Miguel Espino Retains Title

espinoMarch 30, 2008 — WBC CABOFE middleweight champion Miguel Espino successfully defended his title on Saturday with a dominating performance over Eliu Duenas at the “Gimnasio Tigre Garcia” in Ensenada, B.C., Mexico. The former Contender TV series star came on strong in the 3rd round with devastating body punches to knock down Duenas five times in rout to a TKO.

Duenas came out strong throwing haymakers the first two rounds and tried to smother Espino. Espino dropped Duenas with a body shot early in the 3rd round and continued to put pressure on him. The fight fans in attendance rose to their feet and cheered on the champ as he continued to try and put holes in Duenas body until the referee halted the bout. continue

Frank Maloney Presents Spring 2008 Boxing Schedule

Frank Maloney Promotions looks forward to a massive spring schedule after it's highly successful winter campaign kicked off 2008 in style. The first bill takes place on Friday, April 18 with Gary Woolcombe defending his British light middleweight title at London's famed York Hall with chief support featuring heavyweights John McDermott and Pele Reid clashing for the vacant English crown. continue

Sebastian Demers vs Matt Vanda April 5th in Montreal, Canada

This Saturday, April 5th, Matt "The Predator" Vanda (37-5, 21 KO's) heads to Montreal to face Sebastian "Double Trouble" Demers (23-1, 9 KO's) in a 12 round main event for Demers IBF International middleweight title from the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Vanda has been training since Christmas and is ready to put a stake in the ground as a factor in the middleweight division. continue

The Hot Streak Continues As Marquez Decisions Mckart

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 31 – Former world junior middleweight champion Raul Marquez continued his middleweight resurrection last Saturday at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, scoring a ten round win over Bronco McKart. It was Marquez’ 41st win as a pro and his sixth in a row since he began his comeback in 2006 after a two year absence from the sport. And by clearly beating a former world champion in McKart, the rejuvenated “El Diamante” has sent a statement to the middleweight division that he is ready to take on the best as soon as possible.. continue

Winky Wright, where are you?

winky wright31.03.08 - By Cesar Pancorvo: Anarchy has intensified in the 154 division. And no, Winky Wright will not return to that division. His last fight at 154, in 2004, was against Shane Mosley and was the only defense of his undisputed championship. But the Light Middleweight division continues in crisis and urgently needs someone like Wright.

Last Friday was a useful date to confirm that the Light Middleweight division problems continue and have increased with the loss of their #1 contender, Cory Spinks, in his last fight against Verno Phillips, who was still a contender but considered a weak past-his-prime boxer. continue

Former World Champion Jorge Paez To Return To The Ring?

by James Slater: Jorge Paez, the former IBF featherweight and super-featherweight world champion, looks set to return to the ring after an absence of almost five years. According to, the 42 year old will engage in a contest Vs. an opponent TBA on June the 28th, in Sonora, Mexico. Joining "El Maromero" on the card will be his son, Jorge Paez Junior - who also fights an as yet named opponent. continue

Gamboa to face Darling Jimenez on May 17th

Only a few days after WBO #2 rated Marcos Ramirez (25-0-0, 16 kos) pulled out of his fight against hot Cuban prospect Yuriorkis Gamboa (9-0-0, 8 kos) on May 17th featured on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” joining promoters Ahmet Öner (ARENA Box-Promotion) and Gary Shaw (Gary Shaw Productions) present Gamboa’s new foe: Darling Jimenez from Puerto Rico. continue

Alex Arthur To Train In Las Vegas For Joan Guzman Fight; Flies Out This Wednesday

by James Slater: Scotland's super-featherweight Alex Arthur gets the biggest fight of his career next month when he tackles the formidable Joan Guzman for Guzman's WBO super-featherweight world title in Edinburgh on May the 3rd. To make sure he gets the best possible preparation for his big night, Arthur is heading to Las Vegas to train with former bantamweight king Wayne McCullough, who now lives in Vegas. continue

Arthur Abraham ready to make U.S. debut; Targets Pavlik

abrahamIBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham is ready to conquer America after his 12th-round KO victory over Elvin Ayala. The undefeated 28-year-old dropped his opponent with a huge left uppercut with 28 seconds to go in the final round to clinch his 26th victory in as many fights (21 KOs). "Arthur will fight in the U.S. on June 21," manager Wilfried Sauerland said afterwards. "I would have loved to reveal the opponent tonight but the contracts have yet to be signed. All I can say is that it will be a true highlight."

In his seventh title defence, King Arthur was the aggressor throughout as he used his punching power to put Ayala under tremendous pressure. The challenger, however, refused to give in and proved a great chin. "He was an awkward opponent," Arthur said. "I was in full control throughout and tried to wait for my chance." It eventually came just before the final bell when King Arthur landed a vicious left uppercut. "It came so quickly I didn´t even see it," coach Ulli Wegner lauded. "That just shows his class and potential. I am pleased with his performance.. continue

Kristjansen Warns Khan

Martin Kristjansen says Amir Khan is in for a nasty surprise this Saturday night when they meet at the Bolton Arena in their WBO World Lightweight title eliminator. Confident Khan reckons he will blow away the tough Dane, who has never been stopped in 23 fights, but Kristjansen is determined to dash the world title ambitions of the young star. continue

The numbers are in...Juan Manuel Marquez is the biggest Mexican boxing attraction in The U.S.

Los Angeles (March 31, 2008) – Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez has become the biggest Mexican attraction in the United States as a evidenced by the performance of his March 15 fight with Manny Pacquiao at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, which produced close to 400,000 Pay-Per-View buys. continue

Felix Sturm Set For April 5th Title Defence Vs. Jamie Pittman

by James Slater: Felix Sturm, Germany's reigning WBA middleweight champion, makes the third defence during his second term as the WBA world champion this Saturday in his home country. Challenging him will be the undefeated 26 year old from Australia, Jamie "Mr. Business" Pittman. The action takes place in Dusseldorf, and the bout will mark the first time Pittman has boxed outside of his own country. continue

Mayweather 'knocks out' the Big Show at WrestleMania

Floyd Mayweather Jr.By Mark Pickering: Undefeated pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr 'knocked out' the 7'2, 500-pound Big Show before 70,000 raucous fans at World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) annual extravaganza, WrestleMania XXIV.

The marquee attraction, which netted Mayweather a cool $3 million, was settled via the unorthodox yet legal means of a chair and a set of brass knuckles, which flawed the multi-time WWE Champion who was unable to answer the ten count.

The WBC welterweight champion was accompanied to the ring by his entourage, whose efforts to interfere in the contest were thwarted, as they were unceremoniously removed from the ring by the Big Show. continue

Weekend Results: McKart-Marquez, Abraham-Ayala, Spinks-Phillips, FNF

30.03.08 - Bill Calogero, With technological advances coming almost on a daily basis, this past Thursday through the weekend featured a glimpse of what I believe will be the future of one of the many choices of how we will be able to watch boxing events; Broadcast via the Internet. continue

Scotland's Willie Limond Makes Successful Return To Ring After Loss To Amir Khan: Picks Up IBO Inter-Continental Title

by James Slater: 29 year old Willie Limond made a successful return to the ring last night in Glasgow. Scoring a hard-fought 12 round points win over fellow Scot Martin Watson in a bout that contested the vacant IBO Inter-Continental lightweight belt, Limond picked up his first win since almost upsetting the highly touted Amir Khan last July. Last night's scores were 119-111,119-109 and 118-110 - all for Limond. continue

Young Omar Chavez Makes It To 8-0 With Last Night's Quick Win In Chihuahua, Mexico

30.03.08 - by James Slater: Last night in Chihuahua, Mexico, Omar Chavez, the other son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, won the eighth straight fight of his pro career. Stopping his replacement opponent Antonio Valencia in three rounds, the youngster scored his 7th career stoppage. Two knockdowns in the 3rd round put paid to the challenge of the 24 year old Valencia, also of Mexico, who fell to 12-17(4). The time of the stoppage was 2 minutes and 40 seconds. continue

Wayne "Big Truck" Braithwaite Upsets Undefeated Yoan Pablo Hernandez In Germany!

Yoan Pablo Hernandez29.03.08 - James Slater: Tonight, in Germany, 32 year old Wayne "Big Truck" Braithwaite survived a first round knockdown to stop unbeaten up and coming Cuban southpaw Yoan Pablo Hernandez in three rounds.

Boxing for the first time since his 12 round points loss to Enzo Maccarinelli in Cardiff, Wales last July, the former WBC cruiserweight king picked up both the WBC Latino and WBA Fedalatin cruiserweight belts. "Big Truck" decked his man three times with big shots to the head in round number three, and after the third knockdown referee Jose Martinez called a halt to the action. The time was one minute and fifty-two seconds. continue

Gostelow Out Points Tough Koswara

By Tony Nobbs: Melbourne based Queenslander Lance Gostelow (14-1, 11 KO's) out boxed tough Indonesian Tia Koswara (15-7-2, 8 KO's)over twelve rounds at The Docklands in Melbourne on Friday night. Gostelow, 24, a skillful boxer, took little risks in a bout that was fought at a good pace. Southpaw Koswara, 27, looked dangerous at times with wild unorthodox swings and had his moments but they were too far and few between and Gostelow ran away with a clear unanimous decision. Gostelow reclaimed his IBF Pan Pacific light welterweight title and also picked up the WBO regional strap. He could soon feature in the world top 15. continue

Wins for Abraham and Braithwaite in Germany

29.03.08 - Andrew Walker: Arthur Abraham 26-0-(21) defeated Elvin Ayala 18-3-1-(1) to retain his IBF middleweight title with a decisive twelfth round knockout in the Sparkassen Arena, Kiel, Germany tonight. The challenger Ayala made a good start to the fight and won the opening rounds on my card with his busier work rate but throughout the fight he never looked like he could hurt the champion who was also blocking a lot of Ayala’s work with his guard. As the fight progressed Abraham began to find his target and was landing the more hurtful shots, knocking down the challenger in the fifth to take the lead in the fight. continue

Joe Calzaghe Says One Fight And One Fight Only Would Tempt Him Back Down To 168 - One With Kelly Pavlik

29.03.08 - by James Slater: Joe Calzaghe, who boxes his light-heavyweight debut in less than a month's time, has made it clear his days as a super-middleweight are pretty much over. With just one possible concession. In a recent interview with Setanta Sports, the unbeaten Welshman stated that a super fight with the also unbeaten Kelly "The Ghost" Pavlik is the only fight out there that would make him want to reduce back down to 168 pounds. Of course, making such a fight would mean that the big punching Pavlik would have to move up from 160, but in time the reigning WBC and WBO middleweight king would more than likely want to do so anyway. continue

Campbell, Casamayor, Phillips and Bundrage: The Month that Was

Joel CasamayorBy Ted Sares

I beat Nate Campbell with three weeks of training. Now I want [Manny] Pacquiao.

--Joel Casamayor

I don’t want to sound conceited or overconfident but Juan Diaz is not a demigod. A demigod is half mortal, half god and I just don’t see that. Unless my team and I have been in this sport too long—or not long enough—we are seeing a lot of hype.

--Nate Campbell

I felt good, just a little rusty, that's all, I'm upset with myself. I let myself down. continue

Jaffa Ballogou Set For A Comeback!

Former WBC Super Middleweight International Champion and WBA title challenger Jaffa “The African Assassin” Ballogou 45-6 (39 KO’s) has announced he will to return to the ring in the near future. continue

Mayweather-Hatton II - At Wembley, London Next year?

by James Slater: According to Golden Boy's Richard Schaefer, Floyd Mayweather Junior is in serious talks about the possibility of giving the man he stopped in ten rounds last December, in Ricky Hatton, a return fight next spring. In the Manchester fighter's home country at that. London's Wembley stadium is the likely venue, and "Pretty Boy" is keen to box Hatton there next year. continue

Listening to Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr

9.03.08 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr.: On ESPN’s Friday Night Fights this week, the guest fighter at the talk table with Robert Flores (not Brian Kinney) was Floyd Mayweather Jr., who recently (and appropriately) changed his nick name from “Pretty Boy” to “Money.” Floyd is a polarizing figure among fight fans—they either love him, or can’t stand him but no matter how you see him, he IS a great fighter. Floyd can sell PPV tickets because half the fans want to witness his greatness and the other half can’t wait to see him get knocked out. His brash arrogance resonates with the same fans who loved Roy Jones Jr. with blinding loyalty. continue

In Defense of “Money” Mayweather: A True Prizefighter

mayweather30.03.08 - By Michael Herron (M.I.C.) - The definition of prizefighting is simple; a match fought between professional fighters for money. Fortunately, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the best Pound-for-Pound (P4P) fighter in the sport, understands the meaning. Lately, critics have attacked Mayweather for his decision to appear in Wrestlemania to face the behemoth known as “Big Show.” My question is, why not? What’s wrong with a professional boxer having some fun and making some money courtesy of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)? There are fighters who go life and death in the ring, the Vasquez –Marquez trilogy for instance, yet receive pennies in comparison to “Money May.” Before you rattle on about how much you admire Marquez and Vasquez, be reminded that neither of them are considered P4P #1, neither is making millions, and neither have three potential mega-million dollar fights lined up in the near future. continue

Andy Bell Defeats Chris Edwards In All-Action British Super-Flyweight Title Fight

by James Slater: Last night, in Barnsley, England, a terrific little battle saw 22 year old Andy Bell of Nottingham outpoint reigning British super-flyweight champion Chris Edwards over 12 all-action rounds. In an intense and fast paced battle of attrition, the younger man prevailed by a unanimous decision over the 31 year old veteran. The scores were 117-111 twice and 115-113. To give you an idea of how hard each man worked, the punch stats showed how both fighters threw in excess of 600 punches each - with Bell landing roughly 20 or so more. continue

FNF - 3rd Straight Loss for Ouma

By Paul Strauss: Cornelius "K9" Bundrage certainly wasn't a show dog, but he got the job done in a close fight. Normally Ouma is non-stop action, throwing many more punches than his opponents, but tonight the difference was only slight, and Bundrage landed the harder punches, which earned him a close unanimous decision over "The Dream." continue

Top Welterweight Contender Joshua Clottey Back In Action Next Week

by James Slater: You've got to hand it to Bronx welterweight Joshua Clottey. The man does keep himself active. After already having earned himself a shot at the IBF 147 pound crown currently held by Puerto Rico's Kermit Cintron, with a points win over the unbeaten Shamone Alvarez last December, Clottey could be forgiven for sitting back and waiting. But no, the 31 year old who was born in Accra, Ghana takes another fight next Thursday in Brooklyn, New York when he boxes the capable Mexican Jose Luis Cruz. continue

A Prescription for Boxing

Joe FrazierBy Shawn O'Donnell: There is no question boxing is struggling to survive in mainstream culture now more than ever, but despite this fear, pay per view buys for the De la Hoya-Mayweather and Hatton-Mayweather fights have broken records and generated bountiful profits. This demonstrates that boxing is still very much alive and in the mind of the public.

The dilemma is: "how does boxing sustain this level of interest?" I believe the way to keep the momentum going is to concentrate on what is right with boxing, and what are its' most positive elements. I had an oppotunity to discuss the state of the game with two of boing's best embassadors: Teddy Atlas and Joe Frazier. It became apparent, after meeting these gentlemen, that boxing still has meaningful stories that need to be revealed. continue

Edwin Rodriguez Wins Friday

Undefeated professional and two-time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., improved his record to 3-0 with an easy, unanimous decision win over veteran James North of Weston, W. Va., in a four-round super middleweight bout Friday night in Salamanca, N.Y. continue

Lopez-Rubio Added To Hopkins-Calzaghe

Mexican middleweight David "The Destroyer" Lopez, and Marco Antonio "Poison" Rubio will square off April 19 in the Planet Hollywood (PH) Ring at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas as the featured undercard bout for the highly anticipated "Battle of Planet": Bernard Hopkins vs. Joe Calzaghe. continue

Cappiello: "Ayala's 100-Percent Ready For Abraham"

28.03.08 - Photo by Sauerland Event -- Just moments after undefeated IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham (25-0, 20 KO's) and challenger Elvin Ayala (18-2-1, 8 KO's) weighed in, exactly at the 160-pound middleweight limit, Ayala's promoter, Rich Cappiello, was cautiously optimistic about his fighter's chances in tomorrow night's title bout. continue

Gerry Penalosa – Beating the Boxing Odds

Gerry PenalosaBy Carlo Pamintuan: Very few fighters could do what WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (52-6-2, 35 KOs) did on August 11th of last year, at which time the crafty veteran from the Philippines won his second world title in a second division with a 7th round KO of champion Jhonny Gonzalez.

You may say that this is nothing special as winning two titles in two different divisions is becoming normal these days. However, Penalosa’s win is very different. He won his second title a few days after turning 37. What’s more is that he won it against a fighter nine years younger and who was at the peak of his career. Another thing is that Penalosa won his second title more than ten years after winning his first. This is indeed rare in boxing today. continue

McCloskey and Bazan Weigh In

Photo: Cesar Bazan and Paul McCloskey pose for the cameras ahead of tomorrow nights Hunky Dorys Fight Night (Picture: Aidan Walsh) - Paul McCloskey and Cesar Bazan both weighed in at the first time of asking ahead of tomorrow nights Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Letterkenny Leisure Centre. The full weigh in details are below. Live coverage of the Hunky Dorys Fight Night begins on RTÉ TWO at 9pm on Saturday. Coverage is also available online on continue

ITV1 Adds Junior Witter WBC Title Fight To May 10th Bill

ITV and Hennessy Sports can today (28.03.08) announce that the WBC world light-welterweight title fight between Junior Witter and Timothy Bradley will be broadcast live on ITV1 on the same May 10th bill as Carl Froch’s WBC super-middleweight final eliminator against Denis Inkin. British boxing star Witter will be making his third defence of his WBC world title against his number one WBC mandatory contender, America’s Timothy Bradley. continue

Australia's Jeff Fenech To Return To Ring - Third Bout With Azumah Nelson A Possibility!

By James Slater: Former world bantamweight, super-bantamweight and featherweight champion Jeff Fenech of Australia is apparently dead set on making a return to the ring. A June date with Samark Payakuroon is in the works, which would mark "The Thunder From Down Under's" first fight in over ten years - or since his 2nd round TKO loss to Philip Holiday in May of 1996 to be precise. continue

Junior Witter Says He'll Fight Ricky Hatton For Free!

Junior WitterBy James Slater: As nearly all boxing fans are only too aware, reigning WBC light-welterweight king Junior Witter has been desperately in search of a match-up with "Hitman," Ricky Hatton for some time. The ongoing saga has even become somewhat boring - no doubt more so for the 34 year old Witter.

Hatton and his team have come up with one reason (excuse?) after another as to why a Witter bout will not happen. First it was because Witter was not a big enough name stateside. Then it was because Witter himself had not beaten a recognised name. And more recently Hatton has said he will never fight Witter, a man he dislikes a lot, because doing so would give Witter a huge, career-best payday. Well, in speaking to Setanta Sports recently, Witter, who has never given up on landing the fight that would surely be a mega-event in the U.K, offered a solution to Hatton's money issue. continue

Phillips Upsets Spinks

28.03.08 - CORY SPINKS: “I felt good, just a little rusty that’s all. Verno fought a good fight. He came in to do a job, but I feel I did what I came to do. I am upset with myself. I let myself down.”

VERNO PHILLIPS: “I hit more with my left. They told me not to reach in. He is hard to adapt to. He is sneaky. You lean in, he will hit you with a one-two. I just relied on my experience. I did my best and I am still in the top 10. I had harder shots. I felt like his people were booing him because they felt he didn’t bring it. continue

Pavlik vs Lockett: Tickets Go On Sale Friday

ATLANTIC CITY (March 27, 2008) – “Great Caesars Ghost!” Undefeated world middleweight champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK returns to his old haunt -- Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall -- where he first captured the world title, Saturday, June 7, in his first world title defense. Pavlik faces a mandatory sentence when he rumbles with No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger, Welshman GARY “The Rocket” LOCKETT, who will be making his U.S. debut. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Frank Warren’s Sports Network and Caesars Atlantic City, the Pavlik-Lockett world title fight will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 9:35 p.m. EDT / 6:35 p.m. PDT. continue

News Conference To Reveal New Information Regarding Collins-Resto Scandal

NEW YORK (March 28, 2008) – The date of June 16, 1983, forever will taint the history of New York sports and the world of boxing. That evening at Madison Square Garden, a shameful chain of events ended a promising young boxer’s career and changed the lives of many associated with the tragic scandal. continue

Maloney Announces Hatton vs. Lazcano In Manchester May 24

ricky hatton28.03.08 - Photo © Jane Warburton/MMG - Yesterday at The Empire Casino in London, promoter Frank Maloney officially announced Ricky Hatton's next fight, an IBO defense against ex-world title challenger Juan Lazcano at City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, England on May 24, 2008.

Maloney also unveiled a Commonwealth welterweight title clash between reigning champion Craig Watson and challenger Matthew Hatton, younger brother of "The Hitman" as well as IBF Light Welter Champion Paulie Malignaggi defending his crown against former titlist Lovemore N'dou in a rematch.

Ricky Hatton declared the event would be a family occasion occurring between 6 and 11PM as a thank you to the many thousands of fans that have supported him in both the UK and America. With 51,000 tickets already being sold for the May 24 date, only 4,000 seats remain at City of Manchester Stadium. continue

Gamboa vs. Ramirez is off, new opponent to be named shortly

Marcos Ramirez (25-0-0, 16 ko, #2 WBO) pulled out of his scheduled fight against Olympic gold medallist Yuriorkis Gamboa (9-0-0, 8 ko, #8 WBC, #5 WBA) for HBO’S Boxing After Dark on May 17th. ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner: “It’s a pity but there’s nothing we can do about it. Obviously even the best fighters in the world are afraid of Gamboa. We are ready to put him up against anybody in the world. This kid is nothing but a sensation. He will blow away everybody opponent that comes his way.. continue

ESPN Friday Night Fights Weigh-In Photo Gallery: Ouma vs Bundrage

28.03.08 - At the Scales: Meagan Heintzelman, Photos by: Peter Mark Heintzelman: The Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located in Salamanca, New York, knows how to host its first ever boxing event, hosting ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights! continue

Estrada-Whitaker Headlines ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, April 4

PROVIDENCE (March 27, 2008) – The great Rocky Marciano will be posthumously inducted into the CES Ring of Honor in a special ceremony during the April 4th “Heavy Hitters” pro boxing show, airing on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights live from Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Exclusive Interview With B.J Flores - "I Would Definitely Have Too Much For Maccarinelli!"

floresby James Slater: Enzo Maccarinelli has made it quite clear that he wants to get back in the ring soon, hopefully this June. Losing in two rounds to David Haye massively frustrated Macca, and he has told his promoter Frank Warren that he wants him to get him an opponent, and fast. Well, unbeaten IBF No.2 ranked B.J Flores of Arizona has put his name forward as the June opponent for Macca and he says he would also be more than willing to come over to Wales for the bout. Speaking to me over the phone on March 24th, the 29-year-old with the 21-0-1(13) record had the following things to say.

James Slater: Firstly, do you definitely want the fight with Maccarinelli?

B.J Flores: "Absolutely. I saw that Enzo's team were looking around for an opponent and I'm willing to fight him next. They [Team Maccarinelli] actually called me back in October last year, and offered me a November fight with him. continue

Klitschko vs Thompson!

27.03.08 - IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) will next defend his world titles against WBO mandatory challenger Tony Thompson. "The fight will take place this July in Germany," Klitschko told BILD. Thompson is currently the top American hope in the heavyweight division with a record of 31-1 with 19 KOs. He has 27 straight wins and has been unbeaten for eight years. The winner of Klitschko-Thompson will have a mandatory due around the end of the year against IBF mandatory Alexander Povetkin (15-0, 11 KOs).

A crowd of 3,000 spectators came to Karstadt Sports in Hamburg, Germany to watch world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (50-3, 44 KOs) and challenger Tony Thompson (31-1, 19 KOs) in an open workout in Germany in a preview and final prep of Saturday night’s IBF/WBO heavyweight championship.

Thompson entered the ring first and began a 15 minute workout. To the surprise of everyone in attendance, as Thompson’s workout proceeded, Klitschko took a seat ringside to watch the challenger in the ring.

Thompson said: “It’s great to be back in Hamburg, a place that brings back great memories because I earned the biggest win of my career here last year against Luan Krasniqi. I won’t go back to the states without the titles.”

The IBF/WBO heavyweight champion was next, and the crowd roared as Klitschko began his 30-minute regimen at Karstadt, the biggest dealer of sporting goods in Hamburg.

Said Wladimir following his workout: “It feels great to fight in Hamburg again. This is the city where I started my career and now I come back as the champion. This is my second home and I won´t disappoint my fans on Saturday.”

The traditional weigh in will take place on Friday, also at Karstadt Sports (Mönckebergstr. 2, 20095 Hamburg, beginning at 12 pm (CET), and open to the public.

HBO Sports will televise Klitschko vs. Thompson on Saturday, July 12, at 4:30 PM/ET, 1:30 PM/PT on World Championship Boxing.

Mads Larsen to fight Thompson on Arthur Abraham undercard this Saturday

Mads Larsen will return to the ring on March 29 when he takes on Ross Thompson on the Abraham undercard in Kiel. The former European super-middleweight champion is eager to gain some further ring experience to put himself into a position for a title fight later this year. “I have been practicing very hard and look forward to getting back into the ring,” Larsen said. “It is my goal to fight for a title this year and I have to stay in shape.. continue

Paul Williams-Carlos Quintana Rematch In Doubt?

27.03.08 - by James Slater: It first appeared as though former WBO welterweight champion Paul "The Punisher" Williams would get himself an immediate return bout with Carlos Quintana, the new WBO ruler, who upset Williams back in February. Now, however, the new champ is holding back on signing the contract for a second match-up with the freakishly tall Williams.

Originally, it looked as though the two would clash again on June 7th, with Quintana getting around the same amount of money he got for the first fight - somewhere in the region of around $250,000. But now Quintana is upset at both the money that is on the table, and the date of the rematch. continue

Ibragimov Realizes Mistake and Wants to Be Champion Again

ibragimovBy Scoop Malinowski, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - Sultan Ibragimov hasn't fallen off the face of the earth since losing his first professional fight. He's back in Russia, resting and plotting his next move. And his manager Boris Grinberg insists we will see the best of Sultan Ibragimov in the future. "It's not a good fight (the points loss to Wladimir Klitschko)," admits Grinberg. "Sultan did a bad job first time in his life. He fought the same pace all the time. Sultan knows how to change tactics. But he didn't this fight. Sultan is disappointed, he realizes he made a mistake and want to be champion again."

