The first boxing promotion of Lamon Brewster's Relentless Events was a resounding success, featuring a night full of devastating knockouts and musical performances from acclaimed artists Yung Joc and Keri Hilson. Not to mention "The Return" of the former WBO heavyweight champion Brewster himself. The card took place in Cincinnati, Ohio's Cincinnati Gardens and drew a near capacity crowd. The event was promoted in association with Colin Bates' C'Believe and Andrew Williams' R&R Promotions.
In the main event, Lamon Brewster returned to his winning ways with a vicious fifth round knockout of Danny Batchelder. Brewster, now 34-4 (30 KO), had been inactive for over a year as he healed from a nagging shoulder injury. Feeling healthy and revitalized, Brewster started at a slow pace as Batchelder used his jab to keep the distance. As the rounds progressed Brewster gradually began to close the gap and take the fight to Batchelder. A right hand from Brewster over a lazy Batchelder jab dropped him hard and disabled Batchelder temporarily for the ten count. continue
MNJIKANING (RAMA), ON (Friday, August 29th, 2008) – Once again, "The Canadian Kid" Steve Molitor (28-0, 11 KO's) made being a world champion look deceptively easy, turning back the determined challenge of Ceferino Labarda (18-1, 7 KO's) via a tenth round technical knockout Friday night in the main event of Rumble at Rama V, at Casino Rama. continue
by James Slater - Last night, at The Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Puerto Rico, 25-year-old local man Roman "Rocky" Martinez met Nicaragua's 26-year-old Santos "El Toro" Benavides in a scheduled 12-rounder at super-featherweight. What followed was a very exciting battle that saw the Puerto Rican prevail by TKO in the 6th round. continue
By Gil Aviles - Miguel Angel Cotto, destroyed in his last fight by Mexican welterweight powerhouse Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito, is probably now back in Caguas, Puerto Rico pondering what his next move should be. He has already expressed a great interest in a rematch with Antonio, and hopefully we will all get a chance to see these two warriors go at it again, but first things first. He needs a confidence builder type of fight, in order to regain his confidence and champion-ship form.
This writer like many other Puerto Ricans made the trek, not to Las Vegas, but to the tiny island of Puerto Rico to watch this fight along side my family and old friends. Why you ask? Well on the island, boxing is our national sport and when our star fighters fight it calls for a family gathering and subsequent celebration. That night I made my way to my lovely sister's home, Brenda, in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, to witness the coronation of the next great Puerto Rican champ. continue
August 29th, 2008 - Just as you would expect from two undefeated fighters, neither Phil “The Drill” Williams or Marcus Oliveira were going to relinquish their unblemished records without a fight and it was all that and more. Fans at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota were treated to an exciting match-up from start to finish as Marcus Oliveira (14-0-1 with 11 KOs) got up from the canvas twice before stopping Phil Williams (8-1- with 8 KOs) in the 7th round of their scheduled eight round bout Friday night. continue
30.08.08 - by James Slater - Last night, in Atlanta, Georgia, heavyweight veteran Cedric "The Bos" Boswell revived his career with an impressive 2nd round stoppage of the previously undefeated and much younger Roman Greenberg. A right hand put the 26-year-old in trouble, before a flurry and then a left and two more big right hands to the head prompted referee Bill Clancy to dive in and stop the fight. The time was 2 minutes and five seconds of the 2nd round and the 39-year-old Boswell improved to 28-1(21). The once promising Greenberg fell to 27-1(18. continue
By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - August 29, 2008: Hundreds of phone calls each year come into the (805) 955-9064 home of former USBA middleweight champion Alex Ramos. MOST are from current or retired boxers that have fallen on hard times. MANY of these calls from Alex's boxing brothers can't or won't even be followed up with a "thank-you" call after receiving that much desired help, yet one thing is for sure…ALL these calls will be answered.
Since forming the Retired Boxers Foundation in 1995, proudly serving as the non-profit organization's president since day one, Alex Ramos has devoted his life to helping his fellow retired boxers in need.
While having to rely on miniscule funds raised from not enough fundraisers and donations, the "RBF" has been able to literally come to the aid of thousands of hurting fighters. This was as much a part due to the relentless efforts of the committed five-time New York Golden Gloves champion, as it was to his infectious smile, his warm personality and gigantic, lovable heart; which drew many willing resources from outside boxing. continue
by James Slater: As most fight fans thought he would, Olympic bronze medallist in Beijing, Deontay Wilder has decided to turn professional. It didn't take the 22-year-old who captured his medal as a heavyweight long to make up his mind, having been presented with the medal one week ago. Wilder, who hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, has signed a multi-year deal with Shelly Finkel, and will be co-promoted by Finkel and Jay Deas, who trains Wilder. Finkel told ESPN.com that he was finalizing a promotional contract for the young heavyweight with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy outfit. continue
by James Slater - It seems Team-Hatton is all but falling apart. Firstly, "The Hitman's" long-time trainer and corner-man Billy Graham leaves/is "asked" to leave Ricky and now, as a news story on The Times on-line has reported, the fighter's strength coach and nutritionist Kerry Kayes has also departed. continue
By Michael Klimes: When I first read the headline that Manny Pacquiao versus Oscar de la Hoya was official I exclaimed "Oh My God." The following train of thought was a concoction of Joe Pesci’s "What the f*** is that?" and John McEnroe’s "You can’t be serious". Is anyone else furious? I look at the whole issue sardonically as we’ve seen this all before haven’t we? The tragedy of the matter for me is I see two fighters who I have the deepest respect for about to demean themselves considerably, perhaps even irreversibly. It is very sad when real fighters become business celebrities and the slaves of money.
In our materialistic world where pretty much everything is measured by paper notes it is comforting for me to think that certain places such as music and literature can be untouched by greed and profit, a sort of secluded wilderness if you will. continue
By Sebastian Swiecznik: In front of 3000 people in Duesseldorf, Germany, undefeated young German middleweight prospect Sebastian Zbik (24-0-0, 9 KOs) fought out a lopsided decision against the tough Brasilian John Anderson Carvalho (18-3-1, 11 KOs). Zbik dictated the fight with his sharp jab and landed the cleaner shots throughout the whole twelve rounds. Nevertheless the game Brasilian deliverd a courageous performance and landed some nice right hands. Carvalho was always trying to lure Zbik into a slugfest, but the German had enough pop in his punches to keep his wild swinging contender at bay. The judges scored the bout 119:109, 120:108 and 119:109. continue
Richard Schaefer: Over the past few weeks, there has been much speculation as to who Oscar will fight in his next fight, on December the 6th. Many opponents have been mentioned. Some of these would have been rematches. Others would have been new challenges. continue
SAN DIEGO, Calif., (August 28, 2008) – Sycuan Ringside Promotions announced today that former World Boxing Council Welterweight Champion Carlos Baldomir is presently in training camp in the U.S. preparing for a major fight later this year. Baldomir, (44-11-6, 13 KO’s) from Argentina—who hails from the same hometown as the late, great World Middleweight Champion Carlos Monzon—is hopeful of being pitted against one of the top welterweights in his division, namely Margarito, Clottey or Cotto.
Carlos has fought some of the best in his division including having an impressive win via disqualification over the tough and strong puncher, Joshua Clottey, in November 1999. continue
Dave Itskowich: Thank you everybody for joining us today. As you probably know, Mora Forest II, the co-featured to Joel Casamayor versus Marquez which is the World Lightweight Championship which will be taking place at the MGM Grand on September 13th, Mexican Independence Day weekend. That fight is presented by Golden Boy in association with Romanza Boxing and the entire event is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and Cazadores Tequila and Southwest Airlines. The telecast is going to begin at 9:00 pm Eastern time, 6:00 pm Pacific time, has a suggested retail price of $44.95. continue
Gary Shaw: First, I just want to thank David Itskowich and Oscar and (Richard) at Golden Boy for allowing this fight to take place on their pay per view card and we are excited and we thank Jeff Wald and Sergio Mora for honoring their rematch and thank the WBC for sanctioning the rematch. The first fight is what it was and the second fight will be what it is. And there will be no excuses. Vernon has fought the best as everybody knows. He's been in there with Mayorga. He's been in there with (Quartey). He's been in there with Mosley. Sergio won the fight. There's no question that Sergio won the fight. He was the hungrier fighter on that night. continue
By Ted Sares - Boxing is a tight-knit fraternity. Everybody knows everybody. But a line in the resin will forever be drawn separating those who step into the square ring and those who DON'T. Many, many people make money on a fight, but when the bell sounds, only two people answer it. -- Randy Smith, February 2003, Journal Inquirer - Manchester, CT
It's a tough business, man - it's a tough business --Rocky Graziano
Some day, maybe, the public is going to abandon comparisons with Joe Louis and accept Ezzard Charles for what he was---the best fist-fighter of his particular time. --Red Smith
Larry Holmes and Evander Holyfield fought top level opposition at a pretty constant rate. Hell, they even fought each other. continue
by James Slater - As some fight fans may have already read, former world welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir's promoters Sycuan have today made it clear, via press release, that the tough fighter from Argentina is far from retired and wants a fight with Antonio Margarito, Joshua Clottey and/or Miguel Cotto. continue
In his first ShoBox appearance on October 5, 2007, bantamweight Yonnhy Perez impressed fight fans with his explosive style and ring savvy as he stopped Russian Alexander Fedorov in four rounds. On Friday, September 5th, the Colombian contender returns to the series as the semi-main event with a bout against Mexican powerhouse Tomas Rojas at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada. continue
By Michael Klimes: For the most trenchant detractors, hearing the name of Joe Calzaghe or seeing him on television is like encountering Charles Manson at a restaurant during breakfast. The reaction is at first incredulous and then shifts to irrational rage. Why is it that the finest European fighter of his generation is not only disrespected, shunned and unacknowledged but also hated?
At the beginning of writing this article I knew I would be straying from the journalistic to the polemical by wanting to argue the validity of one perspective at the expense of another. I felt hesitant. There is always a danger in assuming to speak for a boxer’s reputation when he is eloquent enough to do it himself. For the person doing the talking he can be perceived as arrogant and biased but I did not want to shelter in the bunker on this issue.
The people I want to intellectually pin on the wall are those that call Calzaghe a “bum” and if they are being really charitable a “European bum”. continue
29.08.08 - by James Slater - Former light-heavyweight/cruiserweight Marvin Camel is a unique boxer who holds a place in history - for three reasons. Number one, and most well known, is the fact that Camel was the very first cruiserweight world champion, becoming the first holder of the WBC belt back in March of 1980, just a few months after the organisation led by Jose Sulaiman had invented the new weight class. continue
Weights from Berlin: WBA heavyweight title:
Nikolai Valuev: 144,4 kg - John Ruiz: 108,6 kg
EU heavyweight title:
Francesco Pianeta: 110,0 kg - Scott Gammer: 109,1 kg . continue
29.08.08 - By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment takes a look at perhaps one of the most pure boxers in the sport. In an era where the mythical pound for pound title is handed out like hot plates at a homeless shelter, it's a strange mystery how this masterful pugilist has failed to land somewhere in the top 5 on any of the list. Figuratively speaking, when you consider that Calderon only stands at a modest 5ft. tall, everyone's radar is probably not the only thing he continues to walk under, but realistically speaking, his God-given talent makes him a huge spectacle regardless. Obviously nothing in life is perfect, and neither is Puerto Rico's 'little giant'. Like every other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, we'll take a look at the fan supportive perspective, the critics perspective, and after laying out mine, we'll tune in so that you, the reader can chime in as well. So, with no further ado, we kick off another episode...... continue
by James Slater - Forty-nine years ago today, in Hartford, Connecticut, a gifted welterweight boxer was born. Marlon "Magic Man" Starling is the fighter in question, and during the '80s and '90s he made a name for himself as a boxer who could, on occasion, look like a million dollars.
After an amateur career that produced very respective stats of 97 wins and just 13 losses, a 19-year-old Starling turned pro in July of 1979. continue
Nicky Cook has opened the doors to his training camp and offered Alex Arthur the opportunity to come and watch him train - after the Scotsman went into hiding ahead of their big WBO World Super-Featherweight title clash next weekend. Arthur, who will make the first defence of his belt at the M.E.N Arena live on Sky Box Office on September 6, has gone to a secret location with trainer Wayne McCullough amid fears that he will otherwise be spied on. continue
by James Slater - First of all, the fight was merely a much ridiculed possibility. Then the likelihood of the showdown actually taking place began to gather serious momentum, only for the match-up to appear to be off for good due to a breakdown in payment negotiations.
Well, a few moments ago, the on/off/on again "dream fight" between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao was officially announced. The bout will take place in Las Vegas on December the 6th, and at 147 pounds. It has not been made clear yet what the purse spilt will be, but some compromise has been reached. The boxers will wear eight ounce gloves.
This is not in any way breaking news, as all fight fans were aware that this fight was all but sure to be officially announced today (Thursday) when it was revealed that De La Hoya would be making a "big announcement" today. continue
Hayemaker Boxing invites press and members of the public to attend an open forum on Monday, September 1st at the Holiday Inn in Rotherham. Kicking off at 12 pm, this unique event allows the press and public alike to quiz key members of the Hayemaker Boxing team ahead of the promotional entity’s inaugural show on September 20 in Sheffield. continue
The U.S.B.O. had previously withheld and now officially withdraws title recognition to Ishmail Arvin with regard to the disputed fight against Anthony Thompson which took place on August 16th, 2008 in Washington D.C.
WBC International Champion, Mia St. John, just filmed an episode of TLC's highest rated show "LA INK" with Kat Von D. The show which airs Thursdays @ 7/6c, features a number of customers along with their back stories and motivations for choosing their tattoos. Due to the studio's Hollywood location, the clientèle has included and will feature a number of celebrities. Air date will likely be in September and the tattoo reveal won't be seen until then. continue
By Robert Jackson: On December 6, 2008 former WBO middleweight champion Oscar De La Hoya is scheduled to face current WBC lightweight champion Manny Pacquiao in a matchup that is "said" to be Oscar's last fight before retiring from the ring. Once Oscar conceded to a 67/33 split it was just a matter of time before he caved in to a 65/35 deal to make the fight with Filipino ICON Manny Pacquiao.
Oscar had made up his mind that Pacquiao was who he was going to fight and nothing could change that. The Sergio Mora and Paul Williams references were just psychological ploys to get Pacman to abandon his 60/40 stance, Oscar was never going to fight Williams and risk serious injury while a Mora fight would've generated underwhelming interest. I believe 65/35 is what Pacquiao wanted all along, having never fought as a 147lber how was he ever going to get a 60/40 split? continue
After weeks of intense preparation, the wait has dwindled down to scant hours for IBF Junior Featherweight world champion, "The Canadian Kid" Steve Molitor (27-0, 10 KO's), prior to his title defense against undefeated Argentine, Ceferino Dario Labarda (18-0, 7 KO's) at Rumble at Rama V, taking placing at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. continue
Olympic super-heavyweight bronze medallist David Price described his time at this summer’s Games in Beijing as ‘a wonderful experience’ but admits he was not at the top of his game for his semi-final bout against Roberto Cammarelle. In an interview with Setanta Sports News during Steve Bunce’s Boxing Hour Price said he was unable to put a ‘finger on what went wrong.. continue
by James Slater: Both fighters are coming off a loss, both fighters have recently signed with a new promoter in Lou DiBella, and both fighters very much want to become world champion again. Well, according to BoxRec, Kermit Cintron, the former IBF welterweight champion and Lovemore N'dou, the former IBF light-welterweight champion, will meet in an elimination bout on the November 15th Jermain Taylor-Jeff Lacy bill.
This is an interesting fight, and a very good test for both guys. With the loser not really appearing to have anywhere to go, the stakes are high - with a shot at the IBF welterweight title very much on the cards for the winner also. For the 37-year-old N'dou from Australia, currently 46-10-1 (31), the fight will be his first up at 147 pounds. The clash with Puerto Rico's 28-year-old Cintron, currently 29-2(27), will also offer N'dou a shot at redemption after losing on points last time out against Paulie Malignaggi. continue
Great Britain's Olympic boxing coach Terry Edwards told Setanta Sports News he was in a ‘no win’ situation however well his boxers performed in Beijing this summer. Edwards' team of boxers were dogged by controversy before a single punch had been thrown. Frankie Gavin was unable to compete at the Games having failed to make his target weight, while Billy Joe Saunders faced allegations of lewd behaviour. continue
By Sebastian Swiecznik: During the European Soccer Cup and the Olympics there wasn't many activity in the German boxing scene, but in the next four months we get more promising fights overhere then normally in two long years. continue
Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - On a night that will electrify the boxing world, active World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Champion Sam Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title against WBC Champion Emeritus Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs), making his dramatic return to the ring after a four-year absence, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday, October 11. Immediately following the heavyweight world title fight, which begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT on tape delay, two light heavyweight champions will meet, live on SHOWTIME, when Antonio "Magic Man" Tarver and "Bad" Chad Dawson square off in a long-awaited grudge match.
