezzanine - $50 tix

NEW YORK, NY (November 7, 2007) -- With the original 16,000 tickets for "Fast & Furious" -- the November 10th world welterweight championship between superstars Miguel Cotto and Sugar Shane Mosley -- projected to sell out, promoters Oscar de la Hoya and Bob Arum and Madison Square Garden announced today that the upper mezzanine section are now on sale, creating an additional 3,000 seats ($50 each) to accommodate the ever-growing demands of boxing fans. This is only the second time since 2001 The Garden has opened the mezzanine for a boxing event. continue

Speed Kills: Why Mosley will Prevail

07.11.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The long awaited championship showdown between two of the most exciting fighters in the game has finally arrived. Saturday night, in what might well go down as a Fight of the Year candidate, undefeated World Boxing Association welterweight champion, Miguel Cotto, will defend his crown against future Hall-of-Famer, ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley. For Cotto, this will be the biggest challenge of his career; for Mosley, it represents an opportunity to re-establish himself as a dominant force in the sport. continue

Kimbrough vs. Fagan for U.S.B.A. Lightweight Title

U.S.B.A. #11 ranked lightweight, Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough (18-1-1 7ko’s) of Alliquippa, Pennsylvania will face U.S.B.A. #14 ranked lightweight Oisin “Gaelic Force” Fagan (20-4 12ko’s) originally from Dublin, Ireland and now residing in Oklahoma City for the vacant 12 round U.S.B.A. lightweight title on Sunday December 30th at 2pm at the Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia. continue

Book Review: Boxing Is My Sanctuary, by Theodore R. (Ted) Sares

sares7.11.07 - By John Howard: Maybe we need to add a new name to the list of boxing writers out there today. Ted Sares can flat out write about boxing.

Prior to the release of his book, Ted, a private investor by trade, has specialized in articles, essays and short stories. His book Boxing Is My Sanctuary is a lifetime of mostly first hand experiences he has encountered over the past 60 years and he describes them from a fan's perspective.

With its 56 chapters and 355 pages (and an amazing bibliography of 24 pages), It's hard to do the justice this book deserves in a short review. As well, it's difficult to dig deep enough into this encyclopedia of knowledge Ted has crafted. Boxing Is My Sanctuary is sure to become a source of reference for other boxing writers. As an example of how far he goes with the detail, does anyone remember James Miller, aka The "Fan Man" and what became of him? And you have never heard food described until you read the way the author does it. continue

Letter to Joe Calzaghe: Hopkins, Pavlik, More

07.11.07 - By David Janke: That was a great fight Saturday night. Once and for all, you have proved that you are a great boxer. Many critics wrote about your brittle hands, your ‘slaps’ as opposed to punches, and your mediocre opponents. Taking a line from the great Roberto Duran, claims that you are overrated are ‘no mas.. continue

Marcus Thompkins Makes His Pro Debut on “The Showdown”

November 7(Merrillville, IN)- Marcus Thompkins, the newest addition to the One In A Million stable of boxers, will make his professional debut on the annual “Pre-Thanksgiving Showdown,” Friday, November 16th at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville, IN. continue

Vargas Mayorga Countdown

NEW YORK (Nov. 9, 2007)—SHOWTIME is currently airing “Vargas vs. Mayorga: Countdown to The Brawl”— profiling two of boxing’s most colorful and explosive personalities. America’s No. 1 Boxing Network will feature the documentary program at various times over a two-week period between Friday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 23 (see next page for complete schedule). “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas and Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga will meet in the ring the day after Thanksgiving to settle a personal score for machismo and pride. continue

ESPN Classic’s Triumph and Tragedy: The Ray Mancini Story

ray manciniOn the 25th anniversary of the tragic Ray Mancini – Deuk-Koo Kim fight, ESPN Classic presents Triumph and Tragedy: The Ray Mancini Story, a documentary on the life of Ray Mancini, including Kim’s death four days after collapsing in the ring, Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

In the World Boxing Association lightweight title fight Nov. 13, 1982, Mancini delivered a knockout blow in the 14th round that ended the fight and sent Kim to the hospital. Kim was brain dead and four days later he was removed from life support. In Korea, Kim became a larger-than-life figure in death. Overcome by grief, his mother committed suicide 11 weeks after her son’s death. Mancini was devastated and, until now, has not given an extended interview on the fight and Kim’s subsequent death. continue

World Boxing Council Selects Chendu, China To Host 2008 Convention

WBC President Jose Sulaiman visited Chendu, China to confirm the site of the 46th annual WBC convention. General Kovid Bhakdibuhmi and Patrick Cusick from the Asian Boxing Council joined President Sulaiman for his memorable 3 day visit to China. continue

Saturday November 24th - Meza-Clay Returns

Popular IBA World Super Featherweight Champion Monty Meza-Clay (25W-1L, 16KO) will return to battle on November 24, 2007 against tough Dominican Pasqual "The Tiger" Rouse 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

Jeremy Williams on Mission vs. Matt Godfrey Nov. 24 in Hartford

HARTFORD (November 7, 2007) – Former WBO heavyweight title challenger Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams has vowed to capture the world cruiserweight championship, which is the primary reason why he’s fighting a young buck like unbeaten NABF cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey, headlining “Pinnacle FiteNite: The Heat’s On In Hartford,” on November 24 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue

Bika Wins Contender Crown

sakio bika7.11.07 - Matthew Hurley: Sakio Bika, 25-3-2 with 15 KOs knocked out Jaidon Codrington, 18-2 with 14 KOs at 2:18 of the eighth round last night at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston in front of nearly 6,000 people. The victory brought “The Scorpion” upwards of $800,000 in what turned out to be an exciting finale to the third season of ESPN’s The Contender reality boxing series.