Grinberg has always believed in his man. And still, Grinberg has no doubt about the 32-year-old Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 17 KO's). He, perhaps better than anyone else, knows what kind of warrior Sultan is and will not let one fight alter anything. "Of course we come back. We will be champion again. It was not his day, not his fight. I know how he fights, how he spars, how he practices. He's a very good fighter.. continue

Bernard Dunne Back In Action On April 12th - Attempts To Put One Round Loss To Kiko Martinez Behind Him

by James Slater: Irish man Bernard Dunne, last seen being stopped in less than a single round by big punching Spaniard Kiko Martinez, makes his return to the ring on April 12th. The 28 year old Dunne will face 35 year old veteran, Felix Machado of Venezuela, and the action takes place at The International Events Centre in Castlebar, Ireland. continue

Holm-Sanders headlines “Finally” PPV in greatest female boxing show ever

ALBUQUERQUE (March 27, 2008) – The two best female boxers in the world, Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm and Mary Jo Sanders, headline the June 13th “Finally” pay-per-view event (10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT) – the greatest collection of women fighters on one show in history – live from Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue

Chicago's 8 Count Presents 'The Odeum Rumble' on April 11th

CHICAGO, March 27, 2008--World class professional boxing returns to the Chicagoland area on Friday, April 11th as Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions presents THE ODEUM RUMBLE, an action packed evening at the Odeum Sports and Expo Center in Villa Park. The Odeum Sports and Expo Center is conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown Chicago at 1033 N. Villa Avenue in Villa Park and is easily accessible from the Eisenhower expressway in addition to toll roads 355 and 294. Specific directions and further information can be found on the Odeum Sports and Expo website at . continue

The Left-Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Weekly Q & A Mailbag Featuring Dela Hoya, Mayweather, Pacquiao, and More....

Manny PacquiaoJose Monterro (Miami, Fl): In your article about boxings Pound 4 Pound candidates "The Great Debate" you listed Kelly Pavlik but did not list Juan Manuel Marquez. How would you explain that?

VW: There were two reasons that I didn't list Juan Manuel Marquez in my Top 10 P4P candidate list. For starters, it can be argued that Marquez failed to hit 'paydirt' on the biggest stages of his career. He's easily one of the gutsiest fighters that I know and there's rarely a dull moment watching him in the ring, but results played a major role in my decision, and quite frankly, despite the fact that the some results were questionable, in the end, he rarely got the OFFICIAL nod when it counted. One must remember, when talking P4P greatness, the equation should come down to a fighters greatness and the results that greatness yields. continue

Miguel Espino Camp Notes

San Fernando, CA — Training out of the John Bray Boxing Club in San Fernando, California, WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion Miguel Espino has been training non-stop for his title defense against Eliu Duenas this weekend in Baja California. Excited to get back in the ring for the first time since last November, Espino expressed the following thoughts “I’ve been training hard, taking care of my body and I’m really looking forward to finally getting back in the ring. I’m going to give the fans in Mexico another great show.. continue

Raul Marquez vs Bronco McKart this Saturday

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 27 - Winner of five fights in a row, all by knockout, since beginning his 2006 comeback, former 1992 United States Olympian and world junior middleweight champion Raul Marquez plans on keeping his amazing streak going this Saturday night when he takes on former world titlist Bronco McKart at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. continue

John Ruiz: "I’m ready for any of the title-holders – Klitschko, Peter, or the Chagaev-Valuev winner!"

LAS VEGAS (March 26, 2008) – Fresh off of his dominating performance against four-time world title challenger Jameel “Big Time” McCline, two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-7-1, 29 KOs) has fought himself back into position for another world title shot. continue

Miranda Targets Bute!

mirandaAfter Mikkel Kessler suddenly pulled out of the highly anticipated fight with Edison Miranda, it left Miranda wondering who would be his next opponent. Miranda has made it very clear that he will fight anyone anywhere as long as the offer is somewhat reasonable, and he has backed this up. However, as of now, no one has stepped up to bat. So, he is calling out Lucian Bute to step up and take the challenge. “I find it frustrating that I’m simply trying to fight the best in the world and no one will offer me a shot. I know many writers and fans think I talk a lot of trash, but at the end of the day I bring excitement into the ring. I am willing to fight the best out there and Bute is the champion of the world so I am asking him to be a man and fight me”.

Bute reportedly does not have a fight scheduled and is also looking for a voluntary defense of his title sometime near May. Miranda stated “I am willing to go into his backyard and fight him. If he does not take this fight, than he is a coward just like Mikkel Kessler”.

Boston Boxing At The Roxy - April 12th! "Dat Be Dat" Nguyen vs Robert Daluz

By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Richie Cappiello, of Cappiello Promotions, out of Brockton, Massachusetts, announced Monday of this week, at a press conference held at the Sons of Italy, in Revere, MA, his April 12th Fight Card, captioned "Ethnic Invasion!" to be hosted at The Roxy, in Boston. The Saturday night main event squares off one of the country’s most exciting featherweights, "Dat Be Dat" Nguyen 11-1-0, 6 KO’s, against Robert "Don’t Lose" Daluz 10-10-2, 9 KO’s, of Providence, Rhode Island. continue

Cortez Appointed To Hopkins vs Calzaghe Fight

Joe Cortez will be the third man in the ring for the huge Joe Calzaghe-Bernard Hopkins showdown in the Planet Hollywood Ring on April 19 in Las Vegas. The top American referee, famous for his catch line: "I'm fair but I'm firm", has handled 138 world title contests and recently oversaw Ricky Hatton's fight with Floyd Mayweather which saw Cortez controversially deduct a point from the Brit for hitting behind the head. continue

Kessler The Kitten Shows His True Colors, Not His Claws; Pulls Out Of Miranda Fight, Goes Back Into Hiding

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 26 – Apparently, it was too good to be true - a super middleweight showdown between a former world champion, Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler, and one of the sport’s brightest young stars, Edison Miranda, to be held on May 24th and aired on Showtime. But it’s not to be after Kessler pulled out of the bout today, giving no reason for his withdrawal. Miranda, a former middleweight title challenger who is unbeaten with two knockouts in his first two super middleweight bouts, isn’t surprised. continue

Julio's Other Son, Omar Chavez, Continues To Make A Name For Himself - Fights This Saturday In Chihuahua, Mexico

Omar Chavezby James Slater: Julio Cesar Chavez Junior is not the only son of the legendary Chavez Senior that is attempting to carry on the family fighting tradition. This Saturday, in Chihuahua, Mexico, Omar Chavez, Julio's 18 year-old son, boxes as a pro for the eighth time. Currently unbeaten at 7-0(6) the youngster has a busy year planned.

After Saturday night's bout against the 12-23(10) Jose Luis Lopez, a 36 year old veteran of the fight game, young Omar has a further two fights scheduled - for the months of April and May, respectively. A light-welterweight who stands at 5'8," Chavez is, like his father and brother, a good body puncher. In his last but one fight, against Miguel Camacho, on the under-card of Chavez Junior's bout with the talented Jose Celaya, Omar despatched his man with some body punching his father would have been satisfied with. continue

Brian Vera-Andy Lee Rematch Tentatively Set For July

26.03.08 - by James Slater: The first fight between hot prospect Andy Lee and Contender T.V star Brian Vera was not only a huge upset, it was also a great fight - possibly even a candidate for 2008's best fight of the year. So a return fight between the two men makes perfect sense. The good news is this looks like happening as soon as July this year. continue

Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West Camp Notes

Moreno Valley, CA — Just days away from fighting for her first time in Mexico, undefeated bantamweight prospect Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West is preparing her self mentally after a physical training camp in preparation for her bout with Mexican native Ceniz Meraz. West has been in camp for 8 weeks training diligently with her father and trainer Juan West. continue

Watch Spinks-Phillips, Alexander-Callist LIVE and FREE On Tonight!

Photos by David Martin Warr/DKP - Don King presents a spectacular “Meet Me in St. Louis” championship doubleheader plus several special attractions free to boxing and sports fans worldwide on at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT live from the Scottrade Center. St. Louis boxers Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks and Devon Alexander “The Great” will showcase their talents before their hometown fans. continue

Juan Diaz Signs With GBP

Juan DiazLOS ANGELES, March 26 – Truly one of boxing’s young superstars, former world lightweight champion Juan Diaz (33-1, 17 KO's) has thrilled fight fans for years with his aggressive style and willingness to take on all challengers. Now, as Diaz gears up for his second run at a world title, he has enlisted Golden Boy Promotions to lead him to the biggest fights possible in the coming years.

“I’m excited to be on the Golden Boy Promotions roster and I can’t wait to get back in the ring with Oscar and his team behind me,” said the 24-year-old “Baby Bull”. “I’ve gained a lot of experience over the last couple of years, in and out of the ring, and I can’t wait to prove to boxing fans that I’m the best lightweight in the world.” continue

Abraham, Ayala press conference

Only three days to go before the big showdown in Kiel between the IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham and Elvin Ayala and, at a press conference on Wednesday, held on board MS Color Magic in Kiel, both rivals certainly did not lack self-esteem. "I have not come to Kiel to do some sightseeing. I want to win and I feel like a lion in the jungle," roared the 27-year-old American. "When the fight begins, I know what I have to do. There will be a new world champion on Saturday," continued Ayala. continue

Chicago's 8 Count Set For Action Packed Card This Friday Night

CHICAGO, IL (March 26, 2008) Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, has announced final details of UNDISPUTED, this Friday night’s evening of world class professional boxing at the Aragon Ballroom. The Aragon Ballroom is located at 1106 W. Lawrence Ave., adjacent to the corner of Broadway and Lawrence on the north side of Chicago. continue

Everything good to go for tomorrows boxing show in Kissimmee, FL

Miami, FL: All Star Boxing, Inc and its Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr announced that everything is good to go for tomorrow’s show of the popular series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. continue

Junior Witter-Timothy Bradley Title Fight In The Works?

Junior WitterBy James Slater: According to Sheffield newspaper, The Star, WBC light-welterweight champion Junior Witter will probably square off against the unbeaten Timothy Bradley in an intriguing May 10th showdown. So far, no venue has been suggested, but America looks likely to hold the bout.

Witter, who has been searching for an opponent as of late, after his bout with Demetrius Hopkins fell apart, now at last has an appealing and more than deserving prospective opponent. Bradley, who also saw his last scheduled fight fall through, due to Mexican warrior Jose Luis Castillo failing to make the 140 pound weight limit for their supposed March the 8th WBC elimination bout, is now that governing body's number one mandatory contender to champion Witter. continue

Bazan predicts McCloskey’s downfall

Former World Champion Cesar Bazan arrived in Letterkenny this week promising to wreck Paul McCloskey’s unbeaten record. The two men meet in the top of the bill on this Saturday’s Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Letterkenny Leisure Complex and Bazan is brimming with confidence ahead of the clash. continue

81st Annual Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament- 340 Boxers & Recent Record Attendance

The 2008 Chicago Golden Gloves Tournament is proving that boxing is alive and least in our city! In its 81st edition, the 12-night event kicked off this week with 340 amateur boxers competing in the Novice, Senior Novice and Open divisions. With admission just $10 during this week's preliminary bouts, fans have turned out in recent record numbers and have enjoyed 26-30 bouts per night. continue

Couch: No time to lose / Steve O'Mara "This is where it starts"

Gareth Couch is out to take out his frustration in his long-awaited 11th professional fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, April 4th. The undefeated High Wycombe happy to be part of the Hennessy Sports bill after being limited to just one fight last year. continue

De La Hoya-Mayweather II but no Cotto-Mosley II?

Shane MosleyBy Geoffrey Ciani: As Miguel Cotto prepares to defend his WBA welterweight crown against Alfonso Gomez in what amounts to a tune-up bout in preparation for a defense against Ricardo Mayorga later this year, Shane Mosley is making headlines as he and Zab Judah exchanged words in the lead-up to their showdown in May. Neither Cotto nor Mosley has stepped foot inside the squared circle since their closely contested battle last November, which leaves me wondering why these two men are not having a rematch?

In their first contest, Cotto was awarded a unanimous decision in a bout which clearly could have gone either way. Personally, I thought Mosley did enough down the stretch to eek out a decision, but I had no problem whatsoever with the final tally on the judges’ scorecards. continue

Ricky Hatton KO's TV Stars

26.03.08 - Ricky Hatton delivered a knockout blow to Ant and Dec last weekend, snubbing the British TV stars for big pal Matthew Macklin. The world light-welterweight champion was due to appear on their prime-time show 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' which pulls in millions of television viewers. continue

Azille to Appeal Judges' Decision vs Hugger

Every boxer, trainer, cutman and manager who has traveled overseas faces many obstacles to victory,including travel, foreign housing, food, time differentials, lack of proper training facilities to name but a few. Most learn quickly to deal with these problems. But there are other, nearly impossible, barriers standing in the way of coming home with a victory. continue

Team Phelps and White Lightning Promotions Set The Record Straight Regarding Gunn Fight

March 25, 2008 Ashland, KY This past Saturday night, March 22, in Fountain Hills, Arizona, Cory Phelps and Bobby Gunn engaged in an exciting 6 round boxing match that resulted in a highly controversial draw. There have been numerous reports, many inaccurate and false, throughout the Internet boxing community regarding the circumstances surrounding the severe damage done to Bobby Gunn’s face and as to the terms of the fight contract. continue

Edwin Valero Licensed To Fight In Texas

Edwin ValeroTeiken Promotions is pleased to announce that WBA Super Featherweight Champion Edwin Valero's application for a boxing license in the State of Texas was recently approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the state agency governing boxing. Valero, who holds a perfect 23-0 (23) record, including 19 first-round KOs, has taken all of the medical tests required by Department of Licensing and Regulation and has been licensed to fight in Texas.

After being notified of his approval, Valero commented, “I am very pleased to know that Texas has approved my license. It has been four years since I have boxed in the United States. I am back! I will deliver my best performance ever when I fight in Texas. Thank you to the officials who made this possible and to all the fans who have supported me; I will make you proud.” continue

A Quick Night's Work For Stas Kashstanov And Vyacheslav Senchenko In The Ukraine Tonight

By James Slater: Tonight, in Dotensk in The Ukraine, two promising prospects made short work of their opponents, as local men Stas Kashtanov and Vyacheslav Senchenko scored first and second round stoppages, respectively. continue

Edison Miranda-Mikkel Kessler Looks To Be Off!

by James Slater: Big punching super-middleweight Edison Miranda always had his doubts. In the days leading up to what eventually looked like the fight between he and Danish 168 pound fighter Mikkel Kessler being made, Miranda was worried the once beaten "Viking Warrior" would not fight him. Now, it seems, those doubts have been proven to have been prophetic ones. continue

Purdy looking to go 7 up; Daniel Herdman confident

Lee Purdy will be out to continue his promising professional career when he has his seventh professional fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, April 4th. The Colchester lightweight is still unbeaten since making his professional debut in December 2006 and boxes on the undercard of Norwich’s Jon Thaxton against Yuri Romanov (Belarus) for the European lightweight title. continue

Zab "Super" Judah Confident He Will KO "Sugar" Shane Mosley in May 31st Showdown

Zab Judah25.03.08 - by James Slater: Former light-welterweight and welterweight king Zab "Super" Judah has began running his mouth off ahead of his May 31st fight with fellow former world champ, "Sugar" Shane Mosley. So sure is Judah that he will win in May, he has offered Mosley a $100,000 bet that he will knock Sugar out when they clash at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

"The last time I offered a fighter a $100,000 bet, was against Cory Spinks. What did I do? I knocked him out! Shane Mosley is getting knocked out on May 31st. I'm one hundred percent a better fighter," the fast talking Judah declared at the Los Angeles press conference to hype the fight. This is certainly big talk from Judah, especially when one considers the fact that Mosley has never been stopped in his whole career. Indeed, of the two men, Judah is probably the more vulnerable in the chin department. continue

Chris Edwards Ready to Ring Andy’s Bell

Stoke’s 31 year old British super-flyweight champion Chris Edwards put the finishing touches to his training schedule last night with a light run and is now relaxing before the first defence of his title on Friday night. continue

Cappiello inks five fighters to promotions deals

Brockton, MA - Cappiello Promotions President Rich Cappiello has announced the signing of 2000 Canadian Olympian Donald Orr, as well as four more promising local prospects. "I am very happy with the addition of these five boxers, and more importantly gentlemen. Not only do these young men have talent within the ring, but they are very good people when they step outside of the squared circle. These are the type of fighters we want associated with Cappiello Promotions, " Cappiello stated. continue

Frank Warren Backs Amir Khan

Amir Khan's promoter Frank Warren has come out in defence of the young star following comments made by a deported cleric in today's Sun. " Like any decent person in this country, I am shocked and annoyed by the comments directed at Amir," said Warren. " Amir is the face of modern multi-cultural Britain and, as a premier sportsman, the young generation look up to him as a role model.. continue

Shane Mosley vs. Zab Judah Press Conference Quotes

Shane Mosley25.03.08 - Shane Mosley: “This is one of the fights that will jump start me to the next level and the next fight and the next…I believe I’m the best welterweight out there. Zab will fall prey to me…He’ll be entering the ring against a real man and Zab is just a stepping stone to my next fight.”

Zab Judah: “This fight means a lot to me and I’m preparing myself well for this, so don’t miss it… trust me! From the East to the West, I’m the King of this. Everything I do is do or die for me. From start to finish, it’s going to be cracking on May 31. This is going to be Sugar Shane’s retirement party!”

The First Rule of Boxing: Zanshin

By Nick Porter: In the Japanese martial arts there is a concept called Zanshin. Zanshin translates roughly as “continuing mind”, and suggests the ability of an experienced exponent of the martial ways to be able to discern danger and to minimize risk of injury through a sort of constant awareness. To the more impressionable, it seems a prescience of danger, of predicting attacks and ambushes that has been demonstrated in everything from Kurosawa's Seven Samurai to Spiderman. However, the true definition of zanshin is not nearly so esoteric: continue

Junior Middleweight James Moore Stirs The Sauce

Undefeated junior middleweight James Moore, 15-0 (10 KOS), scored his most impressive victory to date when he outpointed J.C. Candelo of Colombia in the main event of the March 15 show at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater. continue

McGirt fighting on ShoBox April 11 vs. DeLeon

VERO BEACH, Florida (March 25, 2008) – Unbeaten super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. (18-0, 9 KOs) squares-off with another son of a former world champion, Carlos “Baby Sugar” DeLeon, Jr. (19-2-2, 12 KOs), April 11 in the 10-round co-feature on ShoBox, live from Miccosukee Resort in Miami. continue

HBO To Televise Super-Prospect Yuriorkis Gamboa's Next Fight

gamboa25.03.08 - by James Slater: The sensationally talented Yuriorkis Gamboa, who defected from his native Cuba so as to make it as a pro in boxing, will have his next fight, in May, shown on massive T.V cable channel HBO. For many fight fans, this bout will mark the first time they will have seen the supremely gifted and ultra-exciting Gamboa. They are in for a treat.

Marcos Ramirez, of Kansas City, also an unbeaten prospect, is the man expected to be facing the 9-0(8) Gamboa on May the 17th. Gamboa's German promoter, Ahmet Oener, is certainly moving his boxer quickly. The 26 year old super-featherweight, who, in his last fight in February, destroyed the capable Johnnie Edwards in less than a single round to annex the vacant NABF 130 pound title, isn't phased about fighting such good opposition so early in his career, however. continue

Abraham, Ayala public work-out

More than 1,000 boxing fans were in attendance today when King Arthur Abraham and Elvin Ayala participated in an open training session ahead of their IBF middleweight title clash in Kiel on Saturday night. "I am in great shape and I will win," the unbeaten 28-year-old champion (25-0, 20 KOs) said. continue

Thaxton: My time to shine

Jon Thaxton is promising “something special” in his European Lightweight Title challenge against Yuri Romanov at the York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday, April 4th. The British Champion headlines the Hennessy Sports show in association with title partners which will be shown live on Sky Sports, Sky Sports 1 9.30pm. continue

Happy Birthday Wladimir Klitschko! - The Heavyweight King Turns 32 Today

By James Slater: Reigning IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the world, Wladimir Klitschko turns 32 years of age today. Now entering what for many modern day heavyweights is the prime years, "Dr. Steel Hammer" will no doubt be looking ahead to some huge fights in the very near future. continue

The Rejuvenated Joel Casamayor Calls Out Manny Pacquiao

Joel Casamayor24.03.08 - by James Slater: It seems like everyone wants to fight Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao right now. With everyone from David Diaz, Ricky Hatton and even Oscar De La Hoya being mentioned as future opponents for Pac-Man, Cuban lightweight great Joel Casamayor is the latest fighter to want a part of the reigning super-featherweight king.

Moments after finishing off the gutsy effort of Australia's tough Michael Katsidis in their ten round war and fight of the year candidate on Saturday night in California, Casamayor called out Pac-Man.. The 36-year-old Casamayor, 36-3-1(22) looked a completely different fighter against Katsidis, compared to how he looked when winning what was widely considered a gift decision over Jose Armando Santa Cruz last November. continue

Spinks, Phillips and Callist Workout Quotes

ST. LOUIS—A large media contingent arrived for open workouts by hometown sons Cory Spinks and Devon Alexander “The Great” who are appearing in separate championship matches as part of Don King’s “Pride of St. Louis” event at Scottrade Center and Web cast on on Thursday. The Alexander and Spinks workouts were held in separate gyms due to Spinks’s recent split from his trainer of 13 years Kevin Cunningham, which took place three weeks ago. Cunningham, who still trains and manages Devon Alexander, explained his departure from the Spinks camp. continue

Jesus Chavez And Jhonny Gonzalez Featured In Separate Bouts

Two of boxing’s most popular former world champions – Jesus ”El Matador” Chavez and Jhonny Gonzalez – return to the ring on Friday, April 4th, as Golden Boy Promotions presents ‘Solo Boxeo’ on Telefutura from the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. The former super featherweight and lightweight champion of the world, Chavez will battle San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Daniel Jimenez, while former world bantamweight champion Gonzalez takes on Los Mochis, Mexico’s Edel Ruiz. Both bouts are scheduled for ten rounds. continue

WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Danny Green Retires

It is with great disappointment, yet pride, I confirm that as of today WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Danny "Green Machine" Green has retired from professional boxing. Having been a two time and two weight division world champion, Danny goes down in the record books as one of Australia's greatest ever fighters. continue

'The Great Debate': A Look At Boxings Pound For Pound Candidates (Mayweather, Pacquiao, Hopkins, Cotto, Etc)

Floyd Mayweather Jr.By Vivek Wallace: For years, many around the sport have debated the mythical Pound for Pound topic. Sadly, in an era of boxing where money is the 'squeaky wheel' that commands the 'oil' of attention, unfortunately this entitlement has become somewhat diminished because those that typically deserve this billet haven't always consistently taken the fights that show us why they have it.

The overall landscape of the sport has taken on a very scripted position lately which has caused it to lose a bit of its texture, leading some to think the Pound for Pound billet is more fame-based than talent-based. How much credibility that argument holds is questionable when you consider fighters like Roy Jones Jr., who has amazing talent, yet has never been a box office smash, and still managed to hold the status. continue

Calvin Brock Delays Ring Return / Paschall's Opponent Named

In December 2007, heavyweight contender Calvin Brock underwent surgery to repair retinal damage in his right eye. In response to questions from the media and fans about his return to the ring, Brock has released the following statement statement: "I have been asked by members of the media and by boxing fans when I will return to the ring," said Brock. "Recently I underwent surgery to fix damage in the retina of my right eye and I am waiting for the damage to heal. I plan to return to the ring once my eye is 100%. Until then I will rest and do what is necessary to help my eye repair.. continue

Boxing Movie "Cornered" to be Screened at NaFF

The rough cut version of Cornered, the compelling, documentary from former journalist and boxing agent, Eric Drath, is set to screen at the 39th Annual Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), on Sunday, April 20th @ 5:15 PM and again on Tuesday, April 22nd @ 1:30 PM. continue

Interview with Kim Poulsen

It has been almost a year since Danish super featherweight prospect Kim Poulsen lost what many felt was a very questionable decision to Frenchman Tony Jourda. Since then Poulsen has racked up four clear consecutive victories while waiting for his opportunity to get his revenge against Jourda, and that opportunity will come on April 4 when Team Vester, in cooperation with Risum Boxing, promotes at the NRGI Arena in Aarhus Denmark. “This fight is right now my biggest wish as a boxer”, says Poulsen, among other things, in the following interview. continue

Librado Andrade Gets Past Robert Stieglitz With 8th Round TKO Win In IBF Super-Middleweight Eliminator

Librado Andradeby James Slater: Last night, on the under card of the superb Joel Casamayor - Michael Katsidis lightweight title fight, Mexico's Librado Andrade defeated Germany's Robert Stieglitz in eight exciting rounds. With the win, the 29 year old Andrade earned himself the number one position for a world title shot at IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute of Canada (21-0).

Andrade, who has previously battled the Dane Mikkel Kessler in a WBA and WBC super-middleweight title fight, will now be looking forward to a clash with the unbeaten Bute. Andrade has now won three fights in a row since his points loss to Kessler, and with his aggressive fighting style it is unlikely that the Canadian IBF super-middleweight champion will exactly be relishing the thought of a fight with the straight ahead Mexican warrior. continue

FELICIANO VS TSURKAN: World rated brawlers featured on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights

Bronx, NY - Mar 24, 2008 After his incredible ten round heart fought war against Kermit Cintron for the IBF Welterweight title on November 23, 2007, that had every fan in attendance on their feet rooting for the underdog, Jesse "El Rayo" Feliciano (15-6-3, 9KO's #15 IBF) returns to the ring for yet another no holds barred battle against one of the most formidable boxers in the Jr Middleweight division, former NABF Champion Andrey Tsurkan (25- 3, 16 KO's # 10 WBC). continue

Australia's Super-Featherweight Contender Billy Dib Remains Unbeaten With Points Win Over Edgar Vargas

by James Slater: Australian super-featherweight contender, Billy "The Kid" Dib kept his unbeaten record on the under-card of the terrific Joel Casamayor-Michael Katsidis fight on Saturday night in California. Dib, still a youngster at age 22, won a harder then expected ten round split decision over the 24-year-old Vargas, 11-4(1) of Santa Ana, California. The scores were as follows; 95-94 twice for Dib and 95-94 for Vargas. continue

Manny Pacquiao and the Jr. Lightweight title

By Cesar Pancorvo: Sometimes, a disputed decision can be enough and the controversial winner can enter the history books as the new Champion –this is clearly the case of Manny Pacquiao, after winning a close decision against Juan Manuel Marquez and claiming the Jr. Lightweight title, that was vacant since Floyd Mayweather jumped to the 135 division in 2002. continue

Blood & Guts Warrior Katsidis Goes Out Fighting In War With Casamayor!

Michael Katsidis24.03.08 - By Tony Nobbs: Michael Katsidis may have lost his unbeaten record and WBO interim lightweight title to veteran great Joel Casamayor at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazan, California today but he lost none of the adulation his “blood & guts” warrior tag has earned him ion his last few outings on the international front.

The fight could not have got off to a more famous beginning for Cuban Casamayor, as he scored two knock downs – the second the more telling – in the opening minute, courtesy of timed left hands from his southpaw stance. Defense has never been Australian – Greek Katsidis' forte and it cost him, as he was in a huge hole after three minutes. continue

Andre Ward Returns To The Ring This Thursday

The last time 2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre "S.O.G." Ward walked into a ring in San Jose, CA as part of FSN's BEST DAMN FIGHT NIGHT PERIOD, he was still just a barely more than an amateur fighter. With just four fights under his belt, Ward was still learning the nuances of being a pro and how he would have to prepare himself for a shot at a title. continue

Edwards vs. Bell Thriller Supported By Solid Undercard

This Friday, March 28, 2008 sees Chris Edward's first defense of the newest title in British boxing, the super flyweight, against English titlist Andy Bell at the Metrodome in Barnsley, England. This fight between the smallest active champion in Britain has caught the public's imagination and the venue is already 85 percent sold out on a bank holiday weekend. continue

P 3 Boxing show in Helsinki April 18

Finnish P 3 Boxing returns to the Kiisa Hall in Helsinki for the second time this year and stage a show April 18. The bill is headlined by jr welters Juho Tolppola, 20-4-1, and Dennis Shafikovs, 14-0. Tolppola, who challenged for the EBU title last time out, face Argentinian Walter Sergio "Polvorita" Gomez while the unbeaten Shafikovs square off against American Shawn "the Educator" Gallegos. Both fights are non-title and scheduled for ten. continue

Mayweather vs. De La Hoya II: Mayweather vs. Hatton Too?