The Peter-Klitschko showdown will be co-promoted by Duva Boxing, K2 Promotions and Don King Productions from the O2 Arena in Berlin, Germany. Tarver vs. Dawson will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with AT Entertainment and take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. continue
28.08.08 - By Dick Landis: Saturday (Aug. 30) evening's The Night of Champions promoted by Tommy Hill's Red Leather Sports marks the seventh boxing card this year in Charlotte, NC. with four more shows planned for the remainder of 2008. Saturday evening's scheduled 12 bouts will take place at the Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Arena in the City of Charlotte. The Night of Champions will feature an array of potentially upcoming "future champions." Ten of the 12 bouts at four rounds each highlight a group of young fighters either making their pro debut or they have just a few fights on each man's record. continue
by James Slater - Philadelphia's Charles "The Hatchet" Brewer carved out a career as one of modern-day boxing's most consistently exciting fighters during his tenure amongst the super-middleweights of the 1990s and early 2000s. Making his pro-debut at The Blue Horizon in Philly back in August of 1989, Brewer fought the best right up until his final bout - a 10th round TKO loss to Lolenga Mock in April of 2005. The fight with Mock marked a number of fights in which Brewer boxed abroad. Fighting in Countries like Germany, Denmark and the U.K, Charles was never afraid of going into another guy's backyard.
This fighting spirit saw to it that Brewer ascended all the way to the IBF's 168 pound throne. Capturing the title with a 5th round stoppage of Gary Ballard in June of '97, Charles would make three successful retentions - including one against Britain's unlucky Herol "Bomber" Graham the following year. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' installment takes us on a different type of journey. Not only do the usual suspects - De La Hoya, Pacquiao, Pavlik, and Roy Jones Jr. - make the list, but as the presidential elections heat up, one fan dared ask that question. Yeah, that question! So with no need to set the table, we jump right in the mix with a question from Delray Beach, Florida, where a fight fan asked the following:
Pedro Gutierrez (Delray Beach, Fl): I read your 'open letter' to Oscar De La Hoya last week and I wanted to know, if Oscar does in fact get the fight against Pacquiao, and actually lose it, in your mind does he go down as one of the greatest big-name flops in the history of the sport? continue
by James Slater - Nicknamed "Merciless" due to the manner in which he shows no opponent any compassion whatsoever when he's in the ring with them, Ray Mercer should actually be known by another moniker these days. Still fighting at age 47 and after a nineteen year pro career that began way back in February of 1989, the former WBO heavyweight champion should be nicknamed "Relentless" Ray Mercer or "Persistent" Ray Mercer or "Obstinate" Ray Mercer. Quite simply, the guy won't quit! continue
27.08.08 - by James Slater - Unbeaten, but also largely unknown, Colombian Breidis Prescott is talking a very good fight ahead of his showdown with the likewise unbeaten, but a whole hell of a lot more well known, Amir Khan. With less than a week-and-a-half to go before the September 6th match-up, the 19-0(17) puncher has made it clear he is coming to The M.E.N Arena in Manchester, U.K to win. continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez - Photos: Marco Pérez: Walking his pupil into the ring, he had the confidence typical of people who have lived their lives. His footsteps were firm, his glance secure, his thoughts crystal clear and his ears seemed not to listen to the much-excited Mexican crowd chanting “Seeeguuura, Seeeguuura, Seeeguuura.” The kid behind him, on the contrary, was still amazed by the casinos, lights and gamblers that have made of Las Vegas one of the most exciting cities on earth. It was the time of the truth for César Canchila, a 26-year-old warrior labeled as “unknown-quality fighter” by boxing erudites. The reason for such scornful adjective was quite simple: nobody outside his native Colombia had seen him ever. In fact, it was his first time overseas. And there he was, at the MGM, on PPV, living the dream in front of a crowd waiting for Cotto-Margarito “¡La Batalla!. continue
AUSTIN, Wednesday, August 27th - In the ring, James “Mandingo” Kirkland has been compared to Mike Tyson ferocious power, a desire to knockout you out with every punch and one of the meanest, fiercest scowls you will ever come across inside the ropes. He even looks the part, with black trunks, no socks and no flashy robes to distract from the business at hand. continue
by James Slater - During his career, Muhammad Ali earned himself a reputation for giving every single worthy opponent out there a chance. Sometimes fighting the same guy twice, even three times, Ali ducked no-one and fought all manner of nationalities. Ali saw off the best Germany had to offer (Karl Mildenberger, Willi Besmanoff), the best Canada had to offer (George Chuvalo, twice), the best America had to offer (too many to list) and even the best Belgium had to offer(!) (Jean-Pierre Coopman). continue
by James Slater: In holding the distinction of being the only U.S boxer from this year's 26.08.08 - Olympics to capture a medal - any medal - heavyweight Deontay Wilder of Tuscaloosa, Alabama must be feeling quite special right about now. In winning a bronze medal in the 201 pound category, the 22-year-old saved his country from the embarrassment of coming home from Beijing without a single medal in boxing.
Now, having proven his talent and skill, the question will be asked; can Wilder become a pro heavyweight we will one day be very excited about? Yes, it's still embryonic days at the moment, and Wilder hasn't even announced a pro career yet. But surely he will do so soon. The heavyweight division is crying out for a new star hailing for the United States, and if there's any chance Wilder may be it he would be a fool not to go for it in the paid ranks as soon as he can. continue
By Jason Peck - As a champion, Jermain Taylor’s middleweight career was considered lackluster at best, marred by unconvincing victories and a failure to match up with Bernard Hopkins’ legacy. But the boxing world attacked him most relentlessly for his ultimate crime – not fighting career middleweights.
Now wait a minute here. continue
26.08.08 - by James Slater - It's been over ten months since former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall fought. Losing on points over 12 rounds against tricky Cuban southpaw Juan Carlos Gomez in a rematch he didn't have to take, McCall saw his long unbeaten run come to an end. continue
26.08.08 - By Sebastian Swiecznik: Rumors say that WBA champion Hugo Hernan Garay will defend his title on October 18 against former German amateur star Jürgen Brähmer (WBA #2, IBF #7 and WBO #3). The fight will most likely take place in Germany. Brähmer, who held wins against Felix Sturm, Ricky Hatton and Carl Froch at the amateurs, will have to dig down very deep to beat the tough Garay. In former WBO middleweight champion Hector Velazco, the German already fought a guy who stylistically is very similar to Garay. The aggressive Argentinean gave him a lot of trouble, but Brähmer showed great heart by surviving a knockdown and beating Velazco on points.
One of the most skilled German based fighters, Andreas Kotelnik, will get the chance to present his boxing skills to the American public on the November 8. The WBA super lightweight champion will take on Dmitriy Salita (WBA #3) on the televised undercard of the HBO-PPV clash between Joe Calzaghe vs. Roy Jones Jr.. continue
CHICAGO, IL (August 27, 2008) Undefeated lightweight prospects Gadiel Andaluz and Danny Williams will square off in a special feature attraction bout just added to “LIBERTY”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING. continue
By Paul McCreath, photo by Wray Edwards / ESB - As if the towering presence of Nicolay Valuev is not enough to scare off a lot of heavyweights now we have another Russian giant on the way. This one is not quite as large as Big Nic but at 6 foot 7and 1/2 inches tall and around 300 pounds he will do. At that size Alex Ustinov is probably the second biggest heavyweight in the world. There are probably several lower level heavies who are a bit taller and of course Butterbean is heavier but for all around size I think Alex is second only to Valuev. continue
25.08.08 - By Jason Peck- Ever wonder who would win in a fight: Prime Mike Tyson or Ali? Hagler or Hopkins? How about Salvador Sanchez versus Willie Pep? Lightweight Roberto Duran versus lightweight Floyd Mayweather?
Matching up history’s greatest champions is a popular topic for most boxing fans, so it’s no wonder the boxing publications follow suit. In fact, I was just reading the current issue of Ring Magazine, when the magazine’s claim that current WBO welterweight champ Paul Williams could take a prime Leonard Hearns really rubbed me the wrong way. continue
Big man, big heart: After his WBA heavyweight title fight against John Ruiz, Nikolai Valuev will make a special charity donation, selling his boxing robe on ebay. The auction (www.ebay.de/starsandcharity) has already started and will end on September 1. All money will go to German medical aid organisation action medeor, which provides medical equipment to people in developing countries. “I hope for lots of boxing fans to join the auction so that a lot of money will be raised to help children in the poorer regions of the world,” Valuev said. “This project means a lot to me.. continue
BRONX, NY - Aug 25, 2008 On September 5th Star Boxing's top rated heavyweight Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson returns to the ring when he takes on former WBA heavyweight champion of the world Bruce "The Atlantic City Express" Seldon (38-6, 34KO's). The heavyweight fight is the co-feature to the "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (19-2-2, 9KO's) ten round jr. welterweight bout against Nasser Athumani (20-6, 16KO's) at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. continue
by James Slater - Fresh off his superb gold medal win in Beijing, middleweight talent James DeGale has been talking about his future. The 22-year-old British boxer has not made up his mind yet about turning pro or not, but, as he told The Sun newspaper today, he is sure he will not follow in the footsteps of heavyweight Audley Harrison.
As fight fans know, "A-Force" was once in the exact same position DeGale finds himself in now. Yet after doing the same as DeGale and capturing a much sought after Olympic gold medal, Harrison became a huge letdown as a professional. Harrison made some good money, but never got as far as challenging for a major title (though he is still trying and has not given up yet). continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) - Well, here we are late August and Oscar De La Hoya is still playing his cat and mouse game over who his final ring opponent will be on Dec 6th! One thing is crystal clear. Oscar has NO intention of fighting anyone who has the SLIGHTEST chance of beating him. I made the mistake of believing Oscar cared about his legacy as well as what fight fans thought BUT that was clearly a mistake on my part. continue
by James Slater - Two top-notch fighters who have been hoping for a big name opponent to face in their next fight, in Paul Williams and Chris Arreola, respectively, are set to return to action on the same bill in November - according to BoxRec.com. Williams, who had been hoping to land a fight with anyone from Antonio Margarito (in a rematch) to middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, is set to defend his WBO welterweight belt against an as yet unannounced challenger. While unbeaten heavyweight slugger Arreola, whose name has been linked with that of David Tua for some time now, will also be in action against a TBA. continue
25.08.08 - Gil Aviles: These two prospects/contenders have been making noise in the154 pound division for the past year. Both have aggressive styles and devastating offensive arsenals and they tend to blow away their opposition in impressive fashion. It seems as though these young lions are destined to meet at some point, if they continue to win. When and if it this fight does happen boxing fans will be in for a real treat.
James Kirkland with a record of 22 (19) - 0 (0) - 0 has a few more fights than Angulo, whose record is 13 (10) - 0 (0) – 0. Yet, Angulo's has fought the better level of competition. For instance Kirkland's next scheduled opponent Ricardo Cortes (9/05/2008 on ESPN2), was destroyed in one round by Angulo earlier this year. Let's see what Kirkland can do against him, I am sure that he will try to equal that feat. Angulo is scheduled to take on Andrey Tsurkan (10/04/2008) a very tough Ukrainian fighter from the my hometown, Bronx, New York. continue
Las Vegas, Nevada (August 25, 2008) Current World Boxing Organization oriental welterweight champion Emanuel "The Drunken Master" Augustus arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada today at 10:15 A.M. pacific time at McCaren Airport from Sydney, Australia to begin training with Roger Mayweather at the Mayweather Boxing Club. Emanuel Augustus has relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada to prepare for an all out assault on the Jr. welterweight division and the opportunity to fight for a world title. continue
Photos by Sauerland Event - Five days ahead of their clash for the vacant WBA heavyweight title, Nikolai Valuev and John Ruiz today underwent a public training session in the heart of Berlin. “I want the title back,” the Russian Giant said after a light work-out in the Axel-Springer-Passage where he gave a taste of his improved mobility. Prior to Valuev´s appearance, which attracted plenty of curious fans, Ruiz had displayed his good shape with shadow boxing and skipping exercises. “I am 36 years old,” he commented. “If I want to become world champion again, I have to defeat Valuev. But I am confident I will get this done. I will certainly make the most of this chance.. continue
By Mike Casey: My father, who has always shared my love for the purest form of boxing, has seen many a sublime exhibition between the great practitioners of the Noble Art in his 60 years around the fight game. To this day, he picks out one contest above all others that exemplified pure boxing at its finest and subtlest, and his choice will probably surprise you as much as it did me. You might not even know of it unless you have some silver in your hair or are just an incurable boxing geek. It was the 10 rounds heavyweight bout in which Joe Erskine of Wales outpointed Willie Pastrano of New Orleans at Wembley Stadium on February 24, 1959.
Now there are a couple of names to send the blood-and-thunder brigade running for the hills! Joe and Willie, bless them, couldn’t punch their way out of the proverbial paper bag. And that’s the point. They were artists. They were painters with boxing gloves for brushes. When you can’t hit, you’ve got to be pretty darn well schooled in all other areas of the game in order to skip around the lions and tigers. continue
By “Old Yank” Schneider - Dark is the best word for describing the history of boxing and the evolution of its rules. As we march back in time, boxing history becomes more stark then the black and white of film noir. History begins to fade into the black and grays of old tin-type photographs and eventually into the blunt colors of black and blue. Eventually we find ourselves standing in the rain and fog of a gas-lit London street looking for the alleyway the leads us to the action we came to see. continue
The World Boxing Council, which will held its 46th convention in Chengdu, China, congratulates such country on the medals that several of its boxers obtained in the recent Olympic tournament that took place in Beijing. The Chinese fighters won two gold medals and a silver one, and in addition to getting the victory, they showed exceptional quality at all times. continue
25.08.08 - by James Slater - It seems Chris Byrd does not know how to quit. It seems, too, as though he has a problem dealing with reality. A great guy, no-one wants to see the former heavyweight champ beaten up or seriously hurt. But this is exactly what happened to the 38-year-old in his last fight.
Stopped, comprehensively beaten and forced to soak up punishment in a fight that was hard to watch against Shaun George back in May, it appeared Byrd would have no option but to retire for good afterwards. Indeed, his wife went as far as saying she'd demand her husband quit after the 9th round stoppage loss in which he broke a bone and tore muscles in his left shoulder. continue
Miika Forsström: Finnish middleweight contender "Idi" Amin Asikainen (24-1, 16 KOs) takes on Roberto De Oliveira de Jesus of Brazil (13-2, 6 KOs) August 30 in Tampere, Finland. It is a tune-up fight for Asikainen, who later this year fights for the vacant European middleweight title against Khoren Gevor. Originally Asikainen was scheduled to take on Claudio Ariel Abalos, who had to pull out of the fight because of visa problems. Asikainen versus De Oliveira de Jesus is scheduled for 8 rounds. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 25, 2008) World ranked junior middleweight Deandre Latimore is calling out fellow St. Louis native Cory Spinks for a hometown showdown this fall. Said Latimore, “I’m out here training in the summer heat of Vegas, but everywhere I go people ask me about fighting Cory. I haven’t fought in St. Louis in almost a year and this would be a great fight for the fans.” Latimore knocked out #1 ranked Sechew Powell on June 11th in New York City in an ESPN2 televised bout. continue
25.08.08 - By Michael Herron: It seems everyone has bought into Larry Merchant and HBO's insistence that Pacquiao is the best pound for pound (P4P) fighter in boxing. Yes, Pac is an exciting fighter but are his accomplishments and performances in the ring really up to P4P standards? His claim to the top spot, in my opinion, is largely based on his wins over Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. Truth is, only his first fight with Barrera is representative of a top P4P fighter performance; which I will describe as beating the best while they are the best. Let’s not forget he lost his first fight with Morales and only beat him after he lost to Raheem. By the time of the rematch Morales was a shot fighter, and the third fight was just unnecessary. In addition, let me add that the Barrera rematch was also unnecessary as Barrera at that time was also far past his prime.