Bika, who acquitted himself well in a 2006 decision loss to current unified super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, got off to a quick start against Codrington. He knocked him down with less than a minute gone in the first round but then Codrington came back and put Bika down. The round continued at a frenetic pace and will easily be a candidate for “round of the year." continue

Reggie Johnson Has Been Here Before

Former champion Reggie Johnson battles former champion Glen Johnson in the "Fight Night for Climate Change" Pay-per-View extravaganza on November 17, from the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, Louisiana Before you laugh off former middleweight and light heavyweight champion "Sweet" Reggie Johnson's chances in his upcoming fight against Glen Johnson, you really need to speak to William Guthrie. continue

Klitschkos “steal” Arena’s Alexander Ustinov

They always complained about filthy tricks of shady managers in the international boxing business, now the Klitschkos pulled out some dubious methods themselves. Although they knew that Alexander Ustinov (7-0-0) had a valid management contract with a matchmaker binding him exclusively with Arena Box Promotions, Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko inked the 32-year-old former Muay-Thai Champion for their marketing company "K2 East". continue

Abbie Hoffman is Ready to Rock the House at MSG for the Cotto-Mosley fight

NEW YORK, NY (November 7, 2007) -- In looking to create a more "radical" atmosphere of music and sound for Saturday's Miguel Cotto-Shane Mosley world championship boxing pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden, Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank have world-famous DJ JUSTIN HOFFMAN returning to The Garden. continue

After November 3rd's Super-Middleweight Action - One Writer's New Pound-For-Pound Top-Ten

ricky hatton07.11.07 - by James Slater: There have been so many high quality fights in boxing this year, the combining of a top-ten pound-for-pound list keeps getting harder and harder. No sooner does one fighter look like the definitive #1 on the planet, does another guy put on a showing that demands his recognition for the very same accolade.

This was exactly the case on November 3rd, with the excellent and masterful, not to mention very watchable, showing Joe Calzaghe put on against the formidable Mikkel Kessler. A few months, if not weeks, back, it seemed clear that Floyd Mayweather was the obvious choice for the holder of the sport's mythical and ultra respected title. But is that the case now? continue

Carmelo Anthony Meets Miguel Cotto

NEW YORK, NY (November 6, 2007) --- Photo: Team Cotto - Top Rank --Undefeated WBA Welterweight World Champion MIGUEL COTTO (L), Caguas,Puerto Rico and Denver Nuggets superstar CARMELO ANTHONY go one on one in the Big Apple. Both are staying at the same hotel and accidentally met up in the lobby on their way out to their respective training/practice sessions. continue

Golota Very Impressed by China's World Champ Zou Shiming

07.11.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: IBF North American Heavyweight champ Andrew Golota attended some of the World Amateur Boxing championships held at UIC Pavilion in Chicago the previous fortnight and was most impressed by the Chinese wunderkind Zou Shiming, of all the boxers he watched. "Paperweights, the guy from China, I saw him beat the Russian," said Golota. "Untouchable. You can't touch him. Unbelievable. continue

Cotto And Mosley Ready For Battle

06.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: “I’m expecting a hard, rugged fight.” So says Shane Mosley, 44-4 with 37 KOs of his upcoming bout with Miguel Cotto, 30-0 with 25 KOs. The two are set to square off at Madison Square Garden on November 10th for Cotto’s World Boxing Association welterweight title. The match up is one of the year’s most anticipated fights because of the contrast in styles. Promoters have labeled this contest “Fast and Furious” and fans expect nothing less than a scintillating fight between two of boxing’s most exciting warriors. continue

Mosley vs Cotto: Confident Mosley Vows To Conquer Cotto At His Own Game

mosley07.11.07 - By Scoop Malinowski -- But also calls Cotto a "soon-to-be legendary fighter"

"I'm going to be aggressive the whole entire fight," declared Sugar Shane Mosley, without concern. Hey, that's why he's a Hall of Fame fighter - he knows what to do in the ring against the era's best warriors and come out on top.

What about Cotto's bold words yesterday, that he will take his WBA Welterweight title with him back to Puerto Rico on Sunday? No problem for Shane. "I mean, Cotto could go back to Puerto Rico but not with the victory. Victory is gonna be mine."

"It's going to be a tremendous fight," admitted the 36-year-old warrior. "I know it's going to be explosive. I love to sit there and war with a guy. And sit there and fight. That's just my nature. But I can box very well and I can move. I'm going to do what it takes to win the fight - whether it takes moving and little bit and fighting. But I'm definitely gonna sit there and punch with him. Because I know that I'm a very hard puncher and probably the stronger fighter in this fight.. continue

Haussler vs Sanavia on Abraham Undercard

Danilo Haussler is eager to win back the title he held for almost three years when he clashes with European super-middleweight champion Cristian Sanavia next month. The duo will battle it out on the Abraham undercard in Basle on December 8. History is clearly favouring the 32-year-old German who already clinched a close majority decision over his Italian opponent in July 2005. "I´m thrilled to get this chance," Haussler said. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Klitschko Ibragimov, Rocchigiani, Kessler, More

06.11.07 - By Per Ake Persson: German daily paper "Die Welt" writes that a Wladimir Klitschko vs Sultan Ibragimov IBF and WBO unification bout is in the works for February 23 in New York. The former bad boy of German boxing, Graciano Rocchigiani, has been released from jail from his latest sentence due to good behaviour. "Rocky" is now concentrating on training fighters. Every year - for a few years more - there´s reportedly a hefty check coming in from the WBC - said to be far from the court ordered sum but still not bad. continue

Aaron Williams Returns on Hartford, CT Card

Undefeated cruiserweight prospect, Aaron Williams (15-0, 11 KO’s), returns to the ring November 24th on “Pinnacle Fight Night: The Heat is On in Hartford” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. Williams is the chief support for CES stablemate, Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey. Godfrey will be defending his NABF Cruiserweight Title against Jeremy Williams in the 12 round main event. continue

In Praise Of The Boxing Referees

arthur mercante06.11.07 - By Ted Sares: I can recall many times where I criticized the work of a referee in a particular fight, but I have stopped doing it. Who am I to superimpose my judgment on a referee who has been licensed, trained and is paid to do what he does in the ring? Oh sure, I have a fanfs right to complain, but If Ifm going to write, I need to be a bit more circumspect.

