Watch Steve USS Cunningham's Stoppage Victory Over Marco Huck Online

steve cunninghamPhiladelphia (December 31, 2007)—Spending the holidays 4,000 miles away from home and facing a hostile crowd was not enough to keep International Boxing Federation Cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham from breaking down previously undefeated & number-one ranked Marco Huck by scoring a sensational twelfth round stoppage to make the first defense of his title in a bout that took place last Saturday night in Huck’s hometown of Bielefeld, Germany.

Boxing fans can relive the emotional fight as Cunningham showed why Ring Magazine named him the best boxer in the cruiserweight division as he mixed in a Piston-Like jab an assortment of hooks, crosses and uppercuts all while slipping and shaking off the furious assault until he forced the corner of Huck to throw in the towel before Cunningham would score in inevitable knockout victory. continue

Junior Witter – “Hatton Has Avoided Me For Years.”

By Matthew Hurley: Junior Witter, tired of his losing campaign to goad Ricky Hatton into accepting his challenge for a junior welterweight showdown, has upped his verbal attack on the Manchester fighter, questioning his ring skills and fistic courage. Witter, 36-1-2 with 21 KOs out of Bradford last fought on September 7th, successfully defending his WBC light welterweight championship by stopping Vivian Harris with a vicious assault in the seventh round. The fighter has been calling for a Hatton fight for years but Ricky has all but ignored him. Most recently Hatton’s lawyer expressed through the media that the ‘Hitman’ would never fight Witter as long as the taunting continues. continue

Trinidad, Jones Join New Year's Eve Celebrants at Times Square

NEW YORK, December 31 - When the throngs of New Year's Eve revelers make their way to Time Square in New York City for the best New Year's celebration in the world tonight, they will be joined by Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr., who larger than life images are displayed on a huge billboard hung on the corner of 42 nd and Broadway in the heart of the action. The billboard with the fight moniker "Bring on the Titans" will help remind thousands of New Yorkers and those visiting the area for the New Year's Eve celebration and the early weeks of January that Trinidad and Jones will meet at Madison Square Garden January 19 . continue

Steve Cunningham: "There is no stopping me"

Marco Huck has vowed to train "even harder than before" after suffering the first loss of his career on Saturday night. The 23-year-old power puncher failed to win the International Boxing Federation cruiserweight title from Steve Cunningham, who clinched a 12th-round TKO victory. The American champion landed a series of hard punches in the final two minutes of the fight which forced coach Ulli Wegner to throw the towel with 64 seconds to go. "I was too tense," the disappointed challenger said afterwards. "I had difficulties getting off punches. Cunningham was the better fighter tonight and deserved to win.. continue

The 2007 Fighter Of The Year - Did Ring Magazine Get It Wrong?

floyd mayweather jr.30.12.07 - by James Slater: I'm not a guy to argue with the self proclaimed "Bible of Boxing." At least not usually. But this year, when it comes to the Ring magazine's selection for fighter of the year award, I do find myself thinking they got it wrong.

As most fans will be aware, Ring chose "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather as the fighter of the year for the last 12 months, and not Kelly Pavlik - a fighter many felt would get the vote. But while Mayweather is undeniably the best right now, pound-for-pound, did he achieve more ($ dollars pocketed aside) than "The Ghost" this year? I don't think so. continue

Happy 60th Birthday Paul Ferreri: Former Commonwealth Champion & World Boxing Council Title Challenger

By Tony Pritchard – Nobbs: If he was around today they'd applaud Paul Ferreri as a “Triple A Man” but because his for purist's only style was always going to fail at the Box Office, his is not a name that sparks excitement among the younger generation of fans. Turn the clock back thirty years though and the Sicilian born southpaw was one of the world's leading bantamweights, mixing it with the very best, often on the road and challenging for the World Boxing Council 118 pound crown against Mexican icon Carlos Zarate. continue

Closing Thought on 2007: Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and the State of American Boxing

By Christopher Roche, Brickcityboxing. com: I am convinced that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. might represent everything that is hurting American boxing. Many of Mayweather’s fights are boring, and he could care less about the fans. There is no doubt that Mayweather blew a golden opportunity to rally American fans in his fight against Ricky Hatton. Even though Hatton lost the bout, the story of the evening was the Hatton fan base and not the check left hook. continue

Top Ten Heavyweights, 12/29/07

By Hunter Breckenridge: I haven't done a top ten list in a few months. However, not much has changed in the heavyweight division, especially in the top 5. Wlad is still number 1, but hasn't fought since July. Maskaev and Peter have yet to get it on. A lot of the new fighters seem to be in more by default than anything else. Liakhovich has dropped out of the rankings due to inactivity. Obviously, Brock, Byrd, and Brewster are out of the top ten, yet it was a chore to find heavies truly worthy of replacing them. continue

Haye v. Maccarinelli– Let’s be realistic

haye vs mac 30.12.07 - By Andrew Wake: At last Frank Warren has delivered the match up that the majority of fight fans in Britain have been waiting for. I don’t need to tell you knowledgeable Eastside readers that this fight, between two battle cruisers who hit so hard they should have their gloves checked for horseshoes, will be exciting. I do, however, want to dispel some of the myths and misconceptions that people seem to have about these two “Great Brits”.

Since the fight, which will see three of the four principal titles on the line, was announced on Friday I have read copious amounts of articles and forum posts and the overall consensus is that WBA and WBC kingpin David Haye will win easily. To that I say “Hang on folks. Let’s not write off Big Mac.. continue

Green & Williams Both Predict KO!

TULSA, OK -- If pre-fight comments serve as any indication as to the action that will take place in the ring on January 4th at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, than the action should be fierce when world rated super middleweight Allen Green battles former world title challenger Rubin Williams as both are predicting knockout victories. continue

Steve Cunningham TKOs Marco Huck In Germany!

29.12.07 - by Per Ake Persson: December 29, Bielefeld, Germany: IBF cruiser champ Steve Cunningham stopped German challenger Marco Huck in the 12th. Huck was trailing on points going into the last round, took a lot of chances and walked into a counter. Huck was dropped but it was ruled a slip. Cunningham saw the light and followed up forcing Uli Wegner in Huck´s corner to throw in the towel at 1:56. After eleven rounds the fight was scored 108-101 and 106-103 for Cunningham and 105-104 for Huck. continue

Minto/Polley Weigh-In Results

Byron "The Bear" Polley, left, of St. Joseph, Missouri, 27-7-1 with 10 knock outs poses with Brian "The Beast" Minto of Butler, Pa., 28-2 with 17 knock outs at their weigh in at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort today. Polley weighed in at 244lbs. and Minto at 223lbs. for their WBA Federcentro Heavyweight Title bout Saturday. The fight card begins at 2 p.m. and features a 7 bout card at the Resort in Chester, WV. continue

'Great In 2008': An Early Look At Next Years Ring Headliners

jones trinidad29.12.07 - By Vivek Wallace: As great a year as 2007 has been, there's actually reason to think that the 2008 landscape will be just as loaded. Perhaps even more so.

Between the fights already scheduled and the hypotheticals that loom large, the mere thought of what lies ahead exudes a feverish passion that remains uncontained.

As we get set to close the chapter on '07, today we take a quick snapshot of what '08 has to offer. continue

Hernandez Destroys Azzaoui

By Ron Hansen: Cruiserweight prospect Yoan Pablo Hernandez (14-0, 8 KOs) destroyed Mohamed Azzaoui (22-2-2, 8 KOs) in the 1st round, stopping him with a single left hook on Saturday night at the Seidensticker Halle, in Bielefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Hernandez, a former 2004 Olympian for the Cuban boxing team and now living and fighting out of Germany, looked impressive in destroying Azzaoui, who is normally a durable fighter but was made to look like average by the 6'4" Hernandez. continue

Yo Sam Choi: Diary Of Stricken Boxer Reveals Troubled Young Man

Matthew Hurley: As Yo Sam Choi lies in a coma at Soon Cheon Hyang Dae Hospital in South Korea details from his daily training log sadly describe a tormented young man at odds with the sport and emotionally crippled by an overwhelming sense of loneliness. Choi even dreams of a safe haven, “free of blood”, in the scribbled diary. Choi, 32-5 with 19 KOs underwent surgery to stop the swelling of his brain after winning a unanimous decision over Heri Amol, 22-7 with 7 KOs Tuesday night in the first defense of his WBO Intercontinental flyweight title. The bout, controlled mostly by Choi, featured several clashes of heads but no point deduction by the referee. continue

Boxing: Twelve Quick Predictions for January and February

By Ted Sares: 1) Dominic Guinn, 28-5-1, over Robert Hawkins, 22-10, by UD: Hawkins has a good chin, but was iced in his last fight against Vladimir Virchis in Germany. Guinn must win to preserve his career. (12-28-07)

2) Marco Huck, 19-0, over Steve Cunningham, 20-1, by MD or SD: Home advantage favors Huck, 19-0 coming in. (12-29-07) . continue

Five Boxing Predictions For 2008

miguel cottoby James Slater: The truly great news that cruiserweight powerhouses David Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli are finally set to meet has inspired me to make a few boxing predictions for the new year. Kicking off with a prediction on the cruiserweight mega-fight, I give my take on what I feel will transpire - both inside and outside the ring - once bell one rings for the year 2008. 2007 was a great year for fight fans, but what will 2008 bring? Here goes with the crystal ball.

Prediction one: David Haye will KO Enzo Maccarinelli, in a fight that thrills all.

How can this fight fail to be an exciting one? continue

Roy Jones Jr. Quotes at New York Knicks Practice

All Photos: Avi Gerver/MSG Photos - TARRYTOWN, N.Y.—Eight-time boxing world champion Roy Jones Jr. planned to visit with New York Knicks players after they finished practice at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y., today but was surprised when Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas waved him over to take part in a full-court, three-man weave drill with the team. continue

Hawkins Outpoints Guinn on "FNF"; Jones, Jr. Calls Out Calzaghe On The Broadcast, & He Predicts A Fourth Round Stoppage Over Trinidad

By Christopher Roche, - Dominick Guinn appeared set to storm back to relevancy in the heavyweight division. He recently aligned himself with ace trainer Ronnie Shields, and he lined up a late replacement opponent who is not a puncher. However, Guinn could not pull the trigger tonight, and he got outworked by tough Philadelphian Robert Hawkins. continue

Roy Jones Jr. Just Can’t Win

By Phil Santos – - Roy Jones Jr. will undeniably be remembered as one of, if not, the most dominant fighter of the 90’s. With the exception of a DQ loss to Montell Griffin Jones was perfect from 1989-2003. For that matter Jones was disqualified in his fight with Griffin for hitting him while he was already down, a defeat Jones later avenged by first round KO. Much like Floyd Mayweather today Jones has faced unfair criticism much of which stemmed from his being virtually unbeatable. Fans disapproved of his choice of opponents, media disparaged his style and brashness. Victories over Bernard Hopkins, James Toney, Montell Griffin, Virgil Hill and Clinton Woods just weren’t enough for some. continue

Ibragimov vs Klitschko: Sultan Ibragimov Begins Training For The Biggest Fight Of His Life

ibragimov vs klitschkoHOLLYWOOD, FL, December 27 – There will be no New Year’s Eve parties for WBO Heavyweight Champion Sultan Ibragimov. Instead, he will be preparing for a bigger prize as he gets ready to drop bombs on Wladimir Klitschko in their highly-anticipated heavyweight title unification bout on February 23rd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

“Anything worth having requires sacrifices,” said the unbeaten Ibragimov, who has just opened up his training camp in Florida. “Ever since I began fighting, I wanted to become a world champion, and I achieved that goal in 2007. Now my goal is to become the unified heavyweight champion and I will have my opportunity on February 23rd. The work is hard, but I know the reward will be worth it.. continue

Haye – Maccarinelli, “It’s Going To Be Explosive”

By Matthew Hurley: Enzo Maccarinelli, 28-1 with 21 KOs finally got the fight he wanted. On March 8th the WBO cruiserweight titleholder will take on WBA/WBC champion David Haye. Haye, 20-1 with 19 KOs, coming off an impressive seventh round stoppage of Jean Marc Mormeck, had stated that he was having such difficulty making the cruiserweight limit that he was moving to heavyweight. continue

Sharkie’s Machine: Some Suggestions for Boxing in 2008

By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - December 28th, 2007 - 2007 will go down in the books as a good year. There were some better match ups and the rise of some up and comers that show lots of promise for the New Year. My greatest hope for 2008 is that boxing adopt a realistic rankings system that pits the best against the best and not the popular against the undeserving. If Boxing can establish a ONE Champion per division philosophy, this sport can soar once again to being one of the most popular sports worldwide, like it used to be (if not THE most popular sport). I realize that it’s a daydream to think it could happen because those who rule boxing think this is the best way to make money. They are very wrong. continue

My 2007 Fight Of The Year

By Michael Amakor: You may not have been a fan of the contrived and carefully edited boxing series “The Contender”, you may also not have been enthusiastic about the mix of 168 pound super middleweights fighters assembled in the third installment which in the end pitted the very experienced 28 year old Sakio Bika (24- 3-2, 14 ko’s); a former Olympian and two time title challenger, against the 23 year old Jaidon Codrington (18- 1, 14ko’s) in the finals for the Contender title. continue

Ngoudjo Confident He'll Dethrone Malignaggi Saturday, Jan. 5 on SHOWTIME

maglinaggiNEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2007) – It was a warm, clear, summer morning in Sydney, Australia, and Herman Ngoudjo was heading to the airport to return to his native Cameroon. Ngoudjo (En-Goo-Jo) had desires of bringing home a medal from the 2000 Olympic Games. But without world-class training, the muscular boxer was eliminated early and would go home empty-handed.

“I was absolutely thrilled to compete in the Sydney Olympics,” said Ngoudjo (16-1, nine KOs), the International Boxing Federation (IBF) No. 1 junior welterweight contender who challenges IBF champion Paulie Malignaggi (23-1, five KOs) Saturday, Jan. 5, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Maccarinelli vs Haye Official For March 8!

Promoter Frank Warren confirmed today that the explosive all-British showdown between big-hitters Enzo Maccarinelli and David Haye is on. WBO world champion Maccarinelli and newly crowned WBC/WBA world champion Haye will clash on Saturday 8th March (venue TBC) to finally decide who is the best cruiserweight in the world. All three titles will be on the line. continue

“Magic Man” Starring Boxing Champion Paulie Malignaggi to Air Exclusively on SHOWTIME Dec. 30 – Jan. 4

DiBella Entertainment and Brave St. Productions are proud to announce the television premiere of “Magic Man” as it will air exclusively on SHOWTIME, Dec. 30 – Jan. 4. The documentary film chronicles the ascent of perpetual underdog Paulie the “Magic Man” Malignaggi, a scrawny kid from a broken home who, in quest to prove his life was worth something, defeated all odds to arrive at the Mecca of boxing (where is this) one big upset away from proving everyone wrong. It’s a story of disappointment, determination, of stamina and salvation. continue

Undefeated Peterson Brothers Co-Headline On ShoBox On Friday, Jan. 4, 2008

NEW YORK (Dec. 27, 2007) – One night before Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi defends his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior welterweight title against top-ranked Herman “The Black Panther’’ Ngoudjo on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, undefeated, world-ranked Anthony and Lamont Peterson will be co-featured in 10-round bouts on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Boxing Myths, Pre-Conceptions & Research

pryorBy William Pinkard II: Eastside boxing is THEE best website that allow fight fans from all over the world to unite and exchange information regarding various topics. It also allows fans to voice their opinions on not only up coming fights, the results of current fights, but also dream matches between legendary fighters in different era’s.

One must remember that when we voice our opinion in support of whomever our favorite fighter(s) are, it is exactly that an opinion. No one could ever be certain that Ali would whip Tyson if they fought today, or even a fight that seems so easy to pick Hagler vs. Pavlik, I am sure there are many out there that will come to site and post some very interesting information regarding why Kelly Pavlik would beat Hagler, and it would be countered with uncountable reasons why Hagler would win. The key point to remember is it is all opinion, and friendly debate. I don’t think any of us is getting paid for our support for a certain fighter. continue

Marco Huck eager to dethrone IBF champ Steve Cunningham This Saturday

27.12.07 - Photo: Stefan Hörttrich, Westfalenblatt - No Christmas, no problem: Marco "Captain" Huck is confident he will have a reason to celebrate on Saturday night after the first world title fight of his career. The undefeated 23-year-old takes on IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham in his hometown of Bielefeld. He is keen to deliver following a long - and lonely - preparation. "Christmas was pretty lonely but all my focus was on the fight," Huck (19-0, 14 KOs) said at today´s press conference. "I´ll have enough time to celebrate as a world champion. I´ve been making good progress in practice and will prove just that on Saturday.. continue

How We’ll Remember Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe

By Jason Peck: Both are elite fighters who had the talent to dominate their divisions. Then both spent the majority of their careers wasting it. Their entries at Canastosa could have had exclamation points; future fans will bring question marks. continue

Kermit Cintron Video/Boxing Poll

Wyomissing,PA, December 28, 2007 – Kermit Cintron has posted a video on clearly expressing his plans for 2008 and beyond. As reported in his December 24th press release, he is calling out Antonio Margarito and stating his desire to then beat Miguel Cotto to start the welterweight unification process. Cintron says he plans on first beating Margarito then starting the process of beating the other world champions. continue

Quick Q And A With The Peterson Bros

lamont petersonby James Slater: Talented boxing brothers, the Petersons - Anthony and Lamont - kick off 2008's boxing schedule on January 4th with potentially the toughest fights so far in their careers. 22-year-old Anthony, a 25-0(18) lightweight, meets the never-stopped Mexican, Guadalupe Rosales, while 23-year-old Lamont, a 23-0(11) light-welterweight, boxes the unbeaten Brazilian Antonio Mosquita. The action takes place at The Hard Rock casino in Biloxi, Mississippi and just before Christmas this writer was fortunate enough to have had a quick Q and A session with both brothers.

Speaking to me during a break from training in Washington D.C, here is what they had to say. First up, I spoke with older brother, Lamont. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Timo Hoffman, Adamek v Jalusic, Catillejo v Sturm

By Per Ake Persson: German heavy Timo Hoffmann made a grand stand and won a lot of glory in defeat against WBO I/C ruler Aleksander Dimitrenko November 17. However, Bild Zeitung reveals today that Hoffmann, signed to Sauerland Event but with contract expiring at the end of the year, has tested positive to a forbidden substance. According to Bild Hoffmann´s A-test was positive to a kind of steroid. Hoffmann, judging from other cases, could be facing a year long suspension. continue

No holiday blues for Paulie Malignaggi

NEW YORK (December 27, 2007) – International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi has shifted his training camp from sunny Vero Beach, Florida to back home in the Big Apple without missing a beat as he continues preparing for his first title defense January 5 on Showtime Championship Boxing against No. 1 mandatory contender Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs) at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City. continue

Andy Lee And John Duddy Continue To Circle Each Other

By Matthew Hurley: John Duddy, 23-0 with 17 KOs will face Matt Vanda, 37-5 with 21 KOs on February 23rd at Madison Square Garden in New York. The fight at the Garden, in what is becoming a St. Patrick’s Day weekend tradition for the Irish fighter, comes on the heels of the Oleg Maskaev – Samuel Peter WBC heavyweight title bout, once tentatively scheduled for February 2nd in the New England area, moving to March 8th in Cancun. continue

Katsidis vs Casamayor, A Fallen Fighter And Joe Calzaghe

michael katsidisBy Matthew Hurley: Michael Katsidis, who was to have taken on WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight champion Juan Diaz will instead take on Ring Magazine lightweight champion Joel Casamayor. The bout is scheduled for March 22nd and will be broadcast on HBO. HBO backed out of the Diaz – Katsidis showdown after Don King informed the network that Diaz’s contract prohibits him from fighting under the banner of another promotional firm.

Golden Boy Promotions won the $1.5 million purse bid for Diaz – Katsidis. Diaz has one fight remaining on his contract with Don King Productions, which will expire at the end of March. The fighter is now in negotiations to take on Nate Campbell in Cancun on the Oleg Maskaev – Samuel Peter WBC heavyweight title bout on March 8th. The fight, however, has not yet been finalized. continue

Sports Illustrated Snubs Boxing Again

Matthew Hurley: Although it didn’t come as much of a surprise, even considering the banner year boxing had in 2007, it was still with a clenched fist that I perused my end of year issue of Sports Illustrated and saw the sweet science not only marginalized within SI’s pages but belittled yet again. After turning to page seventy, where the fight game was lumped in the section for ‘Other Sports’ I saw three paragraphs of prose dedicated to the sport. One of which dealt with Oscar De La Hoya and ‘those’ pictures that flooded the internet earlier this year. continue

Boxing 2007 month by month – Part One

26.12.07 - By Andrew Wake: Well people, 2007 is nearly over and I think you’ll all agree that it has been an excellent year for the fistic arts. At the beginning of the year all the talk in the media was about how MMA was apparently killing boxing, well, after a series of top class match ups, that talk as now dissipated and boxing will head into 2008 with its head held high.

If, like me, you have a terrible memory here is brief month by month recap of one the best fighting twelve months in recent times. continue

Boxing 2007 month by month – Part Two

26.12.07 - By Andrew Wake - July --- Wladimir Klitschko gained revenge on Lamon Brewster by dominating the six rounds that took place before the American former WBO king’s trainer Buddy McGirt decided to pull the plug.

British promoter Frank Warren grinned from ear to ear when he announced that the 168Ibs super fight between unbeaten champions Joe Calzaghe and Mikkel Kessler would take place at the Millenium Stadium on November 3rd. continue

Kermit Cintron Challenges Margarito!

antonio margaritoKermit Cintron announced today his desire to avenge his only professional loss by calling out Antonio Margarito. Cintron, who lost to Margarito in April of 2005, is ready to fight Margarito now! “Right now, I’m a world champion and he’s not. If he thinks he’s the best, come and get my belt. I have it and he’s saying he wants it…so let’s get it on.”

Insisting that he simply was not ready for the previous fight against Margarito, Cintron is done making excuses. “I was coming off a 9 month layoff, hand surgery, and had only 4 weeks to prepare. I’m not going to make any more excuses, but I know that fight was a fluke. When I fight Margarito again, the fight will once again end in a knockout. Only this time, it will be Margarito lying on the canvas." continue

Klitschko-Ibragimov: Sultan has a Chance

By Scott Kurtz: Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to face Sultan Ibragimov for a heavyweight unification match February 23rd in Madison Square Garden. Given Klitschko’s dominant performances the last four fights, few people give Ibragimov much of a chance. Under Manny Steward, Klitschko has mastered the art of keeping fighters at a distance with his jab and setting them up for the big right hand. Klitschko has imposing size and skill on the outside that forces fighters to move inside to avoid being pummeled. continue

Estrada-Shufford, Perez-Remillard Jan. 25 at Foxwoods Resort Casino

PROVIDENCE (December 26, 2007) – 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada battles former world heavyweight title challenger Charles Shufford and WBC Youth featherweight champion Manuel Perez defends his title against Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard in co-main events on “Champions of Tomorrow,” January 25 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. continue

The Biofile Cory Spinks

By Scoop Malinowski: Status: IBF Super Welterweight champion.
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 154, DOB: February 20, 1978 In: St. Louis, MO
First boxing memory: Winning my first fight when I was 12. That went on my record. The first fight that I won I was 9. I remember my second fight I got disqualified because my cup was too big. You know those old cups you like button up the front? Like a jockstrap? I got disqualified for it [laughs]. continue

Tito Trinidad vs. Roy Jones Jr: The Breakdown

Trinidad vs JonesBy Ted Sares, photo by David M. Warr/DKP: Well, forget about what they were like ten years ago. They are both a bit long in the tooth now, particularly in ring age, but they still bring palpable excitement to the frey. In fact, given Roy Jones Junior’s susceptibility to being knocked senseless and given Felix “Tito” Trinidad’s documented ability to knock someone senseless, this fight offers intriguing possibilities.