Looking closer at Pacquiao it seems that whenever he has a not so great performance in the ring, his next fight is usually against an opponent that will make him look good. continue
By Tony Nobbs: Australia's super featherweight sensation Cool Willie Kickett (12-0, 5 KO's) defeated his second world top 15 opponent in succession by pitching a near shut out against Argentine Vicente Martin Rodriguez (21-2, 10 KO's) over ten fast rounds at Gosford, NSW, on Friday night.
The WA whiz was untroubled by the 23 year old from La Salada, Buenos Aires, who came in somehow built as the best import to come out and appear on a Fox show. The 21 year old Koori speedster stunned Rodriguez in the second and was too slick, controlling the action all the way. continue
25.08.08 - Pennsylavania light heavy, Tommy Karpency (12-1-1) returned with an impressive first round stoppage of former I.B.C. champ, Etianne Whitaker (33-30-2) in the main event at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia on Friday night. The 6 bout card, promoted by Simons' Promotions, provided alittle bit of everything for the 'packed house' crowd. continue
By Ted Sares:
One thing I learned from the '88 Olympics: It's not a question of if they can screw you over; it's a question of if they will. It's not the gold medal they took away from me. The medal doesn't mean anything. It's that they said I lost. That experience is well and alive in my mind.
--Roy Jones Jr
It would bother me to lose a title, but business is business and I want the biggest fights and the most money
--Joe Calzaghe continue
Promoter Tom Moran, the former manager of heavyweight titlist Tim Witherspoon and current manager of former world junior middleweight champion Kassim “The Dream” Ouma, has announced what he calls “A major Irish boxing show” to be held at the Northeast Philadelphia National Guard Armory on Saturday, October 4. continue
23.08.08 - By Carlos Acevedo: Pat Valentino, heavyweight contender of the 1940s, was famous both for his savagery in the ring and, incongruously, for his chic hairstyle, which he often jokingly compared to that of Samson. He won the California State Heavyweight title in 1948 and was one of the most popular attractions in California for nearly a decade. He died of pneumonia on July 25th in Las Vegas.
Valentino, whose real name was Pasquale Guglielmi, was born on January 25, 1920, in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. continue
By Trish Kilcullen - Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Last night at the Twin River Event Center, in Lincoln, Rhode Island, and before a packed and partisan crowd, Peter Manfredo, Jr. tamed Donny “The Savage” McCrary by a technical knock out decision in round two!
Both of “The Contender” fame, they had not before met in the ring. McCrary was not a challenge to be fluffed off, as he had fought the likes of David Banks and Sakio Bika, not to mention Yuri Foreman and Allan Green, and at the ripe young age of 25 years, has established himself in the super middleweight world.
Twenty-seven year old Manfredo, “The Pride of Providence” had to be pumped by the excitement of the boxing fandom, with standing room only left, and the sound was deafening, as he and his entourage entered his home turf forum. This man is the biggest draw in New England boxing, and Classic Entertainment & Sports’ Jimmy Burchfield’s eyes were gleaming. continue
By Trish Kilcullen - Photos by Peter Mark Heintzelman - Camacho Decisions Espinal - Well, not all fighters and fights can burn bridges, as the six rounds at middleweight between Angel Camacho and Ariel Espinal revealed, during a full six round decision fight that had many a fan yawning, stretching, and retiring to the lobby to tip the waiters and waitresses for a double shot of some imbibing liquid. continue
By Shawn M. Murphy: Recently I spoke with former three-time world champion Tony "The Tiger" Lopez. During his career, Lopez would win the IBF Super Featherweight title twice and the WBA Lightweight title. His victory over Rocky Lockridge in 1988 was Ring Magazines "Fight of the Year". Other notables that Lopez beat during his career were John John Molina, Jorge Paez, Brian Mitchell, Joey Gamache and Dingaan Thobela. Lopez retired in 1999 with a final record of 50-8-1 with 34 KO'S. continue
22.08.08 - By Vivek Wallace
On a weekly basis I've made it a habit to consistently 'call out' a different fighter or figure in the sport whose actions have created optimal room for judgment and analysis by fans who sit on both sides of the spectrum. The current negotiations for your pending fight with Manny Pacquiao have managed to stir up a ton of feedback, and in an open forum, today, I toss my thoughts into the proverbial 'hat-of-discretion' in my own eclectic way. continue
By Shawn M. Murphy - Born Daniel Victor Kirkman, "Boone" was a 1965 National AAU Heavyweight Champion. Kirkman turned pro in 1966 under Jack Hurley. Kirkman was always a huge draw and crowd-pleaser in the Seattle area. Although he would never fight for the heavyweight title, Kirkman beat many notables during his twelve year career including Eddie Machen, Doug Jones, Ron Stander and Jimmy Ellis. Kirkman retired in 1978 with a final record of 36-6 with 25 KO'S. continue
Peter Manfredo, Jr.: “I feel like I can be in there with anybody and everybody at this weight (168). I’m enjoying boxing now. I’ve put the Lacy fight behind me. I blew that one. We wanted to get this fight out of the way first and now I’ll be calling out a lot of people. I’d love to get Biko if the offer is right. If I have to fight guys like Froch or Pascal to get a world title fight I will. I kept hitting this guy with rights and then got him with the big left. I knew he was going to come out and bang with me but I’m too sharp for him. I kind of got robbed of the knockout, but I’m glad he didn’t get hurt.. continue
Los Angeles, CA- "Relentless" Lamon Brewster, 33-4 (29 KO) has built his fierce reputation with his wrecking ball left hook, iron chin and unwavering will power. Brewster intends to acquaint Danny Batchelder, 25-5-1 (12 KO), with his trademark qualities on Saturday, August 30 in the 12-round main event for the vacant NABA heavyweight championship at the Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, OH. The card is promoted by Lamon Brewster's Relentless Events in conjunction with Colin Bates' C'Believe and Andrew Williams' R&R Promotions.
The former WBO heavyweight champion aims to make a statement in his first fight since losing to current Wladimir Klitschko, vaulting him back into the title picture. "I finally feel like the real Lamon Brewster again and that's the Lamon Brewster I am ready to unleash on the world. My defense feels excellent. My offense, how I hold my hands, my footwork, everything is coming together wonderfully. I'm going to run these heavyweights out of town.. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 22, 2008) – Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-7-1, 29 KOs) broke Las Vegas training camp today and he departed for Germany in quest of his third world title. Ruiz is traveling with his advisor and attorney, Tony Cardinale, and head trainer, Manny Siaca, Sr. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 21 – He is the longest reigning champion in the middleweight division today, a European superstar who now has his sights set on conquering new land in America after a spectacular US debut in June. On Saturday, October 4th, ‘King’ Arthur Abraham defends his IBF 160-pound title for the eighth time as he takes on 1992 US Olympian and former world junior middleweight champion Raul Marquez in his first appearance on United States pay-per-view television. continue
By Mike Casey: A man asked me recently how great Jack Nicklaus was. Pressed for time, I told him to look up Jack’s record, study it carefully and put it into perspective with regard to the tools he had at his disposal in a far less technical era.
My answer is pretty much the same when I am asked about Henry Armstrong. I do not dole out such advice willy-nilly, since we know that the record book is not always a wholly accurate judge of a sportsman’s talent and achievements. In boxing, this is particularly the case.
It’s just a nice fact of life that the truly great fighters have truly great records that do not generally mislead us. Now look at the sprawling record of Henry Armstrong and look at the names of the men he fought and defeated. If you do not know those names, if you do not know the circumstances and cannot be bothered to acquaint yourself with their significance, then you really shouldn’t ask the question. continue
By Robert Jackson: Sitting and watching Olympic Boxing in the late afternoons this past week I can't help but notice how PATHETIC USA Olympic Boxing has become. Is it me or are USA Olympic boxers being cheated out of legitimate wins? Is it me or are some USA Olympic boxers showing poor sportsmanship in deference to these seemingly unfair decisions? Is it me or are USA Olympic boxers totally unprepared for and unfamiliar with Olympic Style scoring? continue
Los Angeles, August 21, 2008 – “…Punches in bunches, stay off the ropes, move your head, hands up….” These are the words four of boxing’s best trainers—Roger Bloodworth, Ignacio Beristain, Dean Campos and Buddy McGirt—are saying these days as they prepare their respective pugilists—Joel Casamayor, Juan Manuel Marquez, Sergio Mora and Vernon Forrest—for their upcoming bouts. Casamayor vs. Marquez – “The Challenge,” a 12-round bout for Casamayor’s Ring Magazine World Lightweight Championship, is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Romanza Boxing Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, Cazadores Tequila and Southwest Airlines. continue
By César Pancorvo: Checking the most recent pound-for-pound rankings can be a surprising and interesting experience. The presence of many Mexicans in The Ring’s P4P ratings was unexpected, but the disappearance of Americans from that list was astonishing: only two Americans (Pavlik and the old Hopkins) in the list. And this drought of elite, uber talented American boxers is not exclusive of the P4P rankings.
Who are the best Americans in the sport? If we consider prime American boxers, and therefore not Hopkins, De la Hoya, Roy Jones or Mosley, we have Kelly Pavlik, who had a meteoric rise to fame, Paul Williams, the unpopular Jermain Taylor and another rising star, Chad Dawson. continue
CHICAGO, IL (August 21, 2008) Chicago’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, presents “LIBERTY”, an evening of world class professional boxing celebrating Mexican Independence Day on Friday, September 19th at Cicero Stadium. continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) IBF light welterweight champion "The Magic Man" Paulie Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) has come a long way since his first career loss to Miguel Cotto back in June of 2006 and on November 22, 2008 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas he will get another shot at capturing boxing limelight when he defends his title against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (44-1, 31 KOs). This is one of the more intriguing match up’s on the horizon and it could very well end up being a make or break fight for each guy. continue
By Michael Klimes: Am I entering old age prematurely? Let me share my symptoms with you. Recently I became grumpy on two accounts. Firstly I decided upon skewing HBO after they announced Bernard Hopkins and Kelly Pavlik was going to be on PPV. Secondly I was overwhelmed by a new shock as people were and are thinking that Manny Pacquiao fighting Oscar de la Hoya is a fair match up.
Usually the level headed Freddie Roach is spot on in his judgements but he believes Pacquiao can put enough meat onto his frame, move up to the welterweight division and defeat de la Hoya. Some fans even think Pacquiao can knock de la Hoya out!
The best fighter in the world confronting the best former fighter in the world sounds tantalising. Putting two marquee names on neon signs in the fantasy land which is Las Vegas seems brilliant. continue
Happy Birthday, Nikolai Valuev! The Russian Giant turned 35 today. When he entered the breakfast room at Kienbaum´s training facilities this morning, he was in for a special surprise. A delegation from Team Sauerland as well as coach Alexander Zimin and his sparring partners welcomed him with a birthday serenade. Valuev was touched. “I did not expect that at all,” he said. “We have been working so hard and everybody was so focused on the world title fight against Ruiz that I did not expect anybody to take notice of my birthday.. continue
BILOXI, Miss.—Flashy boxer Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell will make the first defense of his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organization and World Boxing Association lightweight titles against undefeated two-division world champion Joan “Sycuan Warrior” Guzman on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Beau Rivage Theatre in Biloxi, Miss. continue
In this weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' segment we take a look at a few rather interesting topics. Making the list this week are a few of our typical suspects in Cotto, Margarito, and Mayweather, but also jumping in on the action was the ever dangerous Kelly Pavlik, as well as Shane Mosley. In another interesting sidebar, one fight fan put me on the spot about some of the best rising prospects in the sport as well. So without hesitation, we take a look at a few questions posed by some of the biggest fight fans on the planet. This weeks mission kicks off near my neck of the woods, in Miami Lakes, Florida....
Carlos Z. (Miami Lakes, Fl): Dibella and Cintron were pretty vocal about a showdown with Cotto and now there's talk of a tune-up fight first. How do you read into this?
Vivek W. (ESB): I'll start by saying that it doesn't surprise me. As good as Cintron has looked in the ring away from Tony Margarito, it's no secret he'd be facing arguably the best pure boxer he's ever faced in Miguel Cotto. Margarito was very relentless against Cintron, but he was also a standing target. continue
It’s no secret that Nate Campbell and Joan Guzman don’t like each other very much. Both fighters have exchanged insults in the lead up to their championship showdown on Sept. 13 on SHOWTIME. Below are quotes from both fight camps this week. Campbell talks about his ability to hand undefeated boxers their first loss. He even goes as far to say he would like to change the “0’s” in their records to “Nate’s.” As in, Guzman (28-0, 17 KOs) will be “28 and Nate” once Campbell takes his undefeated record away from him. Guzman, on the other hand, says Campbell will spend most of the fight swinging at air since he considers Campbell too slow to stay with him.. continue
Amir Khan's new trainer Jorge Rubio has urged caution ahead of his clash with power-puncher Breidis Prescott on September 6 live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. Rubio, who will be in Khan's corner for the first time at the M.E.N Arena, insists that his charge is good enough to be a world champion. But he says the WBO number two and WBC number five does not need to be rushed. continue
20.08.08 - by James Slater: Fight fans in the U.K have often debated how the unbeaten Joe Calzaghe would have done had he been born a few years earlier and been boxing in the hey day of British rivals such as Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, Steve Collins, Herol Graham and Michael Watson.
Some fans say "The Pride of Wales" would have been just as dominant as he has been throughout the late 90s to the present day had he met these fighters, others say he would not have been. Now, in speaking to Setanta Sports, Joe himself has commented on the five British middleweights/super-middleweights, and has given his thoughts on what the fights would have been like.
Joe began by speaking about Eubank, who, of course, he beat right at the end of Eubank's career. continue
by James Slater - The sport of boxing has produced many great moments at the Olympic games over the years. We have seen the unveiling of a number of superbly gifted fighters who later went on to become superstars in the pro ranks, we have seen fighters endear themselves to the viewing public thanks to their own little personal touches - think Ray Leonard wearing a photo of his girlfriend taped to his sock or George Foreman's patriotic waving of the American flag - and we have seen some bizarre demonstrations also - the South Korean fighter who refused to leave the ring even after the lights had been turned out at the Seoul games, for example. continue
20.08.08 - by James Slater: It seems the fight between British heavyweight Audley "A-Force" Harrison and Northern Ireland's Martin Rogan is somewhat jinxed. Originally, the two men were to meet on July 2nd, only for the bout to fall through due to "T.V scheduling issues." Now, according to a news article in The Irish Independent, the re-scheduled date of September 6th has been called off also. continue
by James Slater: An Antonio Margarito-Joshua Clottey rematch is now up on BoxRec as happening at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on November the 1st. No official announcements have been made yet, but let's take the fight as a go for the purposes of this article.
Clottey, the man who picked up Margarito's vacated IBF welterweight title by beating Zab Judah in his last fight, has ached for a return match with "Tony" ever since losing on points to the Mexican in December of 2006. Thinking, no, believing, that without the damage that affected his left hand at the end of the 4th round he would have beaten Margarito, Clottey has been anxious to prove it. Certainly, the 31-year-old who lives in New York was doing well in the first third of the WBO title fight. continue
Nikolai Valuev (photo by Photo Wende) has worked hard to get in shape for the WBA heavyweight title fight against John Ruiz on August 30. After starting his preparations in St. Petersburg, he travelled to Germany in early August to continue training in Kienbaum. In order to relax from all the exhausting work-outs, he often went swimming. “That was a lot of fun and really helped me to relax,” he said. “I really enjoyed it.. continue
NEW YORK (August 20, 2008) – The ticket pre-sale for the highly anticipated superfight between “Super” Joe Calzaghe and “Superman” Roy Jones, set for November 8, 2008 at Madison Square Garden is currently the largest pre-sale of a boxing event in the Garden’s history, with more than 12 hours yet to go. Square Ring CEO John Wirt stated that “tickets are selling like hot cakes and I would advise all the Calzaghe and Jones fans out there to buy soon if they don’t want to pay a ticket broker a huge premium down the road.. continue
By Matt McGrain: When Pavlik-Hopkins was announced, there was a wave of indifference amongst boxing fans. This was not the beginning of an era of dominance at 160 that some envisaged for Kelly, nor was it the daring step up to face pound for pound top 4 opponent Joe Calzaghe. In the main, fans don’t want to see Bernard Hopkins fight any more - despite being one of the more recognisable fighters in the world today, The Executioner is viewed as being a dull practitioner of the sweet science, a man more hell bent on making his opponent look bad than himself look good - and his recent victories over Wright and Tarver, and his razor thin SD loss to Calzaghe are viewed as evidence of the fact.