I can think of two times when a referee went beyond and needed to be corralled. One involved the Davey Moore-Roberto Duran fight where the referee seemed to suffer from decision paralysis almost resulting in Moore being killed in the ring. The other goes back a bit farther and involved the referee in the Ingo Johansson-Eddie Machen fight of 1958 where Ingo put a Cooney-Norton beating on a helpless and trapped Machen while referee Andrew Smyth looked on. As Machen lay on the apron out cold, Smyth needlessly counted him out wasting 10 seconds of valuable time. continue

Mormeck Haye Showdown This Saturday In Paris

World Boxing Council number one challenger David Haye has left true carnage in his wake on the climb to the top of the cruiserweight heap but the London slugger must now bring his vaunted power punching to bear upon the true world champion of the division, WBC and World Boxing Association Champion Jean-Marc Mormeck as the two clash this Saturday, November 10 on a Don King Productions promotion at Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Paris, France. continue

Cotto/Mosley: "Ruthless" Cotto May Now Have More Power To Play With

06.11.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: "Ruthlessness, power and determination," are why Paulie Malignaggi says Miguel Cotto is the toughest man he's ever faced. Of course, ring observers are quite familiar with the trademark relentless tenacity of the unbeaten World Boxing Association Welterweight champ. But what is the power like actually. continue

Ronnie Shields Talks About On Juarez, Pacquiao And More

06.11.07 - By John Martinez, This past Saturday, contender Rocky Juarez lost his bid to wrestle the WBC super featherweight title from reigning champion, Juan Manual Marquez. Leading up to this fight, many pundits and fans alike gave Juarez very little chance if any to accomplish his mission to be the next champion. People said that he was either too slow, not polished enough, or strong enough to go twelve rounds with the Mexican national. continue

Don’t count Hopkins out against Calzaghe!

bernard hopkins05.11.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Joe Calzaghe looked absolutely brilliant in his victorious performance against Mikkel Kessler. In what was undoubtedly the most historically significant bout in super middleweight boxing history, Calzaghe dominated Kessler en route to a one-sided unanimous decision victory. In the process, Calzaghe showed tremendous heart and also proved a sturdy chin as he repeatedly shrugged off solid shots from Kessler while continuously applying non-stop pressure in vintage-Calzaghe fashion.

Before the bout, in an article entitled Why Calzaghe will prevail, I accurately predicted that the big difference in the fight would be Calzaghe’s high punch output. In the end, this proved true: continue

Is It Time To Recognize Wladimir Klitschko As World Heavyweight Champion?

06.11.07 - By Paul McCreath: I guess one of the most popular topics for debate on these pages the past few months has been around the subject of the world heavyweight title and who is the real champion or if there really is one. Most fans are not happy with the idea of the fragmented titles we have just now but how do we get back to having only one champion. continue

Marquez “Dinamita” Punishes Juarez, Wants Pacquiao Next

06.11.07 - by Joshua “Travz” Travilla: Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (48–3–1, 35 KOs) successfully defended his World Boxing Council super featherweight title on Saturday night, defeating by 12-round unanimous decision four-time world challenger Rocky Juarez (27–4, 19 KOs) of Houston, Texas, at the Desert Casino in Tucson, Arizona. The final judges’ scores were 120-108, 118-110 and 117-111, all for Marquez. continue

Mosley Cotto: Cottogate?

By Taj K. Eubanks - November 5, 2007: In today’s boxing landscape, which is undergoing a renaissance of sorts despite what the skeptics would have us believe, there are few stars. And there are even fewer that are regarded as class acts. Such is the reason that the upcoming bout between Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto (30-0) and “Sugar” Shane Mosley (44-4) is such a hot ticket. These two are true gentleman, forgoing pre-fight braggadocio and staged antagonism for classy promotion. continue

Reflections on Calzaghe-Kessler from Ringside

joe calzaghe05.11.07 - By Michael Klimes: Something happened on Sunday morning which does not usually occur in today’s world of boxing: Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler, two undefeated champions squared off in their primes to find out who was best of their generation. Their contest must now become one of the most celebrated chapters of the young super middleweight division as both of them gave the sport some of the most graceful rounds of fighting this year. Unfortunately, there were two disappointments at this encounter.

Firstly, Kessler’s atrocious entrance music should never be heard or played again. You’ve been warned! Secondly, there was some stupid Welshman who knew nothing about boxing or Kessler, jeering several rows behind me who said ‘you’re rubbish and you’re crap’ during the fight. continue

Kofi Jantuah – From "sparring partner" to World Champion?

Outside of the ring Kofi Jantuah (31-3-0) is a very polite and almost shy guy. When he introduced himself to the arena-team some weeks ago nobody would have thought that this man had been Commonwealth Champion in 1999 and fought for the World Championship twice, only losing both fights by close decisions. continue

Cotto Mosley: Is Shane Mosley Looking Past Miguel Cotto?

05.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As he wraps up preparations for his November 10th showdown with Miguel Cotto, Sugar Shane Mosley has laid out his itinerary for 2008 and it all starts with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Should Mosley defeat Cotto he has made it clear that he wants to begin his welterweight boxing title reign against the so-called “pound for pound” best fighter in the sport. continue

It's Ghost Time! Guerrero Stops Honorio in 1st round!

11.06.07 - by Joshua "Travz" Travilla: The fight was supposed to be considered a classic. However, it didn't work out that way when the reigning International Boxing Federation Featherweight Champion Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero (21-1-1,14 KOs) easily dismantled the dream of Martin "El Brochas" Honorio (24-4-1, 12 KOs) in the first round to become world champion. continue

Antonio Margarito Set For Golden Johnson And The Future

antonio margarito05.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Upon winning the World Boxing Organization welterweight title in 2002 against Antonio Diaz (TKO 10) Antonio Margarito has been something of a polarizing figure among boxing fans. There are those who insisted from early on that he was the most feared welterweight in the division which accounted for opponents “ducking” him and then there were those on the other side who maintained right from the start that he was a slow starting, ponderous fighter whose competition spoke volumes as to his overrated status.

Everything came to a rather confusing conclusion for both sides in July of 2007 when he lost his belt to mammoth welterweight contender Paul Williams on a close unanimous decision. The haters said, “We told you so” while his defenders claimed he should have got the decision. continue

Brian Minto Returns Dec. 30th

Heavyweight contender Brian “The Beast” Minto (28-2 17ko’s) of Butler, Pennsylvania will be making his return to the ring on Sunday December 30th at the Mountaineer Racetrack & Gaming Resort in Chester, West Virginia . Minto will headline the card tabbed as “Seasons’ Beatings” in a 10 round main event against Byron Polley (21-7-1 10 ko’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri for the vacant WBA Federcentro Heavyweight Title. continue

Young Guns Eager For Success

British Boxing: Impact Boxing’s young duo of Jimmy Doherty and Scott Miller have declared their desire to follow the examples set by the camp’s senior professionals and to challenge for major honours in the next two years. continue

Miranda Wants Pascal To Put His Money Where His Mouth Is

HOLLYWOOD, FL, November 5 – Following his impressive fifth round stoppage of veteran Henry Porras on October 30th, super middleweight contender Edison Miranda silenced any critics who questioned whether he would still be the same fighter at 168 pounds that he was at 160. One person he didn’t silence was fellow contender Jean Pascal, who made a spectacle out of himself in calling out Miranda from ringside and in the ring after the bout. continue

Marquez And Pacquiao Headed Towards A Rematch

marquez05.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley, photo by Naoki Fukuda - In the wake of Juan Manuel Marquez’s decisive decision victory over Rocky Juarez for the World Boxing Council super featherweight title Manny Pacquiao all but called out his last remaining Mexican rival. According to the Philippine Star Pacquiao was quoted as saying, “I can take him easily.”