Floyd Mayweather Jr.By Michael Herron: It appears that De La Hoya and Hatton just can't get enough of Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Oscar calls him out and gets beat; Ricky calls him out and gets KTFO. What’s surprising is that both of them have excuses, and both claim they want to fight him again. What’s with these guys? Did Mayweather do such a number on them mentally that their pride is hurt? It’s obvious they both want retribution.

Hatton blamed the ref, the weight, the water, and global warming for his loss; and De La Hoya is convinced that if he would have listened to his corner and jabbed more, he would have won. continue

WBA Light-Heavyweight Champion Danny Green To Call It Quits On His Career?

24.03.08 - by James Slater: Apparently, according to the word the majority of the Australian news media is giving, reigning WBA light-heavyweight king Danny Green, who hails from Australia, is about to announce his retirement from the sport. The reason for Green's decision is not known (if it is indeed true) but reportedly the 35 year old Green made up his mind to call it quits just this past Sunday morning, and is scheduled to make an official announcement to the media this coming Tuesday. continue

CovGlove to make national TV debut

PHILADELPHIA (March 24, 2008)—This Friday night in Salamanca, New York, the latest innovation in professional boxing will make its national television debut. CovGlove will be used on the ESPN 2 televised show that will feature former IBF Jr. Middleweight champion Kassim Ouma taking star of CONTENDER season-2 star Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. continue

U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada set to conquer ‘Mount’ Whitaker

PROVIDENCE (March 24, 2008) – 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (11-1, 2 KOs), coming off of his dominating win by 10-round decision in January against former world heavyweight title contender Charles Shufford, plans to breakaway from the rest of the U.S. heavyweight prospect pack with a convincing performance April 4 on national television against former NABO/NABA/WBC Continental Americas champion Lance “Mount” Whitaker in the 10-round main event on “Heavy Hitters,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment, Inc. at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Sharkie’s Machine: Casamayor TKO’s 'Spartan' Katsidis in Ten!

Michael KatsidisBy Frank Gonzalez Jr. - March 23, 2008 -- WBO Lightweight champ, Michael Katsidis (23-1, 20 KO’s) entered the ring at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon California wearing a Spartan helmet, a tattooed sun that takes up the whole of his back and an undefeated record. He’s known as a big puncher and he fights with an intensity fight fans love.

36 year old, WBC co-champion, Joel Casamayor (36-3-1, 22 KO’s) took Michael Katsidis’ WBO title Saturday night in California in a roller coaster ride of a fight. It started out with Casamayor putting Katsidis on his seat twice and hitting his opponent while he was downed the second time without drawing a foul. Classic Casamayor?

Casamayor proved to be the toughest fighter Katsidis has ever faced. After the first round was over, I doubted Katsidis would last through the second round. Luckily, I was wrong. continue

Don King Signs Chicago Heavyweight Carl Davis

March 23 (Chicago, IL)- Legendary boxing promoter Don King has announced the signing of 6’5’ power punching heavyweight Carl Davis of Chicago to a promotional contract. Managed by A-Team Boxing, Davis will face Jermell Barnes this Friday, March 28 at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on a card co-promoted by A-Team Boxing and 8 Count Productions. continue

Marquez: Victim of the Scoring System - Reflection and Musings on Marquez-Pacquiao II

By Barry Green: In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a Soothsayer tells our eponymous character "Beware the Ides of March." The actual date in March on the Roman calendar is March 15th. Last weekend on March 15th the same message may have been told to Juan Manuel Marquez before his fight with Manny Pacquiao. Because yet again this glorious sport we love throws up a contentious decision that while not a classic robbery, has probably been awarded to the guy who deserved it less. continue

Pavlik-Lockett NY Press Conference Announcing World Title Fight On Thursday

NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2008) – Undefeated world middleweight champion KELLY “The Ghost” PAVLIK and No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger, Welshman GARY “The Rocket” LOCKETT will host a news conference luncheon in New York announcing their world middleweight title fight. continue

Casamayor Gains Redemption with KO of Katsidis

Michael KatsidisBy Paul Strauss: It's tough to get a more exciting fight. The action started before the 1st bell even rang. Joel Casamayor played a little psyche or stare down game with Michael Katsidis. Although Joel supposedly cannot speak English, I get the feeling he knows a few choice words to get his opponent's blood boiling.

His strategy worked. He wanted Katsidis to be angry and reckless, which was the case. The wily veteran made him pay, knocking him down twice in the first round. At that point it appeared the fight might be a short one. Casamayor was moving beautifully side to side, and spinning Katsidis, and hooking him, all the while landing his counters, especially the left. Katsidis wasn't deterred though, and had his own plans. He re-grouped and gradually started to get back into the fight. continue

Matthew Macklin Scores Good Points Win Over Veteran Yori Boy Campas

23.03.08 - by James Slater: It was a busy night for boxing last night, what with Joel Casamayor beating Michael Katsidis and Andreas Kotelnik defeating Gavin Rees in all-action world title fights. Somewhat lost in the shuffle, however, was a fine win scored by British fighter Matthew Macklin, who, last night at The National Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, out pointed Mexican veteran Yori Boy Campas over ten rounds. continue

Gunn Battles to 6 Round Draw, Requires 36 Stitches

Former IBA cruiserweight champion Bobby Gunn 18-3-1 (15 KO’s) battled to a six round draw with Cory “The Cobra” Phelps 11-3-1 (6 KO’s) in the main event at the Fort McDowell Casino in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Gunn was cut over his eye only 30 seconds into the first round as an accidental headbutt immediately caused him bleed profusely in addition to receiving some unexpected problems from Phelps. continue

Casamayor Wins Impressively: "El Cepillo" Drops Katsidis Three Times En Route To Stoppage

By Phil Santos - - In an action packed, highly entertaining fight, Joel Casamayor defended the Ring Magazine Lightweight Championship against Michael Katsidis. Joel Casamayor came in as the champion and with a lot to prove. In his last fight against Jose Armando Santa Cruz he was the beneficiary of a gift decision in the eyes of most observers. He has been a part of many memorable battles but a combination of his age, long layoffs and numerous ring wars seemed to have taken their toll on “El Cepillo." continue

Casamayor Stops Katsidis in Cabazon; Andrade Destroys Stieglitz

Joel CasamayorBy Ted Sares: Librado Andrade set the mood in the opener by systematically taking apart Robert Stieglitz with crunching uppercuts and great body work until he finally caught him in the eight stanza with a jarring right and immediately jumped on him with a savage fury ending matters decisively. It was an all-action fight.

In the main event and with the excitement level at fever pitch, the all-action lightweight brawler from down under was shocked early by “El Cepillo” (which, by the way, translates to uppercut) who decked the tough Greek twice with left hands. It was appeared early this could well be a repeat of Diaz-Campbell, as Casamayor looked razor sharp in the first round.

Katsidis settled down some in the second but was still cautious and tentative as this clearly was not the same Cuban stylist who fought Santa Cruz. continue

Enzo Maccarinelli Desperate To Get Back In The Ring

by James Slater: Last night, at the Andreas Kotelnik-Gavin Rees light-welterweight world title fight in Cardiff, Wales, Enzo Maccarinelli was at the ringside. There to cheer on his team-mate Rees (to no avail, sadly) Macca also gave a brief interview after the action had come to an end. In this quick interview, Enzo made it abundantly clear he is supremely anxious to get back in a boxing ring as soon as is at all possible. Losing on March 8th to David Haye in the cruiserweight title fight unification was not an experience that has sat well with the big punching Welshman - as many would obviously imagine. continue

Gavin Rees Brave But Too Small For Andreas Kotelnik

By Andrew Walker: Gavin Rees 27-1(13) lost in his first defence of the WBA light welterweight title he won last year to Andreas Kotelnik 29-2-1(13) at the Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, Wales tonight. The fight was hardly a sell out but the fans that did turn up made enough noise to fill a stadium, even if it was racist and abusive at times during the under card. continue

The Inwood Boxing Academy: Keeping the Youth of Washington Heights off The Streets

By Matt Yanofsky: As you walk off the streets of Uptown Manhattan and down the steps at 651 Academy Street, the first thing you may notice is the diminutive size of the Inwood Boxing Academy. The Gym’s owner Joe Brender says even though his gym is small in size, it has a big impact on many at risk youths in the Inwood and Washington Heights area. continue

Kotelnik Batters Rees To Defeat With 12th Round Stoppage!

Andreas Kotelnikby James Slater: Tonight, at The Cardiff International Arena, Wales, defending WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees lost his title in his very first defence, as he was stopped by his Ukrainian born mandatory challenger Andreas Kotelnik at the tail end of the twelfth and final round. The time was two minutes and thirty-four seconds.

In truth, Rees was outclassed pretty much throughout by the 30-year-old Kotelnik, who boxed a smart fight all the way. Rees was aggressive as always, but he took way too many punches, a lot of them counters, from the challenger. Standing only 5'3," the defending champion was caught as he came forward, or at other times, as he retreated. His defence quite appalling at times, the brave yet easy to hit 27-year-old did well to last as long as he did. continue

Boxing Commentary: The Danger of Over-Hyping a Prospect

By Christopher Roche: Boxing Questions (and answers) - 1) What does Andy Lee’s TKO loss to Brian Vera mean to his future? On March 19, Joe Tessitore of ESPN published an article that quoted Emmanuel Steward’s prediction that Andy Lee would be the middleweight champion of the world “within twelve months”. The article also stated that according to Steward, over the next several years, Lee would prove to be one of the best middleweights ever. continue

Manny Pacquiao - Oscar De La Hoya In November?

22.03.08 - by James Slater: According to a recent article in the Philippines Daily Enquirer, in which Manny Pacquiao's business manager, Eric Pineda was giving an interview, Pac-Man will fight "The Golden Boy" himself, Oscar De La Hoya, this November. According to Pineda, Manny will box David Diaz up at lightweight, for Diaz' WBC 135 pound world title (as many expected) and then move up even further in weight so as to tackle De La Hoya. continue

Ricky Hatton's Comeback Fight With Juan Lazcano Approaches Sell-Out Status

by James Slater: The eagerly awaited return of Manchester's Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton has reportedly resulted in an almost completely sold out Manchester City stadium - capacity 55,000. Less than 5,000 tickets remain, with just over one month to go until the first bell. The 29-year-old Hatton faces the world class Juan Lazcano, the former WBC lightweight title challenger, on May 24th, in a bout that will contest the lightly regarded IBO 140 pound championship. continue

Brian Vera Upsets Andy Lee

lee vera22.03.08 - Bill Calogero, - Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman / ESB -- Uncasville, CT – Brian Vera stopped the previously unbeaten and highly regarded middleweight prospect, Andy Lee in the seventh round of their scheduled ten-round middleweight contest on Friday night. The action-packed fight was the main event of an outstanding card promoted by Pugnacious Promotions and was broadcast live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino.

When I analyzed the fight and noted that Vera & Lee had faced very similar level opponents and personally thought the fight would be competitive, the buzz I got from ringside speaking with several scribes, fighters, trainers and mangers prior to the fight was unanimously “WHEN” Andy Lee was going to stop Vera. No one I spoke to gave Brian Vera, the former Contender Series participant, much of a chance at giving the highly skilled Lee, who is trained by Emanuel Steward, much of a fight, let alone beat him. continue

Roy Jones Jnr To Face The Winner Of Woods-Tarver?

by James Slater: Clinton Woods, 41-3-1(24) and Antonio Tarver, 26-4(19) meet on April 12th, in a light-heavyweight world title match up, as most fans are aware. Both men have been in with the great Roy Jones Jnr, and according to the man himself, Jones wants very much to face the winner of the April showdown. Jones,52-4(38) beat Clinton Woods, by 6th round TKO, back in 2002. Roy has also been in with Tarver, of course - three times. Jones won the first encounter via a close decision, was then shockingly KO'd in two rounds in the return and then out pointed in the rubber match. continue

Stunning TKO Loss for Andy Lee

By Paul Strauss: No luck of the Irish for Andy Lee Friday night, as he suffered what some thought was a quick stoppage in the seventh round of his fight with Brian Vera. The referee might have acted a bit quick, but even Lee's hall of frame trainer Emanuel Steward, voiced no objections. All fans had to do was look at Lee's face to see evidence of the beating he took. Comparatively, Vera's face was unmarked even though he took several straight lefts on the button. continue

Rees-Kotelnik - Will Rees Make A Successful First Title Defence?

By James Slater: Both men have weighed-in at the light-welterweight limit of 140 pounds, and tomorrow night in Cardiff, Wales, WBA light-welterweight champion Gavin Rees, who will be boxing in his backyard, and his Ukrainian challenger Andreas Kotelnik, will square off over a scheduled 12 rounds of action. continue

Vera Defeats Lee In Round 7 - Photo Documentary! Luck Not With The Irish Tonight!

andy lee22.03.08 - By Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Despite the number of Irish colors flying in the stands at Mohegan Sun’s Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Despite the Limerick charm of an undefeated record.

And, despite the high expectations of Irish Andy Lee’s rise in the middleweight division.

Number 7 was not lucky for the Irish tonight, as Brian Vera took Lee to school, until referee, Tony Chiarantano, stopped the fight at 2:17 of the seventh round! continue

Floyd Mayweather Jr. should fight in the ring, or just go away

By Mike Cassell 3/22/08 - I am tired of hearing all lip service from the people who defend the mouth and antics of Floyd Mayweather Jr. 39 – 0 (25 KO’s) His talent is undeniable, but deciding to put on a farce with a bunch of allegedly steroid ridden actors in the WWE, as opposed to fighting “real” competition in the boxing ring, is something that bother boxing fans everywhere. I am referring to his latest publicity stunt in which he is going to act out a wrestling match with the WWE’s 440lb “Big Show”. continue

A Vera Surprising Outcome; Brian Vera stops hot prospect Andy Lee

22.03.08 - By Phil Santos – - It looked as though all three undefeated fighters who highlighted ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights March 21st card would improve their records and remain flawless. That was until Brian Vera scored the biggest upset of the series thus far in 2008. continue

Brian Vera Shocks Andy Lee at the Mohegan Sun Casino

By Ted Sares: Andy Lee, Limerick, Ireland, 15-0-0, 12 KO’s coming in, lost his “O” as Brian Vera, Austin, Texas, 15-1-0, 9 KO’s, stopped him at the 2.17 mark of the seventh round of a fight that had turned at the midway point. continue

Did We Miss The Best Of Ricky Hatton?

Ricky HattonBy James Barlow: When I heard the news that Ricky Hatton had signed to fight Juan Lazcano in Manchester I originally though that Hatton has chose a good fighter to box first on his comeback trail. But now having had chance to think about things and hearing Hatton state in recent interviews that he is now ‘in the home stretch of his career’ and only plans to be boxing for another 2 years max it has left me wondering have we missed the best of Ricky Hatton. Back on the 4th of June in 2005, I watched Hatton beat the great Kostya Tszyu forcing him to quit on his stool at the end of the 11th round.

As a big Hatton fan I thought this was it, Hatton had arrived in the big time. The American audiences could now not ignore him; he had beaten the linear champ and would get the big name fights he disserved. continue

Matthew Macklin kicks off massive month for Irish Boxing

A massive month for Irish Boxing kicks off at the National Stadium in Dublin tomorrow with the next Fight Night. It’s the first of three big promotions all featuring Irish talent up against men with true world class credentials.On Saturday night it’s Irish middleweight champ, Matthew Macklin’s turn to take centre stage as he battles former World Champ Yori Boy Campas of Mexico.Seven days later in Letterkenny Paul McCloskey will also face a test of Mexican machismo when he battles former World Lightweight Champ, Cesar Bazan. continue

Spinks v Phillips Live and Free on

Promoter Don King has always been one for accomplishing “firsts” in the world of boxing. The world came to St. Louis and now the World’s Greatest Boxing promoter, Don King will be taking St. Louis to the world as he steps into the future and starts his own television network via the internet at on Thursday, March 27. continue

Somsak Sithchatchawal Vs. Mahyar Monshipour - Could It Be The Greatest Prize Fight Ever Captured on Film?

21.03.08 - by James Slater: A good friend of mine, who, along with being a semi-pro bodybuilder, owns a vast collection of fight films, recently loaned me a copy of the Somsak Sithchatchawal-Mahyar Monshipour fight. I had heard about this incredible fight's reputation, and had even seen some of it on YouTube. But to see the fight in full, and on the big screen, is utterly incredible. Indeed, after watching the fight, I seriously had to ask myself if this was the greatest fight I had ever seen! continue

Calzaghe: “There will only be one place left for Hopkins after this fight – retirement"

Joe CalzagheJoe Calzaghe says he will have a spartan 36th birthday on Sunday as he continues preparations for his super-fight against Bernard Hopkins on April 19. There will be no cake for the Welshman, who has vowed to instead blow out the candles on Hopkins’ career when they meet at the Planet Hollywood Ring in Las Vegas next month.

“ I’ll be spending my birthday in the gym and running up the mountains around my home in South Wales,” said the undisputed super-middleweight king.

“ All celebrations are on hold for now, but I’ll get my present on April 19 when I kick Bernard Hopkins’ backside in front of his own fans. continue

Irish Andy Lee vs. Brian Vera: Mohegan Sun Weigh-In Results and Photo Gallery!

By Peter Mark Heintzelman, at the scales - Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman -- weigh-in photo gallery -- Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut, in association with Lisa Elovich’s Pugnacious Promotions, LLC, hosts ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights this Friday, in a spectacular card of professional boxing. continue

Hopkins-Calzaghe: Calzaghe to Postpone Birthday Celebration Until April 19, In The Planet Hollywood Ring!

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 21, 2008) – JOE CALZAGHE, boxing’s current longest-reigning world champion, turns 36 on Sunday, but inasmuch as he is in the midst of training for his challenge of light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins, he has decided to postpone the formal celebration until April 19, in the Planet Hollywood Ring in Las Vegas. “I’m going to get myself a dog. A St. Bernard to be exact,” said Calzaghe. “And on April 19, I’m going to muzzle that St. Bernard and train him to obey all my commands. Every time I tell him to lay down, he’s going to lay down. I guarantee you that dog will be leaving the ring with his tail between his legs. I’m going to prove, once and for all, Bernard Hopkins is all bark and no bite!. continue

Cota Boxing Promotions Presents “duelo De Los Aztecas”

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico — On Saturday, March 29, 2008, professional boxing is returning to the "Gymnasio Tigre Garcia" in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico with an action packed lineup of bouts featuring WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion and former Contender TV Series star Miguel Espino, undefeated bantamweight prospect Kay “Wild Wild” West, Manuel “Pirry” Leyva, Gabriel "Rey" Martinez and Rodolfo “Bam Bam” Armenta. The card will consist of seven bouts which includes two championship bouts. continue

Mayweather Still Interested In Hatton?

Ricky HattonBy Adam Cullen: WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. hasn't ruled out a second bout with Ricky Hatton in the future. Upon being questioned about whether he'd be interested in another bout with Hatton, 29, Mayweather had this to say recently to Sky Sports News: "We don't know what the future holds, anything is possible. Is it possible? Absolutely." Obviously, this is great news for both Hatton and his fans, who would like nothing better for a second bout so that the British fighter could give a better account of himself. Last time out, in their fight on December 8th, Mayweather had little trouble in stopping Hatton in the 10th round of what essentially was a one-sided bout.

However, before such things as rematches occur, Mayweather plans on taking part in a WrestleMania XXIV on March 31, in which he'll be taking on a 7-foot 450 lb. wrestler by the name of "Big Show." continue

David Diaz Back In Chicago, Waiting On The Mexicutioner

World Boxing Council Lightweight champion David Diaz is back in his native Chicago after his dominant win over Ramon Montano in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday night. The Diaz/Montano fight was part of the HBO Pay Per View broadcast of Marquez vs. Pacquiao II “UNFINISHED BUSINESS”, a hard fought battle won by Pacquaio for the WBC Junior Lightweight championship. continue

Edwin Rodriguez Returns To The Ring On March 28

Undefeated professional and two-time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., returns to the ring March 28 in a four-round middleweight bout in Salamanca, N.Y., his first with new trainer Peter Manfredo Sr. The opponent for the 22-year-old Rodriguez is veteran James North of Weston, W.Va. continue

Velasquez Twins Look To Extend On Their Winning Streaks This Saturday at the Morongo Casino

20.03.08 - The powerful punching Velasquez Twins, Carlos Ivan and Juan Carlos, are ready to step back in the ring this Saturday March 22, 2008, on the Joel Casamayor vs. Michael Katsidis card titled "Desert Storm" at the Morongo Resort and Casino in Cabazon, Calif. continue

Untangling the Light Heavyweight Web: Tarver-Woods and Dawson-Johnson fights will bring Clarity

Chad DawsonBy Phil Santos – - On April 12th four of the top six Light Heavyweights in the world, as rated by the Ring Magazine, will be in action against one another. In addition to the three World Titles that will be placed on the line that night will be a shot for the winners to catapult themselves into position to challenge the current Ring Champion, Bernard Hopkins. Clinton Woods, the IBF Champion, will face off against IBO title holder Antonio Tarver in the nights Co-Feature and Chad Dawson, the WBC Champion, will battle grizzled veteran and former World Champion Glen Johnson in the Main Event.

Three of these four combatants are no strangers to each other. Glen Johnson and Clinton Woods have fought three times with each man winning once and one match ending in a Draw. continue

Louis “Knock” Turner Back In Action On March 28th In Chicago

Middleweight prospect Louis “KNOCK” Turner will return to the ring on Friday, March 28th at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom at UNDISPUTED, an evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING and A-TEAM Boxing along with Miller Lite and AeroMexico, the premier source of travel in Mexico. continue

Book Review: Mitchell Rose Biography: "Mike Tyson Tried To Kill My Daddy"

By Scoop Malinowski: At first glance, most boxing readers would probably bypass the Mitchell Rose Biography, "Mike Tyson Tried To Kill My Daddy." Rose, a former New York City Golden Gloves finalist and conqueror of Butterbean would be considered a journeyman boxer at best and the reasonable assumption would be, Who cares what Rose has to say? continue

Forbes Fires Roger Mayweather, Then Hires Jeff Mayweather

By Dales Fowkes: ESPN writer Dan Rafael is reporting that Steve Forbes has fired trainer Roger Mayweather and hired his brother, Jeff Mayweather, in part because Floyd Mayweather Jr's comments in an earlier media teleconference in which he said that he was upset with Roger for training Forbes, and said that he'd be looking for another trainer if he continues with his plans on training Forbes. continue

Here Comes the “Fright” Train: Katsidis vs. Casamayor

katsidis vs casamayor20.03.08 - By Ted Sares : It's amazing that humans can do this.
--Jim Lampley during Toney-Jirov

Australian Michael Katsidis is my kind of fighter. An all action fighter, he never stops coming at you. Ultra Exciting and ultra feared, his bout with Czar Amonsot, an equally fearless, albeit unknown warrior, was a stunningly competitive fight that left Katsidis‘s face looking like fresh road kill and the Filipino suffering a minor subdural hematoma (though it‘s hard to imagine that any subdural hematoma could be termed minor). To call their fight brutal is an understatement. Both guys left it all in the ring; they were simply gallant as they engage in a superhuman effort. It was one that will stay my memory bank as indelible.

Katsidis is the real McCoy. His very first professional fight was scheduled for ten and in just his second, he won a 12 round unanimous decision, beating James Swan for the Australian lightweight title. continue

British Boxing: Miller Mullers Mullen

Impact Boxing’s Scott Miller pulled off his first professional victory on the road tonight by overcoming local lad Chris Mullen on points at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre. In a contest of six two-minute rounds both boxers played their part in producing the most scintillating bout of the evening. continue

Hopkins Responds To Calzaghe

LOS ANGELES. March 20, 2008 . . . Light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins took the news of Joe Calzaghe’s rebuttal to his training team statement as a sure sign of panic. “This poor guy used up all the air in his boxing gym to spew a bunch of nonsense about nothing really. I said what I had to say in one breathe. He knows what he is up against on April 19 and that’s all that has to be said. All those words are just like his punches-nothing on them and no damage done.. continue

Calzaghe vs Hopkins - Joe: "It's Just Me And My Pa!"

While Ol' Bernie Hopkins prepares with his 'Dream Team' of trainers for his super-fight against Joe Calzaghe at the Planet Hollywood Ring on April 19 in Las Vegas, for Calzaghe it will be the same formula that has worked for his entire career: just father and son. Hopkins yesterday revealed his 'Execution Squad' that includes Freddie Roach, Nazim Richardson, John David Jackson and Mackie Shilstone for the Ring Magazine light-heavyweight Championship showdown who he believes will help him inflict the first defeat on the unbeaten Welshman's record. continue

Roy Jones, Jr. vs. Anderson Silva: The Fight to Save MMA?

Roy Jones Jr.By Michael Herron (M.I.C.): The light-heavyweight division in boxing has unexpectedly become very interesting. Upcoming championship fights such as Chad Dawson vs. Glencoffe Johnson, and Antonio Tarver vs. Clinton Woods, have given fight fans much to look forward to. In addition, former heavyweight champion Chris Byrd is scheduled to join the division; and in a much anticipated matchup, light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins will defend against super-middleweight champion Joe Calzage. Left out of the equation, however, is former light-heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound superstar Roy Jones, Jr.

Since defeating Felix Trinidad in January, 2007, Jones has yet to secure a meaningful fight. continue

Calzaghe/Hopkins: Bernard Hopkins trains with his "Execution Squad" for highly anticipated bout with Calzaghe

LOS ANGELES. March 20, 2008 . . . With his entire team assembled at his training camp in Los Angeles, CA, light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is settling into his intensive routine for what will be the most highly anticipated contest in boxing so far this year. continue

Estrada-Whitaker Headlines ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, April 4 at Twin River Event Center

ESPN2 Friday Night Fights comes to Twin River Events Center on April 4th as 2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada takes on former NABO/NABA/WBC Continental Americas champion Lance “Mount” Whitaker in the 10-round main event on “Heavy Hitters,” promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment, Inc. continue

Nate Campbell Stars In One Of Boxing's Dumbest Moments

By Rahul Deb: Boxing, by its very nature, provides numerous opportunities for the athletes involved to lose their heads. As a result, there is no shortage of ridiculous moments in boxing. A few good ones come to mind. Mike Tyson breaking his hand after a street fight with Mitch Green, Andrew Golota’s needless low blows after beating up Riddick Bowe, Oliver McCall’s sudden eruption into tears against Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones’ disqualification for hitting Montell Griffin when he was down and recently, Vic Darchinyan claiming he was not hurt and then adding that it perhaps wasn’t even a knockdown in the post fight interview after getting knocked out by Nonito Donaire. continue

FACT or MYTH: You Must Take the Belt From a Champ?

Juan Manuel Marquez19.03.08 - By “Old Yank” Schneider: How many of you believe that a challenger must begin each round behind the eight-ball? That he must make up some fraction of a point deficit after the bell rings to start each round? That the champ deserves some magical round-by-round advantage by virtue of holding a belt?