The Hopkins fight was viewed as being a match made with money and visibility in mind rather than pugilistic excellence. I understand why fans would feel frustrated by something like that, but I must confess right now, that I don’t share the majority’s view. I loved Hopkins-Calzaghe, and I’m really looking forward to Bernard’s showdown with The Ghost. continue
Bronx, NY- Aug 20, 2008 Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing has added three additional exciting undercard fights to the already stellar card on September 5th at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. The card is going to be broadcasted live on GoFightLive.TV and with an intriguing double header, featuring "Mighty" Mike Arnaoutis (19- 2-2, 9KO's) vs. Nasser Athumani (20-6, 16KO's) and Kevin "Kingpin" Johnson (19-0-1, 6KO's) vs. Bruce "The Atlantic City Express" Seldon (38-6, 34KO's) already set in place, boxing fans and insiders are already buzzing in anticipation. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Timothy Bradley, who picked up the WBC light-welterweight title with an upset split decision win over defending champ Junior Witter back in May, makes his first defence this coming September 13th. Facing the more than capable Edner Cherry in Biloxi, Mississippi on the same card as the intriguing Nate Campbell-Joan Guzman bout, 24-year-old Bradley will be absolutely determined not to suffer the same fate many new champions have done in the past when making title defence #1 - and lose. Becoming world champion is hard, but holding onto the title can often be even harder. continue
18.08.08 - by James Slater: At one time a short while back, it seemed November 15th's WBC super-middleweight elimination clash between Jeff Lacy and Jermain Taylor would not happen. Lacy was threatening to quit, saying he'd had enough of "A very dirty business," and it seemed he meant what he said. However, somewhere along the road "Left Hook" changed his mind and his intriguing fight with "Bad Intentions" was back on. Now that it is, who wins?
Both guys have something to prove. While Taylor hasn't fought since losing his two battles with current middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, former IBF 168-pound champ Lacy has not looked good in the fights he's had since his sole career loss to Joe Calzaghe. Despite wining three bouts post-Calzaghe, all of them on points, the 31-year-old has failed to look anything like the monster he appeared to be before he tangled with "The Pride Of Wales." continue
By: Thomas Scherr: In the featured bout of the evening Tommy Karpency will look to bounce back against light heavyweight veteran Tiwon Taylor. Karpency (11-1-1) received the first loss of his career in a closely contested bout against Rayco Sanders in July. The bout saw Karpency drop a razor thin 1 point decision via a dubious deduction for low blows in the third round. continue
by James Slater - Not too long ago, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli of Wales said he'd one day very possibly go up to heavyweight. Getting the chance to avenge his 2nd round stoppage loss to David Haye up at heavyweight appealed to him, and Enzo said as much. But now, in an interview with Setanta Sports, the big-punching 27-year-old has said he would consider moving DOWN in weight, to light-heavyweight, if the right fight were offered to him. continue
by James Slater - It could be argued that Canadian powerhouse Donovan "Razor" Ruddock was an unlucky fighter. Blessed with awesome one-punch KO power, limitless guts and bravery and a fine chin in his prime years, there was just one problem for the 6'3" banger: he was plying his trade at the same time as all-time greats Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. This factor aside, I'm almost positive Ruddock would've been able to capture at least a version of the world heavyweight title in the 1990s.
Arriving on the world stage with a huge bang, "Razor" smashed two former champions to defeat in quite sensational style. First, Ruddock banged out James "Bonecrusher" Smith in 7 rounds in 1989 (getting up from an early knockdown as he did so) and then, the following year, the Canadian scored one of the most frightening KO's in recent memory when he all but decapitated Mike "Dynamite" Dokes in just 4 rounds. continue
By Ted Sares - A fighter is a fighter. Just because he (Omar Bell) hasn't been beat yet, doesn't mean he's gonna beat me. - Keith Thurman
Two very exciting and promising welterweights to keep your eyes on are Floridian Keith Thurman (Tampa) and Kenny Galarza of Puerto Rico (Ponce). continue
Los Angeles, CA (August 18, 2008) – Impressed by the skills Michael Dallas, Jr. displayed in winning his first four professional bouts -- most recently on the James Toney-Hasim Rahman undercard last month -- Goossen Tutor Promotions president Dan Goossen announced that he has signed the undefeated Bakersfield, California junior welterweight to a promotional contract. continue
by James Slater: Next up for lightweight prospect Amir Khan, as we all know, is unbeaten Colombian puncher, Breidis Prescott. The September 6th fight is being advertised as something of a risky fight for Khan, even a major step up. Is it though?
Yes, the 5'11" Colombian has impressive numbers, with 17 of his 19 wins being KO's. But take a look at his stats on Box Rec.com, and you will see a number of quite important things. Number 1, Prescott has boxed practically all his pro fights in his home town of Barranquilla in Columbia ( the 25-year-old has two fights to his credit that took place anywhere other than Colombia). Number two, there is not one overly recognizable name on Prescott's record, and number 3, only six of the puncher's opponents actually had a winning record. continue
Alex Arthur has been sparring with two former opponents in preparation for his first WBO World Super-Featherweight title defence against Nicky Cook. The 30-year-old says he has conducted his most intensive training camp ever ahead of the clash on September 6 at the M.E.N Arena, Manchester. Amir joint headlines the blockbuster show with a defence of his WBO Intercontinental title defence against Colombian KO king Breidis Prescott, live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. continue
By: Coach “K,” - After winning his third Golden Glove Championship and climbing to 4-0, 3 Ko’s Ronny "Venezuela" Vargas claimed to Daily News writer Mitch Abramson, January 22nd 2008, "I love my block, I love the people around here. Everyone knows each other, so it's hard for me to move out and start my life somewhere else. It's a tough neighborhood, but I'm good, I'm set here.” "I'm comfortable," he added. "The money hasn't gotten to my head. The articles in the paper - nothing has gone to my head. My life has changed; now, boxing is my job, but I haven't changed.. continue
18.08.08 - by James Slater: Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, 29-2(27) remains one of the most exciting of all today's 147 pound operators. Sure, he's best known for his two losses, both of them to the same man, in Antonio Margarito, but "Tony" is a fighter who simply has Cintron's number. Against almost any other welterweight, "El Asesino" would have a legitimate chance of winning.
Now back in the gym training after his last fight back in April - the second loss to the currently all-conquering Mexican - Cintron is ready to take another run at becoming a champion. Newly signed with promoter Lou DiBella, who has faith his new signing can once again win a world championship, the 28-year-old is set to return to the ring on the under-card of November 15th's scheduled clash between Jeff Lacy and Jermain Taylor. continue
18.08.08 - By Ted Sares: Thailand always has been my favorite target when it comes to producing mismatches, but Slovakia is rapidly taking over that dubious distinction. On the flip side, Mexico and Japan do the very best job of matching fighters in any given venue. The following recent card in Mexico City reflects that country’s continual efforts to get it right: continue
18.08.08 - By Paul Strauss: Holy S'#*, I don't believe it! That will be the refrain when boxing fans witness the following upsets: Oscar loses, regardless who his December opponent might be. Old man Hopkins KOs Pavlik. Calzaghe's perfect record comes to an end, and there's a three way tie for "fight of the year". Before firing off the big guns, let's take a few of the better upcoming fights chronologically, and do the opposite of what one "wag" once said, "Never make any forecasts, especially about the future.. continue
By James Slater: Former undisputed cruiserweight champion O'Neil Bell is yet another former 200-pound fighter going up to heavyweight. At age 33, and after two consecutive losses at cruiser - one in which he lost his belts via a decision (the rematch of one of 2006's fights of the year, against Frenchman Jean Marc Mormeck), the other where he quite shockingly quit on his stool after seven rounds (the fight against Poland's Tomasz Adamek) - Bell made the decision to go and join the big guys.
Claiming he will add excitement and credibility to a division that is "a complete shambles," the 26-3-1(24) warrior known as "Bring 'Em Hell" is convinced he has the stuff needed to be a success against the giants. The Adamek loss aside, Bell, who was born in Jamaica but now lives in Atlanta, U.S, always gave his all in fights. Providing the division below heavyweight with a number of its most astonishing fights, and having rumbled with the top names at cruiser, Bell endeared himself to the fans. continue
by James Slater - Unbeaten 28-year-old heavyweight prospect Kevin "King Pin" Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia is a fighter beginning to make a little noise in the division. Blessed with an excellent left jab, an impressive physique and good overall conditioning, the 6'3" and approx 240-pound big guy appears to have the tools to go somewhere. continue
By Jason Peck - Every now and then you get a fight where one guy has every conceivable advantage. Then he finally steps up to the plate and blows it anyway. It’s not an upset, per say; that’s why I haven’t included obvious fights like Johnson-Jones, Lewis-Rahman and all three of Wladimir Klitschko’s defeats. But things shouldn’t have turned out the way they did. That’s what makes boxing great, I guess. Other sports say anything can happen, but in boxing it’s actually true. continue
By Robert Jackson: Boxing in it’s golden years of the 20’s thru 50’s was not a product streamlined, choreographed and packaged up by Television for the consumers consumption, in fact during those years FAMILIES gathered around the radio to listen to a Joe Louis, Ray Robinson or Willie Pep fight.
Imagination played a big part of it. Boxing was perpetuated mainly by word of mouth; this was the way a fighter’s legend was passed on. Even further back to Jack Johnson’s time I suspect that the Morse-code teletype passed on the boxing news of the day. In July of 1910, 22,000 people in Reno Nevada watched from a custom built stadium a fight between the infamous Johnson and challenger Jim Jeffries. continue
Last Saturday (August 16th) Kofi Jantuah and his newly founded promotion “Prize Fight Entertainment” held their first own show in Kumasi, Ghana labelled as “Rumble in the Garden City”. Although it started to rain there was an audience of 6,000 people watching at the outdoor Baba Yara Stadium when former world title contender Jantuah (now 32-3-1, 21 kos) stopped Argentina’s Ricardo Manuel Genero (13-7-3, 6 kos) in the 4th in the main event. continue
FAIRFAX, VA (August 18, 2008) -- After being sidelined with an injury over the last 17 months, popular Northern Virginia boxer Jimmy Lange (28-3-2, 20 KOs) will return to action by headlining a live, professional boxing card on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia. The event, produced by Ice Promotions and headed by Jackie “First Lady of Boxing” Kallen, marks the fighter’s sixth appearance at his hometown venue. continue
By Ted Sares: In my book Boxing is my Sanctuary, I wrote about some things I had witnessed in a fight held in D.C. under the heading “Mondo Bizarro.” I stated: “I had recently interviewed former champ Mike Anchondo for an on-line boxing site and was rooting for him against Darling Jimenez when they squared off in Washington on April 27, 2007. Jimenez proved too fast and tough for Mike and took him out with a devastating KO in the ESPN main event. The affable Mike crashed to the deck face-first unconscious and was counted out by referee Joseph Cooper at 2:05 of the third round. It was painful to witness but what was far worse was that he was left on his stomach in a prone position and unattended for about 30 seconds before he received medical attention. That was ugly and inexcusable.
“In keeping with the bizarre events taking place that night, there was the issue of the timekeeper. After Mike had been decked for the first time and Jimenez was poised for the kill, the bell rang cheating Jimenez out of one full minute. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten super prospect Amir Khan has yet to make his mark on the global scene at lightweight, but the unbeaten 21-year-old former Olympic silver medallist is already looking ahead to the future and to the light-welterweight division. The fighter hotshot Khan has in his sights as a potential opponent in a year or so? None other than fellow countryman Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton. continue
By James Slater: With talks for a much discussed Oscar De La Hoya-Manny Pacquiao currently at a standstill, a number of alternate names are being bandied around as possibilities for "The Golden Boy's" farewell fight in December. According to a news article in The L.A Times, who heard from Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, none other than Roy Jones Junior is being looked at as a potential De La Hoya foe. According to Schaefer, representatives for Jones have made it clear they are interested in beginning talks. continue
By Wray Edwards - Photos (c) Wray Edwards / ESB. I hadn't given it much thought until watching the Ibragimov-Klitschko fight that perhaps it might be a good idea to consider a change in the divisional makeup of the upper weight ranges of Boxing. Now you're thinking "Jeez aren't things bad enough now with all the sanctions and divisions we have already?" Now just hold on...hear me out on this one. The lead photo in this article clearly shows what a mismatch looks like. It was the number one factor which ruined any chance for a competitive event at MSG last February (aside from the fact that Sultan's team did not have a Plan B).
What might be done to reduce the likelihood of another such debacle?
First, we already have what is, essentially, the makings of a more appropriate range for a heavyweight division...it's called the Cruiserweight division. I don't know who came up with that title, but it sucks! How about this...Anybody fighting from 195 and up to say 225 -230 could logically be called a "heavyweight.. continue
By C. Hardie: Chauncy Welliver had no idea where New Zealand was, or even what it was, until he was invited to spend a few weeks in the camp of Kiwi/Samoan Heavyweight KO Artist and Former World Title Contender David "The Tuaman" Tua. It was there that Welliver learned of this country on the far side of the world, and Tua's continual talk of his homeland was the catalist that built a burning desire inside Wellier to find out for himself just what this place they call "Down Under" was all about. In December of 2004 the call came, and Welliver was on a plane to New Zealand, unsure of what he would find on the other side of the world, he knew they bred some tough Heavyweights the late Tom Heeney and more recently Toakipa Tasefa, Jimmy Thunder, Paea Wolfgramm and of course David Tua. continue
By James Slater: There have been a number of prominent journeymen heavyweights in recent boxing history, men like James "Quick" Tillis, Everett "Big Foot" Martin and Rick "Rocky" Sekorski. In the past, articles on each of these ever fearless big men have appeared on this web site; today a heavyweight trier by the name of Dave Jaco gets the same treatment. continue
Joe Donofrio of Donofrio Entertainment is proud to announce that Matchmaker/Fight Coordinator Anne Morell has joined his team. Fortunately for those who will be in attendance, Morell joins Team Donofrio in time to work her magic on their upcoming event "MEADOWBROOK CAGE FIGHT FESTIVAL" on September 6 at Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment we take a look at a fighter who has steadily seen his stock rise on the heels of his recent string of brilliant performances. As talented as he appears to be and as great of a show he puts on, trouble is, many around the industry quietly feel that the jury's still out on him relative to his true greatness.
Limited tenure in the ring as well as questions about his overall talent have left some wondering if this 'new-kid-on-the-block' will stand the test of time, or if he's simply another media created prop. Like any of my other 'Call Em Out Fridays' sessions, we'll analyze the 'Supportive Fan Perspective', the 'Critics Perspective', and after giving my own spin on the subject, we let the great debates begin as you, the readers chime in with your spin. So with no further ado, we now take a journey to Ohio....Youngstown to be exact...... continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) - The WBC Super welterweight champion Sergio "The Latin Snake" Mora (21-0-1, 5 KOs) finds himself in a precarious situation these days. It’s a good situation but it also has the potential to turn out bad. REAL bad! A gift from boxing heaven in the form of Oscar De La Hoya has almost dropped squarely into his lap! All he has to do on Saturday, September 13, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas is beat Former two-division World Champion Vernon "The Viper" Forrest (40-3, 29 KOs), AGAIN! Sounds simple but it won’t be because Vernon Forrest will undoubtedly be in much better condition this time around and no one knows that better then Sergio Mora. continue
16.08.08 - by James Slater: For those fight fans who have not yet done so, reading the book "Four Kings" by former Boston Herald writer, George Kimball is something this Eastside Boxing contributor strongly suggests.
Having just had the pleasure of a four-day vacation, I spent a little time reading. I'm pleased to say I took along Kimball's fine effort on the legendary Leonard/Hearns/Hagler/Duran rivalry that took place in the decade that was the 1980s. continue
Undefeated WBC Super Lightweight Champion Timothy Ray Bradley, Jr., completed his mandated 30-day weight check at the Boys and Girls Club in Indio, California, in preparation for his championship defense against Edner Cherry, Saturday, September 13. Bradley weighed in well below the limit at 152 lbs. continue
By Richard Rodriguez: With his attempt at landing a mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao essentially down the drain because of neither party willing to give in to the 70-30 PPV purse split, Oscar De La Hoya (39-5, 30 KOs) is reportedly looking at ending his boxing career with a title fight against the light-hitting, finesse-oriented WBC light middleweight champion Sergio Mora (21-0, 5 KOs) instead of Pacquiao.