Pacquiao and Marquez battled to a memorable draw in 2004 in which Manny decked Marquez three times in the first round. Marquez then gamely fought back in the early rounds before establishing a stinging jab and boxing skills that kept the onrushing Pacquiao at bay. continue

Star Boxing News

Bronx, NY Nov 05, 2007 - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing, today unveiled the undercard for their popular sixth installment of PUNCHIN at the PARADISE, from The Utopia Paradise Theater in the Bronx and it's hotter than Tabasco! America's number one Hispanic fight network TELEFUTURA will broadcast the event live. continue

Carl Froch Invites Joe Calzaghe

05.11.07 - Photo by Sumio Yamada - Carl Froch has invited Joe Calzaghe to be guest of honour at his British Super-Middleweight Title showdown against Robin Reid at the Nottingham Arena on Friday. Undefated Froch takes on former Calzaghe opponent Reid on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners that will be televised live by Sky Sports. Froch is willing to be WBO-WBC-WBA champion Calzaghe’s next opponent rather than Bernard Hopkins. The Nottingham boxer has also declared he will carry on Britain’s domination of the super-middleweight division after Calzaghe retires. continue

Sauerland Event wins purse bid for Valuev v Liakhovich

Sauerland Event today won the purse bid for the WBA heavyweight eliminator between former champion Nikolai Valuev and Sergey Liakhovich. Sauerland´s winning bid was $670.000, with Don King Productions offering $650.000. "We are very happy to have won the bid," Sauerland managing director Chris Meyer said. "The fight will probably take place in three months and is likely to be staged in Germany.. continue

Joe Calzaghe In Perspective

marquezBy Taj K. Eubanks, Photo by Sumio Yamada - November 4, 2007 - I will be the first to admit that I wasn’t always a believer in Joe Calzaghe. Like most Yanks, I harbor a cynical skepticism about fighters who have never fought on American soil, instead plying their trades on distant shores in seeming anonymity. Without the support of American network television, it is virtually impossible to form an opinion about a foreign pugilist.

Most often all that we have to rely on are the profiles written by internet boxing scribes (since boxing coverage by mainstream media is virtually nil), most of whom seem to either sway heavily to the celebratory or to the derogatory. continue

McGirt breaking out in 2008

VERO BEACH, Florida (November 5, 2007) – Slowly but surely, fight by fight, unbeaten super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (18-0, 9 KOs) is breaking from the long shadow cast by his father/trainer, former two-time world champion and 2002 Trainer of the Year James “Buddy” McGirt, and establishing his own identity in the ring. continue

The Post-Douglas Mike Tyson - Still Capable Of Being Mighty, Just Ask Alex Stewart!

05.11.07 – By James Slater: Though most experts and fans feel Mike Tyson was never the same fighter after the shocking beating he took from huge underdog James "Buster" Douglas, when focused and well prepared Mike was still more than capable of boxing like a great heavyweight. His absolute prime may have passed, but at the still incredibly young age of 24, Mike, even after all he'd been through up until that point in his hectic life, was no finished fighter. continue

Frankie Figueroa vs Noel Rodriguez on Nov 16

New York State Light Welterweight Champion, WBC Mundo Continental Hispano Champion and newly appointed NABF Light Welterweight Champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa, ranked the No. 14 contender by the IBF and the No. 12 contender by the WBC, is ready for his big day in the lime light. Friday November 16, 2007 Figueroa will headline on Telemundo as he defends his NABF title against Mexican contender Noel Rodriguez (13 wins, 1 loss, 5 knockouts) at the Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. continue

Is Calzaghe really the greatest Super Middleweight ever?

calzaghe04.11.07 – By Adrian Saba, Photo by Sumio Yamada - Yesterday, Joe Calzaghe probably won his most important fight, the fight that will identify him in the future. His bout against Kessler was the true definition of a career defining fight: a fight for all the belts, against the toughest undefeated opponent, at the right time of his boxing career. Let’s remember that Calzaghe is 35, not old and past his prime, but he’s not a young fighter with many promising years left.

The fight against Kessler happened exactly at the right time. The Dragon must now climb in the P4P rankings, where he was rated at the bottom –now I would rate him in the Top5–. He has more than 20 title defences, he has defeated Chris Eubank, Charles Brewer, Byron Mitchell, Jeff Lacy, Mikkel Kessler, etc. He has dominated for 10 years and could break Joe Louis’ record, and also Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record. Calzaghe is currently 44-0. continue

Jamie Moore Gets European Title Shot

Frank Maloney Promotions continues its meteoric rise with the announcement of a triple-header of title fights at Robin Park Arena in Wigan, England on 8 December, 2007. The top-flight card is headed by European light middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov, who makes the first defence of his title against hard man Jamie Moore. continue

Calzaghe Sets His Sights On Hopkins

04.11.07- By Matthew Hurley: After turning back the spirited challenge of Mikkel Kessler undisputed super middleweight boxing champion Joe Calzaghe made it known that he intends to move up to the light heavyweight division and try to secure a match with Bernard Hopkins. A Calzaghe – Hopkins fight has been brewing for years but depending on whom you talk to either Hopkins continually priced himself out of the match and refused to fight in Europe or Calzaghe did exactly the same in regards to money and refused to fight in the United States. Ultimately though, in years past, it would have been Hopkins who would be challenging for Calzaghe’s title. So it seemed reasonable, at least in Calzaghe’s eyes, that the challenger should come to him. continue

Who Next For Joe Calzaghe? - Clinton Woods?

04.11.07- By James Slater: On Saturday night, as an in-studio television guest analyst, IBF light-heavyweight champion Clinton Woods made it abundantly clear who he wants to fight next. Having just seen his countryman Joe Calzaghe put on what was arguably the best performance yet for the super-middleweight king, against the gutsy Mikkel Kessler, Woods said he'd relish fighting Joe next. Will this challenge motivate "The Pride Of Wales?" Let's face it, after the very impressive number he did on the previously unbeaten Dane, there is not a whole lot else left for Joe at 168 pounds. continue

Sharkie’s Machine: Joe Calzaghe Too Slick For Mikkel Kessler

calzagheBy Frank Gonzalez Jr. - November 3rd 2007 - Photo by Sumio Yamada - Saturday night in Cardiff Wales, reigning WBO Super Middleweight Champion, Joe Calzaghe (44-0, 32 KO’s) treated his loyal hometown fans at the Cardiff Stadium to the toughest fight of his career, taking on the younger and arguably stronger, WBC Champion, Mikkel Kessler (39-1, 29 KO’s) of Denmark.