Trinidad, a former three-division champion, will be coming out of retirement for the fight against Roy Jones, a former four-division champion on January 19, 2008, at a catch weight of 170lbs--which in my view favors Jones who is 51-4 coming in. Tito is 42-2. Roy is 38 while Tito is four years younger. continue

The Allegedly “Racist” Remarks of Bernard Hopkins

By Geoffrey Ciani: Recently there has been a lot of hoopla over some allegedly racist comments made by Bernard Hopkins. This all happened at the weigh-in for the highly anticipated showdown between pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior and Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton when a heated exchange erupted between Hopkins and super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe. continue

Cunningham Ready For Huck

BERLIN (December 24, 2007)--IBF Cruiserweight champion, Steve "USS" Cunningham has wrapped up his stay in Berlin, Germany and now will set sail on Bielefeld, Germany where he will defend his crown against undefeated mandatory, Marco Huck on Saturday Night. Cunningham had a chance to see some of the historic sights while getting in a week's worth of intense training with trainers Anthony Chase and Buddy Osborne. continue

Let's Get A Boxing Movie...

By Jim Amato: Since this is the holiday season you may have some time off of work to relax and watch a few movies. There are several classic boxing movies that are available at your local video store to fill a void left by a lack of live boxing action. I'm going to list some of my favorites that you may find entertaining. "Gentleman Jim", the story of James J.Corbett is my personal favorite. Errol Flynn is great as Corbett and Ward Bond is even better as John L.Sullivan.Next up would be Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano in "Somebody Up There Likes Me".Then Robert DeNiro in the story of Jake LaMotta titled "Raging Bull". continue

Marquez/Paquiao: Juan Manuel Marquez Prepares For ‘Unfinished Business’

juan manuel marquezBy Matthew Hurley: Juan Manuel Marquez, 48-3-1 with 35 KOs has already begun preparations for his long anticipated rematch on March 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas with Manny Pacquiao, 45-3-2 with 35 KOs. The two fighters first met back in 2004 when then WBA and IBF featherweight champion Marquez eked out a draw against the Filipino icon after hitting the canvas three times in the first round. That disastrous frame however would prove to be Marquez’s ‘Red Badge of Courage’ as the proud fighter battled back and boxed effectively over the following eleven stanzas. Now Marquez and Pacquiao are prepared to engage in a bill dubbed ‘Unfinished Business’ and the fighter nicknamed ‘Dinamita’ is thirsting for revenge.

“This is such a crucial fight for me, my family, the Mexican people and all my fans everywhere,” Marquez told Reuters. “I’m going to use a mixture of aggression, counter-punching and lateral movement. But above all, (use) my intelligence as a boxer to defeat Manny.” continue

Unified and Undisputed in 2008

By Michael Amakor: 2007 was another great year for the sweet science, and historians will trace the renaissance of boxing to this decade. Who can honestly say boxing is dying, just look at the pay per view numbers for Mayweather vs. Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya, Cotto vs. Zab Judah and Mosley, Pavlik vs. Taylor, and they Calzaghe vs. Kessler mega fights that we all had they pleasure of viewing this year. continue

The Top Ten Prospects In The World

By Matt Yanofsky: Boxing universally has quite a few blue chip prospects. I have decided to make a list of the top ten in the world. Many of the fighters will be names you recognize, while some may not yet be familiar due to a lack of publicity. The man who many have number one, Alexander Povetkin is now off my list because he recently stopped long time Heavyweight title holder Chris Byrd, and is one victory away from a showdown with the Wladimir Klitchko/Sultan Ibragimov winner, putting him above a prospect. I have also added an honorable mention of prospects that fell just short of the top 10. continue

Amir Khan Inspired By Calzaghe Viking Win

Amir Khan is confident of repelling another Viking invasion by following his pal Joe Calzaghe's example. Bolton hot-shot Khan takes on Dane Martin Kristjansen at the ExCeL London on Saturday 2nd February and is using Calzaghe's win over previously undefeated Mikkel Kessler as inspiration. Calzaghe secured his position as Britain's finest fighter with a stunning points win over 'Viking Warrior' Kessler last month to unify the WBO/WBC/WBA world super-middleweight titles. continue

My Eyes on Floyd Mayweather

floyd mayweather jr.23.12.07 - By Michael Klimes: When Floyd Mayweather wrote the conclusion to his bout with Ricky Hatton through a picturesque left hook, it was reminiscent of a fighter which Mayweather has claimed to be greater than – Sugar Ray Leonard. The punch Mayweather used, as all fans know, was the signature blow of his legendary predecessor.

Mayweather’s version was as good as any left hook Leonard would have thrown in his prime. It combined a scientific precision with artful grace that only boxers of Mayweather’s or Leonard’s skill sets are able to produce. This comparison raises important questions: How great is Mayweather? Is he great as he actually says? continue

Floyd Mayweather vs the All Time Greats Part II

floyd mayweather jr.23.12.07 - by William Pinkard II: Okay, roughly a month ago I posted an article that compared Floyd Mayweather to Sugar Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Sugar Ray Leonard. In that article I took a quantitative approach to comparing the most important areas of a fighter from quality of opposition, to speed etc. In that comparison I had Mayweather coming up short, not by much but still coming up short.

Since then we all have been able to witness his destruction of Ricky Hatton, and I have read hundreds of articles, posts etc that now want to either place him as the greatest ever to lace ‘em up, or posts that simply tear him down and do not give credit where credit is due. continue

Malignaggi/Ngoudjo: Fighters Working Hard Through The Holidays

New York (December 24, 2007) --- There won’t be any holiday cheer for Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KO’s) or Herman Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KO’s) this year. Malignaggi will defend his IBF Junior Welterweight title against Ngoudjo on Saturday January 5th at Bally’s Main Ballroom in Atlantic City LIVE on Showtime Championship Boxing with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT. continue

Joe Calzaghe: Enjoy Christmas While You Can Bernard Hopkins!

Joe Calzaghe has wished rival Bernard Hopkins a Merry Christmas and added a New Year warning if they meet: You will lose. The Undisputed Super-Middleweight king ended 2007 with a spectacular win over Mikkel Kessler in his record tenth year as WBO world champion and has now set his sight on a showdown against the American legend. In his festive message to Hopkins, the Welsh wonder said: "Dear Ol' Popkins! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and hope you made the most of winning your only fight this year because when we meet in 2008 it will be your last! Best Wishes, Joe Calzaghe, Undisputed World Super-Middleweight Champion.. continue

Fights that should happen in 2008

23.12.07 - By Cesar Pancorvo: 2007 was a great year for boxing. That phrase has been mentioned ad nauseam but it is the simple truth, because this was an excellent year and it created new fans for the sport, it put boxing back on the map, and we had many great fights between the best of the best –and also two of the biggest fights of all time, which were won by Floyd Mayweather- continue

Herbie Hide KOs Nasyrov; Solis defeats Long

Herbie Hide17 years after winning the WBC International (Heavyweight) Championship for the first time “The Dancing Destroyer” is back on top. Herbie Hide knocked out unbeaten Russian prospect Mikhail Nasyrov (19-0-0) in round 6 at Maritim Hotel in Halle/Saale to recapture “his” belt. Nasyrov recovered from three knock-downs in the 2nd but was brought down and stopped by one of Herbie’s fast combinations in the 6th.

Right after the victory Herbie called his wife Helen in Las Vegas: “Tell the kids that daddy is the champion again!” To the press he stated “This 25-year-old boy had the chance to become a champion and fought for his life but ‘The Dancing Destroyer’ stopped him cold. Now I will go on to become World Cruiserweight Champion. Tell Marco Huck and David Haye that I will knock them out the same night if they want!. continue

Boxing News Mix: Herbie Hide Calls Out David Haye, Ricky Hatton, Billy Graham, More

Matthew Hurley: After knocking out unbeaten prospect Mikhail Nasyrov in the sixth round for the WBC international cruiserweight title belt former WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide called out WBA and WBC cruiserweight champion David Haye. Haye, who was in negotiations for a possible unification bout with WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli, has stated that he cannot make the cruiserweight limit anymore and would be moving up to heavyweight. He was in initial negotiations for a fight with former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman but that bout looks doubtful now because of money issues. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Who Cares?

By Robert C. Jackson: To add to the growing debate regarding Pretty Boy Floyd's place in the pantheon of Boxing's ALL Time greats, several theories have been introduced comparing his ring exploits primarily to those of the two Ray's; Robinson and Leonard. As I'm formulating my own expert commentary on the Floyd Mayweather versus the world of boxing scenario, I must announce that I just read that Floyd is in negotiations with dancing with the stars co-competitor, billionaire and friend Mark Cuban to compete in MMA contests under Cuban's HDNet Fights MMA company; Seriously. continue

Diaz Katsidis Look Elsewhere; Trinidad-Jones Bout Finalized

23.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In the aftermath of the Juan Diaz – Michael Katsidis cancellation both fighters are now looking towards potential bouts in March. The hotly anticipated fight between WBA/IBF/WBO lightweight champion Diaz, 33-0 with 17 KOs and WBO mandatory challenger Katsidis, 23-0 with 20 KOs fell apart after Golden Boy Promotions secured the WBO promotional rights to the fight by winning the purse bid at $1.5 million in Puerto Rico. continue

Bobby Chacon and Danny "Little Red" Lopez

bobby chaconBobby Chacon on right) 23.12.07 - By Ted Sares: May 24, 1974 was the date they first met in the ring. It was at the smoky Sports Arena in Los Angeles and, as announcer Jimmy Lennon Senior exclaimed, it was the long awaited meeting of two of the West Coast’s best fighters. These two warriors fought like, well warriors, but in the end “The Schoolboy,” Bobby Chacon, took out Danny “Little Red” Lopez with a savage onslaught that ended at the 48 second mark of the ninth stanza. The final punches landed with full leverage rendering Lopez helpless and giving the referee no alternative but to stop the fight.

Several decades later, they would meet again at the World Boxing Hall of Fame in California and when “The Schoolboy,” dressed handsomely in a blue grey suit, saw” Little Red,” he yelled out in an almost child-like voice “Danny” and ran across the hall to hug him. Those who witnessed this emotional reunion will never forget it; it was powerful stuff. continue

Heavyweight, Tony Grano Dishes Out Meals For The Holidays!

Unbeaten Connecticut heavyweight prospect Tony "TNT" Grano (13-0-1, 11 KO's) dished out much more than powerful right hands and left hooks during this past weekend, as he and longtime friend, Mike Scalise, teamed up with the Council for Children in Crisis to help supply 63 meals to families in need, in the New Haven, Connecticut region. continue

Cunningham vs Huck: No Christmas Break for Captain Huck

There will be no Christmas break for Captain Huck this year as he is shifting his full focus to Saturday´s showdown with IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham. The determined youngster will not travel home to Bielefeld to see his family but remain "locked" into a Berlin hotel alongside coach Ulli Wegner. "Even though it is Christmas - all the festivities would just be a distraction," the star trainer stated. "Unfortunately we can´t think about it this year.. continue

Final 2007 Pound for Pound List

By Matt Yanofsky: 1. Floyd Mayweather {Welterweight} - Floyd Mayweather’s impressive tenth round knockout of previously undefeated Ricky Hatton makes him the clear cut number one fighter in the world. Following his knockout of Hatton, Mayweather said that he is going to take “at least” two years off and shook off questions about fighting Miguel Cotto or anyone for that matter. Will this finally be it for Mayweather or is he pulling another short retirement on us continue

Manuel Charr: “The heavyweight division is full of circus fighters”

Manuel Charr23.12.07 - Interview by Andrew Wake: You may not know his name but 23 year old Berlin-based heavyweight prospect Manuel “Diamond Boy” Charr may just be the man to shake up boxing’s biggest and most talked about division.

Charr (real name Machmoud Omeirat Charr), a former kickboxer, started his climb to boxing supremacy in May 2005 when, under the tutorage of Ulli Wagner, he won a four round decision over Czech David Vicena on a bill headlined by fellow heavyweight Nicolay Valuev. During the twelve months that followed he added another six names to his résumé, four by way of knockout, and all seemed rosy for the Beirut born pug except for one thing…he wasn’t being paid. continue

Hopkins Calzaghe: Why does it always have to be a “Black or White” thing?

23.12.07 - By Phil Santos – - Once again an ugly, bigoted, racist comment brings to light the racial divide that still, to this day, exists in our world. Today it’s Bernard Hopkins, someone who should be able to hype a potential fight without saying “I would never let a white boy beat me. I would never lose to a white boy. I couldn't go back to the projects if I let a white boy beat me." White people, Europeans and anyone who doesn’t have a tint to their skin tone beware; making similar comments will get you fired, ruin your reputation or worse. continue

Hide vs. Nasyrov, Solis vs. Long Tonight

23.12.07 - Arena’s Cuban “heavyweight sensation” Odlanier Solis will go into his fight for the vacant WBC Latino Championship against Julius Long at the lowest weight of his pro career so far. At today’s official weigh-in the 2004 Olympic Champion brought 247.5 lbs. (112.3 kg). His opponent, 7-foot-1-giant Julius Long, goes into the fight with 256.6 lbs. continue

Vazquez-Marquez II fight of the year!

The votes are in and the experts agree. The epic rematch between Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez and Rafael Marquez which happened in August has been named “fight of the year” by The Ring Magazine, Yahoo Sports, El Esto newspaper and the World Boxing Council as well as by various online boxing outlets. The action packed third round was also named “round of the year”. continue

Mike Tyson And His Greatest Hits!

tysonby James Slater: I miss Mike Tyson. The peak version that is. Before he went completely crazy and seemingly cared not a bit about who or what he offended, Tyson was a great fighter. Not only was he ultra-exciting almost every time out, "Iron" Mike was always in tip-top physical condition too. During his prime years - which were all too short as things turned out - Tyson cared about boxing, his own legacy and reputation, and his fans. At least it seemed that way at the time, anyway. Okay, maybe I'm looking back through rose tinted glasses, but with the dire state of today's heavyweight division who can blame me?

Tyson was electrifying, and a fan was unwise to even blink when "Kid Dynamite" was in action. Ask yourself, how badly could we use the 1988 version of Mike Tyson today? Mike had some great nights in the ring, beating some fine fighters. But what were Tyson's ten best-ever performances? In this article I give my choices for Tyson's "greatest hits." Looking back at his heyday, it becomes clear that Mike was a special fighter. For a while at least. continue

Marquez – Pacquiao Tickets On Sale Now

Matthew Hurley: Tickets for the Juan Manuel Marquez – Manny Pacquiao rematch went on sale today at 10:00 AM Pacific Time at the Mandalay Bay box office and all Las Vegas area Ticketmaster locations. Prices are listed at $600, $400, $200 and $100. There is a limit of eight tickets per person. To charge by phone, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000 or the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino at (702) 632-7580. Tickets can also be purchased online at or continue

Sports Hog 103.1 Picks Up Talkin Boxing With Billy C

The Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of Boxing Talk Radio, “Talkin Boxing With Billy C”, continues to expand adding the Sports Hog 103.1 FM & 1580 AM to their growing list of affiliates. Bill Calogero and Keith Terceira host the program. The Sports Hog broadcasts from Fort Smith, Arkansas and joins WHTK 1280 out of Rochester, New York and to air the show, which is receiving a huge demand from it’s fans. continue

Wegner, Abraham honored - again

Ulli Wegner and IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham received an early Christmas gift this week. They both defended their titles as German coach and fighter of the year. The successful duo is no stranger to success inside and outside the ring. Unbeaten in 25 fights (20 KOs), Abraham won the prestigious German award for a second straight year, while Wegner made it five first-place finishes in a row. continue

Defining Greatness

floyd mayweather jr.22.12.07 - By Anthony Coleman: Yes I expect to get negative feedback for this article; but, the hell with it. My job as a writer is to tell the truth and not bow down to the fear of mob mentality; even if that means having my readers curse my name. Now with my disclaimer out of the way, let me preach the “real talk.”

It has been two weeks since Floyd Mayweather’s KO victory over Ricky Hatton, and the boxing world is still buzzing about his amazing year. He defeated Oscar De La Hoya in the most watched fight in the history of the Pay-Per-View era, then scored the aforementioned highlight reel left hook KO victory over Hatton. For both fights Mayweather netted 20 million dollars, finished his ascent into superstardom (did you see all of those celebrities who were at ringside for both the De La Hoya and Hatton fights?), earned his second Ring Magazine “Fighter of the Year” award, and gained the respect of even his most ardent critics (including yours truly). As of right now, I think the overwhelming majority of boxing fans and writers consider Mayweather as the game’s top pound-for-pound fighter. continue

Pavlik Announces Mountaineer Card

In addition to discussing preparations for his upcoming fight with Jermain Taylor (27-1 17ko’s), WBC and WBO Middleweight Champion, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (32-0 29ko’s) took time Thursday at Anthony’s on the River in Downtown Youngstown, Ohio to announce the Sunday, December 30th card at The Mountaineer Racetrack & Casino. Pavlik, from nearby Youngstown, Ohio, expressed his support for the local boxing scene. continue

Rodriguez Defeats McGee

23.12.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Last night, heavyweight David Rodriguez (27-0, 25 KOs) won an 8-round unanimous decision over Marcus McGee (19-15, 9 KOs) at the Dickerson’s Event Center, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The bout turned out to be highly competitive despite the vast differences the two fighter's records, perhaps showing that Rodriguez isn't yet ready to step it up against better fighters in the heavyweight division. The final judges' scores were 77-75, 77-75 and 79-73. Rodriguez, 30, was badly hurt in the 8th round by McGee, who had him on the verge of a knockout. However, McGee let the chance slip by after missing with several shots as the round ended. continue

Maselino Masoe Calls Out Mundine, Green!

21.12.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Thrown in the “too tough” basket throughout his career, former World Boxing Association middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (27-4, 26 whacks) is not finished with boxing and wants another world title shot early in the new year. The humble Samoan said yesterday that the fight he specifically wants is with WBA 168 pound “regular” title holder Anthony Mundine. continue

Clottey Defeats Alvarez, Earns A Shot At Cintron

joshua clottey21.12.07 - By Ron Hansen: International Boxing Federation #6 ranked welterweight, Joshua Clottey (33-2, 20 KOs) defeated Shamone Alvarez (19-1, 11 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Though the bout was thought to be an exciting matchup due to Alvarez's unbeaten record, it turned out to be a mostly dull affair as Clottey fought at a mostly pedestrian pace in pounding out a decision over the weak-punching Alvarez. The final judges’ scores were 115-113, 116-112, 118-110.

It was obvious in the first couple of minutes of the fight that Alvarez didn't have what it takes to beat Clottey, which is perhaps why Clottey seemed to treat the fight almost like a casual sparring match. The victory was a particularly important one for Clottey, since it enables him to take on Kermit Cintron sometime in the future once his hands heal up. continue

Antillon Stops Valdez

22.12.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Lightweight Urbano Antillon (21-0, 14 KOs) totally annihilated his overmatched opponent Adrian Valdez (18-6-3, 9 KOs) on Friday night, destroying him in the 1st round at the Dickerson’s Event Center, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Antillon, considered one of the best lightweight prospects in boxing, knocked Valdez down with the first two punches he threw, a 1-2 combination. Both punches were heavy shots and could be clearly heard around the arena. After getting up, Valdez looked startled, as if he didn't know what had him due to the quickness of the knockdown. continue

Book Review: Boxing Is My Sanctuary - A Collection Of Essays By Theodore R. (Ted) Sares

21.12.07 - By Jim Amato: If you like boxing, if you love boxing then you will love this book. Ted "The Bull" Sares has a way of taking the sport of boxing to it's inner core. Stripped down, mano y mano. Ask no quarter, give no quarter. continue

Nephew of Trevor Berbick Found Guilty Of Former Champ’s Murder

Matthew Hurley: The nephew of Trevor Berbick was found guilty for the murder of the former WBC heavyweight champion along with his accomplice. Harold Berbick, twenty-one years old and Kenton Gordon, nineteen years old, were convicted of manslaughter on Thursday in Kingston, Jamaica. Both men will remain jailed until sentencing on January 11th. The two men were charged with the beating death of the fighter which arose over a property dispute. Berbick’s body was left in a church courtyard in Portland, Jamaica. continue

Trinidad/Jones Jr: First Of Three-Part Series On Trinidad-Jones To Air Sunday On Cox Sports Television

jones jr trinidadNEW YORK— Boxing fans searching for an inside look at the non-stop Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. media tour will get a treat when Cox Sports Television the first in a three-part series documentary showcasing the legendary fighters on Sunday, Dec. 23, at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. The documentary highlights press stops in major United States cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Miami and ESPN studios, among others. Both fighters offer predictions and are candid about their strategies for their upcoming, highly anticipated fight.

Two of the greatest boxers in history who are both destined for the Hall of Fame, Trinidad and Jones, will square off at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. The match will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Hot Prospect Aaron Williams Featured in Ring Magazine

Undefeated cruiserweight prospect Aaron Williams (15-0-1, 11 KO’s), will be featured in the upcoming issue of The Ring Magazine. Boxing writer, Coyote Duran, provides an in-depth look at one of boxing’s most talented, young boxers in The Ring’s “New Faces”, March ‘08 column. This issue will be available at newsstands and bookstores, the first week of January. continue

Tony Tucker - He Could've Been A Great

by James Slater: Tony "TNT" Tucker, the former IBF heavyweight champion of the world, turns 49 a few days after Christmas day. Of all the forgotten alphabet champions of the 1980s, Tucker always looked as though he wasted his talents more than anyone else from the generation known as "the lost heavyweights." Tucker seemingly had it all - athleticism, size, speed, a good chin and decent punching power. What went wrong? Sadly, it's that D word again; drugs. Like many of his contemporaries, Tony Tubbs, for example, Tucker found himself embroiled with illegal substances at a time when his career should have been thriving. Tucker did manage to win a version of the world title - the IBF strap - only to lose it to Mike Tyson on his first defence. But the man who said he was going to be a "heavyweight Thomas Hearns," should have gone much farther than he did. Much farther. continue

Fields Crushes Koval; Martirosyan Flattens Wallace To Stay Unbeaten

21.12.07 - By Ron Hansen: In a night of 1st round knockouts, 6'8" heavyweight Tye Fields (39-1, 35 KOs) made an impressive showing in stopping Chris Koval (24-4, 18 KOs) in the first minute of the 1st round on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fields, 32, not a particularly fast or powerful puncher, used his size and heavy pressure to take out out Koval in 43 seconds of the 1st round, dropping him twice in the process. continue

Junior Witter: “I can beat Floyd Mayweather"

junior witterBy Andrew Wake: Britain’s World Boxing Council light welterweight champion Junior “The Hitter” Witter feels that he is the man to do what his countryman and arch rival Ricky Hatton couldn’t by beating pound for pound king “Pretty boy” Floyd Mayweather. In an interview with South Yorkshire newspaper The Star, 33 year old Witter said “I get up for a challenge and they do not get any bigger than Floyd Mayweather. I'd rate it 60-40… in my favour.”

He added: “The fight nearly happened in 2006 when I became his mandatory opponent but Mayweather had to pull out through injury and then moved up a weight.

“My promoter plans to talk to Mayweather's advisers to see if we can get it on again. continue

The Sun Rises Again*: Boxing Commentary, Looking at 2008

By Christopher Roche,

Boxing Questions (and answers) 1) 2007 was a wonderful year for boxing. Are we ready for 2008?