If this turns out to be the case, De La Hoya, 35, would be seemingly making almost as big a mistake as he originally did by selecting super featherweight Manny Pacquiao as an opponent. I don't see this as being a PPV-worthy fight. Indeed, fighting Mora would be like fighting Steve Forbes, De La Hoya's last opponent, and therefore should be shown on regular television and not PPV. It's a horrible opponent and seems to be poorly thought out by De La Hoya. continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) Spotlight on CENTER stage! We’re all waiting. How much longer will we have to wait to hear “Pretty Boy” Floyd Mayweather Jr making those outlandish statements again? Acting insulted that his opponent would even dare challenge him! You have to admit, it’s a pretty good act and we’ve paid handsomely over the last couple of years to see it. When he’s part of a ticket versus another big name his “act” pushes the PPV buy rate through the roof and helps turn a fight into an “event!” Floyd Mayweather Jr offers us something that Muhammad Ali proved we need in this sport and that’s CONFLICT! We need a good guy and we need a bad guy. continue
Explosive showdown live and exclusive on Sky Box Office - British boxing superstar Amir Khan faces the fight of his life against Colombian powerhouse Breidis Prescott on September 6 at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. The 25-year-old Colombian boasts a fearsome unbeaten record of 19 fights with 17 big knockout wins - a staggering 14 coming inside three rounds. continue
Sheffield star Ryan Rhodes embarks on his second reign over the British light-middleweight division when he locks horns with Scottish challenger Jamie Coyle on September 20 at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre, screened live and exclusively on Setanta Sports – the new undisputed home of British and world boxing. ‘The Rhodes-show’ will mark the birth of Hayemaker Boxing as a domestic and world promotional force and will feature a stacked card chock-full of the cream of British boxing. continue
“Get to the back of the line,” were the words of world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko when former cruiserweight king David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye called out the giant Ukrainian in London this past April. Four months on, that ‘line’ has now substantially shortened in light of the World Boxing Organisation’s (WBO) decision to hand Haye a number three heavyweight ranking.
This latest twist in the Haye and Klitschko saga means there is no longer any obstacle – nor reason – why the two most exciting commodities in the heavyweight division should not meet in 2009. Also ranked at number five by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Haye’s new WBO rating is the more pivotal one given that Klitschko currently holds that organisation’s version of the world title. continue
Los Angeles, August 14, 2008 – As the eyes of the world turn to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, four of boxing's elite have officially ended their summers and begun their own training as Olympic Gold Medalist ('92) and current Ring Magazine Lightweight World Champion Joel Casamayor, former two-division World Champion Juan Manuel Marquez, current Super Welterweight World Champion Sergio Mora and former two-division World Champion Vernon Forrest get ready to compete on Saturday, Sept. 13. Casamayor vs. Marquez – "The Challenge," will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
By Jack Presscot: Apollo Creed, in the very first, Oscar winning Rocky movie was in his office, looking up opponents with his trainer and his promoter. They were going over a list of potential opponents, but none of them seemed to faze Apollo, who seemed bored with the names, until he found the perfect match. "This guy, heres our guy!" To which the promoter says "Balboa? His record's poor", and Apollo disagreed. "The name....The Italian Stallion"...and after pondering it a minute, thinks aloud...."Apollo Creed vs. the Eye-Tallion Stallion....sounds like a damned Monster Movie." continue
The new World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Lightweight Champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley will defend his title for the first time against Edner "Cherry Bomb" Cherry on Saturday, Sept. 13, in the co-feature of the SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, which begins live at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The main event of the world championship doubleheader features Lightweight World Champion Nate Campbell vs. Joan Guzman for Campbell's International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organization (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) 135-pound titles. continue
Super middleweight champion boxer Joe Calzaghe has confirmed that he will quit boxing providing he defeats Roy Jones Junior at Madison Square Garden in New York when the pair clash on Saturday 8 November. The fight will be screened exclusively on Setanta Sports One. In an interview with Setanta Sports News the undefeated Calzaghe said ‘there’s not much more to prove’. “At the moment I’m definitely going to retire. As long as I win and I win in style then it’ll be my last fight.
“I’ve achieved everything I can in boxing. I’m 36 years old and I don’t want to keep on fighting. I love boxing and I love what the sport has given me, but I want to retire undefeated.” continue
By Sebastian Swiecznik: Very good boxing cards are very rar in Germany, but on September 27 the German boxing fans will be in for a real highlight, if they decide to visit the huge Color Line Arena in Hamburg that night. Beside the Wladimir Virchis vs. Juan Carlos Gomez heavyweight clash and the WBA cruiserweight title bout between Germanys cinderella man Firat Arslan and mandatory challenger Guillermo Jones, fightfans also get a duel among two undefeated fighters: The Ungarian Karoly Balzsay (19-0-0, 14 KO) and the Russian Denis Inkin (33-0-0, 24 KO) will clash for the WBO interim title. continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) - Well now that the Oscar De La Hoya vs Manny Pacquiao “Super fight” appears to be off the table it sure feels like Oscar De La Hoya was “trying” take the easy way out! Unfortunately, for him and probably more so for Manny Pacquiao the boxing public let them BOTH know what they thought about the match. I don’t think the “no go” had anything to do with the money. (Or at least it wasn’t the main determining factor). continue
(ORANGE, CA) August 14 – One of this era’s most exciting warriors, former IBA junior welterweight champion Antonio Diaz thrilled fight fans with every swing of his fists. And after a three-year layoff, the pride of Coachella returned to the ring earlier this year and picked up right where he left off. On Friday, August 29th, Diaz continues on his road back to the top with an eight round bout against Juan Pablo Montes de Oca in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ ‘Path to Glory’, which will take place at Omega Products International in Corona, California. continue
By Richard Wacha: Manny Pacquiao walked away from an offer of a 70-30 purse split by Oscar De La Hoya earlier today, and instead will look for another fight elsewhere. Pacquiao, the WBC lightweight champion, had initially asked for a 60-40 purse split at the opening of negotiations while De La Hoya offered 70-30.
However, when De La Hoya reportedly refused to move an inch from his original 70-30 offer and meet Pacquiao halfway, Manny decided to walk from bargaining table and look for a fight against possibly Humberto Soto. The fight is now off the table unless either De La Hoya or Pacquiao decide to come in a slightly different price than what they were originally asking for. The sides can always change their minds and come in at a lesser percentage, but if they don't move quickly, it will probably be too late to save the fight. continue
WBO #10 and WBA #15 Heavyweight Brian "The Beast" Minto (31-2 20 kos) of Butler, Pennsylvania will make his return to the ring on Saturday November 1st at the Morrow Arena on the campus of Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania. continue
By Jack Presscot: Well, it finally happened, just as I had predicted. I knew, from past experiences, following negotiations with various de la Hoya opposition, that this fight, de la Hoya vs. Pacman was not going to happen, based on money. This all started back in September of 1999. Tito Trinidad and Oscar had just battled it out for 12 rounds, and Michael Buffer had just announced the Pride of Puerto Rico as the new Welterweight King. As Trinidad was getting interviewed by Larry Merchant, he called out an embarrassed Oscar de la Hoya, and told him he had a question. So with cameras rolling, Tito asked him in Spanish "Am I worth the 10 million now" to much ballyhoo and laughter. continue
PHOENIX, AZ (August 13, 2008)Undefeated and world ranked cruiserweight BJ Flores returns to the ring this Friday night, August 15th to take on veteran Cory Phelps at the Ibiza Nightclub in Washington DC in an eight round bout. Flores, 21-0-1 (13KO’s), is currently ranked #2 by the IBF, #5 by the WBO and #8 by the WBA. continue
This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' segment takes us back into familiar territory as questions about the ongoing negotiations between Oscar Dela Hoya and Manny Pacquiao resurfaced. Aside from that, the Pavlik/Hopkins fight that's supposedly one of little interest has earned a spot in the session as well. Rounding out the mailbag is talk about the potential Miguel Cotto and Kermit Cintron showdown, as well as a curious 'Money' Mayweather sighting. So with no further ado, we take the 'Lounge' down to Orlando, Florida where a fight fan wanted to know......
Pedro S. (Orlando, Fl): Based on media reports the Dela Hoya/Pacquiao fight still seems up in the air. Do you think it will actually happen?
Vivek W. (ESB): Personally Pedro, I think there's a huge contingent around the fight world that would rather this fight not happen. continue
By Alden "The Kid" Chodash, Ringside at The Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida - Undefeated Brooklyn native, Joe Greene got his hands dirty in his winning effort against the awkward Jose Miguel Torres, brother of former WBO Light-Welterweight champion Ricardo Torres. Torres made it a dirty fight from the get-go, although occasionally catching the attention of Greene and the crowd when he was able to connect, most notably in the third round where he rocked Greene with a right hand and was able to follow up with a series of punches. continue
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (August 13, 2008) – NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey defends his NABF cruiserweight title against Emmanuel Nwodo in the 12-round main event headlining “Title Wave” on August 29 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. continue
13.08.08 - By Vivek Wallace: The world of boxing lost a 'Great One' on Tuesday afternoon in a very tragic case. According to sources, 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Rhoshii Wells was gunned down as he walked through a Las Vegas neighborhood accompanied by his 4 year old son.
Former Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster, who knew Wells since 1993 remembered him as "a friend to everybody", and went on to add that "he never got the credit he should have gotten". continue
By Richard Rodriguez: Former WBA welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (32-1, 26 KOs) has recently expressed interest in fighting former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron, saying that he’d be interested in a fight with Cintron. Cotto also said that he's interested in fighting a rematch with Antonio Margarito, who recently defeated him by an 11th round TKO. That, however, isn't likely an option for his next fight, though, for it's doubtful that his promoter would allow him to take such a dangerous fight after coming off such a punishing fight as the last one against Margarito.
Cotto, 27, is still arguably the most marketable fighter in the welterweight division and remains largely untarnished from his defeat at the hands of Margarito. continue
By Aaron Klein: In case some of you may not have noticed, many of the so-called mega bouts that have been coming along down the pipe involve older fighters from yesterday who appear to be recycled again and again without stop despite the fact that they're no longer nearly as successful as they once were. Case in point, instead of undefeated WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik fighting a top middleweight, he's fighting an old 43 year-old Hopkins. continue
By César Pancorvo: Margarito is still not the Champion at 147. His win over Cotto was a huge step towards that objective, though. It is an objective that he has been pursuing since the mid 90s, when he made his debut at 147, and especially since 2001, when he appeared for the first time in the welterweight rankings (The Ring).. continue
By William Mackay: For little over a week, Oscar De La Hoya has been taking a real hammering for his decision to hand select super featherweight Manny Pacquaio as his next and last opponent of his career on December 6th. With many boxing fans calling De La Hoya an idiot, and other such names, for opting to choose a fighter so much smaller than himself, maybe he knows something that the fans and boxing writers don't. After all, he's been successful for most of his career and has won countless titles, fought in 18 PPV events, grossing an enormous $594 million all total. continue
By Darryl Waterhouse: On the surface, the inevitable split seemed almost mutual, if not entirely muted. Though the perpetually motioned rumour mill has roiled on this subject for quite some time, even as far back as the Hatton v Collazo fight, when certain sources close to the camp suggested a disagreement based on the campaigning weight 'things' have been mentioned, repeated and re-cycled.
For most this is an old story. I can already hear nonchalant cries from the rear. “So what?”
Okay, lets just appreciate from the offset we're never likely to get the absolute truth. We can watch, listen and read in to what each party is saying, and make best endeavors to second-guess what they mean, but all we'll really be left with is a tepid tasting diluted version of what really happened. continue
Tecate, the No. 1 Mexican cerveza in Southern California, announced today its title sponsorship of the 9th annual Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation. One of the most anticipated golf fundraisers of the year, the star-studded event is designed to raise funds for the organization's various initiatives that benefit newcomer and second generation Hispanics in East Los Angeles. continue
By Richard Wacha: Apparently the mega fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao is already in jeopardy due in part because of disagreement over the purse split between the two fighters. De La Hoya's team is offering a 70-30 split, whereas Pacquiao's team is looking for a 60-40. Also at issue is glove size, with Pacquiao wanting the smaller 8-oz gloves, which allow for more speed and power, while De La Hoya wants the bigger 10-oz gloves. Ultimately, the glove issue probably won't be as critical as the money, but there's still a long way to go before the two sides come to an agreement on purse split. continue
PROVIDENCE (August 12, 2008) – Power punching Joey “KO Kid” Spina is fighting his way out of a funk that started nearly two years ago when he lost his first pro fight to Providence cross-town rival The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr., who, ironically, tops the August 22nd “August Annihilator” pro boxing card that Spina is fighting on in the co-feature. continue
By Robert Jackson: Just Recently in Mytown Texas Hurricane Dolly passed through with it's torrential rain and high wind! Dolly's onslaught lasted for 24 hours leaving many of the areas with waist-high water, power outages, downed trees and major chaos! My house flooded inside with ankle high water, while the water outside was knee high, the open field 2 doors down was a lake.
Many of my furnishings were ruined and the next day reality was icing on the cake that was Hurricane Dolly. As the water inside the house began to subside multitudes of mosquitoes and flies came to life in the water that had become stale. The smell was unbearable. continue
By John Alutus: Today, the WBC announced a 3rd of June purse bid to determine the particulars of the WBC Light-Heavyweight Title unification fight between holder Chad Dawson and long-term mandatory Adrian Diaconu. On the 19th of April, in Bucharest, Romania, Adrian "The Shark" Diaconu beat tough, iron-chinned Chris "Hard Hittin'" Henry, on points in a contested and very entertaining fight, to become WBC Interim Champion. If Chad Dawson refuses to take part in the purse bid, the WBC will strip him of his belt and declare Diaconu the WBC Champion, it has been announced. Such a thing must never happen continue
NEW YORK CITY (August 12, 2008) – The IBF African light middleweight title will be on the line September 23 when veterans Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert and Ossie Duran square-off in the 12-round main event for the vacant IBF Continental African light middleweight title, headlining “KnockOut Poverty,” presented by Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions on September 23 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. continue
On September 12th two of ARENA’s hottest rising stars will take their next steps towards the top of the world. Heavyweight sensation “La Sombra” Odlanier Solis is looking to score his 11th win in his 11th pro-fight. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist and three-time world amateur champion is returning from a shoulder injury that prevented him from fighting since early June. “I am fired up to get back into the ring”, states Solis. “In professional sports injuries are part of the game. Still it is hard to sit and wait for the next fight when you know you could be out there kicking someone’s a**…” continue
By Tim Neilson: With undefeated Kelly Pavlik's fight with Bernard Hopkins still a couple of months away, I thought it would be interesting to look beyond Hopkins, who I feel doesn't have much of a chance at winning, into the future against other top middleweights. Personally, I'm less than pleased with Pavlik's choice of Hopkins as an opponent, because of his age, his less than impressive performance against Joe Calzaghe and his tendency to clinch a lot, turning some of his fights into boring wrestling matches.
Given that this is Pavlik's second dull opponent in a row, with Gary Lockett being the first, I'm hoping that Pavlik starts fighting appealing middleweight opponents after he gets the Hopkins event out of his system. Preferably, I'd like to see Pavlik go up against middleweights like Arthur Abraham, the IBF middleweight champion, Felix Sturm or highly ranked fighters like Joe Greene, Anthony Mundine and Winky Wright. continue
(PATERSON, NJ)—Following his outstanding knockout of Ricardo Torres in early July, Kendall Holt has been focused on one thing—continuing his pursuit of excellence and becoming the #1 ranked light-welterweight boxer in the world. Over the past several years Holt has been catching the eye of boxing critics and enthusiasts across the globe. After earning the prestigious title of “knockout of the year,” he has been featured in numerous boxing magazines, and most recently received the full cover layout of Boxing News. continue
Showdown Promotions will be holding a press conference tomorrow, August 13th, at 2 PM MST. The press conference will pertain to their September 12th show and is being held at the Wild Horse Pass Casino, which is located at 5550 W Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona. continue
Three weeks ahead of his clash with John Ruiz for the vacant WBA heavyweight title, Nikolai Valuev has extended his contract with Sauerland Event and the cooperation with Don King through 2011. The decision came easily, said the Russian Giant. “I am happy we got everything sorted out last Saturday. I am glad I just missed one day of practice,” he stated. “Five years ago I joined Sauerland Event and ever since then my career has taken a much more professional and organised course.. continue
By William Mackay: Since defeating Miguel Cotto two weeks ago, Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) has been mentioned as being interested in a fight with newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey, whom he already defeated two years ago by a 12-round unanimous decision. Strangely absent from the list of potential fighters for Margarito, however, is WBO welterweight champion Paul Williams. A year ago, on July 14th, Williams defeated Margarito by a 12-round decision. Although the fight was close, Williams proved to be the superior fighter on that night, beating Margarito at his own game of high volume punching and winning most of the early rounds of the fight.