Once again, Joe Calzaghe proved he is the best fighter in his weight class as he used speedy hands, tricky ring generalship, toughness and a vast array of punches to tame the technically sound Mikkel Kessler during the course of 12 exciting rounds.

Late 2007 has been good to boxing fans. Fights like Calzaghe vs. Kessler is boxing the way it ought to be. This is what raises Boxing’s stock in the minds of even casual sports fans. continue

Jose Diaz Shows Guts

Jose “The Pit Bull” Diaz, younger brother to lightweight world champion Juan Diaz, suffered a broken jaw and dislocated tooth in the first round of his ten-round bout this past Friday night on Telefutura against rugged Miguel Mengui. Diaz, who fought through tremendous pain and adversity, did not notify his corner of any complications throughout the fight, except that he asked his corner for his tooth to be pulled at the end of round one. continue

Lindsay added to The Only Show in Town

Recently crowned IBF Youth featherweight champion Martin Lindsay is the latest star addition to “The Only Show in Town” which takes place at the Kings Hall, Belfast on Saturday, December 8th. The Hunky Dorys Fight Night card is headlined by John Duddy in the biggest fight of his career against former European Champion and two time World title challenger Howard Eastman. continue

Pickering has set his sights on Martinze and Hunter

British Super-Bantamweight Champion Esham Pickering has set his sights on a showdown with European champion Kiko Martinez and Michael Hunter. Pickering hopes to face both next year after he has taken care of Sean Hughes (Pontefract) on the under card of Carl Froch’s British Super-Middleweight Title clash with Robin Reid on a Hennessy Sports show with title partners at the Nottingham Arena on Friday (9th November). continue

Marquez Scores Unanimous Decision Over Juarez

marquezTUCSON, Ariz. (Nov. 3, 2007) – Photos by Tom Casino - Two world class boxers entered the ring as champions and left in the same fashion, Saturday, Nov. 3 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.

Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3-1, 35 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico showed the boxing world why he is one of the most feared and respected boxers of his era by methodically breaking down Rocky Juarez (27-4, 19 KOs) of Houston, Texas over 12 rounds to score a unanimous decision.

The judges scored it overwhelmingly in Marquez’ favor: 118-110, 117-111 and 120-108. With the victory, Marquez retained his WBC 130 pound title. continue

Bob Mirovic Wins Aussie Heavyweight Title For Third Time!

04.11.07- By Tony Nobbs: When you think of an Australian heavyweight title fight you think of Bob Mirovic and Col Wilson. They aren't our best big men over the past decade but they have been part of seventeen of the last twenty bouts for the championship. With their old nemeses Joe Bugner sitting ringside, they came together again at the Southport RSL on the Gold Coast in Queensland on Friday night for the fifth fight of one of the longest rivalries in domestic boxing history and it was everything we could have expected or wanted – except perhaps a win for sentimental favorite Wilson. continue

Calzaghe Decisions Kessler

03.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In a fast past bout Joe Calzaghe won a clear cut unanimous decision over Mikkel Kessler in front of 53,000 fans at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The bout was fought for the unified super middleweight crown. Calzaghe used his superior speed and footwork to both offset Kessler’s jab and back the bigger fighter up, negating his power. After a brisk start contested evenly over three rounds Calzaghe began to dictate the rhythm of the bout by using quick right jabs and constant upper body movement to thwart Kessler’s straightforward attack. continue

Calzaghe Kessler: Calzaghe wins Kessler's WBC, WBA crowns

CARDIFF, WALES (November 3, 2007) -- In an all-action fight, undefeated WBO/The Ring magazine super middleweight champion JOE CALZAGHE became undefeated WBC/WBA/WBO/The Ring magazine super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, successfully defending his world title for a division-best 21st consecutive time, defeating Danish buzzsaw Mikkel Kessler, the defending WBC/WBA champion, by unanimous decision on scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112. Fought before a European indoor record 50,150 screaming fans at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, the event lived up to its hype as arguably the biggest world title unification showdown of non-heavyweight champions since the Sugar Ray Leonard-Tommy Hearns welterweight rumble of 1981. continue

Calzaghe - Kessler: Kessler’s "O" Goes

mikkel kessler03.11.07 - By Ted Sares: Back some time ago I predicted the outcome as follows:

The Predicted Outcome: Calzaghe does not have the one-punch power of Kessler and this could prove pivotal for Mikkel. On balance, however, I see Calzaghe getting into his rhythm early and avoiding Kessler bombs with great ring movement and acumen. I see him peppering the Dane with enough punches, many in lightening combinations, to gain a close decision. That said, the fight has the potential to be overly strategic and cerebral and this could translate to something other than the exciting engagement most are expecting or at least hoping for. Heck, the odds on this fight going the distance have to be pretty darn good. continue

Demetrius Andrade Takes Home the Gold at the 2007 Boxing World Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) won his first World Championship on Saturday at the 2007 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Chicago, Ill. Andrade dominated every second of his championship bout with Thailand’s Non Boonjumnong before the bout was stopped with 15 seconds remaining in the second round due to an injury to the Thai boxer. continue

Rau’shee Warren Wins the First Boxing World Championship for the United States Since 1999

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Flyweight Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) took home the gold in a gutsy performance on Saturday at the 2007 World Championships in Chicago, Ill. Warren won a 13-9 decision over Thailand’s Somjit Jongjohor despite having his tooth knocked out with a Jongjohor head-butt in the second round. continue

Marquez-Juarez, Guerrero-Honorio Weigh-in Results & Photos

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

Et Tu, Saul? Kassim Ouma: More Trouble With The Roman's

kassim ouma03.11.07 - Brian McDonald: Kassim Ouma, a one time title holder and fan favorite, disappoints once again in a relatively uneventful fight against future journeyman-at-best Saul Roman. Early in the bout Roman was able to pop Kassim rather effectively with his jab. By the third round, unfortunately, the fight had settled into abject mediocrity.