Unfair! The questions were all biased and structured to make it sound stupid that the belt needs to be taken from the champ. Perhaps you are right, it is the biased questions that are flawed and the champ does deserve some edge simply because he holds the belt. In fact, you are 100% correct; the challenger must beat the champ! The challenger must “take the title” from the champ. And nothing says this more strongly than a champ retaining his title if the fight is a draw. continue

Steve “USS” Cunningham featured in a six-page spread in Ring Magazine

IBF Cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham is featured in the current edition of Ring Magazine. Cunningham (21-1, 11 KO’s) chronicles his title defense of Marco Huck in Bielefeld, Germany that took place on December 29, 2007. “Diary of a Road Warrior; an Exclusive First Person Report by Steve Cunningham takes the reader inside the mind and thought process of a world champion boxer as he prepares to defend his title 4,000 miles from home over the Christmas holiday. continue

Universum News: Zsolt Erdei vs DeAndrey Abron, Felix Sturm vs Jamie Pittman, Boytsov vs Hawkins

Dresden is looking forward to a second „Universum Champions Night“ after a successful premiere in November 2007. On April 28 the Freiberger Arena will be in the center of attention for another world championship twinbill and other title fights. WBO world champion Zsolt „Firebird“ Erdei (28-0-0 (17)) will defend his WBO belt in Dresden once again. The opponent of the Hungarian „Firebird“, who lives in Hamburg and fights for Universum Box-Promotion, was announced today at the press conference in Dresden. continue

Sam vs. Skelton set for May 30th in Istanbul

Turkish hero Sinan Samil Sam (30-4-0, 16 ko) and Matt Skelton (21-2-0, 18 ko) will fight for the vacant European heavyweight championship on May 30th in Istanbul, Turkey. Sam’s promoter Ahmet Öner, head of Hamburg based ARENA Box-Promotion, had won the purse bid. “The Bull from Bosporus” wants to recapture “his” title against Skelton who surprised many experts in a close decision loss against Ruslan Chagaev in January. Sam was European Champion between 2002 and 2004 before losing the title controversially to Luan Krasniqi. continue

The Left-Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Q&A Mailbag Featuring Pacquiao, Mayweather, Mosley, Klitschko, and More!

pacmanPhoto by Sumio Yamada - Over the past week since the last Left-Hook Lounge installment the world of boxing has heated up quite a bit. What started out as a mere spark has grown to an uncontained flame, 'slow-burn' effects rivaled only by that of a freshly lit Sancho Panza Honduran cigar. The aftermath could be highly remiscent as well if it plays out the way it all appears.

Without waisting another minute, we take a look at a few questions posed by some of the biggest fight aficionado's on the face of the planet, along with the answers given directly from the mind of one of the sports most fanatical writers. continue

Reid Gets Call for Fewkes Rematch

20.03.08 - Stoke welterweight Gary Reid has been presented with the opportunity to avenge an eight round points reversal at the hands of John Fewkes last October. Despite taking the fight to Fewkes last time Reid lost the decision by two rounds and felt hard done by afterwards. continue

Duva: "Samuel Peter wants to unify the world heavyweight championships"

New York, March 19—Dino Duva, promoter of World Boxing Council Heavyweight Champion Samuel Peter has been actively working on the "Nigerian Nightmare's" schedule. Duva has been tireless in his efforts the last ten days following Samuel Peter's emphatic sixth-round TKO of Oleg Maskaev in Cancun that gave the Nigerian sole possession of the WBC belt. continue

“El Indio”: The Record Behind the Record

19.03.08 - By Ted Sares: Recently, the suspect records of heavyweights Tye Fields and Faruq “The Dream” Saleem were reviewed and the analysis revealed what most of us already knew--their records were padded with “easy” fights.

But the issue of deceptive records is a global phenomenon as well. As one of a multitude of examples, let’s look at the interesting record of Feliciano Dario Azuaga Ledezma, alias “El Indio de Oro,” who fights out of Paraguay. This bantam weight has an eye popping slate of 72 (KO 61) - 11 (KO 7) - in 87 outings. continue

The ‘Freak Show’ Waiting to Happen

Mike TysonBy Michael Klimes: Classic fights like the one that took place last Saturday between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have the power to captivate boxing fans and remind them what elite boxers can do together in the ring. The contest demonstrated the best qualities of the sport. Unfortunately, boxing like anything or anyone has a dark side and is like the two faced Roman god Janus.

For the Romans, Janus was the god of doorways, gates, beginnings and endings. In a sense, boxing is Janus, opening the gateways of fortune for certain fighters and closing doors on others so that they fail. It allows the best boxers to reach the pinnacle of fame, athleticism and wealth yet it is also so addictive that if it is the fighters who start their careers; rarely are they the ones controlling the finish at the end. Floyd Mayweather Jr’s well known saying, ‘I am going to retire from the sport of boxing and not let the sport of boxing retire me’ contains a very large and tragic truth to it. continue

Boxeo TELEMUNDO returns to the Kissimmee Civic Center March 28

Miami, FL: All Star Boxing, Inc and its Promoter Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr return with the popular series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida on Friday, March 28, 2008. In the main event WBO Latin Lightweight Champion Jose “El Gallo” Reyes (21-4-7 KO’s) of Caguas, Puerto Rico defends his Title against hard punching Ivan “El Rayo” Valle (26-6-22 KO’s) of Los Mochis, Mexico. This bout is schedule for 12 rounds of action. continue

"Money" Talks, Big Show Stalks! Camp Notes and Quotes on Mayweather-Big Show

MAYWEATHER and BIG SHOW AT ODDS! Lou D'Amico, the legendary Director of the Race and Sports Book at the Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas, set an opening line of -110/Pick-em when the Floyd "Money" Mayweather - Big Show WrestleMania 24 match was first announced. "Early interest had people backing Big Show. continue

Amir Khan Backs Rees

Amir Khan is desperate for Gavin Rees to beat Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday night - so he can fight the Welshman next. Unbeaten Rees claimed that he would give the poster boy of British "a pasting" if the pair were to ever meet. The unbeaten Welshman puts his WBA World Light-Welterweight title on the line against Kotelnik at the C.I.A live on Setanta Sports this Saturday. And Khan says he will be cheering him on come fight night. continue

Progress Report On The Top Heavyweight Prospects

Alexander Povetkin19.03.08 - Paul McCreath: Many of us have grumbled over the past few months about the sad state of the heavyweight division. Not all fans agree with this assessment but I would think that we could all agree that if things are going to get better the future lies with a handful of top prospects from around the world. Today we will take a look back at some of the names that we have come to know as our best bets for serious contention for any of the titles in days to come and analyse their progress over the past months during the period starting in January of 2007.

Are there any savoir types ready to make their move or have these fighters' hopes fizzled out? continue

Sycuan Inks Joan Guzman

SAN DIEGO, Calif., (March 18, 2008) – Sycuan Ringside Promotions announced today that World Boxing Organization (WBO) 130-Pound Champion Joán Guzman has signed a multi-fight-multimillion dollar contract with their promotional company. continue

Everlast and Juan Diaz sign exclusive contract

New York, NY – March 19, 2008 – Everlast Worldwide Inc., manufacturer, marketer and licensor of sporting goods, apparel, footwear, and other active lifestyle products under the Everlast brand name is proud to announce that they have signed a long term agreement with professional lightweight boxer Juan Diaz. The agreement allows Diaz to exclusively wear Everlast footwear, apparel and gloves for all professional fights and Everlast sponsored events. continue

Rees: Kotelnik First, Then Khan

Gavin Rees says he'll give Amir Khan a pasting - after he's dealt with Andreas Kotelnik in Cardiff on Saturday night. The Rock defends his WBA light-welterweight crown at the CIA against his dangerous mandatory challenger, live on Setanta Sports. But he believes he will win - and then go on to wreck the career of Khan later this year. continue

Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe, back to the future with guaranteed uncertainty

hopkins calzagheBy Francisco Lobo, photo by In Boxing it often seems that the past is of more moment than the present, and nowhere more so than in the case of the extraordinarily resilient light heavyweight and super middleweight world champions Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe.

Hopkins and Calzaghe have been two proven long-term successes in the past decade, in the United States and in the United Kingdom, have been gaining worldwide mainstream appeal, while their career endings have been receding further and further into the future. Either one of them has very much been the captain of his own fate and it is early to say exactly how they will be judged by posterity. continue

Mayweather Sr. to Work With Judah?

George Ulrich: Perhaps one of the most physically gifted fighters of this generation, Zab “Super” Judah, is going to be working with the great Floyd Mayweather Sr. prior to his bout with “Sugar” Shane Mosley. It hasn’t been stated if Floyd will be working the corner for the fight, but he will be instrumental in the training of Zab. This is an intriguing development for Judah. For years his trainer has been Noel Judah, and perhaps that’s been his handicap. Sometimes you just have to realize there are limits to what you can do as a trainer. continue

Andre Ward Ready for the Challenge

By Raymond Markarian: The final press conference for the Andre Ward vs. Ruben Williams fight on Thursday, in San Jose, Ca, took place in the Kings Boxing Gym on Monday afternoon. Although the press conference was one sided, since Ward’s opponent was not there, the Olympic Gold Medalist was a gracious host, and spoke with candor about how he feels going into the fight. continue

Joan Guzman v Alex Arthur On May 3

Alex Arthur faces the toughest test of his career when he tackles Joan Guzman on May 3 - but is backing massive Edinburgh support to ensure he is victorious. The Scotsman challenges Guzman for the full WBO super-featherweight title, and knows he has got his work cut out against one of the best fighters in the world. But interim WBO champion Arthur, 26-1 (19) says his home fans could be the key to victory, as the super fight goes ahead at the Meadowbank Arena, Edinburgh. continue

Juan Manuel Marquez: Too Little; Raphael Marquez: Too Much: Losing The Biggest Fight of My Life

Pacquiao marquezMichael Herron (M.I.C), photo by Naoki Fukuda: The phrase “biggest fight of my life” is overused in prize fighting; however, it could not have been truer for the Marquez brothers, Juan Manuel and Raphael. March, 2008 saw each engage in career defining fights. Raphael completed his historic trilogy against super-bantamweight champion Israel Vasquez; and in their long-awaited rematch, Juan Manuel battled Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao. Both fights surpassed expectations and each will make a case for “Fight of the Year.” Though Juan and Raphael fought like champions, neither of them emerged victorious. Perhaps against their respective opponents, one brother may have given too little, and the other, too much.

Too little and too much refer to aggression. Against Vasquez, I believe Raphael was too aggressive; and against Pacquiao, Juan was not aggressive enough. To put it another way, Raphael fought where he should have boxed; and Juan boxed where he should have fought. Raphael started the contest boxing beautifully, but would lose discipline whenever Vasquez closed distance. continue

Irish Boxing Stars Shine In Event Held At Boston’s Historic Orpheum Theatre

joe gallo17.03.08 - by Pavel Yakovlev, photos by Joe Gallo: -- click here to view photo gallery -- Several promising young Irish professional boxers highlighted an event held at Boston’s historic Orpheum Theatre tonight in a card promoted as “Celtic Invasion 2008”. Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan, Patrick Hyland, Michael Sweeney and Jonathan O’Brien – all former amateur stars in their native Ireland – impressed in their bouts. The card also featured several talented out of town boxers, such as Miami’s Antoine Smith and Philadelphia’s David Williams.

All of tonight’s bouts featured novice professionals, and were thus scheduled for four, six, or eight rounds. Only one of the bouts went to the cards.

The match was co-promoted by Celtic Pride Boxing and 451 Promotions and it drew several hundred local fight fans. The physical atmosphere in the compact Orpheum Theatre reminded this writer of small, legendary boxing venues such as Philadephia’s Blue Horizon, and hopefully it will be the first of a series of exciting cards held at this location. continue

Young Guns Getting Some Love

18.03.08 - By Raymond Markarian: Making exciting fights is important for this sport. But rewarding the fighters that risk their lives in the ring is probably more significant. Many times in boxing, a fighter will give his all in victory but get little fanfare or financial gain. (Who can ever forget the image of Rocky Balboa sitting by his locker next to Spider Rico collecting his $60 purse?. continue

HBO Boxing To Replay Pacquiao vs Marquez II

It’s a special edition of HBO BOXING AFTER DARK when HBO Sports presents the much anticipated super featherweight rematch JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ VS. MANNY PACQUIAO II, the exclusive replay of their world title showdown, this SATURDAY, MARCH 22 at 10:05 p.m. (ET/PT) on HBO. The HBO Sports team, which was ringside for the live event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will call all the action. The replay will be available in HDTV. continue

Abell vs Wheeler on April 11

Due to a suspension that had not been listed by The California Athletic Commission, / Jeremy Williams will not be able to take on Zack Page in the main event of a terrific night of boxing on Friday night, April 11th at The Legendary Blue Horizon. continue

Pacquiao-Marquez: (2) Marquez - (2) Pts. = (2) Losses

Pacquiao-MarquezBy Paul Strauss, photo by Naoki Fukuda: If you prefer, we could change the equation to two knock-downs = two losses, because that seems to be the difference between winning and losing for these two brothers. With Juan it happened in the third round, after he seemed to be having things his way. For his brother, it was the twelfth. Something else common to these siblings is the toughness of their opponents. Vasquez and Pacquiao have to be two of the toughest customers around in any weight class.

After last nights fight, Juan Marquez said he thought he won the fight, because, "I know I hurt him three, four, maybe five times". Well, if he did, it wasn't for very long. Manny was probably hurt worst by a punch that landed squarely on the right eye. It definitely bothered Manny, which he confirmed during the post fight interview. continue

Miller Relishing South Shields Away Day

Stoke’s novice welterweight, Scott Miller, will make the journey to South Shields on Thursday for his first pro fight outside the Potteries. Miller, victorious in his first two starts in the professional code, will face 22 year old Chris Mullen in his home town. The contest will represent Miller’s second outing in three weeks. continue

Matthew Macklin ready for battle

Irish middleweight champ Matthew Macklin is eyeing up a big payday in 2009 – at the bookies! Ladbrokes are offering odds of 33/1 on Macklin claiming a world title next year and although he’s not a gambling man Macklin says he’ll be backing himself to go all the way to the World middleweight title. continue

Holding on to what’s Golden; Oscar De La Hoya – Still Loved but no longer Relevant

17.03.08 - By Phil Santos – The once brilliant boxer Oscar De La Hoya has established himself as one of the best promoters and businessmen in the boxing world. Golden Boy Promotions continues to land big stars, most recently inking Ricky Hatton, furthering their status as the newest player among the games major promoters. He is and has been a global figure with influence and money making opportunities that reach far beyond the squared circle for years. His popularity and ability to sell tickets even now makes him the most attractive opponent for anyone from Welter to Middleweight. continue

Pac-Man-Marquez II - A Fight For The Ages!

pac marquez16.03.08 - by James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda: The argument as to just who deserved the decision after Saturday's instant classic between Manny Pacquaio and Juan Manuel Marquez, in their superb rematch, will no doubt go on for some time. Yet one thing the fight proved beyond any doubt is the fact that Pac-Man is once again boxing's number one most thrilling operator.

In his last two bouts, against Jorge Solis and Marco Antonio Barrera, it was clear Manny was not firing on all cylinders. As a result, both fights did not produce the pulsating action Pacquiao fights normally do. Well, guess what - Pac-Man is back to doing what he does best, namely putting the fans attending his fights through absolutely pulse quickening drama. Last night's return bout, four years in the making and all, was nothing short of a majestic and glorious battle.

The fight also asked a number of questions, not least, who actually won? Also, the following posers were put forth; can Pacquiao really go any further up in weight continue

Andrey Kotelnik Ready For Gavin Rees

Universum light welterweight contender Andreas Kotelnik, currently #1 of the WBA rankings, will travel to Great Britain this coming weekend for the second time as the mandatory challenger. On March 22nd he will challenge the local hero and reigning WBA light welterweight champion Gavin Rees (27-0-0 (13)) in Cardiff/Wales. continue

Poulsen vs. Jourda Rematch April 4!

On April 18 2007, Danish super featherweight prospect Kim Poulsen was 3-0 going into the Savoy Hotel in London for his fight against Frenchman Tony Jourda. During the fight he couldn’t get his usual fluent boxing going properly, and Jourda proved to be a very tough adversary that night. Still, most people at ringside thought Poulsen deserved to win the bout, but referee Dave Parris felt otherwise and gave a close 58-57 verdict to Jourda. continue

Javier Molina Clinches an Olympic Berth While Christopher Downs and Michael Hunter Fall Short

Light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) earned his berth in the 2008 Olympic Games in Tuesday at the Americas Qualifier, defeating Canada’s Kevin Bizier by a 20-5 margin. Light heavyweight Christopher Downs (Fort Carson, Colo.) didn’t enjoy the same luck, dropping a 10-3 decision to Brazil’s Washington Silva in their semifinalist box-off at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He will join middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) at the second Americas Qualifier, April 23-30 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. continue

Moore caps off a Rock and Roll Boxing Show with a Unanimous Decision Victory

james mooreBy Christopher Roche, Ringside - (New York, NY)- Madison Square Garden was a sports fans’ dream last night. The Big East Tournament Men’s Basketball Final took place upstairs and downstairs at the WAMU Theater, a ten bout professional boxing card cranked along, with Arklow, Ireland’s James Moore as the featured attraction.

In only his second scheduled ten rounder, Moore took on former title challenger and tough as nails veteran J.C. Candelo. Moore did not disappoint his large legion of boisterous fans, as he earned a decisive unanimous decision victory.

In the first round, Moore came out blazing, and it looked like he would send the raucous crowd home early. Moore’s straight right hand backed Candelo up to the ropes on two different occasions, and Moore worked Candelo’s body with sharp combinations. Candelo did not return the Irishman’s fire. continue

'You Be The Judge: Fans Determine The Winner

When the amazingly successful reality-TV series “American Idol” debuted on FOX back in 2002, the idea was to create a vehicle whereby some of this country’s young, undiscovered singing talent would compete for the opportunity to win a million-dollar recording contract and evolve from obscurity to worldwide celebrity. continue

Woolcombe Meets Rhodes In Dangerous Title Defense

The 18th of April sees South London golden boy Gary Woolcombe make the first defense of his newly minted British light middleweight title when he faces the one-time star of the division, Ryan Rhodes, formerly known as "Spice Boy", at Bethnal Green's historic hotspot of boxing, York Hall, in London, England. continue

Andre Ward Headlines Best Damn Sports Show Period

The last time 2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre “S.O.G.” Ward walked into a ring in San Jose, CA as part of FSN’s BEST DAMN FIGHT NIGHT PERIOD, he was still just a barely more than an amateur fighter. With just four fights under his belt, Ward was still learning the nuances of being a pro and how he would have to prepare himself for a shot at a title. continue

Manny Pacquiao edges Juan Manuel Marquez

pac Andrew Walker, photo by Naoki Fukuda: The long awaited rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez did not disappoint tonight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with Manny Pacquiao taking a split decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez to become the new WBC Super Featherweight World champion. After a close first round both fighters stepped up the already high work rate in round two with Marquez and Pacquiao both teeing off with some good shots but Marquez just edged the round with his excellent counter punching. In the third round Pacquiao caught Marquez with a terrific short left that had the Champion down with just under a minute left of the round to go.

Marquez was nearly knocked down for a second time just before the bell sounded but he managed to remain on his feet and regained his composure. The fourth round started a little slower then the previous three but Pacquiao was beginning to show his superior strength whilst Marquez was having more success with his jab, beating Pacquiao to the counter punch once more to produce another close round. continue

Pressure off Chris Edwards

There is just over a week to go until Chris Edwards, Stoke’s British super-flyweight champion, defends his title for the first time against English titleholder Andy Bell. Last December Edwards became the first man to bring the coveted Lonsdale belt back to Stoke for 85 years when he defeated Jamie McDonnell on points at Wigan’s Robin Park Stadium. continue

Deontay Wilder Earns an Olympic Berth with a Heartstopping Fourth Round Finish, Javier Molina and Shawn Estrada Drop Semifinal Contests

(PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD) – Heavyweight Deontay Wilder (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) punched his ticket for Beijing with his third straight fourth round comeback, recording a 6-5 decision over Rafael Lima of Brazil. Light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) suffered his first loss at the Americas Qualifier in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday evening, dropping a 10-4 decision to Roniel Iglesias Sotolongo of Cuba on Monday. continue

Book Review Of Adam Pollack’s ‘in The Ring With Bob Fitzsimmons’

By Adeyinka Makinde: The task of the historian, most would agree, is to transmit the information collected about the past to the present; in the process utilising the maximum range of tools and resources in gathering the sources that will form the basis of his finished work. Most would also tend to agree that the selection of material be done in an objective and unbiased fashion. However, what is less easy to agree upon are the sources on which the historian relies. continue

Manfredo Stops Benfield in Six! Photo Gallery of Twin Rivers Headliner

manfredoBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman -- click here to view photo gallery -- Standing room only, was the order of the day at the sold out Twin River Events Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, this past Friday. Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports put on a hell of a show, titled “Rumble At the River,” a fitting title for the lively night of entertaining boxing, from start to finish.

The main event featured the return of Peter Manfredo, Jr., pitted against Shane “The Irish Hitman” Benfield. Must have been a bit intimidating for the South Carolinian to come into the den of “The Pride of Providence” for ten rounds at super middleweight, but he didn’t show it, in his valiant efforts through six rounds, before he was stopped by TKO in the 6th.

While Benfield came in at 169 ¾ lbs, Manfredo weighed in at a hefty 170 ¼ lbs, maybe his heaviest weight to date. continue

Rugby Heroes Back Gavin Rees To Win

Wales' Grand Slam winners are backing Gavin Rees to beat Andreas Kotelnik on Saturday night - and bring more glory to Cardiff. The Welsh rugby team made it a clean sweep of the Six Nations when they defeated France at an emotional Millennium Stadium on Saturday afternoon. And the squad are hoping to be present when Rees makes the first defence of his WBA crown against a dangerous mandatory challenger at the C.I.A, Cardiff. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Chagaev v Valuev, Arslan vs Wilson, Erdei vs Abron, Abraham-Ayala

Per Ake Persson: Universum won today´s purse bids for WBA heavyweight champ Ruslan Chagaev´s mandatory defence against Nikolai Valuev with an offer for 4.354.840 USD. Sauerland Event bid 3.541.021 USD and Don King Productions 3.000 000 USD. Chagaev vs Valuev II is likely to go ahead in Germany May 31. continue

Hopkins/Calzaghe: Why Bernard Hopkins will slay the Italian Dragon

By Mike Cassell - PHILADELPHIA – We all know Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins 48 -4 -1 (32 KO’s) the fighter, but to know the man, you only need to take a stroll through any of the economically depressed sections of North Philadelphia. It is where he was born, where he learned to fight and where he was eventually arrested for strong arm robbery when he was in just 11th grade and sentenced for up to 18 years. At age 17, he was officially a statistic. While most athletes find out who they are in college or in amateur competition, Hopkins was discovering the colder, harder side of life. He was a kid in prison with killers, and he wasn’t fighting for a belt, he was fighting for his life. continue

Clampitt-Laracuente Fight Photo Gallery & Report from Twin River, Lincoln, Rhode Island

manfredoby Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman -- click here to view photo gallery -- The busiest woman boxer in the world, Belinda “Brown Sugar” Laracuente, took the train from New York City northbound, to challenge the champion, Jamie “The Hurricane” Clampitt, in a ten round co-feature event of the evening, for the IWBF Lightweight Championship. The belt was at stake on Jimmy Burchfield's Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., "Rumble At the River," at the Twin River Events Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, this past Friday.

The fight started more than 24 hours before the first bell rang, when, at the weigh in the day before, Clampitt came in overweight. Trainer/manager, Melissa” Huracan” Hernandez, earned her stripes, verbally wrestling with Jimmy Burchfield over the weighty issue of rules. Frankie “G” Globuschutz, of the International Women’s Boxing Federation, called in and saved the day with a rule interpretation as to the weight deadline. Thank you, Frankie! And thereafter, Clampitt shed the pounds, and the fight went on, to the sold out arena fans’ ultimate delight. continue

Froch Ready For Inkin; Bladt Returns On Vester – Saku Undercard

Hennessy Sports in association with are delighted to announce that the recently postponed Froch vs Inkin fight will now be taking place at the Nottingham Arena on the 10th May 2008. Chief support on the night will still be John Murray vs John Fewkes plus the majority of the undercard as previously advertised. continue

Hatton-Malignaggi on the horizon?

NEW YORK (March 16, 2008) – IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi hopes to ink a pact early next week to confirm his dream deal: a two-fight arrangement culminating with a showdown against the world’s recognized No. 1 junior welterweight, Ricky Hatton, The Ring magazine and IBO title-holder. continue

Pound for Pound List (As Of 3/16/08)

16.03.08 - By Matt Yanofsky: 1. Floyd Mayweather {Welterweight}
Mayweather’s impressive tenth round knockout of previously undefeated Ricky Hatton On December 8th makes him the clear cut number one fighter in the world. Unfortunately, Mayweather will be fighting Oscar De La Hoya in a rematch on September 20th (which real boxing fans don’t care to see) instead of taking on the undefeated and eager Miguel Cotto. This is part of the problem with out sport and Mayweather is the man to blame in this instance. Boxing would be in much better hands if “Money Mayweather” took on tough fighters such as Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito or Shane Mosley. continue

Flamos-McInerney Tie with one KO each!

manfredoBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Cruiserweights, Chris McInerney, of Quincy, MA and Brockton, MA’s, Tim “The Hammer” Flamos, re-matched, at the request of Flamos, who was flattened in the sixth round by McInerney in their first match up, on the undercard of Tarver-Santiago, at the Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut on December 1, 2007.

The rematch was hosted by promoter, Jimmy Burchfield, at the Twin River Events Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, this past Friday night, before a sold out crowd!

“He called me after the first fight,” said McInerney to Eastsideboxing, at the press conference, a few weeks before the fight, “and asked for the rematch, and I agreed.. continue

Mosley-Judah, Barrios-Juarez Quotes

ZAB JUDAH: "First of all want to thank God for having me here and making everyone safe to get here too. Everyone is watching my career—both the great fights and the other things. But it's time to grow up and I give a lot of thanks to Golden Boy too because they have given me a great fight and a great fighter. This fight is not about Shane Mosley it is about me. On May 31 you are going to see the old Super Judah, the one that and if it even gets past the six rounds, you are going to see me finish strong and be the fighter I know I can be.. continue

James Moore manages to fend off JC Candelo at MSG

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxing Foundation: New York - James Moore proved he was a legitimate draw as the Wamu Theater in Madison Square Garden was packed with the Irish fighters die-hard fans. The native of Arklow, Ireland also proved he was "for real" as a fighter, surviving an early scare from veteran contender Juan Carlos (JC) Candelo and prevailing to pull out a career defining ten round unanimous decision win. continue

Mosley/Judah on May 31 live on HBO PPV

LAS VEGAS, March 15 – With everything riding on the line, the stakes will be high when Sugar Shane Mosley and Zab "Super" Judah square off in a welterweight showdown on Saturday, May 31. Mosley vs. Judah: "High Stakes," headlines a night of world-class professional boxing presented by Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink, Tecate Beer, Affliction Clothing and Southwest Airlines. The 12-round bout will take at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. continue

Ringside guest Roy Jones, jr.: “Markus impressed me!” Solis Decisions Salif

jones beyerAt tonight’s big ARENA-show at Zenith-Kulturhalle in Munich three-time WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer beat Murat Mahmudov from Russia by decision after 17 months of ring absence. All three judges scored the one-sided eight-round bout 80:72 in favour of “Boom Boom” Beyer.