There is no doubt that fighters, promoters, managers and broadcasters deserve credit for making the matches that the fans wanted to see. Fans and media members will likely debate the “Fight of the Year” and the “Fighter of the Year” of 2007 for weeks, and the debates will be heated. That is the sign of a strong sport. continue

Marquez Pacquiao Tickets Go On Sale December 22nd

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 20, 2008) – Beware the Ides of March! The fistic debate about which fighter is the best finally will be settled when World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ defends his title against three-division world champion MANNY PACQUIAO in a 12-round battle for pound-for-pound supremacy. continue

Hugo Cazares headlines Chicago card

After a blockbuster year in 2007 featuring seventeen world class professional boxing events, Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, storms into the new year with THE MONTH OF THE KINGS, an outstanding evening for Chicago fight fans set for Friday, January 25th at Cicero Stadium. continue

Paul Williams To Defend Title Against Carlos Quintana

carlos quintanaBy Matthew Hurley: In the aftermath of Kermit Cintron’s shaky victory over Jesse Feliciano it was revealed that the IBF welterweight title holder had injured his right hand. Although Cintron had been on an upswing, coming off a devastating knockout of Walter Matthysse in the second round, the injury may have hurt WBO welterweight titlist Paul Williams even more. The two fighters were supposed to square off in a unification bout in February and after Cintron’s anemic performance against Feliciano, Williams was champing at the bit to get the ‘Killer’ in the ring.

With the fight indefinitely postponed Williams was left with few options for the February date, which was to be broadcast on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. As potential opponents were being discussed for the freakishly tall Williams his promoter Dan Goossen was most concerned with simply keeping his fighter busy. continue

Happy Holidays and a very Merry Christmas from the Bull

Ted the Bull Sares wishes all posters, writers, and staff on EastSideBoxing the very best wishes for the coming year. May your Christmas stocking be filled with great videos and articles of your favorite fights!

Star Boxing News

Bronx, NY Dec 21, 2007 The fists will be flying once again in New York as Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing kicks off the New Year with a bang with the 8th installment of the phenomenal boxing series "Punchin' at the Paradise" on Thursday, January 31st 7:30pm at the Utopia Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, NY. Star Boxing has made a commitment to provide a high level of entertainment and excitement whenever they bring fights to the Paradise Theatre, and this year promises to be no exception. continue

WBC News: 2007 What A Great Year For Boxing

By Jose Sulaiman: What a great year it has been for boxing! On behalf of all the members of the WBC, I would like to congratulate all those involved in this great sport. All the boxers, from 4 rounders, to world champions, all promoters, managers, trainers, TV network, sanctioning organizations, media and specially the boxing fans around the world. This year boxing broke all existing records in pay per view, paid attendance and great shows in many countries, and most importantly network television is coming back to cover the sport in many countries of the world. Following you will find the candidates for the WBC best of 2007 continue

Who Will Replace Wladimir Klitschko As The Number One Heavyweight?

wladimir klitschkoPaul McCreath: We all know that there is no undisputed world heavyweight champion but most fans would agree that Wladimir Klitschko is the best heavyweight in the world and many would call him the real world champion. What everyone, even his most loyal supporters can agree on, is that he will not be here forever. Most boxers reach their peak and remain there only for a short time, often about two or three years. It can be argued that Wladimir at 31 years of age is at his peak now but nobody really knows how much longer that peak will last. Decline could set in anytime or maybe not for a few years yet.

In trying to guess who might be the one to take his place at the top, we have to consider the timing of it all. Since we mostly all agree that none of the current crop of leading heavies would be likely to defeat Wladimir at this time, we must conclude that the best chance of success would belong to a fighter who is younger than Wladimir. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Arena Signs Markus Beyer

By Per Ake Persson: According to a short note in Bild Zeitung, ex-WBC supermiddle champ Markus Beyer has left Sauerland Event for Arena Box Promotion and signed a four fight deal with them. Beyer hasn't fought since losing to Mikkel Kessler last year. Chris Meyer, CEO, for Sauerland confirms that Beyer´s contract expires December 31 and that no new deal could be struck. An all-German showdown between Beyer and Jurgen Braehmer has been discussed but never got far. continue

Miranda And Pascal To Co-headline Friday Night Fights On January 11

HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 20 - On Friday, January 11th, with the New Year less than two weeks old, super middleweight stars Edison Miranda and Jean Pascal will attempt to move closer to their long awaited showdown – but only if they can survive the hard-nosed battlers they will face at boxing’s “Crossroads”. continue

Trinidad, Jones Jr and King Help To KO Cancer

NEW YORK—Promoter Don King and his boxers Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr.—who will meet in a huge match staged at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 19—have teamed with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, to help educate and raise awareness regarding the deadly disease. continue

Paulie Malignaggi – “I’m The Best In The World”

paulie malignaggiBy Matthew Hurley: As International Boxing Federation junior welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi’s motor mouth revs up into high gear for his January 5th title defense against Herman Ngoudjo, the brash New Yorker took a few minutes to discuss a possible showdown with Ricky Hatton.

“I’ve noticed a lot of people talk about me fighting Ricky Hatton,” he said before engaging in a conference call with reporters. “Right now I’m focused on January 5th and shutting this chump’s mouth up. So I’ll discuss Ricky Hatton on January 6th. I want the best fights possible, every fighter wants that. But right now I only have Herman Ngoudjo on my mind.. continue

Mitchell Rose: The Man Who Stopped Butterbean And Tangled With Tyson Now Writes A Book

By Matt Yanofsky: I had the opportunity to catch up with an interesting boxing figure by the name of Mitchell Rose. Rose, a former Golden Gloves champion became the buzz of boxing following his shocking stoppage win over boxing cult phenomenon Butterbean. Rose is currently selling his book titled The Man That Beat Butterbean Now Has To Beat These City Streets. continue

Huck in top shape and ready for USS Cunningham

Marco "Captain" Huck (19-0, 14 KOs) will be happy to see the back of an exhausting preparation as his December 29 showdown with IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (20-1, 10 KOs) is nearing. The undefeated 23-year-old has spent the last couple of weeks in training camp in Kienbaum. The tiny village, which in former times served as a well-known training base for East German star athletes, is located 20 miles east of Berlin. "There is nothing going on here so all I could do was practice," Huck said. "I can´t wait to get out and finally take on Cunningham. He has been on my mind all the time.. continue

Bob Mirovic sacks Angelo Hyder

20.12.07 - Nine time Australian Heavyweight Champion Bob Mirovic today announced that he has parted ways with trainer & manager Angelo Hyder citing he has lost faith in him and wished to make the most of what he has left in his career. continue

Debacles and Blindness – The ten worst decisions of the past 10 years: De La Hoya-Mosley, De La Hoya-Sturm, Lewis-Holyfield, Trinidad-De La Hoya, More!

oscar de la hoya19.12.07 - By Andrew Wake: Sometimes a fighter gives his all, moves well, lands the cleanest and hardest punches, and has the crowd singing his name at tops of their voices, but, after the final bell has sounded and the judge’s cards have been read, he leaves the arena with an L on his record and a feeling of bitterness and dejection in his heart.

Unfortunately, in the cruel world of professional boxing, events like this are commonplace. In some cases I’m inclined to believe that these events are just the result of bad judging but there are times, like the first Lewis v Holyfield contest, when something more scandalous appears to have taken place. continue

Upcoming Fights And Boxing News

By Matthew Hurley: Joshua Clottey, 32-2 with 20 KOs and Shamone Alvarez, 19-0 with 11 KOs weighed in yesterday for tonight’s IBF welterweight title eliminator at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Clottey came in at 146 pounds and Alvarez came in at 145 ½ pounds. The bout will be part of the final boxing card of the year to be broadcast on the Versus Network at 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. continue

Odlanier Solis: “I turned pro to collect titles!”

Arena’s main eventers for this Sunday’s show in Halle (Saale) showed themselves well prepared at today’s press conference at Maritim Hotel in Halle. In the main event Herbie Hide (40-4-0, 39 kos) will face unbeaten Russian prospect Mikhail Nasyrov (18-0-0, 12 kos) for the vacant WBC international cruiserweight championship. Hide is confident that he will beat his opponent to proceed his way to the world title. continue

Jacqui Frazier-Lyde - “Sister Smoke” World Champion Boxer Becomes World Champion Judge

By Jack Crider: In a country in which the great American Dream can come true, one dream has come true for former Female World Boxing Champion, Jacqui Frazier-Lyde. Who in their wildest dreams would be watching two beautiful females trying to knock each other out would ever think that one of the opponents would someday become a judge. continue

Ricky Hatton vs. Floyd Mayweather (and Joe Cortez) In Perspective

ricky hatton19.12.07 - By Jim Dorney: Having seen the Hatton-Mayweather fight a number of times now, I keep coming away with the same feeling - That whilst Mayweather can't be blamed for this, Hatton was hindered by referee Joe Cortez at almost every turn.

I can imagine after reading this first sentence, a lot of fans on ESB are already scrolling to the bottom of this article getting ready to post a comment about what a piece of biased, pro-Brit rubbish this article is, but hear me out.

In the first round, Hatton came out quickly, as he usually does. Not long into the round, the fighters got into a clinch, which was forced by Mayweather. continue

Junior Witter Turns Attention To Malignaggi

By Matthew Hurley: After a week of calling out Ricky Hatton for a bout he has longed for, World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion Junior Witter is shifting his focus to International Boxing Federation champion Paulie Malignaggi. In the wake of his loss to Floyd Mayweather on December 8th Hatton’s future, whether it’s will he retire – he won’t, will he remain with trainer Billy Graham – he will, will he drop back down to junior welterweight – he probably will, and who he will fight next – he doesn’t know, has been ruminated on endlessly in the past week and a half. One thing camp Hatton has said, however, is that he has no plans to fight Junior Witter. continue

Joey Gilbert Takes Lie Detector Test to Clear His Name

RENO, NEVADA., December 19, 2007. Following a positive test result for anabolic steroids and methamphetamine after his September 12, 2007, fight in Reno, Nevada, Joey Gilbert was shocked by the allegations of steroids and methamphetamine use leveled against him by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. "I immediately thought that the tests had to be wrong, or that banned substances must have been in one of my supplements." Said Gilbert. "Because, I certainly didn't knowingly take any banned substances.. continue

Women’s World Title Fight Headlines “The Ultimate Showdown II” Pro-Am Boxing Show

MANSFIELD, Mass. – A female world title match featuring two-time champion Missy “The Fury” Fiorentino headlines “The Ultimate Showdown II” pro-am boxing show, presented by Peter Manfredo, Sr., in association with Bash For Cash, at the Mansfield SportsPlex in Mansfield, Massachusetts. continue

Who Was The Greatest Heavyweight Champion Of The 1980s - Larry Holmes Or Mike Tyson?

mike tysonby James Slater: The great Larry Holmes dominated the first half of the decade that was the 1980s, the also great Mike Tyson dominated the second half of the decade. But who was the number one heavyweight of that ten year period, Tyson or Holmes? Sure, both men did meet, with "Iron" Mike doing a number on "The Easton Assassin" in just 4 rounds. But Holmes was not only past his best by January of '88, but he had also neglected to engage in a tune-up bout before tangling with the peak Mike Tyson.

Though the fight they had in Atlantic City in early '88 will no doubt persuade many fans that Tyson was the better fighter, in reality it is irrelevant to the question this article asks. Who was the overall king of the big men of the 1980s continue

SHOWTIME Conference Call Quotes: Malignaggi and Ngoudjo

In an excellent matchup, Paulie "Magic Man'' Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KO's) defend his IBF junior welterweight title against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 challenger Herman "The Black Panther'' Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KO's) on the 2008 premiere of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Jan. 5. The telecast begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue

"USS" Cunningham Ready To Set Sail On Germany

IBF Cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” is hours away from boarding a plane to Bielefeld, Germany where he will defend his title against mandatory challenger Marco Huck on December 29th in the challengers hometown. continue

Amir Khan Cracks Ring Ratings

British boxing hot-shot Amir Khan has broken into the prestigious Ring Magazine's latest lightweight ratings. The Commonwealth Lightweight king, already ranked at #6 in the WBO and #9 by the WBC, destroyed former Champion Graham Earl earlier this month in a stunning 72 seconds to earn his #8 position in the Bible of Boxing. continue

Mayweather Doesn’t See Cotto In Immediate Future

miguel cottoBy Matthew Hurley: As the memory of his conclusive victory over Ricky Hatton gets filed away into his 39-0 professional record, Floyd Mayweather says he intends to stay busy in 2008, but outside the boxing ring. Floyd’s company, Mayweather Promotions, is expanding its activities to include concert promotions and feature films as well as staging boxing events. According to Mayweather his intention of taking a long sabbatical from the ring is both because of his responsibilities to his company and its growth and his growing weariness with the trials and tribulations of being a professional prize fighter.

Mayweather has alluded to his body ‘tearing down’ and the notion that he truly feels he no longer has anything to prove inside the ring. His legacy, he maintains, is secure. Without question Mayweather solidified his top standing in the mythical pound-for-pound rankings with his decisive victory over Hatton on December 8th, but his critics remain. continue

Clottey-Alvarez Set To Battle On Versus Network On Thursday Night

19.12.07 - By Laz Izada: In an International Boxing Federation Welterweight eliminator between Joshua “The Hitter” Clottey (32-2, 19 KOs) meets up with Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (19-0, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Clottey, is from the Bronx by way of Ghana, is currently ranked # 6 by the International Boxing Federation welterweight division, whereas Alvarez, 30, Alvarez comes from Atlantic City and is ranked 10th by the IBF. The winner of this bout moves up to the # 1 ranking and gets a shot at current IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron. continue

Watch Solis vs Long, Hide vs Nasyrov Live On This Site This Sunday

Arena Box-Promotion will broadcast the upcoming Christmas boxing show this Sunday (December 23rd) at Maritim Hotel in Halle/Saale as live PPV event on the internet. Boxing fans from all over the world have the chance to watch former world heavyweight champion Herbie Hide (40-4-0, 39 kos) and unbeaten Russian prospect Mikhail Nasyrov (18-0-0, 12 kos) fight for the vacant WBC international cruiserweight championship in the main event. “The Dancing Destroyer” wants to prove that he still has what it takes to become a world champion. continue

Fighters who lost their “0” in 2007: Who Bounces Back and who Falls Flat in 08”

By Phil Santos – Maybe it’s due to the physicality of the sport, or the manner in which fighters are beaten between the ropes, whatever it is one loss in boxing can be more damaging to an athlete than in any other sport. If Roger Federer drops a match he was heavily favored to win, or Tiger Woods fails to win a tournament that everyone knows he should have, sports fans collectively assume that these highly skilled pros will resume their winning ways the very next chance they get. Whether it’s an individual or team sport a loss is simply viewed as a bump in the road, something to learn from, after all nobody is perfect right? In fact often times a loss is viewed as beneficial to a team or individuals’ growth and the rectification of flaws can help strengthen prior short comings. continue

Floyd Mayweather: Legacy Or Money?

floyd mayweather jr.By Matt Yanofsky: Following his impressive tenth round stoppage over previously undefeated Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton, Floyd Mayweather once again told the boxing world of his plans to retire. Mayweather claimed he would take at least two years off and would only return after that if there is a huge money fight. Unless Floyd is once again pulling one over our eyes (like he did with his brief retirement after his victory over Oscar De La Hoya), he is making a big mistake.

Boxing lifer and former world title challenger John “Iceman” Scully offered up his opinion on Mayweather’s situation. “One thing that needs to be understood is that there is so much money involved with big fights involving a guy like Mayweather. continue

Diaz – Katsidis Is Off, Haye – Maccarinelli

By Matthew Hurley: The much anticipated bout between WBA/IBF and World Boxing Organization lightweight champion Juan Diaz, 33-0 with 17 knockouts and WBO mandatory challenger Michael Katsidis, 23-0 with 20 knockouts scheduled for February 9th is off. The bout, which was to be broadcast by HBO, fell apart after Golden Boy Promotions secured the WBO promotional rights to the fight by winning the purse bid of $1.5 million dollars in Puerto Rico. Diaz has one fight left on his contract with Don King Promotions and King has invoked a clause in that contract which prevents Diaz from fighting for another promoter. King was overseas at the time of the purse bid. continue

Amir Khan: "Where Is Thaxton?"

Amir Khan is planning a missing persons appeal - as nothing has been heard from British lightweight champion Jon Thaxton since December 8. That was the day on which Khan stopped former Lonsdale belt holder Graham Earl in just 72 seconds at the Bolton Arena. And ever since there's been silence from Thaxton's Norfolk stronghold. continue

Ted the Bull’s 2007 Boxing Awards

17.12.07 - By Ted Sares: 1) Pound For Pound Fighter of the Year: Floyd Mayweather Jr.,

No big surprise here. Mayweather, 39-0, beat Oscar De La Hoya and then dismantled undefeated Ricky Hatton. In so doing, he continued to demonstrate an uncommon tool chest of skills that aficionados have not witnessed since the days of Sugar Ray Leonard. He is the complete package blessed with superior speed, great stamina, sharp punching, a solid chin, great defense, and the ability to knock out opponents with either hand. Blending old school subtleties with modern technique, he is THE MAN. continue

'And The Winner Is': ESB's Vivek Wallace Awards Boxings Best of 2007

floyd mayweather jr.17.12.07 - By Vivek Wallace: Today we find ourselves only weeks away from wrapping up what turned out to be one helluva year for the sport of boxing. Not too long ago we heard all the rumblings about how UFC/MMA was gonna faze the sport out, and how there wasn't enough talent in the sport. Well, for those who stuck around long enough to read this, you'd probably be elated to know that this was easily one of the most successful years in the sports history and next year seems to be shaping up as an equal or better.

Before we bring the 2007 year to a complete halt, there's a few awards I'd personally like to give to those in the world of boxing who emphatically put every other professional sports around the world on notice that they're not the only 'big dance' in town. continue

Ricky Hatton – “Billy Graham Will Be Training Me"

Matthew Hurley: Ricky Hatton dismissed rumors of a rift between him and trainer Billy Graham this weekend, ending speculation that the fighter would seek out a new trainer in the aftermath of his loss to Floyd Mayweather on December 8th. Hatton spoke with a British television reporter upon his arrival back in Manchester and, with a week’s hindsight offered up his thoughts on his performance and his future. continue

Valuev vs Liakhovich eliminator set for February 16

Nikolai Valuev and Sergej Liakhovich will battle our their WBA eliminator in Nurnberg on February 16, Sauerland Event confirmed today. The Russian Giant (47-1, 34 KOs) is just one win away from earning the right to challenge current champion Ruslan Chagaev, who handed him the sole loss of his career back in April 2007 when he clinched a close majority decision. "I want to win my title back," Valuev stated. "And I will move closer to my goal on February 16.. continue

Kelly Pavlik Opens Training Camp Today, Preparing for Jermain Taylor Rematch

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (December 17, 2007) -- Undefeated world middleweight champion and "Fighter of the Year" candidate KELLY "THE GHOST" PAVLIK officially opened his Youngstown-based training camp today in preparation for his rematch against the man he dethroned, once-beaten Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor. Promoted by Top Rank and DiBella Entertainment, the 12-round Pavlik-Taylor II rumble will take place Saturday, February 16, at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST. continue

George Foreman Vs. Dwight Muhammad Qawi - "There's A Full Moon Out Tonight!"

george foreman17.12.07 – By James Slater: Big George Foreman was just over one year into his improbable boxing comeback. Following his decade long absence from the ring, the 39-year-old was about to face his toughest comeback opponent so far. Dwight Muhammad Qawi, the former light-heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, decided to give it a go up at heavyweight.

Coming off two great fights - albeit losing ones - with Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield, the 35-year-old "Camden Buzz Saw" was convinced he'd end Foreman's dreams of regaining the heavyweight crown. A very interesting, sometimes quite bizarre, fight followed. continue

Peterson Bros. Return On Jan. 4

On Friday, January 4th, in what will be the first televised bout of 2008, Memphis based Prize Fight Boxing and the Hard Rock Casino and Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi kick off the New Year with a bang by welcoming back Anthony and Lamont Peterson, live on Showtime's popular fight series, ShoBox: The New Generation. continue

Andy Lee Ready for Spotlight; Calls Out Duddy, Pavlik!

By Jeff "Big Bazooka" Linenfelser: Former Olypian and Middleweight Contender Andy Lee is ready and calling out anyone with a belt. " Andy is way ahead of his pro fight record because of his extensive Amateur an Olympic backround," says Hall of Fame Trainer Emanuel Stewart. "This kid has been in camp with Taylor, Cintron and numerous other top fighters for the last 2 years. There is no one at 160 that can beat Andy right now. If John Duddy (middleweight contender from Ireland) isn't ready to step up to the championship plate, then Andy definitely is or we can fight him (Duddy) tomorrow for that matter," said Stewart. continue

Golden Boy Promotions: Mora And Escobedo Headline First Show In 2008

Following a phenomenal and record-setting 2007, Golden Boy Promotions is looking for an even bigger and better 2008 beginning with their January 11th show at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California, which features champion of the first season of the hit reality series 'The Contender', Sergio Mora and 2004 U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo in separate bouts. continue

Will Cotto fight De la Hoya before fighting Mayweather?

miguel cotto17.12.07 – By Cesar Pancorvo: The biggest fight that could happen in 2008, without a doubt, is Miguel Cotto versus Floyd Mayweather….a Top10 P4P fighter against the P4P King, or the welterweight #1 contender against the Champion.

Let’s remember also that Mayweather should have two belts, and he’s Lineal/Ring Magazine Champion. Cotto has beat Ricardo Torres, Paul Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Sugar Shane Mosley, etc, but some boxing aficionados believe that he still needs one more test before he faces Money Mayweather –that final test, that would increase his fan base and catapult him to stardom, is Oscar de la Hoya. continue

Showtime Boxing: Fights Will Be Breaking Out The First Week In January On Showtime

Like a crowd-pleasing boxer that never takes a backward step, SHOWTIME will come out swinging in 2008 with back to back fight cards the first week of January. On Saturday, Jan. 5, flashy, charismatic Paulie "Magic Man'' Malignaggi (23-1, 5 KOs), of Brooklyn, N.Y., will make the initial defense of his IBF junior welterweight championship against mandatory challenger and IBF No. 1 contender, Herman "The Black Panther'' Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs), of Montreal, by way of Cameroon, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). continue

Where does Kelly Pavlik Rank at Super Middleweight?

By: Phil Santos, We do not yet know when newly crowned World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik will make his first title defense. What we do know is that his next bout will be fought at a catch weight of 166, a weight that is more comfortable, after it was well noted that both Pavlik and Taylor were beginning to have difficulty making 160. Kelly Pavlik will step in with Jermain Taylor for their eagerly anticipated rematch on February 16th. Jermain Taylor, the former title holder, and Kelly Pavlik are expected to eventually make the logical move to 168. continue

Marquez, Marquez and Taylor: The Likelihood of Victory Part III - Raphael Marquez vs. Israel Vazquez

By: Phil Santos – Overhandright. com: Two of the worlds most gifted pound for pound boxers gave us, not one, but two fights worthy of “Fight of the Year” consideration in 2007. A date of March 1st 2008 has been speculated but as of this writing not confirmed. Provided the two are able to get together to cap off a trilogy that, despite the outcome of the third fight, is already a classic. Raphael Marquez and Israel Vazquez should deliver another outstanding performance. continue

Danny Green Wins WBA 175 Pound World Championship

danny greenBy Tony Nobbs: In the best display of boxing in his career, a patient and strong Danny Green, ranked number seven going in, captured the World Boxing Association's light heavyweight championship with a unanimous decision over the very disappointing Stipe Drew's at a capacity full Challenge Stadium in Perth, West Australia last night (Sunday).

Hometown boy Green (age 34, 79.20 kg, record now 25-3,22 KO's, 5'11, trained by Ismael Salas, wearing lime green shorts with gold band and piping) entered the ring to the inspirational “Man From Down Under” from Aussie band Men At Work. Drews, Croatian born, German based (also 34, 79.20, record now 32-2, 13 KO's, 6'5 , wearing red trunks with blue piping and white spiderman print) came into ACDC's heavy rock Thunderstruck. It was about as pumped up as things got.