With the exception Kassim dropping Roman in the 8th round with a scurrilous low-blow that was mis-called by referee James Jen-Kin as a clean knockdown, the fight simply never really got going. The slick defense and superb footwork Ouma is capable of would occasionally surface, but it was far a few between sightings. More importantly, the high-output offensive attack we've come to expect from Ouma wasn't there. Kassim simply didn't have the swagger and command he once showed. Of course, this is not the first time Kassim showed up seemingly out of shape and unfocused. continue

Chambers Beats Brock, Will Face Povetkin

03.11.07 - By Jim Furo: Heavyweight boxing fans can rest assured, there will be no Klitschko v. Byrd III or Klitschko v. Brock II. Instead, there will be a match up sometime early next year (possibly February) between Russia's Alexander Povetkin and Philadelphia's Eddie Chambers, winner to take aim at Klitschko's International Boxing Federation heavyweight title. continue

Chambers Walks Down Brock to A Spilt Decision Victory

03.11.07 - By Craig Mastendri: The 100th episode of SHOBOX on Showtime delivered with a very solid main event in which “Fast Eddie” Chambers improved to 30-0 16 KO’s took another major step forward as the best American Heavyweight, with a rather dominant performance versus Calvin Brock who fell to 31-2 23 KO’s. continue

Interview With Female Featherweight Contender Kasha Chamblin

03.11.07 - by James Slater: 30 year-old female featherweight Kasha "The Fighting Marine" Chamblin, of Louisiana is currently 10-1(5) in a pro career that began with a third round TKO win back in June of 2004. Shortly after a four year term in the United States marine core, Kasha fell in love with the sport of boxing. As beautiful out of the ring as she is in it, the five foot five Chamblin is one hundred percent dedicated to the sport she now adores. continue

ShoBox: Chambers, Lopez Win

eddie chambersPhotos: Jan Sanders / Goossen Tutor Promotions For Showtime - TACOMA, Wash. (Nov. 3, 2007) – Going into Friday’s 100th telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation, there had been 22 boxers who’d appeared during the popular series’ distinguished six-year history that went on to capture world titles. That’s better than one every five shows. Two more victories and “Fast’’ Eddie Chambers could become the 23rd.

The unbeaten Chambers (30-0, 16 KOs), of Philadelphia, registered a 12-round split decision over Calvin “The Boxing Banker’’ Brock (31-2, 23 KOs), of Charlotte, N.C., in Friday’s ShoBox main event. The victory earned Chambers the right to fight 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Alexander Povetkin in the finals of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) heavyweight elimination tournament. continue

Mundine To Defend vs. Jose Clavero!

02.11.07 - By Tony Nobbs: While World Boxing Association super and WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler gets set to unify the 168 alphabet belts with the bench mark of the division, WBO/International Boxing Federation and Ring Magazine champ Joe Calzaghe on Saturday night, WBA regular title holder Anthony Mundine (29-3, 22 KO's) announced yesterday he would defend against limited Argentine Jose Clavero (27-5-1, 13 KO's)at the Sydney Entertainment Center on December 10. continue

Demetrius Andrade Earns Spot in Championship Round at the 2007 World Championships

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) joined his U.S. Olympic Training Center roommate Rau’shee Warren in the final round on Friday with a 22-6 victory over Turkey’s Adem Killici in the lone U.S. semifinal contest of evening action. continue

Why Calzaghe will prevail

02.11.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The long awaited championship showdown between undefeated super middleweights is finally here. Tomorrow, in what might well go down as the most significant fight in the history of the weight class, long-time champion Joe Calzaghe will face the biggest challenge in his boxing career when he squares off against unified champ, Mikkel Kessler. continue

Chambers Eliminates Brock

eddie chambers02.11.07 - By Ted Sares: “Fast” Eddie Chambers displayed his techincal skills tonight in Tacoma as he beat Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock.

Despite the non-stop jabber of announcers Charles and Farhood, it was an enjoyable tactical fight as Brock used his jab effectively early while Chambers used fast counters to keep it close. Fast Eddie used some nice rights and extremely fast jabs to dictate the second stanza.

In the fourth stanza, there was an almost imperceptible shift as Chambers picked up the pace and used sharp counter disrupting Brock’s game plan. Still, while Brock appeared ponderous, he got off a lot of free body shots and probably led on the cards going into the fifth. Chambers was clearly waiting for Brock to tire. continue

Oscar De La Hoya: WBO Fighter of The Decade

It's the fistic version of a daily double, and a distinction no other boxer has ever achieved, but yesterday at the World Boxing Organization (WBO) convention in Puerto Rico, Oscar de la Hoya was honored twice by the sanctioning body, both as "Fighter of The Decade" and "Promoter of The Year". "It's a great honor for me to accept these awards from the WBO, and I'm truly humbled by all of this," said De La Hoya. continue

Calzaghe And Kessler Weigh In

02.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: World Boxing Organization super middleweight champion and World Boxing Association/World Boxing Council champion Mikkel Kessler both made the 168 pound limit at their official weigh in. Kessler, however, had to completely disrobe when he came in two ounces above the super middleweight limit. He then made weight. continue

HBO Boxing To Replay Cotto vs Judah, DLH-Mosley

November 2, 2007 - Leading up to the world welterweight title fight between Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley -- set for Saturday, November 10 in New York City and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive back-to-back replay of two action-packed fights showcasing their considerable talents. continue

The Miranda-Porras Undercard Was Action-Packed

Buddy McGirtBy Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB at ringside. Seminole Warriors Boxing has a great Matchmaker and Coordinator. His name is M. Chico Rivas. Among other things, this gentleman is responsible for matching up fourteen guys on fight nights. It is his judgment call with, the advise and consent of others in the organization, to make sure there is a minimum of mismatches at Warriors events. The goal in Boxing is to have the two most closely matched fighters possible enter the ring for a contest. Tuesday night was no exception.