“It feels good to be back in the ring”, stated Beyer. “This fight brings back the old confidence. My main goal was not to get hit. That worked out perfectly. Now I’m ready for bigger fights.”

Maybe the next one will already be against US-superstar Roy Jones, jr. The long-time pound-for-pound-champion followed an invitation of ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner to cross the pond and be special ringside guest at the show in Munich. continue

Holm-Sanders Las Vegas Press Conference

LAS VEGAS (March 15, 2008) – Fresquez Productions, Inc. concluded its three-city media tour today in Las Vegas with a press conference at The Luxor to formally promote the “Finally” pay-per-view event (10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT), headlined by Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm and Mary Jo Sanders in “The Battle for Pound-for-Pound Supremacy,” June 13th live from Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue

Javier Molina and Michael Hunter Earn Two More Quarterfinal Victories for Team USA

(PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD) – Light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) put on a show in his quarterfinal contest with Barbados’ Matthew Robinson, recording a 14-3 victory while super heavyweight Michael Hunter (Las Vegas, Nev.) won an 11-4 decision over Colombia’s Oscar Rivas Torres in his Americas Qualifier opener. continue

A Trio of United States Boxers Take Home Victories at the Americas Olympic Qualifier

(PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD) – Lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and middleweight Shawn Estrada (Commerce, Calif.) both made their event debuts at the Americas Olympic Qualifier on Saturday, and enjoyed victorious premieres on Saturday at the Jean Pierre Complex on Saturday in Port of Spain, Trinidad. continue

Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya; Great and All-Time Great

Sugar Ray LeonardBy Michael Herron (M.I.C.): Since winning gold in the 92 Olympics, Oscar De La Hoya has continually been compared to Hall of Famer Sugar Ray Leonard. Like Leonard, Oscar emerged from the Olympics with the promise of success and the weight of the boxing world on his shoulders. After turning professional, they both lived up to the promise by becoming multi-division champions. In addition, their charisma and talent, coupled with their willingness to fight the best of their era, attracted massive interest in the sport. In terms of fame, glamour, and financial success, Oscar has equaled and even surpassed Leonard; but in terms of establishing a winning legacy, he doesn’t quite measure up.

Leonard and De La Hoya’s careers are more alike than initially perceived. They both have fought similar opponents and taken on similar challenges. continue

Roy Jones, jr. applauds strong Solis: “A wonderful prospect!”

15.03.08 - Olympic gold medallist Odlanier Solis left Cisse Salif without any chance at ARENA’s show in Munich Friday night. “La Sombra” dominated his opponent with one of the best performances of his young professional career impressing the audience including special ringside guest Roy Jones, jr. continue

Olivia Fonseca: It’s all about the speed

By David Pambianchi: On March 15, 2008, at the WaMu Theatre in Madison Square Garden, Olivia Fonseca clashed with Christy Nickel for a schedule 4 rounds bout. Christy “Code Red” Nickel hoped for some lucky clover at the “Fist full of Shamrock” event. But “Beware the ides of March,” though a courageous fighter, she got herself a fistful of Olivia. continue

Henry Crawford works his way to victory!

By Mike Indri Retired Boxers Foundation: Newark, NJ - Having to wait more than 90 minutes because promoter Hilliard Edmond forgot the gloves - yes, the boxing gloves! - to be used by the boxers for the five scheduled bouts should have sent a message to the few people that actually came to the Robert Treat Hotel for this very under-publicized fight card. continue

Miranda/Kessler Agree to Fight In May

Mikkel KesslerBy Erin McDaniel: According to Dan Rafael from ESPN, former super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (39-1, 29 KOs) and the knockout artist Edison Miranda (30-2, 26 KOs) will meet up in a bout slated for May 24th, possibly in Montreal, Canada. Kessler, 29, last fought in November 2007, losing his WBA/WBC super middleweight titles to Joe Calzaghe in a 12-round unanimous decision loss. Since then, there'd been a lot of speculation as to who his next opponent would be. Miranda, 27, had been calling Kessler out in the media for the past month in his efforts to land a fight with him, and it looks as if his efforts have finally paid off for him.

Miranda has had two fights at super middleweight, since moving up shortly after being destroyed by Kelly Pavlik last year in a 7th round TKO on May 19th, 2007. continue

Today’s Heavyweight Division: The Good, the Has-beens and the who cares?

Dave Domenico: Is the Heavyweight division getting better? Yes, for the most part. A few years ago the contenders were a little more interesting and exciting in my opinion with fighters like Vitali Klitschko and Lamon Brewster out there. However in terms of clarity, the Division is getting better because there has been some progress made in terms of finding a recognized heavyweight champion. Aside from that, let us iron out what the division needs to do to really make serious progress at thins time. Here we go. continue

Today's Heavyweights - One Writer's Top-Ten

13.03.08 - by James Slater: We saw two heavyweights supposed to meet some time back finally getting it on this past Saturday, and we now have the WBC's version of the heavyweight title somewhat cleared up as a result. We have also recently seen another big man unify two versions of the heavyweight throne, the IBF and WBO versions. And we have also seen the unbeaten WBA king return to action this year, after a forced layoff due to illness. So who are the ten best big men in the sport right now? continue

Christopher Downs Knocks Off Cuban Foe at the Americas Olympic Qualifier

(PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD) – Light heavyweight Christopher Downs (Fort Carson, Colo.) defeated the first Cuban at the Americas Olympic Qualifier, knocking off Julio de la Cruz Peraza. Downs enjoyed a convincing win, defeating Peraza by a 16-5 margin to earn a berth in the semifinal round. continue

Can Vitali Klitschko Survive Training Camp?

Vitali KlitschkoBy Geoffrey Ciani: When Kirk Johnson was forced to pull out of a scheduled bout with heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis just two weeks prior to fight night, it appeared the entire card was in jeopardy, including an under card contest between Vitali Klitschko and Cedric Boswell. This was supposed to be an opportunity for Lewis and Klitschko, his number one contender, to showcase their talents in order to hype up a showdown between the two later that year. As fate would have it, Lewis and Vitali agreed to face-off on two weeks notice, rather than taking tune-ups and waiting until December 2003. This was a brave gesture by both fighters where the stakes could not have been any higher.

The showdown between Lewis and Klitschko wound up being a rather entertaining endeavor in a give and take affair that brought out the best in both. continue

Froch vs Inkin Rescheduled for May / Thaxton-Romanov Tix

Hennessy Sports can confirm that due to an acute infection, Denis Inkin will not be available to fight Carl Froch on the 29th March at the Nottingham Arena. Universum Box-Promotions have today confirmed Denis Inkin will be ready and fit to fight by the end of April. Mark Sharman, Director of ITV News and Sport said: “We looked at the option of a replacement opponent but in the end this fight is so big it’s worth waiting for”. continue

Glen Johnson Within Weight Limit

HOLLYWOOD, FL, March 14 – It’s been a long couple of years for Glen Johnson as he’s waited for his chance to regain the world light heavyweight championship. Along the way he’s watched the big names at 175 pounds duck and dodge him while all he did was win, recently stopping the likes of Montell Griffin and Hugo Pineda in devastating fashion. continue

Amir Khan Gunning For Nate Campbell

Amir Khan has congratualted new lightweight world champion Nate Campbell on beating Juan Diaz - but has warned him he is coming to get his titles. Campbell pulled off a major shock when he out-pointed Diaz in Mexico at the weekend to land the WBC, WBO and WBA crowns. And Khan says he'd be keen on a fight with the top American. continue

Weigh In Results & Photo Gallery For Friday Night Fights!

manfredoBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman -- click here to view photo gallery -- Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, in association with Twin River, Budweiser and Tournament of Contenders, hosts eight bouts of professional boxing at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, this Friday night!

The main event features 10 rounds of super middleweight boxing between “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr, 28-5, 13 KO’s, who weighed in at 170 ½ lbs against York, South Carolina’s Shane “The Irish Hitman” Benfield, 17-1, 9 KO’s, who weighed in at 169 ½ lbs.

The co-feature features Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt, 18-4-1, 7 KO’s, of Warwick, RI, via Canada, defending her IWBF Lightweight Championship belt again the busiest female boxing in the USA, and ten time world title challenger, Belinda “Brown Sugar” Laracuente, 23-21-3, 9 KO’s. continue

With Sellout Looming, Mandalay Bay Opens Closed Circuit for Marquez/Pacquiao II

Mandalay Bay is set to host closed circuit viewing of the second battle between World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez and three-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. The debate about which fighter is the best will finally be settled when Marquez defends his title against Pacquiao in a 12-round battle for pound-for-pound supremacy and the vacant Ring Magazine Junior Lightweight Championship. The bout will take place Saturday, March 15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.

Yahoo! Sports & ESPN360 to stream live Pacquiao Marquez Undercard

LAS VEGAS, NEV (March 14, 2008) -- Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank announced today that Yahoo! Sports and ESPN360 will exclusively stream live the non-pay-per-view bouts from the four-bout pay-per-view boxing extravaganza headlined by the Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao II WBC world super featherweight championship fight. Marquez vs. Pacquiao takes place Tomorrow! Saturday, March 15, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.. continue

Pacquiao-Marquez: Juan Appears To Be The Younger Fighter

By Donald Rayfield: As I've watched both Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3-1, 35 KOs) prepare for this Saturday's WBC super featherweight rematch at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada, I can't help but notice how badly Pacquiao has aged in the past four years since their first fight on May 8th, 2004. continue

Who Should Be Wladimir Klitschko’s Next Opponent?

Wladimir KlitschkoBy Cesar Pancorvo – After performing like I expected and defeating Maskaev, Sam Peter has now erased one of the major arguments of his haters, who used to say that he “has never stopped a top contender”. It wasn’t a Mike Tyson knockout, but Peter was able to hurt Oleg Maskaev and make the referee stop the fight. It was obvious that this would happen, and now Peter has been rated as the second best Heavyweight in the world. The number one is Klitschko, obviously.

I debate that ranking; Peter should be ranked third and not second, mainly because there is a better heavyweight than him: Ruslan Chagaev, who has a superior resume with wins over Vladimir Virchis, John Ruiz and Nikolay Valuev, and a recent lackluster win over fringe contender Matt Skelton. continue

Holm-Sanders Press Conference

ALBUQUERQUE (March 13, 2008) – A Fresquez Productions, Inc. press conference was held today at the Isleta Casino & Resort to formally announce “Finally,” the pay-per-view event (10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT), headlined by Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm and Mary Jo Sanders – “The Battle for Pound-for-Pound Supremacy” -- on June 13th live from Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue

Johnny Ray Narvaez: Looking for something bigger and better

14.03.08 - By Chris Robinson, photo by GRMStudio: In boxing a fighter can only be taught so much. There has so be something else inside of a man or woman to take them to the next level of prizefighting. For all of the training, studying, and sacrifice must almost come a special quality from within that only rare people have. continue

Cory Phelps to Fight Bobby Gunn March 22nd

Kentucky based veteran Cory “The Cobra” Phelps 11-3 (6 KO’s) has been named as the March 22nd opponent for former IBA cruiserweight champion and WBO title challenger Bobby Gunn 18-3 {15 KO’s}. The scheduled ten round contest will be the main event on a FelKO Promotions card which features five bouts in total. Upon hearing that an opponent was announced, Gunn was happy to finally have a foe in place. continue

Antillon Destroys Pacquiao In 1st Round KO!

Bobby PacquiaoBy Chris Johnson: Undefeated super featherweight contender Urbano Antillon (22-0, 15 KOs) stopped Bobby Pacquiao (28-14-3, 13 KOs) in the 1st round of a scheduled 10-round bout tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Late in the first, Urbano, 25, hurt Pacquiao with a left uppercut to the head, and then finished him off with a crushing left hook to the kidneys which dropped Pacquiao to the canvas. He was unable to get up and was counted out by referee Joe Cortez at 2:49 of the 1st round. Pacquiao, 27, stayed down for a long time afterwards trying to recover from the huge body shot from Antillon.

Pacquiao, the younger brother of super featherweight Manny Pacquiao, was controlling the round at the time of the stoppage. continue

Javier Molina Molina Claims Opening Round Victory at the Americas Olympic Qualifier

(PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD) – Light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) boxed his way to a first round victory over Brazil’s Myke Carvalho on Thursday night at the Americas Olympic Qualifier in Port of Spain, Trinidad. continue

An undisputed Heavyweight Champ – is 2009 the year? Klitschko-Peter

By Michael Montero: Wladimir Klitschko is undoubtedly the best heavyweight in the world and Sam Peter is the clear runner-up after his dismantling of Oleg Maskaev last Saturday. Although Wlad holds a victory over the “Nigerian Nightmare” a few years ago, it wasn’t a dominant victory and Peter has since won fights against formidable opponents James Toney, Jameel McCline and Maskaev en route to claiming the WBC belt. continue

Shoulder injury temporarily sidelines Joe Mesi

PROVIDENCE (March 13, 2008) – A shoulder muscle tear has forced “Baby” Joe Mesi to withdraw from his April 4th fight against Terry “Hurricane” Smith, headlining an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights pro boxing show, at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Mesi is under doctor’s orders to rest his injured shoulder for three to four weeks. continue

Samuel Peter - Why Is He so Disliked By Fans?

Samuel PeterBy Oliver Taplin: In the past week ever since Samuel Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) defeated Oleg Maskaev to win the WBC heavyweight title, it's been almost impossible to read a thread in the forum or the front page of ESB that involves Peter that doesn't contain refer to him in negative terms. It seems rather peculiar given his immense talent and all what he's achieved in the past two years.

Whether people like it or not, he arguably is the most exciting heavyweight in the division by far at this point in time. That may change with David Haye moving over to the heavyweight division in the near future, but as of now, Peter equals excitement no matter whom he's fighting. What I don't understand, however, is how come he doesn't seem to get credit for it with the fans? continue

Weigh In for "A Fistful of Shamrocks" Boxing Show on March 15th at MSG

Tickets are still available for the “A Fistful of Shamrocks” boxing show at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater on Saturday, March 15, 2008. The 12 bout card, which is being promoted by Celtic Gloves Promotions, is headlined by undefeated junior middleweight James Moore, 14-0, (10 KOS), a native of County Wicklow, Ireland, who fights out of Queens. He is facing the seasoned veteran and former world title challenger J.C. Candelo, 27-9-4 (18 KOS), of Colombia in the 10 round main event. continue

Christopher Downs Stops Argentine Opponent at the Americas Olympic Qualifier

(PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD) – Light heavyweight Christopher Downs (Fort Carson, Colo.) made an impressive debut at the Americas Olympic Qualifier in Port of Spain, Trinidad, stopping Patricio Pitto in the second round. Downs let his hands fly early and often in the light heavyweight preliminary round battle. He enjoyed an active first round, trapping Pitto in the corner and unleashing combinations multiple times in the first round. continue

Haye vs. Maccarinelli: Knockout Or Knockdown?

By Rahul Deb: There has been no shortage of praise for David Haye following his knockout victory over Enzo Maccarinelli. Comparisons are already being made between Haye and Holyfield (perhaps they should fight) and the speculation over his future heavyweight career has begun. The praise being showered on Haye is clearly deserved even though referring to him as the future heavyweight champion does seem somewhat premature. While taking nothing away from Haye’s performance I cannot help but ponder the events of Saturday. continue

Fields Obliterates Willis In 1st Round!

Tye FieldsBy Peter Holland: 6'9" 275 lb, heavyweight Tye Fields (41-1, 37 KOs) chalked up yet another win over a hapless 3rd tier opponent, beating last second substitute Roderick Willis (14-3-1, 8 KOs) in a 1st round TKO tonight at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fields, 33, as usual, came out firing on all cylinders as he simply overwhelmed Willis with punches early in the first round, battering him to the ropes with chopping lefts and right hand combinations. Referee Russell Mora moved in and halted the bout at 1:37 of the 1st. It wasn't pretty, but then again few of Fields' bouts would ever win style points.

Willis, 36, had little problem landing on the few occasions that he attempted to, as he hit Fields with several good left and right hands in the round. However, Fields kept steady pressure on him throughout the round, throwing sloppy windmill punches. Willis backed up to the corner, where Fields unloaded with repeated left hands throwing one after another like he was chopping down a tree. continue

Sanders to box Jones on ESPN 2 March 28

Salamanca, NY—Welterweight Germaine Sanders, of Chicago, IL, will box unbeaten Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, in the scheduled eight-round co-feature on Friday evening, March 28, at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel. The 10-round junior middleweight main event pairs Kassim Ouma, of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, against Cornelius “K9” Bundrage, of Detroit, MI. continue

Four Years Too Late: The Pacuiao-Marquez Rematch

By Geoffrey Ciani: When Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez first squared off, both men were largely seeking an identity. For Marquez, he had spent his entire career stuck on the outside looking in, while fellow Mexican pugilists Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera both shared the limelight. For Pacquiao, he was looking to build on his upset victory against the aforementioned Barrera and prove to the world that he was the real deal. Their contest represented a chance for each fighter to make a statement, and at the end of the contest, each fighter succeeded in doing so despite the inconclusive verdict. continue

Raphael Butler Becomes The Youngest Heavyweight In The World With 30 Wins

Houston – On Saturday, March 1, 2008, in St. Louis, Missouri, Raphael Butler became the youngest heavyweight in the world to amass 30 wins. At just 24-years of age and 2 months, Raphael Butler becomes only the sixth heavyweight in the world under the age of 30 to amass 30 wins. The other heavyweights with 30 wins who are under 30 years of age are Samuel Peters, age 27, Eddie Chambers, age 25, Albert Sosnowski, age 29, Malik Scott, age 27, and Chauncey Welliver, age 24 and 9 months. continue

Why Hopkins will beat Calzaghe

Bernard HopkinsBy Kenny Rushby: Ok, let me make this clear from the start - I'm a Brit, and would LOVE to see Calzaghe win. I have NO love for B-Hop or his evocative comments, which I believe go beyond mere 'mind-games' into the plain disgraceful at times.

But unfortunately I can see Hopkins winning this one. And here's why:

Joe Calzaghe has been a champion for many years, totally undefeated. He possesses lightening handspeed, accuracy, workrate, a good chin (see the 4th round v Kessler for example), a top trainer (his father) and excellent ring-smarts. He'll have the crowd on his side, and boasts 32 KO's from 44 fights.

But breaking this down, for all his handspeed and accurate shots, they lack any real power, and most of the time 'slap' fairly harmlessly - for example, Peter Manfredo Jr., a fighter nowhere near the level of Calzaghe, took countless shots without reply - and was clearly not hurt at all. He punched Jeff Lacy non-stop for 12 rounds, as he could not knock him out. Even Contender Sakio Bika took him the distance. continue

Travis Walker Calls Out Peter, Rahman and Arreola

On Friday, February 29, 2008, Travis Walker became the only heavyweight prospect and now contender to defeat three other fellow prospects when he knocked out TJ Wilson at 1:51 of the second round on Showtime. Wilson was the former two time national amateur champion and two time Olympic alternate who owned wins over Joe Mesi, Calvin Brock, and Dominic Guinn in the amateurs. He had a record of 12-1 coming into the Walker fight. continue

Pacquiao/Marquez Press Conference Quotes

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 12, 2008) – Photos by Naoki Fukuda: The final press conference was held moments ago for the hen World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion between JUAN MANUEL MARQUEZ vs MANNY PACQUIAO Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resorts and Casino and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Faruq Saleem vs. Tye Fields is the Right Fight

By Ted Sares: Faruq “The Dream” Saleem is a 6’7’’ 250 pound heavyweight out of Newark, NJ who sports a 37 (KO 23) - 0 record. He started his career in 1998 by icing James Holly 4-49 with all of Holly’s losses coming by way of KO. He followed this up with a KO of one Orion Sistrunk, ostensibly from Mars. Orion is now 5-22-1. His most recent win was a MD against game Road Warrior Sedreck “Big Buck” Fields at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia in October 2007. continue

Jesse Feliciano-Andrey Tsurkan - "El Rayo" Returns

Jesse FelicianoBy James Slater: When he was last seen in action, rough and tough welterweight Jesse Feliciano was doing himself proud battling huge betting favourite and IBF welterweight king Kermit Cintron. Expected by many to be blown away, the 25-year-old Feliciano instead gave Cintron a real war, both taking and landing some hurtful shots. Finally stopped while still on his feet in round ten, Feliciano had just given his career and his name a massive boost. Now proven to be very much world class, the 15-6-3(9) warrior would be welcomed back as soon as he was ready to box again.

Now, this coming April 25th, Feliciano is ready to step back into the ring. Opposing him will be another fighter who came very close to winning a big fight in his last outing. Ukraine-born Bronx native Andrey Tsurkan was last seen losing a highly contentious split decision to the unbeaten Yuri Foreman, in a fight that saw Tsurkan lose the NABF light-middleweight strap he had won by defeating Hector Camacho Jnr. continue

Rob Calloway: Arslan, Are You Ready?

St. Joseph, Missouri, March 12, 2008 – “All-American Prizefighter” Rob Calloway wants his chance to prove that he should be recognized as the cruiserweight champion of the world. As the WBC Continental Americas, IBF International and NABA Cruiserweight champion, Calloway has his eyes on the top. continue

BOXING: Women’s Champions Crowned at 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Thirteen national champions were crowned Thursday night as the women took center stage at the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships, held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. USA Boxing started the evening by introducing all the evening's competitors and honoring Iraq War veteran and U.S. Paralympic Team hopeful Melissa Stockwell, who received a standing ovation from the crowd. Stockwell, who lost her leg in Iraq after being hit by a roadside bomb, is hoping to represent the U.S. in swimming at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. continue

Pacquiao vs. Marquez II: For All The Marbles

By Adam Cullen: After four years of waiting, we finally get to see WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (48-3, 35 KOs) and Manny Pacquiao (45-3-2, 35 KOs) go at in a rematch, which will be taking place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their first bout, fought on May 8th, 2004, was incredibly exiting with Marquez being knocked down three times in the first round alone. However, after the knockdowns, Marquez seemed to solve Pacquiao’s style and beat him in most of the remaining rounds to eventually earn a draw. Many, however, felt that Marquez received a poor decision, in that he had controlled the fight from the 2nd round on until the 12th. continue

John Ruiz: Is He Back In the Mix?

John RuizBy Ted Sares:

My main thing is to go out there and win. That is what boxing is. You go out there and you fight and you win. It is not about looking pretty.

--John Ruiz

John “The Quite Man” Ruiz, 43-7-1-1, was 25-2 when he met undefeated David Tua in 1996 for the WBC International heavyweight title in Atlantic City. Tua was 22-0 at the time. Ruiz came out cold and was cold cocked by a particularly brutal and fully leveraged series of left hooks in just 19 seconds. continue

At What Point Does Tye Fields Stop Fighting Bums?

By Neil Dennis: On Thursday night, Tye “Big Sky” Fields will fight yet another low-ranked opponent on the Versus Network. Originally, this was supposed to be Josue Blocus, whose biggest claim to fame was a one round knock out of perennial “opponent” Sedrick Fields (who, incidentally, went the distance with “Big Sky” Tye). Blocus was forced to bow out and replaced by Roderick Willis. Even less of a name than Blocus, Willis’ biggest fight was his recent split decision loss against 40 year-old ex-champ Michael Moorer. continue

Klitschko vs. Peter: Heavyweight Unification or a Utopian Pipe Dream?

By Geoffrey Ciani: With the recent unification of the IBF/WBO by Wladimir Klitschko and the vicious knockout victory for Sam Peter over WBC champion Oleg Maskaev, it appears as if heavyweight boxing might finally be headed in the direction of unification. After all, in Klitschko, we have a unified champion for the first time since Lennox Lewis dumped his IBF belt instead of facing Chris Byrd, and it appears a rematch showdown between Klitschko and Peter is inevitable. continue

The Left Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Q&A Mailbag Featuring Cotto, Margarito, Pacquiao, And More!

12.03.08 - Today's LHL mailbag scans a wide array of questions posed directly from the minds of some of the sports most avid fight fans. On the tab in today's Q&A session is everything from Antonio Margarito's recent comments about "Beating the Champions of Puerto Rico", to Alphonso Gomez's chances of defeating Miguel Cotto, to a look at the Pacquiao/Marquez showdown and much, much more. When it's all said and done, as always, we learn that for every question answered there's a new question raised, but never-the-less, today we do it all over again.....So here we go: continue

Miranda: Here Kitty, Kitty...Kessler The Kitten Goes Into Hiding

Edison MirandaHOLLYWOOD, FL, March 12 – The internet connections were all working, website and newspaper reporters were calling the Seminole Warriors Boxing office for comments, so the press release from Edison Miranda calling out Mikkel Kessler must have gone out.

But where’s Kessler?

Conspicuously quiet since Miranda let the world know that the so-called “Viking Warrior” refused to fight him, Kessler - a former world champion in need of some career rehabilitation after the 12 round boxing lesson he was given by Joe Calzaghe last November – is presumed to be missing and refusing to come out until the big, bad ‘Pantera’ goes away.

“I’m not surprised Kessler the Kitten disappeared when the big cat came around,” said Miranda. “I wish him luck in his future endeavors as a model, actor, race car driver or video game player, because it’s obvious that he’s no longer a fighter.. continue

Sam Peter to fight Vitali Klitschko

Nathan King: According to earlier reports, Jose Sulaiman, WBC President, has order that Vitali Klitschko is to be Sam Peter's first defense of his recently gained title. Peter (30-1, 23 KO) defeated Russian Oleg Maskaev sixth round TKO on March 8 to receive the WBC title. Klitschko who hasn't fought since his TKO victory over Danny Williams in December of 2004, has battled frequent injuries that has been the main cause of his inactivity. continue

Holm-Sanders Female PPV Super Fight on June 13

ALBUQUERQUE (March 12, 2008) – The long awaited, much anticipated showdown between two of boxing’s best, exciting and most popular females, Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm and Mary Jo Sanders, will headline the June 13th “Finally” pay-per-view event (10 PM/ET-8 PM/MT), presented by Fresquez Productions, Inc., live from Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. continue

Beyer: “To fight Roy Jones, jr. would be a great honour!”

Today’s ARENA press conference in Munich should have been about Markus Beyer’s comeback fight against Murat Mahmudov from Russia. But the main focus was on the possible clash with US-superstar Roy Jones, jr. continue

Hatton To Fight Lazcano

Ricky HattonBy Richard Rodriguez: In a move that will no doubt disappoint many of his fans, former super lightweight/welterweight champion Ricky Hatton (43-1, 31 KOs) will defend his IBO light welterweight title against Juan Lazcano (37-4-1, 27 KOs) on May 24th in Manchester, England. It had been hoped that Hatton, 29, would take on one of the current light welterweight title holders – Paulie Malignaggi, Ricardo Torres, Gavin Rees or Junior Witter – rather than a lower ranked fighter like Lazano (currently ranked #12 in the IBF).