If there was ever a less inspiring world title defense - I'm grateful I never had to sit through it. continue

Bob Arum And Freddie Roach Attempt To Refocus Manny Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: Bob Arum recently flew to the Philippines to help Manny Pacquiao celebrate his twenty-ninth birthday in General Santos City. Arum, who promotes Pacquiao, has a much wider agenda than simply toasting the most prized possession in the Top Rank stable during the ‘Pac Man’s’ celebration. His concerns run from not only Manny’s future opponent Juan Manuel Marquez, whom he will face at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on March 15th, but also with the fighter’s lack of visibility during promotional campaigns for his bouts in the United States. continue

Hatton Needs To Be Taken To The Next Level By A New Trainer

17.12.07 - By Dave Domenico: Since the big showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton transpired last Saturday, we now have some time for after thought. As I tuned in live for the fight that night, we all get caught up in the excitement when watching a fight live that we do not have time to reflect until the event passes. Now that I have had some time to reflect, here is what I came up with as I am also offering a different statement than what has been observed on this site.. continue

Mayweather/Hatton: 850,000 PPV Buys

HBO Sports announced today that the Dec. 8 Floyd Mayweather-Ricky Hatton welterweight title bout generated 850,000 pay-per-view buys and $47 million in PPV revenue. That total caps off the highest performing year in HBO Pay-Per-View history. In 2007, HBO PPV recorded 4.8 million buys and more than $255 million in revenue across eight boxing events. The previous high for HBO PPV in boxing was in 1999 with four million buys and $200 million in revenue. In 2006, HBO PPV registered 3.7 million buys and $177 million in revenue. continue

Valero & Linares Win By KO

jorge linaresBy Bill Calogero - Photo: Sumio Yamada - December 16, 2007 - Edwin Valero improves to 23-0 (23 KOs) with the destruction of Zaid Zavaleta in the third round of their scheduled twelve-round Super Featherweight Championship. The contest was the Main Event of “Night Of Champions” broadcast live on PPV from the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico on Saturday night.

Valero, as he always does, came out aggressive and on the attack. Although he claims to train for twelve round bouts, one would never guess it if they watched him fight. To me, he wants to end the fight as quickly as possible. He was throwing punches from every angle, landing on the head and body of Zaid Zavaleta. Zaid, tried to counter Edwin’s attack by throwing and landing several hard shots to the jaw of Valero, but nothing slowed the Champion down. As the ten-second warning was given, Valero landed a solid left that sent Zavaleta down. He was up at eight, was allowed to continue and the bell sounded to end the first round. continue

IBF appoints Middleweight Eliminator: Mahir Oral vs. Fulgencio Zuniga

Arena-CEO Ahmet Öner and Alfredo Marchio, promoter from Atlantic City, New Jersey, agreed on co-promoting an IBF middleweight elimination bout between their fighters Mahir “The Lion” Oral (currently ranked on No. 15) and Fulgencio Zuniga (no. 10) in Hamburg in February 2008. The winner of the bout will automatically be ranked on the currently not rated No. 1 spot. continue

Would Hatton Consider “A New York State of Mind”?

15.12.07 - By Christopher Roche: Back on June 16th Paul Malignaggi nearly blanked Lovemore N’Dou and picked up the International Boxing Federation junior welterweight title. In the post fight interview, Malignaggi predicted that Ricky Hatton would take out Jose Louis Castillo, and Malignaggi unequivocally stated that he wanted to fight Hatton next. continue

Green vs Drews: Monster Bet Comes Off!

One Sportingbet Australia punter collected $82,500 after Danny Green destroyed Croatian World Champion Stipe Drews in their WBA Light Heavyweight Title fight on Sunday evening. The smart punter placed $50,000 on Green at $1.65 early last week and never looked like losing his cash. Sportingbet Australia Betting Manager Bill Richmond said that the patriotic Aussie boxing punters cleaned up on the night. continue

The Greatest Welterweight Era: Leonard, Duran, Pryor, Benitez, and Hearns vs. Cintron, Cotto, Margarito, Williams and Mayweather

aaron pryor15.12.07 - By K. Mensah: The recent resurgence of the welterweight division leads some of us old boxing heads to ponder an interesting question: How would Mayweather, Cotto and the crew have handled themselves against the last great group of welterweights? In about 1981 the sport of boxing’s greatest collection of talent resided at 147 lbs. just as it does today. Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns were preparing for an epic #1 vs. #2 pound for pound clash in the fall.

Roberto Duran was 1-1 against Leonard and Pipino Cuevas possessed the premiere left hook in the business. Also at this time a still-young Puerto Rican with the nickname “El Radar” was not far removed from being the youngest titleholder ever at 17 and there was a hawk from Cincinnati who had beaten Hearns and Leonard as an amateur and wanted all of the the big prey just 7 lbs.
north. continue

Edwin Valero Stops Zaid Zavaleta in Three

15.12.07 - By Sean Ocampo: Edwin Valero (23-0-0 23 KOs) successfully retained his World Boxing Association Super Featherweight Title by stopping Zaid Zavaleta (16-3-2 11 KOs) in the third round of their twelve round championship affair in Cancun, Mexico. Valero showed dominance all throughout the fight by attacking Zavaleta's head and body with vicious assaults. The win marks Valero's third successful defense of his WBA Super Featherweight Title since winning it against Vicente Mosquera last year. continue

Sakio Bika: Contender III Champion tribute show

This weeks Sweet Science weekly boxing program is dedicated to Sakio "The Scorpion" Bika, the Cameroon Australian who was recently crowned Contender III champion with a torrid win over Jaidon Codrington. continue

Hopkins And Calzaghe Plant The Seeds For Big Promotion

15.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: After light heavyweight Bernard Hopkins capped off his tirade at the expense of super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe with the lamentable comment, “I would never let a white boy beat me,” Calzaghe, remarkably comfortable under fire by one of the best purveyors of psychological warfare, laughed. Instead of falling into the out-of-character role of manic indignation, the Welshman took the entire scene, which played out before a raucous crowd awaiting the Hatton – Mayweather weigh in, completely in stride. continue

Alex Arthur retains his title in fight of the year contender

alex arthurBy Andrew Wake: Edinburgh’s interim WBO super featherweight champion, “Amazing” Alex Arthur, fighting in his first hometown contest for over 18 months, retained his title by unanimously outpointing Manchester’s Stephen Foster Jnr 114 – 111 (twice) and 113 - 112 in a bout that is a sure fire contender for fight of the year.

The first few rounds were tough for the man ranked number seven in the world by Ring magazine as Foster Jnr, a former WBU champ at 126 pounds, bullied him onto the ropes and landed the cleaner shots, most notably several fabulous overhand rights that seemed to buzz the defending champion.

In the third frame Arthur looked sluggish early on and allowed Foster Jnr. to dictate the pace, but as the round entered its final 60 seconds the two combatants went toe to toe, landing some hard leather, and the crowd were up on their feet screaming. continue

Teddy Atlas and Foundation play Santa Tuesday, all year

New York, December 16—Elite boxing trainer and ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” expert analyst Teddy Atlas is a real life Santa Claus. Though the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation assists the needy 365 days a year, it is during the holiday season that Teddy and the foundation which carries on the legacy of his father are truly able to put smiles on the faces of the less fortunate. continue

Hatton And Trainer Graham Rumored To Be Splitting After Defeat

By Matthew Hurley: After his defeat by tenth round knockout at the hands of Floyd Mayweather on December 8th the apparent fallout in the Ricky Hatton camp may be under way. Hatton flew home to Manchester from Las Vegas yesterday without trainer Billy Graham. Graham is still in Vegas. continue

Sold Out Crowd Enjoys "Holiday Boxing Bash" at Majestic Star Casino

Packing the Majestic Star Casino, greater Chicagoland and northwest Indiana On Friday night, Octavius James' One In A Million Inc. presented their last boxing event of 2007, the "Holiday Boxing Bash." Hosted by Majestic Star in Gary, Indiana, the casino's beautifully appointed entertainment pavilion provided the sold-out crowd with a "big fight" atmosphere in an intimate setting. fight fans received the holiday gifts they asked for in a brutal rematch, a minor upset and highly competitive bouts. continue

Great Night in the Garden: Hamed V Kelley 10 years on

naseem hamedBy Joan Lefflins: December the 19th 1997 will always hold a special place in my heart, for on that date, I witnessed one of the greatest fights imaginable. Razzmatazz, showmanship, high drama and unbelievable action.

This was the first visit of the cocky Prince Naseem Hamed to the US. It was a much hyped fight. Kelley was an extremely talented fighter with a superb record of 47-1-2 with 31 KO's. Kelley was (and still is) a favourite fighter of mine. He was all business in the ring. He was a truly superb boxer with excellent balance, a terrific jab and he could put you to sleep with either hand. He was the man I was supporting that night. continue

Andy Lee Stops Mckay: "Lee Will Beat Pavlik" - Steward

15.12.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Middleweight boxing prospect Andy Lee (14-0, 11 KOs) made easy work of Jason McKay (18-2, 6 KOs), defeating him by six round TKO tonight at the National Stadium, in Dublin, Ireland, to win the vacant Irish middleweight title. Lee, 23, jumped on the overmatched McKay from the opening bell, raining blows on his hapless opponent. McKay, 30, was knocked down in the 2nd round by a lightning fast right hand from Lee. continue

Danny Green Mounts WBA Title Assault Down Under

Light heavyweight contender Danny Green looks for a return to world glory on Sunday, December 16, 2007 when the 34 year old slugger challenges reigning WBA champion Stipe Drews on a Green Machine Promotion at Challenge Stadium in Perth, Australia. continue

Boxer Paul King jailed

15.12.07 - By Andrew Wake: Sheffield heavyweight Paul King (real name John Paul King) has been jailed for brutally raping two prostitutes and an innocent teenage girl in three separate incidents occurring between August 2004 and February of this year. continue

Tomasz Adamek to fight on Cunningham Huck undercard on December 29

tomasz adamekFormer WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek (32-1, 22 KOs) will take on Tiwon Taylor on the Huck undercard in Bielefeld on December 29. While Captain Huck (19-0, 14 KOs) will be eager to edge IBF champion Steve Cunningham (20-1, 10 KOs), Adamek will also be looking to make some noise in the cruiserweight division.

The 31-year-old suffered the first loss of his career back in February when Chad Dawson deprived him of the WBC belt. Adamek then decided to move up in weight, and just four months later, he bounced back with a seventh-round TKO victory over Luis Andres Pineda. "I feel well in the cruiserweight division," Adamek said. "That is my natural weight. I can eat and drink as much as I like. That´s why I feel even stronger." continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Jensen Upsets Cantarore

Per Ake Persson: December 14, Rome, Italy: Danish cruiser Johny Jensen, a huge underdog, won the EBU title with a second round stoppage of Italian Vincenczo Cantarore in front of perhaps 7000 fans at the huge Palalomattico. Both men started slowly, Jensen scored with a good left jab to the body but from then on - up until the end that is - the fight belonged to Cantatore. continue

Peter Quillin: Brooklyn “Chocolate” packs more dynamite than Minnesota “TNT”

David Pambianchi: On December 13, 2007, at the Roseland Ballroom, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin faced Troy “TNT” Lowry for a scheduled 8 rounds Middleweight bout, posted “Special Attraction.” Lowry spent a substantial amount of time slipping and holding, trying to keep from fighting off the floor in the first round, trying to get his bearings while a quick and stinging Quillin kept control of the fight. The only thing “special” about the match was a “Kid Chocolate” especially hard right that put Lowry onto the mat at the opening of the second round, ending the bout. continue

Dmitriy Salita Documentary

Oxbow Lake Films is proud to present the US theatrical release of ORTHODOX STANCE, a documentary by Jason Hutt. This film will open in New York on Friday, January 25 at the Cinema Village, following its screening as the Closing Night film at the New York Jewish Film Festival. ORTHODOX STANCE will open in Los Angeles in February, and other cities will follow. continue

Hatton Interested In A Rematch With Mayweather

ricky hatton14.12.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: With little options other than to go back down to the light welterweight division and attempt to pick up the pieces after his 10th round stoppage to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last Saturday night, Ricky Hatton expressed interest in facing Mayweather again in a rematch, saying "There's been talk of a De La Hoya fight but that would have to be catchweight. A rematch (with Mayweather) could be in the offing or fights at light-welterweight. I've got to sit down with my team and make my mind up now."

For obvious reasons, the fight against Oscar De La Hoya would seem to be nothing but a pipe dream at this stage since De La Hoya would likely have little interest in facing Hatton due his loss to Mayweather, even though De La Hoya hasn’t exactly been lighting up the boxing world, having lost three out of his last five fights. continue

Boxing Star Power: The Sweet Science's Advantage over Mixed Martial Arts

14.12.07 - By Rob Tierney: BrickCityBoxing .com. The UFC President's propaganda was more of the same this past year. Boxing is dead, public support has disintegrated, the trend of the times is mixed martial arts; he attempted to portray. In 2007, Dana White continued to lobby the naysayers and the anti-boxing media that the tradition of Boxing was on the verge of buckling for his own monetary gain. continue

Edwin Valero And The Albatross

14.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Edwin Valero has become something of a YouTube fascination to many American boxing fans. The power-punching World Boxing Association super featherweight champion has registered a professional record of 22-0 with 22 KOs – 19 of those coming in the first round. He helped prepare Erik Morales for his first bout with Manny Pacquiao and then worked as a sparring partner for Marco Antonio Barrera when the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ closed out his career against the ‘Pac Man’. In fact, after losing to Pacquiao he was asked who could beat the Filipino icon and he answered without hesitation “Valero!. continue

Hank Kaplan Tribute Biofile

14.12.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: The Hall of Fame boxing historian Hank Kaplan has passed away at age 88. I never met Hank in person, we talked several times on the phone. Hank was a super nice man, a quality human being and friend who would always try to help you with any questions or research you were working on. Obviously Hank loved the sport of boxing. Having known Hank the short time I did, there is a desire to write some sort of a tribute for him and about him. This man deserves some kind of tribute, as one of the sport's most renowned is the best I can was the last interview we did together last year... continue

Edison Miranda to fight Contender’s David Banks

edison miranda14.12.07 - By Nathan King: According to earlier boxing reports, Edison Miranda and David Banks, of the hit show “The Contender,” are set to square off January 11th. Bank’s last win was over Donny McCrary on “The Contender” season finale.

McCrary was originally scheduled to fight Miranda (29-2, 25 KO), but pulled out due to unknown reasons. Banks (15-3-1, 2 KO) was originally scheduled to fight Jean Pascal on the same date. Omar Pittman (15-3-1, 8 KO) will be the new opponent face Pascal (20-0, 14 KO) and Banks is will fight Miranda in the co-feature.

The event will take place January 11th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The event plans to set up a later showdown between Miranda and Pascal assuming they both win.

Boxing Historian Hank Kaplan Dies At 88

Matthew Hurley: Boxing historian and archivist Hank Kaplan died at his home in Kendall, Florida today. He was 88 years old. Kaplan, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006 under the ‘Observers’ category, was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1919. He fought as an amateur and had one professional boxing match before he joined the Coast Guard during World War II. After the war he earned a biology degree from the University of Miami and worked for thirty years at the Center for Disease Control. continue

Hall of Fame Flags at Half-Staff for Hank Kaplan

CANASTOTA, NY - DECEMBER 14, 2007 -- The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of boxing historian Hank Kaplan. He passed away peacefully today at his home in Kendall, FL following a brief illness. He was 88. continue

“Cancun Night of Champions” Videos: Linares, Valero Headline Massive Cancun Show Saturday

Video of Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares and their opponents at Thursday’s Press Conference in Cancun. The undefeated WBA Super Featherweight champion will defend his title against Zaid Zavaleta on Cancun Night of champions LIVE Saturday night on DirecTV, Dish Network, In Demand and TVN PPV (suggested retail price of $29.95) with coverage beginning at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. continue

My 2007 Boxing Awards

kelly pavlikBy Anthony Coleman: With the last major fight of the year in the books it is now appropriate for me to announce my winners for 2007’s awards. With the exception of Fight and Round of the Year, each category was a pain in the ass for me to produce a winner. When I sat down and considered each vote, I double checked myself, and that includes categories that I was absolutely sure about just a week ago. Yet despite the complications here are my official picks and I hope you enjoy.

Fighter of the Year:

I had five nominees in contention for fighter of the year: Joe Calzaghe, Floyd Mayweather, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto and Kelly Pavlik. continue

Geale Gives Grand Performance To Win IBO 160 Lb World title

14.12.07 - By Tony Nobbs: At the Wests Leagues Club in Sydney tonight (Friday), 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games gold medalist Daniel Geale proved to be the “real deal” with an exceptional victory over heavy handed West Aussie Daniel “The Rock” Dawson to take home the International Boxing Organization world middleweight title. continue

Botha pulls out of fight against Solis; Julius Long new opponent

Surprisingly Francois Botha pulled out of the fight against arena’s “heavyweight sensation” Odlanier Solis on December 23rd in Halle. The “White Buffalo” doesn’t paw the ground but draws in his horns instead. Arena-CEO Ahmet Öner: “I believe Botha didn’t know who Solis was when he took the fight. Then he read some articles, watched some tapes and was warned by friends and pulled out. It’s sad because it would have been a good test for Solis. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr. Might Be THE GREATEST

13.12.07 - By Scoop Malinowski: I'm a believer now. Floyd Mayweather might be the greatest fighter or one of the very best fighters we've ever seen. Floyd once was asked by yours truly what he thought was his finest, best performance and he responded he thought it was the victory over Justin Jukko. But there have been so many triumphs of excellence - defeating Genaro Hernandez, Diego Corrales, Angel Manfredy, Arturo Gatti and most recently Ricky Hatton all of which have been masterpieces of pugilistic brilliance. continue

Marquez, Marquez and Taylor: The Likelihood of Victory Part II

jermain taylor13.12.07 - By Phil Santos - The fight was billed as “The Perfect Match Up” but nobody could have predicted the battle that ensued. During the fight both combatants hit the canvas, absorbed punishing power shots, and put on a performance that landed the event on most observers short list for “Fight of the Year”.

Jermain Taylor had gone from being considered the next great Middleweight, after defeating Bernard Hopkins twice and fighting Winky Wright to a Draw, to being the target of fan and media criticism over a span of less than two years. The fact that Taylor was matched up against blown up Jr. Middleweights with less than average power badly hurt his reputation. What further damaged his credibility was his inability to score a knockout against the likes of Kassim Ouma and Cory Spinks. continue

Twenty-One Years Ago This Month - James "Bonecrusher" Smith Shocks Tim Witherspoon In One Round

by James Slater: A little over twenty-one years ago (December 12th, 1986) at the legendary venue that is Madison Square Garden in New York, a huge heavyweight upset occurred. Late substitute James "Bonecrusher" Smith sent reigning WBA champ "Terrible" Tim Witherspoon to the canvas three times well inside as many minutes to become the new WBA king. With the win, Smith, aged 33, also earned himself a big money fight with new WBC champion, Mike Tyson - at the same time knocking Witherspoon out of the Tyson sweepstakes. Indeed, we have James Smith to thank for the ultra-intriguing match-up that was Tyson Vs. Witherspoon never happening. But that's another story. "Bonecrusher" Smith was the new World Boxing Association heavyweight king. continue

Greene, Teron, Quillan Victorious At The Roseland Ballroom!

By Matt Yanofsky: In front of a sold out crowd at the Roseland Ballroom in Midtown Manhattan, NABA Middleweight king “Mean” Joe Greene improved to 17-0 {12 KO’s} by defeating tough veteran Patrick Thompson 12-12-1 (5 KO’s) over eight rounds. Greene dominated Thompson over the first four rounds by landing many breathtaking power shots but Thompson showed an iron chin and did not move an inch. continue

Why Mayweather will fight Cotto

by Yero Moody: The desire to be great and to be the absolute best has driven many champions to unimagineable levels of greatness. We've all witnessed their awe inspiring moves and incredible plays that made them legendary. What seperates an elite champion from a good champion is their willingness to go the extra mile, consistency at the top, and level of competition defeated. continue

Pacquiao, Witter and Malignaggi All Looking Towards Hatton

ricky hatton13.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Yesterday morning, in an interview with the Philippine radio show ‘Sports Chat’, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach hinted that a future bout against recently deposed welterweight challenger Ricky Hatton could come about.

“They’re talking about Manny as a future opponent for somebody like Ricky Hatton down the line,” he said.

Roach went on to add that the talked about fight between his fighter and Oscar De La Hoya was nothing more than conjecture.

“I don’t believe Oscar can go down to 147. I’m not that sure if that will work out. But against Ricky Hatton, who’s maybe just as popular in his home country, it will be a huge fight for everybody. That makes the Marquez fight that much more important to Manny.” continue

WBC News: Maskaev/Peter Ready For Feb. 2

The WBC heavyweight world champion Oleg Maskaev, and the WBC interim champion of the same division, Samuel Peter from Nigeria, sent the World Boxing Council their medical exams, confirming that they are fit to fight for the undisputed title of our organization on February 2nd, in New York. continue

De La Hoya Scopes Out Opponents For 2008

By Matthew Hurley: In the weeks leading up to the Ricky Hatton – Floyd Mayweather welterweight title bout promoter Oscar De La Hoya used the vast media attention the bout was garnering to drop hints as to who he would fight in 2008. De La Hoya confirmed, in the aftermath of his split decision loss to Mayweather in May, that he would fight two more times and was looking for a suitable dance partner to set up a mega-fight in either Dodger Stadium or Yankee Stadium. continue

Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Arrives Ready to Fight At Cancun Night of Champions

Cancun, Mexico (December 13)— Young Puerto Rican featherweight sensation Wilfredo “WV2” Vazquez Jr. (9-0, 8 KO’s) arrived in Cancun Wednesday afternoon. The son of bantamweight legend Wilfredo Vazquez is ready to fight as he highlights the undercard of the Cancun Night of Champions this Saturday at the Plaza de Toros in beautiful Cancun, Mexico LIVE on DirecTV, Dish Network, In Demand, and TVN Pay-Per-View (Suggested Retail Price $29.95) with coverage beginning at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. continue

Marquez, Marquez and Taylor: The likelihood of Victory Part I - Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Manny Pacquiao

juan manuel marquez13.12.07 - By Phil Santos – With, what should be, two exciting rematches and a rubber match upcoming I got to thinking: Do any of these talented current and former champions have any hope at being victorious?

The prospect of Juan Manuel Marquez, Raphael Marquez and Jermain Taylor all losing their next fight seems improbable, until you take a look at their opposition. Both Jermain Taylor and Raphael Marquez tasted defeat by way of knockout in their last fight. For Taylor the loss was his first and for Marquez his first in nearly seven years. The elder Marquez, Juan Manuel, is riding a four fight winning streak with his last two coming over Rocky Juarez and Marco Antonio Barrera. continue

Guinn vs Hawkins on Dec. 28

Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alonzo “Big Zo” Butler suffered a detached retina during training and had to withdraw from his fight at River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, British Colombia, on December 28. continue

The Real McCoy returns in March

Andrew Wake: Cambuslang’s two-time WBO featherweight champion Scott “The Real McCoy” Harrison has linked back up with former promoter Frank Warren and is planning a return to the ring at some point in March. If the return goes ahead (and it’s a big if where Harrison is concerned), it will be the 30 year old’s first contest since he outpointed lanky Australian Nedel Hussein at a packed Braehead Arena on bonfire night in 2005. continue

Herbie Hide Back In Action On December 23

Former two-times WBO Heavyweight Champion Herbie Hide (36) is going for gold again. On December 23rd in Halle (Saale) “the Dancing Destroyer” faces Mikhail Nasyrov from Russia for the vacant WBC International Cruiserweight Championship. Rudolf Kraj had relinquished the belt after his last successful defence on December 6th because he is fighting an Elimination bout for the World Championship next. To become World Cruiserweight Champion is exactly what Herbie is aiming for as well. continue

Junior Witter Looks For A Ricky Hatton Grudge Match

ricky hatton12.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: In the aftermath of his knockout loss to Floyd Mayweather questions were raised about the future of Ricky Hatton. The one consensus opinion seems to be that Hatton should return to junior welterweight, the division where he is most comfortable, and leave the bigger boys at welterweight alone. Talks of a bout with Oscar De La Hoya that preceded the Mayweather fight can now be taken for what they really were – Oscar looking for an easy opponent and Hatton looking for a way to cash out with a monster pay day.