Even though the Main Event ended half way to the ten rounds scheduled, the task of verifying Miranda’s readiness to return to combat at 168 was exciting and satisfying. This was especially the case as the other fights (with one exception in the last round) all went the distance wherein every one the boxers left it all in the ring to the last drop of blood, sweat and tears. This was especially true as Super Middleweight Buddy McGirt Jr, 16-0, 9 KO’s fought Canadian Jason Naugler, 17-6, 11 KO’s in his first eight rounder. These two guys did not let up for five grueling rounds. These photos show just how much effort and courage Buddy and Jason put into their meeting and, as you will see, so did the other ten fighters continue

Bonanza For British Boxing: Let's Keep The Union Jack Flying

02.11.07 - By Frank Maloney: People say that boxing is under threat from other combat sports, but over the next month, Britain will see three of its most promient fighters, two of them elderly statesman and the new kid on the block, challenge and defend major world titles in three super fights.. continue

Tyrone Harris - it's now time to deliver

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - November 2, 2007: Outside of his Lansing, MI hometown not too many boxing fans have heard of talented lightweight prospect Tyrone Harris, and with good reason. While compiling a commendable 21-3 record since turning pro in 2004, the former 2000 National Golden Gloves champion and amateur phenom (135-15) has come to realize that to climb the ladder of success in the vicious world of professional boxing it takes a lot more than a blistering jab and tons of physical prowess. continue

Vargas Mayorga Conference Call Quotes

fernando vargas01.11.07 - Boxing fans that have purchased over $1 million in tickets to see two-time world boxing champion “El Feroz” Fernando Vargas (26-4, 22 KOs) and three-time world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (27-6-1, 22 KOs) in what is anticipated to be a street-style brawl at STAPLES Center will get their chance when the two meet on the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 23.

Back in July, the combatants barely made it through their promoters’ announcement of their match, which was to have taken place in September, before taunting erupted into a dais-clearing fight with punches being thrown and landed—and some blood from a cut under Mayorga’s right eye. continue

Statement from Chris Eubank

02.11.07 - By Chris Eubank: It has been brought to my attention that there are articles on boxing websites containing quotes that, quite simply, haven't come from my mouth or mind. This mouth of Christopher Livingstone Eubank, the former World Super Middleweight Boxing Champion. continue

Rocky Juarez Workout Quotes

02.11.07 - Ricardo Rocky Juarez will challenge Juan Manuel Marquez will for his WBC Super Featherweight title 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

Eddie Chambers and Calvin Brock Final Quotes and Weights

Calvin Brock (left) and Eddie Chambers square off and then face off after Thursday's weigh-in at Tacoma, Washington Photo: Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions For Showtime - he once-beaten Brock (31-1, 23 KOs), who weighed 241 pounds, and the undefeated Chambers (29-0, 16 KOs), who tipped scale at 213 1/2, collide in a 12-round International Boxing Federation elimination fight in the main event Friday on the 100th telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Big Fight Predictions – Part 2: Calzaghe Versus Kessler

joe calzaghe01.11.07 - By Neil Goodman: The 3rd November will undoubtedly lead to some early fireworks, as the Welsh Wizard faces off against the Viking Warrior. Yet again Calzaghe enters what should be his career defining fight; just how many does he need to have before his credentials can go unquestioned?

When Calzaghe decided to wage war against Charles "The Hatchet" Brewer; that was meant to be his career defining fight. Joe battered Brewer for 12 rounds; not without taking a few bombs in return, but he could not finish off the tough man from Philly.

The fight against Byron Mitchell was initially thought to be another career defining outing. continue

Former NBA Heavyweight Champ China Smith To Host Toy Drive For Kids December 1st

Former NBA Heavyweight Champion China “The Dragon” Smith 33-4 {26 KO’s} in association with a Bradenton Home Builder will be hosting a toy drive to benefit underprivileged children. The event is taking place December 1st and will be held at Robert Harris Homes which is located at 222 63rd Dr in East Bradenton, Florida. continue

Clinton Woods has the goods

01.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: They say that, on world terms at least, Bradford’s World Boxing Council Light Welterweight champ Junior “The Hitter” Witter is Britain’s most ignored fighter. But, given that he’s recently had fights with world ranked American’s DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley and “Vicious” Vivian Harris, I’m not so true that is the case anymore. continue

Joe Calzaghe – Mikkel Kessler Prediction

01.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The super middleweight unification match up between World Boxing Organization champion Joe Calzaghe and World Boxing Association/World Boxing Council champion Mikkel Kessler represents one of the very best and evenly contested bouts of 2007. Both fighters are not only the best in their division but among the elite pound for pound in the sport. Calzaghe represents the long reigning, savvy veteran while Kessler enters the fight as the surging young thoroughbred coming into his own. The fight is a classic tale of youth versus experience. continue

Date With Destiny: Ricky Hatton Faces the Moment of Truth

ricky hatton01.11.07 - By Taj Eubanks: Much has been made of the upcoming showdown between “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, Jr.(38-0) and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (43-0). It is a fan’s delight from every angle: country vs. country, two undefeated fighters in their prime, and a supposedly arrogant knave against humble blue-collar bloke. Perhaps most importantly (from the fight fan’s perspective) is that you have the linear welterweight champion (Mayweather) squaring off against the linear junior welterweight champion (Hatton).

There is no sleight of hand or backroom politics involved here as these two warriors won their titles in the ring (the way it should be) so that there is no doubt as to the legitimacy of their reigns. Thus, fight fans are treated to a contest in the same mold as the fights of old, two genuine champions in the ring. This is a boon for the sport and a true cause celebre. Unfortunately, only one man can win and all indicators point toward Floyd Mayweather, Jr. being that man. continue

Miguel Cotto Conference Call Transcript

01.11.07 - Lee Samuels: The champ is here, Miguel Cotto. He’s training in Puerto Rico. He’s getting ready for “Fast & Furious,” Saturday, November 10, at Madison Square Garden Live on HBO Pay-Per-View. He’s defending his welterweight title against Sugar Shane Mosley – a very, very exciting promotion. continue

Demetrius Andrade Moves on to Semifinal Action but Luis Yanez, Gary Russell, Jr., and Michael Hunter Suffer Quarterfinal Losses

(CHICAGO, ILL.) – Welterweight Demetrius Andrade (Providence, R.I.) moved on to the semifinal round with a 30-9 win over Germany’s Jack Culcay-Keth. Quarterfinal action wasn’t as kind to three members of the team on Thursday evening as both light flyweight Luis Yanez (Duncanville, Texas) and bantamweight Gary Russell, Jr. (Capitol Heights, Md.) dropped quarterfinal bouts. Yanez lost a 17-7 decision to the Philippines’ Harry Tanamor, Russell dropped a 16-6 bout to Russia’s Sergey Vodopyanov and Hunter dropped a 22-15 decision to Russia’s Islam Timursiev. continue

Sauerland Wins Cunningham-Huck Purse Bid!