Hatton, however, seems to be looking at this fight as a confidence builder which would explain for his choice of opponent. In his last fight, Hatton was soundly beaten by WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather, who stopped him in the 10th round in December 2007. The fight was never really close in that Hatton was too short, too slow and not as skilled as Mayweather, resulting in a one-sided fight up until the bitter end in the 10th round. continue

Andrew Murray a fighter even before he donned the Gloves

Even before Andrew Murray put on a pair of boxing gloves it was obvious he was a true fighter. The Cavan man is the current Irish Light Welterweight champion and one of the country’s hottest boxing prospects but there were few signs in Murray’s childhood that a career between the ropes lay in store. continue

BOXING: Electrifying Semifinal Night Sets Stage for Men’s Finals at 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – With spots in the finals at stake Wednesday night at the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, the men's semifinalists left everything in the ring, resulting in a highly entertaining night of boxing. continue

Rees vs Kotelnik: Gavin Rees Aims To Lift Welsh Spirits

WBA World Light-Welterweight champion Gavin Rees says Wales will be celebrating an historic double over the next seven days. The 27-year-old is backing the rugby team to win the Grand Slam - and says he'll add to the celebrations by defeating Andreas Kotelnik in the first defence of his WBA title. Undefeated Rees is also determined to put a smile back on the face of team Calzaghe after Enzo Maccarinelli lost to David Haye at the weekend. continue

The Ongoing Heavyweight Mess

Samuel PeterMatthew Hurley: After dismantling the always shaky, and probably shot, Oleg Maskaev in six rounds, newly crowned WBC belt holder Samuel Peter breathlessly proclaimed himself ready for any heavyweight out there. With Don King’s flag waving histrionics peeking over his broad shoulders providing the requisite touch of lunacy, the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ repeated the world “tomorrow” like a mantra when asked if he was ready to fight WBC ‘Champion Emeritus’ Vitali Klitschko.

The very idea that Vitali, a fighter who hasn’t fought since 2004 and can’t even make it through breakfast without injuring himself is Peter’s mandatory defense is further proof that sanctioning bodies will always remain the biggest thorn in the side of boxing. Should this fight actually be signed Las Vegas will lay odds as to how long it will take Vitali to blow out his knee or injure his back in training camp, further wasting everybody’s time. continue

David Diaz Breaks Camp, Jets To Las Vegas For Battle With Ramon Montano

CHICAGO, IL (March 11, 2008) World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz broke camp today to travel to Las Vegas, NV in anticipation of his non-title ten round bout against Ramon Montano set for this Saturday night, March 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Speaking after his last workout at JABB Boxing Gym, Diaz said “We’ve had a terrific camp, excellent sparring, and great conditioning. continue

Juan Diaz: Questions remain in Cancun

Team Diaz Press Release: Former WBA, WBO and IBF champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz touched down to his hometown of Houston Sunday evening from Cancun, on the heels of his split decision loss to Nate Campbell. By Monday morning Diaz already was resuming his college courses at the University of Houston, not letting his disappointing defeat affect him. continue

Boxing: Stepping Through The Door

By Nick Porter: It's a scenario familiar to thousands. The alarm goes off, and they lie there in the dark after it has stopped sounding. They have sworn this task to themselves, but for every person lying in every house in the darkness, there is that single moment's hesitation; a battle of body and mind against the spirit. continue

Risk vs. Reward; The Highs, The Lows, and the Medium

judahMichael Herron (M.I.C.): In boxing, and life in general, the chances you take can often be described as a risk/reward ratio. More often than not, we hear of prize fighters accepting or declining fights based on this concept. The fighters refer to this as being “smart businessmen”; but fans experience it as “frustration.” The most common and unfortunate outcome is that the fights the fans want to see are frequently not made because the fighters can’t agree that the risk matches the reward.

For a prize fighter, the best-case scenario is a low-risk, high-reward fight, or as they call it, “easy money.” An example of this would be Floyd Mayweather, Jr. vs. Henry Bruselles. These types of fights may line their pockets, but will not enhance their legacy. A second scenario is the high-risk, high-reward contest, a.k.a., the “payday. continue

Tye Fields-Roderick Willis Heavyweight Clash Headlines VERSUS “Fight Night” LIVE, March 13

Viewers will once again be able to score the bouts from home when Fight Night on VERSUS in collaboration with Top Rank Boxing presents a card headlined by heavyweight Tye Fields this Thursday night from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada at 9 p.m. ET.Viewers can access the Versus Live Scorecard at and enter their own score based on the 10 point must system. VERSUS will post results throughout the fight card. continue

Clampitt fighting on for love of sport

PROVIDENCE (March 11, 2008) – Three-time world champion Jaime “The Hurricane” Clampitt, 2007 Canadian Female Fighter of the Year, defends her IWBF lightweight crown against GBU junior welterweight title-holder Belinda “Brown Sugar” Larcuente in Friday night’s 10-round co-feature on “Rumble at the River,” part of “The Budweiser Night at the Fights,” at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Hide Stops May In 2nd Round!

By Chris Johnson: In a fight marred by fouls, cruiserweight Herbie Hide (42-4, 41 KOs) stopped Rüdiger May (43-6-3, 11 KOs) in the 2nd round on Tuesday night at the Maritim Hotel Halle in Halle/Saale, Germany. Hide, 36, a former WBO heavyweight champion, dropped May, 33, two times in the fight - once in the first round and then another time in the second. After the second knockdown, May was unable to get off the canvas and was counted out by referee Massimo Barrovecchio at 1:47 of the 2nd round. continue

Report from the O2 Arena: Mitchell-Johanneson, Haye-Maccarinelli

hayeBy Michael Klimes, photo by Tom Casino: The Main Event: One cannot know what Enzo Maccarinelli was feeling after his opponent David Haye ruthlessly dispatched him in the early hours of Sunday morning to end his title reign and eight year winning streak. He looked like he had been electrocuted as his hair was frazzled and there was shock in his face. Furthermore, the stumbling he did after he got up from his knockdown could be interpreted as his own little dance in the tradition of Zab Judah’s jig in his bout against Kostya Tszyu a number of years ago.

For Haye, he did two things that night fighters rarely do in the modern age – make a promise and live up to it. He predicted he would end the fight quickly and did in an exhilarating style, something fashionable for a man that has modelled for Versace. Haye’s three straight rights that drained his adversary’s grip on reality over a thirty second time span were very impressive. continue

Roy Jones ringside at ARENA’s big show in Munich, possible next opponent for Markus Beyer

Great honour for Munich’s boxing fans and especially for three-time WBC super middleweight champion Markus Beyer who takes on Murat Mahmudov on March 14th in Munich after one and a half years of ring absence! Superstar Roy Jones, jr. is planning to come from Pensacola to Bavaria to watch Beyer who might be Jones’ next opponent. continue

Herbie Hide To David Haye: Come and fight me! I’ll beat you up like you’ve never been beaten up before"

11.03.08 - The “Dancing Destroyer” once more did what he does best. In Halle (Saale) Herbie Hide “destroyed” Rüdiger May from Cologne (Germany) to defend his WBC International cruiserweight championship. Hide had May down once in the first round. After 1:47 minute in round 2 referee Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy) stopped the fight because May was not able to defend himself against Herbie’s overwhelming attacks... continue

Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield to Share Heroic Lineup on Turner Classic Movies’ GUEST PROGRAMMER

Turner Classic Movies welcomes Evander Holyfield, one of the world’s most talented and respected boxers, to share a handful of his favorite films on GUEST PROGRAMMER, Monday, Mar. 31. Each month on this movie showcase, TCM invites a celebrity to exchange their star status for a role as a devoted fan of classic film by picking a few of his or her favorite movies and sharing with viewers what he or she has come to love about each one. continue

Zab vs. PBF, Zab vs. Cotto, Zab vs. Mosley - Will These Fights Be Eerily Similar?

judah10.03.08 - Michael Herron (M.I.C.): I know some of you are reading this title and saying huh? What? What do you mean similar? Well, I know the image of Cotto KOing Zab is fresh in your mind, as compared to the Mayweather decision, but I believe Mayweather was on his way to accomplishing the same thing in the 10th round when Zab fouled him.

In both fights, Zab came out blazing, hurting his opponent and winning some early rounds. Then as the fight wears on, Zab starts to take jabs and lead rights, and what really hurt’s him are the body shots. Go back and watch his fight with PBF, and you'll see that Floyd's body attack is just as effective as Cotto's in slowing Judah down. Another similar item was the damage that Zab took to the face. Floyd busted him up and had him swollen; so did Cotto. continue

BOXING: Semifinals Set at 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Quarterfinal action concluded Monday night at the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships Monday at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with some crowd-pleasing, high-scoring bouts on the women's side and some outstanding performances on the men's side. continue

Video: The Big Show Tosses Floyd Mayweather Out The Ring

Milwaukee, WI, March 10, 2008 — Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Big Show finally met face to face in the ring last night at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for a weigh-in ceremony prior to their match at WrestleMania 24. Big Show stunned fans live on Monday Night RAW by pressing the current WBC Welterweight Champion over his head and tossing him out of the ring, demonstrating his physical dominance over the much smaller Mayweather. continue

Urango-Vilches title elimination bout headlines ESPN card on April 23rd

He’s put in his time in the gym, he’s learned from the tactical mistakes of the past, and now former junior welterweight champion Juan Urango is ready to re-take his crown. But first, the “Iron Twin” must get by South American Champion Carlos Wilfredo Vilches on Wednesday, April 23rd, as ESPN2 Wednesday Night Fights returns to the Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena in Hollywood, Florida for “THE KNOCKOUT KINGS”, an explosive night of world-class boxing action. continue

The questions about David Haye's heavyweight invasion have officially begun

David Haye10.03.08 - By Chris Acosta Can he hurt a big man? What happens when a bigger man hits him? Is he more concerned about his image than his boxing? Can he go twelve hard rounds? Is he more of an athlete than a fighter?

My answer: who the hell cares?

David Haye isn't perfect. He has that ugly loss to Carl Thompson back in 2004. He just might be saddled with those dual flaws that all punchers seem to be born with: a weak chin and stamina. He sometimes gets a little wild in there. The doubts about him are legit in many ways.

But the good far outweigh the bad. As Haye proved last night in his second round dismantling of fellow titleholder Enzo Maccarinelli, the Londoner has an awful lot to compensate for his perceived weaknesses. continue

Arena-Box-Promotion and GSP Announce Joint U.S. Venture

TOTOWA, NJ (March 10, 2008) -- Ahmet Öner and Gary Shaw the owners of Arena Box-Promotion (Arena) in Hamburg, Germany, and Gary Shaw Productions (GSP) in Totowa, N.J., respectively, announced a new joint venture today where GSP will be Arena's exclusive U.S. promoter. In their first event together, Arena and GSP will showcase two 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medallists, both undefeated as professionals, on May 17, at a site to be announced shortly. continue

Rubin Williams Ready For Andre Ward

Anybody who thinks that veteran boxer Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams will be the slightest bit intimidated when he takes on Bay Area and U.S. Olympic hero and undefeated super middleweight Andre Ward in front of a packed house of Ward’s loyal fans at San Jose’s HP Pavilion on Thursday night, March 20, had better think again. continue

Nasir vs Oswald On April 4

In his first fight in hometown Aarhus in more than five years, Danish super middleweight Fawaz Nasir will be facing a tough challenge in former IBF Continental Africa champion Maneno “The Tanzanian Tyson” Oswald on the April 4 promotion at the NRGI Arena staged by Team Vester in cooperation with Risum Boxing. continue

After Quick Victory David Haye Plans To Invade The Heavyweights

david hayeMatthew Hurley, photo by Tom Casino/Showtime: In the aftermath of his second round destruction of Enzo Maccarinelli at the O2 Arena in London the newly unified cruiserweight champion made his intentions for the future clear. With former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield sitting at ringside Haye battered Maccarinelli against the corner ring-post before sending him to the canvas. The Welsh fighter regained his footing but after a standing eight count referee John Keane waved the fight over. Haye then let it be known that he intends to emulate Holyfield and campaign as a heavyweight.

“The ‘Hayemaker’ doesn’t lie,” he said after the most emphatic victory of his career. “It’s nice to know this division is cleaned up now. (So) it’s time to move up to the heavyweights and put a bit more life into that division.. continue

Fighting Garcias Team head to Chicago this Friday night

The “Fighting Garcias Team” of Oxnard, California, will return to Chicago this Friday night, March 14th as undefeated lightweight prospect Brandon “BAM BAM” Rios takes to the ring in the co-main event at MARCH BADNESS, another evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

Early Marquez Pacquaio Fight Week Special: Marquez Up Close And Personal

LOS ANGELES (Monday, March 10). Juan Manuel Marquez touched down at the Los Angeles international airport Saturday night from his training camp in Mexico City, where he has prepared long and hard for his fight against Manny Pacquaio this Saturday, March 15, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and live on HBO Pay-Per-View. continue

Welcome Back, David Haye; Saviour Of The Heavyweight Division!

by James Slater: He's only boxed at heavyweight once, but David "Hayemaker" Haye is without question the man with the best chance of restoring some fulltime excitement and prestige to the division. Looking a million dollars last Saturday in destroying Enzo Maccarinelli, Haye now plans on re-invading the heavyweights, and soon. After giving himself time to put back on the muscle weight he dropped so as to make cruiser one last time, Haye will be back in around six months time, against a decent name. Then, in 2009, Haye will challenge for one of, if not all of, the heavyweight belts. continue

'Any Given Night': Considering Campbell's Upset Victory, Is Cotto, Calzaghe, Dawson, and Tarver In For A Surprise?

david haye10.03.08 - By Vivek Wallace, Photo by David Martin Warr/DKP: Saturday night's action went a long way in describing why it is that fight fans are so passionate about the sport of boxing. In the world of football there's the saying, "On Any Given Sunday", which speaks of the reality that no matter who you are and what you've accomplished, any team can win when you step on that gridiron.

In the world of boxing there's no such saying, but the sentiment couldn't be any closer to reality as time and time again we see the unexpected.

Last Saturday nights action displayed the full arsenal of outcomes to take place in boxing as we saw a number of fights that varied in outcome.

We saw one guy with amazing ability fall flat on the big stage (Enzo Maccaranelli). We saw his opponent - (Haye) - solidify his status as a true contender amongst the big boys. continue

Gerry Cooney Headlines Salute to Irish American Heritage

Gerry Cooney, one of the great boxers of his era and the former heavyweight contender from Huntington, Long Island, will headline "A Salute to Irish American Heritage" at Empire City at Yonkers Raceway ( on Tuesday night, March 11. continue

A Fistful of Shamrocks - Press Conference Recap

The final press conference for the pre-St. Patrick’s Day Madison Square Garden extravaganza called “A Fistful of Shamrocks” was held today, March 10th, at Jack Demsey’s Irish pub on East 33rd Street in midtown Manhattan. The show is being promoted by the newly created Celtic Ropes Promotions ( continue

David Haye Exposes Enzo

10.03.08 - Andrew Walker Early Sunday morning in the O2 Arena London, WBA-WBC World Cruiserweight Champion David Haye 21-1-0 destroyed WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Enzo Maccarinelli 28-2-0 inside two rounds. Although the fight was billed as “bombs away” with the suggestion being that both of these fighters possessed the power to end the fight with just a single punch I never thought that it would really happen. My thinking was that in this fight we had two fighters at the top of their game who would take each other to a place neither had been to before in the boxing ring. continue

Sharkie’s Machine: Peter Pummels Maskaev to TKO in Six

david hayeBy Frank Gonzalez Jr, photo by David Martin Warr/DKP: Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun Mexico, WBC Heavyweight Champion Oleg Maskaev (34-6, 26 KO’s) lost his title to the younger Sam Peter (30-1, 23 KO’s) after Peter delivered a series of power punches in the sixth round that forced Maskaev to cover up, get rocked a few times and ultimately be saved by the referee, who stepped between them and stopped the contest.

Sam Peter’s aggressiveness was the difference in this fight. Maskaev lost the first round by not punching enough. He did better in the second as he jabbed well and connected with a few scoring blows. Peter landed the bigger punches but Maskaev was starting to realize that by using simple boxing techniques, he could catch Peter with a big right hand somehow. It didn’t happen. Peter won the second by doing more damage. continue

U.S. Future Boxing Stars National Championship Action Rolls into Day Two at the Olympic Training Center

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The 2008 U.S Future Stars National Championship continued Monday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Seventy-four boxers competed in preliminary round action on Monday in the hopes of claiming a spot in the quarterfinal round. continue

Amateur Standout Qa’id Muhammad Enters The Pro Ranks With Fourth Round Knockout

(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) – Qa’id Muhammad (Atlantic City, N.J.) made a triumphant professional debut on Friday, March 7, recording a thundering fourth round knockout of Mario Gaxiola (Las Vegas, Nev.) at the Foxwoods Resort Casino’s legendary Fox Theatre. continue

Munroe Shocks Martinez To Win European Title

This past Friday evening at the Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham, England, Frank Maloney staged a promotion that saw super bantamweight Rendall Munroe take the European title from hard punching Spaniard, Kiko Martinez, by majority decision, televised by Sky Sports. continue

Peter - Maskaev Post Fight Quotes

sam peterphoto by David Martin Warr/DKP - Samuel Peter: "I hit him [Maskaev] with one and I him with another. Then I crack him up. My jab was good and then I him in the head and break off his head. I knew he was strong so I was careful. I feel great. I could fight again tomorrow. I'm ready for anyone."

Oleg Maskaev: "He [Peter] didn't knock me out. He shook me and knocked me back and the referee did the right thing. He was hitting me with two many punches. I hurt him a few times, yes, but I wasn't able to finish him.

"I can't blame anybody. It was my fault. My trainers did a good job and I failed tonight.

"I will be back. My team and I will talk and if they want to make a few more fights we can do it.. continue

Cecilia Braekhus to fight Tatjana Dieckmann on March 29

Cecilia Braekhus is looking for her sixth win in as many professional fights when she takes on Germany´s Tatjana Dieckmann on the Abraham undercard in Kiel on March 29. “All German boxers are very tough but I am confident of success,“ the First Lady (5-0, 2 KOs) said. “After two exhausting training camps I will be in a shape I have never been in before.. continue

Manfredo to train Rodriguez

Undefeated middleweight prospect and two-time national amateur champion Edwin Rodriguez of Worcester, Mass., has added Peter Manfredo Sr. to his team as head trainer it was announced today. “Edwin has a tremendous upside,” said Manfredo Sr. “He’ll certainly be a force to be reckoned with as a pro. continue

David Haye Lands The Haymaker!

Photos by Tom Casino/Showtime - LONDON (March 9, 2008) – South London native David Haye disposed of Welshman Enzo Maccarinelli in less than two rounds to unify the cruiserweight division. Haye entered London’s O2 Arena on Saturday night with the WBA and WBC belts and collected Maccarinelli’s WBO strap after a brilliant show of speed and power. The fight began shortly after 2 a.m. local time with a delirious, sold out crowd of 20,000 rocking the O2. Maccarinelli vs. Haye was a promotion of Frank Warren’s Sports Network. continue

Sharkie’s Machine: Nate Campbell Finally Gets His Due!

Nate CampbellBy Frank Gonzalez Jr Congratulations to Nate “Galaxy Warrior” Campbell (32-5-1, 25 KO’s) who dethroned WBO/IBF/WBA Lightweight Champion, Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (33-1, 17 KO’s) at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun Mexico Saturday night. It was an exciting fight from start to finish, as Nate chose to go right after Diaz’ body and pressure him like no one ever has. It was a good strategy and Campbell proved to be the more accurate puncher of equal tenacity.

Juan Diaz beat Lavka Sim back in 2004 at the tender age of 20 and won his first major title. Since then, many top fighters have salivated over the opportunity to fight him and take what Diaz won by way of careful match making.

Former IBF titlist Julio Diaz was one that had been calling him out and insulting him for years. Eventually, Juan Diaz fought him in 2007 and beat the crap out of Julio and made him eat his words. After wins over undefeated Jose M. Cotto in 2004, a fading Acelino Freitas in early 2007 and a prime Julio Diaz, it appeared that Juan Diaz was for real. continue

Peter, Peter Maskaev Beater; Sam Peter Thumps Oleg Maskaev

By: Phil Santos - The outcome was apparent early as the heavy handed Sam Peter slammed the older, slower Oleg Maskaev. Peter appeared the hungrier fighter with more to prove as he stopped the WBC champion by TKO in the 6th round. Peter had finally obtained the legitimate championship status that he so desperately desired. Maskaev did little more than hang in and last for 6 rounds as Peter did the majority of the effective scoring, especially when in came to landing power shots. continue

U.S. Future Stars National Boxing Championship

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – The opening day of U.S. Future Stars National Championship competition moved into evening action on Sunday night at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Welterweight action opened the session with a high-speed match between Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) and 2007 Junior Olympic National Champion Wesley Padilla (Rock Springs, Wyo.). Errol maintained a quick pace to defeat Padilla, 17-7. continue

Vester Risks It All Against African Champ!

When Team Vester, in cooperation with Risum Boxing, promotes at the NRGI Arena in Aarhus, Denmark on April 4 it will be with a real pick-em fight as top of the bill. Former IBF world title challenger Allan Vester will take on reigning African welterweight champion Hasan “The Hitman” Saku from Uganda, who these days resides in Stockholm, Sweden and occupies the # 19 spot in the WBC world rankings. continue

Nate Campbell breaks the Baby Bull

nate campbellBy Phil Santos –, photo by David Martin Warr - DKP: In a fight that was supposed to build to a championship showdown between Juan Diaz and Joel Casamayor, Nate Campbell played the spoiler. Diaz has been the definition of relentless, breaking his opponents down to the point of submission. He has been dubbed unofficially as the best Lightweight in the world despite the fact that Joel Casamayor holds the coveted Ring Magazine Championship Title.

Nate Campbell has been here before, losing an IBO title fight to Isaac Hlatswayo and dropping a decision to current Lightweight boss Joel Casamayor. It was this fight that would determine whether Campbell could establish himself as more than just a viable contender and prove to be cut from championship cloth.

For Juan Diaz this would be the third top rated fighter that he hoped to vanquish in his last three fights. continue

Peter vs. Maskaev: Breakdown, Prediction and Outcome

By Ted Sares: Samuel Peter’s stock has fallen badly as a result of being put on “Queer Street” by McCline. Oleg Maskaev is coming off a solid TKO win over Hasim Rahman in which he surprised by taking the Rock's bombs without noticeable effect. But that was several months ago. Let's break it down. continue

Kevin Mitchell Stops Carl Johanneson In Nine Tough rounds, Unifies British And Commonwealth S.Feather Titles

By James Slater: Tonight in London, as chief support bout to the huge David Haye-Enzo Maccarinelli clash, unbeaten 23-year-old Kevin Mitchell out-toughed 29-year-old Carl Johanneson in 9 quite brutal rounds. Stopping the ever courageous Johanneson at 2 mins and 29 seconds of the 9th round, Mitchell added the British 130 pound belt to his Commonwealth crown. continue

Sherington Retains Aussie Strap

By Tony Nobbs: Les “Lock & Load” Sherrington (19-4, 12 KO's) retained his Australian super middleweight title with a spectacular eighth round stoppage of Melbourne based Charles Njock (2-3-1) at Southport RSL on the Gold Coast in Queensland on Friday night – but he did not have it all his own way, having to come off the deck in an explosive first round to do so. continue

Cristobal Cruz Grabs IBO Featherweight Title!

hayeBy Peter Mark Heintzelman, Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: By majority decision, the challenger became the champion, in the form of Cristobal Cruz, as the rugged Mexican became the newly crowned IBO featherweight title holder, having mercilessly defeated South African, Thomas Mashaba, on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

126 pound Cruz, now 36-11-1, 23 KO’s, of Tijuana, Mexico, relentlessly poured on the punches against the, now former, title holder, Mashaba, who was fighting for the first time in North America.

Cruz set a new world record for the most punches thrown in a championship fight, with 1,580 punches. Try throwing that many punches at the bag in the gym, much less with strong five time defender of a world title on the other side of the ring, just to put things in perspective! continue

Who'd Have Believed It!? The Cruiserweights Are More Interesting Than The Heavyweights

by James Slater: Almost ever since its conception back in 1979, the cruiserweight division has been looked at by fans as nothing more than a poor man's heavyweight division - a weight class for fat light heavyweights or men too small to be genuine heavies if you like. That is not the case anymore, though. Thanks to great match-ups like the one we're all going to be glued to tonight, in David Haye Vs. Enzo Maccarinelli, and others of recent times, the cruiserweight division has slowly, very slowly, become an interesting and exciting weight class. continue

Rendall Munroe Dethrones Kiko Martinez, Jason Booth Wins On Under-Card

By James Slater: Tonight, in Nottingham, England, the U.K's Rendall Munroe put on a career-best performance and upset defending European super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez. Winning a closely scored contest via a majority verdict, Munroe, who works as a dustbin man by day, put himself in line for some very big paydays. The scores were surprisingly narrow at the end, with the new ruler winning by scores of 115-113 twice and getting a 114-114 draw on the third card. continue

Ring Legends Arrive For "History In Cancun"

Drawn by the irresistible lure of the first heavyweight title fight in the history of Mexico, a contingent of living boxing legends have decended upon Cancun where dangerous sluggers Oleg Maskaev and Samuel Peter square off tonight at The Plaza de Toros to determine just who will leave the bullfighting ring as the reigning WBC champion continue

Cruz Wins IBO Featherweight Title

cruzBill Calogero,, Photo by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Cristobal Cruz ruined Thomas Mashaba’s U.S. debut and became the new IBO Featherweight Champion in the process. The main event, which was the last boxing card to be held at Foxwood’s Fox Theater, was broadcast live on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.

Unlike what we have become accustomed with lately on Friday Night Fights, this fight was a well matched, action-packed contest and I doubt anyone who saw it would say otherwise. Even though Cruz threw almost 1600 punches, when I totaled my scorecard, it came out different than the scorecards that actually mattered. continue

Golden Boy Inks Ricky Hatton

Over the course of his storied 10-year career, two division world champion Ricky Hatton has achieved the rarest of feats – becoming a legitimate star on both sides of the Atlantic . Now, as he continues on his quest to be boxing’s best pound for pound fighter, “The Hitman” has aligned himself with Golden Boy Promotions, the premier promotional company in boxing, which he hopes will lead him on the road to the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota. continue

Manny Pacquiao Media Conference Call Transcript

Bob Arum: I’m here today in Los Angeles. Manny is doing a media workout later in the day. He’s, as he will tell you, fit and ready and raring to go. I can’t wait for March 15 because it’s a night that I’ve been anticipating as has so many fight fans for a long time. continue

Jeremy Williams to take on Zack Page at The Legendary Blue Horizon on April 11th

On Friday night, April 11th, Jeremy “Half Man, Half Amazing” Williams will continue on the road to a shot at the cruiserweight title when he takes on Zack Page in a scheduled eight round bout when Vernoca L. Michael and Blue Horizon Boxing inc. presents a huge night of boxing at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. continue

Jose Luis Castillo Weight Scandal…WBC Drops The Ball Again

castilloBy Wray Edwards: In an almost unbelievable repeat of poor management and professional standards the WBC has once again completely lost sight of its primary responsibilities. “Fool me once shame on you…fool me twice…shame on me…fool me a third time…I am hopelessly incompetent.” Not content to have screwed up twice in supervising one of its premier boxer’s fight preparation schedules, the WBC has once again demonstrated that it is (IMO) completely incapable of taking a clue and tightening its supervision of a boxer who has served ample notice that he should be subject to strict authority.