Why now, after beating Cotto isn't Margarito going after Williams to try and avenge his earlier defeat? It seems like the logical thing to do, doesn't it? continue
By Vivek Wallace: When the city of Cincinnati comes to mind, most around the country immediately think of the Bengals or the Reds. For those who have personal roots to the city, they may identify it as the birthplace of the enigmatic Jerry Springer, the bodacious Carmen Electra, or perhaps comedian Katt Williams. When conversation about the city percolates to the fight game, generally two names come to mind; One of the greatest jr. welterweights of all time, Aaron Pryor, or one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, Ezzard Charles. continue
By Paul Greene: This article is somewhat of a paradox. It has no point to it, and that, in essence is its point. So instead of waffling any more let me get to the point. The person I am about to discuss is Joe Calzaghe. I am sure that by reading his name, right now, there will have been an different extreme reaction provoked depending on your point of view. People will either think, 'Joe Calzaghe, great champion' or 'Joe Calzaghe, fraud.' Either way I believe opinions on the welsh fighter tend to be polar opposite to each other, ranging from absurd praise to absurd criticism. Everyone seems to be trying to make a point when discussing him. continue
Rafael Concepcion of Panama will battle Mexican fighter Jorge Arce to defend his newly acquired Interim WBA Super-flyweight crown. The bout is to be held on Monday September 15th in Mexico City, Mexico. Last night Damon de Berry of Optimum Sports Agency, who represents Rafael Concepcion, accepted the offer from international matchmaker Sampson Lewkowicz for the proposed bout. continue
By James Slater: Scroll down a few articles on this website, and you will read the news that former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron has just been signed by DiBella Boxing. Still ambitious and hungry, the 28-year-old who was born in Puerto Rico believes he can once again become champion of the world.
Much the subject of harsh criticism lately, Cintron is a fighter who has been forced to take his share, and then some, of negativity from fight fans and experts alike. But is this negativity justified? Yes, Cintron has been stopped twice, but on both occasions the TKO and the KO he suffered came at the hands of one man - the incredible Antonio Margarito. The question does arise, could anyone else do what "Tony" did? No, not beat Cintron, but take the amazing amount of hard punches he did before doing so. continue
Los Angeles, CA (August 11, 2008)-Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster 33-4 (29 KO) will make his return at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, OH, taking on rugged contender Danny Batchelder 25-5-1 (12 KO) in a twelve-round bout for the vacant NABA heavyweight title. continue
By Per Ake Persson: Giacobbe Fragomeni and Rudolf Kraj fight for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title October 25 in Milano. In supporting bout Italian ladies Simona Galassi and Stefania Bianchini clash again. continue
Enzo Calzaghe, father and trainer of Joe Calzaghe, believes each of Great Britain’s Olympic boxers have the potential to win a gold medal at this summer’s games in Beijing.
Speaking to Setanta Sports News Calzaghe was full of praise for brothers Bradley and Billy Joe Saunders, who comfortably beat their first round opponents. continue
By Ted Sares:
Abraham is going to be shocked in his American debut.
I want to fight the best. People talk and ask about why I am fighting Bernard Hopkins. You’ve got a legend right here. I don’t know about Calzaghe – I guess I would have to shoot him in the foot to get him to stop running from me. All I can tell you is that I will train as hard as I can to get in the best shape that I can be in – for Bernard Hopkins.
--Kelly Pavlik: continue
By James Slater: His name may not be overly familiar to younger fight fans, but Rick "Rocky" Sekorski, a gutsy heavyweight from Minnesota, was one of the division's more colourful and spirited practitioners in the 1980s. In no way blessed with an abundance of sheer talent, this real life Rocky made a name for himself by winning fans over with his bravery, heart and hard head. continue
By James Slater: As fight fans know, Ricky Hatton's long-time trainer Billy "The Preacher" Graham is no longer an active member of Team-Hatton. The split came a few days ago, and initially it was reported that Graham had simply decided to retire. Then "The Preacher" said, no, he'd actually been fired, much to his displeasure. Now, in an interview with U.K newspaper The News of The World, the fighter himself gives his take on what happened. continue
By Jim Amato: When I first heard that Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquaio might be made, I couldn't believe it. Yes, Manny looked great against David Diaz, who is a tough guy. With all due respect to David Diaz, I can come up with at least five lightweights right off the top of my head who I think are better then David. Joel Casamayor, Nate Campbell, Julio Diaz, Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz. So to me, although Manny won a piece of the crown, he didn't even beat the best guy in the division. Now he's going to fight a full fledged welterweight and a strong one at that. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten super-featherweight/lightweight Dominic Salcido of California is a 24-year-old who sees himself as a future star of his sport. Currently 16-0(8), the confident boxer has so far proven too much for every opponent he has faced. Facing decent, if not too formidable, opposition, Salcido has recently began to get a name for himself.
Having suffered the misfortune of a broken right hand in early 2006 - an injury that came as he was streaking to 8-0 - Salcido came back well from his enforced period of idleness. With a pent-up desire to prove he was in no way deserving of being forgotten whilst inactive, the 24-year-old boxed no less than seven times upon his return in February of 2007. continue
By James Slater: Last night, at The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, undefeated light-heavyweight contender Tavoris Cloud of Tallahassee, Florida scored the biggest win of his career. Becoming the very first man to stop the teak-tough, granite-jawed former linear champion at 175-pounds, in Julio Gonzalez, the 26-year-old Cloud arrived on the big stage. The end came at 2 mins and 50 seconds of the 10th round, as Gonzalez, hurt and under heavy fire, was pulled out by the referee. continue
NEW YORK (August 8, 2008) – DiBella Entertainment has signed former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (29-2, 27 KO’s) to a promotional agreement. “I am happy to work with Kermit,” said DBE head Lou DiBella. “He is a tough, quick, aggressive fighter in the ring and a class act out of it. It’s a wide open welterweight division. Kermit is a devastating puncher and certainly has the ability to win another world title.. continue
By Michael Klimes: This article might as well be called, ‘How Boxing Loses’ as the sport’s fans, many of whom are loyal, perhaps too much so are again being made victims of a crime. In these scenarios it is best to be brutally eloquent as it is cathartic. How can the chief executives, emperors or czars at HBO, whatever one wants to call them, justify charging hardcore fans fifty dollars to watch Kelly Pavlik fight Bernard Hopkins? continue
By Ted Sares:
Tough times never last, but tough people do.
…he came back. He got his second wind. But you don’t get a second wind like that. We threw so many punches. It was non-stop action and he was bouncing around like nobody’s business. I’m still puzzled on how he could take that kind of pressure and go the distance.
Dwight Braxton (41-11-1, 25 KOs) grew up in a poor section of tough Camden, New Jersey, where he got involved with crime at a young age. He was convicted of armed robbery, and spent more than four years at New Jersey’s Rahway State Prison (officially East Jersey State Prison), where he learned to box. continue
By Coach “K” - Circumstances being what they are, Floyd Mayweather Jr. in alleged retirement and team De La Hoya saying no to a Antonio Margarito fight, we suggest Oscar build on his already great legacy and go out facing his biggest fear. continue
Bronx, NY - Aug 07, 2008 On Wednesday night Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing presented two sensational events in New York, one at the world renowned B.B. King's Blue's Club in association with DiBella Entertainment, while the other was at Brooklyn's Aviator Sports and Recreation center with Sal Musumeci's Final Forum Boxing. continue
Washington, DC)—Tony “The Tiger” Thompson(30-2, 18KO’s) has had close to a month to think about his disappointing loss to Wladimir Klitschko on July 12, 2008, in Hamburg, Germany for the IBO, IBF and WBO Heavyweight championship. Despite the loss (Thompson’s first in seven years) the southpaw went 11 rounds with Klitschko landing more punches against him than anyone on record. But the effort still does not sit well with Thompson. continue
By James Slater: Amir Khan's next opponent, scheduled to face the unbeaten prospect on September the 6th, has yet to be officially announced. However, according to highly respected U.K publication Boxing News, next up for the 21-year-old lightweight sensation will be former world champion Derrick "Smoke" Gainer.
Kahn's promoter, Frank Warren, has gone as far as saying Gainer is "odds-on" to land the fight, even though no official announcement has been made thus far. Gainer, at age 35 (he'll be 36 later this month) may have seen better days, but he remains a decent fighter. "Smoke" was originally offered the opportunity to face Khan a while back. Turning down the job because it meant he would be unable to train with good friend Roy Jones Junior - who was set to face Joe Calzaghe on September 20th - Gainer is again favoured to tackle Khan now that the Calzaghe-Jones fight has had its date changed. continue
By James Slater: When last seen in the ring, "The Gentleman" Chazz Witherspoon was losing his unbeaten record to fellow heavyweight up-and-comer, Chris Arreola. Decked twice in the third round, Witherspoon was in serious trouble. But, as we know, the 26-year-old from Philly was (likely) saved from a KO when he was disqualified due to his corner-men entering the ring right at the end of the round. continue
German tabloid Bild Zeitung writes that Vitali Klitschko vs Samuel Peter for the WBC heavyweight title is now officially on for October 11 at the brandnew O2 Arena in Berlin. Klitschko will for the fight be trained by Fritz Sdunek. At the moment it doesn´t look like it will be a Klitschko doubleheader with Wladimir fighting Alexander Povetkin. continue
Santa Monica, CA – WBO welterweight champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams will appear this Saturday on the August edition for “TKO powered by SMV” to discuss his future plans. “We met Paul this week at a press luncheon and chatted about his thoughts about the state of the welterweight division and what his options are. continue
By Vivek Wallace: In this weeks 'Call Em Out Fridays' session we take a look at a man believed by some to be the Heavyweight divisions knight on the white horse. By all accounts, the average fight fan would be greatly challenged to find a negative word anywhere in the press about this new phenom who comes to us by way of the United Kingdom.
Not since a young Oscar De La Hoya has the world of boxing been graced with a marketers dream, equipped not only with skills to pay the bills, but those school-boyish looks that allows him to instantly tap into the non-mainstream female base around the world as well. On paper, his stats as well his prowess make him appear immeasurable.
Only trouble with that equation, as the NBA's legendary Pat Riley once the chided, "paper burns"! With Haye set to make his official heavyweight splash later this year, the official analysis of his ability to compete is well under way. continue
By James Slater: As is the case with British lightweight boxer Frankie Gavin, American bantamweight Gary Russell Jnr will unfortunately be missing out on the chance of winning a medal at the 2008 Olympics. In similar circumstances to those of Gavin's plight, Russell was unable to make weight - 54 KG being the bantamweight limit the fighter could not get down to. continue
HOLLYWOOD, FL, August 8 – With a combined knockout percentage of 85% in their 53 pro bouts, it is easy to see why Joel Julio and ‘Mean’ Joe Greene are considered two of the most powerful punchers in boxing today. continue
By Sebastian Swiecznik: After all the bad-mouthing and hatred in the pre-fight, Edison Miranda showed some class after the fight giving Abraham credits for his performance. Now, nearly six weeks after the bout, Germany's finest trainer Ulli Wegner also got some warm words for the eccentric Colombian in his column of a German boxing magazine: continue
By P.H. Burbridge (A voice in the crowd) It’s absolutely ridiculous that Oscar De La Hoya is considering Manny Pacquiao as his final ring opponent! Is this supposed to be Oscar’s “gift” to the fight fans who have made him one of the RICHEST sportsmen ever? If it is, then keep it Oscar because we want to see elite fighters who are evenly matched leaving it in the ring not a good big guy walking down a good small guy. You don’t claim greatness by fighting a guy who is 20 pounds lighter then you unless you’re a heavyweight and your opponent is a prime Roy Jones Jr. If you’re a light middleweight and you’re calling out a “LIGHTWEIGHT” who started his career as a FLYWEIGHT then you’re RIPPING US OFF. Spare us of all the hype and don’t ask us to “suspend” reality so you can make another 25 million dollars!
Enough is enough! Anyone who thinks Manny Pacquiao can stand up to a “real” De La Hoya left hook is kidding themselves. You want proof watch the 2nd round of the second Juan Manuel Marquez fight where Manny was buzzed by a grazing hook and suddenly slammed it in to reverse. continue
By Jim Amato: This is a fight that would have made sense if it was put together. Each boxer has ties to the state of Michigan. It probably didn't happen because by the time Toney became a heavyweight, Moorer's star had diminished due to his one round kayo loss to David Tua. A loss two years later to Eliseo Castillo pretty much took Moorer out of the elite class. Toney's knockout of Evander Holyfield made him a major player in the division. He still remains so. continue
By James Slater: Some people call Argentina's former middleweight world champion Carlos Monzon the best 160-pounder in history. Monzon himself said he was a better fighter at middleweight than was the legendary "Sugar" Ray Robinson. continue
LAS VEGAS (August 7, 2008) – Two-time World Boxing Association heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-7-1, 29 KOs) has issued a challenge to his media critics regarding his style. continue
By Mike Casey: On those rare occasions when Sonny Liston beat Muhammad Ali in their games of psychological warfare, the only people who laughed were the acolytes who were too afraid not to. Certainly, nobody applauded Liston for possessing a razor sharp mind and a slashing wit.
People generally like or dislike their villains straight up. They don’t care for bad guys who punctuate their violence with bursts of black humour. Sonny Liston was most definitely a villain in the eyes of most, and the fairness of that classification continues to be a grand subject for late night debate.
The die was cast early and the cement quickly hardened in the harsher and more austere days of the fifties and sixties. The truth about Liston was undoubtedly distasteful to most. It is fairly safe to assume that he wasn’t the nicest of men. Look at his rap sheet. continue
ATLANTIC CITY (August 6, 2008). . . When a powerful young champion and devastating knock-out artist meets a future Hall of Fame boxing legend and two-division world champion who has never been knocked out, there will be plenty of debate and speculation as to who will win. That will definitely be the case when Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik faces Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins in a light heavyweight battle at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday October 18 in a bout presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Caesars Atlantic City. The fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. continue
Amir Khan has offered his support to former sparring partner and room-mate Frankie Gavin. Gavin pulled out of the 2008 Olympic Games today after deciding he could no longer make lightweight. Khan, who won a silver medal at the 2004 Games in Athens and is in training for his next fight on September 6, said: "Going to the Olympics is every boxer's dream, and I know how devastated Frankie will feel. continue
By James Slater: The 2008 Olympic games are soon to be upon us. Always a great time for boxing and its fans, the Olympics quite often give the sport the superstars of the future. It's always fun watching the games, trying to spot the world champions of the future. continue
By James Slater: 26-year-old heavyweight contender "Fast" Eddie Chambers is the latest big name to express interest in facing David "Hayemaker" Haye. With Haye still in search of a name to face in his November heavyweight re-debut, Philly's 31-1(17) Chambers says he would love the opportunity to test the former cruiserweight king as he makes his full-time move to his new weight class.
After having bounced back from his disappointing points loss to Russia's Alexander Povetkin with a good, 6th round TKO over Raphael Butler this past June, Chambers feels he is back on track in his quest to become heavyweight champion. If he cannot get the fight with Haye, Eddie says, he will fight whoever else is in his way. continue
By Ted Sares:
Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose.
--Tom Krause continue
By James Slater: In massively surprising and disappointing news that has been reported on Setanta Sports, lightweight boxer Frankie Gavin of the U.K will NOT now be going to the Olympic games being held in Beijing. The reason? The talented Birmingham fighter as been beaten by the scales and cannot get down to the 60 KG limit. continue
King Arthur Abraham will return to the ring on October 4 when he defends his IBF middleweight title against mandatory challenger Raul Marquez. “It will be a tough fight,” the unbeaten 28-year-old (27-0, 22 KOs) said. “Marquez is a strong fighter and he deserves to fight for the world title. But I will not disappoint the fans in my home city of Bamberg. The belt will remain in Germany.” continue
By Jaime Castro-Núñez: Newly crowned WBA Light Flyweight Interim Champion César Canchila returned home happier than ever! He had promised his mom he would defeat Giovanni Segura, and he did it, thus becoming the ninth world champion the Department of Córdoba (Colombia) has had since 1985, being the rest Miguel “Happy” Lora, Amancio Castro, Mauricio Pastrana, Antonio Pitalúa, Beibis Mendoza, Miguel Barrera, Carlos Maussa, and Juan Urango. Originally from Cereté but now fighting out of Barranquilla, I caught him celebrating the victory in his native city.