Today in Orange, New Jersey the IBF held a purse bid for the IBF Cruiserweight title between champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham of Philadelphia and mandatory challenger Marco Huck. Sauerland Events of Germany won the right to promote the fight with a winning bid of $425, 414 followed by Cunningham’s promoter Don King Productions of $404,000 More then likely the bout will take place in Germany most likely on December 29th. continue

Edison Miranda Defeats Henry Porras In Move To 168

By Wray Edwards: Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB at ringside. It is so refreshing to see such beautiful Boxing form. Edison Miranda’s stance, footwork, classical jab and overall fighting style is prototypic. In his fight with Henry Porras Miranda, IMO, moved to a weight classification which more closely relates to his frame, musculature and height. Porras, who is pretty far down the list in world rankings (in the 220s) was, nonetheless, pesky enough to make the fight interesting. He was obviously overmatched, but hung in there with the bunchy-muscled Edison.

Miranda’s foray into Super Middleweight territory could hardly be considered seeking greener territory by leaving behind the likes of Pavlik, Taylor, Abraham and the charging Duddy because Calzaghe, Kessler, Bute, Pascal and Lacy await at 168. Personally, I would like to see him matched with Jeff Lacy providing Jeff’s appointment in Las Vegas materializes and he emerges victorious. As mentioned above, Edison’s style is pleasing to the eye. So let’s get to the photos of the fight which include a few “technical advisor” snaps. continue

Matt Godfrey defends NABF title against Jeremy Williams Nov. 24

HARTFORD (November 1, 2007) – Unbeaten cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey defends his NABF title against former World Boxing Organization heavyweight title challenger Jeremy “Half-Man, Half-Amazing” Williams, headlining “Pinnacle FiteNite: The Heat’s On In Hartford,” on November 24 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. continue

Walker Returns From Puerto Rico With Miguel Cotto In Time For "Showdown"

November 1 (Merrillville, IN)- Jack "Kid" Callahan announced today that One In A Million Inc.'s franchise player, undefeated middleweight prospect, Michael "The Midnight Stalker" Walker (17-0-1, 11 KOs), just returned from Puerto Rico where he served as Miguel Cotto's chief sparring partner. Cotto (30-0, 25 KOs) has been preparing to defend his WBA welterweight title against "Sugar" Shane Mosley (44-4, 37 KOs) on November 10th at Madison Square Garden. continue

Malignaggi v Ngoudjo

Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KO’s) will take on IBF mandatory challenger Herman Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KO’s) for Malignaggi’s IBF Junior Welterweight Title. Malignaggi last fought at Mohegan Sun on June 16 where he scored a 12 round unanimous decision over Lovemore Ndou (45-9-1, 30 KO’s) to win the IBF Junior Welterweight Title. Ngoudjo most recently defeated Randall Bailey (35-6, 32 KO’s) to earn the mandatory shot against Malignaggi. The Montreal resident lost a controversial split decision to Jose Luis Castillo in January of this year. Malignaggi and Ngoudjo will now do battle in the first big fight of 2008. continue

Duddy Eastman On December 8th In Belfast

john duddy Howard Eastman will be out to turn John Duddy’s Kings Hall dream into a nightmare when they clash at the legendary Belfast venue on Saturday, December 8th on the next Hunky Dorys Fight Night – billed “The Only Show in Town”.

Eastman looks set to provide the Derry middleweight with the sternest test yet of his 22 fight unbeaten career and his CV makes for impressive reading.

The London based Guyana native goes by the sobriquet of the “Battersea Bomber” and with 35 KO’s from his 42 wins he certainly lives up to the name. continue

Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares Headline "Night of Champions: Iron Fists" on Dec15

A massive night of boxing is shaping up in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday, December 15, 2007 when WBA Super Featherweight Champion Edwin Valero and WBC Featherweight Champion Jorge Linares co-headline a high octane fight card billed as "Night of Champions: Iron Fists", promoted by Jose Gomez with support by the Mexican state of Qunitana Roo and it's Governor, Licenciado Felix Gonzalez Canto. continue

Matt Godfrey - Jeremy Williams, Remillard - Irizarry Press Conference Quotes

01.11.07 - Matt Godfrey: “The other night at the gym I was telling John (Godfrey’s new head trainer, John Scully) that I was surprised somebody like Jeremy Williams with 15 years as a pro, longer than I’ve been boxing (in his entire life), with all of his accomplishments, called me out after only 16 fights. It says a lot about me. I’m going to blow Jeremy Williams’ mind and everybody else’s with my ring generalship and skills. continue

Calzaghe/Kessler Update

01.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: The officials assigned to the super middleweight unification bout between WBO champion Joe Calzaghe, 43-0 with 32 KOs and WBA/WBC champion Mikkel Kessler, 39-0 with 29 KOs have been announced. The referee will be Mike Ortega from Connecticut, USA. The three judges include Raul Caiz from California, USA, John Stewart from Pennsylvania, USA and Massimo Barrovecchio from Rome, Italy. Representing the sanctioning bodies will be John Duggan for the World Boxing Organization, Renzo Bagnariol for the World Boxing Association and Bob Logist for the WBC. continue

Is Floyd Mayweather Really A Boring Fighter?

floyd mayweather jr.31.10.07 - By James Slater: Boring -verb; make somebody feel disinterested by being dull. Is the above verb an appropriate one for boxing's current pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior? Many people say Mayweather is a boring fighter. But is he really a fighter that "makes people feel disinterested by being dull?" I say no.

Let's face it, how can any fan say they are disinterested by "Pretty Boy" when they are almost constantly talking about him? Either love him or loathe him, Floyd Mayweather brings out an opinion and an emotion from almost anybody with as much as a casual interest in the sport of boxing. How then, can the man be described as dull? continue

Shane Mosley Interview Transcript

OSCAR DE LA HOYA, PRESIDENT, GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS: Thank you very much too all the media who is listening in. We are getting closer to the Fast & Furious Saturday November 10, Cotto versus Mosley at the Madison Square Garden. I do want to announce that we are close to a sellout and we expect a sellout at the Madison Square Garden. continue

Mayweather - De La Hoya Superfight Revives Boxing

LOS ANGELES, October 31—For a sport that has taken more than its share of slings and arrows over the last few years, boxing has proven to be as resilient as its greatest champions, rising from the canvas in 2007 to again take its place among the most popular and relevant sports in the world. continue

SHO Sports Presents To Air Nightly On SHOWTIME 2

NEW YORK (Nov. 1, 2007) – SHO Sports Presents, a nightly series featuring the best of SHOWTIME boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) programming, will premiere tonight, Thursday, Nov. 1, and air every weeknight at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME® 2, it was announced today by Ken Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sports and Event Programming for Showtime Networks. continue

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