This is very bad for Boxing which is fighting for its very survival as a credible sport. It’s all well and good for everybody to party on the “Mayan Riviera”, but to expect the king of weigh-in fiascos and his camp to actually hit the mark without daily supervision is sheer fantasy and they (the WBC) should have known it. continue

Jose Gonzalez vs. Jason LeHoullier: Another Spirit Tested

By Ted Sares: Jose Gonzalez (alias “El Cuervo”), out of Kansas via Guadalajara took the fight on short notice against LeHoullier (alias “The Hammer”) out of Portland, Maine by way of New Hampshire. The fight was televised on ESPN on March 7, 2008 and was for the vacant NABA light middleweight title at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. continue

Peter vs. Maskaev: Is Samuel Damaged Goods?

By Adrian Jacob: Heavyweight Samuel Peter (29-1, 22 KOs) hopes not only to defeat WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev (34-5, 26 KOs) on Saturday night, but to do it in style, winning by a devastating knockout like he's shown early in career with wins over Jeremy Williams and Taurus Sykes. The problem is, Peter has yet to show the ability to stop top tier opposition, as he's failed against quality fighters, such as Wladimir Klitschko, who beat him in 2005, and James Toney, who Peter was forced to battle hard to get wins. continue

Mikkel Kessler – a hero of boxing – let down and betrayed by the sport that he loves…

By John Alutus: Professional boxing is a business. The risk/reward ratio applies in boxing as readily and as often as it does in investment management. The point of this business is to maximise profits by picking the fights with the smallest potential risk of losing and the greatest reward of winning. continue

Interview with Joel Julio –“I’ll become champion of the world in this 2008”

Joel JulioBy Jaime Castro-Núñez: I have been following Joel Julio’s career since he won his first amateur championship in his native Colombia, in 1999. Back then, JJ was a rough diamond who pleased the crowd by dispatching his opponents with a devastating left hook or a vicious straight right hand. I saw him again two years later, in 2001, when he turned pro in a bout that took place in a colorful pueblo called Moñitos, in Northern Colombia. However, I never had the opportunity to talk to him, until today.

Currently training for his fight against Ishe Smith (19-2-0, 9 KOs) on April 30 in Vancouver, BC, JJ very kindly gave me this interview. Here is what the Monteria-born had to say.

Jaime Castro-Núñez: Hello, Joel, how are you doing? continue

Castillo Fails To Make Weight

By Matthew Hurley: Jose Luis Castillo’s notorious inability to make weight has cost him dearly in the past, including a six month suspension and a $250,000 fine after coming in 4 ½ pounds over the limit for his rubbermatch with the late Diego Corrales. Castillo had previously come in overweight for their rematch, turning that bout into a non-title affair. He won that bout by fourth round knockout. Today the repeat offender decided he wasn’t even going to give the scales a chance to prove that once again his issue with extra pounds would put a scheduled fight in jeopardy. continue

Allan Green Suspended; Kelly Pavlik May Face Gary Lockett In First Defense

By Matthew Hurley: Super middleweight contender Allan Green has been placed on indefinite suspension by the Louisiana State Boxing & Wrestling Commission. Green was scheduled to headline ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on February 29th against Antwun Echols in Marksville, Louisiana but inexplicably withdrew at the last minute and has yet to comment. Echols wound up fighting late substitute Michael Walker. The bout resulted in a majority draw. Green’s suspension could last between six months to a year and could include a possible fine. continue

Haye 198, Maccarinelli 197

In the most significant cruiserweight unification title bout in years, world champions Enzo Maccarinelli (World Boxing Organization) and David Haye (World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association) will collide this Saturday, March 8, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Enzo Maccarinelli weighed in at 197 pounds at Friday’s weigh in, while David Haye weighed 198 lbs. continue

"Gomez vs. Cotto: The Buildup" Online Documentary Series Debuts March 10

miguel cottoLos Angeles, Cal., March 7, 2008 – You’ve heard the hype - now witness the reality. “Gomez vs. Cotto: The Buildup,” an online documentary series debuting March 10, offers a compelling behind-the-scenes look at Alfonso S. Gomez (18-3-2) as he prepares to face undefeated WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (31-0-0) on HBO April 12 from Atlantic City.

With six weekly webisodes airing continuously on, “The Buildup” follows Alfonso S. Gomez as he strengthens himself mentally and physically for his toughest challenge yet. “The Build Up” offers an inside look at the grueling training camp led by his father Alfonso S. Gomez, Sr., and the work and dedication that it takes to make a fight of this magnitude happen. continue

Six Members of the United States Olympic Boxing Team to Compete in the Americas Olympic Qualifier

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Six members of the United States Olympic Boxing Team will vie for a berth in the 2008 Olympic Games, March 12-18 at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Lightweight Sadam Ali (Brooklyn, N.Y.); light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.); middleweight Shawn Estrada (E. Los Angeles, Calif.). continue

Arnaoutis Wins Big Before SRO House!

New York, NY - Mar 07, 2008 In front of a standing room only house at the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom, "Mighty Mike" Arnoutis thrilled his legions of fans in attendance with a dominating twelve round decision victory over the very tough Domincan fighter, Harrison Cuello, capturing the vacant USBA Jr. Welterweight title. continue

Do You Know The Way to Jose? "No Weigh" Castillo Skips Bradley Weigh-In

CANCUN, MEXICO (March 7, 2008) -- Do you know the way to "No Weigh" Jose Luis Castillo? Neither does the World Boxing Council's (WBC) undefeated No. 1 super lightweight contender TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY who was left at the scale alone at today's official weigh-in for their WBC super lightweight title elimination bout. continue

Boxing: Can You Spare Some Change?

Ray ManciniBy “Old Yank” Schneider: Can you name a sport that has changed its rules and as a result become more boring? The NBA added the shot clock to make the game more exciting. So too did college ball. Football moved the goalposts and as a result added excitement to the game because more field goals became possible. Even tournament-level ping-pong has had its changes taking the game from 21 points to 11 points to speed up play and excitement. But boxing has had very few rule changes over the past five decades and virtually all of them have made the sport more boring. It’s time for some rule changes in boxing that bring some excitement back to the sport.

We need to raise some serious questions here. Have the rule changes made in boxing accomplished what the changes intended to accomplish? continue

Promoter Lashes Out At David Haye’s Late Arrival

Matthew Hurley: Promoter Frank Warren issued an official complaint with the British Boxing Board of Control over WBA and WBC cruiserweight champion David Haye’s late showing at a scheduled final head-to-head press conference with WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli at London’s O2 Arena. The two are scheduled to unify the titles Sunday morning at 2 am London time. Haye, who did most of his training in Florida, arrived for the press conference nearly two hours late but the starting time had been moved up by ninety minutes without Haye’s approval – or so he says. Maccarinelli had already left by the time Haye showed up. continue

Cota Boxing Promotions Signs Two Undefeated Prospects

March 7, 2008 — Cota Boxing Promotions is proud to announce that it has recently added Gabriel "Rey" Martinez and Rodolfo “Bam Bam” Armenta to its growing stable of fighters. Both fighters are under management of Venki Cantua and will be making their debut on March 29th at the "Gymnasio Tigre Garcia" in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. continue

Evander Holyfield Ringside For Haye/Maccarinelli

07.03.08 - Enzo Maccarinelli has vowed to unify the cruiserweight division on Saturday night in front of one of his boyhood hereos, Evander Holyfield. The Real Deal will be ringside on Saturday night at the O2 Arena to witness the WBA/WBC/WBO world title match up between Maccarinelli and David Haye. continue

Why Oleg Maskaev Will Beat Samuel Peter

Oleg MaskaevBy Pavel Yakovlev: In two days Oleg Maskaev and Samuel Peter will fight in Cancun, Mexico to determine who is the WBC heavyweight champion of the world. Peter is a huge favorite to win the bout, with various Las Vegas betting houses putting money on the Nigerian by odds of 2/11, 3/10, 2/9, 1/6, and 1/5.

The reasons why the experts and fans favor Peter are easy to fathom. Maskaev is regarded as an aging fighter with slowing reflexes and a suspect chin. In Peter, Maskaev is facing a younger, faster, stronger, heavier, and harder punching foe. Further, Peter’s record is in some ways superior to Maskaev’s because – so far at least – the Nigerian has not suffered any devastating knockout losses. Oleg by contrast has suffered several high profile kayo defeats over his long career. continue

HBO Sports To Replay Pacquiao Vs. Marquez I 2004

March 7, 2008 - Leading up to the rematch between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao -- set for Saturday, March 15 in Las Vegas and broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View-- HBO Sports will present the exclusive replay of the first action-packed fight showcasing their considerable talents. continue

Arnaoutis schools Cuello with impressive win!

By Mike Indri, Retired Boxers Foundation - March 6, 2008: NEW YORK - In front of a packed house at the Manhattan Center's Grand Ballroom, Mike Arnaoutis out hustled and out boxed the usually difficult Harrison Cuello; making what was thought to be a competitive fight, for a regional title belt, into a one-sided boxing clinic. continue

Jamie Pittman Interview: Aboriginal Ace Confident Of Upsetting Felix Sturm!

By Tony Nobbs: Number 13 contender Jamie Pittman is not bothered by the school of thought that he has been rushed into a world title fight when he challenges German star Felix Sturm for the WBA middleweight crown in Dusseldorf on April 5. Speaking today (March 6) the Aboriginal Ace from Gosford, New South Wales said that the experience he picked up in a lengthy international amateur career combined with his southpaw European style of boxing and unbelievable volume of punches will give him a good fighting chance to come home with the belt. continue

Marquez Brimming With Confidence

Juan Manuel MarquezBy Matthew Hurley: WBC super featherweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez believes that the three knockdowns he suffered in the opening round of his first fight with Manny Pacquiao are ample evidence as to why he will win their rematch on March 15th at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Each time Pacquiao beat him to the canvas the Mexican warrior got up and fought back. After somehow getting out of that disastrous opening stanza he then went on to befuddle the Filipino star with an expert boxing display.

“He got me with three great punches,” Marquez said in a recent conference call with the media. “I went down three times. But I got up. I got up because of the great condition that I was in at that time. But also because I was defending two titles. continue

Espino's Return To Baja Set For March 9th

March 5, 2008 — WBC CABOFE Middleweight Champion Miguel Espino’s bout with Humberto Corral is back on and scheduled for this Sunday, March 9th at the "Gymnasio Tigre Garcia" in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The former Contender TV series star is training diligently with Manager/Trainer John Bray and expressed the following thoughts on his upcoming bout; “I’m looking forward to this fight and getting back in the ring as I haven’t fought since November. continue

Foxwoods Hosts World Title Fight On Friday Night Fights!

by Peter Mark Heintzelman at Ringside - Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman: Banner Promotions and Golden Gloves Promotions arrived at Foxwoods Resort Casino, in Mashantucket, Connecticut today, hosting an ESPN Friday Night Fights card, featuring "Merciless" Thomas Mashaba, 20-2-4, 12 KO’s, facing tough opposition from a game Cristobal Cruz (35-11-1, 23 KO’s! continue

Maskaev 243, Peter 250 / Castillo 7 lbs Overweight

The heavyweights stepped to the scales for a ceremonial heavyweight weigh in at the beautiful Royal Hotel in Cancun tonight in preparation for the first heavyweight championship ever in Mexico on Saturday pitting WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev vs. WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel 'The Nigerian Nightmare' Peter. continue

Maccarinelli-Haye Final Press Conference Quotes

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - In the most significant cruiserweight unification title bout in years, world champions Enzo Maccarinelli (World Boxing Organization) and David Haye (World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association) will collide this Saturday, March 8, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The Maccarinelli-Haye fight will start at 2 a.m. local time at the O2 Arena in London and open a history-making night on America’s No. 1 Boxing Network. SHOWTIME will achieve another first when it presents an unprecedented back-to-back boxing and MMA doubleheader.

Immediately following the cruiserweight world title unification scrap, SHOWTIME will feature a four-fight MMA telecast headlined by legendary Ken “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” Shamrock, who returns to the cage against Britain’s Robert “Buzz” Berry. continue

Peter vs Maskaev Quotes

Photos by David Martin Warr: Samuel Peter: (To Oleg Maskaev’s promoter Dennis Rappaport): “Buy a new pair of glasses because I want you to see how hard I’m going to hit your man on Saturday.. continue

Damage control for hungry Manfredo vs. Benfield

PROVIDENCE (March 6, 2008) – World super middleweight challenger “The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. (28-5, 13 KOs) is hungry again and planning to do some damage to Shane “The Irish Hitman” Benfield (17-1, 9 KOs) on March 14 in their 10-round main event, headlining “Rumble at the River,” part of “The Budweiser Night at the Fights,” at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. continue

Martinez, Munroe Make Weight For Tonight's European Title Clash

Meeting face to face for the first time at yesterday's weigh-in, European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez and challenger Rendall Munroe put on a tension-filled staredown that likely foreshadows their hotly anticipated title clash tonight on a Frank Maloney promotion at Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham, England. continue

Kessler Does Not Want To Fight Miranda

Mikkel KesslerHOLLYWOOD, FL, March 6 - It could have been the biggest super middleweight fight of 2008, a pitched battle between a former world champion and perhaps the most exciting warrior in the game today. But despite offers to hold the bout in a neutral location and significant offers from both HBO and Showtime for the television rights to the bout, Mikkel Kessler seems to have decided to tuck his tail between his legs and walk away from a lucrative showdown with the feared ‘Pantera’, Edison Miranda.

“Viking Warrior?” asked Miranda, referring to the former super middleweight champion’s nickname. continue

David Diaz Gets Tryout With Chicago Blackhawks On Friday Night

CHICAGO, IL (March 6, 2008)World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz will take a break from preparing for his showdown with Ramon Montano to have an open tryout for the National Hockey League’s Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night, March 7th at the United Center. continue

WBC Press Release: Historic Title Fight In Cancun

The world's premier boxing organization pairs with the top promoter in the sport this Saturday, March 8, 2008 as the WBC teams with Don King Productions for "History In Cancun", the first heavyweight world title fight to ever be held in Mexico. continue

Marquez Pacquiao II: Juan Manuel Marquez Conference Call Quotes

Richard Schaefer: Welcome everybody, good afternoon, Juan Manuel Marquez versus Manny Pacquiao, Unfinished Business—great, great fight. Just a week to go, anticipation is big. Juan Manuel Marquez is in a tremendous shape. I was down in Mexico, I saw him. Everybody in Mexico and Hispanics here in the United States, they are all talking about this fight. Juan Manuel Marquez is going to be the last man standing for Mexico, after Pacquiao of course beat two other fighters in Erik Morales and Mark Antonio Pravara. He is going to enter the ring as the champion, as the WBC champion. And they will be fighting for the vacant ring magazine, Super Feather Weight Championship as well. continue

Naseem Hamed - Is "The Prince" Hall Of Fame Worthy?

Naseem Hamedby James Slater: He was one of, if not the most, devastating punchers in featherweight history. His athleticism, grace and speed were something to behold. And the excitement he brought to the ring when he was in action was palpable. With wins over fine fighters such as Tom "Boom Boom" Johnson, Steve Robinson, Manuel Medina, Kevin Kelley, Wilfredo Vazquez, Wayne McCullough, Paul Ingle and Vuyani Bungu, he has a resume that many would envy. The question is, is "Prince" Naseem Hamed an all-time great who is worthy of being enshrined in The Hall of Fame?

Hamed who never officially announced his retirement, but last boxed way back in May of 2002 and finished up with a superb 36-1(31) record, has been absent from the ring for more than the five years needed to be inducted into The Hall. But will the Sheffield man ever get the call? continue

Don King Leaves Juan Diaz

Matthew Hurley: Promoter Don King announced on Wednesday that he would no longer represent WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight champion Juan Diaz. Diaz is set to defend his IBF belt against Nate Campbell this Saturday night on the undercard of the WBC heavyweight title bout between Oleg Maskaev and Samuel Peter in Cancun, Mexico. King made the announcement at the final press conference for the fight. continue

David Haye forced to sleep through Thursday press conference

World number one cruiserweight David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye will be unable attend Thursday’s (March 6) final press conference ahead of his March 8 showdown with Enzo Maccarinelli as the press meeting has been scheduled during the hours the WBC and WBA champion will be fast asleep. Set for 12.30 PM, the final press conference was supposed to present champion Haye and challenger Maccarinelli one final time to the press ahead of Saturday night’s much-anticipated battle. continue

Bradley Ready For "No Weigh" Jose

TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY, (21-0, 11 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., the World Boxing Council's (WBC) undefeated No. 1 super lightweight contender, is locked and loaded for Saturday's WBC super lightweight title elimination battle against No. 2 contender and two-time world champion "No Weigh" Jose Luis Castillo (56-8-1, 48 KOs), from Mexicali, Mexico. continue

Boxing: The Big Issue

Audley HarrisonBy Andrew Wake: Last week promoter Barry Hearn announced details for his Prizefighter Series, a one evening elimination tournament to be held at Bethnal Green’s historic York Hall that will see eight of Britain’s brightest heavyweight prospects battle for the chance to win £25,000 (around $50,000 US).

All the fights will be over three rounds with the winners of the initial four bouts progressing to the semi-final stage and then the final, kind of like an FA Cup for British big men.

Because of the short scheduled distance, the fights are certain to be thrilling as combatants will have to give their all for them to have a chance of moving to the next round but will the tournament announce the presence of a British heavyweight who can go on to win world honours? continue

Enzo Maccarinelli Focused On David Haye

By Matthew Hurley: During the pre-fight buildup for their cruiserweight unification match WBA and WBC champion David ‘Haymaker’ Haye, 20-1 with 19 KOs has not only been derisive in his comments regarding his counterpart WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli, 28-1 with 21 KOs but downright dismissive. Haye consistently brushes talk of Maccarinelli aside in favor of pontificating about how he is the future of the heavyweight division and that this Saturdays fight against the Welshman will be a simple punch of the time clock before he moves on to bigger and better things. For his part Enzo is enjoying what he sees as an opponent dangerously overlooking him. continue

Haye Has Heavyweight Plans: "I Can’t Wait To Go Up And Knock That Bum [Wladimir Klitschko] Out”

By Matthew Hurley: After he knocked out Jean-Marc Mormeck in the seventh round to take the WBA and WBC cruiserweight titles back in November David Haye began making noise about moving up to the heavyweight ranks. Ultimately preliminary talks with former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman broke down when the topic of money came up and Haye, a fighter whose mentality and ego dictates that he accept any challenge turned his attention to WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli. continue

Female Boxer Knocks Them Dead on Sirius Satellite Radio

If light middleweight Cristy “Code Red’ Nickel, a native of northern Idaho who lives in New York, can fight nearly as well as she can promote herself she’s destined to become a world champion. The 31-year-old Nickel, a personal trainer with an A-list of clients that includes Katie Couric, will put her 7-5 (4 KOS) record on the line at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater on Saturday, March 15th. continue

The Current Strength of British Boxing: Calzaghe, Hatton, Witter, Haye vs. Maccarinelli, Rees, Woods, More

Enzo MaccarinelliBy James Barlow: With the current Haye Vs Maccarinelli blockbuster just round the corner I’d like to take a moment to reflect on current state of British boxing over the last 18 months, the up coming year and the future in general.

The last 18 Months:

What a period for British boxing! Having been a fan of boxing for years this has got to have been one of the best periods in British boxing history. It all kicked of with Clinton Woods finally getting the better of Glen ‘the road warrior’ Johnson in Bolton back in September 06. The same month Junior Witter also got a points decision against DeMarus Corley to pick up the vacant W.B.C belt. continue

LA Boxing Becomes the Exclusive Health Club of USA Boxing

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – LA Boxing, the premier boxing-based fitness gym franchise in the nation, has become an official sponsor of USA Boxing. The nationwide chain of gyms will now be the Official Boxing, Health and Exercise Club of USA Boxing, the National Governing Body for amateur boxing in the United States. continue

Maccarinelli-Haye Conference Call Quotes

In perhaps the most significant cruiserweight unification title bout in years, world champions Enzo Maccarinelli (World Boxing Organization) and David Haye (World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association) will collide this Saturday, March 8, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The Maccarinelli-Haye fight will start at 2 a.m. local time at the O2 Arena in London and open a history-making night on America’s No. 1 Boxing Network. SHOWTIME will achieve another first when it presents an unprecedented back-to-back sports doubleheader that commences with boxing and concludes with a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event. continue

Hunky Dorys Fight Night - No Olympic regrets for McCloskey

It might be Olympic year but Paul McCloskey says he has no regrets about making the decision to switch to the professional code. Unbeaten in his 3 year pro career McCloskey headlines the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the Letterkenny Leisure Complex on March 29th when he takes on former World Champion, Cesar Bazan. continue

The Left Hook Lounge: Vivek Wallace's Weekly Mailbag Featuring Oscar, Hatton, Haye, and Mixed Martial Arts Buzz!

Ricky HattonThis weeks version of the Left-Hook Lounge takes a glimpse into the buzz surrounding everything from the upcoming Haye/Enzo fight, to the questions surrounding last weeks Vasquez/Marquez showdown, to Ricky Hatton's future, as well as the premiere of MMA on CBS. All of these topics have gotten major 'airplay' in the world of Boxing, and for that reason, I chose to showcase these four questions as presented from fight aficionado's around the globe:

(Marcus Smith/Tampa, Fl): What do you think of Goldenboy Promotions lack of promotion for the Vasquez/Marquez showdown?

VW: I would agree with boxing promoter Gary Shaw that what Oscar Dela Hoya/GBP did was a direct reflection of "what's wrong with the sport today". Here we had what appears to be the final installment of an incredible trilogy that has gotten more and more amazing with each episode. continue

You jumped on the bandwagon for nothing: Some Hard Truth about Sam Peter

By Jason Peck: Every now and then some guy with reputation for knockouts emerges on the scene. And every time he comes along, the pundits fall over themselves and call him king – it never fails. But being champ means more than a reputation. continue

Euro Boxing Roundup: Hernandez vs Braithwaite, Chagaev vs Valuev II

Per Ake Persson: Cuban cruiser, based in Berlin and promoted by Sauerland Event, Yoan Pablo Hernandez face ex-WBC champ Wayne Braithwaite March 29 in Kiel in the chief support to Abraham vs Ayala. Hernandez scored several quick wins recently, over decent guys as well, but has a tendency to fade if the fight drags out and Braithwaite will surely expose that. If that is enough to win is a different matter though. continue

European Champ Martinez Arrives In England For Munroe Fight

With all the excitement generated by the two title fights happening at the 02 Arena in London on Saturday, Rendall Munroe's challenge for the European super bantamweight championship taking place this Friday at Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham has come to the fore with the arrival in England of hard hitting Spanish Bull and reigning European champion, Kiko Martinez, who landed at East Midlands airport yesterday. continue

Cunningham Responds To Haye

cunninghamDuring an international conference call, WBC/Ring Magazine Cruiserweight champion David Haye was asked if he was interested in a fight with IBF Cruiserweight champion, Steve “USS” Cunningham if he wins on Saturday against WBO champ Enzo Maccarinelli. Haye responded by saying “Nobody knows who he is. Who has he beaten? He has a vacant title. There's no history behind him. The reason he got the title is because O'Neil Bell gave the title up, and then Cunningham took the belt.” Cunningham wants to put Haye on alert that he should delay his heavyweight aspirations and maybe get his facts right.

“Who have I fought? Who has he fought? He knocked out Mormeck, who shouldn’t have had the title in the first place. Bell won the second fight despite Mormeck being saved by short rounds. Other then that, the only name he ever fought was Carl Thompson and by the way David, I just want to remind you that you got knocked out in that fight.. continue

Jose Luis Castillo Struggling To Make Weight Again?

It appears that the scales of justice may be unbalanced for the upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight title elimination bout between undefeated No. 1 contender TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY and No. 2 rated JOSE LUIS CASTILLO, the former two-time WBC lightweight champion. Bradley (21-0, 11 KOs), from Palm Springs, Calif., weighed 143.5 lbs at his seven-day weigh-in, well below the 147 lbs. maximum allowed. continue

Andrade vs Stieglitz on March 22

A 168-pound world title shot will be on the line on Saturday, March 22, when all-action battler Librado Andrade and European standout Robert Stieglitz square off in a high-impact bout that will shake the foundations of the super middleweight division. This 12-round IBF World Title Elimination Bout will take place at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa and will be televised live on HBO's Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:05 p.m. ET / PT. continue

Upcoming Bouts: Andrade-Stieglitz, Diaz-Ganoy, Mesi-Smith, Castillo-Bradley

By Matthew Hurley: IBO featherweight champion Thomas Mashaba, 20-1-4 with 12 KOs will defend his belt against Cristobel Cruz, 35-11-1 with 23 KOs at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on Friday. Mashaba, out of South Africa, the former IBO junior featherweight champion, is coming off a spectacular knockout victory over former IBF champion Erik Aiken. Cruz, out of Tijuana, rebounded after two straight decision losses to knock out Alberto Garza in the tenth round. continue

Britain's blockbuster bout beckon: Haye vs. Maccarinelli

David HayeBy Mark Pickering: Sometimes, just sometimes, the most conventional and anticipated matchmaking behind world champions is waived in favour of a bout fight fans are clamoring for. On March 8th at the O2 Arena, London, two of Britain’s finest prizefighters, WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli and WBA/WBC champion David Haye, will collide in one of the most anticipated all-British match-ups in history.

The monumental showdown, the likes of which Britain hasn’t seen since the golden era of Benn, Eubank and Collins over a decade ago, is truly a mouth-watering prospect. With the two of Britain’s most decorated and feared world champions squaring off in their prime, divisional and domestic superiority at stake and the extra spice of Wales vs. England the cruiserweight showdown has all the hallmarks of being a bout for the ages. continue

Maskaev-Peter, Campbell-Diaz March 8 Live on HBO

Two title-holders put their belts on the line when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: OLEG MASKAEV VS. SAMUEL PETER AND JUAN DIAZ VS. NATE CAMPBELL is seen live from Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico SATURDAY, MARCH 8 (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT), exclusively on HBO. continue

Tavoris Cloud Storms Back to Chicago on March 28th

World ranked light heavyweight prospect Tavoris Cloud returns to Chicago on Friday, March 28th as he takes on Mike Wood in the twelve round main event at UNDISPUTED, an evening of world class professional boxing at the Aragon Ballroom presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, as well as A-TEAM Boxing and Miller Lite. continue

Marquez-Pacquiao II Undercard: Luevano-Jandaeng, Mares-Gabi & Diaz-Montano

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 4, 2008) – Six world class fighters in three compelling fights, highlight the televised portion of the highly anticipated pay-per-view card headlined by the Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao II world title rematch. Marquez - Pacquiao II Unfinished Business, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank, in association with Romanza Boxing Productions and MP Promotions and sponsored by Tecate, Rock Star Energy Drink and Southwest Airlines, takes place Saturday, March 15 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. The bouts will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue

Vazquez-Marquez III To Re-Air On SHOWTIME This Week

Israel VazquezNEW YORK (March 4, 2008) – SHOWTIME will re-air the instant classic Vazquez-Marquez III SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast in its entirety tonight, Tuesday, March 4 (SHO2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT) and Wednesday, March 5 (SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT). Subscribers can also catch the scintillating match anytime at SHOWTIME On Demand (where available).