But Hatton is a proud fighter and a hugely popular one as well. His fans were still cheering him on even after he lay befuddled on the canvas following Mayweather’s final assault. continue

Klitschko Ibragimov Tickets Going Fast

HOLLYWOOD, FL December 12 – In the tradition of the classic baseball movie, Field of Dreams, which states, “Build it, and they will come,” fans have responded to the February 23rd world heavyweight title unification bout between IBF champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO champion Sultan Ibragimov by snapping up tickets for the bout – which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City - at a breakneck pace. continue

Ladbrokes Fight night - Andy Lee V Jason McKay

The Irish boxing boom continues apace this Saturday with two Irish titles up for grabs on the Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin. Following on from John Duddy’s exciting win at a sold out Kings Hall in Belfast last weekend fellow Irish middleweight sensation Andy Lee will go in search of the first title of his career when he contests the vacant Irish Super Middleweight title with Jason McKay. continue

'Ukranian Tiger' Polyakov to Fight Friday Night in Cicero

Hard punching middleweight prospect Victor Polyakov will complete his successful 2007 campaign this Friday night, December 14th, at Cicero Stadium in one of the featured bouts at DECEMBER FURY, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Kelly Pavlik – “I’ll Fight Like There’s A Title On The Line”

kelly pavlik12.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Kelly Pavlik found himself alone on the dais in Manhattan at a news conference promoting his February 16th rematch with Jermain Taylor. Taylor, whose wife just gave birth to a daughter on Monday, called in by phone and intimated that another child has further strengthened his resolve to gain revenge on the one man to beat him as a professional prize fighter.

“I look at boxing totally different now,” his disembodied voice said. “I have a whole new love for boxing now.”

Taylor’s recent history has been one of disarray. After losing by knockout in the seventh round to Pavlik back in September the fighter reexamined his middleweight title reign and came to the conclusion that he and head trainer Emanuel Steward were not a suitable match. continue

Eddie Perkins On His Way To The Boxing Hall Of Fame

12.12.07 - By Jim Amato: In a career that spanned from 1956 to 1975, Eddie Perkins engaged in 99 professional fights. He won seventy five of those contests. He met opponents in over twenty different countries. He truly was a " world " champion. Ediie lost three of his first five bouts but rallied to win seven straight. In 1958 he lost to Cleveland, Ohio's Cecil Shorts. He stopped Shorts in a rematch and then he outscored rugged Franke Ryff. In 1959 Eddie won a decision over Paul Armstead but lost to Carl Hubbard and was then halted by Al Urbina. It would be the only stoppage loss of Eddie's career. continue

Randy "Tex" Cobb - Heavyweight Boxing's Undisputed #1 Sharp Wit

12.12.07 - By James Slater: After reading a particular comment left on the Larry Holmes Hall of Fame induction article that was written by Ted Sares on this very web site, this writer was compelled to get to work on the following piece. The comment, left by "Rodent" is a perfect example of the incredibly sharp wit of former heavyweight contender Randy "Tex" Cobb - a man who was hilariously funny and in possession of a razor sharp tongue. The comment is as follows: continue

Mayweather-Mayorga: Why It Must Happen

12.12.07 - By Jack Presscot: We all saw the hype and build up to Mayweather-Hatton, from the initial press conferences announcing the fight, to the 24/7 series. Who could forget the sights and sounds of the Brits taking over the MGM Grand, both at the weigh in, and the fight itself, playing trumpets, banging drums, and singing "Hatton Wonderland.. continue

Who is Holman Williams?

holman williams12.12.07 - By Ted Sares: I was nine years old and I vaugely recall something about my dad wanting to take me to the Chicago Coliseum in April 1946 to see a youthful and popular bomber by the name of Bob Satterfield, 12-1 at the time, go up against a veteran middleweight who boxed with the speed and cleverness of a lightweight. It would be the main event in a card that also included Roy Cadie vs. Torpedo Reed and Tony Musto tangling with Dick Ieves.

In 1945, I had seen Satterfield destroy Art McWhorter in one savage round at the Marigold Gardens. He floored McWhorter three times; first from a left hook, second from a volley of shots, and finally from a left hook that dropped him for the count. It was pure but beautiful violence. continue

Valero, Linares, and Matsuda Attend Mexican League Soccer Final in Cancun

Cancun, Mexico (December 12)—Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares, and Naoki Matsuda got acquainted with local sports fans as they watched and cheered at the Mexican League Soccer Final where Atlante from Cancun won the championship in a thriller over Pumas Unam. continue

Chagaev Ready For Skelton

WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (23-0-1, 17 KOs) says he can't wait to get back in the ring to make his first world title defense. The undefeated Chagaev and challenger Matt Skelton (21-1, 18 KOs) met today at a press conference in Düsseldorf to officially announce their January 19 showdown at the Burg-Wächter Castello. continue

Three Fighters on the Cusp of Stardom Battle at the Roseland Thursday

By Christopher Roche, On Thursday, December 13, I am cutting short a previous holiday engagement to head over to the Roseland Ballroom and watch three of New York City’s best, undefeated prospects. “Mean” Joe Greene, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin and Jorge “The Truth” Teron are all scheduled to do battle in separate bouts, and this end of the year special will foreshadow their progress for 2008. continue

Holmes Selected for Hall of Fame Induction

larry holmes11.12.07 - By Ted Sares: Larry Holmes will be inducted at a ceremony on June 8, 2008, along with junior welterweight champion Eddie Perkins. Middleweight Holman Williams will be inducted posthumously. All three are in the Hall's modern-era category.

Larry will be inducted as the longest reigning world heavyweight champion in boxing history, holding the title from 1978-1985. His 20 successful heavyweight title defenses were surpassed by only the great Joe Louis with 25. Holmes was close to equaling Rocky Marciano's 49-0 mark when he was upset by Michael Spinks in a highly controversial decision.

"Larry Holmes was probably the most under-appreciated heavyweight champion in history," said Emanuel Steward. continue

Joe Calzaghe – Enjoying Being A Target

12.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Undisputed super middleweight champion Joe Calzaghe, fresh off an interesting trip to Las Vegas where he encountered possible future foe Bernard Hopkins, waved off a potential bout with international Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion and fellow British Boxer Clinton Woods. Woods is one of many fighters who have called out Calzaghe after the Welshman defeated Mikkel Kessler in November in the biggest bout of his career. Woods, according to Calzaghe, is not even being considered. continue

Tszyu: "No doubt, Floyd Mayweather is the best boxer in the world p4p"

By Kostya Tszyu: The Floyd Mayweather-Ricky Hatton fight in Las Vegas on the weekend was a very high quality match and I really enjoyed watching it. My congratulations to both men. I think there is no doubt that Floyd Mayweather Jr is the best boxer in the world pound for pound. He has backed up his words against the best and that is very important. continue

Pavlik, Taylor Reload For Second Battle

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 11, 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

After December 8th's Dominance By Floyd Mayweather - Rating Today's Top-Ten Welterweights

paul williamsby James Slater: To this writer's thinking, Floyd Mayweather, with his brilliant dismantling of the brave Ricky Hatton, not only proved his position atop today's pound-for-pound rankings to be secure, he also laid to rest any doubts there may have been about his position as the best in the world at 147 pounds. No, Hatton is not a fully-fledged welterweight, but neither is Floyd - coming up as he did from 130 pounds. "Pretty Boy" is, however, undeniably the best boxer currently doing his stuff in the welterweight division. Quite simply, is there ANYONE out there at 147 that can beat Mayweather? If there is, I don't know his name.

With all the above said, here are this writer's picks for the ten best right now at welterweight. continue

Larry Holmes – A Hall Of Fame Career

12.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: It was with great satisfaction that I placed a check mark next to Larry Holmes’ name on my International Hall Of Fame ballot a few months ago. Holmes has long been a favorite at this address and he’s also been a fighter I’ve defended since way back in 1982 when he faced off against Gerry Cooney in a fight whose racial overtones even spilled over onto the playground of my grammar school. continue

Snapshot: 2007 The Year in Boxing

By Phil Santos, Fistic fans had a hell of a good year in 2007. World Champions like JermainTaylor, Vic Darchinyan and Jean Marc Mormeck were overwhelmed and knocked out en route to losing their titles. There were multiple bouts worthy of mention for fight of the year, Vazquez vs. Marquez I & II, Diaz vs. Freitas, Pavlik vs. Taylor, Mosley vs. Cotto, just to name a few. We saw the emergence of new champions, as well as potential stars of the sport, like Nonito Donaire, Kelly Pavlik, Paul Williams and David Haye. Future Hall of Famers Manny Pacquiao, Joe Calzaghe, Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather Jr. continued their winning ways and further cemented their place amongst the greatest of all time. continue

Danny Green vs Stipe Drews

The first title defence of WBA light heavyweight world champion Stipe "Spiderman" Drews (32-1, 13 KOs) is coming up this weekend at the Challenge Stadium in Perth /Australia. On Sunday the 16th of December he will face a tough opponent in Down Under when he will try to defend his world title for the first time. His challenger in what is expected to be a difficult fight will be the former WBC super middleweight interim titlist and WBA #8 rated Danny Green (24-3, 22 KOs). continue

Arum Tries To Goad Mayweather Into A Cotto Fight

floyd mayweather jr.By Mattew Hurley: As Miguel Cotto sat ringside for Floyd Mayweather’s dismantling of Ricky Hatton this past Saturday night, behind his familiar stone-faced glare the reigning World Boxing Association welterweight champion was hoping for a ‘Pretty Boy’ victory. Cotto, coming off a victory over Shane Mosley, is fast becoming one of the new superstars in the sport, but the one road to a mega pay day leads to Mayweather. Despite Floyd’s impressive showing, Cotto doesn’t think the pound-for-pound best in boxing will accept his challenge.

“If you ask Floyd to fight with me, he always has an excuse,” Cotto said after the fight. “(Either) I’m not attracting enough fans, (or) I don’t represent too much money. He’s not correct, though. He knows who Miguel Cotto is.” continue

Joe Greene Looks to make It 4-0 For 2007

HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 12 – After the biggest year of his young career, highly-touted middleweight prospect “Mean” Joe Greene will look to finish up 2007 with another victory when he takes on veteran Patrick Thompson at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Thursday night. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Arena Box Promotions, Palle, More

by Per Ake Persson: Police and tax officials in Hamburg, Germany, have raided Arena Box Promotion´s office, gym and also promoter Ahmet Oener´s home, reports Bild Zeitung. Officially there are no comments to what caused the razzia. Bild writes though that the tax authorities and an anonymous source tipped the police of taxes not paid in time and attempts to evade tax. continue

Don King, Felix Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. Visit U.S. Air Force Base

NEAR PENSACOLA, Fla.—Boxing promoter Don King brought five-time world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad and eight-time champion Roy Jones Jr. to Eglin Air Force Base and nearby Hurlburt Field as part of his “We Care” military morale-boosting tour on Dec. 4 and 5. Both bases are a short drive from Jones’s hometown of Pensacola. continue

"I'm Not Ready For The Likes Of A Mayweather": The Prophecy Of Ricky Hatton

Ricky Hatton KOd by Floyd Mayweather11.12.07 - By Yero Moody, photo by Naoki Fukuda: How prophetic! No one could have given a more accurate prediction than the man himself, Mr. Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. He uttered this prophecy during his post-fight interview after his win over the then WBA welterweight champion Luis Collazo. He went on to elaborate and state that he needed a few more fights before he would be ready for a bout with Floyd Mayweather, Jr. He subsequently went back down to 140 lbs. and had two sucessful wins over Juan Urango and Jose Luis Castillo who was the only man who ever gave Mayweather trouble in the ring due to Mayweather's injured shoulder, I might add. It was after his win over Castillo where he made what would prove to be a fatal mistake. He called out Mayweather and began his cheap talk. He didn't think Mayweather would call his bluff as brutally as he did. A perfectly timed "check hook" as Mayweather called it, sent Hatton flying into the ring post and onto the canvas looking up at the Vegas lights. continue

Brooklyn middleweight Peter Quillin closes out busy 2007 on Thursday night in NYC

NEW YORK CITY (December 11, 2007) – Undefeated Brooklyn middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin closes out a perfect year with his eighth fight of 2007 on Thursday night’s (December 13) “Holiday Hits,” against tough Minnesota import Troy “TNT” Lowry (27-7, 16 KOs) in an eight-round Special Attraction, co-promoted by Ring Promotions and Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, at The Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan. continue

“Holiday Boxing Bash”: NABC Champ Mary McGee Plus 8 More Stanzas of Jingle Hell

Chicagoland and northwest Indiana fight fans are invited to attend the official boxer weigh-ins for One In A Million Inc.’s “Holiday Boxing Bash” this Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Lakeshore Lounge at Majestic Star Casino. Majestic Star, located at One Buffington Harbor in Gary, Indiana, offers free admission and parking for this event. continue

Gunn Responds To Adamek Contract Offer

Former IBA Cruiserweight king Bobby Gunn 18-3 (15 KO’s) has responded to what he calls an “unreasonable” offer to fight Tomasz Adamek. Team Gunn had initially contacted Sauerland Events matchmaker Hagen Doering a few weeks back with hope for an IBO title fight against Adamek. continue

Nice one Joe! – A tribute to the 2007 Sports Personality of the year - Joe Calzaghe

joe calzagheBy Andy Olson: The choice of Sports personality of the year will come as a surprise to most. Surprise that is in that it has a deserved winner. Louis Hamilton, the guy who didn’t win the formula one world title, was pipped to the post (again). Ricky Hatton, who surely would have received a surge of last minute votes and claimed the award if he’d beaten Floyd in his big fight just hours previous, managed a respectable third.

So who does that leave? Well at last, Joe Calzaghe has taken his deserved place in contemporary British sport. A place that looked beyond him, on many occasions prior to the ceremony last night. This article looks back at arguably the most successful career in British sport, to date anyway. It also attempts to highlight the difficulties Joe had in claiming the accolades said career has deserved. continue

Daniel Dawson Determined to Decimate Geale

By Harry Summers Jr.: Hard-hitting middleweight Daniel "The Rock" Dawson (29-0, 20 KOs) is confident of becoming the first West Australian world champion when he challenges fellow undefeated Australian Daniel Geale (17-0, 12 KOs) for the IBO middleweight title on Friday. He considers this contest the opportunity of a lifetime, his toughest challenge since turning professional five years ago following a stellar kickboxing career, and has prepared accordingly. continue

Miguel Cotto, The Answer To The Mayweather Myth

11.12.07 - By George Ulrich: After watching the Mayweather/Hatton, Cotto/Mosley fights I’ve come to two conclusions about the Mayweather Myth. 1. Mayweather can be beaten. 2. Miguel Cotto is the one to do it. If the fight with Ricky Hatton had taken place at 140 I think the Brit would have been able to sustain what he was having success with in the early rounds. He was coming in jabbing and grabbing, then he was going to the body and using short hooks to try to wear down Mayweather. On my card I had him winning all of the first four rounds. Right up until the point deduction. continue

Larry Holmes & Frank Warren elected into the Boxing Hall of Fame

CANASTOTA, NY - DECEMBER 10, 2007 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to announce England's legendary boxing promoter Frank Warren has been elected into the Hall of Fame." We're very excited for Frank Warren and the Hall of Fame is very much looking forward to honoring his many achievements with induction into the Hall of Fame," said Executive Director Edward Brophy. His accomplishments will be recognized during the annual Hall of Fame Induction Weekend set for June 5-8th.. continue

Perspective: Floyd Mayweather Junior

10.12.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: Pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Junior made a tremendous boxing statement with his impressive victory against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. In what might well be his greatest performance to date, Mayweather proved that he is not only one of the most talented pugilists in the fight game but also one of the smartest. This unique blend has enabled Floyd to sit atop of boxing’s elite class for many years.

In addition to having great skills, extraordinary athleticism, and sensational ring smarts, Mayweather also possesses another attribute which has enabled him to remain one of the best boxers of his generation—good management. continue

Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares, and Naoiki Matsuda Arrive In Cancun

Cancun, Mexico (December 10)—Edwin Valero, Jorge Linares, and Naoiki Matsuda all arrived in Cancun Monday in preparation for Cancun Night of Champions this Saturday evening LIVE on Pay-per-view for the suggested retail price of $29.95. The fights can be watched LIVE on DirecTV, Dish Network, and In Demand Pay-Per-View with coverage beginning at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. continue

Mayweather Takes Hatton To School

11.12.07 - By Vanessa McConnell: Ricky Hatton (44-1) took a $7.2 million whipping Saturday night in Las Vegas when Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather Jr. (81-0) out-smarted him in a 12 round bout that only lasted 10. Mayweather may be fighting out of Vegas and have the entire city under his charm, but the scene inside the arena Saturday night was like being in a soccer stadium in Amsterdam. Hatton brought the band and half the country with him. continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr: Giving Credit when Credit is Due

10.12.07 - By Anthony Coleman: If you’ve ever read any of my past articles you’ll know that I’ve been one of Floyd Mayweather’s harshest critics. Wait a second, that is an understatement. The truth is that my distaste for him almost bordered on condemnation. I, along with many in the boxing community, had felt that Mayweather had intentionally ducked difficult competition since his two razor close wins over Jose Luis Castillo. continue

Floyd Mayweather Junior: Your Best Friend Is Your Smother

mayweather hits hatton10.12.07 - By Tony Nobbs: Floyd Mayweather junior retained his WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championships and is mythical pound for pound title in a fairly one sided affair against two division champion Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In what was a showcase of his supreme skill, Mayweather dominated most rounds and all but finished the contest with a perfect left hook with 1.57 left in the tenth round. Somehow the pride of Manchester, England, as ballsy a fighter there is, got up but was saved from further punishment a few seconds later, just before he sagged to the floor after a Mayweather combination. As referee Joe Cortez grabbed Mayweather away, Ricky fell to the canvas and the white towel came flying in from his blue corner. continue

Hatton, Mayweather: Enough With Talks Of Retirement

10.12.07 - Matthew Hurley: It’s funny what one loss in the sport of boxing can do to a fighter and those around him. Once that sacred “Oh” goes people from everywhere come out of the wood work saying either the fighter was not as good as was once thought or that he should retire. In no other sport is being undefeated held in such uncompromisingly high regard. continue

Floyd Mayweather jr.: The Next Jack Dempsey

By Raymond Markarian, photo by Naoki Fukuda: Months before his epic performance against Ricky Hatton I wrote an article about Floyd Mayweather jr.’s desire to be recognized as global superstar (Boxing Retirement: A New Political Strategy… Look it up.) At the end of Floyd Mayweather’s post fight interview with Larry Merchant, he hinted at taking a long break from boxing. PBF said that he was ready to take two years off to spend with his family. This has got me thinking about the essence of Floyd Mayweather jr. He is not only a great fighter and a smart business man; he is also a boxing historian continue

Anthony Mundine KOs Clavero

Tony Nobbs: Anthony Mundine retained his WBA regular 168 pound strap with an effortless fourth round knock out of limited Argentine Jose Clavero at the Sydney Entertainment Center on Monday night. Clavero was cut over the left eye by a sharp Mundine right hand , one of many that got through. In round four the predictable end came from a left hook-right hand, Clavero taking the full count from Raul Caiz Jnr. Time 2:14. Clavero was gritty enough but lacked the speed or skill to cope for long. continue

Joe Calzaghe: "Coming face to face with Hopkins made me want the fight even more. He can't beat me"

joe calzagheAfter being voted BBC Sports Personality of the Year and unifying the super-middleweight division, Joe Calzaghe's year could get even better as hopes rise that he can finally nail down a fight against Bernard Hopkins. Frank Warren and Golden Boy Promotions, Hopkins handlers, are in on-going talks about staging the fight in 2008.

It would give Calzaghe the opportunity to avenge Ricky Hatton's defeat at the weekend - against Floyd Mayweather - in a second great battle between Britain and America.

And if he defeated Hopkins, it would confirm his legacy as one of the greatest fighters of all time. continue

Boxing 2008 - Shaping Up To Be An Even Better Year For Fight Fans Than 2007

10.12.07 - by James Slater: The year is almost over, and fight fans may be feeling a touch anti-climatic right now. With one of the biggest and most brilliantly hyped fights of 2007 now over ( you know which one I mean) there is nothing to look forward to for the coming weeks - super fight-wise, anyway. The new year, however, promises to be another great year for boxing, possibly even better than the last 12 months - as good as they've been. continue

Edison Miranda Not Impressed With Jean Pascal

HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 10 - You only have one chance to make a first impression, and Jean Pascal did not impress Edison Miranda this past Friday night during his 10 round bout with Brian Norman at the Bell Center in Montreal. continue

Hatton Mayweather: No Joy In Manchester – Mighty Ricky's Been Knocked Out

By Jason Peck: I hate Floyd Mayweather. I want to see him lose, and not gracefully either. But I'm not going to let that hatred rob me of my rationality. And I'm not going to ignore Mayweather's obvious gifts. continue

Did Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s Victory Over Ricky Hatton Cement His Place Amongst The Sports All-Time Elite?

floyd mayweatherBy Vivek Wallace: Cocky. Arrogant. Flashy. Outspoken. Call him whatever you like, but rather than adding to the growing list of individual adjectives, Saturday night's performance led me to put together three collective words of my own....Very damn good! It was the only unedited retort I could muster when all was said and done.

Floyd's performance against Ricky Hatton went a long way in helping him earn the respect of fight fans who viewed him as a defense first fighter, and if indeed we've seen the last of the man who refers to himself as 'Money', perhaps an even greater distance in adding him to the equation of all-time greats. continue

Roy Jones: “I’m going to take Tito down in four. He must go in fo.”

Eight-time world champion Roy Jones Jr. visited the home of five-time world champion Felix “Tito” Trinidad for a press conference at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Thursday (Dec. 6). While both boxers have been good sportsmen at previous media tour stops in New York and Los Angeles, the emotion of being on his native island caused Trinidad to sharpen his words towards Jones concerning their Jan. 19 showdown at Madison Square Garden and on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Edwin Valero and Jorge Linares To Defend Titles Saturday Night on Pay-Per-View

Cancun, Mexico (December 10)—Wondering what to get the boxing fan for the Holidays? Teiken Promotions has the perfect gift idea as it presents Cancun Night of Champions this Saturday evening LIVE on Pay-per-view for the very affordable suggested retail price of $29.95. Two of boxing’s electric, young champions, Edwin Valero and Jorge Linares will be defending their titles at the Plaza de Toros in beautiful Cancun, Mexico LIVE on DirecTV, Dish Network, and In Demand Pay-Per-View with coverage beginning at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT. continue

Andy Lee And John Duddy – An Irish Collision Waiting To Happen

By Matthew Hurley: After defeating Howard Eastman by a unanimous vote of 96-94 at a sold out King’s Hall in Belfast, Ireland, John Duddy has agreed to take on Matt Vanda on February 2nd at Madison Square Garden in New York. Duddy, whose record improved to 23-0 with 17 KOs fought a disciplined fight against the veteran Eastman who drops to 42-6 with 35 KOs. continue

Mayweather Hatton: After Effects

floyd mayweather Phil Santos – Overhandright .com: Floyd Mayweather Jr.: “Money” Mayweather remained perfect by knocking out one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet in Ricky Hatton but did little to silence his critics. Mayweather finds himself in the same situation now as after the De La Hoya fight. He notched another win over a big name opponent (a list which includes Angel Manfredy, Diego Corrales, Jesus Chavez, Jose Luis Castillo (2), Arturo Gatti, Zab Judah, Carlos Baldomir, Oscar De La Hoya, and now Ricky Hatton) but whether it is questionable match making due to age, weight, or skill level of his challenger “Pretty Boy” will always draw harsh reviews from fans and media alike.