Jaime Castro-Núñez: César, congratulations…
César Canchila: I want to thank both you and East Side Boxing for this opportunity, thanks God I defeated Segura to capture the belt. continue
CHICAGO, IL (August 7, 2008) Undefeated light heavyweight prospect Tavoris Cloud arrived at O’Hare Airport from Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday night following final preparations for his ESPN2 televised showdown with former world champion Julio Gonzalez this Friday night, August 8th, at The Aragon Ballroom. The Cloud/Gonzalez battle is an IBF Title Eliminator bout for the # 1 light heavyweight ranking. continue
By Per Ake Persson: WBA supermiddle champ Mikkel Kessler´s defence against German challenger Danilo Haussler appears now to be on for October 25 somewhere in Germany. Danish media have speculated in Kiel or Flensburg, where Kessler resided for a brief spell, as possible sites but according to Sauerland Event´s CEO it won´t be in neither of these towns close to the Danish border. Nothing is set yet but Kessler´s former stable- and gymmate Mads Larsen could be fighting on the undercard. continue
NEW YORK (August 6, 2008) – On a night that will electrify the boxing world, active World Boxing Council (WBC) Heavyweight Champion Sam Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) will defend his title against WBC Champion Emeritus Vitali Klitschko (35-2, 34 KOs), making his dramatic return to the ring after a four-year absence, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, Saturday, October 11. continue
By Ted Sares:
When I was a child, I wanted to be a leopard, to be free, to be hunted, to escape. I became one. I wanted to be a champion. I became one. I lived my life the way I wanted. I think I’d now like to become a champion auto racer. It’s a sport less dangerous than boxing. You can die at any moment in boxing. Racing is a lot safer. You don’t have to take any punches in racing.
Victor Emilio Galindez was the fist fighter from Argentina to win the title at home; though ironically he never defended it there. He was more at home in South Africa and Italy. continue
By James Slater: It seems David Haye is wrong if he truly thinks IBF and WBO heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko is afraid of having to fight him. According to a recent article on SI.com, Klitschko is very excited about facing the man who has been calling him out almost constantly as of late. continue
By James Slater: Unbeaten Cuban hotshot Yuriorkis "El Ciclon de Guantanamo" Gamboa is scheduled to take what could well be his toughest test so far as a pro in October. According to BoxRec.com, the 26-year-old featherweight/super-featherweight (Gamboa has boxed at both weights) is going to be taking on fellow unbeaten fighter, Marcos Ramirez of Kansas. continue
By Mike Cassell -The Philadelphia Boxing Report - It wasn’t long ago that welterweight Antonio Margarito 37 – 5 (27 KO’s) was the most dodged boxer in the game. Well, he is going to have to move over, because the dodged will be doing some pretty nifty foot work of his own. With all the big money out there for the heir apparent to the Mayweather dynasty, Joshua “HITTER” Clottey 35 -2 (20 KO’s) will have to get in line and do all the things Margarito had to do to get his day in the sun. Although it was close for a while, and it ended because of an accidental head butt, it was only a matter of time before Ghanaian fighter Joshua Clottey would have knocked out Zab Judah. continue
By Vivek Wallace: This weeks 'Left-Hook Lounge' session takes us all over the world of boxing. With things heating up lately in the deep welterweight division, of course our usual suspects - Margarito, Williams, Cotto - all made the cut. Kelly Pavlik, who recently announced a fight with veteran Bernard Hopkins also found his name on the dockett, and in a rarity, one fight fan even went downtown by stooping low, as in visiting the world of the lower weight classes where Campbell/Guzman and Calderon/Cazares are set to take place shortly. Kicking the action off this week is a question from a fight fan in the now NBA basketball-less city of Seattle.......
Richard S. (Seattle, WA): Joshua Clottey's victory over Zab Judah got him a title, but do you think it gave him better credibility amongst the current welterweights? continue
(BEIJING, CHINA) The youngest member of the United States Olympic Boxing Team, light welterweight Javier Molina (Commerce, Calif.) nearly made his trip to Beijing a family affair as twin brother Oscar won a spot on the Mexican Olympic Team. Yet Oscar fell one victory short of qualifying internationally, and Javier will compete in Beijing without his twin brother. continue
Los Angeles, CA (August 5, 2008) – Could there be a “Pride and Punishment II” in the near future? That is the question promoter Bob Arum and his promotional firm Top Rank must ponder following a written offer presented to them by Goossen Tutor Promotions’ Dan Goossen last week following Antonio Margarito’s destruction of unbeaten Miguel Cotto in capturing the WBA Welterweight Title by an 11th round TKO. continue
By Cesar Pancorvo: If the attention of boxing fans, during the first half of the year, was centered on Margarito vs. Cotto, the following months will be focused on Margarito’s next fight, and also in the very possible De la Hoya vs. Pacquiao event. continue
By James Slater: Fresh off his great win over Zab Judah on Saturday night (Aug 2nd) in Las Vegas, new IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey very kindly gave this writer an over-the-phone interview earlier today. "The Hitter," or "The Grand Master," informed me he was out in in town - very possibly celebrating - yet was still gracious enough to give me five or ten minutes of his time. Happy at finally becoming world champion, the Accra-born fighter gave the following answers to my questions.
James Slater: Firstly, Joshua, congratulations on becoming the new IBF world champion.
Joshua Clottey: "Thank you, thank you. It feels good, I am very happy."
J.S: Did you always know you would beat Zab Judah?
J.C: "Yeah, I always knew. I knew I'd be too much for him. I'm bigger and stronger and I knew I'd have too much for him.. continue
Steve Foster Jnr says victory against Femi Fehintola in Manchester next month will propel him to another world title opportunity. The Salford star was narrowly beaten by Alex Arthur on points in December in a challenge for the interim WBO World Super-Featherweight crown in Edinburgh. continue
Nazim Richardson: This guy comes to fight and that is good for Bernard Hopkins. John David Jackson will be supporting me in this fight. When you look at Bernard Hopkins, you are looking at a legend and you have to respect him for that. He has been through the wars and the fires. He has never been cut and has never been beat up. continue
By James Slater: Light-heavyweight contender Shaun George, the man who ended Chris Byrd's career back in May, is determined to become a world champion at 175-pounds. Currently waiting for the green light on his next fight, George is a guy who must be given a big fight soon. continue
By Taj K. Eubanks: One would think that should a fighter rise to the top of his division, the world would be his oyster. That’s what one would think. Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito punched his way to the apex of the welterweight division two weekends ago, yet finds himself in a position scarcely better than the one he has been in the last five years. He is the now the top dog, but quality opponents evade him like they did when he was the division’s untouchable.
After dispatching of Miguel Cotto with extreme prejudice, Margarito, in theory, should be sitting on top of the world. Yet boxing, with it’s myriad divisions, backroom squabbles, and paucity of available fight dates has once again left the proverbial outsider with far fewer options for his next fight (tentatively scheduled for November) than his team and fans would have anticipated.
Immediately after his win, Margarito cast his lot in the Oscar De La Hoya sweepstakes (like every other active fighter with a winning record and a pulse). continue
NEW YORK CITY (August 5, 2008) – IBF junior welterweight champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi (25-1, 5 KOs) is significantly ahead of schedule in terms of full recovery from his May 28th surgery to repair a fractured metacarpal bone of the middle finger on his right hand. continue
By James Slater: In yet another intriguing fight in a currently red hot welterweight division, newly crowned WBC champion Andre Berto makes defence number one this coming September 27th against former IBF super-featherweight ruler Steve Forbes. Boxing as the chief support to the Shane Mosley-Ricardo Mayorga match-up, Berto and Forbes will clash at The Staples Centre in Los Angeles. An interesting fight on paper, both the 24-year-old champion and his 31-year-old challenger have good boxing skills, if less than devastating punching power. The edge has to go to Berto in this department, however, and the question is, can Berto become the first man to stop the slick boxer known as "2 Pounds?" continue
In October, a long wait will come to an end for Danilo Haussler. The 33-year-old German will finally make his first world title fight, challenging Danish super-middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler. To be in top shape for the biggest bout of his career, Haussler has been training extremely hard in Manfred Wolke´s famous gym in Frankfurt/Oder. “I came close to world title fights a couple of times,” Haussler said. “Four or five years ago, I did not get my shot because Sven Ottke and Markus Beyer were first in line. After that I got close several times but it did not happen due to various reasons. That is why I am very happy to finally get this chance.” continue
New York (August 5, 2008)… When a powerful young champion and devastating knock-out artist meets a future Hall of Fame boxing legend and two-division world champion who has never been knocked out, there will be plenty of debate and speculation as to who will win. That will definitely be the case when Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik faces Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins in a light heavyweight battle at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday October 18 in a bout presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions, in association with Caesars Atlantic City. The fight will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Tickets, priced at $700, $500, $350, $200, $100 and $75, go on sale Friday, August 8 at 12 Noon ET and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. continue
PROVIDENCE (August 5, 2008) – NABF cruiserweight champion Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (16-1, 9 KOs) had his nose bent out of shape, so to speak, by recent comments attributed to Rob “All American Prize Fighter” Calloway. continue
Both of Fight Production’s heavyweight stars Richel Hersisia and Willi Fischer today opened training camp at the brand new “Rocky’s Gym” of former two-time ‘world’ champion Graciano Rocchgiani in Duisburg, Germany. Although the new training premesis of German fight idol Rocchigiani will officially be opened only in a few weeks time for the public, manager Olaf Schroeder’s heavyweights had their first training session today, as big opportunities are looming. continue
By Andrew Gibson: It all started back in 1992 when the fresh face kid from East Los Angeles exacted sweet revenge over Germany’s tough Marco Rudolph at the Olympic Games in Barcelona Spain. Rudolph would ruin an eight year amateur win streak by out pointing Oscar in the finals in Sydney. continue
By James Slater: The main man at welterweight right now, Antonio Margarito has his next fight tentatively pencilled in for November 1st. But who will "The Tijuana Tornado" fight? A better question is who SHOULD Margarito fight?
Ask any fight fan this question, and the most likely name you will get in reply is Paul Williams. Already having beaten the Mexican warrior by a close points verdict, "The Punisher" is clearly the single most sensible choice of opponent for "Tony" in his next fight. The holder of the WBO title (which he originally won from Margarito, before losing it to, and then regaining it from, Carlos Quintana), the freakishly tall welterweight is surely a fighter the WBA champ would like to get it on with again.
Giving Margarito a chance to gain revenge for a loss he feels was unfair, the rematch would likely be a very interesting fight. It does not seem like happening, though. At least not in November. Take one look at BoxRec.com, and you will see - shock, horror - that the name of Zab Judah is next to Margarito's in relation to the November 1st bout. continue
August 5, 2008 -The John Bray Boxing Club has teamed up with the Foothill Jeopardy Program for an amateur show that is scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 17, 2008. continue
LOS ANGELES, CA (August 5, 2008) Former world champion Julio Gonzalez has wrapped up training in Los Angeles and is headed to Chicago to battle unbeaten prospect Tavoris Cloud this Friday night, August 8th, in their IBF Lightweight Title Eliminator in the main event at HARD EIGHT at The Aragon Ballroom. continue
NEW YORK (August 5, 2008) – It’s official! DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing “Hot Fights…Summer in the City” is sold out tomorrow night at B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square. “This is a testament to the New York city boxing fans,” said DBE head Lou DiBella. “They are starved for good boxing action and know a hot card when they see one. We thank everyone for the support of Broadway Boxing.” continue
By Ted Sares: In the ring I know this is going to be hot, and Sosa meets Charlie in mid ring for the instructions, Smiley Hayward is massaging prince Charles's traps and he knows of me from the Philly gyms and knows this one is going to be a Pier 6 with no referee bullshit interference. I tell them the same thing I tell them all, "Respect each other, obey my commands, and let’s keep this strictly professional." My words are over and Sosa says growling at him, "Aqui, Jungle." This is going to be a Jungle now.
When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I’m out there to win.
—Joe Frazier continue
By John James: I had granite-chinned Margarito winning on points. I was confident in his stamina and work rate, more so than Cotto's signature skill. So I was surprised by the boxing clinic taking place in my living room those early rounds. Cotto bobbed and weaved and slipped. He landed straight shots to Margarito's head, established the jab and shot in and out of corners. continue
By James Slater: Former trainer of Ricky "The Hitman" Hatton, Billy Graham has engaged in an exclusive interview with Setanta Sports. Speaking from the heart, the recently dismissed Hatton coach revealed how he was both upset that he was sacked and annoyed at how the news of his departure was portrayed in the media. continue
04.08.08 - By Michael Klimes: In the more mundane and sedate moments of my life I am a youtube wanderer or maybe even a junkie? Obviously, it is a sad state I have fallen into despite my youth. What will I become in thirty years if God willing I make it into my fifties? About a month ago I decided to type the name Naseem Hamed into the youtube search engine and many items presented themselves. I was spoilt for choice as I examined the menu I was given. Should I go for a light aperitif or a full blown meal? I decided to go for the former as I had a sense that just glimpsing Hamed would intoxicate me. Indeed, I was right. I saw Hamed being interviewed by Sky Sports and he discussed the subjects of Ricky Hatton, Floyd Mayweather and of course himself. You can follow the link here to see for yourselves: continue
04.08.08 - By B.L.Morgan, photo by Tom Casino / Showtime: Just like you I am a boxing fan. So, when the chance came to go see a world title fight that was taking place practically in my own back yard (which doesn’t happen very often) I jumped on it.
Knowing that the true journalists out on the internet could crank out a report of this event far faster than I could, I decided to give you the observations that a seasoned journalist (by the very fact of being a professional sportswriter) could no longer give you. I’m going to give you the lowdown of what went down at the arena (called The Showroom by EQC staff) from a fan’s perspective.
So, reporting to you from Section A Row 8 Seat 24, with his lovely wife Judi beside him, here’s what an ordinary guy (B.L.Morgan) saw on the night that Victor Darchinian blasted out Dimitri Kirilov. continue
By Vivek Wallace: Life is funny. And the more we endulge in this sport of boxing, the funnier it often seems. Last week leading up to the Margarito/Cotto showdown, we learned that famed Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto only turned to boxing because he was 156 lbs at age 11 and needed to get in shape, which gave him the determination to later become one of the greatest of this era. It was also revealed that famed Mexican Antonio Margarito only turned to boxing because he needed money desperately to support his family who dwelled in the poverty stricken Tijuana, Mexico, and that determination led him to the highest mantle in the sport as well. continue
03.08.08 - by James Slater, photo by Naoki Fukuda - Last night in Las Vegas, Accra-born Joshua Clottey finally became a welterweight world champion. Capturing the vacant IBF strap with a 9th round technical decision over a badly busted up Zab Judah, "The Hitter" did not win in overly satisfying fashion - through no fault of his own. continue
by Madra Uladh: After tonight's performance, it has become clear that Zab Judah has no future at the upper echelons of the welterweight division. After a modestly promising first round, he was already fading. Clottey adjusted and took the next four rounds in a row, busting up Zab's face and breaking him down along the way. Zab may have stolen the sixth and eighth rounds. I gave him these as much from pity as merit. But he was on the way to a late rounds stoppage when he was caught with an uppercut that opened an ugly gash above his eye. continue
03.08.08 - By Frank Gonzalez Jr. , photo by Naoki Fukuda - In the battle for the vacant IBF Welterweight title belt at the Palms Casino, in Las Vegas, Zab Judah (36-6, 25 KO’s) fought the IBF’s #1 Contender, Joshua Clottey (35-3, 21 KO’s) in what turned out to be a more competitive fight than expected, since Judah is arguably past his best days, while Clottey is now coming into his own.
It was a competitive fight that saw Judah explode with offense in spots and Clottey showed great defense and counter punching ability. Early on, Judah won some rounds with fast handed combinations and mobility. The midway point saw Clottey stalking Judah, who was starting to show signs of wear.