Last Saturday, March 1, Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez completed one of the most thrilling trilogies in boxing history when they met for the WBC and Ring Magazine super bantamweight world titles. Vazquez-Marquez III accomplished one of those rare feats in professional boxing—it lived up to the hype and produced 12 rounds of non-stop action. continue

No Weight Issues For Manny Pacquiao

By Matthew Hurley: According to trainer Freddie Roach the issues surrounding Manny Pacquiao’s weight have been grossly exaggerated. After his last bout against Marco Antonio Barrera back in October some red flags popped up concerning not only Manny’s weight but, perhaps, his dedication. There were minor problems with the scales for the Barrera rematch, which he won via unanimous decision, and his training regime was not quite as rigorous as Roach would have liked. continue

Lucian Bute v. Jeff Lacy on the 31st of May on HBO PPV?

By John Alutus: Before announcing his retirement after a tenth round stoppage loss on Friday night in Montreal, former middleweight champion William Joppy praised his much younger opponent and predicted good things for him in the future. He also compared him with Jermain Taylor, with whom he went twelve rounds with, three years earlier. They were about equal, Bute and Taylor, and Taylor v. Bute would be a good fight, he thought. Matchmaker Don Majeski, however, considered it too early for Bute to be linked with such big fights this year. He would need to acquire more experience and to develop more to be ready for the truly big fights, whilst keeping his belt and capitalising from it in the meantime. The big fights would follow in 2009, he thought. continue

Team Bradley Weighting for Jose Louis Castillo

It appears that the scales of justice may be unbalanced for the upcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) super lightweight title elimination bout between undefeated No. 1 contender TIMOTHY "Desert Storm" BRADLEY and No. 2 rated JOSE LUIS CASTILLO, the former two-time WBC lightweight champion. continue

Oleg Maskaev – Samuel Peter: Will The Big Men Disappoint Again?

Samuel PeterBy Matthew Hurley: There was a big fight at Madison Square Garden two weeks ago that set about to bring some order to the heavyweight division. Although the end result produced a partially unified champion that fighter, Wladimir Klitschko, did nothing to further enhance his reputation as he parried and jabbed away at Sultan Ibragimov for twelve tedious rounds. The flagship division in boxing was again stuck in dry-dock and boxing fans sat back in their recliners, finished off their six pack of beer and shook their heads in dissatisfaction.

Klitschko, an undeniably talented big man later went so far as to apologize for his performance. The IBF and WBO belt holder is sincere in his desire to be recognized by the boxing public as the heavyweight’s number one man. continue

Boxing Quiz - Name & Match

By Paul Strauss: I think we all need a break from the great fights this past weekend. Let's let our adrenaline levels subside a bit. So, turn down the heat, and get ready for a more cerebral pursuit. Give a gander at the contest sketched out below. continue

Ruiz fighting McCline to position himself for one last title run

CANCUN, Mexico (March 3, 2008) – Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (42-7-1, 29 KOs), rated No. 3 by the WBA and No. 5 by the WBC, fights veteran Jameel “Big Time” McCline this Saturday night on the Oleg Maskaev-Samuel Peter card in Cancun, Mexico. continue

Luevano / Mares / Diaz Bouts Highlight Marquez-Pacquiao II PPV Card

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (March 4, 2008) – Six world class fighters, with a combined record of 155-10-4 (81 KOs), and a winning percentage of 92%, in three compelling rumbles, highlight the highly anticipated pay-per-view card headlined by the Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao world title rematch. continue

Sam Peter will KO Oleg Maskaev

Oleg MaskaevBy Geoffrey Ciani: At the peak of his talent, Oleg Maskaev was widely considered the third best heavyweight on the planet in the lead-up to his bout against Canadian contender, Kirk Johnson. A series of knockout victories against Hasim Rahman, Sedreck Fields, and Derrick Jefferson helped elevate Oleg into the lime light, and his bout with Johnson was supposed to represent his transition into the big time. Instead, a lottery left hook from the Canadian pugilist derailed his championship aspirations.

That was back in October of 2000. In his very next contest, he was stopped almost effortlessly by the underachieving giant, Lance “Goofi” Whitaker in a bout that barely lasted over a round. A month later, his former victim, Hasim Rahman shocked the world when he dethroned a poorly prepared Lennox Lewis in South Africa. continue

“El Gato” Figueroa now a promotional free agent

New York (March 4, 2008) – NABF junior welterweight champion Frankie “El Gato” Figueroa is a promotional free agent after his deal with Seeno Group recently concluded. Figueroa’s manager, Sal LoNano, is entertaining offers from numerous promoters. continue

WBO 130-Pound Champ Joan Guzman Ready to Defend Title Against Alex Arthur

SAN DIEGO, Calif., (March 3, 2008) – Sycuan Ringside Promotions announced today that World Boxing Organization (WBO) 130-Pound Champion Joán Guzman has signed a contract to defend his title against interim champion Alex Arthur on April 26, 2008. Promoted by Frank Warren of Sports Network, the fight will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, at a venue to be determined. continue

Mitchell Promises Fireworks

Kevin Mitchell promised "fireworks" on Saturday night as he repeatedly clashed today with British super-featherweight champion Carl Johanneson during a conference call. The pair were due to meet on January 12 in London until Johanneson pulled out with a bad back - and unbeaten Mitchell questioned whether that injury was genuine. continue

Random thoughts on The Welterweights Cotto, Cintron-Margarito, Williams-Quintana and Boxing in General

Antonio MargaritoBy Francisco Cairol: Quintana – Williams: Wasn’t that a good fight? Wasn’t it awesome that they actually gave the decision to the fighter who deserved it and not the network favorite? No shame for Paul Williams as he fought a decent fight and he really tried to win. It was also very heartwarming to see Carlos Quintana celebrating with his son. I think he is a very solid threat to any welterweight not named Miguel Cotto or Floyd Mayweather Jr. A rematch might be next for Quintana & Williams. Doesn’t this make Cotto look even better than before? And speaking of which.

Miguel Cotto: I really think he is the most formidable challenger for Mayweather. I don’t blame either Mayweather or Oscar Dela Hoya for cashing in by fighting each other again in a fight in which most likely nobody would get hurt rather than face a Cotto who could conceivably and theoretically beat them for less money. continue

Kay "Wild Wild" West Scheduled To Make Debut For Cota Boxing Promotions

Fighting in Baja California, Mexico for the first time in her career, undefeated Bantamweight prospect Kaleisha “Wild Wild” West (7-0-0, 0 KO’S) is heading south of the border hoping to extend her fight streak to 8 straight wins. On March 29, 2008, the Moreno Valley native looks to impress a sell out crowd in front of the famous "Gymnasio Tigre Garcia" in Ensenada, Baja California Mexico. continue

Mesi returns vs. Smith, Olympian Estrada battles Whitaker

ROVIDENCE (March 3, 2008) – Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. president Jimmy Burchfield has formally announced unbeaten world heavyweight challenger “Baby” Joe Mesi’s returns to the ring on April 4 against Terry “Hurricane” Smith, headlining an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights pro boxing show in the 10-round main event, at Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Mesi will make his first defense of the WBC USNBC title belt he won last October with a first-round stoppage of Shannon Miller. continue

Big Fight Pressure Getting To Haye?

Enzo Maccarinelli has warned David Haye there will be no hiding place on Saturday night - as the WBA/WBC cruiserweight champion continues to show signs of paranoia in the build up to Saturday night. It is rumoured that The Hayemaker was regularly changing gyms and hotels in the States to avoid being spied on in training. continue

Haye Vs. Maccarinelli – Bombs Away

David HayeBy Matthew Hurley: As hard-hitting WBC and WBA cruiserweight champion David Haye, 20-1 with 19 KOs readies himself for equally explosive punching WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli, 28-1 with 21 KOs for their March 8th showdown, appropriately titled ‘Bombs Away’, the fight itself has taken on a life of its own.

The bout, which will take place at the O2 Arena in London and will be broadcast on Showtime in the US and Setanta Sports in the UK, has built itself into a highly anticipated showdown, with many British fans and boxing writers dubbing it the biggest all-British fight in nearly twenty years. Promoters expect upwards of twenty thousand people to attend the event. continue

Sam vs. Skelton to be held in Turkey

ARENA Box-Promotion won today’s purse bid for the European heavyweight championship between former title holder Sinan Samil Sam and Matt Skelton who recently lost a close decision to WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev. Ahmet Öner outbid Skelton’s promoter Frank Warren. continue

De La Hoya/Forbes Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

LOS ANGELES (March 3, 2008) – Tickets for Oscar de la Hoya’s “Homecoming” fight against Steve Forbes on May 3 at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, go on sale tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4 starting at 10:00 a.m. PT. Tickets are priced as low as $25, with more than 17,000 tickets available at $75 or less. continue

Arturo Gatti To Box Again?

By James Slater: Relax. It's not quite as bad as you think. But, yes, you did read the title of this article correctly. Apparently, as was the case with Iran Barkley last month, Arturo Gatti wants to fight again, in an exhibition event at least. Gatti is scheduled, according to Box-Rec. com, to take part in a three-rounder against an as yet TBA on March 22nd, in Delaware. The card will be headlined by a Aaron Torres-Michael Stewart six-rounder at light-middleweight. continue

Vazquez Marquez III Lives Up To Hype

vazquez marquez02.03.08 - By Bill Calogero -, photo by Tom Casino/Showtime: The third installment of Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez lived up to all the hype. The fight, which was broadcast live from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California and broadcast live on ShowTime, was twelve rounds of non-stop action and the result should set the stage for a fourth encounter.

From the opening bell, it became obvious that this fight was picking up where Vazquez-Marquez II had left off. Both fighters went after each other. There was no customary “feeling out” round in this fight! In the first round, I felt that Rafael Marquez had the edge, thus giving him the round on my scorecard due to his effective jab. As was the case in the first fight, Marquez’s jab was getting in and scoring. Vazquez landed powerful shots to the head and body, but on my card, the edge went to Rafael. continue

Vazquez –Marquez Post Fight and Undercard Results

By Matthew Hurley: Their bruised and battered faces said it all. Both Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez somehow found a last gasp of energy to face the assembled media after their thrilling rubber match, won by Vazquez on a split decision. The end to their trilogy was arguably even better than the previous two bouts, the second of which was 2007’s ‘Fight of the Year’, and a fourth bout may be in the mix. But the exhaustion evident in the body language of both fighters after their struggle would indicate a long rest is in order. continue

Santana To Shine Wednesday Night!

Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (22-3, 14 KO’s) is looking to take the next big step in his quest to be a major player in the junior welterweight division. The DBE Spansh Harlem Junior Welterweight will face a tough, veteran test when he goes up against Grover Wiley (30-10, 14 KO’s) Wednesday night at DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing card at Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center. “Santana has been diligently training and looking sharp for his return to Broadway Boxing,” said manager Ernesto Dallas. continue

European Boxing News: Solis, Samil Sam, Skelton, More

Arena Box Promotion won today´s purse bids at the EBU office in Rome for the right to stage the fight for the vacant EBU heavyweight title between Sinan Samil Sam and Matt Skelton with an offer for 147 250 EUR. Sports Network put in 143 500 EUR. Date and site is to be announced within 14 days. continue

Vazquez Wins Via Split Decision

vazquez marquezPhoto by Tom Casino/Showtime - CARSON, Calif. (March 1, 2008) No one thought it would go the distance, but it did. WBC super bantamweight champion Israel Vazquez defended his crown and put an emphatic close to boxing's most exciting rivalry on Saturday night by capturing a split decision victory over Rafael Marquez in their historic rubber match on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Vazquez won by the scores 114-111 and 113-112. The third judge scored the bout 114-111 for Marquez.

The classic battle was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, in association with Sycuan Ringside Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Romanza Boxing Productions. It will be replayed a few times in the next several days, including Wednesday, March 5 on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (full replay schedule below). continue

Boxing Legends to Attend Oleg Maskaev-Samuel Peter In Cancun

CANCUN, Mexico—Promoter Don King is pulling out the stops on Saturday to make sure the first heavyweight championship ever staged in Mexico is a star-studded affair. He announced today that boxing legends Larry “The Easton Assassin” Holmes, Ken Norton, Gerry Cooney, Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran and Saoul Mamby will all join him ringside when World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev squares off with WBC interim heavyweight champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter on Saturday night at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico. continue

Mtagwa vs. Valtierra March 7 in Philly

Philadelphia, PA—Aldo Valtierra, of Mexico City, Mexico, who thought he lost a razor-thin 12-round split decision to Rogers Mtagwa, of Philadelphia, PA, for the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) featherweight title last summer, gets a rematch over 10 rounds Friday evening, March 7, at the New Alhambra, Swanson & Ritner Streets, next to Forman Mills, in South Philadelphia. First of seven fights at 7.30 p.m. continue

2008 U.S. Future Stars National Boxing Championship Participants are Set

(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Following several months of qualifying competition, the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships participants have been set. Over 270 of the top male and female boxers from across the United States have earned berths in the event, which will be contested March 9-14 at the Olympic Training Complex in Colorado Springs. continue

Vazquez defeats Marquez in an Amazing Fight

vazquez marquezBy Anthony Coleman, photo by Tom Casino/Showtime: Daaaaaammmmnnnnn!!!!! Now that is what makes Professional Boxing such a great sport. A week after Wladimir Klitschko and Sultan Ibragimov would give the world one of the worst Heavyweight title fights in recent memory, Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez would fight for the third and final(?) time, and once again put on a hell of a show. This was clearly the best fight of the series, and that is saying a lot seeing how special those first two fights were.

In the end Vazquez would win a razor close decision via and amazing 12th round in which he knocked Marquez down and came very close to stopping him, but there was no real losers in this fight. continue

Munroe, Johanneson Join Forces

Rendall Munroe, "The Fighting Dustman", who challenges Kiko Martinez for his European super bantamweight title on March 7 at Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre in Nottingham, has finished his hard training with four competitive sparring rounds with British super featherweight champion Carl Johanneson, who is also finishing up his own training ahead of his eagerly anticipated title defense against Commonwealth champion Kevin Mitchell on March 8 in London. continue

Wladimir Klitschko: Is He The Top Heavyweight?

By Cesar Pancorvo: Since 2006, we knew that he was the best heavyweight. He became the man two years ago, when his brother Vitali was already retired, #1 heavyweight Lamon Brewster was losing and he was defeating Chris Byrd. There were no concrete proves to demonstrate that he was the best Heavyweight on the planet –and therefore probably the most dangerous boxer on the world–, but now this has changed, because he has unified the IBF and WBO belts and there is material, real, evidence to say without any doubt: “Wladimir Klitschko is the best Heavyweight, he is the ruler of the division, he is the Champ.. continue Fight Night - Tims set for Pro Debut

Four time Irish amateur champion Ian Tims is ready to make his mark in the pro ranks. The hard hitting Dubliner will make his paid debut on the Fight Night at the National Stadium on March 22nd. continue

Vazquez vs. Marquez III - Controversy Reigns

vazquez marquezBy Paul Strauss, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime: Two knockdowns a penalty for low blows and a split decision, what more could you want! Fans will be talking about and debating this one for a long time, as well as the two previous fights between these two great fighters. Maybe even until they fight again? I certainly would vote for a fourth fight.

Marquez and his corner-men thought he deserved the decision, directing interviewer Jim Gray to view the obvious damage to Vazquez' face. Once again Vazquez sustained cuts over both eyes, plus he had the usual swollen and possibly broken nose. Marquez didn't come out exactly unscathed either. continue

Sharkie's Machine: Marquez vs. Vasquez III, One of the Greatest Rivalries in Boxing

By Frank Gonzalez Jr., photo by SUMIO YAMADA: March 1st, 2008 - It was a year ago that they met for the first time in the ring, Marquez was the WBC Champ then and after six brutal rounds, Marquez had broken Vasquez’ nose so badly that he couldn’t breathe, so he retired on his stool. Marquez got the win and they signed up for a rematch five months later, where Vasquez won by TKO 6 after the referee stopped the fight after Marquez was being hammered and not answering with punches. Marquez is tough as nails and refused to even believe what happened. They signed up to fight again seven months later. continue

Vazquez vs. Marquez III was Magnifico; Israel Vazquez scores Split Decision win in Fight of the Year candidate

By Phil Santos – - It was everything we hoped for and more than we should have expected. Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez proved once again to be incredible fighters and true champions with yet another amazing performance. The perceived heavier hitter in Vazquez hit the canvas and was visibly shaken more than once and the slicker boxer in Marquez appeared to be landing the more solid shots. continue

Boxer Pawel Wolak Media Workout

Notes from the February 27th media workout of undefeated junior middleweight Pawel Wolak, 19-0 (13 KOS). It was held at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY, where Wolak is preparing for his March 15th fight against southpaw Dupre “Total Package” Strickland, 18-2-1 (7 KOS) at Madison Square Garden’s WaMu Theater. The 26-year-old Wolak is a native of Debica, Poland, who fights out of New Jersey. continue

Vazquez Squeaks By Marquez In Another Classic!

vazquez marquezBy Matt Yanofsky, photo by Tom Casino: In their third straight fight of the year candidate, Israel Vazquez 43-4 (31 KO's) earned a 12 round split decision over Rafael Marquez 37-5 (33 KO's) to retain his WBC super bantamweight title. Marquez effectively outboxed Vazquez over the first two rounds while landing some good shots and momentarily stunning the champion. Round three was very close and outside of a low blow which Marquez was warned for, neither fighter landed a telling blow.

Marquez had an excellent round four where he dropped Vazquez with a left hook right hand combo. Vazquez showed some tremendous heart following the knockdown and quickly recovered to stun Marquez before the round ended. Marquez landed a big right hand to the head of Vazquez in the fifth but the champion battled back in a competitive round. continue

Who Was The Greater Fighter - Iran Barkley Or Nigel Benn?

by James Slater: Though Nigel Benn and Iran Barkley met in 1990, with Benn winning via an ultra-exciting 1st round TKO, this result alone does not come close to answering the question posed in the title of this article. There were many factors surrounding Benn's win, not least the appalling officiating done that night by referee Carlos Padilla, who let Benn get away with hitting Barkley when he was down. Also, it could certainly be argued that Barkley was on his way down as a prize fighter by the time he and Benn met, whereas Nigel was entering his prime. continue

Vazquez Earns Split Decision Over Marquez

By Matthew Hurley, photo by Tom Casino: As the anticipation continued to build for the rubber match between Israel Vazquez, 43-4 with 32 KOs and Rafael Marquez, 37-5 with 33 KOs nearly everyone in the boxing community assumed the third match-up would more than live up to the hype. Their first two bouts provided relentless action of the highest order and gave each fighter a win over the other. Tonight they did not disappoint with WBC super bantamweight champion Vazquez taking the rubber match with a twelve round split decision victory. continue

Vazquez vs. Marquez Shootout: The Prediction and the Outcome

By Ted Sares, photo: SUMIO YAMADA - With the super bantamweight supremacy at stake, boxing fans were treated to the rubber match in what was again an exciting, back-and-forth slugfest between two hard men. They went to war with a total disregard for their wellbeing, and with a doggedness and uncommon determination that defines what machismo is all about. A serious nose injury-- a metabolic blockage--halted Vazquez in the first fight when he surprisingly retired after the seventh round even though he seemed in control. continue

Guerrero Annihilates Litzau, Walker Stops Wilson

azquez marquezLEMOORE, Calif. (March 1, 2008) – Photos: Daisy Rosas/For Showtime - Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero produced perhaps the finest performance of his career Friday when he successfully defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) featherweight title with an exciting eighth-round knockout over Jason “The American Boy’’ Litzau in a thrilling one-sided war in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME.

In the co-feature, promising once-beaten Travis “Freight Train” Walker got back on track by registering a second-round knockout over the only boxer to defeat him, T.J. Wilson, in a non-stop action heavyweight fight. continue

Chicago's Polyakov Bringing Kryptonite For Superman March 14th

Undefeated middleweight prospect Victor “THE UKRAINIAN TIGER” Polyakov will face Derrick “SUPERMAN” Findley at Cicero Stadium on Friday, March 14th as part of MARCH BADNESS, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue

David Diaz Hosts Chicago Open Workout On Thursday At Noon

CHICAGO, IL, (March 1, 2008)—World Boxing Council Lightweight Champion David Diaz will host his only open workout on Thursday, March 6th at JABB Boxing Gym (410 N. Oakley, Chicago, IL 60612) beginning at 12 NOON CST. continue

Pacquiao’s Camp Confident Of Victory

Matthew Hurley: When Manny Pacquiao, 45-3-2 with 35 KOs and Juan Manuel Marquez, 48-3-1 with 35 KOs first met back in May of 2004 for the WBC and IBF featherweight titles the ‘Pac Man’ exploded out of his corner in the first round, depositing his rival on the canvas three times. Somehow Marquez steadied himself, regrouped and proceeded to control most of the rest of the bout with his boxing skills. When the final bell rang Marquez had managed to win enough rounds to salvage a draw and set up, what was a hoped for immediate rematch. Instead, fight fans would have to wait nearly four years for two of the very best boxing has to offer to step back in the ring together again. continue

Bute Stops Joppy In 10th round

lucian buteBy Maxime Chartrand: IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (22-0, 18 KOs) experienced a lot of new things leading to this fight. First he had to deal with the pressure of being the world champion. The pressure of defending his title for the first time and finally he had to live up to very high expectations from both his fans and the boxing world south of the Canadian border.

Some would say Bute was in a no win situation. He was fighting an old opponent in William Joppy (39-5-1, 30 KOs) who many considered passed his prime, a fighter that lost pretty much every rounds against his last two high profile opponents in Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor. However, going into tonight's fight, Joppy had won his last five fights by knock out, but the opposition was less then spectacular. continue

Weekend Boxing Results

Matthew Hurley: Late replacement Michael Walker, 18-0-2 with 12 KOs managed a majority draw against Antwon Echols, 31-7-4 with 27 KOs in Marksville, Louisiana in a super middleweight contest on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights (FNF). Walker came into the fight after Allen Green pulled out with no explanation at the last minute. Green is now facing a possible suspension for his withdrawal. The final scores for the bout were 98-92 for Echols while the other two judges had it 95-95. continue

Guererro Destroys Litzau

By Paul Strauss: From the beginning, it seemed Jason Litzau was looking for help. He looked confused, like he wanted his corner or the referee to get this tiger named "The Ghost" off of him. Even the few times when he did have a little bit of success, he mistakenly thought he turned the tide, but he soon realized it hadn't even come in yet. continue

Hot Prospect Paul Appleby Wins Again With 3rd Round TKO Over Tough Ferenc Szabo

by James Slater: Last night, in Glasgow, Scotland, unbeaten 20-year-old prospect Paul Appleby won for the 11th time as a pro. Fast gaining interest, along with a reputation for being one of the best prospects the U.K has to offer right now, featherweight Appleby, from South Queensferry in Scotland, was certainly ultra-exciting last night. The extremely game Szabo, 12-7-1(4) and from Hungary, came to fight, however. continue

Solis victorious in Milan

azquez marquezWithout any problems ARENA’s Olympic heavyeight gold medallist Odlanier Solis scored his 7th win in his 7th pro-fight (5 kos) in Milan Friday night. “El Sombra” (“The Shadow”) knocked out Adrian Rajkai (now 16-6-0, 4 kos) from Hungary with a straight right to the head in round 3. Rajkai was down and out for about 30 seconds. It was already the third knock-down after two devastating uppercuts in rounds 2 and 3.

ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner: “The referee could have stopped the fight earlier which would have saved Rajkai from getting knocked out that hard. Solis was just too strong for the Hungarian kid. At his next appearance in two weeks in Munich he will face stronger opposition.. continue

Litzau vs. Guerrero: The Prediction and the Outcome

By Ted Sares - The Fight: Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, 21-1-1, is the IBF featherweight title holder and plans to retain his title when he fights Jason “The American Boy” Litzau, 23-1, on February 29 at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. Litzau has a lofty KO percentage of 79% vs. 61% for the Ghost, but that’s where the similarities appear to end. continue

Vazquez 122, Marquez 121 ½

Israel Vazquez (left) and Rafael Marquez face off at Friday’s weigh in at the Doubletree Hotel in Carson, Calif. Vazquez, the WBC and The Ring Magazine 122-pound champion, defends his titles against Marquez, Saturday, March 1, at The Home Depot Center in Carson live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast. continue

Vazquez-Marquez III: The Grand Finale

By Anthony Coleman: So it has come to this. After two brutal and exhilarating bouts, Junior Featherweight champion Israel Vazquez will defend his title against former Bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez for likely the final time. To say that this final showdown has a lot to live up to is like saying is like saying that Scarlett Johansson has big breasts. continue

Quick Jabs: Ear we go again - Tyson v Holyfield, Winky Wright And Friday Night Fights

mike tysonBy Matthew Hurley: In a pronouncement that will either make boxing fans smile at the idea of it or groan at the thought of it becoming a reality, Evander Holyfield says that he would consider climbing into the ring again with two time opponent Mike Tyson. Tyson has also expressed interest in facing off against his old nemesis but only if he were well compensated. Unfortunately for the two iconic figures they have both crashed and burned in recent outings and are mere shells, if that, of their former selves.

Still, money talks and Holyfield plans to continue fighting on despite a recent loss to Sultan Ibragimov. It would probably serve him best to goad Tyson into a rubber match if he desires another big payday. He’s not going to get it by regrouping yet again against a series of journeymen fighters in hopes of securing yet another title shot. continue

Oscar De La Hoya purchases ownership shares of Houston Dynamo

HOUSTON, TEXAS (February 29, 2008) – Legendary boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya, founder of global sports promotion organization Golden Boy Promotions and longtime business partner Gabriel Brener , Chairman & CEO of Brener International Group have entered into an agreement to acquire significant ownership interests in the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer (MLS) it was announced at a press conference by Timothy J. Leiweke , President and CEO, AEG. continue

Harry Yorgey Out Of Co-Featured Bout vs. Jason Houllier

Harry Joe Yorgey has withdrawn from the co-featured bout on the March 7 fight card at Foxwoods. He said in a press release that the reason was “continuing litigation” between himself and his former manager. He has been replaced in the scheduled 10-round fight for the vacant NABA super welterweight title by Jose “El Cuervo” Gonzalez, 11-2 with 9 knockouts, of Garden City, Kansas, who will now fight Jason “The Hammer” Le Houllier, 21-0 with 8 knockouts, of Portland, Maine. continue

Vitali Tajbert Wins EU super featherweight title

WBA and WIBF female flyweight champion Susianna Kentikian demolished Sarah Goodson, scoring a third round TKO on Friday night in Hamburg. The "Killer Queen" punished Goodson until the referee stopped the slaughter at :57 of round three. In the toughest fight of his career, Olympian Vitali Tajbert claimed the EU super featherweight title with a close majority decision over Jesus Garcia Escalona. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 115-114. continue

Froch vs Inkin Preview

froch vs inkin29.02.08 - By John Alutus: There is only one month left until the most anticipated super middleweight fight of the year so far. Unbeaten contenders Denis Inkin and Carl Froch will face each other in a WBC eliminator fight to become the mandatory challenger to the Champion, Joe Calzaghe's title, in Nottingham, England, on the 29th of March. At stake is not a shot at Joe Calzaghe, but instead Calzaghe's soon-to-be-dropped WBC belt, which the victor, along with the fame and fortune that comes in train, would most likely simply inherit. The winner is also widely expected to join Lucian Bute and Anthony Mundine in the trio of the most likely challengers to Mikkel Kessler's almost certain future domination of the division. But things are not so simple, unfortunately.

Denis Inkin had an impressive amateur career; he won the Military World Games twice, in 1997 and 1999. Froch does too; he won a bronze medal at the World Amateur Championships in 2001. There are further resemblances. continue

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