Floyd Mayweather, in short, is one of if not the most skilled fighters of all-time. On the same note he can be a very insipid, if not, unwatchable. continue

HBO Sports Begins Production on "Joe Louis: America's Hero...Betrayed"

NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2007 – HBO Sports has begun production on JOE LOUIS: AMERICA’S HERO…BETRAYED, a documentary on the legendary boxer and his tremendous impact on segregated America, it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. The special will reveal how the grandson of slaves became one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, served as an iconic figure in World War II, and later carried himself with dignity and class through numerous setbacks. JOE LOUIS: AMERICA’S HERO…BETRAYED debuts SATURDAY, FEB. 23 (8:00-9:15 p.m. ET/9:00-10:15 p.m. PT) during Black History Month, exclusively on HBO. continue

Floyd Mayweather: Nulli Secundus

10.12.07 – By Cesar Pancorvo: After yesterday’s performance, Floyd Mayweather deserves a prolonged applause. He dominated, cut and KOed another elite fighter; he faced a swarmer toe-to-toe; he emerged victorious against an undefeated fighter who was 43-0; he knock downed and then knocked out a fighter that, before yesterday, had only been down once. Yesterday, Mayweather, who is close to 31 years old and who is in the finale or conclusion of his career, showed us why he’s the Pound-4-Pound number 1. In some moments, it was a masterful perfomance that confirmed us that Mayweather is a virtuoso and that showed us, once again, an attribute that is characteristic in him: excellence. continue

Joe Calzaghe wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

By Mark Pickering: Welsh hero Joe Calzaghe recorded his latest success Sunday evening by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. The undisputed world super-middleweight champion, who hasn't tasted defeat in his fourteen years as a pro, cemented his legacy this year with a pulsating victory over Denmark's Mikkel Kessler before 50,000 adoring fans at the Millennium Stadium. continue

Mayweather KO’s Hatton In Tenth

ricky hatton09.12.07 - Bill Calogero, TheDailysports .com: Floyd Mayweather Jr. kept his perfect record in tact Saturday night by stopping Ricky Hatton in the tenth round of their scheduled twelve round Welterweight Championship fight. The contest was the Main Event of “Undefeated”, which was promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and broadcast live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas by HBO PPV.

Ricky Hatton pressed the fight. He was the aggressor for most of the contest. Floyd Mayweather was forced to fight Hatton’s fight and turned out to be the victor.

With the MGM Grand Arena, packed with singing British fans, both fighters began the fight by going right after each other. It was obvious from the start that Mayweather had the hand and foot speed, but Ricky was a lot quicker than Floyd may have thought. continue

Foreman-Tsurkan: Old Fashioned NY Rivalry Delivers!

Bronx, NY - Dec 09, 2007 - Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented the seventh installment of the popular "Punchin At The Paradise" series at The Utopia Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, NY last night and in what has become a tradition of the Paradise shows, those in attendance were treated to a memorable night of boxing. continue

Freight Train Walker Back on Track

(Houston) – Travis “The Freight Train” Walker still seething from his controversial loss to T.J. Wilson in October took out his frustrations on Ralph “Wild Wild” West by destroying him in a round and one-half on Thursday, December 6, in St. Louis on a card promoted by Rumble Time Promotions, which will be aired on Fox Sport Detroit and other Fox affiliated networks. continue

British Boxing: Chris Edwards – “It Was a Team Effort”

As the dust settles on Chris Edwards’ historic victory, the first boxer from Stoke to win a British title for 85 years took time out to thank the team at Impact Boxing who had assisted him in his quest to capture the inaugural super-flyweight Lonsdale Belt. “I couldn’t have achieved this without Impact Boxing,” said Edwards. “When I joined them two years ago I was going nowhere with my career but since being with Impact not only have I received the best coaching but I’ve also been encouraged to have the belief in myself.. continue

Danny Williams - Oleg Platov: No Decision, But No Question

danny williamsBy Jim Furo: You had to like the way the fight started out. If the 24 year old Ukrainian Oleg Platov, who brought a 26-1 record into the ring, was intimidated by England's former title challenger, Danny Williams (37-6), you would not know by the way he came in slugging against his 270lb opponent.

Working both the head and body with huge power shots, Platov seemed more than ready to take his career up a notch by carrying the fight to Williams. Williams, sometimes holding, sometimes blocking, other times absorbing, turned things around at the halfway point of the first round with a well timed uppercut that reminded Platov that he was not in the ring this time with Miyan Solomons or Stephane Tessier, but a capable fighter who was not to be underestimated and not to be rolled over. continue

Brian Minto Undercard Announced

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 & Casino in Chester, West Virginia . Minto will headline the 7 bout card in the 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

HBO Boxing: Mayweather/Hatton Replay On Dec 15

It’s a special edition of WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when HBO Sports presents FLOYD MAYWEATHER VS. RICKY HATTON, the exclusive replay of the welterweight showdown, this SATURDAY, DEC. 15 at 10:15 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports broadcast team, which was ringside for the live event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue

Mike Tyson In Playboy Magazine

Boxing writer Jonathan Rendall presents a series of compelling interviews about Mike Tyson from those who knew him well in Playboy magazine’s January 2008 issue (on newsstands and at Friday, December 7). Following are selected quotes from the oral history continue

Floyd Mayweather - World-Class Virtuoso: "There's only Ooooooone Mayweather!"

floyd mayweather jr.09.12.07 - By David Math: In a tale of ironic beauty - Floyd Mayweather approached the ring with Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the USA' blaring through the MGM Grand in Vegas facing true adversity as 20,000 lusted for a Mayweather loss. Instead they saw a virtuoso paint a magical canvas within a 24'' ring.

Hatton - undersized and thoroughly outclassed - made Floyd Mayweather uncomfortable in the early rounds as he imposed his bull-horn will - rough-housing - landing glancing body blows and occassional short left hooks. It was clear that Hatton was going to lay everything out in that ring. In return, Floyd was going to have to fight. This was to be no walk-in-the-park for Floyd like his bouts versus Carlos Baldomir and Oscar De Le Hoya where he could stick and move for 12 rounds and barely break a sweat. He was going to have to fight - and fight he did. continue

Amir Khan Destroys Graham Earl In 72 Seconds!

by James Slater: Tonight, at The Bolton Arena, U.K, unbeaten Amir Khan improved to 15-0(12) as he utterly destroyed the vastly experienced Graham Earl in just one minute and twelve seconds of round number one. Successfully retaining his commonwealth lightweight title for the second time, Khan, who celebrated his 21st birthday today, has never looked better.

Coming out fast, taller man Khan was soon unloading on Earl. Indeed, the Luton man, who tonight fell to 25-3(12) was never allowed into the fight at all. Before the crowd had had a chance to settle into the bout Earl was in bad trouble. Khan's left hand was the reason. Landing with blinding speed, a left hook crashed into Earl's jaw, jarring him - and then another one sent him to the canvas. Down and badly hurt, the challenger was up quickly, but he was far from ok. continue

Angelo – Nishizawa Ends In Tech Draw

By Tony Nobbs: Once again, Sonni Michael Angelo (14-5-2, 5 KO's) had settle for a technical draw after his opponent suffered fight ending cuts from head clashes in WBF title fights. Last September it was former WBC,IBF and IBO title challenger Shannan Taylor, this time, on Friday night, it was ex WBA and WBC challenger Yoshinori Nishizawa. Last time it was the 160 lb belt up for grabs, this time the 175 lb. continue

Frankie Tafoya Returns To the Ring This Friday Night

Former amateur standout and Chicago fan favorite Frankie Tafoya will return to the professional boxing ring this Friday night, December 14th at DECEMBER FURY, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

There's Only One Floyd--may Wea--ther!

floyd mayweather jr.By Scoop Malinowski: It was just a purely fantastic performance by the one & only WBC Welterweight champ from Grand Rapids Floyd Mayweather. He did show the world another level of his greatness. Ricky Hatton gave it every ounce of everything he had and made a contest of it. But Mayweather is clearly superior.

I was sitting next to LeRoy Neiman watching the action and he commented just before the first round that it was a "mismatch." No way, I thought to myself. And after the riveting competitive action of rounds one and two, I countered back twice, good-naturedly of course, Oh yeah, you sure this is a mismatch?! The fight had all the makings that it could turn into a barnburner.

Could Mayweather handle this kind of heat for 12 rounds without tiring? Is Hatton so fired up to beyond the breaking point that he simply won't be denied tonight, even against the world's top boxer? Will desire and intensity best extraordinary talent and skill on this night? continue

Woolcombe Wins British Title In Wigan

Saturday night saw Gary Woolcombe win the vacant British light middleweight title to lead a massive four title fight Frank Maloney/Steve Wood shared promotion at the sold out Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England. Woolcombe, 25-1 (10), patiently applied educated pressure to southpaw Marcus Portman, 18-6-1 (3), as both men fought through the bout with cuts picked up in the first round. Portman attempted to catch the aggressive South London based 25 year old on the way in but was driven back time and time again by the wilfull Woolcombe. continue

Lazo's Tacos Hosts Solo Boxeo Weigh-In this Thursday

This Friday night’s Chicago based DECEMBER FURY/ SOLO BOXEO TECATE event at Cicero Stadium, featuring a massive nine bout card of world class professional boxing, will be proceeded by the weigh-in on Thursday night at 7pm at LAZO’S TACO’S on the near northwest side. continue

Mundine vs Clavero Monday Night

By Tony Nobbs: Depending on who you talk to, he is either Australia's most popular or unpopular athlete. In the fourteen years since his 1st grade debut in the Australian Rugby League Competition Anthony Choc Mundine has been a human head line. This past week was no different as it was claimed in the media he labeled Australia's Golden Girl of The Track, Cathy Freeman “a sell out” to Aboriginal people because of her ties to the corporate sector. continue

Arthur Abraham stops Elcock, Abraham vs Sturm next?

abrahamKing Arthur Abraham (25-0, 20 KOs) made a successful sixth defence of his IBF middleweight title on Saturday night when he clinched a fifth-round TKO victory over Wayne Elcock. The undefeated 27-year-old, who had already floored his opponent with a right in the second round, used one of his trademark assaults to end the one-sided issue with 62 seconds to go in the fifth. After a big right hook almost sent Elcock out of the ring, King Arthur followed it up with another hard combination that saw the challenger collapsing into the referee´s arms. "My coach urged me to be a bit more active," Abraham said afterwards. "That´s what I did and shortly afterwards the fight was over"

Abraham admitted the swelling he picked up above his right eye following an accidental headbutt also played a role in the early stoppage. continue

No Fluke As Mayweather Hands The Hitman His First Defeat

By Frank Gonzalez Jr. - December 8th, 2007 - Congratulations to WBC Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr., who improved his record to 39-0, 24 KO’s after beating England’s Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KO’s) by TKO 10 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Saturday night. The house was packed and the majority of those in attendance were Ricky Hatton fans, who hummed and sang throughout the painful under card fights and kept the place lively. Let us not forget, this fight was in the United States, not in England. The hum of the tune, “Blue Moon” served as a backdrop most of the evening. continue

Mayweather scores TKO win over Hatton: "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather keeps his title and remains undefeated

09.12.07 - By Phil Santos - Floyd Mayweather Jr. pulls out an impressive victory by outlasting and eventually stopping the previously undefeated Ricky Hatton. In what turned out to be a terrific fight with great exchanges and plenty of drama Floyd showed to be the more precise puncher and superior defender. continue

Enzo Calzaghe laughs at Woods’ “Scared” claims

08.12.07 - By Andrew Wake: Enzo Calzaghe has laughed at claims from IBF light heavyweight titlist Clinton Woods suggesting that the world class trainer and his son, undisputed super middleweight champion, Joe, are afraid of a match up with the Sheffield fighter. Enzo, who has not been the losing corner of a fight in over two years, scoffed in an interview with the South Wales Argus “Scared of Clinton Woods, what a total joke. It would be one of our easiest fights ever against bloke who must have amnesia; he’s been put on the floor three times against nobodies. continue

Floyd Mayweather vs. Hatton: The Prediction and the Outcome

floyd mayweather jr.By Ted Sares: The Prediction - The contrasting styles here suggest an encounter between a Matador and a Bull. While PBF may not be able to showcase his full skill-set in this bout, I see him winning the fight by UD. As well, Ricky’s propensity to cut and swell could result in a late-round stoppage. However, if Ricky can somehow hurt and then trap Floyd on the ropes or in a corner, we might well see something else.

I sure hope I am wrong, but this time around, I don’t look for a Blue Moon in the evening sky over Manchester. continue

Mayweather vs. Hatton: Top Ten Observations of the Latest HBO PPV Card

By: Christopher Roche - 10) Edner Cherry finally showed why he is nicknamed “Cherry Bomb” as he knocked out Mayweather Promotions’ Wes Ferguson.

9) Daniel Ponce De Leon did not exactly find the fountain of youth tonight, but he is a much better fighter than the HBO PPV announcing team gave him credit for. continue

Mayweather versus Hatton: Brain versus Brawn?

Neil Goodman, photo by Rob DeLorenzo/GBP - The build up is now done and dusted; we are now (or should be) well aware of the respective strengths of the protagonists involved. The two combatants are chalk and cheese; one is brash and flash; whilst the other is down the pub, playing darts with his mates. continue

Trinidad/Jones Tickets

NEW YORK, NY – December 8, 2007 – Tickets for the highly anticipated match between Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Roy Jones Jr. will go on sale Monday, December 10, Madison Square Garden announced today. The much sought after first row ringside seats will be available for fans to purchase via a special Ticketmaster online auction, beginning on December 10th. continue

Mayweather VS Hatton: The Moment Of Truth

floyd mayweather jr.By Vivek Wallace: After months and months of talk, the day of reckoning is finally upon us.

All of the workouts, all of the bravado, all of the commentary, and now, all of a sudden, the main characters in this epic drama are firmly entrenched at center stage.

I can remember being a kid, witnessing the euphoria surrounding the world of Pro Wrestling as 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper was set to face off against Hulk Hogan in the sports first ever 'Wrestlemania'. Few events had ever amassed that type of cult following in the history of sports. continue

Ricky Hatton Will Destroy Floyd

By Scoop Malinowski: The fight has already been determined. Ricky Hatton himself has said so, "I have never been so sure of a win in my career." He knows in his heart and soul, he knows in his blood that he will destroy Floyd Mayweather. Like many Americans, I held some reservations of this very bold declaration from the Hitman. But after witnessing Friday's weigh-in, I'm on board 100%. Ricky Hatton is going to slaughter Mayweather. continue

Floyd Mayweather – The Persona Vs. The Fighter

07.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: At the final press conference before Floyd Mayweather and Ricky Hatton step into the ring on Saturday night the two fighters received markedly different receptions from the crowd. After a rather sedate podium stand by both men they stood face to face and a shoving match ensued. continue

Barrett Stops Couser; Foreman Decisions Tsurkan

07.12.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Two-time Heavyweight challenger Monte Barrett (32-6, 18 KOs) easily destroyed a tired looking Cliff Couser (26-14-2, 14 KOs) by 2nd round TKO on Thursday night at the Paradise Theatre, in Bronx, New York. Barrett, 36, hurt Couser with a combination in the 2nd round and then preceded to unload with an unanswered storm of punches until Couser fell down into the ropes, causing the referee to stop the fight at 2:16 of the 2nd round. continue

Mayweather Hatton: “Where are you Watching the Fight?” Ricky could be on the verge of global stardom

07.12.07 - By Christopher Roche, - If Ricky Hatton defeats Floyd Mayweather, Jr., he will become one of the most famous athletes in the entire world. I do not base that statement on scientific polling or statistics, but rather, on the fact that a large amount of non-boxing fans have asked me “Where are you watching the fight?” Over the last few weeks, I felt as if I were transported back into the 1980’s when Leonard vs. Hagler or Tyson vs. Spinks was on everyone’s mind. Leonard and Tyson were the victors in those bouts, and they were undoubtedly two of the world’s most recognizable faces in the world for many years. continue

Mayweather V Hatton. Unparalleled, Undaunted, Undefeated

07.12.07 - By Andy Olsen: As I write, the weigh in for the Welterweight showdown has just finished. A spectacle in itself, it has surely served as a wonderful appetiser for tomorrow nights’ action. I get the feeling we’re in for something special on Saturday night. So too do the 25,000 or so Britains who are in town for the event (I too would love to be, but unlike Hatton’s girlfriend allegedly has had to, I can’t give up my teaching job to get out there). continue

Mayweather 147, Hatton 145 - Calzaghe And Hopkins Go At it

Floyd Mayweather Jr tipped the scales right on the 147 lb limit in front of a huge pro British crowd in Las Vegas on the eve of his WBC welterweight title fight with Britain's Ricky Hatton. Hatton was two pounds lighter. continue

Mayweather vs. Hatton Undercard: Lacy-Manfredo and Ponce De Leon-Escobedo

07.12.07 - By George Ulrich: There is so much attention given to this fight’s main event many people are forgetting this fight is going to have two very entertaining under card matchups.

Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy vs. Peter Manfredo Jr. These boxers have two things in common. They both have a common opponent in Calzaghe, and both are coming off of surgeries. continue

Floyd Mayweather/Ricky Hatton: Don’t count the Hitman out

floyd mayweather and ricky hatton By Anthony Coleman, photo by Rob De Lorenzo - GBP - It is fair to say that 2007 has been one of the best years for a boxing fan in recent memory. We witnessed the emergence of talented new world champs like Kelly Pavlik, Jorge Linares, Nonito Donaire and Christian Mijares, and of course we were treated to a lot of great fights. To Calzaghe-Kessler, Miguel Cotto’s thrilling wins over Shane Mosley and Zab Judah, Katsidis-Earl, and of course Rafael Marquez and Israel Vazquez engaging in two epic battles it has been a hell of a year for a sport that is supposed to be on its last legs.

Now this weekend we have the last big fight of the year: Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Ricky Hatton for the Welterweight Championship of the world. In my opinion this is the most important fight of the year. continue

Abraham vs Elcock: A British boxer abroad (and it’s not Ricky Hatton)

07.12.07 - By Andrew Wake: It may have escaped your attention but Ricky Hatton is not the only British fighter challenging for a world title on foreign soil this weekend.

In Basle, Switzerland, tomorrow night (8th December) 33 year old Birmingham puncher Wayne “Mad Dog” Elcock steps up in class against undefeated Germany-based Armenian “King” Arthur Abraham. The latter’s 160Ibs IBF title will be on the line. continue

Susi Kentikian wins Halmich's belt

The 20 year old female flyweight champion Susi Kentikian retained not only her WBA title but also added the vacant WIBF title formerly held by retired Regina Halmich. In front of her hometown crowd she defeated Nadia Hokmi with a ten round unanimous decison with the scores of 97:94, 96:94, 97:95 on Friday night before 3,800 at the Sporthalle Hamburg. The crowd celebrated the "Killer Queen" after a great fight. continue

Hatton - Mayweather Brings Out The Stars And Celebrities

LAS VEGAS (December 7) . . . A star-packed list of celebrity attendees are scheduled to be present as six-time world champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather takes on undefeated British icon Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championships Saturday, December 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Expected celebrity attendees include. continue

James Kirkland Interview

kirkland07.12.07 - By Matt Yanofsky, photo by Dwight McCann: I had the pleasure of speaking with Junior Middleweight prospect James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland 21-0 (18 KO’s}. Kirkland was victorious On November 30th; impressively stopping the dangerous Allen Conyers in the first round after Conyers sent him the canvas for the first time in his career.

MY: James, First off congrats on the win. Allen Conyers shocked a lot of us by putting you on the canvas and this was your first time dealing with adversary tell us about it.

JK: It was a surprise but something I needed to experience. I will continue to work on my defense. The punch didn’t hurt me I was caught off balance because my back foot was up and I was trying to turn away while he hit me and that’s what dropped me. continue

A Quick Last Thought Just Prior To The Ricky Hatton v Floyd Mayweather Jr. Match Up

07.12.07 - By Steve Hewitt: Some months ago I wrote an article (who didn’t, right?) giving Ricky a good chance of emerging victorious on December 8th. I based my heartfelt and, hopefully, balanced opinions upon solid historical reference points; Duran Leonard 1, Frazier Ali 1 and so on. Now I’m having second thoughts…. continue

DiVictoria Stops Shmoul In Philly Fight

Philadelphia (December 7th, 2007)—In the final bout in Philadelphia for the 2007 year, Lenny DiVictoria stopped Elad Shmouel at 2:22 of round six of their scheduled six round brawl in what was undoubtedly the Fight Of The Year in the city of Brotherly Love at The Legendary Blue Horizon. continue

Cauthen Valiant In Defeat; Johnson, Vargas Shine

Bronx, NY Dec 07, 2007 Terrance "The Heat" Cauthen (32-4, 9KO's) and Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell (22-1, 13KO's) hooked Wednesday December 5th in a memorable battle for the IBF #1 position at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida. continue

Donaire KO5 Darchinyan: 2007’s Clear Favorite for Upset of the Year

nonito donaire07.10.07 - By Jason Peck: Chances are that a perfect record means the same thing it did a century ago – the fighter in question simply hasn’t fought anyone good enough. And even the best know that someone out there waits an unknown, unheralded fighter with the potential to pull an upset. Simply put, there is no such thing as an unbeatable fighter. But former IBF flyweight champ Vic Darchinyan came pretty damn close.

That’s why his knockout loss this year is undoubtedly the biggest upset of 2007. In five rounds, Nonito Donaire scored one of the biggest, least-heralded wins I’ve ever seen.

In his defenses as champion, Darchinyan fought well, and often. In 28 fights he had never seen the 12th round until his last defense against Isaac Burgos; continue

"The British Invasion" Live On Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo

It’s the big battle before the huge war. On the eve of Ricky Hatton’s WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship showdown against Floyd Mayweather Saturday night, his countrymen will be fighting in force Friday night against hard-nosed battlers from around the world on a card aptly titled “BRITISH INVASION: THE U.K. VS. THE WORLD, ” at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas and televised live across the United States on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo (9 p.m. ET/PT). continue

British Boxing: Weights From Wigan, England

Today Frank Maloney and Steve Wood held the official weigh-in for their shared promotion taking place tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 at Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England. For the vacant British light middleweight championship, Gary Woolcombe scaled 153 lb (10st 13) while Marcus Portman weighed 152 lb 5 ounces (10st 12 and 5 ounces). continue

Urango Beats Robbins

HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 7 – Former world junior welterweight champion Juan Urango is a changed man. That was never more evident than on Wednesday night, when he dispatched of 62 fight veteran Marty Robbins in five rounds to up his record to 19-1-1 with 15 KOs. “I’m taking this sport much more seriously than ever and I plan on ending every one of my fights from here on out with a knockout,” said Urango. continue

2008 Fight Previews: The Best is Yet to Come - Jones Trinidad, Klitschko Ibragimov, Pavlik Taylor, Pacquiao Marquez, Diaz Katsidis, Malignaggi Ngoudjo, More

wladimir klitschko06.12.07 - By David Janke: With the boxing world counting the hours – rather than months, weeks, or days - until Floyd Mayweather meets Ricky Hatton, it’s hard to look past Saturday night. The anticipation for this fight has been nothing short of amazing. But with all of the buildup, one risk looms – that the fight turns out less entertaining than the hype built it up to be.