An uppercut by Clottey in the ninth round started a cut over Judah’s right eye that prompted the referee to call the ringside doctor to check Judah out. Judah told the doctor he couldn’t see. The doctor called a halt to the fight after Judah failed to answer correctly when asked, “How many fingers? (holding up two) Zab said, “Three.. continue
CHICAGO, IL (August 3, 2008) A terrific five bout undercard has been added to HARD EIGHT, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing, this Friday night, August 8th, at The Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. “HARD EIGHT” is headlined by an IBF Light Heavyweight Title Eliminator twelve round bout between unbeaten prospect Tavoris Cloud, 18-0 (17KO’s) and former world champion Julio Gonzalez, 41-5 (25KO’s). The co-main event pits Chicago’s “KING” Carlos Molina, 11-4-1 (4KO’s) against Denver’s Donald Camarena, 19-4 (9KO’s) in an eight round welterweight bout. continue
Photos by Tom Casino / Showtime – “The Raging Bull” Vic Darchinyan promised a highlight reel knockout and delivered one bone-crunching left hand after another. The Armenian-born Australian stopped Russia’s Dimitri Kirilov in the fifth round to earn the IBF junior bantamweight championship, his second career world title, Saturday on SHOWTIME. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast originated from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. In the co-feature, undefeated super middleweight Andre Dirrell, of Flint, Mich., took out brawler Mike Paschall of Baltimore, Md., inside four rounds to remain unbeaten. continue
03.08.08 - by James Slater - On last night's Clottey-Judah bill, unbeaten 23-year-old lightweight Anthony Peterson of Washington D.C advanced to 28-0(19) with a virtual shout-out over the very tough Javier Jauregui of Mexico, the former IBF 135-pound champion. One judge had it 99-91 for Peterson, the other two gave him everything at 100-90. continue
by Bob Caico / Photo: Boxing Bob Newman - Junior welterweight Ashley Theopane (22-3-1) took a unanimous eight round decision from former WBO light welterweight champion Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (31-9-1) on Thursday night at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. Corley started out strong and won the first two rounds. From there it would be hard pressed to give him another round as Theophane put on constant pressure.
From the fifth round on Theophane landed body shots, left hooks and right hands at will over the former champion. Corley continued to fight back but his punches had lost steam and Theophane continued to land clean punches. The punches didn’t seem to hurt Corley but the were very effective in keeping him off balance. Scores were 78-74, 78-75 and 79-73. continue
By Coach “K” - August 2nd, the Palms Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada: Welterweight Joshua “The Hitter” Clottey 35-3, 21 Ko’s won a ninth round technical decision over former world champion Zab “Super” Judah 36-6, 25 Ko’s the vacant IBF welterweight title. Judah was cut over his right eye causing referee Robert Byrd to stop the action and call in the ringside physician to examine the cut. Judah was unable to correctly answer how many fingers the doctor was holding up. The doctor then had no other alternative than to stop the contest. continue
By Phil Santos – Overhandright. com - In his second fight since moving up in weight former IBO & IBF Flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan looked sharp stopping the sturdy Dimitri Kirilov. After settling for a hard fought draw against Z Gorres in his first bout at Jr. Bantamweight Darchinyan looked to establish himself as a serious contender at 115 lbs with an impressive performance. Mission accomplished. continue
By Coach “K” - August 1st, Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum together with Cedric Cushners Gotham Boxing out brought many stars like Bernard Hopkins, Paulie Malignaggi, Joey Gamache, Brian Adams, NYS Heavy Weight Champion Darrell Madison, Larry Stanton, Albert Sosnowski and Elvir Muriqi to witness an exciting action packed SHO BOX the “Next Generation”at Aviator Sports Arena, Brooklyn, New York. continue
by James Slater - In earning his October 4th shot at reigning IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham, 36-year-old southpaw Raul Marquez upset the odds. Taking on the unbeaten and much younger Giovanni Lorenzo of The Dominican Republic, Mexican veteran Marquez proved he still had a lot of fight left in him, even after a now 16-year career.
Lorenzo, who was touted by some as a future champion, went down via a well earned unanimous decision win for the former IBF light-middleweight ruler. The question is, can Marquez score another, even bigger, upset against the unbeaten Abraham? Going into the October fight, the 41-3-1(29) challenger will be the underdog once again. But he figures to give "King" Arthur some difficulties.
Anyone who possesses the fighting heart, the experience and the sheer pride that Marquez does has to be given a shot. Also, "El Diamante" is a southpaw. continue
02.08.08 - By Vivek Wallace - This evening fight fans will get the chance to witness two of the welterweight divisions top contenders scrap for the last remaining unclaimed title (IBF) in the weight class. In a chilling performance a week ago, Antonio Margarito claimed a piece (WBA) of the welterweight supremacy mantle. Paul Williams (WBO) reclaimed his a few weeks ago, and of course the young Andre Berto made his presence felt as well recently by winning the WBC strap. continue
Ten Questions with 2008 United States Featherweight Olympian Raynell Williams - (BEIJING, CHINA ) – The United States Olympic Boxing Team returned to training on Monday at Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. They are now refining their skills as the Olympic Games quickly approach. continue
by James Slater - British light-heavyweight Ojay Abrahams of Watford, Hertfordshire in the south of England has had a quite amazing pro career as a boxer. Turning pro way back in April of 1997, Abrahams won a 4th round TKO over Paul King down at light-middleweight. Engaging in a further 99 bouts, Abrahams would only see his hand raised nineteen more times. continue
By James Slater: Last night, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, unbeaten super-middleweight prospect Adonis Stevenson scored a controversial 1st round stoppage of Anthony Bonsante of The Contender fame, while defending his WBC Continental Americas title.
The end came at just 46 seconds of round number one, and on paper the result looks a great one for the talented southpaw who was born in Haiti but now lives in Canada. However, as anyone who saw the fight knows (it was televised by ESPN), the call made by veteran and WBC appointed referee Gerry Bolen was a hugely debatable one. continue
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (August 2, 2008) – In an action packed night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation, junior middleweight Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith of Las Vegas, overwhelmed Poland’s Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak en route to a 10-round unanimous decision victory. continue
By Mike Indri - Retired Boxers Foundation - NORTH BERGEN, NJ – Pound for Pound Promotions showcased their growing stable of talent-laden prospects and while the youngsters proved their worth with impressive victories the real winners Wednesday night were the boxing fans that crowded themselves into the Schuetzen Park ballroom for the exciting eight bout fightcard. continue
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME - Dimitri Kirilov weighed in at 114 ½ pounds and challenger Vic Darchinyan tipped the scales at 114 pounds during Friday’s weigh in at the Fife Parks, Recreation and Community Services Dept. in Fife, Wash. Andre Dirrell measured 168 pounds while Mike Paschall weighed in at 166 ½ pounds. Vic Darchinyan talked a big game in the days leading up to his world championship showdown with Dimitri Kirilov on Saturday, but will the “Raging Bull” be able to back it up when the bright SHOWTIME cameras roll? Tune in to find out. continue
By James Slater: There are no shortage of people who feel 43-year-old legend Bernard Hopkins is taking a huge risk in fighting the big-punching Kelly Pavlik in October. Amongst those concerned is "The Executioner's" trainer Freddie Roach.
In an interview with boxing writer Ron Borges, Freddie revealed his worries for the October 18th catch-weight fight.
"I'm a little bit worried about that fight," Roach admitted. "Bernard is my friend. I asked him to retire after the last fight (a points loss to Joe Calzaghe). I saw some things I didn't like and I told him that. Four times in that fight he walked to the wrong corner after the end of the round. continue
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.) – Boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya has been named a member of the 2008 United States Olympic Hall of Fame, joining an accomplished class of athletes from both the winter and summer Olympic Games. The 2008 Hall of Fame class is made up of nine individuals, including De La Hoya, one Paralympian, an Olympic Coach, Veteran, Team and a Special Contributor. The 2008 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Broadcast will air on NBC, Sunday, August 3 at 1:30pm EST. continue
By Ted Sares: After 10 rounds of solid action, Colombian Dionisio “Mister Nocaut” Miranda (20-2-1) beat Canadian Sebastian “Double Trouble” Demers (25-2) in Demer’s home town of Montreal, Canada. While Demers used his jab effectively, landed more punches and was busier throughout, Miranda landed the cleaner and more effective shots, particularly when he connected with his big right hand. As analyst Teddy Atlas said, it was the quality of the Colombian’s punches versus the quantity of Demer’s, even though Teddy gave the edge to Demers 95-94. continue
By Ted Sares: Destruct and destroy.
--Marvelous Marvin Hagler
There are few things that sap the morale of an opponent more than knowing from the start that the most he can achieve is to keep the deficit respectable. continue
By James Slater: Not too long ago, I wrote an article for ESB asking whether or not heavyweight tough guy Lamon Brewster would ever fight again. Well, now we know. According to a news flash on FightNews.com, Brewer is set to fight again this coming August 30th in Cincinnati.
Brewer, currently 33-4(29) will box at Cincinnati Gardens in Ohio on the 30th, against an opponent yet to be named. The question is, will Brewster be anything like the fighter he was a few years ago when he was beating up top names of the heavyweight division such as Wladimir Klitschko, Andrew Golota and Luan Krasniqi?
Now aged 35, "Relentless" has been out of action since July of last year, when he was made to retire on his stool after six rounds in his rematch with "Dr. Steel Hammer." continue
The Retired Boxers Foundation spoke to Andrew Maynard this afternoon at his home in Harlingen, Texas, hard hit last week by Hurricane Dolly. Andrew’s home is fine, but it’s the gym he worries about and the kids who now have no place to go. When asked what he needs to keep the place open, Maynard said, “4 pairs of 16 ounce gloves and a half dozen jump ropes.. continue
Broken bones when healed are much, much stronger at the point of break. The same is true with defeat…in life as well as in boxing. After his first-round defeat in the hands of World Boxing Organization (WBO) super bantamweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, reigning WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight premier Rey “Boom-Boom” Bautista is coming back A stronger and better fighter than ever. continue
(BEIJING, CHINA) Four years after competing in the 2004 Olympic Games as the youngest male athlete in the United States delegation, an older and more experienced Raushee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) has returned for another run to gold in 2008. As the first U.S. boxer since 1976 to compete in two Olympic Games, Warren has already made history. Yet he isnt happy with solely competing, the 21-year-old has his eyes squarely fixed on gold. continue
By Jason Sardelis: Saturday night at the Palms Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada former welterweight champion Zab Judah 36-5, 25 Ko’s will battle fellow New Yorker Joshua “The Hitter” Clottey 34-2, 20 Ko’s for the vacant IBF welterweight title. The title was vacated by Antonio Margarito after his six round destruction of Kermit Cintron in April to opening the doors for his fight with Miguel Cotto.
This match-up looks like speed and style versus power and pressure. Judah has the edge in speed and his southpaw stance could be a problem for the tough Clottey. “The Hitter” will be looking to land the bigger shots but has shown a problem with his stamina fading in the later rounds as he did against Margarito. The Ghana born fighter tends to slow down as the fight progresses. continue
by James Slater: In giving up his WBC light-heavyweight crown so as to face Antonio Tarver (or so as to avoid Adrian Diaconu, depending on your opinion), Chad Dawson is taking a big gamble. Should he lose to Tarver in the October 11th IBF title bout, "Bad Chad" will be left with nothing, and perhaps wishing he'd hung on to his WBC strap - even if it meant a trip to Romania and an also risky fight against "The Shark." Either way, it seems, the unbeaten 26-year-old had a tough decision in front of him. continue
By P.H. Burbridge: In Mexico ring legend, Julio Cesar Chavez holds a very special place in the hearts of fight fans. He is celebrated and is the standard for which all young Mexican fighters are judged. Up and coming fighter’s are always in danger of being dismissed if they do not exhibit the bravery or intensity of a prime Chavez. That’s just the way it is. For Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. his Father’s legacy will always be a burden. continue
By Coach “K” - July 30th: After getting back on the winning track beating Juan Lazcano, although not his best performance, Ricky Hatton heads into his world title fight against Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi in November with not only his loss to Mayweather on his mind, but the loss of his career long trainer Billy “The Preacher” Graham. continue
By Vivek Wallace, photo by Chris Farina - Top Rank - With all but one of the available welterweight straps accounted for, Saturday night in Las Vegas, that scenario should all change as two contenders redefine their status among the sports 'Battalion of Young Stallions', the deep and formidable welterweight division. To the left, we have the durable Joshua Clottey (34-2, 20KO's), and to the right we have a very familiar face, New York City's Zab Judah (36-5, 25KO's). Years ago, Zab would have been virtually a lock against any foe you placed against him. After a few years of turbulent times and a few unexpected bumps and turns, the flight path to his projected destination isn't quite as clear, and depending on who you listen to, it's not quite known either. Like every other 'Call Em Out Fridays' segment, today, we'll put our subject (Zab Judah) under the microscope, and analyze him a bit closer to see if he's the super talented phenom we initially thought he was, or simply another boxer with good talk and a fight game that will forever fail to catch up. We'll analyze the fan-supported perspective, the critics perspective, and in the end, we'll take a glimpse at mine before we ultimately learn yours. So, with no further ado, we now examine the 'Brooklyn Bomber', Mr. Zab Judah..... continue
LOS ANGELES, July 31 – Fans may call it “Manchester Muscle vs. New York Flash,” “England vs. The United States,” or “Brawler vs. Boxer.” Regardless of how it is described, the Junior Welterweight World Championship unification bout between England’s Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton and New York’s Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas will be a clash between the two best 140-pound fighters in the world and one of the most intriguing and exciting fights of 2008. continue
Pawel Wolak weighed in at 153 ¼ pounds and Ishe Smith tipped the scales at 153 ½ pounds during Thursday’s weight in at the New York City Athletic Commission Office in Manhattan, New York. Jorge Teron measured 135 pounds while Michael Lozada weighed in at 134 ½ pounds. continue
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME -- Vic Darchinyan talked a big game in the days leading up to his world championship showdown with Dimitri Kirilov on Saturday, but can he back up those challenging and threatening words after his last two outings? Dimitri “The Baby” Kirilov (29-3-1, 9 KOs) will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior bantamweight against title against former IBF flyweight champion and knockout artist Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (29-1-1, 23 KOs) live this Saturday on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast. continue
31.07.08 - by James Slater: The fighter of the hour, Antonio Margarito has been getting many plaudits after his great win over the previously unbeaten Miguel Cotto - and rightly so. Now firmly in among the pound-for-pound lists of a number of fans and writers, "Tony" has established himself as one of the very best today. But has the welterweight warrior known as "The Tijuana Tornado" done enough to be ranked as one of the ten best ever fighters from Mexico?
Margarito has a lot going for him when it comes to this question. Possessing the same qualities his predecessors had when it comes to his ability as a fighter - with heart, chin, stamina and mental attitude being uppermost on the 30-year-old's resume - Margarito certainly is the typical Mexican warrior. continue
(BEIJING, CHINA ) – The 2008 United States Olympic Boxing Team arrived in Beijing, China on Wednesday, August 23 to begin preparations for the Olympic Games and is now settled into their training routine. The team moved into the Olympic Village on Thursday, August 30 and continues to train two-three times daily at Beijing Normal University. continue
LAS VEGAS, NV (July 31, 2008) Deandre "THE BULL" Latimore, fresh off his ESPN2 televised devastating knockout of Sechew Powell on June 11th, has moved to #6 in the IBF junior middleweight rankings. “It’s a nice start” said manager Jerry Giuliano. “Numbers 1 and 2 they kept vacant so we’d be willing to fight anyone above for the mandatory to the champion Verno Phillips.. continue
“FAST” EDDIE CHAMBERS TO NEW HEAVYWEIGHT: HEY DAVID WHAT THE HAYE ARE YOU TALKING? FIGHT ME!! -- As 2008 winds down and head into the fall months, heavyweight, “Fast” Eddie Chambers is looking for bigger & better things to close out the year and get right back in the mix of the elite in the division. continue
by James Slater: Back on July 12th, unbeaten Mexican prospect and son of a legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Junior was so disappointed with his performance in his fight with Minnesota's Matt Vanda he considered retiring afterwards. Chavez Jnr laboured to a close points win, but the result was roundly booed by his countrymen as it was announced.
Despite his best efforts to please his fans and KO Vanda, Chavez was unable to do so. Well, his decision to retire didn't last long, turning out to have been nothing more than a statement made on the spur of the moment, and the 22-year-old Mexican star is scheduled (according to BoxRec.com) to be back in action this October - against Vanda in a rematch. The fight makes sense. continue
Newly crowned International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko was to have made his first title defense against mandatory challenger William Gonzalez on Saturday in Ponce, Puerto Rico, but the match will not take place due to Gonzalez’s inability to obtain his travel visa. continue