Occasionally after a big fight, a fan might feel a momentary disappointment: it’s the moment the fan realizes that they no longer have this great fight to look forward to each and every day. That shouldn’t be the case Saturday night after the fight is in the books. Thankfully, many good fights are in the pipeline for 2008. As good as 2007 was, I must ask the question: “Can 2008 be better?” continue

Undefeated lightweight prospect Jorge Teron is “The Truth”

NEW YORK CITY (December 7, 2007) – Unbeaten Bronx lightweight prospect Jorge “The Truth” Teron steps-up in class against Mexican knockout artist Adrian “Canon” Navarette in the 10-round co-feature 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

The Iron Horse Makes A Statement

HOLLYWOOD, FL, December 6 – Junior middleweight contenders Sechew Powell and Terrance Cauthen promised a war in their IBF title elimination bout on Wednesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, and both fighters delivered on their promise. But when all was said and done, it was ‘The Iron Horse’ from Brooklyn, Powell, who had the last word, dropping Cauthen twice en route to a spectacular fourth round TKO win. continue

All hail Larry Merchant

06.12.07 - By Lacey Kyler: As many of my Mushroom Mag readers probably know, I am a huge boxing fan and an even bigger fan of HBO's commentator, Larry Merchant. He is quite a character and one who undeniably raises the entertainment value of even the most monotonous of match-ups. continue

Sechew Powell And Juan Urango Party At The Hard Rock

powell06.12.07 - By Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB at ringside - One must be diligent to cover all the Boxing action in Florida. That's a good thing. Last night, Wednesday 5th, 29 year old Light Middleweight Sechew Powell (22-1, 13 KO's) from Brooklyn NY, boxed 31 year old Terrance Cauthen (32-3, 9 KO's) from Trenton, NJ in an IBF title eliminator. Mr Cauthen was a pretty fair counter-puncher and kept Sechew real busy.

The Co-Feature event was a contest between Light Welterweight Juan Urango, 27 (19-1, 15 KO's) from Monteneria Colombia and Marty Robbins (not the singer), 38 (22-40-1, 12KO's) from Crossville, Tennessee. Marty was a tough dude who truly did the best he could. He looked vulnerable to Juan, but stepped up and did his darndest to hang in there. All of the fights, except one, were real crowd-pleasers. Speaking of being pleased…the round card advisors were…well…uh…delicioso. continue

George, Perez Victorious In Newark NJ!

In front of a live crowd at the Robert Treat Hotel, Light Heavyweight rising star Shaun George 16-2-2 (7 KO’s) of Brooklyn, New York earned an impressive unanimous decision victory over late replacement Thomas Reid 35-20-1 (13 KO’s) of Jackson, Tennessee. George impressed the crowd with his world class hand speed while landing many impressive body shots. Reid did land a few haymakers but was never able to hurt George. continue

Mayweather Hatton: Why Floyd Will Win

06.12.07 - By Derek Cowan: In September, I wrote an article for eastside boxing titled, "5 Reasons why Hatton can beat Mayweather.” In the article I laid out an argument for Ricky Hatton having a solid chance of beating Floyd Mayweather. I did so mainly because of the enormous amounts of posting on other ESB related articles that gave Hatton almost no chance of a victory. continue

What Makes An “Opponent?”

06.12.07 - By Ted Sares: Some refer to them as designated losers, others as stepping stones, boxing record builders, limited opposition or easy victories, but I find “designated” a bit much. Oh, maybe a fighter with a 20-110 record might fill that bill, but anyone who has the courage to get into the ring is not a “loser” in the pejorative sense---and in my view, albeit a minority one, a fighter should never be called a “bum” or “tomato can.” All fighters are entitled to some degree of respect. continue

Interview with WBO Light Welterweight Champion Ricardo Torres –“I would like to fight José Luis Castillo”

ricardo torresBy: Jaime Castro-Núñez: Currently focused on his future as a boxer and already training for a probable third defense on February 16, 2008 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand, twenty-seven-year-old Ricardo Torres put away for a minute the punching bag in order to answer my questions. The Light Welterweight champion is quite serious about making a better boxer of himself, even at this time of the year when everybody wants to rest and eat. But Torres has an especial motivation: he will be turning twenty-eight the same day of the bout and he believes this is a marvelous opportunity to celebrate with his fans in the United States.

Jaime Castro-Núñez: Ricardo, many thanks for granting me this interview and welcome to

Ricardo Torres: It is a great pleasure for me talking to you and to my admirers through this important, well-known website. continue

Hopkins Likes Hatton By Decision

06.12.07 - by Matthew Hurley: With only one more day before the final weigh in and two days before the opening bell for their WBC welterweight showdown on Saturday another member and current fighter in the Golden Boy Promotional (GDP) ranks weighed in with his thoughts on who will win between Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather. It came as little shock that light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, like his partner in GDP Oscar De La Hoya, is predicting a Hatton upset. continue

Amir Khan – Graham Earl: “It’s A Fifty-Fifty Fight”

06.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: “This is the next step up for me and it’s going to take me to that next level.” So says British Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan, 14-0 with 11 KOs who takes on Graham Earl, 25-2 with 12 KOs on December 8th at the Bolton Arena in Lancashire.

Khan, a former Olympic silver medalist, will turn twenty-one on the day of the fight and considers the former Commonwealth champion to be the sternest test of his rapidly progressing career. continue

Chagaev vs Skelton on Jan 19 in Germany

Matt Skelton will challenge for the WBA World Heavyweight title on January 19 as he aims to become the first British world champion in boxing's Blue Riband division since Lennox Lewis. Commonwealth champion Skelton will travel to Dusseldorf, Germany, to meet defending champion Ruslan Chagaev. It represents remarkable journey for Skelton, who turned professional in his late 30s with no amateur experience having previously been a Thai boxer in Japan. continue

Mayweather To "Dance With Stars" Castroneves, Newton And Cuban To Ring Saturday Night

floyd mayweather jr.LAS VEGAS (December 6) . . . Dancing With the Stars winner and two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion Helio Castroneves, along with fellow competitors Texas billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and renowned entertainer and “Mr. Las Vegas” himself Wayne Newton, will accompany six-time world champion “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather, also a participant on this year’s show—into the ring Saturday night when he fights undefeated British icon Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-view.

The trio will carry Mayweather’s decorated title belts during the Champion’s celebratory ring walk and join him in the ring for the official announcement moments before the start of the fight. continue

Hall of Fame Boxing From- The Robert Treat Hotel, in “The Brick City”, Newark, New Jersey

By Danny Serratelli, ringside, - Hall of Fame boxing finally brought a quality boxing show back to Newark at the Robert Treat Hotel. Not very long ago, but definitely not yesterday, Gabe LaConte was putting on regular shows and bringing in a nice crowd. Local fans were able to go to the Treat and see future world champions early in their careers, like, Arturo Gatti and Charles Murray and fighters who were local stars as well as future world title challengers like William Bo James. continue

No Hesitating into the Hall for This Korean Great

06.12.07 - By Ted Sares: Myung-Woo Yuh finished with a 38-1 record and made 17 successful title defenses during his first reign (the record for the 108 pound division). This former two-time WBA Light Flyweight Champion belongs in the International Boxing Hall of Fame with no hesitation whatsoever.

Opposition: Very solid with most coming in with impressive record. They included future world champion Hiroki Ioka, American Joey Oliva, undefeated Venezuelan Leo “Torito” Gamez, Argentinean Mario Alberto De Marco, and Mexican Willy Salazar. continue

Brockton KOs Boston For Marciano Statue

06.12.07- By Matthew Hurley: The controversy over where a statue of legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano should be erected was settled today and the “Brockton Blockbuster’s” hometown of Brockton won out. During its annual meetings conducted in November in the Philippines the World Boxing Council voted to erect a statue of Marciano in either Boston or Brockton, Massachusetts. WBC President Jose Suliman felt that Boston was the more appropriate choice. continue

Sharkie's Machine Mayweather Hatton Prefight: “Stormy Weather on the Menu for Mayweather”

floyd mayweather jr.06.12.07 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr: This Saturday, WBC Welterweight Champion, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and IBO Champion, Ricky Hatton will do battle at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This fight may be a couple of years too late but…better late than never.

The style match up is exciting. The smaller man, Ricky Hatton is best known for his aggressive style of boxing, hitting and holding, non-stop punching with the stamina of a Soccer player. He’s versatile and crafty but easy to classify as a slugger.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is arguably the best boxer in the sport. Floyd’s style is counter punching, defense orientated and always effective if not always exciting. Floyd can make you miss all day and land at will. He may not knock many guys out these days but he can score points, round after round and win decisions. continue

Hatton Mayweather: Classic Boxing?

05.12.07 - By Marcus Wood: Before we get into this I should probably point out that the title of this piece may be slightly misleading. I’m not suggesting that the fight itself is definitely going to be an instant classic. It could well be, but we’ll get to that later. No, what I’m suggesting is that the match up and everything surrounding it has been classic. Taking the bad guy role we have one Floyd Mayweather Jr., the cocky, arrogant unbeaten celebrity who’s on home turf. On the other side is Ricky Hatton, the opposite of Mayweather in ever way. Naturally before the fight had even been announced there were words flying back and forth between the two camps. When the idea of a fight between the two was only an idea, Mayweather showed his respect for Hatton by saying he was going to punch him “in his beer belly." continue

British Boxing: Four Title Fights Head To Head In Wigan

Yesterday in Wigan, England, promoters Frank Maloney and Steve Wood held the last press conference for their massive four title fight bill to be held tomorrow, Saturday, December 8, 2007 at Wigan's Robin Park Centre. The card will serve as the lead in on Sky Box Office's live broadcast of the Mayweather vs. Hatton bill in Las Vegas. continue

Mayweather Hatton: Warren Offers Some Frank Comments Of Ricky’s Chances

05.12.07 - By Andrew Wake: British boxing promoter Frank Warren believes that the only way his former fighter Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton can win Saturday’s big welterweight clash with Floyd “Pretty Boy” Mayweather is by taking to the fight to the undefeated American and trying to build up a considerable points lead in the early sessions. continue

Valero, Linares Press Conference Video

valeroLos Angeles, CA (December 5)— Photos by Naoki Fukada - 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.

There was a press conference and open workout Tuesday in Los Angeles to promote the power packed card. In attendance were Edwin “Dinamita” Valero (22-0, 22 KO’s), Jorge “Golden Boy” Linares (24-0, 15 KO’s), and hard hitting Japanese veteran Naoki Matsuda (28-7-3, 11 KO’s) who will also be on the card. For more information on “Cancun Night of Champions” please call your local cable or satellite provider or log onto or continue

Former Amateur Champs Bring Hope To American Heavyweight Scene: Witherspoon, Wilson, Arreola, Scott, Flores, More

05.12.07 - By Paul McCreath: A few years ago when American heavyweight fans were looking for their next great hope, the search was rather easy. One only had to look at the list of recent Olympic boxing champions, such as Olympic gold medal winners like George Foreman, Joe Frazier, Cassius Clay (later Ali), Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks, and Floyd Patterson, who all went from Olympic fame to the world heavyweight title as pros. There was always at least one or two on the way that were fairly sure to become professional stars. continue

Herbie Hide: “I am the first Nigerian-born Heavyweight Champion – not Samuel Peter!”

While reading the latest boxing news, “The Dancing Destroyer” didn’t believe his eyes. WBC Interim Champion Samuel Peter was named “First-ever Nigerian-born Heavyweight Champion” in an article regarding celebrations at his latest visit in his home country. continue

Barrett looks to Avenge Loss to Cliff Couser Tonight

New York, NY (December 6, 2007)—There will be fireworks tonight in the Bronx as Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (31-6, 17 KO’s) takes on hard hitting veteran Cliff Couser (26-13-2, 14 KO’s) in a heavyweight bout. continue

Tszyu Talks Hatton Mayweather

tszyu hatton mayweather05.12.07 - By Kostya Tszyu: For many of you, this coming weekend will be a special one with two big boxing events! The majority of the boxing world is looking forward to the Floyd Mayweather verus Ricky Hatton welterweight super fight in Las Vegas and this type of match is great for the entire sport.

Two undefeated world champions, the best against the best and I can say that I am very much looking forward to this fight. The MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas is a great venue for boxing. I have enjoyed fighting there twice against Jake Rodriguez and Zab Judah.

Ricky Hatton has strong support and there will be many of his fans travelling across from the UK just to be there in Las Vegas, even if they can’t get a ticket for the arena. That in itself tells you what a boxing event it is. continue

Foreman vs Tsurkan Tonight On VERSUS

"It's a mental, physical challenge fighting someone like Andrey Tsurkan," said world-rated Yuri Foreman today in New York. He and Tsurkan, a strong, brawling, hard-hitting NABF super welterweight champion, fight Thursday night at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx, N.Y. The fight card will be broadcast live on the VERSUS Network. continue

Allan Green v Rubin Williams on ESPN 2

TULSA, OK - World rated super middleweight contender Allan Green looks to continue his march towards a world championship when he battles former world title challenger Rubin Williams on January 4th at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino, Tulsa, OK. continue

Klitschko – Ibragimov Press Conference

By Matthew Hurley: International Boxing Federation heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, 49-3 with 44 KOs and World Boxing Organization champion Sultan Ibragimov, 22-0-1 with 17 KOs, who will partially unify the titles on February 23rd in Madison Square Garden, held a press conference Tuesday morning at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square. The fight will be the first step in attempting to fully unify the titles since Lennox Lewis fought Evander Holyfield back in 1999. continue

Audio: Ricky Hatton Interview

ricky hatton05.12.07 - Photo: Rob DeLorenzo - Golden Boy Promotions: Two division world champion Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton arrives at MGM Grand in Las Vegas for his fight Saturday night against "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather. Hatton made his way through a throng of British fans before heading to speak to media members assembled to cover “UNDEFEATED!” for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Listen: Ricky Hatton Conference Call mp3

Today Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton made his grand arrival at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, NV in preparation for his mega fight against "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather taking place this Saturday, December 8, 2007 at the MGM Grand and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Arthur Abraham wants Pavlik/Taylor winner; to make U.S. debut in 2008

IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham (24-0, 19 KOs) has firmly set his sights on a unification showdown with either Jermain Taylor or Kelly Pavlik. The undefeated 27-year-old, who takes on Britain´s Wayne Elcock in Switzerland on Saturday night, has big plans for 2008. "We will stage his next mandatory title defence in Europe in spring and then eye a unification fight in the USA against the winner of the meeting between Pavlik and Taylor," manager Wilfried Sauerland revealed at today´s press conference in Basle. continue

Malignaggi plays “The Name Game”

VERO BEACH, Florida (December 5, 2007) – International Boxing Federation light welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi took a break from his Vero Beach training camp, where he’s preparing for his first title defense January 5 on Showtime Championship Boxing against No. 1 contender Herman “The Black Panther” Ngoudjo (16-1, 9 KOs) at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, to play boxing’s version of “The Name Game.. continue

Floyd Mayweather – “They Always Make Me The Villain.”

05.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As Floyd Mayweather addressed the media yesterday at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas there were more than a few things he wanted to get off his chest, which is par for the course when it comes to the “Pretty Boy” and his gift for gab. continue

Hatton vs Mayweather

floyd mayweather05.12.07 - Photo: Rob DeLorenzo - Golden Boy - Five division world champion "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather addresses members of the media Tuesday sitting in front of the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where he will face Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton Saturday night in “UNDEFEATED!” for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship live on HBO Pay-Per-View.

"Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather, and Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton both arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for "UNDEFEATED!" for the WBC and Ring Magazine welterweight championship at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-view. Here is what the fighters had to say as they met with media members in town early to cover this mega-bout. continue

David Diaz Heads Chicago's Columbia College Food Drive This Thursday

World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz will be joining Columbia College’s 5th Annual “Holly Jolly Trolley” Holiday Food Drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository this Thursday afternoon, December 6th at 2pm. Donations of canned goods can be made at Columbia College’s 33 East Congress Parkway Building on Congress Parkway between Wabash Ave. and State St. at their downtown campus. continue

Odlanier Solis vs Frans Botha on Dec 23

It will be a hard piece of work for arena’s "heavyweight sensation" Odlanier Solis. On December 23rd the Olympic gold medallist and three-times World Amateur Champion faces Francois Botha from South Africa. “The White Buffalo” is one of the most experienced heavyweights around. He lost only four of his 52 fights, and all of them were World Championship bouts against the best of the business: Wladimir Klitschko, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer. continue

Kenny Craven Set To Get Back On Track

Queensbury, NY – Boxing Promotions has announced today that Kenny “The Raven” Craven, 28-19 (23 KOs) is set to get back on track against Ezra Sellers, 28-7 (25 KOs). The contest will be the Main Event of “Rumble At The Rock” and will be this Friday at the Hard Rock Café in Biloxi, Mississippi. Roy Jones, Jr. is promoting the show. continue

Hatton Mayweather: Does Ricky Have The Heart To Beat Floyd?

floyd mayweather jr.04.12.07 - By David Tyler: It's less than a week before the big fight and no one this side of Manchester, England is giving Ricky Hatton any chance to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. I'm not that convinced of a sure Mayweather victory. I've seen a similar fight that should be drawing comparisons to the December 8th rumble in Las Vegas.

Let's take a look back to March 8th in the year 1971. I'm referring to the Muhammad Ali/ Joe Frazier fight. Muhammad Ali was considered the best pound for pound champion in the world, and justifiably so as his lighting quick hands and feet had all opponents hopelessly chasing him around the ring. His top weapon was his quick wit combined with humiliating insults about his opponent. continue

Audio: Floyd Mayweather Interview

Listen: Floyd Mayweather Conf. Call mp3 - LEONARD ELLERBE, CEO MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS: I’d like to thank everybody for joining the call. We’re just excited. It’s been a great promotion thus far, working with Golden Boy and we’ve had a tremendous training camp thus far. Floyd is obviously in great condition, like he is for every fight and we’re just excited and looking forward to next Saturday, getting ready to put on another outstanding performance. continue

Oscar De La Hoya Hopes To Set Up Fight With Ricky Hatton For 2008

04.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Despite the fact that the majority of boxing scribes, myself included, and the betting public are predicting a Floyd Mayweather victory over Ricky Hatton on December 8th, many fighters have weighed in on the latest big match up and are leaning towards the challenger. I should clarify that I think Ricky will make this bout a much more competitive struggle than I initially felt when the bout was first announced and a Hatton victory wouldn’t shock me. One of those fighters who have pegged Hatton to win is Oscar De La Hoya. continue

"Holiday Havoc" Returns Boxing To Boston Once Again

Cappiello Promotions returns professional boxing to Boston for one final time in 2007, with "Holiday Havoc," an exciting 9-bout event to be held Thursday, December 6th at The Roxy. "This is going to be a great night of boxing, featuring some of the area's top up and coming prospects," exclaimed Cappiello Promotions president Rich Cappiello. continue

Floyd Mayweather Dismisses Rumors Of Hand Injury

floyd mayweather jr.04.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As Floyd Mayweather concludes his preparations for Saturday’s welterweight showdown with Ricky Hatton, the “Pretty Boy” has dismissed rumors that he had damaged his hands in training. The rumors began several weeks ago and were fueled by a segment in HBO’s 24/7 documentary series that showed the fighter undergoing a wax paraffin treatment and quietly acknowledging the damage to his hands and body that has accumulated over his career.

“She (my doctor) thinks I shouldn’t be fighting too much more,” he said. “My body’s tearing down. continue

Samuel Peter a National Hero

04.12.07 - WBC Interim Heavyweight Champion Samuel "The Nigerian Nightmare" Peter has been embraced by the people in his homeland of Nigeria as a national hero, and everywhere he has visited, crowds have gathered, parades have been held and honors bestowed. continue

Boxing Hall of Fame to Announce New Inductees Dec 11th

The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a news conference will be held at the Hall of Fame Events Pavilion on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. to announce the newest Hall of Fame Inductees. Inductees will be named in five categories: Modern, Old-Timer, Pioneer, Non- Participant and Observer. Members of the Boxing Writers Association of America and an international panel of boxing historians cast votes. Voters from Japan, England, Canada, Mexico, South Africa, Germany, Puerto Rico and the United States are among those who participate in the election process. continue

Barthelemy fights in Miami, Gamboa trains in L.A.

04.12.07 - This Friday Cuba’s Olympic Champion Yan Barthelemy is back in action in his adoptive home Florida. Super Bantamweight Barthelemy faces Luis Angel Rios from Puerto Rico at Miccosukee Resort in Miami. It’s the fourth pro-fight for both opponents. While Barthelemy won all of his first three fights, Rios has one victory and two draws in his record. The bout is scheduled for six rounds. continue

A Welterweight Future - After December 8th: Cotto, Margarito, De La Hoya, Williams, Cintron, Clottey and Mayweather Jr.

paul williams04.12.07 - By James Slater: Things will sure get pretty quiet in the welterweight division after Saturday's "Undefeated" showdown is over and done with. Fans were going to get the potentially thrilling Williams-Cintron clash in early February, thus curing any boredom that may have set in post-Mayweather-Hatton. But now, thanks to Kermit Cintron's damaged right hand, there is no mouth-watering bout on the immediate boxing horizon that involves two world class fighters currently hurling leather in boxing's most talent rich division.

Still, what can we look forward to once Mayweather and Hatton have settled their differences this Saturday? A short 147 pound lull is soon to be upon us perhaps, but with the welterweight division so crammed with great fighters it won't be too long before another super fight emerges there. What match-ups can be expected some time in 2008 then? continue

Oleg Platov vs Danny Williams

Oleg Platov will defend his IBF Intercontinental Heavyweight Title against Danny Williams on the Abraham undercard in Basle on Saturday night. The hard-hitting Ukrainian (26-1, 22 KOs) won the belt from former WBO heavyweight champion Henry Akinwande in November 2006 when he clinched a split decision. He is now eager to prove his class again against another experienced and highly-respected veteran. continue

Andy Lee and McKay set to battle it out for Irish title

Unbeaten sensation Andy Lee will face the biggest test of his professional career to date when he contests the vacant Irish Super Middleweight title with Jason McKay on the Fight Night at the National Stadium, Dublin on Saturday, December 15th. If will be Lee's first attempt at a title in the professional ranks as he tackles the reigning Irish Light Heavyweight champion in what promises to be a mouth watering clash between two of Ireland's best. McKay, from Banbridge has only 1 defeat in his 19 pro fights and he's relishing the chance to ruin Lee's perfect record. continue

Hatton’s Trainer Concedes – “Ricky Is A Bleeder.”

04.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As World Boxing Council welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather looks ahead to his showdown with Ricky Hatton in a battle dubbed “Undefeated” the “Pretty Boy” stuck one more verbal dagger into the “Hitman”. “Truthfully, when we’re being honest,” he told Sky Sports, “Ricky Hatton has one loss. He lost to Luis Collazo. I mean he got a gift, but I’m not really worried about a guy’s record because once we go in there and face each other a guy could have thirty wins and ten losses. One we face each other, we’re both zero and zero.. continue

Why Mayweather Will Prevail

floyd mayweather jr.04.12.07 - By Geoffrey Ciani: The last big fight of the year goes down this weekend when undefeated World Boxing Council welterweight champion and pound for pound King, Floyd Mayweather Junior, defends his crown against undefeated British pugilist, Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. This clash of undefeated welterweights should prove to be an entertaining encounter with some fireworks along the way. The big question is which boxer’s unblemished record will lose the almighty “zero”?

I think the answer of that question can be summed up in a single word—size!

While Hatton is a brave warrior possessing the type of style which is apt to give Floyd fits, I’m afraid he is just too damned small to have a realistic chance at winning this bout. continue

Gary Woolcombe Gets British Title Opportunity

04.12.07 - Santa Claus has come down Gary Woolcombe's chimney early. Woolcombe, who was preparing for an eight round bout on November 30, was given an early Christmas present when Jamie Moore's European title fight was cancelled. continue

Abraham Takes On Elcock On Saturday Night

03.12.07 - International Boxing Federation middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham has vowed not to underestimate Wayne Elcock when the two lock horns in Switzerland on Saturday night. The duo today underwent a public work-out in Basle during which both fighters proved their skills. continue

Amir Khan Takes On Graham Earl And Andy Lee Battles Jason McKay

03.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: British Commonwealth lightweight champion Amir Khan, 14-0 with 11 KOs continues his rapid progression when he takes on Graham Earl, 25-2 with 12 KOs on December 8th at the Bolton Arena in Lancashire. Graham, the former Commonwealth champion is looking to regain his belt against the highly touted Olympic silver medalist. continue

Winky Wright’s Future

winky wright03.12.07 - By David Janke: Winky Wright is 36 years old. He has had a rewarding boxing career compiling a record of 51-4-1 (25). Wright established his self-named promotional company, Winky Promotions ( After such a successful run in such a demanding profession, one has to wonder how much more time Wright has left in the sport.

Winning Streak Broken

Only four months ago, he suffered his first loss (Fernando Vargas, December 1999) in over seven years at the hands of Bernard Hopkins. True, the fight was at 170 pounds, 16 pounds and two weight classes above Wright’s best weight. continue

On Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts

03.12.07 - By Jacob Baez: In fighting for the sake of sport there has been a bit of a revolution. Boxing, the sweet science, the manly art of self-defense or any other pseudonym that seems appropriate is in a steady decline. It’s lost much of its appeal because there is no longer a Tyson or an Ali to draw the world’s attention to a piece of illuminated . continue

Tarver vs. Lacy?

03.12.07 - By Nathan King: According to earlier boxing reports, there have been talks of a possible bout between Antonio Tarver and Jeff Lacy, assuming that Lacy (22-1, 17 KO) is victorious in his December 8th showdown with Peter Manfredo Jr. The fight, at this time, seems to be tentatively scheduled for an unknown April date. continue

Boxing and MMA – There's no comparison

03.12.07 - By Jason Peck: I was in the local Barnes and Noble the other day, and stopped by their magazines. No surprise there – no Ring Magazine. But I did find at least five Mixed Martial Arts publications, along with two bodybuilding magazines that promised to give readers the Ultimate Fighting Championship physique. continue

DeMarcus Corley Chops Off More Than He Can Chew

chop chop corley02.12.07 - By Wray Edwards, Photos © Wray Edwards/ESB from ringside…Friday night in Tampa, FL., One Punch Productions and Don King Productions presented the latest installment of Tampa’s “Ballroom Brawl!” series at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. The full card, headlined by former world Champion Demarcus "Chop Chop" Corley, included eight other fights. The main event was an eight round Jr. Welter contest between Mr. Corley (31-6-1) from Washington DC, and Dario Esalas (30-10) from Columbia.

I expected that Demarcus wanted to use this fight as one of the rungs on his ladder back to national prominence. continue

Hatton Mayweather: Questions Answered, Questions Raised

02.12.07 - By Vivek Wallace, Photo © Naoki Fukuda: With less than a week to go before this highly anticipated showdown, all of a sudden, the plot thickens. New details have emerged in a very strange way that have left the normally silent fighter more vocal, and perhaps the normally vocal fighter curiously silent. As we continue to analyze the fight in ESB's countdown, there's a few highly notable points that need to be sorted out and although this article would have been better served as a release on the day of the fight, I decided to drop it early because it's something I think every fight fan needs to ponder throughout the prefight buildup to see this fight for what it really is. continue

Cross Town Rivals Look To Do It Again at "Holiday Boxing Bash"

On December 14, cross-town rivals Jermaine White of Gary and Ruben Galvan of Hammond, deliver eight more verses of Jingle Hell when they face off in their highly anticipated re-match at the "Holiday Boxing Bash" at Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Indiana. Presented by Octavius James' One In A Million Inc., the Bash features five exciting bouts including Gary's own NABC champion "Merciless" Mary McGee in the evening's main event. continue

Lennox Lewis, McGuigan and Honeyghan Offer Opinions On Mayweather-Hatton

03.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Former heavyweight champion and current HBO boxing commentator Lennox Lewis recently chimed in with his thoughts on the upcoming showdown between Ricky Hatton and Floyd Mayweather. “Ricky’s got to go in there like a madmen,” he told BBC Sport. “He must go for an early win. Hatton has to rough him up against the ropes and not give him room. Maybe he can do it.. continue

Hatton-Mayweather - Can Ricky "Do A Lloyd Honeyghan?"

ricky hatton02.12.07 - by James Slater: When the experts discuss what the biggest and best boxing upset ever scored by a British boxer when fighting across the Atlantic is, almost to a man they recall the superb win Lloyd Honeyghan pulled off against the hitherto unbeatable looking Donald Curry, back in 1986. Now, with less than a week to go until his mega fight with Floyd Mayweather, Ricky Hatton will be looking to "do a Honeyghan" and crush "Pretty Boy" in the same way Honeyghan did "The Lone Star Cobra." It may not mean anything, but the fact that Lloyd turned pro on the exact same date the super fight being called "Undefeated" takes place - December 8th - may prove to be an omen. A bad one for Mayweather, that is.

For if Hatton is able to fight as well as the man who made his pro debut on December 8th, 1980, and then went on to become one of Britain's greatest-ever boxers, then "The Hitman" will certainly be in with a chance of victory this Saturday. continue

Star Boxing News: Star Shines Bright In Back To Back To Back Events!

Hot off the heels of a stellar crowd pleasing performance at the Staples Center, in Los Angeles by Star Boxing's Jesse Feliciano, Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing is still going strong with not one, not two, but THREE back-to-back events in a breathtaking two nights. The kick-off of this whirlwind two night extravaganza is Wednesday, December 5th', when Terrance "The Heat" Cauthen (32-3, 9KO's) bring's the heat to the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena, in Hollywood Florida, against Sechew "Iron Horse" Powell (21-1, 12KO's) both vying for the much coveted #1 contender position in the IBF's Jr. Middleweight World Ratings. continue

Prize Fight Signs Fernando Guerrero

Christmas has come early for Memphis based promoters Prize Fight Boxing, with the signing of red-hot amateur prospect and much sought after 20 year old middleweight Fernando Guerrero to a multiyear promotional contract. continue

New York’s latest hot prospect: Heavyweight Nagy Aguilera

Dominican-born heavyweight prospect Nagy Aguilera, New York’s newest rising star, will be in action again 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. NABA middleweight champion “Mean” Joe Greene (16-0, 12 KOs), the 2004 National Golden Gloves Tournament champion and WBA No. 9 rated challenger, headlines in the 10-round main event. continue

Is Klitschko-Ibragimov for the (real) World Heavyweight Title?

klitschko vs ibragimov02.12.07 – By Cesar Pancorvo: After waiting nine years, finally there will be a unification bout in the Heavyweight division: Wladimir Klitschko against Sultan Ibragimov. It is true that the winner will hold two of the four belts, but will he be considered the Champion?

There hasn’t been a Heavyweight Champion, linear or unified, since Lewis retired in early 2004, and he left a division in crisis. This weak era could finally reach it’s conclusion with a fight that re-establishes the Heavyweight lineage. The Ring Magazine’s attempt to introduce Vitali Klitschko as Champion –he won the Ring belt after defeating former contender Corrie Sanders in 2004– was a disappointment; not many fans recognize Vitali as a former Champion, mainly because he didn’t beat Chris Byrd, John Ruiz or Lamon Brewster, who were the other elite fighters in the division at that time. continue

Attila Kovacs Joins Fight Production Germany

The meeting was held on neutral ground in Austria, so as not to alert anyone in the boxing scene, but it was all it took to convince the parties of each other – and thus top-rated IBO ‘world’ superwelterweight champion Attila ‘The Viper’ Kovacs, 21-1 (14 KO’s), put pen to paper, in this case on a multi-year managerial agreement with German manager Olaf Schroeder’s company Fight Production. The 33-year-old Hungarian favourite becomes the latest star addition for the German boxing stable, which has fighters from a variety of European countries on its books. continue

What's next for Rey "Boom - Boom" Bautista?

02.12.07 - By Joshua "Travz" Travilla: After experiencing a disappointing 1st round TKO loss to Daniel Ponce De Leon in August, Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (33-1, 30 KOs) was able to put the loss behind him with a successful unanimous decision over Antonio “Barrio” Meza (23-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. continue

Mayweather Hatton: Ricky Hatton Hopes Cortez Lets Him Fight On The Inside

02.12.07 - by Matthew Hurley: While Joe “Fair But Firm” Cortez has established himself as one of the more well known referees in the sport of boxing, he is not immune to criticism. Many fans and media scribes feel that Cortez often inserts himself too much into fights that he should allow to play out, particularly when the boxers are trading punches on the inside. continue

Tarver Stops Santiago In Four

antonio tarverBill Calogero, - Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver stopped Danny Santiago in the fourth round of their scheduled 12-round Light Heavyweight fight to retain his IBO Light Heavyweight Title. The contest was the main event at the beautiful FoxWoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, CT and was broadcast live on ShowTime. Gary Shaw Productions in association with the FoxWoods Resort promoted the show.

Tarver did not look great, but was able to stop an opponent he was “supposed” to stop. From the beginning of the fight, until it was stopped, Tarver was able to use his height advantage and jab to keep Santiago out of harms way, however during most of the fight, looked extremely tentative and stiff. He was not flowing easily and did not look comfortable at all. continue

Ricky Hatton v Floyd Mayweather: Hatton Waves Off Talks Of Retirement – “I’m 200% Certain I’m Going To Win”

02.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: As every elite fighter reaches the near pinnacle of success the word “retirement” starts to float above his head like a word bubble. In fact, in nearly every sport, athletes are always threatening retirement these days usually in hopes of securing better contracts or advertising deals. It keeps their names in the headlines, keeps fans wondering and drives coaches, trainers and promoters crazy. continue

Tarver Stops Santiago; Forrest Destroys Piccirillo, Donaire KOs Maldonado

01.12.07 - MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (Dec. 2, 2007) – Three of boxing’s biggest and most important players notched impressive victories on the final SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast of 2007. Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver, Vernon “The Viper” Forrest and “The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire each scored TKO victories before an enthusiastic crowd Saturday at the Fox Arena at Foxwoods Resort Casino. continue

Hatton vs. Mayweather Nearing Boiling Point

With the WBC welterweight title superfight less than a week away, the world's media have descended upon Las Vegas where reigning champion Floyd Mayweather and challenger Ricky Hatton have been participating in open workouts prior to their bout on Saturday, December 8, 2007. Mayweather, 38-0 (24), is the favorite to retain his WBC 147 lb title as the 30 year old has held the Green Belt in a full five weight classes from super feather to light middle and is widely recognized as the pound for pound top fighter in the world today. continue

Donaire Stops Maldonado

nonito donaire jr.01.12.07 - By Scott Frake: International Boxing Federation flyweight champion Nonito Donaire Jr. (19-1-1, 12KOs) destroyed challenger Luis Maldonado (37-2-1, 28KOs) in the 8th round of a scheduled 12-round title bout at the the Foxwood Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The fight was one-sided from the start, as Donaire, 25, easily pounded away on Maldonado from the first round, rarely getting hit. Before long, Maldonado, 29, was cut over both eyes and bleeding all over the place.

As in his bout with Vic Darchinyan, Donaire used his left hook effectively, catching Maldonado, ranked 4th in the IBF, frequently as he waded in to try and mix it up. At the end of the 7th round, Donaire knocked Maldonado with a clubbing left hand. continue

Calderon Decisions Esquer

01.12.07 - By Richard Rodriguez: Undefeated World Boxing Organization junior flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (30-0, 6 KOs) defeated Mexican challenger Juan Esquer (20-3-1, 17 KOs) by 12-round unanimous decision tonight at the Tingley Coliseum, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Calderon, 32, was making his first defense of his junior flyweight title in which he recently won with a split decision victory over former champion Hugo Fidel Cazares in August, skillfully defeated the hard-punching Esquer tonight by using fast combinations and pin point counter punching. continue

Forrest Stops Piccirillo, Tarver Too Much For Santiago

By Richard Rodriguez: In a night of bad mismatches, World Boxing Council light middleweight champion Vernon Forrest (40-2, 29 KOs) stopped challenger Michele Piccirillo (48-4, 30 KOs) in the 11th round tonight at the Foxwoods Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Forrest, 36, knocked Piccirillo down three times over the course the bout, dropping him in the 6th, 9th and 11th rounds, the last prompting the referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to stop the bout at 2:21 of the 11th round. continue

Tavoris Cloud Returns To Chicago On Dec14th

Undefeated and world ranked light heavyweight Tavoris Cloud of Tallahassee, Florida will return to the ring at DECEMBER FURY on Friday, December 14th at Cicero Stadium, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Chavez Jr. Destroys Sanchez In 6th Round! Arce Stops Singsurat In 1st round KO!

julio cesar chavez jr.01.12.07 - By Jeff Bastasini: Undefeated Light middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (34-0-1, 27 KOs) fought impressively tonight, stopping Ray Sanchez (20-2) in the 6thth round at the Tinsley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Chavez, 21, the son of the famous Julio Cesar Chavez, came right at Sanchez from the opening round, electing to fight him in a brawling fashion and disregarding any thought of defense. Chavez Jr’s body shots clearly bothered Sanchez, who finally dropped to the canvas under a barrage of punches in the 6th round.

The fight was stopped at 1:33 of the 6th round. Chavez Jr., like in his other bouts in his short professional career, took a lot of head shots from Sanchez in the process of stopping him. Both fighters tended to load up with their shots as they tried to take each other out in the early rounds. continue

Napa Decisions Power

01.12.07 - Ian Napa retained the British bantamweight crown Friday night with a tremendous effort on a Frank Maloney promotion at London's Newham Leisure Centre, posting a hard fought unanimous decision win over former champion Martin Power in a rematch to their 2005 clash. continue

Hatton Comfortable With Referee Joe Cortez

01.12.07 - By Matthew Hurley: During the buildup to his December 8th welterweight showdown with Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Ricky Hatton has endured and pretty much ignored all of the “Pretty Boy’s” taunts and name-calling. From being derided as a “C level” fighter to a “one dimensional club fighter” to a boxer who should feel lucky to even be in the same ring with the self-proclaimed “greatest fighter of all time”, Hatton has shrugged it all off with his characteristic good humor. continue

Caballero Stops Pastrana

02.12.07 - By Scott Frake: World Boxing Association super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (28-2, 19 KOs) stopped challenger Mauricio Pastrana (34-8-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Roberto Duran, in Panama City, Panama. Caballero, 31, had little trouble with Pastrana, dominating every round of the fight against his much shorter opponent. Using his long jab and powerful right hand, Caballero punished Pastrana from long range, rarely allowing him within in punching range. The fight was stopped at 0:53 in the 8th round with Pastrana taking tremendous punishment from Caballero. continue

Two KO’s In Less Than Two Minutes

kirkland01.12.07 - Bill Calogero, all photos by Dwight McCann: James Kirkland improves to 21-0 (18 KOs) with a first round KO over Allen Conyers in their scheduled ten-round Jr. Middleweight contest. It was the main event of ShowTime’s ShoBox series, which they broadcast live from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Gary Shaw Productions promoted Friday night’s show.

Both fighters attacked each other from the beginning of the first round wildly. After thirty seconds had past, Allen Conyers landed a crushing right to the head of Kirkland sending him to the canvas. He was up and ready to go by the count of eight. continue

Boxing Results: Lepai Wins OPBF Heavyweight Title - N. Briggs Down 7 Times In 5 Rounds! Ganoy Explosive Again

By Tony Nobbs: Alex Lepai, a Samoan living in Brisbane scored an TKO at 2 minutes 9 seconds of the eighth round over former National champion Nathan Briggs to claim the OPBF heavyweight title ion front of a jam packed crowd at the Kedron – Wavell RSL Club in Brisbane on Friday night. A GREAT FIGHT! continue

Kirkland Flattens Conyers In 1st Round! Angulo Scores 1st Round TKO over Meliksetian

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2007) – Two fights. Five knockdowns. Four minutes and 15 seconds of heart-pounding action. In arguably the most thrilling telecast in the six-year history of “ShoBox,” James Kirkland and Alfredo Angulo each scored first-round TKOs in separate bouts Friday on SHOWTIME. Kirkland (21-0, 18 KOs), of Austin, Texas, took another step toward a world title opportunity by overcoming an early knockdown to drop Allen Conyers twice and stop him at 2:56 of the opening round. continue

Susi Kentikian wants Halmichs WIBF belt

The WIBF female flyweight title will be up for grabs on Friday night for the second time in the last seven days. The belt became vacant after the retirement of ring legend Regina Halmich, who defended it for the final time against Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer last week.
Now WBA world champion "Killer Queen" Susi Kentikian (18-0, 14 KOs) will fighting to claim Halmich's former title against Nadia Hokmi (9-5-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night's ProSieben Fight Night. continue

Jeff Mayweather Talks About Klitschko/Ibragimov and Hatton/Mayweather

ibragimov klitschko#30.11.07 - Interview by John Martinez, : On February 23,2008 the heavyweight division will take a major step towards determining who the true boss of the heavyweight division is when WBO champion, Sultan Ibragimov (22,0,1,17 KO’s) puts his title on the line against IBF champion, Wladimir Klitschko (49,3,0, 4KO’s) in the famed Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. The fight will be air on HBO. I spoke with Sultan’s trainer, Jeff Mayweather and discussed his fighter’s game plan leading into this fight as well as his nephew’s chances on December 8th against the hitter from Madchester, Ricky Hatton.

JM: Jeff, when will you have Sultan report to training camp for his upcoming heavyweight unification fight with IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko?

JEFF: Well we are going to report to camp right after the holidays. So we will be in camp close to maybe nine weeks for this fight. continue

Boxing Results – Distraught McCullough Looks For New Opponent

Matthew Hurley: At the Jacob Brown Auditorium in Brownsville, Texas junior middleweight Roberto Garcia, 24-2 with 17 KOs had to settle for a third round no-contest against Freddy Hernandez, 22-1 with 17 KOs. The fight started quickly with a brisk first round fought evenly. In the second round Garcia dropped Hernandez at the bell. A head butt, suffered by Hernandez before the knockdown, opened a gash above his right eye. Before the third round the doctor advised referee Lawrence Cole to stop the bout. continue

Official Weigh In Results: Calderon Esquer, Donaire Maldonado, Tarver Santiago, Chavez Jr. Sanchez, Arce Singsurat, Forrest Piccirillo

30.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: After Wayne McCullough’s fight against Kiko Martinez, scheduled for tomorrow night in Belfast was called off because Martinez failed to make weight, promoters for two other boxing cards to take place tomorrow night sighed in relief as the fighters set to perform all made weight. The issue of whether or not fighters should weigh in the day of the fight or the day before will continue to be a hot topic amongst boxing fans and media scribes. continue

Harding Injures Thumb, Out Of George Bout On December 6th

Citing a "thumb injury", Eric Harding has pulled out of the feature bout on Thursday, Dec. 6th against 15-2-2 Shaun George. "We're all extremely disappointed that Harding is not fighting," stated Hall of Fame Boxing President Donna Brooks. "This was going to be Shaun's 'coming out' party and showcase his numerous talents. continue

Floyd Mayweather Interview Transcript

floyd mayweather jr.30.11.07 - FLOYD MAYWEATHER, BOXER MAYWEATHER PROMOTIONS: Hi, how is everybody doing? I'm just waking up. First I want to thank God, thank Golden Boy Promotions, thank Mayweather Promotions, thank Kelly Swanson and the Swanson Team, Team Mayweather and I want to thank all the media and all the press and everybody that covers this event. It's truly been a blessing and I'm ready to go.

DAN RAFAEL, ESPN: Floyd, I was struck by Oscar's remarks opening this conference call, talking about the fact that it was tracking so high as it compared to your fight with Oscar and all the closed circuit seats that have been sold and obviously the fact that it sold out in half an hour and, there's a good chance that this fight may do over a million homes on pay-per-view. It sounds that way. That would make you the first fighter ever in the pay-per-view year to have back-to-back million pay-per-view in the same year. continue

Finer loses to Halmich via highly controversial decision

30.11.07 - Regina Halmich finished her career by winning yet another highly controversial decision. Halmich outpointed Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer by a ten round majority decision before a sold out crowd at the DM Arena in Karlsruhe, Germany. The judges scores were 95-95, 97-94, 96-94 in favor of Halmich. East Side Boxing scored the fight 97-93 for Hagar Shmoulefeld Finer. Finer drops to 14-5-3, 3 KOs, Halmich finishes her career with a record of 54-1-1, 16 KOs. continue

Boxing Wrap Up: Mayweather Hatton, Chavez Jr., Forrest, Marquez Pacquiao, Katsidis Diaz, Tarver, More

30.11.07 - By Matthew Hurley: Wayne McCullough’s latest comeback against Kiko Martinez, scheduled for this Saturday night in Belfast was called off when Martinez failed to make weight. McCullough and his handlers are now considering whether or not to go through with the fight at a catch weight. On December 5th British promoter Frank Warren will hold a press conference announcing a super featherweight showdown between Kevin Mitchell and Carl Johanneson. The fight has been brewing for a long time with Mitchell claiming that Johanneson has been ducking him. continue

Carl Johanneson vs Kevin Mitchell

30.11.07 - Officially announcing Sports Network's first big fight of 2008: the long awaited all British super-featherweight dust-up between Kevin Mitchell and Carl Johanneson. This is the fight that Kevin Mitchell, the undefeated Commonwealth champion, has been waiting for. Johanneson has run from Mitchell but has now run out of places to hide and must finally face the Dagenham Destroyer. continue

Mayweather vs. Hatton: Someone’s O Must Go-The Prediction

floyd mayweather jr.30.11.07 - By Ted Sares: Here is how I see it playing out. Ricky will be in for a long and frustrating night unless he can pressure and back up Pretty Boy Floyd, 38-0. PBF will likely frustrate him with in-and-out and lateral movement, avoiding Hatton‘s numbing bombs to the body. Unlike Jose Luis Castillo, Mayweather will be far more elusive. And unlike De La Hoya (and his vaunted left hook), Hatton lacks the wherewithal to trap and stop Mayweather in his tracks, though his brutal left hook to the body remains his signature weapon.

Like Mayweather, Hatton, 43-0, is undefeated. Unlike Mayweather, he fights in an all-action, incoming boxing style. Yes, Floyd Mayweather Junior is a purist’s delight and Ricky Hatton is a purist’s nightmare, albeit an entertaining one. The two respective styles are in stark contrast. continue

Martinez v McCullough is off

30.11.07 - By Andrew Wake: Tomorrow night’s big bill at Belfast’s Kings Hall has been sensationally called off. Belfast’s own granite chinned warrior and former World Champion, Wayne “The Pocket Rocket” McCullough was due to face young and exciting Spanish knock out artist Kiko Martinez, in what would be his first fight since he was stopped by Oscar Larios in a WBC title tilt nearly two and a half years ago, but this potentially thrilling match up has today been scraped after the undefeated Spaniard failed to make the required 8st 10Ibs super bantamweight limit. continue

Showtime Boxing: Tarver, Forrest and Donaire Make Weight

30.11.07 - Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME - Danny Santiago, Frank Burnette (IBO representative) and Antonio Tarver pose with Tarver’s IBO light heavyweight belt on Friday at The Club at Foxwoods Resort Casino during the official weigh in for Saturday’s fight. Tarver will make the first defense of his belt against Santiago tomorrow live, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). continue

Mayweather/Hatton Tickets in High Demand

Tickets still available, check out our guide to getting tickets for this fight here!

According to TicketsNow, the world's leading online independent marketplace for premium event tickets, the December 8th bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Ricky Hatton is comparable in high ticket demand to Mayweather’s previously hyped match against Oscar De La Hoya. continue

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